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Exhibitions & events

near you this month...


Surrey’s premium and famously polite festival,

Weyfest, returns to the charming Rural Life

Centre in Tilford, complete with four stages, fine

food and drink, and (the real star selling point

here) posh loos. It’s really a one-of-a-kind festival;

not only is there an awesome line up which

includes Jools Holland, Buzzcocks and Alison

Moyet, but there will also be Daleks, Cybermen

and Stormtroopers, a steam train, laser-quest

and a museum dedicated to rural England. It

runs from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August and

costs £99 for full weekend tickets if you book in

advance. To find out more visit

Made by Hand...

Spend the bank holiday wandering Stonor Park

Manor’s glorious grounds, basking in the summer

sun and exploring Henley Handmade Fair for some

unique and lovingly crafted pieces. Food and drink

will be on offer from artisan providers, falconry

displays will keep children endlessly amused, and

live music will fill the landscape. Visit thecraftshows. for details and, to take advantage of a two

for one ticket offer, just go to or

phone 01425 277988 and quote “OV05”.

Show Up...

The Chertsey Show was founded in 1833 and is

still doing its bit to raise awareness of agriculture

today. This year’s show is on Saturday 12 and

Sunday 13 August at The Meads in Chertsey.

Whether you go for the traditional crafts, the

adorable animals, or the tents bursting with

horticulture and flowers, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Kids go free, and, as a bonus, Surrey Homes

readers can get two for one on tickets if you

enter the code ‘SurreyH’ at

All In Good Joust...

Experience history brought to life in a spectacular

medieval festival in Billingshurst’s beautiful

Loxwood Meadow on Saturday 5, Sunday

6, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August. The

Loxwood Joust will have a dedicated children’s

kingdom, Medieval Learning Zones full of

colourful educational characters, the Medieval

Marketplace overflowing with traders, hawkers,

minstrels and jesters, and of course plenty of

thrilling opportunities to watch full-contact

jousting. Visit for more details.

Wings & Wheels...

Between a five hour airshow featuring the Red

Arrows, a two hour motoring show on the Top

Gear track, eighty retail outlets, and a 32 acre

arena for emergency services demonstrations,

Dunsfold Park in Cranleigh’s Wings & Wheels

event has all you need for an exhilarating experience.

It’s taking place from Saturday 26 to Sunday

27 August and you can book tickets by calling

08712 305572 or visiting

Spot the Talent...

See the work of the latest names in craft before they

really take off from Saturday 12 August to Saturday

23 September at New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

This exciting exhibition celebrates fresh innovative

and bespoke craft with artists carefully selected from

the Craft Council’s prestigious Hothouse 2017

programme, which provides a stepping stone to these

new artists and gives you the opportunity to get in

on the ground floor to invest in the future of British

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August 2017








Maggie Alderson’s houses

with party perfect gardens


Fill your diary with hand

picked events going on

around the Weald


An Instagrammer’s country escape


Put Lucinda’s neon

highlights into practice



A round up of this

June’s fabulous fair








Art and jewellery that

will hold its value


Josephine Fairley’s

bridal fragrances


This month’s bitesize

health news


Julie Simpson reiterates the

importance of keeping hydrated


Beautify your behind

with tips from personal

trainer Sarah-Jane Holt








Jo Arnell’s tropical garden picks


Susan Elkin explains that,

for children, this isn’t

necessarily a travesty


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Hill Hotel & Golf Club


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behind the names of her animals




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Try out Helen’s relaxed

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heavenly summer recipes


Sue Whigham explains what it takes

to win RHS Plant of the Year

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Opening an article with the context of the weather on the day of

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magazine, or newspaper comes out (just as watering your parched

garden will guarantee a downpour of biblical scale within an hour).

Knowing all this I will still venture that today I ate lunch and dinner at the table

in my garden – it was heaven and it’s not the first time I’ve done it this year. I can

only hope that after writing those words I haven’t condemned it to be the last.

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changeable and ‘unseasonal’ weather, we Brits know to grab such blue sky

days when they come along, which is why every bank holiday with a positive

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and coleslaw, as everyone plans a mass stampede to their outdoor plots.

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all the more important to make the most of them by having your

outdoor wining and dining facilities in place well in advance.

