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Contents

July 2016

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LUCKY DIP

John Graham-Hart finds

houses with swimming pools

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106

CLUB TROPICANA

Get fresh, fruity and

ready for summer

133

128

WATERY WONDERLAND

Three swimming pool experts

share their top tips

25

HOUSE-HUNTING HELP

WT talks to three local

property search agents

117

SUMMER SCENTS

Josephine Fairley on this

season’s light, fresh perfumes

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SAVE OUR SALVIAS

Sue Whigham on the colour

and simplicity of salvias

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IT’S JULY

What’s going on near

you this month

MOUNTAIN FLAIR

John Graham-Hart visits

a surprising cottage

near High Halden

GET THE LOOK

Country house meets cabin chic

INTERIORS SUPPLEMENT

Four fresh themes and

an interiors book to

whet the appetite

KEEPING IT NATURAL

John Graham-Hart on a light

and bright Wealden farmhouse

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WEALDEN HEALTH

& BEAUTY

Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous

HEALTH PAGE

WT on coping with food

intolerances and allergies

RETIREMENT – NEVER!

Rosemary Shrager on her

experience in India, filming

The Real Marigold Hotel

CLOSER TO HOME

WT looks at communal

living for sociable retirees

TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS

Sunshine Smoothies share three

of their most popular recipes

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CUT ABOVE THE REST

Jo Arnell on growing your own flowers

THE MIGHTY YEW

Penny Kemp marvels at

this ancient tree

WHAT’S ON

Find out...

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

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East Farleigh Guide Price £1,250,000 Biddenden Guide Price £1,050,000

A Grade II listed former Vicarage providing over 5,500 sq ft of accommodation A Grade II listed country house amid beautiful gardens and grounds • CSCA

in the Conservation Area of the village • 4 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast • No Onward Chain • 3 Receptions • Conservatory • Kitchen/Breakfast Room

Room • Basement • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Attic Rooms • Garages, • Master Bedroom with EnSuite • 5 further Bedrooms • Family Bathroom

Stores & Games Room • Gardens and Grounds of over half an acre

• Garage • Tennis Court • Outbuildings • Ponds • About 3.6 acres in all

Boughton Monchelsea Excess £1,000,000 Marden Excess £900, 000

On a quiet country lane, a Grade II listed Wealden farmhouse with uninterrupted An extensively refurbished and beautifully presented country house in a rural

rural views • No Onward Chain • 3 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast Room yet accessible location • Reception Room • Open Plan Sitting/Dining Room/

• Master Bedroom with En Suite • 4 further Bedrooms • Bathroom & Shower Kitchen • 4 Bedrooms • Dressing Room/Nursery • 2 Bath/Shower Rooms

Room • Study • Home Office • Garages • Workshop • About 0.8 acres in all • Detached Office • About half an acre in all • EPC E

Sandhurst Guide Price £895,000

A well presented family house set on a small private development within

walking distance of village amenities • CSCA • 3 Receptions • Conservatory

• Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Master Bedroom Suite • 4 further Bedrooms

• 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Double Garage • Approaching half an acre • EPC C

Marden Excess £700,000

A fine example of a Grade II listed attached barn and oast conversion in a rural

setting with lovely outlook • 2 Receptions • Kitchen • Master Bedroom Suite

with Mezzanine Room over • 3 further Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • Double

Garage • Gardens and Grounds of about 0.6 acres

coming 26 January 2015


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or

We understand what makes a property

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team and arrange a free market

appraisal call 01892 310704 or drop

into our Tunbridge Wells Office.

Guide price £1,650,000

Hawkhurst

An impressive Grade II Listed family residence

Entrance hall, 4 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen / breakfast room, boot room,

utility room, cloakroom. 5 bedrooms, 2 dressing rooms, 2 bathrooms. Attached

2-bedroom annexe. Triple open bay garage. Stables and yard comprising 4 stables,

tack room and feed room. Further outbuildings. Master gardens and grounds. Heated

swimming pool. Fenced paddocks and manège. In all about 10.47 acres.

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Guide price £1,500,000

Horam

An idyllic period property with extensive equestrian facilities

Entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, family room, orangery, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom.

Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms. 1 bedroom park home. Stable

block. Office. Car port. Tractor shed. Workshop / machine store. Double garage with storage above. Two storey hay

barn. Games room / annexe. Gardens and grounds extending to approximately 12.35 acres. EPC ratings E and F.


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Guide price £1,600,000

Goudhurst

A beautiful Grade II Listed Georgian / Victorian family house on the outskirts of Goudhurst

and within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area

Entrance hall, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, cellar, sitting / dining room,

drawing room. Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 5 further bedrooms, family bathroom.

1 bedroom Oast House. Detached outbuilding. Detached open-bay double garage. Gardens

and grounds. Tennis court. Feature pond. Partly walled vegetable garden. In all about 1.71 acres.

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Guide price £2,450,000

Frittenden

A beautiful Listed period house with a detached oast, leisure facilities, land and within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area

Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, study, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom. Master

bedroom with en-suite bathroom, en suite guest bedroom, 3 further bedrooms (2 with en suites), family bathroom,

cloakroom. Detached 4 bedroom Oast house. Timber framed barn. Heated swimming pool. Tennis court. 4

bay garage. Planning permission for a 2 storey extension and alterations. In all about 33.7 acres.


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Hawkhurst £650,000

Charming Grade II Listed converted school house • Four Double Bedrooms

• Study • Ensuite • Garden Room • CSCA • EPC Exempt

Iden Green £640,000

Stunning unlisted barn conversion, detached double garage with offi ce rooms

• Four Bedrooms • Ensuite • Utility Room • Cottage Garden • EPC D

High Halden £795,000

A stunning 16th Century Grade II listed country house set in its own private

grounds • Seven Bedrooms • No onward chain • Extensive gardens and

paddock • EPC Exempt

High Halden £500,000

Deceptively spacious detached family home with beautifully presented living

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GOUDHURST £1,695,000

Grade II Listed house and converted barn · Four

reception rooms and conservatory · Kitchen/breakfast

room · Utility room · Five bedrooms · Barn Sitting room

· Kitchen · Two bedrooms · Gardens · Swimming pool

· Tennis court · Garaging · CSCA · EPC: n/a

SiSSinGHURST £1,375,000

Spacious detached country property · Sitting room

· Dining room · Family room · Study · Entrance hall

· Kitchen/breakfast room · Utility room · Five bedrooms

(two ensuite) · Manicured gardens approx. 2 acres

· Triple garage · CSCA · EPC: D

BiDDenDen £1,150,000

Spacious Detached Family Home with Land · Three

reception rooms and entrance hall · Kitchen/breakfast

room · Utility room · Five bedrooms (two ensuite)

· Gardens and grounds approximately 5 acres · Stabling

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HawkHURST £975,000

Charming Grade II Listed village house · Five reception

rooms · Kitchen and breakfast room · Extensive cellars

· Boot room · Five bedrooms (one ensuite) · Enclosed

gardens · Swimming pool · Garaging and workshop

· CSCA · EPC: n/a

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

Boys Hall

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Lucky dip

John Graham-Hart admires homes with swimming pools

One of my very few claims to fame – and hardly a riveting one at that

– is that I have disported myself in the oldest swimming pool in the

world. Unfortunately, my enjoyment was necessarily limited by the

fact that it was entirely waterless at the time and had been for the best part of

the last 5,000 years but, no matter, a disport is a disport.

The pool was in the ruined city of Mohenjo-daro in the province of Sindh, in

Pakistan’s Indus Valley. It was 12 metres long, seven metres wide and two-anda-half

metres deep. The provincial Minister for Antiquities explained that it had

probably been used for religious and ceremonial purposes. I preferred to believe

it had been an early Lido, brimming with screaming kids, dusky maidens and

beach balls. He seemed oddly unimpressed with my grasp of anthropology.

But whatever the first use of the swimming pool was, the idea certainly

caught on with the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans finding considerably more

amusing things to do in pools than the odd purification. Plato felt that every

child needed to learn to swim as part of a proper education. In AD 305, the

Romans built an incredible pool that was over 900,000 square feet and heated

by giant fires in the basement.

Today, a swimming pool of your own is an enviably luxury even in our

temperate climate and building your own will set you back between £20,000

and £100,000. However, although the addition of an extra bedroom

will positively affect the price of your house, the same is not, strangely,

automatically true when it comes to a pool. Which is not, of course, great news

if you are selling but cheering indeed if you’re moving and have a little aquatic

disportation in mind.

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1. Boys Hall

Where? Boys Hall is in Willesborough,

on the outskirts of Ashford (Google Maps

TN24 0LA).

