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The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

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Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes<br />


january <strong>2017</strong>





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Contents<br />

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />


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NEW YEAR<br />

Maggie Alderson<br />

leaps into action<br />

finding homes with<br />

exercise facilities<br />



Fill your diary with hand<br />

picked events going<br />

on around the Weald<br />


An ancient farmhouse<br />

brought into the<br />

twenty-first century<br />


Give your home a<br />

pastel makeover<br />


A look back at Wealden<br />

Times Midwinter Fair<br />


A family home with an<br />

Arts & Crafts twist<br />


Crisp white shirts to start<br />

the New Year in style<br />



20 pages of gorgeousness<br />

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107<br />

109<br />

113<br />

115<br />

116<br />



Jo Arnell’s healthy<br />

choices<br />



How to ease yourself<br />

back into the garden<br />

READ ON<br />

Susan Elkin explores<br />

how reading is taught<br />



How teachers keep<br />

abreast with this fast<br />

changing world<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


Courses, markets<br />

and music<br />


Win a chance for the<br />

Sankey’s Tunbridge<br />

Wells team to come and<br />

cook in your own home!<br />


THE FARM<br />

Jane separates the<br />

curds from the whey<br />

when she takes a look<br />

into cheese making<br />

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Clayshaw Place, a collection of two, three and four bedroom<br />

homes in Rudgwick was released for sale at the beginning<br />

of October and out of the 15 homes available to buy, 12<br />

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Selling agent Roger Coupe said Clayshaw Place is the<br />

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on in recent years, with more than 40 viewings<br />

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Progress moved so quickly that contracts were<br />

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without question the desirability of the location.<br />

Roger said: “Rudgwick has always been a popular address<br />

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with local services including a doctors’ surgery, dentist,<br />

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“Billingshurst based developer Thakeham has made an enormous<br />

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and during the course of construction has kept the site and<br />

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Construction on the site, located just off Church Street, began<br />

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landscaped area with ponds, trees and a footpath into the village<br />

centre is also being created as part of the new development.<br />

Buyers from across Sussex and <strong>Surrey</strong> have been<br />

attracted to the site, Roger said, with the majority of<br />

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some from the residents of the village itself.<br />

“We’ve seen first time buyers using the popular Government’s<br />

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1.<br />

Fit for the New Year<br />

Maggie Alderson finds homes with exercise facilities<br />

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

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

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

Whether it was the lethal discovery of Aldi mince pies (amazing for<br />

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

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

on Facebook in December, containing lavish double cream and a whole<br />

tin of condensed milk, <strong>January</strong> brings the need to fight the flab.<br />

The choice of fad diets becomes ever more bewildering, but whether you<br />

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

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

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

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

it. Or else risk being serenaded by that other great character from<br />

Madagascar, Moto Moto (‘I like em big, I like em chunky…’)<br />

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

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

Only to see that chunk of cash disappearing from the current account each<br />

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

the thought of driving to the gym and coming home again with wet hair?<br />

How much easier then, to have the fitness facilities just a short waddle<br />

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

The dream is the indoor pool, with the fully fitted gym, plus sauna<br />

– and not forgetting the hot tub, which is a great way to pretend<br />

you’re working out while basically having a nice hot bath.<br />

But the more classic English house combination of an outdoor pool and an allweather<br />

tennis court are great incentives to keep fit too – and the great thing about<br />

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

1. Englemere<br />

Where? Englemere sits within<br />

walking distance of the attractions of<br />

Ascot High Street and close to the<br />

world-famous racecourse, within 12<br />

acres of private landscaped grounds. For<br />

golfers, Wentworth and Sunningdale<br />

are in the vicinity. Trains take under<br />

an hour to Waterloo from Ascot.<br />

What? The original property, built<br />

circa 1815, was a Victorian country<br />

house of distinction. The new version,<br />

an architectural tribute to the original<br />

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two and three bedroom properties offering<br />

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an elite standard. Outside are beautiful<br />

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including a 500-year-old - a walled formal<br />

garden, fountain and terrace. The original<br />

enclosed squash court has been renovated<br />

as a luxury leisure suite, with a club lounge<br />

and a mezzanine-level gym, as well as a<br />

kitchen and changing rooms. This leads<br />

out to a swimming pool with a communal<br />

BBQ area and two enclosed tennis courts<br />

that are available for residents’ private use.<br />

How much? <strong>Homes</strong> at Englemere<br />

start from £1,350,000. For more<br />

information call 01344 206201 or contact<br />

the selling agents, Knight Frank via email<br />

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2. 8 Leys Road<br />

Where? No. 8 Leys Road is a bespoke<br />

new property situated in one of the<br />

private roads on the ultra-prestigious<br />

Crown Estate, near Oxshott village, with<br />

its 36 minute connection to Waterloo.<br />

Esher and Cobham are each ten minutes<br />

drive away. The area is blessed with<br />

multiple golf courses and racecourses.<br />

What? There’s your average dream<br />

home – and then there’s this one. Newly<br />

built, in narrow-brick porticoed elegance,<br />

it’s designed and equipped for the<br />

ultimate contemporary lifestyle – with the<br />

Mark Wilkinson kitchen the largest room,<br />

encompassing a breakfast room and family<br />

room. The marble-floored reception hall<br />

gives on to a study, dining room and<br />

drawing room. Upstairs the master suite<br />

has his and hers bathrooms and dressing<br />

rooms and the four further bedrooms,<br />

all have bathrooms and dressing rooms.<br />

The staff flat has its own entrance. Then<br />

you descend to the lower ground leisure<br />

suite… A luxurious mosaic pool with<br />

adjacent spa, opposite bifold doors to the<br />

terrace overlooking the garden, plus a bar<br />

(with kitchen) and lounge area. There’s<br />

changing rooms, a steam room and a<br />

gym – a games room and a wine cellar…<br />

How much? No. 8 Leys Road is<br />

listed with Savills, Cobham at £7,950,000.<br />

01932 586200 or browse savills.com<br />

3. Woodside House<br />

Where? Woodside House sits in<br />

superbly landscaped gardens, within<br />

surrounding woodland, convenient for<br />

Surbiton town centre, with fast and<br />

frequent trains to town (just 18 minutes<br />

to Waterloo). Esher and Kingston upon<br />

Thames are both a short drive away.<br />

What? Inside the cosy brick vernacular<br />

building lies a thrilling surprise – an<br />

interior that mixes classic period style with<br />

the fabulously contemporary, finished to<br />

the highest standards. The sleek modern<br />

kitchen/breakfast room has a wall of sliding<br />

doors onto the garden and a glass skylight.<br />

The sitting room, dining room, TV room<br />

and study have elegant charm. The first floor<br />

has a master bedroom suite with bathroom<br />

and walk-in wardrobe, two further bedrooms<br />

(one with en suite) and a family bathroom.<br />

The second floor has two additional<br />

bedrooms with en suite shower rooms.<br />

There is additional accommodation accessed<br />

via a second staircase, comprising a large<br />

reception/games room with floor-to-ceiling<br />

glass sliding doors giving onto a terrace, a<br />

further bedroom and shower room. Outside<br />

is a mosaic heated swimming pool, a hot<br />

tub and a hard-surface floodlit tennis court.<br />

How much? Woodside House is<br />

on the market with Knight Frank, Esher,<br />

for £3,495,000. Call them on 01372<br />

464496 or look at knightfrank.com<br />

4. Heath Grange<br />

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agricultural landscape, near the village of<br />