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every kitchen must now be ‘eat in’ and feature at least one sofa and a TV, so families

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coffee tables on the morning of August bank holiday Sunday is

unlikely to lead to wise investment buys. And well before you even get to

that stage it’s vital to have a level surface, within easy reach of the house and

with the most pleasant outlook from and of your plot ready for them. No

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on a private road within the exclusive

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beautiful setting of the Epsom Downs.

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Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Central

London is just 20 miles, with mainline

stations at Epsom, Ashtead and Oxshott.

What? Nearly five thousand luxurious

square feet over three floors, with four

reception rooms, plus a gym/media

room, five bedrooms with en suite

bathrooms, three also with dressing

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informal dining room (there’s a formal

one as well), with three sets of doors on

to the sun terrace which wraps around

two sides of the house – leading down

to a large mature rear garden with

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Where? Crab Apple Court is

situated on the prestigious Pachesham

Park private estate, with a gate on to

Leatherhead Golf Club. A few minutes’

drive from the village of Oxshott,

with 30 minute rail links to London

Waterloo and handy for the M25 and

A3 giving quick access to Gatwick.

The town of Leatherhead is a similar

distance in the opposite direction.

What? A beautifully refurbished

seven bedroom, six bathroom 1920s

house set in approximately 2.6 acres.

Above the garage there is a flatlet with a

kitchen, bedroom and en suite shower

room. The ultra modern kitchen leads

through to the large main reception

room, both with sliding glass doors

onto the south facing patio garden.

The pool sits on its own paved

terrace which catches the west sun.

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Where? Queens Road is one of the

finest in North Kingston with its close

proximity to the Kingston gate entrance

to Richmond Park. Norbiton station

is a fifteen minute walk, then it’s 30

minutes to Waterloo. Kingston town

centre with all its shops and restaurants

is also within easy walking distance.

What? A grand detached Victorian

villa, built in 1856, Queens Road has

a plethora of original period features.

The ground floor has a double length

drawing room, cosier sitting room and

study, with the bedrooms and three

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has a dining room to the front, with

the large kitchen/breakfast room and

family room both opening onto the

garden, which has a patio, then lawns

lead down to the large swimming pool,

with a second outdoor dining area.

How much? Queens Road is

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4. Montrose

Where? Montrose sits in a south

facing plot in countryside just outside

Leatherhead, with far reaching

views over the Surrey Hills. It’s ten

minutes’ drive to Leatherhead station,

then 50 to Waterloo, with access

to the M25 a short drive away.

What? A detached family house,

refurbished to a high specification.

The dining area gives off the high

spec modern kitchen and, along with

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exhibits works from oil painter, Julie Bond, and ceramic artist, Faye Mayo in

an exhibition designed to evoke feeling in the observer. Bond’s expressive style

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Exhibitions & events

near you this month...


Surrey’s premium and famously polite festival,

Weyfest, returns to the charming Rural Life

Centre in Tilford, complete with four stages, fine

food and drink, and (the real star selling point

here) posh loos. It’s really a one-of-a-kind festival;

not only is there an awesome line up which

includes Jools Holland, Buzzcocks and Alison

Moyet, but there will also be Daleks, Cybermen

and Stormtroopers, a steam train, laser-quest

and a museum dedicated to rural England. It

runs from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August and

costs £99 for full weekend tickets if you book in

advance. To find out more visit

Made by Hand...

Spend the bank holiday wandering Stonor Park

Manor’s glorious grounds, basking in the summer

sun and exploring Henley Handmade Fair for some

unique and lovingly crafted pieces. Food and drink

will be on offer from artisan providers, falconry

displays will keep children endlessly amused, and

live music will fill the landscape. Visit thecraftshows. for details and, to take advantage of a two

for one ticket offer, just go to or

phone 01425 277988 and quote “OV05”.

Show Up...

The Chertsey Show was founded in 1833 and is

still doing its bit to raise awareness of agriculture

today. This year’s show is on Saturday 12 and

Sunday 13 August at The Meads in Chertsey.

Whether you go for the traditional crafts, the

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Kids go free, and, as a bonus, Surrey Homes

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All In Good Joust...

Experience history brought to life in a spectacular

medieval festival in Billingshurst’s beautiful

Loxwood Meadow on Saturday 5, Sunday

6, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August. The

Loxwood Joust will have a dedicated children’s

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Wings & Wheels...

