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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
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
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seriously pretentious Easy Rider motorcycle.
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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…
4. The Ridgeway
Where? No 47 The Ridgeway is
situated in one of the most popular roads
in Fetcham just west of Leatherhead
(Google Maps KT22 9BN).
What? An architect-designed 1920’s
property, it offers both a spacious
family accommodation and a valuable
contemporary annexe. The main house
includes drawing room with exposed
inglenook fireplace and French doors on
to the patio, double aspect formal dining
room, kitchen/breakfast room, study and
a lower ground floor room currently being
used as a second study. On first floor is the
master bedroom with ensuite bathroom
featuring vaulted ceilings and a sunken
bath and four further bedrooms.
The self contained annexe has its own
private entrance accessed via a circular
tower staircase though an arched doorway
from the living room and offers a large
sitting room with vaulted ceilings and
Velux windows, a bedroom and a shower
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westerly facing mature and secluded garden
mainly laid to lawn surrounded by mature
trees, hedges, shrubs and flower beds.
How much? No 47 The Ridgeway
is priced at £1,295,000 and is Savills in
Cobham. Call 01932 586200 or visit
2. The Light House
Where? The Light House is set behind
electric gates on Fairbourne, one of
Cobham’s most popular roads (Google
Maps KT11 2BT).
What? A contemporary take on the
Arts & Crafts style, this property more
than lives up to its name. The primary
focal point of the is an impressive vaulted
and galleried family room with floor to
ceiling windows. Downstairs is also a
double-aspect drawing room with a stone
fireplace and French doors to the garden,
dining room, study and double-aspect
Above are four bedrooms, all with
ensuite bathrooms.The separate annexe
has its own entrance and offers a studio
bedroom/sitting room and shower room.
Outside are pretty, southerly facing
gardens, laid to lawn with mature beds
and trees and an attractive stone patio
perfect for entertaining.
How much? The Light House is
priced at £2,250,000 and is on the market
with Savills in Cobham. Call 01932
586200 or visit www.savills.co.uk.
3. Highlands Rew
Where? Highlands Rew is situated on
the lower slopes of Leith Hill just to the
south west of the centre of Coldharbour
village, about four miles from Dorking
(Google Maps RH5 6HH).
What? An attractive traditional-style
cottage in a secluded wooded location, the
property has been substantially enlarged
and renovated by the current owners.
Accommodation downstairs now includes
a double-aspect drawing room with two
sets of glass doors opening onto a large
decking terrace, a family room with glass
doors to the terrace, kitchen/breakfast
room. Above is a master bedroom with
en-suite shower room and two further
bedrooms, one with ensuite shower.
The separate annexe has a living room
with wood-burning stove, kitchen area,
shower room, bedroom and loft room.
Outside in grounds of 31.5 acres is a
swimming pool, woodland and a stable
yard with six loose boxes and a sand
school of 40m x 20m. There is also a
large field divided into paddocks plus an
How much? Highlands Rew is
priced at £1,750,000 and is with Jackson-
Stops in Dorking. Call 01306 887560 or
1. Brooke House
Where? Brooke House is situated in
the rural village of Crowhurst and twoand-a-half
miles from Lingfield and its
mainline station. (Google Maps RH7
What? Built in the 19th Century, the
property has recently undergone complete
renovation and substantial enlargement
and white-on-white themed throughout
to provide a light spacious family home.
Main accommodation includes an
impressive double-aspect drawing room
with French doors to the garden, a double
aspect -aspect dining/family room, study,
a stunning kitchen/breakfast room with
bifolding doors to the garden and four
bedrooms, three with ensuite bathrooms.
The annexe provides a further two
bedrooms, a 27-foot living room, two
bedrooms, a shower room and a kitchen
area. The house stands in just under and
acre-and-a-half of grounds which are laid
out informally, include a natural pond
and offer the potential for a paddock or
How much? Brooke House is on
the market with Jackson-Stops in Oxted
and is priced at £1,500,000. Call 01883
712375 or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk.
