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Contents

May 2016

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OPEN TO IDEAS

John Graham-Hart finds homes

with open-plan spaces

123

FAKING IT

Jo Fairley tries out the latest

fake-tanning treatments

110

147

GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp on the plight

of the humble bee

130

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IT’S MAY

What’s going on near

you this month

PALE & INTERESTING

Claire Tennant-Scull visits an

Arts & Crafts home in Surrey

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129

WEALDEN HEALTH &

BEAUTY

Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous

TRAVEL TIPS

Stay healthy when travelling

148

153

MAKING SENSE OF DYSLEXIA

John Graham-Hart on a common,

yet troubling condition

CREATIVE SCHOOLS

WT looks at a groundbreaking

book on education

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GET THE LOOK

Fabulous Scandi-themed

home accessories from

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ARTISTS’ IMPRESSIONS

Contemporary art from galleries

around the south east

ANYONE FOR CRICKET?

We visit the magnificent

home of Christel Cowdrey

BETWEEN THE LINES

WT fashions gets nautical

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MEAT FREE IN MAY

Julie Simpson offers

inspiration for

Vegetarian Week

RENOVATION & NEW

BUILD SUPPLEMENT

From extensions and

garden buildings to

painting and decorating

CONTAIN YOUR JOY

Sue Whigham on growing

plants in containers

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WHAT’S ON

Find out...

COMPETITION

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard on the joys of

gardening and farming

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Boughton Monchelsea

A handsome early Victorian former Vicarage in a tranquil setting with breathtaking views over the Weald and neighbouring deer park

• 5 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Family Room • 7 Bedrooms • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Double Garage with Store above • Swimming

Pool • Tennis Court • Gardens and Grounds of about 2.3 acres in all • EPC: F

Guide Price £1,750,000

coming 26 January 2015


Horsmonden

An attractive Georgian farmhouse in a rural position within the Cranbrook School

Catchment Area

Entrance hall, kitchen, pantry, cellar, drawing room, dining room, utility / reception room, 4 bedrooms,

family bathroom, separate WC. Detached stone built workshop. Detached unconverted twin roundel

oast house with triple car port. Detached granary with original stables, storage room and studio

above. Gardens and grounds. Pond. Orchard. Paddocks. EPC rating F. In all about 2.8 acres.

Guide price £1,500,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/TNW160047

KnightFrank.co.uk/tunbridge-wells

simon.biddulph@knightfrank.com

01892 310700

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Goudhurst

A beautiful Grade II Listed Georgian / Victorian family house on the outskirts of

Goudhurst and within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area

Entrance hall, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, cellar, sitting / dining room,

drawing room. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 5 further bedrooms, family bathroom.

1 bedroom Oast House. Detached outbuilding. Detached open-bay double garage. Gardens and

grounds. Tennis court. Feature pond. Partly-walled vegetable garden. In all about 1.71 acres.

Guide price £1,600,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/TNW130170

KnightFrank.co.uk/tunbridge-wells

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High Halden £900,000 - £925,000

Stunning unlisted country home set within 1 acre of private gardens

• Six Bedrooms • Separate one bedroom coach house • Double Oak framed

garage • Wealth of period features • EPC E

Rolvenden £335,000

Beautifully presented Grade II listed cottage set in the heart of Rolvenden

• Three Bedrooms • Attic Rooms • Two Reception Rooms • EPC Exempt

SOLD

Warehorne

A charming Grade II listed detached house set in approximately 1 acre of gardens

• Three Bedrooms • Further Two Attic Rooms • Open Countryside Views

• Requires modernisation • EPC Exempt

SOLD

High Halden

Converted in the 1990 s, this stunning unlisted barn is believed to originally date

from the 17th Century and is now presented to a high standard throughout

• EPC E

Appledore £550,000

A substantial attached Georgian style house with mature gardens & double garage

• Four Double Bedrooms • Conservatory • Far Reaching Country Views • EPC D

Appledore £425,000

Charming detached family home enjoying a desirable village location

• Four Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms • Conservatory • EPC E

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GOUDHURST £1,500,000

Impressive home with detached annexe · Three

receptions and entrance hall · Kitchen/breakfast/family

room · Utility and cloakroom · Master bedroom suite

· Five further bedrooms · Detached one bedroom annexe

· Approx 2.5 acres · CSCA · EPC: D

RURAL HAWKHURST £1,395,000

Farmhouse with acreage and outbuildings · Four

receptions and conservatory · Kitchen/breakfast/dining

room · Five bedrooms (one ensuite) · Garden with

swimming pool · Grounds of approx. 10 acres · Stabling,

manège and various outbuildings · CSCA · EPC: E

RURAL MARDEN £1,295,000

Stunning family home in rural location · Two reception

rooms · Contemporary kitchen/breakfast/family/dining

room · Utility room · Four bedrooms (two ensuite) ·

Gardens approx. 3 acres with tennis court · Garden

room · CSCA · EPC: n/a

HORSMONDEN £1,250,000

Immaculately presented family home · Three receptions

· Contemporary kitchen/breakfast room · Five bedrooms

(one ensuite) · Delightful well manicured gardens · Far

reaching views between Horsmonden and Goudhurst

· Garaging · CSCA · EPC: n/a

Harpers&Hurlingham

The Cornerhouse, Stone Street, Cranbrook

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Northiam, East Sussex – £585,000

Well presented semi-detached cottage in a rural location

with far reaching views. Sitting room, family room, open

plan dining room and kitchen, utility room, four double

bedrooms. Outside store. Large garden. Off road parking.

EPC E

Beckley, East Sussex – £1,350,000

Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse. Drawing room, sitting

room, kitchen/dining room, four double bedrooms. Separate

home office. Garden and grounds of approx. 7.5 acres with

equestrian and other outbuildings. Heated pool and pool

house.

Camber, East Sussex - £795,000

Stunning New England style property on unmade road a few

hundred yards from Camber Sands. Kitchen, dining room,

utility study, vaulted living room, 4 double bedrooms with 2

en-suite. Lovely garden. Garden office/studio. EPC C

Wittersham, Kent - £550,000

Lovely detached cottage in a rural location with far reaching

views. Kitchen/breakfast room, living room with inglenook,

3 bedrooms and bathroom. Planning Permission to create

2 storey extension. Detached coach house with study room

above. Large garden. EPC F

Rye, East Sussex - £279,950

Grade II listed period house in need of updating and

modernisation close to the Ancient Town centre. Living

room, dining room, kitchen, utility, sun room, 2 bedrooms,

study. Enclosed rear garden. Garage by separate negotiation.

Stone-in-Oxney, Kent - £895,000

Grade II listed farmhouse in an elevated position with

stunning views. Generous room sizes provide kitchen,

conservatory, cellar, living room, dining room, utility, four

double bedrooms. Gardens of approx 1/2 acre.

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Lydd • Kent

Guide Price £725,000

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

Open to ideas

John Graham-Hart looks at homes with open-plan layouts

As anyone who has recently tried communicating with their teenaged son

will suspect, we are heading back to the Dark Ages. This, however, is

not all entirely bad news. Indeed, from an architectural perspective, it’s

beginning to look rather good news.

Throughout medieval times, country folk tended to live in single-room

dwellings, the best known being perhaps the hall house. There was one central

fire around which everyone gathered in the evening and then slept at night. The

smoke drifted up through the hall and, with varying efficiency, out of a hole in

the roof. This was true open-plan living and it was only with the Tudors that

rooms as we know them began to make their appearance.

Although practical in many respects, such rooms did rather pigeon-hole

domestic life – you will cook in this room, eat in another room and withdraw

to relax in yet another. Cook, eat or relax in the wrong space and you’d be

looking over your shoulder for the Room Police.

However, throughout the country, walls are now quaking on their

foundations, awaiting the sledge hammer. Everywhere they’re tumbling and

in their place are appearing beautiful, new, bright spaces that better reflect our

21st century lifestyles. Open plan and ‘broken plan’ – open plan on different

levels or with subtle dividers – are the interior design buzz words of the

moment. Mies van der Rohe would be delighted. Less has certainly become

more when it comes to partitioning our living quarters.

So after 1,000 years, we have come full circle to the great hall, the only

difference being that the great hall would probably have been shared with rather

less than hygienic livestock. But then again….

1. Long Croft

Where? Long Croft is in an attractive

village setting close to the heart of Platt

and about eight miles from Sevenoaks

(Google Maps TN15 8NR).

What? An attractive and versatile

contemporary family house, Long Croft

was built in 2006 over four floors. The

centrepiece of the house is a bright galleried

atrium/dining hall leading through to a

spacious, triple-aspect drawing room with a

spectacular circular fireplace which it shares

with the dining hall. Also on the ground

floor there is a large open-plan kitchen/

breakfast/sitting room with three sets of

double glass doors to the garden.

On the lower ground floor there is a

cinema, a gym, a sitting room and a

bedroom. On the first floor there are

five bedrooms, all with en suite shower

or bathroom. On the top floor there is a

large games room. Accessed through the

integral garage is a separate annexe with

a reception room with French doors,

kitchen, bathroom and a double bedroom.

The landscaped garden encompasses a

sandstone terrace and a summerhouse

and a gate leads to a lovely area of natural

woodland.

How much? Long Croft is for sale

at £2,250,000 and is on the market with

Knight Frank in Sevenoaks. Call 01732

744477 or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk

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MAIN DESCRIPTION

In delightful semi rural surroundings set down a private drive offering seclusion and privacy, a singular detached converted former oast house and hop gardens now an idyllic country retreat or family

home, having been restored to a high standard and now offered with the benefit of early possession if required.

Entrance Hall, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room/Cloakroom, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Master Bedroom with ensuite, Bathroom, Two Further Bedrooms, Shower Room and separate toilet,

Summer House, Former Brick Built Stable, Garage, Well Stocked Garden, Pond, Two Paddocks, planning permission for a three bedroom detached annexe.

DESCRIPTION

Oast Cottage is a singular detached former oast house converted some years ago and which the current owners have renovated and refurbished to a high standard, including oak double glazed

windows throughout. The attractive elevations are brick beneath a tiled roof and the property offers a largely open plan layout on the ground floor which creates a wonderful sense of light and space,

ideal for entertaining. The property is considered ideal as a weekend retreat, family home or potential holiday let. With well presented accommodation arranged over two floors the property also

benefits from planning permission for a separate detached three bedroom annexe.

2.

A porticoed entrance and oak front door open through to the open plan kitchen/breakfast room, the breakfast area with a good range of base and eye level units with wood block work surfaces,

central island unit, mains gas fired aga with electric companion, the tiled floor continues through to the breakfast area/receiving hall with a wide squared archway opening through to the dining area.

There is a cloakroom with wash hand basin and wc. A boiler room housing the gas fired central heating boiler. The sitting room has under floor heating, is light and triple aspect with a feature exposed

brick open fireplace with fitted wood burning stove, deep under stairs storage cupboard and on the first floor the galleried landing offers a large under eaves storage area and the master bedroom is

light, double aspect and with an ensuite bathroom with bath, wc and wash hand basin. Bedroom Two is a lovely double room to the front of the property and adjacent is bedroom three which has an

adjacent shower room with shower cubicle, wash hand basin and separate wc.

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West Lodge

The Priory | East Farleigh | Maidstone | Kent | ME15 0HA

Oast Cottage

Barnets Hill | Peasmarsh | Rye | East Sussex | TN31 6YJ

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2. West Lodge

3. Cheveney Barn

4. Oast Cottage

Where? West Lodge is in a semirural

setting on the edge of the village

of East Farleigh, a couple of miles from

Maidstone (Google Maps ME15 0HA).

What? An attractive single-storey

ragstone property that was originally one

of two gatehouses that served the nearby

manor house. The property has been

renovated and extended by its current

owners who have converted a former

double garage into a detached single

storey studio. Accommodation in the

main house includes a large drawing room

that is open-plan to the kitchen/breakfast

room, three bedrooms – one with an en

suite shower room – and family room/

fourth bedroom.

Outside, a large paved patio with an

ornate cast balustrade overlooks the

courtyard and studio building. The

gardens – primarily laid to lawn and

edged by mature trees – encompass a

modern wooden chalet with power and

light and a large wooden deck offers

superb views over the adjacent orchards

and countryside.

How much? West Lodge is on the

market at £850,000 and is with Fine &

Country in West Malling. Call 01732

222272 or visit www.fineandcountry.com

Where? Cheveney Barn occupies a

peaceful, rural location on the outskirts

of the village of Hunton, about six miles

southwest of Maidstone (Google Maps

ME18 6DY).

What? Cheveney Barn is a 2001

conversion of a barn believed to date back

to the 18th century and which retains

many period features. It is in immaculate

condition throughout. Accommodation

includes a galleried sitting/dining room,

drawing room with an exposed brick

chimney with log-burning stove, a study

and kitchen/breakfast room opening into

a garden room. The latter provides access

to an annexe, consisting of a sitting room/

bedroom, a double bedroom, kitchen

and bathroom. On the first floor, there is

a master bedroom with en suite shower

room, two double bedrooms, a further

bedroom and a family bathroom. The

attractive landscaped gardens encompass

a sun terrace with a water feature. A

paddock of around one-and-a-half acres

adjoins the gardens.

How much? Cheveney Barn is on

the market with Harpers & Hurlingham

in Cranbrook and is priced at £1,195,000.

