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Introducing The Orchard, a brand new development
of 8 luxury holiday homes in the Surrey Hills
Located just over an hour from London and Gatwick, luxurious lodges, 26-acres of
landscaped woodland and first class onsite leisure facilities make Edgeley a perfectly
accessible rural escape.
The new Orchard development is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on this beautiful park, but
just minutes walk away from the swimming pool, fitness suite and tennis courts.
Our fully managed letting service can find holidaymakers eager to rent accommodation
and rental incomes could more than offset your running costs.
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• Minutes from Guildford & just over
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John Graham-Hart finds
homes with green credentials
What’s going on near
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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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John Graham-Hart meets
a film producer with a
GET THE LOOK
Fabulous home accessories
LIVING WITH COLOUR
Tricia Guild’s philosophy on
using colour in the home
Upholstered furniture, as
well as cushions and throws
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the coming season with the
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Jo Arnell on spring flowers
THE GREEN GODDESS
Penny Kemp despairs
FIXED OR GROWTH
LEAP & LEARN
The benefits of dance classes
Stay at the newly
Trout in West Farleigh
Jane embraces self-sufficiency
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PREMIER SETTING WITHIN PRIVATE GATED ESTATE
st. george's hill, weybridge
Stunning new home by Octagon Developments ø 4 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast/
family room ø cinema and bar ø master bedroom suite with balcony ø 4 further suites
ø staff accommodation ø games room ø lift access ø garaging with car turntable ø about
1 acre of west backing grounds ø open weekends 10am-4pm ø EPC=B
Guide £7.5 million Freehold
BREATH-TAKING VIEWS ADJOINING GOLF COURSE
st. george's hill, weybridge
Brand new luxury home built by Octagon Developments ø 5 spacious reception rooms
ø open plan kitchen/breakfast/family room ø 5 bedroom suites ø separate staff
accommodation ø infinity pool ø over an acre of beautifully landscaped south backing
grounds ø access onto golf course ø open weekends 10am-4pm ø EPC=C
Guide £9.5 million Freehold
The Property Ombudsman
A highly desirable grade II*country house with cottage, stables and swimming pool, just over 2 miles from mainline rail.
Main House: Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Conservatory, Study Area, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Master Bedroom
with Dressing Room & En-Suite Bathroom, 4 Further Bedrooms, 2 Further Bathrooms. Cottage: Open Plan Kitchen/Sitting/Dining Room,
Bedroom & Shower room. Outside: Detached Garage with Room Above, Stable Building, Delightful Established Gardens & Grounds including
Kitchen Garden, Superb Swimming Pool and Paddock. In all about 2.3 acres.
Guide Price £1,875,000
A luxury 5 bedroom character detached family home amidst 1.7 acres with an additional 5 acre paddock.
Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Study, Bespoke Kitchen/Family Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom, Master Suite, 4 Further Bedrooms,
4 Further Bath/Shower Rooms (3 En Suite), Double Garage, Gardens and Grounds including Pond, Woodland and Field Extending to 6.7
acres. Ready For Occupation.
Guide Price £1,825,000
Oxted 01883 712375
coming 26 January 2015
The Property Ombudsman
Modern and well proportioned residence in a favoured and quiet position
Entrance hall, cloakroom, office/library, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, first floor landing, master suite, guest suite, 3
further double bedrooms, built-in wardrobes to all of the bedrooms, family bathroom, excellent North Downs views, landscaped southerly rear garden,
double garage and driveway, in all, about 0.2 of an acre. EPC D
Guide price £1.15m
A wonderful Grade II Listed period home in superb village setting
Entrance porch, generous reception hall, drawing room, dining room, breakfast room, kitchen, laundry room, downstairs cloakroom, first floor landing,
5 bedrooms, bathroom, separate WC, double garage, adjacent stores, studio/garden room, summerhouse, swimming pool, parking for several vehicles,
beautifully maintained established garden, paddock, in all, about 1.1 acres.
