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Global Divestment Day

Members of Keep It In the Ground Sussex (KIIGS) started our local petition with 55 signatures on Saturday 14th February despite the showers for Global Divestment Day. Thanks to all who helped. We are asking East Sussex County Council's pension fund to divest from fossil fuels. The pension fund has around £185 million in fossil fuel companies. Lots of people employed by local councils, academies and other organisations will be members of this scheme.


The petition is now online here... 

A growing number of universities, local authorities, religious institutions and other organisations  around the world have already committed to move their pension funds and other investments away from fossil fuels. These include the British Medical Association, the Society of Friends (the Quakers), the World Council of Churches and the Rockefeller Foundation. The universities of Glasgow and Bedfordshire have also committed to not invest in the fossil fuel industry. This is the fastest-growing divestment movement ever.


Move Your Money has revealed how much the major banks are propping up the oil, coal and gas industries with our savings.

Contact Arnold Simanowitz or Ann Link

1 Jan 1970.

Magnetic-strip secondary glazing - the video

The popular TTL web-page on magnetic-strip secondary glazing now has its own Lewes-made video. Magnetic-strip secondary glazing is one of the most cost-effective and unobtrusive household measures for reducing fuel costs and improving comfort and warmth; but it is very little advertised (unlike the well-known and more expensive/ obtrusive framed secondary glazing), so a small Lewes team have made a short video for householders interested in its advantages and installation process.  Have a look at it here...

Neil, Jill and Olivier plan to produce more videos on energy-saving measures in the future.

1 Jan 1970.

The Helping Arms Eco Project

Their message:

Here at The Helping Arms Eco Project we are trying to address the social, political, economic and ecological barriers to food security. Gaining access to affordable, organic food is a right that must be available to all, and achieving local self-sufficiency and creating economic opportunities are major challenges to lower-income people. The Helping Arms Eco Project, with its community gardens, simultaneously addresses these issues and is part of a growing food justice movement which we aim to spread all across the country. We are open to all that wish to better the world around them, to make new friends and build a growing community of like-minded people.

Our founder is Mathew Moulding, a local man with good roots in the local community. As the chairman of the Malling and District Food Bank, Mathew noticed a need to bring our community together, not only to help the low income people of our town, but to help ourselves by helping others. I asked him once why he is working for this project and this was his response: "We should be ashamed of ourselves if one person goes hungry or is left to be lonely in a time of fast planes and mobile phones." He told me: "never has man been so far apart from each other".

Please come along and be inspired to help others, while making a better life for yourselves. We are friendly and fun and we have lots of things planned over the year so watch this space!

For more information or to get involved please email:  we are located at Cockshut Road Lewes, opposite the Lewes tennis and hockey club. All are welcome!

1 Jan 1970.

L&OVe update for March

During March L&OVe would like to try something out; We’d like to map L&OVe in a new way! How about a map of the area around Lewes on which everyone can mark the places they like, love and/or visit a lot? AND get the map to portray how people feel about these places? If those of you with the appropriate skills and creative visions chip in, we may be able to produce something rather unique! – can you help?



L&OVe update for March 2015
1 Jan 1970.

A very special volunteer required

Are you interested in being involved in how Lewes will develop in the future? If so, Transition Town Lewes is looking for someone with energy and enthusiasm to represent us on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan.


A Neighbourhood Plan enables local people to influence future development in their community. Introduced through the 2011 Localism Act it can establish policies for the development and use of local land. So it can be a powerful way to help shape and protect the neighbourhood we want to see. More...

1 Jan 1970.

2015: A TTL year of health and well-being

In 2015, Transition Town Lewes is putting health, happiness and well-being at the top of its agenda – asking what can we do at a personal and community level to be healthier and feel better.


Supporting physical and mental health has always been on the Transition Town Lewes (TT) agenda, and at our seventh birthday celebrations in June this year it was something that many people said they'd like to see us focus on a lot more. 