Call 01580 715400 or visit

www.harpersandhurlingham.com

Where? Oast Cottage is at the end of a

private drive on the outskirts of the village

of Peasmarsh, 10 minutes northwest of

Rye (Google Maps TN31 6YJ).

What? A very pretty former oast

house that was converted 50 years ago,

the property has been renovated by the

present owners to a very high standard,

bringing it sympathetically into the 21st

century. The entire ground floor is openplan

with the kitchen/breakfast room with

Aga flowing into the dining room and

on to the drawing room with its exposed

brick fireplace with wood-burning stove.

Upstairs there is a double-aspect master

bedroom with en suite bathroom and

two further bedrooms, one with en suite

shower room. There is also planning

permission for a detached three-bedroom

annexe. Outside, in seven acres of grounds

and gardens, there is a summerhouse,

a brick former stable, pond and two

paddocks.

How much? Oast Cottage is priced

at £895,000 and is with Fine & Country

in Tenterden. Call 01580 766388 or visit

www.fineandcountry.com

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Editor’s

Letter

For me, May always feels like a great month for action –

whether that means going on holiday, trying something

new, or planning an ambitious building or DIY project.

As ever, we hope we’ve got these options covered, with two

inspiring interiors shoots – an Arts & Crafts house in Surrey

and a majestic rectory in Kent – as well as a Renovation and

New Build Supplement to point you in the right direction.

We’ve also got a health page focusing on travel and long-haul

flights, Jo Fairley puts fake tan treatments to the test, and

Julie Simpson flies the flag for Vegetarian Week with some

delicious-looking recipes. Regulars include Wealden Beauty

on Neal’s Yard goodies, Penny Kemp on the plight of bees and

Jane Howard on the pleasures of her garden and farm.

If reading all this seems too much like hard work, then you

can simply feast your eyes on three pages of contemporary art,

from galleries around the southeast.

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want to ensure the money can be used

purely for your children’s long-term

future. Assuming your parents survive

seven years from making the gift into

trust it shouldn’t form part of their

estates for inheritance tax purposes.

My father has just died leaving

a large amount of money to

me. Is there a tax efficient

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my children’s school fees?

You could enter into a deed of

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two years of his death, directing

that the money passes to, or for the

benefit of, your children. The deed

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be treated as a gift, as the transfer

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your father’s will to your children.

It can therefore be used to pay for

their education without forming part

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What options do I have to finance

my daughter through university,

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You are of course able to pay for her

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child wishes to purchase a property.

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When Victoria and David left London for Surrey they had no idea that such

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Above: On either side of the fireplace, the alcoves are papered with Andrew Martin’s faux books and over the mantelpiece, Victoria has hung a gilt mirror

from a heavy antique chain that, cleverly, tilts the looking glass in a downward direction, reflecting the room

When six years ago, Victoria and David

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almost immediately, but it was a big project.”

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so much work at first, but once you start taking down

walls and ceilings and redoing wiring and plumbing, there

are certain economies of scale, so actually it makes sense to

do a thorough refurbishment. “We used a very good local

firm, Kavbro, who have some really good tradespeople.”

Aware of the tremendous amount of clutter generated

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Above: The drawing room, which features another handsome Andrew Martin sofa flanked by a pair of French Provencal-style sofas from OKA with a

huge buttoned OKA ottoman between them. Pale furniture, and masses of windows, ensure that this is a house that is filled with natural light

of having a practical place to store coats, bags, boots and

even a dog basket, so she cleverly incorporated a ‘boot

room’ area that is neatly hidden from sight as you enter the

kitchen, but is efficiently served by a range of cupboards

and baskets that keep the inevitable jumble in order.

The smartly appointed kitchen inhabits a vast space that

was once the garage. The rear wall is almost completely

taken up by windows that overlook the garden and there

is a long sweep of cupboards painted in Little Greene’s

Portland Stone. A huge cream AGA sits within a tiled

alcove topped by an elegant overmantel and, along with

the underfloor heating, keeps the room wonderfully warm.

Victoria planned the whole area very carefully, not

only so that it would maximise the views across the

rear garden and to the front, and for the numerous

cupboards and drawers to be pleasing to the eye,

but also to be a highly efficient workspace.

The floor is covered in square tiles from Barge

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are in fact made of hard-wearing porcelain. Chosen,

says Victoria, because with two young children and

Molly, the miniature goldendoodle in the house,

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It’s the original flooring, laid when the house was built. We didn’t even know it was here

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Aware of the tremendous amount of clutter generated by a young family,

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Above: Although most of the house has been completely refurbished, Victoria

and David decided to keep the dark green and gold ceiling in the sitting room

Right: Sanderson fern fabric stands out against the muted colour scheme

“It took a long time to plan everything. Just getting the

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Above left: French-style touches include this pretty armoire on the upstairs landing and, above right, a classic chaise longue in one of the guest bedrooms

mirror above that reflects back even more light.

The colours throughout are muted, but the Roman

blinds feature a provençal style print of pale grey and

lime green Linwood linen, the colours of which are

echoed in the striped and paisley patterned Ulster

Weavers cushions of assorted sizes that sit in plumped

symmetry on the sofas. Glass and ceramic urns filled

with white roses and orchids are dotted about on the

surfaces, and lanterns and candle sconces sourced from

The Vintage Home Co. in Westerham and Papillon

Living in Brighton further add to the atmosphere.

On a sideboard stands a pair of Corinthiancolumned

lamps and an unusual French antique

lantern. “They’re from Annie, an antiques dealer

at Dorking House Antiques, an antiques centre

that’s owned by David’s mother.” says Victoria.

“When we entertain, we light all the candles, and

at Christmas time, my father brings a huge piece

of timber that we fit over the top of the table, so

we can accommodate up to 16 people to eat.”

To the right of the sideboard, a discreet door leads

into a small, but perfectly formed Butler’s pantry, where

Victoria has designed a wall of drawers of varying sizes

and depths that house everything from tealights to cookie

cutters. All those items in a house that normally have no

obvious home are kept here, so there are also shelves for

vases of all shapes and sizes, hooks to keep toasting forks

safely out of children’s reach, and even plastic tubes hung

on the inside of cupboard doors to neatly house rolls of

wrapping paper. There is even a mirror, thoughtfully

hung at face height: “I put it there so I can do a quick

check when holding dinner parties – just in case I have

spinach in my teeth or something!” laughs Victoria.

Walking through the opening from the dining

area, we pass through the snug, where the original

kitchen and scullery was once housed. A large

OKA armoire keeps all the children’s toys, games

and craft materials out of sight and a pair of sofas

from OKA offer a comfortable, quiet place to sit.

As I follow Victoria along the hallway, I notice the

polished oak floor stretching ahead. “Yes, it’s the original

flooring, laid when the house was built. We didn’t

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Above and right: The master suite, painted in Little Greene’s French

Grey comprises three rooms that feel wonderfully luxurious; the bedroom,

dressing room and bathroom Right: A volcanic limestone double-ended

bath is large enough to accommodate Victoria and both children

even know it was here until we discovered the architect’s

plans from 1915 that showed oak floors throughout.”

We pause at the sitting room. “When we bought

the house, almost every room was papered and every

ceiling too. It had been beautifully done, but it wasn’t

really our taste. We kept this one as it was though,”

explains Victoria, “It’s covered in green and gold spotted

silk and in the evening, when the fire is lit, and the

silk curtains are also drawn, it creates a wonderfully

cosy atmosphere. In fact, in future, I would always

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feeling of intimacy and here, it has exactly this effect.

The combination of Sanderson silk drapes and

crushed velvet cushions from The Danish Collection in

Sevenoaks creates a sense of luxurious comfort, while black

lacquered tables and an Andrew Martin spotted velvet

chair add to the glamorous, club-like atmosphere.

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Above: A wall of bespoke wardrobes with mirrored and lattice-work doors in the dressing room was beautifully crafted by the couple’s carpenter, Robert

and fits perfectly with the property’s 20th century, Arts & Crafts aesthetic. Hiding any clutter, they are also eminently functional too

“This room is probably most similar to the way that

we decorated our house in Clapham”, Victoria says. “We

use it often for entertaining and it’s perfect for having

drinks. We recently went to the London Gin Club, where

all kinds of botanical gins are served in huge goblets

with long shavings of cucumber and plenty of ice. It’s

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Further along the hallway is the drawing room, which

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with a huge buttoned OKA ottoman between them. At

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visiting friends. A pair of French tub chairs that once

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window overlooking the garden, and on a mercury

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a pair of carved French chairs upholstered with a

fresh Sanderson green fern fabric were inspired by the

ferns that naturally grow and fill the front garden.

An antique crystal chandelier with unusual damsoncoloured

drops was a present from David to Victoria and

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of the map and fern prints on the walls and upholstery.

“It’s a simple trick really, but adding a marble top to a piece of furniture

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Above: The children’s Jack & Jill bathroom has sliding doors to leave

maximum space for washing. Pale travertine tiles cover the floor and walls

and the room was tanked to cope with splashes from the huge bath and

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by a simple but solid curving tap inset into the wall.

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Above, left and right: Victoria and David’s daughter’s room is furnished with a carved Laura Ashley bed, dressing table and an antique armoire, and

accessorised with Cath Kidston rosebud bedlinen, a Kate Forman floral print fabric for the blinds and vintage painted tables and chairs

painted in Little Greene’s French Grey is comprised of

three rooms that feel wonderfully luxurious. The trio

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features a wall of bespoke wardrobes with mirrored and

lattice-work doors beautifully crafted by Robert’s team.

Shagreen boxes from OKA stand on an elegant, marbletopped

dressing table and there is a dainty, antique cane

bergère chair upholstered in a fine grey satin velvet.

“It’s a simple trick really, but adding a marble top

to a piece of furniture immediately places it in a more

luxurious bracket,” says Victoria. In the bedroom

itself, she has also used this device to great effect

by placing more marble slabs on top of the bedside

tables and chest of drawers. At the far end of the

room, a classic white marble mantel hosts Victoria’s

collection of glass and silver perfume bottles.

On the bed, a sumptuously padded grey velvet

headboard tops the mountain of pure white bedlinen and

the air is scented with lemongrass to remind the couple

of happy holidays spent on islands in the Indian Ocean.

Another opening leads into the bathroom, where a

volcanic limestone double-ended bath is large enough

to accommodate Victoria and both children for relaxing

chats that can be gently illuminated by a floor mounted

light, the beams of which are filtered through the leaves

of the faux orchids that sprout from the stone urn

in the corner of the room. The walk-in shower with

its enormous rose drencher is lined with more white

marble and twin Lefroy Brooks La Chapelle washbasins

sit beneath mirror cabinets cleverly recessed into the

wall, so that there is plenty of hidden storage.

Neatly folded towels are kept in an elegant, glass-

The children’s bedrooms are remarkably tidy, but like all the rooms in the

house, have been designed to function well, so even the young inhabitants

have little excuse not to keep things in an orderly fashion


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Above, right and left: The couple’s son’s room is themed with his current favourites, including racing cars and sailing boats and Victoria says that her

three-year-old is very proud of having tidied it himself for the visitors. Convincing ‘faux’ plants add a touch of colour – without the risk of soil spillage

fronted linen press just outside the room on the landing,

and around the corner, by the second staircase, folding

doors reveal an ingenious laundry ‘room’ – a supersized

cupboard that accommodates a double Belfast sink and

washing machine and dryer beneath a long worksurface,

perfect for folding and pressing linens. Hanging rails

above mean that clothes can be dried and aired, and as

Victoria explains, in the case of the children’s school

uniform, rarely have to be put away, because the children

can simply collect what they need each morning.

“It makes so much more sense to have the laundry

facilities upstairs too,” she points out, “because of course,

everyone dresses upstairs, and sheets and bedclothes can be

shaken out over the stairwell and folded ready for ironing,

so the whole process is so much quicker and easier.

“We had this second staircase taken out and re-built,”

adds Victoria. “It took ages to work out exactly how to

redo it, and we added an extra quarter landing, so that

we could maximise the space in the kitchen and have

the seating area there, but it also made the space up here

work so much better too, and we now have the two guest

bedrooms and bathroom in this wing of the house.”

The first bedroom has furniture from The Coach

House and a pale duck egg blue and taupe toile is used

for the blinds and cushions. A looking-glass hangs on

the wall between the windows and has a deep, chalkpainted

frame, delicately done by Victoria after she’d

taken an Annie Sloan furniture-painting course.

In the second guest room, a Savoy-style bed has

a velvet covered headboard that was bought from

Lots Road in London and a huge, painted armoire

came from Mark Maynard antiques in Tunbridge

Wells, while a carved, painted table accommodates

more of Victoria’s favourite shagreen accessories

from OKA that feature throughout the house.

Even the guest bathroom has been thoughtfully

planned and is lined with tiles from Mandarin

Stone that are comprised of fossilised shells. An

antique, ornately carved pedestal table provides a

decorative flourish, and on the other wall there is a

collection of exquisitely delicate seashell prints.

