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Contents

March 2016

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GREEN LIVING

John Graham-Hart finds homes

with green credentials

IT’S MARCH

What’s going on near

you this month

SCENE STEALER

John Graham-Hart meets

a film producer with a

show-stopping home

GET THE LOOK

Fabulous home accessories

from Wealdenfairs.com

LIVING WITH COLOUR

Tricia Guild’s philosophy on

using colour in the home

WELL COVERED

Upholstered furniture, as well

as cushions and throws

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FROM BLANK CANVAS

Jane Howard visits a

remarkable renovation

FASHION SUPPLEMENT

Update your wardrobe for

the coming season with the

help of our fashion pages

SUBTLE SCENTS

Jo Fairley on delicious

scented products

WEALDEN HEALTH

& BEAUTY

Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous

ALL ROUND FITNESS

We look at cardio fitness,

strength and flexibility

ANYONE FOR CAKE?

Mouth-watering recipes from

Juliets in Tunbridge Wells

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FOOD FROM THE FAIR

WT meets Urban Truffle

SPRING SHOOTS

Jo Arnell on spring flowers

SMALL AND MIGHTY

Sue Whigham grows microgreens

THE GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp despairs of fly-tippers

FIXED OR GROWTH MINDSET?

Encouraging resilient learning

LEAP & LEARN

The benefits of dance classes

WHAT’S ON

Find out...

COMPETITION

Stay at the newly refurbished

Tickled Trout in West Farleigh

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane embraces self-sufficiency

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Hawkhurst Guide Price £1,295,000 Leeds Excess £1,100,000

In a secluded and idyllic setting, a fine Grade II listed farmhouse with attached An exquisite Grade II* country house of immense atmosphere affording

annexe • 2 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Cellar • 5 Bedrooms wonderful views to the front • 3 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast Room

• 4 Bath/Shower Rooms • One Bed Annexe • Triple Garage • Office/Studio • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Detached Home Office • Generous Garaging

• Approaching 18 acres in all

• Outbuildings • Gardens and Grounds inc 2 Paddocks of 1.8 acres

Benenden Guide Price £1,100,000 Boughton Monchelsea Excess £1,000,000

Quietly situated, a delightful Grade II listed country house overlooking its own On a quiet country lane, a Grade II listed farmhouse amid delightful gardens

land and beyond • CSCA • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • No Onward Chain • 3 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • En Suite

• Study • 5 Bedrooms (1 En Suite) • Family Bathroom • Triple Garage • Period Master Bedroom • 4 further Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • Shower Room

Outbuildings • Summer House • Pond • Paddocks • About 9 acres in all • Study • Gym/Home Office • 2 Garages • Workshop • About 0.8 acres in all

Bethersden Guide Price £995,000 Hawkhurst Guide Price £575,000

An individual equestrian property providing about 4,000 sq ft of The west wing of a picturesque Grade II listed village house steeped in

accommodation in a convenient rural location • 3 Receptions • Conservatory history and benefiting from Planning Permission to extend amid pretty

• Kitchen • 5 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Study • Garage • Workshop • Studio cottage gardens • CSCA • No Onward Chain • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen

• Pond • Swimming Pool • Stables • Hay Barn • In all about 16 acres • EPC D • 4 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Landscaped Gardens • Off road parking

coming 26 January 2015


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Ashford £750,000

Substantial detached family home located in a highly desirable road

• Walking distance to Ashford’s International Station and well regarded Grammar School’s • Impressive kitchen/breakfast room

• Three reception rooms • Five bedrooms • Two en suites and family bathroom • EPC Rating E

ASHFORD OFFICE / 01233 613613

Tenterden £489,950

Spacious detached family home set in a quiet cul de sac, close to Tenterden High Street.

Four Bedrooms • Double detached garage • Master bedroom with en suite bathroom • Conservatory • Extensive private rear garden

with a summer house, feature pond, green house and vegetable gardens • EPC Rating C

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Guide price £850,000

Brenchley

A detached family house in the heart of the village, with outstanding views

Entrance hall, cloakroom, kitchen / breakfast room, study, sitting room, dining room. Master

bedroom, 2 further bedrooms, family bathroom, WC. Detached garage. Gardens and grounds.

Paddock. EPC rating F. In all about 2.51 acres.

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Guide price £1,295,000

Pembury

An attractive Victorian family house with ancillary accommodation

Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, study, orangery, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, larder, boot room, cloakroom, cellar. Master

bedroom with en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom. Detached 1 bed cottage. Paddock. Swimming pool with terrace.

Planning Permission to extend. EPC rating F. In all about 2.6 acres.


Goudhurst Guide price £725,000

Character semi-detached cottage • Reception Hall/Study with brick open

fireplace • Kitchen/Breakfast/Family Room bi-fold doors, woodburning stove

and views • Sitting Room with woodburning stove • Study • Four Bedrooms,

Master Bedroom En-suite Shower Room • Total size 0.3 acre • CSCA, EPC: D

CRANBROOK OFFICE 01580 712 888

Cranbrook Guide price £450,000

A Grade II Listed timber framed barn • PP for a four bedroom detached

dwelling • Accommodation in the region of 2,750ft² (258m²) • Farmyard

location • Views across orchards in CSCA • Total plot size 0.21 of an acre

• Additional land might be available.

CRANBROOK OFFICE 01580 712 888

Outskirts Paddock Wood Guide price £565,000

Extended semi-detached country cottage • Flexible layout with

4/5 double bedrooms or 4/3 reception rooms • Large rear garden

backing onto paddocks • Driveway with ample off road parking and

a detached timber garage • NO FORWARD CHAIN • EPC: D

Collier Street Guide Price £650,000

Four double bedroom country home • In need of updating throughout

• Total plot size of just under four acres including paddocks • Set within a

rural, yet not isolated position with a south facing rear garden • Driveway

with detached cart lodge garage • NO FORWARD CHAIN • EPC: E

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


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

harpers and hurlingham

RURAL SANDHURST £1,595,000

Grade II Listed oast with stunning views • Five reception

rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • Walk-in pantry

• Utility room • Six bedrooms (two ensuite) • Gardens

and orchard • Detached triple garage • EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment

RURAL CRANBROOK £1,495,000

Grade II Listed farmhouse with equestrian facilities • Two

reception rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility room

• Four bedrooms (two ensuite) • Two attic rooms • Grounds

approx. 7.6 acres • Stables, barn, garaging • EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment

BRIGHTLING £1,200,000

Grade II Listed thatched barn in rural location • Three

reception rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility room

• Five bedrooms (two ensuite) • Grounds approx. 1.3 acres

• Detached one bedroom annexe • Garaging • EPC: n/a

Stunning Far Reaching Views

BIDDENDEN £1,200,000

Grade II Listed farmhouse with far reaching views

• Three reception rooms • Kitchen and breakfast room

• Utility room • Cellar • Five bedrooms (one ensuite)

• Garden and grounds approx. 2.2 acres • EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment

Harpers&Hurlingham

The Cornerhouse, Stone Street, Cranbrook

01580 715400

www.harpersandhurlingham.com

London offiCe: KenSingTon 020 7938 2311

Lettings Team

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Tenterden Office, 01580 820 164

16 High Street, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6AP

tenterden@ashtonburkinshaw.co.uk

Smarden £1695pcm

Spacious, newly decorated

four double bedroom, two

bathroom house in a quiet close

in the village. Large hall, study/

playroom, cloakroom, dining

room, kitchen/breakfast room

and sitting room. Mature garden

with patio, small pond and

greenhouse. Double garage and

off road parking. EPC rating: D.

Tenterden £1200pcm

(plus Council Tax at £157 pcm)

Elegant four bedroom furnished

Grade II listed Georgian town

house in the High Street. Sitting

room with woodburning stove,

cloakroom, cellar, dining room/

conservatory, kitchen. Walled

garden, office/studio, shed, log

store, access to unrestricted

parking. Gas CH. Energy

Efficiency Rating: E.

Newenden £3500pcm

Superbly renovated seven bedroom Oast house. Hall leading to sitting room with oak flooring, inglenook and wood

burner. Dining room, fantastic kitchen/breakfast room, utility room; cloakroom and boot room. Seven bedrooms including

vaulted master bedroom, en suite and two further bathrooms. Timber garage port and storeroom. Large garden, off-road

parking. Oil CH, less than 10 miles to a mainline station direct to London. EPC rating E.

ARLA

Bethersden £775pcm

Two bedroom detached cottage

on a private rural estate. Hall,

lounge with open fire. Kitchen,

stairs to two double bedrooms.

Bathroom with bath, basin, wc

and shower. Electric central

heating. Small garden. Garage

and off road parking. Would

ideally suit mature person or

couple but not suitable for

children or pets. EPC: Rating G.

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Beckley, East Sussex - £1,350,000

Stunning Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse in a quiet location.

Accommodation includes drawing room, sitting room, kitchen/

dining room, cellar, and four double bedrooms. Separate home

office and utility room. Garden and grounds of approx 7.5 acres, with

equestrian and other outbuildings. Heated pool and pool house.

Rye, East Sussex - £895,000

A 5/6 bedroom Edwardian house with stunning 360° views across to

the English Channel and over farmland. Accommodation includes

kitchen, living room, dining room, conservatory, utility room, 5/6

bedrooms. Detached double garage and workshop with self

contained flat above. Garden. EPC F

Camber, East Sussex - £350,000

A detached five bedroom chalet style property with views over the

sand dunes and a short walk to the vast stretch of Camber Sands

beach. Accommodation includes living room, kitchen, dining room,

three bedrooms, wet room, 1st floor large landing/second reception

room, two further bedrooms. Detached garage. Garden. EPC F

Lydd, Kent - £265,000

A charming Grade II listed attached period cottage of 15th century

origins. The accommodation includes living room, with inglenook

fireplace, dining room, kitchen, utility room, staircase to master

bedroom with en-suite, study/bedroom 3, second staircase to

bedroom 2 with en-suite. Private courtyard garden.

Greatstone, Kent - £435,000

A detached chalet style five bedroom coastal property with views

over the beach and Channel. Accommodation includes open plan

living space with dining and games area, kitchen, garden room,

conservatory, 5 bedrooms. Integral garage. Large garden. EPC C

RYE OFFICE 01797227338

MAYFAIR OFFICE 08701127099

Brede, East Sussex - £575,000

A detached chalet style property in the village, yet in a quiet

location. The generous accommodation includes living room, dining

room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, three ground floor

bedrooms, 1st floor master bedroom with en-suite, plus additional

living/bedroom. Garden. Detached double garage. EPC C

phillipsandstubbs.co.uk


Homes of Character

01892 838363

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Matfield £1,000,000

Tanglewood is a

beautifully presented

4 bedroom detached

family home with

fabulous kitchen/

breakfast/family room,

2 further receptions and

large utility. Detached

garage and studio,

extensive garden. EPC F

Marden £895,000

Moorside is a fabulous

detached 4/5 bedroom

family home set in grounds

of approximately 1.5 acres

offering over 3,000 sq ft of

accommodation including

large double garage with

home offi ce above. 4/5

reception rooms. No chain.

EPC D

Brenchley £895,000

Beautifully presented

Grade II listed detached

character home, circa

1541. Accommodation

comprising 2 receptions

with inglenook

fi replaces, 4 bedrooms

with en suite to master.

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£825,000

Exceptional oast

conversion with

approximately 2,800sq

ft of well insulated

accommodation.

Versatile living space

finished to a high

specification. Viewing

highly recommended.

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BENENDEN, kent

Planning for a replacement dwelling ø approx 4,305 sq ft

ø 1196 sq ft indoor pool complex ø home office ø 3/4 bay

garage ø about 1.9 acres ø CSCA 2016

Guide £1.5 million Freehold

Savills Cranbrook jlloyd@savills.com 01580 720161

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MARDEN, kent

Charming Grade II listed farmhouse ø 6 bedrooms

ø 3 reception rooms ø gardens ø paddock & woodland

ø stables, garaging & outbuildings ø about 5.5 acres

Guide £1.295 million Freehold

Savills Cranbrook ssimmonds@savills.com 01580 720161

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CRANBROOK, kent

Converted 4 kiln oast & barn ø stylishly appointed ø panoramic

views ø 5 bedrooms ø 5 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast

room ø gym ø sauna ø balcony ø CSCA 2016 ø EPC=D

Guide £1.35 million Freehold

Savills Cranbrook jlloyd@savills.com 01580 720161

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BROOKLAND, kent

Beautifully presented property ø 4 reception rooms

ø 4 bedrooms ø 3 bath/shower rooms ø about 1.4 acres

with further land available by separate negotiation ø EPC=C

Guide £1.1 million Freehold

Savills Cranbrook pbaily@savills.com 01580 720161

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LEEDS, kent

Chalet bungalow in wonderful position ø 3 reception rooms

ø 4 bedrooms ø 3 bath/shower rooms ø home office

ø garden ø garage ø about 0.52 of an acre ø EPC=F

Guide £795,000 Freehold

Savills Cranbrook ssimmonds@savills.com 01580 720161

NORTHIAM, east sussex

One of two new build family homes ø in an AONB ø 2/3

reception rooms ø 5/6 bedrooms ø 3 bath/shower rooms

ø garden ø garage ø further land available ø EPC=C

Guide £775,000 - £810,000 Freehold

Savills Cranbrook pbaily@savills.com 01580 720161


www.cidproperty.co.uk 55 Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN 01797 224852

the property specialists

www.cidproperty.co.uk 01797 224852

CAMBER

oieo £600,000

RYE

£549,950

Rye Guide Price £375,000 Beckley Guide Price £550,000—£750,000

Last Remaining stylish new built riverside property arranged over three

floors creating versatile living of up to three/four bedrooms (2 with ensuite

shower rooms) and benefits from an integral garage, further off street

parking space, riverside terrace and fully fitted flooring. Chain Free EPC: B

Escheatlands Cottage is an idyllically situated rural cottage set in an area

of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property provides an ideal equestrian

or small holding opportunity set within a pretty quiet valley, with acreage

of 5 to 31 acres available dependent on requirements.

EPC: D

A detached 3 bedroom unmodernised house situated on The Suttons backing directly

onto Camber Sands beach with uninterrupted sea views. EPC tbc

A tucked away 4 bedroom Grade II Listed house with many period features, and

benefitting from a private walled level garden with large greenhouse in the heart of Rye.

ICKLESHAM

£249,950

RYE

£450,000

Northiam Guide Price £429,950

A tucked away detached house set in a

quiet, yet central location of Northiam

Village, offering up to four bedrooms

arranged over two floors, garage and

workshop/studio/home office. EPC: D

Peasmarsh Guide Price £410,000

A welcoming, well-presented, four

bedroom detached family house with

versatile living accommodation, a

generous south facing rear garden and

gated off road parking.

EPC: D

Rye Guide Price £349,950

An exceptionally well renovated three bedroom

semi-detached house situated in a pleasant

position overlooking the Strand Quay and the

Ancient Cinque Port of Rye. Internal viewing

highly recommended for this property. EPC:D

A detached 2 bedroom bungalow on the market for the first time in 80 years with

beautiful mature gardens. EPC: F

A detached 4 bedroom house with good versatile accommodation situated on the edge

of Rye Citadel. EPC: D

UDIMORE

oieo £499,950

NEAR RYE

£199,950

Peasmarsh Guide Price £290,000

A charming detached 1930s three

bedroom bungalow situated in a quiet

country lane location on the edge of the

pretty village of Peasmarsh.

