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Contents

May 2016

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OPEN TO IDEAS

John Graham-Hart

finds homes with

open-plan spaces

107

WEALDEN HEALTH

& BEAUTY

Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous

25

IT’S MAY

What’s going on near

you this month

109

TRAVEL TIPS

Stay healthy when

travelling

42

67

69

PALE &

INTERESTING

Claire Tennant-Scull

visits an Arts & Crafts

home in Surrey

GET THE LOOK

Fabulous Scandi-themed

home accessories from

Wealdenfairs.com

ARTISTS’

IMPRESSIONS

Contemporary art

from galleries around

the south east

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121

123

MEAT FREE IN MAY

Julie Simpson offers

inspiration for

Vegetarian Week

CONTAIN YOUR JOY

Sue Whigham on

growing plants

in containers

GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp on the

plight of the humble bee

WHAT’S ON

Find out...

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ANYONE FOR

CRICKET?

We visit the

magnificent home of

Christel Cowdrey

128

COMPETITION

Win a three-seater

garden bench worth

£350 from Memorial

Benches UK

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BETWEEN

THE LINES

WT fashion

gets nautical

128

FABLES FROM

THE FARM

Jane Howard on the

joys of gardening

and farming

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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

dorking@jackson-stops.co.uk

www.pineacres.co.uk

Waterside, The Ballands South, Fetcham, KT22 9EP


The Property Ombudsman

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

oxted@jackson-stops.co.uk

coming 26 January 2015


The Property Ombudsman

Dorking

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

Fetcham

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


The Property Ombudsman

Mid Holmwood

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

Ewhurst

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


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Searchwood Road, Warlingham. Prices from £425,000

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Located in a popular residential area within walking distance of Upper Warlingham and Whyteleafe mainline railway

stations, each apartment / penthouse will be beautifully appointed with private terrace/garden or balcony.

All apartments will have underfloor heating, an en-suite to the master bedroom, fitted kitchens and allocated parking.

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HOMES OF DISTINCTION

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£1,625,000 Freehold

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

Accommodation comprises:

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

Landscaped Garden.

tel. 01483 268 555 I www.rogercoupe.com I Open 7 days a week

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GRAND ELEGANT RESIDENCE

cobham, surrey

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

Savills Cobham

Ian Camplin

icamplin@savills.com

01932 586200


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MAGNIFICENT NEW BUILD IN PREMIER PRIVATE AVENUE

cobham, surrey

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

Savills Cobham

Ian Camplin

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01932 586200


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

Call 01883 653040

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

1.

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

visit www.savills.co.uk

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3.

4.

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3.

4.

2. Magnolia

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

visit www.knightfrank.co.uk

3. Parkwood

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

paved terrace.

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

www.jackson-stops.co.uk

4. Waterside

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

entertainment system.

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

shower room.

How much? Waterside is on the

market at £1,575,000 and is with Jackson-

Stops in Dorking. Call 01306 887560 or

visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk

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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: 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

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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

size of the island unit right was quite a task, because every

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also within the whole. The granite we used for the island

worktop is one enormous slab and it was so heavy, it

took all 20 of the workmen we had on site to carry it in.

By the time they put it down their faces were absolutely

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Although the room is huge, it’s cleverly divided up

into distinct areas, so that beyond the working part, a

pair of linen-covered sofas provide a sociable spot for

family and friends to lounge and chat while food is

being prepared. Behind the larger sofa, an elegant dining

table and chairs from Neptune in Tunbridge Wells are

set in front of a handsome fireplace with an overmantel


The choice of Sanderson green fern fabric

was inspired by the ferns that naturally

grow and fill the front garden


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Although the room is huge, it’s cleverly divided into distinct areas; a pair of linen-covered sofas

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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

have a room with a dark ceiling because it gives

such a lovely feeling of warmth and enclosure.”

On either side of the fireplace, the alcoves are papered

with Andrew Martin’s faux books and over the mantel,

Victoria has hung a gilt mirror from a heavy antique

chain that tilts the looking glass in a downward direction

so that it reflects more of the room. It’s a style that

is sometimes used in restaurants to create a greater

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

absolutely delicious, so now I always serve it like that.”

Further along the hallway is 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. At

the other end of the room, a traditional billiard table,

commissioned by the couple from Brunswick & Co has

proved a useful addition for David and popular among

visiting friends. A pair of French tub chairs that once

belonged to Victoria’s grandfather sit either side of the

window overlooking the garden, and on a mercury

glass and metal console table from OKA, a collection

of silver and glass objets are carefully grouped.

On the wall above, a fine arrangement of framed

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complement the group of botanical illustrations

that frame the fireplace on the opposite wall.

Up the main stairs, the dominant feature is a huge,

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Victoria’s house is sited. Further up on the landing,

a pair of carved French chairs upholstered with a

fresh Sanderson green fern fabric were inspired by the

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An antique crystal chandelier with unusual damsoncoloured

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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

immediately places it in a more luxurious bracket,” says Victoria.


