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Contents

June 2016

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HEARTH & HOME

John Graham-Hart finds homes

with beautiful kitchens

127

SUN PROTECTION

Jo Fairley tries the best

products with SPF

114

151

MEDITERRANEAN GEMS

Sue Whigham enjoys the

flora of Andalucia

138

43

IT’S JUNE

What’s going on near

you this month

131

SUMMER BEAUTY

Make-up and beauty products

for when it gets hot

155

RELAXING IN YOUR GARDEN

Garden goodies for when you

want to sit back and relax

56

85

87

88

114

SMUGGLER’S REST

John Graham-Hart is

intrigued by a former inn

GET THE LOOK

Homeware treasures that

add a touch of class

KITCHEN & BATHROOM

SUPPLEMENT

Everything – including

the kitchen sink

COUNTRY & FUNKY

Jane Howard visits an effortlessly

stylish cottage in Ticehurst

RISING TIDES

Men’s casual clothes –

for a day by the sea

135

137

138

145

147

WEALDEN HEALTH

& BEAUTY

Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous

FEELING BETTER

Three different

approaches to healing

SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL

Summer cocktails to

brighten up your evening

FOODIES AT THE FAIR

WT talks to Alexander

Hunt from Potash Farm

GARDEN THERAPY

Jo Arnell on the health

benefits of gardening

157

161

162

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174

OUTDOOR DINING

Recipes to cook and enjoy outdoors

GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp on opting for a

natural or ‘green’ burial

WHAT’S ON

Find out...

COMPETITION

Win a Big Cat Experience for

four people at the Wildlife

Heritage Foundation

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard on keeping

bees at Coopers Farm

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Boughton Monchelsea Guide Price £1,750,000 Hurst Green O.I.E.O £1,300,000

A handsome early Victorian former Vicarage in a tranquil setting with An exceptional unlisted Arts and Crafts farmhouse with outbuildings and land

breathtaking views • 5 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Family Room • 7 Bedrooms • No Onward Chain • 4 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 6 Bedrooms

• 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Double Garage with Store above • Swimming Pool • 2 Bathrooms • Garage • Detached Office • Outbuildings • In all about 25

• Tennis Court • About 2.3 acres in all • EPC: F

acres • EPC: F

Bethersden Guide Price £995,000

Only 8 miles from Ashford International, a spacious and individual equestrian

property • 3 Receptions • Conservatory • Kitchen • 5 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms

• Study • Garage • Workshop • Studio • Swimming Pool • Stables • Hay Barn

• In all about 16 acres • EPC: D

Kilndown Guide Price £850,000

A beautifully presented attached period house providing exceptional family

living and entertaining space • CSCA • 4 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast

Room • 4 Double Bedrooms (1 En Suite) • Bathroom & Wet Room • Basement

& Cellar • Swimming Pool & Summerhouse • About 0.43 acres in all • EPC: D

Hawkhurst Guide Price £725,000

An individual Colt house on the semi rural periphery of the village • CSCA

• No Onward Chain • 3/4 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room

• 4 Bedrooms • 2 Bath/Shower Rooms • Glasshouses • Extensive Garaging

• Gardens and Grounds of about 0.7 acres • EPC: D

Hawkhurst Guide Price £575,000

The west wing of a picturesque Grade II listed village house with PP to

extend amid pretty cottage gardens • CSCA • No Onward Chain• 2

Reception Rooms • Kitchen • 4 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Landscaped

Gardens • Off road parking

coming 26 January 2015


Big

small

or

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Guide price £1,295,000

Brenchley

An interesting converted barn on the edge of a popular village with wonderful views

Kitchen, utility, cloakroom, dining room, drawing room, ground floor bedroom with en

suite, dressing room, conservatory. 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom. 1 bedroom

cottage. Outbuilding with gym. Double garage with studio and games room above.

Mature gardens and grounds. Paddock. EPC ratings D & E. In all about 1.25 acres.

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Hawkhurst

An impressive Grade II Listed family residence within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area

Entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, music room, drawing room, conservatory, kitchen / breakfast room, boot room, utility room,

cloakroom. Master bedroom suite with ‘his and hers’ dressing rooms and en-suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom. Attached

2 bedroom annexe. Triple open bay garage with storage space above. Stables and yard comprising 4 stables, tack room and feed room.

Further outbuildings. Mature gardens and grounds. Heated swimming pool. Fenced paddocks and manège. In all about 10.47 acres.


Big

small

or

We understand what makes a property

unique to the area and the market.

Combine this with our expert

consultation and we’ll find you

a buyer that fits perfectly. Fast.

To speak to your local Knight Frank

team and arrange a free market

appraisal call 01892 310700 or drop

into our Tunbridge Wells Office.

Guide price £575,000

Goudhurst

An attractive Victorian cottage within the Cranbrook School Catchment

Entrance hall, kitchen / dining room, utility room, family room, sitting room, ground floor

bedroom. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, family bathroom.

Front and rear gardens. Off-street parking. Detached timber-clad outbuilding. Detached

studio. EPC rating F.

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Guide price £3,500,000

Speldhurst

A beautifully presented Grade II listed period house with a detached lodge cottage

Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, snug, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, games room, guest cloakroom. Master bedroom

with en-suite bathroom, 3 bedroom suites, 2 further bedrooms, family bathroom. Extensive cellar. Garage. Separate cottage comprising

sitting room, study, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, WC and extensive attic storage. Heated swimming pool. About 1.59 acres.


‘Our Focus Determines Your Reality’

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RuRAL HAwKHuRST £1,695,000

Impressive Grade II Listed family home in rural location

Three reception rooms • Cellar • Kitchen/breakfast room

• Five bedrooms (one ensuite) • Annexe • Detached studio

• Approximately 10 acres • Stabling, manege, hay barn,

garaging and swimming pool • CSCA • EPC: n/a

RuRAL BEnEnDEn £1,500,000

State of the art family home • Open plan kitchen/

dining/living space • Two further reception rooms •

Sound proof cinema/music room • Five/six bedrooms

(two ensuite) • Gardens and grounds approximately 2

acres • Swimming pool • CSCA • EPC: C

RuRAL GouDHuRST £1,395,000

Period family home in tranquil location • Triple

aspect drawing room • Kitchen/breakfast room •

Three bedrooms (one ensuite) • Two attic bedrooms

(interconnecting) • Gardens with tennis court of approx

1.2 acres • Paddocks approx 5.5 acres • CSCA • EPC: n/a

RuRAL STApLEHuRST £1,250,000

Medieval hall house in rural location • Three reception

rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • Three bedrooms,

dressing room • Jack and Jill bathroom • Gardens and

grounds approximately 2.6 acres • Covered swimming

pool and tennis court • Garaging • CSCA • EPC: n/a

Harpers&Hurlingham Property Consultants

The Cornerhouse, Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF

Tel: 01580 715400 Fax: 01580 715122

Email: enquiries@ harpersandhurlingham.com

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——-Original Message——-

From: Roy T.

Sent: 08 March 2016 08:31

To: Alex Hill

Subject: THANKS TO A GREAT TEAM

Dear Alex,

I would just like to say a “HUGE THANK YOU“!!! to you and your brilliant team!

Alex, you did a Great job in selling my property. You had the courage, confidence

and willpower to sell it for a higher price than two other estate agents,

supposedly with much more experience and years under their belts, but you stuck

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well you did. Yvonne, Claire and Liz on the phone were understanding when at

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RYE

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A characterful detached former Forge, presented to a high standard throughout and benefiting from many period features with versatile living/working accommodation and

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A detached 3 bedroom unmodernised house situated on The Suttons backing directly A tucked away 4 bedroom Grade II Listed house with many period features, and

onto Camber Storage Sands Shed beach • with Period uninterrupted Features sea • views. 0.5 EPC Acre tbc• EPC: F

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ICKLESHAM

£249,950

BROAD OAK

guide £349,950

RYE

£450,000

PEASMARSH

guide £370,000

A detached 2 bedroom bungalow on the market for the first time in 80 years with

beautiful mature gardens. EPC: F

A welcoming two bedroom

link detached bungalow

with a part converted

large attic space with

scope for further

conversion

• Entrance Porch • Living

Room/Dining Room

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

• Master Bedroom with

Fitted Wardrobes • Second

Double Bedroom • Family

Bathroom • Garage

• Utility Room • Workshop

• Large Attic Room with

potential for conversion

• Generous front and rear

gardens • EPC: D

A detached 4 bedroom house with good versatile accommodation situated on the edge

of Rye Citadel. EPC: D

A delightful modern

detached four bedroom

house situated in a central

village location in the

heart of Peasmarsh

• Entrance Hall

Kitchen/Dining Room

• Living Room with

Engineered Oak Flooring

• Downstairs WC • Master

Bedroom with En-suite

Bathroom • Two Further

Double Bedrooms

• Generous Single Bedroom

• Family Bathroom • Rear

Garden • Integral Garage

with Remote Control Access

• Off Street Parking

• NHBC Warranty • Gas

Central Heating • EPC: C

UDIMORE

oieo £499,950

PEASMARSH

guide £235,000

A well presented three

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close location in the heart

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• Living Room • Kitchen

• Ground Floor

Cloakroom/WC • Two

Double Bedrooms

• Generous Single Bedroom

• Family Bathroom • Brick

Garden Store/Shed • South

Facing Rear Garden

• EPC: D

NEAR RYE

£199,950

NORTHIAM

guide £419,950

A tucked away four

bedroom detached house

set in a quiet, yet central

location of Northiam

• Entrance Porch • Dining/

Hallway • Kitchen/

Breakfast Room

• Conservatory • Sitting

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1.

Hearth & Home

John Graham-Hart finds homes with beautiful kitchens...

My grandmother’s kitchen was not a welcoming space. It was attractive

enough but it was a kingdom where she, as butcher, baker and even

occasional candlestick-maker, reigned supreme. Intruders were

invited, in no uncertain terms to remove themselves from beneath her feet and

seek amusement elsewhere.

To her generation, the kitchen was a purely utilitarian space. It was certainly

not where fathers read papers, children communed with iPads or family pets

ever set foot. It was here she hovered, muttering incantations, over half a dozen

bubbling cauldrons. Any creature, man or beast, that trespassed was in serious

danger of being transformed instantly into something wingless and crawling.

How times have changed. In the 1960s and 70s the kitchen began to

develop into a more family-friendly environment. By the 1980s, the idea of a

completely open kitchen, where at least children ate and were welcome, had

been born. By the 1990s, the trophy kitchen had arrived.

And the kitchen continues to play an ever more significant role in family life,

busily annexing neighbouring ground floor space to create not only an elegant

and high-tech cooking environment but a venue for dinner parties and a

comfortable crash space for children and adults alike. Where once it was merely

somewhere to prepare the meals of the day, it’s rapidly becoming the true heart

of the home.

Cast your eye over a few properties whose kitchens would have had my

grandmother spellbound…

1. Ashley House

Where? Ashley House is located on the

rural outskirts of the village of Marden

with its main line rail connection to

London (Google Maps TN12 9LW).

What? A lovely Elizabethan Grade II

listed period property Ashley House also

boasts an elegant extension with a bright,

spacious contemporary kitchen/breakfast/

dining/family room. Also on the ground

floor are a beamed split level drawing room

with an inglenook fireplace, large study,

boot room and utility room.

Upstairs is a double aspect master

bedroom, three further double bedrooms,

one with en suite shower room and one

with en suite bathroom. Outside, in

grounds of approximately three acres,

there is a detached garden room, an area

of orchard, a paddock, a vegetable garden,

pond, terrace and a tennis court.

How much? Ashley House is on

the market at £1,295,000 and is with

Harpers & Hurlingham in Cranbrook.

Call 01580 715400 or visit www.

harpersandhurlingham.com

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2. Barden Farm

Where? Barden Farm is set one-and-ahalf

miles to the west of the pretty village

of Smarden (Google Maps TN27 8PP).

What? Barden is an impressive

Grade II listed country house with a

detached two-bedroom oast, a thatched

and unconverted barn and grounds of

about nine acres. On the ground floor is

a double-height reception hall, a drawing

room with French doors to the garden,

dining room, study and a triple aspect

sitting/family room with terracotta floor

tiles and attractive fireplace.

The outstanding kitchen/breakfast room,

situated within the oldest part of the

house, boasts a central island by Mark

Wilkinson and a four-oven Aga. On the

first floor are four bedrooms all with

en suite bath or shower. Two further

bedrooms, a shower, separate WC and

excellent range of cupboards are located

on the second floor. Outside there is the

oast, swimming pool, and recreational

barn with open fireplace, kitchen and

BBQ area.

How much? Barnden Farm is priced

at £1,850,000 and is on the market with

Savills in Cranbrook. Call 01580 720161

or visit savills.co.uk

3. The Starlings

Where? The Starlings is set within a

belt of attractive countryside just to the

south of the popular village of Sutton

Valence (Google Maps ME17 3EW).

What? A particularly attractive home

for an equestrian family, The Startlings has

been extensively extended and renovated

over the past two years. On the ground

floor is the owner’s favourite room – a

spacious, kitchen/breakfast family room

with a dramatic wall of bifolding doors

opening onto a patio. Also on the ground

floor is a double aspect drawing room

with French doors to the garden, dining

room, study, bathroom and utility room.

Above is a master bedroom with en suite

bathroom and three further bedrooms,

one with en suite shower room. Outside

in four acres of grounds and paddocks are

a large pond and stream, three stables and

a manège by Charles Britton.

How much? The Startlings is with

Fine & Country in West Malling and is

priced at £1,250,000. Call 01732 222272

or visit www.fineandcountry.com

4. Hammonds Court

Where? Hammonds Court is set in a

rural location not far from the village of

Marden (Google Maps TN12 9LS).

