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Contents

August 2016

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HAPPY FAMILIES

John Graham-Hart finds

houses with room for

generations to live together

IT’S AUGUST

What’s going on near

you this month

MIDSUMMER FAIR 2016

This year’s Fair basked in

three days of sunshine at

beautiful Hole Park

SONGBIRDS’ NEST

Jennifer Stuart-Smith visits a

brilliantly modernised Victorian

house in Hastings Old Town

ANTIQUES UPDATE

Buying - and selling - antiques

can be daunting. We asked

some experts for advice

MODERN FAMILY

John Graham-Hart is impressed

by a house renovated by

a design dream team

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WEDDINGS

SUPPLEMENT

Dreamy dresses, chic canapés

by Rosemary Shrager and

venues which go the extra mile

BEAUTY

Josephine Fairley shares

the ultimate bridal beauty

tips from supermodels

and super-hairdressers

WEALDEN HEALTH

& BEAUTY

Tips to keep you feeling

fabulous - and specialist

tips for brides

HARVEST HOME

Jo Arnell celebrates the joy

of picking the crop - and

advises what to do with it

FLYING FLOWERS

Sue Whigham rejoices in

butterfly season and suggests

how to attract more of them

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PESKY PESTICIDE

Penny Kemp considers the

toxic issue of the world’s most

controversial agrochemical

WOOD WORKS

Isabel Mackay explains how

timber buildings can provide

the perfect work/life balance

GET OUT THERE!

School holidays driving you nuts?

Some great ideas for brilliant days out

WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST

Art, children, fetes, cream

teas, festivals, music, theatre,

workshops... it’s all here

COMPETITION

Win a VIP tour of Hush Heath

Estate winery and picnic for six

people, plus a case of wine and cider

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard plants a

wildflower meadow and

accidentally thrills her pigs...

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Northiam Guide Price £1,395,000

An exceptional Grade II* listed village residence amid beautiful grounds within

walking distance of shops and amenities • 3 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/

Breakfast Room • 6 Bedrooms • Dressing Room • 2 Bath/Shower Rooms • 2

Period Outbuildings • Pavilion • Tennis Court • Over an acre in all

Hunton Guide Price £1,195,000

In a tranquil rural setting, a stunning barn conversion extensively with excellent

commuter links nearby - Paddock Wood Station 6.5 miles • 3 Reception

Rooms • Kitchen/Family Room • 4 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Outbuilding

inc Carport & Stables • PP for new Outbuilding • About 4 acres in all • EPC D

Peasmarsh Guide Price £1,125,000 Great Chart Guide Price £1,100,000

An enchanting unlisted country house amid beautiful gardens in a tranquil A fine Grade II listed manor house incorporating a wealth of period features

rural setting with lovely views over the Tillingham Valley • 4 Reception Rooms in a tranquil setting overlooking its own land and beyond • 4 Receptions

• Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 4 Bedrooms • Study Area • 2 Bath/Shower • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 6 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Stables • Offices

Rooms • Triple Garage • Outbuilding • About 1.3 acres in all • EPC E

• Garden and Grounds of 3.5 acres in all

Great Chart Guide Price £950,000

In a tranquil location with outstanding views, a handsome country residence

amid beautiful gardens • 4 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 4

Bedrooms • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Double Garage • Gardens and Grounds

of 0.6 acres • 4 acres of Pasture and Stables by separate negotiation • EPC E

Marden Excess £900,000

An extensively refurbished Edwardian country house providing beautiful

family living space in a rural yet accessible location • Reception Room • Open

Plan Sitting/Dining Room/Kitchen • 4 Bedrooms • Dressing Room • 2 Bath/

Shower Rooms • Detached Office • About half an acre in all • EPC E

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Cranbrook

A charming detached 1920’s family house in a sought after rural position

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Detached 1 bed studio. Gardens and

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Sandhurst

A beautiful 16th Century Grade II listed farmhouse

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms. Ponds, rose garden, orchard, swimming pool and pool house. In all about 2.59 acres.


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Guide price: £995,000

Rolvenden

Substantial twin roundel oast house, in need of some refurbishment

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 5 reception rooms. 3 bay garage. Gardens, grounds and woodland.

In all about 5.44 acres.

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Guide price: £1,495,000

Goudhurst

An attractive Grade II Listed farmhouse with a detached oast house

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Detached oast house. Garaging. Gardens, grounds and equestrian facilities.

In all about 3.76 acres.


Nr Rye, East Sussex - £2.9million

Small country estate, with stunning Grade II listed 1960’s

house in secluded location. Drawing room, study, dining

room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, master bedroom suite,

2 bedroom guest wing, service flat. Triple garage. Workshop.

Heated pool. Approx. 66 acres.

Wittersham, Kent - £850,000

Lovely detached Victorian family house. Sitting room, study,

dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with

en-suite, dressing room/nursery, 3 double bedrooms. Home

office/studio. Double garage. Mature garden. EPC D

Hastings Old Town, East Sussex - £725,000

Outstanding Grade II Listed Regency town house in

Conservation Area offering elegant light rooms. Drawing

room, sitting room, kitchen, dining room, 4 bedrooms and

dressing room. Rear courtyard.

Camber, East Sussex - £575,000

Detached house opposite the vast beach at Camber Sands.

Main open plan living/dining/kitchen area, family room,

study/bedroom 4, utility room, 3 bedrooms. Loft room.

Detached studio and office. Seaside garden, garage/

workshop. Off road parking. EPC B

Northiam, East Sussex - £385,000

Detached Grade II Listed 18th century cottage. Sitting room,

dining room/study, kitchen, master bedroom with dressing

room and en-suite, 2 further double bedrooms. Utility store.

Mature garden. Off road parking.

Stone-cum-ebony, Kent - £1,100,000

Period barn off private road. Drawing room & dining hall,

study, family room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room,

utility, 3 double bedrooms. 2 bedroom annexe. Separate

barn with garaging, studio and room above. 1.5 acres.

Garden. Paddock. Stable. EPC F.

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Cranbrook £1,699,500

Town property of historic pedigree · Four receptions ·

Kitchen/breakfast/conservatory · Laundry · Boot room

· Suite of two rooms, kitchenette · Six bedrooms (two

ensuite) · Garden and garaging · EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

Cranbrook £1,195,000

Substantial Family House · Recently extended and

refurbished · Five reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast/

family room · Utility room · Five bedrooms (one ensuite)

· Enclosed gardens · Garage with office · EPC: D

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

rural HawkHurst £995,000

Farmhouse with annexe potential · Four reception

rooms · Conservatory · Kitchen/breakfast/dining room

· Five bedrooms (one ensuite) · Garden and grounds

approx. 2.9 acres · Swimming pool and pond · EPC: E

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

GouDHurst oieo £900,000

Spacious detached property in stunning location ·

Drawing room · Garden room · Kitchen/breakfast

room · Four bedrooms · Bathroom and shower room

· Delightful gardens · Off road parking · EPC: D

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

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1.

Happy Families

John Graham-Hart finds homes with space for

the extended family to live together

They have now decided to call them ‘multi-generational living facilities’

which, let’s face it, really doesn’t sound like somewhere anyone of any

generation would inhabit without a court order.

So let’s take a step back into English and call them by their original and

considerably more family-friendly handle of ‘granny flats’.

The idea of these cosy-sounding nooks, with their own kitchen, bathroom and

sitting rooms, was to provide attached – but just separate enough – spaces, where

the grandparents of the family could come and live to enjoy, and be enjoyed, by the

rest of the family, particularly their grandchildren. Thus they would be very much

part of the family and the family home but, at the same time, have their own space

and independence.

Times, however, change and today, it’s not only the grandparents who might be

making use of any self-contained space, either in a property or within its grounds.

At the age of 22, I left the family nest in Chichester and, on a cub reporter’s

salary, rented a big room in a spacious mansion block flat in Chelsea. It cost just 25

per cent of my seriously meagre earnings and came with off-road parking for my

seriously pretentious Easy Rider motorcycle.

I cannot begin to imagine what equivalent accommodation would cost my

children to rent today. The first flat I bought some years later cost £45,000. It was a

modest two-bedroom flat with a pretty roof terrace in Clapham. Oddly enough, I

saw it for sale a month ago – the price tag was £765,000.

Today, the children of the family are understandably spending longer at home

before heading out into the world and, once out, there is absolutely no guarantee

that they won’t be back. So self-contained spaces in the family home – always useful

for grandparents – have taken on a new role and new value…

1. Old Swatlands

Where? Old Swatlands is on the

outskirts of the pretty and popular village

of Goudhurst (Google Maps TN17

2NX).

What? Believed to date from the 16th

century, this grade II listed property has

undergone extensive renovation and has

been extended to provide an excellent

family home. On the ground floor is a

drawing room with open fireplace, sitting

room, dining room, conservatory and

kitchen/breakfast room. Above is a master

bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling and

four further bedrooms. Within the twoacre

grounds there is a converted barn

with a sitting room, kitchen, a wet room,

two double bedrooms and a shower room.

Also within the grounds there is a

heated swimming pool and terrace and

an astro-turf tennis court. The gardens

are laid extensively to lawn and offer

outstanding far-reaching views. As well

as off-road parking, there is an English

Heritage triple garage and store room.

How much? Old Swatlands is on

the market with Harpers & Hurlingham

in Cranbrook and is priced at

£1,695,000. Call 01580 715400 or visit

harpersandhurlingham.com

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2.

Country Houses

DistinC tive C ountRy pR opeRty

THE GALLOPS, PETT FARM, PILGRIM’S WAY, CHARING, ASHFORD, KENT

STALLANCE FARM, RECTORY LANE, SUTTON VALENCE, KENT

Jacques Court Farmhouse

Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent tn29 9LW

Jacques Court Farmhouse Lydd Romney Marsh

2.

A beautifully renovated Grade II

Listed period farmhouse with fabulous

detached annexe and extensive gardens

including a delightful walled knot

garden, small orchard and paddock

situated on the edge of this Romney

Marsh Town.

About 1.33 acres.

Guide price £725,000

Farmhouse

Entrance porch • Dining room with Inglenook

fireplace • Sitting room with Inglenook fireplace

Kitchen/breakfast room • Rear lobby • Cloak room

4 bedrooms (1 en-suite) • Planning to extend

The Annexe

Lounge/dining room • Kitchen • Bathroom

Bedroom • Office • Cloak room • Undercroft

Gardens/Grounds

Walled knot garden • Poultry garden • Vegetable

gardens • Lawns • Orchard • Outbuildings

• Outdoor utility room

Communications

Ashford International Station – 15 miles

Rye – 9 miles • New Romney – 4 miles

Tenterden – 12 miles

3.

3.

Horseshoe Farm

This picture perfect home www.hobbsparker.co.uk

occupies a stunning location on the fringes of

the village of Ruckinge. “We moved to Horseshoe Farm from London just

over five years ago,” says Michael, “and it was the absolute antithesis of

everything that we wanted to get away from. It offered us space, peace

and quiet, but at the same time it had great communications; we can be in

London in under an hour, door to door.”

4.

Horseshoe Farm

Capel Road | Ruckinge | Ashford | Kent | TN26 2EJ

“The house was reasonably well presented when we bought it,” continues DistinC tive C ountRy pR opeRty

Michael, “but not at all to our taste, so during our time here we’ve made a

number of changes internally. One of the main problems that we identified

was the lack of storage, so we’ve built on a lovely utility room next to the

kitchen and we’ve also extended two of the bedrooms. As we love to entertain

we have also re-arranged the layout so that it not only suits us but

also visiting guests. We have a fabulous annex that connects to the house

internally, but it can also be accessed from outside and therefore could be

completely self-contained. And then there’s The Lodge, which is to the east

of the main house. It’s attached to the double garage and has a kitchen/

breakfast room, a separate sitting room, a bedroom and a bathroom. It

means we can have friends or relatives to stay for perhaps a few weeks,

but we never have to feel on top of one another.”

This beautiful home is enveloped by around four acres of stunning grounds

that incorporate rolling lawns, woodland, a large paddock and various outbuildings,

including a lovely summerhouse with a pretty decked seating area.

“We have around 2.5 acres of garden that are mainly laid to lawn and

dotted with mature oak and willow trees,” says Michael, “beyond which an

area that mainly comprises flower beds leads into the woods. The garden

and woodland are an absolute haven for wildlife; it’s amazing to watch

what comes and goes. We have mallards, moorhens, rabbits, voles, the list

goes on, and the garden and the woodland are awash with flowers in the

spring. It’s absolutely beautiful. One species that I was particularly excited

to find was British native orchids. It’s a real delight to know that they

are there.”

“This really has been a wonderful home for the past five years,” concludes

Michael, “but the time has come to downsize a little. It has been a home

4.

that has suited us extremely well in terms of space, layout and location.

We’ve actually been looking for an alternative, but nothing so far has even

compared. It’s a home that has given us a superb quality of life.”*

* These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight

into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on

without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.

2. Stallance Farm

Where? Stallance Farm is on the

outskirts of Sutton Valence and has

stunning panoramic views across the

Weald (Google Maps ME17 3BT).

What? The main property, an

impressive grade II listed farmhouse, was

significantly and sympathetically extended

in 2010 to provide a lovely period family

home. Ideal for multi-generation living,

as well as the five-bedroom farmhouse,

the Stallance estate offers a detached

two-bedroom barn conversion and a

holiday let converted from another period

outbuilding, with three bedrooms all with

en suite bathrooms.

The gardens and grounds extend to

just over two acres including part-terraced

lawned gardens with a traditional lily

pond and two grass paddocks to the north

and south of the farmhouse enclosed by

hedging and a brick and ragstone feature

wall. A natural part-underground stream

runs through the farm down to the

neighbouring fishing lake below.

How much? Stallance Farm is on

the market at £2,000,000 and is with

Lambert & Foster in Cranbrook. Call

01580 712888 or visit lambertandfoster.

co.uk

3. Jacques Court Farmhouse

Where? Jacques Court Farmhouse is

on the edge of the Romney Marsh town

of Lydd (Google Maps TN29 9LW).

What? A beautifully renovated grade

II listed farmhouse dating from 1355,

the farmhouse also offers an outstanding

detached annexe. In the main house, there

is a drawing room and dining room with

inglenooks, exposed timbers and polished

brick floors, a kitchen/breakfast room,

master bedroom with en suite bathroom

and three further bedrooms.

The annexe has a traditional exterior

but attractive contemporary interior

which includes a sitting room, kitchen,

bedroom, bathroom and office. Outside

in grounds of about 1.3 acres is a lovely

walled knot garden, lawns, poultry area,

vegetable garden and orchard.

How much? Jacques Court

Farmhouse is with Hobbs Parker and is

priced at £725,000. Call 01233 506220

or visit hobbsparker.co.uk

4. Horseshoe Farm

Where? Horseshoe Farm is just outside

the village of Ruckinge, about six miles

south of Ashford (Google Maps TN26

2EJ).

What? An elegant contemporary family

home, with additional accommodation

in a self-contained attached annexe and a

separate lodge. The main house comprises

a drawing room, dining room, library,

study, kitchen/breakfast room, a lovely

conservatory/summerhouse surrounded

by a large decked area, master bedroom

suite with roof terrace and four further

bedrooms.

