We are working with partners Cycle Lewes , Dr Bike, Lewes Living Streets and Cycle Shack to create an updated Lewes cycle map. It has been a priority for a while to print up an updated version of the map; which has gone through two previous editions, to identify safe routes through the town and the location of cycle racks. This should improve people’s experiences getting about on two wheels around Lewes. The map will also include some ideas for trips to the countryside from the town. Big thanks to Lewes Town Council for their financial support towards this.
Working with the Lewes Area Access Group and local businesses it is aimed to create a project to improve access for disabled people, whether visitors or locals, in the town. This was a topic at the AGM in 2016 and remains a priority for 2017.
Lewes Fossil Festival 2017
Following the success of the first Lewes Fossil Fest a second one was held on 17th September 2017. Around 150 children plus parents and other adults attended the all-day event at the Linklater Pavilion on Sunday. Time was spent making paper Pterodactyls, painting model Ammonites, dino biscuit icing and following the Treasure Hunt around the Railway Land Nature Reserve.
Lewes Town Partnership thanks Chris and Mary and all the Lewes U3A Geology group volunteers who made the day go so well. Also to the Railway Land Wildlife Trust for the use of the Linklater Pavilion and South Street Bonfire Society for the teas and cakes.
Tim Hobbs and his family provided their sharks teeth again this year for sieving which proved a great attraction. The Treasure Hunt around the nature reserve resulted in 100 completed forms. The first out of the hat been drawn and the winner will be informed shortly.
The Lewes Dinosaur Mantellisaurus model was on display and people had a chance to share their ideas of where it could be located in Lewes as a permanent monument to Lewes palaeontologist Gideon Mantell. These ideas will be put into the mix for discussion.
Children’s author Nicky Dee held sway for two sessions of storytelling introducing her new book Bone Wars. Later on children also attended two sessions with story teller Jane Terry – who also provided the dino biscuits and icing activity – on The Trouble with Trilobites.
Big thanks to Bag of Books who provided samples of suitable books for sale. Also to geologist Roger Cordiner who brought along his Sussex Iguanodon tea shirts to sell and chatted with people on all sorts of topics relating to fossils.
We had fossils on display and people on hand to talk about them, and some people brought their own ones in to show. Cllr Graham Mayhew popped by and is pictured here with Laura McLennan from the University of Derby geology faculty who brought with her fossils to handle and to be on hand to talk to people about geology as a career choice. Laura was introduced to the festival by Lewes STEMfest https://www.facebook.com/LewesSTEMFest/ for more information.
And the giant dinosaur skeleton hidden in his underground cave stole the show. The answer to the number of bones on the dinosaur is 110! The winner is the person closest to the right answer. Many thanks to Carinan, and Co for the model. https://m.facebook.com/wonkypaleontologists/?locale2=en_GB
Networking events are held from time to time. The recent Spring one is written up below.
Car free days out from Lewes leaflet
Our last project was the new map guide for Car Free Days Out from Lewes, in partnership with Lewes Tourist Information Centre/Lewes District Council and funded by the South Downs National Park. The print run was 10,000 and you can pick up copies free of charge from Lewes Tourist Information Centre, or download them from here: clicking on: Car Free Days Out From Lewes, WEB Map.
We also (March 2016) ran a social media workshop for member organisations in Lewes.We are currently looking into creating a online map/guide of Lewes for people with disabilities and into providing an improved Christmas shopping experience (including Christmas lights) for Lewes. We are also working with Cycle Lewes to update the cycling map and leaflet.
Our Activities over the past few years can be downloaded as pdfs. Click here for the following:
We produce a monthly newsletter for members to share news, views and activities with each other. To view our archive of newsletters see here
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The Lewes Town Partnership is concerned to work with the Neighbourhood Plan process to see how the town’s future is planned. Working with partners we will be following proposals for the North Street (formerly known as the Phoenix) Quarter . The Directors want to ensure that any community benefit that might come to the town reflect the wishes and needs of the partnership’s members and communities in the town.