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Contents

March 2017

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SPACE & DINE

Maggie Alderson tracks

down homes with

luxurious kitchens

MARCH NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with hand

picked events going on

around the Weald

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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

F O R M

MARK DEMSTEADER

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CLASSICAL ELEGANCE

An English country house

with antique appeal

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Sue Whigham explores the

nation’s love of snowdrops

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GET THE LOOK

Add some gilded glamour

to your interior

A SHORE THING

A chic Camber Sands

beach house

GET THE LOOK

Pared back seaside style

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A GARDEN FOR

ALL SEASONS

Grow a gorgeous garden

with help from Jo Arnell

CONNECTING

WITH NATURE

How much time do school

children really spend

outside? WT finds out

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ALL’S VERT

Shop 2017’s dark green

interiors trend

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ORDERLY LINES

Susan Elkin takes a look

at school uniform

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FASHION

SUPPLEMENT

26 pages of vibrant

colour to spice up

your daily wardrobe

POST PREGNANCY

BEAUTY

Josephine Fairley’s tips

for new mums

BLOSSOM INTO

MARCH

This month’s bitesize

health news

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WHAT’S ON?

Find out

COMPETITION

Win a spa day for two

at Grayshot Spa

FABLES FROM

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Jane Howard turns

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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:

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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. Robin’s Grove

Where? Robin’s Grove is located half

way between the picturesque village of

Tandridge and the town of Oxted, just

twenty miles from London, with excellent

rail links, enjoying views over its own

landscaped gardens (just under 2.5 acres).

What? A very attractive brick-built,

seven-bedroom family home, covering

over 4,000 sq feet – a dream project

for a stylish renovator. There’s a large

sitting room, plus dining and drawing

rooms, with two hall areas, a kitchen/

breakfast room – and a utility room the

size of a London one-bedder. Upstairs

there are seven bedrooms, three of them

en suite, plus a family bathroom. The

master bedroom also has a dressing room.

There is an outdoor swimming pool

and changing rooms and a large games

room, currently housing a billiard table.

How much? Robin’s Grove is on

the market with Jackson-Stops, Oxted,

with offers invited over £2,000,000. Ring

01883 712375 or browse jackson-stops.co.uk

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2. Brackendene

Where? Equidistant between Cobham

and Leatherhead (three miles to each),

just over twenty miles from central

London, Brackendene’s 2.5 acre plot sits

within a small private enclave, backing

onto pristine National Trust land, with

panoramic woodland views.

What? This lovely five-bedroom

country house has all the benefits of

a modern build – underfloor heating

and B&O sound system throughout

and a spacious, flowing plan – with the

charm of a traditional building in its

stone-mullioned windows and detailed

brickwork. The large kitchen/breakfast

room leads through to the conservatory

(French windows onto the pool area) and

has a refrigerated walk-in pantry and a

big utility room leading off it. There is a

huge entrance hall, with a split staircase,

plus drawing, dining and playrooms.

Upstairs, the master suite has a dressing

room, bathroom and shower room. There

are two further en suite bedrooms and

two more bedrooms sharing a Jack and

Jill bathroom. A separate one-bedroom

annexe would be perfect for staff.

How much? Brackendene is listed

with Knight Frank, Cobham with a guide

price of £3,250,000. Call them on 01932

591600 or look at knightfrank.com

3. Whitelands

Where? Whitelands enjoys the

location of one of the country’s most

prestigious private estates – St George’s

Hill, with its famous golf club, the course

designed by Harry Colt. Ten minutes

from Weybridge and an hour to Central

London, the house sits within its own

exquisitely landscaped gardens, with a

wealth of mature trees.

What? Not so much a house, as a 21st

century mansion, with the facilities of a

six-star hotel. Whitelands has a wine and

cigar room and the hydraulic swimming

pool can be converted into a ballroom at

the touch of a button. There’s a hamman

and a sauna in the spa area, a games room,

a media room and a gym. For domestic

care there’s a laundry and a maid’s suite.

