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April 2017






Maggie Alderson goes

in search of ideal

locations for egg hunts


Fill your diary with hand

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Josephine Fairley tackles

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Coming home to Froyle Park situated in the

charming village of Upper Froyle, is a real

pleasure. Set in its own beautiful mature

grounds, this exclusive development by

Linden Homes is less than a five minute

drive from the station and nestles on

the edge of the North Downs, in the

picturesque Hampshire countryside.

Here you’ll find a delightful collection

of new, luxury 4, 5 & 6 bedroom homes

with all the style you expect in a superior

country home. For those looking for

something a little smaller, a collection

of skilfully designed and refurbished

3 & 4 bedroom homes sit within the period

splendour of Burnham House, offering

buyers a stylish alternative to the larger

detached homes.

With beautiful countryside views and

landscaped communal parkland grounds,

these desirable homes offer a gentler

pace of life, without compromising on

the modern lifestyles and technological

conveniences we have come to expect.

The village setting, close to the village

shop, with a choice of excellent schools

and a short drive from Farnham and the

A31, is full of character.

With prices between £635,000 and

£1.495 million, these homes really are

everything one dreams of. And because

they are by Linden Homes, winner of the

London Evening Standard Award 2015 for

Best Home Out of London and Best Family

Home, you can be assured of the finest

quality and attention to detail throughout.

A range of special offers is available at

Froyle Park to help speed up your move

to this rural retreat. If you have a property

to sell first, Part Exchange † or Linden

Homes’ Assisted Move † are available

to save you money and help you move

hassle free.

These beautiful homes really must be

seen to be believed and with newly

finished homes ready to move into

now, these are opportunities not to be

missed. The Show Homes and Marketing

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Your city escape. Only an hour away

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* From Bentley station. 3.2 miles from the development. Journey time approximate. Source: National Rail Enquiries and Google Maps. †On selected homes only. Subject to status, terms and conditions apply. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.

Photograph shows typical Linden homes at Froyle Park. Prices and details correct at time of going to press.

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Garden Quest

Maggie Alderson hunts down the best hiding places for Easter eggs

Like many great British annual traditions, we imported the Easter Bunny from

America. That great nation of marketing geniuses has long done a fine trade in

converting slightly creepy figures of ancient European folklore into adorable

cuddly characters perfect for flogging product while cheering everyone up. Win win.

It was in this spirt that Santa Claus as we know and love him – jolly,

tubby, red of cheek – was invented by Coca-Cola in the 1930s. Earlier

Christmas present deliverers Saint Nicholas, the Nordic god Wotan

and Britain’s original Father Christmas, weren’t nearly so affable.

The Easter Bunny in its original European incarnation of an egg-hiding

mammal fertility symbol was actually a hare, an animal perfect for conveying

the idea of spring’s fecundity, because lady hares can actually get pregnant

again while they are still carrying a litter. It’s an impressive feat of breeding (if

a nightmarish prospect…), but bunnies won, because they’re cuter and have

fluffy tails and we’ve all cuddled one. There’s a reason Beatrix Potter wrote Peter

Rabbit rather than Harold Hare. The Easter Hare is also a less attractive prospect

to the modern child, because on his arrival in America with 18th century

German immigrants to Pennsylvania, he hid real eggs, albeit painted ones.

As the fluffy egg-concealing white rabbit took on across the United States

the eggs became chocolate, which required attractive baskets to be collected in

and the Easter Egg Hunt as we now know it had arrived. And what a lovely

thing it is, to watch over-excited children – some of them nearly of university

age, in my experience – running around a garden searching for tiny foilcoloured

treats, with a larger chocolate rabbit or chicken the ultimate prize.

Also fun for parents, is the concealing of the eggs, while a grandparent

distracts the small ones inside – nearly as thrilling as tiptoeing in with

a Christmas stocking. The key thing is to have the right garden to

do it in, with lots of different areas for hiding and hunting.

1. White Ladyes

Where? White Ladyes is situated

on a gated private road on the Clare

Hill private estate, with a golf course

on either side, just a short walk from

Esher High Street. The station, with

its 30 minute connection to Waterloo

is 5 minutes drive. Kingston and

Guildford are 20 minutes. The house

has splendid views to the south.

What? A classic 1930s family house

by renowned architect Blair Imrie, it has

a lovely, spacious flow of oak-floored

rooms with multiple doors out to the

garden from the large drawing room,

library, formal dining room and kitchen/

breakfast room, with views over the

manicured gardens. Upstairs the master

suite has an adjoining bathroom and his

and hers dressing room, plus a balcony

with spectacular views. There are five

further bedrooms, two further bathrooms

and a games room/seventh bedroom on

this level. The rear garden is well planted

with lawns, mature trees and plants, as

well as a large pond and patio area.

How much? White Ladyes is on the

market with Knight Frank, Esher, with

a guide price of £2,650,000. Call 01372

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2. Crow Clump

Where? Crow Clump commands

an elevated position within the

renowned St. George’s Hill private

estate, with panoramic views. It’s five

minutes drive to Weybridge station

with its fast service to Waterloo.

What? The property, which covers

5,904 sq ft, is the major portion of Grade

II listed Walter Tarrant mansion of great

style and character. The principal rooms

are accessed from a splendid period

staircase and landing, overlooked by

feature stained glass windows. Arranged

over three floors, there is a large reception

hall with a verandah, kitchen/breakfast

room, dining room and a further

reception room. Going up there are

three beds and two baths and the master

en suite, with dressing room. Up again

to three more beds, two baths, a study,

sitting room and laundry room. There’s a

further attic room. Outside there’s a pool

with a pool house and immaculate tiered

gardens, perfect for egg concealment.

How much? Crow Clump is listed

with John D Wood, Weybridge, with a

guide price of £3,000,000. Call 01932

842323 or look at

3. Osbrooks

Where? Osbrooks sits in in a rural

position just to the south of Capel

village, surrounded by woodland and

arable fields. Dorking and Horsham

are each 15 minutes via the A24

with excellent rail links to London.

Gatwick is just 25 minutes and

Heathrow 45 minutes, making this

an ideal home for a globetrotter.

What? The stuff of dreams. A Grade

II Listed timber-framed Manor House.

The first house on the site dates back

to 1282, the current one mostly from

the 17th century. The ground floor has

everything you’d expect – large kitchen/

breakfast room, drawing and dining

rooms, family room, games room, utility,

staff bedroom and bath, all tastefully

updated. Upstairs seven bedrooms, four

baths. Big cellars and an outbuilding

with a gym and workshop. Then

there’s the garden. Not just any garden

– a Gertrude Jekyll garden of utter

gorgeousness, extending out to wooded

areas with a lake, about 14 acres in all.

The Easter Bunny would hop with joy.

How much? Osbrooks is

listed with Sotheby’s International

Realty, Cobham with a guide price

of £2,750,000. Call them on 01932

860537, or browse

4. Brackendene House

Where? Brackendene House sits

between Chertsey and Weybridge,

with its excellent rail link to Waterloo,

and is very handy for the M25.

What? A classic Victorian family home

with light and airy rooms on a lovely scale.

The ground floor has a double aspect

drawing room open to the dining room –

both with French windows onto the lawn.

The large kitchen/breakfast room also has

doors to the garden. Upstairs the master

bedroom has a dressing room/sitting room

as well as a bathroom. There are four

further double bedrooms and a family

bathroom. Outside the substantial gardens

are principally laid to lawn with deep, wellstocked

herbaceous borders and hedging,

perfect for egg seeking. All those French

windows would add greatly to the fun.

How much? Brackendene

House is on the market with John

D Wood in Weybridge, guide price

£1,250,000. Contact them on 01932

842323 or browse


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Take a breathtaking display of bluebells, add a healthy

dose of Cadbury chocolate and a new natural play area

and you have a recipe for a picture perfect Easter at

Winkworth Arboretum. This Easter the arboretum should

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Exhibitions & events

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Doodle Do...

To celebrate the year of the rooster, ShedArt are

taking inspiration from the Dorking Cockerel

to create twelve unique canvas paintings.

These will be available for purchase alongside

over a hundred affordable art works, so if

you’re looking for a truly individual gift or

souvenir make sure you visit their exhibition

early in the week to reserve one of these one

of a kind pieces. Open Monday to Sunday,

10 to 16 April 2017, at Denbies Wine Estate,

Dorking. For further details visit

Pretty Crafty...

One of the most popular contemporary craft events

in the UK returns to RHS Wisley on Thursday

27 April to Monday 1 May. Craft In Focus

showcases the finest makers, carefully selected for

individuality, innovation and contemporary design.

Visit or call 01622 747325.

Call of the Wild...

Make your Easter Holidays a little bit wilder

with free family fun at Surrey Wildlife Trust’s

Bay Pond nature reserve in Godstone. Have a go

at pond-dipping, minibeast hunting, woodland

crafts and even meet some real owls at the spring

open day on Saturday 1 April from 11am-4pm.

Entry is free but donations are welcome and

there will be a small charge for some activities.

For information visit

Grape Escape..

On Friday 7 April, at Farnham Maltings, the

Vantage Point Wine Festival will showcase over

100 international wines including Champagne

and premium wines. Local wines and producers

will also feature with their own special section

to celebrate the strength and diversity of wine

production in Surrey. Find all this plus experts

and producers, music, entertainment, concessions,

food, money off vouchers and a blind wine

tasting in aid of Oakleaf and Shooting Star

Chase. The event is for adults aged eighteen and

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Crafty Kids...

