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A beautiful Grade II listed country home in a secluded gated setting yet within minutes walk of mainline rail.
Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Study, Family Room, Large Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Cloakroom,
Master Bedroom Suite, 7 Double Bedrooms, 3 Bath/Shower Rooms, Detached Triple Garage, Small Barn, Potting Shed, Greenhouse, Formal
gardens and Paddock. In all circa 4 acres.
Guide Price £1,875,000
Crowhurst, nr Lingfield
A striking and substantial family home with a self-contained annexe set on a plot of about 1.4 acres in the rural village of Crowhurst.
Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Family/Dining Room, Study, Games Room, Wonderful Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Cloakroom, 6 Double Bedrooms,
4 Bath/Shower Rooms (2 En Suite), Annexe Accommodation, Private Driveway, Garaging, Gardens & Grounds of about 1.4 acres. EPC Rating: F
Guide Price £1,500,000
Oxted 01883 712375
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Principal part of a Victorian home in a prime secluded location
Reception hall, cloakroom, magnificent drawing room, dining room, kitchen, cellar, first floor landing, 5 bedrooms, family bathroom, attic,
double and single garage, veranda and sun terrace, superb landscaped gardens, outstanding southerly and westerly views, in all about 0.7 of
an acre. EPC F
Guide Price £1.175m
Holmbury St. Mary
Charming detached cottage in a superb village location
Entrance porch, entrance hall, sitting room/dining room with wood-burning stove, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility and boot room, cloakroom,
3 bedrooms, bathroom, separate WC, double garage, lovely cottage gardens, backing onto protected woodland, fine views over village and
surrounding countryside, in all, about 0.22 of an acre. EPC E
Guide price £875,000
coming 26 January 2015
LONGVIEW, Westhall Road, Warlingham £1,195,000
Occupying an an attractive position in in the favoured Westhall Road area of of Warlingham, a a brand new family
house by by Wolsey Developments in in conjunction with Hudson Homes. Longview is is a a traditionally styled detached
5 bedroom luxury house, beautifully presented and enjoying a a high specification, with far far reaching countryside
views to to the west. Longview also features a a landscaped gardens and a a double garage.
Warlingham village with its its village green and good range of of amenities is is around a a mile away and
Warlingham/Whyteleafe mainline railway stations are within ½ mile.
Harestone Hill, Caterham
A This beautifully presented detached house is is
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particularly attractive and spacious kitchen/
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Weydon Lane, Farnham - Freehold Ground Rents
Two adjacent blocks over three floors arranged as 21 purpose
built flats each with a garage to the rear currently let at £3,304
We understand the freehold (via a management company)
insures, manages and maintains the block recovering the costs
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Four of the units are let and producing £24,164 per annum with
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Offered with vacant possession and considered ideal for
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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
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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.
1. The Old House
Where? The Old House is on the
edge of the highly sought after village of
Frensham and has frontage on to the River
Wey (Google Maps GU10 3EF).
What?This stunning grade II listed
house dates from the 16th century, with
late 17th century/early 18th century
and 20th century additions. The
accommodation is extensive, with spacious
reception rooms, a reception hall with
inglenook and wide-boarded timber floor.
The drawing room has an attractive view
over the gardens and there is also a
panelled dining room, a sitting room,
study and adjoining kitchen and breakfast
room. Upstairs there is a vaulted master
bedroom with bathroom, dressing room
and balcony, seven further bedrooms and
three more bathrooms. To the west of the
inner courtyard there is a two-bedroom
cottage with bathroom, shower room and
kitchen. The grounds are laid out formally
and informally with an avenue of trees
and encompasses a large, stylish swimming
pool with a terrace, hard tennis court with
adjacent, ornamental pond, stabling with
two loose boxes and paddocks bordering
the River Wey.
How much? The Old House is on
the market at £4,750,000 and is with
Knight Frank in Guildford. Call 01483
610959 or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk
Where? Cranford is off Pains Hill,
close to Limsfield Common and about
two miles from Oxted.
