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Contents

March 2017

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SPACE & DINE

Maggie Alderson tracks down

homes with luxurious kitchens

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FASHION SUPPLEMENT

26 pages of vibrant colour to

spice up your daily wardrobe

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Sue Whigham explores the nation’s

love of snowdrops

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MARCH NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with hand

picked events going on

around the Weald

CLASSICAL ELEGANCE

An English country house

with antique appeal

GET THE LOOK

Add some gilded glamour

to your interior

ALL’S VERT

Shop 2017’s dark green

interiors trend

A SHORE THING

A chic Camber Sands

beach house

GET THE LOOK

Pared back seaside style

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POST PREGNANCY

BEAUTY

Josephine Fairley’s tips

for new mums

BLOSSOM INTO MARCH

This month’s bitesize

health news

HEALTHY HOME

Helen Barton explains how

to detoxify your home

FAMILY FIVE

Fulfil your family’s fruit

and veg quota with a day’s

worth of meals created

by Home Gurr’own

A GARDEN FOR

ALL SEASONS

Grow a gorgeous garden

with help from Jo Arnell

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CONNECTING WITH NATURE

How much time do school children

really spend outside? WT finds out

ORDERLY LINES

Susan Elkin takes a look

at school uniform

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

School open days

WHAT’S ON?

Find out

COMPETITION

Win a spa day for two

at Grayshot Spa

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard turns bovine midwife

as her herd starts calving

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5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Triple open bay garage with office / study above. Gardens and grounds.

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Elegant three/four bedroom Edwardian Townhouse built in 1905.

Positioned on the enviable tree lined High Street of Tenterden

No Chain • Cloakroom • Double Garage & Parking • EPC Rating D

Tenterden £415,000

Deceptively spacious extended detached family home situated in a

private quiet cul-de-sac of five houses

Four Bedrooms • Three Reception Rooms • Conservatory • EPC TBC

High Halden £700,000 - £725,000

A fi ne 16th Century Grade II listed country house, set in its own

private grounds with views across open countryside

Five Bedrooms • Four Reception Rooms • Three Bathrooms • EPC Exempt

High Halden £575,000

Spacious detached Kentish barn with a wealth of character features

including exposed timbers and brickwork, polished floors, vaulted ceilings

Three Bedrooms • Three Reception Rooms • Three En Suites • EPC Rating D

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pool, tennis court, garaging · Stunning views · Barn -

Sitting room · Kitchen · Two bedrooms · EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

CRanBROOk OIeO £1,395,000

Immediate access to Bedgebury Forest · Drawing room ·

Sitting room · Kitchen/breakfast/dining room

· Utility room · Five bedrooms (two ensuite) · Attic

rooms · Grounds of approximately 7.6 acres · Stables,

barn, garaging · EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

RuRal BetheRsden OIeO £1,200,000

Charming Grade II Listed Kentish farmhouse · Four

reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast room · Utility

room · Four bedrooms (one ensuite) · Annexe facility ·

Manicured gardens and grounds approximately 6 acres ·

Outbuilding · EPC: n/a

Convenient Rural Location

RuRal CRanBROOk £1,100,000

Family Home with Detached Annexe · Five reception

rooms · Kitchen/breakfast room · Five/six bedrooms

(one ensuite) · Detached annexe - Sitting/dining room ·

Kitchen · Bedroom · Gardens and grounds approximately

3.4 acres · EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

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Rye, East Sussex - £325,000

A semi-detached three bedroom house on the edge of

the Ancient Town. Living/dining room, kitchen, utility/rear

lobby, cloak/shower room, 3 double bedrooms, bathroom.

Off road parking. Garden. EPC E

Rye, East Sussex - £1,499,950

Stunning Grade II listed house in the Citadel with garage,

landscaped garden, and views. Opportunity to purchase

one of the principal residences of the town. Drawing room,

sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast/day room,

utility, basement, 3 double bedrooms.

Fairlight, East Sussex - £850,000

House on quiet lane with stunning views across farmland to

the sea. Kitchen, living room, conservatory, studio, library/

bedroom 4, master bedroom, dressing room and ensuite,

2 further bedrooms and bathroom. 2 stables and haybarn.

Garden and field of approx 3.8 acres. EPC D

Winchelsea, East Sussex - £445,000

Well presented C18th 2 bedroom Grade II listed cottage in

the heart of the Conservation Area of this Ancient Town.

Kitchen, dining room, sitting room, lower ground floor

study, 2 bedrooms and bathroom. Walled garden.

Winchelsea, East Sussex - £POA

An attractive character property with potential in the

Conservation Area. Accommodation over three floors. Living

room, dining room, kitchen, four bedrooms. Integral single

garage. Mature gardens of just under quarter of acre. EPC E

Camber, East Sussex - £205,000

A ground and first floor maisonette in the popular Whitesands

development close to Camber Sands beach. Open plan living/

dining room with kitchen off, main bedroom with en-suite

shower room, bedroom 2, bathroom. Garage. EPC C

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East Sussex Guide Price £1,950,000

Grade II* listed Regency Manor House with 39’ Drawing Room/Sitting

Room • Orangery/Dining Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Master

Bedroom Suite & Dressing Room • 3 Further Bedrooms • Family Bathroom •

Outbuildings and Annexe • Gardens, Grounds and Paddock • About 4 acres

Northiam Guide Price £1,150,000

An exceptional Grade II* listed village residence incorporating annexe

potential amid beautiful grounds • 3 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast

Room • 6 Bedrooms • Dressing Room • 4 Bathrooms • 2 Period Outbuildings

• Pavilion • Tennis Court • Grounds of over an acre

West Farleigh Guide Price £950,000

An expansive family house in a quiet rural location benefiting from

spectacular views • 3 Receptions • Open Plan Kitchen/Family/Dining Room

• 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Roof Terrace • Double Garage & Workshop •

About 0.7 acres • EPC E

Staplecross Guide Price £700,000

A spacious oast conversion set amid landscaped gardens with paddock &

woodland affording far reaching views • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen • 4

Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Garage • Office • Gardens • Paddock • Woodland

• About 3 acres • EPC D

Frittenden Excess £650,000

A deceptively spacious and pretty period cottage in the heart of the village

with rural views • CSCA • 3 Reception rooms • Study Area • Kitchen/

Breakfast room • 4 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Landscaped gardens • EPC E

Sutton Valence Excess £600,000

In the heart of the village a fascinating Grade II listed residence steeped in

history with direct access to the Greensand Way • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen

• Cellar • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Terraced Garden • Garden Stores

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Unique split level home in one of the finest locations on

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court and swimming pool. HS1 – 4 miles. EPC Rating D

High Halden

£845,000

A beautifully presented Kentish oast house between

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character and contemporary décor. EPC Rating E

Westwell

£815,000

A simply stunning North Downs location and exquisite

rural views from this beautifully presented 5 bedroom

family house with no close neighbours. EPC Rating D

Stalisfield Green

£895,000

Far reaching views across open countryside. A fabulous

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

1.

Space & Dine

Maggie Alderson finds homes with fabulous kitchens

It started with the kitchen hatch, beloved of the neatly pinafored

1950s housewife. So convenient to be able to pop a hot Pyrex dish

straight through, ending the tiresome oven-gloved march from

kitchen to dining room and the even more irksome parade of dirty dishes

back. The next stage was the eat-in kitchen, with preparation and eating

happening in the same room, but now our expectations have cranked

up another notch to the eat-in kitchen with integral family room.

So the 21st century ideal home has a lovely open plan area where Mum

can kick back on a sofa watching the news with a glass of wine and her feet

up, while teens work on their Snapchat ‘streaks’ (something no one over

the age of 25 understands…), younger siblings run in and out through

the glass doors to the garden and Dad mans the induction hob.

But into this open plan modern idyll creeps that eternal foe of domestic bliss:

mess. And so the dream kitchen now requires another element – extra rooms. Top

of the shopping list is a walk-in larder – for food and ingredients storage – or a

pantry, which is the same idea but with additional space for china and utensils.

Although even better is the Martha Stewart ideal of a separate china and glass

store. Serious food storers also dream of a stand-alone refrigerated cool room.

Also highly desired is not just a utility room, but a fully equipped laundry with

a butler’s sink, a permanently erected ironing board and a pulley clothes airer.

Really posh is a return of a feature of Victorian homes – the flower room, specially

for the preparation of arrangements and storage of vases (bulky blighters).

Not strictly speaking a kitchen area, but still a sought-after adjacent

addition is the boot room, where messy outdoor kit of all kinds is

safely corralled out of sight of the high-traffic family kitchen HQ.

Here are four houses for sale which boast some of these appealing extra rooms.

1. The Old Rectory

Where? The Old Rectory

sits in the charming country

village of Frinstead, on the North

Downs, in an Area of Outstanding

Natural Beauty. It’s five miles from

Sittingbourne, with its excellent rail

link and convenient for the M2.

What? True to its name, this is the

quintessential double-fronted Georgian

old rectory. With the expected elegant

reception hall, dining and drawing

rooms to the front, the rear of the house

is described as given over to ‘domestic

offices’. These include a breakfast room,

open to the kitchen, large utility room

and a simply huge boot room, with a

wall of cupboards. There’s also a wine

cellar. There are three bedrooms, one

en suite, a bathroom and dressing room

on the first floor. Two further bedrooms

and a bath on the second floor.

How much? The house is

listed with Knight Frank, Sevenoaks,

with a guide price of £1,500,000.

Call them on 01732 744477

or browse knightfrank.com

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2. Keeper’s Lodge

Where? Keeper’s Lodge is set in

peaceful countryside, with outstanding

views, just outside the village of Great

Chart, close to the larger Bethersden.

The house is just three miles from

Ashford International station with its

fast service to London St Pancras.

What? This elegant country

residence was built around 1850 as a

gamekeeper’s lodge for a country estate

and later extended. As well as a large

main reception room the ground floor

has a study, a sitting room and a dining

room and the large kitchen/breakfast

room gives onto a boot room and a

large utility room, which conveniently

leads directly to the garage. Upstairs

there are four bedrooms, the master

en suite, and a family bathroom. A

four acre paddock and stables for four

horses are for sale as a separate lot.

How much? Keeper’s Lodge is

on the market with Jackson-Stops

& Staff, Cranbrook, with a guide

price of £950,000. Phone 01580

720000 or peruse jackson-stops.co.uk

3. Ockley

Where? Nestled in idyllic

countryside, down a country lane,

within walking distance of Hawkhurst

– with the Kino, independent butcher,

Waitrose etc – and in the catchment

area for Cranbrook School.

What? Ockley is a Grade II listed

weatherboard, rambling farmhouse

dream home, with a swimming

pool and stabling… Tick the box

marked ‘perfect’. The generous

kitchen/breakfast room leads onto a

boot room and then to a generous

utility room. On the other side of

the kitchen is a separate wing with

another kitchen. Upstairs the master

bedroom has a dressing room and an

en suite, with three more bedrooms

and a family bathroom. There are two

further bedrooms and a bathroom

on the upper floor of the wing.

How much? Ockley is listed

at £1,595,000 with Harpers and

Hurlingham in Cranbrook. Phone

them on 01580 715400, or look

at harpersandhurlingham.com

4. The Manor House

Where? The Manor House is

located on the edge of the quiet village

of Newchurch in the special landscape

of Romney Marsh, twenty minutes

to Ashford International Station.

What? An elegant Georgian house

with two lovely bay windows, one

with French windows onto a stone

terrace, the Manor House was built

c. 1820 by Lord Archibald Stokes.

Renovated in keeping with the period,

to very high standards, half of the

ground floor is arranged around the

rambling kitchen area, which gives on

to a family room and a conservatory,

with a very large utility room off that.

As well as the main reception room,

there is a study and a dining room.

Upstairs is a family bathroom and

four bedrooms, the master with a

dressing room and en suite bathroom.

How much?The Manor House

is for sale via Fine & Country,

Tenterden, seeking offers in excess

of £800,000. Call them on 01580

766388 or look at fineandcountry.com

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Concept & Colour...

Portico Art Gallery in Riverhead, Sevenoaks is

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coloured statement artworks in acrylic on canvas

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Call of the wild...

The best photographs of Kentish wildlife will be

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owner Nicola has created the perfect spacious coastal retreat.

Speaking of space, the luxuriously proportioned rooms at

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Above: The orangery replaced the 1950s/60s extension.

The pale blue/grey dressers were made to stand

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This page: Ornate plasterwork, as well as being

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and landing area at the heart of the house

assume that all you can do with a bookcase is put

books in it. We create cabinets of curiosities, which

we take up to the Decorative Fair in Battersea.”

