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John Graham-Hart finds
properties with former
lives, from an old laundry
to a classic oast
What’s going on near
you this month
A nod to fabulous female
pilots and their adventures
over the Weald
Tips to keep you feeling
A LITTLE BIT
Jane Howard goes
‘upstairs downstairs’ in
a country house near
Wadhurst in Sussex
GET THE LOOK
Fabulous home accessories
A Sissinghurst home
captures the imagination
of Jo Arnell
The versatile interiors
trend that is sweeping
through town and
country homes alike
Little but lovely presents
for children – and
SAVE OUR SOLES
Look after yourself – starting
from the ground up
NIBBLES OF NOTE
Nicci Gurr whips up a
couple of canapé recipes
Jo Arnell on the importance
of looking after your soil
THE GREEN GODDESS
Penny Kemp on climate
change and how it affects us
Win a selection of gorgeous
copper homeware from
Steamer Trading Cookshop
FABLES FROM THE FARM
Jane Howard’s latest
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart
John Graham-Hart finds properties with former lives
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…
1. Oast Barn
Where? Oast Barn is on the edge of
the small town of Edenbridge, close to the
Kent Surrey border.
(Google Maps TN9 6LE)
What? The Grade II listed property
is an outstanding conversion of a 17th
century oast and its barn, renovated to
an exceptional standard by its present
owners. The heart of the building is the
vast vaulted and galleried space that is the
drawing room, with soaring windows and
bi-folding doors opening out to the garden
on both sides. On the ground floor there
is also a circular family room in the base
of the roundel, a kitchen/breakfast room,
dining room and two bedrooms, one with
an en suite shower room and doors to
Upstairs are three more bedrooms and
two elegant bathrooms. Outside there is
a lovely stone-walled terrace, as well as
attractive gardens, a large pond, summer
house and views over the surrounding
countryside. There is also an old piggery
with great potential for a new life as
garaging, a gym or office.
How much? Oast Barn is on
the market at £1,700,000 and is with
Fine & Country in Woldingham.
Call 01883 653040 or visit
2. The Old Laundry
Where? The Old Laundry is in the
village of Westcott, just over a mile from
Dorking (Google Maps RH4 3PX).
What? This was once the laundry of
a substantial country estate and later
became a boys’ school, before being
converted into two private homes.
The property for sale is the beautifully
renovated southern half of this Grade
II listed building. On the ground floor
there is a superb open-plan living area
that encompasses the dining room, with
French doors to the garden, a family
area and kitchen. Also downstairs is a
drawing room, sitting room, boot
room and a laundry area.
Upstairs there is a honey-timbered master
bedroom with en suite shower room, four
further bedrooms and a large and elegant
family bathroom. Outside there are
attractive secluded gardens full of variety
and interest and an extensive terrace –
perfect for entertaining – that sweeps
around the property to end outside the
French windows to the dining room.
How much? The Old Laundry has
a guide price of £1,250,000 and is with
Jackson-Stops in Dorking. Call 01306
887560 or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk
3. The Coach House
Where? The Coach House is on the
west side of the village of Warlingham
(Google Maps CR6 9JB).
What? Converted in 1965, the property
has been continually upgraded and is
now a bright, spacious and stylish family
home. All the main rooms open on to the
garden, making it ideal for entertaining.
The open-plan kitchen/dining/family
room is outstanding, opening on to the
garden through bi-folding doors. Also on
the ground floor is an elegant drawing
room, a TV room and a study. Upstairs
there is a master bedroom with dressing
room and en suite bathroom, and three
further bedrooms, one of which has an
en suite shower room. The rear garden
is private and well-screened by fencing,
hedging and trees and has a wide terrace,
lawn and raised flower bed. The double
garage has an electric up-and-over door as
well as side access to a utility room.
How much? The Coach House
is on the market at £1,200,000 and is
being marketed by Fine & Country in
Woldingham. Call 01883 653040 of
visit www.fineandcountry.com. Call 01883
653040 of visit www.fineandcountry.com
4. Andwell Mill
Where? Andwell Mill is on the banks
of the River Lyde in the pretty hamlet of
Andwell, between Old Basing and Hook
(Google Maps RG27 9PA).
What? A beautiful 17th century,
Grade II listed converted mill house
with an 18th century extension, Andwell
Mill has charm and elegance in equal
measure. Downstairs there is a spacious,
bright drawing room with an excellent
herringbone brick fireplace and French
doors to the garden, a kitchen/dining/
sitting room with a similar, equally
attractive fireplace, study and laundry
room. On the first floor there is a master
bedroom with en suite bathroom and
large dressing room and three further
bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms.
