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ON THE RIGHT TRACK
John Graham-Hart finds
homes near railway stations
What’s going on near you
A writer’s Art and Crafts
chalet home in Whitstable
GET THE LOOK
Fabulous home accessories
A tour of Brick House Farm
near High Halden
Festive fare from Juliet
Bidwell of Juliet’s Catering,
Jo Arnell on the delights of
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THE GREEN GODDESS
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Win places for two people
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Outstanding family home in a private exclusive location with commanding views
Reception hall, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study area, family room, laundry/utility room, gym/studio, wet room,
kitchenette. First floor - master bedroom with en-suite shower room, dressing area, 2 further bedrooms, en-suite shower room to bedroom 2, family
bathroom. Second floor - 3 further bedrooms, family shower room. Impressive driveway with ample parking, 2 garages, beautiful formal gardens with fine
views, various outbuildings, stabling, recently constructed sand school, 2 paddocks, in all, nearly 5 acres. EPC - D
Guide price £2.65m Fast Find 62714
An exceptional Listed period home in a wonderfully unspoilt village location
Entrance hall, cloakroom, impressive kitchen/dining room, drawing room, lounge, sitting room, laundry room, boot room, first floor landing, master
bedroom with en-suite shower room, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, loft storage, beautiful established garden, substantial driveway, in all, about
0.63 of an acre.
Guide price £1.25m Fast Find 62864
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An exceptional contemporary home in a mature location
Entrance lobby, reception hall, dining hall, drawing room, family room, sitting room, study, kitchen, utility room, master bedroom, dressing room, en-suite
bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, indoor swimming pool, sauna, WC, double garage, long driveway with ample parking, superb roof
terrace with panoramic views, wonderful mature gardens, in all about 0.55 of an acre. EPC - D
Guide price £1.5m Fast Find 62711
Wonderful Arts & Crafts style home with a favourable outlook
Entrance hall, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, sitting room/bedroom 5, shower room, study, garden room, fitted kitchen, first floor landing, 4
bedrooms, family bathroom, extensive patio area, lovely established gardens, wonderful open farmland views, driveway providing ample parking, detached
double garage, detached store room, in all, about 1.5 acres.
Guide price £1.125m Fast Find 62713
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Crockham Hill, Kent
A handsome and substantial victorian family home with charming period features and outstanding far reaching views
Oak Panelled Reception Hall, Elegant Drawing Room, Library, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Large Cellar, Master Bedroom Suite,
6 Further Bedrooms, Music/Playroom, Annexe/Wing comprising; Cloakroom, 2 Reception Rooms, Kitchen, Utility Room, 3 Bedrooms and
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
about 1.66 acres. EPC Rating: G
Guide Price £2,750,000 Fast Find 62140
In a highly sought after address - a most comfortable and elegant country home of generous proportions set in beautiful grounds
Entrance Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Family Room/Bedroom 5, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Laundry/Boot Room, Cloakroom,
Basement Workshop with Wine Cellar, Master Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Double Garage,
Plentiful Parking, Wonderful Secluded Gardens, In all about 1.43 acres. EPC Rating: E
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One Sold - One Remaining
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Ridgewood is traditionally built to an exceptionally
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart
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. Timpani Hill
Where? Timpani Hill is at the
end of a sweeping drive off Hillbury
Road in the village of Warlingham,
near Godstone, a short walk from
Upper Warlingham railway station.
(Google Maps CR6 9BS).
What? A luxury penthouse which
occupies the entire third floor of the
contemporary, cedar-clad Timpani Hill
development. Awash with space and
light, this is an exceptional property
at the heart of which is a superb living
space comprising a semi-circular dining
and drawing room, with an outlook into
the surrounding treetops of the four
acres of woodland. There is also access
to a large terrace via bi-folding doors.
The apartment offers three bedrooms
including a master bedroom with
luxury en suite bathroom and
a second bedroom with its own
bathroom. The apartment is reached
via a private lift and has the exclusive
use of two parking places.
How much? The Penthouse,
Timpani Hill, is priced at £799,950
and is with Fine & Country in
Woldingham. Call 01883 653040
or visit www.fineandcountry.com
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2. Hampton Court Mews
Where? Hampton Court Mews
is a handsome modern development
in the heart of East Molesey within
a few minutes of Hampton Court
Palace and just a quarter of a mile
from Hampton Court Station
(Google Maps KT8 9BW).