The annexe consists of a sitting room,

kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory,

master bedroom suite and two further

bedrooms, while the lodge has a kitchen/

sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.

Outside are four acres of attractive gardens,

a pond, paddocks and woodland.

How much? Horseshoe Farm is with

Fine & Country in Tenterden who are

inviting offers of between £1,200,000 and

£1,300,000. Call 01580 766388 or visit

fineandcountry.com

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£1,745

Bang & Olufsen

of Bexleyheath

155 Broadway

Bexleyheath

Kent DA6 7EZ

Tel: 020 8303 2760

Bang & Olufsen

of Bromley

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According to 2015 estimates, obesity

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Lunchtime locomotive...

Heart of Kent Hospice has once again teamed up with Belmond British Pullman

to create the trip of a lifetime. On Saturday 27 August guests can travel in the same

exquisite carriages used by Queen Victoria, Prince Charles and the late Queen

Mother, and enjoy a sumptuous three-course silver breakfast. Admire the stunning

views as the train meanders through the Kent countryside on its way to Royal

Windsor. After spending the afternoon exploring the historic town, guests will

be welcomed back on board with a glass of champagne, a four-course à la carte

dinner and New Orleans sounds of The Dixie Strollers. The train will depart from

Maidstone East at 10am, and return for 8pm, offering the opportunity to enjoy

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August

notebook

Exhibitions & events

near you this month...

Juniper jubilation...

This summer, Old Buttermarket in Canterbury

will celebrate gin in all its glory, with a showcase of

31 different premium versions of this much loved

tipple. Gin aficionados can enjoy unique cocktails,

master-classes, gin parties, and free daily giveaways

from now until Saturday 20 August. Try out the

best of London’s distilleries with a citrus twist from

Little Bird, or be transported to the Black Forest in

Germany with Monkey 47, a complex concoction of

47 botanicals. Find out more nicholsonspubs.co.uk

Bygone buys...

Over the August bank holiday weekend come and

find fashionable vintage and antique treasures at

the charming Penshurst Fair. Sit back and relax

with a cuppa and slice of delicious cake, helping to

raise money for the village. Early trade entry starts

at 9.30am on 27, 28 and 29 August, and is open to

the general public from 10.30am-5pm.

Jump, jive & drive...

Calling all military and aviation fanatics! Headcorn

Aerodrome is the place to be on Saturday 13

and Sunday 14 August, for family fun, military

vehicle displays, living history re-enactments

and stalls selling wartime memorabilia. Now in

its 8th year, this unique family event will stage

thrilling air displays with legendary WWII aircraft,

alongside lindyhop dancing, tank driving and trips

in aerobatic planes. For more information visit

headcornevents.co.uk

On track...

Back for its fourth year, Biddenden Tractor Fest

and Country Fair promises a grand day out with

a wonderful atmosphere. With tractor displays,

classic cars, motorcycles, craft and catering stalls

and dog shows, there’s something for everyone.

Last year’s show attracted a record breaking number

of visitors, and plans are underway to make 2016

even bigger and better. To find out more and book

tickets visit tractorfest.co.uk or call 07934 270500.

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Maritime ragtime...

Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival will be

taking place from Thursday 25 to Monday 29

August. Take part in a variety of free events hosted

by a number of local venues and enjoy smoothtalking,

toe-tapping, jump-jiving, jazz, rhythm and

blues, rock and roll and soul, from ultra-talented

musicians and artists. Keep up to date with the lineup

at ryejazz.com or sign up to their newsletter.

Backswing & Birdie...

Make time for nine at Holtye Golf Club on

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August. Families, friends,

beginners, improvers and well estalished players are

all welcome to this friendly club in Sussex. Come

and chat with professionals, try out the practice

range and putting green and take time to relax in

the comfortable club house. For more information

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Previous pages: The striking wallpaper behind the dining table is by Helen ZB Wilson, for Witch and Watchman. Ginny has a large

collection of original art. Antique Berber textiles from Morocco have been framed and hung on the wall over a comfy sofa Above:

The Prussian Blue leather chairs and huge refectory table - which seats 14 - were originally from the British Library Reading Room,

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There’s something rather charming, and sweetly ironic,

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“MJ wanted to live in the country, which I definitely

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The house overlooks Hastings Old Town and is on

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“We each wanted our own creative spaces to do

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“We looked at what we could get in Brighton – and there

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You could buy a house for half the price of a two-bedroom flat,”

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It’s still stridently independent and unselfconsciously eccentric.”

But what about the house itself? From the moment you come

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the top of the stairs, it’s clear Ginny has a knack for interior

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Above: The whole back wall of the kitchen is made up of bi-fold glass doors which open up entirely, letting on to the terraced walled

garden which has a planting scheme by Tony Howard of Harborough Nurseries. The slabs are Westmorland Green slate, originally

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Above: The sitting room looks out over Hastings Old Town to

the sea. The sofa - in Ginny’s beloved yellow - is by Loaf and

the artwork above it is a lightbox installation of a woodland

scene by Dalziel + Scullion Left: The marble fireplace is original

to the house, with bookshelves on either side a hint to Ginny’s

occupation as a writer, with logs stored beneath. The green

chair is from a junk shop in Hastings Old Town. Fresh flowers

- and Abigail Ahern’s faux wildflowers - are displayed in Ginny’s

collection of vases sourced over the years from Paris flea markets,

Shoreditch junk shops and vintage Murano from Venice back

streets Next page: The chandelier is one of two that were in the

house

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Top: The basement originally had “lots of higgledy-piggledy little

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zoned into cooking, sitting and sleeping areas, plus a bathroom.

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shop. The charcoal grey modular IKEA sofa is dressed with

cushions by Kirsten Hecktermann and Abigail Ahern

After many years interviewing the great and the good,

primarily for The Times, where Ginny worked for 20 years, she

is now using her impressive contacts book to help promote the

Liberty Choirs project. Supporters include Roger Daltrey, Pete

Townsend, Ian Hislop, Polly Samson and David Gilmour.

“The choirs don’t simply help prisoners on the ‘inside’,” says

Ginny. “When the prisoners come out they can join one of our

regular choirs, giving them an ongoing sense of community,

which has been shown to be helpful in preventing reoffending.”

Dragging ourselves away from conversation at the kitchen

This mural of an Australian Goldencrowned

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It’s one of five scattered around the

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Above: The basement apartment offers an independent space for guests, with the bed concealed behind a vintage decoupaged screen

from AG Hendy & Co in Hastings Old Town. There is a recessed television over the vintage slate fireplace. The grey metal standard

lamp is from Heals and the ceiling fitting is one of a pair by Habitat, black with a bright yellow interior the same as the feature wall

table, we move through to the living room which looks out

over the Old Town and the sea. I ask if the chaise longue by the

window gets a lot of use, perhaps imagining the louche lifestyle

of a writer who works from home. “I try and encourage people

to lie on it, but in the past, when it was in Brighton, the leg was

apt to break, though I think it’s pretty solid now.”

Ginny sits opposite me, on a sofa made by Loaf,

under a contemporary lightbox installation by Dalziel

+ Scullion. “The sofa is rocking the yellow vibe again,”

says Ginny with a smile. “The cushions are a mixture

of Kirsten Hecktermann, via Retrouvius, and Abigail

Ahern, whose dark interiors I love.”

It’s clear from the eclectic furniture and decor that

Ginny has many influences, although she credits

the books of Remodelista, Ilse Crawford and the

reclamation gurus, Adam Hills and Maria Speake, of

Retrouvius, as her ‘bibles’.

Before following the trail of yellow paint upstairs, in

search of the little Australian honeysucker birds, we nip

down to the basement. “It was lots of higgledy-piggledy

little rooms down here and very grim. We wanted a

kind of loft space, but in the basement,” says Ginny.

“So basically everything was knocked through and we

incorporated the courtyard, which was a nightmare. We

had slugs and all sorts...”

Now the room is stylishly dressed with a vintage painted

screen from Alastair Hendy’s Homestore in Hastings Old Town

concealing the sleeping area.

Just as we are about to leave, Ginny can’t resist showing me

a surprisingly modest corner: “This is my favourite room!” she

declares. It appears to be a short corridor and store cupboard. “It

used to be so dark and depressing. The tiles on the floor here are

dotted around and repeated in the front courtyard garden.

“They are by Emery & Cie, a Belgian firm and I’ve used

them in lots of different places in the house, because they’re

beautiful...and they happen to be made in Morocco.” Morocco

is a theme that crops up a lot, though not as an overriding or

clichéd ‘kasbah’ theme, and it ties in perfectly with Ginny’s love

of colour. But why Morocco specifically?

“MJ and I run vocal workshops there, as well as in Greece,

New Orleans and Miami. Our favourite place in Marrakech

is Riyad El Cadi, where we run the holidays.” So, can anyone

come on these workshops? “Yes, anyone who fancies a sing,

from complete novices to people doing voice training.” MJ also

runs choirs in London, Brighton and Hastings.

For her, having space to compose and arrange music, at

home, is essential. Ginny shows me along the upstairs landing

to MJ’s music room at the back of the house. It’s a simple,

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Above: The basement ‘loft’ apartment also has it own kitchen

area Right: The funky tiles in the guest cloakroom are by Lubna

Chowdhary. The vintage mirror with an integral lamp is from

AG Hendy & Co, providing illumination to read the books on

the shelf behind the loo

practical room, with one painted cupboard - with birds, of

course - adding a creative flourish.

En route we pass another of Ginny’s favourite rooms and a

tiny one at that: a compact, beautifully designed loo with walls

painted in a moody purple-grey and funky patterned tiles.

Bookshelves tucked behind the loo itself offer plenty of reading

options while those more fascinated by the tiles, will love the

little lamp (from AG Hendy & Co)) that protrudes in a slightly

ghostly way, from the antique vanity mirror.

Tip-tapping along the landing to the front of the house, we

approach what Ginny refers to as ‘The Princess Suite’ of master

bedroom, walk-through dressing room and divine bathroom.

The bedroom is blessed with four tall windows, looking out

across the Old Town towards the sea, with Beachy Head in the

distance, and is modestly decorated with a turquoise velvet

chaise from Graham & Green, a mannequin from Retrouvius

and a muted wallpaper behind the bedstead, by Farrow & Ball.

“Look over here,” says Ginny, pointing through the dressing

room and into the en suite bathroom. “This is the view you

have to see!”

Paint shades co-ordinate perfectly, from the cool grey

bedroom, through the olive green dressing room and into

the dusky pink bathroom. Beyond this there is a ‘green roof’.

“This is our sedum roof. It’s only just been done and the yellow

flowers are coming out. Eventually it will be a meadow of

colours; reds, blues and yellows.”


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Above: The pale grey bedroom is linked to the bathroom by an olive green dressing room. The striking copper light fitting is by Jim

Lawrence. The seascape on the far wall is by Anne Packard. The white and steel pendant light is one of a number of George Nelson

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The terraced, walled garden, visible over the flat roof, was

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What to buy – and what to sell – can be daunting for

the amateur antique hunter, so we asked six experts to

give us their advice and insights

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Jane Anderson

Gorringes Auction House, Tunbridge Wells

Our clients frequently ask us - sometimes as a result of the

bad news they’ve just received about something they were

hoping to sell - ‘So, what is selling well at auction now?’

This is increasingly difficult to answer. With older

clients downsizing and ‘going modern’, or moving to

care homes, the market is flooded with goods that the

younger eBay generation either do not want, or haven’t

thought of buying at auction. Consequently, 90% of

our buyers are after 10% of the available goods.

But what we can say with confidence is that, whatever

you’re selling, it must be of superb quality, or iconic design

(mid-20th century Scandinavian furniture is currently more

commercial than Georgian), or of sufficient rarity that

buyers will compete in a ‘money no object’ frame of mind.

An example of the latter is the painting we sold in

June by Charles Allston Collins R.B.A. (1828-1873)

‘The Thoughts with which a Christian Child should be

taught to look on the works of God’. It made £381,860

(including buyer’s premium). Such devotional work was

typical of his output, but there is very little of his work

and it rarely comes up at auction, hence the high price.

Gorringes, 85 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells,

Kent, TN1 1PX 01892 619670 gorringes.co.uk

Andrew Towle

Eras of Style, Bexhill

We have noticed a massive rise in the sale of good quality

antique brown furniture that has been slow for a few years,

but it seems the public is now realising the value and

workmanship. They are a good investment. The industrial

look has eased up with the reproduction things coming on

the market, but we can still sell one-off coffee tables and large

window mirrors.

Eras of Style, Terminus Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

TN39 3LR 01424 217640 erasofstyle.com

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Lee Courtnage

Miscellanea of Churt, Farnham

I always advise my customers to buy something they love,

rather than what’s in fashion, because then it will last. With

all the electronic help these days, on sites like Pinterest, people

are more confident than they used to be about being more

eclectic with their styling, because they can see something

inspiring and then interpret it into their own homes.

More people are looking to buy good bits of art for

the home, individual pieces, and I’m happy to see that

these days that quality is more important than quantity.

Miscellanea of Churt, Crossways, Churt, Farnham, Surrey

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Jane Brown

Fryer and Brown Auctioneers, Cobham

Chinese porcelain has been achieving record prices

at auction, but following closely in its wake has been

a dramatic increase in prices for traditional Chinese

furniture. Such furniture is typically made of a class

of hardwoods, known as ‘Rosewood’. These woods

are dense and finely grained, properties which make

the furniture highly stable and hardwearing.

Stylistically Chinese furniture works well in a

traditional English interior and can be found in pride

of place in many of the great ‘Stately Homes’. However

it works equally well in the minimalist modern settings

currently in fashion. A single altar table can produce

the ‘wow’ factor when used as a statement feature.

Fryer and Brown, The Old Mill, Cobham Park

Road, Downside, Cobham, Kent KT11 3PF

01932 865026 fryerandbrown.com

Sheila Aspinall

Wildwinds Antiques and Collectables, Teynham

More and more customers are looking for pieces of

traditional furniture to hide the chargers, remote

controls, and all the assorted technology that seems to

be essential to our busy lives but looks so unsightly, and

a lovely old roll-top desk or a bureau is a perfect place.

A sturdy Victorian or Edwardian chest of drawers

no longer keeps the clothes and linen in check,

but comfortably houses the CDs and DVDs, and

glass-fronted display cabinets, which used to

house the Royal Doulton and the Wedgwood, can

look fabulous in a bedroom showing off beautiful

shoes and bags. These craftsman-made pieces

of furniture continue not only to look good, but

also adapt beautifully to modern-day living.

Wildwinds Antiques and Collectables, London

Road, Teynham, Kent ME9 9JY. 07572 520920

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Jill Kirby

Aunty Wainright’s

Currently we are finding our customers are purchasing top quality items

which are practical and can be used in their homes, such as good period

mahogany, walnut and oak pieces. Antique jewellery is also popular. People

are tending to spend their money on items which they like and will look

good in their homes. The priority is beautiful things to live with - rather

than pieces that are seen as an investment.

