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Contents

October 2016

A Sense of Belonging

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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

SWEET DREAMS

A plumpelicious bedstead

makes your bedroom

into a luxury zone

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110

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119

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

SQUASH UP!

Jo Arnell gets misty in

her pumpkin patch

Featuring Original New Works By

Virginia Ray & Colin Taylor

- Full Colour Catalogue Available on Request -

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WINTER WARMER

Treats to look forward

to at the Wealden

Times Midwinter Fair

123

LATERAL THINKING

Alternative education

options assessed

by Sue Elkin

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LOVE SHACK

John Graham-Hart is

smitten by a beach house

with the X factor

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

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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

22 October - 9 November 2016

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Upper Tulse Hill, London - Freehold ground rents

An imposing semi-detached property over three floors arranged

as three self-contained two bedroom flats currently let at £820 per

annum.

Guide: £20,000-22,000 - FREEHOLD GROUND RENTS

Elgin Road, Croydon - Maisonette in central location

A first and second floor two bedroom maisonette located close to

local shops, schools and amenities.

Considered ideal for investment and owner occupation the

property now requires some refurbishment work but offers good

size living accommodation over two floors. epc:e

Guide: £250,000 Plus - LEASEHOLD

North Road, Crawley - Semi detached house for refurbishment

A three bedrooms Victorian semi-detached house situated within

a popular area of Three Bridges. The property is conveniently

located close to local shops, amenities and Three Bridges mainline

railway station and is now in need of complete modernisation and

refurbishment. epc:e

Guide: £300,000-310,000 - FREEHOLD

Lovelace Road, Surbiton - Freehold lock up garage

A freehold lock up garage located in a good residential area

close to Surbiton railway station and with the leisure facilities at

Hampton court and Kingston Upon Thames.

Guide: £8,000-10,000 - FREEHOLD

Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for

and may change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which

the Auctioneer cannot sell the Lot during the Auction). We expect the reserve will be set within the guide range or no more than 10%

above a single figure guide. Please check our website regularly at cliveemson.co.uk, or call 01273 504232, in order to stay fully informed.

October/November Auction

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Tuesday 1st November - Essex, North & East London

Wednesday 2nd November - Sussex & Surrey

Thursday 3rd November - West Country

Friday 4th November - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

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Details and prices correct at time of going to press.

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HOMES OF DISTINCTION

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Clayton House, Godstone - £800,000

A spacious Georgian style three bedroom semi-detached house situated in one of the most desirable locations in Godstone

Village, overlooking the green. Clayton House offers excellent family living space and provides an opportunity to restore,

modernise and possibly extend (subject to planning consent). This character property is arranged over four floors, sitting on

a large plot with gated entrance, gravel drive and well established private gardens.

Village amenities include schools, local shops, pubs, restaurants and sporting facilities along with many countryside walks on

the door step. The larger towns of Oxted, Caterham and Redhill provide more extensive shopping facilities, supermarkets,

restaurants, and sports centres, along with mainline stations with direct services to Central London. Junction 6 of the M25 is

also within easy reach.

Church Way, Oxted - £900,000

A substantial detached family house, in a particularly sought

after location with potential for modernisation and scope for

extension (subject to planning permission). A particular feature

is the large South facing garden. The property dates from the

early 1920s and retains many original features. It has been in

the same family occupancy for over 50 years, and now offers an

excellent opportunity for an imaginative purchaser to put their

own stamp on the home.

Hurst Green Station offering regular commuter services to

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Show Apartment Launching

Saturday 15th October

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Located just a 15 minute walk from the heart of Guildford, this exclusive collection of just six very spacious

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1 Sondes Place Drive Dorking, Surrey

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.

The shed is a peculiarly and pleasingly British obsession. It began as a little

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. Sondes Place Drive

Where? No. 1 Sondes Place Drive is

located in a popular no through road on the

western side of Dorking and within level

walking distance of the town centre. (Google

Maps RH4 3ED).

Where? An attractive detached

family house built during the 1930s and

offering well-proportioned and spacious

accommodation, the property has recently

been modernised to a high standard. On the

ground floor is a triple‐aspect drawing room

with French doors to the garden, dining

room, study a re-fitted kitchen and large

breakfast room.

On the first floor, there are five bedrooms,

one with en suite bathroom, and separate

family bath/shower room. The gardens

are a particularly fine feature of the

property consisting of well tended lawns,

established shrubs, flower beds and borders

and a cleverly placed decking area and a

summerhouse which sits on top an old

wartime air raid shelter.

