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of the Surrey Downs and your own, beautiful,
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Waterside is a substantial five bedroom family home set on the desirable Ballands
Road South cul-de-sac in Fetcham. Built by Mulberry Homes to a high quality
specification which includes a Poggenpohl kitchen, zoned underfloor heating
and stunning rear garden terrace overlooking a natural pond. Journey times from
Leatherhead mainline station to Waterloo take from just 45mins.
Guide Price £1,575,000
Jackson-Stops & Staff
01306 887 560
Waterside, The Ballands South, Fetcham, KT22 9EP
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Pains Hill, Limpsfield
An exceptional and beautifully appointed family home, peacefully located on a sought after lane within a short distance of Oxted.
Reception Hall, Cloakroom, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Laundry, Family Room, Drawing Room, Dining/Billiards Room, Study, Master
Bedroom Suite With Bathroom and Dressing Room, Four Further Double Bedrooms, Two Further Bathrooms, Heated Swimming Pool,
Bespoke Pavillion, Childrens Playhouse, Gardens and Grounds 1 Acre. EPC Rating: D
Guide Price £2,675,000
Oxted 01883 712375
coming 26 January 2015
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A handsome family home of superb proportions in a highly convenient location
Reception hall, cloakroom, 4 reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, master bedroom suite, dressing room, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, shower
room, inner landing/study area, top floor substantial split-level suite with separate shower room/WC. Double garage, driveway, store, garden studio/
entertainment room with sauna, outstanding secluded grounds, in all about 0.46 of an acre. EPC - D
Guide Price £1.495m
Stunning new family home in private road
Entrance hall, lounge, study, dining/TV room, kitchen/family room, utility room, first floor landing, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 3 further
bedrooms - 2 with en-suite shower rooms, family bathroom, second floor - fifth bedroom with en-suite shower. Double garage, large garden with lawned
and substantial decking areas, substantial pond. EPC - B
Guide price £1.575m
coming 26 January 2015
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An impressive and superbly presented period family home adjacent to Holmwood Common
Entrance porch, reception hall, cloakroom, sitting room, family room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, first floor landing, master bedroom,
shower room, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, double garage, various garden outbuildings, extensive established gardens, in all, extending to
about 1.1 acres. EPC - D
Guide price £1.175m
Fine Grade II Listed period cottage in the heart of this favoured country village
Entrance porch, impressive sitting room with Inglenook fireplace, separate dining room with Inglenook fireplace, kitchen, first floor landing, 3 bedrooms,
bathroom, various traditional period features, oil central heating, outside WC/shower room, intriguing period building requiring refurbishment, double
garage, established garden in excess of 160 ft.
Guide price £750,000
coming 26 January 2015
Searchwood Road, Warlingham. Prices from £425,000
An exclusive development of 10 luxury apartments and penthouses ready for occupation Summer 2016.
Located in a popular residential area within walking distance of Upper Warlingham and Whyteleafe mainline railway
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A truly exceptional newly built family home situated in a prime residential locality within half a mile of the High Street
This exceptional new property, individually designed and built with attractive
gabled elevations reflecting the character of the area, provides spacious, adaptable
accommodation arranged over three floors with an impressive specification and
high quality workmanship, as can be seen from the great attention to detail
throughout the property.
A viewing is essential to fully appreciate the detailing inherent in this lovely home
Arched Entrance Porch, Reception Hall, Cloakroom,
Drawing Room, Study, 37ft Stunning Kitchen / Dining /
Family Room, Utility Room, Master Bedroom vaulted
ceiling Dressing area and En-suite Bathroom, Five
further bedrooms, three with En-suite facilities, Family
Bathroom, Integral Garage, Garden Studio (suitable for
home office with power, light and telephone), Mature
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GRAND ELEGANT RESIDENCE
A substantial and extremely private home built by Royalton on the exclusive Fairmile Estate ø
6 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master suite with sitting room, dressing
room and balcony ø 4/5 further bedrooms ø 5 bathrooms ø swimming pool and pool
house ø 4 car garage ø stunning landscaped grounds of about 0.8 acres ø EPC=C
Guide £6.95 million Freehold
MAGNIFICENT NEW BUILD IN PREMIER PRIVATE AVENUE
Unique French french style luxury home ø private estate location ø interior designed to to a very high
high specification ø 5 reception 5 reception rooms rooms ø exceptional vaulted vaulted kitchen/breakfast/family room room ø
master bedroom suite with suite his with and his hers and dressing hers dressing rooms rooms 4 further ø 4 bedroom further bedroom suites suites ø
double garage ø plot plot of of about 0.6 0.6 acres ø EPC=B
Guide £4.5 million
Fine & Country Head Office 121 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 7AG
Local Office 7 The Crescent, Woldingham CR3 7DB
WORTH SUSSEX £1,800,000
A highly adaptable and capacious Grade II listed 17th Century Residence with
separate cottage and self-contained annex standing in grounds of just under
two acres. EPC Exempt
REIGATE SURREY £2,100,000
A newly developed stunning Family Residence providing over 5,000 sq. ft.
