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PRICELESS<br />

february april<br />

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

<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

The lifestyle magazine for the Weald<br />

wedding gardenS Supplement <strong>inside</strong><br />

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Contents<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

24<br />

56<br />

GARDEN QUEST<br />

Maggie Alderson goes in search<br />

of ideal locations for egg hunts<br />

132<br />

156<br />

GET READY TO PARTY!<br />

Colourful childrenswear<br />

for girls and boys<br />

165<br />

132<br />

MAIN COURSE<br />

WT speaks to Rosemary Shrager about<br />

the importance of apprenticeships<br />

49<br />

56<br />

80<br />

92<br />

102<br />

127<br />

APRIL NOTEBOOK<br />

Fill your diary with hand<br />

picked events going on<br />

around the Weald<br />

CALL TO ALMS<br />

A milliner’s retreat<br />

GET THE LOOK<br />

Emulate the Cheyneys style<br />

IN HOUSE<br />

Rebecca Cuffe edits her<br />

favourite interior trends<br />

TRUE ORIGINS<br />

Jennifer Stuart-Smith explores a<br />

beautiful <strong>Wealden</strong> farmhouse<br />

FLOOR PLAN<br />

Chic floor coverings<br />

147<br />

151<br />

153<br />

155<br />

156<br />

FRESHEN UP<br />

Josephine Fairley tackles<br />

problematic teenage skin<br />

ACTIVE APRIL<br />

This month’s bitesize<br />

health news<br />

THE BIG MIND &<br />

BODY SPRING CLEAN<br />

How to tidy up your regime<br />

WALKING - WHERE<br />

ARE ALL THE PEOPLE?<br />

Julie Simpson shares her<br />

favourite <strong>Wealden</strong> walks<br />

EASTER FEAST<br />

Rosemary Shrager’s<br />

Easter goodies<br />

Published by JPS Media Ltd, Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 3HF.<br />

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necessarily those of JPS Media Ltd.<br />

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NUMBER CRUNCHERS<br />

Susan Elkin analyses<br />

performance targets<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

Find out<br />

COMPETITION<br />

Win a Firepod pizza oven worth £445<br />

FABLES FROM THE FARM<br />

Jane Howard deals with the<br />

repercussions of the bird flu scare<br />

GARDENS<br />

SUPPLEMENT<br />

Take inspiration<br />

from our 34 page<br />

special for a super<br />

stylish outdoors.<br />

After page 166<br />

<strong>Gardens</strong><br />

A <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Supplement<br />

View the new Garden Directory online at wealdentimes.co.uk<br />

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Hawkhurst<br />

A beautiful Grade II Listed family home in a prominent position in the Moor area<br />

of Hawkhurst<br />

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms. Double garage, log store and swimming pool (all in<br />

need of refurbishment). Cranbrook School Catchment Area.<br />

Guide price: £1,400,000<br />

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Horsmonden<br />

A Grade II Listed converted oast in a wonderful position<br />

8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5 reception rooms. Architecturally designed. Car port and large timber terrace.<br />

Cranbrook School Catchment Area. In all about 2.18 acres.<br />

simon.biddulph@knightfrank.com<br />

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Guide price: £1,900,000<br />

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Land & Property Experts<br />

East Farleigh, Kent<br />

A compact and versatile commercial and agricultural estate bounded by the B2010<br />

and Forge Lane in an accessible location in the Medway Valley south of Maidstone.<br />

The Commercial Yard and Buildings include:<br />

• A range of offices, workshops and storage units let on Landlord and Tenant<br />

(contracted out) Leases or Licences with a rental income of approx. £145,000<br />

The Grade I Agricultural Land includes:<br />

• 16.33 acres of top fruit including Pears and Bramley Apples and 65.56 acres of<br />

well roaded arable land.<br />

FOR SALE BY FORMAL TENDER AS A WHOLE OR IN TWO LOTS. CLOSING<br />

DATE TO BE CONFIRMED<br />

Guide Prices And Legal Pack On Request<br />

Challock Office<br />

Appledore, Kent<br />

A new 5 bedroom detached house - EPC Band B<br />

Central Village location within walking distance of local amenities<br />

Paddock land to the rear with rural views<br />

Two agricultural barns in need of upgrading<br />

• In all approx. 7.05 acres<br />

Guide Price £850,000<br />

Challock Office<br />

Bells Yew Green, East Sussex<br />

A Grade II Listed Farmhouse - EPC Band C<br />

Located in an quiet rural position<br />

Managed woodland and 3.5 acre lake<br />

Games Room, outbuildings and Biomass boiler<br />

• In all approx. 178 acres<br />

Guide Price £4,600,000<br />

Challock Office<br />

Near Rotherfield, East Sussex<br />

5 Bedroom Farmhouse - EPC Band D<br />

Stable Yard and Sand School<br />

Enclosed pasture fields<br />

Direct bridleway access<br />

• In all approx. 6.5 acres<br />

Guide Price OIEO £850,000<br />

Heathfield Office<br />

Brasted, Kent<br />

Superb farm building complex with converted farmhouse - EPC Band C<br />

Extensive period outbuildings with potential<br />

Planning to extend the house to total of 4,000 ft 2<br />

Popular rural location close to Sevenoaks<br />

• In all approx. 6 acres<br />

Guide Price £2,000,000<br />

Challock Office


‘Our Focus ‘Our Determines Focus Determines Your Reality’ Your Reality’<br />

harpers and hurlingham<br />

egeRton £1,495,000<br />

Striking Georgian family home · Four/five reception<br />

rooms · Stunning kitchen/breakfast/dining room · Five/<br />

six bedrooms (three ensuite) · Annexe: Kitchen/living<br />

room, bedroom with ensuite and balcony · Grounds<br />

approx 1.4 acres · Stable block and outbuilding · EPC: D<br />

Idyllic no-through country lane location<br />

goudhuRst oIeo £1,295,000<br />

Period family home in tranquil location · Triple<br />

aspect drawing room · Kitchen/breakfast room ·<br />

Three bedrooms (one ensuite) · Two attic bedrooms<br />

(interconnecting) · Tennis court · <strong>Gardens</strong> and grounds<br />

approximately 6.7 acres · Scope to extend · EPC: n/a<br />

Cranbrook School Catchment Area<br />

RuRal MaRden £1,250,000<br />

Grade II Listed farmhouse with detached barn · Three<br />

reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast room · Utility<br />

room · Five bedrooms (one ensuite) · Barn with lapsed<br />

planning · Outbuilding with scope to convert (stpp) ·<br />

Tennis court · <strong>Gardens</strong> of approx 2.3 acres · EPC: n/a<br />

Rural yet convenient location<br />

hawkhuRst £1,100,000<br />

Charming Elizabethan farmhouse · In need of<br />

refurbishment · Four reception rooms · Spacious<br />

kitchen/breakfast room · Six bedrooms (one ensuite) ·<br />

Swimming pool · Garden and grounds approximately<br />

2.9 acres · Far reaching countryside views · EPC: n/a<br />

Cranbrook School Catchment Area<br />

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Pluckley £775,000<br />

Impressive and characterful Grade II listed medieval farmhouse with a<br />

wealth of period features, standing in grounds of 4.4 acres with outbuildings<br />

Four Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms • Two En Suites • EPC Exempt<br />

Smarden<br />

P.O.A<br />

Impressive grade II listed three bedroom Oast House with attached three<br />

bedroom annexe, set in 1.45 acres of mature gardens<br />

Three Reception Rooms • Flexible Accommodation • Double Garage • EPC Exempt<br />

Tenterden £599,995<br />

Elegant three/four bedroom Edwardian Townhouse built in 1905.<br />

Positioned on the enviable tree lined High Street of Tenterden<br />

No Chain • Cloakroom • Double Garage & Parking • EPC Rating D<br />

Wittersham £575,000<br />

Striking double fronted Victorian attached property with a wealth of<br />

period features in the desirable village of Wittersham<br />

Four Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms • Rural Views • EPC E<br />

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The Property Ombudsman<br />

Boughton Monchelsea Excess £1,600,000<br />

A handsome early Victorian former Vicarage in a tranquil setting with<br />

breathtaking views • 5 Receptions • Kitchen/Family Room • 6 Bedrooms •<br />

3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Double Garage • Swimming Pool • Tennis Court •<br />

<strong>Gardens</strong> and Grounds of about 2.3 acres in all • EPC F<br />

Staplecross Guide Price £1,500,000<br />

A splendid Grade II listed country house with guest cottage and excellent leisure<br />

facilities with spectacular views • 4 Receptions • Kitchen • Master Bedroom with<br />

en suite • 5 Further Bedrooms • 3 Further Bathrooms • Guest Cottage • Indoor<br />

Swimming Pool • T. Court • Outbuildings • Circa 3 acres • 45 acres by sep neg<br />

East Farleigh Guide Price £1,250,000<br />

A substantial Grade II listed former Vicarage providing over 5,500 sq ft of<br />

accommodation ideal for dual family occupancy • 4 Receptions • Kitchen/<br />

Breakfast Room • Basement • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Attic Rooms •<br />

Various Outbuildings • <strong>Gardens</strong> and Grounds • Over half an acre<br />

Sissinghurst Excess £1,000,000<br />

A very special Grade II listed village house and period barn amid established<br />

gardens offering immediate access to amenities • CSCA • No Onward Chain<br />

• 3 Receptions • Kitchen • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Oak Framed Barn •<br />

Swimming Pool • Double Garage • Approaching an acre<br />

Kilndown Guide Price £850,000<br />

A beautifully presented attached period house providing exceptional family<br />

entertaining space in the village • CSCA • 4 Receptions • Kitchen/Breakfast<br />

Room • 4 Double Bedrooms (1 en suite) • Family Bathroom & Shower Room<br />

• Cellar • Swimming Pool & Summerhouse • 0.43 acres in all • EPC D<br />

Cranbrook Excess £675,000<br />

An individual family house amid landscaped grounds within walking<br />

distance of the High Street • CSCA • 4 Receptions • Kitchen • 4 Bedrooms<br />

(1 en suite) • Family Bathroom • Double Garage • Summerhouse • About 0.5<br />

acres of Landscaped <strong>Gardens</strong> • EPC E<br />

coming 26 January 2015


Rye, East Sussex - £299,950<br />

A well presented Grade II listed end of terrace house set<br />

on the outskirts of Rye, offering accommodation over<br />

three floors. Kitchen, living room, store room, garden<br />

room, 2 bedrooms. Garden to rear. EPC E<br />

Beckley, East Sussex - £795,000<br />

A well appointed, detached New England style property<br />

with views to the rear. Dining hall, living room, family room,<br />

study, open plan kitchen/breakfast room, utility room,<br />

master bedroom with en-suite, 3 further bedrooms, large<br />

garden. EPC D<br />

Guestling, East Sussex - £795,000<br />

A substantial detached family house in beautiful order<br />

with far reaching rural views towards the sea. Sitting<br />

room, dining room, study, large conservatory, kitchen,<br />

master bedroom suite, 4 further bedrooms. Double garage.<br />

Garden. EPC D<br />

Rye, East Sussex - £350,000<br />

A three storey three bedroom town house in need of<br />

modernisation situated in the conservation area of the<br />

Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye with views of the<br />

Strand Quay and moorings on the River Brede. Garage<br />

nearby. EPC E<br />

Icklesham, East Sussex - £359,950<br />

A detached 1930s three bedroom house in the centre of the<br />

village. Open plan living room and kitchen, bedrooms 2 & 3.<br />

First floor landing with study area, bedroom 1 with sitting<br />

room and en suite bathroom, Off road parking, Garden to<br />

the side. EPC D<br />

Udimore, East Sussex - OIEO £845,000<br />

A 5/6 bedroom Edwardian house with stunning 360° views<br />

to the English Channel and over farmland. Kitchen/breakfast<br />

room, two receptions, conservatory, utility room. Double<br />

garage/workshop with studio flat above. 1 acre garden. EPC F<br />

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MAYFAIR OFFICE 0870 112 7099<br />

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treats, with a larger chocolate rabbit or chicken the ultimate prize.<br />

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station, with its 45 minute link to<br />

London Bridge, is three miles away.<br />

What? Cutting to the chase: it’s hard<br />

to imagine a better location for an Easter<br />

egg hunt…there’s a beautiful maze in the<br />

garden. The very attractive Grade II listed<br />

farmhouse has been beautifully updated for<br />

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large open fireplace, opening to the garden<br />

from two places and to the conservatory.<br />

There’s a 30ft drawing room and a cosy<br />

sitting room. Upstairs there’s a principal<br />

suite with an adjoined shower room, three<br />

further bedrooms and a bathroom, with<br />

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2. Birchetts<br />

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quiet country lane on the outskirts of<br />

the popular village of Ticehurst, 11<br />

miles from Tunbridge Wells. Stonegate<br />

and Wadhurst stations have regular<br />

services to Charing Cross and the A21/<br />

M25 road and motorway network are<br />

easily accessible. There are interrupted<br />

views to Bewl Water from the garden.<br />

What? A very attractive barn<br />

conversion, the three bedrooms, en suite<br />

shower room and family bathroom are<br />

on the ground floor, which allows the<br />

first floor sitting room to enjoy the full<br />

beamed height of the building. The<br />

kitchen and dining room are adjacent.<br />

There is a study/fourth bedroom on<br />

the second floor. The gardens cover an<br />

acre, with lots of interesting areas for<br />

Easter egg concealing, plus a natural<br />

duck pond with a stream and summer<br />

house which overlooks two ornamental<br />

ponds. (So you would have to keep a<br />

firm eye on small egg hunters…)<br />

How much? Offers in excess of<br />

£745,000. Contact Freeman Foreman,<br />

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or look at freemanforeman.co.uk<br />

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the Loose Stream running through<br />

it, on the rural fringes of Maidstone,<br />

with its rail links. There is a junction<br />

to the M20 15 minutes away.<br />

What? The original building dates to<br />

the 16th century, with the beams to show<br />

for it, with 20th century extensions. The<br />

ground floor has three reception rooms,<br />

plus a workshop and the kitchen. The<br />

bathroom is also on this floor. Upstairs<br />

are three bedrooms, with a walk-in<br />

closet and a further room in the attic.<br />

The house has brilliant potential for<br />

more contemporary room arrangement<br />

without losing any of its charm. Outside<br />

the garden is a delightful mix of superbly<br />

stocked mature borders, lawns, plus<br />

a vegetable patch and mature trees.<br />

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on the market for £599,000 with Fine<br />

and Country, West Malling. Call 01732<br />

222272 or head to fineandcountry.com<br />

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the end of a long drive, in the unspoiled<br />

countryside to the west of Battle, with<br />

views over the South Downs AONB.<br />

Catsfield village is nearby, with Battle<br />

the nearest town, just two miles away,<br />

with twice hourly trains to London.<br />

What? It would be easier to answer,<br />

what hasn’t it got? Study, sitting room,<br />

two drawing rooms, family room,<br />

computer room, garden room…<br />

Swimming pool, yoga studio, full pubstyle<br />

bar, disco. This house has it all<br />

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ladies-in-waiting was sent to hide her<br />

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least four bathrooms. And that’s just the<br />

main house. There are nearly three acres<br />

of grounds, comprising beautiful formal<br />

gardens, with a walled garden full of rose<br />

borders and shrubs, landscaped lawns,<br />

fields and an area of woodland. Plus<br />

various sun terraces and patios. You could<br />

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How much? For this extraordinary<br />

house, offers are invited in the area of<br />

£1,825,000. Contact Fine and Country,<br />

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THE BIG CAT SANCTUARY<br />

OPEN DAYS<br />

20 TH - 23 RD JULY <strong>2017</strong><br />

A fun day out for all the family. Come and visit our<br />

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Enjoy face painting, BBQ, falconry display,<br />

