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Contents

October 2015

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18 HEARTH & HOME

John Graham-Hart finds homes

with beautiful fireplaces

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IT’S OCTOBER

What’s going on near

you this month

TAKE A LOOK

A run down of Wealden

school open days

FAMILY VALUES

A spacious family farmhouse

GET THE LOOK

Fabulous home accessories

from Wealdenfairs.com

BEAUTIFUL BEDS

Be inspired by our pick of

beds and accessories

HILL HOUSE

A refurbished fisherman’s cottage

in the heart of Hastings Old Town

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145

KITCHENS & 148

BATHROOMS

10 pages of ideas and trends

153

URBANE WARRIOR

Helen Barton styles

men’s accessories

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LIPSTICK LOVE

Jo Fairley slicks on the latest

shades and formulations

WEALDEN HEALTH

& BEAUTY

Healthy tips to keep you

looking and feeling fantastic

OPTICAL INSIGHT

Solve your eye woes

FOOD SUPPLEMENT

17 pages of autumnal

temptation

NO SHRINKING VIOLETS

Sue Whigham explores

the unsung autumnal

garden heroes

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BRILLIANT BULBS

Jo Arnell gets prepped for spring

THE GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp explores the hedgerows

WORK, REST & PLAY

WT takes a look at the boarding

facilities at three local schools

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Find out...

COMPETITION

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

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Offers in excess of £995,000

Goudhurst

An attractive Grade II Listed family home

5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2

bathrooms. Rear garden with lawned area,

terrace and feature pond.

Guide price £1,650,000

Goudhurst

Family house on the edge of the

pretty village

6 bedrooms, 5 reception rooms, 4

bathrooms. Wonderful gardens with

swimming pool. In all about 3.9 acres.

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Catsfield

Impressive country house with farreaching

views

7 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 4

bathrooms. Beautiful grounds. Swimming

pool. EPC rating F. In all about 7.2 acres.

Guide price £750,000

Goudhurst

A detached Grade II Listed cottage

4 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 3

bathrooms. Beautiful gardens and grounds.

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Guide price £1,500,000 Guide price £2,500,000

Benenden

An architect-designed contemporary family house

6 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms. Spectacular

countryside views. EPC rating C. In all about 1.65 acres.

Goudhurst

A spacious and beautifully presented country house

5 / 6 bedrooms, 5 reception rooms, 5 bathrooms. Tennis Court.

Landscaped gardens and grounds. EPC rating E. In all about 16 acres.


Near Tenterden. Kent - £875,000

A handsome Georgian farmhouse with far reaching views. Drawing

room, dining room, study, utility/shower room, master bedroom

with en-suite dressing area and bathroom, three further bedrooms,

nursery/bedroom 5. Heated pool. Gardens approx. 3/4 acre.

Outbuildings and Heritage style double bay garage.

Fairlight, East Sussex - £625,000

A charming period property on a quiet country lane surrounded by

farmland. Accommodation includes living room, kitchen/breakfast

room, 3 double bedrooms. Detached 2 storey outbuilding with

office, workshop and storage. Garden and paddock approx. 1.2

acres. Stables and pond. Rear courtyard. EPC G

Iden, East Sussex - £625,000

A well presented detached period cottage with light filled stylish

accommodation. Set off a quiet country lane yet on the edge of the

village the accommodation includes sitting room, garden/dining

room, study, kitchen and utility room, 4 bedrooms. Heritage style

double garage. 1/2 acre garden. EPC F

Udimore, East Sussex - £585,000

In a quiet location with stunning views, and versatile

accommodation: Living room, study, dining room, kitchen, and 2

bedrooms. The ground floor has additional self-contained living

room with kitchenette and bedroom and shower room. Cottage

garden and outbuildings. EPC F

Rye, East Sussex - Prices from £335,000

A new development offering a mix of high specification 2 and 3

bedroom apartments in the centre of Rye which will be fully fitted

and ready for occupation. Parking. Predicted EPC rating B/C.

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Camber, East Sussex - £650,000

A new light filled contemporary style 4 bedroom house on a no

through lane only 300 yards back from Camber Sands. Living

room, kitchen, family room, utility room, one bedroom with ensuite,

three further bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Loft room. Off

road parking and detached single garage. Large garden. EPC B

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GOUDHURST £1,695,000

Stunning barn conversion • Three receptions

• Kitchen/breakfast room • Six bedrooms (two

ensuite) • Approx 4 acre gardens • Detached one

bedrooms annexe • Garage • EPC: D

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

SANDHURST £1,595,000

Spacious Listed detached Oast • Five receptions

• Kitchen/breakfast room • Walk in pantry and

utility • Six bedrooms (two ensuite) • Detached triple

garaging • Approx 1.3 acres • EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment area

BENENDEN £1,500,000

State of the Art Family home • Open plan kitchen/

dining/living space • Two further receptions • Sound

proof cinema/music room • Five/six bedrooms (two

ensuite) • Approx 2 acres • EPC: H

Cranbrook School Catchment area

GOUDHURST £1,295,000

Impressive Village property • Three receptions

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SOLD

Tunbridge

Wells, Kent

Guide £325,000

Two bedroom mid

terrace Bungalow with

planning permission

granted for a three-bedroom

house increased

in size by approx 30%.

Superb location.

SOLD

SOLD

Marden, Kent

OIEO £800,000

Equestrian Property: A

delightful 4 bedroom

farmhouse set amid approx.

6 acres of charming

gardens and paddock,

stabling for 2/3 horses

and planning consent for

a 2 bedroom annexe.

High Halden, Kent

Guide £425,000

A modern and beautifully appointed, five

bedroom detached family home.

Rural Woodchurch,

Kent

Guide £925,000

Historically significant

five bedroom, Grade II*

Listed Brightling, Hall House with East an Sussex

adjacent OIEO two £475,000

bedroom

annexe RENOVATION and various OPPORTUNITY – Two/three

outbuildings bedrooms with sitting scope in a for refurbishment.

stunning rural idyll.

Fairlight, E Sussex

Guide £2.3m

Unique seven bedroom,

Grade II Listed period

farmhouse. Set in 17 acres

Warehorne, nr Ashford,

commanding unparalleled

Kent

Guide £510,000 views, separate three bedroom

semi-detached oast, outbuildings period

An elegant four bedroom

property.

ripe for conversion & high

spec equestrian facilities.

SOLD

SOLD

UNDER OFFER

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2 Windmill Oast, Windmill Farm,

Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4PF

Residential Sales • Management and Lettings

Rural Benenden, Kent

Guide £750,000

A handsome, detached Grade II Listed period

family home with four double bedrooms.

Benenden, Kent

Guide £795,000

A four bedroom, detached family home being

adjacent to the picturesque village green.

01580 242700

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Goudhurst, Kent

Guide £895,000

A rare building plot of approximately 2.1 acres in

North Road with planning consent.

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

Goudhurst, Kent

Guide £995,000

Planning permission granted to build a new five

bedroom Eco House with 5 stunning acres.

Rushlake Green, East Sussex

Guide £1,250,000

A handsome and beautifully appointed six

bedroom 16th Century farmhouse.

Udimore, nr Rye, East Sussex

Guide £1,500,000

A magnificent seven bedroom house with

stunning panoramic views over countryside and

the sea.

2 Windmill 2 Windmill Oast, Oast, Windmill Farm,

Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4PF


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IMMACULATELY REFURBISHED PROPERTY

boughton aluph, kent

Ashford 3.7 miles; Canterbury 10 miles; Tenterden 15 miles

ø lovely country lane setting ø planning to extend ø 3 reception rooms ø 4 bedrooms ø 3

bath/shower rooms ø 2 bedroom annexe ø stables ø shepherd's hut ø summerhouse with

hot tub ø in total about 6.2 acres ø EPC=D

Guide £1.795 million Freehold

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BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED HOME

brookland, kent

Rye 7.5 miles; Camber Sands 9.2 miles; Ashford International Station 13.4 miles

ø well proportioned rooms ø 4 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 4 bedrooms

ø 3 bathrooms ø lovely gardens ø about 1.4 acres ø further 30 acres available by

separate negotiation ø EPC=E

Guide £1.2 million Freehold

Savills Cranbrook


Ruckinge Guide price: £545,000

Character Detached Farmhouse offering scope for updating • Sitting Room with

open fireplace • Four Bedrooms • Gardens approx. 0.39 of an acre • Timber

Outbuilding 9.7m x 5.7m • Semi-Rural Location with fine views enjoyed out across

the Romney Marshes • Ashford Int. station approx. 7 miles distance • EPC: E

CRANBROOK OFFICE 01580 712 888

West Farleigh Guide price £725,000

Detached barn conversion with four bedrooms • Elevated position with

far reaching countryside views • Floodlit Soft Track manege, stables &

paddocks • Detached garage converted into an office suite • Surrounding

gardens with ample off road parking • EPC: C

PADDOCK WOOD OFFICE 01892 832 325

Paddock Wood O.I.R.O £750,000

Detached with four/five bedrooms • Flexible internal layout with large attic

room • Attached one bedroom annex • Abundance of character and charm

renovated to a high standard • Detached cart barn garage and driveway • NO

CHAIN • EPC: Exempt

PADDOCK WOOD OFFICE 01892 832 325 MAYFIELD OFFICE 01435 873 999

Mayfield Guide Price £650,000

Detached newly constructed bungalow • Walking distance to the High

Street • Open plan living area • Kitchen with integrated appliances • Master

bedroom with en suite shower • Three further bedrooms • Bathroom with

separate shower cubicle • Under floor heating • Gardens & terrace • EPC: C


Country Houses

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Brook, Nr Wye

£1,275,000

Period farmhouse and freehold cottage, gardens,

fields, outbuildings, in all about 8 acres including

a large farm building (about 7,000 ft²).

Nr Wye

£1,300,000

Fabulous Kent long barn conversion on the North

Downs - 2 miles from the village of Wye. 6 beds, 4 rec,

3 bay wagon lodge, heated pool. About 1.40 acres.

Tenterden

£925,000

Beautifully refurbished & extended 5 bedrooms (2 ensuite)

family house, superb open plan kitchen/diner/family

room. Further details on request. EPC Rating D

Smarden

£799,950

A superb 6 bedroom family home converted from

an American style oast house including 1 bed annexe,

4 bay wagon barn. In all about 2 acres.

Rolvenden

£795,000

Refurbished & extended home, open plan kitchen/dining/

living room, sitting room with lantern light. Delightful

gardens, far reaching views. In all about 0.5 acre.

Charing

£795,000

Well appointed detached family house, integral selfcontained

annexe, wonderfully established gardens

within walking distance of station and village centre.

Hobbs Parker Estate Agents LLP

Tenterden 01580 766766 Ashford 01233 502222

01580 766766


01580 761650

www.philberts.co.uk

TENTERDEN O.I.R.O £400,000

4 bedroom detached brick built property offering

the opportunity for improvement and modernisation,

spacious rooms with plenty of natural light. Integral

garage, ample off road parking, sought after

location, walking distance to the High Street.

ENERGY RATING: D

LOWER RD, WOODCHURCH O.I.R.O £450,000

4 bedroom detached property having undergone

extensive modernisation and re-modelling throughout.

Large open-plan family living and entertaining

areas, separate formal lounge, country style kitchen

boasting new cooking range, separate dining area,

utility area, WC, off road parking and private rear

garden. Viewings come highly recommended.

ENERGY RATING: D

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

1.

Hearth & Home

John Graham-Hart locates properties with fireplaces...

As an ex-pat brat raised in the tropics, coming home on leave

was always a thrill. The helmeted bobbies and red double

deckers, the gold-topped fresh milk, cakes without ants,

the last swallows gathering on the telephone lines and all around

the wonderful scents and gold leaves of autumn. But, to me, leave

meant one thing above all others – my grandfather’s inglenook.

To me having a fire in a room – any fire in any room – was extraordinary

and an inglenook seemed to house a bonfire. I would be allowed to help

lay it and then carefully apply a match and there I would sit, as close as

fussing parents would allow, and gaze into the flames for hours on end.

Even today, it seems that a space without a fireplace is a space without a

heart, a space without a focal point around which to gather. Indeed our word

‘focus’ comes from the Latin focus meaning a fire or hearth. Perhaps we are so

drawn to firesides not only for the warmth but because, when all is said and

done, we are diurnal animals and around us the night has always been dark and

full of terrors. The dancing light speaks to us not only of comfort but safety.

Fires and fireplaces come, of course, in all shapes and forms from

imposing inglenook to elegant Adam, from cool Contura to the

humble ‘50s glowing bars but they all have the power to draw, to

mesmerize and turn a collection of purposeless walls into a room.

So this month we went looking for houses with fireplaces to

really write home about and which will truly come into their own

as the evenings draw in. Luckily, in the Weald we are blessed with

an enviable range of architectural styles each with their own take

on how best to provide a room with its all important focus.

1. Marsham Farm

Where? Marsham Farm is in an

elevated position on the outskirts of

Fairlight, surrounded on three sides by

National Trust land and with breathtaking

sea views to the south and Rye Bay to

the east (Google Maps TN35 4ED).

What? For sale is both a handsome

seven-bedroom Grade II listed farmhouse

standing in 17 acres of grounds, fields and

paddocks as well as a separate oast with a

master bedroom suite and two further double

bedrooms. On the ground floor of the main

house is a drawing room with a fine and

unusual fireplace of carved Baltic pine, a

dining hall, study and large kitchen/breakfast

room. On the first floor there is a master

bedroom with en suite bathroom and three

further double bedrooms, two with their own

bathrooms. Above are three more double

bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom.

Outside there is a barn with stabling

for five horses and a high specification

manege, an office/studio, garaging and two

attractive agricultural outbuildings with

potential for conversion into additional

accommodation or holiday lets.

How much? Marsham Farm

and its oast are on the market at

£2,300,000 and are with Weald

Property in Rolvenden. Call 01580

242700 or visit www.wealdproperty.net

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2. Old Cloth Hall

Where? Old Cloth Hall is in

a rural setting on the edge of the

historic market town of Cranbrook

and within the High Weald Area

of Outstanding Natural Beauty

(Google Maps TN17 3NR).