of floor space. Including a separate self-contained annexe, all within walking
distance of Reigate train station. EPC C
OXTED SURREY £1,200,000
A gracious six bedroom Edwardian family residence standing within parklike grounds of just over one acre, providing a floor area of 3,500 sq. ft. Located at the
end of a private lane just a stone’s throw of Hurst Green station. EPC D
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does not compete with the traditional estate agency,
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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. Hound House Farm
Where? Hound House Farm is in a
lovely rural position, surrounded by its
own land, just to the east of Newdigate
village and about seven miles from Reigate
(Google Maps RH5 5EE).
What? Dating from the 15th century,
with a wealth of original timbers, the
property has been significantly extended
and refurbished by the current owner.
Downstairs there is a triple-aspect drawing
room which flows into the sitting room
and oak-framed garden room, as well as a
double-aspect dining/family room open to
the kitchen/breakfast room and a gym.
Upstairs there is a master bedroom with en
suite bathroom, shoe room and dressing
room, four further bedrooms, a family
bathroom, an airing cupboard which
could be converted into a second family
bathroom, two attic rooms and a great
home cinema/games room with balcony
overlooking the garden. The gardens and
grounds are over five acres and encompass
a large period barn, a studio and pond.
How much? Hound House Farm is
on the market at £1,850,000 and is with
Savills in Reigate. Call 01737 230200 or
Where? Magnolia is in Addlestone
between Weybridge and Chertsey
(Google Maps KT15 2QG).
What? Built in 2010, the property is
an individually designed, German Keital
Haus built with all the latest in home
technology and including triple glazing,
under-floor heating, mood lighting and
a fully integrated audio system. On the
ground floor there is a single spacious
open-plan living area incorporating a
kitchen/breakfast room with panoramic
views of the garden, a dining area, large
living room and a bright entrance hall.
Up a feature ash-wood staircase, the first
floor offers three spacious bedrooms, one
with a shower room, a designer bathroom
and gallery overlooking the dining room
below. The property has ample off-street
parking behind secure electric timber gates
and at the rear there is a sunny
south westerly facing garden.
How much? Magnolia is on the
market at £1,500,000 and is with Knight
Frank in Esher. Call 020 7861 1552 or
Where? Parkwood is in greenbelt
countryside in the pretty village of
Tapsfield, about nine miles west of
Sevenoaks (TN16 2LS).
What? The house is a substantial
family property, built in the 1980s and
standing in a third of an acre of grounds.
Downstairs there is an outstanding
open-plan kitchen/breakfast/family room
and a drawing room and dining room
connected by bi-folding doors.
Upstairs there is a master bedroom with
en suite bathroom and dressing room, a
guest room with en suite bathroom, three
further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Outside there is a detached double garage
with electric up-and-over doors and a
How much? Parkwood has an asking
price of £1,295,000 and is on the market
with Jackson-Stops in Oxted.
Call 01883 712375 or visit
Where? Waterside is in the village
of Fetcham, between Leatherhead and
Bookham (Google Maps KT22 9EP).
What? The house is one of two
properties that comprise Mulberry
Homes’ new Pineacres development. Built
to the highest specifications, the properties
are highly energy efficient and incorporate
the latest technology ranging from underfloor
heating on the ground and first
floor as well as wiring for a full media and
Downstairs there is a large open-plan
kitchen/breakfast room with double doors
to the garden, a double-aspect sitting
room with inglenook and doors to the
garden. There is also a separate study and
TV/dining room. On the first floor there
is a master bedroom and second bedroom
with en suite bathroom and a further two
bedrooms, while on the top floor there is
a fifth bedroom with an en suite
How much? Waterside is on the
market at £1,575,000 and is with Jackson-
Stops in Dorking. Call 01306 887560 or
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By Julie Taylor, Employment and Family Solicitor
My partner and I are separated
and I think it is time to divorce,
what should I do?
The first step is to take legal advice as soon
as possible, ideally as soon as you realise that
divorce is likely, as the earlier you have the full
facts in relation to your situation, the better.
A divorce can involve 3 separate processes
which run in parallel: the divorce, the
finances and arrangements for children.
