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February 2016




John Graham-Hart finds bright

and beautiful properties




Be enchanted and inspired

by our wedding pages




Penny Kemp welcomes our

feathered friends into the garden



What’s going on near

you this month



Jo Fairley keeps us

smelling sweet



Find out...



Jennifer Stuart-Smith visits

Belvidere Place – a coastal

home and boutique B&B




Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous



Win an overnight stay and breakfast

in the Maiden’s Tower at Leeds Castle



Fabulous home accessories

from Wealdenfairs.com



A focus on mental health



Jane Howard moves on from

calving to lambing




Building experts give us

an insight into timberframed



Jane Howard finds style

and functionality in this

interior designer’s home




A romantic meal for

two from Jo Arnell



Sue Wigham on one of the

nation’s favourites flowers



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Gardens and Grounds of 1.8 acres

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Marden Guide Price £715,000 Marden Excess £700,000

A substantial family house amid beautiful landscaped grounds in a convenient A fine example of a Grade II listed attached barn and oast conversion in a

location • CSCA • 4 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Master rural setting • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen • Master Bedroom Suite with

Bedroom Suite • 4 further Bedrooms (1 En Suite) • Bathroom • Garage/ Mezzanine Floor over • 3 further Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • Double

Workshop • Landscaped Gardens of over 0.5 acres • EPC E

Garage • Gardens of about 0.6 acres



Sedlescombe Guide Price £550,000 Cranbrook Guide Price £250,000

A deceptively spacious Grade II listed village house providing versatile living • Development Prospect • A tucked away plot providing a rare opportunity to

space and income potential in the heart of the village• 5 Reception Rooms create a contemporary dwelling • CSCA • P. P. for Reception/Kitchen • Master

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Guide price £1,350,000


A recently completed family house on the edge of a village

Entrance hall, cloakroom, utility room, kitchen / breakfast room, garden room, drawing room, sitting room, dining room. Master bedroom with

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Peasmarsh, East Sussex - £485,000

An immaculate detached four bedroom chalet style property.

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ground floor bedrooms, 1 first floor bedroom with en-suite, and

1 further bedroom. Family bathroom. Single garage. Extensive

driveway. Mature gardens of approx 1/2 acre. EPC F

Rye, East Sussex - £550,000

A light well-appointed modern house in a small gated private

development. Accommodation includes kitchen/breakfast

room, sitting room/dining room, conservatory, study, main

bedroom with en-suite and 3 further bedrooms. Off road

parking. Double garage. Front and rear gardens. EPC C

Udimore, East Sussex - £499,950

A well proportioned detached Victorian house. The

accommodation includes sitting room and conservatory, dining

room, open plan kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, master

bedroom and en-suite, 3 further bedrooms. Large garden.

Summer house. Garage/store. EPC F

Camber, East Sussex - £350,000

A detached single storey coastal property affording stylish, open plan

living accommodation hidden behind the sand dunes at the end of

a private sandy road. Spacious living room with wood burner, fitted

kitchen & dining room, three large double bedrooms & bath/shower

room. Sun deck and garden. Secure parking for several cars.

Rye, East Sussex - £235,000

A lovely refurbished mid terraced three bedroom Victorian

house in the town, close to the amenities and station.

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room, utility/rear lobby, main bedroom with en-suite, 2 further

bedrooms with family bathroom. Garden. EPC D

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Iden, East Sussex - £625,000

A well presented detached period cottage with light filled stylish

accommodation close to the village but on a quiet country lane.

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double garage. 1/2 acre garden. EPC F


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Cranbrook School Catchment

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• Period Farmhouse with acreage • Three receptions

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Family home with PP to extend • Three receptions

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two bathrooms • Swimming pool, tennis court

• Approx 2 acres • EPC: D

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart


Let there be light

North Barn

Great Cossington Farm | Pratling Street | Aylesford | Kent | ME20 7DQ

John Graham-Hart shuns the dark, for houses

that are bright and beautiful

Some years ago a group of Japanese scientists proved that, like fireflies and

through the same metabolic processes, we humans, too, glow in the dark.

Actually, they found that we glow even more in the daytime. No matter

– the loopies were in alternative seventh heaven. Throughout the country, ley

lines were instantly overloaded. It was official. Auras were real.

Obviously, it proved no such thing but it was, however, another quite

interesting discovery about the most complex organism on the planet. Why a

diurnal creature should have evolved this ability is anyone’s guess but it did and

it underlines, if in a rather oblique way, our love of light.

Throughout our history, light has been associated with good and the dark with

things unpleasant. Wherever we find darkness, whether literal or figurative, we

try to bring light. It follows then, as the night does the day, that among the

places where we value light most highly is the space we call home.

The earliest windows were just holes in the wall that let in all-important light

but alas, they let in everything else as well and so were necessarily small. The

Romans were the first to use glass in around 100 AD but it was over 1,000

years before the windowpane as we know it made its appearance. Finally, in the

1950s, plate glass manufacture was perfected by Sir Alastair Pilkington allowing

the creation of walls of glass and providing architects with one of their most

valuable resources. So let’s hear it for glass – and light.

1. North Barn

Where? North Barn is on a farm

overlooking fields just to the northeast of

Aylesford (Google Maps ME20 7DQ).

What? Part of a conversion of a small

group of farm buildings, North Barn is a

former Victorian flint barn which today

offers a superbly light home with virtually

one whole side of the building consisting

of floor-to-ceiling windows. On the

ground floor there is a master bedroom

with en suite bathroom plus two further

bedrooms and a family bathroom. On

the floor above – and making the most of

the views – is the vaulted living room and

adjoining dining room (with an elegant

gallery study above) and the kitchen.

Outside there are lawns as well as a wide

variety of established shrubs and fruit

trees, a large timber deck, a paved terrace,

wooden summerhouse and double garage.

How much? North Barn is with Fine

& Country in West Malling and offers are

being invited in excess of £575,000. Call

01732 222272 or visit








The Old Vicarage is a Grade II Listed home superbly located in the

heart of this idyllic Kentish village, close to the church, village pub

and a short walk from the village shop and mainline rail station. The

motorway network is easily accessed and the Ebbsfleet high speed rail

terminus is within a comfortable driving distance. The property itself

is a former vicarage that has enjoyed comprehensive and sympathetic

enhancements, creating a quite wonderful family home.

The ground floor is currently configured with a large lounge, a

panelled dining room, a spacious study and a family room. Beyond the

exceptional kitchen breakfast room is a utility room, a walk-in larder,

the former butlers pantry (now used as a small gym) and a cellar. The

bedrooms are arranged over the two upper floors and are served by

two sumptuous en suites and an equally impressive family bathroom.


Wooden entrance door opening into porch.


Sash window to side. Tumbled limestone flooring. Glazed inner door to

hallway. Ornate radiator.



Original entrance door and leaded windows to front. Ornate radiators.

Original wood flooring.


W.C. Sash window to side. Low level W.C. Wall hung wash hand basin.

Ornate radiator. Limestone floor.


Double aspect with sash windows to side and French doors with

flank windows opening onto the rear garden. Corniced ceiling. Stone

fireplace surround with wood burner. Ornate radiators. Fitted carpet.


Currently configured as a TV/entertainment room (installed equipment

including surround sound system available subject to negotiation). Sash

window to front. Wood panelling to walls. Ornate radiators.

Fitted carpet.


Double aspect with sash windows to side and front. Built-in storage

and book shelves. Ornate radiator. Fitted carpet.