What? A magnificent Grade II* listed

country house originating from the

15th century when Cranbrook’s great

broadcloth industry was at its peak, Old

Cloth Hall is a treasure trove of period

features, with leaded light windows

and fine timber, oak panelling, superb

fireplaces and even some original wattle

and daub. Accommodation includes

a drawing room with an outstanding

inglenook, a family room, garden

room and kitchen/breakfast room.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom suite

with a dressing room and bathroom and

five further bedrooms, one with an en

suite bathroom and another with an en

suite shower room. Outside are double

and triple garages – the latter includes a

games room, gym and shower room – as

well as a pool and timber pool house

and a stable block with three stables.

How much? Old Cloth Hall

is priced at £2,650,000 and is with

Jackson-Stops in Cranbrook. Call 01580

720000 or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk

3. Kilndown House

Where? Kilndown House is in

an elevated position with spectacular

views, in Kilndown, just to the

southwest of the attractive village of

Goudhurst (Google Maps TN17 2SG).

What? An impressive, Grade II listed

mid-Victorian country house designed

in the Gothic Revival style by Richard

Cromwell Carpenter – responsible

for both Lancing and Hurstpierpoint

schools – and now for sale along with its

two-bedroom coach house. Along with

its internal and external Gothic arching

and its trefoil mullioned windows, the

property’s superb fireplaces are a major

feature. Accommodation includes an

elegant drawing room and dining room,

a sitting room, study, morning room

and kitchen/breakfast room and cellar.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom

with en suite bathroom and five

further bedrooms, one with an en suite

bathroom. Within the four acres of

lovely grounds there is a rose garden,

orchard, extensive York stone terracing,

a swimming pool and a triple garage.

How much? Kilndown House is

on the market with Savills in Cranbrook

and is priced at £2,600,000. Call 01580

720161 or visit www.savills.co.uk.

4. Giles Farm

Where? Giles Farm is on the edge

of the pretty Domesday village of

Pluckley (Google Maps TN27 0SY).

What? A Grade II listed farmhouse

with about four-and-a-half acres of

land, Giles Farm is awash with period

detail, including exposed timbers

and ‘Dering’ arched windows unique

to the Pluckley area. On the ground

floor there is a drawing room with

an inglenook, a dining room with

an impressive carved Bethersden

marble fireplace and beautiful oak

staircase, and a kitchen/breakfast

room with glazed doors to the garden.

On the first floor there is a master

bedroom with en suite bathroom

and three further bedrooms, one

with an en suite bathroom. The

attractive grounds and gardens

encompass both ornamental and

wildlife ponds, terraced areas, a

paddock, a stable block with three

loose boxes and a large modern barn.

How much? Giles Farm

is on the market at £800,000-

£850,000 and is with Warner Gray

in Tenterden. Call 01580 766044

or visit www.warnergray.co.uk

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The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of

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Friday 4 December.

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Prep School Open Morning:

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Beechwood Sacred Heart

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Saturday 10 October 9.30am-1pm.

Nursery & Prep School Open Day:

Tuesday 8 March 2016

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Whole School Open Day:

Saturday 12 March 2016

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Open Morning:

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Bricklehurst Manor School

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(Nursery/Prep in Baldslow) / 01580

830396 (Senior/Sixth Form in

Bodiam) www.claremontschool.co.uk

Open Days:

Saturday 3 October 9.30am-12noon.

Tuesday 6 October 9.30am-12noon.

Saturday 5 March 2016 9.30am-12noon.

Tuesday 8 March 2016 9.30am-12noon.

Saturday 21 May 2016 9.30am-12noon.

Tuesday 24 May 2016 9.30am-12noon.

Cobham Hall

Gravesend 01474 823371

www.cobhamhall.com

Open Morning:

Saturday 3 October.

Cranbrook School

Cranbrook 01580 711800

www.cranbrook.kent.sch.uk

Open Day:

Tuesday 10 November (Sixth

Form Open Evening 6-8pm).

dulwich Prep School

Cranbrook 01580 712179

www.dcpskent.org

Open Morning:

Thursday 8 October.

Frewen College

Northiam 01797 252494

www.frewencollege.co.uk

Visit the school website ‘contact

us’ section to find a list of

forthcoming open mornings.

Holmewood House

Langton Green 01892 860006

www.holmewood.kent.sch.uk

Visit the school website ‘overview >

admissions > open days’ section to

find a list of forthcoming open days.

Junior King’s Canterbury

Sturry 01227 714000

www.junior-kings.co.uk

Open Morning:

Saturday 3 October.

Junior’s day Nursery

Tonbridge 01732 365188

www.juniorsdaynursery.co.uk

Call for information on

visiting the nursery.

Kent College Canterbury

01227 763231 (Senior)

01227 762436 (Junior)

www.kentcollege.com

Senior School Open Morning:

Saturday 3 October 9am-12.30pm.

Sixth Form Open Evening:

Tuesday 6 October 6-8pm.

Kent College Pembury

Tunbridge Wells 01892

822006 www.kent-college.co.uk

Senior School Open Mornings:

Saturday 3 October 9.30am-1pm.

Tuesday 6 October 9.15am-1pm.

Wednesday 9 March 2016


VOICE TRIALS

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7 th November

Substantial scholarships are

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9.30am - 12noon

Bricklehurst

The Master of Choristers,

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parents and their sons.

For further details

please telephone

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9.15am-1pm. Thursday 5

May 2016 9.15am-1pm.

King’s Rochester

Rochester 01634 888590

www.kings-rochester.co.uk

Open Days:

Saturday 3 October 9.15am-12pm.

Saturday 27 February 2016.

Saturday 7 May 2016.

Lancing College

Lancing 01273 452213

www.lancingcollege.co.uk

Open Mornings:

Saturday 3 October. Saturday 30

April 2016 for entry to Third Form

(Year 9) and Lower Sixth (Year 12).

Marlborough House School

Hawkhurst 01580 753555

www.marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

Whole School Open Morning:

Friday 9 October 10am-12noon.

Mayfield

Mayfield 01435 874642

www.mayfieldgirls.org

Open Days:

Friday 20 November. Thursday 10

March 2016. Tuesday 19 April 2016

The Mead School

Tunbridge Wells 01892 525837

www.meadschool.info

Open Day:

Thursday 8 October 10am-12noon

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Mr Noah’s Nursery School

Iden Green 01580 240642

www.mrnoahsnurseryschool.co.uk

Call for information on

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Northbourne Park School

Betteshanger 01304 611215

www.northbournepark.com

Open Mornings:

Saturday 3 October 10am-12.30pm.

Saturday 27 February 2016

10am-12.30pm. Saturday 7

May 2016 10am-12.30pm.

Rye Studio School

Rye 01797 228434

www.ryestudioschool.co.uk

Call for information on

visiting the school.

Sackville School

Hildenborough 01732 838888

www.sackvilleschool.co.uk

Call for information on

visiting the school.

Saint Ronan’s School

Hawkhurst 01580 752271

www.saintronans.co.uk

Call for information on

visiting the school.

Sevenoaks Preparatory School

Sevenoaks 01732 762336

www.theprep.org.uk

Call for information on

visiting the school.

Skippers Hill Manor

Preparatory School

Mayfield 01825 830234

www.skippershill.com

Open Morning:

Tuesday 6 October 9.30-11.30am.

Spring Grove School

Wye 01233 812337

www.springgroveschool.co.uk

Open Morning:

Tuesday 6 October 9.30-11.30am.

St Edmund’s School

Canterbury 01227 475600

www.stedmunds.org.uk

Open Morning:

Tuesday 6 October 9.30-11.30am.

St Lawrence College

Ramsgate 01843 572931

www.slcuk.com

Junior School Open Day:

Friday 2 October 10am-12noon

or 1.30-3pm.

Senior School Open Day:

Saturday 3 October 10.45am-2pm.

Sutton Valence School

Sutton Valence 01622 845206 (Senior)

01622 842117 (Prep) www.svs.org.uk

Senior School Open Mornings:

Saturday 26 September. Saturday

3rd October (Sixth Form only).

Saturday 7 November.

Prep Open Morning:

Friday 2 October

University of Kent

Tonbridge 01227 764000

www.kent.ac.uk/tonbridge

Call for information on

visiting the university

Vinehall School

Robertsbridge 01580 883090

www.vinehallschool.com

Open Morning:

Friday 2 October 9.30am-12noon.

Walthamstow Hall

Sevenoaks 01732 451334

www.walthamstow-hall.co.uk

Call for information on

visiting the school.

Wellesley House School

Broadstairs 01843 862991

www.wellesleyhouse.org

Call for information on

visiting the school.

Woldingham School

Caterham 01883 654206

www.woldinghamschool.co.uk

Call for information on

visiting the school.

Open Events

An invitation to visit us on

Thursday 1 October from 5.30 - 8.30pm

Or during the following sessions:

Tours start at:

Saturday 3 October 10.00am

Tuesday 6 October 9.00am

Wednesday 7 October 9.00am

Thursday 15 October 9.00am

We are a small, rural, co-educational, 11-18

all ability secondary school. Building on our

success in 2015 we are proud that our

students achieved their best ever GCSE and

A level results this summer. We pride

ourselves on a family atmosphere where

learning is personalised. The high quality of

teaching and pastoral care helps to ensure

students make excellent progress, live up to

our high expectations and achieve their full

potential.

We have an outstanding, award winning

farm, supported by the local farming

community. As part of the learning

experience at The High Weald Academy

there is an extensive range of exciting

enrichment and extra-curricular activities.

Following the investment of £1.2M and

opening of our sports hall last year we have

now been successful in our bid to Priority

Schools that will see the redevelopment and

rebuilding of the whole site over the next

few years. These are exciting times!

A warm welcome awaits.

Contact us Tel: 01580 712754

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Previous pages & above: Leading from the hall – which is the heart of the house – is the traditional farmhouse kitchen, the original and oldest part of the

house. Enclosed with massive honey coloured timbers and diamond leaded windows to three sides, this expansive open plan room combines the light and

cheerful breakfast / dining area with the generously sized kitchen

When it comes to finding a new place to live

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Pennybridge, now home to Jilly and Peter Burnet.

Some twenty years ago the Burnets were looking to move

to accommodate a bunch of growing offspring but they

wanted to stay in and around Bayham where they already

lived and had lots of friends. One morning after the school

run Peter dropped by at the newsagents and, although

already registered, he also decided to poke his head in at

the local estate agents. Serendipitously they had that very

morning taken on a new property – Pennybridge Farm –

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the house many years before but was beaten to it. This

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they moved in that they spied a huge PB picked out in

dark mosaic tiles at the bottom of the pool. Meant, of

course, to stand for Pennybridge it hasn’t stopped Peter


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This page: The sitting room stretches the entire depth of the house with leaded windows on three sides. Painted in subtle tones of pale blue and yellow,

and housing a magnificent baby grand piano it is a really light, elegant and quite formal room and perfect when the house is full of people but not

otherwise much used

spinning yarns about bespoke pools for many a summer!

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and white timbered affair, sits comfortably in the middle of

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This page: From the sitting room, stairs lead up to Pennybridge’s two further floors Above left: A day bed nestles into an alcove on a landing

of such old houses, Pennybridge surprises. In the 1920s it

was owned by a particularly tall gentleman, and as you do,

he decided to raise all the ceilings on the ground floor to

accommodate his height. And then Peter and Jilly completed

the transformation by inviting an artist friend to paint the

blackened beams using a clever trompe l’oeil technique

so that they appear sandblasted and the whole house is

much lighter and brighter than you would imagine.

The front door opens straight into a central hallway

dominated by a huge inglenook fireplace, with big comfy sofas

either side of the fire, perfect for flopping when you return

from a long winter walk. All the walls and surfaces are filled

with an eclectic mix of paintings and treasures like the huge

china dog and obelisk in the alcove, bought from Conran in

the 70s when Peter had an all white house. However, maritime

(his) and horses (hers) seem to be recurring themes as you pass

from room to room, all of which lead off from this hallway.

The sitting room stretches the entire depth of the house

with leaded windows on three sides – probably installed

when the ceilings were raised – lending the room an artsand-crafts

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really light, elegant and quite formal room and perfect when

the house is full of people but not otherwise much used.

The Garden Room however – which also leads off from

the hall – is where Jilly and Peter spend a great deal of

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Left & top left: Two of the children’s beamed bedrooms Above: The master bathroom

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to sit inside but also outside in the evening. Peter and Jilly are obviously

great party givers and one can’t help but feel that the Garden Room has seen

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Expecting it to be quite dark with low ceilings,

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This page: The master bedroom at the south end of the house has a wonderful colonial feel with lots of old mahogany furniture bought off the set of Room

with a View on which Jilly worked as a location manager. Simple linen mushroom coloured curtains look fabulous and with big windows to the east the

bedroom gets bathed in morning sunshine

explains he only picks one up if it’s been a particularly

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kitchen, which is in the oldest and original part of the

house. When the Burnets bought Pennybridge this was

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This page: Beyond the kitchen is Jilly’s office from where she and her friend

Van Keeling run JV Productions, a company that regularly brings the best of

comedy from the Edinburgh festival to London and to deepest Sussex – now

resident at The Bell in Ticehurst. It’s a very peaceful room, painted in pale

green with lots of treasured objects picked up in her travels to Tibet, India

and Morocco interspersed with paintings from local artists and some of Jilly’s

own work

but discovering the partition to be a flimsy new addition

it is now one really expansive open-plan room.

The kitchen end is much larger than most kitchens with

lots of useful cupboards and island, an Aga – of course – and

enough work space for a team of cooks and bottle washers,

should one have them, which evidently Pennybridge once

did. On the wall is the original, and still working Servants

Bell Box – used to summon staff to whatever room ‘rang’.

I am much amused when Jilly tells me they still use it…

Peter is an early riser, especially in the summer when he

likes to be in the garden soon after the sun is up and so

when Jilly wakes a little later she rings the bell and if she’s

lucky a cup of tea arrives. Everyone should have one!

