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Contents

October 2016

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Supplement 8

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SHED AHEAD

John Graham-Hart

salutes the hidey-hut

OCTOBER NOTEBOOK

Interesting things to

do this month

PRIDE, NO PREJUDICE

A Georgian stately home

gets a chic contemporary

makeover - and a new purpose

GET THE LOOK

Give your house the

Goodnestone treatment

SWEET DREAMS

A plumpelicious bedstead makes

your bedroom into a luxury zone

WINTER WARMER

Treats to look forward to at

this year’s Wealden Times

Midwinter Fair

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128

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KITCHEN & BATHROOM

SUPPLEMENT

32 pages of inspiration

for your home

WHERE ENDS MEET

Cosy autumn menswear

for outdoor pursuits

BALMY HIGH

Josephine Fairley

moisturises madly

WEALDEN BEAUTY

Susannah Hewett of Eggs to

Apples shares her regime

HEALTH

Expert information for Breast

Cancer Awareness month

THE STAFF OF LIFE

A sourdough masterclass

with baker Emmanuel

Hadjiandreou

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FROM A TINY ACORN...

Sue Whigham celebrates

the mighty oak

THE GREEN GODDESS

Penny Kemp on upcycling

LATERAL THINKING

Alternative education options

assessed by Sue Elkin

GRAMMAR LESSONS

Sue Elkin revises the key points

for choosing a school

WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER

Apples, art and Halloween fun

COMPETITION

Win a knife set worth £225

from Flint & Flame

FABLES FROM THE FARM

For Jane Howard autumn

is a new beginning

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LOVE SHACK

John Graham-Hart is smitten by

a beach house with the X factor

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SQUASH UP!

Jo Arnell gets misty in

her pumpkin patch

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Sandhurst

A family farmhouse on the edge of the village with impressive equestrian facilities

7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5 reception rooms. Swimming pool, tennis court. Substantial

outbuildings, stable yard, all-weather sand school, paddock. Triple garage with annexe above.

EPC rating C. In all about 25.72 acres.

Guide price £1,850,000

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Guide price £975,000

Cranbrook

An attractive twin roundel oast house within walking distance of the town centre

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Detached double garage, off-road parking,

immaculate gardens and grounds. EPC rating D. In all about 0.4 acres.

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An attractive Grade II Listed oast house with wonderful views

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Triple open bay garage with office / study

above. Gardens and grounds. In all about 0.56 acres.

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Smarden

Attractive Grade II Listed former school house

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Situated in the

heart of the village. Walled garden with lawned area. Garage.

Offers in excess of £995,000

Wadhurst

Plot with full planning permission to create an impressive country

house

Created for modern family living, designs provide for a unique

home of up to 9,000 sq ft with a luxurious leisure complex, cinema

and games room. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In all about

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Hastings Old Town, East Sussex - £1,395,000

Grade II listed Regency Italianate villa with attached 3

bedroom cottage. Kitchen, dining room, drawing room,

tower room, lower ground floor with utility room and wine

store. 3 double bedrooms and 4th bedroom/sitting room.

Garage and secure off road parking. Large walled garden.

Brookland, Kent - £925,000

Lovely Grade II listed farmhouse on little used country lane.

Sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility/

cloakroom, 4 bedrooms, attic room. Single garage with

office above. Parking. Garden and orchard of 1.25 acres.

Beckley, East Sussex - £750,000

Spacious house in rural position. Kitchen, utility, sitting

room, dining room, living room, conservatory, 3 first floor

bedrooms, study/bedroom 4, office/bedroom 5. Triple

garage with workshop. Swimming pool. Gardens & grounds

of 1.5 acres. Further land available. EPC E.

Rye, East Sussex - £499,950

Attached house in mews development in central location

in Conservation Area. Living room, dining room, kitchen/

breakfast room, main bedroom with en-suite and 2 further

bedrooms. Lovely courtyard garden. Allocated parking

space. EPC D

Wittersham, Kent - £475,000

Lovely 3 bedroom village house. Grade II listed with sitting

room, dining room, home office/gym, kitchen/breakfast

room, utility. Master bedroom with en-suite and 2 further

bedrooms. Garden. Off road parking.

Brookland, Kent - £395,000

Deceptive attached period cottage with generous living

accommodation on edge of village with rural views. 23 ft

sitting room, open plan kitchen/dining room, utility, study,

3 bedrooms. Rear garden. Single garage. Additional parking.

EPC F

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Sissinghurst Excess £1,100,000

An enchanting Grade II listed farmhouse with an excellent range of

outbuildings and land in a secluded setting• CSCA • No Onward Chain

• 3 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 4 Bedrooms • Bathroom

• Substantial Outbuildings • About 7 acres in all

Biddenden Excess £925,000

A recently completed country house in a delightful secluded setting

overlooking its own land • CSCA • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Diner

• 4 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Double Garage • Open Bay Garage • Stables

• Outbuilding • In all over 6 acres • EPC B

Biddenden Excess £895,000

A spacious and well presented oast conversion with leisure complex amid

beautiful landscaped grounds with far reaching views • CSCA • 3 Reception

Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 4 Bedrooms • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms

• Cart Lodge • Circa 2.3 acres in all • EPC E

Bethersden Excess £600,000

An individual village house providing 2,864 sq ft of stylish and flexible

accommodation • No Onward Chain • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/

Breakfast Room • Master Bedroom with En Suite & Dressing Room

• Bedroom 2 • Shower Room • Double Garage • 0.6 acres of Gardens • EPC C

Hawkhurst Excess £550,000 Cranbrook Guide Price £525,000

An expansive duplex apartment set in a prestigious development on the A delightful attached barn and oast conversion with lovely south facing

popular Moor area of the village • CSCA • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen gardens in a convenient semi rural setting • CSCA • 2 Reception Rooms

• 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Double Garage • Private Terrace • Shared • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 3 Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • Garage

Grounds of about 6 acres • EPC C

• Pretty Gardens • EPC E

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High Halden £750,000 - £800,000

Stunning 16th Century Grade II listed country house set in its own

private grounds • Seven Bedrooms • Extensive Gardens • Paddock and

Natural Pond • No Onward Chain • EPC Exempt

Ashford £950,000

Imposing detached home set in a desirable location • Four Double

Bedrooms • Fantastic Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Heated Swimming Pool

• Triple Bay Garage • Detached Games Room • Two Ensuites • EPC C

Alkham £950,000

Imposing detached country home set in approximately 3 acres of

grounds with stunning views over rolling countryside • Six Bedrooms •

Heated Swimming Pool • Tennis Court • Wooded Grounds • EPC D

Brookland £625,000

Detached family home with countryside views set in a quiet country lane

• Five Bedrooms • Three Bathrooms/Ensuites • Double Garage • EPC TBC

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COLLIeRS GReen £1,295,000

Grade II Farmhouse with Converted Barn · Two

reception rooms · Kitchen dining room · Four bedrooms

(one ensuite) · Detached two bedroom barn · Gardens

and paddock · CSCA · EPC: n/a

Sought after Rural Location

RURAL BRIGHTLInG £1,200,000

Grade II Listed Thatched Barn · Three reception rooms

· Kitchen/breakfast room · Utility room · Five bedrooms

(two ensuite) · Grounds approx. 1.3 acres · Detached one

bedroom annexe · Garaging · EPC: n/a

Stunning Far Reaching Views

RURAL Benenden £1,195,000

Detached Property with Acreage · Three receptions

· Kitchen/breakfast room · Five bedrooms (two ensuite)

· Detached building with planning permission · Approx

5 acres (including woodland) · CSCA · EPC: E

Tranquil Rural Location

BOUGHTOn MOnCHeLSeA £1,175,000

Unique Converted Barn/Oast · Three reception rooms

· Conservatory · Kitchen/breakfast room · Five

bedrooms (two ensuite) · Parklike gardens with

outbuilding · Double garage · EPC: E

Peaceful Country Lane Location

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Nr Rye • Kent Guide £1,500,000

A well appointed Edwardian country house with delightful garden room

extension and far reaching southerly views over Rye Bay and the Fairlight

Hills. In all just under 3 acres. EPC Rating F

Sellindge • Kent Guide £1,450,000

Exceptional and beautifully appointed Victorian country house with earlier

Georgian influence, fabulous 35’ orangery extension, fine undulating rural

views over its own land. In all about 4 acres (1.62 ha). EPC Rating E

High Halden • Kent Guide £845,000

A beautifully presented Kentish oast house between Woodchurch and High

Halden combining original character and contemporary décor.

EPC Rating E

Mersham • Kent Guide £799,500

A substantial part of a period former Rectory. 4 bedrooms (2 en-suite),

3 receptions plus large kitchen. Lovely walled garden.

EPC Rating NA

Rolvenden Layne • Kent Guide £875,000

A wonderfully presented 4 bedroom house on a quiet lane with well

maintained gardens backing onto fields, open plan reception area, superb

master suite. EPC Rating D

Challock • Kent Guide £845,000

A charming period farm house and separate cottage annexe surrounded

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

1.

Get ahead, Get a shed

John Graham-Hart celebrates the small wooden hut

which holds such a special place in the British heart

As 11,000 athletes from more than 200 nations battled for glory beneath

the appreciative gaze of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer this summer,

another equally intense contest was reaching its climax under the

beady and critical eyes of an army of gnomes at the bottom of suburban gardens

all over the UK.

Cuprinol’s annual Shed of the Year competition had attracted a record-breaking

2,800 entries and the most magnificent 32 had made it onto the shortlist.

Themes ranged from nuclear bunkers to Viking boltholes, duck hotels to

Hobbit hideouts, crocodile homes to Hans Solo’s Millennium Falcon. The

excitement of sheddies throughout the country was making the Brazilian home

football crowds look positively apathetic.

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workshop where a man might tie flies or tinker with small unidentifiable pieces of

metal which he would one day unveil in triumph as a single, larger, unidentifiable

piece of metal. It was in short, somewhere to which he could escape for an hour

or two and slip his mind comfortably and comfortingly into neutral.

Sheds varied in size and shape but tended to share this essential

purposelessness. Today, however, they have evolved into valuable additional

family spaces - offices, summerhouses, gyms, studios, playhouses or, of course,

just somewhere downright weird.

There are regulations governing sheds and their placement but, generally,

planning permission isn’t required so you can build pretty well what you want.

However, whatever its guise, a shed rarely adds significant value to the

sale price of a house but it can be an attractive extra – which means all these

properties come with a useful little freebee…

1. Hurst Mill Cottage

Where? Hurst Mill Cottage is

beautifully situated well back off a rural

country road near Hothfield Common

a couple of miles from Pluckley (Google

Maps TN25 4LT).

What? A lovely Grade II listed cottage

dating from the 17th century, the property

is awash with period features from Dering

casement windows with stone mullions

to exposed timbers and beams and brick

flooring. Reception rooms include a triple

aspect drawing room with direct access

to the garden, a sitting room with woodburning

stove and a large third room that

could be used as an annexe.

On the first floor are two bedrooms and a

family bathroom and a separate staircase

leads to a further bedroom – with access

to a decked terrace - and bathroom. The

landscaped gardens which lie to three sides

of the house are a major feature of the

property and encompass paved pathways,

lawns underplanted with spring bulbs, a

variety of mature trees including impressive

willows, an old mill pond, a summerhouse

and a studio with power and light.

How much? Hurst Mill Cottage is on

the market at £850,000 and is with Savills

in Cranbrook. Call 01580 720161 or visit

savills.co.uk

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2. Fairfield

Where? Fairfield is located on the edge

of the attractive and historic Wealden

village of Sissinghurst (Google Maps

TN17 2AR).

What? An attractive contemporary

property surrounded by well over an

acre of beautiful grounds, Fairfield is a

light, spacious and versatile family home.

Downstairs accommodation includes

living room with dual aspect picture

windows overlooking the garden, dual

aspect dining room, study, kitchen/

breakfast room with French windows to

the garden patio, two bedrooms and a

shower room.

Upstairs is a master bedroom, two further

bedrooms, playroom and bathroom.

