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Contents

September 2016

Peter Morgan

42 106

16 HORSE SENSE

John Graham-Hart trots

around houses with stables

27 SEPTEMBER

NOTEBOOK

Interesting things to explore

this month

42 CALIFORNIA

DREAMING

John Graham-Hart is

impressed by an expansive

home hewn out of a chalet

bungalow

71 GET THE LOOK

High drama meets laid back

Californian style

73 IN THE DEEP

MIDWINTER

Looking forward to the

shopping spectacular that

is the Wealden Times

Midwinter Fair

77 LOG ON, SWITCH OFF

How a wood stove makes a

house into a home

80 WHEN SYDNEY MET

SURREY

Jennifer Stuart-Smith finds

the light airiness of Australian

houses translates to England

103 ART FOR ART’S SAKE

Maggie Alderson elebrates

the joy of buying original

art works

106 CUTTING EDGE

Sleek tailoring, graphic

prints and autumn knits

117 HEALTH

A yoga teacher’s regime and

your pearly whites

120 IN A FERMENT

An ancient way of preserving

food – which just happens to

be the hot new foodie trend

125 GONE TO SEED

Jo Arnell rejoices in the start

of the new growing cycle

128 CLEAN BREAK

Explaining the three key

aspects of divorce

130 EDUCATION

SUPPLEMENT

17 pages of everything to

learn about school

133 WHAT’S ON IN

SEPTEMBER

Falconry, flowers, family

outings and much more

134 FABLES FROM

THE FARM

Acorn season means

happy pigs

134 COMPETITION

Win a personal styling

consultation and a £500

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Featuring Original New Works of

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A retirement village

for today’s over 55s

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Service charges, event fees and contribution to the maintenance reserve fund apply. Other costs also apply, please ask for details.

*Price correct at the time of going to press. Image of typical Renaissance Village.


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

quality specification, the property boasts a 26ft kitchen/ family room, five double

bedrooms four of which have an ensuite shower room, and double garage. There is

also a stunning rear garden terrace overlooking a natural pond. Journey times from

Leatherhead mainline station to Waterloo take from just 45mins.

Guide Price £1,495,000

Jackson-Stops & Staff

01306 887 560

dorking@jackson-stops.co.uk

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The Ballands South, Fetcham, Surrey. KT22 9EP


Betchworth, Surrey

Beautifully presented and substantial family home in the heart of Betchworth village

Entrance porch, reception hall, cloakroom, drawing room, family room, dining room, kitchen/family room, study, conservatory, utility room

and boot room, lounge, galleried first floor landing, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 5 further bedrooms, family bathroom, separate

shower room, barn-style double garage, generous parking for several vehicles, beautifully maintained rear gardens, swimming pool and Jacuzzi,

summerhouse, in all, about 0.5 of an acre. EPC C

Guide Price £1.56 m

Dorking, Surrey

A superbly presented Victorian family home finished to an outstanding standard

Reception hall, drawing room, family room, study, superb bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, utility room, shower/cloakroom, cinema

room, wine cellar, 4 double bedrooms, master bedroom with en-suite shower and dressing room, family bathroom, shower room, parking for

about 3 cars, raised front veranda, numerous traditional period features, well kept gardens, garage. EPC E

Guide Price £995,000


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Pains Hill, Limpsfield

A uniquely positioned and well equipped country home enjoying southerly views and

amongst delightful grounds of 7.9 Acres, within 2 miles of Oxted.

Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Study, Conservatory, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Family Room, Utility Room, Master

Bedroom with Dressing Room and Balcony, 4 Further Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms, Self Contained Guest Suite/Annex

Leisure Complex with Indoor Swimming Pool and Gym, Garden Store, Delightful Gardens & Grounds,

including Woodland & Paddock, In all extending to about 7.9 acres. EPC Rating: F

Guide Price £2,350,000

Oxted

A handsome grade ii listed Arts and Crafts style family home privately located and within close proximity of Oxted.

Hall, Cloakroom, Drawing Room, Family Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Boot Room, Laundry

Room, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Detached Double Garage, Delightful Garden.

Guide Price £1,025,000

Oxted 01883 712375

oxted@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Guide price £1,825,000

Brasted Chart, Nr Sevenoaks

An attractive and extended Victorian family house

4 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Detached single storey 1 bedroom cottage.