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What? This handsome late-Victorian<br />

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Upstairs is a master bedroom with en suite,<br />

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suites. Outside, the Summer House has an<br />

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building. There is a barn, kennels,<br />

another barn with a stable, tack room and<br />

games room and an all-weather tennis court.<br />

How much? Heath Grange is on the<br />

market with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Oxted,<br />

with a guide price of £3,000,000. Call them on<br />

01883 712375, or look at jackson-stops.co.uk<br />

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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<br />

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addition of a kitchen extension<br />

It’s not uncommon, when selling a high-end house, for the<br />

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Thirteen years later, and Viking and Ping Pong, are<br />

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family’s striking tile-hung and brick farmhouse. Truth be<br />

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Fergus and their three children Finnbhar, 16, Tabby,<br />

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“The further we drove down the drive, the more I knew<br />

we’d found the perfect home,” says Ally, who grew up in<br />

Northiam. “We wanted a reclusive spot, with no passing<br />

traffic and some outbuildings to play with.” What they<br />

found was all of those things and a lot more: an imposing<br />

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bagging shed as well as weatherboarded and tiled stables<br />

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As well as the rustic stable yard, anyone lucky enough to<br />

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look out of any window, and you are met with views of hop<br />

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have hardly changed since the house was built in 1490.<br />

Despite its ancient origins, the house has been<br />

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This page: After the kitchen the ‘snug’ is perhaps the second<br />

most popular room, as far as the Wylie family is concerned<br />

“It used to be freezing in here, as it’s got<br />

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room, added insulation, then lined it with<br />

scaffolding boards.”<br />

sensitively updated over the years, with the masterful<br />

addition of a kitchen extension – where we arrive, and from<br />

where we enjoy the jaw-dropping view. “The extension<br />

is a legacy of my Pa,” says Ally, who built it soon after<br />

he died. Her father, Geoffrey Rainbird, was a respected<br />

architect, so it is a very fitting tribute as well as the perfect<br />

family space. “We practically live in here,” she says.<br />

The ‘distressed’ cream kitchen is by Chalon and the<br />

Aga an electric version put in to replace an older, oil-fired<br />

model: “The Aga we took out was so old, it ended up<br />

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Above: In the dining room the upholstered chairs which surround an antique refectory<br />

table are each covered in an entirely different African fabric<br />

reflect the natural light which floods in through the huge<br />

end windows as well as the French doors, which Ally’s<br />

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Along an impressive, timbered hallway, dotted with<br />

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In the mid-1980s, Ally went travelling in Africa, and was<br />

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well as a felt-work elephant tucked into a nook.<br />

Every sideboard features family photos and trophies – this<br />

is obviously a very active household, as Ally confirms: <br />

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This page: The master ‘suite’ on the top floor comprises master<br />

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Above: Ally has rationalised and organised each of her children’s rooms with her own distinctive design techniques – including more<br />

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Midwinter Magic<br />

Julie Simpson reflects on a festive-filled three days at<br />

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Photographs: David Merewether<br />

We’ve had so many lovely<br />

comments about this year’s<br />

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that particularly resonated was from<br />

stand-holder and furniture designer<br />

Steve Armitage from Huutt who said<br />

“we feel that we’re now part of a very<br />

vibrant and growing community of<br />

independent, creative retailers – proud<br />

to serve our region” and I’d like to<br />

add to that that their region is very,<br />

very proud of them. All of them.<br />

The talent, energy, creativity and<br />

enthusiasm of the 250 retailers who<br />

attended this year’s Wealden Times<br />

Midwinter Fair in November was<br />

amazing. The high entry standards for<br />

exhibitors set by the WT Fairs team<br />

really shone through. Visitors were<br />

delighted by the quality and variety<br />

that was on offer with stands selling<br />

everything from beautiful clothes and<br />

accessories to home and garden ware,<br />

gifts and fabulous food and drink. And<br />

they all left laden down with goodies.<br />

Despite the fact that Christmas was on<br />

the horizon, chats on the door with<br />

visitors leaving the fair suggested that as<br />

many purchases were made for personal<br />

consumption as were bought as gifts!<br />

Food is always a big part of any<br />

good event, as is a great cup of coffee<br />

or a glass of fizz. Coffee Real, Hush<br />

Heath Winery and Cocolicious made<br />

sure no one went thirsty at the fair<br />

while a fleet of street food vehicles fed<br />

us all with a delicious range of dishes.<br />

Every taste bud was catered for with<br />

Italian, Indonesian, gluten free, healthy<br />

salads and a traditional afternoon<br />

tearoom being just a few of the<br />

offerings available to hungry shoppers.<br />

The Hop Farm was a new venue<br />

for us this year and it proved a<br />

great success, providing masses and<br />

masses of good parking and easy<br />

access for visitors coming from Kent,<br />

Sussex, <strong>Surrey</strong> and further afield.<br />

We’d like to thank our friends<br />

and sponsors, estate agents Harpers<br />

& Hurlingham, for their continued<br />

support of our fairs and their unfailing<br />

good humour and generosity in<br />

raising funds for charity. Their raffle<br />

at this year’s Midwinter Fair raised<br />

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Here at Wealden Times, we’re now<br />

looking forward to our Midsummer<br />

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The theme for the festival which<br />

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When Geoff and Annie Waring decided to leave the city in search of<br />

a greener way of living, they found that the challenge of renovating an<br />

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Geoff and Annie Waring had pondered for some time<br />

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As is often the case, it was while in Greece, sitting in<br />

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from which to search for properties and the brief was<br />

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At one end of the kitchen a picture window looks out over the rambling garden<br />

and beyond to Tunbridge Wells. A long table created from an old GPO desk<br />

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chairs all of which have travelled with the Warings from home to home<br />