Guide Price £1.395m
coming 26 January 2015
The Property Ombudsman
Outstanding family home in a private exclusive location with commanding views
Reception hall, cloakroom, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, study area, laundry/utility room, gym/studio, wet room, kitchenette, master
bedroom with en-suite shower room, dressing area, 5 further bedrooms one with en-suite, family bathroom, family shower room, impressive driveway, 2
garages, beautiful formal gardens with fine views, outbuildings, stabling, recently constructed sand school, 2 paddocks, in all, nearly 5 acres. EPC D
Guide price £2.25m
Mature family home in wonderful private elevated location with far-reaching views
Reception hall, separate WC, drawing room, dining room, superb kitchen/breakfast/family room, study, utility/shower room, spacious first floor landing,
master bedroom with dressing room, luxury en-suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom beautiful mature and secluded gardens with farreaching
views, generous parking, garage, brick-built garden store, in all, about 0.37 of an acre. EPC D
Guide price £1.15m
coming 26 January 2015
Guide price £475,000
Four Elms, Nr Edenbridge
A superbly presented penthouse apartment
2 reception rooms, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Lift access. 2 designated parking spaces.
EPC rating E. Communal gardens totalling about 5 acres.
We understand what makes a property
unique to the area and the market.
Combine this with our expert
consultation and we’ll find you
a buyer that fits perfectly. Fast.
To speak to your local Knight Frank
team and arrange a free market
appraisal call 01732 658778 or drop
into our Sevenoaks office.
Guide price £1,195,000
Toys Hill, Nr Westerham
A versatile property with delightful grounds in a sought-after address
3 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Planning permission to enlarge. Stable block.
Delightful established gardens and grounds including 2 paddocks. EPC rating E. In all about
1.91 acres. Further land available.
Guide price £1,875,000
A superbly appointed listed family house
3 reception rooms, 5/6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. 1 bedroom
cottage. Detached garage with room above. Stable building.
Established gardens and grounds including kitchen garden,
swimming pool and paddock. In all about 2.3 acres.
Guide price £1,050,000
A striking detached house on an exclusive private development.
3 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Integral double
garage, driveway, beautifully landscaped side and rear gardens
with views. EPC rating C. In all about 0.22 acre.
underfl oor heating, an en-suite to the master
bedroom, fi tted kitchens and allocated parking.
over four fl oors and includes a beautifully appointed
A beautifully presented 3 bedroom mid- terrace
4 fl oors and enjoys considerable character with a
Luxury retirement living and so
much more than a new home
Purchase a newly built one or two bedroom independent living
apartment in the established setting of Elmbridge Retirement Village
and enjoy the exclusive use of all the village amenities. This will include
the new purpose-built clubhouse, incorporating a restaurant, bar,
library, shop, function and guest rooms, which is coming soon.
Brand new apartments, within the Elmbridge Manor, now
available to reserve for late summer/autumn 2016 completion.
Marketing suite open Thursday to Monday 10.30am - 5pm.
For residents aged 65 and over.
Selling agent 01483 268555
Elmbridge Village, Essex Drive, Elmbridge Road,
Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8TR.
Call 01483 676100 or visit www.elmbridgevillage.co.uk
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart
John Graham-Hart finds energy efficient, lovely homes
nwell, 6 Sea way, Middleton-on-Sea, weSt SuSSex
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;
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
– will still have somewhere in this rather pretty little corner of the galaxy to call
Where? Perranwell is on a private
marine estate with residents’ private
access on to the beach in the village of
Middleton-on-Sea just to the east of
Bognor Regis. (Google Maps PO22 7SA).
What? A pretty marine chalet-style
family home, Perranwell offers attractive
and bright accommodation over two floors
with a versatile configuration that provides
the option to create a ground floor suite
if desired. Currently, the ground floor
includes a spacious living room/dining
room/kitchen drawing room, bedroom,
shower room and utility room. On the first
floor, there is a large master bedroom, two
further bedrooms and bathroom, while
outside there is a garage/workshop and a
Environmental systems include a heat
recovery ventilation system, LED lighting
throughout, triple glazing and a 5000-litre
underground tank which uses recycled rain
water to operate the washing machine and
WC facilities. This provides the property
with an impressive EER score of 73.
How much? Perranwell has a guide
price of £795,000 and is with Savills in
Petworth. Call 01798 343111 or visit
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2. Princess Square
Where? This elegant town house is on
Charlotte Terrace, part of the new Princess
Square gated development in Esher
(Google Maps KT10 9EW).