What? On the market is Flat 8, a
stylish first floor apartment with high
ceilings and bright rooms. It has a large
open-plan kitchen/living room with
a feature fireplace, a spacious master
bedroom with en suite bathroom
and two sets of French doors leading
out on to a private roof terrace.
There is also a family bathroom.
The flat’s occupants also have access
to a communal patio and garden
and secure underground parking.
How much? Flat 8, Hampton
Court Mews, is on the market at
£675,000 and is with Knight Frank
in Esher. Call 020 7861 1552 or
3. Albury Road
Where? No 4 Albury Road is
set in one of Guildford’s premier
residential roads just half a mile
from the city’s mainline station
(Google Maps GU1 2BT).
What? Dating from the 1890s,
No 4 is a handsome and impressive
Victorian property, sympathetically
restored and extended to provide a
superb 21st-century family home.
Ground floor accommodation includes
a west-facing drawing room but the
heart of the house is an outstanding
kitchen/breakfast room/orangery with
three sets of doors opening out on
to the terrace and substantial garden.
There is also a family room, dining
room, cinema, study and gym.
Upstairs is a master bedroom with
dressing room and bathroom,
and five further bedrooms, four
with their own bathrooms.
How much? No 4 Albury Road is
on the market with Savills in Guildford
and the price is by application. Call
01483 796 820 or visit www.savills.co.uk
4. Shorts House
Where? Shorts House (Google Maps
RH14 0PJ) is in a rural location on the
northern fringe of the village of Plaistow
on the Surry/Sussex border, just under
seven miles from Witley Station.
What? The property is an attractive
country home which has been
considerably enlarged over recent
years to provide bright and spacious
accommodation of considerable
charm and character. Ground floor
accommodation includes a reception
hall with an inglenook-style fireplace,
drawing room, sitting room with
French doors to the garden, sun
room with adjoining study, large
vaulted kitchen/breakfast room
and adjoining dining room.
On the first floor there is a master
bedroom suite with dressing room
and luxurious bathroom and four
further family bedrooms. The
property is in two acres of gardens
encompassing a swimming pool,
paved terrace and barbecue area.
How much? Shorts house is
on the market at £1,750,000 and
is with Savills in Guildford.
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Curves in all the right places!
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November in the garden is
traditionally the time for having
bonfires, pruning the deadwood
and generally readying things for
the onset of winter. Worthy and
necessary work though this is, I
am of the school of thought that
whilst acknowledging we have
my least favourite season to
endure, now is a good time to
focus on the coming year.
The ability to take refuge in
dreaming up potentially life
changing projects for your
garden, that can improve the
quality of your leisure time, is
something I freely admit to. It
definitely gets me through some
of the dark and depressing
nights. I’ve indulged in fantasies
of redesigning planting areas
and decks, and have imagined
pergolas that transform the
ordinary to the extraordinary.
Thoughts of these projects can
act as a glimmer of hope or a
beacon at the end of the wintery
tunnel of gloom.
So here is something new from
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The startling effects produced by
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Fairest of them all...
Once again, we welcome you all to the stunning Walled Garden,
Bedgebury Pinetum for the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair
on 19, 20 and 21 November. Inside four marquees you’ll find
everything you need for the perfect Christmas; from gifts, fashion,
hand-crafted jewellery and homeware, to artisan food and wine
and vintage treasures. Visit our Street Food Café for lunch, or
enjoy tea and cake in the Cocolicious Tea Tent. For tickets visit
www.wealdentimes.co.uk/events or phone 01580 713915
Exhibitions & events
near you this month...
The Holly & the Ivy...
Bring some of the glories of Polesden foliage
into your home this Christmas. Join Andy, the
Ranger at Polesden Lacey, and make a beautiful
Christmas wreath from the natural greenery
around the grounds. Each session lasts two hours
and booking is essential. Meet in the Stable
Courtyard by the visitors reception for some
creative fun. For dates and times visit www.
nationaltrust.org.uk/events or phone 01372 452048
Prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on
stage, in the world premiere of Incredible Invaders
and Groovy Greeks at G Live from Wednesday
25 to Saturday 28 November. Hide behind
Hadrian’s Wall and witness the thousand-year
journey with the Celts. Compete in the first ever
Olympic games and take on the Trojans. To book
visit www.glive.co.uk or call 0844 7701 797
Join Susan Yeates for this one-day craft workshop
where you can learn how to design and make
your own Christmas tree decorations. Work
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your own unique gifts for friends and family from
the materials provided. Feel free to bring along
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buttons, ribbons and trimmings. This is suitable
for all abilities and admission is £40. Visit www.