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Weekdays £15.00 | Weekends £17.50<br />

Advanced booking only - book your<br />

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Knole's historic showrooms and state-of-the-art<br />

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SPRING LINEN<br />

COLLECTIONS<br />

Give your bedroom an instant boost this spring by simply updating your bed linen. At Fenwick we have<br />

an extensive range of collections, from cool contemporary designs, geometric shapes in subtle tones to<br />

uplifting displays of bright florals that will transform your room from winter to spring in an instant.<br />

Layer up your bed linen with beautiful contrasting cushions and throws that will tempt you at the end<br />

of a busy day and where you can unwind on a relaxing weekend and enjoy!<br />

Let us inspire you with our Linens Spring Edit<br />

HARLEQUIN MOMENTUM DEMOISELLE<br />

Adapted from a wallpaper design in Palmetto, Demoiselle’s dramatic large-scale dragonflies sweep<br />

across a central panel on this graphite-coloured duvet cover, which is printed on 200 thread-count,<br />

100% cotton sateen, with a plain reverse. One bold dragonfly adorns the centre of one of the<br />

Oxford pillowcase designs and the other design is a plain option with cover stitch detail in gold.<br />

Layer the bed with luxuriousness with the 100% cotton velvet quilted throw (170 x 220cm) with<br />

linen binding, and the cushion featuring printed and embroidered dragonflies on 100% silk, with<br />

the reverse and piping in cotton velvet.<br />

DOUBLE DUVET COVER £105 | KINGSIZE DUVET COVER £120<br />

SUPER KING DUVET COVER £140 | OXFORD PRINT PILLOWCASE £25<br />

OXFORD PLAIN PILLOWCASE £25 | CUSHION 40x60cm £60<br />

THROW 170x220cm £195<br />

Introducing Momentum’s stunning<br />

Demoiselle towels, that feature three<br />

elegant dragonflies on a plain ground.<br />

Based around a sophisticated colour<br />

palette, these opulent towels will<br />

elevate your bathroom to a new level<br />

of luxury.<br />

GUEST £12 | HAND £16<br />

BATH £32<br />

FENWICK CANTERBURY AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS


Introducing the new collection from murmur, a subtle and sophisticated homeware<br />

brand; perfectly suited to the idea of ‘slow living’. The Murmur ‘Design<br />

and Living’ concept provides an antidote to our hectic lives. Going back to basics<br />

with natural materials this collection has been lovingly brought together to create<br />

a relaxed, subtle, understated mood that echoes the desire for calm in an overly<br />

busy world.<br />

With a simple, less-is-more ethos the collection offers an extensive selection of<br />

cushions, throws, bed and bath linens. New patterns and colours inject a soft<br />

summer vibe with simple print motifs in muted shades.<br />

MURMUR MOSAIC<br />

The Mosaic bed linen features a Japanese<br />

inspired small-scale geometric pattern, in a<br />

pared back palette of grey tones set against<br />

a soft white ground. Printed on softest 300<br />

thread count cotton percale and edged<br />

with just a simple double stitch detail.<br />

SINGLE DUVET COVER £70<br />

DOUBLE DUVET COVER £85<br />

KINGSIZE DUVET COVER £95<br />

SUPERKING DUVET COVER £110<br />

OXFORD PILLOWCASE £17<br />

Soft sumptuous cushions and throws<br />

add texture and colour. Accessorise this<br />

collection with:<br />

ETCH CUSHION £45<br />

An embroidered leaf pattern in warm<br />

white thread on dyed grey linen with a<br />

plain reverse. 50x50cm.<br />

MATSU CUSHION £40<br />

Scandi inspired hand drawn stitch effect<br />

in warm white on a grey ground with<br />

a plain reverse. 50x30cm.<br />

DEW THROW £130<br />

A chunky knitted throw in two tone grey<br />

with a distinct diamond repeat pattern on<br />

the front with a plain reverse. 130 x170cm.<br />

FENWICK CANTERBURY AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS


MURMUR HAMA<br />

An all-over small scale geometric print in<br />

deep indigo tones introduces subtle, simple<br />

pattern to the Hama duvet cover and oxford<br />

pillowcase. Self-reversing and finished with<br />

a stylish double stitch detail. Woven in<br />

300 thread count cotton percale for a soft,<br />

comfortable handle.<br />

SINGLE DUVET COVER £70<br />

DOUBLE DUVET COVER £85<br />

KINGSIZE DUVET COVER £95<br />

SUPERKING DUVET COVER £110<br />

OXFORD PILLOWCASE £17<br />

Accessories can be layered beautifully in<br />

a mixture of scale to create a comfortable<br />

place to relax within your living space.<br />

Accessorise this collection with:<br />

DAB CUSHION £45<br />

A simple scale grid embroidered design<br />

cushion in indigo and white inspired<br />

by Scandinavian simplicity with a plain<br />

reverse. 50x50cm.<br />

MATSU CUSHION £40<br />

Scandi inspired hand drawn stitch effect<br />

cushion in warm indigo and white with<br />

a plain reverse. 50x30cm.<br />

SAIL THROW £120<br />

Made using 100% pure new wool, the Sail<br />

throw has a contrasting fringe in a gentle<br />

white that continues throughout the throw<br />

in a flecked, floral inspired weave adding<br />

to the homespun yet delicate texture.<br />

150 x183cm.<br />

MURMUR BATH<br />

The complete Murmur bath collection<br />

allows you to transform your bathroom into<br />

a tranquil retreat. Available in Hama, Curve<br />

and Japanese floral designs. from left to right<br />

HAMA HAND 50x100cm £18<br />

CURVE BATH 70x140cm £30<br />

JAPANESE FLORAL BATH 70x140cm £25<br />

MURA WASH BAG £35<br />

MURMUR ROBES<br />

100% linen available in blush, indigo and<br />

linen hues. £85<br />

FENWICK CANTERBURY AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS


SANDERSON WISTERIA FALLS<br />

This bed linen has a fabulous, trailing wisteria<br />

blossom design, featuring beautiful butterflies<br />

and birds darting between the branches.<br />

Originally hand-painted in watercolour, this<br />

free flowing pattern has now been digitally<br />

printed onto 200 thread count, 100% cotton<br />

percale. The floral face of the duvet cover<br />

and Oxford pillowcase are complemented<br />

by a plain parchment coloured reverse.<br />

A coordinating mohair style throw in lilac<br />

tones and a digitally printed floral cushion<br />

with cord piping and contrasting lilac reverse<br />

complete the Wisteria Falls bed linen range.<br />

SINGLE DUVET COVER £90<br />

DOUBLE DUVET COVER £105<br />

KINGSIZE DUVET COVER £120<br />

OXFORD PILLOWCASE £22<br />

CUSHION 50x30cm £50<br />

THROW 140x185cm £120<br />

SANDERSON LAURIE<br />

The Laurie duvet cover features a soft edged,<br />

medium scale damask design that’s perfect<br />

for a modern classic décor. The duvet cover<br />

and oxford pillowcase are woven in a fine<br />

55% linen /45% cotton blend, edged with<br />

cord piping and reverse to a plain cotton<br />

percale in a soft lilac tone. Completing the<br />

Laurie bed linen range is a linen blend<br />

cushion, which features an embroidered<br />

diamond pattern on the face and a<br />

coordinating lilac reverse. Add warming<br />

layers to the bed with the Manderley<br />

mattelassé throw in the Amethyst colourway.<br />

SINGLE DUVET COVER £95<br />

DOUBLE DUVET COVER £120<br />

KINGSIZE DUVET COVER £140<br />

OXFORD PILLOWCASE £30<br />

CUSHION 50x30cm £50<br />

MANDERLEY THROW 240x260cm £195<br />

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Egg-stravaganza...<br />

If you like a good Easter egg hunt then the National Trust<br />

and Cadbury really are the dream team. This year they will be<br />

encouraging Kent and East Sussex to explore a myriad of the<br />

most muddy and magical elements of the British countryside.<br />

There is something for everyone with ten hunts running from<br />

Friday 14 to Monday 17 <strong>April</strong>, at locations such as Sissinghurst<br />

Castle Garden and Ightham Mote. Each trail costs £3 or less and<br />

more details can be found by hopping over to easter.cadbury.co.uk<br />

<strong>April</strong><br />

notebook<br />

Exhibitions & events<br />

near you this month...<br />

Metamorphosis...<br />

Charlton Park in Canterbury is offering both free<br />

and bespoke workshops to accompany Theatrical<br />

Niche Ltd’s performance of Metamorphosis by Steven<br />

Berkoff, given that it is multidisciplinary and on<br />

the German syllabus. There will be a free post-show<br />

Q&A and free puppetry workshops can be claimed<br />

by group bookings of 8+. Metamorphosis comes to<br />

Charlton Park on Friday 28 <strong>April</strong> at 7.30pm, with<br />

the Puppetry workshop at 5.30pm – please reserve<br />

places in advance. Tickets cost £12, £10 (concs), £8<br />

(groups of 6+) 01227 831355 charlton-park.org<br />

A Fair to Remember...<br />

Find fashionable vintage, French brocante and<br />

decorative antiques for the home and garden on<br />

Saturday 15 to Monday 17 <strong>April</strong> at Penshurst<br />

Village Hall. Relax with delicious teas from<br />

Rose and Olive and help to raise money for the<br />

community. Meet the Fixing Dad team from the<br />

BBC to hear the story of one family’s fight against<br />

type two diabetes and the new Prudential Ride<br />

London challenge. More at fixingdad.com<br />

Play On...<br />

‘The Local Amateur Musical Players’ (LAMPS)<br />

come back in full force. After the closure of their<br />

home for almost 60 years in Southborough, they<br />

now return to their birthplace of Tonbridge. To<br />

celebrate both the organisation and its president’s<br />

90th birthdays they invite you to witness the<br />

much loved comic operetta The Mikado, which<br />

is a tantalising cocktail of ‘exquisite Japanese<br />

traditions’, ‘cheeky Britishness’ and ‘antiestablishment<br />

silliness’. For booking and info call<br />

01732 304241 or visit lamps.org.uk<br />

It’s all about Yew...<br />

On Saturday 22 <strong>April</strong>, Viv Hunt, head gardener<br />

at Godinton House and <strong>Gardens</strong>, will host an<br />

intimate and inspirational workshop on topiary,<br />

covering everything from tool and plant selection<br />

to longterm maintenance. For just £30 you will<br />

be treated to coffee upon arrival, a tour of the<br />

garden’s stunning 12 acres, and a practice session<br />

shaping your own potted yew to take home.<br />

Booking is essential so call 01233 643854 or visit<br />

godintonhouse.co.uk for more information.<br />

Darryl Curcher Photography<br />

Literary Festival...<br />

From Sunday 30 <strong>April</strong> to Tuesday 2 May,<br />

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival will play host<br />

to celebrated authors, poets, actors, and theatrical<br />

groups, including Radio 4’s Rev. Richard Coles and<br />

Beirut hostage survivor, Terry Waite. Sunday will<br />

be aimed at adults, Monday at families and there<br />

will be a dedicated Schools Programme on Tuesday.<br />

A creative writing competition will also run in the<br />

lead-up to the event which gives children the chance<br />

to win a signed book. Visit chiddingstonecastle.org.uk<br />

or call 01892 870347 for more details.<br />

Old School...<br />

Head over to the Old School Hall in Maidstone on<br />

Monday 17 <strong>April</strong> to browse and buy at a fabulous<br />

antique and vintage market featuring 24 indoor<br />

and outdoor traders selling antique, vintage, retro,<br />

preloved, jewellery, collectible, upcycled and just<br />

plain weird stuff. Refreshments will be available<br />

and parking is nearby. Entry is just £2 per adult,<br />

or £1 after noon. Call 07703 525138 or email<br />

oldschoolevents1@hotmail.com to find out more.<br />

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Explore behind the scenes<br />

open Morning<br />

Thursday 4th May<br />

Dulwich Preparatory School<br />

Cranbrook<br />

Meet our Headmaster, chat to parents and pupils, take a tour.<br />

registrar@dcpskent.org • 01580 712179 • dcpskent.org


Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

Isn’t it fantastic to have some glorious sunshine? Even<br />

just the slightest peek of blue sky is enough to lift the<br />

winter blues in anticipation of unleashing the summer<br />

wardrobe. Let’s hope it sticks around for a while!<br />

This issue is home to our annual <strong>Gardens</strong> Supplement<br />

– possibly my favourite of the year. Alongside our regular<br />

contributors, we’ve interviewed TV favourites Danny Clarke<br />

and Mark Lane ahead of their appearances in the brand<br />

new Garden Hub at <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Midsummer Fair<br />

this June. We can’t wait to see them in action – you can<br />

get a preview of all that’s on offer at the Fair from page<br />

85, or look online at wealdentimes.co.uk/events where you’ll<br />

find a full exhibitor list. We hope to see you there.<br />

We’ve photographed two beautifully contrasting interiors this<br />

month – a quirky revamped almshouse and a quintessentially<br />

traditional <strong>Wealden</strong> farmhouse. See how the owners have<br />

preserved the integrity of the buildings on pages 56 and 102.<br />

In the spirit of Easter, we visit Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery<br />

School in Tunbridge Wells to photograph a three-course<br />

celebratory lunch that she created in collaboration with her<br />

apprentices. Try out her special recipes at home from page 156.<br />

Enjoy your <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong>!<br />

<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Team<br />

Editor ............................................................................................ Lucy Fleming<br />

Editorial Assistant ........................................................................Rebecca Cuffe<br />

Design .........................................................................................Powerful Pierre<br />

Design Team ..............................................................................Anthony Boxall<br />

Rob Cursons<br />

Phoebe Gilbert<br />

Tanya Goldsmith<br />

Managing Director ........................................................................ Julie Simpson<br />

Commercial Director ............................................................... Colin Wilkinson<br />

Sales Team ................................................................................ Hayley Biddulph<br />

Sarah Norwood<br />

Nick Robinson<br />

Distribution .................................................................................Emma Murphy<br />

<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Events Team<br />

Sales Director ..................................................................................... Joy Adams<br />

Show Director ................................................................................. Flo Simpson<br />

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Previous pages: The main feature of the spacious new kitchen is a huge classic kitchen dresser, which Adrian’s parents bought at an<br />

auction in Rye Above: Under the kitchen’s central work table there’s a Fortnum & Mason crate, full of more china treasures which are<br />

in everyday use. Adrian made the tea cosy out of old ties<br />

The first impression of Cheyneys Almshouse is<br />

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The vestibule is pretty much filled by a huge chair like a<br />

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dummy dressed in a guard’s uniform and a crash helmet, next<br />

to a station map from a Jubilee Line underground station.<br />

Hanging from the tiny mounted horns of African<br />

game animals are rows of exquisite hats. In the<br />

kitchen itself, there’s a lady mannequin wearing a<br />

chic red cloche hat, her torso covered in postage<br />

stamps… (I later find out her name is Gladys.)<br />

Like the Tardis crossed with Gringotts, Cheyneys<br />

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repository for a treasure trove of fascinating stuff, all of<br />

which has been sourced, scavenged and sought out by<br />

Adrian and Sven, who are Olympic standard bargain<br />

hunters, scouting the legendary boot fairs of nearby <br />

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They clearly have the ‘eye’, that particular talent<br />

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itself was just such a find. “It was in the ‘Wreck of<br />

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laughing, showing me the original press cutting, which<br />

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The fact that the boarded-up property was so derelict and<br />

rat infested the estate agent refused to step through the door<br />

and they had to make their first inspection by torchlight<br />

did nothing to put them off. “It was love at first sight,” says<br />

Adrian. “It took us ten years to do it up on a very strict<br />

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The main structural work was to add a new two-storey<br />

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Adrian. “When we took it on, it was still set up as two<br />

