Surrey Homes | SH31 | May 2017 |Restoration & New Build supplement inside


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may 2017


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Maggie Alderson picks her

favourite new builds


Fill your diary with hand

picked events going

on around Surrey


Designer Trudi Savin’s

Victorian villa


Emulate Trudi’s pretty prints


Uncover what inspires the

work of four creatives


Explore Ali Kittermaster’s

unusual bungalow renovation


Shop Ali’s style


Men’s fashion at the Historic

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Jo Fairley explains how to

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20 pages of inspiration to

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Travellers’ treats


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Jo Arnell’s potted gardens


Sue Whigham uncovers

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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

Suite at Froyle Park are open between

10am and 5pm daily. For your personal

appointment telephone 01420 384 192

or visit

† Terms and conditions apply. Available on selected plots only,

not in conjunction with any other offer.


Your city escape. Only an hour away

• In the heart of this picturesque

conservation village with rail links to

London Waterloo in just over an hour *

• Stuck in a chain? We’ll buy your home

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Discover our newly finished homes.

Three Show Homes available to view


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A luxury collection of brand new

and restored 3, 4, 5 & 6 bedroom homes

from £635,000 to £1.495m

Marketing Suite and Show Homes open

open daily 10am – 5pm

01420 384 192

* 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.




Located in the highly sought after village of Bookham in Surrey & just a stone’s

throw away from Bookham station, Great Oaks offers quick & easy access to

central London, with direct trains to London Waterloo in just 50 minutes.


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"The cost involved to try and

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Working with Country House

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“Guy and team at CHH did a

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Westhall Road,

Warlingham, Surrey

An exceptional brand new family

house by Wolsey Developments and

Hudson Homes. Woodhall is located

in an excellent residential location

less than a mile from picturesque

Warlingham Village Green and only

a few minutes walk from mainline

railway stations. The four bedroom

accommodation is arranged over two

floors and will provide beautifully

presented accommodation with a high

quality luxury specification throughout.

There will be mature good sized gardens as well as a double garage. 10 Year warranty, due for occupation late Spring.

Eden Brook

Ivy Mill Lane, Godstone,


Located in a quiet country lane and in

an idyllic setting, a most attractive period

country house on the outskirts of Godstone

Village and close to beautiful greenbelt

countryside. The property stands on a

plot extending to approximately 0.6 acre

with delightful landscaped gardens directly

adjoining open fields and with superb views

across the adjoining countryside. The house

provides three bedroom accommodation

with great potential to return to its original

character and also to extend subject to

planning permission. Externally there are outbuildings, garaging, off road parking and a swimming pool. In all the property

offers a very rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding family home of great appeal.

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This collection of 16,

beautifully designed

contemporary apartments

come with terraces and secure

underground parking, within

the centre of Chichester.

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Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

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an exclusive development of 3 luxury 4 bedroom family homes



The BLETCHINGLEY 2,622 sq ft

• Kitchen & Family/Breakfast Room

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• Study

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83 Bates Road, Brighton

01273 504232

Clappers Lane, Fulking, Henfield

A parcel of land in the heart of the South Downs National Park

in a sought after semi-rural area.

Located just off the A281 Sedlescombe Road the land is

conveniently located just over one mile from the downland

village of Fulking.

Guide: £170,000-180,000

Pyecombe Street, Pyecombe, Brighton

A delightful three storey period flint cottage with a timber

framed garden house/studio to the rear of the property. The

cottage retains many original features and has attractive

gardens to the front and rear, mainly laid to lawn with a

feature pond and mature trees and shrubs. epc:e

Guide: £350,000 Plus


Staines By-Pass



Longbridge Road, Horley

A purpose built flat situated less than one mile from Gatwick

Airport and Horley mainline railway station, offering regular

services to London Bridge and Victoria.

The flat, which is now in need of modernisation, is considered

ideal for investment and was previously let at £725 per calendar

month. epc:f

Guide: £138,000-140,000

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Staines Bypass, Ashford, Middlesex

A freehold parcel of land intersected by a small waterway

fronting the A308 Staines bypass.

Extending to just under two acres the land lies adjacent to

the residential area surrounding Boundary Road and may

hold future potential, subject to all necessary consents being


Guide: £25,000-30,000

Land Adjoining Shortwood Allotments, Staines Bypass, Ashford, Middlesex

Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell

for and may change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below

which the Auctioneer cannot sell the Lot during the Auction). We expect the reserve will be set within the guide range or no more than

10% above a single figure guide. All lots are sold subject to legal documentation. Please check our website regularly at cliveemson., or call 01273 504232, in order to stay fully informed.

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Call in

for a coffee

and find out more about life

at Elmbridge Village

Marketing Suite open seven days a week

10.30am to 5pm

Sunny days are

just around the corner…

Wake up to the sound of the lawn being mowed; the sun streaming through your

patio doors knowing that all you have to do that day is have coffee with friends in your

private clubhouse lounge; followed by a fun game of croquet then a long, lazy lunch…

Enjoy that holiday feeling every day at Elmbridge Village, our age-exclusive

retirement village, where you can combine private property ownership

with an active, independent lifestyle.

• Part exchange options available.

New Build properties from £375,000 * Pre-owned properties from £135,000 *

Call our selling agent

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*Other charges apply and leases are subject to an assignment fee. Please ask for details.

Prices correct at time of print.

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Fresh Start

Maggie Alderson steps into brand new homes

As a nation we are justly proud of our architectural history, still so gloriously

apparent throughout the land. Any British town and village will have buildings

from a sweep of centuries: five-hundred-year-old Tudor homes boasting beams

and leaded windows, elegant Georgian houses with their glorious symmetrical frontages

and wide floorboards and Victorian villas with splendid mouldings and capacious cellars.

It’s no wonder ‘period details’ and ‘original features’ are so joyously

proclaimed on estate agents’ details. But as anyone who has ever enjoyed

the privilege of living within gloriously weathered walls knows – they

do seem to puff dust and filth into the air out of their very walls.

It is very special to live somewhere you know has been a haven for multiple

generations before you – especially if it has some interesting history. But a fortnight’s

holiday in a freshly built villa or apartment, everything shiny and new and in the

right place can make coming home to your tatty old period home a bit of a shock.

Of course underfloor heating, elbow level light switches and electrical sockets with

integral USB ports can be inserted into older properties, but only with significant

upheaval and expense. Plus the release of vast volumes of the previously mentioned

historic dust. I know, because I’m trying to do it in a Victorian house at the moment…

How I envy my friends who have just moved into a divinely elegant

apartment, they bought off the plan. They were smitten by the sleek

contemporary design in the computer-generated images, but what convinced

them to leave behind their period features for a new build was that they were

then able to tweak the new home exactly to their personal preferences.

As I knock my 150 year old house about, the better to serve our contemporary

lifestyle with eat-in kitchens and en suite bathrooms where there were none – while

living like a Stone Age family during the earthworks – I can’t help thinking how

much easier it would have been to buy a house which had all that designed into it.

Here are some of the best new homes on the market now.


1. Hummingbird

Where? When Dr No decides he’s

had it with island life and wants retire

alongside one of the world’s finest

golf courses (Wentworth), handy for

Windsor Castle and Legoland, with

Waterloo just a neat 45 minutes from

Virginia Water, this is the house for

him. He would also appreciate the

status of living on the ‘Main Island’

of the prestigious Wentworth Estate.

What? Hummingbird is a lightdrenched

Modernist dream of glass walls

looking out onto mature trees, with timber

cladding beautifully blending the ultra

sleek design with the natural setting. This

house is so cool it has a sitting room,

a drawing room and a family room,

within one loft-style space. The kitchen

is equally zoned with cooking, eating

and sitting areas in a gallery the width

of the house, with a discreet catering

kitchen to the side (as you do). There’s

a separate study and a cinema room. A

spectacular glass staircase leads up to the

first floor, where the master bedroom

has a dressing room and large bathroom,

plus a generous balcony. The five further

bedrooms are all en suite, with one more

balcony and a very large roof terrace.

How much? Savills Sunningdale,

are the people to ring, on 01344 626162.

The guide price is £5,950,000. You can

drool over Hummingbird on







2. Bowhill

Where? Bowhill sits between

Walton Heath Golf Course and the

centre of Walton-on-the-Hill village,

with its pubs, restaurants and shops,

just under five miles from Epsom,

under thirty from Heathrow and

seventeen from Gatwick. Trains take

less than an hour to London Bridge

from nearby Tadworth station

What? This brick and tile-hung

newly built three-storey family house

has the best of old and new, with Arts

and Crafts style features, including

leaded windows and a solid oak

staircase. The generous kitchen/family

room/dining area covers nearly half

of the ground floor space, but there

is also a study, drawing room, library

and a spacious hall. Upstairs there are

five bedrooms – three en suite, the

master with a large dressing room,

plus a family bathroom. The second

floor has a leisure room and storage

space and there is another storage area

off the lower ground double garage,

perfect for all those golf clubs.

How much? Bowhill is listed with

Patrick Gardner, Ashtead at £1,985,000.

Call them on 01372 271880 and

look online at

3. Gleneagles

Where? Gleneagles is situated on

Sandy Lane, one of the most soughtafter

roads in the village of Kingswood,

with its 45 minute link to London

and M25 junction 8 under two

miles away. The house backs on to

Kingswood Golf and Country Club,

with a green – and a bunker or two –

just on the other side of the hedge.

What? A stunning contemporary

home with a wave roof, designed to

provide panoramic views to the rear

over the 18th fairway, with a back wall

of bi-fold windows onto the landscaped

garden. The wood-floored ground floor

is open right through from the hall to

the living room, past the feature spiral

staircase, with the kitchen and dining/

breakfast room to one side. There is

also a study and a family room. The

lower ground floor houses a large

games room, gym, cinema, sauna

and steam rooms and a secondary

kitchen. Upstairs there are four

bedrooms, all en suite, with balconies.

How much? Gleneagles has

an asking price of £2,995,000

with Sotheby’s International

Realty. Call 01932 860537,

or visit

4. Staplands Manor

Where? Staplands Manor is an

exclusive development of six threestorey

Regency-style town houses in the

prestigious area of Oatlands, between

the amenities of Weybridge and Waltonon-Thames.

It’s a short walk to the

station, with trains to Waterloo taking

less than 30 minutes. Each house has

its own private garden and parking.

What? Ground floors have a living

room to the front, with a separate utility

room and a guest cloakroom off the

hall, which leads through to the openplace

kitchen, dining and family area,

with bi-fold windows onto the garden.

The first floor has the master suite,

with bath and two dressing rooms,

and another large en suite bedroom.

The third floor houses three further

bedrooms, one en suite, a family

bathroom and a walk-in linen store.

How much? The Staplands

Manor development is marketed by

Jackson-Stops & Staff, Weybridge with

prices from £1,575,000. Call 01932

821160 or visit




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There’s still time to discover village life at Knights Park, Godstone, where a limited number of

3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes are still available. Each one is a stunning example of Thakeham’s reputation

for quality, combining refined architecture and exquisite, highly specified interiors.

