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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart1.Game, set & matchJohn Graham-Hart goes in search of properties with tennis courts...In my father’s garden was many a wondrous thing. The roses were the envyof the village. The vegetable patch, a riot of show-winning produce. Thelawns were bowling greens and the box hedges, a Euclidean dream. All,however, was chaos and calamity compared with his tennis court, 6,120 squarefeet of hallowed ground as close to perfection as God, in this world, allows.He had lived for much of his life in Latin America so been forced to playlargely on clay courts. Now back in England, he could have his own grasscourt and here he reigned supreme, vanquishing friend, foe and family alikeuntil, in his late sixties, arthritis in his right hand meant that he could nolonger humiliate county players half his age and he decided to call it a day.It had been a good run and his only regret was that through the winterthe court was unplayable. Had today’s all-weather courts been invented,the joy of being able to play year round might have won out againsthis love of grass and it’s possible he would have been tempted.Today, of course, the all-weather court is the norm when it comes tohome tennis courts. Durable, low maintenance and offering year-roundplay, it’s the obvious choice. The downside is, of course, the cost which canbe anywhere between £25,000 and £40,000 and although there’s no doubtthat a court could be an attractive feature when you come to sell, there canbe no automatic assumption that you will recoup your building cost.And that is good news if you’re looking to buy a property with acourt. You may find you could pay the same for somewhere with a courtas an equivalent home without. All you have to do is hope that youdon’t find you’re bidding against the shade of my father for then, as somany times in my youth, it would be advantage Graham-Hart Snr.1. Spring PlaceWhere? Spring Place is set in alovely rural location between thepopular villages of Plaxtol, Shipbourneand Hadlow just over four miles fromTonbridge (Google Maps TN11 0EY).What? The property is an historicand impressive Grade II-listed, late16 th century manor house with a latemedieval section and awash withexceptional period features. The drawingroom boasts an excellent inglenookand the dining room, a window fromHadlow Castle. Both drawing roomand sitting room have woodburnersand the kitchen/breakfast room, anAga. All have good ceiling heights.On the first floor are four bedroomsincluding a master with en suitebathroom and on the second floora fifth bedroom with en suitebathroom. Although the house itself isexceptionally attractive, much of thecharm of the place is its setting andfive acres of gardens that encompassa tennis court and its own pavilion, aswimming pool, a lake and a pond.How much? Spring Place hasa guide price of £2,500,000 and ison the market with Knight Frankin Sevenoaks. Call 01732 744477or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk.www.wealdentimes.co.uk16 BelmontWhere? Belmont is set in the village ofLangley, about two miles north of SuttonValence (Google Maps ME17 3NE).What? Belmont is an impressive – andsurprisingly unlisted – building datingfrom about 1590. Lofty ceilings and largewindows mean the well proportionedrooms are naturally light. Accommodationincludes drawing room with exceptionalcarved beams, panelled sitting room/study,double-aspect dining room, kitchen andadjacent breakfast room, wine cellar, anda family room with three sets of Frenchwindows one of which leads out to thetennis court. A leisure wing also boasts anelegant indoor swimming pool and sauna.Upstairs there is a large playroom/sittingroom, a beautiful master bedroom suitefeaturing plaster panelling incorporating17 th century oil paintings, a temporarilyblocked fireplace and windows, a guestsuite of bedroom and bathroom and afurther four bedrooms. The propertystands in about two acres of establishedand secluded gardens with expansive lawns,a kitchen garden, water garden, orchard,garaging for four cars and a workshop.How much? Belmont is on themarket at £1,350,000 and is withSavills in Cranbrook. Call 01580720161 or visit www.savills.co.uk.3. Belvidere HouseWhere? Belvidere House is set in abelt of attractive countryside betweenthe villages of East Malling andWateringbury (Google Maps ME19 6JE).What? An elegant Victoriancountry home, the property hasbeen comprehensively renovated andupdated to provide an impressive,contemporary family home whichoffers seven bedrooms, three receptionrooms, study, spacious kitchen-breakfastroom, cinema room, games room, anda large indoor swimming pool complex.There is a large master bedroom suitewith dressing room and bathroom, aguest bedroom suite also with dressingroom and bathroom and two furtherbedrooms with en suite showers.The property is set in almost 10 acresencompassing formal gardens, matureparkland, a paddock with summerhouse,a large triple-bay garage blockwith ornate clock tower, and, ofcourse, an all-weather tennis court –all with fine views of the surroundingcountryside and North Downs.How much? Belvidere Househas a guide price of £2,999,995 andis with Fine & Country in WestMalling. Call 01732 222272 orvisit www.fineandcountry.com.4. Three Chimneys HouseWhere? Three Chimneys Houseis set in a rural location off theSissinghurst Road just outside thepopular and historic village of Biddenden(Google Maps TN27 8HA).What? Three Chimneys is asympathetically refurbished and extendedGrade II-listed country house datingfrom 1730 and blending 21 st centuryconvenience and period atmosphere.Accommodation includes a handsomedrawing room with inglenook andwoodburner, sitting room also withinglenook, family room leading through toa conservatory, study and a superb vaultedkitchen/dining room. Upstairs over twofloors are a master bedroom with en suitebathroom, family bathroom and fivefurther bedrooms. Outside the grounds area particular feature, divided into gardenrooms designed to provide interest throughthe seasons. There are two paddocks, abeautiful pond and bridge, a parterregarden, substantial terrace, bluebellwood, a second large pond with a jetty, asummerhouse, hot tub and tennis court.How much? Three ChimneysHouse has a guide price of £1,225,000and is with Jackson-Stops inCranbrook. Call 01580 720000or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk.17 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Win £300Jacksons Secret Garden Party Show Garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower ShowAny of you who are regularreaders of this page, can’t helpbut have noticed that I’vementioned that we had a showgarden at RHS Hampton CourtFlower Show this year. It wouldbe remiss of me not to let youknow how it all went now it’s allover. I must admit to saying thatwith more than a little relief -it’s been an amazing experience,very busy and pretty exhausting,but all in all very positive.The build up started on 10ththrough to 28th June and whatwas just a green piece ofparkland was transformed into astunning (even if I say it myself!)Show Garden. It was fascinatingseeing our garden take shapeover the weeks, and of course allthe other stands, exhibits andshow gardens as well.I got a bit nervy the closer wegot to the show opening, themedia appeared, we had a fewinterviews and even Monty Donwas filmed in the garden andsaid some very complimentarythings about our Jacksons SecretGarden Party. And then in theafternoon of Monday 29th themedals were announced. I’mdelighted to say we got an RHSSilver Gilt medal, which I’m toldis just a shade below a Gold -not bad going for a first attemptand if I’m honest a huge reliefthat we didn’t end up with eggon our faces, with no medalawarded or one that wasn’tquite as shiny!I’ve put lots of photos up onlinefor you to see, especially forthose who didn’t get a chance tovisit the show, or see any of themany programmes on the TVthat week. If you go to yourlocal page:www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk/ashfordlocal there is a link.There’re also instructions onhow to vote for your favouritegarden - if you remember ourgarden featured 6 smallergardens within our one biggarden - you will be able to viewgardens 1 – 6 and then emailwith which is the one you likebest. Someone will be picked atrandom from these emails as thewinner of £300 of Jacksonsvouchers.And talking of winners, we ran adraw over the last few monthsto win pairs of tickets toJBelow left: Monty Don filming for the BBC in the garden. Below right: a view inside the garden showing the colourful planting.JacksonsFencingnews, topicaltreatsand more...Our Hampton CourtShow Garden update...JacksonsFencingnews, topicaltreatsand more...Here’s a simple shelterthat makes a delightful‘retreat’ in any garden...After showing you some ofour very lovely customerprojects over the last fewmonths, to help inspire you withyour own garden projects, Ithought it was high time Ishowed you something temptingfrom the Jacksons range.Something suitably summery,that may capture yourimagination and make you keento have something like it in yourown outdoor space.I think this may be it; we createdthe Retreat shelter a couple ofJacksons Woven Retreat garden shelteryears ago, it was inspired by astructure in one of our Jacksonsshow gardens (The SanctuaryGarden by Joanne Winn). It wasa simple garden shelter with aback, one side and a roof, thathad the option of having apolycarbonate covering to makeit a bit more shower-proof –pretty handy with our typicalBritish summers. One of thebonuses with this standard,single unit Retreat, is the size;it’s not massive with a modestfootprint of roughly 3.3m wideby 1.9m, but as you can seethat’s plenty big enough toaccommodate a four piecegarden seating set, including atable. So it’s the sort of size thatcan nestle easily into a corner ofa small courtyard or garden.However if you wanted to bemore ambitious you can add tothis standard Retreat by addingpanels or doubling depth etc. soif you wanted something biggerhave a chat to Jackson’s salesteam. The original Retreat wasdesigned with Venetian panelsHampton Court - we gave away(simple five horizontal pairs of tickets slats) in which all andlooked I’m great, pleased this to new say most version of youRetreat dropped has our by the new show Woven garden topanels say which hello and I think pick looks up your evenbetter goody and bags, creates great wonderful to meet youlight and sorry shade we effects were so when busy atthe sun times shines that it through made it the a bit trickypanels. to spend much time getting towww.jacksons-fencing.co.uk/know you better.ashfordlocal www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk/or ashfordlocal or callcall 0800 408 4733 4754 to talk toyouryour local Jacksons FencingCentre.Centre.louise@jacksons-fencing.co.uklouise@jacksons-fencing.co.uk

focus on...Facial CosmeticProceduresAmir Nakhdjevani, consultant plastic surgeon at the Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic in Tunbridge Wells, gives us thelowdown on his ‘walk in, walk out’ facelift - The Concept Facelift.How did the Concept Facelift comeabout?One of the most commondeterrents for many of my patientsconsidering a traditional faceliftis the lengthy recovery time. Ilistened to them carefully andmanaged to find an effectiveway to give clients the look theywanted without having to takeweeks off work to hide theirbruised and swollen recovery.What does the procedure involve?I believe a good surgeon treats notwo faces the same, which is whyI carefully assess the intricacies ofyour face and plan a procedurethat will flatter and rejuvenateyou, without too stark a differencepostoperatively.Typically, the procedure lastsbetween 2-3 hours and isperformed under local anaesthetic.The Concept Facelift involvestightening the layers of muscleunder the skin, as well as the skinitself in order to leave you withlong lasting results. Not only is itvirtually painless but you will behome the same day, too.Who is a good candidate for a ConceptFacelift?If your skin is loose, developingwrinkles, sagging around the midfaceor creating the appearance ofjowls due to dropped fat depositsthen a Concept Facelift can help.So, what is different between aTraditional facelift and a ConceptFacelift?Traditionally, facelifts are carriedout under general anaestheticwith bandages, drains and stapleson the scar that extends into thehair. Not only does this approachresult in heavier scarring, but alsoexcessive bruising and swelling andan extensive recovery time of 4-6weeks which typically results in atleast 2 weeks off work.The Concept Facelift is a fullfacelift and is performed as a ‘walkin, walk out’ procedure carriedout under local anaesthetic,leaving a smaller scar and usingno bandages, drains or staples.Bruising is minimal if any, and youcan be back to work within days.The Concept Facelift createsa natural, youthful and freshHow can you be sure that thisprocedure lasts as long as a traditionalfacelift, if it’s only been developed inthe last 18 months?The effective tightening of thefoundation of the face, restoringthe muscle layer, while addressingboth volume and the skin arewhat makes for a long lastingfacelift. The Concept Faceliftis no different, but it effectivelyaddresses the negative aspectsof traditional facelifts such asbruising, scarring and downtime.appearance and lasts as long astraditional facelifts! As a result,Concept has been trademarkedand I am the only surgeon in thecountry offering the ConceptFacelift.To attend an opening evening, or book a consultation...Bella Vou, Pantiles Clinic45-47 The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5TET: 01892 257 030 W: bellavou.co.uk E: hello@bellavou.co.ukbellavou @bellavou bellavouANMr. Amir NakhdjevaniConsultant Plastic SurgeonMBBS MRCS FRCS (Plast.)