A fun and creative way to keep the kids amused

this easter, The Lightbox’s spring children’s

workshops offer afternoons creating great

pieces such as Easter Bonnets or pen and ink

caricatures. There are three bookable workshops

on Tuesday 4, Thursday 6, and Tuesday 11

April at £8 per child. There are also drop in

sessions on Wednesday 5, Wednesday 12 and

Thursday 13 April, for children aged four and

up, with free entry (though a donation of £2 is

suggested). For more information and booking

visit or call 01483 737800.

Fine Tuning...

The main event of the Leith Hill Music

Festival, the Festival Concert will run each

evening at Dorking Halls from Thursday 6

to Saturday 8 April. Various musical events

and competitions run alongside the festival,

which is full of life, and packed with works

of various periods and styles so there is

something to suit all tastes. Plus, the festival

is proud to announce Jonathan Wilcocks as

the event’s sixth conductor. For further details

visit or call 01403 240093.


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Horncastle House Sharpthorne 01342 810219

Kingsmead Care Centre Horsham 01403 265335

Longfield Manor Billingshurst 01403 786832

Rapkyns Care Home Horsham 01403 265096

Upper Mead Henfield 01273 492870

Care homes for people with learning and/or physical

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The Granary Horsham 01403 327500

Horncastle Care Centre Sharpthorne 01342 813910

Kingsmead Care Centre Horsham 01403 265335

Kingsmead Lodge Horsham 01403 211790

Norfolk Lodge Horsham 01403 218876

Orchard Lodge

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Rapkyns Care Centre

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The Laurels Horsham 01403 220770

Rapkyns Care Home Horsham 01403 265096

Sycamore Lodge Horsham 01403 240066

White Lodge Croydon 02087 632586

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Woodhurst Lodge Crawley 01444 401228

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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

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The first impression of Cheyneys Almshouse is

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planted with the tiny hardy succulents known as houseleeks.

Once owners Adrian Howard and his partner Sven

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eyes and brain go into overdrive, trying to take everything

in. Interesting objects and visual puns abound.

The vestibule is pretty much filled by a huge chair like a

carved wooden throne. There’s an equally outsized Venetian

glass mirror in a very small sitting room to the left. Above is a

lampshade made from a straw boater. Stepping through into

the kitchen extension, you are met by a male shop window

dummy dressed in a guard’s uniform and a crash helmet, next

to a station map from a Jubilee Line underground station.

Hanging from the tiny mounted horns of African

game animals are rows of exquisite hats. In the

kitchen itself, there’s a lady mannequin wearing a

chic red cloche hat, her torso covered in postage

stamps… (I later find out her name is Gladys.)

Like the Tardis crossed with Gringotts, Cheyneys

Almshouse is much bigger than it looks and a secret

repository for a treasure trove of fascinating stuff, all of

which has been sourced, scavenged and sought out by

Adrian and Sven, who are Olympic standard bargain

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Icklesham village and the many antique emporiums of

Hastings Old Town, among more obscure sources.

They clearly have the ‘eye’, that particular talent

of spotting diamonds in the rough – and the house

itself was just such a find. “It was in the ‘Wreck of the

Week’ feature in The Guardian,” says Adrian, laughing,

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have proudly framed in the downstairs loo.

The fact that the boarded-up property was so derelict and

rat infested the estate agent refused to step through the door

and they had to make their first inspection by torchlight

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

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budget, but it was so much fun. It was an adventure.”

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a flat-roofed 70s single storey extension at the back containing

two miniature kitchens and a bathroom. Luckily, the front is

listed but the ugly extension wasn’t so it was fine to knock that

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Above left: The walls of the downstairs loo are covered

with framed photographs, prints, cards and letters with

personal meaning Above right and below: The original

1842 building was built as two tiny houses with a shared

staircase. On the landing two small runs of stairs face each

other – one original and the other copied for the extension

china treasures which are in everyday use – and the

provenance of both the crate and the table are keys to

the very interesting life Adrian and Sven have shared.

Sven is German and they spent six years living there, in the

city of Halle, twenty miles from Leipzig, while he was finishing

his studies. The kitchen table came from there. “We found it

on the street,” says Sven, laughing. “In Germany we have this

thing called Sperrmüll [NB capped first letter is correct for

nouns in Deutsch, jawoll, bitte] where large waste objects can

be left out on the street one day a month and we found this.”

“It’s fantastic,” adds Adrian. “You can get a calendar

from the council to tell you when it will be in each

neighbourhood and I would tour them…”

Sven shows me that the wooden table has a large drawer with

two large enamel basins set in it. “Once this would have been

the kitchen sink,” he says. “Now it’s perfect for preparing food.

When your friends arrive and you don’t want them to see the

mess, you just scrape it in to the bowls and close the drawers.”

Adding to the interest in this one piece of furniture – and

we still have the whole house to see at this stage – Adrian


This page: Adrian made the bedspread and cushions in the

master bedroom out of an old curtain of his mother’s

then explains the provenance of the slab of slate on top of

it.“My father found it in a wood near our house where I

grew up in Sidcup and it was just too good to leave there,

so every time we went for a walk he would drag it a few

more metres until finally he could collect it in the car. He

kept it for years and now it’s just perfect on top of this.”

And remember the Fortnum & Mason crate sitting

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life – he’s the in-house milliner in that most fabulous

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working on the floor of the store since 1958.

Then taking it on again – a key to how he came to

have such an extraordinary job is sitting on top of the

slate worktop: a tea cosy made out of old ties.

“When we lived in Germany,” he explains, “I had a shop

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When Sven finished at university – he’s now the head of a

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everyone to dress up for Christmas dinner. A pale blue 1930s

bell boy’s suit, with the traditional chin strap hat, which Adrian

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“Philip was a very good friend and mentor. Until he

died two and a half years ago, I would have tea with

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table in the area between the kitchen and the sitting rooms.

Presided over by the male mannequin spotted on the

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father of a friend whose uniform he wears) is an array of

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This page: The bathroom features an amazing bright blue 1920s

washbasin – not actually plumbed in, but too beautiful to leave

in the second-hand yard in Hastings Old Town. Its vibrant

colour is matched by a pair of pale blue grosgrain mule slippers

Adrian couldn’t resist from Fortnum & Mason

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“I thought about arranging it ready for the photographer,”

says Adrian, “then decided to just leave them…”

He was right, that tablescape couldn’t have looked more

enticing if a stylist had laboured over the arrangement for

hours. I try on a Jackie O style pillbox and immediately feel

I could mingle convincingly at a royal wedding. “That style

is very good for ladies who travel,” says Adrian, adjusting

it to fit perfectly on my head, “because they can put it in

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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,

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Adrian’s ongoing collection of silver nail buffers.

With the second storey of the extension there are

now four bedrooms, each with its own special character.

Adrian and Sven’s room has a genteel Edwardian feel

with a suite of furniture from that period and a quilted

bedspread Adrian – one of life’s natural makers –

created from some old curtains of his mother’s.

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called Charlie, the first Adrian acquired – is used to store

their large collection of fancy dress outfits. It’s their family

tradition for everyone to dress up for Christmas dinner

and they spend the whole year thinking about it.

A pale blue 1930s bell boy’s suit, with the traditional

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mule slippers Adrian couldn’t resist from Fortnum & Mason.

On the landing outside two small runs of stairs face

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copied it for the extension. Adrian made the stair runners

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

The other two guest rooms, in the original south side

of the house, are packed with more found treasures too

numerous to mention. In the pink bedroom, hat pins,

hat boxes, Victorian laced boots, tiaras, bow ties, Klaus

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Wealden Times Midsummer Fair 8th -10th June 2017

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Garden Designer

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Head Gardener,

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Visit the Garden Hub sponsored by Neptune

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yew hedges and herbaceous borders should be at their best for our

opening, with meadow and woodland gardens to explore as well.

The colourful gardens enjoy far reaching views over the hills,

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giving colour throughout the seasons. The Weald in the

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Meet the expert

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Madeleine Shaw is a nutritional health

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Diet and exercise lie at the heart of a healthy life.

We’ve brought together a team of experts from the

worlds of nutrition, exercise and health who will be

speaking in the Healthy Living Theatre sponsored by

Benenden Hospital over the three days of the fair.

What inspired you to do this book?

I think the easiest way to get

healthy, nutritious and fresh food

is from locally grown produce.

Seasonal food is amazing - it tastes better

and is healthier on your bank balance!



TV personality &

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What are your top 5 store cupboard/

fridge essentials for a healthy diet?

Leafy Greens - kale, spinach, rocket etc.

Free-range Eggs

Avocado Oil



When and why did you start practising

yoga? I moved to Australia when I was 18

and a friend took me to a class. I fell in

love with it immediately. The movement,

the meditation and the way

it makes you feel, it’s a way of life.

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At Wealden Times we have a passion for fashion and can’t wait


to browse amongst the handpicked exhibitors selling clothes Labyrinth rings,

and jewellery at this summer’s fair. We’re looking forward to from £95, Labyrinth

visiting regular stands as well as meeting up with first time ring charms, from

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Bush Bells

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possum Merino

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Awarded Best Collection 2017 at the Company

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What do your customers tell you they like about your

products? The pieces are personal and unique, and

my customers love the fact that they can create their

own piece. The Labyrinth rings are individual to you,

simply select your charms and slide them onto your

base ring, change and rearrange whenever it suits you!


Marsh Wools

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Have you always been creative? I carry a

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which run through all my collections.

please tell us about the journey from design process

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gemstones, a new fabulous piece of Amulette is born!