EPC: E

A charming well presented Grade II listed 4 bedroom detached house with attached barn

conversion annexe ideal for self-contained holiday let or work from home opportunity.

Rye Guide Price £375,000

Situated on the edge of Rye with rural

views, this welcoming semi-detached house

has private water frontage onto the River

Brede and is within approximately half a

mile distance of the town centre. EPC: D

Peasmarsh Guide Price £295,000

A deceptively spacious three bedroom end

of terrace house with south facing garden,

situated in the heart of Peasmarsh, within

easy access of all village amenities.

EPC: D

A mid-terrace 2 bedroom Victorian house finished to a high standard with end garden

studio room benefiting from stunning views looking over Rye. EPC: E


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Fairlight Fairlight Fairlight

OIRO OIRO OIRO

£2.3million £2.3million £2.3million

SOLD

SEVEN BEDROOM,

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GRADE GRADE II LISTED GRADE II LISTEDII LISTED

PERIOD PERIOD PERIOD

FARMHOUSE. FARMHOUSE. FARMHOUSE.

17 acres, 17separate

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three bedroom three bedroom three oast. bedroom oast. oast.

Equestrian Equestrian facilities. Equestrian facilities. facilities.

SOLD

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Goudhurst Goudhurst Goudhurst

£895,000 £895,000 £895,000

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village with village epic with village epic with epic

views. Planning views. Planning views. for Planning for for

five/six bedroom five/six bedroom five/six bedroom

house. house. house.

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Goudhurst Goudhurst Goudhurst

£850,000 £850,000 £850,000

FOUR BEDROOM

FOUR BEDROOM

FOUR BEDROOM

FAMILY FAMILY HOME FAMILY HOME HOME

with charming with charming with charming

garden and garden stunning and garden stunning and stunning

views. Sought-after

views. Sought-after

views. Sought-after

off-street off-street parking. off-street parking. parking.

Sedlescombe

£735,000 £735,000 £735,000

NEW

PRICE

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BEDROOM BEDROOM BEDROOM

DETACHED DETACHED HOUSE DETACHED HOUSE HOUSE

WITH VIEWS, WITH VIEWS, WITH VIEWS,

5 acres of 5 acres land, of 5 acres land, of land,

commercial commercial commercial

buildings buildings and buildings and and

equestrian equestrian facilities. equestrian facilities. facilities.

NEW

PRICE

Rolvenden Rolvenden Rolvenden

OIEO £399,000 OIEO £399,000 OIEO £399,000

SALE

AGREED

ATTRACTIVE ATTRACTIVE ATTRACTIVE

FOUR BEDROOM

FOUR BEDROOM

FOUR BEDROOM

DETACHED DETACHED DETACHED

FAMILY FAMILY HOME FAMILY in HOME a in HOME a in a

quiet location. quiet location. quiet location.

Cranbrook Cranbrook School Cranbrook School School

Catchment Catchment Area. Catchment Area. Area.

SALE

AGREED

SALE

AGREED

Hawkhurst Hawkhurst Hawkhurst

£295,000 £295,000 £295,000

RETAIL RETAIL PREMISES RETAIL PREMISES PREMISES

BELOW BELOW WITH ABELOW WITH AWITH A

TWO BEDROOM TWO BEDROOM TWO BEDROOM

APARTMENT APARTMENT APARTMENT

ABOVE. ABOVE. Ideal ABOVE. Ideal Ideal

investment investment investment

opportunity. opportunity. opportunity.

SALE

AGREED

SALE

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New Romney New Romney New Romney

£273,500 £273,500 £273,500

SALE

AGREED

THREE BEDROOM

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THREE BEDROOM

MODERN MODERN FAMILY MODERN FAMILY FAMILY

HOME - HOME minutes - HOME minutes - minutes

from the from coast the and from coast the and coast and

excellent excellent excellent

transport transport links. transport links. links.

SALE

AGREED

SALE

AGREED

Hothfield Hothfield Hothfield

OIEO £269,000 OIEO £269,000 OIEO £269,000

IMMACULATE IMMACULATE IMMACULATE

THREE BEDROOM

THREE BEDROOM

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a large and a large and a large and

attractive attractive garden. attractive garden. garden.

Tenterden Tenterden Tenterden

OIEO £255,000 OIEO £255,000 OIEO £255,000

ATTRACTIVE ATTRACTIVE ATTRACTIVE

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

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Green living

John Graham-Hart finds energy efficient, lovely homes

Now I’m as green as the next bod and think that, on balance, saving the

planet would be A Good Thing. However, every quarter, when my

energy bills come crashing unbidden through my letterbox to land

with a foundation-rocking thump on my doormat, my first thoughts are not,

alas, of the plight of polar bears in Kaktovik. My first thoughts are, shamefully,

of the effect these bills will have on my rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.

The truth is that keeping our lights on and frostbite at bay is an expensive

business so, it not only makes environmental sense, but also financial sense to

ensure that our homes are as energy efficient as possible. At present, we are not

doing a very good job.The average UK house has an Energy Efficiency Rating

of 49 out of 100, falling into Band E. Today, most poorly performing houses

can be refurbished to get a score of over 70 or into band C. Many can get well

beyond this into the 80s or 90s – bands B and even A – and when buying a

house the property details will give you not only the current score but a realistic

assumption of the scores a range of improvements could make.

So this month we are looking at houses with an energy rating of 70 or above;

1. Merlewood

Where? Merlewood is in secluded

gardens on the outskirts of the pretty and

popular village of Benenden, just to the

southeast of Cranbrook (Google Maps

TN17 4EN).

What? Once a modest cottage, this

property has undergone major renovation

and extension and is now an elegant and

spacious country home. Ground floor

accommodation includes a double-aspect

sitting room with fireplace and doors to

the garden, a family room, and a kitchen/

breakfast/dining room with doors to the

garden.

On the first floor there is a master

bedroom with en suite bath and shower

room, three further double bedrooms and

a family bath and shower room. Electric

gates open on to the driveway which leads

to the front door and detached double

garage. The gardens wrap around the

property and include an area of woodland.

The property has an EER of 73.

How much? Merlewood has an

houses that not only do their bit to ensure your energy bills are as modest as

possible but that our children’s children’s children – and the bears of Kaktovik

With our Office in Cranbrook on the right, continue down Stone Street, take the turning on the right onto The Hill.

– will still have somewhere in this rather pretty little corner of the galaxy to call asking price of £950,000 and is with

New

their own.

Pond Road, after passing the back entrance to Benenden Girls School,

Harpers

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Call 01580 715400 or visit www.

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2.

3.

4.

Park House

Charlton Place | East Sutton | Kent | ME17 3AN

ORCHARD HOUSE

Barnjet Cottage

Tonbridge Road | Barming | Maidstone | Kent | ME16 9NJ

2.

3.

4.

2. Park House

Where? Park House is in East Sutton,

east of Sutton Valence and high on the

Greensand Ridge with its far reaching

views towards the Weald of Kent (Google

Maps ME17 3AN).

What? The property is one of a small

cluster of impressive homes that were

developed within the grounds of a nearby

former school, now a private residence.

Currently the property has six bedrooms,

served by four en suites and a family

bathroom. The ground floor includes a

drawing room with French windows to

the garden, a library and family room –

also with doors to the garden – as well

as a study, dining room and a kitchen/

breakfast room. Upstairs there is a home

cinema. The property is in two-thirds of

an acre with the garden simply arranged

with large lawns and patios to the rear

of the house. The property carries a very

impressive EER rating of 79.

How much? Park House is on the

market at £1,600,000 and is with Fine

& Country in West Malling. Call 01732

222272 or visit www.fineandcountry.com

SITUATION

The property is located in a private and elevated position with

beautiful, uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside

in the village of Ticehurst which has a village shop,amenities

and pubs. Tunbridge Wells is just over 10 miles away with a

further comprehensive range of shopping, recreational and

cultural amenities.

3. Orchard House

and Cottage

Communications in the area are very good. The property has

access to major road and rail routes. Main line stations at Stonegate,

Wadhurst and Tunbridge Wells offer regular services to the capital,

taking approximately 1 hour.

http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk

There are excellent schools in the area including local primary

schools, Bricklehurst Manor Prep School, Marlborough House

Prep School, St Ronan’s Prep School, The Skinners School, The

Where? Orchard House and Cottage

are in a secluded location yet in the heart

of the village of Ticehurst (Google Maps

TN5 7BB).

What? Orchard House and Orchard

Cottage are two attractive self-contained,

but interlinked, properties at the end

of a long private, tree-lined driveway

surrounded by landscaped gardens and

well-kept paddocks amounting to just

over 23 acres. In recent years, the fourbedroom

cottage has been substantially

enlarged to become larger than the threebedroom

house, which itself has had a

substantial conservatory added. There is

clear potential to develop the two into a

single home.

The equestrian facilities are extensive and

include five stables, a tack/feed room, hay

store, a sand and rubber Charles Britton

manège and interlinking post-and-railfenced

fields all with field shelters and

water supply. The house has an EER of 71

(and the cottage 53).

How much? Orchard House and

Cottage are on the market for £1,500,000

with Fine & Country in Tenterden.

Call 01580 766388 or visit

www.fineandcountry.com

Judd School, Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar, Tunbridge Wells

Boys Grammar, Weald of Kent Grammar, Benenden School and

Tonbridge School.

Leisure activities in the area include riding and walking in the

surrounding countryside and Bewl Water, local rugby and cricket

clubs, golf at a number of interesting courses including Dale Hill,

East Sussex National and Crowborough.

4. Barnjet Cottage

Where? Barnjet Cottage is in an

idyllic rural location between Barming

and Wateringbury, just to the east of

Maidstone. (Google Maps ME16 9NJ).

What? The cottage began life in the

1800s, when it served as the gatehouse

to a nearby manor, but in recent years it

has undergone a major transformation

into a spacious country home. On the

ground floor there is a beamed drawing/

dining room with an oak floor and

under-floor heating, as well as a study,

kitchen/breakfast room with granite work

surfaces, travertine flooring and underfloor

heating and an excellent sun room

with sliding glass doors on to a terrace

and conservatory. On a lower ground

floor there is a large games/family room.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom with

dressing area and an en suite bathroom

plus four more double bedrooms. The

property comes with 1.6 acres of mature

gardens with views over the surrounding

countryside. The property also has an

impressive EER of 73.

How much? Barnjet Cottage is on

the market with Fine & Country in West

Malling, who are inviting offers in excess

of £1,250,000. Call 01732 222272 or

visit www.fineandcountry.com

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These changes were brought in

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As its name suggests, the house was originally built

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some 40 years – and did very little to the building

or décor for four decades. Then it met Emma.

Emma had been a senior executive at the UK Film

Council, personally overseeing the development

and production of over 60 award-winning feature

films and documentaries. She was based in west

London for most of her career but six years ago she

decided to make the break and bought a grade II

listed fisherman’s cottage in Whitstable. It needed

a total overhaul – and this is exactly what it got.

Emma was delighted with the final result. Then,

three years ago, her mother died and she felt she

needed a new project to distract her. “I wanted

a house that needed tons of work done and that

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Above: A drop-down cinema screen is hidden between the huge oak beams of

the drawing room. Emma sometimes holds ‘Dinnerma’ evenings, where guests

enjoy select films and home-cooked food Right: One of Emma’s cats poses

underneath Sidney, an old photographic prop found in a junk shop and used

by Emma’s father who was a photographer. Her father’s work, including many

pictures of Emma, is displayed around the house

The minute she saw a picture of the lodge in an agent’s

window she knew she’d found her new project.

“It looked like a child’s drawing with a pointy

roof and pretty casement windows,” she says. “I

was immediately obsessed with it.” One of the big

attractions was a vast soaring studio room that once

housed the carriages and which still had a hatch to

the hayloft between the heavy oak beams. It was a

room that was destined to become a dramatic drawing

room and dining room – the heart of the house

and a space brimming with wonder and interest.

The first thing that hits you as you walk in is the

spectacular beamed ceiling, now bleached white. Also

vying for your attention is a terrific window at the far end

of the room – although ‘end of the room’ is not entirely

accurate; Emma has created an evergreen courtyard

outside which means that the room, as an experience,

ends beyond the glass. This window, in hand with two

more, and a half-glazed door along another wall, floods

the room with light which bounces, reflects and generally

has fun amid the mirrors, crystal and glassware.

In every room there is an antique mirror of beauty

and originality – often more than one – but the

vast eight-foot patinated mirror in the drawing


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Above: The large open-plan kitchen is a mix of French and Scandinavian

style as well as being eminently practical; recycling bins are hidden under the

kitchen counter and a double butler sink occupies the central island.

Left: Each room includes plenty of space for books – including the kitchen.

Here, recipe books sit alongside horticultural manuals and foreign dictionaries

room is the star of a considerable show. She bought

it for this space, in this room, from McCully &

Crane in Rye even before she had exchanged.

“I can’t resist the patina on an old gilt frame or

the carvings on framed French designs,” she says.

At one end of the room is her dining table which, along

with the Scandinavian bench on one side, came from

Warehams in Whitstable. The rattan-bottomed dining

chairs on the other were liberated from R. G. Scott

Furniture Mart in Margate. The paintings came from

everywhere – an eclectic collection of old and new, from

unknown Victorians to artist friend Sadie Hennessy.

On one wall there is also what one at first takes as a

geometric abstract but is, in fact, an Indian board game.

As one browses from picture to picture, one is,

however, likely to overlook – or perhaps underlook

– Sidney. Sidney, or at least his head – hangs

Emma is not into fitted kitchens

and is more interested in beautiful

pieces that fit into the kitchen.

If they don’t fit, then the kitchen

is simply redesigned so that they do


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Above: The ‘working end’ of the kitchen is a cook’s dream, with utensils and ingredients close to hand and an island unit – with half-oak-half-Carrara marble

surface – allowing Emma to talk to guests while preparing food. The warm yellow of the painted shelving units is a nod to Emma’s Norwegian heritage

high over the door to the hallway. He was, during

his first incarnation, a tiger and in his second,

one of Emma’s father’s photography props.

One is also likely to miss a projector high among

the beams and a retractable screen which together

turn the room into the perfect home cinema – and

venue for Emma’s ‘Dinnerma’ evenings when she

uses her wide experience of the film industry to

offer guests outstanding but relatively unknown

films with equally outstanding cuisine.

Emma now runs a B&B business at Northwood Lodge,

is featured on airbnb and Sawdays and welcomes guests

from all over the world. The drawing room/dining

room is her own private domain but, across the hall,

is another lovely drawing room which guests are free

to use. However, it is still very much an Emma room,

decorated and furnished with the same flair and care.

“It really was shambolic and very dark when I first saw

it,” she says. The solution was to knock out one of the

kitchen walls and add pretty half-glazed doors, with little

corners of reclaimed stain glass, that slide away into the

wall. This allows light to pour in from the kitchen where

Emma had already put in large windows and glazed doors

to the garden. She also added cornicing and a ceiling

rose and opted for Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball for

the walls. “It has made a massive difference,” she says.