With its unspoiled countryside setting, Knights Park offers you the village lifestyle you’ve always

dreamed of leading. At the same time, excellent transport and local education facilities mean that you

don’t have to compromise on life’s essential amenities.


Off Bletchingley Road, Godstone, Surrey RH9 8NB

Call today on 01403 787443

to arrange a personal appointment at Knights Park or for more information.

Photography depicts streetscene, showhome and local area

and is indicative only. Details correct at time of going to press.

More than a place to live

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Selling Agents: Robert Leech 72 Station Rd E, Oxted RH8 0PG

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A Real Gas...

On Saturday 13 May, Brooklands Museum are taking you

back to the 40s, with free dance lessons, trade village and a

Press Hut ready to get you all dolled up for the best-dressed

competition with some swell hair and make-up. Music will

be provided by a specialist DJ, live swing band and vocalist

Noelle Vaughn. But of course the star attraction will be the

Classic Vehicle display which includes all sorts of 40s vehicles

from buses to bicycles. More details at



Exhibitions & events

near you this month...

City Life...

The New Ashgate Gallery Trust opens an

exhibition from Saturday 29 April to Sat 17 June,

exploring the love-hate relationship that we have

with the city and life within it. Taking inspiration

from the modern cosmopolitan city, the exhibition

features a variety of artists’ works that present the

city from all manner of perspectives from Nick

Tankard’s pen and ink illustration of the Place

Charles De Gaulle in Paris, to Helen Chatterton’s

textiles uniquely printed with city maps. For details

call 01252 713208 or visit

Strawberry Delight...

On Friday 5 May, The DecorCafe Home &

Garden Festival comes to Strawberry Hill

House for a gathering of the best home and

garden experts, including nutritionist Hilary

Davies, Andrew Martin’s Interior Designer of

the Year, Nicky Haslam, who will be offering

insights into his own home, and Carolyn

Dunster, who will be signing copies of her new

book Urban Flowers. For more information

call 0843 886 2424 or visit

Sunset Cinema...

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the spring air

with night time screenings set in the grounds of the

iconic Guildford Cathedral. So pack your cosiest

blanket, grab some classic movie treats – with ice

cream, popcorn and pizza or maybe a cocktail from

the bar – and sit down to watch Mamma Mia! on

Friday 5 May or Pretty Woman on Saturday 6 May.

Visit or email for more information.

Snacks in the City...

Take a plateful of exotic streetfoods, add a sprinkle

of red hot live music, pour on some boozy drinks

theatre, a spoonful of children’s cookery courses,

cook over three days in the spectacular home of

the Duke of Northumberland, and you’ve got

Foodies Festival. From Saturday 27 to Monday

29 May, Syon Park is serving up the UK’s biggest

food festival with Rosemary Shrager, Bake Off

2016 winner, Candice Brown and a whole

host of celebrity and Michelin Star chefs.

More information is available at

The County Show...

The biggest one day agricultural show in the UK

returns to Stoke Park, Guildford on Monday 29

May. The Surrey County Show will bring you

hundreds of animals, plenty of food and drink,

and top class entertainment for all the family,

including a show jumping competition, petting

farm, food theatre and dog show. Find out more

by calling 01483 890810 or visit surreycountyshow. to get your early bird discount (available

until Friday 26 May).

Surrey’s Sculptures...

From Sunday 30 April to Sunday 4 June,

the stunning 48 acre Birtley Estate provides the

perfect backdrop for the Surrey Hills sculpture

garden. Take a stroll along the winding trail ending in

the marquee, where you can have a homemade cake

or coffee while viewing a selection of indoor pieces.

All pieces will be on sale, with something to suit any

budget, and proceeds going to the Surrey Hills Trust

Fund. Find out more at



materials used in Biossun bioclimatic patios are

aluminium, a completely recyclable material.

BEING able to spend more time outside all year

has been made easier by a unique type of terrace

cover. The Biossun bioclimatic pergolas provide a

solution to spatial problems at home, while also keeping

in line with today’s environmentally conscious consumer.

Often described as a hybrid solution between a

conservatory and an exterior awning, the Biossun

pergola provides protection and optimises your outdoor

space, particularly as they can be easily attached to your

home, or freestanding in the garden, or on a patio.

Tim Sharples, owner of Cedar Nursery in Cobham and

the only stockists of Biossun in Surrey, says: “We are

increasingly meeting customers who want to extend

their outdoor living space but want to upgrade from a

canopy or umbrella, without adding a conservatory.

“The Biossun pergola not only looks stunning, but it really

does provide a solution to extended outdoor living, due to

the motorized and automated louvred roofs which will offer

protection from the elements or let the sun flood in.”

The pergolas have three key programmed positions - fully

open, open in opposition to the sun and fully closed, or set an

intermediate position to suit you–all controlled electronically.

And there is no need to worry about your garden furniture

when you’re away - the slats will automatically close to

shelter your outdoor furniture from a sudden shower.

Cedar Nursery have a fully working pergola

installed on site and they are open seven days a

week for viewings of the system in operation.

Tim says: “Customers who have bought a Biossun have

been delighted with the product, one of the reasons

being it has helped them extend their time in the garden

well into the autumn months as well as allow them to be

outside in the varying climates of British summer!”

There are all sorts of exciting accessories that can be

added to your pergola to really create an eye-catching

home – LED strip lighting, sliding windows and recessed

lighting. The team at Cedar Nursery are happy to give

advice on the full list when you call in, or ‘phone.

For more information about the Biossun Pergola

Call Click Visit

01932 862473 Horsley Road, Cobham, KT11 3JX

Each B iossun is made to order and can be finished

in a choice of nearly 400 colours. 98% of the

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Above: The kitchen. The cricket ball lamp-base was from Tobias and the Angel, made by Angel’s brother Shaun. The

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There’s something about this time of year that not

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This page: A door from the dining room

opens into a pretty courtyard garden

seems to blight my own kitchen surfaces. Instead, on her

kitchen bookcase is a selection of striking, printed folders

and files which, one can only assume contain all the bits and

bobs the rest of us find on the floor being chewed by the dog

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Above: A short flight of steps down from the hallway and the living room leads to the kitchen at the back of the house

know ‘tut’. We all have ‘tut’ in our lives, don’t we? And

also, a lot of people have multi-function rooms, or openplan

living. This way you can have storage boxes that

you are happy to display, which hold all your ‘stuff’.”

She and Sophie met while they were working together

at the interiors shop, Tobias and the Angel. “The lady

who owned it, Angel, came across all these old printing

blocks which had belonged to a company called Yateley

Industries – it was closing down, so she bought the whole

lot of them.” The wooden, hand-carved blocks are artworks

in themselves – Trudi has a collection of similar ones in

baskets in her workroom – but are not much use unless

you know how to use them. So, Trudi learnt the ropes: “At

Tobias and the Angel I block-printed textiles for bespoke

orders, for interior designers. So, really, I learnt on the

job, with 10 years printing for Tobias and the Angel”.

The influence of Tobias and the Angel becomes clear

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house in Surrey, which Trudi shares with her husband,

Guy, and 21-year-old daughter, Daisy. One such item is

an impressive lamp in the kitchen, the glass base of which

has been filled with cricket balls: “Guy is a manic cricketer,

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On a shelf, above potted herbs and large, pretty jars

containing pasta and other ingredients, is a huge egg under

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and varied handles – including leaves and pebbles – on

each of the kitchen cupboards: “The handles all came

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live there. You just pick things up when you see them,

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This page: In the bathroom, Trudi has hung glass fragments

in the window and created a mock aquarium using salvaged

glass, crystal and a little hand-made wire and pebble fish. The

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Exploring the house is like going on a treasure hunt.

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herself. After a cup of tea in the kitchen, we go through

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Though almost open-plan to the kitchen, the dining room

still fulfils the traditional role of entertainment space – though

glitter on the table suggests that it sometimes doubles up

as a workspace: “We’re introducing crackers into our range,

so I’ve been fiddling and experimenting with glitter,” says

Trudi. The atmospheric, dusty blue walls have a sponged

appearance, though Trudi suggests this look was more just

a fortunate accident. A subtle nautical theme runs through

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mirror resembles a porthole: “That came from a friend.

She was getting rid of it and I thought, ‘Wow!’. I love it.”

Below and either side of the circular mirror sit two large

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and in corporate environments with large walls.

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Have you always been an artist?

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of it. The early work looked towards

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draw. I write and I make sculptures.

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that I have been keeping for over 20 years.

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some point and show the scale of what we

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I hope they speak of more universal

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societal changes, the smartphone, the

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Photoshop and other technologies that

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can find out more information at See Keith Tyson ‘Turn

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Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th June

9.00am – 4.30pm


The fair is at Hole Park, Benenden Road,

Rolvenden, TN17 4JB. For more details visit


Well-behaved dogs are welcome provided they are

kept on a lead and that their owners are prepared to scoop any poop!

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair 8th -10th June 2017


Thursday 8th June

11.15 - 11.45 Brogdale


An orchard in your garden.

13.30 - 14.00 Cathy Pope

HOST A HIVE: Hassle free beekeeping,

someone else does the work!

15.00 - 15.30 Jo Arnell


perfect plants to prettify your veg plot.

Friday 9th June

11.15 - 11.45 Martin Gurdon

DOING BIRD: Martin shares his amusing

anecdotes and top tips on keeping poultry.

13.30 - 14.00 Danny Clarke


fixes to give your garden a facelift.

15.00 - 15.30 Quentin Stark

HOLE PARK: A year in Hole Park Gardens.

Saturday 10th June

11.15 - 11.45 Whitney Hedges


pick from April to October.

13.30 - 14.00 Mark Lane


bees and butterflies into your garden.



Visit the

Garden Hub sponsored

by Neptune Canterbury &

Tonbridge for three days of

talks and workshops. Whether

you have a courtyard or couple

of acres, our experts will have

plenty of gardening tips to

inform and inspire.

15.00 - 15.30 Katharine Slater

HONEY I’M HOME: The importance of

bringing bees into your garden.

thai spiced courgette

fritters with sweet chilli dip

Jo Arnell will be hosting a talk on veg in the Garden Hub

sponsored by Neptune, on Thursday 8th June and she’s

shared this lovely Thai spiced courgette recipe with us.

Makes approx. 12 small fritters

• 2 medium courgettes

• 4 spring onions, finely chopped

• 2 beaten eggs

• 2 heaped tbsp plain flour

• 1-2 tsp green Thai curry paste

• 1 stick lemon grass, finely sliced

(or use juice and zest of ½ a lime)

• 1 small handful of coriander,

finely chopped

• 1 tsp fish sauce (or soy sauce)

• ready made sweet chilli

dipping sauce to serve

1. Grate the courgettes and squeeze out some of the liquid (place in a colander

or sieve and press a saucer down on top) this will help the fritters stay crispy.