We descend the stairs and enter the garden

through the French windows from the kitchen,

then stand for a moment on the balustraded terrace

overlooking the sweeping lawns and box-edged

beds. Molly the dog follows us along the gravel


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Above: The pool house, at the far end of the garden, has a touch of Victorian Gothic style about it and looks out over the vast lawn and swimming pool

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‘Precious’ A Limited

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Bluebirds, £265

Marine Walk by Melvyn Evans, Linoprint, £220

Janice Thurston, Trio of Fields,

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Solar by Gavin Roweth, in Portland stone,

750 x 600 x 75 mm, without a plinth, £1950

Ros Ingram, Hanging Ceramic Fish, £52

I Love You so Very Much Printed Canvas,

87 x 107cm, £950, Yvonne Coomber Designs

Yellow Storm by Susan Evans,

85 x 90cm £1,400


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Copper Pod, Peter

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Sailing on the Norfolk Broads by

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Adrian Parnell, Cherry Blossom II,

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Eve by Dorothy Webster Hawksley (1884-

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First Steps by Veronica van

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Robert Greenhalf, Lapwings and

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Anyone for cricket?

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Above: Morning sunshine floods the yellow drawing room with light, leading you through the elegant hallway and into the heart of the Old Rectory

Few things are as quintessentially English as cricket.

The same could almost be said of the Old Rectory at

Offham, with its ragstone gateway, sweeping gravel

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period drama – and one can’t help imagining a vintage Rolls

parked outside or an elegant housekeeper answering the door.

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the family practise a few plum shots along the smooth lawn.

As it happens, all of the above could be true, as this

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family for the past 10 years – and a very happy home too.

“I felt like I had known this place forever, every detail, every

blade of grass,” says Christel Cowdrey, who had first visualised

and drawn a picture of her ‘perfect home’ back in the 1990s.

“We looked for four years before we found it, and moved

in on the very day the boys started at Tonbridge.”

Being near to their twin boys, Julius and Fabian, now 23,

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their move to Offham. The family had lived in Mystole near

Canterbury for several years, while Christel’s former husband

Chris captained both Kent and England cricket teams, before

moving to Ascot when his commentating career took off.

“It was the ideal location – equidistant from Sevenoaks

and Tonbridge and only a mile and a half from the

motorway.” Other, less practical elements also played

a key part. “The agent was rather apologetic about

the murals in the drawing room, and said, ‘Don’t

worry, you can paint over that stuff on the walls!’”

The murals, as it happened, were painted by Josef

Holst. “My maiden name was Holst-Sande, so it felt like

fate. Plus, they are the most stunning chinoiserie.”

Sitting in the drawing room in front of the open fire, it

It’s the perfect setting for a period drama – and one can’t help imagining a vintage Rolls parked

outside or an elegant housekeeper answering the door


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Above: Christel loves to cook, but also lets professional chefs use her kitchen when hosting weddings. The impressive mantelpiece was made especially to sit over

the Lacanche range cooker – which came from one of David Beckham’s houses – and the stone corbels on which it rests, came from an antiques fair

is impossible not to feel lifted by the vibrant yellow walls

decorated with birds and blossom. Sun floods in through

the vast sash windows, illuminating family portraits and

carved furniture brought back from Bangalore by Lord Colin

Cowdrey. His portrait takes pride of place, opposite an oil

of Christel’s mother, Eva Margareta Holst-Sande. The house

is said to date from 1733 and was the home of the vicars of

Offham and Hamsey until the late 1930s. It stands in about

12 acres of meadows – which a local farmer uses for hay –

and has, as you might expect, stables and a coach house.

“I feel very lucky to live here,” says Christel who, in

typical Swedish style, has a very egalitarian attitude to

living in such a lovely house. “I just like the idea of being

able to share it.” During our visit, the house was fully

occupied with visiting family and friends, and it is clear

that it has been the site of much entertaining over the

years. “It’s a wonderful party house,” says Christel.

This welcoming ‘open house’ feel, Christel’s ability as the

consummate hostess as well as her entrepreneurial spirit

has led to the development of Noblesse Weddings and the

reinvention of the house as a plush but also homely wedding

venue. “I wanted to recreate the wonderful experience we

had, when we got married.” Christel and Chris Cowdrey were

married in a wonderful London townhouse owned by the

Searcy family, and were made to feel as if it was their own.

“The first wedding we had here at the Old Rectory

was really special and different! I cooked and Fabian

and Julius were front of house. It was a really intimate

affair, with 15 guests for the ceremony, then a further

25 guests later on. Toasts were made in the garden,

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Above: The drawing room, with its open fire and huge sash windows,

overlooks the lawn and mature gardens. Christel has had the Conran sofas for

many years, while the Indian ‘elephant table’ belonged to Lord Cowdrey and

came from Bangalore. Josef Holst painted the Chinese-style murals

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Above: The snug is where Christel’s sons, Julius and Fabian come to relax and watch sport. In the summer, the French doors can be opened wide, allowing easy

access to the expansive garden. The heavy Scandinavian-style embroidered curtains are made from Harlequin fabric

and photographs taken in front of the house.” After

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in the barn. She is keen to point out that The Old

Rectory is very much a ‘sunrise to sunset’ venue.

Although the business has come a long way since that first

wedding two years ago – they now use a trusted selection of

suppliers including the chefs Stella Grove and Ali Tennant,

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island takes centre stage, while an impressive

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sits above the range cooker. “The Lacanche cooker

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her Swedish egalitarian approach shines through.

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“The corbels supporting the mantelpiece came from a

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Above: Mood boards in Christel’s office hint at one of her many talents – as

an interior designer. She is currently working on the interior decor of two

boutique hotel chains in the West Country Right: the informal, cosy landing

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cooks seem to love. The cabinets are from Neptune, the

dark green cabinet is Dutch, and I had my carpenter

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is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cooking Apple Green.

“When we moved in, this room had huge swag curtains

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painted furniture surrounds a long, oval table, covered

with a delicate, embroidered tablecloth. “The table

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Above: The dramatic guest bedroom, with its deep, teal-coloured wallpaper contrasts with Christel’s rather more feminine bedroom across the landing

which is great.” This is clearly not a rare occurrence.

Around the dining room are many clues to the family’s

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The overall feel, as well as being welcoming, is very much

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and the country house aesthetic of Southern Sweden.

The guest room is very much a bedroom suite, with writing desk, armchair

and masses of space in which to enjoy the country house ambience


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Above: Julius’ bedroom shows a clear sense of individual style and fun as well

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Others have noted Christel’s in-born sense of style, and

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Above: The lawn – seen here in early spring, before it is mown to the perfection of a cricket pitch – makes an ideal backdrop for wedding photographs

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When it came to the boys’ rooms, Christel gave them

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Before I give you the run-down, though, there are a few

hard-learned lessons I’d like to share.

Unless you’re having a bare-body emergency, always opt

for gradual tanners. These produce way more seamless

results; you’ve much more control over the colour (these

are ‘buildable’, so you may only need to top up every few

days). Where I got ‘edges’ and orange elbows/heels, during

the self-tanning trials, it was invariably with one of the more

traditional fast-action fake tans, rather than with one of

these new and more moisturising, gradual options.

On the subject of moisturiser, be lavish before you apply.

Whether you’re talking about face or body, the best results

are on skin that’s really and truly well-moisturised. Even

where a self-tan formula seems moisturising, it will still cling

unevenly to any dry patches.

Continue to be lavish with moisture, in the days after

you’ve fake-tanned. The best way to keep your tan looking

natural is to be incredibly generous with both face and body

moisturisers, butters, etc. As we discovered during our tan-athon,

fake tans are really, really drying and, unless you keep

the moisture levels topped up, skin will soon start to appear

papery.

Use an applicator mitt. Seems like a faff, but you will

avoid orange palms. (I didn’t, at the start of this process,

and my hands looked like an orang-utan’s even though I

scrubbed with soap religiously after every tanning session.)

Be aware: all mitts are not created equal; the thin ones

are trickier to use, and the product seeps through on to

your palms, rendering them useless. The two best mitts we

identified are the Sienna X Luxury Self Tan Mitt,

£3.95 (sienna-x.co.uk), and the Velvotan The Self Tan

Applicator Mitt, £2.99 (quite widely available). You can

get smaller mitts for faces, but these were less necessary, we

found, because you’re using less product on the face.

So, now that’s out of the way, just which products

impressed us most? Quite a long list, actually. Of course,

the famed St.Tropez features on there – but the particular

product which wowed was St.Tropez Gradual Tan

Tinted Body Lotion, £15 for a generous 200ml

tube. You can see where you’re putting it, the colour’s

fantastic – and it’s really moisturising in its own right. As a

wannabe-natural beauty, I also really, really liked Melvita

Pro-Sun Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturising

Gel-Cream, £22 for 150 ml, which is organically certified

and has a fab, moisturising blend of safflower, buruti and

coconut oils. (I’m crazy about gel-cream formulas for just

about everything, NB: simply bliss to use.) The ESPA

Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan, £34 for 200ml

was probably the best-smelling product I applied: it has the

usual signature ‘botanicals’ scent from ESPA, and very little

‘biccie tin’, post-treatment.

As you’d expect from a man who’s made his name tanning

the rich and famous, James Read’s products were a wow –

and his James Read Day Tan Body, £30 for 200ml,

was really soothing, smoothing and delivered incredibly

natural results. Ditto for the face. I’m now using James

Read Day Tan SPF15 Face, £22 for 50ml, for a

hint-of-a-glow. You’ll notice: none of the above is exactly

cheap, but the affordable option which most impressed us

was another gel-cream formula, M&S Autograph Tan

Body Crème, £7.50 for 200ml.

Of course, if anything goes wrong you can cover up your

entire body while the colour settles down – but short of a

veil, there’s not much you can do for a botched facial selftan

job. Delivering some of the best results, we found, was

Clarins Radiance Glow Booster, £26 for 30ml:

you simply add a few drops to your regular facial skincare

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product, and the radiance appears day-by-day. I also loved

Tan-Luxe Illuminating Serum Self Tan Facial

Drops, £31 for 30ml (qvcuk.com) – but be sure to choose

the Light option, not Dark, no matter how deeply you’re

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If you really are having a tanning SOS and need to be

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us. Personally? I’d go for a wash-off tanner, used over

gradual tanner (while that gets to work); I don’t think you

can go wrong with This Works Perfect Legs Skin

Miracle, £37 for 200ml, which most certainly works on

arms and other bits, not just legs. But if you really want

swift results, I heartily recommend the Vita Liberata

Phenomenal Marula Self Tan Oil, £39 for 100ml,

which glides on beautifully, instantly tinting and gilding

legs, arms and more (it has little gold flecks, too), while

working to deliver longer-lasting colour. The Guerlain

Tinted Self Tanning Gel, £37.50 for 200ml, is also a

joy to use (as you might expect from Guerlain): silky and

scented with exotic tiaré, a tropical white flower. And of

the natural options, the one which continues to impress,

summer after summer, is Green People Certified

Organic Self Tan Lotion, £21 for 200ml: completely

non-streaky, non-whiffy, leaving skin really beautifully

moisturised. (It doesn’t, however, have a tint – you’ll have to

wait for results.)

Need a quick sunburst on your face? Bronzer’s your best

bet – but these now come as gels as well as powders. I was

really rather impressed by Too Faced Chocolate Soleil,

£25 – it smells chocolate-y, in a good way, but above and

beyond that delivers a really realistic colour with a matte

finish, brushed on with a fluffy brush. But for an easy-peasy,

quick swoosh of colour, moisturise skin and go for Estée

Lauder Bronze Goddess Gelee Bronzer, £33 for

30ml: a brilliant little tube of instant sunshine, which is just

so easy to blend.

And if you’ve ever thought being a beauty editor is

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unpleasant work (while acknowledging: nothing like being a

miner/streetsweeper/hod-carrier). A few weeks on, however,

I no longer smell like a hamster cage. The conker-brown

elbows and heels are history. I’m quite simply a gorgeous,

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Wealden Health & Beauty

Wealden Times talks to Claire Overton...

Do you have a

beauty regime?

As a mum and a dog walker,

my time is limited so I tend

to use a facial cleanser in

the shower. A quick rinse, a

nose full of beautiful scents

and I’m done. I love Neals

Yard White Tea Facial Toner

at the moment. It contains

flower essences to balance

emotions and keeps me sane

on the school run. I love

making green smoothies

too. I always start with kale,

spinach or avocado, then the

fruit, nuts and chia seeds.

My secret ingredient is a

tablespoon of coconut oil.

Do you have a particular

product you cannot

live without?

I never leave the house

without lipbalm. It feels so

wrong! NYR Shea Nut and

Rosehip organic lip formula is

a must-have. In winter I can’t

go anywhere without hand

cream either. I love the NYR

Bee Lovely hand cream; made

with a honey blend from small

scale farmers in Nicaragua

and Mexico and it’s organic

and fair trade. Happy farmers,

happy bees, happy hands.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat?

Oh, definitely a hot bath

with Epsom bath salts

and bath oils, candles and

aromatherapy burner going. I

try and do dry skin brushing

beforehand. I brush towards

the heart for the circulation

and lymphatic system. I

then hop in and wallow for

a long as humanly possible

letting the salts, seaweed

and arnica do their thing.

Who’s your style icon?

I don’t think I have a style

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need from my clothes: to feel

vaguely cool for a 38 year old

mum and to feel comfortable.

I’m quite busty so I also need

a decent fitting bra! I love

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and I’ll dress that up or down

depending on the situation

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and not follow trends, so if I

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suits me and makes me feel

good, I’ll have it, I like my

style to reflect me. So while I

like my Jimmy Choo glasses,

I don’t love them quite as

much as my Boden onesie!