Aunty Wainright’s, 41 High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8HU

01435 866935

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Previous page: The kitchen was originally a stable for four horses, now it’s one large space divided into a preparation area and dining

and relaxation zones. The bespoke units are of Alpi veneer and the white surfaces are quartz composite. The dramatic cooker hoods

are by Elica and the striking ceiling lights came from a Czech factory Left: The kitchen’s wood floor has been stained to complement

the dark Alpi veneer on the kitchen units. Jane had the antique rosewood chairs in the cosy dining area upholstered in different

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However hard we try to think outside the box, houses

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warm and safe spaces we’ve known since childhoodour

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Even when the ‘house’ wasn’t originally designed for people

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themselves. We expect drawing rooms, dining rooms, kitchens,

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All of which is absolutely fine if these traditional zones

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for our domestic lives. But when you consider that

the concepts behind these separate spaces have been

with us for four hundred years or so – and then how

radically our lives have changed since then, perhaps

it’s time to question their apparent sanctity.

Many families are, of course, doing just that, with one

room in particular. From a place that had a single well-defined

function - the preparation of meals – increasingly the kitchen

has become the real heart of the home, incorporating a more

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Above: Jane and her husband Chris are keen and accomplished cyclists and the former dining room makes a perfect bike store, as well

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Above: The drawing room has glass doors opening on to a

courtyard. The fireplace is finished with a Chesney’s limestone

surround and stainless steel insert. Jane and Chris are keen art

collectors. They bought the abstract painting above the fire

during a holiday in Sri Lanka. The Modigliani-style portrait is by

a Vietnamese artist, found at an Affordable Art Fair. The duck

feet lamp is by Porto Romana Right: The drawing room flows

from the octagonal hallway

property but many of them are seriously in need of

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taking on all the more stressful aspects of a renovation

and leaving them free to enjoy the process. We have a

team of talented, tried and trusted craftsmen already in

place – suppliers we know from experience will complete

projects to the standards and timescales we demand.

“The kitchen is probably now the room foremost

in people’s minds when renovating a house,” says

Nathan,“but we believe it should be considered as part

of a home-wide, design-led solution. This means starting

at the beginning and identifying what their priorities

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This is a question that Jane and husband Chris have


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Above: Jane and Chris’s extensive art collection continues on the other side of the sitting room. The brightly coloured landscape is a

view of St Paul de Vence by John Holt. The French chair in the hallway is covered in black and white checked velvet by Larsen. The

cushions on it are made from textiles designed by Larsen and by Kelly Wearstler. The paintings above it are by Charles MacQueen

asked themselves every so often during the years spent at

their present Reigate home and each time it has resulted

in serious changes. Their property is a 1880s coach house

– a building which, although already converted when they

bought it, was never intended for human habitation, so the

couple have never felt unencumbered by its past. The latest

renovation was the largest and aimed to provide solutions

to a number of problems with a single extension project.

The existing building was an L-shape, with the

garden between the house and the road and to reach

the front door, visitors would have to drive up into the

garden and past the main house. The most obvious

solution was to provide the ‘L’ with a balancing wing

and turn it into a three-sided courtyard. However, Jane’s

architect, Ray Willis of Foster Willis had other ideas.

Instead of a courtyard, he extended the L-shape parallel

to the road with a two-storey extension and a three-storey

octagonal tower incorporating a new front door and

created a new division by means of a beautiful curved brick

wall which isolated the garden. It’s a stunning solution

that has freed- up valuable space on the older side of the

house but created some delightful new areas of its own.

But let’s start where, as Jane says, so many renovations

begin, the kitchen. That this one has been designed by the

new Nathan/Jane team is no great surprise and neither is the

fact that it’s truly outstanding – not only as a living space but

in its exceptional attention to detail. Chris’ input was modest

but essential – he said he’d go along with anything they

came up with so long as he had a wine cooler and a barista

station, which they have duly provided in one neat corner.

Originally two rooms, it’s now one space divided

into a large preparation section and a smaller,

more intimate dining and relaxation area.

“Now that the children are grown up we decided that

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Above: The master bedroom is flooded with light from a vaulted ceiling and French windows onto a Juliet balcony, further enhanced

by Jane’s choice of pale grey for the walls, bed linen and the background colour in the Larsen graphic weave fabric of the curtains. The

windows on either side of the bed act like extensions of the upholstered headboard, with a pleasing symmetrical effect. The mirrored

side tables, specially designed by Nathan for this room, further bounce the light around, as do the chrome bedside lamps which are

original vintage Anglepoise

the kitchen would be more of a place to relax and chill

together at the end of the day,” says Jane. “I also wanted

somewhere I could cook and talk to guests at the same time.”

The room has windows on four sides, which placed

constraints on the design – further complicated by Jane’s

very firm ideas about her central island being home to a

gas rather than electric hob. She was also determined that

the Aga remain, although as more of a feature and a source

of warmth than a cooker. This meant that the floor had

to be dug to run gas across to the island and that the Aga

now stands elegantly and effectively in splendid isolation.

The immaculate bespoke units under the windows

are of a dark Alpi veneer and Nathan has set both the

units and appliances, such as the food larder and vast

stainless steel fridge, on bespoke aluminium plinths. ”I

wanted everything to run seamlessly together,” he says.

The parquet floor has been stained to match the units

and around the island gather a set of chic Cerner chairs in

American black walnut. The white surfaces are a quartz

composite and over both the island hob and the Aga are

Elica hoods served by dramatic bespoke steel ducting.

Completing the industrial touch are three huge industrial

Jane’s mirrored dressing table inspired Nathan to design some truly stunning dark

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Above: Jane’s stunning mirrored dressing table set the tone for the decoration for the whole of the master bedroom, which combines cool

simplicity with golden era Hollywood-style glamour. This was Nathan’s inspiration for the bedside tables seen on the previous page

lights from a Czech factory. The cosy dining area sits

beneath a pretty arched window, a contemporary B&B

Italia table surrounded by antique rosewood chairs.

On the way down the hallway to the former littleused

dining room is what was, when Jane and Chris first

moved in, the kitchen. Today it’s a little womb of a media

room with American black walnut shelving, a big TV

screen and a wonderfully comfy fuchsia chenille sofa.

The former dining room has become a new genre that

until now has not really existed in the lexicon of domestic

rooms. The only way to describe it is as the Whatever Room,

in that it becomes whatever Jane or Chris want it to be at

any given moment in time. It might be a room where one

curls up quietly with book or iPad, the sunshine pouring

through French windows. It might be a Chris’ gym, Jane’s

yoga space, a formal dining room, an informal party room.

Jane and Chris are passionate and accomplished cyclists

and so rather than hide away their really rather special bikes

in some dank shed, they have hung them on the Whatever

Room walls, displaying them like pieces of mechanical art,

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Above: The en suite bathroom in the master suite occupies one

of the upper rooms of the octagonal tower, which links the new

extension with the original building. Light pours in through

four windows Right: the natural light bounces off the iridescent

rectangular tiles covering the wall behind the twin basins

which of course, is exactly what they are. Understandably,

Jane thinks that this may be her favourite room in the house.

In such august company this is praise indeed, for

competition comes not only from the stunning kitchen

but, across a dramatic octagonal hallway, from an

equally stunning sunken drawing room. Instead of

simply correcting the slope of the land downhill from

the older part of the house, their architect cleverly used

differing levels, so the drawing room is open plan to the

hallway but separated by a couple of steps down.

This is a lovely bright and lofty room with glass doors out

onto a courtyard, but in winter it’s snug, gathered round

an open fireplace with a Chesney’s limestone surround and

stainless steel insert. Jane and Chris picked up the terrific

centrepiece table on a walk through Paris and the lovely

abstract over the fireplace during a holiday in Sri Lanka. They

found the Modigliani-inspired painting by a Vietnamese artist

– over the cherry blossom Japanese-style cabinet in the

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Above: Daughter Emma fancied a touch of baroque in her

bedroom, which Jane created by combining pale blue, rich

browns and delicate golds in a range of texured fabrics for

dressing the bed Left: A reindeer hide thrown over a chair creates

a dramatic corner on the upstairs landing. The bold pineapple

print wallpaper is Neisha Crosland

corner –at an Affordable Art Fair. Beneath a limited edition

geometric abstract by Brigitte Williams stands an amusing

Porta Romana lamp with duck feet and a silk satin shade.

The star of the show here, though, must be the grey,

contemporary take on the winged armchair by Andrew

Martin. “I wanted a wow piece in here,” says Jane.

“Every room should have something a little outrageous

in it, something that makes the space interesting.”

There are all sorts of things that make Jane and Chris’

bedroom interesting from the great vaulted ceiling and

Juliet balcony to the pretty – almost secret – little windows

that flank the headboard. The centrepiece though is the

beautiful mirrored dressing table which set the tone for the

remainder of the room, inspiring Nathan to create some

truly stunning dark oak mirrored bedside units and chest of

drawers with smoky bronze Buster & Punch handles. The

curtains are a contemporary graphic weave by Larsen.

The en suite bathroom occupies one of the upper rooms


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guide you through your next project.

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The finest handcrafted joinery

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Mobile | 07501 725227

Web | www.newlandsjoinery.co.uk

Shoreham Nr. Sevenoaks

www.collinsbespoke.com

For a free design consultation with Marion John Kitchen Design Award

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

01233 822595

info@collinsbespoke.com

Showroom very nearly ready but visitors are always welcome, of course!

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Suppliers and installers of Chesneys fireplaces, wood burning stoves

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Showroom: 01892 664813

Website: www.the-fireplace-company.co.uk

Email: info@the-fireplace-company.co.uk

Unit 8 Crowborough Business Park,

Park Road, Crowborough,

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Multi-Award Winning Pool Specialists

SPATA Pool Contractor of the Year 2015

XL Pools Ltd, The Parlour, Saracens

Dairy, Pluckley Road, Pluckley, TN27 0SA

Telephone: 0845 20 60 420

Email: enquiries@xlpools.com

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SUMMER SALE

Haresfield large sofa in Sole Linen

Handmade in Britain, in any Fabric in the World

The Estate Yard, Eridge, Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9JR

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Above: The tiles in the spacious family bathroom in the original part of the house - a lovely bright room with windows running along

virtually the whole of one side and a sandy brown slate floor - are multi-coloured glass. “When we moved here it was a bedroom, but

we wanted a large light room with both a bath and a shower and it was the perfect space for that,” says Jane

of the octagonal tower, its four windows looking out onto

the tree tops and its unusual rectangular iridescent glass

mosaic tiles having lots of fun with the incoming light.

Daughter Emma fancied a touch of baroque and

Jane has made it so, all pale blues and browns, gold

and silver with some serious luxury in the shape of

the silk flock blinds and a wall of waving golf grass

wallpaper by Mulberry Home. On the bed is an eclectic

tumble of cushions, some bespoke, some bought.

Daughter Georgia has gone for a cross between

monochrome and Miami, the latter particularly apt

with the sun pouring in from windows on three

sides. The black and white wallpaper is Cole & Son

and contrasts pleasingly with a duvet and pillows of

big pink roses. On a chic John Lewis mirrored cube

by the bed is a chic jet black Kartell table lamp.

Jane and Nathan begin every project by establishing

how exactly a family lives - or wants to live - and

then work with them to adapt their property,

however it began life, to meet that family’s needs.

Fundamental to Jane and Nathan’s design

philosophy is the shared belief that designing your

home should be a really enjoyable creative process - no

matter what size of project you are undertaking.

“Adopting a holistic approach, seeing the whole space

and taking control of how you want to live will mean

that our well thought out, beautifully designed spaces

will enable you to enjoy family life to the maximum.”

And this, of course, is exactly what she has done in

her own home. The result, in my personal opinion, is

truly stunning. But then, who gives a flying hoot what I

think – it’s not my home, my space. It’s Jane’s and Chris’,

Emma’s and Georgia’s space –and they love it. And that,

above all else, is what outstanding design is all about.


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Purveyors of fine

merchandise past & present

ANTIQUES · FURNITURE · LIGHTING

MIRRORS · GIFTS · OUTDOOR

57 High Street, Heathfield TN21 8HU

www.tinkerandtoad.com

01435 863535

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Derroll Tozer

Chairs & Upholstery Shop

Renowned for its high quality upholstery and

unbeatable service, the Chairs & Upholstery Shop

has built an impeccable reputation in Tunbridge

Wells since it first opened there 12 years ago

• Specialist fine antique upholstery

• Upholstery & re upholstery traditional & modern

• Loose covers • Hand made sofas & chairs

• Hand made foot stools • French polishing

127 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2QY | Tel: 01892 614122 | Mobile: 07768 665592

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Above: Daughter Georgia has gone for a cross between

monochrome and Miami for her bedroom with hot pink

accents mixed in with the striking black and white paisley

wallpaper by Cole & Son. The bedside lamp is by Kartell

Right: The decorative scheme is continued with the white desk

and black chair, with pink accents in the accessories and poster.

The lamp is by Porta Romana

Address Book:

For further information about how detour design

could work with you on your next home project or

to find out more about the furniture and furnishings

shown in this article call Jane on 07775 768799, or

Nathan on 07773 394270, or visit detourdesign.co.uk

Affordable Art fair affordableartfair.com

Alpi alpiwood.com/en

Andrew Martin andrewmartin.co.uk

Buster & punch, busterandpunch.com

chesneys chesneys.co.uk

cole & Son cole-and-son.com

elica elica.com/GB-en

foster Willis Architects raywillis@btinernet.com

Kartell kartell.com

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A Magical

Setting...

• Breathtaking Scenery

• Excellent Food and Service at affordable

prices, with off-peak discounts available

• 3 Magnificent Function rooms,

each self contained with their own Bar

• Licenced for Civil Ceremonies

• Ample parking

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A freshwater pearl completes the look.

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Visit our website

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WT Wedding Supplement

Contents

5 Sleek & chic

Bridal accessories with a sleek vintage appeal

6 Fun & funky

Wedding details with a festival feel

8 Something blue...

Wedding dresses spanning the gamut of styles from

hand-beaded lace to bold modern fringing

19 Masters of distinction

Celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager shares some chic

canapés

25 Magic moments

Have a very particular dream for your wedding?

Anything’s possible with the right venue

The Robing Room

Bespoke Service

Beautiful handcrafted garments designed

and madeto measure ‘just for you’....