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Suger & Spice...
From 19 to 22 November Loseley House
will be hosting their Christmas Fair. Watch a
demonstration from The Abinger Cookery School
as they teach you how to make the best Christmas
canapés. Marvel at work from The Portable
Pottery Company, have a taster music lesson in
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Shooting Star Chase with their superb range of
Christmas gifts and cards. For details visit www.
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Splendor in the Sky...
Visit Farnham on Saturday 7 November for their
Fireworks Extravaganza. The torch procession will
leave Farnham central car park and make its way
through the town centre, to finish in the park,
where the bonfire will be lit. Friends and family
will marvel at the fabulous display organised by
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Be swept away on a magical adventure in one
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The Nutcracker presented by Vienna Festival
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audiences of all ages with its festive setting and
captivating story. Tickets start at £12. Visit www.
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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
came to an end in the early 20th century have
obviously not been to Francine Raymond’s house
on Joy Lane in Whitstable. An appropriate address for
such a joyous home, this ‘chalet house’, built in 1906
by a Swedish sea captain, epitomises the movement’s
principle that designer and maker should be one and
the same. At least it does now, thanks to Francine.
Originally an unremarkable suburban house, built
in the ubiquitous Arts and Crafts style it has – over
five years – been transformed into a unique, stylish
and inspiring family home. Francine bought the house
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
for a home in Whitstable, and thought that it looked
like a nice place to live. I lived in the middle of nowhere
in Suffolk – whereas here you can walk everywhere.”
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.
The first thing Francine did when she bought 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
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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
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
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
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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.
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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
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and artichoke-style candles
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 home’s
London stock bricks – and the hens – around the house
and garden. She has also repeated the dark bluey-grey
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
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perfection, as well as matching the huge wooden
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Her office doubles-up as a shop on the occasions when
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and each year as part of the National Gardens Scheme
in June. This open-plan space, with enormous Arts
and Crafts-style windows, was formerly a downstairs
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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
wardrobe acts as a perch for a wire sculpture of one of Francine’s Buff Orpington hens, by the Norfolk sculptor Jenny Goater
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 ceramics and a stripped farmhouse-style table.
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
from nearby Macknade’s farm shop. In the window is a
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 sell
them in the pop-up shop. I’m certainly not a hoarder!”
Her local shops in Whitstable, such as Valentine’s,
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In the dining area, across from the kitchen, is a large
model sailing boat bought by Francine in Peckham, as
a present to her husband when they got married. She
also collects children’s wooden chairs – there are three
on display – and an out-sized sculptor’s plinth makes a
handy display stand in the corner. The entire space is
painted in the warm, yet muted ‘Sandstone’ by Dulux.
Despite a magic ability to style a room -- “I’m an
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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
life, and nothing feels static. Under the bench topped
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Above left: The stairs have been painted with non-slip paint, to give the
effect of a carpet runner. Above right: A dormer was added on to make room
for a new bathroom – with a space-saving sliding door. Left: Francine used
floor tiles from Fired Earth on the walls of her shower room
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 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
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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
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,
and her home and garden show both off to perfection.
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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.
“With Rob’s background and talents, it was
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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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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 up
from the kitchen
crashing Messerschmitt clipped the corner of the house
leaving an honourable scar to this date. However,
the couple believe that the farm holding predates the
house by many years. Its big barn, for instance, has
the date 1756 carved into the woodwork. Previous
owners had used the farm for arable and dairy cows
but Caroline and Rob now use it as a smallholding
providing a mixture of pork, lamb and vegetables.
In addition to the main barn, that has now been
converted to host a variety of events from weddings to
corporate gatherings, the farm also boasts a variety of
traditional outbuildings including a smaller barn which
has been converted into a one bedroom studio and a
former dairy which is now a three-bedroom unit. As
part of their business the couple also offer ‘glamping’
in a variety of structures from an Alaskan storage
tent to a superb fishing shack. The latter was built by
The Shack Company, another of Rob’s ventures.
When the couple took over the farm, Rob
concentrated on converting the dairy and building
the fishing shack, promising not to interfere in the
house, which was to be strictly Caroline’s domain.
