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Contents

November 2016

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GLORIA VICTORIANA

The family friendly appeal

of Victorian houses

NOVEMBER NOTEBOOK

Fun and fascinating things

to do this month

CONVERSATION PIECES

Quirky finds transform a family

home into a funky pad

GET THE LOOK

Give your house a

witty vintage twist

THE WEALDEN TIMES

MIDWINTER FAIR

What to look forward

to at the Hop Farm

GIFT SUPPLEMENT

32 pages of brilliant ideas

for Christmas pressies

MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR

A house enriched by its widely

read, well-travelled resident

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DAZZLE TILL DAWN

Glimmer, glisten and

shimmer in the best of

the season’s party wear

SPLISH SPLASH

Jo Fairley rejoices in

the therapeutic beauty

benefits of bath time

WEALDEN BEAUTY

Natural, cruelty-free skincare

is Sue Fish’s secret

HEALTH

Helen Barton’s tips for

adjusting to the new seasons

DINNER LADIES

Two mums who’ve made

a business out of family

meals share their recipes

WHAT CHEFS EAT

AT CHRISTMAS

Three leading chefs tell us

about their own treat meals

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VERY BERRY

Sue Whigham is thrilled by

autumn’s visual feast

MELLOW FRUITFULNESS

After an exhaustingly good

summer, Jo Arnell is relishing

some gentle autumn gardening

RAISE THE BAR

Susan Elkin advocates keeping

expectations high in school

WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER

Bumper bonfires, Hastings herrings,

Christmas crafts and much more

COMPETITION

Win hand-made designer

glass Christmas decorations

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

It’s nearly time for everyone to

have a rest - but first the cows

have to decide who’s boss

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Frittenden

A beautiful Listed period house with a detached oast, leisure facilities and land

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Timber framed barn. Heated swimming pool. Tennis court. 4 bay garage. Planning

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RURAL SMARDEN £1,850,000

Listed Country House, Barn and Oast · Four reception

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barn · Recreational barn · Approx 9.3 acres · EPC: n/a

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RURAL MARDEN £1,495,000

Period Farmhouse with Annexe · Four receptions

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grounds approx 4.5 acres

Cranbrook School Catchment

GOUDHURST £1,300,000

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· Attic and untanked cellars · Six bedrooms (two ensuite)

· Good size gardens · Garage block · EPC: F

Cranbrook School Catchment

BATTLE £1,150,000

Listed Farmhouse and Annexe · Three reception rooms

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

· Detached one bedroom annexe · Converted one/

two bedroom barn · Garden and woodland · EPC: n/a

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Northiam, East Sussex, - £399,000

Detached two bedroom bungalow with far reaching views

in a tucked away location. Living room, kitchen/breakfast

room, 2 bedrooms. Detached single garage. Off road

parking. Garden. EPC E

Iden, East Sussex - £725,000

Lovely Grade II listed house. Living room, dining room,

garden room, kitchen/breakfast room, 3 bedrooms (2

with en-suite), dressing room, sitting room/occasional 4th

bedroom. Detached double garage. Off road parking. 1/4

acre gardens.

Brede, East Sussex - £565,000

Spacious period village house. Sitting room, dining room,

drawing room, breakfast room and kitchen. Four double

bedrooms with 2 en-suite. Attic bedroom with en-suite.

Cellar. Detached office/studio. Garage. Off-road parking.

Garden 1/4 acre. EPC C

Tenterden, Kent - £650,000

Lovely double fronted Grade II listed period house set back

from High Street. Sitting room with inglenook, dining room,

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

garden & rear courtyard. Off road parking.

Iden, East Sussex - £825,000

Grade II listed farmhouse with equestrian facilities.

Dining hall, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility,

four bedrooms. Detached studio/games room. Gardens.

Paddocks. Sandschool and stabling for 6 horses. Hay barn.

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Beckley, East Sussex - £1,250,000

Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse. Drawing room, sitting

room, kitchen/dining room, office, utility, four double

bedrooms, bedroom 5/dressing room. Cellar. Additional

office and utility rooms. Garden and grounds of approx 7.5

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Tenterden £385,000

Immaculately presented detached bungalow within easy walking distance

to the High Street • Three bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms • Bi-Folding

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Rolvenden £585,000

Picturesque Grade II Listed Georgian family home, offering deceptively

spacious accommodation and a wealth of period features • Four Bedrooms

• Ensuite • Garage • CSCA • EPC Exempt

Ashford £550,000

Originally a game keepers Lodge for Godinton House estate, this

detached family home offers a wealth of character charm • Four Bedrooms

• Three Receptions • Annexe Potential • Conservatory • EPC F

Ashford £950,000

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Rye Foreign • East Sussex Guide £1,200,000

Stylishly presented country house that has been subject to a meticulous

programme of renovation & improvement. Extensive gardens, paddocks,

outbuildings, two bed detached cottage. In all about 9.4 acres. EPC Rating F

Tenterden • Kent Offers in excess of £800,000

Detached Edwardian family house in a sought after part of the town.

Detached double garage and good size gardens. Within easy walking

distance of the towns many amenities. EPC Rating D

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Egerton • Kent Guide £875,000

Extended and improved country house dating back to the 1920’s. Beautiful

gardens, paddocks & outbuildings. Set on a quiet country lane. Equestrian

potential. About 4.8 acres in all. EPC Rating D

Smarden • Kent Guide £775,000

An extended and improved Kentish cottage on the rural edge of the village,

with extensive gardens backing onto fields. Detached double garage. In all

about 0.85 acre. EPC Rating NA

Sheldwich • Kent Guide £1,200,000

Beautifully presented family home built by the highly regarded Millwood

Homes, landscaped gardens, woodland spinney and superb 3 bay garage

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

Throwley • Kent Guide £1,150,000

Grade II* Listed country manor house, good ceiling heights, handsome

rooms of significant character, arranged over three floors. Surrounded by

gardens and grazing land of a little under 3 acres. EPC Rating E

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Our proximity to London poses many challenges for young and

old. House prices within the TN17 postcode have an Affordability

Price Earnings Ratio of 12.8, with the average property value in our

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

the applicant earnings; median gross earnings for Tunbridge Wells

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

which prices many out of the housing market.

The CVLT is committed to delivering

lifelong affordability to those who need it

most, recognising the different needs of our

community. Some may need an affordable rent,

whilst others may need a leg up onto the housing

ladder with a part- buy, part-rental package.

Home improvers of all ages may benefit from

finish-it-yourself units or retirees from serviced

independent living. Self-builders may need

shovel-ready serviced plots. Others may simply

want to buy a new home in the usual way.

A low carbon future.

We consider the delivery of outstanding sustainable design as vital

to our wellbeing. We are committed to exceeding expectations for

affordable housing and will work to the Passivhaus construction

standard wherever possible, delivering a 90% typical energy saving

and significantly reduced running costs. We have an opportunity,

through the CVLT, to promote locally what central government has

fallen shy of delivering nationally; that is a truly sustainable built

environment, whilst restoring and enhancing our greatest asset, the

landscape in which we live.

Join us.

The CVLT working group is formed of 11 highly skilled community

volunteers from a wide range of professional fields; accountancy,

architecture, business, education, IT, new media, publishing, strategic

landscape management and urban design. Under the guidance of

Stephen Hill, at the National Community Land Trust Network, we

have reached the second stage of a three stage formation process.

We already have 350 supporting signatures, but would like to hit our

target of 1,000 before we incorporate on December 1st 2016.

Change is inevitable. Let’s shape that change into the best possible

outcome for our community. Help the CVLT to deliver a lasting legacy

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


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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

1.

Gloria Victoriana

wealdentimes.co.uk

Isobel Mackay salutes homes from the glory

days of domestic architecture

When we think of the acme of British houses it’s the likes of Pemberley

which spring to mind – or rather, Chatsworth and Lyme Park,

which have both been used as locations for Mr Darcy’s stately home.

On a more modest scale, it would be chocolate box thatched cottages, with the

roses-round-the-door and hollyhocks-in-the-front garden boxes firmly ticked.

But while we are justifiably proud of our legacy of Palladian mansions and

impossibly quaint (and perilously low-ceilinged) village homes, probably the

housing era which best expresses what it means to be British, is Victorian.

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

Empire, but the radical social changes of industrialisation and the railways. So

a ‘Victorian house’ can mean everything from a solid semi-detached stuccoed

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

houses which multiple generations have lovingly renovated (fireplaces out,

fireplaces in, fireplaces out…).

The era also saw the erection of some of the ugliest gaffs ever to blight our

greensward. Vile pomposities of Gothic revival arrogance, which expressed the

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

styles, such as Mock Tudor.

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

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

angles and ill-judged proportions, like a brick and mortar pterodactyl – it was

the most joyous dwelling in which to grow up.

The era which venerated the idea of family, as much as it did colonising

foreign lands and inventing things, certainly knew how to build houses for

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

family-friendly Victorian dwellings currently on the Wealden market.

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1. Lewins

Where? Lewins is set on the outskirts of

the sought-after village of Crockham Hill

just under three miles south of Westerham

(Google Maps TN8 6RB).

What? For sale is the lion’s share of this

lovely Grade II listed mansion, designed

by Scottish architect John Brydon in his

favourite Queen Anne revival style. Built

in the late 1800s, it has retained most of its

period features including soaring corniced

and moulded ceilings, herringbone parquet

flooring, fireplaces and Ionic pilasters.

Downstairs are a superb Great Hall,

drawing room, dining room, morning

room, garden room, kitchen/breakfast room

and cellar.

On the first floor are master bedroom

with en suite bathroom, guest room with

bathroom and balcony with spectacular

views, three further bedrooms and two

more bathrooms. There is also a further

double bedroom currently divided into a

workshop and storeroom. Outside in 3.5

acres of gardens and grounds are manicured

lawns, a rose garden, paved terraces, an

ornamental fountain and two ponds and

two garages – one a four bay structure with

MC and a generous storeroom above.

How much? Lewins is on the market

at £1,750,000 and is with Jackson-Stops in

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


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REAR HALL Door opening to driveway. Double glazed

window to side. Corniced ceiling. Ornate radiator. Amtico

flooring.

BOOT ROOM Corniced ceiling. Built in low level storage.

Limestone tiled floor with under floor heating.

GROUND FLOOR W.C. Double glazed window to side.

Low level close coupled W.C. Pedestal wash hand basin.

Corniced ceiling. Limestone tiled floor with under floor

heating.

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LAUNDRY/UTILITY ROOM Double glazed window to rear.

Corniced ceiling. Extensive range of cupboard and drawer

base units with beech counter tops. Concealed space for

washing machine and tumble dryer. Integrated bins.

Integrated freezer. Ceramic butler sink with mixer taps.

Upright storage cupboards. Limestone tiled floor with under

floor heating.

CENTRAL LOBBY Corniced ceiling. Limestone tiled floor.

Door to cellar.

2. The Old Rectory

CELLAR (CURRENT GYMNASIUM) Solid staircase with

fitted carpet and roped hand rail. Window to front. Painted

floor. Radiator.

Where? The Old Rectory is tucked

away in the heart of the pretty village of

Frittenden near Cranbrook. (Google Maps

KITCHEN Open plan to dining area. Double glazed windows

to side. Oil fired Aga range cooker. Comprehensive range of

oak faced kitchen units with integrated fridge freezer and

oor opening into:

combination oven. Granite work-surfaces with two zone

induction hob. Ceramic sink unit with mixer taps. Integrated

s to front. Corniced ceiling. dishwasher. Additional fitted units built into larder recess

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circular steel basin and mixer taps. Range of cupboard and

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Corniced ceiling. Central tiled floor with under floor heating.

n fireplace with ornate

abinets built into recesses. DINING AREA Two pairs of French doors to garden. Double

glazed windows to rear. built in dresser. Limestone tiled floor

with underfloor heating.

to front. Corniced ceiling.

round. Fitted storage unit. STAIRCASE TO FIRST FLOOR Fitted carpet with stair rods.

Hand rail and balustrade.

What? A lovely and substantial

Victorian family home dating from the

mid 1840s, The Old Rectory has been

sensitively refurbished by the present

owners and retains all of the most

attractive features of the period including

fine fireplaces throughout. Downstairs are

a drawing room with marble fireplace and

a woodburner, with French doors leading

to a large terrace, a sitting room, snooker

room/dining room and a large kitchen/

breakfast/family room.

Upstairs is a master bedroom, a family

bathroom, and five further bedrooms,

plus a family shower room. Outside the

beautiful gardens and grounds encompass

a Mediterranean-style garden with ancient

olive tree, arbour enhanced with clematis,

a white grapevine, rambling roses and

fountain. To the rear, a generous terrace

spans the length of the house, stone steps

lead down to the expansive lawns. There

is a club-sized tennis court and an area of

paddock to the north west.

How much? The Old Rectory is

on the market at £1,895,000 and is with

Savills in Cranbrook. Call 01580 720161

or visit savills.co.uk

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Where? Mount Castle Farmhouse

is set at the foot of the Kentish North

Downs at Lenham Heath midway

between Maidstone and Ashford. (Google

Maps ME17 2JE).

What? A once–neglected Victorian

farmhouse, Mount Castle has been

beautifully renovated and cleverly

enhanced by a stylish extension that

complements the property in both

quality and design. On the ground floor

is a drawing room and study area with

corniced ceilings and the original fireplace

with its ornate surround, a family room,

and a kitchen with an Aga open plan to a

large bright dining area with two pairs of

French doors to the garden. In the cellar

there is a gym.

Upstairs are a spacious master bedroom

and elegant en suite bathroom, a bedroom

with en suite shower room and three

further bedrooms. Outside is a three-bay

garage with an external staircase to an

upper floor studio flat. There is also a

large sandstone terrace and a lovely walled

swimming pool.

How much? Mount Castle

Farmhouse is with Fine & Country in

West Malling and has an asking price of

£1,750,000. Call 01732 222272 or visit

fineandcountry.com

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4. The Old Vicarage

Where? The Old Vicarage is in a

tranquil setting with great views over the

Weald and neighbouring deer park, just

south of Boughton Monchelsea (Google

Maps ME17 4BU).

What? Built in local ragstone in 1860,

The Old Vicarage has been sympathetically

renovated and extended by its present

owners and is today a very fine period

family home. Downstairs is a south-facing

drawing room with an Adam style fireplace

and French doors flanked by full-height

windows, library, spacious kitchen/family

room with French doors and full-height

windows and, added in 2001, an orangery

with four sets of French doors. There is also

the original servants’ bell room and a large

four-room cellar.

Upstairs are seven bedrooms – including

a master bedroom with dressing area and

elegant en suite bathroom and a guest room

with an en suite shower room. Outside in

park-like grounds of almost two-and-a-half

acres are a south-facing terrace, lawns and

mature gardens, a wisteria-clad pergola with

classic stone columns, an ornamental pond,

orchard and tennis court.

