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Contents

June 2016

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12

HEARTH & HOME

John Graham-Hart

finds homes with

beautiful kitchens

107

SUMMER BEAUTY

Make-up and

beauty products for

when it gets hot

23

IT’S JUNE

What’s going on near

you this month

109

FEELING BETTER

Three different

approaches to healing

40

65

67

72

96

105

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

FEATURE

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

WEALDEN HEALTH

& BEAUTY

Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous

110

117

121

123

128

128

SHAKE, RATTLE

& ROLL

Summer cocktails

to brighten up

your evening

GARDEN THERAPY

Jo Arnell on the health

benefits of gardening

GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp on

opting for a natural

or ‘green’ burial

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Guide price £1,185,000

South Godstone

A superb 19th century detached property with later additions

Situated on the fringe of South Godstone village. 3 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 4

bathrooms. Impressive oak framed open double garage. Stable and store room. Delightful

gardens and grounds. Paddock. EPC rating E. In all about 1.4 acres.

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A versatile property with delightful grounds in a sought-after address

3 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Planning permission to enlarge. Stable block.

Delightful established gardens and grounds including 2 paddocks. EPC rating E. In all about

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Edenbridge

A delightful semi-detached period cottage

Situated in a rural position with views over the Kent countryside.

3 reception rooms, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Rear terrace.

Established gardens. Delightful rural views. EPC rating F. In all

about 0.41 acre.

Guide price £575,000

Marsh Green, Nr Edenbridge

A charming attached Grade II listed cottage

1 reception room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, study area.

Delightful partly walled gardens. In all about 0.15 acre.


83 Bates Road, Brighton

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Brighton Road, Hooley

A fabulous opportunity to acquire this seven bedroom detached

house with Planning Permission for conversion into five self

contained flats. Set back from Brighton Road and with off road

parking the property offers a generous rear garden and detached

garage with pitched roof.

Once completed each flat will have its own private entrance, rear

garden and parking space. EPC:E

Guide: £550-600,000 - FREEHOLD

Eaton Court, Hove

Occupying a prominent position within the centre of Hove is this

three bedroom flat which forms part of this well presented purpose

built block.

Offered with vacant possession and considered ideal for

investment or owner occupation the flat is conveniently located

within easy reach of local shops, amenities and Hove mainline

railway station.

Along with communal gardens and passenger lift the flat also has

double glazed windows and entry phone system. EPC:D

Guide: £250,000 Plus - LEASEHOLD

Access to

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Woodlands Grove, Coulsdon

A rectangular parcel of land extending to over 20 metres in length

originally forming part of a long garden at the rear of Woodlands

Grove, currently unused and fenced off.

There is an existing wooden Land Rear of garden 58 Woodlands shed Grove, and Coulsdon, a similar Surrey sized metal

framed greenhouse on the top left hand side of the plot.

Guide: £15-20,000 - FREEHOLD

Franklin Road, Brighton

A three storey end-terrace block of three adjoining properties,

arranged as six purpose built flats, plus a basement room.

Four of the units are let and producing £24,164 per annum with

the majority of the flats now in need of upgrading. Three of the

units are vacant and there is potential to increase the total rental

income once modernised. EPC:E

Guide: £750,000+ - FREEHOLD

Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for and may

change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

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. 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

4LS).

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/

kitchen.

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

www.knightfrank.com

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2.

3.

4.

MiRABEAU

New House, Woodland Avenue

Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 7HU

tel. 01483 268 555

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ressing area with fitted units.

ation provides for six

se are located on the second

me 27ft, giving the flexibility

d as a playroom, or perhaps a

kitchen/dining/family room

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sive range of high quality units

situated on the eastern

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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

GU6 7HU).

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

lovely home

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/

media rooms.

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.

com

3. Mirabeau

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

acre.

How much? Mirabeau is on the

market at £4,500,500 and is with Savills

in Cobham. Call 01932 586200 or visit

www.savills.com

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

0RB).