The house had been well kept but the couple wanted
an extension to the kitchen. However, planning
permission wasn’t forthcoming so, instead of going out
they went up, creating a fine part-vaulted ceiling.
Either side of the range are units created by splitting
an old dresser, keeping the base as a lower unit and
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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,
beamed ceilings. A Victorian-style bed is draped with a lovely handmade spread from Love Lane Vintage
raising the shelves and putting on reclaimed and glazed
doors. Add a touch of Shaker, French Grey, beech work
surfaces, a double butler sink and a wonderful old ship’s
lantern from Corfu and you’ve a space which, though
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 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
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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
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
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 is the Fishing Shack on its perfect
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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
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 is a joy.
This is a beautiful home that is living proof, if any was
needed, that you don’t have to have a degree in interior
design to create something that is truly special and
that will bring years of joy to you and your family.
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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
I adore the Liz Earle
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she is 63 and barely has a
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My beauty therapist
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What’s your ultimate
As I have two young
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So my ultimate treat at the
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a delicious breakfast in bed!
Who’s your style icon?
My style icon has to
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Founded in 2013, Duck
and Dog is based in
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the ancient Egyptians used
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sun and good drainage keeps
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Juliet Bidwell comes up with three ‘retro dinners with a twist’ including
classic festive fare of smoked salmon, beef and that old favourite – trifle.
Photographs: David Merewether
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Beef Wellington with Mushroom Duxelle
Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: From 15 mins
(depending on which type of fillet you opt for)
Pre-heat oven to 200˚C
• 750g Beef fillet or
6 fillet steaks
• 250ml Beef jus
• 12tsp Black olive tapenade
• 500g Puff pastry – cut
into 12, 8 x 8cm squares
• 1 Egg yolk for glaze
• 2tbsp Milk for glaze
• Mushroom Duxelle
• 1 Onion – finely chopped
• 1 Garlic clove – crushed
• 100g Button mushrooms
• 100g Chestnut
mushrooms – chopped
• 10 Sprigs of thyme
– leaves stripped
• 50g Butter
• 1tsp Dijon mustard
• 1tbsp Crème fraîche
• Salt & pepper
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Smoked Salmon Roulade with Cucumber Salad
Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 mins Chilling time: 4 hours
• 250g Smoked salmon slices
• 120g Smoked salmon
• 60g Butter – melted
• 3tsp Lemon juice
• Black pepper
• 4tsp Crème fraîche
• 3tsp Chives – chopped
• 1 Lime – cut into
• Pink peppercorns – crushed
For the Cucumber Salad
• 2 Cucumbers – washed
• 2tbsp White wine vinegar
• 1tbsp Caster sugar
• 4 Dashes of fish sauce
1. Place the smoked salmon, butter, lemon juice & black
pepper in a food processor and, when mixed stir through
the crème fraîche & chives & check the seasoning.
2. Lay out the 250g of smoked salmon on parchment paper in
a single layer with the edges overlapping, measuring 20cm
x 27cm. Spread the paté over the smoked salmon & roll up
the longer width, using the parchment to help shape it.
3. Finally, wrap in the parchment and then secure the
roll by wrapping it in cling film & twisting both
ends. Place in the fridge for 4 hours before slicing.
1. With a vegetable peeler, peel the skin & flesh off the
cucumbers in long strips while discarding the seeds.
Place the cucumber strips in a bowl and add the vinegar,
sugar & fish sauce. Leave for an hour and then drain.
2. To serve, plate the cucumber & top with
slices of roulade, sprinkled with crushed pink
peppercorns & serve with a wedge of lime.
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Trifle with Maple Pecans
Serves: 6 Prep time: 25 mins Cooking time: 30 mins
• 340g Blueberries – washed
• 160g Raspberries
• 120g Icing sugar – sieved
• 1x3 egg whisked sponge
• 6tbsp Sherry
For the Vanilla Custard
• 250ml Double cream
• 250ml Full fat milk
• 1 Vanilla pod, cut &
• 300ml Double cream
- whipped softly
• 20 Pecan nuts
• 2tbsp Maple syrup
• 6 Egg yolks
• 2tbsp Caster sugar
• 2tbsp Cornflour – sieved
1. To make the custard, warm the cream & milk
with the vanilla pod & vanilla seeds. Remove
from the heat when the milk is scalding.
2. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar & cornflour till pale
& creamy. Take the vanilla pod from the creamy milk
& pour the milk onto the eggs while still whisking.
3. Return the mixture to the saucepan & stir
continuously over a medium heat.
4. The custard needs to be thick. Remove from
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.
7. To assemble; put a small amount of blueberry &
raspberry compôte in the base of the dish.
8. Top with the sponge, cut to fit, and
sprinkle the sherry over.
9. Spoon the remaining compôte, followed by the
chilled custard & then the whipped cream &,
finally, sprinkle with chopped maple pecans.
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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
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 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 sounds quite
parsnips are easy if you have the right type of soil. They like freedraining
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 – remember how the
leaves wilt to nothing once they’re cooked.
pak Choi and oriental greens are, like spinach, great to grow
in cooler weather; in fact, really don’t bother to grow them at
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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.
Winters are long, but life is short, and I have made a decision not to
grow too many brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels 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 tallgrowing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 dishevelled-looking scarecrow with the face
of Richard E Grant in my patch for company – but there’s definitely
some, at times grubby and grim, satisfaction to be had. Turnip anyone?
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We have over two hundred National Nature Reserves
(NNRs) in England spread throughout the country
encompassing an area of over 94000 hectares. They
were established to protect the geology, flora and fauna and help the
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
because it needs to be totally protected and there is a fear that
inappropriate fossil collecting would damage its rock formation.
Most NNRs are managed by Natural England and the remaining
by organisations approved by them such as the Royal Society for
the Protection of Birds (RSPB), National Trust or Local Authority.
There 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 out for a family.
Dungeness, in Kent is one of the oldest nature reserves and is
managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Its 1000
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of water birds on the lakes, take in the unusual but breath-taking
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Blean Woods near Canterbury is one of the oldest ancient broadleaf
woodland in Southern England and covers approximately 90
hectares. Managed by a consortium including the local authorities,
Blean is home to an amazing assortment of wildlife and spectacular
plants. There are nature trails marked out including one that has
wheelchair access. www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/
Lewes Down, Mount Caburn managed by the NNR in conjunction
with the owners, The Glynde Estate is a chalk hill and valley of
49 hectares, clothed in rich grassland, where you can spot burnt-tip
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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If you want to know more about our wonderful protected landscapes
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Guildford Music Society presents a variety of
excellent live music for its 2015–16 season
Besides engaging well-established artists,
we take much pleasure in encouraging
talented, upcoming musicians to perform
and aim to foster a love of music amongst
the young. Children age 16 and under
are admitted free to concerts with an
Our concert room at GURC, 83 Portsmouth
Road, Guildford GU2 4BS offers excellent
acoustics with a fully restored c.1892 Bechstein
concert grand piano, plus one of the finest
church organs in the south of England.
Situated close to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
and Guildford town centre, we have parking at
the rear of the building, free to concert-goers.
Performance details are subject to change
without prior notice.
Tickets are available from Guildford Tourist
Information Centre on 01483 444333. For
information on becoming a member, or
perhaps purchasing membership as a gift
for a music-lover, please contact Jean Burge
01483 416964 or visit our website.
Clare Hammond - piano. 3pm, Sunday 15 November 2015 - £12
Tom Poster - piano. 3pm, Sunday 10 January 2016 - £12
Ivan Cheng - violin, Elizabeth Lewis - cello, Roy Cheung - piano.
7.30pm, Friday 29 January 2016 - retiring collection
University of Surrey Showcase Concert.
3pm, Sunday 7 February 2016 - retiring collection
Geoffrey Morgan - organ. 7.30pm, Friday 19 February 2016 - £10
University of Surrey Chamber Choir and Orchestra.
3pm, Sunday 6 March 2016 - retiring collection
Ursula John - viola, Joy Farrall - clarinet, Min-Jung Kym - piano.
7.30pm, Friday 15 April 2016 - £12
Oliver Nelson - violin, Vasileios Rakitzis - piano.
7.30pm, Friday 13 May 2016 - £12
David Saint - organ. 7.30pm, Friday 3 June 2016 - £10
Abbott O’Gorman Piano Duo. 1pm, Wednesday 13 July 2016 - £10
Donald MacKenzie - organ accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s
silent film Steamboat Bill Jnr. 7.30pm, Friday 9 September 2016 - £10
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What’s On In November
Fairs & festivals
Sun 1 - Sun 30 Nov
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,
Surrey GU23 6QB
An autumn celebration of tasty
food, fresh air and glorious garden
colour. Wisley has over 670
different cultivars of apple and this
autumn Taste of Wisley plan to
tempt you with some of these.
