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The entirely positive thread about Lewes

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On 23 Jul 2015 at 1:56am Newell Fisher wrote:
Worth a try.
What is good about Lewes?
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 6:06am proud of Lewes wrote:
The excellent rail link to London
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 7:33am Ben wrote:
If you don't appreciate Lewes, then simply live a short while in just about any other town in Britain. That will cure you.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 7:48am Paul Newman wrote:
I spent a grim year working in Southend and although I have lived in London foir years and elsewhere it had never been so clear to me what life looks like for the majority in this country. Its an endless sea of ugly housing miserable shoddy development and stunted lives.
Lewes is a paradise and if tends to produce rather dippy people thats a deal I will take any day ( nice looking women as well ! )
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 8:23am Inspector Clouseau wrote:
"Its an endless sea of ugly housing miserable shoddy development. Lewes is a paradise" Not for long if the planner/developers have their way.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 9:41am Lucky wrote:
Lewes is fantastic for the Downs, the nearby countryside, riverside walks, twittens, architecture, views within the town, pubs, Harveys, rail connnections, Bonfire, proximity to Brighton, London, Gatwick. I feel very lucky to live here.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 10:31am huw wrote:
I remember the shock to my system when I went off to Swansea to university. I suddenly realised what a great place Lewes is to live in. You have Brighton on your doorstep, the downs a stone throw away and Lewes itself is wonderful (I'm very happy that I can bring up my daughter in such a wonderful place).
There is a certain lack of things to do in Lewes if you don't fancy a coffee, beer or walk around appreciating it's beauty, but all the amenities that you could need aren't far away (cinemas, theatres, etc)
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 10:48am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
If there is a town in the country with a better selection of pubs, please tell me where and I'll go there! There are pubs for all tastes in Lewes, it's fantastic.
The glimpses of the downs form the High Street are wonderful, too.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 10:56am Earl of Lewes wrote:
The size - big enough so that there's always something interesting going on, but small enough to feel that people count.
The history - a wonderful mishmash of individual, eccentric buildings in the centre.
The view - every time I see the Downs in the distance, I feel a little rush of joy.
The space - Too many places are built-up, but in Lewes we have the Paddock, Baxter's Field, Grange Gardens, Railwaylands and numerous other playgrounds and places to walk. It's a lovely place to bring up children.
The people - Yes, there are a few trustafarians walking around in harem pants, off to the nearest artisan bakery, but most people are level-headed, bright and interested in what's going on in the world.
All towns should aspire to be like Lewes - obviously I'm not advocating building fake Norman castles, but the number of green spaces and absence of concrete monstrosities is what makes it so great. Crawley's about eight times larger, but there's more going on in Lewes in one month than during a whole year in Crawley. It might be a new town, but it's already dead, whereas Lewes is brimming with energy.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 11:35am Webbo wrote:
The Downs
Bonfire and all it's traditions
The Raft Race
Patina / Moving On parade
The Pubs
The bolshy attitude
Starfish Youth Music
Harveys Beer
Lewes FC
The Phoenix artistic energy
The Paddock / Baxters Field
Cliffe
The River Ouse
This website
Lewes Live
Southovers Medieaval Fayre
The Chilli Fest (Southease)
Late Night Christmas Shopping
The Community spirit
The Pells Pool
The Golf Course
Stoolball
The walk to Glynde
The views through and down the twittens
The view down Cliffe High St and up The Cuilfail
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 12:22pm carmen wrote:
Scheduled ancient monument - priory ruins
Beautiful walks along the winterbourne and cockshut streams
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 1:29pm bastian wrote:
good music thanks to the Lamb, Con Club and Zu.
All of what webbo said, History and Aldi.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 2:55pm Paul Newman wrote:
I am very tempted to go and see the Soul Steppers , just listened to them and they sound fantastic
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 4:06pm trooper wrote:
All of the above. I have spent 30yrs of my life as soldier and eventually had to find somewhere to call home.I came to Lewes for a job interview and as soon as I left the railway station and looked around I realised that this was it, HOME, it felt right and so it has been for me that way ever since some years now. I count myself fortunate to live here. Cracking post WEBBO.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 5:26pm bastian wrote:
Beer!
We forgot the beer!
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 6:04pm Clifford wrote:
Webbo, do you think it's because of Lewes's 'bolshie attitude' that it's got a Tory council and a Tory MP?
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm Newell Fisher wrote:
Nice to see this thread staying nice
I have lived here most of my life. Wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 7:35pm Horseman7 wrote:
Being able to walk out of my front door and say hello to anyone without being considered barking.
Being able to go into the town centre and say hello to anyone without being considered barking.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 8:29pm A Person wrote:
Music making in every conceivable form to impossibly high standards. (As well as all the other things named here.)
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 8:33pm Fred wrote:
Our wonderful history, stunning location, strange customs, stubborn residents; all make Lewes unique. Enjoy enjoy enjoy.........
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 8:35pm Geoff Paddle wrote:
No matter how drunk I am, I can always pick up a lady at 11pm the Volunteer or the Charcoal at 12.00pm.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 8:44pm Gary wrote:
My favourite thing about Lewes is this forum.
Kind regards,
Gary
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 8:51pm Kettle wrote:
Just come back from London. Lewes seems like heaven to me.
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On 23 Jul 2015 at 9:49pm Reality wrote:
This thread has made me all emotional!
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On 24 Jul 2015 at 12:44am Webbo wrote:
Gary