How much? No. 1 Sondes Place Drive

is priced at £1,195,000 and is with Jackson-

Stops in Dorking. Call 01306 887560 or

visit jackson-stops.co.uk

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WEST END GARDENS

ESHER • KT10

2.

3.

4.

FAMILY HOME NEAR TO STATIONS AND SCHOOLS

Pine Tree Cottage, 41 Greenways, Esher, KT10 0QH

2.

3.

4.

2. West End Gardens

3. Pine Tree Cottage

4. Falconwood House

Where? No 6 West End

Gardens is set on the edge of the

West End Village area of Esher

(Google Maps KT10 8LD).

Where? A handsome 1930s property,

No 6 has been beautifully renovated and

modernised and is now an attractive,

contemporary family home. Downstairs

is spacious living room with integrated

cinema screen and projector, open-plan

kitchen/dining room and a play area.

On the first floor is a bright master

bedroom with en suite bathroom,

three further bedrooms, a study/fifth

bedroom and a family bathroom. The

south-facing garden is mainly laid to

lawn and enjoys sun all day. It also

features a paved terrace area and a

stunning contemporary home office

fully serviced by electricity and internet.

How much? No 6 West End

Gardens is on the market with Knight

Frank in Esher at £1,295,000. Call

01372 464496 or visit knightfrank.com

Where? Pine Tree Cottage is situated

in a popular residential road close to

the local amenities of Hinchley Wood

Village just to the east of Sandown Race

Course (Google Maps KT10 0QH).

Where? An attractive and spacious

detached family home, Pine Tree offers

bright, offers versatile accommodation

throughout. Downstairs there is a rear

aspect living room featuring a marble

fireplace and French doors to the

garden, dining room and a modern

kitchen/breakfast room. There is a

playroom at the front of the house

and guest bathroom off the entrance

hall. On the first floor there are four

bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom

with a family bathroom.

Outside there is a driveway offering

off-street parking and pretty rear gardens

to the rear with a paved area adjacent to

the house and an office at the rear of the

garden with power and lighting.

How much? Pine Tree Cottage is

on the market £1,100,000 as is with

Savills in Esher. Call 01372 461900 or

visit savills.co.uk

Where? Falconwood House is set in

St. George’s Hill in Weybridge, one of the

most sought-after private estates in the country,

and has direct access to St. George’s Hill Golf

Course. (Google Maps KT13 0LX).

Where? Built in elegant Georgian style,

Falconwood is an outstanding new family

home offering extensive accommodation and

an impressive finish and specification. The light

and luxurious ground floor offers four-metre

ceiling heights and five reception rooms –

including a state-of-the-art cinema room – and

a stunning kitchen/breakfast/family room

with folding doors opening onto beautifully

landscaped south backing gardens.

The second floor offers five bedrooms,

including a master suite featuring two dressing

rooms, two bathrooms, a lounge area and a

large balcony with excellent tree top views over

the property’s infinity pool and terraces. The

remaining four bedrooms all have their own

bathrooms. Over the garage is a one bedroom

staff apartment. Outside is also The Dog

Cottage – seriously luxurious accommodation

for family pets.

How much? Falconwood House is priced

at £9,500,000 and is with Savills in Weybridge.

Call 01932 838000 or visit savills.co.uk

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She has particular

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from high value disputes with commercial landlords

and tenants to agricultural property disputes and

obtaining possession from squatters.

Justine Soutter

Justine worked in the City for several years before

joining Buss Murton and delivers the service that

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Justine says: “Litigation can be expensive. For clients

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Folklore & Fable...

Guildford Shakespeare Company’s final show of its 10th Anniversary

Year brings to life ten of the Brothers Grimm’s delightfully twisted tales;

from the much-loved Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Cap, and Rapunzel, to

the lesser-known One Eye, Two Eyes and Three Eyes and The Musicians of

Bremen. Join the company in its stunning antique Mirror Tent, complete

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October

notebook

Exhibitions & events

near you this month...

Heart and home...

The grounds of Guildford Cathedral will be home

to a heated marquee, filled with home and garden

goodies on Saturday 29 October. Choose from

textiles, soft furnishings, bric-a-brac, antiques,

furniture, handmade ceramics, gifts, jewellery,

pots, plants and seasonal flowers. Parking is free

and the tea room will be serving light lunches

and tea and cake. Entry is £2 and children

under 10 go free. For more information visit

homeandvintagebrocantes.co.uk

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Morning has broken...

