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Contents

January 2017

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FIT FOR THE NEW YEAR

Maggie Alderson leaps

into action finding homes

with exercise facilities

JANUARY NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with hand

picked events going on

around the Weald

WYLDE AT HEART

An ancient farmhouse brought

into the twenty-first century

GET THE LOOK

Give your home a

pastel makeover

MIDWINTER MAGIC

A look back at Wealden

Times Midwinter Fair

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FADE TO WHITE

Crisp white shirts to start

the New Year in style

HEALTH & BEAUTY

SUPPLEMENT

24 pages of gorgeousness

ZESTY NEW YEAR

RECIPES

Jo Arnell’s healthy choices

GARDENING

RESOLUTIONS

How to ease yourself

back into the garden

TECHNOLOGY

IN SCHOOLS

How teachers keep abreast

with this fast changing world

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BALANCING ACT

Wealden solicitors talk us

through mediation

WHAT’S ON IN JANUARY

Courses, markets and music

COMPETITION

Win a chance for the Sankey’s

Tunbridge Wells team to come

and cook in your own home!

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane separates the curds from

the whey when she takes a

look into cheese making

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COOL BLUE

A family home with an

Arts & Crafts twist

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READ ON

Susan Elkin explores how

reading is taught

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Goudhurst

A charming 15th Century Grade II Listed farmhouse in a wonderful position

6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms. Gardens and grounds including a paved terrace,

paddock, large pond and summer house with decked area. In all about 2.64 acres.

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Matfield

Grade II Listed attractive country farmhouse, surrounded by woodland

and pastures with Tudeley Brook running through its land

6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms. Double open garage, store room, studio room. Gardens

and grounds including a feature hedged maze, fields, pasture land and woodland. In all about 96.24 acres.

Guide price: £2,675,000

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Wine – Jill from Reigate

3 rd Prize – Fortnum & Mason Cookery

Book – Mrs Harris from West Malling

BENENDEN £1,245,000

IDEN GREEN £1,200,000

GOUDHURST £1,195,000

HUNTON £1,100,000

HAWKHURST £995,000

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Camber, East Sussex - £575,000

Detached house opposite beach at Camber Sands. Main open

plan living/dining/kitchen area, family room, study/bedroom

4, utility room, 3 bedrooms. Loft room. Detached studio

and office. Outbuilding/workshop. Seaside garden. Off road

parking. EPC B

Rye, East Sussex - £495,000

Modern town house in centre of Rye forming part of

private residential development. Kitchen/breakfast room,

living room, garden room, 3 bedrooms. Courtyard garden.

Garage. EPC D

Rye, East Sussex - £295,000

Mid-terrace bow fronted property with views over River

Rother. Hall, fitted kitchen, living/dining room, cloakroom,

three bedrooms, bathroom. Front and rear gardens. EPC D

Hastings Old Town, East Sussex - £325,000

An attached Grade II Listed Georgian period cottage

set on high ground in the Conservation Area of the Old

Town. Living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms,

bathroom. Courtyard.

Rye, East Sussex - £195,000

Attractive Grade II listed property with planning consent

for a live/work use. Work/retail area, rear hall, shower/

cloakroom, lower ground floor workroom/store. Living

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Fit for the New Year

Maggie Alderson finds homes with exercise facilities

How’s your waistband? Feeling a little snug? There’s no escaping it, we’re back

at the point we reach every new year when a look in the mirror can be a terrible

shock, when a bloated and puffy Mr/Mrs/Ms Blobby looks back at you.

Whether it was the lethal discovery of Aldi mince pies (amazing for

the money! – they beat Fortnum’s in a blind tasting! – let’s have another

six!) or that killer recipe for home-made Baileys, which was circulating

on Facebook in December, containing lavish double cream and a whole

tin of condensed milk, January brings the need to fight the flab.

The choice of fad diets becomes ever more bewildering, but whether you

opt to go cold turkey on sugar, ban all carbohydrates, go vegan/gluten free

Deliciously Ella style, or make like Fred Flinstone on the Paleo regime, you can’t

escape the hard fact that food deprivation hell won’t be enough on its own.

In the words of the great King Julien: You’ve got to move it, move

it. Or else risk being serenaded by that other great character from

Madagascar, Moto Moto (‘I like em big, I like em chunky…’)

Of course, this is also the time of year when gyms and health clubs are offering

enticing deals, to sign up at a reduced rate. We’ve all done it once, haven’t we?

Only to see that chunk of cash disappearing out of the current account each

month – from the comfort of our sofa. When it’s cold outside, who can face

the thought of driving to the gym and coming home again with wet hair?

How much easier then, to have the fitness facilities just a short waddle

from that sofa – and your bed – in a house that has it all laid on.

The dream is the indoor pool, with the fully fitted gym, plus sauna

– and not forgetting the hot tub, which is a great way to pretend

you’re working out, while basically having a nice hot bath.

But the more classic English house combination of an outdoor pool and an allweather

tennis court are great incentives to keep fit too – and the great thing about

that option is that you can put off starting your new regime until at least May…

1. Great Wadd Farmhouse

Where? Great Wadd Farmhouse is

situated in a rural position off a lane, on

the edge of Frittenden village, close to

Cranbrook and within the catchment area

of the school.

What? Comprised of several Grade II

Listed buildings dating from the 16th to

18th centuries, Great Wadd Farmhouse is

a charming example of a small Wealden

estate, with all the associated features of

beams, leaded light windows and oak

flooring. It also has a swimming pool

of breathtaking gorgeousness built in

the vaulted beam barn, with changing

rooms and a mezzanine area used as a

gym. Outside there is an all-weather

tennis court. The ground floor has a large

kitchen/breakfast room with a four-oven

Aga, dining, drawing and family rooms

and a study. On the first and second floors

there are a total of five bedrooms and

four bathrooms. The separate oast house

has a further four bedrooms and two

bathrooms, plus an open plan kitchen/

sitting room and a dining room.

How much? Great Wadd is on the

market with Knight Frank, Tunbridge

Wells at £2,350,000. Call 01892

515035 or view on knightfrank.co.uk

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2. Woodlawn Park

3. Moor Court

4. Orchard House

Where? Woodlawn Park is situated

in park-like grounds of some six acres,

including a kitchen garden and an

orchard, near the village of Loose, three

miles south of Maidstone.

What? A superb Georgian country

house, built ca. 1820, Woodlawn Park

is beautiful outside – the front elevation

has Venetian shutters – and within. An

elliptical staircase sweeps up from the

main entrance hall, which gives on to

three light and airy reception rooms

(study, dining, drawing room) with

parquet floors and marble fireplaces. The

drawing room has a tripartite window

in a semicircular bay, with views over

the terrace and gardens. The supremely

elegant indoor swimming pool, situated

on the ground floor of the main house,

is in perfect keeping, with rows of period

sash windows on two sides and a mural

by local artist Guy Bedford. There is

also a gym. There is a large kitchen and

breakfast room. Upstairs there are four

bedrooms, with a large dressing room off

the master suite, with four bath/shower

rooms. There is a games room big enough

for a full-size billiards table.

How much? Woodlawn is listed

with Savills, Cranbrook, with a guide

price of £2,395,000. Call them on 01580

720161, or look at savills.com

Where? Moor Court sits in 40 acres of

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Seaside stroll...

