Launched in 2008 the Lewes Pound supports local independent businesses, encourages local producers and attracts visitors to Lewes from all over the world. Its striking series of paper notes and their iconic designs have contributed greatly to Lewes's sense of identity and community. Over 100 businesses accept Lewes Pounds and over LP 1,000 are spent every month with local traders. However, most of our purchases are now made electronically - using internet banking, smart cards and even mobile phones.
Fiona Kay from award winning Cheese Please on Lewes High Street commented ‘We have customers who use Lewes Pounds regularly. An electronic Lewes Pound sounds a great idea and worth exploring."
To take this idea forward the Lewes Pound is seeking a paid part-time researcher for a short project to look at the merits of introducing an electronic version of the Lewes Pound. Supported by South Downs National Park and East Sussex Credit Union the project will look at the needs of Lewes and assess the benefits to the local community, local economy and local environment. Electronic currencies are working in Bristol and Brixton but how could they work in Lewes?
If you would like to apply and are interested in research, new technology and in local issues please contact The Lewes Pound at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 19th May 2015.
An open meeting is scheduled to discuss this study. All are welcome at the Rights of Man pub at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th May.
The Lewes Pound is grateful for the support of Bill’s, Cheese Please, Frank Richards & Sons, Harveys, Just Trade Food Co-op, Knill James, Laportes, 50 Sheep, Lewes Town Council, South Downs National Park, Pelham House and Transition Town Lewes.
A house-owner in Lewes has become one of the first in this area to use state-of-the-art lithium battery technology to store energy from solar PV panels. Jill Goulder, owner of an Eco House featured annually in the Lewes Eco Open Houses weekend, has installed a lithium battery storage system linked to her solar PV panels. These recharge during sunlight hours and provide power in the evenings – very useful for households who use most of their electricity outside sunlight hours. The system switches seamlessly between battery and mains supply as needed; a good system will cover a household’s normal needs, though of course major appliances such as washing-machines and vacuum cleaners drain the batteries rapidly and will need mains top-up. More...
Jill with her solar panel and lithium storage battery installations.
© O Sauer 2015
Development by Lewes people for Lewes people
Lewes Phoenix Rising is a development company set up by local people to ensure that imminent redevelopment of the North Street/Phoenix area of Lewes, East Sussex meets the real needs of the town.
They are going to knock on your door. Rather than let the candidates tell you what they want, here are some ideas of what you could ask election candidates to see if they are really going to address the critical issues of climate change and community resilience:
1) What's your view on the North St development and the provision of more expensive housing, plus the loss of jobs and community there?
2) How are you going to support local businesses and the local economy?
3) What are your plans to increase energy efficiency and support renewable energy schemes?
4) How are you going to promote health and wellbeing in a sustainable way?
5) What solutions do you propose to encourage people to get out of their cars, use local transport and walk?
There's an interesting article on nature and wellbeing on the RPPB website:
Creating more space for nature and encouraging human connection with nature is a major societal challenge requiring change in land-use, health care provision, planning, education and economics. We need a step change in thinking and approach. A Nature and Wellbeing Act could be just the catalyst we need. More...
Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Fruit Factory is all about local food
Here's their message: 'One week ago we launched a crowdfunding campaign to complete our straw bale Fruit Factory. You can watch our short video about it here...
One of the Brighton Permaculture Trust’s key projects for the last six years has been our pop-up scrumping project – turning unwanted and wasted fruit into delicious produce.
Now, we want to scale-up the scrump. We need to raise £12K in 30 days for the completion of our straw bale 'Fruit Factory'. Located in an old tractor shed in Stanmer Park the straw-bale renovation will be used for the processing of local and seasonal fruits into jams, chutneys, and juices. The Fruit Factory could process up to 40 tons of fruit a year – the equivalent of 250,000 apples!' More...
It will be 2030. My about-to-be grandson will be a large hungry teenager and our world will have changed hugely. Zero Carbon Britain 2030 (Centre for Alternative Technology) calculates that we can reach zero carbon emissions using current technology, and still have a good standard of living. Lewes has already made a start with solar panels on Harveys and elsewhere, and there is much more in the pipeline locally. ZCB also addresses food and agriculture and shows that a healthy diet is lower in carbon emissions.
|I propose we plan towards this date and start with a festival celebrating our progress towards a liveable, flourishing Lewes in 2030, covering all aspects of life from zero carbon to community care, health, education and fair employment. The Lewes 2030 project will bring in different sections of the community planning for its welfare and ask: how will we achieve our desires and needs by 2030?|
My generation will need to be part of a supportive community - how will health and caring be managed in the Lewes area? How can we increase wellbeing, eliminate poverty and make sure that people doing essential work can live nearby? What will Lewes produce and sell?
Even if the world reduces carbon emissions drastically, climate change will still have got worse, probably with more droughts, more winter rain and more storms and flooding - what preparation do we need to make?
Lewes 2030 will start this autumn and become an annual event, showcasing viable future plans and preparations, in which any group can get involved. Please get in touch if you would like to take part.
The Guardian has thrown its weight behind the global divestment movement and they have even chosen the same name as our group (a coincidence/great minds etc)!
So please act local and don't forget to sign our petition to the East Sussex Pension Fund
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com we are located at Cockshut Road Lewes, opposite the Lewes tennis and hockey club. All are welcome!
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
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...
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...
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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...
Thinking of volunteering? ...Lewes Food Market would love to hear from you. All the information is here...
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...
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!