So, over the next year we want to explore how the particular strengths and knowledge in and around TTL can be used to complement other services related to health and well-being available in the town - and of course what's provided by the NHS. Most of all, we want to open a debate as to what we can each do at a grass-roots, community level to be healthier, feel better and help others do the same. Read more...

1 Jan 1970.

Supporting Public Transport

Transition Town Lewes believes that good public transport with good local connections is essential if we are to reduce our carbon emissions. We can all resolve to use existing services more so that no-one can say that are not used and therefore not needed, but there are also a number of local resources and campaigns that TTL supporters can link to. More...

1 Jan 1970.

News in brief from Ovesco

Transition HKD has launched HKD Energy to install solar panels at Dowlands School in Hassocks following OVESCO’s training on how to set up an Energy Co-op. Read more in the Mid Sussex Times news.  The OVESCO team is training Transition groups across Sussex and expects to see more share issue launches in 2015.  For more information about training and future share issues contact See OVESCO offers mentoring service for energy groups in the South East 

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP and Norman Baker MP visited Harveys Depot in Lewes to see community energy in action. More about the ministerial visit here...

OVESCO supports pop up energy in Newhaven Town Centre and Ollie Pendered will be helping local residents to check their bills two days a week. OVESCO is looking for volunteer who are interested in training to become local energy champions as part of the Big Energy Saving Network. For information about training and bill checking contact or call OVESCO in Lewes on 01273 472405.

OVESCO is offering to support communities in the SE with applications for the Rural and Urban Community Energy Fund. The fund will help communities with initial project development costs for renewable energy and help them take their projects to a pre planning application stage. For more information and help with an application, feasibility study and how to set up an energy Co-op contact

1 Jan 1970.

L&OVe - planning for nature at the heart of well-being


There's lots going on to light things up as the days shorten and darkness comes earlier... L&OVe for Phoenix Rising; L&OVe for our Neighbourhood; L&OVe for trees and their benefits and L&OVe for Health & Happiness... Read it here...

1 Jan 1970.

Volunteers needed at Lewes Food Market

Thinking of volunteering? ...Lewes Food Market would love to hear from you. All the information is here...


Apart from one paid employee (our market manager) all the routine tasks and administration of the market are done by volunteers - and we really could do with some more!
If you're able to help then we want to hear from you! Please phone 07824711727. More...


1 Jan 1970.

Should Transition Town Lewes actively support the Living Wage?

A proposal by Ann Link

  I have recently been inspired by the examples of York, Croydon and Brighton declaring themselves Living Wage cities and towns and I want to gauge support in TTL.

Is it a ‘campaign’ (with political charge & therefore possibly not for us?) or is it a ‘citizen response to transform society’ (in which case may be relevant to Transition initiatives – see below)

This is a current issue since Living Wage Week is November 2nd to 8th - please respond and give your views. Read more...
1 Jan 1970.

Helping Lewes’ independent traders

Do you wish to support our local independent traders?

Do you wish to see the local economy being 3 x more valuable to Lewes?


If so, we need to get the Lewes Pound circulating more around Lewes. We have a simple request: PLEASE, when you go shopping in Lewes, whatever shop you go to ask for Lewes Pounds in your change. If you get Lewes Pounds in your change, then PLEASE go and re-spend them. There are up to 80 traders that take Lewes Pounds – find them here and go and spend the Lewes Pounds you get in your change with them. If you make this a habit, it could have a huge positive impact!

ASK FOR your CHANGE in Lewes Pounds!!


1 Jan 1970.

Learning through Nature

The activities in this book are designed to help children develop practical and social skills, to be aware of their place in the world and to respect their environment – all whilst having fun in the great outdoors! Read more...


Learning with Nature Book: A how-to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities.

Written by Circle of Life Rediscovery's founder and managing director Marina Robb and co-authored by Anna Richardson and Victoria Mew.

