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PRICELESS<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

The lifestyle magazine for the Weald<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement <strong>inside</strong><br />

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Contents<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

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GLORIA VICTORIANA<br />

The family friendly appeal<br />

of Victorian houses<br />

NOVEMBER NOTEBOOK<br />

Fun and fascinating things<br />

to do this month<br />

CONVERSATION PIECES<br />

Quirky finds transform a family<br />

home into a funky pad<br />

GET THE LOOK<br />

Give your house a<br />

witty vintage twist<br />

THE WEALDEN TIMES<br />

MIDWINTER FAIR<br />

What to look forward<br />

to at the Hop Farm<br />

GIFT SUPPLEMENT<br />

32 pages of brilliant ideas<br />

for <strong>Christmas</strong> pressies<br />

MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR<br />

A house enriched by its widely<br />

read, well-travelled resident<br />

120<br />

133<br />

137<br />

139<br />

140<br />

147<br />

140<br />

DAZZLE TILL DAWN<br />

Glimmer, glisten and<br />

shimmer in the best of<br />

the season’s party wear<br />

SPLISH SPLASH<br />

Jo Fairley rejoices in<br />

the therapeutic beauty<br />

benefits of bath time<br />

WEALDEN BEAUTY<br />

Natural, cruelty-free skincare<br />

is Sue Fish’s secret<br />

HEALTH<br />

Helen Barton’s tips for<br />

adjusting to the new seasons<br />

DINNER LADIES<br />

Two mums who’ve made<br />

a business out of family<br />

meals share their recipes<br />

WHAT CHEFS EAT<br />

AT CHRISTMAS<br />

Three leading chefs tell us<br />

about their own treat meals<br />

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157<br />

161<br />

163<br />

167<br />

168<br />

S26<br />

VERY BERRY<br />

Sue Whigham is thrilled by<br />

autumn’s visual feast<br />

MELLOW FRUITFULNESS<br />

After an exhaustingly good<br />

summer, Jo Arnell is relishing<br />

some gentle autumn gardening<br />

RAISE THE BAR<br />

Susan Elkin advocates keeping<br />

expectations high in school<br />

WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER<br />

Bumper bonfires, Hastings herrings,<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> crafts and much more<br />

COMPETITION<br />

Win hand-made designer<br />

glass <strong>Christmas</strong> decorations<br />

worth over £250<br />

FABLES FROM THE FARM<br />

It’s nearly time for everyone to<br />

have a rest - but first the cows<br />

have to decide who’s boss<br />

Published by JPS Media Ltd, Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 3HF. Tel: 01580 714705 Fax: 01580 715983.<br />

Email info@wealdentimes.co.uk wealdentimes.co.uk copyright JPS Media Ltd <strong>2016</strong>©.<br />

The views of the advertisers and contributors are not necessarily those of JPS Media Ltd.<br />

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· Good size gardens · Garage block · EPC: F<br />

Cranbrook School Catchment<br />

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Listed Farmhouse and Annexe · Three reception rooms<br />

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room, 2 bedrooms. Detached single garage. Off road<br />

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acre gardens.<br />

Brede, East Sussex - £565,000<br />

Spacious period village house. Sitting room, dining room,<br />

drawing room, breakfast room and kitchen. Four double<br />

bedrooms with 2 en-suite. Attic bedroom with en-suite.<br />

Cellar. Detached office/studio. Garage. Off-road parking.<br />

Garden 1/4 acre. EPC C<br />

Tenterden, Kent - £650,000<br />

Lovely double fronted Grade II listed period house set back<br />

from High Street. Sitting room with inglenook, dining room,<br />

kitchen/breakfast room, four double bedrooms. 50’ front<br />

garden & rear courtyard. Off road parking.<br />

Iden, East Sussex - £825,000<br />

Grade II listed farmhouse with equestrian facilities.<br />

Dining hall, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility,<br />

four bedrooms. Detached studio/games room. Gardens.<br />

Paddocks. Sandschool and stabling for 6 horses. Hay barn.<br />

Garage.<br />

Beckley, East Sussex - £1,250,000<br />

Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse. Drawing room, sitting<br />

room, kitchen/dining room, office, utility, four double<br />

bedrooms, bedroom 5/dressing room. Cellar. Additional<br />

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Immaculately presented detached bungalow within easy walking distance<br />

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Rolvenden £585,000<br />

Picturesque Grade II Listed Georgian family home, offering deceptively<br />

spacious accommodation and a wealth of period features • Four Bedrooms<br />

• Ensuite • Garage • CSCA • EPC Exempt<br />

Ashford £550,000<br />

Originally a game keepers Lodge for Godinton House estate, this<br />

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• Three Receptions • Annexe Potential • Conservatory • EPC F<br />

Ashford £950,000<br />

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Rye Foreign • East Sussex Guide £1,200,000<br />

Stylishly presented country house that has been subject to a meticulous<br />

programme of renovation & improvement. Extensive gardens, paddocks,<br />

outbuildings, two bed detached cottage. In all about 9.4 acres. EPC Rating F<br />

Tenterden • Kent Offers in excess of £800,000<br />

Detached Edwardian family house in a sought after part of the town.<br />

Detached double garage and good size gardens. Within easy walking<br />

distance of the towns many amenities. EPC Rating D<br />

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Egerton • Kent Guide £875,000<br />

Extended and improved country house dating back to the 1920’s. Beautiful<br />

gardens, paddocks & outbuildings. Set on a quiet country lane. Equestrian<br />

potential. About 4.8 acres in all. EPC Rating D<br />

Smarden • Kent Guide £775,000<br />

An extended and improved Kentish cottage on the rural edge of the village,<br />

with extensive gardens backing onto fields. Detached double garage. In all<br />

about 0.85 acre. EPC Rating NA<br />

Sheldwich • Kent Guide £1,200,000<br />

Beautifully presented family home built by the highly regarded Millwood<br />

Homes, landscaped gardens, woodland spinney and superb 3 bay garage<br />

building with guest suite over. Fabulous Kitchen/Dining room. EPC Rating D<br />

Throwley • Kent Guide £1,150,000<br />

Grade II* Listed country manor house, good ceiling heights, handsome<br />

rooms of significant character, arranged over three floors. Surrounded by<br />

gardens and grazing land of a little under 3 acres. EPC Rating E<br />

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PLOT OF APPROXIMATELY 2.1 ACRES with the finest views in the<br />

county, which importantly includes hard won approved planning<br />

consent to build an architecturally significant 5 bedroom detached<br />

Eco House designed by Sir Terry Farrell. CSCA.<br />

GOUDHURST OIRO £795,000<br />

DATING TO 1930, A HANDSOME FOUR BEDROOM FAMILY HOME<br />

presenting an exciting opportunity for a buyer to put their own mark<br />

on the property. Far reaching rural views across the Tiese valley, large<br />

garden, single garage giving valuable off street parking and the<br />

property is located with in the Cranbrook School Catchment Area.<br />

SALE<br />

AGREED<br />

STC<br />

SOLD<br />

RURAL WITTERSHAM £740,000<br />

AN EXCEPTIONALLY PRETTY FOUR BEDROOM GRADE II LISTED<br />

OAST HOUSE, beautifully converted and set amid enchanting<br />

mature gardens in an idyllic rural location at the end of a private lane<br />

of approximately half a mile, offering magnificent panoramic<br />

countryside views.<br />

Management and Lettings<br />

East<br />

Sutton, Nr<br />

Headcorn<br />

£3,500pcm<br />

TO LET<br />

5/6 BEDROOM<br />

FARMHOUSE<br />

FINISHED<br />

BEAUTIFULLY,<br />

outbuildings.<br />

Equestrian Let<br />

possible with 4<br />

stables and up to<br />

20 acres - POA<br />

BROOKLAND Guide Price £695,000<br />

2 LOTS: LOT 1 - OIEO £695,000 – AN ATTRACTIVE, DETACHED FIVE BEDROOM<br />

GRADE II PERIOD COUNTRY HOUSE in set in approximately 1 acre of attractive<br />

garden and orchard, adjacent garage and stabling offering conversion potential.<br />

LOT 2 - PRICE ON APPLICATION - 1 FURTHER ACRE (approximately) with large<br />

barn ripe for conversion (conditionally sold with Lot 1).<br />

Rural<br />

Linton, near<br />

Maidstone<br />

£2,750pcm<br />

TO LET<br />

FIVE BEDROOMS,<br />

luxury interior,<br />

lovely location.<br />

Garden<br />

<strong>supplement</strong> - POA<br />

HAWKHURST £495,000<br />

A BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED THREE BEDROOM DETACHED<br />

FAMILY HOME built in the 1930s, within the CSCA. Includes a pretty<br />

and unusually large rear garden. Recently acquired planning consent<br />

to enlarge the footprint, create a spacious new living space and add<br />

fourth bedroom with an elegant new bathroom.<br />

Hawkhurst<br />

£1,950pcm<br />

TO LET<br />

FOUR<br />

BEDROOMS,<br />

impeccably<br />

finished, lovely<br />

position. CSCA.<br />

NO PETS<br />

Peasmarsh<br />

£3,000pcm<br />

TO LET<br />

FIVE BEDROOM<br />

OAST with<br />

stunning valley<br />

views. Private<br />

location<br />

Tenterden<br />

£1,350pcm<br />

TO LET<br />

TWO BEDROOM<br />

LUXURY<br />

PENTHOUSE<br />

APARTMENT.<br />

Two bathrooms.<br />

Gated parking<br />

NEW<br />

PRICE<br />

Robertsbridge<br />

£1,150pcm<br />

LET AGREED TO LET<br />

REFURBISHED<br />

FOUR BEDROOM<br />

TOWNHOUSE.<br />

Garden and near<br />

train station<br />

Tenterden<br />

£1,600pcm<br />

LET AGREED TO LET<br />

LUXURY THREE<br />

BEDROOM<br />

GATEHOUSE in<br />

desirable position,<br />

garden and garage<br />

Benenden<br />

£825pcm<br />

+ utility<br />

<strong>supplement</strong> (POA)<br />

LET AGREED TO LET<br />

TWO BEDROOM<br />

HOUSE being part<br />

of stunning barn<br />

conversion.<br />

NO PETS<br />

NEW<br />

PRICE<br />

Hawkhurst<br />

£750pcm<br />

TO LET<br />

NEWLY<br />

REFURBISHED<br />

TWO BEDROOM<br />

APARTMENT.<br />

Excellent location.<br />

CSCA<br />

2 Windmill Oast, Windmill Farm,<br />

Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4PF


SPONSORED FEATURE<br />

Crane Valley Land Trust<br />

Our Landscape. Our Housing. Our Economy.<br />

Protected by planning policy for generations, Cranbrook and<br />

Sissinghurst now face a huge threat from developers, which<br />

could inflict irreversible harm on our beautiful landscape<br />

in as little as two years. Volume house builders have an appalling<br />

track record on housing delivery; they seek to build the poorest<br />

permissible quality that will yield the greatest profit for themselves<br />

and their shareholders, showing scant regard for the long term<br />

wellbeing of the local community.<br />

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is under enormous pressure<br />

from a government committed to delivering 1 million new homes,<br />

nationally by 2020, and construction won’t stop there. 6,000 more<br />

homes are destined for our Borough by 2026. Our Parish is expected<br />

to accommodate 315 homes now and, for the next planned period<br />

beyond 2026, this number is expected to quadruple. In other local<br />

areas, allocations for the same period may increase 10 fold.<br />

We need sustainable economic investment,<br />

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While development is important for our<br />

economy and more housing is essential<br />

for local people, it is the nature of the<br />

planned development that has angered and<br />

frustrated many in our community. Our<br />

Parish has three known and publicised major<br />

development proposals at various planning<br />

stages; all by commercial developers and<br />

all in contempt of National Planning Policy<br />

Framework best practice. Land owners<br />

are being systematically approached by developers keen to lock<br />

them into onerous option agreements which preclude community<br />

interests. We believe the land they acquire, the development<br />

proposals they present and the nature of their business models<br />

constitute a triple threat to the unique character and economic<br />

wellbeing of the Parish.<br />

Crane Valley Land Trust: a community land trust for Cranbrook<br />

and Sissinghurst.<br />

Fortunately, there is an alternative; which is why we are forming a<br />

Community Land Trust (CLT) to put our community in charge of<br />

its own development and deliver a legacy for future generations.<br />

CLTs are legally bound to reinvest any and all profit back into their<br />

communities, which means they can build to the highest standard<br />

and beat commercial developers at their own game.<br />

CLTs can take on any community project; they can farm, create<br />

new allotments, plant new forests, restore habitats, or even reinstate<br />

lost species; they can set up a micro-brewery or vineyard, help fund<br />

a local school, promote sustainable transportation or invest in green<br />

energy infrastructure. A CLT is limited only by the imagination<br />

and application of its members. Each CLT may borrow up to<br />

£250 million and is backed by an established grant, funding and<br />

procurement network. There are over 200 CLTs across the UK.<br />

The Crane Valley Land Trust (CVLT) will work closely with<br />

TWBC and all other relevant bodies (such as CSPC, High Weald<br />

AONB Unit, WKPS, CCAAC, CPRE, National Trust, English Nature,<br />

RSPB, Kent Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, English Heritage,<br />

Historic England, Prince’s Regeneration Trust etc) to deliver<br />

housing and other development in accordance with the needs of<br />

our community, in a manner which will safeguard and enhance our<br />

environment for future generations.<br />

Tailored affordability.<br />

Our proximity to London poses many challenges for young and<br />

old. House prices within the TN17 postcode have an Affordability<br />

Price Earnings Ratio of 12.8, with the average property value in our<br />

Parish at £497,300. Mortgage lenders typically lend just 3-5 times<br />

the applicant earnings; median gross earnings for Tunbridge Wells<br />

in April 2015 were £21,944 (full-time £26,936 and part-time £7,540),<br />

which prices many out of the housing market.<br />

The CVLT is committed to delivering<br />

lifelong affordability to those who need it<br />

most, recognising the different needs of our<br />

community. Some may need an affordable rent,<br />

whilst others may need a leg up onto the housing<br />

ladder with a part- buy, part-rental package.<br />

Home improvers of all ages may benefit from<br />

finish-it-yourself units or retirees from serviced<br />

independent living. Self-builders may need<br />

shovel-ready serviced plots. Others may simply<br />

want to buy a new home in the usual way.<br />

A low carbon future.<br />

We consider the delivery of outstanding sustainable design as vital<br />

to our wellbeing. We are committed to exceeding expectations for<br />

affordable housing and will work to the Passivhaus construction<br />

standard wherever possible, delivering a 90% typical energy saving<br />

and significantly reduced running costs. We have an opportunity,<br />

through the CVLT, to promote locally what central government has<br />

fallen shy of delivering nationally; that is a truly sustainable built<br />

environment, whilst restoring and enhancing our greatest asset, the<br />

landscape in which we live.<br />

Join us.<br />

The CVLT working group is formed of 11 highly skilled community<br />

volunteers from a wide range of professional fields; accountancy,<br />

architecture, business, education, IT, new media, publishing, strategic<br />

landscape management and urban design. Under the guidance of<br />

Stephen Hill, at the National Community Land Trust Network, we<br />

have reached the second stage of a three stage formation process.<br />

We already have 350 supporting signatures, but would like to hit our<br />

target of 1,000 before we incorporate on December 1st <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Change is inevitable. Let’s shape that change into the best possible<br />

outcome for our community. Help the CVLT to deliver a lasting legacy<br />

by visiting www.cvlt.org.uk or calling 01580 852558.


