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An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status. You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.

You can get a digital NHS COVID Pass through the NHS App or NHS website, using NHS login. You can also download your NHS COVID Pass as a PDF or get it sent you in an email.

If you cannot apply digitally using the NHS App or online service, you can ask for an NHS COVID Pass letter to be sent to you in the post by logging in at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter/

A Covid Forum has been set up by Tom Crossett and as part of this a weekly "gatepost" is published giving the latest Covid19 statistics for Lewes. To access the latest information select the latest Trends and Prevalence data on the right

Information on arrangements for GP Health care in Lewes is given here Lewes health care information

The lastest Government Covid advice may be found here UK Government Covid19 Advice

LEWES SPEAKERS FESTIVAL 2022, Saturday 22 January to Sunday 23 January at The All Saints Centre, Lewes

  • Saturday 22nd January, 11.20, Norman Baker, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport and Lewes MP takes a very critical stance on the role and behaviour of the Royal Family.
  • Saturday 22nd January, 12.50, Simon Heffer, nationally-renown journalist for the Telegraph and Spectator, looks at the impact of the First World War on British society and everyday life.
  • Saturday 22nd January, 14.20, Lord Tugendhat, former European Commissioner and Chairman of: Abbey National, talks about his unique take on the history of Britain in the first half of the last century told through the books that were written.
  • Saturday 22nd January, 15.50, Polly Toynbee, The star Guardian Columnist, and David Walker, former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission, offer the definitive survey of 2010-2020, one of the most tumultuous periods in British history and look to what lies ahead for us.
  • Saturday 22nd January, 17.20, Prof Sir David Omand, former Director-General of GCHQ and first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, gives us 10 lessons on how real spies think.
  • Saturday 22nd January, 18.50, Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaks about the women of Westminster who changed politics forever.
  • Saturday 22nd January, 20.20, Marina Chapman, The true story of Marina who as a 5 year old girl, after being kidnapped and left for dead in the jungle, spent 5 years living alone with Capuchin monkeys in Colombia. This is her astonishing story as told by Marina in person.
  • Sunday 23rd January, 9.50, Susan Saunders, Journalist and documentary producer, speaks about her research into longevity and disease prevention.
  • Sunday 23rd January, 11.20, Lord Howell, former Minister of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Energy, gives us a new picture of the dramas deep inside government and how yesterday’s clashes of ideology and personality have led to today’s unanticipated turmoil.
  • Sunday 23rd January, 12.50, Stanley Johnson, former MEP and father of well-known children, including the PM, speaks about his novel about the life of a child refugee from Cambodia and the international power games between Washington and Beijing that surround it.
  • Sunday 23rd January, 14.20, Robin Ince, Comedian and co-presenter of the BBC Radio 4 show,’The Infinite Monkey Cage’, reveals why scientific wonder isn't just for the professionals. Based on his thoughts and interviews with astronauts, comedians, teachers, quantum physicists, neuroscientists, he explores why many wrongly think of the discipline as so difficult.
  • Sunday 23rd January, 15.50, Vince Cable, former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills, gives a history of the world leaders who changed economics and the lives of millions.
  • Sunday 22nd January, 17.20, Steve Richards, presenter of The Week in Westminster on BBC Radio 4, explains who leads us and why. From Harold Wilson to Theresa May, he brilliantly brings to life all nine inhabitants of 10 Downing Street over the past fifty years, vividly outlining their successes and failures.
  • Sunday 23rd January, 18.50, Dan Cruickshank, architectural historian and television presenter, gives an illustrated talk on his love of the architecture of London.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office on: 0333 666 3366 or by booking online at: www.lewesspeakersfestival.com


Sussex Univeristy runs an winter events programme and the full programme of Sussex Lectures can be viewed at Sussex Lectures anyone is welcome to book places. The events up to February 2022 are:

Ask the Experts: Live discussion on consciousness

A live discussion on consciousness, with a panel of leading Sussex experts chaired by Sussex alumna, broadcaster (presenter of Health Check and The Evidence on BBC World Service) and Psychology Visiting Professor Claudia Hammond. Speakers include:

Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience, and Sussex alumnus
Jamie Ward, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Venue: This event will take place online via Zoom.