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This page: The kitchen leads off the hall. Originally a network<br />

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the addition of a single storey extension, the Warings have<br />

created a fabulous big room that really does feel like the heart of<br />

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Abergavenny Estate, he set about building a street of houses<br />

where each one represented a different vernacular style. So<br />

wander down the road past the Georgian rectory, the Victorian<br />

villa and the rustic country cottage until you come to the Arts<br />

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The previous owners had been in the house for over<br />

thirty years and, having evidently done a lot at the start,<br />

but very little since, it was a temple to 1970s design –<br />

avocado bathrooms, swirly carpets, floral wallpaper and<br />

depressingly dark woodwork. But Geoff and Annie had a<br />

history of taking on major projects and with their combined<br />

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and contemporary family home but one that still pays a<br />

respectful nod to the original Arts and Crafts vision.<br />

Entering the house you come into a spacious and<br />

unusually shaped hall that has a multitude of doors, stairs,<br />

cupboards and even a fireplace – not an easy space to work<br />

with. Originally, it was all dark brown woodwork but in<br />

common with the rest of the house the Warings have <br />

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This page: With shelves filled with books and vinyl and a funky<br />

Philippe Starck Perspex chair and desk, one end of the living<br />

room is clearly Geoff’s space. On the walls are some striking<br />

black and white photos – a small part of his large collection<br />

amassed over the years<br />

gone for a light and bright Scandi style, painting the walls<br />

in a neutral tone and the woodwork white. More light is<br />

thrown into the room by a mirror atop the painted base of<br />

an old sideboard – found in the basement of their very first<br />

home which has travelled with them ever since. But what<br />

really catches the eye is a truly beautiful and eyecatching<br />

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to the house and all have been carefully renovated.<br />

The kitchen leads off the hall. Once a network of tiny<br />

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were all taken away and, with the addition of a single storey<br />

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that really does feel like the heart of the home. At one end<br />

a picture window looks out over the rambling garden and<br />

beyond to Tunbridge Wells, and rather cleverly it has been<br />

framed by painting the surrounding wall a very dark grey –<br />

Mercury by Fired Earth. By painting the imposing fireplace<br />

at the other end of the kitchen in the same colour, Annie<br />

ties the big space together. She also explains that it’s a very<br />

simple and quick way of completely changing the look of<br />

the room. In recent years these feature walls have been white<br />

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The parquet flooring hasn’t happened yet but the panelled room most definitely<br />

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

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

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<br />

which features an Andrew Martin willow pattern plate design<br />

wallpaper, colours from which have been picked up in curtains,<br />

throws and cushions<br />

The garden end has a long table created from an old<br />

GPO desk bought for £1 at an office clearance sale. It’s<br />

surrounded by some funky colourful chairs all of which have<br />

travelled with the Warings from home to home. They both<br />

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about living in a home filled with an eclectic collection of<br />

pieces that tell their own story and reflect the history of the<br />

family. A strategy that works especially well when coupled<br />

with the stunning and mostly original artwork that is<br />

evident everywhere, much of which is Annie’s own work.<br />

The kitchen end of the space is dominated by a freestanding<br />

unit painted in Farrow & Ball Slipper White.<br />

Featuring big and bold is a magnificent set of scales, which<br />

despite the pounds and ounces calibration is still in frequent<br />

use. On a weekend away in Aldeburgh, Geoff spotted them in<br />

a junk shop but sadly it was closed. However, on his next visit<br />

they were still there and so he had to buy them – apparently<br />

they had come from the next door butcher’s shop. The lights<br />

over the unit are also very striking. They are a Swedish design,<br />

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so they can be raised and lowered as required.<br />

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This page: Daughter Poppy’s room alludes to her love of music<br />

and retro styling<br />

A very stylish and very light sitting room stands at the other<br />

end of the house, the light thanks to the original Crittall<br />

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despite the inevitable heat loss the Warings felt duty bound<br />

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One end of the room looks a little different. With shelves<br />

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Above: One wall of son Finn’s bedroom is papered with a<br />

world map and hung with favourite album covers Right:<br />

Similar to his sister, Poppy, Finn’s bedroom is testament to<br />

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Annie has her space, too. Having switched her creative<br />

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young, she now spends a great deal of time in a north-facing<br />

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This page: The cool and calm en suite and tiled fireplace in the<br />

master bedroom<br />

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the walls there are more of Geoff’s pictures collected from<br />

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The Warings knocked through one of the five<br />

bedrooms of the original house to make a sunny en suite<br />

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shutters. Cleverly they made sure that all the basins,<br />

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this page: Thanks to triple aspect windows the master bedroom<br />

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Grey<br />

Josephine Fairley explains how<br />

to brighten silver locks<br />

Certainly, as life landmarks go, the morning we notice<br />

our first grey hair isn’t one that has most of us singing<br />

hallelujah from the rooftops. But today, we can choose<br />

to play up the silver fox style – and look fabulous. Or colour<br />

it, and nobody (but our colourist) need ever know. However,<br />

there’s no getting away from it: deciding which to opt for is<br />

probably the biggest beauty conundrum we face, as we age.<br />

And it isn’t as simple as just ‘letting it go’. That can<br />

simply make you look washed-out and pale. According to<br />

US-based haircolouring expert Louis Licari, “When hair<br />

loses its colour, it loses its richness and lustre. And when<br />

this happens it tends to make skin colour look faded.”<br />

We can certainly all think of women who go grey gracefully<br />

and look utterly chic. (Helen Mirren, anyone?) But, according<br />

to überhairdresser Nicky Clarke, “they’re the exceptions. And<br />

they tend to be fabulous, striking women who’d look great<br />

whatever their hair colour.” Your skintone will determine how<br />

good you’d look if you decide to stick with grey. The sallowskinned<br />

rarely find a silver frame flattering – and nor do natural<br />

redheads, whose hair tends to turn a pale apricot when white<br />

mixes in. Classic silver-haired beauties tend<br />

to cluster at either end of the hair spectrum:<br />

women with almost ebony colouring, or pale<br />

‘English rose’ complexions. If you don’t want<br />

to fall into those categories – or you just don’t<br />

want to go grey, period – then the good news is<br />

that the fixes are more convincing than ever.<br />

There are changes to the actual hair itself, as it<br />

goes grey, though: it becomes wirier, often thicker<br />

and more wayward and hard to control. According<br />

to Chelsea-based Richard Ward (who most famously did the<br />

Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding hair), “the texture and shape<br />