For the perfect New Year’s Day walk, meet at

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a wander around the nature reserve. As well as

being a great opportunity to get some post-festive

exercise, it’s the ideal chance to do some bird

watching, make the most of the fresh air and visit

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Smooth sailing...

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Previous pages: The ‘snug’ has been lined with scaffolding boards to give the room a cosy chalet-feel. Bright pictures of African

scenes cover the walls Above: Despite its ancient origins, the house has been sensitively updated over the years, with the masterful

addition of a kitchen extension

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have hardly changed since the house was built in 1490.

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This page: After the kitchen the ‘snug’ is perhaps the second

most popular room, as far as the Wylie family is concerned

“It used to be freezing in here, as it’s got

two outside walls. So we battened out the

room, added insulation, then lined it with

scaffolding boards.”

sensitively updated over the years, with the masterful

addition of a kitchen extension – where we arrive, and from

where we enjoy the jaw-dropping view. “The extension

is a legacy of my Pa,” says Ally, who built it soon after

he died. Her father, Geoffrey Rainbird, was a respected

architect, so it is a very fitting tribute as well as the perfect

family space. “We practically live in here,” she says.

The ‘distressed’ cream kitchen is by Chalon and the

Aga an electric version put in to replace an older, oil-fired

model: “The Aga we took out was so old, it ended up

in the Aga museum!”. A pale limestone floor helps to


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Above: In the dining room the upholstered chairs which surround an antique refectory

table are each covered in an entirely different African fabric

reflect the natural light which floods in through the huge

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boards.” The scaffold boards give the room a cosy chaletfeel,

and it’s a feature that is repeated in other spaces. Bright

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In the mid-1980s, Ally went travelling in Africa, and was

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Next to the snug, divided merely by vertical beams, is

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Every sideboard features family photos and trophies – this

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Above: In the dining room the walls and bookcases are painted

a dark grey – though Ally has managed to keep the room from

feeling dark and oppressive by painting the ceiling and its

beams off-white Left: Despite its ancient origins, the house has

been sensitively updated over the years. Fans of classic Wealden

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This page: The master ‘suite’ on the top floor comprises master

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Back down the stairs, the first floor is home to the

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The den’s walls are covered in corrugated iron, which

were retrieved from various local farmyards, or reclaimed

scaffold boards, and a tractor tyre has been topped with

planks and turned into a table. Distractions include a

drum kit, pool table, dart board and a flat-screen TV –

of course. Best of all, the blinds – which look like old

hop pockets – are made from hessian grain sacks.

Downstairs, reached via French doors which face out on to

the garden and the same enviable views, is Ally’s office and

work room. Not what you might expect to find in a barn, the

room is filled with luscious fabric samples, wallpaper books

and haberdasher’s goodies. Thick, sisal-type carpet, as found

throughout the house, adds to the rustic charm. It is from

this room that she plans her interior design schemes... one

of the most striking of which is also just across the lawn.

Converted oasts, in Kent and Sussex at least, are

commonplace. This conversion, completed twelve years

ago and used by the Wylies as guest accommodation, is

also a holiday let – and is ‘something else’. Also reached

by an outside staircase, once inside the oast you’re met

with the most gorgeous open-plan kitchen and living

room, lined with pale-blue painted boards and honeycoloured

beams. A wood-burner adds to the cosiness.

The kitchen area comes with a butler sink and huge,

chunky butcher’s block, complementing a country-style

table and cream-painted dresser that is home to an array

of blue and white willow-pattern crockery. Overhead,

stencilled black numbers on the beams are a reminder

of the oast’s former purpose... if the hop gardens visible

from the windows aren’t enough of a reminder.

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This page: The Wylies’ holiday let is reached by an outside staircase. Once inside the oast you’re met with the most gorgeous openplan

kitchen and living room, lined with pale-blue painted boards and honey-coloured beams. Stencilled black numbers on the beams

are a reminder of the oast’s former purpose


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This page: The den’s walls are covered in corrugated iron, which

Ally retrieved from various local farmyards, or reclaimed scaffold

boards, and a tractor tyre has been topped with planks and

turned into a table

the oast have been ingeniously converted into two circular

bedrooms with four-metre-high ceilings. The middle

roundel, on the other hand, has been transformed into

two curved-walled wash rooms, one with a classic clawfooted

cast iron bath and the other a walk-in wet room.

As you step down into each of the bedrooms, it would

be easy to imagine that you were inside a castle turret and

the classic, luxurious furnishings add to this impression.

The main bedroom contains a regal, four-poster bed

that belonged to Ally’s parents, carefully chosen dark

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Above: Downstairs, reached via French doors which face out on to the garden, is Ally’s office and work room. The room is filled with

luscious fabric samples, wallpaper books and haberdasher’s goodies

chandelier: “I actually bought it in Africa, although

they are made locally to here,” says Ally. The table-top

lamps, with bead and feather trim, she commissioned.

Ally is a fount of knowledge, when it comes to great

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Midwinter Magic

Julie Simpson reflects on a festive-filled three days at

Wealden Times Midwinter Fair 2016

Photographs: David Merewether

We’ve had so many lovely

comments about this year’s

Midwinter Fair but one

that particularly resonated was from

stand-holder and furniture designer

Steve Armitage from Huutt who said

“we feel that we’re now part of a very

vibrant and growing community of

independent, creative retailers – proud

to serve our region” and I’d like to

add to that that their region is very,

very proud of them. All of them.

The talent, energy, creativity and

enthusiasm of the 250 retailers who

attended this year’s Wealden Times

Midwinter Fair in November was

amazing. The high entry standards for

exhibitors set by the WT Fairs team

really shone through. Visitors were

delighted by the quality and variety

that was on offer with stands selling

everything from beautiful clothes and

accessories to home and garden ware,

gifts and fabulous food and drink. And

they all left laden down with goodies.

Despite the fact that Christmas was on

the horizon, chats on the door with

visitors leaving the fair suggested that as

many purchases were made for personal

consumption as were bought as gifts!

Food is always a big part of any

good event, as is a great cup of coffee

or a glass of fizz. Coffee Real, Hush

Heath Winery and Cocolicious made

sure no one went thirsty at the fair

while a fleet of street food vehicles fed

us all with a delicious range of dishes.

Every taste bud was catered for with

Italian, Indonesian, gluten free, healthy

salads and a traditional afternoon

tearoom being just a few of the

offerings available to hungry shoppers.

The Hop Farm was a new venue

for us this year and it proved a

great success, providing masses and

masses of good parking and easy

access for visitors coming from Kent,

Sussex, Surrey and further afield.

We’d like to thank our friends

and sponsors, estate agents Harpers

& Hurlingham, for their continued

support of our fairs and their unfailing

good humour and generosity in

raising funds for charity. Their raffle

at this year’s Midwinter Fair raised

£1,565.00 for Cancer Research.

Here at Wealden Times, we’re now

looking forward to our Midsummer

Fair at Hole Park on 8, 9 & 10 June.

The theme for the festival which

accompanies the summer event will

be wellbeing and gardening and

we’ll be releasing the programme

of speakers very soon. So, save

the dates and we look forward

to seeing you all in June.


