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PRICELESS<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2015</strong><br />

Wealden Times<br />

The lifestyle magazine for <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

Inspiring Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes<br />

Shop online with us 365 days a year at Wealdenfairs.com


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Lights Switch on show 6pm - 7pm with PG from 96.4 Eagle<br />

Radio and Yvonne Arnaud panto stars, followed<br />

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Contents<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2015</strong><br />

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38<br />

90<br />

10<br />

19<br />

30<br />

38<br />

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ON THE RIGHT TRACK<br />

John Graham-Hart finds<br />

homes near railway stations<br />

IT’S NOVEMBER<br />

What’s going on near you<br />

this month<br />

MIDWINTER FAIR<br />

NESTING INSTINCT<br />

A writer’s Art and Crafts<br />

chalet home in Whitstable<br />

GET THE LOOK<br />

Fabulous home accessories<br />

from Wealdenfairs.com<br />

FARMHOUSE CHARMS<br />

A tour of Brick House Farm<br />

near High Halden<br />

90<br />

96<br />

99<br />

101<br />

104<br />

FESTIVE FEASTING<br />

Festive fare from Juliet<br />

Bidwell of Juliet’s Catering,<br />

Tunbridge Wells<br />

WINTER VEG<br />

Jo Arnell on the delights of<br />

cold weather and harvesting<br />

winter veg<br />

THE GREEN GODDESS<br />

Penny Kemp on National Parks<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

Find out...<br />

COMPETITION<br />

Win places for two people<br />

on a day’s cookery course<br />

at the Rosemary Shrager<br />

Cookery School<br />

75<br />

80<br />

CHRISTMAS GIFTS<br />

Inspiring gift ideas for all<br />

the family<br />

LACQUER LUSTRE<br />

All dressed up, with<br />

somewhere to go<br />

104<br />

FABLES FROM<br />

THE FARM<br />

Jane Howard’s<br />

latest instalment<br />

89<br />

WEALDEN HEALTH<br />

& BEAUTY<br />

Tips to keep you<br />

feeling gorgeous<br />

Published by JPS Media Ltd, Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone Street,<br />

Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 3HF. Tel: 01580 714705 Fax: 01580 715983.<br />

Email info@wealdentimes.co.uk. www.wealdentimes.co.uk<br />

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Mickleham<br />

Outstanding family home in a private exclusive location with commanding views<br />

Reception hall, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study area, family room, laundry/utility room, gym/studio, wet room,<br />

kitchenette. First floor - master bedroom with en-suite shower room, dressing area, 2 further bedrooms, en-suite shower room to bedroom 2, family<br />

bathroom. Second floor - 3 further bedrooms, family shower room. Impressive driveway with ample parking, 2 garages, beautiful formal gardens with fine<br />

views, various outbuildings, stabling, recently constructed sand school, 2 paddocks, in all, nearly 5 acres. EPC - D<br />

Guide price £2.65m Fast Find 62714<br />

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Westcott<br />

An exceptional Listed period home in a wonderfully unspoilt village location<br />

Entrance hall, cloakroom, impressive kitchen/dining room, drawing room, lounge, sitting room, laundry room, boot room, first floor landing, master<br />

bedroom with en-suite shower room, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, loft storage, beautiful established garden, substantial driveway, in all, about<br />

0.63 of an acre.<br />

Guide price £1.25m Fast Find 62864<br />

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The Property Ombudsman<br />

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Tel: 01722 333 306 Fax: 01722 332 296 Website: www.tpos.co.uk E-mail: admin@tpos.co.uk Twitter: @TPOmb<br />

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An exceptional contemporary home in a mature location<br />

Entrance lobby, reception hall, dining hall, drawing room, family room, sitting room, study, kitchen, utility room, master bedroom, dressing room, en-suite<br />

bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, indoor swimming pool, sauna, WC, double garage, long driveway with ample parking, superb roof<br />

terrace with panoramic views, wonderful mature gardens, in all about 0.55 of an acre. EPC - D<br />

Guide price £1.5m Fast Find 62711<br />

Betchworth<br />

Wonderful Arts & Crafts style home with a favourable outlook<br />

Entrance hall, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, sitting room/bedroom 5, shower room, study, garden room, fitted kitchen, first floor landing, 4<br />

bedrooms, family bathroom, extensive patio area, lovely established gardens, wonderful open farmland views, driveway providing ample parking, detached<br />

double garage, detached store room, in all, about 1.5 acres.<br />

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Guide price £1.125m Fast Find 62713<br />

<strong>2015</strong><br />

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Crockham Hill, Kent<br />

A handsome and substantial victorian family home with charming period features and outstanding far reaching views<br />

Oak Panelled Reception Hall, Elegant Drawing Room, Library, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Large Cellar, Master Bedroom Suite,<br />

6 Further Bedrooms, Music/Playroom, Annexe/Wing comprising; Cloakroom, 2 Reception Rooms, Kitchen, Utility Room, 3 Bedrooms and<br />

Bathroom, Juliet’s Folly - stone gate house, 2 Garages, Glorious Gardens and Grounds, Gross Internal Area 7457 sq ft, Cellar 1864 sq ft, In all<br />

about 1.66 acres. EPC Rating: G<br />

Guide Price £2,750,000 Fast Find 62140<br />

Limpsfield, <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

In a highly sought after address - a most comfortable and elegant country home of generous proportions set in beautiful grounds<br />

Entrance Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Family Room/Bedroom 5, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Laundry/Boot Room, Cloakroom,<br />

Basement Workshop with Wine Cellar, Master Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Double Garage,<br />

Plentiful Parking, Wonderful Secluded Gardens, In all about 1.43 acres. EPC Rating: E<br />

Guide Price £1,500,000 Fast Find 56434<br />

Oxted 01883 712375<br />

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Ridgewood is traditionally built to an exceptionally<br />

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oak and glass entrance hall. Beautiful natural oak<br />

framed dining room. Ridgewood stands on a level<br />

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart<br />

1.<br />

On the Right Track<br />

John Graham-Hart locates properties near railway stations...<br />

For many rural communities in the 1960s, Dr Richard Beeching was not<br />

exactly a family favourite. Dr Beeching had been brought in to sort out<br />

the considerable mess that was British Railways and had come up with a<br />

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

After growing rapidly in the 19th century, the British railway system had<br />

reached its height in the years immediately before the First World War, with<br />

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

was in a sorry state, soon nationalised as British Railways, and the line closures<br />

began. Hundred of villages and market towns up and down the country<br />

lost their railway stations, their inhabitants having to rely on predictably<br />

unpredictable country bus services to reach their nearest mainline stations.<br />

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

years but the truth was that the ageing network was haemorrhaging cash. By<br />

1961, it was losing £300,000 per day – or, in today’s money, a truly<br />

eye-watering £6 million every 24 hours.<br />

Among the hardest hit in the south were the commuters who relied on local<br />

rail links to get to and from work every day and, very soon, those villages and<br />

towns lucky enough to be on or near the mainline to London became a magnet<br />

for those who worked in the capital but who chose to live in Kent, <strong>Surrey</strong> and<br />

Sussex. Houses within easy reach of the mainlines became increasingly desirable.<br />