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HOUSE OF THE MONTH<br />

1.<br />

Gloria Victoriana<br />

wealdentimes.co.uk<br />

Isobel Mackay salutes homes from the glory<br />

days of domestic architecture<br />

When we think of the acme of British houses it’s the likes of Pemberley<br />

which spring to mind – or rather, Chatsworth and Lyme Park,<br />

which have both been used as locations for Mr Darcy’s stately home.<br />

On a more modest scale, it would be chocolate box thatched cottages, with the<br />

roses-round-the-door and hollyhocks-in-the-front garden boxes firmly ticked.<br />

But while we are justifiably proud of our legacy of Palladian mansions and<br />

impossibly quaint (and perilously low-ceilinged) village homes, probably the<br />

housing era which best expresses what it means to be British, is Victorian.<br />

The sixty-three years of Queen Vic’s reign spanned not only the pomp of the<br />

Empire, but the radical social changes of industrialisation and the railways. So<br />

a ‘Victorian house’ can mean everything from a solid semi-detached stuccoed<br />

villa, to a two-up-two-down Salford slum, or the myriad streets of terraced<br />

houses which multiple generations have lovingly renovated (fireplaces out,<br />

fireplaces in, fireplaces out…).<br />

The era also saw the erection of some of the ugliest gaffs ever to blight our<br />

greensward. Vile pomposities of Gothic revival arrogance, which expressed the<br />

nation’s attitude at the time: we rule, 4 eva, tru. Also random rehashes of earlier<br />

styles, such as Mock Tudor.<br />

I know just how ugly those houses are, because I spent my childhood in one.<br />

And while it crouched at the end of a drive of sinister pine trees, all awkward<br />

angles and ill-judged proportions, like a brick and mortar pterodactyl – it was<br />

the most joyous dwelling in which to grow up.<br />

The era which venerated the idea of family, as much as it did colonising<br />

foreign lands and inventing things, certainly knew how to build houses for<br />

them to live in. So if that’s your housing priority here are some fine examples of<br />

family-friendly Victorian dwellings currently on the <strong>Wealden</strong> market.<br />

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1. Lewins<br />

Where? Lewins is set on the outskirts of<br />

the sought-after village of Crockham Hill<br />

just under three miles south of Westerham<br />

(Google Maps TN8 6RB).<br />

What? For sale is the lion’s share of this<br />

lovely Grade II listed mansion, designed<br />

by Scottish architect John Brydon in his<br />

favourite Queen Anne revival style. Built<br />

in the late 1800s, it has retained most of its<br />

period features including soaring corniced<br />

and moulded ceilings, herringbone parquet<br />

flooring, fireplaces and Ionic pilasters.<br />

Downstairs are a superb Great Hall,<br />

drawing room, dining room, morning<br />

room, garden room, kitchen/breakfast room<br />

and cellar.<br />

On the first floor are master bedroom<br />

with en suite bathroom, guest room with<br />

bathroom and balcony with spectacular<br />

views, three further bedrooms and two<br />

more bathrooms. There is also a further<br />

double bedroom currently divided into a<br />

workshop and storeroom. Outside in 3.5<br />

acres of gardens and grounds are manicured<br />

lawns, a rose garden, paved terraces, an<br />

ornamental fountain and two ponds and<br />

two garages – one a four bay structure with<br />

MC and a generous storeroom above.<br />

How much? Lewins is on the market<br />

at £1,750,000 and is with Jackson-Stops in<br />

Oxted. Call 01883 712375 or visit jacksonstops.co.uk


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a stylish extension that<br />

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hat is amongst the regions<br />

anced, with ornate gardens,<br />

race and a horse paddock<br />

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ured behind electronically<br />

en to a large driveway and<br />

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nity.<br />

for those wishing to enjoy<br />

in minutes the buyer could<br />

Maidstone or Ashford. The<br />

nearby villages are very<br />

ng. Both villages, remarkably<br />

For those that may require<br />

ital, Ashford international<br />

by car. Both Lenham and<br />

A mixed secondary school<br />

rammar schools found in<br />

well known private school<br />

ith several others further<br />

REAR HALL Door opening to driveway. Double glazed<br />

window to side. Corniced ceiling. Ornate radiator. Amtico<br />

flooring.<br />

BOOT ROOM Corniced ceiling. Built in low level storage.<br />

Limestone tiled floor with under floor heating.<br />

GROUND FLOOR W.C. Double glazed window to side.<br />

Low level close coupled W.C. Pedestal wash hand basin.<br />

Corniced ceiling. Limestone tiled floor with under floor<br />

heating.<br />

2.<br />

LAUNDRY/UTILITY ROOM Double glazed window to rear.<br />

Corniced ceiling. Extensive range of cupboard and drawer<br />

base units with beech counter tops. Concealed space for<br />

washing machine and tumble dryer. Integrated bins.<br />

Integrated freezer. Ceramic butler sink with mixer taps.<br />

Upright storage cupboards. Limestone tiled floor with under<br />

floor heating.<br />

CENTRAL LOBBY Corniced ceiling. Limestone tiled floor.<br />

Door to cellar.<br />

2. The Old Rectory<br />

CELLAR (CURRENT GYMNASIUM) Solid staircase with<br />

fitted carpet and roped hand rail. Window to front. Painted<br />

floor. Radiator.<br />

Where? The Old Rectory is tucked<br />

away in the heart of the pretty village of<br />

Frittenden near Cranbrook. (Google Maps<br />

KITCHEN Open plan to dining area. Double glazed windows<br />

to side. Oil fired Aga range cooker. Comprehensive range of<br />

oak faced kitchen units with integrated fridge freezer and<br />

oor opening into:<br />

combination oven. Granite work-surfaces with two zone<br />

induction hob. Ceramic sink unit with mixer taps. Integrated<br />

s to front. Corniced ceiling. dishwasher. Additional fitted units built into larder recess<br />

period tiled floor.<br />

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providing<br />

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concealed storage. Central matching island with<br />

circular steel basin and mixer taps. Range of cupboard and<br />

) Square bay window to drawer base units below with two chiller drawers. Limestone<br />

Corniced ceiling. Central tiled floor with under floor heating.<br />

n fireplace with ornate<br />

abinets built into recesses. DINING AREA Two pairs of French doors to garden. Double<br />

glazed windows to rear. built in dresser. Limestone tiled floor<br />

with underfloor heating.<br />

to front. Corniced ceiling.<br />

round. Fitted storage unit. STAIRCASE TO FIRST FLOOR Fitted carpet with stair rods.<br />

Hand rail and balustrade.<br />

What? A lovely and substantial<br />

Victorian family home dating from the<br />

mid 1840s, The Old Rectory has been<br />

sensitively refurbished by the present<br />

owners and retains all of the most<br />

attractive features of the period including<br />

fine fireplaces throughout. Downstairs are<br />

a drawing room with marble fireplace and<br />

a woodburner, with French doors leading<br />

to a large terrace, a sitting room, snooker<br />

room/dining room and a large kitchen/<br />

breakfast/family room.<br />

Upstairs is a master bedroom, a family<br />

bathroom, and five further bedrooms,<br />

plus a family shower room. Outside the<br />

beautiful gardens and grounds encompass<br />

a Mediterranean-style garden with ancient<br />

olive tree, arbour enhanced with clematis,<br />

a white grapevine, rambling roses and<br />

fountain. To the rear, a generous terrace<br />

spans the length of the house, stone steps<br />

lead down to the expansive lawns. There<br />

is a club-sized tennis court and an area of<br />

paddock to the north west.<br />

How much? The Old Rectory is<br />

on the market at £1,895,000 and is with<br />

Savills in Cranbrook. Call 01580 7<strong>2016</strong>1<br />

or visit savills.co.uk<br />

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Where? Mount Castle Farmhouse<br />

is set at the foot of the Kentish North<br />

Downs at Lenham Heath midway<br />

between Maidstone and Ashford. (Google<br />

Maps ME17 2JE).<br />

What? A once–neglected Victorian<br />

farmhouse, Mount Castle has been<br />

beautifully renovated and cleverly<br />

enhanced by a stylish extension that<br />

complements the property in both<br />

quality and design. On the ground floor<br />

is a drawing room and study area with<br />

corniced ceilings and the original fireplace<br />

with its ornate surround, a family room,<br />

and a kitchen with an Aga open plan to a<br />

large bright dining area with two pairs of<br />

French doors to the garden. In the cellar<br />

there is a gym.<br />

Upstairs are a spacious master bedroom<br />

and elegant en suite bathroom, a bedroom<br />

with en suite shower room and three<br />

further bedrooms. Outside is a three-bay<br />

garage with an external staircase to an<br />

upper floor studio flat. There is also a<br />

large sandstone terrace and a lovely walled<br />

swimming pool.<br />

How much? Mount Castle<br />

Farmhouse is with Fine & Country in<br />

West Malling and has an asking price of<br />

£1,750,000. Call 01732 222272 or visit<br />

fineandcountry.com<br />

4.<br />

4. The Old Vicarage<br />

Where? The Old Vicarage is in a<br />

tranquil setting with great views over the<br />

Weald and neighbouring deer park, just<br />

south of Boughton Monchelsea (Google<br />

Maps ME17 4BU).<br />

What? Built in local ragstone in 1860,<br />

The Old Vicarage has been sympathetically<br />

renovated and extended by its present<br />

owners and is today a very fine period<br />

family home. Downstairs is a south-facing<br />

drawing room with an Adam style fireplace<br />

and French doors flanked by full-height<br />

windows, library, spacious kitchen/family<br />

room with French doors and full-height<br />

windows and, added in 2001, an orangery<br />

with four sets of French doors. There is also<br />

the original servants’ bell room and a large<br />

four-room cellar.<br />

Upstairs are seven bedrooms – including<br />

a master bedroom with dressing area and<br />

elegant en suite bathroom and a guest room<br />

with an en suite shower room. Outside in<br />

park-like grounds of almost two-and-a-half<br />

acres are a south-facing terrace, lawns and<br />

mature gardens, a wisteria-clad pergola with<br />

classic stone columns, an ornamental pond,<br />

orchard and tennis court.<br />

How much? The Old Vicarage is<br />

priced at £1,750,000 and is on the market<br />

with Jackson-Stops in Cranbrook. Call<br />

01580 720000 or visit jackson-stops.co.uk<br />

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Previous pages: Stuart commissioned the ‘hot dogs’ sign for<br />

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Leonards pub (when they replaced him with a snowman...).<br />

The Mickey Mouse figure is from McCully & Crane in Rye.<br />

The macrame plant holder is from Etsy Left: The bicycle is<br />

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sailor was from McCully & Crane<br />

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Previous page: Sarah and Stuart spotted the drum-shaped<br />

cocktail bar in the window of an antiques shop in Queen’s Road,<br />

Hastings Above and left: The walls of the kitchen are painted in<br />

Charcoal by Valspar. The tiles for the feature wall are from Topps<br />

Tiles. They bought the leather club chair in London years ago<br />

Initially it was the lure of the countryside which drew them<br />

away from the Big Smoke.<br />

“When we first left London, we moved from Victoria Park<br />

in Hackney to a country house near Rye,” says Stuart. “It was<br />

the full London to country bit, with big grounds and sheep in<br />

the fields… but though it was beautiful, it was just too quiet<br />

for us. Sarah had salons in Rye and St Leonards, so we just<br />

decided to consolidate everything here.”<br />

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and business premises wasn’t daunting for Stuart, who had<br />

been in the interior architecture business for 22 years.<br />

“I trained first at Stourbridge College and then Nottingham<br />

University and when I graduated, moved to London, because<br />

that’s where everything was happening. I had a big office there<br />

with lots of staff, but I came to realise that postcodes don’t<br />

matter any more.<br />

“Technology means that you can work almost anywhere<br />

these days and lots of my jobs are based abroad anyway, so I<br />

can design from here, working from a studio in our garden. I<br />

employ freelance visualisers, designers and project managers<br />

and I’ve built up a team that I can trust, so why would I need<br />

an office in London when I can be by the sea?”<br />

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Above: A Coca Cola crate Stuart found at Tower Antiques, in<br />

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The 1950s Russian print is from McCully & Crane<br />

Their house, a classic redbrick late Victorian villa with<br />

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The original arched marble fireplace has a traditional gilt<br />

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Previous page, above: Bi-fold doors at the end of the dining room open on to the garden. The hanging chair is from Sunbury<br />

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Stuart found the technical drawings rummaging through a drawer at Sunbury Antiques Market Above: Stuart found the letters which<br />

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on duty. “I just had to have him, so when they changed him<br />

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came originally from lighting designer Philip Oakley’s studio.”<br />

A long scrubbed pine table is surrounded by assorted<br />

wooden chairs with sheepskin coverings and a stuffed buffalo’s<br />

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something good to eat and wishes to join in.<br />

In the corner of the room, where the doors fold back to give<br />

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The walls of the generously proportioned kitchen are<br />

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range that would have served such a big house, but now hosts<br />

a woodburning stove.<br />

A freestanding set of hotel catering shelves accommodate<br />

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Antiques Market. Off-white painted wooden cupboards form<br />

a long row along one wall and the counter top above them<br />

is exceptionally deep, giving the impression of being a very<br />

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We go out to the studio in the garden, where the walls are<br />

painted in what I now recognize as Stuart’s signature dark<br />

colours – and in his own working environment he’s gone for<br />

the darkest shade of charcoal that is really almost black. <br />

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Blueprints and technical drawings in smart wooden<br />

frames are perfectly set off by the ink-coloured walls<br />

behind. The immediate impression is of a serious, yet<br />

personal space. A giant chrome arc lamp stands in one<br />

corner and in front of the window, Stuart has placed<br />

a vintage wooden desk and chair, with a 1940s style<br />

telephone and desk lamp that calls to mind a scene from a<br />

Raymond Chandler novel.<br />

There are old cabinets and plan chests – and<br />

interestingly, no computer. I expected to see a giant<br />

monitor, but Stuart prefers to work on his laptop.<br />

“Ideally, I like designs to be properly thought out and<br />

drawn,” he says, “that’s why I love those old plans that I’ve<br />

framed. Someone took real care and attention over them.<br />

Computers are useful, but they should be used as a tool,<br />

they’re not an end in themselves.”<br />

On one surface is a set of wooden numbers and letters<br />

spelling out 44th Hill, the intriguing name for his <br />

Left and below: The copper light fitting is by Tom Dixon.<br />

Stuart commissioned the oversized Ace of Spades from<br />

McCully & Crane to use in his interior scheme for The Rum<br />

Kitchen, in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street, and liked it so<br />

much he ordered one for home too. The Kiss Me Quick sign,<br />

Smiley face and the Lucky sign are also from McCully & Crane<br />

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Left: A red Anglepoise lamp sits on top of a chest made from<br />

card index drawers that Stuart and Sarah found in Hastings<br />

Old Town. They have collected the swans from boot fairs and<br />

vintage shops over several years. The pendant light is from Dyke<br />

& Dean. The ‘Wild Banana Club’ print is by their friend Ben<br />

Allen Below: The framed Bang! poster in the master bedroom is<br />

a limited edition print by pop artist William Blanchard<br />

company. “There are 43 named hills in San Francisco,” says<br />

Stuart, “we just fancied being the 44th.<br />

“I love working here, being able to look up and see the sea,<br />

and I often think it’s strange to think that designs that are<br />

destined for London, Ibiza or even further away, originate<br />

here, in this wooden studio in our garden.<br />

“I specialise in commercial projects - and I think all my<br />

clients have actually become my friends - because houses are<br />

just too personal.”<br />

Back in the main house we pause in the family study. Again,<br />

it has a kind of industrial glamour, with another arc lamp and<br />

a black upright piano. There is a metal desk that looks as if<br />

it once did service in a factory or workshop, and a collection<br />

of 1940s bevelled mirrors on the wall. Above the desk, an<br />

illuminated sign spells out WOLF.<br />

Up the stairs and on the half-landing a large photograph in<br />

a battered gilt frame has been propped up to meet the visitor<br />

as they ascend. It’s a late Victorian studio portrait of a young<br />

child in a dark velvet dress and lace collar and is a particularly<br />

arresting image because of the girl’s very direct stare and the<br />

strong impression it gives that whoever she was, (she’s no<br />

relation) she was extraordinarily self-possessed.<br />

At the top of the stairs is a painted wooden sign saying<br />

‘Lucky’ and I’m beginning to wonder whether all the words<br />

that can be found throughout the house are significant. We<br />

turn into the first guest room, and find many more, (some<br />

unprintable) because the lids of old wooden school desks<br />

complete with all that childish and adolescent graffiti have<br />

been used as art and mounted on the wall.<br />

In the main bedroom, the scheme is pared back, with<br />

wooden boards on the floor and a kilim rug at the foot of the<br />

bed. A chest made from card index drawers found in a shop<br />

in Hastings Old Town stands next to the bed, and on the<br />

wall opposite is the word Bang! – a limited edition print of a<br />

renowned black, white and red artwork by pop-artist, William<br />

Blanchard.<br />

The second guest room has a handsome iron bedstead, but<br />

it is also used as a dressing room, and has a pair of vintage<br />

walnut wardrobes and an Art Deco dressing table with a<br />

strong Japanese influence. Its huge curved triptych mirror<br />

seems shaped like the sort of clouds you see in some Japanese<br />

paintings.<br />

On the landing on the top floor of the house stands a<br />

vintage metal ‘firefighter’ pedal car in pillar-box red. Here the<br />

couple’s children can enjoy a whole storey to themselves, with<br />

a smart bathroom and two very individualistic bedrooms.<br />

In their daughter’s room, Stuart has just finished putting<br />

together a new bed, while his daughter coated an alcove <br />

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Above left: The Art Deco walnut dressing table is from Little Treasures in Hastings Old Town Middle: The sideshow poster is from<br />

