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Contents

November 2015

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ON THE RIGHT TRACK

John Graham-Hart finds homes

near railway stations

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Inspiring gift ideas for all

the family

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WINTER VEG

Jo Arnell on the delights of cold

weather and harvesting winter veg

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IT’S NOVEMBER

What’s going on near you

this month

NESTING INSTINCT

A writer’s Art and Crafts chalet

home in Whitstable

GET THE LOOK

Fabulous home accessories from

Wealdenfairs.com

FARMHOUSE CHARMS

A tour of Brick House Farm

near High Halden

PINES AND NEEDLES

Trees, decorations and all

things festive

COME DINE WITH US

What some of our favourite

venues are doing this Christmas

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LACQUER LUSTRE

All dressed up, with

somewhere to go

PERFECT FOUNDATION

Jo Fairley smooths on the latest

skin treatments

WEALDEN HEALTH &

BEAUTY

Tips to keep you feeling

gorgeous

ON THE DEFENSIVE

Warding off coughs, colds and

flu this winter

FESTIVE FEASTING

Festive fare from Juliet Bidwell

of Juliet’s Catering,

Tunbridge Wells

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PRUNE, OR NOT TO PRUNE

Sue Whigham’s gentle approach

THE GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp on National Parks

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COMPETITION

Win places for two people on a day’s

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard’s latest instalment

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For Sale as a Whole or in 3 Lots Guide Price £2,000,000

An exceptional small country estate comprising beautiful Arts and Crafts farmhouse, sympathetically

converted oast house, outbuildings and land in a secluded rural location

Lot 1 - Bexhurst Farm: Guide Price £1,450,000

Entrance Hall • Drawing Room • Dining Room • Study • Recreation Room

• Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 6 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Attached Outbuildings

• Garage • Detached Office • Further Outbuildings • Formal Gardens • Kitchen

Garden • Greenhouse • Paddocks • Haha • In all about 18.5 acres • EPC: F

Lot 2 - Paddocks: Guide Price £ 75,000

North east of the house, paddocks of approximately 6.5 acres with separate

vehicular access

Lot 3 - Bexhurst Oast: Guide Price £475,000

Entrance Hall • Sitting Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Bathrooms • Double Garage • Greenhouse • Garden Stores • Orchard

• Landscaped Gardens and Grounds of about 0.5 acres • EPC: F

coming 26 January 2015


Udimore, East Sussex - £520,000

Well proportioned detached Victorian house. The

accommodation includes sitting room and conservatory, dining

room, open plan kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, master

bedroom + en-suite, 3 further bedrooms. Large gardens.

Summer house. Garage/store. EPC F

Smarden, Kent - £985,000

A stunning 16th century oak framed barn. Open plan sitting room/

dining room, galleried drawing room, bespoke kitchen, utility

room, master bedroom with en suite, 3 further bedrooms & family

bathroom. Heated swimming pool. Pool house. Double garage.

Large garden and field. About 2 acres. EPC B

Rye, East Sussex - £329,950

A charming Grade II listed property in the heart of Rye and in

the lee of the church. The accommodation includes: living room,

kitchen, utility area, dining room, main bedroom with en-suite

bathroom, second bedroom, bathroom. Outside store.

Rye, East Sussex - £365,000

A well presented Grade II listed period cottage in the

Conservation Area of the Ancient Town. The accommodation

includes 25ft living/dining room, fitted kitchen, cloakroom/utility,

three bedrooms. Small paved courtyard garden.

Old Town Hastings, East Sussex - £865,000

An elegant Grade II listed classical pavilion style house with

versatile accommodation in a favoured residential area close to

the country park. Accommodation includes: reception hall, sitting

room, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, 4 double

bedrooms, studio. Garden and off road parking.

RYE OFFICE 01797227338

MAYFAIR OFFICE 08701127099

Rye, East Sussex - £175,000

A charming first floor flat, full of character located in the

Conservation Area of the Ancient Town of Rye. The building is

Grade II listed, and the accommodation comprises: kitchen,

living room, double bedroom, additional room and bathroom.

125 year lease.

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Offers in excess of £999,000

Wadhurst

A detached family home in a popular position, with planning permission to rebuild

Entrance hall, cloakroom, kitchen / dining room, sitting room, family room, conservatory, study.

Master bedroom, family bathroom, guest bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms.

Detached double garage. Planning permission to demolish existing house and garage and

construct a 7 bedroom house and garage / studio. In all about 0.43 acre.

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Guide price £1,695,000

Salehurst

An attractive Grade II Listed house with fine views

Reception hall, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, dining room, sitting room, drawing room, library, conservatory. Master

bedroom with en suite bathroom, 5 further bedrooms (3 with en suite bath / shower rooms), family bathroom. Gardens and grounds. Swimming

pool. Croquet lawn. Walled vegetable garden with greenhouse. Double garage. Lean-to garden workroom and tool shed. Log store and wine

cellar. Detached barn. Lake. Pond. In all about 3.2 acres.


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HARPERS AND HURLINGHAM

SANDHURST OIEO £1,595,000

Impressive family home • Four reception rooms

• Kitchen/breakfast/family room • Four bedroom

suites • Two further bedrooms (one ensuite)

• Gardens and grounds approx. 2 acres • EPC: F

Cranbrook School Catchment

HUNTON £1,295,000

• Elizabethan farmhouse • Four receptions

• Kitchen/breakfast room • Six bedrooms

• Garaging and various outbuildings • Gardens

and grounds of approx. 6.3 acres • EPC: n/a

Idyllic Rural Location

CRANBROOK £945,000

• Period farmhouse • Two receptions • Kitchen/

breakfast room • Four bedrooms • Attic room

• Gardens and grounds of approx 2.5 acres

• Garaging • CSCA • EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment

RURAL HAWKHURST £895,000

Planning permission for Redevelopment for

• Open plan kitchen/dining room • Sitting room

• Study • Boot room • Five bedrooms all ensuite

• Approx 9.5 acres • EPC: F

Cranbrook School Catchment

Harpers&Hurlingham

The Cornerhouse, Stone Street, Cranbrook

01580 715400

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Rye Guide Price £375,000 Rye Guide Price £395,000 Broad Oak Guide Price £335,000

A stunning new built riverside town house A unique central Rye detached 4 bedroom A quiet cul de sac located bungalow

www.cidproperty.co.uk 01797 224852

offering flexible living accommodation with up house with an exceptional large living room, offering 3 bedrooms, double aspect living

to four bedrooms, open plan first floor living private terrace garden and its own private room and a generous private garden all

CAMBER

RYE

space and large garage and parking space, entrance oieo to a £600,000 local tavern while being within situated within walking £549,950 distance of all Broad

only 5 minutes walk from the heart of Rye. a stone throw of the ancient Ypres Castle. Oak village amenities.

EPC: B

No Chain EPC: D

No Chain EPC: D

No Chain

A detached 3 bedroom unmodernised house situated on The Suttons backing directly

onto Camber Sands beach with uninterrupted sea views. EPC tbc

A tucked away 4 bedroom Grade II Listed house with many period features, and

benefitting from a private walled level garden with large greenhouse in the heart of Rye.

Peasmarsh Guide Price £235,000

A chalet style 3 bedroom semi-detached

house with development potential to build a

side extension (subject to planning) situated

in the heart of the village.

EPC: C

No Chain

ICKLESHAM

Rye Guide Price £369,950

£249,950

A unique characterful 17th Century 3

bedroom semi-detached house that has

recently been renovated to an exceptional

standard situated in a pleasant position

overlooking the Strand Quay.

EPC: D

No Chain

RYE

Rye Guide Price £395,000

£450,000

A freehold Georgian Grade II listed mid terrace

property providing a commercial opportunity /

investment, with a well presented self-contained,

upper floor 2 bedroom maisonette with stunning

Romney Marsh views that currently rents out as a

holiday let. Vacant Possession. No Chain

A detached 2 bedroom bungalow on the market for the first time in 80 years with

beautiful mature gardens. EPC: F

A detached 4 bedroom house with good versatile accommodation situated on the edge

of Rye Citadel. EPC: D

UDIMORE

oieo £499,950

NEAR RYE

£199,950

Udimore Guide Price £425,000

A charming Grade II listed period home,

modernised to create extremely versatile

accommodation, with 4 bedrooms and a

potential self-contained annexe, with wellestablished

garden enjoying stunning

rural views.

No Chain

Peasmarsh Guide Price £375,000

A set back, detached 3 bedroom bungalow

presented to a high decorative standard

with south-facing garden overlooking

farmland situated in a quiet country lane.

EPC: D

Udimore Guide Price £330,000

A Grade II listed 3 bedroom cottage

providing character and charm with many

original period features and benefiting from

a generous private south facing garden.

A charming well presented Grade II listed 4 bedroom detached house with attached barn

conversion annexe ideal for self-contained holiday let or work from home opportunity.

A mid-terrace 2 bedroom Victorian house finished to a high standard with end garden

studio room benefiting from stunning views looking over Rye. EPC: E


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ø 5 reception rooms ø 10 bedrooms ø 10 bath/shower rooms ø kitchen ø conservatory

ø detached stable block with lapsed planning ø part walled gardens ø about 2.75 acres

ø 1014 sq m (10,919 sq ft)

Savills Cranbrook

James Lloyd

jlloyd@savills.com

01580 720161

Guide £2.25 million Freehold


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BETHERSDEN O.I.E.O. £900,000

Woodlands is situated on a quiet country lane with easy access to transport links to London. The

property offers extensive open accommodation on the ground floor and four double bedrooms,

two with en- suite, and a family bathroom. The grounds extend to approximately 1.5 acres.

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BATTLE, EAST SUSSEX

01580 242700

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£1.85 million

An exceptional and historically significant Grade II Listed Country House

dating back to the 17 th Century, originally part of the Battle Abbey Estate.

Set amid impressive gardens and approximately 13 acres of picturesque

Sussex farmland.

Marley House sits amid beautifully presented gardens and enchanting grounds

of approximately 13 acres, the paddocks being ideal for Equestrian / livestock use.

Situated close to Battle and all the useful amenities the town provides, including

excellent schools in both the private and public sector, the site dates back to the 12 th

Century as the location for the original farm to Battle Abbey. This handsome country

house offers 6 double bedrooms and an attractive brick built outbuilding (formerly

a squash court) situated discretely within the rear garden presents exciting potential

for conversion in to ancillary accommodation as a 1/2 bedroom annexe.

Ground Floor: Hallway • Drawing Room • Dining Room • Cloakroom • Boot Room

• Laundry Room • Wine Cellar • Kitchen • Pantry • Garden Room / Dining area

• Larder • Snug • Rear Hallway

First & Second Floors: Master Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom and Dressing

Area • Five Further Double Bedrooms • Further Ensuite Bathroom • Family Bath and

Shower Room • Separate WC • Approx. gross internal floor area 5,200 sq ft

Gardens & Grounds: Circular Driveway • Lovingly Maintained Mature Gardens

with attractive Flower Beds and Kitchen Garden • Well established Trees and Shrubs

• Courtyard • Workshop / Office • Games / Pool Room • Pump Room • Swimming

Pool • Greenhouse • Potting Shed • Squash Court • Timber Barn / Garage • Stabling

for 2 Horses • Tack Room • Work Shop • Paddocks • Pond

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

1.

On the Right Track

John Graham-Hart locates properties near railway stations...

For many rural communities in the 1960s, Dr Richard Beeching was not

exactly a family favourite. Dr Beeching had been brought in to sort out

the considerable mess that was British Railways and had come up with a

plan to close down 6,000 miles of track and a staggering 2,363 stations.