This trend has continued, with Kent commuting showing a particular growth<br />

in popularity with its direct link into London Bridge and excellent access into<br />

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

the Whitechapel Road now rivals the national debt of Chad has added to the<br />

attraction of country homes large and small. Here are just a few within easy<br />

striking distance of that all-important mainline lifeline…<br />

1. Timpani Hill<br />

Where? Timpani Hill is at the<br />

end of a sweeping drive off Hillbury<br />

Road in the village of Warlingham,<br />

near Godstone, a short walk from<br />

Upper Warlingham railway station.<br />

(Google Maps CR6 9BS).<br />

What? A luxury penthouse which<br />

occupies the entire third floor of the<br />

contemporary, cedar-clad Timpani Hill<br />

development. Awash with space and<br />

light, this is an exceptional property<br />

at the heart of which is a superb living<br />

space comprising a semi-circular dining<br />

and drawing room, with an outlook into<br />

the surrounding treetops of the four<br />

acres of woodland. There is also access<br />

to a large terrace via bi-folding doors.<br />

The apartment offers three bedrooms<br />

including a master bedroom with<br />

luxury en suite bathroom and<br />

a second bedroom with its own<br />

bathroom. The apartment is reached<br />

via a private lift and has the exclusive<br />

use of two parking places.<br />

How much? The Penthouse,<br />

Timpani Hill, is priced at £799,950<br />

and is with Fine & Country in<br />

Woldingham. Call 01883 653040<br />

or visit www.fineandcountry.com<br />

www.wealdentimes.co.uk<br />

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2. Hampton Court Mews<br />

Where? Hampton Court Mews<br />

is a handsome modern development<br />

in the heart of East Molesey within<br />

a few minutes of Hampton Court<br />

Palace and just a quarter of a mile<br />

from Hampton Court Station<br />

(Google Maps KT8 9BW).<br />

What? On the market is Flat 8, a<br />

stylish first floor apartment with high<br />

ceilings and bright rooms. It has a large<br />

open-plan kitchen/living room with<br />

a feature fireplace, a spacious master<br />

bedroom with en suite bathroom<br />

and two sets of French doors leading<br />

out on to a private roof terrace.<br />

There is also a family bathroom.<br />

The flat’s occupants also have access<br />

to a communal patio and garden<br />

and secure underground parking.<br />

How much? Flat 8, Hampton<br />

Court Mews, is on the market at<br />

£675,000 and is with Knight Frank<br />

in Esher. Call 020 7861 1552 or<br />

visit www.knightfrank.co.uk<br />

3. Albury Road<br />

Where? No 4 Albury Road is<br />

set in one of Guildford’s premier<br />

residential roads just half a mile<br />

from the city’s mainline station<br />

(Google Maps GU1 2BT).<br />

What? Dating from the 1890s,<br />

No 4 is a handsome and impressive<br />

Victorian property, sympathetically<br />

restored and extended to provide a<br />

superb 21st-century family home.<br />

Ground floor accommodation includes<br />

a west-facing drawing room but the<br />

heart of the house is an outstanding<br />

kitchen/breakfast room/orangery with<br />

three sets of doors opening out on<br />

to the terrace and substantial garden.<br />

There is also a family room, dining<br />

room, cinema, study and gym.<br />

Upstairs is a master bedroom with<br />

dressing room and bathroom,<br />

and five further bedrooms, four<br />

with their own bathrooms.<br />

How much? No 4 Albury Road is<br />

on the market with Savills in Guildford<br />

and the price is by application. Call<br />

01483 796 820 or visit www.savills.co.uk<br />

4. Shorts House<br />

Where? Shorts House (Google Maps<br />

RH14 0PJ) is in a rural location on the<br />

northern fringe of the village of Plaistow<br />

on the Surry/Sussex border, just under<br />

seven miles from Witley Station.<br />

What? The property is an attractive<br />

country home which has been<br />

considerably enlarged over recent<br />

years to provide bright and spacious<br />

accommodation of considerable<br />

charm and character. Ground floor<br />

accommodation includes a reception<br />

hall with an inglenook-style fireplace,<br />

drawing room, sitting room with<br />

French doors to the garden, sun<br />

room with adjoining study, large<br />

vaulted kitchen/breakfast room<br />

and adjoining dining room.<br />

On the first floor there is a master<br />

bedroom suite with dressing room<br />

and luxurious bathroom and four<br />

further family bedrooms. The<br />

property is in two acres of gardens<br />

encompassing a swimming pool,<br />

paved terrace and barbecue area.<br />

How much? Shorts house is<br />

on the market at £1,750,000 and<br />

is with Savills in Guildford.<br />

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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<br />

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

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Francine didn’t find what she was looking for but was<br />

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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<br />

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

scullery area, reached via a corridor with built-in larder<br />

cupboard. Conversely, upstairs, she divided two large<br />

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This light-filled bathroom holds a clue to Francine’s<br />

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wooden door serving as a rustic side panel to the bath.<br />

“I love to reuse things.” Other examples of Francine’s<br />

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and Gardens Illustrated. And let’s not forget her hens.<br />

Dotted around Francine’s home are various paintings,<br />

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The Hen Keepers’ Association – which now has more<br />

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Above: A toy-filled corner includes a model boat which Francine bought for<br />

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In her ‘new’ garden, a pretty, colour co-ordinated hen<br />

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Above: Lloyd Loom chairs from Francine’s Suffolk home are a comfortable and informal addition to the refectory table, while the 17th-century Flemish<br />

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bedroom and living room looking out on to Joy Lane.<br />

“If you work from home, you don’t want to be stuck<br />

upstairs, you want to be where the action is,” she says.<br />

“The front windows are original, so we built new<br />

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creating the perfect spot from which to enjoy the morning<br />

sunshine and paintings by Francine’s late husband Jean-<br />

Francois Raymond, and her father-in-law Maurice.<br />

Jacques’ masterpiece, if there is one, has to be the<br />

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On the kitchen table sits a blue-glazed vase that belonged<br />

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Francine goes to the boot fair most weeks, but somehow<br />

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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<br />

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life, and nothing feels static. Under the bench topped<br />

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of the two spare rooms is a child’s paradise, known<br />

as ‘the Lego room’, complete with a tree made from<br />

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So, I ask, how does her ‘new’ home compare to her<br />

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sorts of people. I have friends of all different ages.<br />

“Because of my old business [in Suffolk] I knew<br />

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

effect of a carpet runner. Above right: A dormer was added on to make room<br />

for a new bathroom – with a space-saving sliding door. Left: Francine used<br />

floor tiles from Fired Earth on the walls of her shower room<br />

you’re the new girl, it can knock your confidence. But,<br />

writing my column for the Sunday Telegraph has got<br />

me out, meeting people. Each time you write about a<br />

garden, it’s a different world, with different people.”<br />

She’s a great proponent of community gardens,<br />

and speaks warmly of the Stream Walk Community<br />

Garden, as well as the Friends of the Westbrook stream<br />

in Faversham. “These days many people can’t afford a<br />

house with a large garden. Community gardens are the<br />

way it’s going, and it’s a great way to make friends.”<br />

The NGS is also something Francine is involved<br />

in, and which she hopes to extend in Whitstable.<br />

“We have seven gardens already, and we are hoping<br />

to attract people with smaller gardens, who can be<br />

involved in a more informal way – marking their garden<br />

with a yellow balloon during open garden week.”<br />

Francine’s garden will be open on June 12, 2016.<br />

Although she was initially looking for a smaller home,<br />

with a larger garden, it seems that Francine has ended<br />

up with the perfect plot. “My old garden was an acre,<br />

and I had 100 ducks. I didn’t want this garden to be<br />

labour intensive.” Instead, much of the area close to the<br />

house is taken up with containers, in all shapes and<br />

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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<br />

