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Waterside is a substantial five bedroom family home on Ballands Road South,
a desirable cul-de-sac location in Fetcham. Built by Mulberry Homes to a high
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A superbly presented Victorian family home finished to an outstanding standard
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A charming attached Grade II listed cottage
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Delightful partly walled gardens. In all about 0.15 acre.
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A superb 19th century detached property with later additions
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart
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…
4 Inwood House
Where? Inwood Manor Inwood Manor
is set on the northern slope of the North
Downs at Wanborough, down a private
lane off the A31 Hogs Back Road. (Google
Maps GU10 1HE).
What? Built in 1992 as a copy of a
Irish country house with pillared portico
and classical square-paned sash windows,
Inwood Manor combines much of
the elegance of Georgian style and the
efficiency of a contemporary family
home. Accommodation includes spacious
reception hall, triple aspect drawing room
with French doors to the garden, library/
media room with garden access, family
room kitchen/breakfast room, double
aspect master bedroom suite, guest suite
and three further bedrooms.
Surrounded by eight acres of attractive
mature gardens, a croquet lawn, woodland,
orchard and existing paddocks, the
property would particularly suit a family
looking to create their own stabling.
How much? Inwood Manor is
priced at £2,950,000 and is with Savills
in Guildford. Call 01483 796 820 or visit
2. Springfield farm
Where? Springfield Farm Springfield
Farm is set in a secluded, location just
outside the village of Newdigate, six miles
from Reigate (Google Maps RH5 5DZ).
What? An outstanding equestrian estate
extending over 44 acres and consists of a
great family home together with a separate
one-bedroom cottage. and an exceptional
range of outbuildings including barns and
stables. Downstairs, the main house offers
attractive dining and drawing rooms,
family room, sitting room and kitchen/
breakfast room. On the first floor a master
bedroom with ensuite shower room and
balcony and three further bedrooms, one
with shower room.
The extensive range of barns and
outbuildings include an American barn
with eight stables, a washdown bay and
equine solarium. There is a run of a
further eight stables and two separate
stables, a five-bay Dutch barn, two further
barns and a 60m x 40m all-weather
manége, an all-weather gallop, fields and
How much? Springfield Farm is on
the market with Jackson-Stops in Dorking
and is priced at £2,450,000. Call 01306
887560 or visit jackson-stops.co.uk.
3. the Moor House
Where? The Moor House is located in
a rural setting in Marsh Green, about four
miles from Lingfield (Google Maps TN8
What? Built in 1872, The Moor House
is a bright and spacious Victorian country
home, recently attractively updated and
extended. Downstairs are a specious
drawing room, dining room, study,
kitchen/breakfast room and an elegant
conservatory opening into both the
kitchen and drawing room. Upstairs are a
master bedroom, four further bedrooms,
two bathrooms and a shower room.
Outside in four acres of grounds and
paddocks are a converted former stable
block offering a large lobby, main room
with kitchenette, shower room and WC.
There is also a heated outdoor swimming
pool, brick and tile storage barn, a stable
yard with two stables and a foaling
box, a pvc/sand schooling area and two
paddocks. A further eight acres adjoining
the property are also available for separate
How much? The Moor House has
an asking price of £1,415,000 and is
with Jackson-Stops in Oxted. Call 01883
712375 or visit jackson-stops.co.uk.
Where? Woodhatch is set in the heart
of the Surrey Hills midway between
Godalming and the pretty hamlet of
Hascombe (Google Maps GU8 4AA).
What? Built in the 1920s with an Arts
& Crafts influence, Woodhatch is an
elegant and substantial country house with
some outstanding period features including
spectacular paneling in the entrance hall
and Library. Downstairs are also a drawing
room dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast
room and beautiful and spacious orangery.
Upstairs are six bedrooms including master
suite with dressing room, bathroom and
In the attractive grounds are a threebedroom
cottage, an indoor swimming
pool, all-weather tennis court and extensive
equestrian facilities including an American
barn with 12 loose boxes, holding
paddocks, outdoor sand school, Olympic
sized indoor school, Dutch barn, fields and
paddocks with post and rail fencing and
field shelters. In all, the property covers 40
How much? Woodhatch is priced
at £5,570,000 and is with Savills in
Guildford. Call 01483 796 820 or visit
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By Edward Walter, Partner at Buss Murton Law LLP
There has been a recent
judgement in the
matter of Daniel and
others and several
solicitors acting as professional
trustees. The trustees had
invested much of a Will Trust
in technology, IT and telecom
sector equities at the time of
the stock market bubble and
then the crash of the ‘dot.com’
bubble and burst in the early
2000’s. Whilst the High Court
ruled in favour of the defending
solicitors in that they had not
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negligent fashion, the case is
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reminds trustees that they have
a duty of care and that it is a
significant one. There is a duty
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care to formulate and implement a
suitable investment strategy and to
The case is interesting in that it
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case that if the claimants failed on
that point, given that the defendants
contended that they acted honestly
and reasonably that the Court ought
to excuse them from the technical
breach of trust and relieve them of
personal liability for that breach.