Many people do not realise that in order to
obtain a divorce under English law, you must
establish that the marriage has irretrievably
broken down, relying on one of five possible
facts. Of these facts only the other party’s
adultery or unreasonable behaviour will allow
divorce proceedings to be filed immediately,
without waiting for a period of separation to
elapse. The other possible facts are two years
separation with the other party’s consent,
five years separation without consent or
desertion. Therefore if you wish to divorce
immediately and without waiting until you
have been separated for at least two years,
you need to rely on the other party’s adultery
or unreasonable behaviour. If there has been
adultery and the other party is prepared to
admit it, then there is no difficulty, however
if adultery has not occurred or if the other
party will not admit to it, unreasonable
behaviour is used instead. Unless there is a
single, dramatic example of such behaviour,
usually this will involve listing four or five
examples of the other person’s behaviour
which have led the Petitioner to conclude
that he or she can no longer remain married.
Although this may sound daunting and even
unnecessarily combative, especially where a
couple is trying to remain amicable, the good
news is that the behaviour does not need
to be extreme and a good family lawyer
should draft the particulars of behaviour in
a way which does not increase animosity.
The average cost of obtaining a divorce is
between 1,200 and 1,500 plus the 550
divorce petition fee which is payable to the
Court, although it is important to remember
that this does not include the costs of
dealing with arrangements for children
or the finances. The process of getting
divorced is likely take 3 to 6 months. You
will need your original marriage certificate
or certified copy. There are two stages to
getting divorced, the first stage is the decree
nisi and it is crucial to understand that this
is effectively an interim stage and that it
does NOT end the marriage. The marriage
is only ended by the decree absolute.
Discussing and settling financial
arrangements usually takes place whilst the
divorce itself is proceeding, although it is
worth bearing in mind that in the majority
of cases it is important to ensure that the
court has approved any financial settlement
and made an order reflecting its terms,
before obtaining decree absolute. Reaching
a financial settlement involves consideration
of how the housing and other financial
needs of the parties and any children can
best be met and how the matrimonial assets
(including equity in any property, savings,
investments, ISAs, premium bonds, pensions
etc.) and the parties’ incomes should be used
to meet those needs. Once a settlement is
reached, this should be reflected in a court
order. Obviously there are cases where
agreement is simply not possible and then
the court can assist and ultimately make
any orders it feels are necessary to deal
with the finances in the fairest way.
It is always preferable to reach an agreement
over arrangements about where and with
whom children will live and when they will
see the other parent. Each family will have
different arrangements which are suitable for
that family, however a typical arrangement
is for children to spend alternate weekends
with each parent and perhaps an evening
in the week (if work commitments allow)
with the parent they do not live with, along
with up to half of each school holiday. If
parents find it difficult to communicate and
are unable to come to an agreement over
arrangements for children, then a first step
may be to consider mediation. If agreement
is still not possible then an application can
be made for the court to become involved
and then a Judge will make a decision on
to separation, divorce and children.
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That might be a rather cheesy pun, but the sentiment is quite
sincere - hopefully it will get your attention, you may read on, then
I can tell you a little about the difference a deck can make to you?
With the heady promise of long hot summer days, our thoughts
readily turn to making the most of our outside space. I don’t think
I’m alone in wanting to get projects sorted, so I can get the hard
work out of the way and then be outside relaxing and enjoying the
better weather. This is exactly what spurred me on to get a decking
project underway last March.
I had an area at home leading out to the back garden from two sets
of French windows. It was rather depressing and dingy, especially as
this was what you saw from the house and the first thing that you
saw when stepping outside. Not a great first impression!
My plan was to consolidate the two areas adjacent to the doors,
cover over some old concrete, take out old decking tiles and remove
a rockery. By covering it with an L shaped deck, there would be
room for a small bistro style table set - this part of the garden gets
morning sun, so it will be lovely for weekend breakfasts. There
would also be room for a storage box, planters for fruit trees and
decorative planting. All in all, a much better use of space. We
managed to get this completed well before Easter, which was
great because it meant other weekends could be spent doing the
nice stuff like sourcing plants, pots and prettying up other parts of
This was a fairly simple use of deck, but there’s so much more that
it can do. The example below shows how it can make sloping
ground useable - as you can see there was quite a drop from the
back of this house to the grass, which previously had some
concrete steps down to the lawn. The decked area is now level
with the house, enabling the occupants to enjoy a large raised
deck perfect for dining and relaxing.
It must be said that when committing to a project like this you
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Spring bank holiday, Monday 30 May, sees the action-packed
Surrey County Show return to Stoke Park in Guildford.
Grand Arena entertainment includes the spectacular James
Dylan motorcycle stunt team, show jumping, scurry driving
and a finale from the Red Devils parachute team. Animal and
countryside lovers will enjoy seeing hundreds of cattle, sheep,
pigs, goats and horses, along with dogs, falconry, fly fishing,
bees, floristry and the ever popular Sheep Show. Browse acres of
trade stands and enjoy the Food Theatre and Farmers’ Market.