As well as the main kitchen and adjoining

breakfast room, there’s a pantry kitchen

(ideal for caterers). Study, dining, drawing

and family rooms. Bar. Upstairs the

master suite has two bathrooms and

two dressing rooms. The additional four

bedrooms are all en suite.

How much? Whitelands is on the

market with Grosvenor Billinghurst in

Cobham at £16,950,000. Call them

on 01932 588288 or look on line at

grosvenorb.co.uk

4. Eyot Lodge

Where? Eyot Lodge is surrounded

by mature landscaped gardens, with a

wealth of trees and a high hedge screening

providing privacy, just over half a mile

from Weybridge town centre, with its

30-minute rail service to Waterloo.

What? A detached family home in

part-timbered Sussex-style, the ground

floor rambles appealingly via the large

hall – with a large boot room – into

drawing, dining and family rooms, then

through to the kitchen and breakfast

room and forward again into another

large sitting room and a music room.

All six reception rooms have French

windows onto terraces. Upstairs there

are four bedrooms, the Master and one

other en suite, plus a family bathroom.

There is also a large store room.

How much? Eyot Lodge is listed

with John D Wood, Weybridge,

with a guide price of £2,000,000.

Phone them on 01932 842323 or

have a look at johndwood.co.uk

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Located in the heart of Old Oxted this is a

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buffet with live music in the garden room and

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“The back of the house is an old Sussex long house,

which dates back to about 1704,” adds Paul. There’s no

doubt that this Grade II* home is rather special.


Previous pages & left: The snug is where Paul and Martin

spend most of their time as the huge inglenook fireplace gives

out plenty of heat Below: The orangery replaced the 1950s/60s

extension. The pale blue/grey dressers were made to stand against

the original outside wall to the building. 1960s industrial style

heat lamps were sourced from a farm

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Right: The open plan living space

Although the couple know a little about its history

– Winkenhurst Manor was originally home to the

Miller family, and once housed the local vicar – what’s

particularly interesting these days, are the historic

collections of items within. Martin, as well as running

Martin D. Johnson Antiques & Interiors, has more than

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other things – all of which are displayed with deft care,

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creating unique displays of collectables: “We sell quite

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Above: The baby grand piano occupies one corner of an

enormous 36’ by 30’ room Left: Ornate plasterwork, as

well as being dotted around the house, dominates the

stairwell and landing area at the heart of the house

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

we chopped the legs off and made them into coffee tables,”

says Paul. It may sound drastic, but it gives the cases a

new lease of life, and makes them relevant and usable in

a modern home as is demonstrated by the one that takes

pride of place in the living room at Winkenhurst Manor.

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

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children come back from the beach, having collected

shells and things, they just pop them in the cabinet.”

Martin would surely approve, given his own love

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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

house, we live in a relatively modern way,” says Paul. The

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.

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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...

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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

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

made... it was just an empty room when we moved in,” says Paul.

The spats and shoes belonged to Sir Norman Hartnell

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

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Paul’s bathroom is unfussy and painted in pale grey

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with visual appeal – rather than pictures. Opposite,

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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.

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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

hangs a large starburst mirror. “We buy them from antique auctions.

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of today’s popular illuminated letters is in fact from

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A Shore Thing

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Previous pages & this page: Nicola opened out the kitchen to

make a more spacious, easy living area downstairs. Metal jelly

mould lights snake across the kitchen ceiling

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

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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

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

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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

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Left: Nicola wanted each room in the house to feature one wall clad in reclaimed floorboards. Right: Lupin waits patiently in the

hallway for her beach walk

Nice. Fortunately there were no big structural problems,

but it was obvious that she needed to start again from

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Nicola employed local builder Dave Lancaster and his

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

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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

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

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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, which is inevitably traipsed in all the time.

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

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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

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This page: The bathrooms have been simply and effectively

decorated with wood panelling and subway tiles

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 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

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Above: Nicola didn’t want a typical blue and white striped seaside

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

Left: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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

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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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The next day

Before

Out for drinks after 2 days!