Claire is an Independent Neals

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or learning about essential

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Sprouts are a super cheap and

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transitional stage between

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there’s an incredible increase

in nutrient and protein levels

during this process. Pretty

much all edible grains, seeds

and legumes can be sprouted,

and can be easily munched

on in a stir fry or served

raw in salads. The process

is simple. Take some mung

beans, for example (a Chinese

favourite) and wash them

thoroughly. It’s best to use

organic beans so they haven’t

been chemically treated. Soak

them overnight in a jar of

pure, clean water and cover the

top with cheese cloth. Ensure

there is enough room for

the sprouts to expand. Rinse

them a couple of times each

day for a couple of days, and

keep them in a place with a

consistent room temperature.

Once the little shoots

have made an appearance,

they’re ready to enjoy!

Sugar & spice...

If you’re after a summer

fragrance, then the new

Nashi Blossom cologne

from Jo Malone, available

this month, will be your

go-to scent. A spritz of

this crisp and ultra vibrant

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At first, you’ll enjoy a wave

of white blossom, which

then develops into sweet

pear and apple. After a

time, the deeper rose and

soft white musk appear.

For evening, try the Black

Cedarwood and Juniper

for a darker, more woody

experience. With touches

of cumin and chilli leaves,

this perfume takes us to

the forest floor with its

earthy, seductive aura,

and pairs beautifully with

citrus scents like Lime Basil

and Mandarin. Available

this summer, they start

at £42 for 30ml and

can be purchased from

www.jomalone.com or your

nearest Jo Malone stockist.

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Packed &

prepped

It’s getting to that time of year again and many of us are eagerly awaiting

our summer holidays. So whether you’re camping in Cornwall or jetsetting

off halfway around the world, here are some top travel tips...

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The natural remedy

Roz Crompton is a Homeopath

at Helios, Tunbridge Wells...

Long haul flights can often cause all sorts of

problems, is there anything we can do to make the

process easier? Homeopathic and natural remedies

can help with fear of flying, physical discomfort,

general tiredness and sleep disturbances. Helios Stress

Relief contains three remedies all associated with fear,

anticipation and anxiety, which may be experienced

before/during flying. Long periods of inactivity can

leave you feeling stiff and achey, with swollen lower

limbs, so I recommend wearing flight socks and

taking Arnica every 3-4 hours during your journey.

Are there any repellents/bite creams that are

less chemically harsh? A great chemical free

alternative is Incognito insect repellent products.

They’ve been tried and tested at the Centre for

Tropical Diseases, and you can choose from a

spray, roll on, body wash, soap and incense sticks

to burn if you are sitting outside. Vitamin B1 is

purported to have insect repellent properties and

the homeopathic remedies Ledum, Hypericum and

Apis can be very useful to lessen the effects of bites.

Miranda Castros Healing Gel for bites & stings

and Helios Urtical cream for itching and burning

are very soothing and without harmful chemicals.

When travelling to certain countries, why should

we take probiotics? A good probiotic supports

the gut flora and helps protect against bacterial

infection. Due to dietary shifts, un-hygienic food

preparation and a change in water, stomach upsets

are a possibility, so drink bottled mineral water, don’t

have ice in your drinks, stay away from salad which

may have been washed in tap water and ensure

you peel all fruit. If you do have a stomach upset

whilst away probiotics will help put the good flora

back into the digestive system. I recommend Solgar

Multibillion Dophillus and Optibac probiotics for

the traveller. There are also homeopathic remedies

that can help with food poisoning and other

digestive upsets such as Arsenicum and China.

All remedies are made by traditional methods by

hand at the Pharmacy and Manufacturing premises

in the heart of Tunbridge Wells and Covent Garden,

London. Visit www.helios.co.uk to find out more.

The eye care specialist

Sundeep Vaswani is based at Benenden Hospital....

How significant are the sunglasses we wear? Don’t be misled by

cosmetically appealing inexpensive sunglasses with dark lenses. While you

may think they’re sufficient, only lenses that provide 100% UV protection

will give you the necessary protection from the sun’s rays. When choosing

sunglasses it’s important to choose a frame that maximises coverage of the

eyes and they should have lenses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. In

certain activities, such as skiing and sailing, the brightness levels tend to be

higher so it’s useful to have darker tints and polarized lenses to reduce glare.

Is there anything else we can do to look after our eyes? Keeping

properly hydrated during the hot summer months will go a long way

towards protecting both your eyes and skin. The recommended daily

water intake is a minimum two litres. Wearing a visor or wide brimmed

hat will give you added protection against harmful UV rays and

wearing goggles in a swimming pool gives your eyes protection from

germs and chlorine. When the sun is hidden by clouds UV rays are

still able to penetrate through them, even if you’re in the shade. So stay

indoors when the sun and its UV output are at their peak: midday.

Sundeep Vaswani is a Consultant Refractive Optometrist at

Benenden Hospital. To book an appointment or find out more

call 01580 240333 or visit www.benendenhospital.org.uk

The GP

Dr Zoë Barron’s travel tips....

Any tips on avoiding jet lag? It can be very difficult to avoid jet lag

completely, but there are a few ways of minimizing it. Maintaining

good hydration is an obvious one, and avoid getting a hangover! Start

thinking about the time-zone you will be landing in prior to reaching

your destination and nap on the plane accordingly. When you land, try

to adjust your body to the new time zone by staying awake and getting

an early night. I, like many other GPs, don’t recommend sleeping tablets.

They can leave you feeling worse during the flight and can easily become

relied upon if not used with sensible care and attention. Best to avoid.

Any advice on great products to take to make travel more pleasant?

Anything cashmere. Socks, a scarf or a jumper make everything infinitely

more comfy and warm as in-flight air-con can be brutal. A facial misting

spray can help keep the skin hydrated and baby wipes are useful to freshen

up with before arriving at your destination. Grab a good lip balm and use

skin moisturiser, as massaging the hands and feet can help with circulation.

Rehydrating eye drops reduce that pinky, bleary eyed appearance at arrival

and an eye mask and ear plugs are a must if you actually want some shut-eye!

Dr Zoë Barron. MBChB, MRCGP qualified in 2002 from Leeds

University and is a GP partner in Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees.

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Meat-Free

in May

Go veggie for a day and celebrate National

Vegetarian Week, from 16-22 May, with our

delicious recipes for a meat-free breakfast,

lunch and dinner …

Recipes: Julie Simpson

Photographs: David Merewether

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Part-Time Super-Healthy Cook Wanted

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Breakfast Root Rosti with Poached Egg

Makes 4 large or 6 medium rostis

• 100g beetroot

• 250g potato

• 250g parsnip

• ½ small onion

• 2 tbsp flat leaved parsley,

chopped

• 2 tsp cayenne pepper

• 2 tbsp rice flour

• 2 beaten eggs

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil

and the same of butter

for frying

• 4/6 eggs ( depending

on number of rostis)

for poaching

1. Peel and coarsely grate potatoes, parsnips, beetroot and

onion into a clean tea towel and ring out as much moisture

as possible.

2. In a large bowl, mix the grated vegetables with parsley,

cayenne pepper and rice flour. Add the beaten eggs to hold

the mixture together and form into 4 or 6 patties.

3. Add rostis to hot oil and butter and fry for 3 to 4 minutes

on each side.

4. Meanwhile, poach the eggs in boiling water.

5. Drain cooked rostis on kitchen paper before putting them

on warmed plates and topping with a poached egg.

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Buckwheat Salad Lunch in a Jar

Serves 1 as a main meal or 2 for a light lunch

• Enough to fill one 1

litre or two ½ litre

Mason jars

• 1 cup of buckwheat

(raw rather than

toasted)

• 2 cups water

• 1 red pepper

• 1 red onion

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• ½ tsp of Dijon

mustard

• 75g feta cheese,

crumbled

• 5cm peeled and diced

cucumber

• 10 cherry tomatoes,

halved

• 2 handfuls of mixed

baby salad leaves

1. Rinse buckwheat in a sieve. Add to a pan with 2 cups of

water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Take the pan off the heat and leave for a further 10 minutes

while any remaining water is absorbed.

2. Halve the pepper, remove any seeds and cut into strips.

Quarter the red onion and allow the layers to separate. Coat

the vegetables with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and roast in

an oven proof dish at 180 degrees/ gas mark 4 for 20 - 30

minutes until they’re soft, but not charred.

3. Mix the roasted vegetables into the cooked buckwheat.

4. In a small screw top jar, add the oil from the roast vegetables

to a tablespoon of lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard

and a grinding of black pepper and shake vigorously to make

dressing.

5. Finally, to construct the salad, start with a layer of roast

vegetable and buckwheat, add crumbled feta, halved cherry

tomatoes and diced cucumber and top with baby leaves. Keep

in the fridge and dress with vinaigrette just before serving.


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South Indian Supper

Serves 4 with Camargue red rice

Carrot and Coconut Curry

• 400g carrots – peeled

and cut into batons

• 1 clove garlic

• Thumbnail-sized piece

of ginger

• 1 red chilli – seeds

removed for a

milder curry

• 1tsp turmeric

• 1tsp cumin seeds

• 1 tsp cardamom seeds

• 1 tsp coriander seeds

• 400ml can of full fat

coconut milk

• 1 tablespoon of

coconut oil

• ½ red onion

• Seeds from half

pomegranate

1. Heat coconut oil over a gentle heat and sauté finely

chopped onion, garlic, ginger and chilli until the

onion is soft, about 5 minutes.

2. Grind cardamom, cumin and coriander seeds. Add

ground spices and turmeric to the pan, stirring for 3

minutes until the spices release their fragrance.

3. Stir in the carrots, coating them in the spice mixture

before adding the coconut milk and simmer for 20

minutes until the carrots are tender.

4. Serve, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, with red

Camargue rice and red dhal.

Red Lentil Dhal

• 200g red lentils

• Can of chopped tomatoes

• 1 tsp cumin seeds

• ½ red chilli

• 1 clove garlic

• ½ red onion

• 1 tablespoon of chopped

coriander leaves

• 1 teaspoon coconut oil

1. Rinse red lentils, cover with generous amounts of cold

water, bring to the boil and cook until tender, about

15-20 minutes.

2. Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan and sauté finely

chopped onion, garlic and chilli till soft. Grind cumin

seeds and add - with salt and pepper – to the pan for

2 minutes before adding tinned tomatoes and cook

and reduce for a further 10-15minutes.

3. Stir cooked lentils into the spicy tomato mixture,

mix through and serve, topped with chopped

coriander leaves.

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Ticket sales are in full swing for the Wealden Times

Midsummer Fair at Hole Park next month – and

we’ve got the usual array of stands and events,

from hand-picked exhibitors providing a fabulous

shopping experience to the Priceless People Wellbeing

Festival. Whatever your reason for going, there’s

masses to do and see. In the run-up to the Fair, we’re

talking to some of the exhibitors who will be sharing

their passion for all things fresh and local. Here we

meet Daisy from Artisan on the Go...

When was Artisan founded, where

are you based and what is it we

hear about this new venture,

Artisan on the Go?

Otto and I took over a small deli in Kemp

Town, Brighton, in 2014.

Around this time I discovered I had

a gluten intolerance, which had a big impact on how we

decided to run Artisan. It was very difficult for me to go out

to eat, so we decided to offer a range of gluten-free products,

this transformed Artisan into more of a coffee

shop / sandwich bar.

We have been approached before, about doing outside

events, but we were still concentrating all our efforts on

making Artisan a success. Now that we have been here just

over two years it feels like a good time to be able to expand

our brand. Also we had so much fun starting Artisan, we

decided that although it would be hard work, we would love

the opportunity to do it all again...on the go!

Is there a theme that links Artisan’s food?

We do a large range of gluten-free products. All our

sandwiches can be served as gluten free and a lot of

our cakes are gluten-free too.

We have tried to focus, as much as possible, on our

sandwiches, cakes, coffee, loose-leaf teas and milkshakes.

We do a large range of each of these products, for example,

we offer over 20 different flavours of milkshake – including

my favourite, salted caramel and banana.

What are your ‘best sellers’?

Each day we seem to have a different favourite. Sometimes

we refer to a day as “... do you remember last week, you

know, holy guacamole day!” Here are a few favourites:

Holy Guacamole sandwich – chicken, cheddar, chilli jam,

guacamole and spinach; Spicy Spanish sandwich –

chorizo, manchego cheese, chilli jam and spinach; Tricolore

sandwich – mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and pesto; Glutenfree

Pear and Dark Chocolate cake, a classic, but a Lemon

Drizzle is always a winner. And my favourite tea: Mojito mint

(by Jeeves and Jericho).

Where do you get your inspiration for recipes and

how do you go about developing them? (ie. who

gets to test them?!)

Otto and I have grown up around very food-orientated

families; Otto’s mum runs her own B&B so does a lot of

cooking for that, my mum is a chef and my sister graduated

from Leith’s cookery school last year. Also Otto wants to be

the next Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall or Jamie Oliver!

With new recipes, it’s like the round in master chef where

the contestants are given leftovers – that’s how I made

the gluten-free pear and dark chocolate cake. I had some

ingredients spare from some other cakes that I had already

made so I thought that might work. I try everything that is

gluten free!! However, with everything else our families come

down regularly and everyone who works at Artisan tries it,

which they love at the beginning – but after a few weeks, they

often say “I can’t eat any more cake / cheese!”

What are your plans for the future? (A bigger horse-trailer?!)

