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Cranbrook O.I.E.O £2,250,000 East Farleigh Guide Price £1,250,000

A magnificent Grade II* country house with leisure and equine facilities • CSCA A substantial Grade II listed former Vicarage providing over 5,500 sq ft of

• No Onward Chain • 5 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 5/6 Bedrooms adaptable accommodation amid beautiful landscaped grounds • 4 Receptions

• 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Triple Garage • Games Room/Cinema/Gym • Stable • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Basement • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Attic

Block • Paddocks & Manege • Swimming Pool • In all approaching 6 acres Rooms • Substantial Outbuilding • In all over half an acre

Cranbrook Guide Price £895,000

A Grade II listed farmhouse providing versatile accommodation with

useful outbuildings and land on the rural periphery of the town • CSCA • 3

Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 5 Bedrooms • 2 Bath/Shower Rooms

• Double Garage • Period Barn • T.Court • Field Shelter • Circa 4.2 acres in all

Kilndown Guide Price £850,000

A beautifully presented attached period house providing exceptional

entertaining space in the village • CSCA • 4 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/

Breakfast Room • 4 Bedrooms (1 En Suite) • 2 Bath/Shower Rooms • Basement

& Cellar • Swimming Pool & Summerhouse • About 0.43 acres • EPC D

Smarden O.I.E.O £675,000

In the heart of the village, a contemporary family home providing well

presented accommodation amid enchanting gardens • Reception Room •

Kitchen/Dining Room • 4 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Integral Garage • Pretty

Waterside Gardens • EPC C

Robertsbridge Guide Price £600,000

A deceptively spacious village house conveniently located within walking

distance of shops and mainline station • 3/4 Reception Rooms • Kitchen

• 3/4 Bedrooms (1 En Suite) • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Useful Outbuilding

incorporating Offices & Car Port • Ample Parking • Gardens • EPC E

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5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Two attached apartments. Gardens and grounds. Extensive

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outbuildings including; 2 large barns, tractor shed, dutch barn, former chicken shed and concrete barn. In

all about 68.38 acres.

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An imposing Edwardian country house in a highly sought after setting

9 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 8 reception rooms (including a 1 bed annexe). Cellar, double garage

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grass tennis court, manege, stabling and outbuildings. EPC rating F. In all about 15.8 acres.

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Littlestone, Kent - £850,000

Sea front house with 180 0 sea views. Detached 1920s

property over 3 floors with living room, kitchen/breakfast

room, study, studio, utility, pantry, 5 bedrooms. Garden. Off

road parking. PP for alterations obtained. EPC E.

Fairlight, East Sussex - £695,000

Individual modern detached house with adaptable, spacious

accommodation, in elevated position close to Hastings

Country Park with extensive coastal and countryside views.

4/5 bedrooms. Beautiful gardens. EPC D

Camber, East Sussex - £550,000

Detached five bedroom coastal property down a sandy track

close to Camber Sands beach. Open plan living/dining/

kitchen area, family room, utility/cloakroom, 5 bedrooms

and 3 bathrooms. Off road parking. Garden. EPC D.

Rye, East Sussex - £285,000

Rare opportunity to purchase charming detached 2 bedroom

cottage in Conservation Area. Entrance hall, kitchen/

breakfast room, living room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom. Rear

courtyard. EPC F

Rye, East Sussex - £250,000

Intriguing house in the Ancient Town, believed to be

former boat store, enjoying an open outlook over the River

Tillingham and Strand Quay area. Open plan sitting/dining

room, kitchen, utility, 3 bedrooms, bathroom. Integral

garage. EPC E

Camber, East Sussex - £225,000

Modern coastal house situated a few hundred yards from

Camber Sands beach. Open plan living room & fitted kitchen,

lobby/utility room, 2 double bedrooms. South facing decked

garden. Covered parking to rear. EPC C

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Cranbrook School Catchment Area

RURAL MARDEN £1,650,000

Converted Barn with the ‘Wow’ Factor · Four receptions

· Kitchen/breakfast/family room · Utility room · Wine

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tennis court · Garaging · EPC: F

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

HAWKHURST £1,595,000

Substantial family home with annexe · Four receptions

· Conservatory · Kitchen/breakfast room · Five bedrooms

(one ensuite) · Two bedroom annexe · Gardens with pool

· Equestrian facilities and approx 12 acres · EPC n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

BETHERSDEN £1,295,000

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Professional property finder Mandy Bissell discusses latest trends in the

local property market and what key factors buyers are considering

The decision to purchase a property is never

taken lightly and is frequently dependent on

a number of important factors. One of the

main considerations is the financial aspects

of the proposed purchase.

In recent weeks market conditions

have fundamentally changed as a result of

the EU referendum outcome, which has

triggered a ‘pause for thought’ amongst

some buyers. This pause comes as a result

of the confusion and concern about what is

really going on in the market, further fuelled

by conflicting media reports.

The question being asked

Buyers are acutely aware that in a period

of market volatility the question is: will the

house I buy today be worth less tomorrow?

In reality nobody can give a guaranteed

answer, but it is reasonable to assume

that some downward pressure on prices is

inevitable as uncertainty takes its toll on

confidence. However, there are currently

limited factors to create significant price

falls unless a rise in forced sellers causes

stock levels of homes for sale to increase

rapidly. Buyers who are prepared to commit

to a purchase will find less competition,

more choice and will be in a position to

benefit from the upside, as and when

confidence returns.

What can we learn from history?

It is widely accepted that the property

market moves in cycles and any rational

buyer wants to pay as little as possible, and

any seller wants to achieve the top price for

their home. However, timing is crucial in

terms of making the right property move.

History shows us that whilst the rate of

price growth has fluctuated during periods

of market uncertainty, the average price of

property has risen almost without a break

for the past 20 years. Even under the extreme

circumstances of the Global Financial Crisis

the UK market proved resilient, bouncing

back after a period of weakness.

By way of example at a more local level,

a detached family property purchased in

Tunbridge Wells in the second quarter of

2008 (during the Credit Crisis) which would

have cost approximately £493,000, has risen

to an average value of around £675,000

today – an increase of about 36%. A similar

property in Sevenoaks, purchased at the

same time in 2008 would have cost around

£505,000 and has subsequently increased

to an average value around £730,000 today

– representing an increase of 44%. These

examples further underline how periods

of volatility can create opportunity for

property buyers considering medium to

long-term ownership.

Where to from here?

As any good financial advisor will say, past

performance does not guarantee future

performance, but despite four General

Elections and eight milestone political

or economic events, the property market

returns to status quo after the initial shock

effect of each event passes.

Irrespective of future immigration

policies created by Brexit, demand for

homes in the UK is severely outstripping

the supply of property being constructed

and the cross-party Economic Affairs

Committee recently released their report

‘Building More Homes’ which concluded

that the Government’s target of 150,000 new

homes per annum needs to be doubled to

meet the nation’s demand for homes.

Is the fence starting to hurt?

Given the political landscape seen over the

last few years a number of people have been

putting their property plans on hold and

waiting for clarity and calm. With another

election now not likely until 2020 and

predictions that at worst, we are likely to see

a ‘soft landing’ rather than a market crash, it

leaves the begging question as to whether

sitting on the fence with your property plans

is really a good idea?

With news that rents are rising at

roughly double the rate of wage inflation

and with the Bank of England having

recently reduced the base rate to a new

historical low of 0.25%, the financial logic

supporting property ownership in all of its

forms appears stronger than ever.

Navigating uncharted waters

Buying a property in times of uncertainty

can be disconcerting, creating a knowledgegap

of how best to approach a purchase.

In such circumstances the first and most

important step is for buyers to surround

themselves with the right advisors who can

provide tailored objective advice.

Making sense of what has become

a polarised property market has become

an increasingly complex challenge. For

example, in the local Kent market there is

recent evidence of properties selling way in

excess of their guide price, yet in the same

area there are other properties being offered

with 10% plus discounts.

The country will undoubtedly be going

through a period of significant change over

the next few years which will create threats

and opportunities. For the well informed

property purchaser willing to adopt a

medium to long term view on property

ownership, the months ahead are likely

to present an interesting and historical

window of opportunity.

If you would like further information regarding how Garrington can save you money and time with your property purchasing

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Dear Alex,

I would just like to say a “HUGE THANK YOU“!!! to you and your brilliant team!

Alex, you did a Great job in selling my property in Hawkhurst. You had the

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estate agents, supposedly with more experience under their belts, but you stuck

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Impressive detached family home situated in a desirable location

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Horse Sense

John Graham-Hart trots around houses with stables

There are few more beautiful, more graceful creatures on this earth

than the horse. Whether moving at speed across landscape or

simply standing still, in a misty morning field, little comes close.

That said, there’s no doubt about it, the horse can be an odd cove.

The problem stems, perhaps, from the fact that, when all is said and done, a

horse is a just a very large prey animal and all prey animals spend their entire

lives in a state of subdued terror. Millions of years of evolution has taught

them that if they’re not eaten by that sabre-toothed dormouse lurking in the

myrtles, their own shadow is going to take a lump out of them. This is not

the kind of animal to which I, personally, wish to entrust life or limbs.

I have friends, however, made of sterner stuff. Not only do they trust

their horses but love them dearly – so much so that when it comes to

buying a house, all human habitations without at least stables and a

paddock are as so much chaff. The good news for them is that if they

plan to stable just a few animals, they are unlikely to pay significantly

more for their new home than they would for a stableless property.

Whereas a state-of-the-art home cinema could add as much as £50,000 to

the overall value of a home, stables tend only to add real value when there

are 15 or more of them and since the rule of thumb is an acre per animal,

this would also mean a property with at least 15 acres of paddocks.

So if you are looking for a new home for your equine friends and,

incidentally, somewhere the rest of the family might enjoy, you could find

something of a bargain on a little canter through this month’s selection…

1. Trenley Farm

Where? Trenley Farm is ideally

located in the tranquil hamlet of

Trenley just north of Hawkhurst and

offering direct access to Bedgebury

Forest (Google Maps TN18 5AH).

What? A Grade II Listed farmhouse,

it has recently been refurbished and now

offers a double-aspect drawing room with

an impressive inglenook fireplace, and a

stunning triple-aspect kitchen/breakfast/

family room with state-of-the-art Aga and

doors to a large terrace overlooking the

gardens and land. On the first floor is a

master bedroom with en suite shower, a

guest bedroom with en suite shower, two

further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

On the second floor there is another

bedroom, with permission to create a

further bedroom and a bathroom.

Outside, in seven-and-a-half acres,

there is a concreted yard with three/four

stables, a hay barn and a double garage

with log store, all built in 2015 to a high

specification. The paddocks amount to

approximately 4.7 acres with an additional

2.9 acres of bluebell woodland with a

pond. Planning permission is also in

place for the addition of a manège.

How much? Trenley Farm is on the

market at £1,495,000 with Harpers &

Hurlingham in Cranbrook. Call 01580

715400 or visit harpersandhurlingham.com.



Tilbrook Cottage, Rye Road, Sandhurst, TN18 5HP

door stables and parking for a horsebox, the second has been used for storage of hay, bedding and tack room. To the

interlinking paddocks which offer excellent grazing.

orn and its neighbouring village of Sutton Valence provide amenities serving all the usual day-to-day needs. Headcorn


l motorway network and the international airports of Gatwick and Heathrow, as well as the Channel Ports. Ashford

ntinent and a high speed railway service to St Pancras in less than half an hour.

area include Cranbrook, Benenden, Sutton Valence, and Sutton Valence Preparatory School. Excellent Grammar Schools

ses in the area including the Nick Faldo designed Chart Hills at Biddenden; sailing at the Kent Coast and on Bewl Water.






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Reeves House, Cottage and Equestrian

Kane Hythe Road | Battle | East Sussex | TN33 9QU




2. Peckham Farm

3. Tilbrook Cottage

4. Reeves House

Where? Peckham Farm is set off

a small country lane between the

Wealden villages of Ulcombe and

Headcorn (Google Maps TN27 9JX).

What? This attractive red brick

Georgian farmhouse is set in six acres

of lovely gardens and grounds which

encompass two large barns – one

housing three Loddon-style indoor

stables and parking for a horsebox, the

other used for storage of hay, bedding

and including a tack room. There is also

a 20m x 40m sand and rubber topped

manège. The property also has the bonus

of a detached outbuilding with planning

permission for a one-bedroom annexe.

The house has been recently

refurbished throughout and

accommodation includes drawing room

with white marble fireplace, dining

room with wood burner, reception

hall/study and kitchen/breakfast room.

Upstairs are master and guest bedrooms

with en suite bathrooms, plus two

further bedrooms and a bathroom.

How much? Peckham Farm

is priced at £1,350,000 and is on

the market with Fine & Country

in Tenterden. Call 01580 766388

or visit fineandcountry.com.

Where? Tilbrook Cottage is

off the Rye Road in Sandhurst

on the outskirts of Hawkhurst

(Google Maps TN18 5HP).

What? Grade II Listed, Tilbrook

Cottage offers a wealth of period

features including open fireplaces,

exposed beams, oak latch doors and

leaded light windows. Accommodation

includes a drawing room with

inglenook, a vaulted dining room

and triple-aspect kitchen/breakfast

room. Upstairs, on two floors, are four

bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Outside, the gardens and grounds

cover five acres and encompass a patio,

stunning views and a good range of

equestrian facilities including four

timber-built stables, hay store and

yard, paddocks and a manège with a

post and rail surround. There is also

a workshop and a seven-pen cattery.

How much? Tilbrook Cottage is

priced at £695,000 and is with Peter

Buswell in Hawkhurst. Call 01580

755 565 or visit peterbuswell.co.uk.

Where? Reeves House is set in a rural

location with excellent views, a few miles

from Battle (Google Maps TN33 9QU).

What? A four-bedroom period

property that has recently been renovated

to a very high standard, Reeves House

now offers contemporary living while

retaining a host of its most attractive

original features. It also includes a chic,

open plan two-bedroom conversion

of its original three-bay garage.

The house and its cottage are set in

seven acres of gardens and grounds

and its extensive equestrian facilities

include top of the range Monarch

stabling for six horses, solarium, tack

room, feed room and barn. There is

also a 40’ x 20’ Charles Britton manège

and several separate paddocks, one of

which has an entrance gate leading to

the property’s own private bridleway for

direct hacking into the local woods.

How much? Reeves House is on the

market with Fine & Country in Tenterden

and is priced at £1,499,995. Call 01580

766388 or visit fineandcountry.com.

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Manipulating Monarchs: Tudor

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George Eliot and Middlemarch

4 weeks from Thurs 29 September

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The Three French Hens are back for another of

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collectibles. Silcocks Farm in Tenterden will yet

again be filled to the brim with antique and vintage

goodies found on the hens’ various adventures.

Beautiful linens, delicate crockery, trunks and

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South East savvy...

