Surrey Homes | SH32 | June 2017 | Kitchen & Bathroom supplement inside


The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes


JUNE 2017

Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement inside

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Maggie Alderson’s premium

bathroom picks


Fill your diary with hand

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An unusual B&B in a

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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. The Chalet Estate

Where? The Chalet Estate is a waterfront

property on Hampton Riviera, sitting in a

truly extraordinary location, next to Hampton

Court Palace, tucked into acres of parkland

protected by English Heritage, with 360

degree views of the River Thames. Rail

links take just over 30 minutes to Waterloo.

There are 185 metres of moorings for up to

25 vessels (and parking for twenty cars).

What? This 130 year old Swiss chalet was

imported to its current site in 1882 to be a

feature in the garden of a large house and has

recently been converted into a luxury home

of astonishing splendour. Lower ground is

the party floor, featuring a bar, a stage, games

room, cinema – and a 21 metre man-made

heated beach. This leads on to the spa area.

The ground floor features two relaxation areas,

joined by a bridge. A spiral staircase goes up

to the first floor with a £50,000 kitchen, an

open plan dining/sitting room and a large

terrace. The two upper floors comprise of

three guest bedrooms, all en suite, and a study/

library, then the penthouse suite of a huge

master bedroom and the adjoining bathroom,

with its two copper baths and bespoke basins

made from gold-leafed Italian marble. The

steel parquet floor is also gold washed.

How much? The Chalet Estate is in the

care of Sotheby’s International Realty, Cobham,

with a guide price of £13million. Call 01932

860537 and browse







2. Bridge Road

Where? The house is ideally

situated on the tree-lined street

of Bridge Road in the centre of

Weybridge, with all its amenities,

under a mile to the station with its 30

minute connection to Waterloo and

pleasantly close to the River Wey.

What? A beautifully extended and

refurbished 3,354 sq ft period property,

with all the features of modern living

blended with original features. The

downstairs accommodation comprises

connecting and open-plan living

spaces – kitchen/breakfast/family

room and a dining room – with twin

sets of bi-folding doors opening onto

the garden, plus a further reception

room and study. On the first floor

there are four double bedrooms with

three bath/shower rooms. The vaulted

ceilinged master bedroom has a walkthrough

dressing room leading up to

a mezzanine level galleried bathroom

with a starlight ceiling. Outside is

gated driveway parking, a double

garage, and attractive gardens.

How much? The Bridge Road

house is listed with John D Wood,

Weybridge with a guide price of

£1,475,000. Call 01932 842323

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3. Church House

Where? Church House is situated

in the delightful village of East Molesey,

within walking distance of Hampton

Court and the River Thames, as

well as shops and restaurants, with

Kingston-upon-Thames just 10

minutes’ drive away. Hampton Court

station, with its half hour links to

Waterloo, is a 10 minute walk.

What? An impressive detached

Victorian villa, with associated ceiling

heights, mouldings and space, which

has been treated to a high spec

contemporary renovation. The lower

ground floor features a front-to-back

kitchen/breakfast/family room in sleek

white finish, with bi-fold doors on to

the south facing rear garden, plus boot

and utility rooms, with a large cellar

below. The ground floor has a large

reception room and a cinema. On the

first floor there are four substantial

and bright bedrooms, one en suite,

plus a family bathroom. On the top

floor the master bedroom has a large

dressing room and a sleek bathroom.

How much? The asking price for

Church House is £2,850,000 via Knight

Frank, Esher. Call 01372 464496

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4. Knoll House

Where? Knoll House sits in a

tucked-away position on the fringe of

the historic town of Westerham, with

its excellent shops and restaurants, half

way between Oxted and Sevenoaks.

Oxted station is 10 minutes’ drive,

then 35 minutes to London Bridge,

with excellent links to the M25.

What? An imposing red brick and

tile-hung Victorian family home,

over three floors, with a lovely big

conservatory. The rambling ground floor

has a large kitchen/breakfast room, study,

drawing room and dining room. Upstairs

the master bedroom has a dressing

room and an unusually large adjoining

bathroom. There are two further

bedrooms and a bathroom, with the

same again on the top floor. The house

sits in established landscaped gardens

with a tennis court, plus a separate music

room and a gym with a room over it.

How much? Knoll House is on the

market with Jackson-Stops, Oxted, with

a guide price of £2,850,000. Call 01883

712375 or browse


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Trew Art...

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The Supercar Event...

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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.

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

furniture while providing tea and cake.” The Old


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.

