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A superb 19th century detached property with later additions
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart
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
1. St Elmo
Where? St Elmo is set on a private
driveway serving three houses off Burgh
Heath Road just a short distance from
Epsom town centre (Google Maps KT17
What? This imaginative high
specification contemporary home is awash
with light and space, Downstairs, the
drawing room features bi-folding doors to
the garden and an oak and glass feature
staircase and leads through to stunning
open plan kitchen/ dining room featuring
a vaulted ceiling with glass skylights and
a wall of bifolding doors which open out
onto a large black slate terrace. On the
ground floor is also a family/TV room
and a potential separate annex with
bedroom, study, shower room and utility/
On the lower ground floor there is a
dedicated leisure area including fully
integrated cinema room gym/play room
with outdoor sunken sun terrace, a
utility room and useful future-proofed
communications room. Upstairs is a
master bedroom with ensuite bathroom
and balcony and two further bedrooms.
How much? St Elmo is with
Knight Frank in Esher and is priced at
£2,695,000. Call 01372 464496 or visit
New House, Woodland Avenue
Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 7HU
tel. 01483 268 555
EATON PARK ROAD, COBHAM, SURREY, KT11 2JJ
d luxuriously appointed bath
he master bedroom features
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se are located on the second
me 27ft, giving the flexibility
d as a playroom, or perhaps a
e of this lovely home and
sive range of high quality units
situated on the eastern
d is recognised as one of
2. New House
the premier residential locations within an
approx. half mile level walk from the High Street.
Cranleigh is still very much thought of as a
village, but benefits from a comprehensive range
of shops and supermarkets including Marks &
Spencer Food and Sainsburys, there are a
Where? New House is locate in
Woodland Drive store, 140 in fashion Cranleigh, store, a wet just fish shop, half
a mile of the High Street (Google Maps
and delicatessens ideal for having an alfresco
What? Individually break. designed with
attractive gabled elevations to reflect the
A viewing is essential to fully appreciate the
character of the detailing area, inherent this in this exceptional
number of retailers including; Manns Department
butchers and bakers. The High Street retains the
village atmosphere with numerous street cafes
newly-built family home also truly reflects
the 21st century role of the kitchen. At 37
feet long the property’s kitchen/dining/
family room extends the full with of the
building and opens out onto the garden.
Also on the ground floor are a drawing
room and study while on the first floor is
a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom,
and three further bedrooms, two with
their own bath or shower room. On the
top floor are two large rooms which could
be used either as bedrooms or games/
How much? New House has a guide
price of £1,625,000 and is on the market
with Roger Coupe in Cranleigh. Call
01483 268555 or visit www.rogercoupe.
Where? Mirabeau is on Eaton Park
Road, a gated road on one of Cobham’s
most prestigious private estates (Google
Maps KT11 2JJ).
What? The house is an elegant new
property by Rushmon Homes and
features the very latest in home technology
including a Control 4 automation system.
Start of its considerable show is the
The most notable room of the house is
the dramatically vaulted Charles Yorke
kitchen/breakfast room which also flows
into a vaulted family/day room.
Also on the ground floor is a living room
featuring a bay window and doors leading
onto the Indian Sandstone terrace, dining
room also with access to the terrace and
a games and media room. Upstairs is
a vaulted master bedroom with white
marble bathroom and his and hers
dressing rooms and four further bedrooms
all with ensuite bath or shower rooms.
The property stands in just over half an
How much? Mirabeau is on the
market at £4,500,500 and is with Savills
in Cobham. Call 01932 586200 or visit
4. Gibbs House
Where? Gibbs House is on Pains Hill
a sought-after location a couple of miles
south east of Oxted (Google Maps RH8
What? An attractive character property,
this substantial family home has been
recently refurbished to a exceptional high
standard. Its beautiful kitchen/breakfast
room leads through to a seating area and
on to a formal dining room. Also on the
ground floor are an elegant drawing room,
an equally pleasing billiards room cum
family room and a study.
