My Lewes: Chris Oakley, Chartered Surveyor

May 29, 2018

 

Are you local?

 

Brighton born and bred. My wife Helen always says ‘you can take the boy out of Brighton, but you can’t take Brighton out of the boy’. I started my estate agent business there 25 years ago – we’re celebrating our anniversary in Shoreham, as we have just opened there. I moved to Lewes in 2000, and set up a branch here in 2007. So, yes, I guess I’m local.

 

What did you think of Lewes as a Brighton kid?

 

My first memory is that we used to go to Piltdown in the car at the weekend to mess about on boats my dad made for us, and I always remember driving through Lewes past what was the YMCA in the bottleneck singing Onward Christian Soldiers with my four brothers. It’s funny, that, because Helen and I ended up buying the building to renovate and live in, when we first came to Lewes!

 

What do you do for exercise?

 

Lewes is a wonderful place to be a runner. I’m getting more into cycling, as well. Myself and some colleagues are just back from a charity run from Brussels to Brighton, which included an attempt to get in the Guinness Book of Records for cycling for a mile round the i360 pod, while in the air, the most people to do a mile in the sky on a bike! We’ve raised over £50,000 so far for the Brighton Mayor’s charity. I’ve also recently got into paddle boarding on the Ouse, which I love... [read more]

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