After growing rapidly in the 19th century, the British railway system had

reached its height in the years immediately before the First World War, with

a network of 23,440 miles. However, by the end of the Second World War, it

was in a sorry state, soon nationalised as British Railways, and the line closures

began. Hundred of villages and market towns up and down the country lost

their railway stations, their inhabitants having to rely on predictably unpredictable

country bus services to reach their nearest mainline stations.

Many of a certain age, even today, look back on the ‘golden’ pre-Beeching

years but the truth was that the ageing network was haemorrhaging cash. By

1961, it was losing £300,000 per day – or, in today’s money, a truly eye-watering

£6 million every 24 hours.

Among the hardest hit in the south were the commuters who relied on local

rail links to get to and from work every day and, very soon, those villages and

towns lucky enough to be on or near the mainline to London became a magnet

for those who worked in the capital but who chose to live in Kent, Surrey and

Sussex. Houses within easy reach of the mainlines became increasingly desirable.

This trend has continued, with Kent commuting showing a particular growth

in popularity with its direct link into London Bridge and excellent access into

the fast-developing Docklands. The fact that the cost of half a shoe box off the

Whitechapel Road now rivals the national debt of Chad has added to the attraction

of country homes large and small. Here are just a few within easy striking

distance of that all-important mainline lifeline…

1. Chaney Court Farm

Where? Chaney Court Farm is in a

semi-rural position overlooking fields on

the outskirts of Staplehurst, about two

miles from the village station (Google

Maps TN12 0RW).

What? A handsome 1920s farmhouse

in 1.5 acres with a detached two-storey

annexe, a pole barn incorporating

stables, and a paddock, Chaney Court is

a bright and welcoming country home,

and a perfect end-of-day escape from

the city. Downstairs there is a sitting

room with bay window and original

1920s cast iron fireplace, dining room,

also with original fireplace, kitchen/

breakfast room, boot room and a store

room.

Upstairs are four bedrooms with views

over the surrounding fields and on the

top floor there is an attic room with

potential for a further bedroom. The

annexe is a former outbuilding that was

converted in the 1990s and now offers

flexible accommodation that could be

arranged as three bedrooms, a sitting

room and bathroom.

How much? Chaney Court Farm

is priced at £895,000 and is with

Lambert & Foster in Cranbrook. Call

01580 712888 or visit

www.lambertandfoster.co.uk

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2. The dower House

Where? The Dower House is on

the beautiful Chilston Park Estate in

Sandway, less than two miles from

Lenham Station (Google Maps ME17

2BE).

What? A lovely grade II listed

country house built in the 1950s and

designed to be a smaller version of the

estate’s grand and famous manor house,

the Dower House is set in the most

beautiful part of the estate’s extensive

gardens. Accommodation includes an

elegant drawing room with three sets

of French windows to the terrace and

an impressive marble fireplace, dining

room, library, spacious kitchen/breakfast

room, a 50-foot conservatory.

There are four bedrooms – including a

master bedroom with a Juliet balcony,

dressing room and en suite bathroom.

Also part of the sale is a bothy cottage

with sitting room, kitchen, two

bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom.

How much? The Dower House

has an asking price of £2,250,000 and

is with Knight Frank in Sevenoaks. Call

01732 744477 or visit

www.knightfrank.co.uk

3. Reed Place Barn

Where? Reed Place Barn is in a rural

location in the hamlet of Chainhurst,

less than three miles from Marden

Station (Google Maps TN12 9ST).

What? A grade II listed L-shaped

barn, the property was converted in

1989 and has some impressive timber

and exposed brickwork. Downstairs

there is a sitting room, kitchen/dining

room, games room, two studies and

a guest bedroom, while on the first

floor there is an impressive vaulted

drawing room with inglenook and three

bedrooms.

The master bedroom is on the floor

above and offers both an en suite

bathroom and a dressing room which

could easily be converted into another

bedroom. The barn sits in about an

acre of landscaped gardens which adjoin

a three-acre post-and-rail enclosed

paddock.

How much? Reed Place Barn

is with Harpers & Hurlingham in

Cranbrook and is priced at £1,150,000.

Call 01580 715400 or visit

www.harpersandhurlingham.com

4. Saffron House

Where? Saffron House is in the

prestigious Neville Park in Tunbridge

Wells, about a mile from the mainline

station (Google Maps TN4 8NN).

What? A substantial, modern timberframed

property, Saffron House pays

homage to Tudor times with a wealth of

exposed oak timbers while offering all

the pleasures of a cutting-edge modern

home. On the ground floor there is a

drawing room with inglenook, family

room, playroom, cinema, study and

spacious, elegant and contemporary

kitchen/dining room.

On the first floor there are three

bedrooms, one with en suite shower

room, and a second playroom. Above

are three further bedrooms. Outside

are attractive landscaped gardens, ideal

for entertaining with a large patio with

outside fireplace, outdoor audio and

DMX theatre-style lighting.

How much? Saffron House has an

asking price of £3,000,000 and is with

Knight Frank in Tunbridge Wells. Call

01892 515035 or visit

www.knightfrank.com

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Above: A rustic stripped-wood table sits in the corner of the large kitchen-cum-dining room, with side cupboards painted in a strong blue to complement the

colour of the ‘unfitted’ kitchen Above right: A dried Allium schubertii seed head, that Francine adorned with glass beads, hangs in the front porch

Those who believe that the Arts and Crafts movement

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from the sea captain’s granddaughter, and the house had

remained relatively unchanged since the day it was built.

“I was looking for a smaller house than this, with a

large garden, but in the end I had to make a decision,”

says Francine who moved from a much-loved family

home in Troston, Suffolk, to be nearer to her sons Jacques

and Max. “I’d helped Jacques and his wife Saskia look

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like a nice place to live. I lived in the middle of nowhere

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Francine didn’t find what she was looking for but was

able to see the potential in her current home. “My son

Max couldn’t see what I saw in the place – but he loves

it now.” Max, who lives in London, is a regular visitor

and Jacques and his young family live walking distance

away. Jacques, who is project manager at Moosejaw

Woodworks, also played a major part in rebuilding

the house, creating a bespoke ‘unfitted kitchen’ for

his mother and many other carpentry features.

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Above left: Francine’s much-loved 1960s bicycle, which she bought locally, is perfect for nipping to the shops. It lives in the kitchen, propped up against a

kitchen unit built by Francine’s son Jacques Above right: A still life of ‘finds’ on the scullery windowsill

the house was to reconfigure the rooms, turning the

gloomy downstairs, made up of several small rooms

and a long corridor to the back garden, into two large

open-plan areas: an office-cum-living room, and a

kitchen / living area with French doors leading out

on to an equally considered garden. There is also a

scullery area, reached via a corridor with built-in larder

cupboard. Conversely, upstairs, she divided two large

rooms into three bedrooms, a shower room and added

a large dormer to house a new, light-filled bathroom.

This light-filled bathroom holds a clue to Francine’s

approach to refurbishment: a stripped-down ‘upcycled’

wooden door serving as a rustic side panel to the bath.

“I love to reuse things.” Other examples of Francine’s

ingenuity and clever re-use of materials include the

brick paths in her garden, made using bricks from the

knocked down internal walls and a garden table topped

with left over Fired Earth tiles from the shower room.

It’s clear that she is both practical as well as having

great visual sense. After gaining a degree in Fashion and

Textiles she worked for many years as a fashion illustrator

and stylist in Milan, before working as a buyer for a

stylish country store in Suffolk and then setting up

a shop of her own. More recently she has become


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Above: A vase that belonged to Francine’s grandmother is the perfect container for cardoon and artichoke heads. Overhead is a wreath made

from leaves that were pressed between newspaper placed under a doormat

Dotted around Francine’s home are paintings, sculptures and images of hens, primarily Buff Orpingtons. The Hen

Keepers’ Association, her series of books on keeping poultry and the popular ‘hen parties’ she ran in Suffolk are all

testament to her enthusiasm and expertise. “One downside to living in the town is that I can’t keep a cockerel

any more, as it would be too antisocial,” she says.


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Above: A toy-filled corner includes a model boat which Francine bought for

her husband, when they got married, from a shop in Peckham

Left: A sculptor’s revolving plinth holds an arrangement of dried allium heads

and artichoke-style candles

known for her writing: a weekly column in the Sunday

Telegraph as well as regular articles for Country Living

and Gardens Illustrated. And let’s not forget her hens.

Dotted around Francine’s home are various paintings,

sculptures and images of hens, primarily Buff Orpingtons.

The Hen Keepers’ Association – which now has more

than 10,000 members – her series of books on keeping

poultry and the popular ‘hen parties’ she ran in Suffolk

are all testament to her enthusiasm and expertise. “One

downside to living in the town is that I can’t keep a

cockerel any more, as it would be too antisocial,” she says.

Normally she would have about six-eight Buff Orpington

hens but, sadly, she lost her last flock to the fox.

While living in Suffolk, Francine wrote her popular

book, All My Eggs in One Basket, a journal of village and

family life, from season to season. The sequel, Flying

the Coop, covers her decision to leave after more than

30 years, her move to Joy Lane in Whitstable, Kent

and the process of creating a new home and life.

In her ‘new’ garden, a pretty, colour co-ordinated hen

house is crying out for a fresh flock of apricot-coloured

Orpingtons. “I like to stick to a limited palette,” says

Francine, who has dotted the golden colour of her

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house and garden. She has also repeated the dark blueygrey

of the slate roof on woodwork and window frames.

Indoors, the palette is limited and considered

too: Francine’s office-cum-living room is painted

with Dulux’s Steel Symphony, a strong bluey-grey,

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perfection, as well as matching the huge wooden

shelving unit she brought with her from Suffolk.

Her office doubles-up as a shop on the occasions when

she open her home to the public, at Christmas time

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in June. This open-plan space, with enormous Arts

and Crafts-style windows, was formerly a downstairs

bedroom and living room looking out on to Joy Lane.

“If you work from home, you don’t want to be stuck

upstairs, you want to be where the action is,” she says.

“The front windows are original, so we built new

windows in the house to match,” says Francine. Her

son Jacques has built a window seat in the living room,

creating the perfect spot from which to enjoy the morning

sunshine and paintings by Francine’s late husband Jean-

Francois Raymond, and her father-in-law Maurice.

Jacques’ masterpiece, if there is one, has to be the

striking unfitted kitchen to the rear of the house, facing

the garden. “I really didn’t want a fitted kitchen, and

his design reflects this,” she says. As well as a large

reclaimed sink, which doubles-up as a chopping board, the

kitchen has open shelves displaying pretty but functional

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This page: The open-plan living room and office have original Arts and Crafts windows which capture the morning sun. On the walls are paintings and

drawings by Francine’s husband Jean-Francois and her French-Canadian father-in-law, Maurice, who painted the portrait above the fireplace

On the kitchen table sits a blue-glazed vase that belonged

to Francine’s grandmother and which, at this time of year,

is filled with artichoke heads from her garden and cardoons

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wreath of autumnal leaves which Francine made by pressing

and drying the leaves, between newspaper, under a doormat.

You can’t escape these hand-made touches – nor

would you want to – and upstairs in the main bedroom,

Francine has embroidered the bedstead, armchair and

pelmet of the window. “I used to do lots of tapestry and

needlepoint,” she says. “It’s very quick.” Balanced along the

top of the bedstead are curvy pieces of salvaged leadwork,

bought at the Wincheap boot fair in Canterbury.