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<br />

sizes, from agricultural watering troughs, to more elegant<br />

‘brocante’ – around a deck made from scaffolding boards.<br />

“I try and grow a few, special veg – not everything I<br />

eat. It’s the seasonality I like. To grow a few nice things<br />

is important to me.” Morning and evening watering<br />

is something she finds relaxing. Further away from<br />

the house is a grass area, dotted with fruit trees, and<br />

to the side there is a metal swing chair that Francine<br />

brought with her from her old garden. “You get the<br />

nicest view from here, of just plants, trees and sky<br />

and I’ve planted roses around it, for the scent.”<br />

Following on from her knack of re-using materials,<br />

or using materials in clever ways, the garden fences – or<br />

dividers – which shield the compost area and cobnut glade<br />

– are made from roofing batten nailed at intervals to vertical<br />

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

the wind through. Otherwise it would just get blown down.”<br />

Ingenuity and adaptability are just two of Francine’s talents,<br />

and her home and garden show both off to perfection.<br />

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Words: John Graham-Hart Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton<br />

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

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

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

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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<br />

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<br />

The Woolpack Hotel in Tenterden is one of the<br />

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over by Rob Cowan three years ago, it has swiftly made<br />

the transition from “rat-infested hell-hole” to one of<br />

the most popular hostelries in the area, winning praise<br />

for its service and atmosphere as well as scoring an<br />

outstanding 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor for its cuisine.<br />

Rob, Caroline and family brought the Woolpack<br />

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décor, which is no real surprise – Rob originally trained<br />

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might very reasonably expect his own home – Brick<br />

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only one slight problem and that’s the assumption<br />

that he is responsible for both home and hotel.<br />

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natural that he would have great ideas for the farm<br />

when we took it over,” says Rob’s wife, Caroline.<br />

“But I decided that this was one home we would do<br />

my way. Rob’s natural inclination would probably<br />

be to go for a more contemporary feel than I would<br />

but I really wanted a traditional, country farm feel<br />

and I hope this is what we have achieved.”<br />

It certainly is. Rarely have I walked into a warmer,<br />

more relaxing environment. I immediately kicked<br />

off my shoes, threw myself on the sofa in front of<br />

the inglenook and demanded tea and hot, buttered<br />

scones. That’s a complete lie – but should any strange<br />

journalist ever walk in and do just that, Caroline has<br />

only herself to blame. This really is a lovely home.<br />

Not that her previous home was at all shabby, of course.<br />

It’s just that it was time for not only a change of home<br />

but a change in the way the couple lived. “We had had<br />

our niece, Holly’s wedding at home and began thinking<br />

that we’d like to start a business running a venue for other<br />

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

suitable, so we began looking and found Brick House Farm<br />

almost immediately. We fell for it the minute we saw it.”<br />

The farmhouse has the date of 1799 chiselled into<br />

a stone over the front door but its finest hour was<br />

probably during the Second World War, when a<br />

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

interior design. Below: A collection of pretty crockery on a farmhouse dresser<br />

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Above: A cosy seating area next to the kitchen catches the morning sun and is<br />

the perfect spot for breakfast Left: Steep stairs, hidden behind a door, lead up<br />

from the kitchen<br />

crashing Messerschmitt clipped the corner of the house<br />

leaving an honourable scar to this date. However,<br />

the couple believe that the farm holding predates the<br />

house by many years. Its big barn, for instance, has<br />

the date 1756 carved into the woodwork. Previous<br />

owners had used the farm for arable and dairy cows<br />

but Caroline and Rob now use it as a smallholding<br />

providing a mixture of pork, lamb and vegetables.<br />

In addition to the main barn, that has now been<br />

converted to host a variety of events from weddings to<br />

corporate gatherings, the farm also boasts a variety of<br />

traditional outbuildings including a smaller barn which<br />

has been converted into a one bedroom studio and a<br />

former dairy which is now a three-bedroom unit. As<br />

part of their business the couple also offer ‘glamping’<br />

in a variety of structures from an Alaskan storage<br />

tent to a superb fishing shack. The latter was built by<br />

The Shack Company, another of Rob’s ventures.<br />

When the couple took over the farm, Rob<br />

concentrated on converting the dairy and building<br />

the fishing shack, promising not to interfere in the<br />

house, which was to be strictly Caroline’s domain.<br />

The house had been well kept but the couple wanted<br />

an extension to the kitchen. However, planning<br />

permission wasn’t forthcoming so, instead of going out<br />

they went up, creating a fine part-vaulted ceiling.<br />

Either side of the range are units created by splitting<br />

an old dresser, keeping the base as a lower unit and<br />

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Above: The bricks of a disused fireplace in an upstairs bedroom have been painted white to reflect the light – and avoid the gloominess associated with low,<br />

beamed ceilings. A Victorian-style bed is draped with a lovely handmade spread from Love Lane Vintage<br />

raising the shelves and putting on reclaimed and glazed<br />

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but uncluttered feel of the rest of the property. At the<br />

end of the kitchen is a cosy little breakfast area which<br />

Caroline created by losing the ground floor bathroom.<br />

The drawing/dining room runs the length of the<br />

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Standing sentry between the two parts of the room<br />

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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<br />

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

would be unrecognisable to the former owners. Once<br />

the wealth of beams were painted a gloomy black which<br />

brought lower a ceiling already not the highest. Now the<br />

entire room, including all the woodwork and the exposed<br />

chimney brickwork, is a pristine white, almost visually<br />

lifting the ceiling and creating a space of freedom and<br />

light. On the Victorian-style bed is a lovely handmade<br />

spread from Love Lane Vintage. “There was really no<br />

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Although many period properties boast contemporary<br />

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meant that a modest-sized room now accommodates<br />

an elegant free-standing roll top bath, basin and loo,<br />

all surrounded by Rob’s tongue-and-groove panelling,<br />

while never for a moment feeling pokey.<br />

Outside, both the dairy and barn/studio conversions<br />

are outstanding, with beautiful use of exposed brickwork<br />

and age-old timbering. But perhaps the most romantic<br />

structure on the farm is the Fishing Shack on its perfect<br />

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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<br />

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

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<br />

pond brimming with roach and wily carp. Personally,<br />

my interest in pitting my wits against an animal with a<br />

brain the size of a Liquorice Allsort is limited but just<br />

relaxing here for a couple of days with a good book<br />

or somebody who’s read one would be a serious joy.<br />

But then everything about Brick House Farm is a joy.<br />

This is a beautiful home that is living proof, if any was<br />

needed, that you don’t have to have a degree in interior<br />

design to create something that is truly special and<br />

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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<br />