What? Built to the highest
standard and offering generous luxury
accommodation over four floors, the
property blends fine architectural
characteristics of the past with luxury
contemporary living. A basement houses
a garage and utility room while on the
ground floor there is a drawing room and
a spacious kitchen/breakfast room. On the
first floor you’ll find the master bedroom
and en suite bathroom and a second
bedroom with en suite bathroom. On
the top floor are two further bedrooms,
both with en suite bathrooms. Communal
facilities and services include a gym and
leisure room and 24hr security. The
property offers an impressive EER of 74.
How much? The property is with
Knight Frank in Esher who are inviting
offers in excess of £1,500,000. Call 020
7861 1552 or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk
3. Keepers Cottage
Where? Keepers Cottage is in a rural
position between the villages of Ide Hill
and Bough Beech, close to the Bough
Beech Reservoir with its sailing club and
bird watching (Google Maps TN8 7PN).
What? A recently completed
five-bedroom luxury home, Keepers
Cottage offers bright and substantial
accommodation in an outstanding
location. On the ground floor there is a
dual-aspect drawing room with two pairs
of double glass doors opening on to the
terrace and garden, as well as a dining
room, study and a spacious kitchen/
breakfast/family room with doors to
On the first floor there is a master bedroom
and an elegant en suite bathroom, three
further bedrooms, two with en suite
bathrooms. On the second floor there is a
further bedroom with its own bathroom.
The property is in 1.7 acres of gardens
and grounds and a further five acres of
paddocks and woodland overlooking the
reservoir. Excellent insulation and glazing
gives Keepers Cottage an EER of 70.
How much? Keepers Cottage is
one the market £1,825,000 and is with
Jackson-Stops & Staff in Oxsted. Call
01883 712375 or visit
4. The Gables
Where? The Gables is in an
established private road just to the north
of Dorking town centre and a two-minute
walk to Ranmore Common (Google
Maps RH4 1NE).
What? The Gables is a substantial and
luxurious new family home with 5,200
square feet of accommodation arranged
over four floors. The lower ground floor
comprises two rooms with potential
for use as a gyms or media rooms. The
ground floor features a superb kitchen/
breakfast room with a wall of bi-folding
doors on to a sandstone terrace and
garden. There is also a drawing room and
dining room. The first floor features an
impressive master bedroom suite with
Juliet balcony and an en suite bathroom
and three further double bedrooms,
each with en suite shower rooms. The
second floor offers a substantial bedroom
plus living area and an en suite dressing
room and shower room with obvious
possibilities as teenage eyrie, au-pair
accommodation or home office.
How much? The Gables is on the
market at £1,695,000 and is with Jackson-
Stops & Staff in Dorking. Call 01306
887560 or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk.
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Attention landlords and tenants!
ASSURED SHORTHOLD TENANCIES
& THE DEREGULATION ACT 2015
Last October some important
changes to the law relating to
Assured Shorthold Tenancies
(ASTs) were made. Nowadays
most private tenancies are ASTs,
so many landlords and tenants
are affected by these changes.
These changes were brought in
because it was considered that
many landlords were using section
21 notices instead of dealing with
legitimate tenant complaints about
the condition of the property.
These rules do not apply to Wales
and only affect ASTs that began
on or after 1st October 2015 and
relate to section 21 notices (the
notice served which terminates
the tenancy) and the landlord’s
obligations to his/her tenants. Where
the new rules are not followed,
the landlord may be prevented
from evicting the tenant and may
not be able to serve a further
section 21 notice for 6 months.
at beginning of an AST:
A landlord must now provide
certain documents to tenants at
the beginning of the tenancy.
These documents are:
• The government booklet
“How to rent: the checklist
for renting in England”.
• Gas appliance safety certificate.
• Energy performance certificate.
Service of section 21 notice;
• A section 21 notice can only
be served after 4 months from
the beginning of the tenancy.
• A new prescribed form of
section 21 notice must be
used; this standard form
is available online.
• If the local authority serves a
health and safety improvement
notice then no section 21 notice
can be served for 6 months.
Complaint about the
property by tenant
• If the tenant makes a complaint
about the condition of the
property the Landlord must
respond within 14 days
stating what work he intends
to do and give a timescale
for doing the work.
