2018 Events

Power Trip: Fracking in the UK

Depot cinema - Wednesday 23 May

Documentary taking the viewer onto the front lines of UK resistance in the battle to stop the controversial energy extraction process known as fracking. We follow Lancashire Nanas, grandmothers who set up a campaign group and teamed up with younger activists Reclaim the Power to shut down the fracking sites of operator Cuadrilla. Nearer to home, Balcombe in West Sussex becomes the frontline of fracking resistance as trucks are occupied and gates are blocked. We explore how social media is being used by both fracking companies and activists in the battle to win public opinion. We hear from energy experts, journalists and key politicians amongst the voices of local residents and councillors.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director Paul O'Connor, investigative journalist and environmental writer Ruth Hayhurst, and hosted by Zuky Serper, artist in residence at the Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex.

Part of Green Week 2018 at Depot

Cycle Lewes 

Town Precinct, Lewes, Saturday 26th May 9.30am-1pm

Calling all cyclists in Lewes! Come to Lewes town precinct on Saturday 26 May and share YOUR experiences of cycling in and around the town. 


Cycle Lewes wants to hear what local improvements might help you cycle more easily and safely and encourage you and your family to cycle more. To this end, you'll also be able to review and comment on the latest draft of the group's Cycling Strategy for Lewes, which is to be presented to its AGM later in the year and will direct the group’s future activities.

Cycle Lewes will also be using the event to launch its ‘Ring Your Bell’ campaign to encourage cyclists to use a bell. The initiative has been supported by a grant from Lewes Town Council. If you haven’t got a bell, Cycle Lewes will fit a free one for you!

Local cyclists who use an ‘e-bike’ are also being invited to come along and share their experiences of going electric.

This event is the first of a series of monthly Cycle Lewes events throughout the summer. info@cyclelewes.org.uk
More on the Cycle Lewes Facebook page.


Tuesday 29th May 2018 - 8.00pm. Festival Big Top – Cuthman’s Field. Tickets £10 (£6 under 18) from the Festival box office or www.steyningfestival.co.uk

"Winning the Carbon War"

Solar pioneer Jeremy Leggett will be offering a first-hand account of the political battles being fought on the front lines of climate and clean energy policy.

Lewes shoppers invited to “unpack the plastic”

Shoppers are also being urged to take back the plastic to supermarkets every first Saturday of the month (next: 2nd June 2018) as part of a national campaign spearheaded by #notourplasticproblem.


Sir David Attenborough made an unexpected appearance at Waitrose in Lewes on Saturday 12 May, when a lifesize cut-out of the famous naturalist was used by Plastic Free Lewes to help urge shoppers to "unpack the plastic".

Plastic Free Lewes is lobbying the local supermarkets to reduce their amount of plastic packaging and encouraging shoppers to think about what plastic they could do without. The group handed out leaflets providing tips for cutting down on plastic when shopping and set out a wishlist of actions they'd like the supermarkets to take to help tackle plastic pollution (see below). 

Read more here...

Labour Party June Open Meeting: Greening Tomorrow

Greening Tomorrow – what is the plan when there are no slow options left?
Monday 4th June, 7.30 pm Phoenix Centre, Lewes

Main speaker is Alan Simpson, adviser on sustainable economics to the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell plus Arnold Simanowitz of “Keep it in the ground Sussex”
Non-LP members are welcome.

Doors open at 7pm (when refreshments are available) for a 7.30pm start.
Admission is free and the Phoenix Centre has full disabled access

Clean Air Day 2018

Saturday 23 June, Cliffe High Street, XXam-XXpm, FREE

Clean Air Day aims to raise awareness of air pollution and promote the things you can do to help improve air quality.

Clean air is fundamental to good health, with the cost of air pollution-related illness estimated at £20bn per annum. Particulate pollution has been linked with Alzheimer’s, and living near a major road is a risk factor in early death. Poor quality air is the cause of 40,000 deaths a year in the UK.