Cool Blue

When Geoff and Annie Waring decided to leave the city in search of

a greener way of living, they found that the challenge of renovating an

Arts & Crafts house in Tunbridge Wells ticked all the boxes

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Previous pages: The stylish and light sitting room features

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are painted in Fired Earth’s Ambergris This page: One wall in

the kitchen has been painted a very dark grey – Mercury by

Fired Earth. The kitchen is dominated by a free-standing unit

painted in Farrow & Ball Slipper White. Featuring big and

bold is a magnificent set of scales

Geoff and Annie Waring had pondered for some time

the idea of upping sticks in Islington and finding

a greener life for themselves and their two young

children. They wanted a bigger garden and easy access to

the countryside and with his work as the art director for a

glossy fashion magazine Geoff needed a train line that would

go into Charing Cross. Annie had a successful business

hand painting bone china pieces for sale through shops like

Liberty and Thomas Goode so she could work anywhere.

As is often the case, it was while in Greece, sitting in

a taverna with time to muse, that they decided to make

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from which to search for properties and the brief was

fairly straightforward – a biggish garden, not a busy road,

easy access to the station and preferably Victorian.

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Smitten by the idea of half an acre of garden and easy walking

distance from the station they went to view a property in a

rather unusual road where all the houses on one side had been

constructed in the 1920s by one builder, Mr Bates. He was

evidently a man of some stature – all the manhole covers in

the road bear his name – and, having bought a plot from the

Abergavenny Estate, he set about building a street of houses

where each one represented a different vernacular style. So

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At one end of the kitchen a picture window looks out over the rambling garden

and beyond to Tunbridge Wells. A long table created from an old GPO desk

bought for £1 at an office clearance sale is surrounded by some funky colourful

chairs all of which have travelled with the Warings from home to home


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This page: The kitchen leads off the hall. Originally a network

of tiny rooms, the internal walls were all taken away and, with

the addition of a single storey extension, the Warings have

created a fabulous big room that really does feel like the heart of

the home

wander down the road past the Georgian rectory, the Victorian

villa and the rustic country cottage until you come to the Arts

and Crafts house and that is where the Warings now live.

The previous owners had been in the house for over

thirty years and, having evidently done a lot at the start,

but very little since, it was a temple to 1970s design –

avocado bathrooms, swirly carpets, floral wallpaper and

depressingly dark woodwork. But Geoff and Annie had a

history of taking on major projects and with their combined

artistic talent they have created an incredibly stylish, light

and contemporary family home but one that still pays

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This page: With shelves filled with books and vinyl and a funky

Philippe Starck Perspex chair and desk, one end of the living

room is clearly Geoff’s space. On the walls are some striking

black and white photos – a small part of his large collection

amassed over the years

a respectful nod to the original Arts and Crafts vision.

Entering the house you come into a spacious and

unusually shaped hall that has a multitude of doors, stairs,

cupboards and even a fireplace – not an easy space to

work with. Originally, it was all dark brown woodwork

but in common with the rest of the house the Warings

have gone for a light and bright Scandi style, painting the

walls in a neutral tone and the woodwork white. More

light is thrown into the room by a mirror atop the painted

base of an old sideboard – found in the basement of their

very first home which has travelled with them ever since.

But what really catches the eye is a truly beautiful and

eyecatching decorative radiator – one of the four that are

original to the house and all have been carefully renovated.

The kitchen leads off the hall. Once a network of tiny

rooms – scullery, pantry, outside loo etc., the internal


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The parquet flooring hasn’t happened yet but the panelled room most definitely

has. Being a creative duo the Warings went to B&Q and bought panels of MDF

which they got cut into strips. Using “No More Nails” they then glued them to the

walls – which, being brick, were absolutely true – and painted them off white


This page: At the end of the landing is a really pretty guest room

which features an Andrew Martin willow pattern plate design

wallpaper, colours from which have been picked up in curtains,

throws and cushions

walls were all taken away and, with the addition of a single

storey extension, the Warings have created a fabulous big

room that really does feel like the heart of the home. At one

end a picture window looks out over the rambling garden

and beyond to Tunbridge Wells, and rather cleverly it has

been framed by painting the surrounding wall a very dark

grey – Mercury by Fired Earth. By painting the imposing

fireplace at the other end of the kitchen in the same colour,

Annie ties the big space together. She also explains that it’s a

very simple and quick way of completely changing the look of

the room. In recent years these feature walls have been white

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The garden end has a long table created from an old

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This page: Daughter Poppy’s room alludes to her love of music

and retro styling

about living in a home filled with an eclectic collection of

pieces that tell their own story and reflect the history of the

family. A strategy that works especially well when coupled

with the stunning and mostly original artwork that is

evident everywhere, much of which is Annie’s own work.

The kitchen end of the space is dominated by a freestanding

unit painted in Farrow & Ball Slipper White.

Featuring big and bold is a magnificent set of scales, which

despite the pounds and ounces calibration is still in frequent

use. On a weekend away in Aldeburgh, Geoff spotted them

in a junk shop but sadly it was closed. However, on his

next visit they were still there and so he had to buy them

– apparently they had come from the next door butcher’s

shop. The lights over the unit are also very striking. They

are a Swedish design, suspended by fishing line and cleverly

counterweighted so they can be raised and lowered as required.

A very stylish and very light sitting room stands at the

other end of the house, the light thanks to the original

Crittall leaded windows on three sides. The previous

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Above: One wall of son Finn’s bedroom is papered with a world map and hung with favourite album covers

owners had covered these iconic windows with secondary

glazing but despite the inevitable heat loss the Warings felt

duty bound to return them to their original splendour and

beautiful heavy-duty velvet and linen curtains keep in the

warm on cold nights. Because it’s a north-facing room the

walls are painted in Fired Earth’s Ambergris, a warm earthy

tone, which sets off the cool marble fireplace. Annie loves

the fact that there are really deep windowsills throughout the

house, a great opportunity to display her prized collection

of jugs, plates and assorted ceramics. These vary from oneoff

unique treasures, through pocket money purchased

presents from her children and a few of her own pieces.

One end of the room looks a little different. With shelves

filled with books and vinyl and a funky Philippe Starck

Perspex chair and desk, this is definitely Geoff’s space.

On the walls are some striking black and white photos – a

small part of his large collection amassed over the years.

Annie has her space, too. Having switched her creative

energy from ceramics to oil painting when the children were

young, she now spends a great deal of time in a north-facing

studio – a fairly recent addition – just off the sitting room.

This is where she creates the still life oil paintings in mainly

earthy tones for which she has become justifiably acclaimed.

However, for cosy winter evenings they are more likely to

be found in the family room, originally the dining room, at

the other end of the house – always toasty warm thanks to

a newly installed wood burner. When they moved in there

were two things Annie wanted in their new home: parquet

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Above: Similar to his sister, Poppy, Finn’s bedroom is testament to his passion for music

flooring in the hall and a panelled room. The parquet flooring

hasn’t happened yet but the panelled room most definitely

has. Being a creative duo the Warings went to B&Q and

bought panels of MDF which they got cut into strips. Using

“No More Nails” they then glued them to the walls – which,

being brick, were absolutely true – and painted them off

white. Thanks to the shadows cast by these 6mm thick strips,

believe me you really wouldn’t know it wasn’t original work.