The open fire is now flanked by two built-in

bookcases with oversized shelves deep enough not only

to accommodate her extensive and varied library but to

leave space in front of the books for a blizzard of personal

As part of a radical redesign, Emma took out the old flooring and laid a

new floor made of reclaimed scaffolding boards. She also took out a wall and

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Above left: There are bare floorboards throughout the house – in many cases stripped back and painted – then decorated with colourful rugs from around the

world Above right: Steps leading from the upstairs landing into Emma’s bedroom suite – which was once the hayloft above the carriage house

treasures ranging from a little set of tiny 1950s Dinky Toy

people to family pictures and other small shiny objects of

desire that catch and exchange the light. “I’m afraid I’m

a magpie – if it’s shiny I’m just drawn to it,” she says.

Over the fireplace is the inevitable and beautiful

mirror and, gracing the new ceiling rose, the equally

inevitable and beautiful chandelier, this one from Peter

Barrow in Faversham. A supporting but dramatic role

is played by two dazzling Venetian mirrored sconces

from India Jane either side of the door to the kitchen.

Emma doesn’t like carpets so the boards – in most

rooms of the house – have been stripped and then

painted. Colour is added by a wide range of rugs; here a

25-year-old Aubusson-style rug from Peter Jones.

Elsewhere her source has often been the online outlet,

Rug Store. Through into the kitchen, the flooring

changes to unpainted wood because, as part of a

radical redesign, Emma took out all the old flooring

and laid a new floor made from reclaimed scaffolding

boards. She also took out a wall, turning two small

rooms into one and bringing in the light with

larger windows and double doors to the garden.

Emma is not a fan of fitted kitchens and is more

interested in beautiful pieces that fit in a kitchen. If they

don’t, then the kitchen simply has to be redesigned so

they do. Here she has two great painted glass-fronted

cupboards and a chest of drawers – from Fontaine

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redesigned the kitchen around them. Also needing

space was a superb but vast French mirrored armoire

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Emma has installed six Velux

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Above: One of the bedrooms is nicknamed ‘the Flower Room’ because it is

the more feminine of the two guest rooms and features various floral motifs.

The delicate blind is a piece of vintage Sanderson fabric Emma found online.

Left: Vases of flowers in soft pastel shades complement the classic white Laura

Ashley bed frame and freshly painted green chest of drawers

from Peter Barrow – and accommodated it was but it

clears the ceiling by less than a centimetre. The work

surface on the island is half oak and half Carrara marble,

reclaimed from a country house. The three small but

perfectly formed, cut-glass, hazelnut lights over the

white-painted dining table really are to steal – these

were bought many years ago from Hector Finch.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a stunning

bathroom. The first two bedrooms are for her B&B

guests. The first is what Emma thinks of as the Flower

Room because it is the more feminine of the two and

is set off by a pretty flower chandelier. Again, there

are two lovely mirrors, one peach and both with cutglass

surrounds and a French armoire with chickenwire

panels. The delicate blind is a piece of vintage

Sanderson fabric Emma found online. Beside the white

Laura Ashley bed stands an old tin garden table.

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Above: The second guest bedroom is ‘a nod to Jane Eyre’. “The first thing

I did was paint the floor red. My friends thought I’d finally lost it,” says

Emma. Left: A fireplace at the foot of the bed, a gilt-framed mirror and

natural wood furniture work with the warm tones of the soft furnishings

The second guest bedroom is, says Emma, her nod to

Jane Eyre – the Red Room. “The first thing I did was to

paint the floor red,” she says. “My friends thought I’d

finally lost it but once it was done I could stand back

and see what we needed and how it was going to work.”

And work it has, of course.

Here the bed, from Feather & Black, is flanked

by chunky old tea container lights. However,

elegant though it is, it’s down-staged somewhat by a

wonderful day bed Emma found at Judy Greenwood

Antiques on the Fulham Road and re-covered in Ian

Mankin blue stripes, then more recently covered in

leopard print ‘for a bit of glamour’. She also chose

Mankin blue stripes for a nearby armchair.

Emma’s starting point for the bathroom wasn’t a

bathroom at all. It was just another room to which she

could bring beauty and interest, another opportunity

to please herself and others. So what we now have is

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Above: The main bathroom was not designed as a bathroom, as such, but was

simply another room to which Emma could introduce beauty and interest,

though it does include a luxurious roll-top bath and space-age walk-in shower

Right: Clues to Emma’s career in film and television, as well her father’s role

as a photographer are evident wherever you look. Here a classic Man Ray

image contrasts with more traditional touches

quite useful in that it has a beautiful free-standing

bath, loo, basin and elegant space-age shower.

Emma’s own bedroom one might expect to be

something special and, of course, it is. It started life

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She has installed six Velux windows to ensure her

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Above left: Family photographs follow the line of the stairs Above right: Vintage mirrors, carefully placed, are key to this light and bright home

has been formed by enclosing a section of the original

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Emma’s role as midwife in the re-birth of both

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and one that, for me, is instinctive and often spontaneous.

Much of the way that I work with colour depends on my

immediate response and reaction to a particular shade or

group of colours – how they make my heart sing or beat a

little faster is the only science that I use. My personal form

of expression is visual; my language of choice is articulated

by the various elements I use in an interior to convey my

particular style. I believe the rooms and spaces that I create in

my work speak for themselves and demonstrate instantly how

colour can enrich and invigorate our lives.

Choosing colour is by its very nature intrinsically personal

and subjective; it can also be an intensely stimulating

experience. There is an energy and a mood that surrounds

every tone and shade of each colour with which, at some

primal level, we make a connection when we make our

choices; a connection that, ultimately, says something about

who we are, what we love and how we want to live.

Tastes and attitudes shift and change with time; so, too,

the range of colours I use evolves, but it is not only the shade

and tone of individual colours that is important. I am known

for my use of strong, confident tones, but in my opinion

what makes them work is the way these are carefully balanced

with whites and naturals. I have always been a passionate

believer in the ability of these clear colours to control strength

and provide a harmonious note. In the same way, print and

decorative pattern have always played an important role in

what I do, yet calm expanses of plain textures are as vital to

the mix as those that are richly patterned.

Vital though colour is in its pure form, it is just one of

several components in my particular artist’s palette. Whilst

it is not the only ingredient that can make an interior work,

colour is without doubt, the best place to start. Architecture,

light, texture and pattern each play their part in ensuring that

a room not only looks beautiful but serves its purpose and

evokes the desired mood and spirit, but when combined with

colour the permutations are almost endless. Consider, for

example, how the gauzy dreaminess of a turquoise linen voile

at a summery window looks and feels quite different from the

rich intensity of a turquoise velvet sofa in a formal drawing

room.

Purple retains its air of nobility and

splendour. It is the softer shades [...]

that have been used most in interiors

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Inevitably, it is the balance between these different elements

that gives an interior personality and life. It is that particular

alchemical blend of colour reacting with texture, pattern and

light that can ultimately lead to some sort of magic, creating

a space where we feel at home and where we can be true to

ourselves. Tricia Guild

Blue What is it that makes blue so universally loved?

Is it the soaring optimism of the endless blue skies that it

symbolises, or the calm, expansive freedom of the ocean, or

perhaps its pensive purity that evokes such strong feelings

in many of us? The power of blue has been recognised for

thousands of years: to the ancient Egyptians lapis lazuli was

the sacred stone of the gods; to the Aztecs, blue was the

colour of nobility and strength; the delicate forms of the

Ming and Qing porcelain dynasties from the first century

in China nearly always featured cobalt blue. Nowadays,

blue’s familiar, feel-good qualities colour all aspects of

our lives – from the blue of our denim jeans to the blue

ink in our pens to classic, blue and white pottery.

Green Lush, vibrant, relaxing and hopeful, green is the

colour that is most prevalent in the world around us and

the colour to which the human eye is most attuned. It is the

colour of nature, of growth and vitality and of spring. Since

the beginning of time it has been used to represent the very

essence of life, from the earliest dyes made from malachite

and verdigris, emerald and green earth. Ever since then,

thousands of shades and hues of green have coloured our

world – in art and literature, fashion and culture, as well as

our gardens.

Pink Few colours evoke such an immediate and often

divided opinion as pink. For those that love it, it is seen as

the colour of enduring love and romance, a joyful, positive

colour, feminine, gentler in its sensuality than red, yet no

less powerful. But this is only part of the story: pink, while

undoubtedly all of these things, is so much more.

In an interior space, pink in all its forms can add a

vivacious feminine flourish. Used in a modern way, it can

soften hard, graphic lines or inject a pop of exuberance, while

in traditional rooms it can be nostalgic, elegant and classical.

Violet Halfway between blue and red lies the colour

purple. Warm, rich, luxurious and powerful, purple has a

magical, mysterious quality, in all its corresponding shades.

Historically, it has been seen as the colour of wealth,

wisdom and spirituality. The colour is as old as the lavender,

lilac, violet and heliotrope plants that have coloured our

gardens for thousands of years. Purple [...] in all its guises,

from deepest violet to the softest lilac – each depicting the

distinctive mood of contemplation and sophistication that

comes with a dash of purple.

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Above: The Smiths’ light-filled home, decorated in white and grey, is the perfect backdrop for artefacts, paintings, sculptures and junk finds that the

family have collected during their travels. The dining chairs are copies of a classic 1960s Robin Day 365 design, bought from Habitat many years ago

Strange how things never quite work out as you

plan. The Smiths were living happily in a stylish,

Arts and Crafts house near Ardingly but, with three

boys all growing up and moving on, they decided to look

for a house nearer the boys’ boarding school. Andrew

works abroad, mainly in Russia, so Sarah was charged

with the property search and, as she explains, was very

much looking for a “home” not just a house. So when

Andrew, a chartered surveyor, rang from Moscow to

tell her he’d found what looked like a “great deal” Sarah

was less than enthusiastic but agreed to take a look.

On turning into the drive, in a rural location not far

from London, she was astonished at what she saw – a

substantial but deserted modern white weather-boarded

colonial-style mansion. “It was so much bigger than

anything else we had considered and in rather a sorry

half-finished state, not at all the home I was looking for”.

It had had a very short but rather chequered history.

The developer got planning permission in 2006 and

started building, but the property crash of 2008 saw the

bank withdraw further funding, repossess the building and

put it on the market as a half-finished shell. Internally

it had walls, floors and ceilings but no plumbing, no

lights, no door fittings and half a magnificent oak

staircase spiralling up through the centre of the house.

Three years of being left empty and unheated had also

taken its toll; it looked dejected and was slightly damp

and, quite honestly, it was not an option for the fainthearted.

However, Andrew has always been one to rise to

a challenge and was not the slightest bit phased by the

work that needed to be done. What swung it for Sarah

were the truly wonderful views of rolling countryside

from every angle and the 16 acres of flower-filled

meadows that surround the house. The deal was struck!

What happened next was also unexpected. They had

planned to spend up to a year finishing the building

On turning into the drive, Sarah was astonished by what she saw – a substantial

but deserted modern white weather-boarded colonial-style mansion


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Above: The marble floor tiles were the only feature of the kitchen in place

when the Smiths bought their home. They added minimalist off-the-shelf

kitchen units and a clever, mobile kitchen unit which can be moved to create

more space if necessary Right: The other side of the kitchen features bespoke

stainless steel units which complement the striking black kitchen area

work and decorating the house before moving in but

a very good offer for their Ardingly house – before it

even went on the market – saw them packing the boys

off to school in January with the knowledge that they

would all be living in their new house by the time they

came home again for Easter. Quite a daunting prospect,

especially for Sarah who was left to project manage

the work while Andrew went back to Moscow.

With twelve weeks, four floors, seven bedrooms and

not a light switch or tap in the building she knew she

had to think big, keep it simple – and could not afford

the luxury of decorating one room at a time. So, with an

army of great tradesmen and the determination to make

the most of the wonderful light flooding into every room,

the work began. The whole house was painted in Dulux

trade white with just three shades of grey used to clever

effect in different places. LED downlighters – 220

in total – were used in every room and all the fittings

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Above: One end of the vast drawing room-cum-living room is filled with

original art works including a bronze sculpture by Nicola Godden and a

painting entitled ‘Crowd Surfing’ by Julian Bell. Right: Bright oil paintings

and a rich pink blanket add colour to the simple but comfortable living area

chosen were square and classic to mirror the existing

architrave and window designs. What Sarah cleverly

created, though possibly not intentionally, was a very

simple canvas that provides the perfect backdrop for the

wonderful collection of paintings, artefacts, sculptures,

junk finds, photographs and family treasures that she,

Andrew and the boys have collected over the years.

Entering through the front door, you come first to a

smaller entrance lobby with a much larger hall beyond.

An old oak dresser base with a collection of pewter

bowls on top and a much-used croquet set beneath

immediately conjures up a colonial feel that is carried

through much of the house. A side cloakroom has a

stylish 50s glass cabinet, sandblasted back to the original

metal, that now holds an impressive collection of fossils,

stones, bones and assorted relics collected by the boys

over the years. On top of the cabinet is a horse’s skull,

found when excavating one of the ponds – even they

were slightly alarmed as it rose from the murky depths!

The main hall, off which all the other downstairs

rooms lead, is filled with light from the southfacing

windows and a glass cupola at the top of a


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Above: the opposite end of the living room-cum-drawing room has a

different feel; perhaps more ‘rustic modern’, with luxurious sheepskins and

retro leather sofas Right: Contemporary built-in shelves run the entire length

of one wall, and create the perfect space for displaying family photos.

magnificent oak staircase that stretches up over three

floors. Two Japanese style embroideries on very pretty

pea-green silk – stitched by Sarah’s grandmother in the

1950s, hang either side of the door out to the terrace.

A table with all her paint brushes and paints suggest

Sarah has inherited her grandmother’s artistic streak.

The kitchen/dining room leads off the hall and stretches

the entire depth of the house. At the dining room end

there is a grand oak table – that can be extended further

still – with copies of the classic 1960s Robin Day 365

chairs, picked up years ago from Habitat. Some imposing

cabinets, all painted in dark greys from Pastorale in Lewes,

are original Georgian pieces and are the perfect backdrop

for a collection of interesting artefacts and paintings. An

The Smiths removed a wall to create a really

splendid, light-filled room that is more

than big enough to accommodate their

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Above: The central oak staircase was only half built when the family bought the house but is now an intrinsic part of the four-storey home –

linking three of the four floors. A glass cupola over the stairwell throws light into all of the rooms that lead off this impressive space

original Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat print, some of Sarah’s

own paintings, a Native American headdress sitting on a

Russian Samovar and a carved whale from Mozambique

are among a wonderfully eclectic collection that all display

so well on one of many Georgian tip-top tables sourced

with the help of local antique dealer Camilla Samengo.