Painshill in Cobham is offering a unique opportunity

on Thursday 6 October for visitors to witness the

stunning scenery in the early autumn light. Starting at

7am, the walk will be led by members of the garden

team, and will give fellow strollers the chance to

photograph and learn about the seasonal plantings.

A delicious home-cooked breakfast can be enjoyed

afterwards in the tea room. Advance booking is

required so visit painshill.co.uk for further details.

The finer things...

If you love antiques and fine art, then be sure to

visit Esher Hall from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 October.

Launched in 2008, the Esher Hall Antiques & Fine

Art Fair features around 30 specialist exhibitors from

across the UK, selling the finest town and country

furniture, jewellery, silver, sculpture, oil paintings

and watercolours, clocks, lighting, book illustrations,

vintage watches, ceramics, glass, mirrors and many

other decorative works of art. Entry on the door is £5

and you can find out more at esherhallfair.com

A new venture...

The well-known and loved broadcaster and comedian

Graham Norton has turned his hand to fiction

writing. Join him in debuting his novel as part of

the Guildford Book Festival on Tuesday 11 October

at 7.30pm at G Live. His writing is described as

surprising, compelling and gripping, laced with black

humour. Visit glive.co.uk for more information.

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Womankind...

An exhibition at Surrey Heath Museum is to celebrate

the formidable and influential women associated

with the area, past and present, from composers to

suffragettes. Each woman has made a significant

impact within her personal and professional life,

which will be documented and displayed until

Saturday 29 October. Admission is free and you can

find out more by visiting surreyheath.gov.uk

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Frightfully fun...

Bocketts Farm is offering an October half-term

programme packed full of fun and freaky activities

including a quiz trail, creepy craft corner, reptile

roadshow and a chance to meet creepy crawlies up

close. Pumpkins will be on sale and you can enjoy

the other daily activities such as tractor rides, pedal

go karts and so much more. Visit from Saturday 22

to Sunday 30 October to get in the Halloween spirit.

Visit bockettsfarm.co.uk or call 01372 363764.

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

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windows. The oval table was designed by Marcus and

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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

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the leader of the baronial opposition to King John, one

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

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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

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country house enjoying that uniquely Georgian


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

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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

designed the corona over the bed in Colefax and Fowler silk


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

Oval Hall still has its original painted panels - one showing

honourable WWII battle scars, from the time the building was

requisitioned and Canadian officers used the room for darts.

In the drawing room is more de Gournay, this time grey

silk to complement the ornate grey marble chimney-piece.

This room is an excellent example of how Julian, Sally

and their designers have so successfully brought together

family heirlooms, Ardingly finds and new pieces.

On the walls is a pleasing selection of friendly

ancestors including, over the fireplace, Jane Austen’s

favourite niece Fanny Bridges, said to be the

inspiration for Mansfield Park’s Fanny Price.


Clockwise from top right: The Pink Room is papered with

Lewis & Wood, Indienne. The wall sconces, portrait, green glass

lamp and console table are all Ardingly finds. The portrait is of

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

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Family treasures include two lovely bow-fronted walnut

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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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And so on via Julian’s mother’s piano up the glorious

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Above left: Francesca and Marcus found the pictures in

the stairway in the attic. The 1920s chair, with its original

upholstery, was found at Ardingly Above right: The chaise

longue in George’s Room is covered in turquoise velvet by

Clarke & Clarke and the sheepskin on the floor next to it is

from Hunter Jones, Rye Right: The headboard in Robert’s

Room is William Morris by Sanderson. The end table is a

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Above the original Georgian chimneypiece is Margaretta,

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There are simply too many superb bedrooms to do

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are named and subtly themed after the five brothers


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Above: The leather club chair and the 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 Colefax and Fowler

of the family and favourite retainers. Julian’s Room

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

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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,

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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 owner

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

“We then got gazumped but the lady very kindly


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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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“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.

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

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


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

– 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

partner in the renaissance of Goodnestone Park.