Penshurst Place from 9-11 September will be hosting

the Weald of Kent Craft and Design Show. This is a

wonderful opportunity to discover the best of British

creativity. This year’s show will feature cookery and

rural craft workshops, expert demonstrations, live

music, children’s activities and a Meningitis Now show

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Florum Exhibition 2016 will feature over 50

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graphite and coloured pencil pictures, prints and

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From Saturday 3 September The Bedgebury

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and ostrich egg lights are South African and the Lotus chandelier is made from abalone shells Above left: The new main entrance is

via a wooden ‘drawbridge’ over the steps down to the original front door. Sebastien designed the black and gold door. A metal stag’s

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the bare earth so on two sides its windows faced retaining

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decking surrounded by box hedges beyond which was a

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Above: The snug is painted in Marigold by Little

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Left: The circular shelves in the study were found at

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16. The wall is painted in Farrow & Ball Mahogany

Below: The giant desk lamps are by Anglepoise. He

found the rattan peacock chair in Little Treasures in

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one had x-ray eyes and could see through foliage.

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William Sweetlove hangs an oil of a severe 18th century gentleman. “My

sister gave him to me to keep an eye on me...” says Sebastien

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Previous page: The red dog in wellies is by Belgian pop/surrealist sculptor William Sweetlove. Sebastien added the necklaces Left:

The 1950s butcher’s block cabinet came from a Paris delicatessen and was sourced from 20th Century Funking Junk in Hastings Old

Town Right: The blue fish ‘gluggle jug’ is from Harborough Nurseries. The bronze candlesticks were a gift

This resulted in the couple taking out every interior wall

except one and dividing up the space to serve their lifestyle

– and to make the very best of that spectacular view. The

next step was to turn the house round the right way, with the

main living area being brought to the back and given a wall

of glass opening out onto new decking with the view revealed

by clearing the surrounding hedging. This living space then

became an open-plan drawing room, dining area, snug and

kitchen – the latter accommodated by a modest extension.

Another small extension for a lobby was added halfway

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accessed by a ‘drawbridge’ over the steps down to the original

entrance. High above the new front door is a magnificent

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The new lobby has a dynamic feel with stairs straight

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of expanding vistas, each grander than the last.

Its floor is of herringbone parquet reclaimed from a

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the Herculean task of renovating each one himself

before laying them throughout the house.

The second vista is the wide downstairs hallway that

leads past a huge wicker bowling pin lamp, a large chunky

Indonesian mirror and, opposite, two curving antelope

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painting, above an elegant oak bench. In one corner stands

a fairground dragon’s head and in another a fairground

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Off the hallway is Sebastien’s office. A stuffed hawk

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“His feathers were falling out so I got him for a fiver,” he

says. Above is his ‘porn star’ light, which he made from a

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is another light he made from a wooden model ship.

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Above: The Doughnut is a 120 layer print by Los Angeles

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Right: Sebastien made the breakfast bar’s zinc worktop,

securing the edges with roofing nails. He found the planter at

Ardingly and had it sprayed blue. The bicycle stools are from


to reveal the third vista – the living area that in turn leads one

through to the glass wall and fourth vista: the amazing view.

“As you come in, the house is now a series of revelations,”

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Walking through into the living area is like strolling into

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To one’s left is the snug which houses Sebastien’s impressive

and much-loved collection of vinyl and on the shelf above,

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however, is given to Sebastien’s father’s beautiful Eames black

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which the couple covered themselves. On the table are

two large candlesticks made from the horns of a Rocky

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horse’s head, a copy of the Elgin Marbles Horse of Selene.

“It was incredibly heavy and I had to drive round London

for a week with it on the front seat of my car before

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Previous page: The inner wall of the upstairs landing is covered in artworks, photographs and mementos. The antique wedding

kimono is displayed in the couple’s lavish closet zone Above: The cushions on the bed are from Hermes and the chandelier is from

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I found someone to help me move it,” says Sebastien.

“It was worryingly like a scene from The Godfather.”

And so on past a huge old boar’s head wearing a

grin and a top hat, a life-sized red dog above which

hangs an oil of a severe 18th century gentleman who

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The dining area, with its wall of glass to the garden

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The couple found the circular table at an antiques fair

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Nearby is an Indian bed, now a coffee table, on which

stands a bust of a long-forgotten gentleman, a pair of

matching fan corals, a green lobster, a red crab, a brace

of antelope head sculptures and another brace of Buddha

heads. Keeping all that company is a lovely ‘Emmanuelle’

Thai cane peacock chair, Sebastien’s gleaming glass

collection, another of white porcelain and two wonderful

giant white Anglepoise floor lamps. Minimalist it is not.

To one side of the kitchen extension is a breakfast bar

topped with a superb zinc surface made by Sebastien, the

edges secured with roofing nails. In front of the counter

are two stools with foot rests made from bicycle pedals

complete with chain by Barak’7. On a wall of white Metro

tiles is a limited edition print by Kenny Scharf of a huge

doughnut, sprinkled with real diamond dust. Hidden is a

trapdoor which leads down to a well-stocked wine cellar.

The floor here and the bedrooms are the only ones which

will not be covered by Sebastien’s 16,100 parquet tiles.

Go back out to the front lobby and up the stairs

and you come to a half-vaulted passageway where

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Above: The plant-filled master bathroom has views over the

Bourne valley. The chandelier is a 1958 design by Gino Sarfatti

from Flos Above right: The view is framed by a porthole

window Below right: Sebastien made the pendant lights by

adding fringing to turned wood fittings from Habitat

the whole wall is given to favourite paintings, prints

and photographs. Standing surreal sentinel outside the

couple’s spectacular walk-through wardrobe is a black

headless mannequin in high black boots and a top hat.

As a basis for designing the closet suite, which is divided

into his and her areas, Sebastien went up into the loft where

all their clothes were on temporary rails and measured the

length of them all. “That gave me the yardage of the spaces

I needed,” he says, before quickly pointing out that his

own needs took up less than a quarter of this now lovely

colourful space. With the eye on the day the couple may

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should the next owners not have quite so many frocks.

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Log On Switch Off

There’s nothing like a real fire and most houses can

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specialist companies to talk us through the options

A Chesney’s woodburner from the Fireplace Company

If you’ve grown up with a real fire as part of every

day life for three seasons of the year, you don’t

feel quite grounded again until you have one

yourself. It’s a primal thing - mankind has sat round

burning fires together from the moment our ancestors

realized flame could be controlled and harnessed.

After I left home I craved that flame like The Jungle

Book’s King Louie and would look with great envy

at friends’ glowing grates, looking for opportunities

to get a log on and do a bit of satisfying poking.

Two years ago, sick of having an extra electric

heater in our chilly sitting room, which never

got warm with the only radiator behind the

obvious place for the sofa, we plunged in.

It’s been a huge success, creating a real heart in our

home and the whole family has come to love our woodburner

like a new pet. We’re actually excited about

the nights drawing in so we can light it again...

But it must be said there was a little more work involved

than we’d expected. We had to line the chimney, put in

a slate hearth and replace a nasty repro wood mantle

with a stone one, to make it safe for fire regulations.

It was more than worth it, but it’s good to know what’s

involved before you start - so we’ve asked some experts to

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“Wood and multi-fuel burners are a highly efficient source of

heat and can be installed in a wide range of properties – even

ones which don’t have conventional chimneys.

Costs for running them will depend on lifestyle and the

availability of wood. It needs to be dry in order for the stove

to work properly (damp wood will also blacken up the glass)

and it’s always less expensive to buy in bulk and store it.

A multi-fuel stove will use fewer logs, as they can be

supplemented with a smokeless coal like anthracite, which

burns much more slowly.

Stoves come in a huge variety of models and colours. Surrey

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over 35 stoves on display in their Woking showroom. When

choosing a stove, it’s vital to have expert advice to select one

which has the right heat output for the size of room taking

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Prices range from around £500 - £1500 plus, with cylinder

and inset stoves often more expensive than free-standing

models. There are cheaper ones available on the internet

which are often made in China. Many of these are less

efficient and don’t have controls to reduce the heat output,

and many have poor airwash systems (so the glass blackens).

The installation of any stove, including any associated work

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A lot of people aren’t familiar with the strict building

regulations for installing woodburners, such as how close they

can be fitted to wooden beams and adjacent walls, which is

why it’s essential to deal with an experienced supplier.

Another common misunderstanding is that you need a

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conventional chimney to have a stove or fireplace installed. In

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internally or externally.

With gas prices stabilising, the market for gas lookalikes has

increased with many stove manufacturers now introducing

them alongside their wood and multi-fuel.

Gas stoves combine a homely, realistic look and feel with

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features such as remote controls and automatic safety cut-outs.

They do however lack the smell and appeal that wood-burners

offers, but are a good alternative in certain situations eg:

elderly or disabled homeowners, or where there is no chimney.

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“When it comes to choosing your fireplace there are several

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solid fuel or gas fired appliances, in traditional, or really

exciting contemporary styling. The choice now is amazing.

Woodburning stoves continue to be a very popular and

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You will have to consider the practicalities of ordering your

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efficiency of controlled burning. A woodstove is easy to look

after – but make sure you get your chimney swept annually

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Many people favour the convenience of gas – the ability to

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From a cost consideration, there is so much choice it’s

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Once you have a vision of what you hope to achieve in your

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cost comparisons prepared for both fuel types.

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The question ‘What do Hersham in Surrey and Sydney

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“We bought this house without even seeing it,” says

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affordable family home. “We looked at a lot of similar

homes in Sydney, with a similar layout – but couldn’t

stretch to the $3 million price tag,” she says.

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with a ground floor extension with a double ceiling height. The

floors are wood-effect ceramic tiles. The dining chairs are by

Lloyd Loom from No 44 in Cobham, where the dresser was also

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Below: The garden becomes an extension of the living area, with

a second dining table for al fresco meals. The sofas are from

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Left: The fire truck was Charlie’s first birthday present and the

family brought it back from Australia, along with his cowboy

print tipi by Mocka. Above: Rather than hit the shops with

a toddler, Jenna sourced practically everything for the house

online. The cushions were found on the H&M homewares site

Jenna’s parents, who are experienced property developers,

found the house and immediately saw its potential. “We

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had been renovated. Then my mum discovered this one. She

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Many people might have been put off by the scale of

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company Chapel Lane, and Andrew, who is a quantity

surveyor, had just the skills needed for such an ambitious

renovation project. “Andrew managed budgets and so on –

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good at motivating the team too. He was one of four men

who slept in the house on blow-up mattresses, for the last

eight weeks of the project.” The couple started work on the

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Street. Above left: The rustic shoe cabinet in the hall is from Willow & Stone and the coat rack above from Loaf, which is based in


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bedrooms and a bathroom. “My English friends who come

round can’t believe that our bedroom is on the ground

floor. They can’t get their head round the concept.”

But having their bedrooms there did raise some issues: “We

actually have a semi-soundproof door that you can pull across,

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Above: The master bedroom - and Charlie’s room across the hall - are on the ground floor, with a semi-soundproof door they can pull

across so they can entertain without disturbing his sleep. Their upholstered bed is from Feather & Black, with bedding from one of

Jenna’s favourite online companies, The Secret Linen Store. The walls are painted with Soothing White from Homebase

dinner parties – we celebrate the opening of an envelope!”

says Jenna, while showing me the cleverly hidden sliding

door that separates the living from the sleeping area. Practical

and aesthetic details have been executed with equal care.

Aesthetically, one could describe this home as ‘Modern

Rustic’ but Jenna has a nice way of summing up how her

and Andrew’s tastes were combined: “We have very different

styles. I’m probably quite English country cottage and

traditional – I grew up with that style and it reminds me of

home. My husband is more bachelor pad; clean lines, gloss

kitchen, minimalist. So, over the years we have found an

aesthetic that we both like, kind of Scandi/Industrial.”

The first thing I notice as I walk into the main living area is

the expanse of what appears to be pale wooden floor boards.

“They’re actually ceramic,” says Jenna. “We looked at having

wooden floorboards, but when you have a rambunctious

toddler, it wasn’t really very realistic. At first I was sceptical,

as I don’t like things that pose as other things. I always think

it looks as if you are trying to be something you’re not.”

But the effect is spot-on, both practical and beautiful –

especially when you find that there’s underfloor heating too.

Wood is a recurring theme, softening what could

otherwise be a little hard and stark. “We knew we wanted

it to be kind of Scandinavian, and with lots of white and

neutral wall colours,” says Jenna. “I wanted a white kitchen,

but softened with touches of wood. And that’s where

the idea for this floating island came from.” Around the

top edge of a glossy, white kitchen island runs a band of

warm, honey-coloured oak just asking to support a cup

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Previous page: The brass-framed mirrors are from

Cox & Cox. Jenna found the vintage photograph

of her home town of Chepstow, South Wales and

had it framed to match. Left above: The bath in

the ground floor master bathroom is from Patons

of Walton and the black and white towels are from

House of Fraser. The map of Australia is a piece of

wrapping paper from Willow & Stone, which Jenna

had framed. Below: The bespoke vanity unit was

built by Stonewood and is painted in Farrow & Ball

Pale Blue.

shelves also offer a contemporary perch for

recipe books and favourite bits of crockery.

Jenna’s husband Andrew also had some say:

“When designing this space, he said, ‘This is your

baby but I want bi-folds and a wine fridge!’ If

I have those things, I’m happy’.” Alongside the

wine fridge is a Neff oven with retractable door

and above it there is an induction hob. “I wanted

gas initially, but I’m sold on this now,” says Jenna.

It certainly fits the brief of sleek, modern and

practical as well as sociable: “I wanted a bright

and inclusive kitchen where I can still be a part

of the conversation with guests whilst preparing

meals and not be hidden away in a back room.”

From the kitchen there is an unbroken view

across the dining area with its limed-oak effect

dining table – from No 44 in Cobham – out

into the garden. Charlie sits playing in the living

area, while we chat and it’s easy to see why this

space works so well. Overhead are five roof

light windows and blinds, all of which can be

controlled at the touch of a button, and which at

the moment are flooding the room with light.

The light floods through the heart of the

house and down the corridor which leads to

the front of it, the hallway and the family

bedrooms. Having the bedrooms at the front

and on the ground floor, does feel different but

it works – especially when you live on such a

quiet street. The hallway is neatly furnished

with a rustic bench seat and drawers from

Willow & Stone and a complementary shelf

and coat rack from Loaf, which is based in

Falmouth. Like the rest of the house, it’s tidy

and uncluttered, but without feeling sterile.

Coming back to England certainly gave the

couple an excuse to sort out their stuff and

Jenna learnt a lot about decluttering: “Moving

countries and living out of boxes – all our stuff

was in storage for seven months – we literally

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Jenna. On the wall is a poster of a lion - currently a favourite animal - and

vintage books, sourced from Oxfam online, complete the picture

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Previous page: There’s a red, white and blue theme in Charlie’s

bedroom. Jenna had the blue Above left: The rustic aluminium

jug is from Cox & Cox. Above right: The vanity unit in the

guest bathroom upstairs was also built by Stonewood. The floor

tiles are from Direct Tile Warehouse in Cardiff. Below left:

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windows, the effect maximised by the glass bannister panel

miss any of our ‘stuff’. It just goes to show... you probably

use 30 per cent of the stuff you own.” So the items around

their home are hand-picked and carefully chosen.