Gardens & outbuildings
the gardens at hunters moon are enchanting and were carefully planned
by the current owners and garden designer, Fiona Lawrenson, who has
won two gold medals at the Chelsea Flower show. to the rear of the
house is a secluded seating area, ideal for outdoor entertaining during
the summer months. the garden is mainly laid to lawn and interspersed
with lush, mature beds and a variety of trees. a timber framed rose walk
leads through to an ornamental part of the garden, which features pretty
box hedging. the swimming pool area is incredibly well protected as it is
surrounded by the original garden walls, which are attractively adorned
with foliage. there is a patio area for poolside entertaining.
Beyond the gardens are the paddocks, which are fenced with post and rail
fences and the ménage. the extent of the land and woodland can be seen
on the boundary plan.
adjacent to the rear of the property is the stable block, which is a charming
period building with 4 stables, a tack room, 2 store rooms and a hay loft
above. this building may have potential for conversion, subject to the
(Google Maps RH8 0RF).
What? An impressive Edwardian
property built in 1912, the property has
had a number of additions over the years
and is today a light and spacious country
home. On the ground floor there are
two principal receptions rooms, both
with exposed timber and open fireplaces,
a large family room with sliding glass
door to the patio, as well as a study and
a superb kitchen/breakfast room with
French doors to the conservatory. On
the first floor there is a master bedroom,
with en suite bathroom and dressing
room, and four further bedrooms and two
bathrooms. A separate stairway leads to
a self-contained guest suite with double
bedroom and shower room. The lovely
gardens and grounds extend for almost
eight acres encompassing formal lawns,
woodland, a paddock and an attractive
leisure complex which includes an elegant
indoor swimming pool.
How much? Cranford has an asking
price of £2,350,000 and is with
Jackson-Stops in Oxted.
Call 01883 712375 or visit
3. Hunters Moon
Where? Surrounded by ancient
woodland, Hunters Moon is on the edge
of the village of Grayshott in Hampshire,
close to the borders of Surrey and West
Sussex (Google Maps GU26 6EG).
What? An elegant and substantial
Victorian country house, the property was
once the main house on the Kingswood
Firs estate and has direct private access on to
Ludshott Common. The house has a variety
of attractive and unusual design features,
including several arched windows and a
large bay window in the superb 32-foot
drawing room. It also features a family
room, dining room, study, wine cellar and
kitchen breakfast room with AGA.
Above, on two floors, are a master
bedroom suite with two dressing rooms
plus five further bedrooms and three more
bathrooms. The gardens at Hunters Moon
were planned by the current owners and
garden designer, Fiona Lawrenson, who has
won two gold medals at the Chelsea Flower
Show. The grounds extend to over seven
acres and encompass a secluded swimming.
There are also paddocks, a manège and
a stable block with four stables, as well as
How much? Hunter’s Moon is
priced at £2,750,000 and is on the market
with Savills in Guildford. Call 01483 796
Where? Whitelands is in a secluded
location just to the north of Brockham
village, two miles west of Dorking
(Google Maps RH3 7HB).
What? The house is a substantial family
home of considerable style and character,
built in the late 1920s. On the ground
floor there is an impressive hall and Art
Deco staircase, a 35-foot drawing room
with inglenook fireplace which is adjoined
by a garden room and a bar/snug, a dining
room, sitting room, fourth reception room
and kitchen/breakfast room. On the first
floor there is a master bedroom with en
suite bathroom and dressing room dressing
room and six further bedrooms, three with
en suite facilities. Outside the grounds are
divided into two areas – a smaller area laid
to grass with a patio and the main part of
the grounds which extend to the west and
include an attractive swimming pool. The
grounds adjoin open farmland and extend
to about an acre,
How much? Whitelands is on the
market at £1,300,000 and is with
Jackson-Stops in Dorking. Call 01306
887560 or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk
820 or visit www.savills.co.uk
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I am going through a divorce
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The financial application will be filed
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teenager with a life-limiting condition. There’s plenty to keep the family occupied.