Millie Manu

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won the Great British Design Competition sponsored

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new charms for the Labyrinth rings, so it’s an

opportunity for a first look at those. I’m looking

forward to seeing customers, both new and old.

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair 8th -10th June 2017

The Great

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What do your customers tell you

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That everything is hand made by me in my workshop

in Marden and not in a factory. I remain small enough

to give the personal touches, ensuring my pieces

match my client’s personality and vision, but big

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Please tell us about the journey from

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With commissions, I’ll meet a client, sketch some designs

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realise I can do anything when I put my mind to it.

What can we look forward to from The

Barefoot Welder at the Midsummer Fair?

Other than my bare feet?! I have some new, exciting

products tucked up my sleeve and if the visitors are lucky

the security team may even make an appearance!

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True Origins

Words: Jennifer Stuart-Smith Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Lucy Fleming


Immersed within three acres of glorious gardens, Peter and

Jane’s historic family home, a stunning Wealden farmhouse, is

tantalisingly full of mystery and intrigue.


Previous pages: The front reception room is on the

eastern end of the house and features a sunken fireplace

This page: The garden is a dreamy combination of

mature lawns, magnificent topiary and intimate spaces

divided by box hedging and moss-covered walls

Anyone who has ever read The Secret Garden by Frances

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“This has been the perfect house for us, and our children,”

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and two more on the way...”. The house, when they bought it,

was in need of some serious modernisation but this did not deter

the couple who clearly have an affinity for tricky, timber-framed

buildings. “We had moved from another former hall house, near

Headcorn,” says Jane, “so we knew what we were taking on.”

“Lots of people told us that it was known as the coldest

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

houses they say that about! Plus it had small leaks in lots of

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

home. However, once the essentials were dealt with (rewiring,

heating installed, secondary glazing fitted and leaks fixed) the

couple were able to start making this historic building into a

family home – a process that has continued until the present

day. Jane and Peter have only recently added a beautiful

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This page: The new kitchen extension was built by Hurstway

Construction. The lamps on the sideboard (above) came from

one of the Wealden Times Fairs and the trough/planter in the

middle of the windowsill is from Capital to Coast in Cranbrook

“Every generation thinks that what it is putting in

or adding, is an improvement,” says Peter, “though the

following generations sometimes disagree. Either way, our

home has evolved with us as a family.” The stunning new

extension, built from reclaimed timbers and featuring a

vaulted ceiling, is a seamless addition. “A lot of this was

because of the grandchildren,” says Peter. “We realised,

once everyone was married, that we didn’t have enough

room for everyone to sit down and have breakfast together

or Christmas lunch.” As well as providing essential space,

it is also the perfect spot from which to view the garden.

The garden, though hard to do justice in words, is a

dreamy combination of mature lawns, magnificent topiary

and intimate spaces divided by box hedging and mosscovered

walls. It is clearly a labour of love, though Jane makes

light of this: “The topiary only really needs cutting once a

year,” she says. There is a pool area, protected by a low wall

and manicured hedge as well as a selection of timber-clad

outbuildings, with Kent peg title roofs. It’s the kind of garden

that just cries out to be explored – and it’s easy to imagine their

grandchildren running along the paths, squirting one another

with hose pipes and jumping into the swimming pool.

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

“Although we had a few yew and beech hedges when we

arrived, we have planted many more. It’s been great fun

trying to put in some structure.” A love of gardening is

something the couple share with one another, but it is


Above: The dining room is in fact the oldest in the

house Right: A corner of the downstairs bathroom

also something they like to share with others, through their

work with local charity, the Gardening for Disabled Trust.

“We get so much pleasure from gardening ourselves it makes

you realise how awful it must be if you can’t do it anymore,”

says Jane. “Through the charity, we try to inspire people to

do what they can with whatever financial support we can

give them.” The Trust, which was formed 48 years ago, is a

voluntary organisation, based in the Weald of Kent, which

gives grants to people all over the United Kingdom to help

them continue to garden, despite disability or advancing

illness. Jane has just sent out invitations for the plant fair they

are hosting at the end of this month [April], where about 20

specialist growers are expected to attend and visitors get a rare

glimpse of this very special garden. “It’s a lot of fun – and it

helps that we have masses of space for parking,” says Jane.

But, less about the garden, and back to the magnificent house

which, despite its complex history gives the outward impression

of never having changed. “It’s good to hear that, from the front,

it’s as if it has always looked like this. Planning restrictions and

guidelines on a house like this are very strict, so we’ve had to

work within them,” says Jane. Viewed from the front, their

home is an impressive brick, timber and tile-hung Wealden

farmhouse, symmetrical, with two storeys plus attic rooms.

The house dates from the 15th century and was a hall house

in origin, though the original house was destroyed by fire and

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Above: The front reception room’s sunken fireplace was

apparently the only warm place to sit. “My theory is, that the

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walls and dug out ponds and did all sorts of things. But overall,

they gave it a lot of love.” It featured in Country Life during

the 1930s, which would suggest that the restoration and work

on the garden was of some note, though not all of the work

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kitchen wing, which we have since knocked down,” says Jane.

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was painted in a striking pillarbox red by Jane’s father. It

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rooms and, despite Jane’s assurance that the house does not

have any unusual spirits, the room is strikingly cold. Perhaps

my childish imagination is getting the better of me?

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have created an unusual but effective downstairs washroom.

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‘solar’ in the original hall house, with sliding screens that

opened into the main hall and cooking / social area.” You

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in it now, but it would if you took the floor down to the

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looking (actually, too-matte accentuates the lumpiness of

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Grains and sugars. Elimination, whilst difficult,

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Active April

Surrey Homes talks to personal trainer and nutrit ionist Sarah-Jane Holt...

Do you have a beauty

regime? I cleanse and

moisturise but that’s as

complicated as it gets. I use

natural organic products as

much as possible. Caudalie

foaming face wash is a

god-send as it’s quick and

easy to use in the shower.

Beyond products I drink

two litres of water a day

and focus on including a

wide variety of vegetables

in my diet. Being hydrated

and making sure you are

eating enough vitamins and

minerals really will make

such a difference to the skin.

Beauty does come from

within in more ways than

one and what you put into

your body will reflect itself

in the way you feel and look.

Do you have a particular

product you couldn’t

live without? Mascara, no

matter how I feel a bit of

mascara will always make

me feel a bit better!

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? A back

That essential Easter icon, the

hen’s egg, is nature’s perfect

convenience food. With

an abundance of essential

vitamins, minerals and a highprotein

content (they contain

all eight essential amino

acids) eggs make a delicious,

affordable and versatile

contribution to a healthy diet.

In the past, cholesterol

levels in eggs were

considered a health risk and

recommendations were made

that they should be limited to

four a week. These findings

massage! Training a lot

throughout the week

can really affect muscle

tension and tightness and

a good deep tissue massage

can certainly make a big

difference, plus it’s super

relaxing so a win all round!

Who’s your style icon? I

don’t really have a style icon

but someone who I really

look up to in more ways

than just their look is Jessica

Ennis. Her ability, power

and talent is incredibly

inspiring, beyond that she is

Go to work on an egg...

have now been over-turned

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that cholesterol in food has a

much smaller effect on blood

levels of total cholesterol, and

harmful LDL cholesterol,

than was previously thought.

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all major organisations

– including the British

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Department for Health –

now recommend eggs as

part of a healthy diet.

Their high protein content

makes eggs a great breakfast

a great ambassador for sport

and fitness and I think a

role model for all women.

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and worked as an actress,

Sarah-Jane now works

as a personal trainer and

nutritionist with Matt

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with private clients in Kent.

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for Busy Mums.

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fuller for longer and there

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

It’s April, and time for a clear out. In the rush to

throw open the windows and defrost the fridge,

don’t forget to put aside some time for a self

spring clean to re-energise your mind and body.

This isn’t as hard as you think, in fact it’s really simple!

Nature designed our bodies with a built-in elimination

system to get rid of toxins and make way for the fuel we

need for perfect health. The message is, look after your

elimination system and it’ll look after you. All you need to

do is to move out of its way and let it get on with its job ...

Here are four easy ways to give yourself a spring clean in April


Give your digestive system a rest so the main digestive

elimination organs – the liver and kidneys – can do their

job. Use whole foods and prepare meals from scratch. Eat

mainly plant foods (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans)

with small amounts of good quality protein (free-range

meat and poultry, fish and eggs) and cut out processed

foods. Eat your last meal of the day early to allow a

13-hour fast between supper and breakfast. This gives

your body time to process food and your cells to renew.


7-8 hours sleep a night allows the brain to process the day’s

information, detoxing the mind while the body rests and

repairs. For a good night’s sleep, cut out caffeine and alcohol

( a nightcap may help you drop off but you’ll be up again at

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

ban the telly and mobile phone); establish a sleep routine and

rituals (a warm bath, lavender oil on the pillow) and avoid all

screen time for at least a couple of hours before you turn in.


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

to stay hydrated. The kidneys filter 120-150 quarts of fluid

daily and need water to do their job. Flush out your system

with plenty of water and cut the bad boys caffeine and

alcohol because, as well as overburdening the liver, they are

also dehydrating. The jury’s out on the exact amount we

should drink each day but feeling thirsty and passing dark,

strong smelling urine are both signs of de-hydration. The

government recommends eight glasses a day, and, for the

purposes of loving your elimination system, make these water.


