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Contents

December 2015

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CHANGING SPACES

John Graham-Hart finds

properties with former lives,

from a former reservoir

building to a classic oast

IT’S DECEMBER

What’s going on near

you this month

A LITTLE BIT DOWNTON

Jane Howard goes ‘upstairs

downstairs’ in a magnificent

country house near Wadhurst

INTERIORS SUPPLEMENT

Four key looks for your home as

well as the latest homeware – for

those planning a makeover

GARDENER’S COTTAGE

A Sissinghurst home captures

the imagination of Jo Arnell

GET THE LOOK

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from Wealdenfairs.com

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STOCKING FILLERS

Little but lovely presents for

children – and grown-ups too

AIRFIELD GLAMOUR

A nod to fabulous female

pilots and their adventures

over the Weald

INSIDER BEAUTY TIPS

Jo Fairley’s heads-up on

the best beauty gifts

WEALDEN HEALTH

& BEAUTY

Tips to keep you feeling

gorgeous

SAVE OUR SOLES

Look after yourself – starting

from the ground up

NIBBLES OF NOTE

Nicci Gurr whips up three

different canapé recipes

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EARTH MATTERS

Jo Arnell on the importance

of looking after your soil

THE GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp on climate change

and how it affects us

WHAT’S ON?

Find out...

COMPETITION

Win a selection of gorgeous

copper homeware from

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard’s latest instalment

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KENT’S LEADING COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

CHRISTMAS

EVENTS

PRIVATE DINING - at The Manor

Experience Eastwell Manor’s private festive dining in one of

the Manor’s exquisite oak-panelled dining rooms. We will be

delighted to tailor-make a menu to suit your budget and

requirements. For any size group from eight to eighty people.

From £42 per person

PANTO AT THE PAVILION - Aladdin

Sunday, 13 th December 2015

Join Aladdin, Wishee Washee, Widow Twankey and the lovely

Princess Jasmine as they endure the evil Abanazar and his

wicked plans to become the most powerful ruler of them

all... With a whole host of other magical characters to meet...

you are in for a real panto treat... ‘Oh Yes You Are’! Start the

evening with supper with the stars.

£35 per person half price for children under 12

Two course supper in The Pavilion Restaurant followed by the

performance. Supper from 4.30 pm. Performance 6.30 pm

CHRISTMAS BALLS

Friday 11 th December & Friday 18 th December 2015*

BOXING DAY BALL

Saturday 26 th December 2015

The evenings commence with a champagne and canapé

reception in the Great Hall followed by a special four course

dinner including coffee and petits fours. After dinner enjoy

dancing to our resident live band.*

£95 per person Black Tie Events

VEGAS NIGHT

Sunday, 27 th December 2015

An entertaining, American-themed evening of glitz and glamour.

Black Tie or Tuxedo optional and a chance for the ladies

to sparkle. Start the evening with a ‘Vegas’ cocktail at 7.00 pm

followed by our ‘American’ menu finishing with coffee and

popcorn. Enjoy the sound of our smooth ‘Sinatra’ style singer

with dancing in the Great Hall and try your luck at the ‘fun’

casino and blackjack tables.*

£80 per person

MOTOWN NIGHT

Monday, 28 th December 2015

The evening commences at 7.00 pm with a ‘Motown’ Cocktail.

A superb dinner awaits you in the Manor Restaurant followed

by live singers “Motown Magic” - dance the night away to

favourite Motown tunes.*

£80 per person

1980’S DISCOTHEQUE

Tuesday, 29 th December 2015

Join us in the Great Hall at 7.00 pm where we will be serving

Piña Coladas before going through to the Manor Restaurant

and savouring a typical 1980’s menu. After dinner our resident

DJ will play 1980’s music and keep you dancing all night long.*

£80 per person

*until mignight

Coming to an event? Why not stay the night?

Overnight accommodation with full English breakfast and full use of the spa facilities from £85 per person

For general enquiries please call our Reservations Team on 01233 213020

or email: enquiries@eastwellmanor.co.uk

Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR www.eastwellmanor.co.uk

Special offers throughout November and December to celebrate

20 years of The Parrett Family at Eastwell Manor

- see our website for more information.


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CHRISTMAS

IS A TIME FOR

PLANNING

Over the festive break, hundreds

of people will be contemplating

their next move.

Contact us today for a free market

appraisal to make sure your

property is waiting for them in the

New Year.

KnightFrank.co.uk/tunbridge-wells

tunwells@knightfrank.com

01892 310700

Guide price £1,850,000

Brenchley

A substantial Edwardian family house on the edge of a popular village

Entrance lobby, dining hall, cloakroom, inner hall, cellar, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room,

drawing room, sitting room, oak-framed garden room. Master bedroom with en suite shower

room, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, shower room, study, office. Gardens and grounds.

Paved terrace. Woodland. Tandem garage. Store room. Planning permission for ancillary

accommodation. EPC rating E. In all about 6.37 acres.

@KF_TWells

KnightFrank.co.uk

Guide price £1,950,000

Sandhurst

An impressive family residence with equestrian facilities

Entrance hall, cloakroom, utility room, kitchen / breakfast room, orangery dining room, study, sitting room, family room, drawing room, garden

room. Master bedroom suite with dressing room, 6 further bedrooms (2 en suite), 2 family bathrooms. Gardens and grounds. Summer house.

Swimming pool. Tennis court. Triple garage with annexe above. 2 stable blocks. Sand school. Paddocks. Open bay store. 4 substantial

outbuildings. 2 Atcost barns. EPC rating C. In all about 25.72 acres.


opening

doors in 2016

There is every reason to believe that 2016 will be a very good

year for both buyer and seller.

If you are thinking of a move in the New Year, please contact

us to see how we can help.

Knight Frank Tunbridge Wells

T 01892 310700

tunwells@knightfrank.com

KnightFrank.co.uk/tunbridge‐wells


Philberts would like to wish

you all a Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year

01580 761650

www.philberts.co.uk

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‘Our Focus ‘Our Determines Focus Determines Your Reality’ Your Reality’

HARPERS AND HURLINGHAM

SOLD

2015

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2015

CRANBROOK £1,495,000

GOUDHURST £1,475,000

GOUDHURST £1,250,000

CRANBROOK £895,000

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CRANBROOK £895,000

Harpers & Hurlingham

would like to wish everyone

a very Happy Christmas

and New Year

CRANBROOK £870,000

SOLD

2015

STAPLEHURST £845,000

If your New Year’s Resolution

Is to move in 2016

Call us today

01580 715400

SOLD

2015

SISSINGHURST £845,000

SOLD

2015

We are open throughout Christmas and New Year

with the exception of Christmas Eve,

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Christmas Sunday

SOLD

2015

CRANBROOK £825,000

LINTON £800,000

HURST GREEN £700,000

STAPLEHURST £595,000

GOUDHURST £545,000

CRANBROOK £495,000

Harpers&Hurlingham

The Cornerhouse, Stone Street, Cranbrook

01580 715400

www.harpersandhurlingham.com

London offiCe: KenSingTon 020 7938 2311

Lettings Team

Sales Team

Chez Charlie Janey Jane Cathy Jane Sarah Debbie Catherine Caroline Dianne Helen


Marden £850,000

Fine Grade II Listed barn • Sweeping drive and turning circle • Sitting Room

• Open Plan Morning Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Study & Open Plan

Snug • Four Bedrooms incorp. Master Bedroom with En-Suite • Gardens &

paddocks total plot size approx 1.4 acres • Timber Outbuilding

CRANBROOK OFFICE 01580 712 888

Goudhurst £595,000

Detached Chalet Style House • Cloaks/Shower Room • Sitting Room with

feature inglenook style fireplace housing wood-burning stove • Kitchen/

Breakfast Room & Utility Room • Ground Floor Bedroom 3 • Two Double

Bedrooms • Garage 6m x 2.70m • Brick & Timber Shed 2.53m x 2.21m

CRANBROOK OFFICE 01580 712 888

East Peckham OIEO £500,000

Three double bedroom period home • Overlooking open countryside

• High ceilings, open fireplaces with well-proportioned receptions

• Potential for extension subject to PP • Driveway with ample off road

parking and a detached timber garage • NO FORWARD CHAIN • EPC: E

Yalding Guide Price £499,995

Four double bedroom, period detached home • Sitting room with large

inglenook fireplace and two further receptions • Wealth of character

throughout with exposed timbers & beams • Driveway and detached double

garage • Large south facing rear garden • NO FORWARD CHAIN • EPC: N/A

PADDOCK WOOD OFFICE 01892 832 325 PADDOCK WOOD OFFICE 01892 832 325


savills.co.uk

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CHARMING LISTED OAST HOUSE

benenden, kent

Benenden 1.6 miles; Cranbrook 5.3 miles; Tunbridge Wells 17 miles

ø 4 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom & en suite ø 4 further

double bedrooms ø 2 bath/shower rooms ø attractive garden & paddock ø triple garage

ø approx 15,000 sq ft outbuilding ø about 5 acres ø 350 sq m (3,763 sq ft)

Guide £1.495 million Freehold

Savills Cranbrook

James Lloyd

jlloyd@savills.com

01580 720161

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BEAUTIFULLY SITUATED RESIDENTIAL FARM

biddenden, kent

Biddenden 2.2 miles; Tenterden 3.8 miles; Cranbrook 4 miles; Tunbridge Wells 18.6 miles

ø detached period 3 bedroom oast house ø detached 4 bedroom bungalow ø range of

outbuildings ø stables ø barn with B1 use ø about 35 acres ø oast 180 sq m (1,947 sq ft)

ø bungalow 125 sq m (1,345 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Offers in excess of £1.295 million Freehold

Savills Cranbrook

Patrick Baily

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01580 720161


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Woodman’s Rest presents a rare opportunity to acquire an attractive, modern four bedroom detached house set within private and secluded garden,

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

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Changing faces

John Graham-Hart finds properties with former lives

I

can’t remember his name and doubt, after all these years, he’s alive enough

to remember mine. However, I do remember we spent a very pleasant hour

or two together with his granddaughter, who spoke the English he didn’t,

on a hillock overlooking an impossibly beautiful corner of the Pacific Ocean.

He had been a fisherman and, when his fishing days came to an end, had

dragged his old boat on to the hill, overturned it, cut a little door in the hull,

fitted a couple of windows prised from a long-dead Chevy and moved in.

His granddaughter explained that his sons had built him a house in the village

but he preferred to live here. When I asked him why, his eloquent answer was just

an incredulous wave of an arm, over his home and out in an arc across the sparkling

water. Was I completely blind?

Over the centuries, humans have developed the skill and will to transform any

item or structure of sufficient size, into a shelter or home. And so it continues to this

day – from railway carriages on Pagham beach to textile factories in Tribeca, from

Boeing 727s in Mississippi to shipping containers in Costa Rica, from double decker

buses and aircraft hangers to fire stations, forts, follies and, of course, fishing boats.