If the professional trustees can be
criticised for falling below appropriate
standards, whilst that would call
into question their competence and
whether they complied with their duty
of care, it is not sufficient to establish
liability unless any breach of duty
resulted in investment choices which
were imprudent and then only to the
extent of the difference between
the financial outcome which those
choices gave rise to and the financial
outcome which would likely to have
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trustees decided on an inappropriate
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not implement that strategy or
when it was implemented it resulted
in investments being made which
were no more disadvantageous to
beneficiaries than those which would
have been made in accordance with
an appropriate investment strategy,
then the investment decision will not
have occasioned any loss.
Whilst the case harps back to the
volatile stock market associated
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have future investment volatility for
both trustees and beneficiaries of a
deceased person’s estate and other
trusts to bear in mind.
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Here’s a fantastic garden renovation sent to us by garden
designer, Peter Reader.
The client’s brief was to update the garden design and introduce
more interest into the main garden space by using different levels,
rendered walls and new low maintenance planting, whilst retaining
the feeling of openness.
The majority of the garden was laid with ageing artificial turf. The
wooden deck, steps and the fences were rotting away and needed to
be replaced. Two of the fences were covered with ivy, which the
client didn’t really like, however they did appreciate the way it
softened the boundary’s appearance. They wanted to replace the
collapsing fencing and to have some new climbers, although as the
garden is quite small, they didn’t want to feel too enclosed.
What was done:
The old rotting wooden deck and steps were removed and replaced
with natural stone. All three fences were replaced with Jacksons
Horizontal Hit and Miss fencing, which works well in the space
because it provides privacy, but the gaps between the boards allow
some light and air through, so it still feels open and not restrictive,
and there’s the added benefit of Jacksons Fencing being guaranteed
against rot and insect attack for 25 years, so it will be looking great
for many years.
New climbers have been planted to reduce any starkness as their
foliage and flowers soften the lines perfectly. In the area around
the raised seating, the fence has been clad with Jacksons Venetian
panels, so this keeps up the horizontal motif and defines the
seating area as a distinct space within the garden.
The clients are delighted with their new garden, and are looking
forward to seeing it mature over the next few years. An interesting
footnote to the story is that at first the neighbours were unsure
about whether to agree to the fence change and wanted the ivy
left in place on their side. However, once they saw the new
Jacksons fences they were delighted and have removed all the ivy
and developed a new flowerbed in its place.
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Have you used Jacksons products in a garden makeover that you
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Thanks to Peter for sharing this fantastic project with us (please
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Haslemere Architects celebrate
5th birthday with brace of awards
Haslemere based One World
Design Architects celebrates
its fifth birthday this month
as two projects win awards.
Celebrated as overall winner at the
RIBA Isle of Wight Awards’ the
‘best new building’ is a bespoke
contemporary home named
‘Woodland’ near Freshwater Bay,
pictured below. There was also a
national award for the practices’
living wall project at National
Grids Headquarters in Warwick.
With two offices, the other in
Battersea, One World Design
work across the south and east
of England. Residential projects
are currently on site in Haslemere,
London and as far away as Torquay.
Director, Chris Medland RIBA,
moved to Haslemere with his family
three years ago and established
the Surrey office. Their focus is
delivering sustainable, elegant
and practical solutions that work
with the client’s lifestyle and
needs. Their designs seek to add
value and create opportunities
for energy reduction and
renewable energy production.
Residential specialists, One World
Design has completed several
domestic extensions in Surrey and
over 20 in South West London.
The practice also gained planning
approval for the conversion and
extension of Haslemere Police
Station, a building of local merit
that sits in the town’s historic
centre on West Street. The Mixed
Use project is well underway
on site and includes eight new
homes and office spaces.
As well as new homes and
extensions on simpler sites, the
practice has a track record of
achieving planning consents for
additions to listed buildings in
conservation areas, adding value to
difficult and awkward sites. They are
currently converting a Cowstall near
Winchester and have gained prior
approval for two barn conversions
near Grayshott. Another recent
planning win, at appeal, involves
creating a new sustainable three
bedroom home near Woking.