Range of barns and garden stores. Delightful established gardens and grounds.

EPC rating E. In all about 1 acre

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Westerham

A versatile property with delightful grounds in a sought-after address

3 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Sweeping gravel drive. 2 bay barn style

garage with adjacent store. Established gardens and grounds. EPC rating D. In all about 0.8

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Guide price £549,995

Marsh Green, Nr Edenbridge

A charming attached Grade II listed cottage

1 reception room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, study area.

Delightful partly walled gardens. In all about 0.15 acre.

Guide price £1,185,000

South Godstone

A superb 19th century detached property with later additions

Situated on the fringe of South Godstone village. 3 reception

rooms, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Impressive oak framed open

double garage. Stable and store room. Delightful gardens and

grounds. Paddock. EPC rating E. In all about 1.4 acres.


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An outstanding development of just three exclusive fi ve bedroomed family houses by Chartwell Land

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These homes offer substantial

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Prices from £1,115,000

To book your appointment to view at shanlyhomes.com

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Coming soon…

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If you’re searching for a refreshingly modern retirement with plenty to do on your

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retirement village, Elmbridge Manor comprises 19 brand new one and two

bedroom apartments and state-of-the-art leisure and community facilities.

With over 20 social groups up and running, this village offers the ideal retirement

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calendar with the potential for new friendships.

Reservations are now being taken. Don’t miss

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Our marketing suite is open Thursday to Monday 10.30am – 5pm.

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Pre-owned properties are also available, please enquire for details.

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

1.

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…

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

savills.co.uk.

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3.

4.

2. 3.

4.

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

paddocks.

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

5QX).

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

purchase.

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.

1. Woodhatch

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

shower room.

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

acres.

How much? Woodhatch is priced

at £5,570,000 and is with Savills in

Guildford. Call 01483 796 820 or visit

savills.co.uk.

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BUSS MURTON advertorial

Trustees’ potential liability for

investment losses to beneficiaries

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

acted in an unreasonable and

negligent fashion, the case is

useful in a number of ways. It

reminds trustees that they have

a duty of care and that it is a

significant one. There is a duty

of care in choosing financial

advisers and there is a duty of

care to formulate and implement a

suitable investment strategy and to

review investments.

The case is interesting in that it

was the defendants’ case that if

they were in breach of any of their

obligations of trustees, then any such

breach of trust must be proved by

the beneficiaries to have led to an

actionable loss to the beneficiaries

of the trust. It was the defendants’

case that if the claimants failed on

that point, given that the defendants

contended that they acted honestly

and reasonably that the Court ought

Edward Walter

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

resulted from prudent investment

choices. An example would be if

trustees decided on an inappropriate

investment strategy but either did

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

with dot.com bubble and burst it is

perhaps a timely reminder should we

have future investment volatility for

both trustees and beneficiaries of a

deceased person’s estate and other

trusts to bear in mind.

Edward Walter is a Solicitor and

Partner in charge of the Private

Client Team at Buss Murton. For

advice regarding trustee duties

and responsibilities or if you

would like further information

on this article or any other

issue, please contact him on

01892 502 320 or email

ewalter@bussmurton.co.uk

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Cobham Furniture Advertorial

Cobham furniture has just added three new collections of

Collins and Hayes to their display featuring Bobbin, Wealden

and Horst.

These collections offer different styles from a reworked classical

look, traditional to something more contemporary. These are all

available in a wide variety of fabrics or leather to complement

any room in your home.

Collins and Hayes most recent achievement is winning

Interiors Monthly Best UK Furniture Manufacturer award 2016.

This has been down to Collins and Hayes working hard over

the last two years bringing in a new MD and a very talented

design team. This has allowed them to bring in 20 new models

with some stunning new designs and some reworked classics.

Collins and Hayes haven’t slowed down on pushing forward as

they plan to release some more new models this September. It

hasn’t just been the furniture design that has had a makeover,

they have also come out with some fresh vibrant new fabrics

that really complement the new styles. Collins and Hayes have

something for everyone, whether you are looking for a sofa,

modular unit, sofa bed or you’re just after a comfortable chair.

