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Maggie Alderson

leaps into action

finding homes with

exercise facilities



Fill your diary with hand

picked events going

on around the Weald


An ancient farmhouse

brought into the

twenty-first century


Give your home a

pastel makeover


A look back at Wealden

Times Midwinter Fair


A family home with an

Arts & Crafts twist


Crisp white shirts to start

the New Year in style



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Jo Arnell’s healthy




How to ease yourself

back into the garden


Susan Elkin explores

how reading is taught



How teachers keep

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changing world



Courses, markets

and music


Win a chance for the

Sankey’s Tunbridge

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• Just a 15 minute walk from Guildford’s vibrant town centre and station

• Contemporary design inside and out promises a truly individual living style

• High specifications throughout, assuring absolute comfort and convenience

• En suite to master and guest bedrooms

• Private parking and outdoor space

Prices from £695,000


To book your viewing appointment contact our selling agents Knight Frank

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Clayshaw Place, a collection of two, three and four bedroom

homes in Rudgwick was released for sale at the beginning

of October and out of the 15 homes available to buy, 12

had been reserved by purchasers by mid-November.

Selling agent Roger Coupe said Clayshaw Place is the

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on in recent years, with more than 40 viewings

arranged over the opening weekend alone.

Progress moved so quickly that contracts were

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Roger Coupe, who specialises in land and new home

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quality of specification and thoughtful design of the

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Roger said: “Rudgwick has always been a popular address

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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.

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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 from 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?

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

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

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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. Englemere

Where? Englemere sits within

walking distance of the attractions of

Ascot High Street and close to the

world-famous racecourse, within 12

acres of private landscaped grounds. For

golfers, Wentworth and Sunningdale

are in the vicinity. Trains take under

an hour to Waterloo from Ascot.

What? The original property, built

circa 1815, was a Victorian country

house of distinction. The new version,

an architectural tribute to the original

Italianate-style mansion, offers 17 unique

two and three bedroom properties offering

every 21st century luxury, finished to

an elite standard. Outside are beautiful

grounds with mature landscaping,

woodland areas with ancient trees -

including a 500-year-old - a walled formal

garden, fountain and terrace. The original

enclosed squash court has been renovated

as a luxury leisure suite, with a club lounge

and a mezzanine-level gym, as well as a

kitchen and changing rooms. This leads

out to a swimming pool with a communal

BBQ area and two enclosed tennis courts

that are available for residents’ private use.

How much? Homes at Englemere

start from £1,350,000. For more

information call 01344 206201 or contact

the selling agents, Knight Frank via email








2. 8 Leys Road

Where? No. 8 Leys Road is a bespoke

new property situated in one of the

private roads on the ultra-prestigious

Crown Estate, near Oxshott village, with

its 36 minute connection to Waterloo.

Esher and Cobham are each ten minutes

drive away. The area is blessed with

multiple golf courses and racecourses.

What? There’s your average dream

home – and then there’s this one. Newly

built, in narrow-brick porticoed elegance,

it’s designed and equipped for the

ultimate contemporary lifestyle – with the

Mark Wilkinson kitchen the largest room,

encompassing a breakfast room and family

room. The marble-floored reception hall

gives on to a study, dining room and

drawing room. Upstairs the master suite

has his and hers bathrooms and dressing

rooms and the four further bedrooms,

all have bathrooms and dressing rooms.

The staff flat has its own entrance. Then

you descend to the lower ground leisure

suite… A luxurious mosaic pool with

adjacent spa, opposite bifold doors to the

terrace overlooking the garden, plus a bar

(with kitchen) and lounge area. There’s

changing rooms, a steam room and a

gym – a games room and a wine cellar…

How much? No. 8 Leys Road is

listed with Savills, Cobham at £7,950,000.

01932 586200 or browse

3. Woodside House

Where? Woodside House sits in

superbly landscaped gardens, within

surrounding woodland, convenient for

Surbiton town centre, with fast and

frequent trains to town (just 18 minutes

to Waterloo). Esher and Kingston upon

Thames are both a short drive away.

What? Inside the cosy brick vernacular

building lies a thrilling surprise – an

interior that mixes classic period style with

the fabulously contemporary, finished to

the highest standards. The sleek modern

kitchen/breakfast room has a wall of sliding

doors onto the garden and a glass skylight.