Angie, age 48

Concept Facelift & Neck Rejuvenation

Before the procedure

I had been debating a facelift for a while as I found

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decision for me as the surgery promised minimal

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under a local anaesthetic.

During the procedure

I felt no pain during the whole procedure and after

a few hours it was finished. The staff and I chatted

& laughed throughout the whole procedure, it was

surreal!

I then sat up and took a look at my face, it was

slightly swollen but nothing like I thought it would

be. I was able to walk back to my hotel without

the need for a bag covering my head to hide the

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I had a FaceTime consultation with Amir and decided

that I would go ahead with it. I arrived at the clinic,

excited that I would finally look the way I felt. Amir

oozes confidence which immediately helped put me at

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I can’t express how thrilled I am with the results!! I

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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

Surrey Homes 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

Moisturiser as this does so many

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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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,

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Started by a husband and wife

team in Hampshire, Bee Good’s

products have developed from a

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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

properties. Find your perfect

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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

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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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

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• 200g quinoa

• 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds

• 160g watermelon or diced

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• 160g kale, chopped

• 2 ripe avocados

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• ½ small pack mint

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• 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

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

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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

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Contains 3 portions of veg per person

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

• olive oil

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• juice of ½ lemon

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• 4 x medium sweet potatoes

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• 400g frozen peas

• 400g baby spinach

• 200g edamame beans

• 1 tbsp capers

• ½ pack parsley, chopped

• 4 tbsp crème fraîche

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Put some water on to boil.

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Spring has Sprung

Sue Whigham explores our fascination with snowdrops

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 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 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

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supply of interesting garden plants.

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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 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

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and Daphnes aren’t showy, but their perfume makes up for this,

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the cat that benefits from their uplifting fragrance. Early bulbs, like

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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,

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Autumn

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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

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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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.

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How do we prepare children for

jobs that don’t exist yet?

None of us knows today what the world is

going to require of us tomorrow. But some of us are

keeping an extremely close eye on things.

At Sevenoaks School, many of the skills that

will be called for in the future are embedded in our

curriculum now.

Critical thinking for instance, is exercised here

daily from the start. So is complex problem solving.

With one eye firmly trained on the world beyond

our gates, we equip all our students with the skills

they will need to reshape it.

So if sixty per cent of roles have yet to be

invented*, Sevenoaks alumni will be ready to take them

on when they are.

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Education

OPEn dAY EVEnTS

HELd EACH YEAR In

MARCH And OCTOBER

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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To register attendance please visit our website:

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please contact Admissions: 01483 880489 or

email: admissions@lanesborough.surrey.sch.uk

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Feltonfleet School

An independent

Cobham, Surrey KT11 1DR

day, weekly and flexi

boarding school for

‘Where individuals really matter’ boys and girls aged 3-13

‘Pupils display a maturity, vivacity and sense of fun...

Fab facilities. A breath of fresh air.’

The Good Schools Guide 2016

‘A wonderful sense of vibrancy and strong academic focus.’ Tatler 2017

‘Excellent’ in every way. lSI Inspection 2013

25 acres of Surrey countryside, with a comprehensive

bus service from Surrey and South West London

Open Morning

Friday 5th May 2017 9.00 am until 11.30 am

For further details please contact

Mrs Jackie Williams, Registrar

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HURSTPIERPOINT COLLEGE


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).

Cranmore School

Independent Preparatory School

for girls and boys 2 ½ - 13

APR 17

28

OPEN MORNING

09.30 -11.30

Friday 28 April 2017

Assisted Places available

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Dulwich

Preparatory School

Discover

Friday 17 th March

from 8.45 am

• Years 7 & 8 Open Morning

for parents and children

• Interactive taster morning

for current Year 6 children

Take a tour, meet the Headmaster, chat to parents.

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“I’m absolutely delighted with my children’s results.