It being a sunny room they wanted to make the most of

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This page: The cool and calm en suite and tiled fireplace in the

master bedroom

original fireplace and built in a window seat to match. On

the walls there are more of Geoff’s pictures collected from

his time working on magazines like Vogue, Elle, Red and

Glamour. And set against the back wall is a 1950s dresser from

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Editor’s Letter

New Year’s resolutions aside, January offers up

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go on. Here at Wealden Times, we choose

to view January as wellbeing month – time to pamper

your body, mind and soul in preparation for the busy

year ahead. Why not ease yourself into 2017 in style by

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Whatever your age, health & beauty editor Helen

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from natural cosmetics perfect for twenty-somethings

to skin-friendly treats for those aged 50 and beyond.

Elsewhere, Jo Fairley tackles the pros and cons of

going grey and this month’s health page interviewee,

artist and creative mentor Baljit Venning, talks

us through her own bodycare regime.

If you’re pushed for time, try out our ten-minute workouts

to breathe life back into weary post-Christmas limbs (page 19)

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Stretch and breathe

Genevieve from Stalwart Wellness talks us

through some simple steps to gently introduce

exercise into our daily routine.

Bridging – for spine articulation, breath

control and strengthening the pelvic floor

1. Lie on your back with your knees bent

and your feet still flat on the floor.

2. Keeping your arms on the floor, and palms facing down,

gently lift your spine off the mat (or the floor) until

you’re holding your weight on your shoulder blades

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3. Inhale in this position, and, as you lower

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Book openings – for shoulder mobility, rib

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6. Complete the same movement pattern on the

other side, and repeat this 4 times on each side.

Please note these exercises are not suitable for those with

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Paul Burnside from Sencio Community Leisure

explains that endless hours in the gym don’t always

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Personal Trainer Meg Raraty-Squires gives

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Roll down & walk out – Standing tall, begin by rolling

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Keep your tummy pulled into your spine and shoulders

directly over your wrists. Then slowly walk your hands

back towards your feet until you can roll back up to

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Take this movement onto your knees if you need to.

Then continue rolling back up to standing but this

time add a jump at the top. Repeat 10 – 15 times.

Mountain Climbers – It’s time to get that heart rate

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down in a plank. Then bring one knee at a time up

towards your chest gathering pace. It should feel like

running vertically up a mountain but be sure to keep

in a perfect straight line from shoulders to ankles

and tummy sucked in. Do this three times for 45

seconds each time being sure to rest in between.

Squats – A super simple yet super effective exercise.

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your

weight in your heels (imagine lifting your toes up

to the ceiling). As if about to sit down, take your

bottom down towards the floor so that your legs are

at 90 degrees. Exhale to push back up. The biggest

secret to doing a squat correctly is to start squeezing

your bottom at the lowest point of the squat and

continue as you stand up. Repeat 20-25 times.

Plyometrics – Exactly as above but this time, rather than

just stand up, try and jump up from the squat position

and land softly back into the squat and repeat. Think

as if you’re trying to hit your head on the ceiling with

each jump. Use your arms for momentum. Plyometrics

(jumping) is a great way to get the heart rate up.

Isometric hold – On your final squat jump,

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Meg Raraty-Squires is a Personal Trainer offering

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A new year brings new opportunities. Helen Barton gives us a few ideas on how to create a positive

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After a hectic couple of months, January is the perfect time to stop and reassess. Many begin their New Year

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Words: Jo Arnell

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Pineapple Paleo pudding

This is a healthy, vegan version of rice or semolina pudding.

Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 oil and other nutrients,

so are worth a try, especially in a sweet pudding. The end

result does look a bit like miniature frogspawn, I admit, but

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The taste of Kent

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Serves 4

• 5 tbsp chia seeds

• 1 can coconut milk

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

• 1 level tbsp sugar

(optional)

• ½ a pineapple

• 1 mango

• 3 passion fruit

1. Mix coconut milk (warm slightly to melt solid part if

needed), vanilla essence and chia seeds together. Stir in

a little sugar to taste, then pour into ramekins or small

bowls and leave to set for at least 3 hours (or overnight).

Slice pineapple into strips (sprinkle with a little sugar if

desired) and griddle (or grill) for 5 minutes until slightly

caramelised.

2. Make the mango and passionfruit sauce by mashing the

mango and passion fruit together and sieving to make a

smooth sauce. Place pineapple on top of the coconut chia,

pour on some sauce and serve.


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Kale and hearty detox soup

Kale, especially the handsome Cavolo Nero, is

a brilliant vegetable to grow through the winter

(when all the caterpillars and whitefly have

gone to ground). Rich in folate, phytonutrients

and antioxidants, just looking at the stuff will

do you good. This soup is light and fresh, but

also does what a winter soup should and is

comfortingly hearty too.

Serves 4

• 1 medium onion,

finely diced

• 250g approx

shredded kale

(tough stalks

removed)

• 1 tin (500g) white

cannellini beans

• 1 tin chopped

tomatoes

• 75g orzo or soup

pasta

• 1 tsp fennel seeds

• 2-3 garlic cloves

• 1 chopped fresh

chili, or 1 tsp chili

flakes

• ½ a lemon (inc

zest)

• 1½ litre vegetable

or chicken stock

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• parmesan shavings

to serve

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the

chopped onion, fennel seeds, chili flakes

and garlic, then cook gently for a few

minutes until the onion is soft.

2. Add the chopped tomatoes and the juice

of half a lemon. After these have been

cooking for a few minutes add the rest of

the ingredients, bring to the boil and then

simmer for 20 minutes until the kale and

pasta are cooked.

3. Season, sprinkle with grated lemon zest,

parmesan shavings and serve (with

optional ciabatta bread).


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Ginger chicken courgetti noodles

This stir-fry uses spiralized courgettes instead of noodles

(obtainable at the supermarket – no spiralizer required), so

is stodge (and gluten) free. Courgettes and chicken combine

well with the other health-giving ingredients for a clean and

bright light lunch or supper.

Serves 4

• 4 small chicken breasts,

cut into strips

• 1 red onion, sliced

• 1 lime juice & zest

• 1-2 small red chilies

(according to taste)

• 1 orange or red pepper,

sliced

• 1 tbsp soy sauce

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil

• 1 small bunch coriander,

roughly chopped, saving

some whole leaves for

garnishing

• around 400-500g

courgetti

For the marinade

• 2 tsp lime juice

• 2-3 cloves garlic, finely

minced/grated

• 3cm chunk of ginger,

finely grated

• 2 tsp sugar

1. Place the strips of chicken in a bowl and add marinade

ingredients. Leave, covered in the fridge, for at least an

hour.

2. The trick with stir-fry is not to overcook the vegetables,

so fry the marinaded chicken separately for around 10

minutes first, as this must be well cooked. Once the

chicken is cooked, put a pan of water on the hob and

steam the courgetti for around 3 minutes. Add the

other stir-fry ingredients to the chicken, and fry for 2-3

minutes (i.e. not long). Pile courgetti into bowls and

place chicken stir-fry on top. Garnish with coriander and

serve.

NB: If you’re still in the depths of Christmas leftovers, you

can use turkey instead of chicken in this dish.

You can find out what Jo’s been up to in her

garden and kitchen at hornbrookmanor.co.uk

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Garden

Gardening Resolutions

Jo Arnell advises us on taking positive steps in the garden for the year ahead.

Here we go again – out with

the old and in with the

new and all the happy

resolutions are sitting there looking

shiny and achievable. Hopes are

high and all is ‘plans and perusing’.