The sitting room, dining room, TV room

and study have elegant charm. The first floor

has a master bedroom suite with bathroom

and walk-in wardrobe, two further bedrooms

(one with en suite) and a family bathroom.

The second floor has two additional

bedrooms with en suite shower rooms.

There is additional accommodation accessed

via a second staircase, comprising a large

reception/games room with floor-to-ceiling

glass sliding doors giving onto a terrace, a

further bedroom and shower room. Outside

is a mosaic heated swimming pool, a hot

tub and a hard-surface floodlit tennis court.

How much? Woodside House is

on the market with Knight Frank, Esher,

for £3,495,000. Call them on 01372

464496 or look at

4. Heath Grange

Where? Heath Grange sits within

agricultural landscape, near the village of

Lingfield, six miles from Oxted with its

excellent connections to London (33 minutes).

What? This handsome late-Victorian

mansion, in its park-like grounds, combines

a period exterior and original internal features

– mouldings and stained glass panels – with

accommodation that has been sensitively

and stylishly updated. A great entertaining

house, the formal dining room and drawing

room are conjoined and for more casual

events, the kitchen/breakfast room opens

onto the sitting room. There is a further

family room, a gym and an impressive wine

cellar, winding down off a spiral staircase.

Upstairs is a master bedroom with en suite,

six further bedrooms with a family bathroom

and shower room. The separate Coach

House (ideal for party guests) has a sitting

room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room,

bathroom and five bedrooms, two with en

suites. Outside, the Summer House has an

indoor pool with a shower room, in a timberframed

building. There is a barn, kennels,

another barn with a stable, tack room and

games room and an all-weather tennis court.

How much? Heath Grange is on the

market with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Oxted,

with a guide price of £3,000,000. Call them on

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Guildford Cathedral will be hosting a popup

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Exhibitions & events

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Colour splash...

Now in its 29th year, the Sunday Times

Watercolour Competition is the largest and

most prestigious showcase for contemporary

watercolour painting in the UK. The competition

celebrates and rewards excellence and originality

and is hugely popular with artists and gallery

visitors. Guildford house will once again

host this delightful event until Saturday 28

January, open 10am to 4.30pm daily. Entry is

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Sparkling Spectacle...

Cirque Enchantment at Epsom Playhouse

is guaranteed to delight the whole family

this January. This production will feature

stunning choreography, breathtaking

vocals and mesmerising circus performers,

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Relax & Restore...

Join Yoga teacher Ruth McNeil for a calm

and mellow workshop on Sunday 22 January,

where you can learn the practice of conscious

movement, posture work and pranayama.

This lesson will culminate in a blissful

guided relaxation process. These workshops

are suitable for all levels of ability, and your

own mat and loose comfortable clothing is

required. Booking is highly recommended so

visit for more information.

Any dream will do...

From Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 January, pay a

visit to GLive, London Road, to experience Bill

Kenwright’s superb production of Tim Rice and

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

retells the biblical story of Joseph, played by Joe

McElderry, his eleven brothers and the coat of

many colours. Book your tickets at

Something new..

From Monday 9 January, 318 Ceramics will be

offering pottery courses for creative and eager-tolearn

adults. Day and evening classes are available

in the historic and unique surroundings of

Farnham Pottery, and members can enjoy small and

supportive classes suitable for all levels of ability.

Find out more information and register your interest

at or phone 07468 696620.

Neeps & Tatties...

Get together with friends in the New Year to

celebrate Burns Night with delicious traditional fare

and plenty of dancing. Reigate Manor Hotel will be

hosting this fantastic event on Saturday 21 January

from 7.30pm, with a superb four-course meal on

offer and its resident DJ to delight and entertain.

Book your place and find out more by calling

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

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Abergavenny Estate, he set about building a street of houses

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The previous owners had been in the house for over

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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

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framed by painting the surrounding wall a very dark grey –

Mercury by Fired Earth. By painting the imposing fireplace

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simple and quick way of completely changing the look of

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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

The garden end has a long table created from an old

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The kitchen end of the space is dominated by a freestanding

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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

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

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Josephine Fairley explains how

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Certainly, as life landmarks go, the morning we notice

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it, and nobody (but our colourist) need ever know. However,

there’s no getting away from it: deciding which to opt for is

probably the biggest beauty conundrum we face, as we age.