2. Add the other ingredients, but save half the coriander

as a garnish. Combine thoroughly.

3. Form the mixture into patty shapes and sauté in a little oil

until crisp and golden. Serve with sweet chilli dip.





Entry to all talks is included within the

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair

ticket price.


Thursday 8th June

10.30 - 11.00 Liz Lark

YOUR LIFE IN BALANCE: Learn how yoga

can enhance all our lives, creating harmony for

mind and body.

12.00 - 12.30 Madeleine Shaw


LIFESTYLE: Feed your mind, body and soul

with yummy food and yoga.

14.30 - 15.00 Katie Peck


over food and find your perfect weight.

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.

tray-roasted cod with olives, Smoked paprika and Asparagus

Madeleine Shaw will be in the Healthy Living Theatre sponsored by

Benenden Hospital, on Thursday 8th June and we love this delicious tray

roasted cod recipe from her new book A Year of Beautiful Eating.

Serves 4

• 1½ tsp sweet smoked paprika

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• salt and freshly ground black

pepper, to taste

• 4 x 150g cod fillets

• 200ml fish or chicken stock

• 200g pitted green olives

• 2 tbsp capers

• bunch of asparagus, trimmed

• 3 tbsp avocado oil or melted


• 1 lemon

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

2. Mix the smoked paprika, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper together

and rub the mixture into the cod. Then pour the stock into a large

roasting tray and scatter in the olives, capers and asparagus. Nestle the

cod fillets amongst the veggies and pour the avocado oil over the fish.

3. Thinly slice the lemon into 1cm slivers and place around the cod

fillets. Sprinkle salt over the entire dish and bake for 15–20 minutes,

until the asparagus and cod are cooked through. Serve hot.

Friday 9th June

10.30 - 11.00 Sarah Jane Holt


Eating and exercising on a limited time budget.

12.00 - 12.30 Jaime Cooke

FITNESS MADE FUN: Spin your way to a

happy, healthy and positive life.

14.30 - 15.00 Anissa Germain


how pilates can help you get stronger, healthier

and look great.

Saturday 10th June

10.30 - 11.00 Jaime Cooke

FITNESS MADE FUN: Spin your way to a

happy, healthy and positive life.

12.00 - 12.30 Davina McCall


Healthy living expert Davina shares insight and

knowledge on how to look and feel amazing.

14.30 - 15.00 Sarah Jane Holt


Eating and exercising on a limited time budget.

Madeleine Shaw’s A YEAR OF


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You’ll find a fantastic range of products available from

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Bee potion

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Marsh Wools

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Happy &


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Stand Y07


Meet the maker

Love to b

‘Love to b’ is a conscientious skincare company that

evolved from a mother’s love for her daughter and

went on to develop into a business idea. Everything

in the range Julie Astley-Weston creates is made with

love and devotion to one principle – developing

a natural brand that is ethical in every way.

What makes you unique? Our customers are often new

to natural skincare and love discovering the gentleness

of our products. The combination of our story, the

power of plant based products and our brand ethos set

us apart from other natural skincare companies.

Have you always been creative? It wasn’t difficult to

summon the passion within me to start the creative journey

of ‘designing’ skincare products and researching/studying

online, to solve the challenges of my daughter’s skin issues.

do you have a typical working day? After my daily

mindfulness session and mint tea, I’m set for the day! Then it’s

catching up on emails and posting on social media. At ‘Love

to b’ HQ I will find myself manufacturing in the skincare

studio, corresponding with customers and retailers, working

with our design team or whatever needs my attention.

What makes all the hard work worth it? Hearing

people tell me their eczema has disappeared, or

they don’t itch any more, or just that they love

our products because they are so luxurious.



Love to b

Stand O16

What is your proudest moment so far? Back to the reason

why we are here at all – my proudest and happiest time was

watching my daughter grow in confidence as her skin issues

improved and healed. You really can’t beat that as a mum!

What can we look forward to from Love to b at the

Midsummer fair? We can’t wait to welcome the lovely

ladies of the Weald to visit the ‘Love to b’ gazebo and enjoy

how uplifting and luxurious our products are for the skin.


Wealden Times Midsummer Fair 8th -10th June 2017

Slient pool

Gin company

Stand O72




Beals Barn


Stand O76

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the crow


Stand A39


Kent cider


Stand O73

dine in


Stand A37



Alsop and


Stand A51



flint and


Stand A32




Here’s a little taste of some of the delicious food and

drink on offer at the Wealden Times Midsummer

Fair this June. From enticing gift hampers and

handmade treats, to the mouth-watering street food

from our vendors, we cannot wait to tuck in…


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Stand G25



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Kate of


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Ticket Hotline: 01580 713915

Little Bo’s

Stand O64



Meet the maker

Alsop & Walker

Arthur Alsop and Nic Walker make their

cheese in East Sussex; following a mixture of

traditional and modern methods and with

the addition of their own twist, they produce

some very exciting and bespoke cheeses.

Burrow &


Stand B21







Bomb Gift co

Stand A36




Kent dark

chocolate co

Stand A33





organic estate

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please describe how your business evolved?

eight years ago, a dairy and its equipment came up

for sale and we seized the opportunity to create a

complete cheeseboard, from hard to soft, to blue

cheese, made from East Sussex milk. We now produce

1.5 tons of cheese per week, which we supply to

independent hotels, delis and restaurants, along

with our own shop in London’s Borough Market.

What do your customers tell you

they like about your products?

They love our ‘Super Gold’ World Cheese

Award winner ‘Mayfield’ which is the only

Emmental style cheese produced in the UK.

‘Lord London’ is a semi-soft bell shaped Silver

awarded cheese and is popular for its natural

creamy texture, with clean citrus undertone.

please tell us about the journey from a

new cheese idea to marketplace?

It can be a very lengthy process. We make a

new cheese, then wait for the maturing process,

which can be anything from 12 weeks to six

months. ‘Lord London’ only took 6-7 months

in total but when a lot of tweaking is required it

can take two years to develop a new cheese.

Simply ice


Stand O24


What is your proudest moment so far?

Whilst on vacation a French cheese maker tasted one

of our cheeses and we were privileged enough to be

asked back the next day to help them develop a new

soft cheese. A dream come true!

Burrow &


Stand B21





What can we look forward

to from Alsop & Walker at

the Midsummer fair?

It’s our first Wealden Times Fair

and we can’t wait to share our

passion and award-winning cheeses

– please comem by for a taste.





Stand A42


Stand A51

Cheese Tower:

Sussex Crumble, Sussex

Brie, Mayfield, Sussex

Farmhouse, Lord London,

Five Ashes

Love Storey

Seeing the potential in a project that had been overlooked by other

potential buyers, and working to a strict budget, Ali Kittermaster

has remodelled a dated bungalow in the heart of a Kent village

into a bright and surprisingly roomy contemporary home


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“You could say that we’ve turned

this house from an ugly duckling to a

beautiful swan,” says Ali Kittermaster,

with a smile. “It was so hard to find a

house within the Cranbrook School

catchment area that was the right price,

and I knew that it would be a real

struggle.” The house, known at the time

as Hedges, had been on the market for

about a year before the Kittermaster

family – comprising Ali, husband


Above: The kitchen table was made for Ali by the carpenter at SB10 from scaffolding planks that had been used on the build

Johnnie, Katie, 16 and Harry, 13 – found it. According to

Ali, there had been little interest: “A lovely lady had lived

here for many years, so you could say that it was a little

dated.” Fortunately for Ali, other potential buyers failed

to look past the superficial trappings of the bungalow.

“I knew immediately when I viewed the house how I

was going to develop the property,” says Ali. “I needed

to create more living space, an additional bedroom and

a studio space for my daughter, Katie. Replacing all the

casement windows was central to my plan as these have

changed the style and character of the property totally.

My draughtsman couldn’t understand my need to remove

the plastic casement windows but I am glad I stuck to

my guns.” The windows, which have lovely low sills,

allow light to flood in and, on the exterior, have mock

shutters, which give the house an attractive colonial feel.

So, how long did the renovation take? “We bought it

in January 2016, the builders started in March and we

moved in the third week of August, though the house

wasn’t quite finished. There were a few bits left to do.”

That sounds like a pretty quick turnaround, considering

the extent of the building’s transformation. “It could have

been quicker, if we’d used a big company and thrown

lots of manpower at it,” says Ali, “but we wanted to use a

local firm, SB10, who had been recommended to us.”

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Ali and the children house-sat for a little while during the latter stages

of the renovation, to save the pennies. “Before that, every time I paid a

rent cheque, I thought ‘that’s a sofa, a light or something’.”


Above: Ali finds decorating inspiration online through Houzz or Pinterest as well as from her childhood friend, Linda, who is a house

builder and designer in Haut Bay in South Africa. She’s certainly created a contemporary but homely feel, with pops of colour and

photographic prints injecting interest and informality

the latter stages of the renovation, to save the pennies.

“Before that, every time I paid a rent cheque, I thought

‘that’s a sofa, a light or something’.” Her entrepreneurial

approach is impressive and evident in a career that has

included market research, advertising, work for Warner

Brothers looking after brands like Harry Potter and for

the last ten years she has worked as a photographer.

Ali’s photographs can be seen dotted around the house,

adding colour and humour to the relatively blank canvas

of Strong White walls. Ali has worked across many of the

photographic disciplines including weddings, events and

portraiture and ran a sports photography company in Dubai,

Capture That, with her friend and business partner. Since

returning from Dubai nearly two years ago, Ali has worked

as a portrait photographer creating memories for many local

families. She also undertakes informal photography for schools

in the South East. Most recently Ali has set up in business with

fellow photographer, Emily Parton. hh DESIGNS sells a range

of fun and contemporary greetings cards and canvases.

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Above: A colourful chameleon, painted in a vibrant palette by Ali’s friend Ann Pybus, greets visitors in the hallway

travels but also the lambs, piglets and cows of the Kentish

countryside! A canvas featuring a cheeky giraffe with his

tongue sticking out takes pride of place on the kitchen wall.

All of this experience, a creative eye, as well as doing up two

other cottages has stood Ali in good stead when renovating

their current home, especially as her husband Johnnie has

been away, working in Egypt. In fact, it seems that Ali

is quite happy to be left to her own devices... “Johnnie’s

quite traditional, ex-army. So, in his absence, I’ve been

able to do what I want and be a bit girly, which is nice.”

It’s clear she has a knack for doing up properties: “I enjoy

doing it. There isn’t a limitless pot of money... so what I love

doing is searching for things that cost less, but then perhaps

involve a little more work. Like these engineered oak boards

which I sanded and waxed myself. Or a little glass door knob

that would cost £30 from someone in London – I’d prefer to

find a similar item for 10% of the price on Etsy. I love that.”