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

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The former garage has now been converted into a twin bedroom,

games room and a bathroom. Above left: 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

Above right: Over the free-standing bath in the new bathroom

is a picture by Francesca’s artist uncle, Nick Maddison. Left:

The headboards are Rowan Plowden. Francesca bought the old

painted toy box serving as a joint bedside table from a stall in

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Pièce de résistance in the kitchen area is a stunning

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

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

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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

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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

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can come in straight from the beach through the kitchen

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

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string lampshades from made.com and a smart blind

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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

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

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

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 wroughtiron

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

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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

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Editor’s Letter

I’ve loved the grey years. It’s such a uniquely calming

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Left: A country house in Northumberland. “The chatelaine

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When she inherited the house, she took the bold decision

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Colourful character

We asked kitchen designers for their expert

advice on how to bring colour back into the

heart of the home

“We’ve just changed our showroom

painting an island aquamarine. It’s

islands where clients want to use colour,

becsause it’s not the whole kitchen. Our

kitchens are all hand painted, so it’s not a

big deal to have it repainted if they want.

At Tunbridge Wells they also have the

Siematics kitchens (right), which come in

bright colours. Strong yellows and orange

are very popular and as kitchens are more

living areas now, they can be picked up

through the scheme in soft furnishings.”

Sarah Cooper

Rencraft

Unit 9, Chart Farm, Seal Chart, Sevenoaks, Kent

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“Using two tones is a very popular way of adding interest in a kitchen.

Darker shades are most often used in islands and base cabinets, with a

lighter shade on the wall cabinetry to soften the overall effect. A bold

injection of a suitable colour from a centre stage appliance such as a range

cooker, can really bring the look together.”

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“People are starting to ask for something a

little different from the white and grey, handleless

kitchens that have dominated for so long.

With so many exciting materials, different

wood grains, as well as gloss, matt and other

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our clients to think outside the box.”

Emily Rowland

Park House Kitchens

3 Ockley Court, Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey RH5 5LS

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“Bold people are starting to ask for bold

colour but white is still popular, although

increasingly with accents of colour and

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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.”

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From greenhouse

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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…

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

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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

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

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Indoor plants not only make a room look fresher, the

plants themselves bring added health benefits. Studies

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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

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in horror. Choose carefully. A potted plant is completely

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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

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Boston fern - likes a moisture retentive soil and

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Beauty

Balmy

High

Keep your skin radiant - despite the radiators -

with Josephine Fairley’s moisturising musts

In my office, for years, I’ve had a really useful little

humidity meter, which tells me how damp or dry the air

is. Over summer, the needle occasionally pointed at the

‘Damp’ zone, but mostly ‘Normal’. But I know the minute

I turn on the heating in my office, that needle will head

‘Dry’-wards – and it’ll be bad news for my skin.

Central heating is one of skin’s least-recognised enemies.

It strips the moisture from the air – and sucks it out of

our complexions. That’s why, come autumn, your lips feel

dry, your elbows go flaky, and your body may even start

to itch. But here are ways to combat the problem. Some

are ‘lifestyle’ fixes, others come in cream, oil or buttery

form. But you won’t just be helping skin’s comfort factor

when you set out to counteract the effects of a dry indoor

environment: you’ll also be helping skin to defend itself

against ageing. When skin’s all moist and dewy, cells

‘communicate’ perfectly. They get the message to produce

lots of lovely collagen and elastin, which gives skin its

bounce-back factor, and to turn over at a healthy pace. Not

enough water? Cells may take up to 40 days to renew, which

is going to leave your complexion looking flat and dull.

So this month, it’s all about moisture. But the very last

thing you want to do is spritz on water or toner, to try

to combat dryness. Those are fine in summer, when the

air’s damp; in winter, the water will evaporate – and take

some of your skin’s precious moisture with it. What you

want to do instead is use the right product to optimise

skin’s barrier function, because when your skin’s barrier is

impaired, it acts a bit like a sieve - liquid escapes. When it’s

robust – almost ‘sealed’ – natural moisture is kept in, cell

communication happens efficiently, and skin looks radiant.

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 nighttime

regime than

in applying it to

a small person’s

derrière. Like, less

than zero. But

at least in part,

one reason that the ultra-rich Crème de la Mer earned its

impressive anti-ageing reputation is that it is, in common

with Vaseline, brilliant at maintaining skin’s ‘barrier’. (La

Mer The Moisturizing Cream from £60 for 15ml.)

