I am ill. No two ways about. I’ve been fighting it for a few days, this virus. Just woke up sneezing and blocked up. Actually, I’ve been ill on and off for months. It’s been a bad year for illness. Everyone I know or even see in the street has been more ill than usual this winter. Brighton, with its hedonism, its crush and its righteous population all using public transport is a hotpot for disease.
Won’t stop me going to Lewes Organic Allotment Project at Highdown Allotments in Nevill to finish the clay pizza oven building course though. Fighting talk!
Had a great day learning how to make a pizza oven, courtesy of tutor Owen Postgate and Chip at this community organic allotment project at Highdown, Nevill, Lewes.
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15 souls turned out for the community effort. The oven was made out of clay mostly from the Ouse - some was donated by a local potter. The few bricks, palletes screws used were also donated. The only material which had to be bought was some sand, which was almost completely recovered and can be reused. We had much constructive fun! I filmed various bits and will be posting the footage later, after I’ve built a new machine to process the film on and after we’ve finished the oven and eaten pizzas from it.
Annual membership of this allotment is £12 for individuals and £15 for families , which covers the cost of seeds, tools and manure. The rent for the Town Council site is paid for by Lewes District Council. Common Cause started this allotment in 2004. They’ve established close links with the Oyster Project,which is a member led disabled persons self-help charity, also based in Lewes. The allotment project has been awarded a £9,000 grant to develop an accessible area within the allotment for people using wheelchairs and mobility buggies.