The lungs are one of the largest organs in the body, and,

with each inhalation they supply the body with the oxygen

it needs while the exhalation carries away the stale air. For

the full benefits, aim for good steady breathing with each

breath starting in the abdomen, then filling the lungs and

rising to the top lobes, just below the collarbone, aiming for

a slightly longer exhalation than inhalation. Seek out green

spaces away from traffic pollution – trees are natural air

filters – or walk along the beach so your lungs can take in

good quality air, and exhale the stale stuff you don’t need.

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

that suits your purse and personality but don’t underestimate the

power of the body to cleanse itself. All you have to do is allow

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





Fresh from the kitchen of her Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells

Rosemary Shrager and her apprenticeship team share three exceedingly delicious

Easter recipes that are bound to impress this Bank Holiday weekend...

Photographs: David Merewether

Smoked haddock Scotch egg

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

• 16 quail’s eggs or 6

medium eggs

• 2 large baking potatoes

• 500g smoked haddock

(undyed) skinned and

lightly poached in milk

• handful of chives and

parsley, very finely cut

• zest of one lemon

• salt

• pinch cayenne

for the coating

• 50g plain flour

• 3 eggs well beaten

• 250g panko breadcrumbs

• salt

• pinch cayenne

for the curry mayonnaise

• 2 egg yolks

• 1 tsp Dijon mustard

• 300ml sunflower oil

• juice of one lemon

• salt and pepper

• 20g curry powder

• 2g turmeric

• 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

1. To make the Scotch eggs, first cook

the quail’s eggs in boiling water for

2 minutes (large for 4 minutes) then

put straight into iced water. Allow

to cool before removing the shell.

2. Put the potatoes into an oven at 180˚C

and cook for about an hour until soft.

Leave in longer if needed. Remove and

allow to cool, scoop out the potato from

the skin and put through a ricer or sieve.

3. Chop the smoked haddock finely, put

into a bowl and add the chives and

parsley, cayenne and zest and mix well.

4. Add the potato to the mixture (not

all at once, it’s just to bind the whole

thing together). Season well.

5. Peel the eggs carefully, they will be

delicate being soft. Take a small ball

of the haddock, enough to cover the

egg. Flatten it so it wraps around

the egg. Repeat with the rest of the

eggs, put onto a floured tray and

place in the fridge for an hour.

6. Once the egg has rested, roll in flour

then egg, then panko breadcrumbs

with a pinch of salt and cayenne added.

When finished, put into the fridge again

for another hour to rest, if possible.

7. Heat up the sunflower oil in a deep fat

fryer to 180˚C and cook the eggs for

approx. 4 minutes, turning until golden.

8. To make the mayonnaise, put the egg

yolk and mustard into a bowl and whisk.

Add the oil, drop by drop, until it

becomes thick. You can now start adding

the oil a little faster. When finished, add

the lemon and curry powder, turmeric

and chilli sauce, check for seasoning.





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navarin of Lamb

Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 30 mins Cooking time: 1½ hours

For the lamb

• 1 whole shoulder of

lamb, cut into 4cm


• 1 large onion

• 60g butter

• 4 cloves garlic,


• 8 medium turnips,

peeled and quartered

• ½ bottle of red wine

• 4 sprigs thyme

• 4 bay leaves

• 2 tbsps tomato purée

• 800ml stock

• 1 tbsp plain flour

• 1 dsp dark brown


For the garnish

• 24 shallots, peeled but

kept whole, stalk on

• 450g button


• 30g butter

• 1 tbsp caster sugar

• 8 rashers dry-cured

back bacon, sliced into


• 2 tbsps parsley, finely


• 400ml stock (lamb or


• 2 tbsps finely chopped


• 32 baby potatoes

1. Using a large frying pan, soften the onions in olive oil

and put them into a heavy ovenproof casserole dish.

2. Sear the meat in batches in hot oil and add

them to the onions. Add the butter and let it

melt over the meat and onions, sprinkle on the

flour and the sugar, turning it all together.

3. Now add the garlic to the frying pan, cook it briefly

then deglaze the pan with the red wine. Let it bubble

for a minute and pour it into the casserole, followed

by the stock, the tomato purée and the thyme.

4. Add the turnips to the casserole, bring the whole

thing to simmering point and then put into the oven

for about an hour and a half. Test to see if the meat

is tender and allow it to cool until you need it. It

will happily stay in the fridge for a day or two.

5. To prepare the vegetables, simmer the shallots in stock

for about five minutes, remove with a slotted spoon,

then add the mushrooms and simmer them for 5

minutes. Strain them, reserving the stock. Melt the butter

in a frying pan and stir in the sugar. Put the cooked

mushrooms and shallots into this, turning them to make

them slightly caramelised. Add 2 tablespoons of the

reserved stock, stirring it all together (save the rest of

the stock for soup). Allow it to cool until you are ready

to serve. Fry the bacon in a little oil until it is crisps.

6. Now boil the potatoes until just cooked, add to the meat

with the shallot and mushrooms, fold in gently.



Simnel Battenberg cake

Serves: 6 Prep time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 25-30 mins

To make perfect Battenberg squares, Rosemary

recommends using a special Battenberg Tin. She

uses a Silverwood tin, available at Lakeland

• 175g unsalted

butter, softened

• 175g golden caster


• 3 large eggs

• 1tsp vanilla paste

• 175g self-raising


• pink colouring


• 4tbsp raspberry jam

• 350g marzipan

1. Cream the butter and sugar until very pale

and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, vanilla

paste and flour until you have a smooth

batter. Divide the batter exactly in half,

and put into two bowls. In one bowl add

a small amount of pink colouring paste,

folding until completely combined.

2. Divide the mixture between the sections of

the tin – two sections per batter colour.

3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a

skewer inserted into the centre comes

out clean. Allow to cool and remove

the cake pieces from the tin.

4. Paint the jam over the long sides of the cake

and put one of each side by side, then put the

other two pieces on top, alternating the colour

to achieve that classic chequerboard pattern.

Paint the remaining long sides with the jam.

5. In icing sugar, roll out 290g of the marzipan

and wrap the cake completely. Put the cake

seam-side-down to hide the rough edge.

Trim the edges with a sharp knife dipped in

hot water, weigh 6x10g balls of marzipan to

place on top and then gently blowtorch.


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Navarin; Lauren-Louise

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Main Course

Rosemary Shrager talks to Lucy Fleming about the new apprenticeships

on offer at her Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells

Why did you decide to offer apprenticeships?

Rosemary: “I came down to Tunbridge Wells to set up

the Cookery School with the intention of eventually

offering apprenticeships. When I was learning to cook,

I was desperate for a mentor – I kept books and wrote

about food – and ending up putting myself through

apprenticeships that I organised myself. I learned on the

job, searching out the relevant expertise for each area that

I wanted to find out more about. For me, to give back

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at Detling and Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Hadlow’s Deputy

Group Principal and Deputy CEO happened to be there.

Mark came to see me and I explained our situation and he

decided that there was a future in us working together.

Months later, we’re now in partnership with the Hadlow

group. It’s the best partnership, as they are able to deliver

what we haven’t got – the marketing side, the apprenticeship

side, the funding side. I am absolutely over the moon with it.

I honestly do believe that they can offer us as much as we can

offer them. Here we have a high-end catering side whereas

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live shows, work experience, getting apprentices into top

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Jo Arnell’s tasty picks

10 Made to Measure

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BBC presenter Danny

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Brilliant garden ideas

17 April Treats

Sue Whigham’s spring


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love getting out in the garden and, after a mammoth weed

clear, (wrongly timed, seasonally speaking) hedge attack

and plant cleansing session over the last few weekends,

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tunnel of winter neglect! If you’re raring to get gardening,

this month’s supplement is positively packed with perfect

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with meals in mind

Dish up your home-grown feasts with pride by following Jo Arnell’s tips for growing success


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The soil is warming and it’s time

to sow some vegetables. This

year I’m trying to tailor the

crops I grow to what – and how much

– we actually eat. I’m sure that I’m

not alone in suffering from the ‘grow

it and throw it’ regime which comes

from sowing too many plants, or from

growing prolific crops like courgettes

that never seem to stop. It’s not always

easy to judge how much is enough. For

the time-pressed, crops that are quick

and easy to grow, harvest and prepare

are also a must. Vegetables that are

used in favourite recipes, crops that

taste much better than shop bought

– that are worth the effort – should

go onto the list too. Deciding what

to grow, and when, can be a bit of a

minefield, but with a little thought at

the beginning of the season (let’s not

make a meal of that bit) we can grow

“If you are short of time,

but still want to grow

something, then salad

leaves are wonderfully

quick and simple”

some useful ingredients, save money

and eat fresh and healthy vegetables.

Plot for portion size

This won’t work for everyone, or for

every crop, but I have found that

dividing your plot up into ‘meal sized’

sections can help with planning out

how much of some things you will

need. The dividing lines don’t need

to be permanent and the size of crop

will depend on how many are in your

household. I’ve found it successful for

peas and beans (dwarf and broad),

for salad crops, beetroot, spinach,

broccoli and herbs like coriander

and flat-leaved parsley. Some of these

can be sown in succession so that (in

theory) the beds can be used several

times during the growing season.

Salad days

If you are short of time, but still want

to grow something, then salad leaves are

wonderfully quick and simple to grow

from scratch. Scatter a pinch of seeds

straight from the packet (remember

portion sizes – it’s easy to sow too much)

and within a few weeks – earlier if you

like baby leaves – they will be ready to

harvest. You can make up your own mix

of seeds, or buy ready mixed packets of

salad seed. Rocket, mustard and stir-fry

mixes of oriental leaves tend to bolt (run

to seed) when grown in hot weather, so

are best sown in the spring and autumn.