Virtually any enclosed space is game and these conversions are much beloved by

creative architects who now grandly term the process of conversion ‘adaptive reuse’.

And who can blame them? The opportunity to give a neglected and disused structure

– often with a considerable historical or architectural value – a completely new lease

of life as a much-loved home is exceptionally attractive.

In the Weald we are, perhaps, a little short on abandoned 727s but the Wealden

Times usually has a rich stock of oasts, barns, mills, stables, chapels and former

workhouses. Alas, we’ve yet to find a forsaken fishing boat for you but if you fancy a

home with a history all its own, here’s a selection…

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1. Maplehurst Mill

Where? Maplehurst Mill is on the banks

of a mill stream about half a mile northeast

of the pretty village of Frittenden (Google

Maps TN17 2DT).

What? A Grade II listed property,

the mill is not only of considerable

architectural and historical interest but

comes with warmth and charm by the

bushel. The main part of the house

dates from 1756, with the oldest section

going back to the 15th century. The

mill machinery is all intact, although

it has milled its last grain. Downstairs

accommodation includes a reception hall,

drawing room, sitting room and dining

rooms with inglenooks and five further

reception rooms including a music room

and the miller’s office.

Upstairs are a master bedroom with en

suite bathroom and five further bedrooms,

three with their own bathrooms. There is

further accommodation – a sitting room,

study, kitchen, bathroom and studio/

bedroom – in the mill’s converted stables.

The property is in 10 acres of landscaped

grounds with the millstream running

through them. There is also a secluded

swimming pool.

How much? Maplehurst Mill is on

the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff in

Cranbrook who are inviting offers in excess

of £1,250,000. Call 01580 720000 or visit

www.jackson-stops.co.uk


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2. Lamberden Oast

Where? Lamberden Oast is off

the Rye Road on the outskirts of the

village of Sandhurst in an elevated rural

location with views over neighbouring

farmland (Google Maps TN18 5PH).

What? An attached triple squarekiln

oast, Lamberden was converted

in the mid-1970s but it is believed to

date from around 1850 and has been

attractively updated since its original

conversion and decorated in cool white

throughout. Downstairs is a sitting

room with a door opening out on to the

terrace and garden and a spacious openplan

kitchen/breakfast room/family

room with French windows opening on

to the garden. There is also a separate

study.

On the first floor is a master bedroom

with en suite bathroom, three further

double bedrooms and a family bath and

shower room. Outside is an attractive

terrace and secluded gardens of around

half an acre surrounded by rolling

farmland.

How much? Lamberden Oast is on

the market with Harpers & Hurlingham

in Cranbrook at £795,000.

Call 01580 715400 or visit

www.harpersandhurlingham.com

3. Marwood Farm

Where? Marwood Farm is in a quiet,

rural location about a mile-and-a-half

south of the village of Adlington and

within easy reach of the Royal Military

Canal (Google Maps TN25 7BX).

What? An unlisted former 18th

century Kent ragstone threshing barn,

Marwood retains an attractive range

of original features including the

original high barn doors – now glazed

– vaulted ceilings and a number of the

structure’s pretty, narrow windows.

Accommodation includes a sitting room

with inglenook fireplace, a galleried

reception hall, kitchen/breakfast

room, studio with kitchenette and five

bedrooms.

Attached to the main building is

a large workshop – which could be

converted into another bedroom or

reception room – and a garage. The

layout of the property is such that part

of the building can be used as a selfcontained

annexe. A particular feature

of the property is its lovely ragstone

walled garden which includes vegetable

and fruit gardens and a greenhouse.

How much? Marwood Farm is on

the market at £699,000 and is with

Hobbs Parker in Tenterden. Call 01580

766766 or visit www.hobbsparker.co.uk

4. Fairbourne Reservoir West

Where? Fairbourne Reservoir West is in

a rural location at Harrietsham, between

Maidstone and Ashford (Google Maps

ME17 1NA).

What? The property is a truly stunning

conversion of a former reservoir building

with the architect taking considerable

care to ensure the house pays homage to

its industrial past while offering all the

advantages of 21st century design. At the

heart of the house – on the ground floor –

is a spectacular open-plan kitchen/dining/

family room with sliding glazed doors

opening on to the terrace and swimming

pool.

Also on the ground floor is a gym,

cinema, games room, a master bedroom

with en suite bathroom and four further

bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms.

On the upper floor is the ultimate

entertaining space – a 130 square metre

glass cube with panoramic view over the

countryside to the North Downs and

surrounded by a roof terrace. To the rear

of the house the striking, industrial façade

is softened by a lawn and large paddock.

How much? Fairbourne Reservoir

West is on the market with Knight Frank

in Sevenoaks and is priced at £2,250,000.

Call 01732 744477 or visit

www.knightfrank.co.uk

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bracing country walks with friends and family. Whichever

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Nicci Gurr’s super-special canapé recipes, which taste as good

as they look – believe us we’ve tried them – and an inspiring

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Top left: former owners have left pictures which they felt it was only fitting

should stay with the house. Above: Carefully positioned items add to the

atmospheric feel of the main hall. Left: a comfy love seat by a leaded window

which looks out towards the church at Wadhurst.

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A beautiful table from Maison in Tunbridge Wells, which

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complemented by button-backed chairs in two shades of

soft grey linen. An imposing stag-horn chandelier (sourced

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Above: the huge and informal family kitchen was once the library, and some

of the shelves remain. Right: One of the many original fireplaces

sketches and watercolours of the house were kindly left

behind by previous owners who felt they should stay

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across an old picture of a former owner taken about a

hundred years ago, standing by one of the old oak trees

on the estate that is recorded in the Domesday Book.

A secret door in the wood panelling by the fireplace opens

from the hall into what was a small and dark extension

added to provide the Victorians with lavatories and sculleries.

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Above: the guest bedroom looks out across parkland and has

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Above left: Much of the upstairs lighting is by Olive & the Fox, Tunbridge Wells. The lamp made from a pile of books was found in a market in Ibiza

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and a huge mirror from Blooms in Tunbridge Wells.

What was originally the library, is now the kitchen.

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past. Surprisingly, the eighties kitchen units and Aga are also

still in place but with a lot of stripping, lifting the cream

carpets and a great deal of Farrow & Ball Hardwick White

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Upstairs, all of the rooms have been redecorated and

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Getting the guest bathroom right was a complete

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Above: Mysterious stairs in one of the boys’ bedrooms disappear

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complemented by Farrow & Ball wallpaper and grey tiles.

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WT Interiors Supplement sponsored by

Contents

Designers Guild Pugin Weaves fabric in Ocean, £70 per

metre from Bell House Fabrics and Interiors, Cranbrook,

01580 712555, www.bellhousefabrics.co.uk

4 Country

More than a little bit rural

Mulberry Flooring Ltd

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An impressive selection of carpet samples

available in every colour and type.

In stock a wonderful range of traditional

and contemporary rugs.

7 Modern rustic

Perfect for town and country

8 Scandi

Style from our Nordic neighbours

13 Retro

Design classics that will always appeal

14 Directory

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WT Interiors Supplement sponsored by

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Voyage Enchanted Forest,

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Boss of The Barn

Yard Painting, £275,

Claire Weeks Art

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Angelica velvet

cushion, 50x50cm, £80

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Country

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Laundry Powder

Tin, £16.99 www.

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Stripy door handle,

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‘Heart of Gold’ Painting

Size 830mm x 930mm,

£395, Yvonne Coomber

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yvonnecoomberdesigns

Beatrice Striped

Linen Chair,

£947 www.

artisanti.com

Cream Chest of Drawers

from the Country Ash

Range, £211.95 www.

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Country Chicken Large

Doorstop, £14.95

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Reworked, over-dyed

vintage Tabriz carpet,

£2450, 01233 756072

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Oil Cloth £22.50 per m,

Bell House Fabrics and

Interiors, 01580 712555

www.bellhousefabrics.co.uk

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Vintage 100ml £5.95, 1L

£18.95, 2.5L £39.50

Velvet 2.5L £41

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Perrin & Rowe

Ionian 2 Hole Sink

Mix Crosshead Tap

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“Every home deserves beautiful curtains and blinds”

FURNITURE & CHRISTMAS

GIFTS FROM THE FOUR

CORNERS OF THE WORLD

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© Sanderson

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furnishers

nole House

furnishers

We are the made-to-measure curtains and blinds specialists

• Huge variety of fabrics

• Extensive lending library

• Wide range of tracks

and poles

• Enthusiastic and

knowledgeable staff

©

• Individual customer

centred design advice

• Free home visits to

measure your windows

• Full after sales support

and fitting service

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nole House

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furnishers

Open Sundaysfurnishers

During December

Telephone 01732 458150

Full range of furniture online

www.knolehousefurnishings.co.uk

14-18 London Road,

Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1AJ

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Shabby Chic HOME

Wooden Letters,

£13.95, Fields of Blue

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Natural reclaimed

Timber Dresser,

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£699 www.

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WT Interiors Supplement sponsored by

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in assorted colours,

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Olympian Spiral

decorative wall piece.

£3000, Casa Mosaica

Studios, www.

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Drawers tall and slim

£1499.95 & £949.96

Boatwood Collection www.

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Perrin & Rowe

Mayan Bibcock Tap

£301.70, Burlanes

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com/burlanesonline

Kit Miles Herah

cushion, 55x55cm, £135

01892 750101 www.

ensorinteriordesign.co.uk

Modern Rustic

Perfect for town and country

Levana Original

Handcrafted

Gothic Window

Mirror, from £275,

Mirror Mania

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com/mirrormania

Light Shade, Shade

47, £967 www.

rume.co.uk

Dolphin,

Vintage 100ml £5.95,

1L £18.95, 2.5L £39.50

Velvet 2.5L £41

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Chalk white round crackle

handle, £3.50 01435 817153

www.theseplease.co.uk

Rustic Dipped

Stool in Yellow,

£55 www.

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co.uk

Rustic Light

Autentico velvet wall

Trio, £17 www.

paint, Loft, £41 per

theorchardhomeandgifts.com

2.5L www.autenticochalk-paint.co.uk

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Style from our Nordic neighbours

Broadstripe Lambs

Wool Throw, £78,

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Green/Blue Glass Bubble

Lamp with Shade, £150,

ABCD Designs

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Patchwork Deer Doorstop:

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Star Light in

White, £10 www.

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Perrin & Rowe Oasis

Round 3 Hole Mixer

Tap £536.40, Burlanes

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burlanesonline

Finn Juhl’s No.45

Chair, £375

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Sanderson Floral Bazaar

£27.99 per m, Bell House

Fabrics and Interiors

01580 712555 www.

bellhousefabrics.co.uk

Alabaster folk stripe tray,

£28 www.berryred.co.uk

Sagaform Heart

Shaped bowl with

Ladle, £33.00 www.

scandinavianshop.co.uk

Bath Stone,

Vintage 100ml £5.95,

1L £18.95, 2.5L £39.50

Velvet 2.5L £41

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Swedish Fish Tea

Towel, £12.50

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White stencil heart

handle, £3.50 01435

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WT Supplement

’tasha

Your Christmas Shopping All Under One Roof

Specialise in bespoke Swedish & French beds

& interiors with extensive stock of original

antique beds & furniture.