Adults & Children

Prices start from £400 for wedding dresses

and £100 for Bridesmaids

www.therobingroom.co.uk

T: 01233 224985

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Sissinghurst Flowers

made with love

Summer Sale to50% up

Off

OTFORD BOUTIQUE

14 High Street, TN14 5PQ

Tel: 01959 526254

billskinnerstudio.com

TENTERDEN BOUTIQUE

42A High Street, TN30 6AR

Tel: 01580 761610

Weddings Life Events Courses

www.sissinghurstflowers.co.uk

Telephone: 01580 852144 / 07977 142447

LOVELL & VIE

lingerie swimwear

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dressing undeniable beauty

www.odyl.co.uk

01580 714907

Aubade

PrimaDonna

Empreinte

Marie Jo

Wacoal

b.tempt'd

Chantelle

Fantasie

Hanro

Huit8

DKNY

Moontide

Lidea

Hanky Panky

46 Holly Bush Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 3TL

01732 454445 www.lovellandvie.co.uk

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Rose sparkly triple ball

necklace, £54

Flutterby

flutterbyonline.co.uk

1.5ct emerald cut ring set in

platinum, £5750

Designs On Diamonds

designsondiamonds.co.uk

Eglantine by Wacoal bra, £45

briefs, £28

Lovell & Vie

lovellandvie.co.uk

Lace dress, £72

Little Mistress

little-mistress.com

Brigitte bridal hair comb, £112

Gift Wrapped and Gorgeous

giftwrappedandgorgeous.com

Ora sage ear thread earrings, £70

Bobbin & Bow

bobbinandbow.com

Vintage shell clutch, £27

Rock My Vintage

rockmyvintage.co.uk

Lip Work, £25

Dr Frances Prenna Jones

drfrancesprennajones.com

Engagement ring, From £1000

Rodney J Rigby

rodneyjrigby.com

Sleek and chic

Art Deco and florals with a sophisticated edge

Clara bridal hair pins, £84

Gift Wrapped and Gorgeous

giftwrappedandgorgeous.com

Bridal flower umbrella, £29.95

Love Umbrellas

loveumbrellas.co.uk

Crystal art deco hair comb, £10

Rock My Vintage

rockmyvintage.co.uk

Flower crown, £46.74

Da Wanda

dawanda.com

Marie Jo bra, £78

Lily Grace

lilygracelingerie.co.uk

Crystal heart flip flops, £55

Lemonade

lovelemonade.com

Fuchsia stretch bracelet, £75

Bill Skinner

billskinnerstudio.com

Fuchsia crystal earrings, £44

Bill Skinner

billskinnerstudio.com

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WT Wedding Supplement

Mr & Mrs wedding

bunting, £8.99

Ginger Ray

gingerray.co.uk

Handmade chadelier

price on request

Bobbin & Bow

bobbinandbow.com

Wedding details with a festival feel

Floral paper napkins, £3.65

for 20

Luck & Luck

luckandluck.co.uk

Fun and funky

Confetti balloons, £3.99 for 5

Candle & Cake

candleandcake.co.uk

Large peacock cushion, £45

Raj Tent Club

rajtentclub.com

Strawberries & Cream ice lolly

prices vary

Ice Kitchen

icekitchen.co.uk

Keepsake box, £44.95

Plantabox

plantabox.co.uk

Love poem vintage confetti

£2.99, Ginger Ray

gingerray.co.uk

Menus & programmes, from

£1.20 each

Paperless Post

paperlesspost.com

Wedding guest book, £10.99

Ginger Ray

gingerray.co.uk

Wedding evening invitations

£3.99 for 10

Ginger Ray

gingerray.co.uk

Eclairs, From £4.90 each

Maitre Choux

maitrechoux.com

Pompoms, £7.50 for 7

Candle & Cake

candleandcake.co.uk


Attention! Do not remove the technical paths in red and black and do not use swatch colors Artios_Cut and Artios_Crease.

Size of document when open

156 cm (base) x 231 cm (height)

Print Area

155 cm (base) x 230 cm (height)

Cut

Weddings made in Heaven

at Heaven Farm.

Licensed for Marriages

Contact Kate on 01825 791 115

weddingsmadeinheaven@btconnect.com

The Barn, Heaven Farm, Furners Green,

Near Danehill TN22 3RG

www.weddingsmadeinheaven.com

HAND-CRAFTED IN BRITAIN BY PASHLEY FOR BIKE

LOVERS, OUR TRADITIONAL WEDDING BIKES OFFER

THE PERFECT MARRIAGE OF BEAUTY AND STYLE. THE

CHARMING ‘PRINCESS’ IS THE PERFECT PROP FOR

YOUR GORGEOUS WEDDING PHOTOS, AND WHEN THE

GROOM AND GROOMSMEN RIDE OUR SLEEK BLACK

‘GUV’NOR’ BIKES TO YOUR CEREMONY, THEY’LL BE

SURE TO TURN A FEW HEADS TOO! SENT BY COURIER

DIRECT TO YOUR HOME OR LOCAL PICK-UP.

Over 100 acres of beautiful

woodland and rolling hills

are in the heart of Sussex

offering a perfect venue for a

relaxed celebration, providing

what you want and when you

want. We offer a complete

wedding package tailored

to suit your every need. Our

coordinator will provide

guidance and advice to make

your celebration perfect.

A day to remember

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CHIDDINGSTONE CASTLE

www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk 01892 872744

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Bespoke jersey dress, £400, The Robing Room, Ashford

01233 224985 / therobingroom.co.uk; rainbow flower headband,

£35, GG Couture littleblackdress.co.uk; pearl & taupe

barefoot sandals, £40, Slinks 0203 213 0197 slinks.com


Something blue...

Whether you’re looking for soft georgette and hand-beaded lace, or a modern, sleek silhouette

with bold accessories, we have all you need to find ‘the one’...

Photos: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton Location: Blooming Green & Loddington Farm Props: We Hire Love


QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

FILLED WITH BRIDAL LACE, TWEED & JEWELS..

● DESIGNER DRESSES & ACCESSORIES ● BESPOKE MENSWEAR

● IN-HOUSE DESIGN & ALTERATION SERVICE.

STEPHANIE ALLIN, ELIZA JANE HOWELL, CHARLOTTE BALBIER,

REMBO STYLING, MINNA, RACHEL SIMPSON AND MANY MORE.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

26 DOVER ROAD, WALMER, DEAL, KENT. CT14 7JW

01304 389710

INFO@BOUTIQUEOFJULES.CO.UK

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Here comes

The Bride...

Boutique Lingerie, Nightwear

and Swimwear

Fitting service for Bra’s and Swimwear from

28-44 (band size) and A-J (cup size).

The Square • Forest Row • East Sussex • RH18 5ES • 01342 822122

Lily & Grace

Lingerie

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We offer high quality certifi ed diamond

jewellery at competitive prices.

Compare our prices to High Street

and Online Jewellery Stores.

Our Diamonds are certifi ed, GIA, IGI, IGL

Bespoke service for sourcing that special

diamond or piece of jewellery.

The gift of a diamond is not just about romance,

it is also a gift to show love for a mother, sister or

daughter. A pair of diamond earrings or a beautiful

diamond pendant would make a wonderful gift

to celebrate a Special Birthday, an Anniversary,

Graduation or for a bride on her Wedding Day.

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Top left: bespoke dress, £1850, The Robing

Room, Ashford 01233 224985 / therobingroom.co.uk;

Japonica headdress, £675, Helen

Morris-Clarke 07725 462071 / helenmorrisclarkedesigns.co.uk;

1940s pearl collar, £115,

Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020 7607 6327 /

eclectica.biz Top right: hydrangea & peony

head band, £30, GG Couture littleblackdress.co.uk;

Minna dress, £1100, The Bridal

Boutique of Jules, Deal 01304 389710 / boutiqueofjules.co.uk

Bottom left: Siren headdress,

£450, Helen Morris-Clarke 07725 462071 /

helenmorrisclarkedesigns.co.uk Bottom right:

dress and head band, as before

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Bespoke embroidered dress, £1850 The Robing Room, Ashford 01233 224985 / therobingroom.co.uk; Chantilly headdress, £495,

Helen Morris-Clarke 07725 462071 / helenmorrisclarkedesigns.co.uk

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Over 40 years experience

specialising in coats of arms

cashmere and silk knitwear

18 carat

signet ring

seal engraved

The Multiway

Wrap £55

9 carat white

gold cuff link,

3D engraved

coat of arms

23 High Come Street, and Tenterden browse our TN30 new 6BJ

Telephone 01580 Spring/Summer 761222 Email Collections sales@cashara.co.uk

23 Shop High online Street, at Tenterden www.cashara.co.uk TN30 6BJ

Rodney J Rigby F.I.P.G

Goldsmith & Designer

Hand & seal engraver

Handmade signet rings, cuff links

& bespoke 3D blazer buttons

in gold, silver & platinum

T: 01892 724951 info@rodneyjrigby.com

Hair at Fifteen

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Wedding Hair Packages

Princess Parties

Prom & Party Hair

15% off your first visit

Opening hours: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday - 9am–6pm;

Wednesday - 11am–9pm; Thursday - 9am–9pm;

Sunday & Monday - Closed.

15 Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6AB

All enquiries please call: 01580 762118

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Charlie Brear Isere skirt, £1115, Payton bias cut gown £1220,

Corio leather jacket, £699, Frou Frou Bridal Boutique,

Tunbridge Wells 01892 541381 / froufroubride.co.uk; large

80s earrings, £55, Eclectica Vintage Jewellery 020 7607 6327

/ eclectica.biz; large tassel balloons, Bang On Balloons 07802

839422 / bangonballoons.com


Concept

Hair

salon

NEW IN

Swattenden Lane | Cranbrook | TN17 3PS

01580 713189

www.charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk

50 High Street, Tenterden 01580 762 564

Book online at www.williamcharleshair.co.uk

or through our facebook page

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SUMMER SALE

LINGERIE & SWIMWEAR

Summer Sale

Lingerie and Swimwear Boutique - Qualified Fitting Specialists

An extensive range of lingerie and swimwear from A-H cup

Open Mon–Sat 10.00am–5.30pm

96 High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JN

info@sirenandpearl.co.uk 01797 224116

www.sirenandpearl.co.uk

SirenandPearl

www.aubade.com Ph: Sven Baenziger Agence: Mazarine Mlle Noï

Stockroom clearance rail with many items up to 70% off.

No 6, The Colonnade, Rye Road,

Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4ES - 01580 752118

Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm www.cordeliajames.com

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Dress to impress

Linda Pope

F.B.D.O

La Belle Femme specializes in exclusive collections

to suit the modern Mother of the bride.

facebook.com/LindaPopeOpticians

Rye Road • Hawkhurst

Telephone. 01580 753744

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End of Season

Dress & Coat

£310

SALE

www.labellefemme.co.uk

14 Royal Parade, Chislehurst BR7 6NR

020 8467 6661

Tel: 01797 224271

16 Lion Street, Rye, E.Sussex TN31 7LB

e: shop@thegoldenfleece.co.uk

w: www.thegoldenfleece.co.uk

@goldenfleecerye

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Timeless Couture Luane dress, £2250, bespoke veil, £365, The Bridal

Boutique of Jules, Deal 01304 389710 / boutiqueofjules.co.uk; blue

Czechoslovakian filigree necklace, £95, Eclectica Vintage Jewellery

020 7607 6327 / eclectica.biz

We would like to say a huge thank you to Blooming Green, Loddington

Farm and We Hire Love for providing us with this stunning location and

wonderful props. Blooming Green offer seasonal, organically grown and

pick-your-own flowers for weddings and events. For more information and

to book a place on one of their courses visit bloominggreenflowers.co.uk. We

Hire Love provide props and styling for weddings, events, TV and film. Visit

hire-love.com to find out more.


Cookery Courses ■ Chef’s Table ■ Private Parties

Corporate Events ■ Hosted Meetings ■ Children’s Courses

30% off all courses

during august and september*

Telephone: 01892 528700

Telephone: Email: school@rosemaryshrager.com

01892 528700

Email: school@rosemaryshrager.com

*PLEASE QUOTE WEALDEN TIMES WHEN BOOKING

Chef’s Table Dining Experience

with ever-changing menus created by Michelin trained chefs

One Day & Weekend Cookery Courses

with Rosemary Shrager & Iain More

RSCookerySchool RSCookerySchool

RSCookerySchool

www.rosemaryshrager.com

RSCookerySchool

www.rosemaryshrager.com

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Hythe Imperial Hotel & Spa

Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent CT21 6AE

01303 267441

Email: weddings@hytheimperialhotel.com

www.hytheimperial.co.uk

This offer only applies Sunday - Thursdays excluding bank holiday S

This offer is for 2016 only and subject to availability.

Guests can upgrade this special package by adding any of the following • Extra guests • Extra above guests above the 50, the 75 £55 per person

WEDDING including the drinks SHOWCASE

package • Extra guests above the 75 included in the evening included in reception the evening reception £8.00 for the

£8.00 for the bacon, sausage and egg baps

WEDNESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY bacon, sausage and egg baps

This WEDNESDAY offer only applies Sunday 21ST SEPTEMBER

- Thursdays excluding bank holiday Sundays. This offer is extended into 2017 and subject to availability.

This offer only applies Sunday - Thursdays excluding bank holiday Sundays.

4PM - 7PM

This offer is for 2016 only and subject to availability.

Meet some suppliers, enjoy a glass of bubbly, canapés and a full show round of the venue

Meet some suppliers, enjoy a glass of bubbly, canapés and a full show round of the venue

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• 4 Chef’s choice canapés per person

• 4 Course Wedding breakfast for up to 50 guests

£4K WEDDING £4K WEDDING

(1 choice per course)

• Drinks package with 1 glass of Kir Royale at reception,

WEDDING SHOWCASE

half bottle of house wine per person during the meal

and a glass of bubbly for the toast for up to 50 guests

• Evening buffet to include bacon, sausage

WEDDING SHOWCASE

WEDNESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

• Room hire for the Wedding breakfast and evening reception (Does not WEDNESDAY include room 21ST hire SEPTEMBER

for ceremony)

• 4 Chef’s choice canapés per person • 4 Course Wedding breakfast for up to 50 guests 4PM

EXTRAS

(1 - 7PM choice per course)

Guests can upgrade this special package

• Drinks package with 1 glass of Kir Royale at reception, half bottle of house wine per

by

person

adding any

during

of the following

the meal and a glass of

£4K bubbly for the WEDDING

toast for up to 50 guests • Evening buffet to include bacon, sausage and egg baps for up to 75 guests

• Extra guests above the 75

included in the evening reception

£8.00 for the bacon, sausage and egg baps

• Extra guests above the 50

£55 per person

including the drinks package

Guests can upgrade this special package

by adding any of the following

EXTRAS

Email: weddings@hytheimperialhotel.com

18

01303 267441

Email: weddings@hytheimperialhotel.com

www.hytheimperial.co.uk

THE £4K WEDDING PACKAGE

INCLUSIVE OF:

Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent CT21 6AE

Hythe Imperial Hotel & Spa

• Room hire for the Wedding breakfast and evening reception

(Does not include room hire for ceremony)

WEDNESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER | 4PM - 7PM

THE £4K WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUSIVE OF:

EXTRAS

ly applies Sunday - Thursdays excluding bank holiday Sundays.

his offer is for 2016 only and subject to availability.

and egg baps for up to 75 guests

• Extra guests above the 75

included in the evening reception

8.00 for the bacon, sausage and egg baps

Meet some suppliers, enjoy a glass of bubbly, canapés and a full show round of the venue

www.hytheimperial.co.uk

• Extra guests above the 50

£55 per person

including the drinks package

Hythe Imperial Hotel & Spa Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent CT21 6AE 01303 267441

• Extra guests above the 50

£55 per person

including the drinks package

Guests can upgrade this special package

by adding any of the following

Hythe Imperial Hotel & Spa

Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent CT21 6AE

01303 267441

Email: weddings@hytheimperialhotel.com

www.hytheimperial.co.uk

EXTRAS

• Evening buffet to include bacon, sausage

and egg baps for up to 75 guests

Evening buffet to include bacon, sausage

and egg baps for up to 75 guests

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Masters

distinction

of

Gone are the days of devilled eggs and blinis.

Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School take the

classic canapé to a whole new creative level...

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

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Crispy Oysters with a Wasabi Mayonnaise

• 3 tbsp plain flour

• 2 large free-range eggs

• 150g fresh breadcrumbs

• sunflower oil

• 6 oysters

For the Mayonnaise:

• 3 tbsp wasabi

• 3 egg yolks

• 150g olive pomace oil

• 10g sesame oil

• juice of 1 lemon

1. First open the oysters and pat dry.

2. Place the flour in one shallow bowl, whisk

the eggs in another, and put the breadcrumbs

and a pinch of seasoning into a

third. Evenly coat each oyster in flour,

then beaten egg, letting any excess drip

off, and finally, turn them in the breadcrumbs,

patting them on until evenly

coated. Shallow-fry in 2cm of sunflower

oil on a medium to high heat for a couple

of minutes on each side, or until lightly

golden

3. For the wasabi mayonnaise, place your

egg yolks and lemon juice into a bowl and

whisk. Slowly add the oil and whisk in to

form

an emulsion then add the wasabi to taste.

4. Serve with the wasabi mayonnaise on the

side and lemon wedges to

squeeze over.

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Goat’s Cheese and Lemon Mousse with

Pickled Shallots and Beetroot Liquor

Goat’s cheese & Lemon

Mousse

• 250g goat’s cheese

• 300g double cream

• zest of 2 lemons

Beetroot Cooking Liquor

• 1kg beetroot

• 500ml red wine

• 1L water

• 100ml balsamic

vinegar

• bouquet garni

• 10g salt

• 60g brown sugar

• pinch of pepper

Pickled Shallots

• 250g shallots finely

sliced ( half moon )

• 200g white wine

vinegar

• 200g olive oil

• 5g salt

• 1 pinch saffron

• pinch of pepper

1. Blend the cheese and lemon zest in a food processor

until soft and smooth. Add the cream and blend

until the cream is whipped but be careful not to split.

2. Bring the red wine to the boil for 1 min.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients,

boil and cover the beetroot.

4. Cook the shallots slowly with all ingredients.

Once soft, chill until required.

5. Peel and dice the beetroot, and place

these, along with the pickled shallots in

a cloth to get rid of excess moisture.

6. Assemble all the ingredients in a ramekin and finish

with black olive powder and micro watercress.


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 21 st August & Sun 18 TH September

Call 01622 832794 to book your place.

hush heath estate, five oak lane, staplehurst, kent tn12 0ht

01622 832794 www.hushheath.com

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The Tickled Trout, West Farleigh

is a modern and stylish pub, with

6 beautiful boutique hotel rooms,

and a fabulous fish restaurant

and oyster bar. We are open 7

days a week for breakfast, lunch

and dinner and offer a delicious

and rewarding menu carefully put

together by chefs who care. When the sun shines our landscaped

gardens with sun filled terrace, outside bar and children’s play area

are a haven of relaxation and pleasure.

Lower Road, West Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent ME15 0PE

01622 814717 www.thetickledtrout.com

The Goudhurst Inn is a warm

and friendly pub, restaurant and

boutique hotel at the heart of this

fun and lively village community in

Kent. We serve good, honest food,

passionately prepared using locally

sourced ingredients, and are open

7 days a week for breakfast, lunch

and dinner. Our gardens feature a sun filled terrace, with stunning

views across the weald, our popular pizza shack and a safe play

area which is great for children needing to let off steam.

Cranbrook Road, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 1DX

01580 211451 www.thegoudhurstinn.com

part of

HUSH HEATH

hospitality

SHARE OUR PASSION

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Breathtakingly different...

Make your occasion special with

our stylish and stunning carriages

driven by beautiful horses

01474 812225 www.kentcarriagehorses.co.uk

...Exclusively yours

Bradbourne

House

A venue with charm and elegance, exquisite cuisine,

true quality of service and attention to detail.

The Bull at Benenden

Light Lunches . Super Salads . Secret

Garden . Private Dining . Delicious Desserts .

Dog Friendly . Courteous Service .

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Welcome to our village pub!

Simply Charming!

01732 897 436

East Malling, Kent ME19 6DZ

acuthbert@baxterstorey.com

www.bradbournehouseweddings.co.uk

Visit our website for late availability dates, 2017

deals and for details on our October open day!

01580 240 054

www.thebullatbenenden.co.uk

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Smoked Duck with a Chicory

Marmalade and Lavosh Biscuit

• 6 duck breasts (scored

and trimmed)

• Maldon sea salt

• 40g dried grapefruit

skin (dry in hot plate

over night)

• 10 star anise

• 320g brown sugar

• small amount of oak

wood chips

• salt

Chicory Marmalade

• 10 yellow chicory

finely shredded

• juice of 4 lemons

• sugar to taste approx.

200g

• seasoning

Lavosh Biscuit

• 600g flour

• 20g salt

• 20g sugar

• 3 whole eggs

• 100g soft butter

• 200ml milk

• 40g sesame seeds

• 40g poppy seeds

• 1 beaten egg to glaze

1. Lightly cover the duck breasts with Maldon sea salt

and reserve in the fridge for 2 hours.

2. After 2 hours wash off the salt and gently pat dry.

Render down the fat on the duck breasts in a hot pan

with a little salt in the bottom of the pan.

3. Make a powder with the sugar, grapefruit and star

anise, line a gastro tray with foil and place the powder

in the tray with the wood chips, cover the tray with

foil and put the tray on to a high heat to get it smoking.

Whilst the tray is heavily smoking, place the

duck breasts skin side up on a rack and put on top

of the smoking tray, cover very tightly with foil and

smoke the breasts for 6 minutes. Check to see if the

duck breasts are cooked with a skewer, they should

still be pink. If the duck breasts still need some cooking

finish in the oven.

4. Place the chicory, lemon juice and sugar into a pan

and cook down into a jam.

5. Mix all lavosh biscuit ingredients together to form a

smooth dough, rest for 30 minutes, roll out with a

pasta machine then cut into desired shape, egg wash

and cook at 180°C for 8 minutes.

The Rosemary Shrager Cookery School is based in the

lower Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells. To find out more

about cookery courses and ‘Chef’s Table’ experiences

visit rosemaryshrager.com or call 01892 528700.

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Bloomsburys Retreat

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Offering a bespoke

service specialising

in life’s celebrations

including weddings,

Christenings, baby

showers, namings,

anniversaries

and parties.

We Do

Celebrate life, love

and happiness at The Bell

Contact Tessa to find out how or arrange

a show around – no strings attached.

01580 200234,

reservations@thebellinticehurst.com

www.thebellinticehurst.com

01580 292992

Sissinghurst Road, Biddenden TN27 8DQ

www.bloomsburysbiddenden.com

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WT Wedding Supplement

Magic

Moments

Anything’s possible

for your big day, if you

choose a venue willing to

rise to the challenge

Bloomsburys

Biddenden

Our favourite wedding of this year

was the challenge of a 1980s-themed

wedding for Steph and James Potts.

This 1980s retro couple had a very

strong vision of what they

wanted for a tremendously

ambitious wedding.

The biggest challenge for

us was how to deliver their

traditional sit-down wedding

breakfast as requested in the

form of a TV dinner in a

branded box, without losing

the Bloomsburys stamp of

simple food cooked to our

exceptionally high standard.

Then we had to figure out how to get

90 of the box meals from our kitchen

to the tables in the dance lodge where

the guests were seated, in a stylish

and efficient manner – and we were

definitely helped by the specially

commissioned aprons they gave us for all

the staff to wear, emblazoned with the

words: ‘Steph and James say, RELAX!’

After a prawn cocktail starter, the box

meal contained boeuf bourguignon,

‘Smash ‘(alias creamy mash potatoes

…) and diced carrots and peas (garden

vegetables). Dessert was home-made

profiteroles served as a croquembouche,

made with fresh local whipped cream

and Belgian dark and white chocolate.

The main course at the evening buffet

was chosen to complement the newly

married couple’s name - the chef

created his version of the 80s classic

pot noodle, with kebabs, followed

by Black Forest gateau cheesecakes,

served in the gardens at Bloomsburys.

bloomsburysbiddenden.com

01580 292992

Eastwell Manor

Boughton Lees, near Ashford

We were very touched to host the wedding

of a couple who had been lifelong friends

and godparents to each other’s children.

They’d each celebrated golden weddings

with their original spouses, but had then

both been sadly widowed. Their kids

– who had known each other all their

lives - got together and said: You live on

your own in a big house – and you live

on your own in another big house… why

don’t you get married and live together?

The groom said he was even more nervous

than he’d been for his first wedding and

asked Eastwell Manor’s owner Mr Turlow

Parrett to straighten his cravat, which he

did – and then gave him a glass of brandy.

It was a beautiful wedding followed by a

very smart dinner and it was a privilege

to be part of such a special occasion.

eastwellmanor.co.uk 01233 213025

weddings@easthillmanor.co.uk


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The Bell

Ticehurst

Credit: Fitzgeraldphotographic.co.uk

Keith and Jo Hart fell in love with

The Bell in Ticehurst as the perfect

characterful venue for their Alice

in Wonderland wedding. Their

Staffy dog, Lizzie was their ring

bearer, which really added to the

fun down-the-rabbit-hole vibe. Jo’s

mum made Lizzie a special flowercovered

collar incorporating their

rings and the canine ring bearer

played to the audience perfectly.

It was very special for all of us.

bellinnticehurst.com 01580 200234

weddings@thebellinticehurst.com

Frasers

Egerton, Near Ashford

Here at Frasers we offer a bespoke approach to

all of our weddings, working with each couple to

make their particular vision a reality, so we have

a lot of special moments. One particularly lasting

memory would be from the amazing wedding

of Caroline and Matt in July last year.

Caroline had meticulously planned every detail

of her Kentish family fun wedding – but little did

she know that her thoughtful siblings decided

to surprise her and Matthew with an amazing

firework display at the end of the evening.

The couple were both delighted and overwhelmed

with the surprise and the family all broke down

with happy tears. It was a real pleasure to be

involved with such a momentous occasion.

frasers-events.co.uk 01233 756122

Lythe Hill

Haslemere

Earlier this year we hosted a wedding which brilliantly

combined the wishes of the bride and groom. She wanted it to

be very vintage and he loves trains – so each table was named

as a train station from the local area, with a chalkboard in one

of the traditional old train lines colours. The table plan was

written on an old station chalkboard and the post box for gifts

was a wooden vintage steam engine with a slot in the top.

The tables were dressed with vintage cloths and lovely old cups

and saucers were used to serve tea and coffee with the cake,

which was in the ‘naked’ un-iced style, with three layers of

different sponges.

The bride wore a gorgeous 1950s-style dress and the couple

arrived from the church in a very old Messerschmitt bubble car,

which they had specially restored for the wedding and painted

white. We accommodated it for the day in a roped

off area in the front of the hotel.

All the details created a very special and specific atmosphere,

which was perfect for this couple.

lythehill.co.uk Nicole Martin 01428 744815

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Weddings

A Wealden Times Supplement

Directory

FASHION & ACCESSORIES

Bill Skinner

Tenterden 01580 761610

Otford 01959 525505

billskinnerstudio.com

Born & Bred Personalised

Jewellery

07824 185470

bornandbredjewellery.co.uk

Cashara

01580 761222

cashara.co.uk

Charity Farm

01580 713189

charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk

Cordelia James

01580 752118

cordeliajames.com

Designs On Diamonds

designsondiamonds.co.uk

Eclectica Vintage Jewellery

020 7607 6327

eclectica.biz

Flutterby

flutterbyonline.co.uk

Frou Frou Bridal Boutique

01892 541381

froufroubride.co.uk

GG Couture

littleblackdress.co.uk

Helen Morris-Clarke

077725 462071

helenmorrisclarkedesigns.co.uk

La Belle Femme

020 8467 6661

labellefemme.co.uk

Lily Grace Lingerie

01342 822122

lilygracelingerie.co.uk

Linda Pope Optician

01580 753744

lindapopeoptician.co.uk

Lovell & Vie

01732 454445

lovellandvie.co.uk

Odyl Design

01580 714907

odyldesign.com

Rodney J Rigby

01892 724951

Siren & Pearl

01797 224116

sirenandpearl.co.uk

Slinks

020 3213 0197

slinks.com

The Bridal Boutique of Jules

Deal 01304 389710

boutiqueofjules.co.uk

The Golden Fleece

01797 224271

thegoldenfleece.co.uk

The Robing Room

01233 224985

therobingroom.co.uk

FLOWERS & DECOR

Bang On Balloons

07802 839422

bangonballoons.com

Biketart

01227 832582

biketart.com

Blooming Green

01622 298676

bloominggreenflowers.co.uk

Bobbin & Bow

bobbinandbow.com

Paperless Post

paperlesspost.com

Sissinghurst Flowers

01580 852144

sissinghurstflowers.co.uk

We Hire Love

01622 749749

hire-love.com

FOOD & DRINK

Hush Heath Winery

01622 832794

hushheath.com

Ice Kitchen

icekitchen.co.uk

Maitre Choux

maitrechoux.com

Rosemary Shrager Cookery

School

01892 528700

rosemaryshrager.com

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Hair at Fifteen

01580 762118

hairatfifteen.co.uk

William Charles Hair

01580 762564

williamcharleshair.co.uk

Dr Frances Prenna Jones

drfrancesprennajones.com

VENUES

Bloomsburys Biddenden

01580 292992

bloomsburysbiddenden.com

Bradbourne House

01580 292992

bradbournehouseweddings.co.uk

Chiddingstone Castle

01892 870347

chiddingstonecastle.co.uk

Eastwell Manor

01233 213000

eastwellmanor.co.uk

Frasers

01233 756122

www.frasers-events.co.uk

High Rocks

01892 515532

highrocks.co.uk

Leeds Castle

01622 767877

www.leeds-castle.com/weddings

Mercure Hythe Imperial

01303 267441

hytheimperial.co.uk

The Goudhurst Inn

01580 211451

thegoudhurstinn.com

The Bell In Ticehurst

01580 200234

thebellinticehurst.com

Tickled Trout

01622 814717

thetickledtrout.com

Weddings Made In Heaven

01825 791115

weddingmadeinheaven.com

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The perfect wedding...

The Secret Garden can be found hidden away in a romantic cobbled courtyard surrounded by

mature trees and beautiful walled Victorian gardens - the perfect venue for your perfect day.

We can take care of every aspect of your wedding, from the ceremony to your dream menu.

The Coach House can accommodate up to 70 guests for a Wedding Breakfast and a further 50

guests in the evening. The Coach House has large double doors that open on to the south-facing

covered terrace that has views over the walled gardens. From April to October our marquee can seat

up to 30 and is easily extended to cater for 100 guests for a wedding breakfast and a further 50

guests in the evening. For more intimate gatherings, our new Victorian Glass House with its own

private gardens is perfect for 26-30 guests.

For more information, please visit www.secretgardenkent.co.uk

The Secret Garden

Hythe Road (A20), Mersham le Hatch

Nr Ashford, Kent TN25 6NH

01233 501586

events@secretgardenkent.co.uk

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County Clothes

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Tel: 01580 765159

6 High St,

Reigate,

Surrey RH2 9AY

Tel: 01737 249224

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Private Care Service

at Mealtimes

Our Private Care Service carers can come

to your house and help to prepare fresh,

ready made or light meals. This help can

form part of a tailored package of care

that could help you stay in your own

home for longer, rather than going into

a care home before its really needed.