I’ve been looking out of the window

and have to confess that my own

resolutions are a bit tedious: 1. finish

projects before starting others, 2.

label seeds and cuttings, and 3. don’t

make piles of things. I’m hoping

that you don’t have my bad habits,

so I’ve chosen a few more that

might help to make a difference,

not just to the look of the garden

itself, but also to the experience of

being in the garden. Here goes:

1. Plant a tree

Anyone with a garden will have room

for a tree. Not a giant Redwood, or

anything too close to the house that will

clog the drains and lift the foundations,

but something that will give height

and interest all through the year. There

are plenty of beautiful small trees for

smaller gardens, or even for within

borders. I’m a bit mean when it comes

to choosing trees and shrubs, especially

if they’re going to be focal points. After

all, if they’ve been invited to be the

star attraction, they ought to provide

at least two seasons of interest. So look

out for trees that will have good foliage,

blossom, fruit and a handsome overall

shape. Too much to ask? I don’t think so.

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Top

Small trees to

plant this year:

Acer – there’s an Acer to suit

every garden and all of them

have fantastic foliage in the

autumn. Some have good

spring foliage, too, and a few,

like Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku’

and Acer griseum have

interesting winter bark. Plant

Acers in a sheltered spot.

Amelanchier – this is another

good all-rounder with coppery

young foliage, autumn tints and

blossom in April. If you grow it

as a multi-stem, rather than with

just one trunk, it will stay the size

of an elegant shrub, or ‘treelet’.

Sorbus aucuparia – better

known as Rowan, or Mountain

Ash, the native species will give

you blossom, autumn foliage

and red berries, while some

of the cultivars have berries

in orange, pink or white.

Crabapple – hard to beat for

three seasons of interest, blossom,

fruit and autumn foliage.

Cornus kousa – this is a

lovely tree to grow as a focal

point, either in the border

among other plants or on

its own. It has long-lasting

large bracts in summer.

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2. Add more structure

to your borders

This is a great time of the year for

focusing critically on the borders,

without the distraction of the flowers

and foliage. If it’s all looking dismal

and bare, think about adding some

plants for winter interest. These can

be evergreen, or have interesting bark,

an elegant form, or an anchoring

feature of some kind. Try to make sure

that plants that come into their own

during the winter either fade into the

background once they’ve done their

thing, become a foil for other plants,

or, best of all, will bring another point

of seasonal interest later in the year.

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Top

Good structural

plants:

Box – this is excellent for

adding formality and evergreen

interest. Create low hedges,

topiary shapes and focal points.

Euphorbia ‘Wulfenii’ – is

an architectural plant with

handsome, grey/green foliage

in winter and long-lasting

lime green bracts in spring.

Miscanthus sinensis – a tall

grass with attractive seedheads

that will persist all through

the winter. Grasses are a good

alternative to ‘blobby’ shrubs and

bring movement to a border.

Osmanthus – a small leaved

evergreen with tiny scented

flowers in spring. It can be

trimmed to a neat shape to make

a dark backdrop for other plants.

Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’

– this dogwood has pretty,

variegated foliage, good

autumn colour and dark red

stems on the young growth.

3. Learn how to prune

If you’re adding structure, you will

find that no matter how well behaved

the plant is, unless it dies or is made

of plastic, it will need pruning at some

point. Knowing when to prune each

plant and by how much is a subject

that fills many books (containing

impenetrable diagrams that bear no

resemblance to your plants). So, in a

couple of sentences: prune evergreens

during the spring and summer when

all danger of frost is past. Prune earlyflowering

deciduous shrubs after they’ve

flowered and late-flowering shrubs

(Buddleia etc), in the early spring. For

the health of the plant, cut out dead,

damaged and diseased wood first and

then aim for a pleasing goblet shape.

Branches shouldn’t cross or grow

inwards, as a more open structure allows

air to circulate. Stand back often and

look at the overall shape, as if you’re

a hairdresser, but try not to ‘hedge’

about trimming little pieces off, as this

can make the situation worse. Got all

that? Fortunately GBH to plants does

not carry a prison sentence – yet.

4. Catch problems early

If you make a habit of going into

the garden on a daily basis you stand

a better chance of catching the first

greenfly as it alights and the first slug

that dares to slide into view. If possible,

incorporate it into your daily routine

and take a companion – or, better, a

cup of tea or a glass of something as you

walk round. You’ll soon start spotting

a few weeds and the odd pesky. Pull

them up or pick them off as you go and

you might just stay on top of them…

5. Grow more edibles

Some crops might not work, your

vegetables might not look as perfect as

they do in the shops, but they will taste

better and you’ll have the satisfaction of

having grown them yourself. That first

year will be a great adventure – and it

will take about that long for all the pests

to find you – after that, growing your

own can become more of a battle. If you

have been growing vegetables for a while

and have been beset by pests/diseases/

soil problems, work out which crops

have suffered and then just grow a few

of the easy-going ones that won’t need

too much TLC: salads, beans, tomatoes

and courgettes should provide bumper

harvests of summer crops. Add in a few

leeks and spinach or kale and the winter

will be covered without much fuss, too.

Apparently we should only make one

resolution each year and then break it

down into an achievable action plan. So

I’d say going into the garden more often

would be the one to choose. You might

start off just catching a few of the problems

early, but, strangely, the more you go out

in it, the more you find yourself doing a

few little jobs, and before you know it,

there’s a list of plans and high hopes for

their completion. Let’s get out there.

For information on next year’s

gardening courses contact

Jo on 01233 861149

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Education

Technology in Schools

Just how much screen time for children is too much? And how can we keep up to date with the

fast-changing world of technology in schools? Wealden Times asks two head teachers for their views

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David Clark

Headmaster Battle Abbey School

What range of technologies do your students have

access to in the classroom on a daily basis?

There is so much scope in computing and we, in the

computing & ICT department have focused on making

our lessons fun and informative. We use both hardware and

software to achieve this. We have used Lego in our lessons

from Key Stage 3 right up to Sixth Form. We find that

students can’t resist playing around trying to make things

work. We also run a good range of free IT based Extra

Curricular clubs such as Minecraft and also participate in

the annual Lego League Competition. We use hardware

such as Raspberry Pis (a fun way to learn about complex

programming such as the python language), LEDs, buttons

and sound to create different systems. We were also part

of the BBC Microbit initiative and continue to use this

online resource in our Key Stage 3 lessons. Music, photos

and video are also a part of our lessons and we are looking

forward to incorporating 3D design into the curriculum

later this year and using the school’s 3D printer.

How do you keep up to date with the fastchanging

technology world?

At Battle Abbey School, the Computing & ICT department

has always been full of innovative thinkers who regularly

achieve outstanding results. We have eagerly incorporated

a range of exciting tasks into our lessons to comply with

the new Government initiative for computing in schools.

This year in our Key Stage 3 lessons we have incorporated

elements of Computing and ICT into their practical

lessons. We have also added a theory element where

they learn about the history of computers, binary and

algorithms. We regularly incorporate the ‘hour of code’

into our KS3 lessons which is another fun initiative and

we offer a useful introduction to programming. Our

Computing teachers participate in regular training courses

and a number of them are examiners which means they

are right up to date with what examiners expect.