A splendid old oak table that easily seats 14 fills the

other half of the room which then opens out into a

seating area around the fireplace that is the back of the

chimney in the hallway. Two captain’s chairs, a ship’s light,

riding boots and lots of teapots which Jilly has collected

since she was fifteen form an interesting display.

Beyond the kitchen is Jilly’s office from where she and

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The Garden Room is where Jilly and Peter spend a great deal of their time. With

underfloor heating and a southwest aspect it’s a warm and cosy place to soak up the

winter sunshine and in the summer they simply throw open the full width French

windows and it becomes a perfect place to sit inside but also outside in the evening...

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her travels to Tibet, India and Morocco interspersed with

paintings from local artists and some of Jilly’s own work.

And then it’s up the stairs to discover what Pennybridge

has to offer on two further floors. The master bedroom at

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Top: A corner of the pool house Right: Monty, the family’s spaniel stands

guard by the front door

Simple linen mushroom coloured curtains look fabulous and

with big windows to the east the bedroom gets bathed in

morning sunshine – that cup of tea must be pretty perfect!

The Burnets have not changed any of the bathrooms since

they moved in and as seventies timepieces they have now come

into their own as desirable retro designs. The bath and basins

in the en suite off the master bedroom are a very relaxing

oyster pearl hue but much more notable is the Rose bathroom

that leads off the guest bedroom. Here everything, including

the loo, is covered with roses and one of their guests gave up

after counting 3,000. It would certainly fetch a bit on e-bay.

There are two other bedrooms on this floor, all adorable

with whitewashed walls and beams, brass beds and

vintage bedspreads creating a warren of cosy bolt holes

for their now grown-up offspring and visitors alike.

And then there’s another staircase leading up to the top

deck with two more bedrooms. Up on this level the first

thing you come to is a little alcove or ‘theatre’ where the

children used to perform puppet shows. Painted in a cool

turquoise green, a striking painting by well known Ugandan

artist Ronex now hangs in the alcove which has become a

restful place to escape and read a book though one rather

suspects when the grandchildren arrive this whole floor will

be reclaimed and the puppet theatre might well reopen!

Pennybridge has 55 rolling acres of grass pasture but

the house is set in a beautiful, blowsy cottage garden

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This page: An old farm building that was once a dairy and stable has been sensitively restored to create additional living space, with many of the original

features remaining like the doors and old iron stall dividers

looking across the lawns to the swimming pool and

an old farm building that was a dairy and stable.

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estate was milled and kiln dried to make the floor boards, a

chunky old Danish woodburner chucks out the heat and the

artworks – such as a wonderful sculpture created by Jilly using

her father’s Second World War RAF tools – create a really

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says Jilly and we especially love using it at Christmas when

we cover all the rafters with holly and ivy from the farm and

often have 100 people here singing carols in the candlelight!

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Hill House

Words: John Graham-Hart Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Lucy Fleming

Linda Carter’s Hastings retreat has provided her and her family with a

convenient coastal bolt hole, not too far from their main home in Kilndown.

Filled with finds that she has tracked down at French brocantes over the

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Previous pages & this page: The downstairs space is now a living room and

kitchen with a small bathroom off the kitchen

Someone once said that one can never be too

rich, too thin – or have too much space in

which to express oneself. It may have been

me but no matter – it still has a certain element of

truth about it. When it comes to interior design,

the available space between any collection of walls

is critical, dictating both concept and execution.

If you’ve space by the barrel-load, you’re laughing.

Big spaces are not only generous in that they offer the

greatest possibilities, they are also forgiving – a near

miss here or a little indulgence there really doesn’t

matter, the grand design still triumphs. Smaller

spaces are a whole different ball game. They hoover

creativity and are about as forgiving as a rattlesnake.

So faced with a fisherman’s cottage in Hastings

offering what was effectively a grand total of four

modest rooms Linda had her work cut out. Her

treatment of her family’s main home, under an hour

away, had already been a serious success and the

property had featured in a previous issue of Wealden

Times (www.wealdentimes.co.uk/house/wt136a) but

this was an entirely different animal and called for

a completely different approach and skill set.

Linda is one of the Three French Hens, three

Francophile old school friends who have set up a

business sourcing brocante home and garden


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Above left: A neat expanding table that seats four tucks conveniently under the stairs Above right: On the wall is a clever French find that has allowed Linda

to indulge in her passion of displaying every-day objects: an old pair of cupboard doors backed with chicken wire

collectables and selling them at the regular sales at

Silcocks Farm Shop in Tenterden. “We are all creative

and artistic in various ways and each of us has a love for

home-making with a style leaning towards the nostalgic

and eclectic,” she says. “One friend, Mandi, lives a

large part of the year in France and Pippa, the other,

has a daughter there so they are well placed to trawl

the French markets, brocante sales and vide-greniers.”

Unfortunately, their love of the markets and talent

for spotting a bargain meant that there came a point

when their own houses could take no more of their finds

– so they started a business. Linda’s home of 20 years

is testament to her own eye. Although a 20 th century

build, the whole house is almost entirely made from

reclaimed 17 th and 18 th century materials – the bricks,

Kent peg tiles and oak woodwork have all served in more

ancient buildings and have brought a myriad memories

of their previous lives. It’s the perfect setting for her.

If there is one unifying theme that runs through

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Linda went for white walls and French grey woodwork throughout including the floors. The

grey has worked particularly well on the downstairs floors. They had been painted so many times

before that the grain and imperfections had been, literally, glossed over which had left a lovely

smooth surface for the new grey...

away the apparently uninteresting paraphernalia

of day to day living, Linda puts it on show and

somehow it ceases to be dull and commonplace and

becomes interesting and even beautiful. “I have to

own up – I pinched the idea from Bill’s in Lewes,”

admits Linda. Pinched or not, it was a great idea.

However, although this concept worked well in

a spacious family home, in a somewhat smaller

Hastings cottage, however pretty, it would leave no

room to swing so much as a catfish. Clearly it was

time to start with a completely new creative canvas

and allow the property itself to call the shots.

Bought as a bolt hole for Linda, her husband and

any of her now grown up children who might want


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This page: In the kitchen, Linda took out all the high units which opened out the room dramatically. “We were only going to use the cottage as a holiday

home so we really didn’t need all the kitchen storage of a home kitchen,” she says. Cost was a consideration and so the old pine surfaces were given a new lease

of life with a coat or two of Farrow & Ball black floor paint

to get away for a few days and enjoy the incomparable

surroundings of the Old Town, the cottage consists of

what was originally two downstairs rooms – which are

now one open plan space divided by a light staircase

– and two upstairs bedrooms, a single and a double.

The downstairs space is now a living room and kitchen

with a small bathroom off the kitchen. Outside there

is a small pebble garden tumbling with roses.

“It was exactly what we were looking for,” says Linda.

“It’s in the heart of the Old Town but hidden up a

little passage so it’s lovely and quiet even in the height

of summer. It’s also not much more than half an hour

from our main home in Kilndown so there’s no real

travelling to do – we can just jump in the car on a whim

and under an hour later we’re in a different world.”

When they took it over, the cottage was in need

of serious work and the first task was to strip out

all the furnishings and floorings they knew would

have to go and then take stock. The whole of the

ground floor was tiled in imitation stone but when

they had taken that up, it didn’t get a great deal

better – the floorboards beneath were painted bright

orange. The carpets were then stripped out of the

remaining rooms leaving bare-ish floorboards.

Linda’s first task was to think in terms of a colour

palette. “These were spaces which needed to


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Above left: For the bathroom, off the kitchen, Linda has sourced a dinky little bath which does the job perfectly, fitting neatly into the space available Above

right: The staircase in the centre of the living room leads to the two upstairs bedrooms

come together as a whole, to run into one another

so I knew I had to go for one colour scheme

throughout. I love bright colours but I knew I was

going to have to go for something more neutral if

I was going to make the most of the rooms.”

She went for white walls and French grey woodwork

throughout including the floors. The grey has worked

particularly well on the downstairs floors. They had

been painted so many times before that the grain and

imperfections had been, literally, glossed over which

had left a lovely smooth surface for the new grey. White

and grey is, of course, hardly an original choice at

present but nothing could work better in this cottage.

With plenty of light pouring in through generous

windows, this was never a dark property but the white

and delicate grey really works with this strength to

provide an interior that never feels small or pokey.

In the kitchen, Linda took out all the high units which

opened out the room dramatically. “We were only going

to use the cottage as a holiday home so we really

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This page: The two bedrooms are two more cool white and bright spaces,

colour and warmth added by Linda’s choice of lovely bedspreads

“It was exactly what we were looking

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a couple of black glass chopping boards, look a million

dollars. The units, again originally pine, are now grey.

On the wall, is a clever French find that has allowed

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The bathroom, off the kitchen, is a mini triumph.

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Linda is one of the Three French Hens, three Francophile old school friends who

have set up a business sourcing brocante home and garden collectables and selling

them at the regular sales at Silcocks Farm Shop in Tenterden. “We are all creative

and artistic in various ways and each of us has a love for home-making

with a style leaning towards the nostalgic and eclectic,” says Linda


This page: Both bedrooms feature welcoming Victorian-style ‘iron’ bedsteads. In the larger room there is even space for a modestly sized dressing room

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This page: The living room is clean, crisp, comfortable and welcoming, the

white walls set off with a grey sofa and red armchairs. There is no fireplace

and so Linda has given the room a focal point with a large and elegant mirror

If there is one unifying theme that runs

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The living room is clean, crisp, comfortable and

welcoming, the white walls set off with a grey sofa and

red armchairs. There is no fireplace and so Linda has

given the room a focal point with a large and elegant

mirror. Opposite the bottom of the stairs stand a couple

of old glowing wood canoe paddles and under the stairs

is another little Linda on-display touch – instead of

hiding the glassware away in a cupboard she has arranged

it, catching the light, in shelves set into the wall.

Upstairs the bedrooms are two more cool white

and bright spaces, colour and warmth added by her

choice of lovely bedspreads. Both are equipped with

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This page: Linda’s husband has transformed the small pebble garden at the

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BEDROOM DOORS

Craftsmanship modern & ancient

www.hammertons.co.uk

01435 868611

Sunset Farm • Heathfield Road

Cross in Hand • TN21 0UJ

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Discover our stunning range of

contemporary and traditional designs

VISIT OUR

LARGE

SHOWROOM

Extensive Range

of Wall and

Floor Tiles

Discover our stunning range of

contemporary and traditional designs

Quality Design Imagination

Better and the right price ✔

Quality Design Imagination

Better and at the right price

Free no obligation consultation and design

All building works undertaken

www.hamiltonkitchens.co.uk

01622 844897

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

124-126 London Road,

Dunton Green, Sevenoaks

Tel: 01732 459 765

www.freelands-tiles.co.uk

Free no obligation home visit and design

All building works undertaken

Warmlake Business Est,

Maidstone Rd, Sutton Valence ME173LQ

www.hamiltonkitchens.co.uk 01622 844897

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WT Kitchen & Bathroom Feature

Light it up!

Kitchen experts Roundel Design give their

recommendations for perfect kitchen illumination...

“You can be extremely clever with lighting to enhance your

kitchen and bring out its own special feel. Lights on dimmers

will immediately change the atmosphere but will remain

practical. Alternatively zoning the lighting system will give

flexibility as to which areas are being worked in and which

areas need just a hint of light.

LED lights in the plinth and / or uplights behind the

cornice will produce a contemporary feel and painting the

ceiling in a matt white will reflect the light down. Always

position lights behind or to the side of a working area.

Roundel Design recommends warm white LED recessed

lights under wall cabinets – either round or square or tube

lights – recessed ‘wall washers’ directional ceiling lights and

for a very modern look LED coloured or plain white tape

lights work brilliantly around glazed cupboard doors.”

01580 712666 www.roundeldesign.co.uk


I N V I T A T I O N

PLAN YOUR NEW KITCHEN WITH ROUNDEL DESIGN

THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER 6-8PM AND SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER 12-2PM

FLISHINGHURST ORCHARD, CHALK LANE, CRANBROOK TN17 2QB

01580 712 666 WWW.ROUNDELDESIGN.CO.UK

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Service only your local independent

electrical retailer can provide

Built In 13 Place Setting

Washing Machine

S51M53X3GB

• 5 Programmes

• Time Remaining Indicator

• Full Stainless Steel Interior

• Aqua-Stop Anti Flood Device

COOKING PASSION SINCE 1877

AFTER £70 TRADE IN£459. 99

BEFORE TRADE IN £529.99

Built In 13 Place Setting

Washing

Built In

Machine

60cm Induction Hob

S51M53X3GB Built T40B31X2GB Built

In

In

60cm

60cm

Induction

Induction

Hob

Hob

• 5 Programmes T40B31X2GB

T40B31X2GB

• 4 Zone Induction Hob with

• Time Remaining Indicator • Electronic 4 Zone Induction Hob with

• 4 Zone Touch Induction Control Hob with

• Full Stainless Steel Interior • Electronic LED Touch Control

Electronic Display and Touch Timer Control for

• Aqua-Stop Anti Flood Device • Each LED Display and Timer for

Each

• LED Zone

Zone

Display and Timer for

• Automatic Automatic

Each Zone

Pan Recognition

• Quick Pan Recognition

AFTER £70 TRADE IN£459. 99

• Quick • Automatic

Start Function

Start Function Pan Recognition

BEFORE TRADE IN £529.99

• Quick Start Function

*T&C’s apply. Selected model only. Promotion valid 27.08.15 - 28.10.15. Sold as an agent for Euronics Limited.

All rights reserved. Delivery & Installation charges may apply. Free local delivery available on selected models only and selected stores. Exclusions and radius apply.

See website for full details. Prices correct at time of print. Images used for illustration purposes only. Copyright Euronics 2015. E&EO August 2015

AFTER £70 TRADE IN£329.