Outside the gardens are mainly laid to

lawn but with a lovely range of mature

shrubs along with various trees and

mature plants, flowerbeds and landscaped

kitchen garden. There are three patio

areas, two greenhouses and a Scandinavian

garden lodge fitted with a central barbecue

and chimney, table top and seating.

How much? Fairfield has an asking

price of £799,995 and is on the market

with Peter Buswell in Hawkhurst. Call

01580 755565 or visit

peterbuswell.co.uk

3. West Lodge

Where? West Lodge is in a semi-rural

setting on the edge of the village of East

Farleigh a couple of miles from Maidstone

(Google Maps ME15 0HA).

What? An attractive single-storey

ragstone property that was originally

one of two gatehouses that served the

nearby manor house, the property has

been renovated and extended by its

current owners who have converted a

former tandem garage into a detached

single storey studio. In the main house,

accommodation includes a large drawing

room that is open–plan to the kitchen/

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Previous page: The coffee table in the library was made from

an old leather gym vaulting horse. The painting above the

fireplace is by Paula MacArthur from a collection at McCully

& Crane Art in Rye Above: The drawing room walls are clad in

de Gournay silk. The painting over the mantlepiece is of Jane

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com Below: The outer hall at the house entrance. The marble

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No stately home would be without a library and Goodnestone is, of course, no exception.

Leather armchairs, shelves groaning with worthy leather-bound tomes – including rare

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But perhaps the most important factor in saving the

British country house was a change in public opinion– the

nation finally woke up to the fact that these structures

were not merely the playthings of the rich and privileged

but an irreplaceable part of a shared national heritage.

This awareness increased as more and more owners

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attraction for visitors. These buildings were not museums.

The walls on which the portraits hung were not those of

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not museums, galleries or parks. They were stately homes.

Strangely enough the idea of opening their homes to total

strangers has also proved attractive to many owners. Those

I have spoken to over the years have all enjoyed inviting the

public in. They are understandably proud of these beautiful

buildings and also, of their ancestry and ancestors.

And so it is with Julian, the 22nd Lord FitzWalter,

who succeeded in 2004 to one of the most ancient

of England’s baronies. The 1st Baron FitzWalter was

Left: The shaker-style units and island in the kitchen were

custom-built and painted in Pigeon by Farrow & Ball by the

builders- BW May. The copper pans were from Ardingly. Below:

The breakfast room is a couple of steps up and through bronze

and glass doors designed by Marcus and Francesca. The panes

match exactly the panes in the Georgian sash windows

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Above: Light pours into the breakfast room through two floorto-ceiling

windows. The oval table was designed by Marcus and

Francesca and made to order by the project’s main contractors,

BW May. The stone surround was custom made based on a

fireplace in the cellar, with the FitzWalter coat of arms added.

The painting over it is by Luke Hannam from McCully & Crane

Art, Rye. Marcus found the wonderful collection of leaf pressings

in the attic. Right: Between the dining room and the drawing

room is the Oval Hall, the original entrance of the house with

exquisite painted panels in the Georgian neo-classical style

the leader of the baronial opposition to King John, one

of the twenty-five sureties of Magna Carta in 1215, and

finally slipped into legend as the father of Maid Marian.

The stunning gardens of Julian’s much-loved family

seat, Goodnestone Park, have long been open to the

public but now the main house, too, will welcome

visitors – and not merely the kind who will wander

about, appreciate and leave. Julian’s visitors will be able

to rent the entire house and stay as long as they wish.

“My mother was the last of the family to live here and

she really only used three or four rooms. In winter it was

a pretty chilly business running down unheated passages

between them,” he says. “When she died, the house was in

need of extensive renovation and it was also clear that, in

today’s world, it was going to have to pay its own way.”

Built in 1704 by Julian’s ancestor, Sir Brook

Bridges, Goodnestone is a truly lovely Palladian

country house enjoying that uniquely Georgian


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“Right from the start Lord FitzWalter was very specific about what he

wanted. He wanted it to be a home that would represent and reflect the

family, five-star standard, but never to feel commercial” says Francesca


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combination of welcome, warmth and elegance.

Jane Austen was a regular visitor and wrote of the ‘great

pleasure’ the house and grounds gave her. Her brother,

Edward, married Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir Brook’s

grandson, in the local parish church in1791 and there seems

little doubt that Jane gathered considerable material during her

many visits for Pride and Prejudice, which she began in 1796.

Julian’s plans were to renovate and update the house

to a standard where he would be able to offer it as a

venue both for corporate events and five-star private

country house lets. However, this was not going to be

an overnight transformation. This was a project that was

going to take a great deal of time, considerable thought,

an equal amount of creativity and not a little love.

“We didn’t want merely to recreate a Georgian interior,”

says Justin. “We wanted a contemporary interior which would

showcase sympathetically the family’s art and heirlooms.

We were looking for a welcoming, informal elegance.”

Previous page: Julian’s mother’s piano sits at the bottom of the

glorious main staircase, which is lined with ancestral portraits.

Lord and Lady FitzWalter found the magnificent chandelier

with multi-coloured drops in a ‘shed’ in Essex Left: The portrait

and clock are family pieces. The armchair is covered in Ashwell

Sea Storm, by GP & J Baker Below: The largest of the twelve

bedrooms, the FitzWalter Suite is decorated with Colefax and

Fowler white rose paper. The built-in wardrobes are hidden

behind wallpapered doors. Light pours in from three fullheight

windows with glorious views over the grounds. Francesca

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Above: The cushions on the bed in Effie’s Room are covered in a GP & J Baker fabric. The painting was found at an antiques fair

Above all, the designers would have one guiding principle: at

the end of what was going to be a very long day, Goodnestone

must still be a stately home – the FitzWalter family home.

The designers Julian chose were Francesca Rowan-

Plowden and Marcus Crane. Asked to pitch separately, they

decided to join forces and submit a single presentation.

“Had I been given the project, I would have involved

Marcus and vice versa so we decided to pitch together,”

says Francesca. “We knew we would bring complementary

talents to the project. Marcus’s strengths are in sourcing

interesting pieces, mine are in fabrics/textiles.

“Right from the start Julian was very specific about

what he wanted,” she says. “He wanted it to be a home

that would represent and reflect the family. He wanted

it to be five-star standard but never to feel commercial.

He had a very clear vision and it was great to be able

to work toward such a clearly defined goal.”

Also invaluable would be the continuing support and input

from Julian and his wife, Sally. “We would meet regularly to

talk through ideas, go through fabrics and wallpapers and

look at colours. We’d also go together to Ardingly, often

not looking for a specific piece but finding something and

thinking ‘that’s perfect for the library’ or ‘that would go well

under that picture in the Lady FitzWalter suite.’ It wasn’t a

project where you could just decide what you needed, order

it and move on. It was a project that grew organically.”

The project, start to finish, would take two-and-a-half years.

Taking an early 18th century house and positioning it

firmly in the 21st century was never going to be simple

but, surprisingly, it involved very little in the way of

the knocking down of walls and where it has had to be

done it has had the full blessing of English Heritage.

The only major remodelling downstairs was the knocking

through of the kitchen into an adjoining extension that

had served as an office. This has provided a spacious,

elegant and state-of-the-art kitchen capable of serving the

24 guests the house is now designed to accommodate.

The shaker-style units and island were custom-built.

The breakfast room is a couple of steps up and through

bronze and glass doors designed by Marcus. The panes match

exactly the panes in the Georgian sash windows. This is a

glorious, bright room, the light pouring in through floorto-ceiling

windows – the perfect place to start any day.

The oval table was made to order by the project’s main

contractors, BW May, and the chimney piece was found

in the cellar and given a new FitzWalter coat of arms.

On the walls is a wonderful collection of leaf pressings that

Marcus found long-forgotten in the attic, framed and gave

the pride of place they deserved. They are complemented by

the contemporary abstract by Luke Hannam which hangs

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over the fireplace – a juxtaposition of old and new which

continues throughout the house, never inappropriate and

always gently contributing to the air of elegant informality.

Even the rooms such as the ‘formal’ dining room are

anything but. Here the superb dining table was commissioned

by Julian and Sally and made by Alastair Murray. The

star of this show must, however, be the stunning, bespoke

hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. Hanging there in

all its delicate serenity, one wouldn’t know that it was the

one item in the whole project that was a major drama.

When the old wallpaper was stripped from the walls,

the man from de Gournay, he say no. “He said there

was no way that they could hang £30,000-worth of

de Gournay paper on walls in that condition,” says

Francesca. “This gave us a serious problem because

the new plaster would take months to dry. Luckily, we

discovered Stevensons of Norwich and they provided a

special fast-drying treatment that solved our problems.”

Between the dining room and the drawing room is the

Oval Hall, the lovely main entrance hall until the Victorians

decided to switch the building around by building a classical

portico at the back and making that the main entrance. The

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honourable WWII battle scars, from the time the building was

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Above: The walls of Henry’s Room are painted in Hague Blue by

Farrow & Ball. The sunburst mirror is from Barnstar, Rye

Left: The teal tiles are from Topps Tiles

Family treasures include two lovely bow-fronted walnut

chests of drawers, a delicate travelling chest and a beautiful tall

yew cabinet. Two of Julian’s mother’s chairs sit comfortably

telling tales of yesteryear to two new recruits from sofa.com.

No stately home would be without a library and

Goodnestone is, of course, no exception. Leather

armchairs, shelves groaning with worthy leatherbound

tomes – including rare Jane Austen early

editions – and on the walls, more ancestors.

But what’s this the sofa’s have gathered around with

such interest? Certainly not something you’d find in an

18th century library. At first it looks like a giant poof –

and so indeed it is but it’s made from an old leather gym

vaulting horse. And above the fireplace, mixing it with the

forebears, a big contemporary abstract by Paula MacArthur

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ancestral portraits to the first floor and the remaining

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Above left: Francesca and Marcus found the pictures in

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Previous page, above: The chairs in the Games Room were upholstered by Richard Harris in Jane Churchill velvet. The cabinet

to the left is a family piece. The brass stags on the chimneypiece are from Cinque Ports Antiques in Rye. The white table lamps are

from Woodcocks of Tenterden. The portrait was found in the attic. The mirror was found at Ardingly Previous page, below: The

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dahlia painting in Francis’s bedroom were both found at Ardingly. The chest of drawers is a family piece. The plaid curtain fabric is by

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breeding. William is a potter and his room sports

blue and white Japanese porcelain. Francis’ love of

the country translates into plaids and tweeds.

All of which is a further reflection of Julian’s determination,

from the very beginning, that the reborn Goodnestone

should be a celebration of his family both past and

present. So has he achieved his goal? Is he happy with the

result of two-and-a-half years of careful thought, detailed

planning and sheer hard work that Sally, Francesca,

Marcus and he have put into this challenging project?

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table, punch the air and whoop at the top of his voice, he

might well do just this. But over the centuries his family have

found that aristocrats who indulge in this sort of behaviour

tend to have their heads separate from their shoulders. So

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Previous page: The kitchen island and the ‘wooden’ wall that runs from the front to the back of the house were designed by

Francesca and made by Hastings & Bexhill Wood Recycling from sanded, unpainted, scaffolding board. The industrial-style ceiling

lights were being thrown out of a café in St Leonards. Francesca found the real ship’s porthole on a stall in Hastings Old Town. The

table is from eBay and the chairs are from Dunelm. The tractor seat stools are from Strand Quay Antiques Above: The blue sitting

room sofa is from made.com and the white painted chest from – as many other objects of desire around the house – McCully &

Crane in Rye. Marcus Crane was Francesca’s design partner in the refurbishment of Goodnestone Park (see page 54)

This issue sees something of a Wealden Times first -

featuring two houses by the same interior designer.

Why? Well, the simple answer is that the work of Ms

Francesca Rowan-Plowden is in need of serious celebration.

Every month, when I walk into yet another breathtaking

home, I am stunned by what extraordinary flair and

talent so many owners have. Exposed to creativity on

such a scale, I find myself struggling not to blurt out

the opinion that they should do this for a living.

When I visited Francesca’s Georgian farmhouse near Rye

some years ago I remember totally losing this struggle. I

doubt very much if my career advice was taken seriously

but others considerably more qualified than I must have

expressed exactly the same opinion because Francesca has

since launched Rowan Plowden Design and become one

of the best professional designers south of the Smoke.