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at the back containing two miniature kitchens and<br />

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as a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee<br />

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This page: The bathroom features an amazing bright blue 1920s<br />

washbasin – not actually plumbed in, but too beautiful to leave<br />

in the second-hand yard in Hastings Old Town. Its vibrant<br />

colour is matched by a pair of pale blue grosgrain mule slippers<br />

Adrian couldn’t resist from Fortnum & Mason<br />

in the kitchen and a beautiful purple shamrock plant<br />

with its borscht-red leaves cascading down a jardinière<br />

upstairs, which were both presents from him.<br />

But perhaps the Royal milliner’s greatest gift to Adrian<br />

was his professional finesse which is gloriously apparent on a<br />

table in the area between the kitchen and the sitting rooms.<br />

Presided over by the male mannequin spotted on the<br />

way in (whom I’m told is called Major Lynch, after the<br />

father of a friend whose uniform he wears) is an array<br />

of Adrian’s amazing hats and the tools of his trade – hat<br />

blocks, feathers, rolls of special textiles. These are works in<br />

progress which he brings down from London to work on.<br />

“I thought about arranging it ready for the photographer,”<br />

says Adrian, “then decided to just leave them…”<br />

He was right, that tablescape couldn’t have looked more <br />

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Above: The two guest rooms, in the original south side of the house, are packed with more found treasures. In the pink bedroom, hat<br />

pins, hat boxes, Victorian laced boots, tiaras and bow ties share space on top of a chest of drawers<br />

enticing if a stylist had laboured over the arrangement for<br />

hours. I try on a Jackie O style pillbox and immediately feel<br />

I could mingle convincingly at a royal wedding. “That style<br />

is very good for ladies who travel,” says Adrian, adjusting<br />

it to fit perfectly on my head, “because they can put it in<br />

a cake tin in their luggage and it won’t get squashed…”<br />

Tearing ourselves away from that bounty, we head<br />

upstairs, my head swivelling to look at all the interesting<br />

things – not least their many collections, of egg cups,<br />

cruet sets, German bottle stoppers and the biggest,<br />

Adrian’s ongoing collection of silver nail buffers.<br />

With the second storey of the extension there are<br />

now four bedrooms, each with its own special character.<br />

Adrian and Sven’s room has a genteel Edwardian<br />

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Above: Maximillian the mannequin watches over the pink room in his German army helmet. The wall outside the green bedroom<br />

features a sign from the Victoria Line, bought at a boot fair in tribute to Queen Victoria, who was monarch when the house was built<br />

feel with a suite of furniture from that period and a<br />

quilted bedspread Adrian – one of life’s natural makers<br />

– created from some old curtains of his mother’s.<br />

One of the spare rooms – home to another mannequin,<br />

called Charlie, the first Adrian acquired – is used to store<br />

their large collection of fancy dress outfits. It’s their family<br />

tradition for everyone to dress up for Christmas dinner<br />

and they spend the whole year thinking about it.<br />

A pale blue 1930s bell boy’s suit, with the traditional<br />

chin strap hat, which Adrian wore a couple of years ago,<br />

hangs on the end of the bed. It looks like something<br />

from the Grand Budapest Hotel, but he found it in a<br />

vintage clothing shop in Norman Road, St Leonards.<br />

The bathroom opposite is packed with more finds,<br />

including an amazing bright blue 1920s washbasin<br />

– not actually plumbed in, they had a working basin<br />

already, but too beautiful to leave in the secondhand<br />

yard in Hastings Old Town. Its vibrant colour is<br />

matched by a pair of pale blue grosgrain mule slippers<br />

Adrian couldn’t resist from Fortnum & Mason.<br />

On the landing outside two small runs of stairs face<br />

each other. The one to the south was the original and they<br />

copied it for the extension. Adrian made the stair runners<br />

himself, using scraps of old carpet. “It all cost about £80.”<br />

The other two guest rooms, in the original south side<br />

of the house, are packed with more found treasures too<br />

numerous to mention. In the pink bedroom, hat pins,<br />

hat boxes, Victorian laced boots, tiaras, bow ties, Klaus<br />

the bear, and in the green bedroom, a Fortnum & Mason<br />

biscuit tin showing a cross section of the store, which<br />

includes Adrian at his millinery table on the second floor<br />

(where his professional name is Adrian Phillip Howard).<br />

The floor plan – and equally fascinating contents – is<br />

repeated in the two original reception rooms below. The<br />

sitting room on the right is a pale primrose yellow, the snug<br />

on the left is a slightly deeper pink than the room upstairs.<br />

The wall colours throughout the house are beautifully<br />

subtle in this way, but unlike the litany of Farrow &<br />

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The wall colours<br />

throughout the house are<br />

beautifully subtle, but<br />

unlike the litany of Farrow<br />

& Ball paint names most of<br />

us spout, Adrian and Sven<br />

can’t remember what any of<br />

them are. “Our decorator<br />

came with some paint<br />

charts and we chose them<br />

all in twenty minutes,”<br />

says Adrian. “I think they<br />

were mostly Dulux. Then<br />

I added a bit of extra<br />

white here and there…”<br />

Left: Adrian and Sven bought the light<br />

fitting in the sitting room from an<br />

antiques shop in Bruges. Below left:<br />

Adrian embellished the vintage wig<br />

stand with hundreds of crystals, sequins<br />

and buttons. He had the trumpet as<br />

a boy Below: A vintage school map<br />

of Germany hangs over a sofa that<br />

used to belong to Adrian’s parents <br />

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This page: The snug. Adrian made the straw<br />

boater into a lampshade. He found the Venetian<br />

glass mirror on the street in London<br />

Ball paint names most of us spout, Adrian and Sven can’t<br />

remember what any of them are. “Our decorator came<br />

with some paint charts and we chose them all in twenty<br />

minutes,” says Adrian. “I think they were mostly Dulux.<br />

Then I added a bit of extra white here and there…”<br />

This is what you can do when you are naturally blessed<br />

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their fancy has turned to a new wreck and there can be no<br />

doubt that even if it’s infested with vermin and hot and<br />

cold running damp, it will end up a treasure of wonders.<br />

Address Book:<br />

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What can we look forward to from The<br />

Barefoot Welder at the Midsummer Fair?<br />

Other than my bare feet?! I have some new, exciting<br />

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In House<br />

Between textures, colours and prints, there is a lot to consider when embarking on a room project, but a wellresearched<br />

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Set of 3 Hexagon<br />

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Delphinium Cushion,<br />

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Authentic Models<br />

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Immersed within three acres of glorious gardens, Peter and<br />

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tantalisingly full of mystery and intrigue.<br />

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Previous pages: The front reception room is on the<br />

eastern end of the house and features a sunken fireplace<br />

This page: The garden is a dreamy combination of<br />

mature lawns, magnificent topiary and intimate spaces<br />

divided by box hedging and moss-covered walls<br />

Anyone who has ever read The Secret Garden by Frances<br />

Hodgson Burnett will understand the magic and<br />

intrigue that can be conjured up by a sprawling, ancient<br />

building surrounded by an equally fantastical garden... For<br />

many of us, visiting such a place, whether it is a National Trust<br />

property, or a special family home, awakens our childhood<br />

curiosity and imagination in a way that few other things do.<br />

The family home of Jane and Peter, a former hall house in the<br />

heart of the High Weald, is just such a place – and one that<br />

is certain to pique the curiosity of adults and children alike.<br />

“This has been the perfect house for us, and our children,”<br />

says Jane, who moved here with her husband in 1984. “Our<br />

children adore the place, and now we have four grandchildren<br />

and two more on the way...”. The house, when they bought it,<br />

was in need of some serious modernisation but this did not deter<br />

the couple who clearly have an affinity for tricky, timber-framed<br />

buildings. “We had moved from another former hall house, near<br />

Headcorn,” says Jane, “so we knew what we were taking on.”<br />

“Lots of people told us that it was known as the coldest<br />

house in Kent,” adds Peter. “But I’m sure there are lots of<br />

houses they say that about! Plus it had small leaks in lots of <br />

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This page: A pair of dams creates two lovely ponds. “The<br />

sound of water is lovely though it’s not quite so nice when it’s a<br />

rampaging torrent!” explains Jane<br />

places.” So, it was not exactly everyone’s idea of a cosy family<br />

home. However, once the essentials were dealt with (rewiring,<br />

heating installed, secondary glazing fitted and leaks fixed) the<br />

couple were able to start making this historic building into a<br />

family home – a process that has continued until the present<br />

day. Jane and Peter have only recently added a beautiful<br />

kitchen extension, with a huge south-facing window.<br />

“Every generation thinks that what it is putting in<br />

or adding, is an improvement,” says Peter, “though the<br />

following generations sometimes disagree. Either way, our<br />

home has evolved with us as a family.” The stunning<br />

<br />

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This page: The new kitchen extension was built by Hurstway<br />

Construction. The lamps on the sideboard (above) came from<br />

one of the <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Fairs and the trough/planter in the<br />

middle of the windowsill is from Capital to Coast in Cranbrook<br />

new extension, built from reclaimed timbers and featuring<br />

a vaulted ceiling, is a seamless addition. “A lot of this was<br />

because of the grandchildren,” says Peter. “We realised,<br />

once everyone was married, that we didn’t have enough<br />

room for everyone to sit down and have breakfast together<br />

or Christmas lunch.” As well as providing essential space,<br />

it is also the perfect spot from which to view the garden.<br />

The garden, though hard to do justice in words, is a<br />

dreamy combination of mature lawns, magnificent topiary<br />

and intimate spaces divided by box hedging and mosscovered<br />

walls. It is clearly a labour of love, though Jane makes<br />

light of this: “The topiary only really needs cutting once a<br />

year,” she says. There is a pool area, protected by a low wall<br />

and manicured hedge as well as a selection of timber-clad<br />

outbuildings, with Kent peg title roofs. It’s the kind of garden<br />

that just cries out to be explored – and it’s easy to imagine their<br />

grandchildren running along the paths, squirting one another<br />

with hose pipes and jumping into the swimming pool.<br />

“We have done a lot of work on the garden,” says Jane.<br />

“Although we had a few yew and beech hedges when we<br />

arrived, we have planted many more. It’s been great fun<br />

trying to put in some structure.” A love of gardening is<br />

something the couple share with one another, but it is also<br />

something they like to share with others, through their work<br />

with local charity, the Gardening for Disabled Trust.<br />

“We get so much pleasure from gardening ourselves it<br />

makes you realise how awful it must be if you can’t do it <br />

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When Jane and Peter bought the house in 1984, much of the work that had been carried out<br />

in the 1930s remained, as some of it does today, though not all of the work was to their taste,<br />

however: “He built on an awful kitchen wing, which we have since knocked down,” says<br />

Jane. In its place, they built an extension which is now home to a living-room-cum-snug on the<br />

ground floor with a huge spare bedroom overhead.<br />

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Above: The dining room is in fact the oldest in the<br />

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anymore,” says Jane. “Through the charity, we try to inspire<br />

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it’s as if it has always looked like this. Planning restrictions and<br />

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This page: The front reception room’s sunken fireplace was<br />

apparently the only warm place to sit. “My theory is, that the<br />

man who did all the work in the 1930s raised the floor – making<br />

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much of the work that had been carried out in the 1930s<br />

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love.” It featured in Country Life during the 1930s, which<br />

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was of some note, though not all of the work was to Jane<br />

and Peter’s taste, however: “He built on an awful kitchen<br />

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Left: Jane and Peter found the bannister post outside. “It was<br />

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The Warehouse, Tunnel Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2BT<br />

T: 01892 514004 | W : www@tilematesgroup.com<br />

n Experienced & professional<br />

n Extensive showroom over two floors<br />

n Easy parking<br />

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ceramic, stone & wood<br />

Interiors<br />

Charterhouse<br />

tumbled limestone,<br />

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Tile Emporium, Reigate<br />

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Floors Ltd.<br />

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co.uk<br />

Product, £price<br />

Company<br />

website<br />

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Waterproof Flooring<br />

in Grey Ash, £102<br />

per pack (2.21m²), Pure<br />

Bathroom Collection,<br />

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co.uk<br />

Patchwork<br />

multi-colour<br />

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per m, The Tile Emporium,<br />

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Get ready<br />

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Photos: David Merewether<br />

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Left: ‘Isabelle’ dress, £58 Right: ‘Amelia’<br />

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‘Tabby’ playsuit, £55, Milliemanu 020 8878 7863 milliemanu.com<br />

See Milliemanu at <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Midsummer Fair,<br />

8-10 June at Hole Park, Rolvenden wealdentimes.co.uk/events<br />

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LOVELL & VIE<br />

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the Italian Wardrobe<br />

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Independent Family Business<br />

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5 High Street, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2QA<br />

Also at 23 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8AE<br />

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Joules check shirt, £30.95, Joules<br />

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Georgina dress, £65, Milliemanu 020 8878 7863 milliemanu.com<br />

See Milliemanu at <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Midsummer Fair, 8-10 June at Hole Park, Rolvenden wealdentimes.co.uk/events<br />

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‘Charlotte’ dress, £59,<br />

Milliemanu 020 8878<br />

7863 milliemanu.com;<br />

Clarks ‘Little Weave’ shoes,<br />

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See Milliemanu at <strong>Wealden</strong><br />

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Left: Joules long sleeve<br />

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Right: Joules pug print<br />

tee, £9.95, both Charity<br />

Farm Countrystore,<br />

Cranbrook 01580 713189<br />

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trousers, models’ own


Above left: Shirt, £55, Milliemanu 020 8878 7863 milliemanu.com; Joules shorts (4 years), £19.95, Charity Farm Countrystore,<br />

Cranbrook 01580 713189 charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk<br />

Right: Joules check shirt, £30.95, Joules shorts (7 years), £22.95, Charity Farm Countrystore, as before; trainers, model’s own<br />

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Freshen<br />

Up<br />

Beauty<br />

Josephine Fairley tames<br />

unpredictable teenage skin<br />

In the age of the ‘selfie’, I’ve discovered that teenagers<br />

fret more about skin than ever. Notwithstanding<br />

the fact that they can download filters which blur<br />

spots and redness, make skin look radiant and lips<br />

bigger, there seems to be more pressure than ever to<br />

look ‘perfect’. Therefore, skin woes – in particular, spots<br />

– seem to be even more anxiety-inducing in <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