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Miss Anita Hazari MBBS, MD,FRCS(Plast), Consultant Plastic andReconstructive Surgeon at theSpire Tunbridge Wells Hospital,discusses the Breast Surgeryprocedures she specialises in.Can you tell us about the range of Breast Surgery proceduresyou specialise in?I specialise in breast reconstruction (following a mastectomy),breast reduction or uplift (mastopexy) breast implants (breastaugmentation) and breast implant removal.If a patient is interested in breast augmentation, how do youadvise them what size is right for their frame?As part of a thorough consultation, I measure the height andwidth of the breast. The implant size (volume and projection)is dependent on the existing dimensions. After I have matchedthe breast dimensions to different possible sizes in the implantcatalogue, the patient performs a volume estimation trialat home to decide on the size she wishes to be. I encouragewomen to be in proportion to the rest of their body.Why do you think breast reconstruction is such an importantprocedure to offer to patients?Every woman having a mastectomy should be offered areconstruction. Breasts are an important part of a woman’sbody image and sexuality. Breast reconstruction helps withemotional recovery and restoring self-esteem after breastcancer treatment. In addition to using implants for breastreconstruction, I also reconstruct breasts using the patient’sown skin and fat from the back, tummy, inner thigh or buttock,which obviates the need for an implant.How would you describe your approach with your patients?I am honest and straight-forward in my assessment andopinion of what is achievable with surgery. My patientsappreciate this honest, caring manner. They also know that myinterest in their welfare is paramount.What do you enjoy most about your job as a plastic surgeon?As a female plastic surgeon, specialising in breast and cosmeticsurgery, I encourage women to look more ‘natural’, instilling aconfidence in how they look – so that they can feel comfortablein their own skin. Seeing a patient return to see me, confidentand happy after surgery, gives me an immense sense of havingmade a difference to someone’s life.What three pieces of advice, would you give to a patientconsidering plastic surgery?1. Always do your research before committing to cosmeticsurgery, as in the UK any doctor can call themselves aCosmetic surgeon. Ensure your surgeon is on the GMCSpecialist Register for Plastic Surgery and is a member ofBAPRAS (British Association of Plastic Reconstructive &Aesthetic Surgeons) or BAAPS.2. Make sure you are completely satisfied that you havebeen given all the information you need and that you fullyunderstand the risks and benefits of your surgery.3. Stop smoking. If you smoke it is advisable to stop smoking4-6 weeks prior to surgery and remain smoke free untilhealed. Smoking can have an adverse effect on the healingof surgical wounds.Miss Anita Hazari specialises in all areas of plastic surgery,she offers free mini-consultations for patients who arethinking about having cosmetic surgery and would likefurther information from a fully trained expert.To book a free mini-consultation, please contact ourcustomer enquiry line on:01892 741150www.spiretunbridgewells.comThe content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice ofyour doctor or other health care professional.Spire Tunbridge Wells HospitalFordcombe Road, Fordcombe, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0RD

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WT Priceless PeopleWellbeing FestivalAs part of Wealden TimesMidsummer Fair in Junethis year, we hosted out veryfirst wellbeing festival, celebratingeverything from gardening and yoga towholesome food and hands-on crafting.We were delighted to welcome somefantastic famous faces to the stageincluding Davina McCall, JamesWong, Julie Montagu and SuzyGreaves, as well as many experts inthe fields of health and wellbeing.Throughout the three days we had thepleasure of meeting many WT readers whopopped along to the talks and workshopsthat were taking place in our wellbeingfestival tents. The Festival was sponsoredby the fantastic Benenden Hospital whowere offering free health checks andsharing their specialist medical advice.Highlights of the festival for us includedJoe Hoare’s laughter workshop which leftthe whole team beaming, and Davina’sinspirational sugar free talk whichwas packed out from start to finish.We would like to say a big thank youto all of our lovely guests, readers andvisitors who made it along to HolePark. We are already looking forwardto the Midwinter Fair which willtake place from 19-21 November atBedgebury Pinetum. Hope to see youthere! www.wealdentimes.co.uk/eventsPicture, from top to bottom: Davina McCall gives her inspiring talk on having a sugar free lifestyle; The Benton Brothersgive hints and tips on kitchen gardens www.bentonlandscapes.co.uk; the Midsummer Fair in full swing; James Wong signscopies of his new book, Grow For Flavour; Old School Samba get the party going www.oldschoolsamba.blogspot.co.uk.

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Mynt ConditionWords: John Graham-Hart Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Lucy FlemingAfter deciding to sell a home in Camberwell and let another in Canterbury,Dan and Chris made the decision to settle in a graceful apartmentin an elegant Victorian house. A little over three years later, and afteran extensive remodelling of space they have succeeded in creating abeautiful home where style triumphs effortlessly over fashion...www.wealdentimes.co.uk42

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Previous pages & this page: The original master bedroom is now thekitchen/breakfast room. The simple pine table has been elegantly upgraded bygiving it a glass top and surrounding it with chic white Ikea chairs. Beside thefireplace lazes a warm wood and white armchair which Dan restored himselfand above it a collection of favourite gilt mirrors and antique coffee grinders“In this world nothing can be said to be certain,”observed Benjamin Franklin, “except death andtaxes.” And in the 1950s, for some of Britain’shitherto wealthiest families, the two came together withdevastating effect. Already under pressure from fallingincome, rising general taxation and the horrendousrunning costs of their family homes, death duties wereoften the final straw. The country pile had to go.Some of these large and often beautiful countryhouses were sold but before the Big Bang and currenthuge sums to be made in the City, the market forhouses that might cost £100,000 a year in upkeep wassoft to say the least. Many simply fell into disrepairand were ultimately demolished, depriving the nationof some of its loveliest country architecture.However, in the country house’s darkest hour camea saviour for some at least – the Country HousesAssociation which was set up in 1955 to provide sharedaccommodation, with communal meals, for well-to-doretirees in good health in a style to which many residentshad formerly been accustomed. The first house to bebought and converted, in 1956, was Danny House nearHurstpierpoint in Sussex. Next, in 1959, was the grade-I 45 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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listed Aynhoe Park in Northamptonshire. These set thepattern which was successfully repeated with other houses,some of which still exist as retirement communities today.Despite the ultimate collapse of the CHA scheme,it had proved that yes, for the country set, there waslife after death duties. The idea of multiple occupancywas taken up and adapted by the Period and CountryHouses, a company that focused on creating independentunits within the house and estate buildings. The ideacaught on and developers began converting countryhouses throughout England into apartments.Alas, many of these conversions were not hugelysuccessful, indeed some were complete pig’s ears. Themajor problems were that either the developer simplytried to cram too many apartments into the buildingor thought laterally rather than vertically, convertingon a floor-by-floor basis so that only a few apartmentsbenefitted from the elegant ground floor reception rooms.The real turning point came in the late 1970s whenarchitect Kit Martin began converting vertically providingoccupants with a considerably more varied layout.All of which has been great news for Dan and partnerChris, both doctors – Dan of Sociology and Chris, Right: In the hallway is perhaps Dan’s pièce de résistance, a superbGothic stained glass window through which one has a superb viewof the monumental window on the main staircase belowBelow: The TV room has a light mid-century touch. A comfortablepurple sofa and red rug, curtains and a wonderful side lamp Chris hasmade from an antique fire extinguisher complete the period picture49 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

This page: A lovely original staircase hung with a bespoke string of paper lanterns leads to the top floor, part of which was probably the original family’schildren’s bedrooms and perhaps the nurseryMedicine. Three and a half years ago they decided to sell ahome in Camberwell, let out a second home in Canterburyand buy together. At first, Surrey wasn’t even on theirradar but wandering through properties online, a propertycaught their eye – an elegant apartment on two levelscalled East House, in a Victorian country house known asMynthurst Mansion near Leigh, originally the great houseof one of the largest estates in Surrey. They decided tohave a look. “It was a lot further out than we’d originallyplanned but we saw it and just fell for it,” says Dan. “Itwas a beautiful apartment and had so much potential.”This potential lay not in the options for knockingdown walls and remodelling rooms but in the sheervariety and flexibility of both the rooms as they stoodand the layout of the flat as a whole. The couple wentback to scratch, approaching the apartment as merelya range of spaces, and decided what would suit themand their lifestyle best. Rooms would have to changetheir function – the master bedroom, for instance,would become their drawing room – and there wouldbe selective redecoration from top to bottom.The result is truly inspiring – a place of beauty,originality and fascination from the vast stained glasswindow which graces the old main staircase which leadsup to the apartment door to the guest room at the topof the house that the couple now offer on airbnb. It iswww.wealdentimes.co.uk50

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Dan declares the drawing room – once used as a dance studio – a “work-inprogress”but a mere mortal would see it as a highly stylish job done. Two hugegrey velvet Habitat sofas recline on black cow hides facing each other acrossa long glass table. In the widow hang matching grey velvet curtains and thewhole scheme is perfectly set off by the original deep red tiled fireplace...53 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

This page: The drawing rooma home where style triumphs effortlessly over fashion. “Ilike things I’ve never seen before – in other people’s homesor wherever – things perhaps other people don’t want sothey will be unique and, of course, cheap,” says Dan.The original Victorian master bedroom suite now hasoak kitchen units and blue granite work surfaces and afloor of white-painted boards. The simple pine table –originally Irish but brought over by Dan from his nativeAustralia – has been elegantly upgraded by giving it aglass top and surrounding it with chic white Ikea chairs.Beside the fireplace lazes a warm wood and white armchairwhich Dan restored himself and above it a collectionof favourite gilt mirrors and antique coffee grinders.In the hallway is perhaps Dan’s pièce de résistance,a superb Gothic stained glass window through whichone has a superb view of the monumental window onthe main staircase below. “It used just to be a modernsquare window and I thought it deserved somethingmore sympathetic,” says Dan, noting that he copiedthe leaf motif from an original above the front door.Off the hallway is a seriously cool urban showerroom the couple created by knocking the old showerand WC into one. The floor and walls are blackslate, cleverly sourced by Dan for 5p a tile, andin the shower itself a panel of Venetian glass tileswhich Dan admits were, alas, far from cheap.Nearby is the TV room which has a light mid- www.wealdentimes.co.uk54

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This page: A guest room which is occasionally offered to B&B guests has been decorated in French Empire style. Above the bed is a panel of pretty pale bluewallpaper and a patinated antique French mirror and, standing by, is a pair of mother-of-pearl inlaid chairs reupholstered in blue. Dan has painted the floor inblack glosscentury touch in terms both of colour palette and theconsiderable presence of a superb white Barcelona chairand foot rest. A comfortable purple sofa and red rug,curtains and a wonderful side lamp Chris has made froman antique fire extinguisher complete the period picture.What was the apartment’s original study/library isnow the couple’s elegant but intimate dining room.“We had to do quite a bit of work here,” says Dan.“To begin with the original fireplace had been removedso we put in a black marble fireplace and replacedthe flooring with reclaimed herringbone parquet.”The latter were originally too thick and would haveraised the floor level above that of the hallway so eachblock had to be trimmed exactly to the right height.The 1840s Victorian circular table is attended byRegency chairs Dan had reupholstered in black damask.On the wall is a set of reindeer antlers and above thechimneypiece a case of butterflies and a stuffed owl.“Chris calls this my dead and dusty room,” observes Dan.And so on up a lovely original staircase hung witha bespoke string of paper lanterns to the top floor,part of which was probably the original family’s57 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

This page: The couple’s own bedroom is all greys, pale blues andturquoise warmed by glowing polished oak floorboards. A Paul Jamescow painting (called Camilla) hangs above the chimneypiecechildren’s bedrooms and perhaps the nursery. These threerooms now form the couple’s B&B suite – bedroom,bathroom and a large drawing room. “B&B has been agreat success for us and we enjoy meeting new peoplebut we’ve decided to limit visits to a couple of timesa month. As an intensive care consultant Chris has ademanding job and works long hours so it’s importantthat his time at home is as relaxing as possible.”The beamed bedroom had been at some pointremodelled in Arts and Crafts style and Dan has runwith this adding a further dimension with touches thatagain underline his creativity and talent as a designer.The hand basin is a particular triumph, the basin itselfa beautiful Victorian jam pan, its base an old sciencelab table and the finished article, utterly stunning. “Itseemed sacrilege to cut a hole in that wonderful pan,”he said, “but it gave it a whole new purpose and leaseof life and I think it works.” Works? I should coco.Next door is a predictably lovely bathroom in Victorianstyle complete with roll-top bath, twin basins and highcistern loo. Dan declares the drawing room – once used asa dance studio – a “work-in-progress” but a mere mortalwould see it as a highly stylish job done. Two huge www.wealdentimes.co.uk58