Sash windows to front and French doors to side. Corniced ceiling.

Fireplace surround with open fire basket. Tumbled limestone flooring

with under floor heating.


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2. Cottenden

Where? Cottenden is in an idyllic

rural location down a country lane just to

the east of the pretty village of Benenden

(Google Maps TN17 4BW).

What? This contemporary, architectdesigned

house combines elegance and

practicality to provide bright spacious

and flexible family accommodation over

two floors. The open-plan kitchen/dining

room/sitting room features floor-to-ceiling

glazed panels opening out on to extensive

decking and with excellent views over

the surrounding fields and woodland.

A master bedroom with an en suite

bathroom has direct access to the outdoor

swimming pool and this floor also has

two further bedrooms and a bedroom/

study. On the lower ground floor there is

a large entertaining/reception area as well

as music/games room and two further

bedrooms. Outside there are grounds of

about an acre and a half with a kitchen

garden, raised flower beds and pond,

workshop and garaging.

How much? Cottenden is on the

market at £1,500,000 and is with Harpers

& Hurlingham in Cranbrook. Call 01580

715400 or visit


3. Oaklands House

Where? Oaklands House is set back

from the road between the villages of

Biddenden and Headcorn (Google Maps

TN27 9JE).

What? A bright and spacious

Edwardian house in lovely grounds,

Oaklands House has been sympathetically

and substantially extended by its present

owners and today is a celebration of light

and space. At the heart of the home is

a huge galleried great hall/living room

and adjoining orangery. Also on the

ground floor is a large vaulted dining

room, cinema room, study, family room,

play-room, self-contained two bedroom

annexe and shower room/Jacuzzi. On

the first floor there is a master bedroom

suite, opening out on to a large balcony,

and three further bedrooms. Outside

there are extensive lawns, an all-weather

tennis court and large pond with an island

and waterfall. The property also comes

with planning permission to build two

heritage-style triple bay barns, one with

ancillary accommodation above.

How much? Oaklands House is

priced at £1,400,000 and is with Fine

& Country in Tenterden. Call 01580

766388 or visit www.fineandcountry.com.

4. The Old Vicarage

Where? The Old Vicarage is in the

village of Hollingbourne, on the North

Downs just to the east of Maidstone

(Google Maps ME17 1UJ).

What? A handsome Georgian Grade

II listed property, the Old Vicarage is

awash with light pouring through superb

windows that grace virtually every room

and are one of the joys of the period.

Downstairs is a double aspect drawing

room with French doors opening out

into the garden, a panelled dining room,

a double aspect study and a superb openplan

kitchen/breakfast room/family room.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom suite

with dressing room and elegant bathroom

and four further bedrooms, one with en

suite bathroom. Outside are attractive

gardens with views toward the North

Downs and encompassing split-level areas

of lawn – one level a former tennis court

– as well as an ornamental fish pond and

a brick storage-shed. Access to a generous

driveway is by electrically operated gates.

How much? The Old Vicarage is

with Fine & Country in West Malling

and offers are invited in excess of

£1,500,000. Call 01732 222272 or visit


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It is hardly surprising therefore that couples

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entering into pre nuptial agreements in order

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So what is a pre nup? Essentially it is an agreement

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marriage, but crucially, in the event of a divorce. Pre

nups can govern all financial issues including what

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Understandably, many engaged couples feel that

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Wealden Times is always filled with the things we love – and

this month is no exception. If anything, there’s even more love

in the air, as we think about Valentine’s Day, visit a romantic

boutique B&B and play at being princesses on a bridal fashion

shoot at Leeds Castle. There’s also plenty for those who aren’t

‘feeling the love’ but who are looking forward to longer days

and warmer weather.

Sunshine or showers, it would be hard not to enjoy a trip to

the seaside at Broadstairs – and a stay at Belvidere Place B&B, a

dramatic Georgian building just a stone’s throw from the beach.

Owned by Jilly Sharpe, a photographer and entrepreneur, its

atmosphere and style attracts an arty crowd, as well as those

in the mood for proposing. For those who’d rather stay in, Jo

Arnell offers recipes to warm your heart, lift your mood and –

perfect for preparing in advance – leave more time for romance.

Regulars include our health page, which this month focuses

on mental health, Sue Whigham on sweet peas and Penny

Kemp, our Green Goddess, on the benefits of bird tables.

Spring is in the air, as well as love, it seems.

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Seaside Salvation

Words: Jennifer Stuart-Smith Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

When Jilly Sharpe left Peckham, south London, for Broadstairs, she needed a

home and a way to make a living. Belvidere Place, a run-down and dilapidated

Georgian building that had been neglected for 200 years, was to be her saviour –

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Above: Much of the furniture in Belvidere Place, such as this elegant pedestal dining table, came from Jilly’s former home in Peckham, south London. Jilly was

inspired to paint the downstairs breakfast room in dark grey after using, and liking, the colour of a grey undercoat she had been using to paint woodwork

As well as bringing many of her London friends with her, Jilly also brought the

contents of her London home – items which fit perfectly with

the pared-down rustic interior of Belvidere Place

In the latest film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s

The Lady in the Van, Miss Shepherd escapes her

unconventional Camden existence to spend short

spells by the sea in Broadstairs. Admittedly, she is far

from your average holiday-maker but, nonetheless,

her attraction to this unspoilt Victorian seaside

town is something many of us can understand.

In 2007, Jilly Sharpe was also an escapee from

London, but from Peckham in her case and, rather than

living in a van, her former home was a large London

townhouse. “I already had a house in Broadstairs, so

knew the town, but moving here was a matter of survival.

I was a single mum who needed to make a living – so

it wasn’t just a case of escaping to the seaside.”

It should also be noted that the huge Georgian building

she was about to buy, was not an entirely tempting

holiday destination or home. “Nobody had repaired it

in 200 years and it was rotten to the core,” says Jilly. “It

had been run as a B&B, although initially I bought it

simply as a home for my son Gus and me. It was horribly

institutional, with fire doors and glass partitions everywhere

and many of the original doorways were boarded up.”

In its current incarnation, this is difficult to imagine

– and Jilly has had to put in an immense amount of

work, and a certain amount of money, to get it to its

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Above left: This ‘babyfoot’ table came from Columbia Road in east London and, according to Jilly, ‘it could tell some stories’ Above right: For vintage finds and

quirky items, Jilly is a fan of the Sunbury Antiques Market as well as Dolly Miller in nearby Margate. “I just buy what I like,” says Jilly. “There is no grand plan.”

London is still a big influence here, and Jilly thrives amongst the

creative crowd that has been attracted to Broadstairs in recent years,

either as permanent residents or as guests at Belvidere Place

As funds dried up, Jilly decided that she would return

it to being a B&B – but one that would attract people

rather than repel them. Her background as a fine art

and interiors photographer would stand her in good

stead as far as decoration was concerned, as would a

seemingly huge array of creative friends and contacts.

“At one point, I was at rock bottom financially but

due to open in a matter of weeks. A huge parcel arrived

and it was full of beautiful embroidered cushions made

by my friend Charlene Mullen.” Charlene’s quirky,

distinctive cushions are still dotted throughout Belvidere

Place, adding a touch of Shoreditch cool – as well as

London scenes – to this Kentish seaside home.

London is still a big influence here, and Jilly thrives

amongst the creative crowd that has been attracted to

Broadstairs in recent years, either as permanent residents

or as guests at Belvidere Place boutique B&B.