What? An impressive grade II Jacobean

house with a host of period features

including gables, mullioned windows,

a fine oak staircase, oak panelling,

exceptional carved oak door casements

and terrific fireplaces. Accommodation

includes a reception hall with a handsome

chimneypiece with English Delft tiles,

a drawing room with a Kentish marble

fireplace, a large dining room with fireplace

and crested overmantle, a panelled study,

bar/sitting room and a conservatory

incorporating a swimming pool. On the

first floor there are six bedroom suites and

a seventh bedroom is served by a private

bathroom. The principal bedroom is a

stunning oak-panelled room with a domed

ceiling and a white marble chimneypiece

with intricately carved panels believed to

have come from Windsor Castle. On the

second floor there is another bedroom suite

and two additional bedrooms and two

further bath/shower rooms. Outside, in

two-and-a-half acres of grounds, are formal

and wild gardens, a Victorian stable block

and an octagonal summer house.

How much? Boys Hall is priced at

£2,250,000 and is on the market with

Savills in Cranbrook. Call 01580 720161

or visit www.savills.co.uk


The Mill House

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Where? The Mill House is between

the coveted villages of Wadhurst and Frant

(Google Maps TN5 6LB).

What? A lovely, thatched grade II

listed former mill house dating from the

early 16th Century, the property has

been lovingly improved over the years to

make a superb family home. The house

retains many original features and of

particular note is the vaulted drawing

room, historically used as an iron foundry

and featuring an impressive inglenook

fireplace and three sets of double doors

to the terrace. Also downstairs there is a

sitting room, dining room and kitchen/

breakfast room with AGA. Upstairs there is

a stunning, vaulted master bedroom with

dressing room and bathroom. There are

three further double bedrooms, one with

en suite bathroom. On the second floor

there is another bedroom, a bathroom and

study. The 19 acres of grounds encompass

a garage block with a two-bedroom flat,

a two-storey studio, formal gardens, a

swimming pool partly heated by solar

panels and surrounded by a covered heated

logia, an orchard, woodland, a machinery

store and two pig pens.

How much? The Mill House is on

the market at £1,950,000 and is with

Knight Frank in Tunbridge Wells.

Call 01892 515035 or visit

www.knightfrank.com

Where? Cottons Farm is on a

no-through-road country lane on the

outskirts of the village of Staplehurst.

(Google Maps TN12 0DP).

What?Originally a medieval hall house,

this beautiful, grade II listed and recently

renovated property dates back to the

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Staplehurst and Maidstone. Continue on this road into Staplehurst and passing the village shops. At the traffic lights turn right to Headcorn, continue on t

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Inspiration comes in so many forms this month – from dreamy

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experiences in India filming The Real Marigold Hotel and

Jo Arnell’s tales of growing cut flowers in her heavenly garden in

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Mark’s magnificent farmhouse shows what can be done with

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though if colour is more your thing, we’ve got gallons of it within

our Interiors Supplement: Bright, Patterned and ‘This Season’s

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Regulars this month include Jo Fairley on aftersun treatments, a

health page on food intolerances and allergies and mouthwatering

smoothies from Sunshine Smoothies, who helped keep visitors

to the fair hydrated and pepped-up with vitamins. Penny Kemp

marvels at the magnificent, ancient yew, while Jane Howard

covers the highly topical subject of milk prices. I think we’ve got

our quota for this month...

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Above: The light-filled kitchen once had an unreliable old Aga at its heart – since replaced by a range cooker. The kitchen units are by Howdens and are

complemented by light, machined-oak floorboards. Martine and Andrew are big fans of the artist Bella Pieroni whose pictures hang to the right of the cooker

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Top: The couple built a two-storey extension, which has created a spacious open-plan kitchen and triple-aspect dining area with French doors into the garden

Above left: Cream-painted units and pale oak worksurfaces reflect the light Above right: A luxurious, rather masculine downstairs loo area, designed by Andrew

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Above: The contemporary wood panelling throughout Martine and Andrew’s

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quirky giraffe is covered in Design Forum fabric, Kaleidoscope

couple and their boys, Oli (8) and Max (11) all love the

mountains. Max is on the brink of joining the England

ski squad and Oli is following fast. Each winter, Martine

takes the boys away for five months ski racing, based in

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passion and the couple’s expertise in designing the interiors

of some of the most beautiful – and expensive – chalets in

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This hint comes in the shape of the lovely, high spec,

contemporary oak panelling that covers one or more walls,

floor to ceiling, in virtually all rooms, the remaining walls

often covered in Design Forum fabric.

The only major structural work the couple undertook

was the lowering of ground floor floors to accommodate

Andrew’s six foot five height – the new floors are largely of

pale machined oak – and a two-storey kitchen extension

which has given them a triple aspect dining area with

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Above: The leather turtle and hippo were both escapees from a chalet job but

seem very much at home in Kent Left: The understated, wood-lined stairway,

with bespoke handrail designed by Andrew, gives a taste of the chalet style

upstairs

French doors opening on to the garden. They also removed

the old Aga which, in my book, virtually counts as

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“It was wonderful to see that go,” says Martine. “It really

was an awful thing – it never worked properly.”

The new oak-topped units and two islands are – as is so

often the case today in the smartest of renovations – from

Howdens. The chic Italian chairs around the breakfast

island are Bontempi Casa and are an over-order from their

interior design and furnishing of Richard Branson’s chalet

in Verbier. The oak dining table, surrounded by an eclectic

collection of chairs upholstered in Design Forum fabric,

The cottage hadn’t really had much

done to it since Andrew first moved

in and it still had something of the

bachelor pad about it, says Martine


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Above left: The landing to Oli’s bedoom, over the extended kitchen-dining area, includes a door on to the roof terrace. Plush, neutral carpets throughout make

the house feel extremely snug Above right: Max’s bedroom, across the way, is suitably grown-up, tastefully reflecting his interest in skiing and sailing

was originally bought for another chalet client but was

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On the floor between the islands is a curious arcane

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On the walls are a great black and white shot of her sons,

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one of a number around the house. Again, the couple had

used Pieronis in their chalets and like them so they chose

a selection for their own home. On a wall of grey Design

Forum fabric are also two large oils of apples by Folkestone

artist Tony Foster, once destined for a client. The curtains

here as elsewhere are also Design Forum and lined with

complementary fabric on the reverse.

One of Andrew’s major passions is lighting, and here as

elsewhere in the house he has largely applied the principle

that the light source itself should be hidden and only the

light it provides be used and enjoyed. Consequently, the

downlighters in the kitchen are either recessed or hidden in

small cubes that extend down from the ceiling.

In the drawing room next door, is an example of his

own lighting design – an arresting, snaking wrought iron

standard lamp that was originally one of a number destined

for a chalet. In another corner is a Kartell Bourgie table

One of Andrew’s major passions and talents is lighting and here as elsewhere in the house he

has largely applied the principle that the light source itself should be hidden and only the light it

provides be used and enjoyed.


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Top, left and above: The boys’ rooms are light and airy and cleverly

furnished to allow work, rest and play – with typical, smart wooden

furnishing including these sturdy bunk beds in Oli’s room

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Above: The cottage is deceptively spacious, thanks to the sense of ‘flow’

around the stairway and light-filled landing, on to which all rooms seem to

face Right: A view through to the master bedroom and en suite bathroom

lamp and across the room on an ancient four-legged chest

is an elegant polished nickel Porto Romana Organic Loop

lamp. Above the chest is another Tony Foster, this time of

ice-skaters. “We used the original in a chalet but really liked

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Beneath the chest is a large leather turtle and beside it a

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white herringbone 100% linen curtains. The ‘coffee table’

One’s first impression of the master bedroom

is that it seems a little muted after the fabricfest

downstairs – and that’s exactly what

Martine intended


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Above: The main bedroom is an oasis of calm and order – helped by muted colours and the addition of an en suite dressing room and hidden cupboards

is an aged oak bench. The woodburner is double-sided and

also serves the playroom next door. Originally the fireplace

itself went through to the playroom which seemed a good

idea at the time. “But it didn’t really work for me so we

thought about it and decided to make a division between

the two fireplaces and just have the woodburner common

to both,” says Martine.

In the playroom, one wall used to be open shelves

piled with all the boys’ books and games but the couple’s

seriously talented carpenter, Greg Buchan, has created

a wall of doors that now hide all from view. As in the

drawing room, the TV is set into the oak panelling. Next to

it are four Bella Pieronis. On the other side of the chimney

breast is a desk and Ghost chair. A large, welcoming

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And so up the pine-panelled stairs with their solid steel

handrail designed by Andrew and past a vast mural with a

plaster and concrete finish of a gilt and silver ‘crack’ – also

designed by Andrew and running the length of the hallway.

“Perhaps not one of Andrew’s best ideas,” observes Martine,

though its resemblance to a jagged mountainside makes

it seem rather appropriate for this house. Above are three

nested and recessed industrial/theatrical spotlights.

One’s first impression of the master bedroom is that it

seems a little muted after the fabric-fest downstairs – and

that’s exactly what Martine intended. “After looking

at fabrics and patterns all day we wanted a neutral retreat,”

she says.

However, for ‘neutral’, do not for a moment read ‘dull’.