Jenna’s study typifies this, and is what she describes as her

one bit of personal space: her office and boudoir. There is

a modern desk along one side, a ladder shelf, a storage rack

and memo board from Urban Outfitters. The latter, Jenna

bought online: “I do most of my shopping and sourcing

online as, since Charlie, I just don’t get to go out shopping.”

The master bedroom also demonstrates simple style with

a neutral, upholstered bed from Feather & Black taking

pride of place and dressed with bedding from one of Jenna’s

favourite companies, The Secret Linen Store. “It’s divine. It

does lots of lovely deep fitted sheets and strong designs, like

stripes. They’re online and a young, start-up business and I

always support those, if I can, as it’s rather like my business.”

Across the hall from the master bedroom, Charlie’s room is

rather more colourful, bucking the general theme of muted,

pale colours. “For a little boy’s room, you’ve got to introduce

some colour,” says Jenna. On the wall is a poster of a lion –



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currently a favourite animal - while cleverly matched furniture

and curtains hint at Jenna’s interior design skill. “We scanned

a colour which is on the curtains and had paint mixed at

Homebase, which we used on the chest of drawers.” Vintage

children’s books, sourced from Oxfam online, complete

the picture of a simple, cheery bedroom and play area.

Jenna is clearly adept at sourcing items online, though

she also turns to her parents for advice on suppliers and

tradesmen. She also likes to use local companies if possible

– their architect lives opposite and their builder four doors

down. “I sourced every light, fixture and fitting, everything.

I had a very clear vision of how I wanted it to be – the

challenge was finding the items that suited that vision.”

A realistic and practical attitude seems to have stood

Jenna in good stead when project managing the work. “I

didn’t have 100% success sourcing items, of course. You

have to bend and sway with what is available and what

is reasonably priced. But we’re really happy with how it

turned out. It evolved, as it went on, as all projects do.”

The end result is a truly surprising and refreshing

home – a little piece of Sydney in a suburban corner of

Surrey. The question is, has Jenna inherited her parents’

itchy feet, and love of doing-up and selling-on properties?

“I always considered this house as a home for us to live

in. When I was designing the layout and the fittings

and the fixtures, I was absolutely doing it for us, and

creating a family home.” And she has done this with

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Art for art’s sake

There’s something very special about owning - and acquiring - an original work of art.

Maggie Alderson asks three galleries to share some of their stories

The only paintings I’ve ever regretted are the ones I

didn’t buy. I’m haunted by them. Why was I ‘sensible’?

The art buying bug bit me when I was in my early

20s and went to a private view with a friend (mainly for the

free wine and crisps and romantic possibilities...) and was

captivated by a small picture of what appeared to be a small

slipper – or was it a boat? – sailing across a rug. Or was it a sea?

There was just something about it I found fascinating; a

wistful poetic quality, hugely enhanced by being able to see

the changes in texture where the artist’s hand had touched

it, layering and scraping away the paint. The mass-produced

posters decorating the walls of my shared-house bedroom just

didn’t give me that feeling.

The gallerist noticed my multiple visits to the picture and

came over with the price list. My first reaction was to feel a bit

embarrassed, but without being at all pushy or hard sell, she

explained that if I really wanted the painting I could pay half

then and the rest monthly, at £5. The red dot went on.

I still love that painting and every time I lean in for a closer

look, I’m reminded of the special energy that vibrates out of

original art works. Somehow the intense relationship the artist

had with that piece of wood, canvas or clay, during the work’s

creation, seems to remain embedded within it.

Nothing in reproduction comes near it – which is why in the

years since, that small picture has been joined on my now very

overcrowded walls by a plethora of other original art works.

Which made me wonder - is this journey from accidental

first-time buyer to compulsive art collector normal? I asked

three gallerists to share their experiences of new collectors and

advice for those interested - but nervous - to take the plunge.

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Sue McAllister of McAllister Thomas Fine Art

“People seem to think they can’t enter a gallery like they do any

other high street shop. I think they believe there’s some kind

of mysteriousness to it and are worried to feel out of place.

Believe me, art dealers don’t worry what you look like and

they appreciate people asking questions about the works. All

collectors have to start somewhere and very few of them know

what they want when they start. It’s a learning curve and should

be enjoyable. Attending Private Views is always good as you get

an insight into the artist’s inspiration.

It took absolutely ages to buy my first piece of art, but having

listened to a lot of dealers I knew it had to be an original piece

and - more importantly - it had to stir my senses.

In the end it was by an artist called Fred Yates, a naïve painter

who in his early days swapped works for a pair of shoes or a

meal. The work was an impasto piece (thick heavy layers of oils)

of a family climbing a mountain ridge in France.

As well as the painting itself, I loved that it still had Fred’s

finger marks all over the back of the canvas, it’s as if he was still

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part of the piece. A few years later Fred Yates featured on the

BBC Antiques Roadshow.

Once they’ve bought one piece, virtually all of our customers

come back and make repeat purchases, but it’s seeing the

excitement on a client’s face after they have bought their first

original painting that sits in the memory - after all, they have

something that nobody else can possibly have…

Whilst it is always good to diversify, some clients fall in love

with a particular artist. A couple of years back new clients

bought a David Atkins landscape from the gallery, for around

£2,800 and then proceeded to tell us that they had collected his

work from the times when paintings were selling for £600. They

still collect his work and now their sons and daughters do too.

Buying art solely in search of financial return is missing

the point to an extent, although it can be a good investment.

Most of our customers by for love, it’s only years later that they

can be happily surprised by how a particular artist’s work has


McAllister Thomas exhibits original contemporary works

by exciting emerging and established UK and international

artists. Private Views attended by the artist are held for all solo

exhibitions and selected group shows. The gallery has now

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“Our philosophy for buying art is - if it speaks to you, that’s all

that matters. We have a range of works in the gallery and it’s a

kind of magic when someone falls for something. Whether it’s a

small ceramic or a big painting, it’s so special to see that joy.

One client was driving past the gallery and saw a painting in

the window. She came in two minutes later saying, ‘I don’t care

what it costs, I just have to have it, something just spoke to me.’

We could see how she enjoyed the whole experience of being

drawn to it, because she knew someone had put their best into

it and wanted to buy into that.

Our gallery is on a very sharp bend in the narrow road

through the village. One time there was a big combine harvester

blocking the road and there was a couple sitting in the car and

the lady was frantically pointing at a picture in the window.

Five minutes later they came running round the corner

and into the gallery saying, ‘We’ve got to have that…’. They’d

never been into a gallery before, or bought a work of art, but it

reminded them so much of their honeymoon they had to buy

it. It turned out that they were lost – their sat nav had sent them

the wrong way - so it felt fated that they would see the picture.

You can’t persuade anyone to buy something, but you can

say: trust your own instincts, believe in your own tastes. It’s

not just about filling a gap on your wall, you want that special

connection and the memory of when you bought it, so the

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experience you have in the gallery and the service you are given

is all part of it.

Another time a lady who lives in the village came in when

we had a one-person show of a painter and was really drawn to

one picture. She asked us, ‘Tell me why I’m drawn to this?’ She

wanted to be told it was OK, so I suggested we took it to her

house to see it in situ.

We put it where she’d thought of hanging it and it didn’t

look right – then we took it into another room and it was

perfect. She was so nervous and excited, I said to have a think

and within a couple of days she’d bought it. Since then she has

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much more confident with the process.”

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Jane Fenn, director Rye Art Gallery

“People should never be intimidated by entering an art

gallery. Art is for everyone and everyone has a right to see

it and share their opinions. Galleries these days are inclusive

and educational. Provided the staff are warm and welcoming

everyone should feel comfortable and enjoy immersing

themselves in the world of art.

Many of our customers collect a particular artist’s work.

It will start with the buyer taking the plunge on a particular

piece and taking it home where they find they really enjoy

living with it - or wearing it.

Something speaks to you on a non-verbal, aesthetic level

and before you know it, you have three pieces, which is a

collection, or the start of one.

People who buy art for investment are gambling on long

and short odds and outsiders. Historically there have been

favourites that have commanded large ticket prices and sold

hugely and then dropped out of fashion for ever. Equally, rank

outsiders have suddenly been discovered and the prices have

skyrocketed. I can only liken it to playing the stock market.

Our advice is to buy works of art because you love them and

no other reason. There are no sure bets – although if you’d like

a tip from an insider, buy the art that other artists buy as what

is going to be big is not always obvious to the untrained eye.”

Rye Art Gallery has around three shows and two to three

visiting exhibitions each year. As well as fine art, both local

and national, we sell jewellery, crafts, sculpture, ceramics,

glass, prints and craft furniture.

The gallery also has a permanent collection of national

importance that is rotated in our upstairs gallery. It includes

work by Edward Burra (1905-1976), who lived locally.

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the glow

on to

Josephine Fairley isn’t ready to let go

of summer’s beauty benefits…

Don’t know about you, but the sun is setting on

summer way too soon for my liking: the carefree

days of festivals, beaches, salads eaten al fresco and

washed down with rosé – and the near-miraculous effect

July and August have on our skin, gilding it with a glow,

a dewiness and rendering the use of foundation entirely

unnecessary. However, I have high hopes for a summer of the

Indian variety; I can remember sweltering mid-September

days when anything but a t-shirt and a pair of shorts was

over-dressing. It’s not time, yet, for opaques - nor to give up

on that glorious ‘glow’ that summer delivers.

Whether your sun-kissed look came out of a bottle, or was

acquired on a beach or by a pool, will remain your secret.

(And I won’t judge you; after years of hiding from the deadly

ageing rays I have now come round to the idea that some

sunshine is essential for overall health.) But the bottom line

is that the very fetching, ever-so-slightly-tanned look which

many of us are sporting right now can be prolonged for quite

a few weeks to come. And here’s how.

Buff your skin. This is completely counterintuitive and most

women who’ve got a tan completely shy away from exfoliating

it, believing they’ll be removing the tan. In reality what

happens is that you’ll scruff away the dry, dead surface cells

which absorb light and make skin look dull – and your tan

will look deeper and darker afterwards. Scrub areas like shins,

arms and backs of thighs, and more gently – ideally with a

wet muslin cloth – the décolletage and face. (If you use a

cream cleanser, do an extra-thorough cleanse.)

My current scrubs-of-choice are The Body Shop Spa

of the World African Ximenia Scrub, a really gentle and

nourishing product which leaves skin satin-soft (and will

completely revise your idea of The Body Shop), and the

amazing, espresso-fragranced Clean Beauty Co Scrub Life,

£20 for 200ml; this one’s based on pulverized coffee infused

in coconut and jojoba oils and is better for tougher areas

of skin. For a morning wake-up, you can’t go wrong with

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Scrub, £34 for 200ml,

with its uplifting blend of juniper, grapefruit and rosemary.

Fake the glow. I want to tell you about a couple of products

I discovered this summer which I now never want to be

without. First off, ESPA Gradual Face Tan Serum, £24 for

15ml, which may be my favourite ESPA product ever (and

truly, that’s saying something). You mix a drop – literally, a

drop – into your moisturiser or serum, morning or night;

it instantly and subtly tints, then over the next two to three

hours develops a seamless golden tan. (And unlike so many

fake tans, it smells delicately of sweet orange, rose and neroli,

not hamster cages.)

The second product which has impressed me is Vita

Liberata Anti-Ageing Self Tanning Serum, £29.95 for 15ml. I

can’t attest to its age-defying qualities as you’d have to use it

every single night to put those through their paces – and since

it lightly but progressively tans the skin I think that would be

overkill right now - but it does plump skin beautifully, and by

morning delivers a natural-looking colour.

If it’s a temporary effect you’re after, your best bet is This

Works Energy Bank Sun Flash, £28 for 30ml; this actually

boosts the glow in two ways - a natural caramel extract

delivers a hint of tan, while caffeine and vitamins work to

deliver a true ‘glow’, by perking up the skin. Again, you mix

it with your moisturiser and you can control the shade drop-

by-drop. (I find one or two drops is enough, which means the

bottle is going to last almost forever.)

Meanwhile, for the quickest sun-kissed glow of all, I always

reach for Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow, £49.

(Very excitingly, just landed at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells along

with the rest of Charlotte’s stellar collection.)

Continue to fake it on your body, too. Earlier this summer

(in the May issue) I did a round-up of gradual fake tanners

I really liked. The ESPA Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan,

£34 for 200ml, has proved a ‘ keeper’: I cited it as the bestsmelling

fake tan I’ve ever tried, and I stick by that. However,

two other products have ‘wowed’ me, and are just brilliant for

this time of year.

Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil, £39 for 100ml, is wonderful:

a sinks-in-fast oil that gilds skin with little particles of gold,

has a sheer tint (so you can see where you’re putting it) and

smells exotically fab, again with no ‘biscuit tin’ scent, and skin

just looks better and better as the understated tan develops.

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it builds to a gorgeous honeyed tone, and has what I’d call

a wonderful ‘slip’, making it so easy to apply.

Nourish skin. The last step in maintaining a tan is to lavish

skin with moisture. And while body oils do a wonderful job

of making your limbs glisten, you need both oil AND water

right now, to keep skin hydrated and plumped up. I actually

‘layer’ on body butter or a rich lotion, sealing in the moisture

with a thin layer of oil.

First off, you need a product which can effectively top

up skin’s water levels (not least because if you’re using selftanner,

these are slightly drying). On your face, turn any

rich night cream into a ‘sleeping mask’, by slathering on

thickly and allowing to sink in overnight, plumping skin by

morning. And for your body, reach for a butter.

On my somewhat crowded bedside table, highly affordable

favourites include the fantastic Dr Organic Aloe Vera Body

Butter, £9.39 for 200ml (at Holland & Barrett), along

with Dove Derma Spa Goodness3 Body Cream, £7.99 for a

whacking great 300ml tub, which has a deliciously creamy

(yet subtle) vanilla, coconut and musk fragrance. These sit

alongside the more indulgent Jo Malone London Cologne

Intense Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Body Crème, £60 for

175ml, and AERIN Rose de Grasse Body Cream, £64 for

190ml. Truly, there’s something at every price-point for this

ultra-nourishing task, but you could drop heavy hints for

these two if a birthday’s approaching.

The key? Massage generously into skin, follow with a

touch of oil. If I’m heading for a party or a lunch where

my skin will be on show, I might follow something infused

with a little bit of gold for this task; the Rosie for Autograph

Shimmer Body Oil, £15 for 100ml, is fantastic (as is the rest

of her range for M&S, actually), but the ‘classic’ is Nuxe

Huile Prodigieuse Or, slightly pricier at £19 for 50ml; it’s a

glimmering concentration of six oils including macadamia,

borage, camellia, hazelnut and more, and can even be

skimmed over hair.

So while we can’t rely on an Indian summer, I can

promise, that whatever the weather, it’s possible to hang onto

those last rays of golden gorgeousness for a while to come.

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Unassuming and tucked away in this beautiful

and historic town, is The Rye Retreat

Having been given the

opportunity to try their

botanical skin resurfacing

facial, with a luxurious cut and blow

dry, I wasn’t going to miss out! On

arrival I was warmly welcomed by

staff, immediately making me feel

relaxed. After an introduction to my

spa consultant and a brief, informative

tour of the retreat, I was led to the

intimate treatment room.