They have also come up with a superb way of upcycling

Victorian museum display cases: “We bought a clearance

lot from a museum, as they were getting rid of them, and

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“We’ve sold a couple which are now in people’s

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Martin would surely approve, given his own love

of shell collecting, although the one in his own

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Above: The couple commissioned the bedstead in the master bedroom. “We work with various restoration firms, as part of our

antiques business,” says Paul

says Paul. “These samples would probably have been

used by artists as references. It’s a bit of an homage to

Sir John Soane’s house,” he adds. Soane’s house, on

Lincoln’s Inn Fields in central London, has not been

altered during the 180 years since the architect’s death.

It’s magical, but you wouldn’t want to live there. This

house, on the other hand, feels loved and lived in.

“Even though we have a lot of traditional things in the

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contrast between traditional and antique, with modern and

often industrial pieces, is something you notice as soon as

you walk into the house. It is perhaps most evident in the

kitchen-cum-orangery, where an upcycled water tank acts

as a kitchen ‘server’ or sideboard and is home to a large

collection of antique silver and blue and white Delft-ware.

“We often sell things from the house, so it’s helpful to show

people that you can take traditional silver, or candelabras,

and make it work in a modern house,” adds Paul.

Another impressive feature in the kitchen / dining area

is a vast refectory-style table made from reclaimed boards

and topped with silver candelabra. “We bought it already

made, from a man in Belgium. He basically reclaims

buildings, so they are either floorboards or scaffolding

boards.” Overhead are the now almost classic reclaimed

industrial lights. I am about to suggest that they look like

ones we had on the farm where I grew up, when Paul beats

me to it: “The lamps are 1960s heat lamps, which I think

were from a farm and were used to keep the chicken houses

warm!” They’ve certainly gone up in status since then...

Paul and Martin seem to have a knack for finding

furniture and artworks with an interesting, often humble

provenance, whether it’s the reclaimed water tank they

believe to have come from a ship or submarine, or the

former poultry lamps. By contrast, they have also

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This page: In the master bedroom, dark dressers are filled with

sea shells: “In the Victorian era people liked to collect shells, and

they used to put them in cabinets of curiosity. We put cabinets

like that together.” The bright modern painting (above) was part

of a job lot, that used to belong to Adam Faith, sold as part of

his estate when he died

acquired some rather special items, from rather special

people. The master bedroom suite illustrates perfectly a

mix of modern and antique, everyday and otherworldly.

On one wall is a large abstract and colourful oil painting.

“We bought the picture as part of a job lot of paintings

that used to belong to Adam Faith,” says Paul. My eyes

are also drawn to two metal and glass occasional tables at

the foot of the bed. “They used to belong to Sir Norman

Hartnell, the Queen’s dresser. He designed the Queen’s

wedding dress and coronation gown. They were from his

original Bruton Street studio where most of the royals went

to get dressed and a lot of stars as well. We have a picture

of Merle Oberon stood next to one of them,” says Paul.

A dressing room, which is next to the master

bedroom suite, was created by a carpenter friend of the

couple. Standing on and inside a display cabinet by

the window, are spats and boots, which also belonged

to the famed couturier: “We don’t wear them! I don’t

think they would fit! We just thought they were a

nice thing to have in a dressing room,” says Paul.

A dressing room is certainly a very civilised thing to

have... as is a master bedroom with two en suite bathrooms.

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Above: The couple’s shared dressing room “We had the cabinets

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The spats and shoes belonged to Sir Norman Hartnell

Right: Shells are a prominent feature in Martin’s bathroom

sharing!” laughs Paul. So, who is the tidier of the two?

“I’d like to say me, but it’s probably not true. I tend to

leave my clothes where I drop them!” Tidiness aside,

the gentlemen’s bathrooms are very different in style.

Paul’s bathroom is unfussy and painted in pale grey

with white tiles. On one wall, a selection of silver-gilt

frames have been used, quirkily, to enclose found objects

with visual appeal – rather than pictures. Opposite,

is a Lucian Freud-esque portrait of a bearded man

with ruffled hair, called Far off Gaze signed simply ‘C.

Spratt’ and two Russian-looking sailors by the artist

Joe Machine. Clutter is avoided by encasing it in a

chrome and glass display cabinet, lending ordinary

items such as toiletries an air of the collector’s item.

Martin’s bathroom on the other hand is shamelessly

that of a collector, more specifically a collector of shells.

Shelves are used for the display of shells and corals in

complementary pinky peach shades while a classical

bust, covered in shells by an enthusiastic Victorian,

stands on the windowsill overlooking the scene. It is this

bathroom which is also a Jack and Jill, and can be used

by guests in the neighbouring guest room, if required.

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This page: A door from Martin’s Jack and Jill bathroom leads

into one of the guest bedrooms. Even a bust on the windowsill

has been generously adorned with shells

careful curation. Pale painted furniture, including Frenchstyle

chairs and commode, as well as another bespoke

upholstered headboard offer a simple backdrop to some

seriously ornate French church candelabra, wall sconces

and an imposing classical bust. “We collect quite a lot of

church relics,” says Paul, “from Portugal, Spain and France

– they tend to decommission their churches as they had so

many of them, so there is a ready market for church relics.”

Over a surprisingly rustic bare-brick fireplace hangs a large

starburst mirror. “We buy them from antique auctions.

That one is mid 20th century I believe,” says Paul.

As well as this guest room, there is also a guest suite

in the old part of the house – which can be reached

by a secret door on the central stairway. It comprises a

bedroom, bathroom and anteroom which Paul uses as an

office. “The guest suite is handy when we have friends

visiting who have children, as they can use the anteroom

as well” says Paul. The bedroom area, compared to the

rest of the house, has a relatively low ceiling with an

ancient beam across. Fortunately, five sash windows help

to keep the room lovely and light, as does the muted

decor: “The whole house is either Cornforth White

or Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball,” says Paul.

The ‘Whistle’ lettering on the wall, reminiscent

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Over a surprisingly rustic bare-brick fireplace in a guest bedroom

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Above: The extensive collection of plasterwork

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of today’s popular illuminated letters is in fact from

an old railway station. “We bought it from another

dealer, so we’re not entirely sure of its origins,”

admits Paul. The louvred cupboards were here when

Paul and Martin moved in, but seemed to suit the

room’s understated style so were left in place.

Winkenhurst Manor really is a wonderful combination of

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Mark Lane is a garden/landscape designer

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What first got you interested in gardening?

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Benenden Hospital over the three days of the fair.

Madeleine Shaw’s

Sweetcorn Fritters with Tomato Salsa and Avocado

This is one of my favourite summer recipes. Tomatoes

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Makes 6 fritters, serves 2

For the Fritters

• 250g uncooked corn

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• 1 garlic clove, crushed

• big pinch of salt

• ½ tsp ground

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• ½ tsp ground cumin

• ½ tsp smoked paprika

• ½ tsp baking powder

• 2 spring onions,

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• 1 tbsp coconut oil

• 1 avocado, pitted,

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• 1 lime, cut into wedges

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• ½ red chilli, deseeded

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• 1 beef tomato, diced

• 1 tbsp chopped fresh

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• ¼ red onion, finely

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• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 tsp red wine vinegar

• pinch of salt

1. Place three quarters of the corn in a food processor

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smooth. Add the rest of the corn, the spices,

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fritter mixture into a bowl.

2. Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan over a medium

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fritter. Fry for 3 minutes on one side, then flip over

and cook for another minute until cooked through.

3. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the rest of the

mixture to make 6 fritters.

4. To make the salsa, mix all the ingredients together

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5. Serve the fritters with slices of avocado, the salsa

and wedges of lime to squeeze over.

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Sarah and Emma are independent potters who work side

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Can you describe your work?

Sarah predominantly throws her work on the wheel and

Emeline hand moulds her pieces. Our inspiration comes

from the beautiful, natural surroundings and a love of

simple, usable design. Sarah also produces a range of linens,

while Emeline paints still life and landscapes in oil.

What do your customers say they like about your products?

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Have you always been creative and did

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in interiors and then went on to re-train as both an

artist and potter after having children. Sarah has been

potting for over 20 years, having trained in Australia

and then later at Stroud Art College. She also teaches

recovering addicts at a local rehabilitation centre.

do you have a typical working day?

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WE BELIEVE

That change is as good as a rest

Believe it or not, our Henley oak kitchen used to be seen as our most

traditional, our most classic, and our most refined collection.

But we knew it had hidden depths. So we took it apart and looked at

all of the pieces from the inside-out and from the outside-in. Then we

added new ones. To those of you who knew it before, it might look

familiar, but it’s an entirely new era of design.

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A Shore Thing

Taking inspiration from New England styling,

a dated chalet bungalow nestled in the dunes at

Camber Sands has been given a new lease of life

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Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming

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mould lights snake across the kitchen ceiling

The old saying about sow’s ears not being able to be

turned into silk purses is, rather sadly, mostly true.

The exceptions are rare, perhaps especially when

it comes to architecture, but when it does work, it is a

cause for celebration. Successful property transformations

breathe new life into run-down old buildings and give

hope and confidence to others daring to embark on similar

projects. Admittedly we are visiting this house on a lovely

sunny day, but I suspect that even grey skies don’t darken

the view. As I am greeted by owner Nicola and her young

Red Fox Labrador, Lupin, outside the house, it is already

hard to imagine what the house looked like in any ‘before’

pictures. To Lupin’s dismay her usual long run along the

golden sands at Camber has been cut short by our visit and

although not totally placated by another outing later in

the day, she obediently trots inside with us nevertheless.

The house was built around forty years ago and already I

can’t help thinking that it takes an impressive combination

of skills to be able to change a jaded and uninspiring 1970s

house into acceptable accommodation, let alone a dream


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Above: The walls of the sitting room are clad in painted pine boards

“I have a garage at home that contains all

sorts of things just waiting for the right space.”

She points to the huge blue and white ‘Milk

Stout’ sign on the wall near the dining area. “I’ve

had that for years and never quite knew what I

was going to do with it, but when we bought

the house I saw the ideal space for it – and it is

from this part of Kent too, so it fits right in.”

holiday home. During our first quick look around, it appears

that Nicola possesses these in buckets and spades, and has

not only been able to see past this house’s drab exterior

and years of neglect, but has also summoned the patience,

attention to detail and determination needed to carry out

the actual transformation. She and her team of builders

have somehow managed to bring New England to old

England, as this home now looks as if it would be just as

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Above: Nicola wanted each room in the house to feature one wall clad in reclaimed floorboards


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This page: Lupin waits patiently in the hallway for her beach walk

comfortable near the shores of Cape Cod as Camber Sands.

The location has helped, I’m sure; the fact that the beach

is only a pebble skim away must have sent some energising

ozone to aid the inspiration, and help to bring a clear

vision of how the house could be transformed. Nicola, her

husband and three boys live in Burwash Common, but

they know and love Camber Sands: “We’ve always come

down here with the boys. It has such a lovely long sandy

beach. I knew I wanted to find a property down here – the

location is right, it’s near to London and most of the other

beaches nearby are pebbly.” That said, many of us would

have been put off from actually purchasing the house. Nicola

smiles. “It was a tired old chalet bungalow with swirly

carpets, Artex on the ceilings and nicotine stained walls.”

Nice. Fortunately there were no big structural problems,

but it was obvious that she needed to start again from

scratch and that the house had to be completely gutted.

Nicola employed local builder Dave Lancaster and his

team, and the renovation project began in earnest. “My

starting point was a completely white beach house, a New

England look. I didn’t want it to be twee,” she adds, “like

a typical blue and white striped seaside house, but I did

want a rustic feel, with a nod towards the location, and it

definitely had to be a beach house in feel.” The interior was

completely stripped out and then rewired and re-plumbed.

The outside of the building was given a total facelift and clad

in weather boarding, painted in a delicate, pale shade of sea

green. They made a few internal alterations, opening out the

kitchen to make a more spacious, easy living area downstairs.

The inside of the house was then clad in new pine and then

painted white throughout – “we got through an awful lot

of white paint!” she laughs. “The resin from the pine kept

creeping through. We tried brushing it and then rolling.

In the end we sprayed it. That seemed to do the trick and

gave the pure finish that I needed.” All the floorboards on

the ground floor had to be replaced, but upstairs the boards

were intact – preserved by the carpets (it’s good to know that

something beautiful can emerge from beneath the ugliest of

swirly carpets). It was a fairly easy job to paint all the floors a

pale, sea breezy colour: ‘Ammonite’ by Farrow and Ball. The

simple floor treatment has proved to be a godsend too, as it

is very easy to sweep out the main by-product of seaside

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This page: The bathrooms have been simply and effectively

decorated with wood panelling and subway tiles

living – sand, which is inevitably traipsed in all the time.