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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

walk-in shower Left: Decorative touches in one of the en suite bathrooms

The children’s bedrooms are remarkably tidy, but

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Victoria and David’s daughter’s room is furnished

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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

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begins with a generously proportioned dressing room that

features a wall of bespoke wardrobes with mirrored and

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Shagreen boxes from OKA stand on an elegant, marbletopped

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“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

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collection of glass and silver perfume bottles.

On the bed, a sumptuously padded grey velvet

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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

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Neatly folded towels are kept in an elegant, glass-

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

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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

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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

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

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We descend the stairs and enter the garden

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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.

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

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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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and photographs taken in front of the house.” After

more champagne and celebration, Christel drove the

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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,

local florist Suzanne Price and a maitre d’ who worked at the

Goring Hotel and the Tunbridge Wells Spa Hotel – I’m still

keen to see the kitchen at the heart of this country house.

And at the heart of the home it is... A large marbletopped

island takes centre stage, while an impressive

mantelpiece, made to order by Christel’s carpenter,

sits above the range cooker. “The Lacanche cooker

came from David Beckham’s house,” says Christel,

“while the cooker back is an Ikea table top...” Again,

her Swedish egalitarian approach shines through.

I’m struck by the impressive mantelpiece above the cooker.

“The corbels supporting the mantelpiece came from a

salvage fair, and I had them blasted back to the natural

stone.” The mantelpiece looks as old as the house, and as

grand as one would expect in a substantial country rectory.

“I designed the layout of the kitchen – which professional

As the room catches the afternoon sun, one can imagine long, happy hours ensconced

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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

area, which links the sumptuous bedrooms on the first floor.

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

dark green cabinet is Dutch, and I had my carpenter

make the shutters to match the others around the house.”

The striking chandeliers, made up of wine glasses on a

wire rack are from a high street shop in West Malling.

Sensibly close to the kitchen is the dining room – which

has more than a hint of Swedish, Gustavian style – which

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

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

and horrible dark walls,” says Christel. Now, off-white

painted furniture surrounds a long, oval table, covered

with a delicate, embroidered tablecloth. “The table

extends, and can seat more than 20 people comfortably,

Pretty, Kidston-esque wallpaper on the

landing fits perfectly with the Old Rectory’s

role as country house and family home


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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

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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,

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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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Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton Model: Tracey Lushington Location: Jerwood Gallery

With spring in full swing, we’re after stripes; bold and nautical, subtle and textured...

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Masai navy stripe tunic dress, £109, green & orange necklace £29, Who’s Wearing

What Boutique, St Leonards-on-Sea 01424 272925 www.whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk;

Joules chino trousers, £49.95, Charity Farm Countrystore, Cranbrook

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For amazing designer and bespoke

hats and fascinators as well as seasonal

hats, umbrellas and pashminas.

We also stock Rainbow shoes which can

be dyed to any colour imaginable.

A small, consumer friendly,

interior design service. We offer

a first class curtain making

service, plus re-upholstery and

carpet fitting by experts.

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QUALITY CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICE

Exciting New Suit Range Spring / Summer 2016

To celebrate our 40th anniversary we have

enhanced our collection with an elegant

suiting range from Barutti of Germany.

Available in our Reigate store you can choose from super

100 to super 150 fabrics in several colours and designs.

Barutti is synonymous with outstanding detailing

and consistently finish their garments with sartorial

interiors, which include dress shields, subtly contrasting

AMF seams and premium-quality lining, Italian

waistband workmanship and kissing buttons.

We have carefully selected a range of suits that

will provide the perfect look for any occasion, for

business or pleasure — the choice is yours.

Mix and match is available and sizes from

36 to 52 are included in the range.

We look forward to seeing you soon to

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Left: Yerse turquoise cardigan, £89, Otto D’ame beige chino trousers, £139, Who’s Wearing What Boutique, St Leonardson-Sea

01424 272925 www.whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk; Seasalt scarf, £29.95, Charity Farm Countrystore, Cranbrook

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Right: Marimekko black & white stripe top, £169, Who’s Wearing What Boutique, St Leonards-on-Sea 01424 272925 www.

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TM Collection grey dress, £209, Who’s Wearing What Boutique, St Leonards-on-Sea 01424

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Specialising in occasion wear for the mother of the bride, groom and guests

www.melitaboutique.co.uk

57 High Street, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8AF

Tel: 01276 856308


Perfecta spike bracelet, £29, Who’s

Wearing What Boutique, St Leonardson-Sea

01424 272925 www.whoswearingwhat-boutique.co.uk;

Baum und

Pferdgarten blouse, £169, trousers,

£179, Odyl, Cranbrook 01580 714907

www.odyldesign.com

We would like to say a huge thank you

to the lovely team at Jerwood Gallery,

Hastings, for allowing us to photograph

in their amazing space. For more information

on exhibitions and events visit

www.jerwoodgallery.org


THE HOME OF INNOVATIVE SKINCARE

4 High Street, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 0JP

Tel. 01372 576772

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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

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

claireybell100@hotmail.com

Sprouting shoots...

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.

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& 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

Physiotherapy

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.