One of the examples of Collins and Hayes’ new range is

the Wealden sofa which can be seen in our other advert in

this edition. This sofa has a gently curved arm shape which

gives a contemporary look. In loose cover Wealden offers a

contemporary country look, whereas in fixed cover form the

tailoring of the curves shows Wealden to be a more modern take

on the classic Howard type arm.

Another example of this is the Shelby as seen above which is

a gracefully modern design and is available as a corner group

or as a sofa. The Shelby offers a more refined way to relax in a

deep sumptuous seat with deep filled feather pillows. It has a

Serpentine sprung seat and back and fibre wrapped foam seat

cushion. The back has built-in lumber for additional support

and comfort.

Cobham Furniture has been established for over 35 years and

is one of the leading independent furniture retailers to the

South West of London. They provide a very personal service for

your entire interior furnishing requirements. In addition to soft

furnishings and cabinet work we have dedicated displays of

kitchen furniture and both soft and hard floor coverings.

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Photo by Charlie Round-Turner

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

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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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Eastbourne and along the glitter coast to Beachy Head.

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the house was built meant there were no views of anything.

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the bare earth so on two sides its windows faced retaining

walls, while on the valley/sea side there was a small area of

decking surrounded by box hedges beyond which was a


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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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The snug houses Sebastien’s

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Eames black leather and moulded

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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

Decorex. Sebastien made the candelbra when he was

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

Hastings Old Town. The armchair is covered in French

awning fabric. The ethically sourced mountain goat

horn candlesticks are from TK Maxx. The table by the

wall houses a collection of white porcelain

large area of dense woodland. The house was also

effectively back to front; one entered through the

drawing room on the uphill side and walked through

to the kitchen on what would have been viewside - if

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

For some of us even that untapped view wouldn’t

have been enough to make up for the shortcomings

of the house, but with Sebastien’s experience as an

interior designer – and Alexa’s glamorous globetrotting

career as an agent for leading music video

directors – these two saw it not as a problem, but

an opportunity to create the Californian-style

home of their dreams, inspired by her American

upbringing, which they have re-named Chaletfornia.

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but it was pretty impractical for just the two

of us,” says Sebastien. “We wanted something

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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

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

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

ahead leading up to the bedrooms and two flights

down – one right, to the coat closet, the other left to

the living area – making it the first in Sebastien’s series

of expanding vistas, each grander than the last.

Its floor is of herringbone parquet reclaimed from a

1960s Doncaster school gym floor. Sebastien bought

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

is another light he made from a wooden model ship.

At the end of the hallway is a floor-to-ceiling digital picture

of a lovely lady from a German old master. All, however, is

not as it seems. The wall behind the painting slides away

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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

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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

Aladdin’s drawing room. Everywhere there are objects of

desire, fascination and, we have to say, not a little weirdity.

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

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

with much else, is an antelope skull, the bone papered

with100 rupee notes and the horns painted red. Pride of place,

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

leather and moulded plywood lounge chair and ottoman.

On the right is the relaxation area where a coffee table

is kept company by a French sofa and striped armchairs

which the couple covered themselves. On the table are

two large candlesticks made from the horns of a Rocky

Mountain goat and, on the floor nearby, a large concrete

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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With an eye on the day the couple may sell the property, Sebastien also wired

and plumbed this generous area to function as an additional bedroom and

bathroom should the next owners not have quite so many frocks


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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

Rainbow lighting in Fulham

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

also looks very much like an old bore. “My sister gave

him to me to keep an eye on me,” says Sebastien.

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

is superb – just how many dining tables do you know

with a 20-mile view over ocean, town and country?

The couple found the circular table at an antiques fair

and the plush chairs that encircle it are from Ochre.

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

sell the property, he also wired and plumbed this generous

area to function as an additional bedroom and bathroom

should the next owners not have quite so many frocks.

The couple’s vaulted bedroom is all about the view with

a floor-to-ceiling sliding window now taking up most of

one wall opposite the bed. In a corner by a glass door that

will ultimately lead out to a roof terrace is an old red leather

armchair cleverly complemented by a contemporary cushion.

The couple’s elegant bathroom is also designed to share the

view with a large window next to the bath and portholes

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Previous page: The mahogany bed is from Sebastien’s mother’s house in Normandy. The ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom can be entered from

both guest rooms. Above: The view from the bedroom window, stretches over the herb garden, the newly planted orchard and cleared

slopes - which were until recently a mass of brambles - all the way to Beachy Head

at either end. Beside the bath are two 1930s cinema seats and

where their numbers once were, are now brass inscriptions

of the vows inscribed on the inside of their wedding rings.