Four Oaks House sits on a heavily
treed site, is highly insulated and
incorporates a biomass heating
system and waste water heat
recovery. The project is due to
be completed by autumn 2017.
On celebrating the company’s
fifth birthday, architect and
director Chris Medland stated
“With some great recent planning
wins things are getting exciting.
There are challenges in every
construction project. The key is
open communication and team
work. Woodland was a joy to
work on and the result shows that.
Going forward we are working
with some really interesting clients
and great local contractors. We
love living and working here and
the aim is to build up a portfolio
of beautiful Surrey Homes.”
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Woking Food and Drink Festival is delighted to announce a cracking
line-up of chefs at this year’s event, taking place from Friday 2 to Sunday
4 September. This free, three-day foodie extravaganza is hosting Nadiya
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culinary demonstrations from experts and super talented chefs. A range of
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Exhibitions & events
near you this month...
The great outdoors...
The Surrey Game and Country Fair is a fantastic
opportunity for families to experience and celebrate
rural life in Surrey. The fair brings together all
manner of rural activities including clay shooting,
falconry, terrier racing, sheep dogs demonstrations,
vintage tractors, a food hall and theatre and tractor
and horse ploughing. Held at Loseley Park on
Saturday 25 September, the event attracts up to
10,000 visitor each year, so get your tickets quick!
Just a minuet...
Surrey Mozart Players will open their new season
on Saturday 24 September at the Electric Theatre
in Guildford. A couple of classical symphonic gems,
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If you’re on the hunt for a beautiful vintage market
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jewellery, clothing, bric-a-brac, soft furnishing, art,
ceramics…the list goes on. Take a break in the cosy
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playground. Visit homeandvintagebrocantes.co.uk for
The New Ashgate Gallery are delighted to be hosting
another great exhibition from Saturday 17 September.
New work by members of the Association for
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Previous spread: The giant digital print from an old master painting is on a sliding door into the sitting room. The antelope horn
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“Quite honestly we didn’t give a damn about the house –
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decking surrounded by box hedges beyond which was a
Above: Sebastien bought a cheap metal chandelier online and sprayed it neon orange Below left: He also painted the bench in the
coat and boot room Below right: The wicker bowling pin lamp was from the Conran Shop and the Diva Ostrich table is by iBide
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Above: The snug is painted in Marigold by Little
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Below: The giant desk lamps are by Anglepoise. He
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large area of dense woodland. The house was also
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Above a life-sized red dog - in wellington boots - by Belgian sculptor
William Sweetlove hangs an oil of a severe 18th century gentleman. “My
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Previous page: The red dog in wellies is by Belgian pop/surrealist sculptor William Sweetlove. Sebastien added the necklaces Left:
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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
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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
up the front of the building on the level with the drive,
accessed by a ‘drawbridge’ over the steps down to the original
entrance. High above the new front door is a magnificent
metal stag’s head by Hastings sculptor Leigh Dyer.
The new lobby has a dynamic feel with stairs straight
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down – one right, to the coat closet, the other left to
the living area – making it the first in Sebastien’s series
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Its floor is of herringbone parquet reclaimed from a
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the whole floor of 16,100 pieces and has taken on
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
horn lights topped with ostrich egg shell shades, flanking a
painting, above an elegant oak bench. In one corner stands
a fairground dragon’s head and in another a fairground
child’s motorcycle. It’s a taste of things to come.
Off the hallway is Sebastien’s office. A stuffed hawk
fixed to a window pane was an Ardingly antiques fair find.
“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
large circular mirror. Hanging vertically from the ceiling
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Above: The Doughnut is a 120 layer print by Los Angeles
painter Kenny Scharf, sprinkled with real diamond dust
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,”
says Sebastien. Revelations that end at Beachy Head.
Walking through into the living area is like strolling into
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I found someone to help me move it,” says Sebastien.
“It was worryingly like a scene from The Godfather.”
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hangs an oil of a severe 18th century gentleman who
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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
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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’
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Above and left: Wood is a recurring theme in the house,
softening the all-white kitchen with the wide oak trim
around the central island. The same wood is used for the
shelves, which were chosen instead of wall units to provide
pockets of visual interest and a lived-in family feeling in the
very pared-down and serene design. The copper kettle is
from John Lewis and the brass wall lights are from Cox &
Cox. The oven is a Neff Slide & Hide, as made famous by
Great British Bake Off
Jenna spent a lot of time considering
lighting, with different types of light -
wall, lamp, pendant and spotlights - at
different levels throughout the open-plan
living space, so that the couple could
redefine specific areas, as required
Above top and right: Jenna’s study and ‘boudoir’ typifies her clutter-free style, with her things neatly stored in a ladder shelf from
Mocka. The Vogue print is an online find from Desenio. The cushion on the chair is by Jane Constantine from Fenwick, Bond
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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Above: The master bedroom - and Charlie’s room across the hall - are on the ground floor, with a semi-soundproof door they can pull
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home. My husband is more bachelor pad; clean lines, gloss
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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.”