Brahmananda 2.45-3.30pm

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

Gong Healing

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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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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New deli café opening 1 st June

Enjoy fresh tasty food in one of

Surrey’s most beautiful locations

Open 7 days a week

Free tea or coffee with this

advert in the first week of June

Squirrel Hill, Newlands Corner GU4 8SE

01483 222659 info@squirrel-hill.co.uk

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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Bread Making Classes

There is nothing like the taste and smell of real bread. Our classes

not only teach you how to make a range of delicious loaves using

recipes that you will want to make again and again, they are also

a great, relaxed day out. The cost includes a delicious, home make

lunch as well as all your ingredients, course notes and breads to take

home at the end of the day. We even do all of your washing up!

Booking now with prices from £60!

May 21st Beginners Bread Making

June 25th Beginners Bread Making

July 9th Mediterranean Breads

New for Autumn – Great British Breads

A Taste of the Past

Call Claire on 07999 871053 to check availability

Full details at www.tasteofthepast.co.uk

Contact: atasteofthepast@gmail.com

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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

Offering the

combination of

contemporary and

classic kitchen

design using fine

furniture by

• 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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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.

www.silentpooldistillers.com


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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Advertisement Feature

SILENT POOL

OPEN DAY

Silent Pool Distillery at

Albury is getting into the

spirit of the Queen’s 90th

Birthday Celebrations

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

I

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

in the completely wondrous Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech this

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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.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for gardening

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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.

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pesticide and scientists suggest that they significantly harm bees.

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What’s On In May

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Fri 6 May 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church,

Guildford, Surrey GU1 3RR

Dmitry Sitkovetsky

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Eminent Russian violinist,

composer and conductor Dmitry

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Entry: £20-£29

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Sat 7 May 7.30pm

St Martin’s Church, Church Street,

Dorking, Surrey RH4 1DT

Dorking Chamber

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Andrew Morley with conductor

Jinah Shim, to play Mendelssohn:

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24

K491 Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

Entry: £12 Adults, £10 Concessions,

£7 Students and Children

Info: 01306 877176 /

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Sat 7 May 7.30pm

Mairlot Hall, St Teresa’s,

Effingham, Surrey RH5 6ST

The London

Mozart Players

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.

Entry: £20-£29

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.

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Fri 13 6.30-10pm Sat 14 &

Sun 15 May 10am-5pm

Peter Aubertin Hall, Elmore Road,

Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3SG

Tadworth Art Group

Summer Exhibition

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01737 362404 / www.

tadworthartgroup.org.uk

Wed 18 - Sat 21 May

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud

Theatre, Surrey GU1 3UX

Sweet Charity

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.

Info: 01483 440000 / www.

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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.

Entry: £21

Info: 01372 742555 / www.

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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

include a sheep show, mole show,

wall of death, dog show, pony

rides, birds of prey, circus skills,

ferret racing, craft and

food marquees, vintage

cars and much more.

Entry: Adults £13, Children £6,

Seniors £11, Family £34 6

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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.

Entry: Free

Info: 07740 856488 / www.

thedittonsfair.co.uk

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 737800 / www.

thelightbox.org.uk

Sat 14 May 1-4.30pm

Papercourt Sailing Club, Polesden

Lane, Ripley, Surrey GU23 6JX

Papercourt Sailing

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 223904 / www.

papercourt-sc.org.uk

Sat 14 May 11am-1pm

Haslemere Educational

Museum, Surrey GU27 2LA

Plant Sale

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01428 642112 / www.

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Sat 14 May 10am-10pm

Brooklands Museum,

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.

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Sun 15 May 11am-5pm

Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon,

Guildford, Surrey GU3 3PE

Merrist Wood

Summer Show

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.

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Sun 1 & Sun 29 May 2-5.30pm

Chestnut Cottage, Farnham,

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Chestnut Cottage

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A half-acre secret garden created

on different levels, with mature

rhododendrons, azaleas, acers,

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talks

Wed 11 May 8-10pm

White Hart Barn, Godstone,

Surrey RH9 8DT

RSPB Illustrated

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.

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Wed 18 May 2.45-3.45pm

Guildford Institute, Ward Street,

Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH

Nutritional Therapy

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 562142 / www.

guildford-institute.org.uk

Sat 7 May 5pm

The Old Woking Community

Centre, Sundridge Road, Kingfield,

Woking, Surrey GU22 9AT

Spiritual Guided

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.

Entry: £20

Info: 07731 673759 / www.

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Evenings out

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

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Sat 21 May 10am-3pm

Canada Hall, Battlebridge

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Sound of the Sirens

Fri 06 May, 8.30pm · £10; pre-show pasta & ticket £16.50

Courtney Pine strips everything right back for the most intimate show of

his career with MOBO Award winning Pianist, Zoe Rahman.

Exhibition on Screen: Painting the Modern

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From Giverny to Seebüll. An innovative and extensive film from The Royal

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Jane looks to her

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very spring I approach my vegetable growing with

the same boundless enthusiasm and by every July

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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

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or three small parcels of woodland or shaws which would have

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

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

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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,

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decline and most coppice woods fell into neglect.

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as we embrace a more sustainable lifestyle and appreciate the

environmental benefits that coppicing can bring to woodland.

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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

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

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

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