There are two further bedrooms sharing a smart Jack and Jill

bathroom. “Two bathrooms for the price of one,” observes

Sebastien. The beautiful old French bed in the first came

from Sebastien’s mother’s house in Normandy and on the wall

are some beautiful line nudes by local artist Thalia Murray.

Above the pink velvet bed in the second bedroom is a

print of a building in Acton. “I saw the picture and realized

that at one time I passed that building every day,” he says.

But it has not only been inside that the couple have met

challenges with creative solutions. When they bought the

house, the garden was a two-and-a-half acre chunk of steep,

densely wooded and overgrown hillside. Out of this they have

crafted three lovely levels; one to the up side of the house,

where Alexa has her detached office, and two down from

the decking, forming the foreground of their terrific view.

One of the reasons the garden has become quite so attractive

is that Sebastien now has access to a wonderful source of raw

material – his own nursery. His background as an interior

designer is clear from his work inside Chaletfornia, but now

he and horticulturist Tony Howard have teamed up to launch

a new venture, Harborough Nurseries in Guestling Thorn.

Covering over three acres, on a farm of 360 acres, the

nursery offers a wide range of plants, plus two separate

shops selling vintage furniture and furnishings for home

and garden. With a full garden design and planting service

available, Sebastien and Tony bring the same imagination

and creativity to their customer’s projects that he and

Alexa have brought to their own home and garden.

The couple bought Chaletfornia purely for its breathtaking

location and they’ve ensured that location and its outrageous

view are now very much an integral part their home. But close

the curtains and that home is still a triumph in its own right

and one of which they should be exceptionally proud.

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The question ‘What do Hersham in Surrey and Sydney

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listed by a national newspaper as being one of the top ten

places to live in the UK. You may also have an in-depth

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and Andrew Harfield’s home, you’re unlikely to guess.

The answer, hiding behind what appears to be the facade

of an ordinary suburban bungalow, is an ultra-modern refurb

with all the open-plan style and coolness you might expect

to find in a hip Sydney suburb – not a corner of Surrey.

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

Jenna, who moved back to the UK with her husband

Andrew from Australia last year, in search of a more

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.


Previous pages: The generous open-plan living space was created

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

found. The pendant lights are from Grace & Glory Home. Left:

Bi-fold doors open the entire back of the house onto the garden.

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

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

Darlings of Chelsea

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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

actually put in a few offers on a house a few doors up, which

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

emailed: ‘I’ve found this one, much lower price bracket...

Do you fancy a project?’ and we thought, ‘Why not?’”

Many people might have been put off by the scale of

work involved, but Jenna, who runs the event management

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 –

and my parents’ advice was invaluable. My dad was really

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

house in January of this year, so it’s an impressive turnaround.

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was born, came about almost organically, when friends

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lot of time considering lighting, with different types of

light – wall, lamp, pendant and spot lights – at different

levels throughout the open-plan living space, so that

the couple could redefine specific areas, as required.

While the house is distinctly light and open-


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Above top and right: Jenna’s study and ‘boudoir’ typifies her clutter-free style, with her things neatly stored in a ladder shelf from

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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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Previous page: The brass-framed mirrors are from

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of her home town of Chepstow, South Wales and

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Jenna’s husband Andrew also had some say:

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

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came over with two suitcases. But we didn’t

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“For a little boy’s room you have to introduce some colour,” says

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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

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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,

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Above left to right: Homely details from the two upstairs guest rooms include vintage books, a cushion given to Jenna by her mother

and a vintage-style radio by Bush. The bedside lamp is another online find from Wayfair and the hamper was from IKEA

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

ease – and with more than a touch of antipodean style.