Nicola’s eye for detail and her clever use of up-cycled

salvage and retro items has come into its own on this project.

Although the pine cladding is completely white, she wanted

one wall in each room – “I don’t like the term ‘feature wall’,

but there isn’t another word for it” – to be clad in old salvaged

floorboards that Nicola has carefully collected. The result is

very effective, “although there is one room in the house that

has missed out because the builders couldn’t quite get their

heads around the fact that I wanted to use old floorboards on

the walls”. They weren’t sure about the scaffolding planks that

Nicola has used on the kitchen units either, but they, and the

bespoke handles, really give the right rustic feel to the kitchen.

The vintage, slightly rustic look has been very successfully

applied in this house and I wonder how Nicola has managed

to find so many perfectly appropriate items in such a short

time. The house took nine months to renovate, which seems

to me like lightning speed, but it was much longer than

Nicola expected – she had thought it would be finished within

an impressive six months. The secret to achieving the right

look fast, apparently, is to become a bit of a salvage hunter.

“I have a garage at home that contains all sorts of things just

waiting for the right space.” She points to the huge blue and

white ‘Milk Stout’ sign on the wall near the dining area.

“I’ve had that for years and never quite knew what I was

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“My starting point was a completely white beach house, a New England look. I

didn’t want it to be twee,” she adds, “like a typical blue and white striped seaside

house, but I did want a rustic feel, with a nod towards the location, and it

definitely had to be a beach house in feel.”


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This page: The floors throughout the house are painted in

‘Ammonite’ by Farrow and Ball. The simple floor treatment has

proved to be a godsend too, as it is very easy to sweep out the

main by product of seaside living – sand

going to do with it, but when we bought the house I saw the

ideal space for it – and it is from this part of Kent too, so

it fits right in.” The wonderful piece of corrugated iron on

the opposite wall – and who would have thought that such

a thing could look so appropriate – is another case in point.

“My husband couldn’t believe that I wanted it,” she laughs.

Much of the furniture has come from her grandparents and

an elderly uncle’s home and some pieces, such as the lovely old

trunk in the front sitting room that once travelled the world

with her Air Vice-Marshal great-uncle, have great sentimental

value too. Somehow she has managed to find exactly the right

item for each space – by luck, and through the industrious and

creative work of up-cycling. I’m impressed by the simple but

very effective window treatments, that are made from French

linen sheets, cleverly clipped onto curtain poles, and by some

of the light fittings: the quirky kitchen lights are made from

jelly moulds, and a huge old ginger beer keg has made a great

lamp base. Nicola also makes decorative and functional use of

all sorts of things that many of us would overlook – the old

rowlocks from her grandfather’s boat and an animal feeding

trough are put to good purpose in the utility room. “I collect

things.” she says simply, showing me a nostalgic collection

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There are lots of excellent design tips to be picked up from Nicola, and the use of a restricted palette

is an example of another good one. With white as the base, any colour combination could work, but

there’s something about the light by the coast that brings depth to greens, greys and blues

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This page: Nicola’s eye for detail and her clever use of up-cycled

salvage and retro items has come into its own on this project

of postcards from old Camber. A long row of antique ginger

beer bottles and some colourful vintage children’s books and

annuals have all been used together to help create a theme. “I

wanted to create that ‘lashings of ginger beer,’ old-fashioned,

seaside holiday/adventure feel,” she says. Nicola obviously

has an eye for a find, but I am beginning to wonder whether

her garage might not be more of a giant warehouse.

The seamlessly retro theme continues upstairs, where the

bathrooms are simply and effectively decorated with subway

tiles. Nicola has turned old wash stands into functioning

basins and then carefully added vintage accessories. It is the

charming details that immediately soften what could have

been stark, functional rooms into bright and welcoming

spaces. The bedrooms have been treated in a similar

uncomplicated way and the understated scheme is a great

backdrop to the quaint finds and harmonising colour accents.

There are lots of excellent design tips to be picked up from

Nicola, and the use of a restricted palette is an example

of another good one. With white as the base, any colour

combination could work, but there’s something about the

light by the coast that brings depth to greens, greys and blues

– perhaps it’s an instinct to respond to these colours when

there’s such an expanse of sea and sky outside. Whatever it is,

it creates an uplifting and calm space and works very well.

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CELEBRATING

years

1974 - 2017


“We’ve always come down here with

the boys. It has such a lovely long sandy

beach. I knew I wanted to find a property

down here – the location is right, it’s near

to London and most of the other beaches

nearby are pebbly,” says Nicola

It is tricky to make a garden so close to the beach, as

wind, salt and sand are the enemy of many plants, so Nicola

has taken a leaf out of a famous local garden’s book – that

of Derek Jarman’s further down the coast at Dungeness

– and created a sculptural look for the front garden using

pieces of driftwood and more salvage. The back garden is

another story – in fact it’s a story that links the past with

the name of Nicola’s house and explains the intricate and

imaginative mural on the wall running along the boundary

of the garden. “Originally the plot had contained just one

house, called Shell House,” she says, “because the owner,

a man called Edwin Sutton, had decorated the outside of

his house and the end wall all over with images made from

shells. The original house was knocked down in the 1970s

to allow for two houses to be built on the plot, and this

house was renamed ‘My Way’. All that was left were the

shell designs on the garden wall.” Nicola changed the name

of the house back to Shell House, and says that if she had

her way the wall would have a preservation order on it.

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Above: When the original house was knocked down in the 1970s all that was left were the shell designs on the garden wall. Nicola

changed the name of the house back to Shell House, and says that if she had her way the wall would have a preservation order on it.

Visitors still come past looking for the famous house,

as decorated by Edwin Sutton, but now perhaps this

version of Shell House – under the charge of another

creatively ingenious decorator, is fast becoming famous

in its own right as the perfect holiday retreat.

Address Book:

Shell House is available to rent as a holiday cottage through

Bramley and Teal. To find out more visit bramleyandteal.

co.uk/cottages/shell-house or call 01580 232255

Nicola can be contacted at dealtry@aol.com for interior

design, vintage furniture and decoration

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Cover image:

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available at

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01892 516716

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Bags of fun, page 23

WT Fashion Supplement

Contents

4 Look lively

A playful shoot packed with print and colour

21 Tailor-made

We have a catch-up and coffee with

Leida from Warp& Weft Styling

23 Bags of fun

The perfect pick of shoes and bags, for every day and

all night

Accessorise all areas, page 25

25 Accessorise all areas

Statement finishing touches for any outfit

26 Supplement Directory

Find out who, and where

Editor’s Letter

Giordano shirt, £89, Hugo James jacket, £245, Country Clothes, Canterbury

/ Tenterden / Reigate countyclothesmenswear.co.uk; Weekend Maxmara Ragazza

Mac, £415, MiH Jeans stripe over size shirt, £175, J Brand Alana crop jeans,

£245, Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells fenwick.co.uk 01892 516716; Wonders

Lozoya shoes, £110, The Golden Boot, Maidstone thegoldenboot.co.uk 01622

752349; Malene Birger skirt, £150, The Clever Dresser, Sevenoaks

01732 453002; Converse trainers, £45, The Golden Boot, Maidstone

thegoldenboot.co.uk 01622 752349

Spring is the perfect opportunity to add some

much needed colour to your wardrobe,

and this month’s fashion supplement is

sure to give you plenty of inspiration.

From Fenwick and Charity Farm Countrystore, we have

the brightest, boldest, colour-filled coats, and County

Clothes never disappoint with their eclectic collection of

printed shirts. Odyl, The Clever Dresser and Who’s Wearing

What Boutique show off their stunning latest arrivals and

The Golden Boot boast some of the best S/S footwear.

We have two product-packed pages for you to

peruse, that will keep you covered throughout

the season, and our jewellery picks are ideal for

those wanting to make a statement. I had a great

catch up with Leida from Warp & Weft Styling,

and even got a sneaky peek of the new shop.

Enjoy your Fashion Supplement!

Helen x

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WT Fashion Supplement

Photos: David Merewether

Styling: Helen Barton

Models: Leon & Grace

Look

Above left: Weekend Maxmara Ragazza Mac, £415, MiH Jeans stripe over size shirt, £175, J Brand Alana crop jeans, £245, Fenwick,

Tunbridge Wells fenwick.co.uk 01892 516716; Wonders Lozoya shoes, £110, The Golden Boot, Maidstone thegoldenboot.co.uk 01622

752349 Above right: Joules striped rugby shirt, £59.95, Charity Farm Countrystore, Cranbrook charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk 01580

713189; Gant slim summer chino, £100, Fenwick, Tunbridge Wells fenwick.co.uk 01892 516716; Barbour hat, £34.94, The Golden

Boot, Maidstone thegoldenboot.co.uk 01622 752349

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Put a spring in your step for the new season

ahead. Pack your wardrobe with playful

prints and plenty of colour.

Above left: Baum und Pferdgarten dress & slip, £219, Odyl, Cranbrook odyldesign.com 01580 714907 Above right: Jeans, £129,

Giordano shirt, £89, Hugo James jacket, £245, John White suede boots, £125, Country Clothes, Canterbury / Tenterden / Reigate

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Velvet white t shirt, £69,

Malene Birger skirt, £150, The

Clever Dresser, Sevenoaks

01732 453002; Converse trainers,

£45, The Golden Boot, Maidstone

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Joules pink jacket, £84.95, stripe sweatshirt, £54.95, Seasalt jeggings, £45, Charity Farm Countrystore, Cranbrook

charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk 01580 713189; Kanna mules, £75, The Golden Boot, Maidstone thegoldenboot.co.uk 01622 752349

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dressing undeniable beauty

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La Saison stripe shirt dress,

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Thursday 22 - - Sunday 19 19 March 2017

LINGERIE EVENT

Welcome to to the the Fenwick Canterbury and and Tunbridge Wells Lingerie Event.

An An event where you you can can be be assured that that you you will will receive expert advice in selecting the the perfect fitting

bra, bra, plus plus once once you you get get it right it right you you can can - Buy - Buy one one bra bra and and get get the the second half half price!

So, So, are are you you wearing the the right right size size bra? bra? The The truth truth of of the the matter is is that that our our breasts do do not not stay stay the the same.

Your Your breast size size will will fluctuate due due to to many factors such such as as age, age, weight loss loss or or gain, gain, if you if you are are pregnant,

breast feeding or or going through hormonal changes.

Finding the the perfect fitting bra bra is is essential to to feeling comfortable and and supported. It It will will improve both both

your your posture and and your your appearance giving you you the the confidence to to wear wear close close fitting clothes that that really

show show off off your your figure. We We have have a great a great selection of of bras bras for for every shape and and every occasion, from from

luxurious and and lacy lacy to to practical and and plain, with with straps or or strapless, the the choice is is yours.

Once you you have have found a a gorgeous bra bra in in just just the the right right size, size, all all you you need need are are the the great-fitting briefs to to

complete the the look. look.

Remember when you you feel feel good, you you look look good!

BUY ONE BRA AND GET THE SECOND HALF PRICE

Here Here is our is our Lingerie edit edit

1 1 FREYA CALIFORNIA DREAMS

Wrap Wrap yourself in the in the jungle jungle print print of of California Dreams. Pastel Pastel

blue blue and and candyfloss pink pink accents pop pop against a a contemporary

leaf leaf design, whilst whilst classic classic silhouettes are are enhanced with with soft soft lace lace

scallops for for a a feminine finish. finish. The The plunge bra bra showcases a a low-cut

front front for for the the most most revealing of of necklines, completed with with fanciful

two-tone bows. bows.

UNDERWIRED PLUNGE BRA BRA £31 £31 | | BRIEF BRIEF £15 £15

3 3 CHARNOS SIENNA

A full A full cup cup bra bra featuring a a four-piece cup cup with with extra extra support

for for amazing fit and fit and beautiful shaping, with with bold bold European

embroidered top top cup. cup. This This will will give give you you that that perfect silhouette.

The The Sienna brief brief is fully is fully opaque in in super-soft microfibre with with

embroidery panels, completed with with pretty pretty grow-grain ribbons.