McCully & Crane Right: The Edwardian walnut wardrobe set in the master bedroom was an amazing find in the Red Cross charity<br />

shop on Hastings seafront<br />

wall in blackboard paint, so she can use it for doodling and as<br />

an aide-memoire for schoolwork and events to remember.<br />

There is a desk at the other end of the room, and above it a<br />

group of cranberry glass vases have been turned upside down<br />

and used as light shades, suspended with varying lengths of<br />

gold braided cable – not often found in the UK now, but<br />

sourced by Stuart when he designed a scheme for the launch<br />

of the Esentai Mall in Kazakhstan.<br />

The design used hundreds of dimmable filament light<br />

bulbs suspended above the catwalk for a fashion show, so they<br />

looked like glowing jewels, but here, the ruby glass looks more<br />

like a bunch of overhanging red berries.<br />

Stuart and Sarah’s son’s room has an elevated bed, built by a<br />

Chichester-based friend, Tony Davey, who Stuart has worked<br />

with on several projects, and has a feel of the wild frontier.<br />

There is an old Afrikaans map on the wall, a vintage trunk and<br />

a brightly painted Penalty Shootout sign from a fairground.<br />

Having examined the house from bottom to top, we set off<br />

for Sarah’s hair and beauty salon Truffle, situated right on St<br />

Leonards seafront, just along from the very traditional Royal<br />

Victoria Hotel.<br />

Just as their house looked from the outside as though a<br />

conservative Victorian family could still live there, the exterior<br />

of Truffle looks conventional enough, with its broad Regency<br />

shop front overlooking the promenade and beach beyond -<br />

but stepping through the door, the space has been transformed<br />

into something that combines both a nod to an elegant past<br />

and a flair for industrial and reclaimed chic.<br />

“This was an old boat repair shop,” explains Stuart, as we sit<br />

on an ochre-coloured vintage sofa and chair, while Sarah tends<br />

to clients. “So it had the space we wanted, and in fact there’s<br />

a basement too, which was originally the ground floor of the<br />

building, but at some point the seafront road was raised, and<br />

so this first storey became the new ground level. We haven’t<br />

developed it yet, but we plan to use the basement for a yoga<br />

studio and possibly a juice bar, so that the place becomes more<br />

of a lifestyle destination.”<br />

The nautical origins of the building have been preserved in<br />

the scrubbed and stained wooden floor and the long wall of<br />

tongue and groove timbers that stretches behind the counter.<br />

On the panelling above our heads as we sit and chat is an<br />

old reverse glass painted pub sign saying ‘ORDERS TAKEN<br />

HERE’ in verdigris green and gold.<br />

“I bought that at Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton<br />

Park,” says Stuart, “along with the reclaimed enamel lights.<br />

Kempton’s a favourite hunting ground of mine. I find loads<br />

of things that I use for the bars and restaurant interiors that I<br />

design for clients.<br />

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Top left: The children have the top storey of the house to themselves. The vintage firefighters’ truck is from London Road Antiques,<br />

in St Leonards Top right and above: In their daughter’s bedroom, Stuart created shelves out of old apple crates. Her vintage turntable<br />

sits on an old bookshelf from Rye vintage market. The pendant lights hanging from gold braided cable were inspired by a project he<br />

designed for a shopping mall in Kazakhstan<br />

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Below: Their son’s room has<br />

an elevated bed made from<br />

stained timbers. The 1950s<br />

chest of drawers was found in<br />

a charity shop in London and<br />

the F - the first letter of their<br />

son’s name - was an online<br />

find. The tiger print is another<br />

William Blanchard<br />

“We also used reclaimed timbers and an old haberdashers’<br />

set of drawers for the counter. The window set into the<br />

wall is just a decorative feature. I used to have an office in<br />

Norman Road just round the corner from here and couldn’t<br />

believe it when I found that old window abandoned on<br />

the pavement one day. I mounted it on the wall here and<br />

surrounded it with those tiles which are similar to some tiles<br />

I used for the redesign of the Old Customs House restaurant<br />

in Hastings. They serve things like Guinness and oysters<br />

there, so the black and white theme seemed to work well.”<br />

Clients at Truffle sit in original barbers’ chairs, all sourced<br />

and bought on eBay. Brushes and combs are stored in<br />

wooden wine crates and towels in reclaimed pharmacists’<br />

drawers. The ceiling and panelled shutters around one<br />

window are painted in dark greeny/charcoal grey. “That<br />

paint’s nothing fancy,” says Stuart. “It’s the Valspar range<br />

from B&Q. The colours are really good and the coverage is<br />

dense. I use it a lot in all kinds of projects.”<br />

As we leave, I spot an old Hastings and St Leonards<br />

tourism poster from 1970s. How is Hastings and St<br />

Leonards changing do you think? I ask Stuart.<br />

“Well obviously, there’s been lots of regeneration,” he says,<br />

“but there’s a real pride in the area. I worked on the design<br />

of the Jerwood café when the Gallery was being built and I<br />

did it pretty much for free. There was a sense that we could<br />

really change things in the town.<br />

“In St Leonards there are loads of new businesses, shops<br />

and cafés – not least the amazing little crepe stall that is<br />

parked on the seafront opposite Truffle. When I redesigned<br />

the interior of the Old Customs House restaurant, we used<br />

timbers salvaged from Hastings pier to clad the whole<br />

ceiling, so it feels as if we’re working with the history of the<br />

place, but there’s a real buzz about it too.”<br />

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This page: Sarah’s hair and beauty salon Truffle is on St Leonards<br />

sea front. The old hairdryer was from Era of Style in Bexhill and<br />

the chair from Sunbury Antiques Market. The giant red brandy<br />

balloon vases were found in an antiques shop in Hastings Old<br />

Town. An old drinks crate makes a perfect magazine rack Above<br />

right: Stuart found the window abandoned on the pavement of a<br />

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Antiques Centre, in Norman Road, St Leonards Left: Clients in<br />

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<strong>Christmas</strong> Panto<br />

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Is there a typical working day? “There really isn’t one!” The<br />

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What makes all the hard work worth it? “We never tire<br />

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What can we look forward to from Jam Industries at the<br />

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We caught up with Simon Parker and Rachel Lowe,<br />

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ahead of their pop-up vinyl record store launch in<br />

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Describe the essence of the business Vinyl Revolution<br />

claim that whatever your taste and knowledge in music,<br />

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releases, you will also find music-inspired designs<br />

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teaching. Rachel has escaped the corporate world to focus<br />

on the marketing and branding. With back catalogues<br />

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<strong>Christmas</strong> wish lists, they saw a gap in the market.<br />

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differ from a high street or traditional record shop?<br />

Simon promises he caters for all music fans and won’t<br />

judge anyone on their taste, guiding them towards similar<br />

musicians they might like. He is disillusioned by the<br />

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stand? Simon and his band mates from over the years will<br />

be there – so expect personalities, knowledge and fun,<br />

alongside a showcase of vinyl and quirky merchandise.<br />

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<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Midwinter Fair 17th-19th Nov<br />

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tea and cake in our Street Food Café and Tea Room<br />

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We are excited to have ‘Makatcha’, a family<br />

business of four generations in our Street Food<br />

Café for the first time. Here they explain how<br />

they will take you on a journey of flavours<br />

that transport you to South East Asia.<br />

What is the essence of the business? Makatcha is on a<br />

mission to bring ‘real’ Indo Malay street food to the UK<br />

using only the best ingredients. As the old trading hub<br />

for Asia, Malaysia was able to cherry pick the best ideas<br />

and ingredients from all around it. Makatcha feel that<br />

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restaurants and their objective is to share the beautiful<br />

flavours they enjoy and have come to take for granted.<br />

What can we expect from Makatcha food at the<br />

Midwinter Fair? Makatcha will be serving gluten and<br />

dairy-free ‘Rendang’ with beef, chicken or as a vegan<br />

option, along with rice, fresh veg, peanut sauce and a side<br />

of achar (pickle). They firmly believe their food delivers<br />

original tastes and flavours which can’t be experienced<br />

anywhere else. Customers are taken on powerful journeys<br />

of taste that leave a lasting impact, without having to jet<br />

off to the Far East. They also warn that Indo Malay food<br />

is highly addictive and you may be back for seconds!<br />

For anyone inspired by the story, here is the family’s<br />

background The family’s experience is not in traditional<br />

catering but through living and growing up in South<br />

East Asia, where food is so central to life. Every social<br />

interaction revolves around eating, so you could say they<br />

have been very well trained in an ability to eat well!<br />

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enjoy<br />

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at the Midwinter Fair? “A friendly bunch of<br />

guys, whose mission is to promote Indo Malay<br />

cuisine across the UK and who enjoy serving up<br />

high quality food that makes people happy!”<br />

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bracelet, £12, Topman<br />

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12<br />

Hugo Boss Rafale<br />

watch, £249 Fenwick<br />

Tunbridge Wells<br />

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Come and see us at<br />

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seal engraved<br />

9 carat white<br />

gold cuff link,<br />

3D engraved<br />

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w: www.thegoldenfleece.co.uk<br />

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Goldsmith & Designer<br />

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Handmade signet rings, cuff links<br />

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QUALITY CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICE<br />

This season we are pleased<br />

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and creating traditional<br />

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Inspired by the windswept<br />

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collection of Knitwear,<br />

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the hallmarks of Quality,<br />

hand finished, stylish<br />

yet functional pieces.<br />

We welcome you to<br />

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opportunity QUALITY of showing CLOTHING AND A PERSONAL SERVICE<br />

you all the new collections<br />

for Autumn/Winter <strong>2016</strong><br />

Please visit our new website at www.countyclothesmenswear.co.uk<br />

for an update on our brands and stores.<br />

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Follow us<br />

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& ACCESSORIES<br />

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DBS checked and fully insured<br />

From hamsters<br />

to horses, we<br />

specialise in<br />

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(Off Pearsons Green Road)<br />

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01892 83 4306 info@westkentshooting.co.uk<br />

www.westkentshooting.co.uk<br />

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Located in the heart of Hastings Old Town<br />

58 High Street TN34 3EN<br />

www.seagatehastings.uk<br />

+44 (0)1424 532930<br />

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Pyjamas, £29.50<br />

Marks & Spencer<br />

marksandspencer.com<br />

WT <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Barbour tartan<br />

gloves, £55 Fenwick<br />

Tunbridge Wells<br />

fenwick.co.uk<br />

<strong>Gifts</strong> for...<br />

Barbour slippers<br />

£60, Fenwick<br />

Tunbridge Wells<br />

fenwick.co.uk<br />

Him<br />

Harris Tweed<br />

baseball cap, £24.95<br />

The Golden Fleece<br />

thegoldenfleece.co.uk<br />

Lacuzzo leather<br />

laptop bag, £179<br />

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jeremyhobbs.co.uk<br />

Pure wool checked<br />

waistcoat, £69<br />

Marks & Spencer<br />

marksandspencer.com<br />

Socks in a box<br />

£27.50 Billy Ruffian<br />

billyruffianshoes.co.uk<br />

Leather gloves, £25<br />

Marks & Spencer<br />

marksandspencer.com<br />

Raglan loafer<br />

£98, Billy Ruffian<br />

billyruffianshoes.co.uk<br />

Gant boots, £129-<br />

£135, Jeremy Hobbs<br />

jeremyhobbs.co.uk<br />

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WT <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

<strong>Gifts</strong> for...<br />

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Fox lunch box<br />

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beckyandlolo.co.uk<br />

Green play tent<br />

£34.90, Kids Concept<br />

kidsconcept.co.uk<br />

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chunky knit hat<br />

£25, Angels Face<br />

angels-face.co.uk<br />

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£68, Rume<br />

rume.co.uk<br />

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rume.co.uk<br />

Rocking Horse, £90<br />

Little Bird Told Me<br />

littlebirdtoldme.co.uk<br />

Dual deck trike<br />

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wonderlings.co.uk<br />

Wooden toy drum<br />

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kidsconcept.co.uk<br />

Handmade<br />

wooden trees, £12<br />

Forge Creative<br />

forgecreative.co<br />

wealdentimes.co.uk<br />

Mary Jane baby shoes<br />

£18.95, Annabel James<br />

annabeljames.co.uk<br />

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Cash register, £34.90<br />

Kids Concept<br />

kidsconcept.co.uk


Bespoke design & build treehouses, playhouses<br />

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Commercial & International commissions welcomed<br />

PAINT YOUR OWN CERAMICS,<br />

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(Evenings by appointment)<br />

Disabled access • Ample Parking • Cafe on-site<br />

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Hand painted<br />

alphabet, from £24.95<br />

Sweetheart Darling<br />

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Gaming beanbag chair<br />

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WT <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Super hero socks<br />

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oakroomshop.co.uk<br />

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barnabyco.com<br />

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iphone 6S case<br />

£30, Paper Mash<br />

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Slap watch, £49.95<br />

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Skeleton mug<br />

£10.99 Totally Funky<br />

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art backpack<br />

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Acorn & Will<br />

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Peace sign pouch, £18<br />

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WT <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

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gel, £7.50, post shave<br />

balm, £7.50 White Stuff<br />

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Slap watch, £49.95<br />

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lip balm, £5.50<br />

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trimmed, groomed, buffed and polished<br />

Razz Dance & Just<br />

Bitten lip gloss<br />

£13.50, Iconic London<br />

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Manicure<br />

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Merry <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

Treat someone to a gift voucher this<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> and we will make them feel special<br />

Holist<br />

& Beaut<br />

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A traditional<br />

carol concert...<br />

RECEIVE A GIFT<br />

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Special offers available every month,<br />

visit our website before you book<br />

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... celebrating the work of the<br />

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Air Ambulance<br />

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Get ready for<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong><br />

at Heaven Farm SHop<br />

• Seasonal and<br />

festive food<br />

• Food gifts and<br />

custom made<br />

hampers<br />

• Local produce<br />

... plus much more!<br />

Opening times:<br />

Monday to Saturday<br />

10am till 5.30pm,<br />

Sunday 10am till 4.30pm<br />

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57 High Street, Heathfield TN21 8HU<br />

www.tinkerandtoad.com<br />

01435 863535<br />

Also, <strong>Christmas</strong> Woods are back again this year<br />

www.christmaswoods.co.uk.<br />

Enjoy <strong>Christmas</strong> shopping and a festive walk with<br />

the family at the same time!<br />

HEAVEN FARM, FURNERS GREEN, UCKFIELD TN22 3RG<br />

01825 790331 info@heavenfarmshop.co.uk<br />

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Zest<br />

The perfect shop for<br />

that special gift<br />

Come and join us for a<br />

magical <strong>Christmas</strong> shopping<br />

experience. We have gift<br />

ideas for your whole family<br />

and decorations to deck<br />

the finest of homes.<br />

Visit us and be amazed<br />

at the Selection on offer<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> extended<br />

opening times<br />

Late night Thursdays and<br />

Sundays from 20 <strong>November</strong><br />

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ARDINGLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS<br />

English/Continental furniture and<br />

accessories for your home & garden<br />

Open every day (except Thursday) 10-5<br />

& Sunday 12-5<br />

64 High Street, Ardingly, W Sussex RH17 6TD<br />

Telephone 01444 892270<br />

Find us on<br />

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Tom Smith crackers, £11-£79<br />

Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells<br />

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WT <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Red 70s telephone, £60<br />

Bagham Barn Antiques<br />

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Faux fur cushions<br />

£48 per pair, Skinners<br />

of Tunbridge Wells<br />

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<strong>Gifts</strong> for...<br />

Iridescent hummingbird<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> decoration<br />

£3.95, Rigby & Mac<br />

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<strong>Christmas</strong> train<br />

£95, Lenleys<br />

lenleys.co.uk<br />

Homes<br />

Fill your home with<br />

beautiful things, for<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> and beyond<br />

Rabbit & cabbage<br />

apron, £24.95<br />

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clareloves.co.uk<br />

Recipe diaries<br />

£12.95 each<br />

Fenwick<br />

Tunbridge Wells<br />

fenwick.co.uk<br />

Sprout wreath,<br />

£15, The<br />

Contemporary<br />

home<br />

tch.net<br />

Regent Street by David<br />

Atkins, £1950, McAllister<br />

Thomas Fine Art<br />

mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk<br />

Leonardo glass<br />

lantern, £65 Broste<br />

Copenhagen<br />

candle £5.75<br />

dinner candles,<br />

£2.95 and frame,<br />

£15 Fenwick,<br />

Tunbridge Wells<br />

fenwick.co.uk<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> countdown<br />

cinema lightbox, £36<br />

The Drifting Bear Co.<br />

thedriftingbear.com<br />

Malibu lobster<br />

cushion, £10, PASX<br />

pasx.co.uk<br />

Glass starflake tree<br />

hangings, from<br />

£12, Jo Downs<br />

jodowns.com<br />

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WT <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Double hanging cacoon<br />

£320, Cuckooland<br />

cuckooland.com<br />

William Morris potting<br />

gloves, £16.99<br />

The Oak Room<br />

oakroomshop.co.uk<br />

Paper plant pot maker<br />

£9.95, Clare Loves<br />

clareloves.co.uk<br />

Garden twine<br />

£8.99 The<br />

Oak Room<br />

oakroomshop.co.uk<br />

Gardeners Therapy hand<br />

care collection, £15<br />

Sussex Country Gardener<br />

sussexcountrygardener.co.uk<br />

Glass terrarium<br />

£9.99, The<br />

Oak Room<br />

oakroomshop.co.uk<br />

Water from a stone<br />

£14, Kikkerland<br />

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<strong>Gifts</strong> for...<br />

Gardeners<br />

For long-term green-fingered folk,<br />

or seed-planting novices<br />

William Morris<br />

enamel mug, £9.95<br />

Annabel James<br />

annabeljames.co.uk<br />

Dibber, £14.95<br />

Annabel James<br />

annabeljames.co.uk<br />

Flamingo watering can<br />

£7.99, Totally Funky<br />

totally-funky.co.uk<br />

Potting sieve, £16.95<br />

Annabel James<br />

annabeljames.co.uk<br />

Gardeners Therapy hand<br />

& nail cream, £7.50<br />

Sussex Country Gardener<br />

sussexcountrygardener.co.uk<br />

Succulents cushion, £30<br />

The Drifting Bear Co.<br />

thedriftingbear.com<br />

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Orla Kiely grow your<br />

own herb kit, £18.99<br />

The Oak Room<br />

oakroomshop.co.uk<br />

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There’s so much more<br />

in your local country store...<br />

FOR YOU<br />

FOR HER<br />

FOR HIM<br />

FOR HER<br />

FOR HER<br />

FOR KIDS<br />

FOR YOU<br />

FOR HIM<br />

With a great range available<br />

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you can also find us on Facebook<br />

• ALBOURNE<br />

Sovereign House, London Road,<br />

Albourne BN6 9BN<br />

Tel: 01273 834689<br />

• HURST GREEN<br />

The Foundry, Hurst Green,<br />

Etchingham TN19 7QP<br />

Tel: 01580 860495<br />

• RINGMER<br />

Broyle House,<br />

Ringmer BN8 5NN<br />

Tel: 01273 812707


WT <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

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pets<br />

Spoil your furry little friends<br />

this <strong>Christmas</strong> with treats<br />

and places to curl up in<br />

Landmark pet house<br />

£34.99, The Fowndry<br />

thefowndry.com<br />

Bite-sized dog biscuits<br />

£10.99, Cuckooland<br />

cuckooland.com<br />

£7.50, Sussex Country Gardener<br />

sussexcountrygardener.co.uk<br />

Happy Jackson<br />

dog food bowl<br />

£7.95, Bloomsbury<br />

bloomsburystore.com<br />

Bird gift box, £30<br />

Boxwild boxwild.com<br />

Sylvester bird box<br />

£19.95, RED5<br />

red5.co.uk<br />

Cat bowl, £47.50<br />

Black by Design Ltd<br />

black-by-design.co.uk<br />

Raised oak bed £215,<br />

luxury mattress with<br />

corduroy cover, £95<br />

The Dog Bed Company<br />

thedogbedcompany.co.uk<br />

Sighthound leather<br />

collars & lead set<br />

£68.50, Charley Chau<br />

charleychau.com<br />

Organic pet bed, £45<br />

Cottage in the Hills<br />

cottageinthehills.com<br />

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<strong>Christmas</strong> at<br />

the stag theatre<br />

Our spectacular family pantomime runs 2 December to 8 January.<br />

Starring EastEnders’ Fatboy Ricky Norwood, and 90’s girlband Cleopatra.<br />

There’s so much to see and do at The Stag - Sevenoaks’ premier<br />

entertainment venue. We have panto, shows, films, room and venue<br />

hire and great food and drink.<br />

Celebrate with us and get a round of applause for your staff <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

party! Located right in the heart of the town, we have everything you<br />

need to make your occasion sparkle.<br />

Other festive events include a Tea Dance, a Scratch Choir, The Rat<br />

Pack, Long Nose Puppets and a Pop-Up Disco!<br />

Visit our website, download our app, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or call 01732 450175.<br />