Forstal Farm Goudhurst Road Lamberhurst Kent

Tel: 01892890769 www.tashainteriors.co.uk

Established for over 30 years. The

store is spread over 3 floors and

has a huge stock of antique & repro

pine, oak & French style painted

furniture & beautiful, reasonably

priced accessories to make your

house a home. You’ll be amazed at

the choice. Bespoke pine units made

to order. Open 7 days a week.

100/102 & 90 Sandgate High Street,

Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 3BY

Telephone 01303 248560

www.oldenglishpineinkent.co.uk

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WT Interiors Supplement sponsored by

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Evernden Interiors

What are the key trends for 2016?

Firstly, we see the emergence of indigo

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a lovely new range of fabrics actually called Indigo Blue, and

The Little Greene Paint Company have produced a new range

of bright blues. We’re already seeing the use of indigo blue in

kitchens, bathrooms, on islands, panelling and walls and this

trend is likely to grow. We’ve also noticed a keen interest in

the Mid-Century Modern look, with the resurgence of Ercol,

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colours, in a fresh modern English style, inspired by Kit Kemp.

What is your stand out project of last year? We worked

with our clients on the renovation and refurbishment of

a medieval hall house in East Sutton. We helped with

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do you have an interior design pet hate? I don’t have a particular

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regulations. Clients aren’t happy to have these basic plastic fixings

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one of our pole suppliers has come up with an inspirational

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I would say that following a period of

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clashing, such as pinks, oranges and greens. People are much

more confident with design and are loving being bold!

Scandinavian style is also very popular. Fewer items with a

strong design ethos, primary colours and blonde wood.

Where do you look for inspiration? We purchase a lot of

our stock in Europe, so inspiration for details, finishes or

colour trends comes from there. We regularly attend the

major shows and keep ourselves up to speed with samples of

new fabrics, lighting and furniture that come from the design

houses. Even old fabrics used in a new way can be inspiring.

What are you stocking up on for 2016? Definitely brighter

colours and richer, bolder fabrics. There is a trend for

technically innovative fabrics and stronger design features. We

are also stocking a great range of statement lighting, which

makes a huge difference to the style and ambience of any

room. Minimalism is definitely being replaced by a richer,

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COUNTRY WARMTH

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Bright Green,

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Brazilian bird,

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CARPETS

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Knole House Furnishings

ISSUE: December The 2015 Stone Tile Warehouse

Sevenoaks 01732 458150

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01622 679157

www.knolehousefurnishings.co.uk

Rolvenden 01580 241614

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Ashford 01233 756072

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CERAMICS

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FRAMES & MIRRORS

Joseph McCarthy

01892 527528 www.josephmccarthy.co.uk

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from you we will assume copy is correct and will publish the advertisement as shown.

Old English Pine

01303 248560

www.oldenglishpineinkent.co.uk

PAINTS & PAINT WORKSHOPS

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Ashford 01233 878303

www.autentico-paint.com

Natural Stone Specialists

Wishing all our Customers a

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Bespoke worktops in

Granite, quartz and marble

Architectural and monumental masonry

Large selection of natural tiles and mosaics

Waterjet cutting service on various materials

Glass tops and splash backs

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Poppies from Firle Beacon 4ft x 3ft - £1200

Paintings by Sarah Burges

5 Lansdown Place,

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07828 427699

3ft x 4ft - £1000 3ft x 4ft - £1000

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Captured by

the castle

Words: Jo Arnell Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Jennifer Stuart-Smith

A gardener’s cottage built in the 1930s

by Vita Sackville-West, which overlooks

Sissinghurst Castle, makes a tranquil retreat for

National Trust gardener Claire Abery, whose

‘make-do-and-mend’ approach is perfectly

fitting for this former Land Girls’ billet

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Above: a fireplace which was once home to a kitchen range now acts as the focal point of the front room. A large bay window bathes the room in natural light

Approaching the gardener’s cottage at Sissinghurst,

I’m imagining how hard it must be to live in a house

that’s only yours while you remain in your job.

Perhaps it’s a mind-set. It was once a fairly normal thing to

live in a home that went with the job, and tied cottages were

common, built for workers in towns, on farmland and in the

grounds of country houses. It makes sense, but times have

changed and it’s not a common thing any more. I can also

see that living in the grounds of one of the most celebrated

gardens in the world, and treading in the footsteps of such

illustrious forebears is a unique, exceptional experience.

A privilege. A little unnerving perhaps, and here my

imagination is running away with me. Is it rather haunting?

From the outside, this modest, Thirties-style cottage

seems simple, uncluttered and quiet. As Claire Abery

appears to greet me, unperturbed by the drizzle — the

sign of a proper gardener — and we go into the house,

I feel as if I’m entering hallowed space, as atmospheric

as anything in the castle itself. I can feel the weight of

history pressing in already. The interior wears this lightly

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commute, for a working day that starts at 7.30; they have

to fit in a lot before the gates open to the public at 11:00.

The National Trust look after the outside maintenance

on the house and have recently installed secondary double

glazing downstairs, which is a boon: “It always used to

seem cold in this house,” says Claire. What happens

inside, within reason — and without changing anything

structural – is entirely up to the tenant. When she first

moved in eleven years ago, the house had been empty

for some time and it had been painted ‘rainbow style’.

“The kitchen was bright yellow, the front room was red,

the bathroom turquoise and my bedroom was peach.

So it was out with the magnolia paint!” Claire laughs.

Looking round it’s clear to see that the colours on

the walls are more sophisticated than that ubiquitous

shade of cream. She has carefully used a combination

of muted neutrals that create a very natural light

within the house, like the light outside on a cloudy

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Above: a rustic farmhouse table overlooking the kitchen garden is the perfect

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and that was £200. I did see a Jasper Conran bookcase in

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Above left: A much-loved teddy sits guard on the upstairs landing, next to Claire’s bedroom, which looks towards the castle and was once the bedroom of a

Land Army matron. Above right: Chunky knits and bright fabrics hint at Claire’s love of sewing and making, while a Lloyd Loom chair look perfectly at home

gave the dimensions to a friend who made it with me.”

The cottage and the adjoining cottage were originally

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on the estate. Claire’s cottage was once the home of former

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and landscaping – that we can still see at Sissinghurst today.

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when Vita was around — “allowing a rose to billow

or a meadow to flourish”. He has been working on

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explains, “it’s a big thing to turn around. The changes

are happening, but they’ll take a little while to show.”

The kitchen is small and neat with a secluded view

out across the back garden. “I think originally it was a

scullery and pantry, with the main kitchen in the other

room,” says Claire. “There must have been a range where

the fireplace in the living room is.” The space is now

beautifully crammed with logs for the fire in the room

next door. The front room is the largest downstairs space,

with plenty of room for a rustic table and chairs and

some additional comfortable seating. Not much has been

installed by previous occupants, but Claire thinks that

the ‘built-in’ cabinet in the front room must have


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Above: Claire’s sewing area – with magazine cuttings and other inspiring images – is in the larger upstairs bedroom, which is now used as a guest room. During

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Above: A shelving unit painted in muted, vintage green is used to keep Claire’s collection of buttons, ribbon and other sewing items tidy. Claire made the

patchwork quilt herself and has filled another unused fireplace with Chinese Lanterns to add some colour and a sense of warmth to the room.

been made by someone who once lived in the house. “I

can tell from the way it seems to be made from odd bits

of wood. It’s as if whoever made it scraped it together

from pieces they found around the place.” The room is

pared back and uncluttered with a distinctly retro feel.

“I love all that ‘digging for victory’ ethos; I love the

clothes, the feel, the British spirit — and they all looked

so stylish while doing it.” Claire has good reason to

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matron were billeted to the cottage during the war to

help on the farm. “The matron slept in my room and the

girls slept in bunk beds in what’s now the spare room.”

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Vita Sackville-West is

the author of The Women’s Land Army guide, published in

1944. She writes: ‘“Gardening is surely an ideal profession

for the woman who likes it. The work is not so heavy as to

put too great a strain on her physical capacity; and in the

more expert branches the possibilities and range of interest

is really unlimited.” Claire finds the work of the Land Army

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theme of a Forties VE Day celebration and everyone had

to dress up. I just love everything about the Forties — the

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Above: A vintage ‘Make do and Mend’ poster decorates the spare bedroom,

and sits above the homemade quilt and alongside Claire’s much-used sewing

area. Left: Flowers from the garden complement the ‘mood board’

The bedrooms are simply decorated,

highlighting Claire’s sense of colour in

accessories and soft furnishings. There are jars

of buttons and ribbons where you might have

seen face cream and hairbrushes and, by the

window is a desk, or rather, a sewing station

shape of the dresses, the spirit of the times, the mucking in

together” a spirit epitomised by the Land Girl organisation.

Upstairs, the spare room and the larger of the bedrooms

— where I try to imagine the serried ranks of bunks for

strapping land girls — doubles as a workspace for Claire.

She has been resourceful in furnishing the bedrooms, even

managing to find almost identical bedside tables for her

bedroom from two completely different places, and restoring

them, so that they now look as if they came as a pair. The

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shortage of flowers for the dining table in this cottage Right: Patterned quilts

are folded up on a bedside chair, ready for use when the weather gets cold

or rather, a sewing station. “I love sewing,” says Claire.

The views from the upstairs windows are captivating —

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the castle, then in the other direction to a vista across the

Kent countryside to the Greensand Ridge in the distance.

What happens here in the winter once the gardens are

closed to the public? “Well, the winter is really when we do

all the work,” says Claire. “As soon as the garden shuts at

the end of the season we get stuck in pruning roses,

hedge-cutting, clearing herbaceous beds. There’s lots

of preparation to do before we get ready to open

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Then there are the bulbs. “This year we’ll be planting

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week in summer we have our Friday Tidy, we sweep and

dead-head, collect seed and generally clear out the beds;

‘primping and preening’, is what Adam (Nicolson) calls

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Above: Colour-blocking with cushions keeps things simple, in front of the

vibrant zig-zag wallpaper. The bookshelf is made from scaffolding boards

and was inspired by a version that Claire saw in a high street store.