What? The property is an impressive

barn conversion that has recently

undergone major renovation. Downstairs

accommodation comprises a vaulted

entrance hall, a triple aspect drawing room

with inglenook fireplace and wood burning

stove, a study, a dining room, a light and

spacious kitchen/breakfast/family room with

doors to the courtyard garden, a temperature

controlled wine cellar. A glass walkway leads

to a games room with kitchenette, a double

bedroom and a family shower room.

On the first floor there is a master

bedroom suite with a bath and shower

room and his and hers dressing rooms,

two further double bedrooms, one with en

suite shower room and one with a staircase

leading to a sitting room and bathroom.

A separate staircase leads from the games

room to a further double bedroom.

Outside, is a courtyard garden and formal

gardens encompassing a summerhouse and

tennis court.

How much? Hammonds Court

is priced at £1,650,000 and is with

Harpers & Hurlingham in Cranbrook.

Call 01580 715400 or visit

www.harpersandhurlingham.com

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I am considering divorce, but there

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I can’t promise you a Curve will be on show there, but we are

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creatures and what we can do to help them by making sure they can

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This time last year we were at full tilt preparing and building our

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Silver Gilt medal winning show garden at RHS Hampton Court

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Midsummer merriment...

It’s that time of year again! The Wealden Times Fairies have

been working their magic to bring visitors another fantastic

three-day event. Hole Park, Rolvenden will be buzzing with

excitement on 9, 10 and 11 June, as smiling faces fill our five

huge marquees, and vast avenues. We have picked the best of

local producers, selling contemporary and vintage home and

garden wares, fashion, gifts and jewellery. Grab a fresh coffee,

a glass of wine and some lunch from a street-food vendor. Be

sure to visit the Priceless People Wellbeing Festival for a talk

or workshop on healing, meditation, conquering addiction or

up-cycling. Get your tickets now! www.wealdentimes.co.uk/events

June

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Exhibitions & events

near you this month...

Something for all...

Join Country Lifestyle Gift Fairs, Jaguar Enthusiasts’

Club and Herstmonceux Observatory for a unique

family day out on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June.

You’ll find a fantastic selection of items for sale,

including fashion, gifts, garden and home accessories,

and vintage treasures. There’ll be classic cars on

show, and over 90 hands-on science and astronomy

activities for kids of all ages, plus a vast array of food

and drink vendors.. Be sure to bring plenty of cash as

there are no card facilities. For more information visit

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Drop in & discover...

Friday 3 to Sunday 19 June will see South East

Open Studios celebrating its 20th anniversary as

over 300 artists across the region open their work

to the public. Visitors are guaranteed a warm and

friendly welcome, and the unique opportunity to

discover techniques, talents and inspirations of

the artists on their doorstep. This event is free to

all and more details on specific artists are available

from www.seos-art.org

Skilled & Savvy...

After a new hobby? West Dean College on Friday

3 to Sunday 5 June is the place to be. Visitors

to the Design and Craft Fair can take advantage

of free expert talks and demonstrations given by

professional artists and designers. Learn about

tapestry and weaving, print making, gardening,

typography, basket weaving, pottery and much

more. Children’s workshops are also available, so

visit www.westdean.org.uk for prices and more

information.

Support the cause...

On Saturday 18 June from 10am-5pm visit

Chilstone for their open day in aid of the

Meningitis Now charity. They’re offering a great

day out for the whole family, with a stunning

sculpture exhibition, and children’s animal trail,

owl flying and live sculpting demonstrations, tours

of the workshop, a BBQ and refreshments. If

gardening is your thing, then speak to a growing

expert from How Green Nursery and have a go

at stone engraving. For further details visit www.

chilstone.com or call 01892 740866.

Foodie fare...

Macknade Fine Foods in Faversham is hosting an

in-store Meet The Suppliers Week, from 20-26 June.

Over 20 suppliers are lined up to attend the now

quarterly event, giving you the opportunity to meet

with and sample from a number of Macknade’s

producers, including Solley’s Ice Cream, Kentish Pip

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special offers for Macknade Community Cardholders.

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Treat the main man in your life to an adventurous

day out on Sunday 19 June. Spend Father’s

Day being inspired and learning bushcraft and

forest skills together. You’ll be building shelters,

cooking some tasty food on a fire pit and making

a special hand-crafted wooden gift. Remember

to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for

outdoor activities. Find out more and book www.

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It’s been a busy month in the WT office as we gear up for

the Midsummer Fair, put together the magazine as well as

producing an 80-page Education magazine. But what better

time of year to focus one’s energy? There’s something about

the longer days and the arrival of summer that puts a spring

into everyone’s step.

Our houses this month, both go to show that rural does not

have to mean rustic and traditional. Ingram House, a former

pub and favourite watering hole of the Hawkhurst Gang, has

been transformed by its current owners into a stylish, plush

abode while Jenny’s cottage in Ticehurst is an effortless mix of

retro, modern and historic.

Regulars include Jo Fairley on sun protection, cocktail recipes

from Beetle Juice (who will be at the Fair) and a health page

focusing on healing. Sue Whigham is back from a trip to Spain

while Jo Arnell gets into the spirit of the Fair with an article

on the health benefits of gardening. Add to this a kitchens and

bathrooms supplement, a summer beauty page and ‘outdoor

dining recipes’... and hopefully we’ve got things covered.

Enjoy your Wealden Times!

Editor’s

Letter

CHILSTONE OPEN DAY

SATURDAY 18 th JUNE

10.00a m – 5.00p m

Wealden Times Team

Editor .................................................................................Jennifer Stuart-Smith

Fashion & Beauty Editor................................................................Helen Barton

Design ..........................................................................................Powerful Pierre

Design Team ...............................................................................Anthony Boxall

Rob Cursons

Phoebe Gilbert

Tanya Goldsmith

Managing Director .........................................................................Julie Simpson

Commercial Director ................................................................ Colin Wilkinson

Sales Team.................................................................................Hayley Biddulph

Chris Clayton

Becky Smith

Lisa Smith

Distribution ................................................................................ Emma Murphy

Wealden Times Events & Wealdenfairs.com Team

Sales Director......................................................................................Joy Adams

Events Marketing & Operations Manager ...................................Fiona Saunders

E-Commerce Assistant............................................................Megan Longworth

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Saint Ronan’s School

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

Boys & Girls from 3-13 • Day & Boarding • 249 acres

Over 70 scholarships won in three years

1 THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

ISI INSPECTION REPORT

a How well the Early Years Provision meets the needs of the children who attend

b The contribution of the Early Years Provision to the chidrens’ wellbeing

EXCELLENT

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c The leadership & management of the Early Years Provision EXCELLENT

d The overall standards of the Early Years Provision

EXCELLENT

2 THE QUALITY OF ACADEMIC AND OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

a The quality of pupils’ achievements & learning

b The contribution of the curricular and extra-curricular provision

EXCELLENT

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c The contribution of teaching EXCELLENT

3 THE QUALITY OF PUPILS’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

a The spritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils

b The contribution of the arrangements for pastoral care

EXCELLENT

EXCELLENT

c The contribution of the arrangements for welfare, health & safety EXCELLENT

d The quality of boarding

EXCELLENT

4 THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

a The quality of governance

EXCELLENT

b The quality of leadership & management, including links with parents, carers & guardians EXCELLENT

“This prep is a lively, eccentric place:

pupils breed pigs... Brilliant! There is a

rigorous side too”

“If Enid Blyton was still around, Saint

Ronan’s would be exactly the sort of

school she would be writing about.”

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or call 01580 752271 to book an appointment.


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In the 18th century, Ingram House was a coaching inn and a favourite haunt of the infamous

Hawkhurst Gang. Fortunately for its owners, Anthony and Simon, shoot-outs are a thing of the past. It is

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Above: The entrance hall still contains an impressive timber-topped bar

– perfect for when the couple are entertaining Right: a larger-than-life

Champagne label makes a classy and appropriate picture in the bar area

alongside an original, illuminated aftershave advert from the 1970s

I

once met a very affable and, in the circumstances,

sane apartment in London Docklands and we

spent a very pleasant few hours together in the

company of its owners. My surprise at its state of

mind stemmed from the fact that it had been through

so many changes of use in its 200-year life, it seemed

inconceivable that it was not suffering from, at

very least, the severest of personality disorders.

It had begun life as part of a cloth warehouse at the

height of the Empire and gone on to serve variously as store

rooms, a scurrilous pamphleteer’s printworks, an importexport

office, a soft porn photographic studio, an advertising

agency, a dubious premium-line telephone operation, a

bookie’s and a refuge for unemployable IT geeks. With

each careless owner, a wall was knocked down or put up, a

ceiling lowered or raised, woodwork stripped or painted.

Finally, the whole building was gutted and redeveloped

as very swish flats and it was now the London home

of a Californian couple who sustained a considerable

lifestyle by doing something very clever and largely

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Above left: The spacious kitchen, which was once the pub kitchen, has been completely stripped out and refitted with a chic, grey Howdens kitchen and a

distressed, marble-topped table Above right: Glass doors between the hall and drawing room allow natural light to flood between the rooms at all times of day

With such a variety of past lives, it seemed

incomprehensible that this now elegant abode was not at

least mildly schizophrenic. But, in truth, I’ve encountered

more emotionally disturbed oasts. After all it had been

through, it was calm, cool, collected and gave every sign of

enjoying its latest incarnation. The encounter just served

to demonstrate once again how adaptable and forgiving of

outrageous fortune – and of us – our architecture can be.

Which brings us to Ingram House. This handsome

listed Georgian farmhouse probably began life as

something altogether different, perhaps a humbler

farmhouse, perhaps farm-workers’ cottages. If it did,

one day someone cheerfully wiped them off the face of

the earth. In their place, they built the present pleasing

structure. Perched on top of a hill near Hurst Green, it

was blessed with views to die for and its days as a smart

new rural home must have been close to idyllic.

But then one day, life suddenly changed and the

rooms that once rang with the laughter of children

became a favourite haunt of one of the most violent

criminal gangs in the south of England. Without so

much as a by-your-leave the farmhouse became a pub,

the White Horse, and a watering hole of the infamous

smugglers, the Hawkhurst Gang. However, the Gang

ultimately met their end in a gun battle with the local

militia around Goudhurst church and the White Horse

gently slipped into the role of sleepy rural pub, a role it

would play well for the next two and a half centuries.

Their use of a single neutral wall colour throughout– Little Greene’s ‘Mortar’ – has enhanced

the overall impression of light and space and provides a versatile canvas allowing them to go

to town with imaginative furniture, furnishings and art


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Above: The drawing room contains matching French Deco wall and ceiling lights from WBR Interiors, a favourite shop on Wandsworth Bridge Road.

Underneath is a coffee table constructed from a sheet of glass atop four Kartell Stone stools

However, what it didn’t know was that, on one

summer’s day in 2004, Anthony and Simon would come

down to Hawkhurst to stay with friends Siobhan and

Charles Mavor. Indeed, why should it care? It should

have cared because Anthony and Simon were owners

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Chelsea. And they were looking for something new.

“We decided that, for us, Nikita’s had run its

course – we had run it for five years – and we were

thinking of something in the country,” says Simon.

“We wanted to be within an hour of London and

when we came down to see Siobhan and Charles

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The couple’s problem in finding the right property

stemmed from the fact that so many period pubs

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And then they saw the White Horse, its lovely

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it. They bought the property and spent four months

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from a traditional British pub to stylish restaurant run

by two of London’s top restaurateurs. They opened in

The drawing room, with its French windows to the lovely garden

and killer view across as far at Brightling, is a joy


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Above left: A cherub from Prague adorns the drawing room table while a huge gilt celestial mirror from RV Astley dominates the wall Above right: Pot plants

fill the house with life and colour as does the very personal and individual art collection

November 2005 and ran it successfully until 2014.

All good things, however, tend to come to an end and

ultimately they decided to sell. But this isn’t a property

that’s easy to walk away from and soon it was Plan B – go

for change of use and planning permission for a private

house which would not only be their country home but

one that could be rented out as a short break holiday

home. The transformation would be funded by the

sale of a London project. Permission was duly granted

and the White Horse entered its current incarnation

as Ingham House, named after Simon’s grandfather.

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On one wall, over a Swedish desk is a lovely oil painting of a rabbi. The

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Above: The expensive-looking dining room table was rescued by Simon

from a local golf club who were throwing it out. He painted the top with

Farrow & Ball’s ‘Railing’ and the legs with a shocking pink Left: A

glass-fronted ebonite cabinet was bought for ‘virtually nothing’ from

Bentley’s auction in Cranbrook. Taxidermy dotted around the home is a

reminder of its former life as a country pub and coaching inn

bar they created for the restaurant. The divided shelving

behind it now sports not alcohol but a lovely collection

of glassware. “We had the bar made, really liked it and

like to entertain, so we decided to keep it,” said Simon.

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On the walls are the heads of various antelope,

who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Two of them are now wearing Venetian masks.

Over all presides a boar – named Margaux

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Above left: A huge, more-than-full-length mirror takes pride of place on the upstairs landing, reflecting the natural light which floods into the bedrooms

through traditional sash windows Above right: Chalk pastel depictions of Simon’s grandparents, outside the master bedroom suite, add a personal touch

On one wall, over a Swedish desk is a lovely oil painting of

a rabbi. The painting once belonged to Simon’s grandfather,

Norman Ingram Hollowood, and on another, there is a

collection of beautiful woodcuts by a great uncle and aunt.

Another contender for attention is a huge gilt starburst

mirror and a pair of mirrored side tables from R V

Astley, which flank one of the deep and comfortable

grey sofas gathering around the coffee table. In the front

window is a grey and chrome table on which stands a

vase from Zagreb and super spiral chrome light which

once graced a five star hotel in Paris and which was

bought, despite stiff competition, at an auction in Rye.