It’s all elegant greys and whites with warmth provided by

For ‘neutral’, do not for a moment read ‘dull’. The master bedroom is all elegant

greys and whites with warmth provided by a wall of oak panelling.


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Under a lovely 10-foot landscape photo-painting of Christchurch shoreline

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Above left: The compact yet luxurious en suite to the master bedroom

Above right: A view into the master bedroom’s enviable dressing room

Left: The staircase is far from what one might expect in a country cottage

a wall of oak panelling. The wonderful grey bedstead rises

six feet and instead of bedside tables are oak shelves, on

one of which stands a chunky Kartell Lava table lamp.

The dressing table was built by Dom who also crafted the

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The guest bedroom is similarly muted with greys and

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photo-painting of Christchurch shoreline by Stephen

Bath are a two-seater bench flanked by both a Ghost and

a nicely-contrasting director’s chair – all sporting Design

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So, up the pine-panelled stairs with their solid

steel handrail and past a vast mural with

a plaster and concrete finish of a gilt and

silver ‘crack’ – each designed by Andrew


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Above: The play room and snug shares the woodburner with the ‘adults’ living room nextdoor. Hidden cupboards, built by Martine and Andrew’s carpenter,

Greg, on either side of the flat screen television, help to keep things tidy while the bright carpet and Union Jack storage trunk add colour and a sense of fun

by a silver-shaded Kartell Bourgie table lamp. Max’s room

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Above: A vaulted ceiling and honey-coloured beams above the comforting cream Aga help to make the room feel light and airy. An old clock on the bressumer

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Above: The master bedroom is warmed by the natural wood of items such as this large pine wardrobe, which was stripped of black paint, a pine dome-lidded

chest and a natural oak chest of drawers. All the furniture came from antiques shops in Rochester, except the upholstered bed, which is by Hypnos

so perfect and the house had so much character.” And it’s

very hard to disagree with either. It was truly a real find.

Like us, Tara set to work with the white paint, the only

difference being that hers was posh white paint – Farrow &

Ball’s Strong White whereas ours merely said ‘white’ on the

tin and left the manufacturer and all else to one’s imagination.

I’d love to say there was absolutely no difference and that

they both did exactly the same job but they didn’t and don’t.

Tara’s Strong White shares the characteristic of so many

F&B colours – depending on the time of day and the angle

at which the light strikes it, there is a subtle difference

in colour and shade. This means that no two walls are

ever identical which, in turn, means there is never any

danger of producing a bland, monochrome space.

From waist to ceiling, the lathe and plaster had

already been removed from the wall separating the

hallway and dining room – maximizing the light from

the latter room’s two sets of French windows.

“The previous owners had already made a good job

of renovating the property, which meant that we haven’t

had to touch the structure of the building,” says Tara.

Apart from the painting and sandblasting, the only

other major job the couple have undertaken has been

the replacement of the kitchen, hallway and dining

room floors with pale Limestone, which again helps

spread the light and interconnects the three spaces. In

the drawing room they have renovated the existing oak

flooring and elsewhere carpeted in natural linen.

The only other major work that has been done is the

garden. In the front there is a formal area of box hedging

When moving from their town property, to a period country home, finding

a house with bountiful natural light was a priority for the couple


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Above: The double-aspect master bedroom looks out over the gardens, which

have been a labour of love for Tara and Mark Left: Décor in the bedroom

has been kept, pale, pretty and feminine – whilst steering clear of twee

country styling

and at the back, a large area of lawn, a lovely natural

pond and, the star of the show, Mark’s Koi carp pond.

“The reason we knew this area was because we

came down to visit a local garden centre to look at the

Koi,” says Tara. “Mark has always been determined to

have his own Koi pond – so this was a priority.”

One of Tara’s priorities was the kitchen, which when they

moved in was a sombre oak which hoovered up light, so

she painted all the units F&B Strong White eggshell. The

very slight difference in the way the eggshell and emulsion

each handle the light gives the units with a pleasingly

effective identity of their own and contrast nicely with the

cream Aga. Above is a lovely, vaulted timbered ceiling.

On the bressumer above the Aga is an old clock which

once belonged to Mark’s parents. It was once natural wood

but is now, by Tara’s hand, a distressed white. The kitchen

table once belonged to her aunt Colleen and was about to

be thrown on the bonfire but Tara saved it and white-


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Above left: An ornate mirror is a feature in the classic, welcoming bathroom, where tongue-and-groove panelling adds a country cottage feel alongside the

painted wood sink unit Above right: Victorian-style taps adorn the end of a freestanding, roll-top bath

distressed the legs. Surrounding it are a set of elegant Lloyd

Loom chairs by Neptune, bought from John Lewis.

The oak-topped dining room table was also a wonderful

rescue – this time from eBay – and Tara has again given it

the white-distressed treatment. She and Mark used to run a

business importing Swedish chandeliers – and examples now

hang over the dining room table and in the drawing room

The drawing room is the oldest part of the house, dating

back to the 1650s. It’s now a blizzard of light with the

warmth provided by the honeyed beams and a superb

Scottish bow-fronted chest of drawers the couple found

in a Maidstone antiques shop. The huge and beautiful gilt

mirror came from an antique shop in Dorking and the lovely

candelabras from Kaizen in Rochester, the wall lights from

Krebs. The two grey sofas are Kingston by Laura Ashley.

The fireplace was something of a mess when they

inherited it, and so has been completely renovated gaining

a new slate hearth and a white Jotul woodburner. Mark

sandblasted all the old dirty brickwork and renovated the

oak flooring, stripping off years and layers of dark varnish.

He also remodelled the windowsills in Limestone.

Tara points out a heart cut in the drawing room door.

“We had a heart knocker on the front door of our last

house so we took it as something of a sign,” she says.

In the hallway is a beautiful watercolour of the couple’s

children, Miles and Imogen, painted by Mark’s father,

artist Michael Leedham. Off the hallway, in the downstairs

loo, is a treasured sewing box made by Tara’s great

grandfather Arnold Melen, for Tara’s great grandmother.

The master bedroom is white but warmed by natural wood in

the shape of items such as a stunning pine wardrobe with

a superb oval mirror renovated by the couple who stripped

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Above: A sheltered corner makes the perfect indoor-outdoor space in which

to relax in summer Left: The large garden with mature trees, lawns and

meadows offers many other lovely spots in which to sit

away all the existing black paint, a pine dome-lidded chest at

the foot of the bed and an oak dressing table. All the furniture

in the room came from antique shops in Rochester apart

from the elegant Hypnos bed and a pretty little chair they

picked up in a bric-a-brac shop in Hythe and reupholstered.

There isn’t a single space in this house that isn’t bright,

clean, crisp and, above, all, elegant. It is the perfect

canvas upon which to paint the couple’s new country

lifestyle. It’s a masterclass in how to renovate a 350-yearold

period property, bring it up to the minute and still

retain all the essential period features and character which

attracts so many when considering a country home.

Above all, though, Tara & Mark’s house is a triumph

of light. Every scrap that enters is employed to the

full. Khan would have been delighted and so the last

word must be his. “A man’s creation, the making of a

room, is nothing short of a miracle,” he said. “Just

think – a man can claim a slice of the sun.”


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Kaizen Antiques & Jewellery Rochester

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Illustrations: Susanne Hayes

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involved with, during her time at Estée Lauder, was garlanded

with this sweet, so-summery flower. This the scent of a

summer garden by the beach, with sunny Italian bergamot

and mandarin giving way to the richness of lily of the valley,

gardenia and jasmine sambac, as well as that honeysuckle –

bursting with the promise of summer to come.

Marc Jacobs Rain, £38 for 100ml eau de toilette. This

wonderfully airy/watery floral broke many a heart when it

was discontinued a few years ago, so I’m not the only one

who’s delighted it’s been revived. (Just hope that the name isn’t

a harbinger of summer’s weather to come.) If you love wet

grass after a late spring shower, you’ll love this: it’s got fruity

flourishes, a gust of cut grass, alongside beech amber, tree moss

and musk. (And the chunky bottle’s gorgeous.)

Atkinsons My Fair Lily, £120 for 100ml eau de

parfum. From a heritage perfume house – from London’s

Old Bond Street – My Fair Lily gilds Casablanca lilies with

wild chamomile, adding a so-fashionable twist of tart rhubarb

alongside a deliciously-named ‘summer rain accord’ which

counterbalancing the usual lily headiness. The dewy, fresh

and radiant white floral tones mellow beautifully on the skin,

gaining depth from vetiver and patchouli. Shimmering and

sophisticated, it’s a floral to seduce even non-floral-wearers.

Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscan Soul La Corte, £130

for 75ml eau de toilette. One for jasmine-lovers to wrap right

around their heart, this: an opulent floral inspired by Tuscany

in which the heady flower is softened by a delicate almond

milk, voluptuous white lily gets powdery touches from white

iris, while amber and vanilla pulse softly beneath. This is a

very sophisticated fragrance indeed, worthy of an engraved

invitation – to the opera, a black tie dinner, maybe (if we’re

lucky!) even an Italian wedding…

Tom Ford Private Blend Soleil Blanc, £145 for

£50ml eau de parfum. Tom Ford’s newest takes its inspiration

from ‘remote private islands where summer lasts all year,

and one day seamlessly blends into the next’. Fantasise about

escape while veiling yourself in spiced cardamom and pink

peppercorn, bergamot and pistachio, ylang ylang, Egyptian

jasmine and tuberose. The heat rises further as amber and

tonka bean emerge in the base, with coconut milk adding soft,

creamy flourishes. Truly a beach-in-a-bottle (and a sexy white

one, at that).

The Perfume Society Eaux La La Discovery Box,

£12.50 at www.perfumesociety.org Small (but relevant) blowing

of own trumpet here: part of our wide-reaching activities at

The Perfume Society (which I launched a couple of years

ago) is to offer ‘discovery’ boxes of fragrance, featuring sample

sizes and miniatures which are much-loved for travel, so

the feedback tells us. There’s a new box pretty much each

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month but this contains a summer-friendly selection including

Miller Harris L’Air de Rien.

Much as I love wearing fragrance, however, it’s not entirely

without challenges in summer. Some notes can trigger

sensitivity, and scent and sunlight aren’t a great fit. It certainly

doesn’t mean that you need to be deprived of the joys of

wearing fragrance, over the summer months.

Jo Fairley’s top tips for spritzing safely…

1 Mist fragrance on to your hair – from 20-30cm away –

rather than skin. Hair is a wonderful carrier of fragrance – in

fact, Estée Lauder always advised perfuming the hair.

2 Spritz a cotton ball and tuck it inside your bra. The heat of

your body will make the fragrance rise beautifully.

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3 Fragrance your clothes – but first, do a colour-check: spritz

a tissue and if there’s no staining visible, your fragrance should

be fine for use on any colour of fabric. Necklines, hems and

collars – and the linings of clothes – are great places to spritz.

4 Tie a scented ribbon around your wrist, bracelet-style.

5 Spray the inside of your handbag – or your beach bag – with

fragrance, for a gorgeous waft every time you reach for your

purse or sunnies. (I’ve even done this to a sunhat – and I’m

all for reviving the fan, which is a really sublime way to enjoy

scent in the summer and taps into fragrance’s very heritage, as

fan-making and perfumery used to have close links.)

6 You may want to wear fragrance on your skin in the

evening – after all, what’s lovelier than little puffs of something

gorgeous, as you sit watching the sun set? And that’s fine: you

won’t get the interaction with UV after the sun goes down.

7 If it’s hot weather, think about keeping your fragrance in the

fridge. A wonderfully cooling experience!

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Wealden Health & Beauty

Wealden Times talks to Rachel Boxall...

Do you have a beauty regime?

I have a very simple beauty

regime, and I’m definitely a

morning person. I like to get up

and out as quickly as possible.

The quicker the regime the

closer I am to breakfast, my

favourite meal of the day. I

will not sacrifice it! You can’t

beat jumbo porridge oats

slowly cooked in almond milk,

topped with seasonal berries.

I love using LUSH tea tree

water toner; it freshens the skin

and has excellent antibacterial

properties. Water is also essential

and I always have a bottle on

hand to stay hydrated. Over the

years I feel that I have finally

mastered minimal make up.

Mascara, flick of black eyeliner,

two in one cream cheek and lip

blush. Set for the day ahead!

Is there a particular product

you couldn’t live without?

Natural products are important

to me, as I want to know exactly

what I am putting on my skin.

I will not go a day without

LUSH ultrabland facial cleanser.

It feels luxuriously thick and has

a light honey fragrance. It really

helps bring my skin back into

balance, especially as the seasons

change. I also need to take care

of my hands, whether arranging

floral displays or handcrafting

paper decorations. LUSH

salted coconut hand scrub

leaves them feeling like new!

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I have

recently discovered hot Hatha

Yoga. It helps me to focus,

unwind and most importantly

stretch after a busy week. I’m

also lucky to have a lovely

friend, Ellie from The Beauty

Aisle. She offers holistic massage

and facials using all natural

skincare products. A trip to her

hideaway retreat in Burwash

really is the ultimate treat.

Who’s your style icon? I have

a few people that inspire me.

The first being Iris Apfel, for

being bold and confident

in her choices and for

highlighting the importance

of a good pair of round

glasses. I also admire Agyness

Deyn and her androgynous

style. My childhood wardrobe

often inspires me and I

subconsciously seek similar

nostalgic patterns, prints and

stripes to wear as an adult.

Rachel has a new independent

floral design business, focused

on seasonal flowers and event

styling, as well as offering

handmade paper flowers

and decorations. For parties

and workshops contact

thefloweredit@gmail.com

More than a meal...

If you think it’s only for the

birds, then you’re wrong! Millet

is available in many varieties

and is a staple in various Asian

and African diets. In South

India, Little Millet is served

with Sambhar, a lentil based

vegetable stew, and Ethiopians

use the soft cooked ‘grain’ as

baby food. It is in fact, a seed,

despite having a grain-like

appearance, and is an ideal

alternative for those with a

gluten or wheat intolerance,

being non-allergenic. It acts

as a pre-biotic for the gut’s

micro-flora, has high levels of

magnesium which can reduce

the effects of migraines, and

digests easily. Use it as an

alternative to rice or potatoes

with an evening meal or try

adding ground millet flakes to

homemade breads and muffins.

Make a delicious sweet

breakfast porridge by slowly

simmering it in a pan with

nut milk and a little honey.

Top this with fresh or dried

fruit, nuts, cacao nibs or any

yummy topping of your choice.

Pretty pout...

This month we have had

the pleasure of trying out

the beautifully tinted lip

balms from Lanolips. With

a choice of Red Apple,

Perfect Nude, Rhubarb

and Rose, there’s a shade

for every skin type. They’re

the perfect size for a small

handbag and are ideal for

summer, adding a little

touch of colour to a fresh

face, whilst giving a healthy

glow and hydrating lips.

They’re rich with ultra

moisturising lanolin, and

contain SPF30, giving you

extra protection during the

summer months. You can

even pop a little on your

cheekbones as a highlighter

and then apply on lips as

needed throughout the day.

All Lanolips products are

animal cruelty and horrible

nasties free and are available

from Boots, Waitrose

or www.lanolips.com

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Adverse reaction

In a world of instant access to endless information, it can all get a

little confusing. We dispel a few myths and find out first-hand...

The Allergy UK expert

Amena Warner is the

Head of Clinical Services...

Is there a difference between food allergy

and intolerance? Allergic reactions to

food involve an abnormal response of the

immune system. Allergic symptoms can

vary from mild, to moderate, to severe.

Mild symptoms can include itching, rashes,

sneezing and a runny nose. Moderate

symptoms vary from swelling, vomiting,

stomach pains and coughing, with severe

symptoms being difficulty in breathing

or talking, which may lead to individuals

passing out. Severe allergic reactions can be

fatal, and are referred to as an anaphylactic

shock, which is an acute medical emergency

that needs prompt medical treatment.

Intolerances are different to food allergies

- they’re not caused by the immune system

and are not life threatening, although they

can reduce quality of life significantly.

Intolerances usually affect adults, rarely

infants, who are more likely to have

allergy. There are no validated tests for

food intolerances other than lactose.

Are there any common symptoms?

With a food allergy, symptoms usually

arise within a few minutes of eating the

offending food, although they may be

delayed by up to a couple of hours. These

can include rashes, wheezing, itching, severe

gut pain or, rarely, sudden collapse. The

rapid onset of symptoms, which always

occur in response to the same food, means

that most people will already recognise that

the food causes them a problem. However

intolerance reactions are usually delayed and

symptoms may take several hours or days

to appear. The most common symptoms

are gastro-intestinal bloating, wind, loose

stools or rashes, joint pain and headaches.

If someone thinks they might have an

intolerance, but is not sure what to, do

you have any advice? Food intolerances can

be diagnosed with the help of a registered

dietitian by a process of elimination of

the suspect food, resolution of symptoms

and monitored reintroduction. This

is often via the use of a food diary.

Allergy UK offer help and advice online or

over the phone so visit www.allergyuk.org or

call 01322 619898 for further information.

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Nut allergy

Hayley discusses day-to-day dealings...

When did you first realise you had an allergy to peanuts and what happened? I can’t

really pinpoint when I discovered my allergy, because it was always thought I just had

asthma. As a small child I vividly remember my aunt giving me a marathon bar out

shopping, but the change happened when I tried peanut butter. The next time I came into

contact with peanuts was at a Christmas party later that year. I had an asthma attack and

the doctor was called. Christmas was when I always suffered most due to nuts being out,

and I have to be careful at parties. It has been known for someone to kiss me on the cheek

and leave a lip mark having just eaten nuts!