How much? The Old Vicarage is

priced at £1,750,000 and is on the market

with Jackson-Stops in Cranbrook. Call

01580 720000 or visit jackson-stops.co.uk

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Fireworks Display taking place on

Saturday 5th November 2016 at

Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells.

For more information and ticket

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Drive down a winding country

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The fairest of them all...

Once again the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair will be

buzzing with smiley shoppers on Thursday 17, Friday 18

and Saturday 19 November. This year however, you’ll find us

at The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood. The Wealden Times

Fairs team have hand selected stands selling everything from

contemporary and vintage homewares, garden accessories and

gifts to unique jewellery, clothing and the best artisan food

and drink around. There really is something for everyone, and

tickets are on sale now! Beat the queues and get them online

at wealdentimes.co.uk or call 01580 714705.

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Exhibitions & events

near you this month...

Shake, rattle & roll...

Join Big Swifty and swing DJ Gypsy John for

The Gunpowder Jump - another soul shaking,

foot tapping, jump jiving gig in Goudhurst this

month. The village hall will be filled with swing

dancers and music lovers from 8pm on Saturday

5 November, swinging and swaying to R&B and

Gypsy Jazz. Don’t miss out, so get your tickets at

bigswifty.band

A prize for the eyes...

From Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November, Ashford

Visual Artists have a wonderful exhibition at

the historic Godinton House. This is a unique

opportunity to view and purchase handmade

and professional, original artwork varying

from ceramics, jewellery, textiles and prints to

paintings, sculpture, felting and even painted bird

boxes. Entry is free and more information can be

found at ashfordvisualartists.com

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High Street Spree...

The Tenterden Christmas Market will run for

three days this year from Friday 25 to Sunday

27 November, after overwhelming numbers of

visitors last year. Stalls will be located throughout

the high street, offering food, drink, children’s

rides and activities at each end of the market.

Find more information at mytenterden.co.uk

Sweet melody...

Following a devastating fire at their chosen

charity St Michael’s Hospice, Wardsbrook

Concerts have decided to hold a concert in

November, held at Milton Court Theatre in

London on Monday 7 November. This year’s

concert will present a quartet of renowned,

world-class artists including Louise Alder, Ann

Murray, Toby Spence, Sir Thomas Allen and

Julian Milford. The varied programme will

include Bernstein, Cole Porter, Fauré, Schumann,

folk songs and lots of Mozart. Tickets are being

snapped up quickly, so call 01424 456377 as

soon as possible to reserve your seats.

World of Words...

This year’s festival takes place from Friday 18 to

Sunday 27 November and begins with the switch on

of the Folkestone Creative Quarter Christmas Lights.

Folkestone Book Festival will present an eclectic

line-up of speakers with talks exploring art, science,

food, history, mental health, fiction and much more.

Discover the full line-up and find more information at

folkestonebookfest.com or call 01303 76075.

Artisan expo...

The Cranbrook Art Show will showcase the work

of local professional artists, and this year, new

3D talent will be featured, to include sculpture,

silver jewellery with semi-precious stones and

pearls, ceramic pots and stoneware animals. The

Vestry Hall will be filled with paintings, prints,

photography and drawings from Thursday 10 to

Saturday 12 November, 10am-5pm. For more

details visit cranbrookartshow.org

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Previous pages: Stuart commissioned the ‘hot dogs’ sign for

a restaurant project, he found the ‘ON’ sign in a St Leonards

antique shop. He and Sarah bought the sofa from a friend and

the leather chair was from Sunbury Antiques (at Kempton

Park racecourse) Above: Stewart bought the plaster statue of

an Italian traffic policeman holding an ice cream from the St

Leonards pub (when they replaced him with a snowman...).

The Mickey Mouse figure is from McCully & Crane in Rye.

The macrame plant holder is from Etsy Left: The bicycle is

from Bell’s Bicycles in Hastings Old Town and the picture of a

sailor was from McCully & Crane

These days it seems you can hardly open a newspaper

without reading about the exciting regeneration of St

Leonards, the seaside town which was until relatively

recently the sad neighbour of Eastbourne and Brighton.

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Sarah and Stuart Taylor are a classic example of the former

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Previous page: Sarah and Stuart spotted the drum-shaped

cocktail bar in the window of an antiques shop in Queen’s Road,

Hastings Above and left: The walls of the kitchen are painted in

Charcoal by Valspar. The tiles for the feature wall are from Topps

Tiles. They bought the leather club chair in London years ago

Initially it was the lure of the countryside which drew them

away from the Big Smoke.

“When we first left London, we moved from Victoria Park

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

the full London to country bit, with big grounds and sheep in

the fields… but though it was beautiful, it was just too quiet

for us. Sarah had salons in Rye and St Leonards, so we just

decided to consolidate everything here.”

Taking on successive renovation projects of both domestic

and business premises wasn’t daunting for Stuart, who had

been in the interior architecture business for 22 years.

“I trained first at Stourbridge College and then Nottingham

University and when I graduated, moved to London, because

that’s where everything was happening. I had a big office there

with lots of staff, but I came to realise that postcodes don’t

matter any more.

“Technology means that you can work almost anywhere

these days and lots of my jobs are based abroad anyway, so I

can design from here, working from a studio in our garden. I

employ freelance visualisers, designers and project managers

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

an office in London when I can be by the sea?”


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Above: A Coca Cola crate Stuart found at Tower Antiques, in

St Leonards, makes a perfect herbs and spices store. Below right

The 1950s Russian print is from McCully & Crane

Their house, a classic redbrick late Victorian villa with

decorative plasterwork, is an excellent example of the kind

of properties which attract couples with young families to

decamp to the seaside town. But while it looks like a classic

late 19th century home from the outside, once through the

front door, the feel is rather different.

The main reception room runs from the front bay window

to the rear bi-folding doors and is an eclectic mix of objets

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skin rug covers the centre of the bare floorboards and there is a

velvet sofa and a vintage leather chesterfield and armchairs. A

stuffed stag’s head oversees everything from its mount on the

wall and more Victorian taxidermy is displayed in glass cases.

The original arched marble fireplace has a traditional gilt

mirror above it, but to the side of it is a painting of Mickey

Mouse in US army fatigues with a bandaged ear.

“That’s a copy of an old picture that apparently appeared

in Vogue,” says Stuart, “and was reworked in the 1960s with

different buttons and epaulettes to get around the copyright

laws. I just liked the way it subverts the usual image of him.”

In the dining room, a larger-than-life-size statue of an Italian

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the diners. “He used to be in my local pub, the St Leonards,”

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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

Antiques Market Previous page, below: Stuart works from a studio in the garden. The walls are painted in Charcoal by Valspar.

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

spell out ‘wolf’ at McCully & Crane

on duty. “I just had to have him, so when they changed him

for a snowman I asked to buy him and the landlord agreed. He

came originally from lighting designer Philip Oakley’s studio.”

A long scrubbed pine table is surrounded by assorted

wooden chairs with sheepskin coverings and a stuffed buffalo’s

head seems to emerge from the wall as if he has just smelled

something good to eat and wishes to join in.

In the corner of the room, where the doors fold back to give

access to the garden stands a 1950s cocktail bar, shaped like a

giant drum, complete with regimental braiding. Above it, an

old milk churn has been turned into a light with a red light

bulb which protrudes from it rather like a Dalek’s plunger.

On the opposite side of the room a 1960s rattan swing chair

suspended from a stand adds to the vintage feel. With so many

conversation pieces, there seems little possibility that guests

here would be stuck for something to discuss.

The walls of the generously proportioned kitchen are

painted gunmetal grey and at the far end is a fireplace of

enormous proportions – presumably it once accommodated a

range that would have served such a big house, but now hosts

a woodburning stove.

A freestanding set of hotel catering shelves accommodate

dishes and plates and again, was sourced from Sunbury

Antiques Market. Off-white painted wooden cupboards form

a long row along one wall and the counter top above them

is exceptionally deep, giving the impression of being a very

practical workspace, but Stuart is not satisfied.

“It doesn’t really work as we want it to, so we’re thinking of

extending the kitchen out into the outdoor space at the end of

the dining room. We could knock down the wall in between

and have folding doors all the way across, so that we could

completely open the house out to the garden.”

We go out to the studio in the garden, where the walls are

painted in what I now recognize as Stuart’s signature dark

colours – and in his own working environment he’s gone for

the darkest shade of charcoal that is really almost black.

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The family study has the same kind of industrial glamour, with a

metal desk that looks as if it once did service in a factory


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In simple perfection

Where some see paper, we see an opportunity to create something hand-made. Where some see wood, we see the

beauty in natural materials. Where some see fallen twigs, we see a festive table brought to life.

This is Christmas, as nature intended.

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Highbury candle sticks, £22. Hoxton white wine glasses - set of 6, £40.

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Blueprints and technical drawings in smart wooden

frames are perfectly set off by the ink-coloured walls

behind. The immediate impression is of a serious, yet

personal space. A giant chrome arc lamp stands in one

corner and in front of the window, Stuart has placed

a vintage wooden desk and chair, with a 1940s style

telephone and desk lamp that calls to mind a scene from a

Raymond Chandler novel.

There are old cabinets and plan chests – and

interestingly, no computer. I expected to see a giant

monitor, but Stuart prefers to work on his laptop.

“Ideally, I like designs to be properly thought out and

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

framed. Someone took real care and attention over them.

Computers are useful, but they should be used as a tool,

they’re not an end in themselves.”

On one surface is a set of wooden numbers and letters

spelling out 44th Hill, the intriguing name for his

Left and below: The copper light fitting is by Tom Dixon.

Stuart commissioned the oversized Ace of Spades from

McCully & Crane to use in his interior scheme for The Rum

Kitchen, in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street, and liked it so

much he ordered one for home too. The Kiss Me Quick sign,

Smiley face and the Lucky sign are also from McCully & Crane

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Left: A red Anglepoise lamp sits on top of a chest made from

card index drawers that Stuart and Sarah found in Hastings

Old Town. They have collected the swans from boot fairs and

vintage shops over several years. The pendant light is from Dyke

& Dean. The ‘Wild Banana Club’ print is by their friend Ben

Allen Below: The framed Bang! poster in the master bedroom is

a limited edition print by pop artist William Blanchard

company. “There are 43 named hills in San Francisco,” says

Stuart, “we just fancied being the 44th.

“I love working here, being able to look up and see the sea,

and I often think it’s strange to think that designs that are

destined for London, Ibiza or even further away, originate

here, in this wooden studio in our garden.

“I specialise in commercial projects - and I think all my

clients have actually become my friends - because houses are

just too personal.”

Back in the main house we pause in the family study. Again,

it has a kind of industrial glamour, with another arc lamp and

a black upright piano. There is a metal desk that looks as if

it once did service in a factory or workshop, and a collection

of 1940s bevelled mirrors on the wall. Above the desk, an

illuminated sign spells out WOLF.

Up the stairs and on the half-landing a large photograph in

a battered gilt frame has been propped up to meet the visitor

as they ascend. It’s a late Victorian studio portrait of a young

child in a dark velvet dress and lace collar and is a particularly

arresting image because of the girl’s very direct stare and the

strong impression it gives that whoever she was, (she’s no

relation) she was extraordinarily self-possessed.

At the top of the stairs is a painted wooden sign saying

‘Lucky’ and I’m beginning to wonder whether all the words

that can be found throughout the house are significant. We

turn into the first guest room, and find many more, (some

unprintable) because the lids of old wooden school desks

complete with all that childish and adolescent graffiti have

been used as art and mounted on the wall.

In the main bedroom, the scheme is pared back, with

wooden boards on the floor and a kilim rug at the foot of the

bed. A chest made from card index drawers found in a shop

in Hastings Old Town stands next to the bed, and on the

wall opposite is the word Bang! – a limited edition print of a

renowned black, white and red artwork by pop-artist, William

Blanchard.

The second guest room has a handsome iron bedstead, but

it is also used as a dressing room, and has a pair of vintage

walnut wardrobes and an Art Deco dressing table with a

strong Japanese influence. Its huge curved triptych mirror

seems shaped like the sort of clouds you see in some Japanese

paintings.

On the landing on the top floor of the house stands a

vintage metal ‘firefighter’ pedal car in pillar-box red. Here the

couple’s children can enjoy a whole storey to themselves, with

a smart bathroom and two very individualistic bedrooms.

In their daughter’s room, Stuart has just finished putting

together a new bed, while his daughter coated an alcove

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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

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

shop on Hastings seafront

wall in blackboard paint, so she can use it for doodling and as

an aide-memoire for schoolwork and events to remember.

There is a desk at the other end of the room, and above it a

group of cranberry glass vases have been turned upside down

and used as light shades, suspended with varying lengths of

gold braided cable – not often found in the UK now, but

sourced by Stuart when he designed a scheme for the launch

of the Esentai Mall in Kazakhstan.

The design used hundreds of dimmable filament light

bulbs suspended above the catwalk for a fashion show, so they

looked like glowing jewels, but here, the ruby glass looks more

like a bunch of overhanging red berries.

Stuart and Sarah’s son’s room has an elevated bed, built by a

Chichester-based friend, Tony Davey, who Stuart has worked

with on several projects, and has a feel of the wild frontier.

There is an old Afrikaans map on the wall, a vintage trunk and

a brightly painted Penalty Shootout sign from a fairground.

Having examined the house from bottom to top, we set off

for Sarah’s hair and beauty salon Truffle, situated right on St

Leonards seafront, just along from the very traditional Royal

Victoria Hotel.

Just as their house looked from the outside as though a

conservative Victorian family could still live there, the exterior

of Truffle looks conventional enough, with its broad Regency

shop front overlooking the promenade and beach beyond -

but stepping through the door, the space has been transformed

into something that combines both a nod to an elegant past

and a flair for industrial and reclaimed chic.

“This was an old boat repair shop,” explains Stuart, as we sit

on an ochre-coloured vintage sofa and chair, while Sarah tends

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

a basement too, which was originally the ground floor of the

building, but at some point the seafront road was raised, and

so this first storey became the new ground level. We haven’t

developed it yet, but we plan to use the basement for a yoga

studio and possibly a juice bar, so that the place becomes more

of a lifestyle destination.”

The nautical origins of the building have been preserved in

the scrubbed and stained wooden floor and the long wall of

tongue and groove timbers that stretches behind the counter.

On the panelling above our heads as we sit and chat is an

old reverse glass painted pub sign saying ‘ORDERS TAKEN

HERE’ in verdigris green and gold.

“I bought that at Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton

Park,” says Stuart, “along with the reclaimed enamel lights.

Kempton’s a favourite hunting ground of mine. I find loads

of things that I use for the bars and restaurant interiors that I

design for clients.


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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,

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

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

designed for a shopping mall in Kazakhstan


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Highbury candle sticks, £22. Hoxton white wine glasses - set of 6, £40.