She points out that her sofas are 25 years old, and

that at some point she would like a corner sofa, but at

the moment the budget won’t stretch. “They’re the first

sofas I bought, on King’s Road, when I lived in London.

Our dining table is made from scaffolding planks that

were used on the project.” The vaulted kitchen-living

area is clad with routed MDF – although the effect is

very similar to tongue and groove – giving it a beachhouse

feel. Interior designer Ali Wylie suggested this


“This is Harry’s room,” says Ali, “and he’s got his own little en suite. I was

determined to get these sliding doors in!” Incidentally, she found the sliding doors and

runners on eBay, for a snip, and all of the bathroom fixtures were sourced individually

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Above: Pops of bright colour punctuate the white walls in Harry and Katie’s rooms

idea as she has used it extensively in her own house.

Apart from being lovely, light and open-plan, what

look did Ali have in mind when she started work on the

house? “I suppose it’s kind of Cape Cod, New England,

or perhaps a bit Nordic,” says Ali, though she admits she’s

never been to either place. “I just spot things on Houzz

or Pinterest.” She’s certainly created a contemporary

but homely feel, with pops of colour and photographic

prints injecting interest and informality to what she and

her children jokingly refer to as ‘the show home’.

Seated at the breakfast bar-cum-kitchen island, the

first thing that catches your eye is a wall of square family

photographs: “This is my organic picture wall,” says Ali. “As

I take more pictures that I like I’ll add them to the wall, so

eventually the whole wall will be covered in five inch MDF

squares.” Ali has avoided using frames, as she “hates clutter”.

A sleek, modern kitchen – in a most subtle pale taupe – from

Martins in Hawkhurst, is just the ticket, occupying one wall.

Cleverly, Ali has used a mirror behind the sink, which

creates a sense of space as well as giving whoever is at the

sink a view of the room behind them. “I used Facebook

quite a lot when I was designing the house, rather than

making all the decisions on my own,” says Ali. “I would

sometimes put an idea out there, as Johnnie wasn’t


Above: Katie’s room is remarkably tidy. The pink pom-pom trim on the blinds is a recent addition that matches her pink chair

around to chat things through, and say: ‘So everyone,

shall I go with this colour or that colour?’ ” She asked her

friends if she should go for coloured glass or a mirror. “I

reckon about 95% went with coloured glass, but it felt like

a full stop. So I went with the mirror and I really like it!

It reflects the light and makes the area look bigger.” Pale,

composite worktops also keep the kitchen light and bright.

High up, overhead in the rafters of the living area are

five gorgeous metal lampshades: “I bought one of the

lampshades on a visit to Cairo, thinking it would be big

enough. Poor Johnnie. I said, ‘Can you go to the souk next

week, and get me four different ones? I don’t want them

matching.’ Then a local electrician wired them up for me.”

On the wall are two huge photographs of Katie and Harry,

standing in a stubble field amongst rolling hills. “That was

taken the day before we moved to Dubai,” says Ali, who has

accompanied her husband to numerous countries, where

he works setting up British schools. “It wasn’t a planned

shoot. We were driving along near Wye, and I thought ‘this

is Kent for me’. So I took the photos as a little reminder,

to hang in our house out there, to remind us of home.”

As I cast my eye around their current home, I notice a

curious ladder hanging on the wall, next to the kitchen.

“ The builders had just put up the 4x2 posts as the plan

was to use the lofted area as storage but at the very last

minute we changed the plan and turned it into an X-box/

movie den as well as extra bed space for the overspill of

teenagers at the weekends. The space is great and would

have otherwise been wasted.” The ladder is a French hoppickers’

ladder and is both beautiful as well as functional.

The majority of rooms in the house come off a wide

corridor, which runs perpendicular to the front door,

from the open-plan living area at one end, to the master

bedroom at the other. “I widened the corridor,” says Ali,

“and revitalised the 1930s doorway by painting the door

and replacing the rather ugly bevelled glass on either side

with clear glass panels.” The modernised doorway works

a treat and, as Ali points out, cost a fraction of what it

would have done to have a new door and surround.

Although Ali has found clever and affordable solutions at

every turn, it’s clear that she hasn’t shied away from making

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are on display throughout the house

so, has created a practical family home with decent-sized

rooms, each with masses of light. “This is Harry’s room,” says

Ali, “and he’s got his own little en suite. I was determined

to get these sliding doors in!” Incidentally, she found the

sliding doors and runners on eBay, for a snip, and all of the

bathroom fixtures were sourced individually and bought at a

discount from either Victoria Plumb, Bath Store or Ikea.

The sliding door makes optimum use of the available

space. Fitted wardrobes, made by the builders and with snazzy

leather handles, also provide essential ‘de-cluttering’ space.

Ali’s photographs grace the walls, as does the number ‘10’

of a rugby shirt that belonged to Harry’s great-grandfather

– who was captain of the England rugby team in 1924.

Personal touches transform this from a ‘show home’ into a

real, family sanctuary. Katie’s room is also remarkably tidy,

but with pops of colour including a simple wooden chair

that Ali painted pink using spray paint from Halfords. “The

pink pom-pom trim on the blinds is a recent addition, but

it goes rather well with the chair, don’t you think?” says Ali.

A selection of pretty mirrors, with painted frames, which

Ali refers to as “granny’s mirrors”, are dotted around the

room. Finally, we reach Ali’s retreat, the master bedroom.

As well as the lovely, low sash windows, this room has

French doors into the garden. There is a sleek, modern en

suite, which makes use of the other sliding door and minimal

furniture. “The bed was from Feather & Black,” says Ali,

“and the quote on the wall – as is the ‘Boys will be boys’

in Harry’s room – is by a girlfriend of mine called Leonora

Hammond.” An ornate mirror is another from ‘Granny’ but

Ali has painted over the gilt with dove grey. “When we went

to Dubai, I visited various second-hand shops and bought

pretty furniture then took it all to a place where they sprayed

everything dove grey.” An attractive, plain French set of drawers

with a marble top has escaped the spray paint, adding a little

natural wood and warmth to the corner of the room.

As we step out of the French doors, into the sunshine, and

look at the garden side of the house, with wooden painted

sash windows and pretty pale grey shutters, it would be easy to

imagine we were in Africa. Mulberry House is a fine example

of just what can be achieved with initiative and vision and it’s

evident the family love their new home, just as Ali loved creating

it. “I feel quite sad that I have finished this. I feel bereft!” So, what

next? “I’d love to do another house – though then I’d have to sell

this one...” For now, it seems, the family will be staying put.


Above left: A corner of Ali’s bedroom Above: The spare room

Left: Singer Katie has her own music studio in the garden and

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Award winning designs

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4 Source of inspiration

We revisit a striking new build in Kent

7 Building with glass

Letting light do the talking

15 Renovation project

Revamping an oast’s oak frame and

tackling a bungalow build

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Editor’s Letter

There’s nothing more exciting (and utterly terrifying)

than sinking your teeth into a property project.

We start our supplement with a look back at

one of our favourite new build projects to date – Katie

and Richard’s amazing marble-clad family home, built

using local trades and specialists. Take inspiration from

their address book on page 5. If you’re after illumination,

our Building with Glass feature is bound to inspire:

read the expert opinions from page 7. Oak framer Paul

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The incredible entrance hall

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Building with Glass:

The Basics

Ben Lee from Vita Architecture gives us an insight into the use of

glass in buildings from an architect’s perspective...

Building with glass enriches projects and lives in many ways. Its

ability to bring natural light into internal spaces drives architectural

design from the outset of every one of our design projects at Vita

Architecture. It is however, usually, the most expensive part of a construction

project. Here are our 3 key tips on how to get the most out of glass...

Step 1:


In the UK it’s typically preferred

to utilise glass on the south-facing

facade to maximise sunlight coming

into the building. In such a scenario,

you’ll have to strike a careful balance

between sunlight and shading, as an

unprotected glass facade can lead to

solar glare as well as overheating to

the internal space. Bear this in mind

when designing and consider how

you’ll integrate shading/blinds/curtains

should the sun become too intense.

Step 2:

Balancing thermal efficiency with cost

In most buildings glass is typically

the weakest point when it comes to

thermal efficiency in the building

envelope, and to comply with building

regulations, careful planning must go

into designing a thermally efficient

home with high levels of glazing

without sky rocketing your build costs.

There are of course new technologies

such as triple glazing and energy

efficient glass, but very often these will

come at a premium. The more cost

effective way of building a thermally

efficient home is to use increased

levels of insulation in the floors, roof,

walls or even the existing house. This

will be considerably cheaper than

buying super-efficient glazing whilst

maintaining a healthy thermal envelope.

Step 3:

Ask the architect to get the details right

When designing with glass an attentive

eye to the detailing and specification

can pay dividends in the end product.

Simple moves such as choosing sliding

door systems with thin frames over

bi-fold doors with wider frames will

help to let natural daylight flood the

internal spaces and will also give a better

outlook from within. Another neat trick

is to design flush levels between internal

and external spaces with a continuous

material that flows between the two.

This will help to create a seamless

boundary between the inside and


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Building with Glass:

The Projects

SH investigates the briefs behind three illuminating designs and how

they were brought to life by the teams involved in their construction

The Kitchen Extension

James Ransley

The Oak Glasshouse Company

“Our client had lived in the original house

for more than 20 years but considered that

by today’s standards, whilst the house was in

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For five years before meeting us they had

been considering options for an extension,

but also had design problems as the main

brief was to put a new kitchen in the house

and let lots of light through into the existing

house. It was vital that the extension must

not make the existing kitchen space darker,

therefore the existing wall was demolished to

link the kitchen with the new light space.

Given the space around the house they wanted

to improve views of the garden and feel the

benefit of that exterior space even when indoors.

The main frame of the building was

an oak frame incorporating two large

‘A’ frames in the roof structure.

The glazing used was 28mm toughened

double glazed units, argon filled to U value

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The Conservatory

Charles Page, Architect

“Two main criteria formed the brief; firstly, the desire to

extend the house to create additional space and, secondly,

the ambition that this space should be wrapped in glass and

extend out into the garden with views to the countryside

beyond. The existing house is Grade II Listed which

added a further level of complexity to the project.

The nature of the old farmhouse, dating back to the 16th

century, helped drive the form of the new extension, its low

ceilings highlighting an opportunity for the new room to offer a

generosity not found in the older parts of the house. The design

was also inspired by the geometry of greenhouses found in walled

gardens with the strong form of their single pitch roofs. So the new

extension rises from the constraints of the existing house, linking

the kitchen with a floor to ceiling height of 2.1m and climbing in

height as it reaches into the garden to an internal height of 3.2m

at its apex. From within, not only does the space have a generous

quality, it also maximises the views to the countryside beyond.

The extension is formed of a laminated oak frame with

bolted connections, a contemporary interpretation of the oak

beams within the oldest part of the house. Fine steel frame

windows reference the casement windows on the existing

building and a brick plinth echoes that of the main house. A

patinated copper cladding completes the extension, a playful

transition from the house to the green of the garden

beyond, that will continue to weather with time.”