• If the landlord fails to reply or
the reply is not adequate or
the Landlord serves a section
21 notice, then the tenant
can make a complaint to the
local authority who will then
inspect the property and can
serve a remedial notice or carry
out the remedial action. If this
happens then any section 21
notice served will be invalid
and no further notice can
be served for 6 months.
Jacqui Brooks is an Associate
Solicitor in Buss Murton’s
Litigation Team. If you would like
more information please contact
Jacqui on 01892 510 222 or email
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The Spring Exhibition at McAllister Thomas
Opens 2 April 2016
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Original Art For Your Future
McAllister Thomas Fine Art 117 High Street, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1AQ Telephone 01483 860591 www.mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk
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The Sculpture Park in Churt Village, Surrey is one of Britain’s
most atmospheric selling exhibitions with around 700 pieces
of outdoor sculpture along two miles of trail. This is set within
10 acres of picturesque woodland and wildlife inhabited water
gardens fed by two natural streams. There is also an indoor
gallery space showcasing a further selection of interior sculptures
and artworks. In total there are examples of work from over
300 artists, from upcoming British sculptors to established
internationals. Visit www.thesculpturepark.com for more details.
Exhibitions & events near you
The Summerhouse at the Packhorse Centre, near
Farnham will be host to a new pop-up shop on
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March. If you’re
after beautiful interiors accessories ranging from
lampshades and cushions to door stops and draft
excluders, then this is the place to be. To take a
peek at what’s on offer, visit www.hemliv.co.uk
Hop & shop...
Visit Dorking Museum this Easter for their ever-
From 10.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday 19 March,
shop till you drop at the Home and Vintage Spring
Brocante at Grayswood village hall. Stalls will popular Easter egg hunt, taking place on Saturday
be selling furniture, textiles, clothing, handmade 19 March. Ideal for those with young children,
gifts and plenty of treasure. Pots and plants, the museum offers plenty to see and discover,
spring flowers, and yummy tea and cake will also with a special prize at the end of the day. There’s
be available to enjoy. Entry is just 50p so don’t no need to pre-book, and entry starts at £2. Visit
miss out. Contact 07719718730 for enquiries. www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk for more details.
From the writer of One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard
Bean’s brilliantly observed drama stars Olivier
Award-winner Matthew Kelly and Simon Greenall.
It’s a seemingly ordinary Sunday night shift. The
smell of baking bread rises and the industrial
thump of the never ending machines sounds, but
this shift turns out to be a little different. To get
your tickets for this funny, moving play phone
01483 440000 or visit www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Ever fancied designing and making your own
jewellery? Now is your opportunity. South Hill
Park Arts Centre is offering a great silversmithing
course for beginners. Students will learn a
variety of metalworking skills and processes
enabling them to develop new ideas and apply
them to jewellery and other silverware. To
book your spot call 0344 484123 or visit www.
southhillpark.org.uk for more information.
A sweet gift...
Visit Denbies wine estate to celebrate Mother’s
Day this year. On Thursday 10 March join in
with a hands on experience and demonstration
to learn how to create a basket spring flower
arrangement. Refreshments, a light lunch and
a glass of sparkling wine will be provided to
make the day a real treat. Tickets are £35 per
person and can be booked at www.denbies.co.uk
Silvermere Retirement Home.
Where your Well-being flourishes.
Silvermere is our flagship retirement and care home. It brings to Surrey luxury community living, the highest
levels of care and support and an unrivalled Well-being and Activities programme – NEW FOR 2016.
Located in Cobham with stunning views over Silvermere Lake and the adjoining Golf Club, our hotel standard
services and fine dining options will make Silvermere your number one choice
Highlights of our Well-being Week
Join us at Silvermere for our free ‘Well-being Week’ with a series of events and activities for all to enjoy.
Activities Day | Monday 21 st March | 10.30am-6pm
Come and try one of our many activity groups running on this day including – Yoga – Ageless Golf
Creative Minds Art Class – Zumba – Zoo Lab and many more.
Falls Prevention Event | Tuesday 22 nd March | 4pm-5pm
Dr Clarence Chikusu from St Peter’s Hospital will be speaking around the prevention of falls
and will offer his expertise in this field. With afternoon cream tea served.