THEATRE . CINEMA . CAFE<br />

Open from 10am every day<br />

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London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ


Come and visit us at our<br />

Brewery in the heart of<br />

Tenterden. We have a great<br />

range of beers, gift packs,<br />

polypins; perfect for <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

& New Year parties and<br />

for <strong>Christmas</strong> presents!<br />

Open: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm<br />

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Bottle & glass gin<br />

gift set, £55, Silent<br />

Pool Distillers<br />

silentpooldistillers.com<br />

WT <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Chocolate orange<br />

liquid fudge, £3.99<br />

Fenwick, Tunbridge<br />

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Stag bottle stopper<br />

£19.99, Sussex<br />

Country Gardener<br />

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Afternoon tea, from<br />

£19.50 per person<br />

Frasers, Egerton<br />

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Round chopping<br />

board, £42<br />

Sisters Guild<br />

sistersguild.co.uk<br />

Portable espresso<br />

machine, £43.95<br />

Cuckooland<br />

cuckooland.com<br />

Granite pestle<br />

& mortar, £15<br />

Garden Trading<br />

gardentrading.co.uk<br />

<strong>Gifts</strong> for...<br />

Portable cocktail<br />

case, £189 Fenwick<br />

Tunbridge Wells<br />

fenwick.co.uk<br />

Foodies<br />

For the foodies, chefs, sommeliers and tipple-lovers<br />

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Cookie cutters<br />

£7, Sisters Guild<br />

sistersguild.co.uk<br />

Balfour Brut Rosé,<br />

£35.99 Hush Heath<br />

hushheath.com<br />

Gift vouchers<br />

Various prices<br />

Sussex Wine School<br />

sussexwineschool.com<br />

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WT <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Soft Embers collection<br />

of tea lights, candles<br />

& wax melts, from<br />

£8.95, Wild Planet<br />

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Freshwater pearl rings, £75<br />

large silver anchor & chain<br />

£250, Julie Tucker-Williams<br />

julietuckerwilliams.com<br />

Selection of pendants<br />

£35-£150, Deborah<br />

Blyth Jewellery<br />

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Weekly, monthly or<br />

fortnightly flower<br />

subscriptions, from<br />

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Gardeners soap, £5.50<br />

Village Green Soaps<br />

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<strong>Gifts</strong> from...<br />

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Midwinter Fair<br />

A sneak preview of<br />

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Bella Whisper<br />

ballet pumps<br />

£95, Rare Pear<br />

rarepear.co.uk<br />

Tassel pendants, £40<br />

Dark Horse Ornament<br />

darkhorseornament.co.uk<br />

Hand crafted wooden<br />

horses, stables & accessories<br />

from £30, Grovely Wood<br />

grovelywood.co.uk<br />

Double bedspread<br />

£99, standard<br />

pillows, from £14.95<br />

Forever England<br />

foreverengland.com<br />

Mercury glass<br />

baubles, £2.50-<br />

£14.50, Kiki & Bow<br />

kikiandbow.co.uk<br />

Selection of<br />

lambswool knitted<br />

cushions, from £55<br />

Suzi Lee Knitwear<br />

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Dark cherry house<br />

clogs, £65, Fire & Felt<br />

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See us at <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Midwinter Fair<br />

Beautiful Jewellery<br />

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or call 01424 773091<br />

See website for a local stockist<br />

Visit us at the <strong>Wealden</strong> Midwinter Fair<br />

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<strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>Gifts</strong><br />

A <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Supplement<br />

Directory<br />

ACTIVITIES<br />

Art to Go<br />

Broadstairs 01843 600611<br />

arttogo.co.uk<br />

One One Six<br />

Tenterden 01580 761196<br />

jennymilleroneonesix.com<br />

Stag Theatre<br />

Sevenoaks 01732 450175<br />

stagsevenoaks.co.uk<br />

ART & PORTRAITS<br />

Emma Freeman Portraits<br />

01580 893491<br />

emmafreemanportraits.co.uk<br />

Graham Clarke<br />

01622 743938<br />

grahamclarke.co.uk<br />

McAllister Thomas Fine Art<br />

01483 860591<br />

mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk<br />

CHILDREN & TEENS<br />

Acorn & Will<br />

acornandwill.co.uk<br />

Becky & Lolo<br />

beckyandlolo.co.uk<br />

Grovely Wood<br />

grovelywood.co.uk<br />

Little Bird Told Me<br />

littlebirdtoldme.co.uk<br />

Angel’s Face<br />

Sevenoaks 01732 823700<br />

angels-face.co.uk<br />

Slap ‘n Dash<br />

01580 755674<br />

slapndash.com<br />

CLOTHING<br />

Annabel James<br />

annabeljames.co.uk<br />

Charity Farm Countrystore<br />

Cranbrook 01580 713189<br />

charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk<br />

County Clothes<br />

Canterbury 01227 765294 / Tenterden<br />

01580 765159 / Reigate 01737<br />

249224<br />

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Fenwick<br />

Tunbridge Wells 01892 516716<br />

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Jeremy Hobbs<br />

Surrey 01932 865700<br />

jeremyhobbs.co.uk<br />

Lovell & Vie<br />

01732 454445<br />

lovellandvie.co.uk<br />

Manuka Shoes<br />

Westerham 01959 565644<br />

manukashoes.com<br />

Niche<br />

East Sussex 01797 225294<br />

niche-online.co.uk<br />

Rock My Vintage<br />

rockmyvintage.co.uk<br />

Seagate Hastings<br />

01424 532930<br />

seagatehastings.uk<br />

Siren & Pearl<br />

Rye 01797 224116<br />

sirenandpearl.co.uk<br />

Sussex Country Gardener 01892<br />

852828<br />

sussexcountrygardener.co.uk<br />

The Robing Room<br />

Ashford 01233 224985<br />

therobingroom.co.uk<br />

The Golden Fleece<br />

Rye 01797 224271<br />

thegoldenfleece.co.uk<br />

FLORISTS<br />

Freddie’s Flowers<br />

freddiesflowers.com<br />

Heaven Farm<br />

East Sussex 01825 790226<br />

heavenfarm.co.uk<br />

Sissinghurst Flowers<br />

01580 852144<br />

sissinghurstflowers.co.uk<br />

FOOD & DRINK<br />

Frasers<br />

Egerton 01233 756122<br />

frasers-events.co.uk<br />

Hush Heath Winery Staplehurst<br />

01622 832794<br />

hushheath.com<br />

Silent Pool Distillers<br />

01483 229136<br />

silentpooldistillers.com<br />

Sussex Wine School<br />

01435 884271<br />

sussexwineschool.com<br />

The Old Dairy<br />

01580 763867<br />

olddairybrewery.com<br />

GARDENS & PETS<br />

Charlie Chau<br />

charleychau.com<br />

Hornbrook Manor Farm<br />

Woodchurch 01233 861149<br />

hornbrookmanor.co.uk<br />

Oak Room Shop<br />

oakroomshop.co.uk<br />

The Dog Bed Company<br />

thedogbedcompany.co.uk<br />

The Fowndry<br />

thefowndry.com<br />

Home Accessories &<br />

Interior design<br />

44<br />

Charing 01233 714689<br />

44-charing.co.uk<br />

Ardingly Antiques & Interiors<br />

01444 892270<br />

facebook.com/Ardingly-Antiques-Interiors<br />

Bagham Barn Antiques<br />

Canterbury 01227 732522<br />

baghambarnantiques.com<br />

Barnaby Co.<br />

barnabyco.com<br />

Cuckooland<br />

cuckooland.com<br />

Elham Antiques & Shepherd’s Huts<br />

01303 840085<br />

elhamvalleyshepherdhuts.com<br />

Jo Downs<br />

Woking 01483 225742<br />

jodowns.com<br />

Katharine Knight Mirrors<br />

01233 502033<br />

katharineknight.co.uk<br />

Lenleys<br />

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lenleys.co.uk<br />

Ragged Rose<br />

01622 812897<br />

raggedrose.com<br />

Skinners of Tunbridge Wells<br />

01892 532003<br />

skinnersoftunbridgewells.co.uk<br />

Sweetheart Darling<br />

sweetheartdarling.co.uk<br />

Tinker & Toad<br />

Heathfield 01435 863535<br />

tinkerandtoad.com<br />

Zest<br />

Crowborough 01892 669517<br />

facebook.com/zestgiftshop<br />

HEALTH & BEAUTY<br />

Bee Good<br />

beegood.co.uk<br />

Botanicals<br />

botanicals.co.uk<br />

Fenwick<br />

Tunbridge Wells 01892 516716<br />

fenwick.co.uk<br />

Jo Malone<br />

jomalone.co.uk<br />

Knowle Grange Health Spa<br />

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knowlegrange.co.uk<br />

London Beach<br />

Tenterden 01580 766279<br />

londonbeach.com<br />

Oliver Bonas<br />

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The Beauty Spot<br />

Goudhurst 01580 212045<br />

thebeautyspot.co.uk<br />

The Rye Retreat<br />

theryeretreat.co.uk<br />

JEWELLERY & WATCHES<br />

44<br />

Charing 01233 714689<br />

44-charing.co.uk<br />

Bill Skinner Studio<br />

01959 526254<br />

billskinnerstudio.co.uk<br />

Billy Ruffian<br />

01234 816820<br />

billyruffianshoes.co.uk<br />

Born & Bred Jewellery<br />

07824 185470<br />

bornandbredjewellery.co.uk<br />

Carpe Diem Jewellery<br />

carpediemjewellery.etsy.com<br />

Christin Ranger Jewellery<br />

01424 773091<br />

christinranger.com<br />

Dark Horse Ornament<br />

darkhorseornament.co.uk<br />

Deborah Blythe Jewellery<br />

deborahblyth.com<br />

Designs On Diamonds<br />

Chislehurst 07747 824898<br />

designsondiamonds.co.uk<br />

Julie Tucker-Williams<br />

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London Road Jewellery<br />

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Mark Adam<br />

01892 616617<br />

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Prestons<br />

prestonsdiamonds.co.uk<br />

Rodney J Rigby<br />

01892 724951<br />

rodneyjrigby.com<br />

Walsh Bros Jewellers<br />

Tunbridge Wells 01892 514519<br />

walshbros-jewellers.co.uk<br />

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Art Weekend Breaks<br />

at the beautiful Flackley Ash Hotel, Rye<br />

Great<br />

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or call 07771 898165 / 01233 502033<br />

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Magical<br />

history tour<br />

Words: Jennifer Stuart-Smith Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton<br />

Anthropology, Arabic, art history… the lady of this house is<br />

erudite, well-read and widely travelled and it shows at every turn<br />

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Previous page The print on the chimney breast in Christine’s<br />

office is Blast by Adolph Gottlieb. The vintage Tan-Sad swivel<br />

office chair was from Sunbury Antiques Market (at Kempton<br />

Park racecourse) Above: Christine sources mid-20th century<br />

chairs and has them restored and re-upholstered for her shop The<br />

Kula. The walls are painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.<br />

The 1960s Ice Glass lamp was designed by Uno Westerberg<br />

Left: Christine specialises in vintage lamps by the Spanish<br />

company Fase. The artworks are Ship of Fools by Tim Pomeroy<br />

and The Unknown by Oliver Crowther<br />

Being a landlord can be a stressful business, especially<br />

when the building you are renting out is a stunning,<br />

characterful and historic Georgian townhouse. It’s a<br />

matchmaking scenario rather like that endured by a protective<br />

parent or friend, for whom no suitor makes the grade...<br />

So, the relief that the owner of this Hastings house and<br />

ground floor shop must have felt, when Christine Shepherd<br />

walked through the door, cannot be overestimated.<br />

Although one can imagine Christine sweeping through<br />

the door, and there being a thunderbolt moment between<br />

landlord and tenant, their actual meeting was more prosaic.<br />

Both worked in the world of interior decoration; Christine<br />

with a stall in Spitalfields Market, as founder of The Kula<br />

interiors company, and Lucian as a partner in the art and<br />

antiques business Myerscough & Mairs. Either way, their<br />

professional union was sure to produce something beautiful -<br />

though beautiful by no means sums up this home on the high<br />

street in Hastings Old Town. Magical is closer to the mark.<br />

The ‘hallway’, as you come in directly from the<br />

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Corner House Antiques<br />

A wonderful shop in a medieval building in Lenham square, selling<br />

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Come and find that special something for your home or unique gift<br />

- Opening <strong>Times</strong> -<br />

mondays to saturdays: 10am - 5pm and<br />

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<strong>Gifts</strong>, Pottery, Paintings<br />

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Above Left: The chairs are 1940s English, the table is 1950s Italian. The white china is from the Haphazard Harmony Series by<br />

Maarten Baas Above Right: Looking up the narrow stairwell, which goes up five floors from the basement, to the skylight at the top<br />

street, is the shop known as The Kula. The striking name<br />

comes from a system of gift exchange between tribes in the<br />

Trobriand Islands off Papua New Guinea, documented by<br />

Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski in 1922.<br />

And if that seems like an unusual source of name<br />

for an interiors business, it gives a hint of the flavour<br />

of the house, which has a striking sense of cultural<br />

depth coming from Christine’s wide-ranging travels<br />

and interests - she has a BA in Anthropology and<br />

has also studied Arabic and organic gardening...<br />

In the shop, classic 1940s and 50s chairs mingle with<br />

Spanish ‘Fase’ lamps on top of a gnarled, 200-yearold<br />

board floor, with wood-knots and worn boards<br />

creating an uneven surface where furniture refuses to<br />

sit still. Christine sometimes has to reassure customers<br />

that her chairs do not have different-length legs.<br />

We pass through the shop, where the furniture has a<br />

mind of its own, and into the heart of the building - a<br />

towering yet narrow stairwell, which goes up five floors<br />

from the basement. A roof light at the top accentuates<br />

one’s sense of looking through a keyhole in a very, very<br />

thick door, while the winding balustrade leads your gaze<br />

upwards. It’s impossible to ignore the urge to explore.<br />

Christine leads the way up to the kitchen on the<br />

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The house has a striking sense of cultural depth coming from<br />

Christine’s wide-ranging travels and interests<br />

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Above: The 1950s Dovedale kitchen cabinets were already<br />

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Previous page: The purple velvet sofa and chairs are 1950s<br />

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collection amassed over many years. The basket was picked up at<br />

Sunbury Antiques Market<br />

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Above: All the walls in the house are lime plastered, so the paint used had to be ‘breathable’. The colour in the bathroom is Chappell<br />

Green by Farrow & Ball. The cream paint used throughout the house is Marbles by Earthborn. The plant is a peace lily<br />

work up the courage, that’s exactly what she did.<br />

“I sold everything I owned and moved to Greece for six<br />

months. I then visited a friend in Marbella, but there was<br />

too much concrete... So I followed her advice and headed<br />

to Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz, Spain’s Atlantic coast.”<br />

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of Andalucia, she knew this was going to be her home.<br />

Having worked hard for many years and then selling<br />

everything she owned, Christine was able to do “not<br />

very much”, as she puts it. In fact, she studied Spanish<br />

and Arabic and organic gardening, as well as starting<br />

to write with the encouragement of a friend. It was this<br />

friend who not only encouraged her to follow her creative<br />

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“James’s family owned various hotels,<br />

including the Hurricane Hotel in Tarifa,<br />

where I stayed for a couple of months.”<br />

In 2007 James first asked Christine to redo the restaurant<br />

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were so pleased with her work that they then asked her<br />

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“Once we agreed basic plans they headed off to Val d’Isere<br />

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Left: Rather than use up previous space with wardrobes, Christine stores her clothes on rails in the bedroom - and the study - and<br />

considers them part of the decor. A bookshelf, painted grey, makes a perfect shoe display Right: The needlepoint chair is one of a<br />

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time in Hastings, that led Christine to the Sussex coastal town.<br />

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paintwork, blackened floorboards and the 1920s copy<br />

of an antique death mask peering up through the glass<br />

of an occasional table. Light floods the room via a huge,<br />

curved sash window, helping to keep the demons at bay.<br />

Light also shines down from the skylight at the top of the<br />

stairs, illuminating the narrow stairwell, which continues<br />

on up to the office and bathroom on the next floor. The<br />

stairs themselves are bare, dark boards, finished simply<br />

with a neutral, jute runner, cut to fit. It’s a no-fuss look,<br />

which fits perfectly with this solid Georgian interior.<br />

Just as each room in the house serves as its own gallery<br />

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with a huge, blue painting at the top of the stairs.<br />

“I call it The Blue Man,” says Christine. “I brought<br />

him back from Greece... and it most certainly counted as<br />

excess baggage,” she says, before pointing out the blurred<br />

image of a skull at the foot of the painting. It’s as if it<br />

were commissioned for the space, it fits so perfectly.<br />

“I never take ‘stuff’ with me when I move, but I always<br />

take my artworks,” says Christine. I’m not sentimental<br />

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Previous page: The mirror in the main bedroom is an<br />

original 1950s Chaty Vallauris starburst. The cream chest of<br />

drawers is 1970s Spanish designed by Vidal Grau - and is<br />

the one piece of furniture in the house Christine wouldn’t be<br />

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‘The Blue Man’ back from Greece<br />