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zig-zag wallpaper in green and blue has been used on

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larger. I spy the Conran-inspired bookcase looking

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PAINT YOUR OWN CERAMICS

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Blazer Bear

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your

your

child’s

child’s

school

school

memories

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Paper Cuts

Silver Keepsakes

Specialising in Personalised Gifts

Paper Cuts

Specialising in Personalised Gifts

Paper Cuts

Key Fobs

Hand/Feet

Saturday December 5 th

Any customer spending £10 on an item to decorate at Slap ‘n Dash

will be given a free Christmas Decoration to paint (whilst stocks last)

www.slapndash.com 01580 755674

Open times: Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat & Sun 10.00 to 4.00

(Evenings by appointment)

Disabled access • Ample Parking • Cafe on-site

recycle

their

their

uniform,

uniform,

badges and

even name tag into a keepsake bear

badges and even name tag

T. 01892 860307

into a keepsake bear

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T. 01892 860307

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Christmas

Colouring Set -

Personalised £12

www.madebyellis.com

Mini Christmas Star

Wishsticks, £16, Jo

Downs Ripley 01483

225742 www.jodowns.com

Top-to-toe cleaning kit,

£6.50,

www.childsfarm.com

Reindeer Snow Globe,

£24.99, Duck & Dog

www.wealdenfairs.com/

duckanddog

Stocking fillers for...

Children

Alpine Stag Night Light,

£6.50, www.wealdenfairs.

com/isla-graceltd

Children’s Garden

Tool Set & Oak

Plant Labels, £14.95,

Betty & Dodge

www.wealdenfairs.

com/bettyanddodge

WatchStation Diesel

Camo Watch at

McArthurGlen Ashford

Designer Outlet, £80,

www.mcarthurglen.com

The Penguin Family Card

, £2.50, Art Nouvocative

www.wealdenfairs.com/

artnouvocative

Branche d’Olive Bagged

Heart Soap 100g £4.95,

The Bathroom Shop

01580 763207 www.

the-bathroomshop.co.uk

Peekaboo

Animal Mugs

£8.50 www.

twentysixdegrees.

co.uk

Christmas Bake Box,

£22, Send Me Cakes

www.wealdenfairs.

com/sendmecakes

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THE BATHROOM SHOP

Independent bespoke bathroom specialists

We have a lovely range of toiletries and home fragrances

from Branche d’Olive, Ortiga, Ruth Mastenbroek,

A Life with a View, Connock London,

Romney Marsh Wools, D’Orsay Paris, Jovoy, E Coudray,

Jardins D’Ecrivains and L’Espirit De Nature.

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

www.the-bathroomshop.co.uk

BathroomShop

@TheBathroomShop

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Over 40 years experience

specialising in coats of arms

Rodney J Rigby F.I.P.G

Goldsmith & Designer

Hand & seal engraver

Handmade signet rings, cuff links

& bespoke 3D blazer buttons

in gold, silver & platinum

T: 01892 724951 info@rodneyjrigby.com

www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Ed repair reconstructing

shampoo 250ml, £9.99,

reconstructor 150ml,

£10.99, www.chill.uk.com

Rocky The Nutcracker,

£19.95, Fields of Blue

www.wealdenfairs.com/

fieldsofblue

Proto-col Miracle Balm,

£14.95, 0333 0007788,

www.proto-col.com

Christmas Ornament,

£24, Jo Malone www.

jomalone.co.uk

Aria Earrings, £14,

Tanglewood Studios,

www.wealdenfairs.com/

tanglewoodstudios

B’temped Lace Kiss

Chemise £26.00 Siren

and Pearl, Rye 01797

224116

Stocking fillers for...

Grown-ups

Initial Necklace, £30,

Crystal & Stone www.

wealden fairs.com/

crystalandstone

Bracelet by Gaby’s in

gun metal, £25.00,

01580 763815, www.

elizabeth-rose.com

Allotment

Apron, £30,

Lottie Day www.

madebylottieday.com

Diana Wilson Arcanca

Snowfall Silk Square with

Tassels, £90, Cashara,

Tenterden 07966 033000

www.cashara.co.uk

Fox Head Cufflinks, £169,

Simon Kemp Jewellers

www.wealdenfairs.com/

simonkempjewellers

‘Equilibrium’ brown

stitched wallet. £22, Sussex

Country Gardener www.

sussexcountrygardener.co.uk

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Find Your Style

Rose & Gold

Macaron

Necklace

£32.50

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A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF GIFTS, CERAMICS, KILIMS & RUGS, FOOD & MORE

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SERVED DAILY IN

OUR CAFÉ

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Flower&Glory

Flowers For Weddings, Funerals & Events

Making a

Christmas wreath

with De Novo Flowers

Materials needed: Wire ring, moss, mossing wire or string,

pine, blue spruce, ivy, other materials such as eucalyptus or

pheasant or peacock feathers, ribbon

Step 1: Attach your string to the wire

ring, leaving the rest on the spool.

'Deck the Halls'

Gorgeous Christmas Wreaths, Garlands & Table Arrangements

Inspirational Gifts and Decorative items

Everything you need for that magical finishing

touch over the Festive Season

Neom Luxury Organics Stockist

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

Tel: 01732 743419 www.flowerandglory.co.uk

1

2

Step 2: Grab clumps of the moss and

dip them in water to dampen, then apply

to the ring, attaching with the string

by wrapping the string around the wire

frame and the clumps of moss. Build

up evenly so that you end up with

a ring of moss.

Step 3: Now start attaching a base

layer of the blue spruce. Follow the same

direction as you add each piece of spruce

to maintain an even, balanced look.

Introduce different greenery and carry on

in the same direction aiming for an even,

full looking wreath.

FESTIVE LIGHTING

FOR INSIDE AND OUTSIDE AT ILLUMINATIONS

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4

Step 4: Add additional materials such as

feathers, beads or baubles using florist’s

wire pushed through to the back of the

wreath. Twist this wire around part of a

blue spruce stem to secure. Your string

should now be cut and tied to a secure

point or stem on the back of the wreath.

Attach your ribbon with or without a

bow to the wreath and your gorgeous

creation is ready to hang.

De Novo Flowers, Commercial Square, Haywards Heath

RH16 1DJ, 01444 459166, www.denovoflowers.co.uk

ILLUMINATIONS

t: 01892 533454 e: info@illuminations.co.uk www.illuminations.co.uk

37-41 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2PS

Queens Rd, Hastings, TN34 1RP

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Gerry Weber poncho, £75, The Masai Clothing

Company scarf, £39, heart pendant necklace,

£35, Elizabeth Rose Boutique, Tenterden 01580

763815 www.elizabeth-rose.com; Helen Moore faux

fur huff, £25, Spice, Cranbrook 01580 714156

www.spicecranbrook.co.uk

www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Aviatrix

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

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Personalised Acorn

Necklace, From £79

mercimamanboutique.com


Gerry Weber blouse, £75, Two

Danes pink jumper, £99, NYDJ

jeggings, £149, Kirsten faux

fur coat, £219, Elizabeth Rose,

Tenterden 01580 763815

www.elizabeth-rose.com; Geox

over the knee boot, £165,

Manuka Shoes, Westerham

01959 565644 www.

manukashoes.com

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Linda Pope

F.B.D.O

Helping

Saint

Nicholas

since

1796

Cornell

Est 1796

12-14 Gabriels Hill, Maidstone | cornelljewellers.co.uk | @cornell1796

Spectacular

Christmas

facebook.com/LindaPopeOpticians

Rye Road • Hawkhurst

Telephone. 01580 753744

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Irresistable fashion jewellery and accessories

Buy online

Merry Christmas

Great gift ideas in store & online

Host a party*

Become a stylist

Contact

Rachel Carson

Independent Stylist

07967 808092

www.stelladot.co.uk/rachelcarson

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

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

jewellery.

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

make a payment by promising benefits

Tel: 01797 224271

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

e: shop@thegoldenfleece.co.uk

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Barbour roll neck jumper,

£119, Peter James Harris Tweed

jacket, £229, Helen Moore faux

fur collar, £59, The Golden

Fleece, Rye 01797 224271

www.thegoldenfleece.co.uk;

Powder chunky knitted mittens,

£14, Spice, Cranbrook 01580

714156 www.spicecranbrook.

co.uk; clutch bag, £55, Manuka

Shoes, Westerham 01959 565644

www.manukashoes.com; trousers,

model’s own

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Two Danes teal jumper,

£115, scarf, £49, Gaby’s silver

necklace, £35, white shirt tails,

£35, Brax black jeans, £99,

Elizabeth Rose, Tenterden

01580 763815 www.

elizabeth-rose.com; navy suede

envelope clutch bag, £19.95,

Lunar Chelsea style sparkly

boot, £55, Manuka Shoes,

Westerham 01959 565644

www.manukashoes.com

www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Christmas Wishes from Cashara, please join us for a glass of

champagne and mince pie on Saturday 5 th December for the

Tenterden Christmas Market 10am-8pm

5 High Street, Tenterden TN30 6BN

Telephone 07966 033000 Email sales@cashara.co.uk

Shop online at www.cashara.co.uk

cashmere and silk knitwear

The Multiway Wrap £55

Available in up

to 30 colours

Made In Italy

The Clever Dresser

Boutique stocks

some of the most

sought-after brands

of the moment

Helmut Lang

DVF Diane Von

Furstenberg

MILLY New York

McQ McQueen

Tom Ford

AG Jeans

Rebecca Taylor

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Frame Jeans

Zoe Karssen

Duffy

Muubaa

Parajumpers

CleverDresser

6 Bank St. Sevenoaks,

Kent TN13 1UW

01732 453 002

www.thecleverdresser.com

THE CLEVER DRESSER

BOUTIQUE

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3 The Square • Riverhead

01732 779 555 www.dominicwalmsley.com

Made in London

18ct Yellow Gold £1,560, 18ct Red Gold with Brown Diamonds £1,560, 18ct White Gold £1,690

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STYLISH SHOES FOR STYLISH FEET

Gifts &

Glamour

from

Spice

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

15 High Street, Westerham, Kent. TN16 1RA

01959 565644 or order online at:

www.manukashoes.com

5 Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF

Tel: 01580 714156

www.spicecranbrook.co.uk

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What’s on

your wish list?

Whether you're looking for yourself or a lover?!

You're sure to find something naughty or nice from

our decadent lingerie, loungewear and nightwear

collection.

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contact@lilygracelingerie.co.uk

01342 822122

Lily & Grace

Lingerie

www.wealdentimes.co.uk

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Seeberger pom pom beanie,

£39, Elizabeth Rose,

Tenterden 01580 763815

www.elizabeth-rose.com;

blue and white striped

shirt, £35, Barbour quilt

jacket, £159, The Golden

Fleece, Rye 01797 224271

www.thegoldenfleece.co.uk;

Braintree organic cotton

cardigan, £49.90, Modalu

leather tan bag, Spice,

Cranbrook 01580 714156

www.spicecranbrook.co.uk;

trousers, model’s own

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Gerry Weber scarf, £29, print trousers,

£95, Just White fluffy gilet, £95,

Elizabeth Rose, Tenterden 01580

763815 www.elizabeth-rose.com; Jack

Murphy wax jacket, £169, The Golden

Fleece, Rye 01797 224271

www.thegoldenfleece.co.uk; Lisa Kay

shoes, £110, Manuka Shoes, Westerham

01959 565644 www.manukashoes.com;

Ochre blue knit top, £65, Powder gloves,

£21, Spice, Cranbrook 01580 714156

www.spicecranbrook.co.uk

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Concept

Hair

salon

50 High Street, Tenterden 01580 762 564

Book online at www.williamcharleshair.co.uk

or through our facebook page

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Introducing

Elle Sport!