Watch the Huxley Birds of Prey soar into the skies, children can be entertained
by puppet shows, juggling, storytelling, face painting and a funfair, plus a there’s a
chance to try your hand at archery and willow weaving. For more information visit
www.thegardenshowonline.com or call 01243 538456.
Exhibitions & events
near you this month...
On Saturday 23 July enjoy a stunning summer
evening, starting with an outdoor vineyard train
tour at Denbies Wine Estate. Sparkling wine &
canapés will be served at the top of Ranmore, at one
of the most spectacular viewpoints of the vineyard,
overlooking Box Hill & Dorking. Following this will
be a three-course meal in the Gallery Restaurant.
Tickets are £55 per person for non-members and
£49.50 for those in the Loyalty Club. For more
information visit www.denbies.co.uk
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This summer, the National Trust is hosting the Big
Camp - a unique opportunity to camp somewhere
truly special. On Saturday 16 July, take your pick
and camp at one of England’s finest arboretums, out
on a wild hilltop, in a woodland glade, alongside the
river or outside a beautiful country house. With each
special location putting on its own events, there is
something for everyone. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
for more information.
Guildford Castle grounds becomes Oakworth
Railway Station from Friday 8 - Saturday 16 July,
in this delightful story of Bobbie, Phyllis and
Peter’s adventures. Funny and heart-warming, this
is the perfect summer feel-good production of
The Railway Children for the whole family. Bring
a picnic to enjoy before you see the show. Both
matinee and evening tickets are available, at £15
for adults and £10 for children. Visit www.tickets.
visitguildford.com to book yours now or call 01252
784733 to find out more.
One of Surrey’s favourite beauty spots has reopened
to the public, and this year is a special one for
Mayfield Lavender, as it celebrates 10 years of
providing the village of Banstead with its own
little piece of Provence. Thousands of visitors have
toured the 25-acre organic lavender farm and
enjoyed its wonderful fragrance and picturesque
setting. This year the farm’s owners Lorna and
Brendan Maye are hoping to share its beauty with
more people than ever. For opening times and
directions visit www.mayfieldlavender.com
Calling all dog lovers! Visit Painshill on 16 July for
their ever popular Pooch Day. A perfect day out
for families and their four-legged friends. Be totally
wowed by the dog shows on display and treat your
perfect pup to a treat from one of the luxury dog
product stalls. The fun begins at 11am. Be sure to
book your tickets in advance to avoid the queues.
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Visit RHS Garden Wisley for their summer Arts
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exhibitions, children’s interactive theatre workshops
and music. Be inspired by the artists and
craftspeople as they showcase their work, exhibiting
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Which means some air and light can still pass through, but the
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after receiving so many requests for pieces, I decided to put my new
found passion to good use and Bella Jane was born.
Have you always been a creative person?
Funnily enough, I’ve never really thought of myself as a creative
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Did you have
I am a self-taught jewellery maker
(having received some helpful
and sound advice along the way).
I also have a background and
fairly lengthy experience working
in business. I part owned and ran
a business in London for many
What influences your product aesthetic?
I always make what I would love to wear myself. As well as trying to
keep up with all the latest trends and fashions, I try to make pieces
that I know will symbolise and mean something to someone. I only
use quality materials and all my jewellery comes beautifully packaged.
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What is the essence of your business?
My aim is always to make covetable jewellery of excellent quality,
that is beautifully packaged for an affordable price. I also believe that
customer service is everything, so I always try to exceed expectations
Tell us about the making process?
The making process is actually the easy bit. Yes, it’s definitely fiddly
and time consuming, but
the most difficult, but most
rewarding part is coming up
with different ideas and creating
new designs. I design three new
collections a year, so all those
who collect my pieces are never
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What’s your favourite product from your
If I had to pick just one piece, I
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piece without being over the
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stacked on my wrist!
Do you enjoy working for yourself?
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What makes all the hard work worth it?
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such lovely feedback. There is nothing more rewarding for me than
customers emailing or posting comments on social media when
they are delighted with their jewellery and they feel that they have
received the best customer service – big smiles all round!