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This page: In the beamed bedroom that the couple now use forB&B guests Dan has converted a beautiful Victorian jam pan intoa basin, its base an old science lab table. “It seemed sacrilege tocut a hole in that wonderful pan,” he said, “but it gave it a wholenew purpose and lease of life and I think it works,” says Dangrey velvet Habitat sofas recline on black cow hides facingeach other across a long glass table. In the window hangmatching grey velvet curtains and the whole scheme isperfectly set off by the original deep red tiled fireplace.Also on this floor is a guest room which is occasionallyoffered to B&B guests requiring space for friends orchildren and decorated in French Empire style à Dan.Above the bed is a panel of pretty pale blue wallpaperand a patinated antique French mirror and, standing by,is a pair of mother-of-pearl inlaid chairs reupholsteredin blue. Dan has painted the floor in black gloss.The final room is the couple’s own bedroom – all greys,pale blues and turquoise warmed by glowing polished oakfloorboards, a proud Paul James cow surveying all fromabove the chimneypiece. The positioning of the bed bythe beautiful Gothic mullion window gives it a stunningheadboard of sky or stars depending on what hours youkeep. And an interesting historical footnote is hidingunder the rug – a trap door that houses the windingmechanism that allows the vast chandelier over the house’smain staircase to be raised and lowered for cleaning.This is a house in which no two rooms are remotelythe same. Styles range from contemporary cool61 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Above right & left: Next to the B&B guest room is a lovely bathroom inVictorian style complete with roll-top bath, twin basins and high cistern looRight: The downstairs wet roomthrough Victorian, Arts and Crafts and Empire andyet Dan has handled each with deft confidence, nevermerely producing period pastiches but interpreting each,surprising and delighting with his talent and originality.It is perhaps sad that over the years so many periodcountry houses have had to be converted to save themfrom the wrecker’s ball but when one sees what Danand Chris have done here it is utterly impossible not tocelebrate the reincarnation of East House and the uniquenew home it has given them the opportunity to create.Address Book:For further information about enjoyinga B&B stay at East House, visitwww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3755417?guests=2&s=8MjA.Never miss an issue of Wealden Times byvisiting the iTunes App Store to downloadour free interactive iPad edition63 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Q. When it comes to antiques and collectables, what should we be investing in now?WT asks the experts...Leslie Gillham from Gorringes Tunbridge Wells LLP“For many years my answer to that question has remained thesame: ‘buy only what you like and the best you can afford’.Of course, if you have deep enough pockets then the£1,513,500 paid for a 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTRRoadster at Goodwood in June, or the £3,106,500 achievedfor a 1940 Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk1A-P9374 inLondon in July probably look quite reasonable purchases.Unfortunately, most of us have to set our sights lowerthan the multi-million pound world of big boys’ toys.So where to begin? Well, if you like antique furniture youneed look no further. Twenty years ago you would have had topay £1,500 for a George III mahogany bureau and £1,800 fora set of six Victorian rosewood balloon-back chairs on cabriolelegs. The same things now would set you back £200 and £150Original oils by artists as varied as DavidShepherd, Frank Wootton and Beryl Cookstill go for under £20,000 although youmight need to dig deeper for a major work...respectively. If, however, youreally cannot bear that oldstuff, why not try a 1970sArchie Shine rosewood chestof drawers at £500-700.Alternatively, perhapsthe highly popular worldof modern British art might appeal. Original oils by artists as varied as David Shepherd,Frank Wootton and Beryl Cook still go for under £20,000 although you might need todig deeper for a major work. In the end, just remember, this market is like any other:if you buy at the top you may well lose out financially but, if you are prepared to goagainst the dictates of current fashion, you could see a profit in the longer term.”Pictured, from top: David Shepherd CBE (b. 1931), ‘Tiger in the bush’, oil on board, signed and dated ’95, soldfor £10,000 in September last year (size 21.5cm x 35cm); Beryl Cook OBE (1926-2008), ‘The Landlady’, oil onpanel, signed, inscribed verso and dated February 2003, sold for £12,000 in June this year (size 46cm x 30.5cm).To browse forthcoming auctions at Gorringes, visit www.gorringes.co.uk or call 01892 619670.Lin Chambers from Elham Antiques“There has never been a better time to buy antiquefurniture. Good Georgian and Victorian furniture is at anall time low pricewise and has never been better value.Country pieces have a less formal look that fitinto even modern settings. A more relaxed approachto interior design is clear in all the magazines withpainted furniture still very much in vogue.The design of a chest of drawers has barely changedin hundreds of years and every home will have one inmost bedrooms. My advice would be to buy a soundchest of drawers (auctions are fun and can bring realbargains if you have the time) but check that the drawersrun smoothly and need no repair. My first choice wouldbe a lovely oak eighteenth century chest, but if you arelooking for a painted chest of drawers then why not bebrave enough to paint your own piece! The modern chalkpaints really need little preparation, so simply follow theinstructions and you will have something for a fractionof the price. Magazines are a great source of inspiration(you have one before you now!) and help you to decideon colours, handles, finish etc. If your first attemptisn’t quite what you had intended just add another coatof paint – it will only make it more hard wearing!Another ‘must-have’ piece of furniture and surely themost universally useful thing ever is a trunk. It is possibleto find wonderful oak examples and even 17th and 18thcentury coffers are very affordable. Original painted trunksare lovely and come in every colour and finish imaginable.At the moment we have an American Shaker trunk thatis painted red and has a combed pattern in the scumblefinish that I particularly like, but we also have oak ones,a pine painted one, an 18th century trunk that is paintedto look like oak, etc... we have a trunk in almost everyroom! Again, why not paint a plain but sound one?67 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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So my advice on buying antiques is to buy somethinguseful or something that you love and it will serve you well.Also there is no better way of being ‘green’ as allantique furniture is the best example of recyclingthat you could find. Saving money and helping theenvironment should make you feel very virtuous!As for collectables, buy what you love andyou will always love it. Only buy for investmentwith real knowledge or expert advice.”Lin will be re-starting her courses in Paint Techniques andFurniture painting this autumn. For more informationabout the courses and Elham Antiques call 01303 840085/ 07802 618681 or see www.elhamantiques.com.Tony Pratt from The CanterburyAuction Galleries“First, pick an area that doesn’t interest you in the slightest.Then, remove from your savings as much as you possiblycan without actually missing it. Blow the lot on as manyof your chosen objects as you can afford and then wait ...for a minimum of 10 years before cashing in. You mightmake money but losses are likely if you were unusuallyfaddy or outrageous in your original investment.Or there’s the other way. Instead, choose somethingthat interests you passionately. Learn as much as youpossibly can about it. Visit museums and auctions,the latter to handle pieces and learn values. Knowingcurrentsaleroomtrends will also help you buy at theright price. Learn to spot fakes and masterpieces. Makecarefully planned and systematic purchases followinga set pattern. A complete collection is always morehighly valued than one with gaps and inconsistencies.Not only are you now investing in cash terms but also inthe quality of life. The hardest part comes when it’s time tosell. Who knows, perhaps you never will. What better nestegg to pass on to your children? Buy for love, not money.”The Canterbury Auction Galleries’s most recent sale included thesecharming portraits by Maurice Greiffenhagen (above), one of whichsold for a world auction record price of £24,000: the shoulder lengthportrait of a wide-eyed young girl wearing a brimmed hat set in agarden landscape, 14 x 11.5ins, which was signed and dated 1886,was purchased by an anonymous buyer in the saleroom. To findout more about the Canterbury Auction Galleries, seewww.thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com or call 01227 763337.David Winston fromPeriod Piano Company“Collecting antiques can bea fascinating and rewardingpursuit, offering the opportunity for bothsound investment and the pleasure of owning specialobjects with a sense of history about them.The Period Piano Company, based in Biddenden,offers its clients the chance to own not only abeautiful object to look at, but also one that has theadditional bonus of being a fine musical instrument.Our range of art case antique pianos includesinstruments from the 18th century right through tomodern instruments of bespoke design. Not onlyare different decorative styles on offer, but also anextraordinary array of types of instruments to suitall budgets: small and beautiful 18th and 19thcentury square pianos, or tiny ‘ship’s’ pianos withfolding keyboards, right up to full concert grands.Many of the instruments in our collection have anexceptional provenance, such as the 1930s Art Decogrand piano which belonged to Maurice Chevalier.We are proud that Period Piano Company are the onlyholders of the Royal Warrant as piano restorers to HMthe Queen, and clients can be assured of restoration to thehighest standards.”Pictured above is the Gaveau piano which belonged to Maurice Chevalier(also pictured) that Period Piano Company restored to playing condition.You can click on a link in their website to hear it being played bypianist Richard Fairhurst. For further details and to see a stocklist see www.periodpiano.com or call 01580 291393.69 www.wealdentimes.co.uk


Space & FormWords: John Graham-Hart Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Lucy Fleming & Helen BartonWhen Nick and Sonja walked intoGoudhurst’s old disused MethodistChapel they knew they could makesomething truly special from the 2,000square feet of space bounded by solidVictorian brick and soaring Gothicwindows. A year and a half later theyhave succeeded in creating a stunningfamily home whilst preserving theintegrity of this historic building...71 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Previous pages: The kitchen is a triumph, a combination of coolgrey porcelain tiles, white walls and warm oak Above In the sittingroom an L-shape of grey Spanish leather Cadira sofas gather round amauve Habitat rug Right: At one end of the room is a contemporaryContura woodburner, the tallest that Nick and Sonja could findLike it or not, as a nation, we have forsaken ourgods. Earlier this year, a YouGov survey showedthat almost 70 per cent of us now consider noreligion of any kind to be of importance to our lives. Ofa population approaching 65 million just 800,000 areregular Christian churchgoers. The god of Abraham maynot be dead but he is, perhaps, looking a little peaky.However, although most of us appear unconcerned about thedecline in religious belief, what we should all be concerned aboutis the decline of our religious buildings. In virtually every Wealdenvillage, the finest building is the church. In some villages they havestood for almost a thousand years, surviving war, pestilence andfamine only to fall victim today to apathy. The cost of their upkeepis simply beyond the means of a cash-strapped Church or State.So what does the future hold for these often beautifulbuildings? Some will inevitably fall by the wayside but otherswill find new roles in the increasingly secular world in whichthey must survive. The survivors will be those whose fabric canbe economically restored and who are lucky enough to finddevelopers with the courage and vision to take them on.Some, the larger buildings, may become community centres orentertainment venues while the smaller churches and chapels arealready finding a new lease of life as offices or private homes. 73 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

Above: Nick and Sonja were determined to keep the chapel windows as single entities. In order to do this, they divided the living room into three spaces,two soaring to the height of the windows at either end of the room and a centre section with a lower ceiling which provides for second floor accommodationIt does, however, require considerable imagination andcommitment to walk into an echoing, musty cavern of abuilding with leaking roof, rising damp and born-againdeathwatch beetle and say “Hey – this could be cosy.”This perhaps wasn’t quite the reaction Nick and Sonjahad when they walked into Goudhurst’s old disusedMethodist Chapel but it was perhaps something close.Nick is a consultant surveyor and former partner of aworldwide construction and development consultancycompany and Sonja has had in-depth experience of thedelivery side of the construction business and is also anaccountant, so between them they had no trouble seeingpast the chaos and cobwebs and recognising that theglorious 2,000 square feet of surprisingly unlisted spacebounded by solid Victorian brick and soaring Gothicwindows represented an extraordinary opportunity.“The church was selling the property with planningpermission to convert it to a single residential dwellinghaving failed to get consent to knock it down and buildflats,” says Nick. “But for us it was the chance to createwww.wealdentimes.co.uk74

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This page: The office. Star of the show is a truly superb white leatherVarier ‘Orange Peel’ chair where the couple can take it in turns to relax andenjoy the stunning westerly view down from the top of Goudhurst hillthe home we wanted in one of the most attractive villages in theWeald – and to save a glorious old building in the process.” Therewas a slight problem in that the couple were busy renovatinga property in Rochester but when they found that the chapelwas going up for auction, they couldn’t let the chance slip by.For some time the local residents had been fearful about thefate of the building and what might replace it so when theyheard Nick and Sonja’s plans the couple found they had solidlocal support for their project. “When we presented our plansto the Parish Council, neighbours even came along to voicetheir approval – and that surely must be some kind of first.”The couple both like minimalist living so, with just empty spacebefore them, they could plan exactly the home they wanted – wellalmost. “The broad concept is minimalist but we didn’t want togo too far out of respect for the building, says Nick, “and in anycase there were some glorious features we wanted to conserve.”Needless to say, at the top of this list were five spectacularwindows that have poured light into this space since 1878and which the couple were determined to keep. “We actuallyhad to reinstate one of the five arched windows to be as theoriginal design.” Says Nick. “This was necessary becausethe church had replanned the internal space in the 1960swhich had in turn required the main entrance door to bemoved from the southern elevation to the western side.”However, windows like these have always created problemsfor developers of churches and chapels looking to create 77 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