Further accommodation is provided by
two ancillary thatched cottages across
the lane from the main house – both
with double bedrooms, kitchens and
bathrooms and one with a reception
room. The gardens are stunning, with the
River Lyde running through them to
the millpond, both of which are
teaming with trout.
How much? Andwell Mill is on the
market at £1,650,000 and is with Savills
in Farnham. Call 01252 729000 or visit
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Join Shooting Star Chase for a wonderful evening of Christmas
carols and festive celebrations on Thursday 17 December. Starting
at 7pm, Connie Talbot, star of Britain’s Got Talent will perform a
trio of magnificent songs for everyone’s enjoyment. There will also
be performances from Elmbridge Choir, our extremely talented
Shooting Star Chase Family Choir and of course the opportunity
for you to sing along to much loved Christmas carols. After the
concert, enjoy a wine reception with canapés. Your support will
allow Shooting Star Chase to make Christmas extra special for
the babies, children and young people it supports. For tickets
visit www.shootingstarchase.org.uk or phone 01932 823100.
Exhibitions & events
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This year Farnham Maltings is hosting a
wonderful Christmas Fair. It will be held on
Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 December from
12 noon till 9pm. This annual event is full of
festive charm, featuring a bustling marketplace
with over 150 stands specialising in handmade
gifts, unique stocking fillers, crafts, vintage
treasures and delicious food and drink. For more
information visit www.farnhammaltings.com
Create something to be truly proud of this festive
season. Visit Witley and Milford Commons for
their wreath making workshop from 10am-3pm on
Sunday 6 December. Using locally sourced materials,
you can make a beautiful Christmas decoration to
hang on your front door, or give to a friend. Hot
homemade soup will be served at lunchtime to keep
your creative energy topped up. To book visit www.
nationaltrust.org.uk/events or phone 01372 220644.
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Reindeer will return to Garsons at Esher on
Saturday 21 November to delight animal lovers
young and old and mark the beginning of the
festive season. Staying at Garsons in their specially
built stable, the reindeer can be visited every day
until Christmas Eve, when they will return to help
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charge to visit the reindeer, but a collection at the
reindeer enclosure will raise money for Garsons’
chosen local charities. For more information visit
www.garsons.co.uk or phone 01372 460181.
Visit G Live, Guildford on Sunday 13 December
at 3pm for a seasonal celebration. This charming
show will feature a festive cocktail of familiar
and much-loved traditional carols with plenty of
choral and instrumental music to enjoy. Guildford
Choral Society is delighted to be joined for this
concert by Guildford High School Junior School
choir, under their director Rachel Wardell, and
the brilliant brass and percussion of Southern
Pro Musica. Be prepared for plenty of audience
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of warm mulled wine and a mince pie, while
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details on their exhibiton schedule for 2016,
visit their website www.nonakedwalls.co.uk
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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
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A beautiful table from Maison in Tunbridge Wells, which
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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
lovely sketches and watercolours of the house were kindly
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A secret door in the wood panelling by the fireplace opens
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Above: the guest bedroom looks out across parkland and has
panelling painted in Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue for a tranquil
feel. Right: a nearby bathroom is similarly serene
It must be a real treat for town-dwelling
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‘Heating Chamber’, ‘Kitchen’, ‘Dairy’ etc – you might
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The other room that leads directly off the main hall is
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proportions are superb. It still has all the original plaster
moulding although, when the Gunnings first saw the
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wallpaper. Now the room is painted in a soft grey, Slaked
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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
Above right: trompe l’oeil ‘Library’ wallpaper from Capital to Coast is used to perfect effect on the landing
and a huge mirror from Blooms in Tunbridge Wells.
What was originally the library, is now the kitchen.
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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
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common, built for workers in towns, on farmland and in the
grounds of country houses. It makes sense, but times have
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A privilege. A little unnerving perhaps, and here my
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glazing downstairs, which is a boon: “It always used to
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moved in eleven years ago, the house had been empty
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“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
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within the house, like the light outside on a cloudy
As 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.
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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 looks perfectly at home
gave the dimensions to a friend who made it with me.”
The cottage and the adjoining cottage were originally
built by Vita Sackville-West as accommodation for workers
on the estate. Claire’s cottage was once the home of former
head gardener Pamela Schwerdt and her partner Sibylle
Kreutzberger. They gardened here at Sissinghurst for many
years, originally working for Vita, then continuing to work
in the gardens after her death in 1962 and once the National
Trust took over the running of Sissinghurst in 1967.