When they bought the house, all the kitchen had was

marble floor tiles (not what Sarah would have chosen but

replacing them was not a priority), plumbing and exposed

electric wiring along the side walls and services for an anticipated

island in the middle of the room. With three large

and growing boys, Sarah decided not to have an island as it

seemed to take up too much space, so she bought a clever

unit on wheels that holds lots of useful kitchen kit but can

be wheeled out to create a much larger room at times like

Christmas when there are lots of people around. One side

of the kitchen now has a run of black off-the-shelf units

with a big range cooker and the other has bespoke stainless

steel units that subtly match the black side but are really

stylish and original. A 1960s leather sofa from Gorringes

in Lewes is the perfect place to flop under the window

Leading off the hall at the other end of the house is the

drawing room. Originally two rooms, the Smiths had the

dividing wall removed and two doors made into one to

create a really splendid light filled room – that is big enough

to accommodate their baby grand piano. A simple black

fire basket within a classic marble surround looks especially

striking against the chimney breast painted in almost black

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With only twelve weeks, four floors, seven bedrooms and not a light switch or

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Above left: The couple’s three boys are also avid collectors of exotic artefacts, including this original Iraqi flag – on display in one of the boy’s bedrooms

Above right: Rooflight windows mean that the children’s attic rooms are anything but dark and dingy

détente! The curtains at this end of the room which were

sourced from Evernden Interiors (in fact this is the only

room in the house that has curtains) are Andrew Martin

pale grey linen and are there purely to create a backdrop

for the sensational, far reaching views. This understated

look is also perfect for displaying some truly sensational

artworks. ‘Icarus Rising’ – a magnificent bronze by Nicola

Godden is imposing, as is an oil painting ‘Crowd Surfing’

by Julian Bell, that looks at first glance as though it too

is celestial but whose subject is in fact far more profane.

Three built-in shelves run the entire length of another

wall and are a clever way of displaying a collection of

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a fabulous painting of a Russian Red Star on a golden

background – create a stylish yet much lived-in look.

Throughout the house there are oak floorboards

covered with antique rugs and kelims, a look that works

particularly well on the landings from which all the

bedrooms lead. The master bedroom is painted in a

very pale, restful grey and is delightfully simple.

The wooden shutters, from the New England Shutter

Company, are hung on the architrave so once opened, they

fold back from the windows to reveal the full extent of the

views. They are deliberately plain so as not to compete with

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Above: Throughout the house there are oak floorboards covered with antique rugs and kelims, a look that works particularly well on the landing from which all

the bedrooms lead Above right: Every wall in the house is bathed in light, making it the perfect ‘gallery space’ for works of art

The en suite bathroom has a free-standing bath in the

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along one side. Ceramic tiles that look just like limestone

(but are much easier to keep clean if you live in a hard water

area) have been used and look great. Two white basins sit

well on a bespoke trestle table with two simple but stunning

stainless steel mirrored cabinets above, all pleasingly plain

and simple and lifted by some of Sarah’s own paintings.

The other bedrooms all have the same stamp – but each

surprises with quirky one-off touches, like the cosy seating

area in the guest bedroom where the sofa is upholstered in a

stripy linen sourced from an army surplus store in Moscow

or the big bold Iraqi flag in one of the boys’ bedrooms.

When Sarah set out on her 12-week project to turn this

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Contents

Who’s Wearing What

boutique

The independent boutique

in the heart of St Leonards-on-Sea

Understated womenswear

in natural fabrics

8 Decay & decorum

There’s beauty in contrast with this month’s fashion

feature

23 Block & bold

Sunshine buys for this season

24 A pure craft

WT talks design with in-grid

26 Directory

Discover what and where to buy this month

Elegant & easy-to-wear pieces

with splashes of colour, bold prints

& fl attering lines...

Discover the New Spring Arrivals

available in store now

Who’s Wearing What boutique

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East Sussex TN37 6AN

01424 272 925

Open 7 days a week

whoswearingwhatboutique

www.whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk

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Lingerie

EVENT

THE

FENWICK

EVENT

4-20 MARCH 2016

BUY ONE BRA AND GET THE SECOND HALF PRICE

Welcome to to the the Fenwick Tunbridge Wells

Lingerie Event.

Are Are you you wearing the the right right size size bra? bra?

If in If in doubt, make the the most most of of our our fitting event. An An event where

you you can can be be assured that that you you will will receive expert advice in in

selecting the the perfect fitting bra, bra, plus plus once once you you get get it right it right you you

can can - Buy - Buy one one bra bra and and get get the the second half half price!

The The truth truth of of the the matter is that is that our our breasts do do not not stay stay the the same.

Your Your breast size size will will fluctuate due due to to age, age, weight loss loss or or gain, gain, if if

you you are are pregnant or or breast feeding or or going through hormonal

changes.

Finding the the perfect fitting bra bra is is essential to to feeling comfortable

and and supported. It It will will improve both both your your posture and and your your

appearance giving you you the the confi confidence to to wear wear close fi tting fi tting

t-shirts, blouses and and dresses that that really show off off your your figure.

We We have have a a great selection of of bras bras for for every shape and and every

occasion, from from luxurious and and lacy lacy to to practical and and plain, with with

straps or or strapless, the the choice is is yours.

Once you you have have found a a gorgeous bra, bra, in in just just the the right right size, size, all all

you you need are are the the great-fitting briefs to to complete the the look. look.

Remember when you you feel feel good, you you look look good!

FANTASIE : : CHANTELLE : : SIMONE PÉRÈLE

L’AGENT by by AGENT PROVOCATEUR : : TRIUMPH

CALVIN KLEIN : : WACOAL : : PASSIONATA : : HEIDI KLUM : :

CHARNOS : : FREYA : : LEPEL : : ESPRIT

PASSIONATA - - Double Play Play top top left left

Lace Lace and and embroidery combine for for an an

ultra-feminine seduction. This This push-up

bra bra offers offers a new a new intensity for for extra extra push push

and and a super a super plunge! Finely Finely crafted,

completely made made of of embroidery and and

lace lace makes makes this this an an ultra-seductive piece. piece.

push push up up t-shirt t-shirt bra bra £42 £42 : shorty : shorty £24 £24

L'AGENT by by AGENT PROVOCATEUR

- Kaity - Kaity top top right right

Embrace your your flirtatious femininity

in in beautifully detailed Kaity. Kaity. The The

non-padded balcony bra bra is crafted is crafted in in

black black tulle, tulle, topped with with contrasting

black black embroidery and and blush blush pink pink

embroidered flowers, scattered across across

the the darted darted cups cups for for an an eye-catching

3D 3D effect. effect.

balcony bra bra £60 £60 : tanga : tanga brief brief £30 £30

B.TEMPT’D - Lace - Lace Kiss Kiss bottom bottom

The The Lace Lace Kiss Kiss bralette from from b.tempt'd

is an is an indulgence for for the the lover lover of lace. of lace.

Light, Light, airy airy and and totally totally irresistible, it will it will

give give you you a look a look that’s that’s all about all about romance.

bralette £15 £15 : thong : thong £10 £10

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LINGERIE DEPARTMENT ON ON THE THE UPPER GROUND FLOOR


SIMONE PÉRÈLE - - Amour right right

A A declaration of love of love of of exceptional materials!

This This lingerie sets sets a new a new standard of of elegance

by by combining Leavers lace lace with with guipure and and

a a textured-style knit. knit. The The season’s fashion

colour, colour, coral, coral, exudes modernity while while ivory ivory

is is perfect for for brides. brides.

Amour Amour definitely lives lives up up to its to name its name ! !

half half cup cup bra bra £68 £68 : shorty : shorty £45 £45

FREYA FREYA - Utopia - Utopia bottom bottom left left

Escape to a to a botanical paradise with with the the

timeless Utopia. Available up up to a to K a cup, K cup,

the the plunge plunge balcony bra bra features an an ultra-

ultraflattering

low low centre centre front front for for the the perfect

plunge plunge shape shape without push push up. up. Crisp Crisp

white white top top cup cup lace lace provides the the perfect

contrast for for the the fascinating floral floral print, print,

complemented by by cute cute orange bows. bows.

plunge plunge balcony bra bra £32 £32 : brief : brief £14 £14

FANTASIE - - Penelope bottom bottom right right

Penelope exhibits a a modern geo geo floral floral print print

in in sophisticated dewy dewy shades, complemented

with with delicate embroidery trims. trims.

side side support bra bra £34 £34 : brief : brief £18 £18

BUY ONE BRA AND GET THE SECOND HALF PRICE

FENWICK TUNBRIDGE WELLS


PANACHE - Thea - Thea above above

New New to the to the Panache range range for for Spring/

Summer '16, '16, Thea Thea takes takes its its balconnet

shape shape from from popular style style Floris, Floris, providing

a a supportive and and uplifted fit up fit up to a to K a cup. K cup.

The The print print inspired by by the the trend trend of classic of classic

garden florals florals combines with with Swiss Swiss designed

embroidery and and a a delicate satin satin bow bow to create to create

the the perfect finish finish to this to this soft soft summer style. style.

balconnet bra bra £32 £32 : brief : brief £15 £15

WACOAL - Purity - Purity top top right right

Designed in in France, Purity Purity is a is fresh a fresh and and

feminine collection. The The Classic Classic underwired

bra bra features a a modern geometric design design

on on stretch stretch embroidered cups cups for for complete

support and and style style in cup in cup sizes sizes B to B E. to E.

underwired bra bra £60 £60 : short : short £33 £33

TRIUMPH - - Amourette 300 300 bottom bottom right right

This This lined lined lace lace bra bra from from Triumph's Amourette

300 300 line line is a is a pleasure to to behold with with its its elegant

look look and and wonderful selection of of colours. Soft Soft

padded cups cups in stretch in stretch lace, lace, lightweight

yet yet with with stable stable 3D 3D shaper shaper wires wires for for ultimate

support. Exquisite floral floral embroidery on on the the

delicate tulle tulle cups cups with with delicate lace lace trim trim on on

straps straps and and sides. sides. Team Team with with matching briefs briefs

to round to round off off your your perfect lingerie look. look.

wired wired padded bra bra £34 £34 : maxi : maxi brief brief £20 £20

LINGERIE DEPARTMENT ON ON THE THE UPPER GROUND FLOOR


WT Fashion Supplement sponsored by

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From show stopper dresses and printed silk shirts to ultrasharp

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QUALITY CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

With the new season fast approaching, we are already

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ranges, amongst these are collections from DIGEL, a

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DIGEL CONCEPT, a range of jackets and trousers

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To celebrate the 150 th anniversary of MAGEE 1866

clothing, both our Canterbury and Reigate stores are

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As always, we welcome you to visit our stores and

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A pure craft

Katie Timothy was brought up in Surrey and studied in Rochester.

Nottinghamshire’s Adam Barclay is now her partner in life and in

business, and together they are the founders and creators of in-grid.

They design the most stunningly simple white shirts for women.

WT’s Helen delves into their world of art, design and process, and

discovers their thoughts for the future...

What led you to design?

(KATIE) Design was always

a natural path for both of us.

I started my working life as a

ballet dancer. That of course

has a high level of creativity

involved. Adam grew up with

a mother who has a love of

fashion and art, sharing books

with him from David Hockney

to Tom Ford. Adam naturally

found this inspiring and we both

found ourselves at art school

at separate times in our lives.

Is there a principle/philosophy

behind in-grid? We have

a single mission, to create

high quality white shirts, for

women, made in England.

Do you have any favourite

designers/artists who inspire

you? (ADAM) Immediately the

designers’ names that come to

mind are Kenya Hara, Helmut

Schmid, John Pawson, Ryue

Nishizawa, but I think art is our

main source of inspiration, Gian

Lorenzo Bernini being my all

time favourite artist. His work

with marble is almost alchemic.

What’s your favourite design

process and why? (KATIE)

I think if I have to pick a

singular moment that makes

the whole process extremely

satisfying it is handling, cutting

and draping the cotton straight

onto a tailor’s dummy. I find I

work very intuitively with my

hands rather than sketching

to develop a design. I enjoy

mastering the shape of the cut

and then trying out details

and developing them as I go.

Do you have a favourite fabric?

(KATIE) Cotton would be my

favourite. I like working with

medium to heavy weight fabrics

that are graphic to look at and

that are also very durable. We

use cotton poplin for in-grid

as it has a beautiful feel and

durability to it. We are still

on the search for the perfect

cotton supplier in Britain; it

is proving hard to come by...

Should anyone know of a

company please do get in touch!

You create white shirts only,

what led you to something so

specific? (KATIE) White shirts

were found through a process

rather than an initial decision,

however we have always wanted

to create a specific product

rather than a full range or

collection. I feel it is important

to become a master of your

trade with design and to really

work on perfecting your product

so your customers can rely on

you each season. We wanted

to be simple in our approach

in more ways than one. We

wanted to promote the idea of

buying less, at a higher quality,

with better materials for a more

ecologically minded society.

Where do you go for

inspiration and research?

(KATIE) I like to walk and

especially enjoy this in the

Lake District. Walking around

such beautiful scenery certainly

gets my mind going. It’s a

wonderfully quiet place and

days here are very inspiring.

It is always handy in these

moments to carry a sketchbook

as a big idea can have a very

small beginning, so noting/

drawing as I walk is very helpful.

Your style and aesthetic is very

definite and specific. Do you

consider this to be a personal

reflection? (KATIE) We both

like to dress in a uniformed

way. My wardrobe consists of a

lot of navy jumpers and white

shirts. Our style is certainly a

reflection of in-grid and in-grid

of us. I feel it is important

when designing to always

question whether you yourself

would wear your product. I

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would say my style has evolved

since working on in-grid.

I dress in a more feminine

way with more assurance and

confidence in my clothes.

What’s your training and

experience in the fashion/

design industry? (KATIE)

I studied on a course called

Fashion Atelier at UCA, which

taught me the art of tailoring

and making one off bespoke

garments to a very high standard

in finishing. Whilst studying I

interned at Roksanda and Celine

which were fantastic brands.

They gave me a real insight into

the industry. When I graduated

I then moved into buying,

working at matchesfashion.

com. I thoroughly enjoyed

my time at this company but

really missed designing.

(ADAM) I studied at Camberwell

College of Arts before getting

a job at the renowned design

agency Bibliothèque working

with corporate and cultural

clients such as Nike, Barber &

Osgerby, Google, V&A, Allude

Cashmere and Design Museum

London. Although my love of

design has never died, during

my last year at Bibliothèque my

intrigue in image making and

motion was an itch I could not

scratch so I left to pursue a new

world. It is these two colliding

worlds that led straight to in-grid.

What did you take away from

it? (KATIE) My course taught

me to be meticulous with both

designing and making, to not

stop working on your garment

until you were completely happy.

This was certainly a positive but

also could sometimes be a real

negative! Interning, especially at

Celine taught me how fast paced

an atelier really was. It required

you to move fast in every aspect

from coming up with ideas to

then quickly delivering them. To

be around such design talent was

very inspiring. Matchesfashion.

com was a fantastic journey from

beginning to end with, of course,

challenges in the way, however

these challenges taught me a

great deal about the business

of fashion and for that the

experience was second to none.

(ADAM) I would say my years

at Bibliothèque were very happy

ones. They really understood

the importance of studio

culture, which certainly makes

you go into work feeling rather

energised and valued. It also

taught me to be very thorough

when working through ideas

but also how important it is

to be intuitive and to trust my

eyes when creating work.

What do you enjoy most about

having your own business and

what do you find challenging?

(ADAM) Being your own boss

is the most liberating feeling; I

never did like being told what to

do so it suits me well. It is also

very pleasurable to share this

with Katie, my partner in life

and in business. I think when it’s

your own business and you are

starting from nothing the whole

experience is challenging. Most

things are learning curves and

money seems to evaporate, but

when the sales come in, the

campaigns/films inspire and we

see people wearing our garments

in the street, it makes the juice

worth the squeeze. If I were to

name one thing that we have

found particularly difficult it

was to make our garments here

in Britain. We said to ourselves

that if we couldn’t produce the

collection on our shores we

would not do the project in the

first place. Thankfully after a

few rounds of sampling we got

the product right but there was

still refinement to be made to

the process. In order to work

on this we have just re-located

our production in house at our

new studio in Nottinghamshire.