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<strong>Gift</strong>s for... Her<br />

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Olivia Burton Big Dial<br />

watch, £80<br />

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See them at WT<br />

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Countrystore, 01580 713189,<br />

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co.uk<br />

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cream and hydrator, £25, Trading<br />

Boundaries, 01825 790200<br />

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<br />

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Midwinter<br />

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Fair<br />

Food In My Beard Egg Cup<br />

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Peregrine Harris Tweed<br />

Funky Jumper, £89.95,<br />

The Golden Fleece,<br />

Rye, 01797 224271<br />

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Monty slippers<br />

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www.fenwick.co.uk<br />

Mandle candle, £15,<br />

Ville De Fleurs<br />

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villedefleurs<br />

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WILDLIFE<br />

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Email: enquiries@whf.org.uk T. 01233 771915<br />

Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Headcorn Road, Smarden, Kent TN27 8PJ<br />

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Specialists in Carpets, Wood Flooring and Luxury Vinyl<br />

Free home surveys with sampling<br />

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www.theprestigeflooringco.com info@theprestigeflooringco.com<br />

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EAT, DRINK, ENJOY<br />

Cullenders delicatessen & kitchen has been serving the people of Reigate great coffee and food for six years<br />

and we have been nominated for the second year running best independent retailer by <strong>Surrey</strong> life magazine.<br />

13 Bell Street, Reigate, <strong>Surrey</strong> RH2 7AD | 01737 240 800 | www.cullenders.com<br />

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Lacquer<br />

Lustre<br />

We’re getting ready for the party season here at WT,<br />

so we’ve discovered some of the sparkliest outfits and<br />

accessories to ensure you truly shine this season...<br />

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton<br />

Ted Baker silver sequin jacket, £175, McArthur Glen Ashford Designer Outlet www.ashforddesigneroutlet.com;<br />

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

odyldesign.com; Austrian Crystal necklace, £225, Austrian Crystal bracelet, £115, Austrian Crystal<br />

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

/ www.eclectica.biz; Perfecta pearl necklace, £25, Who’s Wearing What<br />

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

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

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Stockist of<br />

and<br />

many more<br />

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the bride, groom and guests<br />

www.melitaboutique.co.uk<br />

57 High Street, Chobham, <strong>Surrey</strong> GU24 8AF<br />

Tel: 01276 856308<br />

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1970s necklace, £85, green drop earrings, £125, Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020 7607 6327<br />

www.wealdenfairs.com/eclecticajewelleryltd / www.eclectica.biz; ‘Ultra’ multi coloured stone<br />

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

£55, ‘Superb’ gold leather cuff, £55, Dark Horse Ornament www.darkhorseornament.co.uk;<br />

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

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

£249, exclusive to McArthur Glen Ashford Designer Outlet www.ashforddesigneroutlet.com;<br />

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

Boutique, St Leonards-on-Sea 01424 272925 www.whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk<br />

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Swarovski necklace, £125,<br />

Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020<br />

7607 6327 www.wealdenfairs.<br />

com/eclecticajewelleryltd / www.<br />

eclectica.biz; Bcharmd long<br />

beaded necklace, £60, Cashara,<br />

Tenterden 01580 761917 www.<br />

cashara.co.uk; ‘Superb’ black<br />

& gold crystal fringe earrings,<br />

£48, Dark Horse Ornament,<br />

www.darkhorseornament.co.uk<br />

Belle grey satin-mix shirt, £45,<br />

La Saison blue tweed jacket,<br />

£219, Who’s Wearing What<br />

Boutique, St Leonards-on-Sea<br />

01424 272925 www.whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk<br />

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‘Siberian Wolf’ asymmetric faux fur scarf,<br />

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drop earrings, £55, Dark Horse Ornament<br />

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Wealden Times talks to Holly Levett from Duck<br />

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Do you have a particular<br />

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My beauty therapist<br />

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I use this product every<br />

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What’s your ultimate<br />

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As I have two young<br />

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So my ultimate treat at the<br />

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Who’s your style icon?<br />

My style icon has to<br />

be Jessica Alba, she<br />

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Sage, or Salvia Officinalis,<br />

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the ancient Egyptians used<br />

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Use it as a garnish on salads,<br />

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The Regenerative Night Cream<br />

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We loved the Energetic Eye<br />

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October, it’s available online<br />

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Festive<br />

Feasting<br />

Juliet Bidwell comes up with three ‘retro dinners with a twist’ including<br />

classic festive fare of smoked salmon, beef and that old favourite – trifle.<br />

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Beef Wellington with Mushroom Duxelle<br />

Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: From 15 mins<br />

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Pre-heat oven to 200˚C<br />

• 750g Beef fillet or<br />

6 fillet steaks<br />

• 250ml Beef jus<br />

• 12tsp Black olive tapenade<br />

• 500g Puff pastry – cut<br />

into 12, 8 x 8cm squares<br />

• 1 Egg yolk for glaze<br />

• 2tbsp Milk for glaze<br />

• Mushroom Duxelle<br />

• 1 Onion – finely chopped<br />

• 1 Garlic clove – crushed<br />

• 100g Button mushrooms<br />

– chopped<br />

• 100g Chestnut<br />

mushrooms – chopped<br />

• 10 Sprigs of thyme<br />

– leaves stripped<br />

• 50g Butter<br />

• 1tsp Dijon mustard<br />

• 1tbsp Crème fraîche<br />

• Salt & pepper<br />

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Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 mins Chilling time: 4 hours<br />

• 250g Smoked salmon slices<br />

• 120g Smoked salmon<br />

• 60g Butter – melted<br />

• 3tsp Lemon juice<br />

• Black pepper<br />

• 4tsp Crème fraîche<br />

• 3tsp Chives – chopped<br />

• 1 Lime – cut into<br />

6 segments<br />

• Pink peppercorns – crushed<br />

For the Cucumber Salad<br />

• 2 Cucumbers – washed<br />

• 2tbsp White wine vinegar<br />

• 1tbsp Caster sugar<br />

• 4 Dashes of fish sauce<br />

1. Place the smoked salmon, butter, lemon juice & black<br />

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the crème fraîche & chives & check the seasoning.<br />

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3. Finally, wrap in the parchment and then secure the<br />

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ends. Place in the fridge for 4 hours before slicing.<br />

1. With a vegetable peeler, peel the skin & flesh off the<br />

cucumbers in long strips while discarding the seeds.<br />

Place the cucumber strips in a bowl and add the vinegar,<br />

sugar & fish sauce. Leave for an hour and then drain.<br />

2. To serve, plate the cucumber & top with<br />

slices of roulade, sprinkled with crushed pink<br />

peppercorns & serve with a wedge of lime.<br />

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Trifle with Maple Pecans<br />