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Below: Their son’s room has

an elevated bed made from

stained timbers. The 1950s

chest of drawers was found in

a charity shop in London and

the F - the first letter of their

son’s name - was an online

find. The tiger print is another

William Blanchard

“We also used reclaimed timbers and an old haberdashers’

set of drawers for the counter. The window set into the

wall is just a decorative feature. I used to have an office in

Norman Road just round the corner from here and couldn’t

believe it when I found that old window abandoned on

the pavement one day. I mounted it on the wall here and

surrounded it with those tiles which are similar to some tiles

I used for the redesign of the Old Customs House restaurant

in Hastings. They serve things like Guinness and oysters

there, so the black and white theme seemed to work well.”

Clients at Truffle sit in original barbers’ chairs, all sourced

and bought on eBay. Brushes and combs are stored in

wooden wine crates and towels in reclaimed pharmacists’

drawers. The ceiling and panelled shutters around one

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

paint’s nothing fancy,” says Stuart. “It’s the Valspar range

from B&Q. The colours are really good and the coverage is

dense. I use it a lot in all kinds of projects.”

As we leave, I spot an old Hastings and St Leonards

tourism poster from 1970s. How is Hastings and St

Leonards changing do you think? I ask Stuart.

“Well obviously, there’s been lots of regeneration,” he says,

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

of the Jerwood café when the Gallery was being built and I

did it pretty much for free. There was a sense that we could

really change things in the town.

“In St Leonards there are loads of new businesses, shops

and cafés – not least the amazing little crepe stall that is

parked on the seafront opposite Truffle. When I redesigned

the interior of the Old Customs House restaurant, we used

timbers salvaged from Hastings pier to clad the whole

ceiling, so it feels as if we’re working with the history of the

place, but there’s a real buzz about it too.”


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This page: Sarah’s hair and beauty salon Truffle is on St Leonards

sea front. The old hairdryer was from Era of Style in Bexhill and

the chair from Sunbury Antiques Market. The giant red brandy

balloon vases were found in an antiques shop in Hastings Old

Town. An old drinks crate makes a perfect magazine rack Above

right: Stuart found the window abandoned on the pavement of a

nearby St Leonards street. The pendant lights are from Hastings

Antiques Centre, in Norman Road, St Leonards Left: Clients in

Truffle sit in old barbers’ chairs sourced on eBay

Address Book:

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Hastings Antiques Centre 01424 428561

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Christmas Panto

and Craft Event

14th December 2016 - 10am -11.30am

Sutton Valence Preparatory School invites you and your

toddler to our Christmas Panto and Craft morning.

Prepared specially for a young audience Theatre Bugs will be

performing The Toytown Christmas. The festive fun will continue

as the children make a classic Christmas craft with our expert staff.

Sutton Valence Preparatory School,

Chart Sutton, Maidstone, Kent ME17 3RF

Spaces are limited so book your place

online at www.svs.org.uk

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Will be offering many exceptional

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Saturday 3 rd - Sunday 11 th December 2016

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We are planning to restyle our stock in

the new year at our showrooms in Kent.

We also have a contemporary art gallery

with paintings, prints and cards.

Situated just off the A2 from Canterbury in the heart of the village of Barham. Ample parking.

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Set of three hanging

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Tom Dixon copper

shade, £400, Rume

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Brown & White Cowhide

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trunks, £79.95

Melody Maison

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Giant illuminated letter

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Fashion

Accessories

Whether they’re looking for sleek cashmere and smart tailoring, or handbags and jewellery, fashionistas will be

in their element at this year’s Wealden Times Midwinter Fair. The latest designs in clothes for men, women

and children - as well as shoes and accessories – make it the perfect place to find fashion-based presents.

Grandala

STAND B37

Slate Grey Leather

Satchel ‘Girona’ Bag

£269.95

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Warp & Weft

STAND G3

Various prices

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Bella Jane

Jewellery

STAND R22

Sterling silver and rose

gold stack, £105

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Billy Ruffian

Shoes

STAND R11 Chatham

Oxford in Sienna Brown

Burnished Calf, £98

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THIS YEAR AT THE

HOP FARM, PADDOCK WOOD

Sew La Di Da

STAND R09

Margo Playsuit

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Meet the maker

Jam Industries

Jam

Industries

STAND R10

Cream Guernsey

Knit, £60

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Brothers Mark and Andy Jordan (the latter of TV series

‘Made in Chelsea’) are living the dream, designing clever

clothes that not only look good but work practically, both

on the beach and in the city. The stunning fashion shoot

locations and enviable lifestyle make us yearn for a slice of

their ‘city surfer’ vibe, so we asked them some questions.

Taylor Kent

STAND R23

Tan Leather Bridle

Briefcase, £450

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What is Jam Industries and why the partnership? After

spending summers together on southwest beaches and winters

in London, the brothers recognised a gap for a clothing brand

stylish enough to travel between coast and city. They also

liked the idea of designing clothes to share and wear all year

round. They say “Inspiration comes from high fashion in the

cities, but ‘beach bum’ practicality is just as important.”

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

boys are lucky enough to be based in Salcombe, Devon, so if

the surf is good, the sun is shining and deadlines are met, it’s

highly unlikely they will be in the office!

What’s the secret of their success? “It sounds simple, but

we are our own target audience. By living our brand we

understand what needs to be done to continually improve it,

giving us a clear direction for the future.”

What makes all the hard work worth it? “We never tire

of seeing people wearing Jam in the locations for which the

clothes were designed. From a guy in a beach bar wearing one

of our shirts to a teenager sleeping in a sweatshirt on the train

to London – we sometimes find ourselves saying hello, as if

we’re friends!”

Gabrielle

Vary Knitwear

STAND P12

Oyster Knitted

Lambswool Scarf, £55

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What can we look forward to from Jam Industries at the

Midwinter Fair? “We will be sharing new designs, including

some of our warmest garments yet! Expect sweatshirts, British

knitwear, shirts, t-shirts, cosy socks and our ever-popular

beanie hats, along with a slice of our coastal culture!”

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Electric

Pineapple

STAND R31

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Light £50

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Home

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An Englishman’s home is his castle, so treat him to gorgeous

TeePea

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Christmas! Soft furnishings, antique and contemporary

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Plooms

STAND G30

Fountain Pen, £59.00

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On Pom Pom

STAND B18

Emergency Tea Cosy

£35 ompompom.com

Smart

Start toys

STAND B58

Carousel Music Box,

£18.50

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THIS YEAR AT THE

HOP FARM, PADDOCK WOOD

Tinker & Toad

STAND G09

Various prices

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Meet the maker

Vinyl Revolution

We caught up with Simon Parker and Rachel Lowe,

co-founders of Vinyl Revolution, just a few weeks

ahead of their pop-up vinyl record store launch in

Tunbridge Wells. The amount of vinyl being sold has

just hit its highest level since the early 90s, so it’s an

exciting time for the couple, whose enthusiasm and

innovative approach to music buying is infectious!

Graham Clarke

STAND B48

Print, £275

grahamclarke.co.uk

Describe the essence of the business Vinyl Revolution

claim that whatever your taste and knowledge in music,

all are welcome. Alongside vintage vinyl and the latest

releases, you will also find music-inspired designs

by local graduate Beth Fraser, printed on clothing

and home wares, iconic posters and high quality but

reasonably priced British manufactured turn-tables.

The 12 Days

of Christmas

STAND B43

Winter Wonderland

Advent Calendar, £25

the12daysofchristmas.

co.uk

How did the business idea come about? Simon’s music

career spans over 20 years of writing and gigging, 10 years

in band promotion, his own record label, a radio show and

teaching. Rachel has escaped the corporate world to focus

on the marketing and branding. With back catalogues

now out-selling new releases and record players topping

Christmas wish lists, they saw a gap in the market.

What makes the Vinyl Revolution shopping experience

differ from a high street or traditional record shop?

Simon promises he caters for all music fans and won’t

judge anyone on their taste, guiding them towards similar

musicians they might like. He is disillusioned by the

current impersonal trend for buying music online and

even from the supermarket, and aims for a celebration

of music, including live acoustic sessions in the store.

I Love

Produce Candles

STAND B47

Produce

Candles, £21.99

iloveproducecandles.

co.uk

What can we look forward to at the Vinyl Revolution

stand? Simon and his band mates from over the years will

be there – so expect personalities, knowledge and fun,

alongside a showcase of vinyl and quirky merchandise.

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The Picnic

Box,

STAND S04

A converted horse trailer

serving indulgent,

homemade, picnic

food

Spade

& Spoon

STAND S05 Locally

sourced ingredients,

freshly cooked for you

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Shopping can be hard work so we’ve made sure there are plenty of

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We are excited to have ‘Makatcha’, a family

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Café for the first time. Here they explain how

they will take you on a journey of flavours

that transport you to South East Asia.

What is the essence of the business? Makatcha is on a

mission to bring ‘real’ Indo Malay street food to the UK

using only the best ingredients. As the old trading hub

for Asia, Malaysia was able to cherry pick the best ideas

and ingredients from all around it. Makatcha feel that

Malay food is hugely misrepresented in this country’s

restaurants and their objective is to share the beautiful

flavours they enjoy and have come to take for granted.

What can we expect from Makatcha food at the

Midwinter Fair? Makatcha will be serving gluten and

dairy-free ‘Rendang’ with beef, chicken or as a vegan

option, along with rice, fresh veg, peanut sauce and a side

of achar (pickle). They firmly believe their food delivers

original tastes and flavours which can’t be experienced

anywhere else. Customers are taken on powerful journeys

of taste that leave a lasting impact, without having to jet

off to the Far East. They also warn that Indo Malay food

is highly addictive and you may be back for seconds!

For anyone inspired by the story, here is the family’s

background The family’s experience is not in traditional

catering but through living and growing up in South

East Asia, where food is so central to life. Every social

interaction revolves around eating, so you could say they

have been very well trained in an ability to eat well!

Makatcha

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Bringing the taste of

Indonesia for everyone

to experience &

enjoy

The Mucky

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with local, seasonal

produce

What can we look forward to from Makatcha

at the Midwinter Fair? “A friendly bunch of

guys, whose mission is to promote Indo Malay

cuisine across the UK and who enjoy serving up

high quality food that makes people happy!”

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12 ...AND FOR HIM

16 GIFTS FOR KIDS

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26 TREATS FOR PETS

29 TREATS FOR COOKS & FOODIES

30 GIFTS FROM MIDWINTER FAIR EXHIBITORS

32 THE GIFT DIRECTORY

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Tom Smith crackers, £11-£79

Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells

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Christmas at

the stag theatre

Our spectacular family pantomime runs 2 December to 8 January.

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Balfour Brut Rosé,

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Christmas Gifts

A Wealden Times Supplement

Directory

ACTIVITIES

Art to Go

Broadstairs 01843 600611

arttogo.co.uk

One One Six

Tenterden 01580 761196

jennymilleroneonesix.com

Stag Theatre

Sevenoaks 01732 450175

stagsevenoaks.co.uk

ART & PORTRAITS

Emma Freeman Portraits

01580 893491

emmafreemanportraits.co.uk

Graham Clarke

01622 743938

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McAllister Thomas Fine Art

01483 860591

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CHILDREN & TEENS

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Becky & Lolo

beckyandlolo.co.uk

Grovely Wood

grovelywood.co.uk

Little Bird Told Me

littlebirdtoldme.co.uk

Angel’s Face

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Slap ‘n Dash

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CLOTHING

Annabel James

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Charity Farm Countrystore

Cranbrook 01580 713189

charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk

County Clothes

Canterbury 01227 765294 / Tenterden

01580 765159 / Reigate 01737

249224

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Fenwick

Tunbridge Wells 01892 516716

fenwick.co.uk

Jeremy Hobbs

Surrey 01932 865700

jeremyhobbs.co.uk

Lovell & Vie

01732 454445

lovellandvie.co.uk

Manuka Shoes

Westerham 01959 565644

manukashoes.com

Niche

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niche-online.co.uk

Rock My Vintage

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Seagate Hastings

01424 532930

seagatehastings.uk

Siren & Pearl

Rye 01797 224116

sirenandpearl.co.uk

Sussex Country Gardener 01892

852828

sussexcountrygardener.co.uk

The Robing Room

Ashford 01233 224985

therobingroom.co.uk

The Golden Fleece

Rye 01797 224271

thegoldenfleece.co.uk

FLORISTS

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Heaven Farm

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heavenfarm.co.uk

Sissinghurst Flowers

01580 852144

sissinghurstflowers.co.uk

FOOD & DRINK

Frasers

Egerton 01233 756122

frasers-events.co.uk

Hush Heath Winery Staplehurst

01622 832794

hushheath.com

Silent Pool Distillers

01483 229136

silentpooldistillers.com

Sussex Wine School

01435 884271

sussexwineschool.com

The Old Dairy

01580 763867

olddairybrewery.com

GARDENS & PETS

Charlie Chau

charleychau.com

Hornbrook Manor Farm

Woodchurch 01233 861149

hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Oak Room Shop

oakroomshop.co.uk

The Dog Bed Company

thedogbedcompany.co.uk

The Fowndry

thefowndry.com

Home Accessories &

Interior design

44

Charing 01233 714689

44-charing.co.uk

Ardingly Antiques & Interiors

01444 892270

facebook.com/Ardingly-Antiques-Interiors

Bagham Barn Antiques

Canterbury 01227 732522

baghambarnantiques.com

Barnaby Co.

barnabyco.com

Cuckooland

cuckooland.com

Elham Antiques & Shepherd’s Huts

01303 840085

elhamvalleyshepherdhuts.com

Jo Downs

Woking 01483 225742

jodowns.com

Katharine Knight Mirrors

01233 502033

katharineknight.co.uk

Lenleys

Canterbury 01227 766655

lenleys.co.uk

Ragged Rose

01622 812897

raggedrose.com

Skinners of Tunbridge Wells

01892 532003

skinnersoftunbridgewells.co.uk

Sweetheart Darling

sweetheartdarling.co.uk

Tinker & Toad

Heathfield 01435 863535

tinkerandtoad.com

Zest

Crowborough 01892 669517

facebook.com/zestgiftshop

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Bee Good

beegood.co.uk

Botanicals

botanicals.co.uk

Fenwick

Tunbridge Wells 01892 516716

fenwick.co.uk

Jo Malone

jomalone.co.uk

Knowle Grange Health Spa

Tunbridge Wells 01892 750761

knowlegrange.co.uk

London Beach

Tenterden 01580 766279

londonbeach.com

Oliver Bonas

oliverbonas.com

The Beauty Spot

Goudhurst 01580 212045

thebeautyspot.co.uk

The Rye Retreat

theryeretreat.co.uk

JEWELLERY & WATCHES

44

Charing 01233 714689

44-charing.co.uk

Bill Skinner Studio

01959 526254

billskinnerstudio.co.uk

Billy Ruffian

01234 816820

billyruffianshoes.co.uk

Born & Bred Jewellery

07824 185470

bornandbredjewellery.co.uk

Carpe Diem Jewellery

carpediemjewellery.etsy.com

Christin Ranger Jewellery

01424 773091

christinranger.com

Dark Horse Ornament

darkhorseornament.co.uk

Deborah Blythe Jewellery

deborahblyth.com

Designs On Diamonds

Chislehurst 07747 824898

designsondiamonds.co.uk

Julie Tucker-Williams

julietuckerwilliams.co.uk

London Road Jewellery

londonroadjewellery.com

Mark Adam

01892 616617

markadam.co.uk

Prestons

prestonsdiamonds.co.uk

Rodney J Rigby

01892 724951

rodneyjrigby.com

Walsh Bros Jewellers

Tunbridge Wells 01892 514519

walshbros-jewellers.co.uk

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Art Weekend Breaks

at the beautiful Flackley Ash Hotel, Rye

Great

as a gift!