Doing this allows us to control

what is made very carefully.

Where do you hope to see

in-grid in the future? Mastering

high quality white shirts, for

women, made in England.

For more information on

in-grid, visit www.in-grid.

co and follow their story on

instagram @in_grid_studio.


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enjoy a fragrance, and ideal if wafting a trail of (say) Dior

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gorgeousness…

Jo Malone London Body & Hand Lotion, £38 for

250ml In 2015, Jo Malone London’s bodycare got a spiffy

new Regency-striped look. Within the collection there are

really quite a few fragrant bodycare options echoing their

bestsellers, from Amber & Lavender to Wild Fig & Cassis

via Orange Blossom (my own favourite) – plus, naturally, the

ultra-classic, bestselling Lime Basil & Mandarin. FYI there’s

also now a Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub in the range,

too, priced £40 for 200g, with a vibrant scent designed to

complement any other in the perfume portfolio.

Scented

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hat’s the best way to make fragrance last on your

body? Answer: ‘Layer it over matching products

from the same range.’ The reason? Fragrance

likes to cling to oil in the skin – and if you’ve got normalto-dry

skin (never mind Sahara-parched), your perfume will

last much better if you apply it over nourishing bodycare.

So, it’s good news that after several years of drastically

shrinking their bodycare lines – breaking many hearts along

the way – perfume brands are now reviving them and offering

scented options for skin that allow for this ‘layering’. If you’re

a fan of Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Thierry Mugler Angel,

Prada Candy, Lancome Trésor, Estée Lauder Youth Dew or

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almost anything by Chanel – you’ll now find comprehensive

bodycare collections to delight your senses.

Of course, there’s no law that says you’ve got to match your

bodycare to your perfume. Someone who knows even a little

about fragrance is probably well-equipped to mix-and-match

scented bodycare with spritzable scent, adding – perhaps – a

woody base for a floral to cling to, or choosing a rose body

cream to turbo-charge the petal-perfect notes in a rose scent.

Alternatively, you might simply choose to wear a fragranced

body product on its own – a subtle and intimate way to

Elemis Frangipani Body Oil, £34 for 100ml. If any

bodycare will waft you direct to a paradise island, it’s Elemis’s

Frangipani Monoi range. Based on exotic white flowers of

frangipani and monoi, all I have to do is close my eyes and

I’m half-way to Tahiti, when I massage this in. The one

caveat: this coconut oil-based body treat is so rich that it

solidifies in a cold bathroom and needs to be dunked in

hot water to liquefy. But that also makes for a wonderful,

soothing warmth as you smooth its opulent richness into

limbs.

L’Occitane Rose et Reines Beautifying Body Milk,

£20 for 250ml. Whether you like your scents fresh, woody,

Oriental or prettily flower-powered, L’Occitane offers

fragrant ‘layering’ options. In addition to this beautifully

packaged rose body indulgence, with its vintage-style

packaging, you might also want to check out the Fragrance

Beautifying Cream, £26 for 125ml, which acts as a ‘base’ for

just about any spray or splash, making it last longer on the

skin. (Naturally, they promote it for pairing with their own

fragrances – but in reality, it works with almost any scent in

your wardrobe.)

Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise

Body Lotion, £25 for 300ml. Molton Brown is becoming

quite a fragrant force, with stunning new eaux de toilette –

but to accompany their latest fragrance, Dewy Lily of the

Valley & Star Anise, they’ve produced one of their legendarily

satiny body lotions. (There’s a bath & shower gel, too.) This

is a stunningly spring-like scent: for lily of the valley-lovers,

for sure, but more intriguing and complex than a simple

white floral.

Diptyque L’Art du Soin, Launched a couple of years

back, ‘The Art of Bodycare’ is completely, sense-drenchingly

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there’s no single scent used across the range, though, so I

recommend sniffing your way through it at your nearest

Diptyque counter. My personal favourites are the Rich

Butter For The Body, £50 for 200ml – yes, just as

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Jasmine Care South East Ltd

Caring for people in their homes

rich as it sounds, unctuous and infused with an amazing

Byzantine rose scent – and the Satin Oil for Body and

Hair, £36 for 100ml, which fuses jasmine, ylang ylang and

saffron, sinking in fast to leave skin smooth and nourished.

Frederic Malle Body Butter, from £110 for 200ml.

This is a real ‘Darling, for my birthday please may I have…?’

treat, because these ultra-rich butters are priced from (wait

for it) £110 for an, albeit hefty, 200ml jar. What I will say

is that the fragrance of the butters is an exact replica of the

liquid fragrances – not an ‘interpretation’, as so many are.

What’s more, the fragrance really, really lasts on the skin

– eight hours later, nuzzle your arm and it’ll still be there.

Ditto if someone else happens to be up-close-and-personal…

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Revitalise & Firm

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the brand’s fragrant signature and which has made so many

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Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil,

£21.95 for 100ml. From the name you might guess this

would smell tangy and fruity – but here’s the surprise: this

is bizarrely closer to the scent of Guerlain Shalimar, with its

soft, seductive powderiness. Shalimar bodycare is, in fact,

still available from some retailers – as is Mitsouko – and

if you love those scents, you’ll just love wallowing in, say,

Shalimar Sensual Body Cream, £60 for 200ml, or

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high in calcium and have great

alkalising properties, helping

to neutralise the over-acidic

effects of a modern diet.

Being rich in chlorophyll (the

pigment that makes some

seaweeds green) means they’re

a powerful, natural detoxifier,

that draws out waste products

from the body. It can also help

to stimulate the thyroid gland,

due to the high concentration

of iodine, resulting in a

healthier metabolism. Kombu

makes a great snack when

crisped up in the oven and

it can even be mixed into a

detoxifying smoothie. Seaweed

absorbs the properties of the

surrounding water, so be sure

to find a high quality product

that has been harvested in an

unpolluted environment.

Rosy glow...

On opening these delightful

little pots, the air was

filled with the beautifully

subtle scent of rose and

pomegranate. Urban Veda

is a wonderful skincare

company based in London.

Their philosophy lies in

the traditional principles of

Ayurveda and they utilise the

natural therapeutic properties

of plants to make various

collections of skincare, that

feel good and do good for

you and the environment.

The bottles are made from

recycled plastic and the

products are free from GM

ingredients, parabens, SLS

and are not ever tested

on animals. We tried the

Reviving Day Cream, which

makes an ideal morning

awakening and is a perfect

base for light make-up. The

Reviving Renewal Night

Cream is thick, indulgent

and makes going to bed

a real treat. Visit www.

urbanveda.co.uk and choose from

their irresistible selections, all

catered for different skin types.

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Advanced laser treatment

from the UK’s leading

varicose vein centre

We offer you a quick painless

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There’s no need to sit at home waiting

for treatment a minute longer.

You can enjoy smooth legs, free of varicose veins,

as a private patient or as a member of Benenden^.

The procedure is quick, painless and available

without delay – in fact, you can walk in and walk

out the same day.

Our advanced Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

offers highly-effective vein removal in just 20 minutes

under local anaesthetic. Compared to conventional

surgical methods there is less bruising, no scarring

and less than a 5% risk of veins reoccurring.

We’re specialists in varicose vein removal

Why Benenden Hospital? We are the UK’s largest

single site provider of EVLT treatment with our

consultants performing over 9,000 successful

varicose vein procedures. Our safety record is second

to none and our patient satisfaction is over 99%.

Our facilities are modern and comfortable. Our staff

friendly and welcoming. And, however you choose

to travel, we’re easy to find.

As we’re not-for-profit, we can offer highly

competitive private rates. Treatment including

consultation starts at just £2,450 per leg. This service

is also available on medical grounds to Benenden

members as part of their membership, for which they

will need a referral from their GP*.

*Benenden members, once they have a GP referral will need to contact

Benenden member services on 0800 414 8100 and follow the ethos of

Benenden which asks them to explore the care available through the NHS

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Strength & vigour

Fitness is a broad term. When we speak about running, do we discuss

technique? When we hear weightlifting, do we assume bulging muscles? Is

our view on flexibility based on being ultra bendy? These experts explain all...

The running expert

Simon Paine specialises in the POSE method. A technique

of running designed to enhance performance...

What is POSE running? POSE running is a standardised approach to

running using current biomechanical science and physical laws, thereby

resulting in a technique that can be broken down into key drills. This

enhances performance whether it be running faster, further or injury

free. POSE refers to the specific body positioning that we practise.

How is it beneficial in comparison to normal running?

This technique differs to others as it teaches us to utilise gravity by falling forward in

a particular aligned body position we call POSE, instead of pushing with our back

leg. It also teaches us to reduce excessive force and energy by learning to land closer

to under our centre of mass instead of putting our leg ahead of us and braking.

What happens in a POSE running session?

A POSE running session consists of an initial video analysis to demonstrate

the areas that might be causing problems in the client’s current running form.

Then, I’ll explain some of the basic theory behind the POSE technique

so they can understand its benefits. Finally, we perform fundamental drills

alongside some short intervals of running that can dramatically improve

their technique. A final video is done to show the improvements made.

Simon is based at Risebridge Health and Sports Club in Goudhurst and trains

experienced athletes as well as beginners. For more information or to book a

POSE running session, call 07912 434300 or email simoncp4@live.com

The coach

Rob Hillier runs CrossFit Kent &

Sussex, based in Goudhurst...

Tell us a little about CrossFit. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad and inclusive

fitness. It’s designed to best prepare you for any contingency - the unknown and

the unknowable. The magic is in the movements and the workouts are based on

the fundamental movement patterns of life, those found everywhere and built

into our DNA. By constantly varying the workouts in terms of duration, speed,

loads and movement patterns, participants experience dramatic fitness gains.

What are the benefits? The benefits are far reaching, and by combining

exercise with sensible nutritional habits you quickly realise it’s not just going

to transform your body shape! You’ll first notice the positive change in

energy levels and motivation. All aspects of fitness are challenged. Strength,

mobility, agility, balance, co-ordination, endurance, speed, power, stamina

and accuracy of movement will all improve. Expect to also see improved heart

health, blood sugars, blood pressure, body fat levels and mental wellbeing.

Can anyone take part? While it challenges the world’s fittest, CrossFit is

designed for universal scaleability, making it perfect for anyone who’s committed,

regardless of age or experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change

programmes. The needs of an athlete and our grandparents differ by degree,

not kind. The support and community that spontaneously arises when

people train together is wonderful to see, and makes it a key component.

CrossFit Kent & Sussex is based at Risebridge Health and Sports

Club. For more information on joining a class, or for a free

trial call 01580 211775 or visit www.risebridge.co.uk

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The performance specialist

Dr. Danny Matta

is the director of

MobilityWod Tactical...

Other than just static stretching, what

other ways can we mobilize our bodies?

The best methods are self release techniques

and band assisted joint distractions. These are

two procedures that physiotherapists will use

frequently when treating a patient. However,

you can apply many of these to yourself

regularly for a really positive long term effect.

Moving more is also really important, and vital

for good performance. If you want to improve

your squat postition, sit in the bottom of that

position more often. Our tissues adapt to

those positions we put ourselves in the most.

How does good mobility/ flexibility

improve our exercise and training? Optimal

mobility allows you to go through movements

and exercises more easily. It improves your

quality of movement and allows you to not

have to strain or struggle to get into certain

positions. It’s like taking the handbrake off a

sports car. Improve your mobility and your

efficiency will improve at the same time.

As well as functionality, can it help with

aches and injuries? Optimal mobility allows

you to avoid problems created by over tension.

This occurs when you have an injury that

stems from a tissue or muscle being too

tight and restricted. If you repeatedly force

your body into positions you can’t reach

with ease, it will eventually inflame or cause

a significant injury. Mobility gives you a

buffering zone, resulting in less stress on the

body, and improved movement efficiency.

MobilityWod is the ultimate guide for

resolving pain, preventing injury and

optimizing athletic performance. To find

out more about how to improve your

mobility and day-to-day functionality,

take a look at www.mobilitywod.com

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for cake?

Anyone

With Mothering Sunday and Easter falling in March this year,

it seemed a fitting time to cut into some classic, indulgent

cakes – brought to us by Juliets in Tunbridge Wells

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The taste of Kent

from your own local farm shop

You’ll taste the difference when you purchase

your produce from us.

We’ve sourced fruit and veg from local

suppliers so we can guarantee its’

freshness – and that means great tasting food.

Why not make

a day of it?

Visit Polhill Garden Centre

for the best ideas for

your garden

And why not treat yourself to some of our

specialist items: jams, pickles, chutney, cheese,

milk, biscuits, honey, confectionary, ice cream,

frozen foods and much more. Great for gifts –

or treat yourself!

We’ve got easy on-site parking so come and

visit us soon.

London Road,

Badgers Mount,

Sevenoaks,

Kent TN14 7BD

Tel: 01959 533089

The Taste of Kent

Lemon Drizzle

• 25 lemons

• 612g caster sugar

• 650g unsalted butter

• 10 eggs

• 650g self-raising flour

• 400g demerara sugar

• 40cm loaf tin – if you

want to make a smaller

cake, simply halve the

ingredients – the cooking

time will remain the same

1. Start by zesting and juicing all the lemons.

2. Sift the flour four times and set aside.

3. Cream the butter and caster sugar together until pale and

soft. Add the eggs one at a time, along with half of the

zest. Add half of the lemon juice, again very slowly, to the

mix. Add the flour and mix until the batter falls gently

from the whisk. If it’s too thin, add 50g of flour, if it’s too

firm, continue whisking.

4. To make the drizzle, add three quarters of the lemon juice

to the demerara sugar and whisk together.

5. Line your baking tin and bake the cake for 1 hour at

160C. At this point the cake should be firm.

6. Take a pastry brush and quickly paste the remaining lemon

juice on top of the cake.

7. Place back in the oven and cook for a further 15 minutes.

8. Take the cake out of the oven, ensure it is well risen and

springs back when touched. Take a skewer and make 20 or

so holes through the top of the cake.

9. Place your drizzle mixture in a jug and pour it into the

holes. Paste the rest of the mixture on top of the cake using

the back of a spoon to flatten it out, leave to cool.

10. Take the zest and sprinkle caster sugar over it, mix it up

with your fingers and lay it out flat to dry for 2 hours.

11. Sprinkle the sugary zest on top of the cake


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Music & Great Tasting

Food this Spring

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Booking essential – join the Bloomsburys set now!

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Blackland Farm

Outdoor Activity Centre

HYTHE IMPERIAL

HOTEL | SPA | GOLF

Princes Parade | Hythe | Kent | CT21 6AE

Kayaking

Canoeing

Bungee trampolining

Rock climbing

Archery

Crate challenge

Zip wire

Abseiling

Aeroball...

...and many more!

Come and join us for

fun-filled activity days.

Why not have your

birthday party here too?

01342 810493

blackland@girlguiding.org.uk

www.blacklandfarm.org.uk

Blackland Farm

Mothers Day Lunch

SUNDAY 6TH MARCH

“For all you do, and all you are,

we love you.” Treat your mum to a

traditional Mothers Day lunch at

the Hythe Imperial...She will love it!