Sat 7 Nov 10.30am-2.30pm
Station Approach, Off Stoneleigh
Park Road, Stoneleigh,
Epsom, Surrey KT19 0QZ
Craft and Christmas Fair
St John’s Church, Stoneleigh welcomes
you to its Craft and Christmas Fair!
Over 20 stalls selling homemade
crafts, preserves, cakes, jewellery,
wooden items, pottery, toys etc. Games
and refreshments also on offer.
Thurs 12 Nov - Thurs 24 Dec
Grounds All Saints Parish Church,
Clarence Street, Kingston Upon
Thames, Surrey KT1 1JS
You will be spoilt for choice by
exhibitors offering everything from
jewellery, skin care, massages and
unique gifts all displayed under cover of
a large marquee on the green. You’ll find
delightful hand-made puppets from
Artichoke and, for a Moroccan twist,
visit Atlas One and take a look at their
unique wooden boxes and leather bags.
Sat 14 Nov 10am-4pm
Milford Village Hall, Portsmouth
Road, Milford, Godalming,
Surrey GU8 5DS
RSPCA Christmas Fair
Come and join us at Milford Village
Hall to help raise funds for your local
RSPCA Equine and Animal rescue
and rehabilitation. We will have craft
stalls, bric-a-brac, children’s activities,
home-made cakes, pet accessories and
equine equipment, new and second
hand gifts, plus raffle and tombola.
Info: 0300 123 0720 / www.
Sun 15 Nov 9.30-4pm
Village Hall, High St, Ripley,
Surrey GU23 6AF
Antiques & Collectors Fair
Around 35 stalls selling a wide range
of items including china, jewellery,
military and kitchenalia. Refreshment
available and home-baked cakes.
Entry: by donation to Great
Ormond St Hospital
Info: 020 8688 3935
Fri 20 & Sat 21 Nov
Soper Hall, Caterham,
Surrey CR3 6HY
Caterham Beer Festival
A real ale festival with approximately
55 beers and ciders. This local beer
festival raises money for local charities
and good causes. A great atmosphere
combined with a wide choice of beers
and ciders makes this annual festival
the most popular beer festival in
the area. Local food producers will
be providing hot and cold food.
Info: 01883 336633 / www.
Wed 25 - Sun 29 Nov 10am–5pm
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,
Surrey GU23 6QB
Christmas Craft Fair
Find that unique Christmas gift as you
browse and buy from some of the finest
craftspeople in the country. Please note
the Craft Fair is held outside the garden.
Entry: Adults £9, RHS Members Free
Info: 08452609000 / www.
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Nov 10am–4.30pm
Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South
Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4EJ
Christmas Food Festival
There will be plenty of tasty samples on
offer, ranging from award-winning pies
and delicious naturally seasoned crisps,
to West Country ciders and all the
jams, jellies and condiments you could
ever need for your Christmas spread.
With around 40 different food and
drink producers expected over the two
days, visitors will be spoilt for choice.
Info: 01737822603 / www.
Sun 1 - Friday 27 Nov 10.30am-5pm
The Lightbox, Chobham Road,
Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA
A landmark show by one of the
UK’s most important and
best-loved illustrators, this exhibition
gives a unique insight into the
origins of some of Blake’s most
characteristic and popular creations.
Info: 08452609000 / www.
Throughout Nov 10am-3pm
Garden, Portsmouth Road,
Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG
Claremont tree trail
Come to Claremont to learn about
the trees in their autumn splendour
on this self-guided trail around the
landscape garden. Booking not needed.
Info: 01483 737800 / www.
Mon 2 - Sun 29 Nov 10am–4pm
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,
Surrey GU23 6QB
RHS Late Fruit and
See inspiring entries in over 60
classes of fruit and vegetables on
display in the Glasshouse Gallery,
plus apple identification by our
RHS experts. For information on
entering the competition please
Entry: Free with normal
Info: 01372 467806 / www.
Thurs 26 - Thurs 24
Bocketts Farm, Young Street,
Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9BS
Visit Father Christmas
Hop on board the Santa Express
to his magical hay barn workshop.