Once you get into the habit of sowing

a few leafy crops, you will discover how

easy it is – and how much cheaper and

fresher your salads will be. Most will

keep growing as you cut them too –

hence the ‘cut and come again’ idea.

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diseases and all in all

can put you off growing

your own completely. If you

are not able to check on your plot

every day, then you’ll need to grow

reliable, hardy and pest resistant crops

that won’t mind if you miss a few days

of tending. Root crops like beetroot

and potatoes are good, chard seems to

be indestructible and I find leeks and

kale to be resistant to the worst of the

weather, and not especially attacked by

pests (if kale is prone to whitefly and

caterpillars, sow later in the summer).

These hardy crops will sit out there

in the soil, patiently waiting to be

harvested all through the winter.


Herbs can be grown in the smallest

of spaces and will even thrive in

containers or on a sunny windowsill.

They do need a sunny spot and

free draining conditions, as most of

them are native to the sun-baked

Mediterranean. Depending on what

you grow, a little will go a long way,

so you should only need one rosemary

bush (it may need to be kept pruned)

and a few chive, thyme and oregano

(or marjoram) plants. Watch out for

mint plants; you may find these are

best grown in a pot, as they spread

about rampantly if left unchecked. If

you have a bigger space available, then

a designated herb garden in a sunny

place, preferably near to the house,

will be as pretty as it is productive.

Back door bounty

If your vegetable patch is at the very

bottom of the garden, or if you don’t

Grow some ingredients

have room for a dedicated space in

which to grow vegetables, then some

containers by the back door will easily

keep you supplied with salads and herbs

through the season. The big advantage

here is that you can just lean out of

the door and pick herbs for cooking

and fresh salad ingredients, without

having to put on your coat and wellies

and go trudging out to your patch.

Slow but sure

The seeds of some root crops – potatoes,

parsnips and large carrots take quite

a long time from sowing to harvest.

Onions and leeks need to be sown

early in the season because they take so

long to bulk up. Once they’re planted

out (grow them in a pot first, because

the seedlings are like tiny blades of

grass) you can forget about them until

the winter. If you want long white

shanks on leeks, either dig them up

and replant them into a deeper hole, or

earth up around the base of the plants.

Harvests and holidays

It’s worth looking on the back of the

Leeks - great to grow in the winter and versatile: use

in soups, casseroles, risotto and quiche.

Courgettes - a prolific summer crop, easy to incorporate

into lots of dishes: fritters, in Ratatouille, or even cake.

tomatoes - home grown have more flavour. Grow big, beefsteak ones

to stuff and make sauce, smaller varieties for snacking, salads and tarts.

At the end of the season the less ripe make wonderful chutney.

Garlic and herbs - easy to grow and use in small quantities, herbs will

also benefit from regular cutting to keep them tidy and fresh looking.

seed packets (there are also useful

charts online) to find out what the

approximate sowing to harvest times

are for certain crops; this will give you

an idea of what to expect, and help you

to plan when, and how much, to sow.

Annoyingly the harvest may fall while

you’re on holiday, and hopefully it’s

not too late this year to do something

about it (or you will just be encouraging

friends and family to enjoy the bounty

while you’re away…), so make a note

to sow crops like beans, lettuce and

courgettes, which need regular picking,

either late or early, so that you stand

a chance of catching the harvest.

The plot to plate journey should

be uncomplicated, and, if possible,

easier and cheaper than going to the

supermarket. If you are short of time,

or limited in terms of space, choose

carefully. I have a few stalwarts that

I tend to grow each year and then

other crops come and go, depending

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Garden designer, TV presenter and

writer, Mark Lane talks us through

his love of the outdoors

for those that don’t know, how did

you get into gardening? Both sets of my

grandparents were very keen gardeners.

My paternal grandparents had a large

garden and I would spend hours following

my grandfather around. He taught me

how to sow seeds, how to divide plants,

how to put colours together and more

importantly close my eyes and listen to

the garden. I remember to this day lying

on my back in the middle of the main

lawn on a very hot summer’s day with my

eyes closed and smelling the roses as their

scent was carried along on the breeze. I

cherish all of these memories, although

it was not until much later when my

partner and I bought our first house in

London, and then in Pluckley, Kent, and

now in a small village on the outskirts of

Canterbury that I really started gardening.

With each move we acquired a larger

plot and when I became a landscape

designer and BBC gardening presenter I

started to look at plants, gardening and

horticulture in a much broader sense.

How has gardening helped you? Without

gardening I would be a completely

different person today. I was born with

spina bifida and several years ago I was in

a car crash which resulted in me being a

wheelchair user full-time. I was very lucky

to have spent some of my rehabilitation at

the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

in Stanmore where I was introduced

to horticultural therapy. I was already

gardening by this point but through

slight adjustments to posture, pacing my

gardening activities and being introduced

to alternative ways of doing gardening

my rehabilitation took an upward turn,

and I have not looked back since. I love

every aspect of gardening, from sowing a

seed and watching it grow, to composting,

pruning and even weeding. I spend hours

outside gardening and every stress of

modern day life seems to disappear and

my breathing slows down. I also love my

job as a landscape designer, and being in a

wheelchair has not stopped me, nor has it

hindered me with site surveys, designing

and managing projects. Gardening is

good, both physically and mentally, for

my health and wellbeing. I am living

proof. This is why I am honoured to

be the first Health, Wellbeing and

Community Ambassador for Groundwork

and an Ambassador for Thrive.

When planning a garden that is

wheelchair friendly, where do you begin?

The first thing to consider is the person in

the wheelchair. Do they use a wheelchair

all of the time? What is their condition or

disability? How far can the person reach?

Can they twist their body, lean forward

or use their hands? I suppose what I am

saying is that every wheelchair user is

different, and every wheelchair is different.

There are regulations that stipulate how

wide a path needs to be, for example,

but depending on the size of the garden

adjustments may have to be made in order

to work specifically for an individual. In

most cases, the hard landscaping must

be firm, stable and level. There needs to

be enough traction to a surface to stop a

wheelchair sliding, but too much traction

can make it very difficult for someone

who self-propels their wheelchair.

Regulations aside, a big aspect of designing

or planning a garden for a wheelchair user

is their viewpoint. People in wheelchairs

see a garden from a much lower position

so a focal point in a garden may have to

be tweaked slightly. Planting feels taller

to a wheelchair user, so the right use of

plants needs to be taken into account

and lighting needs to assist and not

blind. So, there are many considerations,

too many to write about now.

What’s the most valuable piece of

gardening advice you’ve ever been given?

Have a go, have patience, enjoy yourself

and not to be disappointed if a plant dies.

What’s been your biggest gard ening

challenge to date? As a landscape designer

I think it is about to start, but I cannot

say what it is for. As a gardener in my own

garden, nervously opening for the first

time this year for the National Garden

Scheme. I know the garden has to look

its best from May to September, so a lot

of preparation in March and April.

What are you working

on at the moment?

Filming for BBC Gardeners’ World,

acting in my Ambassadorial roles,

writing for magazines and currently

designing and managing ten projects.

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BBC presenter Danny Clarke explains what drew

him into the world of horticulture

Why gardening? I think the bug

for gardening was as a result of my

parents asking me as a child to tidy

their outside space. I remember toiling

for what seemed like ages cutting the

grass with a pair of shears and a push

mower. I can’t say that I enjoyed it

because it seemed like a chore. But years

later when I owned my first property

I found that working on my patch of

land evoked childhood memories of

the scent of roses, the beauty of the

nodding daffodils in the wind, and

the smell of the grass during its first

cut after its winter dormancy. Before

I knew it I was hooked and the seeds

for my future career were sown.

What was your favourite part

about being on BBC One’s the

instant Gardener? For me the best

part about being on The Instant

Gardener was the camaraderie among

everyone on the show, from the

bosses at 12 Yard who produced the

show right through to the runners.

I have forged some great friendships

which I’m sure will last a lifetime.

What’s your favourite local garden?

Great Dixter in Sussex which used to be

owned by the late Christopher Lloyd has

given me so much inspiration. I just love

his relaxed style of planting as well as the

man’s willingness to push boundaries.

Out of all the great gardens this is the

one I probably visit the most. There is

certainly a little bit of Great Dixter in

many of The Instant Gardener projects.

What’s the most valuable piece of

gardening advice you’ve ever been

given? My very first client was a lady

called Jo Bryant. She had the most

amazing larger than life personality

along with the most beautiful garden

which was the love of her life. What she

didn’t know about gardening you could

write on the back of a postage stamp. A

fantastic teacher, I knew her for three

years until her untimely death. I suppose

it wasn’t the advice she gave me that

was so valuable but the way she would

alter my state of mind. For example, if

I arrived at her property and it was a

cold rainy day, she would greet me with

that booming smile of hers and the first

thing she would say is “Danny, how

lovely to see you, what a dramatic day.”

What she was saying is there is no such

thing as a bad day and there’s a beauty in

everything if you choose to look for it.

What’s your biggest

gardening challenge

to date? That’s an easy

one. The first garden

I ever designed and built. It could

have been an absolute nightmare

because the client was very testing. I

remember thinking. “If this is what

this job’s all about then I’m going to

find an office job.” I’m glad I didn’t!

What are you working on at the

moment? I’ve been spending my time

adjusting a friend’s garden in Romney

Marsh. It’s a lovely property which

doesn’t really need my input. The job

has involved opening up the views

into the surrounding countryside by

cutting back shrubs and re shaping

trees on its boundaries, installing raised

beds in the vegetable garden, returfing

some areas and doing a general tidy.