KATHARINE KNIGHT

M I R R O R S

CHRISTMAS SALE

HANDMADE MIRRORS

Produced and hand made in our workshop in Kent

November 26 th & 27 th , January 28 th & 29 th , February 25 th & 26 th ,

March 25 th & 26 th , April 29 th & 30 th , May 20 th & 21 st

Includes

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2 days watercolour art lessons & materials • Full use of

pool & spa facilities • ONLY £225pp

We have a large number of beautiful handmade

mirrors at huge reductions

To see what is in stock go online:-

Contact Vicki Griggs from

The Little Art Gallery 07817 116007

www.artypartybreaks.com www.flackleyashhotel.co.uk

www.katharineknight.co.uk

or call 07771 898165 / 01233 502033

to visit the studio near Ashford, Kent to see full range.

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elegy

charlotte chisholm

open Wed - Sat 11 - 5.30 Sun 11 - 4

one one six

116 High Street Tenterden Kent TN30 6HT

tel 01580 761196 email oneonesix@tiscali.co.uk

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Magical

history tour

Words: Jennifer Stuart-Smith Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

Anthropology, Arabic, art history… the lady of this house is

erudite, well-read and widely travelled and it shows at every turn

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Previous page The print on the chimney breast in Christine’s

office is Blast by Adolph Gottlieb. The vintage Tan-Sad swivel

office chair was from Sunbury Antiques Market (at Kempton

Park racecourse) Above: Christine sources mid-20th century

chairs and has them restored and re-upholstered for her shop The

Kula. The walls are painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.

The 1960s Ice Glass lamp was designed by Uno Westerberg

Left: Christine specialises in vintage lamps by the Spanish

company Fase. The artworks are Ship of Fools by Tim Pomeroy

and The Unknown by Oliver Crowther

Being a landlord can be a stressful business, especially

when the building you are renting out is a stunning,

characterful and historic Georgian townhouse. It’s a

matchmaking scenario rather like that endured by a protective

parent or friend, for whom no suitor makes the grade...

So, the relief that the owner of this Hastings house and

ground floor shop must have felt, when Christine Shepherd

walked through the door, cannot be overestimated.

Although one can imagine Christine sweeping through

the door, and there being a thunderbolt moment between

landlord and tenant, their actual meeting was more prosaic.

Both worked in the world of interior decoration; Christine

with a stall in Spitalfields Market, as founder of The Kula

interiors company, and Lucian as a partner in the art and

antiques business Myerscough & Mairs. Either way, their

professional union was sure to produce something beautiful -

though beautiful by no means sums up this home on the high

street in Hastings Old Town. Magical is closer to the mark.

The ‘hallway’, as you come in directly from the


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Corner House Antiques

A wonderful shop in a medieval building in Lenham square, selling

Antiques, vintage and interiors, for your home and garden

Come and find that special something for your home or unique gift

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sundays: every 2nd sunday for Lenham Farmers market

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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

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that her chairs do not have different-length legs.

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thick door, while the winding balustrade leads your gaze

upwards. It’s impossible to ignore the urge to explore.

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Above: The 1950s Dovedale kitchen cabinets were already

stripped of paint, Christine had the steel polished. She bought

the Medusa mask and collection of insects at Greenwich

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by Luigi Colli. The lampshade is from Little Treasures, just

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graffiti: “Some of it was pretty bad,” she laughs.

Above the units and range cooker - besides impressively

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numerous artworks, photos and objets d’art which hint

at Christine’s life of travel and adventure as well as her

earlier life in Greenwich and southeast London.

“The insects, masks and Medusa - which a friend of mine

described as kitsch - are all from Greenwich market,” says

Christine. “You’ll notice a recurring theme of masks,” she

adds. “I don’t know why, I just have a thing about them.”

Having grown up and worked in London for many

years, in 2000 Christine had what some might call a

Damascene moment: “I was a management consultant

working 24/7, had no hobbies or life outside work and

basically became what I did. Then I woke up one morning

and thought who am I? I wanted my life back.”

Unlike many people, who dream of chucking it

all in and starting a new life abroad but never


Previous page: The purple velvet sofa and chairs are 1950s

Italian. The plaster head under the coffee table is a 1920s

Austrian copy of an antique death mask, from Tallboy Interiors.

The prints are by Sassy Luke and the chandelier is 1970s from

Chiswick Auctions Left: The third floor houses the bathroom

and Christine’s office Below: The insects in resin are part of a

collection amassed over many years. The basket was picked up at

Sunbury Antiques Market

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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

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

work up the courage, that’s exactly what she did.

“I sold everything I owned and moved to Greece for six

months. I then visited a friend in Marbella, but there was

too much concrete... So I followed her advice and headed

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

As soon as she saw the vast and virtually empty beaches

of Andalucia, she knew this was going to be her home.

Having worked hard for many years and then selling

everything she owned, Christine was able to do “not

very much”, as she puts it. In fact, she studied Spanish

and Arabic and organic gardening, as well as starting

to write with the encouragement of a friend. It was this

friend who not only encouraged her to follow her creative

side through writing but also to try interior design.

“James’s family owned various hotels,

including the Hurricane Hotel in Tarifa,

where I stayed for a couple of months.”

In 2007 James first asked Christine to redo the restaurant

and lounge in another hotel, the Punta Sur, and the family

were so pleased with her work that they then asked her

to transform the hotel’s stable block into luxury suites.

“Once we agreed basic plans they headed off to Val d’Isere

and left me to it,” laughs Christine. To her genuine surprise,

the project was a huge success: “I shocked the pants off

myself!” she says, with a Londoner’s lack of pretence.

After doing a host of other projects for the

family, and after more than 10 years in Spain,

Christine decided it was time to return home.

“There were three reasons really,” she says. “I needed to

work again, I missed trees and I missed speaking my own

language. My colloquialisms were lost on the Spanish!”

It was a month-long visit with another of her friends, this

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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

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

pair, with the other one in the kitchen. The gold and cream striped curtains were from the antiques yard in Courthouse Street, in

Hastings Old Town. Instead of voiles, Christine used extra long fringing from Wayward in St Leonards

time in Hastings, that led Christine to the Sussex coastal town.

We decide to continue our conversation while exploring

the rest of the house. The layout of the tall, narrow building

means that there are two rooms on each floor, larger rooms

to the front, overlooking the old High Street, and smaller

rooms to the back, looking out over rear gardens and

roofs. Across from the kitchen is what Christine calls the

lounge, furnished with a luscious, curvy, Italian suite.

Along one wall is a series of black and white Sassy Luke

prints, representing literary titles and characters, such

as Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Dog Woman from

Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson. The artworks

are slightly sinister and work well with the gun-metal grey

paintwork, blackened floorboards and the 1920s copy

of an antique death mask peering up through the glass

of an occasional table. Light floods the room via a huge,

curved sash window, helping to keep the demons at bay.

Light also shines down from the skylight at the top of the

stairs, illuminating the narrow stairwell, which continues

on up to the office and bathroom on the next floor. The

stairs themselves are bare, dark boards, finished simply

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

which fits perfectly with this solid Georgian interior.

Just as each room in the house serves as its own gallery

space, so do the walls of the stairwell... culminating

with a huge, blue painting at the top of the stairs.

“I call it The Blue Man,” says Christine. “I brought

him back from Greece... and it most certainly counted as

excess baggage,” she says, before pointing out the blurred

image of a skull at the foot of the painting. It’s as if it

were commissioned for the space, it fits so perfectly.

“I never take ‘stuff’ with me when I move, but I always

take my artworks,” says Christine. I’m not sentimental

about ‘things’ but I love art.” She admits that everything


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Christine’s bedroom - decorated in gold and cream - has

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Previous page: The mirror in the main bedroom is an

original 1950s Chaty Vallauris starburst. The cream chest of

drawers is 1970s Spanish designed by Vidal Grau - and is

the one piece of furniture in the house Christine wouldn’t be

willing to sell Above: Christine brought the painting she calls

‘The Blue Man’ back from Greece

in her home, at least as far as furniture is concerned, is

for sale... except for the chest of drawers in her bedroom

and the two cane-backed armchairs in her office.

This is truly a magnificent space with a huge glass desk.

It’s a piece that ‘shouldn’t’ work in a period home, but

somehow it does, with the added bonus of making the

items upon it appear to float. It also allows precious natural

light to permeate the room and highlight many beautiful

objects: the aforementioned cane-backed armchairs, a

suede swivel office chair and a Fase lamp. There are many

beautiful objects in here, and yet no sense of clutter.

Across the landing is the bathroom. Cream-painted

floorboards give a lighter, less sombre ambiance as does

the cool green-blue paintwork, while tongue and groove

panelling culminates in a narrow shelf at chest height, that’s

perfect for Christine’s collection of insects in resin. “They

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

collected them for years. Children seem to love them too.”

They’re certainly a step up from the usual spider in the bath.

A few more steps for us, and we are on the top floor,

which is occupied by Christine’s room at the front and a

cosy spare room at the back. Slightly lower ceilings up here

in the top of the building give the rooms a more intimate

feel, while Christine’s bedroom - decorated in gold and

cream - has a touch of the Hollywood starlet about it.

There is the luscious, cream chest of drawers she’d

mentioned, hand-made in Spain in the 1970s, and

overhead a classic and original Chaty Vallauris star burst

mirror: “Originals are hard to find these days, although

the style is very popular,” says Christine. Over the bed is

a serene picture by Donna Fleming Hall and long, golden

stripy curtains break on the floor into luxurious folds.

Behind the curtain is a very chic and original alternative

to voile, in a curtain of ultra-long fringing which Christine

found at Wayward, the vintage haberdashery in St Leonards.

Across the landing, the spare room is slightly smaller, and

serves as the perfect retreat for guests, with neat bookshelves

next to the bed and an array of curious prints and paintings

on the walls, from one entitled ‘Before Hiroshima’ to

another of the Lofoten Islands, off the coast of Norway.

Beaded tassel lamps, over and beside the bed, add

a sense of luxury, as do purple velvet cushions. As a

guest, you would certainly feel that your host had

made every effort to make you feel at home.

Everything about this home is thoughtful and

considered, rather like its occupant. It’s almost impossible

to imagine that Christine has only lived in the house

for 18 months, it feels so unique and homely.

“This may sound big-headed,” says Christine, “but I find

interior design and decoration easy - and I don’t get stressed,

or overthink it, I just do it.” Testimonials on her website, from

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Or, you may simply want to employ Christine to work her

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his house and Christine were a match made in heaven?

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Beauty

Splish,

splash...!

Jo Fairley rejoices in the therapeutic benefits of bath time

Ever since Roman times, we’ve been enjoying the

healing powers of hot water. And mercifully, thanks

to the joys of modern plumbing, it’s no longer

necessary to live near a thermal spring to enjoy its soothing,

calming, restorative benefits. As small pleasures go, there’s

not much to beat lying back in scented waters.

Hot water really should be available on the NHS, I always

think: in my book, there’s little better for beating stress,

soothing heartache or generally banishing a bad mood than

turning on the taps, slooshing something fabulous beneath

running water, lying back and relaxing.

There are those of you out there who prefer a shower to

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

alternative, for sure – so I’ve listed a couple

of fab shower products. But in general, to get

the benefits of a proper ‘soak’ – especially if

you’re infusing the water with minerals – you

really should give it 15 minutes or more.

Some of the following definitely qualify as beauty steals,

while you might want to think of others as a ‘wellbeing

investment’. Here’s what you’ll find on top of my (somewhat

crowded) bathroom cabinet.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Deep Bath & Shower Oil,

£45 for 55ml. This is so incredibly effective and makes such

a nice gift that I keep a little stash of them in my present

cupboard. With its oils of chamomile, vetiver

and sandalwood, this is knock-out drops in

a bottle. Yes, it’s probably more

than you’ve ever spent on a

bath product in your life – but

a single capful scents the

whole house, never mind

the bathroom.

There’s another fantastic

oil in the range called

Inner Strength Bath &

Shower Oil, also £45 for

55ml, featuring geranium,

clary sage, cardamom and

touches of rosemary: this

“Hot water really

should be available

on the NHS...”

was created by Aromatherapy Associates founder

Geraldine Howard when she was diagnosed with

cancer, literally to deliver ‘inner strength’ – and

I like to give it to anyone facing life challenges,

or who just needs general fortitude.

The bath oils by Beatitude are also good

aromatherapy blends (though you have to

be a little more lavish, quantity-wise), with

evocative names like Joy, Peace and Patience.

Prettily-packaged, these, and £40 for

100ml; my personal favourite is Joy, with

its upliftingly citrus fusion of bergamot,

orange, petitgrain, mandarin and grapefruit

– a great morning reviver.

The oil’s actually richer

than many, nourishing

skin while you bathe – so

less need for body lotion

or butter afterwards.

For great value aromatherapy

products, I don’t think you can do

better than the SenSpa range (at

Waitrose or online); I especially like

Relaxing Bath & Body Oil, £7.95 for 100ml,

with lavender, bergamot and rose geranium.

Olverum, £24.05 for 150ml, is a clears-your-passages bath

oil infused with breathe-easy oils of rosemary, lavender,

lemon, thyme, verbena, eucalyptus and pine – brilliant for

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

pine city – you couldn’t wish for anything pinier.’

Olverum’s actually been around since 1929 – but while

I’ve always loved the effect, it’s never been something I’d

display on my bathroom shelf. Now it’s been given the most

glamorous and graphic makeover: a stunning bottle and

fab typography, generally turning an everyday product into

something worthy of a film star’s boudoir.

Along the same perfect-for-winter-bathtime lines is

Moa Fortifying Green Bath Potion, £27.50 for 100ml: a

little bottle of concentrated herbal magic, with muscleeasing

fir needle and sweet birch, alongside refreshing


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Beauty

peppermint and fennel (chosen for

its detoxing powers).