Clockwise, Stack of Sterling Silver Charm Bracelets, £35 each;
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Inspiration comes in so many forms this month – from dreamy
swimming pools and fabulous interiors, to Jo Arnell’s tales of
growing cut flowers in her heavenly garden in Woodchurch,
Kent. It’s hard to know which pages to flick to first...
Those who like a surprise will love Martine and Andrew’s
country cottage; weather-boarded and traditional on the
outside, luxury ski chalet on the inside – it’s a look that
will have you dreaming of the Alps. Also rural, with a twist,
Tara and Mark’s magnificent farmhouse shows what can be
done with a lick of white paint and some carefully chosen
furnishings... though if colour is more your thing, we’ve got
gallons of it within our Interiors Supplement: Bright, Patterned
and ‘This Season’s Colours’.
Regulars this month include Jo Fairley on aftersun
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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.
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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
We all know the moment. Your last tenner’s riding
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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
On the floor is a curious arcane symbol in yellow tape. As one finds oneself idly
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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
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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,
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often covered in Design Forum fabric.
The only major structural work the couple undertook
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pale machined oak – and a two-storey kitchen extension
which has given them a triple aspect dining area with
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
French doors opening on to the garden. They also removed
the old Aga which, in my book, virtually counts as
“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
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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
found to be slightly damaged. “We liked it anyway, so we
kept it,” Martine says. Nearby stands a Kartell Ghost chair
and armchair upholstered in Design Forum fabric.
On the floor between the islands is a curious arcane
symbol in yellow tape. As one finds oneself idly wondering
how Martine and Andrew might spend their full moons,
Martine quickly points out that it is a hexagon not a
pentogram. She explains that it is, in fact, an exercise
pattern for Max’s fitness training for his England squad bid.
On the walls are a great black and white shot of her sons,
a big portrait – there is no other description for it – of a
white cow and two very pleasing Bella Pieroni dancers,
one of a number around the house. Again, the couple had
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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
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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
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lamp. Above the chest is another Tony Foster, this time of
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Beneath the chest is a large leather turtle and beside it a
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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
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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,
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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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Tara and Mark’s farmhouse is considerably larger than our
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Above: The modern, clean-white kitchen contrasts with the rustic beams and
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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.
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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
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-
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
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Above: A sheltered corner makes the perfect indoor-outdoor space in which
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meadows offers many other lovely spots in which to sit
away all the existing black paint, a pine dome-lidded chest at
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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
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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
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simmering it in a pan with
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Fat or thin, short or tall, the dreaded cellulite is the bane of most women’s lives. Supermodels,
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suffer the condition and there’s even evidence of it in paintings from as early as the 17th century.
No one knows for sure but age and lifestyle usually
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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.
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
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As the weather warms up, having a swimming
pool becomes an ever-more tempting option...
Positioning your swimming pool
Chris James, Graduate Landscapes
Our raison d’être is to ensure the finished landscape is
integrated and visually pleasing with a pool merging seamlessly
and organically into the landscape. We spend a great deal of
time planning the shape, position and landscaping of a pool,
taking into account the changes that the seasons bring and
the growth and alteration of the garden over time. If we get
this stage right, the finished project not only adds value to
your property, but it will be a fabulous addition to the garden
for decades. There are some obvious considerations about the
siting of a pool. Avoid shady areas such as under large trees
or a north-facing position where shade will make the pool
less enticing. If in doubt, go for a south-westerly orientation
to get the heat of the sun during the day as well as the last
of the late afternoon and early evening sun. In most cases a
swimming pool is a dominant feature of the garden and will
require softening in order to integrate into the wider landscape.
The most effective way of doing this is to design planting
beds around the pool to blur the line between hard and
soft landscaping and at the same time creating an attractive,
comfortable and tempting space. Subtle planting such as box
hedging and topiary will provide year-round interest and, with
a natural swimming pool, the planting zone will automatically
create a more organic feel to the surrounding area.