There’s been lots of clearing and

burning which I really enjoy. You just

can’t beat the smell of wood smoke.

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April Treats

Sue Whigham selects some beautiful spring

goodies to bring your garden to life

Whilst March is the month when things start

tentatively unfurling and lifting their heads

above the parapet, only to flinch as another

stormy day approaches, April really is the time when

spring flowers start bursting into life. And of course it’s

the month when bulbs really come into their own.

Then there is the blossom on the crab apples, the

pears and the dramatic appearance of magnolia flowers

while in the woods the iconic bluebells carpet the

ground before the deciduous leaf canopy grows over

and they lose much of the light. It is interesting how so

many spring blooming plants are shade lovers or partial

shade lovers and of course for the same reason.

Wood anemones carpet the ground in shady areas early in

the month. A. nemorosa (AGM) is one of the earliest of spring

flowers and its star-shaped white flowers are so refreshing

after a long winter. Once they have finished flowering, their

foliage disappears until next year. They take a very long

time to spread and you may want to grow A. blanda instead

which self sows rapidly. There are blue and white forms of

Anemone blanda. A choice wood anemone is A. nemorosa

‘Robinsoniana’ (AGM), named after William Robinson, which

is a pale blue and which looks wonderful with cowslips.

My mother, now in her ninety-third year, remembers

clouds of cowslips growing wild in her youth and just ready

for the picking. These are our native primulas, P. veris,

and their lemony yellow flowers last right through until

May. They are just lovely and wow, they spread rapidly so

that we too can have a sea of them although perhaps not

on the verges and in the meadows as they used to be.

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rise from a carpet of E. pinnatum subsp. colchicum (AGM).

I love Christopher Lloyd’s description of Euphorbia

palustris’s lime green ‘flowers’ as literally sparkling perhaps

with ‘a tiny crystal of nectar in the centre of each flower’.

It is a particularly nice euphorbia with a good spread and

an average height of a couple of feet as well as lime green

inflorescences. Perfect for giving a dramatic backdrop to

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And finally, the hellebores, most of which started

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The Forgotten


Expert forager Michael White

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for garden invaders than

just compost fodder as he

explores edible weeds


Productivity is everything in the

vegetable garden and to that end

every square inch and no end of

loving labour is employed to conjure

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But what of the forgotten harvest,

the unbidden crop which appears

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Weeds are easy to write off with a one

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crops haven’t even germinated.

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Select the young growth and use it

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The dandelion taraxacum officinale

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have you wetting the bed if you eat it. Try using the

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Though there are many more to choose from, hairy

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qualities) completes my gourmet trinity of spring weeds.

They pop up just about anywhere on bare ground and

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young growth has a wonderfully peppery tang, almost

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Course Work

The newest member of the WT team,

Rebecca Cuffe, tracks down a handful of

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you’re interested in capturing the beauty

of the garden in photography or illustration,

as well as their courses on gardening itself.

Jo Arnell’s comprehensive year long

course at Hornbook Manor in Woodchurch,

Kent (pictured) (, is

run in small, informal groups, so there’s

plenty of chances to ask Jo any questions

you may have over some homemade cake.

The course lasts a full year but you can

also book an individual course if there’s

a particular field you’re interested in.

Godinton House is also well worth a visit,

as they run gardening events throughout the

year ( You may have noticed in our own

April Notebook that they are holding a

topiary workshop this month, but there

is more to learn with head gardener Viv

Hunt, who has combined forces

with professional gardener Fiona Abrahams

in monthly workshops since November.

For the foodies of the Weald there are some

invaluable learning opportunities at Brogdale

Collections ( As the

home of the national fruit collection, there

are few better places than Brogdale to learn

about fruit, food and foraging in the British

countryside, with courses on grafting, pruning,

orchard design or cider making, to name a few.

One last tutor worth a try is Steve Edney,

who is head gardener at The Salutation

in Sandwich ( and runs

classes limited to only eight people. These

courses include light lunch and refreshments

in their £80 price as well as demonstrations,

practical work, tours and invaluable advice.

Make a Scarecrow Competition

Take part in Harpers & Hurlingham’s charity competition at

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair for the chance to win £250 for your child’s school

Harpers & Hurlingham in Cranbrook

are inviting schools and children’s

organizations to take part in ‘Making a

Scarecrow’ competition. All entrants will be

displayed in the Harpers & Hurlingham stand

at Wealden Times Midsummer Fair at Hole

Park, Rolvenden on 8, 9 & 10 June 2017.

The general public will be invited to judge the

winner, whilst at the same time raising money

for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The winning

school/organization will also receive £250. To

participate please call Jane at Harpers and

Hurlingham on 01580 715400 and join in

the fun! The competition is open to children

aged 10 and below, who must enter as part

of a school or children’s organisation, rather

than as individuals.

how to make a scarecrow

• Build the frame. Begin by centring a 5 foot

(1.5 m) stick near the top of a 6 to 8 foot (1.8

to 2.4 m) stick, rake handle or garden pole.

This creates the shoulders of the scarecrow.

Fasten the shorter stick in place using a

screwdriver and screw, some twine, or hot glue.

• Put the shirt on. Button up the front,

then tie the arm ends and bottom

of the shirt using twine or wire.

• Stuff the shirt with straw, hay, leaves,

grass clippings, wood chips and rags.

• Put the overalls on. Make a hole in

the seat of the overalls for the vertical

stick to pass through. Stuff the legs.

• Give him hands.

• Give him feet.

• Make the head using burlap or a pillowcase

• Give your scarecrow facial features. Ideas

include using a pen to draw them on, cutting

out felt shapes, using buttons for eyes, nose

and mouth, and

bits of black

plastic or pipe

cleaner to make


• Give your scarecrow

some hair.

• Accessorise. You can personalise your scarecrow

by accessorising it any way you like. His most

important accessory, however, is a straw hat.

Use any old hat you have lying around and

secure to his head with hot glue. Here are

some other (optional) accessorising ideas:

- Tie a red bandana around his collar, or

leave a bright handkerchief peeking out of his


- Jazz up his hat using some brightly coloured

plastic flowers.

- Stick an old pipe in his mouth.

- Tie reflective or shiny ribbon to your

scarecrow to add movement and reflect light.


For Gardens of Distinction

01892 740866

Victoria Park, Fordcombe Road, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0RD



Number Crunchers


hat counts can’t be counted and what can

be counted doesn’t count.” No one knows

whether Einstein really said it but whoever

came up with the observation, I agree with it totally.

The ‘counting’ which dogs education these days – from

league tables to SATS performance targets and all the rest

of it – has killed learning for its own sake. And I strongly

suspect it has taken the love of learning

with it in far too many schools.

When, many years ago, I was choosing

my A Level options I desperately wanted

to do zoology because I was fascinated

by biology and craved more. Now, I am

no scientist. I’d long since thankfully

abandoned physics and chemistry. Most of the students

opting for zoology were high fliers doing an all science

programme with a view to medical school, research

science and the like. So I was a bit of a maverick.

To her eternal credit and my profound gratitude, the head

of science allowed me to do it, knowing that I wouldn’t do

well in the exam. I adored the subject and that was enough

Susan Elkin looks at school performance targets and statistics

“My interest counted

for something more

important than

examination statistics”

for her. My interest counted for something more important

than examination statistics. I had a wonderful time for two

whole years and the learning has stayed with me for life.

Well, we all know that would never happen today. Schools

have to get the best results they can in everything – results which

should be a marginal end product have turned into the tail

which wags the dog. Everything has to be ruthlessly quantified.

I meet far too many teachers and heads

who tell me, for example, that there’s

no time for drama, music or free-range

reading because all the focus is on passing

exams. They miss the point, of course, that

wider learning and experiences enhance

progress in all subjects. Achievement

is mysteriously transferable. The child who does well, say

in the school play or develops skills in painting, is quite

likely to be making good progress in maths as well.

Susan Elkin is the author of Encouraging Reading (Continuum,

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

Sometimes our

children get into

a tangle solving

tricky problems

And that’s fine by us

Space Challenge

Open Day

Prep School Saturday 6 May

9:15 am -12:00 noon

(Headmaster’s Talk at 9:30 am)

T:01372 372311

You have to get it wrong to get it right.

That’s why the initiatives we set in

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art

and Maths (STEAM) champion active

learning. Come and find out how we

do this at our Space Challenge Open

Morning where you can take part in an

interactive mornIng of problem solving

and creating.

Activities are designed for boys

and girls aged 6-11 years. Email before

2nd May to secure a place.

Leatherhead • Ashtead • Epsom

An independent prep school for

boys and girls aged 2-13


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Lets Salsa


Chateau Lou Casteou, Cote d’Azur, France

Set in the beautiful French Cote d’Azur countryside, minutes from the sea,

this luxurious dance retreat provides the perfect balance of focussed dance

classes led by skilled dancing professionals, Latino and water aerobics, coastal

treks and a visit to a Provencal vineyard, gourmet meals and pampered luxury

to help guests improve and develop their Latin Dance Skills and fitness levels.

4 days luxury accommodation in the chateau in

en‐suite bedrooms with sea or mountain views.