What do you do now to avoid coming into contact with peanuts? I’m obviously careful

what I eat and check packets if I’m buying something different. My local Chinese restaurant

know I have an allergy so they are careful with my order and my daughter and fiancé

watch what they eat too. If we eat out I always let the waiter know, although sometimes it’s

unavoidable if someone has had nuts on the same surface. I’ll know about it shortly after!

Are you allergic to anything else/ any other nuts? I have a mild reaction to most

nuts but I don’t really test! Almonds make me sick and roasted chestnuts turn my

stomach. Walnuts make me itch, although I am fine with coconut. I do have to

be careful with beauty products as some contain nut extract which badly affects

my skin, so I use hypoallergenic cleanser, toner and foundation to be safe.

Wheat and gluten intolerance

Christian gives us an interesting insight...

What symptoms did you have that made you question celiac disease? Celiac disease

didn’t come to mind at all until much further down the line. At first I’d occasionally get

pain in the lower abdomen but there wasn’t an obvious correlation between what I was

consuming and the symptoms I had. Once fatigue crept in, the abdominal pain increased

and the constant feeling of general unease took over, I began the search to find out what

was actually going on. At that point it felt as if all food was off the menu because everything

seemed to make the symptoms worse.

What precautions do you take and how do you manage it? The obvious precaution

is avoiding gluten, but that task is a challenge if you like eating anywhere that isn’t a

specialized, quarantined facility where only you and your grain fearing friends have coded

access to. Most folk think being gluten free means replacing your bread with an overpriced,

over processed cardboard-like substitute, but the reality is that gluten protein is lurking in

places you wouldn’t expect. Foods that are naturally gluten free are often cross-contaminated

when they’re commercially processed. That’s why it’s imperative to be label savvy, or even

better, listen to the advice in the next question.

Do you have any advice for someone who thinks they may have celiac or an

intolerance? Celiac disease and any other food intolerance force an individual to become

more conscious about his or her food choices. It’s a chance for someone to reevaluate how

and what they define as ‘food’. However, the mainstream response to gluten intolerance

has created a huge market for speciality food-like products which imitate culturally popular

‘food-items’. Gluten free alternatives for processed boxed cereals, pastas, breads and biscuits

have flooded the supermarkets. Whether you choose to consume the regular version of

these items or its gluten free counterpart, they are sub-optimal for fuelling a vibrant, fully

functional human being. By keeping 95%-100% of your food shopping within the fresh

produce aisle, you take the first step in becoming much healthier and happier beyond the

management of your medical condition. In a nutshell, eat food and less food-like products.

Christian Hindley is a Personal Trainer & Remedial Therapist.

Contact him on 01580 211775.

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Retirement?

– never!

The BBC 2 series The Real Marigold Hotel took a group

of celebrities of retirement age to India to recreate the

story of the award-wining feature film The Best Exotic

Marigold Hotel. In the film, strapped for cash British

pensioners move to Rajasthan to retire, have adventures

and fall in love with the country and the people.

The TV show, like the film, captured the imagination

of many British sixty-somethings who are now

considering the possibility of partial retirement in

the sub-continent. We asked Weald-based super

chef Rosemary Shrager, one of the celebrity stars of

the programme, about her experiences in India.

Photos courtesy of TwoFour Group

We saw you learning to meditate and do yoga whilst

in India. I’ve since read that you were very drawn

the spiritual side of India and were very moved by

it. Can you tell us a little more about this?

Yes, this was a very special moment for me – it’s about giving

myself time and a moment to reflect. I have never done this

before; it has put a new dimension into my life. I do yoga and

meditate on my own. I think it is so important to look after

yourself. India taught me that this is not selfish but beneficial to

us all. In fact, if we don’t take care of ourselves how can we help

other people?

One of the things that came across in the

programme was that India has a different attitude

to age and that older people are very much

respected. Why do you think this is?

They are hugely respectful towards their elders. Decisions are not

made until the elders are asked. It’s all to do with their culture

and attitude. They all pray together in the mornings, they eat

together. This is what happened in the family with whom we

were staying.

The children spent a lot of time with the grandparents. What

happens, whether they are rich or poor, everybody tends to live

as a family. This is pure culture. I think it’s wonderful. It’s what

people are used too. When we were explaining about care homes

for the elderly, they were quite shocked. I found the whole

experience very moving. Why can’t we do that and have more

respect for our elders?

It all looked great fun on telly, but what was it

really like living communally with your fellow

housemates? Do you think it makes sense

financially and socially to join forces with likeminded

people as we get older?

It was fun. I had a good laugh with them. But I couldn’t have

lived any longer with three of them, they would have driven me

stir crazy. There is a huge point in this. Yes it would make sense

financially, but what I did learn was that I need my own space.

Maybe if it was the right place, with like-minded people – that’s

the key – it might work.

After your time living

there, is retirement to India

something that you would

consider?

No, I couldn’t live there. I loved it,

in fact I could say I fell in love with

India it was so special, but I could

only visit for a few months. Or go

back every year to visit our friends.

I have too many commitments in

the UK.

The Real Marigold Hotel appeared

on BBC TWO in January and

February 2016. Download it

from the BBC Store for £4.99.

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Closer to home...

Following on from Rosemary Shrager’s ‘retirement living’ experience, WT looks at The Hawthorns, for older people

who want an active and sociable retirement... but for whom India may be a touch too far!

What are the benefits of downsizing to a retirement

community?

The Hawthorns is one of Eastbourne’s best kept secrets,

where the happy retirement you’ve worked hard to enjoy

becomes a reality. You never have to worry about your bills,

cooking or cleaning because everything is included in a single

monthly fee. It is the perfect place for retirees who want to

maintain an active, independent life within the company of

other

like-minded retirees. With an all-inclusive arrangement, why

buy when you can rent? You don’t need to tie up your capital

and assets in buying another property that you can only sell

back to the retirement operator at their valuation. And there

are no annual service charges, maintenance or management

costs, no exit fees and just 30 days’ notice.

What sort of accommodation is available?

Our community on England’s sunshine coast has been

extensively refurbished for Summer 2016 and offers a choice

of stylish 1-bed and 2-bed apartments, detached bungalows

and studios. All rooms are spacious and neutrally decorated

with high quality carpets.

What makes your community special?

Resident wellbeing is our first concern and our dedicated

wellbeing co-ordinator creates a monthly calendar full of

exciting and interesting activities. With exercise classes, day

trips out, and favourites such as bridge and quiz nights, there

are plenty of opportunities to participate in the programme

designed to maintain mental and physical wellbeing.

Tell us about the facilities on offer.

Our professional kitchen team prepares freshly cooked

meals daily to suit all palates. Served right to your table,

you needn’t lift a finger; instead experience great food and

good conversation with friends. Throughout the day there

are freshly baked homemade pastries, fresh juices and fruit

always available. There is a cinema, games room with a full

size snooker table, and a salon providing hair and beauty

treatments. Our landscaped gardens are well stocked

with quiet areas as well as communal areas for outdoor

entertainment. We also have our own dedicated transport,

for taking residents on appointments and outings.

Is living in a retirement community a sociable experience?

The Hawthorns is a sociable environment and perfect for

couples and singles, amongst others who have chosen a

similar retirement option. There are of course times when we

all prefer some quiet time relaxing with friends, family or on

our own. The Hawthorns offers the space and opportunity

for this, and for those wanting friends or family to stay over

there is a guest suite and use of a private dining room.

See www.hawthornsretirement.co.uk, or call Ian Turnbull,

General Manager on 01323 342640 to find out more or to

book a personal tour.

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Sunshine Smoothies share three of their favourite recipes

– so you can try making your own at home

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

All of Sunshine Smoothies’ recipes make a drink that is more

than 150ml. The fruit is picked fresh, then frozen in batches,

ready to be made into a cool, refreshing drink – without the

addition of ice. They use organic produce whenever possible,

and home-grown too, and the juices used come from Moor’s

Organics in Teynham, near Sittingbourne.

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Minty Pink

Makes one large smoothie (150ml)

• 21g raspberries

• 40g sliced apple (organic)

• Sprig of mint

• Blended with 6 fl oz (100ml) pear juice (organic)

We have been on the Hythe beach site for over

130 years, and on most days our fish counter

has over 50 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish.

Our highly trained fishmongers can prepare

your chosen fish to your specification and our

Chef makes some amazing takeaway food,

which is made fresh on a daily basis.

Fishmongers Opening times

Tues - Fri: 7am - 3pm, Sat: 7am - 12 noon

Tel: 01303 266410 www.griggsofhytheuk.com

Griggs of Hythe

Find us on

Our ‘Brunch on the

Beach’ is served from

Tuesday to Friday,

from 9am until 2pm

and on Saturday from

9am to 1pm.

With picnic benches

on the beach, dining is

alfresco, enabling you

to enjoy the beautiful

views and the relaxing

sound of the sea.

