A big thank-you to everyone who supported Transition Town Lewes’ seventh birthday at the wonderful and unique Zu Studios on 12 June.

Kalamus (above) open proceedings

  A packed venue heard from Transition founder Rob Hopkins (left) on how ‘just doing stuff’ really can make a difference…

(and got a whistle-stop tour around the greater and lesser-known similarities between Lewes and Totnes. Did you know both towns are exactly 6 miles from the sea? Thanks Rob, neither did we.)

  East Sussex Bach Choir provided some rousing community song while legendary prog-rocker Arthur Brown (left) performed two specially-penned songs in aid of Phoenix Rising‘s alternative community development bid for the North Street industrial site.

Lewes Developer Blues: “I’ve got obsessive compulsive purchase disorder”

The world’s first-ever (we think) game of Transition Picktionary zealously co-compered by Rob Hopkins and Duncan Law of Transition Town Brixton saw an eager audience aided by local Lewes artists visualise what they want to see in Lewes over the next seven years.

  And Sussex ceilidh band Sacre Vert topped off the evening with some frenetic Breton dance numbers to help everyone work off the delicious food provided by Pleasant Stores and The Hearth Pizza.

Breton folk from Sacre Vert…

See pictures from the night, courtesy of Mike Grenville from Transition Forest Row.


Transition Town Lewes would like to thank Martin and Samira at Zu Studios, Sara from Pleasant, Michael from The Hearth, all the exhibitors from KnowTrash, Common Cause, Making Lewes, Sustrans, CoWheels, Ovesco and the Lewes Pound.

  Also grateful thanks to Oliver Dudok van Heel (left) for compering the evening and everyone else for making our seventh birthday so memorable. We look forward to the next seven years!

Oliver congratulates Chris Rowland of Ovesco on its recent Ashden Award.


Want to help Transition Town Lewes keep going for another seven years? It’s easy to donate here…