AFTER £70 TRADE IN£329. 99

99

Service BEFORE only TRADE your IN £399.99 local independent

BEFORE AFTER TRADE £70 TRADE IN £399.99 IN£329. 99

electrical retailer can provide

BEFORE TRADE IN £399.99

Built In Stainless Steel Gas Hob

Built

T23S36NOGB

In Stainless Steel Gas Hob

T23S36NOGB

Built In Stainless Steel Gas Hob

• 4 Burners

T23S36NOGB

• 24 x Burners Black Iron Pan Support

• 2 with • x 4 Black Burners Rubber Iron Feet Pan Support

• Black with • 2 x Rubber inlaid Black Control Iron FeetPan Panel Support

• Black with inlaid Rubber Control Feet Panel

• Black inlaid Control Panel

AFTER £30 TRADE IN £219.

AFTER £30 TRADE IN £219. 99

99

BEFORE TRADE IN £249.99

BEFORE TRADE IN £249.99

AFTER £30 TRADE IN £219. 99

BEFORE TRADE IN £249.99

Built In 13 Place Setting

Built

Washing

In 13

Machine

Place Setting

Washing Built In 13 Place Setting

S51M53X3GB

Machine

S51M53X3GB Washing Machine

• 5 Programmes

• Time 5 Programmes S51M53X3GB

Remaining Indicator

• Time Full • Stainless 5 Remaining Programmes Steel Indicator Interior

• Aqua-Stop Full • Stainless Time Anti Remaining Steel Flood Interior Device Indicator

• Aqua-Stop • Full Stainless Anti Flood Steel Device Interior

• Aqua-Stop Anti Flood Device

AFTER £70 TRADE IN£459.

AFTER £70 TRADE IN£459. 99

99

BEFORE TRADE IN £529.99

BEFORE TRADE IN £529.99

AFTER £70 TRADE IN£459. 99

BEFORE TRADE IN £529.99

S J Wright Ltd (T/A Wrights Warehouse)

11 Waterloo Ltd Street (T/A,

Wrights Warehouse)

11 Maidstone, Wright’s Waterloo ME15 Street 7UG Warehouse

Maidstone, Tel: S J Wright ME15 Ltd 7UG (T/A Wrights Warehouse)

Tel:

1101622 01622

Waterloo 690246

690246

Street,

,

Maidstone, ME15 7UG

Tel: 01622 690246

Tel: 01622 690246

www.wrightswarehouse.co.uk

*T&C’s apply. Selected model only. Promotion valid 27.08.15 - 28.10.15. Sold as an agent for Euronics Limited.

All rights reserved. Delivery & Installation charges may apply. Free local delivery available on selected models only and selected stores. Exclusions and radius apply.

See website for full details. Prices correct at time of print. Images used for illustration purposes only. Copyright Euronics 2015. E&EO August 2015


WT Kitchen & Bathroom Feature

large galvanised wine

rack, £355 Wealdenfairs.

com/goosehomeandgarden

salt pigs, £9 each,

Wealdenfairs.com/burlanes

Emily Doran wheel thrown

stoneware mugs, £20 each, 07870

340996 www.emilydoranpottery.com

Davey Lighting Hex

pendant light, from £359

ex. VAT, 01993 882251

www.lightingmatters.co.uk

Nigella Lawson

melamine colander,

£11, 0845 605 9699

www.uniqueandunity.co.uk

Benton concrete rubber pendant

light, £110, 01892 614197

Cook Shop

www.oliveandthefox.co.uk

Tempting designs to complete your kitchen...

white roses fine china

tea plate, £11.50,

Wealdenfairs.com/

happyandglorious

grey beaded jug,

£19.50 Wealdenfairs.

com/kikiandbow

Spudnik innovative

rotation potato masher,

£7.99, 0208 780 9806

www.uutensil.com

coffee pot & espresso

cup gift set, £30, www.

keithbrymerjones.com

bottle grinder salt &

pepper mills, £43 for

the set, 01422 375940

www.design55.co.uk

handcrafted silver cheese

knife, £263, Wealdenfairs.

com/gillbridgestock

chevron circular pot

grab, £18, 07944 595098

www.lindseylang.co.uk


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Quality

hardwood floors

supplied & fitted

by craftsmen

Free Monthly

Magnet Media Limited, PO Box 287, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 9ED

Telephone: 0845 872 2885 or 01825 873254 - Fax: 01825 508309 - Email: kim@magnetpublications.com

ADVERTISING PROOF

VAT No. 929 7920 74

TIle Library Co. Ad. 61W x 63H 20/1/09 17:09

COMPANY: Sussex Stone & Ceramic

DATE: 26 August 2015

PROOF TO: Laura Robinson

FROM: Kim

ISSUE: September 2015

Please check and advise any corrections to this copy by 26 August. If we do not hear from

you we will assume copy is correct and will publish the Kitchen advertisement Tiles. Bathroom as shown. Tiles. Floor Tiles.

NEW SHOWROOM: The Barn, Main Road, Sundridge, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6EE Shear Farm Oast, North Road, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 1JR

For a free no obligation estimate call us on 01959 563063

Tel: 01580 212700 www.tilelibrarycompany.co.uk

visit our new website: www.dbwf.co.uk

Natural Stone Specialists

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Brand

new

capaBilities

Unit 1 Croft Works

Diplocks Industrial Estate

Hailsham East Sussex BN27 3JF

Email: sales@sussexstone-ceramic.co.uk

www.sussexstone-ceramic.co.uk

open mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-4pm

Bespoke worktops in

Granite, quartz and marble

Architectural and monumental masonry

Large selection of natural tiles and mosaics

Waterjet cutting service on various materials

Glass tops and splash backs

waterjet cutting available

from as little as

£4 plM subject

to t&cs

WE NoW HavE a NEW StatE oF tHE art FaCtory at FramFIElD

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Terms are strictly 20 days from date of invoice. All artwork, colour matches and scans are done as a free of charge service, so no credits can be given for


E

Enlivening hand & body

wash, £24, Wealdenfairs.com/

blendcollective

Bathe in Bliss

Stylish bathroom finishing touches...

WT Kitchen & Bathroom Feature

Inside Out bathroom

cabinet, £395, 0121

224 7728 www.

redcandy.co.uk

Cube electric towel

warmer in chrome, £295,

0845 470 2427 www.

frontlinebathroooms.co.uk

monogrammed Ravenna

velour bath robe, £95,

0845 602 9050 www.

thefinecottoncompany.com

teal wire basket, £12, set

of two ceramic shells,

£24, 02392 469400

www.tch.net


Beautifully designed

and crafted

kitchens.

Marion John Design Award Finalists 2014

HAND

CRAFTED IN

TBF

ENGLAND

●TRADITIONAL

EST 2003


RB E S P O K E F U RN IT U

www.collinsbespoke.com

For a free design consultation contact us

01233 822595

info@collinsbespoke.com

Showroom opening soon but visitors to the workshop are always welcome, of course!

KITCHENS

BEDROOMS

& BATHROOMS

01892 723083

www.traditionalbespokefurniture.co.uk

UNIT 2, THE COPPICE, PETTERIDGE LANE, MATFIELD, KENT TN12 7LP

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THE BATHROOM SHOP

Independent bespoke bathroom specialists

k Bathroom installation

k Sanitaryware, modern and traditional

k Taps and showers, modern and traditional

k Shower enclosures and bath screens

k Fitted and free-standing furniture

k Radiators, modern and traditional

k Bathroom tiles supplied and fitted

k Accessories and toiletries

k Robes, towels, bathmats etc…

11 East Cross, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6AD k Telephone: 01580 763207

www.the-bathroomshop.co.uk

BathroomShop

@TheBathroomShop

Tel: 01732 464450

www.badgerbathrooms.co.uk

8/9 Tubs Hill Parade, Tubs Hill, Sevenoaks, TN13 1DH

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Project Management

Design

New Build & Refurbishment

Installation & Conversion

During October we will be hosting a Bathroom Brands SALE with up to 50% off premium brands

including Burlington, Britton Bathrooms and Clearwater Baths.

15 Stone Street | Cranbrook KENT | TN17 3HF | Telephone: 01580 714242 | www.capitaltocoast.com

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This

wonderful

en suite bathroom has

been cleverly fitted into attic

space and features a roll-top

bath, chic basin on an oak base

made by the homeowner. To keep

the space light and welcoming the

original timbers and floorboards

have been painted white

www.wealdentimes.co.uk/

house/wt144b

WT Kitchen & Bathroom Feature

Small Spaces

We’ve revisted our archives and picked a handful of our

favourite bathrooms in restricted and unusual spaces.

Take a look online at www.wealdentimes.co.uk to read

the full features behind each image...

Images: David Merewether

This

roll-top bath

from the Albion Bath

Company (below) is made from

an amalgam of a self-reinforced cast

resin and mineral mixture - in short,

reconstituted stone - with a chemical glaze.

The result is a bath which retains heat

and which is under half the weight

of an original cast-iron bath.

www.wealdentimes.co.uk/

house/wt128b

Here,

an antique rolltop

bath is positioned

next to a washbasin with

scallop shell shaped soap insets.

The pipework beneath has been

covered with muslin drapes,

and above the basin, hangs a

vintage bevelled mirror.

www.wealdentimes.co.uk/

house/wt127b

An

elegant

family bathroom

is tied together with

shades of powder pink

www.wealdentimes.

co.uk/house/

wt144a

This

whole

bathroom has been

modelled around the

homeowner’s magnificent

William Holland copper

bath which the company

sold on eBay as a second

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Urbane

Warrior

Chunky knits, soft leather gloves and a quilted jacket

are all you need to take on the elements...

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton and Jennifer Stuart-Smith

www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Black leather wallet, £135, Ostrich 2 Love www.wealdenfairs.com/ostrich2love; Gant dot socks, £13, Jeremy Hobbs Fine Menswear, Surrey

01932 865700 www.jeremyhobbs.co.uk; Pro Design brown frames, £175, Gant black frames, £120, Linda Pope Opticians, Hawkhurst

01580 753744 www.lindapopeoptician.co.uk; Kent men’s folding pocket comb, £8.50, organic shea butter, £4.99, The Original Cowboy

moustache comb, £9.99, Golden Pumpkin men’s hand cream, £8.99, Ville De Fleurs www.wealdenfairs.com/villedefleurs; navy silk

bowtie, £15, Profuoma suede navy belt, £39, County Clothes, Tenterden 01580 765159 www.countyclothesmenswear.co.uk;

Lapis cufflinks, £25, Victorious Bee www.wealdenfairs.com/victoriousbee; men’s merino sheepskin gloves, £39.99, Snugrugs

www.wealdenfairs.com/snugrugs; Sinistre frames in ‘Espadon’ 2016, £299, RockOptika www.wealdenfairs.com/rockoptika

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QUALITY CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICE

New season Country Sports Wear,

Fashion and Work Wear in now

With the autumn/winter season

drawing closer, we are pleased to

be able to offer our new ranges

of BARBOUR classic, country and

contemporary ranges of clothing.

With probably the widest selection

in the southeast, please visit our

Canterbury and Reigate stores.

Swattenden Lane | Cranbrook | TN17 3PS

01580 713189

www.charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk

As well as a smaller collection

of contemporary BARBOUR, our

Tenterden store is now pleased

to be stocking ranges of R M

WILLIAMS QUALITY footwear and CLOTHING clothing. AND A PERSONAL SERVICE

Established in 1932, the name

is synonymous with quality

crafted boots and accessories.

Please visit our new website at www.countyclothesmenswear.co.uk

for an update on our brands and stores.

19 St. Margarets St,

Canterbury,

Kent CT1 2TH

Tel: 01227 765294

Follow us

CountyClothes

2 East Cross,

Tenterden,

Kent TN30 6AD

Tel: 01580 765159

6 High St,

Reigate,

Surrey RH2 9AY

Tel: 01737 249224

One of Seiko’s longest serving elite agents.

We are here to provide that special gift and cover

all your Jewellery and Repair needs.

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96 High Street, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6JB.

Tel. 01580 763 155

www.whitesjewellers.co.uk

info@whitesjewellers.co.uk

96 High Street, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6JB. 01580 763 155

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Shoffel waistcoat, £279.95, Pennine socks, £17.95, Chris Potter Country Sports,

Tunbridge Wells 01892 522208 www.gun.co.uk; brown wool scarf, £35, Romney

Marsh Wools www.wealdenfairs.com/romneymarshwools; Brakeburn canvas bag,

£33.95, Toggi boots, £129.95, Joules feathered hat, £39.95, Charity Farm

Countrystore, Cranbrook 01580 713189 www.charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk;

Vega frames in ‘Blue Turtle’ 2016, £299, RockOptika

www.wealdenfairs.com/rockoptika

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Barbour Torbay navy crew neck jumper, £89.95,

Barbour Nelson essential crew neck jumper, £69.95, The

Golden Fleece, Rye 01797 224271 www.wealdenfairs.

com/thegoldenfleece; Paolo Vandini brown leather shoes,

£89, Hackett flannel shirt, £149, Jeremy Hobbs Fine

Menswear, Surrey 01932 865700 www.jeremyhobbs.co.uk


We have moved to the

centre of Sevenoaks,

thank you for your

amazing custom that

has allowed us to grow.

The Clever Dresser

continues to source

the best in Fashion

Helmut Lang

DVF Diane Von

Furstenberg

MILLY New York

McQ McQueen

Tom Ford

AG Jeans

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Minkoff

Frame Jeans

Zoe Karssen

Duffy

Muubaa

CleverDresser

6 Bank St. Sevenoaks,

Kent TN13 1UW

01732 453 002

www.thecleverdresser.com

THE CLEVER DRESSER

BOUTIQUE

STYLISH SHOES FOR STYLISH FEET

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

15 High Street, Westerham, Kent. TN16 1RA

01959 565644 or order online at:

www.manukashoes.com

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Made With Love

New Autumn/Winter

Yarn in stock

Bespoke Floral Designs

for all occasions

Mobile 07977 142447

contact@sissinghurstflowers.co.uk

www.sissinghurstflowers.co.uk

hoop

92 High Street, Tenterden

01580 388011

www.hoophaberdashery.co.uk

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Retailer of

the year 2015

Irresistable fashion jewellery and accessories

Buy online

Host a party*

Become a stylist

Contact

Rachel Carson

Independent Stylist

07967 808092

www.stelladot.co.uk/rachelcarson

dressing undeniable beauty

www.odyl.co.uk

01580 714907

*A pop-up shop in your home or place of work at coffee mornings, lunches, afternoon

teas or evening events. Hostesses have the opportunity to receive free and discounted

jewellery.