Serves: 6 Prep time: 25 mins Cooking time: 30 mins<br />

• 340g Blueberries – washed<br />

• 160g Raspberries<br />

• 120g Icing sugar – sieved<br />

• 1x3 egg whisked sponge<br />

• 6tbsp Sherry<br />

For the Vanilla Custard<br />

• 250ml Double cream<br />

• 250ml Full fat milk<br />

• 1 Vanilla pod, cut &<br />

de-seeded<br />

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- whipped softly<br />

• 20 Pecan nuts<br />

• 2tbsp Maple syrup<br />

• 6 Egg yolks<br />

• 2tbsp Caster sugar<br />

• 2tbsp Cornflour – sieved<br />

1. To make the custard, warm the cream & milk<br />

with the vanilla pod & vanilla seeds. Remove<br />

from the heat when the milk is scalding.<br />

2. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar & cornflour till pale<br />

& creamy. Take the vanilla pod from the creamy milk<br />

& pour the milk onto the eggs while still whisking.<br />

3. Return the mixture to the saucepan & stir<br />

continuously over a medium heat.<br />

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the heat & sieve before chilling. The custard<br />

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Winter vegetables<br />

Jo Arnell enjoys the earthiness of her seasonal crop<br />

There is a filthy frugality about winter vegetables. Perhaps<br />

it’s because so many of them have to be dug up, rather<br />

than daintily picked from on high. You can feel it, in the<br />

dirt that gets under your frozen fingernails and the dew drop that<br />

hangs from your nose; digging up grubby root veg really puts you<br />

in touch with the earth, and our heritage – a link to the sort of food<br />

that has sustained us since the time before hairbrushes. There is<br />

satisfaction and meagre comfort in trudging muddily from the veg<br />

patch with home-grown winter fare, but don’t worry if you’ve missed<br />

your chance this year; buying them is cleaner, nearly as satisfying<br />

and only slightly less primordial. I heard Bruce Robinson (writer of<br />

Withnail and I) on the radio this week describing how he was once<br />

so poor he lived only on old vegetables that had fallen on the ground<br />

at Camden Market. It sounded so bleak, romantic – and weirdly<br />

healthy. It put me in the right frame of mind for winter gardening.<br />

Some winter vegetables are easier to grow than others, and<br />

some, quite frankly, go beyond a challenge and into the realms<br />

of masochism and other bad behaviour (see the beastly brassica<br />

section below). The following information is based on my trials<br />

and errors, and attempts at growing winter vegetables – with varied<br />

amounts of success. We’ll skate briefly through a few of them:<br />

It might not be too late<br />

Depending on when you read this – at the dentist in January is<br />

too late – you may still have time to plant some crops. Technically<br />

these won’t be winter vegetables, as they’ll be ready for harvest in<br />

the spring and summer, but overwintering counts in my book.<br />

Peas and broad beans are very hardy, especially those selected for<br />

overwintering (try the broad bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ and a pea<br />

called ‘Feltham First’). These will get a head start on spring-sown<br />

varieties and should be ready to harvest 4 - 6 weeks earlier than<br />

spring-sown varieties.<br />

You will still get away with sowing, or rather planting, some<br />

onion sets this month too. These are just tiny onions that will bulk<br />

up to edible size over the months, but will be ready much earlier<br />

than onions from spring-sown seed. It is exactly the right time to<br />

sow garlic though, and there are lots of interesting varieties to try<br />

that aren’t available in the shops. Elephant garlic is great roasted<br />

whole and served alongside meat dishes.<br />

Easy winter vegetables<br />

Leeks are my ultimate desert-island (or perhaps it had better be<br />

Hebridean) vegetable. Leeks are sown from seed at the bleak end<br />

of winter, or in early spring, because they take a boringly long time<br />

to bulk up – gradually thickening up from what look like tiny<br />

blades of grass. The only thing you have to do during this time<br />

– and this sounds odd, but bear with me – is dig them up once<br />

they get to pencil thickness, and then replant each one in a much<br />

deeper, wider hole. You’re then supposed to leave them lolling<br />

about in their holes to stop grit getting between the layers, though<br />

I often back-fill the holes. This is a form of blanching and will give<br />

the leeks a long white shank, which is the tenderest part.<br />

Kale is the best-behaved of the brassicas and deep dark greenly<br />

good for you; grow some kale and the vitamins burst from each<br />

leaf and march down the path to greet you. For winter harvests,<br />

sow in July or August. You will need to protect against the pesky<br />

cabbage white butterflies for the first few weeks, until they’ve gone<br />

away for the winter, and then against pigeons – although if you’re<br />

a good shot and not squeamish, kale-stuffed pigeon sounds quite<br />

delicious.<br />

parsnips are easy if you have the right type of soil. They like freedraining<br />

conditions and not too much manure. Too much causes<br />

the roots to fork and fang and they end up looking like monsters<br />

from Dr Who. Parsnips are supposed to taste better after a frost, as<br />

some of the starch in the root turns to sugar, but you might need a<br />

pick axe to dig them up if the ground freezes solid.<br />

Spinach is much easier to grow in winter than in the warmer<br />

months when it can bolt (run to seed) almost immediately. Some<br />

varieties are hardier than others. Perpetual spinach (often called<br />

spinach beet) is very tough, but other varieties will appreciate the<br />

cover of a cloche. Growth will be slow during the winter months,<br />

so sow plenty in late summer to last you – remember how the<br />

leaves wilt to nothing once they’re cooked.<br />

pak Choi and oriental greens are, like spinach, great to grow<br />

in cooler weather; in fact, really don’t bother to grow them at<br />

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any other time of the year, if the weather is warm they’ll rush to make<br />

flowers before you get a chance to pick them.<br />

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Swiss Chard – I grow this because it looks so beautiful, even if no one<br />

eats it. It is similar to spinach, but the leaves have a thicker stem. In<br />

some varieties the stems are brightly coloured (‘Bright Lights’ is a good<br />

one) which brings a welcome, if somewhat startling splash of colour in<br />

the veg patch. The leaves may wither in very cold weather but, by early<br />

spring, new ones will grow.<br />

Brassicas<br />

Winters are long, but life is short, and I have made a decision not to<br />

grow too many brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts etc).<br />

My reason is threefold: I have sandy soil – brassicas like compacted<br />

clay, they are plagued by every pest that ever walked, flew or crawled<br />

across my garden, and they cost so little to buy in the shops. The<br />

exception to this is kale and also purple sprouting broccoli. Providing<br />

you net it against pigeons – or get ready with that gun – this tallgrowing<br />

but delicious broccoli will overwinter well and be ready to<br />

harvest at the end of March/early April, when there’s nothing else on<br />

offer in the veg patch.<br />

Winter protection<br />

The one thing that many winter vegetables have in common is that<br />

the growing period is long, so they must sit out there for months and<br />

suffer the slugs and sparrows and other outrageous misfortunes. Some,<br />

like the sturdy leek and other stalwarts mentioned above are able to<br />

stay untouched for long periods, but others (mainly in the wretched<br />

brassica family) are beset by an endless stream of pests, diseases and<br />

conditions related to the weather and the soil.<br />

The weather<br />

Most winter vegetables will tolerate low temperatures and frost.<br />

Cloches are a good solution to help protect leafy plants like pak choi,<br />

spinach, and stir-fry salads and greens. They’re also useful for warming<br />

up the soil in the early spring. Fleece will keep the frost at bay, and<br />

adding a cosy mulch will act like a winter blanket for permanent crops<br />

like artichokes and help prevent weed germination.<br />

Pests<br />

Netting is a good solution for pests above the ground, but be careful<br />

that birds don’t get tangled up in it. Pests below the soil can munch<br />

away happily without you noticing them and can be a problem for<br />

root vegetables. Keel slugs – the small black ones – burrow under the<br />

ground and eat things like potatoes, parsnips and carrots. To avoid this<br />

you can lift root crops and then store them in damp sand somewhere<br />

cool. There are other more specific pests that may attack the roots of<br />

other vegetables. Crop rotation is often a good solution for these, as it<br />

helps stop the build-up of crop-specific pests and diseases.<br />

Growing winter crops can be rewarding, and if you take a few<br />

precautions and choose the right crops, they can be lower maintenance<br />

than fair-weather vegetables – with all their whoosh and weeds and<br />

wide-ranging pest proliferations. It might not be as cheerful looking –<br />

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Guildford Music Society presents a variety of<br />