No question: spots and breakouts can seriously<br />

zap confidence and self-esteem, though; I have many<br />

a young woman in my ‘circle’ who have been badly<br />

affected, not wanting to meet with friends, rock up<br />

for family get-togethers or take those ‘selfies’ – and<br />

generally feeling very isolated despite this being an<br />

incredibly common problem. Some of the rules for<br />

caring for acne/blackhead-prone complexions remain<br />

the same as they ever did. But there are, happily, some<br />

innovative products and gizmos which are worth trying<br />

on teen and troubled skin. The skincare world has<br />

truly woken up to the challenges young<br />

“The most<br />

important step is<br />

cleansing. End.<br />

Of. Removing<br />

bacteria and the<br />

sebum that clogs<br />

skin is really<br />

important.”<br />

women (and boys) face – and is offering<br />

an increasingly wide range of solutions.<br />

The most important step is cleansing.<br />

End. Of. Removing bacteria and the<br />

sebum that clogs skin is really important.<br />

But this doesn’t mean blitzing skin<br />

with ultra-strong products; it means<br />

taking a softly-softly approach. First<br />

off: no cleansing wipes. (Or only if<br />

the alternative is quite simply going<br />

to bed with make-up on; these are a<br />

for-emergencies-only solution.) My<br />

go-to cleansing recommendation remains Liz Earle<br />

Cleanse & Polish, £15.50 for 100ml starter kit – but<br />

other great choices include Cetaphil Gentle Skin<br />

Cleanser, £8.99 for 236ml, and Derma E Purifying<br />

Gel Cleanser, £15 for 175ml. (The whole Derma E<br />

Purifying range is just brilliant for problem skins – see<br />

my recommendation for a great moisturiser, below);<br />

you can find both these ranges at victoriahealth.<br />

com – and I quote their founder Shabir Daya on<br />

acne, below. For an occasional deeper treatment, try<br />

the Amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Wash, £4.95 for<br />

150ml. The bottom line is that learning to cleanse<br />

scrupulously is the best possible foundation for a<br />

lifetime’s regime. One important tip, though: always,<br />

always wash hands thoroughly before cleansing your<br />

face, to avoid transferring dirt and bacteria to the skin.<br />

Try a cleansing gizmo. Technology can prove a boon<br />

to problem skins – in the form of some of the new deep-<br />

cleansing ‘gadgets’ that have hit the market. I’ve<br />

had great reports from teens who’ve used the Foreo<br />

Luna, , £85 (a birthday-pressie price), which has soft<br />

silicone ‘nodules’ and works in roughly the same<br />

way as a sonic toothbrush, with micro-vibrations<br />

loosening dirt – along with sebum and general gunk.<br />

Ditch the toner. I once tried an experiment with<br />

a Very Famous Toner because I’d heard that it could<br />

take off nail varnish. It did. Many toners targeted<br />

at teen skins are just way, way too harsh. If you<br />

want a feeling of freshness after cleansing, switch to<br />

good old-fashioned rosewater – which does the job<br />

beautifully, gently (and smells delicious). Neal’s Yard<br />

Rehydrating Rose Toner, £16 for 200ml, is honestly<br />

as good as it gets (and was formerly known as ‘rose<br />

water’ – so I’m not contradicting myself, here!).<br />

Every skin needs moisturiser. Oil and water are<br />

different – and for healthy cell communication,<br />

moisturiser is a must. (It ensures skin<br />

feels comfortable, too – and makeup,<br />

which I’ll come onto, glides on<br />

smoothly.) Choose one specifically<br />

for oily or combination skins: The<br />

Ordinary Natural Moisturizing<br />

Factors + HA, £4.90 for 30ml,<br />

Cetaphil Moisturising Cream,<br />

£9.99 for 100g, from that greatfor-tricky-skins<br />

range, or Derma<br />

E Very Clear Moisturizing Cream,<br />

£18.95 for 56g. Liz Earle Skin Repair<br />

Light, £20.25 for 50ml pump,<br />

is another perennially great choice. (I’ve<br />

always liked that Liz Earle offers a travel/<br />

trial size of much of their range – a good way<br />

to check out whether your skin gets on with<br />

something; a 15ml tube will set you back £8.)<br />

Don’t trowel on the slap. It’s so, so tempting<br />

to cover up every blemish – but skin needs<br />

to breathe. A lighter coverage, with perhaps<br />

an extra dot of concealer where there are<br />

breakouts, will ultimately do your skin more<br />

favours than applying a full-coverage base. As a<br />

new handbag must-have for problem skins, I’d<br />

thoroughly recommend Bioderma Sébium Global<br />

Intensive Purifying Care, £14 for 30ml, which sets<br />

out to control sebum with a one-shade-suits-all,<br />

lightly tinted cream featuring AHA-esters said to<br />

‘biologically treat’ the causes and consequences<br />

of blemishes. It’s matte without being at all flat-<br />

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looking (actually, too-matte accentuates the lumpiness of<br />

breakouts), and it’s a great make-up base if someone doesn’t<br />

feel this is enough coverage. You flip open the lid to reveal a<br />

green-tinted balm which calms the redness of a blemish while<br />

delivering its antibacterial cargo of ingredients. For more coverage<br />

for acne-prone skins, one of the best is Clinique Anti-Blemish<br />

Solutions Liquid Makeup, £25 for 10ml, along with Tarte Water<br />

Foundation, £30 for 30ml (tartecosmetics.com), and (affordably)<br />

Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation, £5.99 for 30ml.<br />

Follow lifestyle advice, too. For wellbeing wisdom, I generally<br />

turn to pharmacist Shabir Daya of the authoritative beauty<br />

and health website victoriahealth.com. As Shabir notes: “The<br />

look of your skin is a direct reflection of your overall health.<br />

Taking simple but essential measures will reap rewards not just<br />

in the look of your skin, but also in your overall confidence.”<br />

He says it is worth noting the following. (Much of which is<br />

probably what any mother would tell her teen – but it may<br />

be more authoritative coming from outside the family!)<br />

Grains and sugars. Elimination, whilst difficult,<br />

even for a few weeks will most likely result in a<br />

major improvement in the look of your skin.<br />

Water. Drink plenty of water. Hydrating your body<br />

will help with the elimination of waste, improve<br />

skin tone and facilitate regeneration of cells.<br />

Sleep. A good night’s sleep will help to reduce stress levels and<br />

lead to a clearer skin. Your body’s healing processes on the<br />

whole take place at night and that includes your skin. (It’s good<br />

advice to try to get a teenager to ban mobile devices from the<br />

bedroom, since these are now known to keep us awake.)<br />

Exercise. Exercise encourages circulation and helps support<br />

the greater excretion of toxins through the pores.<br />

Balance of bacteria. This is especially important if you<br />

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these destroy the beneficial bacteria within the gut that<br />

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toxins within the gut as well as enhancing the digestive<br />

process. There are many probiotic <strong>supplement</strong>s on the<br />

market so ensure that you use a high quality one.<br />

To which I can only add: remember, there’s<br />

more to life than ‘selfies’. Listen to music. Spend<br />

time with friends. Get out in the fresh air. And<br />

the skin challenges which seem so overwhelming<br />

when staring at the screen of an iPhone (or in the<br />

mirror) may not seem so all-important, after all.<br />

Visit Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey’s beautybible.com<br />

for the latest health and beauty news and product reviews.<br />

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Health & Beauty<br />

Active <strong>April</strong><br />

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Do you have a beauty<br />

regime? I cleanse and<br />

moisturise but that’s as<br />

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Health<br />

The Big Mind &<br />

Body Spring Clean<br />

Our bodies are pre-programmed to spring clean themselves if we let them, as Julie Simpson explains...<br />

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job. Use whole foods and prepare meals from scratch. Eat<br />

mainly plant foods (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans)<br />

with small amounts of good quality protein (free-range<br />

meat and poultry, fish and eggs) and cut out processed<br />

foods. Eat your last meal of the day early to allow a<br />

13-hour fast between supper and breakfast. This gives<br />

your body time to process food and your cells to renew.<br />

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP<br />

7-8 hours sleep a night allows the brain to process the day’s<br />

information, detoxing the mind while the body rests and<br />

repairs. For a good night’s sleep, cut out caffeine and alcohol<br />

( a nightcap may help you drop off but you’ll be up again at<br />

3am); create a ‘sleeping space’ (soft lighting, comfy bedding and<br />

ban the telly and mobile phone); establish a sleep routine and<br />

rituals (a warm bath, lavender oil on the pillow) and avoid all<br />

screen time for at least a couple of hours before you turn in.<br />

STAY HYDRATED<br />

Our bodies are between 50-75% water and it’s vital to drink<br />

to stay hydrated. The kidneys filter 120-150 quarts of fluid<br />

daily and need water to do their job. Flush out your system<br />

with plenty of water and cut the bad boys caffeine and<br />

alcohol because, as well as overburdening the liver, they are<br />

also dehydrating. The jury’s out on the exact amount we<br />

should drink each day but feeling thirsty and passing dark,<br />

strong smelling urine are both signs of de-hydration. The<br />

government recommends eight glasses a day, and, for the<br />

purposes of loving your elimination system, make these water.<br />

BREATHE<br />

The lungs are one of the largest organs in the body, and,<br />

with each inhalation they supply the body with the oxygen<br />

it needs while the inhalation carries away the stale air. For<br />

the full benefits, aim for good steady breathing with each<br />

breath starting in the abdomen, then filling the lungs and<br />

rising to the top lobes, just below the collarbone, aiming for<br />

a slightly longer inhalation than inhalation. Seek out green<br />

spaces away from traffic pollution – trees are natural air<br />

filters – or walk along the beach so your lungs can take in<br />

good quality air, and exhale the stale stuff you don’t need.<br />

So, by all means sign up to a boot camp or fully fledged fast if<br />

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power of the body to cleanse itself. All you have to do is allow<br />

it a little space and kindness and get out of its way for a while.


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Health<br />

Walking -<br />

Where are all the people?<br />

Julie Simpson steps out in search of the loveliest <strong>Wealden</strong> wanders<br />

A<br />

few years ago, we had a<br />

visitor staying from the Czech<br />

Republic. Her first question<br />

was: Where are all the people? She’d<br />

been amazed to find, driving back from<br />

the airport, that the country lanes were<br />

empty of walkers. How did people<br />

get to work? To school? Simple, we<br />

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country, now get around by car and<br />

public transport. These days, walking<br />

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To quote the NHS website, regular<br />

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walk with moderate intensity, in other<br />

Along the way...<br />

Hythe Bay Fish Restaurant<br />

Near the start of your walk, right on<br />

the beach this has good coffee and<br />

excellent food<br />

words, faster than a stroll. A good guide<br />

is to be able to hold a conversation as<br />

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rate is up and that you’re working up<br />

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In Kent and Sussex we’re lucky to<br />

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it’s a very easy five miles and perfect for<br />

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Better still, you won’t get muddy, it’s<br />

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Loaf, Sandgate High Street<br />

Take a 2 min detour through the village<br />

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Coastal walk<br />

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Beginning at Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe,<br />

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cottages and shops, snakes around Radnor<br />

Cliff and the Lower Leas Coastal Park and<br />

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Food<br />

Feast<br />

Easter<br />

Fresh from the kitchen of her Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells<br />

Rosemary Shrager and her apprenticeship team share four exceedingly delicious<br />

Easter recipes that are bound to impress this Bank Holiday weekend...<br />

Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Smoked haddock Scotch egg<br />

Makes 16 eggs Prep time: 3 hours (inc. cooking eggs & potatoes & cooling) Cooking time: 4 minutes<br />

• 16 quail’s eggs or 6<br />

medium eggs<br />

• 2 large baking potatoes<br />

• 500g smoked haddock<br />

(undyed) skinned and<br />

lightly poached in milk<br />

• handful of chives and<br />

parsley, very finely cut<br />

• zest of one lemon<br />

• salt<br />

• pinch cayenne<br />

for the coating<br />

• 50g plain flour<br />

• 3 eggs well beaten<br />

• 250g panko breadcrumbs<br />

• salt<br />

• pinch cayenne<br />

for the curry mayonnaise<br />

• 2 egg yolks<br />

• 1 tsp Dijon mustard<br />

• 300ml sunflower oil<br />

• juice of one lemon<br />

• salt and pepper<br />

• 20g curry powder<br />

• 2g turmeric<br />

• 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce<br />

1. To make the Scotch eggs, first cook<br />

the quail’s eggs in boiling water for<br />

2 minutes (large for 4 minutes) then<br />

put straight into iced water. Allow<br />

to cool before removing the shell.<br />

2. Put the potatoes into an oven at 180˚C<br />

and cook for about an hour until soft.<br />

Leave in longer if needed. Remove and<br />

allow to cool, scoop out the potato from<br />

the skin and put through a ricer or sieve.<br />

3. Chop the smoked haddock finely, put<br />

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fryer to 180˚C and cook the eggs for<br />

approx. 4 minutes, turning until golden.<br />

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yolk and mustard into a bowl and whisk.<br />

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becomes thick. You can now start adding<br />

the oil a little faster. When finished, add<br />

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Food<br />

Navarin of Lamb<br />

Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 30 mins Cooking time: 1½ hours<br />