can change; it might feel coarser, drier and grow in a different<br />

pattern. So invest in a good quality shampoo, conditioner and<br />

serum to help nourish hair and keep it smooth and glossy.”<br />

Interestingly, actually covering up the grey restores not only<br />

the colour and ‘rejuvenates’ the face – but actually makes hair<br />

glossy again. “Grey hair absorbs the light and looks flat,” notes<br />

Jo Hansford, who’s long been one of the UK’s wisest colour<br />

experts. “Put back the colour and the light picks up on it and<br />

automatically makes the hair appear healthier.” (Note: don’t<br />

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make it grow back with its old colour; plucking just distorts<br />

the hair follicle, making regrowth more wiry and obvious.)<br />

Whether you opt to stay grey or choose colour, a must is<br />

to adapt your haircare regime. Notes Richard Ward: “Good<br />

quality nourishing shampoos, conditioners and any products<br />

which are colour-specific will help keep your colour looking<br />

glossy and vibrant for longer. Also remember not to wash it<br />

too much – this will help avoid fade.” For blondes, I don’t<br />

think you can beat the John Frieda Sheer Blonde<br />

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want to stick with the grey – but don’t want it to ‘yellow’, like<br />

your granny’s was prone to. Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Shampoo,<br />

£18 for 250ml, and Conditioner, £21 for 250ml, and White Hot<br />

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Meanwhile if you do opt to colour your hair, the golden rule is<br />

not to stray too far from your natural (pre-grey) haircolour. Most<br />

particularly, if colouring a whole head of grey, don’t go darker;<br />

not only does it emphasise regrowth, but it can look opaque –<br />

like you painted your head with shoe polish. In fact – a little<br />

like having your brows shaped professionally and then doing the<br />

maintenance yourself at home – I’d always recommend going<br />

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If you opt for highlights, the chances are you’ll be locked into a<br />

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I am constantly asked by strangers where I get my colour done.<br />

However, if you’re covering up grey with a simple semipermanent<br />

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The great advance in recent years, meanwhile, has been<br />

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Do you have a beauty<br />

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the respect for a good<br />

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Whether you’re looking to feel energised or hit a<br />

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lasting under ten minutes, for a fitter New Year<br />

Stretch and breathe<br />

Genevieve from Stalwart Wellness talks us<br />

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Bridging – for spine articulation, breath<br />

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1. Lie on your back with your knees bent<br />

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directly over your wrists. Then slowly walk your hands<br />

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time add a jump at the top. Repeat 10 – 15 times.<br />

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Squats – A super simple yet super effective exercise.<br />

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your<br />

weight in your heels (imagine lifting your toes up<br />

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From shelter to sanctuary<br />

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

atmosphere at home to take advantage of these endless possibilities<br />

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

diet and exercise regime, to cleanse and invigorate the mind and body for the year ahead. Often, however, our<br />

homes are forgotten about. The stressful emotions, rushing around, (possibly a couple of arguments?) and<br />

piles of clutter build up in our houses as well as in our minds, and can eventually affect the atmosphere negatively.<br />

The first, and most obvious step would be to have a thorough clear-out and dispose of accumulated and unnecessary<br />

‘stuff’. To take this a step further, and to transform your home into a harmonious haven of ‘positive vibes only’, follow<br />

these simple suggestions. These are particularly beneficial if you’ve moved into a new house or have a home office.<br />

A good scrub – We know how wonderfully satisfying it<br />

is when those kitchen counters and living room shelves<br />

are clean and clear. By de-cluttering and giving surfaces a<br />

dust, you’ll immediately feel brighter, and the rooms will<br />

feel lighter. Clean the windows to let as much light in as<br />

possible. Add a mirror to increase light levels even further.<br />

Air flow – The air in a house can easily become stagnant,<br />

especially at this time of year when the heating is on<br />

full blast and everyone’s in hibernation mode. Open all<br />

the windows, even if it’s really chilly, and create a draft<br />

through the house. Shake out cushions and blankets and<br />

get plenty of light and air flowing through the space.<br />

Outside in – As well as adding life and vibrancy, house<br />

plants hugely improve the air quality in a home, particularly<br />

if you reside in a city with high levels of pollution. Spider<br />

plants are one of the easiest to grow and maintain, and<br />

remove formaldehyde and xylene from the atmosphere.<br />

Snake plant, or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue gets rid of<br />

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• 5 tbsp chia seeds<br />

• 1 can coconut milk<br />

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• 1 mango<br />

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bowls and leave to set for at least 3 hours (or overnight).<br />

Slice pineapple into strips (sprinkle with a little sugar if<br />

desired) and griddle (or grill) for 5 minutes until slightly<br />

caramelised.<br />

2. Make the mango and passionfruit sauce by mashing the<br />

mango and passion fruit together and sieving to make a<br />

smooth sauce. Place pineapple on top of the coconut chia,<br />

pour on some sauce and serve.<br />

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Food<br />

Ginger chicken courgetti noodles<br />

This stir-fry uses spiralized courgettes instead of noodles<br />

(obtainable at the supermarket – no spiralizer required), so<br />

is stodge (and gluten) free. Courgettes and chicken combine<br />

well with the other health-giving ingredients for a clean and<br />

bright light lunch or supper.<br />

Serves 4<br />

• 4 small chicken breasts,<br />

cut into strips<br />

• 1 red onion, sliced<br />

• 1 lime juice & zest<br />

• 1-2 small red chilies<br />

(according to taste)<br />

• 1 orange or red pepper,<br />

sliced<br />

• 1 tbsp soy sauce<br />

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil<br />

• 1 small bunch coriander,<br />

roughly chopped, saving<br />

some whole leaves for<br />

garnishing<br />

• around 400-500g<br />

courgetti<br />

For the marinade<br />

• 2 tsp lime juice<br />

• 2-3 cloves garlic, finely<br />

minced/grated<br />

• 3cm chunk of ginger,<br />

finely grated<br />

• 2 tsp sugar<br />

1. Place the strips of chicken in a bowl and add marinade<br />

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steam the courgetti for around 3 minutes. Add the<br />

other stir-fry ingredients to the chicken, and fry for 2-3<br />

minutes (i.e. not long). Pile courgetti into bowls and<br />

place chicken stir-fry on top. Garnish with coriander and<br />

serve.<br />

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Garden<br />

Gardening Resolutions<br />

Jo Arnell advises us on taking positive steps in the garden for the year ahead.<br />

