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WATER SOFTENER

Contents

June 2017

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LUXURY LIVING

Maggie Alderson’s premium

bathroom picks

JUNE NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with hand

picked events going on

around the Weald

A TREAT IN STORE

An unusual B&B in a

former village stores

GET THE LOOK

Add a sprinkling of vintage

to your interior

TWIN PEAKS

A sisters’ take on two

seaside apartments

GET THE LOOK

Emulate Susie and

Caroline’s seaside chic

SEAS THE DAY

A coastal fashion shoot

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UNSUNG HEROES

Jo Fairley’s often overlooked

wonder products

SUMMER LOVE

Stock up on summer beauty

at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells

JUMP INTO JUNE

This month’s bitesize

health news

PLANT THERAPY

The health benefits of

gardening and honey

GETTING BACK INTO

SHAPE POST BABY

Sarah-Jane Holt’s

practical advice

SUMMER FRUITFULNESS

Jo Arnell’s soft fruit

recipe extravaganza

PERFECT PAIRING

A delicious asparagus

and sea trout treat

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WAR ON WEEDS

Jo Arnell tackles garden invaders

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Sue Whigham explores plant titles

SUMMER STUDY

Susan Elkin’s education debate

GET YOUR LIFE IN ORDER

We speak to the lawyers about

planning for the future

WHAT’S ON?

Find out...

COMPETITION

Win a stunning butcher’s

block from Neptune

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard ponders Brexit and

the farm

KITCHEN &

BATHROOM

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egerton £1,495,000

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rooms · Stunning kitchen/breakfast/dining room · Five/

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Sutton Valence £1,350,000

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Seven bedrooms (four ensuite) · Stunning gardens with

swimming pool · Garaging · EPC: n/a

Viewing Highly Recommended

kilndown £1,295,000

Family home in stunning rural location · Four reception

rooms · Kitchen/breakfast/family room · Utility room

· Boot room · Two cloakrooms · Four bedrooms ·

Two bath and shower rooms · Garden and grounds

approximately 4 acres · EPC: E

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

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Aldington £675,000

Substantial detached family home surrounded by countryside, with 1

bedroom annexe, swimming pool, outbuildings, and gardens of over 1 acre

Four Bedrooms • Annexe • Conservatory • Double Garage & Offi ce • EPC TBC

Benenden £800,000

Sympathetically extended detached family home with 1 bedroom annexe,

set in 1.35 acres and within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area

Four Bedrooms • En Suite & Bathroom • Private Gardens • EPC Rating D

Rolvenden O.I.E.O £550,000

Picturesque white weatherboard Grade II Listed Georgian family home,

offering deceptively spacious accommodation and situated within the CSCA

Four Bedrooms • Modern Kitchen/Dining Room • Private Garden • EPC Exempt

Tenterden £399,000

Well presented detached family home situated in a popular quiet cul de

sac with easy access to local Schools and the High Street of Tenterden

Four Bedroom • No Chain • Conservatory • En Suite • EPC Rating C

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Hawkhurst Guide Price £725,000

An individual Colt house on the semi rural periphery of the village • CSCA

• No Onward Chain • 3/4 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 4

Bedrooms • 2 Bath/Shower Rooms • Extensive Garaging • Gardens and

Grounds of about 0.7 acres • EPC D

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Cranbrook Offers in Excess of £750,000

An individual family house incorporating stunning contemporary interior

located in a quiet setting in the heart of the town • CSCA *Reception Room

Kitchen/Dining/Living Room • Conservatory • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bath/

Shower Rooms • Gardens • EPC C

Biddenden Guide Price £1,150,000

A substantial country house affording a rural outlook and benefiting from

leisure complex • CSCA • 2 Reception Rooms • Conservatory • Kitchen/

Breakfast Room • 4 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Leisure Complex • Former

Office Block • 2 Stable Blocks • Circa 5 acres • EPC C

East Farleigh Guide Price £1,250,000

A substantial Grade II listed former Vicarage amid beautiful landscaped

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Staplecross Guide Price £1,500,000

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Winchelsea, East Sussex - £425,000

A 1920s semi-detached house in the Conservation Area.

Kitchen/breakfast room, living room, conservatory, 2

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Wittersham, Kent - £349,950

2 bedroom cottage, formerly bakers and cobblers,

in the Conservation area. An attached property with

entrance hall, part vaulted living room, kitchen, two

bedrooms, bathroom. Large garden. EPC G

Brookland, Kent - £895,000

Lovely Grade II Listed farmhouse. Sitting room, dining

room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility/cloakroom, 4

bedrooms, attic room. Single garage with office over.

Parking. Garden and orchard of 1.25 acres.

Winchelsea, East Sussex - £985,000

Georgian style 1950’s house with views in need of

updating. Living room, dining room, kitchen, utility,

study, 5 bedrooms. Double carport. Garage. Approx. 1

acre garden. EPC F

Peasmarsh, East Sussex - £425,000

Renovated cottage retaining period features. Living

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www.cidproperty.co.uk 55 Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN 01797 224852

Rye Guide Price £POA Rye Guide Price £274,950

A Prime Grade II listed landmark building, coming to the market for the fi rst

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Maggie Alderson finds homes with stunning kitchens and bathrooms

It’s a fact of modern life that kitchens are the most important room when

people are looking for a house to buy. No longer the pokey little space where

mum arranged the slices of Spam and salad (two slices of tomato, three

lettuce leaves and a foul spring onion) on the plates ready to pass through the

hatch, it’s now the central family room where we chat, eat, watch TV, entertain

friends, do homework, drink wine etc. And dance (not just me, right?).

More surprising might be that the second most important room for house

viewers now is the master bathroom. Of course, it’s an essential ‘facility’ (as

in ‘would you like to use the facilities?’) but – as per the modern kitchen

– it has also become something of a statement and status signifier.

Being such a personal space, your choice of bathroom style is a key

reflection of your taste and therefore, your personality and values. Vintage

fittings, such as roll-top baths, wooden loo seats and Thomas Crapper

elevated cisterns, suggest admiration for gentler bygone days. Even if one of

those flushes is more like Niagara crashing down. While an ultra sleek space

with a wall-hung lavatory and walk-in glass shower space indicates you’re

likely to be wearing an Apple watch and prefer a virtual reality headset to a

needlepoint canvas. Grayson Perry could do a whole series about the broader

societal meaning of our bathroom choices (and I do wish he would).

Once upon a time a room that was kitted out once when the house was

built or first had indoor plumbing and then left. Since the advent of the

avocado suite in the 1970s, bathroom fittings have increasingly become

subject to fashions – and aspirations. Who these days doesn’t long for double

basins, at least a touch of marble and a stand alone egg-shaped bath? Or

perhaps ultra modern feature pedestal basins and wall-mounted taps? Or

walls of built-in cupboards, with set-in basins and polished wood floors …

Here are four houses currently for sale which have such dream bathrooms already fitted.

1.

1. Stede Court

Where? Stede Court sits in a rural elevated

position on the south slope of the North

Downs within the Kent Downs AONB.

The house commands wonderful views

over rolling countryside across the Weald to

Sussex, Romney Marsh and the Channel.

It’s set on the rural periphery of the village of

Harrietsham with primary school, shop, pub

and station with links to London Victoria.

What? Yer actual mansion, Stede Court

is steeped in history, with records of a house

on the site dating back to when William the

Conqueror gave the site to his half-brother

Odo. It combines architectural features

from Tudor through to Victorian eras, with

the south-facing grand façade a dreamy

Georgian ideal. It’s equally fabulous inside

with numerous spacious reception rooms,

an indoor pool and a contemporary eat-in

kitchen. Upstairs there are eight bedrooms

and four bathrooms, the one in the master

suite of particular marbled splendour.

How much? For ownership

of this dream house, Jackson Stops,

Cranbrook are seeking offers in excess

of £2.8 million. Call them on 01580

720000 and peruse jackson-stops.co.uk

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2. Tamarind

Where? Tamarind sits at an elevated

position in a rural location, with

panoramic southerly views. It’s two

miles from the delightful villages of

Ticehurst and Etchingham, which has

a mainline station, trains taking 1 hour

15 mins to Charing Cross. Tunbridge

Wells is just over twelve miles away.

What? 10,400 square feet of

exceptionally finished, high spec

design, including the latest wireless

systems for lighting, music, security

etc, Tamarind is a 21st century take

on the country house which retains

a feel of traditional architecture on

its exterior. Inside it has a vaulted

reception hall, drawing room, dining

room, study, breakfast room, with

a kitchen of great splendour, plus

a conservatory and leisure complex

with a cinema and games room. The

two upper floors have five bedrooms,

all with adjoining bathrooms. The

master suite is spectacular with a

bedroom, a private sitting room –

both looking out to the view – a

dressing room and huge bathroom.

How much? The house is priced

at £3,600,000, marketed via Savills,

Tunbridge Wells. Phone on 01892

507000 and look online at savills.com

3. Gun Green Oast

Where? Gun Green Oast sits on

a plot of six acres on a picture perfect

country lane just outside the pretty

village of Hawkhurst with its Waitrose

and Kino cinema, opposite St Ronan’s

School and in the catchment for

Cranbrook School. Etchingham station,

with trains to London Bridge in under

1.5 hours is just over six miles away.

What? This house really is the best

of both worlds. From the outside it’s a

classic twin roundel oast joined onto a

white weatherboard barn section – but

inside the converted interior has been

renovated to the highest standard, in

a very appealing contemporary design

style. There is a wonderful open plan

reception space, with the kitchen/dining

room flowing through to a sitting

room and a music room, in either

roundel. There are five bedrooms and

five bathrooms, all with stylish modern

fittings. In the extensive landscaped

gardens – irrigated via a spring system –

is a detached studio, perfect for artistic

endeavours or as a gym/yoga studio.

How much? Gun Green Oast

is on the market at £1,695,000

with Knight Frank Tunbridge

Wells. Call 01892 882682 or

browse knightfrank.co.uk

4. Brexon Court

Where? Brexon Court sits east of

the attractive village of Bredgar within

a belt of AONB countryside, ten miles

from Sittingbourne with its excellent

one hour rail links to London.

What? Dating back to c.1500 with

beams and leaded windows, Brexon Court

is one of the finest Grade II listed houses

in the region, with astounding character

and space – two of the bedrooms are big

enough to have sofas at the end of the

beds. The ground floor has a large kitchen/

breakfast room augmented by a utility room

and a walk-in larder, plus two cellars, three

reception rooms, plus a very large hall. On

the first floor the master bedroom has an

adjoining shower room and a dressing room,

and there are two more bedrooms, one en

suite, plus a further family bathroom. There

are another two bedrooms on the top floor.

Outside there is a large barn/workshop

with offices, a kitchen and bathroom, plus

several other outbuildings, one of them

kitted out as an entertainment suite with a

bar and a loo. The gardens are mainly set

to lawn with in keeping yew hedging.

How much? Brexon Court is listed

with a guide price of £1,750,000 with Fine

and Country, West Malling. Phone 01732

222272 and look online at

fineandcountry.com

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FESTIVAL

LINDISFARNE

Mt EPHRAIM GARDENS,

FAVERSHAM, KENT AUGUST 25-27

A delightful weekend in the country with good

food, great beers and excellent music

An amazing line-up of giants of classic rock, progressive rock, folk

and blues, together in the UK’s most beautiful festival setting.

John Lees'

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THE YARDBIRDS * GRYPHON * HOME SERVICE * THE STRAWBS * DR FEELGOOD * PARADISE 9

JACKIE LYNTON BAND * SOLSTICE * DEL BROMHAM'S BLUES DEVILS * EDGAR BROUGHTON

PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER * THE FIERCE & THE DEAD * KINDRED SPIRIT * TOMMY JUSTICE

HOUSE OF X (X-UFO) * JACKIE McAULEY BAND * DENNIS GREAVES & MARK FELTHAM (Nine

Below Zero) * OPENSIGHT * TRUE DECEIVERS * WOLFSHEAD & VIXEN GOTH MORRIS & more

Well stocked bars with a great selection of real ales and lagers from 2016 award winning brewery

Wantsum and 2015 award winners Canterbrew along with Britain’s oldest brewery Shepherd

Neame, plus 2017 award winning ciders from Kentish Pip, all @ £3.50 a pint, Pimms, and a good

selection of wines. Food & Craft Stalls, Music Workshops & more

Camping, Pre-Pitched Camping

and Boutique Camping (Glamping)

available. FREE PARKING

Before July:

3DAY TICKET £96

Day tickets from £32

Discounted Group and Family

tickets available until July

TICKET HOTLINE

0844 884 2920

Details and online tickets at

www.anewdayfestival.com


Recruiting Hair Stylists


Café

Breakfast, lunch,

including our grab

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bar, soup station, popular

hot bistro menu and

speciality hot drinks

with homemade cake,

all using local and

seasonal produce

Visit our friendly café in a unique

setting, nestled within 200 hectares of

fruit orchards in East Malling, Kent

Open Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm

Breakfast served 8am–10:30am

Hot Lunches served 12pm–2pm

Call 01732 523782

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East Malling, Kent ME19 6BJ

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£39.28 a month over 2 years. 0% APR, 25% deposit.