We have been lucky to be part of a number of projects,

too. In 2015 a group of Battle Abbey students were involved

in a Google Rise project call Arrastre where ‘computing

and dance collide!’ The dance department were also

involved and we worked with the leader of the project,

Genevieve Smith-Nunes. The students involved learnt

about wearable technology and how it is programmed,

and this is something we have incorporated into GCSE

Computing lessons. Genevieve has recently approached

the school with another exciting project which we hope

to start working on in the coming year. We have many

interesting speakers from various business and technology

backgrounds visiting the school as part of our careers

schedule and plan to have even more speakers next year.

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What effect has social media had on students’

relationships and behaviour?

At Battle Abbey we take E-Safety very seriously and it is

incorporated into lessons across the curriculum. In all

computing lessons we dedicate a term to learning about E-Safety

and how pupils should interact with social media. We also

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How has technology been incorporated into

the curriculum, other than ICT lessons?

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synergy with each of their learning styles. Our campus is fully

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How do you control the use of mobile

phones within school hours?

The advent of modern phone technology has made this

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is fitted with a FortiGate filter unit, but pupils will always

be able to access 3G via their smart phones if they so choose.

However, pupils in KS3 have their phones routinely collected

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for the duration of the school day. For older pupils, phones

are not allowed to be used at break time or in lessons unless

expressly permitted by a teacher. Our focus is on education as

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policy on the matter, has meant that transgressions are few

and far between and effectively dealt with if they do occur.

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What range of technologies do your students have

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How has technology been incorporated into

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Read On

Education

Susan Elkin looks at the way reading is taught in schools and at home

There’s a great deal more to teaching reading, than – well –

teaching reading. Far too many schools, teachers and even

parents get so hung up on deciphering squiggles, worrying

about phonics with all its esoteric graphemes and phonemes,

‘sounding out’ and all the rest of it that they forget that this

mechanical stage is the beginning and not the end of the process.

The real purpose of teaching reading is to develop competent,

fluent, ‘deep end’ readers with enough stamina to immerse themselves

effortlessly in print for a sustained length of time. And this, in my

experience, is where many children hit the buffers. They can tell you

what the squiggles ‘say’ but they fail to develop into Real Readers.

My contention then, has long been, that encouraging reading

matters much more than ‘teaching’ it. And most schools – and

parents – could, in my view do far more to make Real Reading

a normal part of everyday activity than they currently do.

Children need to see adults buried in books (or reading books on

tablets). Otherwise they get the message that reading is a ‘do as I say

but not as I do’ childish thing and soon stop doing it. And the early

teens is the most vulnerable moment for this – they want desperately

to be cool and grown up and (as they see it) adults don’t read do they?

Role modelling is an immensely powerful, often undervalued

teaching tool. Every school should have a block of time every day

when everyone – including all the adults – reads silently. It used to

be called USSR (uninterrupted sustained silent reading) or ERIC

(everyone reads in class) and there is nothing like enough of it now.

At home, parents – especially male adults – need to be seen

reading too. Otherwise boys get the impression that reading is

a ‘girly’ thing which self respecting men don’t bother with.

Some schools use reward schemes such as Renaissance

Reading which sets levels and provides quizzes on books read.

Sponsored reading marathons can work quite well so can

projects such as a Book Week in which almost all the time is

related to book events such as author visits, telling each other

about favourite books and lots of extra reading time.

At home, for most of us, it’s probably a case of less TV and

more quiet time. And it’s not hard to switch it on when there’s

something you or your children really want to watch. And we

still – despite some closures in some areas – have many fabulous

public libraries. They need to be part of every child’s experience

almost from birth because they help to normalise the reading habit.

Don’t reject Kindles or similar reading devices either. They make

access to books easy and work well even for quite young children.

Let’s teach them to Read rather than allowing them to infer

that applying phonics is the be-all and end-all of reading.

Susan Elkin is the author of Encouraging Reading (Continuum,

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Balancing Act

There’s no escaping the sad fact that the start of the New Year heralds an increase in family

break-ups. Many couples considering separation or divorce are under the impression that it

is inevitable they will end up in court and, unfortunately, each year families are left divided.

Here, Wealden Times explores the options with three legal experts and finds out that there

is a way to avoid the costly and emotionally damaging court battles – mediation.

Alan Green

Head of Family Department at

Kingsfords Solicitors

What if I have suffered domestic violence?

Will I still be able to mediate?

When a referral is made to a mediator the Referral Form

will generally ask for information about any domestic

violence/abuse in the relationship. When the mediator

contacts the parties they will discuss this issue with them.

A decision about the mediation process can be made at this

time if the domestic violence/abuse is very bad. If not, at

the initial MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment

Meeting) appointment the mediator will further consider

the issue of domestic violence/abuse. If the mediator

believes mediation is inappropriate, due to the domestic

violence/abuse then the mediation process will come to

an end at this point. If the mediator believes the process

can continue, with adequate steps being taken to protect

the victim of abuse, then mediation can continue.

Do we have to sit in the same room as each other?

Generally, both parties will sit in the same room with

the mediator. Normally, nobody else is allowed in the


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oom during the mediation meetings. Some mediators are

prepared to undertake ‘shuttle mediation’, when the parties

are in separate rooms and the mediator moves from room to

room. This process is not ideal as neither party hears what

the other person is saying, but it can still be effective.

How will the mediator make sure that

my ex doesn’t intimidate me?

The mediators are trained to prevent one party intimidating

the other party. It is often the case that one party is more

used to meetings like this than the other party. The mediator

will use their training to allow both parties to be able to put

forward their position and for there to be effective mediation.

What happens if we reach agreement?

If an agreement is reached a Memorandum of Understanding

can be drawn up to record the agreement and this is signed

by the parties and the mediator. This is only a record not

a binding agreement. The Memorandum will need to be

taken to a solicitor, who can then prepare the necessary

document to record the agreement. This can be easier with

financial claims, especially in divorce proceedings, than with

agreements in relation to the arrangements for children.

However, these may now be able to be recorded in a court

order as well. The mediation process has to be tried, and

be unsuccessful or inappropriate due to domestic violence/

abuse, before any court proceedings can be commenced in

The mediation process

has to be tried, and

be unsuccessful or

inappropriate due

to domestic violence/

abuse, before any

court proceedings

can be commenced

relation to children or finances, unless it is an emergency

situation when mediation generally can be by-passed. There

are other exemptions to mediation, but these have to be

assessed by the mediator at the MIAM appointment.

For mediation advice call Alan Green on 01233

648405 or email ADG@kingsfords.net

Alex Davies

Head of Family Law, Cripps.

What is family mediation?

Family mediation is a way for couples going through

divorce or separation to solve disputes without having

to resort to expensive court proceedings. The mediator

is a neutral third party trained to help the couple discuss

issues constructively. The mediator will not impose a

solution and remains neutral throughout the process.

What issues can I mediate about?

You can mediate about any issue that arises between you.

Most people mediate about financial issues or arrangements

for children. However, you could also mediate about

other issues, such as which spouse is going to start divorce

proceedings and on what legal basis, or how you are going

to co-operate to tell the children about your separation.

settlement or arrangements for a child, that partner

must first give mediation a try in a short meeting

with a mediator called a Mediation Information and

Assessment Meeting (MIAM). There are limited

exceptions to this rule, such as for those who have

suffered domestic violence. In the MIAM the mediator

will talk about the benefits of mediation and assess

whether your case is suitable. If it is decided not to

be appropriate to proceed with mediation then the

mediator will exempt you from any further mediation

session and you can commence court proceedings.