Once inside, each child will meet
Father Christmas and receive a gift.
No advance booking necessary.
Simply turn up on the day and book
into the next available time slot.
Entry: £8 per child
Info: 01372 363764 / www.
Sun 8,15, 22 Nov 6.30pm
Nutfield Parish Church, Church
Hill, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4JA
A cathedral-style Choral Evensong
sung by the semi-professional
choir of Nutfield Parish Church,
directed by Charles Thompson, with
Jonathan Rennert at the organ for
accompanied services. Contributions
to the collection welcomed.
org.uk / 07946706660
Sat 28 Nov 7.30 pm
St. Andrew’s United Reformed
Church, Northey Avenue,
Cheam, Surrey SM2 7HF
Concert programme of works by
Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op 46,
Bruch - Violin Concerto no. 1 with
soloist Lara Caister (runner up in the
2014 Sutton Music Festival Concerto
Class) and Brahms Symphony No. 4
Entry: £10 Adults,
£7 Concessions, £2 Under 18s
Info: 01737 361773 / www.
Sun 29 Nov 6.30pm
Nutfield Parish Church, Church
Hill, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4JA
Advent Procession with
Carols by Candlelight
Nutfield Parish Church’s superb choir
will provide music for this atmospheric
start to the Christmas season. Charles
Thompson will direct and Jonathan
Rennert will accompany on the organ.
Info: 07946 706660 / www.
Tues 10 Nov 7-10pm
Carshalton Methodist Church,
Ruskin Road, Carshalton,
Surrey SM5 3DE
and Pamper Evening
Enjoy complimentary refreshments in a
warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Find that elusive gift, or a treat for
yourself. Browse the quality stalls
and support local sellers of jewellery,
clothing, books, cards, candles, glass
art, photography offers and other
unique gifts and delicious cakes.
Info: 078669 69147 / www.
Thurs 12 Nov 8pm
The Woolpack, Milford
Road, Elstead, Godalming,
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Join us for an evening of standup
comedy with Luke Graves,
Tania Edwards and Ben Van Der
Velde. The comedy night will
be held in the main restaurant.
Tickets available from the bar
Entry: £10 including one drink
Info: 01252 703106 / www.
Wed 18 Nov 7pm-10.30pm
Imber Court, Ember Lane, East
Molesey, Surrey KT8 0BT
Shooting Star Chase
Join Shooting Star Chase for an
evening of live stand-up comedy
– raising money and raising
smiles with special guests Barry
Castagnola and Maff Brown.
Wed 18 - Sat 21 Nov
7.30pm / 2.30pm
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue,
Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL
Guaranteeing plenty of laughter, razzle
dazzle costumes and an infectious
score, Hinchley Manor Operatic
Society’s production will be rocking
the Playhouse rafters. More than a
million people saw Sister Act in the
West End; and you too will see why
musical audiences fell in love with the
funniest and funkiest nun on the run.
Info: 01372 742555 / www.
Mon 30 Nov 6.30pm
Waverley Lane, Farnham,
Surrey GU9 8BL
Light up a Life
A service of remembrance and
thanksgiving at the Hospice, with the
main event: the illumination of our
Christmas tree. Each and every light
on the tree will represent a life – the
life of someone special. By dedicating
a star to a loved one we ask for a small
donation to the Hospice to help us
make sure we can continue to offer
caring, compassionate support to the
hundreds of people we help every day.
Info: 01252 729446 / www.pth.
Wed & Thurs throughout Nov
Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,
near Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD
Learn to create a beautiful festive wreath
using natural materials from our estate
and enjoy a festive treat while you work.
Booking: 01372 452048s
Sat 21 Nov 9am-1pm
Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,
Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RT
Book binding craft
This workshop will teach participants
how to bind their own book, and
learn the basics of bookbinding. Learn
special techniques to produce beautiful,
hand-bound books of sound and
lasting construction making a perfect
Christmas gift. Booking Essential.
Info: 01483 444334 / www.
Sat 28 Nov 1.30-4pm
Gatton Park, Reigate,
Surrey RH2 0TW
Come along to make Christmas
wreaths and other decorations from
the natural materials of Gatton
Park. Prebooking essential.
Info: 01737 649066 / www.