Memory Care Event | Wednesday 23 rd March | 11am-12noon & 7pm-8pm
Paul Evans from the Alzheimer’s Society will be addressing the ways we can best support
those affected by any form of dementia. With cheese and wine served.
Everyone is welcome. Please call 01932 642216 to book your place.
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Stealing the show
Words: John Graham-Hart Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Jennifer Stuart-Smith
Setting the scene has been Emma Clarke’s
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Above: Emma’s B&B guests can relax in her pretty drawing room which overlooks the gravel driveway and raised vegetable beds in the front garden. Pale decor
and reflective, glittering treasures make the most of the light, which floods in from the kitchen though half-glazed sliding doors.
The Madras Club was built in 1832 and, as the
elderly brigadier and I sat having tea on the
hallowed verandah, nothing very much seemed
to have changed since that date. My host was Indian but
educated and trained at Eton and Sandhurst, in many
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had had a ‘glorious’ life serving in both the British and
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Sparkling objects reflect the light. “I’m afraid I’m a magpie – if
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Above left: Emma brought several pieces of oversized furniture back from the States, including this huge armchair-cum-chaise longue – which is perfectly
positioned for enjoying the drop-down cinema screen Above right: House plants and flowers bring life and colour to every room
– the life it was always destined to lead, the home
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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.
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roof and pretty casement windows,” she says. “I
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spectacular beamed ceiling, now bleached white. Also
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
brought light in with larger windows and French doors into the garden
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
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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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Above: The marble floor tiles were the only feature of the kitchen in place
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work and decorating the house before moving in but
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tradesmen and the determination to make the most of the
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With only twelve weeks, four floors, seven bedrooms and not a light switch or tap
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Do you have a beauty
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I often use hand cream at
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What’s your ultimate
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I’m very low maintenance.
I have a facial about once a
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she will often be conducting
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Or a sneaky doze on a
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Who’s your style icon?
Anyone who is cool and
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Her ‘I don’t care what anyone
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Kate’s passion for all things
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Fitness is a broad term. When we speak about running, do we discuss
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not kind. The support and community that spontaneously arises when
people train together is wonderful to see, and makes it a key component.
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Other than just static stretching, what
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With Mothering Sunday and Easter falling in March this year,
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• 25 lemons
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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
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4. To make the drizzle, add three quarters of the lemon juice
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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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.
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
honeysuckle) are three of the best. They aren’t the most beautiful
plants, so plant them where they can fade into the background,
but near enough for you to catch their exquisite fragrance.
Sarcococca confusa, or Christmas box, is low-growing and
shade tolerant so you can tuck it behind a more showy plant
and enjoy its fragrance without having to look at it. If you have
the space for a specimen, try a Witch Hazel – Hamamelis x
intermedia ‘Pallida’ has scented flowers that climb its bare
branches like little spiders. Many of these early performers
are suitable for growing in containers too. In fact, something
like a camellia may even prefer it, because it needs to grow in
acid soil. The great thing about a plant in a pot is that it can
be moved away from centre stage once it’s done its thing.
Then there are the bare-barked beauties – I love the white
winter bark of birches. Many acers, known more usually for
their gorgeous autumn foliage, can also look good naked. Acer
griseum has peeling cinnamon-coloured bark. The snake-bark
maple, A. davidii has bark like – you guessed it, – a woody sort
of snake. Another, A. ‘Sango-kaku,’ has gleaming coral-coloured
bark, pale lime green emerging foliage and golden autumn tints.
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Native to woodland in Greece and Turkey, hellebores will grow
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early spring flowering plants and bulbs. Hellebores like moist,
woodland conditions, but can spend many a dry, shady summer
lurking between shrubs and trees without coming to harm. Called
the Lenten Rose – but not related to roses at all – Helleborus
orientalis flowers later (during Lent) than H. niger (helpfully
named the Christmas Rose, so that we can tell the difference).
Hellebores hybridise easily; in fact you will probably find baby
hellebores at the feet of mature plants – the problem is waiting
until they flower to see if they’re worth keeping, as some can be –
like the children of film stars – less dramatic than their parents.