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Previous page: The brass-framed mirrors are from
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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
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across the dining area with its limed-oak effect
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into the garden. Charlie sits playing in the living
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space works so well. Overhead are five roof
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controlled at the touch of a button, and which at
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couple an excuse to sort out their stuff and
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countries and living out of boxes – all our stuff
was in storage for seven months – we literally
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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
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online as, since Charlie, I just don’t get to go out shopping.”
The master bedroom also demonstrates simple style with
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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.”
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and a vintage-style radio by Bush. The bedside lamp is another online find from Wayfair and the hamper was from IKEA
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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.
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
All Or Nothing by Toni Cogdell at McAllister Thomas
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
been established for ten years, increasing in size and reputation
during that time. Clients range from individuals to corporate
buyers nationwide and internationally.
McAllister Thomas Fine Art, 117 High Street, Godalming,
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Karen Papworth and Patricia Hawkins
of the West End House Gallery
“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.’
Our gallery is on a sharp bend in the narrow road through the
village. One time there was a 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 in saying, ‘We’ve got
to have that…’. They’d never bought a work of art, but it
reminded them so much of their honeymoon they had to.
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
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 and was really drawn to a 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. and within a couple of days she’d bought it. \
Since then she has bought another painting by the same artist
and is clearly feeling much more confident with the process.”
Flame Garden by Karen Birchwood at West End House Gallery
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Jane Fenn, director Rye Art Gallery
“People should never be intimidated by entering an art gallery.
Everyone has a right to see art and share their opinions.
Galleries these days are inclusive and educational and provided
the staff are welcoming anyone 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
Our advice is to buy works of art because you love them
and no other reason. There are no sure bets – although it’s
a good tip to 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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At The Clinic
Be sure to protect
your skin this Autumn...
Autumn is coming and because your skin has been exposed to the sun
during the summer months, freckles and moles can appear. And because
some moles can be suspect it makes sense to get them checked out so why
don’t you come to see us, and put your mind at rest?
If they need removing then the clinic has Cosmetic Radio Surgery... a
modern technique which removes skin lesions such as moles, warts and any
unwanted lumps and bumps quickly – both easily and painlessly. It is also a
minimum scar technique. During the procedure, a surgical electrode emits
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of pressure. The ‘cutting’ effect happens as the radio-waves cause the tissue
being treated to disintegrate and split apart as if it had been cut by a razor
sharp blade. The electrode used is self-sterilising while in use, so an added
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So, if you have any moles that you’re concerned about, we invite you
to come in and have them checked for free. Just phone 01737 247 246
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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
Native to Southern Asia,
turmeric is in the ginger
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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
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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
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of penicillin, silver was used
to keep disease-causing
pathogens at bay, and silver
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wound infections during
World War I. Having been
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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
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The hand cream
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Words of wisdom
Over a quarter of adults haven’t seen a dentist in at least two years, yet the UK spends billions on
dental treatments and products. Find out here how to keep your pearly whites sparkly and healthy
Dr. Vadgama talks straight
You offer adult braces and orthodontics,
what are the benefits of these? Adult braces
and orthodontics allow us to treat patients who
have always wanted straight teeth, but previously
thought they had left it too late for braces. We get
to give them the smile they always wanted. We
also treat many adult patients who had braces as
teenagers but now need minor corrections due to
relapse. Benefits of orthodontic treatment include
aesthetic improvement, not to mention that
aligning the teeth helps with maintaining good oral
hygiene and can improve deep or traumatic bites.
What options are there? There are many different
options available for patients. These include
removable clear aligner systems, and metal or
ceramic tooth coloured fixed braces. Each option
has various benefits and the best option for each
patient will take into account their preferences,
desired end result and lifestyle. Many patients are
unaware of the discreet and fast methods that are
now available for straightening teeth that are light
years away from conventional ‘train track’ braces.
Can you outline the process from consultation
to completion? At the initial consultation
we spend time carrying out a detailed clinical
assessment as well as discussing the patient’s aims
and requirements, taking lifestyle and personal
preferences into consideration. Once a patient
has considered all the options and made an
informed decision, we can discuss the process.