excellent live music for its <strong>2015</strong>–16 season<br />

Besides engaging well-established artists,<br />

we take much pleasure in encouraging<br />

talented, upcoming musicians to perform<br />

and aim to foster a love of music amongst<br />

the young. Children age 16 and under<br />

are admitted free to concerts with an<br />

accompanying adult.<br />

Our concert room at GURC, 83 Portsmouth<br />

Road, Guildford GU2 4BS offers excellent<br />

acoustics with a fully restored c.1892 Bechstein<br />

concert grand piano, plus one of the finest<br />

church organs in the south of England.<br />

Situated close to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre<br />

and Guildford town centre, we have parking at<br />

the rear of the building, free to concert-goers.<br />

Performance details are subject to change<br />

without prior notice.<br />

Tickets are available from Guildford Tourist<br />

Information Centre on 01483 444333. For<br />

information on becoming a member, or<br />

perhaps purchasing membership as a gift<br />

for a music-lover, please contact Jean Burge<br />

01483 416964 or visit our website.<br />

Clare Hammond - piano. 3pm, Sunday 15 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2015</strong> - £12<br />

Tom Poster - piano. 3pm, Sunday 10 January 2016 - £12<br />

Ivan Cheng - violin, Elizabeth Lewis - cello, Roy Cheung - piano.<br />

7.30pm, Friday 29 January 2016 - retiring collection<br />

University of <strong>Surrey</strong> Showcase Concert.<br />

3pm, Sunday 7 February 2016 - retiring collection<br />

Geoffrey Morgan - organ. 7.30pm, Friday 19 February 2016 - £10<br />

University of <strong>Surrey</strong> Chamber Choir and Orchestra.<br />

3pm, Sunday 6 March 2016 - retiring collection<br />

Ursula John - viola, Joy Farrall - clarinet, Min-Jung Kym - piano.<br />

7.30pm, Friday 15 April 2016 - £12<br />

Oliver Nelson - violin, Vasileios Rakitzis - piano.<br />

7.30pm, Friday 13 May 2016 - £12<br />

David Saint - organ. 7.30pm, Friday 3 June 2016 - £10<br />

Abbott O’Gorman Piano Duo. 1pm, Wednesday 13 July 2016 - £10<br />

Donald MacKenzie - organ accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s<br />

silent film Steamboat Bill Jnr. 7.30pm, Friday 9 September 2016 - £10<br />

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What’s On In <strong>November</strong><br />

Fairs & festivals<br />

Sun 1 - Sun 30 Nov<br />

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> GU23 6QB<br />

HARVEST FESTIVAL<br />

An autumn celebration of tasty<br />

food, fresh air and glorious garden<br />

colour. Wisley has over 670<br />

different cultivars of apple and this<br />

autumn Taste of Wisley plan to<br />

tempt you with some of these.<br />

Info: rhs.org.uk/wisley<br />

Sat 7 Nov 10.30am-2.30pm<br />

Station Approach, Off Stoneleigh<br />

Park Road, Stoneleigh,<br />

Epsom, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT19 0QZ<br />

Craft and Christmas Fair<br />

St John’s Church, Stoneleigh welcomes<br />

you to its Craft and Christmas Fair!<br />

Over 20 stalls selling homemade<br />

crafts, preserves, cakes, jewellery,<br />

wooden items, pottery, toys etc. Games<br />

and refreshments also on offer.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Thurs 12 Nov - Thurs 24 Dec<br />

Grounds All Saints Parish Church,<br />

Clarence Street, Kingston Upon<br />

Thames, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT1 1JS<br />

Royal Kingston<br />

Christmas Fair<br />

You will be spoilt for choice by<br />

exhibitors offering everything from<br />

jewellery, skin care, massages and<br />

unique gifts all displayed under cover of<br />

a large marquee on the green. You’ll find<br />

delightful hand-made puppets from<br />

Artichoke and, for a Moroccan twist,<br />

visit Atlas One and take a look at their<br />

unique wooden boxes and leather bags.<br />

Sat 14 Nov 10am-4pm<br />

Milford Village Hall, Portsmouth<br />

Road, Milford, Godalming,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> GU8 5DS<br />

RSPCA Christmas Fair<br />

Come and join us at Milford Village<br />

Hall to help raise funds for your local<br />

RSPCA Equine and Animal rescue<br />

and rehabilitation. We will have craft<br />

stalls, bric-a-brac, children’s activities,<br />

home-made cakes, pet accessories and<br />

equine equipment, new and second<br />

hand gifts, plus raffle and tombola.<br />

Entry: £1<br />

Info: 0300 123 0720 / www.<br />

facebook.com/LockwoodDonkey<br />

Sun 15 Nov 9.30-4pm<br />

Village Hall, High St, Ripley,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> GU23 6AF<br />

Antiques & Collectors Fair<br />

Around 35 stalls selling a wide range<br />

of items including china, jewellery,<br />

military and kitchenalia. Refreshment<br />

available and home-baked cakes.<br />

Entry: by donation to Great<br />

Ormond St Hospital<br />

Info: 020 8688 3935<br />

Fri 20 & Sat 21 Nov<br />

Soper Hall, Caterham,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> CR3 6HY<br />