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

roofing.

How much? Gibbs house has guide

price of £2,675,000 and is with Jackson-

Stops in Oxted. Call 01883 712375 or

visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk

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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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dedicated page www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk/ashfordlocal

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Sweet celebration...

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

Paint pot...

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

times visit www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk

Love & legacy...

Gardener, novelist and presenter Alan Titchmarsh,

who is also the President of the plant conservation

charity Plant Heritage, will share his expertise

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

on arrival and a two-course lunch in the Tithe

Barn, with an after-lunch talk by Alan. To book call

01483 447540 or visit www.loseleypark.co.uk

Creative soul...

Take part in more than 50 events, exhibitions

and activities, at Epsom and Ewell’s first ever arts

festival, covering music, visual art, performance,

literature and craft from Friday 24 to Sunday 26

June. Highlights include author Michael Frayn,

pianist Nicholas McCarthy, musician Mike Batt,

theatre premiere Bare Reality, musical comedy from

Radio 4’s Instant Sunshine and a host of workshops

for adults and children. For more information and

tickets visit www.mgso4festival.org

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Local eats..

From 10am until 3pm on Saturday 18 June,

Cinemagic...

Join Venture Cinema on Saturday 11 June for a

fabulous open-air screening of the 1956 musical

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

here: www.venturecinema.co.uk

Camberley Town Centre will host a monthly market

with a huge variety of street food, craft stalls and

traditional local farmers’ produce, all sourced from

in and around Surrey. Learn where your food comes

from, and take the opportunity to try before you

buy. Delve into the street food area and choose from

crêpes, curries and jerk chicken. Find out more at

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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.

HANDMADE IN OUR OWN WORKSHOPS

UNIQUE DESIGNS WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL

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 our kitchen and

bathroom pages, a summer beauty page and ‘outdoor dining

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

Enjoy your Surrey Homes!

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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

incomprehensible with their MacBooks.


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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

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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

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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

of one of London’s best-known restaurants, Nikita’s in

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

we saw how beautiful it was around here.”

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stemmed from the fact that so many period pubs

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they wanted something with high ceiling and as

much light as possible. “To start with, everything

we saw was just too pokey,” says Anthony.

And then they saw the White Horse, its lovely

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it. They bought the property and spent four months

completely renovating it. The property must have

wondered what had hit it. In a few short months it went

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.

So the farmhouse is once again a private home

and, says Simon: “I think it’s happier this way.” It

certainly could not be happier with the care and

flair they have brought to its renaissance. Although

some of the touches are sheer metropolitan chic,

they have never for a moment endangered its true

identity as an elegant period country house.

Their use of a single neutral wall colour throughout–

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overall impression of light and space but provides a

versatile canvas allowing them to go to town with

imaginative and personal furniture, furnishings and art.

Walking in through the front door, one is greeted by the

Although some of the touches are sheer metropolitan chic, they have never for a

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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.

The drawing room, with its French windows to the

lovely garden and killer view across as far at Brightling, is

a joy. The matching French deco wall and ceiling lights

from WBR Interiors on Wandsworth Bridge Road steal the

show but there’s a stunning supporting cast led by a glasstopped

coffee table formed from a sheet of plate glass on

four Kartell Stone stools and reclining on it, perhaps a little

uncomfortably, is a putto from Prague.

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 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


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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

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

– 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

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

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wells 01892 520730 www.rencraft.co.uk

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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

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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

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although she still lives in London, when one of her

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

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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.

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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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wanted the end-result to be. A cosy weekend bolt hole

for them and their grown-up daughter, Charlotte, or

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pair, with a For Sale By Auction sign outside. It was love at first sight


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Above: The back of the house has been knocked through to create a huge

bright, open-plan kitchen and living area Left: The ‘new’ room has a

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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think big, they have ended up with a fabulous three

bedroom, two bathroom house, insulated to within an

inch of its life and certainly fit for 21st century living.