And it isn’t as simple as just ‘letting it go’. That can

simply make you look washed-out and pale. According to

US-based haircolouring expert Louis Licari, “When hair

loses its colour, it loses its richness and lustre. And when

this happens it tends to make skin colour look faded.”

We can certainly all think of women who go grey gracefully

and look utterly chic. (Helen Mirren, anyone?) But, according

to überhairdresser Nicky Clarke, “they’re the exceptions. And

they tend to be fabulous, striking women who’d look great

whatever their hair colour.” Your skintone will determine how

good you’d look if you decide to stick with grey. The sallowskinned

rarely find a silver frame flattering – and nor do natural

redheads, whose hair tends to turn a pale apricot when white

mixes in. Classic silver-haired beauties tend

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women with almost ebony colouring, or pale

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There are changes to the actual hair itself, as it

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serum to help nourish hair and keep it smooth and glossy.”

Interestingly, actually covering up the grey restores not only

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Jo Hansford, who’s long been one of the UK’s wisest colour

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make it grow back with its old colour; plucking just distorts

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Whether you opt to stay grey or choose colour, a must is

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quality nourishing shampoos, conditioners and any products

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

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not only does it emphasise regrowth, but it can look opaque –

like you painted your head with shoe polish. In fact – a little

like having your brows shaped professionally and then doing the

maintenance yourself at home – I’d always recommend going

to a salon for an objective opinion about what would suit you.

If you opt for highlights, the chances are you’ll be locked into a

relationship with the haircolourist – though in my opinion (thank

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I am constantly asked by strangers where I get my colour done.

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From shelter to sanctuary

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

atmosphere at home to take advantage of these endless possibilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good scrub – We know how wonderfully satisfying it

is when those kitchen counters and living room shelves

are clean and clear. By de-cluttering and giving surfaces a

dust, you’ll immediately feel brighter, and the rooms will

feel lighter. Clean the windows to let as much light in as

possible. Add a mirror to increase light levels even further.

Air flow – The air in a house can easily become stagnant,

especially at this time of year when the heating is on

full blast and everyone’s in hibernation mode. Open all

the windows, even if it’s really chilly, and create a draft

through the house. Shake out cushions and blankets and

get plenty of light and air flowing through the space.

Outside in – As well as adding life and vibrancy, house

plants hugely improve the air quality in a home, particularly

if you reside in a city with high levels of pollution. Spider

plants are one of the easiest to grow and maintain, and

remove formaldehyde and xylene from the atmosphere.

Snake plant, or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue gets rid of

benzene and trichloroethylene, and aloe vera is a great

option, doubling up as a natural ‘heal all’ balm.

Scent – Essential orange oil has a significant uplifting effect,

and by carefully burning incense, particularly frankincense,

you can easily create a peaceful, temple-like atmosphere.

The ancient Native American practice of smudging has been

used for thousands of years to clear negative energy from

a space. A smudge stick is a small bundle of sage, knotted

together with string. Open the doors in your home, place

the sage in a bowl and light it with a match. After carefully

blowing out the flame, allow the herbs to smoke and

smoulder gently, slowly filling the house with its aromas.

Colour – Colour can have a significant effect on emotion.

Yellow has associations with hope, happiness, positivity

and clarity, so by painting a wall, or hanging up a work

of art, you can create your very own super vibrant vibes.

Alternatively, rich and earthy tones, when used in the

bedroom, can create a relaxing sense of cocooning.

By taking just a little time to consider and reenergise

your surroundings, you can create a

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Zesty New Year

Jo Arnell dishes up

a trio of healthy

courses for a guilt-free

January feast

Words: Jo Arnell


David Merewether

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

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

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

I promise you that it is very tasty.

Serves 4

• 5 tbsp chia seeds

• 1 can coconut milk

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

• 1 level tbsp sugar


• 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


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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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,


• 1 tbsp soy sauce

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil

• 1 small bunch coriander,

roughly chopped, saving

some whole leaves for


• around 400-500g


For the marinade

• 2 tsp lime juice

• 2-3 cloves garlic, finely


• 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


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

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

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steam the courgetti for around 3 minutes. Add the

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

For information on next year’s

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Read On


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,

2008) and Unlocking the Reader in Every Child (Ransom, 2011).


