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Lewes Speakers Festival

Next weekend sees the Winter Lewes Speakers Festival taking place in the town. From Friday 25th November until Sunday 27th November, a host of famous writers and novelists will talk about their work, followed by question and answer sessions. Anthony Horowitz, Andrew Monaghan, Susan Williams, Damien Lewis, Lord David Owen and Colin Thubron are just a few of those speaking. The events will take place at The White Hart Hotel and The All Saints Centre, Lewes. For more information and to buy tickets, go to

Freedom and privacy close to the centre of Lewes

Paul and Kathy Myles have been opening the beautifully finished Hill Road Studios, their two detached self-contained self-catering studios apartments, to guests since 1999. They are built and maintained to a high standard – not surprisingly, since Paul, who used to be a builder, did them himself. ‘I made the first studio as a space for our teenage daughter to live in. When she left, we wondered what to do with it – and this is it!’ says Paul, who built the second studio in 2006 at the rear of the property. With their state-of-the-art heating and great insulation, they are an attractive proposition for guests wanting their privacy. Paul and Kathy like the freedom that they and their customers

Bonfire goes off with a bang . . . or a thousand bangs!

Tony Murrell, our South Street smuggler, brings us the last instalment of his diary for Lewes Bonfire 2016. Finally, after all the preparations, the 5th arrives, with a bang! At 6 am, a huge Maroon is set off from the castle – this is a massive explosion, which shakes the town and signifies the start of bonfire. It is followed by the early-riser bonfire boys setting off rookies and firecrackers. The atmosphere build-up goes on through the day – people arriving, shops being boarded up, and the non-stop rookies being ignited around the town. Day turns into night and what a fantastic night! The weather held up too: bright, crisp, dry and even the wind was blowing the best way to take the smoke

South Street Win Award At Newick

Two weeks since the mayhem of Hastings and we move on to the smaller but no less enthusiastic Out Meeting at Newick last Saturday. A lovely crisp Autumnal evening and unseasonably warm welcomed us and saw a good turn out from all the Societies. Some great costumes too, resulting in South Street winning the Best Dressed Visiting Society trophy, fab news. The bonfire boys milled around the pubs early in the evening before forming up, flaming torches in hand to then process around the village. A couple of laps later and back to the centre for bonfire prayers from the clergy, who were well and truly pelted with exploding rookies to cries of 'Burn him!' Followed by a magnificent fire and fire

Beechwood wins VisitEngland Rose Award

Short Stay Lewes bed and breakfast Beechwood has won the prestigious VisitEngland Rose Award for the great service that they offer guests. VisitEngland gives this award to only 100 quality-assessed accommodation businesses annually – it rewards those that go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service. Carol Hyland, who runs the bed and breakfast with partner Ceri Stenner, said: ‘I'm delighted to have received this award in recognition of service excellence. We pride ourselves on customer service.’ VisitEngland was impressed by the numerous examples of ‘exceptional hospitality’ offered by Carol and Ceri at Beechwood, shown by all their fantastic reviews. And this isn’t the first tim

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