Francine goes to the boot fair most weeks, but somehow

manages to edit her purchases, so that her home never

feels cluttered. “I do chuck things out,” she says, “or

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Above left: The stairs have been painted with non-slip paint, to give the

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The upstairs of the house is a testament to the owner’s knack for making and creating; the bedroom features a hand-embroidered headboard, armchair and

window pelmet while outside on the landing is a cosy work area. Above right: a metal trunk acts as a table, topped by a driftwood tree by Martin Pammant

as if Francine had little trouble settling in and making

friends: “There’s lots going on here, and lots of different

sorts of people. I have friends of all different ages.

“Because of my old business [in Suffolk] I knew

hundreds of people, a person in each village. When

you’re the new girl, it can knock your confidence. But,

writing my column for the Sunday Telegraph has got

me out, meeting people. Each time you write about a

garden, it’s a different world, with different people.”

She’s a great proponent of community gardens,

and speaks warmly of the Stream Walk Community

Garden, as well as the Friends of the Westbrook stream

in Faversham. “These days many people can’t afford a

house with a large garden. Community gardens are the

way it’s going, and it’s a great way to make friends.”

The NGS is also something Francine is involved

in, and which she hopes to extend in Whitstable.

“We have seven gardens already, and we are hoping

to attract people with smaller gardens, who can be

involved in a more informal way – marking their


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Top: A side porch full of curious succulents makes it hard not to dally on your way in or out of the house. Above, left to right: One of many fruit trees in the

back garden; the hen house, built by Francine’s son Jacques and painted to match the house and outbuildings; herbs and salad plants destined for the kitchen

garden with a yellow balloon during open garden week.”

Francine’s garden will be open on June 12, 2016.

Although she was initially looking for a smaller home,

with a larger garden, it seems that Francine has ended up

with the perfect plot. “My old garden was an acre, and

I had 100 ducks. I didn’t want this garden to be labour

intensive.” Instead, much of the area close to the house

is taken up with containers, in all shapes and sizes, from

agricultural watering troughs, to more elegant ‘brocante’

– around a deck made from scaffolding boards.

“I try and grow a few, special veg – not everything I

eat. It’s the seasonality I like. To grow a few nice things

is important to me.” Morning and evening watering

is something she finds relaxing. Further away from

the house is a grass area, dotted with fruit trees, and

to the side there is a metal swing chair that Francine

brought with her from her old garden. “You get the

nicest view from here, of just plants, trees and sky

and I’ve planted roses around it, for the scent.”

Following on from her knack of re-using materials,

or using materials in clever ways, the garden fences – or

dividers – which shield the compost area and cobnut glade

– are made from roofing batten nailed at intervals to vertical

stakes: “it’s windy here, so you need something that will let

the wind through. Otherwise it would just get blown down.”

Ingenuity and adaptability are just two of Francine’s talents,

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Farmhouse charms

Words: John Graham-Hart Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

Rob and Caroline, the couple behind Brick House Farm are experts in hospitality: from running

a popular pub in Tenterden, to hosting rustic weddings at their smallholding near High Halden.

This natural ability to make people feel welcome is evident in their home – inducing our writer

to slip off his shoes, sink into the sofa and make a request for hot tea and buttered scones...

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Above left: Caroline is a regular visitor to the Ardingly antiques market, where she bought this large, French-style farmhouse table and other accessories that

decorate the large living area at the front of the house. Above right: Light-coloured homeware and furnishings help to make the most of the natural light

The Woolpack Hotel in Tenterden is one of the

great Wealden success stories of recent years. Taken

over by Rob Cowan three years ago, it has swiftly made

the transition from “rat-infested hell-hole” to one of

the most popular hostelries in the area, winning praise

for its service and atmosphere as well as scoring an

outstanding 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor for its cuisine.

Rob, Caroline and family brought the Woolpack

to life and since then, it has also won plaudits for its

décor, which is no real surprise – Rob originally trained

as an interior designer. So, with such obvious talents

in creating attractive, welcoming environments, one

might very reasonably expect his own home – Brick

House Farm in High Halden – to be something really

rather special. And you’d be right – it is. There is

only one slight problem and that’s the assumption

that he is responsible for both home and hotel.

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natural that he would have great ideas for the farm

when we took it over,” says Rob’s wife, Caroline.

“But I decided that this was one home we would do

my way. Rob’s natural inclination would probably

be to go for a more contemporary feel than I would

but I really wanted a traditional, country farm feel

and I hope this is what we have achieved.”

It certainly is. Rarely have I walked into a warmer,

more relaxing environment. I immediately kicked

off my shoes, threw myself on the sofa in front of

the inglenook and demanded tea and hot, buttered

scones. That’s a complete lie – but should any strange

journalist ever walk in and do just that, Caroline has

only herself to blame. This really is a lovely home.

Not that her previous home was at all shabby, of course.

It’s just that it was time for not only a change of home

but a change in the way the couple lived. “We had had

our niece, Holly’s wedding at home and began thinking

that we’d like to start a business running a venue for other

people’s weddings,” she says. “Our then home wasn’t really

suitable, so we began looking and found Brick House Farm

almost immediately. We fell for it the minute we saw it.”

The farmhouse has the date of 1799 chiselled into

a stone over the front door but its finest hour was

probably during the Second World War, when a


Left: A pile of inspiring books hints at Caroline and Rob’s background in

interior design. Below: A collection of pretty crockery on a farmhouse dresser

completes the look in the living room

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The kitchen sits under the catslide roof at the back of the farmhouse and is made

from a host of up-cycled and recycled materials, from cabinet doors and carcasses, to

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Above: A cosy seating area next to the kitchen catches the morning sun and

is the perfect spot for breakfast Left: Steep stairs, hidden behind a door, lead

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crashing Messerschmitt clipped the corner of the house

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the couple believe that the farm holding predates the

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In addition to the main barn, that has now been

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When the couple took over the farm, Rob

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the fishing shack, promising not to interfere in the

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The house had been well kept but the couple wanted

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surfaces, a double butler sink and a wonderful old ship’s

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not vast, is light, bright and in keeping with the intimate

but uncluttered feel of the rest of the property. At the

end of the kitchen is a cosy little breakfast area which

Caroline created by losing the ground floor bathroom.

The drawing/dining room runs the length of the

building. Gathering around an ottoman and the

hop-bedecked inglenook with its woodburner are two

sofas, grey, and white and pink, from sofa.com and

Caroline’s mother respectively. In the corner sits a TV

on a cabinet with a chicken wire front, like many nice

pieces in the house, from Rising Star in Tenterden.

Standing sentry between the two parts of the room

is a dresser the couple have had ever since they got

together, 30 years ago. The superb dining table is from

an Italian farmhouse by way of Caroline Zoob and


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Above: personal touches such as family photos, favourite books and paintings add interest to the carefully decorated and designed bedrooms. The whole ceiling

has been painted white, where once the beams were painted black – giving a sense of light and space

its elegant high-backed bench from France. In the

corner stands my favourite piece, a huge and chunky

distressed oak bureau and on the wall nearby is a

painting of one of the couple’s daughter’s pet goats.

Up an almost secret staircase, the master bedroom would

be unrecognisable to the former owners. Once the wealth

of beams were painted a gloomy black which brought lower

a ceiling already not the highest. Now the entire room,

including all the woodwork and the exposed chimney

brickwork, is a pristine white, almost visually lifting the

ceiling and creating a space of freedom and light. On the

Victorian-style bed is a lovely handmade spread from Love

Lane Vintage. “There was really no room for wardrobes so

I used a big old shutter and a screen – both from Three

French Hens – to hide the clothes,” says Caroline. Next

door, daughter Maisie’s room is a delicate blizzard of pink,

from the walls to the pretty patchwork spread and quilt.

Her Victorian style bed is particularly pleasing, one of the

more unusual I’ve seen. It comes, of course, from Ikea.

Although many period properties boast contemporary

bathrooms, even here Caroline has resisted and gone for

a traditional touch. Seriously clever use of space has

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Top: One of the outhouses at Brick House Farm is home to the couple’s daughter. The space was designed by Rob in a ‘more masculine style’, according to

Caroline, or ‘modern rustic’, and incorporates salvaged wood from around the farm. A kitchen corner, sleeping area and living room are cleverly combined in

an open-plan arrangement. Above left: Disused stairs have a new lease of life as shelves for plants Above right: A pretty corner of the farmyard


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Above: A double bed in the lakeside shack looks over the fishing pond and paddocks containing geese, sheep and, in the far corner, pigs. There is

departure from Caroline’s muted colour scheme in the shack, which features warm tones on the walls and furnishings

meant that a modest-sized room now accommodates

an elegant free-standing roll top bath, basin and

loo, all surrounded by Rob’s tongue-and-groove

panelling, while never for a moment feeling pokey.

Outside, both the dairy and barn/studio

conversions are outstanding, with beautiful use

of exposed brickwork and age-old timbering. But

perhaps the most romantic structure on the farm


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Above: a wood stove and brightly coloured rugs keep guests cosy all year round, while the chandelier overhead adds a touch of boho glamour

is the Fishing Shack on its perfect pond brimming

with roach and wily carp. Personally, my interest

in pitting my wits against an animal with a brain

the size of a Liquorice Allsort is limited but just

relaxing here for a couple of days with a good book

or somebody who’s read one would be a serious joy.

But then everything about Brick House Farm

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Above: A mezzanine bed reached via a rustic ladder, above the main sleeping area, offers a fun place for children to sleep. When not lounging around, guests

can fish – or cook themselves a full English breakfast on the deck – using ingredients from the farm

Address Book:

For more information about events and stays at

Brick House Farm call 01233 850221 or visit

www.brickhousefarm.com

Caroline Zoob 01435 883136 www.carolinezoob.co.uk

Love Lane Vintage www.facebook.com/lovelanevintage

Rising Star Tenterden 01580 766226

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The Woolpack Hotel Tenterden

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West End House

Art Gallery

Christmas Exhibition

14th November to 24th December

New work, gift ideas and a

cheeky glass of mulled wine

Gallery open Thursday to Monday, 10am-5pm

West End House, Water Lane, Smarden, TN27 8QB

01233 770261 • www.west-end-house-gallery.co.uk

Dulwich Prep School

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

Space to breathe, time to grow.

Christmas Fun Afternoon for Pre-School children.

Thursday 3rd December 2.00 - 3.30 pm.

Join us for an afternoon of Christmas fun, including craft activities,

a visit from Father Christmas and a festive treat. All children 0-4 years and their parents welcome.

No charge, no obligation. Booking essential.

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Pines & Needles

A few years ago, we found

one of our favourite

ever Christmas trees in

Woodcocks, Tenterden.

Sparkling, freshly scented

and with boughs packed with

shimmering decorations,

it was a real show-stopper

– especially when teamed

with a feature wall of

glittering paper and a

large, gilded mirror.

Here are a few of WT’s go-to shops

for fabulous Christmas decorations:

• ABCD Designs

Wealdenfairs.com/abcddesigns

• Duck & Dog

Wealdenfairs.com/duckanddog

• Fenwick Tunbridge Wells 01892

516716 www.fenwick.co.uk

• The Festive Dresser

www.festive-dresser.co.uk

• Halinka’s Fairies 01273 727642

www.halinkasfairies.com

• Hilly Hubb Wealdenfairs.com/hillyhubb

• Holsa Bee Wealdenfairs.com/holsabee

• Mac Creative www.maccreative.co.uk

• Maisie K Cranbrook 01580

715123 www.maisiek.co.uk

• Spice Cranbrook 01580 714156

www.spicecranbrook.co.uk

• Woodcocks, Tenterden & Battle

01580 761008 / 01424 772366

www.woodcocksinteriors.co.uk

You can find all the companies in red at

Wealden Times Midwinter Fair this month


Season’s Eatings at The Curlew

December Party Menu - Available Midweek

Two courses £22.50, Three courses £27.50 Complimentary Bellini for bookings of 6+

www.thecurlewrestaurant.co.uk 01580 861 394 Junction Road, Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5UY

Cookery Courses ▪ Chef’s Table ▪ Private Parties ▪ Corporate Events ▪ Hosted Meetings

Vouchers for Christmas

Chef's Table Exclusive Dining Experience

with ever-changing menus created by Michelin trained chefs

Day & Two Day Weekend Cookery Courses

with Rosemary Shrager & Iain More

Telephone: 01892 528700

Email: school@rosemaryshrager.com

RSCookerySchool RSCookerySchool

www.rosemaryshrager.com

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Animal Magic

Liven up your tree with

fun and frivolous creature

decorations. Here are

five of our favourites...