Available in

store now.

dressing undeniable beauty

www.odyl.co.uk

01580 714907

No 6, The Colonnade, Rye Road,

Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4ES - 01580 752118

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

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

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Make Christmas Magical

with our hand-picked Edits at

Clothing, Footwear,

Accessories,

Toys and Gifts

Cardigan Maluca £44.99

Dress Sherry £42.99

HELLO, HANDSOME

Skirt Sariah £32.99

Pant £37.45

Coveralls Rohan £54.99

Blazer Jacob £54.99

STYLISH SPARKLE

Saseline Skirt £44.99

Cardigan Ryan £49.99

Vest Florian £42.99

Dress Robeb £69.99

IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS, AFTER ALL...

Dress Sherry £42.99

HAND MADE DOLLS

& TEDDIES

from £18.45

Dress Roben £59.99

Dress Robeo £44.99

Gilet £89.99

MINI A TURE PYJAMAS GIFT SET

SPOIL THEM WITH HAND KNITS

PJ Paola £28.99

PJ Paco £36.45

Baby Blankets £64.99

Spike Slippers £15.00

Lucky Slippers £15.00

Ladies Snood & Gloves Set £84.99

HAIR CUTS EXCLUSIVELY FOR CHILDREN

Children’s Hairdressing is open Thursday, Friday & Saturday and parents can relax with a tea or coffee while they wait

Telephone: 01580 765021 | 9 Sayers Square, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6BW | www.kidella.co.uk


lue and white striped shirt,

£35, Woollovers Guernsey gilet,

£49, The Golden Fleece, Rye

01797 224271

www.thegoldenfleece.co.uk;

Brax black jeans, £99,

Elizabeth Rose,

Tenterden 01580 763815

www.elizabeth-rose.com;

recycled rubber fringed

necklace, £49.95,

Manuka Shoes,

Westerham

01959 565644

www.manukashoes.com

We would like to say a huge thank you

to Aero Legends at Headcorn Aerodrome

for allowing us to photograph with their

stunning Tigermoth. For more

information on flying experiences visit

www.aerolegends.co.uk or call 01622 812830

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Merry Christmas

Treat someone to a gift voucher this

Christmas, we will make them feel special

Get ready for Christmas parties with

glamorous eyeframing lash extensions

and high shine longlasting OPI nails

Book your treatments and vouchers now on:

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Celebrating Our 10 th Birthday!

We will be offering 20% off cut, colour & blow dry in January & February*

*advert must be presented at appointment

Sara Purdy of Purdy & Power Cranbrook has just completed

her Master Colour Programme with Wella International,

one of the biggest names in the hair colour industry. Colour

is a technical speciality which requires years of training and

constant education to keep you ahead of the game.

Wella Professionals Master Colour Programme is the ultimate

course to provide the highest achievers in colour with

absolutely everything that could ever be needed within the

salon to promote colour to the ever demanding clientele.

There are 4 stages to the programme:

After a gruelling selection process of three stages Sara was

invited to participate in the final stage of the Master Colour

Programme. This stage is the ultimate colour course in the

hairdressing industry and is BY INVITATION ONLY!

During this stage you learn the chemistry of colour and

extreme colour correction, the emotion and psychology

of the effects that colour has on clients and the legal

considerations to do with colour. This was followed by a

technical colour exam where the hair you have to colour has

already been coloured in 4 different sections. The aim is to

get all 4 sections back to one chosen colour and in good

condition. One section was black, the second section was

blonde and damaged, the third was green and the final

section was red/orange with black specks. For each section

there was an allotted amount of time. Unsurprisingly this

exam has a high failure rate and was one of the most stressful

and testing things Sara has had within her hairdressing career.

After successfully passing the course Sara is now a Master

Colour Educator and can pass on her exceptional skills and

knowledge to the rest of the salon ensuring all Purdy & Power

stylists benefit from Sara’s expertise in the use of colour.

So with Sara Purdy from Purdy & Power, you know your hair is

in the very best hands... you could say it’s like your colourist

being awarded the 3 Michelin stars of the restaurant world!

HAIR BEAUTY LIFESTYLE

Tel: 01580 720990

www.purdyandpower.co.uk

25 High Street

Cranbrook, Kent

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Penhaligon’s Christmas Collection – The Nutcracker,

£38 for 6 x 25ml (at Fenwick and Penhaligon’s stores).

Penhaligon’s really comes into its own at Christmas, with stunning

and excellent value gifts – and this is a wonderful introductory set

featuring bestselling shareable scents, including Empress, Ostara,

Juniper Sling (a G&T in a bottle!), Artemesia and my new favourite

Iris Prima. Do check out their ‘musical box’ offering, too.

Christmas

The twelve

Josephine Fairley shares her top tips for fabulous

beauty gifts

Illustrations: Susanne Hayes

gifts of

My friends and family never seem to read what I write

for YOU Magazine or Waitrose Weekend, where

I also happen to be Beauty Editor. But Wealden

Times…? Every time this column appears, I get feedback from

my nearest and dearest about the advice contained in the pages

of this glossy magazine, which they all – to a woman/girl – seem

to devour, month after month. So, a little plea to Stephanie,

Maggie, Roxy, Saba, Sally, Gill, Lisa, Amy, Joanna and the rest

of my adored family, friends and team: please flick a couple of

pages on – or go back to enjoying the property ads at the front.

Otherwise there’ll be no surprises on Christmas Day, as you

unwrap some of the top ‘beauty picks for 2015’ which follow…

Aromatherapy Associates, The Star, £10 for 9ml.

Pop this on the Christmas tree, if you like: a little star-shaped

box with a bath oil inside, by the brand whose aromatherapeutic

treats are the most effective I’ve ever used. Come January, when

they’re feeling slothful, the Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil

will put the bounce back in anyone’s step (male or female).

Cath Kidston Painted Rose Hand Creams,

£6 for 3 x 30ml at www.cathkidston.com.

Brilliant little stocking filler: the set of three means there’s

a tube for beside the bed, in your handbag (perfect on-thego

size), and one for the downstairs loo. The Cath Kidston

cosmetics range is actually all amazing value (it’s made by

bodycare maestros Heathcote & Ivory) and this is a beautifully

softening formula scented prettily with roses – one of the

most universally appealing scents, I’ve always found.

The Perfume Society VIP Subscription,

£25 at www.perfumesociety.org.

OK, a little blowing of own trumpet here: as some of you may

know, I founded The Perfume Society last year to create a ‘hub’

for fragrance-lovers, offering ‘Discovery Boxes’, events around

the country, an on-line (and now print) magazine, The Scented

Letter, and much more. We had such truly fantastic feedback from

everyone who received this as a gift last year: the intro box features

eight fragrance samples, ‘Smelling Notes’ to explore in depth (like

a wine society, but for perfume), eight issues a year of our digital

magazine and a VIP Subscriber card with many, many privileges

including insider discounts at Penhaligon’s and Miller Harris.

Diptyque Mini Candle Set, £58 www.liberty.co.uk.

With dozens of different scents to choose from, I find it almost

impossible to decide which Diptyque candle to gift to a friend

– unless I know her fave. Featuring a quintet of votives – Feu

de Bois, Opopanax, Ambre, Pomander and Vanille (five of

Diptyque’s bestselling fragrances (and including the very festive,

orange-and-spice Pomander), this will save much dithering.

Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Gift Set,

£74 at www.uk.spacenk.com.

There are so many different fragrance gift sets around this

Christmas, but this is one of my absolute favourites: open

the too-beautiful-to-throw-away hatbox to reveal a generous

50ml size of the Velvet Body Cream, Velvet Bath & Shower

Gel and the Rosa Nobile fragrance itself, a summery swirl of

soft roses and cool green notes that’s utterly beguiling.

Bobbi Brown Caviar Mini Eye Palette, £26.50.

Is there a make-up lover alive whose heart doesn’t pitter-patter a tad

faster when opening a Bobbi Brown gift…? The textures are always

fab, the shades invariably spot-on – and this downsized version

is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, squeezing seven shadows and

lipcolours into one palette. While you’re at the Bobbi Brown counter,

have a good snoop around for other Christmas gifts; she’s on the

money this year with just about everything, including fabulous sets of

make-up brushes – and if you’re looking to give ‘experiences’ rather

than just more ‘stuff’, her make-up lessons are the best in the biz.

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge

(Abrams Image), £18.99.

Have to admit: notwithstanding the brilliance of her YouTube

videos, which get millions of views, and her talent at making-up

famous faces, I did slightly wonder what this make-up pro could

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out she’s a serious make-up historian as well as a genius with the

brushes and this book is as fascinating a beauty read as I’ve ever

turned the pages of, packed with utterly gorgeous images and

the stories behind the make-up items we take for granted.

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Another little personal plug, here (sorry!)… If you’ve a

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Wealden Health & Beauty

Wealden Times talks to Briony Wilkinson from

textile and stationery company, English Folly ...

do you follow a

beauty routine?

Yes, but I have to keep

it quite simple as I have

quite sensitive skin which

reacts badly to too many

lotions and potions. I

discovered a Japanese brand

called SK-II when I lived

in Asia, so I now cleanse

with their facial wash every

day. Luckily I can still get

it in the UK, but only in

Harrods. It’s a real beauty

luxury! I use Nivea Q10

day and night creams too,

which I find are gentle

on my skin and give me

the basic SPF protection

I need during the day.

do you have a particular

product you couldn’t

live without?

I definitely couldn’t live

without YSL Touche Eclat.

Working long hours on

close graphic and textile

pieces is not kind to

the eye area, and it’s my

saviour when I’m tired

and suffering with dark

circles. Unless I am at an

event, I don’t normally

wear masses of makeup,

so for a natural daytime

look, I use just a touch

here and there to even out

my skin tone. It replaces

a full foundation nicely.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat?

It has to be a spa day

and a massage. When I

lived in London I would

treat myself to a day at

the Sanctuary in Covent

Garden every six months,

but now I only really

find the time when I am

away. I have to give my

back the chance to recover

from being hunched over

a sewing machine every

day so I find a solitary spa

day is a fantastic way to

completely relax, recharge

and centre my thoughts.

Who’s your style icon?

It would be really hard

to pin it down to just

one person, but my

absolute favourite style

era would have to be the

50s. I love and admire

the timeless beauty and

elegance of Grace Kelly,

but Doris Day’s style is

so cute and quirky!