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There’s something rather charming, and sweetly ironic,
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You could buy a house for half the price of a two-bedroom flat,”
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She’s also keen to share the glory of the wonderful
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natural light, flooding in through bi-fold doors, brings the
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“You could be someone who is utterly hapless with
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except for the bright yellow which is a feature in several rooms.
She clearly knew what she wanted: “In the end a technician at
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Above: The basement apartment offers an independent space for guests, with the bed concealed behind a vintage decoupaged screen
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table, we move through to the living room which looks out
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little rooms down here and very grim. We wanted a
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screen from Alastair Hendy’s Homestore in Hastings Old Town
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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
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New Orleans and Miami. Our favourite place in Marrakech
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to MJ’s music room at the back of the house. It’s a simple,
Above: The basement ‘loft’ apartment also has it own kitchen
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Tip-tapping along the landing to the front of the house, we
approach what Ginny refers to as ‘The Princess Suite’ of master
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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
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Top: The master bedroom has magnificent views over
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Our clients frequently ask us - sometimes as a result of the
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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
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during a holiday in Sri Lanka. The Modigliani-style portrait is by
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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
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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
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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
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The immaculate bespoke units under the windows
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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
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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
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lights from a Czech factory. The cosy dining area sits
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Italia table surrounded by antique rosewood chairs.
On the way down the hallway to the former littleused
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The former dining room has become a new genre that
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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
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but, across a dramatic octagonal hallway, from an
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Above: Daughter Emma fancied a touch of baroque in her
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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
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of the octagonal tower, its four windows looking out onto
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Daughter Emma fancied a touch of baroque and
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Jane and Nathan begin every project by establishing
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How far in advance should a bride be
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Brides should start thinking about their
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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.
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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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You might have an old wooden building you can convert, as
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If you don’t happen to have an old farm building lying around,
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planning permission stress than required for a full new-build (subject
to the specific setting of each project).
Jeweller Alice Robson had her husband James (conveniently an
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By engaging a company specializing in wooden buildings, you
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And on Friday evening you can lock the door and forget about it
Round Wood of Mayfield built
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Our rapid expansion over recent years has seen us struggle
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How was this fulfilled?
The new office replaced an old L-shaped building that had
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The design was developed with the intention of
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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 crops is a basic human activity that releases the feelgood
chemical dopamine into our brains, so you get two hits – one
from harvesting itself and another from eating the produce.
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.
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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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
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
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
Pickling – is excellent for things like onions, tomatoes,
courgettes, green beans, beetroot. Follow a classic chutney recipe
or have fun inventing your own ‘glutney’.
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Mon 1 - Thurs 11 Aug
Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe
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A great half term adventure holiday club.
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Tues & Thurs throughout Aug 10am
Garsons, Winterdown Road, West End,
Esher, Surrey KT10 8LS
To celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday,
join in and read some old favourites.
Info: 01372 460181 / garsons.co.uk
Sun 7 Aug 11.30am-1pm
Magna Carta Tea-room car park,
Windsor Road, Old Windsor,
Berkshire, Surrey TW20 0AE
Join us on a guided walk to witness the
fascinating lives of the dragonflies and
damselflies that thrive in the beautiful
Info: 01784 432891 / nationaltrust.org.uk/
Thurs 11 Aug
Lavington Common, Duncton, West
Sussex, GU28 0QR
Woodland Art and
Join us for hands-on natural art making
and outdoor cooking in the woods.
Info: 01730 816638 / nationaltrust.org.uk/
Sat 13 & Sun 14 Aug 10am-5pm
Sandown Park Racecourse,
Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10
An all American classic, custom, hot rod
and bike show.
Tel: 07850 886818 / busterlang.co.uk
Sat 13 Aug 2-4pm
Woking Park, Woking, Surrey
Throughout the summer crowds will be
entertained by a range of jazz ensembles
to steel and brass bands. Relax with a
picnic and listen to the coolest sounds
Info: 01483 755855 / celebratewoking.info
Fairs & shows
Fri 5 Aug 9am-3pm
Catholic Church Hall, Downside
Bridge Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11
Cobham Bric-a-brac Fair
Antique & flea minimarket, selling
antiques, toys, glass, china, books,
clothes, jewellery, cakes and much more.