We are really hoping the trailer will be successful. We would

love to do as many events as possible – parties, festivals,

weddings. More trailers, vintage buses... We are just so excited

about getting going! Otto is taking a break from being an

accountant to work with me, so that we can both commit as

much time as possible to this new venture.

‘Artisan’ / ‘Artisan on the go’

117St George’s Road, Kemp Town, Brighton, BN2 1EA

01273 945454 www.artisancoffeehouse.co.uk

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oak frame before meticulously reconstructing the building

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The renovation took nearly a year and we believe the work

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new for the comfort of discerning guests. The building is

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With the much appreciated professional help and marketing

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the barn is a great place for our friends and family to stay too.

We now offer excellent five star holiday accommodation not

only for our guests but also a small colony of VIP bats!!

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The Potting Shed is a small Kent barn, once used as the

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one bedroom holiday let. Derek East did the conversion. He

began in Feb/ Mar and the Molesworths had their first guests

in the July.

They converted the barn in order to provide a moderate

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A new house –

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Building an extension can be a great way to get more from your home, without the

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Below: The extension created on this circa 1500

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of knowledge now underpins one of the largest oak-framing

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and expertise.

Anthony Hicks Oak Buildings is directed and managed by those

who are actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business,

providing immediate decision making, greater flexibility and

allowing us to ‘be there’ for our clients. We also directly employ all

of our skilled craftsmen who in turn work closely with our design

and surveying team, fostering a well-balanced environment of

teamwork and quality assurance.

We have built many new oak-framed extensions and have

been presented with many exciting projects and challenges. Each

new oak extension presents a certain degree of unique challenges.

Our truly bespoke approach allows us to consider planning

requirements, listed planning conditions and the desires of our

clients. Our ability to adapt to individual requirements enables us

to provide individually tailored,

high-quality oak-frame

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From traditional extensions

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kitchens and enhance living areas – all of our hand-built oak-frame

extensions reflect the individual needs of our clients, whether they

are built to house a swimming pool or a unique car collection. This

approach provides our clients with the opportunity to add their

own personal stamp to their home extension and Anthony Hicks is

at hand to support clients throughout.

As you will see, at Anthony Hicks we are passionate about what

we do, and at the heart of our philosophy is a desire to make it easy

for clients and consultants to work with us.

“Our purpose is to provide the highest quality craftsmanship and

unrivalled service to our customers. Our aim is to provide this with

the efficiency to do it more economically than our competitors.”

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Richard Hawkes

for and on behalf of Hawkes Architecture

The main danger when approaching a project which involves an

extension to a listed or historic building is forgetting that we’re

living in the 21st century. Too many architects are obsessed with

mediocre pastiche mimicry of the past, distilling the wealth of

historic building development and using it like a crude kit of

parts to be assembled to create all manner of banal hotchpotches

of nonsense. In any other period of history, buildings and their

extensions could be dated easily by looking at the materials and

techniques that were used and the limits of technology at any

given time. Elizabethan oak-framed farmhouses were often

unashamedly face-lifted when Georgian façades were the

equivalent of Botox for buildings.

An elegantly proportioned clean-lined parapet extension with vast

sash windows crashed on to the side of a 300-year-old Wealden hall

house would seem brutal today, yet we now seek to preserve the

tale such buildings tell in aspic and resist any notion of maintaining

philosophical consistency by using 21st century materials, fashions

and functional indulgences.

The National Planning Policy Framework states at paragraph

60: “Planning policies and decisions should not attempt to impose

architectural styles or particular tastes and they should not stifle

innovation, originality or initiative through unsubstantiated

requirements to conform to certain development forms or styles.”

I applaud and fervently support this national guidance. Maybe

we’ve been tainted by mediocre post-war development or the

dismal reality of many 1960s

architectural explorations? I

prefer the consistency revealed

by the old buildings, whose

story more honestly reflects the

sourcing of materials, sense

of place, limits of technology,

cultural obsessions and fashions

which prevailed at each stage of

their rich development.

The images, above, of Tidebrook

Manor demonstrate my philosophy perfectly. The architects were

ORMS, where I used to work before setting up my own practice.

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Restore or replace?

Deciding what to do with old wooden windows is never easy. We get a clearer view by speaking to Luke

Miller of Wooden Window Repairs and Ben Flatt, sales director of The Heritage Window Company

Wooden Window Repairs

What are the main factors when deciding whether to repair or

replace a window? The main factors to consider when deciding

whether to repair or replace windows are cost and whether or

not the window really can be repaired. On occasions when the

windows are completely beyond repair, the cost of repairing can

outweigh the cost of a replacement. The reason we offer both

services is so that we can give people the option when possible.

Does a building being listed make a difference? With a listed

property, replacement windows should really be a last resort (as

this often requires permission) whereas repair can be carried out

without consent. If you live in a conservation area and would like

to change the style of your windows then permission is needed.

What are the benefits of modern windows? Some of the

benefits to our modern windows are that they will be draught

proofed (although draught proofing can be applied during

restoration of a window as well) and where possible double

glazed. Without stating the obvious, they are newer and so will

outlast a repaired window.

Is it possible to a have modern window that looks exactly

like an old window? Our new windows are always the exact

same style as the originals. With a high standard of joinery the

traditional features and style should never be lost, even when

replacing a window. Luke and Tom Miller are brothers specializing

in the repair and replacement of wooden windows around Kent

and the South East. They repair and restore both sash windows

and casement windows as well as supplying and installing

aluminium secondary glazing when appropriate. Between them

they have around 10 years of experience. Window repairs and

restoration is an extremely useful option with regards to listed

properties and properties in conservation areas – where modern

window, might look out of place or conflict with planning rules.

Email us at info@woodenwindowrepairs.co.uk or find our contact

details at www.woodenwindowrepairs.co.uk

The Heritage Window Company

The Heritage Window Company has been manufacturing and

installing slimline aluminium windows for 20 years with innovative

concepts delivering unparalleled performance. The new Heritage

Conservation range, with its unique ultra-low profile frame, was

carefully developed to replicate traditional style steel windows.

Many customers have a specific idea of what they want, so all

Heritage windows are bespoke and made to order in its London

factory. A range of styles and glazing options mean they can be

customized to almost any requirements, and customers can choose

from over 200 colours – even opting for different colours inside and

out to suit their home’s décor.

What are the main factors when deciding whether to repair or

replace a window? Many older style properties were fitted with

single glazed steel windows which, although aesthetically pleasing,

may not offer the same protection from the elements as we expect

from modern windows. Repairing these has implications for heating

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costs in the long term and this has to be weighed against the

short term savings of repair versus buying new. When considering

new, often the priority is to find windows that will provide all the

benefits of double glazing, without ruining the look and feel of

the property. Of course there’s also the cost of redecoration after

the windows have been installed and as Sales Director, Ben Flatt

says: “One of the great advantages of Heritage windows is that

they fit into existing timber sub-frames which dispenses with the

need for redecoration.”

Kent Peg Tiling &

Listed Building Specialists

conservation and renovation

specialists § high quality work

by experienced craftsman

Does a building being listed make a difference? Heritage

regularly deal with Local Councils and Listings Officers who like

the slim lines and bespoke features of the Conservation range. In

fact, Heritage windows were originally conceived in response to

an enquiry for aluminium replacement windows from the tenants

of a London mansion block.

What are the benefits of modern windows? Modern double

glazing delivers many benefits to homeowners. For example

the Heritage Conservation range not only offers better thermal

performance – having achieved an ‘A’ performance rating and a

1.6+ U value – but satisfy all the latest building regulations for

replacement or new build applications. The ‘polyamide thermal

resin break’ reduces condensation and argon-filled double-glazed

sealed units ensure the noise stays out and more of the heat stays

in – keeping those heating bills down. Multipoint shootbolt

locking provides extra security as well. And the tough powder

coated paint finish is highly durable and requires virtually no

maintenance.

01797 270268 or visit www.kentpegs.com

Is it possible to have a modern window that looks exactly

like an old window? Incorporation of locking mechanisms and

the width of double-glazed sealed units means it is not possible

to match a traditional style window exactly. However, the

comparison (below) shows just how close they have come, and

with a profile of just 39mm – the Heritage Conservation range is

the slimmest aluminium window available in the UK.

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This colour, simply called ‘Grey’ is

available in seven degrees of intensity –

not 50 shades – from Little Greene

Cutting to

the finish...

What finish you choose for your home, whether it

be paint, wallpaper or something more decorative,

depends on many different factors...

Daryl Cruttenden of Cruttenden

Specialist Decorating Contractors

What makes people choose paint over other finishes?

One of the main reasons to choose paint is costing. Emulsion

finished walls for example are far cheaper than wallpaper or

tiling. They are interchangeable, damaged areas of paint can

be repaired, not the case for wallpaper. Tiling is a longer-term

commitment, wall tiling is more popular and practical in wet

areas. We would recommend upgrading your emulsion finish

to Crown Extreme Clean. This is an emulsion that can be

scrubbed clean and has a harder finish than standard trade

emulsion finishes.

Are there different finishes recommended for old

and new properties?

There are many different finishes with regard to walls;

for new walls you would use a standard contract emulsion

that will sink into the new plaster.

When emulsioning old walls and older properties, a

vinyl emulsion is more effective as it contains vinyl / plastic

which makes it more flexible, so less prone to minor cracking.

More examples, too many to mention, include lime wash for

old buildings with solid walls ie churches, casein distemper

for old buildings etc, etc.

What are the most challenging kinds of jobs?

The most challenging project in terms of labour is badly decayed

paintwork on timber exteriors. The removal of loose paint, and

application of spot prime undercoat and gloss are the minimal

requirements. We would recommend an additional undercoat or

gloss depending on the colour being used. Full redecoration to

churches can be challenging with not many occurring these days.

However, we have recently quoted for a full church interior and

External paints need to stand up to the

elements as well as looking tip-top (Mister

David 47 by Little Greene)

have previously completed a number. National Trust properties

can present a challenge. The last couple of years they’ve been

specifying Sikkens Cetol Xd Gloss system on all their exterior

redecorations. So, a good product for your readers to use.

Cruttenden Specialist Decorating Contractors,

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“Murals offer solutions to tricky surfaces like bare plaster between beams in timberframed

houses. odd angles and curves with perhaps, lumpy walls”

Melissa White of Melissa White Hand

Painted Design and Decoration

I was drawn to reproducing Elizabethan wall paintings as I loved

the loose, hand painted qualities of these near 500-year old

murals. I’ve decorated houses from medieval to modern, painting

bold patterns directly on walls like our ancestors or finding less

intrusive alternatives that allow me to work from my studio then

install on-site. These might be made-to-measure fresco panels,

large tapestry-like wall hangings or custom-made wide-width

wallpapers printed or painted to order. Unlike a traditional mural,

these artworks are not permanent and therefore can be installed in

your new home and, I can incorporate the fresco secco treatment

to ensure a more authentic look.

Bespoke wall treatments go beyond the mechanical repetition

of normal wallpaper allowing for dynamic movement across a

wall. They have to work both from afar and close-up at which

level brushstrokes, imperfections and patination bring life to the

design. The finished wall makes a unique decorative statement

achieved via an exciting creative dialogue between artist and client.

Murals offer solutions to tricky surfaces like bare plaster

between beams in timber-framed houses, odd angles and curves

with perhaps, lumpy walls. One challenge was a Tudor castle in

Norfolk with ugly 18th century stencilling that needed to be

preserved yet, concealed. In the fabric walling tradition I stretched

and nailed linen painted with Elizabethan multivines around the

walls to protect it.

Even a large expanse of flat, characterless wall can be

transformed. When commissioned to supply artwork for an

expansive 2-storey wall in Notting Hill I painted a luscious 6x8m

Roman garden scene made up of 24 huge fresco secco panels all

cracked and aged at my studio. It was an elegant solution to a

challenging blank wall.

Melissa White Hand Painted Design and Decoration

01424 868048 www.melissawhite.co.uk

Detail from a hand-painted wall commissioned

by a client for the hall of their house in Iden

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The Paint and Paper Library offers a

large range of colours and finishes

Paul Jenner at Bell House Fabrics & Interiors

People love the unique colour palette that Paint Library offers,

from the subtle shade variation of the architectural colours like

slate, paper or salt to the stronger, more accented original colours

like Paris Rooftops, Grenache or Sea nor Sky. All designed to

complement or contrast perfectly.

Pure flat emulsion is the flattest emulsion on the market

with a sheen level as low as 1.5%. This gives it a rich depth of

colour, perfect for period properties. Architects emulsion is fully

washable making it the ideal choice for modern living family

environments. Hard wearing water or oil eggshells are available

along with traditional oil gloss for that statement

front door. For me it’s finding the

Little Greene was founded in

1773 – but offers colours to

suit all eras

right tone level for the environment,

– strong enough in light open-plan

kitchen/living areas to create the

desired impact but not too much so

as to look closed in. Natural light and

aspect are important considerations.

Conversely, smaller rooms with limited

light sources can be transformed with

the correct tonal combinations from

the architectural range.

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Cranbrook, 01580 712555

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Generally the older properties tend to stay with heritage colours

on the walls and eggshells and flat oil finishes on the woodwork

where in a modern home gloss finishes and brighter colour

schemes can work just as well as the old.

Paint manufacturers nowadays have a full range of period and

modern colours in their palettes in all finishes from flat matt,

eggshell through to gloss. Little Greene are a personal favourite of

mine right now with a great range of heritage colours and finishes.