For the lamb<br />

• 1 whole shoulder of<br />

lamb, cut into 4cm<br />

squares<br />

• 1 large onion<br />

• 60g butter<br />

• 4 cloves garlic,<br />

chopped<br />

• 8 medium turnips,<br />

peeled and quartered<br />

• ½ bottle of red wine<br />

• 4 sprigs thyme<br />

• 4 bay leaves<br />

• 2 tbsps tomato purée<br />

• 800ml stock<br />

• 1 tbsp plain flour<br />

• 1 dsp dark brown<br />

sugar<br />

For the garnish<br />

• 24 shallots, peeled but<br />

kept whole, stalk on<br />

• 450g button<br />

mushrooms<br />

• 30g butter<br />

• 1 tbsp caster sugar<br />

• 8 rashers dry-cured<br />

back bacon, sliced into<br />

strips<br />

• 2 tbsps parsley, finely<br />

chopped<br />

• 400ml stock (lamb or<br />

chicken)<br />

• 2 tbsps finely chopped<br />

parsley<br />

• 32 baby potatoes<br />

1. Using a large frying pan, soften the onions in olive oil<br />

and put them into a heavy ovenproof casserole dish.<br />

2. Sear the meat in batches in hot oil and add<br />

them to the onions. Add the butter and let it<br />

melt over the meat and onions, sprinkle on the<br />

flour and the sugar, turning it all together.<br />

3. Now add the garlic to the frying pan, cook it briefly<br />

then deglaze the pan with the red wine. Let it bubble<br />

for a minute and pour it into the casserole, followed<br />

by the stock, the tomato purée and the thyme.<br />

4. Add the turnips to the casserole, bring the whole<br />

thing to simmering point and then put into the oven<br />

for about an hour and a half. Test to see if the meat<br />

is tender and allow it to cool until you need it. It<br />

will happily stay in the fridge for a day or two.<br />

5. To prepare the vegetables, simmer the shallots in stock<br />

for about five minutes, remove with a slotted spoon,<br />

then add the mushrooms and simmer them for 5<br />

minutes. Strain them, reserving the stock. Melt the butter<br />

in a frying pan and stir in the sugar. Put the cooked<br />

mushrooms and shallots into this, turning them to make<br />

them slightly caramelised. Add 2 tablespoons of the<br />

reserved stock, stirring it all together (save the rest of<br />

the stock for soup). Allow it to cool until you are ready<br />

to serve. Fry the bacon in a little oil until it is crisps.<br />

6. Now boil the potatoes until just cooked, add to the meat<br />

with the shallot and mushrooms, fold in gently. <br />

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Food<br />

Vanilla pannacotta<br />

Serves: 2 Prep time: At least 3 hours (inc.<br />

setting time) Cooking time: 15 minutes<br />

For the pannacotta<br />

• 250ml double<br />

cream<br />

• 1½ leaves of<br />

gelatine<br />

• 2 tbsps caster sugar<br />

• 1 vanilla pod<br />

For the roasted rhubarb<br />

• 2 sticks rhubarb<br />

• zest of 1 orange<br />

• 3 tbsps sugar<br />

• 3 tbsps water<br />

1. Lightly heat the cream with the vanilla pod<br />

and sugar until simmering. Soak the gelatine<br />

leaves in cold water until soft. Remove from<br />

water and squeeze off excess water, remove<br />

cream from the heat and stir in gelatine until<br />

all dissolved. Place into dariole mould and<br />

allow to set in the fridge for at least 3 hours.<br />

2. Cut the rhubarb into batons and place into<br />

a roasting tray, sprinkle the sugar and orange<br />

zest and pour over water, cover with tinfoil and<br />

bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 180˚C.<br />

3. Remove foil and finish cooking in oven for about 5<br />

minutes, until rhubarb is soft but not falling apart.<br />

4. Place the rhubarb onto the plate and use<br />

the remaining syrup to coat the rhubarb<br />

and drizzle on the plate.<br />

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Food<br />

Simnel Battenberg cake<br />

Serves: 6 Prep time: 30 mins<br />

Cooking time: 25-30 mins<br />

To make perfect Battenberg squares, Rosemary<br />

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• 175g unsalted<br />

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• 175g golden caster<br />

sugar<br />

• 3 large eggs<br />

• 1tsp vanilla paste<br />

• 175g self-raising<br />

flour<br />

• pink colouring<br />

paste<br />

• 4tbsp raspberry jam<br />

• 350g marzipan<br />

1. Cream the butter and sugar until very pale<br />

and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, vanilla<br />

paste and flour until you have a smooth<br />

batter. Divide the batter exactly in half,<br />

and put into two bowls. In one bowl add<br />

a small amount of pink colouring paste,<br />

folding until completely combined.<br />

2. Divide the mixture between the sections of<br />

the tin – two sections per batter colour.<br />

3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a<br />

skewer inserted into the centre comes<br />

out clean. Allow to cool and remove<br />

the cake pieces from the tin.<br />

4. Paint the jam over the long sides of the cake<br />

and put one of each side by side, then put the<br />

other two pieces on top, alternating the colour<br />

to achieve that classic chequerboard pattern.<br />

Paint the remaining long sides with the jam.<br />

5. In icing sugar, roll out 290g of the marzipan<br />

and wrap the cake completely. Put the cake<br />

seam-side-down to hide the rough edge.<br />

Trim the edges with a sharp knife dipped in<br />

hot water, weigh 6x10g balls of marzipan to<br />

place on top and then gently blowtorch. <br />

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Food<br />

clockwise<br />

from left:<br />

Rosemary and<br />

apprentice Lauren-<br />

Louise present the Lamb<br />

Navarin; Lauren-Louise<br />

and tutor, Shenley<br />

Moore<br />

Main Course<br />

Rosemary Shrager talks to Lucy Fleming about the new apprenticeships<br />

on offer at her Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells<br />

Why did you decide to offer apprenticeships?<br />

Rosemary: “I came down to Tunbridge Wells to set up<br />

the Cookery School with the intention of eventually<br />

offering apprenticeships. When I was learning to cook,<br />

I was desperate for a mentor – I kept books and wrote<br />

about food – and ending up putting myself through<br />

apprenticeships that I organised myself. I learned on the<br />

job, searching out the relevant expertise for each area that<br />

I wanted to find out more about. For me, to give back<br />

what I truly loved myself was the most important thing.<br />

I love to see students develop. It’s a wonderful<br />

way to begin. An apprenticeship scheme in the<br />

catering industry is one of the most logical ways<br />

of starting out as you’re learning on the job.<br />

Before, we didn’t have the infrastructure to do the<br />

marketing to let people know that we were offering<br />

apprenticeships, so I decided a year ago that I needed to<br />

find a partner who was able to fulfil the side that I couldn’t.<br />

And that’s when I found Hadlow – through a bit of a stroke<br />

of luck. We were at the Kent Choices for You Careers Fair<br />

at Detling and Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Hadlow’s Deputy<br />

Group Principal and Deputy CEO happened to be there.<br />

Mark came to see me and I explained our situation and he<br />

decided that there was a future in us working together.<br />

Months later, we’re now in partnership with the Hadlow<br />

group. It’s the best partnership, as they are able to deliver<br />

what we haven’t got – the marketing side, the apprenticeship<br />

side, the funding side. I am absolutely over the moon with it.<br />

I honestly do believe that they can offer us as much as we can<br />

offer them. Here we have a high-end catering side whereas<br />

at Hadlow they don’t – we can deliver an introduction into<br />

live shows, work experience, getting apprentices into top<br />

restaurants. I have had students here working on set on<br />

a TV show – now that’s experience! They have also been<br />

invited to Abu Dhabi and Dubai and we’re doing exchanges<br />

with universities in the Scottish Highlands and Ireland,<br />

too. I’ve even got them into the Royal Tent at Buckingham<br />

Palace where they’ve met the Royals. I’ve been able to<br />

introduce them to a world that they wouldn’t necessarily<br />

have had the opportunity to become involved in before.”<br />

How do apprentices apply?<br />

Shenley Moore, Tutor: “We take apprentices from 16 years<br />

of age, working on NVQ 2, 3 & 4. There is space for up<br />

to 40 here. To apply, prospective apprentices would either<br />

phone the Cookery School or Hadlow College and come<br />

in for an interview to talk through their skills, before being<br />

enrolled. You can apply at any time throughout the year.”<br />

What’s the response been like?<br />

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years, she absolutely loves it!”<br />

Lauren-Louise Nicholson, apprentice: “I did my level 2, went<br />

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Course Work, page 33<br />

Contents<br />

Garden Clinic, page 11<br />

Fresh Air, , page 18<br />

6 Vegetables with meals<br />

in mind<br />

Jo Arnell’s tasty picks<br />

11 Garden Chic<br />

<strong>2017</strong>’s horticultural<br />

trends<br />

13 If you could go to any<br />

garden in the World<br />

Our garden experts’<br />

memorable choices<br />

15 Made to Measure<br />

TV presenter and<br />

writer, Mark Lane talks<br />

us through his love of<br />

the outdoors<br />

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BBC presenter Danny<br />

Clarke explains what<br />

drew him into the<br />

world of horticulture<br />

18 Fresh Air<br />

Brilliant garden ideas<br />

21 <strong>April</strong> Treats<br />

Sue Whigham’s spring<br />

goodies<br />

27 Project plant!<br />

WT finds out about<br />

The Woodland Trust’s<br />

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29 The Forgotten Harvest<br />

Michael White gets<br />

cooking with weeds<br />

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Book onto a learning<br />

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33 Make a scarecrow<br />

Get your child’s<br />

school involved<br />

in Harpers<br />

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34 Directory<br />

The garden a-z<br />

The Instant Gardener, page 17<br />

Editor’s Letter<br />

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The soil is warming and it’s time<br />

to sow some vegetables. This<br />

year I’m trying to tailor the<br />

crops I grow to what – and how much<br />

– we actually eat. I’m sure that I’m<br />

not alone in suffering from the ‘grow<br />

it and throw it’ regime which comes<br />

from sowing too many plants, or from<br />

growing prolific crops like courgettes<br />

that never seem to stop. It’s not always<br />

easy to judge how much is enough. For<br />

the time-pressed, crops that are quick<br />

and easy to grow, harvest and prepare<br />

are also a must. Vegetables that are<br />

used in favourite recipes, crops that<br />

taste much better than shop bought<br />

– that are worth the effort – should<br />

go onto the list too. Deciding what<br />

to grow, and when, can be a bit of a<br />

minefield, but with a little thought at<br />

the beginning of the season (let’s not<br />

make a meal of that bit) we can grow<br />

“If you are short of time,<br />

but still want to grow<br />

something, then salad<br />

leaves are wonderfully<br />

quick and simple”<br />

some useful ingredients, save money<br />

and eat fresh and healthy vegetables.<br />

Plot for portion size<br />

This won’t work for everyone, or for<br />

every crop, but I have found that<br />

dividing your plot up into ‘meal sized’<br />

sections can help with planning out<br />

how much of some things you will<br />

need. The dividing lines don’t need<br />

to be permanent and the size of crop<br />

will depend on how many are in your<br />

household. I’ve found it successful for<br />

peas and beans (dwarf and broad),<br />

for salad crops, beetroot, spinach,<br />

broccoli and herbs like coriander<br />

and flat-leaved parsley. Some of these<br />

can be sown in succession so that (in<br />

theory) the beds can be used several<br />

times during the growing season.<br />

Salad days<br />

If you are short of time, but still want<br />

to grow something, then salad leaves are<br />

wonderfully quick and simple to grow<br />

from scratch. Scatter a pinch of seeds<br />

straight from the packet (remember<br />

portion sizes – it’s easy to sow too much)<br />

and within a few weeks – earlier if you<br />

like baby leaves – they will be ready to<br />

harvest. You can make up your own mix<br />

of seeds, or buy ready mixed packets of<br />

salad seed. Rocket, mustard and stir-fry<br />

mixes of oriental leaves tend to bolt (run<br />

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Once you get into the habit of sowing<br />

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diseases and all in all<br />

can put you off growing<br />

your own completely. If you<br />

are not able to check on your plot<br />

every day, then you’ll need to grow<br />

reliable, hardy and pest resistant crops<br />

that won’t mind if you miss a few days<br />

of tending. Root crops like beetroot<br />

and potatoes are good, chard seems to<br />

be indestructible and I find leeks and<br />

kale to be resistant to the worst of the<br />

weather, and not especially attacked by<br />

pests (if kale is prone to whitefly and<br />

caterpillars, sow later in the summer).<br />

These hardy crops will sit out there<br />

in the soil, patiently waiting to be<br />

harvested all through the winter.<br />

Herbs<br />

Herbs can be grown in the smallest<br />

of spaces and will even thrive in<br />

containers or on a sunny windowsill.<br />

They do need a sunny spot and<br />

free draining conditions, as most of<br />

them are native to the sun-baked<br />

Mediterranean. Depending on what<br />

you grow, a little will go a long way,<br />

so you should only need one rosemary<br />

bush (it may need to be kept pruned)<br />

and a few chive, thyme and oregano<br />

(or marjoram) plants. Watch out for<br />

mint plants; you may find these are<br />

best grown in a pot, as they spread<br />

about rampantly if left unchecked. If<br />

you have a bigger space available, then<br />

a designated herb garden in a sunny<br />

place, preferably near to the house,<br />

will be as pretty as it is productive.<br />

Back door bounty<br />

If your vegetable patch is at the very<br />

bottom of the garden, or if you don’t<br />

Grow some ingredients<br />

have room for a dedicated space in<br />

which to grow vegetables, then some<br />

containers by the back door will easily<br />

keep you supplied with salads and herbs<br />

through the season. The big advantage<br />

here is that you can just lean out of<br />

the door and pick herbs for cooking<br />

and fresh salad ingredients, without<br />

having to put on your coat and wellies<br />

and go trudging out to your patch.<br />

Slow but sure<br />

The seeds of some root crops – potatoes,<br />

parsnips and large carrots take quite<br />

a long time from sowing to harvest.<br />

Onions and leeks need to be sown<br />

early in the season because they take so<br />

long to bulk up. Once they’re planted<br />

out (grow them in a pot first, because<br />

the seedlings are like tiny blades of<br />

grass) you can forget about them until<br />

the winter. If you want long white<br />

shanks on leeks, either dig them up<br />

and replant them into a deeper hole, or<br />

earth up around the base of the plants.<br />

Harvests and holidays<br />

It’s worth looking on the back of the<br />

Leeks - great to grow in the winter and versatile: use<br />

in soups, casseroles, risotto and quiche.<br />

Courgettes - a prolific summer crop, easy to incorporate<br />

into lots of dishes: fritters, in Ratatouille, or even cake.<br />

Tomatoes - home grown have more flavour. Grow big, beefsteak ones<br />

to stuff and make sauce, smaller varieties for snacking, salads and tarts.<br />

At the end of the season the less ripe make wonderful chutney.<br />

Garlic and herbs - easy to grow and use in small quantities, herbs will<br />

also benefit from regular cutting to keep them tidy and fresh looking.<br />

seed packets (there are also useful<br />

charts online) to find out what the<br />

approximate sowing to harvest times<br />

are for certain crops; this will give you<br />

an idea of what to expect, and help you<br />

to plan when, and how much, to sow.<br />

Annoyingly the harvest may fall while<br />

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not too late this year to do something<br />

about it (or you will just be encouraging<br />

friends and family to enjoy the bounty<br />

while you’re away…), so make a note<br />

to sow crops like beans, lettuce and<br />

courgettes, which need regular picking,<br />

either late or early, so that you stand<br />

a chance of catching the harvest.<br />

The plot to plate journey should<br />

be uncomplicated, and, if possible,<br />

easier and cheaper than going to the<br />

supermarket. If you are short of time,<br />

or limited in terms of space, choose<br />

carefully. I have a few stalwarts that<br />

I tend to grow each year and then<br />

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Garden Chic<br />

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Jo Arnell,<br />

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I would go to Monet’s garden<br />

in Giverny, but I’d have to go<br />

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visited when I was just 18. The<br />

shutters on the house were so<br />

vividly green, the bridge over<br />

the pond reflected on the water, the Irises and<br />

Waterlilies were flowering, and there were very few<br />

visitors. I’ve not gone back since, in case it changes<br />

my memory of that perfect morning.<br />

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If you could go to any garden in the World...<br />

Jo Arnell, Jen Stuart-Smith and Juliet Sargeant share their ultimate garden picks<br />

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I would love to visit Arne<br />

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its heart, surrounded by quirky<br />

topiary, roses, fruit, vegetables and<br />

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to the Elizabethan house and the<br />

surrounding landscape. Arne started<br />

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WT Garden Supplement<br />

Made to<br />

Measure<br />

Garden designer, TV presenter and<br />

writer, Mark Lane talks us through<br />

his love of the outdoors<br />

For those that don’t know, how did<br />

you get into gardening? Both sets of my<br />

grandparents were very keen gardeners.<br />

My paternal grandparents had a large<br />

garden and I would spend hours following<br />

my grandfather around. He taught me<br />

how to sow seeds, how to divide plants,<br />

how to put colours together and more<br />

importantly close my eyes and listen to<br />

the garden. I remember to this day lying<br />

on my back in the middle of the main<br />

lawn on a very hot summer’s day with my<br />

eyes closed and smelling the roses as their<br />

scent was carried along on the breeze. I<br />

cherish all of these memories, although<br />

it was not until much later when my<br />

partner and I bought our first house in<br />

London, and then in Pluckley, Kent, and<br />

now in a small village on the outskirts of<br />

Canterbury that I really started gardening.<br />

With each move we acquired a larger<br />

plot and when I became a landscape<br />

designer and BBC gardening presenter I<br />

started to look at plants, gardening and<br />

horticulture in a much broader sense.<br />

How has gardening helped you? Without<br />

gardening I would be a completely<br />

different person today. I was born with<br />

spina bifida and several years ago I was in<br />

a car crash which resulted in me being a<br />

wheelchair user full-time. I was very lucky<br />

to have spent some of my rehabilitation at<br />

the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital<br />

in Stanmore where I was introduced<br />

to horticultural therapy. I was already<br />

gardening by this point but through<br />

slight adjustments to posture, pacing my<br />

gardening activities and being introduced<br />

to alternative ways of doing gardening<br />

my rehabilitation took an upward turn,<br />

and I have not looked back since. I love<br />

every aspect of gardening, from sowing a<br />

seed and watching it grow, to composting,<br />

pruning and even weeding. I spend hours<br />

outside gardening and every stress of<br />

modern day life seems to disappear and<br />

my breathing slows down. I also love my<br />

job as a landscape designer, and being in a<br />

wheelchair has not stopped me, nor has it<br />

hindered me with site surveys, designing<br />

and managing projects. Gardening is<br />

good, both physically and mentally, for<br />

my health and wellbeing. I am living<br />

proof. This is why I am honoured to<br />

be the first Health, Wellbeing and<br />

Community Ambassador for Groundwork<br />

and an Ambassador for Thrive.<br />

When planning a garden that is<br />

wheelchair friendly, where do you begin?<br />

The first thing to consider is the person in<br />

the wheelchair. Do they use a wheelchair<br />

all of the time? What is their condition or<br />

disability? How far can the person reach?<br />

Can they twist their body, lean forward<br />

or use their hands? I suppose what I am<br />

saying is that every wheelchair user is<br />

different, and every wheelchair is different.<br />

There are regulations that stipulate how<br />

wide a path needs to be, for example,<br />

but depending on the size of the garden<br />

adjustments may have to be made in order<br />

to work specifically for an individual. In<br />

most cases, the hard landscaping must<br />

be firm, stable and level. There needs to<br />

be enough traction to a surface to stop a<br />

wheelchair sliding, but too much traction<br />

can make it very difficult for someone<br />

who self-propels their wheelchair.<br />

Regulations aside, a big aspect of designing<br />

or planning a garden for a wheelchair user<br />

is their viewpoint. People in wheelchairs<br />

see a garden from a much lower position<br />

so a focal point in a garden may have to<br />

be tweaked slightly. Planting feels taller<br />

to a wheelchair user, so the right use of<br />

plants needs to be taken into account<br />

and lighting needs to assist and not<br />

blind. So, there are many considerations,<br />

too many to write about now.<br />

What’s the most valuable piece of<br />

gardening advice you’ve ever been given?<br />

Have a go, have patience, enjoy yourself<br />

and not to be disappointed if a plant dies.<br />

What’s been your biggest gard ening<br />

challenge to date? As a landscape designer<br />

I think it is about to start, but I cannot<br />

say what it is for. As a gardener in my own<br />

garden, nervously opening for the first<br />

time this year for the National Garden<br />

Scheme. I know the garden has to look<br />

its best from May to September, so a lot<br />

of preparation in March and <strong>April</strong>.<br />

What are you working<br />

on at the moment?<br />

Filming for BBC Gardeners’ World,<br />

acting in my Ambassadorial roles,<br />

writing for magazines and currently<br />

designing and managing ten projects.<br />

Mark Lane will be talking in The Garden<br />

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WT Garden Supplement<br />

The Instant<br />

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BBC presenter Danny Clarke explains what drew<br />

him into the world of horticulture<br />

Why gardening? I think the bug<br />

for gardening was as a result of my<br />

parents asking me as a child to tidy<br />

their outside space. I remember toiling<br />

for what seemed like ages cutting the<br />

grass with a pair of shears and a push<br />

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What was your favourite part<br />

