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Late Night Shopping - 7th December 2017

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Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Late Night Shopping, when half of Lewes, and a good few people from outside of town, take advantage of the late opening hours to sort out their Christmas shopping… and fill up on mince pies and mulled wine.


Lewes Late Night Shopping


We’re planning a great night for all residents and visitors alike. It’s not just the High Street that’ll be opening up later than usual: check out late-night shopping opportunities from AS Apothecary in Western Road, to Bags of Books in South Street… and don’t forget the Needlemakers.

This year, unfortunately the roads will be open to traffic, so please do keep to the pavements and pedestrian areas. And if you’re thinking of driving into Lewes, please do bear in mind there will be a lot more people about at that time of night than usual. All Lewes Pay & Display car parks are FREE to park after 5pm. This also includes the car park at County Hall at the top of St Anne’s Hill.

Each year we hope to raise as much money as possible for local good causes, this year we are thrilled to be raising funds for Sussex Search and Rescue. Volunteers will be out and about in the town all evening with collecting buckets. Sussex Search and Rescue are the primary volunteer resource used by Sussex Police to search for, and rescue, vulnerable missing people. They are on call 24 hours every day throughout the year. As a 100% volunteer organisation their members give their time free of charge and expect nothing in return but satisfaction from a job well done. They exist to serve the community of Sussex through the goodwill of their members and charitable donations. 

So what's going on...

Barbican House, by the castle, will be welcoming guests to the Museum offering spinning demonstrations and a children’s trail round the galleries. 

There’s plenty more treats and entertainments at the top of town, make sure you don’t miss out! The Christmas Craft Fair makes a welcome return this year at Lewes Town Hall (Fisher Street entrance). With over 60 stalls and free entry, you’ll be sure to find that unusual Christmas gift. 

Popping up just for Christmas, to coincide with Lewes Late Night Shopping, Lewes-based artist, Kelly Hall is opening a festive pop up art gallery and gift shop at 2 Fisher Street from 7th-9th December. Kelly paints Modern Vintage artwork collections which are available to buy as signed art prints, greeting cards and homewares – perfect Christmas presents and stocking fillers. Special seasonal offers and festive treats will also be available.

Santa’s Grotto will take up residence once again in Lewes House on School Hill. It’s a lovely treat for the kids, but for parents as well with mulled wine while you wait.

Cliffe Precinct will have its usual festive stalls, food retailers and small children’s fairground style rides. 

Harvey’s Brewery will host their traditional yard event from 6pm – 9pm where you’ll be able to enjoy music, a hog roast & BBQ, vintage vehicles, heavy horses and a well stocked bar, which will be serving the newly released Christmas Ale.

Blackpowder Morris Dancers will be dancing in the Cliffe area and we’re delighted to welcome back samba band Silver Sounds, Zu Choir and King's Church Choir, to entertain you while adding some razzmatazz to your shopping experience.

Lewes & District Dementia Action Alliance are holding a pop-up information point at SCDA Charity Shop near the War Memorial. 

Twelve shops are taking part in this years Town Trail. Each shop will have a letter. Arrange the letters into a festive phrase below. Collect all 12 stamps, complete the anagram, fill in your contact details, tear out this page and hand it in to any of the participating shops. The first three entries drawn will win either a Harvey’s hamper, a £25 voucher for Bags of Books or a Viva stocking filled with goodies from local shops. The prize draw will take place on Friday 8th Dec. Don’t forget to take your Viva Lewes out with you! 

If you’re open on the evening or visiting, please share and mention on social media with @LewesChamber / #LewesLNS /



Images ©VivaLewes 


Selected FREE Parking In Lewes

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Selected FREE Parking In Lewes - Friday 8th, 15th & 22nd December 2017

Once again, Lewes District Council have agreed to offer day-time free parking to pre-Christmas shoppers in a bid to attract visitors to the Town to sample its many and varied independent stores.

Lewes Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Lewes Town Council, are pleased to report that 14 of the Town's Pay & Display car parks are included.

Chamber President, Clare Crouch, said "The aim is encourage people from outside the town to come to Lewes and find refreshing ideas that they may not have seen in their own home-town shops. This gesture is much appreciated, and we hope that it will give everyone planning their Christmas shopping yet another great reason to do it here in Lewes!” 

* Please note this applies to the following Car Parks only, and NOT on street parking.


Brook Street

Phoenix Causeway

Cliffe High Street

Pinwell Road

East Street

South Street (North)

Friars Walk

Spring Gardens

Little East Street

The Maltings

Market Lane

West Street

Mountfield Road

Westgate Street


Lewes District Business Awards 2017

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Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted and the ultimate winners, it was a great night and just shows what a strong and thriving business community we have in the Lewes district.

LDBA Winners 2017


Company of the Year – Sponsored by Brighton & Hove Buses

Wave Leisure Trust Limited   WINNER

Wilson Wilson & Hancock Opticians

Fundraising Auctions


Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by Swindells

Le Magasin   WINNER




Businessperson of the Year – Sponsored by Cheesmur Building Contractors

Nathaniel Hepburn, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft   WINNER

Richard Light, Fundraising Auctions

Jacqueline Elsey, Krunchkins Ltd. t/a The Runaway


Best Green Business – Sponsored by Veolia

Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd   WINNER

Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC

Tina’s Kitchen


Business in the Community – Sponsored by Richard Soan Roofing

CTLA Community Transport   WINNER

Lewes Football Club

Edward Reeves Photography


Culture, Leisure & Tourism – Sponsored by Viva Lewes

Bluebell Railway Plc   WINNER

Pells Pool Community Association

Newhaven Fort (Wave Leisure Trust Limited)