Keep the patio area around the pool uncluttered and furniture
to a minimum but buy the best furniture your budget will
allow, to enhance the ambience and feel of the pool area. For
practical reasons, the heating system needs to be close to the
pool, though these buildings should be inconspicuous and
screened with shrubs and climbers so they fade from view.
We try to use the best quality materials for the patios, but
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This is the perfect time to think about enjoying a pool in your
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Heating your swimming pool
David Horne, Origin Leisure
There are a wide variety of methods to heat a pool, the
most suitable method will depend on a number of factors
which can include; if it is outdoor or indoor pool, the
services (Gas, Electric, Oil) available in the area and how
close you are to them, the size of the pool, the temperatures
required, how quickly you want to be able to warm the
pool up also for outside pools the period of the year you
want to be able to swim. Traditionally gas oil and electric
were most common heating sources for pools but the rapid
developments of greener technology such as; Solar thermal,
air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps make
them a viable alternative. It is important to consider all
the factors in the design to make sure it meets the client’s
requirements and is a cost efficient solution. Air source
heat pumps and outdoor pools work exceptionally well
together as typically the heat pump is most effective at
heating the pool in the warmer weather – which is when
most people like to swim. They can also be specified to
facilitate swimming all year round so it is important to
understand how the pool will be used. Indoor pools often
have additional heating requirements for showers, hand
basins and heating for the air for dehumidification, so this
often leads to using a combination of heating sources such
as air source heat pumps and electric or gas.
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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
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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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Shrubs and foliage
Shrubs for foliage, bark, berries and blossom are vital for
autumn, winter and early spring displays; the stems of plants
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Cut your flowers in the early morning, or at dusk, as these are
the times when the stems are turgid and full of sap. Airlocks
may form once stems are cut, so make a slanted cut with
sharp scissors and plunge them immediately into luke-warm
water; apparently tepid water is better, as it has less oxygen
than cold and therefore less chance of airlocks.
Once the stems have been cut, it’s time to prepare them.
Cut a further 3cm off the stems and strip off leaves that will
end up below the surface of the water to stop them rotting
and remember to keep your flowers cool once cut. Soft stems
should be kept in deep water and left for several hours if
possible. Hollow stems can be turned up-side-down and filled
with water – use your thumb to plug the stem then quickly
invert them back into the water to stop the airlock. Do not
smash stems, as was once recommended, as this prevents the
flow of water up the xylem.
There are many simple tricks to help improve vase life.
Bacteria multiply in unwashed vases, so keep them clean –
and you can use a teaspoon of bleach in the water. Also keep
your tools, such as secateurs clean. Use floral preservative,
or a spoonful of sugar in vase water, to prolong the life of
Planning and preparing to grow cut flowers is great fun,
but the reality can be somewhat gruelling, so factor in time
constraints, not to mention the weather/pests/weeds or Acts
of God/dogs/chickens/children. With any luck, you’ll soon
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Sat 2 - Sun 24 Jul 10am-4.45pm
Guildford House Gallery 155 High
Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AJ
North Surrey Artists
Guildford House is pleased to host
North Surrey Artists, a group of local
artists, mainly from three of Surrey’s
leading Art Societies - Farnham,
Guildford and Woking. The
group comprises both professional
and experienced amateur artists,
a number of whom are elected
members of national art societies.
They span a wide range of styles
and media creating a varied and
Info: 01483 444751 / www.guildford.
Tues 5 - Sun 10 Jul
Apt 12 A, Hampton Court Palace,
East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
Royal School of
Featuring hand embroidery projects
by our Certificate & Diploma and
Future Tutor Students, the exhibition
will showcase a variety of techniques
including Jacobean crewelwork, silk
shading, black and goldwork.
Info: 020 3166 6932 / www.royalneedlework.org.uk
Sun 17 Jul 1-4pm
Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village,
Down Lane, Compton, Guildford,
Surrey GU3 1DQ
Pottery Open Studio
Watch pottery demonstrations with
resident potter James Parsons.
Info: 01483 810235 / www.