This page: In the kitchen bi-folding doors lead out onto an elegant sandstone terrace and its Lloyd Loom table and chairs. The unitsand surfaces and island are courtesy of Cambridge Kitchens, the dining table and Eames-style chairs are from John Lewistwo storeys within a building originally designed as one. Themost common but unsatisfactory solution has simply been tochop them in half with the lower part of the window lightingground floor rooms and the upper the first floor spaces.The couple, however, were determined to keep the windowsas single entities and worked with their architect and friendColin Sharp at CO3 Architects in Staplehurst to develop atwo-storey solution that would do just that. What they havewww.wealdentimes.co.uk78

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Top: Daughter Jessie’s room Above: The beds in the guest rooms came from M&S and accent lighting is provided by small light cubes which are also cleverlyused in the living room and kitchendone is to divide the living room into three spaces, two soaringto the height of the windows at either end of the room anda centre section with a lower ceiling which not only providesfor second floor accommodation above but adds intimacy to aroom that would prove dramatic but perhaps a little clinical.An L-shape of grey Spanish leather Cadira sofas gather rounda mauve Habitat rug and an audio-visual system of truly epicproportions – a 65-inch Panasonic TV with a supporting castof KEF speakers. Strangely, though, it doesn’t seem to dominatethe room such is the overall feel of light and space. In a niche inthe wall behind the sofa is the chapel’s huge old leather-boundbible. The remainder of the hymnals and prayer books went81 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

This page: The second guest room, painted a deep grey, is a pleasing combination of contemporary minimalism with a dash of country charm – the latterprovided by a pretty shuttered windowto Africa, the couple gave the old pews that were still usableto Whitstable Cricket Club, keeping one back for themselves,whilst the church’s electric organ was donated to the GoudhurstCatholic church and the pulpit and dias ended up in a pub.At one end of the room is a contemporary Conturawoodburner, the tallest they could find and, at the other, threesteps up to the fifth window that graces the office but here thecouple have had no choice but to compromise and lose the topof the window to the bedroom above. Star of the show in theoffice is a truly superb white leather Varier ‘Orange Peel’ chairwhere the couple can take it in turns to relax and enjoy thestunning westerly view down from the top of Goudhurst hill.The kitchen is a triumph, a combination of cool greyporcelain tiles, white walls, warm oak and a breathtaking sweepof bi-folding doors out onto an elegant sandstone terrace andits Lloyd Loom table and chairs. The units and surfaceswww.wealdentimes.co.uk82

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This page: The wall of bi-folding doors is echoed upstairs in the master bedroom directly above the kitchen where they open out onto a decked balcony and moreLloyd Loom surrounded by a plate glass balustrade. The polished nickel bed is from Feather & Black in Tunbridge Wells while above it hangs a wonderful glassFlos Glow Ball light which can be dimmed to look like the moonand island are courtesy of Cambridge Kitchens, the diningtable and Eames-style chairs are from John Lewis and theItalian white bar stools are by Harry&Camila by Kristalia.The wall of bi-folding doors is echoed upstairs in the masterbedroom directly above where they open out onto a deckedbalcony and more Lloyd Loom surrounded by a plate glassbalustrade. The polished nickel bed is from Feather & Black inTunbridge Wells while above it hangs a wonderful glass Flos GlowBall light which can be dimmed to look like the moon. Underfoot– as in most of the chapel – glows warm engineered oak.There are also three further bedrooms which gives some ideaof the potential of the single empty space the couple first walkedinto. One allegedly belongs to nineteen-year-old Jessie, the onlyone of the couple’s children still in the nest, but based on personalexperience, I simply do not believe any teenager’s room can be thistidy. Yes, there are a few clothes on display but they are hung neatlyon the side of a wardrobe not scattered around the floor like youraverage teenager. Part vaulted and a touch less minimalist thanthe rest of the house, it’s painted in a gentle Old English whiteand has inherited one of the chapel’s original circular windows.The guest room is a pleasing combination of contemporaryminimalism with a dash of country charm – the latterprovided by a pretty shuttered window. Here, as in allbedrooms other than the couple’s own, the bed came fromM&S and accent lighting is provided by small light cubeswhich are also cleverly used in the living room and kitchen.The final room is a bright and stylish cocoon fashioned fromthe space above the centre of the living room and drawing itslight not only from another circular window but from the topquarters of its walls which are glass and overlook the sitting room.The build took 15 months to complete but rather than reston their laurels and merely enjoy what is a truly outstandinghome, they are busy developing the property next door, builton an empty overgrown plot that was part of the auction lot.“With the chapel we had to be true to a special, historic buildingbut with this new house we can be more radical,” says Nick.The Rochester project followed by the chapel and now‘Chapel View’ have all given Nick and Sonja the taste for www.wealdentimes.co.uk84

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This page: The Chapel enjoys truly enviable views across the Kentishcountryside from Goudhurst to Horsmonden whilst also enjoying a secludedcourtyard space Above left: The downstairs loomore and while they feel they have one last build of their ownto make one day, they are now looking to become involvedin other home owners’ and developers’ builds and haveformed a consultancy, NDL Consulting, to do just this.Some of their future projects may be new builds or theremodelling of existing homes but, hopefully, there will also bethe opportunity for the couple to bring their vision and provenexpertise to saving more of the Weald’s threatened treasures.Address Book:For more information about the services NdL Consultingcan offer your project call Nick Leggett and Sonja Johnsonon 01580 212962 or visit www.ndlconsulting.co.uk.Cadira Surbiton 01932 808269 www.cadira.co.ukCambridge Kitchens 01223 213266www.cambridgekitchens.co.ukCO3 Architects Staplehurst 01580892515 www.co3architects.co.ukFeather & Black Tunbridge Wells 01892547233 www.featherandblack.comFlos www.flos.comKristalia +39 0434 623678 www.kristalia.itNever miss an issue of Wealden Times byvisiting the iTunes App Store to downloadour free interactive iPad edition87 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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WT chats unusual projects with two Wealden oak framing companies...«When our client was applying for planningpermission for an extension on their home, a surveyrevealed they had a lodger in the roof space...»The team at Oak Designs describe aparticularly memorable projectWhat was the brief? This was possibly one of the mostunusual briefs we’d had in a while! Our client required an outbuildingto house… A BAT! Not a cricket bat, one solitary bat. The twobaygarage for the cars was an added benefit. When our client wasapplying for planning permission for an extension on their home,a survey revealed they had a lodger in the roof space. To be ableto continue with their plans the bat was required to relocate toits own luxury quarters in the form of an oak-framed garage!How did you come up with the design? Thedesign for the garage was adapted from one of our standard Acorndesigns but we needed an enclosed roof space with an increasedpitch to meet habitation requirements. Access was also requiredso the design was adjusted to add a first floor and hatch.What construction methods did you use? We used atraditional oak frame structure with softwood rafters, softwood studworkand weatherboarding. The brick plinth had already been preparedutilising our 150mm wide special facing bricks to give a flush finish.How long did the work take to complete?Our assembly team erected the frame on site whichwas completed over the course of three days.For more information on Oak Designs Co. call01273 400411 or see www.oakdesigns.org.89 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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«The new office replaced an old L-shaped buildingthat had been used over the years as a workshop andfor storage, so we opted to stick with a similar shapeand footprint, but add an additional storey...»Round Wood’s MD, Zac Soudain, talks usthrough the company’s oak-framed officeWhat was the brief?Our rapid expansion over recent years has seenus struggle for desk space at our site in NewickLane, near Mayfield. Constructing an oak-framedoffice complex was the obvious solution, as it alsoallows us to showcase the buildings we supply.How did you come up with the design?The new office replaced an old L-shaped building thathad been used over the years as a workshop and forstorage, so we opted to stick with a similar shape andfootprint, but add an additional storey. The design wasdeveloped with the intention of demonstrating possiblefeatures of an oak-framed building to visiting customers.For instance, it includes all four available roof-profiles:barn-hip, full-hip, gable and gablet. It also has both oakand softwood weatherboarding, as well as traditionaloak, contemporary aluminium and softwood joinery.OakDesignsCoWT162.indd 1 03/07/2015 12:38What construction methods did you use?As for all our buildings, we used traditional oak framingtechniques. Frames are constructed using mortise and tenonjoints, curved braces and oak pegs. It also features dovetailjoints between the tie beam and eaves beam. The frame wasdry assembled in the workshop to ensure ease of fit on site.How long did the work take to complete?From production of the frame in our workshop to finalsnagging took a total of 12 weeks. Whilst this is about averagefor a job of that scale, it could have been completed sooner.However, it was erected in the spring, our busiest time of theyear, so it was important to put our clients› requirements first.To see more of the type of work that RoundWood of Mayfield undertake, visitwww.roundwood.com or call 01435 867072.dePLANNING APPLICATIONSextensions NEW BUILD HOUSESnew housesEXTENSIONS & ANNEXESdrives and patiosoak OAK framed FRAMED buildings BUILDINGSGARAGES & GARDENSwww.ilexbuildings.co.uk01892 53974501892 614614www.ilexdesignandbuild.co.uksignILEXextensions91 new houses www.wealdentimes.co.ukdrives and patiosoak framed buildings&designILEX&b u ildb u il d01892 614614IlexWT156.indd 1 08/01/2015 15:16www.ilexbuildings.co.uk

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The Old Wooden TableCompany in Woodchurch hiresrustic tables and chairs forweddings and events. 01233861238 / 07920 097376www.theoldwoodentablecompany.co.ukmouth-blown ‘Mocca’flower vase, £45Wealdenfairs.com/lizardorchidWT Wedding Supplementfloral and fruit tablearrangement byFlowers & Daughtersbespoke florist,01892 852189 www.flowersanddaughters.co.ukhandprinted silk screenwedding guest book,£29 Wealdenfairs.com/happyandgloriouspersonalisedwedding lanyardand laminate, froma selection, made toorder, id&c, 0845450 7085www.idcband.co.uklight-up letters, part of Jennifer SueWeddings’s bespoke wedding decoration,styling & design service, 07748 843413www.jennifersueweddings.co.ukset of 3 paper honeycombpompoms, £7.50, The Weddingof My Dreams 0844 693 1449www.theweddingofmydreams.co.ukTop TableOur favourite floral table arrangements and accessories...vintage crockery and tableware,to hire, from Alice & theTeacup, with prices starting fromas little at 20p, 07525 183151www.aliceandtheteacup.co.ukphoto by Rebecca Douglasretro milk bottle withhandmade paper flowers(available in a selection ofcolours and texts), £20Wealdenfairs.com/imakecrisp white floral tablecentrepiece by floristEmily & Me, Lympne01303 267466 /07581 294387www.emilyandme.co.ukjam jar floral tablearrangement by JoanneTruby Floral Design,07957 414208www.joannetruby.co.uk97 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

WT Wedding SupplementTo Have&To HoldWhatever your style. we’ve tracked down truly memorablewedding dresses for a magical wedding day...Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Lucy Fleming & Helen BartonModel: Camilla Location: Bodiam Boating Station, Newenden‘Genevieve’ sequinned dress, made to order, Aya Couture,Kingston-Upon-Thames and Esher 01372 878089 www.ayacouture.co.uk

MAGPIE ACCESSORIESThe Finest Tiaras, Jewellery & Bridal AccessoriesWinner of the Kent Wedding Awards 2012 - 2013Shop Online or Call to visit our private showroomSTRICTLY APPOINTMENT ONLYEnquiries: 01622 721252 Appointments: 07833 102541Showroom: 2 Banky Meadow, Barming, Maidstone, Kent. ME16 9JXinfo@magpieaccessories.co.uk www.magpieaccessories.co.ukMake everyday extraordinaryEmily&MeWT162.indd 1 09/07/2015 MagpieAccessoriesWT162.indd 16:411 17/07/2015 14:38Designer Weekends & Trunk ShowsDiane Legrand - September 25 th –27 thRiki Dalal - October 2 nd –4 thNaama & Anat - October 9 th –11 thDiscounts & incentivesat each weekendWith a rare and precious piece by JewellerJulie Tucker-WilliamsIndividually hand created jewels in silver, embellished withgold, freshwater pearls and gems, make a memorablepresent for all generationsTelephone 01732 66737712 Tubs Hill Parade,London Road,Sevenoaks TN13 1DHFree parkingwww.dressdreams.co.ukinfo@dressdreams.co.ukBespoke service available on request07989 998158www.julietuckerwilliams.co.ukwww.wealdentimes.co.uk100DressDreamsWT162.indd 1 21/07/2015 JulieTuckerWilliamsWT162.indd 16:341 20/07/2015 10:30

white freshwater pearl necklace withsilver clasp, £345, pink freshwaterpearl necklace with silver clasp,£225, silver & pearl earrings, £150,silver & pearl ring, £165, bangles,from £25 each, all Wealdenfairs.com/julietuckerwilliams; ‘Amy’ glass andsilver plated bead necklace, £24.95Wealdenfairs.com/ladieswholunchjewellery