“Some fantastic people live round here; there’s a great

community and I feel surrounded by friends,” says Jilly.

The paying guests obviously add to the family atmosphere

too. “I love having people around me,” she adds.

As well as bringing many of her London friends with

her, Jilly also brought the contents of her London home

– items which fit perfectly with the pared-down, rustic

interior of Belvidere Place. A characterful refectory

table in the ‘breakfast room’ came from Gus’s paternal

grandfather and a large circular pedestal dining table is

equally fitting. Less ‘fitting’ and rather more funky is a

giant representation of a Royal Mail stamp, made from

buttons sewn on to cloth, which hangs over the fireplace.

It is another reminder of Jilly’s art-world connections

and was made by the artist Ann Carrington, one of the

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Above: The living room has bare floorboards, blackboard paint on the chimney breast and, on closer inspection, brown wrapping paper on the walls

– a surprisingly effective look

‘YBA’ who became well known at the same time as Damien

Hirst, the Chapman Brothers and Tracey Emin. There is

another Ann Carrington original, this time of a Union

Jack, over the bedstead in one of the guest bedrooms.

Each bedroom has a very different feel, though none

of them is named or numbered, thus keeping a sense of

homeliness – and avoiding hints at the building’s former

life as a rather unpleasant boarding house. Despite the

size of the building and the huge windows, it stays

remarkable cosy: “The sun shines on the front of the

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Each room has magnificent sash windows – sometimes three in a room –

and gorgeous inviting beds.“Despite setting-up on a budget, the things I

would not compromise on were mattresses and bed linen,” says Jilly

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Above and left: An armchair that originally came from Claridge’s and a lamp

that was retrieved from a skip, complete the look in an upstairs bedroom

Other sources of furniture include

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rather like Jilly’s many happy guests

sometimes three in a room – and gorgeous inviting beds,

with a sensible number of cushions and cosy throws:

“Despite setting up on a budget, the things I would

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Jilly also added simple, modern en suites to every

room. Filling these five double rooms has never been a

problem, despite a challenging start. “At the beginning,

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to stay, and word spread: “In my third week, the BBC

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Above: An Ann Carrington original, this time of a Union Jack, hangs above the bed. The embroidered cushions were made by Jilly’s friend, Charlene Mullen

“At one point, I was at rock bottom financially but due to open in

a matter of weeks. A huge parcel arrived and it was full of beautiful

embroidered cushions made by my friend Charlene Mullen”

“We do seem to be a popular place with actors,” she says,

though she’s careful not to name-drop, “and it makes a great

party place.” She still doesn’t advertise and attracts almost

all her business through word-of-mouth recommendation

– and appearances in numerous glossy magazines.

Opposite the ground floor breakfast room and its

roaring fire is a living room with retro wood-burner,

comfy chairs and a distinctive ‘foosball’ or ‘babyfoot’

table – which, apparently, is often a focal point at

parties. Jilly bought it on Columbia Road in London.

“It could tell a few stories!” says Jilly, though that is as

much as she will say. I can’t help imagining Dame Maggie

Smith – who plays Miss Shepherd in the film adaptation

of Alan Bennett’s play – playing a game or two of table

football. (I am informed, sadly for me at least, that Dame

Maggie has never in fact stayed at Belvidere Place.)

The living room has bare floorboards, blackboard paint

on the chimney breast and, on closer inspection, brown

wrapping paper on the walls – a surprisingly effective

look. Against the wall is a large, glass-fronted ‘cupboard of

curiosities’ which in a way reflects the eclectic contents of

the building itself: in the breakfast room a vast mirror is in

fact an old TV prop, there is an armchair from Claridge’s in

one of the bedrooms and a stunning Japanese-style cabinet

– which contains a kettle and other B&B goodies – in

another. “There was no grand plan or design,” says Jilly.

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“When we first bought the place it was horribly institutional, with fire doors

and glass partitions everywhere and many of the

original doorways were boarded up,” says Jilly

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Above left: The carpets have been removed throughout, to leave characterful, marked floorboards which fit perfectly with the original panelling on the stairwell

Above right: The grey-painted hallway is naturally lit by an original fanlight window above the front door as well as more contemporary fairy lights and spots

Sea view or no sea view, it’s clear that guests love the atmosphere

at Belvidere Place, the homely touches and the romance of this

majestic building, in a quintessential English seaside town

It’s hard to imagine that the interior wasn’t carefully

planned and curated, especially as the dark-grey walls

and woodwork downstairs make such a bold statement.

“It’s not a fancy Farrow & Ball colour. I was doing

some woodwork and liked the colour of the grey

undercoat I was using – then had a similar colour mixed

especially. I’ve thought of trying other colours since,

but few things go so well as they do with grey.”

Jilly also takes the same ‘unplanned’ approach with

furniture: “I just buy what I like.” Sunbury Antiques

Fair is one place she likes to visit, as well as Dolly Miller

in Margate and Spitalfields Market in London.

Other sources include boot sales, a doctors’ surgery

and even a skip: “A lamp upstairs was on its way to

the tip, before I rescued it.” The furniture just seems

to fit – rather like Jilly’s many happy guests.

“I don’t do internet bookings, only phone

bookings, as I like to speak to my guests when

they book,” she says. “I need to talk to them, to

find out if this is the right place for them.”

One thing she makes clear straight away, is that there

is no sea view – although the beach is only a short

stroll away. “If it’s not right for them, I point them in

the right direction. That way, everyone’s happy.”

Sea view, or no sea view, it’s clear that guests

love the atmosphere at Belvidere Place, the homely

touches and the romance of this majestic building

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Against the wall is a large, glass-fronted ‘cupboard of curiosities’ which, in a way,

reflects the eclectic contents of the building itself

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Above left and right: The courtyard garden at the back of the building is filled with potted plants, and is as appealing in winter as it is in summer. “It’s a great

place for parties,” says Jilly. “We recently had a party out here, where we gathered around a brazier made from an old oil drum. It was a really fun evening.”

“We get loads of proposals here,” says Jilly, with a certain

pride. “One was at breakfast time, and all the guests welled

up.” She has also advised guests on a romantic, outdoor

spot to pop the question. “Kingsgate Bay is gorgeous. I

make up a little Champagne picnic basket for that kind of

occasion – we’re not Claridge’s, but we’re homely and cosy.”

It’s clear that Jilly is in her element – working

from home, surrounded by interesting, creative

people and just a short walk from the beach:

“I didn’t come here thinking it would be some

kind of goldmine. I came to enjoy life, make a

living and be around to look after my son.”

This award-winning boutique B&B with clientele from

across the world is just a rather wonderful spin-off. “I

almost accepted an offer from someone who wanted to buy

the place, but Gus persuaded me not to. Belvidere Place is

our home after all, and not just a business.” I think this is

eminently clear to anyone who is lucky enough to stay here.

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Old meets new:

timber-framed buildings

Travel anywhere in the Weald, by car, on foot or by bicycle and

you’d be hard-pushed not to pass an ancient timber-framed

building – probably one of the most distinctive forms of historic

building in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

The reason for this is largely down to the area’s geology and

the fact that it was, and is, the most wooded part of Britain. Oak

trees thrive on the clay soils of the Weald, (‘Weald’, translated

from ‘wald’, means a wood or forest) so almost all vernacular

Wealden buildings used oak for timber frames, as well as clay for

tiles, daub for walls, and bricks when the owners and builders

could afford them.