Have you noticed, meanwhile,

that there’s a revival of good old

bath salts? That’s because they

really, seriously work to soothe

muscles and sagging spirits. My

husband keeps a giant sweetie

jar of Himalayan pink sea salt by

our bath, but the real ‘buzz’

is around magnesium salts.

Our mothers’ generation

was big on Epsom salts –

but actually, magnesium

salts are the same thing

(banishing the ‘granny’

image with a little clever

rebranding).

I like to create what my

‘mature’ model friend Dayle

Haddon always describes as

a ‘magic bath’, with a dollop

of this, a drop of that – and

a really generous amount of

magnesium salts. I recommend

Better You Magnesium Flakes, £9.95 for a kilo (victoriahealth.

com), which I add to almost every bath I take; they’re entirely

unscented, so you can use them with any fragrant bath treat

without scent-clash. For something scented, try Aveda Stress

Fix Soaking Salts, £31 for 454g, a blend of lavandin, French

lavender and clary sage.

I’d also like to suggest that you revisit two beauty classic

bathtime products you may well have grown up with. Good

old Fenjal Classic Luxury Crème Bath Oil, £8.99 for 100ml, is

as glorious as ever, with its creamy, powdery, not-quite-likeanything-else

signature scent – and very skin-nurturing.

OK, this is an age test: do things still happen after a

Badedas bath? Well, I’ve never emerged from the gentle

forest-y scented foam and looked out of the bathroom

window to see a handsome man on a steed, but I nevertheless

still absolutely adore this aromatic foaming gelée, enriched

with horse chestnut and with the distinctive aroma I so well

remember from growing up. (Badedas Original Foaming Gelée

is priced £9.95 for a whacking 750ml.)

My final tip is to adjust the temperature of your bath to get

the most out of your soak. Buy yourself a bath thermometer;

they’re really to test babies’ bathwater, but can also be used

for ‘bath therapy’ purposes. The best temperature for a

relaxing last-thing-at-night bath is F99° (C37°); a warmer

(but not hot) bathing temperature helps promote healthy

sleep. The best temperature for a reviving bath is slightly

cooler at F97° (C36°); taking a bath in the morning can zap

tiredness, if it’s not too hot, and makes for a refreshing (but

not chilly) start.

Jo Fairley is Co-founder of The Perfume Society

(perfumesociety.org) and edits, with Sarah Stacey, the

go-to beauty website beautybible.com

Join us for our late night

shopping event

Enjoy a glass of something

while you peruse

Christmas gifts in stock

Complimentary gift wrap

Friday 2nd December 2016

6-8pm

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November glow

Wealden Times talks to Sue Fish...

Health & Beauty

Do you have a beauty regime?

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Succulents are a house-plant

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It’s one of the few plants

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alkalises the body, which is

vital for preventing disease.

It aids with detoxification,

as it emulsifies toxins in

the digestive tract, which

ultimately boosts the

immune system, keeping

you and your body healthy

and happy. It has external

benefits as well, being

soothing and relieving to

burns, cuts, insect bites and

even skin conditions like

psoriasis. Keep a plant in a

pot in the kitchen as a go-to

natural first aid kit. Due to

its super high water content

it’s the perfect product for

hydrating and rejuvenating

the skin, increasing blood

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Health

Time to look within

The change of season can bring mixed feelings. Helen Barton presents a few easy ways of maintaining

happiness and developing your wellbeing, despite the wind and rain

There’s so much beauty in autumn, I can’t help but feel an inkling of anticipation when the evenings start to

close in, but not everyone feels the same way. Levels of depression have been known to increase in autumn

and winter because of the late sunrise and early sunset. Many physical ailments can be exacerbated in the

cold - and although visually beautiful - the turning of our surroundings can be a reminder of things coming to an

end. Nonetheless, with every ending is a brand new beginning.

As humans, we are inextricably linked with nature’s transitory cycles. We have our own times of light and

sunshine, darkness and cold. Being aware, conscious and accepting of these external changes, can mean an

acceptance and contentment within ourselves. Here are a few simple, unpretentious and beautifully effective ways

of becoming mindful, peaceful and joyful in this colder season.

Go barefoot - It may be cold and dewy, or

even frosty, but taking a wander on grass or soil

barefoot can have a huge positive impact on

our bodies, minds and emotions. It improves

balance and overall foot health, it relieves

stress and hypertension and can improve PMS,

sleep and the immune system. ‘Earthing’

has gone from a counter-culture trend to a

scientifically researched practice. So pick a nice

morning and whip your slippers off. Experience

the cold and be aware of how it feels.

Forest walks - If you’re lucky enough to live in

the countryside, then you won’t have to travel

far to find a forest or wooded area. Being in

this environment is not only enjoyable, it can

improve overall wellbeing. Forest bathing is

the practice of absorbing the sights, sounds

and smells of your surroundings. Take a walk

and notice all you can. Your mind may drift

back to the office, but persevere. See the

landscape, the colour and texture. Hear the

rustle of leaves underfoot, smell the pine and

the soil. Feel the cold and the comfort of a

soft scarf. Stop a minute and just be there.

Be by water - Beaches aren’t just for summer

time. I’m not suggesting you go for a swim,

but a brisk walk along a bay in winter is a great

way of blasting out those mental cobwebs. If

you can’t get to a beach, then find a river, or

stream - any moving body of water will do.

In Ayurvedic medicine, the element of water

is crucial in balancing the body and creating

physical harmony, and rivers have long been

seen as sacred, being associated with rebirth and

spiritual cleansing. The average human body

is up to 75% water, so it’s unsurprising that

there’s a natural draw to and affiliation with it.

Watch your breath - By simply stopping, sitting

and watching your breath on a daily basis, a

huge transformation can take place. Find a quiet

spot, inside or outside, and sit in a comfortable

upright posture on a chair with uncrossed legs.

Place your hands loosely on your lap, with palms

facing upwards. Close your eyes and inhale

deeply. As you exhale, shift your attention to this

exhalation. With the next breath try and extend

it a little, gradually making each inhalation

and exhalation deeper. Keep your focus on

the breath and try this for five minutes. If you

feel like sitting for longer then do so. When

you open your eyes, slowly, pay close attention

to any change in sensation or emotion.

Be thankful - Work loads, family pressures and

money difficulties can often seem over whelming.

By taking a moment to stop and be thankful, a

real sense of perspective can be gained. Where are

you reading this? Are you safe and comfortable?

Do you have food in your body? If you can

truly and fully appreciate your situation, the

feeling of wintery negativity can be lifted in an

instant. When you wake up in the morning, try

thinking of five things you have to be thankful

for, and take a moment to stop and ponder.

By trying just one of these on a regular

basis, you have the ability to create a

profound and meaningful change in

your outlook, your relationships with

others, and your experience of life.

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Dinner ladies

Two women who met at the school gate now have a successful business delivering home-cooked

meals to hundreds of busy families – here they share some of their go-to dinners

After discovering they were both

keen cooks, Sydney-based mums

Sophie Gilliatt and Katherine

Westwood came up with the idea of

preparing dinners to deliver to timepoor

friends, who wanted to give good

wholesome food to their families, but just

didn’t have time to make it themselves.

What started as a garden shed

project has now grown to a fleet of

delivery trucks dropping off hundreds

of home-cooked meals every day.

Their new cook book The Dinner

Ladies shares their recipes with those of

us not on their Sydney delivery routes.

Easy to make and with broad age appeal,

all the recipes will keep for three days in

the fridge and are suitable for freezing.

“After work or the day’s chores have been

done, children or others ferried around and

the shopping quickly grabbed, we’ve often

arrived home to a pile of unsorted laundry,

unwalked dogs and scary-looking mail.

And then someone – a child, a spouse, a

housemate – will, with an air of happy

anticipation, ask us what’s for dinner…

“It’s a tough gig. We know – we live it

too, with seven children between us and a

business to run. But we still want to cook

for our loved ones and hare good times

and stories around the dinner table.

“Our solution is to cook ahead of time.

It might be at the weekend, late at night,

or in the morning when the baby’s asleep.

If you can find half an hour a couple of

times a week, you can

prepare a few dishes

and stick them in the

fridge or freezer –

then, every time you

pull out one of your

delicious, home-made

dinners you will

congratulate yourself

on your foresight and

wow everyone with

your efficiency.”

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The

Dinner

Ladies by Sophie

Gilliatt and Katherine

Westwood Photography

by Ben Dearnley.

£14.99 Murdoch

Books


Duck Ragu

Serves 4. Prep time 20 mins. Cooking time 2 hours 10 mins

• 2 large duck legs (thighs

and drumsticks)

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 3 teaspoons olive oil

• 1 brown onion, coarsely

chopped

• 1 large carrot, cut into a

few pieces

• 1 celery stalk, cut into a few

pieces

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 150 ml red wine

• 400 g tinned chopped

tomatoes

• 2 teaspoons tomato paste

(concentrated purée)

• 3 thyme sprigs, leaves

stripped

• 2 bay leaves

• 250 ml chicken stock

(home-made or low/no salt)

1. In the bowl of a large food processor, pulse the onion, carrot

and celery. Add this soffritto to the oil in the saucepan with

the garlic and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook over

medium–low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently

to lift any of the ducky bits from the bottom, till the

vegetables are soft and sweet.

2. Return the duck legs to the pan, turn up the temperature to

high, pour in the red wine and bring to the boil. Turn down

to a simmer and add the tomatoes and tomato paste, thyme,

bay leaves and chicken stock. Cover with a lid left ajar and

simmer gently for at least 11/2 hours or until the duck is

so tender it’s almost falling off the bone. Remove the duck

pieces with a slotted spoon and allow to cool on a plate while

you finish the sauce. Check the consistency of the sauce –

does it have too much liquid? Boil it off a bit. Too thick? Add

a bit more stock. Just right? Pat yourself on the back and call

in Goldilocks. As soon as the duck is cool enough, shred the

meat off the bone, being very careful to find the thin spiky

bone that runs along the leg.

3. You can discard any bits of skin or fat, or you can smoodge

them between your fingers and incorporate them into the

sauce. It’s up to you – though it does add richness to the

sauce’s texture. Similarly, you can fish out the bay leaves,

though they add a nicely rustic air to the dish. Stir the duck

meat back into the sauce and taste for seasoning.

4. Serve, stirred through a fresh, cooked ribbon pasta like

pappardelle, with freshly ground black pepper and grated

parmesan cheese.


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Food

Vegetable Tagine with Olives,

Eggplant and Chickpeas

Serves 4. Prep time 20 mins.

Cooking time 1 hours

• 400 g butternut squash or sweet potato (peeled

weight), diced into 3 cm cubes

• 3 tablespoons olive oil

• 2 teaspoons salt

• 1 small aubergine, approximately 350 g, cut into 4

cm chunks

• 1 courgette, cut into 3 cm chunks

• 1 large brown onion, chopped

• 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into thick strips

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 x 3 cm piece ginger, grated

• 3 teaspoons ground coriander, toasted

• 1½ teaspoons ground cumin, toasted

• ½ teaspoon ground allspice

• ½ teaspoon mild paprika

• 1 heaped teaspoon caraway seeds,

toasted and ground

• 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes

• 4 long green chillies

• 2 tablespoons honey

• 400 g tinned chickpeas, drained

and rinsed

• 50 g (1 handful) kalamata

olives, pitted

1. Defrost before reheating gently – the pumpkin or sweet potato will be

delicate.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Line two baking trays with

baking paper. Toss the pumpkin in 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1/4

teaspoon of the salt, and the eggplant and zucchini in 1 tablespoon

of the oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and spread over the two trays.

Don’t overcrowd the vegetables, ot they’ll stew instead of roast. Roast

in the oven for around 35 minutes for the pumpkin, and 25 minutes

for the eggplant and zucchini till everything is caramelised and

cooked through.

3. Meanwhile, slowly cook the onion, red capsicum, garlic and ginger

in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of salt in a

large saucepan over low heat for 10–15 minutes. When soft and

translucent, add the spices and the tomatoes. Add the whole chillies

(in one piece, stalk and all), then 400 ml (14 fl oz) of water. Simmer

for 30 minutes, then add the honey. Add the roast vegetables,

chickpeas and olives to the spiced broth. Stir together gently, adding

more water if it is too thick. Taste for seasoning.

4. Serve with couscous, chopped herbs and garlic yoghurt sauce.

5. Garlic Yoghurt Sauce: Combine 260 g (91/2 oz/1 cup) Greek-style

yoghurt with 1–2 crushed garlic cloves, a good pinch of salt and 1

tablespoon lemon juice. Beat together, taste for balance and adjust.

Easy, hey?

6. Couscous: To lift your couscous up a notch, use stock instead of

water (following the instructions on the packet). After it has cooked,

fluff it up with a fork, then stir through any combination of chopped

fresh herbs, toasted almonds and pistachios, diced preserved lemon,

pomegranate seeds, thinly sliced spring onions (scallions) and currants

or barberries. Maybe not all at once, though you could give it a whirl.


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Food

No Time Instant Desserts

We’ve often found ourselves in the position of having to

magic up a dessert out of nowhere. Though a block of decent

chocolate and/or dried fruit can go a long way, so many men

(sorry, people) still seem to have that awkward, after-dinner,

dessert-shaped hole to fill. But with a bit of forethought and

a well-stocked freezer and pantry, any of these can be created

in 5 minutes.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches can be as tastefully restrained or over

the top as the combinations of biscuit and ice cream you

choose: shortbread biscuits with berry sorbet, chocolate

biscuits with cookies and cream ice cream, choc-chip cookies

with peanut butter ice cream … Bigger biscuits are easier to

sandwich, while an array of different flavoured, smaller ones

looks cuter.

You need to soften the ice cream a bit so that it can be

spooned onto the bottom layer of biscuit. Press down with

the top biscuit and neaten around the edges with the flat of

a knife. Pop each sandwich back into the freezer as you go,

until you’re ready to serve.

Hazelnut Affogato

This is insanely simple and delicious, as long as you have

hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur in the pantry. Make a shot

of coffee for each of your guests. Spoon a scoop of vanilla

ice cream into however many shatterproof tumblers or cups

you need. Pour 2 tablespoons of hazelnut liqueur over the

top, followed by the hot espresso and sprinkle with roasted,

skinned, crushed hazelnuts.

Sparkling Slushy

A sparkling slushy makes a refreshing end to a summer

dinner. If you’re making it for kids as well, you can substitute

lemonade for the sparkling wine. You’ll need a couple of

different bought sorbets and a bottle of sparkling wine.

Spoon a scoopful of each of two sorts of sorbet (strawberry

and lemon, raspberry and peach, passionfruit and mango –

whatever tickles your fancy) into tumblers or glass bowls. Top

with sparkling wine (or lemonade) and serve, with spoons.