The dining room table looks a million dollars but

was in fact being thrown out of a local golf club when

Simon rescued it, painted the top F&B ‘Railing’ and the

legs an absolutely shocking pink. The cash saved on the

table was then spent on the elegant R V Astley chairs.

Above it hangs a great 1950s Murano glass ceiling lamp

and at its head is a superb French oil and velvet triptych

screen. In one corner is an excellent glass-fronted ebonite

cabinet bought “for virtually nothing” at a Bentley’s

auction in Cranbrook. On the walls are the heads of

And so to bed. Though, unless you’ve been made a particularly exciting

promise, the upstairs landing is not merely somewhere to gallop through


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Above: Black and white photographic prints in the master bedroom were

taken by an official photographer to the French government Left: An original

Dior poster is all that is needed to decorate the en suite shower room

various antelope who happened to be in the wrong place

at the wrong time – two of them now wearing Venetian

masks. Over all presides a boar – named Margaux.

The kitchen, which was the original chef’s kitchen, now

sports chic grey Howdens units and a distressed marbletopped

dining table surrounded by Empire chairs that

were once in the restaurant. “People raise an eyebrow when

I say the units are Howdens and not some hand-crafted

bespoke number but I think they look great and work

well,” says Simon – and, of course, he’s more than right.

And so to bed. Though, unless you’ve been made a

particularly exciting promise, the upstairs landing is not

merely somewhere to gallop through. A lovely pair of chalks

Anthony and Simon’s own suite has the

best view of any room in the house – across

the High Weald toward Brightling. The

guest rooms share the considerable style of

the couple’s own bedroom but each has its

own distinctive bed and period furniture

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Simon notes that good-sized antique beds are not easy to come by, which

is why only one of the bedrooms has one – a lovely thing with both head

and tail boards embroidered with delicate flowers on gold silk


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Above: An upholstered bed from Coach House is flanked by two bedside

lamps made from carved figures from a Belgian fire surround

Left: Rich fabric cushions and faux furs are used to dress up and add a touch

of luxury to each of the guest rooms – while walls have just a picture or two

of Simon’s grandparents is the first treat, followed by a series

of limited edition, black and white photographs and, round

the corner, a large framed cloth print of an 18th century

Caribbean harbour scene, a taste of Simon’s outstanding

butterfly collection and a truly spectacular gilt mirror.

Anthony and Simon’s own suite has perhaps the best

view of any room in the house. Here the black buttoned

My favourite bedroom, though, has to be

the one with the bed Simon bought for his

first-ever flat, a terrific soaring wroughtiron

Gothic number complemented by

table lights – from Foxhole Antiques

– that probably started life as part of

a decorative wrought-iron staircase


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Above left: An antique French florist’s bench makes a wonderful desk-cum-sideboard at one end of the dining room – which was once part of the restaurant

Above right: A decorative glass panel disguises the door to the downstairs loo and utility room

headboard of a contemporary bed from Bentley and Hall

in Hastings is perfectly flanked by two very pleasing

chrome and black 1950s French table lights standing

on black lacquered bedside cabinets. Atop a white 18th

century Swedish chest of drawers stand silver-framed family

photographs and a pair of French gold leaf cloches.

In the window, is an old leather travelling trunk

flanked by two of Simon’s grandparents’ chairs on which

recline a pair of mink-covered cushions. “The mink came

from my grandmother’s mink coat, which, of course,

nobody wants to be seen wearing today,” says Simon.

“But we thought this would be a nice way to use it.”

When the house is rented out, the couple’s suite is

closed which leaves five other bedrooms for visitors

– four with double beds and one with twins. They

all share the considerable style of the couple’s own

bedroom but each has its own distinctive bed and

period furniture. One for instance, has a sleigh bed from

Coach House flanked by Victorian bedside cabinets,

another also has a Coach House bed but flanked by

wonderful bedside lamps made from carved figures

that probably came from a Belgian fire surround.

Simon notes that good-sized antique beds are not easy to

come by, which is why only one of the bedrooms has one –

a lovely thing with both head and tail boards embroidered

with delicate flowers on gold silk. It’s kept company

by a Swedish period wardrobe and botanical prints.

My favourite though, has to be the bed Simon

bought for his first-ever flat, a terrific soaring wroughtiron

Gothic number complemented by table lights

– from Foxhole Antiques – that probably started life

as part of a decorative wrought-iron staircase.

Without so much as a by-your-leave the farmhouse became a pub, the White

Horse, and a watering hole of the infamous smugglers, the Hawkhurst Gang


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Above: The sheltered back garden, where Simon – who is a keen gardener – spends much of his time, looks out over the quintessential High Weald landscape

On the wall is a collection of signed Russell Flints.

Anthony and Simon are more than pleased with

the house’s latest incarnation and it would appear

from its popularity that so are its visitors. “It really is

a lovely base for a country break,” says Anthony.

“We’re surrounded by wonderful countryside

and places of interest and the house and garden are

perfect for a large gathering of friends or family. We

will organise anything for our guests they may need

– dinner bookings at local restaurants, entrance to

local attractions, guides to the best country walks. So

far, everyone has been delighted with their stay.”

But what about Ingram House itself? How does it feel

about its return to a home? Well, at one point I slipped away

into a quiet corner and we had a little chat and it seems

Simon was absolutely right – it is indeed much happier.

Happier, in fact, than it has been for centuries. To be a

home was really what it was brought into being for all those

years ago and that’s what it feels it really does do best.


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Above: A collection of tweed flat caps adorn the pegs in the rear hallway – ready and waiting for a walk in the surrounding countryside. The couple are happy

to arrange guided walks for visitors

Address Book:

For further information about staying at Ingram House

contact Anthony Zager Panic on 07946

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WT Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement

Contents

6 Kitchen – tidy

Storage solutions, from spicer racks to larder cupboards

8 kitchen essentials

Get fully prepped with the latest culinary items

11 top of the worktops

Stylish, durable and easy to clean...

15 feeling floored?

Practical yet appealing kitchen flooring

18 My cool kitchen

WT book review

21 Top Tubs

Baths to suit every kind of home

25 Pretty privy

A plum selection of bathroom accessories

26 Directory

Quality

hardwood floors

supplied & fitted

by craftsmen

Beautiful, bespoke kitchens and cabinetry.

Stop at nothing.

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For a free no obligation estimate call us on 01959 563063

visit our website: www.dbwf.co.uk

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finalists, visit, call or email: Old Surrenden Manor, Bethersden, Kent

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WT Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement

Kitchen – tidy...

No one likes a cluttered house or having to hunt high and low to find what they need. Thankfully, there are now

a host of clever storage options available, for every room in the house. Here we show you some of the cleverest

solutions for your kitchen and utility areas – so you will never have to rummage, hunt or trip over ever again...

JM Interiors

Right: Larders are high on kitchen wish lists and have

become one of today’s most sought-after pieces of

furniture.

In this barn conversion kitchen in rural Headcorn,

the priorities were good storage and ample work space.

For open plan kitchens where dining and socialising

happens in the same room as cooking, a generous

larder is a real asset. It allows you to shut the door and

hide all your bottles, jars, packets and tins out of sight

and off the worktops. Larders are particularly great for

people who cook a lot and have many ingredients they

need to access all the time. Everything can be stored

in perfect order.

Our client wanted clutter-free work surfaces, opting

for a double larder so they could also cleanly house

small electrical items – microwave, toaster, coffee

machine, food mixer etc. With a granite cold shelf and

power in the back panel, the larder also becomes

a functional work station.

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www.jminteriorsuk.uk

Collins Bespoke

Left: Designing and making bespoke kitchens, bedroom furniture

and interior cabinetry for over 20 years has meant we have had

many opportunities to suggest creative storage solutions. The very

popular – but, clever and useful – are the integrated cabinetry

features such as spice-racks, plate-dividers, cutlery and knife

holders. More recently, spaces have been made for coffee pods too!

Of all our designs, we do have one or two favourites. One is a

stunning walnut kitchen, which we have just finished – it is still

in our showroom. This kitchen design was all about drawers,

including surrounding the kitchen sink, an area that is often

problematic. So, we have designed a drawer unit to fit around

the drop-in sink. There is room enough for dish-brushes, soaps

and scourers, and a hip-flask (the kitchen belongs to parents of

small children). It has been so well-received that we have had to

incorporate these in some of our more recent designs.

Above all, the fabulous advantage we have, over many kitchen

designers and makers, is that we design and hand-make every

kitchen we are commissioned. Therefore, we can suggest and

realise clever solutions for any space, especially the complementary

personalised chopping board that comes with our kitchens.

Collins Bespoke 01233 822595 www.collinsbepoke.com

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WT Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement

Woodwork Kitchens

Left: This beautiful home near Brentwood

has been finished to exacting standards with

the owners successfully merging contemporary

styling and the latest technology with more

traditional designs creating a homely feel with

a real wow factor.

When considering their kitchen the

extensive brief included a large pantry area,

with separate sections to store all the groceries

in one place – no more searching in various

cupboards for different ingredients.

Woodwork Traditional Handmade

Furniture in Southborough designed and

made these bespoke cabinets to do just that,

incorporating individual drawers of various

sizes to separate out different foodstuffs.

Developing bespoke solutions for storage is

always part of the design process at Woodwork

and every kitchen is made individually to

match the client’s specific needs.

Woodwork Kitchens 01892 533273

www.woodworkkitchens.co.uk

Burlanes

Right: The first and most important step when

planning your new kitchen is to create a layout

that makes the best use of the space. The kitchen

is the central point of your home where a lot of

activities take place — cooking, cleaning, eating,

drinking and socialising. It needs to be both

beautiful and functional and storage is key!

‘Work out what’s really important to you,’ says

Lindsey, Burlanes’ head designer. ‘Is it major

storage? Do you dislike having anything out on

the worktop? Then focus on the available space.’

Utilise an unused room with a walk-in larder.

A custom-made breakfast cupboard is perfect

for keeping everything neatly hidden away and

with pull-out drawers for maximum storage. And

the ultimate concealed storage... a hidden utility

room in your kitchen.

Burlanes 01732 605001 www.burlanes.com

See

them

at WT

Midsummer

Fair

Rencraft

Left: Clever cupboards make the most of even

the tiniest, awkward spaces, as shown here by

this compact spice cupboard tucked into the side

of the cooker alcove. Features such as slots for

individual spice jars help to keep the contents

tidy and secure.

Where there is cooking, there is inevitably

rubbish – so tucking your bins away under the

kitchen counter is a great solution, keeping the

rubbish out of sight but the bin instantly to hand.

Rencraft Sevenoaks 01732 762682 Tunbridge

Wells 01892 520730 www.rencraft.co.uk

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Reo kitchen scissors

£4.99, Kitchen Craft

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See

them

at WT

Midsummer

Fair

Kitchen

essentials

Get fully prepped...

Retro bread bin,

£16.99 Kitchenways

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Ionian taps in

chrome, £410.40,

Burlanes

www.burlanes.com

Fish bottle opener,

£8.99 The Oak Room

www.oakroomshop.co.uk

Metal storage baskets, £60,

ABCD Designs

www.wealdenfairs.com/abcddesigns

Small chest of drawers £84.99,

Vintage Apple Crates

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Pushboy bin, £126

Red Candy

www.redcandy.co.uk

Round storage tubs,

£1 Poundland

www.poundland.co.uk

Boska Holland

table grater £37.99,

Designer Homeware

www.designerhomeware.co.uk

Copper kitchen wall

clock, £34, The

Contemporary Home

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Storage crate with

chalkboard panel,

£22.95, Greige

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com/greige

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Top of the

worktops

Kitchen worktops have a difficult job to do – not only do

they have to be durable, heat resistant and easy to clean but

they need to look great too. Here, three local companies

introduce some of their latest, most popular products...

The worktop you choose will have a huge impact

on both the look and functionality of your kitchen.

Burlanes are a Cosentino Elite Showroom. They

believe that Cosentino offer the ultimate kitchen

worktop. Dekton® is completely stain proof and

withstands high temperatures without burning,

scorching or cracking. It is also the most scratchresistant

surface on the market. If you would like

to see Dekton in action and the different colours

and formats on offer then call Burlanes to make an

appointment to visit their Sevenoaks showroom.

Burlanes 01732 605001 www.burlanes.com

See

them

at WT

Midsummer

Fair

Silestone offers unique antibacterial

protection as standard, along with

25 years warranty for all quartz

surfaces. This work surface is super

smooth yet highly resistant to

external aggressions and, with more

than 60 colours and three textures to

choose from, Silestone quartz can be

used for the most modern kitchen

design as well as more traditional

kitchens. Any kitchen idea you

might have, can be brought to life.

Pictured left: 30mm Blanco Maple

quartz from Silestone by Cosentino,

£387 per sqm + VAT.

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of Hammerton’s Kitchens, Caraco

brings a wealth of expertise and

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needs from all perspectives. Stone

worktops offer a durable and

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mention the ‘wow’ factor?

Caraco offers a complete service

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for an estimate. Alternatively, try

our online calculator and click on

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Pictured left is Azul Noce – a

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Natural Stone Specialists

Unit 1 Croft Works

Diplocks Industrial Estate

Hailsham East Sussex BN27 3JF

Email: sales@sussexstone-ceramic.co.uk

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Open Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm Sat 9am-3pm

Bespoke worktops in

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Large selection of natural tiles and mosaics

Waterjet cutting service on various materials

Glass tops and splash backs

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Feeling

floored?

Before you build your dream kitchen it’s

worth giving the floor some serious thought...