Stephanie Allin ‘Mimi’ dress,£2,325, The Bridal Boutique ofJules, Walmer 01304 389710www.boutiqueofjules.co.uk;‘Ring’ necklace in yellow goldfill (also available in sterlingsilver and rose gold fill), £35,Wealdenfairs.com/crystalandstone

LOVELL & VIElingerie swimwearQUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISHBRIDAL BOUTIQUEFILLED WITH BRIDAL LACE, TWEED & JEWELS..PrimaDonna MarjolaineMarie Jo MoontideWacoal Hanrob'tempt'd Huit8Chantelle DKNYFantasie Lidea46 Holly Bush Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 3TL01732 454445 www.lovellandvie.co.ukBY APPOINTMENT ONLY.26 DOVER ROAD, WALMER, DEAL, KENT. CT14 7JW01304 389710INFO@BOUTIQUEOFJULES.CO.UKWWW.BOUTIQUEOFJULES.CO.UKLovellAndVieWT162.indd 1 14/07/2015 BridalBoutiqueWT162.indd 13:041 17/07/2015 10:41Flower BoutiqueFriendly, approachable staff always here to helpwith your needs and requests, we can cater for all budgets.We offer wedding, funeral and gift services.Feel free to pop in and say hello!Retailer ofthe year 2015dressing undeniable beauty7 High Street, Cranbrook TN17 3EBTelephone 01580 714370fl owerboutiquecranbrook@gmail.comwww.odyl.co.uk01580 714907103 www.wealdentimes.co.ukFlowerBoutiqueWT148.indd 1 13/05/2014 OdylWT162.indd 15:29 1 21/07/2015 12:40

WT Wedding SupplementMinna ‘Annabel’ dress, £580, lace birdcage headpiece, £105, The Bridal Boutique of Jules, Walmer 01304 389710 www.boutiqueofjules.co.uk;‘Ring’ necklace in yellow gold fill (also available in sterling silver and rose gold fill), £35, Wealdenfairs.com/crystalandstonewww.wealdentimes.co.uk104

ConceptHairsaloncashmere and silk knitwearThe MultiwayWrap £5550 High Street, Tenterden 01580 762 564Book online at www.williamcharleshair.co.ukor through our facebook pageAvailable in a wide range of coloursfor every occasion.5 High Street, Tenterden TN30 6BNTelephone 07966 033000 Email sales@cashara.co.ukShop online at www.cashara.co.ukWeddings made in Heavenat Heaven Farm.WilliamCharlesWT160.indd 1 07/05/2015 CasharaWT162.indd 10:041 14/07/2015 11:18Contact Kate 01825 791 115weddingsmadeinheaven@btconnect.comThe Barn, Heaven Farm, Furners Green,Near Danehill. TN22 3RGwww.weddingsmadeinheaven.comLicensed for MarriageOur 100 acres of beautiful woodlandand rolling hills are in the heart ofSussex offering a perfect venue for arelaxed celebration, providing whatyou want and when you want.a day to remember.We offer a complete wedding packagetailored to suit your every need.Our coordinator will provide guidanceand advice to make your celebrationperfect.Lingerie andswimwear from:EmpreintePrima DonnaMarie JoWacoalChantelleLingerie and Swimwear Boutique - Qualified Fitting Specialists96 High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JNinfo@sirenandpearl.co.uk 01797 224116www.sirenandpearl.co.uk Open 7 days a week SirenandPearl105 www.wealdentimes.co.ukGranaryFlowersWT162.indd 1 17/07/2015 SirenAndPearlWT162.indd 14:141 17/07/2015 16:37

Linda PopeF.B.D.Ofacebook.com/LindaPopeOpticiansRye Road • HawkhurstTelephone. 01580 753744Mid-SummerSALEIn Store & OnlineSale Ends 28th AugustTel: 01797 22427116 Lion Street, Rye, E.Sussex TN31 7LBe: shop@thegoldenfleece.co.ukw: www.thegoldenfleece.co.uk@goldenfleeceryeLindapopeQRTWT160.indd 1 11/05/2015 GoldenFleeceWT162.indd 14:231 08/07/2015 10:51QUALITY CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICECounty Clothes is a long-establishedmenswear specialist with shops for thediscerning customer in Canterbury,Tenterden and Reigate. We offerfine quality clothing in a wide rangeof sizes including long fittings forthe taller man and many garmentsmeasuring up to a 52” chest.From classic and modern suits, sportsjackets and wax jackets, to stylishknitwear, shirts and accessories,and traditional English shoes, ourrange of menswear is handpicked tooffer a superb choice of classic andcontemporary brands and styles.All of our sales staff have an expertknowledge of the clothes andaccessories in the County Clothescollection, we pride ourselves onoffering our customers the higheststandards of personal service.We are proud to have been servingour customers in Kent since 1976,and look forward to offeringthe same high standards in ourrecently opened Surrey store.Please visit our new website atwww.countyclothesmenswear.co.ukfor an update on our brands and stores.We are proud to be sponsoring Tom Ward in the Pirelli Superstock 600 Championship19 St. Margarets St,Canterbury,Kent CT1 2THTel: 01227 7652942 East Cross,Tenterden,Kent TN30 6ADTel: 01580 7651596 High St,Reigate,Surrey RH2 9AYTel: 01737 249224Follow usCountyClotheswww.wealdentimes.co.uk106CountyClothesS09.indd 1 23/06/2015 17:56

Rachel Simpson ‘Mimosa’ shoes,£170, maribou feather ribbonwrap, £95, The Bridal Boutiqueof Jules, Walmer 01304 389710www.boutiqueofjules.co.uk;Eberjey ‘Colette’ nightdress,£75, Gossard ‘Femme Fatale’VIP Bridal Bra, £42, bothWealdenfairs.com/linoslingerie;‘Forget-Me-Not’ sterling silverdrop pendant with blue topaz &peridot, £38, matching ring, £58,Wealdenfairs.com/christinrangerjewelleryWe’d like to say a big thank youto Bodiam Boating Station forallowing us to photograph in theirgrounds alongside the River Rotherin Newenden. For more informationon their cruises, kayak and boathire, café and camping visitwww.bodiamboatingstation.co.ukor call 01797 253838Never miss an issue of WealdenTimes by visiting the iTunesApp Store to download our freeinteractive iPad edition

The perfect wedding...The Secret Garden can be found hidden away in a romantic cobbled courtyard surrounded bymature trees and beautiful walled Victorian gardens - the perfect venue for your perfect day.We can take care of every aspect of your wedding, from the ceremony to your dream menu.The Coach House can accommodate up to 70 guests for a Wedding Breakfast and a further 50guests in the evening. The Coach House has large double doors that open on to the south-facingcovered terrace that has views over the walled gardens. From April to October our marquee can seatup to 30 and is easily extended to cater for 100 guests for a wedding breakfast and a further 50guests in the evening. For more intimate gatherings, our new Victorian Glass House with its ownprivate gardens is perfect for 26-30 guests.For more information, please visit www.secretgardenkent.co.ukThe Secret GardenHythe Road (A20), Mersham le HatchNr Ashford, Kent TN25 6NH01233 501586events@secretgardenkent.co.ukwww.secretgardenkent.co.ukSecretGardenWT156.indd 1 20/01/2015 10:08www.wealdentimes.co.uk108FrasersWT162.indd 1 16/07/2015 15:04

WT Wedding SupplementGood FoodThe team from The Secret Garden in Mersham-Le-Hatchtalk us through pre-wedding menu preparations...How far in advance should clientsstart to plan their menus?We would recommend as early as possibleto take any stress away from their big day.It is becoming very popular to have either aKentish Picnic or Afternoon Tea which are verysocial wedding breakfasts with plenty of foodand lots of options to cater for everyone.What range of foodchoices do you offer?We have lots of options which include:Afternoon Tea, Kentish Posh Picnic, 3-Coursesit down meal, Hog Roast and BBQ. Wehave lots of different options on each menuand can accommodate for different dietaryrequirements along with menu requests.Where do you sourceyour ingredients?We are very proud to source all our producelocally to Kent and have great relationshipswith all of our suppliers, and some evencomes from our own kitchen garden.Is a tasting service available?As our wedding menus are created speciallywe do not offer a tasting of the menu on theday. However we do invite the guests to comein and try our lunch menus at a discountedrate when booking their special day with us.How do you ensurepresentation is perfect?We have a great team in the kitchen andfront of house who check all plates and foodcoming out of the kitchen and we all helpeach other to ensure presentation is perfect.Have you noticed any trendsin the type of food requeststhat you have recentlyreceived from clients?Lots of brides and grooms love to have anice relaxed day and often choose a laid backapproach to the menu choices. Afternoon Teaand The Kentish Posh Picnic are favourites.vintagestyletablestyled by Jennifer SueWeddings who offer abespoke wedding decoration& design service, 07748843413www.jennifersueweddings.co.ukWhat has been your favouritewedding menu so far?My favourite has to be our Kentish Posh Picnic,there are lots of different types of food andit’s great fun. The bride and groom dedicateone person from each table to be the headchef and they are in charge of unloading allthe scrummy picnic delights inside. (They areoften given a very funny apron to wear whilstdoing this.) There is lots of giggling and jokesthroughout the whole wedding breakfast and it isa pleasure to see everyone having so much fun.For more information about holding yourwedding at The Secret Garden call 01233501586 or see www.secretgardenkent.co.uk.109 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

WT WeddingDirectoryFLORISTSEmily & Me 07581 294387www.emilyandme.co.ukFlower Boutique Cranbrook01580 714370Flowers & Daughters01892 852189www.flowersanddaughters.co.ukMagpie AccessoriesMaidstone 01622 721252www.magpieaccessories.co.ukLADIESWEARCashara Tenterden 07966033000 www.cashara.co.ukOdyl Cranbrook 01580714907 www.odyl.co.ukLINGERIELovell & Vie Sevenoaks 01732454445 www.lovellandvie.co.ukSiren & Pearl Rye 01797 224116www.sirenandpearl.co.ukVENUESThe Bell Ticehurst 01580 200234www.thebellinticehurst.comBradbourne House EastMalling 01732 897436www.bradbournehousekent.co.ukBrick House Farm HighHalden 01233 850221www.brickhousefarm.comDale Hill Hotel & Golf ClubTicehurst 01580 200112www.dalehill.co.ukFrasers Egerton 01233 756122www.frasers-events.co.ukThe Secret Garden Mershamle Hatch 01233 501586www.secretgardenkent.co.ukVINTAGE BUSESOld London Bus 07721335500 / 01580 754253www.oldlondonbus.co.ukWEDDING DRESSES& ACCESSORIESThe Bridal Boutique of JulesWalmer 01304 389710www.boutiqueofjules.co.ukDress Dreams Sevenoaks 01732667377 www.dressdreams.co.ukMade with Love by Ali 07977142447 www.sissinghurstflowers.co.ukHAIR & BEAUTYWilliam Charles Tenterden 01580762564 www.williamcharleshair.co.ukJEWELLERY & ACCESSORIESJulie Tucker Williams07989 998158www.julietuckerwilliams.co.uk /Wealdenfairs.com/julietuckerwilliamsMENSWEARCounty Clothes Canterbury01227 765294 / Tenterden 01580765159 / Reigate 01737 249224www.countyclothesmenswear.co.ukThe Golden Fleece Rye 01797224271 www.thegoldenfleece.co.ukOPTICIANSLinda Pope Hawkhurst01580 753744Heaven Farm FurnersGreen 01825 791115www.weddingsmadeinheaven.co.ukHush Heath Estate & WineryStaplehurst 01622 832794www.hushheath.comHythe Imperial Hotel01303 267441www.mercurehytheimperial.co.ukPowder Mills Hotel Battle 01424775511 www.powdermillshotel.comWEDDING SHOWSThe Wedding Experience TheKent Showground Detling Sunday25 October 01795 844449www.wedding-experience.co.ukWINESHush Heath Estate & WineryStaplehurst 01622 832794www.hushheath.comA MEMORYMEMORYA MEMORYA F O R MEMORYYO U ANDF F YOUR O RYO YO GUESTS U ANDANDTOYOUR YOUR TREASURE GUESTS FOREVER TOTOTREASURE FOREVEROur vintage buses from the 1940's and 1950's will entranceyou and your specially chosen guests. We will provideOur uniformed drivers and conductors, experienced and will trained toOur vintage buses from the 1940's and 1950's will entranceyou Our the highest and vintage your standards. buses from These the 1940's double and deck 1950's buses We will entrance take provide 56you and your specially chosen guests. We will provideuniformed you passengers and your drivers each specially and and reflect chosen a lost era guests. of travel. We Weuniformed and will operate trained provide in todrivers and conductors, experienced and trained tothethe uniformed London highest and drivers standards. South East conductors, These England, double so experienced consider deck buses and to will trained make take that to 56highest deck buses will take 56passengers the special highest day each even standards. more reflect These special…double lost era deck of travel. buses We will operate take 56 ineach and of We operate inLondon passengers and each South and East reflect England, a lost so era consider of travel. us We to operate make that inA 72special London andseatday and Routemaster (red)even South more East special… England, so consider & a singleus us to todeckmake make26TO DISCUSS YOURthat thatspecial day day seat even GS more (brown) special… are now availableREQUIREMENTS PLEASE CALLTO 07721 DISCUSS 335500 YOUR07721 335500TO DISCUSS YOURREQUIREMENTS PLEASE CALLREQUIREMENTS OR 01580 PLEASE 754253 CALLOR 01580 754253OR OR 01580 754253LINNETLINNETHOUSEHOUSEHAWKHURSTHAWKHURSTKENTKENTTN18TN184AX4AXMAIL@OLDLONDONBUS.CO.UKMAIL@OLDLONDONBUS.CO.UKwww.wealdentimes.co.uk.CO.UK.CO.UK.CO.UK10% DISCOUNTFORFOR KENT BRIDE READERSQUOTEQUOTE KB14/1510% DISCOUNT FOR KENT BRIDE READERS QUOTE KB14/1510% DISCOUNT FOR KENT BRIDE READERS QUOTE KB14/1510% LINNET DISCOUNT HOUSE HAWKHURST FOR KENT TN18 BRIDE 4AX READERS MAIL@OLDLONDONBUS.CO.UKQUOTE KB14/15LINNET HOUSE HAWKHURST KENT TN18 4AX MAIL@OLDLONDONBUS.CO.UKLINNET HOUSE HAWKHURST KENT TN18 4AX MAIL@OLDLONDONBUS.CO.UK110- WEDDINGS - CELEBRATIONS - HOG ROASTS - BBQ’s - BAKES & CAKES -Contact caroline: caroline@plumtreecatering.comor call 07739 708599Contact SARAH: sarah@plumtreecatering.comor call 07771 332576PLUM TREECatering- WEDDINGS - CELEBRATIONS - HOG ROASTS - BBQ’s - BAKES & CAKES -OldLondonBusWT162.indd 1 21/07/2015 BrickHouseFarmWT162.indd 14:431 22/07/2015 10:25Untitled-3 1 21/07/2015 10:43