The Old Lifeboat Station Buildings, The Fisherman’s Landing Beach,

Range Road, Hythe CT21 6HF

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Tours and Tastings

at Hush Heath Estate

Enjoy a fantastic day at Hush Heath Estate & Winery,

the home of award-winning Balfour Brut Rosé. Now

open 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays, from

11am-5pm for visitors and wine-lovers to experience

FREE Self-Guided tours and tastings. No need to book.

New for 2016 – Free Guided Tours on selected dates

(see below) Enjoy a free guided tour by one of our winery

experts, 2½ hours including: A full Estate tour and winery

tour followed by a tutored tasting of our award winning

wines and ciders.

(All 11am) Sun 31 st July & Sun 21 st August

Call 01622 832794 to book your place.

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Sat 9 Jul 7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst

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Cranbrook Town Band and Kilndown

Community Choir perform an Anglo-

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Sat 16 & Sun 17 Jul 10am-5pm

Christ Church, Kilndown

Pastimes and Times Past

Kilndown Flower Festival to celebrate

175 years of the church.

Tues 16 Jul 2.30pm

Bedgebury National Pinetum &

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Entry: £12.50 Adults, £9.50 Children

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Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks School,

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Maintaining your swimming pool

Ben Smith, XL Pools

The most important thing you can do for your pool during the

peak of the summer is pay more attention to it. In particular,

the way it looks. If its dirty, the water has gone cloudy or it’s

starting to change colour then it generally means something is

wrong. The quicker you remedy this the better. It is advisable

to test your PH and chlorine daily, but if this is too onerous,

weekly will do. You should also check and clean your skimmer

basket and the filtration pump at this time. There are many

factors that can greatly change the balance of your pool water:

swimmers, heat and storms.

A day of entertaining family and friends is great fun but

remember that, after a day like that, your chlorine levels are

going to drop. If you have had a lot of swimmers in the pool,

or if it’s been an unusually hot day, it’s important to check your

PH and chlorine levels. If you don’t have enough chlorine in

the pool your pool water will turn cloudy and start to change

colour. A great addition to your pool filter system is a salt-water

chlorination system. It will help maintain your chlorine and

chemical balance. A salt-water chlorination system will disinfect

the pool water which dramatically improves the look, smell and

feel of your pool water. It’s perfect for children’s delicate skin

and for those suffering from allergies. It also helps to prevent

alkalinity fluctuations saving you hundreds of pounds which

you would otherwise spend on sanitizing chemicals.

After a storm, its important to spend a bit of time tidying the

pool and the pool area. A storm can make the pool turn green

overnight. The first thing to think about is the water level.

After heavy rain the water is going to be higher. If this is the

case, you should make sure that you lower it to allow leaves and

debris to skim into the basket. It would be better still to catch

the leaves before they skim into the basket. So, spend a bit of

time with your net, picking up as many as you can. Heavy rain

will also cause chlorine levels to drop significantly. It is a good

idea to take your water sample up to your local pool shop for

testing. In addition, garden run-off can lead to phosphates in

your pool which can also turn your pool green. Finally, check

the clock and timer on your chlorine generator to ensure that

lightning has not damaged it.

If you are going away on holiday, here are a few pointers that

will help keep your pool healthy for when you get back...

Fill the pool as high as you can; high water levels will reduce

the amount of leaves in the skimmer basket. You may come

back to a dirtier pool but there is less chance of damaging

your pumps. If you have a solar cover over your pool, make

sure you turn your chlorine generator down as pool blankets

may lead to high levels of chlorine because chlorine is not lost

through evaporation. Lastly, it’s a good idea to get a neighbour

or friends to check the pool for you while you are away. Or, we

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Save our Salvias...

Sue Whigham on this easy-to-grow, flowering favourite

They grow some marvellous salvias in the

Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Late October, and

in the autumn sunlight, the gardens were still

full of colour. I remember, just as we were leaving,

the most spectacular sight – a hugely dramatic salvia

with bright blue flowers contrasting with lime green

calyces. What I wouldn’t have given for a cutting.

But there’s no need to travel that far to find salvias. We’re

lucky to have Dyson’s Nursery at Great Comp, Sevenoaks

where William Dyson grows about 250 different varieties.

His range of woody summer flowering salvias was extended

by James Compton’s discovery in the Sierra Madre, Mexico of

a hybrid (S. jamensis) between S. microphylla, the mountain

sage, and S. greggii, the autumn sage. These shrubby, woody

plants are in the main hardy and have a long flowering

period, sometimes right through to November. Easy to grow

on well-drained sites and easy to propagate; just take a heel

cutting during the summer and pop them into a 50/50 mix

of horticultural sand and compost, and off they’ll go.

Salvias are in the genus, Lamiaceae, the mint family, which

contains at least nine hundred species with many originating

in Central and South America, the Southern states of the

USA and Mexico. The majority of salvias are sun loving and

many grow in high mountainous regions. The name comes

from the Latin ‘Salvus’ meaning, ‘whole, health and safe’ as

some of the species salvias have been grown in Apothecaries’

gardens for centuries for their medicinal qualities. I

particularly like S. lavandulifolia, the lavender leaved salvia,

not only for its leaves and its culinary uses but for the masses

of mauve blossom that it throws out in the summer. Here are

some of my other favourites:

Salvia greggii ‘Dark Dancer’. Lovely deep fuchsia flowers

on wiry stems. Perfect for a dry garden soil but again must be

well drained. It’s native to the arid deserts of Mexico.

S. ‘Silas Dyson’ is a pretty gorgeous hardy shrubby salvia.

It’ll flower for you from June right through until November.

The buds are a rich purple and the flowers are a strong

crimson, fading as they mature to red. Another bonus is that

the plant is very floriferous.

Salvia microphylla ‘Wild Watermelon’ has grey calyces and

wide lipped pink, pink, pink flowers.

Salvia microphylla ‘Icing Sugar’ is a child of the popular but

ever so bright ‘Hot Lips’, which grows to about three feet and

has pink and purple flowers.

It is easy to become a bit addicted to salvias as their variety

is staggering and they have such fascinating flowers which

consist of colourful tubes, sometimes soft and downy, with

two lips of different lengths. The calyces that they emerge

from are often as decorative as the flower, so you get a bonus,

as in Salvia atrocyanea which has arching stems and long

drooping flowers in a deep blue with bright green calyces

and blue tinged bracts. Sounds familiar; maybe this was the

mystery Brooklyn plant?

Then there are the drama queens such as the purple Salvia

‘Amistad’, used a lot at Great Dixter. It has large distinctive,

corrugated leaves and stems run through with red but it’s

the flowers that I love – small and orangey-red growing in

sizeable spikes above the leaves. It is not hardy though and

has to be lifted and wheeled into shelter for the winter. It’s

the same with S. guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’; bright indigo

flowers combine with a jet black calyx. Bliss, but lift it in the

autumn, once it has flowered. Also, there is S. ‘Phyllis’ Fancy’.

It has been described as hardy but I wouldn’t risk it.

And we haven’t even started on the hardy perennial salvias,

such a boon in the herbaceous border, and the silvery

S. leucanthas – but they can wait for another time.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for

gardening advice and help in the sourcing and supply of

interesting garden plants.

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Cut above

the rest

Jo Arnell on the pleasure of growing your own cut flowers

Imagine floating serenely down rows of beautiful blooms,

pausing every now and then to pick some perfect buds on

long sturdy stems – then filling the house with delicately

arranged vases of flowers. Just the thought of growing your

own cut flowers is a gorgeous and ecologically sound thing

to do (thinking uses very little carbon), but the reality is

slightly less dreamy. Growing cut flowers requires space, time

and effort, if you want to get a good – and varied crop.

Where to grow them

A sheltered, sunny position is ideal, as blooms need

protection from the wind and weather. Some flowers flourish

in the shade, but most will do better in full sun – and with

access to water if possible. The number of flowers you need

will be an important factor when you’re deciding where to

grow your flowers. Annuals, some roses and repeat-flowering

plants with many blooms can easily be grown in existing

flower borders – they respond well to picking, so it’s just early

dead-heading. In reality you might not want to deplete your

borders, so it can be worth finding a separate space. A corner

of the veg patch can work well, and dahlias, sunflowers and

sweet peas will appreciate the rich, well-cultivated soil.

It makes sense to grow cut flowers in rows, as you would

any other crop, as this will make weeding, picking, and

general maintenance easier. My cutting garden has narrow

beds – about a metre wide, but they’re quite long, with small

paths in-between. If you choose to have grass paths, ensure

that you can get the mower down them...

How to grow them

Soil preparation, as with the production of any other crop,

is key. Clear perennial weeds and apply some organic matter

(well-rotted manure/spent mushroom compost) to improve

soil structure and fertility. Budget will dictate whether you

start with good-sized plants that will crop in the first year,

or whether you take the cheaper, longer, but ultimately

more satisfying route of growing from seeds and cuttings.

Once established, clumps of perennials can be divided and

replanted, shrubs can be layered, or propagated from cuttings,

and you will learn which annuals and biennials enjoy your

conditions and happily self-sow – saving you time and effort.