Here we go again – out with<br />

the old and in with the new<br />

and all the happy resolutions<br />

are sitting there looking shiny and<br />

achievable. Hopes are high and all<br />

is ‘plans and perusing’. I’ve been<br />

looking out of the window and have<br />

to confess that my own resolutions<br />

are a bit tedious: 1. finish projects<br />

before starting others, 2. label seeds<br />

and cuttings, and 3. don’t make piles<br />

of things. I’m hoping that you don’t<br />

have my bad habits, so I’ve chosen a<br />

few more that might help to make a<br />

difference, not just to the look of the<br />

garden itself, but also to the experience<br />

of being in the garden. Here goes:<br />

1. Plant a tree<br />

Anyone with a garden will have room<br />

for a tree. Not a giant Redwood,<br />

or anything too close to the house<br />

that will clog the drains and lift the<br />

foundations, but something that will<br />

give height and interest all through<br />

the year. There are plenty of beautiful<br />

small trees for smaller gardens, or even<br />

for within borders. I’m a bit mean<br />

when it comes to choosing trees and<br />

shrubs, especially if they’re going to<br />

be focal points. After all, if they’ve<br />

been invited to be the star attraction,<br />

they ought to provide at least two<br />

seasons of interest. So look out for trees<br />

that will have good foliage, blossom,<br />

fruit and a handsome overall shape.<br />

Too much to ask? I don’t think so.<br />

2. Add more structure<br />

to your borders<br />

This is a great time of the year for<br />

focusing critically on the borders,<br />

without the distraction of the flowers<br />

and foliage. If it’s all looking dismal<br />

and bare, think about adding some<br />

plants for winter interest. These can<br />

be evergreen, or have interesting bark,<br />

an elegant form, or an anchoring<br />

feature of some kind. Try to make sure<br />

that plants that come into their own<br />

during the winter either fade into the<br />

background once they’ve done their<br />

thing, become a foil for other plants,<br />

or, best of all, will bring another point<br />

of seasonal interest later in the year.<br />

3. Learn how to prune<br />

If you’re adding structure, you will<br />

find that no matter how well behaved<br />

the plant is, unless it dies or is made<br />

of plastic, it will need pruning at some<br />

point. Knowing when to prune each<br />

plant and by how much is a subject<br />

that fills many books (containing<br />

impenetrable diagrams that bear no<br />

resemblance to your plants). So, in a<br />

couple of sentences: prune evergreens<br />

during the spring and summer when<br />

all danger of frost is past. Prune earlyflowering<br />

deciduous shrubs after they’ve<br />

flowered and late-flowering shrubs<br />

(Buddleia etc), in the early spring. For<br />

the health of the plant, cut out dead,<br />

damaged and diseased wood first and<br />

then aim for a pleasing goblet shape.<br />

Branches shouldn’t cross or grow<br />

inwards, as a more open structure allows<br />

air to circulate. Stand back often and<br />

look at the overall shape, as if you’re<br />

a hairdresser, but try not to ‘hedge’<br />

about trimming little pieces off, as this<br />

can make the situation worse. Got all<br />

that? Fortunately GBH to plants does<br />

not carry a prison sentence – yet.<br />

4. Catch problems early<br />

If you make a habit of going into the<br />

garden on a daily basis you stand a<br />

better chance of catching the first<br />

greenfly as it alights and the first slug<br />

that dares to slide into view. If possible,<br />

incorporate it into your daily routine<br />

and take a companion – or, better, a<br />

cup of tea or a glass of something as you<br />

walk round. You’ll soon start spotting<br />

a few weeds and the odd pesky. Pull<br />

them up or pick them off as you go and<br />

you might just stay on top of them…<br />

5. Grow more edibles<br />

Some crops might not work, your<br />

vegetables might not look as perfect as<br />

they do in the shops, but they will taste<br />

better and you’ll have the satisfaction<br />

of having grown them yourself. That<br />

first year will be a great adventure –<br />

and it will take about that long for<br />

all the pests to find you – after that,<br />

growing your own can become more<br />

of a battle. If you have been growing<br />

vegetables for a while and have been<br />

beset by pests/diseases/soil problems,<br />

work out which crops have suffered and<br />

then just grow a few of the easy-going<br />

ones that won’t need too much TLC:<br />

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should provide bumper harvests of<br />

summer crops. Add in a few leeks and<br />

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Read On<br />

Education<br />

Susan Elkin looks at the way reading is taught in schools and at home<br />

There’s a great deal more to teaching reading, than – well –<br />

teaching reading. Far too many schools, teachers and even<br />

parents get so hung up on deciphering squiggles, worrying<br />

about phonics with all its esoteric graphemes and phonemes,<br />

‘sounding out’ and all the rest of it that they forget that this<br />

mechanical stage is the beginning and not the end of the process.<br />

The real purpose of teaching reading is to develop competent,<br />

fluent, ‘deep end’ readers with enough stamina to immerse themselves<br />

effortlessly in print for a sustained length of time. And this, in my<br />

experience, is where many children hit the buffers. They can tell you<br />

what the squiggles ‘say’ but they fail to develop into Real Readers.<br />

My contention then, has long been, that encouraging reading<br />

matters much more than ‘teaching’ it. And most schools – and<br />

parents – could, in my view do far more to make Real Reading<br />

a normal part of everyday activity than they currently do.<br />

Children need to see adults buried in books (or reading books on<br />

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

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

teens is the most vulnerable moment for this – they want desperately<br />

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

Role modelling is an immensely powerful, often undervalued<br />

teaching tool. Every school should have a block of time every day<br />

when everyone – including all the adults – reads silently. It used to<br />

be called USSR (uninterrupted sustained silent reading) or ERIC<br />

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

At home, parents – especially male adults – need to be seen<br />

reading too. Otherwise boys get the impression that reading is<br />

a ‘girly’ thing which self respecting men don’t bother with.<br />

Some schools use reward schemes such as Renaissance<br />

Reading which sets levels and provides quizzes on books read.<br />

Sponsored reading marathons can work quite well so can<br />

projects such as a Book Week in which almost all the time is<br />

related to book events such as author visits, telling each other<br />

about favourite books and lots of extra reading time.<br />

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

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something you or your children really want to watch. And we<br />

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almost from birth because they help to normalise the reading habit.<br />