This will vary slightly depending on which
option they decide on. However, all options
require frequent appointments, normally at 3-6
week intervals, as the patient progresses through
the treatment. Most cases are completed within
6-12 months. Once treatment is complete we
provide retention in the form of removable and
fixed retainers, and emphasise the importance
of this in maintaining their dream smile!
Dr. Jaimini Vadgama is based at Woodbury Dental
& Laser Clinic in Tenterden. The team offer
a huge variety of treatments including general
dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, clear
braces, veneers and full mouth reconstruction.
For further advice or to book an appointment
call 01580 762323 or visit woodburyclinic.co.uk
Elmsleigh House chats us through a check-up...
How often should an adult have dental check-ups and why? The
timing of dental check-ups is not the same for everyone. During each
check-up your dentist is assessing the risk for decay, wear, erosion
and gum problems, and will therefore determine the best check-up
interval according to any findings. This may be as soon as three
months if the patient is high risk for problems, six months (usual for
most patients) or 12 months for young adults with no fillings and
good oral hygiene. Regular dental check-ups are important because
your dentist checks your teeth and existing dentistry, your gums and
supporting bone, as well as screening for mouth cancer. Having a
healthy mouth, teeth and gums are very important for overall health
During a consultation what are you checking and looking out
for? During a consultation for a new patient, your dentist should
take time to discuss any concerns and wishes for your teeth and
smile, as well as performing a full clinical examination with x-rays
and clinical photographs. At a check-up consultation, your medical
history will be reviewed as well as any concerns you may have. Your
dentist will then check any areas under review, checking the pits
and grooves of teeth and edges of fillings and crowns, and noting
any decay, wear or erosion. Your gums will also be checked with
a special instrument that measures the spaces between them and
your teeth. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow; when people
have gum disease (periodontitis), the spaces become deeper and
treatment will be required. Mouth cancer screening is also performed
at every dental consultation. Findings will then be reviewed with the
patient using any necessary x-rays and clinical photographs, giving
recommendations about any treatment or advice for prevention.
What lifestyle changes can someone make to have naturally good,
healthy gums and white teeth? It is extremely important not to
smoke, as well as brushing and flossing your teeth well at home. You
must eat a balanced diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals to
keep your teeth and mouth healthy, and reduce your sugar intake,
including natural sugars found in fruit juices. Brush your teeth at
least twice a day, especially before going to bed at night. To keep your
teeth whiter, reduce the consumption of staining foods and drinks,
such as black coffee and red wine. You can also visit your hygienist
regularly for a thorough professional clean and polish, as well as
advice for stain removal. As teeth naturally stain and discolour over
time, an option is to consider teeth whitening to achieve a brighter,
whiter smile, although this should be prescribed and monitored by
your dentist to ensure safe and effective results.
Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic is a well-established private practice
in Farnham, Surrey. The experienced team offer a wide range of
treatments, from general & family dentistry, dental hygiene and
cosmetic dentistry to dental implants and other complex treatments.
Call 01252 713797 or visit elmsleighhouse.co.uk for more information.
Do you or your child need
The team at Elmsleigh House Dental
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Cathleen Perrin is our dentist who
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Embrace the hottest trend in healthy eating –
an ancient way of preserving summer’s bounty
Recipes: Jo Arnell Photographs: David Merewether
We’re familiar with sauerkraut, yoghurt and soy sauce, so
how about using up garden produce gluts by making our
own tasty vegetable ferments? Fermenting may seem like a
new fad, but it’s actually been around for millennia - and for
good reason. This natural way of preserving food contains
all sorts of microbial magic that’s hugely good for us.
These recipes are lacto-fermented and rely on the
action of beneficial bacteria that are found all around
us, so no cultures are needed to start off the fermenting
process, but please note tap water and table salt will not
support the action of the bacteria, so use spring water and
unprocessed salt, i.e. sea salt or Himalayan rock salt.
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 lacto-fermentation.
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 daily and then
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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
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
7. Strain and serve, adding more sugar or water if needed.
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
• 1 clove garlic
• 1tsp oregano
• 1/2tbsp salt (to taste)
1. Chop all the ingredients finely
and add to the jar, 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 necessary.
3. Leave a 2cm gap to allow for
expansion and cover with
muslin/a tea towel.
4. Leave in a warm place for 3-5
days and then refrigerate.
* NB Both these should keep well
for at least a month, if not longer.
Discard them immediately if any
mould forms, or they smell bad.
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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
and, if the weather’s good, a stack of seed packets to swap with
friends, or tip out into the borders next spring. It might be
the last of days, but new starts are in the air. Pencils are being
sharpened, uniforms pressed - and seed pods are ripening.