“I like to look ahead and don’t want to be held onto, held

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

to stick at, so I can be impulsive, with not much to lose.”

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advice) reminds me of that saying by William Morris: “If

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

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

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helps to bring a chic, but verdant intimacy to the outdoor

seating area. “The advantage of using mainly evergreens is

that I can rely on it being the same throughout the year,”

she says. “And then I can add seasonal colour in pots.” In

the winter the whole garden twinkles with fairy lights and

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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

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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

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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

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

Breakfast at The Stores is a performance – literally.

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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bed and a temptingly squashy armchair

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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.

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

on and Airbnb – managed by her

friend Sarah Thompson – the one below came on the

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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.

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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


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

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“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 Werewolf of London make

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

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

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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.”

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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.

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stripping them and adding shells to the top, to reflect

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

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The set up of a lovely wooden dining table

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in creating homes that everyone will want to come back to

The right sofa and footstool beckon the entire family to sit down together. The right kitchen can encourage

more people to give a helping hand with supper. The right dining table, chairs and setting, might even tempt those

who have flown the nest to return home for Sunday lunches, for get-togethers, and for lazy summer barbecues.

Harrogate six-seater table in Fog, £940. Provence dining chair, £120. Chatto sofa, £1,260.

Havana dining chair in Silver Birch, £245. Imperial pendant light, £210.

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Meet the


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?


Charlie Kingham 020 7935 2255




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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


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’

things up or down, though, to suit most budgets!

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Here at Schmidt Dorking, we have a

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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

£500. All appliances (as listed above) came to £9,000.

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Wells Recycled Glass

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Oak Bar Stool,

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Natural Wood

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Wise Owls, large

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Freestanding, packed with trendy gadgets and designed

for modern living, the latest kitchen islands offer

a real focal point in the hub of the home

This striking island

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This stunning bespoke

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Furniture features

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Buying any beauty product without a personal

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

‘Cleansing powders’ have been inspired by Korean beauty

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now. This option offers a level of performance that belies

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

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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,

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

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

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

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Jump into June

Surrey Homes talks to dietician and health coach, Katie Peck

do you have a beauty

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sleep and drinking plenty of

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also a rower (getting up early at

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your digestion is important

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Apparently, the 5-a-day

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do you have a

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50 + waterproof

sunscreen for my

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sun exposure in

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healthy, it energises

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We live busy lives with minds

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turn had a positive effect on

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and other studies support

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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

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was very natural and I love

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said they felt good, 80%

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We are forever talking about clean eating, super

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It’s official. Gardening is good for you.

How do I know? Well apart from a

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The breakthrough in this research is

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These include a reduction in depression,

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Through Kent Adult Education I’ve worked

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further information

Alison tutors for Kent Adult

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and wildlife garden. This also allows

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Getting back

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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

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Gooseberry fool

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• 200g fresh (or frozen)


• 2 tablespoons elderflower


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cordial until they burst their skins and mash down –

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Raspberry and white chocolate cookies

These cookies just melt in the mouth, but for

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• 225g softened butter

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• 260g flour

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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.

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Jo Arnell tackles the trickiest garden invaders

Early summer is the time of maximum growth. The soil

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to germinate – always before any cultivated crops - and they

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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

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will also allow the soil ecosystem to function undisturbed.

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Burning – there are special gardening blow torches

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Contact weedkiller – these types of weedkiller act like

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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,

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

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Controlling perennial weeds

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Monstrous invaders

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What’s in

a Name?

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

Pelargonium ‘Vectis Glitter’

pictures. Once we’d got over

the initial shock and began to understand how

plant names were made up we realised that all the essential

knowledge concerning the plants in it was there. All

plants are in a family e.g. Rosaceae which encompasses an

enormous array of plants including roses and the flowering

crab 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 prefers some shade as it originates in wooded areas

whilst Geranium pratense is found in the wild in meadow land.

I bought Euphorbia palustris from a nursery at the excellent

Gardening for Disabled Trust Plant Fair recently and

now realise that with palustris meaning ‘of marshland’ my

original planting hole will have to be filled in and another

site found. Tricky at the moment as the whole garden is so

dry and even the pond area loses moisture in the summer

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

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In the wild there are plants that evolve that are similar

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subspecies name. An example might be one of Gertrude Jekyll’s

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Summer Study

Susan Elkin ponders the timing of examinations

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

offers be made by the higher education institutions. A year

out doesn’t have to be spent travelling, obviously. Personally,

I’d advocate getting a job, finding out how the world works

and saving some money towards the cost of college.