Don’t reject Kindles or similar reading devices either. They make<br />

access to books easy and work well even for quite young children.<br />

Let’s teach them to Read rather than allowing them to infer<br />

that applying phonics is the be-all and end-all of reading.<br />

Susan Elkin is the author of Encouraging Reading (Continuum,<br />

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Technology in Schools<br />

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David Clark<br />

Headmaster Battle Abbey School<br />

What range of technologies do your students have<br />

access to in the classroom on a daily basis?<br />

There is so much scope in computing and we, in the<br />

computing & ICT department have focused on making<br />

our lessons fun and informative. We use both hardware and<br />

software to achieve this. We have used Lego in our lessons<br />

from Key Stage 3 right up to Sixth Form. We find that<br />

students can’t resist playing around trying to make things<br />

work. We also run a good range of free IT based Extra<br />

Curricular clubs such as Minecraft and also participate in<br />

the annual Lego League Competition. We use hardware<br />

such as Raspberry Pis (a fun way to learn about complex<br />

programming such as the python language), LEDs, buttons<br />

and sound to create different systems. We were also part<br />

of the BBC Microbit initiative and continue to use this<br />

online resource in our Key Stage 3 lessons. Music, photos<br />

and video are also a part of our lessons and we are looking<br />

forward to incorporating 3D design into the curriculum<br />

later this year and using the school’s 3D printer.<br />

How do you keep up to date with the fastchanging<br />

technology world?<br />

At Battle Abbey School, the Computing & ICT department<br />

has always been full of innovative thinkers who regularly<br />

achieve outstanding results. We have eagerly incorporated<br />

a range of exciting tasks into our lessons to comply with<br />

the new Government initiative for computing in schools.<br />

This year in our Key Stage 3 lessons we have incorporated<br />

elements of Computing and ICT into their practical<br />

lessons. We have also added a theory element where<br />

they learn about the history of computers, binary and<br />

algorithms. We regularly incorporate the ‘hour of code’<br />

into our KS3 lessons which is another fun initiative and<br />

we offer a useful introduction to programming. Our<br />

Computing teachers participate in regular training courses<br />

and a number of them are examiners which means they<br />

are right up to date with what examiners expect.<br />

We have been lucky to be part of a number of projects,<br />

too. In 2015 a group of Battle Abbey students were involved<br />

in a Google Rise project call Arrastre where ‘computing<br />

and dance collide!’ The dance department were also<br />

involved and we worked with the leader of the project,<br />

Genevieve Smith-Nunes. The students involved learnt<br />

about wearable technology and how it is programmed,<br />

and this is something we have incorporated into GCSE<br />

Computing lessons. Genevieve has recently approached<br />

the school with another exciting project which we hope<br />

to start working on in the coming year. We have many<br />

interesting speakers from various business and technology<br />

backgrounds visiting the school as part of our careers<br />

schedule and plan to have even more speakers next year. <br />

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Bruce Grindlay<br />

Headmaster Sutton Valence School<br />

What range of technologies do your students have<br />

access to in the classroom on a daily basis?<br />

We value combining more traditional teaching methods<br />

with new innovations to ensure that we give our pupils<br />

experience of relevant technologies and how they<br />

can be used. In addition to two age-appropriate ICT<br />

suites, our teachers and pupils have access to interactive<br />

whiteboards, bringing the curriculum to life, and a<br />

bank of iPads which are used across all subjects.<br />

Above: The beautiful facade of Battle Abbey School<br />

What effect has social media had on<br />

students’ relationships and behaviour?<br />

At Battle Abbey we take E-Safety very seriously and<br />

it is incorporated into lessons across the curriculum.<br />

In all computing lessons we dedicate a term to<br />

learning about E-Safety and how pupils should<br />

interact with social media. We also participate in<br />

the nationwide Safer Internet Day in February.<br />

How has technology been incorporated into<br />

the curriculum, other than ICT lessons?<br />

We enjoy the juxtaposition of occupying such a historical<br />

location and providing our pupils with the cutting edge<br />

technology that they and their families would expect<br />

from an independent education. A great many subjects<br />

incorporate technology into the classrooms, perhaps<br />

most notably science where not only do iPads and hand<br />

held devices help pupils access the curriculum, but allow<br />

pupils to work collaboratively on projects via the school’s<br />

wireless network. We are very conscious of pupils’ often<br />

very specific individual learning needs and technology<br />

can be a huge enabler in terms of synergy with each of<br />

their learning styles. Our campus is fully covered by a<br />

wireless network (even though the thick Abbey walls<br />

do their best to make this as difficult as possible!).<br />

How do you control the use of mobile<br />

phones within school hours?<br />

The advent of modern phone technology has made this<br />

increasingly difficult to enforce. The school’s wireless system<br />

is fitted with a FortiGate filter unit, but pupils will always<br />

be able to access 3G via their smart phones if they so choose.<br />

However, pupils in KS3 have their phones routinely collected<br />

in morning registration and they are kept under lock and key<br />

for the duration of the school day. For older pupils, phones<br />

are not allowed to be used at break time or in lessons unless<br />

expressly permitted by a teacher. Our focus is on education as<br />

a form of prevention and this, allied with the school’s robust<br />

policy on the matter, has meant that transgressions are few<br />

and far between and effectively dealt with if they do occur.<br />

Battle Abbey School 01424 772385 battleabbeyschool.com<br />

How do you keep up to date with the fastchanging<br />

technology world?<br />

Technologies are consistently changing and improving. As<br />

a school we utilise specialists and our staff to investigate<br />

the best ICT practice for each area of the school. Staff are<br />

regularly trained and visit technology conferences, such<br />

as BETT, to support their ongoing development. We are<br />

not swayed by fads, but carefully consider what is the most<br />

appropriate and educationally beneficial technology.<br />

How has technology been incorporated into<br />

the curriculum, other than ICT lessons?<br />

Across the curriculum, subject heads are encouraged<br />

to engage with ICT as part of their planning<br />

process. Staff also share ideas within regular curriculum<br />

meetings. Recent examples include creating eBooks, video<br />

editing, presentations, spreadsheets and even coding.<br />

‘Minecraft’ has also been introduced as a club and is<br />

often used as a teaching resource where appropriate.<br />

What effect has social media had on<br />

students’ relationships and behaviour?<br />

As a prep school, many of the children are not yet engaged in<br />

social media. However, with an ethos where each cares for all,<br />

we believe in preparing them to use social media, computers<br />

and mobile phones responsibly. Our school community is<br />

very supportive and we work with families to inform and<br />

equip their children to use technology in a balanced and<br />

safe way that maintains respect for themselves and others.<br />

Below: Sutton Valence Prep School<br />

Sutton Valence School 01622 845206 / 842117 svs.org.uk<br />

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Cranmore School<br />

Independent Preparatory School<br />

for girls and boys 2 ½ - 13<br />

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Paint, Play, Party!<br />

Taster activities for Reception<br />

entry September <strong>2017</strong><br />

Friday 27th <strong>January</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

1.30pm - 3.00pm<br />

Contact Admissions Dept. to register a place<br />

01483 280340 www.cranmoreprep.co.uk<br />

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Dulwich Preparatory School<br />

Cranbrook<br />

Independent day and flexible boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13<br />