With rosemary and mint incense

burning and the gentle tinkling of

the garden waterfall, the atmosphere

was set for a perfect foot and scalp

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shoulder and upper back treatment.

It was such a treat after long days in

the office. I was guided to the garden

and given a warm neck cushion, a

refreshing drink and a lemon sorbet,

and was left to peruse over some

suggested products for my skin type.

The hair salon had an equally tranquil

atmosphere. The lighting was soft, the

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and whilst enjoying a hand and

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Charlotte Tilbury’s

beauty and

wellbeing secrets

by Josephine Fairley

Make-up artist extraordinaire, mother, mascara

addict and general life-enhancer, when Charlotte

Tilbury sashays into a room it’s like a frothing

crashing wave of Tigger-ish enthusiasm, fun and creativity

laced with an overwhelming desire to communicate her

passions. Which start – nor surprisingly - with make-up …

I truly believe in the transformational power of

make-up and how it can ‘make up’ your destiny. I

discovered make-up and became fascinated by its

power when I was 13 – it changed my life.

I started wearing mascara after I saw school-friends wearing

it and overnight people reacted to me in a very different

way – I was more popular and I felt more confident. At first

that seemed like a depressing realisation but I very soon

realised that make-up is every woman’s secret weapon.

Make-up can give you confidence – to get that

husband you’ve always wanted, change your job,

move abroad, get a pay-rise… I definitely wouldn’t

have the life and career I have without it.

I’m a loyal-to-my-look kind of woman and the Dolce

Vita look from my collection is my signature. It’s inspired

by Mediterranean beauties like Sophia Loren and

Penelope Cruz. A molten chocolate and copper smoky

eye, trademark feline flick and perfect nude-pink lip.

Apply moisturiser with my Tilbury Tap method. Work your

fingers over the cheekbones like angel wings, then tap it in

across the forehead, chin and nose using a pitter-patter motion

to stimulate lymphatic drainage and boost micro-circulation.

It gives you fresh, youthful and glowing skin in seconds.

No one has ever seen me without make-up, not even

my husband. I sleep in it…! You can’t have a beautiful

painting without a beautiful canvas. I start all make-up

with my miracle-working moisturiser, Magic Cream, £70

for 50 ml – it’s super nourishing and floods the skin with

moisture. I follow this with Wonderglow, £38.50 for 40 ml,

an illuminating primer which has breakthrough ‘Fluorescent

Core’ technology that re-emits natural light through the

skin for a lit-from-within effect. I call it Gisèle in a Jar.

Always curl your lashes, it’s like a push-up bra

for the eyes. And layer at least three coats of

mascara for full fluttering Bambi lashes.

Use lip liner to perfect and enhance your pout. You can

also use it as a stencil to ensure your lipstick lasts longer.

High heels and dancing are my only forms of exercise Tom

Ford once told me that when women wear high heels we

adopt the classic mating position, with accentuated curves.

I recharge my batteries in Ibiza. It’s where I grew

up and I love spending time with my family and

friends there for the whole of August each year.

I come back refreshed and ready for work.

I regularly see a homeopath who prescribes me a host

of different supplements including vitamins C and

D, and borage oil to boost my immune system.

I love a full English breakfast to kickstart the day – eggs,

bacon, tomatoes and granary bread and an Earl Grey tea to top

it off. I also adore Thai green curry and honeycomb ice cream.

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Wealden Times talks to Hilary Totah...

Health & Beauty

Do you have a beauty regime?

Radiating health and vitality

is an important part of any

beauty regime. I do plenty of

exercise, gardening and walking

and practise yoga almost daily.

I eat organic food as much as

possible. I mostly eat either fish

or chicken, plenty of fruit and

green vegetables and I grow my

own in the summer. There’s

nothing like eating straight

from the garden. I avoid sugar,

caffeine, refined carbohydrates

and processed food. Since

turning 70, I’ve started taking

fish, olive, flax seed and coconut

oil, plus a multi vitamin and

probiotics and I drink at least

2 ½ litres of water per day. I

wash my face with cold water,

use a moisturiser morning

and night, and try to get at

least seven hours of sleep.

Is there a particular product

you couldn’t live without? I

couldn’t live without Liz Earle’s

Superskin moisturiser for my

face, and despite the slightly

cringey name, their Bust & Neck

treatment is a miracle plumper

for a wrinkly décolletage.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I love touch

therapies like Japanese facial

massage or a shiatsu treatment.

I used to practise both myself

when I was a practitioner, so I’m

always looking for the perfect

shiatsu. I like having reflexology

or a pedicure to make my feet

feel all soft and revitalised.

Do you have a style icon?

My style icon has to be Helen

Mirren. She is my age and is

super sexy and beautiful. She

shows that older women don’t

have to fade into dowdiness

and invisibility. Women can

have great bodies, be beautiful

and feel amazing at any age.

Hilary runs yoga classes

for varying abilities at the

Wellington Centre, Hastings.

With over 35 years of

experience, her classes are

unhurried, giving students

the opportunity to explore

postures and the breath,

and develop mobility,

strength and relaxation.

For more information

visit hilarytotah.co.uk

Golden healer...

Native to Southern Asia,

turmeric is in the ginger

family. If not used fresh, its

rhizomes (stems below the

soil) are boiled, dried in hot

ovens and ground into a

fine, vibrantly hued powder.

The main active compound

in turmeric, that makes it

so wonderfully versatile, is

curcumin. It’s this that gives

it that bitter, slightly hot and

peppery flavour. Chronic,

low-level inflammation is the

leading cause of a long list of

Western diseases. So being a

strong antioxidant, turmeric

plays a major role in reducing

inflammation in the digestive

system when introduced

regularly into the diet. This

magical stuff has been used

for thousands of years in

ancient Siddha medicine to

cure coughs, colds, throat

infections and liver ailments,

and it’s been known to have

a great positive effect on skin

complaints and arthritis. Try

this liquid gold recipe for an

unusually sweet treat: 1 cup

coconut milk, 1 cup water, 1

tbsp ghee, 1 tbsp honey and

1 tsp turmeric. Blend, enjoy.

Just like mAgic...

The ancient Greeks used

silver vessels to keep water

fresh, and it was the silver

dinnerware that supposedly

kept wealthy families

plague-free in the Middle

Ages. Before the discovery

of penicillin, silver was used

to keep disease-causing

pathogens at bay, and silver

leaf was used to combat

wound infections during

World War I. Having been

side-lined by synthetically

manufactured drugs in the

1930s, it’s now experiencing

a resurgence in popularity,

as beauty products and

supplements are appearing

on the market. This month,

Helen got to test out the

Antimicrobial Silver Cream

Bodywash from Colloidal

Silver Plus. A lot of soap

products are strong and

drying, but this is delicately

scented, luxuriously creamy

and leaves skin feeling

conditioned and nourished.

The hand cream

is lovely to use as

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Rhubarb and Strawberry fizz

This recipe relies on a ferment of ginger and sugar water, called ‘ginger

bug’, which is then added to whatever flavourings you choose - it

can even be used on its own (with water and a little sugar) to make

homemade ginger beer. The whole process will take around 10 - 12 days.

For the ‘ginger bug’

• An 8cm (approx) stick of


• 1tbsp unrefined sugar

• 2tbsp spring water

For the rhubarb & strawberry mix

• 1 punnet of strawberries

• 3 sticks of rhubarb

• Sugar (to taste)

• 2l water

1. The ginger bug takes around five days to make. Grate a

2cm peeled section of ginger into a small container. Add a

teaspoon of sugar to ‘feed’ the ferment and submerge in a

little water.

2. Cover and leave for 24 hours.

3. Repeat the process each day (adding ginger, sugar and

water) until the mixture begins to bubble.

4. Once it’s ready, other ingredients can be added to make a

(slightly) fizzy drink.

5. Chop the strawberries and rhubarb and then simmer until

soft in approx 2 litres of water.

6. Leave to cool and then add the ginger bug. Cover with a

muslin/tea towel and leave for around 5 days, checking the

mixture daily.

7. Strain and serve, adding more sugar or water if needed.

Tomato salsa

This is a fantastically quick way of

making a relish - and a great way to

use up a glut of tomatoes.*

• 8 ripe tomatoes

• 1 red onion

• 1 red chili pepper

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• 1/2tbsp salt (to taste)

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mashing them down each

time and adding a little salt

as you go.

2. There should be enough

juice to cover the mixture,

but add a little water if


3. Leave a 2cm gap to allow

for expansion and cover

with muslin/a tea towel.

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This is my fermented version of ‘glutney’, which is traditionally a

happy mix of any seasonal vegetables made into a crisper version of

chutney. The vegetables can be chopped to any size - I’ve cut most of

these into strips, but chop whatever you’re using in any way you like.*

• A handful of beans

• 1 red onion

• 1 red pepper

• 2 carrots

• A few florets of cauliflower

• 1tbsp salt

• 2 cups spring water

Optional extra ingredients:

• 1 small star anise

• 1tsp mustard seeds

• 1tsp whole peppercorns

• 5 cardamon pods

1. Slightly bruise the vegetables with a rolling pin and

sprinkle with some salt before adding to the jar.

Breaking down the cell walls a little will help start the


2. Add enough vegetables to fill the jar, leaving a 2cm

‘expansion’ gap at the top.

3. Add spices and cover with water. Make sure that the

brine water completely covers all the ingredients, as

contact with air will cause mould to form.

4. Cover with muslin or a clean tea towel and leave in

a warm place for a few days. Check/taste the mixture

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Whether the weather...

Sue Whigham finds we have a lot to learn from ancient climate lore

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Back in July I was trying to count the swifts swooping

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last month, assured me via his website (see link below)

that they left our shores on the last Wednesday of July.

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martins haven’t started lining up on the telegraph wires yet,

nor have the swallows and we should take heed - the earlier

they leave us in the year, the colder winter we should expect.

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King predicts the weather without using technology, and

six months ahead. As he describes it: “Mumbo jumbo, used

properly does actually work consistently well. Nothing is

ever perfect but it is pretty good methodology now.”

Using years of accumulated knowledge gleaned on

his travels as a Met policeman on the beat in South

London and then in Edenbridge, Kent, Dave King

has become well known for his predictions.

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about the weather from countrymen he’s come across

over the years which he has now reduced to a manageable

5,000. He has been recording the weather five times

a day and collating it since 1985 and has an accuracy

rate of 90% with his predictions. His initial interest

was encouraged by an ex-RAF engineer who worked

on WW2 bombers and who taught him about clouds,

the stars and the effect of the moon on the weather.

But of course our ancestors, living and working in the

countryside as they did, learned to read the signs of the

weather without the help of our modern technology. And

although the Met Office are sometimes brilliantly accurate,

it’s worth learning to recognise the natural patterns where you

live - and it certainly makes going for a walk more interesting.

Recognising the signs now, in August, will give us an

idea of what to expect this winter. One thing I read on

Mr King’s site is that no sun on Christmas Day - as last

year - always means a poor fruit harvest. He describes

how he collected a huge amount of damsons last year but

this year has only spotted three fruits on the same tree.

I usually raid a bullace plum tree which overhangs the

footpath down the road from my house and certainly

there is nothing to be seen this year, but the walnut tree

is pretty laden and the squirrels have already started

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weight of bright red rose hips. All of these will of course

provide food for birds and mammals in a hard winter. So

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conditions the light seed would land close to the parent

plant leaving the seedlings competing for light and nutrients

with its parent - a classic example of how a mechanism

which has evolved to maximise the survival of a species has

a handy incidental function as weather indicator for us.

Other plants ‘know’ when it is going to rain, responding

to increased moisture in the air by increasing their

oxygen releases. Thus the smell of trees and scent of

flowers intensifies before rain. And insects can feel the

rain vibe too - bee keepers know that bees always head

home to their hive half an hour or so before a shower,

creating a bee traffic jam in their haste to keep dry.

The height of burdock, teasels and hogweed can

also give us an idea of what to expect for winter. We

have a patch of teasels here, remnants of a discarded

border which still hasn’t been sorted out.

It has been a triumph for wildlife as the teasels have

proliferated and some of them have reached a good eight

feet tall – but that’s not such good news for weather later

this year. The taller these plants grow, the more likely it is

to be a hard winter, but there’s an advantage for one species

in this: even if there was deep snow, the teasels would be

more than visible to the finches that feed off their seed.

And while Mr King jokingly calls the old saws mumbo

jumbo, they aren’t superstition, but can be explained in

scientific terms. There’s an example of this in another bird

weather indicator - where in the sky they fly. Birds flying

high signifies fair climes. If they fly low it indicates an

imminent storm, for the very simple reason that the pressure

associated causes discomfort in their ears at high altitude.

And the saying we all know best, ‘Red sky at night,

shepherds’ delight, red sky in the morning, shepherds’

warning’ is explained by the sky looking red when the sun

shines on moisture in the atmosphere, at a low angle. As the

weather goes west to east, a red sunrise (east) is a sign of rain

and a red sunset (west) tells us that the rain has moved on.

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Gone to Seed

Jo Arnell gathers in seeds and rejoices in autumn as the start

of the new growing cycle


love September. The nights may be drawing in, but

the days still feel like summer and there’s the sweet

poignancy of still being able to make the most of the

last few golden days - and I’m busy thinking about one of

my most favourite gardening activities - seed collecting.

Ask me in spring and I’ll say the opposite, but I much prefer

collecting seeds to sowing them. There’s that hunter gatherer

sense of harvesting, tinged with a smattering of smug frugality

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be safe. If you suspect they’re wet, or if you’re collecting

seeds from berries or fleshy fruits, wash off all the fleshy

parts in water, spread them out on absorbent paper before

packing and storing. Collect seed from midday onwards,

once the dew has evaporated, on a calm day (you’ll only

spill them if a blustery wind is making you cross).

How to store seed

Some seeds need to be sown fresh, as soon as you’ve harvested

them, but others are best stored until the following spring and

need to be kept in a cool, dry place. I store mine in envelopes,

in a tin, wooden or cardboard box (ie not Tupperware), but

basically anything that won’t cause any condensation will be

fine. Store them away from light and humid environments.

I have kept them in the fridge, although that is often quite

a damp place, so make sure they’re within another container

(clearly labelled to deter curious fridge

raiders) and not near any moisture.

It is an especially good place to keep

seeds that need a period of vernalisation

(mock winter) to trigger germination.

Self-seeding plants

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all plants were

self-seeding? Think of the money we’d save!

Actually, I’m glad there aren’t too many of

them. Self-seeders, if they like you, can be

prolific to the point of being unwelcome.

They tend to be annuals, biennials and occasionally

(in the case of the above) short-lived perennials and

as these plants have but a brief time to live, their

main job is to flower and set seed for the next

generation. Many are meadow plants by nature

and opportunistically populate areas of ground

when conditions are momentarily favourable.

The seed can lie dormant in the soil for years

waiting for this to happen – think of the

poppy fields after the First World War.