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and the two cane-backed armchairs in her office.<br />

This is truly a magnificent space with a huge glass desk.<br />

It’s a piece that ‘shouldn’t’ work in a period home, but<br />

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items upon it appear to float. It also allows precious natural<br />

light to permeate the room and highlight many beautiful<br />

objects: the aforementioned cane-backed armchairs, a<br />

suede swivel office chair and a Fase lamp. There are many<br />

beautiful objects in here, and yet no sense of clutter.<br />

Across the landing is the bathroom. Cream-painted<br />

floorboards give a lighter, less sombre ambiance as does<br />

the cool green-blue paintwork, while tongue and groove<br />

panelling culminates in a narrow shelf at chest height, that’s<br />

perfect for Christine’s collection of insects in resin. “They<br />

may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love them and have<br />

collected them for years. Children seem to love them too.”<br />

They’re certainly a step up from the usual spider in the bath.<br />

A few more steps for us, and we are on the top floor,<br />

which is occupied by Christine’s room at the front and a<br />

cosy spare room at the back. Slightly lower ceilings up here<br />

in the top of the building give the rooms a more intimate<br />

feel, while Christine’s bedroom - decorated in gold and<br />

cream - has a touch of the Hollywood starlet about it.<br />

There is the luscious, cream chest of drawers she’d<br />

mentioned, hand-made in Spain in the 1970s, and<br />

overhead a classic and original Chaty Vallauris star burst<br />

mirror: “Originals are hard to find these days, although<br />

the style is very popular,” says Christine. Over the bed is<br />

a serene picture by Donna Fleming Hall and long, golden<br />

stripy curtains break on the floor into luxurious folds.<br />

Behind the curtain is a very chic and original alternative<br />

to voile, in a curtain of ultra-long fringing which Christine<br />

found at Wayward, the vintage haberdashery in St Leonards.<br />

Across the landing, the spare room is slightly smaller, and<br />

serves as the perfect retreat for guests, with neat bookshelves<br />

next to the bed and an array of curious prints and paintings<br />

on the walls, from one entitled ‘Before Hiroshima’ to<br />

another of the Lofoten Islands, off the coast of Norway.<br />

Beaded tassel lamps, over and beside the bed, add<br />

a sense of luxury, as do purple velvet cushions. As a<br />

guest, you would certainly feel that your host had<br />

made every effort to make you feel at home.<br />

Everything about this home is thoughtful and<br />

considered, rather like its occupant. It’s almost impossible<br />

to imagine that Christine has only lived in the house<br />

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Or, you may simply want to employ Christine to work her<br />

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his house and Christine were a match made in heaven? <br />

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Above: The spare room looks east over Hastings Old Town. The<br />

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Malene Birger blue knit skirt, £200, matching knit top,<br />

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Alice & Olivia gold knit top, £370, gold pleat<br />

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Beauty<br />

Splish,<br />

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Jo Fairley rejoices in the therapeutic benefits of bath time<br />

Ever since Roman times, we’ve been enjoying the<br />

healing powers of hot water. And mercifully, thanks<br />

to the joys of modern plumbing, it’s no longer<br />

necessary to live near a thermal spring to enjoy its soothing,<br />

calming, restorative benefits. As small pleasures go, there’s<br />

not much to beat lying back in scented waters.<br />

Hot water really should be available on the NHS, I always<br />

think: in my book, there’s little better for beating stress,<br />

soothing heartache or generally banishing a bad mood than<br />

turning on the taps, slooshing something fabulous beneath<br />

running water, lying back and relaxing.<br />

There are those of you out there who prefer a shower to<br />

a bath, no doubt. Showers are the busy person’s get-clean<br />

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the benefits of a proper ‘soak’ – especially if<br />

you’re infusing the water with minerals – you<br />

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Some of the following definitely qualify as beauty steals,<br />

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crowded) bathroom cabinet.<br />

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Deep Bath & Shower Oil,<br />

£45 for 55ml. This is so incredibly effective and makes such<br />

a nice gift that I keep a little stash of them in my present<br />

cupboard. With its oils of chamomile, vetiver<br />

and sandalwood, this is knock-out drops in<br />

a bottle. Yes, it’s probably more<br />

than you’ve ever spent on a<br />

bath product in your life – but<br />

a single capful scents the<br />

whole house, never mind<br />

the bathroom.<br />

There’s another fantastic<br />

oil in the range called<br />

Inner Strength Bath &<br />

Shower Oil, also £45 for<br />

55ml, featuring geranium,<br />

clary sage, cardamom and<br />

touches of rosemary: this<br />

“Hot water really<br />

should be available<br />

on the NHS...”<br />

was created by Aromatherapy Associates founder<br />

Geraldine Howard when she was diagnosed with<br />

cancer, literally to deliver ‘inner strength’ – and<br />

I like to give it to anyone facing life challenges,<br />

or who just needs general fortitude.<br />

The bath oils by Beatitude are also good<br />

aromatherapy blends (though you have to<br />

be a little more lavish, quantity-wise), with<br />

evocative names like Joy, Peace and Patience.<br />

Prettily-packaged, these, and £40 for<br />

100ml; my personal favourite is Joy, with<br />

its upliftingly citrus fusion of bergamot,<br />

orange, petitgrain, mandarin and grapefruit<br />

– a great morning reviver.<br />

The oil’s actually richer<br />

than many, nourishing<br />

skin while you bathe – so<br />

less need for body lotion<br />

or butter afterwards.<br />

For great value aromatherapy<br />

products, I don’t think you can do<br />

better than the SenSpa range (at<br />

Waitrose or online); I especially like<br />

Relaxing Bath & Body Oil, £7.95 for 100ml,<br />

with lavender, bergamot and rose geranium.<br />

Olverum, £24.05 for 150ml, is a clears-your-passages bath<br />

oil infused with breathe-easy oils of rosemary, lavender,<br />

lemon, thyme, verbena, eucalyptus and pine – brilliant for<br />

this cold-y, flu-ey time of year. As India Knight puts it, ‘it’s<br />

pine city – you couldn’t wish for anything pinier.’<br />

Olverum’s actually been around since 1929 – but while<br />

I’ve always loved the effect, it’s never been something I’d<br />

display on my bathroom shelf. Now it’s been given the most<br />

glamorous and graphic makeover: a stunning bottle and<br />

fab typography, generally turning an everyday product into<br />

something worthy of a film star’s boudoir.<br />

Along the same perfect-for-winter-bathtime lines is<br />

Moa Fortifying Green Bath Potion, £27.50 for 100ml: a<br />

little bottle of concentrated herbal magic, with muscleeasing<br />

fir needle and sweet birch, alongside refreshing<br />

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really, seriously work to soothe<br />

muscles and sagging spirits. My<br />

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jar of Himalayan pink sea salt by<br />

our bath, but the real ‘buzz’<br />

is around magnesium salts.<br />

Our mothers’ generation<br />

was big on Epsom salts –<br />

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a ‘magic bath’, with a dollop<br />

of this, a drop of that – and<br />

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I’d also like to suggest that you revisit two beauty classic<br />

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<strong>November</strong> glow<br />

<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> talks to Sue Fish...<br />

Health & Beauty<br />

Do you have a beauty regime?<br />

I used to just use cleansing<br />

wipes and a cheap moisturiser,<br />

but since discovering the<br />

Tropic skincare range I now<br />

cleanse, tone and moisturise<br />

twice a day, religiously. It’s<br />

made a huge difference to how<br />

my skin looks and feels. For<br />

anti-ageing I use Tropic’s Eye<br />

Revive, Night Repair Cream<br />

with Elixir Oil at night to<br />

smooth out the lines on my<br />

face, neck and décolletage.<br />

Once or twice a week I’ll use<br />

the Exfoliating Face Smooth<br />

and Radiance Clay Mask, and<br />

the Body Oil works beautifully<br />

as a natural perfume. The<br />

Summer Skin and Instant Glow<br />

comes out of the cupboard<br />

when exposing my very pale<br />

legs, and as an added bonus<br />

it smells like Pina Colada!<br />

Is there a particular<br />

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without? This is such a<br />

difficult question as I use all<br />

of the Tropic products and love<br />

them all without exception! If I<br />

have to pick just one, I would<br />

choose the uplifting Smoothing<br />

Cleanser. It’s award-winning<br />

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and effortlessly removes<br />

all makeup including waterproof<br />

mascara. My skin feels so soft,<br />

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What’s your ultimate pampering<br />

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couple of days!) at Tor Spa Retreat<br />

in Ickham, Canterbury. It’s<br />

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and peaceful. They offer the most<br />

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the staff are wonderful and<br />

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I never want to leave.<br />

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Sue is an Independent Ambassador<br />

for Tropic Skin Care and<br />

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Aloe there...<br />

Succulents are a house-plant<br />

lover’s best friend at the<br />

moment, but there is one<br />

particular species no one<br />

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is an all round wonder plant.<br />

It’s one of the few plants<br />

that contains vitamin B12<br />

(this is vital for your body<br />

to produce haemoglobin,<br />

the protein that transports<br />

oxygen in your blood) and it<br />

alkalises the body, which is<br />

vital for preventing disease.<br />

It aids with detoxification,<br />

as it emulsifies toxins in<br />

the digestive tract, which<br />

ultimately boosts the<br />

immune system, keeping<br />

you and your body healthy<br />

and happy. It has external<br />

benefits as well, being<br />

soothing and relieving to<br />

burns, cuts, insect bites and<br />

even skin conditions like<br />

psoriasis. Keep a plant in a<br />

pot in the kitchen as a go-to<br />

natural first aid kit. Due to<br />

its super high water content<br />

it’s the perfect product for<br />

hydrating and rejuvenating<br />

the skin, increasing blood<br />

flow and plumping up<br />

those rosy cheeks.<br />

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Our highly experienced eye surgeons can discuss the<br />

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We’re specialists in cataract removal<br />

Why Benenden Hospital? We’re a Centre of Excellence<br />

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Health<br />

Time to look within<br />

The change of season can bring mixed feelings. Helen Barton presents a few easy ways of maintaining<br />

happiness and developing your wellbeing, despite the wind and rain<br />

There’s so much beauty in autumn, I can’t help but feel an inkling of anticipation when the evenings start to<br />

close in, but not everyone feels the same way. Levels of depression have been known to increase in autumn<br />

and winter because of the late sunrise and early sunset. Many physical ailments can be exacerbated in the<br />

cold - and although visually beautiful - the turning of our surroundings can be a reminder of things coming to an<br />

end. Nonetheless, with every ending is a brand new beginning.<br />

As humans, we are inextricably linked with nature’s transitory cycles. We have our own times of light and<br />

sunshine, darkness and cold. Being aware, conscious and accepting of these external changes, can mean an<br />

acceptance and contentment within ourselves. Here are a few simple, unpretentious and beautifully effective ways<br />

of becoming mindful, peaceful and joyful in this colder season.<br />

Go barefoot - It may be cold and dewy, or<br />

even frosty, but taking a wander on grass or soil<br />

barefoot can have a huge positive impact on<br />

our bodies, minds and emotions. It improves<br />

balance and overall foot health, it relieves<br />

stress and hypertension and can improve PMS,<br />

sleep and the immune system. ‘Earthing’<br />

has gone from a counter-culture trend to a<br />

scientifically researched practice. So pick a nice<br />

morning and whip your slippers off. Experience<br />

the cold and be aware of how it feels.<br />

Forest walks - If you’re lucky enough to live in<br />

the countryside, then you won’t have to travel<br />

far to find a forest or wooded area. Being in<br />

this environment is not only enjoyable, it can<br />

improve overall wellbeing. Forest bathing is<br />

the practice of absorbing the sights, sounds<br />

and smells of your surroundings. Take a walk<br />

and notice all you can. Your mind may drift<br />

back to the office, but persevere. See the<br />

landscape, the colour and texture. Hear the<br />

rustle of leaves underfoot, smell the pine and<br />

the soil. Feel the cold and the comfort of a<br />

soft scarf. Stop a minute and just be there.<br />

Be by water - Beaches aren’t just for summer<br />

time. I’m not suggesting you go for a swim,<br />

but a brisk walk along a bay in winter is a great<br />

way of blasting out those mental cobwebs. If<br />

you can’t get to a beach, then find a river, or<br />

stream - any moving body of water will do.<br />

In Ayurvedic medicine, the element of water<br />

is crucial in balancing the body and creating<br />

physical harmony, and rivers have long been<br />

seen as sacred, being associated with rebirth and<br />

spiritual cleansing. The average human body<br />

is up to 75% water, so it’s unsurprising that<br />

there’s a natural draw to and affiliation with it.<br />

Watch your breath - By simply stopping, sitting<br />

and watching your breath on a daily basis, a<br />

huge transformation can take place. Find a quiet<br />

spot, <strong>inside</strong> or outside, and sit in a comfortable<br />

upright posture on a chair with uncrossed legs.<br />

Place your hands loosely on your lap, with palms<br />

facing upwards. Close your eyes and inhale<br />

deeply. As you exhale, shift your attention to this<br />

exhalation. With the next breath try and extend<br />

it a little, gradually making each inhalation<br />

and exhalation deeper. Keep your focus on<br />

the breath and try this for five minutes. If you<br />

feel like sitting for longer then do so. When<br />

you open your eyes, slowly, pay close attention<br />

to any change in sensation or emotion.<br />

Be thankful - Work loads, family pressures and<br />

money difficulties can often seem over whelming.<br />

By taking a moment to stop and be thankful, a<br />

real sense of perspective can be gained. Where are<br />

you reading this? Are you safe and comfortable?<br />

Do you have food in your body? If you can<br />

truly and fully appreciate your situation, the<br />

feeling of wintery negativity can be lifted in an<br />

instant. When you wake up in the morning, try<br />

thinking of five things you have to be thankful<br />

for, and take a moment to stop and ponder.<br />

By trying just one of these on a regular<br />

basis, you have the ability to create a<br />

profound and meaningful change in<br />

your outlook, your relationships with<br />

others, and your experience of life.<br />

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Dinner ladies<br />

Two women who met at the school gate now have a successful business delivering home-cooked<br />

meals to hundreds of busy families – here they share some of their go-to dinners<br />

After discovering they were both<br />

keen cooks, Sydney-based mums<br />

Sophie Gilliatt and Katherine<br />

Westwood came up with the idea of<br />

preparing dinners to deliver to timepoor<br />

friends, who wanted to give good<br />

wholesome food to their families, but just<br />

didn’t have time to make it themselves.<br />

What started as a garden shed<br />

project has now grown to a fleet of<br />

delivery trucks dropping off hundreds<br />

of home-cooked meals every day.<br />

Their new cook book The Dinner<br />

Ladies shares their recipes with those of<br />

us not on their Sydney delivery routes.<br />

Easy to make and with broad age appeal,<br />

all the recipes will keep for three days in<br />

the fridge and are suitable for freezing.<br />

“After work or the day’s chores have been<br />

done, children or others ferried around and<br />

the shopping quickly grabbed, we’ve often<br />

arrived home to a pile of unsorted laundry,<br />

unwalked dogs and scary-looking mail.<br />

And then someone – a child, a spouse, a<br />

housemate – will, with an air of happy<br />

anticipation, ask us what’s for dinner…<br />

“It’s a tough gig. We know – we live it<br />

too, with seven children between us and a<br />

business to run. But we still want to cook<br />

for our loved ones and hare good times<br />

and stories around the dinner table.<br />

“Our solution is to cook ahead of time.<br />

It might be at the weekend, late at night,<br />

or in the morning when the baby’s asleep.<br />

If you can find half an hour a couple of<br />

times a week, you can<br />

prepare a few dishes<br />

and stick them in the<br />

fridge or freezer –<br />

then, every time you<br />

pull out one of your<br />

delicious, home-made<br />

dinners you will<br />

congratulate yourself<br />

on your foresight and<br />

wow everyone with<br />

your efficiency.”<br />

wealdentimes.co.uk<br />

The<br />

Dinner<br />

Ladies by Sophie<br />

Gilliatt and Katherine<br />

Westwood Photography<br />

by Ben Dearnley.<br />

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Books


Duck Ragu<br />

Serves 4. Prep time 20 mins. Cooking time 2 hours 10 mins<br />

• 2 large duck legs (thighs<br />

and drumsticks)<br />

• 1 teaspoon salt<br />

• 3 teaspoons olive oil<br />

• 1 brown onion, coarsely<br />

chopped<br />

• 1 large carrot, cut into a<br />

few pieces<br />

• 1 celery stalk, cut into a few<br />

pieces<br />

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

• 150 ml red wine<br />

• 400 g tinned chopped<br />

tomatoes<br />

• 2 teaspoons tomato paste<br />

(concentrated purée)<br />

• 3 thyme sprigs, leaves<br />

stripped<br />

• 2 bay leaves<br />

• 250 ml chicken stock<br />

(home-made or low/no salt)<br />

1. In the bowl of a large food processor, pulse the onion, carrot<br />

and celery. Add this soffritto to the oil in the saucepan with<br />

the garlic and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook over<br />

medium–low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently<br />

to lift any of the ducky bits from the bottom, till the<br />

vegetables are soft and sweet.<br />

2. Return the duck legs to the pan, turn up the temperature to<br />

high, pour in the red wine and bring to the boil. Turn down<br />

to a simmer and add the tomatoes and tomato paste, thyme,<br />

bay leaves and chicken stock. Cover with a lid left ajar and<br />

simmer gently for at least 11/2 hours or until the duck is<br />

so tender it’s almost falling off the bone. Remove the duck<br />

pieces with a slotted spoon and allow to cool on a plate while<br />

you finish the sauce. Check the consistency of the sauce –<br />

does it have too much liquid? Boil it off a bit. Too thick? Add<br />

a bit more stock. Just right? Pat yourself on the back and call<br />

in Goldilocks. As soon as the duck is cool enough, shred the<br />

meat off the bone, being very careful to find the thin spiky<br />

bone that runs along the leg.<br />

3. You can discard any bits of skin or fat, or you can smoodge<br />

them between your fingers and incorporate them into the<br />

sauce. It’s up to you – though it does add richness to the<br />

sauce’s texture. Similarly, you can fish out the bay leaves,<br />

though they add a nicely rustic air to the dish. Stir the duck<br />

meat back into the sauce and taste for seasoning.<br />

4. Serve, stirred through a fresh, cooked ribbon pasta like<br />

pappardelle, with freshly ground black pepper and grated<br />

parmesan cheese.<br />

<br />

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Food<br />

Vegetable Tagine with Olives,<br />

Eggplant and Chickpeas<br />

Serves 4. Prep time 20 mins.<br />

Cooking time 1 hours<br />

• 400 g butternut squash or sweet potato (peeled<br />

weight), diced into 3 cm cubes<br />

• 3 tablespoons olive oil<br />

• 2 teaspoons salt<br />

• 1 small aubergine, approximately 350 g, cut into 4<br />

cm chunks<br />

• 1 courgette, cut into 3 cm chunks<br />

• 1 large brown onion, chopped<br />

• 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into thick strips<br />

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

• 1 x 3 cm piece ginger, grated<br />

• 3 teaspoons ground coriander, toasted<br />

• 1½ teaspoons ground cumin, toasted<br />

• ½ teaspoon ground allspice<br />

• ½ teaspoon mild paprika<br />

• 1 heaped teaspoon caraway seeds,<br />

toasted and ground<br />

• 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes<br />

• 4 long green chillies<br />

• 2 tablespoons honey<br />

• 400 g tinned chickpeas, drained<br />

and rinsed<br />

• 50 g (1 handful) kalamata<br />

olives, pitted<br />

1. Defrost before reheating gently – the pumpkin or sweet potato will be<br />

delicate.<br />

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Line two baking trays with<br />

baking paper. Toss the pumpkin in 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1/4<br />

teaspoon of the salt, and the eggplant and zucchini in 1 tablespoon<br />

of the oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and spread over the two trays.<br />