Claire often finds echoes of Pam and Sibylle popping up in
her garden: “Plants that they once grew appear unexpectedly
from time to time, which always makes me smile,” says
Claire. It is Pam and Sibylle’s work – their planting schemes
and landscaping – that we can still see at Sissinghurst today.
The latest head gardener, Troy Scott Smith, has
plans to bring the garden closer to the way it was
when Vita was around — “allowing a rose to billow
or a meadow to flourish”. He has been working on
the ‘loosening’ for a couple of years now but, as Claire
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
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
the Second World War this room housed bunk beds for several land girls who were billeted to the property to grow food as part of the war effort
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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
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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
feel a connection too, as six Land Army girls and their
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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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
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,
Above: a galley kitchen continues in the retro theme Above right: there is no
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 —
you can look out in one direction across the roofs towards
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
again in March.”
Then there are the bulbs. “This year we’ll be planting
37,000 bulbs! It used to be a nightmare but now we have
a spreadsheet to help us work out what goes where. Every
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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evenings in front of the fire, making things and sewing
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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.
Left: Mismatched chairs complement the informality of the rustic table
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just one of the walls, and helps to make the room feel
larger. I spy the Conran-inspired bookcase looking
very effective along the side wall of the room, neatly
and stylishly housing ornaments and photos. Claire is
obviously a skilled craftsperson, frugal and practical. “I
cook too, but there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m
thinking that I might make some jam soon, I bought
some lovely quinces the other day that I really need to
use, but we’ll see, I shan’t beat myself up about it.”
As we prepare to leave, a wave of duck egg blue
nostalgia washes over me and, for a moment, I’m
transported back to a glorious period: of hard work,
camaraderie, thankfulness and skilful make-do-andmend.
Claire has managed to pay homage to that
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Our feet take the weight of our entire body, so it’s no
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At what stage of a child’s development should a parent consider the first pair
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Are there any common problems that can be caused by badly fitting shoes?
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What is reflexology? With its origins based in ancient civilizations, simply stated,
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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
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Why is it important to look after your
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For individuals with chronic problems they
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The taste of Kent
from your own local farm shop
Nicci Gurr, a former student of the
Roux Brothers and the co-founder
of Cranbrook-based Home Gurrown,
shares her expertise in making perfect
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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.
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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
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
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.
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. 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 only gardens that need soil, either – there’s a
growing body of evidence that says that people need it too;
connection with the soil is implicated in the prevention
of allergies, asthma and some mental disorders.
no clue about, as only 5 per cent of the bacteria in soil has been
identified. There are huge implications for the health of our
planet in the micro biome, and the more we’re discovering about
this mysterious world, the more interesting it’s getting. Children
playing outside and interacting with the soil are much less
likely to develop allergies and other immune system disorders,
and scientists have discovered that being near to the bacterium,
Mycobacterium vaccae, could reduce depression, causing us
to produce serotonin, the hormone that improves our mood.
Soil creatures great and small
We all know that earthworms are good for the soil,
incorporating dead and decaying matter, aerating and
generally improving things. 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.” Just as vital
to soil, plant and our health, are billions of microscopic,
soil organisms. Get this – just one spoonful of soil contains
more microorganisms than there are people on earth.
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 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 grow happily. You can buy soiltesting
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.
Micorrhizae and soil bacteria
Gardeners have recently been introduced to the benefits
of Micorrhizae – tiny fungi that form mutualistic
associations with plant roots, helping plants to obtain
nutrients that they can’t otherwise access. Sprinkling a
powder containing the mycorrhizae on to plant roots
when planting will help them to establish and grow.
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.
Some bacteria are pathogens to be avoided, but many, like
the Rhizobia, are vital to plant health, and the rest we have
Clay 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 is like concrete until the autumn. To
improve clay soil, keep adding organic matter and grit. Clay
and silty soils can be prone to forming ‘pans’ of compacted
soil, leading to problems with drainage and poor penetration of
roots. If your soil is compacted, you will need to dig down and
break up the compacted areas and incorporate organic matter –
whether this is compost, manure or spent mushroom compost.
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
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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 be
well mixed. If too much ‘green’ stuff is added, the heap
will become a stinky mush and if too much ‘brown’ stuff
is added, it will take ages for the heap to rot down.