Caterham Beer Festival<br />

A real ale festival with approximately<br />

55 beers and ciders. This local beer<br />

festival raises money for local charities<br />

and good causes. A great atmosphere<br />

combined with a wide choice of beers<br />

and ciders makes this annual festival<br />

the most popular beer festival in<br />

the area. Local food producers will<br />

be providing hot and cold food.<br />

Info: 01883 336633 / www.<br />

caterhambeerfestival.co.uk<br />

Wed 25 - Sun 29 Nov 10am–5pm<br />

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> GU23 6QB<br />

Christmas Craft Fair<br />

Find that unique Christmas gift as you<br />

browse and buy from some of the finest<br />

craftspeople in the country. Please note<br />

the Craft Fair is held outside the garden.<br />

Entry: Adults £9, RHS Members Free<br />

Info: 08452609000 / www.<br />

rhs.org.uk/gardens<br />

Sat 28 & Sun 29 Nov 10am–4.30pm<br />

Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South<br />

Nutfield, Redhill, <strong>Surrey</strong> RH1 4EJ<br />

Christmas Food Festival<br />

There will be plenty of tasty samples on<br />

offer, ranging from award-winning pies<br />

and delicious naturally seasoned crisps,<br />

to West Country ciders and all the<br />

jams, jellies and condiments you could<br />

ever need for your Christmas spread.<br />

With around 40 different food and<br />

drink producers expected over the two<br />

days, visitors will be spoilt for choice.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01737822603 / www.<br />

prioryfarm.co.uk<br />

Family Fun<br />

Sun 1 - Friday 27 Nov 10.30am-5pm<br />

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,<br />

Woking, <strong>Surrey</strong> GU21 4AA<br />

Quentin Blake<br />

Inside Stories<br />

A landmark show by one of the<br />

UK’s most important and<br />

best-loved illustrators, this exhibition<br />

gives a unique insight into the<br />

origins of some of Blake’s most<br />

characteristic and popular creations.<br />

Entry: £5<br />

Info: 08452609000 / www.<br />

rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley<br />

Throughout Nov 10am-3pm<br />

Claremont Landscape<br />

Garden, Portsmouth Road,<br />

Esher, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT10 9JG<br />

Claremont tree trail<br />

Come to Claremont to learn about<br />

the trees in their autumn splendour<br />

on this self-guided trail around the<br />

landscape garden. Booking not needed.<br />

Info: 01483 737800 / www.<br />

thelightbox.org.uk<br />

Mon 2 - Sun 29 Nov 10am–4pm<br />

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> GU23 6QB<br />

RHS Late Fruit and<br />

Vegetable Competition<br />

See inspiring entries in over 60<br />

classes of fruit and vegetables on<br />

display in the Glasshouse Gallery,<br />

plus apple identification by our<br />

RHS experts. For information on<br />

entering the competition please<br />

email georginabarter@rhs.org.uk<br />

Entry: Free with normal<br />

Garden admission<br />

Info: 01372 467806 / www.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/events<br />

Thurs 26 - Thurs 24<br />

Dec 10am-5.30pm<br />

Bocketts Farm, Young Street,<br />

Leatherhead, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT22 9BS<br />

Visit Father Christmas<br />

Hop on board the Santa Express<br />

to his magical hay barn workshop.<br />

Once <strong>inside</strong>, each child will meet<br />

Father Christmas and receive a gift.<br />

No advance booking necessary.<br />

Simply turn up on the day and book<br />

into the next available time slot.<br />

Entry: £8 per child<br />

Info: 01372 363764 / www.<br />

bockettsfarm.co.uk<br />

Music<br />

Sun 8,15, 22 Nov 6.30pm<br />

Nutfield Parish Church, Church<br />

Hill, Nutfield, <strong>Surrey</strong> RH1 4JA<br />

Choral Evensong<br />

A cathedral-style Choral Evensong<br />

sung by the semi-professional<br />

choir of Nutfield Parish Church,<br />

directed by Charles Thompson, with<br />

Jonathan Rennert at the organ for<br />

accompanied services. Contributions<br />

to the collection welcomed.<br />

Info: www.nutfieldparishchurch.<br />

org.uk / 07946706660<br />

Sat 28 Nov 7.30 pm<br />

St. Andrew’s United Reformed<br />

Church, Northey Avenue,<br />

Cheam, <strong>Surrey</strong> SM2 7HF<br />

Sutton Symphony<br />

Orchestra Concert<br />

Concert programme of works by<br />

Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op 46,<br />

Bruch - Violin Concerto no. 1 with<br />

soloist Lara Caister (runner up in the<br />

2014 Sutton Music Festival Concerto<br />

Class) and Brahms Symphony No. 4<br />

Entry: £10 Adults,<br />

£7 Concessions, £2 Under 18s<br />

Info: 01737 361773 / www.<br />

suttonsymphonyorchestra.org<br />

Sun 29 Nov 6.30pm<br />

Nutfield Parish Church, Church<br />

Hill, Nutfield, <strong>Surrey</strong> RH1 4JA<br />

Advent Procession with<br />

Carols by Candlelight<br />

Nutfield Parish Church’s superb choir<br />

will provide music for this atmospheric<br />

start to the Christmas season. Charles<br />

Thompson will direct and Jonathan<br />

Rennert will accompany on the organ.<br />

Info: 07946 706660 / www.<br />

nutfieldparishchurch.org.uk<br />

Nights Out<br />

Tues 10 Nov 7-10pm<br />

Carshalton Methodist Church,<br />

Ruskin Road, Carshalton,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> SM5 3DE<br />

Christmas Shopping<br />

and Pamper Evening<br />

Enjoy complimentary refreshments in a<br />

warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.<br />

Find that elusive gift, or a treat for<br />

yourself. Browse the quality stalls<br />

and support local sellers of jewellery,<br />

clothing, books, cards, candles, glass<br />

art, photography offers and other<br />

unique gifts and delicious cakes.<br />

Entry: £3.50<br />

Info: 078669 69147 / www.<br />

carshalton-methodist.org.uk<br />

Thurs 12 Nov 8pm<br />

The Woolpack, Milford<br />

Road, Elstead, Godalming,<br />

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Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th December <strong>2015</strong><br />

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<strong>Surrey</strong> GU8 6HD<br />

The Woolpack<br />

Comedy Night<br />

Join us for an evening of standup<br />

comedy with Luke Graves,<br />

Tania Edwards and Ben Van Der<br />

Velde. The comedy night will<br />

be held in the main restaurant.<br />

Tickets available from the bar<br />

Entry: £10 including one drink<br />

Info: 01252 703106 / www.<br />

woolpackelstead.co.uk/events<br />

Wed 18 Nov 7pm-10.30pm<br />

Imber Court, Ember Lane, East<br />

Molesey, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT8 0BT<br />

Shooting Star Chase<br />

Comedy Night<br />

Join Shooting Star Chase for an<br />

evening of live stand-up comedy<br />

– raising money and raising<br />

smiles with special guests Barry<br />

Castagnola and Maff Brown.<br />

Entry: £12<br />

Info: www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/<br />

shooting-star-chase-comedy-night/<br />

Wed 18 - Sat 21 Nov<br />

7.30pm / 2.30pm<br />

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue,<br />

Epsom, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT18 5AL<br />

Sister Act<br />

Guaranteeing plenty of laughter, razzle<br />

dazzle costumes and an infectious<br />

score, Hinchley Manor Operatic<br />

Society’s production will be rocking<br />

the Playhouse rafters. More than a<br />

million people saw Sister Act in the<br />

West End; and you too will see why<br />

musical audiences fell in love with the<br />

funniest and funkiest nun on the run.<br />

Entry: £18<br />

Info: 01372 742555 / www.<br />

epsomplayhouse.co.uk<br />

Mon 30 Nov 6.30pm<br />

Waverley Lane, Farnham,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> GU9 8BL<br />