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Food

What chefs eat

at Christmas

They spend the year cooking special meals for other people – we asked three leading

chefs what festive treats they make for their own families

Rosemary Shrager’s Honey Roast Christmas Ham

Serves 20. Prep time 30 mins. Cooking time 210 mins

Rosemary Shrager

of the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School

“A lot of people don’t like Christmas pudding so I always

think you need an alternative. I do a chestnut pavlova which

is wonderful because you can make it days in advance and

put in the freezer with the filling, then whack the cream on

the day before. It’s a lovely soft meringue, quite gooey.

I also make a healthy alternative because by the time they’ve

finished their main course everyone’s absolutely stuffed. I like

a spiced fresh fruit compote, started with pears in red wine,

then overnight you marinate satsumas, oranges, even plums,

in that syrup. Serve it in a glass bowl, with pistachios sprinkled

over it and it’s very decorative, offer crème fraîche on the side.

My big treat at Christmas is chestnut stuffing. I used to

hate it – but now I love it. I have two stuffings in my turkey;

chestnut in the neck end, because there’s more fat there,

with pork, sage, onion and lots of herbs in the other end. It

works really well. Two stuffings in my turkey, that’s a luxury.

My other treat is bread sauce – you simply cannot

eat roast turkey or chicken without bread sauce. It’s

another thing you can make in advance and freeze.

One thing I advise everyone to do themselves at Christmas is

a whole, or half a ham. It’s so easy to do and so much cheaper.

You can make it three days before so it’s a very useful holiday

food. I like it to have warm with mashed potato for Christmas

Eve dinner and then have the leftovers for the days after.”

• 6kg gammon

• 2 onions, peeled

• 4 carrots, scraped

• 4 bay leaves

• 2 star anise

• 1 tbsp of black peppercorns

• 1 tbsp coriander seeds

• Few sprigs of parsley

• 4 sticks of celery

For the glaze

• Approx 150 cloves

• 450g soft dark brown sugar

• 300ml thick runny honey

• 1tbsp Dijon mustard

• For the Cumberland Sauce

• 75g very finely chopped

onions

• 2 tablespoons of malt

vinegar

• zest and juice of

one lemon

• zest and juice of

one orange

• 220g redcurrant jelly

• 150g port

• 1 teaspoon of English

powdered mustard, made up

• 1 dessert spoon of sugar

1. Place the pork in a very large saucepan and cover with cold

water. Add the peeled onions, 4 sticks of celery, star anise,

carrots, coriander seeds, peppercorns and parsley.

2. Bring up to the simmer and cook for 3 hours approximately.

I allow 20 minutes per 500g. You can tell when the ham is

cooked when the rind starts coming off easily.

3. Remove the ham from the saucepan and allow to rest for one

hour. Remove all the rind while the ham is still warm, leaving

as much fat on as possible. Score the fat into diamond shapes

by cutting long line one way then the other way. Put a clove

into each diamond corner.

4. Mix the brown sugar, honey and Dijon mustard and use a

pastry brush to spread the mixture all over the ham.

5. Bake in a pre-heated oven set at 180°C /Gas mark 4 for 25

minutes approximately or until caramelized. You will need to

baste the ham every ten minutes, to get a good colour. Serve

hot or cold with Cumberland Sauce.

Cumberland Sauce:

6. Place all the ingredients into a pan and bring to the boil.

Simmer for one hour approximately on a low heat until a

sticky sauce is thickened and ready to go. Leave the onion in,

you do not need to strain the sauce.


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Rosemary Shrager’s Chestnut Pavlova Cake

Serves 12. Prep time 60 mins. Cooking time 250 mins

For the meringue

• 5 egg whites (large eggs)

• 170g caster sugar

• ½ tsp vanilla essence

• ½ tsp raspberry vinegar

• ½ tsp cornflour

For the sandwich mixture

• 100g soft brown sugar

• 50ml water

• 4 egg yolks

• 250g unsalted butter

• ½ small tin chestnut puree

(sweetened)

For the topping

• 400ml double cream

• ½ tin chestnut puree

• ½ tsp vanilla essence

• 1 tbsp icing sugar

• 100g walnuts

1. Method for meringue rounds:

2. Grease two 9” baking tins (round), line with greaseproof

paper and then grease the paper.

3. Whisk egg whites till stiff. Gradually add in ½ sugar and

continue whisking until it forms peaks – now add the

vanilla, cornflour and raspberry vinegar towards the end

of beating.

4. Spread into 2 baking tins and bake for about 2 ½ hours at

75°C. Turn off oven and leave for a further 1 hour to dry

out meringue. Remove from the oven and leave to cool

before very carefully lifting from baking tin and peeling

off the paper.

5. Method for meringue sandwich mixture:

6. Beat egg yolks. Dissolve sugar in water and boil to 120°C

and pour onto egg yolks and whisk until thick.

7. Cream butter and beat into eggs. Loosen the chestnut

puree and add to the egg mixture. On one side of the

meringue spread the butter and egg mix then sandwich

2 halves of cake together. Put into the fridge for 2 hours

until the butter has firmed up.

8. Method for topping and round the sides to form the cake:

9. Whip double cream until quite thick and add icing sugar.

Soften the chestnut puree with the vanilla essence, fold

one third of the cream into the chestnut and mix, then

fold in the rest of the cream.

10. Spread on top and round the sides and decorate with

ground and chopped walnuts or almonds. Then dust with

icing sugar. Put into the fridge until ready to eat.

Watch Rosemary Shrager’s Classic Christmas from

October through to December on Food Network

(Freeview 41, Sky 248, Freesat 149, Virgin 291).

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James Palmer-Rosser

Director and owner of Kent Cookery School

“I’m really lucky because my father-in-law is an exceptional cook, it’s his hobby, and we always

go there for Christmas dinner, so I get out of cooking it. That’s great for me because I cook all

the time, but I always do the prep with him on Christmas Eve.

I’m a Christmas traditionalist but now I go goose, it’s so tasty. I’m sick and tired of turkey.

One of my favourite meals is a roast dinner and we have it all on Christmas Day.

So on my plate will be: carrot and swede mash, bread sauce, roasted parsnips, sage, apricot

and onion stuffing, roast potatoes, Nigella Lawson’s cauliflower cheese - it’s the best recipe, she’s

nailed it - Yorkshire pudding, which I think you should have with every roast, Granny’s gravy

made with flour and, of course, Brussels sprouts.

Like many people my mum put me off sprouts by boiling them for ages and the only way

I can eat them is sautéd in lots of butter – 125grams for half a kilo of sprouts - with broken

chestnuts and some lardons. We roast the chestnuts ourselves and peel them.

We always have a good Christmas pudding – with crème anglaise, or brandy butter – but

only my father-in-law and I eat it, no one else likes it. I like a tiramisu as well. Sometimes I

have it after the Christmas pudding and before the cheeseboard, or I might come back for it

early evening. And then there’s the mince pies. I’ll have those at bedtime…”


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New Years Eve

Why not see the New Year in at Frasers this year with a good old

fashioned New Years Party. Join us for a night of music, food and

laughter, with a delicious 2 course hot buffet, then dance the night

away to our resident DJ. £30 per person.

Contact us to make your reservation.

FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA

MONDAY TO SUNDAY 12PM - 5PM

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There is nothing quite so English than taking Afternoon Tea and here at

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this is the perfect choice.

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS

Roar in the 1920’s celebrations and enjoy a delicious festive meal

with entertainment from our resident DJ to dance the night away.

Carriages at midnight, Saturdays at 1am.

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CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH

We welcome you to join us for a scrumptious four course Christmas

lunch with all the trimmings. With a visit from Father Christmas, this

is a great day for the whole family, whether its just the 2 of you or the

whole family and friends, sit back, relax, enjoy the festive surroundings

– and let us to all the hard work – including the washing up!

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA BALL

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Kick start the celebrations with a glass of Kir Royal and canapés before

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Julie Friend

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West Malling and Masterchef winner

“My first career was in travel and I’ve spent a lot of

time in Italy. On Christmas Eve there you have a

feast, which is always fish and I’ve carried that on as

part of my Christmas.

This year I’m doing a starter of gin and beetroot

cured salmon. It looks stunning, because the

outside goes deep purple from the beetroot and the

inside stays pink. I make it with the Kent Dry Gin made by

Anno Distillers in Marden. One of the botanicals is Kentish

samphire, which gives a slightly salty background to it.

The other thing I do – because my family aren’t huge

Christmas pudding fans – is to buy a tiny little one,

microwave it and crumble it through a really good vanilla ice

cream. You just stir it through and refreeze, so you can do it

all in advance. You get the flavour and the sense of Christmas,

without a heavy pudding. I add a chocolate sauce as well,

because that improves everything!”

Beetroot and Gin Cured Salmon

and Quick-Pickled Vegetables

Serves 20. Prep time 30 mins. Cooking time 210 mins

• 500-600g piece of salmon

fillet, skin on

• 2 tbsp juniper berries

• ½ tsp black peppercorns

• ½ tsp pink peppercorns

• 2 tbsp sea salt

• 2 tbsp sugar

• 5 tbsp gin

• 150g raw beetroot, peeled

and grated

• Grated zest of two limes

1. Remove any pin/large bones with tweezers.

2. Line a deep china roasting dish with clingfilm (avoid

metal as the acidity may react with it) and place the fish

on it, skin side down.

3. Crush the juniper and peppercorns in a pestle and mortar.

Mix together with the remaining ingredients. Spread the

mixture over the salmon, gently pressing into the flesh.

4. Wrap the fish tight in the clingfilm and repeat with

another layer all around it.

5. Place a plate or baking sheet on top and weigh it down

with jars or cans. Leave in the fridge for at least 36 hours,

ideally up to 72.

6. Unwrap the fish and scrape off the marinade.

7. The salmon is now ready to serve – slice at an angle so

you can see both the deep red colour and the delicate

orangey/pink flesh. It will keep for 5 days in the fridge.

8. Serve with quick-pickled vegetables and horseradish sauce.

Quick-pickled vegetables

• 2 tsps Maldon salt

• ½ tablespoons of white wine

vinegar

• ½ tablespoons of water

• ½ tablespoons caster sugar

• A few cracked peppercorns

(black or pink)

• 1 cucumber

• 5-6 radishes

• Good handful of fresh

dill, chopped

Slice the vegetables thinly. Place in a colander and sprinkle

with salt. Cover with a plate and set aside for 20 minutes.

Mix together the other ingredients. Remove the plate and

gently squeeze the vegetables removing excess moisture by

patting dry with kitchen paper. Toss with vinegar mix. Leave

for 10/20 minutes and serve.

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“I’m from Sardinia and we always have the Christmas Day lunch my mum would

make. My wife’s Polish, but she loves it too. We start with crostini – prosciutto and

figs, with a balsamic glaze and basil. Then we will have the pasta course, which is a

very classic Sardinian dish of linguine with sea urchins, cherry tomatoes and mussels.

I grew up with my uncle going fishing for sea urchins, so it’s very special for me.

For the main course I will try to find a really small suckling pig, which I cook with lots of

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sugar on the top. I will marinade the apple with brandy, sugar, lemon juice, pine nuts and

raisins overnight, then pile it on the pastry. Sometimes I make it for the restaurants.”

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Very berry

Sue Whigham celebrates autumn’s visual feast

Top: Fruits of Crataegus tanacetifolia

Above: Berries of Celastrus orbiculatus ‘Hermaphrodite’

I

heard David Hockney on Radio 4 the other day talking

about a visit he made to Japan to see the glory of the

cherries in full blossom. He loved them but said he was

just as happy looking down into a Yorkshire valley and seeing

clouds of hawthorn blossom. The May or hawthorn (Crataegus

monogyna) has been tremendous this year, smothered with a

froth of white flowers, which now have metamorphosed into

thousand upon thousand of red fruits. A feast for the eyes and

a generous store of food for birds.

I rather love the grey leaved Crataegus tanacetifolia, first

spotted in the grounds of Stowe. A tansy-leaved hawthorn, it’s

mighty slow growing but its combination of soft grey downy

leaves and a pale orange fruit is charming and unusual and

worth waiting for.

Euonymus is another group of plants that produce fabulous

autumn fruits, varying in range from shrubs and small trees to

climbers and creepers. There’s a good specimen of a climber at

Great Dixter which always catches the eye at this time of the

year. This is Celastrus orbiculatus ‘Hermaphrodite’ – its name

is quite a mouthful for a graceful, strong growing climber. The

combination of ochre yellow berries opening to bright scarlet

seeds looks amazing in the autumn against a backdrop of clear

yellow leaves.

Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’ is a selected form of

our native spindle, which is often seen as a hedgerow plant

especially where there’s chalky soil. This is particularly

floriferous, weighed down with red fruits which break open to

reveal orange seeds in a rather startling combination.

At Sheffield Park there’s a good specimen of a relation of

this, E. hamiltonianus, which originates from the Himalayas.

The subspecies sieboldianus is an absolute show stopper with a

combination of pink, yellow and red autumn colour and rosy

pink fruits opening out to orange seeds.

Viburnum opulus or the Guelder rose needs a lot of room

but is worth growing for its maple-like leaves which colour

up well in the autumn and its white flowers in mid to late

summer. They’re a little like those of a lacecap hydrangea,

frothy and exceedingly pretty. It’s a native plant which

flourishes in damp areas and a particularly lovely form,

‘Xanthocarpum’, instead of having glistening red berries,

produces bright and translucent yellow berries.

Quite a lot of the viburnums have good autumn berries and

as they’re pretty easy to grow, they’re worth looking out for.

Another favourite group of plants for their autumn fruit

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are the crab apples (Malus). There are so many varieties and so

many of them ‘do’ something wonderful throughout the year.

The better known ones such as Malus ‘Evereste’ and M.

‘John Downie’, the latter being one of the best fruiting of the

lot, are worth growing but it’s fun to look into alternatives.

M. hupehensis, which was discovered in Hupeh province by

Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson on one of his plant hunting odysseys,

is a lovely thing: combining fragrant white flowers with masses

of small dark red fruits in autumn.

Wilson was one of the greatest plant hunters. He started

life as an apprentice gardener’s boy in the Midlands and

worked his way up to working at Kew Gardens. Eventually

he was employed by James Veitch and Sons to work as a plant

collector. Despite horrendous conditions in China, including

an outbreak of the plague, malaria and political unrest, he

returned with nearly a thousand plant species along with the

seeds of another three hundred, most of which we take for

granted now.

He also discovered M. toringoides in Western China at

about the same time. This has a rather different habit to M.

hupehensis having wide spreading branches and very deeply

lobed leaves. The flowers are just slightly scented and a creamy

white but the fruit is very striking as each one is pear shaped

and ‘two tone’ in shades of red and yellow.