Bring spring inside
When the weather outside is frightful, the garden is not always
an inviting place, but there is a neat trick you can do with early
flowering shrubs. They don’t have to be any of the ones I’ve
mentioned, but they should have buds on; try forsythia, pussy
willow or even blackthorn. Bring in a few twigs or small branches,
place in a vase of water and the tight buds will burst into bloom,
fooled into blossoming by the false spring in your living room.
If you’re keen to get cracking growing vegetables, buy your seed
potatoes, but don’t plant them yet; leave them in a light and
frost-free place to start sprouting (a process called ‘chitting’)
which is supposed to give them a head start. Broad beans are
very hardy (try ‘Aquadulce Claudia’) and can be sown directly
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season – leeks, peppers and tomatoes should be sown under
cover – remember that tender plants will need extra warmth
and can’t be planted outside until the warmer weather arrives.
Sting in the tail
We know what they say about the dawn – that the darkest hours
come just before it; spring’s the same, just insert ‘coldest’ in place of
darkest, and don’t rush out as I’ve been known to do and buy lots
of tiny bedding plants, then watch them die from frostbite. We
can have frost up until the end of May, so look after your babies in
a heated greenhouse, or on a warm (but not scorching) windowsill.
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and the garden is beginning to wake up. We are almost there. So
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money could pay for 4,400 libraries or 33,000 nurses. At the end
of the day, we are all paying, through our taxes, for other people’s
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My own borough, Maidstone, spent more than £60,000 last
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A fixed or a growth mindset?
James Biddulph discusses how to inspire children to become resilient learners...
How can it be that in the UK people are content
to say, “I’m not good at maths” or “I’m not
creative” or “I’ve never been good at sports”?
How is it that this ‘fixed’ thinking, about our potential and
the possibilities of learning, has become an accepted part
of our cultural psyche? Such questions bring to view the
ways in schools that we think about children’s abilities.
Professor Carol Dweck has researched how people develop
ways in which they think about their own abilities. In her
influential book, Mindset:How You Can Fulfil Your Potential, she
examines two different mindsets – defined as a fixed mindset
or a growth mindset. She suggests that the way children
(and the adults around them, including parents and teachers)
think about ability determines how children approach the
challenges in school and thus how they approach their future
difficulties in life. She suggests that when children have a
‘fixed mindset’ they quickly define their ability as something
they are born with. You are either good at something or you
are not. When teachers view intelligence or ability as ‘fixed’
they unconsciously determine how far different children
will progress. It also suggests that if you are not good at
something, there is no point in trying. It is a fixed way of
thinking about intelligence. In many ways it is limiting.
When I went to school, we all knew which were the ‘top’,
‘middle’ and ‘bottom’ tables – we knew by the coloured
names. I was on the red table for maths. Red was for stop!
Green was for go! I heard about one school which named
their tables ‘tortoises’ and ‘hawks’. The opportunities for
the tortoise children to fly were pretty limited, I
imagine? At primary school, I soon started believing
that I was not good at maths and I remember
that the activities I was given were pretty basic
and did not inspire a love of mathematics or logic.
Only when I became a teacher did I realise that
there was such a thing as mathematical beauty.
Conversely, when teachers see intelligence through a
‘growth mindset’, they can inspire children to be resilient,
learn from mistakes and see learning as a collaborative
process in which accepting that learning is difficult
does not crush potential. Dame Alison Peacock, my
colleague and friend, leads a school in which everyone
is expected to flourish; where the word ‘ability’ is not
even used. When walking around her school, what is
most noticeable is the dialogue about learning. Children
talk vociferously about their learning journey, they articulate
their hopes and they express where they are finding it difficult
and how they are going to improve. Teachers and teaching
assistants talk about learning and potential. Her school has
been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for ten years – no easy
task – so this is not a progressive, ‘soft approach’ and dumbingdown
of education. As the Headteacher of the University
of Cambridge Primary School (the Government’s flagship
University Training School), I am always striving to ‘find ways
through’ for every child and every member of my staff team.
How do we create learning opportunities in a culture in which
everyone is expected to improve and develop; in which it is not
possible to say “I can’t do it” because, “I’m not good at it”?
Like Dame Alison, we work with parents and teachers to
re-think 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 basically, it’s because of the
learning,” he answered. “What do you mean?” I enquired.