It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to

make a payment by promising benefits

www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Hunter Outdoor waxed jacket in Olive, £45, Charity

Farm Countrystore, Cranbrook 01580 713189

www.charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk; Gant Greenwich twill

tattersall check shirt, £99, Jeremy Hobbs Fine Menswear,

Surrey 01932 865700 www.jeremyhobbs.co.uk

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Wool lined suede moccasin slippers, £35, Romney Marsh Wools www.wealdenfairs.com/romneymarshwools;

Dubarry leather plaited belt, £55, Chris Potter Country Sports, Tunbridge Wells 01892 522208 www.gun.co.uk; Kent extra small moustache &

beard comb, £2.99, ‘Uplifting & Toning’ aftershave spritzer, £8.99, ‘Golden Pumpkin & Sandalwood’ aftershave balm, £12.99, ‘Lavender &

Hops’ pillow spray, £9.99, Ville De Fleurs www.wealdenfairs.com/villedefleurs; Atlas frames in ‘Greengage Crumble’ 2016 £299, RockOptika

www.wealdenfairs.com/rockoptika

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Linda Pope

F.B.D.O

From our new

autumn collection,

organic cotton

& wool cardigan

£59.90

facebook.com/LindaPopeOpticians

Rye Road • Hawkhurst

Telephone. 01580 753744

5 Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF

Tel: 01580 714156

www.spicecranbrook.co.uk

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No 6, The Colonnade, Rye Road,

Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4ES - 01580 752118

12 High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JF - 01797 224 369

Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm www.cordeliajames.com

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Flower&Glory

Weddings • Events • House & Garden

The new Limited Edition Harris Tweed

Murdo and Stuart Jackets are here

Gorgeous flowers for weddings, funerals & events - and everyday.

Unusual decorative objects for the house &

garden - for that lovely finishing touch.

Stockist of Neom Luxury Organics

Home Fragrancing & Body Products.

12 Blacks Yard, Blighs Meadow, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1DS

Tel: 01732 743419 www.flowerandglory.co.uk

Tel: 01797 224271

16 Lion Street, Rye, E.Sussex TN31 7LB

e: shop@thegoldenfleece.co.uk

w: www.thegoldenfleece.co.uk

@goldenfleecerye

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at Eves

20% Promotion

Throughout October

Eves of West Malling

84a High Street,

West Malling, Kent

ME19 6NE 01732 845303

www.evesofwestmalling.co.uk

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‘Blenheim’ plaid trousers, £35, Blue Blancmange

www.wealdenfairs.com/blueblancmange; Ibex tan leather belt,

£39, Jeremy Hobbs Fine Menswear, Surrey 01932 865700

www.jeremyhobbs.co.uk; Musto tweed trousers, £260, Chris

Potter Country Sports, Tunbridge Wells 01892 522208

www.gun.co.uk; Barbour ‘Canterdale’ quilted

jacket, £129, The Golden Fleece

www.wealdenfairs.com/thegoldenfleece; Barker wing tip

brogues, £215, County Clothes, Tenterden 01580

765159 www.countyclothesmenswear.co.uk;

grey baby Alpaca socks, £8.95, Alpaca Wardrobe

www.wealdenfairs.com/alpacawardrobe

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cashmere and silk knitwear

Concept

Hair

salon

Knitted Poncho

Jumper £90

Ladies Shopping Evening Wednesday 14th October 2015 6-8pm

Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst browsing the new Autumn/Winter

collections and an opportunity to meet all the Cashara team!

10% discount on the evening plus a goody bag to go

5 High Street, Tenterden TN30 6BN

Telephone 07966 033000 Email sales@cashara.co.uk

Shop online at www.cashara.co.uk

50 High Street, Tenterden 01580 762 564

Book online at www.williamcharleshair.co.uk

or through our facebook page

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Fynch Hatton grey knitted jumper, £129, Tumble & Hide

leather coin purse, £25, County Clothes, Tenterden

01580 765159 www.countyclothesmenswear.co.uk;

Portcurno shorts, £30, Blue Blancmange

www.wealdenfairs.com/blueblancmange;

beige baby Alpaca socks, £8.95, Alpaca Wardrobe

www.wealdenfairs.com/alpacawardrobe

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finish. Whichever you choose, lips will feel very smooth and

hydrated – and the colour (or at least the tint) really goes

the distance. The lipstick is enriched ‘with the signature

Burberry blend of tea, lavender and rosehip’. And of

course, being Burberry, the packaging’s as sexy as it gets –

etched with the Burberry check, and with a very satisfying

magnetic ‘snap’ as it clicks into place. The only challenge?

Choosing which of 28 shades to indulge yourself with, from

suits-everyone nudes to Burberry’s classic Military Red.

TIP: For lipstick to look its best, lips must be super-smooth.

Never pick at flakes, but lightly scrub them with a D-I-Y

sugar scrub. Just put a dot of olive oil on your finger, and

a few grains of caster sugar, and then rub in a circular

direction. Remove with a wet flannel (resisting the urge

to eat the lip-buffer!), and follow with lashings of balm.

Lipstick

Love

Josephine Fairley slicks on the latest lip colours…

Illustrations: Susanne Hayes

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet. £8.99. If you like a lip

look that lasts and lasts and lasts and lasts (and lasts), this is

your baby. (And strong lips are such a great look, this winter.)

It delivers va-va-voom from the get-go: seriously strong,

intense colour with – yes, the name lives up to it – a velvet

finish, in 10 shades. It’s incredibly lightweight, and doesn’t

deliver that sensation that you’re wearing someone else’s lips,

and they’re slightly too small – which is all too often the case

with a long-last lip product. You want to get the application

right – but with the sponge tip, that’s quite easy. Just apply

– and forget about it, till you catch sight of your lips in the

mirror at lunchtime, and realise that yes: that vamp is you.

LIP TIP: To stop lipstick getting on your teeth, pucker lips

and pull your index finger through. The excess lipstick

that gets on your teeth will come off on your finger.

For once this season, being a loudmouth is a good thing.

Vivid reds and deep burgundies abound – and I’m

embracing them. I’m not ashamed to say that I take

make-up seriously: I’ve seen skilfully applied foundation make

a woman appear 10 years younger, and strategically placed

blush and highlighter create cheekbones where, to the naked

eye, there were none. But of all the make-up options out

there, lipstick is the one that makes the quickest difference,

often cheering up you (and your looks) with a single swipe.

The past 18 months have been a ‘vintage’ season

for fab lipstick launches. Here are the products which

have put a massive smile on my face (if you get my

drift), along with some of my favourite-ever ‘lip tips’.

(Note: as with shoes and coats, I always think it pays to

trade up and invest in a more luxurious lipstick: there

genuinely is a difference in texture/finish – and a lipstick

you love can last you years, even with regular use.)

Burberry Kisses Lipstick, £25. Lipstick-phobes, this

one’s for you. Because this is so utterly comfortable, you

barely notice there’s anything there till you look in the

mirror. It’s super-lightweight, super-moisturising and very

‘buildable’ – meaning that you can go for a light, sheer

wash of colour, or a vampy pout with a luscious, luminous

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting

Lipstick, £24. What I really, really love about this

‘new crop’ is that they knock old-school lipsticks into a

cocked hat, comfort-wise. Several factors have hooked

me, with this: the ease of application, it truly does glide

on very smoothly, straight from the tube. Secondly, the

16 shades feature something for absolutely everyone –

from discreet nudes to deep berries. But most of all, that

Slanket-like comfort: Color Envy Shine incorporates

hyaluronic spheres and a ‘time-released’ moisture

complex, so it really doesn’t ever feel dry or tight.

LIP TIP: If you are worried about lipstick bleeding

apply some under eye concealer around the edge

of the lips before applying the lipstick.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick,

£23. Once upon a time you wouldn’t have caught me

dead anywhere near a matte lipstick, which also made

lips feel like every last molecule of moisture had been

Dyson-ed out of them. Not any more. This – from A-list

make-up pro Charlotte Tilbury – is the comfiest I’ve yet

found. Ultra-glamorous, in Charlotte’s signature copper

packaging, it’s enriched with papaya and orchid extracts,

with a blend of triglycerides and oils, and feels really


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no different from a normal lipstick. And it’s not ‘flat

matte’, either – more velvety-matte, thanks to ‘3D glowing

pigments’, so lips look full and plump, not thin and mean!

I’m loving the bevelled tip, which mimics the shape of a

lipbrush and makes it easy to apply precisely. The stunning

shades span taupe-y nude Very Victoria to natural berry

Bond Girl – but my favourite is Red Carpet Red: a really

film-star bold ruby, which looks surprisingly good with

my English rose colouring (if I do say so myself!).

LIP TIP: To ‘transition’ to a new lipcolour, make-up pro

John Gustafson recommends layering on a new shade, and

applying an existing favourite over the top as a second coat.

The second day, wear the old fave underneath and the

new one on top – and your ‘eye’ will adjust so that on Day

Three, you’ll feel perfectly comfortable in your new shade.

Alternatively, apply lip balm and a swipe of a new lipstick

over the top and blend with a finger for a ‘lip stain’.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick, £25. I’ve been previewing

this over the summer (launch: 1st October), and it lives

up to the (unusually for Bobbi) glamorous gold, crestembossed

packaging. It’s rich, mega-moisturising, it glides

on effortlessly, delivering maximum coverage with just

one swipe. (No need to keep building this one.) As you’d

expect from Ms. Brown, a massive spectrum of colours

from Mod (nude) through to a vampy wine Brocade. My

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Guerlain KissKiss Roselips, £26.50. If strong lipstick is

never to be your bag, I’ll leave you with this: just the prettiest,

rosiest pale rose-tinted lip balm, enriched with rose oil (and

as rosy as it sounds). In its gorgeous white packaging, it

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Wealden Health & Beauty

Wealden Times talks to Shelley Sinclair from

EXOFITNESS, a stylish range of fitness wear...

do you follow a beauty

routine? Every morning

I power walk using

EXOFITNESS – the

difference this has made to

my body tone and general

wellbeing shines through,

even in my face. I definitely

consider EXOFITNESS as

part of my beauty routine.

Other than that I wash my

face with soap and water and

moisturise with whatever has

been gifted by my lovely mate

Louise Constad, a makeup

artist. The latest being Innarah

– it’s pricey but gives an

even, dewy tone to my skin.

do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

without? Perfume. I am

fascinated and very particular

about fragrance – it makes

my day and I can’t leave the

house without it! If I had my

time again I would train to be

a Nose. My current favourites

are Mitsouko and Corps &

Ames. I love having a smell

associated with me so all my

choices are a variation on the

same theme – leathery, green,

heady, plus I like to douse

my EXOFITNESS base

layer with perfume, leaving

a waft as I power walk.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? A lymphatic

drainage full body massage

with Soliman Laurence every

week if I could. He’s quite

special. He massages my face

so my skin becomes more

radiant and fresh, making

me look younger. My body

gets completely ironed out

which feels really good.

It’s as if I grow two inches!

Pampering and therapeutic

all at the same time.

Who’s your style icon? Sarah

Jessica Parker. I admire that

she’s in her 50s but is really

quirky and brave with both

her colour and clothing

choices. I’m always interested

in what she’s wearing. I

like it that she doesn’t wear

skin tight clothing and

she’s not about showing

off as much of her body as

possible. She’s individual,

confident, unique and also

a sassy business woman.

Shelley is the inventor

and designer behind the

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After reaching a plateau

in results with her power

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Fresh Brew...

In a world full of powders,

tablets and dietary supplements,

distinguishing between

what’s good for you, or full

of rubbish can all become

a little confusing. Matcha

has definitely become one

of those products; now mass

produced and commonly

packed with sugar, a little

research is necessary to find

one of genuine good quality.

Traditionally, Matcha green

tea is the centre of a Japanese

tea ceremony. For the last few

weeks of growing, the leaves are

shaded from the sun. The plant

over produces chlorophyll,

resulting in a rich dark green

colour. The leaves are rolled,

dried, de-stemmed, de-veined

and stone ground to produce a

fine, bright, talc like powder.

The colour of Matcha very

much depends on the quality. It

should be a vibrant, rich green,

as opposed to a muddy colour;

this generally leads to a slightly

bitter taste. Look out for an

organic, ceremonial grade

version like DoMatcha, which

can be found on Amazon.

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that never contain aggressive

ingredients, synthetic chemicals,

fragrances or colourants and are

never tested on animals. This

high standard of production

is truly reflected in everything

they make, from skin and hair

care to toothpaste and makeup.

The WT editorial team

tested their natural deodorant

and were impressed with the

results. It took a little getting

used to, as normal deodorant

clogs up pores, preventing your

body from naturally perspiring.

However, this is a super fresh

roll-on, with anti-bacterial

properties and a subtle scent

of aloe vera, particularly ideal

for those suffering with eczema

and psoriasis. It’s also available

in Rosemary and Unscented.

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We’re specialists in varicose vein removal

Why Benenden Hospital? We are the UK’s largest

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Our facilities are modern and comfortable. Our staff

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As we’re not-for-profit, we can offer highly

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is also available on medical grounds to Benenden

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For more information or to book a consultation

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Optical Insight

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Typically known as the ‘windows to the soul’, eyes are a seriously

complex optical system; they collect and regulate light, then

adjust and focus to create the image we see. But how do we make

sure we’re looking after them? WT has a few suggestions...

The Optician

Optometrist Tanya McKie from Linda Pope Optician

How often should I have my eyes tested and how much does an eye test cost? It is

recommended that we should have our eyes tested every two years unless advised to have

one more frequently. The price of an eye examination will vary but certain categories of

people are entitled to free NHS eye examinations e.g. children, over 60s and diabetics.