Project info

Architect: Charles Page 07789 741255

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A Space for a Cup of Tea!

Ben Lee, Vita Architecture

“Our project at Manor Road was a gift from a loving husband

to his retiring wife. The brief was simple, ‘a space for us to

enjoy a cup of tea’. Keen gardeners, the owners had lived in

and loved their house for over two decades, and although

wanting to modernise the space, did not want something that

would feel too detached from the garden. Initial discussions

centred around a typical pitched roof extension with roof

lights and bifold doors. But as we began to unravel the

design, our ideas led us to go with a flat roof which would

create a bonus balcony space on the first floor. Our approach

was that if you’re going to be building a roof anyhow, why

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only a small uplift in cost, and more importantly gave them

another perspective from which to enjoy their tea from.

After several meetings with the local authority we managed

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of aluminium panels wrapped around the glazed elements

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overlooking issues which the planners were concerned with.

The south facing facade has an opening corner which

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patio, and even though I haven’t seen it yet, I’m told

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thermal efficiency equation by super insulating the floor,

roof and existing loft which cost only £1,800 but when

compared to the premium of triple glazing which would

be considerably more it’s a sensible approach to consider.

During those winter months when the sun is at its

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The brief: “Sackville Oak Frames were commissioned to design and build an oak

framed roof structure to replace an existing dilapidated roof. The existing stone

oast roundel and barn had previously been re-roofed at some point in the past with

a single straight run roof which needed to be replicated for planning purposes.

Our client wanted to enhance the character of the property, whilst celebrating

the history of the once working oast. Due to the fragile existing stone walls, the

oak frame needed to distribute the roof loading evenly without having any point

loads or transverse loads acting upon the walls. With limited head height and

two different levels on the first floor, a tie beam truss would not give the required

height needed. The roof shape and pitch had to match the old derelict roof.”

The finished oak frame: “The roof frame is a green oak principal rafter frame,

with softwood common rafters over and a warm roof construction. Due to the

height restrictions on the first floor, an arch brace truss was used. The roof frame

cantilevers out over the oast roundel and forms a full glazed gable to match the

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What was the biggest challenge you faced? This was during the initial planning stages,

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Total Rejuvenation

Rob Hartshorn from Imitation Oak Beams explains how his company’s hand

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What do you do? “We create uniquely crafted

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How does your process work? “A plaster ‘base’ is

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Twice a year, shiny, bright new toys

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counters – or rather, the

beauty equivalent: palettes filled with

pretty, eye-catching unicorn-esque

shades, perhaps dustings of sparkle.

They are deeply, deeply seductive. And the

fact is, they’ll probably end up at the back

of the toy cupboard (a.k.a. the make-up

drawer), unplayed-with after an initial burst

of enthusiasm during which you discover

that emerald green, aqua or (heaven forbid)

glimmering pink really aren’t that easy to wear.

And if that isn’t the case – well, you’re probably 17.

But that’s no reason to give make-up palettes a

wide berth in general. They can be time- and

space-saving – if you choose carefully. I’m

sure I’m not the only woman who’s wasted

ridiculous amounts of time opening and closing

identical single shadows to try to find the

one I’m looking for because the identifying

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make-up bag. So a palette which combines

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throws in the perfect tone of blusher, can

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But let’s set some guidelines, here. First

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one or two of the shades. The whole line-up has

to float your boat – or you’ll find yourself

carrying round a chunky quartet in which

one corner’s been used down to the metal,

while carrying around the ‘excess baggage’

of the other three shades (and a heavy

mirror, to boot). Secondly, I sort of think

there ought to be a law that eye make-up is

only produced in neutral shades – browns,

taupes, greys, ivories and creams, maybe a soft

plum or two. The colours of actual shadows,

actually. It is almost impossible – unless you are

a professional make-up artist – to make brighter

colours, or even unusual ‘sludges’, sit well on the

skin. Therefore, any eye palette you decide to buy

should essentially feature neutral shades. (That’s not quite true of

lips: for lots of us, deep burgundies and reds can be a signature.)

I’ve swept my brushes over a lot of palettes, in my time – the

equivalent of kissing a lot of frogs – but have consistently had

success with Bobbi Brown. . Their counter should always be

your first port of call for palette-shopping and a

particular favourite of mine is the double-decker

Bobbi Brown Sultry Nude Eye & Cheek Palette,

£48, which features a great line-up of basics

with a complexion-awakening blusher on the

bottom ‘deck’. (It’s also a great starter set for a

teenager who you’re trying to keep away from

My Little Pony-like colours and textures.)

Adored by beauty editors everywhere,

meanwhile, are the Urban Decay Naked

palettes – the newest of which is the Naked3

Eyeshadow Palette, £39.50. With 12

shades it showcases everything you could

possibly wish for any look ranging from a

soft wash of barely-there neutral colour

right through to an intense smoky eye,

spanning smooth mattes to gleaming

metallics for an ‘accent’ of shimmer.

Probably impractical to lug around

– but nevertheless it is a complete

eye kit, in one – and the powders are

famously velvety and easy-to-blend, with

great staying power. As palette brushes

go (and they do usually go straight in the

bin), theirs offers good blendability, too.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural

Eyeshadow Palette, £TBC, is the most

brilliant new palette of what I call ‘weekend’

eyeshadows – a spectrum of five neutrals for

can’t-tell-it-from-real shadowplay when you want

a little extra help but rocking a seriously smoky

eye is going to be overkill. Four great nudes, in

a sexy Chanel

palette. Nothing – but nothing

– not to love about this (including, of course,

the beige double-C-ed packaging). And I’m also

loving Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting

EyeShadow 5-Color Palette, £40, in Defiant

Nude – a completely brilliant selection of plushtextured

neutrals. Unlike most websites, by

the way, where you really don’t get a clue what

colours look like in reality, the photos of this

palette (which comes in several neutral options)

are really true to life if you check them out at

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alternative is to build your own palette. At the luxe end of

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the chiropractor, lugging around all that weight. Having said

that, I am rather taken with the very affordable Maybelline

Lip Contour Palette, £9.99, in the suits-all-skintones Blushed

Bombshell line-up – or for lovers of reds, there’s Crimson

Vixen, featuring a primer, liner, gloss and more. Alternatively,

because lipstick choices are so, so personal, I like to smoosh my

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brilliant option appears to have been discontinued, but if

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Flex into May

Surrey Homes talks to former Canadian figure skater, yoga and

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Do you have a beauty

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model – she also pulls off

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After having her three

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challenging. Jaime will be

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What is yoga?

Credit: Beveridge

Yoga teacher Julie Simpson explains that there’s

so much more to yoga than we think…


he yoga that we practise in the

West today developed over

thousands of years from a series

of postures designed to help Indian holy

men sit for long periods in meditation.

The Indian sage Patanjali wrote the

first user manual for yogis around 2000

years ago. In it he divides yoga into

eight parts, only one of which describes

the physical postures we now think of

as yoga. The remaining seven include

ethical standards, breathing, meditation

and – the ultimate goal – the bliss of

union with something greater than

ourselves. And that is what the word

yoga really means, ‘union’, the coming

together of mind, body and spirit.


Yoga is well known for improving

flexibility but it also helps build strong

muscles and improve general fitness.

Twists and bends can aid digestive and

elimination systems while emphasis

on the breath improves lung capacity.

Yoga is not just for bendy beauties,

it’s good for all of us and it works for

all stages of life: pregnancy classes

provide safe and gentle exercises to

prepare for birth, while classes for older

people improve balance and provide

gentle stretches to keep mobile. Yoga

also helps the mind. The savasana

relaxation at the end of a yoga class

and the emphasis on movement and

breath working together give yoga

practice its relaxing and meditative

quality, while breathing exercises

improve concentration and help relieve

tension at the end of a working day.


Yoga arrived in the West in the

1890s, and since then there’s been

a cross-fertilisation of philosophies

and ideas resulting in many different

schools. This can be confusing when

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side it means that, whatever your

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style of yoga for you. Despite their

differences, most styles of yoga share

the emphasis on breath, the postures,

the final relaxation and core yogic

values. See the box on the right for

more detail on different styles.


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yoga, always start with a beginners’

class. Be prepared to try a class

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important that you like your teacher

but even more important that your

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ask you about any health issues

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safe – way of doing each posture

then move onto the next class. If

your first class doesn’t work out for

any reason, keep trying, the benefits

of yoga are well worth the effort.

Finally, one of the greatest

things about yoga is that it doesn’t

require much financial outlay, all

you’ll need is a yoga mat to stop

your feet from slipping, loose

clothing and a light blanket to

cover you during relaxation. A tiny

investment for such huge rewards.

Pick a Style

These are the most popular choices:

• Hatha is the gentle, show-paced yoga

which you’ll usually learn at any class

simply called ‘yoga’. It’s good for beginners

and a great way to learn the postures

before trying some of the other styles.

• Ashtanga, inspired by teenage

acrobats in the Maharajahs’ courts, is

a challenging, athletic style of yoga.

• Vinyasa Flow classes are quite energetic,

with postures ‘flowing’ from one to

the other in constant movement.

• Iyengar practice is all about alignment.

Expect to use lots of props and hold

poses for longer periods of time.

• Restorative yoga consists of just a few

postures held for longer periods while

supported by props. It’s a relaxing

and healing way to end the day.

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Join us in the Healthy Living Theatre

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Madeleine’s recipe for a healthy lifestyle:

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Leek & Spinach Rolls

(makes 4 rolls) Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

• 2 medium leeks, chopped

• 300g baby spinach leaves

• 2 tbsp flat-leaved parsley,


• 6 sheets 10x18 inch filo


• 100g feta cheese

• 2 eggs

• 2 tbsp olive oil for

brushing pastry sheets

1. To create the filling, soften the chopped leeks for 5-10

minutes over a gentle heat in 1 tbsp olive oil and add

the spinach leaves. Stir over a low heat until the spinach

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leaving an inch at top and bottom. Turn over the top and

bottom to hold the filling in, then roll up neatly, and

brush the seam with oil.

4. Place the rolls, seam side down, on a baking tray and cook

in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 180°C.

Red Pepper & Onion Frittatas

(makes 8 frittatas)

Preparation time: 25 minutes (including roasting veg)

Cooking time: 15 minutes

• 1 tbsp rapeseed oil

• ½ red onion

• ½ red pepper

• 1 tsp smoked


• pinch sumac

• 110g grated cheddar

• salt and pepper

• 6 eggs

• salt and pepper

1. Chop and thinly slice the pepper and

onion, toss in the oil, sumac and smoked

paprika and roast on a baking tray in a hot

oven (200°C) for 15 minutes.

2. Divide the roasted vegetables and grated

cheese between 8 deep non-stick muffin tins.

3. Whisk the eggs, add a grinding of black

pepper and divide mixture between the 8 tins.