Here we look at four companies who are continuing this

tradition, restoring historic buildings and making modern timberframed

buildings, built to last as long as their predecessors.

Round Wood, Mayfield, East Sussex

When was the company founded and by whom?

Round Wood have been supplying oak framed buildings for

over twenty years. The business, originally founded in the

aftermath of the Great Hurricane of 1987 with just a mobile

sawmill, naturally progressed into this area after establishing

itself as a supplier of high quality oak. It now also offers

hardwood decking, cladding, oak and walnut flooring, garden

planters and a wide range of home and garden features,

including burners.

How have your building methods changed

over the years?

The demand for oak framed buildings has grown

significantly over the years, requiring the construction

workshop to relocate to larger premises on several occasions.

The team now includes various sales personnel, surveyors,

planning assistants, CAD technicians, workshop managers,

joiners and dedicated oak framers.

Whilst traditional crafting techniques are always adhered

to, machinery has also been improved. This includes the

acquisition of a CNC machine that is able to rapidly

produce standard buildings at the touch of a button using

CAD templates we produce in house. All are hand fitted in

workshop to ensure ease of fit once the building arrives on

site. Using their expertise and experience, Round Wood have

planned, manufactured and erected thousands of oak frames

over the last two decades. Customers are offered as much, or

as little support as required.

What are the main stages of a project, and what

services do you offer in-house?

Round Wood’s sales team, technical department and CAD

specialists are able to assist throughout the planning and build

process. Customers can put forward their own design and

ideas, or can make use of a standard design that can be altered

to suit bespoke requirements.

Joinery and glazing are also available, along with roofing,

ground works, plastering and insulation services. Site visits,

consultation and initial sketches are available subject to site


What type of projects do Round Wood undertake

and have any recent projects been particularly


The range of projects tackled is vast. These have included

entire oak framed houses, offices, shops, work spaces and

sports pavilions along with the more traditional garages,

garden rooms, extensions and pergolas. The Round Wood

team prefer not to regard any project as challenging, believing

that any requirement for a project can be met given

appropriate thought and planning.




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A.T. Palmer Ltd

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This Grade II Listed 18th-century farmhouse is on the outskirts of


All external elevations required extensive sympathetic repairs and

maintenance to brickwork, chimneys and re-roofing. Traditional lime

mortars, locally soured second-hand bricks and roof tiles were used to

match the existing. A small first-floor window was added to balance the

proportions of the farmhouse and add light to a new bathroom. The

original single glazed windows had to remain and required complete

refurbishment. The entire house was re-wired, re-plumbed with a

pressurised heating and hot water system added using surface copper

pipes so as not to damage the original fabric of the house.

A T Palmer Ltd, Smarden, Kent

When was the company founded, by whom and


In 1949, a young man had a vision of owning his own

business. He discussed this with his wife, as without her help

it would have been impossible. She readily agreed to run the

office and together they bought a small business with six

tradesmen and a dilapidated van. They were Arthur and Myra

Palmer and the firm became known as A T Palmer (Builders

& Contractors) Ltd. The rest is history, as they say.

Today we employ a highly skilled workforce of 30, covering

all trades with many years’ experience, as well as working with

various specialist subcontractors. Our specialist craftsmen

appreciate the buildings they are working on and we run

apprenticeship schemes in various trades – so that our

experts can pass on their skills. Our most recently qualified

carpenter apprentice gained his experience working on a large

timber-framed listed farmhouse renovation and he recently

represented the South of England in the national finals of The

Skill Build competition in Birmingham.

What are the greatest challenges of working on

historic timber framed buildings and what are the

greatest rewards?

Working on historic buildings can have its challenges, with

conservation and listed planning issues, so we have to take

careful consideration of the existing structure as well as

sourcing local natural materials such as clay, timber and stone.

However, the rewards of working on these wonderful old

buildings are that we are able to work closely with our clients

to create their vision, coordinate all trades using traditional

materials and methods that truly take into account the

building’s history whilst blending our work seamlessly into the

structure and providing top quality, contemporary living.

Do you have any recent, interesting projects you

could tell us about?

One recent one was a Grade II Listed 18th-century farmhouse

on the outskirts of Lamberhurst. Before the Industrial

Revolution Lamberhurst was the centre of the Wealden iron

industry. This farmhouse and its estate formed part of the

Gloucester Furnace where they made the railings for St.

Paul’s Cathedral. The farmhouse had been untouched for

60 years. We completed a full renovation, extension and

refurbishment project over 11 months.

Farmhouse before the extension was built

An oak-framed extension was hand-built using green European oak to

form the new kitchen and master bedroom suite. It was constructed using

traditional materials and methods, by skilled craftsmen.

The new porch was hand-built in European oak with bricks

and tiles sourced locally to match the existing house.

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Monarch Oak, Vines Cross, East Sussex

When was the company founded and by whom?

Monarch Oak was founded by Tom Wallis in 2011 after he

spent more than 15 years working in the oak-frame

building industry.

What are the greatest challenges of working with

green oak and what are the greatest rewards?

There are many rewards that come with working with oak.

One of the most important ones for Monarch Oak is to keep

traditional building methods alive. Unlike other oak frame

companies, all of our buildings are still made today by hand

using age-old practices such as mortise and tenon joints and

wooden pegs. We also ensure curved braces are a feature in

every design as these really do stand out in the overall build.

The beauty of oak as a material is that it weathers with age

and turns an attractive silver colour after a short time.

Where do you source specialist building materials,

and what are they?

We use the best quality green oak and cut the beams and

braces out of large, chunky pieces of timber which gives a

much nicer overall effect. Depending on the client brief and

specification, we also hand select reclaimed tiles and bricks

from suppliers across the UK.

Where do you look for inspiration when

designing a timber-framed building?

When designing an oak-frame building it’s important to

ensure it reflects the style of the property it will sit alongside.

With years of experience in the oak frame building industry

we offer free design and build advice to the client to make

certain their design suits their home. It can be a simple

suggestion like altering the roof pitch or adding an upstairs

dwelling to a garage. We pride ourselves on creating a design

that is sympathetic to its environment too – whether that’s in

a rural setting or alongside a busy road.

What is the most unusual or quirky building you

have worked on?

We designed an outside eating area for students at a school in

Hurtwood, Surrey. The school is a beautiful building set in the

heart of the English countryside, so the design had to be just

right and the build executed perfectly.

panelling and laying oak floors, or hanging beautiful handmade

doors, are backed-up by a highly skilled team of joiners

in the workshop, producing a range of bespoke windows,

doors and other purpose-made joinery. Our plasterer insists

on using cow dung in the lime plaster to produce a fabulous

durable finish and our bricklayers use lime mortar and handmade

bricks so that it is difficult to tell which is original and

which is a repair. Our ethos is very much about working with

the building and understanding its social history to produce

a beautiful restoration. Cox Restorations is renowned for its

extensions to historic buildings which seamlessly join the new

to the old.

Cox Restorations, Charing, Kent

When was the company founded, by whom

and where?

Cox Restorations was founded in 1986. David Cox

has spent a lifetime in and around historic buildings; his

imagination was fired up when working on a building in

the 1980s which stirred his passion for understanding and

repairing old buildings

How has the company developed since then?