What kind of issues is the optometrist looking for in an eye test? An

optometrist will examine your eyes to check the health of them, look for

any indication of other medical conditions and optimise your vision, so as

to ensure that you can see as well as possible for whatever tasks you use your

eyes for! The most common eye conditions detected at an eye examination

are glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.

do my chances of having eye problems increase with age and can they be lifestyle

related? One of the first signs of ageing that we all experience in our 40s is presbyopia.

This is when we lose our ability to see things clearly up close, i.e. reading, mobile phones

etc. Unfortunately, as with most medical conditions, the likelihood of eye problems

increases with age. Aside from age (which none of us can avoid!) lifestyle factors that can

influence eye disease include smoking, obesity, raised blood pressure and UV exposure.

Linda Pope Optician is in Hawkhurst.

Visit www.lindapopeoptician.co.uk for more information.

Eye yoga

Wealden Times’s resident yogi, Julie Simpson

does yoga have a role to play in the overall health of our eyes? Yoga is

all about balance: the balance between mind and body, between using and

resting, and between stretching and relaxing. This applies just as much to

our eyes as to other parts of our bodies. Hunching up in front of a computer

and peering at a lit screen needs to be balanced with getting up and moving

around the room. Likewise with resting, as well as exercising, the eyes.

How can I rest over-used eye muscles while sitting at my computer? Relax

your neck and shoulders, rub the palms of your hands together to create

warmth and close your eyes. Place your fingers on your forehead and your

warm, cupped hands over your eye sockets to block out the light and imagine

breathing the velvety darkness into your closed eyes, allowing the warmth

and energy from your hands to flow through and soothe you. When you are

ready, slowly take your hands into your lap and gently open your eyes.

Is there an exercise that can help strengthen the muscles that focus the

eyes? Relax your neck and shoulders and stretch one arm out in front of you at

shoulder height forming a loose fist with your thumb pointing up. Squeeze your

eyes shut, then open and focus on your thumb for 2 breaths. Squeeze the eyes

shut again, bending the elbow and bringing the thumb half-way to your face,

open the eyes and focus again on your thumb for 2 breaths. Finally, squeeze the

eyes shut, bring the thumb a few centimetres from the end of your nose, open

your eyes and focus on the thumb for 2 breaths. Repeat the exercise 5 times.

For more exercises, there’s a great video of Paul McCartney

doing eye yoga on Youtube – Google it!

The Medical View

Jackie Kinch, Operations

Manager at

Scanloc Ophthalmology,

Benenden Hospital

What is a cataract and are they an

inevitable part of ageing? Cataracts are

not something that grow in the eye, but

a gradual clouding over of the eye lens.

This can occur over many years and just

gets progressively worse. The clouding is

a natural process, generally brought on

by advancing age, but it isn’t inevitable

and the exact reasons why some people

suffer them and others don’t aren’t clearly

known. Most sufferers are aged 65+, but

congenital cataracts can appear much earlier.

What is the procedure to remove a

cataract and how long does it take?

Phacoemulsification is the most common

method of removal and involves using

ultrasound to initially break up the cataractaffected

lens, before the liquefied lens

is removed through a tiny incision, to

be replaced by a new clear Perspex lens.

The operation is performed under local

anaesthetic, applied via eye drops, and

usually takes around 30-40 minutes. Patients

can generally go home within a few hours

and return to normal activities within a day.

do you offer any other procedures to

help with age-related eye problems at

Benenden Hospital? The Ophthalmic

team offers a consultation service where

a range of conditions can be diagnosed

and minor treatments undertaken

within the Outpatient setting. Surgical

operations are limited to cataract and laser

capsulotomy, which is a procedure for

correcting secondary cataracts that occur

in around 20% of patients. In addition,

a range of lenses designed to correct

general vision faults, such as astigmatism

(toric lenses) or short-sightedness (multifocal

lenses), that can reduce the patient’s

reliance on glasses are also offered.

Find out more about Benenden Hospital

Trust at www.benendenhospital.org.uk.

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A traditional Chocolate haven filled with

unique and luxurious treats...

There’s a well-stocked cabinet of Hand-made English,

French and Belgian Chocolates from cocoa dusted

truffles and smooth pralines to classic fondant creams

and rich fruit ganaches.

Favours for Weddings and Corporate Events

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Cranbrook Fishmongers

S5 Autumn Larder

Caroline Cowan and Sarah Bristow’s seasonal picnic

S13 A Taste of October

Four local chefs (plus WT’s very own

Helen!) talk us through tasty recipes that

are perfect for this time of year

143 Directory

An a-z especially for foodies

Prep the kitchen and get autumn inspired with the

help of our specially compiled supplement, packed

with seasonal recipes. Caroline Cowan and Sarah

Bristow from Plum Tree Catering start us off with

four mouthwatering creations you just won’t be able to

resist, whilst Rosemary Shrager and a host of Wealden

chefs share their favourite recipes for October.

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All fish available with one day notice.

Give Jim a call: 07866 741 288

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or call 07739 708599

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Caroline Cowan and Sarah Bristow from Plum

Tree Catering share three crowd-pleasing

dishes for an irresistible autumnal picnic...

Photographs: David Merewether

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Food This Autumn

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Spiced plum chutney

Makes 4 x 500g jars Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: Around 1 hr

• 1kg plums

• 2 red onions

• 5cm piece of ginger

• 2 apples

• 2 red chillies

• 1tsp Chinese fivespice

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1. Halve and stone the plums, then chop them into quarters.

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and apples, chop the chillies, with seeds,

and tip all into a heavy bottomed pan.

3. Add the spices, salt, vinegar and sugar. Bring all to

the boil. Simmer until the mixture takes on a jammy

consistency, stirring regularly to avoid sticking.

4. Spoon into warm, clean, sterilised jars and label.

Note: this is just as delicious made with

apricots instead of plums.


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Small pork pies with quail’s eggs

Makes 6 pies Prep time: 40 mins Cooking time: 40-60 mins

For the hot water crust pastry:

• 200g plain flour

• 40g strong white flour

• 50g unsalted butter

For the filling:

• 6 quail’s eggs

• 1 onion, very

finely chopped

• 350g pork loin,

finely chopped

• 100g unsmoked streaky

• 100ml water

• 1 tsp salt

• 60g lard

bacon, finely chopped

• small bunch of sage,

finely chopped

• sea salt and freshly

ground black pepper

• 1 free range egg, beaten

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a 6 hole muffin tin.

2. To make the pastry, sift the flours into a bowl

and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles

breadcrumbs. Bring the water and salt to a boil then

add the lard and stir until the lard has melted.

3. Pour the lard and water over the flour mixture and stir

to form a dough. Tip the dough onto a floured work

surface and work into a smooth ball (you must work

quickly or the dough will become too firm to handle).

4. Roll the pastry out and cut into 6 x 6inch

circles and line the muffin tin. Cut 6 x 4inch

circles for the lids and set them aside.

5. For the filling, cook the quail’s eggs in a

pan of boiling water for two minutes then

refresh in cold water, and set aside.

6. Put the onion, pork, bacon and sage into a bowl, season

well and mix until well combined. Spoon a little of the

mixture into each lined pie case, place a shelled quail’s

egg in the centre and spoon over a little more filling.

7. Brush the edge of each pie case with a little beaten

egg, place the lids on top and crimp the edges together

to seal completely. Make a slit in the top of each pie,

and bake for 40/60 minutes until golden brown.


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Roasted butternut squash,

feta & couscous salad

Serves 6 Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 1hr

• 1 butternut squash

• 1tsp vegetable bouillon

• 150g couscous

• 100g pine nuts

• 200g feta

• small bunch of coriander

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Cube the butternut squash,

leaving the skin on, and roast in the oven with olive

oil and seasoning for approximately 40 minutes.

2. Mix approximately 300ml boiling water with a teaspoon

of vegetable bouillon and pour over the couscous.

Add a little more water if necessary to make sure the

level of water is just covering the couscous. Leave to

stand for 10 minutes and then fluff up with a fork.

3. Roast the pine nuts in the oven for

approximately 8 minutes.

4. Cut the feta into cubes and roughly chop the coriander.

5. Place the couscous onto a flat plate, top with

the butternut squash, feta and roasted pine

nuts. Scatter with coriander leaves.


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Autumn apple and

sultana muffins

Serves 6 Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins

• 200g self-raising flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 1 tsp cinnamon

• 50g wholemeal flour

• 100g golden caster sugar

• 2 eggs

• 125ml semi-skimmed milk

• 4 tbsp sunflower oil

• 2 Bramley apples, grated

• 100g sultanas

• 2 tbsp Demerara sugar, to sprinkle on top

1. Heat oven to 180°C. In a large bowl

mix the self-raising flour, baking

powder, cinnamon, wholemeal

flour and golden caster sugar.

2. In another bowl, mix the eggs,

semi-skimmed milk and sunflower

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the dry and mix well, then stir in

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WT Food Supplement

A Taste of October

Six local foodies get cooking with five tasty ingredients...

Claudia Colwell from Bloomsburys Biddenden shares

a Sunday lunch option for vegetarians: Roasted

butternut squash with aubergine dip, rustled up

with the help of some store cupboard staples.

• 2 butternut squashes

• toasted seed/nut mix (flaked almonds, sunflower, sesame &

pumpkin)

• 2 aubergines

• 250g Greek yogurt

• 100ml pomegranate molasses

1. Preheat oven to 180°C and place two whole

aubergines onto a tray and bake for 30 minutes

in the top shelf or until the aubergine is starting

to blacken and its insides are soft and steamy.

2. Swish open and scoop out the flesh with a spoon

into a good sized bowl and allow to cool.

3. Using a colander drain off excess liquid from the pulp then

add the Greek yogurt and the pomegranate molasses, a

crushed garlic clove and a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.

4. Peel, de-seed and chop the butternut squash into two

by one inch pieces and place on a baking tray and roast

with some coconut oil and a pinch of pink Himalayan

rock salt. This should take around 30-40 minutes and the

butternut should start to colour, becoming sweet and soft.

5. Remove your butternut pieces from the oven and place into

a warm dish, sprinkle and coat with a plentiful handful of

toasted almonds, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds

to add texture and depth of taste. Tear off the leaves from

a bunch of fresh basil and add to the dish, if desired.

6. Serve immediately with the aubergine dip.

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WT Food Supplement

The Queen’s Inn Hawkhurst’s Head Chef

Sally-Anne Day explains how to create

Pan seared scallops with sweetcorn

puree and chorizo crisps

• 6 large scallops

• 1 corn on the cob

• 6 slices of chorizo

• 100ml double cream

• 1/2 lemon

Rosemary Shrager talks us through her recipe for

Pear & ginger jam

• ginger: 3cm piece of

fresh, finely chopped and

5 pieces of stem, finely

chopped

• 2kg pears, peeled, cored

and cut into 1/2 cm dice

• rind and juice of 2

lemons

• 500ml water

(approximately)

• 1kg sugar

(approximately)

1. You will need a piece of clean muslin cloth.

Into this put the fresh ginger with the rind and

the pips of the lemon. Tie up with string.

2. Put the pears and juice of the lemon into a

saucepan with water and the bag of muslin

and bring slowly to heat and simmer for 15

to 20 minutes or until the pears are soft.

3. Now add the sugar and stem ginger to the

pears and cook for a further 50-60 minutes

or until it’s at setting point, skimming the top

of the jam as you go. It is important to stir

occasionally so it doesn’t catch on the bottom.

4. Now when it is done squeeze as much out of the

muslin as possible to gain all the lovely ginger flavour.

5. To test whether the jam is done the temperature

should be between 104oC and 107oC. I put a spoonful

of the jam onto a cold plate I’ve had in the freezer;

if it ripples it should be set, but if not simmer for

a little longer. When it is done put into sterilised

jars. You should have around 2kg in weight.

For the sweetcorn puree:

1. Cut the corn off the raw cob and sweat

on a low heat in a little butter.

2. When softened add 100ml of water and the

double cream and season to taste, continue

to cook for a few minutes then transfer to

a liquidiser and blitz until smooth.

3. Pass the puree through a sieve to make

sure it’s as smooth as possible.

For the chorizo crisps:

1. Place the slices of chorizo onto a baking tray

lined with parchment then lie another sheet of

parchment on top, and place another baking tray

on top to keep the chorizo flat during cooking.

2. Place into a pre heated oven at 180oC for approx

8-12 mins. Take out and cool on a wire rack.

To finish:

1. Pan sear the scallops in a hot nonstick pan

with a little oil for 2-3 mins on each side until

golden brown and slightly caramelised.

2. Squeeze over a little lemon, then take off the heat.

3. Spoon some warm sweetcorn puree onto

the plate, smear with the back of a teaspoon

into a line on the centre of the plate.

4. Sit the three scallops along the puree, lean the

cooked chorizo crisps against each scallop, spoon

over the leftover juices in the pan and serve.

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The WT team resident health guru Helen gives an

insight into how to create indulgent yet nutritious

treats with her recipe for Raw chocolate truffles

• 10 soft medjool dates

• 150g pecan nuts

• 1 heaped tbsp raw cacao powder

• 1 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil

• desiccated coconut/chopped almonds for rolling the

truffles in!

1. Put the nuts in a food processor and blitz

until they reach a fine consistency.

2. Add in the dates, cacao powder and coconut oil and

combine in the food processor to make a smooth paste.

3. Take small amounts of the paste and roll in

your hands to make small(ish) truffles.

4. After placing your desiccated coconut

or chopped almonds in a bowl, roll each

truffle around until fully coated.

5. Pop them in the fridge to set, before

devouring the whole lot!

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Nicole Parry from Frankie’s

Farmshop spices up autumn

with Roasted butternut

squash in a chilli, garlic

& rosemary cream

• 2 butternut squashes

• 250ml cream

• 3 sprigs rosemary

• 1 chilli with seeds

• 8 cloves squashed garlic

1. Deseed and reserve the seeds from the

butternut squashes. Slice the squashes into

chunky pieces with the skin on,.

2. Finely chop the rosemary & chilli.

3. Toss the butternut squash pieces in chilli and

rosemary and cover with the cream. Season.

4. Roast at 180oC for one hour until soft

and oozy, caramelised and unctuous.