Can my partner be forced to go to mediation?

The only party that may have to try mediation is

the partner who wants to start court proceedings

about financial or children issues. The other partner

cannot be forced to go to mediation, unless they

decide to start court proceedings themselves.

Can I be forced to go to mediation?

In most cases, if either partner wants to start court

proceedings for the Judge to decide terms of a financial

Alex Davies can be contacted for advice on

01892 506326 and alex.davies@cripps.co.uk


The mediator is a neutral third party trained to

help the couple discuss issues constructively.

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Under UK law we are able to leave

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also says that ‘real property’, such

as holiday homes, will pass under

the law of the country in which

it is situated. So, for example, a

French holiday home would pass

under the French rules on ‘forced

inheritance’. These dictate that

property is divided among family

members in set proportions,

which may not fit with the owner’s

plans for sharing their estate.

Fortunately, a piece of Euro

legislation introduced in 2015

(‘Brussels IV’) now allows people to

decide if they wish to have the law

of their nationality applied to their

estate when they die. Although the

UK has not opted in to the rules,

and won’t be able to after Brexit,

they affect property in all other EU

states except Denmark and Ireland.

If no choice of law is specified,

the law of the person’s country of

‘habitual residence’ will apply –

which for us is likely to be UK law.

As already mentioned, however, UK

law states that overseas property

should be dealt with under the

law of the country in which it is

situated. So a French holiday home

would normally be dealt with

under French law. If an English

national wants to decide who should

inherit a French property, their

Will must say that they want the

French property dealt with under

UK succession law. The French

authorities, applying the Brussels

IV rules, will then refer it back

to be dealt with under UK law.

The rules are, of course, more

complicated than outlined here

and there are other issues to take

into account, such as the effect of

different countries’ tax regimes.

The important thing is that Wills

should be reviewed frequently

and detailed advice taken on

the tax and other implications

of owning foreign property.

At Cripps we have specialists who

can advise on these issues and,

as members of an international

alliance of law firms, MarcAlliance,

we are able to work with our

colleagues to obtain advice on

the law in many other countries.

Our aim is to listen to our

clients, offer solutions and

guide people towards the

correct decision for them.

Jessica Jamieson

T - 01892 506 019

E - jessica.jamieson@cripps.co.uk

Alternatively contact

Alison Ward

T - 01892 506 251

E - alison.ward@cripps.co.uk

Cripps is a key regional law firm serving clients

nationally and internationally from offices in Kent

and London. Recognised countrywide for both

its commercial and private client work, Cripps is

ranked in the Top 25 Private Client Law Firms. The

firm focuses on wealthier families, entrepreneurial

businesses and the real estate sector.

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Dawn Harrison

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How much does mediation cost?

The cost of a mediated settlement is likely to be substantially

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VAT. Most couples need three or four meetings though

complex arrangements will require more. A written record

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What are the advantages of mediation?

• Reduction in tension and hostility

through use of sensitive language.

• Decisions made on an informed and shared basis.

• Tailor made solutions to a couple’s particular needs.

• Improving communication and cooperation.

• Timetable of meetings suited to the

couple not imposed by the court.

• Greater focus given to the needs of

children with each parent.

• Lower legal costs.

What is the difference between the role of a mediator

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A mediator is an impartial facilitator to a couple’s discussions

and agreement. They will supply legal information and

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How do I go about choosing the best mediator for my case?

All family mediators are regulated by the Family Mediation

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What’s On In January

Courses & Workshops

Wed 18 Jan 7.30pm

Biddenden New Village Hall

Weald of Kent

computer club

This evening there will be a

talk and demonstration on

using the new photos app in

Windows 10 to edit pictures.

Entry: Annual membership £10,

non-members £2 per visit

Info: wealdofkentcomputerclub.

co.uk / secretarywkcc@yahoo.co.uk

Children & Family

Mon 2 Jan 10am-4pm

Knole, Sevenoaks,

Kent TN15 0RP

Deer Trail

Venture out into Knole

Park for some quality

family time this season.

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk/

events / 01732 462100

Wed 18 – Sat 21 Jan

Churchill Theatre, High Street,

Bromley, Kent BR1 1HA

Cirque Berserk

This breathtaking show will be

in Bromley for the very first

time, after six sold-out seasons

in London’s Hyde Park. This

unique performance involves a

combination of contemporary

‘cirque’ style skills, and offthe-scale

stunt action, that will

amaze audiences of all ages.

Info: cirqueberserk.co.uk

Sat 21 Jan 4pm

Spotlites, Kings Theatre, 338

High Street, Chatham ME4 4NR

The Golden Goose

Suitable for children of 3-8 years,

this interactive show is perfect for

those wanting to take part and

have a lot of fun. This enchanting

fairytale will engage and inspire.

Entry: £6

Info: spotlites.co.uk / 01634 829468

Sat 21 Jan 11am-4pm

Knole, Sevenoaks TN15 0RP

Essence of Knole

Be inspired to make your own

perfume with the guidance

of expert Stephen Nelson.

Create a unique scent to

take home and enjoy.

Info: nationaltrust.org.

uk / 01732 467160

Fairs & Markets

Sat 7, 14, 21 & 28 Jan 7am-2pm

Tonbridge Market, Angel Lane

Tonbridge Market

Visit the biggest fruit and veg

stall in Kent, and shop from

household items, a flower and

plant stall, haberdashery, and

plenty of delicious food.

Info: theplattgroup.co.uk

/ 07756 169178

Sat 14 Jan 10am-12pm

Wittersham Church,

The Street, Wittersham,

Tenterden TN30 7EA

Sewing room

sort out sale

Find a huge variety of sewing

bits and bobs, a wide selection

of fabric, buttons, knitting

needles, pins and yarn. Tea,

coffee and homemade cakes

will also be available. All

proceeds to the church.

Info: 01797 270122

Sun 15 Jan 9.30am-1.30pm

Aylesford Priory, Aylesford,

Kent ME20 7BX

Aylesford Farmers’

Market

Find more than 45 stalls selling

a variety of locally produced

food and drink on the third

Sunday of every month.

Info: aylesfordfarmersmarket.

co.uk / 07557 739903

Music & Theatre

Sun 1 & Mon 2 Jan

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Brighton Dome, Church Street,

Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UE

Alice in Wonderland

Following the sell-out success of

The Snow Queen last Christmas,

Ballet Theatre UK returns to

Brighton with a captivating new

ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s

much-loved children’s books,

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

and Through the Looking Glass.

Entry: £10, £12.50, £16, £19.50

Info: brightondome.org

Sat 7 Jan 7.30pm

St John’s Church, Church

Road, Sidcup DA14 6BX

Sidcup symphony

new year concert

Join conductor James Ross for a

wonderful New Year’s concert,

and enjoy music from Bizet’s

Carmen Suites, Khachaturian’s

Sabre Dance, Rachmaninov,

Johann Strauss and much more.

Entry: from £10

Info: sidcupsymphony.org.

uk / 01322 557458

Sat 14 Jan 7.30pm

The Marlowe Theatre, The

Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS

Philharmonia

Orchestra

Conductor Domingo Hindoyan

has paired Beethoven’s Fifth

Symphony with Wagner, creating

a truly unique experience,

featuring talented soloists.