A general purpose fertiliser raked in at the start of the season

will keep the plants fed and a mulch applied in spring will

also release nutrients, retain moisture and help prevent weeds.

Watch out for aphids and other pests and try to catch them

early before they infest your plants. A potassium-rich feed in

mid/late spring will encourage flowering and the ripening of

fruit. This will be especially useful for those plants that flower

repeatedly and will keep them going for longer.

What to grow

Much of this will be down to personal taste and you will have

a good idea of the flowers you simply must include – and

probably a hate list too, but don’t forget to think about the

overall structure of your bouquets and arrangements. Flower

arranging is similar in principle to border design. Colour

schemes are important, but shapes are also key. Aim for a mix

of plants that will allow you to design an effective bouquet of

flowers for as long as you need. Think about shapes; spikes,

larger focal points, foliage as structure and background, and

fillers to soften and act as a foil or buffer in between blooms.

Perennials and bulbs

Grow peonies and dahlias for impact, majestic spires of

delphiniums, verbascums and lupins, with Gypsophilla or

Alchemilla as fillers and Melianthus for foliage interest. Bulbs

are great for spring colour, but remember that you only

get one stem per bulb. Peonies won’t appreciate too much

hacking either, but if you cut lupins and delphiniums right

to the ground after flowering/picking, they should put on

another show in the autumn.

Annuals and biennials

Some of these will self-sow if they like you, but be prepared

to grow a new batch from seed each year. Sweet peas,

Cerinthe major, Bupleurum griffithii, sunflowers, Amni

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mighty yew…

If you have never been to Ulcombe, do pay a visit to All

Saints church. It is a little way out of the village, up the hill,

on the left. The church had its beginning in the twelfth

century but it’s the yew trees that are spectacular. I have a great

photo of the children climbing the yew. One of the yew trees

is said to be over 2000 years old and many others have been

recorded as over 4000 years old. A yew tree that has a sixty

foot spread sited in St Cynogs’ churchyard, Powys has been

recorded as over 5000 years old. Professor Janis Fry, who has

studied the yew, Taxus baccata, for over forty years believes it

to be the oldest tree in Britain, if not in Europe. To put it in

context, this tree was around two thousand years before Christ.

Our tree in Ulcombe was seeded in Anglo Saxon times,

and set me thinking why yew trees are found in churchyards.

The yew is associated with mortality and death in most

people’s minds yet religion and myth connect the yew

with long life, communication and transformation.

The reason yews are often in churchyards is because early

Christians used Druid temple sites to build churches. The yew was

sacred to Hecate, goddess of witchcraft and magic and she was a

guardian of the underworld and assisted Demeter in finding her

daughter Persephone, who had been abducted by Hades. It was

believed that the yew is a powerful protector, a bringer of dreams

and should be protected. Celts believed the yew is the last of the

twenty trees in the tree Ogham, a system whereby Druids gained

their wisdom. It is said that in hot weather, Shaman would inhale

the resinous vapour of the yew to induce trances and pass on their

visions. It’s no wonder that onlookers respected the tree believing

it to be a connection with the other world, and helping people

make the journey from life to death. The yew was the transformer

showing people that death was a re-birth to other places and gives

spiritual guidance by summoning up spirits. Tribal leaders had the

honour of being buried under a yew believing that they could pass

on their knowledge to living Shaman.

Leeds Castle in Kent has a magnificent maze consisting of

2400 yew trees. And although it is set in a square, from an Ariel

point of view, it becomes a circle. Hever Castle, in Kent near

Edenbridge known for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn

has a hundred year old yew tree maze and nearly a quarter of a

mile of pathways.

You can propagate a yew tree from a cutting or seeds. Seeds can

take up to two years to germinate. Semi-ripe cuttings or softwood

cuttings taken in summer should be put in a cold frame and left

to root.

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Saturday 30 th &

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Donkey Rides, Punch

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What’s On In July

ART

Mon 27 Jun - Fri 8 Jul 9.30am - 6pm

Bromley Central Library, High

Street, Bromley, Kent BR1 1EX

Sidcup Art Club Summer

Exhibition

Members of Sidcup Art Club will

be exhibiting a number of paintings

for sale at Bromley Central Library.

Paintings will be in a variety of mediums:

watercolour, oil, inks, mixed

media and pastels covering a range

of themes: wildlife, landscapes, local

scenes, still life, figurative and flowers.

Entry: Free

Info: 0208 302 5390

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Jul 10am - 6pm

Barfrestone Court Barn, Barfrestone,

Near Dover, Kent CT15 7JJ

Barfrestone Art Show

11th Anniversary of the Barfrestone

Art Show, an exhibition and sale of

work by local artists from across East

and South Kent including paintings,

drawings, sculpture, ceramics and photographic

work.

Entry: £1.50

Info: 01304 830023 / 01304 830414

Children & Family

Fri 1 - Mon 18 Jul

Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden

Road, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB

Meadow month

A month long celebration of meadows,

with tours, workshops and lectures at

Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

Info: 0844 2491895 / www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Sissinghurst-castle-garden

Sat 2 Jul - Sun 3 Jul

Spa Valley Railway, Neville Terrace,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5QY

Summer steam festival

Join us for a weekend of intensive

steam action with three mighty industrial

Steam locomotives plus an array

of road engines, stationary engines and

of course Real Ale & Cider.

Info: 01892 537715 / www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Sat 2 Jul - Sun 4 Sep

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill,

Sevenoaks TN14 6BA

Winnie the Pooh trail

Follow the beloved characters on the

trail around the garden. Help Winnie

the Pooh and friends find missing

honey pots through the garden.

Info: 01732 868381 / www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Sun 12 Jun 2-5.30pm

Townland, Sixfields,

Tenterden TN30 6EX

Open Garden

Take an afternoon to visit this

open garden and raise money

in aid of NGS charity. Teas and

free parking are available and this

location is wheelchair accessible.

Entry: Adults £4, children free

Info: 01580 764505

Sat 16 Jul

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN

Big Camp

Join us for one night of exclusive

camping at Scotney Castle. There

is no better way to spend a summer

weekend, with activities for all the

family, access to the house, garden and

old castle all included in the price.

Breakfast is also included and there

will be options for dinner made available

closer to the time.

Info: 01892 893868 / www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Sat 16 & Sun 17 Jul 8.30am

Eridge Park, Eridge Green,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9JT

Eridge Horse Trials

Eridge Park will host the 22nd Eridge

Horse Trials and Country Market,

that has ‘Ssangyong Motors UK’ as its

title sponsor. The country market will

cater for all interests and tastes, selling

crafts, food, clothes, gifts and farmers’

produce. A licensed bar will be

available for grown-ups and inflatables

kids’s zone and tractor rides for the

children.

Entry: From £10

Info: www.eridge-horsetrials.co.uk

Sun 17 Jul 12-4.30pm

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes

Hotel, Kent ME17 1RE

Mercure Maidstone Family

Fun Day

A day for the whole family to enjoy,

and all in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

With raffles, stalls, games, face painting,

ice cream, a bouncy castle, a BBQ

and live entertainment all day, we

guarantee a brilliant day out.

Entry: Free

Info: 0844 815 9045 / www.mercuremaidstone.co.uk

Mon 18 - Fri 22 Jul, Mon 25 - Fri

29 Jul

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN

Summer walks

Join us for these walks taking in

aspects of a historic estate in summer.

The walks this week will focus on

butterflies as part of the Big Butterfly

Count, but will also touch on wild

flowers, dragonflies, trees, meadows

and historic landscape features.

Booking not needed. Dogs on leads

welcome.

Info: 01892 893 868 / www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Wed 20 & Wed 27 Jul

6pm

Victoria Parade & Promenade,

Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1QL

Summer Fireworks

A firework display, plus children’s

rides & games, donuts, candy floss &

refreshments and late night mini golf.

Live music at the bandstand.

Entry: Free

Info: www.broadstairsfireworks.co.uk

Tues 26 - Fri 29 Jul, Tues 2 - Fri 5,

9-12, 16-19 & 23-26 Aug 10am-3pm

Bedgebury Pinetum

Forest Summer School

Kent High Weald Partnership are

offering a new approach to Forest

School over the summer holdidays.

Book in for as many days as you like

and learn some fantastic new skills.

Suitable for 7-12 years olds. All the

money raised will go towards providing

Forest Schools for children who

would otherwise not be able to attend.

Entry: £35 per day

Info: 01580 212972 / saul.fajerman@

kent.gov.uk / khwp.org.uk

Fairs & Festivals

at 18 Jun - Sun 3 Jul

Various locations in Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks Summer

Festival

A Community Festival featuring

special appearances of ‘Show of

Hands’(Folk), Gyles Brandreth, The

Haley Sisters(Country), Sir Willard

White(Opera), Martin Taylor(guitar)

and Rick Wakeman(Pop Piano).

Puppet shows and Punch & Judy for

children.

