Category: Lewes

News from Lewes in East Sussex

Council celebrates Lewes Farmers Market winning top Sussex accolade

Lewes District Council has congratulated Lewes Farmers Market after it was voted the best farmers market at the Sussex Food and Drinks Awards 2021.  The market in Cliffe Precinct was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit enterprise by Common Cause Co-operative but Covid-19 restrictions forced its closure in March 2020.  With council help and support, the market was able to re-open just two months later from Friars Walk car park with […]

Community asked to support footbridge art project

A crowdfunding project has been launched to transform a rundown footbridge into an ‘inspirational’ walkthrough featuring art by local young people.  Diversity Lewes hopes to raise £2,000 for the refurbishment of a footbridge that links Pinwell Road to East Sussex College in De Montford Road, Lewes.  The scheme envisages that young artists, through Lewes district schools, will compete for their artwork to be displayed in […]

Council chair thanks Lewes vaccination team

The Chair of Lewes District Council has praised a local vaccination centre which has been administering up to 500 coronavirus jabs a day, as ‘a hugely impressive operation’ following a recent visit there.  Councillor Adrian Ross was shown around the Foundry Healthcare Lewes centre – one of three initial GP sites in East Sussex to offer the Covid-19 vaccine. He said “My thanks to Dr Alice […]

New website launches to support local manufacturers

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council have launched a new website to promote local manufacturers. The new website (makelocal.info) showcases manufacturers across different sectors including food and beverage, plastics, chemical and pharmaceutical. Manufacturing is well represented across Lewes District and Eastbourne with a higher percentage of commercial space dedicated […]

Festive campaigns to support independent shops in Lewes and Newhaven

People are being encouraged to support independent shops in Lewes and Newhaven this Christmas with the launch of two campaigns that celebrate the ‘quality and diversity’ on offer.  Visit Lewes has joined forces with the Lewes Pound, Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Lewes High Street Traders Association to run the Shop Independent at Christmas campaign.  In Newhaven, the campaign is being […]

Wildflowers buzzing with bees in Lewes

Wildflowers at Southover Grange Gardens in Lewes are attracting creatures great and small with people as well as bees and insects enjoying the colourful blooms.   Lewes District Council has prioritised the planting of wildflowers in order to increase local biodversity and encourage pollinator species to flourish. The shortage of bedding plants during Covid-19 has provided even more of an opportunity to expand wildflower planting.   The council’s ecologist spotted […]

Maria Caulfield MP holds virtual meeting with local farmers as part of the Meet Maria launch

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has meet virtually with farmers from across the Lewes constituency to discuss issues that are of concern to local agricultural industry. The Lewes constituency is made up of Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven, Polegate, and the surrounding villages. The attached photo shows Maria Caulfield MP meeting virtually with […]

James MacCleary is the new leader of Lewes District Council

Councillor James MacCleary(pictured) has been elected the new Leader of Lewes District Council.  He has been deputy leader since the Co-operative Alliance took control of the council in July 2019.  The election of leader was contested by Councillor MacCleary (Liberal Democrat) and Councillor Isabelle Linington(Conservative).  Councillor MacCleary was elected by […]

Bee-friendly flowers in public gardens as Covid-19 hits plant supplies

Public gardens across Lewes district will not be showcasing their usual summer floral displays this summer because of plant supply issues due to the Covid-19 crisis – however a pollinator-friendly alternative is being sown instead.  Lewes District Council uses around 45,000 bedding plants every summer to create beautiful flower displays at its gardens which include Southover Grange Gardens in Lewes, Fort Road Recreation […]

Council waste team praised for extra clean-ups

Lewes District Council’s street cleansing crews have gone into overdrive during lockdown taking on extra duties to keep the district looking its best.  The Environment First team has extended its rounds into areas the council is not responsible for cleaning, to ensure people can enjoy clean and litter free surroundings when they go out for exercise.  Councillor Julie Carr, Cabinet member […]