Let’s design together

The Estate Yard, Eridge, Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9JR

Call us on 01892 572 309 or visit sofasandstuff.com

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with world-class engineering prowess and features Q4 intelligent all-wheel-drive and

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wheels at £2,780, Driver Assistance Pack at £1,500, panoramic sunroof at £1,235, Rear laminated privacy glass at

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At Love Blinds we offer a wide

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plantation shutters, blinds and

window coverings.

We specialize in the shutter business,

combining years of experience with the best

quality products available on the market to

provide an unbeatable price and service.

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Wed 21 – Sun 25 Jun

GANGSTA

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Derroll Tozer

Chairs & Upholstery Shop

Renowned for its high quality upholstery and

unbeatable service, the Chairs & Upholstery Shop

has built an impeccable reputation in Tunbridge

Wells since it first opened there 12 years ago

• Specialist fine antique upholstery

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• Loose covers • Hand made sofas & chairs

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127 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2QY | Tel: 01892 614122 | Mobile: 07768 665592

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OPEN DAYS

20 TH - 23 RD JULY 2017

A fun day out for all the family. Come and visit our cats

including tigers, lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Enjoy face painting, BBQ, falconry display,

bouncy castle, arts & crafts and stalls.

11:00am - 5:00pm (Last entry 4:00pm)

Weekdays from £15.00 | Weekends £17.50

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Book your weekday tickets now to avoid disappointment

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Our Midsummer Fair...

This June Wealden Times Midsummer Fair 2017 is

celebrating summer in sensational style at Hole Park,

Rolvenden. From Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 we will be

taking all you know and love about Wealden Times and

bringing it to life with over 250 handpicked stands. We’ve

got sumptuous streetfoods, a glorious Garden Hub, Healthy

Living Festival with celebrated speakers, fabulous fashions and

homewares and much, much more. Visit wealdentimes.co.uk

to book tickets and see our exhibitor listings. See you there!

June

notebook

Exhibitions & events

near you this month...

Show Time...

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the South of England

Show on Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 June, and to

celebrate the South of England Agricultural Society

are pulling out all the stops. The Showground in

Ardingly will be filled with street performers, live

music, a land train, a country sports village, acres of

shopping, food courts and, of course, the animals

will be the stars of the show with heavy horses,

equestrian showing, showjumping, livestock parade

and displays of prize winners. Buy tickets online for

15% discount until midnight on 7 June seas.org.uk

Pirates and Mermaids...

From Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June, meet

the mystical mermaids and mischievous pirates

of Groombridge Place’s lakes. Hop on board

to explore Crusoe’s World with its authentic

adventure-filled ship, sing an old sea shanty, and

walk the planks of the raised board walk. Find out

more at groombridgeplace.com

Behind the Face...

Four award-winning Kent artists, Felicity

Gill, Andrew James, Michelle Illing and Gilly

Lovegrove, combine forces in Behind the Face,

an exhibition of contemporary portraits, at the

Trinity Theatre Gallery in Tunbridge Wells from

Monday 5 to Sunday 18 June. With examples of

the commissioned and the personal, this exhibition

highlights the influence a client’s requirements can

have and questions what an artist could create when

freed from these constraints. trinitytheatre.net

Divas on Wheels...

This ladies’ cycle ride in aid of Pilgrims Hospices

departs from the Freewheel Pub and Cycling

Cafe in Graveney on Sunday 18 June. Whatever

your ability level, choose from either a 25 or 50

mile route. The organisers are expecting over 250

riders, though it’s not surprising: the post ride

BBQ with music, homemade cakes and pampering

for riders and dads (as it’s Father’s Day) is a great

inspiration to keep you pedalling! Get more details

at pilgrimshospices.org / thefreewheel.pub

Woodlands Festival...

Wonder and magic are woven into the glorious Elm

Wood at the heart of the Weald for one weekend

from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 June during Woodlands

Festival. At this family friendly event, parents and

children are given special attention with woodland

activities, festival sitters and enchanted forest disco

for any little woodlanders. After bedtime the grown

ups get treated to a silent disco and outdoor cinema.

What’s more, your fun can do some good for charity,

as the festival will be raising funds for Dementia UK

and Cancer Research UK. woodlandsfestival.co.uk

The Home Front...

Hever Castle marks Armed Forces Day with a

full complement of re-enactors, model boats and

vintage stalls. Experience history coming to life in

a classic double decker bus full of reconstructions,

show off your moves in the swing dance tent,

and be sure to visit the 40s salon – there will be

prizes for best dressed visitors. You could even

meet Winston Churchill, who will be giving a

memorable speech, or get your picture taken with

a life size model Hurricane or a 3/4 size model

Spitfire. Go to hevercastle.co.uk for more details.

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Summer Body eventS

thurSday 22nd June

Whatever your aesthetic concerns,

we have a selection of suitable

treatment options available.

Find out more at our Summer Body

event where Doctor Sophie Shotter

will be the lead speaker on Cool

sculpting, Aqualyx, Skinade and

more of the treatments that are

offered at Illuminate skin clinic.

Special offers on the night.

At Hotel Du Vin, Tunbridge Wells

on Thursday 22/06/17 from 7 pm.

01732 647007

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Previous pages: Diane sources unusual and interesting objects in high street chain stores and charity

shops Above: There is a nod to the apartment’s previous incarnation as the village stores in the form

of a statement set of scales that sit on the counter between the dining and cooking area

Picture the perfect getaway. Where do you fancy? Paris?

Rome? Or perhaps somewhere exotic and further away?

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place too, but today I want to stay in Rolvenden Layne. I

only live down the road from this wonderful little bolt hole,

but within two minutes of meeting Diane and glancing

quickly around her gorgeously quirky apartment, I’m already

wondering whether I could slip away for a few days. It is to

die for – or at least, to lie down and dream in for a while.

Diane’s dream, twenty years ago, was to move out of

London and set up a business. “I wanted to move to the

country and have an antique shop with a tearoom,” says

Diane. “The idea was to mix and match; selling antique

furniture while providing tea and cake.” The Old


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Left Diane has created her very own version of The

Little Paris kitchen. She hasn’t been afraid to use dark

colours in this low beamed house and has opted for a

sophisticated dark grey – Farrow and Ball’s ‘Plummet’

General Stores in Rolvenden provided the space for this

perfect combination. The Stores is a lovely white weatherboarded

building, following the vernacular style of the area.

Originally built around 400 years ago, it had been a shop

since the 1800s. It was looking worn and outmoded when

the couple moved in and they had considerable work to do

before setting up shop. “The people before us had been in

their 70s or 80s and although there was nothing structural

to do, it needed a lot of updating work.” Diane and Ian, an

upholsterer (what a useful thing to be!), transformed the

premises from tired and dull to vintage and appealing.

They opened for business. It was enjoyable, but hard

work running both a tearoom and an antiques shop, and

after some years Diane decided to have a ‘rest’ – by going

out to work – catering at the local pub (the Ewe and Lamb

in Rolvenden) and at a florist’s in Rye. It was once her

daughter, who had been using the space as an apartment,

moved out, that Diane had the idea for a holiday let.

Our conversation takes a philosophical turn at this point

and I get a clue as to how Diane has managed to create such

a well thought out and stylish look for the apartment. There

is no clutter and nothing that doesn’t ‘fit’. Diane smiles. “I

get up some mornings and have to turn everything around

– and I don’t have photos or sentimental things,” she says.

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down. It gives you freedom. I’ve never had a job I’ve had

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This observation (which I’m now taking as a piece of life

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you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it:

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be

useful or believe to be beautiful.” To that sage sentence I

shall add a summation of Diane’s sentiments: “Don’t look

back, or be held down by material things.” I can now see

that when you are free from attachment to the things you

feel that you have to hang on to, then choosing a theme, or

look is much easier. It is clear that too many possessions can

bog one down (and turn into a terrifying hoarding habit


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Above: Diane finds a lot of her furniture and accessories at Ardingly Antiques Fair and through visits

to Rye, Tenterden and The Three French Hens brocantes at Silcocks Farm Shop

from what I see on the television), but it is hard to find the

right things – and isn’t it expensive to start from scratch?

“We had the chaise longue already,” says Diane, “but

we were on a tight budget. Luckily Ian is handy, especially

with upholstery.” She points to the seating in the sitting

room, which has been masterfully re-covered. “It’s a bit

of a team effort – when we go away for the weekend we

look around for things.” Ardingly is a favourite haunt and

Diane also visits Rye for inspiration, so they don’t always

have to go far. She often goes to Tenterden where the

Three French Hens hold their brocante sales at Silcocks

Farm Shop. And, of course, there’s Wealden Times

Midsummer Fair just around the corner at Hole Park.

Diane also manages to find quirky and interesting objects

in high street chain stores and charity shops alike. The copper

effect lampshade in the bedroom is from Dunelm, some

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Wherever they go though, Diane’s always on the lookout for more things that would

enhance the apartment experience. “Every time I go and stay somewhere I’m looking

for those little extra touches,” she says. “And every week that people come to visit

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of the cushions and towels were from TK Maxx. “I never

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and look great in a mix and match with plain white,” she

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something for a tenner that works, then that’s good enough.”

Bargains and quirky finds have come from unexpected

places and at different times: the floorboards in the sitting

room were from the village hall when it was demolished.

There is a snooker table hanging decoratively on the wall

in the kitchen, bringing a splash of colour to the room,

but it’s also just waiting to be taken down for a game –

and, by fluke, it fits perfectly on top of the dining table.

There is a nod to the apartment’s previous incarnation as

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“I see people in these massive granite kitchens and I don’t feel so much in

love, I think ‘where are your little curtains, your pots and crockery?’ I’m not old

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Above: Bargains and quirky finds have come from unexpected places and at different times: The copper effect lampshade in the bedroom

is from Dunelm, some of the cushions and towels were from TK Maxx “I didn’t want to have to spend a fortune,” says Diane, “if I can find

something for a tenner that works, then that’s good enough.”

cooking area. The actual cooking space is just behind a glass

partition. “We bought the window because I liked it,” says

Diane. “We didn’t have an immediate use for it and then

Ian saw that it could be used to make the partition.” Et

voila, it has become a version of The Little Paris kitchen.

Diane hasn’t been afraid to use dark colours in this low

beamed house and has opted for a sophisticated dark grey

(Farrow and Ball’s ‘Plummet’) on the walls of the sitting

room, breaking it up with a wall of paler, striped wallpaper

by Zoffany. “There were only two rolls left, which I bought

for two pounds and there was just enough to do this space,

with nothing to spare,” she laughs. The ceilings are painted

white, beams and all, which seems to lift them and bounce

light into the rooms. It takes imagination to bring everything

together so successfully – and a strong sense of style, which

Diane possesses in vintage spades. She is not always a big

fan of some contemporary design ideas.“I see people in

these massive granite kitchens and I don’t feel so much in

love,” she says. “I think – where are your little curtains, your

pots and crockery? I’m not old fashioned but I don’t like

it when everyone’s houses look the same. I don’t want to

see that they’ve been through the Next catalogue, or when

you watch Grand Designs and there’s all that glass…”

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Above: The apartment’s French windows open onto a little terrace, which has just enough space for a table and two chairs. It is perfect – the

essence of a Parisian balcony, albeit on the ground floor.

It is usually couples that come to stay at The Stores. “They

might be people coming for weddings, or we’ve had a few that

were exhibiting at the Wealden Times Fairs. Chapel Down

vineyard is just around the corner and there are lots of lovely

local gardens like Great Dixter and Sissinghurst nearby.”

So where do the couple go on holiday? “We tend to go

on short breaks. I don’t need long holidays, and I don’t

need to go anywhere hot. Although I love the sun, as all

my friends know, especially my little sun trap garden.”

Wherever they go though, Diane’s always on the lookout

for more things that would enhance the apartment

experience. “Every time I go and stay somewhere I’m looking

for those little extra touches,” she says. “And every week

that people come to visit I think of something else that

will make their stay just a little bit special. For instance, I

put really nice shampoo out. I wouldn’t want just everyday

shampoo when I’m away on holiday.” I notice that in the

dining area there’s a big selection of stylish teas on offer –

enough for a shop display – all beautifully stacked in an

open drawer. It is these little added touches that make a

big difference. “I wanted to make the B&B different…”

Diane pauses thoughtfully, then adds, “quirky.” We stop

for a moment and try to name the type of holiday home

that The Stores is; searching for a term that perhaps doesn’t

yet exist. “We want people to know that they can stay for

longer than just a night or two, if they want to.” So, it is not

just a simple B&B, not quite a hotel, not completely self

catering – what would you call it – a Micro hotel? Guest

apartment? It is certainly a private space, “but there is a

linking door,” says Diane, “which I keep locked, so that

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This page: Outside the garden is separated into two

areas – a private garden for Diane and Ian and a more

formal, courtyard-style garden for the guests. Privacy has

been ensured with evergreen shrubs and topiary

the guests have their privacy. Except at breakfast time.”

Breakfast at The Stores is a performance – literally.

Not only is there a wonderful choice of food, which Ian

prepares (and William Morris would have approved of the

line of highly decorative, and useful, egg beaters on display

above the cooker), but Diane makes a huge effort and even

dresses up for breakfast, wearing a charming polka dot dress

and an apron, “It makes me feel the part, like I’m in The

Little Paris Kitchen. Ian does a fantastic cooked breakfast

and I serve the guests.” This is a warm and witty touch

(but perhaps everyone in Paris dresses for breakfast?) and

another sign of Diane’s careful attention to detail.