5. Clean the seeds and roast with salt for

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• 125g almond powder

• 150g icing sugar

• 25g pistachio paste

• 100g fresh egg whites

• 150g caster sugar

2. Pass the almond powder and icing sugar through a fine sieve.

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No Shrinking

Violets

Sue Whigham pays attention to the

ofter overlooked shrubs and trees

that provide a welcome burst of

autumn and winter colour...

Euonymus fortunei ‘Silver Queen’

in the Long Border, Great Dixter

With thoughts turning to autumn I thought

I’d mention a few shrubs and trees which

are invaluable for the quieter time of the

gardening year whether it be for the promise of scented

winter flowers, stem colour or their evergreen leaves.

Some of these plants aren’t particularly unusual and I

spot a few of them planted up outside supermarkets as

ground cover and then hacked into submission so that

they become quite unrecognisable. I feel quite a pang

when I see the state they are in. This needn’t happen!

First off is one of these poor mistreated plants and is one of

a large genus of hardy, ornamental plants. One of the main

attributes of the cotoneasters is bright and brilliant autumn

colour combined with bee friendly flowers in mid summer.

Cotoneaster horizontalis was introduced from Western

China by the intrepid Père David in 1870. Its branches grow

in a herringbone pattern and it’s perfect for planting on a

bank or up against a shady wall. The contrast between its

leaves in their autumn coats and bright red berries is quite

glorious. And of course in the winter the skeleton looks quite

architectural especially with a light dusting of frost on it.

Another plant I would choose would be Cornus mas. The

joy of this plant, also known as the Cornelian cherry, is that it

is very densely branched and in February they come alive with

masses of small yellow flowers which grow directly from the

branches. There is a very choice cultivar called ‘Golden Glory’

which is pretty vigorous and has an upright habit. Its fruits,

which are edible but a little acidic, are large and the flowers

bright. Plant this against a dark backdrop. It’s quite something

to see a tree covered in a mass of flowers at this time of year.

Azara microphylla was introduced from South America

and can be a bit battered in a cold winter so is best

planted in a sheltered, slightly shady spot. I like it both

for its dainty leaves and the promise of its tiny scented

flowers that appear, like Cornus mas, on bare twigs.

The next plant is so well known that you would probably

wonder why mention it but it is such a key evergreen plant

in borders, grows vertically when given a comfortable wall

to lean against and is an all round good egg. It grows in any

old soil or aspect and responds well to pruning although

routine pruning is really not necessary. Those of you who

have visited Great Dixter at Northiam will have seen a

large specimen of Euonymus fortunei ‘Silver Queen’ in

the Long Border. It always looks good and its new leaves

in spring are a rich creamy yellow which eventually mature

into green with a showy creamy white outer margin.

Salix udensis ‘Sekka’ is a Japanese clone of S. udensis and

it is one of my favourite plants. Also known as the Dragon

Willow or Japanese Fantail Willow, this has everything

going for it really, from shiny dark chestnut brown shoots to

wonderful rich yellow autumn colours. And then there are

the distinctive upright catkins which appear before the leaves,

the males of which are very long and decorative. But the pièce

de résistance is the way that the stems fasciate on mature

plants – they curve and flatten in all sorts of directions and

its no wonder that the plant is widely grown in Japan for the

flower market. It’s a very exotic looking willow, very different

from any other you might see and well worth growing.

Bluebell Nurseries have it in their catalogue (along with the

most mouth watering selection of shrubs and trees).

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Cotoneaster horizontalis as a wonderful

backdrop to Cyperus vegetus

I think that I’ve written about coronillas before but

every garden should have one. They are members of the

Leguminosae family (peas) and Coronilla valentina subsp.

glauca ‘Citrina’ is particularly pretty with its soft yellow

flowers. Make sure you plant in a sunny sheltered position

and that you don’t move the plant once its established.

They really don’t like it. The leaves are pea like, rather fleshy

and a bluey green but the joy is that the fragrant flowers

continue for a hugely long time – from winter through to

early summer. There is a variegated form with creamy white

leaves. Its not the sort of plant that will go on for a lifetime

but it is worth growing for its scent in the depths of winter.

Coronilla valentina is another plant rather like

Cotoneaster horizontalis which is under appreciated. It’s

just fabulous in a semi shaded corner or in a container

and gives a tropical feel to the garden, although it

originates in Japan rather than south of the equator.

Fatsia japonica is a really good looking plant with huge

polished dark green palmate leaves. In October creamy

white panicles of spherical flowers appear followed by large

clusters of black fruits. The fatsia is perfect for exposed

seaside gardens and it’s well worth looking out for a couple

of cultivars with interesting extras. ‘Murakumo-nishiki

has leaves with a central yellowy-green blotch and the

better known ‘Variegata’ has white tipped leaf lobes.

A good friend of mine has a wonderful specimen of my

next plant and there was almost an international incident in

the spring when there was talk of removing it in its entirety

as it has grown so well but partially blocks a path. It had a

reprieve and because it has been regularly trimmed into a

large pin cushion shape, hers is a lovely thing. Pittisporums

originate from Australasia and SE Asia but this particular one

was found in the wild by a Mr. Paterson near Christchurch,

NZ when he worked for the Parks Department in Dunedin.

Named after his wife, Pittisporum tenuifolium ‘Irene

Paterson’ is one of the most decorative pittisporums you can

grow. It has small, wavy, palely marbled leaves, each with its

own particular combination of colours, and all this on elegant

thin black stems. It is a plant that looks perfect all year round

and its spring time treat of tiny scented flowers in the axils of

the leaves is a bonus. Plant one near your path (not too near!)

or a seating area where you can perch and take in the scent.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810

457948 for gardening advice and the sourcing

and supplying of interesting garden plants.

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“Tulips are completely fickle and untrustworthy.

As a general rule, the closer you are to the

species, the more reliable they are..."

Brilliant Bulbs

Jo Arnell explores the easy answer to next year’s spring show

A

garden without spring bulbs is somehow a

cheerless place; forget-me-nots and wallflowers

definitely need a few bulbs bobbing above them

and it really is the easiest way to inject some early colour

into containers and borders. Planting bulbs is an act of

faith, of believing that spring will return - sorry that does

sound rather tragic, but as the days get colder and darker

it’s comforting to know that once planted, they’ll sit

safely under the ground; stems, flowers and leaves neatly

compressed into tight packages, waiting for the spring

like small, flowery time bombs. So before you hang up

your trowel and come inside for the winter, plant some

bulbs and by the spring you’ll be pleased that you did.

Border design and succession planting

Bulbs take up such a small amount of space in the border,

especially when they’re dormant - what could be better than

a plant that comes up, does its thing and then disappears

again, politely leaving room for the next plant? Their neat,

‘don’t mind me’ habit makes them very useful in borders that

need to look good all through the year, or where there isn’t

room for much else. Winter and spring bulbs make way for

annuals and bedding plants, and those that flower at other

times of the year can be used among foliage plants, or to pop

up in between flushes of summer flowers. I find lilies that

flower in July quite useful here, as this is when much of the

early summer colour is over and the late bloomers haven’t

yet started. You could even be the ultimate cheat and slide

pots of bulbs into gaps in the border and then remove them

to do their tatty dying back out of sight behind the shed.

Cultivation

Most early flowering bulbs originate from countries that have

brief spring rains and hot dry summers - many are from the

Middle East, where they’ve adapted to survive cold winters

and dry summers by hiding underground. At the end of the

winter they burst forth, making the most of the brief spring

rains before disappearing again. Imagining them in their

natural habitat will help you to make them feel at home

(or not) in your garden. Most will prefer a sunny and very

free draining position and will not enjoy sitting through the

winter with wet, soggy bottoms… It’s worth incorporating

some horticultural grit into the planting hole if you’re on

claggy clay. Bulbs from woodland will tolerate shade and

slightly damper conditions, and the snake’s head fritillary

thrives in damp meadows, and won’t readily reappear, which

is irritating, as these conditions are quite hard to replicate.

Encourage your bulbs to flower again the following year by

feeding with a balanced fertiliser; just sprinkle it around the

base of the plants when they’re sending out new roots.

Tulips

Tulips are the most glamorous of bulbs and became so coveted

during the seventeenth century they drove men to reckless

acts. This was the time of ‘Tulipmania’, where once a single

bulb sold for the price of a house. Handsome is as handsome

does, even in the bulb world I guess, and in my book, tulips

are completely fickle and untrustworthy. As a general rule,

the closer you are to the species, the more reliable they are

– the Darwin hybrids (esp. the big, bright red variety called

Appledorn) are perennially persistent. These seem to be less

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is helpful because tulips

notoriously suffer from all

sorts of nasty conditions.

The worst disease

affecting them is Tulip

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infection that spreads

easily (like fire) among

the bulbs. This is the

reason it’s advisable to plant

your tulips late – and as late as January has been

known without any ill effects. The colder conditions

should kill off any spores before the bulbs go in.

Bulbs that will spread and naturalise well

For a natural effect, throw handfuls of bulbs about at random,

and then plant them where they land. Carpets of spring

bulbs look wonderful beneath trees and in grass - but if

you’re growing in lawns, make sure you don’t mind waiting

six weeks before cutting it. Crocuses and narcissi are well

known for spreading themselves around, enjoying the edge of

woodland and meadow situations. Snowdrops will colonise

and naturalise readily too, but if you’re just starting out, plant

them ‘in the green’, which means not planting dry bulbs in the

autumn, but bulbs with foliage on. They can be dug up and

divided from existing clumps, or bought as container plants

or mail order, after the flowers have died down. Anemone

blanda will carpet the ground in shades of blue, white and

pink – watch how after flowering the seed-heads bend down

to the ground and almost bury themselves. A word of warning

though, if you’re tempted to grow wild plants like bluebells

and ransoms (wild garlic); these will rampantly cover the

ground so are best left to run wild outside the garden.

Containers

Extend the flowering period and cook up a pot full of bulb

lasagne by layering bulbs that flower at different times in a

container. Three tiers works well, and it’s worth choosing

different types - some short, some tall and not too many

tulips, as they’re quite leafy and planting too many will

fill the pot with foliage. Bulbs also work well in mixed

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“Snowdrops, Crocuses and

narcissi are well known for

spreading themselves around,

enjoying the edge of woodland

and meadow situations...”

your bulbs and store, labelled, in a dry place for the summer.

You can then plant out summer bedding in their place,

as they do in many public spaces, replanting them in the

autumn. Tulips especially don’t like sitting in damp ground

and may do better when lifted. But let’s face it, life’s a bit too

short for all this, even if it does mean losing a few bulbs.

Squirrels

So cute, until you see them sitting on the fence, laughing

and eating their way through your bulb collection.

Chicken wire buried just under the soil on top of

susceptible bulbs (rodents of all kinds especially like tulips

and crocuses), is a solution, but remove it as the foliage

starts pushing through. This is a very good method for

protecting bulbs in containers, but harder to achieve

in open ground. There are other, more violent options

available to combat pesky rodents, but I don’t recommend

them unless you’re utterly desperate, or a good shot.

Tatty dying foliage

After your bulbs have flowered, don’t remove their leaves

while they’re still green; let them die back naturally. Bulbs

gain their strength from their foliage, helping them grow and

produce new flowers next year. Photosynthesis continues for

weeks after the flowers die and is vital to the following year’s

flowers. Dying foliage can be hidden (bulb leaves never die off

prettily) with low spreading plants, like geraniums, alchemilla

mollis, forget-me-nots or wallflowers as companions, which

will grow up and cover the leaves. Grow smaller narcissi like

‘Tete a Tete’ or ‘Thalia’ in borders, as the huge ‘King Alfred’

style daffodils, have lots of foliage that flops about looking

unsightly, (or stands neatly tied up in a knot, but looking

just as unsightly) once the majestic flower has finished.

Every year I think that perhaps I have enough bulbs,

and then I remember how unreliable some of the most

gorgeous tulips are and how I don’t grow that indestructible

red one (it’s just a bit too tall and, well, red), and then

the catalogues arrive and after that, strangely, it seems

that I definitely need just a few more… oh hang it,

let’s get out there and plant a spring spectacular.

Contact Jo for border designs, planting

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taking care of the

natural world....

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Cookery and recipe advice dominate our media.

The Great British Bake Off is back on our TV

screens and last month we saw a new Celebrity

Masterchef. Magazines and newspaper supplements give

advice on new ways to cook everything from artichokes

to yams and research shows that we can’t get enough of

new recipes and celebrity chefs telling us how to cook.

We are encouraged to buy fresh and local, use farmers’

markets and be aware of the distance our ingredients

have travelled to get to our dinner plates. An analysis of

Sunday dinner ingredients found that in some instances a

journey of over 30,000 miles had taken place to put our

meal on the dinner table. French beans from Kenya, lamb

from New Zealand and pineapples from the tropics were

some of the foodstuffs that comprised the typical Sunday

roast. When asked why people had chosen each particular

ingredient, price and convenience were the answer. Yet

often the truth is, when chosen on a like-for-like basis,

farmers’ markets are cheaper and there are alternatives nearer

to home to those Kenyan French beans. And you could

even go out and about and forage your own ingredients.

Autumn is a perfect month to forage the hedgerows.

Blackberry and apple crumble comes to mind for the

perfect Sunday desert. British apples are in abundance

and blackberries can be foraged from most of our

hedgerows. My friend is editor of Bushcraft Magazine and

runs courses on foraging and mushroom identification.

Knowing which mushrooms are edible is very important

and I would strongly advise that anyone contemplating

mushroom foraging takes advice from an expert. You will

be surprised at the number of edible mushrooms that can

be found and how delicious they are. A giant puffball is

a delight and field mushrooms are so different to those

found in our supermarkets. Even the humble stinging

nettle makes a great soup and the invasive weed ground

elder tastes as good as spinach. Cow parsley pie with wild

garlic was another delight introduced to me together

with elderberry wine, when I was invited to a dinner,

comprising many ingredients that had been found for free.

Have an enjoyable day out, find a foraging course

and then start to enjoy delicious meals for very little

cost and the freshest ingredients you can find.