Between a five hour airshow featuring the Red

Arrows, a two hour motoring show on the Top

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Dunsfold Park in Cranleigh’s Wings & Wheels

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It’s taking place from Saturday 26 to Sunday

27 August and you can book tickets by calling

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Spot the Talent...

See the work of the latest names in craft before they

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23 September at New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

This exciting exhibition celebrates fresh innovative

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Welcome to the life and home of Lucinda Mitra, a former

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Arriving at the pretty brick house on a cul-de-sac in rural

Sussex, there’s nothing on the outside that gives away the

building’s exciting other life. Perhaps unsurprisingly though,

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“I was a secondary school teacher up in London, then we

moved out here and I was due to start teaching at another

school but got pregnant.” Lucinda now shares the house with

her husband James and their daughter Sienna, 19 months. “I

Previous pages & this page: Lucinda has painted

her living room in deep, rich Farrow & Ball Hague

Blue. The Be Big poster is from Print Club London

and the sofa is French Connection for DFS


This page: Lucinda wrapped fairy

lights left over from Christmas around

a branch that she found whilst out

walking. The circular mirror above

the fireplace was from IKEA

didn’t just want to sit in the country and

let my brain turn to mush, so I started

writing a blog.” Since having Sienna,

however, the blog has had to take a bit

of a back seat. “I don’t have as much

time these days,” says Lucinda, “but on

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a caption, and put some hashtags on it.”

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made her so popular. “It’s not about

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or worrying about the number of

followers. Otherwise you’d get paranoid

and think: ‘This picture didn’t get so

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The open-plan kitchen-dining area

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units were here already – they’re my

latest up-cycling project,” says Lucinda.

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and sprayed them copper and did

the same with the extractor hood.”

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loads of help and advice from people

who’ve carried out similar work.”

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with a dining table topped with a

striking black and white table runner

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Above left: Lucinda sourced the velvet sofa in the playroom from DFS and the zebra rug is IKEA. The wallpaper is ‘Honolulu’ Palm

Green from Graham & Brown Above right: A photograph of her grandfather has pride of place on a cow hide drum that belonged to

Lucinda’s parents

start to look a bit like a vigil!” says Lucinda, with typical

lack of pretence. I notice an ancient Singer sewing machine

in the corner: “My mum picked that up in the 80s, from

an ad in the local paper. My parents used to store all their

plastic supermarket bags under it!” Not any more...

“A lot of things in the house are from my parents: the

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drums... they were all just things they had in the garage.

My mum was from Uganda and my dad grew up in east

Africa, so a lot of things in the house are from Africa.” Such

personal items prevent the rooms looking like a brochure.

French doors lead through to an equally dramatic living

room, which Lucinda has painted in Farrow & Ball’s

Hague Blue, with an unusual feature wall painted to look

almost industrial. “It’s a special lime paint that comes in

powder form, from a company called Kalklitir. The shade

is Concrete.” Dark and muted shades make the perfect

backdrop for pops of colour such as the bright pink velvet

cushion on the sofa and the ‘Be Big’ pop-art-style print

from Print Club London on the wall above. Opposite is

another quirky print, also from Print Club London, called

66 on the Moon. What with the dark blue, almost black,

walls, huge round mirror, round clock, and the print it

feels as if there is a bit of a moon theme. “Oh, I hadn’t

thought of that!” says Lucinda. Either way, it works.

Leading off the living room is a room which is currently

Sienna’s play room, though not for long. “It’s going to

become a bar area,” says Lucinda. “Poor Sienna’s going to

have nowhere to play, but she just runs around the house

anyway so she doesn’t necessarily need a dedicated space.”

The room works well as playroom and prospective bar, with

retro palm-leaf wallpaper, a mock zebra-skin on the floor

and two large African drums as low-level tables. “The sofa I

bought with a voucher from DFS, after we collaborated on

Instagram,” adds Lucinda, highlighting some of the benefits

of building up an Instagram presence. She currently works

with DFS, Warren Evans and BHS Home, amongst others.

Upstairs, the main bedroom is dominated by a


Above left: The kitchen units are painted in Farrow & Ball Railings. Lucinda took the knobs and the cooker hood details off and

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bedside tables are also from Warren Evans, fitting neatly

in the limited space on either side of the bed, while the

funky little clip-on reading lights are from IKEA.