Actress, TV presenter, mother of four young boys and

founder of Rye’s popular Lamb Players, established

when she was curator of Lamb House, Francesca is

currently being fêted for her work with Marcus Crane at

Goodnestone, but one of her great strengths is versatility

- and little demonstrates this versatility as dramatically

as placing stately home alongside holiday home.

Field View, her own property on The Ridge at Winchelsea

Beach, was always intended as a rental so, although she

was the owner and would stay there as often as possible,

it was not somewhere she could indulge herself. Rather

than please one client – as she might on most projects –

she was going to have to please a wide range of potential

guests, none of whom she had ever even met.

Francesca and her husband, wine importer Piers Plowden, had

always liked the idea of a beach property. “As a child I used

to spend holidays with my aunt and uncle in Nantucket,” she

says. “Piers grew up in Bermuda and our favourite holiday

spot is Île de Ré” (an island off the west coast of France.

“We saw the Winchelsea house advertised just before

we went on holiday and thought it would be gone by

the time we got back but it wasn’t so we met the


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Above: The original sunroom is now used as a dining/breakfast

area. The table and bench were made by the Hastings & Bexhill

Wood Recycling with wood reclaimed from Hastings Pier. The

steel walls lights are by Cox & Cox and the walls are painted in

Farrow & Ball Ammonite Left: the chair is from Strand Quay

Antiques and the sheepskin from Hunter Jones, both in Rye. The

wooden stag’s head is from Eras of Style in Bexhill

The woodburner is set into a

central chimney that is all that is left

of the original wall that separated

the front and rear rooms


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owner – a very sweet lady – and put in an offer,” she

says. “We then got gazumped but the lady very kindly

turned down the better offer and went with us.

“We knew it was going to make an amazing beach house but

we wanted to take it a step further and make it somewhere

people would want to come and stay year round,” she says. “It

was not only going to have to have a cool bright summer feel

but a warmth that would make it a cosy retreat in winter.”

It was also going to need a considerable number of walls

knocked down and a considerable number more put up.

When the couple took possession the ground floor consisted

of two rooms and a sunroom. These have now been

knocked though into one large living area which opens out

through matching glass doors onto new decking front and

back made from old, black-painted scaffolding boards.

The sunroom remains a sunroom but is also now a dining/

breakfast area with terrific views down over the fields

toward the beach and a table and benches made by the

rightly-celebrated Hastings & Bexhill Wood Recycling,

with wood reclaimed from the old Hastings pier.


Right: Over the door into the kitchen the Fish sign is from

Wishbarn Antiques in Rye Below: Francesca “doesn’t do” fitted

kitchens. The natural wood shelving and a work surface were

made by H&B Wood Recycling. The full height cupboard was

made by Francesca’s father from old wooden tractor trailer doors.

Blue curtains in denim by Merchant & Mills in Rye cover the

dishwasher, freezer and washing machine. The kitchen walls are

painted in Ammonite and Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball


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Previous page: The four-foot-high framed poster of Gary

Cooper is from McCully & Crane Above: The bed in the master

bedroom has been raised to be on a level with the windows

looking south over the fields to the sea. The headboard and

cushions were designed by Francesca, part of a new range she

is now developing. Right: Chest from Hunter Jones, rug from

Hunter Jones, painting from Lion Street Store The lamp, made

from an old wooden-cased voltmeter, is from McCully & Crane

On the walls are works by two Rye artists – mermaids by

Richard Adams and a delicate ladybird drawing by Lincoln

Taber. Flanking the window are two galvanised steel nautical

lights by Cox & Cox. “There are odd nods to the seaside

here and there,” says Francesca, “but nothing too obvious

– I didn’t want to start going down the seashell route.”

Also delightfully conspicuous by its absence is any evidence

of The Dead Stuffed Things School of Interior Design. True,

there is a stag’s head above the woodburner in the living area

but this is a lovely wood carving from Eras of Style in Bexhill.

The woodburner is set into a central chimney that is

all that is left of the original wall separating the front

and rear rooms. “It was the most expensive item in

the house to buy and to install,” says Francesca, “but

I really wanted to make sure that the house was a real

home for all seasons and it certainly does its job.”

The fireplace is now open from both sides of the chimney,

heating and cheering both the sitting room area and the

kitchen behind. The sofa is from made.com and the white

painted chest – as many other objects of desire around

the house – from McCully & Crane in Rye, owned by

Marcus Crane, who you will remember was Francesca’s

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The former garage has now been converted into a twin bedroom, games room and a bathroom. Above: The desk and chair in the

twin bedroom are from Francesca’s childhood. The Tintin print is from Eras of Style. The rug is from Hunter Jones


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Above Left: The headboards are Rowan Plowden. Francesca bought the old painted toy box serving as a joint bedside table from a

stall in Lydd. The ceiling lampshade is from Hunter Jones. The wall behind the beds is painted in Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball.

The hurricane lamps on the chest are from Dunelm Above right: Over the free-standing bath in the in new bathroom is a picture by

Francesca’s artist uncle, Nick Maddison.

The majority of walls throughout the downstairs are

Farrow & Ball Ammonite but a great feature of the

ground floor is a superb ‘wooden’ wall that runs from

the front to the back of the house and is clad floor to

ceiling in sanded, unpainted scaffolding board, effortlessly

giving the whole area a lovely beachy, driftwood feel.

Pièce de résistance in the kitchen area is a stunning

central island designed by Francesca, built by H&B

Wood Recycling and incorporating a huge hidden

kitchen storage area and lit by two industrial-style lights

that were being thrown out of a café in St Leonards.

In one side wall is a real ship’s porthole which Francesca

bought from a stall which appears and disappears Brigadoonlike

in Hastings Old Town and is run by a bloke called John.

At one end of the island is virtually a wall of glass, with

doors out into a magical shingle garden. At the other end are

parked two tractor-seat stools which serve as extra seating to

a circular dining table, joining a matching set of stylish steel

chairs that only Francesca could have found at Dunelm.

In an existing extension is the business end of the kitchen

– and as Francesca “doesn’t do fitted kitchens,” it’s all

natural wood shelving, a work surface made by H&B Wood

Recycling, a superb full height cupboard made by Francesca’s

father from old wooden tractor trailer doors, and pretty blue

curtains covering a dishwasher, freezer and washing machine.

At the end is a former loo, now a wetroom which means guests

can come in straight from the beach through the kitchen

door, down the tiled-floor kitchen and into the shower.

On the landing is a four-foot-high framed poster of Gary

Cooper from McCully & Crane, one of a pair of lobsterpot-y

string lampshades from made.com and a smart blind designed

by Francesca with ticking from Merchant & Mills.


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Downstairs, the former owner’s double bedroom now sports a

high bed on a level with the windows, so that when you open

your eyes you are looking south over the fields to the sea. The

headboard was designed by Francesca as were the cushions

– among the first of a new range she is now developing. On

the chest of drawers is a light made from an old woodencased

voltmeter, almost a trademark of McCully & Crane.

The former garage has been converted into a twin bedroom,

games room and bathroom. Again, the headboards are Rowan

Plowden and serving as a joint bedside table between the

beds is an old painted toy box Francesca bought from Lydd

from another resident of Brigadoon, a bloke called Drew.

The double aspect window sports more Rowan Plowden/

M&M blinds. The lampshade and the rug – as do most of

the rugs gracing Field View – comes from Hunter Jones.

Over the free-standing bath in the new bathroom is a

picture by Francesca’s artist uncle, Nick Madison. The

Left: Stairs painted in Purbeck Stone with runner in Railings

lead up to the vaulted master bedroom with a view to the sea

Below: The wall of the master bedroom is clad in the same sanded

scaffolding planks. The bedside lamps are from McCully & Crane.

Francesca designed the headboard. The cushions are covered in

Ralph Lauren fabric and the throw is from John Lewis

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Above left: Wrought-iron daybed from IKEA. Francesca designed the Roman blind, which is in Ralph Lauren fabric

Above right: The shuttered mirror in the bathroom is from Strand Antiques and the industrial style light fitting is from

Cox & Cox. The blue glass is from LSA International

games room’s south-facing glass doors lead out onto an area

of decking and while this room would have made a superb

bedroom, it sits below local sea level, so this is verboten.

Instead, equipped with large TV, it’s an elegant bolthole for

the young. The TV cabin came from H&B Wood Recycling

and the high desk from McCully & Crane. A nice touch are

the woollen sea urchin poofs which serve as mini bean bags.

So onward and upward to the top of the house and an

absolutely magical vaulted bedroom suite from which

there is not only a great view out over the fields but

one can also see the blue ribbon of the sea beyond.

This area was just one large one, stepped into from the

top of the stairs, but Francesca has remodelled the whole

floor to provide a landing, spacious double bedroom,

lovely bathroom accessed through a pair of elegant

reclaimed wood doors and a secret, curtained child’s

sleeping cubbyhole made from an old attic cupboard.

The brilliant touch here is the reclaimed scaffolding

cladding behind the Rowan Plowden headboard, made

all the more dramatic as bed and cladding are what

greet you the moment you step into the room. In the

window is an Ikea wrought-iron day bed. The table

lamps are, of course, McCully & Crane. The blinds

in both bedroom and bathroom are Rowan Plowden

designed and the fabric is Ralph Lauren while the

bathroom’s three industrial lights are Cox & Cox.

Predictably, Field View was an instant success. Its

first posting on Facebook had 4,000 hits and it’s

never looked back, proving virtually as popular a

winter bolt hole as it has a summer escape.

So what’s the secret of its immediate success? Why does

it stand out from the crowd? Why is it that one feels

at once so impressed and so at home when one walks

into, not only Field View, but any Rowan Plowden

gig? What makes the difference between a gifted

amateur and such an accomplished professional?

Personally, I have no idea whatever, which is why I try so

manfully to keep my views to myself as I wander around

yet another property in which I would be delighted

to spend the rest of this life and most of the next.


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Colourful character

We asked kitchen designers for their expert

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Kitchens are becoming bolder with mixed

styles and colours - a Shaker-painted cabinet

with zinc worktops, or painted cabinets with

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separate furniture pieces, it’s important to

link them to the rest of the kitchen - through

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When it comes to colour, blue seems to be the

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materials. Using glass is our speciality. It’s

super strong, heat resistant and very hygienic,

and comes in great colours.”

Simon Wood

Cobham Furniture

43-47 Cobham High St, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3DP

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“Clients are moving away from the greys and are starting to feel adventurous

about inserting some colour into their kitchen design.We say – be brave and

bold. Even a hint of colour can give your kitchen an instant face lift. It can

make it feel wider and draw attention to a feature worth highlighting. A

client came back to us wanting a splash of colour and we added a dresser in

blue. Dressers are the most popular freestanding pieces.”

Lindsey Durrant

Burlanes

41 Dartford Road,

Sevenoaks, Kent

TN13 3TE

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WT Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement

Muuto E27 bulb

£59, Rume

rume.co.uk

Moorish inspired

ceramic bowls, £3.99 each

Lavender Goose

www.lavendergoose.co.uk

Vintage Oxo tin

£8, Raspberry Mash

raspberrymash.co.uk

Bright sparks

Colour your kitchen beautiful with these bold annd beautiful accessories

The nutmeg grater

£0.99, Jeremy’s

Home Store

jeremyshomestore.co.uk

Plus multi salt or

pepper mill, £55

Rume rume.co.uk

Melamine cups,

£2.50, Berry Red

berryred.co.uk

Apple green

bowl, £21

Cloudberry Living

cloudberryliving.co.uk

Smeg pastel blue

kettle, £99.95

Beric Appliances

Cranbrook

01580 712656

Colourworks silicone

strainer, £11.99

Kitchen Craft

kitchencraft.co.uk

Regent four-slot toaster

£190.20, Rowlett Rutland

rowlettrutland.co.uk

Nest utensils, £30

Joseph Joseph

johnlewis.com

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Rockpool 28cm bowl

£65, Jo Downs

jodowns.com

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Kitchen cupboard door

handles, £3.50 each

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Autumn is coming

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WT Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement

From greenhouse

to our house

Bathroom plants are back back back… Jo Arnell advises what varieties to

choose for this hotly revived trend – and how to keep them alive

After years out there in the interior design

wilderness, houseplants are trendy once more,

and looking especially cool in bathrooms.