Thursday 2 December 2021 from 5pm to 6pm (GMT). Book you place at Discussion on Consciousness

Holocaust Memorial Day at Sussex 2022

Guest speaker: Hella Pick CBE. Chaired by Ivor Gaber, Professor of Political Journalism, and Sussex alumnus.

Film from the Jewish film festival, followed by a discussion of the film chaired by Judy Ironside MBE, Founder and President Jewish Film Festival.

Venue: This event will take place on the University of Sussex campus.

Wednesday 2 February 2022 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm (GMT). Book you place at Holocaust Memorial Day

The Society runs an annual programme of talks and readings by distinguished speakers from many areas of literary endeavour – novelists, poets, playwrights, biographers, historians, literary critics and travel writers, as well as illustrators and cartoonists. Session are open to all and as well as conversations with authors with short readings from their work, we have lively Q&A sessions to which you can contribute. These are presently held on Zoom but tickets need to be bought to gain access to the Zoom code to join the meeting. These are typically £4.95.

Meetings in the 2021/22 Season are

Dean Atta
18th January 2022

Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and his debut novel, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Book Award. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. Dean has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and Channel 4, and he is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. Dean is based in Glasgow, and is Co-director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and a patron of LGBT+ History Month. No stranger to Lewes and Brighton, Dean graduated from the University of Sussex in 2006.

Claire Wilcox
22nd February 2022

Claire Wilcox has been Senior Curator of Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum since 2004. She has staged many successful exhibitions for the museum including Radical Fashion, Vivienne Westwood, The Art and Craft of Gianni Versace, The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, and Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up. Professor in Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion, Claire’s latest book Patchwork, A Life Amongst Clothes, won the PEN Ackerley Prize in 2021.

Salley Vickers
22nd March 2022

Salley Vickers is the author of many highly acclaimed novels, including Miss Garnet’s Angel, The Cleaner of Chartres, Cousins, The Librarian, which was a top ten Sunday Times bestseller, Grandmothers, and two short story collections, the latest, The Boy Who Could See Death (Viking 2015). She was born in Liverpool and grew up in the Potteries, in Stoke-on-Trent, where her parents were active members of the Communist Party. She will be talking about her new book, The Gardener (November 2021) in which two sisters buy a ramshackle cottage together and embark on a journey of history, hurt and the healing power of nature.


The Davy Notebooks Project

The Davy Notebooks Project (wp.lancs.ac.uk/davynotebooks) is currently doing some exciting research with the help of the public. The project has an international community of over 1400 volunteer transcribers who are currently transcribing, using the people-powered research platform Zooniverse, Sir Humphry Davy's (1778-1829) handwritten notebooks (around 70 in all), many of which have never been transcribed before. Davy was the leading chemist of the early nineteenth century, but also a poet, moving in the same circles as Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth. His notebooks contain not only chemical notes and poetry, but also material encompassing philosophy, medicine, geology, mathematics, astronomy, and more. Anyone interested in any of these topics, or science or history more generally, will surely find the much of the material we're making freely available - in most cases for the first time - stimulating.

The project's Zooniverse page is at Davy project zooniverse project page

Contributing transcriptions to the project is entirely free, both interesting and rewarding, and no prior experience is necessary - full guidance on the transcription process is on the Zooniverse page, and the project team is on hand through the Talk forum feature to answer any queries.

If you have any questions, please just send an email to Davy Notebooks and a member of the project team will respond. Further promotional materials (e.g. newsletter item text, images) can be provided if wished.

The Lewes House Garden Project is seeking donations of plants for either planting in the garden or for house plants for cheering homes of isolated folk. If any u3a members would like to make a donation, please contact Paula Robson via her email: prr201465@gmail.com and she will be happy to collect plants