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What’s On In March

Arts & Crafts

Tues 7 Mar 6.30pm

The Boileroom, 13 Stokefields,

Guildford GU1 4LS

Drink & Draw

A new monthly creative

happening at the venue. Drink &

Draw is the perfect place to enjoy

drawing, and getting to know the

Guildford creative community.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 440022 /

theboileroom.net

Tues 7 Mar 7-9.30pm

Haslemere Museum, 78 High

Street, Haslemere, GU27 2LA

Miraculous

Millinery Museum

Diana Burch hosts a creative

workshop making outlandishly

theatrical hats and headwear using

simple techniques and materials.

Entry: £12 including

a glass of wine

Info: 01428 642112 /

haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Fri 10 Mar 10.30am-4.30pm

Watts Gallery, Down Lane,

Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ

Millinery workshop

Join artist and designer Gina

MacAdam to learn how to

shape and form millinery

sinamay, the basis of many

of the hats traditionally

seen during race season.

Entry: £65 including lunch

Info: 01483 810235 /

wattsgallery.org.uk

Children & Family

Sat 14 Jan - Sun 5 Mar

RHS Garden Wisley,

Woking GU23 6QB

Butterflies in

The Glasshouse

This winter the Wisley

Glasshouse is filled with

over 6,000 free-flying exotic

butterflies. Visit to see the

sculpture trail, find over 15

new species and taste some

delicious butterfly-decorated

cookies and cupcakes.

Entry: Free with Garden entry

Info: 08452609000 / rhs.org.uk

Sat 25 Feb - Sat 25 Mar

Hampton Court Palace,

East Molesey KT8 9AU

Tiny Explorers at

Hampton Court Palace

Transport your toddler to a

magical world of stories of

Hampton Court Palace through

a multi-sensory experience.

Booking is essential.

Entry: £6 per session (£5

for members) including one

child and up to two adults

Info: 020 3166 6000 / learning.

info@hrp.org.uk / hrp.org.uk

Fri 3 Mar 10am-12pm

Newlines Corner visitor’s

centre, Newlines Corner, Shere

Road, Guildford GU4 8SE

Wild Tots

The chance for your toddler

to experience all that nature

has to offer in fun-filled

activities including games,

stories and minibeast hunting.

Suitable for children aged

2-6, and all children must be

accompanied by an adult.

Entry: adults free, children £10

Info: 01483 795440 /

info@surreywt.org.uk /

surreywildlifetrust.org

Sat 25 Mar 12.30-4pm

Living Planet Cantre,

Brewery Road, Rufford

House, Woking GU21 4LL

Earth Hour

Family Fun Day

The Living Planet Centre holds

an afternoon of awesome activities

exploring all the ways you and

your family can help save our

beautiful planet. Includes animal

faceprinting, craft activities

and a fantastic storyteller.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483412482 / wwf.org.uk

Exhibitions

Tues 28 Feb - Sun 26 Mar

Watts Gallery, Down Lane,

Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ

The Big Issues

Exhibition

Based on G.F. and Mary Watts

beliefs of Art for All, comes

The Big Issues Exhibition,

focusing on issues such as

homelessness, pollution,

exploitation and unemployment.

Info: 01483813593 /

info@wattsgallery.org.uk /

wattsgallery.org.uk

Sat 4 Mar - Sat 15 Apr

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon

Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS

Emma-Jane Rule:

Winner of Rising Stars

2016: One Year On

A solo exhibition from the Rising

Stars 2016 winner, Emma-Jane

Rule, which coincides with the

2017 Rising Stars Exhibition.

Entry: Free

Info: 01252713208 /

newashgate.org.uk

Sun 19 Mar 10am-5pm

Brooklands Museum,

Brooklands Rd,

Weybridge KT13 0QN

Brooklands Mini Day

Suitable for all, visitors and

Minis alike! This annual event

gathers Minis of all shapes

and… well they’re all Minis,

but expect to see old and new,

vans, pickups, and classics

alongside tradestands offering

parts, spares and memorabilia.

Entry: adults £11, seniors and

students £10, children aged 5-16

£6, two adults and three children

£30, BTM & LBPT members free

Info: 01932 857381 / events@

brooklandsmuseum.com /

brooklandsmuseum.com

Food & Drink

Thurs 2 Mar 8pm-9pm

Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High

Street, Cranleigh GU6 8AS

Lindsey Bowden -

Damn Fine Cherry

Pie Interview

An interview with author of

Damn Fine Cherry Pie and

Other Recipes from Twin Peaks.