Whether you want a jungle, or a more restrained or

contemporary look, there will be a plant to help create

the mood. Let’s do the Cheese plant again…

Design

Using one big plant (it doesn’t have to be a Monstera) in

your smallest room will make a statement and provide a

striking focal point. Contemporary spaces are enhanced

with architectural plants like Yuccas, but if your bathroom

feels a bit stark and clinical, a frothy line of Maidenhair

ferns along a shelf or a tasteful update on a cascading

Spider plant will soften the edges. Try a single pale orchid

for restrained opulence, or the frills and fronds of a

Boston fern or Kentia palm to cheer up a dull corner.

Health and beauty

Indoor plants not only make a room look fresher, the

plants themselves bring added health benefits. Studies

have shown that we feel calmer, safer and more creative

in the presence of plants. Many help lower humidity

levels by absorbing moisture through their leaves and

some can even purify the air and absorb polluting toxins.

So that’s clean, green and serene. Let’s get planting!

Growing conditions and cultivation

Houseplants are able to cope with varying degrees of low

light. As a general rule cacti and succulents need good light

and will be fine in direct sunlight. Those with dark green,

tough looking leaves will manage in shade and big floppy

leaves tend to need more watering. Most bathrooms are

humid environments, but if, like me, you have a cold and

draughty house, some plants will curl up their leaves


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in horror. Choose carefully. A potted plant is completely

dependant on you, so be a kindly jailor and remember to

feed and water your captives according to their needs.

11 of the best bathroom plants

Some like it steamy

These plants have come from areas of naturally high

humidity and often have either large lush looking

leaves, or tiny delicate ones. Misting is also a good way

of introducing moisture (for you and the plant).

Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) - huge split

leaves (not remotely like Swiss cheese except for holes).

This monster is a climber and will need support.

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) - absorbs pollution

and moisture from the air. Peace lilies are toxic,

however, so avoid if you have small children.

Boston fern - likes a moisture retentive soil and

indirect light. Trim out any browning leaves.

Maidenhair fern (Adantium) - small, delicate fronds on a

compact plant, but needs a bit of tlc to stop it withering (I

only have to glance at one). Keep out of direct sunlight.

Architectural wonders

Succulents, spiky cacti and palms make striking focal

points in contemporary settings. Do not overwater.

Aloe vera - the sap in this spiky plant can be used medicinally.

String-of-beads (Senecio rowleyanus) - trailing green bobbles

best grown in a hanging container in gritty compost.

Air plants (Bromeliads) - these don’t need

any soil at all and can be attached to pieces of

wood or stone and misted once a week.

The indestructibles

Choose these if you’re not a nurturer, as they will put up with

some neglect. For best results, be kind but don’t pamper.

Cast iron plant (Aspidistra) - the name says

it all. You just can’t kill this one…

Bamboo (Dracaena braunii) - this is the small ‘lucky’

type of bamboo that won’t take over the bathroom.

Snake plant (Sansevieria) also known as ‘mother-in-law’s

tongue’. It’s another succulent, so don’t overwater.

Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana) - tall,

elegant dark green fronds.

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Kreoo Nabhi Bowl 09 Sodalite blue, £12,000,

West One Bathrooms, westonebathrooms.com

Dornbracht MEM 3 hole mixer taps

in Cyprum, £2329.56 inc. vat, Walton

Bathrooms, waltonbathrooms.co.uk

Washstand

and deliver

Refresh your bathroom, starting with the basin. Surface bowls now come

in all shapes and colours, while set under basins are paired with washstands

and vanities, with handy storage. Fittings are fab in copper and brass, with

polished steel great to pair when the basin is the statement

Warehouse Parisienne Double Washstand

in Portoro marble with copper bowls (without

taps) £4,998 inc. vat, Catchpole & Rye,

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La Loire Three Hole Taphead in Antiqued

Brass, from £450 plus vat, Catchpole & Rye

catchpoleandrye.com

Heritage Caversham graphite grey wall hung vanity

unit 1 drawer, £995 inc. vat, Cranleigh Bathroom

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Colour

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For years it’s been ‘any colour as long as it’s

white...’ but why not make a statement with

a bath that is bold and beautiful? (And you

never know, one day soon avocado suites

might start to look appealing again...)

Calabar bath

£3,145, Ripples

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Ocean blue

mother-of-pearl

Blenheim bath £6,200

Chadder & Co.

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The

Jennings bath

£8,626.80, The

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Natural Stone Specialists

Unit 1 Croft Works

Diplocks Industrial Estate

Hailsham East Sussex BN27 3JF

Email: sales@sussexstone-ceramic.co.uk

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Open Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm Sat 9am-3pm

Bespoke worktops in

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Large selection of natural tiles and mosaics

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Glass cage candle holder

and terrariums, from

£19.50, Dassie Artisan

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Golden crystal and

metal dispenser

£22.99, Zara Home

zarahome.com

Octagon copper

mirror, £36.95

MiaFleur miafleur.com

Bathing

beauties

Add warmth

and sheen

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Toulouse sequin basket

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Prosecco bath salts, £4.99

The Oak Room

oakroomshop.co.uk

Body brush, £8

Green People

greenpeople.co.uk

Rhita hanging mirror

£29.95, Dassie Artisan

dassieartisan.com

Copper pipe toilet roll

stand, £65, Lime Lace

limelace.co.uk

Copper hammered

storage pot, £9

Marquis & Dawe

marquisanddawe.co.uk

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Ormeaux Mix as

patchwork, £4.65 per tile

available in 12 designs,

Tile Library tilelibrary.co.uk

Alhambra, £224.89

per m², Tile Mates

tilematesgroup.com

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Colour supplement

Original Style Ottoman

£249.83 per m², Tile

Mates tilematesgroup.com

Tiles are a brilliant - and practical – way to bring colour and

pattern into bathrooms and kitchens

Original Style Odyssey in

Tapestry Blue, £2.95 per

tile, Tile Library

tilelibrary.co.uk

Original Style York

in Black and Dover

White, £97 per m2

Ceramic Tile Warehouse

ceramictilewarehouse.co.uk

Original Style Bolero Blue

£90.88 per m², Tile Mates

tilematesgroup.com

Original Style Glassworks

Colorado, £4.62 per tile

Ceramic Tile Warehouse

ceramictilewarehouse.co.uk

Nikea patchwork tiles

£38.40 per m², Tenterden

Tiling tenterdentiling.co.uk

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Stellisons

Canterbury 01227 767576

stellisonselectrical.co.uk

Wright’s Warehouse

Maidstone 01622 690246

wrightswarehouse.co.uk

BAthrooms

The Bathroom Shop

Tenterden 01580 763207

the-bathroomshop.co.uk

West One Bathrooms

Tunbridge Wells

01892 548111

westonebathrooms.com

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Kitchens

Burlanes

Sevenoaks 01732 605001

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Directory

Catchpole & Rye

Chelsea Walk 0207 351 0940 /

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Hammertons

Cross in Hand 01435 868611

hammertons.co.uk

HKS

Eastbourne / Haywards

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Leonards 01435 866166

hks-uk.com

Neptune

Tonbridge 01732 531866

neptune.com/tonbridge

Potts Ltd.

Maidstone 01732 848444 potts.

ltd.uk

Stonewright UK Ltd

Ashford 01233 650944

stonewrightuk.com

Sussex Stone, Marble

& Granite Ltd

Hailsham 01323 848100

sussexstone.co.uk

Traditional Bespoke Furniture

Matfield 01892 723083

traditionalbespokefurniture.co.uk

Woodwork Traditional

Handmade Furniture

Tunbridge Wells

01892 533273

woodworkkitchens.co.uk

building supplies

Parker Building Supplies

Crowborough / East Grinstead

/ Heathfield / Maidstone /

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0844 257 7000

parkerpaving.co.uk

KITCHENS

Collins Bespoke

Ashford 01233 822595

collinsbespoke.com

JM Interiors

Biddenden 01580 291221

jminteriorsuk.uk

The Kitchen Doctor

01689 850000

thekitchendoctor.com

Mountshill Woodcraft &

Design Ltd

Cranbrook 01580 715911

mountshill.com

knobs & handles

These Please

01435 817153

theseplease.co.uk

plumbing

Ask Plumbing

Aylesford 01622 791791

askplumbing.co.uk

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Freelands Tiles

Sevenoaks 01732 459765

freelands-tiles.co.uk

Tenterden Tiling

Tenterden 01580 761191

tenterdentiling.co.uk

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Goudhurst 01580 212700

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Prepare for the coming colder months with hardy boots, fleecy layers and handcrafted accessories

John Smedley sweater, £185, Meyer trousers, £99, County Clothes Menswear, Canterbury, Tenterden, Reigate

countyclothesmenswear.co.uk; Barbour waxed jacket, £239, RM Williams Stockyard boots, £180, The Golden

Boot, Maidstone 01622 752349 thegoldenboot.co.uk; Jack Murphy hat, £29.99, Charity Farm Countrystore,

01580 713189 charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk

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Linda Pope

F.B.D.O

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Is proud to present “Powder’s” exciting range of adult socks,

gloves, scarves and hats plus delightful socks and mittens for

little ones. All with Powder’s beautiful gift boxes or bags. Lovely

Autumn separates at sensible prices have also just arrived.

Opening Hours: Tuesday—Friday 10.30am—5pm

Saturday 10.30am—3.30pm

44 High Street, Charing, Kent TN27 0HX 01233 714689

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Rye Road • Hawkhurst

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ranges of clothing. With

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in the southeast, please visit our

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As well as a smaller collection

of contemporary BARBOUR, our

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to be stocking ranges of R M

WILLIAMS footwear and clothing.

Established in 1932, the name is

synonymous with quality crafted

boots and accessories.

19 St. Margarets St,

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Kent CT1 2TH

Tel: 01227 765294

2 East Cross,

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Kent TN30 6AD

Tel: 01580 765159

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Braided leather belt, £49.99, The Golden Boot, Maidstone 01622 752349 thegoldenboot.co.uk

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Barbour shirt, £59.95, tartan dog lead, £42.95, Schoffel fleece gilet, £129.95, RM Williams Stockyard boots, £180, The Golden

Boot, Maidstone 01622 752349 thegoldenboot.co.uk; Meyer trousers, £99, County Clothes Menswear, Canterbury, Tenterden,

Reigate countyclothesmenswear.co.uk

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Brakeburn flannel shirt, £39.95, Charity Farm Countrystore, 01580 713189 charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk;

Braintree trousers, £59, The Golden Fleece, Rye 01797 224271 thegoldenfleece.co.uk; brown suede belt,

£29.99, Goorin Bros flat cap, £35, Red Wing shoes, £239, The Golden Boot, Maidstone 01622 752349

thegoldenboot.co.uk

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Trousers and shoes, as before; Fynch-Hatton shirt, £65, sheepskin lined parka jacket, £470, County Clothes Menswear, Canterbury,

Tenterden, Reigate countyclothesmenswear.co.uk

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STYLISH SHOES FOR STYLISH FEET

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NEW FIORELLI BAGS

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humidity meter. It was sent to me by Volvic, years

ago, and it tells me how damp or dry the air is. Over

summer, the needle was occasionally pointing at the ‘Damp’

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when your skin’s barrier is impaired, it acts a bit like a sieve

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One of the best-known ‘barrier products’ is of course

Vaseline. Now, I’m absolutely not suggesting that you

slather your skin in Vaseline – even if Joan Collins does

swear by it; it’s way too greasy for applying make-up and

there is probably even less of a pleasure factor in using it

as part of your night-time regime than in applying it to a

small person’s derrière. Like, less than zero. But at least in

part, one very good reason that the ultra-rich, somewhat

pricy Crème de la Mer earned its impressive anti-ageing

reputation is that it, in common with Vaseline, is brilliant at

maintaining skin’s ‘barrier’. (La Mer The Moisturizing Cream

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The good news is that great moisturisers are now available

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(No, I don’t know how it works, either – and care less: the

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Chanel Hydra Beauty Crème, £50 for 50g, offers an active

ingredient from camellia flower: after four hours, Chanel’s

tests showed that skin hydration was still boosted by 40%.