£27.95pp. 3 courses including a gift

for Mum. Children under 10 half price.

Easter AFTERNOON TEA

SATURDAY 27TH MARCH

Looking for that perfect afternoon tea

experience then come and enjoy our

speciality traditional afternoon tea but

with an Easter twist.

Served in our Restaurant at £19.95 per

person. Children under 10 half price.

To enquire about any of our events,

call our events office on 01303 267 441

email csales@hytheimperialhotel.com or visit our

website www.hytheimperial.co.uk.

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Bo Peep

Easter

Specials

BLUEBELL RAILWAY

Good Friday,

Easter Saturday,

Sunday &

Monday

Join us on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday &

Monday when Little Bo Peep will be travelling on

the 10am, 12.15pm & 2.45pm service from Sheffield

Park and 10.55am, 1.15pm & 3.45pm (3.45pm runs

Saturday & Sunday ONLY) from East Grinstead.

Bo Peep will be travelling on board our special 1913

Observation Carriage where she will meet all children

on board and present them with an Easter Gift.

Adults won’t be left out, they will all receive an

Easter treat from Bo Peep’s helpers too.

Booking is Essential.

Book now 01825 720800 www.bluebell-railway.com

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Apple and Butterscotch cake

For the cake:

• 120g OO or extra fine flour

• ½ tsp salt

• 200g caster sugar

• 7 eggs, separated

• ½ tsp cream of tartar

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 1tsp cinnamon

• 1tsp ground ginger

• 25cm non-stick angel cake tin

For the butterscotch icing:

• 70g unsalted butter

• 120g dark brown sugar

• 80ml double cream

• 360g icing sugar

• 1tsp vanilla extract

For the caramel shards:

• 400g caster sugar

1. Pre heat oven to 160 oC/140 oC fan/gas mark 3.

2. Sift flour and salt three times, set aside.

3. Whisk together the egg yolks and half the

sugar. When the eggs are pale in colour, add

your spices and vanilla. Whisk again until fully

incorporated.

4. Sift the flour over the egg yolk mixture, set aside.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites and

cream of tartar until it has tripled in volume,

then add the remaining sugar. Carry on whisking

until the mixture forms soft peaks.

6. Fold in the yolk mixture a spoon at a time,

being careful not to lose any air. Gently scrape

the mixture into the tin, levelling the top with a

spatula.

7. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out

clean and the cake feels springy.

8. Remove from the oven, turn upside down and

balance on the neck of a bottle for about one

and a half hours, a long-necked wine bottle is

perfect for this. To remove the cake from the tin

slide a thin knife around the sides and gently

ease the cake out from the tin.

9. To make the butterscotch icing: half fill a

saucepan with water and bring it to a simmer,

place a glass bowl over the water and add the

butter, sugar and cream, whisk until melted and

smooth. Take it off the heat and let it cool. Add

the vanilla and sift in the icing sugar. Whisk

until smooth.

10. To make the caramel shards: firstly you need a

heavy bottomed pan and a thermometer. Place

the sugar into the pan over a high heat and bring

to the boil, add the thermometer, do not stir

when boiling as that can cause crystals to form.

Once the thermometer reaches 190˚C or 374˚F

take it off the heat. Spread the caramel on to a

sheet of parchment so it becomes a thin layer.

Leave to set.

11. Take your cake, using a pallet knife spread the

butterscotch icing all over the cake ensuring you

coat the middle hole too as the cake can dry out.

12. Lift the caramel from the parchment and break

into shards and decorate as you choose!

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Coffee and Toasted Hazelnut sponge

• 6 whole eggs

• 950g self-raising flour

• 950g caster sugar

• 950g unsalted butter

• 50g baking powder

• 2 tsp vanilla extract

• 50ml milk

• 6 shots of espresso

• 2 x 24cm round tins

For the coffee icing:

• 8 shots of espresso

• 400g icing sugar

• 80g hazelnuts


For the coffee filling:

• 300ml double cream

1. Sift the flour and baking powder four times and set aside.

2. Cream the butter, vanilla and sugar together until light

and fluffy. Add both mixes together and beat slowly

adding one egg at a time to ensure it doesn’t curdle.

3. Mix the espresso and milk together in a jug. Keep mixing

and slowly dribble the milk and coffee mixture into the

mix until fully combined, at this point the mix should

just gently fall off the whisk and not be runny.

4. Parchment both tins, distribute mix between them and

bake for 40 minutes on 170˚C.

5. To make the coffee icing, take the shots of espresso and

add 150ml of just boiling water.

6. Sift the icing sugar to ensure there are no lumps.

Add the coffee to the icing sugar and beat until

smooth, set aside.

7. Place a frying pan on a high heat with no oil, wait

until the pan feels very hot and add the hazelnuts.

Keep the hazelnuts moving in the pan until they

become golden in colour but not burnt.

8. Take the cream from the fridge, ensure it’s cold,

whisk until it's firm but still spreadable.

9. To assemble the cake: take one sponge and layer all

the cream over it, pour half the coffee icing ontop and

place half the toasted hazelnuts, assemble the other

sponge on top and pour the rest of the coffee icing

over it and sprinkle the remaining hazelnuts.

Juliets, 54 High Street,

Tunbridge Wells,

Kent, TN1 1XF,

01892 522931,

www.julietsandmore.com

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Foodie treats to look

forward to at the fair

We’re really excited to announce that tickets are

now on sale for Wealden Times Midsummer Fair

this June. We’ve got so much on at Hole Park this

year – from hand-picked exhibitors providing a

fabulous shopping experience to the action-packed

Priceless People Wellbeing Festival – there’s plenty

to do and see. In the run-up to the fair, we’ll be

chatting to some of the talented foodies who will be

sharing their passion for all things fresh and locally

sourced with visitors over the three days. First up

is Jonathan from Urban Truffle in Sevenoaks...

How did you come up with the

name? I trained in Michelin-star

restaurants worldwide, and with my

growing experience came an appreciation

of the world’s finest food products.

The truffle is regarded as an elusive,

exquisite and exclusive ingredient,

normally found only in top restaurants and rarely in a

home cook’s kitchen. This ugly looking fungus is foraged

from the woods of Europe and is free to all who can find

it, given the right directions, a dog or two, and some damp

weather. Somewhere between its humble beginnings and a

porcelain plate, this fragile short-lived mucky ball is traded

at speed internationally with an associated rapid escalation

in its value. It is not an item freely available at the local

supermarket or greengrocer’s in the UK, so fresh truffle is

not an ingredient frequently found in recipe books.

We wanted to help bring this earthy, strange, pungent but

delicious and unique forest fungus to more people, to enable

them to appreciate the power of the truffle, and to give them

the knowledge to enable them to incorporate truffle into

special dishes at home. We have a passion for all fine food

ingredients – but the truffle seemed the best to illustrate

our desire to introduce new, exciting, different and

hard-to-source elements of fine cuisine to the UK.

We called our truffle ‘urban’ to signify its journey,

not only to the city, but also into the modern

experimental kitchen.

Where are you based? Our head office and distribution

centre is in Sevenoaks, Kent, allowing easy access to London

and the home counties. Our aim is to open select retail

outlets and restaurants focusing on truffles and other

fine ingredients.

Who are your customers? People who love food will

love what we do (doesn’t everyone love good food?!).

Our customers come from anywhere in the UK as we are an

online retail outlet set up for home delivery.

This year we will have a regular stall in Tunbridge Wells, at

the fortnightly Saturday market, and we are at many of the

local Kent food festivals. We are particularly looking forward

to meeting everyone at the Wealden Times Midsummer and

Midwinter Fairs, so please come along, taste some samples,

and learn more about what we can do.

Along with our online fine food delivery service, and our

luxury hampers (coming soon), look out for us at your local

race meeting or festival, where we might be popping up to

offer first class food and wine to complement the occasion.

What products are you most excited about selling

this year? Our product selection process is as considered as

that of any first class restaurant and, as serious foodies, we are

passionate about all the products we sell.

We stock seasonal truffles, of course, but we also have a

selection of organically sourced smoked salmon, gravadlax,

various caviars, saucissons, wild mushrooms, terrines,

handmade pasta, savoury sauces, the best risotto rice, aged

vinegars and the finest oils. We will also offer matching wines,

champagnes and aperitifs very soon.

What is your ethos / philosophy? The best

combination of the finest ingredients lets every element

shine. It fulfils all senses; therefore, to see, to touch, to smell,

to taste, to savour, becomes one of life’s simplest but most

memorable and joy-inducing things.

Find out more about Urban Truffle Ltd

at www.urbantruffle.co.uk

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair runs from 9-11 June at Hole Park, Rolvenden. To book your tickets visit www.wealdentimes.co.uk/events

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A perfect

Easter feast

Enjoy this simple yet mouth-watering meal,

either as a long and relaxed Easter lunch or in the

evening after a springtime walk with the family...

Frasers, Egerton share a favourite recipe for

Slow-cooked lamb shank, goose fat roast

potatoes, seasonal vegetables

• 2 tbsp oil

• 1 onion

• 2 carrots

• A few sprigs of rosemary

• 3 bay leaves

• 4 garlic cloves

• 2 tbsp plain flour

• 1 tbsp tomato puree

• 350ml red wine (we use Hush Heath Pinot

Noir)

• 500ml chicken stock

• 1 tbsp redcurrant jelly

1. Heat oven to 150˚C

2. Heat the oil in a casserole dish on the hob, add the lamb

and brown all over

3. Remove the lamb, add the onion and carrot and cook for

10 minutes until starting to brown

4. Stir in the herbs and garlic and cook for a few minutes

5. Stir in the flour and tomato puree, season well and add the

red wine and stock

6. Return the lamb to the casserole dish and cover, cook in

the oven for two and a half hours until the lamb is tender

7. Remove the lamb from the sauce and set aside

8. Sieve the sauce and return to the casserole dish, reduce the

sauce for about 15 minutes, adding the redcurrant jelly at

the end, when the sauce is rich and glossy

9. Serve with goose fat roasted potatoes and your choice of

seasonal vegetables

Frasers, Coldharbour Farm, Barham’s Mill Road, Egerton,

Nr. Ashford Kent TN27 9DD, 01233 756122,

www.frasers-events.co.uk

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FREE Self-Guided

Tours & Tastings

Enjoy a fantastic day at Hush Heath Estate & Winery, the home of award winning Balfour

Brut Rosé. Now open 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays, from 11am-5pm for visitors and

wine-lovers to experience FREE Self-Guided tours and tastings. No need to book.

Mother’s Day free guided tour, worth £15pp,

Sunday 6th March at 11am, please call to book

hush heath estate, five oak lane, staplehurst, kent tn12 0ht

01622 832794 www.hushheath.com

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The finest of British

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Regular Maintenance

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Small one off works

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Seasonal Bedding plant displays

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RHS qualified gardeners

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Signs of spring

Jo Arnell is feeling cheery, as the days get longer

We have had a weirdly warm and wet winter so far

this year and this could also bring the spring in

early, which for an impatient gardener like me,

is a good thing. Whether this is beneficial for anyone else is

a debatable and confusing issue – and actually, even I’m not

ready for daffodils in December. Nature is ultimately adaptable,

however, winters are unpredictable, and there’s still time for a

big freeze to stop everything in its tracks. Whatever the weather

brings in the next few weeks, I’m always hopeful – watching

the ground closely for the first brave shoots to emerge.

Daring buds

Some plants are as impatient as me to get going. Carpets of

snowdrops have been out for a while, fearless in the face of the

worst weather. Winter aconites and crocuses are beginning to

appear in massed throngs beneath trees, and a few cheery hosts

of Narcissus ‘February Gold’, the earliest flowering daffodil,

are popping up. This early daffodil is just the right size too, not

overbearing and pompous like the giant King Alfred types, and

not too tiny for naturalising. Narcissi can be difficult in borders.

The leaves should be left on to help the bulb bulk up again for

next year but can look a floppy mess – or worse if you try to

tidy them by tying them in knots. The only exception is ‘Tetea-tete’

which looks perky at the front of the border, its leaves

small enough to be hidden behind emerging perennial foliage.

Late winter lovelies

Cherry blossom in winter? Surely not? I read somewhere that

by 2050 spring will be with us on Valentine’s Day, so romance

will blossom at the same time as the cherry trees. If you fancy

that idea now – I don’t know about you, but I doubt I’ll be

in the mood for much romance by 2050 – there’s always

Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis’; a small and delicate cherry

tree that flowers intermittently through the winter. Many of

the early blossoming shrubs have the added bonus of scent

too. Chimonanthus praecox (Winter Sweet), Viburnum

bodnantense and Lonicera ‘Winter Beauty’ (winter-flowering

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We couldn’t quite decide who was to get the

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seeds on the bird-table bring in the crowds. All was well until

a huge wood pigeon appeared and everybody left. The reason

for the hesitation in putting out the seeds is that I’ve been

reading about microgreens this week and thought we’d try

growing some ourselves. I know that sunflower shoots need

to be harvested before they get their second set of leaves,

unlike most microgreens, as they can taste bitter if they’re left

to develop any further. But, as far as I can work out, they are

the only microcrop that do this. I love the thought of nutty,

crunchy sunflower shoots mixed with avocado in a salad.

Microgreens is the buzzword for leaves harvested

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microgreens growing and greening up in no time. Or, if

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whatever you have would do the trick. The other growing

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There is a new rocket with distinctive red veined leaves

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how we understand intelligence and ability. We resist labelling

children as bright because we do not believe any child is dull.

We don’t use the word work because we believe that we are in

the business of learning. Readers may think this is petty and just

semantics but I have noticed a real difference in the ways children

think about their learning. Only recently I walked around our

new school, talking with children to understand their classroom

experiences. A year one child stopped me and said, “Mr Biddulph

do you know why I love this school?” I asked why. “Well

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We talk to Kiki Bradstock about how movement and dance can have a significant positive effect on other

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How long have you been teaching dance in schools and

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I started ballet at the age of three and was soon taking classes

in a range of different dance styles including tap, modern and

jazz. After completing my A-levels I went off to a full time professional

musical theatre college for three years, specialising in

dance. I completed the first level of my ISTD (Imperial Society

of Teachers of Dance) teaching qualifications in tap, modern

and ballet whilst still at college before going onto dance professionally

for three years. Unfortunately my performing career

was cut short due to joint problems but this gave me the opportunity

to come home and begin teaching full time. I spent

the next couple of years gaining my Royal Academy of Dance

registered teacher status and my ISTD Diploma in Dance

Education in tap and modern. I have been teaching in schools

for almost nine years now and absolutely love it.

Does learning to dance have an effect on pupils’ school life

in general and, if so, how?

Learning to dance can have a hugely positive effect on a

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their creativity and encourage and develop their musicality.

The social elements of the class are also key; whether they are

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of their own personal space and how it relates to others. The

benefits are endless but alongside the physical factors, dance

teaches students a high level of discipline, commitment and the

understanding that how hard we work is directly linked to what

we achieve, and that success does not happen overnight.

Do pupils have to be good at dance to enjoy it?