The building contract was given to Oakover Contracting,

based in Ticehurst, whom Jen highly recommends and soon

work commenced stripping out most of the rotten internal

walls, floors and ceilings. But that was the easy part; deciding

how to put it all back together again in terms of room lay-out,

how big to make the extension, how to fit in two bathrooms

upstairs without losing a bedroom was much more tricky.

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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

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fabulous eclectic collection of treasures. And the wow

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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

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for) also look great hung on the hooks by the front door.

Off the hall is a pretty cloakroom painted in Little

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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

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who travelled a lot in the 50s, the hey day of glamorous

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of which are now enjoying a second incarnation.

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gives way to something altogether more modern and

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knocked through to create one huge almost industrial

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areas all opening out through glass doors on to a

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Above and right: Open shelving is practical – as well as displaying the

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Above: The cosy ‘snug’, with open fire, which is just off the front hallway

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Above: A spacious spare room is decorated in a relaxing combination of

white and green, with a Victorian style metal bedstead as the focal point

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sumptuous Zoffany ‘Pansy’ curtains finish off the job.

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VINCENT & VIOLET

Something for

everyone....

Vincent & Violet offers

a unique shopping

experience with

contemporary and

affordable clothing.

We look forward to

your visit where our

friendly staff will help

you find something for

every occasion.

You can choose

from a variety of

brands that include:

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CREAM, OFELIA,

FRANSA, DRANELLA,

VILA AND OTHERS.

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Esher’s New Shoe Boutique

93 High Street

Esher KT10 9Q

Tel: 01372 877845

info@funkiheels.com

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri 10am-5.30pm

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Exciting New Suit Range Spring / Summer 2016

To celebrate our 40th anniversary we have

enhanced our collection with an elegant

suiting range from Barutti of Germany.

Available in our Reigate store you can choose from super

100 to super 150 fabrics in several colours and designs.

Barutti is synonymous with outstanding detailing

and consistently finish their garments with sartorial

interiors, which include dress shields, subtly contrasting

AMF seams and premium-quality lining, Italian

waistband workmanship and kissing buttons.

We have carefully selected a range of suits that

will provide the perfect look for any occasion, for

business or pleasure — the choice is yours.

Mix and match is available and sizes from

36 to 52 are included in the range.

We look forward to seeing you soon to

show you this exciting new range.

We are proud to be sponsoring Tom Ward in the Pirelli Superstock 600 Championship

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County Clothes Menswear, Canterbury, Tenterden, Reigate www.countyclothesmenswear.co.uk; Paolo Vandini shoes, £89, Jeremy

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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

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

a difference, but at the moment

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

I couldn’t live without but

I would struggle in a world

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

exfoliator things...a loofah.

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

don’t really have a style icon.

I’m confident with what I

like and what suits my body

shape, so I tend to wear lines

that accentuate the better

bits! However, I’m very picky

with what materials I wear;

I hate fabrics that go static.

These days I seem to spend

most of my time either in

dance wear or clothes that I

can grub around the garden

in! It’s not very glamorous

but makes me very happy.

Kiki is a teacher at Weald

School of Dance and offers

ballet, tap, modern, musical

theatre and street dance for

children aged 3 upwards,

as well as adult classes in

ballet and tap. To book in

or find out more contact

07969 616321 or info@

wealdschoolofdance.co.uk

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Small & mighty...

There are trillions of tiny

creatures living inside our

bodies, and they’ve been making

big headlines recently. New

research is emerging regarding

the immunity boosting and

digestion improving bacteria that

live in our gut, and there’s plenty

you can do to encourage their

growth. By eating fermented

foods, the levels of probiotics

(good bacteria) are increased,

meaning your immune system

will be supported and levels of

B vitamins, digestive enzymes,

omega-3 fatty acids, lactase

and lactic acid will increase.