The UK’s national Clean Air Day 2018 is on the 21 June, but Lewes will be celebrating it on Saturday 23 June 2018.

Cliffe High Street will be closed (subject to LDC approval) and host street stalls and events throughout the day promoting cycling, walking and public transport, renewable energy, electric vehicles and looking at the role that nature can play in improving our air quality.

pic caption: Cliffe High Street to be closed (subject to LDC approval) for Clean Air Day on 23 June

Clean Air Day is promoted in Lewes by Transition Town Lewes and the South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment (SCATE). SCATE is a coalition of groups that oppose road building at the expense of investment in integrated rail and public transport along the south coast.

If you want to get involved with Clean Air Day 2018, please contact Kevin West

Making food choices: Why do we eat the food we eat?

Anni Townend in conversation with Daphne Lambert
Saturday 23rd June 10.15 - 12.45 at the Depot, Lewes

Join in the pernickety picnic game and share your food passions.
Unravel the stories behind our food.
Explore how we create nutrient dense diets that nourish everyone.
Engage in the lively conversation.
Sip & savour summer taste sensations. 

£15.00 includes refreshments & tastings. (concessions available)
Tickets for this event to be booked in advance via the Depot. https://lewesdepot.org/visit/tickets
After the event you can relax & enjoy a ‘special’ from the event lunch menu. Greencuisine Trust will be collaborating with the Depot to create a ‘specials’ menu all week in the restaurant.

Further enquiries or concessions contact jean@greencuisinetrust.org 
Greencuisine Trust - www.greencuisinetrust.org

The next TTL Social

Monday 25th June 2018, 7.30-9.30 pm at The Lewes Arms

  Don't miss the monthly Transition Town Lewes get-together. If you're new to TTL or just want to find out more, come along and share your ideas, whether you're interested in local food growing, renewable energy, green transport, inspiring films and talks, or something else. Everyone warmly welcome. Call Juliet on 07887 556 177. (There's no room booked so just wander round until you see our sign!)

 Young Nature Leadership Initiative


Do you know any young adults 18 – 25 years who could benefit from this free training Initiative? Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC are excited to be offering a fully funded Level 2 Training (OCNWMR) in Forest School Programme Support (QCF) and much more! You will be supported by experienced and friendly staff. 

This leadership initiative will train, mentor and empower diverse leaders to better connect their communities to nature, explore outdoor careers and advocate for positive change in their communities and support nature connection

It is a 10 day supported programmed aimed at vulnerable young people aged 18-25 who need a bit of extra support to get back into life, doing something meaningful, and make a difference to others. It is a fantastic opportunity and also all funded!!
This training will go beyond a Level 2 qualification and offer 15 young people between the ages of 18 – 25 years to expand their knowledge, understand and experience nature connection, the world of the child-led education and the benefits of working in nature. All young adults will have the opportunity to volunteer on various outdoor/nature experiences and also gain a John Muir Award at Discovery or Explorer Level.

Landport Community Garden - Volunteers

Landport Community Garden is looking for volunteers...


They say "Come and join us gardening, grow vegetables, fruit, flowers. Just turn up on Mondays from 1pm, go through blue door on right of old farmhouse/flats at the end of Landport - Hayward Road.

For more information ring 01273 475 480 or email davidgray194@gmail.com"

Follow them on Facebook...

Lewes Friday Food Market

Don't forget... every Friday morning at the Market Tower, Market Street, Lewes

It's bursting with fresh, seasonal, local produce and competitively priced. See you there!

Lewes Food Market is run by a not for profit, Community Interest Company: Lewes Local, which was set up by Transition Town Lewes Food Group. 

Contact the coordinator (tel: 07824711727) or go via the Lewes Food Market website...

Lewes Organic Allotment Project

Wednesday mornings, 9.30am-12.30pm, Nevill

The Lewes Organic Allotment Project  is a community allotment in Nevill which is also used as a demonstration site for workshops, composting instruction days, school trips, and more.

See the Common Cause website for more info.

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