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November 2015











John Graham-Hart finds

homes near railway stations


What’s going on near you

this month



A writer’s Art and Crafts

chalet home in Whitstable


Fabulous home accessories

from Wealdenfairs.com


A tour of Brick House Farm

near High Halden







Festive fare from Juliet

Bidwell of Juliet’s Catering,

Tunbridge Wells


Jo Arnell on the delights of

cold weather and harvesting

winter veg


Penny Kemp on National Parks


Find out...


Win places for two people

on a day’s cookery course

at the Rosemary Shrager

Cookery School




Inspiring gift ideas for all

the family


All dressed up, with

somewhere to go




Jane Howard’s

latest instalment




Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous

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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


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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







coming 26 January 2015

The Property Ombudsman

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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


coming 26 January 2015


The Property Ombudsman

Milford House, 43-55 Milford Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2BP

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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

Limpsfield, Surrey

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

Guide Price £1,500,000 Fast Find 56434

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Ridgewood is traditionally built to an exceptionally

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framed dining room. Ridgewood stands on a level

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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

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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

visit www.knightfrank.co.uk

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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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 generous interior space is

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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

Gruesome Account...

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

Festive Frill...

Join Susan Yeates for this one-day craft workshop

where you can learn how to design and make

your own Christmas tree decorations. Work

through numerous festive patterns and create

your own unique gifts for friends and family from

the materials provided. Feel free to bring along

your own Christmas fabrics to use, as well as any

buttons, ribbons and trimmings. This is suitable

for all abilities and admission is £40. Visit www.

farnhammaltings.com for more information.



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

the Music Bus and support the children’s charity

Shooting Star Chase with their superb range of

Christmas gifts and cards. For details visit www.

ruralcraftassociation.co.uk or call 01428 684494

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

Farnham Round Table, in aid of local charities. Get

your tickets from The Bush Hotel or the Round

Table website www.farnhamroundtable.org.uk


An Enchanting Tale...

Be swept away on a magical adventure in one

of the most famous classical ballets of all time.

The Nutcracker presented by Vienna Festival

Ballet will be at the Epsom Playhouse on Friday

6 November, with enchanting choreography

and unforgettable music. This fabulous ballet

is a treat like no other and promises to delight

audiences of all ages with its festive setting and

captivating story. Tickets start at £12. Visit www.

epsomplayhouse.co.uk for more information.

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

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

Those who believe that the Arts and Crafts movement

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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.

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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

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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.

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sculptures and images of hens, primarily Buff Orpingtons.

The Hen Keepers’ Association – which now has more

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

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

are all testament to her enthusiasm and expertise. “One

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

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

Normally she would have about six-eight Buff Orpington

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

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

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

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

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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

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

which sets off her collection of family paintings to

perfection, as well as matching the huge wooden

shelving unit she brought with her from Suffolk.

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

she open her home to the public, at Christmas time

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,

also offer a rich seam of tasteful, interesting finds.

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.

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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

by the model boat is a crate full of the grandchildren’s

toys with a large plastic dinosaur nearby. Upstairs, one

of the two spare rooms is a child’s paradise, known

as ‘the Lego room’, complete with a tree made from

driftwood, by the woodworker Martin Pammant.

So, I ask, how does her ‘new’ home compare to her

home in Suffolk? “I like this house now. It’s much

more comfortable and warmer than my old house. I

do miss the Suffolk countryside – there’s something

about Suffolk – although I love Kent too.” It sounds

as if Francine had little trouble settling in and making

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

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

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

hundreds of people, a person in each village. When

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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,

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Farmhouse charms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Woolpack Hotel in Tenterden is one of the

great Wealden success stories of recent years. Taken

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

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

the most popular hostelries in the area, winning praise

for its service and atmosphere as well as scoring an

outstanding 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor for its cuisine.

Rob, Caroline and family brought the Woolpack

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

décor, which is no real surprise – Rob originally trained

as an interior designer. So, with such obvious talents

in creating attractive, welcoming environments, one

might very reasonably expect his own home – Brick

House Farm in High Halden – to be something really

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

only one slight problem and that’s the assumption

that he is responsible for both home and hotel.

“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.

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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

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

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

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We’re getting ready for the party season here at WT,

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

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

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Wealden Health & Beauty


Wealden Times talks to Holly Levett from Duck

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



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Do you follow a

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I adore the Liz Earle

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My beauty therapist

Hannah from Just Heaven

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Who’s your style icon?

My style icon has to

be Jessica Alba, she

has beautiful olive skin

and always rocks the

natural look; whether

she is out on mummy

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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

– chopped

• 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

6 segments

• 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.

Juliet Bidwell set up Juliet’s Catering more than 15 years ago, in

Kent. The company caters for events across the southeast,

including weddings, balls, dinners and drinks parties.