Striking patterned wallpaper fits

perfectly alongside furniture and

decor from various decades

Marc Scott, of Bushell & Scott

What makes people choose wallpaper over other finishes?

Many factors come in to play when deciding on wallpaper over

other finishes, whether it is a cost effective easy fix to cover

unsightly damaged walls or to add another dimension to a room

giving much needed depth and warmth with a multitude of

colours, shapes, images, textures and luxurious finishes to choose

from. In these modern times, digital imagery can help create

illusions be it of a brick wall without the disruption of stripping

back the plaster or wood cladding to create the feel of being in

a log cabin – we have even hung paper that gives the illusion of

books on a bookshelf.

Are there different finishes/styles recommended for

old and new properties?

In this day and age, mixing modern with old and keeping in

tradition with period colours and finishes is very common

practice. Period colours are very popular right now and can look

great in a modern property as they do in an old property. There is

so much choice on offer with water-based, oil-based, scrubbable,

matt, silk….the list goes on.

What are the most challenging kinds of projects/jobs?

Most jobs create their own challenges in one way or another,

which is why we do what we do and are good at it. We have

plenty of years’ experience in knowing ways of overcoming these.

My pet hate, and I guess the same goes for every tradesman, is

working in small spaces; wallpapering a small wash room for

example, fiddly pipe work to navigate with hardly any space to

move about and make the precise cuts necessary. The same goes

for wallpapering uneven walls where no edge is plumb and the

ceiling waves up and down like the rolling sea throwing any

patterned paper off kilter. Yet the end result has to look flawless.

Knowing a few handy techniques helps us get over these issues –

though at times they cause some serious head scratching.

Bushell & Scott, Painting and decorating services,

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Choosing paint shades is never

easy – there’s so much choice!

Alan Kent Specialist painter

What type of finishes/effects do you specialise in?

I specialise in marbling, wood graining, all broken colour

effects, trompe l’oeil, gilding – all decorative finishes

Are these finishes and effects suited to old and new houses?

The paint finishes and effects are suited to the restoration of

historic buildings as well as in new and modern houses.

What are the most challenging kinds of projects/jobs?

The most challenging part of my job is matching up my work

to existing wood graining or marbled columns, panels or

fire places. Antiquing is a very important part of my work. I

prepare my own glazes and work with artists’ oils. Some of the

more intricate wood graining is achieved using water colour.

Alan Kent has worked as a specialist painter since 1973 and trained

with the world-renowned decorative artist Leonard Pardon.

Alan Kent, St. Leonards-on-Sea,East Sussex, TN38 0TR

01424 439860, 07951 887009 www.alankent.co.uk

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Planning a grand design?

For many people, buying a plot of land and building their own home is a dream scanario

– but one that you should be prepared for, says property expert Jonathon Dixon...

Check on the planning status Has there ever been

a residential dwelling on the site or is there one already? You

can check on the planning status by contacting the local

authority via their website. Or, it may be possible to pay for

some pre-application planning advice from the local planning

department, either via written correspondence or a meeting.

The benefits of engaging a suitably qualified planning

consultant should not be underestimated. Assuming the

site has potential for residential use, ie, a replacement

dwelling or conversion of an existing building, or some kind

of in-fill development (within the confines of the existing

built development)... you should consider the other physical,

legal and practical constraints which the site may have eg.

how accessible are services? And if they are not already laid on

to the site, what would be the cost of providing mains water

and electricity and potentially, mains drainage. Consider

whether services would need to be laid through third-party

land, and the potential cost implications for doing so.

Bear in mind whether there is any existing

utilities infrastructure on the site This may

include pipes or cables below the ground, which would

hinder construction. The cost of diverting such infrastructure

could be substantial. One should carry out a utilities search,

contacting the relevant providers, and also consult the

property deeds for rights, in, on or over land held by third

parties. On site, it may still be necessary to carry out a survey

of any underground pipes and cables in order to ascertain

their exact position.

Although a site may have planning consent,

overriding legal complications may need to

be considered One example would be a covenant which

restricts the nature of development and other issues include

rights to light in favour of neighbouring properties. Access

is an issue that may be overlooked particularly where a

property does not directly abut a public highway.


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Contamination Consider the past uses of the site and

how these may impact on any future development. For

example, the costs associated with decontaminating a former

industrial site, depending on the use, may run into tens or

possibley hundreds of thousands of pounds. Much depends

on the soil type and the future use of the ground.

Flood risk Various resources are available to assess the

potential for flooding and it would be commonplace for

the local authority to make an assessment of this during

the planning process. However, local knowledge can be

invaluable, particularly with regards to sites which are either

prone to surface water flooding or which are unlikely to

flood although they are within an area which is considered

to be at risk of flooding by the local authority/the

Environment Agency.

Planning conditions Although a site may have

planning consent, it would be prudent to check whether

all of the associated planning conditions have been

discharged... these may relate to a wide range of factors, that

require action before any development can commence, or

which regulate the use of the site. It would be commonplace

for a local authority to request and approve samples of

materials to be used ahead of any development. They may

also require additional surveys and reports, eg, ecological or

environmental, relating to the site.

Specialists in

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over the land Public rights of way can include footpaths,

bridal paths or BOATs (Byways open to all traffic). A search

of the definitive map, held by the County Council will reveal

the extent of any registered public rights of way on the land.

Diversion of public rights of way is possible, but may be a

long and costly process.

Jonathon Dixon is a Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the

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I

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Chelsea Gold Medal winners and whose commissions

include incredibly imaginative creations at Highgrove,

bought the house, part of a glorious mediaeval monastic

establishment, in 1983 and created a dream-like garden

there. They’ve moved on now but their garden very much

remains and is open for the NGS several times in 2016.

The reason I mention it is that I remember one of those

wonderful days when a group of us drove down to see it.

We arrived to find Julian gently watering a huge copper

absolutely full of a dense planting of Lavender ‘Hidcote’

and Argyranthemum ‘Cherry Red’. I’ve never forgotten

it as the combination of the lavender and the marguerite

was completely stunning. ‘Cherry Red’ has daisy-like

flowers in a deep carmine-red which fade to different

shades of pink as they age. And to cap it all you have

feathery grey leaves contrasting with the deep purple of

the lavender. I’ve been meaning to try this combination

in one of my myriad pots. Maybe this will be the year.

The joy of these sorts of plants is that they don’t need too

much watering and of course it is a bit of a relief not to have

to spend hours wielding a hosepipe and watering everything

in sight. And whilst it is difficult on a wet and windy early

April day to imagine hosepipes being anything but redundant

after the winter and early spring we have had, I suspect that

they will have to be wheeled out by the time summer arrives.

So, are drought resistant plants, or plants that need little

watering, right for containers? There are thousands of plants

worldwide which are so cleverly adapted to dry conditions.

Think of all the silver-leaved plants whose leaves reflect the

harsh rays of the sun and whose coating of fine hairs on both

stem and leaves help trap moisture around the plant’s tissues.

But there are also other adaptations plants have made to

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minimal care once they are established. Apart from silver

leaved plants, there are plants which have succulent leaves

and stems, tiny leaves, needle-like leaves and waxy ones too.

Think of how plants grow in their native conditions. I think

that agapanthus are one of the most striking plants for pots

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hardy and non-hardy. They’re tough things but do appreciate

a good start in life and flower best with a little help from

us. So tips for looking after agapanthus would be to protect

the less hardy varieties in the winter; keeping them in pots

with their roots fairly neatly filling the pot; splitting them in

March/April when necessary and growing them in a 2/1 mix

of good garden compost and coarse sand or gravel. Feeding

them with a high potash feed every three to four weeks in

the growing season will encourage a good supply of flowers.

Another favourite with strappy leaves is the coastal astelia,

Astelia banksii, which is native to New Zealand. Unlike its

larger cousin, Astelia chathamica, this one only grows to about

three feet and it has the advantage of narrow, sword-like

silver leaves perfect as a dramatic single specimen in a pot.

There seem to be mixed views about its hardiness and I think

that some protection in a hard winter would be good. It has

certainly got through this last winter without any problem.

Succulents like Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’, the Torch

Aloe, Aloe arborescens and echeverias are all perfect in pots.

However, they are certainly not hardy and would have to

be brought under cover in the autumn. They need little or

no watering and in the right conditions – ie well drained

compost, added grit etc. flourish in a sunny spot. Agaves too

are good statement plants but spiky. I like the black spined

agave for its blue grey succulent leaves and the large Agave

americana. I saw enormous specimens of agave growing in the

completely wondrous Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech this year

– growing as they should as they have the perfect conditions

there, heat and good drainage – but we can have modest sized

plants in pots dotted around adding structure to the garden.

Silver leaved plants for pots would include Plectranthus

‘Silver Shield’ which has pretty huge leaves – well, saucer

sized – and are felty to the touch. Perfect for a sensory garden

actually. Their flowers are a little like those of a salvia and

they grow on from cuttings so easily. Or try Convolvulus

sabatius which is a cousin to our bindweed but not remotely

invasive. This one flowers from summer right through till

the autumn and the beginning of the frosts. It’s the prettiest

thing with pale blue trailing flowers. Just cut it right back

in the spring and it’ll come back to start all over again for

the following season. You could combine it in a pot with

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Every home should have a pot of lemon verbena to brush

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tea. Aloysia citrodora has strongly scented narrow leaves.

This pot would definitely need to be under cover in the

winter and the plant cut back either in the winter or early

spring. It then comes back from the base. It doesn’t need

much attention water wise but is worth feeding or top

dressing each year before the season starts. This is such

a bee friendly plant – another reason for growing it.

It’s been a bit of a jungle in the greenhouse this winter

and we almost needed a machete to create some space. I

stuck a few cuttings of Helichrysum petiolare into a bucket

of sharp sand a year or so ago and rather forgot about them

and the whole thing took off and reached the height of the

greenhouse. So another perfect silver leaved plant for dry

conditions. I don’t remember watering them at all and what

were tiny cuttings have been more than happy growing away

for a couple of years. Another plant in there but which has

outgrown its space and will have to be cut back dramatically

any moment now is Sparmannia africana, or African Hemp.

But if you like foliage plants with giant leaves and fragrant

flowers – white with dramatic red and yellow stamens, this

is quite a plant to try in a (very) large container. It’s not

ideal in a greenhouse really, partly because it doesn’t leave

much room for anything else but also because it has too

much direct sunlight in there which causes a yellowing

of the leaves. Coming from South Africa it is adapted

to drought conditions and would be perfect as a large

houseplant or specimen plant in a sheltered corner of a

courtyard. And its huge leaves are ideally adapted to the

plant’s native conditions, being both soft but hairy to the

touch. I read that the stamens ‘bristle’ when they’re touched

which we’ve never noticed so it’s out to the greenhouse right

now to experiment and then, I’m afraid, the whole plant,

giant that it is, really is going to be cut back so that we can

actually get in there. It’s a good time to take some softwood

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Strawbridge and family had bought a house in Cornwall and

were determined to live lightly on the planet by producing

their own electricity, water supply, food and fuel.

Brigit and I kept in touch and her path changed. She left the

house in Cornwall, studied bees and became an expert on bees

and their habitat. I’ve written about the importance of bees before

but I think it worth reminding everyone that we depend upon

the humble bee for our food supply and if it disappears, things

would get serious very quickly. In the 1950s we had over fifty

native species of bees in this country. Today we have twenty-five.

Although the number of non-native bees has increased, we are still

not sure why our British bees are dying.

Some experts have argued that it’s this invasion of nonnative

bees overcoming our own bees; others maintain it is the

widespread use of insecticides and pesticides, farmers spraying

crops and gardeners protecting their fruit, flowers and vegetables

with products that are designed to kill pests but inadvertently

hasten the demise of the humble bee. Disease is another killer and

colony collapse disorder is a serious phenomenon whereby whole

colonies of bees are wiped out. Several theories have been put

forward including the use of genetically modified crops. But there

is one area where the government seems unwilling to do anything.

The use of neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are a relatively new

pesticide and scientists suggest that they significantly harm bees.

But the government is demanding more research.

Following a National Pollinator Strategy, Brigit wrote an open

letter to the government in November last year and, whilst praising

it in some ways, asked what happened to the precautionary

principle and indeed simple common sense. She says, “It does not

take a rocket scientist to see the connection between neonicotinoid

pesticides and bee decline and no amount of further research

is going to change the fact that these highly dangerous neurotoxins,

which are now saturating our agricultural landscape and

waterways, are doing far more harm than good.”

Brigit is a campaigner who takes her work very seriously and,

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concludes with this warning, “I can only conclude that people are

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For most children, reading can be easy or they may

struggle a little before getting the hang of it. For the

dyslexic child, it’s a whole different ball game. To them,

the printed page can seem a sheet of meaningless, shifting

shapes among which they become confused, frustrated and,

ultimately, lost. However intelligent they may be, however

diligently they may apply themselves, they will always find

making sense of a sequence of letters or numbers a challenge.

According to the British Dyslexia Association, around

four per cent of the population suffers from severe dyslexia

and up to 10 per cent to varying degrees. These figures are,

of course, contentious, simply because defining the condition

and diagnosing individual cases has never been without its

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to present affected individuals with challenges on a daily basis

for the rest of their lives.

However, it is their school years that these individuals may

find the most challenging because so much early teaching

and learning is done through the written word. Failing to

keep up with their peer group, they may be labelled as ‘slow’.

Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to

learn anything”. The damage to a child’s self-esteem can be

devastating.

The exact cause of dyslexia is unknown but it’s thought

that certain genes inherited from your parents may act

together in a way that affects how some parts of the brain

develop during early life. It often appears to run in families.

Again, it cannot be too strongly emphasized that dyslexia has

nothing whatever to do with IQ. People with dyslexia often

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children.

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This support may include occasional one-to-one teaching

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Sackville School

An independent school for boys and girls 11-18

Prep

School

Senior

• •

School

Sixth

Form

Independent day and boarding school

for girls and boys aged 7-19

THEIR

CHANCE

TO SHINE

Would

your child

benefit from

individualised

learning?

With small classes

and a welcoming

environment

you can be confident

that your child will

quickly settle into the

Sackville family

Students usually join us in Year 7, 9 or 12, however,

we also consider applications for entry at other times

Sackville is part of the

Cognita Schools Group

www.cognitaschools.com

Call now to find out more

T: 01732 838 888

W: sackvilleschool.co.uk

Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough,

Kent TN11 9HN

Come and see how Frewen College

can help your child at one of our next

OPEN MORNINGS

Saturday 7 May, Thursday 19 May &

Saturday 11 June 9.30 - 12 noon

To book your place on a tour please telephone

Annabel Baker on: 01797 252494

or email: office@frewencollege.co.uk

Frewen College, Rye Road,

Northiam, East Sussex, TN31 6NL

www.frewencollege.co.uk

Daily minibus services to Tunbridge Wells,

Ashford, Tenterden, Battle and Hastings

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Saint Ronan’s School

Hawkhurst, Kent • Founded 1883 • www.saintronans.co.uk

Boys & Girls from 3-13 • Day & Boarding • Forest School

Headlines

‘Excellent’ ISI

inspection report

50 scholarships won

in two years

Tatler Good Schools

Guide 2016

Photo © Sarah Clark Photography

Discover the magic! Email emmatv@saintronans.co.uk

or call 01580 752271 to book an appointment.


FreeImages.com/Ryan Day

the classroom as well. Our teaching staff are trained to use a

range of strategies to enable pupils to find ways around the

learning difficulties that can make academic subjects seem so

difficult.

“English and literacy are at the core of all our work at

Frewen,” he adds. “Our most important responsibility is to

remove the fear of the written and spoken word and give

our pupils the skills and the confidence to read and write

competently. Each child’s needs are thoroughly assessed and

individual support provided in small classes supplemented,

where appropriate, with one-to-one tuition or therapy.

Set in a former Jacobean manor in Northiam, the school

is divided into three parts – the Prep School, the Senior

School, and the Sixth Form run in conjunction with Bexhill

College and Plumpton College, providing all-through

education from seven to 19.

“Pupils joining Frewen College from other schools may

have been working as hard as, or harder than, their peers

but they have been held back and made to feel under-valued

because their Specific Learning Difficulties have either not

been recognised or have not been properly addressed,” he says.

However, there is a real danger that just because a child

appears to be lagging behind in their reading or school

work in general, the cause must be dyslexia and specialist

intervention is required. Most young people will exhibit some

of the signs of dyslexic difficulties. A cluster of characteristics

indicate dyslexia and it’s important not to jump to

conclusions prematurely when children show only one or two

signs. Observation and detailed assessment will be required to

identify specific strengths and development needs before any

really meaningful conclusions can be drawn.

However, the good news is that if your child is dyslexic

there is a wide range of help out there and, although it is a

lifelong condition, it is certainly no bar to future happiness or

achievement. Some of the most successful men and women

in the world have struggled with dyslexia and the final word

should go to perhaps the most famous.

“Everybody is a genius,” said Albert Einstein. “But if you

judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole

life thinking it’s stupid.”

Support groups and information

Dyslexia Action www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

The British Dyslexia Association www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

Local Dyslexia Associations – independently registered

charities that run workshops and help to provide local

support. You can find your local LDA on the BDA website.

NHS www.nhs.uk/conditions/dyslexia

Frewen College www.frewencollege.co.uk

Flexible boarding

options


The quality of boarding

provision and care is excellent.

ISI Inspection Report. May 2015

To find out more, please come and see us at our

OPEN EVENING

on Thursday 5 May 2016, 6pm to 8pm

OPEN MORNING


on Friday 6 May 2016, 9.45am till noon

Call us on 01323 733203 or

email admissions@standrewsprep.co.uk

www.VisitStAndrewsPrep.co.uk

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100 Years of Education, 1000 Years of History

Battle Abbey School 1912 - 2012

Battle Abbey Prep School has been

included in the Times Top 100

Independent Prep Schools for 2015.

The only Prep School which

makes this prestigious list in

East Sussex!

www.battleabbeyschool.com

Battle Abbey Prep School - Times Top 100!

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THE MEAD SCHOOL

Co-educational day school for children ages 3–11

A quality education at an affordable price

Open Days 2016:

Thursday 26 May

10am & 2.15pm

Thursday 13 October

10am & 2.15pm

“The pupils are extremely well educated, in line with the school’s aims to encourage all to feel success.”

ISI Report 2014

To arrange a personal tour or to attend our Open Day please contact the Registrar:

Telephone: 01892 525837 Email: office@themeadschool.co.uk

16 Frant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5SN Website: www.meadschool.info

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FreeImages.com/Angelo Rosa

Are you concerned about education? I am...

Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up


If you agree that we’re going in the wrong direction,

I hope you will become part of the movement to

a more holistic approach that nurtures the diverse

talents of all our children. I want to set out how the

standards culture is harming students and schools and

to present a different way of thinking about education.

I want to show too that whoever and wherever you are,

you do have the power to make the system change.

Changes are happening. All around the world, there

are many great schools, wonderful teachers, and inspiring

leaders who are working creatively to provide students with

the kinds of personalised, compassionate, and communityoriented

education they need. There are entire school

districts and even national systems that are moving in

the same direction. People at all levels of these systems

are pressing for the changes I’m arguing for here.

In 2006, I gave a talk at the TED conference in

California called ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity? The essence

of that talk was that we’re all born with immense natural

talents, but by the time we’ve been through education

far too many of us have lost touch with them. As I put it

then, many highly talented, brilliant people think they’re

not because the thing they were good at in school wasn’t

valued or was actually stigmatized. The consequences

are disastrous for individuals and for the health of our

communities. It has proven to be the most watched talk in

the history of TED. It has been viewed online more than

thirty million times and has been seen by an estimated

three hundred million people worldwide. I know that’s not

as many views as Miley Cyrus gets. But I don’t twerk.

Since that talk was posted online, I’ve heard from

students all around the world who say they’ve shown it to

their teachers or parents, from parents who say they’ve shown

it to their children, and from teachers who’ve shown it to

their principals. I take this as evidence that I’m not alone in

thinking this way. And these are not recent concerns either.

I’ve worked with all sorts of people, institutions, and

systems in education and with businesses, governments,

and cultural organizations [...] In all of this, I’ve

been pushing for more balanced and individualized

and creative approaches to education. In the last ten

years especially, I hear people everywhere saying how

exasperated they are by the deadening effects of testing and

standardization on them, their children, or their friends.

Often they feel helpless and say there’s nothing they

can do. Some people tell me they enjoy my talks


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Dulwich Preparatory School

Cranbrook

Independent day and flexible boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13

‘A huge breadth of

opportunity to succeed’

Good Schools Guide

Open Morning

Thursday, 5th May

For details and to book a tour please contact registrar@dcpskent.org • 01580 712179 • dcpskent.org


online but are frustrated that I don’t say what they

can do to change the system. I have three responses.

The first is, ‘It was an eighteen-minute talk; give me a

break.’ The second is, ‘If you’re really interested in what

I think, I’ve published various other books, reports, and

strategies on all of this, which you may find helpful.’

The third response is this book.” Ken Robinson

About the book

Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential

voices in education. His talk, ‘How Schools Kill

Creativity’, is the most viewed in the history of TED and

has been seen by millions of people all over the world.

In Creative Schools he sets out his practical vision for

how education can be transformed to enable all young

people to flourish and succeed in the 21st century.

In this inspiring, empowering book, Robinson

argues for an end to the outmoded, industrial systems

of mass schooling. He proposes a highly personalized,

organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented

technological and professional resources to engage all

students and develop their individual abilities.

Written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging

style, and filled with practical examples, anecdotes and

groundbreaking research, Creative Schools highlights

the people and projects that are already revolutionizing

education. This book will inspire teachers, parents, and

policymakers to rethink the nature and purpose of education

to benefit students, schools and society as a whole.

About the authors

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is an internationally recognized

leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and

human potential. He advises governments, corporations,

education systems, and some of the world’s leading

cultural organizations. His famous 2006 talk to the

prestigious TED Conference is the most watched video

on TED.com, with over 31 million views to date.

Lou Aronica is the author of two novels and coauthor

of several works of non-fiction, including

The Culture Code (with Clotaire

Rapaille) and The Element.

Creative Schools

Revolutionizing Education

from the Ground Up

by Ken Robinson and

Lou Aronica

Published by Penguin

Hardback £18.99

Available in eBook

A revolutionary book on how

parents, teachers and students

can change our outdated

education system, from one

of the world’s most influential

voices in education

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What’s On In May

DAYS OUT

Sun 1 May 8.30am-2.30pm

Harrietsham Village Hall, Church

Road, Harrietsham, Kent ME17 1AP

BLUEBELL WALK

Walkers, old and new, are invited

to join us to celebrate 25 years of

compassionate care at Heart of Kent

Hospice’s annual Bluebell Walk. Enjoy

a 6 mile sponsored walk amongst the

Bluebells on the North Downs and

through the beautiful Kent countryside.

Info: 01622 790195 / www.hokh.org

Fri 6 May 5-7pm, Sat 7 May

10am-5pm, Sun 8 May 1-5pm

St Michael’s Church TN31 7UA

PLAYDEN WEEKEND

ART EXHIBITION

The exhibition has many local well

known artists. A lovely venue and a

great selection of art from local artists.

Entry: Free

Info: 01797 224606

plants all grown and nurtured by

our very own team of dedicated

ART

Sun 15 May 2-5pm

Volunteers. A must for anyone

Tonbridge Town Sailing

with green fingers! Booking Not

Club, Haysden Lake

Needed. Dogs on leads welcome.

RYA ‘PUSH THE BOAT OUT’ Entry: General admission prices

Visit Tonbridge for the dinghy

Info: 01304 207326 / www.

sailing open day. Try something nationaltrust.org.uk/whats-on

new and have a great day out.

Info: 07824 140743 / www.

Fri 20 & Sat 21 May 9am-4.30pm

tonbridgesailing.org

VINTAGE BROCANTE

Fri 20 May - Sun 22 May 9am-7pm The Three French Hens will

EXHIBITION

Tonbridge Castle Kent TN9 1PG again be hosting their wonderful

TONBRIDGE FOOD AND

vintage brocante. Browse from

DRINK FESTIVAL

an array of antique finds and

The Tonbridge Food and Drink find a beautiful bargain.

Festival will deliver the best of local Info: 07773 460494

and regional foods in the beautiful

setting of Tonbridge Castle with

ART

stalls selling great grocery food,

and drinks, plus street food, a craft

PILGRIMS WAY ARTISTS

beer festival and live music stage.

Info: 07590 593134

Sat 28 & Sun 29 May 10.30am-5pm

St. Margaret’s Church,

Hothfield TN26 1EL

CELEBRATION OF WEDDINGS

THROUGH THE YEARS

Come and view original wedding

dresses from the last six decades and

admire our floral displays. Don’t

forget to visit the Pop Up Café

with delicious homemade food.

Entry: Free

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Sat 7 & Sun 8 May 10am-4pm

The White Cliffs of Dover,

Langdon Cliffs, Upper Road,

Dover, Kent CT16 1HJ

PLANT FAIR WEEKEND

Our 16th annual Plant Fair, promising

to be the best so far. Thousands of

RTPILGRIMS WAY ARTISTS

GRIMS WAY ARTISTS

EXHIBITION

PILGRIMS WAY ARTISTS

EXHIBITION

LENHAM KENT ME17 2QD

Silcocks Farm, Tenterden

Sat 21 May 11am

Winchelsea New Hall,

Winchelsea TN36 4EB

COUNTRY HOUSE ATTIC SALE

Antiques, exotic plants & seeds, bric-abrac,

vintage clothes, raffle, homemade

cakes & refreshments. In aid of Rye,

Winchelsea & District Hospital.

Earlybird entry: 10.30am

£5 After 11am £1

TITHE BARN LENHAM Sat 21 KENT May 10am-1pm ME17 2QD

St John’s Church Green, Tunbridge

Wells, Kent TN4 9LG

15 - 25 MAY 2015

TITHE BARN LENHAM KENT ME17 2QD PLANT SALE

TITHE BARN LENHAM KENT ME17 2QD

MAY 20th - 30th 2016 Friends of Woodbury Park

MAY 20th - 30th 2016 Cemetery are hosting a plant sale.

5 MAY 2015

0am - 6pm DAILY

sts.org.uk CONTACT: 10am 01233 - 6pm 770425 DAILY or 01622 863554

10am - 6pm DAILY

www.pilgrimswayartists.org.uk Pop along for a delightful day

CONTACT: 01622 863554 CONTACT: 01233 770425 or 01622 863554

www.pilgrimswayartists.org.uk CONTACT: 01622 863554

10am - 6pm DAILY

out in aid of a good cause.