We can assist those who need help due

to frailty, disability or illness to live as

independently as possible, with comfort

and dignity, in their own home.

www.townandcountryhomecare.co.uk

Domestic

Care

£9.77

per hour

For a free assessment

of your care needs or to

receive your brochure

Call us on 01580 762244

Town & Country Homecare Limited

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• Friendly team to guide and support you

• Unlimited use of the gym, swimming

pools and exercise classes*

• Badminton, squash and table tennis

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• 7 day advanced online

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• All exercise classes free

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A vision

loveliness

of

Josephine Fairley assembles a bouquet of the very

best beauty tips for brides

If you’re a bride-to-be, chances are you’ve read at least

a dozen ‘Bridal Countdown’ beauty features in glossy

magazines in the time since that sparkler was slipped on

your finger. So rather than advise you for the umpteenth to

book your make-up artist even before you’ve Instagrammed

the ring, or reminded you to make appointments for your

wedding party at the same hairdresser as you’re having your

own ‘do’ done (in order to get an overall cohesive ‘look’ for

the photos), I’m instead going to share some of the best

bridal beauty tips I’ve picked up, in the too-many-years-tocount

that I’ve been doing this job.

Don’t plan a drastic hair change for your wedding.

That’s the advice of New York hairstylist Stephen Knoll,

who believes: ‘It’s too high-risk. You don’t want your fiancé

to turn around and see someone he’s never laid eyes on

before.’ All hairdressers chorus the same advice: go for at

least one, preferably more trial sessions, with your headgear,

well in advance of the wedding. But – fiancé wisdom here –

‘never take him with you to the trial appointment!’

If you have long hair, don’t wash it on the day itself.

Andrew Collinge – who did the Countess of Wessex’s

wedding hair – insists that hair is much ‘better-behaved’ and

easier to style (especially in an up-do like a chignon) if there

are some natural oils to work with. The secret: wash and

blow-dry it the day before, and your stylist can spritz it

with water in the morning to dampen it for styling.

Go for a timeless make-up look. Says fiftysomething

supermodel Cindy Crawford: ‘At my wedding, I kept my

make-up simple. I wanted something that 20 years later,

you could look at the pictures and it’s not so trendy that

you go, ‘Oh my God, what was I thinking?’

When you’re shopping for wedding make-up, wear

a white t-shirt. The white of the shirt will bounce light

(flatteringly) upwards, just as your wedding dress will, giving

a true preview of what your wedding ‘face’ will look like.

Don’t squeeze, conceal. Erupting spots, like impending

rainstorms, can threaten the perfection of your wedding

day. Make-up artist Karen Mason’s spot-concealer-of-choice

is Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, £27.50 for the

two-shade palette. ‘It’s got a high pigment concentration

so it gives dense cover – perfect for spots – and comes with

two different shades in each palette, for custom-blending

to your exact skintone. The technique: after you’ve applied

your regular foundation or tinted moisturiser, use a spatula

to transfer the concealer to the back of the hand - then dab

onto the spot with your finger and pat into the skin. ‘The

warmth of your fingers helps blend the Secret Camouflage

perfectly. Then set with powder on a small brush,

for precision.’

To disguise dark circles, invest in a concealer with lightreflective

particles. Then nobody will know you were too

excited to sleep, before the wedding. In make-up pro Sara

Raeburn’s opinion, ‘Nothing beats Yves Saint Laurent

Touche Eclat, £24; tip your head down and only apply

the concealer where the shadows are, using a light touch.

Less is more.’ (Especially as flash can illuminate the lightreflective

pigments, if you overdo things.) I would add to

Sarah’s recommendation the fab Charlotte Tilbury The

Retoucher, £25 (and do watch the tutorial on her website,

charlottetilbury.com).

If you wake up with under-eye bags, reach for an ice

cube. Wrap it in clingfilm and smooth over the puffiness,

working outwards from the nose towards the cheekbone.

The absolute, 100% ‘must’ advice: use a waterproof

mascara. Some waterproof mascaras are a compromise: you

win on the tearproofing, but lose out on volume. Some

great exceptions to this are MAC Extreme Dimension

Waterproof Mascara, £19, Clinique High Impact

Waterproof Mascara, £17.50, or Chanel Inimitable

Waterproof Mascara, £25 (my own favourite).

When it comes to choosing a lipstick shade, don’t go too

pale. Make-up guru Annie Carullo (Senior Vice President,

Global Production Development for Estée Lauder and Tom

Ford Beauty), believes ‘it’s the biggest mistake brides make.

Because of the headpiece or hair decoration, you appear

too top-heavy. You want more weight on the lips.’ Mid-rose

tones are most flattering, such as Clinique Long Last

Lipstick Soft Shine, £18, in All Heart, Bobbi Brown

Creamy Lip Colour, £20, in Hibiscus, or Nars Satin

Lipstick, £21, in Blonde Venus.


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Jasmine Homecare Services

Caring for people in their homes

Our private care offers the option to be looked after in the comfort of your

own home. Our carers are handpicked for the suitability of the job and are

highly trained to provide good old fashioned quality of care.

Jasmine carers can visit you in your home at times to suit

your daily routine.

It can be anything from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more

to help with everyday tasks.

We will talk to you about just what you want

and respect your wishes throughout.

Jasmine Homecare provide 24 hour on call services to ensure

that we are there when you need us.

We provide

✔ Personal care

✔ Visiting relatives or friends

✔ Cooking

✔ Sightseeing or leisure activities

✔ Shopping (together or for you) ✔ Visiting your G.P.

✔ Cleaning your home

✔ Over night care

✔ Assist with medication

✔ Live-in care

At Jasmine Care South East Ltd. we are proud to provide a trusted reliable service,

where you, our client is at the very centre of our focus.

To find out more please call our friendly team on

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Jasmine Care South East Ltd. offers services in the whole of Kent & East Sussex

Stalwart Wellness provides a unique setting nestled in the

grounds of a private residence in Tenterden offering:

n Clinical pilates classes

n Private lessons

n Yoga classes

n Cancer rehab specialist

n Vinyasa flow yoga

n Back pain specialist

For more information and details on the classes

please go to www.stalwartwellness.co.uk or contact

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Meanwhile, to ensure that any lipstick endures, make-up

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pencil of the same or similar colour as your lips, and then

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Apply again.’

If you’re planning a facial or eyebrow shaping, schedule

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(Stress makes a breakout or reaction more likely.)

Have a manicure the day before your wedding. (And

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wedding dress are never in the same room at the same time!)

Apply two coats of top coat, rather than one, so that your

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Make sure your bridesmaids’ make-up ties in with your

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friend always wears a certain colour lipstick and eyeshadow?

It might be fine on a day-to-day basis, but there should be a

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Get your mother or best (non-bridesmaid) friend to carry

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Wealden Health & Beauty

Wealden Times talks to Emma Povey...

do you have a beauty regime?

I love the Forever Living Aloe

Vera beauty products. I have

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find the natural healing and

soothing qualities of the aloe

perfect for my skin. I also drink

the aloe gels as part of my

regime. I find they keep my

energy levels high, and work

from the inside out. As a result,

I’ve actually started selling the

products myself, which are

available in my boutique.

is there a particular product

you couldn’t live without? I

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Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream!

(a real mouthful) It’s not as

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and makes a wonderful base to

put bronzer over. I have dark

skin and I’m freckly so I don’t

like to use anything too heavy.

It primes the skin and evens it

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What’s your ultimate

pampering treat?

I think my ultimate pampering

treat would have to be a spa

day. I love The Sanctuary in

London, as a real treat. They

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I was there I had a youth

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Who’s your style icon? My

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High Shine

Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid or wedding guest this summer,

have the best skin, hair and nails with our expert advice...

The acne expert

Amy Saunders keeps

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How far in advance should a bride be

thinking about her wedding day skin?

Brides should start thinking about their

wedding day skin roughly three months in

advance of their big day. During these three

months it’s a good idea to start incorporating

some extra skin-boosting foods into your

daily routine. One of the easiest ways to

do this is by drinking a green juice or berry

smoothie each morning. Not only will these

healthy drinks give your skin an incredible

glow, but all those antioxidant rich nutrients

will help your body cope with any stresses

that wedding planning may throw at you.

What’s the ideal cleanse, tone, moisturise

routine? I would avoid messing about with

your skin care regime too much. Chopping and

changing products can upset the delicate balance

of your skin and can potentially cause dryness,

redness and pimples as your skin tries to adjust.

Keep things as simple as possible with a calming

cleanser, antioxidant rich serum, a facial oil and

give your skin a nourishing treatment 2-3 times

a week. One bridal must-have is Green People’s

Beauty Boost Skin Restore. It’s an organic

treatment cream that repairs, plumps and

delivers intense hydration... all while you sleep!

Any top wedding day make-up tips? If you’re

having your make-up done by a professional

make-up artist it’s so important that you have

a trial done before the big day so you both

know exactly what you want. Choose a makeup

artist that truly understands your needs. If

you’re doing your own make-up I suggest asking

your favourite brands for different samples to

find the products that work best with your skin

type/tone and more importantly, make you feel

great! My most loved make-up tip is to scrap

the concealer for blemishes, and stick to using

it under your eyes. Instead, use a small brush

and your foundation to build up extra coverage

just in the areas that need it. Concealers often

have a completely different consistency to

foundations and can make blending tricky.

By using the same product you can achieve

a fresh, natural look with a flawless finish.

Amy specialises in the natural treatment of

acne. Skyn.Therapy helps others to identify

the root cause of their skin problems and

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The hair stylist

Charlotte gives us luscious locks...

Are there any natural ways to get glossy, healthy hair for your wedding day?

Natural glossy hair is sadly a rarity, you either have it or you don’t! However, eating

well will keep hair strong and healthy, and giving your locks a final cool rinse

after shampoo and conditioner will enhance a natural shine. Cool rinsing closes

the cuticle of the hair down, and encourages the hair shaft to sit smoothly. This

will stop hair from tangling and getting damaged when combing and brushing.

When should a bride have her last colour/ cut done? Depending on

how you’re wearing your hair on your big day determines when you have it

trimmed. If you’re planning an up-do, I always advise my brides to have a

small maintenance trim around 6-8 weeks before, to ensure maximum length.

If the bride has a short style or is wearing her hair down, I’d recommend

a trim around a fortnight before. The final colouring should be done a

week before, to ensure there’s no regrowth in the wedding photos!

Any top tips on keeping hair looking great throughout the day? Wedding

day weather can potentially make things a little tricky. Back combing is a key

component in ensuring the up-do stays in place, and I’m a true believer in hairspray.

However, there’s a real trend at the moment for messy looking, loosely styled hair,

which can be troublesome. A bride’s hair accessories are also an important factor

when choosing a hair style. The clip, comb or veil needs to suit both the hair

type and the hair style. Sometimes accessories can be too heavy, for example, so

consider both before booking an initial consultation. I think every bride should

have a mini can of hairspray and some argan oil on hand to tidy up any strays.

Charlotte is based at Hair at Fifteen, Tenterden. To book an appointment

or for more information visit hairatfifteen.co.uk or call 01580 762118.

The nail know-all

Hannah beautifies our cuticles...

How can a bride naturally strengthen her nails in preparation for the big day?

You can’t beat a good hand and nail cream or a lovely nail oil to keep your natural

nails in tip-top shape. The Espa Rejuvenating Hand Cream is perfect for this. Try

and keep your nails exposed to natural sunlight as much as you can, vitamin D is a

key component to having the healthiest nails. A couple of treatments before the big

day will have you feeling revitalised and your nails and skin looking beautiful.

do you have any top tips for preventing cracked hands or hang nail? To

keep your hands silky smooth and radiant pick your favourite hand cream and

apply a thin layer and leave to soak. Do this 2-3 times a week and you’ll notice a

huge difference. Hang nail is a big no-no, but by keeping your nails and cuticles

conditioned, and NOT picking at them, it can be easily avoided. Before bed time,

massage some lip balm into your nail beds, this will keep them moisturised and

supple all night long.

What would be in your emergency wedding day kit? My kit would have to

include a glass nail file, just in case of any broken nails or splits. A hydrating hand

cream is a must to cure any dry and dull skin, and a nourishing cuticle oil will keep

your nail beds in amazing condition and prevent any flaws or imperfections.

Hannah is based at Green Farm Kent, a beautiful farm estate deep in the Kent

countryside. For more information and to book a stay visit greenfarmkent.co.uk or

call 01233 733997.

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Jo Arnell on the particular pleasure of bringing in your crops

It’s been tricky in the veg patch this year. We’ve had plenty of

rain, and winds, low temperatures and not much ripening

sunshine, combined with attacks from an ever-increasing

army of pests. But if you’ve been lucky enough to get your crops

past the storms and pestilence (no war yet, but there’s still time)

here are some tips to help you get the most from them – and

from the harvesting itself.

Harvesting crops is a basic human activity that releases the

feel-good chemical dopamine into our brains, so you get two

hits – one from harvesting itself and another from eating the

produce.

Harvest timings

Time, tide and ripening vegetables wait for no man, so it’s

important to check on your crops regularly to make sure that

you haven’t missed the optimum harvest point. It’s worth

looking on the back of the seed packets (there are also useful

charts online) to find out what the approximate sowing to

harvest times are for certain crops; this will give you an idea of

what to expect, and help you to plan when - and how much to

sow.

Annoyingly the harvest may fall while you’re on holiday, and

although it might be too late this year to do anything about it

(apart from encouraging friends and family to enjoy the bounty

while you’re away…), make a note to sow crops like beans,

lettuce and courgettes, which need regular picking, either late or

early, so that you stand a chance of catching the harvest.

Preserving nutrients

Harvest as close to the time of eating as possible, as this will

preserve not just the flavour, but also the living nutrients.

Several studies have shown that the nutritional content of many

vegetables decreases rapidly once they’re harvested (D J Favell

Study 1998 Ref Vit C.. IFR Extra 2010).

Peas and sweetcorn are notorious for losing their sweetness

almost instantly (to the point where some extreme harvesters

put the water on, rush out to pick the crop and throw it in the

pan as the water comes to the boil), because chemical changes,

like sugar turning to starch, start to happen as soon as the plant

is picked. Instant freezing is one way of preserving some of the

nutrients (supermarket frozen peas are more nutritious than

fresh bought), but plot straight to plate is the surest way.


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Glut you like

Some vegetables ripen all at once and then need to be picked in

a rush before they go over (courgettes, tomatoes, beans, hearting

lettuce), others are sensible enough to be ‘pick as you go’ (open

salad leaves, some root crops and slow growing leeks and kale),

enabling you to use the veg patch as a larder and only collect as

much as you need for each meal.

Try to pick crops like beans and courgettes while they’re still

fairly small. Beans become stringy and less tender as they age,

and tiny courgettes reach gargantuan proportions as soon as you

turn your back on them.

Storing and preserving

Gluts can be glorious if you’re prepared for them and have

recipes to make the summer bounty last. Squashes and

pumpkins, having tough outer skins, will store as they are for

many months.