With the company entering its 30th year it has expanded,

employing a very skilled workforce. Our oak framers can

repair meticulously old timber-framed houses and barns,

some more than 500 years old, in a way that leaves the repairs

indistinguishable from the original; this requires great skill and

experience. Our carpenters and joiners, when on-site repairing

The company is now creating historic-looking

new-builds. What’s so special about these homes?

In 2015 Cox Developments (Charing) Limited was set up to

build six high-quality homes in Challock. The houses have

weatherboarding painted a soft cream colour under a handmade

tile roof and the brickwork is an old-fashioned Flemish

bond (unlikely to be used by many developers). Walking up

the brick path you arrive at a wide farmhouse door under

a David Cox-designed porch with trellis and hand-made

tiles. The rural cottage feel is complemented by locally made

chestnut fencing and gates. High-performance joinery and

insulation makes for cost-effective living. Internally, the

houses are created for modern living, with open-plan layouts,

underfloor heating, as well as a sitting room with an inglenook

for a woodburner which can be connected to the heating and

hot water. Glass balustrades on the stairs add a contemporary

feel, mixed with oak-planked doors and oak floors.

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Design Project

Words: Jane Howard Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton



After spotting the potential of this Victorian house

near Camden Road in Tunbridge Wells, Justine

Hodgson-Barker, an interior designer, and her

husband James set about transforming it into a

stylish yet functional family home

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Above: The open-plan kitchen and dining area both feature reclaimed parquet flooring, interconnecting the rooms and making the whole area feel light and

bright. The kitchen, which now opens directly on to the garden was once dark and cluttered and accessed via a dining room

They always say it’s who you know and not

what you know and, in the case of the

interior designer who owns this charming,

funky house in Tunbridge Wells, it’s patently true.

Justine Hodgson-Barker has a black book to die for

and has used all her professional contacts and skills

to turn a fairly typical Victorian terraced house into

an original, stylish yet functional family home.

Justine studied design at The Chelsea College of Art

& Design and has had a successful and busy career

in interior design ever since. Juggling work with two

young daughters, she now runs barkerdesign and has

never been so busy, working on anything from whole

house projects to single rooms. She has just finished

the refurb at The Black Dog in town and is already

working on several new commissions including a

beautiful Decimus Burton house in Tunbridge Wells.

Justine and her husband James decided to move down

to the town five years ago and started looking for suitable

properties. As a professional she knew she wanted a “

‘project’ and when they found their current home

she knew they had found one. “Everything about

the house was dark and pokey,” explains Justine.

“To reach the third bedroom you had to go through

the second one, there was no upstairs bathroom and

everything and I mean everything – carpets, walls,

tiles, doors was mustard-colour!” Game On.

As well as creating stylish designs, Justine also stresses

the importance of understanding what the space has to do

and the need to find a compromise between the desires

of all parties involved - in this case her and James.

“Personally I like quirky, old-meets-new interiors

where signature pieces play an important role while

James prefers clean, contemporary, gadget-boy

minimalism. I had to make it work for both of us.”

At the back of the house, typical of Victorian terraces,

there was a dark and underused dining room leading to

a cluttered kitchen with a small window overlooking the

garden. As is the norm, Justine drew up plans to extend

the kitchen laterally into the side return but then did

the sums and, always being conscious of the return on

investment on any serious building project, decided it

wasn’t worth it. With two young children she wanted

to use the garden as an extra summer living room, so

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Above: Justine describes the living room, which is at the front of the house,

as a ‘work in progress’. Even so, the subtle paint scheme and signature pieces

of furniture, including a Charles Eames chair and a Hans Wegner rocker,

give it understated style Right: Retro fashion posters brighten up a wall.

Justine has found other quirky prints at Rockett St George and, for unusual

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‘Freds’ Right: Light floods into the narrow kitchen from three sides, including

the large glass doors which lead out on to the garden

topped by polished concrete work surfaces. “This was

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materials and, although it looks beautiful, it’s not all that

practical; advice I can at least now pass on to my clients.”

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Above: The master bedroom is painted in Bone China by Little Greene with

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6 Damsel & the dress

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WT Wedding Supplement

What flowers

may say

about you...

After deciding on a date, a venue and a guest list,

one of the trickiest considerations can be choosing

your flowers; for your bouquet, for the ceremony

and for the reception


eciding on what ‘look’ you want is hard enough –

whether it’s classic and romantic or rustic and a little

bit wild. And that’s before you discover that flowers

have historic significance and hidden meanings. Although it’s

important not to get bogged down in the significance of certain

flowers, if you want to add another layer of meaning to your

bouquet, or your table decorations, it may be worth giving it

some thought. Just remember, the most important thing is to

have what you like, what makes you smile, and flowers that

you and your guests will remember for years to come. Below

are a few floral (and foliage) favourites and what they signify.


Named after an ancient Persian princess and a goddess of

the moon, just the name of this scented foliage is rather

beautiful. Also known as Lad’s Love it was historically used as

a buttonhole, because of its aromatic scent, and is still used in

perfumes today. Its feathery, silver-green foliage adds a subtle,

aromatic touch to a bridal bouquet.


A symbol of innocence, many people associate daisies with

childhood fascination and the first flower they ever picked.

Various forms of daisies – though usually white – are popular

with brides having a country-style wedding and as the main

flower in flower-girl posies. Their simple, open face is also

popular, with a certain naïve charm.


Said to suggest lightness and levity, this form of Delphinium

is perfect for the ‘cottage garden’ look, as well as the individual

flower petals being popular for use as confetti. Its tall,

pastel flower spikes lend themselves perfectly to large floral

arrangements such as pedestals. The flower gets its name

from the spike at the back of the flower head, resembling

a lark’s claw.

Lily of the Valley

Kate Middleton chose English-grown Lily of the Valley for her

bridal bouquet – both for its pretty, white bell-like flowers but

also, one imagines, for its incredible perfume. All of the flowers

in her understated white and green bouquet were grown in the

UK and were seasonal, so flowering in late April. She was

no doubt aware that Lily of the Valley symbolises

‘trustworthiness’ when she paired it with myrtle foliage,

representing love and hope.


Peonies not only have huge, abundant flowers, but they also

have an abundance of meaning. The traditional floral symbol

of China, with their lush, round blooms, in pastel to dark

pink, embody romance and are regarded as an omen of good

fortune and a happy marriage. In Victorian Britain they were

also associated with bashfulness – though this quality is hard

to imagine in a flower that’s so out-there and blousy. These are

flowers that never go out of fashion with brides.


According to the book, The Language of Flowers, from 1875,

ranunculus suggest that you are ‘radiant with charms’. The

flowers are certainly radiant, and come in a variety of colours,

from bright orange and yellow – hinting at their origins, in the

buttercup family – through to pastel shades. They are spring

flowers which, in recent years have been specially bred for

cutting – with long straight stems and large, papery flowers.


As well as being a classic symbol of love, roses are also

associated with beauty and grace. Many modern, cultivated

roses have lost their scent so, if you want a truly sensuous

experience, go for old-fashioned varieties which smell

incredibly. Roses come in every colour, and with a poetic list

of names, so if you want to be really clever, choose something

topical, like Sweet Juliet or Wedding Day – but perhaps not

Anne Boleyn.