POWDERMILLS SPECIAL OFFERFrom small intimate gatherings to large lavish weddings PowderMills is a perfect and uniquewedding venue for a quintessential English country wedding.Surrounded by rolling parkland, lakes and woods, our romantic 18th Century Hotel has 49 luxury roomsand a beautiful Bridal Suite. With exclusive use it can be your own country house for your specialcelebration.And with our Wedding Offer of Complimentary Room Hire on selected dates,PowderMills is now more appealing than ever. Please call for details.We’d be delighted to show you around our beautiful Hotel and discuss how we can makeyour Wedding Day perfect in every way.BPowderMills Hotel, Powdermill Lane, Battle, East Sussex TN33 OSPTelephone 01424 775511 email: events@thepowdermills.com www.powdermillshotel.com

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FondMemoriesFollow Josephine Fairley’s fragrance tips for adeliciously scented wedding...Illustrations: Susanne HayesThe choice of scent you wear, meanwhile, will foreverbeam your beau back to the moment he leaned forward forthat post-‘I-now-pronounce-you-man-and-wife’ kiss fasterthan you can say ‘Tardis’. But there’s a huge dilemma: shouldyou wear a longstanding favourite – or go for somethingnew, which symbolises your new start? “It depends whetheryou’ve already found your ‘signature’ fragrance,” observesRoja Dove. (In which case, his advice is: stick to it.) “If not,the start of a marriage is the perfect time to start a life longrelationship with a scent that’s really ‘you’…” But to be safe,he advises, wear it a few times before the wedding itself sothat your groom doesn’t recoil in horror, if he doesn’t likewhat you’re wearing. “Just as you would have a run-throughfor your hair and make-up, you must do the same with anew fragrance. Don’t wear it every day in the run-up toyour wedding, but on a few selective evenings out with yourpartner,” is his advice. “And don’t solicit an opinion: wait forhis response – or even a lack of response, because that meansthat the beauty of the perfume isn’t overpowering yours…”Whatever fragrance you choose, one thing is for sure: ifyou want it to last from the minute you leave the house untilthe moment you slide beneath the sheets that unforgettablenight, you’ll want to ‘layer’ your fragrance on: the bath oil,the body lotion, perhaps a dusting of the matching bodypowder, the whole works – and of course, your chosenfragrance itself, a technique which will ‘time-release’ thenotes, as you warm up and cool down over the day.As Helen Keller also wrote: “smell is a potent wizard thattransports us across thousands of miles and all the yearswe have lived.” Make fragrance an important part of yourwedding – and what you’re wearing – and you’re just a breathaway from remembering the magic of the day, for years andyears to come. Then each time you light that scented candle,are given a bunch of scented roses, perhaps – or simply dabyour wedding day fragrance onto your pulse points, in ananosecond, it’s as if you’re saying ‘I do’, all over again…You’re spending hours planning how your weddinglooks: the table-settings, the bridesmaids’ dresses,the orders of service. You’ve probably agonised aboutthe hymns for the wedding – and the choice of band/DJ for the party, too. All of these, of course, will remainin your guests’ minds. The photos will be there, forever,in your albums. But have you thought about the role thatfragrance will play? Helen Keller – who was blind anddeaf – called smell ‘the fallen angel of our senses’, and it’san element of your wedding that can be more memorablethan sight or sound, or any of the other senses.I only have to breathe a whisper of Czech & Speake’sFrankincense & Myrrh candles, to remember my friend LizEarle, floating down the aisle to marry handsome film-makerPatrick Drummond. What all her friends talked about, formonths afterwards, wasn’t the beauty of the dress (it wasgorgeous), or even Liz’s radiance (as glowing as a beautyguru ought to be), but the fabulous, incense-y smell fromthe candles that flickered in every arched window of thechurch. (The tip: they were lit a couple of hours beforehand,to fill the church to its rafters with their exotic fragrance…)Scent Shopping...Most department store beauty halls have a wide selectionof the most popular fragrances on the market, butif you’re looking for something more individual andunusual, you want to head for a specialist boutique…• Miller Harris, 21 Bruton Street, London W1 /020 7629 7750, and 14 Needham Road, London W11/ 020 7221 1545 (or visit www.millerharris.com).• Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie – a treasure troveof hard-to-find and ultra-exclusive scents, including somethat have been created just for this kasbah of a boutique,within the ultra-exclusive 6th Floor Salon de Parfums atHarrods. Other fragrance stars include Caron, and someDior fragrances which have for the past 30 years only beenavailable at their HQ on the Avenue Montaigne, includingDiorling and Diorama. There is a full range of Roja Dovecandles, too, for fragrancing your reception. Roja’s awardwinningteam offers a one-on-one fragrance consultation113 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Wealden Health & BeautyWealden Times talks to Cassandra Fullerfrom cashmere knitwear brand, Cashara...do you follow a beautyroutine? I don’t follow astrict beauty routine. Witha toddler and a shop tolook after I don’t seem tohave much time to devoteto my beauty regime andhave to admit that I use facecleansing wipes to cleanseand remove make up,followed by a good qualitymoisturiser, normallyClarins Multi-Active DayCream. I also use a Clarinstinted moisturiser, theSuper Restorative TintedColour Burst...Even opening the box ofPrismologie’s Bergamot& Citrine body lotionmakes you feel brighter!Designed to enhance yourday from beginning to end,Prismologie have created theperfect balance of botanicaloils to hydrate and awakenskin from its slumber,Cream is light and feelslovely on your skin.do you have a particularproduct you couldn’t livewithout? I don’t think Icould live without perfume,its important to smellgood! At the momentmy favourites are Dolce& Gabbana The One, orGucci Guilty Intense.What’s your ultimatepampering treat? Myultimate pampering treat isan amazing ESPA treatmentthat is available at Theallowing your most radiantself to blossom from within.Apply the lotion generouslyto clean, dry skin. Sit back,relax and wait for YellowDay magic to take place,leaving skin soft, supple andready to take on the day.Nile Lily helps with elasticityand firmness, the additionof a mineral complex aidsLondon Beach Hotel andSpa. It’s called the ESPATotal Holistic Body Carewith hot stones and lastsnearly two hours; mypartner Romain treated mefor my birthday this year.It’s so relaxing, definitelythe ultimate treat!Who’s your style icon? Ithink my style icon wouldhave to be Grace Kelly.She was just beautifuland very ladylike, alwaysimmaculately dressed.I love the fashion fromthat era when ladies woregloves, pearls and beautifulevening dresses. I had theopportunity a few yearsago to go to GoodwoodRevival, it’s such a fantasticday out and all the womengo to so much effort todress up from the 40s50s or 60s. It’s great topeople-watch and admireall the different outfits.Cassie’s company, Cashara,specialises in gorgeouslytactile cashmere and silkclothing and accessories.You can browse hercollection onlineat Wealdenfairs.com/casharaand www.cashara.co.uk orvisit the shop at 5 HighStreet, Tenterden.with cell renewal, and theoat extract has great antiagingproperties. If yellowisn’t your colour, then youcould also try passionateRed, calming Green, gentlePink, detoxifying White,or unifying Indigo. £35for 200ml from www.prismologie.com andSpaceNK Tunbridge Wells.Time For Tea...Over 300 years ago, localinhabitants of the CederbergMountains discovered thatthe needle-like leaves of theRooibos plant could be usedto make a refreshing brew.Ever since Cape Town’s firstDutch settlers tried it as analternative to European blacktea, production methods haveevolved from the leaves beingharvested, fermented anddried by hand for local use, tobeing distributed worldwidefor the tea’s innumerablehealth benefits. It’s completelycaffeine free, making it theperfect bedtime beverage forthose who struggle with sleep,is surprisingly high in calcium,making it beneficial for bonehealth, and it improves bloodcirculation, too. A greatnatural aid for treating acneand other skin problems,the tea’s anti-inflammatoryproperties also help to easestomach cramps, abdominalpain and indigestion. Youcan use it in cooking, as afragrant marinade for meatdishes. Splash it on your faceinstead of water as a soothingfacial wash, or make a simple,refreshing ice tea with honey.117 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

Pretty PastelsWe adore nail experts Mavala’s newGarden Party Colours collection,formed of six delicate pastel shadeswith suitably named powderpetalshades: clockwise from top leftFreesia, Begonia, Petunia, Jasmin,Hortensia and Iris. Free from theusual nail polish nasties – parabens,formaldehyde, toluene, camphor,cellophane, animal ingredientsand heavy metal – each 5ml bottlecosts £4.50. See www.mavala.co.ukto find your nearest stockist.www.wealdentimes.co.uk118

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Press ad_Layout 1 19/08/2011 4:06pm Page 1The taste of Kentfrom your own local farm shopCrisp &GreenLucinda Hamilton and her team at Cocoliciousin Cranbrook create a fresh, seasonallunch menu to enjoy with friends...Photographs: David MerewetherYou’ll taste the difference when you purchaseyour produce from us.We’ve sourced fruit and veg from localsuppliers so we can guarantee its’freshness – and that means great tasting food.Why not makea day of it?Visit Polhill Garden Centrefor the best ideas foryour gardenAnd why not treat yourself to some of ourspecialist items: jams, pickles, chutney, cheese,milk, biscuits, honey, confectionary, ice cream,frozen foods and much more. Great for gifts –or treat yourself!We’ve got easy on-site parking so come andvisit us soon.London Road,Badgers Mount,Sevenoaks,Kent TN14 7BDTel: 01959 533089The Taste of KentWinner of the Garden Centre AssociationFarm Shop of the Year Award 2010Hot smoked oak roasted salmon saladServes 4. Prep time: 15 minPolhillWT116.indd 1 16/09/2011 16:54• 1 or 2 pieces of hotsmoked oak roastedsalmon (we buy oursfrom fantastic supplierCranbrook Fishmongersat Hartley Dyke)• 150g lamb’s lettuce• 200g fresh peas (orfrozen if out of season)• 150g red radishes• 1 avocado• 1 medium sized red chilli• 1 pack of dill,finely chopped• 1 lemon, unwaxed• 1 tsp Dijon mustard• 2 tbsp white wine vinegar• 6-8 tbsp extravirgin olive oilMEETINGSHythe Imperial HotelH H H H1. Wash and dry the lettuce.2. Put some boiling water in a pan and bring back to theboil. Put in the peas and blanch quickly for 1 minute, thenrefresh under cold water and set aside until ready to use.3. Wash and slice or chop the radishes.4. To make dressing mix the Dijon mustard, ½lemon rind finely grated, ½ lemon juice, vinegarand oil in an old jam jar with a lid and shake ituntil well mixed. Add finely chopped dill.5. When ready to eat assemble the salad, place the lettucein your serving bowl, flake over the salmon, scatter thepeas on top, slice the avocado and add to salad, thenadd the radishes and dress with your vinaigrette.6. Season to taste.weddingsSTAY | DINE | SPA | GOLF | WEDDING PACKAGESLIVE MUSIC & COMEDY | MEETINGS & EVENTS01303 267441Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent CT21 6AEEmail: csales@hytheimperialhotel.comwww.mercurehytheimperial.co.uk121www.wealdentimes.co.ukMercureHytheImperialHotelWT162.indd 1 14/07/2015 16:05