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Winter vegetables

Jo Arnell enjoys the earthiness of her seasonal crop

There is a filthy frugality about winter vegetables. Perhaps

it’s because so many of them have to be dug up, rather

than daintily picked from on high. You can feel it, in the

dirt that gets under your frozen fingernails and the dew drop that

hangs from your nose; digging up grubby root veg really puts you

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

that has sustained us since the time before hairbrushes. There is

satisfaction and meagre comfort in trudging muddily from the veg

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

your chance this year; buying them is cleaner, nearly as satisfying

and only slightly less primordial. I heard Bruce Robinson (writer of

Withnail and I) on the radio this week describing how he was once

so poor he lived only on old vegetables that had fallen on the ground

at Camden Market. It sounded so bleak, romantic – and weirdly

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

Some winter vegetables are easier to grow than others, and

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

of masochism and other bad behaviour (see the beastly brassica

section below). The following information is based on my trials

and errors, and attempts at growing winter vegetables – with varied

amounts of success. We’ll skate briefly through a few of them:

It might not be too late

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

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

these won’t be winter vegetables, as they’ll be ready for harvest in

the spring and summer, but overwintering counts in my book.

Peas and broad beans are very hardy, especially those selected for

overwintering (try the broad bean ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ and a pea

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

varieties and should be ready to harvest 4 - 6 weeks earlier than

spring-sown varieties.

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

onion sets this month too. These are just tiny onions that will bulk

up to edible size over the months, but will be ready much earlier

than onions from spring-sown seed. It is exactly the right time to

sow garlic though, and there are lots of interesting varieties to try

that aren’t available in the shops. Elephant garlic is great roasted

whole and served alongside meat dishes.

Easy winter vegetables

Leeks are my ultimate desert-island (or perhaps it had better be

Hebridean) vegetable. Leeks are sown from seed at the bleak end

of winter, or in early spring, because they take a boringly long time

to bulk up – gradually thickening up from what look like tiny

blades of grass. The only thing you have to do during this time

– and this sounds odd, but bear with me – is dig them up once

they get to pencil thickness, and then replant each one in a much

deeper, wider hole. You’re then 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

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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.

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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.

Winter protection

The one thing that many winter vegetables have in common is that

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

suffer the slugs and sparrows and other outrageous misfortunes. Some,

like the sturdy leek and other stalwarts mentioned above are able to

stay untouched for long periods, but others (mainly in the wretched

brassica family) are beset by an endless stream of pests, diseases and

conditions related to the weather and the soil.

The weather

Most winter vegetables will tolerate low temperatures and frost.

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

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

up the soil in the early spring. Fleece will keep the frost at bay, and

adding a cosy mulch will act like a winter blanket for permanent crops

like artichokes and help prevent weed germination.


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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Deadwooding of tree canopies

Hedge trimming and reduction

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Removal and responsible recycling of

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Tree Protection Order (TPO) research,

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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

hectares is especially impressive in winter where you can see hundreds

of water birds on the lakes, take in the unusual but breath-taking

landscape and understand why this is a site of special scientific

interest. If you want to find out more go to www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/d/dungeness/index.aspx

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

preserved Bronze Age hill fort in Sussex. I’m told if you are lucky

you might just catch sight of the peregrine falcon but I have to say I

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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

accompanying adult.

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.

Info: rhs.org.uk/wisley

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.

Entry: Free

Thurs 12 Nov - Thurs 24 Dec

Grounds All Saints Parish Church,

Clarence Street, Kingston Upon

Thames, Surrey KT1 1JS

Royal Kingston

Christmas Fair

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.

Entry: £1

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01737822603 / www.


Family Fun

Sun 1 - Friday 27 Nov 10.30am-5pm

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,

Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA

Quentin Blake

Inside Stories

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.

Entry: £5

Info: 08452609000 / www.


Throughout Nov 10am-3pm

Claremont Landscape

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

Vegetable Competition

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

email georginabarter@rhs.org.uk

Entry: Free with normal

Garden admission

Info: 01372 467806 / www.


Thurs 26 - Thurs 24

Dec 10am-5.30pm

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

Choral Evensong

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.

Info: www.nutfieldparishchurch.

org.uk / 07946706660

Sat 28 Nov 7.30 pm

St. Andrew’s United Reformed

Church, Northey Avenue,

Cheam, Surrey SM2 7HF

Sutton Symphony

Orchestra Concert

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.


Nights Out

Tues 10 Nov 7-10pm

Carshalton Methodist Church,

Ruskin Road, Carshalton,

Surrey SM5 3DE

Christmas Shopping

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.

Entry: £3.50

Info: 078669 69147 / www.


Thurs 12 Nov 8pm

The Woolpack, Milford

Road, Elstead, Godalming,

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The Woolpack

Comedy Night

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

Comedy Night

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.

Entry: £12

Info: www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/


Wed 18 - Sat 21 Nov

7.30pm / 2.30pm

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue,

Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL

Sister Act

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.

Entry: £18

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01252 729446 / www.pth.



Wed & Thurs throughout Nov

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,

near Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD

Wreath-Making Workshops

Learn to create a beautiful festive wreath

using natural materials from our estate

and enjoy a festive treat while you work.

Entry: £20

Booking: 01372 452048s

Info: www.nationaltrust.


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

Family Christmas

Decoration Making

Come along to make Christmas

wreaths and other decorations from

the natural materials of Gatton

Park. Prebooking essential.

Entry: £7

Info: 01737 649066 / www.


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Win a one-day cookery

experience for two at

Rosemary Shrager’s Award-

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The Farm

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

luxurious setting.

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

dining celebrations.

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,

just answer this question: ‘To whose

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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

illustrious past.

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

particularly tasty.

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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