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This page: Breakfast at The Stores comprises a

wonderful choice of food, prepared by Ian and

served by Diane who dresses up for the event

in a charming polka dot dress and an apron, “It

makes me feel the part, like I’m in The Little

Paris Kitchen

Breakfast is far from the minds of the

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It is teatime and Diane has baked some

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the perfect end to a delicious visit. Sadly,

much as I’d like to stay on and book

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Previous pages & this page: The downstairs flat’s dining area is

almost a mirror image of the flat above (pictured above), except

with antique pieces

In some families, things seem to go in twos. When

Susie McLean told her older sister that the flat directly

underneath her weekender on the West St Leonards sea

front had come up for sale, Caroline Egan jumped at the chance

to buy it with her, so they now own the two of them together.

While they are explaining this to me, as we sit in the

light-filled sitting room of the lower apartment, Susie’s

twin sister Jen, with whom she runs a film location catering

company, is upstairs making the last tweaks to the upper

flat to make it camera perfect. So you have twin flats,

twin sisters and a lovely warm family feeling to it all.

There’s also a bit of a magical air to the characterful

Edwardian building the flats are in, which has a stunning

semi-circular ‘captain’s window’ in the top flat, looking across

a small park and out to sea. The stairway from the lower

flat up to Susie’s original bolt hole, adds to that feeling.

There’s something rather Famous Five about walking

out of one front door, scuttling up the stairs – past

the wonderful ‘steam trawler’ sign Susie bought in an

antique shop in Norman Road – and in through the

front door of another flat. It would be very easy to

imagine doing it in pyjamas… with a lot of giggling.

And there also seemed to have been a sprinkling of fairy

dust about the way Susie found the original flat ten years ago.

“When my daughter was four,” says South London-based

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Top: An amazing captain’s window is the stand out feature of the sitting room in the upstairs flat Above right The kitchen tucks neatly into a room

at the rear of the flat Above left: An armchair upholstered in a patchwork of Ikat provides the perfect place to sink into after a day at the seaside

Susie, “I began to think it would be lovely to have somewhere

by the sea to go to at weekends. Me and my three sisters spent

our childhood holidays with our grandparents in Lyme Regis,

but that was too far to go from London for a weekend.

“One day I just had this inspiration that I should look

in Hastings. That very afternoon I opened the Evening

Standard and in the homes section there was a picture

of a flat in Hastings with a lovely window, for sale.”

The next morning she was standing in it and thinking

it was even better than it had looked in the paper.

“But I thought, ‘I can’t buy the first place I look at…’

so I dragged my four-year-old round five more flats

– and then came back and bought the first one.”

Adding to the luck of that chance sighting was that


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Above: The front bedroom of the upstairs flat is very light and feminine, with a white fireplace and over mantle mirror, a lovely old brass

bed and a temptingly squashy armchair

Susie bought the flat from Andy and Christine Cowle, of

the well-known Bexhill antiques emporium Eras of Style.

“I was so lucky,” says Susie, “because it was already impeccably

decorated by Andy and Christine and I was able to buy some

of the furniture from them, so it was all there waiting for us.”

While that flat was very much bought to be a seaside escape

for Susie and her daughter, that little girl is now a teenager

and more interested in spending her weekends at home, where

her school friends are, than eating ice creams on the beach.

So it was another stroke of luck when, two and a half

years ago, just as Susie was starting to rent the flat out

on holidaylettings.co.uk and Airbnb – managed by her

friend Sarah Thompson – the one below came on the

market. Susie could immediately see the potential for

letting them both out – either separately, or together

for one larger party, joined by those quirky stairs.

Big sister Caroline, a north London-based garden designer,

immediately saw the potential – and was excited about

the prospect of refurbishing it as a joint project, which

was a good thing, considering the state it was in…

“It was filthy… in a terrible state,” says Susie. “We

gutted it and put in a new kitchen and bathroom

and stripped the doors and floors to freshen it.”

“We really wanted to please ourselves,” adds

Caroline. “To make something completely from

scratch with a contemporary/vintage feel.”

Looking around the airy room, painted a beautiful pale

sea blue and drenched in that special seaside light, it’s

easy to imagine what a haven it would be for a stressed

city dweller, sorely needing a break – which was exactly

their aim. “We wanted to keep it simple so every piece

in here had to earn its place,” says Caroline. “We didn’t

want it to be cluttered, because that’s not relaxing.”

Even the sofa, from SofasWorld, was chosen with relaxing

holiday makers in mind. “We wanted something really big,”

says Caroline, “for people to lie on and read a book.”

While that sofa is from a big online company, the vast

majority of the furnishings in both flats were sourced

close to home – whether that is home defined as within

walking distance of the St Leonards flats, favourite

emporia near their London houses, or legacies from

their parents’ and grandparents’ family homes.

A quick glance round the sitting room tells the story.

The glass side table is from The Kula, the fish print from

the yard in Courthouse Street and the light fitting from

Nelson Antiques, all in Hastings Old Town. The glasses

on the table are from Eras of Style, the wall sconces from

an antique shop on Norman Road and the seagull artwork

from the gallery in Marine Court. Local heroes all.

The side tables are from a shop near Caroline’s home


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Above left: A long corridor passes from the front to the back of the upstairs flat, between the sitting

room to the rear bedroom Above right: The compact bathroom has a cool nautical feel

in Highgate and the standard lamp from Angelo’s Lighting

– an iconic north London source. And if they couldn’t find

what they wanted, near home or online, they had it made.

“The dining table was too high,” says Susie, “or perhaps the

chairs we had were too low… Either way, it wasn’t working

so we had Patrick Seaman from Werewolves of London make

us some chairs specially, with a bench to go opposite.”

Heading on to look at the nearest bedroom we pass by the

kitchen, which is lovely and light from a large aperture they

had put through the wall to the sitting room. On the other

side, a utility area leads out onto a delightful balustraded

balcony, one end panelled with tongue and groove painted

a very marine shade of blue. It’s the perfect place to sit

and enjoy the view and the sea air. “It gets afternoon sun,”

says Caroline, “and the house next door provides perfect

shelter from the prevailing south westerly wind.”

While it wouldn’t be right to call the bedroom behind

the terrace the ‘master bedroom’ because all three of them

are special in both flats, it does have a very specific and

thrilling feature: a raised ‘princess and the pea’ bed.

They commissioned this from Mike and Kerry of

Woodworks 1066 - a business so local, it’s a four-minute

drive from the flats - to be high enough for guests to able

to sit and look out of the window at the sea from it. There

is storage underneath and steps up, which would make you

feel very special getting in to it. Woodworks 1066 also made

the mirror mounted on the chimney breast beside the bed.

The bedside tables were customised by their builder

John Gair, who did all the work on both apartments,

stripping them and adding shells to the top, to reflect

the octagonal table with shells under glass, by the

window, which Susie found in a rummage-about


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This page: A monochrome floral duvet set and textured white throw soften the masculine feel of one of the bedrooms in the top flat

second hand shop on London Road, St Leonards.

A Lloyd Loom chair and a chest of drawers are

the only other pieces of furniture in the room – a

deliberate choice inspired by their intention to keep

the space as uncluttered and restful as possible

“People are staying for a week maximum,” says Caroline,

“so they don’t need a lot of storage – just a chest of drawers

and the row of hooks to hang things on. We store the spare

bed linen in the drawers under the bed. It keeps the light and

space in the room, which adds to the sense of relaxation.”

The first of the back bedrooms, which looks onto the

garden and the dramatic rock face of the hill behind the

terrace of houses, has an equally calm atmosphere, although

it is furnished more richly with lovely old pieces, in charming

period keeping with the lilac-painted walls. Particularly

striking is the antique kilim which Susie found at a wellknown

antiques centre near her home in Crystal Palace.

The leaf print next to the bookshelves illustrates

another theme of the décor of both flats; it’s been

lurking in Susie’s garden shed for years. In a similar

vein, the maps on the adjacent wall belong to Caroline’s

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Completing their range of sources in this one room,

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the wonderful ‘steam trawler’ sign

Susie bought in an antique shop in

Norman Road – and in through the

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Left: The final bedroom upstairs is very

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rail and hooks are from Susie’s shed stash.

Other furnishings in this room reflect their

use of local businesses. The fern wallpaper is

from Vintage Bird in Hastings Old Town and

while the curtains are from Next, they had

them lengthened to reach the floor by getting

the needleworkers at Little Sew and Sew in

St Leonards, just five minutes walk along the

road, to add some green fabric at the bottom.

This ultra local sourcing continues, in the

bathroom just across the hallway, with vinyl from

what is literally the very nearest flooring shop.

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fittings from a bathroom supply shop in London

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renovated. Local and/or loyal is the mantra here.

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bathroom,” explains Caroline, “in keeping

with the period of the building, not a modern

bathroom. But we did want a bigger shower,

because that’s nice when you’ve come from the

beach, so we put in a smaller bath to accommodate

it. The key thing is people still have the choice.”

The mood of the upstairs flat is pleasingly the

same – but different. The tongue and groove

panelling which runs hip height along both

hallways up here is painted a sunny bright

yellow, downstairs it’s a sophisticated mulberry.

The set up of a lovely wooden dining table

with chairs on one side and a bench seat on the

other, with a splendid painting hanging above

it, is like a mirror image of downstairs, except

these pieces are antiques, which Susie bought in

situ from Andy and Christine of Eras of Style.

That amazing captain’s window


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The wonderful carved wooden throne at

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father and the splendid Turkish rug was a gift

from a friend, who found it at the oriental

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Right: Susie found the antique kilim in one bedroom in an

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Below: The twin bedroom features a fern theme, inspired

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mirror, a lovely old brass bed and a temptingly squashy

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Beautiful Bathrooms, page 29 Island Paradise, page 23

Contents

Beautiful Bathrooms, page 25

8 Favourite Kitchens

We meet the makers

15 Earthly Elegance

Kitchen accessories

with a natural vibe

17 Come Dine with Me

Feast like a king with

our table picks

19 Island Paradise

Contemporary kitchens

25 Beautiful Bathrooms

The finest fittings for a

luxury bathing

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31 In the Navy

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bathroom selection

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Editor’s Letter

favourite Kitchens, page 9

Our comprehensive supplement is the perfect place

to gather kitchen and bathroom inspiration. We

go behind the scenes to chat directly to the makers

about their favourite kitchen projects, ask bathroom experts

about the latest sanitaryware and track down the most

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Meet the

Makers

We go behind the scenes to find out what inspires a

bespoke kitchen design

The Maker: Charlie Kingham

What was the brief?

The brief for this turn-of-the-century Edwardian house

by the park in west London, was similar to many we get

these days from families seeking to create a living space

that sits comfortably with today’s busy lifestyle, meaning

it must have more functionality than just being a kitchen.

We worked round this by incorporating a large island

which was also a breakfast bar, a bespoke larder and a fun,

yet convenient, ladder to access the high cabinetry.

What was it made from/finished in?

The hand-painted shaker style kitchen was given a contemporary

theme with a traditional foundation. The cabinetry is all bespoke

and made in frame with oak finish internals. The worktop

chosen was Honed Bianco Eclipse Quartzite with a pencil edge.

What appliances did it incorporate?

The appliances used were all Miele. This included a fridge,

freezer, dishwasher, extractor and microwave, all of which

were integrated into the cabinetry to create an uninterrupted,

clean cut look and to utilise all of the space available.

The Lacanche Cluny classic range in ivory is a

statement piece which complements the simple

cabinetry style with its brushed stainless steel trim.

Were there any special requirements for the client?

The clients required a lot of storage space for their growing

clan. So up we went, the only problem there was how

to reach! We added rolling ladders to give access to these

higher cabinets and created matching bar stools in a

beautiful vintage oak patina to complete the look.

How much would a kitchen like that cost?

£19,000

Charlie Kingham 020 7935 2255 charliekingham.co.uk


The Maker: Jones Britain

What was the brief?

The Cooper Kelly Kitchen in Crowborough stands out in the

mind as it was both challenging and different on many levels.

The strong edges and bright colours really gave the kitchen a

personality that could be felt when you entered the room.

To design an industrial inspired room that was bold, brave

but also functional. The couple had clear ideas about the

vibe that they wanted their kitchen to have, and their

experience of exotic hotels and bars around the world was

a strong influence in the ambience that they wanted to

create. There were also specific design elements to include,

for example incorporating curved units and a mixture of

working surfaces at different heights, as well as making an

existing structural pillar a feature rather than concealing it.

What was it made from/finished in?

A mixture of washed and stained oak and lacquered

matte painted doors, concrete worktop with endgrain

oak butcher’s block accent and black paper bar. The floor

was a mixture of bespoke tiles and engineered wood.

The splashback was installed in bronzed mirror.

What appliances did it incorporate?

State of the art Miele ovens side by side, downdraft

extractor, gas hob, a hidden wine cooler with touchto-open

door and an elegant stainless steel sink, fullyintegrated

dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

American fridge freezer that dispenses water and ice.

Were there any special requirements for the client?