From left to right: party fox terrier globe, £10.50 www.berryred.co.uk; ‘quack’ felt decoration, £4.95, Wealdenfairs.com/hillyhubb; wooden hanging decorations,

£5, Wealdenfairs.com/holsabee; silver elephant ornament, from a selection, uk.jonathanadler.com; clip-on peacock decoration, £9, www.tch.net

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come on in...

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Join us this festive season for heartwarming food and tipples to make you smile

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Festive Party

Saturday 21st November to

Wednesday 23rd December.

Served daily from 12pm – 9:30pm.

See our website for more details:

www.thegoudhurstinn.com

Christmas Eve

Full menu available. Served

12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 9:30pm.

Complementary canapés and

surprise cocktails served from 6pm

at the bar.

Christmas Day Lunch

Festive fizz from 11am followed by

4-course celebratory menu. Served

from 12pm – 4pm.

Adults £65pp, children £35pp.

Bing Day Brunch

‘All day’ Brunch and Bloody Marys

in the bar from 11am – 4pm. Full

menu available from 12pm – 4pm.

Sunday 27th

Select menu including seasonal

specials and traditional Sunday

Roasts from 12pm – 9:30pm.

Mon 28th – Weds 30th

Full menu available including

seasonal daily specials. Food

served from 12pm – 9:30pm.

ursday 31st

Food served from 12pm – 3pm.

New Years Eve

Celebratory Supper

Fizz and finger food followed by a

dazzling NYE Supper. Guest arrival

6:30pm. Supper from 8pm. Live

music till late. Drinkers welcome.

New Years Day

‘All day’ Brunch and Bloody Marys

in the bar from 11am – 4pm. Full

menu available 12pm – 4pm.

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Come Dine with Us

As Christmas draws closer, we ask three local venues - a pub, a restaurant and a hotel -

what they will be doing to give their guests a truly memorable, festive experience...

Frasers, Coldharbour Farm

What will you be doing to

make your restaurant / hotel

feel festive this Christmas?

Frasers beautifully, hand-crafted traditional

Kentish Oak Barn with its wealth of

exposed beams makes for the perfect

place to while away a few hours during

the festive season. The fifteen foot real

Christmas tree which is stylishly decorated

forms the central focus for Christmas.

The array of fairy lights and tea lights

makes the atmosphere extra special.

What size group can you cater for?

We are delighted to welcome parties from

as intimate as a couple to lively parties

of 50. (Prior booking is required.)

do you have any speciality

Christmas dishes / drinks?

Our Christmas menus are skilfully

prepared in our 2 AA Rosette kitchen by

the talented Head Chef Alan Egan. Our

menus are designed utilising the finest

locally sourced ingredients, wherever

possible these are gleaned from our farm.

Our ‘Frasers’ estate breast of wood pigeon,

remoulade, blackberry and port reduction

is a “Festive Favourite”. Our Christmas

puddings were made six months ago

allowing them time to mature and ensure

they are rich and delectable. Frasers

offers an extensive range of wine from

all over the world for our customer’s

enjoyment. Our house recommendations

are nearer to home being sourced from

the nearby Hush Heath and Chapel

Down Estates. Why not enjoy a glass of

Biddenden mulled cider or apple juice?

When will you be putting up your

tree and who will decorate it?

Our Christmas tree will be in the

barn from the beginning of December

to ensure that all our customers

experience the “Frasers Magic”.

What are you wishing for Christmas?

Firstly we wish all our family, friends

and valued customers a healthy and

prosperous Christmas and New Year.

We also wish that our clients, both

old and new, come and experience

our renowned ‘Frasers’ hospitality and

incredible food, whether it is for a

cosy lunch, afternoon tea or supper.

Frasers is a private guest house

and restaurant nestled at the end

of a private drive on a working

farm near Egerton. 01233

756122, www.frasers-events.co.uk

Goudhurst Inn

What will you be

doing to make your

restaurant / hotel feel

festive this Christmas?

We will be decorating a large Christmas

tree and making the conservatory look lovely and festive.

We will be serving mulled wine and festive canapés and

background music will add to the cosy atmosphere.

What size group can you cater for?

We can cater for groups and the maximum we can seat in

the conservatory is 75 but across the whole restaurant 150.

do you have any speciality Christmas dishes / drinks?

We are launching a special sparkling white wine in time for

Christmas ‘Leslies Reserve’ at £6.50 a glass. We also have a

delicious selection of Christmas menus available including a

four course celebrating Christmas Lunch for £65 per person

and £35 for children under 12. Every day from 21 November

we are also offering a festive menu which must be booked in

advance. See website for details www.thegoudhurstinn.com

When will you be putting up your

tree and who will decorate it?

We are putting up our Christmas tree on the same day as

the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair on 21 November and

owner Leslie Balfour-Lynn, whose interior design expertise

gave the Goudhurst Inn, including the bedrooms, its stylish

interior, will also be decorating the inn for Christmas.

What are you wishing for Christmas?

The owners and staff at the Goudhurst Inn and Hush Heath

Estate wish all their guests and diners a fabulous Christmas!

The Goudhurst Inn is a pub, restaurant and hotel in the heart

of the Garden of England and only a short drive away from

the owner’s award-winning vineyard and winery, the Hush

Heath Estate. 01580 212605, www.thegoudhurstinn.com


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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

are available to order.

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tel: 01303 267236 mail: chocoldeli@gmail.com

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Hythe, Imperial

What will you be doing to make your restaurant

/ hotel feel festive this Christmas?

Whether you are looking for a festive themed

getaway, delicious dining with all the trimmings or

to celebrate in style with your friends and family –

the Hythe Imperial are making a wonderful winter

wonderland to create the most magical Christmas

under one roof. Inspired by the local surroundings,

our glorious hotel has stood at the heart of Hythe

for hundreds of years. With our friendly and

enthusiastic team to look after you, the Hythe

Imperial is the ideal place to spend Christmas

by the sea. Leading up to Christmas there is our

Santa’s Grotto to add to the winter wonderland and

Santa will be here on December 21, 22 and 23,

making the Hythe Imperial his last stop before he

needs to head off back to the North Pole.

What size group can you cater for?

Largest group is for 120 guests seated for a 3-course

dinner.

Do you have any speciality Christmas dishes /

drinks?

We are offering an amazing special Festive

Afternoon Tea which will include items such as

turkey & cranberry as well as smoked salmon

sandwiches, mini mince pies, stollen and

panettone. There is also a great drinks package for

party nights

When will you be putting up your tree and who

will decorate it?

Provisionally, 7 November. We bring a team in

to look after the decorating - except the fairylight

garland that goes all the way up our central

staircase which will be set up by our maintenance

team and front office manager.

What are you wishing for Christmas?

I am wishing for lots of family fun, food and

frolics – Christmas is the best time of the year for

me and it is all about family and friends – as well

as wishing for a little bit of snow. But that’s really a

big ask.

Inspired by its local surroundings, the Hythe

Imperial is a glorious 4-star hotel which has stood

at the heart of Hythe for hundreds of years.

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CHRISTMAS

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Thursday 3rd

& Friday 4th

December

10am - 12.30pm

Includes wreath,

materials, decorations,

refreshments & mince

pies. 10 spaces per day.

£30

PER PERSON

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5 Gifts for Foodies

7 Gifts for Her

13 Gifts for Him

17 Gifts for Children

21 Gifts for home & Garden

25 Gifts for health & Beauty

26 Gifts from Wealden Times

Midwinter Fair

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CHRISTMAS TABLE

CENTREPIECE WORKSHOP

Thursday 17th &

Friday 18th December

£10

PER PERSON

10am - 11am

Includes candle

centrepiece,

materials,

decorations,

refreshments

& mince pies.

15 spaces per day.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

FOR BOTH EVENTS

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Christmas at

We would like to invite you to our

Christmas shop from

8th November

until noon on

24th December

Taste our award winning still and sparkling wines,

Strong Kentish Ciders and our New Special Mead.

Or why not warm up with a delicious glass

of our Monks Delight - mulling cider.

Come and visit us at our

Brewery in the heart of

Tenterden. We have a great

range of beers, gift packs,

polypins; perfect for Christmas

& New Year parties and

for Christmas presents!

Open: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm

Saturday 10am-2pm

YOU CAN ALSO SHOP ONLINE AT

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Opening Times

8th Nov - 24th Dec

Monday - Saturday

10am - 5pm

Sunday

11am - 5pm

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Hush Heath Estate

Festive Fizz

Weekends

November

Sat- 28/ Sun- 29th

December

Sat- 5th / Sun- 6th

Sat-12th / Sun- 13th

Complimentary

wine tours at

11.30, 12.30, 14.30

and 15.30 on the

Sat and Sun.

Customers

will receive a

complimentary

glass of sparkling

wine or mulled

cider on arrival

with a locally

made mince pie.

Special case offer

on wine and cider

for Christmas.

Beautiful gift

packs and gift

ideas including

our exclusive

sparkling wine and

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gift box.

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Open from 11-5 for all day tutored tastings

no need to book. Lots of fabulous gift ideas

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Chocolate, tea and treats

gift bag, £15, twinings

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‘Hugs’ – dunk me –

cookies in a tin, £9

www.fenwick.co.uk

Chopping Board, £36

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Hot stuff in a match

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Foodies

monk’s delight

strong spiced Cider,

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marimekko Hauki oven

mitten, £19.50 www.

cloudberryliving.co.uk

Food in my Beard egg Cup

set, Hubert and George,

£10, urban Graphic

www.urbangraphic.co.uk

Bespoke Kitchen mixer

Gift tags, £10 for a set

of 10, Fraser & Parsley

01892 300711

www.fraserandparsley.com

Christmas Bay, £27

www.plants4presents.co.uk

silent Pool Gin, £35

www.silentpooldistillers.com

Hush Heath manor

Pinot noir 2014, £22,

Hush Heath Winery

01622 832794

www.hushheath.com

‘Herbs’ small beech

wood chopping board,

£25, Culinary Concepts

www.fenwick.co.uk

ross & ross Homemade

Bacon Curing Kit, £23

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Over 40 years experience

specialising in coats of arms

Ladies, pay us a visit to create your Christmas wish list.