Enjoy a taste of the cult classic

TV show with fun facts and

features such as how to tie a

cherry stem in your mouth and

how to make an oragami owl.

Entry: £8

Info: 01483 278000 /

cranleighartscentre.org

Sat 11 - Sun 12 Mar 10am-5pm

Farnham Maltings, Bridge

Square, Farnham GU9 7QR

Squires Kitchen

Exhibition 2017

With demonstrations,

competitions, mini-classes,

a wedding cake showroom

and a marketplace, and truly

talented star guests, this

specialist sugar craft show is

a yummy treat of an event!

Entry: £12

Info: 01252260260 /

squires-exhibition.com

Sat 18 Mar 11am

Surrey Hills Brewery, Denbies

Wine Estate, London Road,

Dorking RH5 6AA

Brewery Tours

Led by the expert brewing team,

enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse

at how Surrey Hills Brewery

creates its award-winning ales.

Entry: £8.50

Info: 01306 883603 /

surreyhills.co.uk

Garden &

Horticulture

17 Sept 2016 - 5 March

2017 10am-5pm

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of

Botanical Art, Kew Gardens,

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,

Richmond TW9 3AE

Flora Japonica

Exhibition

Last chance to see this fascinating

and exotic exhibition celebrating

the richness of Japanese

native flora and its influence

on western horticulture.

Entry: Included with

entry to the gardens

Info: 020 8332 5655 /

info@kew.org / kew.org

Sat 18 Mar 11am-4pm

Glasshouse Gallery,

RHS Garden Wisley,

Woking, GU23 6QB

Orchid Society

of Great Britain

Spring Show

This show has it all for the

budding horticulturalist:

breathtaking displays, expert

advice, and, in short,

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you see the whole park and full collection of sculpture.

02 Buy Sculpture

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03 Play ‘guess the price’ game

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a guess at.

04 Meet the dragons

Being a venue with Welsh heritage (Lloyd George used

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and our owner is Welsh), two red Welsh dragons can

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What’s On In March

everything you could possibly

need to grow or buy your

own stunning orchids.

Entry: Free with Garden admission

Info: 0845 260 9000 / rhs.org.uk

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Mar 10am-5pm

RHS Garden Wisley,

Woking GU23 6QB

Spring plant fair

Meet the growers; choose quality

plants, many with an RHS Award

of Garden Merit, from specialist

nurseries; some specialists will be

selling rare and heritage plants.

Entry: Free with garden admission

Info: 0845 260 9000 / rhs.org.uk

Mother’s Day

Sun 26 Mar 10am-6pm

Painshill Park, Portsmouth

Road, Cobham KT11 1JE

Mother’s Day at

Painshill Park

Take mum for a stroll through

the award-winning 18th century

garden. And for a special

treat, finish up with cream

tea and sparkling wine at the

Mr Hamilton’s Tea Room.

Entry: Free entry for mothers

accompanied by their children

Info:01932868113 / painshill.co.uk

Sun 26 Mar 11.30am-4.30pm

RHS Garden Wisley,

Woking GU23 6QB

Mothering Sunday

Treat mum to a two-course lunch

or afternoon tea featuring fresh

garden produce and a free girft

at Wisley Garden’s beautiful

restaurant. Booking is essential.

Entry: Adults £25, under 8s £8

Info: 0845 260 9000 / rhs.org.uk

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Mar

Hever Castle & Gardens,

Hever Rd, Hever,

Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Mother’s Day Weekend

A lovely family day out with

biscuit and flowerpot decorating.

To refuel after all the excitement

there will also be Sunday roast

or afternoon tea available

with a complimentary glass

of Prosecco for all mothers.

Lunches and afternoon teas

must be pre-booked and are

subject to availability.