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design, 07885 598 688 chapel-lane.com

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david ehrenstråhle city guides info@myguideto.se

direct tile Warehouse directtilewarehouse.com

feather & Black featherandblack.com

Grace & Glory Home graceandgloryhome.co.uk

Industville Vintage Lighting & furniture industville.co.uk

King & McGaw artwork and prints kingandmcgaw.com

no 44 contemporary and modern furniture no44.furniture

Secret Linen Store secretlinenstore.com

Stonewood stonewood.uk.com

urban outfitters online urbanoutfitters.com/uk

Wayfair wayfair.co.uk

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Celebrating

13 Years!

We would like to thank all our

supporting customers and artists

The gallery offers a wide selection of Original

Art, along with a collection of Signed Limited

Edition Prints by a vast selection of both

world renowned and national artists.

FRAMING SERVICE is an added speciality, providing

the piece of art with the care & attention it deserves.

Special September discounts!

Love Art, Share the Joy

11 The Parade, Claygate, Surrey, KT10 0PD

Tel: +44(0)1372 470997 www.trewart.com

Mirka Janeckova

Exhibitions 17 September - 5 November

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2016

Christiane Zschommler - Surrey Artist of the Year 2015

Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Jane Crisp - Maker in Focus

Craft Collection

New Ashgate Gallery Waggon Yard Farnham GU9 7PS

gallery@newashgate.org.uk 01252 713208 www.newashgate.org.uk

newashgatec

Gallery Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm

newashgate

Registered charitable trust no. 274326 Christiane Zschommler

Emma Habbeshon

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44 Bridge Street, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1HL Tel: 01483 418013

www.theweygallery.com email: info@theweygallery.com

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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

appreciated.”

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,

Surrey mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk GU7 1AQ 01483 860591

or 07828 444178 Open Monday – Saturday 10 - 5, closed

Wednesday. Sunday 11 - 4.


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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

West End House is a contemporary gallery in the beautiful

village of Smarden showing a wide range of original artworks,

including paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, glass and

textiles, with inspiring work, at all prices.

West End House Gallery, Water Lane, Smarden, Kent, TN27

8QB west-end-house-gallery.co.uk 01233 770261, 07710

898843, or 07900 957042 Open Thursday through to

Monday, 10 - 5.

Gold Coast 7 by Mark Godwin at Rye Art Gallery

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

have skyrocketed.

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.

Rye Art Gallery, 107 High St, Rye TN31 7JE 01797

222433 ryeartgallery.co.uk Open 10.30 to 5 Monday to

Saturday, 11 - 4 on Sundays.

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McALLISTER THOMAS

117 High Street

Godalming

Surrey GU7 1AQ

T: +44(0) 1483 860591

E: info@mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk

W: mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk

Art For Your Future

McAllister Thomas exhibits original contemporary

works of art by UK and International artists.

Start your collection today and ensure you buy quality

art works for your future.

The paintings featured above are by David Atkins for his ‘London’ exhibition opening 17 September 2016


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With the autumn/winter season

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September

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

radio-waves that glide through tissue safely and precisely without the use

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

benefit of this procedure is the very low risk of post-procedure infection.

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

for an appointment or simply come in and see us!

The Harley Street Skin Clinic, 16 Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7BG

www.harleystreetskinclinic.com 01737 247 246


September’s set

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

well. It’s so light and

sinks into the skin

beautifully, leaving

no greasy residue. It

also works wonders

on dry knuckles and

cuticles. Get yours at

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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

about braces...

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

and well-being.

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

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In a

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.


Food

‘Gutglee’

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

refrigerate.


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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

ginger

• 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

• 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

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Gone to Seed

Jo Arnell gathers in seeds and rejoices in autumn as

the start of the new growing cycle

I

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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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 self-seeders germinate

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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

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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

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“An experienced Family Solicitor can help

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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

range of local causes. Porchlight shared its invaluable

work on homelessness with every student in the

Senior school. 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.

Marlborough House School

Fundraising and community initiatives are an important

part of school life at Marlborough House. They wonderful

opportunities to extend the children’s learning, instil in pupils a

strong sense of their place in the wider community, reinforcing

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 the school houses, vote for the ones they

believe will benefit most from their fundraising efforts.

This year, local charity Kent Air Ambulance received muchneeded

funds from the ‘MHS Swims the “Channel”... (in the

school pool)’ project. 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 a concert performed by pupils at The Globe and Rainbow

generated life-changing funds for `Canine Partners. Children on

our Young Entrepreneur’s Scheme have raised more than £3000

from some ingenious money-making schemes this year. We

have also raised £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!

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Dulwich Preparatory School

Cranbrook

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

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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.