Gentlemans late night shopping open until 8pm following

‘Christmas in Rye’ festival - www.christmasinrye.co.uk

Saturday 12 th December

Lingerie and Swimwear Boutique - Qualified Fitting Specialists

96 High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JN

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Rodney J Rigby F.I.P.G

Goldsmith & Designer

Hand & seal engraver

Handmade signet rings, cuff links

& bespoke 3D blazer buttons

in gold, silver & platinum

T: 01892 724951 info@rodneyjrigby.com

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Starts Friday

20 th November

See website for details

Eves of West Malling

84a High Street,

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eve taylor aroma wax

Candle, £13, Purenique

Beauty salon

01580 753383

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ruth mastenbroek Bath &

shower Cream 200ml, £20,

the Bathroom shop

01580 763207

www.the-bathroomshop.co.uk

amber acorn & oak leaf set in

lead-free pewter on a sterling

silver chain, £39.50

www.evakingston.co.uk

Braintree bamboo socks,

£20 for a set of four, spice,

Cranbrook 01580 714156

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Beanie Hat by seeberger, £45,

elizabeth rose, 01580 762406

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Balfour Brut rosé 2010,

£35.99, Hush Heath

Winery, 01622 832794

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Peony Jewellery

Box, £13.50

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luxury bed socks, 100%

Baby alpaca, available in

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Gold angel Feather dish,

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Baby bee stud earrings

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Father Christmas

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micro scooters,

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Children

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Made With Love

Christmas At

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ART & PORTRAITS

Diane Wilks 01580 212327

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Doug Harman Photography

01233 611752

www.dougharmanphotography.com

McAllister Thomas Fine Art

01483 860591

www.mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk

Of Life and Lemons

www.oflifeandlemons.co.uk

Tops Antiques 01306 883597

www.topsantiques.co.uk

BOOKS

Barnett’s of Wadhurst

01892 783566

www.barnettsbooks.com

CHILDREN

Alfie & Daisy Cranbrook

01580 720624

Alpaca Annie 01303 870527

www.alpacaannie.com

Becky & Lolo

www.beckyandlolo.co.uk

The Elves and the Shoemaker

01227 788522

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01580 755674

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Weds 11 & Thurs 12 Nov

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Thurs 19, Fri 20 & Sat 21 Nov

The Walled Garden, Bedgebury

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Alpaca Annie 01303 870527

www.alpacaannie.com

Annabel James

www.annabeljames.co.uk

Black by Design

www.black-by-design.co.uk

Blue Blancmange

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www.blueblancmange.co.uk

Charity Farm Countrystore

Cranbrook 01580 713189

www.charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk

County Square Shopping Centre

01233 634001

www.countysquareshoppingcentre.com

Elizabeth Rose Tenterden

01580 763815

www.elizabeth-rose.com

Eves West Malling

01732 845303

www.evesofwestmalling.com

Fenwick Tunbridge Wells

01892 516716

www.fenwick.co.uk

Lovell & Vie

01732 454445

www.lovellandvie.co.uk

Siren & Pearl

01797 224116

www.sirenandpearl.co.uk

Sussex Country Gardener

01892 852828

www.sussexcountrygardener.co.uk

The Bathroom Shop

Tenterden 01580 763207

www.the-bathroomshop.co.uk

The Golden Fleece Rye

01797 224271

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www.thegoldenfleece.co.uk

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Flower Boutique Cranbrook

01580 714370

www.floralboutique.net

Flower & Glory Sevenoaks

01732 743419

www.flowerandglory.co.uk

Made with Love Sissinghurst

01580 852144

FOOD & DRINK

Biddenden Vineyards

01580 291726

www.biddendenvineyards.com

Hush Heath Winery Staplehurst

01622 832794

www.hushheath.com

Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School

Tunbridge Wells 01892 528700

www.rosemaryshrager.com

Silent Pool Gin

01580 212605

www.silentpooldistillers.com

The Chocolate Workshop

www.thechocolateworkshop.co.uk

The Old Dairy

01580 763867

www.olddairybrewery.com

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Chilstone Tunbridge Wells

01892 740866 www.chilstone.com

Hornbrook Manor Farm

Woodchurch 01233 861149

www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

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Oak Room Shop

www.oakroomshop.co.uk

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Cloudberry Gifts

www.cloudberrygifts.co.uk

Curated Living Haslemere

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01892 516716

www.fenwick.co.uk

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Spice Cranbrook,

01580 714156

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Sussex Country Gardener

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Tenterden 01580 763207

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0330 123 3301

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0845 474 1747

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0770 9799718

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01825 790200

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Bill Skinner Studio

01959 526254

www.billskinnerstudio.co.uk

Dark Horse Ornament

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White’s Jewellers

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Baum Und Pferdgarten ‘Akeen’ dress, £279, Odyl, Cranbrook 01580 714907 www.

odyldesign.com; Austrian Crystal necklace, £225, Austrian Crystal bracelet, £115, Austrian Crystal

earrings, £115, 1960s necklace, £95, Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020 7607 6327 www.wealdenfairs.com/eclecticajewelleryltd

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Boutique, St Leonards-on-Sea 01424 272925 www.whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk; Raspberry ring,

£40, Bill Skinner, Tenterden / Otford 01959 525505 www.billskinnerstudio.co.uk


Botanical drop earrings, £65, large Botanical pendant, £105,

Botanical ring, £65, Bill Skinner, Tenterden / Otford 01959

525505 www.billskinnerstudio.co.uk; 1970s necklace, £135,

Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020 7607 6327 www.wealdenfairs.com/eclecticajewelleryltd

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Twins black dress, £70, Odyl, Cranbrook 01580 714907

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Tenterden 07966 033000 www.cashara.co.uk; La Saison cocktail

coat, £189, Who’s Wearing What Boutique, St Leonardson-Sea

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collar, £85, ‘Swish’ moonrock pendant, £38, ‘Superb’ gold & black leather square cuff,

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pompom faux fur two tone clutch bag, £52, Helen Moore 01884 861005 www.helenmoore.com;

Ted Baker gold edged heels, £75, Jaeger ‘Wonders of Autumn’ navy trench coat,

£249, exclusive to McArthur Glen Ashford Designer Outlet www.ashforddesigneroutlet.com;

Ivories Lurex polo neck tunic, £169, Jolie Mine pleat trousers, £95, Who’s Wearing What

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QUALITY CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICE

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.

As well as a smaller collection

of contemporary BARBOUR, our

Tenterden store is now pleased

to be stocking ranges of R M

WILLIAMS footwear and clothing.

Established in 1932, the name is

synonymous with quality crafted

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19 St. Margarets St,

Canterbury,

Kent CT1 2TH

Tel: 01227 765294

2 East Cross,

Tenterden,

Kent TN30 6AD

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Swarovski necklace, £125,

Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020

7607 6327 www.wealdenfairs.

com/eclecticajewelleryltd / www.

eclectica.biz; Bcharmd long

beaded necklace, £60, Cashara,

Tenterden 01580 761917 www.

cashara.co.uk; ‘Superb’ black

& gold crystal fringe earrings,

£48, Dark Horse Ornament,

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Belle grey satin-mix shirt, £45,

La Saison blue tweed jacket,

£219, Who’s Wearing What

Boutique, St Leonards-on-Sea

01424 272925 www.whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk


cashmere and faux fur pompom beanie, £70,

‘Siberian Wolf’ asymmetric faux fur scarf,

£48, Helen Moore 01884 861005 www.

helenmoore.com; ‘Showtime’ crystal & tassel

drop earrings, £55, Dark Horse Ornament

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biker jacket, £119.99, Carvela gold clutch,

£39, McArthur Glen Ashford Designer

Outlet www.ashforddesigneroutlet.com; Ivories

‘Militare’ skirt, £195, Maisie K, Cranbrook

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Harley mohair jumper, £95, Who’s Wearing What Boutique,

St Leonards-on-Sea 01424 272925 www.whoswearingwhatboutique.co.uk;

1950s Julianna bracelet, £395, 1960s necklace,

£115, Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020 7607 6327

www.wealdenfairs.com/eclecticajewelleryltd / www.eclectica.biz;

‘Stardust’ glitter & leather bag, £48, Dark Horse Ornament

www.darkhorseornament.co.uk; pompom shoe clips, £35,

Helen Moore 01884 861005 www.helenmoore.com; JJ Heitor

handmade leather shoes, £195, Maisie K, Cranbrook 01580

715123 www.maisiek.co.uk

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Foundation

The perfect

Josephine Fairley on the best coverage

for all kinds of skin

Illustrations: Susanne Hayes

When I once upon a time interviewed the awesome

make-up artist Trish McEvoy, she told me: “If

you’re looking for one product that makes a

difference to older faces, it’s foundation.” I’d actually go

beyond that: I know plenty of younger faces, too – perhaps

suffering from breakouts or post-breakout redness or

pigmentation (the marks can take ages to fade) – which can

be transformed by judicious application of foundation.

It’s the word ‘judicious’ which is key here. Foundation’s

not a mask, to be slathered on from forehead to bra-line. It’s

designed to even out skin tone, and therefore needs to be used

– sometimes ‘layered’ – only where you need it. That’s why I’m

never a huge fan of trumpeting the Sun Protection Factor of

a foundation: it only shields where it’s applied. And if you’re

slathering it all over your face, you’re doing it all wrong.

What I can tell you, though, is that in 2015 foundation

formulations are stratospherically better than they used to be.

So, to echo last month’s column, in which I shared with you

my favourite lipstick innovations – I thought I’d share some

of the bases which have most impressed me, of late.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £29.50 for

30ml at www.selfridges.com, branches of Selfridges and

selected Fenwick.

This ambitiously named foundation does, actually, rather

live up to its name: a weightless creation offering surprisingly

full coverage for some really serious skin challenges – rosacea,

redness, thread veins, age spots, acne and acne scarring… Not

to mention waking up tired, dull skin. With a second-skin

finish, it’s much more matte than her dewy debut foundation,

in 15 brilliantly skin-matched shades to suit everyone from

Lily Cole to Lupita Nyongo.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, £35 for 35ml

at www.uk.spacenk.com and SpaceNK stores.

Another ‘proper’ foundation: creamy and offering excellent

coverage, concealing imperfections and hyperpigmentation

and even helping to ‘blur’ fine lines. It’s got a slightly more

‘fresh’ finish than the Charlotte Tilbury base above, gliding

on seamlessly and offering impressively long wear. Seven

shades (I’m hoping the selection widens to embrace darker

skin tones), but if you’re an English rose with high colour or

pigmentation issues, this is a security blanket in foundation

form.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

SPF40, £39 for 30ml at Bobbi Brown counters or

www.bobbibrown.co.uk.

If you haven’t at least tried a serum foundation yet, you

absolutely need to get yourself to a beauty hall pronto and

experience the skin-friendly difference of this new generation

of ‘treatment’ foundations. I love the comfort factor of

this: the texture’s smooth, silky, and melts into your skin.

Gloriously moisturising and skin-plumping, a little goes quite

a long way if you like light coverage, and it’s easily buildable

if you want a more concealing effect. (And – only where it’s

applied, as per above – it offers an SPF40.) As usual, Bobbi

Browns offering comes in an impressive range of shades – 16

in all – from palest Alabaster to deepest Warm Almond.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation &

Concealer, £25 for 30ml at Clinique counters everywhere.

If I tell you that this came from the mind of the genius

who brought the world Clinique Chubby Sticks, among

other innovations, you’ll know it’s something special. And

for anyone who wants good coverage without looking like

they’re wearing a mask, this is a fantastic new find: colour

that stays ‘true’, doesn’t feel at all heavy on the skin – and I’ve

also found it incredibly long-wearing on cold winter days and

in centrally heated homes. Don’t be scared by the giant-sized

‘doe-foot’ applicator: just use this to dot foundation on to

your skin, and blend either with a brush or a finger. What

makes this special is that the high level of pigments mean

you really, truly don’t need to wear concealer as well – which

makes it a real time-saver.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation,

£33 for 30 ml at www.narscosmetics.co.uk

I’ve often tried ‘long-last’ foundation formulas and been

underwhelmed: they can leave your face feeling like your

skin’s about three sizes too small or, alternatively, appear flat

and dry. But NARS has cracked it with this absolutely

brilliant innovation. Feeling slightly cynical in a jaded-

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eauty-ed sort of way, I followed instructions to smooth a few

drops into my skin. A little goes an incredibly long way (as

promised): a drop or two is genuinely all it takes to create an

even skin tone, in a great choice of 20 shades. (If you want

the technical bit, it features something called ‘Even Tone

Technology’, to neutralise redness and discolouration.) You

can’t feel it, once it’s there, while the finish is – well, skin-like

is actually the best way to put it: not too shiny, not at all flat.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, £36 for 15ml at Harvey

Nichols (do go to the counter to ensure you get the perfect

match).