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Get Your

Life in


Legal experts James Beresford and Simon Leney share

important advice on planning for the future

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


What are lifetime gifts and

how do they work?

Simon Leney, Cripps

“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


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There are a number of potentially disastrous pitfalls you can encounter when writing

your own will. We examine some of the more common problems.

Why should I make a will?

• It allows you to choose who you

wish to benefit from your estate

and who you do not wish to benefit

from your estate, on your death

• It allows you to appoint guardians

to care for minor children, in the

event that both parents die whist

the children are still minor

• It can be used to protect your

assets, for example, from a

spendthrift or from divorcing

family members

• It can be used to protect your

beneficiaries, for example,

from being taken advantage

of financially

This guide will help you understand

that having your will drafted

professionally is a small price to

pay, as it can save a substantial

amount of money in the long run.

Why should I get proper

legal advice?

Often, a home-made will is not

worded in such a way that makes it

legally enforceable. This may be

because the terms of the will are

ambiguous or because the will fails

to effectively dispose of your assets

in the correct manner. Can you

afford to take the risk that your

home-made will does what you

think it does?

• The Courts of Chancery entertain

a steady stream of litigants vying

to show that they were the

intended beneficiary from a

poorly drafted will

• Legal documents still use old

fashioned language, more often

than not, and yet the implication

of a single incorrect word can

affect completely what your

will does.

• The interpretation of will clauses

in professionally drafted wills

have stood the test of time for


• The legal rules surrounding

making a valid will are very

exacting and are strictly enforced

by the courts. One strike and

its out.

• Unqualified will drafters do not

always understand the intricacies

and nuances of will clauses. Legal

clauses can sometimes be cut and

pasted to a perceived template

which can put it out of sync and

result in errors.

For these reasons, and many

more, you should ensure that your

will is drawn up by a specialist

qualified lawyer.

If I make a DIY will, what

can go wrong?

In short, potentially everything!

At best some gifts in your will might

not take effect – at worst your will

might not be valid at all.

Your executors

• Do you know why you need an


• How many executors? (the

answer is not always the same)

• What if you don’t specify anybody

to be an executor: do you know

who then controls how your estate

is collected in and safeguarded,

and ensures that it is paid over to

the rightful beneficiaries?


• Do you know if your estate will

need a trustee? And how many


• What happens if you need a trustee

but haven’t specified one?

• Why are the executors usually

also the trustees and do they have

to be the same people?

• Why might you want different

types of trustees?


• Do you know who will raise your

infant children if you do not

specify somebody?

• And what role might the Family

Law Courts then have in deciding

who should raise your children?

• Who has priority if you appoint

more than one guardian – could

this lead to a “tug-of-love”?

• Do you want a distant relative

raising your children if their only

motivation is getting access to

the money you have left behind?

Gifts and Legacies

Using the correct language in your

will is vital to ensure that your wishes

can be carried out after your death.

• What happens if somebody you

include in your will dies before

you – where does that gift go?

• Did you know that some gifts

automatically pass to somebody

else if you do not specify a

fall-back provision?

• What happens to a gift if you no

longer own that asset at your


• What if you have several assets of

the same description but of differing

financial value, e.g. cars

• What happens if some items in

your will have to be sold by the

estate to pay debt, Inheritance

Taxes, or administration fees?

Even how you describe a gift in your

will can affect whether or not that

gift will take effect – so don’t take

that risk!


How would you feel if you knew that

your estate did not go to the people,

charities, or organisations that you

choose, or if it has not been used for

the purposes that you had intended?

• Do you know what the law say

about infants receiving assets or

money from your estate?

• How do you ensure that you can

leave inheritance for a minor and

it will be protected until they

reach an age that you feel they are

mature enough to be responsible

for it, for example at 21 or 25?

• Can you make financial provision

to provide for a family pet, and if

so how?

• How can you be certain that money

you have left to a charity is used in

the way you want it to be used, such

as for your local area?

• Why is the name, address, and

registered charity number


Whilst you want to be certain that

your estate passes to those people

or organisations that you choose,

what if you want to ensure that it

does not pass to a certain individual

that you may have fallen out with,

or possibly worse – that you are not

yet divorced from?

How would you feel if that person

ended up inheriting your estate

because your will had not been

drawn up correctly, invalidating it,

just to save a bit of money?

What if I have already

written my own DIY will?

Contact us immediately for advice

and any assistance that you might

need to rectify it.

And… next time you want to write a

will, or make any changes to your

existing will, give us a call so that we

can draft your will professionally and

take the worry out of not knowing if

you have written your will correctly!