FULL FULL CUP CUP BRA BRA £30 £30 | | BRIEF BRIEF £14 £14

2 2 FANTASIE ROSANNE

Feel Feel effortlessly feminine in Rosanne, with with its its cascading rose rose print print

and and Swiss Swiss designed printed embroidery, adorned with with a a delicate

bow bow and and pearl pearl drop drop detail. detail. This This collection is the is the essence of of refined

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UNDERWIRED SIDE SIDE SUPPORT BRA BRA £38 £38 | | THONG £16 £16

4 4 PANACHE CLARA

Clara Clara evokes evokes a sense a sense of of luxury luxury and and pure pure indulgence. The The Royal Royal

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style. style. The The full full cup cup style style is based is based on on the the same same shape shape as as popular

style style Andorra. Available up up to a to J a cup. J cup.

FULL FULL CUP CUP BRA BRA £32 £32

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sport active wear

ATHLEISURE

For For all all you you sporty types, a a sports bra bra is is one one of of the the most most important parts parts of of your your workout wardrobe,

except for for your your trainers of of course!

A A good good fitting sports bra bra reduces the the amount of of bounce which is is crucial if you if you want want to to ensure you you do do

not not damage the the fragile ligaments within the the breast. Failure to to do do so so will will cause the the tissue to to sag sag and and once once

the the breasts start start to to sag, sag, there there is is no no way way back! The The type type of of sports bra bra you you will will need need will will depend on on the the

level level of of your your planned activity and and we we are are here here to to guide you. you.

Active wear/Athleisure is no no longer just just for for use use in in the the gym gym and and you you don’t have have to to break out out in in a a sweat

to to love love wearing Athleisure. It It is is a a trend for for sports enthusiasts and and fashionistas alike alike and and has has now now

become acceptable to to be be worn on on the the school run, run, to to yoga yoga and and then then to to lunch with with your your friends.

But But remember you you still still need need the the correct support, this this will will improve your your posture and and when you you look look

good good you you will will feel feel good!

Here Here is our is our Athleisure edit edit

1 1 PANACHE SPORTS BRA BRA

The The multi multi award award winning Panache Sports Sports Bra Bra doesn't just just

reduce bounce from from your your workout, it also it also adds adds a touch a touch of of style style

in new in new Spring/Summer 17 17 colour colour ways. ways. The The super super smooth shape shape

with with flat flat seams seams looks looks great great under under any any sportswear. The The wide wide padded

straps straps and and silicone wrapped wires wires add add that that extra extra level level of of comfort

as well as well as as support. Available in B-J in B-J cup. cup.

SPORTS BRA BRA £40 £40

3 3 FREYA ACTIVE FREESTYLE

Freestyle is is guaranteed to give to give you you that that extra extra dose dose of of get get up up

and and go. go. It's It's flattering cross cross bust bust panels panels offer offer light light support and and

encapsulation, whilst whilst its its racer racer back back style style allows allows for for ease ease when when

stretching and and exercising so so you'll you'll have have no no reason reason to shy to shy away away

from from a a workout.

The The Reflective Twist Twist legging features soft soft marl marl fabric, fabric, complete

with with a a moisture management finish finish for for a cool a cool workout. The The

breathable panels panels add add the the finishing touch touch this to this sporty sporty look. look.

CARBON SOFT SOFT CROP CROP TOP TOP £29 £29

REFLECTIVE TWIST CARBON LEGGINGS £46 £46

2 2 ELLE ELLE SPORT USHAIYA

This This bra bra has has high a high neckline and and apex apex giving giving the the support and and

comfort we we all all know know and and love. love. Feel Feel locked locked in with in with this this wireless

bra bra top top with with a stylish a stylish racerback and and supportive under under band. band.

Removable padding allows allows you you to customise your your fit for fit for the the

perfect compression and and comfort.

The The performance sports sports tights tights with with powerful rainbow reflective

detailing will will keep keep you you safe safe whilst whilst out out running at night at night as well as well

as as adding a a fashion forward approach to your to your fitness fitness wardrobe.

All All ELLESPORT Ush'Aiya Performance products are are made made from from

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keeping you you feeling feeling fresh fresh and and ready ready to reach to reach your your fitness fitness goals. goals.

RACER BACK BACK SUPPORT BRA BRA £30 £30

PERFORMANCE TIGHTS £50 £50

4 4 SEAFOLLY OCEAN ROSE ROSE

Ocean Rose Rose sees sees a nod a nod to to vintage florals florals this this summer. This This dance dance

bralette is part is part of of Seafolly’s new new active active wear wear range. range. The The crop crop top top

has has removable, quick quick dry dry cups cups for for a cooler a cooler workout, with with bonded

adjustable straps. straps. The The leggings are are lightweight, breathable and and

easy easy to move to move in. in. Beautiful soft soft lingerie inspired styling styling feminine

floral floral print. print.

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There is a Salon for barbering and massage, plus cosmetics

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Sprinkle in few ‘man’ gifts – not forgetting we heat up

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Tailor-made

WT Fashion Supplement

In the charming Hastings Old Town, Wealden Times catches up

with Leida from Warp & Weft Styling. Along with her business

partner Brett, they design and handmake clothing and accessories

for men and women. With an exciting new addition to the shop

developing upstairs, we want to find out a little more.

Hanger image: freeimages.com/PascalTHAUVIN

What led you to design? I’ve always had a love of the arts. I

originally wanted to be a fine artist, and enjoyed doing surface

pattern and multi media work, but I just seemed to develop a

natural flare for fabric. I came to realise that I was able to easily

recognise when something was really good, whether it was

food, art, music or fashion, so I got into interiors and styling.

I’ve learnt that you have to be comfortable with

yourself as a stylist. You have to be honest. This and

a good eye are the best gifts a stylist can have.

Is there a particular principle or philosophy behind the

aesthetic at W&W? I look at a garment in the same way I

would look at a painting or piece of furniture. It’s a form.

W&W is a refreshing approach to clothing, rather than

following the way a body should look. So it’s like a sculpture.

This means our designs don’t conform with a certain body

type or shape. Trends in shapes don’t bother me, so I’d

like to think we have an answer for everybody’s body.

After playing and experimenting with ideas, and pushing

them as far as they can go, I always end up paring it right

back. One fabric, understated buttons and pockets. The best

designs are the ones that simply speak for themselves.

Who do you admire? I really like Margaret Howell in terms

of her ethics. I also like the principles of Old Town garments

because they seem to have brought back handmade clothing.

They’ve reignited something, whilst proving to a lot of people

following the vintage scene that clothes don’t have to be old.

The reason why we love those clothes is because of the fabric

quality, they’re handmade, well made, and they don’t come from

an abused background. You can have this in a new garment, you

just need to be more thoughtful and selective with what you

buy. You can make a stand with how you spend your money.

Favourite fabric? There’s a particular silk-wool blend that I

love. The wool gives it a slight structure, but the silk means

it can be really fine. It gives a beautiful effect when used

as a frayed, raw edge on a garment and is really versatile.

Do you have a favourite process? It’s the buying

of the fabrics. I’m really affected by colour and this

makes me really excited and inspired. It creates a whole

sensory experience, and this is really important in the

shop. There are varying depths and shades of colour

in cloth that you can’t create in other mediums.

Where do you go for inspiration? I get a lot of my

inspiration from art, interiors and architecture, but

mainly from the surrounding landscape. Colours in

nature really vibrate and speak with me, and make me

want to rush back and find a fabric to emulate it.

How did the shop aesthetic develop? I used to go into

my mum and dad’s bedroom and rearrange their furniture,

take all the jewellery off their dressing table, clean it

and display it. I used to want them to enter and have an

experience, and this is what I want clients to have when

they come into the shop. I want to take them to a different

place and allow them to absorb and observe the space.

What do you love about having your own business,

and what do you find challenging? The sense of

responsibility to my staff is really significant. I tend

not to worry so much about myself, but if the shop is

slow and doesn’t take money then I do worry about not

being able to fulfil the promise I’ve made to my staff.

What I love is having people see my work. It’s like

having an exhibition and it’s really exciting. It’s a

very personal experience and is very rewarding.

Warp & Weft Styling offer a made-to-measure

service as well as an off-the-peg range of clothes

and accessories. Their stunning shop and work

space is nestled on George Street, in Hastings Old

Town. To find out more visit warpandweftstyling.

com or phone them on 01424 437180.

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Beauty

beauty

Post-pregnancy

Josephine Fairley explains how to care for your post-baby body...

I

always think there are two kinds of new mother.

The ones who were looking at the giant Mack truck

heading towards them at great speed – and the ones

who are simply looking the other way when it hits them.

In reality, almost every new mother is somewhat blindsided

by the arrival of that little darling nestling in his or

her crib. The love is overwhelming. But even if your best

friend warned you about the stitches, the tiredness, the

soreness and the challenges of doing literally everything

with one hand, chances are she didn’t get around to talking

about some of the beauty challenges which are so common,

post-pregnancy. That’s where I come in, this month.

What to do about thinning hair. A hair ‘fall’ is entirely

normal after pregnancy. What’s actually

happened is that during pregnancy, your

hormones prolong the growth

phase of hair – so less hair falls

out than normal. After birth,

the hair that was supposed

to fall out but didn’t tends

to shed all at once, because

oestrogen levels plummet.

You will almost certainly have chunks

of it falling out in the shower but

the worst thing you can do is panic,

because hair doesn’t like stress one jot.

Nightly massage can help deliver

nutrients to hair follicles; spend five

minutes really moving the scalp over

the head (which you’ll also find

fabulously de-stressing, as we carry

a surprising amount of stress in the

scalp). Ideally, ensure your diet

features lots of greens, seeds, nuts

and oily fish – but highly respected

Victoria Health pharmacist Shabir

Daya recommends that you

might also want to supplement

“While sleep’s

a must, so is

exercise: get up,

get out there,

move your body”

with a product called Superior Hair, (£26.50 for

90 capsules), featuring well-researched nutrients

including zinc, biotin and MSM to support hair

strength, boost follicle health and encourage

healthy growth. Actually, victoriahealth.com is

something of a go-to for thinning hair; the

Phylia de M is fantastic for scalp health and

for skimpy hair. That range is made up of

Clean (shampoo/£30 for 265ml), Condition

(conditioner/£32 for 265ml). Connect (a

rejuvenating spray/£47 for 120ml) and

award-winning Re-Connect Spray, £60

for 120ml. I know, I know: an arm and a

leg. But since you’re probably

not getting to the hairdresser

much, divert your funds to these – which are

absolute bestsellers at ‘VH’ (as beauty editors

know it), with an incredible following.

How to smooth away your stretchmarks?

Stretchmarks are a bit of a lottery. Everyone

thinks they’re to do with skin that has literally

been stretched like a Space Hopper, but in

reality, it is largely your hormones which dictate whether or

not you develop stretchmarks. Angry, red marks will definitely

fade over time – but the silvery lines left behind really can

be helped. I was terribly cynical about this fact – but after

sending lots of products out to testers for our Beauty Bible

books, my co-author Sarah Stacey and I became convinced

there are products that really work; those that did well in

the trials – not just on ‘fresh’ stretchmarks, but those which

had been around for some time – included Aromatherapy

Associates Renew Rose Massage & Body Oil, £42 for 100ml,

good old Bio-Oil, £8.99 for 60ml, and Clarins Stretch Mark

Control, £38 for 200ml. As with anything, though, products

only work if you use them; you need somehow to carve

out time for regular application of your chosen product,

smoothing it at least once a day into the affected zone.

Be sure to nourish your nipples. (Sorry, don’t mean


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Gillian Spooner, a senior Sassoon trained

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Beauty

to upset anyone squeamish here, but with someone in my

family reporting not long ago that ‘my nipples have turned

to leather’, the ‘feeding station’ could generally do with some

TLC, for most nursing mothers.) What I would say is that you

need to be very, very cautious about what you smooth into

nipples, if you’re still breast-feeding. Be absolutely sure that the

cream does not, for instance, contain any peanut oil (Arachis

hypogaea); there is some thought that the current boom in

nut allergies may be related to the use of nipple creams which

contained peanut oil. Choose an all-natural brand like Green

People Organic Babies Mum & Baby Rescue Balm, £10.50 for

100ml, or Shea Mooti Mama’s Calming Nipple Cream, £9.99

for 50ml (sheamooti.com); there’s no taste or smell to either.

(Shea Mooti, in fact, is a fantastic range to check out if you’re a

new mother: they make glorious products for mother and baby,

run by Violet Reid, a dynamic mother-of-three who wanted

products she’d feel happy to use on herself and her kids.)