The other vital ingredients 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 or
shop-bought activators. Peeing on your heap is extra
planet-saving, as it also saves on flushing – but watch
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turning over of the heap will also help it rot down.
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.
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Often clover, peas or other legumes that fix atmospheric
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Some scientists are calling Paris the last chance to get
agreement on a programme to tackle climate change.
For twenty-one years, with varying degrees of success,
countries have gathered together to try to find global agreement
on how to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases. At
present, if we do nothing, climate scientists are telling us that
we could see a temperature rise of around five degrees by 2100.
That might seem a long way off but children born today could
be enduring our refusal to take climate change seriously. A five
degree rise would mean many parts of the planet would become
inhospitable, even uninhabitable, sea levels would rise by
metres, weather patterns would become more unpredictable and
some scientists maintain it would mean the end of civilisation
as we know it. It is truly shocking and very worrying.
However, it seems our governments across the globe have
‘woken up’ to the seriousness of the situation, and they are
meeting at the end of the year in Paris to try and work out a
deal to tackle climate change. Starting on 30th November 190
nations will sit round the table determined to get emissions
below 2.5 degrees. Some warming is inevitable but if the world
can agree a deal around this figure, scientists believe we have a
The good news is that many of the major players including
China and the USA have agreed to significantly cut greenhouse
gas emissions and the European Union has endorsed a binding
40% reduction target by 2030. The biggest contention at the
moment is how to help the poorer countries reach binding
targets and that means investment from the richer nations.
Poorer countries maintain that they haven’t caused climate
change yet they will suffer most first and the richer countries
must take some responsibility.
Is there anything we can do? We could all try to be
conscious of the energy we use, even the simple act of switching
off the light when you leave the room helps. Buying local
produce helps, using public transport when you can and
informing yourself about climate change. The United Nations
Environment Programme website is a good start.
If these governments can find and agree equitable solutions
in Paris, and I believe those taking part understand the huge
importance of getting this right, our children and grandchildren
can look forward to a life less burdened by climate change.
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What’s On In December
Children & Family
Tues 1 Dec - Fri 29 Jan 10am-4.30pm
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,
Surrey GU23 6QB
Explore this newly created winter
walk full of winter scents, colours
and textures. With architectural
outlines softened by modern mass
plantings and new views to enjoy.
Entry: Free with normal
Info: 08452609000 / www.
Tues 1 - Thurs 31 Dec
Museum of Farnham, 38 West
Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DX
cycling activity trail
Ready, steady, on your bike! A
new self-guided activity challenge
along the family cycle trail.
Info: 01252 715094 / www.
Wed 2 & Thurs 3 Dec 5-8pm
Painshill Landscape Garden,
Portsmouth Road, Cobham,
Surrey KT11 1JE
Enjoy a magical moonlit walk in
the 18th century landscape garden.
Follow the special festive route
past follies and trees lit up with
colourful lights to the amazing
sparkling crystal Grotto. Advanced
booking required. Adults only
Info: 01372 464348 /
Fri 4 Dec - Wed 23 Dec
Polesden Lacey House, Great
Bookham, near Dorking,
Surrey RH5 6BD
Experience the sounds, tastes
and aromas of glamorous parties
in the 1930s. Sip mulled wine
before taking in the fabulous
festive sparkle in the house.
Entry: £4 Adults, £2 children
and £10 families
Info: 01372 452048
Fri 4 Dec - Sun 3 Jan
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Millbrook
Guildford Surrey GU1 3UX
Jack and the Beanstalk
Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre are
full of beans to announce that Olivier
Award-nominated actress, singer and
comedienne Dillie Keane will star as
the Fairy in this year’s magical family
pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.
Book your tickets now for some feefi-fo-FUN
this Christmas: it would
be a GIANT mistake to miss out.
Info: 01483 44 00 00 / www.
Sat 5, Sun 6, Sat 12, Sun 13, Sat
19 - Tue 22 Dec 10am-5pm
Ham House and Garden, Ham
Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-
Thames, Surrey TW10 7RS
Visit Father Christmas
Follow our Christmas trail in the
gardens to visit Father Christmas
in his grotto where every child will
receive a Christmas gift. Booking
not needed. Children welcome.
Assistance Dogs only are welcome.
Info: 020 8940 1950 / www.
Sun 6 Dec 1-3pm
Gatton Park, Reigate,
Surrey RH2 0TW
Enjoy a golf buggy ride to the
start of a trail of clues leading
to Santa’s Grotto, then return to
Gatton Hall to make a Christmas
decoration. Tea and cake available
to purchase. Prebooking essential.
