This year Debby will be doing three Tuesday afternoon shows of chat, music and musings on all things Lewes related that she has come across and would like to share. Together with some of her favourite tunes.

Programme Three: Live music in Lewes  – Tuesday 31st October 1-3pm
Live in the studio today is The Seema Tree: a three piece band working on their debut album with a thirst for music who enjoy playing original heart felt songs in their own eclectic manner. Guitar, double bass and drums bring rhythm to lyrics of love, sorrow, fear and joy (https://www.facebook.com/The-Seema-Tree-279026255847082/) (69X Music: https://en-gb.facebook.com/69xmusic/). This will be followed by a chat with Steve Franklin Director of Starfish Studios about the Save Our Starfish Campaign (https://starfish-studios.co.uk/) and Soraya Cotwal co-organiser of Cheeky in Chapel (https://www.facebook.com/westgatechapellewes/) and presenter on Radio Lewes’s Pass It On and Live Music Sessions (www.radiolewes.org.uk/)
Programme Two: John May in conversation – Tuesday 24th October 1-3pm
 A programme of conversation and memoires of John’s long career in music journalism (as Dick Tracey in theNME), blog writing http://hqinfo.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-john-may.html  and interests was intersprerced with John’s choice of music. The topics included the Battle of the Lewes Arms in 2206/7 fight to keep the Harvey’s flowing; the bringing  back of Rodin’s Kiss to Lewes which John insitigated and oversaw back in 1999; his work on promoting the life and works of Gideon Mantell and the beginnings of the Headstrong Club which he instigated http://headstrongclub.co.uk/
The second part of the programme featured Helen Browning Smith of RocketFM and Lewes District Council tourism and events department talking about the wealth of things that go on in our town. Go to the website www.staylewes.org/events for updated what’s on listings

Programme One: Access all Areas – 11th October 1-3pm

In the first part of the first Light Bites this year Debby welcomed Mark Outlon from the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre to the studio http://www.eshrc.org.uk/signlanguage.html. He brought with him information about the British Sign Language (BSL) course that he is hoping to run in Lewes after Christmas – but only if there is enough demand for it. The course is for 10 weeks, one hour sessions and it costs £40 or £20 if unemployed or pensioner. Mark is hoping to start the sessions on Tuesday 9th January from 2-3pm at a venue to be confirmed. So to sign up for the course contact them on mail@eshrc.org.uk. Maybe this is a first to feature sign language on the radio!
They talked about the skill of lip reading – something that can be learned if you find that you are losing your hearing. Many profoundly deaf people rely on this as a means of communicating so you need to speak clearly without mumbling or covering your mouth if you realise someone may be deaf. The Hearing Resource Centre can help with the hire of a portable loop system for meetings. These work if the person with hearing aid switches it to the T setting. Mark also explained the Infra red system where the user has a loop around their neck and it picks up the TV via infra red for those without hearing aids.
People can drop into the resource centre in Eastbourne at 8 St Leonards Road BN21 3UH on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am – 4pm for free advice and support on all aspects of coping with hearing loss or equipment. For basic hearing aid maintenance there are drop in session third Tuesdays every month from 11am to 12 noon at the Quaker Meeting House in Lewes BN7 2LE.
So if you’ve always been curious about BSL and would like to get to grips with the basics sign up today and hopefully the course can be run. Debby hopes so as she’s signed up for it….
We then heard from Liz Porter at Lewes Castle and their Sensing Culture project which aims to open up the castle and museum exhibits to blind and partially sighted people. More information here at Lewes Castle launching new app!