Tackle the tiredness. My mother always used to say: ‘Sleep

when the baby sleeps’ – and while it’s tempting to run around

playing catch-up with housework, work-work or simply

reading this magazine, there’s no better piece of advice. I

doubt that falling asleep (at least when the baby’s not crying)

is your problem – but if it is, I heartily counsel you to head

in the direction of the peerless This Works Deep Sleep range,

featuring everything from hair serums to body oils via a bedside

oil diffuser which pumps out a combination of chamomile,

lavender and vetiver that’s just like knockout drops. While

sleep’s a must, so is exercise: get up, get out there, move your

body. There is no better way to get back your get-up-and-go.

(Though do consider a multi-vitamin supplement, too.)

Rebuild your weakened nails. It’s tempting to head off for

a set of gels to conceal weak nails, or even resort to a nail

hardener. (These work for a short while but can soon overharden

nails, leaving them brittle and prone to snapping. You

just can’t win, can you?) Instead, focus on nourishing nails.

Keep a little pot of nail oil on your bedside table and use it,

use it, use it before you go to sleep at night. Or if you loll off

to sleep with a baby on your boob, then do it first thing next

morning. I’m a massive fan of Fresh Therapies Nourishing

Nail Oil, £11.95 for 15ml (it smells so divine you’ll look

forward to using it)/freshtherapies.com and good old OPI

Avoplex, , £16.95 for 15ml, a vitamin-enriched avocado

oil. By all means have manicures – but keep nails

short, groomed and painted in a pale shade so that

chips won’t show between nail-painting sessions.

Above all, give yourself and your weary body

plenty of TLC. I always use the analogy of that

in-flight warning (which we hope we’re never

going to have to resort to): you’ve got to ‘put

the oxygen mark on yourself before you can

put one on someone else’ – and never is it

more true than post-partum. Check out

websites like littlebutterflylondon.com, the

aforementioned sheamooti.com, and loveboo.

com; they all offer natural skincare for

mothers, and for babies – massage oils, body

creams, balms and treats that will have you

feeling pretty again before you know it.

Remember pretty…???

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Blossom into March

Wealden Times talks to Beauty Therapist Kimberley Brook...

Beauty

do you have a beauty

regime? I have always taken

the best care of my skin

and used what I stock in

the salon and recommend

to clients. The Eve Taylor

range is aromatherapy

based skincare that gives

amazing results. My regime

is fairly complex so bear

with me…In the morning

I use my favourite cleansing

wash, (Eve Taylor Purifying

Wash) which just foams up,

making it perfect for use in

the shower. I then apply a

concentrated aromatherapy

facial oil to my face, neck

and décolletage area,

followed by a refreshing

spritz toner all over. I follow

this with a pure hyaluronic

acid serum which drenches

my skin in moisture and

plumps out any early signs

of ageing, an eye cream (Eve

Taylor Eye Complex), facial

moisturiser, lip balm and

finally an SPF 15 protection

cream. In the evening I use

an eye makeup remover, then

cleanse off my makeup with

a pre cleansing oil (Eve Taylor

Clear Cleanse). I then follow

on with the facial cleanse and

the rest of my morning routine.

do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

without? This is a hard one.

I love all of them! If I had to

pick, my go-to product would

be the Eve Taylor C+ Bright

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important things. It can be used

as a moisturiser on its own so I

always pack this for my holidays.

It protects my skin from the sun

and brightens my skin, giving it

a lovely glow. It also works as a

great base for makeup so I always

finish with this for my brides

when doing bridal makeup.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I love facials…

could you guess? For me, it’s

the ultimate in relaxation, you

can just drift away. Having a

facial massage and working on

all those pressure points just

releases any tension in the mind.

Who’s your style icon? Jennifer

Aniston. She is naturally very

beautiful, with a great outlook

on skincare and ageing. She

always looks fantastic and

I just love her dress sense.

She’s effortlessly chic.

Kimberley is the owner of

Purenique, a wonderful salon

in Hawkhurst. To book an

appointment and find out

more visit purenique.co.uk

or call 01580 753383.

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Bubbly brew...

Kombucha is a deliciously

light and gently effervescent

drink made from black or

green tea. Despite having

a recent resurgence in the

health kick craze, it has been

made and consumed since

the Tsin dynasty in 221BC.

Known as ‘the remedy for

immorality’ its exact origins

are unclear but it’s thought

to have travelled from the far

eastern regions of China, across

Japan and over to Europe.

Numerous studies have shown

how nutritionally valuable

well-made Kombucha is. It

populates the digestive system

with probiotics, enhancing the

immune system, detoxifying

the blood, improving

circulation, digestion and

boosting energy. When made

correctly, the sugar in the

initial product is converted

into organic acids during

fermentation, making the

final drink suitable for those

with candida or diabetes. The

symbiotic colony of bacteria

and yeast, or SCOBY, feeds on

the sugar, so what’s left after

around seven days is a subtly

sweet beverage. There are a few

easy-to-follow recipes online,

or you can simply buy a bottle

in a local health food store.

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Started by a husband and wife

team in Hampshire, Bee Good’s

products have developed from a

simple lip balm and hand cream,

to a full everyday skincare range.

Each delicately decorated tube

and pot is packed full of high

quality, natural ingredients from

the British countryside, with a

passion for beehive preservation

at its heart. This month, Helen

tried their Honey & Propolis

Cream Cleanser and Honey &

Wild Flax Daily Moisturiser,

both of which are absolutely

delightful. The cleanser sinks

into pores, and the muslin

cloth drenched in warm water

exfoliates gently, removing

makeup and daily grime. Skin

is left feeling wonderfully

soft and fresh. The morning

routine is finished off with the

lightest moisturiser, of which a

key ingredient is propolis – a

natural source of vitamin E,

well-known for its antibacterial

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Health & Beauty

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Healthy Home

There is a developing awareness of unnatural ingredients in the food and drink we consume, but

what about those products we use in our homes or on our skin on a daily basis? Is it having an

adverse affect on our health? Helen Barton explains the risks and explores a few alternatives

Household Cleaning Products - Commercial household

cleaning products are absolutely riddled with chemical

nasties. Phthalates are commonly used in air fresheners

and dish soap, and have been linked with asthma and

neurodevelopmental problems. Ammonia is used in polishing

agents, chlorine is found in laundry whiteners and even

household tap water, and sodium hydroxide found in oven

cleaner is extremely corrosive and an irritant when inhaled.

There are some great alternatives however, that are non-toxic,

equally as effective, and provide a positive step towards having

a toxic-free home. Vodka gives that perfect shine to taps and

tiles, and essential oils are a healthier, happier alternative to

artificial house fragrances. A simple filter jug can clean up

tap water and if you’re not keen on using vinegar, baking

soda and lemon juice to scrub the kitchen, there are a few

great companies producing non-toxic cleaning products.

Cookware - Non-stick cookware has been used domestically

since 1956, and has saved many an elbow from scrubbing

off baked-on egg. A lot of non-stick pans and oven trays use

Teflon, a synthetic polymer that, when over heated, can be

incredibly toxic. If you’re able to invest in a new frying pan or

roasting dish, then go for ceramic, cast iron or stainless steel.

If not, then just be careful not to over heat it whilst cooking.

Plastic - Extensive research has been done into plastic and

the effect it has when its chemical components leach into our

food, needless to say the impact it has on the environment.

During food production and packaging, food’s contact

with plastic is unavoidable. There are ways, however, to

keep your dinner’s exposure to a minimum. Bisphenol

A or BPA is an ubiquitous compound in plastics, that,

when consumed, imitates oestrogen in the body, affecting

hormone levels in both men and women, potentially leading

to chronic ailments. Ways of avoiding these risks are not

using plastic containers to heat food in the microwave,

using glass storage containers over plastic ones and buying

fresh or frozen veg over canned. If you’re on the run a

lot, it’s worth having a stainless steel water bottle, and if

you’re feeling really keen, buy a wooden toothbrush!

Beauty products - We love trying new and natural beauty

products here at WT, and we’ve noticed a fantastic increase

in the number of companies producing vegan and 100%

organic goodies. There are endless lists of hidden chemicals

in our makeup. Parabens and Phthalates are two of the worst

offenders. Remember Phthalates from the household cleaning

ingredients? Well, it’s the same stuff used to make plastic food

wrap, insecticides and detergents, that’s also in commercial

makeup! Although lead isn’t used in paint anymore, it still

manages to creep into some of our favourite products in the

form of synthetic colours and fragrances, which are processed

by the liver, just like our food. Ways to avoid this are to pick

your favourite lipstick colour from a fruit based pigment, and

use foundation from a small-batch company to avoid lead

contamination. There are some wonderful natural makeup

products available now, that you’ll love as much as we do.

For further information on all of the above and more,

visit ewg.org The website is dedicated to providing

information on all kinds of foods and products that are

better for you, your family and the environment.

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Family five

Recipes: Nicci Gurr & Craig Tait from Home Gurr’own

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Lucy Fleming

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Food

The 5 A DAY campaign is based on advice

from the World Health Organization which

recommends eating a minimum of 400g of fruit

and vegetables a day to lower the risk of serious

health problems, such as heart disease, stroke

and some cancers. One adult portion of fruit or

vegetables is 80g. Sweet potatoes, parsnips, swedes

and turnips do count towards your 5 A DAY, as do

pulses and lentils, but, sadly potatoes do not. One

tablespoon of dried fruit equals one portion, which

is great for boosting your early morning porridge!

Here, Nicci Gurr from Home Gurr’own

talks us through a day of recipes to ensure

you and your family munch your way

through your fruit and veg quota...


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Blackland Farm

Outdoor Activity Centre

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Kayaking

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Rock climbing

Archery

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Zip wire

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Why not have your

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Bright Bricks

Build It Weekend

27th & 28th

May

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Help us build a

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Mother’s Day

Lunch

Sunday 26 th March

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Treat Mum on Mothering Sunday

• £23 PP includes a 3 Course lunch & a Gift for all Mothers

• £10 PP for Children 12 & under

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Food

Breakfast

Blueberry and apricot slow cooker porridge

Contains 1 portion of fruit per person

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 7-8 hours (overnight)

• 200g cup jumbo oats

• 800 ml milk or almond milk

• 800ml water

• 1 tbsp maple syrup / honey

• 60g dried apricots (or any dried fruit)

• pinch of salt

• pinch of cinnamon

• 1 sliced banana

• 160g blueberries

• 4 dollops Greek yogurt

1. Put the oats in the bowl along with a pinch of salt,

then pour over the milk and water. Add the dried

apricots, cinnamon and maple syrup.

2. Turn the slow cooker on its lowest setting and cook

overnight for 7-8 hours.

3. In the morning, give the porridge a good stir. Add a

drop of milk to loosen. Spoon into bowls and add

sliced banana, blueberries and yoghurt as a topping.


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Food

Lunch

Watermelon, kale and quinoa salad

Perfect for a packed lunch and contains 2 portions of fruit and veg

per person

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes

• 200g quinoa

• 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds

• 160g watermelon or diced

apple (skin and seeds

removed, cut into chunks)

• 160g kale, chopped

• 2 ripe avocados

(peeled and sliced)

• ½ small pack mint

(finely chopped)

• ½ cucumber (diced)

• 50g feta (crumbled)

• juice 1 lime

• 1 punnet salad cress

1. Rinse the quinoa. Put it in a pan with a fitted

lid and cover with 200ml water. Cook covered,

over a medium heat for 15 mins or until fluffy

and the water has been absorbed. Don’t worry if

it catches on the bottom a little. Fork through

to separate the grains, then leave to cool.

2. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over a medium heat and

toast the pumpkin seeds for 1 min or until they start

to pop. Tip into a serving bowl with the watermelon,

kale, avocado, mint, cucumber and feta. Toss through

the quinoa, then squeeze over the lime juice with a

pinch of seasoning. Top with the cress and serve.

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at Hush Heath Estate

Enjoy a fantastic day at Hush Heath Estate & Winery,

the home of award-winning Balfour Brut Rosé. Now

open 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays, from

11am-5pm for visitors and wine-lovers to experience

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New for 2017 – Free Guided Tours on selected dates

Enjoy a free guided tour by one of our winery experts, 2½

hours including: A full Estate tour and winery tour followed

by a tutored tasting of our award winning wines and ciders.