Entry: £15-£34

Info: philharmonia.co.uk/

concerts / 01227 787787

Sun 15 Jan 3pm

St Gregory’s Centre for

Music, North Holmes Road,

Canterbury CT1 1QU

Onyx Brass Ensemble

One of the finest brass ensembles

will play arrangements of Bach

and Shostakovich, as well as

piano music by Brahms. The

second half will consist of newly

commissioned pieces and jazz.

Entry: £15

Info: canterburymusicclub.

com / 01227 765906

Sun 15 Jan 2.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton

Valence School

SUTTON VALENCE

MUSIC SOCIETY

Raphaela Papadakis, soprano,

has won numerous awards

including 1st prize for the Mozart

Competition. Accompanied by

James Sherlock, an outstanding

and versatile musician, she will

sing romantic classics from the

golden age of song by Strauss and

Debussy, plus Schubert’s Ave Maria

and other operatic favourites.

Entry: £12 to include afternoon tea.

Info: 01622 863002

Wed 25, Fri 27 & Sat

28 Jan 7.30pm

Tenterden Town Hall

The Pajama Game

A buoyantly blissful blend of

romance and comedy with

many well-known songs.

Info & Booking: tods.me.uk

Sat 28 Jan 7.30pm

St John The Evangelist, Brittany

Road, St Leonards-on-Sea,

East Sussex TN38 0RD

Winter Concert

Enjoy another concert of popular

music with Thomasin Trezise

(Soprano), Randy Nichol (Tenor)

and Howard Southern (piano).

Entry: £10 in advance, £12

on the door, under 16s free

Info: hastingssinfonia.com

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going to press but may be subject

to change. Readers are advised to

check with venues before making

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WIN A dinner party for SIX,

cooked by Matthew Sankey and

his team, complete with wine

Sankey’s of Tunbridge Wells have

launched Sankey’s Fishmongers

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online and have delivered, the very next day

by their crack-team of fish delivery experts.

In honour of this launch, Matthew Sankey

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Matthew will be cooking their signature

oysters and seafood paella for you and

your guests. To accompany the culinary

delights, your wine will be matched by

Mrs Sankey for your meal and brought

to you chilled and ready for action.

A family run business that is incredibly

proud of the quality of their produce,

Sankey’s of Tunbridge Wells has something

to offer every foodie – be it from their

Public House, Seafood Brasserie, The Old

Fishmarket Champagne & Seafood bar or

their fabulous award-winning Fishmongers.

Sankey’s has one simple rule, and that is

they do not buy any seafood that cannot be

proved to come from a sustainable source,

and they do check! To do their bit for the

environment, Sankey’s also set up the “Buy

One, Set One Free” campaign with their

friends at The National Lobster Hatchery. The

premise is very simple – when you buy and

eat a lobster at Sankey’s, they will put a brand

new baby lobster back into the Cornish sea!

Sankey’s is also recognized on the campaigning

site Fish2Fork, who rate restaurants based

on the sustainability of their seafood.

For your chance to win the Sankey’s team

cooking for you in your own home, all you

need to do is answer the following question:

What is the name of the campaign that

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Congratulations to Louise Corke who wins our November competition for designer Christmas decorations from Jo Downs

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane takes a look behind the scenes at Stonegate Cheese Dairy

Oh blimey, another New Year

to contend with and a host

of resolutions to conjure up.

I’ve long since realised the futility of the

lose weight / drink less / exercise more

school of personal resolutions but hold

out far more hope of delivering on those

that involve improvements on the farm.

And this year I’m determined to make

a few changes in the pig department.

Resolution No 1 – be a little more

aware of the promiscuity of teenage pigs.

At the moment we keep our sows –

Sybil the Saddleback, Alison

the Oxford Sandy & Black

and Joan the Tamworth

in a separate wood. Each

will be pregnant for four

months, at different times,

to ensure a constant flow

of piglets (though that,

too, is another area for

improvement). They keep their piglets

for about eight weeks and shortly after

weaning come back into season. Douglas

the Duroc boar then visits and, hey

presto, it all starts again. Very organised.

Sadly what follows next is less so.

On leaving Mum, the weaners get

released into a 20 acre wood where

they grow on with all the others until

they are ready to go ‘up the road’ (a

less brutal explanation of the journey

to become sausages) at about seven

months. Technically the girls shouldn’t

The pigs absolutely

love the whey...

they submerge

their heads in

the trough

come into season before then, but

there’s always one and with 20 acres

to play in, all sorts of shenanigans

go on with inevitable results! So this

year I’m going to be a killjoy and

have a girls’ wood and a boys’ wood.

That should put an end to that!

Resolution No 2 – don’t get soaked

every morning. I wrote last year how

the Stonegate Cheese Dairy had decided

that the only way to guarantee the

welfare of the cows supplying their milk

was to buy their own herd – and so they

did. Now, every other day

Guy the farmer delivers

2,000 litres of whole milk

for them to turn into

their wonderful cheeses.

What I hadn’t

appreciated is that cheese

is made from the curd,

which is only about

25% of the volume of the milk and the

rest, the whey, is a waste product that

has to be taken away at quite a cost.

Traditionally this was always fed to pigs

and, as a zealous waste-not want-not

campaigner, I eagerly agreed to collect

some of the whey for Sybil, Alison,

Joan and their growing offspring.

All well and good, but the logistics are

quite daunting. How to transport 500

litres of liquid, three times a week, one

mile from Stonegate Cheese Dairy to

Coopers Farm and then across two fields

to the pig wood? Hmmm. The obvious

solution would have been a bowser but

locally eBay was not forthcoming and

I wasn’t going to drive to Pontefract

and back just for a bowser. Instead I

picked up a batch of 20-litre plastic

containers for nothing, shoved them in

the back of the Land Rover and set off.

It all works well, apart from the final

stage which involves actually pouring

the stuff into the troughs in the wood.

The pigs absolutely love the whey

and, not content with just slurping it

up, they submerge their heads in the

trough and then, coming up for air,

give an almighty shake which showers

me – still emptying the containers.

They do reckon it’s very good for the

skin but you can see why Miss Muppet

here thinks there might be room for

improvements in 2017.

Happy New Year.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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Junior King’s provides an outstanding all-round education for children

between the ages of 3-13, within a happy, secure, and caring environment.

We aim to build strong and confident foundations by developing each

child’s physical, social, spiritual, cultural and intellectual life.

Arriving at the Pre-Prep, you will instantly sense the welcoming atmosphere and

know that you are in a special place. A place of cooperation, collaboration and

achievement –the bright and stimulating classrooms, the extensive grounds

and Forest School in our own woodlands.

Founded in 1879 as the preparatory school to The King’s School,

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location just two miles from Canterbury, opened by Rudyard Kipling.

The Barn is one of the oldest buildings at Junior

King’s and has its roots as far back as 1580. It is

the main area for teaching drama and also used

for assemblies, orchestra and choir practice,

dance, plays and concerts.

Thanks to the remarkable

generosity of a number of

past and present parents,

the new Michael and

Vibeke Herbert

Music School

opened in

January 2016

fully equipped

with modern

facilities and

brand new

instruments,

including Blüthner

pianos.(Michal Herbert

pictured right)

Our facilities include a purpose built astro turf

surface, nine tennis courts, extensive playing

fields, a state of the art sports hall, cricket nets

and a heated swimming pool. The King’s

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Please call for a brochure or visit our showrooms

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