While Crème de la Mer has done very well in our Beauty

Bible polls, the good news is that great moisturisers are

now available at every price-point. A couple which have

most impressed me lately are real steals - The Sanctuary

Illuminating Whipped Moisture Creme SPF15, £15.50,

leaves skin looking incredibly healthy, thanks to some

light-reflecting particles in the light-as-air, bliss-to-use

formulation. Soap & Glory Speed Plump Overnight Moisture

Mousse, £14 for 40ml, is equally joyous to use. It harnesses,

I’m told, something called ‘Bubble-BoostTM Technology’:

each time you open the jar, the self-bubbling mousse

regenerates, refilling with air.

At the mid-price range, you have Clarins HydraQuench,

£36 for 50ml: feather-weight, but packing a serious

moisturising punch. I also love, love, love Fresh Rose Deep

Hydration Face Cream, £34 for 50ml (and Fresh now have a

UK website at fresh.com/UK): it smells like armfuls of roses,

which encourages generous and diligent use.

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

ingredient from camellia flower and I know many dryskinned

women love the Guerlain Super Aqua collection,

which includes beauty classic Guerlain Super Aqua-Crème

Day Cream, £79.50 for 50ml.

Oily and combination skins also need extra moisture at

this time of year for that healthy cell communication and

gel creams are great for this purpose. Try Chanel Hydra

Beauty Gel-Crème, £50 for 50ml; Garnier SkinActive Moisture

Bomb£7.99 for 50ml and The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow

Boosting Moisturiser, £16 for 50ml. But whatever you’re

using, now the central heating’s on, keep the word ‘more’

in mind: more product, applied more generously, and more

often. As a last tip, apply a drop or two of facial oil over

your chosen moisturiser, at night: it acts as a ‘sealant’ over

the moisture in the cream.


Check out Jo’s beauty and fragrance websites at

beautybible.com and perfumesociety.org.

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Health & Beauty

October’s outlook

Wealden Times talks to Susannah Hewett...

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.

Find out more at eggstoapples.co.uk

nuts about nuts...

If you’re on the wrong side

of the M25, you may often

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

Midwinter Fair this year, then

you can get your cobnut fix

from the Potash Farm stand

in the foodie marquee.

A little fairy dust...

Helen was treated to the

delights of English Mineral

Makeup this month, and

sampled their foundation,

tone corrector, bronze and

blush. These little pots of

magic are 100% natural,

mineral, cruelty free, vegan

and organic. Plus, natural

minerals are antibacterial

and anti-inflammatory,

meaning skin is kept

calm and clean…Wow!

The top grade mineral

ingredients apply like a

dream, smoothing over

blemishes and dark circles

with the mini kabuki

brush they arrive with. The

coverage is both flawless

and weightless, and with

a little added application

a great contouring effect

can be created by bringing

out facial highlights with

the ‘Warmth & Bronze’

and ‘Blush’ palettes. These

vary from bold tones, to

more subtle, day-time

hues and come in shades

for all skin types. The

Mineral Foundation is

£37, Warmth & Bronze,

£25, Tone Corrector, £19

and Blush comes in at

£25. Find your shade at

englishmineralmakeup.co.uk

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Health

A month to remember

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

information on the treatments provided visit spirehealthcare.

com/tunbridgewells or call 01892 740047.

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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

Make Sourdough

Hardback, £19.99,

Publisher: Ryland,

Peters & Small

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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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Food

Malted Beer Soda Bread

• 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

Move over Summer…

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

big and 1 small. The small bowl when placed

upside 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.

4. Weigh out the milk and the beer together

in the large mixing bowl.

5. Mix the dry ingredients together with the wet mixture

until it comes together and there are no dry lumps.

6. Transfer the mixture into a greased 500g baking tin.

7. Place the loaf in the oven and pour a cup of water

on to the hot tray to form steam, then lower

the oven to 200˚C (fan) / 400F / Gas 6.

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

bottom, pop it back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

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Squash up!

Jo Arnell gets misty about her pumpkin patch

Some of us get really excited about giant pumpkins at

this time of the year, and I’ve tried to join in, using

the beautiful orange flesh from Halloween carving

sessions to cook up into soups and pies, but this has been

to no avail, 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 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

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. They are also really easy to grow.

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 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

“Pumpkins and

squashare beautiful

enough to sit about

as ornaments”

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. You can also make a

mound of compost on the ground and then plant into that

for a 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, 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.

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pumpkin plants with compost or well-

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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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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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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

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What’s On In October

Fairs & Festivals

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Oct 9am-6pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,

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Autumn Wood Fest

Admire the traditional skills and

artisan woodcraft demonstrations

and take part in family activities.