Lucinda is great at mixing up items from affordable

high-street shops, independent shops – the over-sized

mirror in the corner was from Hoopers in Tunbridge

Wells – with family heirlooms and up-cycled items. “The

wardrobes were left by the previous owners and were orange

pine, so I painted them with Rustoleum’s Winter Grey

chalk paint. That was my first up-cycling project when

we moved in.” It’s a lovely, light and comfortable room,

but it’s clear that Lucinda’s keen to redecorate. “It’s time

to re-do this room,” she says, confirming my hunch.

The en suite has already had the magic touch. “We’ve

just had the en suite done. It’s quite a generic house in

terms of structure, design and general look so I said to

James that I wanted to go for more unusual fittings like

a black shower tray and black shower door – I quite like

the industrial look.” Monochrome works well here but

has been brightened up with the addition of a large Swiss

cheese plant leaf and little succulents. “I’m not one of

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throughout the house. I like so many,” says Lucinda.

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The other spare room is to the front of the house,

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stylish, mostly monochrome prints. “I tend to switch

things round a bit in here, the artworks and stuff. The

yellow throw and bedding is from Homesense, the

geometric cushion is from and these cushions

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This year’s Wealden Times Midsummer Fair at Hole Park in Rolvenden was blessed

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Previous pages & above: In the main room, the theme of

white walls and vintage items in bright and pretty colours

creates a space that is both intriguing and tranquil

Anyone with an interest in where the next

cool place in the constant progress of urban

regeneration/gentrification will be might

want to get a satellite fix on Helen Robinson.

In the late 1970s she opened her first shop, for her

fashion label PX – which was to the New Romantics

what Vivienne Westwood’s Seditionaries was to punk

rock style – in James Street, Covent Garden. This was

after Eliza Doolittle’s market had closed – but long before

anyone else saw its promise as a retail destination.

Her next stop was Endell Street (where milliner

Stephen Jones had his first workshop in her basement)

and when rents started to get silly there she headed – can

you guess where? – east to Shoreditch, then Hoxton.

This was when Commercial Street, now home to

every upscale brand from MAC to Chanel, was still a

grotty dump of rag trade sweatshops and the adjacent

Huguenot houses of Spitalfields were pretty much slums.

From there she made what seemed at the time – the

early 2000s – another radical move: out of London to

Hastings Old Town, before deciding on her current base:

St Leonards-on-Sea, which must currently be one of the

coolest regeneration hot spots on the whole planet.

Helen now lives – and trades – on Norman Road,

a micro-neighbourhood worthy of a PhD study

of the process of urban renewal. The western side,

which we might in the New York style call WeNor,

is a joy of independent shops, salons and cafés.

The most glorious of them is the corner spot Helen

runs with her daughter Holly, as SHOP, selling


Above: In one corner, Helen has uncovered part of the cottage’s

sandstone walls, something she has also done in the courtyard –

stripping back render to the bare rock

a wonderfully mixed and gloriously displayed array of

goods, in a casual perfection of chic bohemian style.

Nothing pretentious, or overstyled – just right. It’s one

of those shops which makes you want to buy everything

in it, or possibly just move in… Which makes it no

surprise that Helen’s own house has the same effect.

She’s one of those people who puts a bowl of lemons on

the kitchen table and it somehow looks like an art work – so

you are immediately sure that your life would be perfect

if you could buy exactly that bowl and those lemons…

So how did this lovely house – and shop

– happen to be in this location?

“In 2007 I came down to St Leonards to have a look,”

she says. “I then found out that my grandmother had

worked in St Leonards at Eversfield Hospital, as a TB

nurse in 1910, that was the connection. I looked in the

window of John Bray and thought ‘how much?!’ and

bought a house in Croft Road in Hastings Old Town.”

The move to St Leonards came in 2000 when Holly –

following in her mother’s fashion footsteps – wanted to

open a clothes shop. “By then Hastings Old Town already

had stupid shop rents,” she says. “When a large corner space

came up – it used to be occupied by Eras of Style antiques,

now in Bexhill – we saw the potential and pounced.