October 5th-8th 2017

Please register your interest ASAP to guarantee a place


The Contemporary

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Craft & Design Fair

RHS Garden



direct from

190 of the very

best makers

in the UK

27 April - 1 May

9am – 6pm Thursday to Sunday

9am – 5pm Monday

The UK’s most

popular Craft Fair

Admission to Garden

also gives admission to

Craft Fair • GU23 6QB

Held in floored marquees

Free Garden entry for

RHS Members • Last entry

1 hour before closing •

Garden open until 6pm daily T: 01622 747325


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What’s On In April


Sat 15 April – Sun 28 May

The Lightbox, Chobham

Road, Woking GU21 4AA

The Art of Sidney Sime:

Artist and Philosopher

An exhibition exploring the

life of Sidney Sime, one of

the greatest imaginative artists

since Blake, renowned for his

fantastical and satirical style of

book and magazine illustrations.

Entry: Free, donations welcome

Info: 01483 737800 /

Sat 29 April – Sat 17 June

New Ashgate Gallery Trust,

Waggon Yard, Farnham


Emma Dunbar:

Journeys aFar and

Back in the Kitchen

Emma Dunbar is welcomed back

with her much anticipated new

solo exhibition, featuring works

of her signature colourful style

featuring blocks of flat colour and

scratching through surfaces to reveal

pre-laid colours underneath.

Entry: Free

Info: 01252 713208 /

Sat 29 Apr – Mon 1 May

Beechworth Village Hall, Station

Road, Betchworth RH3 7DF

The Dorking Group

of Artists Spring


The Dorking Group of Artists hold

their annual Spring Exhibition,

with over 250 pieces of new and

original artwork. There is something

for everyone with wide varieties

of prices, media, and styles.

Entry: Free

Info: 01372 375123 /

Sun 30 April – Sun 4

June 10am-5pm

Birtley House, Birtley Rd,

Bramley, Guildford GU5 0LB

Surrey Hills

Sculpture Garden

Featuring a wide range of sculptures

from across the UK, this is the

largest temporary sculpture

exhibition in Surrey. All sculptures

will be for sale, with proceeds going

to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. There

will also be artists demonstrating

their skills and workshops from

the renowned Simon Keeley.

Entry: Adults £5, Under 16s

Free, including a catalogue

and unlimited re-entry


children & Families

Sat 1 – Thurs 13 April 10am-5pm

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,

Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RT

Mole’s Springtime


From messing about on the river

to the battle of Toad Hall, play

out the elements of Wind in

the Willows across this beautiful

parkland, just as Lord Rendel’s

grandchildren did in 1908.

Entry: Normal admission prices

Info: 01483 222482 /

Sat 1 – Mon 17 April

Osterley Park, Jersey Road,

Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7

4RB (sat nav TW7 4RD)

Jurassic Kingdom

A fantastical family treat launches its

UK tour in Osterley Park for Easter.

Over 30 life-sized animatronic

dinosaurs will take over the park,

including Pachycephalosaurus,

Triceratops, Diplodocus,

and of course Tyrannosaurus

Rex. And for any budding

archaeologists, an excavation

scene awaits with a skeleton

lurking just under the surface.

Info: jurassickingdom.

uk /

Sat 15 April 12-4pm

The Children’s Trust,

Tadworth KT20 5RU

The Children’s

Trust Easter Fair

Entertainment for the whole family,

with attractions including Peppa

Pig, DJ, water zorbing, Easter

shopping market, fairground rides,

hot food and refreshments, and

an Easter egg hunt with an extra

prize for finding the golden egg.

Entry: Adult £3, under 16s Free

Info: 01737 364303 / cbevington@


Sun 23 April 11am-12.30pm

and 1.30-3pm

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE

Wings & Wonder

Painshill hosts two delightful falconry

displays, offering talks and handling

sessions and a variety of beautiful

birds including owls, falcons, hawks,

an eagle, a vulture and a raven.

Entry: Standard admission

Info: 01932 868113 / info@ /

Tues 25 April 1pm

G Live, London Rd,

Guildford GU1 2AA

Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live

Mr Bloom is preparing for a visit

from a Royal Family member and

needs some help to get ready in

time! Get your toddlers inspired by

nature with CBeebies Mr Bloom

and the Veggies on their first ever

live tour. Suitable for ages 2-7.

Entry: £17.50, G Live Friends

£15, Group 4+ £15pp,

Group 8+ £12.50pp

Info: 01483 369350 /


Sat 1 – Mon 17 April

RHS Garden Wisley,

Woking GU23 6QB

Bunny Detectives

Become a bunny detective and hop

through the garden on the trail of

the Lindt Gold Bunny, following the

clues to lead you to a delicious treat!

Info: 01483 224234 /

Sat 1 – Mon 17 April

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill

Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Easter Fun

Join Bubbles the Bunny and all

the baby animals for a day of fun

with face painting, a hog’stacle

course, the capture the carrot quiz

and free sunflower painting.


Tues 11 April 10.30am-1pm

Haslemere Educational Museum,

78 High Street, Haslemere

GU27 2LA

Easter Egg-citement

Easter at the Museum promises

to be lots of fun with a great

range of Easter arts and crafts

activities for your little ones and

a special Easter garden trail with

chocolate treats for any children

who can find the characters

hidden throughout the gardens.

Entry: Members £2, Non Members £4

Info: 01428 642112 /

Fri 14 – Mon 17 April

Deepdene Ave, Dorking


The Deepdene Trail

Easter Egg Adventure

The new app-guided walking

tour that reveals glimpses of the

landscape as it was in the early 1800s

celebrates Easter with an Easter

Egg Adventure. Collect clues along

the trail to crack Coady the lion’s

code to get your chocolate prize.


Sat 15 April 10am-3pm

Grayswood Village Hall,

Grayswood GU27 2DJ

Home & Vintage

Easter Fair

A typically English country

village sale with all you need to

get homes and gardens summerready.

Plus tearoom, terrace,

Easter treats and playground

for kids, and treats for dogs.

Entry: £1, Free for under 10s

Info: 07719 718730 / /

exhibitions, festivals,

fairs & shows

Thurs 20-Sun 23 April

The Lightbox, Chobham

Road, Woking GU21 4AA

The Lightbox

Literary Festival

Marking its 10th anniversary,

the anniversary of Shakespeare’s

death, and world book night, the

Lightbox is holding a spectacular

Literary Festival which is not to

be missed. This exciting event

features children’s activities, an

Austen themed feast and film,

a book launch, and bestselling

historian Alison Weir revealing the

story behind her next book ‘Anne

Boleyn: A King’s Obsession’.

Info: 01483 737800 /



Easter Exhibition

10 th to 16 th April 2017

ShedArt celebrates Year of the

Rooster and the Dorking Cockerel

Twelve unique Cockerel paintings on canvas by each

of our Artists are available for purchase. We are also

exhibiting over a hundred affordable Art works.

Raffle will be drawn

on Easter Sunday.




See us at Denbies Wine Estate, London Road,

Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA

T: 07851 741395

Easter Egg


14 – 17 April

The Deepdene Trail, Dorking

Come and crack the clues Coady the lion has left

along The Trail! Adventure leaflets available at

main Trail entrance and online. Successful code

breakers can pick up their chocolate prize from

Dorking Halls. 01306 885 001


West Kent Shooting School

30% OFF


Penshurst VINTAGE

& Antiques Fair

Penshurst Village Hall TN11 8BP

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Ideal setting for Corporate


New Hay Farm, Old Hay

(off Pearsons Green Road)

Brenchley TN12 7DG

T: 01892 83 4306



ONLY £35






30 MAY– 2 JUNE


Monday to Friday

10am to 5pm

15 th , 16 th , 17 th April

Trade entry Saturday 9.30am

Public 10.30am–5pm

Entrance £2.00

Come and find fashionable vintage,

French brocante & antique treasures in

charming Penshurst. Enjoy delicious

cakes and tea by Rose & Olive.

Being opened by Fixing Dad

on Saturday 10.30am

In association with the BBC and Prudential Ride London


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What’s On In April

Thurs 27 April – Mon 1 May

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB

Craft in Focus

One of the most popular

contemporary craft events in

the UK returns. This annual

craft and design fair showcases

the finest of the UK’s craft

makers, carefully selected for

individuality, innovation and

contemporary design.

Info: 01622 747325 /

Food & Drink

Sat 8 April 10am-4pm

Oxted Community Hall, 53

Church Lane, Oxted RH8 9NB

Oxted Chocolate Fair

Spend the day sampling chocolate

and feel good about yourself for

it – you’re promoting ethical

chocolate and small businesses!

For the fourth year, chocolate

lovers unite to showcase the

best of handmade, premium,

and ethical chocolates.

Entry: Free

Info: 01342 892588 /

Fri 12 April 7-11pm, Sat 13

May 12-4pm and 7-11pm

Guildford Cathedral, Stag

Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP

Vantage Point

Wine Festival

Showcasing over 100 international

wines including Champagne and

premium wines. Local wines and

producers will have their own

section to celebrate the strength

and diversity of Surrey wine

production. Plus experts and

producers, music, entertainment,

food, money off vouchers and a

blind wine tasting in aid of Oakleaf

and Shooting Star Chase. 18+

Entry: Advance £10, Advance

with wine tokens £25

Info: 01483 678930 / info@ /

Sat 29 April

Monument Green,

Weybridge KT13 8QW

The Great Weybridge

Cake Off

With three categories including

Celebration Cake, Family Cake and

Half-Dozen Small Bakes, and prizes

in each for children up to twelve

and teens to adults, all presented

by Loose Women’s Ruth Langsford,

this event is a real showstopper.