On the first floor is a spacious master
bedroom suite with bathroom and
dressing room and four further bedrooms,
one with its own bathroom. The
property stands in mature ground which
encompass a large sandstone terrace, a
swimming pool and a pool pavilion/
summer house with decorative lead
How much? Gibbs house has guide
price of £2,675,000 and is with Jackson-
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It’s Show Time!
June and July are traditionally the time of year we at Jacksons
Fencing like to take ourselves and some of our lovely products, out of
the office to some of the summer shows. This year is no exception -
we are at Royal Windsor helping the country celebrate the Queen’s
90th birthday. After that it’s The Royal Bath and West, a fortnight
later The Cheshire County Show and then in July The Kent County
Show. That should keep us busy.
Those of you who are regular readers will hopefully have spotted the
feature I ran on our fantastic new Curve a few months ago. This new
garden shelter has created quite a stir, so it wasn’t a difficult
decision when considering what should be the mainstay of our show
stand this year. Yes of course it has to be the Curve that will be
travelling around the country giving the show-going public a chance
to see it in its full glory!
If you are more of a garden show, than a county show type of visitor,
we have a presence at BBC Gardeners World Live at the NEC in June.
I can’t promise you a Curve will be on show there, but we are
sponsoring a wildlife friendly show garden called ‘The Green
Connection’ by award winning design team Wardrop and Stevenson.
This will feature our Woven and Venetian panels, and I’m happy to
say some of our hedgehog friendly gravel boards. That will hopefully
keep raising awareness of the diminishing numbers of these lovely
creatures and what we can do to help them by making sure they can
move easily between our gardens.
This time last year we were at full tilt preparing and building our
The Curve shelter is to be the star of Jacksons shows this summer
Silver Gilt medal winning show garden at RHS Hampton Court
Flower Show. It was a proud moment for all of us at Jacksons.
Imagine my delight when I received a call from the show manager
asking if we would consider lending the RHS the facades - that
were a big feature of our show garden last year? Well that’s a yes
of course! They will feature with other Jacksons’ products in four
front show gardens, that are result of a competition run by BBC
local radio stations and the RHS, so look out for this if you visit
Hampton this year.
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huge marquees, and vast avenues. We have picked the best of
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Exhibitions & events
near you this month...
Priory Farm is warming up for a fruity pre-
Wimbledon extravaganza as it celebrates its seventh
annual Strawberry Fair. The food festival will pay
homage to the great sporting event’s well-known
association with strawberries and cream on Saturday
25 and Sunday 26 June. The tennis theme will
carry through to Priory Farm’s Discovery Walk, with
extra family fun activities as well as the usual tractor
rides and nature trails. The array of more than 40
stallholders will include everything from artisan
bakers, cheese and pie-makers to local distillers and
brewers. Find out more at www.prioryfarm.co.uk
Well-known Surrey painters Jane Anderson Wood
and Jacky Cowdrey, and potter Terry O’Brien, will
be participating in Surrey Artists’ Open Studios in
June, and collecting on behalf of the Samaritans
of East Surrey. Jane is a watercolour artist, Jacky
concentrates on figures and works in acrylic inks.
Terry is a potter, and will be displaying light pods,
using pottery and light effects. Tea, coffee and cake
will be available along with a raffle. For dates and
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and love for all things horticultural at the historic
Loseley Park on Tuesday 14 June. The all-day event
will include a private tour of the Elizabethan house
and walled gardens, a silent plant auction, coffee
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pianist Nicholas McCarthy, musician Mike Batt,
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tickets visit www.mgso4festival.org
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masterpiece High Society, in the wonderful
surroundings of Sherbourne Farm. The farmyard sits
next to the mythical, spring-fed Silent Pool, one of
Surrey’s most popular beauty spots. Cocktails and
BBQ food will be available throughout the evening,
but it gets chilly so remember to bring a blanket.
Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your tickets
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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.
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while Jo Arnell gets into the spirit of the Fair with an article on
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bathroom pages, a summer beauty page and ‘outdoor dining
recipes’... and hopefully we’ve got things covered.