Be inspired by the natural beauty

of wood and watch the rip-roaring

carving displays from Stihl.

Entry: Normal garden entry applies

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Sun 9 Oct 10am-4.30pm

Millford Village Hall, Portsmouth

Road, Milford, Godalming, Surrey

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Art Deco & 20th Century

Design Fair

A new biannual event celebrating

the glamour and sophistication

of Art Deco and the jazz age. To

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Crafts items from circa 1900, as

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characteristic of the post-war era.

Visit 36 tables with dealers showing

ceramics, glass, lighting, mirrors,

furniture, sculpture and artwork,

clocks and jewellery.

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Sun 9 - Sun 16 Oct

Various locations in Guildford

Guildford book

festival 2016

A glittering line-up is promised for

the 2016 Guildford Book Festival

from household names such as

Graham Norton and Jeremy

Paxman to top fiction writers

including Anthony Horowitz and

Robert Harris.

Info: 01483 444334 /

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Sat 15 Oct 10am-3pm

Camberley Town Centre,

Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SW

Farmers and artisan

market

A market with a huge variety of

street food, crafts and traditional

local farmers’ produce from in and

around Surrey. It’s a great place to

try before you buy and get to know

where your food comes from.

Info: collectivelycamberley.co.uk

Sun 23 Oct 10am-1.30pm

Central car park, Farnham, Surrey

Farnham farmers

market

Buy fresh produce directly from the

growers and makers.

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Workshops

Sat 8 Oct 10am-3.30pm

Esher Green Adult Learning

Centre, 19 Esher Green, Esher,

Surrey KT10 8AA

Watercolour Painting

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Workshop

This course will establish a range

of watercolour techniques used in

painting autumn woodland scenes

and landscapes through the use of

step-by-step exercises.

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Sat 8 Oct 10am-5pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,

Surrey GU23 6QB

Seeds on show

A sale of seeds, seed displays and

behind-the-scenes tours showing

how the RHS collects, cleans and

sends out seeds to members.

Entry: Normal garden entry applies

Info: 0845 260 9000 / rhs.org.uk

Sun 9 Oct 11am

Waterstones, 71-73 High Street,

Guildford, Surrey GU1 3DY

Illustration workshop

with Britta Teckentrup

Award-winning illustrator of Oskar

Loves..., Before I Wake Up and The

Memory Tree, Britta Teckentrup

shows how she creates her collage

illustrations and how simple layering

of coloured paper can change the

picture, giving children the chance

to create their own designs and

illustrations.

Entry: £5

Info: 01483 444334

Wed 12 Oct 11am-12.30pm

The Electric Theatre, Guildford,

Surrey GU1 4SZ

Walking Talk: John

Rensten - The Edible City

Discover the joys of wild foraging

with the founder of Forage London

as he turns his attention to the

banks of the River Wey. As well

as showing you where to look and

what to pick he’ll tell you how to

make use of the wild ingredients.

Numbers are limited so early

booking recommended.

Entry: £10

Tel: 01483 444789

Children & Family

Mon 22 - Sun 30 Oct

10.30am-3.30pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,

Surrey GU23 6QB

Animals of the night

The Wisley team has paired up with

the Wildlife Trust to create a ‘batty’

neighbourhood that encourages bats

all year round. Learn all about bats,

plant flowers to encourage bats and

get busy carving pumpkins.

Entry: normal garden entry applies.

£4 per pumpkin

Info: 0845 260 9000 / rhs.org.uk

Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct

Bocketts Farm, Young Street,

Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey

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Wizards & witches week

Enjoy a fully packed programme of

fun and freaky activities including a

spooky wizards and witches trail and

creepy crafts, a reptile roadshow and

hundreds of pumpkins - all included

in the entry price.

Entry: £9.50

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Mon 24 - Fri 28 Oct 9am-4pm

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE

Wild halloween camp

Head deep into the woods and

build your own den. Go on a

treasure hunt, and learn a new

woodland craft.

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Sat 29 Oct 7pm

High Street, Ripley, Surrey GU23

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Ripley Bonfire

As well as a bonfire and spectacular

fireworks, visitors can enjoy a

funfair, food stalls, a bar and live

music.

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Thurs 27 Oct 10am-5pm

Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road,

Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10

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Activity Thursday

A team of volunteers bring the

museum to life with a series of

workshops, hands-on activities and

demonstrations.

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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.

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– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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