The short answer is no. Not everybody is born with the natural

physical elements that are required to be a professional dancer

but this does not mean that the majority of us cannot get a

huge amount of enjoyment and fulfilment out of dancing. I

don't believe you have to be a 'good' dancer to enjoy it but I do

believe you have to enjoy it in order to be a good dancer.

What is the most satisfying or enjoyable aspect of your job?

There are so many it is hard to choose one but I would say that

working with someone over a long period of time, seeing how

they develop and grow and knowing that you had a part to play

in that is incredibly rewarding. I get so much pleasure seeing

students achieve more than they imagined possible and fulfilling

their potential. No two students are the same, so as a teacher I

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What most surprises you about your pupils?

I am constantly impressed at what my students can and will

achieve given the right tools and space to do so. I expect a great

deal from the pupils I teach but despite this, they often exceed

my expectations.

Kiki teaches children from aged 3 upwards in ballet, tap, modern,

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Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks

Outdoor fun and games

As spring turns to summer, PE teachers explain what’s so good about being involved in sport...

Barbara Taylor, Head of PE at

Walthamstow Hall in Sevenoaks

What are you looking forward to

teaching this term? I’m retiring in July

so I am looking forward to teaching and cheering on our

students even more so than usual. After Easter we have our

summer sports of rounders, tennis and athletics. The most

fiercely fought competition in the summer calendar, which I

have the challenge of umpiring, is the Staff Upper Sixth

Rounders match.

What more unusual sports and outdoor activities

are on offer? As well as our core team sports, judo and

gymnastics have also been enjoying great success and we are

constantly adding new activities. Curling has proved very

popular recently and this year a group of students have set up

a school showjumping team and gone through to compete at

national level.

What do you love about teaching PE? Being out in

the fresh air, seeing the girls taking on a new challenge and

learning new skills and of course, winning!

Amanda Scott-Kilvert

Junior King’s Head of Upper School

What sports are you looking forward

to teaching this term? This term, for the

girls, the major game is netball, but alongside

this we are training very hard for the forthcoming

East of England Hockey Finals, taking

place in March.

What more unusual activities are on offer? We offer

the Milner Challenge, that is enjoyed by Years 5-8 and which

includes all sorts of challenges: camping trips, hikes, learning

new skills and working as a member of a team. It is similar

to the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is a stepping stone that

allows children to try so many new things.

What do you love about teaching PE? The variety.

I teach about 175 pupils each week and recognise the

importance of offering lots of different opportunities for

pupils. I believe that everyone has a niche on the sports field

and find it very rewarding when a pupil discovers a sport they

really enjoy then look to develop this further.

Kelli Hooper, Head of Physical

Education at Cobham Hall

What sports are you looking forward

to this term? I enjoy all the summer

sports. I am always surprised how much stronger the girls are

each year and how they continue to better their performances.

What more unusual sports and outdoor activities

are on offer? We offer a “boot camp” fitness club which is

very well attended. We also have the “Hooper Run” which is a

2km circuit; girls work hard to make the top 10 in the school

as well as trying to beat their previous performance.

What do you love about teaching PE? Whether it is a

first length in swimming, a fantastic set play in netball or an

impressive individual or team win, my highlights are seeing

students succeed through hard work and determination. As

our motto says, “There is more in you than you think.”

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Easter Fun Afternoon for Pre-School children.

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Ben Smith, Head of PE,

Spring Grove School:

What sports are you looking forward

to teaching this term? The girls and boys

do cross-country running, a sport at which we consistently

excel. In the summer our girls do rounders and cricket; the

boys do cricket. Girls and boys also swim and do athletics.

What more unusual sports and outdoor activities

are on offer? Some of our children do karate, judo, horseriding

– including show-jumping, cross-country and dressage.

What do you love about teaching PE? It is great

to see the effort made in coaching being turned into real

pupil achievement. Sport should be inclusive and we have a

philosophy that everyone has the opportunity to be coached

and to play in school matches. We wish to inspire in the

children a love of all sports.

How do you encourage pupils who don’t

necessarily enjoy sport? We differentiate and provide

coaching that meets the needs of the children, providing

skilled coaching for all children – whatever their ability.

We also provide opportunities for children to represent the

school, finding suitable opponents. Lastly, reward them

with plenty of praise, encouragement and

delicious match teas!

Hazel Lovegrove, Head of PE and Girls

Games, Sevenoaks Preparatory School

What sports are you looking forward

to teaching this term? There’s nothing

better than playing cricket, tennis and rounders in the

sunshine. Summer also brings athletics.

What more unusual sports and outdoor activities are

on offer? Fitting everything into such a short, busy term is a

struggle. We took some pupils to an indoor bowls centre, and

they absolutely loved it. I’d love to find the time to repeat that;

maybe we could fit in a few games of pétanque instead!

What do you love about teaching PE? I love to show

children how sport aids self-esteem, confidence and healthy

lifestyles. It is also important for pupils to learn how to handle

competition, success, frustration and disappointment. Valuing

courage and fair play, and respecting your role in a team is

always a message I like to get across.

How do you encourage pupils who don’t necessarily

enjoy sport? One of the best ways to engage, is to

encourage. Those who excel should be celebrated but those

who struggle should be encouraged and celebrated too.

However small an achievement, I show how excited and

pleased I am to see pupils accomplish it. ‘Success’ can be the

effort and fun involved in a sporting experience too.

Spring Grove School

A family prep school for children ages 2-11yrs

A great place to grow

Open Morning

Saturday 12th March 2016, 9.30am - 12.00 noon

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100 Years of Education, 1000 Years of History

BRINGING LEARNING TO LIFE

To arrange a visit, please contact Clare Harrison:

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Battle Abbey School

Open Days 2016

Senior School Open Day

March 5th 10.30am - 12.30pm

Prep & Nursery School Open Day

March 12th 10.00am - 12 noon

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Michael Hebden, Director of Sport (Senior

School), King’s Rochester.

What sports are you looking forward to

teaching this term? We offer a range of sports

at King’s; during the current Lent term the major sport for boys

will be hockey and netball for the girls. I always look forward to

the summer term as the great weather and amazing facilities we

have make it a pleasure to teach both cricket and tennis.

What more unusual sports and outdoor activities are

on offer? We are lucky to have an exceptionally well-qualified

and experienced fencing coach and it’s great to be able to offer

rowing too. Our purpose-built boathouse on the River Medway is

just a short distance from the school.

What do you love about teaching PE? It’s such a

rewarding job. Not only do I get to witness our students making

progress physically and socially, both on and off the pitch, it’s

really pleasing to hear of former students who have continued to

take part in various sports well after they have left King’s.

How do you encourage pupils who don’t necessarily

enjoy sport? We realise that not every student enjoys

traditional, competitive sports – which is why we offer a choice

of activities each term where a more recreational environment is

created. Badminton, fitness classes and swimming are all popular

choices. We have a swimming pool on site and a fitness area and

gym in our sports centre.

Pernilla Rosenberg, Girls Games Teacher

and Coordinator of Physical Education at

Bricklehurst Manor School.

What sports are you looking forward

to teaching this term? At Bricklehurst we offer the same

amount of PE coverage regardless of the season. We offer

athletics, rounders, cricket, netball, tennis, football, gymnastics,

cross-country, rugby and hockey.

What more unusual sports and outdoor activities

are on offer? What is unusual is the number of professional

sportspeople/coaches who volunteer, despite being a small

school! We offer Forest School and children undertake outdoor

pursuits. We attend triathlons, competitions and small-schools

tournaments. We also teach traditional maypole dancing, taught

by an enthusiastic teacher and showcased at the May Fair.

What do you love about teaching PE? Teaching different

lessons to every age group in the beautiful grounds means that

no two days are ever the same! I love being able to see how their

confidence grows, watch them develop skills and develop their

understanding about the importance of health and keeping fit.

How do you encourage pupils who don’t necessarily

enjoy sport? Lack of enjoyment in PE comes from children

thinking that they can’t ‘do’ sport. We find that boosting

confidence, support and practice makes children realise they can

‘do’ sport and enjoyment naturally follows.

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girls 11-18

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Saturday 12 March 2016 10.00am - 12.00 noon

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FLORISTRY & WILLOW

WEAVING WORKSHOPS

FRIDAY

18TH MARCH

Weave a

Willow Pig

£60

FRIDAY

8TH APRIL

Spring Hand

Tied Bouquet &

Rosemary Bowl

£80

FRIDAY

15TH APRIL

Create your

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Support

£60

Price includes a two-course

lunch with your tutor,

refreshments through the day

and a 10% discount on your

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THE TUTORS!

GEORGIA MILES

Georgia Miles is the

founder of The Sussex

Flower School. Her

background is eclectic

from a degree in Art

History from Edinburgh

University to the Higher

Diploma in Floristry

via massage and

aromatherapy, teacher

training, a lot of travel,

three children and a

passion for gardening.

DOMINIC PARRETTE

Dominic Parrette is

the founder of the

Sussex Willow School

and is a basket maker

specialising in frame

baskets, trugs and

plant supports. He

has many years of

experience of teaching

rural crafts at venues

including the Museum

of English Rural Life

and West Dean College.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL FOR ALL EVENTS

01892 852828 | Mark Cross (A267), East Sussex TN6 3PJ

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What’s On In March

Charity

Fri 4 Mar 7pm

Jubilee Square, High Street,

Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1SA

Fire Walk 2016

Challenge yourself to achieve something

you never thought you could and

walk on fire to raise funds for Heart

of Kent Hospice. Entry is limited

to over 18s. Minimum Sponsorship

of £100 required to book a place.

Entry: £25

Info: 01622 790195 / www.hokh.org

Sun 13 Mar 1, 2 or 3pm

Discovery Park, Sandwich,

Kent CT13 9FF

Abseil for charity

The Bridge Trust is looking for

brave people to take the 100ft

abseil, raising sponsorship for

their work with the homeless.

Minimum £75 raised per person.

Info & Booking: 01732 368363 / www.

kmcharityteam.co.uk/challenge/abseil

children & family

Sun 6 & Sun 20 Mar 1-6pm

Godinton House & Gardens,

Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP

Godinton House & Gardens

12 acres complement the magnificent

Jacobean house. Terraced lawns

lead through herbaceous borders,

rose garden and formal lily pond

to intimate Italian garden and large

walled garden with delphiniums,

potager, cut flowers and iris border.

Entry: £5, Children free

Info: 01233 643854 / www.

godintonhouse.co.uk

Fri 25 Mar - Sun 10 Apr

Kent Life, Lock Lane,

Maidstone ME14 3AU

Easter Eggstravaganza

Celebrate Easter and the baby boom

that comes with spring. Meet lambs and

goat kids as well as calves, Easter chicks

and piglets! Have a go at bottle-feeding

and learn how to identify fertilised eggs

in the hatchery. Hop on a tractor and

get creative in the Paint-a-Pot studio.

Sat 26 Mar - Mon 8 Mar

Pierremont Gardens, High

Street, Broadstairs CT10 1JZ

Broadstairs Spring Fair

Enjoy some great produce from The

Garden of England in this three day

fair with over 50 stalls, promoting the

best of Kent’s food and drink producers,

plus face painting, art activities and

an Easter bonnet competition.

Info: 01843 871102

Sun 27 Mar

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve & Visitor

Centre, Bradbourne Vale Road,

Sevenoaks TN13 3DH

Wildlife Easter Trail

Enjoy a fun family day out at

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve. The

day’s activities will include a wildlifethemed

Easter trail with a chocolate

prize at the end. Face painting and

looking for the Easter Bunny!

Info: 01622 357879

Wed 30 Mar 10.30am-1pm

/ 2-4.30pm

The Observatory Science Centre,

Herstmonceux, Hailsham,

East Sussex BN27 1RN

Man in the Moon

Learn all about the features of the

Moon through fun interactive activities.

Make your own Moon model, create

some fantastically messy craters

and hear about the mysteries of the

‘Man in the Moon’. Suitable for ages

6 - 9 years. Booking essential.

Entry: £10.75 per child

Info: www.the-observatory.org

Wed 30 Mar 9am-4pm

Sussex Wildlife Trust, Woods Mill,

Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9SD

Wild Woodies Spring

Holiday Club

Dive into the watery depths of the

pond in search of water boatmen and

newt tadpoles and learn all about

the fascinating world of mysterious

moths. Practise fire lighting and

find spiders and snails. Suitable

for children aged 6-11 years.

Entry: £24 members, £30 non-members

Info: 01273 497561 / www.

sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk

Classes & Talks

Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24 &

31 Mar 7.45-11.30pm

Heart of Flavour, 13 King Street,

Maidstone ME14 1DE

Salsa, Bachata,

Kizomba & RNB

Beginners welcome to these

regular dance classes in aid of

Heart of Kent Hospice

Entry: 1 class £8, 2 classes £10

Info: 07704 924935 / www.

salsawild.co.uk

Thurs 10 Mar 9.30am-12pm

Copt Hall, Copthall Avenue,

Hawkhurst TN18 4LR

Year round colour and interest.

A talk on how to enjoy your garden

all year round, given by a favourite

garden expert Ken Turner

Entry: £20

Booking & Info: events@

gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk

Wed 16 Mar 7.30pm

computer club

This evening there will be a talk on

how to professionally create and edit a

video presentation on your computer.

Entry: non members £2 per visit,

annual membership £10

Info: www.wealdofkentcomputerclub.

co.uk / secretarywkcc@yahoo.co.uk

Thurs 17 Mar 9.30am-4pm

St Blaise Centre, Boxgrove Priory,

Boxgrove, West Sussex PO18 0ED

Watercolour Workshop

for beginners

Come and explore the versatility

of watercolour in the beautiful

and tranquil surroundings of

Boxgrove Priory. There will be Tutor

demonstrations by Pat Lansbury and

practical work by students with one to

one tuition. In aid of the Royal Navy

& Royal Marines Children’s Fund.

Entry: £80 per person

0239 263 9536 / www.

rnrmchildrensfund.org.uk

Tues 22 Mar 6.30-8.30pm

The Creative Collective Gallery, 16

Park Mall, Ashford TN24 8RY

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Self-publishing workshop

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The Weald of Kent and published authors wanting to selfpublish

both fiction and non-fiction.

Entry: £30

Info & Booking: info@

thecreativecollective.gallery

/ www.zoesbooks.co.uk

Fairs

Sat 5 Mar 10.30am–3.30pm

Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies

Mile Road, Patcham BN1 8TA

The fairytale fair

Get your Easter & Mother’s Day

gifts handmade, unique and one

off this year! Great chocolate

alternatives, pocket money buys,

one off artworks and much more.

Info: www.thefairytalefair.co.uk

Sat 5 Mar 10am-3.30pm

Penshurst Village Hall,

Kent TN11 8BP

French Flea

Bringing beautiful French vintage

products to the Penshurst village

hall in the style, atmosphere and

flavour of a French Brocante, plus

a vintage crepe van & café .

Entry: £1

Mayfield Festival

of Music and the Arts

WWW.MAYFIELDFESTIVAL.CO.UK

24th april - 8th may 2016

24TH APRIL - 8TH MAY 2016

incorporating

Tunbridge Wells International Music

Competition at Mayfield Festival

CLASSICAL•CHAMBER•JAZZ•FILM

Box office now open for all details see www.mayfieldfestival.co.uk

Book online or telephone: 0333 666 3366

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What’s On In March

Info: www.cherishthevintage.

co.uk / 07885 610912

Music, Theatre & Art

Tues 1 - Tues 19 Mar 11am-5pm

UpDown Gallery, Satis House, 11 Ems

Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9BW

Joan Miro

This is an exciting opportunity to see a

selection of beautiful prints created by a

man whose career has had great influence

over many contemporary artists.