Our team of specially trained

lawyers prepare thousands of wills

every year and can advise you on

any of the more complicated or

specialist clauses that might be

relevant to your circumstances,

for example:

• What if I want somebody to be

able to live in my house after I have

died – what provisions do I need to

include in my will?

• What if I own my own company or

run a business and want it to carry

on after my death, or what if I want

to pass it on to my employees or

family members?

• What if I own property abroad –

do I need to know anything about

the law of the country where that

property is situated? And how

does that country’s inheritance

laws affect a will I write in England

and Wales? And is it relevant if I

already have a will made abroad?

• What if any of my beneficiaries

are receiving benefits from the

government? Can I leave them

something without jeopardising

their entitlement?

• Can I leave an inheritance for

somebody in a way that nobody

else will know who it is intended

for (that is, make a secret gift)?

These might sound like fanciful

provisions but our specialist will

drafting lawyers prepare wills

with highly complicated personal

and tax saving provisions like these

every year.

Increasingly, we are coming across

DIY wills that do not make the

provisions intended at the time they

were written and blissful ignorance

ensures that the errors in the will

are never corrected. And it’s then

too late.

A poorly drafted will can have

expensive tax consequences or lead

to expensive court litigation, just to

understand how the law says your

estate must be divided.

So don’t leave it to chance just to

save a few pounds now – it could end

up costing your estate considerably

more than you could ever imagine.

James is the author of a book

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What’s On In June


Sat 3 June 11am-5pm

The Grange, Rectory Lane,

Bookham KT23 4DZ

Surrey Artists Open

Studios (SAOS)

To celebrate the launch of Surrey

Artists Open Studios Week, The

Grange Centre for People with

Disabilities will be running free

drop-in art work-shops. Learn

Japanese Harameki doodling

with paint blobs and a kind

of mindful doodling called

zentangling! The centre will also

be open from Monday 12 to

Sunday 18 June for SAOS week.

Entry: Free

Info: 01372 542608

24 June – 4 August

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon

Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS

Graham Dean:

Dirty Yellow

Announcing a body of work by

Graham Dean, one of Britain’s

most powerful figurative painters

known for his ‘immensely

powerful’ watercolours and

exploration of the human body.

Info: 01252 713208 /

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Fairs, Festivals &

SUmmer Activities

Thurs 8 June

MacDonald Frimley Hall

Hotel & Spa, Lime Avenue,

off Portsmouth Road,

Camberley GU15 2BG

MacDonald Frimley

Hall Hotel Prestige

Wedding Fair

The premier wedding fair

organisers in Surrey hold their

Summer Fair in the idyllic setting

of Frimley Hall. With around 30

quality local businesses exhibiting

its the perfect place to plan a

wedding, whatever you need.

Entry: Free


Sat 24 June 10.30-4pm

Guildford Cathedral, Stag

Hill, Guildford GU2 7Up

A Vintage Summer with

Home and Vintage

Over sixty beautiful stalls gather

to bring you some great vintage

finds, including french textiles,

antiques and handmade treasures.

Seek inspiration from pop-up

artisans and clever stylists, enjoy a

picnic in the grounds and visit the

lovely English Country Tea Room.

Entry: £2, free for under 14s


Sat 24 – Sun 25 June

Hurtwood Park Polo Club,

Horsham Lane, Ewhurst

Green, Cranleigh GU6 7SW

The Festival of Surrey

Exhibitions focused on local

businesses will be divided into a

number of easily navigated zones

such as homes and garden, kids

zone and educational institutions.

With polo, retail therapy and a

daily musical selection including

an evening concert on Saturday,

this family friendly festival is

bound to be full of variety and fun.

Entry: Adult £5, child £2.50,

family ticket £12.50, under 8s

free. Weekend tickets: Adults £10,

children £5, Saturday Concert £15


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Sun 18 June

The Grange, Rectory Lane,

Bookham KT23 4DZ

Bookham Open Gardens

A lovely Father’s Day treat.

Take an easy walk from other

open gardens or catch the free

shuttle bus to visit the grounds,

Victorian walled garden, and

produce shop of The Grange.

Experience the sensory garden

and have tea and cake made and

served by people with disabilities

supported by the centre. Parking

available. Wheelchair accessible.

Info: 01372 4552287

Sun 25 June 2-6pm

Shere, Guildford

Shere Open Gardens

Roughly 26 private gardens

open in the pretty village of

Shere, offering a rare glimpse

into quintessential English

gardening. Gain some extra advice

with Over the Wall Question

Time, sip on some Pimm’s from

the cricket club and pick up

some new additions for your

garden from the plant stall.