Info: 01892 530293

Sat 28 May - Mon 30 May 10am-5pm

All Saints Church,

Biddenden TN27 8AH

BIDDENDEN FLOWER FESTIVAL

An English Country Garden. Join us in

our beautiful village church and enjoy

wonderful floral displays and plant

stalls. Enjoy refreshments and music,

and the tower will be open daily.

Entry: Free

Info: 01580 291463

Sat 28 May

Conduit Hill, Rye

RYE ARTISAN FAIR

Browse unique art and crafts, and enjoy

a tasty beverage at this lovely local event.

Info: 07825 393868

GARDENS

Sun 22 May 2–5 pm

Boxley Abbey, Sandling ME14 3BT

OPEN GARDEN FOR HEART

OF KENT HOSPICE

A rare treat to visit the gardens of

historic Boxley Abbey founded in

1146 as a Cistercian Monastery until

its dissolution in 1536. The three acre

garden has ancient cloister walls and

ruins which provide the backdrop for

the rose garden and the water garden.

Visit the Grade I listed hospitium

(medieval barn) with its remarkable

scissor truss roof. Children Welcome.

Entry donation: £5

Info: www.hokh.org/events

Sat 28 & Sun 29 May 2-5pm

Primrose Cottage, Rose

Hill, Wittersham

OPEN GARDEN FOR

PILGRIMS HOSPICE

Come and visit this popular and pretty

cottage garden with enhanced vegetable

plot (new for 2016). Treat yourself to

some well priced plants, a cup of tea and

a piece of delicious homemade cake.

Entry: £4 children free

Sun 29 May 2–5 pm

Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead nr.

Wateringbury ME18 5HA.

OPEN GARDEN FOR HEART

OF KENT HOSPICE

Visit the ten acre plantsman’s garden of

this superb 13th Century Manor House

Work with us at Wealden Times

Midsummer & Midwinter Fairs

Wealden Times is looking for a

talented sales person to sell exhibition

space at their market-leading fairs

This is a fantastic opportunity for a motivated individual

to use their sales skills in a creative environment. You must

be confident, target driven, proactive and an excellent

communicator with first class customer services skills.

To apply, e-mail your CV with a covering letter to:

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Kent Garden Show

& NAFAS Regional Flower Show

Sat 28th, Sun 29th & Mon 30th May

Gates Open 9.30am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)

Featuring over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods.

Floral marquees with stunning fl oral displays including

medal winners from Chelsea. There is a food hall,

craft pavilion, brass band & children’s rides.

Garden furniture, water features, garden sheds and

buildings, tools, sculptures, & much more.

Jacqueline Aviolet & Tom Hart-Dyke will be in attendance

all weekend to give answers to your gardening questions.

Tickets available now.

What’s On In May

Country Lifestyle

Classic Summer Fair

Sat 4th & Sun 5th June

Tickets

available at

the gate & online

Prices: Adults £8.00,

Seniors £7.00

Children up to

age 16: Free

01795 474660

www.kentgardenshow.com

The Kent Showground, Detling ME14 3JF

*Shopping Marquees

*Classic Cars On Show

*90 Hands-On Fun Activities

*Local Food & Drink

*Something For Everyone

Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Adults £7.50 each / Children £5 each (4-16 years)

Open 10am-5pm / On-Site Parking / Assist Dogs Only

Info: Call 01323 832731/countrylifestylefairs.co.uk

PRE-BOOK YOUR TICKETS

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TULIP FESTIVAL



SCULPTURE IN PARTICULAR






8, 9, 10 July

www.kentshow.co.uk

01622 633060

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What’s On In May

Ibbett Mosely

AuctIoneers & VAluers

Limited Liability Partnership

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm

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

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

125 High St, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1UT

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

Hornbrook Manor Farm

Garden Advice and Border planting service

Transform your garden borders

Contact Jo Arnell for ideas, border designs and planting

01233 861149 www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Chickens, Chicks,

Ducks & Ducklings

ON

SALE

Call

01580 240120

Open Day Sunday 29 th May with Poultry Auction & Bootfair

email: pamperedpoultrykent@gmail.com

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WEST KENT

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SHOOTING SCHOOL

50% off all Lessons

31 May - 3 June 2016

A NEW FESTIVAL CELEBRATING NATURE & PLACE

TALKS | ART | FOOD | CRAFTS | WORKSHOPS

FREE NATURE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

Boldshaves Garden, Nr Tenterden, Kent | 18 & 19 June 2016

Book tickets here: www.wealdenliteraryfestival.co.uk

New Hay Farm, Old Hay

(off Pearsons Green Road)

Paddock Wood, Brenchley

Kent TN12 7DG

Tel: 01892 834306

E: info@westkentshooting.co.uk

Open Monday to Friday

www.westkentshooting.co.uk

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What’s On In May

with a large formal rose garden and

herbaceous garden of island beds, with

a rose and clematis walkway leading to

a garden of China roses, with wonderful

open country views. Children Welcome.

Entry donation: £5

Info: www.hokh.org/events

ARE YOU SINGLE?

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exclusive, traditional and

successful

*Confi dential Interviews*

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CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND CALL

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MUSIC

Sat 14 May 7pm

Rochester Cathedral, Kent ME1 1SX

LONDON WELSH MALE

VOICE CHOIR CONCERT

A concert of popular music sung

by this well known choir, with

solos by soprano Tracey Boulton

and violinist Matthew Jones.

Entry: £20

Info: 01634 810074 / www.

rochestercathedral.org

WORKSHOPS & EDUCATION

Wed 4 May 3-7pm

University of Kent Tonbridge,

Avebury Avenue TN9 1TG

POSTGRADUATE OPEN EVENT

Discover the options for postgraduate

study in Literature, History of Art and

Creative Writing at Kent’s specialist

part-time centre in Tonbridge.

Booking & Info: 01732 352316

/ www.kent.ac.uk/tonbridge

Sat 7 May 10am–10.45am

Junior’s Day Nursery, Cranbrook

SIGN AND SONG TIME

Signing is a great way of helping

your child express themselves and

our workshop offers an introduction

to this. Come and see how signing is

used alongside familiar songs, and see

how we use it in our everyday practice

to encourage communication. Please

stay for refreshments afterwards.

Info & Booking: 01580 713033 /

cranbrook@juniorsdaynursery.co.uk

Fri 13 May 10am-12pm

Sussex Country Gardener

Garden Centre

SUMMER HANGING

BASKET WORKSHOP

Learn to plant a summer hanging

basket in this great workshop. Price

includes refreshments and all materials.

Entry: £25 per person

Info: 01892 852828 / www.

sussexcountrygardener.co.uk

Wed 18 May 7.30pm

Biddenden New Village Hall

THE WEALD OF KENT

COMPUTER CLUB

This evening there will be a

talk on interesting websites.

Annual membership £10.

Non-members £2 a visit.

Info: www.wealdofkentcomputerclub.

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Tenterden and Beyond

All studios in this area have

coordinated this year to make

things easier for YOU, the

visitor. So any Fri, Sat or Sun

between 11am and 4pm

(4-21 June) jump in your car

and visit lots of different artists

and studios all in one day.

CHILSTONE OPEN DAY

SATURDAY 18 th JUNE

10.00a m – 5.00p m

free entrY

• Sculpture exhibition &

children’s sculpture animal trail

• Owl flying demonstrations

& photo opportunity

• Workshop tours

• BBQ & Refreshments

• Have a go at stone engraving

• Speak to the plant expert

from How Green Nursery

• Live Sculpting demonstrations

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Introducing...

tatty tess

Tessa Teichman-Derville tells us how her love for sewing

started as creative therapy and turned into ‘tatty tess’

What inspired you to start your business?

A combination of ‘empty nest’ syndrome after my daughter started

school and the need to fulfil a creative urge led to the birth of ‘tatty

tess’. After the death of my father and a bout of post-natal depression,

I was advised by a counsellor to focus on my sewing as a way to

combat the feelings of loss. It worked for me. Sewing started as

creative therapy and turned into ‘tatty tess’; a busy cottage industry

that is my obsession.

Have you always been a creative person?

Yes. One of my earliest memories is being dubbed ‘The Sellotape

Queen’ by my family - always making cardboard boxes into

something prettier and less useful! My grandfather was an artist

and I forged a bond with him as he showed me how to paint with

oils and palette knives. In my teenage years, the old Singer made its

first appearance in my life and my wardrobe overflowed. Even my

‘proper’ pre-marriage career had a strong element of design - creating

innovative fundraising events in London.

Did you have training?

No, never any formal training. My mother taught me to thread a

sewing machine and 30 or so years later I could still do it, almost

without looking. When I decided to sell my pieces, I turned to the

founder of The Bake and Crafthouse in Cranbrook to help me hone

my basic skills – French seams, zip insertion, buttonholes; all the

details that make a garment look finished and made with love. As for

designing, I just started sketching clothes I’d like for my daughter, and

read fashion design books and pattern cutting articles. I’m learning all

the time. I’ve found that my homespun style of design appeals to my

customers as it adds to the personality of tatty tess pieces.

What influences your product aesthetic?

I’m seduced by nostalgia and illustrations of rosy cheeked children

from the 40s and 50s. So my pieces definitely have that old timer kind

of vibe. The clothes are designed for comfort and playing, and to be

worn well, so are not fussy. I love the simple lines of a smock and its

association with fishermen, artists, farmers. The smock top and dress

are staples of every collection.

What is the essence of your business?

To provide my customers with an alternative to cheap, mass produced

children’s clothes and to offer a

middle way between that, and

hugely expensive designerwear.

Sometimes a super market t-shirt

and leggings suit the occasion, other

times you want your little person to

wear something different, made just

for them.

Tell us about the making

process?

It’s very ad hoc and higgledypiggledy.

I’m now a lot more

organised than when I first started

out. I still find it hard to stick to a

plan when I’m constantly dreaming

up new designs or spotting vintage

fabric at a market. To a certain

extent I still go with the flow. I

produce about 10 basic silhouettes for each collection, winter and

summer. I use my stock of vintage and new fabrics to come up with

a theme and then scout out other fabrics and trims to complete

the collection. Once I’m happy with each silhouette I chat to my

customers online, do a photo shoot and start selling. I often get nearly

overrun with orders, but seem to sew better under pressure or in the

middle of the night!

What’s your favourite product from your collection?

Every new piece I make is my favourite for that moment in time. I

love working with new fabrics; that’s one of the reasons I don’t make

exactly the same garment twice. A favourite from this season would be

the Garden Party Dress – my beloved smock shape but gussied up for

a party!

Do you enjoy working for yourself?

Setting up as a sole trader was scary to start with, but the bit I really

love is retreating into my tiny sewing grotto and losing myself in

fabric and ideas. I can whirr away whilst knowing that I’m still able to

go and pick up my daughter, or nip out for a coffee and pep talk with

an amazingly supportive friend.

What makes all the hard work worth it?

When I see a little lady toddling about in a tatty tess, or when a

customer sends me a photo of their child wearing something I made.

Can’t deny it’s lovely to be making my own money again too! It’s a

precious thing to be able to love your day job.

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E

very spring I approach my vegetable growing with

the same boundless enthusiasm and by every July

I am overwhelmed by it all. You’d think by now it

would have occurred to me to scale back the March/April

end of the operation and so retain a modicum of control later

in the summer. But for 2016 it’s been business as usual!

During the dark winter months I poured over all those seed

catalogues and made a New Year’s resolution to be moderate

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And bingo, I’m off again on a purchasing jamboree.

April was spent sowing trays and trays of different seeds and

so in May I’ll be big-time pricking out and then hopefully by

the end of the month planting out. But before that can happen

I’ll need to make my annual trip to our patch of hazel coppice

to collect pea sticks, bean poles and some longer whippy

branches to create sweet pea tee-pees.

East Sussex is the most wooded county in the UK and most

traditional farms in this part of the world include at least two

or three small parcels of woodland or shaws which would have

been coppiced in the past to supply firewood and a whole host

of other valuable materials.

Coppicing is the process that occurs when a tree is felled and

new sprouts arise from the cut stump known as a stool. This

process can be carried out over and over again and is sustainable

over several hundred years with the stool getting ever larger in

diameter. All broadleaf trees can be coppiced but some – ash,

hazel, oak, sweet chestnut and lime are the strongest, while

beech, cherry and poplar really don’t respond very well. And

conifers won’t do it at all.

Coppicing has been traced back to Neolithic times by

archaeologists who have excavated wooden tracks over boggy

ground made entirely of coppiced material. Through the 18th

and 19th centuries, coppiced woodlands in the High Weald

provided charcoal for the all important smelting of iron,

however, by the mid-twentieth century coppicing was in rapid

decline and most coppice woods fell into neglect.

But the good news is that now for the first time in recent

history many neglected coppices are coming back into use

as we embrace a more sustainable lifestyle and appreciate the

environmental benefits that coppicing can bring to woodland.

Coppice is felled in blocks termed coupes (or fells, cants or

haggs) with five or six being cut in any season. We have been

coppicing our woods for the past ten years, albeit on a one

woman and her chainsaw scale but, when I’ve harvested this

year’s poles, sticks and branches there’s every possibility we

might just complete our first hagg (favourite descriptive). So

you see if we’re to save our woods I just have to keep planting

the seeds….

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