There’s also a Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel-Crème, also £50

for 50ml – and what I would say is that these ‘gel-creams’

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October’s outlook

Wealden Times talks to Susannah Hewett...

Health & Beauty

Do you have a beauty

regime? I have a beauty regime

as much as my life affords.

Between running our business

and having two children at

primary school, I’m not left

with much time! I got into the

routine of cleanse, tone and

moisturise as a teenager and

have managed to stick to that.

I make sure my diet includes a

good variety of fresh fruit and

vegetables and I drink lots of

water to keep myself and my

skin hydrated. Having lived

in the Middle East for six

years I have also got into the

good habit of using a SPF30

moisturiser on my face every

day, come rain or shine. I vary

the products I use but try to

stick to products made in the

UK and that champion clean

and natural ingredients.

Is there a particular product

you couldn’t live without? I

cannot live without lip balm.

My trusty mini Vaseline with

aloe vera comes with me

everywhere. I have a spare in

my car, handbag, on my bedside

table, and it also doubles up as

a ‘heal all’ cream when the little

ones injure themselves. Upping the

ante a little, Eve Lom cleanser is

always on my Christmas wish list.

What’s your ultimate pampering

treat? My ultimate pampering

treat is not one I fulfil very often,

as I suspect is the case with

lots of busy women. It would

definitely involve a full spa day

with a vigorous massage to

loosen my muscles, followed by

a soothing facial and of course, a

long siesta in a relaxation room.

Once a month would be ideal..

Do you have a style icon? I

admire any woman who looks

confident and understands who

she is and what works for her.

My icon would actually be my

mum. Since hanging up her

farm shop apron eight years ago

she has taken time for herself to

explore her interests and what

she loves. Everyone comments

on how stylish she is and how

she looks and seems younger.

She is a great role model for me,

thinking a few years ahead!

Susannah and her husband Craig

run Eggs to Apples, a beautiful

award-winning farm shop in

Etchingham. They’re the third

generation of Barnes to run a farm

shop, and have taken an inspired

and modern approach to the

business. Pop in for a coffee and

pick up a copy of Wealden Times.

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Nuts about nuts...

If you’re on the wrong side

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wonder what those bundles

of frilly fruits are outside

village grocers. From August

to October, cobnuts are in

abundance around Kent,

and unlike other nuts,

they’re sold fresh and have a

crunchy, milky and delicately

succulent flavour. Bowls full

of them adorn dinner tables

at Christmas time, and they

work well with both savoury

and sweet dishes, adding

texture and a nutritional

kick. They’re low in sodium,

making them the perfect mid

afternoon nibble, and they’re

packed with protein, fat and

fibre, meaning they’ll give the

nibbler a satisfied ‘full’ feeling,

keeping sugary cravings at bay.

The copper and magnesium

content reduces blood pressure

and inflammation, lowering

the risk of cardiovascular

disease and benefiting healthy

circulation and brain function.

If you’re coming to the

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Helen was treated to the

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minerals are antibacterial

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The top grade mineral

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A month to remember

Health

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. An average of 55,000 men and

women are diagnosed every year, so to keep you all in the know, we asked some

experts to talk through the process, from consultation to recovery.

Genevieve runs Stalwart

Wellness in ‘Tenterden...

What are the side effects of breast cancer treatment

and surgery? Breast cancer treatment is often followed

by a decline in upper body function. Up to 50% of our

patients suffer from symptoms after surgery, radiotherapy

and chemotherapy. These can include bodily problems

like impaired shoulder mobility, muscle weakness,

severe arm pain, lymphedema and cording, which is the

development of fibrous scar tissue after lymph nodes

have been removed. Other side effects can range from

fatigue and nausea to lowered self esteem and anxiety.

What happens in one of your workshops? The pain

and dysfunction associated with breast cancer therapies

is a consequence of restrictions in connective tissue. As

a result, our approach is to focus on mobilising these

restrictions by using gentle, non-invasive techniques that

often produce dramatic, life-changing results. Breast

cancer recovery is a very sensitive time. A time to be

respected for the hard-won healing that is taking place,

as well as the physical and emotional complexities that

are encountered. People recovering from breast cancer

face many challenges, not only in getting strength and

energy back, but in many cases, regaining self-confidence

and learning to trust the body once more. Specialist

Pilates rehabilitation equipment can be used to improve

movement in joints, work the abdominal muscles, improve

balance and stability and build strength and endurance.

With the use of Thera-Bands, weights, yoga postures and

breathing techniques, a high quality of life can be restored.

What are the benefits and results that your clients have

had? Clients will often regain function in their upper

bodies, sometimes after months or even years of impaired

movement. Recent studies show a direct link between

moderate physical exercise and an improved quality of life

for breast cancer survivors. Along with direct strength and

mobility improvements in the shoulders and arms, the

core muscles in the abdomen and back can be retrained

and stabilised. Self-confidence and a positive body

image come naturally once posture and biomechanics

are restored. Increased energy levels and decreased stress

and tension mean clients develop the confidence to

practise at home and take part in everyday activities.

Genevieve is fully qualified and experienced in Cancer

Rehabilitation. Working closely with Macmillan

Cancer means she can help clients before, during

and after treatments. Being fluent in English,

German and French gives her the ability to work

with a huge range of clients. To get in contact visit

stalwartwellness.co.uk or call 07779 670502.

Spire in Tunbridge Wells give us an

insight into the options...

What do you offer as part of a One Stop consultation? The

One Stop Breast Clinic is consultant led. Whether you need a

breast check or diagnosis of any symptoms, results are discussed

by consultants, radiologists, pathologists, breast care nurses

and oncologists. Within the clinic, patients have access to the

diagnostics they need including consultation, mammogram,

ultrasound and a biopsy if required, and all of our patients

have access to the latest advances in digital mammography. 3D

digital breast tomosynthesis has proven to increase detection

of breast cancer by 25% and has the capabilities of identifying

smaller cancers which can be easily missed. Running the One

Stop Breast Clinic means that patients can walk away feeling

informed of their health from just one appointment.

What are the surgical options? The most common benign

breast lump is called a fibroadenoma, which can be removed

radiologically under local anaesthetic. If this is larger or

cancerous, then surgery will be required. If the cancerous

tumour is particularly large, then chemotherapy or hormone

blocking tablets can aid in reducing the size, making surgery

possible. If a patient has significantly large breasts, there is

an option for therapeutic mammoplasty. This involves the

removal of the tumour alongside breast reshaping, often giving

a desirable cosmetic result. Axilla, or armpit surgery is also

necessary to evaluate the guardian node, or sentinel node, to

ensure the disease hasn’t spread into the lymph nodes. This is

done through a micro-bubble test which detects any spreading.

Some patients may require a mastectomy, in which case they’re

given the option of immediate or delayed breast reconstruction.

This can be carried out with either an implant and mesh, or

the patient’s own tissue.

Can you talk us through a mammogram consultation?

The surgeon would begin by explaining the rationale for a

mammogram, along with the potential risks involved. Typically,

two different views are taken of both breasts, but with the

addition of tomosynthesis one can obtain three dimensional

pictures, thus improving its sensitivity and the diagnostic

accuracy. During the tomosynthesis exam, breasts are placed

under compression while the x-ray arm of the mammography

machine makes an arc over the breast, taking a series of images

at a number of angles. This will only take a few seconds and

all of the images are viewed by the mammographer to ensure

adequate images have been captured for review by a specialist

radiologist.

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital offers a comprehensive range of

services and facilities in a comfortable and relaxed environment

to patients in Kent and surrounding areas. for further

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Food

The Staff

Above: The master at work Above right: Flour

is dusted over proving loaves before baking

Below: Emmanuel periodically checks on the

loaves in the oven

of life

Photographs: David Merewether Styling & Words: Helen Barton

Meet internationally acclaimed baker, author of three titles and

inspirational teacher extraordinaire, Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

Wealden Times visited The Crown in Hastings where the floury

magic happens on a daily basis, picked up a few age-old skills and

came away with a couple of recipes

Sat on a rooftop terrace drinking flat whites, we talk bread. Think beyond

the eternally identical white-sliced blocks in plastic packaging. This

is bread in all its glory. Hand-crafted, kneaded to perfection, proved,

slashed, baked and savoured. These careful hand-crafting hands belong to

Emmanuel Hadjiandreou, or Emmanuel The Baker as I now like to call him.

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Above far right: Beetroot bread proves in baskets on an

old shoe rack Above right: Emmanuel mills his own flour

from wheat grown in Surrey Below: The malt varies in

roasting time, producing numerous beautiful shades

Above: Proving baskets and baking tins line the walls

Below: Emmanuel uses a special tool to slash the dough before

baking, creating the crusty ‘ears’ that appear once finished

Judges Bakery brought him to Hastings, and an organic

offering sealed the deal. His project was to transform a

conventional bakery, and introduce a wider variety of gluten

filled, and gluten free products. What better person for the

job than Emmanuel?

Having learnt his impeccable levels of precision from

working at The Savoy and Gordon Ramsay, he went on to

teach, and still does. The love of teaching comes from the joy

on students’ faces when they take their first loaf out of the

oven, he tells me, and the look of relief that theirs has turned

out like everyone else’s.

The timer Emmanuel seemingly carries everywhere,

bleeps, so as he rushes off to check on the beetroot bread

the conversation changes to menus. Tess and Andrew are

the owners of The Crown pub on All Saints’ Street and were

drawn to Hastings by the ever growing creative hub here.

Having started out with well-loved pub classics, the menu

evolved into a simple, honest and expertly executed collection

of dishes. The bar is graced with an extensive selection of

locally brewed beers that can be perfectly matched with one

of The Crown’s bar snacks. Taste buds tingling yet?

Like so many other grand ideas, Emmanuel’s contribution

to the pub started over a drink. After sharing dreams of

starting his own micro-bakery, Tess and Andrew suggested he

bake bread for the pub. Nearly a year later here he is, using

up kitchen leftovers and dregs of kegs. ‘You can put anything

in bread,’ Emmanuel explains. Potato, hummus, beer,

onion and dill with smoked salmon, seaweed and mackerel,

beetroot, pumpkin, liquorice, charcoal, the list is neverending.

You name it, he’s tried it.

‘Baking is all inclusive, anyone can do it’- Emmanuel

attempts to convince me as I try my hand at kneading for the

first time. His passion, however, is contagious. I’ve since gone

home with a copy of his most recent book ‘How to make

Sourdough’, and have

spent considerable time

gazing wide-eyed at some

of the masterpieces that

fill the pages.

There’s something

about bread that’s

grounding. It’s humbling.

It’s a cultural common

denominator. Do it as

a family, it’s cheap and

above all, it’s fun.


How to

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Food

Beetroot Sourdough

Ingredients:

• 340g strong white flour

• 8g salt

• 200g coarsely grated fresh

beetroot

• +/- 200ml cold tap water

Equipment:

• 2 large mixing bowls (+/-

2l capacity)

• 2 small mixing bowls (+/-

1l capacity)

• 1 grater with a course

setting

• 1 pastry brush

• 200g white sourdough

• +/- 60ml olive oil

• extra strong white flour

for dusting

• 1 loaf tin (500g capacity)

• 1 proving basket (500g

capacity)

• 1 roasting tray

• 1 small peel (for loading

the loaf into the oven)

1. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine the white flour

and salt together to create a dry mix. Set aside.

2. Grate the beetroot on the course setting

and place in a small bowl.

3. In a big mixing bowl, dissolve or break up the

sourdough into small pieces in the water.

4. Mix the flour (dry) mixture into the wet mixture

and combine by hand until it comes together, then

add the grated beetroot and thoroughly mix in.

5. Put half of the olive oil in the other big mixing bowl.

6. Place the sticky dough into the olive oil, allow

to rest for 15 minutes, making sure it is covered

with the small bowl that had the flour in it.

7. After 15 minutes fold the dough lightly

twice and cover with the small bowl.

8. Repeat the process another three times with 15 minutes

rest in between, adding some olive oil, so that the

mixture does not stick to the bottom of the bowl.