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Above: The entrance hall still contains an impressive timber-topped bar
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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
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It had begun life as part of a cloth warehouse at the
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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
incomprehensible with their MacBooks.
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
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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.
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listed Georgian farmhouse probably began life as
something altogether different, perhaps a humbler
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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
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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
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November 2005 and ran it successfully until 2014.
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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 Right: 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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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
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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
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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 Right: 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
Above: An upholstered bed from Coach House is flanked by two bedside
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Left: Rich fabric cushions and faux furs are used to dress up and add a touch
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of Simon’s grandparents is the first treat, followed by a series
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the corner, a large framed cloth print of an 18th century
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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
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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.
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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
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
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
– from Foxhole Antiques – that probably started life
as part of a decorative wrought-iron staircase.
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
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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
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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.
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Right: Larders are high on kitchen wish lists and
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In this barn conversion kitchen in rural Headcorn,
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For open plan kitchens where dining and socialising
happens in the same room as cooking, a generous
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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
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Left: Designing and making bespoke kitchens, bedroom furniture
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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
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Above all, the fabulous advantage we have, over many kitchen
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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
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with separate sections to store all the groceries
in one place – no more searching in various
cupboards for different ingredients.
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Right: The first and most important step when
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Left: Clever cupboards make the most of even
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of the cooker alcove. Features such as slots for
individual spice jars help to keep the contents
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Where there is cooking, there is inevitably
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Schmidt Kitchens in Dorking – a trusted supplier
Sandra and Michael, having lived for 11 years with a rather small kitchen, decided it
was time to treat themselves to a new one.
Sandra recalled: “We entertain
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“The challenge was finding a
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“The installation was timed to
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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 kitchen cooker which has its own ‘island’ containing a sink designed for a
Most little girls can only dream of having their
own pony but Jen Ruffy was one of the lucky
ones – she shared a four-legged 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
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one storey 1960s extension at the back, that included
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for them and their grown-up daughter, Charlotte, or
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One day, Jen 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
Above: The back of the house has been knocked through to create a huge
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distinctly 70s feel, with McIntosh sideboard and lamps and Robin Day sofas
They chose the latter and with the help of Jen’s mate
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inch of its life and certainly fit for 21st century living.
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Above: A mosaic made from fragments of crockery, called simply ‘Amy’ takes
pride of place in the kitchen /living area Right: Retro lamps contrast with a
vase of pretty cottage garden flowers and an elegant heron sculpture
Luckily Roger, who is not a builder or an architect but has a
passion for old buildings and more than enough knowledge
to compensate, stepped in and the end result is sensational.
Approaching from the front, to all intents and purposes
the cottage looks like a very traditional Victorian cottage.
Downstairs, most of the walls are painted in off-white
‘Pointing’ by Farrow & Ball and, by using neutral tones,
Jen – who has a passion for junk shops, boot fairs and
e-bay – now has the perfect backdrop to show off her
fabulous eclectic collection of treasures. And the wow
factor hits as soon as you walk in the front door.
A great Union Jack mosaic hanging in the entrance hall,
made by local artist Susan Elliott, is striking and especially
intriguing when you study it closely and realise it is made
up from tiny fragments of china tea cups, including some
bits with their handles still on. A beautiful Navajo saddle
and bridle (no prizes for guessing who that was bought
for) also look great hung on the hooks by the front door.
Off the hall is a pretty cloakroom painted in Little
Green ‘Delicate Blue’ but, cleverly, having sourced
some wonderful Victorian tiles with butterflies and
Above: At the opposite end of the open plan living area, the 70s theme is continued with a McIntosh extending dining table with Robin Day armchairs at
either end. The lamp above the table is an Italian classic which fits in perfectly with the pared-back modern look of the room
finches for the splash back, Jen then commissioned
local mural artist Lucinda Bothwell to continue the
design on the walls. The effect is charming.