@Clifford - I don't think the people of Lewes voted Maria Caulfield in
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On 24 Jul 2015 at 9:19am bastian wrote:
Dwyle flunking at the arms
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On 24 Jul 2015 at 10:07am Clifford wrote:
Webbo: On reflection, you're probably right. It would be interesting to see the GE vote broken down by ward.
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On 24 Jul 2015 at 11:20am Auntie Aviator wrote:
I don't know about the general election, but this is the vote share by each part of the district in the local election, which happened at the same time:

View the picture »
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On 24 Jul 2015 at 2:07pm Zzz.. wrote:
Lewes voted in Greens as a majority on the Town Council though. :-)
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On 24 Jul 2015 at 4:35pm Community Spirit wrote:
This is all absolutely right in terms of what Lewes has to offer in an aesthetic and practical sort of way but that can be fairly meaningless without the central emphasis being about community and genuinely caring about your fellow man and neighbour. That's actually what we need to get back to here and in this country as a whole. We've become so disjointed and so incredibly self-absorbed that even in the beautiful town of Lewes I bet there are are a good number of lonely people feeling on the fringe.
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On 24 Jul 2015 at 5:16pm Spawn of you know who wrote:
That's who started it all
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On 24 Jul 2015 at 6:48pm king cnut wrote:
I moved here in the late 70s. You wouldn't recognise Lewes from then. Apart from the odd glitch, Lewes has improved tremendously. It still has great potential; more river walks (replace the bridge at Malling), a bridge at the railway land, decent renewal of North Street (be honest its an awful eyesore now), bring back some of the lost restaurants......
The feeling you get on the train emerging out of Falmer tunnel with the Downs around you never fails to lift me
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On 24 Jul 2015 at 10:44pm Clifford wrote:
Community Spirit wrote: '... the central emphasis being about community and genuinely caring about your fellow man and neighbour. That's actually what we need to get back to here and in this country as a whole.'

Yes, let's get back to the good old days of 'caring about your fellow man' when gays and lesbians were persecuted, black people were openly discriminated against, and it was considered normla to pay women less than men for doing the same job.
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On 25 Jul 2015 at 12:03am Webbo wrote:
I don't think he was actually saying lets get back to everything about the 70s and before just the good stuff Clifford.
 
 
On 25 Jul 2015 at 7:26am King canute wrote:
Flippin 'eck king, late 70's and change? I was coming in on the Uckfield line in the mid 60's, my heart sank as I passed the ironworks; school every bloody day. Change is inevitable
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On 25 Jul 2015 at 10:49am Born in sun St wrote:
It's all the dfl's fault , well not just them all of us that move around , we don't get to know our neighbours and we have no roots , so the whole twee lewes thing and any other town , gets diluted , hence we are not that bothered about the community , I'm talking in large general terms , that's why so many organisations , rotary lions , bonfire , struggle to get new helpers , the incomers want all the good stuff but don't engage , I have been guilty when living in other areas whilst I was being an UFL , regards
 
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On 26 Jul 2015 at 4:29pm newspeak wrote:
I worry that fewer people will become involved in the local community of this town.... many of the active social and cultural groups are run by older /retired Lewesians and academics (eg the classical music groups), the bonfire soc's struggle to get youngsters involved, etc. When all the oldies die off, the commuter houses built on the Phoenix and the high street turned into chain stores, will we have any community left ??
I love Lewes, but it does need a bit more diversity and less tweeness, to keep it alive and moving forward. It can;t be pickled in historical aspic
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On 28 Jul 2015 at 8:15pm Old Cynic wrote:
As I no longer live in Lewes I can say you have nothing whatsoever to moan about EVER!!


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