Sorbus are another genus with a huge range of plants with

stunning autumn colour and berries. E.H. Wilson also found

Above: Hawthorn bushes along the Military Canal in Appledore

Sorbus hupehensis in China and a particularly good selection is

‘Pink Pagoda’. I love this little tree. It really is so striking and

beautiful, both for its bluish green, sharply toothed leaves but

in particular for its pink tinged fruits. There’s a great example

near the top of Battleston Hill at RHS Wisley should you be

going that way, and whilst it is tucked away with a lot of other

interesting trees and shrubs, it always seems to stand out to me

because of the colour of the berries combined with its leaves.

Actually, the more I think about it, the more I think that

it’ll have to be added to my imaginary Christmas list. Even its

branches are decorative as they have a purple hue.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for

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After an exhaustingly sunny summer, Jo Arnell is relishing gentler autumn gardening

The season of poetry and mellow wistfulness

is in full swing and some of us are all muddy

boots, hearty soups and ruddy complexions.

The garden has had a hard time of it this year and

you are forgiven if you’ve had enough and just want

to chuck in the trowel and come inside. I shall try to

tempt you to hang on out there a while longer though,

as there’s still plenty going on, and actually, once you

get outside and start pottering, it’s not too bad at all.

I’ve heard that freshwater swimming is the cure for many

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you want to stay fully dressed as the SAD season descends.

The party’s (almost) over

There are some who say that autumn is the beginning of

the gardening year, that now’s time to clear away the old

and get on with planning and planting the new. I agree in

the main, and definitely in the veg patch, but this is also a

time to breathe out, to let things go gently, and not rush in

with the secateurs. Autumn seems to be getting longer and

we often have warm, dry weather well into November.

We don’t often see labels on plants that say ‘dies

gracefully’, but there are definitely some plants that look

just as good as faded skeletons as they did in their prime.

Dying stems and flowers make poignant silhouettes in

the low slanting light at this time of the year, which


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look lovely among grasses, or next to sturdier evergreens.

Some plants have sculptural seed heads, hips and

berries, which are lovely for us to look at and are also of

huge importance to wildlife, so even if you like things

neat and tidy do try to leave an area. Looking out for

wildlife is a good excuse for not being too neat and tidy.

Winter harvests

I have to admit that I sometimes find growing crops

through the summer months quite exhausting, especially

this year, as we’ve had virtually no rain, and because of the

mild winter last year, there have been so many more pests

around. Once the cold weather arrives, the pests disappear,

the plants slow their growth (hot weather causes so many

things to bolt into flower) and I can breathe once more.

There are quite a few worthy vegetables that are hardy

all through the winter, but if I only had space to grow

one vegetable crop it would be leeks - and then I’d try to

squeeze in a few kale plants, and perhaps some spinach.

These three are brilliant to grow and harvest through

the winter months and will stay safe in the plot like

an outdoor larder, until you’re ready to pick them.

If you haven’t got any winter crops to harvest and the

summer ones have all finished, try not to leave the ground

bare. Nature feels naked without a cover and will try to

compensate with a blanket of weeds, so apply a mulch

to any bare soil - that way the worms will work it all into

the ground and prepare you a perfect space for planting

into next spring. Let’s hear it again for the worms.

Evergreens

Once the winter proper comes and the flowers have drifted

off like fickle fair-weather friends, it’s an idea to have a few

faithful companions in the background ready to step in.

I love the quiet handsomeness of evergreens like

Viburnum davidii or Hebe ‘Red Edge’ - they sit stalwart and

demure, waiting out the warmer months in the shadow of

showier plants, like unsung heroes in the borders. Summer

flowers can be a bit ‘all mouth and no trousers’, and are

usually cut short, sometimes completely

destroyed by the first frosts of autumn.

Frost may kill the more tender plants, but it positively

enhances the look of many evergreens, gilding the bare

bones of the border. The squelchy brown mush of frosted

plants never seems to sparkle in quite the same way.

If your borders are lacking in structure, now is the

perfect time to plant shrubs, evergreen or deciduous. The

ground is still fairly warm and welcoming, but growth

has stopped, so they’ll have time to establish a good root

system before the spring. Evergreen shrubs will give you

the same look all through the year, but there are quite a

few deciduous shrubs that have interesting bark, berries or

winter blossom to bring a little cheer through the winter.

Leaves

This is the month for autumn leaves - at first we gasp

in delight at their golden gorgeousness and then clench

our teeth (or worse) as they fall and clog ponds, lawns

and borders. Raking up leaves is tedious, but just think

of all the leaf mould you’ll make and the exercise you’ll

get (unless you’d rather be freshwater swimming?).

If you can, make a separate heap for leaves (or fill a

perforated black plastic bag and leave it behind the shed). Leaf

mould does take longer to make than ordinary compost - up

to 2-3 years, but it’s lovely stuff once it does; it’s known as

‘gardener’s gold’ (we’re easily pleased) and is highly prized as

a component of potting compost, or as a fine grade mulch.

‘Musical plants’

I don’t know about you, but I’m never completely

satisfied with the plants in my borders - every year they

perform differently, depending on the weather, the general

conditions and what they find themselves planted next

to. Each season I have new favourites to find space for

and a few boring ones that need relegating out of sight.

The good news is that this is the perfect time of year

for moving plants around (I call it ‘musical plants’,

although there’s never much music, but it has that

feel to it and I’m always ready for tea at the end).

Most herbaceous perennials benefit from being lifted,

divided and replanted every few years, either because

they’ve formed big clumps and are invading their

neighbours, or because they’re in need of rejuvenating

- the oldest part of the plant stops flowering.

The general rule of thumb is to discard the centre of the

plant and replant the younger, more vigorous sections. Next

year, obviously, once the reshuffle’s complete and the right

plants are in the right places, it will all look perfect…

The days may be getting shorter, and colder, but if the

weather allows, we can still be lifting and dividing plants,

admiring the beautiful dead and filling our hearts with

late autumn colour. We can defy the cold and dark of the

coming season for a little while longer and go out in a blaze

of leafy glory. Rakes at the ready then, let’s get out there.

Contact Jo for border designs, planting and garden

advice: 01233 861149 jo@hornbrookmanor.co.uk

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Saint Ronan’s School

Hawkhurst, Kent • Founded 1883 • www.saintronans.co.uk

Boys & Girls from 3-13 • Day & Boarding • Forest School

Headlines

‘Excellent’ ISI

inspection report

70 scholarships won

in three years

Tatler Good Schools

Guide 2017

Discover the magic! Email emmatv@saintronans.co.uk

or call 01580 752271 to book an appointment.


Raise the bar

Sue Elkin praises schools which embrace the journey of education - not the destination

Never tell a child that something is too difficult for

them. Low expectations inevitably lead to low

achievement, as all wise teachers and parents know.

When my younger son was 10 and the elder 14 we

had tickets to see King Lear. I assumed it was likely to be

beyond the ten year old so we booked for just three.

In the event, our elder boy was unwell on the night so

we took the younger. And how glad I am that we did. He

understood the play at his own level, talked about it for a long

time afterwards and enjoyed an evening out with his parents.

We had underestimated our child as so many teachers

and parents routinely do. Education secretaries and prime

ministers have muttered about the downward drag of

low expectations in schools for decades but it’s a slippery

thing to improve. Schools are under huge pressure to

get high, readily quantifiable examination results.

In order to do that, many spoon-feed candidates

with immensely detailed revision sessions, relentless

dull coaching and pep-talks right up until they turn

over their exam papers. And the lessons in the years

prior are far too often based on formulaic, self limiting

‘lesson plans’ from which few dare deviate.

Where’s the stretch which takes every single individual

beyond the standard expectation for that age group?

Too often it’s missing. Everyone is too busy meeting all

those targets which are – frankly – often deliberately

set too low to ensure the school can hit them.

Obviously I’m generalising and some excellent schools

set unlimited expectations. I spoke to an inspiring

head recently who personally teaches a history of music

course to Year 3 upwards because he wants them all to

intelligently explore music of all sorts – way beyond

anything specified in the National Curriculum.

And as for English lessons and reading, well I could

write a book about that (and have: Encouraging Reading,

2007 and Unlocking the Reader in Every Child, 2010).

We must stop fobbing young children off with the

banal, introduce them to good material and demonstrate

continuously that reading is an exciting, very adult activity.

The usual curricular attitude to reading is tick-box based

and nothing to do with intellectual stretch – but a really good

teacher regards the specified curriculum as a mere springboard.

It’s something which informed parents should look at very

closely when they’re choosing a school, at any level, for a child.

Christmas Fun Afternoon for Pre-School children.

Tuesday 6th December 2.00 - 3.30 pm.

Join us for an afternoon of Christmas fun, including craft activities, a visit from Father Christmas and a festive treat.

All children 0-4 years and their parents welcome. No charge, no obligation. Booking essential.

Dulwich Preparatory School

Cranbrook

Independent day and flexible boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13

registrar@dcpskent.org • 01580 712179 • dcpskent.org

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Ibbett Mosely

AuctIoneers & VAluers

Limited Liability Partnership

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

ThuCommencing Thurs 24 at Nov 12.30pm every | day Viewing to Sun 10.00am 4 Dec; - 12.30pm 10am-4pm

The Auction Rooms, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HJ

Tel: 01732 456731 Web: www.ibbettmosely.co.uk

125 High St, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1UT

Registered in England No. 0C341637 Regulated by RICS Registered at the Sevenoaks office as Ibbett Mosely Surveyors LLP

Gardening Course

HORNBROOK MANOR FARM

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Join Jo Arnell in her garden for

a practical gardening course.

Learn how to design and

plant a border, sow seed, take

cuttings, prune and care for

your plants through the seasons

No experience needed

01233 861149

Gift Vouchers available www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Thurs 24 Nov every day to Sun 4 Dec; 10am-4pm

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Pop-up Shop Now Open

Ockley Road, Hawkhurst TN18 4DP

bespoke ironwork for home & garden

07765 344298

www.cranbrookiron.com

Open: Wednesday - Saturday

#nationaltrust

Play and Display exhibition

22 October to 20 November, 11am - 3.30pm

daily

Relive childhood memories with our charming new

exhibition of paper and card toys. The collection

highlights how popular, versatile and enchanting

paper and card toys have been over the centuries

with puppets, paper dolls, model theatres and

panoramas. You can get hands on and have some fun

playing with modern ones too.

Call 01580 710700 for details

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When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps

us to look after special places such as Sissinghurst Castle Garden for ever, for

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What’s On In November

Exhibitions

Sun 30 – Oct 10am-4pm

Hamstreet Primary

Academy TN26 2EA

Mary Want-Art

Exhibition and Sale

A unique opportunity to enjoy

the work of a much-loved

and talented Kent artist.

Exhibition of paintings loaned

by private owners. Also

over 150 works for sale.

Entry: Free

Info: 01233 732684

Mon 14 – Sat 26 Nov

Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks

Library, Kent TN13 1LQ

Brushworks - art

exhibition and sale

Come and see a wide range of

art styles at the 106th annual

exhibition and sale at the

Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks.

Originals and greetings cards on

sale at very reasonable prices. Small

canvases on sale to raise funds for

local charity Sevenoaks Mind.

Info: sevenoaksartclub.org

Fairs and Celebrations

Sat 15 Oct – Sat 5 Nov

Canterbury

CANTERBURY FESTIVAL

Canterbury Festival is Kent’s

International Arts Festival and

attracts over 70,000 visitors every

year. Canterbury Festival brings

internationally acclaimed artists

to the city while also celebrating

its home grown talent.

Info: 01227 452853 /

canterburyfestival.co.uk

Sat 5 – Sun 6 Nov

Hastings

HASTINGS HERRING FAIR

Celebrate ‘the silver of the sea’. Try

cooking and preparing herrings, as

well as watching demonstrations

all while enjoying local beers and

wine from a variety of suppliers.

Info: hastingsfestivals.com

Fri 4 - Sun 6 Nov 9am-5pm

The Maidstone Pavilions,

Kent County Showground,

Detling, Kent ME14 3JF

Crafts for Christmas

This event includes crafts, specialist

foods and cookery demonstrations

by Dan Kennedy of The Kent

Cookery School. Learn the art

of felting with This Art of Mine

and pressed flower work from

The Pressed Flower Guild. Over

150 stands in warm surroundings

with refreshments served all day.

Entry: On the door £7,

in advance £6

Info: 01428 682292 /

ruralcraftsassociation.co.uk

Sat 5 Nov 10am-4pm

Penshurst Village Hall,

Penshurst Kent TN11 8BP

Penshurst Vintage

Christmas Fair

Showcasing vintage homewares,

clothes, jewellery, furniture &

gifts, this fair is a must for all

lovers of vintage. Enjoy live music

and stop for a well deserved

break in our pop-up tea room.

Proceeds to the Kent, Surrey

& Sussex Air Ambulance.

Entry: £2

Info: 07885 610912 /

cherishthevintage.co.uk

Wed 9 Nov 10am-3pm

The Grasshopper Inn,

Moorhouse, Westerham Road,

Westerham, Kent TN16 2EU

Christmas Fair in aid of

Cancer Research UK

Come and do all your shopping

in an old coaching inn. Enjoy the

dedicated food hall selling locally

sourced produce, plus gifts for

home and garden. You can even

order your Christmas tree and

Christmas turkey. The Grasshopper

Inn provides teas, coffees and

lunches throughout the day.

Entry: £3

Sat 19 Nov 10am – 5pm

Rye Community Centre,

Conduit Hill, Rye TN31 7LE

RYE ARTISAN

& CRAFT FESTIVAL

Quality handmade and unique

gifts from local designers in

East Sussex and Kent.

Entry: Free

Sat 19 Nov 10am-3pm

St. Mary Hall, High Street,

Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5AQ

Demelza Hospice

Care for Children

This Christmas Fair is in aid

of Children’s Hospices in S.E.

London and Kent. Enjoy many

stalls including collectables, brica-brac,

festive tombola, cards,

jewellery and much more.

Entry: 20p

Info: 01689 815736

Thurs 24 Nov 10.30am-3.30

Guthrie Pavilion, Hever

Castle, Hever TN8 7NG

Christmas Fair

Plenty of stalls with exciting gifts

for Christmas. Refreshments

are available all day, with free

parking and entry to the grounds.

Proceeds to Hever Primary

School and St. Peter’s Church.

Entry: £3.25

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Nov

The Canterbury Tales,

St Margaret’s Street,

Canterbury, Kent CT1 2TG

Artisan Christmas

Gift Fair

The annual Artisan Christmas

Gift Fair will return for its third

year. Grab that unique and super

special gift in time for Christmas.

Entry: Free

Info: 01227 696002 /

canterburytales.org.uk

Family Fun

Throughout Nov

The Savill Garden, Wick

Lane, Englefield Green,

Surrey, TW20 0XD

Ascot Carriages

Travel through the Windsor

countryside away from traffic, and

relax & unwind as you discover

the area from the comfort of an

elegant horse-drawn carriage. Your

carriage driver/guide can provide

history and lesser known facts

about this beautiful Royal Park.