Don’t overcrowd the vegetables, ot they’ll stew instead of roast. Roast<br />

in the oven for around 35 minutes for the pumpkin, and 25 minutes<br />

for the eggplant and zucchini till everything is caramelised and<br />

cooked through.<br />

3. Meanwhile, slowly cook the onion, red capsicum, garlic and ginger<br />

in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of salt in a<br />

large saucepan over low heat for 10–15 minutes. When soft and<br />

translucent, add the spices and the tomatoes. Add the whole chillies<br />

(in one piece, stalk and all), then 400 ml (14 fl oz) of water. Simmer<br />

for 30 minutes, then add the honey. Add the roast vegetables,<br />

chickpeas and olives to the spiced broth. Stir together gently, adding<br />

more water if it is too thick. Taste for seasoning.<br />

4. Serve with couscous, chopped herbs and garlic yoghurt sauce.<br />

5. Garlic Yoghurt Sauce: Combine 260 g (91/2 oz/1 cup) Greek-style<br />

yoghurt with 1–2 crushed garlic cloves, a good pinch of salt and 1<br />

tablespoon lemon juice. Beat together, taste for balance and adjust.<br />

Easy, hey?<br />

6. Couscous: To lift your couscous up a notch, use stock instead of<br />

water (following the instructions on the packet). After it has cooked,<br />

fluff it up with a fork, then stir through any combination of chopped<br />

fresh herbs, toasted almonds and pistachios, diced preserved lemon,<br />

pomegranate seeds, thinly sliced spring onions (scallions) and currants<br />

or barberries. Maybe not all at once, though you could give it a whirl.<br />

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WEST MALLING<br />

The Hungry Guest, West Malling is<br />

available for all kinds of private parties<br />

and celebrations. Whether it be a<br />

birthday, christening, hen party,<br />

afternoon tea or office <strong>Christmas</strong> party<br />

we are a great venue for any occasion.<br />

FROM BUBBLES & NIBBLES TO DINNER<br />

A sit-down dinner, pizza party or<br />

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Food<br />

No Time Instant Desserts<br />

We’ve often found ourselves in the position of having to<br />

magic up a dessert out of nowhere. Though a block of decent<br />

chocolate and/or dried fruit can go a long way, so many men<br />

(sorry, people) still seem to have that awkward, after-dinner,<br />

dessert-shaped hole to fill. But with a bit of forethought and<br />

a well-stocked freezer and pantry, any of these can be created<br />

in 5 minutes.<br />

Ice Cream Sandwiches<br />

Ice cream sandwiches can be as tastefully restrained or over<br />

the top as the combinations of biscuit and ice cream you<br />

choose: shortbread biscuits with berry sorbet, chocolate<br />

biscuits with cookies and cream ice cream, choc-chip cookies<br />

with peanut butter ice cream … Bigger biscuits are easier to<br />

sandwich, while an array of different flavoured, smaller ones<br />

looks cuter.<br />

You need to soften the ice cream a bit so that it can be<br />

spooned onto the bottom layer of biscuit. Press down with<br />

the top biscuit and neaten around the edges with the flat of<br />

a knife. Pop each sandwich back into the freezer as you go,<br />

until you’re ready to serve.<br />

Hazelnut Affogato<br />

This is insanely simple and delicious, as long as you have<br />

hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur in the pantry. Make a shot<br />

of coffee for each of your guests. Spoon a scoop of vanilla<br />

ice cream into however many shatterproof tumblers or cups<br />

you need. Pour 2 tablespoons of hazelnut liqueur over the<br />

top, followed by the hot espresso and sprinkle with roasted,<br />

skinned, crushed hazelnuts.<br />

Sparkling Slushy<br />

A sparkling slushy makes a refreshing end to a summer<br />

dinner. If you’re making it for kids as well, you can substitute<br />

lemonade for the sparkling wine. You’ll need a couple of<br />

different bought sorbets and a bottle of sparkling wine.<br />

Spoon a scoopful of each of two sorts of sorbet (strawberry<br />

and lemon, raspberry and peach, passionfruit and mango –<br />

whatever tickles your fancy) into tumblers or glass bowls. Top<br />

with sparkling wine (or lemonade) and serve, with spoons.<br />

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Food<br />

What chefs eat<br />

at <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

They spend the year cooking special meals for other people – we asked three leading<br />

chefs what festive treats they make for their own families<br />

Rosemary Shrager’s Honey Roast <strong>Christmas</strong> Ham<br />

Serves 20. Prep time 30 mins. Cooking time 210 mins<br />

Rosemary Shrager<br />

of the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School<br />

“A lot of people don’t like <strong>Christmas</strong> pudding so I always<br />

think you need an alternative. I do a chestnut pavlova which<br />

is wonderful because you can make it days in advance and<br />

put in the freezer with the filling, then whack the cream on<br />

the day before. It’s a lovely soft meringue, quite gooey.<br />

I also make a healthy alternative because by the time they’ve<br />

finished their main course everyone’s absolutely stuffed. I like<br />

a spiced fresh fruit compote, started with pears in red wine,<br />

then overnight you marinate satsumas, oranges, even plums,<br />

in that syrup. Serve it in a glass bowl, with pistachios sprinkled<br />

over it and it’s very decorative, offer crème fraîche on the side.<br />

My big treat at <strong>Christmas</strong> is chestnut stuffing. I used to<br />

hate it – but now I love it. I have two stuffings in my turkey;<br />

chestnut in the neck end, because there’s more fat there,<br />

with pork, sage, onion and lots of herbs in the other end. It<br />

works really well. Two stuffings in my turkey, that’s a luxury.<br />

My other treat is bread sauce – you simply cannot<br />

eat roast turkey or chicken without bread sauce. It’s<br />

another thing you can make in advance and freeze.<br />

One thing I advise everyone to do themselves at <strong>Christmas</strong> is<br />

a whole, or half a ham. It’s so easy to do and so much cheaper.<br />

You can make it three days before so it’s a very useful holiday<br />

food. I like it to have warm with mashed potato for <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

Eve dinner and then have the leftovers for the days after.”<br />

• 6kg gammon<br />

• 2 onions, peeled<br />

• 4 carrots, scraped<br />

• 4 bay leaves<br />

• 2 star anise<br />

• 1 tbsp of black peppercorns<br />

• 1 tbsp coriander seeds<br />

• Few sprigs of parsley<br />

• 4 sticks of celery<br />

For the glaze<br />

• Approx 150 cloves<br />

• 450g soft dark brown sugar<br />

• 300ml thick runny honey<br />

• 1tbsp Dijon mustard<br />

• For the Cumberland Sauce<br />

• 75g very finely chopped<br />

onions<br />

• 2 tablespoons of malt<br />

vinegar<br />

• zest and juice of<br />

one lemon<br />

• zest and juice of<br />

one orange<br />

• 220g redcurrant jelly<br />

• 150g port<br />

• 1 teaspoon of English<br />

powdered mustard, made up<br />

• 1 dessert spoon of sugar<br />

1. Place the pork in a very large saucepan and cover with cold<br />

water. Add the peeled onions, 4 sticks of celery, star anise,<br />

carrots, coriander seeds, peppercorns and parsley.<br />

2. Bring up to the simmer and cook for 3 hours approximately.<br />

I allow 20 minutes per 500g. You can tell when the ham is<br />

cooked when the rind starts coming off easily.<br />

3. Remove the ham from the saucepan and allow to rest for one<br />

hour. Remove all the rind while the ham is still warm, leaving<br />

as much fat on as possible. Score the fat into diamond shapes<br />

by cutting long line one way then the other way. Put a clove<br />

into each diamond corner.<br />

4. Mix the brown sugar, honey and Dijon mustard and use a<br />

pastry brush to spread the mixture all over the ham.<br />

5. Bake in a pre-heated oven set at 180°C /Gas mark 4 for 25<br />

minutes approximately or until caramelized. You will need to<br />

baste the ham every ten minutes, to get a good colour. Serve<br />

hot or cold with Cumberland Sauce.<br />

Cumberland Sauce:<br />

6. Place all the ingredients into a pan and bring to the boil.<br />

Simmer for one hour approximately on a low heat until a<br />

sticky sauce is thickened and ready to go. Leave the onion in,<br />

you do not need to strain the sauce.<br />

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Food<br />

Rosemary Shrager’s Chestnut Pavlova Cake<br />

Serves 12. Prep time 60 mins. Cooking time 250 mins<br />

For the meringue<br />

• 5 egg whites (large eggs)<br />

• 170g caster sugar<br />

• ½ tsp vanilla essence<br />

• ½ tsp raspberry vinegar<br />

• ½ tsp cornflour<br />

For the sandwich mixture<br />

• 100g soft brown sugar<br />

• 50ml water<br />

• 4 egg yolks<br />

• 250g unsalted butter<br />

• ½ small tin chestnut puree<br />

(sweetened)<br />

For the topping<br />

• 400ml double cream<br />

• ½ tin chestnut puree<br />

• ½ tsp vanilla essence<br />

• 1 tbsp icing sugar<br />

• 100g walnuts<br />

1. Method for meringue rounds:<br />

2. Grease two 9” baking tins (round), line with greaseproof<br />

paper and then grease the paper.<br />

3. Whisk egg whites till stiff. Gradually add in ½ sugar and<br />

continue whisking until it forms peaks – now add the<br />

vanilla, cornflour and raspberry vinegar towards the end<br />

of beating.<br />

4. Spread into 2 baking tins and bake for about 2 ½ hours at<br />

75°C. Turn off oven and leave for a further 1 hour to dry<br />

out meringue. Remove from the oven and leave to cool<br />

before very carefully lifting from baking tin and peeling<br />

off the paper.<br />

5. Method for meringue sandwich mixture:<br />

6. Beat egg yolks. Dissolve sugar in water and boil to 120°C<br />

and pour onto egg yolks and whisk until thick.<br />

7. Cream butter and beat into eggs. Loosen the chestnut<br />

puree and add to the egg mixture. On one side of the<br />

meringue spread the butter and egg mix then sandwich<br />

2 halves of cake together. Put into the fridge for 2 hours<br />

until the butter has firmed up.<br />

8. Method for topping and round the sides to form the cake:<br />

9. Whip double cream until quite thick and add icing sugar.<br />

Soften the chestnut puree with the vanilla essence, fold<br />

one third of the cream into the chestnut and mix, then<br />

fold in the rest of the cream.<br />

10. Spread on top and round the sides and decorate with<br />

ground and chopped walnuts or almonds. Then dust with<br />

icing sugar. Put into the fridge until ready to eat.<br />

Watch Rosemary Shrager’s Classic <strong>Christmas</strong> from<br />

October through to December on Food Network<br />

(Freeview 41, Sky 248, Freesat 149, Virgin 291).<br />

rosemaryshrager.com<br />

James Palmer-Rosser<br />

Director and owner of Kent Cookery School<br />

“I’m really lucky because my father-in-law is an exceptional cook, it’s his hobby, and we always<br />

go there for <strong>Christmas</strong> dinner, so I get out of cooking it. That’s great for me because I cook all<br />

the time, but I always do the prep with him on <strong>Christmas</strong> Eve.<br />

I’m a <strong>Christmas</strong> traditionalist but now I go goose, it’s so tasty. I’m sick and tired of turkey.<br />

One of my favourite meals is a roast dinner and we have it all on <strong>Christmas</strong> Day.<br />

So on my plate will be: carrot and swede mash, bread sauce, roasted parsnips, sage, apricot<br />

and onion stuffing, roast potatoes, Nigella Lawson’s cauliflower cheese - it’s the best recipe, she’s<br />

nailed it - Yorkshire pudding, which I think you should have with every roast, Granny’s gravy<br />

made with flour and, of course, Brussels sprouts.<br />

Like many people my mum put me off sprouts by boiling them for ages and the only way<br />

I can eat them is sautéd in lots of butter – 125grams for half a kilo of sprouts - with broken<br />

chestnuts and some lardons. We roast the chestnuts ourselves and peel them.<br />

We always have a good <strong>Christmas</strong> pudding – with crème anglaise, or brandy butter – but<br />

only my father-in-law and I eat it, no one else likes it. I like a tiramisu as well. Sometimes I<br />

have it after the <strong>Christmas</strong> pudding and before the cheeseboard, or I might come back for it<br />

early evening. And then there’s the mince pies. I’ll have those at bedtime…”<br />

<br />

Kent Cookery School, Mersham-le-Hatch Business Village, Hythe Road, Ashford<br />

01233 501771 kentcookeryschool.co.uk<br />

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New Years Eve<br />

Why not see the New Year in at Frasers this year with a good old<br />

fashioned New Years Party. Join us for a night of music, food and<br />

laughter, with a delicious 2 course hot buffet, then dance the night<br />

away to our resident DJ. £30 per person.<br />

Contact us to make your reservation.<br />

FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA<br />

MONDAY TO SUNDAY 12PM - 5PM<br />

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There is nothing quite so English than taking Afternoon Tea and here at<br />

the Hythe Imperial we like to honour this tradition even more so during<br />

the festive season. So if you are looking for a nice <strong>Christmas</strong> treat then<br />

this is the perfect choice.<br />

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS<br />

Roar in the 1920’s celebrations and enjoy a delicious festive meal<br />

with entertainment from our resident DJ to dance the night away.<br />

Carriages at midnight, Saturdays at 1am.<br />

*Package 1 £29.95 pp. Package 2 £40.95 pp. Package 3 £43.95 pp.<br />

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH<br />

We welcome you to join us for a scrumptious four course <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

lunch with all the trimmings. With a visit from Father <strong>Christmas</strong>, this<br />

is a great day for the whole family, whether its just the 2 of you or the<br />

whole family and friends, sit back, relax, enjoy the festive surroundings<br />

– and let us to all the hard work – including the washing up!<br />

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA BALL<br />

Celebrate the arrival of 2017 in style and enjoy a countdown to remember.<br />

Kick start the celebrations with a glass of Kir Royal and canapés before<br />

sitting down to a magnificent 6-course Gala dinner. Following dinner,<br />

the fun really starts where you can dance to the Charleston and other<br />

great 1920’s with our live band. With fun and laughter guaranteed,<br />

this is the perfect way to start 2017.<br />

£18.95<br />

per person<br />

From<br />

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per person<br />

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* Package one: Thursdays 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December <strong>2016</strong>. Includes 3 course<br />

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2nd, 9th and 16th December <strong>2016</strong>. Includes Kir Royal arrival drink, 3 course festive<br />

dinner and disco. Package three: Saturdays 10th and 17th December <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Includes Kir Royal and Canapés on arrival, 3 course festive dinner and disco.<br />

Dinner times to be advised at time of your final payment.<br />

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Food<br />

Julie Friend<br />

Operations Manager, The Hungry Guest,<br />

West Malling and Masterchef winner<br />

“My first career was in travel and I’ve spent a lot of<br />

time in Italy. On <strong>Christmas</strong> Eve there you have a<br />

feast, which is always fish and I’ve carried that on as<br />

part of my <strong>Christmas</strong>.<br />

This year I’m doing a starter of gin and beetroot<br />

cured salmon. It looks stunning, because the<br />

outside goes deep purple from the beetroot and the<br />

<strong>inside</strong> stays pink. I make it with the Kent Dry Gin made by<br />