If you want to encourage self-seeders, try to

start with a fairly weed-free garden; if it isn’t, you will need

to try and identify your plants at an early stage in order to

separate the weedlings from the seedlings. Don’t apply a

heavy mulch in the spring, as this will swamp tiny plantlets

and prevent many of the seeds from germinating. Most selfseeders

germinate best in free-draining soil, and will

struggle on heavy, claggy clay. Incorporating organic

matter and grit will help to open up the structure

of clay soil and make it more welcoming.

Depending on your style of gardening

(which may also be related to the time you

have available), the self-seeders can be

managed in two ways. The first is to allow

nature to take its course and let the plants

self-seed. This way, many serendipitous

planting combinations can occur, with

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in situations you would never have planted in - and

sometimes in far better ones. It all becomes a

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Judicious weeding becomes the order of the

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healthy, happy plants, even if they are growing

in the wrong place. The other method is

to collect the seed and sow it yourself –

either in pots to plant out later, or in situ.

This method is labour intensive, but

keeps you in charge of the show.

Here’s to another long golden autumn

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Even thinking the word ‘divorce’ is stressful for anyone with children –

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“The idea of custody and

access, with winners and

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Sarah Lambert, a family Solicitor and Collaborative

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process of ending a marriage in legal terms

“A decision to commence divorce proceedings is

undoubtedly very difficult. There are a large number

of factors to consider, aside from the emotional ones.

An experienced family solicitor can help explain the

process and highlight various options and choices.

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fixed fee. At an initial meeting you should look to discuss

the overall background to your situation, the financial

arrangements both in the short and longer term and

any issues that are of concern regarding the children.

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financial implications and issues you will need to consider.

There may be certain issues which require immediate

action. They will also be able to advise you on whether

or not mediation or collaborative law – which would

avoid going to court - would be appropriate to deal with

financial issues or matters concerning the children.

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have to demonstrate to the Court that the marriage

has irretrievably broken down by relying on one of

five facts: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, a two year

separation after which both parties consent to a divorce,

desertion by one party or a five year separation.

Regardless of which fact you rely on the

process for the divorce is the same.

A divorce petition is prepared and your solicitor will

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The divorce papers are sent off to the Court and sent

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This hearing is now more often than not, a formality.

Six weeks after pronouncement of the Decree Nisi you

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the legal formalities of bringing the marriage to an end.

However, very often such an application is not made

within that time scale to enable the parties to consider the

financial issues between them, because although it is not

necessary for financial issues to be agreed before the divorce

is finalised it is often sensible to wait until they are.”

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Helen Fisher, a family lawyer at Cripps, advises seeking

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how much you earn. There will be up to three hearings

(although the majority of cases settle before the third)

and you will both be encouraged to negotiate.

There is a lot of misinformation about the costs

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opportunity, allowing you to look forward to the future.”

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Alan Green, a solicitor at Kingsfords Solicitors

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good news for parents considering a divorce

“Divorce is a stressful and emotionally trying time

for everyone involved as not only are the financial

aspects of the divorce important to resolve smoothly,

but also the arrangements for any children.

Normally, both parents in a marriage have parental

responsibility for the children born during the marriage,

which enables them to make decisions about their

children jointly. The Courts consider both parents

responsible for the care of their children and will only

“An experienced Family Solicitor can help

guide you through this emotional process.”

become involved if the parents cannot come to their

own agreement regarding the arrangements for them.

Mediation has to be attempted before any Court

proceedings are started. Mediation is not to be

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The Issue

You probably own your home as joint tenants if you are a couple and solely

if you are single. For couples this means you own it wholly, jointly and

severally. Ultimately therefore you do not own it 50:50 as you might have

assumed. You actually own all of it together and when one partner dies the

surviving partner owns it solely and absolutely.

It is sole and absolute ownership that enables a whole property to be taken

into consideration as an asset by the local authority and puts the property

in danger of needing to be sold to fund care.

The Reality Today

The care Act 2014 introduced in April 2015 allows local authorities to

assess your assets to determine if you need to pay for your own care under

the new charges and assessment of resources regulations.

Currently if you have assets above £23,250, you are on your own and

require care, you will probably have to pay for it all - currently averaging

around £1,000 per week.

Savings, cash and income would be used first and then your property

would need to be taken into consideration. You would be expected to pay

for all of your care until such time as your assets were depleted to below the

£23,250 threshold.

You would then pay for a proportion of your care until your assets were

below £14,250 - at which point all your future care would be paid for after

any relevant income was taken into account.

The Solution

For couples, simply by changing the way you own your property well in

advance of any care considerations i.e. from joint tenants to tenants in

common and by setting up two property Trusts either immediately or

within a properly structured Will at the same time in most cases, protect

the integrity of your home should you ever require care in the future, so

long as avoiding care fees was not a primary motivating reason behind the

implementation of the strategy - i.e. you should be looking to protect your

half of your property should your spouse remarry after your death, or you

should be looking to ensure that your children would not lose 50% of their

inheritance should they be made bankrupt or divorce or for example you

should be looking to prevent a generational inheritance tax burden in the

future. These are all sound reasons for implementing this strategy which in

themselves are not deliberate deprivation of assets, but the implementation

of which protects the integrity of the property.

For sole owners the process is simply to set up a Trust now and convey

your property into it which will produce the same result and again this

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When you own your home as tenants in common you actually own half

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is the Trustee of that Trust and also the Primary Beneficiary which means

that as they own half and are Trustee of the other half they have complete

control over the property and what happens to it. The children and/or

whoever else is also nominated as ultimate Trust Beneficiaries will have

access to that half of the property when the surviving partner dies. The

first half of the property then is 100% securely in Trust for the beneficiaries

and will not be at risk. As a result of this simple strategy and because it is

not possible to sell just the survivor’s half of the property, the integrity of

the property is protected. While the ‘’market value” of half a property is

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which is why this package includes a Lasting Power of Attorney grant for

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to act on behalf of the survivor should they be unable to themselves and

negotiate with the Local Authority for the property to be rented out and a

percentage of the income given to the Local Authority instead of a charge

being placed. The second half of the property would then ultimately go

into the Trust for access by the nominated beneficiaries when the surviving

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family within the Trusts and no negotiation with the Local Authority is


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(deliberate deprivation of assets) secures the integrity of the property (so

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7 Boarding passes

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A scholarship can bring the best independent schools

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Like many children these days my 20th century

school career was a patchwork of state and private

experiences. My particular mash up featured a girls’

grammar school, a large (and entirely terrifying) mixed

comprehensive and a very genteel convent school for

young ladies, where embroidery and handwriting featured

prominently on the syllabus

While it turned out alright in the end (I went on to St

Andrews), I’m not sure how much of that came down to

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before throwing us four kids into them, but not with the

rigour my friends and I feel is necessary when choosing

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Boarding passes

John Graham-Hart is happy to find how far boarding has come on since his day

Use the words ‘pastoral care’ to my 1960s housemaster

and he would have no doubt whatever that you were

talking about the Lower Sixth sheep shelter project.

The physical and emotional welfare of his charges was firmly

delegated to Matron, a tricky lady who, depending on the

alignment of the stars, might either feed you gingerbread or

pop you in the oven.

So, perforce, we starched our little upper lips and simply

got on with it. Did we survive? Of course we did. Was it

any way to run an educational establishment? Of course it

wasn’t. Today it would be seen as neglect bordering on abuse.

Had I not been absolutely sure that the system had

changed radically I would never have agreed to my eldest

son’s request to board at his senior school – a request based

largely, we have to say, on his assumption that his housemaster

would be Dumbledore and his best mate, Ron Weasley.

Looking back now, he admits that his first year was

tough but, after that, we knew that a division of the most

determined Dementors could not have dragged him away.

The key difference between his experience and mine

was that his housemaster worked hand in hand with his

house matron – an angel on sabbatical from the right

hand of the Almighty – to ensure a level of pastoral

care that would have left Mr and Mrs Chips in awe.

Our family’s experience has, however, been of senior

school boarding. What of prep boarding? An ex-pat brat

running barefoot around the Caribbean, I was a prime

candidate to be packed off home to board but my father,

although happy with senior school boarding, thought prep

boarding a bridge too far. However, a lot of water has passed

beneath that particular bridge since then and boarding,

both senior and junior, has changed out of all recognition.

To begin with, parents now tend to send their children

to schools within easy travelling distance of home. This

promotes closer relationship between parents and the school

and its staff and means that pupils, although technically

full-boarding, will often return home at weekends.

Formal weekly boarding has also grown, as has flexiboarding,

which is becoming particularly popular

as it allows both parents to work a varying schedule

without having to arrange child care and enables

parents to take the odd night – and following morning

– off. It’s popular with the children, too, because it

is, effectively, one big sleepover with your mates.

This arrangement is, however, an option that can

provide challenges of its own for schools and staff. One

prep headmaster described it as “a bit of a nightmare

– like glorified hotel management.” The majority of

schools like parents to book boarding nights at the

beginning of each term, with Thursdays and Fridays

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being the most popular, although many will also try to

accommodate parents if they want to dip in and out.

Bede’s Prep School in Hailsham has introduced a new

flexi-boarding house where families can take advantage of

boarding between one and four nights a week. “Schools which

do boarding really well are becoming more and more popular,”

says Headmaster, Giles Entwhistle. “Investment in the very

best boarding staff, as well as the quality of the boarding

accommodation itself has been key to our own success.

“Our educational ethos is to adapt the

school experience to the individual and not

the other way around,” he says. “We put the

child front and centre of everything we do

and employ the very best House Parents and

matrons, who provide a loving, nurturing

and secure environment. Our pupils take

a direct and active role in developing the

boarding environment and its ethos and they play a critical

role in decision-making within the boarding houses.”

Another essential difference between today’s boarding

and that of yesteryear is the constant contact children now

have with their parents through social media and the likes of

FaceTime and Skype. Long gone are the stilted, weekly phone

calls and the solitary Sunday letter home, he points out.

This regular contact is also stressed by Chris Liston,

Head of Boarding at Ashford School. “Some people still

have this idea that children are dumped in school at the

beginning of term and that’s it until they’re picked up at the

“Long gone are the

stilted, weekly phone

calls and the solitary

Sunday letter home”

end,” he says. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

He also underlines the importance of the closeness of

the relationship between staff and boarders. “We have

introduced a system which is a reflection of the normal

dinner-time chats a family would have,” he says. “Boarding

staff are allocated particular pupils and have regular oneto-one

chats with them and are very much in their corner

if any issues arise. They are the children’s champions.”

Chris Liston explains out that that the Department of

Education requires all boarding schools to

adhere to 20 national minimum standards,

but stresses that any good school should

view these standards merely as a framework

and the care provided should be far

beyond these basic legal requirements.

“The question I continually ask

myself is: would I send my own children

here – how does it compare with their home life?” he says.

“Our children only get one shot at their education – we

have to make absolutely sure we get it right for them.”

This is, of course, a responsibility shared equally by

parents and it is the latter who know their children best and

who are the ones who can make the best-informed decision

as to whether boarding would be right for their child.

But if you are considering boarding for your child,

you can rest assured that it has changed out of all

recognition since the bad old days and pastoral care is

now at the very heart of the system.

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To register interest or for

more information please contact:


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Open Morning

Saturday 8th October


For boys and girls aged 2 to 13

Call us on 01825 830 234 or visit

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Wednesday 5 October

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Where excellence

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Set in an idyllic campus, Kent College

provides an individual approach to education

accompanied by excellent pastoral care.

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Reach Out

From working hands-on in Africa, to swimming the Channel (in the school pool...)

three schools champion the educational value of community projects

Kent College, Canterbury

Community work - be it local or international - is a

vital component of the educational experience at Kent

College, Canterbury. The school is involved in a large

range of community projects both locally and overseas,

with our overseas work centred on a global School

Partnership with schools in Tanzania and Botswana.

This incredible piece of work sees teachers from five

different schools in three countries

sharing best practice and developing bits

of shared work – and it’s very important

that the work be seen as shared and not as

something that Kent College is doing for

the schools in Tanzania and Botswana.

Teachers have travelled to all

three countries and every two years

a group of students from the school

go on a life-changing trip to Tanzania which involves

meeting students they have contacted on Facebook,

getting involved in IT projects, doing work at a rural

primary school, and visiting an orphan feeding station,

as well as visiting a disability action project.

As well as these projects in Africa, Kent College is very

active doing work closer to home. The school works

“the pupils constantly

tell the staff how much

they get from this

work - it broadens

their horizons”

closely with the Kent Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Woodland

Trust to do invaluable woodland management and

coppicing at the ancient Blean Woods near the school.

The school has a very large (over 50 students)

and active Charities Committee which, as well as

raising around £20,000 a year for a range of local

good causes, works very hard at educating the school

community about the work of these groups.

A recent example is Porchlight which

shared its invaluable work on homelessness

with every student in the Senior school. The

link has grown so strong that the school

was delighted to host Porchlight’s annual

awards dinner and provided a fantastic meal

and venue for this tremendous charity.

The pupils constantly tell the staff how

much they get from these events and this

work. It broadens their horizons and opens their eyes to a

wide range of issues. It helps the pupils to realise the needs

of others and encourages them to use their gifts to help.

The trip to Tanzania in particular has been life

changing for a number of students - actually causing

them to change the direction of what they were

wanting to do when they leave school.

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Not too big

Not too small

Just right.

The perfect-size school for delivering a high quality education,

with a truly individual focus.


'An exceptionally friendly school where everyone is quickly made to feel

part of the community' The Good Schools Guide, June 2016

'Staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage have high expectations

and are extremely knowledgeable about how young children learn'

Independent Schools Inspectorate, June 2015

'When education looks this good and learning is this inspiring, how can you

not choose it for your children?' Parent

'Key factors supporting high achievement are the broad curriculum, excellent

teaching and the pupils’ outstanding attitudes towards their learning’

Independent Schools Inspectorate, June 2015





Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Kent TN18 4PY 01580 753555

Marlborough House School

Fundraising and community initiatives are an important part of

school life at Marlborough House as they not only provide us

with wonderful opportunities to extend the children’s learning,

but they instil in our pupils a strong sense of their place in the

wider community and in doing so, reinforce the school ethos of

‘Value Self, Value Others’.

For the last three years the school has raised on average

£19,000 per annum for a variety of charities.

In addition to timetabled charity fundraising events, the

children investigate the work of many different national and

local charities. Then in their individual school houses, they

vote for the ones they believe will benefit most from their

fundraising efforts.

This year, local charity Kent Air Ambulance received

much-needed funds from the ‘MHS Swims the “Channel”...

(in the school pool)’ project. Then, getting involved in the

national Clean for the Queen campaign in March, enabled

pupils to learn about waste management and environmental

responsibility, befor litter-picking around the village and then

telling the news teams from South East Today all about it!

A Valentine’s Day cake baking competition, a ‘pianothon’

and an intimate music concert performed by pupils at The

Globe and Rainbow all generated life-changing funds for Awdry

House’s chosen charity, Canine Partners and children on our

Young Entrepreneur’s Scheme have raised in excess of £3000

from some ingenious money-making schemes this year.

We have also generated over £10,000 of funds for Cancer

Relief, Macmillan Nurses, the Poppy Appeal, Children in Need

and Sport Relief.