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Boarders at Ashford School

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Work, Rest & Play

WT finds out about what’s been done to enrich the boarding facilities at three local schools...

Ashford School: “Boarders at Ashford School come from

across the world and start at age 10. As there is no Saturday

school it gives boarders – and staff – a chance to indulge

their passions and to become better culturally aware.

A packed programme of activities is planned to

run throughout the year which includes full use of

the school’s facilities. There’s Scuba Diving in the

swimming pool, Fitness in the gym and Basketball

in the Sports Centre. There’s even a Korean Cooking

Club which is educating both staff and students.

Ashford’s excellent location means boarders enjoy a wide

variety of trips. Canterbury is just half an hour away by train

and is a regular on our boarders’ choice of visits. London,

of course, is only 37 minutes by High Speed train which

means there is always an opportunity to pop up for a theatre

trip, Christmas shopping or a visit to a museum or two.

There are regular activities during the week,

particularly for younger boarders. Juniors enjoy Fun

Tuesdays which can feature anything from bowling

to cinema, paintballing to pizza-making evening.

Director of Boarding Mark Single said: “Weekends are a time

for relaxing, exploring and doing a little more of what you

enjoy. We keep our boarders busy and they have a significant

input into the activity and visit programme. If they don’t

like it, we change it; if they love it, we do more of it”

Ashford School is a coeducational independent boarding and

day school in East Hill, Ashford, Kent. For more information

call 01233 625171 or visit www.ashfordschool.co.uk.

Claremont’s school timetable includes activities

such as music, drama, art and sport and boarders

are encouraged also to put forward their own

club ideas if they are not already included

Claremont School: “Claremont Boarding House, located

in the heart of historic Battle, opened its doors to fifty UK

and overseas students in September 2015. This facility offers

state of the art facilities, a full programme of activities and

exclusive learning opportunities to prospective students.

As well as the full academic programme on offer, the

school timetable includes activities such as music, drama, art

and sport. In addition, there is an extensive range of clubs

that take place including horse riding, golf, gymnastics,

swimming, kickboxing, tennis, rock band, trampolining,

singing and other activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh

scheme. Boarders are encouraged also to put forward

their own club ideas if they are not already included.

Weekends give boarders the chance to enjoy various

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extra-curricular activities and organised excursions. These may

vary by season but include trips to London and other large

towns and cities, theatre and cinema trips, beach outings, trips

to local golf courses and equestrian facilities, participation

in competitive sport matches and private sport lessons on

request. All students are also able to use the well-equipped

common room and ICT at the boarding house and have

weekend use of the extensive sport and music facilities at

the Senior School including football pitches, tennis courts,

swimming pool, badminton courts and a fitness gym.”

Claremont is a co-educational Nursery, Prep, Senior &

Sixth Form School which has been established on its

magnificent 100 acre site in St Leonards-on-Sea since

1945. 01424 751555 www.claremontschool.co.uk.

Saint Ronan’s School: “Saint Ronan’s has a long, well

established boarding history (since 1883), with the entire

top floor of our magnificent Tongswood House dedicated

to the boarders. However, boarding today is a far cry from

the all boys, full boarding model that existed in yesteryear.

We offer flexi boarding for girls and boys from Year 4

upwards. Children can stay all week or part of the week.

They can book in at the beginning of term, or on an ad

hoc basis (subject to places). It is very popular and is often

oversubscribed. We have a resident Housemaster, Matron

and gap student and these three, along with duty staff,

run boarding with the emphasis on fun and friendship.

Saint Ronan’s recognise that wind down

time is just as important as activities

Tongswood House and grounds provide a magical

setting for boarders to let their hair down at the end of

a busy day and experience companionship with other

pupils who are not necessarily in their year group. In the

winter, activities range from Dodgeball to Sardines, in the

summer swimming or tennis. The wind down includes

a hot drink and snacks in the ‘Snug’. Boarding is great

fun and helps maintain the unique and very special

atmosphere of Saint Ronan’s… and the children love it!”

Saint Ronan’s is a co-educational day and boarding

school for boys and girls from 3 to 13, set in 247 acres

of Wealden countryside in Hawkhurst, Kent. Find out

more by calling 01580 752271 www.saintronans.co.uk.

Dulwich Prep School

Cranbrook

Independent day and flexible boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13.

Space to breathe, time to grow.

Open

MOrning

Thursday 8th october

For details and to book a tour please contact registrar@dcpskent.org

01580 712179 www.dcpskent.org

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Thurs 1 - Sat 31 Oct

Bedgebury Pinetum &

Forest, Bedgebury Road,

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2SJ

Friends and families can take part in

this self led Superworm activity trail

around the Pinetum. Children can

learn about the forest environment

and mini-beasts as well as completing

some physical activities along the way.

Info: 01580 879820 / www.

forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

Sat 3 Oct

Shakra Centre Canterbury Road

Charing Kent TN27 0EY

Scream Tea

A unique paranormal event

with afternoon cream tea and

scones. Seeing is believing!

Entry: £20 all inclusive with cream tea

Info: 07531 234057 / www.

shakracentre.com

Sat 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Oct 2.15-3pm

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe,

Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG

Ellen Terry’s Wardrobe

Take a walk through costume history.

Tucked away in a storeroom at the

back of Smallhythe Place is a collection

of 250 theatrical costumes once worn

by Ellen Terry. Join a member of our

house team as they take you behind

the scenes and reveal the stories behind

the costumes. Booking Essential.

Info: 01580 762334 / www.

nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Sun 4 Oct

Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Forest

Row, East Sussex RH18 5JR

Mushroom Forage

Explore the woodland with Fungi

Expert and Estate Manager, Kevin

Sweet, identifying which are the

best mushrooms to pick for Chef to

turn into a delicious lunch. Enjoy

a pre-lunch drink, three course

mushroom-inspired lunch with

wine, coffee and petit fours.

Entry: £48

Tel: 01342 824988 / www.

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Weds 07 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

Penshurst Place

SPOOKY HALF TERM

Wicked witches occupy bell tents

in the wild woods for spooky

tales and marshmallow roasting

around the camp fire. Have fun

with pumpkin carving, cupcake

decorating, fancy dress and creepy

crafts. Suitable for the whole family.

Entry: Free with house &

garden admission

Info: www.penshurstplace.com

Sat 10 Oct 10am-9pm

The Pantiles, Trinity Theatre,

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Gallery

PUPPETRY FESTIVAL

A full day of fun and discovery!

See a show, experience a workshop

and enjoy street food, crafts

and themed puppetry stalls.

Info: www.twpuppetryfestival.org

Hever Castle, Hever,

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG

HALF TERM FUN

This Half Term, treat the children

to a spine-tingling programme of

entertainment. There are Haunted

Halloween ghostly goings-on

at Hever Castle, guaranteed to

thrill visitors of all ages.

Info: 01732 865224 / www.

hevercastle.co.uk

Fri 30 Oct – Sat 31 Oct

Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood,

Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6PY

Fireworks spectacular

A magnificent fireworks

display, funfair and more!

Info: 01622 872068 / www.

thehopfarm.co.uk

Sat 31 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

Scanlons Bridge Road,

Hythe, Kent CT21 6LD

end of season parade

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch

Railway at its very best with all available

locomotives in service, an enhanced

timetable and double-headed trains

running the entire length of the line.

Tel: 01797 362353 / www.rhdr.org.uk

Fairs & Markets

Fri 2 & Sat 3 Sat Oct 11am-4pm

The Hand and Sceptre,

Southborough Common

WEALDEN BROCANTE

Browse a fabulous selection of

vintage clothes, jewellery, home

and garden wares, small furniture

and interesting decorative items.

Refreshments are available all day.

Info: www.facebook.com/

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Sat 3 Oct 10am-3pm

Vestry Hall, Cranbrook

KITSCH AND STITCH

VINTAGE AND MAKERS FAIR

Enjoy a visit to our autumn fair

featuring vintage fashion, jewellery,

textiles and other vintage collectables

and handmade arts and crafts. This

truly is a special fair where you will be

delighted by the beautiful stalls and

handmade crafts. A great opportunity

to buy unique Christmas gifts and

support our chosen charity Hospice in

the Weald. Refreshments and lunch

will be available throughout the day.

Entry: free

Info: joy@craftedbyjoy.co.uk /

facebook.com/kitschandstitchfair

Wed 7 Oct 10.30am-3.30pm

Barnsgate Manor Vineyard

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AUTUMN FAIR

An inspiring selection of original

and stylish gifts including our very

popular ‘Gently Used’ jewellery

stall. Refreshments available.

Entry: £2.50

Fri 9 Oct 9am-5pm

Upstairs at Juliet’s, 54 High

Street, Tunbridge Wells

POP-UP SHOPPING EVENT

Exciting event presenting the new

Poppy & Hester childrenswear

collection, gorgeous flowers by

The Florist Tunbridge Wells, plus

gifts, accessories and homewares.

Free craft activities for children

with Freckles & Fire.

Contact: info@poppyandhester.co.uk

Sat 10 & Sun 11 Oct

St Michael’s Hospice, Upper

Maze Hill, St. Leonards on Sea

QUILT SHOW

1066 Quilters are hosting this lovely

event to include a raffle, tombola,

sales table and refreshments. All

proceeds to St Michael’s Hospice.

Entry: £1

Sat 24 Oct – Sun 1 Nov 11am-6pm

Powdermills Hotel, Powdermill

Lane, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0SP

Pure Autumn Art Fair

This prestigious selected art fair

showcases the brightest upcoming and

more established talent. Curated by

Lesley Samms, it features sixty artists.

Entry: Free

Tel: 01424 775511 / www.

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Sat 24 Oct

Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF

Cranbrook farmers’

market

A wonderful variety of stalls selling

everything from beautiful vegetables,

fresh and colourful, succulent chutneys,

oils, gorgeous cheeses, jams and spreads.

Info: 07766 753159 / www.

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Tues 27 Oct 9-11am

Hildenborough Farmers’

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APPLE MORNING

Sample many varieties of local apples,

make apple juice or a baked apple, and

taste loads of other goodies! Enjoy

a fun filled morning for all!

Info: 01732 838903 / www.

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Music and Theatre

Thurs 1 Oct – Sun 4 Oct

High Street, Tenterden,

Kent TN30 6AN

Tenterden Folk Festival

A four day festival of folk

song, music and dance with

something for all the family.

Info: 01233 626805 / www.

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Sat 3 Oct 7.30pm

The Weald Hall, Civic

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Sat 10 Oct 7.30pm

Memorial Theatre,

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THE FROGMAN AND THE DIVA

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Sat 10 Oct 8pm

Goudhurst Village Hall, Goudhurst

Moonglow swing dance

Revellers will be entertained with live

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and gypsy jazz classics from the 20s, 30s

and 40s. Conjuring up a storm on the

decks will be the fabulous Gypsy John.

Entry: £10 in advance £12 on the door

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Sat 10 Oct 7.30-9.30pm

Riseden, Goudhurst,

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The Bach Players

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picture of the opulent chamber music

presented to King Louis XIV by his

favourite composers: Marin Marais,

Jean-Féry Rebel, Élisabeth Jacquet

de la Guerre and Robert de Visée.

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NATIONAL GILBERT &

SULLIVAN OPERA COMPANY

As part of their national tour, The

Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company

will be presenting ‘The Goldoliers’,

‘HMS Pinafore’ and ‘The Mikado’.

Tickets: 08442 439480 /

www.woodville.co.uk

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In aid of fitting new lighting in

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The Chilli Tree Restaurant, 1 King

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Teams of 4 or 6, ticket includes

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Wed 21 Oct 7.30pm

Biddenden New Village Hall

WEALD OF KENT

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Queen’s Hall Theatre, Cranbrook

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I’ve just picked the blackberries and made the bramble

jelly – which is slack as usual – but lining up the jars in

the pantry serves as a real reminder that autumn is upon

us. All round the farm there are plenty of changes afoot

as we get ready for the wet and windy months ahead.

Down in the apiary the bees are slowing down. In July, at

the height of the flowering season, there will be about 50,000

female worker bees in the hive – all busy collecting nectar and

pollen – one queen and male bees called drones which are

called upon occasionally to fertilise new virgin queens. Now,

the number of worker bees will be beginning to drop rapidly

to about 10,000, which will survive the winter by eating all the

delicious honey collected and stored over the summer. As their

services are no longer required, with no sentiment or regret

the drones are now being turfed out of the hive to meet an

untimely end. There’s no room for passengers in the bee world.

The male wild boar are also on the move. At this time of

year, solitary males travel extensively in search of females and,

apart from the Forest of Dean, the wooded borders of East

Sussex and Kent have the highest population of wild boar

in the UK. Regular readers of this column may remember

the shenanigans a few years back when Wendy, one of our

Berkshire sows was – unbeknown to us – visited by such a

boar. Three months, three weeks and three days later, we were

expecting a litter of pedigree Berkshire pigs and were surprised

when we got a bundle of stripy and spotty wild boarlets.

The hens are moulting and look a right scruffy bunch

– the cockerel has even lost all his tail feathers – so that

means no eggs for a few weeks. Miraculously, a few days

into January and only about a week after the winter

solstice, they seem to know the days are getting longer

again and we’ll get our first egg. Isn’t nature amazing?

The sheep are also adjusting as the evenings draw in. This

year’s spring lambs were weaned in August and the ewes –

which are only ever fertile when the night-time hours exceed

the daytime hours – are being got ready to meet the rams

again on Bonfire Night. Having checked ‘teeth, toes and tits’

to make sure they’re young enough and strong enough to

go through another winter and another pregnancy we have

now put them on very good grazing – known as flushing – to

encourage optimum ovulation and ideally two lambs all round.

The rams meanwhile, who have had a life of idle leisure since

last autumn, are also counting down to November 5th.

The cows on the other hand are now on what is, frankly, rather

tired grazing. This is fine, as being Sussex cattle they have had all

summer to eat good forage and are now looking slightly broad

in the beam – in cattle parlance, this is referred to as being a little

too fit – and it will do them good to lose a bit before they calve

again in the spring. Luckily that still seems a long way off.

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From

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