Entry: £2 per Cake (Category)



Mon 3 – Thurs 13

April Weekdays

Squires, Littlewick Road,

Horsell, Woking GU21 4XR

Create and Grow

Easter Holidays

Use Easter decorations and

lovely plants to create an Easter

Container to take home and

try out the bunny hunt to

win a chocolate bunny.

Entry: Easter Container Planting

£5.50, Bunny Hunt £2

Info: 01276 858446 /

Sat 22 April 10.30am-12 noon

Stoke Park, Nightingale Road

entrance, Guildford, Surrey


Memory Meadow

This special event invites you

to hear inspiring readings and

choir song in the beautiful

Phyllis Tuckwell Memory

Meadow, in tribute to the lives

of loved ones who have been

lost but never forgotten. Make

a dedication on the virtual

memory meadow by Friday 7

April to have it included in the

Book of Remembrance which all

visitors will receive a copy of.

Entry: Free but donations to

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

are greatly appreciated.

Info: 01252 729446 /


Sat 8 – Sun 9 April 10am-4pm

Bramley Golf Club, Links Road,

Bramley, Guildford, Surrey


Open Weekend

An open invitation for anyone

interested in golf, beginner

or expert. There will be free

group and individual coaching

sessions, competitions, prizes

and membership offers for all

the family. Booking is advisable

for coaching sessions.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 892696 /

Music & Theatre

Sat 1 April 2pm

Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High

Street, Cranleigh, Surrey,


Opera Mouse

The enchanting story of Tilly,

the mouse that lives under

an opera house. A story of

imagination, determination

and friendship which CBC

Radio says “kids will love”.

Entry: Adults £8.80, Children £5.50

Info: 01483 278000 /

Thurs 6 – Sat 8 April

Dorking Halls, Reigate

Rd, Dorking RH4 1SG

Leith Hill Musical


Having opened in March, the main

festival will take place in April. This

event will include competitions

and concerts and is the highlight

of the LHMF year. This festival is

full of life, with musical works of

different periods and styles and the

new addition of Jonathan Wilcocks

as the event’s sixth conductor.

Info: 01403 240093 /

Sat 15 April 12 noon and 2.30pm

High Street, Guildford

The Passion of Jesus

in Guildford

The Wintershall cast of players

and animals turn Guildford

high street into the stage of one

of the greatest stories ever told.

Parental guidance advised.

Entry: Free

Info: 01483 892167 /


April – July, 10am to 5pm

The Old Rectory, Sandy Lane,

Brewer Street, Bletchingley,

Surrey RH1 4QW



Learn to hand-block print and

make either a lampshade, silk scarf

or fine cotton table runner during

the day in a beautiful Georgian

manor house and garden. Tuition

and lunch/refreshments included.

Entry: £120


Sun 16 April 10am-3pm

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands

Rd, Weybridge KT13 0QN

Car Photography

Professional photographer Jason

Dodd covers how to compose

and light a variety of classic and

modern sports cars against the

museum’s atmospheric backdrops.

Entry: £150 including museum

admission, lunch and refreshments

Info: 07732 106192 /

Tues 18 – Fri 21 April 10am-4pm

Grayshot Pottery, School Rd,

Grayshott, Hindhead GU26 6LR

Pottery Throwing for

Children and Adults

A fun chance to learn how to

throw a piece of pottery on a

traditional potter’s wheel, which

will be glazed and fired and

available to collect at a later date.

Entry: £12.50 per person,

per twenty minute slot

Info: 01428 604404 /


Listings are correct at time of going to

press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next issue

of Surrey Homes for only £15! Please

supply up to 50 words that should

include date, time, venue, and any

entry price to whatson@wealdentimes. or send with payment (cheques

payable to JPS Media) to What’s On,

Wealden Times, Kettle Chambers, 21

Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17

3HF. Wealden Times reserves the

right to edit text to fit space allocated.

If you would like your event listing

to be accompanied by a full colour

reproduction (42.5 x 62.5mm) of a

poster or other pictorial image, the

total charge will be £95. Deadline for

the May issue is 10 April 2017.


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Keith Money. ‘Lester Piggott on Dahlia’, oil on board.

Est: £1,000-1,500

Decorative Arts: 27 April

Contemporary Art: 27 April

Mary Wondrausch Collection: 28 April

Garden Furniture & Statuary: 11 May

Asian Art: 18 May

Vintage Fashion, Textiles & Sewing: 18 May


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See Firepod at

Wealden Times


Fair this June


Win A firepod Pizza

oven worth £445

Several years ago David Coward returned from working in the

Italian Alps wishing he could cook pizzas like the ones he had been

enjoying out there. After speaking to his business partner, Tim, the

pair endeavoured to find a suitable product, however they wanted it to

be hassle-free to use, portable and affordable. Eventually David and Tim

realised that the only way to get exactly what they wanted was to design

their own, so, after much research they appointed Jedco of Weybridge

to help with the design process. After over three years of testing and

perfecting, they are now manufacturing their first batch of Firepods.

The Firepod is a portable outdoor pizza oven which converts to a

griddle BBQ and heater for Lava Stones for ‘hot rock’ cooking at your

table. With the special pizza stones in place and the lid on, The Firepod

is a fantastic pizza oven – very quick to reach cooking temperature and

only a few minutes to cook your perfect authentic pizzas. For Hot Lava

Stone Cooking simply replace the pizza stones with the Lava Stone, heat

it up in your Firepod, lift the stone out and place on the board, then

take to your table for cooking ‘Hot Rock’ style, indoors or out. Replace

the lava stones with the reversible griddle – ridged on one side flat on

the other – and you are ready to cook in the Firepod’s third function!

The Firepod is currently available at

How to enter: For your chance to win

one Firepod, in a colour of your choice, just

answer the following question: Who helped

David and Tim with the design process? Enter

your answer with your contact details* in the

online form at

or post to: The Firepod Competition, Wealden

Times, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent

TN17 3HF by Friday 18 April 2017. Prize

comprises 1 x Firepod, 2 x Cordierite pizza

stones, 4 x Short oak legs, 1 x Oak stand

(Quadpod), 1 x Pizza peel, 2 x Heat-resistant

gloves, 1 Gas pipe and clip on regulator. Lava

Stones and Griddle available to purchase

separately. There is no cash alternative and

the prize must be taken before July 2017. *All

entrants’ details will be passed on to Firepod

and Wealden Times Events. Please let us know

if you do not wish your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Kim Bates who wins our March competition for a beauty day spa for two at Grayshott Spa


Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane’s frustrated flock ride out their confinement in the wake of a bird flu outbreak

Easter is quite late this year. It’s

not easy to work out when

it will come but if you’re

interested it’s always the first Sunday

after the first full moon after the

spring equinox on 21 March. Phew!

In pagan times, chickens and eggs

were seen as signs of fertility and new

life and so were used around the spring

equinox. When the early Christians

came along they copied this symbolism

as it helped them remember the

Resurrection and, to this day, chickens

and eggs still feature large at Easter.

But this year all is

not completely well in

the chicken world. Our

“backyard flock” – as Defra

now refer to a few hens

kept in a garden – consists

of half a dozen Buff and

Speckeld Sussex hens and

Phil the cockerel. They have

spent years wandering round the farm,

looking wonderful but rather annoyingly

making dust baths in the flower beds and

wrecking neat seed drills in the veg patch

by scratching around and messing it all up.

This year however they are penned

up in their run because a severe strain of

Avian Influenza (bird flu), H5N8, has

been found in wild and captive birds in

the UK. So now, all us backyard poultry

keepers (must e-mail Defra to tell them

I have a garden not a backyard) are

required to take action to reduce the risk

of the disease spreading. The chickens

“this might be

the first year I

get straight lines

of lettuce, radish

and rocket”

now have to be confined to a pen and

beaks are most definitely out of joint.

When they had the run of the farm

they might deign to use the nest-box

attached to the hen house to lay eggs

most of the year but as soon as they

felt broodiness approaching they would

wander off to find the most secretive

nook and cranny in which to lay their

eggs and hatch a brood of chicks.

If you don’t know about how the

chicken and egg thing works here’s a

short guide. An old fashioned hen (as

opposed to a modern commercial one

who lays every day and

never goes broody) will

lay an egg most days

from about February

to October and if she is

running with a cockerel

the eggs will be fertile

and for about three weeks

capable of developing into

a chick. However this development will

only commence once, and if, the egg is

kept consistently warm for 24 hours in

an incubator or under a broody hen.

Becoming broody for a hen is a

hormonal thing and as soon as her

temperature starts to rise she will seek

out a special place to lay her eggs. Once

she has a good enough number, usually

around 14, she becomes truly broody,

plucks the feathers from her breast – skinto-shell

contact being warmer with feathers

out the way – and sits tight. And there she

stays for 21 days. She generally foregoes

food and drink – unless you pick her up

and make her leave the nest – and also

ceases to give off any smell so that in the

wild any passing fox won’t find her. Clever.

And then on day 20 the chicks begin

to cheep inside their shells. This is the

signal to the hen to turn off broody

mode and turn on maternal mode.

As all the chicks hatch she becomes a

protective mother and will carefully raise

them for about twelve weeks before she

loses interest and the little ones have to

take their chance as part of the flock.

This year’s enforced incarceration

will however result in a couple of useful

spin-offs. The broodies can’t slink off

to lay a clutch in a far flung corner and

if I can catch them in time there’s a

chance of putting them off motherhood

altogether, but more importantly this

might be the first year I get straight

lines of lettuce, radish and rocket

in the veg patch. Happy Easter.

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– on Instagram @coopersfarm


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