Courgette ‘noodle’ saladServes 4. Prep time: 15 min. Cooking time: Up to 25 minsYou will need a ‘spiralizer’ to make this salad• 2 large, or 3 mediumcourgettes• 1 jar of marinatedgreen olives• 3 beetroots, peeled andcut into segments• a handful of baby spinach• a bunch of fresh thyme• 100g almonds,with skin on• 1 pack of 200g Greekfeta, chopped• 8tbsp extra virgin olive oil• 2-3 tbsp red wine vinegar• some edible flowers(we used nasturtiums)if you have themgrowing in the garden1. Pre heat oven to 200°C.2. Peel and cut the beetroots into segments and place onbaking tray. Scatter with thyme and drizzle with olive oil.Bake for about 15 minutes until slightly caramelised. Putaside until ready to use.3. Place the almonds on baking tray and toast lightly in theoven for about 5-10 minutes, watching to make sure theydo not burn. Set aside until ready to use, and then choproughly.4. Cut the olives in half.5. When ready to serve, assemble your salad. Spiralize thecourgettes, place in serving dish, sprinkle with pepper andsalt, add the washed and dried baby spinach, beetroot withall the roasting juices, olives, almonds and feta cheese.Drizzle with the vinegar and olive oil, season to taste.6. Decorate with the edible flowers and serve. 123 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Truly scrumptious cherry peach parfaitServes 1. Prep time: 15 minYou will need 1 mason jar or old jam jar• 50g granola• 5 fresh cherries pittedand cut in half• ½ a peach• 150g Greek yoghurt1. Layer the jar starting with ½ the granola.2. Top with ½ the yogurt.3. Top with the cherries and sliced peaches.4. Finally, top with the remainder of theyoghurt and finish with the granola.When you next pop into Cocolicious youwill notice some changes to their menu.Loulou and her team will now be able to offeran expanded lunch menu, with a hot dishevery day, 3 or 4 different salads, Cocolicioussignature tartines and some exciting dailyspecials, adapting the new menu regularly inorder to reflect the seasonal changes. Ginnyand Sarah, Cocolicious’s two lovely chefs,will be keeping their cosy kitchen buzzingusing quality ingredients, sourced as locallyas possible. Bon appétit! For more info. seewww.cocolicious.co.uk or call 01580 714954.Never miss an issue of Wealden Times by visiting the iTunesApp Store to 125 download our free interactive iPad edition www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Image: FreeImages.com/JamesLinSummer BountyJo Arnell has her trug at the ready to cash in positively on a gluttonous season in the garden...Remember back in the spring when nothing wasgrowing and every pea was precious, when fivecourgette seeds didn’t seem enough to plant outand the bean seedlings were thin and straggling? Well,I’m eating those words now, and trying to do the samewith all the surplus veg I’m endlessly picking. If you’reout in your veg patch ‘not waving but drowning’ as youstruggle to keep up with a daunting flow of produce,I shall try to throw you a rubber ring (my life raft hasjust capsized) in the form of a few tips for managingthe glut and avoiding the worst of it next time.Grimly reapingLuckily (or is it desperation over the years?) there arelots of good recipes for summer harvests of the mostprolific crops. Some things you can make, like chutney,will keep for months on end and most vegetables canbe frozen, either as they are (rinsed and blanched), orwithin the recipes themselves. The important thing isto pick the crops at their best, and not leave them to goover (that tiny courgette you walked past the other dayis bound to be a hulking marrow by now). So harvestthings regularly and dust off your (or invest in some moreexciting) recipe books. These are the main glut culprits:CourgettesIf you really still want to grow five plants (!), make them fivedifferent ones and try to sow them a few weeks apart. Thereare spherical courgettes that are good for stuffing, ridgedor yellow ones that look pretty on the plate and there’s agreat climbing variety called ‘Tromboncino’, which holdsits (rather interesting) shape well in a pan and will sprawlup a wigwam and therefore allow another crop to grow atits feet. Courgettes are versatile to cook with too – try themribboned (use a grater or special julienne knife) and cookedwith butter and cheese like pasta. They can be grated, mixedwith egg and frittered, baked into quiches and even madeinto luscious cakes, They also go well with a glut of tomatoes– just add aubergines and voila! you have ratatouille...TomatoesDepending on how late you started them, and how earlythe frosts arrive, you will almost definitely end up witha glut of tomatoes – ripe or still green. Fortunately127 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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tomatoes store really well – as sauce, in chutneys andsoups. They can be sun (or oven) dried and will keepfor a while like this, either in an airtight jar, or in oil.BeansThe more you pick, the more the plant will produce,and in catch-22 style, if you don’t pick beans regularly,those still growing will become tough and stringy. Sokeep picking. If you grow French or ‘pole’ beans, andbecome overwhelmed, you could always leave some ofthem to dry in the pods. Even if you don’t go on toeat them, you can grow them next year as a crop.Holiday harvestsIf you go away in the summer, it’s almost guaranteed thatyour crops will be ready to harvest just as you go, and thatthey’ll be over by the time you come back. Of course it’sgood news for anyone volunteering to water your plants whileyou’re absent, but teeth-gnashingly frustrating if you’ve justspent months nurturing them. You can try to plan ahead andwork out – from the sowing to harvest times on the back ofthe seed packet – just how long each crop will take to grow,but the guides can only be approximate. The weather, soiland the prevailing conditions will speed up or slow downthe growth rate and thus the best laid plans of men (nevermind the mice – I don’t want to hear about their horrid littleplans) often go awry. If you can look past August – and In the Heart of our Designs are Beautiful GardensAs a leading firm of passionate and talented garden designers,we design and build beautiful bespoke garden spaces for our clients.Our dedicated team of qualified professionals providethe very best standards of craftsmanship throughout every aspect of your project.www.openviewlandscapes.co.uk • Tel: 01580 764 090129 www.wealdentimes.co.ukOpenviewLandscapeDesignWT158.indd 1 12/03/2015 14:20

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Strong FrontSue Whigham laments the demise of the frontgarden and explores the factors behind its declineand what is being done to ensure its survival...I’ve been driving up to London on the South CircularRoad for about thirty years and, despite being notmuch fun, it gives you a chance to look at frontgardens when you are sitting at endless sets of trafficlights – and the news isn’t good. I’m actually struggling tothink of one garden I’ve passed there when I’ve thought,‘That looks good’. The Royal Horticultural Society havedone a recent survey and have confirmed that in the pastten years a quarter of all front gardens have been pavedor gravelled over. And in London another survey doneby the London Assembly using aerial photography hasconfirmed that twelve square miles of the city are nowpaved. This is the equivalent to twenty-two Hyde Parks.But why have things changed so much? To start with,the millions of cars we now own have to be parkedsomewhere and people would rather park off road given achance, particularly in areas with prohibitively expensiveparking charges. And many households will have morethan one car which need to be accommodated.There was a time back in the 1960s on the Becontree Estatein Dagenham, then the largest council housing project inthe world, when the council had the power to evict you ifyour front garden wasn’t up to scratch. According to a longterm resident there, a Mr. Watson who has lived on the estatefor 72 years, each and every front garden is now a concreteparking bay. Privet hedges and lawns were all immaculateand working hard in the front of the house gave residents achance to know their neighbours and encourage a communityspirit. Perhaps we can put the blame on the car but manyof us tend to keep ourselves to ourselves far more now andjust consider our front gardens a working area for vehiclesand the enormous bins we have to line up somewhere.The disadvantages of all this urbanisation and reductionof green space, albeit smallish plots in the main, are obvious.Environmental problems like flooding have been proven withrainwater unable to run off into the earth naturally causingdrainage systems to overflow and sewage systems to be so fullthat their contents have had to be released into the rivers.Hard surfaces absorb heat in the day and release it at nightWinchelsea is awash with completelygorgeous plantings of overflowing roses,clouds of lavender and much else...making for uncomfortable sleep and less greenery meanspoorer air quality and nowhere for dust to be absorbed. Thereare also fewer nesting places for birds or food for insects.But it doesn’t have to be like this at all and there are somefabulous front gardens around which can accommodatecars as well as plants and wildlife to provide a lovely greenoasis. Plus, leafy front gardens offer what is called ‘kerbappeal’ by estate agents and, of course, tree-lined and leafierroads are more appealing to potential house buyers.With limited space, the first thing to do is to clothethe walls and fences of your front garden with climbingplants and then plan what sort of front garden you want.Use scented climbers like summer jasmine, or one of thescented clematis like C. montana ‘Wilsonii’ which has themost delicious fragrance and flowers for weeks in June. Fillthose lost corners in the front garden with fragrant winterbox (Sarcoccoca confusa) or perhaps a daphne. If you havelimited space, you could go for Daphne bholua ‘JacquelinePostill’ which has an upright habit and doesn’t take up toomuch room but the scent... wow! Neither the daphne nor thewinter box need regular maintenance and are so easy to 133 www.wealdentimes.co.uk

Image: Jason Ingram for RHSgrow as longas you get them off to a good start. There is nothingbetter than being welcomed home by wafts of perfume.I think that cottagey front gardens are perfect but canunderstand that they may not suit the architecture of everyhouse. The cool green and white formal gardens in front ofwhite stuccoed houses in some parts of London are very smartwith their use of box hedging, box or yew topiary, whitehydrangeas – that sort of thing with plenty of gravel, Yorkstone and brick edging – not much good for wildlife but easyto look after and pleasing to the eye. However, if you likeoverflowing borders of long flowering plants like Geranium‘Rozanne’, catmints and Alchemilla mollis you could containthem within box hedging. So simple but very effective anda good source of a few cutting flowers for the house too.I think that having a porous surface in your frontgarden is the first step and perhaps just a couple ofpaved tracks for a car combined with gravel over apermeable membrane. You can have plants growingunder the area where the car is parked as long as thecar isn’t too sedentary! Try some of the little creepingthymes, or bugle or anything that creeps along theground. Otherwise interlocking brick pavers let therain through as does gravel, Matrix pavers whichare hexagonal are another alternative as is grassstrengthened with plastic Netpave (made by Netlon).This would only do for occasional parking though.Get ideas by looking at other front gardens – notup the South Circular to Catford though – Winchelsea isawash with completely gorgeous plantings of overflowingroses, clouds of lavender and much else. That slow, coolstart to the summer has allowed flowers that usuallyhave a short season to somehow hold on for weeks.During a pit stop at RHS Wisley earlier this week Inoticed that the RHS have a prominent campaign oncalled Let’s Get Greening Grey Britain with a samplefront garden complete with car parked over prostrateplanting. Let’s hope that it gets us all thinking.Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810457948 for gardening advice and the sourcingand supplying of interesting garden plants.We’ve got designs "on your garden"Tradi&onal or contemporary, large or small, the designers at Gardenproud can help you create a garden you’ll be proud of. Our project managers will take you through design, approvals, hard landscaping and plan&ng. Gardenproud was established in 2007 and is based in Tunbridge Wells. We look aDer over 100 proper&es throughout Kent and East Sussex. !If you are planning a new!garden for 2015 then contact!Tim Sykes on 07725 173820, or!just Google Gardenproud"www.wealdentimes.co.uk134GardenproudWT162.indd 1 20/07/2015 BarrowHillVetsWT162.indd 11:491 21/07/2015 11:31