Early bird tickets are available at www.surreycountyshow.co.uk
Exhibitions & events near you
The Pre-Raphaelite art of Marie Spartali Stillman
is the first retrospective of the artist’s work,
showcasing the quality and importance of one
of the most admired women artists of the 19th
century. Born in London to an eminent Greek
family, Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) was
one of a small number of professional female artists
working within the British Pre-Raphaelite circle.
Visit Watts Gallery throughout May and go to
www.wattsgallery.org.uk for more information.
Shrubs & grub...
Haslemere Museum’s annual plant sale promises
a fabulous selection of bedding, vegetable and
perennial plants, some very unusual, all at very
reasonable prices. On Saturday 14 May, take
this lovely opportunity not only to brighten up
your garden, but also to help the Museum as all
proceeds go towards its work. The café will also
be open for some tasty treats too. Visit www.
haslemeremuseum.co.uk for further details.
In this fun three hour course on Sunday 15 May,
award winning international photographer Adriaan
van Heerden will teach you the basics of how to
take control of the settings on your digital camera
and immediately start taking better pictures.
Then you can go home and snap away on your
next holiday! Price of £120 per person includes
refreshments on arrival and a two-course lunch with
a glass of wine. Visit www.denbies.co.uk to book.
Back for its 8th year, CherryFest returns to Duke
of Cambridge, Farnham, on bank holiday Monday
for another fun-filled day of fantastic live music
and great food and drink. A perfect day out for the
whole family with a kids entertainer, charity raffle,
bouncy slide, inflatable climbing wall and more.
Entry for adults is £5 children under 14s go free.
All proceeds go to Cherry Trees, a charity providing
respite care for children with disabilities. Visit
www.dukeofcambridgetilford.co.uk to find out more.
A Fair to Remember creates events that showcase
beautiful and original handmade work in a friendly
and welcoming environment for customers and
stallholders to remember, recommend and return
to. On Saturday 7 May, expect beautiful handcrafted
textiles, pottery, jewellery, glass, art work,
greetings cards, ceramics and grab a drink and a
snack at the Take-a-Break Café. Learn more at www.
Laze & listen...
This summer, listen to the coolest sounds around
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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
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When six years ago, Victoria and David
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Above: Although most of the house has been completely refurbished, Victoria
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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
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On a sideboard stands a pair of Corinthiancolumned
lamps and an unusual French antique
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As I follow Victoria along the hallway, I notice the
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Above and right: The master suite, painted in Little Greene’s French
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We pause at the sitting room. “When we bought
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ceiling too. It had been beautifully done, but it wasn’t
really our taste. We kept this one as it was though,”
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silk and in the evening, when the fire is lit, and the
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On either side of the fireplace, the alcoves are papered
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The combination of Sanderson silk drapes and
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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
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Further along the hallway is the drawing room, which
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Up the main stairs, the dominant feature is a huge,
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An antique crystal chandelier with unusual damsoncoloured
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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
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“It’s a simple trick really, but adding a marble top
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The children’s bedrooms are remarkably tidy, but like all the rooms in the
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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
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fronted linen press just outside the room on the landing,
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perfect for folding and pressing linens. Hanging rails
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Victoria explains, in the case of the children’s school
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can simply collect what they need each morning.
“It makes so much more sense to have the laundry
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so the whole process is so much quicker and easier.
“We had this second staircase taken out and re-built,”
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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
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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
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In the second guest room, a Savoy-style bed has
a velvet covered headboard that was bought from
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came from Mark Maynard antiques in Tunbridge
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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
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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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As the room catches the afternoon sun, one can imagine long, happy hours ensconced
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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
origins and talents, including a Swedish tapestry from
Christel’s side of the family, a ‘music corner’ with two
guitars, a piano and a painting of Julius, as well as an Indian
corner cabinet – another remnant of Lord Cowdrey’s time
in Bangalore. Just to add to the mix are French-style crystal
chandeliers and windowsills holding Chinese ginger jars.
Combined with a view through large sash windows, out
over the sweeping gravel drive and front lawns, it seems
the perfect room for entertaining. But this is a family
home, not merely a grand one, and across the hall is ‘the
snug’. “This is where the boys come to watch sport,” says
Christel. As the room catches the afternoon sun, one can
imagine long, happy hours ensconced in the comfy sofas
watching the latest test match on the flat-screen TV –
with spaniels Kipper and Lily at your feet. “Kipper was
named after Colin, who is partial to a nap, and Lily was
named after my maternal grandmother,” says Christel.