Tumbled limestone

Shown right is our Glacier Limestone flooring from

Ca’Pietra. The limestone tiles – which are almost as

hard as marble – have a ‘tumbled finish’ which means

that the tiles have softly rounded edges and lightly

exposed surface grain. It makes a very stylish floor

with swirling patterns and interesting veining as well as

being durable, easy to clean and stylish.

Cost : £59 per m2 +VAT

Stonewright UK, 01233 650944

www.stonewrightuk.com

Unnatural

Flooring

See

them

at WT

Midsummer

Fair

Burlanes are suppliers of ‘Unnatural

Flooring’ – beautiful, practical

flooring that works in many rooms

including kitchens. It has the look

and feel of natural flooring coupled

with the easy-to-clean durability of

a woven vinyl. Our floorings offer

the texture and warmth of a woven,

natural fibre with the practicality of

a robust, cleanable floor covering so

will work with a variety of interior

styles. Burlanes, 01732 605001

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Credit: Richard Maxted

My Cool Kitchen

a style guide to unique and

inspirational kitchens

WT takes a look at this fresh and inspiring kitchen design book from the author of the

‘My Cool’ series and co-author of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces

M

y Cool Kitchen is a breath of fresh air in

comparison to some kitchen-inspiration tomes.

Not only does it feature stylish kitchens from

around the world but it also highlights the fact that taste,

not a huge budget, is key to creating your dream

– or ‘cool’ – kitchen.

Ranging from a high-end modern kitchen in a restored

castle to a minimalist one in a cupboard; from an ultraglamorous

Californian beach front house to a kitchen in

a former cinema as well as budget kitchens in owned and

rented properties – the book salutes the spirit of the kitchen,

which for many people is the heart of the home, and

celebrates this important space where individuality and style

meet.

As well as giving the reader an overview of certain ‘looks’

and general inspiration, the book also include masses of clever

interior decorating tips and features that include innovative

upcycling, clever storage options and ingenious ways to make

the most of the space available.

Styles range from Bauhaus and 20th Century Modern to

‘London Townhouse’ (the designer Abigail Ahern’s house in

east London), pared-back Scandinavian chic to beach house

simplicity. There is a kitchen to inspire everyone, whatever

house you have. Best of all, the book is full of joy, colour,

inventiveness and individuality. What more could one want

from an interiors book?

About the author: Jane Field-Lewis is an experienced multidisciplinary

stylist, art director and author of the ‘My Cool’

series and co-author of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. Her

work crosses the boundaries of film, television and print, and

has been recognised and awarded internationally. Her books

are a quintessential guide to help others indulge in their own

sense of nostalgia, and small space design. All they need to do

is add their own twist of personality and retro-vintage styling.

Jane lives in London.

My Cool Kitchen – a style guide to

unique and inspirational kitchens by

Jane Field-Lewis, £14.99

Published by Pavilion

Photography by Richard Maxted

and Art Gray

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Blenheim bath with polished

metal mosaic exterior, £7800

Chadder & Co

www.chadder.com

In-Out bath, £24,412

West One Bathrooms

www.westonebathrooms.com

Top tubs

Baths to suit all kinds of homes...

Two seater stainless steel

bath, £8000 Sable & Ox

www.sableandox.co.uk

Antonio freestanding

acrylic bath, £600

Cooke & Lewis

www.diy.com/cookandlewis

Rondo bath, £1195

Frontline Bathrooms

www.frontlinebathrooms.co.uk

Freefortis bath, £799

Pure Bathroom Collection from

Smiths Britten

www.purebathroomcollection.co.uk

Pear bath, £12,873.60

West One Bathrooms

www.westonebathrooms.com


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Freefuerte bath, £799

Pure Bathroom Collection from

Smiths Britten

www.purebathroomcollection.co.uk

Copper & white enamel

bath, £5300, Chadder &

Co. www.chadder.com

Skipton Bath, £575

Frontline Bathrooms

www.frontlinebathrooms.co.uk

Toulouse, £3350

West One Bathrooms

www.westonebathrooms.com

It’s more than our

outstanding knowledge

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Kent TN9 1QG

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VISIT OUR

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k Bathroom installation

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k Fitted and free-standing furniture

k Radiators, modern and traditional

k Bathroom tiles supplied and fitted

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k Robes, towels, bathmats etc…

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124-126 London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks

Tel: 01732 459 765 | OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

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burlanes offer a bespoke design

service for every space in your home.

Bespoke Kitchens, Bathrooms,

Bedrooms, Home Offices, Hallways,

Dining Rooms and Living rooms.

It really is possible to create an

interior that looks exactly how you

imagined it.

From concept to completion burlanes

will be there with expert advice and

service every step of the way.

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LONDON

Tunbridge Wells Showroom I 79 Calverley Road, Kent TN1 2UY

01892 548 111

Oxshott Showroom I 1 High Street, Surrey, KT22 0JN 01372 841 730


Daisy laundry bag, £30,

Hannah Watchorn

www.wealdenfairs.com/

hannahwatchorn

Personalised towel set, £88.80

The Fine Cotton Company

www.thefinecottoncompany.com

WT Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement

Porcelain ‘Lovebird’

pot, £30

020 75801990

www.in-spaces.com

Honeycomb tealight holder,

£8.99, Duck & Dog

www.wealdenfairs.com/

duckanddog

Bathroom cabinet, £75

The White Lighthouse

0289 048020

www.thewhitelighthousefurniture.co.uk

Pretty Privy

Hand-painted and decorated

soaps, £14 each

ABCD Designs

www.wealdenfairs.com/abcddesigns

Some of our favourite copper and cool-hued bathroom accessories...

Geo Luxe tumbler, £3.99,

Geo Luxe lotion dispenser,

£5.99 Dunelm www.

dunelm.com

Wireworks Mezza 3-tier

bathroom caddy in oak, £135

Black By Design, 01889 502716

www.black-by-design.co.uk

Grace Aqua laundry

baskets, £45, Berry

Red 0845 4503937

www.berryred.co.uk

Bathroom plaque, £2.95

Live Laugh Love Ltd

01342 842 599

www.livelaughlove.co.uk

Wooden Parisian mirror £54.50,

Kiki & Bow

www.wealdenfairs.com/kikiandbow

Mercer bathroom towel,

£40, MADE.COM

0845 557 6888

www.made.com

Personalised Tivoli waffle

travel robe, £65

The Fine Cotton Company

0845 6029050

www.thefinecottoncompany.com

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WT Kitchen & Bathroom

Directory

accessories

ABCD Designs

www.wealdenfairs.com/

abcddesigns

The Bathroom Shop

Tenterden 01580 763207

www.the-bathroomshop.co.uk

Duck & Dog

www.wealdenfairs.com/

duckanddog

Greige

www.wealdenfairs.com/greige

Hannah Watchorn

www.wealdenfairs.com/

hannahwatchorn

Kiki & Bow

www.wealdenfairs.com/

kikiandbow

Vintage Apple Crates

www.wealdenfairs.com/

vintageapplecrates

appliances

Martins of Hawkhurst

01580 753470

www.martinsofhawkhurst.co.uk

Stellisons

www.stellisonselectrical.co.uk

BATHROOMS

ASK Plumbing

Aylesford 01622 791791

www.askplumbing.co.uk

The Bathroom Shop

Tenterden 01580 763207

www.the-bathroomshop.co.uk

Burlanes Sevenoaks

01732 605001

www.burlanes.com

Catchpole & Rye

Chelsea Walk 020 7351 0940 /

Pluckley 01233 840840

www.catchpoleandrye.com

Chadder and Co Forest Row,

Sussex, 01342 823243

www.chadder.com

Edmondson Interiors

Cranbrook 01580 212934

www.edmondsoninteriors.co.uk

HKS 01435 866166

www.hks-uk.com

Neptune Tonbridge

01732 351866

www.neptune.com

Stonewright UK

01233 650944

www.stonewrightuk.com

Sussex Stone, Marble

& Granite Ltd

Hailsham 01323 848100

www.sussexstone.co.uk

Towns Heating and

Plumbing Supplies

Tonbridge 01732 350911

www.townsmerchant.co.uk

Traditional Bespoke

Furniture Matfield

01892 723083

www.traditionalbespokefurniture.

co.uk

West One Bathrooms

Tunbridge Wells

01892 548111

www.westonebathrooms.com

Woodwork Traditional

Handmade Furniture

Tunbridge Wells

01892 533273

www.woodworkkitchens.co.uk

FLOORING

David Brown Wood Floors

Sevenoaks 01959 563063

www.dbwf.co.uk

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Burlanes Sevenoaks 01732

605001 www.burlanes.com

Catchpole & Rye

Chelsea Walk 020 7351 0940

/ Pluckley 01233 840840

www.catchpoleandrye.com

Collins Bespoke

01233 822595

www.collinsbespoke.com

Edmondson Interiors

Cranbrook 01580 212934

www.edmondsoninteriors.co.uk

Granite Transformations

0808 2509001

www.granitetransformations.

co.uk

Hammertons (Caraco)

Cross in Hand 01435 868611

www.hammertons.co.uk

HKS 01435 866166,

www.hks-uk.com

JM Interiors Biddenden

01580 291221

www.jminteriorsuk.uk

Kentish Chameleon

Kitchens 01797 270163

www.chameleon-kitchens.co.uk

The Kitchen Doctor

01689 850000

www.thekitchendoctor.com

Kitchens Unlimited

01580 765922

www.kitchens-unlimited.co.uk

Mountshill

Cranbrook 01580 715911

www.mountshill.com

Neptune

Tonbridge 01732 351866

www.neptune.com/tonbridge

Parker Kitchens Tonbridge

01732 447997

www.parker-kitchens.co.uk

Rencraft

Sevenoaks 01732 762682

Tunbridge Wells

01892 520730

www.rencraft.co.uk

Stellisons

www.stellisonselectrical.co.uk

Stonewright UK

01233 650944

www.stonewrightuk.com

Sussex Stone, Marble &

Granite Ltd

Hailsham 01323 848100

www.sussexstone.co.uk

Traditional Bespoke

Furniture Matfield

01892 723083 www.

traditionalbespokefurniture.co.uk

Woodwork Traditional

Handmade Furniture

Tunbridge Wells

01892 533273

www.woodworkkitchens.co.uk

You Nique Tunbridge Wells

01892 576969

www.youniquehome

interiors.co.uk

plumbing

ASK Plumbing

Aylesford 01622 791791

www.askplumbing.co.uk

Harvey Water Softeners

01483 753404 www.

harveywatersofteners.co.uk

Towns Heating and

Plumbing Supplies

Tonbridge 01732 350911

www.townsmerchant.co.uk

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Freelands Tiles

Sevenoaks 01732 459765

www.freelands-tiles.co.uk

Headcorn Tiles

01622 891103

www.headcorntiles.co.uk

Sussex Stone, Marble

& Granite Ltd

Hailsham 01323 848100

www.sussexstone.co.uk

Tenterden Tiling

01580 761191

www.tenterdentiling.co.uk

Tile Library Co.

Goudhurst 01580 212700

www.tilelibrarycompany.co.uk

Tile Mates

Tunbridge Wells

01494 511319

www.floorandwalltile

company.co.uk

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Simply stylish

Words and styling: Jane Howard Photographs: David Merewether

A childhood love of horses led Jenny and her husband Dave to look for

a home near to where they stabled their horse in the Sussex High Weald.

After much searching, they finally found the perfect project – transforming

a semi-detached Victorian cottage into an effortlessly stylish abode...

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Above: There is nothing twee about this stylish home which is filled with decorative items and mementoes from around the world as well as practical touches

such as a professional range cooker. This orderly sink area is across the room from the main food prep area, which has its own ‘island’ and boat-galley sink

Most little girls can only dream of having

their own pony but Jen Ruffy was one

of the lucky ones – she shared a fourlegged

friend with her twin sister, Sue. Although

they were brought up in London, with no access

to rolling acres, they would take it in turns to ride

round the North Circular. Those were the days!

Then Jen grew up and boys, jobs (as a successful model

and more recently in film location catering), children

and a husband took over and the “horsey thing” took

a back seat. But horses were always in her heart, and

although she still lives in London, when one of her

friends in Sussex suggested a three-way horse share, now

fondly referred to as the “pony club”, Jen jumped at the

idea. Before long, Murphy was discovered, purchased

and installed on a friend’s farm near Burwash.

By then, Jen had it bad and soon she was looking

for a cottage in the area so she could spend more time

with Murphy. Luckily, her husband Dave, who is a

drummer with the punk/reggae band The Ruts, didn’t

mind this horse coming into their lives and also felt

ready for some country living. So the search was on.

The brief was fairly loose and they looked at

everything from four bedroom houses to unconverted

barns. Then, one day, she was out riding and passed

a pretty Victorian cottage, one of a pair, with a For

Sale By Auction sign outside. It was love at first sight

and some four weeks later, standing nervously in a

hotel in Brighton, Jen did the bidding and in the

space of about 30 seconds the cottage was hers.

It was originally a farm worker’s cottage and very little

had been done over the years apart from an unsympathetic

one storey 1960s extension at the back, that included

a kitchen and downstairs bathroom and loo. All the

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Above: There is nothing twee about this stylish home which is filled with decorative items and mementoes from around the world as well as practical touches

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Up the stairs – painted very simply in white Annie Sloan furniture paint – you

come to a wonderfully light and airy landing with raised and vaulted ceilings

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Above: The primrose yellow guest bedroom at the front of the house

Left: A pretty basin area in a compact washroom just off the landing

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Suncare

Josephine Fairley on products that

keep harmful rays at bay

Illustrations: Susanne Hayes

After last month’s look at fake tans, this month our

thoughts turn to the real thing. Now, once upon a

time, I was one of those beauty editors who saw the

sun as ‘the enemy’, and went scurrying for the shade every

time it put its hat on. (I put mine on, too. And a kaftan.)

