The Mighty Rooks

What’s not to like about Lewes FC, The Mighty Rooks. A ground called The Dripping Pan a stroll from the town centre. Eleven quid to get in, free for kids, quality burgers, Harveys £3.40 a pint and views of the sun-setting on the South Downs.

The Dripping Pan Lewes FC was saved from extinction by supporters in 2010 and is now a community owned club. Spectators are free to wander around the ground and change ends at half-time. The directors lounge is a portacabin and as the sun sets a flock of rooks return to roost in trees behind the ground.

The Isthmian Premier league game against fellow mid-tablers Harrow Borough was a lively affair on a difficult heavy pitch. Lewes were the better side through out. Sam and Nathan Crabb combining well down the right and their brother Matt a danger from midfield.

Lewes clearance

For Harrow Simeon Akinola showed some fantastic step-overs and drag backs during the warm up but despite being given ball in space a number of times he could make no impression.

Harrow barely had a shot on target while Lewes constantly threatened and kept Shea the Borough keeper busy. Half way through the second half they finally scored, Penny heading in a near post corner.

Boro defend Lewes corner

Penny scores for Lewes

Penny scores for Lewes

But near the end either A) Lewes were guilty of sitting back after going ahead . Or B) Harrow pressed forward because they were behind.

After a long weaving run Lucien equalised  shooting low into the corner from the edge of the area.

Both sides stay mid-table but Harrow will go home the happier. Lewes will be frustrated by their twelfth draw of the season.


Attendance 564

Not so big Sunday

The winter storms have finally ended it’s a beautiful Sunday and Brighton and Hove has come out into sunshine. On the seafront thousands are running the half marathon, taking photos of West Pier or walking the dogs and kids.


In the shadow of Shoreham Power Station twenty or so surfers bob up and down watching for waves. The surf break is Hot Pipes named after the jetty where the station discharges cooling water.


 The surf is between six and eight foot and come in clusters but many of the surfers are paddling in.

Chris a regular said: “ It’s because of the shore dump. It’s good here from low to mid tide but after that the wave just dumps.”

Waves break when their height is almost equal to the water depth. Brighton’s beach shelves deeply. The waves hit the shallows and crash.

Chris said: “When you ride one it just drops from beneath your feet and you end up in knots.”

The Brighton shore-dump is why relatively few kite and windsurfers use the city’s beaches and those that do are pretty good but even experts can have problems.

 There are three surf breaks around Brighton and Hove the best on the east side of the Marina has a reputation for localism, the most well known is next to West Pier but Hot Pipes is the most popular.

Chris says it’s a friendly place and six to eight foot  waves at Hot Pipes is not so big.

I find planning applications interesting

I’m taking a  trainee journalism course NCTJ in Brighton. I had big plans to keep a blog going but there is so much else to do. I’m playing catch up .

I’m not complaining. All the else I had to do. Looking for and chasing stories, researching obscure stuff. I spent three evenings on Palace Pier waiting for some starlings to show up. It’s not work.

A few weeks ago we had a lecture on how to report  council committee planning meetings. The committee decide on the whether a range of projects can be built. They make decisions on multi-million pound developments to PVC window frames in a heritage area.

For our lecture we looked at the BHCC website.  There was one stand-out application to discuss.

Ex-drug addicts were going to be housed in shipping containers.

The application was actually a practical solution to a difficult problem. Brighton and Hove has a drug problem and a housing shortage. Recovering addicts have nowhere to live.

Shipping containers have been adapted to apartments and used as student housing in Holland. They have the advantage of being temporary and quick to assemble.  If it becomes a problem it can be closed and moved.

The sketch for the project looked promising. I wouldn’t mind living there.

Shipping container 2

I cycle past the site every day. It’s at the bottom of a hill on the corner of a busy junction. A railway line runs behind the trees.

The site used to be a scrapyard and on the corner  the Cobblers Thumb pub.

The pub had been listing for years, despite desperate attempts to keep it upright it  was condemned and demolished,

I don’t know much about urban planning but there is a reason you have a scrapyard and a pub on a busy corner where trucks start to grind uphill. Next to a railway line.

It’s because nobody wants to live there.


Good luck to them.