Entry: Flowerpot decorating

workshop is free; £1.75 added

to admission price for biscuit

decorating, Pre-booked lunch is

£29.50 (£12 / child) and afternoon

tea is £19.50 (£10 / child)

Info: 01732865224 / info@

hevercastle.co.uk / hevercastle.co.uk

Music & Theatre

Fri 24 Feb - Sun 5 Mar

Guildford GU1 3QT

Guildford

International

music festival

An eclectic lineup celebrates

live music in Guildford. From

treasures of the Baroque to

contemporary experimental music

and from classical favourites

to jazz, dance, and the visual

arts, the line-up promises

something for everyone.

Info: 01483 444334 /

surrey.ac.uk/arts

Wed 8 - Sat 11 Mar

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,

Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Out of Order

The Olivier award-winning

comedy returns with a starstudded

cast including Shaun

Williamson (Eastenders),

Sue Holderness (Only Fools

and Horses) and Andre

Hall (Coronation Street)

Entry: £23.00 - £34.50

Info: 01483 44 00 00 /

yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Sun 12 Mar 8pm

New Victoria Theatre, The

Ambassadors, Peacocks

Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ

Omid Djalili: Schmuck

for a Night

Omid Djalili has appeared

in everything from BBC1’s

Dickensian to Sex and the City 2

to Shaun the Sheep Movie. Now

this legendary comedian takes

his nationwide tour to the New

Victoria Theatre for a night of

smart and stimulating stand-up.

Entry: Tickets £28.15

Info: 08448717645 /

omidnoagenda.com / atgtickets.com

Mon 20 - Sat 25 Mar

New Victoria Theatre, The

Ambassadors, Peacocks

Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ

Sister Act

Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig

Revel Horwood directs and

choreographs X Factor’s Alexandra

Burke in this must-see classic

musical comedy featuring

original music by Alan Menken.

Entry: from £17.90

Info: 0844 871 7645

/ atgtickets.com

Out & About

Sat and Sun throughout

Mar 10am-5pm

Clandon Park, West Surrey,

Guildford GU4 7RQ

Spring garden

For the first time in two years

you’ll be able to enjoy the

magnificent sight of Clandon

in springtime with thousands

upon thousands of daffodils

bursting into bloom.

Entry: Adults £2.70, children

£1.35, under 5s free

Info: 01483 222482 /

nationaltrust.org.uk/clandon-park

Sat 18 Mar

Gatton Park, Reigate,

Redhill RH2 0TW

Volunteer Work Day

at Gatton Park

Following the Capability Brown

Tercentenary Project, Surrey

Hills is helping out at a Gatton

Park work day to clear scrub

and help sustain the beauty

of this country treasure.

Entry: Free

Info: info@surreyhillssociety.

org / surreyhills.org

Fri 24 Mar 12-3.30pm

The Harrow Inn, 309 Farleigh

Road, Warlingham CR6 9EL

Spring foraging

course

Enjoy a 20-minute talk at the

Harrow then a 2-3 hour walk,

with wild food snacks along the

way. Depending on our finds we

may be able to cook a light lunch.

Entry: £35, under 16s £17.50

Info: 01584 711646 /

wildfooduk.com

Sports & Fitness

Mon and Thurs until

end of Jun 10-11am

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,

near Dorking RH5 6BD

Buggyfit

This fantastic fitness option

for mums and babies caters to

all fitness levels and aims to

help strengthen and stabilise

the post-pregnancy body.

Entry: £6 per session or £50 for ten

info: 07790 772431 /

nationaltrust.org.uk /

debsbuggyfit@outlook.com

Sun 12 Mar 9-12am

Woking Leisure Centre

Woking Park, Kingfield

Road, Woking GU22 9BA

Surrey Half Marathon

Surrey’s Largest Half Marathon

and the UK’s Best Road Run

is an award-winning race that

boasts a speedy and scenic route.

It is UKA sanctioned with full

road closures and is known for

its friendly and positive feel;

which is inclusive of all levels of

expertise. 5k and kids run also on

at 8 and 9.20am, respectively.

Entry: £40 Half Marathon Race,

£20 5km Race, £12 Kid’s Race

Info: 01483 720459 /

surreyhalfmarathon.co.uk

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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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