Jennifer Stuart-Smith is co-founder of Blooming Green, a

flower-growing and floristry business based at Loddington

Farm, Linton near Maidstone

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for it) men swoon over. Everyone really should wear Shalimar

at least once in their lifetime. Just don’t blame me for the


By Terry, Ombre Mercure Extrème, £235 for 100ml

extrait de parfum. One for the ‘passionate, flamboyant

woman’: as if make-up-artist-turned-perfume-creator Terry de

Gunzburg’s original Ombre Mercure wasn’t sensual enough,

that purring bestseller can now be enjoyed as an ‘extreme

elixir’, which caresses the skin with some of perfumery’s

most irresistible elements, including lashings of patchouli

and resinous benzoin, ‘lifted’ by bergamot and rustling with

violet leaves, to powdery, woody effect. Dark, mysterious and

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Scents and

Josephine Fairley shares her choice of the most

enticing scents to excite the senses...

Illustrations: Susanne Hayes

Having not so long ago set up The Perfume Society,

I spend much of my day, nowadays, immersed

in perfume. Not literally, of course – though it

sometimes feels like it. And one of the questions I’m most

often asked is: ‘does fragrance make you sexier?’ To which I

respond that nowadays, women – and men – wear perfume

for all sorts of reasons, not only to attract the opposite sex.

A quick poll will probably reveal that most of us do it

a) to feel more confident, b) to feel ‘dressed’, or c) because

we just plain adore the smell. But nevertheless, scents have

always worked to attract the opposite sex – starting with

our own natural pheromones which cannot, despite what

you’ve read, yet be bottled. From the dawn of perfumery,

fragrances have certainly been confected to beckon someone

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with Valentine’s Day beckoning, I thought I’d do a little

round-up of scents which (IMHO) do that rather well.

Shalimar, £43.20 for 30ml eau de parfum. Every now and

then the folks at Guerlain have a go at tweaking Shalimar to

make it more appealing to a younger audience - but to me,

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a wonderfully blowsy, va-va-voom, wrap-yourself-in-icingsugared

cashmere, animalic masterpiece which (I can vouch

Tom Ford Black Orchid, from £45 for 30ml eau de

toilette. Definitely one with a gorgeous come-hither vibe, this.

Black truffles shaved over ylang ylang, fresh bergamot and

blackcurrant in that opening, while at Black Orchid’s carnal

heart we meet once more that black orchid signature – created

from Tom Ford’s quest for ‘the perfect flower’. The conclusion

is a ‘noir gourmand’, made delicious with vanilla tears, balsam,

sandalwood, incense and patchouli.

Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, £74 for 50ml. I once wrote

in a magazine that this was ‘sex in a bottle’, which triggered

a national stampede to the Serge Lutens fragrance fixture –

and heck, I’m going to stick my neck out and say it again.

Amber definitely seems to do things to men – and this is a

gold-standard amber, sweet and resinous, but with botanical

whispers of thyme, coriander and marjoram.

Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur, £110 for 50ml.

It tells you almost all you need to know about this fragrance

that I am banned from wearing this outside the house. My

liberal, laid-back, ex-hippy, utterly (and rightly) trusting

husband thinks that this is basically going to make other men

kidnap me. It certainly is seriously animalic (it’s not a gazillion

miles from Shalimar, actually), with lashings of warm vanilla,

woven with bergamot and lavender. It also smells divine on

the men I know who wear it.

Calvin Klein Obsession, £29.99 for 50 ml eau de parfum

The dimly-lit tangle of naked bodies in Obsession’s advertising

when it launched in 1985 got America all a-fluster – and this

remains an unashamedly erotic Oriental: a light-the-bluetouch-paper-and-retire

scent that is seriously carnal, thanks to

purring base notes of amber, musk, vetiver, oak moss – and

lots and lots of vanilla.

Ormonde Jayne Vanille d’Iris, £90 for 50ml eau de

parfum (at ormondejayne.com). If you don’t know this

perfume house, you really should follow your nose to its

flagship boutique next time you’re in Mayfair, where the

Ormonde Jayne boutique – founded by Linda Pilkington

– is tucked away in Bond Street’s Royal Arcade. This latest

creation hypnotically marries two of perfumery’s most

exquisite ingredients. Precious iris – which takes four years

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do you follow a

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I’ve always loved the ritual

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doing it since I was about

12 years old. My mum

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My skin feels silky smooth

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Who’s your style icon?

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Monroe. They have a

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Catching zzz’s...

Valerian is a perennial herb

commonly known as Garden

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has been used for medicinal

purposes since ancient

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Middle Ages it was carried in

clothing as a moth repellent,

Fabius Calumna first noticed

it as an anticonvulsant for

epilepsy in 1592 and it was

pocketfuls of valerian root

that supposedly helped the

Pied Piper charm the rats out

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when its roots are exposed

(comparable with well worn

socks apparently), but is still

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tincture and tea form. It is

recognised as a mild sedative,

and can aid with stress,

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They like shallow compost

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Healthy mind

Many things can affect your mental health, from environmental

factors such as stress and poor diet to the way you were

brought up and your genetic make-up. Equally, there are

many ways you can look after your mind. Here are a few...

The therapist and coach

Dr Suzannah Hill sees clients at her clinics in

Pluckley and Egerton, by telphone or via Skype


What are key signs that you may have depression? Common symptoms

include: changes in appetite, weight and sleep patterns, e.g. early morning

waking – or a desire to sleep more. Prolonged periods of low mood, feeling

helpless and hopeless, angry or irritable, or feelings of worthlessness and guilt.

However, feeling numb or an absence of feeling can also occur and this can be

just as unsettling, meaning it is hard to feel pleasure from activities that were

previously enjoyable. A person with depression may have some, all or only one

or two of these symptoms. Depression is sometimes accompanied by anxiety.

If you think you have depression, what can you do? The first step is

recognising it and finding the support that feels right for you. This could

involve talking to someone you trust, who will respect your privacy, and

who can be impartial; be it a friend, your GP, the Samaritans, or a therapist

or mental health professional who may recommend a drug treatment and /

or seeing a therapist. There are a range of therapies available and the most

important thing is finding what works for you. You can also find a therapist

on the CounsellingDirectory.org or through the BACP or UKCP websites.

Make sure the therapist is registered with a professional body. It is essential you

feel comfortable with your therapist. Trust your instinct, and if they don’t feel

right for you, find someone who does. Lastly, self-care is extremely important,

so try and eat well, make time to rest and be kind to yourself. Unfortunately

suicidal thoughts can accompany depression, and if these thoughts start

to develop into plans and you feel you are at risk of harming yourself or

anyone else, seek urgent medical help – call NHS 111, your GP or A&E.

Dr Suzannah Hill, Therapist and Coach, 01233 226104 www.suzannahhill.co.uk

The life coach

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of purpose

What are the negative effects of stress in the short and long term?

Too much stress leaves us feeling as if we are not living our own life. In the

short term this can lead to lethargy, frustration or anxiety as we feel unable to

listen to our ‘inner voice’. In the longer term, this can culminate in a sense of

loss, regret or anger and physical ill health.

How can we manage or reduce stress day to day?

A few minutes’ daily reflection can bring insight – and the strength to trust in

ourselves. People say ‘I always knew...’ How did they know? Their inner voice

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• Eat foods high in B vitamins,

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• Eat fruit and vegetables at every meal.

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• 1 tbsp crème fraîche


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Sue Whigham shares her passion for one of the

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There is an old jug full of greenery on the kitchen

table at the moment – there because we had a

young couple in for B&B over the New Year and I

thought that some greenery would brighten up the kitchen

while the days are so dark. I rushed round the garden

in the rain and picked a few sprigs of Viburnum tinus,

some variegated box and some Vinca major – the white

form – in bloom at the end of December. The scent of the

viburnum has been intoxicating and it reminded me to at

least think about ordering sweet pea seeds for this year.