Now, however, I take a more balanced, approach to sun

protection: having broken two wrists, a couple of years ago

(mercifully not at the same time), I’ve looked into the links

between vitamin D and bone health, and I’m convinced that

sun exposure is a good thing, provided you stay on this side

of burning and sun damage.

These days I definitely expose my body – though never

my face – directly to the sun. And after a couple of months

of dedicated application of suncare in the name of research

for a YOU Magazine Summer Sun Special, my Beauty Bible

co-author Sarah Stacey and I definitely know which protective

products deserve gold stars.

Let’s start with facial suncare – and here, I’m definitely

all for high SPFs. You’ll still pick up a bit of colour, even

freckles – but the fastest way to leathery skin and wrinkles

is, without question, sunshine. My advice, then, is never dip

below SPF30 for summer exposure, and SPF50 if possible –

although, due to weird maths, it only offers a modicum more

protection than SPF30. But when it comes to my face, I want

as much protection as I can get – don’t you…?

Soltan Sensitive Face Cream, SPF50, £6 for 50ml,

is incredibly impressive for a high street offering, free from

the perfumes and colourants which trigger photo-reactions,

and with a light, non-pore-blocking formulation. If you like

a ‘matte’ finish (so many sun creams make skin shiny), I’d

recommend Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying, £16 for

50ml (feelunique.com) – again, from a brand much loved by

those with touchier complexions: it’s light, non-greasy and

water-resistant. (Though remember, if you towel skin dry:

reapply. There’s no formulation that is towel-proof!)

I really, really enjoyed the Piz Buin Lutra Light Dry

Touch Fluid, £8 for 50ml – again, a great (and make-upfriendly)

finish on the skin. It’s a while, meanwhile, since

I’ve used something from Hawaiian Tropic, but Hawaiian

Tropic Silk-Hydration Face, £8.50 for 50ml, is a

revelation: a swirl of moisturising and protective ingredients

– which make for a ‘swirl’ in the plastic pump-action bottle

– and feels nourishing, without being heavy. All of these offer

good UVA/UVB protection (the UVA rays are the ‘ageing’

ones, UVB burns you, which is a good mnemonic).

Want to splash out, before you splash around? The

following are a bigger ‘skin-vestment’ but I loved each one,

falling head over heels for Temple Spa Self Defence

SPF30 for Face, £35 for 50ml (at victoriahealth.com)

which feels nourishing without being greasy, and is packed

with age-defying ingredients including Japanese flowering

cherry, vitamins C and E, and arbutin. If you like an ultraairy

finish, I’d recommend Paula’s Choice Super-Light

Daily Wrinkle Defense, £29 for 60ml; it has a ‘healthy’

matte finish and a touch of tint that evens out skin tone.

What appeals about Chanel UV Essential SPF50, £41

for 30ml, is that it’s really portable, great for carrying around

to top up during the day – for instance, while sitting outside

a restaurant. And if age spots are a worry, you can’t better

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF45,

£26 for 30ml: a barely-there finish, featuring patent-pending

‘Invisible ScreenTM’ technology.

When it comes to protection levels for the body, I would

never go below SPF15 – and truly, you might be surprised

how effectively you’ll tan with a higher SPF. Again, Sarah

and I smoothed and slathered our way through a tonne of

products. At the more budget end of the spectrum, I loved

Piz Buin Protect & Cool Refreshing Sun Mousse,

£9 for 150ml, for its soothing, cooling feel – truly blissful, on

hot skin. I also loved the silky-as-it-sounds feel of Hawaiian

Tropic Silk Hydration Airsoft SPF30, £18 for 150ml,

which is truly and fabulously moisturising, and for ease-ofuse

rate highly the handy-sized Nivea SPF30 Caring

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And one to throw in your basket when you’re buying that

swimsuit: M&S Beauty Sun Smart Moisture Protect

Mist SPF30, £12 for 150ml, which is incredibly easy to

apply; we saw a lot of mists coming in, and this was a

favourite, offering 40 minutes of water resistance. If you’ve

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Jasmine Homecare Services Ltd

Caring for people in their homes

got really sun-reactive skin, meanwhile? You may well find

that Clinique SPF30 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion,

£25 for 125ml, helps enormously. And if you like your

sunscreens as natural as possible? Green People Scent

Free Sun Lotion SPF30, £21 for 200ml, impressed

Sarah and me just as much as it has our Beauty Bible

testers, year after year.

If you do decide to buy one of the more ‘extravagant’

suncare choices I’m about to list, my one piece of advice

would be: don’t be mean with them. They’re pricier, for

sure – but be wary of applying too thin a layer, or you

simply won’t get the promised protection. If money’s no

object, I’d pack my beach bag with Sisley Milky Body

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once spritzed on to skin), and divinely scented, richly

nourishing Vita Liberata SPF50 Neroli & Argan

Milk, £28.50 for 100ml (at SpaceNK). I’m a huge convert

to sprays, actually, sheer ease-of-use.

And really, that’s the bottom line. Find something you

like using, use it, remember the following – and enjoy

summer, while it lasts.

Tanning tips

• Remember: sun protection should be applied

liberally on all exposed areas – including the backs

of your legs, nape of your neck, ears and bosom –

from spring to autumn, every two hours if you’re

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Wealden Health & Beauty

Wealden Times talks to local dance

teacher, Kiki Bradstock...

do you have a beauty regime?

I’m not sure I would call it

a regime as I’m not religious

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Simple face wash morning

and night and always use a

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tried Clarins night cream which

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I’m on Nivea Q10 plus which

is great too. The thing I believe

in most though is getting

outside. My skin is so much

better when I’ve had plenty of

fresh air and seen some sun,

however wintery or watery!

Is there a particular product

you couldn’t live without? I

don’t think there is a particular

product in terms of brand that

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without moisturiser. I also

wouldn’t want to be without

a bar of good old fashioned

soap as I don’t like shower gels.

Oh, and one of those puffy

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Is that what they’re called?

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? Every school

holiday I treat myself to a trip to

the chiropodist to give my feet

a once-over after a busy term

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favours in the looks department!

I also love to have a full body

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Who’s your style icon? I

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I’m confident with what I

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These days I seem to spend

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Kiki is a teacher at Weald

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Release & Restore

Stress and anxiety can often be invisible. Here’s a

taste of what to expect on Friday 10 June at Priceless

People Wellbeing Festival – a day of self-healing...

The Kundalini yoga teacher

Carolyn Cowan discusses

unconscious behaviour...

Addiction is often associated with

substance abuse. What else can cause

addiction? This question allows for a

compassion in how we think about and

work with addiction. I work with substance

abuse, drugs and alcohol for example, and

then process the addiction, which is how

it affects our brain. Food, in all its glory

can create addicition through starvation,

binge-eating, purging and obsession. The

shame we feel about our shape or size can

create unrealistic expectations and body

dysmorphia, leading to anxiety and anger.

Anything can cause addiction; gambling,

cutting, shopping...the list is long! We can

suffer hugely with how our minds process

reality. Suffering defines this addiction.

How can these negatively affect us? Are

there particular behaviour patterns? An

example could be: I get anxious about a

meeting with someone whom I feel is better

or more powerful than me. I don’t sleep the

night before, telling myself awful things.

The meeting is difficult, I come home, sit

and drink/eat/shop/watch violence, and then

lose my temper with my partner. My own

shame was dancing in front of me during

my sleepless night, but now it is too big

and close, so I collapse into self hatred and

purge, or reject those I love. The root of the

suffering is shame and self loathing, but is

medicated by the choices I make to try to

change how I feel. Does that make sense?

How can yoga, pranayama and meditation

help conquer this? Shame and self loathing

are at the root of much addictive behaviour.

Difficult, at times for some to see it, but it

leads to a deeply ingrained distrust of the

self. Time on the mat doing posture or

breath work helps us to discover that we

can make ourselves feel wonderful. We

can completely change how we feel for

the better. We can switch around our

hormonal flow so that we can experience

positive hormones like dopamine, and can

comfort ourselves instead of waiting for the

other person, ice cream, dress or drink.

Visit the Wellbeing Theatre at 1.30pm for

Carolyn’s talk on Conquering the Addictive

Personality. www.carolyncowan.com

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The Gong Master

Mark Swan tells us the value of sound...

Talk us through a gong bath session. What happens? During a gong bath you

are literally bathed in sound. You receive it passively lying down on your back with

eyes closed, in a state of deep relaxation. The Gong Master starts with a short guided

meditation, then plays using a variety of gongs for around 30 to 40 minutes. At the end

you are gently brought back refreshed, renewed and hopefully changed for the better.

How can these sounds benefit our wellbeing? We are made up of billions of molecules

that vibrate and move around our bodies. During the first few minutes of a gong bath

the sounds merge with these vibrating particles and overlay them. This creates a profound

impact upon the parasympathetic nervous system allowing us to go into a deep relaxed

state. Just as ultrasound is used to remove kidney and gall stones, sacred gong sound

enables us to enter a holistic and relaxing state where we can let go of stress and anxiety.

How does each gong vary? Do they have different purposes and effects? The gongs

I use are manufactured to exact frequencies in Germany. Each gong is tuned to a

different note and works on a different aspect of our physical and emotional self. They

link our mind to our deepest subconscious. Everyone experiences a gong bath in a

unique way, which makes it so amazing. The gong has been used for over 4000 years,

and its benefits are only now just being validated through science and medicine.

To take part in this unique experience visit the Wellbeing

Theatre at 2.45pm. www.gong-healing.com

The healer & author

Anna Parkinson relates the significance of energy...

You talk about our bodies communicating with us, can you explain a little

more about this? Your body precisely expresses what is going on with you on an

unconscious level. There are thoughts, feelings we are not aware of. Old memories

or decisions can be so familiar to us that we don’t realize we have them, but our

bodies express them. This is natural and logical because our bodies are built to carry

out our unconscious impulses, but it becomes a problem when some part of our

body doesn’t function properly. Emotions can emerge as physical symptoms.

Can anyone benefit from practising self-healing? Definitely. There is increasing

evidence showing how activity in the brain has physical effects; MRI scans can

show us how a living human brain functions. Negative experiences can have farreaching

physical consequences, but it’s possible for all of us to use the mind

to deal with old emotional reactions and change the present. My book is called

‘Change Your Mind, Heal Your Body.’ We can all do that, and if you find it hard,

there are simple exercises in the book that will have a powerful physical effect.

What happens in a typical healing session? We talk about what my client wants

to improve, and explain what their symptoms express. Our bodies have a universal

language, but each person’s story is unique. I then ‘read’ the energy of their bodies as

they sit listening to music. I interpret what I see and change it into something more

balanced. Animals ‘read’ energy all the time, and after 10 years I’ve had a bit of practice,

but I believe we all have the ability to do this. Finally, I tell the client what I have seen

and cleared away. It’s important that they understand what has been going on.

Anna will be sharing her knowledge and insight on Self-Healing at

10.30am in the Wellbeing Theatre. www.annaparkinson.com

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Shake, Rattle &

Roll

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Who needs swanky bars when you can

bring the taste of luxury to your own

back garden? Get some friends round

and have a bit of fun making these

summertime tipples...

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Helen Barton

Beetle Juice

Equipment

• A shaker or stirring glass

• Highball glass

Ingredients

• One third Rubicon lychee

• Two thirds apple juice

• Ice

• 50ml gin

• Two tbsp of raspberry puree

• A lime

• Mint to garnish

1. Make up Beetle Juice mix, one third Rubicon

lychee, two thirds apple

2. Shaker full of ice – double shot of gin (50ml)

3. Add the fresh raspberry puree and a squeeze of

lime

4. Add lychee/apple mix so the shaker is ¾ full

5. Shake well (20 seconds)

6. Serve everything left in shaker into glass

(so shaker is left clean)

7. Garnish with a sprig of mint

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Equipment

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• A lime

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• 35ml sugar syrup

• 50ml elderflower

cordial

• Soda water

• Cubed ice

1. Squeeze ½ a lime into the glass

(or use the equivalent of high quality fresh lime juice)

2. Press the mint leaves to release the flavour and put them into the

glass.

3. Muddle and bruise the mint into the lime using the muddler.

4. Add one scoop of ice, the sugar syrup, elderflower cordial, and a

splash of lime cordial. Use a spoon to bring the ingredients to the

top of the glass.

5. Add another scoop of ice and top up with soda water and a lime

segment.

6. Taste test. If it’s too sour add more sugar, and if it’s too sweet add

more lime.


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Equipment

• A shaker or stirring glass

• A bar spoon (or teaspoon)

• A strainer

• Martini glass

Ingredients

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• 15ml Cointreau liqueur

• 25ml cranberry juice

• Juice of half a lime

• Cubed ice

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4. Garnish with either a slice

of lime or a slice of orange

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Foodie treats to look

forward to at the fair

Tickets are selling fast for the Wealden Times Midsummer

Fair at Hole Park on 9, 10 and 11 June – and we’ve got the

usual array of stands and events, from hand-picked exhibitors

providing a fabulous shopping experience to the Priceless

People Wellbeing Festival. Whatever your reason for going,

there’s plenty to do and see. In the run-up to the fair, we’ll

be chatting to some of the exhibitors who will be sharing

their passion for all things fresh and local. Here we talk to

Alexander Hunt from Potash Farm and the Walnut Tree Co.

What products does Potash Farm

sell and in what forms?

Potash Farm is an established, specialist

cobnut-growing business selling Kentish

cobnuts, almonds, chestnuts, pecan

nuts, walnuts and related gifts at special

events, farmers’ markets and online.