Sat 23 Jul 7.30pm
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,
Surrey GU23 6QB
Capture the beauty of summer
mornings as the garden opens early
for photographers. Normal garden
admission applies and tickets can be
booked in advance.
Info: 0845 260 9000 / www.rhs.org.
Wed 27 Jul 7-9.30pm
Haslemere Educational Museum,
78, High Street, Haslemere, Surrey
A Crafty Get-together
Join artist Diana Burch for a relaxing
evening of crafts. Take inspiration
from the European Peasant Arts
Collection and create a 15cm square
to be part of the community artwork
on display throughout September.
Booking advisable. Price includes a
glass of wine.
Info: 01428 642112 / www.
Children & Family
Wed 6 Jul 10-11am
Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village,
Down Lane, Compton, Guildford,
Surrey GU3 1DQ
Children can explore the textures in
paintings by G F Watts and imagine
a holiday. Have a photo taken and
make your own holiday background.
Led by artist Barbara Touati-Evans.
Suitable for 2-5 years olds.
Info: 01483 810235 / www.
Sat 9 Jul 12-9pm
Woking Park, Kingfield Road,
Woking, Surrey GU22 9BA
Party in the park
Families can enjoy a day of
time travel, space-age fun, live
performances and outdoor cinema in
Woking Park, in honour of War of
the Worlds author, H.G. Wells.
Info: 01483 755855 / www.
Sat 9 - Sun 10 Jul 11am-4pm
Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village,
Down Lane, Compton, Guildford,
Surrey GU3 1DQ
woodland fairy fair
Join in a weekend of magical
adventures in the wild woodlands
of the Artists’ Village. Make fairythemed
crafts, have your face
painted, have a go at den-building
and try tree climbing with The Great
Big Tree Climbing Company.
Info: 01483 810235 / www.
Sun 10 Jul 1-6pm
The Spike, Warren Road,
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3JH
Enjoy the delights of a Seaside
Extravaganza in the heart of the
Surrey Hills. Throw a coconut and
play tug-of-war, take a ride on a
donkey, croon to live music, and
adults enjoy a pop-up-pub. There
will be ice-cream, craft stalls, bricka-brac,
a BBQ and a Victorian
Info: 01483 444334 / www.tickets.
Sun 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jul 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 / www.farnham.
Sun 10 Jul
Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square,
Farnham, Surrey GU7 2NN
Bike: A Festival of Cycling
Love the open road or crazy about
twisty singletrack? Come to Farnham
Maltings for a festival that celebrates
Info: 01252 745444 / www.
Sat 16 Jul 7pm
National Trust Claremont
Landscape Garden, Portsmouth
Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG
Chapterhouse Theatre Company
are delighted to bring to life the
unforgettable story of Peter Pan, the
boy who wouldn’t grow up, presented
by special arrangement with Great
Ormond Street Hospital Children’s
Charity and Samuel French Ltd.
Entry: £14 / £10 / £40
Info: 01372 467806 / www.
Sat 23 Jul 1-5pm
Ripley Village Green, Ripley, Near
Woking, Surrey GU23 6AR
ripley classic cars
The Ripley Event is an annual fair
with stalls, children’s entertainment,
a dog show, live music and a large
classic car display. All proceeds go to
Info: 01483 766182 / www.
Mon 25 - Sun 31 Jul 9am-5pm
Godalming High Street, High
Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7
Godalming Tiger Trail
Ten toy tigers will be placed in shop
windows up and down the high
street along with one tiger related
question ready to be discovered. No
registration is needed to take part,
just head to Godalming Art Shop at
the bottom of the high street any day
of the week to collect your answer
sheet and trail map. Find the tigers,
fill in the answers and hand it in at
Waterstones Book Store.
Info: 01483 272323 / www.
Wed 27 Jul 10am-6pm
Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham,
Surrey GU10 4LD
Teddy Bears Picnic
Bring your teddy along for this
favourite annual event at Birdworld.
There will be fun, games, dancing
and loads of prizes to be won.
Info: 01420 22992 / www.birdworld.