English Folly was launched

in 2000, originally as

a wedding stationery

business, but has since

grown into a huge range of

gifts, accessories, stationery

and homeware. Using a

variety of classic colours

and prints Briony designs

and creates bespoke and

personalised items to

order. Take a look at www.

wealdenfairs.com/englishfolly

or www.englishfolly.com

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Supreme Green...

Spirulina. Yep, we’re talking

about another odd green

powder. Cyanobacteria, or

blue-green algae to you and

me, come in two species.

Arthrospira is now cultivated

worldwide and mostly used as

a dietary supplement available

in tablet, flake and powder

form. Dried spirulina contains

around 60% protein and is

a complete protein, meaning

it contains all essential amino

acids, unlike other plant

proteins such as those found in

legumes. It’s a great source of

iron, chlorophyll, and contains

a full spectrum of antioxidants,

vitamins and minerals. It has no

cellulose wall, making it highly

digestible, helping the body to

fight off infection and keeping

the gut in good condition.

Despite this, however, there

is some evidence that it can

aggravate autoimmune diseases,

so double check with your

GP or a health expert before

experimenting. If you do fancy

giving it a go, try a teaspoon in

a green smoothie, or include

it in a homemade pesto.

Manic Organic...

Use Dr. Bronner’s Organic

Hair Rinse. Do it now. It’s

fab! This is no ordinary

conditioner. In fact, it

doesn’t work like a normal

conditioner at all, but

after using it a few times,

and getting used to a new

routine, hair is left feeling

super smooth, nourished,

and smelling scrummy. It’s

packed with citrus extracts

which help to rinse out

any leftover soap, and the

coconut, olive and hemp

oil moisturise to the max,

ensuring both hair and

scalp are accounted for.

Pop a small amount of

product in a container and

dilute with plenty of water.

Gently pour this over

washed hair, massage into

the scalp, rinse, proceed to

feeling citrusly fabulous.

WT’s Helen loved it so

much, she’s now using

their Pure Castile Soap

too! Added bonus – all Dr.

Bronner’s products

are certified

organic, non GMO

and never ever

tested on animals!

Get yours at www.

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Golden Boot

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Save Our Soles!

Our feet take the weight of our entire body, so it’s no

surprise that poor foot health can lead to a whole host of

other problems. There are, however, many easy ways to

keep them healthy. We speak to a few specialists...

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The shoe fitting expert

Clare Wigston has been fitting children’s

shoes for over 15 years...

At what stage of a child’s development should a parent consider the first pair

of shoes? There are three main stages children go through while learning to walk

and becoming confident on their feet: crawling, cruising and walking. Barefoot is

considered best until a child takes the first steps on their own. However, this isn’t

always practical, so some soft slippers may be necessary for a little extra protection.

What are you looking out for when fitting a pair of shoes? When fitting children’s

shoes, primarily we’re checking for adequate growing room. To do this we check the

length and width for overall fit, as well as the depth, ensuring the top line of the

shoe isn’t catching on the child’s ankle. We then check the closure of the shoe and

make sure they don’t slip when they walk. This observation is very important.

Are there any common problems that can be caused by badly fitting shoes?

Ill fitting or bad quality shoes can cause a number of problems. Shoes that are

too tight can cause serious deformity, while shoes that are loose and offer no

support can cause the arch to drop. This consequently affects a person’s gait,

causing pronation (feet turning inwards or outwards), leading to other muscular

skeletal issues. Poor quality shoes are also made with synthetic fabrics that often

don’t allow the feet to breathe, leading to fungal infection and smelly feet!

Clare is the General Manager at The Golden Boot, Maidstone and specialises in

fitting shoes for children of all ages. She’s also a member of the Society of Shoe Fitters.

For more information speak to a member of staff in store or call 01622 752349.

The Reflexologist

Laurel Wickham is an expert

Reflexologist based in Marden...

What is reflexology? With its origins based in ancient civilizations, simply stated,

reflexology is a therapeutic foot massage for health and wellbeing. It is based on

the principle that there are reflex points on the feet (and hands) which correspond

with each organ, gland, skeletal and muscular structure in the body.

How does it work? Nobody is entirely sure how reflexology works, but it does

free up the energy that flows through various zones of the body. Using finger and

thumb pressure to stimulate the precise areas corresponding to the different parts

of the body, it unblocks any tension and stagnant energies to restore health and

harmony to all the body’s systems, and induces a state of absolute relaxation.

Who can benefit from reflexology? Women, men, the elderly, teenagers, children and

babies. Reflexology does not discriminate. Anyone of any age can derive the benefit.

However, as in any therapy, there can be contradictions and a full medical history is

always required. The benefits are endless. They include an improved immune system,

better circulation, pain relief, stress relief, it can assist with post operative recovery,

eliminate waste products from the body and encourages the body to heal.

Laurel is a member of the Guild of Holistic Therapists as well as a qualified

Aromatherapist and Reiki Master. To book a home visit call 07792 001230.

The Chiropodist

Afsaneh Smith works

from her clinic in

Lenham Heath...

Why is it important to look after your

feet? The condition of a person’s feet

reflects their overall health. Many of my

patients have long term problems associated

with poor circulation or chronic fungal

infections. In these cases good foot hygiene

is essential. I explain that daily washing and

drying of feet with the appropriate use of

foot cream or fungicides can result in a big

improvement. Younger patients often have

verrucas or corns. In these cases a return to

a pain free life is the objective of treatment.

How often should you have your feet

treated? Nowadays people pay more

attention to their feet. Even if you have

perfect feet you need to take care of them.

For individuals with chronic problems they

should see an expert every six weeks. For

hard skin or corn removal a single visit to

a specialist may be all that is required.

do your patients enjoy their treatments

and what do you enjoy about your job? I

hope so. When customers depart the clinic

happy and pain free it’s a good feeling.

Some patients don’t want to leave as they

feel so comfortable! For customers treated

at home I am often their only visitor all day

so like to think that this is an important

part of the care I can offer. I like to help

and care for people and by doing this job

I get a real satisfaction. Some of my clients

ask me “How can you touch people’s feet?

They are dirty and smelly!” But really I

don’t see it like that - I think how can I

relieve their pain, to make them better and

comfortable. This is a big reward for me.

Afsaneh works from her clinic, as well as

visiting clients’ homes, if they’re unable

to travel. To book an appointment call

01622 853640 / 07506 376264.

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Spiced lamb palmier

Makes: 20-25 Prep time: 45 mins Cooking

time: 20-25 mins Chilling time: 1 hr

You will need

• 1 bunch of fresh rosemary

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 2 shallots, finely sliced

• 300g minced lamb (speak to your local butcher)

• 1 garlic clove, peeled, crushed

• 1 tbsp cumin

• 2 tsp garam masala

• 1 tsp cracked black pepper

• 375g ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry

1. Heat the oil in a small frying pan, then

gently fry the shallots over a low heat,

with the cumin, garam masala, and

garlic clove for 5 minutes until soft and

fragrant. Transfer to a bowl and cool.

2. Add the lamb mince to the bowl, season

and mix well. To test if the seasoning is

right, fry a little of the mixture in a pan

until cooked, then season to taste.

3. Unroll the pastry sheet and spread evenly

with the lamb mixture, leaving a 1cm border

around each edge. Roll up each long side to

halfway so they meet in the middle. Chill

in the fridge for at least 1 hour (or wrap in

cling film and freeze until ready to cook).

4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6.

Cut the chilled roll into slices about 7mm

thick, then arrange over 2 baking sheets,

leaving a 5cm gap between each slice as

they’ll spread a little as they cook. Bake for

20-25 minutes until golden and puffed.

5. Thread a rosemary sprig lengthwise

through the palmier and serve.

Home Gurrown offer original and unique

menus using local, seasonal ingredients

from Kent and East Sussex. Home Gurrown,

0774 7816541, www.homegurrown.co.uk


Watercress, roasted beetroot and

goat’s cheese roulade

Makes: 25-30 Prep time: 1hr 30mins

Chilling time: overnight

You will need

• 225g (9 oz) fresh watercress

• 4 medium eggs, separated

• 250g (9 oz) red beetroot

• 200g (7 oz) soft rindless goat’s cheese

(I particularly like The Traditional Cheese

Dairy’s Stonegate Goat Log)

• 100g (3.5 oz) of crème fraîche (Hinxden

Dairy Crème Fraîche is excellent)

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 190C

2. Grease and line a 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inch)

Swiss roll tin with non-stick baking parchment.

3. Finely chop the watercress in a food processor

then tip this into a large bowl, beat in the egg

yolks and season with salt and pepper.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with

a pinch of salt until stiff but not dry, then fold

them into the watercress mixture using a large

metal spoon.

5. Pour into the prepared tin and quickly level

the mixture, spreading it out into the corners.

6. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until set and light

golden brown.

7. Meanwhile, peel the beetroot, roughly dice

and roast with olive oil and salt and pepper.

Cook for about 20 minutes until a knife will

go through the beetroot easily. Cool, grate

and set to one side.

8. Beat the crème fraîche into the goat’s cheese

and spread evenly over the cooled roulade,

then spread the cooled beetroot mix.

9. Roll up from the long side, using the

greaseproof paper to help you, then carefully

wrap in cling film and refrigerate overnight.

10. When ready to serve, slice into rounds and

push on to a cocktail stick.

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Jo Arnell reminds us of the importance of garden soil

This isn’t a very festive topic, I know, but I’ve just

discovered – in the nick of time, that 2015 is the

International Year of Soil. This should have been

headline news – street parties held, allotments hailed, earthy

celebrations enjoyed. Oh well, every year is a year of soil

to gardeners, as we struggle to manage it, improve it and

remove it from under our fingernails. It’s not just gardens

that need soil, either – there’s a growing body of evidence

that says that people need it too. In fact, connection with

the soil is implicated in the prevention of allergies, asthma

and some mental disorders. There are some very good

reasons why we should all be getting down and dirty.

Soil creatures great and small

We all know about earthworms and how good they are for

the soil, incorporating dead and decaying matter, aerating

and generally improving things. The well-known worm

appreciator Charles Darwin once wrote: “It may be doubted

whether there are many other animals which have played so

important a part in the history of the world, as have these

lowly organised creatures.” But, just as vital to soil, plant

and ultimately our health, are billions of microscopic soil

organisms. Get this – just one spoonful of soil contains more

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microorganisms than there are people on the earth. Don’t rush

to wash your hands (again) – some of them are good for us.

Micorrhizae and soil bacteria

Gardeners have lately been introduced to the benefits of a

substance containing Micorrhizae – tiny fungi that form

mutualistic associations with plant roots, helping plants to

obtain nutrients that they can’t otherwise access, in return

for sugars and minerals. Sprinkling a powder containing

the mycorrhizae directly on to plant roots when planting

will help them to establish and grow more strongly.

Bacteria are found in vast numbers in the rhizosphere (the area

around the roots of plants) and their actions work in a similar

way to the beneficial bacteria within the digestive systems

of animals. One group, called Rhizobia, live in symbiosis

with leguminous plants (peas, beans, lupins) in root nodules.