Entry: £5 per child
Info & Booking: 01737 649066
Weekends in Dec 9am-5pm
RHS Garden Wisley Woking
Surrey GU23 6QB
& storytelling with santa
Come and make festive gingerbread
and enjoy storytelling with Santa. 3+
years, accompanied by a responsible
adult. Booking essential.
Info: 08452 609000 / www.
Thurs 10 Dec
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue,
Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ
The Chimes & A
These classic tales of man’s search
for redemption are beautifully
told in this festive double bill.
Info: 01293 553636 / www.hawth.co.uk
Thurs 10 Dec - Sun 3 Jan 2016
Princes Hall, Aldershot Princes
Way, Aldershot GU11 1NX
Experience the magic and excitement
of another Aldershot professional
pantomime. This enchanting story tells
the rags-to-riches tale of a beautiful
young girl who is confined to the
kitchen, and is picked on by her Ugly
Sisters and Wicked Stepmother.
Info: 01252 329155 /
Thurs 10 Dec
Petworth House, Church Street,
Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0AE
A Festive Feast
Join Miranda Gore Browne, finalist
from the ‘Great British Bake
Off’ in the Historic Kitchens for
a wonderful Christmas baking
demonstration with festive treats for
you to taste and recreate at home.
Info: 01798 342207 / www.
Sat & Sun throughout
Ham House and Garden, Ham
Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-
Thames, Surrey TW10 7RS
Family art activities
Create an art piece inspired by
your visit to Ham - free family
art activities in the below-stairs
rooms. Booking not needed.
Tues 22 Dec 10-11.30am
The Living Planet Centre, Brewery
Road, Woking GU21 4LL
Arctic christmas craft
Find out how polar bears are so
perfectly adapted to where they live
in the chilly Arctic. Make your own
polar bear and snowy Arctic habitat
to hang from your tree. Suitable
for children aged 4 and over.
Entry: Suggested donation £3
Info: 01483 426444 /
Fairs & exhibitions
Tues 1 - Thurs 24 Dec
Grounds All Saints Parish Church,
Clarence Street, Kingston Upon
Thames, Surrey KT1 1JS
You will be spoilt for choice by
the exhibitors, offering everything
from jewellery, skin care, massages
and unique gifts all displayed in
a large marquee on the green.
Tues 1 Dec - Sat 9 Jan
New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon
Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS
Included in this showcase are quirky
textile sculptures by Jule Mallett
and Corinne Young. Jule’s take on
animating owls is humorous and
complemented by Corinne’s’ faux
taxidermy of deer and hares. The work
is bold and intricate, from scarves and
ties to detailed maps. There will be
something to suit all tastes, perfect
for gifts or a treat for yourself.
Info: 01252 713208 / www.
Sat 5 Dec 10am–2.30pm
St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church
(opposite The Bourne Club)
Frensham Road, Farnham GU9 8HA
The Christmas Market at St. Thomason-The
Bourne returns for another
fantastic year with unique and exciting
stalls: Christmas gifts, bric a brac,
woodland santas, cakes, garden gifts,
homemade preserves, books, tombola,
raffle, silent auction and more.
Entry: donation £3, children free
Info: 01252 729446 / www.pth.
Sat 12 Dec 10am-5pm
Church Rooms, Send Road,
Send, Surrey GU23 7EU
Christmas Tree Festival
An exciting and original display of
Christmas trees presented by local
groups, organisations and families. As
well as trees to admire, there will be
a Christmas tree themed sales table, a
raffle and light refreshments available
all day. During the day there will be
musical entertainment, and at 4pm the
lights on the community tree will be lit
and we will have some carol singing.
Info: 01483768420 /
Music & Dancing
Fri 4 Dec 7.30pm
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road,
Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ
Let’s Hang On
The Music of Frankie Valli
& The Four Seasons
A musical journey through the career
What’s On In December
of one of the most successful bands of
all time. From the early 50s, the show
takes you through hits such as Grease,
Bye Bye Baby, Sherry and Can’t Take
My Eyes Off You, and many more,
with a spectacular finale, of course.
Entry: £24.50 Groups 10+ £22.20
Info & Booking: 01306 881717
Sat 5 Dec 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Downside
Bridge Road, Cobham,
Surrey KT11 3EJ
Featuring Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ Christmas
Music and Carols Soloists - Jane
Searle & Sarah Ince & The Ravens
Ensemble. Retiring collection
in aid of Surrey Air Ambulance.
