Community & Environment

Lewes has a strong sense of community and heritage. It was once home of revolutionary thinker Thomas Paine before he travelled to America sparking the revolution. Lewes has been described as “a place known widely for its spirit of dissent and debate”. There are many community groups and societies which reflect the diverse range of interests and passions.

We have listed below some clubs and societies, but you are welcome to tell us about others. Email

Lewes Climate Hub

Lewes Climate Hub is a not-for-profit alliance of community groups in and around Lewes in East Sussex, taking action on climate change and ecological breakdown. They aim to provide a central information and networking point on all climate and environment-related projects, events and activities happening in and around Lewes. See Lewes Climate Hub for news on projects and links to partner organisations.

Lewes History Group

A volunteer-led group of enthusiasts who have an active interest in the history of Lewes and its immediate surroundings. An annual programme of public talks  and they produce a monthly Bulletin. They encourage members to carry out their own research projects. Lewes History Group

The Friends of Lewes

Lewes Civic Society running regular talks, some via Zoom and they also organise Heritage days. See website for forthcoming events.