1 Jan 1970.

L&OVe Big Benefits - Neighbourhood Plan & Lewes's Trees


Our early autumn update profiles an exciting project to quantify the value of Lewes' trees in support of FoL's Urban Arboretum project. Plus we report on the recent open day for the Neighbourhood Plan, helping to create a resilient and community-driven future for our town.

If you'd like to help with the Lewes iTree survey, please email Colin Tingle.  If you'd like to help with the Neighbourhood Plan please eMail Susan Murray. Here's the latest update from Lewes & Ouse Valley eco-nomics...

1 Jan 1970.

Feedback on 2014 Lewes Eco Open Houses

  Overall Lewes Eco Open Houses had nearly 800 house visits for the 16 houses opened and, not surprisingly, the newer houses saw the most people.

Feedback from householders and volunteers indicated that visitors were very focussed on getting practical information to do jobs themselves, especially the low cost – high impact ones such as Magnetic secondary glazing and LEDs. This was really heartening as we all got the impression that we were inspiring people to change. This is dramatically borne out by the figures from the feedback forms, where we asked the question ‘Do you intend to make your home more energy efficient?’. More...

1 Jan 1970.

Norman Baker launches Lewes Eco Open Houses


Lewes MP Norman Baker officially launched Lewes Eco Open Houses, which will be held over the weekends of 13-14 and 20-21 September


Press release here...

Sixteen homes in Lewes, Barcombe, Ditchling, Rodmell and rural areas, will be open to the public to see how you can save money on energy and water bills, whilst staying warm and comfortable and reducing your carbon footprint. With fuel costs rising and changeable weather patterns increasing, the Eco Open Houses trail is an invaluable way to see first-hand how to make your home cheaper to run and more comfortable.  Details of all the houses and opening hours are at

1 Jan 1970.

The Lewes Pound becomes part of the Union


Local currency provider opens first business account at East Sussex Credit Union

Left: Nikki Plummer 0f East Sussex Credit Union with Susan Murray of The Lewes Pound.

East Sussex Credit Union, the county's leading 'not for profit' savings and loans co-operative has confirmed that The Lewes Pound has become its first business member. The news comes hot on the heels of the credit union's recent announcement that it would be opening its doors to the local business community, since when there has been growing interest from firms across East Sussex. More...

1 Jan 1970.

Old for New!! Old for New!!”

Do you still have copies of the previous issue of the Lewes Pound in your purse or wallet? They might be the special issue celebrating the Mumford and Sons event or they might be our beautiful LP1 notes featuring designs based on Harvey's Brewery or Keere Street by young people. Or maybe you even have one of our LP10 notes featuring the then newly open Linklater Pavilion.

Now is the time to swap them for our even more beautifully designed 2014 issue notes, including the LP5 and LP1 notes designed by a local schoolgirl as part of the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes and the LP 10 celebrating the South Downs National Park. You can take your old notes into any of our issuing points and they will be happy to swap them over for you.

You will then be ready to carry on supporting local businesses by spending our own local currency until 2020.

1 Jan 1970.

Why support local shops?

At his workshop in Lewes last month, Rob Hopkins called the supermarkets "extractive industries" because they export wealth from the town. It can be estimated that Lewes people spend about £21 million pounds a year on food. (1)

Most of that, maybe £16 million, does still go to the supermarkets despite the growth of the Farmers' Market and Food Market.

Rob talked about the enormous potential of diverting even a tenth of those millions to local businesses. Think what a transformative effect even £2 million would have in terms of local jobs - and much of this money would again be spent locally.

Spending £10 in a local shop is worth £25 to the local economy because of local re-spending. And local food shops employ three times as many people for the same amount of turnover.

It is possible to obtain virtually all food needs in our local independent shops and markets. See Where to buy  And price need not be a barrier for many people - see Lewes Food Market's price comparison 


1 Jan 1970.
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