If you’re feeling bold, then try

making your own. Kimchi is

Korea’s national dish. Made

with cabbage, garlic, ginger and

shrimp paste, it really packs a

punch and Jamie Oliver has

a great recipe. If you’d rather

leave it to the pros, then pop

to your local health shop and

ask for some raw sauerkraut

(fermented cabbage) or try kefir,

a fermented milk drink made

with kefir grains. As always,

try and go for an organic,

locally produced version.

Summer buzz...

Bee Inspired, based in Thames

Ditton, produce beautiful,

indulgent, natural creams for

the face, hands, body and

feet, as well as soaps and lip

balms. We were lucky enough

to sample their gardener’s

hand cream, which is softly

scented with essential oils

of lavender, jasmine and

rosemary, to calm and soothe

those hard-working hands.

After a productive day in the

garden, massage a pea sized

amount into palms and over

dry knuckles. To gain the

full effect, pop your feet up

with a cuppa. We also tested

their beeswax lip balm. Made

with sweet almond oil, pure

beeswax, lovingly provided

by their own bees, and

vitamin E oil, it’s an absolute

handbag must-have. WT’s

Helen never goes anywhere

without lip balm, and now

won’t go anywhere without

this lip balm! A small amount

lasts a while, and creates

a barrier from the elements.

Get yours at www.wealdenfairs.

com/naturalbeeswaxcreams

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THE HOME OF INNOVATIVE SKINCARE

4 High Street, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 0JP

Tel. 01372 576772

www.clayspa.co.uk


Twist & Define eyebrow

pencil, £15,

Shavata www.shavata.co.uk

Moisture Surge Face

Spray, 125ml, £22,

Clinique, Fenwick,

Tunbridge Wells

Radiant Glow Bronzer 10g, £19.50, Liz

Earle, Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells. With

a buildable, lightweight texture, this

versatile glow-giving compact blends to

a flawless finish, effortlessly flattering

fair and dark skin.

Ray of Sunshine

perfect glow bronzing

powder, £18, Bagsy

www.feelunique.com

bareSkin Sheer Sun Serum

Bronzer in Bare Glow, 30ml,

£25, Bare Minerals, Fenwick,

Tunbridge Wells

Glisten & Glow

Be beautiful, blissed out and bronzed this summer...

Tea Menthe Citron Gel Body Moisture, £34,

Laura Mercer, Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells.

Coconut water and a vitamin-rich complex

work together to drench the skin with

hydration, leaving it silky soft.

Take the Plunge Beautiful Eyes 24 hour eye

colour, £14, Bagsy www.feelunique.com

Instant Boost Skin Tonic 200ml,

£14.50, Liz Earle, Fenwick,

Tunbridge Wells. This heavenly

floral-scented, non-drying toner

refreshes, soothes and brightens

your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free,

it also adds a fine layer of moisture.

Gardener’s Hand

Cream, 100ml, £18.95,

BeeInspired www.

wealdenfairs.com/

naturalbeeswaxcreams

Nashi Blossom

Cologne, 30ml, from

£42, Jo Malone

www.jomalone.co.uk

Lanolin-rich lip conditioner

in Red Apple, £7.99,

Lanolips www.lanolips.com

Sheer Skin Tint 40ml, £22.25,

Liz Earle, Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells.

A rich and creamy, yet lightweight,

formula Sheer Skin Tint, delivers an

even, dewy and beautifully naturallooking

finish, while offering mineral

UV SPF 15 protection.

Ink, £19.99, Yardley London

www.yardleylondon.co.uk An

aromatic and citrus scent with

notes of bergamot, rosemary and

black pepper.

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Release & Restore

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

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 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

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

& R

Elderflower and lime mojito - Mocktail

Equipment

• A shaker or stirring glass

• A muddler

• A glass of your choice

Ingredients

• 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

(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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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

New deli café opening 20 th June

Enjoy fresh tasty food in one of

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The Meath

Epilepsy Trust

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Preloved furniture sales

and friendly Tea Rooms


Changing Perceptions is an award winning social enterprise

operated by the Meath Epilepsy Charity offering valuable

skills training, some wonderful re-purposed furniture PLUS

speciality loose-leaf teas and Barista coffee in our quirky but

very welcoming Tea Rooms.