Curved units were essential and a mixture of different

working surfaces at different heights were requested. The

client wanted the pillar holding half the house up to be visible

but linked in some way. The polished concrete worktops

were also poured in situ to create the desired effect.

How much would a kitchen like that cost?

As all of our projects are bespoke based on your requirements

we work within a pre-determined budget. This kitchen

came in at a budget of around £80,000-£90,000.

Jones Britain 01435 866435 jonesbritain.co.uk


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The Maker: Peter Alexander Cabinets

What was the brief?

The property is an extremely old farmhouse and, after much to-andfro,

my clients got permission for a small extension. The couple are

very keen home-chefs and wanted an aesthetically pleasing, highlyfunctional

kitchen that wouldn’t dominate the limited space.

What was it made from/finished in?

The kitchen cabinet internals use an engineered board,

which is as hard wearing as a surface can be, looks great and

doesn’t cost the earth… in both the financial and ecological

sense. The painted components use tulipwood, due to its

excellent finishing properties. All drawer boxes are solid

oak, with traditional dovetail joints. The finish is a specialist

spray-applied paint, and the worktops are Silestone.

What appliances did it incorporate?

My clients chose a stunning Everhot range cooker. They also

opted for a standard integrated fridge freezer, a separate integrated

fridge, an integrated wine cooler and an integrated dishwasher.

Were there any special requirements for the client?

There weren’t any unusual requests, just to maximise

storage space. This was achieved with a pair of large larderunits

to house all of the food storage required.

How much would a kitchen like that cost?

A kitchen like this would be in the region of £12-

£15,000. There is a never-ending range of options to ‘spec’

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The Maker: Neptune

What was the brief?

A contemporary style kitchen required to suit a modern new

build property, with a sociable open plan living arrangement,

decorated in light/neutral colours/tones and tactile finishes.

The design included a large island with seating arrangement,

along with a bank of full height cabinets to house the majority

of the appliances and the statement Limehouse larder.

What was it made from/finished in?

Tulipwood, plywood and oak, with a handpainted finish in

Neptune ‘Lily’ externally and Neptune ‘Fog’ internally.

What appliances did it incorporate?

A stainless steel sink by Neptune, Neff Hide and Slide ovens,

steam oven, microwave and dishwashers, Neff fully integrated

full-height fridges and freezer and a Bosch wine cooler.

Were there any special requirements for the client?

Dropped ceiling created to house large flush ceiling

mounted extractor, not only functional but forming an

interesting feature – the horizontal LED strip lighting

incorporated reflects the LED lighting installed to the

underside of the worktop above the cabinet doors. A cabinet

was also adapted to conceal the main manifold for the

underfloor heating system – with storage space above.

We worked with the architect to ensure that the worktop ran in

line with the top of the window frame, to conceal it, as one of

the main features of the dwelling are the ‘frameless’ windows.

How much would a kitchen like that cost?

The Limehouse kitchen by Neptune is contemporary

and sleek, however being a Neptune product, we use

only natural materials and traditional craftsmanship in

the cabinetry. To supply the cabinetry cost £27,500.

Installation of cabinetry was £4,250. Supply, template and

installation of worktop cost £6,225. LED lighting was

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Get Your Life in Order

Three legal experts share important advice on planning for the future

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Preparing, Planning and

Protecting your Estate

James Beresford, Slater and Gordon

What happens if I don’t have any plans in place?

“If you die without leaving a valid will, you are treated

as having died intestate. This means that your estate will

be divided in accordance with the law. This may mean

that people whom you do not wish to inherit from your

estate may do so. It is not necessarily a certainty that your

husband, wife or civil partner will inherit all of your estate.”

Should my partner and I have a joint will?

“There is no such thing as a ‘joint’ will. Each person

will make their own individual will. What you can do

is have wills that mirror each other in their terms. It

very much depends upon your family dynamics as to

whether your wills should do so however. It also depends

on the family scenario and the assets involved.”

What grounds could there be for my will to be contested?

“Wills can be contested in certain circumstances only.

There are limited categories of people who can claim against

your estate if they feel that they have not been sufficiently

provided for. Your will could also be challenged if you did

not have the requisite capacity to create a will and also that

you lacked knowledge and approval of the contents.

Whilst there is nothing that you can do to prevent a claim

being brought against your estate it will be harder for a

claim to be brought, if you take appropriate specialist

legal advice from a suitably qualified solicitor. He or she

will be able to express your wishes in your own words and

put plans in place to ensure that they are met.”


James Beresford is Head of Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate at

Slater and Gordon Lawyers. 0161 383 3883 slatergordon.co.uk

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What are lifetime gifts and how do they work?

Simon Leney, Cripps

The only downside is that you

make yourself poorer, although

for inheritance tax saving

that is the whole point!

“It’s common knowledge that if you gift money, assets or valuables

seven years before you die, you are free of inheritance tax. There is no

limit to how much you can gift. If you give away more than £3,000

in a tax year (the previous year’s unused allowance can also be used)

and you don’t survive the gift by seven years, the surplus is added

back to the value of your estate at death for the purpose of calculating

inheritance tax. There is no penalty – the inheritance tax is no more

than it would have been had you kept the value in your estate and

actually it will be slightly less due to use of the annual allowance.

Where you as the giver continue to benefit from the gift,

it will be deemed to be a gift with reservation of benefit,

meaning the seven year ‘clock’ does not start. If at a later stage

part of the gift is returned to you or spent on your behalf, the

part of the gift will be treated as a gift with reservation.

Lifetime giving – accelerating inheritance by your heirs for

example – has many benefits, not least the pleasure of seeing your

gift being enjoyed. The only downside is that you make yourself

poorer, although for inheritance tax saving that is the whole point!”

Simon Leney is a Private Client Lawyer and Wealth

Planning Specialist at Cripps 01892 506005 cripps.co.uk

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Probate

Richard Hearne,Whitehead Monckton

What is it?

“Probate is the legal process whereby the Will of a deceased

person is submitted to Court to be ‘proved’ as a valid public

document, that is the true ‘last Will and testament’ of the

deceased. In the case of an intestacy (when the deceased

died without leaving a Will), there is a similar process but

in this case the applicant is the person or persons entitled

to the estate under the rules of intestacy. In each case, the

Court will issue either a Grant of Probate or (in the case

of an intestacy) a Grant of Letters of Administration.”

When is it needed?

“Probate is not always needed and depends upon the assets held

by the deceased. For example, property held as joint tenants

will pass automatically to the surviving owner. In the case of

cash assets, the need for Probate depends upon the amount

held with the bank. Advice should be sought from a solicitor

at the outset to establish whether or not Probate is required.”

How do you apply for Probate?

“The process of applying for Probate differs depending on

whether the estate is subject to Inheritance Tax or not.

For a non-taxable estate, the Executor will prepare an

HMRC form detailing the assets and liabilities of the

estate. They will also swear an Oath which confirms they

are the executor named in the Will. These documents

are then sent to the Probate Registry and typically

the Grant is returned within one to two weeks.

For a more complex estate, tax papers must be filed

with HMRC and Inheritance Tax paid in advance. The

Executor then applies for Probate including the Oath,

Will and HMRC receipt. This is a longer process and

from submission of papers to HMRC to the issue of

the Grant may take between two to three months.

In either case, timescales will need to include the work

required by an Executor to establish the full assets and liabilities

involved – which in certain cases can take several months.

In the case of an intestacy, the HMRC forms completed

are exactly the same but the applicant will swear an

Oath confirming their entitlement to the estate. In this

case, the applicant is called an ‘Administrator’.”

Can I apply for Probate myself?

“Personal applications, without the assistance of a solicitor, can

be made to the Court directly by an Executor or Administrator.

In very straightforward cases this can be a good option.

However, it is always advisable to consult a solicitor in the first

instance to establish any possible issues. In more complex cases,

it is always advisable to instruct a solicitor to assist, particularly

as an Executor or A dministrator will have strict obligations to

fulfil, both to the beneficiaries of the estate and also to HMRC.”

Richard Hearne is an Associate Legal Executive at Whitehead

Monckton. 01580 767532 whitehead-monckton.co.uk

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Beauty

Unsung

Heroes

Josephine Fairley names some lesser-known products

that know how to pack a punch

Buying any beauty product without a personal

recommendation, a magazine review or a tip-off

from the growing number of beauty websites and

blogs is always a minefield. How do you spot the potential

winners, from the thousands – and thousands and thousands

– of products out there? Particularly since beauty editors

(guilty as charged) often focus on skincare, make-up and

haircare that is sexily packaged, or just new, new, new.

But let’s hear it for the unsung heroes: the footsoldier

products that just keep quietly doing their job for (beauty)

queen and country. Quite often, they’re under-recognised

because their packaging doesn’t make the heart soar – or

they’re so cheap you reckon they couldn’t possibly work, and

walk straight past them on those crowded shelves, without a

second glance. All of these, so far as I’m concerned, deliver on

their promises – and are often ridiculously cheap, with it.

M&S Formula Absolute Sleep Cream, £22 for 50ml. ‘Sleep’

creams are all the rage – and often really pricy with it. This

isn’t as inexpensive as some of M&S’s skincare, but a price like

this isn’t going to induce sleepless nights, that’s for sure. It’s

plumping, smoothing and ever-so-slightly radiant-making.

Very slightly scented (which isn’t always

the case with high street skincare offerings;

I often find them to be over-perfumed).

Above all, this is just very, very ‘comfy’

on skin – a sort of hot-water-bottlecashmere-socks

of a product, and one

that I don’t think you’d regret adding

in to your regime at any price.

3INA Lipsticks, £4.95. I’ve always

splurged on expensive lipstick –

the luxury of the click, the glide,

the colour! – but I’m a convert to

these, which pack a pigmented

punch, are comfy on the lips (and

the pocket with it). In an amazing

24 shades. (Check their website,

uk.3ina.com, for stockists.)

Weleda Skin Food, £10.95 for

75ml. If I had to take just one desert

island beauty cream, this would

probably be it. A longstanding

part of the biodynamic beauty

brand Weleda’s line-up – Skin Food has been nourishing

complexions since 1926 – it’s a great facial moisturiser,

body cream, hand cream, cuticle nourisher, elbow-softener.

(We’ve also seen it used backstage at London Fashion

Week, to perk up tired complexions and generally soothe

faces that have been over-cleansed.) It features wild pansy,

calendula, chamomile and rosemary – though the fragrance

is ultra-subtle – and chaps love it for razor-burn, too.

Sainsbury’s Boutique Nail Polish, £4. Toss one or

two of these in your trolley with the frozen peas, and I

promise you won’t be disappointed. I tried these polishes

with less-than-zero expectations, and was incredibly

impressed by the staying power, ease of application and

finish. This spring saw a fabulous burnished, Venetian

gold in the collection (I’m a sucker for gold nails) and

10 days later it was going strong. The same can’t always

be said of designer polishes at four times the price.

Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Water, £4.94 for 200ml. The

whole Simple range is brilliant for sensitive skins; when friends

are having flare-ups I point them in Simple’s direction. Many

(but not all) micellar waters are truly miraculous for removing

every last trace of make-up – including hard-to-budge eye

make-up – but the price of this gentle but effective option

makes this an excellent choice for a

test-drive, if you still need convincing.

Cath Kidston Hand Creams, £6

for a trio of 30ml sizes. Different

retailers stock different designs of these

brilliantly hand-softening creams, but

the formulas all sink in fast to leave

hands velvety and rich, without being

sticky or heavy. (A little bit of inside

track info, here: Cath Kidston is just

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and offer their own Vintage & Co.

bath and bodycare – and it’s all topnotch.)

With packaging this pretty

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where it’s on sale – but you may have

written it off thinking: ‘At that price, it

can’t be any good.’ Trust me: it is.

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Barry M Get Shapey Brow & Eyeshadow Palette,

£6.49. This tin of shadows and shapers isn’t going to win

any luxury packaging prizes – but for a kit that delivers

everything you need for neutral eye-shading, it is hard

to beat. There are four excellent neutral shadows – three

nudes and one with a touch of shimmer (because flat,

entirely matte eyes simply aren’t flattering, especially as

we age). First, use the brow powders and clear wax to

define and shape your arches – because that way, you can

determine how much emphasis eye sockets and lids need.

Waitrose Pure Cleansing & Powder, £3 for 25g.

‘Cleansing powders’ have been inspired by Korean beauty

rituals and are brilliant for brightening skin, buffing away

dead skin cells and very lightly foaming the complexion

clean; I prefer them for morning cleansing rather than

at night, but they’re a key part of my skincare regime

now. This option offers a level of performance that belies

its affordability. (The Waitrose Pure ranges are worth

checking out generally. NB: I happen to be their Beauty

Editor – but all that means is that I’m lucky enough to

be first in the queue to road-test their new products.)

Made For Life by Spiezia Organics Skin Solve Balm, from £6

for 10ml (a brilliant trial or travel size). This can be categorized

as a beauty product – it can double as a cleanser and

moisturiser at a pinch – but I think every beauty cabinet needs

this for S.O.S.-es including redness, itching, soreness, rashes.

These sometimes arise as a reaction to a new product you’ve

introduced into your regime, or may have another cause – but

I wouldn’t be without this little blue glass pot of skin-calmer.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, £3.99. This is superfine,

super-soft and brilliant for setting make-up without

making it look flat and dusty. I like the ‘Transparent’ version

but it does come in five skintone-matched shades. (Just be

sure to apply with your fluffiest powder brush, is my advice.)