With the nuts that we grow we make

biscuits, chocolates, preserves, sauces,

soap and a healing balm, fudges, brittles, oils, and a selection

of nut bowls, trugs, and nut crackers from the cobnut

plantation wood.

What is your most popular product?

The most popular products are the chocolates, oils and the

skin repair/healing balm.

Tell us more about Kentish cobnuts...

Nuts are an ancient, natural and nutritious food

which have been grown in Britain since time immemorial.

During the Tudor period their cultivation on a properly

managed basis was evident and formed the foundation

upon which the Victorians planted a large number of

cobnut orchards, called plats, resulting in some 7000

acres being grown by the turn of the century. The

predominant nut grown was the Kentish cobnut, a

type of cultivated hazelnut, bred in 1830 by a Mr Lambert

of Goudhurst in Kent.

The Kentish cobnut is a larger nut than a hazelnut and has

a different and distinctive flavour of its own. The Victorians

considered the Kentish cobnuts a form of delicacy and

would eat them as an accompaniment to after dinner port.

Regrettably the Kentish cobnut has been in decline for some

decades and only about 250 acres are still grown today.

Most of the remaining productive plats are seventy-five to

a hundred years old and are managed in a similar way to

orchards in the county. Potash Farm Plantation is just this.

A Kentish cobnut is a type of hazelnut, just as a Bramley is a

type of apple. Unlike most other nuts, cobnuts are sold fresh,

not partially dried. They are usually in season from the end of

August through to October, but stored nuts may be available

from selected outlets through to Christmas.

At the beginning of the season the husks are green and

the kernels particularly juicy. Nuts harvested later on are

ripe, have brown shells and husks, and the full flavour has

developed. Cobnuts are sold fresh, and like many other fresh

foods they keep well in the fridge, for example in the salad

drawer. They should not be allowed to sweat.

Cobnuts are delicious fresh, for example on their own or in

salads. Some people like to eat them with a little salt. They

are also excellent roasted, which brings out their flavour.

Roasted nuts can be eaten on their own, or used whole,

chopped or ground to flavour pasta, meringues,

crumbles and cakes etc.

Most cobnuts are grown in Kent, but there are commercial

orchards throughout the country. Cobnuts can be purchased

through farmers’ markets, pick-your-own, mail order, or some

supermarkets and greengrocers. You can grow cobnuts in

your garden, but the grey squirrels may eat them before

they are ripe.

What is your favourite way to enjoy a cobnut?

My favourite way to enjoy cobnuts is after a meal with good

cheeses and port. It is great fun cracking the nuts and this is

how the Victorians enjoyed them.

The Potash Farm Partnership, Apple Trees, Comp Lane,

St Mary’s Platt, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent

TN15 8NR, 01732 882734, www.kentishcobnuts.com

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Blooming good health

Jo Arnell on why gardening and being outside is not just good for us –

it is absolutely essential for our health and wellbeing...

We’ve known for years that health, happiness

and horticulture are linked; it’s easy to see how

our mood improves when we interact with

plants, get exercise and feel the warmth of the sun on our

backs. It’s now being proven, however, that gardening is

not just good for us, it could be absolutely vital to our

health and well-being. Humans have interacted with the

land since the beginning of time and increasingly science

is showing that the connection goes down deep – deep

at a cellular level into the soil and into our psyches.

Digging for health

Among all the dirty low-living soil bacteria there are

some good, health-inducing microbes; one of these,

called Mycobacteria vaccae causes us to produce the

brain chemical serotonin. It’s a lack of serotonin in the

brain that’s thought to cause depression and may even

affect our immune systems. We inhale this good bacteria

when we come into contact with the soil – digging and

planting, eating home-grown produce and, according to

the research, even just being in the garden will expose us

to this ‘happy-making’ microbe. There’s been evidence for

a while that early childhood exposure to bacteria protects

against allergies and asthma in adulthood. This is called the

‘hygiene hypothesis,’ in other words, dirt is good for you.

Harvesting happiness – the simple action of picking fruit

and harvesting vegetables releases a flush of dopamine,

the brain chemical that makes us feel rewarded and

momentarily happy. The connection has evolved from

the time when we were all hunter-gatherers foraging for

food. Unfortunately it’s been found that these days the

same chemical is released when we go shopping or indulge

in other addictive behaviours (apparently the same thing

happens when we play games like ‘Candy Crush’).

Staying grounded – There’s a theory that modern

lifestyles lead our bodies to build up positive electrons

from electrical energy, electromagnetic frequencies and

WI-FI. The earth apparently acts as a ground, just as it

does for electrical outlets, reducing inflammatory positive

charges. A book called Earthing states that it is this

build-up and lack of contact with the earth that leads to

inflammation and disease. When we touch the earth we

are ‘grounding’ ourselves and removing this extra charge.

Healing gardens

Gardening (now also known as horticultural therapy) is

increasingly being used for rehabilitation – in hospitals,

prisons, nursing and retirement homes. Activities range from

sitting and enjoying the benefits of being in an outdoor

space, to active horticultural programmes. The latter are

important in giving people a feeling of control and purpose,

whether that’s for specifically producing food, or more

generally benefitting wildlife and the local environment.

Access to nature lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and

increases absorption of Vitamin D. It also helps to rebalance

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We’re biologically conditioned to seek out the places

and the plants that make us feel good. How our

senses are affected depends on many things:

Sight – Think about where to place your plants for the effects

of light and where certain plants are seen at their best. Grasses

look wonderful when backlit by the soft light of an autumn

afternoon. Low winter light enhances the brightly coloured

stems of dogwoods and the stark tracery of branches. In

the summer, watch how the light floats through a plant’s

leaves, makes the translucent petals of a poppy glow or the

raindrops sparkle on the pleated leaves of Alchemilla mollis.

Touch – It’s hard not to bend down and touch some plants;

some of us can’t resist running our fingers through the

silky strands of grasses like Stipa tenuissima or touching

the squeaky cabbage leaves of succulents and plants

like Sedum spectabile. There was once a dear little boy

who would go into the garden every evening and pick

a velvety soft Stachys, or ‘Lamb’s Ears’ leaf to take up to

bed with him, much preferring it to a teddy bear.

Sound – Howling storms and creaking branches are

unnerving and the stuff of horror films and nightmares,

but a soft breeze rustling leaves on the trees and

swishing grasses in the borders is relaxing, and makes

a sort of soothing ‘white’ noise in the background.

Scent – Cells in our noses are connected to the limbic system

– which, in evolutionary terms, is one of the oldest parts of the

brain, governing emotions, behaviour and memory. Many of

us respond to the scent of tomato plants or new-mown grass,

as these smells take us back to summertimes in our childhood.

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Sue Whigham returns from a magical and inspiring trip to Andalucia...

Bejewel: vb, to decorate, as with jewels. At this time of

the year, the National Park of Sierra de Aracena y los Picos

de Aroche is an overwhelming feast for the eyes as it is

‘bejewelled and bedecked’ with thousands of wild flowers

amongst hillsides of ancient olives, Mediterranean oaks

(Quercus ilex), cork oaks (Quercus suber) and sweet chestnut.

In the most westerly province of Andalucia, bordering

Portugal to the west, the National Park forms part of the Sierra

Morena, the range of hills separating Andalucia from the rest

of Spain. Before we left for a walking holiday there recently we

were on Amazon at the last minute trying to find the ultimate

Mediterranean Fauna and Flora guide. Luckily, we didn’t

find one as this area, rising to 3,000 feet, has a higher rainfall

than the rest of the province and is cooler in the summer

too. So this microclimate provides temperate conditions

and an acid soil for plants rather than purely Mediterranean

conditions. However, the traditional methods of farming, and

in particular the rearing of black Iberian pigs, means that the

wild flowers, birds and butterflies in the area are phenomenal.

We were there just as the spring bulbs were going over

but wild daffodils, Hoop Petticoat Narcissus or Cyclamenflowered

Narcissus all jostle for space on the hillsides

earlier in the year. Never mind, we spotted a few lovely

little Star-of-Bethlehem in the woods, so pretty with a

bright green strip marking the little white flower, as well

as plenty of blue tassel hyacinths (Muscari comosum) in

the olive groves and wild alliums dotted around. I would

have loved to see Nectaroscordum siculum growing in the

wild. They are so lovely in our gardens with their long

elegant stems, each topped with bell shaped greenishmaroon

flowers, but maybe we were too high for them.

We walked to Cortalazor through eucalyptus plantations

and acres of French lavender, L. stoechas, and everywhere

were clouds of Cistus ladanifer, the gum rock rose. It was

quite a sight, growing to about eight feet tall, with masses of

large, papery flowers with a distinctive red to maroon spot

at the base of each petal surrounding bold yellow stamens.

Cistus give off a sticky resin which is used in both herbal

medicines and perfumes. They can withstand summer drought

and cold weather and are perfect for growing in gravelly

Mediterranean gardens, city courtyards and sheltered welldrained

spots. The scent is described as ‘sweet amber’ and

as we meandered along the old mule tracks it was incredibly

heady. And then on through a valley of Iranian phlomis, P.

herba-venti, perfectly adapted for hot conditions with grey

green downy leaves and rich rosy flowers held in whorls. And

then clouds of Euphorbia sp. dotted with French lavender

and tall blue iris. I thought at the time that it would be fun

to replicate this combination at home as the blue of the

iris looked so stunning with the lime green euphorbia.

And Paeonia coriacea growing both in dappled shade under

the cork oaks and in the open meadows were in full flower.

Gosh, I hope I’ve identified them correctly! The centre of

the rose pink flowers is particularly gorgeous with absolutely

masses of stamens in a sort of mad hair day arrangement.

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ut I see that one rhizome can cost as much as £50.00 – best

to go down the seed route, combined with a lot of patience.

And growing amongst the sweet chestnuts, harvested

in the autumn and taken down to Seville to be roasted and

sold in the streets, were white helleborines and sword leaved

helleborines, members of the orchid family, growing through

the leaf litter. Never very many, maybe a group of two or

three. And whilst the white helleborine is the most common

of the family, they only flower after ten years of growth.

The ones we saw must have been relatively young as they

can eventually form solid, floriferous clumps given the right

conditions. A chestnut forest is obviously the place to be.

It was surprising to see tree germander, Teucrium fruticans,

growing in the shade in the same chestnut forest. The

RHS recommend growing them in full sun and, with

their silvery grey leaves and hairy stems, they are perfectly

adapted for sunny, dry conditions. Having said that, their

growth was much more straggly in these woodlands than

it is in our gardens where it makes a wonderful silvery

shrub which can either be left to grow loosely, trimmed

into shapes or grown as a hedge. Our sort of winter wet

doesn’t help though but added drainage in the form of

plenty of grit, would prolong life and mean that you could

enjoy the little tubular flowers for months. The ones we

saw in Spain were violet blue but I think that the dark blue

cultivar, T. fruticans ‘Azureum’, makes a striking plant.

We didn’t need to go on all-day hikes to experience

a horticultural high. Back at the Finca, horses and one

little donkey, Violette, were munching their way through

bright yellow field marigolds dotted with purple Viper’s

bugloss, Echium plantagineum, which is different from

the blue Viper’s bugloss we see down at Dungeness or Rye

Harbour. But wander on into these meadows and there

they were – the tongue orchids or serapias – that was the

best treat. At this stage, six large Andalucian horses and one

little donkey had to be shooed away to carry on with their

supper in another part of the field. Let’s hope that these

orchids are unpalatable and will flower a little longer.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for

gardening advice and help in the sourcing and supply of

interesting garden plants.

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The Baltimore summerhouse

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optional extras to create your

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Fantasy glasses, £14,

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La Siesta Hawaii

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Bramblecrest

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Bird cage, £95,

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Ascot 4-person

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Weber Spirit gas BBQ £599,

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Fenwick, Canterbury

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Outdoor dining

The barbecue season is here... So how about kicking off the

summer with one of these three delicious recipes?

Butterflied leg of lamb with mint vinaigrette

This is a wonderful way to cook lamb, it remains moist on

the outside. It needs to be prepared in advance, and with

very little work to do last minute, makes a very good dish for

entertaining. Ian Jones, Livestock Manager, Hartley Coffee

House and Farm Shop says: “This is a great method of

cooking this fabulous cut of meat.”

• Butterflied leg of

lamb 6 -7 lb, cut

into large pieces

• 450ml red wine

• 325ml soy sauce

• 8 large cloves of garlic,

crushed

• 1 large handful of mint,

chopped

• 5 tbsp fresh rosemary,

removed from stalks &

roughly chopped

• 2 tbsp coarsely ground

black pepper

For the Fresh mint vinaigrette

• 325ml olive oil

• 100ml white wine vinegar

• 4 teaspoons whole grain

mustard

• 1 tsp salt

• pepper

• 1 tsp sugar

• 1 small handful fresh

mint chopped

• 4 ripe plum tomatoes,

finely diced

Frasers rum and coke ribs

Serves 4

• 2 racks of baby back

pork ribs

• 3 tbsp rum

• 2 cans of coke

• 300ml tomato ketchup

• a good dash of

Tabasco sauce

• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled

and crushed

• dash of Worcestershire sauce

1. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl then place ribs

in baking dish and cover with marinade, cover with foil

and refrigerate overnight.

2. When you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 160˚C,

and bake for 1½ hours, turning ribs over once during the

cooking.

3. Preheat your BBQ to a medium/high heat. Remove ribs

from marinade and place on the BBQ for five minutes on

each side to get a charred and caramelised flavour.

4. Meanwhile reduce the marinade a little and pour over the

caramelised ribs.

5. Serve with creamy coleslaw, sweet potato wedges and an

ice cold glass of Kentish cider.