Root crops like potatoes, parsnips and carrots can also be

stored for a long time if kept in the dark (parsnips and carrots

are traditionally stored outside in a ‘clamp’, layered in sand

under a mound of earth). Storing other vegetables requires more

imagination:

fermenting - is an ancient (but rapidly re-emerging)

method of preserving food through microbial activity. Sugars in

vegetables convert to lactic acid when placed in brine and kept

in anaerobic (oxygen-free) conditions. The food is preserved

naturally, and contains beneficial pro-biotics which help

improve gut health.

freezing – works well for crops which are best eaten very

fresh (see above). In general choose younger vegetables for

freezing. Wash and chop (if desired), blanch quickly in boiling

water (a minute or two, depending on the veg) then plunge into

a bowl of iced water. Dry on kitchen paper or a clean towel, lay

on a tray and freeze on a speedy-freeze setting. Store Freeze in a

sealable bag, making sure as much air is removed from the bag

as possible. Freezing also works well with soft-leaved herbs like

chives, parsley, basil, coriander. Pick early in the morning when

they are full of flavour. Chop before freezing, pop into ice cube

trays with a little water. Basil can be painted on either side of the

leaf with olive oil, then frozen on trays so that the leaves don’t

stick during storage. Coarse herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme

can be dry frozen on trays and then packed in freezer bags.

Label and date freezer bags or (if you’re like me), you’ll end up

with lots of mysterious packages and surprise meals…

drying – is suitable for tomatoes, peppers and chillis. Slice

tomatoes thinly and lay on a baking tray. Place in a very low

oven and dry for several hours. Store in airtight containers and

use within a few weeks. Bay, rosemary, thyme can also be dried

in the microwave, then stored in sealable jars.

preserving in oil – herbs, chillies and garlic can be bottled

in oil. Ingredients must be either thoroughly dried, or acidified

first, in order to prevent the risk of food poisoning.The oil

doesn’t preserve the food, but simply excludes air, preventing

oxidation – but not preventing the action of anaerobic bacteria.

Keep any produce sealed in oil in the fridge and use within a

few weeks.

pickling – is excellent for things like onions, tomatoes,

courgettes, green beans, beetroot. Follow a classic chutney recipe

or have fun inventing your own ‘glutney’.

Contact Jo for border designs, planting and garden

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Flying

flowers

Sue Whigham celebrates the glory

of butterflies and suggests ways to

encourage them to your garden

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This summer hasn’t been very kind to butterflies to date,

let alone us, but we’ve had a couple of warm days, the

wind has dropped and things are already improving.

The Kent Wildlife Trust had a butterfly identification day in

mid-July and only spotted a couple of Meadow Browns and a

Ringlet in a two hour, windswept walk which culminated in

a tremendous thunderstorm. A couple of days later, during a

beautiful meander across orchid strewn Rye Golf Club, there

still seemed to be little activity despite the array of nectar plants

on offer. Today, however, my garden is positively humming

with butterflies on the move.

Amateur climatologist, David King, who predicts future

weather trends with startling accuracy (whilst the Met Office

was telling us that June would be fine, he correctly forecast that

it would be wet and windy...) by ‘reading’ plants, animals and

the countryside, tells us that we will have good weather from

later July and that the autumn will be pushed back with a long

Indian summer. After so much rain and that soul-destroying

wind, we’ll be pleased - but so will the butterflies.

Rather than dwelling on the bad news about these beautiful

creatures and other invertebrates, perhaps it’s better to marvel at

them when we see them and to help them along as much as we

can. Butterflies have been on earth for at least 50 million years.

Their life cycle is nothing short of miraculous and their innate

fragility means that they are quick to react to environmental

changes and are good indicators of a healthy biodiversity. They

are also, of course, an important element of the food chain for

birds and bats, vital pollinators and provide a service in the

form of a natural pest control.

Members of UK charity Butterfly Conservation are currently

monitoring 850 specific butterfly habitats and the annual Big

Butterfly Count is in progress (15 July – 7 August), with people

reporting sightings in their gardens – even if it’s only to log ‘zero’.

So what can we do to encourage these lovely creatures into

our gardens apart from reducing the use of insecticides? A good

start would be to follow the example of one of my neighbours

who has planted a dozen buddleia, as well as plenty of lavender,

topped up with an annual dollop of wild flower seeds. I’m

hoping that my patch of hedge woundwort brought from a

vegetable garden in South Devon, and now growing at an

alarming pace, will also bring in the butterflies as well as the

bees.

Leaving some parts of the garden alone, not incessantly cutting

and tidying, also helps and when you do cut long grass in late

summer, leave an area unstrimmed to provide a sanctuary for

the overwintering caterpillars of species like the Speckled Wood,

Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown.

Many caterpillars of butterflies, including the Skippers,

Wall, Ringlet and Marbled White feed off grasses so all the

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more reason to leave an untamed area.

Wild hedgerow plants like cuckoo flowers and garlic

mustard are food for Orange Tips and Green Veined Whites.

Honesty, red valerian and sweet rocket help too. Nettles are

essential for the Peacock, such a beautiful migrant butterfly,

and though it is an invasive plant they can, like mint, be

contained even in a small garden.

Otherwise choose nectar plants such as easily grown

annuals, nasturtiums and marigold, which tend to self seed

so that you will always have a few around. Earlier in the year,

wallflowers are ideal for early butterflies and later on try

sedums (ice plants) avoiding the dark leaved cultivars which

don’t seem to attract butterflies in the same way. Herbs like

thymes, marjoram and germanders are hugely attractive nectar

sources and easily grown. Other nectar plants would include:

holly, ivy (let it flower), hops and buckthorn. Flora Locale is

a good resource for information about plants to encourage

bio-diversity.

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Kent Wildlife Trust (for information about their Meadows

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Big Butterfly Count. bigbutterflycount.org

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Glyphosate is a weedkiller discovered in the

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herbicides and for years, it has been declared

safe for users and harmless to the environment. More

commonly known as Roundup, it is used by millions of

gardeners and farmers around the world. But the scientific

community is now split on whether glyphosate is safe.

Recently, the International Agency for Research on

Cancer, a respected body within the World Health

Organization (WHO) said that glyphosate probably had

carcinogenic qualities that were harmful to humans. Then

another organisation, the EU Chemicals Agency, ECHA,

which also worked with the WHO, said that glyphosate

probably did not have carcinogenic qualities that were

harmful to humans.

So which was right? Scientists and environmentalists claim

that the ECHA had a conflict of interests. The chairman of

the panel had received a six-figure donation from the makers

of the pesticide, for another institute that he was involved

with - and the ECHA declared its findings two days before

the European Union was to rule on the re-licensing of

glyphosate - and particularly Roundup - for general use.

On top of this, in Germany it has been found that 99.6%

of people tested have glyphosate residue in their urine. Green

MEPs decided to have their own wee tested and the results

reveal that every one had glyphosate traces, with the average

concentration being 1.73ng/ml - more than 17 times the

safe level for drinking water.

NGOs and environmental groups were furious.

Professor Molly Scott Cato, a member of the European

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ml, said: “With ongoing controversy over the health risks

of glyphosate, we can be quite sure it has no place in the

human body.

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with evidence of glyphosate having detrimental impact on

the honey bee, monarch butterfly, skylark and earthworm

populations and posing a threat to the quality of our soil.”

The decision from the European Parliament has not been

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The secret to the perfect work/life balance may already be in your

garden - and if it isn’t you can build one... by Isobel Mackay

Working from home sounds

like the dream set up – an

extra hour in bed, lunch no

further than your own fridge away, even

no need to get dressed if you don’t feel

like it...

But while it sounds like the dream

scenario, working at home can very

quickly become oppressive, if there’s no

way you can escape all the reminders

of what you should have got done that

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your feet up on Friday night and veg

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working space in your garden.

You might have an old wooden

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former milking parlour (above), which

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photography studio within (top right).

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Get out there!

Losing the plot these

summer holidays?

Here are three

stimulating days out

for kids of all ages

(even the grown up

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The Historic Dockyard

What do children love most about visiting

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham?

Children love getting hands on with naval history, from

climbing aboard the historic warships HMS Cavalier and

HMS Gannet, to experiencing life under the sea with Cold

War spy submarine HM Submarine Ocelot. Summer events

such as Doc Yard’s Time Travelling Techsplorers are all

included in the entry ticket and feature interactive shows

and science experiments. With three play areas, 140 Doc

Yard performances, nine missions for the Captain’s Cat and

three chances to pretend to be captain – there is no end to

the family fun.

What age is your venue suitable for and is it fun

for parents too?

There is something for everyone at the Dockyard – including

parents and even grandparents. The ‘Of the Sea’ art exhibition

runs until 24 July and the brand new interactive exhibition

‘Command of the Ocean’ tells the story of the pivotal role

the Dockyard had in Chatham’s naval history. The brand new

Mess Deck is the perfect place to take a break, with the menu

including the Dockyard’s legendary fish and chips.

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How much does it cost to visit?

Adult ticket - £22.00

Concession ticket - £19.50 (5 to 15)

Child ticket - £13.00 (under 5’s go free)

Family ticket - £58.00 (1+3 or 2+2)

Family extra child - £9.50

All tickets are valid for one year from the day of the first visit.

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Annual

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Kent Life

Heritage Park

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Sissinghurst Castle

Garden

New

Summer trail

coming this

summer!

What do children love most about visiting

Sissinghurst Castle Garden?

Here at Sissinghurst there’s plenty to keep children entertained and

engaged during a day out. We have a 450 acre estate with lots of

room to run around in. There are streams to play Pooh Sticks on

and bridges to jump over. We also have a 50 Things To Do Before

You’re 11¾ booklet which has lots of fun activities for children

to try when they come and visit. Our dedicated ‘50 Things’ area

is a great spot for families to try out some of the more hands-on

activities like den building and making a mud pie.

What age is your venue suitable for?

We see a wide range of ages, from smaller children looking to

discover as much as possible while absorbing the vibrant colours,

to bigger kids looking to run off some steam in the woodlands.

Exploring a wide area of the estate would be more suited to older

ages, as from dense woodlands and wide open parkland, plus plenty

of far-reaching views across the farmland to discover, lots of energy

is needed from kids and grown-ups alike.

Is it fun for parents too?

It’s a great chance to help encourage the whole family to get out

and explore the countryside, with lots to learn about our estate

management and plenty of flora and fauna to see on your way

round. It’s also a good excuse to try out some of the 50 Things

activities for yourselves, because who doesn’t fancy rolling down a

hill now and again?

How much does it cost to visit?

For members of the National Trust all entry is free. Non-members

pay a £3 car parking charge but after that the estate is free of charge

to roam. If you would like to include a visit to the garden then a

non-member family entrance fee is £33.

Do you have any special offers coming up?

Excitingly, we have a new summer trail coming this school

holidays in which families, young and old, can explore fun areas of

Sissinghurst and learn some really interesting things about the estate

that you might not have known.

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What do children love most about visiting Kent

Life?

Our animals are always a big hit. The attraction is also a real

working farm so there are plenty of furry and feathered friends

to see, including pigs, sheep, ducks, goats, alpacas, horses and

ponies. Cuddle Corner is particularly popular because it gives

children the chance to get up close and personal with some of

our smaller animals, such as rabbits.

Children love to take a trip around Kent Life on one of our

tractor rides, or on our brand new land train, or just to run

wild in the outdoor play area. The large indoor soft play area,

provides three floors of fun for kids to explore and is always a

big hit on rainy days. We have water zorbing in the summer

season, which always goes down well, and kids love getting

creative in our paint-a-pot studio.

What age is your venue suitable for?

There’re year-round fun, activities and events for

the whole family so it’s perfect for all ages, from

tots to grandparents. It’s particularly popular with

families who have primary school-aged children.

Is it fun for parents too?

Adults always enjoy strolling around our Vintage Village, which

has a collection of original historic buildings to explore. The

village hall relocated from Ulcombe, the granary, the oast house,

traditional hoppers’ huts, and the working blacksmith’s forge all

bring to life the homes and lifestyles of Kent’s rural past.

For many visitors, it’s a real trip down memory lane. We have

World War II cottages displaying the typical home of a wartime

housewife, while Sandling Farmhouse, which dates to the 16th

century, has been transformed into a 1950s homestead full of

vintage chic.

Parents can also explore the beautiful gardens, orchard and one

of the last hand-picked hop gardens in the country; and relax

with a cuppa and homemade cake in Dotty’s tearoom, while the

children enjoy activities organised by the Kent Life entertainers,

such as tug-of-war and ferret racing.

How much does it cost to visit?

Adults £9.50; concessions £8.50; children £7.50; family ticket

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Do you have any special offers coming up?

We’ve frozen our peak admission prices for 2016 and also

introduced a great-value family ticket which gives admission

to two adults and two children for just £29.95. We also offer

annual membership which works out at less than 10p a day.

It’s always worth checking the website for

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have special offers throughout the year – for

example, each adult who books a ticket for

our popular Hops ‘n’ Harvest Beer Festival

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CRAFTS & PERSONALISED GIFTS

Volunteering open morning

Wednesday 31 August 9.30am-11am

From November, we will be opening our South Cottage

fully for the first time and we need volunteers to help us to

bring it to life.

The house helps tell the story of the families who have lived

here and the creators of the garden, Vita Sackville-West and

Harold Nicolson.

If you’re intrigued and would like to see behind the scenes as

well as meeting our team, give us a call to book your place on

01580 710700

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Traditional fun with Punch and Judy shows

For show dates & times, please

visit www.kentlife.org.uk

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Penshurst Village Hall TN11 8BP

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Fabulously

Vintage Fair

Saturday 17th September, 10am - 4pm

Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, TN5 7HE


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27 th , 28 th , 29 th August

Trade entry Saturday 9.30am

Public 10.30am–5pm

Entrance £1.50

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Beautiful vintage

and retro items

for sale

Vintage vehicles

Live music &

entertainment

Village fete

Tea room

£1.50*

Children free

Come and find fashionable vintage,

French brocante & antique treasures in

charming Penshurst. Enjoy delicious

cakes and tea with It’s Always Teatime.

www.stmichaelshospice.com/fabulouslyvintage

Tel: 01424 457964

stmichaelshospice stmhospice

*Does not include entry to Pashley Manor Gardens. Optional

special entry price to Pashley Manor Gardens - £8.50

Registered charity number 288462

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What’s On In August

Art

Mon 1 - Sun 21 Aug

10.30am-5.30pm

Dance Hall, Community Centre,

Conduit Hill, Rye TN31 7LE

Rye Society of Artists 65th

Summer Exhibition

The exhibition includes a wide range

of paintings, prints, photographs and

ceramics for sale.

Info: ryesocietyofartists.co.uk

Tues 2 - Sun 14 Aug 10am-10pm

Trinity Gallery, Tunbridge Wells

TN1 1JP

East and West

An exhibition of ceramics and brush

painting, covering ink on paper

and beautiful ceramics. Experience

demonstrations and talks by artists and

experts.

Entry: Free

Info: nickwinter.co.uk

Thurs 4 - Sun 7 Aug 10.30am-5pm

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker,

Hailsham BN27 3QS

Sussex Guild show

A wonderful show with

demonstrations in a beautiful setting.