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft


Best Independent Retailer – Sponsored by Wave Leisure

W E Clark & Son Limited   WINNER

Chalk Gallery

Alexis Dove Jewellery

Holy Cow! Ice Cream Company Ltd


Best Independent Food or Drink Producer – Sponsored by Knill James

Burning Sky Brewery   WINNER

Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd

Ridgeview Wine Estate


Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Basepoint

Cleankill Pest Control   WINNER

Gateway Cafe (Papachinos Ltd)

The Phoenix Centre (Sussex Community Development Association)


The Best Place to Entertain Clients – Sponsored by ACES Magazine

Plumpton Racecourse   WINNER


Aqua Restaurant


Best Business Growth – Sponsored by Platinum Business Magazine

Fundraising Auctions   WINNER

Le Magasin

Industrial Construction (Sussex) Ltd


Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by LEAP

Anna Lane – Treatment Tents    WINNER

Anthony Eggleton – ProAim Performance

Alison Grant – Fitzroy House, Lewes (Arts Venue)

Samantha Revill – Sam Revill Social Media Training

Kate Wood – Kate Wood Communications Ltd


The Professional Services Award – Sponsored by Yelo Architects

Wilson Wilson & Hancock Opticians    WINNER

Mayo Wynne Baxter

Oakley Property Lewes


The Creative Industries Award – Sponsored by UNIGLOBE       

Atelier Dina Malkova    WINNER

Design+Product Ltd





AGM Results 2017

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President’s Report 2016/17

2016/17 was been a busy year for Lewes Chamber of Commerce, and one I have thoroughly enjoyed as my first year as President. It¹s been great meeting so many new people through the networking events and learning so much more about Lewes, the people and the businesses that make it what it is.

We held 21 events throughout the year, these included the regular Breakfast and Lunch events, a Fire Safety Training course, updates on the North Street Quarter Development, a very delightful afternoon tea at Pelham House and Football at The Dripping Pan.

These events regularly attract a diverse range of businesses made up of both Chamber members and non-members, many of which have since joined the Chamber. Our membership currently stands ay 75 businesses.

I’ve tried to attend as many of these events as possible and have seen Chamber members building very successful partnerships. For those Lewes Chamber members who have not yet attend these events, I would really encourage you to come along.

We have actively supported and promoted Lewes for a Living Wage, The Lewes & District Business Awards (LDBA) and The Lewes and District Dementia Action Alliance. Last year we had five members as LDBA finalists with three of them scooping the top spot in their categories – Cheese Please (Best Independent Retailer), Community Transport for the Lewes Area (Best Customer Service) and Wave Leisure (Best Employer).  I’m hoping to see similar if not better results in 2017!

I’d like to express my personal thanks to the Executive Committee for their support in my first year. The Chamber really has thrived over the past year and has received favourable comments to that effect. If you have ideas on how you would like to see the Chamber develop and expand over the coming months please do come along to an event, share them or contact the Chamber directly we¹d love to hear from you. 

Many thanks

Clare Crouch
President, Lewes Chamber of Commerce



PRESIDENT: Clare Crouch (hrscreative)
VICE PRESIDENT: Position Vacant*
SECRETARYClaire Duc (Small Business Locum)
HONORARY TREASURERAndrew Wells (Andrew M Wells Accountancy)
HONORARY SOLICITORSarah Morgan-Kelly (Morgan Kelly Solicitors)

Adam Bagnall (Harvey's Brewery)
David Clark (W.E.Clark & Son)
Fiona Kay (Cheese Please)
Nick Ludford (Plumpton College)


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Bruce Bannerman

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I am sure that most members are aware that Bruce Bannerman, owner of The Gourmet Delicatessen, sadly died on 1st March, aged 84.  

Below is a lovely article about Bruce, written by his friend Andrew Clarke of Louis Potts & Co.


Bruce learned his trade as a caterer at the Savoy in London and had a long and successful career in the catering industry, first as the owner of the Old Ferry Inn in Fowey, Cornwall and later as a specialist catering importer in Trinidad, before giving in to the lure of being his own boss. In 1962 he began searching the country for a suitable site for a high class delicatessen and caterer - his own Harrods Food Hall.

His search ended in Lewes, where he had the foresight to see the town’s potential when it was at its lowest point, opening in the High Street in June 1963, at a time when many old established shops were closing.

Bruce, and his wife Jean, were pioneers of modern Lewes, expanding steadily over the years to build the hugely successful and fondly remembered Gourmet shop and outside catering. Bruce often commented that he saw the town hatched, matched and dispatched as he catered for many of Lewes society’s christenings, weddings and funerals. It is hard to believe that it is 20 years since the Gourmet closed. We all remember his fantastic hanging baskets, invariably illuminated by the lights from his kitchen, as he and Jean regularly worked six days a week from 5.00am to 7.00pm.

In spite of his prolific workload, from the time he opened his first shop, Bruce was an enthusiastic and active member of the Chamber and never ever missed a Chamber of Commerce meeting. He was always a steady source of advice, forever volunteering for the hard sub-committee work that achieves results without necessarily reflecting public glory, and he was one of the original Christmas Late Night Shopping team.

Less well known is Bruce's unstinting effort, often through the Chamber, in encouraging new business in Lewes. He was a tremendous encouragement to us when we first opened Louis Potts on School Hill in 1976 (he was our first landlord) and it was Bruce who, when we outgrew 206 High Street, tipped us off about the potential availability of a bigger shop at 14 High Street in 1979. In 1989, Bruce was instrumental in introducing us to the developer of our present shop in Cliffe High Street - he has been a fantastic friend and mentor to us over the years, and I can name a good many other shopkeepers and restaurateurs who have similarly benefited from Bruce's advice and support, both personally and through the Chamber.

With regard to Bruce, it is enough to say that he was a great and kind man, and he will be fondly remembered by all of the Lewes business community.