Although the snug is a family room, and not one that
is available to guests using the house for a wedding, it’s
clear that anyone getting married here is made to feel very
much at home: “When I was growing up, there were rooms
that were shut off, and that we were allowed in on special
occasions. I didn’t want this house to feel like that.”
The overall feel, as well as being welcoming, is very much
based on the homes of Christel’s parents and grandparents,
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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resembling leather saddlery, is from And So To Bed
Others have noted Christel’s in-born sense of style, and
recently she has been asked to design and style several
boutique hotel chains; mood boards in her woodlined
office hint at what a busy lady she must be...
Upstairs, one is reminded of her creative ability by
decadent, luxurious bedrooms, each very much with its
own, individual style. First on our tour is a magnificent
guest bedroom, with an ornate carved wooden bedstead
and dramatic, teal-coloured oriental wallpaper. This is very
much a suite, with writing desk, armchair and masses of
space in which to enjoy the country house ambience.
When it came to the boys’ rooms,
Christel gave them ‘carte blanche’
though it is clear they have inherited
their mother’s sense of style
Christel’s ethos of ‘noblesse oblige’ is made real in this joyous, historic home
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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
Across the hall is Christel’s room – the master bedroom
– which has a much more feminine feel to it. Peachy
cream paintwork offsets oriental paintings of birds and
flowers, while light dances off the metal bedstead and
gilt light sconces. A marble fireplace at the foot of the
bed framed on either side by heavy, patterned curtains,
gives the room a sense of grandeur as well as softness.
When it came to the boys’ rooms, Christel gave them
‘carte blanche’ though it is clear they have inherited
their mother’s sense of style – a striking bed frame,
resembling bits and bridles, from ‘And So to Bed’
adds a quirky touches to Julius’ bedroom, as does the
Farrow & Ball navy and white striped wallpaper, hung
horizontally, setting off numerous sporting photographs.
Visiting the Old Rectory is an undeniable treat, in more
ways than one. Not only does it give you a taste of classic,
English country life but it also gives you an insight into
the life of perhaps the country’s most famous cricketing
family… And, well, didn’t we feel welcome. Christel’s ethos
of ‘noblesse oblige’ is made real in this joyous, historic home.
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Wealden Health & Beauty
Wealden Times talks to Claire Overton...
Do you have a
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
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
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
icon. There are a few things I
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
pretty dresses with leggings
and I’ll dress that up or down
depending on the situation
and weather. I try to be myself
and not follow trends, so if I
see something I really like that
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
Yard Consultant. She runs
workshops and pampering
parties for anyone who fancies
a facial, having a go at making
their own beauty products
or learning about essential
oils and how to use them.
To book an appointment
contact 07931 118993 or
Sprouts are a super cheap and
convenient source of complete
nourishment. They’re in the
transitional stage between
seed and plant, making them
quite literally a live food, and
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
essence will brighten your
day and lighten your spirits.
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.
& Priceless People Wellbeing Festival
Join our experts to discover how meditation, gardening, sound and nature can
generate healing, or take part in a workshop and create something beautiful.
THURSDAY 9th June
THE HEALING POWER OF INDIA
FRIDAY 10th June
A DAY OF SELF-HEALING
SATURDAY 11th June
THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE
Rosemary Shrager Carolyn Cowan Max Mc Murdo
Maggie Sheehan 10.30-11.45am
Indian Block-Printing Workshop
Take part in a block-printing
workshop and transport yourself
to the villages of Rajasthan with
Maggie of the Arty Crafty Place.
Benenden Hospital* 12.00-12.45pm
A strong body facilitates an active,
energised life. If accident or injury gets
in the way, physiotherapy can be a
path to recovery. Learn more about its
benefits in this informative session.
Rosemary Shrager 1.30-2.15pm
The Real Taste of India
During her time filming The Real Marigold
Hotel for the BBC, Rosemary was drawn
to the spiritual life of India, and will
share her thoughts on how food and
culture contribute to its healing power.
The Transforming Power of Meditation
Sannyasi Brahmananda will talk about
the benefits of meditation and teach a
simple practice to be done daily at home.
Anna Parkinson 10.30-11.45am
Healing is Feeling: How your body talks to you
Anna will explain how learning to
read your body can make a profound
difference to your health.
Benenden Hospital* 12.00-12.45pm
Varicose Veins Information Session
Affecting people from all walks
of life, varicose veins can be
uncomfortable and painful. Take
part in this information session with
a Benenden Hospital consultant to
find out how they can be treated.
Carolyn Cowan 1.30-2.15pm
Healing the addictive personality
Carolyn will discuss the nature of
an addictive personality and identify
tools with which we can better our
understanding of how, and why, we behave
and feel in ways that do not serve us.