Info: ascotcarriages.co.uk

Sat 5 Nov 5.30pm

Glebe Field, The Green,

Benenden, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 4DN

Fireworks

Enjoy a barbeque, refreshments,

hot mulled wine, soup, and hot

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*Confi dential Interviews*

*Personal Matching*

CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND CALL

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01892 667750

www.yourstrulyintroductions.co.uk

The Christmas Exhibition

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Singing Soul Gallery

1 st November–14 th January

19 Stone St. Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF

01580 714551

www.singingsoulgallery.co.uk

drinks. The bonfire will be lit at

6.30pm and fireworks start at 7pm.

Entry: Adults £5, Children £2

Info: benendenvillage.org.uk

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Sat 5 Nov 3-9pm

Kent Life, Lock Lane,

Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU

Fireworks Spectacular

Be amazed by the fire performers as

we count down to the lighting of

the bonfire, followed by the annual

spectacular musical firework display.

Entry: Adults, £11, Children

£9, Concessions £10

Info: 01622 763936 / kentlife.org.uk

Sat 5 Nov from 7.30pm

Battle

BATTLE BONFIRE

Join the Battel Bonfire Boyes for

this popular annual event full

of Sussex tradition. Fireworks, a

torch-lit procession and a marching

band in the historic town centre

are highlights of the celebration.

Info: battelbonfire.co.uk

Fri 18 Nov - 2 Jan 2017

Crescent Road, Tunbridge

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CHRISTMAS GROTTO

EXPERIENCE

COME AND VISIT SANTA

IN HIS GROTTO

From 26th November

– 23rd December*

11am - 4.30pm

*ask in store for details

BOOK

NOW

includes:

2 FOR

£14

OR £8 PER

CHILD

Winter Wonderland Experience

Reindeer Food

Christmas Present

Framed Photo with Santa

T&Cs apply, ask in store for details.

ADULTS

GO

FREE!

MARK CROSS (A267 TOWARDS TUNBRIDGE WELLS), EAST SUSSEX TN6 3PJ

01892 852828

www.sussexcountrygardener.co.uk


What’s On In November

Wells, Kent TN1 2LU

Christmas Ice Skating

Set within the beautiful splendour

of the popular and historic

park, Calverley Grounds, the

ice-rink is a perfect Christmas

outing for friends and family.

Entry: Adults from £10.50,

Children from £7

Info: 01892 554645 /

tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com

MUSIC & Theatre

Sat 12 Nov 6pm

Holy Trinity Church,

Nelson Place, Broadstairs,

Kent CT10 1HQ

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

A performance of Handel’s

Messiah in its entirety is a rare

gem, and Thanet Festival Choir

will offer every glorious moment

of it, complete with professional

soloists and chamber orchestra,

as part of its 70th anniversary

celebrations. The Soloists are

Sofia Larsson, Edward McMullan,

Mark Dobell and Michael R.

Bundy, and the performance will

be conducted by Clifford Lister.

Entry: £13 in advance, £15 at the

door. Accompanied children £2

Info: 01304 620560 /

thanetfestivalchoir.org

Sat 12 Nov 7.30pm

St Mildred’s Church,

Tenterden, Kent TN30 6AR

King Lear

William Shakespeare’s King Lear

is the ultimate investigation into

the boundaries of family morals

and is considered the most

harrowing of his tragedies.

Entry: £15

Info: 07801 893115 /

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Sat 26 Nov 7.30pm

Salvation Army, Ramsgate,

Kent CT11 9TT

Thanet Light Orchestra

Thanet Light Orchestra will be

entertaining locals with popular

classics and light music. The

programme is set to include pieces

by well-known classical composers

such as Mozart, rounded out with

tuneful 20th century light music by

Eric Coates and his contemporaries.

Refreshments will also be available.

Entry: £4 on the door.

Info: salvationarmy.org.uk/ramsgate

Workshops

Fri 4 Nov

Pick ‘n’ Paint a Pot 68,

Northdown Road, Cliftonville,

Margate CT9 2RL

Pottery Painting

Workshop

Adult Christmas themed pottery

painting workshops. Booking is

recommended for this event.

Entry: £20 per person

Info: 01843 297778 /

picknpaintapot.co.uk

Wed 16 Nov

Godinton House &

Gardens, Godinton Lane,

Ashford TN23 3BP

Clay Sculpture

Workshop

Join professional artist Brenda

Burgess to explore the wonderful

qualities of clay sculpture. A

real ‘get away from it all’ day

with quality sculpture tuition.

Suitable for all levels of ability

from beginners wanting to ‘have

a go’ to experienced artists

wanting to try a new medium.

Small class sizes ensure plenty

of time with each student.

Info: 01233 643854 /

brendaburgessartsuk.info

Listings are correct at time of going to

press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next issue

of Wealden Times for only £15! Please

supply up to 50 words that should

include date, time, venue, and any

entry price to whatson@wealdentimes.

co.uk or send with payment (cheques

payable to JPS Media) to What’s On,

Wealden Times, Kettle Chambers,

21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent

TN17 3HF. Wealden Times reserves

the right to edit text to fit space

allocated. If you would like your

event listing to be accompanied by

a full colour reproduction (42.5

x 62.5mm) of a poster or other

pictorial image, the total charge will

be £95. Deadline for the December

issue is 11 November 2016.

10ft &

12ft Trees

Limited

Availability

FREE CHRISTMAS TREE

SAPLING TO PLANT AT HOME

WITH A CERTIFICATE OF

AUTHENTICITY*

FREE MINCE PIES

WITH EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE*

10% DISCOUNT IN THE

BEDGEBURY GIFT SHOP*

BUY YOUR BRITISH GROWN

100% SANTA APPROVED

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ENJOY FREE ADMISSION TO THE PINETUM AND FOREST AND THESE OTHER BENEFITS*

Luxury

Wreaths

For Sale

FREE STANDARD BIKE INNER TUBE

WITH EVERY CHRISTMAS TREE*

FREE PRIZE DRAW ENTRY

TO WIN PRIZES BELOW*

• Bedgebury - guided walk with tea and cake

• Café - £40 voucher

• Friends - membership

• Go Ape - £75 family ticket

OPEN FOR SALES ON

Fri 25th November – Sun 27th November

Fri 2nd December – Sun 4th December

Fri 9th December – Tues 20th December

FROM 10AM TO 4PM (UNTIL NOON ON THE 15TH DECEMBER)

Call 01580 879820 or visit

www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

for more information

*Terms and Conditions

Visit our website for more information.

Michelham Priory

Historic House & Gardens

Christmas Gift & Craft Fair

12 th & 13 th Nov

Demo & Dine Evening*-19 th Nov,7pm

Our new Michelin Star trained chef demo

& 3-course meal

Christmas Lunch* - 1 st to 18 th Dec

2 or 3-course meal, for parties of 2 to 100.

Tudor Christmas - 3 rd & 4 th Dec

Christmas at the Priory

10 th -11 th & 17 th -18 th Dec

Christmas Workshops*, trail & crafts

for all the family!

*Advanced booking required

Winter

Specials

Menu @

Bedgebury

Café

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Aquarius Soft Furnishings & Wool Shop

Knitting wool & Haberdashery Ribbons, buttons, elastic, sewing aids

Curtain making & Upholstery Fabrics, Linings, tapes, hooks & much more

ALL STYLES OF CURTAINS,

HAND MADE IN OUR WORKSHOP

We can supply Fabrics or make up your own

CURTAIN TRACKS & POLES SUPPLIED

Including electric curtain tracks

BLINDS Roller, Roman, Vertical, Venetian, Pleated

UPHOLSTERY & LOOSE COVERS also Cushion replacements

2 The Oast, Clockhouse Farm, Coxheath ME17 4PB Established 1976

Telephone: 01622 744265 or 746454 Email: aquarius.1@btconnect.com

www.aquariussoftfurnishings.co.uk

Clare Langdon

Home & Interiors

www.dhallcabinetmaker.co.uk

David Hall

Cabinet Maker

&

Antique Restorer

* High Quality Bespoke Furniture

* Antique Restoration of all types

* Carving and Copy Carving

* Polishing

NO VAT

Phone 01797 270761

Email: hallcrocket@aol.com

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INTERIORS

Made to measure

curtains & blinds

Tracks & poles

Measuring & fitting service

Home consultation

Fabrics & design advice

Telephone 01233 850829

clarelangdoninteriors.co.uk

Restoring Quality

Full restoration service. Over

25 years’ experience. Including

Cabinet Making, French

Polishing, Finishing / Colouring /

Distressing, Gilding, Veneering.

Call me for a free quote or

advice. On site work available.

SUSAN SURGEY

Restorer of Fine Antique Furniture

Ashford 01233 877342

or 07712 451104

For examples, please visit

www.susansurgey.co.uk

Travel

Garden Services

Life Coaching

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For further information, call

Helen Sutton-Mattocks on

01732 762013, or visit

www.belvederediprato.com

Our beautiful holiday home, with tennis court and pool, is the ideal location for exploring

the wonders of Umbria and Tuscany. With 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, Belvedere sleeps

12 in great comfort, whether for sightseeing or simply relaxing with family and friends.

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Probably the most experienced, established

& qualified contractor in the area

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The complete kitchen service...

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The supply & replacement of

drawers, doors, worktops,

hinges, all fitted kitchen

components/appliances, door

renovation & polishing, bedroom

doors & bespoke cabinets.

Please call

01689 850000

www.thekitchendoctor.com

Serving London & the South-East since 1984

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Life Coaching

Positive Help for

Life’s Challenges

Exam Success, Career Coaching,

Creative Retirement.

New Directions For All Ages.

Call Sally on 07545 397606

Local Book Store

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Books & Old

Postcards

Bought and Sold

Goudhurst Bookshop

01580 388027

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WIN DESIGNER CHRISTMAS

DECORATIONS WORTH OVER £250

Fused glass artist Jo Downs is one of the UK’s most

recognised designers, with an international reputation

for the beauty and quality of her handcrafted work, all of

which is cut, crafted, fired and finished at her studio in the

heart of Cornwall. This Christmas you’ll find Jo’s galleries

brimming with her distinctive ranges, including gorgeous

glass hangings, bowls, mirrors and coasters, alongside

uniquely beautiful statement interior pieces such as wall

panels, art frames and multi piece installations.

Find out more on jodowns.com

How to enter: For your chance to win this fantastic

prize of a fourteen-piece collection from Jo’s NEW

‘Snowflakes’ collection, to include six large ‘Snowflake’

hangings, six smaller ‘Starflake’ hangings, one medium

‘Snowflake’ bowl and one small ‘Snowflake’ bowl, just answer

the following question: Where is Jo’s studio located? Enter

your answer with your contact details* in the online form

at wealdentimes.co.uk/competition or post to: Jo Downs

Competition, Wealden Times, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF by 30 November 2016. There is no

cash alternative and the prize must be taken by November

2017. *All entrants’ details will be passed on to Jo Downs

Handmade Glass and Wealden Times Events. Please let us

know if you do not wish your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Jen Tomkinson who wins our August competition for VIP winery tasting tour at Hush Heath Estate

Try something different...

come curling & love it!

Staff Outings

Entertaining Clients

Birthday Parties

Christmas Parties

Stag & Hen Parties

Social Events

FUN

on ice!

LOVE CURLING IN KENT!

Dundale Farm, Dundale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9AQ

01892 826004 • info@curlinginkent.co.uk • www.curlinginkent.co.uk

find us on facebook & twitter

Pantomime

Specials /

BLUEBELL RAILWAY

27th, 28th, 29th

& 30th December

After Christmas come and take a ride on one of

our vintage steam trains from Sheffield Park or

East Grinstead, where the Pantomime characters

will be on board the train with a special Christmas

treat for the children.

Tickets

Adult - £20.00

Child - £10.00

Toddler - £8.00

(no seat reserved for toddlers)

Sheffield Park Departures

10am, 2.15pm & 2.45pm

East Grinstead Departures

10.55am & 1.15pm

(Journey time 1 hour 45 mins return)

Book now 01825 720800 www.bluebell-railway.com

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

It’s nearly time for everyone on the farm to have a well-earned break -

including George, the bull - but first the cows have to decide who’s boss

It really won’t be long now before

the cows come in for the winter. It’s

always a bonus if we can keep them

out till December, but in the weeks

leading up to them coming into the barn

there is quite a lot of housekeeping to do.

The calves were all born in early

spring, so are now eight or nine months

old. At the end of August we split the

cows with heifer (female) calves from the

ones with male calves. As the girls can

become fertile from about six months

this is a necessary precaution as all the

boys are still ‘entire’ i.e. they

have not been castrated.

As we usually try and

produce one or two Coopers

registered pedigree bulls,

we don’t castrate the boys

at birth but leave them till

now, because by the autumn

you have a much better idea

of which are the best ones.

Apart from the obvious things like

shape and height we also weigh them

and then calculate their 200 day weight

to ensure the chosen ones are in the top

10% of the Sussex breed – if they’re not

that good then it really isn’t worth all the

extra effort necessary to nurture them

into young bulls.

A couple of weeks after the ‘second

division’ boys have been dealt with

(parted from their testicles), we will bring

all the calves back together again and

into the barn to wean them.

“Put twenty cows

together and

they will sort

themselves into a

pecking order”

This is the noisiest time of the year

and we have to be very sure that the

holiday cottage – marketed as a slice of

rural tranquillity - is empty.

Some of the cows seem genuinely

pleased to see the back-end of their

offspring and disappear over the hill,

most however will bellow for 24 hours

and then give up and then there are the

dedicated full-on mums...

These girls will keep up a vigil outside

the barn and moo for two even three

days until they become hoarse so even

though they keep on

bellowing (thankfully) no

noise comes out.

Never mind I tell them,

it won’t be all that long

before there’s another

patter of tiny hooves.

Enjoy the break!

Bringing all the cows

back together in the field before they

come into the barn also gives them the

opportunity to re-establish their social

hierarchy - a crucially important part of

cow behaviour. Put twenty cows together

and they will sort themselves into a

pecking order of one to twenty.

The number one cow will be one

of the biggest and oldest and then it

works its way down with each individual

having a specific place in the hierarchy.

By letting them sort out all the boshing

and joshing – known as bunting –

before they come in results in a far more

peaceful community once inside.

Apart from the cows in one shed and

the calves in another we also need to

think about George the bull who needs

his own exclusive ‘gentleman’s’ quarters.

He went out with the cows in April

and by letting him run with them for

only three months we can be sure that

all the calves will arrive in one block

– pretty welcome stuff when you have

to get up in the middle of the night to

check if anyone’s calving.

So he has been hanging out with the

older steers (aforementioned dealt with

males) since mid-summer and will now

spend the winter in splendid isolation,

quite happy as long as he can see his girls

next door. And then all he has to do –

rather like the rest of us – is to sit back

and wait for April to come round again!

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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