Entry: £7, over 60s £6,

children under 16 free



Sun 17 June 2.30pm

Guildford Cathedral, Stag

Hill, Guildford, GU2 7UP

Guildford Choral



Guildford Choral return to

the Cathedral for the first time

since its closure for repairs and

renovations with a programme of

music from Britain and the USA.

Entry: £10-£20

Info: 01483 444333 /

Sat 24 June 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church,

High Street, Guildford


Surrey Mozart Players

Season Finale

In their season finale gala concert,

the Surrey Mozart Players bring

Brahms, Sawyers and Beethovan

to Guildford. With solo violinist

Alexander Sitkovetsky and the

players’ music Director, Kenneth

Woods conducting, it’s sure to

be a grand finale to the season.

Entry: Adult £19, child £9.50

(5% booking fee online)



Sat 10 June

Outdoor Theatre, Haslemere

Museum, 78 High Street,

Haslemere GU27 2LA

The Rude Mechanical

Theatre Company’s ‘The

Commercial TraveLler’

The Rude Mechanical Theatre

Company, who specialise in

iconic outdoor theatre, return

with the brand new play ‘The

Commercial Traveller’. Performed

in the beautiful grounds of

Haslemere Museum, this funny

and romantic play, set in the

London of 1924, demonstrates

the gritty determination and

absolute love it takes to overcome

a seemingly unassailable problem.

Entry: £16

Info: 01323 501260 /

Sun 10 June 8pm

G Live, Guildford, London

Rd, Guildford GU1 2AA

All-Star Stand-Up Tour

Returning compère Jared

Christmas and top comedians

Stewart Francis, Justin Poorhouse

and Mike Gunn combine forces

to bring you two hours of

outstanding world-class comedy.

Suitable for ages 15 plus.

Entry: £24, G Live Friends £21.50

Info: 01483 369350 /

Tues 20 – Sat 24 June


The Wintershall Estate, Bramley,

Guildford, Surrey GU5 0LR

The Life of Christ

This epic open-air promenade

performance of The Life of Christ

returns to the Hutley family’s

beautiful farm, the Wintershall

Estate with a full compliment of

sheep, horses and even a donkey.

Entry: Adults £20, children

£9.50, Concessions £18,

Family £50, Student £12


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Annual Service of


Sunday 2 nd July 3.00pm

In the grounds of Woking Crematorium

West Kent Shooting School



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Ideal setting for Corporate





The staff & team of Woking Crematorium invite you to join

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Free Entry

Woking Crematorium

Hermitage Road, St John’s, Woking, Surrey GU21 8TJ Tel: 01483 472197

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Win a Neptune Suffolk

Chopping Block worth £940

The Neptune showroom in Tonbridge showcases

their elegant range of hand crafted furniture

and accessories for the whole home. In a

striking, warehouse-style building just a few minutes

from the River Medway, the products on display span

the entire design spectrum from stylish kitchen and

dining, through to elegant bedrooms and bathrooms.

The philosophy at Neptune is that beautiful objects

should be made well, and they take pride in their use of

traditional techniques to make stunning furniture and

homewares. Products are designed in-house, and are then

manufactured by highly skilled craftsmen in Neptune’s own

factory, using methods such as mortise and tenon joinery.

In recent years Neptune has become a favourite

of the interior design media, who appreciate that

their easy and classic style offers remarkable value for

heirloom-worthy pieces of furniture. Using traditional

skills to manufacture items for the home ensures

that they have longevity and durability compared to

other high street or mass-produced alternatives.

The Suffolk Free Standing Chopping Block is a

stunning example of Neptune’s stylish yet simple

design, combining beautiful materials with functional

design and practicality. It has a hand painted finish,

oak top and shelf and beaten metal detailing,

adding characterful open storage to a kitchen.

With furniture giving a home a framework, it is the

accessories that bring it to life. Neptune offer specialist

advice on everything from the flooring right up to the

ceiling, and are experts in helping customers transform

their homes. Find out more at their showrooms at 1

Tannery Road, Tonbridge (01732 351866), and 10A

Church Street, Weybridge (01932 901234)

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comprises one Suffolk Chopping Block. There is no

cash alternative and the prize must be taken before 1

September 2017. *All entrants’ details will be passed on

to Neptune and Wealden Times Events. Please let us

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

Congratulations to Danielle Chapman who wins our May competition for Dinner, B&B at Frasers plus tickets to Wealden Times Midsummer Fair.


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


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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