This is something a little different: a duh-why-didn’tanyone-think-of-it-before

idea which allows you to customise

any skincare product to create a foundation, or to subtly

change the coverage offered by your current base. All it takes

is a drop or two. I’ve tried it, and it works with facial oil,

moisturiser, serum (it was demo-ed to me on Sarah Chapman

Skinesis Morning Facial, Nivea and many other popular daily

moisturisers). Mix the intense pigment into your favourite

skin treat, adding a drop (or two or three, depending on the

level of coverage you like) and hey, presto! It’s a foundation!

Saves time. Saves another ‘layer’ of product on your skin…

And, as if that wasn’t appealing enough, I love that we can

‘tweak’ the shade of a winter foundation with this as we

transition to spring, or increase the level of coverage of a

favourite base when it’s just not quite enough. The options

for coverage range from a tinted moisturiser almost to

camouflage.

Last but not least, I’m going to tell you about a brush that

came into my life this year and which I absolutely cannot

live without. I swear you could apply calamine lotion with

this and it’d create a flawless, seamless finish! (Not that I

recommend that.) The O Wow Brush literally makes child’s

play of foundation application. I often use this on the train

– which may not be fabulous beauty etiquette but never fails

to elicit a query along the lines of: ‘What is that? How can

I get one?’ To which the answer is www.victoriahealth.com,

price £20. This velvety-bristled brush enables you to ‘smoosh’

foundation seamlessly into your skin – you could almost

put base on in the dark with it – and we’ve now given it to

countless friends who declare it ‘Best Beauty Pressie Ever’.

Do check out Jo Fairley’s www.beautybible.com site – recently

redesigned and a one-stop info destination for all things

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Stalwart Wellness provides a unique setting nestled in the grounds

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Wealden Health & Beauty

Wealden Times talks to Holly Levett from Duck

and Dog, a luxury home and gift shop...

do you follow a

beauty routine?

I adore the Liz Earle

skincare range due to its

natural ingredients. I use a

combination of the Cleanse

& Polish hot cloth cleanser,

followed by the gentle face

exfoliator. I don’t often

wear make-up hence I

finish my daily routine

off with applying the Liz

Earle daily moisturiser. My

mother has always taught

me from an early age the

importance of moisturising,

she is 63 and barely has a

wrinkle on her, hopefully I

will follow in her footsteps!

do you have a particular

product you couldn’t

live without?

My beauty therapist

Hannah from Just Heaven

in Cranbrook, introduced

me to the Payot Elixir,

which is a nourishing

face, body and hair oil.

I use this product every

day as its an ultra fine oil

enabling me to get dressed

immediately after use. I

love the scent of Myrrh

and Amyris. I first used

this product just before we

got married so it reminds

me of our honeymoon.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat?

As I have two young

children I don’t often get

the chance to have a real

pamper session; I’m always

busy running after them!

So my ultimate treat at the

moment would be a night

away in The George in Rye,

a proper lie-in, followed by

a delicious breakfast in bed!

Who’s your style icon?

My style icon has to

be Jessica Alba, she

has beautiful olive skin

and always rocks the

natural look; whether

she is out on mummy

duties or hitting the red

carpet, she always looks

effortlessly glamorous!

Founded in 2013, Duck

and Dog is based in

Tunbridge Wells, and

was created to cater for

Holly’s family and their

busy country lifestyle.

They offer a beautiful

handpicked collection of

soft furnishings, innovative

homeware and inspiring

gifts, that are practical

for a bustling family

home. Take a look at

www.duckanddog.co.uk

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Time-honoured

Tincture...

Sage, or Salvia Officinalis,

is a herb native to the

Mediterranean, with an

ancient history of culinary

and medicinal use. The greygreen

edible plant is part of

the mint family and flowers

in a range of colours from

blue and purple to white

and pink. Historically it’s

been used to treat everything

from mental disorders to

gastrointestinal discomfort;

the ancient Egyptians used

it as a fertility drug, and a

sage tea has been known to

cure sore throats and coughs.

Use it as a garnish on salads,

or season poultry and fish

with it. Vegetables and beans

are particularly tasty when

slowly roasted with fresh sage

leaves. When growing it, full

sun and good drainage keeps

the plant happy, so it’s super

easy to look after. Pop to

your nearest health food shop

and grab some sage herb oil

to aid with aching muscles,

anxiety, stress and headaches.

Plant Power...

This month, we had the pleasure

of trying out the Goldfaden

MD Plant Profusion Collection.

Harnessing the antioxidant

benefits of natural raspberry

leaf, comfrey leaf and white

tea leaf, these delicately citrus

smelling face creams enhance

the skin’s appearance, keeping

it soft and hydrated. Now the

weather’s getting colder, delicate

skin takes a battering with

constant temperature changes.

The Regenerative Night Cream

reduces inflammation and

stimulates collagen production

resulting in a fresher, smoother,

more radiant skin tone.

We loved the Energetic Eye

Cream in particular. With

magazine print deadlines and

a Midwinter Fair appearing

on the horizon, this was a

saviour for keeping the delicate

skin around our eyes healthy,

glowing and youthful. The

Plant Profusion Collection was

thoughtfully designed to create

a luxurious experience, and it

certainly delivers! Launched in

October, it’s available online

at www.goldfadenmd.com

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Advanced cataract treatment

from specialist consultant

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Ask

your GP

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you

There’s no need to sit at home waiting

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private patient at Benenden Hospital. The procedure

is quick and painless and available without delay

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An opportunity to improve your vision

Seeing clearly again is wonderful - now you have the

chance to correct your eyesight at the same time.

We don’t just treat cataracts, we can correct

astigmatism and reduce dependence on glasses

or contact lenses at the same time using our range

of specialist lenses*. Our highly experienced eye

surgeons can discuss the range of options to suit

your needs and lifestyle.

We’re specialists in cataract removal

Why Benenden Hospital? We’re a Centre of

Excellence having performed thousands of successful

cataract procedures. Our consultants are all

specialists with many years of experience, not general

consultants as used by some other providers. Our

safety record is second to none. Our facilities are

modern and comfortable. Our staff are friendly and

welcoming. And, however you choose to travel, we’re

easy to find.

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

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For more information or to book a consultation

call 01580 242 521 (quote WT) or visit us

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Benenden members will need a GP referral and must contact member services for authorisation before seeking treatment on 0800 414 8100. *Benenden members who opt for a special

lens only pay the additional cost incurred for the lens and additional treatment as cataract treatment with the standard lens is covered by treatment authorised as part of their membership.

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On the Defensive

Immunity is the balanced state of having adequate biological defenses

to fight infection and disease. Here, we ask three experts to share their

knowledge on boosting our wellbeing throughout the colder months...

The Nutritionist

Helen Ford has worked with Dr Marilyn

Glenville for over eight years...

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Which kinds of foods should I include to boost my immune system this winter? Lots of

brightly coloured fruit and vegetables which contain an array of immune boosting vitamins

and minerals like C, E, beta carotene. Eat an abundance of garlic, leeks and onions which

have natural antibacterial properties to ward off infection. Zinc is also a key immune

booster so include pumpkin seeds and whole grains in your diet too. Don’t forget that

70% of our immune system is in our gut so ensure a daily serving of natural bio yogurt.

What about breakfast? Can you suggest the perfect kick start for a winter’s

morning? Porridge, either with traditional oats or try quinoa for a tasty change.

Add ground nuts and seeds for added protein, fat, fibre and zinc. Some stewed

apple and berries with a sprinkle of cinnamon finishes it off nicely.

Name and explain your top 5 seasonal ‘super veg’ to keep the cold - and colds - at bay

Butternut squash is full of beta carotene and vitamin C. Roast it or make a

delicious soup. Beetroot - full of iron, vitamin C and is very versatile, roast

with chilli or grate raw into salad. Kale is dark green, so rich in magnesium and

vitamin C. Eat lightly steamed or sautéed with garlic for more immune support.

Sweet potato - bright flesh packed full of vitamin C and beta carotene. Use in

place of white potatoes or roast. Pomegranate is rich in immune boosting antioxidants;

can be eaten on its own or sprinkled on yogurt or porridge.

Helen is passionate about nutrition and the therapeutic power of food

and loves creating new recipes. For information and to book a clinic

appointment call 01892 515905 or visit www.glenvillenutrition.com

The GP

Dr Celia Timms is based at the Ivy

Court Surgery, Tenterden...

Is everyone eligible for a flu vaccination and does it guarantee immunisation from

infection? The flu jab or injection is offered free on the NHS to adults over 65 years,

pregnant women, children or adults with an underlying health condition or weakened

immune system. These ‘risk groups’ are more likely to develop serious complications of flu

such as pneumonia. The flu nasal spray vaccination is offered on the NHS to children aged

2-17 years at risk of flu as well as to healthy children aged 2, 3 and 4 years and those in

school years 1 and 2. The vaccine does not guarantee immunisation but reduces the chance

of getting flu or if you do develop it, it is likely to be a milder and shorter lived illness.

For patients suffering from colds and flu, what symptoms would require a visit to the doctor?

The main symptoms of flu are a high temperature, headache, aches and pains and a cough.

Healthy people usually have an unpleasant illness that gets better on its own, so the best treatment

is to stay at home, keep hydrated and take paracetamol or ibuprofen. Consider visiting your GP

if you are in one of the risk groups mentioned above, if you develop chest pain, breathlessness

or cough up blood, if you are getting worse over time or haven’t improved after a week.

Other than immunisation, are there any steps we can take to minimise our chances of

succumbing to a bout of the flu? Flu is a very infectious illness. It is spread by droplets coughed

or sneezed into the air. The droplets hang in the air and can survive on surfaces for up to 24

hours so you should stay away from school or work until you are feeling better. Good hygiene

measures help stop you catching flu or spreading it to others. Wash your hands regularly with

soap and water and keep surfaces such as door handles, telephones and computer keyboards clean.

The best time to have the flu jab is in the autumn (September - November). It is given every

year as flu viruses change annually and is available from your GP surgery or some pharmacists.

Celia studied at Bristol University and has been at the Ivy Court Surgery

for 15 years. More information is available at www.nhs.uk

The Remedial Therapist

Christian Hindley specialises

in corrective exercise

and soft tissue therapy...

Are there any particular forms of exercise

I should be focusing on? Your choice of

exercise should reflect your goals. These

should be focused on overall health and

wellbeing rather than physical appearance.

It’s easy to assume that looking a certain

way means feeling a certain way and this

just isn’t the case. Choose an exercise

that you truly enjoy, make the process

a pleasure, and see the physique results

being a bonus and not the sole focus.

Problems like lack of motivation and yoyo

dieting disappear and exercise becomes

healthily integrated within your lifestyle.

Can exercise boost my immune system

and if so, why? The type of exercise

one engages in reflects the physiological

adaptations which take place. Any activity

which stresses the central nervous system

has potential to affect immunity. From

this perspective, the initial response

of moderate to intense exercise may

suppress the immune system, but over

time, once the nervous system adapts

to the stress, it’s likely to have a positive

impact. Stronger CNS=better immunity.