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1. Combine wine, soy sauce, garlic, mint, rosemary

and pepper in a non-metallic dish and place lamb

in the marinade, cover and refrigerate overnight,

turning occasionally.

2. Prepare BBQ for grilling.

3. Drain the meat, reserving the marinade. Cook the lamb

on a hot BBQ, basting frequently with the marinade, for

about 20 mins on each side, or until cooked to your liking.

4. Cut the lamb into slices and serve immediately with the

vinaigrette, buttered new potatoes and a fresh green salad.

5. To make the vinaigrette, whisk oil, vinegar, mustard, salt,

black pepper and sugar together in a small bowl until

smooth and then stir in mint and tomatoes.

6. Serve, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

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Fish koftas served with charred green peppers

and beetroot relish

Serves 4 – 3 koftas per person

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a full range of groceries, fresh local veg/fruit,

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden

meadow month

Take part in our month-long celebration of

meadows this July. From admiring the rolling

landscape of Vita's natural meadows to joining

one of our tours, workshops or lectures,

there's plenty for everyone to enjoy. Meadow

month takes place between 2 - 29 July.

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• 4 fillets of firm white fish,

skinless and boneless

• 30g dill, chopped

• 20g mint leaves, chopped

• 10g tarragon, chopped

• 15g ginger, peeled and

finely grated

• Grated zest of 1 lemon

• 3 small garlic cloves,

crushed

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• ½ tsp ground turmeric

• 2 eggs

• 30g spelt breadcrumbs

• 8 mild, long green

peppers (280g net)

• 2 tsp sunflower oil

• Salt and black pepper

Beetroot relish:

• 300g cooked beetroot,

finely grated

• squeeze of blood orange

juice

• ¼ tsp ground cumin

• 1 tbsp raspberry vinegar

• ¾ tsp caster sugar

• 25g freshly grated

horseradish

• 2 tbsp olive oil

1. Start with relish. Place the grated beetroot in a bowl

and add all the remaining ingredients along with ½ a

teaspoon of salt and some black pepper. Mix well, taste

to adjust the seasoning and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

3. For the koftas if you really feel like pushing the boat out

you can choose meaty monkfish (a firm

Bloomsburys favourite!).

4. Cut the fish into tiny dice – 1-2mm. Place in a bowl and

add the fresh herbs, ginger, lemon zest, garlic, ground

spices, eggs, breadcrumbs, teaspoon of sea salt and some

black pepper. Mix well and then form into round patties

weighing about 55 grams each.

5. Place a heavy ovenproof iron or char grill pan on a high

heat. When red hot, put the peppers inside and grill for

15 minutes, turning once, when the skin is nicely charred

and blistered. Remove from the pan and set aside. Wipe

the pan clean and add the 2 teaspoons of oil. Sear the

koftas for 4 minutes, turning once, then transfer the pan

to the oven for 8 minutes, until the koftas are cooked

through. I have also used this recipe on the BBQ, by

placing the koftas into a flat skillet and cooking

for 8/10 minutes.

6. Place 3 koftas on each plate along with 2 peppers.

Spoon the beetroot relish alongside and serve at once.

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The

Green

Goddess

Penny Kemp

on opting for a

natural burial

Credit: FreeImages.com/John Evans

Early May has been tragic. First a dear friend died,

much too young from a brain tumour. Then, two

days later, Jonathan Cainer the astrologer had a

heart attack at his York home and was pronounced dead on

arrival at the hospital. He was only 58. Jonathan had had

a regular slot at the Speakers’ Forum in the Green Fields

at the Glastonbury festival, the forum being something I

have organised for a number of years. The original title he

gave me for his talk this year was ‘Does the future have a

future?’ He then got in contact with me a few days later

to change it as he thought it might be a little depressing.

I am convinced he knew something was afoot. We have

decided to fill his talking space with a joyful celebration

of his life and plant a tree in the King’s Meadow at

Glastonbury where the Dalai Lama gave a speech. Just as I

was arranging the celebration of life ceremony, the phone

rang to tell me that a cousin failed to beat breast cancer

and had died that morning, at the tender age of 45.

When my mother passed away in her mid 80s, I offered to

arrange the funeral. I wanted as natural a burial as possible

but you have to consider the rest of the family. I was keen on

a woodland burial but, for some relatives, it was a step too

far. The compromise was a beautiful willow coffin, which

we decorated with flowers from our garden. The passion

flower was in full bloom and the girls and I spent a quiet last

hour with my mother and their granny weaving the passion

flowers into the willow. Even my 90-year-old aunt was happy

with the coffin and, when the organist said to me she was

stipulating in her will that a willow coffin should be ordered

for her own funeral, I felt I had done my little bit to help the

environment.

There is a huge range of environmentally friendly coffins on

the market from humble cardboard, willow, bamboo to the

exotic curved coffins hand-crafted in Tenterden.

Woodland burials are becoming more acceptable and will

offer a permanent place of rest and, at the same time create

the woods this country so desperately needs. You may want

to check that the site is managed in accordance with schemes

approved by wildlife and woodland trusts.

The Natural Death site www.naturaldeath.org.uk is the place to

start to find out what you can and cannot do. The people who

run the site are kind and keen to help guide you through any

difficulties you may encounter when planning a funeral. We need

to remember that death is a natural process that comes to us all.

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What’s On In June

Art

Mon 30 May - Sat 11 Jun 11am-5pm

WING Gallery, High Street,

Wadhurst TN5 6AA

New exhibition

Sarah Lewis and Emily Pennock

will be exhibiting their latest works

of art this month at the acclaimed

Wing Gallery. A collection of

painting, drawing and sculpture

will be on display, comprising

landscapes inspired by the local area

and dramatic, beautiful still life.

Info: 01892 783665 / www.

wingartgallery.com

Fri 3 - Mon 6 & Fri 10 - Mon 13 Jun

Badsell Park Farm, Crittenden

Road TN2 7EW

Open art studio

Paintings and other artwork will

be on display for two weekends,

where part of the artwork sales will

be donated to Air Ambulance.

Entry: Free

Info: 07711 131181

Children & Family

Wed 1 - Sun 5 Jun 10am-4pm

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN

50 things adventure week

This half term see how many of

the 50 things you can tick off your

list. Make a kite, roll down a really

big hill, build a den or see if you

can find your way with a map and

compass. Booking not needed.

Entry: General admission prices

Info: 01892 893868 / www.

nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Sat 4 Jun 2-8pm

Southon’s Field, Maidstone

Road, Marden, Kent

MArden’s big

musical picnic

Featuring West Kent Big Band,

Village Voices and many other musical

acts, this will be a nice day out for

the whole family. Enjoy children’s

games, a variety of stalls, a barbeque,

cakes, tea and coffee and a beer

and cider stall. Proceeds in support

of the Marden Heritage Centre.

Entry: £5 adults, £2 children under 15

Info: 01622 743011 /

brimarchur@aol.com

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Sun 5 Jun

Willesborough Windmill, Mill Lane,

Willesborough, Ashford TN24 0QG

Teddy Bears Picnic

Bring your bear to abseil down the

mill, enjoy the bouncy castle and have

your face painted. Lots of excitement

for all the family with a disco to keep

the party going. Hotdogs, burgers,

cream teas and light refreshments

available in the Barn Cafe.

Info: 01233 733416 / www.

willesboroughwindmill.co.uk

Sun 5 Jun 10am-2pm

Ashford High Street

Ashford Farmers’ Market

Shoppers can grab tea, coffee,

cake or breakfast from one of the

many street-food stalls, pick up

a diverse selection of tasty treats

from local traders, and watch chefs

create delicious dishes using fresh

produce straight from the market.

Info: 01233 330310 / www.

ashford.gov.uk/farmersmarket

Sun 12 Jun 1-6pm

Little Mockbeggar Farm &

Moonrakers, Mockbeggar

Lane, Biddenden TN27 8ES

afternoon tea fit

for a queen

Browse numerous stalls selling

cakes, plants, crafts, cards, books

and bric-a-brac. Make friends with

goats, ponies, chickens, ducks and

geese, then relax with a cream tea,

homemade cake or ice-cream.

Entry: donation

Info: 01580 291292 / 01580 291311

Sun 12 Jun 2-5.30pm

Townland, Sixfields,

Tenterden TN30 6EX

Open Garden

Take an afternoon to visit this

open garden and raise money

in aid of NGS charity. Teas and

free parking are available and this

location is wheelchair accessible.

Entry: Adults £4, children free

Info: 01580 764505

Sat 18 - Sun 19 Jun 1-6pm

Smarden TN27 8QW

Smarden Open Gardens

Eleven great gardens, classic

cars, homemade teas, church

tower open and plant stall in the

beautiful village of Smarden, with

its three pubs and art gallery.

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Entry: Adults £8, children free

Info: 01233 770182

Sat 18 Jun 10am-5pm

Chilstone, Victoria Park,

Fordcombe Road, Langton Green,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0RD

Open Day

In aid of the Meningitis Now charity

Chilstone are offering a stunning

sculpture exhibition, children’s animal

trail, owl flying and live sculpting

demonstrations, tours of the workshop,

a BBQ and refreshments. If gardening

is your thing, then speak to a growing

expert from How Green Nursery and

have a go at stone engraving.

Info: 01892 740866 /

www.chilstone.com

commemorate this special occasion.

Delicious cakes and refreshments will

be available to purchase. Do come

and enjoy viewing a wonderful array

of flowers and arrangements in the

tranquil setting of our church.

Info: 01622 884414 / www.

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Sun 5 Jun 2-6pm

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Sat 11 Jun 10am-3pm

Wonderful country gardens, homemade

cream teas available. In aid

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Entry: Adults £6, children free

Kitsch & Stitch Vintage

& Makers Fair

Beautiful vintage and handmade

Thurs 9 Jun - Sat 11

Jun 9am-4.30pm

Hole Park, Rolvenden,

Kent TN17 4JB

Wealden Times

Midsummer Fair

craft stalls. Homemade cakes

and refreshments all day with

lunch from midday.

Entry: Free

Info: www.facebook.com/

kitschandstitchfair

Join us for another year of fun in the

sun at this year’s Midsummer Fair.

Wander through 5 large marquees

and vast avenues, to browse amongst

hand-picked stalls. Find everything

from contemporary and vintage

homeware and garden accessories,

to jewellery, locally produced food

and specialist wine. Be sure to visit

the Priceless People Wellbeing

Festival for a workshop on

meditation, healing or up-cycling.

Sun 12 Jun 10.30am-5pm

Cranbrook Garden safari

You are invited to visit 15 beautiful

and interesting gardens, plus the

windmill and museum, as part of

Cranbrook in Bloom, dedicated to

keeping Cranbrook colourful. Light

refreshments and plants will be for sale.

Entry: £5, children free

Info: 01580 715580 / www.

cranbrookinbloom.co.uk

Entry: £7.50 in advance,

£8.50 on the door.

Info: 01580 714705 / www.

wealdentimes.co.uk

Sun 12 Jun 11am-5pm

Fletching Primary School

Fletching Garden Trail

Over 20 private gardens of Fletching

Fri 10 - Sat 11 Jun

Sittingbourne Methodist

Church, High Street,

Sittingbourne ME10 4PB

Flower Festival

HM The Queen Elizabeth II is ninety

years old this year. For three days

open their gates for the 24th annual

trail. For one day each year, visitors

can admire beautiful herbaceous

borders, stunning views across

National Trust land, and enjoy

homemade lunches and teas.

Info: 01825 722356

Sittingbourne Methodist Church

is hosting a Flower Festival to


‘One of the finest gardens in England’

‘One of the finest gardens in England’

SPECIAL

ROSE WEEK

14th to 19th June

100+ varieties of rose in the

garden; rose talks with

Head Gardener; great

selection of Peter Beales


potted roses on sale


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10.30 - 5.30 (Sunday till 5pm)

Derby

sheep

Roger

de Ville

The House

is Open 2pm-4.30pm

Friday - Sunday

Entry £5 (normally £9)

Firle Place

30 quality stands in the 18 th Century Riding School

A27, nr Lewes, BN8 6LP

Licenced Cafe.

Free Parking

Image: Firle Beacon

by Sussex artist Frank Wootton,

from E. Stacy-Marks Ltd

Harley Bronze Hare

Art of the Imagination

Brighton Chain Pier by J S Prout

Newman Fine Art

Fine Art, Antiques & Decorative Accessories

+ Gardenalia & Sculpture ~ all Vetted for Authenticity.

Appraisals by TV Experts

Mike Melody, Mark Stacey, Ben Cooper & Henry Nicholls

Book 15 minutes with your favourite Expert for £5,

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£1.00 off the £3.50 Fair entry

for Wealden Times readers

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Hornbrook Manor Farm

Garden Advice and Border planting service

Transform your garden borders

Contact Jo Arnell for ideas, border designs and planting

01233 861149 www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Ibbett Mosely

AuctIoneers & VAluers

Limited Liability Partnership

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The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 8th June 2016

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm

At Ibbett Mosely Auction Rooms, Argyle Rd, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1HJ

Valuation Day - Wednesday 22nd June 2016 11am to 4pm

At Ibbett Mosely Auction Rooms, Argyle Rd, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1HJ

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

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The Summer Exhibition

Singing Soul Gallery

4 th June–13 th August

19 Stone St. Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF

01580 714551

www.singingsoulgallery.co.uk

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Jun 10am-5pm

Convent Field, Mountfield

Road, Lewes, East Sussex

Joy Festival

A summer celebration with an

amazing collection of exhibitors,

boutique catering, live bands &

dancing, delicious street food,

homewares & country lifestyle stands,

entertainment & creative workshops

for both adults and children.