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Win a one-day cookery
experience for two at
Rosemary Shrager’s Award-
Winning Cookery School
Jane visits the fatstock
sales and tries her hand
at making suasages…
The home of Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School, lies in the heart of
Royal Tunbridge Wells. The School is housed within The Corn Exchange,
a beautiful three-storey Regency building. Within the School we have a
Domestic and Professional Kitchen, event spaces for private celebrations
and corporate functions. Every aspect of the School has been personally
designed to Rosemary’s exacting specifications, and no expense has been
spared to provide guests with up to the minute kitchen technologies in a
The Gallery Kitchen is a hand built home-style kitchen made by Mark
Wilkinson Furniture. The entire room occupies an airy, open-plan space,
with an enormous demonstration island and fully equipped workstations
with Miele appliances. It is a kitchen built to the highest specifications,
designed to inspire home cooks of all abilities. It’s ideal for private parties,
team building events, product launches, private chef’s Tables, filming and
photo shoots. We have a course or dining experience to suit every occasion,
whether it’s for a celebration or a private dinner for family and friends.
Our dining room is an exquisite home styled room ideal for catering to
smaller events, such as hosted meetings, company presentations or special
Choose from an array of one day cookery courses on offer: butchery,
Italian, Taste of Asia and baking (all using locally sourced produce). The
lessons are hands-on and include demonstrations and practical cookery
time. Meet everyone for a hot drink, before forming small groups to cook.
At the end, sit down and enjoy a three-course lunch and a glass of wine
and leave with a Shrager goody bag. The one day cookery course seeks to
inspire amateur cooks and budding food enthusiasts alike.
For your chance to win a oneday
cookery experience for two at
Rosemary Shrager’s Award-Winning
Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells,
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alternative and the prize must be taken before 31 March 2016. *All entrants’
details will be passed on to Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School and Wealden
Times Events. Please let us know if you do not wish your details to be passed on.
Congratulations to Guy Matthews from West Sussex, who wins the October
competition for an overnight stay in a Superior room with dinner & breakfast
for two at Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club!
After a warm and honeyed summer, the
agricultural show season came to a close at
the end of September. These are shows for
breeding stock and provide an opportunity to showcase
the best of British cattle, as well as sheep, pigs, chickens,
rabbits, leeks, honey, floral displays and plenty more.
But that doesn’t mean it all goes quiet until next spring. Oh no,
all the background work that goes into showing animals – halter
training, trimming, feeding, polishing, primping and grooming
is back in full swing in preparation for the annual round of
Christmas Fatstock shows. These are shows where farmers exhibit
beasts that are ready for the butcher rather than the breeder and
the livestock is usually sold in an auction after the show.
This year we are planning to go to the South East Prime
Winter Fatstock Fayre at Ardingly Show Ground. Established in
1869, this was originally the Edenbridge Fatstock Show which
only moved to Ardingly in recent history and which has a rather
Sir Winston Churchill, best-known as a witty, determined – if
arrogant – leader of men also had a lifelong interest in farming
and, from his smallholding at Chartwell, enjoyed considerable
success at the Edenbridge Fatstock Show. His pigs, apparently,
were legendary prize winners.
So no pressure then! It won’t however just be cattle we are taking
to the show. As well as classes for cows, sheep, pigs, turkeys
and geese there is also a Sausage and Meat Pie-Making class!
Perfect, we’re up for it.
Our pigs live in about 20 acres of woodland and are truly free
range. Usually we only see them in the mornings when we toss
them buckets of food but right now they are filling up on all the
fallen acorns and don’t bother with our evidently less tasty rations.
It means that the sausages made in November and December are
They run around so much that they take about nine months
to mature – commercial pigs are ready in about six months – and
being old-fashioned breeds by then they have a fair amount of fat
cover. It makes them a little stout for chops and roasts but perfect
for sausages. So, we turn the whole pig including the leg, loin and
fillet into sausages and just add salt, pepper and a pinch of sage.
If all this sounds like we might be in with a shout for a ticket
in the sausage competition there is, however, one major obstacle
lying between us and success. The rules stipulate that the sausage
has to be made by the entrant and as we don’t usually make our
own sausages – that’s down to the brilliant Alex at Tottingworth –
we’ll have to borrow the mincer and nozzles. It looks easy but of
course it isn’t – and Alex has warned us that chipolatas are twice
as tricky as fat bangers. So far attempts to make anything that
looks remotely sausage-like have failed, there has however been
much juvenile humour in the trying.
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