“Well in my old school I was not good at maths but here
my teacher thinks it’s good when it is difficult. Because if it
is not difficult we are not learning. So, every time I try, and
now I can do it.” It is heart-warming to hear children say
such things. In my view, this will inspire them to see learning
as a journey, as a process and not a fixed or static concept.
It is an ideology that is valuable – and yes, can raise standards
for all children, not just the ones who in the past may have been
labelled as the brightest pupils. In fact, Carol Dweck shows that
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hearing children say “I can’t do it” because it is always followed
by the word “yet”. Children tell us that it is an opportunity
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success - not because they are born with a predetermined ability.
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or a Stephen Hawking; but we can all develop our singing,
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Leap & learn
We talk to Kiki Bradstock about how
movement and dance can have a significant
positive effect on other areas of education
and personal development...
How long have you been teaching dance in schools and
what is your training?
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
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
student's school life. Given the opportunity to dance they will
have the chance to explore not only their bodies and the space
around them in an imaginative and exciting way, but to learn
a whole range of other skills in the process. In a single dance
lesson a pupil will work on improving a range of physical
factors including co-ordination, strength and posture, all of
which help them to gain self-awareness and confidence. They
will be in a supportive environment which will allow them
to explore their creativity and encourage and develop their
musicality. The social elements of the class are also key; whether
they are working with a partner or a group, or gaining an
understanding 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
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 am constantly finding new ways to explain and
teach the different elements of technique, meaning I never stop
learning either. What works for one student won't necessarily
work for another and this means that classes are always
interesting, and each comes with its own set of challenges.
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
Kiki teaches children from aged 3 upwards in ballet,
tap, modern, jazz, musical theatre and street dance, as
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What’s On In March
Children & Family
Thurs 3 - Sat 5 Mar
The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud
Theatre, Surrey GU1 3UX
Sam on the Farm
Adventures with Sam on the Farm
is an interactive, fun-filled show
with original music and songs. Jump
head first into his story and head
on down to the farm where you
will meet Heidi the Hen, Simon
the sheep dog and help solve the
mystery of the missing golden egg.
Most suitable for ages 3-7 years.
Info: 01483 44 00 00 / www.
Sat 5 & Sun 6 Mar 9am-6pm
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,
Surrey GU23 6QB
Mother’s Day Weekend
Spoil your Mum at the garden this
weekend. Early spring flowers will
be abundant so take a relaxing stroll
in the garden and refresh yourselves
with afternoon tea in the restaurant
(booking essential). Make it extra
special with a glass of bellini.
Entry: Free with normal garden entry
Info: 08452 609000 / www.
Sun 6 Mar 10am-5.15pm
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,
Surrey GU23 6QB
Butterflies in the
Catch the last few days of our
beautiful butterflies flying
around the exotic setting of the
tropical glasshouse at Wisley.
Entry: Free with normal garden entry
Info: 020 31765830 / www.
Sun 6, Sat 12, Sat 19, Sun 20
Mar 12-12.30pm / 1-1.30pm
Hatchlands Park, Guildford,
Surrey GU4 7RT
Cellar tours of
Have you ever wondered what is
underneath Hatchlands House? Put on
your hard hat, pick up a lantern and
go down into the cellars to discover.
Info: 01483 222482 / www.
Thurs 10 Mar 10am-2.30pm
Bradley Lane, Dorking,
Surrey RH5 6AA
Mother’s Day Celebration
Join us for a hands-on experience
focussing on Spring flowers
basket arranging. Refreshments
and light lunch with a glass of
sparkling wine included.
Entry: £35.00 per person /
Loyalty Club £31.50
Info & Booking: 01306 876616
Sat 12 Mar 10am-4pm
G Live, London Road,
Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AA
Science and Arts Festival
Innovate Guildford will showcase
the amazing innovation taking place
in Guildford. It aims to encourage
the innovators of tomorrow and
to show how science and arts are
inextricably linked. We are delighted
that Electronic Arts, the University
of Surrey, University of Sussex and
many more organisations will be
putting on fantastic interactive
demonstrations for all to enjoy.
Info: 01483 505050 / www.