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Gardener was the camaraderie among<br />

everyone on the show, from the<br />

bosses at 12 Yard who produced the<br />

show right through to the runners.<br />

I have forged some great friendships<br />

which I’m sure will last a lifetime.<br />

What’s your favourite local garden?<br />

Great Dixter in Sussex which used to be<br />

owned by the late Christopher Lloyd has<br />

given me so much inspiration. I just love<br />

his relaxed style of planting as well as the<br />

man’s willingness to push boundaries.<br />

Out of all the great gardens this is the<br />

one I probably visit the most. There is<br />

certainly a little bit of Great Dixter in<br />

many of The Instant Gardener projects.<br />

What’s the most valuable piece of<br />

gardening advice you’ve ever been<br />

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amazing larger than life personality<br />

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which was the love of her life. What she<br />

didn’t know about gardening you could<br />

write on the back of a postage stamp. A<br />

fantastic teacher, I knew her for three<br />

years until her untimely death. I suppose<br />

it wasn’t the advice she gave me that<br />

was so valuable but the way she would<br />

alter my state of mind. For example, if<br />

I arrived at her property and it was a<br />

cold rainy day, she would greet me with<br />

that booming smile of hers and the first<br />

thing she would say is “Danny, how<br />

lovely to see you, what a dramatic day.”<br />

What she was saying is there is no such<br />

thing as a bad day and there’s a beauty in<br />

everything if you choose to look for it.<br />

What’s your biggest<br />

gardening challenge<br />

to date? That’s an easy<br />

one. The first garden<br />

I ever designed and built. It could<br />

have been an absolute nightmare<br />

because the client was very testing. I<br />

remember thinking. “If this is what<br />

this job’s all about then I’m going to<br />

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What are you working on at the<br />

moment? I’ve been spending my time<br />

adjusting a friend’s garden in Romney<br />

Marsh. It’s a lovely property which<br />

doesn’t really need my input. The job<br />

has involved opening up the views<br />

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There’s been lots of clearing and<br />

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Danny Clarke will be talking in<br />

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<strong>April</strong> Treats<br />

Sue Whigham selects some beautiful spring<br />

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Whilst March is the month when things start<br />

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above the parapet, only to flinch as another<br />

stormy day approaches, <strong>April</strong> really is the time when<br />

spring flowers start bursting into life. And of course it’s<br />

the month when bulbs really come into their own.<br />

Then there is the blossom on the crab apples, the<br />

pears and the dramatic appearance of magnolia flowers<br />

while in the woods the iconic bluebells carpet the<br />

ground before the deciduous leaf canopy grows over<br />

and they lose much of the light. It is interesting how so<br />

many spring blooming plants are shade lovers or partial<br />

shade lovers and of course for the same reason.<br />

Wood anemones carpet the ground in shady areas early in<br />

the month. A. nemorosa (AGM) is one of the earliest of spring<br />

flowers and its star-shaped white flowers are so refreshing<br />

after a long winter. Once they have finished flowering, their<br />

foliage disappears until next year. They take a very long<br />

time to spread and you may want to grow A. blanda instead<br />

which self sows rapidly. There are blue and white forms of<br />

Anemone blanda. A choice wood anemone is A. nemorosa<br />

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pulmonarias or lungworts. Every garden should have them.<br />

They just seem to get on with it and now come in the most<br />

fantastic forms. They too are best in dappled shade and<br />

most thrive where other plants find conditions difficult.<br />

They are native to Europe and the UK hence their ability<br />

to do well here. They look great with early flowering plants<br />

such as the hellebores and the brunneras. I notice that<br />

the pure white flowers of P. ‘Sissinghurst’ are beginning<br />

to flower now. They come in blues, pinks and red as well<br />

as a combination of colours which change as they mature.<br />

I’m very taken with P. officinalis ‘Blue Mist’ with its large<br />

pale blue flowers and spotted leaves and P. ‘Blue Ensign’<br />

which has rich blue flowers which combine beautifully<br />

with the mauve flowers of its neighbour, a cardamine that<br />

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the clump spreading out a bit more each year. Some of<br />

the pulmonarias have wonderful long silver leaves like P.<br />

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silvery leaves and opalescent flowers of the palest blue.<br />

Another group of <strong>April</strong> lovelies are the epimediums,<br />

also known as Bishop’s Hat and, more appropriately, Fairy<br />

Wings. I think actually that I would have them at the top<br />

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which are pretty hardy here and then the absolutely gorgeous<br />

Japanese and Chinese forms. They are really fun to collect as<br />

their foliage and their flowers are simply exquisite with the<br />

flowers seemingly floating above the leaves on impossibly<br />

fine stems. The other thing is that many of them are <br />

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have you wetting the bed if you eat it. Try using the<br />

young shoots sparingly to add a little chicory-esque<br />

piquancy to a warm salad of duck confit - the results<br />

are stunning! Also the effort taken in digging out the<br />

long roots will be well rewarded if, after a quick scrub<br />

they are baked until black and brittle, then ground<br />

to make a caffeine free alternative to fresh coffee.<br />

Though there are many more to choose from, hairy<br />

bittercress cardamine hirsuta (the name belies its edible<br />

qualities) completes my gourmet trinity of spring weeds.<br />

They pop up just about anywhere on bare ground and<br />

produce distinctive florets of cress shaped leaves. The<br />

young growth has a wonderfully peppery tang, almost<br />

identical to the cultivated cress of windowsill fame.<br />

Fresh or cooked, bittercress will give a wild kick to all<br />

sorts of dishes including salads, tarts and pasta dishes.<br />

Welcome then to the enlightened world of<br />

weeding, where with the prospect of a good meal<br />

every pull is a pleasure, every dig delight!<br />

Please remember that the correct identification<br />

of edible plants is vital! Use a decent field guide,<br />

or search the web using a plant’s Latin name, for<br />

information and images from reputable web sites.<br />

Michael White is a foraging and self sufficiency<br />

expert who heads the business ‘Rural Courses’.<br />

To contact him, or to find out more about the<br />

courses he runs please visit ruralcourses.co.uk<br />

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INGREDIENTS<br />

FOR YOUR<br />

DREAM<br />

GARDEN.<br />

www.corker.co.uk<br />

At Corker we can supply everything from topsoil to timber,<br />

paving to parasols and fencing to furniture. Enjoy a coffee<br />

and wander around our inspirational show gardens, opening<br />

Friday 14 th <strong>April</strong>. We have loads of unique ideas and products<br />

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Corker, we don’t do average. Pay us a visit on the A228<br />

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WT Garden Supplement<br />

Course Work<br />

The newest member of the WT team,<br />

Rebecca Cuffe, tracks down a handful of<br />

the best gardening tutorials around<br />

For all you readers out there oohing<br />

and ahhing over the gorgeous images<br />

in our gardening <strong>supplement</strong> this<br />

month before quickly sinking into a sigh<br />

over the daunting prospect of how to recreate<br />

something like that for yourself, you are<br />

not alone. Like gardens themselves, often a<br />

gardener needs a little nourishment before<br />

their real talent blooms into life. Whether<br />

you’re an experienced gardener interested in<br />

learning something new or a complete novice<br />

who just wants to know where to begin,<br />

there are options out there for everyone.<br />

Wisley <strong>Gardens</strong> in Surrey (rhs.org.uk/<br />

gardens/wisley) have myriad options for all<br />

skill sets, interests and levels of expertise with<br />

courses and tutorials covering everything<br />

from photosynthesis to botanical cocktails.<br />

These courses are often run by the RHS team<br />

but others feature guests and experts such<br />

as the gardens’ curator, Matthew Pottage,<br />

and renowned plantsman Noel Kingsbury.<br />

Claire Brown will also be tutoring on The<br />

Perpetual Herb Garden in October, and<br />

runs talks and workshops herself through her<br />

business, Plant Passion (plantpassion.co.uk),<br />

which focuses on locally grown flowers. This<br />

is a great option for those who love local<br />

and are interested in arranging bouquets<br />

for their homes or as gifts to others.<br />

Meanwhile, Kew <strong>Gardens</strong> (kew.org) and<br />

Painshill in Surrey (painshill.co.uk) both<br />

have a number of courses and lectures<br />

which you may find helpful if you’re<br />

interested in capturing the beauty of the<br />

garden in photography or illustration, as<br />

well as their courses on gardening itself.<br />

Jo Arnell’s comprehensive year long<br />

course at Hornbook Manor in Woodchurch,<br />

Kent (pictured) (hornbrookmanor.co.uk), is<br />

run in small, informal groups, so there’s<br />

plenty of chances to ask Jo any questions<br />

you may have over some homemade cake.<br />

The course lasts a full year but you can<br />

also book an individual course if there’s<br />

a particular field you’re interested in.<br />

Godinton House is also well worth a visit,<br />

as they run gardening events throughout the<br />

year (gardeningworkshops.co.uk/godintonhouse.<br />

co.uk). You may have noticed in our own<br />

<strong>April</strong> Notebook that they are holding a<br />

topiary workshop this month, but there<br />

is more to learn with head gardener Viv<br />

Hunt, who has combined forces<br />

with professional gardener Fiona Abrahams<br />

in monthly workshops since November.<br />

For the foodies of the Weald there are some<br />

invaluable learning opportunities at Brogdale<br />

Collections (brogdalecollections.org). As the<br />

home of the national fruit collection, there<br />

are few better places than Brogdale to learn<br />

about fruit, food and foraging in the British<br />

countryside, with courses on grafting, pruning,<br />

orchard design or cider making, to name a few.<br />

One last tutor worth a try is Steve Edney,<br />

who is head gardener at The Salutation<br />

in Sandwich (the-salutation.com) and runs<br />

classes limited to only eight people. These<br />

courses include light lunch and refreshments<br />

in their £80 price as well as demonstrations,<br />

practical work, tours and invaluable advice.<br />

Make a Scarecrow Competition<br />

Take part in Harpers & Hurlingham’s charity competition at<br />

<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Midsummer Fair for the chance to win £250 for your child’s school<br />

Harpers & Hurlingham in Cranbrook<br />

are inviting schools and children’s<br />

organizations to take part in ‘Making a<br />

Scarecrow’ competition. All entrants will be<br />

displayed in the Harpers & Hurlingham stand<br />

at <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Midsummer Fair at Hole<br />

Park, Rolvenden on 8, 9 & 10 June <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

The general public will be invited to judge the<br />

winner, whilst at the same time raising money<br />

for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The winning<br />

school/organization will also receive £250. To<br />

participate please call Jane at Harpers and<br />

Hurlingham on 01580 715400 and join in<br />

the fun! The competition is open to children<br />

aged 10 and below, who must enter as part<br />

of a school or children’s organisation, rather<br />

than as individuals.<br />

HOW TO MAKE A SCARECROW<br />

• Build the frame. Begin by centring a 5 foot<br />

(1.5 m) stick near the top of a 6 to 8 foot (1.8<br />

to 2.4 m) stick, rake handle or garden pole.<br />

This creates the shoulders of the scarecrow.<br />

Fasten the shorter stick in place using a<br />

screwdriver and screw, some twine, or hot glue.<br />

• Put the shirt on. Button up the front,<br />

then tie the arm ends and bottom<br />

of the shirt using twine or wire.<br />

• Stuff the shirt with straw, hay, leaves,<br />

grass clippings, wood chips and rags.<br />

• Put the overalls on. Make a hole in<br />

the seat of the overalls for the vertical<br />

stick to pass through. Stuff the legs.<br />

• Give him hands.<br />

• Give him feet.<br />

• Make the head using burlap or a pillowcase<br />

• Give your scarecrow facial features. Ideas<br />

include using a pen to draw them on, cutting<br />

out felt shapes, using buttons for eyes, nose<br />

and mouth,<br />

and bits of<br />

black plastic or<br />

pipe cleaner to<br />

make eyebrows.<br />

• Give your scarecrow<br />

some hair.<br />

• Accessorise. You can personalise your scarecrow<br />

by accessorising it any way you like. His most<br />

important accessory, however, is a straw hat.<br />

Use any old hat you have lying around and<br />

secure to his head with hot glue. Here are<br />

some other (optional) accessorising ideas:<br />

- Tie a red bandana around his collar, or<br />

leave a bright handkerchief peeking out of his<br />

pocket.<br />

- Jazz up his hat using some brightly coloured<br />

plastic flowers.<br />

- Stick an old pipe in his mouth.<br />

- Tie reflective or shiny ribbon to your<br />

scarecrow to add movement and reflect light.<br />

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Easter Fun!<br />

Monday 10th - Thursday 13th <strong>April</strong><br />

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3-7 years, 8.30am-3.30pm<br />

Book individual days or the whole week. Snacks provided<br />

Please bring a packed lunch, change of clothes, waterproofs and boots!<br />

£25.00 per day or £85 for 4 days<br />

Early booking recommended as limited spaces<br />

Please book through the Office at Vinehall School<br />

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DAY & BOARDING SCHOOL FOR BOYS & GIRLS AGED 2-13