When and how to collect seed
Seed heads are the subject of much art and although it would
be nice to think their sculptural appeal is for our benefit,
their beautiful shapes and intricate designs have a more
practical purpose. Methods of seed dispersal vary wildly and
evolution has come up with some ingenious methods; many
seed capsules are triggered to literally explode, to propel
the seeds as far away from the ‘mother’ plant as possible.
This can make collecting seed frustrating, as the timing
in some situations needs to be just right – collect too
early and the seed won’t be ripe, collect a second too late
and the seed pod will ping open and hurl its contents
to the wind. Half the fun (I was going to say danger,
but no one’s been injured by pinging pods) is knowing
when to catch that moment. Some people tie paper bags
over plants to ensure that the seeds will be captured (not
plastic as it will cause seed-rotting condensation).
Many seeds will be ready to collect this month, but there
are lots of plants that flower at other times in the year, so
be prepared to have a few harvesting sessions through the
seasons. As a general rule, seeds will be ready to gather
about two months after the flowers have finished.
A few very basic pieces of equipment are needed: those all
important paper bags or envelopes, a pen for labelling (as you
will not remember what they are and in future you will be
hugely irritated), kitchen paper for drying, and a sieve or sheet
of paper for separating the seeds from the chaff and pods.
They need to be fully ripe, or they won’t germinate - and
make sure that the seeds are dry, as any dampness will
cause them to rot and spoil. A general rule of thumb is
that once the seed pod looks brown and crisp, you should
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
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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.
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 self-seeders 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 selfseeders
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 plants finding exactly the right places to
grow, often in situations you would never have planted
in - and sometimes in far better ones. It all becomes
a happy accident and looks natural and unforced.
Judicious weeding becomes the order of the day, and this
is sometimes harder than it seems; there’s something unkind
about weeding out 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 (we
can only hope), filled with the rattle of seed
pods. The year may be turning, but there’s
still lots going on. So, envelopes and paper
bags to the ready everyone, let’s get out there.
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Even thinking the word ‘divorce’ is stressful for anyone with
children – actually seeking one can be overwhelming, so we
asked three experienced solicitors to break the process down
into the three separate aspects
“The idea of custody and
access, with winners and
loser, no longer applies”
THE DIVORCE ITSELF
Sarah Lambert, a family Solicitor and Collaborative
Lawyer at Bowles & Co, explains the formal 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.
Many solicitors offer an initial consultation for a reduced
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.
The solicitor will endeavour to explain in broad terms the
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.
If you decide to proceed with a divorce, you will 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 be able
to guide you on the wording to be included. This often needs
to be sensitively handled, especially if you are relying on the
grounds of unreasonable behaviour.
The divorce papers are sent off to the Court and sent by
post to your spouse or their solicitor. They complete an
Acknowledgment of Service and a statement in support of
your petition verifying the information you provided, which is
then prepared for your signature.
All the papers are considered by a District Judge who
checks you have complied with all the statutory requirements
and if they are happy you have done so a date is set for the
pronouncement of a Decree Nisi.
This hearing is now more often than not, a formality.
Six weeks after pronouncement of the Decree Nisi you can
apply for the final Decree Absolute which completes 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.”
Bowles & Co Solicitors, 18 Church Street, Epsom, Surrey
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THE FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT
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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 - local and international - is a vital
component of the educational experience at Kent College.
The school is involved in a large range of projects,
with our overseas work centred on a global School
Partnership with schools in Tanzania and Botswana.
This 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.
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.
Kent College is also very active doing work closer to
home, 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 and active Charities
Committee which raises around £20,000 a year for a
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Senior school. The pupils constantly tell the staff how
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range of issues. It helps the pupils to realise the needs of
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For the last three years the school has raised on average
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believe will benefit most from their fundraising efforts.
This year, local charity Kent Air Ambulance received muchneeded
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litter-picking around the village and then telling the news teams
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A Valentine’s Day cake baking competition, a ‘pianothon’
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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
institution – art
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
a desk in the
years ago. As an
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
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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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
which areas could
and made to
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
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”
We asked schools to share the advice they give Year 13 pupils
to get them through the personal statement meltdown
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
draft and re-draft your
statement until you
have the perfect phrases
Get someone to proof
read it for you.
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.
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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The new science centre
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
accomodate over 400 students. Occupying an elevated
position, Hazelwood School enjoys wonderful
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’.
Since that first ‘eventful day’ the school has played host to
generations of eager learners including 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 at the Battle of the Somme.
From September, future generations will be able to 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.”
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.