Can posture affect immunity? Living

in the age of prolonged computer and

mobile phone use, more people are

falling victim to ‘the commuter’s hunch’.

Not only does this fault cause aches and

pains (usually in the neck, shoulders and

back), it impacts the very way we breathe,

which leads to increased irritability,

anxiety and a suppressed immunity.

It’s important to consider these factors

when choosing an exercise protocol.

Christian is based at Risebridge Health and

Sports Club and Crossfit Kent and Sussex.

He now works on a referral only scheme

and is contactable through Risebridge.

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Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: From 15 mins

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Pre-heat oven to 200˚C

• 750g Beef fillet or

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• Mushroom Duxelle

• 1 Onion – finely chopped

• 1 Garlic clove – crushed

• 100g Button mushrooms

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• 10 Sprigs of thyme

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• 50g Butter

• 1tsp Dijon mustard

• 1tbsp Crème fraîche

• Salt & pepper

1. Fry the onions in the butter until soft, add mushrooms,

garlic & thyme & cook for 15 minutes. Add the crème

fraîche, mustard, salt & pepper & check the seasoning.

2. Bake the puff pastry squares for 15 minutes or until golden,

having glazed half of them with a mixture of egg yolk & milk.

3. The mushroom duxelle and puff pastry squares can

be made in advance & re-heated before serving.

4. Roast the beef or fry your steaks & leave the beef to rest.

5. In the meantime, spoon the unglazed puff pastry squares

with tapenade & the warmed mushroom duxelle.

6. Top with beef fillet & the glazed top

hat and serve with beef jus.

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Serves: 6 Prep time: 25 mins Cooking time: 30 mins

• 340g Blueberries – washed

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• 2tbsp Maple syrup

• 6 Egg yolks

• 2tbsp Caster sugar

• 2tbsp Cornflour – sieved

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3. Return the mixture to the saucepan & stir

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the heat & sieve before chilling. The custard

will thicken as it cools in the fridge.

5. Cook the blueberries with the icing sugar till all the

sugar has dissolved, add the raspberries & cool.

6. Roast the pecans in the maple syrup on parchment

paper for 10-15 minutes in a medium oven till

they are caramel coloured, cool & chop.

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raspberry compôte in the base of the dish.

8. Top with the sponge, cut to fit, and

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9. Spoon the remaining compôte, followed by the

chilled custard & then the whipped cream &,

finally, sprinkle with chopped maple pecans.

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Winter vegetables

Jo Arnell enjoys the earthiness of her seasonal crop

There is a filthy frugality about winter vegetables.

Perhaps it’s because so many of them have to be dug

up, rather than daintily picked from on high. You

can feel it, in the dirt that gets under your frozen fingernails

and the dew drop that hangs from your nose; digging up

grubby root veg really puts you in touch with the earth, and

our heritage – a link to the sort of food that has sustained us

since the time before hairbrushes. There is satisfaction and

meagre comfort in trudging muddily from the veg patch

with home-grown winter fare, but don’t worry if you’ve

missed your chance this year; buying them is cleaner, nearly

as satisfying and only slightly less primordial. I heard Bruce

Robinson (writer of Withnail and I) on the radio this week

describing how he was once so poor he lived only on old

vegetables that had fallen on the ground at Camden Market.

It sounded so bleak, romantic – and weirdly healthy. It

put me in the right frame of mind for winter gardening.

Some winter vegetables are easier to grow than others,

and some, quite frankly, go beyond a challenge and into

the realms of masochism and other bad behaviour (see the

beastly brassica section below). The following information is

based on my trials and errors, and attempts at growing winter

vegetables – with varied amounts of success. We’ll skate

briefly through a few of them:

It might not be too late

Depending on when you read this – at the dentist in January

is too late – you may still have time to plant some crops.

Technically these won’t be winter vegetables, as they’ll be

ready for harvest in the spring and summer, but overwintering

counts in my book. Peas and broad beans are very hardy,

especially those selected for overwintering (try the broad bean

‘Aquadulce Claudia’ and a pea called ‘Feltham First’). These

will get a head start on spring-sown varieties and should

be ready to harvest 4 - 6 weeks earlier than spring-sown

varieties.

You will still get away with sowing, or rather planting,

some onion sets this month too. These are just tiny onions

that will bulk up to edible size over the months, but will be

ready much earlier than onions from spring-sown seed.

It is exactly the right time to sow garlic though,

and there are lots of interesting varieties to try

that aren’t available in the shops. Elephant garlic

is great roasted whole and served alongside meat

dishes.

Easy winter vegetables

Leeks are my ultimate desert-island (or perhaps

it had better be Hebridean) vegetable. Leeks

are sown from seed at the bleak end of winter,

or in early spring, because they take a

boringly long time to bulk up – gradually

thickening up from what look like tiny

blades of grass. The only thing you

have to do during this time – and

this sounds odd, but bear with

me – is dig them up once they

get to pencil thickness,

and then replant each

one in a much deeper,

wider hole. You’re then


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supposed to leave them lolling about in their holes to stop grit

getting between the layers, though I often back-fill the holes.

This is a form of blanching and will give the leeks a long white

shank, which is the tenderest part.

Kale is the best-behaved of the brassicas and deep dark greenly

good for you; grow some kale and the vitamins burst from each

leaf and march down the path to greet you. For winter harvests,

sow in July or August. You will need to protect against the pesky

cabbage white butterflies for the first few weeks, until they’ve

gone away for the winter, and then against pigeons – although

if you’re a good shot and not squeamish, kale-stuffed pigeon

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Parsnips are easy if you have the right type of soil. They like

free-draining conditions and not too much manure. Too much

causes the roots to fork and fang and they end up looking like

monsters from Dr Who. Parsnips are supposed to taste better

after a frost, as some of the starch in the root turns to sugar, but

you might need a pick axe to dig them up if the ground freezes

solid.

Spinach is much easier to grow in winter than in the warmer

months when it can bolt (run to seed) almost immediately.

Some varieties are hardier than others. Perpetual spinach (often

called spinach beet) is very tough, but other varieties will

appreciate the cover of a cloche. Growth will be slow during

the winter months, so sow plenty in late summer to last you –

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Pak Choi and oriental greens are, like spinach, great to grow

in cooler weather; in fact, really don’t bother to grow them at

any other time of the year, if the weather is warm they’ll rush to

make flowers before you get a chance to pick them.

Swiss Chard – I grow this because it looks so beautiful, even

if no one eats it. It is similar to spinach, but the leaves have a

thicker stem. In some varieties the stems are brightly coloured

(‘Bright Lights’ is a good one) which brings a welcome, if

somewhat startling splash of colour in the veg patch. The leaves

may wither in very cold weather but, by early spring, new ones

will grow.

Brassicas

Winters are long, but life is short, and I have made a decision

not to grow too many brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels


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sprouts etc). My reason is threefold: I have sandy soil – brassicas

like compacted clay, they are plagued by every pest that ever

walked, flew or crawled across my garden, and they cost so little

to buy in the shops. The exception to this is kale and also purple

sprouting broccoli. Providing you net it against pigeons – or get

ready with that gun – this tall-growing but delicious broccoli will

overwinter well and be ready to harvest at the end of March/early

April, when there’s nothing else on offer in the veg patch.

Winter protection

The one thing that many winter vegetables have in common is

that the growing period is long, so they must sit out there for

months and suffer the slugs and sparrows and other outrageous

misfortunes. Some, like the sturdy leek and other stalwarts

mentioned above are able to stay untouched for long periods,

but others (mainly in the wretched brassica family) are beset by

an endless stream of pests, diseases and conditions related to the

weather and the soil.

The weather

Most winter vegetables will tolerate low temperatures and frost.

Cloches are a good solution to help protect leafy plants like pak

choi, spinach, and stir-fry salads and greens. They’re also useful

for warming up the soil in the early spring. Fleece will keep

the frost at bay, and adding a cosy mulch will act like a winter

blanket for permanent crops like artichokes and help prevent

weed germination.

Pests

Netting is a good solution for pests above the ground, but be

careful that birds don’t get tangled up in it. Pests below the soil

can munch away happily without you noticing them and can

be a problem for root vegetables. Keel slugs – the small black

ones – burrow under the ground and eat things like potatoes,

parsnips and carrots. To avoid this you can lift root crops and

then store them in damp sand somewhere cool. There are other

more specific pests that may attack the roots of other vegetables.

Crop rotation is often a good solution for these, as it helps stop

the build-up of crop-specific pests and diseases.

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Growing winter crops can be rewarding, and if you take a

few precautions and choose the right crops, they can be lower

maintenance than fair-weather vegetables – with all their whoosh

and weeds and wide-ranging pest proliferations. It might not

be as cheerful looking – especially once I make a dishevelledlooking

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Lay down your shears

Sue Whigham marvels at late-season flowers, seed heads and grasses

and urges gardeners to think before pruning

Last week we were having a leisurely walk in Brockwell

Park, an estate set out in the early nineteenth century,

complete with mansion, walled gardens and huge

greenhouses, and now a park bordered by Brixton and Tulse

Hill in South London. Back in the eighties I remember

brief walks there with the dog between school runs and

it wasn’t a place to linger. Now the elegant lido has a gym

and café, there are tennis courts and a couple of fantastic

playgrounds and the old greenhouses are being used by

the local community. There are plenty of mature trees and

there is some interesting landscaping around the duck

ponds. We were admiring the grasses looking their best in

the autumn sunshine when we rounded a corner and lo

and behold, there was a municipal Lambeth truck being

piled high with said grasses, leaving… bare earth. By now,

being a public park, they might have been replaced with

some sort of winter bedding but I thought at the time that

it really was an example of too much tidying, too soon.

So, what does need ‘tidying up’ in late autumn? I think that

any herbaceous plants that have good structural qualities can

be left until they collapse in a soggy heap and you’ll see when

that happens. But, until then, why not enjoy the flower heads

of sedums, of grasses, and the distinctive stems of border

plants like phlomis.

I would certainly keep raking or picking up leaves from the

lawn and adding them to your leaf-mould pile as they make a

good soil improver in no time at all. Oak and hornbeam can

make really good leaf mould in about eighteen months while

the leaves of trees such as horse chestnut, sweet chestnut

and sycamore are much tougher and take longer. Shredding

them with a rotary mower before adding them to your heap

will speed up the process of decomposition. Anything swept

up from under roses that have any sign of black spot or rust

or any other pathogens should be kept well away from your

leaf mould. The other clearing I would definitely do would be

around succulents or any silver-leaved Mediterranean plants

that have problems with wet winters and the possibility of

rotting off.

I’ve got a few Cotinus here (Smoke Bush), some doing

rather better than others. C. ‘Grace’ has put a lot of growth

on but is becoming leggy and rather unattractive in the

back of a border. November is the perfect month to cut this

shrub back by about a third just to ensure a more compact

plant next year. I’d avoid doing that sort of pruning if it is

particularly cold. I’d also have a quick check of fruit trees

such as medlars and quinces, both of which have fruited

well this year. The medlar has a spreading habit and really

no routine pruning is necessary, just sometimes a slight trim

of crossing branches or clusters of shoots improve the tree.

It’s the same for quinces really – just improve on the tree’s

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air circulation by thinning out the canopy a little and cut

off crowded branches. As with any shrub or tree that suckers

often from underneath a graft, pull off the suckers rather

than cut them off – the latter will just encourage the suckers

to re-grow stronger than before. I’ve been guilty of that with

a lovely Crataegus tanacetifolia and with the wedding cake

tree, Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ which has obviously been

grafted on to something more ordinary. It’s so tempting to cut

the suckers though when you have your secateurs at the ready.