Anno Distillers in Marden. One of the botanicals is Kentish<br />

samphire, which gives a slightly salty background to it.<br />

The other thing I do – because my family aren’t huge<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> pudding fans – is to buy a tiny little one,<br />

microwave it and crumble it through a really good vanilla ice<br />

cream. You just stir it through and refreeze, so you can do it<br />

all in advance. You get the flavour and the sense of <strong>Christmas</strong>,<br />

without a heavy pudding. I add a chocolate sauce as well,<br />

because that improves everything!”<br />

Beetroot and Gin Cured Salmon<br />

and Quick-Pickled Vegetables<br />

Serves 20. Prep time 30 mins. Cooking time 210 mins<br />

• 500-600g piece of salmon<br />

fillet, skin on<br />

• 2 tbsp juniper berries<br />

• ½ tsp black peppercorns<br />

• ½ tsp pink peppercorns<br />

• 2 tbsp sea salt<br />

• 2 tbsp sugar<br />

• 5 tbsp gin<br />

• 150g raw beetroot, peeled<br />

and grated<br />

• Grated zest of two limes<br />

1. Remove any pin/large bones with tweezers.<br />

2. Line a deep china roasting dish with clingfilm (avoid<br />

metal as the acidity may react with it) and place the fish<br />

on it, skin side down.<br />

3. Crush the juniper and peppercorns in a pestle and mortar.<br />

Mix together with the remaining ingredients. Spread the<br />

mixture over the salmon, gently pressing into the flesh.<br />

4. Wrap the fish tight in the clingfilm and repeat with<br />

another layer all around it.<br />

5. Place a plate or baking sheet on top and weigh it down<br />

with jars or cans. Leave in the fridge for at least 36 hours,<br />

ideally up to 72.<br />

6. Unwrap the fish and scrape off the marinade.<br />

7. The salmon is now ready to serve – slice at an angle so<br />

you can see both the deep red colour and the delicate<br />

orangey/pink flesh. It will keep for 5 days in the fridge.<br />

8. Serve with quick-pickled vegetables and horseradish sauce.<br />

Quick-pickled vegetables<br />

• 2 tsps Maldon salt<br />

• ½ tablespoons of white wine<br />

vinegar<br />

• ½ tablespoons of water<br />

• ½ tablespoons caster sugar<br />

• A few cracked peppercorns<br />

(black or pink)<br />

• 1 cucumber<br />

• 5-6 radishes<br />

• Good handful of fresh<br />

dill, chopped<br />

Slice the vegetables thinly. Place in a colander and sprinkle<br />

with salt. Cover with a plate and set aside for 20 minutes.<br />

Mix together the other ingredients. Remove the plate and<br />

gently squeeze the vegetables removing excess moisture by<br />

patting dry with kitchen paper. Toss with vinegar mix. Leave<br />

for 10/20 minutes and serve.<br />

The Hungry Guest, West Malling, Kent. 01732 870766<br />

thehungryguest.com<br />

Fabio Vinciguerra<br />

Head chef of the Tickled Trout and Goudhurst Inn<br />

“I’m from Sardinia and we always have the <strong>Christmas</strong> Day lunch my mum would<br />

make. My wife’s Polish, but she loves it too. We start with crostini – prosciutto and<br />

figs, with a balsamic glaze and basil. Then we will have the pasta course, which is a<br />

very classic Sardinian dish of linguine with sea urchins, cherry tomatoes and mussels.<br />

I grew up with my uncle going fishing for sea urchins, so it’s very special for me.<br />

For the main course I will try to find a really small suckling pig, which I cook with lots of<br />

vegetables – carrots, squash, beetroot, potatoes – roasted with rosemary and whole garlic cloves, with<br />

the skins on, which cuts down the acidity. I’ll use extra virgin olive oil, but since I’ve lived in the UK<br />

I do love the potatoes cooked in goose fat and my mum looks for goose fat for potatoes now too.<br />

Dessert is 100% my mum’s favourite apple strudel with raisins and pine nuts, which is<br />

made with savoury pastry, short pastry, so it’s more crunchy like a tart, with some caster<br />

sugar on the top. I will marinade the apple with brandy, sugar, lemon juice, pine nuts and<br />

raisins overnight, then pile it on the pastry. Sometimes I make it for the restaurants.”<br />

The Tickled Trout, Maidstone, Kent. 01622 814717 thetickledtrout.com<br />

The Goudhurst Inn, Goudhurst, Kent 01580 211451 thegoudhurstinn.com<br />

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about a visit he made to Japan to see the glory of the<br />

cherries in full blossom. He loved them but said he was<br />

just as happy looking down into a Yorkshire valley and seeing<br />

clouds of hawthorn blossom. The May or hawthorn (Crataegus<br />

monogyna) has been tremendous this year, smothered with a<br />

froth of white flowers, which now have metamorphosed into<br />

thousand upon thousand of red fruits. A feast for the eyes and<br />

a generous store of food for birds.<br />

I rather love the grey leaved Crataegus tanacetifolia, first<br />

spotted in the grounds of Stowe. A tansy-leaved hawthorn, it’s<br />

mighty slow growing but its combination of soft grey downy<br />

leaves and a pale orange fruit is charming and unusual and<br />

worth waiting for.<br />

Euonymus is another group of plants that produce fabulous<br />

autumn fruits, varying in range from shrubs and small trees to<br />

climbers and creepers. There’s a good specimen of a climber at<br />

Great Dixter which always catches the eye at this time of the<br />

year. This is Celastrus orbiculatus ‘Hermaphrodite’ – its name<br />

is quite a mouthful for a graceful, strong growing climber. The<br />

combination of ochre yellow berries opening to bright scarlet<br />

seeds looks amazing in the autumn against a backdrop of clear<br />

yellow leaves.<br />

Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’ is a selected form of<br />

our native spindle, which is often seen as a hedgerow plant<br />

especially where there’s chalky soil. This is particularly<br />

floriferous, weighed down with red fruits which break open to<br />

reveal orange seeds in a rather startling combination.<br />

At Sheffield Park there’s a good specimen of a relation of<br />

this, E. hamiltonianus, which originates from the Himalayas.<br />

The subspecies sieboldianus is an absolute show stopper with a<br />

combination of pink, yellow and red autumn colour and rosy<br />

pink fruits opening out to orange seeds.<br />

Viburnum opulus or the Guelder rose needs a lot of room<br />

but is worth growing for its maple-like leaves which colour<br />

up well in the autumn and its white flowers in mid to late<br />

summer. They’re a little like those of a lacecap hydrangea,<br />

frothy and exceedingly pretty. It’s a native plant which<br />

flourishes in damp areas and a particularly lovely form,<br />

‘Xanthocarpum’, instead of having glistening red berries,<br />

produces bright and translucent yellow berries.<br />

Quite a lot of the viburnums have good autumn berries and<br />

as they’re pretty easy to grow, they’re worth looking out for.<br />

Another favourite group of plants for their autumn fruit <br />

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are the crab apples (Malus). There are so many varieties and so<br />

many of them ‘do’ something wonderful throughout the year.<br />

The better known ones such as Malus ‘Evereste’ and M.<br />

‘John Downie’, the latter being one of the best fruiting of the<br />

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M. hupehensis, which was discovered in Hupeh province by<br />

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Garden<br />

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After an exhaustingly sunny summer, Jo Arnell is relishing gentler autumn gardening<br />

The season of poetry and mellow wistfulness<br />

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as there’s still plenty going on, and actually, once you<br />

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you want to stay fully dressed as the SAD season descends.<br />

The party’s (almost) over<br />

There are some who say that autumn is the beginning of<br />

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and get on with planning and planting the new. I agree in<br />

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time to breathe out, to let things go gently, and not rush in<br />

with the secateurs. Autumn seems to be getting longer and<br />

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just as good as faded skeletons as they did in their prime.<br />

Dying stems and flowers make poignant silhouettes in<br />

the low slanting light at this time of the year, which<br />

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look lovely among grasses, or next to sturdier evergreens.<br />

Some plants have sculptural seed heads, hips and<br />

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and borders. Raking up leaves is tedious, but just think<br />

of all the leaf mould you’ll make and the exercise you’ll<br />

get (unless you’d rather be freshwater swimming?).<br />

If you can, make a separate heap for leaves (or fill a<br />

perforated black plastic bag and leave it behind the shed). Leaf<br />

mould does take longer to make than ordinary compost - up<br />

to 2-3 years, but it’s lovely stuff once it does; it’s known as<br />

‘gardener’s gold’ (we’re easily pleased) and is highly prized as<br />

a component of potting compost, or as a fine grade mulch.<br />

‘Musical plants’<br />

I don’t know about you, but I’m never completely<br />

satisfied with the plants in my borders - every year they<br />

perform differently, depending on the weather, the general<br />

conditions and what they find themselves planted next<br />

to. Each season I have new favourites to find space for<br />

and a few boring ones that need relegating out of sight.<br />

The good news is that this is the perfect time of year<br />

for moving plants around (I call it ‘musical plants’,<br />

although there’s never much music, but it has that<br />

feel to it and I’m always ready for tea at the end).<br />

Most herbaceous perennials benefit from being lifted,<br />

divided and replanted every few years, either because<br />

they’ve formed big clumps and are invading their<br />

neighbours, or because they’re in need of rejuvenating<br />

- the oldest part of the plant stops flowering.<br />

The general rule of thumb is to discard the centre of the<br />

plant and replant the younger, more vigorous sections. Next<br />

year, obviously, once the reshuffle’s complete and the right<br />

plants are in the right places, it will all look perfect…<br />

The days may be getting shorter, and colder, but if the<br />

weather allows, we can still be lifting and dividing plants,<br />

admiring the beautiful dead and filling our hearts with<br />

late autumn colour. We can defy the cold and dark of the<br />

coming season for a little while longer and go out in a blaze<br />

of leafy glory. Rakes at the ready then, let’s get out there.<br />

Contact Jo for border designs, planting and garden<br />

advice: 01233 861149 jo@hornbrookmanor.co.uk<br />

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Saint Ronan’s School<br />

Hawkhurst, Kent • Founded 1883 • www.saintronans.co.uk<br />

Boys & Girls from 3-13 • Day & Boarding • Forest School<br />

Headlines<br />

‘Excellent’ ISI<br />

inspection report<br />

70 scholarships won<br />

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Guide 2017<br />

Discover the magic! Email emmatv@saintronans.co.uk<br />

or call 01580 752271 to book an appointment.


Raise the bar<br />

Sue Elkin praises schools which embrace the journey of education - not the destination<br />

Never tell a child that something is too difficult for<br />

them. Low expectations inevitably lead to low<br />

achievement, as all wise teachers and parents know.<br />

When my younger son was 10 and the elder 14 we<br />

had tickets to see King Lear. I assumed it was likely to be<br />

beyond the ten year old so we booked for just three.<br />

In the event, our elder boy was unwell on the night so<br />

we took the younger. And how glad I am that we did. He<br />

understood the play at his own level, talked about it for a long<br />

time afterwards and enjoyed an evening out with his parents.<br />

We had underestimated our child as so many teachers<br />

and parents routinely do. Education secretaries and prime<br />

ministers have muttered about the downward drag of<br />

low expectations in schools for decades but it’s a slippery<br />

thing to improve. Schools are under huge pressure to<br />

get high, readily quantifiable examination results.<br />

In order to do that, many spoon-feed candidates<br />

with immensely detailed revision sessions, relentless<br />

dull coaching and pep-talks right up until they turn<br />

over their exam papers. And the lessons in the years<br />

prior are far too often based on formulaic, self limiting<br />

‘lesson plans’ from which few dare deviate.<br />

Where’s the stretch which takes every single individual<br />

beyond the standard expectation for that age group?<br />

Too often it’s missing. Everyone is too busy meeting all<br />

those targets which are – frankly – often deliberately<br />

set too low to ensure the school can hit them.<br />

Obviously I’m generalising and some excellent schools<br />

set unlimited expectations. I spoke to an inspiring<br />

head recently who personally teaches a history of music<br />

course to Year 3 upwards because he wants them all to<br />

intelligently explore music of all sorts – way beyond<br />

anything specified in the National Curriculum.<br />

And as for English lessons and reading, well I could<br />

write a book about that (and have: Encouraging Reading,<br />

2007 and Unlocking the Reader in Every Child, 2010).<br />

We must stop fobbing young children off with the<br />

banal, introduce them to good material and demonstrate<br />

continuously that reading is an exciting, very adult activity.<br />

The usual curricular attitude to reading is tick-box based<br />

and nothing to do with intellectual stretch – but a really good<br />

teacher regards the specified curriculum as a mere springboard.<br />

It’s something which informed parents should look at very<br />

closely when they’re choosing a school, at any level, for a child.<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Fun Afternoon for Pre-School children.<br />

Tuesday 6th December 2.00 - 3.30 pm.<br />

Join us for an afternoon of <strong>Christmas</strong> fun, including craft activities, a visit from Father <strong>Christmas</strong> and a festive treat.<br />

All children 0-4 years and their parents welcome. No charge, no obligation. Booking essential.<br />

Dulwich Preparatory School<br />

Cranbrook<br />

Independent day and flexible boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13<br />

registrar@dcpskent.org • 01580 712179 • dcpskent.org<br />

CourS ehorN | Cr ANBrook | k e NT | TN17 3NP<br />

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Thurs 24 Nov every day to Sun 4 Dec; 10am-4pm<br />

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AuctIoneers & VAluers<br />

Limited Liability Partnership<br />

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On<br />

Wednesday 23rd <strong>November</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

ThuCommencing Thurs 24 at Nov 12.30pm every | day Viewing to Sun 10.00am 4 Dec; - 12.30pm 10am-4pm<br />

The Auction Rooms, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HJ<br />

Tel: 01732 456731 Web: www.ibbettmosely.co.uk<br />

125 High St, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1UT<br />

Registered in England No. 0C341637 Regulated by RICS Registered at the Sevenoaks office as Ibbett Mosely Surveyors LLP<br />

Gardening Course<br />

HORNBROOK MANOR FARM<br />

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Join Jo Arnell in her garden for<br />

a practical gardening course.<br />

Learn how to design and<br />

plant a border, sow seed, take<br />

cuttings, prune and care for<br />

your plants through the seasons<br />

No experience needed<br />

01233 861149<br />

Gift Vouchers available www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk<br />

Thurs 24 Nov every day to Sun 4 Dec; 10am-4pm<br />

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Pop-up Shop Now Open<br />

Ockley Road, Hawkhurst TN18 4DP<br />

bespoke ironwork for home & garden<br />

07765 344298<br />

www.cranbrookiron.com<br />

Open: Wednesday - Saturday<br />

#nationaltrust<br />

Play and Display exhibition<br />

22 October to 20 <strong>November</strong>, 11am - 3.30pm<br />

daily<br />

Relive childhood memories with our charming new<br />

exhibition of paper and card toys. The collection<br />

highlights how popular, versatile and enchanting<br />

paper and card toys have been over the centuries<br />

with puppets, paper dolls, model theatres and<br />

panoramas. You can get hands on and have some fun<br />

playing with modern ones too.<br />

Call 01580 710700 for details<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden<br />

When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps<br />

us to look after special places such as Sissinghurst Castle Garden for ever, for<br />

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What’s On In <strong>November</strong><br />

Exhibitions<br />

Sun 30 – Oct 10am-4pm<br />

Hamstreet Primary<br />

Academy TN26 2EA<br />

Mary Want-Art<br />

Exhibition and Sale<br />

A unique opportunity to enjoy<br />

the work of a much-loved<br />

and talented Kent artist.<br />

Exhibition of paintings loaned<br />

by private owners. Also<br />

over 150 works for sale.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01233 732684<br />

Mon 14 – Sat 26 Nov<br />

Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks<br />

Library, Kent TN13 1LQ<br />

Brushworks - art<br />

exhibition and sale<br />

Come and see a wide range of<br />

art styles at the 106th annual<br />

exhibition and sale at the<br />

Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks.<br />

Originals and greetings cards on<br />

sale at very reasonable prices. Small<br />

canvases on sale to raise funds for<br />

local charity Sevenoaks Mind.<br />

Info: sevenoaksartclub.org<br />

Fairs and Celebrations<br />

Sat 15 Oct – Sat 5 Nov<br />

Canterbury<br />

CANTERBURY FESTIVAL<br />

Canterbury Festival is Kent’s<br />

International Arts Festival and<br />

attracts over 70,000 visitors every<br />

year. Canterbury Festival brings<br />

internationally acclaimed artists<br />

to the city while also celebrating<br />

its home grown talent.<br />

Info: 01227 452853 /<br />

canterburyfestival.co.uk<br />

Sat 5 – Sun 6 Nov<br />

Hastings<br />

HASTINGS HERRING FAIR<br />

Celebrate ‘the silver of the sea’. Try<br />

cooking and preparing herrings, as<br />

well as watching demonstrations<br />

all while enjoying local beers and<br />

wine from a variety of suppliers.<br />

Info: hastingsfestivals.com<br />

Fri 4 - Sun 6 Nov 9am-5pm<br />

The Maidstone Pavilions,<br />

Kent County Showground,<br />

Detling, Kent ME14 3JF<br />

Crafts for <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

This event includes crafts, specialist<br />

foods and cookery demonstrations<br />

by Dan Kennedy of The Kent<br />

Cookery School. Learn the art<br />

of felting with This Art of Mine<br />

and pressed flower work from<br />

The Pressed Flower Guild. Over<br />

150 stands in warm surroundings<br />

with refreshments served all day.<br />

Entry: On the door £7,<br />

in advance £6<br />

Info: 01428 682292 /<br />

ruralcraftsassociation.co.uk<br />

Sat 5 Nov 10am-4pm<br />

Penshurst Village Hall,<br />

Penshurst Kent TN11 8BP<br />

Penshurst Vintage<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Fair<br />

Showcasing vintage homewares,<br />

clothes, jewellery, furniture &<br />

gifts, this fair is a must for all<br />

lovers of vintage. Enjoy live music<br />

and stop for a well deserved<br />

break in our pop-up tea room.<br />

Proceeds to the Kent, Surrey<br />

& Sussex Air Ambulance.<br />

Entry: £2<br />

Info: 07885 610912 /<br />

cherishthevintage.co.uk<br />

Wed 9 Nov 10am-3pm<br />

The Grasshopper Inn,<br />

Moorhouse, Westerham Road,<br />

Westerham, Kent TN16 2EU<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Fair in aid of<br />