But sometimes, it’s not just about making money as the

residents of our local cottage hospital will testify; each year small

groups of MHS pupils visit them to sing songs, perform

nativities and have a chat about life over a nice cup of tea!

Top to bottom: Pupils ‘swim the Channel...’ in the school pool.

Visiting the local cottage hospital. One of the more ingenious

money-raising schemes

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Wednesday 21st September

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S e v e n o a k s K e n t

Senior School

Open Morning

Saturday 24th September

10.00am - 12.15pm

Vinehall School

Vinehall School has a long tradition of projects within

the local and international communities. Pupils meet

regularly as part of the Charities Committee to discuss and

decide upon which charities and projects to support.

For many years Vinehall has maintained very close

links with the charity Rwanda Aid, set up by a former

Vinehall Headmaster. As well as regular fundraising

which has supported a variety of projects for homeless

and disabled children in Rwanda, Vinehall staff, children

and parents have travelled to the country to support

various intiatives taking place there. Most recently, the

Headmaster and his daughter travelled for the second

summer in a row to Rwanda to help produce a film

showing the work of the charity in the country.

In the last three years local activities have

included raising funds for Demelza House and St

Michael’s Hospice through non-uniform days.

Since October 2015, the Vinehall Independent State

Schools Partnership has brought a number of local

maintained primary schools together to participate in

professional development for teachers of both mathematics

and French, as well as termly pupil enrichment days. These

pupil days involve all schools working together and are great

fun as well as a hugely beneficial educational experience.

In the last year, very strong links have been developed

with St Mary’s Special School in Bexhill through a

gardening project which helped St Mary’s win the

‘Bexhill in Bloom’ trophy. There was also a sponsored

swim which involved pupils from both schools.

The Vinehall motto is ‘To do our best for the benefit

of others’ and this is reinforced through assemblies,

house meetings and time in PSHE lessons and form

tutor time. There is immense enthusiasm among the

pupils for getting involved and a genuine sense of

satisfaction gained from a successful project completed.

It is common for pupils to approach the Headmaster or

Charities Co-ordinator with a new and imaginative idea

for starting or supporting a new project, most of which

are very successful and either make a real difference to

the people intended, or help raise considerable funds.

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The strong academic results are a

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An inspiring environment can greatly enhance learning.

Six head teachers tell us what they particularly value about

their school’s buildings and settings

David Clark, Battle Abbey

“Some of the school buildings date back to 11th century and

were commissioned by William the Conqueror himself.

The Abbey is alleged to be built on the site of the

Battle of Hastings although there is debate about

this. A lot of the structures are part of a 13th century

rebuild, including the gatehouse which was fortified

during skirmishes with France. Some bits are much

later, up to and including the Victorian period.

Some of the owners showed a distinct lack of sympathy

for the original medieval architecture and committed

to improvement works that would now be considered

acts of vandalism, including running a track way for carts

through the floor of the original medieval church.

The Abbey is known for its gargoyles which are believed

to depict cultural or mythical aspects to the front, and

staff who originally worked at the Abbey to the rear.

Perhaps not surprisingly for a school with such ancient

buildings there are plenty of ghost stories. The dormitory

range, now ruined, where the monks ate their meals, lies

to the rear of the school and there are regular reports of a

figure known as the ‘black monk’ spotted in and around

the ruins. He has also been caught on camera a couple

of times by tourists, as have figures in medieval dress.

Inside the Abbot’s House the eyes of the Blue Lady painting

in the library are said to follow you around the room. Several

other areas in the school are said to have at times had strong

smells (primarily burning tar or rubber) and figures have been

seen from time to time - one walking halfway up a room

on a floor that had been removed over 200 years before.

There are a number of places around the school which lend

themselves to contemplation. The 11th century chapel next

to the Headmaster’s office is a delightfully relaxing place as is

either the main hall or the library bay window in summer.

The Geography room has a magnificent vaulted ceiling

and used to be the parlour which was the only spot on site

where monks were permitted to talk, where locals would meet

the brotherhood. Other than this the Benedictine order

was silent – not a common feature of a busy school...”

Above: The 13th century gatehouse of Battle Abbey Below:

Pupils take an al fresco French lesson on the ‘Sixpenny Lawn’

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Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, St Edmund’s School Canterbury

“The name ‘St Edmund’s School’ was assumed in 1897, but

the school actually began back in 1751 and was run by the

Clergy Orphan Society. The school moved to its current

Canterbury location in 1855, but was originally situated in St

John’s Wood at the nursery end of Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The current building was designed by the eminent architect

Philip Charles Hardwick, a favourite of Queen Victoria’s and

architect of the original Great Hall of Euston Railway Station.

It’s a Grade II listed building and its position, looking straight

over the city of Canterbury and the Cathedral, is one of the

best in the city.

There are tales of a friendly female ghost being sighted in

the Head’s and Bursar’s corridors, but I haven’t yet managed to

make her acquaintance. My favourite place in the school is the

terrace outside my office. It overlooks the city and is one of

the most commanding and inspirational views I know.”

The main school building, designed

by Philip Charles Hardwick

The 1853 building in Early

English Gothic style

Tim Manly, Hurstpierpoint

“Hurstpierpoint College first opened on 16 August

1849 in Shoreham before moving to its present

buildings in 1853, which were designed in Early English

Gothic design by the architect Richard Carpenter.

Situated within a 140 acre campus, surrounded by

beautiful countryside, the school lies on the border of the

South Downs National Park. Built in the collegiate style

around three quadrangles, the Senior School and Sixth Form

buildings surround the central Academic Quad, adjacent to

key cultural and sporting facilities. Notable among the many

beautiful buildings is the school chapel and the panelled

Dining Hall, noted for its proportions and beautiful roof.

Hurst has various areas that have been landscaped with

the students in mind, providing areas to relax with friends

or to sit quietly and take a few moments out of a busy

schedule to contemplate. The Inner Quad outside the

chapel and the Academic Quad particularly lend themselves

to this. Hurst is also fortunate to have many view points

to witness fabulous sunsets over the South Downs.”






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Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7EL

Tel: 01580 200 448


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you can be

St Ed’s is a school where every pupil is connected by a love of learning, the pursuit of possibility and the

challenge of being the very best they can be.

01227 475601 | www.stedmunds.org.uk

Open Day | Saturday 1st October



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The main entrance

Lindie Louw, Hazelwood School

‘Dull and inclined to rain. A very eventful day! The opening

of the first Hazelwood term!! Of course Edward and I felt

very festive and excited. We simply slaved all morning and

it is a wonder how we kept everything in our heads. There

were thousands of details to consider and things were only

just finished in time. The boys’ entrance door was being

painted when they arrived. The boys were immensely

taken with the place and there was no home sickness.’

“This entry is from the diary of Ruth Baily, from the

day when she and her husband first threw open the heavy

oak door to the now Main (and then only…) Building

of Hazelwood School in 1890, to just thirteen pupils.

125 years on, the school campus has grown

to satisfy the demands of over 400 students.

Occupying an elevated position, Hazelwood School

enjoys wonderful and far-reaching views across

the Kent Weald towards the Ashdown Forest.

Each day the pupils benefit from what Mr and

Mrs Baily called ‘lungfuls of fresh air’, a phrase which

was recently incorporated into the new school motto

Spiritu Inspiratum, ‘lungfuls of inspiration’.

Since that first ‘eventful day’ the school has played

host to generations of eager learners including eminent

newspaper columnist Simon Jenkins, musician Joe

Stilgoe and Geoffrey St. George Shillington Cather, who

was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross in 1916 for

his bravery rescuing injured comrades from no man’s

land on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

From September, future generations will be able

to follow in their footsteps and feel ever more part of

the school’s historic foundation, when the doors of

the new Baily Building will open for the first time.

Housing fourteen classrooms, music and art

rooms and a 450 seat auditorium, the beautifully

designed building sits beneath a softly undulating roof

contoured into the most precious of landscapes.

The façade of the main building is reflected in the

expanse of glass which fronts the new, bringing together

Hazelwood’s glorious past with its most exciting future.”

Kate Elliott, Bricklehurst Manor School

“The main school building has a long history dating

back more than 800 years and is now Grade II Listed

and the setting is truly ancient. We know there was a

Romano-British iron ore settlement on the banks of the

river Limden, across the road, dating back to AD120 and

Roman coins and Samian pottery have been found there.

After that era, the site was abandoned and the area

reverted to woodland, known as the Forest of Anderida.

The earliest mention of Bricklehurst, however, is as

Beorhtela’s Hurst, which originated from a Saxon tribe

who settled in the area after the Romans left. Hurst

is the word for a wood/clearing or wooded hill.

By 1296 it was spelt Breytlehurst or Brixlehurst and

then again by 1429 it is mentioned as Brickelhurst. The

first known owner of the land was Peter de Scotney in

1279 and 200 years later John Wybarne lived here. The

Wybarne family held the manor for the next 200 years

and there is a brass plaque depicting John Wybarne

as a knight with his two wives at Ticehurst church.

After that very little is known about it until the First

World War when Major Archibald Douglas Shelley

lived here and then Henry Hussey, brother of Edward

Hussey from Scotney Castle owned it. Soldiers were

billeted here at some point during the two wars and

then evacuees during the Second World War. Alan

Dickson, who stayed here as a child during WW2 after

being evacuated from London, once told me a tale of

sitting up all night in an attic area with a cricket bat to

fend off a ghost, who failed to materialise for him…

The school was founded in 1959, by the late Liz

Eberlie, in what was a private house and it still retains

many home-like characteristics, with a friendly, family

atmosphere which helps young children bridge the

gap between home and school, enabling them to gain

confidence in the security of familiar surroundings.

The entire building has been added to over

the years and the result has an interesting mix of

window styles, in particular. The original 13th

century building has walls 23 inches thick!

There are astounding views of the South Downs from the

second floor in particular and quiet areas in the grounds

where one can contemplate life. It is without doubt an

exceptionally pleasant and beautiful place to be.”

The school was started

in a private house

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Open Day

Saturday 1st October 2016

9.15am – 12 noon

The Principal will speak at 9.30am

First-rate independent education for boys and girls aged 3 - 18

First-rate ISI Inspection Report in 2013 • Nursery and Pre Prep rated “outstanding”

Top academic results from a broad ability intake • Extensive Sports facilities

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Craig McCarthy, Russell House in Otford

“What’s wonderful about our school buildings is how

our architecture is perfectly aligned with our ethos.

We promote breadth of opportunity and excellence

in achievement, reflected in, for example, our science

centre, ICT hub, sports, music and arts facilities.

But at the same time, what particularly distinguishes Russell

House is our warm, friendly, family atmosphere. It’s no

surprise then that our main school building was once a family

home; it was opened as a school in

1938 by Mrs Nellie Baker. Mrs Baker

had two young children and set up the

school to support her family following

the death of her husband, Russell.

Nearly 80 years – and a lot

of new buildings – later it still

retains that sense of warmth and

homeliness which ensures children

feel safe, confident and secure.

Most surprising to visitors is

the extent of our facilities beyond

the friendly entrance of what was

the family home. To the right and

the back of the original building

(which itself has been extended) are

classrooms, sports hall, all-weather

courts and sports pitches stretching

back into the beautiful Darent Valley.

The new science centre

It’s hard to specify a favourite spot in the school,

but as a passionate advocate of science, I feel very at

home in our science centre opened last year with a

week-long celebration of Spectacular Science.

However, for contemplation and inspiration, like

everyone in school I love our new outdoor classroom.

With views across to the North Downs, it is the most

glorious location to work, reflect and play.”


“I chose Bethany because I want to take

GCSE Dance, as this is one my of favourite

subjects. I was really pleased and proud to

have been awarded a Dance scholarship and

the teachers are so nice here.

Amelia Knowles, Year 8. Bethany pupil since 2015. Dance Scholar.

for life

Contact Us:

01580 211273 or



Goudhurst, Kent TN17 1LB


and bursaries


At Bethany we inspire, encourage

and challenge our pupils to achieve more

than they ever thought possible.

Open Mornings:

Saturday 24th September and

Wednesday 5th October

Come and see what Bethany can do for your child.

Entrance Assessments for 2017:

Year 7 Saturday 5th November

Year 9 Saturday 14th January

Co-educational day and boarding school for ages 11-18.

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One School,

many journeys



Preparatory School (Nursery to age 11)

Friday 30th September 2016

T: 01622 842117 | E: leckiea@svs.org.uk

Senior School (HMC 11–18 day and boarding)

Saturday 1st October 2016

Saturday 8th October 2016 (Sixth Form Only)

Saturday 12th November 2016

T: 01622 845206 | E: websterk@svs.org.uk




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My Personal Statement Hell

Soon to be second-year uni student Isobel Haskell remembers all

too clearly the stress of getting that crucial statement ready – and

what got her through it – and two schools share the invaluable

tips they give their pupils.


he last year of school

is a whirlwind of exam

stress, newly acquired IDs

and leavers’ ball dresses, while

on the brink of leaving home

and moving on to exciting new

adventures. It’s a heady time.

My final year at Battle Abbey

School in 2015 was no different.

Despite all the happy memories,

however, there is one I am less

than keen to recall. Back in the

dark recesses of my now-student

brain lurks the traumatising

memories of writing my personal

statement. The horror, the horror.

The presence of this pernicious

document on the list of

requirements for applications

to every kind of

tertiary education

institution – art

colleges, drama

schools etc also

ask for them,

there’s no getting

out of it - is supposedly designed

to allow a potential student to

express their achievements and

ambitions in a concise style.

But at a time when most

school leavers are in the midst

of revision timetables and nights

out, the application process itself,

combined with the daunting

prospect of debt and uncertainty

afterward, can feel overwhelming.

The personal statement writing

trial also has an amazing ability

to bring out traits that you never

even realised you had. My talent

for forgetting that I had writing

“trying to condense

myself into 4,000

characters was the

stuff of nightmares”

to finish (or even start) and

capacity to exploit my newfound

adulthood at the pub as deadline

day rapidly approached never

ceased to surprise me.

So, for an already panicked

sixth former, being asked

to write this wretched

statement and go through

other rigorous entrance

assessments designed to judge

your character, sometimes

without a real life meeting,

can act as a real disincentive

to take their education on to

the next stage. Wouldn’t it

be easier just to get a job?

This is certainly one of the

dilemmas I faced as I sat, head

hanging, at

a desk in the

sixth form

common room

around two

years ago. As an

aspiring English

Literature student, trying to

condense myself into 4,000

tightly controlled characters and

47 lines – and it is characters and

lines, rather than words which are

specified, which feels odd in itself

- was the stuff of nightmares.

It was brutally apparent, as

one of my teachers repeated

on many, many occasions,

that personal statements leave

no room for “waffle” – but it

felt like there was no room for

style and character either.

Having been taught at A Level

that excellent writing has depth

Isobel at school

and subtleties, it was

very easy to feel disheartened.

With that restricting line limit

I felt completely stifled in

my ability to write anything

meaningful, let alone convey my

personality. Suddenly “Bronze

Duke of Edinburgh Award”

seemed like an awful lot of words.