Unstung Hero, £20 for 250ml (at victoriahealth.com)

How could I resist wrapping up this run-down of unsung

heroes with a product whose pun of a name always puts a

smile on my face? In all seriousness, though, this brilliantly

does double-duty – as a citrus-and-tea-scented, summerperfect

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Are you considering

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Miss Anita Hazari, Consultant Plastic Surgeon discusses the procedure.

WHY YOU MIGHT NEED IT

Breast reduction is never an

essential operation. Weight loss

may reduce breast size and,

having lowered your BMI, you

may find you do not need surgery.

Correctly fitting underwear and

clothing can improve comfort and

appearance.

The aim of the surgery is to

give you smaller, better-shaped

breasts that are in proportion to

the rest of your body and relieve

the severity of symptoms from

large breasts such as backache

and neck ache. The procedure

removes fat, glandular tissue

and skin from the breasts

making them smaller, lighter

and firmer.

THE BENEFITS OF

SURGERY

Whatever your reason for

considering this procedure, it

can help you:

• have greater self-esteem and

confidence

• feel that your breasts are more

in proportion with the rest of

your body

• wear the clothes you want

• live a more active lifestyle

It is important to discuss:

• your expectations

• the benefits of the surgery to you

• any risks, complications or

limitations

• family history of breast cancer

• the need for a mammogram if

you are 35 years or over

THE PROCEDURE

After pre-operative photographs,

your surgeon will mark the new

position for nipple in a position

higher than the old, reducing

the size of the nipple as well as

marking the area of skin and

breast tissue to be removed.

The procedure usually takes

about two to three hours.

Techniques for breast

reduction vary, but the most

common procedure involves

an anchor shaped incision

that circles the areola, extends

downwards and follows the

natural curve of the crease

beneath the breast.

Glandular tissue, fat and

skin is removed and the nipple

with areola is moved into its

new position. The skin will be

brought down from both sides

of the breast and around the

areola, shaping the new curve

of the breast. The nipples

remain attached to the breast

and its blood vessels (known as

a ‘pedicle’). There are several

variations of the direction of the

pedicle. I often use the ‘superomedial’

or ‘superior’ pedicle.

However, in some cases, the

nipples and areola may have

to be removed completely and

grafted into a higher position,

especially if the breasts are

very pendulous with the nipples

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Sutures are dissolving under

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The hospital stay is normally

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be needed.

POST-OPERATIVE BRA

You will need to wear a good,

supportive, non-wired support

bra, as advised by your

surgeon, for 6-8 weeks. This is

to help support the underlying

tissue and suture lines while

healing. After surgery there will

be swelling and your breasts will

seem high and firm which may

seem unnatural to you.

It is essential to wear a good

quality sports bra and if possible

a lycra crop top too, to prevent

the breasts from moving up/

down and to maintain the

results from surgery.

If you are considering

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Health & Beauty

Jump into June

Wealden Times talks to dietician and health coach, Katie Peck

Do you have a beauty

routine? The foundation of

my beauty routine is quality

sleep and drinking plenty of

water. I’m an early riser and

also a rower (getting up early at

the weekends between 5-6am),

so, in order to get the amount

of sleep I need, I go to bed at

9pm for at least three nights

a week. Drinking plenty of

water is essential for my skin.

I hydrate as soon as I wake

and drink 2-3 litres of water

every day. I always drink water

before I eat because caring for

your digestion is important

for good skin health.

5-a-day

Apparently, the 5-a-day

health rule doesn’t just apply

to fruit and veg. Research

done by the psychology

department at the University

of California, showed that

participants who performed

5 acts of kindness a day, once

a week, for 6 weeks became

significantly happier. This in

Do you have a

particular product

you couldn’t do

without? There are

many products that

I can’t live without,

but if I had to pick

one, it would be

50 + waterproof

sunscreen for my

face, neck and

chest. I believe

sun exposure in

small amounts at

non-peak times is

healthy, it energises

us and we make

vitamin D in our

skin, but the skin

on your face, neck

and chest is sensitive

and vulnerable to damage, so

it’s important to invest in a

very good product. I use Obagi

Medical Sun Shield Broad

Spectrum SPF 50 - Matte.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? My ultimate

pampering treat is a two

hour, full body aromatherapy

massage using oils tailored to

how I’m feeling at the time.

The oils are organic and have

health benefits when they’re

absorbed into the skin. The

treatment’s deeply relaxing

and I have one every month.

We live busy lives with minds

which are constantly working,

turn had a positive effect on

their health and wellbeing

and other studies support

this. For example, Allan

Luks conducted research

into the health, happiness

and volunteering habits of

3,296 people for his book

‘The Healing Power of

Doing Good’. When asked

how they felt after helping

people, 95% of participants

so it’s vital to make sure we

get enough rest to balance our

hormones, help our skin and

work to maintain flexibility

in all the joints in our body.

Who’s your style icon? My

style icon is Marilyn Monroe

because of her feminine style

and softness. Her ability

to present herself in a way

that expressed who she was,

was very natural and I love

that. This is my favourite

quote of hers: “Imperfection

is beauty, madness is

genius and it’s better to

be absolutely ridiculous

than absolutely boring.”

Katie Peck is a New

Zealand trained British

Registered Dietitian and

Health Coach and Founder

of Peck Nutrition. Katie

has a bachelor’s degree in

Human Nutrition and two

post graduate diplomas.

She has a background of

working in the NHS, clinical

research and lecturing.

Katie’s unique focus is getting

results with weight loss and

treating digestive health

issues. See Katie in the Healthy

Living Theatre at Wealden

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Thursday 8 June. For more

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said they felt good, 80%

felt more positive (often

for many days), 57% had

greater feelings of self-worth

and 29% reported having

more energy. Luks also

noted that his helpers and

volunteers got fewer colds

and flu, fewer migraines

and even slept better! So,

if you want to be healthy

and happy, be kind …

American

Beauty

The All Day Hydration

Routine is everything you’d

expect from iconic160-year

old American beauty brand

Kiehl’s: it’s created from the

purest natural ingredients

and beautifully presented

in packaging reminiscent

of the firm’s beginnings

in an apothecary’s shop in

New York’s East Village.

At Wealden Times we tried

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on which the four key stages

of the routine are based:

1. Treating the skin, by

targeting fine lines and

wrinkles with Vitamin C,

using Powerful-Strength

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Health

Plant Therapy

Alison Marsden highlights the undeniable health

benefits of getting out in a garden

Credit: FreeImages.com/AinaM

It’s official. Gardening is good for you.

How do I know? Well apart from a

lifetime’s gardening (and you could

say that gardeners are biased) there is

significant evidence from organised research

that gardening is one of the best, and

most accessible, ‘green care’ therapies for

supporting and improving mental health.

The breakthrough in this research is

because it shows that green therapies

benefit everyone, not just people who

like gardening and find it a good way to

unwind. A 2016 report commissioned by

Natural England concluded that ‘green

care’ offers significant benefits to patients.

These include a reduction in depression,

anxiety and stress symptoms plus increased

self-esteem and confidence, social contact

and inclusion, as well as a sense of

belonging and personal achievement.

The joy of using gardening to deliver

these benefits is that it is so flexible, from

the individual who enjoys gentle exercise,

fresh air and sociable gardening conversation

on their allotment to structured Social

and Therapeutic Horticulture projects

where qualified therapists support those

with severe, long term mental health

conditions. And there’s an increasing range

of organisation and projects in between.

Through Kent Adult Education I’ve worked

with several including West Kent Mind

at their Sevenoaks centre where a longstanding

gardening group tends a vegetable

Further information

Alison tutors for Kent Adult

Education who offer leisure and

accredited courses for adults across

the county. kentadulteducation.co.uk

West Kent Mind is affiliated to the

national mental health charity Mind

and delivers local mental health

support to anyone in need of help.

westkentmind.org.uk

The UK charity Thrive uses

gardening to bring positive changes

in the lives of people living with

and wildlife garden. This also allows

participants to sit quietly for that crucial

ten minutes becoming absorbed in a

natural, green environment, reducing stress

and restoring the ability to concentrate

– another finding from the research.

You don’t even need a garden at

home; allotment groups, community

gardening projects, local park and

garden volunteers all offer a way to

start, or keep on, gardening. Engaging

in social activities, learning from others

and feeling that you’re contributing

to the community are important in

maintaining good mental health, especially

for people who may otherwise become

isolated and lose confidence, often the

trigger for anxiety or depression.

And the end result of all that therapeutic

gardening? A beautiful outside space, flowers

for a vase and some of your five-a-day fruit

and veg. However you look at it, gardens

and gardening could be the simplest way

for us all to support our wellbeing.

Alison Marsden lives near Tunbridge

Wells and is a gardening advisor and

tutor providing advice, problem solving,

ideas and explanations to householders

and gardening clubs. She has a strong

interest in using gardening to promote

mental well being and holds the

Award in Social and Therapeutic

Horticulture. gardeningbydesign.co.uk

disabilities or ill health, or who

are isolated, disadvantaged

or vulnerable. Thrive offers

training and education including

accredited courses in Social and

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thrive.org.uk

The report A review of naturebased

interventions for mental

health care, Bragg, R. and Atkins,

G. 2016 was commissioned by

Natural England Commissioned

Reports, Number NECR204.

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“Mental health is defined as

a state of well-being in which

every individual realizes his

or her own potential, can

cope with the normal stresses

of life, can work productively

and fruitfully, and is able

to make a contribution to

her or his community.”

(World Health Organisation 2014)

Busy bees

Bees are essential

pollinators of flowers, fruits

and vegetables and without

them our gardens would be

barren places. Bee Potion, from St

Leonards in East Sussex, supports bees by

promoting local hives and beekeeping with

educational workshops and natural beauty

products. Their fabulous Face and Body

Balm is created from honey, bee pollen,

propolis and beeswax from local beehives.

This all-natural blend of vitamin-rich oils

and beeswax is perfect for repairing and

moisturising hands, lips and cheeks after a

long day on the allotment or in the garden.

Bee Potion will be exhibiting in the Avenue

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Health

Getting back

into shape

post baby

Personal trainer Sarah-Jane Holt gives practical

advice on how to regain control of your body

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Getting back into training post-baby is an important

step towards feeling like yourself again and can have a

significant impact on stress levels, mood and wellbeing.

However, when you barely have time to eat, let alone think

about exercise, this can feel like a daunting challenge.

A good place to start is with your core. After pregnancy and

birth, core strength is weakened and in order to help protect

against back pain, improve bladder control and help you back

to pre-baby fitness, it’s important to work on rebuilding it.

However, don’t rush things: it’s recommended that no core

exercises are done for six weeks post birth, longer if you’ve had

a c section, to allow the abdominals to knit back together. If

you don’t wait for this to happen, you can develop a distended

abdomen and a pot belly, not the look most of us are going

for! So, check with the doctor or midwife first and once your

abs have come back together, start with these exercises:

Inner Core

It is best to build up from the inside out. Working on

developing inner core strength is vital for optimal core

function, back health and having a flat tummy.

Start with some basic diaphragmatic breathing:

• Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

• Put your hands on your tummy and focus on breathing into

your hands. You are trying to stop the breath going into your

chest and instead trying to fill up your tummy with air.

• As you breathe out think about pulling your tummy button

down towards your spine and push you back into the floor.

• Hold for a second at the bottom and then

release and take another deep breath.

• This will start to engage your inner core muscles and

begin to develop good functional core strength before

progressing to this exercise with leg lowers, or ‘dead bugs’.

• Lie on your back with both arms reaching towards

the ceiling and your knees bent at right angles

so that your shins are parallel to the floor. Take a

deep breath, as before, into your tummy.

• As you breathe out start to lower one leg to the floor,

keeping the arm on that side reaching towards the

ceiling, whilst bringing the opposite arm back towards

the floor behind your head, keeping it straight.

• The aim is to push down into your lower back

and keep your back in contact with the floor

at all times whilst extending your leg.

• Keep your knee bent on this extending leg to begin

with, and once you are successfully engaging your core

and keeping your back flat, start to straighten it.

• Bring your leg back up, take another deep breath and repeat.

This exercise is surprisingly hard so take your

time and progress through it slowly.

Pelvic Floor

As well as your inner core, you’ll need to

strengthen your pelvic floor.

Here are two simple exercises which will help:

• The first is to imagine you’re stopping yourself peeing by

pulling up your pelvic floor muscles and holding for a second.

This is a great exercise and one you can do anywhere, in the car,

watching TV or at work. Aim to do it 15 times, twice a day.

• The second strengthening exercise is Swiss ball tucks.

Sit on a Swiss ball, feet flat on the floor. Tuck your bum

underneath you so you are bringing your pubic bone up

towards your tummy button. This tuck movement will

engage the pelvic floor. Hold for a moment then release.

You can progress this by lifting one foot off the ground

once you have your tuck, trying to keep your hips balanced

throughout. 15 of these twice a day would be a great start.

Doing simple short easy exercises like these can make a big

difference to your strength and core function. Although

they may not feel the toughest exercises, they are laying

solid foundations so you can successfully more onto

more intense training when you are ready, helping you to

regain your pre-baby body in a safe and effective way.