Cancer Research UK<br />

Come and do all your shopping<br />

in an old coaching inn. Enjoy the<br />

dedicated food hall selling locally<br />

sourced produce, plus gifts for<br />

home and garden. You can even<br />

order your <strong>Christmas</strong> tree and<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> turkey. The Grasshopper<br />

Inn provides teas, coffees and<br />

lunches throughout the day.<br />

Entry: £3<br />

Sat 19 Nov 10am – 5pm<br />

Rye Community Centre,<br />

Conduit Hill, Rye TN31 7LE<br />

RYE ARTISAN<br />

& CRAFT FESTIVAL<br />

Quality handmade and unique<br />

gifts from local designers in<br />

East Sussex and Kent.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Sat 19 Nov 10am-3pm<br />

St. Mary Hall, High Street,<br />

Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5AQ<br />

Demelza Hospice<br />

Care for Children<br />

This <strong>Christmas</strong> Fair is in aid<br />

of Children’s Hospices in S.E.<br />

London and Kent. Enjoy many<br />

stalls including collectables, brica-brac,<br />

festive tombola, cards,<br />

jewellery and much more.<br />

Entry: 20p<br />

Info: 01689 815736<br />

Thurs 24 Nov 10.30am-3.30<br />

Guthrie Pavilion, Hever<br />

Castle, Hever TN8 7NG<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Fair<br />

Plenty of stalls with exciting gifts<br />

for <strong>Christmas</strong>. Refreshments<br />

are available all day, with free<br />

parking and entry to the grounds.<br />

Proceeds to Hever Primary<br />

School and St. Peter’s Church.<br />

Entry: £3.25<br />

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Nov<br />

The Canterbury Tales,<br />

St Margaret’s Street,<br />

Canterbury, Kent CT1 2TG<br />

Artisan <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

Gift Fair<br />

The annual Artisan <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

Gift Fair will return for its third<br />

year. Grab that unique and super<br />

special gift in time for <strong>Christmas</strong>.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01227 696002 /<br />

canterburytales.org.uk<br />

Family Fun<br />

Throughout Nov<br />

The Savill Garden, Wick<br />

Lane, Englefield Green,<br />

Surrey, TW20 0XD<br />

Ascot Carriages<br />

Travel through the Windsor<br />

countryside away from traffic, and<br />

relax & unwind as you discover<br />

the area from the comfort of an<br />

elegant horse-drawn carriage. Your<br />

carriage driver/guide can provide<br />

history and lesser known facts<br />

about this beautiful Royal Park.<br />

Info: ascotcarriages.co.uk<br />

Sat 5 Nov 5.30pm<br />

Glebe Field, The Green,<br />

Benenden, Cranbrook,<br />

Kent TN17 4DN<br />

Fireworks<br />

Enjoy a barbeque, refreshments,<br />

hot mulled wine, soup, and hot<br />

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The <strong>Christmas</strong> Exhibition<br />

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Singing Soul Gallery<br />

1 st <strong>November</strong>–14 th January<br />

19 Stone St. Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF<br />

01580 714551<br />

www.singingsoulgallery.co.uk<br />

drinks. The bonfire will be lit at<br />

6.30pm and fireworks start at 7pm.<br />

Entry: Adults £5, Children £2<br />

Info: benendenvillage.org.uk<br />

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Sat 5 Nov 3-9pm<br />

Kent Life, Lock Lane,<br />

Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU<br />

Fireworks Spectacular<br />

Be amazed by the fire performers as<br />

we count down to the lighting of<br />

the bonfire, followed by the annual<br />

spectacular musical firework display.<br />

Entry: Adults, £11, Children<br />

£9, Concessions £10<br />

Info: 01622 763936 / kentlife.org.uk<br />

Sat 5 Nov from 7.30pm<br />

Battle<br />

BATTLE BONFIRE<br />

Join the Battel Bonfire Boyes for<br />

this popular annual event full<br />

of Sussex tradition. Fireworks, a<br />

torch-lit procession and a marching<br />

band in the historic town centre<br />

are highlights of the celebration.<br />

Info: battelbonfire.co.uk<br />

Fri 18 Nov - 2 Jan 2017<br />

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CHRISTMAS GROTTO<br />

EXPERIENCE<br />

COME AND VISIT SANTA<br />

IN HIS GROTTO<br />

From 26th <strong>November</strong><br />

– 23rd December*<br />

11am - 4.30pm<br />

*ask in store for details<br />

BOOK<br />

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includes:<br />

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£14<br />

OR £8 PER<br />

CHILD<br />

Winter Wonderland Experience<br />

Reindeer Food<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Present<br />

Framed Photo with Santa<br />

T&Cs apply, ask in store for details.<br />

ADULTS<br />

GO<br />

FREE!<br />

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01892 852828<br />

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What’s On In <strong>November</strong><br />

Wells, Kent TN1 2LU<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Ice Skating<br />

Set within the beautiful splendour<br />

of the popular and historic<br />

park, Calverley Grounds, the<br />

ice-rink is a perfect <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

outing for friends and family.<br />

Entry: Adults from £10.50,<br />

Children from £7<br />

Info: 01892 554645 /<br />

tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com<br />

MUSIC & Theatre<br />

Sat 12 Nov 6pm<br />

Holy Trinity Church,<br />

Nelson Place, Broadstairs,<br />

Kent CT10 1HQ<br />

Handel’s ‘Messiah’<br />

A performance of Handel’s<br />

Messiah in its entirety is a rare<br />

gem, and Thanet Festival Choir<br />

will offer every glorious moment<br />

of it, complete with professional<br />

soloists and chamber orchestra,<br />

as part of its 70th anniversary<br />

celebrations. The Soloists are<br />

Sofia Larsson, Edward McMullan,<br />

Mark Dobell and Michael R.<br />

Bundy, and the performance will<br />

be conducted by Clifford Lister.<br />

Entry: £13 in advance, £15 at the<br />

door. Accompanied children £2<br />

Info: 01304 620560 /<br />

thanetfestivalchoir.org<br />

Sat 12 Nov 7.30pm<br />

St Mildred’s Church,<br />

Tenterden, Kent TN30 6AR<br />

King Lear<br />

William Shakespeare’s King Lear<br />

is the ultimate investigation into<br />

the boundaries of family morals<br />

and is considered the most<br />

harrowing of his tragedies.<br />

Entry: £15<br />

Info: 07801 893115 /<br />

bowler-crab.com<br />

Sat 26 Nov 7.30pm<br />

Salvation Army, Ramsgate,<br />

Kent CT11 9TT<br />

Thanet Light Orchestra<br />

Thanet Light Orchestra will be<br />

entertaining locals with popular<br />

classics and light music. The<br />

programme is set to include pieces<br />

by well-known classical composers<br />

such as Mozart, rounded out with<br />

tuneful 20th century light music by<br />

Eric Coates and his contemporaries.<br />

Refreshments will also be available.<br />

Entry: £4 on the door.<br />

Info: salvationarmy.org.uk/ramsgate<br />

Workshops<br />

Fri 4 Nov<br />

Pick ‘n’ Paint a Pot 68,<br />

Northdown Road, Cliftonville,<br />

Margate CT9 2RL<br />

Pottery Painting<br />

Workshop<br />

Adult <strong>Christmas</strong> themed pottery<br />

painting workshops. Booking is<br />

recommended for this event.<br />

Entry: £20 per person<br />

Info: 01843 297778 /<br />

picknpaintapot.co.uk<br />

Wed 16 Nov<br />

Godinton House &<br />

Gardens, Godinton Lane,<br />

Ashford TN23 3BP<br />

Clay Sculpture<br />

Workshop<br />

Join professional artist Brenda<br />

Burgess to explore the wonderful<br />

qualities of clay sculpture. A<br />

real ‘get away from it all’ day<br />

with quality sculpture tuition.<br />

Suitable for all levels of ability<br />

from beginners wanting to ‘have<br />

a go’ to experienced artists<br />

wanting to try a new medium.<br />

Small class sizes ensure plenty<br />

of time with each student.<br />

Info: 01233 643854 /<br />

brendaburgessartsuk.info<br />

Listings are correct at time of going to<br />

press but may be subject to change.<br />

Readers are advised to check with<br />

venues before making arrangements.<br />

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issue is 11 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

10ft &<br />

12ft Trees<br />

Limited<br />

Availability<br />

FREE CHRISTMAS TREE<br />

SAPLING TO PLANT AT HOME<br />

WITH A CERTIFICATE OF<br />

AUTHENTICITY*<br />

FREE MINCE PIES<br />

WITH EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE*<br />

10% DISCOUNT IN THE<br />

BEDGEBURY GIFT SHOP*<br />

BUY YOUR BRITISH GROWN<br />

100% SANTA APPROVED<br />

CHRISTMAS TREE<br />

FROM BEDGEBURY<br />

ENJOY FREE ADMISSION TO THE PINETUM AND FOREST AND THESE OTHER BENEFITS*<br />

Luxury<br />

Wreaths<br />

For Sale<br />

FREE STANDARD BIKE INNER TUBE<br />

WITH EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE*<br />

FREE PRIZE DRAW ENTRY<br />

TO WIN PRIZES BELOW*<br />

• Bedgebury - guided walk with tea and cake<br />

• Café - £40 voucher<br />

• Friends - membership<br />

• Go Ape - £75 family ticket<br />

OPEN FOR SALES ON<br />

Fri 25th <strong>November</strong> – Sun 27th <strong>November</strong><br />

Fri 2nd December – Sun 4th December<br />

Fri 9th December – Tues 20th December<br />

FROM 10AM TO 4PM (UNTIL NOON ON THE 15TH DECEMBER)<br />

Call 01580 879820 or visit<br />

www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury<br />

for more information<br />

*Terms and Conditions<br />

Visit our website for more information.<br />

Michelham Priory<br />

Historic House & Gardens<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Gift & Craft Fair<br />

12 th & 13 th Nov<br />

Demo & Dine Evening*-19 th Nov,7pm<br />

Our new Michelin Star trained chef demo<br />

& 3-course meal<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Lunch* - 1 st to 18 th Dec<br />

2 or 3-course meal, for parties of 2 to 100.<br />

Tudor <strong>Christmas</strong> - 3 rd & 4 th Dec<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> at the Priory<br />

10 th -11 th & 17 th -18 th Dec<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Workshops*, trail & crafts<br />

for all the family!<br />

*Advanced booking required<br />

Winter<br />

Specials<br />

Menu @<br />

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Café<br />

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Knitting wool & Haberdashery Ribbons, buttons, elastic, sewing aids<br />

Curtain making & Upholstery Fabrics, Linings, tapes, hooks & much more<br />

ALL STYLES OF CURTAINS,<br />

HAND MADE IN OUR WORKSHOP<br />

We can supply Fabrics or make up your own<br />

CURTAIN TRACKS & POLES SUPPLIED<br />

Including electric curtain tracks<br />

BLINDS Roller, Roman, Vertical, Venetian, Pleated<br />

UPHOLSTERY & LOOSE COVERS also Cushion replacements<br />

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Telephone: 01622 744265 or 746454 Email: aquarius.1@btconnect.com<br />

www.aquariussoftfurnishings.co.uk<br />

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&<br />

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* High Quality Bespoke Furniture<br />

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* Carving and Copy Carving<br />

* Polishing<br />

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INTERIORS<br />

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For examples, please visit<br />

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Travel<br />

Garden Services<br />

Life Coaching<br />

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For further information, call<br />

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Probably the most experienced, established<br />

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WIN DESIGNER CHRISTMAS<br />

DECORATIONS WORTH OVER £250<br />

Fused glass artist Jo Downs is one of the UK’s most<br />

recognised designers, with an international reputation<br />

for the beauty and quality of her handcrafted work, all of<br />

which is cut, crafted, fired and finished at her studio in the<br />

heart of Cornwall. This <strong>Christmas</strong> you’ll find Jo’s galleries<br />

brimming with her distinctive ranges, including gorgeous<br />

glass hangings, bowls, mirrors and coasters, alongside<br />

uniquely beautiful statement interior pieces such as wall<br />

panels, art frames and multi piece installations.<br />

Find out more on jodowns.com<br />

How to enter: For your chance to win this fantastic<br />

prize of a fourteen-piece collection from Jo’s NEW<br />

‘Snowflakes’ collection, to include six large ‘Snowflake’<br />

hangings, six smaller ‘Starflake’ hangings, one medium<br />

‘Snowflake’ bowl and one small ‘Snowflake’ bowl, just answer<br />

the following question: Where is Jo’s studio located? Enter<br />

your answer with your contact details* in the online form<br />

at wealdentimes.co.uk/competition or post to: Jo Downs<br />

Competition, <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong>, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook,<br />

Kent TN17 3HF by 30 <strong>November</strong> <strong>2016</strong>. There is no<br />

cash alternative and the prize must be taken by <strong>November</strong><br />

2017. *All entrants’ details will be passed on to Jo Downs<br />

Handmade Glass and <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Events. Please let us<br />

know if you do not wish your details to be passed on.<br />

Congratulations to Jen Tomkinson who wins our August competition for VIP winery tasting tour at Hush Heath Estate<br />

Try something different...<br />

come curling & love it!<br />

Staff Outings<br />

Entertaining Clients<br />

Birthday Parties<br />

<strong>Christmas</strong> Parties<br />

Stag & Hen Parties<br />

Social Events<br />

FUN<br />

on ice!<br />

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find us on facebook & twitter<br />

Pantomime<br />

Specials /<br />

BLUEBELL RAILWAY<br />

27th, 28th, 29th<br />

& 30th December<br />

After <strong>Christmas</strong> come and take a ride on one of<br />

our vintage steam trains from Sheffield Park or<br />

East Grinstead, where the Pantomime characters<br />

will be on board the train with a special <strong>Christmas</strong><br />

treat for the children.<br />

Tickets<br />

Adult - £20.00<br />

Child - £10.00<br />

Toddler - £8.00<br />

(no seat reserved for toddlers)<br />

Sheffield Park Departures<br />

10am, 2.15pm & 2.45pm<br />

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(Journey time 1 hour 45 mins return)<br />

Book now 01825 720800 www.bluebell-railway.com<br />

(T&Cs apply, please call or visit our website for details)<br />

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Jane Howard’s<br />

Fables from the Farm<br />

It’s nearly time for everyone on the farm to have a well-earned break -<br />

including George, the bull - but first the cows have to decide who’s boss<br />

It really won’t be long now before<br />

the cows come in for the winter. It’s<br />

always a bonus if we can keep them<br />

out till December, but in the weeks<br />

leading up to them coming into the barn<br />

there is quite a lot of housekeeping to do.<br />

The calves were all born in early<br />

spring, so are now eight or nine months<br />

old. At the end of August we split the<br />

cows with heifer (female) calves from the<br />

ones with male calves. As the girls can<br />

become fertile from about six months<br />

this is a necessary precaution as all the<br />

boys are still ‘entire’ i.e. they<br />

have not been castrated.<br />

As we usually try and<br />

produce one or two Coopers<br />

registered pedigree bulls,<br />

we don’t castrate the boys<br />

at birth but leave them till<br />

now, because by the autumn<br />

you have a much better idea<br />

of which are the best ones.<br />

Apart from the obvious things like<br />

shape and height we also weigh them<br />

and then calculate their 200 day weight<br />

to ensure the chosen ones are in the top<br />

10% of the Sussex breed – if they’re not<br />

that good then it really isn’t worth all the<br />

extra effort necessary to nurture them<br />

into young bulls.<br />

A couple of weeks after the ‘second<br />

division’ boys have been dealt with<br />

(parted from their testicles), we will bring<br />

all the calves back together again and<br />

into the barn to wean them.<br />

“Put twenty cows<br />

together and<br />

they will sort<br />

themselves into a<br />

pecking order”<br />

This is the noisiest time of the year<br />

and we have to be very sure that the<br />

holiday cottage – marketed as a slice of<br />

rural tranquillity - is empty.<br />

Some of the cows seem genuinely<br />

pleased to see the back-end of their<br />

offspring and disappear over the hill,<br />

most however will bellow for 24 hours<br />

and then give up and then there are the<br />

dedicated full-on mums...<br />

These girls will keep up a vigil outside<br />

the barn and moo for two even three<br />

days until they become hoarse so even<br />

though they keep on<br />

bellowing (thankfully) no<br />

noise comes out.<br />

Never mind I tell them,<br />

it won’t be all that long<br />

before there’s another<br />

patter of tiny hooves.<br />

Enjoy the break!<br />

Bringing all the cows<br />

back together in the field before they<br />

come into the barn also gives them the<br />

opportunity to re-establish their social<br />

hierarchy - a crucially important part of<br />

cow behaviour. Put twenty cows together<br />

and they will sort themselves into a<br />

pecking order of one to twenty.<br />

The number one cow will be one<br />

of the biggest and oldest and then it<br />

works its way down with each individual<br />

having a specific place in the hierarchy.<br />

By letting them sort out all the boshing<br />

and joshing – known as bunting –<br />

before they come in results in a far more<br />

peaceful community once <strong>inside</strong>.<br />

Apart from the cows in one shed and<br />

the calves in another we also need to<br />

think about George the bull who needs<br />

his own exclusive ‘gentleman’s’ quarters.<br />

He went out with the cows in April<br />

and by letting him run with them for<br />

only three months we can be sure that<br />

all the calves will arrive in one block<br />

– pretty welcome stuff when you have<br />

to get up in the middle of the night to<br />

check if anyone’s calving.<br />

So he has been hanging out with the<br />

older steers (aforementioned dealt with<br />

males) since mid-summer and will now<br />

spend the winter in splendid isolation,<br />

quite happy as long as he can see his girls<br />

next door. And then all he has to do –<br />

rather like the rest of us – is to sit back<br />

and wait for April to come round again!<br />

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm<br />

– on Instagram @coopersfarm<br />

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