Education<br />

“<br />

W<br />

hat counts can’t be counted and what can<br />

be counted doesn’t count.” No one knows<br />

whether Einstein really said it but whoever<br />

came up with the observation, I agree with it totally.<br />

The ‘counting’ which dogs education these days – from<br />

league tables to SATS performance targets and<br />

all the rest of it – has killed learning for its own<br />

sake. And I strongly suspect it has taken the<br />

love of learning with it in far too many schools.<br />

When, many years ago, I was choosing<br />

my A Level options I desperately wanted<br />

to do zoology because I was fascinated by<br />

biology and craved more. Now, I am no scientist. I’d long<br />

since thankfully abandoned physics and chemistry. Most<br />

of the students opting for zoology were high fliers doing<br />

an all science programme with a view to medical school,<br />

research science and the like. So I was a bit of a maverick.<br />

To her eternal credit and my profound gratitude, the head<br />

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Number Crunchers<br />

Susan Elkin looks at school performance targets and statistics<br />

“My interest counted<br />

for something more<br />

important than<br />

examination statistics”<br />

of science allowed me to do it, knowing that I wouldn’t do<br />

well in the exam. I adored the subject and that was enough<br />

for her. My interest counted for something more important<br />

than examination statistics. I had a wonderful time for two<br />

whole years and the learning has stayed with me for life.<br />

Well, we all know that would never<br />

happen today. Schools have to get the best<br />

results they can in everything – results which<br />

should be a marginal end product have<br />

turned into the tail which wags the dog.<br />

Everything has to be ruthlessly quantified.<br />

I meet far too many teachers and heads<br />

who tell me, for example, that there’s no time for drama,<br />

music or free-range reading because all the focus is on passing<br />

exams. They miss the point, of course, that wider learning<br />

and experiences enhance progress in all subjects. Achievement<br />

is mysteriously transferable. The child who does well, say<br />

in the school play or develops skills in painting, is quite<br />

<br />

belong<br />

L O V E W H A T Y O U L E A R N<br />

Discover the Virtue of Learning<br />

Take a fresh look at Bethany School and discover a<br />

world of freedom. No limiting your options, just the<br />

independence and support you need.<br />

Join us at our next Open Morning<br />

Open Morning<br />

Tues 2nd May<br />

9.00am - 11.30am<br />

Entrance Assessments<br />

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Sat 11th November<br />

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BETHANY SCHOOL, CURTISDEN GREEN, CRANBROOK, KENT TN17 1LB<br />

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co-ed day and boarding<br />

I love the environment at<br />

Bethany, because the rural<br />

setting is so peaceful. I’m<br />

happiest when I’m being<br />

creative in Design & Technology,<br />

and I want to go on to become<br />

an Architect.<br />

“<br />

Maria-Bisila Dougan, Year 11<br />

Design & Technology Scholar.<br />

NORTHBOURNE PARK SCHOOL<br />

DAY & BOARDING SCHOOL FOR NURSERY TO 13 YEAR OLDS<br />

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Registered charity 1101358<br />

Where are the skills our children will need<br />

to discover new planets?<br />

Well, creative thinking skills are embedded in the<br />

curriculum at Sevenoaks School, so in theory we need<br />

look no further.<br />

Our alumni certainly go on to achieve extraordinary<br />

things; equipped as they are with the skills they need to<br />

change the waiting world.<br />

Lars Blackmore for example, mastered creative<br />

thinking at Sevenoaks. He left in 1998, studied robotics<br />

at MIT, earned a PhD and went to work for NASA. Primary<br />

objective: how best to land a craft on Mars.<br />

It’s worth considering then, that many of the skills<br />

your child may need to make a significant impact, can be<br />

acquired here at Sevenoaks.<br />

www.sevenoaksschool.org<br />

Every day at Sevenoaks, students practise creative thinking, critical thinking, complex problem solving, negotiation, team working and<br />

service provision – essential skills our alumni will use to excel at jobs which have yet to be invented and to reshape their universe.


Education<br />

likely to be making good progress in maths as well.<br />

Bearing all this in mind it was privilege and a pleasure<br />

recently to visit Springhead Primary School at Talke Pits near<br />

Stoke-on-Trent. The school works with the Royal Shakespeare<br />

Company as a ‘hub’ to encourage Shakespeare being done<br />

actively and enjoyably across the area. I was there to see an<br />

RSC 90 minute production of The Tempest in the school<br />

hall which the children were fizzing with excitement about.<br />

A group from another school joined the audience and both<br />

Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC and Jacqui<br />

O’Hanlon, Director of Education were there. In the evening<br />

there was a second performance open to the local community.<br />

This very enlightened school – headteacher: Brian Anderson<br />

– devoted the whole of last term to The Tempest. Children<br />

enthusiastically showed me Miranda’s bedroom and Caliban’s<br />

den which they’d created in corridors. They’d also written<br />

stories, painted pictures, explored language, studied the science<br />

and mathematics of storms and the history and geography<br />

behind the play. It was utterly inspirational and just shows<br />

how you can foster the love of learning in a way which really<br />

counts and follow the National Curriculum. It need not be a<br />

banal box ticking exercise. Schools everywhere please note.<br />

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

2008) and Unlocking the Reader in Every Child (Ransom, 2011).<br />

Be all<br />

you can be<br />

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

challenge of being the very best they can be.<br />

01227 475601 | www.stedmunds.org.uk<br />

Open Morning<br />

Wednesday 10th May, 9.30 - 11.30am<br />

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...about the Forest School at Saint Ronan’s?<br />

...about the Forest School at Saint Ronan’s?<br />

100 acres of stunning woodland with rides and mudslides<br />

No paper, no pens, no ceilings, no walls…..<br />

Building 100 acres dens of stunning and roasng woodland marshmallows with rides and mudslides<br />

Roosng No paper, on no logs pens, whilst no ceilings, sipping no hot walls….. chocolate<br />

Tasng Building wild dens garlic and with roasng friends marshmallows<br />

Watching Roosng on tadpoles logs whilst under sipping the Troll hot Bridge chocolate<br />

Hunng Tasng wild minibeasts garlic with and friends spong birds<br />

Telling Watching stories tadpoles in the under Hobbit the House Troll Bridge<br />

Hunng minibeasts and spong birds<br />

Telling stories in the Hobbit House<br />

“This lot achieve loads of<br />

scholarships, with leavers to more<br />

“This lot achieve loads of<br />

than 60 different seniors<br />

scholarships, with leavers to more<br />

in the past decade”<br />

than 60 different seniors<br />

Tatler Schools Guide <strong>2017</strong><br />

in the past decade”<br />

Tatler Schools Guide <strong>2017</strong><br />

Discover Saint Ronan’s<br />

Discover Saint Ronan’s<br />

Book an appointment on 01580 752271 or e-mail emmatv@saintronans.co.uk<br />

Book an appointment Boys & Girls 3-13 onyears 01580 | Founded 752271 1883 or | Hawkhurst, e-mail emmatv@saintronans.co.uk<br />

Kent | 01580 752271


Open Day<br />

Saturday 6th May <strong>2017</strong><br />

9.15am – 12 noon<br />

The Principal will speak at 9.30am<br />

First rate independent education for boys and girls aged 3 - 18<br />

First-rate ISI Inspection Report in 2013 • Nursery and Pre-Prep rated “outstanding”<br />

Top academic results from a broad ability intake • Extensive Sports facilities<br />

Boarding from 11 • Wide range of scholarships available at 11/13/16<br />

Cathedral Chorister scholarships available for boys aged 8 and girls aged 10<br />

T: 01634 888590 E: admissions@kings-rochester.co.uk www.kings-rochester.co.uk


BLUEBELL RAILWAY<br />

This iconic<br />

and historic<br />

locomotive will<br />

make its only<br />

visit to the South<br />

East. More<br />

information<br />

is available<br />

on website.<br />

Bright Bricks<br />

Build It Weekend<br />

27th & 28th<br />

May<br />

13th–19th<br />

<strong>April</strong><br />

Visit of Flying<br />

Scotsman<br />

Steam rides and<br />

LEGO ® , who<br />

could ask for<br />

anything more?<br />

Help us build a<br />

LEGO ® mosaic<br />

and ‘make and<br />

take’ a LEGO ® toy.<br />

Come and join us from 5th to 7th May <strong>2017</strong><br />

Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm<br />

St.George’s Church in the heart of the village will be exhibiting<br />

an abundance of amazing artwork by over 45 artists and<br />

craftspeople for you to browse, buy and take away.<br />

The work ranges from contemporary watercolours, oils,<br />

pencil drawing, sculpture, ceramics and much more.<br />

There’s something for everyone, for every space and budget.<br />

Treat yourself or find the perfect gift –<br />

the Wrotham Arts Festival is a great day out with a<br />

lovely café serving hot food as well as delicious cakes.<br />

You can find us by following directions to TN15 7AH<br />

and there’s plenty of parking too!<br />

A FREE event the whole family can enjoy!<br />

(See website for details)<br />

For more information 01825 720800 www.bluebell-railway.com<br />

Further details can be found at www.wrothamartsfestival.co.uk<br />

Or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wrothamarts<br />

The Contemporary<br />

Craft & Design Fair<br />

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RHS Garden<br />

WISLEY<br />

Purchase<br />

direct from<br />

190 of the very<br />

best makers<br />

in the UK<br />

27 <strong>April</strong> - 1 May<br />

9am – 6pm Thursday to Sunday<br />

9am – 5pm Monday<br />

The UK’s most<br />

popular Craft Fair<br />

Admission to Garden<br />

also gives admission to<br />

Craft Fair • GU23 6QB<br />

Held in floored marquees<br />

Free Garden entry for<br />

RHS Members • Last entry<br />

1 hour before closing •<br />

Garden open until 6pm daily<br />

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Arts and Crafts<br />

Ibbett Mosely<br />

AuctIoneers & VAluers<br />

Limited Liability Partnership<br />

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On<br />

Wednesday 3rd May <strong>2017</strong><br />

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm<br />

At Ibbett Mosely Auction Rooms, Argyle Rd, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1HJ<br />

Valuation Day - Wednesday 10th May <strong>2017</strong> 11am to 4pm<br />

Crown Inn, School Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5PQ<br />

Tel: 01732 456731 Web: www.ibbettmosely.co.uk<br />

125 High St, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1UT<br />

Registered in England No. 0C341637 Regulated by RICS Registered at the Sevenoaks office as Ibbett Mosely Surveyors LLP<br />

Sat 1 <strong>April</strong>-Sat10 Jun<br />

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif<br />

Art Gallery, St. Faith’s Street<br />

Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LH<br />

Japan: A Floating<br />

World in Print<br />

Over 60 eighteenth to twentieth<br />

century ukiyo-e prints collected in a<br />

surprising and delightful exhibition.<br />

Entry: Adults £4 (£3.50<br />

online), children free<br />

Info: 01622 602838/<br />

museum.maidstone.gov.uk<br />

Sat 1 <strong>April</strong>-Sat 24 June<br />

Tues-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm<br />

Artichoke Gallery, Church<br />

Street, Ticehurst TN5 7A6<br />

In the Garden<br />

This lovely exhibition brings<br />

together a collection of artists<br />

who specialise in what nature<br />

has to offer. Capture the spirit<br />

of spring and make it last with<br />

artwork including paintings,<br />

sculpture, ceramics and jewellery,<br />

or just come to look around this<br />

spacious and relaxed gallery.<br />

Info: 01580 200905 /<br />

artichokegallery.co.uk<br />

Mon 17-Sat 22 <strong>April</strong><br />

10am-5pm, 10am-4pm on Sat<br />

Zion Baptist Church,<br />

Tenterden, Kent TN30 6BB<br />

SPRING ART EXHIBITION<br />

The Weald of Kent Art Society<br />

is holding their first Spring Art<br />

Exhibition from Easter Monday.<br />

Discover original works from over<br />

40 artists including watercolours,<br />

oils, sculpture and jewellery.<br />

Entry: Free.<br />

Info: wealdofkentartsociety.co.uk<br />

Easter<br />

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Sat 1-Sat 15 <strong>April</strong> 10am-5.30pm<br />