Sarah-Jane is a qualified personal trainer and sports

nutritionist. She will be talking about healthy habits for

busy mums in the Healthy Living Theatre at Wealden

Times Midsummer Fair on 9 and 10 June.

Find out more at sarahjaneholt.co.uk

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Food

Seasonal

fruitfulness

Push all the other fruits out of the bowl – the

season of luscious, locally grown summer berries is

here. Bursting with flavour and immune-boosting

micronutrients, homegrown berries are delicious eaten

straight from the bush, or used as versatile and easy

additions to recipes. Our soft fruit season is short, but

very sweet. Let’s make the most of them.

Recipes: Jo Arnell Photographs: David Merewether

Strawberry and lavender tart

This is a very easy tart to put together - and to make it even easier

you could use ready made sweet pastry. Strawberries, lavender and

lemon are fresh and fragrant tart toppings and make a perfect early

summer combo.

Serves 6-8 Prep time: 1 hour (inc. cooling) Cooking time: 20 mins

For the shortbread pastry case:

• 200g plain flour

• 150g cold butter, cut

into small cubes

• 1 egg yolk

• 75g ground almonds

• 50g caster sugar

For the filling:

• 200ml double cream

• 220ml mascarpone

• zest and juice of

half a lemon

• 2-3 tablespoons of

lavender sugar (more or

less, depending on taste)

• 250g strawberries

(whole small ones,

or sliced big ones)

1. To make the pastry combine the flour and butter together

(by hand or with a food processor) until they resemble

crumble topping. Mix in the egg, sugar and almonds

and push together to make a ball (you may need a little

extra water too). Place in the fridge for 30mins, then roll

(or press) into a flan dish (easier said than done, as it is

crumbly and might not hold together). Bake in the oven

at 180˚C (gas 4) for 20 minutes. Cool thoroughly.

2. Beat the cream into the mascarpone (until it forms soft

peaks), then mix in lemon juice and 1-2 tablespoons of

lavender sugar (taste for sweetness). Add the cream mixture

to the pastry case just prior to serving. Top with strawberries,

a sprinkling of lemon zest and more lavender sugar.

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Food

Raspberry and white chocolate cookies

These cookies just melt in the mouth, but for

extra crunch and luxuriance add some chopped

nuts – hazelnuts or macadamia work best.

Makes approx 16 cookies

Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 10-15 mins

• 225g softened butter

• 140g caster sugar

• 260g flour

• 1 egg

• 100g white

chocolate, broken

into small chunks

• 50g raspberries

1. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and

creamy, add the egg and a little of the flour and beat

them into the mixture. Fold in the rest of the flour.

2. Then fold in the white chocolate and raspberries. Add

the raspberries in carefully. If you mix them in too

enthusiastically, the cookies will turn the mixture a sludgy

pink – they’ll be just as scrumptious, but not as photogenic.

3. Form, or spoon, into little rounds and place on greased, or

parchment lined baking trays and bake in a pre-heated oven

(at gas mark 4 or 180˚C) for 10-15 minutes (remove when

golden). Leave to cool and crisp up before transferring/serving.

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Seared Sea Trout and Asparagus

Serves 1

• 12 asparagus spears

• knob of butter

• 3 gelatine leaves

• 5 radishes

• 90g wild garlic leaves

• mayonnaise to taste

• 160g portion of sea trout

• salt and pepper to taste

• ½ lemon

• drizzle of olive oil

1. Trim and peel the asparagus. To make an asparagus jelly, chop

6 asparagus spears and put them into a pan of salted boiling

water with a knob of butter. Then boil for 2-3 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water until

they are soft. Blend the boiled asparagus with a bit of its

cooking liquid, then add the gelatine and blend again

until smooth. Transfer into a tray and refrigerate to set.

3. Slice the radishes into rounds under ½cm thick, then

stack them and slice into strips, before setting aside.

4. For a wild garlic mayonnaise, blanch the wild garlic leaves in

another pan of salted boiling water for 30 seconds. Transfer

them to a bowl of iced water to maintain the colour. Then

roughly chop the leaves and blend, then add to mayonnaise.

5. Season the sea trout with salt and pepper and place it

skin side down in a frying pan over a medium-high heat.

Apply a gentle pressure to ensure the fish remains flat in

the pan. After 4-5 minutes check if the fish skin is starting

to crisp. Once it is, turn the trout and reduce the heat

for another 4-5 minutes until it is cooked through.

6. While the fish is cooking, trim the woody base

from the remaining uncooked asparagus. Drizzle

the spears with olive oil and season with salt and

pepper. Grill under a high heat for 3-4 minutes.

7. Remove trout from the heat and squeeze

over the juice of ½ a lemon.

8. To serve, start by dotting the wild garlic mayonnaise on the

right side of the plate. Add a few cubes of asparagus jelly to

the left side of the plate. Place the grilled asparagus spears

in the middle of the plate and top this with the cooked sea

trout. Garnish with the radish and serve immediately.

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Garden

War on Weeds

Jo Arnell tackles the trickiest garden invaders

Early summer is the time of maximum growth. The soil

is warm and the danger of frost has passed. Everything

in the garden should be rosy, except that sometimes

it isn’t. One of the main issues that can sap our gardening

enthusiasm are weeds. I am slightly in awe of weeds. They

are such opportunists – tough and persistent, they will grow

almost anywhere and in virtually any soil (if only some of

our cultivated plants were as adaptable). They are also fast

to germinate – always before any cultivated crops - and they

grow so quickly that they easily out-compete other plants

and choke them out, often quite literally. They can be hosts

for diseases and larval stages of pests. It’s also been found that

some actually send out substances that inhibit the growth of

other plants. It is quite obvious that weeds spend their days

plotting to take over the world and mid June is when they

get close to achieving their aim. Understanding a little about

how they manage to be so invasive might prevent you from

getting too demoralised and help you launch a counter-attack.

Broadly speaking weeds are either annuals, perennials or,

occasionally, monstrous invaders like the ubiquitous Japanese

knotweed. Annual weeds grow really fast and set seed early in

the season. Some are called ephemerals, a romantic sounding

word, meaning that they will come and go all through

the year, not just in spring, so that many generations may

germinate within a few months. They are successful because

of the speed at which this happens and by the sheer number

of seeds they disperse each time – thousands from each plant.

The seed can also survive in the ground for years and years.

Annuals seem to be easier to get rid of than perennials, but

every time you disturb the soil you will bring more seeds to

the surface, where they will immediately germinate. Examples

– chickweed, shepherd’s purse, groundsel, hairy bittercress.

Controlling annual weeds

Removal by hand – annuals tend to have shallow roots, so

hand weeding (especially if you can get to them before they

set seed) will be effective. You can dig them up, or better

still, hoe them off. Hoeing will cause less soil disturbance

and therefore less existing weed seeds are brought up to

the surface. Keep the blade of the hoe nice and sharp

so that you can just slice along the top of the soil.

‘No dig’ system – gardening without cultivating the soil

will reduce the amount of disruption in the ground and

will also allow the soil ecosystem to function undisturbed.

A thick mulch applied in early spring, while the soil is still

moist, will help to prevent weed seeds from germinating


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Garden

Repeated application of systemic

weedkiller may be needed for

pernicious weeds like nettles

Green alkanet

Some weeds have such deep

roots that they are almost

impossible to dig out. Examples

include bindweed, ground

elder, horsetail, dandelion

and will also improve the soil’s structure – the worms

and microorganisms will cultivate the soil for you.

Burning – there are special gardening blow torches

available that will burn off the top growth, but this

can be a haphazard and laborious task if the weeds

are among other plants, or there are lots of them.

Contact weedkiller – these types of weedkiller act like

a chemical hoe and will kill off the top growth, so are

only effective for annual weeds. Be careful and only use

in very still conditions, so that the spray doesn’t drift

onto your precious plants. Weedkillers can be harmful

to wildlife, especially residual weed treatments that

persist in the soil for up to six months or more.

Perennial weeds set seed and also replicate asexually,

which means that they can re-grow from the tiniest piece

of root that may have been left in the soil. Some, like

couch grass and creeping buttercup send out runners near

the soil’s surface, others have such deep roots that they are

almost impossible to dig out. Examples include bindweed,

ground elder, horsetail, dandelion, dock, couch.

Controlling perennial weeds

Perennial weeds do not seed around quite as quickly as the

annuals, but they make up for this with toughness and tenacity

and are not as easy to dig out as the annuals. The roots of

horsetail, for instance, have been known to grow several

metres down into the ground, so a combination of methods

may be required for some of the more pernicious perennials.

Removal by hand – it is not enough to just hoe off the

top growth of perennial weeds, as they will just grow back.

Digging out the roots of weeds like bindweed, couch grass and

ground elder can seem like an impossible task, but persistence

(sometimes over many years) does eventually pay off.

Weed membrane (or a covering of light excluding black

plastic) pegged down over the infested area will eventually

starve out perennial weeds, but the barrier may have to be

in place for several seasons. Using weed membrane (with a

cosmetic cover of mulch) can be effective in low maintenance

or shrub borders, where plants remain in permanent positions.

Systemic weedkiller – contains glyphosate and is

absorbed by plant leaves and taken down to the roots so

that the whole plant is eventually destroyed. Repeated

application may be needed for pernicious weeds like nettles

and brambles. Use with care (there is some controversy

on the use of glyphosate and the environment/human

health at the moment). Gel applicators can be used to

paint individual leaves where weeds are growing among

cultivated plants and there are specialised herbicides

available for eradicating broad-leaved weeds in lawns.

Monstrous invaders

Japanese knotweed is in a category all of its own, because it

is becoming a huge problem. Introduced by the Victorians as

an ornamental plant, it was found originally on Mount Fuji,

where it is able to withstand the inhospitable environment

of the volcanic slopes. This is partly why it is so invasive

here, as even the worst of garden soil is very welcoming

by comparison. It is almost impossible to eradicate – to

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Japanese knotweed in a private garden, but it is an

offence to allow it to be grown elsewhere. The problem

is that the rhizomatous roots penetrate for metres under

the soil and can easily spread under boundaries.

Control of Japanese knotweed is very difficult. It is

almost impossible to dig it out, as the roots can go up

to three metres down into the soil. Using a translocated

weedkiller (glyphosate), which would normally kill a

perennial weed straightaway, will weaken the growth of

the knotweed, so that in the year following treatment

new growth will be small. Eventually – after a few years

of spraying, it may be eradicated. The top growth should

be dried out and then burnt, as it must not be included

with household rubbish or put out in garden waste bins.

There are specialist firms that will undertake removal

of Japanese knotweed, but this may prove costly.

There are a few other imported plants that have escaped

from gardens and are now romping around the place –

Rhododendron ponticum, Himalayan balsam and Giant

Hogweed are gaining ground and a species of pondweed

– New Zealand Pygmyweed, is clogging our ponds and

waterways. These species need to be removed as they cause a

threat to native habitats and can seriously affect ecosystems.

If you do have Japanese knotweed or are suffering

from an invasion of another pernicious perennial, then

you have my sympathy. They turn the common garden

weeds into a minor irritation. While you were reading

this, however, out in your garden several of those ordinary

weeds will have released their seeds or crept along a few

more centimetres. Let’s go out – and get weeding.

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Sue Whigham uncovers the Latin reasoning behind plant monikers

In the days before child booster seats and seat belts,

I took my turn taking six little boys to school. We

would wind away through the back streets of Streatham

to get down to Dulwich. In the back I would have a

motley selection of characters; a lot of entertaining chat

and gentle bickering and maybe one or two catching

up with homework or bizarrely attempting to do their

overdue violin practice in a moving car. This became

even more interesting, and I use that word advisedly,

when we came to a T junction or went round a corner.

And then there would be my son revising his Latin

vocabulary homework. The other son, who went

into horticulture, always remembers from those

journeys the word ‘gladiatus’ meaning ‘swordlike’ and

thinking about the gladiators fighting in the Roman

Colosseum. Now, all these years later, he remembers it

as a description of the leaf shape of gladioli and wishes

that he’d taken more interest in his Latin lessons!

Most gardeners have some knowledge of ‘botanical Latin’

and how it helps when you are trying to choose a plant or

find out more about them. It’s the same really when you

are travelling. As we know, it helps to have some basic

understanding of the local language. A plant’s name is a

unique label and it can tell you where the plant originated,

maybe who discovered it and what shape and colour its leaves

and flowers might be. We know that Latin is the root of

many languages and once you get to recognise the derivation

of plant names it really is so useful. Botanical names though

are constantly evolving and in some cases changing as

scientists recognise more similarities and maybe differences

in plants. For instance the genus name Cimicifuga has now

completely disappeared and become Actaea. All confusing

at first but you do gradually get used to it. It is also the case

that we are also having to accept earlier names for familiar

names as archives in countries like Russia are being studied.

Why Latin? For centuries Latin was the language of

science and learning in Europe and plants were described

in a form of Latin which developed into a special botanical

language which included references to sources like Ancient

Greek and Arabic. It wasn’t until Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish

professor of medicine at Uppsala University in Sweden

took things in hand by developing the binomial system of

naming all living organisms – a life’s work – that things

became more orderly and recognisable. He set out his

‘two name system’ in a seminal work, Species Plantarum

in 1753 which was immediately widely accepted.