Remember to cover the mixture between folds.

9. Allow to rest for 1 hour.

10. Remove from the bowl, using a light sprinkling of white

flour so the dough does not stick. Shape into a ball.

11. Shape the loaves into proving baskets that

have been floured, or a greased tin.

12. Allow to prove for around 3-6 hours or

until the dough is double in size.

Above left: Tess slices some freshly baked loaves for us to

nibble on Above: Chunky doorstop slices are served with

butter and handmade fruit jams

13. Pre heat the oven to 250C / 500F / Gas 9 on a

fan setting with a deep tray at the bottom.

14. Once the bread is ready for baking, turn it out of

the proving basket onto a floured peel and slash

the loaf with a very sharp serrated knife.

15. Place the loaf in the oven.

16. Add a cup of tap water on the hot bottom tray to

form steam, lower the oven to 220C / 425F / Gas 7.

17. If the loaf is in a bread tin, follow steps 15 and 16,

remembering to slash the top of the loaf with a

sharp serrated knife before placing in the oven.

18. Bake for around 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

19. The loaf will be baked when a hollow sound be

can heard when it’s tapped on the bottom.

20. Turn out of its shape and allow the

loaf to cool on a wire rack.


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Malted Beer Soda Bread

Ingredients:

• 170g strong white flour

• 170g wholemeal flour

• 30g dark malt powder

• 6g salt

• 4g bicarbonate of soda

• 170g whole milk

• 170g dark beer

• vegetable oil for greasing the tin

1. For this recipe you require 2 mixing bowls: 1 big

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down on the big bowl can act as a lid.

2. Pre heat the oven to 250˚C / 500F / Gas

9 with a tray at the bottom.

3. Mix the strong white flour, wholemeal flour, dark malt powder,

salt and bicarbonate of soda (remember to sift if lumpy) in

a small mixing bowl and set aside. This is the dry mixture.

Make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

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8. Bake through for 30 to 35 minutes.

9. Remove the loaf from the tin and allow it to cool on a wire rack.

10. If you can’t hear the hollow sound when it’s tapped on the

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Garden

Squash up!

Some of us get really excited about giant pumpkins

at this time of the year, and I’ve tried over the years

to join in and to use the beautiful orange flesh from

Halloween carving sessions to cook up into soups and pies.

This has been to no avail, alas, but not because pumpkins

themselves are intrinsically inedible, nor because I’m

that much of a bad cook (we’ll gloss over that). No,

it’s because the giant Jack-o-lantern pumpkins are too

fibrous, disappointingly watery and so sadly only fit for

Halloween hollowing (and then the compost heap).

Luckily, however, there are lots of delicious pumpkin

varieties available - both to buy and to grow,

and the ever reliable, if harder to carve, winter

squash is in season for much of the year now.

Pumpkins and squash are in the same

botanical family (Cucurbitaceae) and it can

be hard to tell them apart. I’m not sure

it matters unless you’re a botanist, except

that it’s useful to know the difference between soft-skinned

summer squash (including courgettes), and the winter types,

which ripen later and have a much tougher outer skin.

Pumpkins and squash come in all shapes and sizes,

and many are beautiful enough to just sit about as

ornaments or still life subjects - for months on end if

you so choose, because they store so beautifully (but

think of the dust). They are also really easy to grow.

Jo Arnell gets misty about her pumpkin patch

“Pumpkins and

squash are beautiful

enough to sit about

as ornaments”

How to grow pumpkins and squash

The seeds of cucurbits are reassuringly large and easy to

handle, but because of their size, each one will need its own

9cm pot to grow in. If you can bear to be cruel, sow two seeds

per pot and then pull out and discard the weaker seedling.

Seeds can be sown directly into the ground, but are

not hardy and may rot off or be eaten by pests before

they can germinate. They are more reliably sown under

cover in mid April and then planted out into their

final positions once the danger of frost is passed.

That final position might ideally be a dedicated pumpkin

patch, or at least somewhere that gives

them enough space to grow (when I say

grow, I mean rampage untrammelled over

everything). Mini pumpkins and some of

the smaller squashes will climb up sturdy

obelisks or arches, but larger varieties

need space to ramble along the ground, as

their fruits are too heavy for the stem alone to support.

You may see pumpkins and squash being grown on

large compost heaps (the garden at Great Dixter has a

magnificent pumpkin heap). This suits them very well,

as they need rich deep soil - and the warmth of

the heap will also help with growth and ripening.

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similar ‘heap’ effect. The distance between each plant

should be at least 60cm, to allow for all the rampaging.

Three in a bed

If you are short of room, or want to maximise vertical

as well as horizontal space, there is a way to grow three

tender crops – squash, beans and sweetcorn in one space.

This ancient American Indian technique called the

‘Three Sisters’ relies on the tall growing corn to act as a

support for the climbing beans, the beans then help to

feed them (with the special nitrogen fixing nodes in their

roots) and the pumpkin or squash plants create shade

and suppress weeds with their large spreading leaves.

It’s not the tidiest way to grow them (think three straggly

sisters entwined together on a bad hair day), but it has been

tried and tested as a companion planting technique for

thousands of years and, if nothing else, definitely saves space.

Feeding and watering

Most vegetables that produce fruit - tomatoes,

aubergines, sweetcorn - and all the cucurbits need

plenty of food and water in order to successfully

flower, set seed and swell into juicy edibleness.

Try to keep the monstrous plant from The Little Shop of

Horrors in your mind (‘FEED ME!’) as you mulch the ground

around squash and pumpkin plants with compost or wellrotted

organic manure, water well in dry spells and, if needed,

feed with potassium rich fertiliser once the plant is flowering.

The fruits are produced all along the rambling stems

and will go on appearing as long as the plant keeps

growing. I tend to pinch out the growing tip once I can

see about five fruits appearing on each stem. This is not

compulsory, but it diverts the plant into producing a

few good sized fruits rather than lots of smaller ones.

Harvest time

Make sure that the developing fruits are cushioned as

they get to maturity - either with mulch, or a light bed of

straw. This will stop the side or base of the fruit coming

into contact with damp ground and rotting. It will also

help air to circulate and aid the ripening process.

Pumpkins and squash should be ripe by the time the

foliage starts to die back in early autumn. Leave them

out in the sun for as long as possible, as this will ‘cure’

the skin and enable the fruit to last longer in storage.

Bring inside before the frosts arrive, cutting each fruit off

from the main stem, but leaving a long stalk if you can, as

this will also help prolong their shelf life. As mentioned,

they’ll keep for ages, providing they’re stored in a dry place.

For the tastiest results

As mentioned, huge monsters are best saved for

lanterns, as it seems to be the smaller pumpkins

that are the tastiest. The sweet nuttiness of

pumpkins and squash is enhanced by roasting.

Bake them whole in their skins, and then scoop

out the flesh, mash and mix with seasoned butter.

Or chop thinner skinned varieties and butternut

squash into smaller pieces, roast in herby oil (scatter

sage or oregano onto the roasting tray).

I tend to stuff the little ones and bake them whole, use

firm fleshed butternuts for risottos and pasta dishes and the

larger pumpkins for soups and for purees to put into baking.

Best culinary varieties

Uchiki Kuri - also called Red Kuri/Red Onion

Squash, is medium sized and an attractive

deep red colour. A good all-rounder.

Marina di Chioggia - suspiciously weird and blue

on the outside, but with tasty orange flesh.

Crown Prince and Queensland Blue - more blue/

green skin with orange flesh. Great roasted.

Sweet Dumpling - smallish with cream and green

striped outer skin, with firm orange flesh, excellent for

baking. Delicata is also good for baking and stuffing.

Butternut squash - widely available and actually

these are my favourite and (mercifully if you

end up with a glut) home grown ones taste even

better once they’ve been stored for a while.

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From a tiny acorn...

Sue Whigham celebrates the mighty English oak tree

On the first day of college we were instructed that

the only book we would need at this stage was

The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs. We were

pretty horrified to see that it didn’t have any pictures. But

can you imagine how huge a tome it would have to be with

the section on the Quercus (oak) genus alone describing

just a small proportion of the 500 species of oak?

However, we’ve only two native species in the UK:

Quercus robur, the English Oak, which is surely the most

easily recognised native tree we have, a national emblem

if you like, and the sessile oak, Quercus petraea.

They’re easy to tell apart in that the acorns of Q. robur are

held on a long stalk whilst those of the sessile grow straight

from the stem. The other way to identify them is that the

leaves of the English oak are far smaller

than those of the sessile – about four inches

compared to the sessile leaf which is a good

six or seven inches or so. And sessile oaks,

which do well in damp conditions, are

mainly found in the wetter west of the UK.

However, wandering down the lane

by my house recently, I found sessile oak

leaves in the hedge and near a pond, but the plant itself

definitely hadn’t reached the dizzy heights of a mature tree.

The oak is a massive feat of engineering in itself. Given

some space and a lot of it, it can grow up to forty metres

tall and live for hundreds of years. When young it has a

growth spurt which slows down when it reaches 120 years

old. This the tree does in order to extend its own lifespan.

Above: Quercia rouge, one of the 500 species of oak trees

“Oaks create a

haven for numerous

species of insects,

animals and birdlife”

Wandering through the woods, you’re likely to see a lot of

pretty lanky ‘young’ oaks looking a bit sorry for themselves

and without the fissured bark of a mature tree. This is because

they’ve been fighting for light and resources all their lives

and it shows, but somewhere in that same wood will be

their ‘free range’ parent, so recognisable by its thick squat

trunk and its lower branches growing sideways and its upper

branches growing in a very distinct matrix of sturdy limbs.

A large tree will compete more successfully for said resources

if it rearranges itself over the years. It has to be able to cope

with prevailing environmental conditions, usually high

winds, and to do this it spreads its weight equally around

its ‘body’ which tends to become as wide as it is high.

This of course is in an ideal world and it’s rare to see an

oak in a perfect ‘cloud’ shape, but the ones

which have had optimum conditions and the

time to create their own core strength create

a very distinctive silhouette – as beloved by

designers of corporate logos - in the winter

months after their leaves have fallen.

Oak woods create an incredible haven for

numerous species of insects, animals and

birdlife. The flowers, produced in early spring at the same

time as the leaves, provide food for caterpillars of various

butterflies including the little native purple hairstreak.

The purple hairstreak’s larvae burrow into young

oak flower buds and can be found in crevices of

oak branches. They’re seldom seen as they tend to

live high up in a tree’s canopy unless feeding off

honeydew provided by aphids nearer the ground.

Oak leaves are soft and break down into a hugely rich

leaf mould which is home for both invertebrates and fungi.

Bats roost in any loose bark they might find as well as in old

woodpecker holes; all manner of creatures eat the acorns.

It is an interesting fact that the acorns of Q. robur are not

produced until the tree is at least forty years old with peak

acorn production at twice that age. Acorns, even produced

in huge numbers, are such a good food source – eaten by

squirrels, mice, pigeons, woodpeckers, ponies and pigs when

they get the chance - that many hundreds of thousands fail

to germinate each season. They are too busy being useful.

I know that there are wild boar in the local woods and

maybe they are helping germination by trampling some of the

acorns into the ground as they forage. It has been found that

in European woods oaks tend to have a higher germination

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Above: The distinctive bark of the Quercus robar

rate than here due to the number of wild boar being sustained

there. And in the days when a commoner had the right

(pannage) to graze his pigs in local woodland, doubtless

there would have been a higher acorn germination rate.

Either way, acorns are pretty miraculous if you

think about their individual size in relation to that of

their parent. However, I’m sure that squirrels and the

odd jay that stores a supply here and there before the

winter must forget some of their stashes enabling some

to sprout in the shelter of a hedge bottom or bank.

Bluebell Nursery and Arboretum have a particularly

wonderful selection of different oaks in their catalogue.

One of the trees they sell is an absolute winner – if

you have the space. Not native to here but one of the

North American oaks, the Northern Pin Oak or Q.

ellipsoidalis ‘Hemelrijk’ is really to be recommended.

It tends to come into leaf later than our natives but

the new, deeply lobed leaves start off with a pink tinge,

turning bright green until the autumn when they have

brilliant red tones finally ending up a cinnamon brown

and remaining on the tree for ages. The other nice things

about it are the drooping branches and fast growth.