Entry: Adults £5, Children under 10 free

Info: joyfestival.lifestyle@gmail.com

Sat 25 Jun 2-5pm

What’s On In June

Detling Antiques,

Vintage &

Collectors’ Fair

Up to 300 stalls in two buildings, shopping

arcades, marquees & outside offering a wide

range of items from ceramics, glass, vintage

clothing, furniture, books, metalware, kitchenalia,

postcards, pictures & much more.

Sat 18th - Sun 19th

June

Thurs 16 Jun 8am

The Village Green

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Lane, Biddenden TN27 8JX

Church Fete

Heart of Kent Hospice A quintessential, Kentish, summer

First Charity Golf Day afternoon in picturesque Benenden

Sat: Early Entry 8.30am - £6

Enter a team of four for our first village. Plenty of local food and

Sat: General Entry 10am - 4.30pm - £5

Golf Day and enjoy playing on drink to buy, picnics encouraged,

this prestigious and challenging activities for children (and grownups!)

and an astounding raffle and

Sun: 10am - 3.30pm - £4

course which was designed by

Sir Nick Faldo in 1993. The day silent auction. Definitely a date

Kent County Showground, Detling, ME14 3JF

begins with a full English Breakfast for yours and friends’, diaries.

and finishes with a three-course Info: 01580 241446

dinner, auction and prize giving. Music, Theatre & Comedy

Tel: 01636 676531

Entry: £500 per team of 4

www.b2bevents.info

Info & Booking: www.hokh.org

Sat 4 Jun

The Barn Theatre, Smallhythe Place

Sat 18 Jun - Sun 3 Jul

Ellen Terry with

Various locations in Sevenaoks Eileen Atkins

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Sevenoaks Summer

After a sold out run in London this

Festival

February, this will be performed

A Community Festival featuring at the home of Ellen Terry until

special appearances of ‘Show of her death in 1928. Critics have

Hands’(Folk), Gyles Brandreth, described her as the most brilliant of

The Haley Sisters(Country),

Shakespearean interpreters, having

Sir Willard White(Opera),

dominated the Victorian theatre scene

Martin Taylor(guitar) and Rick with her unrivalled performances

Wakeman(Pop Piano). Puppet Shows of Shakespeare’s heroines.

and Punch&Judy for children.

Entry: £25

Info: 01732 450175 / www.

Info & Booking: 01580 762334

sevenoaksfestival.org.uk

Fri 17 Jun 7.30pm

Sat 18 - Sun 19 Jun 9.30-6.30 EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge

Boldshaves, Woodchurch,

School, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1JP

Ashford, Kent TN26 3RA

Tonbridge Comedy Night

Wealden Literary Festival The second Tonbridge comedy

An exciting new festival of literature, night is headlined by Noel James,

art and the outdoors set in beautiful described as bizarre, absurd and

gardens near Tenterden. Celebrate intelligent. He’ll be supported by

the natural world and our sense comedian, writer, filmmaker and

of place with inspiring talks, art voice-over artist Tom Ward.

installations, food and craft stalls Info & Booking: 01732 304241

and hands-on activities including / www.tonbridgearts.com

foraging and wildlife safaris.

Advanced booking recommended. Sat Jun 25 7.30pm

Info: www.wealdenliteraryfestival.co.uk St Andrew’s Church, Paddock Wood

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Paddock Wood Choral Society

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WEST KENT

SHOOTING SCHOOL

PAINT YOUR OWN CERAMICS,

CRAFTS & PERSONALISED GIFTS

Open Monday to

Open Monday to Friday

10am– 5pm

Come in and have a go!

No appointment necessary

New Hay Farm, Old Hay

(off Pearsons Green Road)

Paddock Wood, Brenchley

Kent TN12 7DG

Tel: 01892 834306

A Clay Pigeon

Shooting Lesson

the Perfect

Father’s Day Gift

www.westkentshooting.co.uk

Silver Keepsakes

Paint your own

Hand/Feet

Located on Hawkhurst Fish Farm

www.slapndash.com 01580 755674

Open times: Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat & Sun 10.00 to 4.00

(Evenings by appointment)

Disabled access • Ample Parking • Cafe on-site

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What’s On In June

are teaming up with Matchbox

Opera and will be accompanied by

celebrated pianist Jong-Gyung Park.

Entry: £14

Info: 01892 822448 / www.

paddockwood-choral.org.uk /

summer16@paddockwood-choral.org.uk

Talks and workshops

Throughout June 2pm

Castle Street, Winchelsea

Medieval cellar tours

Winchelsea boasts over 50 vaulted

medieval cellars, a number rivalled

only in Bristol, Norwich and

Southampton. Guided tours by the

Winchelsea Archaeological Society

explain why and how they were built,

and you’ll learn about the history of

Winchelsea. Proceeds go to WAS.

Entry: £5, includes a guidebook

Info & Booking: 01797 224446

/ tours@winchelsea.net

Sat 11 Jun 10am-4pm

Chequers Kitchen Cookery

School, The Chequers, Golf

Road, Deal CT14 6RG

veganspiration

We will welcome Chef Robin van

Creveld to teach this inspiring and

practical day of cooking without

animal products. A fully handson

workshop where you can learn

to make utterly delicious, vibrant

and nutritious food, and find

inspiration and guidance on how to

move towards a plant-based diet.

Entry: £120 per person

Info & Booking: 01304 362288

/ www.chequersdeal.co.uk

Sat 11 Jun 10am-12.30pm

The Old Dairy Brewery,

Tenterden Station Yard

Fine Ales and Tall Tales

Beer-inspired story writing and

tastings with Old Dairy Brewery-all

writing has the chance to be displayed

on the Old Dairy beer bottles.

Entry: £35 includes tour,

tastings and discounts

Info & Booking: www.shortcreatures.com

Mon 13 Jun 12pm

Alexander House Hotel, East

Street, Turners Hill, East

Grinstead RH10 4QD

Ladies Lunch with Tea

Expert and Tasting

Enjoy an arrival drink, twocourse

lunch with a glass of wine

and coffee with mint chocolates,

followed by Alex Probyn from

Blends For Friends, who will be

sharing his wealth and experience

about tea and demonstrating

some of the skills as a tea taster.

Info & Booking: 01959 525110

/ amy@hospicesofhope.co.uk

Wed 15 Jun 7.30 pm

Biddenden New Village Hall

The Weald of Kent

Computer Club

This evening we hope to present a

session on basic photo editing, but

please consult our website before

travelling specially, as we may have

to alter this at short notice.

Annual membership: £10

non-members £2 a visit.

Info: www.wealdofkentcomputerclub.

co.uk / secretarywkcc@yahoo.co.uk

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many beautiful products”

Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0TG

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Sat 11 Jun 7pm

The Hop Farm, Paddock

Wood TN12 6PY

AN AUDIENCE WITH

ANN WIDDECOMBE

An unforgettable night of stories,

anecdotes and opinions from the

former Member of Parliament for

Maidstone & The Weald, novelist

and star of Strictly Come Dancing,

Ann Widdecombe. Hear at first

hand the life story of one of our

most outspoken and celebrated

politicians. Booking necessary.

Entry: £25 (including a

drink on arrival)

Info & Booking: 01622

790195 / www.hokh.org

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Introducing...

Bella Jane Jewellery

Annabel Davies tells us how her new found passion

for jewellery making was the creation of Bella Jane.

What inspired you to start your business?

It all started one rainy summer holiday with one of my boys. We had

a crafting day at home and that was it, I caught the jewellery-making

bug! I started off making pieces of costume jewellery for friends and

family, and then being the magpie that I am, began making some

sterling silver pieces. My work started being noticed and admired, and

after receiving so many requests for pieces, I decided to put my new

found passion to good use and Bella Jane was born.

Have you always been a creative person?

Funnily enough, I’ve never really thought of myself as a creative

person despite coming from a creative family. Those genes must be

tucked in there somewhere!

Did you have

training?

I am a self-taught jewellery maker

(having received some helpful

and sound advice along the way).

I also have a background and

fairly lengthy experience working

in business. I part owned and ran

a business in London for many

years.

What influences your product aesthetic?

I always make what I would love to wear myself. As well as trying to

keep up with all the latest trends and fashions, I try to make pieces

that I know will symbolise and mean something to someone. I only

use quality materials and all my jewellery comes beautifully packaged.

You can’t beat a pretty parcel.

What is the essence of your business?

My aim is always to make covetable jewellery of excellent quality,

that is beautifully packaged for an affordable price. I also believe that

customer service is everything, so I always try to exceed expectations

wherever possible.

Tell us about the making process?

The making process is actually the easy bit. Yes, it’s definitely fiddly

and time consuming, but

the most difficult, but most

rewarding part is coming up

with different ideas and creating

new designs. I design three new

collections a year, so all those

who collect my pieces are never

short of pretties!

What’s your favourite product from your

collection?

If I had to pick just one piece, I

would probably say my Serenity

bracelet is my favourite. I think

it’s a very wearable statement

piece without being over the

top. For me, however, you can’t

have too many, and I like to

wear a collection of bracelets

stacked on my wrist!

Do you enjoy working for yourself?

I love working for myself because I am doing something that I feel

passionate about and enjoy. It never really feels like work- a cliché I

know, but true!

What makes all the hard work worth it?

I think I am very lucky to have such fabulous customers who give

such lovely feedback. There is nothing more rewarding for me than

customers emailing or posting comments on social media when

they are delighted with their jewellery and they feel that they have

received the best customer service – big smiles all round!

Clockwise, Stack of Sterling Silver Charm Bracelets, £35 each;

True Friend Bracelet, £41; Serenity Bracelet, £73; Packaging;

Heart Charm Ring, £25; Heart Pendant Necklace, £63

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for 4 people

Fables

From

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Jane Howard stays

busy with the bees...

WHF The Big Cat Sanctuary is a charity, hidden in the Kent

countryside in the village of Smarden. A 34 acre site, home to

over 50 cats from the smallest in the world, the Rusty Spotted

cat, to the largest, the Amur tiger, and the most endangered, the

Amur leopard.

The foundation’s primary objective is the breeding of

endangered cats as part of the European Endangered Species

Breeding Programme. This is to help maintain a strong

and healthy captive population with the ultimate aim of

reintroduction to their natural habitat. Also offered is sanctuary

for older cats, who are either simply in need of homes or retiring

from zoos or circus environments.

The charity operates by offering big cat encounters, overnight

big cat safari experiences in luxurious African lodges, individual

and group photographic days, adoptions and even corporate

events. All experiences need to be pre-booked and details can be

found on the website.

The centre takes pride in delivering fully immersive, personal

and amazing experiences that will leave any big cat enthusiast

with memories to last a lifetime; a unique experience to enjoy a

two hour guided tour of some of the most endangered species of

cat in the world with the opportunity to hand-feed them.

The annual open days this year are 21 to 24 July. These are

fun days for all the family to come along to see the cats, enjoy

falconry displays, archery, bouncy castles, face painting, art and

craft, a BBQ, ice -cream and lots more. Tickets must be booked

online in advance, more details at www.whf.org.uk

For your chance to win a Big Cat

Encounter experience for one person

and 3 guests, just answer this question:

‘In which village is WHF based?’

Enter your answer with your contact

details* in the online form at www.

wealdentimes.co.uk/competition or post

to: Big Cat Experience Competition,

Wealden Times, 21 Stone Street,

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF by 15th

July 2016. There is no cash alternative

and the prize must be taken. *All

entrants’ details will be passed on to

WHF and Wealden Times Events.

Please let us know if you do not wish

your details to be passed on.

Who couldn’t love June when everything is so

green and gorgeous – especially this year when

we have waited so long for it to arrive!

Down in the apiary this is the busiest time of the year for

both bees and beekeepers. The bees are busy building up their

numbers from a winter low of about 5,000 to create a July

peak – to coincide with the seasonal abundance of flowers - of

up to 50,000. In an ideal world they would just get on with

the task in hand and the beekeepers would sit back and wait to

collect honey in August, but unfortunately this is also the time

when you have to be most vigilant to ensure they don’t swarm.

This is what happens when the bees decide to effectively

split themselves in two – half leave home to set up a new

colony and half remain behind to continue the build up of

numbers. A clever way of creating more bee colonies. But

for the poor beekeeper, this means the exodus of half his

honey collecting workforce at a crucial time and thus a much

reduced harvest in the autumn. There are lots of tried and

tested methods to stop this happening but I must confess,

however hard I try, at least one colony a year will manage

a “great escape” and set off into the great blue yonder.

But new technology in the form of remote hive monitoring

may soon arrive to overcome this small inconvenience.

Developed in the US and called rather catchily “Eyes On

Hives”, a small camera set at the entrance to the beehive sends

information to an app on your phone that analyses flight

patterns. It can assess what is happening and more importantly

about to happen so you would always know if they were

thinking of swarming. Quite clever – though rather annoying

if you were lying on a beach in Greece or somesuch at the

time - but for someone who only uses her phone to send and

receive calls one can’t help feeling the technology isn’t coming

to Coopers Farm anytime soon. My bees can still abscond

with gay abandon – which should make them happy.

As should a few snippets of recent good news. We beekeepers

were all delighted when in 2014 the EU temporarily banned

the use of a group of controversial bee-threatening pesticides

known as neonics, but then disappointed when a fair number of

member states – including the UK - made a successful emergency

application to use them again. However a few organisations are

bucking the trend and going for a more permanent ban. Aldi,

yes Aldi, has become the first supermarket to require suppliers

in Germany (and hopefully before long here too) to stop using

the pesticides. French lawmakers have approved plans for a total

countrywide ban and nearer to home Devon County Council

has taken a major step towards banning their use on land it

owns and manages. Hopefully these are all in the vanguard

of a more bee sensitive world – and my travelling bees will

be able to set off into the sunset and live happily ever after.

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