The absolute bible at college was The Hillier Manual

of Trees and Shrubs which much to our horror didn’t

have pictures. Once we’d got over the initial shock

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apples which include so many garden favourites.

Once the family name is established, a plant is known

by its Genus and its species e.g. Rosa rugosa. These are

always in italics as a sort of etiquette and the Genus name

always begins with an upper case letter. The species name

usually is very useful in recognising a plant in that it does

tell us perhaps a structural detail of the plant or maybe it’ll

tell us the plant’s place of origin or its habitat or maybe

its habit of growth. All essential knowledge for finding

that perfect plant. For instance, Geranium sylvaticum

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as the water level drops so drastically. Unlike the leader

of the Western World, I believe in global warming!

If the plant has a cultivar name, in other words it is a

form of the species that has been deliberately or maybe

naturally hybridised in a garden or nursery, it has a third

name. This is always recognisable in that it is written

within single apostrophes and never in italics. Since the

International Code of Nomenclature was established in

1959 it hasn’t been permissible to use Latin names for a

new cultivar, i.e. a perennial daisy, Bellis perennis which

might have a new double form in white, could not be called

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Begonia ‘Sceptre’

clematis are worth getting to know. I particularly like

Clematis ‘Blekitny Aniol’ which is so much easier to imagine

when you know that the name means ‘Blue Angel’.

In the wild there are plants that evolve that are similar

to their species but that are subtly different maybe due

to the conditions they have adapted to for survival.

So just to complicate matters, a subspecies is a variant

on the species and would be recognised in the plant’s

description by writing first the Genus, then the species

and then subsp. and finally the subspecies name. An

example might be one of Gertrude Jekyll’s favourite

plants, the spectacular Mediterranean spurge and well

known to gardeners, Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Finally, very many plants have names which

commemorate great gardeners or the intrepid plant

hunters who brought plants in to cultivation and who

had the most extraordinary experiences all over the

far flung corners of the world whilst doing so.

Sir Joseph Banks is often thought of as the father of plant

hunting. He came from an affluent family in the eighteenth

century and rather than take the Grand Tour to Italy as

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HMS Endeavour to the South Seas under the captaincy of

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out to observe the transit of Venus in the South Seas. Can

you imagine how exciting this must have been for the young

Banks as he saw it as an opportunity to collect both flora

and fauna during the journey. The extraordinary story of the

HMS Endeavour’s epic journey is well worth reading but

Banks’s legacy lives on in the establishment of Kew Gardens

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eighty species of plant named after him and in the case of the

glorious early Banksian rose, after his wife, Lady Dorothea.

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Susan Elkin ponders the timing of examinations

Education

Flaming June. Time for Wimbledon, strawberries, outdoor

theatre – and school exams. Most of us remember sitting

tensely in the school hall struggling desperately to remember

the formula for quadratic equations or the causes of the Seven

Years War while the sun blazed merrily outside and you tried to

ignore the gentle thud of tennis balls on racquets in the distance.

Little has changed. This month thousands of young

people are in the middle of their GCSEs, A levels and

other exams. And, although question papers are generally

more clearly expressed these days and there’s slightly less

emphasis on rote learning, examination arrangements

are not so very different from when I took my O and A

levels, longer ago than I’m prepared to reveal here.

So a radical shake-up is long overdue. And I’m not, for

once referring to the curriculum. It’s the timing which is

no longer fit for purpose. Why on earth do we insist on

staging public exams in the summer? The weather might

be uncomfortably sticky and anyone who suffers from hay

fever or other allergies is likely to be at his or her worst.

More seriously, the insistence on summer exams lies at the root

of the unseemly, inefficient, manic, annual scramble for university

places. Results are announced in August and “Uni” starts only a

few weeks later. Decisions made in haste and repented at leisure

are commonplace. Young people start courses they soon discover

are wrong for them, for example, because in the end that’s all that

was on offer. And if exam papers have to be remarked/upgraded

– which seems to be the case far more often than in times past

presumably because of poor quality markers – then the student may

miss out on the university place all together, at least for that year.

So why don’t we run school exams in cool, business-like January

and February? That would allow plenty of time for papers to be

marked properly with results announced in, say, May and four

further months in which to sort out the allocation of places.

Curricula and teaching timetables would need adjusting of course

(perhaps the exam course could start during Year 9 for instance) but

the advantages would more than justify it. And students could fit

in a few months of work experience before setting off to college.

Even more radically perhaps another solution would be

for everyone to take a whole year out between school and

higher education. Then, even if exams continued to be sat

in the summer students could apply with their actual results

– rather than inaccurate teacher predictions – and definite

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What happens if I don’t have any plans in place?

“If you die without leaving a valid will, you are treated

as having died intestate. This means that your estate will

be divided in accordance with the law. This may mean

that people whom you do not wish to inherit from your

estate may do so. It is not necessarily a certainty that your

husband, wife or civil partner will inherit all of your estate.”

Should my partner and I have a joint will?

“There is no such thing as a ‘joint’ will. Each person

will make their own individual will. What you can do

is have wills that mirror each other in their terms. It

very much depends upon your family dynamics as to

whether your wills should do so however. It also depends

on the family scenario and the assets involved.”

What grounds could there be for my will to be contested?

“Wills can be contested in certain circumstances only.

There are limited categories of people who can claim against

your estate if they feel that they have not been sufficiently

provided for. Your will could also be challenged if you did

not have the requisite capacity to create a will and also that

you lacked knowledge and approval of the contents.

Whilst there is nothing that you can do to prevent a claim

being brought against your estate it will be harder for a

claim to be brought, if you take appropriate specialist

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put plans in place to ensure that they are met.”


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What are lifetime gifts and how do they work?

Simon Leney, Cripps

The only downside is that you

make yourself poorer, although

for inheritance tax saving

that is the whole point!

“It’s common knowledge that if you gift money, assets or valuables

seven years before you die, you are free of inheritance tax. There is no

limit to how much you can gift. If you give away more than £3,000

in a tax year (the previous year’s unused allowance can also be used)

and you don’t survive the gift by seven years, the surplus is added

back to the value of your estate at death for the purpose of calculating

inheritance tax. There is no penalty – the inheritance tax is no more

than it would have been had you kept the value in your estate and

actually it will be slightly less due to use of the annual allowance.

Where you as the giver continue to benefit from the gift,

it will be deemed to be a gift with reservation of benefit,

meaning the seven year ‘clock’ does not start. If at a later stage

part of the gift is returned to you or spent on your behalf, the

part of the gift will be treated as a gift with reservation.

Lifetime giving – accelerating inheritance by your heirs for

example – has many benefits, not least the pleasure of seeing your

gift being enjoyed. The only downside is that you make yourself

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Richard Hearne,Whitehead Monckton

What is it?

“Probate is the legal process whereby the Will of a deceased

person is submitted to Court to be ‘proved’ as a valid public

document, that is the true ‘last Will and testament’ of the

deceased. In the case of an intestacy (when the deceased

died without leaving a Will), there is a similar process but

in this case the applicant is the person or persons entitled

to the estate under the rules of intestacy. In each case, the

Court will issue either a Grant of Probate or (in the case

of an intestacy) a Grant of Letters of Administration.”

When is it needed?

“Probate is not always needed and depends upon the assets held

by the deceased. For example, property held as joint tenants

will pass automatically to the surviving owner. In the case of

cash assets, the need for Probate depends upon the amount

held with the bank. Advice should be sought from a solicitor

at the outset to establish whether or not Probate is required.”

How do you apply for Probate?

“The process of applying for Probate differs depending on

whether the estate is subject to Inheritance Tax or not.

For a non-taxable estate, the Executor will prepare an

HMRC form detailing the assets and liabilities of the

estate. They will also swear an Oath which confirms they

are the executor named in the Will. These documents

are then sent to the Probate Registry and typically

the Grant is returned within one to two weeks.

For a more complex estate, tax papers must be filed

with HMRC and Inheritance Tax paid in advance. The

Executor then applies for Probate including the Oath,

Will and HMRC receipt. This is a longer process and

from submission of papers to HMRC to the issue of

the Grant may take between two to three months.

In either case, timescales will need to include the work

required by an Executor to establish the full assets and liabilities

involved – which in certain cases can take several months.

In the case of an intestacy, the HMRC forms completed

are exactly the same but the applicant will swear an

Oath confirming their entitlement to the estate. In this

case, the applicant is called an ‘Administrator’.”

Can I apply for Probate myself?

“Personal applications, without the assistance of a solicitor, can

be made to the Court directly by an Executor or Administrator.

In very straightforward cases this can be a good option.

However, it is always advisable to consult a solicitor in the first

instance to establish any possible issues. In more complex cases,

it is always advisable to instruct a solicitor to assist, particularly

as an Executor or A dministrator will have strict obligations to

fulfil, both to the beneficiaries of the estate and also to HMRC.”

Richard Hearne is an Associate Legal Executive at Whitehead

Monckton. 01580 767532 whitehead-monckton.co.uk

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Your executors

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What’s On In June

Art

at Groombridge Station. There

Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge,

and over 250 exhibitors handpicked

will be face painting, Punch and

Kent TN8 7AD and Thurs 8

for their exceptional quality,

Sat 3 – Sat 17 June

Judy shows, a balloon for every

Hoath House, Chiddingstone

craftsmanship, originality and design,

Lovelys, 248 Northdown Road

child and plenty more attractions

Hoath, Edenbridge, Kent

our 9th annual Midsummer Fair is

Cliftonville, Margate, Kent

to amuse the whole family.

TN8 7DB

set to be the best and biggest yet!

CT9 2PX

Entry: Adults £10, Seniors £9,

Chiddingstone Garden

Info & tickets: wealdentimes.co.uk

Harriet Peachey:

Children £5, Families £26.50

Tour and Hoath

Infinite Horizon

Info: spavalleyrailway.co.uk

House Garden Open

Thurs 8 – Sat 10 June 9am-6.30pm

Kent’s oldest art gallery welcomes

Chiddingstone Gardens’ annual tour

South of England Showground,

British artist Harriet Peachey,

Sat 17 – Sun 18 June 11am-5pm

in aid of Chiddingstone’s Churches

Ardingly RH17 6TL

who has been immortalising

Penshurst Place,

is joined for the first time by

South of England

Kentish coastlines in a series of

Penshurst,Tonbridge

Hoath House Garden. Explore the

Agricultural Society

pieces which, when placed beside

TN11 8DG

wonderful country gardens, relax with

Annual Show

each other, create the panoramic

A WEEKEND FOR DAD

a homemade cream tea and take this

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of

effect of an infinite horizon.

Get ready for the big day on Saturday

rare opportunity to see Hoath House,

the South of England Agricultural

Info: lovelysgallery.co.uk

17 with a crafts afternoon that

which is open for one day only!

Society’s Show and enjoy thrilling

will help you make your unique

Entry: One £6 ticket covers

main ring entertainment including

Fri 9-Sun 25 June 10am-5pm

cards, then come back with dad

both days, free for children

parades, displays of prize-winning

Various Locations across

the next day as Hands on History

Info: 01732 866222

livestock, street entertainers,

South East England

invites you to join a Roman-style

fairground, heavy horses, live

South East Open

shield formation and march to

Sun 18 June 10.30am-5pm

music stage, food and drink, acres

Studios (SEOS)

victory with your foam spears.

Cranbrook, Kent

of shopping and much more.

Local artists and craftspeople exhibit

Info: penshurstplace.com

Cranbrook in Bloom

Entry: Adults £21; seniors/ students

a wide range of work in every media

Garden Safari

£19; children under 16 free with

from traditional oils, watercolours

Sat 17 – Sun 18 June 9.30am-5pm

Take a stroll around Cranbrook’s

a paying adult, 15% discount

and sculpture to fine metalwork,

Port Lympne Reserve,

charming gardens, treat yourself

online (ends midnight 7 June).

printmaking, and jewellery. This is a

Aldington Road, Lympne,

to some homemade tea and cake

Info: 01444 892700 / seas.org.uk

great event whether you’re looking to

Hythe, Kent CT21 4LR

and enjoy free entry to Cranbrook’s

meet an artist, get yourself a unique

FATHER’S DAY

Windmill and Museum.

Sun 11 June 10am-4pm

local piece or if you just want to take

Dads go free at Port Lympne

Entry: £5 (tickets and maps

Brogdale Collections,

a day or two to look around some

Reserve on Father’s Day so it’s the

available at gardens or Pages

Faversham, Kent, ME13 8XZ

of the various studios involved.

perfect time to take your dad out

Newsagents in Cranbrook)

Strawberry Fair 2017

Info: seos-art.org

for a day. Explore. the Dinosaur

Info: marian.cumberland@

Celebrate the first fruit of the

forest with over 100 life sized,

hotmail.co.uk

season by tasting a slice of

Children & Family

anatomically correct dinosaurs, take

homemade strawberry cake or

a summer safari through African,

Sun 18 June 1pm-6pm

cool glass of Pimms, hearing some

Sat 17 June

Asian and new South American

Little Mockbeggar Farm and

live music, watching a cooking

Belmont, Belmont Park

experiences, and make a card

Moonrakers, Mockbeggar

demonstration, taking a ride on

Throwley, Kent ME13 0HH

at the Conservation Station.