Light up a Life<br />

A service of remembrance and<br />

thanksgiving at the Hospice, with the<br />

main event: the illumination of our<br />

Christmas tree. Each and every light<br />

on the tree will represent a life – the<br />

life of someone special. By dedicating<br />

a star to a loved one we ask for a small<br />

donation to the Hospice to help us<br />

make sure we can continue to offer<br />

caring, compassionate support to the<br />

hundreds of people we help every day.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01252 729446 / www.pth.<br />

org.uk/events/light-up-a-life<br />

Workshops<br />

Wed & Thurs throughout Nov<br />

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,<br />

near Dorking, <strong>Surrey</strong> RH5 6BD<br />

Wreath-Making Workshops<br />

Learn to create a beautiful festive wreath<br />

using natural materials from our estate<br />

and enjoy a festive treat while you work.<br />

Entry: £20<br />

Booking: 01372 452048s<br />

Info: www.nationaltrust.<br />

org.uk/polesden-lacey<br />

Sat 21 Nov 9am-1pm<br />

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,<br />

Guildford, <strong>Surrey</strong> GU4 7RT<br />

Book binding craft<br />

workshop<br />

This workshop will teach participants<br />

how to bind their own book, and<br />

learn the basics of bookbinding. Learn<br />

special techniques to produce beautiful,<br />

hand-bound books of sound and<br />

lasting construction making a perfect<br />

Christmas gift. Booking Essential.<br />

Info: 01483 444334 / www.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/events<br />

Sat 28 Nov 1.30-4pm<br />

Gatton Park, Reigate,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> RH2 0TW<br />

Family Christmas<br />

Decoration Making<br />

Come along to make Christmas<br />

wreaths and other decorations from<br />

the natural materials of Gatton<br />

Park. Prebooking essential.<br />

Entry: £7<br />

Info: 01737 649066 / www.<br />

gattonpark.com<br />

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competition<br />

Win a one-day cookery<br />

experience for two at<br />

Rosemary Shrager’s Award-<br />

Winning Cookery School<br />

Fables<br />

From<br />

The Farm<br />

Jane visits the fatstock<br />

sales and tries her hand<br />

at making suasages…<br />

The home of Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School, lies in the heart of<br />

Royal Tunbridge Wells. The School is housed within The Corn Exchange,<br />

a beautiful three-storey Regency building. Within the School we have a<br />

Domestic and Professional Kitchen, event spaces for private celebrations<br />

and corporate functions. Every aspect of the School has been personally<br />

designed to Rosemary’s exacting specifications, and no expense has been<br />

spared to provide guests with up to the minute kitchen technologies in a<br />

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The Gallery Kitchen is a hand built home-style kitchen made by Mark<br />

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with an enormous demonstration island and fully equipped workstations<br />

with Miele appliances. It is a kitchen built to the highest specifications,<br />

designed to inspire home cooks of all abilities. It’s ideal for private parties,<br />

team building events, product launches, private chef’s Tables, filming and<br />

photo shoots. We have a course or dining experience to suit every occasion,<br />

whether it’s for a celebration or a private dinner for family and friends.<br />

Our dining room is an exquisite home styled room ideal for catering to<br />

smaller events, such as hosted meetings, company presentations or special<br />

dining celebrations.<br />

Choose from an array of one day cookery courses on offer: butchery,<br />

Italian, Taste of Asia and baking (all using locally sourced produce). The<br />

lessons are hands-on and include demonstrations and practical cookery<br />

time. Meet everyone for a hot drink, before forming small groups to cook.<br />

At the end, sit down and enjoy a three-course lunch and a glass of wine<br />

and leave with a Shrager goody bag. The one day cookery course seeks to<br />

inspire amateur cooks and budding food enthusiasts alike.<br />

For your chance to win a oneday<br />

cookery experience for two at<br />

Rosemary Shrager’s Award-Winning<br />

Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells,<br />

just answer this question: ‘To whose<br />

exacting specifications has the school<br />

been designed?’ Enter your answer with<br />

your contact details* in the online form<br />

at www.wealdentimes.co.uk/competition<br />

or post to: The Rosemary Shrager<br />

Competition, Wealden Times, 21 Stone<br />

Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF by 16 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2015</strong>. There is no cash<br />

alternative and the prize must be taken before 31 March 2016. *All entrants’<br />

details will be passed on to Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School and Wealden<br />

Times Events. Please let us know if you do not wish your details to be passed on.<br />

Congratulations to Guy Matthews from West Sussex, who wins the October<br />

competition for an overnight stay in a Superior room with dinner & breakfast<br />

for two at Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club!<br />

After a warm and honeyed summer, the<br />

agricultural show season came to a close at<br />

the end of September. These are shows for<br />

breeding stock and provide an opportunity to showcase<br />

the best of British cattle, as well as sheep, pigs, chickens,<br />

rabbits, leeks, honey, floral displays and plenty more.<br />

But that doesn’t mean it all goes quiet until next spring. Oh no,<br />

all the background work that goes into showing animals – halter<br />

training, trimming, feeding, polishing, primping and grooming<br />

is back in full swing in preparation for the annual round of<br />

Christmas Fatstock shows. These are shows where farmers exhibit<br />

beasts that are ready for the butcher rather than the breeder and<br />

the livestock is usually sold in an auction after the show.<br />

This year we are planning to go to the South East Prime<br />

Winter Fatstock Fayre at Ardingly Show Ground. Established in<br />

1869, this was originally the Edenbridge Fatstock Show which<br />

only moved to Ardingly in recent history and which has a rather<br />

illustrious past.<br />

Sir Winston Churchill, best-known as a witty, determined – if<br />

arrogant – leader of men also had a lifelong interest in farming<br />

and, from his smallholding at Chartwell, enjoyed considerable<br />

success at the Edenbridge Fatstock Show. His pigs, apparently,<br />

were legendary prize winners.<br />

So no pressure then! It won’t however just be cattle we are taking<br />

to the show. As well as classes for cows, sheep, pigs, turkeys<br />

and geese there is also a Sausage and Meat Pie-Making class!<br />

Perfect, we’re up for it.<br />

Our pigs live in about 20 acres of woodland and are truly free<br />

range. Usually we only see them in the mornings when we toss<br />

them buckets of food but right now they are filling up on all the<br />

fallen acorns and don’t bother with our evidently less tasty rations.<br />

It means that the sausages made in <strong>November</strong> and December are<br />

particularly tasty.<br />

They run around so much that they take about nine months<br />

to mature – commercial pigs are ready in about six months – and<br />

being old-fashioned breeds by then they have a fair amount of fat<br />

cover. It makes them a little stout for chops and roasts but perfect<br />

for sausages. So, we turn the whole pig including the leg, loin and<br />

fillet into sausages and just add salt, pepper and a pinch of sage.<br />

If all this sounds like we might be in with a shout for a ticket<br />

in the sausage competition there is, however, one major obstacle<br />

lying between us and success. The rules stipulate that the sausage<br />

has to be made by the entrant and as we don’t usually make our<br />

own sausages – that’s down to the brilliant Alex at Tottingworth –<br />

we’ll have to borrow the mincer and nozzles. It looks easy but of<br />

course it isn’t – and Alex has warned us that chipolatas are twice<br />

as tricky as fat bangers. So far attempts to make anything that<br />

looks remotely sausage-like have failed, there has however been<br />

much juvenile humour in the trying.<br />

Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm<br />

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