Entry: Free

Info: 01843 588181 / www.

updowngallery.co.uk

Sat 12 Mar 7.30pm

St. John’s Church, Church Road,

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

Sidcup Symphony

Orchestra

Orchestral Concert given by The

Sidcup Symphony Orchestra

conducted by James Ross.

Programme to include Shostakovitch

Festive Overture, Elgar Cello

Concerto (Soloist Will Robertson),

Rachmaninov Symphony No.1

Entry: £12 & £10 (Children

& students half price)

Booking & Info: 01322 557458

/ www.sidcupsymphony.org.uk

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PAINT YOUR OWN CERAMICS

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

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Disabled access • Ample Parking • Cafe on-site

Easter

Trail

18th to 28th March 2016

10am until 4pm

£2.50

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Crafts & Gifts

HAWKHURST FISH FARM

Subject to terms & Conditions

Free Drink

when you buy

a meal from the

Waterside Café!

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Tues 1 - Wed 30 Mar

Rochester Cathedral

stations of the cross

An exhibition of lithographs by the

celebrated artist Frank Brangwyn.

These spell-binding images are

in private ownership and rarely

accessible to the general public.

Entry: Free

Info: www.rochestercathedral.org

Sat 5 Mar 7.30pm

Sarah Thorne Memorial Theatre

PUCCINI’S LA BOHEME

The Merry Opera Company

brings together Christopher

Cowell’s new translation of this

much loved romance opera.

Entry: £17

Booking & Info: 01843 863701 / www.

sarahthorne-theatrecompany.co.uk

Sun 6 Mar 7pm

St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden

PUCCINI’S LA BOHEME

The Merry Opera Company

brings together Christopher

Cowell’s new translation of this

much loved romance opera.

Entry: £17.50

Booking & Info: friendsofstmildreds@

gmail.com / 01580 764620

Sat 12 Mar 7.30pm

St. Andrew’s Church, Paddock Wood

Baroque Spectacular

The choir will sing works by

Vivaldi, Purcell and Handel. The

Henham Chamber Orchestra will

play Haydn’s The Queen of Sheba,

conducted by Paul Showell

Entry: £12.50

Info: www.paddockwood-choral.

org.uk / 01892 822448

Friday 18 Mar 7.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence School

Travelling by tuba

Although the tuba is of course

prominent in all their concerts,

this is no ordinary tuba recital!

Playing an innumerable array

of wind and brass instruments,

Travelling by Tuba offer humerous

anecdotes and informal chat.

Info: 01622 863002

Sun 20 Mar

The Capitol, Horsham,

West Sussex RH12 1RG

Horsham Symphony

Orchestra

Enjoy a feast of music from

America, England and France.

Entry: Adults £14, Under 18’s £5

Info & Booking: 01403 750220

/ www.thecapitolhorsham.com /

www.horshamsymphony.org.uk

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What’s On In March

Ibbett Mosely

AuctIoneers & VAluers

Limited Liability Partnership

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 30th March 2016

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm

The Auction Rooms, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HJ

Penshurst VINTAGE

& Antiques Fair

Penshurst Village Hall TN11 8BP

Tel: 01732 456731 Web: www.ibbettmosely.co.uk

125 High St, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1UT

Registered in England No. 0C341637 Regulated by RICS Registered at the Sevenoaks office as Ibbett Mosely Surveyors LLP

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HORNBROOK MANOR FARM

26 th , 27 th , 28 th March

Trade 9.30am

Public 10.30am–5pm

Entrance £1.50

MAKE YOUR GARDEN GORGEOUS

GARDENING COURSE

info@hornbrookmanor.co.uk 01233 861149

join Jo Arnell in her garden

for 6 seasonal and practical

gardening sessions. Learn how

to design, prune, grow, and

make your garden gorgeous

Come and find fashionable vintage &

antique treasures in charming Penshurst.

Enjoy delicious cakes with Rose & Olive’s

pop up vintage tearoom.

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www.dhallcabinetmaker.co.uk

David Hall

Cabinet Maker

&

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* Carving and Copy Carving

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VISIT OUR LARGE SHOWROOM

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all option details & prices.

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(01788) 565268

15 Townsend Lane, Long

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www.millsandsons.co.uk

The supply & replacement of

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hinges, all fitted kitchen

components/appliances, door

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Gardens & Buildings

Probably the most experienced, established

& qualified contractor in the area

Geoff Tiltman

City & Guilds in Horticulture N.C.T

FREE QUOTATIONS, CALL

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Creating gardens

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TN17 2NB

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SERVICE

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CHRIS FORMAN

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Logs Always Available

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ASHFORD 1 CONSTRUCTION

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T P BUILDERS

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GARDEN

MAINTENANCE

HEDGE WORKS

Call

01227 768112 or 07809 476910

Bargeboards, Cladding, Fascias, Soffits & Guttering Est.1987 Never

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wood around their roofline with uPVC. Once installed

this is maintenance free and eliminates the problem of

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Why not give us a ring for a FREE no obligation

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feedback from the Consumer Protection Association.

Our surveys are free, prices guaranteed and no deposit

required.

Call Mr Ian Harper on 01233 641998 or 07879 446781

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Gardens & Buildings

Wealden Wealden Times Times - Bazaar - Classified

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Interiors

High class certified craftsmen,

covering all aspects of

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building services

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www.jsbbuildcraftltd.co.uk

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Construction

ALL ASPECTS OF BUILDING WORK

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info@owl-construction.net

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01580 754875 • 07909 427949

Carpentry

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We grow over 350 varieties of Apples,

Miniature Apple Trees for pots & patios

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE

(On selected items) until 31st March

------ Free catalogue available ------

01983 840750 (24hr)

01983 522243

Deacons Nursery (WT), Godshill,

Isle of Wight P038 3hW

www.deaconsnurseryfruits.co.uk

Maintenance

AP INTERIOR DESIGN

IAN THOMAS

Carpentry &

Bespoke Joinery

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& Refurbishment

Staplecross

01580 830590

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PAINTING & DECORATING

(City & Guilds Craft, Advanced & F.T.C)

For all your decorating

requirements with no VAT.

Phone 01424 253071 / 07762 487583

DO YOU NEED YOUR HOME DECLUTTERED?

WOULD YOU LIKE HELP TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE A HOME?

If so, please don’t hesitate to contact me:

Alison 07770 273863 alison.pilk@btinternet.com

Furniture Maker.

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Visit www.mjdm.co.uk or

call Micky 07813 597981

PLUMBING & HEATING

New Build & Refurbishment. Boilers,

bathrooms, system upgrades. For a

competitive price call Simon on

07762 184185

Professional Services

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Peter Simmons BSc (hons)

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10% Discount for new customers - Quote Ref: T77

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Home Tuition

Former Head Teacher offers,

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to Level- Gcse, ’A’ Level, Pre-University.

Very High Success Rate

Please call 01732 851145 and

ask for Fredric Gale M.A. (Oxon)

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E: maidstone@dnsaccountants.co.uk

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Offices & Storage

1200 sq/ft 1.5 miles from

Marden. Central heating,

good access & parking.

Cornwells Farm, Sheephurst Lane,

Marden, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 9NS

Tel: 01622 831385

Thinking about

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we can work together in the comfort and

privacy of your home.

Your Memoir

Visit yourmemoir.co.uk

Call me Marnie Summerfield Smith

on 07710 721389 to arrange a

no-obligation meeting

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Muddy Pawz

Dog bathing & pet taxi service.

Hawkhurst. The full works wash

from £12.50, pet taxi service

60p per mile, £10 (min charge)

07936 743268

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Health & Wellbeing

Personal colour profiling

For your perfect colours

Call Sophie on 01580 243 228

www.emergingcolour.com

Breathtaking

web design.

Sophie will be offering complimentary

mini colour analysis sessions at

Cashara, 23 High Street, Tenterden

on 23rd March from 5-8pm for their

special launch party.

CALL JONNY ON 01580 475 015

All welcome, come along and WWW.NORTH1.CO.UK

enjoy a

glass of wine and a browse of this

season's beautiful colours.

Psychotherapy at The Garden Room

A place to find trust and comfort if you are

finding certain things in your life difficult.

I offer tailored counselling and psychotherapy sessions

to individuals and couples struggling with addiction,

relationships, anxiety, stress and depression.

For help and more information, feel free

to call me on the numbers below.

David Gilmour PG Dip, MBACP Registered.

01580 441506 | 07976 247833

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Wealden Times - Classified

Verruca / Wart Clinic

Can be removed in one treatment

Excellent results. Fully qualified & insured

Hazel Everest

High blood pressure?

High cholesterol?

Poor circulation?

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STOTT PILATES in GOUDHURST

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Credit cards accepted

Stott Pilates is the most

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radiographer and Stott Pilates

instructor, I teach pilates to

those who wish to improve

their flexibility and posture.

1-2-1 & classes of 3-4

people available. Contact

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No-fuss websites

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Music Tutors

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GUITAR LESSONS

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Phone: 01892 522 006

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PIANO LESSONS

I visit your home!

Also Clarinet - Sax - Trumpet

Louise 07989 370624

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Events

Food

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Bespoke Wine

Tastings & Events

Albany

Events

VICTORIA ALDWINCKLE, AIWS.

www.albanyevents.co.uk

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QUALITY CATERING

FOR ALL OCCASIONS

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Weddings • Parties • Celebrations

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Telephone 07769 663053 Find us on Facebook

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Clairvoyant

Monday–Friday

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01233 732784

Cleaning Services

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cleaning, home help,

companionship.

There’s no place like home

www.maidofgoldcleaning.com

Tel: 07450 266970

CATERING SPECIALIST 01580 890 554

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ironing made easy

Full Laundry and

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Full colour advertising from

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Call Adam on 01580 714705

Parties to hog roasts, buffets, weddings, barbecues to chocolate

fountains, we'll give you a personal and professional service for any

event, just visit us online and see what our clients are saying.

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Knitting Workshops

Come and learn a new skill or brush up on an old one!

Tabatha Thomas offers a range of creative and inspiring

knitting workshops and knit & natter groups in and around

Sussex. Workshops are relaxed and friendly and the number

of attendees is kept small so that everyone can get all of

the individual attention they need. There is something for

everyone from complete newbies to the experienced.

Contact Linda Brown

Phone 07746 121967

Workshops

Visit www.tabathathomas.co.uk

Email info@tabathathomas.co.uk

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competition

win dinner for two, with a

glass each of Balfour Brut

RosÉ, and an overnight stay

at the Tickled Trout

Fables

From

The Farm

Jane has a friend

living in the fridge…

The Tickled Trout, West Farleigh is a modern and stylish

pub, with six recently opened boutique hotel rooms and a

fabulous fish restaurant with an Italian twist. It also features

an impressive, fresh ‘Oysters on Ice’ bar where our guests can

eat or drink in a relaxed yet sophisticated environment.

We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and, like all

our other venues, pride ourselves on serving delicious wines,

ciders and craft ales including those produced by our own

winery, the Hush Heath Estate in nearby Staplehurst.

Our beautifully refurbished hotel rooms, with private

entrance, have been individually designed with comfort and

luxury in mind. Each room features large, sumptuous beds

and cloud-like linens to sink into. With Sky TV, including

Sky Sports and Sky movies as part of the perks, they’re a

home from home. Guests can arrange for extras on arrival

such as chilled champagne or fresh flowers. In spring we will

be opening our sun-filled terraces – which overlook the large,

landscaped garden complete with children’s play area – for ‘al

fresco’ dining. We love dogs too (outside and in the bar area)

so don’t leave them at home. An outside bar will complement

this area and promises to be a fantastic ‘go-to’ destination and

meeting place for friends and family. Our extensive gardens

are an ideal location for private parties, weddings and events.

The prize comprises: a two-course dinner for two people,

including a glass each of the award-winning Balfour Brut

Rosé, and a luxurious overnight stay.

For your chance to win a twocourse

dinner for two people,

including a glass of Balfour Brut

Rosé, and an overnight stay at

the Tickled Trout, West Farleigh,

just answer this question: ‘What

seafood can you enjoy in the

bar of the Tickled Trout?’

Enter your answer with your

contact details* in the online

form at www.wealdentimes.co.uk/

competition or post to: The Tickled Trout Competition, Wealden Times, 21 Stone

Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF by 18 March 2016. There is no cash alternative

and the prize must be taken

After 20 odd years of family chaos, Adrian and I suddenly

find ourselves home alone. One at uni and the other has

gone round the world. We miss them of course, but…

the car never seems to need petrol, the wood-fired boiler produces

enough hot water for two and we don’t seem to go food shopping

at all! By accident we have become pretty well self-sufficient.

But I do have a new mouth to feed – and not the kind you might

expect. “Son of Gerald” lives in the fridge and only needs food

once a week or so. Last year our friend Jonathan was waxing lyrical

about the joys of sourdough bread. As a newcomer, I had no idea

what a cult this was. There are websites such as Sourdough Nation,

where a buzzing community swaps tales about their precious starters

(the yeast mix required) and what kit to buy. Think Mumsnet for

breadmakers. And now we have joined in.

Son of Gerald is the name of our starter, kindly given to us by

Gerald’s owners – Gerald being an aristocrat among sourdoughs who

is decades old. Twice a week we use about half of him to make the

sourdough. The other half is fed, talked to and put back into the

fridge. If all this sounds surreal, believe me, you can get easily hooked.

Not sure who will look after Son of Gerald when we go on holiday –

but we will have to sort out something because the bread is fantastic.

The hens have come back into lay after their winter off and for the

first time ever – and I know not why – they have decided to lay their

eggs in the nesting box in the hen coop i.e. precisely where they’re

supposed to. Being completely free range they have always in the past

chosen nooks and crannies around the farm. When we heard them

making the loud din that always announces the arrival of a fresh egg,

we used to have to hot-foot it to the source of the crowing to discover

the latest clutch. The new system is very much more satisfactory.

There are still plenty of leeks and curly kale and any day now the

purple sprouting broccoli will start purple sprouting so, with stored

spuds and onions the veg department is pretty much taken care of.

There is fruit too.

When we arrived at Coopers and planted an orchard I thought all

apples ripened in the summer and were ready to pick and eat by the

autumn. But not so. While they all have apples by September, they

vary greatly in terms of when you should pick them and then how

long they take to ripen. Fruit from “Spring Dessert Apples” should

be picked as late as possible, and then stored, as they will not be ripe

till February /March. Chosen, I must confess, for their fabulous

names, we more recently planted three from this group – Bess Pool,

Cornish Gillyflower and Hambledon Deux Ans and are enjoying

apples at their very best right now.

We could, but don’t, milk a couple of pints a day from one of our

older placid Sussex beef cows. However, the milkman is so much

more convenient and somehow two pints at the top of the lane

doesn’t count as going shopping – and his milk doesn’t have bits of

straw in it. So yes, we did it. Almost. There have however been

visits to the off-licence.

Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm

Congratulations to Anne Cornish, who wins our February competition for an

overnight stay and breakfast at Leeds Castle.

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