These fix atmospheric nitrogen and make it available to the

plant in return for shelter and sugar (sounds familiar).

Some bacteria are pathogens to be avoided, but many, like

the rhizobia, are vital to plant health, and the rest we have

no clue about, as only five per cent of the bacteria in soil has

been identified as yet. It’s becoming clear that there are huge

implications for the health of our planet in the microbiome,

and the more we’re discovering about this darkly mysterious

world, the more interesting it’s getting. It’s already known

that children playing outside and interacting with the soil

are much less likely to develop allergies and other immune

system disorders, and now scientists have discovered that

being near to one particular bacterium, Mycobacterium

vaccae, could even help cure depression, causing us to produce

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Know your soil

Understanding your soil will give you an indication of

what is going to thrive in your plot. There are several

types of soil, derived from tiny particles of the rocks from

which they’re formed: sand, clay, silt, chalk and peat

being the main ones. Then there’s the acidity level which,

combined with soil type, will determine which plants will

happily grow in the space. You can buy soil-testing kits

that show how acid or alkaline your soil is (most hovers

around the neutral mark), but you can easily test soil with

your hands, or a jam jar filled with soil and water:

Soil Test – hand

You don’t need a soil-testing kit necessarily, although this will

give you a good idea of the soil’s pH (how acidic/alkaline

it is). Go out to your plot and take a small trowelful of soil

from just under the surface. Take a handful and squeeze it,

then open out your hand again. If the soil stays in a ball, or

feels sticky to the touch, it is clay. If, on the other hand, the

handful feels gritty – you can easily see the particles – and it

won’t stay in a ball, even when wet, then it is sandy. The holy

grail of soil is loam, which when squeezed will almost form a

ball and then crumble nicely into a heap again. These are the

three main types of soil, but yours could also be silty (silky,

almost soapy to the touch) or peaty (spongy and fibrous).

Soil Test – with a jam jar

Half fill a jam jar with a sample of soil, taken again from just

under the surface. Fill to near the top with water and screw

the lid back on tightly. Shake the jar thoroughly and leave it

on the side for an hour or two. When you go back to look

at it, it should have separated into layers, with the heaviest,

largest particles at the bottom and the finest, smallest nearer

the top. If there’s a lot of stuff floating on top of the water,

that’s called humus (no, not the Greek dip). Humus is mainly

decomposed plant and animal waste and, if there’s lots of it,

be pleased – it’s a good sign. Humus helps the fertility and the

structure of the soil. Sandy soils will have a large proportion

of big particles (the bottom layer) and clay soils will have

a bigger top layer. The loam will be roughly even. If your

jar still looks cloudy, or there doesn’t seem to be much of a

bottom layer at all, then the soil is silty – which means that

the particles are very fine. If the water is chock-full of floating

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Clay soil

Clay can turn out to be one of the best soils – in the

end. It is fertile and tends to be slightly alkaline, which

many vegetables – especially brassicas – appreciate. The

main problem is that it is hard to work, it’s claggy

through the winter, slow to warm in spring, and then

becomes like concrete until the autumn. To improve

clay soil, just keep adding bulky organic matter and

grit. Clay and silty soils can be prone to forming pans of

compacted soil, either on or under the surface, leading

to problems with drainage and poor penetration of plant

roots. If your soil is badly compacted, you will need to

(cancel your gym membership and enjoy some outdoor

workouts) dig down and break up the compacted areas,

incorporating organic matter – this can be homemade

compost, well-rotted manure or spent mushroom compost.

Sandy soil

This is lovely and easy to work, fast to warm, so the season

can start earlier. The problem with this type of soil, however,

is that it is very free-draining, so water and the precious

nutrients dissolved in it leach quickly out of the soil, leaving

it parched and dry. Adding bulky organic matter will

help sandy soil retain moisture and improve its fertility.

Make some compost

There are two main types of compostable material – nitrogen

releasing, or ‘green’ waste (grass clippings, veg peelings etc)

and carbon releasing, or ‘brown’ waste (shredded stems, paper

and card). These need to be added to the compost heap in

roughly equal measures and also be well mixed. If too much

‘green’ stuff is added, the heap will become a stinky mush

and if too much ‘brown’ stuff is put on it will take ages for

the heap to rot down at all. The other vital ingredients to the

compost heap are air and water. The heap needs to be moist,

but not wet. You can speed up the rate of decomposition by

adding activators like manure, existing well-rotted compost,

garden soil, or shop-bought activators. Peeing on your heap

is extra planet saving, as it also saves on flushing but watch

out for (among other things) brambles and wasp’s nests.

Regular mixing or turning over of the ingredients in your

heap will also help it rot down more quickly. This is how the

‘tumbling’ compost bins are able to make compost so quickly.

Leaf mould

Leaves can be incorporated into the existing compost

heap or, for a superior product, make a separate heap (or

use a perforated black plastic bag) for leaves. It will take

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years), but is gorgeous once it does, highly prized as a

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Green manure

Often clover, peas or other legumes that fix atmospheric

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grow and then dug in, so that the fertilising nitrogen is

released as the plants decay. They have the additional

advantage of preventing soil and nutrients being lost in

winter weather – and (hooray) keeping out weeds.

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ancient traditions, myths and legends; finchcocks.co.uk/pages/events

evoking the time honoured skills

of our ancestors given a twist to fit Sat 5 Dec 5.30pm

snugly into our modern world. Hospice in the Weald, Maidstone

Info: www.artichokegallery.co.uk Road, Pembury, Kent TN2 4TA

Light Up a Life

Sat 5 Dec 10am-6pm &

Starting outside in our Hospice

Sun 6 Dec 11am-5pm

grounds, choirs will perform

Bourne Grange Oast East, Natal beautiful Christmas carols, followed

House & Gingerbread Gallery by heart-warming readings before

CHRISTMAS ART HUB

the lighting of our Christmas tree.

IN HADLOW

Everyone is very welcome, please

16 artists will be displaying their work bring a torch and dress warmly. Hot

for sale, ranging from glittering refreshments and mince pies will

glass and jewellery to vibrant ceramics, be served afterwards where you can

photography and painting, at three light a candle for your loved one and

studios in Hadlow. Visitors to all three view our Book of Remembrance.

studios will be entered in raffle prize. Info: 01892 820527

Entry: Free

Info: 01732 852054

Sun 6 Dec 3pm

St Nicolas Church, Pevensey

Sat 5 Dec 10am-5pm &

Vivace! Christmas Concert

Sun 6 Dec 10am-4pm

Featuring a wide range of seasonal

Tenterden Town Hall

music, Vivace! are a wonderful group

Tenterden Artists

of singers who specialise in singing for

Artists and their guests will be good causes! Something for all musical

tastes. Interval refreshments available.

Entry: £10

Info & Booking: 01424 216651

/ g.stephens45@btinternet.com

Fri 11 & Sat 12 Dec 7.30pm

St Edith Hall Kemsing

Kent TN15 6NA

Mistletoe and wine

Kemsing Singers Christmas concert

“Mistletoe and wine”, in aid of

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Entry: £8

Info: 01959 523752 / www.

kemsingsingers.com

Sat 12 Dec 7.30pm

St. Andrew’s Church, Paddock Wood

The Glory of Christmas

Paddock Wood Choral Society

will sing Vivaldi’s Gloria and

pieces by Philip Stopford.

Entry: £12

Info & Booking: 01892 822448 /

www.paddockwood-choral.org.uk /

xmas15@paddockwood-choral.org.uk

Wed 16 - Sun 20 Dec 4.45pm /

7.30pm / 2.30pm / 5.30pm

Wintershall, Bramley near Guildford

The Wintershall

Nativity Play

This play will be performed by 50

volunteers in wonderful costumes,

assisted by sheep, donkeys, horses

and a sheepdog. Free parking.

Info & Booking: 01793 418299

/ www.wintershall-estate.com

Wed 16 Dec 6.30pm

St. Mary’s Church , West

Malling ME19 6NE

20th Annual Christmas

Carol Concert

Join Peter Brice and his Christmas

Choir for an evening of festive music.

Donations to Heart of Kent Hospice

very welcome. Advance booking

required. Drinks and canapes will

be served during the interval.

Entry: Free

Info & Booking: 01622 790195 /

fundraising@hokh.co.uk / www.hokh.org

Thurs 17 Dec 6.30pm

Tonbridge School Chapel

NSPCC Family Christmas

Carol Concert

This family carol concert in aid of

NSPCC will be a festive celebration

featuring carols, readings and guest

performances by sensational baritone

Jonathan Veira and the Fidelity Choir.

Entry: £8 adults £5 children under 5 free

Booking: Tonbridge School Box

Office 01732 304241 / www.

boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk

Tues 22 Dec 7.30 pm

St Stephen’s Church, Waterloo

Road, Tonbridge TN9 2SW

Lydian Orchestra

Christmas Concert

The Lydian gives talented West

Kent young musicians (ages 14-25)

the opportunity to play together.

Our 2015 Christmas concert,

conducted by Peter Young, will

include: Sarmientos’ Marimba

Concerto with soloist Lizzie

Brightwell, Sibelius’ Karelia Suite

and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony

no. 2 “Little Russian”. Entry

includes a drink & programme.

Entry: £12 adults £5 children

Info & Booking: 0844 3320187

/ www.brownpapertickets.com

Fairs & markets

Tues 1 Dec - Sat 5 Dec

Pashley Road, Ticehurst,

Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE

Gift shopping

Pashley’s Shop will be open for 8 days

in winter for Christmas shopping.

As usual the shop will be packed

with a wide selection of high quality

gifts and cards, as well as special

Christmas stock for the festive

season. If you are looking for present

ideas, or something for yourself or

your home, do come and visit.

Info: 01580 200888 / www.

pashleymanorgardens.com

Fri 4 Dec 11am-7pm, Sat 5 Dec

10am-6pm & Sun 6 Dec 12am-5pm

St Mary’s Church, Hadlow

1ST CHRISTMAS TREE

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Open

Studios

16 artists in 3 studio

locations

5th Dec

10-6pm

Bourne Grange

Oast East

TN11 0EJ

Carpenters Lane

Natal House

TN11 0EF - High Street

XMAS

in

Hadlow

Raffle & refreshments

Free Entry

6th Dec

11-5pm

Gingerbread

Gallery

TN11 0DG

Hadlow Square

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What’s On In December

Come and join

Heaven Farm

For Late night

Christmas

Shopping

Every Thursday from

3 rd December till 8pm

Every Friday from

11 th December till 8pm

PLUS Christmas Special

Weekend 12 th –13 th December

From Granary Flowers

• Handmade wooden products

• Christmas decorations • Gifts • Silk Flowers

From Heaven Farm Shop

• Christmas food hampers • Festive food

• Mulled wine • Mince pies • Gifts

Call Tracey 01825 790331

or email info@heavenfarmshop.co.uk

HEAVEN FARM, FURNERS GREEN

NR DANEHILL TN22 3RG

A275 between Danehill and the Bluebell Railway

festive tales

Learn all about the

people who helped shape

Sissinghurst Castle

Garden's history with our

trail this December.