This is definitely one oak you’ll be able to see reach

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Lateral

thinking

WT’s education columnist Susan Elkin looks at the different options available in both the state and private sectors to

parents seeking alternative forms of education for their children

Children are not socks. One-size-fits-all doesn’t

work in education. Every child is different, has his

or her own way of learning and comes complete

with unique needs. That’s why Bedales in Hampshire

and Frensham Heights in Surrey emphasise the arts

and personal development and why Slindon College in

Sussex works with boys “who don’t thrive in a mainstream

environment” and provides high levels of learning support.

A mainstream school isn’t always the answer for every

child. They tend to be large and children have to fit into

the system rather than the system adapting to the child.

Even independent schools can be pretty samey with the

pretty girl playing the violin on page 5 of the prospectus,

the wholesome boy in his cricket whites on page 7 and

everyone in science goggles looking very alert on page 9.

So what about the alternatives? Schools which swim

against the tide and try to offer something quite different,

usually with a strong focus on individuality, may seem

like a gamble but they can work well for some children.

The alternatives come in two main forms. First there are

independent schools trying to break away from the norm

and for these, obviously, fees are charged unless the child

wins a scholarship or is assigned some sort of bursary.

Then there is the new breed of ‘free school’. Such schools

are part of the state education system and therefore free at the

point of use as well as being free from local authority control

and many of the regulations which govern their maintained

sector counterparts. That allows scope for a different way of

working if that’s what the people concerned want. There are

now 300 free schools across England, including for example,

eight in Kent and Medway and more in Sussex and Surrey.

Let’s look at the independent options first. The

most famous example, and certainly the most

extreme, is AS Neill’s Summerhill in Suffolk which

was founded by the eponymous Neill in 1921 and is

now run by his daughter Zoe Neill Readhead.

It hasn’t always been plain sailing. The school was

severely criticised by Ofsted in the late 1990s and came

close to closure in 2000. And a 1993 Channel 4 TV

documentary, which showed students killing and cooking

a wild rabbit, did it no favours in the public eye.

The idea has always been to run a school on democratic

lines. In practice that means daily councils at which

pupils make management decisions, optional lessons

and a strong focus on learning outside the classroom.

Summerhill’s published examination results suggest

that most students attend most lessons most of the

time and that they are well taught. In 2015, for


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“The best independently

minded schools focus on

rigour and firmly reject

the word ‘alternative’

instance 72.5% of Summerhill students passed five

GCSES at A*-C including English and Maths.

The relevance of Summerhill today is probably that its

ideas, shared worldwide via Neill’s books have, for nearly a

century, influenced other free-thinking educators and schools.

It’s a case of buyer beware, with all these schools and it’s all

too easy to let your liberal principles get the better of you so

that your child is sold short. The best independently minded

schools focus on rigour and firmly reject the word ‘alternative’.

Take Hampton Court House School for example. “We

don’t reject the tenets of traditional education, not at all,”

says headmaster Guy Holloway, who talks to staff applicants

by Skype before inviting them in for interview because he

wants to be sure that they are committed readers and have a

range of intellectual interests and passions for sharing them.

Holloway himself teaches a history of music course, teaching

is bi-lingual (English and French) in Years 1-4, Mandarin is

taught to all as part of the curriculum and many pupils can

chat in it. Holloway teaches a Cultural Studies course which

allows for plays and novels outside examination specifications.

He believes strongly that children must be helped to learn

how to make the very best possible use of their time.

The school achieves all this without the trappings

of uniform and it’s Christian name terms throughout.

“Our staff are not friends with the children but we are

friendly,” says Holloway. It works. 42% of all HCHS

GCSE grades were graded A or A* this year.

Another example of a different way of working began with

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). He was an Austrian philosopher

who applied his ideas about how human beings function

and develop to a number of fields as well as education.

The first Steiner School was opened in Stuttgart in 1919

(interestingly, two years before AS Neill’s Summerhill).

Today there are 26 such schools in England (including one

in Brighton, one in Canterbury, one at Forest Row and four

in London. In Britain these are fee charging schools. In most

European countries they are part of the maintained sector.

The emphasis in a Steiner school is on the needs

of the whole child and the unforced development

of a love of learning with an emphasis on artistic

activity and the development of the imagination.

The idyllically rural Canterbury Steiner School, for

instance, has a well-equipped theatre space for musical

and theatrical learning and performance which is fairly

unusual in a primary or prep school. Controversially,

technology is not usually used at primary level so there

are no computers and tablets in Steiner classrooms.

Or take the Round Square Schools Association which was

founded 50 years ago on the principles of Kurt Hahn

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(1886 – 1974). Hahn was a German educator who fled

Germany in 1933 having spoken out against Hitler. He then

founded Gordonstoun in Scotland where Prince Philip was

one of the first pupils in 1934. The school was modelled

on the school Hahn had founded and run in Germany.

Later Hahn founded Outward Bound and the Duke of

Edinburgh Award among other things. Prince Charles, who

has always insisted that he loathed it and was very unhappy

there, was at Gordonstoun in the 1960s. A generation later,

Princess Anne’s children both seemed to flourish at the school.

The Round Square / Kurt Hahn philosophy is based on

six holistic learning ideals. Schools which become part of

the group are committed to internationalism, democracy,

environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service. The

association currently has 160 members worldwide (Australia,

India, USA, South Africa, mainland Europe and elsewhere).

The ten English members include Box Hill School

in Surrey and Cobham Hall in Kent where Radio 4’s

Today programme presenter Mishal Hussain, was a pupil.

In all these schools there is slightly more emphasis on

learning by doing than on being formally instructed

by teachers, but we’re a long way from Summerhill and

much of the approach is relatively conventional.

And so to those free schools. Usually launched by

determined parents and teachers, they are funded directly by

central government. They often have a specific focus such

as being more academically rigorous, being more childcentred

or meeting special educational needs. Some have

been founded to meet local needs such as opening a village

school where there is no longer local authority provision.

Focus on a specific faith is quite common. So is the inclusion

of a subject not usually taught such as Mandarin or Latin.

Free schools are sometimes satellites of established schools

or trusts and there have been cases of small independent feecharging

schools, including several Steiner schools, applying

for free school status. In theory – and often in practice – free

schools are adding diversity and giving parents more choices.

The Tiger Primary School in Maidstone, for example,

opened in September 2012 and was one of the first free

schools. Operated by Future Schools Trust it is on the

site of an existing secondary school operated by the Trust

which also runs another secondary school elsewhere in

the town. Mandarin is taught alongside English and

there is a commitment to improve numeracy. Every

child is encouraged to play a musical instrument.

Last year the school took possession of its new building

in which learning takes place in large ‘plazas’ which

accommodate the whole year group with access to plenty of

technology – the space can be subdivided for smaller sessions.

Unlike many mainstream schools Tiger is open from

7.30am to 6pm and there’s a healthy breakfast, lunch and

tea on offer to all pupils. For working parents this seems

to have some of the advantages of boarding without the

disadvantage. The school admits 60 children per year

into Reception and is usually oversubscribed. Since this

was the first new primary school to open in Maidstone

for 25 years it is clearly meeting needs locally.

Education in Britain is a mixed economy. In 1992,

when David Blunkett was Education Secretary, he issued

a White Paper called Choice and Diversity. Twenty four

years later, parents really do have as much choice as they’re

ever likely to given cash and locality constraints. But a

really good school is not about gimmicks, slogans and

whacky theories. Let Guy Holloway have the last word.

“I think the key is respect for the child, commitment

to continual self-improvement (for both pupils AND

staff) and a strong sense that the world needs good

men and women in it, who have acquired the skills

to influence and lead. If these things are in place then

you have a happy and transformative school.”

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gordonstoun.org.uk

roundsquare.org

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Grammar lessons

Education columnist Susan Elkin considers all the issues when choosing a school

I’ll come clean. I’m a grammar school girl and proud

of it. Today only 158 grammar schools remain across

the country although Theresa May has indicated –

controversially but rightly in my view – that there could soon

be more. Meanwhile Kent has 33 selective schools and there

are a further six in the Medway Local Education Authority

area which lies within the county.

Last month thousands of children took the Kent

Test to assess whether or not they have the ability and

potential to benefit from a grammar school education.

Results will be announced on 13 October.

When I was in what we now call Year 6 every one

of us sat the 11 plus examination. Today it’s optional.

Many families are perfectly happy with the local

alternatives to grammar school so their children are

not tested for selective education suitability.

In principle a grammar school education is a fine thing but

not all grammar schools are as good as they should be and

many non-selective schools are excellent. Moreover, if a child

isn’t ready for grammar school at 11, they may be different

at 14 or 16 and there’s plenty of flexibility within the system.

You do, however, have to make the best possible choice for

your child from the options available – now. That means

attending every open day/evening this term. Don’t rely on

reputation which is always fickle and usually out of date.

If there’s a chance to see the schools in session then grab

it. Open days can be strained and contrived. If you’re there

when real lessons are happening look for a well-managed

working buzz. Too much silence is not necessarily good.

Visit the students’ toilets if you can too. If they’re

clean and pleasant it’s a sign that this is a school which

takes care of its pupils and respects them. Above all

talk to the current students who show you round.

Listen to your child’s opinion. Sometimes they will spot or

sense something you’ve missed. Ultimately though remember

that they are only 10 or 11, very inexperienced and may be

more worried about where friends are going than anything

else. It is your responsibility as parent to make this decision

on his or her behalf and the wise parent makes that very clear.

Grammar schools are a great idea (excuse my bias) but

they are never going to be right for everyone. We should

look for and support high quality alternatives (Mrs May and

colleagues, please note) and stop this destructive, emotive

talk of ‘failure’ and ‘writing them off for life at 11’.

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What’s On In October

Art

Throughout Oct

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina,

Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP

PETER BLAKE: ALPHABETS,

LETTERS & NUMBERS

Using silk screen printing Blake

has created several fascinating

series of works based around the

alphabet related to his enduring

interest in childhood innocence

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Edwardian graphic illustration.

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Sat 17 Sept – Sat 1 Oct

RYE ARTS FESTIVAL

Rye Arts Festival is one of the

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events with an emphasis on quality,

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Sat 1- Tues 11 Oct 12-5pm

The Observer Building,

53 Cambridge Road,

Hastings TN34 1DT

OBSCURED BY CLOUDS

EXHIBITION

Bringing together two painters

who have steadily worked

through the coming of the

Personal Computer age,

‘Obscured by Clouds’ explores

the irresolvable clash between

the analogue and digital realms.

Entry: Free

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Sat 15 - 29 Oct

WING Gallery, High Street,

Wadhurst TN5 6AA

5 MILLION COLOURS:

MELANIE BERMAN

Using entangled graffiti

marks and rhythmic patterns

Melanie’s paintings

explore man-made traces

within the natural world.

Fragmented irregular coloured

shapes float, dance & move

before the viewer’s gaze.

Info: wingartgallery.com

Fri 21 Oct - Sun 20

Nov 10am-4.30pm

The Stables Gallery, Hall

Place, Bourne Road,

Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ

Textile studio

exhibition

Enjoy a collection of new work

by member of The Textile

Studio. Work includes hand and

machine stitching, felt making,

fabric printing, dyeing and other

techniques, that reflect the makers

unique approach to their art.

Info: 01322 526574

Sat 22 Oct – Sun 30 Oct

The Powder Mills Hotel,

Battle TN33 0SP

PURE ARTS FAIR

A selected and curated art

fair showcasing the brightest

upcoming and more established

talent, it features the work of

artists working across all fine

art media including painting,

drawing, printmaking,

photography, sculpture,

ceramics and glass.

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Sat 22 - Sun 23 Oct 10am-5pm

De La Warr Pavilion,

Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea,

East Sussex TN40 1DP

The Sussex Guild

Contemporary

Craft Show

For the first time designer

makers of the Sussex Guild

exhibit their fine crafts in the

ground floor auditorium.