Sun 26 th March 11.30am & Sun 30 th April 11.30am

Please note there are limited places so please call

01622 832794 to book your place

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The Orchards Café

Breakfast, lunch, including our grab

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popular hot bistro menu and speciality

hot drinks with homemade cake, all using

local and seasonal produce

Visit our friendly café in a

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Breakfast served 8am–10:30am

Hot Lunches served 12pm–2pm

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Food

Dinner

Fish and sweet potato

wedges, with peas, spinach

and edamame salad

Contains 3 portions of veg per person

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

• olive oil

• sea salt

• juice of ½ lemon

• 8 x fillets of mackerel

• 4 x medium sweet potatoes

(cut into wedges)

• 400g frozen peas

• 400g baby spinach

• 200g edamame beans

• 1 tbsp capers

• ½ pack parsley, chopped

• 4 tbsp crème fraîche

1. Preheat the oven to

200˚C/400˚F/Gas mark 6. While

the oven is heating up, chop your

capers and parsley and place in

a bowl with the washed spinach.

Put some water on to boil.

2. Cut your sweet potatoes into

wedges and rub with the oil

and season well with sea salt.

Roast in the oven for 10-15

minutes, until lightly browned.

3. While the sweet potatoes are

roasting, line an oven tray with

parchment paper and brush

lightly with olive oil. Lay the

mackerel fillets skin side up

on the paper and season the

skin with a drizzle of olive oil

and lemon juice. Place in the

oven with the sweet potatoes

for a further 8-10 minutes

until the skin is crisp and the

fish is cooked through.

4. While the sweet potatoes and

mackerel are cooking, your water

will be boiling. Add the peas

and edamame beans, cook for 2

minutes then drain off the water.

Add the beans to the washed

spinach, chopped capers, parsley

and crème fraîche and mix.

5. Serve alongside the mackerel

and sweet potato wedges.

Home Gurr’own Caterers specialise in creative farm food made with Kent &

East Sussex ingredients, as well as ingredients grown on their own Cranbrook

smallholding. For more information call 07747 816541 or visit homegurrown.co.uk

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Garden

A garden for all seasons

Follow Jo Arnell’s spring tips for a gorgeous garden all year round

This is what we’d all like, isn’t it? A

good looking, interesting garden

all year round. It is frustrating to

look out at gaps or endless greenery. We

want plants that will cheer us through

the winter gloom, provide hope in the

early spring, a burst of colour – or some

cool shade, in the summer and a glorious

glide through the autumn to brighten

the darkening days. Impossible! It does

sound like a tall order, I know, but it can

be achieved; by choosing some good plants

that do their job well, and a few that will

(like many of us), just keep cheerfully

trudging along all through the seasons.

All year interest is not the same as a

low maintenance border, which is mainly

evergreen, unvaried and unchanging, and

sometimes a bit municipal looking. The

difference is in the word ‘interest’. For

borders to be interesting they need to

change with the seasons: vary their leaf

colour, come into flower, make seed-heads,

berries, or have interesting bark. The

evergreens still have an important place

here, either in their own right, or as a foil

for the performing plants – and to provide

a framework for the border as a whole. It

also calls for a little bit of forward planning

and allowing enough space for plants

to come and go through the seasons.

Successional Planting

Making sure that your plants perform in

succession, so that there’s always something

of interest at any given time, is easier said

than done, but we can aim high. With a

little luck – and some amenable plants, it

is possible to have something of interest in

the borders every month. It helps if you

have good, wide beds so that three layers of

plants can be squeezed in, that way there’s

always something about to take over – the

plant equivalent of one on, one off and one

in the wash. There isn’t always room for

this ideal scenario however, so this is where

things like bulbs and annuals can come in,

as they provide a burst of colour without

taking up permanent space in the border.

The other important issue is sometimes

harder to be disciplined about (not that I

speak from experience, you understand).

That is: resisting the temptation to buy

plants on impulse – then making sure that

they will do a good job for us and not get

lost in the garden, look underwhelming,

swamp or be swamped by other plants. An

understanding of your site and soil (and

therefore which plants will grow well) will

be vital, but making a proper list might

help prevent the ‘sweet shop’ feeling

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when you go to the garden centre – there

is a lot of choice; and plants, like sweets,

can be hard to resist. Steel yourself.

Winter

Structure from evergreens and skeletons.

Winter and early spring can be difficult,

bleak times and we need trusted friends,

glimmers of hope and the comfort of

reliable stalwarts to get us through it. We’re

stuck inside more – and perhaps staring

out at the garden, so plant for outlines

and a good overall structure. This will

hold the borders together and stop the

garden looking empty – frosted effects

can look beautiful on hardy evergreens

and interesting topiary shapes. Many early

flowering shrubs are scented – the flowers

of early Viburnums and Daphnes aren’t

showy, but their perfume makes up for

this, so plant them near a path or by the

front door, so that it isn’t just the cat that

benefits from their uplifting fragrance.

Early bulbs, like Snowdrops, Crocus and

Narcissi will provide a joyful hint of spring.

Focal points

It is important to have focal points in

the garden. They can come from garden

features and ornaments, but some plants

have that ‘look at me’ quality too. In

summer dramatic blooms and exciting

plant combinations can become temporary

focal points, but I find that a relief from

colour in the form of a well clipped

evergreen shape, or a demure container

helps to anchor a scheme, or provide

rhythm and punctuation through the

garden. Box balls are useful for this; on a

larger scale and as backdrops, evergreens

like Osmanthus, Viburnum (davidii and

tinus) and Phillyrea are very effective.

Spring and summer

The ‘flower power’ months.

It is easier to fill the garden with colour

in summer, but sometimes just the sheer

choice can get overwhelming. Before you

splurge on a gorgeous flowering plant,

perhaps treat it as if it’s a candidate for a

job and ask some questions: How long

will it flower for? What do its leaves look

like? Does the overall shape of the plant

look good once the flowers have faded?

You are probably seeing your potential

purchase at its peak – it is wearing its best

outfit for the interview and looking very

promising; it may well have run out of

ideas by the end of June. If you need some

long lasting flowers, there are some plants

that just don’t know when to stop: usually

these are annuals, like Cosmos or tobacco

plants, but there are some useful perennials

too, such as Verbena bonariensis, which,

if it likes you, will self-seed and pop up

serendipitously all over your garden.

Containers

When there’s a temporary lull between

the seasons, or an area of the garden that

needs a bit of pepping up, then a well

placed container full of flowers (bulbs,

bedding or annuals) can work wonders,

or at least tide you over for a while. Large

pots and planters are a better bet in the

summer months, as they won’t need

watering quite so often – pots dry out

very rapidly in hot weather and may

need watering twice a day. The great

thing about containers is that they can be

moved out of the way once they’ve done

their thing – or, if you (or your holiday

stand-in) have overlooked them to death.

Autumn

By autumn we could be running out of

steam, which is a shame, because our

autumns seem to be getting longer and

warmer, so the show can go on until

the frosts arrive. There are some lovely

Plants for a long

season of interest

Evergreens and shrubs

• Euphorbia wulfenii

• Osmanthus burkwoodii

• Hebe ‘Red Edge’

• Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’

Early impact

• Viburnum bodnantense

‘Dawn’

• Helleborus

• Corylopsis pauciflora

Late show

• Abelia grandiflora

• Grasses

• Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

• Asters

Star performers

• Verbena

(bonariensis and hastata)

• Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

• Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

• Geranium ‘Rozanne’

late summer perennials to choose from

and they team up well with grasses,

which are also looking good now. The

trick is to remember to leave room for

them when you are planting up in the

spring – the autumn can seem a long

way off from there, especially when

the garden centres are full of those

irresistible early flowering plants. Don’t

forget to plant lots of bulbs too.

That was a rather quick romp through

the seasons, but it does pay to think ahead

at this time of the year and make time to

plan for the later seasons. Gardeners are

always looking to the future; hopefully

the seeds of some of that future are in the

ground already – but if they’re not yet,

don’t worry: with an idea of where the

seasonal gaps are, a list of good plants,

some good growing weather and a fair

wind behind us (on second thoughts, no

wind at all thanks), we can achieve the

gardening holy grail and enjoy a good

looking garden all year round. Enough

of the theory, let’s get out there.

For details of Jo’s new gardening

course contact her on 01233

861149 hornbrookmanor.co.uk

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Garden

To a snowdrop

‘Lone flower, hemmed in with

snows and white as they

But hardier far, once more I see thee bend

Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend,

Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day,

Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay

Photo: Charlie Whigham

The rising sun, and on the plains descend;

Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend

Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue eyed May

Spring has

Sprung

Shall soon behold this border thickly set

With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing

On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers;

Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,

Chaste Snowdrop, venturous

harbinger of Spring,

And pensive monitor of fleeting years!

Sue Whigham explores our

fascination with snowdrops

W. Wordsworth.

I

went to a talk about Sissinghurst Castle Garden a few

evenings ago and we were reminded that Vita Sackville-

West would have little pots and posies of flowers on her

desk to inspire her as she wrote about them. I’ve had a small

pot of Galanthus ‘S. Arnott’ outside my back door for a year and

brought it in about half an hour before sitting down to write,

thinking of Vita and those vases, and lo and behold, the flowers,

tightly closed for the night, have opened up fully in minutes. This

really is the way to see snowdrops and their subtle beauty – face to

face. Actually, G. ‘S. Arnott’ is an absolutely classic

snowdrop with large, textured petalled flowers and

with such a pretty scent. It wasn’t introduced until

1951 when it immediately received an Award of

Merit from the RHS. Its origins remain confused

despite taking the name of Samuel Arnott who

entitled a review he published on snowdrops in 1904

as The Fair Maids of February. Such an apt title.

Snowdrops are not native to the British Isles

and G. nivalis, the common snowdrop, which has

become widely naturalised both here and in Europe,

was first referred to in the sixteenth century. Carl

Linnaeus gave snowdrops their scientific name

in 1735 from the Greek gala meaning milk and anthos, flower.

However, it seems that they might have been planted by Norman

monks in the grounds of ecclesiastical buildings as a symbol

of purity and they are certainly often found in graveyards and

abbey ruins. Sheets and sheets of G. nivalis grow in the beech

woods at Welford Park, nr Newbury, visited just a week ago. A

period of mildish damp weather had caused them to shoot up

“ Carl Linnaeus

gave snowdrops

their scientific

name in 1735

from the Greek

gala meaning

milk and

anthos, flower

in their thousands although they were

not yet in their full glory. Welford Park

is one of the many monastic sites in the

country famous for its snowdrops and it seems

that they were an important element of church

decoration there for the feast of Candelmas.

By 1600 G. nivalis was joined by

G. plicatus

from which

so many hybrids and cultivars have been developed but it wasn’t

until the mid nineteenth century that there was much interest

in snowdrops. The snowdrop was widely used

in Victorian design as a motif so was certainly

becoming popular by then. New forms of G.

plicatus were brought back from soldiers fighting

in the Crimea in the 1850s and it is interesting

to read that Scotland is particularly good for

snowdrops as many Scottish regiments were sent

out there. The G. plicatus they brought back soon

hybridised with G. nivalis. A particularly choice

snowdrop, G. ‘Castle Green Dragon’ was found in

the grounds of Brechin Castle whose owner, Lord

Dalhousie, had strong links with the Crimea.

Snowdrops are geophytes meaning that for a

large part of their yearly life cycle there is no sign of them at all

as they exist underground. And whilst you could describe this as

their dormant period, far from it. It is all happening in that the

flower buds will form in the preceding March before flowering and

continue to develop for about eleven months. By June the flower

parts are clearly formed and then there is good root development

as the soil temperature drops and the plant prepares for


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flowering. After flowering most of

the starch reserves in the bulb are used up

and the bulb becomes flabby and in dire need of replenishment.

That’s why it is always better to buy snowdrops ‘in the green’

after they’ve flowered and then get them into the ground as soon

as possible. Bulbs can just dry out and fail. So plant them in a

site with good drainage, good light, never under evergreens and

add plenty of organic matter, leaf mould or well rotted garden

compost. If you have heavy soil chuck in a handful of grit and

some bone meal for good measure. Ideally you would divide the

clumps every two years or so if you want your plants to bulk up.

There are literally thousands of snowdrops to choose from

these days with galanthophiles breeding more and more hybrid

beauties. The trend now is towards yellow markings and of course,

a single plant can cost a considerable amount although nothing

like the fabulous sums paid for tulips in the 17th century.

G. ‘Atkinsii’ is an early flowering cultivar whose flowers

are described as resembling ‘the drop-pearl earrings of

Elizabeth I’. Its outer petals are very slim and the inner petals

have a distinctive heart shaped green marking. Another

distinguishing feature is the fact that one leaf of each bulb

is usually folded back. This is a good snowdrop to try as

it is both vigorous and has a delicious honey scent.

G. ‘Magnet’ is another easy to grow snowdrop. The

flower is carried on a very slender pedicel which causes

the flower to sway in the slightest of breezes.