‘A huge breadth of<br />

opportunity to succeed’<br />

Good schools Guide<br />

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New FouNdat ioN Bursary scheme For year 3 eNtry

What’s On In <strong>January</strong><br />

Fairs & Markets<br />

Fri 6 Jan 9am-3pm<br />

Catholic Church Hall,<br />

Downside Bridge Road,<br />

Cobham KT11 1AA<br />

Cobham Brica-brac<br />

fair<br />

This antique and flea mini market<br />

is held on the first Friday of each<br />

month. Find lots of antiques,<br />

toys, glass, china, books, clothes,<br />

jewellery, cakes and much more.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01932 269566<br />

Sat 7 Jan<br />

Farnham Maltings GU9 7QR<br />

Maltings monthly<br />

market<br />

Discover something special<br />

and unique at this market<br />

held on the first Saturday of<br />

each month. Find handmade<br />

artisan bread, vintage items and<br />

charming local craft among<br />

over 200 stalls <strong>inside</strong> and out.<br />

Entry: £1<br />

Info: 01252 745444 /<br />

farnhammaltings.com<br />

Sun 15 Jan 10am-3.30pm<br />

Milford Village Hall,<br />

Portsmouth Road, Milford,<br />

Near Godalming GU8 5DS<br />

Milford Antiques Fair<br />

Find plenty of stalls selling a<br />

wide selection of china, glass,<br />

jewellery, paintings and prints,<br />

art deco and retro stamps, coins,<br />

curios and collectables. There’s<br />

plenty of parking and excellent<br />

food and beverages available.<br />

Entry: 50p<br />

Info: 07976 317828<br />

Sun 22 Jan 11am-3.30pm<br />

MacDonald Frimley Hall<br />

Hotel and Spa, Lime Avenue,<br />

Off Portsmouth Road,<br />

Camberley GU15 2BG<br />

Wedding Fair<br />

This peaceful ivy-clad Victorian<br />

manor house is set in beautiful<br />

landscaped gardens and mature<br />

woodland, making it the perfect<br />

venue for a wedding fair. The<br />

Frimley Suite will showcase the<br />

best local wedding suppliers<br />

and bridal fashion shows to<br />

inspire you for your big day.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01276 451498 /<br />

prestigeweddingfairs.co.uk<br />

Friends & Family<br />

Fri 13 Jan 11am<br />

The Lightbox, Chobham<br />

Road, Woking GU21 4AA<br />

Painting for under 5s<br />

Dress for mess and join in<br />

with some painting fun. All<br />

materials are included and<br />

advance booking is required.<br />

Entry: £3<br />

Info: 01483 737800 /<br />

thelightbox.org.uk<br />

Fri 20 Jan 6-8.30pm<br />

Guildford Cathedral, Stag<br />

Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP<br />

Star Gazing<br />

Visit the pop-up Observatory<br />

at Guildford Cathedral, meet<br />

the knowledgeable members<br />

of the Guildford Astronomical<br />

Society and learn to understand<br />

the night sky. Children can<br />

enjoy fun activities and adults<br />

can experience a fascinating<br />

talk by Prof. David Hughes.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01483 547860 /<br />

guildford-cathedral.org<br />

Sat 28 Jan 7pm<br />

Denbies Wine Estate, Bradley<br />

Lane, Dorking RH5 6AA<br />

Burns Night<br />

Celebration<br />

Enjoy a delicious dinner and<br />

plenty of Scottish dancing to<br />

great live entertaintment. The<br />

four-course meal will include the<br />

traditional haggis, neeps and tattis<br />

plus spectacular sparkling wine<br />

on arrival. Booking is essential.<br />

Entry: £49.50 for Loyalty Club<br />

members, £55 non-members<br />

Info: 01306 742002 / denbies.co.uk<br />

Sat 28 Jan 11am-3pm<br />

Haslemere Educational<br />

Museum GU27 2LA<br />

Big Garden Bird Watch<br />

Come along to the museum and<br />

have some family fun together<br />

in the New Year. Make bird<br />

cakes, get involved with some<br />

hands-on activities and discover<br />

fascinating facts on the birds<br />

in the galleries and grounds.<br />

Booking not necessary.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01428 642112 /<br />

haslemeremuseum.co.uk<br />

Music & Theatre<br />

Thurs 12 Jan 7.30pm<br />

The New Victoria Theatre, The<br />

Ambassadors, The Peacocks<br />

Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ<br />

The Bowie Experience<br />

This spectacular performance<br />

will include all of David Bowie’s<br />

hits, celebrating the music of<br />

the world-famous pop icon.<br />

Entry: £27.50<br />

Info: 0844 871 7645 /<br />

atgtickets.com/woking<br />

Sun 29 Jan 3pm<br />

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley<br />

Avenue, Epsom KT18 5AL<br />

Cirque Enchantment<br />

This production will feature<br />

stunning choreography,<br />

breathtaking vocals and<br />

mesmerising circus performers.<br />

With an eclectic musical<br />

soundtrack, this incredible<br />

performance is guaranteed to<br />

delight the whole family.<br />

Entry: £15 – £18<br />

Info: 01372 742555 /<br />

epsomplayhouse.co.uk<br />

Tues 31 Jan 7.30pm<br />

G Live, London Road,<br />

Guildford GU1 2AA<br />

European Union<br />

chamber Orchestra<br />

Director Hans-Peter Hofmann<br />

will present Elgar, Beethoven,<br />

Grieg and Mozart. Booking<br />

is recommended.<br />

Entry: £25.50 – £42,<br />

Info: 01483 369350 / glive.co.uk<br />

Workshops<br />

Sun 22 Jan 2-3.30pm<br />

The Lightbox, Chobham<br />

Road, Woking GU21 4AA<br />

Yoga workshop<br />

Experience a mellow yoga<br />

workshop with experienced<br />

teacher Ruth McNeil and<br />

learn the practice of conscious<br />

movement and pranayama. The<br />

workshop will culminate in a<br />

guided relaxation. It’s suitable<br />

for all levels of experience.<br />

Please bring your own mat<br />

and wear loose, comfortable<br />

clothing. Booking is required.<br />

Entry: £15<br />

Info: 01483 737800<br />

/ thelightbox.org.uk<br />

Thurs 26 Jan 8am-12pm<br />

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> GU23 6QB<br />

Butterfly<br />

Photography Morning<br />

Join Adrian Davies for a morning<br />

workshop covering techniques,<br />

equipment and image processing,<br />

Make the most of exclusive<br />

access to the Glasshouse before<br />

it opens to the public.<br />

Entry: £52 for RHS<br />

members, £66 non-members,<br />

includes tea and coffee<br />

Info: rhs.org.uk<br />

Mon 30 Jan 10.30am-4pm<br />

Watts Gallery, Down Lane,<br />

Compton GU3 1DQ<br />

Life Drawing<br />

Join artist Jo Shepherd for<br />

a day of drawing from a life<br />

model. Entry price includes<br />

all materials and lunch.<br />

Entry: £65<br />

Info: 01483 810235 /<br />

wattsgallery.org.uk<br />

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WIN A dinner party for SIX,<br />