Groombridge Place, Groombridge<br />

Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge<br />

Wells, Kent TN3 9QG<br />

Alice’s Circus<br />

Adventures<br />

Go down the rabbit hole this<br />

easter. Meet all your favourite Alice<br />

in Wonderland Characters at a<br />

day packed full of fun activities<br />

with a circus themed twist.<br />

Entry: Save 10% at<br />

thelittleboxoffice.com<br />

Info: 01892 861444 /<br />

groombridgeplace.com<br />

Sat 1- Mon 17 <strong>April</strong><br />

Hever Castle and <strong>Gardens</strong>, Hever<br />

Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG<br />

Easter Family Fun<br />

at Hever Castle<br />

A magical family-friendly Easter<br />

bunny hunt with the Lindt Gold<br />

Bunny, with the chance of earning a<br />

mini fluffy bunny. There will also be<br />

an Easter bonnet competition and a<br />

castle quiz on the history of Easter.<br />

Info: 01732 865224/<br />

hevercastle.co.uk<br />

Fri 14- Mon 17 <strong>April</strong><br />

Spa Valley Railway, West<br />

Station, Royal Tunbridge<br />

Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY<br />

Spa Valley Easter<br />

Specials<br />

Win a family ticket for a day out<br />

with Thomas the Tank Engine,<br />

in the spot the Easter bunny<br />

competition. Every child gets a<br />

free Easter egg for taking part.<br />

Entry: Standard fares<br />

Info: 01892 537715 /<br />

spavalleyrailway.co.uk<br />

Fri 14- Mon 17 <strong>April</strong> 10am-5pm<br />

Dover Castle, Castle Hill<br />

Rd, Dover CT16 1HU<br />

Medieval Easter<br />

Weekend<br />

Dover Castle takes a fantastical<br />

journey back to the days of fireeating<br />

jesters, deadly dragons<br />

and St. George riding on<br />

horseback to save the day.<br />

Entry: English Heritage m embers<br />

free/ Adult £19.40/ Child aged 5-15<br />

£11.60 / Concession £17.50 /<br />

Family £50.40<br />

info: 0370 333 1181 /<br />

english-heritage.org.uk<br />

Fri 14-Mon 17 <strong>April</strong><br />

1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey<br />

and Battlefield, High St, Butter<br />

Cross, Battle TN33 0AD<br />

Easter Adventure Quest<br />

Get hands on with history as you<br />

meet a medieval monk, see if<br />

you are strong enough to carry a<br />

Norman shield into battle, climb<br />

the gatehouse to the rooftop and<br />

experience the stunning views<br />

across the battlefield landscape.<br />

Entry: English Heritage Members<br />

Free, Adult £11.20, Child<br />

aged 5-15 £7.70, Concession<br />

£10.10, Family £32.10<br />

Info: 0370 333 1181 /<br />

english-heritage.org.uk<br />

Sun 16 <strong>April</strong> 12.30-2pm<br />

Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral<br />

House, 11 The Precincts,<br />

Canterbury CT1 2EH<br />

Canterbury Cathedral<br />

Easter Lunch<br />

The Cathedral lodge will be<br />

organising a delicious three course<br />

Easter lunch, followed by tea and<br />

coffee, and an Easter Egg hunt in<br />

the lovely Campanile garden.<br />

Entry: Adult £22.95 / child £10.95<br />

Info: 01227 865350 /<br />

canterburycathedrallodge.org<br />

Festivals<br />

Sat 1 <strong>April</strong><br />

Kent County Agricultural<br />

Society, Kent Showground,<br />

Detling, Maidstone ME14 3JF<br />

Heritage Transport<br />

Show featuring the<br />

South East Bus Festival<br />

Featuring the South East Bus<br />

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

Festival, with over a hundred<br />

vintage buses. Also a must-see for<br />

any vintage vehicle fans with free<br />

tractor rides, miniature railway,<br />

trade stands, ‘Classic for the<br />

Future’ area, and Farmers Market.<br />

Entry: Adult £7 / Free for<br />

children under 14<br />

Info: 01622 630975 /<br />

amy@kentshowground.co.uk<br />

Sat 15 <strong>April</strong><br />

Faversham Town Centre Market<br />

Place, Faversham ME13 7AG<br />

Faversham Hat Festival<br />

A weird and wonderful parade<br />

of creative community-driven<br />

festivities. Decorate, make<br />

or create a hat, or just wear a<br />

favourite, see the parade and hat<br />

competition, witness a magic show,<br />

and attend the Hatter’s Dance.<br />

And as if all this excitement isn’t<br />

enough, it also coincides with<br />

the Best of Faversham market.<br />

Info: 01795 227071 /<br />

faversham.org<br />

Sat 15 10am-10pm and Sun<br />

16 <strong>April</strong> 10am–7pm<br />

John Hendry Pavilion, Kent<br />

Event and Exhibition Centre,<br />

Kent Showground, Detling,<br />

Maidstone ME14 3JF<br />

Maidstone Tattoo<br />

Extravaganza<br />

Featuring Harley Davidson<br />

motorbikes, sword eating, the Miss<br />

Lady Ink UK finals, live music<br />

from local bands, pop up bar,<br />

fairground rides, space for over a<br />

hundred tattoo artists and a wide<br />

variety of trade stands including<br />

nail bar, barbers, and mum’s bakery.<br />

Entry: £4.36-£13.85<br />

Info: 07984 916932 /<br />

eventbrite.co.uk<br />

Sat 15-Mon 17 <strong>April</strong><br />

Pierremont <strong>Gardens</strong><br />

and Park, High Street,<br />

Broadstairs CT10 1JZ<br />

Broadstairs Spring Fair<br />

This fair boasts over 50 stalls,<br />

featuring the very best of Kentproduced<br />

food and drink.<br />

For children there will be face<br />

painting, an art space and an<br />

Easter bonnet competition.<br />

Info: 01843 871102 /<br />

broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk <br />

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9, 10 & 11<br />

June <strong>2017</strong><br />

stumble wood, kent<br />

Off Halden Lane, Rolvenden,<br />

Cranbrook,TN17 4JG<br />

small, intimate & family friendly...where kids can be kids again & you<br />

can relax, immerse yourself in great music, fantastic food &<br />

drink. be together, reconnect or simply escape...if only for a weekend<br />

live music ><br />

SEE WEBSITE FOR LINE UP<br />

kids activities<br />

including woodland<br />

treasure hunts,<br />

storytelling<br />

& B U S H C R A F T<br />

kent's finest<br />

STREET FOOD TRADERS<br />

Woodlands<br />

outdoor<br />

cinema+<br />

silent disco<br />

under the stars<br />

beautiful campsite<br />

+ glamping by the woods<br />

for more information and tickets go to:<br />

www.woodlandsfestival.co.uk<br />

/woodlandsfestivaluk<br />

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

Thurs 27-Sat 29 <strong>April</strong><br />

Robertsbridge Village<br />

Hall, 11-23 Station Rd,<br />

Salehurst, Robertsbridge,<br />

East Sussex TN32 5DG<br />

Robertsbridge<br />

Literary Festival<br />

Featuring Sussex authors Tom<br />

Connolly, Bronwen Griffiths, Alan<br />

Judd, Charlotte Moore & Vanessa<br />

Nicolson, as well as children’s<br />

spellbinding storyteller Kevin Graal.<br />

Entry: £5, Children’s Event:<br />

adults free, £3 per child<br />

Info: rap.org.uk<br />

Sat 29- Sun 30 <strong>April</strong><br />

Groombridge Place, Groombridge<br />

Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge<br />

Wells, Kent TN3 9QG<br />

Extreme Festival<br />

For the first time ever in the<br />

UK, Extreme festival exclusively<br />

brings The Beast, the world’s<br />

largest inflatable obstacle course,<br />

to Tunbridge Wells! And it<br />

comes with live music, great<br />

food and of course beer.<br />

Entry: £22 (plus £1.70<br />

Booking fee),Under 5s Free<br />

Info: eventbrite.co.uk /<br />

extremefestival.co.uk<br />

Garden<br />

Sun 2 <strong>April</strong> 10am-6pm<br />

11am and 3pm<br />

Borde Hill Garden, Borde<br />

Hill Lane, Haywards Heath,<br />

West Sussex, RH16 1XP<br />

Borde Hill ‘Camellia<br />

Heritage’ Tours<br />

A guided tour of the Borde Hill<br />

Camellia Garden with camellia<br />

enthusiast, Nick Schroder, tracing<br />

the history of this beautiful flower<br />

back to the Chinese tea merchants<br />

of the eighteenth century.<br />

Entry: £10 including garden entry,<br />

£5 for friends of Borde Hill<br />

Info: 01444 450326 /<br />

sussextopattractions.co.uk<br />

Mon 3-Fri 7 and Mon<br />

10-Fri 14 <strong>April</strong><br />

The Canterbury Tales, St.<br />

Margaret’s Street, Canterbury,<br />

Kent CT1 2TG<br />

Medieval Story Garden<br />

Kids get the chance to attend<br />

Knight school, dance around the<br />

maypole, visit the herb garden<br />

to learn medieval medicine<br />

and be whisked away to the<br />

past in a storytelling session.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01227 696002 /<br />

canterburytales.org.uk<br />

Sat 8 <strong>April</strong> 10.30am-12pm<br />

Edwin Budding Gallery, South<br />

Downs Heritage Centre,<br />

Brighton Rd, Hassocks<br />

Behind the Scenes<br />

at the Chelsea<br />

Flower Show<br />

A free illustrated talk with Chelsea<br />

Gold Medal Winner, RHS Show<br />

Judge and TV Presenter, Juliet<br />

Sargent. Juliet will be covering<br />

how to ‘win gold at Chelsea and<br />

stay sane’, what it takes to win the<br />

people’s choice award and how you<br />

can achieve the ‘Chelsea look’.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

Info: 01273 847707 / heritage.<br />

centre@south-downs.co.uk /<br />

southdownsheritagecentre.co.uk<br />

Mon 10-Fri 14 <strong>April</strong> 1-4pm<br />

Godinton House and<br />

<strong>Gardens</strong>, Godinton Lane,<br />

Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP<br />

Spring Week<br />

Including a traditional treasure<br />

hunt, children’s crafts and garden<br />

games as well as a different<br />

activity each afternoon with<br />

local artists and craftsmen.<br />

Entry: Adults £5, Children £4,<br />

Tours on Friday additional £4<br />

Info: 01233 643854 /<br />

godintonhouse.co.uk<br />

Fri 21 <strong>April</strong>-Sat 6 May 10am-5pm<br />

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, Near<br />

Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE<br />

Tulip Festival<br />

This spectacular Tulip Festival<br />

sees Pashley Manor carpeted with<br />

over 30,000 tulips, in over 100<br />

varieties Bloms will be on hand<br />

to share their wisdom, and a cafe<br />

will be serving locally sourced<br />

homemade cakes, scones, and<br />

light lunches. There will also<br />

be lovely gifts, souvenirs and<br />

plants on sale and exhibitions of<br />

Garden sculpture and floral art.<br />

Entry: £10.50<br />

Info: 01580 200888 /<br />

pashleymanorgardens.com<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Sun 2 <strong>April</strong><br />

Hole Park, Rolvenden,<br />

Cranbrook TN17 4JA<br />

Hole Park Cross<br />

Duathlon<br />

With it’s breathtaking views over<br />

the Weald, and three different<br />

events to chose from, the awardwinning<br />

Hole Park gardens is<br />

the perfect venue for Duathlon<br />

athletes from beginners to pros.<br />

Info: 01580 241344 /<br />

trispiritevents.com<br />

Thurs 20 <strong>April</strong> - Thurs<br />

15 June 6-7pm<br />

Charing Surgery, 1 Surgery<br />

Close, Charing, Ashford,<br />

Kent TN27 0AW<br />

Relaxation Mindfulness<br />

Meditation<br />

programme with<br />

Yvonne Fernando, NLP<br />

Master Practitioner<br />

& Life Coach<br />

Learn to relax, manage stress<br />

and create a calm mind, for<br />

improved health & wellbeing.<br />

Entry: £65 for 8 week programme<br />

Info: 01233 878474 / 07968<br />

785714 / yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk<br />

Weds 26 <strong>April</strong> 10am-1pm<br />

Charing Surgery, 1 Surgery<br />

Close, Charing, Ashford,<br />

Kent TN27 0AW<br />

‘NLP & Health’<br />

Workshop with<br />

Yvonne Fernando, NLP<br />

Master Practitioner<br />

& Life Coach.<br />

The role of the mind and<br />

emotions is vital to your state<br />

of health. Positively empower<br />

yourself, through NLP, for<br />

better health & wellbeing.<br />

Entry: £35.<br />

Info: 01233 878474 / 07968<br />

785714 / yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk<br />

Thurs 27–Sun 30 <strong>April</strong><br />

Begins at Linton Bull Inn<br />

ME17 4AW (Thurs 27). Ends<br />

at National Trust Punchbowl,<br />

Hindhead GU26 6AB (Sun 30)<br />

THE GREENSAND<br />

SCRAMBLE<br />

The Greensand Way goes from<br />

Linton, Kent passing hop fields<br />

and Leith Hill to finally finish at<br />

the National Trust Punchbowl<br />

in Surrey. Walk, run or cycle, go<br />

just a few hours with the dog, a<br />

whole day or the full distance. This<br />

event is open to everyone, and all<br />

funds go to support The Simon<br />

Trust, a local charity supporting<br />

young adults with autism.<br />

Entry: £10 (plus small booking fee)<br />

Info: eventbrite.co.uk<br />

Music<br />

​Thurs 6-Sat 8 <strong>April</strong><br />

Dorking Halls, Reigate<br />

Rd, Dorking RH4 1SG<br />

Leith Hill Musical<br />

Festival<br />

Having opened in March, the<br />

main festival comprising the<br />

competitions and concerts is the<br />

highlight of the LHMF year and<br />

is full of life with musical works<br />

of different periods and styles.<br />

Info: 01403 240093 / lhmf.org.uk<br />

Sat 8 <strong>April</strong> 7.30pm<br />

St. Mildred’s Church,<br />

Tenterden TN30 6AT<br />

Piano Recital<br />

Award-winning young Polish<br />

pianist Anna Szalucka will<br />

perform works by Haydn,<br />

Chopin, Ravel, Baciewicz and<br />

Szymanowski. Hear Anna’s dazzling<br />

performance in this beautiful<br />

fifteenth century Parish Church.<br />

Entry: £15<br />

Info: 01580 761467 /<br />

friendsofstmildredstenterden.co.uk<br />

Sat 22 <strong>April</strong> 7.30pm<br />

Rochester Cathedral, Garth<br />

House, Rochester ME1 1SX<br />

Mendelssohn: Elijah<br />

Gravesham Choral Society presents<br />

Elijah, the inventive and intensely<br />

dramatic oratorio that Mendelssohn<br />

regarded as his finest achievement.<br />

Entry: £17/ £5 for full time students<br />

Info: 01474 816684 /<br />

graveshamcs.co.uk<br />

Sat 22 <strong>April</strong> 8pm<br />

Trinity Theatre, Church Road,<br />

Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1JP<br />

Local & Live<br />

The final sessions of spring is<br />

an eclectic showcase of the best<br />

local talent, hand-picked by <br />

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Protecting Wildlife for the Future<br />

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Info: 01892 678678 /<br />

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Shows & Performances<br />

Sat 1 <strong>April</strong> 7.30pm<br />

EM Forster Theatre,<br />

Tonbridge School, High Street,<br />

Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1JP<br />

Ballet Central<br />

A chance to see future stars of<br />

dance from the touring company<br />

of the Central School of Ballet<br />

showcasing newly commissioned<br />

works and celebrated masterpieces.<br />

Entry: £15, £13 concessions,<br />

£10 groups<br />

Info: 01732 304241 /<br />

boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk<br />

Thurs 6 <strong>April</strong><br />

Folkestone Quarterhouse, Mill<br />

Bay, Folkestone CT20 1BN<br />

NT Live at The<br />

Quarterhouse:<br />

Twelfth Night<br />

Tamsin Greig of Friday Night<br />

Dinner, Black Books and Episodes<br />

stars as Malvolia in this exciting<br />

new twist on the Shakespearean<br />

tale of mistaken identity,<br />

comedy and unrequited love.<br />

Info: 01303 760750/<br />

quarterhouse.co.uk<br />

Sat 15 <strong>April</strong> 12 noon<br />

and 2.30pm<br />

High Street, Guildford<br />

The Passion of Jesus<br />

in Guildford<br />

The Wintershall cast of players<br />

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Wildlife<br />

Sat 1 <strong>April</strong>-Weds 25 October<br />

Sea Searcher Boat Trips, The<br />

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Seal and Wildlife<br />

Watching Trips<br />

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Turner Contemporary<br />

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Scavenger & Great<br />

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Green Farm, Church Ln,<br />

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Sam Lee singing with<br />

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woodsmoke and hearty stories.<br />

Entry: £80, £72 per person for<br />

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See Firepod at<br />

<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

Midsummer<br />

Fair this June<br />

Competition<br />

Win A firepod Pizza<br />

oven worth £445<br />

Several years ago David Coward returned from working in the<br />

Italian Alps wishing he could cook pizzas like the ones he had been<br />

enjoying out there. After speaking to his business partner, Tim, the<br />

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realised that the only way to get exactly what they wanted was to design<br />

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The Firepod is a portable outdoor pizza oven which converts to a<br />

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Stone Cooking simply replace the pizza stones with the Lava Stone, heat<br />

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answer the following question: Who helped<br />

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your answer with your contact details* in the<br />

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TN17 3HF by Friday 18 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2017</strong>. Prize<br />

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separately. There is no cash alternative and<br />

the prize must be taken before July <strong>2017</strong>. *All<br />

entrants’ details will be passed on to Firepod<br />

and <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Events. Please let us know<br />

if you do not wish your details to be passed on.<br />

Congratulations to Kim Bates who wins our March competition for a beauty day spa for two at Grayshott Spa<br />

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See Firepod at<br />

<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

Midsummer<br />

Fair this June<br />

Competition<br />

Win A firepod Pizza<br />

oven worth £445<br />

Several years ago David Coward returned from working in the<br />

Italian Alps wishing he could cook pizzas like the ones he had been<br />

enjoying out there. After speaking to his business partner, Tim, the<br />

pair endeavoured to find a suitable product, however they wanted it to<br />

be hassle-free to use, portable and affordable. Eventually David and Tim<br />

realised that the only way to get exactly what they wanted was to design<br />

their own, so, after much research they appointed Jedco of Weybridge<br />

to help with the design process. After over three years of testing and<br />

perfecting, they are now manufacturing their first batch of Firepods.<br />

The Firepod is a portable outdoor pizza oven which converts to a<br />

griddle BBQ and heater for Lava Stones for ‘hot rock’ cooking at your<br />

table. With the special pizza stones in place and the lid on, The Firepod<br />

is a fantastic pizza oven – very quick to reach cooking temperature and<br />

only a few minutes to cook your perfect authentic pizzas. For Hot Lava<br />

Stone Cooking simply replace the pizza stones with the Lava Stone, heat<br />

it up in your Firepod, lift the stone out and place on the board, then<br />

take to your table for cooking ‘Hot Rock’ style, indoors or out. Replace<br />

the lava stones with the reversible griddle – ridged on one side flat on<br />

the other – and you are ready to cook in the Firepod’s third function!<br />

The Firepod is currently available at thefirepod.com.<br />

How to enter: For your chance to win<br />

one Firepod, in a colour of your choice, just<br />

answer the following question: Who helped<br />

David and Tim with the design process? Enter<br />

your answer with your contact details* in the<br />

online form at wealdentimes.co.uk/competition<br />

or post to: The Firepod Competition, <strong>Wealden</strong><br />

<strong>Times</strong>, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent<br />

TN17 3HF by Friday 18 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2017</strong>. Prize<br />

comprises 1 x Firepod, 2 x Cordierite pizza<br />

stones, 4 x Short oak legs, 1 x Oak stand<br />

(Quadpod), 1 x Pizza peel, 2 x Heat-resistant<br />

gloves, 1 Gas pipe and clip on regulator. Lava<br />

Stones and Griddle available to purchase<br />

separately. There is no cash alternative and<br />

the prize must be taken before July <strong>2017</strong>. *All<br />

entrants’ details will be passed on to Firepod<br />

and <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> Events. Please let us know<br />

if you do not wish your details to be passed on.<br />

Congratulations to Kim Bates who wins our March competition for a beauty day spa for two at Grayshott Spa<br />

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