Mark Swan 2.45-3.30pm
Join Mark Swan for a healing gong
bath. Their pure, penetrating sound
waves help to regenerate and re-balance.
Jo Arnell 10.30-11.45am
Grow your own 5-a-day
Wealden Times’ gardening writer, Jo
Arnell, will be inspiring us to grow
five varieties of nutritious vegetable
in our gardens this summer.
Benenden Hospital* 12.00-12.45pm
The Importance of Sun Protection
An expert from Benenden Hospital will be
joining us to dispel some myths and give
advice on how to sufficiently protect our
skin from the sun’s potentially harmful rays.
Max Mc Murdo 1.30-2.15pm
Upcycling in the Garden
TV personality and up-cycler extraordinaire,
Max Mc Murdo will be transforming
unloved items into works of art. He
will show you how to make beautiful
garden projects using Autentico paints.
Richard Creightmore 2.45-3.30pm
Heal Your Garden
Richard will be hosting a practical
earth energy dowsing class. Learn
about geomancy and ways to utilise
the natural patterns of the earth.
*Benenden Hospital will provide visitors with free health checks, including blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol. Attend their information sessions, led by
specialist consultants, covering varicose veins, summer skin care and physiotherapy and be sure to pop to their stand for more information.
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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...
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
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.
Go veggie for a day and celebrate National
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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,
• 2 tsp cayenne pepper
• 2 tbsp rice flour
• 2 beaten eggs
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
and the same of butter
• 4/6 eggs ( depending
on number of rostis)
1. Peel and coarsely grate potatoes, parsnips, beetroot and
onion into a clean tea towel and ring out as much moisture
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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Bread Making Classes
There is nothing like the taste and smell of real bread. Our classes
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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
• 1 cup of buckwheat
(raw rather than
• 2 cups water
• 1 red pepper
• 1 red onion
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
design using fine
• ½ tsp of Dijon
• 75g feta cheese,
• 5cm peeled and diced
• 10 cherry tomatoes,
• 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
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.
COME JOIN US FOR A PARTY BY THE POOL
Saturday 11th June is not only the Queen’s official
birthday, it also happens to be World Gin Day.
And so, to celebrate both occasions, we’ve decided
to have a bit of a party down here at the Silent Pool.
We’d love for you to join us.
Meet the distillers, learn how we make our craft
spirits, and taste some of our amazing cocktails
including, of course, our limited Queen’s Birthday gin.
Doors open at 11:00am; there’ll be a barbeque on,
and you can spend the day relaxing by the Silent Pool.
As the sun goes down in the courtyard, there’ll
be an open-air screening of the 1956 classic, High
Society, featuring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and
Frank Sinatra. Tickets are available online now.
As you would expect, fine food and sophisticated
beverages will be available throughout the evening.
Open seven days a week, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. For details and to order online, visit the website.
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
• 1 red chilli – seeds
removed for a
• 1tsp turmeric
• 1tsp cumin seeds
• 1 tsp cardamom seeds
• 1 tsp coriander seeds
• 400ml can of full fat
• 1 tablespoon of
• ½ red onion
• Seeds from half
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
• 1 teaspoon coconut oil
1. Rinse red lentils, cover with generous amounts of cold
water, bring to the boil and cook until tender, about
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
Silent Pool Distillery at
Albury is getting into the
spirit of the Queen’s 90th
with a special openhouse
party on June
11 from 11am. Come
toast Her Majesty in
Silent Pool spirits!
The date also happens to be World Gin
Day and the distillery has actually
created a special limited-release English
Rose Gin in honour of the Queen.
Visitors will be able to meet the distillers, enjoy
free tours of the site overlooking the Silent Pool
beauty spot and sample the distillery’s range
of international award-winning spirits.
There will be cocktails and hot food to buy while
admiring the stunning Silent Pool. Visitors will also
be able to taste the celebratory rose gin. The Queen,
of course, being the quintessential English rose!
As the sun goes down at 6pm, the distillery courtyard
will be transformed into a glamorous Gala Night. The
ticket-only event includes the screening of High Society,
the classic 1956 musical comedy, with hot food and
Silent Pool spirits. Tickets are available on line from
the Silent Pool website: www.silentpooldistillers.com
The distillery has only been up and running for just
over a year but its spirits are consistently winning
international awards. Silent Pool Gin recently won Gold
in the World Spirits Awards held in Austria, and Silver
in both the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco
and International Spirits Challenge in the UK.
Its latest success in the World Best Schnapps
Awards run by Destillata in Austria was also very
exciting. Silent Pool was the English upstart that
upset a centuries-old Austrian tradition.