But people with a naturally

concise writing style – which

seemed to be my more

scientifically minded friends

– found the slog of writing a

personal statement no easier

and the frustration of being a

hundred words or so under the

limit is constantly emphasised

by those who are suffering

for having written too much.

Especially those who seem to find

themselves overburdened with

attainments to crow about...

Even for the more average

achiever, trying to pack

maximum extra-curricular

activities and skills into a finite

number of characters, can make

drafts feel like little more than a

list of accomplishments, than a

flowing piece of writing. And

by feeling like an exercise in

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An independent preparatory day School for girls 3-11 and boys 3-4

The Granville is a highly successful independent school with excellence

at the heart of everything we do. Our 11+ results are outstanding.

Our new extended, high quality facilities, including a magnificent

Art Room, have enabled us to split our Year 4 class into two smaller

classes of a maximum of fi fteen pupils, in preparation for 11+

entry examinations for state and independent schools. We have

a few places available in our Year 4 for September 2017.

• High academic success

• Happy, caring and stimulating environment

• Qualified and experienced staff

• Excellence in all subjects including music, art, drama and sport

• Exceptional facilities

• Bursaries available

For more details and a personal tour of the school with the

Headmistress please contact the school office 01732 453039


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Free to learn

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An independent day school for boys and girls aged 2-13




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The uni student

showing-off, a certain selfconsciousness

is generated within

the peer groups of a sixth form

that is hard to shake as exam

stress and cut-off dates loom.

But there is hope! It was at

this point I found that by just

keeping my head down and

avoiding comparing myself with

the others around me I could

write in a calmer manner without

risking damage to my confidence.

I also came to appreciate what

a resource I had in the advice

from teachers who had known

me the longest, over my time

at Battle Abbey School.

They knew me well enough

to be completely honest about

my work, which is by far the

most valuable guidance when

writing about yourself for

what might be the first time.

This included picking up

on nerve-induced spelling and

grammar mistakes

and suggesting

which areas could

be improved

and made to

sound more

impressive. By

being honest, as well as

constructive, my teachers allowed

me to perfect my work myself

and produce a piece of writing

that sincerely and confidently

reflected my achievements.

More helpful still is seeking the

opinion of a teacher in the subject

you hope to study. They are often

more understanding of what has

motivated you to pursue your

choices – and have expert insight

into what will appeal to university

admission tutors in that subject.

But perhaps the thought that

most personally encouraged me

was that without this vital step,

I could not

go to bigger

and better

things. Having

just finished

a brilliant

first year at

university and keenly anticipating

the start of my second, if I

could say one thing to my past

sixth former self, it would be

that the initial confusion and

stress was more than worth it.

“seek the opinion

of a teacher in

the subject you

hope to study”

Top tips

We asked schools to share the advice they give Year 13 pupils

to get them through the personal statement meltdown

Bethany School

Explain your reasons

for wanting to study

your chosen course.

Write about what you’ve

done outside the classroom

and why it’s relevant.

Concentrate on your

strengths and be positive.

Begin with an effective

opening that engages

the reader.

draft and re-draft your

statement until you

have the perfect phrases

and expressions.

Get someone to proof

read it for you.

Guildford College

don’t rush give yourself

plenty of time to prepare,

write and review your

personal statement as

many times as you need.

Take time out if you’re

experiencing a writer’s block,

take time away from it and

new ideas will come to you.

Be unique write your skills,

experiences and aspirations

in an interesting, creative

and imaginative way.

Stay positive personal

statements are hard to write,

but positivity will come

across in your statement.

Proof read ask your

teacher, sibling, next door

neighbour…get a wide

range of people to read

your statement and provide

feedback. The more you

ask, the more advice and

opinions you will get.

Let it go once you have

submitted your personal

statement, stop reading it!

There’s no point fretting about

things you can’t change.

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Dulwich Preparatory School


Independent day and flexible boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13

‘A huge breadth of

opportunity to succeed’

Good Schools Guide

Open Morning

Thursday, 6th October

For details and to book a tour please contact

registrar@dcpskent.org • 01580 712179 • dcpskent.org

Every little helps...

A scholarship can bring the best independent schools within reach for many families

Dulwich Prep School

Does your school offer any kind of scholarship or assisted

place? Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships

are available for entry into both Year 5 and Year 7. Awards

are made when pupils demonstrate outstanding ability and/or

potential either academically, or in those subjects.

Headmaster Paul David : ‘These awards are open to all,

opening access to the best of everything. Dulwich Prep

benefits from fantastic facilities for Art, Drama, Music and

Sport, offering children the opportunity to develop their

skills and talents to a high level in these, and other, areas.

Academically, children are encouraged to excel in a supportive

culture of aspiration and achievement. At this stage we are

looking for potential, and I would invite parents to apply to

our open and friendly school so their child can experience a

broad curriculum and take part in everything that is offered.’

How many pupils are awarded scholarships? There is

no limit to the number of awards available, each child is

considered on their own merits.

On what basis are they awarded? The awards are competitive

and assessment days take place in January for entry in

September. Children will be invited to the school for a day to

sit written papers and join in workshops.

Award holders are expected to act as role models, be

responsible, show leadership, work hard and above all, Award

holders should be proud of their Scholarship. All awards are

given at the discretion of the Governors of the school.

What are they worth in financial terms? Scholarship winners

will receive a 10% remission on tuition fees regardless of

parental financial means. Should further assistance with fees

be required, parents may apply for a means-tested bursary

which may, if parental circumstances justify it, result in up to

a full remission of fees being offered.

Dulwich Prep School, Cranbrook, TN17 3NP

registrar@dcpskent.org 01580 712179

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Vinehall School

Does your school offer any kind of scholarship or

assisted place? Vinehall offers scholarships and bursaries.

Scholarships are open for all new pupils in Years 4 and

above and bursaries are available from Year 3. Both are

funded through the Vinehall Foundation, which was

established to provide financial support for parents who

would otherwise not be able to afford the education for

their children.

Scholarships are available for children applying for entry

to Vinehall in Academia, Sport, Art, Music and Drama/

Performing Arts. Candidates are assessed in their chosen

area by a practical assessment with the relevant department.

All candidates are also required to complete

written papers, comprising verbal reasoning, maths, reading

comprehension and creative writing. For those applying

for a specialist scholarship these papers are required to

assess the level of a candidate against other children in the

school year. They are not used as the deciding factor when

scholarships are offered.

How many/what percentage of pupils are awarded

scholarships and assisted places? Although the

Vinehall Foundation allocates a set amount of funding

per year, there is no set number or percentage of pupils

who may receive scholarship or bursary funding.

This is because bursaries are assessed on a case-bycase

basis of individual financial need and to ensure

exceptionally gifted pupils do not miss out on the

outstanding education on offer at Vinehall. As a guide, 46

pupils received either scholarship or bursary support in the

last academic year.

On what basis are they awarded?Scholarships are awarded

on merit subject to a sufficient standard or potential being

evident at the time of assessment. Bursaries are awarded on

a basis of financial need and ability to afford the school fees.

What are they worth in financial terms?

Successful candidates will be awarded a 10%

discount on the basic fees, with further meanstested

financial support up to 100% of the fees.

Bursaries are assessed by an external company and

reviewable annually. Applicants can be assured that the

amount of assistance also remains strictly confidential

between the Bursar and the individual parent.

Vinehall School, Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5JL

01580 880413 bursar@vinehallschool.com

The Lady Eleanor Holles School

Does your school offer any kind of scholarship or assisted

place? The school offers a number of academic and music

scholarships, available to pupils entering Year 7 and Year 12.

We also offer means-tested bursaries. LEH’s Assisted Place

Bursary Scheme was created when the Government Assisted

Place Scheme was abolished in 1997, to ensure, as funds allow,

that girls of high academic ability, but whose parents are of

limited means, are able to attend the school.

How many pupils are awarded scholarships? There

is no set limit on the number or percentage of pupils

who may recieve scholarships and bursary funding.

On what basis are they awarded? Academic Scholarships

are awarded based on an exam. Auditions are held for

Music Scholarships. Music Scholars must also meet

the academic requirements for entry to the school.

The normal minimum requirement for application for a

Music Scholarship in Year 7 is a Grade V distinction and in

Year 12, a Grade VII pass or equivalent, although candidates

with considerable potential who have been learning an

instrument for only a short time should not be deterred from

making an application.

The Music Department is looking for talented young

players with good aural and sight-reading abilities. Candidates

are expected to play one or two contrasting pieces on their first

instrument. Ear and sight-reading tests will also be given.

One means-tested Mitchell Music Scholarship is available

for 11+ entry equal to 10% of the tuition fee, which may be

cumulated with a standard music scholarship. These scholars

are entitled to receive free tuition for one instrument.

At 16+ entry there is one Art Scholarship available to

applicants planning to take A level Art & Design.

What are they worth in financial terms? Academic and

music awards are tenable for 10% of the tuition fee. Music

Scholars also receive the full tuition costs for one instrument.

Exhibitions, which are tenable for 7.5% of the tuition fee,

recognise exceptional achievement that falls just short of

Scholarship standard. 100% bursaries are available depending

on parents’ financial means.

Lady Eleanor Holles, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex

TW12 3HF 020 8979 1601 registrar@lehs.org.uk


An independent school

for boys and girls 11-18



to shine

Open Day Saturday 1 October 2016

Open Morning Thursday 3 November 2016

Sackville is part of the Cognita Schools Group


T: 01732 836 401 W: sackvilleschool.co.uk

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In the last three years pupils have been

awarded 70 scholarships including:

• 34 academic

• 17 sport

• 19 music, drama and art

Destination schools include:

Benenden, Brighton, Eastbourne,

King’s Canterbury, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge




IN 2017

We open our new

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which includes classrooms,

library, IT suite and learning

support centre.


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in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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The privilege of

a lifetime is being

who you are

Joseph Campbell

Many of us live the lives expected of us or are run by

our past. When you start being true to yourself, you

become the person you want to be and create the life

you want. And that’s a great place to be.

As a certified NLP Master Practitioner and Life Coach,

Yvonne Fernando supports people in making positive

change so they can live the life they deserve.

Yvonne Fernando

NLP Master Practitioner and Life Coach

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Sacred Heart School and Nursery

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Excellent in all areas: ISI Inspection

Independent Catholic primary school and nursery.

Welcomes boys and girls from ages 3 to 11.

T 01892 783414 E admin@sacredheartwadhurst.org.uk

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WT Education Supplement

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New education columnist Susan Elkin considers the

importance of balance in subject choices

Education has two functions. First, it must ensure that

each and every pupil gets a sound grounding in the

basics which are essential for life. Second, it should

open doors in enquiring young minds so that they discover

pathways to things they probably wouldn’t find on their own.

But how do you decide what goes in which category and

how to organise it all? Not easily. That’s why politicians,

pupils, parents, teachers, academics and researchers have been

arguing about the curriculum for as long as we’ve had schools.

At present the National Curriculum (NC), a bit of a mixed

blessing, lays down the basics in mind-numbing detail. That

is, actually, part of the problem because it means that many

schools and teachers protest that it leaves them little time or

energy to teach anything else so there is a tendency for the

curriculum to be pretty banal, limited and formulaic.

Independent schools, which are not legally required to

follow the NC, usually teach most of what’s on it because

GCSE ‘specifications’ (the current jargon word for syllabi) are

based on it. The best schools then add much more.

Most pupils take about seven or eight subjects at GCSE,

often more. The pressing question is, what should these

be? Enter the new, much discussed and criticised English

Baccalaureate or EBacc (not to be confused with the

International Baccalaureate, an alternative to A level and a

completely different animal).

Like the old School Certificate which some of our

grandparents might remember (there is nothing new in

education), the EBacc is an umbrella award which will go

to students with decent GCSE passes in English, maths,

science, a foreign language and a humanities subject. Arts, PE,

additional languages, other humanities subjects and so on can

still be taken and will add to the total number of GCSEs taken

and, we hope, passed.

Well, of course those basic five subjects should come first.

It’s exactly what the enlightened Head of my south London

grammar school insisted on in the 1960s but she was way

ahead of her time. Back then many schools allowed pupils to

leave with gaping holes in their education. Thank goodness

that can no longer happen.

But nothing to do with education is ever straightforward

and bear in mind that five subjects actually means seven,

because both English and science are usually double awards.

That means they need twice as much time on the timetable.

This could seriously compromise time available for the all

important mind-opening subjects.

It’s going to be quite a balancing act if every youngster is to

get what he or she is entitled to and if education is to be the

mind-expanding experience it should be.


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Substantial scholarships are

awarded and choristers benefit

from an all-round excellent

education at St Edmund’s

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The Master of Choristers,

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parents and their sons.

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Open Events at High Weald Academy

An invitation to visit us and see how we work

Open Evening:

Thursday 6 October 2016

from 5.30 to 8.30pm

Open Mornings:

Wednesday 21 September 9.00am

Tuesday 27 September 9.00am

Saturday 8 October 10.00am

Monday 17 October 9.00am

High Weald Academy is a rural school

serving a widespread rural area. It is

a school completely connected to

the local community. We have high

expectations of all students and aim

to ensure that students achieve the

highest possible academic results as

well as supporting them to develop as

good citizens, able to take their place in

the world. We set high expectations of

work and behaviour and offer a strong

pastoral system to support our students

in achieving their aspirations.

We have an award winning outstanding

farm supported by the local

community, parents and friends of

the academy. This is used to support

students’ learning experiences and

makes our academy unique. As part of

the learning experience at High Weald

Academy there is an extensive range

of enrichment and extra-curricular


The sporting facilities have been

redeveloped following an investment

of £1.2m. Having successfully bid for

funding the academy is now on track to

be redeveloped and rebuilt to improve

our buildings and facilities and the

project management of this work is

underway and we fully expect final

plans to be in place by the spring.

These are exciting

times at High Weald

which is seeing the

academy go from

strength to strength.

Join one of our Open Events and come and see for yourselves!

Contact us Tel: 01580 712754 www.highwealdacademy.kent.sch.uk

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Independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 years

in Kent, near A2/M2, A20/M20 & M25. Local daily transport available.

