Our young newshounds on the scent of stories in Lewes

Takeover Day at the Sussex Express
Takeover Day at the Sussex Express

Six pupils from Barcombe Primary School became instant cub reporters when they visited the offices of the Sussex Express in Lewes.

It was part of the national Take Over Day initiative, which gives children the chance to experience the world of work.

The Year 6 youngsters, and teacher Kate Coppard, were thrown in at the deep end – and came up trumps.

Hollie Cooper, Holly Skinner, Lily Robson, Natalie Lamont, Lewis Turner and Rosa Dury were tasked with scouring the shop windows of Lewes to each find a forthcoming event and then write brief reports about it for inclusion in today’s paper.

Their six of the best started close to home with news of Barcombe School’s very own Christmas Fair which takes place in the sports hall tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am-2pm. It offers fun for all the family with a tombola, craft stalls, a raffle and a visit from Father Christmas.

The seasonal theme continued with news of the Grand Christmas Fair at Leighside House, Court Road, Lewes, on Tuesday (December 3) from 10.30am-12.30pm. It’s being staged in aid of the RNLI and Cancer Research UK.

The eagle-eyed reporters also spotted the Lewes Late Night Shopping evening coming up on Thursday (December 5) where the opportunity to go skating at Lewes Castle is one of the highlights.

They also found space in their notebooks for The Oyster Project’s drama ‘An Infant King’ which will be performed at the Westgate Chapel tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday; and the Amazing Animals Concert at St John sub Castro Church on Sunday.

Another Sunday event was the forthcoming visit to Bags of Books, Lewes, on December 1 of illustrator and cartoonist Lee Carey. He will be giving tips on the art of drawing from 11am. The cost is £3 per child.

Later, the young reporters met the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe, and the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, when they visited the Westgate Chapel for the Oyster Awards. They were particularly fascinated by the Mayor’s gold chain of office.

Take Over Day saw other 10 and 11-year-olds from Barcombe Primary School working as veterinary nurses at the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Ringmer; as firefighters at Hove Fire Station; and as farmers at Sutton Hall Farm, between Barcombe and Newick.