I’ve never been very successful with planting in the autumn,

although evidence has it that doing this produces more robust

plants. No matter, there is plenty of time, with March being

a bit of a cut-off date. I must say that, as with parsley, some

people have the knack of growing sweet peas. My son, who is

a professional gardener, grows wondrous columns of them in

his vegetable patch and, when asked for a few tips, just says:

compost, more compost and compost.

Surely, the sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus, must be one of

the world’s most famous flowers – but their origins are a little

mysterious. It is certainly true that in 1699 a Sicilian monk,

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to various plantsmen around the world. Some were received

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L.o. ‘Lord Nelson’, a dark navy blue and the very vigorous

L.o. ‘Senator’, described as a ‘flake’ with creamy/chocolatemaroon


By the turn of the 20th century, Silas Cole, a gardener

working on the Spencers’ estate at Althorp, not only grew

Eckford’s creations but successfully bred sweet peas with even

larger flowers and frilled petals, thus creating the Spencer

sweet peas. Hugely popular in the 1920s and 1930s and

madly flamboyant were the ‘stripes’, which have a ‘picotee

edge’ – with a darker colour around the edge of the petal.

These are all the rage again and I’m determined to grow L.o.

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Grandiflora sweet peas and the Spencer types being thrown

into the mix. Modern Grandifloras have long stems, large

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the early ‘wild’ forms. However, I have to say that I think

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For us lesser mortals, some preparation of the site is useful,

if not essential, as sweet peas are greedy eaters and well-rotted

organic material added to a planting trench along with some

torn-up newspaper (if your soil is free-draining) is going to

give your plants a good start. Shredded comfrey leaves in the

trench help too and, later on, as the plants take off, feeding

them with comfrey pellets will help development. As they

grow on, use a potash-rich feed to encourage flower growth.

Before this, and unless you are buying-in seedlings, you

will need to plant your seeds. Pop a couple of seeds in each

growing tube: root-trainers are great for sweet peas as they

can accommodate the long root system they develop – as

can cardboard loo rolls, although these are sometimes not

long enough. Push the seeds in about an inch below the

surface, two to a tube. Use a good multipurpose compost and

don’t think about planting them out until their roots fill the

growing tube. Pinch out the plants, removing the growing tip,

once they reach about six inches high, so that they don’t waste

valuable time growing straight on up but have a chance to

plump out a bit. Sweet pea seeds are quite slow to germinate

and need checking regularly but they should show signs of

life within a week or two. Mice love these plump little seeds

so you may have to resort to the dreaded poison, traps or

some other means of deterrent. Cover your seed trays with

newspaper to keep the moisture in but the light out. Once

you have planted your seedlings out, you now have to think

about slugs. A thick layer of sharp sand is a good idea, as are

a few slug pellets. Once your plants start flowering, pick the

flowers every other day to keep them producing fresh blooms.

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If you want a variety of birds to visit your garden, one of

the most productive things you can do is make your own

bird table and feeders. There are many designs available on

the internet and one of the easiest is this design from the rural

gardener www.ruralgardener.co.uk/2010/01/03/bird-table.

I particularly like it because it has a roof which keeps the food dry

and offers protection to the birds. If DIY isn’t your forte, the Royal

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garden birds does not have to be expensive - although special bird seed

is available. Many of our leftovers provide excellent food for garden

birds. Bacon (not salty) and other fats put out on the table will attract

a variety of birds - and sometimes the neighbourhood cat - so keep a

lookout. Birds like bread but it should not form their complete diet as

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and great spotted woodpeckers love fat, including suet. Making your

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Gardeners’ World website has a good recipe. www.gardenersworld.com/


Grated cheese is enjoyed by robins, dunnocks, blackbirds and song

thrushes. Other goodies include cooked potatoes and fruit such as

raisins, sultanas and currants as well as apples, pears and plums. Pastry

either cooked or raw is another good source of food for our garden

birds. A word of warning though: don’t put salt out for birds as it is

highly toxic to them and harms their nervous system and never put

salt in the bird bath to stop the water freezing. Following the above

steps should ensure that you have a wonderful variety of birds in your

garden for you and your family to enjoy.

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Sat 13 Feb 10am-4pm

Highbury Hall, Highbury

Lane, Tenterden TN30 6LE

Highbury Hall

Craft Market

Highbury Hall Craft Market offers

a wide variety of crafts and produce

from local artists, craftsmen,

producers and retailers. All the

stallholders are from Kent and

East Sussex, offering something for

everyone. Tea, coffee, sandwiches,

cake and other treats available all day.

Entry: Free

Info: 07956 295076 / www.facebook.


Tues 16 - Fri 19 Feb 10.30am-12pm

Pick ‘n’ Paint a Pot 68

Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Margate CT9 2RL

Children’s Half Term Pottery

Painting Workshops

Keep the kids entertained and

let their creative energy run

wild. Booking recommended.

Entry: £8

Info: 01843 297778

Sun 21 Feb 10am-4pm

Eastwell Manor, Boughton Lees,

Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR

Wedding Fayre

Many quality exhibitor stands

situated within the hotel and

in large marquees linked to the

hotel. Two fashion shows during

the day with professionals and

experts on all aspects of wedding

arrangements available to assist

visitors. Drinks and refreshments

served throughout the day.

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Sheffield Park and Garden

Spring stargazing

Learn to navigate the stars and

catch a glimpse of the constellations

Orion and Taurus. Includes supper

& a hot drink. Booking Essential.

Suitable for children over 5.

Info: 01825 790231 / www.


Sat 27 Feb 10am-1pm

Swallowtail Hill Farm, Hobbs Lane,

Beckley, East Sussex TN31 6TT

Wild Woodland

Weekend Club

Join our monthly outdoor club

where children aged 6-11 years

can explore, play and learn in

the woods with campfires, mud,

dens and hot chocolate! Each

month is a little different and

lots of fun. Booking essential.

Entry: Sussex Wildlife Trust Child

Member £9, Child Non-member £12

Info: www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk

Days out

Mon 1 Feb - Sat 26 Mar


Artichoke Gallery, Church

Street, Ticehurst TN5 7AE


The latest collection is based around

the beautiful knitwear and accessories

which proved so popular in early

2015. Pattern was at the forefront

when selecting jewellery, ceramics,

and paintings to complement

lambswool, cotton, linen and leather.

Info: 01580 200905 / www.


Sat 13 & Sun 14 Feb

Dale Hill Hotel & Golf

Club, Ticehurst, Wadhurst,

East Sussez TN5 7DQ

Valentine’s dinner

Treat someone special this

Valentine’s to a sumptuous

4-course meal, including coffee

and a glass of bubbly. Overnight

packages are available from £148

per couple to include dinner,

overnight stay and breakfast.

Entry: £39 per person

Info & Booking: 0844 482

3125 / www.dalehill.co.uk

Sat 13 Feb 9.30am-2.30pm

Godinton House, Godinton

Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP

All about roses

Join expert gardeners as they share

their knowledge on planting, pruning

and training techniques for various

types of roses. A light lunch and

morning coffee will be provided.

Entry: £55

Info: 01233 643854 / www.


From the Realms of Fairies

& Fantastical Creatures.