4. Cook in oven at 180°C for 12-15 minutes.



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Serves 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes

• 3 ripe, blackskinned



• 3 tsp chives

• juice of one


• black pepper

• 100g smoked


• 6 slices of

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bread, toasted

1. Cut avocados in half lengthwise, and remove the stone. Scoop out the flesh,

ensuring that the skins remain intact, and mash in a bowl with lemon juice,

plenty of black pepper and the chopped chives.

2. Slice the smoked salmon into thin ribbons and add to the avocado and

lemon juice mixture.

3. Fill each of the six halved avocado skins with the avocado and smoked

salmon mixture. Re-assemble the avocados, putting the 2 halves back

together, and wrap each avocado in cling film and chill in the fridge.

4. To serve, separate the 3 avocados into halves and serve with sourdough toast.



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Beetroot Gazpacho

Serves 6 Cooking time for beetroot: 50-60 minutes

Preparation time: 20 minutes

• 2 tennis ball-sized


• 1 cucumber, peeled

• 1 red onion

• 2 cloves garlic

• 600ml passata

• 300ml vegetable stock

• 4tbsp red wine vinegar

• ½ tsp sugar

• 4 tbsp avocado oil

• salt and pepper

1. Wrap each beetroot loosely in tin foil and bake in the oven at

180°C for 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool, unwrap and peel.

2. Chop the beetroot, cucumber, garlic and onion, put in a

food processor and blend until finely chopped.

3. Place all the liquid ingredients and the sugar in a large

bowl and add the blended vegetables, stir until mixed.

Season to taste. Cover the bowl with cling film and

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Sara Farrell, chef at The Café at Lavender Goose in Gomshall,

cooks up a crowd pleasing baked cheesecake combining smooth

white chocolate with zesty ginger and the tartness of rhubarb

White chocolate, rhubarb and

ginger cheesecake

Serves 8

At this time of the year we’re lucky enough to be able to pick the delicate

deep pink stems of ‘Timperley Early’ rhubarb from our own vegetable

garden to make this delicious dessert. We serve it by the slice in the café

and pour over the jewel coloured compote at the last minute, but if you

are looking for a dinner party centrepiece just ladle it all on the top of the

whole cake and let the luscious pink syrup run merrily down the sides.

• 55g butter

• 400g cream cheese

• 75g gingernut biscuits

• 75g digestive biscuits

• 300g white chocolate

• 2 large eggs

• 6 pieces stem ginger

• 400g rhubarb trimmed and cut

into 3cm pieces

• 85g granulated sugar

• 300ml soured cream

• zest and juice of 1 lemon

1. Preheat the oven to 170˚C, fan 150˚C, gas 3.

2. Lightly oil the base of a 20cm springform

cake tin and line with parchment.

3. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the crushed biscuits. Mix well,

then press into the bottom of the tin. Chill until ready to use.

4. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl

placed over a pan of simmering water.

5. Put half the stem ginger, half the soured cream, cream

cheese and eggs into a food processor and blend until

smooth. Slowly add the melted chocolate.

6. Pour the mixture over the base and bake until just set in the

middle – about 40-45 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin.

7. To make the compote, cut the remaining ginger into fine shreds

and place in a pan with the rhubarb, sugar, lemon zest and juice,

and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved – stirring continuously.

Bring to the boil, put the lid on the pan then turn down the heat to

as low as possible for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat to cool.

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Keeping it


Jo Arnell pots up a visual feast of seasonal colour

Plants in containers, whether permanent or seasonal,

are very useful to have around the garden. If

you’re short of space, or don’t have much in the

way of a garden, they can even become mini gardens

in themselves. I often use potted versions of designs

and ideas that I’m planning for bigger spaces to see how

the plants get on together. More often than not my pot

plants are impulse purchases – bought in haste when life

(that thing that gets in the way of gardening) happens

and the big plans haven’t materialised. It is handy to be

able to wheel out some pots of distraction to act as focal

points and provide splashes of colour to divert the eye.

designing with containers

container style... There are so many things to use as

containers for plants – from wellie boots to huge stone troughs,

the choice can be bewildering. You can choose containers

that blend with the materials used in the construction of

your house, terracotta, zinc or wooden planters perhaps, or

do the opposite and make a contrast. Pots in a single style

are effective and will tie a design together, but a relaxed and

informal mingling of styles can look just as attractive. It’s hard

to beat the simplicity and functionality of a terracotta pot.

focal points... Use large or architectural containers to

make a bold statement and give a planting scheme impact.

Big pots can look dramatic filled with just one large plant, or

even a small tree. Striking architectural plants like Phormium,

Fatsia, Bamboo, or a large box ball make good ‘statement’

plants. Climbers on supports can be used to bring height.

colour impact... Bright colours will attract attention, but

using a limited range of colours, or repeating a single colour

will help to unite a scheme together. A jumble of annuals,

perennials and herbs will give a relaxed, cottage style, whereas

a cool, calm collection of single coloured flowers and tidy

foliage will bring a more restrained and formal look to an area.

pots with a purpose

Seasonal colour... Planting pots with short-lived bulbs,

annuals and bedding is a familiar way to bring seasonal

interest. The advantage is that once the current season’s

flowers fade, they can be replaced with a new display.

Bulbs can be lifted and kept until the following year,

but it is harder to look after tender bedding plants

through the seasons, as these must be kept frost-free.

crops for pots... Some vegetables can be successfully

grown in pots and containers. Short, or round carrots,

beetroot, radish, peppers, cherry tomatoes and most herbs

will happily grow in containers; in fact a mixture of herbs

and dwarf vegetables in a container or even a hanging

basket can look fantastic – and taste even better.

planting and maintaining

How to plant... If you are growing permanent plants in

containers, put some crocks (broken bits of pot, stones or

even the polystyrene that some plants are sold in) in the

bottom of the pot to provide drainage. Add compost on

top of the drainage layer, then carefully remove the plants

from their original pots and check the roots, teasing them

out if the root ball looks congested. Plant and back fill

with compost to the same height as the plant was in the

original pot (climbers can be planted deeper). Water well.

compost... Seasonal bedding plants and tender annuals

will be happy with a multi-purpose compost for a short time,

providing you don’t let the compost dry out – if that does

happen you may need to soak the whole pot in water


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for a while, as it is hard to re-wet.

Most composts for containers

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added, but do supplement this if

you want the display to continue

for the whole season. Permanent

plantings will need a more substantial,

soil-based compost. You can buy this (John Innes no. 3

is a good one), or mix up your own using garden soil and

either homemade, weed-free compost, or shop bought.

prisoners on parade... Remember that a plant in a pot is

entirely dependent on your care – some plants will manage to

limp along with just a glance every now and then, but others

need to be treated like fussy old aunts. You probably know

what kind of nurturer you are by now and how much time

you can devote to your captives, so plant accordingly. Most

permanently potted perennials and shrubs will need feeding

in the spring; a slow release fertiliser is useful here, rather than

a swamping of food and then nothing until the following

year. Some plants will need repotting every year or so, or at

least top dressing (removing some of the compost from the

top of the pot and replacing it with fresh). All plants need

water in the summer – and there’s always a heat wave back

home when you’re on holiday, so it pays to take precautions.

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pots with some insulation (bubble-wrap can work well, but

isn’t the most attractive patio adornment). Water-logging

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so good drainage becomes essential, especially for plants

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Plants that Heal

Sue Whigham highlights the therapeutic properties of common countryside dwellers

The Chelsea Physic Garden has been tucked behind a wall

in the Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea, SW3 since it was

founded in 1673. It’s an ancient botanical garden with a

unique microclimate due to its proximity to the Thames which

enables plants from all over the world to thrive. Newly discovered

plants were brought up the river by barge to be delivered to the

garden. You can still see the remains of an ancient boat house there.

The Physic Garden was founded to train Apothecaries’

apprentices to collect and identify plants from the surrounding

area and to study their medicinal uses. 5,000 fascinating plants

from all over the world are housed here and the new layout of

the extended medicinal plants garden, opened recently, has two

‘rooms’ just devoted to historic British plants. There

are also areas containing plants used world wide in

modern herbal remedies, modern pharmaceuticals

and also those which are being investigated for use

in future medicinal roles. If you have an interest

in medicinal plants, this is the place to go.

Closer to home, hundreds of medicinal

plants grow wild in the countryside and

hedgerows and the foraging movement is,

hopefully, teaching us about these plants and reminding us

of the knowledge that our forebears had before the days of

the NHS and conventional medicines. Thank goodness for

public footpaths which enable us to wander the countryside,

albeit in a controlled way, and to have access to their habitat.

I passed a derelict site just off Brixton Hill on Wednesday and

noticed, amongst the discarded debris, a wealth of plants doing

their own thing and amongst them were several which grow

almost everywhere and which we usually try to eradicate. So,

medicine for free – although I’m not sure that I’d want to harvest

this particular batch bearing in mind the dangerously high level

of pollution recorded in Brixton. However, amongst them were

nettles, docks, dandelions and elder. It seems to be a good year for

dandelions, they are shining away everywhere and I for one am

now looking at them in a different light.

Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum)

Alexanders were introduced to Britain as a food source by the

Romans and they are in full frothy lime green flower now,

lining road verges near the sea having a yen as they do for salty

conditions. A couple of years ago I decided to try cooking up

some stems having read that they tasted a ‘little like celery and

a little like parsley’ and found a slightly ropey patch outside

the fishmonger’s on the bridge down in Rye. I think they were

a little astonished when I went in and asked them if I could

borrow a knife! I think I’d left it a bit late as they were a bit

stringy but it was worth a try. Alexanders can often be found

on the sites of monastery gardens and were both a food source

“Hundreds of

medicinal plants

grow wild in

the countryside

and hedgerows”

and perhaps used as a medicinal ingredient by the monks.

Traditionally, the leaves were heated up and used as a poultice

on sores and skin ulcers to help the healing process. Another use

was in the treatment of the kidneys and the bladder.

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

The countryside is absolutely full of burdock and you can

recognise it by its huge, heart‐shaped leaves and its burrs. In its first

year you’ll only see a rosette of low growing leaves which can reach

about a metre wide on a mature plant. Eventually this develops

into a tall plant which has tall, large, purple thistle‐like flowers

from June onwards. A member of the daisy family, burdock was,

and still is, used combined with dandelions to

make a cordial and a medicine. Traditional Chinese

medicine has used burdock for combating colds

and sore throats. It seems that researchers aren’t

really convinced as to which of many ingredients

in burdock root are responsible for its healing

properties but it is known that the plant is full of

antioxidants and extract of burdock root is used in

homeopathic remedies.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The first reference to the use of dandelion medicinally was in

the 10th and 11th centuries when physicians in the Middle East

discovered some of the plant’s properties. Dandelions are chock

full of vitamins including A, B, C, D and K as well as minerals

such as iron, potassium and zinc. Think again before you decide to

excise them completely from your garden. Perhaps you can harness

some of their good qualities instead. Amongst their benefits you

can brew up dandelion tea to detox your liver and improve both

your stomach health and your skin. Gather some of the younger

leaves, blanch them and add them to salads and teas. And it seems

that the large quantity of Vitamin K in dandelion is now thought

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Alexanders can often be found on the

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Nettles (Urtica dioica)

The compost heap is full of nettles. Well, they are happiest

in highly nitrogenous soils so I suppose that is not surprising

but it does mean a good supply of the young nettle tops just

yearning to be made into a nutritious soup. Traditionally

all parts of the nettle plant were used to treat all manner of

conditions including arthritis, anaemia and infections and a

benefit to our gardens is that an undisturbed nettle patch is

host to young ladybirds in the early part of the year which in

turn feed off aphids predating our vegetable gardens.

Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

This little plant, a member of the Lamiaceae family, can be

found throughout the countryside, on verges, in woodland

clearings and in our case, in the lawn which has never been

treated with chemicals. It has hooded violet flowers, and an

extremely long flowering period – perfect for bees. Self-heal is

edible and both the stems and the young leaves can be eaten

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heads are magnets for finches and bees. Now it is being

used against conditions such as ME and Lyme disease

as well as joint and tendon problems, muscle pain and

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the sea at Rye Harbour and being of benefit to the wildlife

at the Nature Reserve. It is an extraordinarily rampant

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Encouraging Creativity

With a huge emphasis on schools to achieve the best grades in maths, English and the sciences, what’s

on offer for students who have an interest in pursuing the creative arts? And how do their experiences

in their preferred subjects at school affect the choices they make once they leave the classroom?

Surrey Homes talks to three students and three teachers about the choices and

support on offer at the schools they attend and departments they work in.

Chris Bryant

Head of Drama,

Downsend School

Why drama? I had a

passion for Drama from

an early age and appeared

in school productions.

Later, I trained as

an actor and worked in ‘the business’ without great

success for a few years before re-training as a teacher.

I love directing and writing just as much as acting

and I love seeing the pupils enjoying it too.

Who is your favourite actor? The best stage actors

can make a connection with the audience and make

them forget they’re watching a play. In recent years,

I’ve been very impressed by actors like Sheridan

Smith and David Tennant, but I was blown away as

a teenager by Simon Russell Beale as Richard III.

How do you keep your students inspired? Children like

to know that the Drama teacher or director is enjoying

the experience as much as they are. The experience

needs to be fun! We use plenty of games, and wellstructured

activities to encourage the children to use their

imaginations and learn new ways to bring them to life.

What are you currently working on for your students?

We have just finished a school play based on Roald Dahl’s

Revolting Grown-Ups. Our previous productions have

included Bugsy Malone and the fantastic We Will Rock You.

We are also already looking ahead to next year and I am

hoping to get more of the children interested in working

in the technical and backstage elements of the shows.

Do they get the opportunity to go on field trips?

Trips to the theatre can be a revelation for school

children; they certainly were for me. This term,

we took Year 8 to see The Woman in Black and we

toured Shakespeare’s Globe with Year 6, who also

got to participate in Drama workshops there.

Downsend School is a co-educational

independent school for pupils aged 2-13 in

Surrey. 01372 372311


Year 13, Cranbrook School

Why did you decide to study music?

However hideous a cliché it might

be to say that you have always been

‘passionate’ about something, I really

have always had an interest in music.

Whilst I can’t quite claim to have been

writing fugues at four years old, I do remember repeatedly

abandoning my parents in favour of buskers on visits

to London, and I think that’s probably close enough.

What creative facilities do you have at your school?

Cranbrook music department features various ensembles

run by peripatetic teachers, such as Strings, Choir

and Brass Group, but it seems to me that the music

created by the students themselves testifies rather

better to the musical spirit of the school. The annual

inter-house singing competition – ‘House Shout’ – is

a great example of this; each house comes together

to present a few songs to the rest of the school.

Do you participate in music outside the classroom?

Of the ensembles on offer, I play in the Orchestra

and String Group, and sing in the Chamber Choir.

Would you like a career in music? Will you study

it at a higher level? In terms of a potential career,

the music industry probably isn’t the first place you

would turn to for job security. That said, I am hoping

to study music at university next year because I firmly

believe that, given what an immense privilege it is

to be able to, one should pursue a passion as far as

possible, whenever possible. Furthermore, I like to

think that if more people engaged in musical activities,

the world would be a better – if not louder – place.

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Year 13, ArtsEd


Why did you decide to

study drama? Drama

was my way of expressing

myself. It allowed me to be

a creative and an openminded

person. I also

loved watching people on

TV and on the stage when

I was a child and just fell in love with it.

What creative facilities do you have at your school/

college? We have music, dance and black box studios. We

also have a gorgeous theatre, which is used for the music

concerts, the dance show and acting performance.

do you participate in drama outside the classroom?

On Saturdays I am a teaching assistant at my local

Stagecoach and we teach 4-6 year olds three disciplines -

singing, dancing and acting - for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

I am very fortunate to have this as my part-time job.

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Would you like a career in drama? Will you study

it at a higher level? Yes definitely 100%! I am taking a

foundation course in Acting starting in September after

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future hopefully moving on to train for my degree.

do you study any other creative subjects?

I also love to sing and have had singing lessons since

I was little. I also have a YouTube channel in which

I post beauty and lifestyle vlogs every week.

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The Next Step

Susan Elkin analyses the new two year degree courses


Any parent who has seen a son or daughter through higher

education in recent years could be forgiven for despairing.

Three years at close on £10,000 per year for – usually –

less than six hours a week of teaching time, with accommodation

on top. Terms are short, half term breaks and ‘reading weeks’ are

frequent. It adds up to an awful lot of time to sit in bars getting

drunk a long way from home, or worse, succumbing to mental

health problems triggered by loneliness and too little to do.

Now at last a change is in sight. In February the government

announced that universities and other higher education

institutions must start offering two year degrees in addition to

three year ones. The end of the extortionate three year stranglehold

is in sight. It is utterly scandalous that the three year closed shop

has lasted so long. It’s a long ignored example of restrictive practice.

Any good course is intensive and rigorous. Many three

year degree courses are anything but. Of course nearly every

course could be telescoped into two years if students were

provided with three proper 14 week terms each year (42

weeks with ten weeks’ holiday) and given a much more

structured programme while they were in session.

Students do not need four months ‘off’ in the summer. Yes,

they might need to earn a bit and perhaps enjoy a holiday

but ten weeks’ ‘leave’ a year – still far more than most people

get in the real world of grown -up work – allows for both.

Some detractors have argued that this is just a back‐door

method of allowing fees to soar. Well the first thing to

bear in mind is that students do not pay the full cost.

Expensive as they seem, degrees are still state subsidised.

Depending on the subject studied the actual cost is

in the region of £15,000 to £20,000 per year.

If the student’s contribution to a course – in round

figures – would normally be £30,000 over three

years, then logically the same course taught in two

years would have to charge £15,000 per year.

What does concern me – and it must be watched very

carefully – is that some universities and other providers will

simply offer a second rate, two thirds, watered down two year

degree course rather than giving two year degree students

everything which they would get on a three year course.

But the advantages for the student (and his or her

long‐suffering parents) are clear. There’s a whole year’s

less subsistence to pay for. The graduate is ready to start

work a year earlier and has a whole extra year in which to

begin earning money. Moreover an intensive degree will

probably have helped to instil a no-nonsense worth ethic and

goodness knows this country could do with a bit of that.

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Priory Farm to Celebrate Diamond

Anniversary at This Year’s Strawberry Fair

Priory Farm is preparing for a

bumper Strawberry Fair this year

as the Shinner family celebrates

60 years since John and Wendy

Shinner first took ownership of the

farm. The much-anticipated food

festival, which has been a highlight

on the summer event calendar for

the past seven years, will see more

than 40 artisan food and drink

producers set up stall in Priory

Farm Shop’s courtyard on Saturday

24 and Sunday 25 June.

The annual event draws food lovers

from across Surrey and beyond to

enjoy tastings of fine and locallymade

food and drink, including

handmade breads, regional cheeses

and real ales. Shoppers will have a

chance to try before they buy with

plenty of free tastings available

over the two days, and a sizzling

barbecue will serve up sausages

and burgers made by Priory Farm’s

own butcher. And for dessert, it

has to be some of the hundreds of

kilos of strawberries the Farm Shop

expects to sell over the weekend.

Meanwhile, young visitors can enjoy

a taste of life on the farm with

tractor rides and a summer-themed

nature trail on the Discovery Walk,

as well as a host of other familyfriendly

activities over the weekend.



The fair is open

10am‐4.30pm on Sat 24 June &

10.30am‐4.30pm Sun 25 June.

Priory Farm Shop, Sandy

Lane, South Nutfield,

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What’s On In May


Sat 29 April 10am-6pm – Mon 1

May 10am-4pm

Betchworth Village Hall, Station

Rd, Betchworth, Surrey


The Dorking Group

of Artists Spring


The Dorking Group of Artists

exhibit over 250 pieces of original

art from their members, including

many professionals. These

paintings span a wide variety of

styles and media and will all be for

sale at affordable prices.

Entry: Free

Info: Jane Anderson Wood

(Chairman): 01372 375123/

Sat 20 May – Sun 30 July

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,

Woking GU21 4AA

In Their Own Words:

Artists’ Voices from The

Ingram Collection

A unique opportunity to view

works by some of the UK’s bestloved

and most influential artists

of the 20th century and hear the

artists discussing their childhood,

memories, experiences and

influences, opening up a new form

of interpretation of their works.

Entry: Annual Pass £7.50, Day Pass

£4.50, Under 18s Free

Info: 01483 737800 /

Children & Family

Thursdays through May and July

Navigations Office and Dapdune

Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford


Wharf Weenies

Special Sessions for children of

eighteen months plus, based

on children’s stories, with craft

activities, story time and a chance

to run around outside.

Entry: £3 per child

Info: 01483 561389 / /

Sun 21 May 10.30am-5pm

RSPCA Millbrook Animal

Centre, Guildford Road,

Chobham GU24 8EH

Fun Dog Show at RSPCA


Fun and family friendly, this

RSPCA Dog Show has a variety of

classes for your dog and agility or

fastest recall competition.

Info: 0300 123 0740 /

Classes & Workshops

Thurs 11 May 10am-4pm

The Carpenter’s Shed, Dapdune

Wharf, Wharf Rd, Guildford,


Basket Making for


A one day class in which basket

maker and willow weaver, Judith

Needham, will teach you to build

your own beautiful trug shaped

basket with a handle.

Info: 01252 659134 / /

Fri 12 May 10.15am-4pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane, Woking GU23 6QB

Garden Photography

Master Class with Clive


Clive Nichols shares his twenty

years of experience as a professional

flower and garden photographer, to

teach you how to get the most out

of your camera whatever your skill

level. Book by Wednesday 10 May.