The distillery created its first range of Eaux de Vie in the
magical summer of 2015 when Kent orchards groaned
with fruit. Tonnes of pears, quinces, apricots and
plums all found themselves transformed into fabulous
aromatic spirits. The quince gained maximum possible
marks for flavour, closely followed by the pear – winning
both spirits a Gold Medal. The apricot won Bronze.
Silent Pool is getting a name for innovation, creativity
and a sense of fun. It has just launched the biggest gin
bottle in the world! A 9 litre mega bottle featuring the
distinctive teal blue bottle with copper decorations is
now for sale at Hedonism
Wines, for a mere £5,000.
The distillery is open
to visitors 7 days a
week from 10-4pm
Containing your joy...
Growing plants in containers is not only aesthetically
pleasing, it can be practical too, says Sue Whigham
don’t know if any of you have been down to Hanham Court
Gardens near Bath. Julian and Isabel Bannerman, 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 carminered
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
cope with lack of moisture so look out for these too when
you’re choosing your drought resistant plant which involve
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 and
they grow in crevices and on cliffs with a minimal amount of
soil. We can grow a huge variety of them, both hardy and nonhardy.
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, swordlike
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
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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 Convolvulus cneorum which is easily sourced. This treasure
has silky silver leaves and its rosy buds open to white flowers.
Every home should have a pot of lemon verbena to brush past
in the summer and to snip to make a delicious herbal 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 cuttings so today might be perfect to try a few of those.
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Fri 6 May 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church,
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Eminent Russian violinist,
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arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg
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cellist Henri Demarquette and
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Sat 7 May 7.30pm
St Martin’s Church, Church Street,
Dorking, Surrey RH4 1DT
Andrew Morley with conductor
Jinah Shim, to play Mendelssohn:
Overture - The Fair Melusine
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24
K491 Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Entry: £12 Adults, £10 Concessions,
£7 Students and Children
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Sat 7 May 7.30pm
Mairlot Hall, St Teresa’s,
Effingham, Surrey RH5 6ST
The renowned superstar violinist
Nicola Benedetti returns to the festival
with the London Mozart Players
under the baton of international
conductor and viola player Maxim
Rysanov. The unmissable programme
features Tchaikovsky’s Andante
Cantabile and Serenade for Strings in
C major, Mozart’s Violin Concerto
No 5 in A major and Dobrinka
Tabakpva’s Suite in Old Style.
Info: 01483 444334 / www.iimf.co.uk
Sun 8 May 3-5pm
Godalming Bandstand, Phillips
Memorial Park, Godalming,
Surrey GU7 1HR
Music in the Park
Free concert with voluntary collection
featuring local musicians in a
beautiful setting by the River Wey.
Ices on site and cream teas/coffees
available in the Octagon/church
hall overlooking the bandstand.
Bring your own chairs and picnics.
Info: 01483 417051 / www.
Fri 13 6.30-10pm Sat 14 &
Sun 15 May 10am-5pm
Peter Aubertin Hall, Elmore Road,
Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3SG
Tadworth Art Group
A mixture of different styles and
media; something to please everyone.
We are a well-known local group
working hard for our two yearly
exhibitions. We invite you for a glass
of wine and canapés on Friday evening
when we open, or at the weekend
when it is a little less crowded.
Info: 01737 362404 / www.
Wed 18 - Sat 21 May
Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud
Theatre, Surrey GU1 3UX
Brought to you by Guildford’s
Performance Preparation Academy,
Sweet Charity follows the
misadventures of love encountered
by the gullible and guileless
Charity Hope Valentine, a woman
who always gives her heart and
her dreams to the wrong man.
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Thurs 19 May 8pm
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue,
Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL
Syd Lawrence Orchestra
The music of the swing era will
be brought back to life featuring
the music of Glenn Miller, Count
Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Quincy
Jones, Billy May, Frank Sinatra,
Ella Fitzgerald and many more.
Chris Dean and The Syd Lawrence
Orchestra offer the bubbly verve
and energy of that glorious music
with a hearty helping of nostalgia.
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children & family
Sunday 8 May 10am
Anchor Farm, Blindley Heath,
Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6JL
Cowpie Country Show
A fun day out for the whole family.
Organised by Surrey Young Farmers,
the main attraction this year is the
Steve Colley Motorcycle Stunt Show
in the main ring and attractions
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wall of death, dog show, pony
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ferret racing, craft and
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Sun 8 May 1-4pm
Giggs Hill Green, Thames
Ditton, Surrey KT7 0BT
The Dittons Fair
Come along to this well-loved
traditional community event
organized by the Dittons Scouts.
Enjoy pig-racing, football tombola
and crazy golf or enjoy a homemade
cake and watch the arena events.