FREE TEA OR COFFEE WITH THIS AD DURING JUNE

www.changingperceptions.org.uk

133 High Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1AF

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Cosmopolitan

Equipment

• A shaker or stirring glass

• A bar spoon (or teaspoon)

• A strainer

• Martini glass

Ingredients

• 35ml citreous vodka

• 15ml Cointreau liqueur

• 25ml cranberry juice

• Juice of half a lime

• Cubed ice

1. Chill your cocktail glass

(the easiest way is to fill it

with ice)

2. Put plenty of ice and all of

the ingredients into your

shaker or stirring glass and

shake or stir vigorously for

about 20 seconds

3. Strain the mix into a

cocktail glass

4. Garnish with either a slice

of lime or a slice of orange


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Open seven days a week, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. For details and to order online, visit the website.

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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

Beetle Juice run a fleet of pop-up

cocktail bars inside vintage, stylish

1970s camper vans – and will be

joining us for this year’s Wealden

Times Midsummer Fair. Find

out more at www.beetle-juice.co.uk

or phone 07591 490867

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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

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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

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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

Horley Carnival

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.

horleycarnival.wordpress.com

Sun 19 Jun

Oatlands Park Hotel, 146

Oatlands Drive, Weybridge,

Surrey KT13 9HB

Father’s Day

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.

Entry: £36.50

Info: 01932 847242 / www.

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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.

Entry: £8.40

Info: 01883 742546 / www.

godstonefarm.co.uk

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.

Entry: £25

Info: 01306 883603 / www.surreyhills.co.uk

Courses & Workshops

Wed 8 Jun - Wed 22 Jun

10.30am-12.30pm

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,

Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA

Drawing for Adults

Join John Haslum for some inspirational

drawing sessions. All materials provided.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 737800 / www.

thelightbox.org.uk

Thurs 9 Jun - Thurs 7

July 6.30-8.30pm

Watts Gallery, Down Lane,

Compton, Guildford,

Surrey GU3 1DQ

Drawing Course

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.

Entry: £120

Info: 01483 810235 / www.

wattsgallery.org.uk

Sat 18 & Sat 25 Jun 11am-5pm

Albury Vineyard, Silent Pool, Shere

Road, Albury, Surrey GU5 9BW

Albury Vineyard

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.

alburyvineyard.com

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01737222400 / www.

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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.

floralfringefair.co.uk

Thurs 8 - Sat 18 Jun

Hampton Court Palace, East

Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Hampton Court Palace

Summer Festival

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.

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Thurs 9 Jun 5-9pm

Macdonald Frimley Hall

Hotel & Spa, Lime Avenue,

Camberley, Surrey GU15 2BG

Summer Evening

Wedding Fair

Find everything you need for your

wedding - all under one roof!

Around 30 wedding suppliers.

Entry: Free

Info: 01276 451498 / www.

prestigeweddingfairs.co.uk

Fri 10 & Sat 11 Jun

Guildford Cricket Club, Wharf

Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RP

The Guildford

Beer Festival

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 547860 / www.

guildford-cathedral.org

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.

dunsboroughpark.com

Tues 14 Jun 10.30am-4pm

Loseley Park House & Gardens,

Guildford, Surrey GU3 1HS

Plant Heritage’s

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

Camberley Farmers’

& 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.

collectivelycamberley.co.uk

Sun 19 Jun 10am-5pm

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Surrey KT22 0AL

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.

wildlifeaid.org.uk

Sat 25 Jun 1-8pm

Gostrey Meadow, Union Road,

Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PT

Farnham Carnival

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.

tickets.visitguildford.com

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.

gattonmanor.co.uk

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.

Entry: £12

Info: 07732 253311 / www.

thisismytheatre.yapsody.com

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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.

Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_ farm


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