Fairs & markets
Tues 5 Jul 10.30am-3.30pm
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3QT
Buy high quality, fresh, local produce
direct from over 50 local farmers and
producers. Try the best of seasonal
produce and ask questions about
growing, rearing, manufacture and
cooking methods. Enjoy the freshest
meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit,
vegetables and breads.
Tues 5 - Sun 10 Jul 10am-7.30pm
Hampton Court Palace, East
Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
Hampton Court Flower
The world’s largest annual flower
show did not disappoint in 2015,
and we hope to give you a great
show this year too. Visit the show
set in the magnificent grounds of
Hampton Court Palace and enjoy
spectacular summer blooms.
Info: 0844 209 1810 / www.rhs.org.
Fri 8 - Sun 10 Jul 10.30am-5pm
Cranleigh School, Horseshoe Lane,
Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8QQ
Quality Antiques & Fine
A quality antiques and fine art fair
with some 30 nationally known
dealers offering a wide range of items
for sale, to include town and country
furniture, silver, English & Oriental
porcelain, jewellery, books, clocks,
glass, antique and contemporary
paintings, bronze sculpture and
many decorative items to furnish any
home with style.
Sat 16 - Sun 17 Jul 10am-5pm
Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey
Decorative Home &
Expect to find the best in reclaimed
and salvaged materials, garden
furniture and statuary, restored and
up-cycled furniture, period home
fixtures and fittings, decorative and
architectural antiques, furnishings
and industrial items.
Info: 01298 27493 / www.asfairs.com/
Sun 24 Jul 10am-5pm
Brooklands Museum, Brooklands
Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13
RetroJumble & Classic
Over 60 stands selling everything
from vintage clothing to motoring
memorabilia and car boot jumbles.
Alongside this is the BTM Classic
Car Show, filling the museum site
with classic vehicles of all ages.
Info: 01932 857381 / www.
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Jane sings the praises
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doubt you were aware that June 1st was World Milk
Day, an initiative of dairy farmers desperate to draw
attention to the plummeting price they receive for
each pint of milk they produce. Fact is that most of us
with any interest in the countryside are all too aware of
their plight but feel impotent to do anything about it.
The number of dairy farms has halved in the past decade and
for the first time in recent memory there are fewer than 10,000
across the UK. This is mainly the result of a price war between
the supermarket chains with no interest in the long term future
of the industry. And, increasingly, it looks like the only way
forward, the only way to produce milk at a price the supermarkets
are prepared to pay, is by creating “megaherds” of a 1,000-plus
dairy cows that live all their lives under cover in big barns and are
fed on processed food. No seasons, no grass, no dawn chorus
and no sunsets. Unimaginable.
But there are a few rays of sunshine in this otherwise bleak
outlook. Some farmers are managing to keep dairy cows on
small farms, feed them on grass and remain in business by
looking at niche markets.
One such tale concerns a truly beautiful ancient farm in a valley
near to us. It looked as if my mate Guy would have to sell his
cows, then he was approached by the Stonegate Cheese Dairy
(winners of the 2016 Sussex Food Producer of the Year) who have
always wanted to make cheese from their own pasture-fed cows
whose quality of life they could guarantee. They only needed the
milk from 50, but the deal has allowed Guy to keep at least some
of the Froghole herd that has been in his family for generations.
But for this to work Guy has to change his cows from twice a
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the cows are happier too. Cows milked once a day are healthier,
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Of course there might be quite a lot of leg crossing as the girls
switch from TAD to OAD but apparently it can be done and
there’s one other real bonus from this new arrangement.
Cheese is made using solids from the milk. Whey is what’s left
behind, a liquid that is still full of nutrients. Traditionally, when
cheese was made on small farms across the country, the whey was
always fed to pigs. But with the advent of much larger production
units the whey now gets treated as a waste product. However…
as Guy now sets off from Froghole to the Cheese Dairy with a
tanker full of fresh milk he will be coming back with the whey.
And guess what, the pigs are arriving soon. Now that’s what I call
sustainable farming. Good luck to them all (especially the cows).
Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm
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