Also leading off the hall is an adorable little snug, the
perfect place to cosy up in front of a roaring log fire. Painted
in palest grey – F&B Ammonite – the room has a simple
1950s appeal. The sofa and footstool were found at Ardingly
and re-upholstered in neutral tones and the clever idea of
creating a table from an old suitcase – a leg at each corner
and a piece of glass on top – was something Jen had seen in
a magazine. Jen’s mother was an Olympic ice-skating judge
who travelled a lot in the 50s, the hey day of glamorous
travel, and had a magnificent collection of suitcases many
of which are now enjoying a second incarnation.
Go beyond the hall however and cosy cottage charm
gives way to something altogether more modern and
stylish. The back of the house has been completely
knocked through to create one huge almost industrial
scale space that includes dining, kitchen and seating
areas all opening out through glass doors on to a
terrace with wonderful views of the fields beyond.
At the garden end of the room, the new extension has
extra high ceilings with a glass skylight to create an immense
sense of bright space. Not surprisingly, this called for
some serious light fittings and Jen was thrilled to find just
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Having decided to create a distinctly 70s aura,
Jen trawled local antique shops, especially the fab
Hastings Antique Centre in Norman Road, St
Leonards, and unearthed Robin Day sofas and chairs
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Another mosaic from Susan Elliott – Amy – and
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designed the layout and then used Hastings craftsman Mark
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Above: The cosy ‘snug’, with open fire, which is just off the front hallway
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from school science labs. She then put in a commercial
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Right: Jen fell in love with Fired Earth’s wallpaper ‘After Eight’ which she
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sumptuous Zoffany ‘Pansy’ curtains finish off the job.
Just along the corridor, the family bathroom is painted
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It is decorated in very simple and restful tones – pale walls
and floorboards, curtains made from linen tablecloths
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Wealden Times talks to local dance
teacher, Kiki Bradstock...
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I’m not sure I would call it
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about it but I guess I do have
some sort of routine! I use
Simple face wash morning
and night and always use a
moisturiser after. I’ve always
just used whatever body lotion
I have at the time (normally
E45) but recently I’ve decided
it’s probably time I waged war
on any potential wrinkles. I’ve
tried Clarins night cream which
smells amazing and really makes
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I’m on Nivea Q10 plus which
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outside. My skin is so much
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don’t think there is a particular
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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
of teaching. I dance barefoot
a lot so it doesn’t do them any
favours in the looks department!
I also love to have a full body
massage. It always makes me
realise quite how tense I’ve
been during term time.
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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Stress and anxiety can often appear 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
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 suffer how our minds process our
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
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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• A glass of your choice
• A lime
• Lime cordial
• 6-8 mint leaves
• 35ml sugar syrup
• 50ml elderflower cordial
• Soda water
• Cubed ice
1. Squeeze ½ a lime into the glass
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2. Press the mint leaves to release the flavour and put
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4. Add one scoop of ice, the sugar syrup, elderflower
cordial, and a splash of lime cordial. Use a spoon to
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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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• Martini glass
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• 25ml cranberry juice
• Juice of half a lime
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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.
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
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Children & Family
Mon - Fri in Jun 9am-5pm
Rufford House, Brewery Road,
Woking, Surrey GU21 4LL
Living Planet Centre
An exciting interactive exhibition that
brings the wild to Woking. Explore the
four themed zones and find out about
the wonders of the natural world and
how we’re working to protect them.
Info: 01483 426444 / www.wwf.org.uk
Sat 18 Jun 12-5pm
A23 Recreation Ground, Brighton
Road, Horley, Surrey RH6 7HD
With a carnival theme of ‘Through The
Ages & Beyond’ there will be a procession
of floats up the High Street and into
the Recreation Ground. There will also
be numerous stalls and a funfair.
Info: 01293 784965 / www.
Sun 19 Jun
Oatlands Park Hotel, 146
Oatlands Drive, Weybridge,
Surrey KT13 9HB
Join us for a fabulous Father’s Day
lunch for the whole family in the
stylish surroundings of our Mulberry
restaurant with cool sounds from
our resident jazz band. All fathers
will receive a surprise gift on the
day, and one lucky father will win
a 1 hour AMG Track Experience at
Mercedes-Benz World worth £200.