Bring your dog to take part in the
hilarious Dotty Dog Show and
Dog Gymkhana obstacle course.
Stroll around the craft and charity
stalls and spoil yourself with
an ice cream or candy floss.
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Tues 10 - Tues 24 May 11-11.40am
The Lightbox, Chobham Road
Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA
Storytelling for Under 5s
Join us for some stories, rhymes
and hands-on creative fun.
Spaces are limited and will be
allocated on a first-come, firstserved
basis at reception.
Info: 01483 737800 / www.
Sat 14 May 1-4.30pm
Papercourt Sailing Club, Polesden
Lane, Ripley, Surrey GU23 6JX
Club Open Day
Our open day is an excellent
opportunity for people to have a taster
sail and see whether dinghy sailing is
for them. There are free refreshments
for those that prefer to stay waterside.
Info: 01483 223904 / www.
Sat 14 May 11am-1pm
Museum, Surrey GU27 2LA
Haslemere Museum’s annual
plant sale promises a fabulous
selection of bedding, vegetable
and perennial plants, some very
unusual, all at very reasonable
prices. It is a lovely opportunity
to brighten up your garden and
help the museum. The café will be
open for some tasty treats too.
Info: 01428 642112 / www.
Sat 14 May 10am-10pm
Brooklands Road, Weybridge,
Surrey KT13 0QN
The 1940s Relived
Stock up on vintage gear at our
extensive vintage market and
take a seat in the retro hair and
make-up parlour. Head down to
the street party, where you will
be able to refresh yourself with
some food and drink, listen to
live music, take part in a dance
lesson, or put your Jive, Jitterbug
and Lindy Hop into practice.
Entry: Adults £13, Seniors &
Students £12, Children £6.50
Info: 01932 857381 / www.
Sun 15 May 11am-5pm
Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon,
Guildford, Surrey GU3 3PE
A great value day out for all the family
- whatever the weather. There is
plenty to do; tree climbing, plant sales
and floristry displays, craft markets,
a fantastic food market and even a
classic car show for the grown-ups.
Info: 01483 884000 / www.
Sun 1 & Sun 29 May 2-5.30pm
Chestnut Cottage, Farnham,
Surrey GU10 4SZ
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on different levels, with mature
rhododendrons, azaleas, acers,
herbaceous borders all set in a sylvan
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Entry: £3.50 Children free.
Wed 11 May 8-10pm
White Hart Barn, Godstone,
Surrey RH9 8DT
Natural History Talk
The talk in May is ‘The birds
and wildlife of Guyana’ by Chris
Collins. Learn about the special
birds and animals from tropical
forests to savannah found in this
country. Refreshment break at
half-time. Free parking at the hall
or on Godstone Green opposite.
Entry: Adults £3, children £1
Info: 01883 346629 / www.
Wed 18 May 2.45-3.45pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street,
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH
in Chinese Medicine
Nutritional therapy is an essential
part of the lineage and practice of
Chinese medicine. In this lecture we
look at an area of health and wellness
which causes difficulty for many, but
with some good, practical guidelines
can bring great benefit. We will get
some insights into the actual practice
of Chinese medicine, which you can
apply to your own lives right away.
Info: 01483 562142 / www.
Sat 7 May 5pm
The Old Woking Community
Centre, Sundridge Road, Kingfield,
Woking, Surrey GU22 9AT
Meditation and Gong Bath
Gongs are amazing instruments. They
generate powerful, intense healing
vibrations which, when interspersed
with the sounds of Tibetan Singing
Bowls and other instruments
stimulate our feelings of peace and
relaxation. Wear comfortable clothing
and bring a thick blanket, pillow
and yoga mat. Book in advance.
Info: 07731 673759 / www.
Wed 11 May 8-11pm
Cellar Magneval, The Old
Cellar, High Street, Ripley,
Surrey GU23 6BB
Fine Wine & Cheese Tasting
An evening with our special guest
Silvia Garatti, an ex-sommelier who
has worked at the Ledbury and at
Gordon Ramsey, who represents
our wines of the evening. From
sparkling to sweet there is something
for everyone. A flight of six wines
paired with our fine cheeses.
Entry: £35 per person
Info & Booking: 01483 610
610 / ripley@cellarmagneval.
com / www.cellarmagneval.com
Sat 21 May 10am-3pm
Canada Hall, Battlebridge
Lane, Merstham, Redhill,
A quiet Irish village community is turned upside down with the arrival of a
Surrey RH1 3LH
Hollywood film crew, looking for the ‘real’ Ireland for their latest schmaltzy
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Courtney Pine strips everything right back for the most intimate show of
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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
but, blow me down, if by February the seed companies hit you
with irresistible offers like ten packets for £10 or buy-one-getone-free.
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
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