G. plicatus ‘Trym’ – as the flowers of this snowdrop open,

the outer petals reflex and the flower looks like a little Chinese

pagoda with distinctive green markings on the outer petals. It has

had a cult following amongst galanthophiles since its discovery

in a domestic garden in Westbury-on-Trym, nr. Bristol.

G. nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Flore Pleno’ is the double form of G.

nivalis and well worth growing. They are not difficult and spread

easily. The inner petals are dense and are prettily tipped in green.

G. elwesii have been big business in Turkey for years

and whilst there are now many different and variable

cultivars, one in particular worth growing is ‘Comet’. It has

a beguiling combination of large flowers and broad grey

leaves, each one of which wraps around the other at the

base of each flower – a very distinctive characteristic.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948

for gardening advice and help in the sourcing and

supply of interesting garden plants.

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“Typically our early years children

spend 60% of their day outdoors

and our older Prep school

children 2-3 hours a day”

- Sutton Valence Preparatory School

Education

Connecting with Nature

In a world obsessed with technology, just how much time is devoted to outdoor learning at school? Wealden Times asks

four schools to talk us through the ways in which they immerse their pupils in the natural world

Claire Corkran - Head of Preparatory School

Sutton Valence School

What does the school do to promote awareness of the

countryside? Based in the heart of the Kent countryside, we

are lucky to be surrounded by natural beauty and to have a

Forest School on site. Enabling children to use their senses and

explore the world around them provides a unique opportunity

to grow our pupils’ independence and creativity, as well as

to teach them a greater appreciation of the countryside.

How do you try to connect students with the natural

world outside the classroom? Staff make original use of

the School’s facilities and spaces. From Art classes on the

Head’s Lawn to working out averages from pumpkins in

a field, the pupils have the opportunity to embrace the

great outdoors. Trips to study centres further extend their

knowledge, for example, in rivers and their environs.

How much time do students spend outside during the

school day? What outside space does the school offer?

Sutton Valence Preparatory School is fortunate to

have extensive grounds, including playing fields,

AstroTurf, adventure playground and our own outdoor

swimming pool. All children have regular breaks during their

school day where they can play outside. Pre-Prep spend time

in Forest School with structured games and explorations

allowing children to engage with the natural environment.

Are there opportunities for students to participate in field

trips or extra-curricular activities that involve wildlife

and its preservation? Many of our enrichment activities

include outdoor pursuits. Within the School, leadership

opportunities engage Science monitors in taking responsibility

for the care of the School animals. Our younger pupils

embrace the great outdoors enjoying their nature walks,

finding animal tracks and clues about the wildlife that makes

its home there. Our Year 6 Bushcraft experience sees our

pupils camping out and cooking food on open fires (under

supervision) as part of their final week at the Prep School.

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Education

Ian Thorpe - Headteacher

Downsend School

What does the school do to promote awareness of

the countryside? We have four fantastic school sites,

with green spaces in abundance, around our Games

pitches and Forest/Woodland Schools. Our youngest

pupils access Forest/Woodland School as part of their

curriculum and at our Epsom Pre-Prep, children look

after chickens. Our oldest children complete a River

Studies field project based at Box Hill’s Juniper Hall.

How do you try to connect students with the natural world

outside the classroom? Whenever we can, we take learning

outside into the natural environment. Our little ones investigate

mini beasts; our scientists run with parachutes on their backs

to learn more about resistance, studying birds in flight; our

geographers find examples of weathering around school; and

our historians re-enact the Battle of Hastings on the field.

How much time do students spend outside during the school

day? What outside space does the school offer? With an

AstroTurf, Netball Courts and a wealth of games pitches, there

is no shortage of playground spaces and sporting opportunities.

In addition to the Forest School, we have our own school

gardens, where children can grow fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Typically our early year’s children spend 60% of their day out

doors and our older Prep school children 2-3 hours a day.

Are there opportunities for students to participate in field

trips or extra-curricular activities that involve wildlife and

its preservation? For our younger children, exploration and

discovery is at the heart of their day. They visit the British

Wildlife Centre and Wisley Garden as plant explorers and to

see the butterflies. Locally they pond dip, pick pumpkins, and

go on a ‘Bear Hunt’ at Ladyland farm. Our older children

study the environment on Geography Fieldwork trips and

discover new bush-craft skills at our Forest School.

01372 372311 downsendschool.co.uk

Abra Stoakley - Headteacher

Claremont Independent School

What does the school do to promote awareness of the

countryside? As we inhabit a wonderful 110 acre site here

in East Sussex, Claremont’s pupils are fully immersed in the

countryside throughout their school day. Furthermore, we teach

our pupils about the importance of reducing our impact on the

environment through the syllabuses in Geography and Science.

How do you try to connect students with the natural

world outside the classroom? At Claremont, we take

every opportunity to engage in the natural world. Whether

it is through writing haiku in our outdoor classroom by

the lake; or sitting on a bank sketching the rhododendron

bushes in Art; to exploring ecosystems for Science in the

woods; or learning new skills in our Forest School, our

pupils spend much of their time learning from nature.

How much time do students spend outside during the

school day? What outside space does the school offer?

It is very difficult to quantify just how much time our

children spend outside, but it is at least a third of the

timetable. The Nursery, Pre-Prep and younger members

of the Prep School enjoy weekly timetabled Forest School

sessions. This is a school site on which pupils can explore

World War One trenches for History, microclimates

in Geography and survey-sampling in Science.

Are there opportunities for students to participate in field

trips or extra-curricular activities that involve wildlife and its

preservation? The World Wildlife Fund is one of the school’s

House charities and we have raised money for a wide variety of

UK-based wildlife conservation charities. Our weekly Zoology

Club raises awareness of wildlife husbandry and preservation.

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Education

Jacquie Burden - Year 5 teacher

St Edmund’s School Canterbury

What does the school do to promote awareness of the

countryside? We have many acres of beautiful grounds which

include trees, meadows, playing fields and ponds which can be

enjoyed in leisure and academic life. Children in Pre-Prep and

Junior School take part in Forest School activities and engage

in environmental lessons outdoors regularly. The school is a

member of both the Woodland and Wildlife Trust and benefits

from their excellent array of activities and learning resources.

How do you try to connect students with the natural world

outside the classroom? Many of the teachers and children have

land connections or come from farming backgrounds so there

is a natural affiliation with nature. There are even two beekeepers

amongst the school staff that are always happy to pass

on their enthusiasm, knowledge and produce. For a number of

years now, children in years 3-5 have been raising chicks in the

Junior School garden! All these activities provide great handson

learning opportunities in a very inclusive meaningful way.

How much time do students spend outside during the

school day? What outside space does the school offer?

Lunch and playtimes amount to around 1.40 hours, plus there

is an extensive PE and outdoor-learning curriculum with up

to six hours of lesson time. At present, the pupils are designing

a nature garden to cultivate wild flowers, make insect hotels

and bird houses, have a chicken coop, rabbit hutch and guinea

pig area – with building work commencing after half term.

Are there opportunities for students to participate in field

trips or extra-curricular activities that involve wildlife and

its preservation? An understanding of how we are connected

to the wider world is fostered by a great dedication to the idea

of Fairtrade including workshops, speakers and whole school

activities as part of our PSHE curriculum. Educational visits

include farm visits, ploughing matches, coastal exploration

and adventures to Iceland and many other parts of the UK

and the world. Guest speakers from the Women’s Institute and

NFU provide the school with an invaluable insight into larger

environmental projects. If you are out and about at St Edmund’s,

don’t be surprised to find a group of busy gardeners tending to

their potato crop in the vegetable patches of the Junior School. It

is always a highlight when children sell their school-grown lettuce,

strawberries, onions and baby spinach to the parents during the

summer term. We just love to make use of our green fingers!

01227 475600 stedmunds.org.uk

Sutton Valence

Senior School

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Open

Mornings

Saturday 18th March 2017

Saturday 20th May 2017

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For boys and girls aged 2 to 13

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100 Years of Education, 1000 Years of History

Education

Orderly lines

In light of the recent news story that shone the media spotlight on the uniform policy at

a Kentish academy, Susan Elkin debates the pros and cons of school uniform rules

I

sympathise with Alison Colwell, principal of Ebbsfleet

Academy, Swanscombe in Kent. She sent around 10% of

her students home on the first day of this term because

their skirts were too short. She wants her students to look

smart and business like and be prepared for work. But is a

very strict list of uniform rules, and the time it must take

to enforce them, really the best way forward? Wouldn’t

sensible guidelines and advice be a better way of working?

The British seem to be obsessed with school uniforms. Surely

black trousers and fancy badges foster better behaviour and a

sense of pride? Possibly in some cases. But if a uniform is to be,

well, uniform, then you need detailed rules and that’s a minefield.

As soon as a school creates a rigid uniform policy, it has to

enforce it. As Head of Upper School in a Kent school I had

to deal with a queue of uniform infringers every morning.

Boots instead of shoes was a common ‘problem’. Our no-boots

Head had decided that a shoe becomes a boot when it covers

the anklebone so I quite often ended up on hands and knees

on my office floor ascertaining where the student’s footwear

ended. And I worked in another school where the rule was

that ear studs must be no more than 5mm in diameter – you

can imagine the arguments that caused. Get your ruler out.

Of course I also worry about the surreal unsuitability for

21st century education of many school uniforms. Is it really

a good idea to send three-year-olds to school in a dry-clean

only cloth blazer and a cap? Should we persist in making

girls wear flappy, arguably dangerous, ties at a time when

ever fewer adult males wear them, let alone females?

I would include in my guidelines an observation that

expensive designer items are not suitable for school and work

discreetly with families who found this hard to deal with.

Some very successful schools – Hampton Court House

in London, Frensham Heights in Surrey, for example –

operate without school uniforms and everything is fine.

Discipline doesn’t collapse and anarchy doesn’t take over.

It’s the quality that counts and not the wrappings, as my

father used to say. And good behaviour is far deeper than

clothing. It is based on respect which has to be earned.

Susan Elkin is the author of Encouraging Reading (Continuum,

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

FIGHTING FOR A FIRST-RATE SCHOOL PLACE?

PREPARE FOR BATTLE.

Battle Abbey School 1912 - 2012

Battle Abbey School Open Days

Battle Abbey Senior School

Saturday March 4th 2017

10.30am - 12.30pm (The Abbey)

Please contact the school office for further details.

Email office@battleabbeyschool.com Tel 01424 772385.

Battle Abbey Prep & Nursery School

Saturday March 11th 2017

10.00am - 12 noon (Bexhill site)

Please contact the Prep school for further details.

Email prep@battleabbeyschool.com Tel 01424 219674.

• Senior School listed in ‘Times Top 200’ August 2016

• Prep School listed in ‘Times Top 100’ August 2016

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Education

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School Open Days 2017

Ashford Prep School,

Great Chart

Reception Activity Morning:

Sat 25 Mar 10am-

12noon 01233 620493

ashfordschool.co.uk

Battle Abbey School,

Battle & Bexhill

Senior: Sat 4 March

10.30am -12.30pm

Preparatory & Nursery: Sat

11 Mar 10am-12 noon

Sixth Form: Oct TBC

6.30pm-8pm

Senior: 01424 772385

Preparatory & Nursery:

01424 219674

battleabbeyschool.com

Claremont Independent

School, St. Leonards,

Bodiam & Battle

Preparatory and Nursery:

Fri 3 & Sat 4 March,

both 9.30am-1pm

01424 751555

claremontschool.co.uk

Cranbrook School,

Cranbrook

Year 7: Friday 22 Sept &

Tues 17 Oct, mornings

Year 9: Tues 26 & Weds

27 Sept, mornings

Years 7 & 9: Weds

20 Sept, evening

Sixth Form: Weds 8

November, evening

01580 711805 /

cranbrookschool.co.uk

Dover College, Dover

Sat 11 Mar 10am-1pm

01304 244522 /

dovercollege.org.uk

Downsend School,

Ashtead, Epsom &

Leatherhead, Surrey

Pre-Preparatory: Sat 4

Mar 9.30-11.30am &

Sat 6 May 2-4pm

Preparatory: Fri 3 Mar

& Sat 6 May, both

9.30am-12 noon

01372 372311

downsendschool.co.uk

Dulwich Preparatory

School, Cranbrook

Thurs 4 May

01580 712179

dcpskent.org

Fosse Bank School,

Hildenborough

Sat 4 Mar 2.30-4pm,

Sun 11 June 2.30-4pm,

Sat 23 Sept 2.30-4pm,

Sun 3 Dec 1-4pm

01732 834212

fossebankschool.co.uk

Frewen College, Northiam

Sat 25 Mar, Thurs 27

April, Sat 6 May, Sat 17

June, all 9.30-12 noon

01797 252494

frewencollege.co.uk

Hurstpierpoint College,

Hurstpierpoint

Sat 11 March &

Sat 13 May

Senior and Sixth Form:

01273 836937 /

Pre-Preparatory

and Preparatory:

01273 836927

hppc.co.uk

Mayfield School, Mayfield

Tues 14 Mar &

Thurs 27 April

01435 874642

mayfieldgirls.org

Russell House

School, Otford

Call 01959 522352

to arrange a visit

russellhouseschool.co.uk

Saint Ronan’s, Hawkhurst

Call 01580 752271

to arrange a visit

saintronans.co.uk

Sevenoaks Preparatory

Schools, Sevenoaks

Call 01732 762336

to arrange a visit

theprep.org.uk

Skippers Hill Manor

Preparatory School,

Five Ashes

To arrange a visit call

01825 830234 or

see skippershill.com/

admissions/arrange-a-visit

Spring Grove School, Wye

Sat 11 Mar 9.30am-

12 noon

01233 812337

springgroveschool.

co.uk

St Edmund’s School,

Canterbury

Weds 8 Mar

9.30- 11.30am

01227 475601

stedmunds.org.uk

Sutton Valence School,

Sutton Valence

Senior: Sat 18 Mar (fully

booked), Sat 20 May, Sat

7 Oct & Sat 11 Nov

Preparatory: Fri 3 Mar

& Fri 28 April

Senior: 01622 845206

Preparatory: 01622

842117 svs.org.uk

Vinehall School,

Robertsbridge

Call 01580 883090

to arrange a visit

vinehallschool.com

Be all

you can be

St Ed’s is a school where every pupil is connected by a love of learning, the pursuit of possibility and the

challenge of being the very best they can be.