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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? Surrey Homes asks two head teachers for their views

Photo: Sureash Kumar

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.


Bruce Grindlay

Headmaster Sutton Valence School

What range of technologies do your students have

access to in the classroom on a daily basis?

We value combining more traditional teaching methods

with new innovations to ensure that we give our pupils

experience of relevant technologies and how they

can be used. In addition to two age-appropriate ICT

suites, our teachers and pupils have access to interactive

whiteboards, bringing the curriculum to life, and a

bank of iPads which are used across all subjects.

Above: The beautiful facade of Battle Abbey School

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 participate in

the nationwide Safer Internet Day in February.

How has technology been incorporated into

the curriculum, other than ICT lessons?

We enjoy the juxtaposition of occupying such a historical

location and providing our pupils with the cutting edge

technology that they and their families would expect

from an independent education. A great many subjects

incorporate technology into the classrooms, perhaps

most notably science where not only do iPads and hand

held devices help pupils access the curriculum, but allow

pupils to work collaboratively on projects via the school’s

wireless network. We are very conscious of pupils’ often

very specific individual learning needs and technology

can be a huge enabler in terms of synergy with each of

their learning styles. Our campus is fully covered by a

wireless network (even though the thick Abbey walls

do their best to make this as difficult as possible!).

How do you control the use of mobile

phones within school hours?

The advent of modern phone technology has made this

increasingly difficult to enforce. The school’s wireless system

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

in morning registration and they are kept under lock and key

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

a form of prevention and this, allied with the school’s robust

policy on the matter, has meant that transgressions are few

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

Battle Abbey School 01424 772385

How do you keep up to date with the fastchanging

technology world?

Technologies are consistently changing and improving. As

a school we utilise specialists and our staff to investigate

the best ICT practice for each area of the school. Staff are

regularly trained and visit technology conferences, such

as BETT, to support their ongoing development. We are

not swayed by fads, but carefully consider what is the most

appropriate and educationally beneficial technology.

How has technology been incorporated into

the curriculum, other than ICT lessons?

Across the curriculum, subject heads are encouraged

to engage with ICT as part of their planning

process. Staff also share ideas within regular curriculum

meetings. Recent examples include creating eBooks, video

editing, presentations, spreadsheets and even coding.

‘Minecraft’ has also been introduced as a club and is

often used as a teaching resource where appropriate.

What effect has social media had on

students’ relationships and behaviour?

As a prep school, many of the children are not yet engaged in

social media. However, with an ethos where each cares for all,

we believe in preparing them to use social media, computers

and mobile phones responsibly. Our school community is

very supportive and we work with families to inform and

equip their children to use technology in a balanced and

safe way that maintains respect for themselves and others.

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What’s On In January

Fairs & Markets

Fri 6 Jan 9am-3pm

Catholic Church Hall,

Downside Bridge Road,

Cobham KT11 1AA

Cobham Brica-brac


This antique and flea mini market

is held on the first Friday of each

month. Find lots of antiques,

toys, glass, china, books, clothes,

jewellery, cakes and much more.

Entry: Free

Info: 01932 269566

Sat 7 Jan

Farnham Maltings GU9 7QR

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Discover something special

and unique at this market

held on the first Saturday of

each month. Find handmade

artisan bread, vintage items and

charming local craft among

over 200 stalls inside and out.

Entry: £1

Info: 01252 745444 /

Sun 15 Jan 10am-3.30pm

Milford Village Hall,

Portsmouth Road, Milford,

Near Godalming GU8 5DS

Milford Antiques Fair

Find plenty of stalls selling a

wide selection of china, glass,

jewellery, paintings and prints,

art deco and retro stamps, coins,

curios and collectables. There’s

plenty of parking and excellent

food and beverages available.

Entry: 50p

Info: 07976 317828

Sun 22 Jan 11am-3.30pm

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Hotel and Spa, Lime Avenue,

Off Portsmouth Road,

Camberley GU15 2BG

Wedding Fair

This peaceful ivy-clad Victorian

manor house is set in beautiful

landscaped gardens and mature

woodland, making it the perfect

venue for a wedding fair. The

Frimley Suite will showcase the

best local wedding suppliers

and bridal fashion shows to

inspire you for your big day.