Open Morning

Saturday 8th October 2016 - 9.30am to 12.30pm

Lower & Middle School Taster Afternoon & Sleepover

Friday 7th/Saturday 8th October 2016

Sixth Form (IB) Taster Day

Wednesday 19th October 2016

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Ashford School Ashford

01233 739030


Battle Abbey School

Battle 01424 772385


Bede’s Upper Dicker

01323 843252


Beechwood Sacred

Heart Tunbridge Wells

01892 532747


Bethany Goudhurst

01580 211273


Bricklehurst Manor School

Wadhurst 01580 200448


Claremont 01424 751555

(Nursery/Prep in Baldslow)

/ 01580 830396 (Senior/

Sixth Form in Bodiam)


Cobham Hall Gravesend

01474 823371


Cranbrook School

Cranbrook 01580 711800


Dover College Dover

01304 205969


Dulwich Prep School

Cranbrook 01580 712179


Fosse Bank School


01732 834212


Frewen College Northiam

01797 252494


The Granville School

Sevenoaks 01732 453039


Guildford College Guildford

01483 448500 guildford.ac.uk

Hazelwood School

Oxted 01883 712194


High Weald Academy

Cranbrook 01580 712754


Hilden Oaks School &

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01732 353941


Holmewood House Langton

Green 01892 860006


Hurstpierpoint College West

Sussex 01273 833636


Junior King’s Canterbury

Sturry 01227 714000


Junior’s Day Nursery

Tonbridge 07462 641341


Kent College Canterbury

01227 813906 (Admissions)

01227 763231 (Reception)


King’s Rochester

Rochester 01634


Lady Eleanor Holles

Hamptom 020 8979 1601


Lancing College Lancing

01273 452213


Marlborough House School

Hawkhurst 01580 753555


Mayfield Mayfield

01435 874642


The Mead School Tunbridge

Wells 01892 525837


Mr Noah’s Nursery School

Iden Green 01580 240642


Russell House School

Sevenoaks 01959 522352


Rye Studio School

Rye 01797 228434


Sackville School

Hildenborough 01732 838888


Sacred Heart School

East Sussex 01892 783414


Saint Ronan’s School

Hawkhurst 01580 752271


Sevenoaks Preparatory

School Sevenoaks

01732 762336


Skippers Hill Manor

Preparatory School

Mayfield 01825 830234


Spring Grove School

Wye 01233 812337


St Edmund’s School

Canterbury 01227 475600


St Lawrence College

Ramsgate 01843 572931


Sutton Valence School

Sutton Valence 01622

845206 (Senior) 01622

842117 (Prep) svs.org.uk

University of Kent

Tonbridge 01227 764000


Vinehall School Robertsbridge

01580 883090


Walthamstow Hall

Sevenoaks 01732 451334


Wellesley House School

Broadstairs 01843 862991


Woldingham School

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Forthcoming Open Days

Saturday 15th October

Monday 17th October - Friday 21st October - Open Week

Fosse Bank School, Mountains, Noble Tree Road, Hildenborough TN11 8ND

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What’s On In September


Fri 2 - Sat 10 Sept 10am-8pm

The Commemoration Hall,




Celebrate the 20th anniversary of

this wonderful show. Don’t forget to

visit the pop-up café as well.

Info: septemberart.org

Sat 10 - Sat 17 Sept 10am-5pm

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve,

Bradbourne Vale Road,

Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3DH

Florum Exhibition

Over 50 artists showing their work

including botanical watercolours,

oils, freestyle mixed media

paintings, graphite and coloured

pencil pictures, prints and jewellery.

Info: florum.co.uk

Sat 17 Sept 10.30am-5.30pm

Spa Galleries, 24 The Pantiles,

Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN

Paintings by Roy Miller

This exhibition shows the many

subjects that award-winning Roy

Miller enjoys painting, including

ballet, animals and seasonal


Info: 01732 356874 / 01892


Children & Family

Sat 27 Aug - Sun 25 Sept

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,

and have a sample of Scotney Ale

brewed using hops grown on the

farm. Booking not needed.

Info: 01892 893868 / nationaltrust.


Sat 3 - Sun 11 Sept 10am-5pm

Dover Castle, Castle Hill, Dover

CT16 1HU

Medieval Falconry

Watch in awe as hawks, owls

and falcons soar in the sky above

the castle. Learn about training,

exercising and hunting with

birds and hear the epic tales from

medieval times. Walk through the

castle’s medieval Great Tower and

travel back to the court of King

Henry II, as the tower comes to life.

Info: 01304 211067 / englishheritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle

Sat 10 Sept 10am-4pm

Jacksons Fencing, Stowting

Common, Ashford TN25 6BN

Jacksons Open Day

We’re celebrating the best of Kent,

with a farmers’ market offering a

wide selection of stalls selling locally

produced foods, drinks, preserves,

arts & crafts, jewellery, plants and

garden products. All in the glorious

setting of Jacksons show gardens.

Quote code Wealden16 to entitle

you to a free cup of tea and slice of


Info: 0800 408 4754 / jacksonsfencing.co.uk/ashfordlocal

Sat 10 Sept 12-1pm

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif

Art Gallery, St. Faith’s Street,

Maidstone ME14 1LH

Explore Egypt

Take a special peek at our Egyptian

collections as part of Heritage Open

Days, on this free tour. Places are

limited so booking is essential.

Info: 01622 602838 / museum.


Fairs & Festivals

Fri 2 - Sun 4 Sept

Hever Castle, Hever Road, Nr

Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Handmade &

Homegrown Festival

Celebrate all things handmade

and homegrown in the heart of

the glorious Kent countryside and

browse the work of over 40 local

artisans and propagators.

Info: 01732 865224 / hevercastle.


Sat 3 - Sun 4 Sept

Faversham Town Centre, Market

Place, Faversham ME13 7AG

Faversham Hop Festival

2016 will be the 27th year of

this Hop Festival, and we will be

celebrating it in style. There will be

the usual excellent selection of live

music, plus Morris dancing and

plenty of family fun.

Info: 07827 219224 /


Sat 3 Sept 10am- 4.30pm & Sun

4 Sept 10am-3.30pm

The Kent County Showground,

Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14


Detling International

Antiques & Collectors


Discover goods from across the

UK, continent and further afield.

Everything from gardenalia, vintage

homewares and toys, to clothing,

accessories, jewellery and general

antiques. Up to 300 exhibitors in

two halls, marquees and outside


Info: 01636 676531 / b2bevents.info

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Sept 10am-10pm

Joss Bay Beach, Joss Gap Road,

Broadstairs CT10 3PG

Wheels and Fins Festival

This is a three-day action packed

music, extreme sport & beach

festival including main events

such as a skateboard mini ramp

competition, soapbox racing, bmxing,

slacklining, surfing & stand up

paddle board events, plus live music

& licensed bars.

Info: 01843 860777 / wheelsandfins.


Sat 10 Sept 10am-11pm, Sun 11

Sept 10am-6pm

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Maidstone

ME14 3AU

Hops ‘n’ Harvest Festival

Celebrate the 29th year of this

home grown festival. Visit the beer

tent to sample up to 60 varieties

of beer and cider. Have a go at

picking hops by hand and enjoy

the atmosphere with a variety of

live and local music. Sample food

from local suppliers and enjoy the

fairground rides.

Info: 07519 102272 / kentlife.org.uk

Sun 11 Sept 10am-4pm

Hythe Imperial Hotel, Spa and

Golf, Princes Parade, Hythe CT21


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soaking up the panoramic sea views

from the hotel which is just a stone’s

throw from the beach. There will be

30 tables featuring only goods handcrafted

by the stallholder on sale.

Entry: Free

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Sun 11 Sept 11am-5pm

Chiddingstone Castle,

Chiddingstone, Edenbridge TN8


Country Fair

Celebrate the traditions of the

countryside and the country

sports associated with it. A packed

programme of exciting and

interesting activities and displays

will take place throughout the

day including a new giant dance

event where everyone can have

fun learning the dance routines of

Ceilidh dancing.

Entry: Adults £4, Children £1

Info: 01892 870347 /


Sat 24 Sept 12-4pm

Bricklehurst Manor School,

Bardown Road, Stonegate,

Wadhurst TN5 7EL

Autumn Fair

Attractions include home-made

crafts and produce stalls, homegrown

plant stalls, local crafts and

traders, classic cars, inflatables and

bouncy castles, face painting, toy

stalls, mixed spit roast, East Sussex

Fire & Rescue, water zorbing, go

karts, bubble football, tug of war,

cakes and much more.

Entry: Free

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What’s On In September


A Sale of Vintage French Finds & More...

Saturday 1st October 2016

10.00am - 3.30pm

Entry: £1.00

Otford Village Memorial Hall

High Street Otford,

Sevenoaks, TN14 5PQ

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What’s On In September

Info: 01580 200448 / bricklehurst.


Wed 28 Sept 10am-3.30pm

Mayfield School, The Old Palace,


Michaelmas Fair

There will be a diverse range of

quality stalls along with the everpopular

Cloisters Café serving teas

and light lunches. Each year the fair

gets bigger and better!

Entry: £3

Info: 01892 853868


Fri 23 Sept 7.30 pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence




The recently formed Botticelli Piano

Quartet includes Martyna Jatkauskaite,

whom many will remember from a

remarkable concert in the 2014/’15

season. Based in Berlin, the quartet

has performed in the UK, France and

Germany. They will play Beethoven,

Schumann and Faure.

Entry: £12

Info & Booking: 01622 863002

Mon 26 Sept

St Paul’s Church, Church Street

St Paul’s, Canterbury, Kent CT1


Bowing Out

Canterbury Music Club is

celebrating its 75th anniversary

year and starts its new season

with a performance from one

of the world’s greatest baroque

violin players. Rachel Podger has

established herself as a leading

interpreter of the Baroque and

Classical music periods and has

been described as ‘the queen of the

baroque violin’.

Info & Booking: 01227 765906 /



Fri 2 Sept 6.30pm

Walmer Castle and Gardens,

Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent

CT14 7LJ

The Railway Children

Chapterhouse Theatre Company

proudly presents this unforgettable

and heart-warming story of

adventure and family set in the

heart of the Yorkshire countryside.

Entry: Adult £15, Concession £13,

Child £11

Info: 0370 333 1183 / chapterhouse.


Wed 14 Sept

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge



The highly acclaimed Russian State

Opera returns with a mix of fierce

passion and gorgeous melodies.

Music by Georges Bizet, sung

in French with English surtitles.

Featuring an impressive cast

and accompanied by a large live

orchestra with over 30 musicians.

Info & Booking: 01892 530613 /


Sun 25 Sept 2.30pm

Eastwell Manor Hotel & Spa,

Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees,

Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR

The importance of

being earnest

We welcome The Dot Theatre

Company for a performance of

Oscar Wilde’s most popular work.

Known for their innovative and

imaginative theatre performances,

this afternoon promises to be a real

treat. Enjoy this wonderful farcical

comedy in the pavilion, followed

by a delicious afternoon tea in the

pavilion restaurant.

Entry: £35

Info & Booking: 01233 213000 /


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What’s On In September

Tenterden folk festival 2016

Tenterden, the Jewel of the Weald

Thursday 29th September to Sunday 2nd October

Four days of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions



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Sissinghurst Castle


Ticketed events include pre-festival fundraising concert (Martin Carthy

MBE), concerts, barn dance, special shows, book launch, workshops, meet

the guests, folk clubs, etc.

Free events include craft & artisan stalls, street stalls, free music stage,

dance stage, dance displays, Morris dancers, Appalachian dancers, Slovakian

dancers, procession, song and music sessions, street theatre, etc.

Tenterden Folk Festival: charity No. 1038663

Play and Display exhibition

22 October - 20 November

Every day between 11am - 3:30pm, normal admission applies

Relive childhood memories with this exhibition of

paper and card toys.

The collection in this exhibition demonstrates how

popular, versatile and enchanting paper and card toys

have been over the years.

Be sure to visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst

to find out more about what’s going on this winter

and for access details

Sissinghurst Castle Garden TN17 2AB / 01580 710700

Chiddingstone Castle’s Country Fair 2016

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Chiddingstone Castle will be holding their popular annual Country Fair on Sunday 11 September, 11am–5pm

The fair, which is set in the idyllic rural setting of Chiddingstone Castle

and its attractive grounds and lake, will celebrate the traditions of our

countryside and the country sports associated with it.

A packed programme of exciting and interesting activities and

displays will take place throughout the day including a new giant dance

event where everyone can have fun learning the dance routines of

Ceilidh dancing (pronounced kay-lee). Ceilidh dancing is popular at

Scottish weddings and has some similarity to American Square Dancing

with a caller shouting out the steps!

Also see favourites from previous years including a display from

the horses and hounds of the local Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent

Hunt; a display of exquisite side-saddle riding; working dogs and not

forgetting the fun Exemption Dog Show which is open to all!

Try your hand at Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting in the area beside

the Castle’s Victorian Orangery (additional charge). Stroke the

gorgeous miniature Shetland ponies, have a go at fly fishing on the

Castle’s lake and watch a local farrier demonstrating a range of

traditional skills. Tractors, both old and new, will be on display and

the ever popular terrier racing will also be returning – so please

bring along your terriers!!

The beer tent will be selling Larkin’s Ale, brewed in Chiddingstone,

and refreshments can be purchased from a number of stalls selling

home-produced food. A variety of interesting stalls around the grounds

will include displays such as the Edenbridge Astronomical Society –

look through their telescopes and see what you can see in daylight!

There will also be some fantastic shopping in the marquee with stalls

selling local art, produce, antiques, vintage ware and pet products. After

a full day’s entertainment everyone will be invited to enter the hugely

entertaining family giant wool sack race – a seasonal favourite!

The Castle will be offering reduced admission throughout the

day for visitors to enter the Castle itself to admire the fascinating

collections of Japanese, Ancient Egyptian, Buddhist, Stuart and Egyptian

artefacts acquired by the late antiquarian, Denys Eyre Bower.

For more information on the Country Fair please visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or call 01892 870347

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Sat 15 – Sun 16 October 10am – 4pm

Re-live the atmosphere and tension 950 years on,

as 1,066 soldiers clash in this special anniversary battle.

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It’s acorn season and Jane’s pigs are tucking in, following an ancient tradition

There’s nothing I like more at this

time of year than wandering

down to the woods to spend

time with our twenty or so pigs. From

Sybil, a saddleback sow and Alison, an

Oxford Sandy & Black, plus assorted

weaners, through to those almost ready

to make the journey ‘up the road’, ours

have spent most of the summer sleeping

and snoring in carefully hollowed out

mud wallows (pigs spend more time

sleeping than cows and sheep who have

to busy themselves grazing). But as

autumn approaches things are starting

to stir as they start rootling

around for funghi, sweet

chestnuts and ripe berries.

One day soon when I go

down to feed them they

won’t come to the troughs

and I’ll know then that

the acorns have ‘dropped’. At this point

they will be gorging themselves on a

delicacy far more delicious than any

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the Weald to fatten them. The practice

“enjoyed by pigs

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woodlands since

records began...”

of releasing domestic pigs into forest,

so that they can gorge on acorns for a

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Records from the Domesday Book

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over 150,000 pigs were driven into the

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on our Wealden landscape.

Farmers would travel from their village

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as much as twenty miles away – to

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as droves.

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roughly north-south droves also remain,

and can be seen today in the pattern of

lanes, bridleways and footpaths running

through and radiating away from the

High Weald.

Sadly pannage is no longer carried out

in this area, but is still observed in the

New Forest, where it is an important

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eat acorns whereas excessive amounts are

poisonous to ponies and cattle.

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scrub oaks in the hills of Andalucia.

The fat is much yellower and the meat

much darker with a stronger flavour than

regular pork – and there is simply not

enough to meet growing demand.

So with all our woods (East Sussex is

the most wooded county in the UK) and

no other real use for acorns (suggestions

on a postcard if you have any), what a

great shame we don’t make more of this

opportunity. Trouble is if you set off up

your nearest drove in the direction of a

popular den you might well encounter

the A21 twixt the two!

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