Info: 01932 847242 / www.
Sun 19 Jun 10am-6pm
Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill
Road, Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LX
Dads go free
To celebrate Father’s Day we
are letting our lovely dads in for
free for a day full of fun.
Info: 01883 742546 / www.
Sun 19 Jun 12-4pm
Denbies Wine Estate, London
Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA
Father’s Day Brewery tour
Led by the expert brewing team, enjoy a
behind-the-scenes glimpse at how Surrey
Hills Brewery create their award-winning
ales. The 90-minute tour includes the
opportunity to taste a pint of each of the
four draught beers currently available, and
everyone gets to take away a free gift.
Info: 01306 883603 / www.surreyhills.co.uk
Courses & Workshops
Wed 8 Jun - Wed 22 Jun
The Lightbox, Chobham Road,
Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA
Drawing for Adults
Join John Haslum for some inspirational
drawing sessions. All materials provided.
Info: 01483 737800 / www.
Thurs 9 Jun - Thurs 7
Watts Gallery, Down Lane,
Surrey GU3 1DQ
Five-week course on Thursday
evenings. Develop your drawing
skills and find inspiration from both
Watts Studios and the surrounding
landscape at dusk. Experiment with
a variety of drawing media, including
charcoal, pastel and watercolour, and
learn to render perspective, form and
light in portraiture and landscape
studies. All materials provided.
Info: 01483 810235 / www.
Sat 18 & Sat 25 Jun 11am-5pm
Albury Vineyard, Silent Pool, Shere
Road, Albury, Surrey GU5 9BW
Open for Tastings
Pop in to taste our organic award-winning
still & sparkling wines, Albury honey
made by bees that live on the vineyard,
and locally produced chocolate. No
need to book, and children, muddy
boots and dogs are welcome too!
Info: 07768 863650 / www.
Sun 26 Jun 10am-4pm
Priory Park Surrey RH2 7RL
Yoga In The Park
Yoga Ananda, The British Heart
Foundation & Reigate & Banstead
Council are joining forces to hold Yoga
In The Park to celebrate International
Yoga Day. Join us for some taster yoga
sessions, yoga nidra and meditation.
Info: 01737222400 / www.
Fairs & Festivals
Sat 4 & Sun 5 Jun 10.30am-5pm
Knepp Castle, Shipley, Nr
Horsham, West Sx RH13 8LJ
The Floral Fringe Fair 2016
The fair specialises in quality stalls from
Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire.
Expect over 130 fabulous stalls, live music,
dancing, classic cars, a tea tent, local ale
tent and a huge choice of wonderful food.
Entry: Adults £6.50, children under
14 £1, children under 4 free.
Info: 07939 272443 / www.
Thurs 8 - Sat 18 Jun
Hampton Court Palace, East
Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
Hampton Court Palace
Enjoy world-class acts including Tom
Jones, Van Morrison, Anastacia, Caro
Emerald and Jools Holland, spectacular
fireworks and delicious dining experiences
at this year’s festival. Times and prices vary.
Info: 020 8241 9818 / www.
Thurs 9 Jun 5-9pm
Macdonald Frimley Hall
Hotel & Spa, Lime Avenue,
Camberley, Surrey GU15 2BG
Find everything you need for your
wedding - all under one roof!
Around 30 wedding suppliers.
Info: 01276 451498 / www.
Fri 10 & Sat 11 Jun
Guildford Cricket Club, Wharf
Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RP
The Guildford Beer Festival will be
hosted by Guildford Cricket Club and
held in marquees at The Sports Ground
in Woodbridge Road, very close to
Guildford town centre. There will be
more than 70 cask ales sourced from
independent and micro breweries in
Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire.
Info: 01483 444334
Sat 11 Jun 11am-4pm
Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill,
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7UP
Summer Fair & Royal Tea
Free family fun and children’s crafts
and activities in the marquee. Royal
Tea served from 2pm in the Cathedral.
Must be pre-booked, from £10.50.
Info: 01483 547860 / www.