T

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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The alphabest of the new

Baily Building, Ha-zelwood

awesome auditorium bathed in natural light

classrooms 14 dynamic design

environmentally friendly food tech kitchen

glass and plenty of it high ceilings

interactive LCD screens just in time for September

kaleidoscope of colour lower school art room

majestic, magnificent and must-see

natural ventilation outside learning spaces

perfect teaching conditions quality finish

reflective learning and curtain walling

sweeping external staircase tree-lined approach

undulating roof curves views to die for

wide corridors xtra excited children

years 3, 4 and 5 together under one roof

zesty lime green colour-scheme

Open Morning

Friday 7th October 2016. 9.30am until 12 noon.

See The Baily Building in all its glory.

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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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Location

location...

education

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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HURSTPIERPOINT COLLEGE


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

most glorious location to work, reflect and play.”


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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.”

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes,

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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OPEN MORNING

SatuRday 8th OctObER

Prep and Pre-Prep Departments open 9.30am to 11.30am

Danes Hill School

Strong and Sagacious

67 Senior School scholarships achieved in 2016

Danes Hill is a co-educational day school for boys and girls aged 3 to

13. It offers a broad and balanced curriculum within 55 acres of

landscaped grounds in the heart of Surrey.

Please contact Carolyn Ward, School Registrar for more information

registrar@daneshill.surrey.sch.uk

To register attendance please visit our website: www.lanesborough.surrey.sch.uk

Or for a one to one appointment please contact Admissions: 01483 880489

or email: admissions@lanesborough.surrey.sch.uk

An Independent Day School for Boys aged 3 to 13

Maori Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2EL

www.lanesborough.surrey.sch.uk

Leatherhead Road, Oxshott, Surrey, KT22 0JG | 01372 842509 |

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Education

“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

registrar@bethanyschool.org.uk

www.bethanyschool.org.uk

Goudhurst, Kent TN17 1LB

Scholarships

and bursaries

available

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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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 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

registrar@dcpskent.org 01580 712179

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


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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.

Lady Eleanor Holles, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex

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young women since 1710

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What’s On In September

Cooking our way

to independence!

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

craft.farnhammaltings.com @maltingscraft

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.

www.grangecentre.org.uk

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Joie De Vivre

The First Pop Up Gallery in

Hampton Court

Closing on 24th September

Please call Sandy for more information

07970 698868

33 Bridge Road, KT8 9ER

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What’s On In September

Art

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 810235 / wattsgallery.

org.uk

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

provided.

Entry: Free, suggested £2 donation

Info: thelightbox.org.uk

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.

Entry: Free

Info: newashgate.org.uk

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.

Entry: Free

Info: guildford-cathedral.org

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)

Info: rural-life.org.uk/Events

Sun 25 Sept 9am-5pm

Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey

GU3 1HS

SURREY GAME & COUNTRY

FAIR

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,

Children £6

Info: surreycountyshow.co.uk

Music and Festivals

Entry: £12, price includes branded glass

and programme

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!

Info: thefriaryguildford.com

Sat 17 Sept 10am-4pm

Lion Green, Lion Lane, Haslemere,

Surrey GU27 1LD

HASLEMERE FOOD FESTIVAL

2016

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.

Entry: Free

Info: 01428 645425 / haslemere.com

Listings are correct at time of going

to press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next

issue of Surrey Homes for only £15!

Please supply up to 50 words that

should include date, time, venue,

and any entry price to whatson@

wealdentimes.co.uk or send with

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Media) to What’s On, Wealden

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Wealden Times reserves the right

to edit text to fit space allocated. If

you would like your event listing

to be accompanied by a full colour

reproduction (42.5 x 62.5mm) of a

poster or other pictorial image, the

total charge will be £95. Deadline

for the October issue is 9 September

2016.

Sat 17 Sept 2-3.30pm

Surrey History Centre, 130

Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey

GU21 6ND

H.G WELLS AND WOKING: THE

LITERARY HERITAGE

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.

Entry: Free

Info & Booking: 01483 518737 /

surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents

Children and Family

Tues 1 - Fri 9 Sept

Guildford Cathedral

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.

Entry: Free

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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Jane Howard’s

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

the two...

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm –

on Instagram @coopersfarm

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