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
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Tim Manly, Hurstpierpoint College
“Hurstpierpoint opened on 16 August 1849 in Shoreham
before moving to its present buildings, designed in Early
English Gothic by Richard Carpenter., in 1853, set in a 140
acre campus, surrounded by beautiful countryside, on the
border of the South Downs National Park.
Built in the collegiate style around three quadrangles,
notable among the many beautiful buildings is the
school chapel and the panelled Dining Hall, noted for its
proportions and beautiful roof.
Hurst has areas that have been landscaped to provide areas
to relax with friends or to sit quietly and take a moment
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.”
St Edmund’s School Canterbury
“The name ‘St Edmund’s School’ was assumed in 1897, but
the school actually began in 1751, run by the Clergy Orphan
Society. and 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.”
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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 Years 5 and 7. Awards are made for
outstanding ability and/or potential in those subjects.
Headmaster Paul David : ‘These awards are open to all.
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. 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.’
On what basis are they awarded? The awards are competitive
and assessment days take place in January for September
entry. Children sit written papers and join in workshops at
the school. 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.
What are they worth in financial terms? Scholars eceive a
10% remission on tuition fees regardless of parental financial
means. Should further assistance be required, parents may
apply for a means-tested bursary which may, result in up to a
full remission of fees being offered.
Dulwich Prep School, Cranbrook, TN17 3NP
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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
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
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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.
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What’s On In September
Cooking our way
At The Grange in Bookham we
teach people with disabilities
cooking and catering skills as they
move towards independent living.
The ‘MAKE’ team runs the Simply
Scones tea room every Tuesday
and we can make you scones and
celebration cakes to order. We also
run a lunchtime café in Dorking
(weekdays except Weds).
To support our mini business
contact us on Tel 01372 452608.
...a festival of textiles
marketplace, exhibitions, talks, workshops and more...
Sat 24 September 2016 · 9am - 6pm
Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR
It’s not about the disability it’s about
what you can do!
The Grange provides high quality housing
and training opportunities for adults with
disabilities. Registered Charity No 207740.
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Joie De Vivre
The First Pop Up Gallery in
Closing on 24th September
Please call Sandy for more information
33 Bridge Road, KT8 9ER
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What’s On In September
Throughout Sept 10.30am-5.15pm
Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village,
Down Lane, Compton, Guildford,
Surrey, GU3 1DQ
LINOCUT LIVES ON
This exhibition features work by
some of the foremost British linocut
artists of today, along with works by
historical heroes of the genre such
as Edward Bawden. Co-curated by
designer Cath Kidston.
Info: 01483 810235 / wattsgallery.
Wed 7 Sept 10.30am-12.30pm
The Lightbox, Chobham Road,
Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA
DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join John Haslum for some
inspirational drawing around The
Lightbox Gallery. All materials
Entry: Free, suggested £2 donation
Sat 17 Sept - Sat 4 Nov 10am-5pm
New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard,
Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PS
SURREY ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The New Ashgate Gallery invites
members of the public to come
and vote for their favourite Surreybred
artist. The season also includes
workshops for adults as well as artists.
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY TRAILS
Explore an iconic historical
landmark with children’s activities
as it undergoes ground-breaking
conservation work. Perfect for rainy
afternoons, but if sunny, bring a picnic
to enjoy in the grounds.
Sun 11 Sept 10am-5pm
Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road,
Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL
DONKEY DAY OUT
The Donkey Breed Society at the
Rural Life Centre demonstrate how
their gentle beasts of burden have
served mankind throughout history.
Entry: Adults £9, Children £7 (all prices
include Gift Aid)
Sun 25 Sept 9am-5pm
Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey
SURREY GAME & COUNTRY
The Surrey Game and Country Fair
is a fantastic opportunity for families
to experience rural life in Surrey.
Activities include falconry, sheep dogs,
vintage tractors, a food hall, tractor
and horse ploughing and spectacular
main ring entertainment.
Entry: Adults £17, Senior Citizens £13,
Music and Festivals
Entry: £12, price includes branded glass
Info: 01483 739047
Sat 17 Sept 11am-4pm
The Friary, Guildford
Autumn & Winter Fashion
The Friary Guildford is hosting
the town’s largest fashion event,
showcasing the new autumn/winter
trends and collections from their top
brands. With most of the action taking
place just outside the centre in North
Street, the event will include a catwalk
show hosted by Jamie Laing, who will
also be available for meet-and-greet
sessions inside the centre throughout
the day. Together with all of this,
there will be a selection of fashion and
beauty giveaways and special one-dayonly
discounts for those tempted by
some of the new trends on offer!