Tues 15 Mar - Sat 9 Apr
Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street,
Leatherheadm Surrey KT22 9BS
Enjoy a great family day out this
Spring, with hundreds of gorgeous
baby lambs, newborn chicks and fluffy
ducklings! Children will love goat
milking, tractor rides, pony rides and
pig racing. Plus, complete the Easter
Trail and take home a chocolate treat.
Entry: £9.50 / £9.95
Info: 01372 363764 / www.
Sun 27 & Mon 28 Mar 10am-4pm
Painshill Park, Portsmouth
Road, Cobham KT11 1JE
Easter egg hunt
Search the magical landscape gardens
looking for hidden egg shaped
clues which will lead you to a final
chocolate treat to take home.
Info: 01932 868113 / www.
Sun 27 Mar 1-2.30pm
Oatlands Park Hotel, 146 Oatlands
Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9HB
Fairs & Markets
Easter at Oatlands
Fri 4, Fri 11 & Fri 18
Join us for a superb Easter Sunday
Lunch for the whole family in Memorial Hall, Godstone Road,
our restaurant whilst enjoying the
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cool sounds from our resident jazz
band. We will also be having an This is a friendly indoor market
exciting Easter egg hunt on the with lots of jewellery, clothes, toys,
day - great fun for everyone! bric-a-brac etc, with a café for you
Entry: £36.50 per person. Under to have a cup of tea with a friend.
12’s half price, under 3’s go free.
Info & Booking: 01932 847242
Hannah Rose Vintage
& Village Life Fayre
Sat 12 Mar 10am-3pm
Wed 9 - Wed 23 Mar
St Agatha’s Hall, Hurst
Green, Oxted RH8 0LL
The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Vintage, retro, homemade, hand
Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA crafted, gifts, jewellery, pictures,
drawing for Adults
furniture, pet related items
Join John Haslum for some and country style goods. Light
inspirational drawing around The refreshments are also available.
Lightbox. All materials provided. Come and browse our stalls and find
Entry: Free yourself something a little unique
Info: 01483 737800 / www. and quirky to take home with you.
Info: 01883 714729 / www.
Thu 17 Mar 10am
Carluccios, High Street,
Cobham, Surrey KT11 3EB
Sun 20 March 11am-4pm
Spanish Club for Adults
RSPCA South Godstone,
Practice your Spanish in a relaxed Eastbourne Road/A22, South
atmosphere and socialise with
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other English speakers who also
RSPCA Easter Fayre
want to practice their Spanish Come along and enjoy the fun at
(beginners to advanced). the annual Easter Fayre. There are
Entry: £5 lots of games and competitions for
Info: 07757504728 / www. all the family, and of course our
spanishlessonsinsurrey.co.uk Easter Egg hunt for the kids. Every
child gets a prize for taking part.
Sat 19 & Sun 20 Mar 10am-3.30pm Enjoy a fantastic BBQ, hot and
Portsmouth Road, Cobham, cold food along with lots of cakes.
Surrey KT11 1JE Entry: Free, donations appreciated.
Painting Water Info: 0300 1230741 / www.rspcafriendsofsouthgodstone.org.uk
and Reflections in
A weekend of watercolour painting
Music & Theatre
at Painshill with expert tutor, Jane
Anderson Wood. Guidance will
Fri 4 Mar 4.30-10.00pm
be given on composition, colour,
Borough Hall, Bridge Street,
preparation for painting and how Godalming, Surrey GU7 1HR
to paint water and reflections.
This workshop is not suitable for Festival, Piano Section
complete beginners in watercolour. Come and listen to local musicians
Advanced booking required. competing for marks and appraisal
Entry: £120 (members £110) to from a professional adjudicator.
include all materials and light lunch.
Entry: Children free, Adults
Info & Booking: 01932 868113
£1.50 per session
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Easter holidays at the Maltings
Tue 29 March - Sat 09 April
From Comedy Clubs 4 Kids with to a festival award winning
Family Rave, Farnham Maltings once again hosts a jam-packed
schedule for the Easter holidays.
The fun starts with the maltings marvellous easter school with
4 days of activities for 7-13 year olds and continues with a
fantastic range of theatre, film and workshops for all ages.
Farnham Maltings, Bridge
Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
EASTER FAMILY FUN
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Jane has a friend
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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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