Entry: Adults £3,

accompanied children free

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Sat 29 & Sun 30 Oct 10am-4pm

Hamstreet Primary

Academy TN26 2EA

Art Exhibition and Sale

A unique opportunity to enjoy

the work of a much-loved

and talented Kent artist.

Exhibition of paintings loaned

by private owners. Also

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Entry: Free

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Family & Friends

Sat 1 - Sun 30 Oct 10.30am-6pm

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

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Autumn Colour Trail

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discover the top autumn walks

and colour hotspots. Besides

suggesting picturesque routes

through the gardens, it’s packed

with interesting information about

plants and trees to look out for at

the height of their autumn glory.

Info: 01732 865224 /

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Fri 7, Sat 22 & Sat 29

Oct 6.30pm-11pm

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Entry: Adults £8, Children £6.15

Info: 01323 832731 / theobservatory.org/open-evenings

Sat 8 Oct 7.30pm

Ashdown Primary School,

Crowborough TN6 2NT

Charity quiz Night

The Royal British Legion,

Crowborough Branch, presents

a Charity Quiz Night with cash

prize, raffle and licensed bar.

Entry: £6.50, including supper

Booking: Guest’s Shoe Services,

5 High Street, Crowborough

Info: 07884 484100 /

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Sat 15 - Sun 23 Oct 10.30am

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge TN11 8DG

Spooky half term

Discover the life of some of

Britain’s more spooky inhabitants

like bats and spiders for our

Spooky Half Term pumpkin

trail, before creating some creepy

crafts to take home ready to

decorate for Hallowe’en!

Info: 01892 870307 /

penshurstplace.com

Sat 22 - Fri 28 Oct

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

ME17 1PL

HAlloween activities

Join Leeds Castle for Halloween

fun this October half term with

a fancy dress competition at 2pm

each day with prizes to be won.

Included with price of admission.

Info: 01622 765400 /

leeds-castle.com

Mon 24 – Fri 28 Oct 1pm-4pm

Godinton House &

Gardens, Godinton Lane,

Ashford TN23 3BP

AUTUMN WEEK

A week of activities for families

to enjoy. Including a traditional

treasure hunt, garden games

and children’s arts and crafts.

Info: godintonhouse.co.uk

Thurs 27 – Mon 31

Oct 7pm-9pm

The Canterbury Tales,

St Margaret’s Street,

Canterbury CT1 2TG

CONTAGIOUS!

The Canterbury Tales’ Halloween

event Contagious! returns for

its second year, transforming

the much-loved attraction into

something much more sinister on

the streets of Medieval Canterbury.

Entry: £10

Info: canterburytales.org.uk

Fri 28 & Sat 29 Oct

6.30pm and 8.30pm

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam

TN32 5UA

GHOST WALKS AROUND

THE CASTLE

This Hallowe’en visitors to the

castle will be warmed through

with a hearty meal in our Terrace

Room before taking a trip to the

castle to meet some of Bodiam’s

lesser known residents.

Info and Booking: 01580 831324

Festivals and Fairs

Fri 30 Sept – Sat 1 Oct

Cranbrook

CRANROOK LITERATURE

FESTIVAL

The town of Cranbrook has always

embraced tradition and culture

with its popular annual art show,

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Detling Antiques,

Vintage &

Collectors Fair

Up to 300 stalls in two buildings, shopping

arcades, marquees & outside offering a wide

range of items from ceramics, glass, vintage

clothing, furniture, books, metalware, kitchenalia,

postcards, pictures & much more.

Sat 29th - Sun 30th

October

Sat: Early Entry 8.30am - £6

Sat: General Entry 10am - 4.30pm - £5

Sun: 10am - 3.30pm - £4

Kent County Showground, Detling, ME14 3JF

Tel: 01636 676531

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Play and Display exhibition

22 October to 20 November, 11am - 3.30pm

daily

Relive childhood memories with our charming new

exhibition of paper and card toys. The collection

highlights how popular, versatile and enchanting

paper and card toys have been over the centuries

with puppets, paper dolls, model theatres and

panoramas. You can get hands on and have some fun

playing with modern ones too.

Call 01580 710700 for details

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apple fayre and music festival.

Now it’s time to celebrate the

written word with the first ever

Cranbrook Literature Festival.

Entry: Some events free,

others start from £8

Info: cranbrookliteraturefestival.com

Sat 1 Oct 9.30am-12pm

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge TN11 8DG

October Farmer’s

market

With over 40 stalls offering the

best local food and drink, the

market is a must for anyone

looking to learn more about

the produce of Kent, and

the people who supply it.

Info: 01892 870307 /

penshurstplace.com

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Oct 10am-6pm

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling,

Maidstone ME14 3AU

APPLE AND CIDER FAYRE

As well as the traditional

process of cider pressing,

enjoy live music, local produce

stalls and morris dancing.

Entry: Adults £9.50, Children £7.50

Info: 01622 763936

/ kentlife.org.uk

Sat 15 Oct from 12pm

The Stade Open Space,

Old Town, Hastings

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Celebrate the 950th anniversary

of one of history’s most

famous battles with a torch

light procession, fireworks,

drumming and much more.

Entry: Free

Info: hbbs.info

Sun 16 Oct

Bateman’s Lane, Burwash,

East Sussex TN19 7DS

BATEMAN’S APPLE DAY

As well as exploring the orchards,

you can even have a go at making

apple juice with our homemade

apple mill and press and meet our

beekeeper to learn how the bees

and the orchard work together to

produce this rich autumn harvest.

Entry: Adults £10, Children £5

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Wild Boar Week events also

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Sat 29 Oct 9am-3pm

Highbury Hall, Highbury

Lane, Tenterden TN30 6LE

TENTERDEN BOOK FAIR

15 book dealers attending with

1000s of pre-loved books for

sale on all subjects, for both

the reader & the collector.

Refreshments available all day.

Entry: Free

Info: 01580 764395

Music

Thurs 6 Oct 7.30pm

Hazlitt Theatre, Earl Street,

Maidstone ME14 1PL

The Unique Komedy

Ukelele Orchestra

After a string of hugely successful

European Tours, the musicians

from TUKUO directed by Peter

Moss will once more be combining

their totally unique vocal harmony

blend with their own brand

of typically British humour,

brilliantly daring and inventive

arrangements and the unbelievable

sound of their miniature

instrument of choice, the famous

and hugely underrated Ukulele

that originated from Hawaii.

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Entry: Adults £22, Children

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Info: 01622 758611 /

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Hazlitt-Theatre

Fri 7 Oct 8pm

Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club, The

Masonic Centre, St John’s Road,

Tunbridge Wells TN4 9UY

The Pedigree Jazz Band

Enjoy this live jazz event with

a raffle and licensed bar. The

bar is also open for sandwiches

and soft drinks/coffee.

Entry: Members £1.50, Students £2

Info: 01892 890442 /

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Fri 21 Oct 7.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton

Valence School

SUTTON VALENCE

MUSIC SOCIETY

Classical guitarist Sean Shibe

studied at the Royal Conservatoire

of Scotland. He is the only

solo guitarist to have been

awarded a Borletti-Buitoni

Trust Fellowship and is the

first guitarist to be admitted

to the prestigious BBC New

Generation Artist Award Scheme.

Entry: £12

Info & Booking: 01622 863002

Tours

Every Sat in Oct 9.45am-11am

Biddenden Vineyards,

Gribble Bridge Lane,

Biddenden TN27 8DF

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VINEYARD TOURS

Learn more about the history of

the vineyard and how we make

our award-winning wines, ciders

and juices. The tour is followed

by tastings of our wines, ciders

and juices in our vineyard shop.

Entry: Free

Info: 01580 291726 /

biddendenvineyards.com

Mon 17 Oct 12.30pm-3.30pm

Great Dixter, Northiam,

East Sussex TN31 6PH

BEHIND THE SCENES

AT GREAT DIXTER

Great Dixter gardener Rachael

Dodd will take you on an

afternoon’s exploration of the

borders to examine the plants in

bloom and give you an insight

into the work that makes the

renowned garden so beautiful.

Entry: £45 per person

Info and Booking: 01797

254048 / greatdixter.co.uk

Sat 22 – Mon 31 Oct 11.30am

Tunbridge Wells Tourist

Information Centre, The Old

Fish Market, The Pantiles, Royal

Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN

GUIDED WALKS OF ROYAL

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Learn all about the historic spa

town of Royal Tunbridge Wells

on a guided stroll through the

Pantiles and the historic heart

of the town. Discover its 400

year old history and hear about

the many famous visitors.

Entry: Free

Info: 01892 515675

/ visitkent.co.uk

Sat 22 Oct from 9.30am

Mote Park, Maidstone,

Kent ME15 8NQ

TREE WALK AT MOTE PARK

A guided walk around Mote Park

with the Chairman of the Mote

Park Fellowship who will introduce

you to some of the history of the

park as well as the importance

it plays in protecting some of

the oldest trees in the country.

Entry: Adults £2.50

Info: 01622 730453 /

moteparkfellowship.org.uk

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

It’s already Christmas in the supermarkets and getting towards the end of the

year on the calendar – but in farming it’s all just kicking off

October already. Aaaagh. While

it may seem like the year is

drawing to a close, in the world

of agriculture it is quite the opposite and

Michaelmas, which falls on September

29th, is very much seen as the start of

the farming calendar.

Michaelmas is named after St Michael

the Archangel, the greatest of all the

Archangels honoured for defeating Satan

in the War of Heaven. He is seen as a

protector against the dark of night, and

the administrator of cosmic intelligence!

So quite an interesting

chap then, but on a more

mundane level Michaelmas,

coming around the equinox

(when night time hours

are the same as day time

hours) is also one of the

Quarter Days – the others

being Christmas Day, Lady Day and

Midsummer Day.

Traditionally farmers expected to have

completed the harvest by Michaelmas

and it’s the day when rents were due,

leases began and servants hired.

Although we won’t be hiring any

servants this year at Coopers, there is still

very much a feeling that another year

has drawn gently to a close. 2016 has

been an exceptionally good year for grass

and our barns are crammed with hay

and straw in preparation for the cattle

“Rather like dress

sizes, cows get

scored according

to their level

of rotundity”

coming in when the weather changes

again in November.

The pigs are fat as butter (having

stuffed themselves with acorns) and

ditto the cattle. In terms of assessing

the condition of the cows, rather like

dress sizes they get scored according to

their level of rotundity with one being

exceptionally thin and five being far too

much of a Bessie Bunter.

Sussex cows are known for their ability

to ‘do well’ on the roughest grazing and

having enjoyed the summer grass mine

are edging dangerously up

the scale, but this is to be

expected. And when they

come inside at the end of

the year, the calves will be

weaned off them and they

will go on a four month

‘hay diet’ i.e. just hay so

they slim down to calve in the spring at a

respectable 3.5 or 4.0.

The ewes, however, end the summer

looking much plainer (thinner in

farming parlance) having raised a couple

of lambs that end up being almost the

same size as their mothers. The lambs

were weaned in August and the ewes are

now on a ‘rising plane of nutrition’ to

end up in tip top condition ready for the

rams in early November.

Unlike cows and pigs that are fertile

all year, female sheep only come into

oestrus when the night time hours exceed

the day time hours (so, starting around

Michaelmas) and traditionally the rams

are put to the ewes on Bonfire Night

with lambs appearing after April Fools’

Day, a clever way of ensuring the lambs

only come when the weather warms up

and the grass starts growing.

So the ewes are now grazing the better

pasture and soon they will go on to the

best the farm has to offer – those fields

which were cut for hay and have sweet

and succulent regrowth - to be flushed.

Grazing such nutritious grass encourages

them to produce more eggs so when

they do get together with the rams the

result will be more twins and triplets as

opposed to singles.

The other thing I love about this time

of year is blackberrying and producing

pots of bramble jelly. But that too

must come to an end. Going back to

our cosmic administrator St Michael,

apparently when Satan was hurled out of

heaven he fell to the ground and landed

in a patch of brambles.

Not being best pleased he poured fire

and brimstone on the innocent bushes

and apparently renews the curse every

Michaelmas, so unsuspecting foragers

like you and I should never pick them

after September 29th. But that doesn’t

matter too much as soon it will be time

for the sloes and strangely the gin always

seems more popular than the jam.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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