Surrey Homes | SH17 | March 2016 | Fashion supplement inside


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MARCH 2016

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Inspiring Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes

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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.

Edgeley Holiday Park, Farley Green, Albury, Guildford, Surrey GU5 9DW

The hallmark of quality




New development images

are used for illustration

purposes only.

• Minutes from Guildford & just over

an hour from London

• 50 minutes to Gatwick Airport

• Free high-speed Wi-Fi

• Fully furnished, sited and ready

to enjoy immediately

• Indoor pool, sauna & fitness room

Call the ownership team on

01483 315351

or to register your interest visit




Wedding Ring World is is the the perfect place to to continue

the the celebration of of your engagement, whether you

toast over a a glass of of champagne or or you are are simply

looking to to explore the the variety Prestons has has to to offer.

At At Wedding Ring World you’ll find the the most stunning

collection of of wedding and partnership rings available,

from platinum to to 18ct yellow gold, from a a full full

diamond band to to a a classic court.



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March 2016

Emma Haggas


Dominique Kenway







John Graham-Hart finds

homes with green credentials


What’s going on near

you this month




We look at cardio fitness,

strength and flexibility


Mouth-watering recipes from

Juliets in Tunbridge Wells

12 - 29 March 2016









John Graham-Hart meets

a film producer with a

show-stopping home


Fabulous home accessories



Tricia Guild’s philosophy on

using colour in the home


Upholstered furniture, as

well as cushions and throws


Jane Howard visits a

remarkable renovation


Update your wardrobe for

the coming season with the

help of our fashion pages



Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous









Jo Arnell on spring flowers


Penny Kemp despairs

of fly-tippers



Encouraging resilient



The benefits of dance classes


Find out...


Stay at the newly

refurbished Tickled

Trout in West Farleigh



Jane embraces self-sufficiency

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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

Savills Weybridge

Simon Ashwell

01932 838000



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

Savills Weybridge

Simon Ashwell

01932 838000

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

Bough Beech

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



A notable collection of just nine residences; eight luxury 3 bedroom duplex

apartments and an exclusive 4 bedroom penthouse.

Homes with beautifully equipped kitchens, featuring large open-plan living

spaces for you to unwind and relax or entertain and enjoy.

Contact us today to register your interest and be among the

fi rst to receive development updates.

0344 800 1635

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart


Green living

John Graham-Hart finds energy efficient, lovely homes

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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

their own.

1. Perranwell

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

second workshop.

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

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

the garden.

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

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BUSS MURTON advertorial

Attention landlords and tenants!



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.

New rules

Documentation required

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

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



Back From Black

Beam Renovation Ltd

Renovating Beams Since 1997

All beams renovated without mess

A unique system - No blasting

No damage to the wood

Tel: 01797 458508

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eautiful oak framed buildings


Are you considering a property enlargement, refurbishment or modernisation…

what could go wrong? Rather a lot actually, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

For many people, engaging with the construction industry for

significant enlargement or renovation work may only happen

a few times in a lifetime (or often just once), so it is vital to

find a good contractor who is experienced in the work you

require. A period of free, no obligation consultation, during

the briefing and costing period, is the best way to establish not only if

that contractor is up to the task but also to create a personal working

relationship that will benefit the potential future project.

Often it is hard to know where to start, even when friends or family

recommend a contractor, you have to be certain that you have made

the right decision. It’s very important to ensure the contractor is

equipped to deal with the many formalities surrounding construction.

Recent legislation also means that residential building work now has

many more essential health & safety and legal aspects adopted from

the commercial sector (and with good reason). If handled by amateurs,

these requirements may not be considered correctly and will add

further time and cost if mistakes are made. Most construction projects

require the supervision of Building Control and other inspection or

compliance services, so it pays to engage a professional contractor

able to deal with all of these aspects too.

That’s where Vanilla – Properties of Distinction, has developed a

turnkey project solution focusing on high quality services, not just

in the construction phase but across the project’s life and its many

stages of administration and behind-the-scenes activity.

Call Vanilla – Properties of Distinction today and get your project

started the right way!

No matter what stage of the process you may be at, we offer an

unrivalled level of initial free consultation, offering opinion and

guidance to all potential clients. We can help to nurture your ideas

towards intelligent design, engineering and planning, or quickly

gear-up for the construction phase where consent has already been

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We welcome the opportunity to speak to homeowners looking for a

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We are ready to help, call us without delay

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“Many homeowners find themselves tied in to the wrong contractors.

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• The contractor has given you a price that seems too good to be true -

somewhere down the line you might find out why!

• The contractor isn’t VAT registered - it is very unusual for any

business to be engaging in substantial building projects, to not be VAT


• The contractor has issues in obtaining vital materials when needed –

what is behind this? Not a great way to start!!

• The contractor delays the start date - you have had planning consent

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• The contractor cannot take you to other properties currently being

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Planning a construction or refurbishment project?

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Our teams are working all year round, from extensions and major renovations, barn and period building conversions,

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We provide a no obligation & free consultation

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All Architecture and Engineering plans undertaken,

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Skilled work force: polite, professional, reliable

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Experience with all types of property,

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The Spring Exhibition at McAllister Thomas

Opens 2 April 2016

- Full Colour Exhibition Catalogue Available on Request -

Original Art For Your Future

McAllister Thomas Fine Art 117 High Street, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1AQ Telephone 01483 860591

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Natural form...

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 for more details.