Paintings & sculptures exploring

themes from Myth, legend, folklore

& imagination. Opens 6 th February

9.30am–4pm. Runs until 5 th April

Sun 28 Feb 11am-4pm

The Singing Soul Gallery

Goodnestone Park Gardens,

Goodnestone Village CT3 1PL

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and purchase some beautiful

musicians as they’re put through

spring flowers from attending their paces for the chance to win

nurseries. Refreshments and light £10,000 and a concert with the

lunches are available. Hosted

Royal Phillarmonic Orchestra.

by the Hardy Plant Society.

Info & Booking: 01424 462288 /

Entry: £6.50 HPS members,


£7 adults, £2 children

Info: 01303 863951 /

Sat 27 Feb 7.30pm


Invitca Grammar

School, Huntsman Lane,


Maidstone ME14 5DS

Concert of

Sun 14 Feb 3pm

favourite music

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence School In aid of Heart of Kent Hospice

Sutton Valence

with pianist Simon Proctor, enjoy

music society

this wonderful performance with

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Anthony Brown, accompanied on conducted by Thomas Shelbourn,

piano by Leo Nicholson, a faculty featuring concertos composed by

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Entry: £12 includes afternoon tea Entry: £12 adults, £8 children

Info: 01622 863002

Info & Booking: 01622

790195 / www.hokh.org /

Sat 20 Feb


St Stephens Church, Waterloo

Listings are correct at time of

Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2SW

going to press but may be subject

Brahms and Tchaikovsky’s to change. Readers are advised to

First Symphonies

check with venues before making

arrangements. We can list your event

Tonbridge Philharmonic orchestra,

in the next issue of Wealden Times

conducted by Matthew Willis, for only £15! Please supply up to

perform the first symphonies of 50 words that should include date,

time, venue, and any entry price to

both Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

whatson@wealdentimes.co.uk or send

Entry: £15, concessions £12

with payment (cheques payable to

Info: 01732 353707 / www.

JPS Media) to What’s On, Wealden

Times, Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone


Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF.

Wealden Times reserves the right

Thurs 25 Feb - Sat 5 Mar

to edit text to fit space allocated. If

you would like your event listing

White Rock Theatre, White

to be accompanied by a full colour

Rock, Hastings TN34 1JX

reproduction (42.5 x 62.5mm) of a

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piano concerto

total charge will be £95. Deadline for

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The Farm

Jane welcomes more

calves and prepares

for lambing


e started calving at Christmas and now, as February

approaches, we’re almost half way through. We should

be finished by the end of the month – apart from the

stragglers – and at Coopers Farm there always seem to be one or two.

On many farms, these out-of-step girls wouldn’t be allowed.

Labour is one of the most expensive costs of running a beef suckler

herd and during calving the stockman needs to be on 24-hour call

– and get up at 3am to check all is OK. So, not surprisingly, steps

are taken to ensure the whole herd calves in a tight block of about

six weeks. This includes some simple and obvious measures like only

letting the bull run with the cows for two cycles (six weeks) but it

also pays to have a youngish herd.

When people discover we are livestock farmers the two questions

we are most frequently asked are: a) what time do you get up in the

morning? (answer: not as early as most) and b) how long do farm

animals live? This is more difficult to answer. A cow is capable of

producing a calf well into her mid-teens but as she ages it takes

longer to conceive – often not the statutory two cycles – so she will

be culled in favour of younger models. I should, I know, adopt such

a sensible strategy and, when I’ve been doing that 3am shift for two

months, I always swear I will. But somehow those favourite cows

always seem to get the benefit of the doubt and a few more weeks

with the bull.

While the cows are nearly done and dusted, we’re just getting

ready to start lambing in March. The scan man has been to PD

(pregnancy diagnose) the ewes. Like a human scan he simply rubs

the camera under their belly (though the sheep version seems to

work through wool). A dot is then sprayed between the shoulders

if they are expecting a single, above the tail for twins or a strip across

the rump for triplets – vital information when you have a tricky

birth and need to know how many lambs are involved.

We also have to go shopping for all the necessary bits and pieces

such as iodine navel sprays, castration rings, colostrum powder,

bulbs for the heat lamps, lubricant jelly, latex gloves, dried milk,

bottles and teats. The list goes on and on. And finally we need to

get the lambing shed ready; lots of deep clean straw and individual

‘mothering up’ pens where the ewe and her lambs will spend the first

24 hours or so just to make sure everyone has got the hang of the

mother/ baby bond.

All that will then remain is to bring the ewes in. When the rams

went in with the ewes in November they were fitted with a harness,

known as a raddle, that holds a block of coloured wax between their

front legs. As they mount the in-season ewe they leave a waxy mark

on her rump and, as the colour of the wax block is changed after 18

days, it’s possible to know the order in which the ewes will lamb.

The shepherd, my husband Adrian, is every bit as sentimental in

giving the ewes plenty of opportunity to conceive, so the rams stay

in longer than six weeks and he’ll be getting up in the night well into

May – when at least it should be heavenly weather!

Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm

Congratulations to Shona Brown who wins the January competition for a

comedy night, supper, an overnight stay and breakfast at The Bell in Ticehurst.

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Suzie Lee Knitwear

Having been taught how to knit and receiving an introduction

to the world of craft courtesy of her nanny and num, Suzie

Lee has become a proud British designer and maker. Using

a vintage knitting machine, she creates beautifully soft wool

scarves, blankets and accessories.

What inspired you to start your business? After my

studies I decided that I wanted to pursue knitting full time, whilst also

being able to create something unique and reflect my love for colour

and natural fibres.

Have you always been a creative person? I’ve always

had an interest in making things since I was a child. My nanny and

mum both taught me how to knit and do lots of other amazing crafty

things when I was little which was great fun.

Did you have any training? After being introduced to the

craft world by my family, I studied fashion textiles with business

studies, specialising in knitwear at University of Brighton.

What influences your product aesthetic? The main thing

for me was that I wanted to go back to traditional values. More than

anything I wanted to create and offer a really practical, well made

product that will last for 25 years and is made in the UK.

What is the essence of

the business? My business is

about creating something special

for you or a loved one. I believe

that knitting has an emotional

element and the soft textures are

a highlight of something special.

I love being a British designer

and maker, so where possible

I source raw materials for all

aspects of my business from

within the UK.

Tell us about the

process of creating

your product?

Most items

are machine knitted on my

vintage knitting machine. First

I choose the colours of yarn,

which is mainly British spun

100% lambswool. I then set the

pattern to knit the design. To get

the softest texture I lightly felt

each item and add the finishing

touches to create the final piece.

What’s your favourite

product from your

collection? The Fair Isle wrap

is my favourite as you can wear

it as a wrap and it’s also super

cosy as a scarf. It always gets lots

of admirers when I take it out

with me.

Do you enjoy working

for yourself? I can’t imagine

working for anybody else,

although I do enjoy doing

collaborations with other

companies. It always results in

creating something unique. I like

the freedom of deciding on my

own working hours and having

full control of choosing the fun

stuff like colours and designs.

What makes all the hard

work worth it?

I love the winter time, after

I’ve spent all year making the

items, to then bring them to

my various shows is great. I get

the chance to meet lovely people and to see their

reactions to the colours and even help them choose

something special as a gift for a loved one.

Clockwise from above, Fair Isle Wrap Scarf in Charcoal &

Light Grey, £120; Knitted Fair Isle Wrap Blanket, £120;

Fair Isle Wrap Scarf in Pink, Soft Blue & Coral, £120




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