Lane, Biddenden TN27 8ES

the miniature railway or playing

Family Bushcraft Day

Info: aspinallfoundation.org

Open Gardens

a few traditional fair games.

Belmont’s Badger Bushcraft is a

Two Country Gardens open up

Info: 01795 536250 /

one day family friendly course

Garden

in aid of Hospice In The Weald

info@brogdalecollections.

which takes you away from the

with cream teas, home-made

org brogdalecollections.org

hustle and bustle, screens and city

Sat 10 – Sun 11 June 10.30am-4.30pm

cakes, raffle, plants, country crafts,

distractions. Fire-craft, shelter

St. Margaret’s Church, Church

animal corner and much more.

Sat 17 June 10.30am-4pm

building and nature walks are

Lane, Hothfield, Ashford

Entry: By Donation

King Charles Church Hall,

just a taste of what to expect...

TN26 1EL

Info: Sue East: 01580 291311 /

3 Warwick Park, Tunbridge

Entry: Adult and child pair £50

Flower and Flour

Fiona Chapman: 01580 291292

Wells, Kent TN2 5TA

Info: belmont-house.org

Explore the church’s plant and

Vintage Fair

produce stalls, try your hand at

Fairs and Shows

Squirrel Vintage has organised a

Sat 17 June 10am, 11.30am,

the raffle, and treat yourself to a

vintage market packed full of carefully

1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm

light lunch, cream tea or some

Thurs 8-Sat 10 June

chosen traders from all over the South

Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge

lovely fizz from St. Margaret’s

Hole Park Gardens, Benenden

East and London, bringing 20s to 80s

Wells West Station, Royal

Floral Cafe before the event ends

Road, Rolvenden, Cranbrook,

vintage fashion, salvaged home-ware

Tunbridge Wells, Kent

with Evensong at 4.30pm.

Kent TN17 4JA

and furniture, costume jewellery,

TN2 5QY

Entry: Free

WEALDEN TIMES

original records and film posters.

Postman Pat and

Info: Karen Brock:

MIDSUMMER FAIR

Entry: £1 (under 16s free)

Jess the Cat

kpuzey@btinternet.com

With a Healthy Living Festival,

Info: ruthjvintage@gmail.com /

Children’s favourites Postman Pat

Garden Hub, mouthwatering street

www.facebook.com/squirrelvintage

and Jess the Cat will be delivering

Sun 11 and Thurs 8 June 2-6pm

food, talks and demonstations from

a great day out as they meet you

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath

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HASTINGS

WHITE ROCK

THEATRE

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

18+

TEA DANCE

WED 7 JUNE

PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS

FRI 9 JUNE

FROM THE JAM

THU 15 JUNE

25+

18+

HELLFIRE COMEDY CLUB

FRI 16 JUNE

DREAMBOYS

THU 22 JUNE

TROPICANA: THE ULTIMATE

80S PARTY NIGHT

FRI 30 JUNE

MILKSHAKE LIVE

SAT 1 JULY

GIOVANNI PERNICE

TUE 4 JULY

18+

Southend’s outrageous drag queen and her

FANNY GALORE: BIG NIGHT OUT

SAT 8 JULY

LOCATION: The White Rock Theatre is on

Hastings seafront (A259), opposite the pier. BOOK ONLINE whiterocktheatre.org.uk TICKET OFFICE 01424 462288


What’s On In June

Sun 25 June 11am-4.30pm

Chiddingstone Castle,

Hill Hoath Road,

Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent,

TN8 7AD

Summer Vintage Fair

Returning for the third year with

Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers, vocals

by Miss Vintage, magician Tony

Charles, a fantastic variety of traders

and delicious refreshments from local

food specialists.

Entry: £5 per adult, £1 children under

13, Free for children under 5

Info: 01892 870347

chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Festivals

Fri 9 – Sun 11 June

Elm Wood, Off Risden Lane,

Hawkhurst, Cranbrook,

Kent TN18 5DU

Woodlands Festival

Set in the beautiful Elm Wood,

at the heart of the Weald, this

family friendly festival comes

packed with woodland activities,

festival sitters and enchanted forest

disco for little woodlanders, and

silent disco, outdoor cinema and

morning yoga for the grown ups.

What’s more, Woodlands Festival

also works in aid of Dementia

UK and Cancer Research UK.

Info: info@woodlandsfestival.co.uk /

woodlandsfestival.co.uk

Fri 16 – Sun 18 June

Knock Mill Lane,West Kingsdown,

Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 6AH

Wildfire Festival

Half adventure camp, half music

festival, this award-winning unique

weekend festival of adventure

and party gives you the chance to

create your own bespoke timetable

of adventurous activities with a

wide choice of over 80 pursuits

including everything from wood

whittling to wild dodgeball.

Info: office@campwildfire.co.uk /

campwildfire.co.uk

Sat 24 June – Sun 9 July

Sevenoaks, Kent

Sevenoaks Summer

Festival

A Community Festival featuring

special appearances of The Manfreds,

Michel Legrand, The Tommy

Cooper Show, Back to Basie Big

Band, Demon Barbers XL Folk

Show, Amelia Curran Country

Star, Buster Keaton’s silent film

‘Steamboat Bill Jr’, Punch and Judy

and Puppet Shows for children.

Info: 01732 450175 /

rayrussell@sevenoaksfestival.org.uk

/ sevenoaksfestival.org.uk

Historical

Thurs 8 June – Sun 3 Sept

The Historic Dockyard, Church

Lane, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE

Breaking the Chain

For the 350th anniversary of the

Battle of Medway, the Historic

Dockyard Chatham will host a

collection of Dutch and British

art, literature, historic manuscripts

and objects on loan from

museums including the British

Library and the Rijksmuseum.

Entry: Free with annual ticket.

Info: 01634 823800 /

thedockyard.co.uk

Sat 17 – Fri 23 June

Various Locations in

Broadstairs, Thanet, Kent

Dickens Festival 2017

Broadstairs honours its deep

connections to one of Britain’s

greatest writers in history with

the 80th Dickens Festival. Expect

all things decorous, decadent and

Dickensian, explore the country fair,

grande parade, elegant afternoon tea,

and many most period pleasantries.

Info: 01843 869592 /

info@broadstairsdickensfestival.co.uk

/ broadstairsdickensfestival.co.uk

Music & Theatre

Sat 10 June 7.30pm

The Forum, The Common,

Tunbridge Wells TN4 8YU

John Otway &

The Big Band

John Otway and his hard hitting

band from Harlow come to

Tunbridge Wells to attack his

favourite set list with trademark

gleeful, life-enhancing acrobatics

and anarchy. For ages 16 and over.

Entry: £13 Advance, plus

£1.30 booking fee

Info: twforum.co.uk /

wegottickets.com / 01892 557333

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Fancy a trip

to who knows

where? Travel by

vintage train to

Horsted Keynes

Station and then

jump aboard

a beautiful

vintage coach

for a journey

to a mystery

location.

24–25 June

10 June

Model

Railway

Weekend

BLUEBELL RAILWAY

Mystery Tour

(See website for details)

Come along, enjoy

a steam train ride

and explore each

of our stations and

exhibitions. Model

and miniature

railway displays

will be at both

Horsted Keynes

and Sheffield Park

stations open from

10am – 4pm.

For more information 01825 720800 www.bluebell-railway.com

Enchanting weekend of

WORDS

& IDEAS

LOCAL FOOD

ARTS& CRAFTS

15th & 16th July

at Boldshaves Garden,

Woodchurch TN26 3RA


children

go free

Book online at

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Fri 16– Sat 17 June

Bedgebury Pinetum, Lady Oak

Lane, Goudhurst TN17 2SL

Rick Astley & Elbow

Every year since 2001 Forest

Live has been organising concerts

in breathtaking forest locations

across England, and this year

they are bringing Rick Astley and

Elbow to Bedgebury Pinetum,

the home of the world’s largest

one-site collection of conifers.

Entry: Rick Astley Fri 16

£36.50, Elbow Sat 17 £41.50,

£4.15 booking fee for either

Info: 03000 680400 /

forestry.gov.uk/music

Sun 18 June 5pm

Library Gardens, Tonbridge

School, High St, Tonbridge

TN9 1JP

As You Like It

The newly landscaped outdoor

theatre space in the Library Gardens

at Tonbridge School, opens with

its first outdoor theatre show. Allfemale

troupe The Handlebards are

bringing their energetic, charmingly

chaotic, and environmentally friendly

cycle powered outdoor Shakepeare

to Tonbridge with their unique

performance of As You Like It.

Entry: £15, on the door £17

Info: 01732 304241 /

tonbridgearts.com

Friday 23 June

Great Dixter, Northiam,

Rye TN31 6PH

Musical Summer’s Evening

The Great Dixter Charitable

Trust invites you to an evening

filled with beautiful music from

the Tongswood Chamber Choir,

in the stunning summer setting

of the Great Dixter Gardens.

Entry: £25 with Wine and Canapés

Info: eleanor.cochrane@btinternet.com /

tongswoodchamberchoir.org

Fri 30 June 8pm

Tunbridge Wells Assembly

Hall Theatre, Crescent Road,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU

The Levellers

Following their huge sold-out UK

tour last year, legendary folk/punk

band, The Levellers, are coming to

town for a one of a kind festival

warm up gig not to be missed.

Entry: Standing £22.50, Seated

(circle) £25.50, plus £1.75

booking fee per ticket

Info: 01892 530613 /

assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Sports & Leisure

Sun 25 June 9am-3pm

In and around Goudhurst

Anyone for Tennis?

Raising money to promote tennis to

younger generations, provide tennis

coaching to school children, and fund

improvements to Goudhurst Tennis

Club, The Stack 2017 mixed doubles

tournament returns. All are welcome,

and entry is open to anyone from the

age of 16 upwards. Lunch is at the

club and will be followed by the semifinals

and finals in the afternoon.

Info: goudhursttennisclub@gmail.com /

clubspark.lta.org.uk/

GoudhurstTennisClub

Sun 25 June

Starting at Battersea Park

10am London Bridges

Walk Get Behind Heart of Kent

Hospice by joining the inaugural

Summer London Bridges Walk!

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The Neptune showroom in Tonbridge showcases

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane discusses the potential impact of Brexit on the farm

Twelve months on and somehow

I’ve managed to keep Fables

from the Farm a Brexit free

zone, but we live in changing times

and what happens next could have

a huge impact on every aspect of

agriculture. And make a big difference

to what ends up on your plate.

One concern is for the future of

our wonderful native beef. With the

possible exception of New Zealand, the

UK grows the best grass on the planet

and as a consequence,

over the centuries we

have developed about 15

different regional breeds of

cattle, each evolved to thrive

on the local terroir. From

the Angus in Scotland, to

the Herefords in Wales, the

Lincolns in the East to the

Ruby Reds in Devon and

of course the Sussex here

in the South East we have a priceless

resource that needs to be recognized,

cherished and most importantly eaten.

And as everyone’s talking about

manifestos these days here’s mine

to try and make that happen!

First off, we must stop talking

about rare breeds, it makes them

sound exclusive, expensive and

above all endangered – not a great

starting point to encourage people

to eat more. Heritage, traditional or

regional beef sounds so much better.

Secondly all the breeds taste very

different so we should treat them as a

wonderful “smorgasbord” to explore

“Have you ever

wondered why

your steak, rib

or chop is so

much bigger

in Texas than

Twickenham?”

and understand. In much the same way

that the French encourage you to try

all their different wines by providing

tasting notes and guidelines on food

pairings we should do just the same

for our heritage beef. So whether it’s

the creamy mellow Shorthorn, buttery

gamey Welsh Black or the mineral, flinty

Lincoln Red there really is something

for everyone – and a lot of fun to be

had discovering which you like best.

The third point is trickier. If people

are going to pay a little

more for high welfare

heritage beef – and as it’s

grass fed, slow maturing

and properly hung it will

cost more – they will

want to be 100% sure

they’re eating the real

thing. At the moment a

restaurant can claim it’s

selling a certain breed of

beef – and most are honest – but how

can you be entirely sure it is what it says?

Hopefully technology will help with this.

In the US fishermen and chefs are

working together to curb the rampant

fraud in the seafood industry by allowing

people to track a fish from the moment

it’s caught until it lands on your plate.

Dock to Dish, is a tracking system that

through an online dashboard, displays

newly caught fish in barcoded bags,

which can then be traced from the boat

to the restaurant. There’s every reason

to suppose the technology to DNA

trace meat in a similar fashion will be

commonplace here in a few years.

So what’s all this got to do with

Brexit? Well, if we leave the EU and

wave goodbye to its stringent welfare

rules the world will apparently be

our oyster. And much has been

made of opening links with bigger

better markets like the US.

But have you ever wondered why your

steak, rib or chop is so much bigger in

Texas than Twickenham? That’s because

many of America’s farm animals are

fed synthetic hormones making them

grow a lot bigger and faster than they

naturally would. Because of this the

EU has banned the import of American

meat since 1993 but if we decide to

do all sorts of new deals with the rest

of the world then there’s every chance

this type of meat could end up in

the UK. In which case you might be

very glad to have one of those new

fangled apps on your phone to reassure

that the steak on your plate came

from a British cow-sized-cow – and

hopefully a heritage breed to boot.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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