Sun 12 Jun 12-4.40pm
Dunsborough Park, Ripley,
Surrey GU23 6AL
Garden Open Day
Please join us for tea and cake at the
beautiful Dunsborough Park.Tea and
homemade cakes will be provided
throughout the afternoon. All proceeds
from this will support our work with
local homeless and vulnerable people.
Entry: £6, children go free
Info: 01372 387132 / www.
Tues 14 Jun 10.30am-4pm
Loseley Park House & Gardens,
Guildford, Surrey GU3 1HS
Summer Garden Party
The all-day event will include a private
tour of the Elizabethan house and
walled gardens, a silent plant auction,
coffee on arrival and a two-course
lunch in the Tithe Barn, with an afterlunch
talk by Alan Titchmarsh.
Info & Booking: 01483
447540 / www.nccpg.com
Sat 18 Jun 10am-3pm
Camberley Town Centre,
Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SW
& Artisan Market
The market has a huge selection of
freshly baked breads, fish caught that
day and bacon from pigs farmed less
than 20 miles from the town centre.
There’s also a great range of fresh
streetfood including sweet and savoury
crepes, curries and jerk chicken. You
can also pick up a sweet treat or two.
Info: 01276 25588 / www.
Sun 19 Jun 10am-5pm
Randalls Road, Leatherhead,
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Wildlife Aid open day
See behind the scenes at Surrey’s largest
wildlife hospital. Watch the dedicated
volunteers looking after some of the
sick, injured and orphaned animals
admitted to the hospital and see how
they are rehabilitated to return to a life
in the wild. Food, music and lots of
stalls and activities for all the family.
Entry: £10 per car
Info: 01372 377332 / www.
Sat 25 Jun 1-8pm
Gostrey Meadow, Union Road,
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PT
Farnham Carnival has been a feature
of the town’s summer scene for several
decades. Organised now by two Farnham
Service Clubs, The Lions and The
Hedgehogs, the objective remains to
provide an event that the community
can participate in and enjoy.
Info: 01932 267823
Music & Theatre
Sat 11 Jun 7.30-9.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, High Street,
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3RR
Across the Centuries with
Guildford Choral Society
In the lovely surroundings of Holy
Trinity, this concert explores music
from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The
16th - 18th centuries are represented
by Gabrieli, Victoria, Viadana,
Monteverdi, Lotti and Hassler. From
400 years later are two works combining
chorus, brass and percussion: John
Rutter’s setting of the Gloria and
Jonathan Willcocks’ Magnificat.
Entry: From £20
Info: 01483 444334 / www.
Sat 18 Jun 7.30-9.30pm
Godalming Borough Hall, Bridge
Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1HR
A Midsummer Concert
An evening of musical entertainment for
all the family with a repertoire of English
and Norwegian well known classics.
Entry: £8, under-12s free
Info: 07515 588421
Sun 19 Jun 3-5pm
Gostrey Meadow, Union Road,
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7RH
Music in the Meadow
Visit Gostrey Meadow, Farnham on
Sundays during the summer months
for Music in the Meadow and enjoy
an afternoon of live music from a
variety of local bands and groups.
Info: 01252 712667
Sun 19 Jun 3-9pm
Gatton Manor Hotel and Golf
Club, Standon Lane, Ockley,
Dorking, Surrey RH5 5PQ
The Railway Children
open air theatre
E. Nesbit’s classic story is brought
to life in this wonderful outdoor
production. With stunning period
costume, traditional music, songs and a
whole host of unforgettable characters,
this is a treat for all the family.
Entry: Adults £14, Children £10
Info: 01306 627555 / www.
Sat 25 Jun 7.30pm
Church of St Peter And St
Paul, Albury Park, Albury,
Guildford, Surrey GU5 9BB
romeo & Juliet
‘This is my Theatre’ present
Shakespeare’s famous love story,
made to feel modern within the
beautiful and ancient church
of St Peter and St Paul.
Info: 07732 253311 / www.
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Jane Howard stays
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for older cats, who are either simply in need of homes or retiring
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The annual open days this year are 21 to 24 July. These are
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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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