Info: 01932 269566
Sat 6 Aug 10am-4pm
Guildford Guildhall, 131 High Street,
City Centre, Guildford, Surrey GU1
Craft and Gift Market
Quality craft and gifts you won’t find on
the high street, including art, jewellery,
bags, leather goods, metal goods, textiles,
beauty products, glassware, homeware,
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Sun 7 Aug 10.30am-4pm
Lingfield Park Racecourse, Racecourse
Road, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6PQ
Collectables and Vintage
Come along to explore up to 130 indoor
stalls at this fantastic fair. Bristling with
some amazing antiques, collectables
and vintage items, this friendly and
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modern facilities of Lingfield Racecourse.
Refreshments are available, as well as a
Entry: £3, Earlybird entry, £5
Info: 01293 690777 / lovefairs.com
Sat 13 & Sun 14 Aug 10am-6pm
Mead Lane, Chertsey, Surrey KT16
The Chertsey Show is a fantastic trip out
for the whole family with arena events all
day, a whole range of different farm and
domestic animals, horticultural and floral
tents, traditional crafts and many stalls
Info: 01932 564366
Sat 27 Aug 11am-4pm
St Mary’s Church,Reigate Road,
Buckland, Surrey RH3 7BB
Art & flower festival
See an amazing transformation of the
church and enjoy wonderfully coloured
and scented displays. Visit the art
exhibition and sale in the reading room;
all work by local artists.
Info: 01737 845935
Sat 27 Aug 12.30-5.30pm
West End Common, Esher, Surrey
west end summer show
Traditional bank holiday family fun in an
idyllic village green setting.
Info: 07725 574066 / westendflowershow.
Mon 29 Aug 1-4.30pm
Walking Bottom, Peaslake, Guildford,
Surrey GU5 9RR
Peaslake summer fair
Enjoy a slice of village life and all the fun
of the fair with bouncy castles, Punch
& Judy, a coconut shy, face-painting,
a BBQ, Pimms and beer tent, live
entertainment and stalls.
Info: 07775 517366
Mon 1 Aug
Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,
Surrey GU1 3UX
The Secret Garden
Using live music, puppetry and just a
little bit of magic, the Yvonne Arnaud
Youth Theatre presents The Secret
Garden, before its run at the Edinburgh
Info & Booking: 01483 440 000 / yvonnearnaud.co.uk
Tues 23 Aug 6-8pm
Hatchlands, East Clandon, Guildford,
Surrey GU4 7RT
Wizard of oz
You’re invited to click your heels, journey
over the rainbow and follow the yellow
brick road as Immersion Theatre proudly
present the Wizard of Oz, a magical
pantomime guaranteed to have you in
stitches from beginning to end.
Entry: Adults £12, Children £8
Info: 01483 444334
Tues 9 Aug 9.30am-12pm
St John’s C Of E And Methodist
Church, Northdown Road, Belmont,
Surrey SM2 6DY
Children aged 7 to 11 are invited to
learn basic sewing and pattern making
techniques to make a jellyfish design to
Entry: £12 per child
Info: 07554 351643
Every Thursday in August 10am-4pm
Watts Gallery - Artist’s Village,
Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3
Learn about photography and borrow a
camera to create your own print to take
Info: 01483 810235
Sun 14 Aug 1 / 2 / 3pm
Watts Gallery - Artist’s Village,
Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3
Join artist Norma Kennedy to discover
different techniques of linocut printing.
See samples of designs and watch as she
demonstrates how to cut and print a
Info: 01483 810235 / wattsgallery.org.uk
Mon 15 - Fri 19 Aug 10am-3pm
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y new wildflower meadow is an oasis of calm and
makes me feel utterly content whenever I wander
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.
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