Late-flowering shrubs like lavateras and buddleias are

pretty shallow rooted and prone to wind rock in the winter,

so it’s always worth taking the shrub down a bit to improve

their chances. Whatever you do, don’t prune them right back

until the spring. There used to be a thought that cutting

buddleias down in February was a good move but the later

you leave it, the later they’ll flower and provide food for

butterflies and the few remaining insects flying around.

Winter is a good time to take stock and to decide whether

to give that poorly performing shrub another chance. It’s

difficult getting rid of a plant, even if it is a bit of a no hoper.

When I worked in a nursery I would actually feel sorry for

the plants that had been turfed out on to the compost heap.

Some roses don’t come up to scratch or they produce flowers

that are not to your taste or are just past their best. Either

get them out completely or think about giving them a good

prune and feed with plenty of organic material. There is no

use giving space to a rose which, year after year, is prone to

blackspot or similar. There are so many plants to choose from,

that perform better, that it is best to start again. I think it’s

the same with some shrubs that have completely outgrown

their space and are wrecking their neighbours with unruly

behaviour. Think about propagating anything that you

particularly like before doing away with it though. All this

rather depends on whether you have noticed what has been

going on with your borders in the summer…

I know you wouldn’t do it, but remember not to prune

back at this time of year, any shrub that flowers in late winter

or early spring. I used to visit a garden where each shrub was

treated identically by the gardener. They were all in sort of

regimental squares and they didn’t ever flower or do anything

interesting. Things there have since changed for the better

and the same shrubs are now looking natural and floriferous –

they can be tidied, if essential, after flowering.

Can I also make a plea for birches; such beautiful trees.

They can be grown either as single-stemmed trees or multistemmed

– and if you want a straight trunk, the time to take

off a few of the lower branches is in late summer. Whatever

you do, avoid pruning from early winter until very late

spring, as any wounds created by pruning bleed badly and

damage the tree. We have a Betula ermanii which had a lesion

caused by I know not what, at the end of last summer. Sap

poured out of it – manna from heaven for the local gang

of hornets – so at dead of night and once the hornets had

returned to their nest, we bandaged it up with old strips of

sheeting and, isn’t nature marvellous, it healed itself.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for

gardening advice and the sourcing and supplying of

interesting garden plants.

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Christmas Fayre

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SATURDAY 14 TH NOVEMBER 2015

10:30 am - 2:00 pm

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We have over two hundred National Nature Reserves

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public and educational establishments understand the importance

of our wonderful natural heritage. Covering 0.7% of England’s land

surface, the largest is The Wash in East Anglia and the smallest in

Dorset at 0.32 hectares known as Horn Park Quarry, a geological

gem known for its many fossils. Sadly, it is not open to the public

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Most NNRs are managed by Natural England and the remaining

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are thirty-seven NNRs in the South East and those that are managed

by Natural England are free to enter making it a relatively cheap day

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Dungeness, in Kent is one of the oldest nature reserves and is

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hectares is especially impressive in winter where you can see hundreds

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orchids and sweet briar roses as well as marjoram, horseshoe vetch

and other sun-loving chalk plants. Mount Caburn is the best

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Classes & workshops

Tues 10 Nov 10am-12noon

The Woodland Enterprise

Centre, Flimwell TN5 7PR

festive flower designs

Enjoy a demo on how to create designs

for your Christmas table with Wild

Heart Floral Design, to include a coffee,

cake and handout. Booking essential.

Entry: £25

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Wed 18 Nov 7.30pm

Biddenden New Village Hall

The weald of kent

computer club

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Sat 21 & Sun 22 Nov 10am-1pm

Chartwell, Westerham

Garland and wreathmaking

workshops

Join these workshops with Blooming

Green and learn how to make your own

festive foliage wreaths and garlands, all

materials and refreshments provided.

Entry: £45

Info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

visit/whats-on/find-an-event/

Fairs & Festivities

Sun 1 Nov 10am-4pm

Members Lounge, Kent County

Cricket Club, Old Dover Road,

Canterbury CT1 3NZ

Artisan & craft fair

A wonderful variety of handmade

and artisan gifts and wares for home

and garden! Enjoy The Lime Tree

Café next door for refreshments.

Entry: £1

Info: www.facebook/WillowandWhite

/ 07856 432212

Thurs 5 Nov 9.30am-3pm

Benenden Village Hall

Barnardo’s Charity Fair

Buy all your Christmas presents in

one place! Browse over 20 stalls selling

a variety of goods including stocking

fillers, jewellery, clothing, food and

items for the home. Tea and coffee is

also available. All profits to Barnardo’s.

Entry: £4

Sat 7 Nov 10am-2pm

Victory Hall, Balcombe Village

Craft, gift & local

produce market

Start the festive season with a visit

to our Xmas Market! Find

lots of unique ideas for presents

and a good selection of stalls.

Order your cake, turkey or game

from the Balcombe Estate.

Entry: Free

Sat 7 Nov 10am-4pm

Penshurst Village Hall,

Penshurst, Kent TN11 8BP

Penshurst Vintage

Christmas Fair

Vintage homewares, clothes, jewellery,

gifts, entertainment, tea parlour & much

more! Proceeds to Hospice in the Weald.

Entry: £2

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Sat 7 Nov 9.30am-3pm

the Zion Baptist Church, High

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Sun 15 Nov 10am-4pm

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Cranbrook, Vestry Hall

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friends and family. Enjoy browsing

the beautiful stalls featuring vintage

goods, collectables and handmade arts

and crafts. Festive refreshments will be

available throughout the day including

lunch. So come and enjoy the

traditional Christmas atmosphere and

help support Hospice in the Weald.

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Thurs 26 Nov 10.30am-3.30pm

Guthrie Pavilion, Hever

Castle, Hever TN8 7NG

Hever Christmas Fair

Enjoy 23 stalls with exciting gifts for

Christmas. Refreshments are available

all day. Parking and entry to the

grounds is free. All proceeds to Hever

Primary School and St. Peter’s Church.

Entry: £3

Info: www.hevercastle.co.uk

Fri 27 Nov 7.30pm-midnight

Ditton Community Centre,

Kilnbarn Road, Ditton,

Aylesford, Kent ME20 6AH

Christmas Party night

Join Chicory Tip and kick

your festive season off with a

bang! Booking essential.

Entry: £12.50, over 18s only

Info & Booking: 01622

790195 / www.hokh.org

Fri 27 – Sun 29 Nov 10am-4pm

Chartwell Westerham

Chartwell Christmas

market

Our popular market returns

to help you find the perfect

gifts for this Christmas!

Info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

visit/whats-on/find-an-event/

Vintage Christmas

After our Firle Vintage summer fair,

we are excited to present Vintage

Christmas! This two-day event is

packed with a hand-picked selection

of Vintage, Antique and Artisan

quality gifts, mulled wine, jazz

bands & children’s entertainment.

Entry: £5

Family days out

Mon 9 - Sun 15 Nov

Various venues, Hastings

Hastings Storytelling

Festival

Hastings Storytelling Festival embarks

on its fifth annual voyage across the

high seas of storytelling, with original

and traditional tales from puppeteers,

musicians, artists, illustrators, authors,

poets, dancers and comedians.

Info: www.hastingsstoryfest.org.uk

Sat 14 Nov – Sun 21 Feb 11am-3pm

Into the trenches

Chartwell, Westerham

100 years on since Winston

Churchill served at the front

during the First World War. This

new exhibition explores his early

military career from cavalry charges

to the trenches and beyond.

Info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

visit/whats-on/find-an-event/

Sat 21 & Sun 22 Nov

De La Warr Museum

Front Row fashion

Join us for our Charity Shop

Challenge event! We’re on the

hunt to find Kent and Sussex’s

next McQueen. Tickets are now

on sale for the two day event.

Info: www.thisisfrontrow.co.uk

At Tenterden’s Steam Railway

Throughout December

Booking Essential

Explore the

festive maze

and meet our

characters!

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Sat 28 Nov 9am-5pm

Grounds of Cowdray House,

Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 0AY

The country brocante

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After a warm and honeyed summer, the

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Love Inc

Working from her award-winning shop in

Tunbridge Wells, Hannah Gee ensures that love

is incorporated in all aspects of her business,

from carefully sourcing her unique products

to interacting with her loyal customers.

What’s the significance of your company name,

‘Love Inc’? I originally wanted to call the shop ‘Love’ but

as the domain name wasn’t available I settled on ‘Love Inc’.

It’s all encompassing and reflects how love is incorporated

in all that we do. We try to make sure that everything we

stock evokes a feeling, we definitely don’t do ordinary!

What inspired you to start your business?

There’s nothing I enjoy more than having a proper

rummage at an antiques fair and I’ve found some absolute

gems that way. I am blessed with amazingly creative

friends who kept telling me to open a shop, and it was

their belief in me that finally pushed me to just do it.

Have you always been a creative person?

Yes. I

enjoy making things and I have

always had a passion for interiors.

At Love Inc, we call styling, playing,

because that’s what it is to us!

Creativity is within everyone, you

just need to have fun, and not be

afraid to make mistakes. I was lucky

enough to be a contestant on Th e

Great Interior Design Challenge on

BBC2 last year and I will always

grab any opportunity to be creative.

Did you have any training? None whatsoever! I was

blessed to grow up with parents who were great at making

things with us as children, from creating our own Christmas

cards to up-cycling furniture. I would encourage everyone

to try different things, whether that is a new craft, or redecorating

a room. There are no mistakes, only lessons learnt.

sell products that I would want in my own home. I scour

trade fairs, both here in the UK and abroad to bring an

original edge to our interiors collection. I am constantly

sourcing vintage, as it sells so quickly in our shop.

What’s your favourite product from your

collection? My favourite Christmas product is the red

vintage car with the Christmas tree on

top. Outside of our Christmas

collection I love our marquee

letter lights. The word LOVE

sells better than anything,

which obviously resonates

with what we do at Love Inc.

Do you enjoy working for yourselves? I love

working for myself, I get to decide where our focus is and

steer the direction of what we are doing. We donate 10%

annually to Hospice in the Weald and our High Street shop

donates 50% profit to a slum in Africa. Love Inc is my baby,

and part of its ethos is making the world a better place. I

have a fantastic team who are just as passionate about making

the business a success and we all throw ideas around.

What makes all the hard work worth it? What I love

the most are the customers we have. Every time someone comes

into our shop and tells me how much they love what we do, I get

a huge thrill. When I started Love Inc, I was so scared no one else

would understand it, as it is classic but slightly unconventional.

To see that there is a movement of people who aren’t scared

to break traditional interiors rules, and support charity whilst

they shop is amazing. We recently won ‘Best shop front’ for the

whole of Tunbridge Wells and it blew my mind, I was so proud!

What influences your product aesthetic? We only

sell products we love and our customers expect us to have what

they can’t find elsewhere. I think the key to our success is being

different but not so different that it won’t fit in your home.

What is the essence of the business? Being

excited about stuff, whether it’s handmade, fantastically

up-cycled, or doesn’t yet exist, it has to be exciting!

How do you choose and source your products?

Gut instinct has a lot to do with it! It has to either make

me laugh, or be something I haven’t seen before. I only ever

Clockwise from above, Hanging Car

Decoration, £7.50; LOVE Light Up Letters,

£145; ‘Oh Happy Days’ Vintage Print, £40

www.wealdenfairs.com/loveincltd


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