Exhibitions & events near you

this month...

Finishing touches...

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

Hop & shop...

Tasty trail...

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. for more details.

Unexpected turn...

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


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. 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


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.

Silvermere Care Home

Redhill Road | Cobham | Surrey | KT11 1EF

Watch our video at

To request a brochure please call 01932 642216

& Priceless People Wellbeing Festival

Main Event Sponsored by


HOLE PARK, Rolvenden, TN17 4JB

9th, 10th & 11th June 2016

See online for ticket details & special offers


TICKET HOTLINE: 01580 713915 *

Wellbeing Festival Sponsored by

TICKETS: On the gate: £8.50

*Tickets purchased via phone 25will incur a 50p admin fee

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The Madras Club was built in 1832 and, as the

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– 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

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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


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

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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,

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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,

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changes to unpainted wood because, as part of a

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

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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

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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

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meadows that surround the house. The deal was struck!

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planned to spend up to a year finishing the building

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but deserted modern white weather-boarded colonial-style mansion


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.

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

to mirror the existing architrave and window designs. What

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An old oak dresser base with a collection of pewter

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

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Japanese style embroideries on very pretty pea-green

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hang either side of the door out to the terrace. A table

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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

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

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

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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

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Three built-in shelves run the entire length of another

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1. Start by zesting and juicing all the lemons.

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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

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.

Then there are the dogwoods with brightly coloured bark on

the young stems. Try Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ or

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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.

Early veg

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

outside now. Seeds of annuals and crops that need a long growing

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 others black plastic bags that had spilled their contents all

over the verge creating an unsightly mess and a hazard to wildlife.

Local authorities spent nearly £50 million last year clearing

unlawful fly tipping, of which nearly two thirds was household

waste. Add to this the money spent clearing general litter from

our streets and the figure rises to nearly one billion pounds. This

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

disregard for our environment.

My own borough, Maidstone, spent more than £60,000 last

year on clearing up fly tipping and received a mere £75 in fines

from prosecutions. Add in general street cleaning and graffiti

clearance, this figure jumps to around £1.5 million or £10.75

per head. Tunbridge Wells spent nearly £80,000 on fly tipping

clearance and received £350 in fines. Kent’s total bill for litter is

around £15 million a year. These figures are all approximate as

they are very hard to extrapolate from the expenditure figures

provided by councils as some councils have joint agreements with

other boroughs. When I phoned the council, they were unable to

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with a plastic can holder embedded in its neck to a dog that had

lacerated its tongue on a discarded can. The dog sadly died.

We can all do something. Pick up that piece of litter before it

injures a creature. Report fly-tipping to your local authority and if

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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

in a growth mindset school, all children do better because of the

very important word - ‘yet’. In our school we have no problem in

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

when they find something difficult because with effort comes

success - not because they are born with a predetermined ability.

Of course, not everyone will be a Pavarotti, or a Mo Farah,

or a Stephen Hawking; but we can all develop our singing,

run our fastest and learn to love science – if we have a growth

mindset that expects everyone to say, “I can’t do it…yet!”

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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

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

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

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 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

my expectations.

Kiki teaches children from aged 3 upwards in ballet,

tap, modern, jazz, musical theatre and street dance, as

well as conducting adult classes in ballet and tap. For

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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

Adventures with

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.

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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

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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

Flower Arranging

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

Innovate Guildford,

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 505050 / www.

Tues 15 Mar - Sat 9 Apr


Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street,

Leatherheadm Surrey KT22 9BS

Easter Eggstravaganza

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

Park Hotel

Fri 4, Fri 11 & Fri 18

Join us for a superb Easter Sunday

Mar 8.30am-midday

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

Kenley Market

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.

Entry: Free

Info & Booking: 01932 847242

Info: 02086681648


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Sat 12 Mar 10am-3pm

Wed 9 - Wed 23 Mar

St Agatha’s Hall, Hurst


Green, Oxted RH8 0LL

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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.

Entry: 50p

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

Godstone, Surrey RH9 8JB

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 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 /

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.

Godalming Music

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

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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

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What’s On In March

Fri 4 Mar 7.30pm

Ivy Arts Centre, Stag Hill

Campus, University of Surrey,

Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Live at the Ivy

One of the most popular events

in the musical calendar. Student

bands perform pop, rock, folk and

jazz in this fantastic showcase. A

relaxing and informal evening.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 686876

Wed 9 Mar 8pm

Godalming & Guildford

Rugby Club, Guildford Road,

Godalming, Surrey GU7 3DH

Alan Barnes - Jazz

at the Pavilion

Sax and clarinet virtuoso Alan

Barnes is one of Britain’s most

distinguished and versatile musicians

and will be performing at Godalming

& Guilford Rugby Club

Entry: £12 adults, £6 in advance

Info & Booking: 01483 444334

Fri 11 Mar 7.30pm

Trinity Churchyard, Guildford,

Surrey GU1 3RR

Classics by Candlelight

- Southern Pro Musica

Musical beauty in a sublime

candlelit setting.

Entry: £20 adults, £15

Seniors, Under £18’s free.

Info & Booking: 01483 444334

Sat 12 Mar 7.30pm

St. Peter’s Church, Church Street,

Old Woking, Surrey GU22 9JE

Brahms: A German Requiem

We are delighted to welcome back to

St. Peter’s, Surrey Cantata chamber

choir, along with their musical

director Sebastian Forbes. The choir

will perform, in English, one of the

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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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