Sat 17 Sept 10am-4pm
Lion Green, Lion Lane, Haslemere,
Surrey GU27 1LD
HASLEMERE FOOD FESTIVAL
Enjoy a celebration of the best of local
food and drink. 50 mouth-watering
stalls, a packed programme of tastings,
talks and demonstrations, live music
and children’s entertainment.
Info: 01428 645425 / haslemere.com
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Readers are advised to check with
venues before making arrangements.
We can list your event in the next
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Please supply up to 50 words that
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Sat 17 Sept 2-3.30pm
Surrey History Centre, 130
Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey
H.G WELLS AND WOKING: THE
Celebrating 150 years of Wells
in Woking, professor of history
at Kingston University, Peter
Beck explores through his lecture
Wells’ most famous book and how
since its publication it has developed a
life of its own.
Info & Booking: 01483 518737 /
Children and Family
Tues 1 - Fri 9 Sept
Sun 4 Sept 3-5pm
Gostrey Meadow, Union Road,
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7RH
MUSIC IN THE MEADOW
Join us at Gostrey Meadow for the last
Sunday of Music in the Meadow and
enjoy an afternoon of live music from
a variety of local bands and groups.
Info: 01252 712667 / farnham.gov.uk
Fri 9 Sept – Sat 10 Sept 6-11pm
G Live, London Road, Guildford,
Surrey, GU1 2AA
G LIVE BEER FESTIVAL
The G Live Beer Festival is back this
September, filled to the brim with
local ales, music and food. It’s the
perfect way to celebrate the summer
by meeting up with friends and
finding your new favourite tipple.
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Fables from the Farm
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. But as autumn approaches
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 that the acorns
have ‘dropped’. At this point they will
be gorging themselves on a delicacy far
more delicious than any manufactured
pig nuts, that has long been enjoyed by
pigs in these ancient woodlands.
For thousands of years, farmers from
the South and North Downs and coastal
marshlands would drive their pigs every
autumn into the woodlands of the Weald
to fatten them, known as ‘pannage’.
Records from the Domesday Book -
1086 when the practice was already past
its peak - indicate that over 150,000 pigs
were driven into the region each year
nd as a result pannage has left a lasting
legacy on our Wealden landscape.
Farmers would travel from their village
to the same place year after year, to
woodland pig pastures known as ‘dens’.
This annual pig passage to and from the
dens formed tracks known as droves.
Over time the dens became settlements
in their own right - hence Benenden,
Horsmonden and Frittenden, to name
but a few - and the 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
part of the forest economy, and also
helps the other livestock as pigs can safely
eat acorns whereas excessive amounts are
poisonous to ponies and cattle.
Pannage pork is highly sought after.
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 and no other
real use for acorns, what a 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
Follow Jane Howard – and the farm –
on Instagram @coopersfarm
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Lynne is offering our winner a half-day personal styling session, worth £220, at Fenwick,
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Fenwick are also giving our winner afternoon tea with prosecco for two at the Terrace Restaurant
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Concerned about your
home being sold to
fund your future
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
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.
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
must be well in advance of any care considerations and the motivation
must not solely be for the purpose of preventing your home being used to
fund your care.
When you own your home as tenants in common you actually own half
each. With our Post Death Property Protection Package when the first
partner dies, they leave their half into their Trust. The surviving partner
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
negligible, The Care Act 2014 guidelines do allow for this half to have a
charge placed on it under a deferred payment arrangement for care fees
which is why this package includes a Lasting Power of Attorney grant for
Property and Financial affairs which will enable a pre-appointed Attorney
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
partner eventually dies.
With our Whole of Life and Post Death Complete Property and Family
Protection Package both halves of the property are conveyed into Trust
IMMEDIATELY. This means the whole property is protected straight
away and not just after the first party dies. The benefits of this package are
that it then protects the property even if both parties go into care before
the death of either. It also means that if the survivor goes into care the
property does not have to be rented out but if it is, 100% of the income goes
directly into the Trusts for the benefit of the survivor or any of the other
Trust Beneficiaries and does not have to be given to the Local Authority.
The most important benefit of this package though is the property can be
sold at any time and the resulting proceeds be fully protected for the whole
family within the Trusts and no negotiation with the Local Authority is
Sole owners and couples who have immediately conveyed their properties
into Trust well in advance of any care consideration and not solely
for the purpose of preventing their home being used to fund their care
(deliberate deprivation of assets) secures the integrity of the property (so
long as entry into care is not within 6 months of setting up the strategy)
as the property is not absolutely owned by an individual anymore and it is
not legal to force a Trustee to do something that is not in the ultimate best
interest of the Trust Beneficiaries.
Call us now for a friendly chat about which package would be of best
benefit to you and your family.
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