When you need warming

up afterwards, try one of

our festive lunches.

1 December -

3 January daily

Sissinghurst Castle

Garden

TN17 2AB

01580 710700

Normal admission applies

© National Trust Images/.

The National Trust is a registered charity, number 205846.

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Notes of Christmas

5th to 24th December 2015

Join us this Christmas for an exceptional festive display.

Christmas trees, adorned with twinkling lights and musical

decorations will fill the magnificent State rooms. Each

room will feature an illuminated paper sculpture, inspired

by traditional Christmas carols and hand-made by talented

artist Helen Musselwhite.

The Christmas Market

5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th to 23rd December 2015

A wonderful array of seasonal gift ideas, toys, decorations,

food and drink. Visit the Leeds Castle reindeer and birds

of prey. Enjoy our nostalgic fairground attractions and

children’s rides.

Both events are included

with the price of admission.

Book online for

10% OFF your ticket

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What’s On In December

Christmas Show

Beautiful work by Talented Artists

Runs until 30 th January 2016

The Singing Soul Gallery

19 Stone St. Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF

01580 714551

www.singingsoulgallery.co.uk

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Hornbrook Manor Farm

Garden advice and border planting service

New Hay Farm, Old Hay

(Off Pearsons Green Road)

Brenchley, Paddock Wood Kent TN12 7DG

01892 83 4306 info@westkentshooting.co.uk

www.westkentshooting.co.uk

Gift vouchers available for:

Border Designs Workshops Consultations Gardening sessions

01233 861149 www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Detling

Antiques, Vintage

& Collectors’ Fair

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Up to 300 exhibitors in two buildings,

shopping arcades, marquees & outside offering a

wide range of items from ceramics, glass, vintage

clothing, furniture, books, metalware, kitchenalia,

postcards, pictures & much more.

Sat 9th - Sun 10th

January 2016

Sat: Early Entry 8.30am - £6

Sat: General Entry 10am - 4.30pm - £5

Sun: 10am - 3.30pm - £4

Kent County Showground, Detling, ME14 3JF

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Tel: 01636 676531

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FESTIVAL IN HADLOW

Visit St Mary’s Church and marvel at

over 30 Christmas trees imaginatively

decorated by community groups,

businesses and schools. Refreshments

will be on sale throughout the weekend

and the festival closes with a short

carol service on Sun 6 at 4.30pm.

Entry: Free

Info: 01732 851519

Sat 5 Dec 10am-8pm

High Street, Tenterden,

Kent TN30 6AN

Tenterden Christmas

market

A wonderful festive event,

Christmas market stalls, gifts,

street food, children’s rides, Santa’s

Grotto, glittering Christmas lights,

trees, magical atmosphere.

Tel: 01580 767104

Sat 5 Dec 10am-4pm

St Mary’s Hall, Oxford

Street, Whitstable, Kent

Mainwaring’s seaside

brocante

Top dealers are gathering together

in preparation for this much

loved Christmas Fair. Do some

clever Christmas shopping and

find that super special present for

that super special someone. Enjoy

fresh seafood and take in the sea

air, whilst browsing amongst the

vintage treasures on offer. Don’t

forget to pick up a 2016 date list!

Info: 01227 773037 / 07778 318319

Sat 12 Dec 10am-4pm

St Mary’s Church, Church

Yard, Ashford TN23 1QG

Ashford Artisan Fair

Meet the makers and buy unique gifts

for Christmas in the beautiful setting

of St Mary’s Church. There will be

something for everyone including

local produce, ceramics, textiles

design, jewellery, art and hand-crafted

cards, books, candles and soap.

Entry: Free

Info: www.ashfordartisanfair.

wordpress.com

Sat 12 Dec 2pm-4.30pm

All Saints Parish Church,

Woodchurch

CHRISTMAS FAIR

There will be stalls including crafts,

bric-a-brac, cakes, lucky boxes

and lots of fun activities. You can

also visit Santa’s Grotto! We look

forward to seeing you there.

Sat 12 Dec 11am-4pm

The Hand & Sceptre,

Southborough Common

Wealden Brocante

Come along to this fabulous pop

up vintage Christmas emporium.

Info: 07885 610912 / www.

facebook.com/wealdenbrocante

Sun 13 Dec 9am-1pm

The Square, Lenham,

Maidstone, Kent

ME17 2PQ

lenham country market

Everything from organic fruit and

vegetables, to fresh meats, fish

and bread with specialties such

as cheese, chutneys and game.

Info: 01622 679709 / www.

kfma.org.uk/Lenham

Friends & Family

Tues 1 Dec to Wed 23

Dec 10am-4pm

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill,

Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6BA

Elf trail

Find out what the elves have been

up to this year at Emmetts Garden.

Make your way around the garden

with a new festive adventure helping

the elves get ready for the big day.

Booking Not Needed. Children

and dogs on leads welcome.

Info: 01732 868381 / www.

nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Thurs 3, Fri 4, Sat 5, Thurs

17, Fri 18 Dec 8pm

Trinity Theatre, Church Road,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1JP

Christmas Comedy cafe

Get yourself fully into the festive mood

with our Christmas Comedy Café

Meal deal - a delicious 2 course meal

with a free glass of Prosecco for only

an extra £12. All Meal Deal Tickets

will have a reserved table so why

not make it a group party? To make

sure you’re all seated together please

book under one name - and be aware

that numbers are strictly limited.

Info & Booking: www.trinitytheatre.net

Wed 9 Dec 7pm

Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees,

Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR

A dickens Christmas

dinner


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What’s On In December

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Mulled wine, the hotel’s renowned

Christmas decorations and a traditional

Christmas Dinner, accompanied

by readings of Dickens tales.

Info: 01233 213020 / www.

eastwellmanor.co.uk

Sissinghurst way. Spend some time

with members of our garden team

and find out some hidden tricks

of the trade. Booking Essential.

Info & Booking: 01580 710700 /

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

“teaching the chefs of the future”

Christmas • Monthly Cookery cookery Workshops clubs

17 th December • Pre-uni - Sevenoaks cooking survival Junior Cookies courses (4-10yrs)

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Saturday 28 November

at Brambletye School

by kind permission of the Brambletye Trust

Free glass of

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E: info@cookieskitchen.co.uk

@Cookies_Kitchen

www.cookieskitchen.co.uk

at 6.30pm

(doors open 6pm)

Tickets: £12.50

Children: £8 Family(4): £40

Available from:

Foresta Travel, Sophie’s Shop

and Ashurst Wood News Store

In aid of Holy Trinity & St Dunstan’s Churches

Cheques payable to Forest Row PCC

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Wander through the woodland walk,

A Christmas Carol grounds and gardens as you answer

questions about wildlife and nature

by Charles Dickens in this post-Christmas activity.

Entry: £1 per person. A valid

admission ticket is also required.

Info: 01622 765400 / www.

leeds-castle.com

Raffle

Fri 11 Dec / 18 Dec

Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Forest

Row, East Sussex RH18 5JR

Christmas Dinner Dance

Enjoy the fine surroundings of the 2

AA Rosette Anderida Restaurant with a

four course meal, followed by dancing

to the live house band until 1.00am.

Entry: £68

Info: 01342 820265 / www.

ashdownpark.com

Sat 12 Dec 10.30am-2pm

Bore Place, Chiddingstone,

Kent TN8 7AR

WINter day

Gather friends and family for a

morning activity followed by a

delicious lunch prepared using

produce from the farm and gardens.

Info & Booking: 01732 463255

/ www.commonwork.org

Workshops

Tues 1 Dec 7-9pm

Smallhythe Studio, Small Hythe

Rd, Tenterden TN30 7NB

life drawing

Learn new skills or develop an

existing passion for drawing with this

inspiring class. Booking essential.

Entry: £15

Info & Booking: art@

smallhythestudio.com

Wed 2 Dec 9.30am-2pm

Sissinghurst Castle Garden,

Sissinghurst, Biddenden Road,

near Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB

Rose Care day

Learn about cultivation, pruning and

taking good care of your roses the

Mon 7 Dec 9am-1pm

3 The Village, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7A

Winter Wreaths

Celebrate the seasons at The

Tulip Tree. Learn how to make

stunning displays while enjoying

delicious food and drinks. You

can book each course individually

or get them all at a discount.

They make great presents too!

Entry: £65

Info & Booking: 01892 871504

Tues 8 Dec 1.30-4.30pm

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP

Christmas Wreath

Workshops

Make a beautiful Christmas wreath

for your home. All materials are

supplied in these hands-on workshops

which include a demonstration and

help, to create your magnificent

decoration. Tea, coffee and biscuits

will be served. Booking Essential.

Info: 01732 462100

Tues 29 Dec 11am-2.30pm

The Bakehouse, Biddenden

Hello 2016 workshop

Join Yvonne Fernando, NLP Master

Practitioner and Life Coach, to

reflect on 2015 and set yourself up

in a positive way for the year ahead.

Using creative journaling and creative

visualisation in a relaxed way.

Entry: £60

Info & Booking: 01233 878474 / 07968

785714 / www.yvonnefernandolp.co.uk

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The cows are now all in the sheds and, at this

time of year – before all the muck builds up

and they have generally wrecked all the gates

and partitions – it’s still rather a novelty. There’s nothing

better on a cold wet winter’s evening than sitting by a

log fire imagining them all tucked up in deep beds of

straw happily munching away on lovely summer hay.

When it comes to logs, there’s special work to be done

in the next week or so. My children call me an old hippy

and there is much mirth every year as I badger the whole

family to come with me into the woods to choose our

special yule log.

The ancient Druids spent most of their lives outdoors

and, not surprisingly, they worshipped the sun which was

seen as a wheel that changed the seasons. It was from the

word for a wheel – houl – that the word yule is thought

to have come. They believed the sun stood still for twelve

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spirits and bring luck for the coming year. Hence the yule

log – or actually, yule tree.

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wood, everyone humouring Mum, to choose our windfall

log. This is also when the 2014 vintage sloe gin gets

ceremoniously opened for its first tasting. Although I say

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prove to be the best ever. This autumn I have never seen

such huge sloes, and such an abundance, which is very

fortunate because my friend Jilly gave me a huge 2-litre

preserving jar with a little spigot at the bottom for my

birthday in October – so I felt obliged to fill it.

Then we have to think about decorating the house. At

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Christmas card, but as we creep nearer to the big day the

blackbirds have a field day and strip them bare. So this year

I shall be taking a handy tip from Monty Don and picking

my holly early in the month and storing it in a bucket of

water in a cold shed.

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general Christmas loveliness and hide all the cobwebs.

Incidentally, the pagans (yes, the yule-log lot) considered

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brought inside first would determine who would rule the

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