01227 475601 | www.stedmunds.org.uk

Open Morning

Wednesday 8th March, 9.30 - 11.30am

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Wye, Kent

Open Morning

Saturday 11 March 2017, 9.30am to 12 noon

Small Class Sizes, Individual Care, Great Opportunities and Outstanding Results

Come Along, Explore and Discover

‘A great place to grow’ for boys and girls aged 2 to 11

01233 812337 office@springgroveschool.co.uk www.springgroveschool.co.uk

BRINGING LEARNING TO LIFE

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To arrange a visit, please contact Clare Harrison:

admissions@theprep.org.uk • 01732 762336

www.theprep.org.uk

An independent day school for boys and girls aged 2-13

CHALLENGE • CREATIVITY • COMMUNITY

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OPEN DAY

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Thursday 27 April 9.30 - 12 noon

For boys and girls aged 2-11

We welcome children from the age of 2

From a young age, we encourage participation in

music and sports

Our track record in 11+ examinations for independent

and grammar schools is impressive

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To register, please call Annabel on:

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What’s On In March

Education

Wed 15 Mar 7.30pm

New Village Hall, Biddenden

The Weald of Kent

Computer Club

This evening there will be a talk

on maintaining and cleaning

your Windows operating

system and programs.

Annual membership is £10.

Entry: Non-members £2

Info: wealdofkentcomputerclub.

co.uk /

secretarywkcc@yahoo.co.uk

Fairs & markets

Sat 11 Mar 10.30am-3pm

Vestry Hall, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HA

Kitsch & stitch

vintage & makers fair

Come and enjoy browsing the

beautiful vintage and handmade

stalls including pottery, jewellery,

spring wreaths, hand-knitted

gifts, textiles and vintage

collectables. We also have a

wonderful tea room serving

homemade cakes and lunches.

Entry: Free

Info: facebook.com/

kitschandstitchfair

Thurs 16 Mar & Fri 17 Mar

Juliets cafe, High Street,

Tunbridge Wells

The Three French Hens

Visit this wonderful pop-up

Brocante and enjoy coffee

and cake as you shop.

Info: 07773 460494

Sat 18 Mar 10.30am - 4pm

King Charles Church

Hall, 3 Warwick Park,

Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TA

VINTAGE FAIR

New and exciting market packed

with vintage fashion, salvaged

home-ware, costume jewellery,

and original records. Carefully

chosen traders from all over

the South East and London.

Entry: £1 (under 16s free)

Info: 07900 401321

Sun 19 Mar 10am-4pm

Ashford International

Hotel, Simone Weil Avenue,

Ashford TN24 8UX

Carano Arts &

Crafts fair

The fair will take place in the

Kent Suite with over 50 stalls

featuring only goods handcrafted

by the stallholder on

sale. This year, Carano is proud

to support Pilgrims Hospices

at all events at this venue.

Entry: Free

Info: 07970 722962 /

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Sun 19 Mar 10am-2pm

Hornbrook House Car Park,

High Street, Chislehurst,

Kent BR7 5AB

Chislehurst

Farmers’ Market

Produce at this lovely local

market includes seasonal fruit

and vegetables, chocolates,

cider, bread, meat, cheese,

preserves and much more.

Entry: Free

Info: 07775 736116 /

myfarmersmarket.co.uk

Sun 19 Mar 11am-2pm

Lenham Community Centre,

Lenham ME17 2QT

Hardy Plant Society’s

Plant fair

It’s time again for the very popular

Spring Indoor Plant Fair.

This special Spring Meeting will

be followed by an afternoon

lecture by Fergus Garrett on

exotic gardening, a photographic

competition and plant display.

Many local nurseries will be

selling a huge range of fabulous

plants. Refreshments, homemade

soup and rolls will be available.

Afternoon talk at 2.30pm

Entry: £3, talk £2

Info: 01303 863951 / hpskent.co.uk

Family & Children

Sat 11 & Sun 12 Mar 10am-5pm

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling,

Maidstone ME14 3AU

Bugs & Grubs weekend

Get up close and personal with

nature this March. Pull on your

wellies and join the bug hunter for

a weekend of creepy crawly fun.

Why not take a visit to the creepy

critter cuddle corner, chat to a

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Mothers’ Day

Sunday, March 26 th

Treat your Mum to a wonderful Lunch or delicious Cream Tea

aboard a steam train - advance booking essential.

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What’s On In March

beekeeper or spend time making

a mini-beast house to take home.

Entry: Adults £6.95, children

£5.50, under 3s free

Info: 01622 763936

/ kentlife.org.uk

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Mar

10.30am-4.30pm

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

near Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Hever Castle

Mother’s Day

Spoil your mum on Mother’s

Day weekend with a memorable

family day out. Treat her to a

delicious meal or simply enjoy

quality time together in the

castle and gardens. Buy tickets

in advance for online discount.

Entry: Adults £16.90,

children £5.50

Info: 01732 701010

/ hevercastle.co.uk

Sun 26 Mar 10am-4pm

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill,

Sevenoaks TN14 6BA

Mother’s Day craft

Make your own token as a

treat for mum. Materials are

provided for this self-led craft

workshop. Booking not needed

and children are welcome.

Info: 01732 868381 /

nationaltrust.org.uk

Music

Sat 11 Mar 7.30pm

St. John’s Church, Church Road,

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

Sidcup symphony

orchestral concert

Join conductor James Ross for

our a wonderful programme of

Rachmaninov Piano concerto No

3, with soloist James Willshire.

Entry: £10 & £12

Sun 12 Mar 3pm

Memorial Theatre,

Hilderstone, St. Peter’s Road,

Broadstairs CT10 2JW

The Rochester

Symphony Orchestra

The programme will include

popular English classics such

as Elgar, Vaughan Williams,

Britten and the world

premiere of Jacob Bride’s song,

Cycle Baptism & Belle.

Entry: £10 in advance,

£12 on the door

Info: 01843 863701 /

sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Wed 15 Mar 7.30pm

The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars,

Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AS

Philharmonia

Orchestra

Join conductor Vladimir

Ashkenazy for a moving

performance of Elgar’s First

Symphony, Schubert and Mozart.

Entry: £15-£34

Info: 01227 787787 /

philharmonia.co.uk

Fri 17 Mar 7.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton

Valence School

SUTTON VALENCE

MUSIC SOCIETY

Cellist Michael Petrov, a Guildhall

Gold Medal winner, will be

accompanied by Alexander

Ullman, who won the Liszt

Competition in Budapest in 2011.

They will play Prokofiev, Janacek,

Elliott Carter and Chopin.

Entry: £12.50

Info: 01622 863002

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

The heifers go straight to the front of the queue when calving starts

Excitement is rising at Coopers

Farm. It’s nine months now since

George the bull went out with the

cows and so not surprisingly we’re about

to start calving again. Before it kicks off,

the prospect of leaving a warm bed in the

middle of the night to trudge down to

the barn is still a memory rather than a

chilly reality and spirits are high.

I’ve prepared everything I need –

lubricant, ropes and iodine – so I just

need one of them to get on with it. We

always calve the heifers (the first-time

mums) first. Not only do they take

longer in labour, but they

are also more likely to need

assistance to deliver their

calf. Calves should come out

feet and head first, effectively

diving into the world. Once

the hooves appear and

having checked they are

front ones, if things don’t

progress it’s just a case of putting ropes

round their fetlocks and pulling as mum

pushes. However, often problems arise

because the calf is coming backwards,

upside down, sideways or with a foot

or head back in which case some clever

manipulation is required.

All too technical to describe here but,

once the business is done and hopefully

there’s a healthy calf on the ground, you

might imagine you could happily shuffle

back to that cosy bed. But oh no, the lot

of the bovine midwife is far from over.

Newborn calves are delivered into

“Sussex cows

will carry on

producing healthy

calves well into

their teens.”

a world that is far from hygienic – no

sterilised bottles for them. Immunity

comes from their mother’s colostrum –

the first thick milk which is stuffed with

antibodies – but the problem is they

can only absorb their full quota for the

first six or seven hours after being born.

After that, the lining of their gut changes

and they can no longer absorb the big

antibody molecules. So in the first few

hours they must consume about 2½

litres of colostrum and if they don’t then

the likelihood of them succumbing to

infection in the weeks ahead is high.

So imagine, dear reader,

it’s three in the morning,

you’ve pulled and tugged

the calf into the world

and left it with mum to

lick dry and encourage

to drink while you have

a cup of tea. It’s sooo

annoying then to return

to the shed to discover nothing has

happened, the wet calf is still lying where

you left it and the mother is nonchalantly

munching hay as though nothing much

has happened. This is most common

with heifers who are far from impressed

by the effort of giving birth and see no

good reason to pursue motherhood and

its associated responsibilities any further.

What then follows is an hour or so

of getting a slippery, wet, heavy (about

50kg) calf to stand up and then, crablike,

the two of you shuffle slowly toward

the udder of said heifer. By giving her a

bucket of grub you usually have about

10 minutes – when she’s more interested

in food than kicking you away – to get

the calf on and sucking. Colostrum is

extraordinary stuff, and once the feeble

calf has had a decent slug it acquires

super strength which enables it to persist

with mum who hopefully takes line of

least resistance and lets it drink.

Once all the heifers are done and

dusted the cows start calving. Sussex

cows will carry on producing healthy

calves well into their teens. Once you’ve

had six or seven calves, number eight is

likely to pop out fairly quickly and mum

also knows what is expected and will

immediately get on with the job-in-hand.

Happy days!

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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

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

We aim to build strong and confident foundations by developing each

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

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

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

achievement –the bright and stimulating classrooms, the extensive grounds

and Forest School in our own woodlands.

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

Canterbury. In 1929 the School moved to a stunning 80 acre countryside

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

The Barn is one of the oldest buildings at Junior

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

the main area for teaching drama and also used

for assemblies, orchestra and choir practice,

dance, plays and concerts.

Thanks to the remarkable

generosity of a number of

past and present parents,

the new Michael and

Vibeke Herbert

Music School

opened in

January 2016

fully equipped

with modern

facilities and

brand new

instruments,

including Blüthner

pianos.(Michal Herbert

pictured right)

Our facilities include a purpose built astro turf

surface, nine tennis courts, extensive playing

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

and a heated swimming pool. The King’s

School Recreation Centre (fencing salles,

fitness studio, dance studio, pool, climbing

wall, astro turf pitches) and the 22 acres of

Birley’s field offer further opportunities.

Please call for a brochure or visit our showrooms

We aim to nurture happy, confident children and

to see smiling faces. Encouraging an appetite for

learning and offering a dynamic and caring

environment in which to grow and flourish.

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Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0ES

Tel: 01732 762682

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Tel: 01892 520730

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