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What’s On In AugustCHARITY EVENTSSat 8 Aug 10am-4pmCranbrook Vestry HallCHARITY SALECome along to purchase a pieceof art from the late MichaelWoodford, artist of the GolfordChapel Windows, and exhibitorat The Tate and Louvre. Pick apainting and make a donation.Info: sheilabrown43@hotmail.co.uk / 01580 712462Sat 19 & Sun 20 AugGreater LondonTEAM BAGPUSSJoin Team Bagpuss at the world’sleading obstacle race series ‘TheSpartan Race’. We ask you to raisea minimum of £150 sponsorshipper person, in return you gain raceday entry, team Bagpuss t-shirt,finishing medal and receive raceday hospitality. Races include:Spartan Sprint 5k + 13 obstacles,Super Spartan 13k + 21 obstacles& Spartan Junior Races between750m and 3k + obstacles (4yrs to13yrs)Info: anna@hospicesofhope.co.uk / 01959 525110CHILDREN & FAMILYSat 1 & Sun 2 Aug10.30am-4.30pmHever Castle & Gardens, Hever,Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NGPAWS AT THE CASTLEThe popular annual eventhas a packed programme ofentertainment and boasts animpressive line-up of dogs frompedigree to cross breed andworking dog to pampered pooch.Admission to Castle & Gardens:Adults £16.00, Seniors £14.00,Children (5-15) £9.00,Family ticket £42.50.Info: www.hevercastle.co.uk / 01732 865224Fri 7 Aug – Fri 14 AugBroadstairs, Kent CT10 1JXBROADSTAIRS FOLK WEEK2015 sees the 50th anniversaryof this town based event - comeand celebrate with us! We have aterrific campsite for festival goers,featuring Panic Circus, children’sworkshops, a theatre and othervenues for informal events. Withover 500 events celebrating folkmusic, dance and song - concerts,ceilidhs and workshops, thisfestival has something for everyoneInfo: 01843 604080 / www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.ukCOURSES & WORKSHOPSWed 19 – Sun 23 Aug 11am-3pmRiverhill, Sevenoaks,Kent TN15 0RRPOETIC SCAVENGER HUNTCollect ideas from around thegardens and then craft theseinto a poem in our workshop.Entry: Adult £7.75, Child £5.75Info: www.riverhillgardens.co.uk / 01732 459777EXHIBITIONS, FESTIVALS,FAIRS & SHOWSSun 2 AugChiddingstone Castle, HillHoath Road, Edenbridge,Kent TN8 7ADVINTAGE SUMMER FAIRThe inaugural Summer Vintagefair takes place on the SouthLawn of the Castle grounds,with stalls selling Vintageclothing, furniture, accessoriesand homeware, and so muchmore! There will also be music,entertainment and refreshmentsto help the day go with a swing!The castle will be open as usual.Entry: Adults £3, Child £1Info: www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk / 01892 872746Every Tuesday 9-11amSt John’s Church Centre,Hildenborough nearTonbridge, KentHILDENBOROUGHFARMERS’ MARKETWhile our young visitors showtheir prowess in the kitchen,making a tasty treat to takehome, there is a lively Marketto explore with around 20stalls and, when your shoppingis done, enjoy a good cuppawith friends in our coffee hall.Why not make it a date?Info: www.hildenboroughfarmersmarket.co.uk / 01732 838903Thurs 6 – Sun 9 Aug10.30am-5pmMichelham Priory, UpperDicker, Hailsham, EastSussex BN27 3QSCONTEMPORARYCRAFT SHOWWhy not combine a visit to thepast with our ContemporaryCraft Show where you can meetand see our designer makers inaction? 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Find us on Facebook –Tonbridge Farmers’ Market andTwitter – TonbridgefmMrkt.Entry: FreeInfo: www.tonbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk / 07557 739903Sat 22 Aug 10am-2pmVictory Hall, Stockcroft Road,Balcombe, Haywards Heath,West Sussex RH17 6HPCRAFT, GIFT AND LOCALPRODUCE MARKETCome and enjoy the lovely mixedstalls and local produce with thismonth’s charity being in aid ofthe Victory Hall and its renownedFirst World War Murals.Entry: FreeInfo: 01444 811462Sat 29 – Mon 31 Aug 10am-5pmPashley Manor Gardens,Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst,East Sussex TN5 7HECONTEMPORARYCRAFT SHOWThis will be The Sussex Guild’sfourteenth year at Pashley andthe craft show will be situatedin a large marquee in front ofthe Manor House. The showwill feature about fifty exhibitorswho will be displaying workof the highest standard.Entry: Adult £8, Child £5Info: www.thesussexguild.co.uk /01273 479565Mon 31 Aug – Sat 5Sept 10am-5pmTenterden Town Hall TN30 6ANWEALD OF KENTART GROUPThe Summer Exhibition and Saleof Paintings will be open daily.New members very welcome.Entry: FreeInfo: www.wealdofkentartgroup.co.ukFRIENDS & SOCIALSat 1 Aug 10.30am-3.30pmThe Temple, URC, St Mary CrayHigh Street, Kent BR5 4AXPAMPER EVENTCome and enjoy a relaxing coupleof hours and try Reflexology,Paraffin waxing, Indian HeadMassage, Manicures, NaturalLift Face Massage, Hot StonesMassage, Ear Candling, EnergyHealing, Massage and much more.There will be light refreshmentsand other stalls available.Treatments cost between £10 and£15 for 20 or 30 minute sessions.Info: 07796 582797 / www.treatsandtreasuresforyou.co.ukSat 1 & Sun 2 Aug 10amLittle Engeham Farm,Bethersden Rd, Woodchurch,Kent TN26 3QYWEALD OF KENTSTEAM RALLYThis spectacular show bringstogether Steam Engines,Classic Cars, CommercialMotorcycles, Tractors & allmanner of other vehicles fromacross the South East. 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What’s On In AugustJoin Horam and HeathfieldFlower Club and Susan Shawfor a floral demonstration,raffle and refreshments.Entry: £5Info: 01435 866026Sat 15 Aug 2-4.45pmThe Community Centre,Sheepsetting Lane, HeathfieldSUMMER FLOWER SHOWJoin Heathfield and DistrictHorticultural Society fortheir 125th AnniversaryYear with refreshments, araffle and plant sale.Entry: £1 (children under 16 free)Enquiries: 01435 830725THEATREFri 7 Aug 7.30pmKennington Hall, CanterburyRoad, Ashford, Kent TN25 4ENTHE TWO GENTLEMENOF VERONAThe Changeling Companypresents The Two Gentlemen ofVerona in tranquil surroundingsat Kennington Hall. Pleasebring friends and picnics!Tickets: www.changelingtheatre.com/ticketsInfo: www.kennington-hall.co.ukListings are correct at time ofgoing to press but may be subjectto change. Readers are advisedto check with venues beforemaking arrangements. We canlist your event in the next issueof Wealden Times for only £15!Please supply up to 50 words thatshould include date, time, venue,and any entry price to whatson@wealdentimes.co.uk or send withpayment (cheques payable to JPSMedia) to What’s On, WealdenTimes, Kettle Chambers, 21 StoneStreet, Cranbrook, Kent TN173HF. Wealden Times reservesthe right to edit text to fit spaceallocated. If you would like yourevent listing to be accompaniedby a full colour reproduction(42.5 x 62.5mm) of a poster orother pictorial image, the totalcharge will be £95. Deadline forSeptember issue is 7 August 2015.All Summer LongFUN GuaranteedWith ourfamousPIG RACING4 100 acres to explore4 Friendly farm animals4 Beautiful butterflies4 Paddling pool & sandpits4 Assault courses & zip wires4 Inclusive play equipmentFind out more... 01233 861493 RareBreeds.org.ukSo much todo you’ll needmore than a day!LPLamb PlayersT h e L a m b P l a y e r s P r e s e n tT WELFTH NIGHTBy William ShakespeareatLPLamb HouseWest Street, Rye TN31 Lamb 7ES Players14th - 16th August 2015ContemporaryCanterburyOastTrustRareBreedsCentreWT162.indd 1at13/07/2015 12:41T h e L a m b P l a y e r s P r e s e n tCRAFTSHOWSPashley ManorGardensT WELFTH NIGHTBy William ShakespeareLamb HouseWest Street, Rye TN31 7ES29 - 31 August10.00 am - 5.00 pmPashley Manor Gardens,Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst,East Sussex TN5 7HEMichelham Priory6 - 9 August10.30 am - 5.00 pmMichelham Priory,Upper Dicker, Hailsham,East Sussex BN27 3QSTickets £16 (£14 concs.) fromwww.thesussexguild.co.ukGrammar School RecordsHigh Street, Rye, 01797 222752T: 01273 479565P Performance e r f o r m a n c e Times: T i m e F r i i & S a t ( 7 p m )S Sun u n ( (1:30pm 1 : 3 0 p m & 5 5pm) p m )Tickets £16 (£14 (£14 concs.) fromPerformance Times:Grammar G r a m m a r School S c h o o l Records R e c o r d sF r i & S a t ( 7 p m )High High Street, Rye, 01797 222752Sun (1:30pm & 5pm)Garden opens 30 min. min. before before each each show show - picnics picnics until until 10pm 10pm (4pm)(4pm)Garden opens 30 min. before each show - picnics until 10pm (4pm)w w w w . w tw h. t eh le al a m b pl a l y a e yr es . rc o s m. c o mw w w . t h e l a m b p l a y e r s . c o m139 www.wealdentimes.co.uklambplayersWT162.indd 1 20/07/2015 SussexGuildWT162.indd 16:411 03/07/2015 15:40

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FablesFromThe FarmJane reflects onthe Howard familychickens...Subscribe and NEVERmiss out...If you would like to contribute to future issues ofTotal Grooming Magazine please contact :Sue Corfieldeditor@totalgroomingmagazine.co.ukIf you would like to subscribe to the magazine orhave an interest in advertising then please contact :Mike Smithmike@cimltd.co.uk01795 509110www.totalgroomingmagazine.co.ukwww.totalgroomingmagazine.co.ukLove is...WILDWASHWildWash Natural Skinand Coat Care For PetsTo see Pepper’s fi rst bath visit:www.youtube.com/WildWashCowww.totalgroomingmagazine.co.ukJUNE 2015APRIL 2015CELEBRATING20 YEARSwww.totalgroomingmagazine.co.ukwww.totalgroomingmagazine.co.ukMAY 2015March 2015The chicken department has been running especiallysmoothly recently. For the past two years we have hadthe same six chickens – four Buff Sussex, one SpeckledSussex and Phil the cockerel. This in itself is a record as in thepast we have always lost a few every year to the fox, to friendsvisiting with terriers and once to a nasty condition called Gape.But all’s well at the moment, with plenty of fresh eggsand only one of them deciding to go broody. The wholechicken and egg thing is still one of those miracles whicheven after ten years of hen keeping never ceases to amaze.An old fashioned hen will lay an egg most days fromabout February to October (commercial hens do it everyday, 365 days) and if she is running with a cockerel theeggs will be fertile and for about three weeks are capableof developing into a chick. This development will onlycommence once the egg has been kept consistently warmfor 24 hours in an incubator or under a broody hen.Becoming broody is a hormonal thing and once it kicks inthe hen’s temperature rises and she plucks the feathers fromher breast, skin-to-shell contact being more efficient with allthe feathers out the way. And there she sits for 21 days. Sheforegoes food and drink – unless you pick her up and makeher leave the nest – and also ceases to give off any smell sothat in the wild any passing fox won’t find her. Clever.And then on day 20 the chicks begin to cheep insidetheir shells. This is the signal that turns off broody modeand turns on maternal mode. As all the chicks hatch shebecomes a protective mother and will carefully raise themfor about eight weeks before she loses interest and the littleones have to take their chances as part of the flock.We don’t really need any more hens, five hens eachlaying most days is plenty for a family of four – althoughin our case you first have to find the eggs because thehens resolutely refuse to use the dedicated laying box intheir hen house, but when one of them did go broodyrecently I couldn’t help but put some eggs under herand chalked up in the diary the happy hatching date.However, with the very hot weather we’ve had recentlyI felt, after two weeks of sitting tight, she really did needto get out of the ark, stretch her legs and have a drinkof water. So I turfed her out and she ran screeching tothe nearest flower bed for a good dust bath (it is VERYannoying that with all the farmyard to use they always pickmy already far from impressive perennial border as theirpreferred spot for ablutions). Ten minutes later I checkedon progress only to see two large crows flying out of theark with eggs in their beaks. Of the original nine only twowere left. As they say, never count your chickens…Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farmwww.wealdentimes.co.uk144TotalGroomingWT162.indd 1 22/07/2015 10:32

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