Entry: Member £126, Non-Member


Info: 01483 479748 / /


Weds 3 May 7.45-21.30pm

Epsom Playhouse, Ashley

Avenue, Epsom KT18 5AL

Dress, Dazzle and

Display by Siobhan


Trained Costumed Interpreter

and Historic Royal Palaces Guide

Lecturer, Siobhan Clarke, explores

the political, economical and social

undercurrents of Tudor Court


Info: 01737 355300 /

Tues 30 May – Fri 2 Jun

Home of Charles Darwin –

Down House, Luxted Road,

Downe, Orpington BR6 7JT

Meet the Darwins

Take your family to meet the

Darwin family. Learn all about

Charles and Emma’s work and life

in Victorian England and hear

tales of The Jumping Frog, as told

to the Darwin children, then make

your own frog to race.

Info: 0370 333 1181 /

Festivals & Carnivals

Mon 1 May

High Street, Chobham, Woking

and Chobham Recreation

Ground, Chobham, Woking

GU24 8AJ Chobham


In its thirtieth year, the Chobham

Festival continues to raise funds

for local community groups.

There will be a procession down

the High Street, the UK’s most

accomplished freestyle mountain

bike stunt team, Surrey Fire and

Rescue, a variety of stalls and a

selection of rides.


Thurs 4, Sat 6, and Sun 7 May

Thurs 4 May Denbies Wine

Estate, London Road, Dorking

RH5 6AA, Sat 6 May St

Catherine’s School, Station Rd,

Bramley, Guildford GU5 0DF,

Sun 7 May St Teresa’s School,

Beech Ave, Effingham, Dorking


Investic International

Music Festival

Join the Investic International

Music Festival (IIMF), a registered

charity dedicated to promoting

music to school children, for a

weekend of world-class music in

beautiful and intimate venues

across Surrey.

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Fri 19 – Sat 20 May

Various locations in Guildford,

Surrey GU1 3UW

Trinity Folk Festival

Featuring some of the top

performers on the folk, roots and

acoustic music scenes on two stages

with high quality food and drink

including barbecue and cakes.

Info: 01483 444334 /

Sat 27 – Sun 28 May

Imber Court, Sports Club (Rear

Entrance), Ember Lane, East

Molesey KT10 8EG

Happy Days Festival 2017

Legendary artists of the 70s, 80s

and 90s come together for a feel –

good party festival, including Sister

Sledge, Billy Ocean, Holly Johnson

and 5 Star. Explore the 40 acre site

to discover a retro bar, games area,

family fun activities and Gastro

Grub with world fusion and

vegetarian foods.

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Food & Drink

Thurs 18 May

Millennium Gloucester Hotel,

London, SW7 4LH

May Gala Dinner

The Hospice of Hope invites you

to an evening of delicious food

and excellent entertainment, all

to raise money for Copaceni, a

unique hospice centre for children,

and the Belgrade Hospice Appeal,

the first in-patient unit in Serbia.

Dress code is black tie and evening


Entry: £125 (10% discount for

tables of 10)

Info: Rebekah: 01959 515110

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Sat 27 May 2-6pm

Claremont Fan Court School,

Esher KT10 9LY

Princess Charlotte’s

Wedding Banquet

Celebrate the 201st anniversary

of former Claremont residents

Princess Charlotte and Prince

Leopold, with guided walks

around the Mansion, Belvedere

Tower and Camellia Terrace

followed by regency-style wedding

banquet in the royal couple’s own

Great Room.

Entry: £27

Info: 0344 800 1895 /


Mon 29th May - Fri 2 nd June

Fire Lighting

Campfire Cooking

Spoon Carving

Over 500 Animals

Animal Handling

Tractor Rides

Face Painting

Pig Racing

Animal Feeding

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What’s On In May

Sat 27 - Sun 29 May

Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex

TW8 8JF (and other locations)

Foodies Festival

The UK’s biggest food festival

returns to Syon Park, serving

this historical great house filled

with the sumptuous tastes of

red hot live music, exotic street

foods, expertly prepared celebrity

and Michelin Star chef tutorials,

children’s cookery courses, and a

boozy drinks theatre.


Sun 28 May 3pm

Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere

Road, Albury GU5 9BW

Sparkling Afternoon


The vineyard invites Cafe of the

Year 2016, the Dabbling Duck,

to celebrate English wine week in

classically English style, with finger

sandwiches, savoury tarts, cakes,

scones, fresh strawberries, tea and

coffee, and of course a glass of

Albury Estate Classic Cuvée.

Entry: £30

Info: /


Mon 1 May – Fri 30 Jun

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane, Woking GU23 6QB

In the Night Garden


Join Iggle Piggle on a magical

play trail around the garden. For

children from one to four years.

Entry: Normal Garden Entry

Info: 0845 260 9000 /

Thurs 25 May 8-10pm

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,

Guildford GU4 7RT

Bat Walk

A guided walk around Hatchlings

park at dusk. You’ll be lent a bat

detector to aid in your search of

some of the nine species that live

around the lovely country house.

Entry: Adult £7, Child £4

Info: 01483 444334 /

Mon 29 May 12noon-3pm

Denbies Wine Estate, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

Horse & Carriage Rides

Take a leisurely 25 minute tour of

the vineyard in a charming horse

and carriage.

Entry: £7.50

Info: 01306 876616 /


Sun 28 - Mon 29 May

The Duke of Cambridge, Tilford

Rd, Tilford, Farnham GU10


Cherryfest ’17

The Duke of Cambridge brings

back Cherryfest charity music

festival to raise funds for Cherry

Trees, a charity which provides

respite care for children with

disabilities. With live jazz, hog

roast, BBQ, three bars including

one outside, and plenty of

amusements for children including

inflatable climbing walls and

animal petting zoo.

Entry: Sunday £10, Monday, Adults

£6, Kids £2, Kids under 3 go free

Info: 01252 792236 /

Sports & Recreation

Sat 6 May 11am-4pm

Ewell Village Bowls Club,

Gibraltar Recreation Ground,

West Street, Ewell, Epsom

KT17 1UX

Bowls Open Day

No need to pre-brook or bring

equipment, just come along and

give it a go at this friendly Bowls

club welcoming all experience


Info: Tracy: 020 8393 3515

/ Maureen: 020 8393 2860 /

Fri 12 May 8am

Merrist Wood Golf Club, Holly

Lane, Worplesdon, Guildford


CHarity Golf Open

The Merrist Wood Golf Club

invites you to a charity golf open

to raise funds for disadvantaged

people in Surrey. Price includes tea

and bacon roll on arrival and a two

course meal.

Entry: Team of four £200

Info: 07748 963617 /

Sat 20 May

Park Lane Stables, Park Lane,

Teddington TW11 0HY

Annual Open Day at Park

Lane Stables

All are welcome at Park Lane

Stables’ annual open day with face

painting, cake stalls, pony rides

and lots of other fun activities.

Info: 07796 842 328 / /

Sat 27 May 9.30am-3.30pm

Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill,

Guildford GU2 7UP

Guildford Cathedral

Abseil for Parkinson’s

Clime the 249 steps of the

cathedral tower, experience a

one-of-a-kind panoramic view

of Guildford and then it’s time

to abseil down 160ft and earn

some donations for Parkinson’s.

Minimum age: 8. Under 16s will

require adult accompaniment and

under 18s need parental consent.

Entry: £25 Registration fee includes

fundraising pack, sponsorship forms

and t-shirt.

Info: 020 7963 3912 / /


Weds 3 – Sat 6 May

The Electric Theatre, Onslow

Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ

The Lady in the Van

Alan Bennett writes a ‘funny,

tender and beautifully observed’

play about Mary Shepherd, the

infuriating woman who lived in a

van in his driveway for 15 years.

Entry: £15, Over 60s, Job Seekers,

Students, & Under 16s £12.50,

buy nine get one free.

Info: 01483 444789 /

Fri 5 May 8.30pm and Sat 6

May 8.30pm

Guildford Cathedral

Sunset Cinema

Set in the grounds of the iconic

Guildford Cathedral, Sunset

Cinema are showing some old

classics on an outdoor screen, with

Mamma Mia! on Friday 5 May

and Pretty Woman on Saturday 6

May plus movie treats of pizza,

popcorn, ice cream and cocktails.

Entry: £13.50


Mon 8 – Sat 13 May

New Victoria Theatre, The

Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre,

Woking GU21 6GQ

Thoroughly Modern


The delightful smash hit, and six

time Tony Award winner comes to

the New Victoria Theatre. Starring

Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne

Clifton, this hilarious musical

comedy set in 1920’s New York is

packed full of spectacular dance

routines and sensational musical


Info: 0844 871 7615 /

Mon 15 – Sat 20 May

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,

Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX


Paul McGann (Doctor Who) and

Belinda Lang (2point4 Children)

star in this intense drama set in

1943 Nazi occupied Guernsey,

where a family is held captive and

a mysterious stranger, who has

no history but is fluent in both

English and German, washes


Entry: £23-£34.59

Info: 01483 44 00 00 /

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane gets busy prepping for the Heathfield Show

It’s been one of the driest winters

I can remember and April saw

us lambing in the most glorious

conditions. The cattle were turned out

at the end of March – a good two weeks

early – and the first swallows arrived on

April 2nd, another record. But while

nature seems to be ahead of the game,

I am most definitely lagging when it

comes to preparing our cattle for the

annual round of summer agricultural

shows and must get my skates on.

Heathfield, a one-day show on 27

May is the first and always one of the

most enjoyable. But blimey there are

only a few weeks to go so

I must crack on, pick out

the team and get them

ready for the big day

which involves a ridiculous

amount of preparation.

At the show, each breed –

in our case the Sussex – has

its own section made up

of classes for different age

females: cows & calves, in-calf heifers

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a calf) and yearling heifers. And ditto

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and one for the adolescents. Having

picked winners for each class, the judge

then has to choose a female champion,

a male champion and then an overall

champion. That then goes forward to

compete against the champions from all

the other breeds to choose the overall

show winner. Heady stuff but with all

“ All that remains

is for Richard

the foot trimmer

to trim their

toes with an


the preparation necessary, right now

I will just be pleased to get there.

Last autumn I picked out the two best

bull calves from the 2016 crop and hope

I got it right as the vet turned up shortly

after and castrated the others! The chosen

two, Tom and Harry (you can’t really call a

bull Dick) have had buckets of grub every

morning and evening since then, as much

as they can eat, to turn them into 600kg

power packs. And now spring is in the air

they only have one interest in life and it’s

certainly not going showing. But they’ll

just have to be patient and wait for that.

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in front. For Caroline, male company

is of little interest but a bucketful of

grub on the other hand and we’re off.

All that remains is for Richard the

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angle-grinder, a few sessions with the

pressure washer to clean off the last of

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Coopers is as ready as it ever will be.

Heathfield here we come and

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