Info: 01732 450175 / www.sevenoaksfestival.org.uk

Sat 2 Jul

Pilgrims Hospices Kent CT9 4AD

Summer Fair

Lots to see, loads to eat, fun games,

raffle, bottle tombola, plants, fresh

produce, BBQ and much more.

Donations of unwanted gifts, bottles

and plants wanted prior to the fair.

Entry: Free

Info: 01843 233934 / www.pilgrimshospices.org

Sat 2 Jul & Sun 3 Jul 10am - late

Victoria Gardens & Promenade,

Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1QL

Broadstairs Summer Fair

Visit the best beach & seaside resort in

Kent. Enjoy fair rides, children’s entertainment,

game stalls, lots of crafts,

boat trips and mini golf.

Entry: Free

Info: 01227 700894 / info@leisureevents.net

/ www.leisureevents.net

Sat 2 Jul 1pm

High Hurstwood

Fete

Enjoy pony rides, a magic show,

bouncy castle, mini railway, fully

licensed bar, BBQ, plus so much more.

Info: kimberleygoodey@hotmail.com

Sun 10 & 24 Jul 2.30-4.30pm

All Saints, Woodchurch

Cream Teas

A lovely local event to be held in the

Church grounds if sunny, and inside

the church if not. Perfect for family

and friends.

Info: theluffs19@btinternet.com

Tues 12 Jul

St Mary’s Church, Upper Lake,

Battle 6.45-9.30pm

BATTLE Festival Summer

concert

Enjoy a programme of Beethoven,

Franck and Schubert. Seating is limited

so book early.

Entry: £5-£15

Info: 07425 153608 / info@battlefestival.co.uk

Sat 16 & Sun 17 Jul

Eridge Park

Horse Trials & country

market

A great day out for all the family.

Come along and enjoy crafts, food,

clothes, gifts and farmers’ produce. A

licensed bar is available for the grownups

and tractor rides will keep the little

ones entertained.

Entry: £10-£15

Info: www.eridge-horse-trials.co.uk

Sun 17 Jul

Brogdale Collections, Brogdale

Farm, Faversham ME13 8XZ

Cherry Fair

Celebrate over 400 varieties of cherry

with entertainment, live music, local

producers and a display of cherries

like you have never seen. The Cherry

Fair will be overflowing with juicy

cherry varieties picked straight from

the Brogdale orchards. Choose your

favourite to take home and enjoy! Try

before you buy – some of our best

varieties will be on offer and you won’t

find many of them anywhere else.

Info: 01795 536250 / www.brogdalecollections.org

Sun 17 Jul 11am-4pm

Whitstable Castle & Gardens, Tower

Hill, Whitstable, Kent CT5 2BW

Summer Food Festival

The Castle will be filled with an abundance

of locally produced food and

drink both inside and outside - available

to buy or sample. The Orangery

Tearooms will be open all day for light

lunches, cream teas too.

Entry: Free

Info: 01227281726 / www.whitstablecastle.co.uk

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Jul 10.30am-

4.30pm

St Mary’s Church, Orlestone,

Hamstreet, Ashford, Kent TN26

2EU

Flower Festival

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of

Beatrix Potter, books, bric-a-brac, toys,

plants and a raffle will be available,

along with morning coffee, ploughman’s

lunches and afternoon tea.

Info: 01233 732833

Fri 29 - Sun 31 Jul

The Hop Farm Family Park,

Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent

TN12 6PY

Chilled in a Field Festival

Family-friendly dance, live music, &

arts festival, where we play all day,

and dance all night. Make the most of

the beautiful space, secluded woods,

proper toilets, hot showers, free

activities for children and adults all

day, bands, musicians, artists, theatre

performances and local beer, cider,

bubbles and cocktails, and mountains

of street food.

Entry: Adults £99, Teenagers £30,

Infants £3

Info: www.chilledinafieldfestival.co.uk

Fri 29 - Sun 31 Jul

Chilli Farm, A2 Coldred, Near

Dover, Kent CT15 5AH

Chilli Farm Festival & VW

Show

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Godinton House & Gardens

Open Air Theatre

16th July

The Pantaloons

Gullivars Travels

29th July

Rude Mechanicals

Macbyrd

From Country Chic to Boutique - Something For Everyone

Fashion / Gifts / Homeware / Vintage / Food & Drink

Country Lifestyle

Luxury Gift Fair

14th & 15th July

“A fabulous collection of boutique

shops in a stunning location”

“A lovely friendly fair, so

many beautiful products”

Bring your chairs, rugs and picnics

godintonhouse.co.uk

01233 643854

Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0TG

10am - 4pm / £4 Entry / Free Parking

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Sunday 17 17 July

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23RD JULY TO 4TH SEPTEMBER

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There is a fabulous range of live entertainment in our indoor

Big Top throughout the Summer holidays – all at no extra charge!

See TV's Nick Spellman "AnimalMan"

Meet Flip the Clown

New arrivals from Kent Owl Academy

Animal antics from Claws and Jaws

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Kent’s original VW festival with hundreds

of VWs taking part. Trikes, classic

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Fri 1, Fri 8, Sun 17

Charlton Park, Charlton Place,

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summer shakespeare season

Enjoy Othello, A Midsummer Night’s

Dream and All’s Well That Ends Well in

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Bring a picnic and rugs.

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Info: 01227 831355 / www.charltonpark.org

Sat 9 Jul 7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst

Brass and Voices

Cranbrook Town Band and Kilndown

Community Choir perform an Anglo-

French musical extravaganza.

Entry: £8 Adults, £5 under 18s from

Goudhurst Newsagent or on the door

Sat 16 & Sun 17 Jul 10am-5pm

Christ Church, Kilndown

Pastimes and Times Past

Kilndown Flower Festival to celebrate

175 years of the church.

Tues 16 Jul 2.30pm

Bedgebury National Pinetum &

Forest, Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst

TN17 2SJ

Danny the champion of

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Illyria promises a magnificent, funny

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Entry: £12.50 Adults, £9.50 Children

(ages 2-15)

Info & Booking: 03000 680400 / www.

forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

Sun 17 Jul 7.30pm

Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks School,

Kent TN13 1HU

Lydian Orchestra

Celebrating the 40th year of this independent

youth orchestra, with conductor

Nils Schweckendiek, they will

perform Rimsky-Korsakov,

Shostakovich and more.

Entry: £6-£12

Info: 01732 467765 / www.lydian.

org.uk

Workshops

Thurs 14 Jul 7.30pm

Heathfield Community Centre,

Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield

Horam & Heathfield

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Writing and Wine Day

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Jane sings the praises

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I

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Introducing...

Diamond Boards

George Stevens tells us about his passion for

music, designing and making things from wood.

What inspired you to start your business?

I’m a creator and have been for many years – be it music, designing or

making things from wood.

How did you learn such a unique skill?

I undertook a two-year diploma course, followed by a three-year

BSc. in Music Tech at what was originally the London College of

Furniture, beginning in the late

80s. My time there was spent

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stringed instruments (luthiery)

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Most of the bench work was

taught by hand which gave me

a great respect for good quality

sharp tools and the nature of the

working materials.

What influences your product aesthetic?

Everyone uses chopping boards and people also tend to like oak

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What is the essence of your business?

Handmade locally by one person, in a small workshop. Cottage

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Tell us about the making process of your

musical instruments?

It’s not easy to say in a few sentences what people write whole books

about! Instrument making is a very

exacting business. Musical sculpture

has the aesthetic and ergonomic

requirements of furniture but also

needs to sound good. Written

information is only useful up to a

point; the only way to really learn is

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now realise is never ending. Very wellseasoned

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a certain length of time to be perfectly

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which can also have significant

effect on the resulting sound. Some

instruments take many weeks to make

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I continue to make a wide range of the early plucked instruments,

in which I have always specialised, including some reinventions and

innovations, using primarily UK and European woods.

When did you start making the chopping

boards?

Specialist luthiery is quite niche but thanks to the internet, which

didn’t exist when I began working with wood, I get commissions

from all over the world

for the instruments.

Unfortunately we luthiers

don’t ‘fit’ in craft fairs, art

galleries or, curiously, most

music shops, and even after

25 years and hundreds of

instruments made I still get

busy times and those that

are less busy. So during a

less busy period last year I decided to transfer my specialist skills

to different wooden products that would appeal to anyone and

everyone closer to home.

What’s your favourite product from your

collection?

I get the oak in different thicknesses which naturally suggests

offering a variety of sizes and thicknesses, which in turn can have a

variety of uses for chopping and serving. So I don’t have a particular

favourite, they all have their own merits, and I still have the same

respect for the pre-storage of the materials before I can use them.

What makes all the hard work worth it?

Some people have said of the Diamond Boards ‘they look too nice

to use’ which is a huge

compliment, if a little ironic.

I think they appreciate

that the boards are not all

identical and ‘machine-like’

because they’ve been worked

by hand, individually and

with real care.

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