cooked by Matthew Sankey and<br />

his team, complete with wine<br />

Sankey’s of Tunbridge Wells have<br />

launched Sankey’s Fishmongers<br />

online. You can now buy your fresh fish<br />

online and have delivered, the very next day<br />

by their crack-team of fish delivery experts.<br />

In honour of this launch, Matthew Sankey<br />

and his team will be bringing their kitchen<br />

to your home. For a dinner party of six,<br />

Matthew will be cooking their signature<br />

oysters and seafood paella for you and<br />

your guests. To accompany the culinary<br />

delights, your wine will be matched by<br />

Mrs Sankey for your meal and brought<br />

to you chilled and ready for action.<br />

A family run business that is incredibly<br />

proud of the quality of their produce,<br />

Sankey’s of Tunbridge Wells has something<br />

to offer every foodie – be it from their<br />

Public House, Seafood Brasserie, The Old<br />

Fishmarket Champagne & Seafood bar or<br />

their fabulous award-winning Fishmongers.<br />

Sankey’s has one simple rule, and that is<br />

they do not buy any seafood that cannot be<br />

proved to come from a sustainable source,<br />

and they do check! To do their bit for the<br />

environment, Sankey’s also set up the “Buy<br />

One, Set One Free” campaign with their<br />

friends at The National Lobster Hatchery. The<br />

premise is very simple – when you buy and<br />

eat a lobster at Sankey’s, they will put a brand<br />

new baby lobster back into the Cornish sea!<br />

Sankey’s is also recognized on the campaigning<br />

site Fish2Fork, who rate restaurants based<br />

on the sustainability of their seafood.<br />

For your chance to win the Sankey’s team<br />

cooking for you in your own home, all you<br />

need to do is answer the following question:<br />

What is the name of the campaign that<br />

Sankey’s have set up with The National<br />

Lobster Hatchery?<br />

How to enter: For your chance to win this fantastic prize of Matthew Sankey and his team cooking for a dinner party of<br />

six in your own home during February <strong>2017</strong> enter your answer with your contact details* in the online form at wealdentimes.<br />

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entrants’ details will be passed on to Sankey’s and Wealden Times Events. Please let us know if you do not wish your details to<br />

be passed on.<br />

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

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Jane Howard’s<br />

Fables from the Farm<br />

Jane takes a look behind the scenes at Stonegate Cheese Dairy<br />

Oh blimey, another New Year<br />

to contend with and a host<br />

of resolutions to conjure up.<br />

I’ve long since realised the futility of the<br />

lose weight / drink less / exercise more<br />

school of personal resolutions but hold<br />

out far more hope of delivering on those<br />

that involve improvements on the farm.<br />

And this year I’m determined to make<br />

a few changes in the pig department.<br />

Resolution No 1 – be a little more<br />

aware of the promiscuity of teenage pigs.<br />

At the moment we keep our sows –<br />

Sybil the Saddleback, Alison<br />

the Oxford Sandy & Black<br />

and Joan the Tamworth<br />

in a separate wood. Each<br />

will be pregnant for four<br />

months, at different times,<br />

to ensure a constant flow<br />

of piglets (though that,<br />

too, is another area for<br />

improvement). They keep their piglets<br />

for about eight weeks and shortly after<br />

weaning come back into season. Douglas<br />

the Duroc boar then visits and, hey<br />

presto, it all starts again. Very organised.<br />

Sadly what follows next is less so.<br />

On leaving Mum, the weaners get<br />

released into a 20 acre wood where<br />

they grow on with all the others until<br />

they are ready to go ‘up the road’ (a<br />

less brutal explanation of the journey<br />

to become sausages) at about seven<br />

months. Technically the girls shouldn’t<br />

The pigs absolutely<br />

love the whey...<br />

they submerge<br />

their heads in<br />

the trough<br />

come into season before then, but<br />

there’s always one and with 20 acres<br />

to play in, all sorts of shenanigans<br />

go on with inevitable results! So this<br />

year I’m going to be a killjoy and<br />

have a girls’ wood and a boys’ wood.<br />

That should put an end to that!<br />

Resolution No 2 – don’t get soaked<br />

every morning. I wrote last year how<br />

the Stonegate Cheese Dairy had decided<br />

that the only way to guarantee the<br />

welfare of the cows supplying their milk<br />

was to buy their own herd – and so they<br />

did. Now, every other day<br />

Guy the farmer delivers<br />

2,000 litres of whole milk<br />

for them to turn into<br />

their wonderful cheeses.<br />

What I hadn’t<br />

appreciated is that cheese<br />

is made from the curd,<br />

which is only about<br />

25% of the volume of the milk and the<br />

rest, the whey, is a waste product that<br />

has to be taken away at quite a cost.<br />

Traditionally this was always fed to pigs<br />

and, as a zealous waste-not want-not<br />

campaigner, I eagerly agreed to collect<br />

some of the whey for Sybil, Alison,<br />

Joan and their growing offspring.<br />

All well and good, but the logistics are<br />

quite daunting. How to transport 500<br />

litres of liquid, three times a week, one<br />

mile from Stonegate Cheese Dairy to<br />

Coopers Farm and then across two fields<br />

to the pig wood? Hmmm. The obvious<br />

solution would have been a bowser but<br />

locally eBay was not forthcoming and<br />

I wasn’t going to drive to Pontefract<br />

and back just for a bowser. Instead I<br />

picked up a batch of 20-litre plastic<br />

containers for nothing, shoved them in<br />

the back of the Land Rover and set off.<br />

It all works well, apart from the final<br />

stage which involves actually pouring<br />

the stuff into the troughs in the wood.<br />

The pigs absolutely love the whey<br />

and, not content with just slurping it<br />

up, they submerge their heads in the<br />

trough and then, coming up for air,<br />

give an almighty shake which showers<br />

me – still emptying the containers.<br />

They do reckon it’s very good for the<br />

skin but you can see why Miss Muppet<br />

here thinks there might be room for<br />

improvements in <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

Happy New Year.<br />

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm<br />

– on Instagram @coopersfarm<br />

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