Entry: Free

Info: 01276 451498 /

Friends & Family

Fri 13 Jan 11am

The Lightbox, Chobham

Road, Woking GU21 4AA

Painting for under 5s

Dress for mess and join in

with some painting fun. All

materials are included and

advance booking is required.

Entry: £3

Info: 01483 737800 /

Fri 20 Jan 6-8.30pm

Guildford Cathedral, Stag

Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP

Star Gazing

Visit the pop-up Observatory

at Guildford Cathedral, meet

the knowledgeable members

of the Guildford Astronomical

Society and learn to understand

the night sky. Children can

enjoy fun activities and adults

can experience a fascinating

talk by Prof. David Hughes.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 547860 /

Sat 28 Jan 7pm

Denbies Wine Estate, Bradley

Lane, Dorking RH5 6AA

Burns Night


Enjoy a delicious dinner and

plenty of Scottish dancing to

great live entertaintment. The

four-course meal will include the

traditional haggis, neeps and tattis

plus spectacular sparkling wine

on arrival. Booking is essential.

Entry: £49.50 for Loyalty Club

members, £55 non-members

Info: 01306 742002 /

Sat 28 Jan 11am-3pm

Haslemere Educational

Museum GU27 2LA

Big Garden Bird Watch

Come along to the museum and

have some family fun together

in the New Year. Make bird

cakes, get involved with some

hands-on activities and discover

fascinating facts on the birds

in the galleries and grounds.

Booking not necessary.

Entry: Free

Info: 01428 642112 /

Music & Theatre

Thurs 12 Jan 7.30pm

The New Victoria Theatre, The

Ambassadors, The Peacocks

Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ

The Bowie Experience

This spectacular performance

will include all of David Bowie’s

hits, celebrating the music of

the world-famous pop icon.

Entry: £27.50

Info: 0844 871 7645 /

Sun 29 Jan 3pm

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley

Avenue, Epsom KT18 5AL

Cirque Enchantment

This production will feature

stunning choreography,

breathtaking vocals and

mesmerising circus performers.

With an eclectic musical

soundtrack, this incredible

performance is guaranteed to

delight the whole family.

Entry: £15 – £18

Info: 01372 742555 /

Tues 31 Jan 7.30pm

G Live, London Road,

Guildford GU1 2AA

European Union

chamber Orchestra

Director Hans-Peter Hofmann

will present Elgar, Beethoven,

Grieg and Mozart. Booking

is recommended.

Entry: £25.50 – £42,

Info: 01483 369350 /


Sun 22 Jan 2-3.30pm

The Lightbox, Chobham

Road, Woking GU21 4AA

Yoga workshop

Experience a mellow yoga

workshop with experienced

teacher Ruth McNeil and

learn the practice of conscious

movement and pranayama. The

workshop will culminate in a

guided relaxation. It’s suitable

for all levels of experience.

Please bring your own mat

and wear loose, comfortable

clothing. Booking is required.

Entry: £15

Info: 01483 737800


Thurs 26 Jan 8am-12pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking,

Surrey GU23 6QB


Photography Morning

Join Adrian Davies for a morning

workshop covering techniques,

equipment and image processing,

Make the most of exclusive

access to the Glasshouse before

it opens to the public.

Entry: £52 for RHS

members, £66 non-members,

includes tea and coffee


Mon 30 Jan 10.30am-4pm

Watts Gallery, Down Lane,

Compton GU3 1DQ

Life Drawing

Join artist Jo Shepherd for

a day of drawing from a life

model. Entry price includes

all materials and lunch.

Entry: £65

Info: 01483 810235 /

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event listing to be accompanied by

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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

online. You can now buy your fresh fish

online and have delivered, the very next day

by their crack-team of fish delivery experts.

In honour of this launch, Matthew Sankey

and his team will be bringing their kitchen

to your home. For a dinner party of six,

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

Sankey’s have set up with The National

Lobster Hatchery?

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

six in your own home during February 2017 enter your answer with your contact details* in the online form at wealdentimes. or post to: The Sankey’s Competition, Wealden Times, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF by

Friday 27 January 2017. There is no cash alternative and the prize must be taken from a selection of dates in February. *All

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

be passed on.

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


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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