Interval refreshments available.
Entry: £12 (under 18s £6)
Info: 01483 280756 / www.
Wed 9 - Fri 11 Dec
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street,
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ
Mozart’s Così fan Tutte
Così follows two young officers
(Matthew Palmer and James Savage-
Hanford) who are manipulated into
attempting to prove their love and
fidelity to their betrothed (Aoife
O’Connell and Claire Filer) by the
wry puppet-master Don Alfonso
(Gheorghe Palcu) and the girls’
maid Despina (Clare Treacey) – with
darkly hilarious consequences.
Info: 01483 444789 / www.
Join us for our Winter Concert.
Downland Chorale is an enthusiastic
local choir, who perform three
concerts a year at St John’s. Join us
for a winter’s evening of relaxing and
atmospheric choral music, including
traditional carols celebrating the festive
season. The programme will also
include music from Bach’s Christmas
Oratorio and from Handel’s Messiah.
Entry: Adults £10 Children
£5 Family £25
Sun 20 Dec
Colour House Theatre, Watermill
Way, London, SW19 2RD
Music among friends
Sunday Evening Music Among
Friends, now in its nineteenth year, is
a monthly series of informal chamber
concerts in which both seasoned
professionals and gifted young players
perform the music they love for
your and their own enjoyment.
Info: 020 8542 5511 / www.
Wed throughout Dec 7.30pm
Faygate Village Hall Park
Road, Faygate, Horsham,
West Sussex RH12 4SG
and Latin Dance Class
Learn to dance Waltz, Quickstep,
Rumba, Cha Cha and other
Ballroom and latin dances
Info: 01293 851927 / www.
Denbies Wine & Gift Shop
Wide range of gifts for all the family
Late Night Shopping until 8pm every Thursday
The Gallery Restaurant
A la carte & fixed price menus
Open daily for lunch and every Thursday,
Friday & Saturday evenings
Please visit the website for Jazz Night
information throughout December
Santa’s Cellar Grotto and
Vineyard Train Ride
Every weekend from 28th November
& selected dates
Visit website for details
Christmas Winter Fair
Tuesday 1st December, 5.30 – 8.30pm
Monday 14th December, 5.30 – 8.30pm
Great Festive range of stalls perfect
for gift ideas
Santa will be arriving in his horse drawn
carriage with rides throughout the evening
Wide range of entertainment
Free Mulled Wine & mince Pies
Santa’s Charity Fun Run
Sunday 13th December
Perfect fun run for adults & children
for full details & entry
Children’s Christmas Disco
Saturday 19th December 11am & 2pm
Enjoy a Christmas bop with our favourite
DJ ‘Boogie nights’
Fancy dress welcome
£7.25 per child
Denbies Wine Estate London Road Dorking Surrey RH5 6AA
T. 01306 876616 / email email@example.com / On-line reservations www.denbies.co.uk
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Fri 11 Dec 7.15pm
Carshalton Methodist Church,
Ruskin Road, Carshalton,
Surrey SM5 3DE
A Christmas Ceilidh
Join the Knock-kneed Bumblebee
Band with caller for this livemusic
event, part of Carshalton
Village Ceilidhs all-year round
programme. Music and dancing held
among our lit Christmas trees.
Info: 07866 969147 / www.
Sat 12 Dec 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Canon’s Hill,
Old Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 IHA
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Ballet Cymru: Cinderella
Thu 03 December, 7pm · £17 (£15 conc., £10 under 15s);
3 course maltings menu & ticket £37 (£35 conc.)
Tue 08 & Wed 09 December, 12pm - 9pm (Each day) · £1
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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
days after the winter solstice on December 21 so, during
this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil
spirits and bring luck for the coming year. Hence the yule
log – or actually, yule tree.
As we live in Sussex our log will be oak, but the Scots
use birch and the French cherry, which gets soaked in wine
before being burnt to give off a pleasant aroma – how
very French! So we will, as a family, traipse around the
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
so myself, it’s usually pretty good. But next year’s might
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
the beginning of December, many of the holly trees in
the woods are laden with bright red berries, just like a
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.
Then it can be brought inside with the ivy to create
general Christmas loveliness and hide all the cobwebs.
Incidentally, the pagans (yes, the yule-log lot) considered
holly to be male and ivy to be female. Whichever was
brought inside first would determine who would rule the
home for the following year. Guess which is coming in first
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