Info: sussexpast.co.uk

Fri 19 - Fri 26 Aug

Norfolk Centre, Arundel

Downland Society

Summer Art Exhibition

The Downland Art Society exhibition

covers familiar landscapes and

seascapes, people and animals - in

oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel.

Original unframed work shown.

Info: downland.org

Sat 27 - Mon 29 Aug 10am-5pm

Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst,

Near Wadhurst TN5 7HE

Craft show

A great show in a large marquee in

front of this stunning Georgian manor

house.

Info: pashleymanorgardens.com

Children & Family

Sat 23 Jul - Sun 14 Aug

Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23

3BP

Sculpture in the gardens

This summer’s sculpture show at

Godinton House will bring together

the work of fifteen artists from the

South East to add an exciting element

to the thirteen acres of beautiful

gardens. The sculpture trail makes a

great afternoon out as children love

discovering a new piece around every

corner.

Info: 01233 643854 / godintonhouse.

co.uk

Sat 30 Jul - Sun 7 Aug

Hastings Old Town

Hastings Old Town

Carnival

Come prepared for surprises and

lots of fun. Highlights include free

beach concert, seaboot challenge run,

aerial display, carnival procession,

exhibitions, walks and swashbuckling

fun on pirates day.

Info: oldtowncarnivalweek.co.uk

Days throughout Aug 10am-4pm

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN

Summer holiday

adventures

Every day this summer there is an

adventure to be had at Scotney

Castle, whether it’s building a den in

our wilderness camp, exploring our

discovery room or taking part in our

holiday trail in the house. Booking not

needed.

Info: 01892 893868 / nationaltrust.org.

uk/events

Days throughout Aug

Drusillas, Alfriston Road, East

Sussex BN26 5QS

Hello Kitty House

Hello Kitty returns to Drusillas. Visit

her beautiful themed house and have

a souvenir photo taken with the cute

girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the

Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and have a

thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret

Garden rides.

Info: drusillas.co.uk

Mon 1 - Tues 30 Aug10am-4pm

Chartwell, Mapleton Road,

Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS

Winnie-the-Pooh trail

Winnie-the-Pooh needs your help to

find the bees around Chartwell. Follow

the trail, find all the bees and help

Winnie-the-Pooh and pals. Booking

not needed. Dogs on leads welcome.

Info: 01732 868381 / nationaltrust.org.

uk/events

Sat 6 Aug 2-4pm

Dreamland, Margate, Kent CT9 1XJ

Family rave

Back once again for a summer family

rave is Big Fish Little Fish! With

special guest DJ Ashley Beedle! The

Big Fish Little Fish multi-sensory

dancefloor experience has glowsticks,

bubbles, glitter cannon, huge balloons

and a giant parachute dance finale.

Entry: Adults £8.50, Children £5.50

Info: 01843 295887 / dreamland.co.uk

Sun 7 Aug 12-4pm

Eastwell Manor, Eastwell Park,

Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent,

TN25 4HR

Birds & Beasts Sunday &

BBQ

Treat your little ones to a birds and

beasts experience this summer. Ideal

for everyone aged five and above,

families can enjoy a three-course BBQ

lunch with live jazz at The Pavilion

Restaurant and a close-up encounter

with a range of creatures, such as

hedgehogs, hawks, snakes, vultures,

tarantulas and lots of bugs.

Entry: £20 per person, £10 per child

under 12

Info: 01233 213000

Wed 17 & 24 Aug From 6pm

Victoria Parade & Promenade,

Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1QL

Broadstairs Summer Fireworks

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disappointment.

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Fri 26 - Sun 28 Aug

Various locations in Brighton

Modernist 60s weekend

The Mod Scene returns to its spiritual

home in Brighton. Madeira Drive will

be filled with scooters and visitors

can make the most of live music

and memorabilia. Sunday’s Scooter

competition is followed by a cruise

along the coast and back.

Info: newuntouchables.com

Sat 27 Aug 10-12am

The Green, Near Rotherfield Surgery

Annual Coffee Morning

On behalf of League of Friends of

Rotherfield & Brook Surgeries, browse

amongst stalls selling plants and

produce, cakes, jewellery and jigsaws.

Info: 01892 852645

/ rotherfieldsurgery.nhs.uk

Sat 27 & Sun 28 Aug 10.30am-6pm

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge TN11 8DG

Bank Holiday fun

The August bank holiday at Penshurst

Place is not to be missed. With

bushcraft activities, falconry displays

and crafts, there’s something for

everyone.

Info: 01892 870307 / penshurstplace.

com

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Brochures with map available from

Millbrook Garden Centre,

The Courtyard Café in Rotherfield,

Crowborough Library and J & K Gallery

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Camel Race Day

Sunday 4 th September 2016

10th - 17th September

10am - 5am daily

florum

2016

Chilham Castle, Chilham, Kent

£5 Entry (Children under 12 free)

Gates open 1pm Starts 2pm

· Camel Racing · Camel Rides

· Mongolian Wrestling & Archery

· “WAR” Camel, the Lifelike Puppet

· Sideshows · Stalls · Food & Drink

· Camel Milk Ice-Creams

More details:

www.wildcamels.com

For more information contact John Hare: harecamel@aol.com

ADMISSION FREE over 50 invited artists

All works for sale Many different media

Artists’ prints and cards Ample free parking

Credit cards accepted

KENT WILDLIFE TRUST

SEVENOAKS RESERVE

Bradbourne Vale Road

Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3DH

visit our exciting website: www.florum.co.uk

of work by: Helen Hanson, Sarah Morrish, Tsuyako Elliott, Chris Birbeck, Linda Brown, Susan Christopher-Coulson, Sue J Williams

Details of work by: Helen Hanson, Sarah Morrish, Tsuyako Elliott,

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WONDERFUL

WEDNESDAYS

3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August

HANDMADE &

HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 2 – 4

Enjoy fun-packed days full of hands-on countryside skills,

crafts and games, including:

Make a Tudor bath bomb • Try blacksmithing • Create a candle

Do some willow weaving • Have a go at the pole lathe • Try archery

Activities are suitable for all ages and will be held

under cover if the weather is wet.

A celebration of all things handmade,

homegrown, recycled, upcycled and locally produced.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT

hevercastle.co.uk/whatson

Or call – 01732 865224

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What’s On In August

Mon 29 Aug 10am-6pm

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Maidstone,

Kent ME14 3AU

Ice Cream Festival

Join the festivities as Kent Life hosts its

first ice cream festival - sample tasters

from ice cream vendors, chocolatiers

and sweet stalls.

Entry: Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50

Children £7.50,

Info: 01622 763936 / kentlife.org.uk

Music

Fri 5 - 12 Aug

Venues Around The Town,

Broadstairs, Kent

Broadstairs Folk Week

An amazing 7 days of music,

workshops, dance and stalls across

the town with thousands of people

enjoying events.

Info: 01843 604080 /

broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk

Sat 27 - Mon 29 Aug

Various locations in Rye

International Jazz

Festival

Visit Rye for free gigs and acoustic

performances where the finest Jazz,

Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk, Gospel and

World Music is performed in local

pubs and throughout Rye’s ancient

streets.

Info: ryejazz.com

Sun 28 & Mon 29 Aug 11am-5pm

Doddington Place Gardens,

Doddington, Nr Sittingbourne, Kent

ME9 0BB

Jazz on the Lawn - Jo

Francis & The Blue Notes

Come along and listen to smooth

jazz, swing and blues drifting over the

beautiful gardens at Doddington Place

this August bank holiday. Dogs on

leads are welcome. Bring along a picnic

hamper or try out the tasty offerings in

the Tea Rooms.

Entry: Adults £6, Concessions £5,

Children £2

Info: doddingtonplacegardens.co.uk

Out & About

DESIGNER MAKERS

OF CONTEMPORARY AND

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Sun 14 Aug 5-9pm

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe,

Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG

Romeo and Juliet

A forbidden love affair, The feuding Sussex Guild

families, faked death Shop and a and bloody Gallery

revenge. Set in fair Verona and

performed in the garden The at North Smallhythe Wing

Place, watch the drama Southover unfurl Grange

before you. Enjoy the evening with

Shakespeare’s star-crossed Southover lovers, Road

performed by The Lewes, Pantaloons. East Sussex

Booking Advisable.

Info: 01580 762334 / nationaltrust.org. BN7 1TP

uk/events

Shop open 7 days a

Tues 30 Aug - Sat 3 Sep week, 7.30pm 10.00 - 5.00

Hazlitt Theatre, Earl except Street, Christmas Day

Maidstone, Kent, Kent ME14 1PL

West side Story Reg. Charity no: 292234

Kent Musical Theatre Society proudly

present the timeless classic West Side

Story at the Hazlitt Theatre this

summer. The world’s greatest love story

takes to the streets in this landmark

Broadway musical that is one of the

theatre’s finest accomplishments.

Info: 01622 758611 / parkwoodtheatres.

co.uk

www.thesussexguild.co.uk

01273 479565

Thurs 25 - Wed 31 Aug

Dover, Deal, Sandwich

White cliffs walking

festival

40 walks have been organised,

including gentle two mile walks with

local experts describing particular

points of historical interest, to 5/6 mile

half day walks, each with a particular

theme, to full day walks of 8 to 10

miles with a pub or tea room stop

half way.

Entry: Free / £2 donation

Info: 01303 250230 /

whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk

Sat 27 Aug - Sun 25 Sep

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN

Hop walks

The end of summer means the hop

harvest. At Scotney Castle hops are still

grown, picked and dried in traditional

ways. Walk with us to see the hop

gardens, picking shed, drying oast and

hoppers’ huts. Plus, have a sample of

Scotney Ale brewed using hops grown

on the farm. Booking Not Needed.

Info: 01892 893868 / nationaltrust.org.

uk/events

Theatre

Fri 12 Aug 6.30pm

Walmer Castle and Gardens,

Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent CT14

7LJ

A Midsummer Night’s

Dream

Chapterhouse Theatre Company

presents Shakespeare’s best-loved

romantic comedy. Let yourself be

whisked away on a thrilling journey to

the most magical of forests and meet

star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and

hilarious travelling players. Beautifully

designed Elizabethan costumes, a

wonderful new musical score and

enchanting woodland creatures

make this an evening of unmissable

summer garden theatre. Picnic with

family and friends in the picturesque

surroundings.

Entry: Adults £15, Concession £13,

Child £11

Info: 0370 333 1183 / chapterhouse.org

Listings are correct at time of going

to press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with venues

before making arrangements. We can list

your event in the next issue of Wealden

Times for only £15! Please supply up to

50 words that should include date, time,

venue, and any entry price to whatson@

wealdentimes.co.uk or send with payment

(cheques payable to JPS Media) to What’s

On, Wealden Times, Kettle Chambers, 21

Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF.

Wealden Times reserves the right to edit

text to fit space allocated. If you would like

your event listing to be accompanied by a

full colour reproduction (42.5 x 62.5mm)

of a poster or other pictorial image, the

total charge will be £95. Deadline for the

September issue is 15 August 2016.

DESIGNER MAKERS

OF CONTEMPORARY AND

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

EVENTS Contemporary 2012

CRAFT

SHOWS

CONTEMPORARY

CRAFT SHOWS

THROUGHOUT SUSSEX

4 - 7 August

MICHELHAM PRIORY

with craft demonstrations

Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East

Sussex BN27 3QS

Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst,

East Sussex TN5 7HE

www.sussexpast.co.uk

27 - 29 August

PASHLEY

MANOR GARDENS

www.pashleymanorgardens.com

www.thesussexguild.co.uk

01273 479565

Reg. Charity no : 292234

Detling Antiques,

Vintage &

Collectors Fair

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Up to 300 stalls in two buildings, shopping

arcades, marquees & outside offering a wide

range of items from ceramics, glass, vintage

www.thesussexguild.co.uk

clothing, furniture, books, metalware, kitchenalia,

postcards, pictures & much more.

Sat 3rd - Sun 4th

September

Sat: Early Entry 8.30am - £6

Sat: General Entry 10am - 4.30pm - £5

Sun: 10am - 3.30pm - £4

Kent County Showground, Detling, ME14 3JF

Tel: 01636 676531

www.b2bevents.info

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The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will perform one of Shakespeare’s

best-loved comedies in the open air amphitheatre at

FRANKHAM MANOR

Mark Cross, Nr Wadhurst TN6 3PB

by kind permission of Mrs Prudence Watts

Friday 2nd September - 7pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to picnic in the

beautiful gardens from 5pm

Tickets £28 - book online at

www.friendsofsussexhospices.org.uk/much-ado

Enquiries: 01435 813630

In aid of


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WIN A VIP WINERY TASTING TOUR

AND PICNIC FOR SIX PEOPLE,

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Fables

From

The Farm

Jane Howard plants a

wildflower meadow and

accidentally makes her

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M

y new wildflower meadow is an oasis of calm and

makes me feel utterly content whenever I wander

through it.

My dear old mum was a really keen naturalist and so when

she died and left me a bit of money, establishing the meadow

seemed a wonderful way to remember her and make Coopers

Farm just that little bit more of a wildlife haven.

But turning a monoculture five-acre rye-grass field into a

dream meadow with myriad different species of flowers and

grasses proved to be a far more difficult task than we imagined.

First, we had to spray it off three times. Every time we did

it, the grass went brown and died, only to bounce back with

impressive vim and vigour. But eventually we won.

Then we had to scalp the top inch of soil to get rid of the

thick thatch of roots that would prevent the new seeds from

getting their roots down. A scalping machine did the biz but

we hadn’t expected the huge volume of scrapings this produced.

Enough to fill a tennis court to a depth of about eight feet!

The only place to put it was in the pig wood where it was

received with boundless enthusiasm by gleeful pigs who spent

hours running up the mounds, running down the mounds and

burrowing through the mounds. Porcine Alton Towers.

And so by last autumn we were left with a bare brown field

that looked very sorry for itself. The seed was sown on a cold

February day. Then the rains came and the field sat sad and

waterlogged. Expectations weren’t high.

But magically in April it started turning green and has now

exploded into a gentle haze of reds, yellows, blues and whites –

a meadow worthy of a Monet painting. So now the pressure’s

on to try and identify what’s there.

It came with a list of the 50 odd species that had been sown,

but I never realized how many wild plants have flowers that are

daisy or dandelion doppelgangers. So I must confess I bought a

wild flower book from a charity shop and cut it up to produce a

bespoke guide to each species I was expecting to find.

Now I can tell Lady’s Bedstraw from Pepper Saxifrage and

Rough Hawkbit from Cat’s Ear. They’re all yellow and quite

similar so my botanical tail is right up.

But I’m not the only one in this happy state. This morning,

I was walking through “Mum’s Meadow” when I realized I was

not alone. Five ewes were heads down, also tails up, enjoying

the smorgasbord that is indeed my 50 species. Aaaaagh.

I couldn’t use the dogs to catch them up as the flowers are

too tall and dense, but luckily a bucket of grub did the job and

not too much damage was done. However, later in the summer

when it’s all flowered and seeded they can come back and graze

to their heart’s content.

Wild-flower flavoured lamb? Now there’s a new possibility.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on Instagram

@coopersfarm


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