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This page: Just about everything in the kitchen is from

SHOP. This includes the rack of wooden shelves by Garden

Trading and everything in them: enamel bowls and jugs of

various sizes, vintage cups and saucers and cook books

in a big house further inland in St Leonards. It was an

amazing place – the whole ground floor – but it was

too far out. I’m a city girl. I like the noise of a town and

people passing. There were no shops, no community.

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hadn’t even thought where I was going to move to. Then

early one morning, I saw this house in Norman Road

online. I’d seen it before and I knew it was right for me.”

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Above left: Double doors open out from the sitting room into the courtyard where Helen has decorated the space with driftwood and

pebbles and bunting from SHOP Above right: The bathroom

in this part of town, known as Burton St Leonards.

“The cottages were built for workers to live in while

they constructed all the big houses. I knew it was perfect

for me, because I love living above the shop – and this

house is as close to living above SHOP as I could find.”

But while the location and bones of the house were ideal,

everything else about it was dark and ugly. “When I bought

it everything was yellow and dark brown – even the window

frames – with orange pine doors and floors. There was a

nightmare 1980s gas fire which occupied a space in the

newly-exposed sandstone wall, and the kitchen was dark

brown wood and orange. The outside was pebble dash…”

But with her designer’s eye, Helen could see beyond

the dark brown and ginger pine to the simple elegance

of the house beneath – starting with that pebble

dash, which had to be chipped off by hand.

“I had a vision for it – I wanted it as light and white as

possible and open – the whole Greek light thing. It was a

massive amount of work and I’d never done it before. But if

I want to do something, I’m driven to do it anyway. It was

the same with SHOP. You have to speculate to accumulate.”

Also giving her confidence, one great thing

was in place – the ground floor had already been

knocked through to create one large airy room.

“I just put double doors out to the courtyard, so you

can see right through from the front door, which makes

it look much bigger and brings in light from both sides. I

also asked the builder to strip back the 1980s plasterboard

from the back left corner to see what was underneath

– and it was the original sandstone, so I’ve left it.”

Apart from that, the main structural work Helen did

was to remove the ceiling on the first floor, where the two

bedrooms are, creating a lofty vaulted space, which completely

transforms the cottage proportions. So rather than the

pokiness so often found upstairs in small houses, the top floor

of this one has the airy romantic feeling of a Paris garret.

Helen has played up this unexpected scale further by

putting in an oversized vintage metal ceiling light, found

at Ardingly antiques fair, at the top of the stairwell. On

the landing wall is another surprisingly big – and therefore

perfect – item; a portrait of Christopher Isherwood by

Fraser Taylor, Helen’s friend, that she bought during an art

sale at renowned Soho restaurant L’Escargot, in the 1980s

(when it was the most fashionable place to eat in town…).

Just as the top of the house is so much more spacious than

you’d expect, down at the bottom of it, the lower ground floor

kitchen has no basement feeling, because of the large window,

looking out onto stairs leading up to the front of the house.

Here is an area Helen has planted very boldly, with wooden

box tubs of dramatic succulents and lavender, enclosing a front

patio area with a table and chairs – a perfect spot for her to sit

and watch the urban world go by, in this close community.





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This page: Helen’s bedroom is a gloriously pared back ‘homage to a Greek bedroom’, with white walls and shutters, a bed by Loaf, an

Indian quilt and Romanian cushion and paintings from a fellow Norman Road trader

The kitchen itself is very simple, with a St Leonards

junk shop table – “the only thing I could fit in” –

and Greek-style rush seat chairs from IKEA. “These

chairs have been every colour known to man.”

The design is deceptively simple with whitepainted

Shaker-style cabinets, which look more like

pieces of furniture than a built-in kitchen.

“It was built by a local carpenter – Mark Tomlinson

– out of wood, not MDF. He also did all the windows.

Helen added a new back door and tongue and groove

panelling to go over the original sandstone walls, so they

can breathe. That’s how it would have been when the house

was built. It had to be bespoke to get the right beading.”

The kitchen floor is old scaffolding boards supplied

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and waxed, read to lay straight onto the concrete.

Just about everything else in the kitchen – including

that perfect blue bowl holding the lemons – is from


This page: The spare room’s vintage arsenic green shelf has been

a feature of all Helen’s homes

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of various sizes, vintage cups and saucers and cook books.

Even European floor brushes, similar to the one hanging

on the wall above it, are for sale 100 metres down the hill.

Kitchen implements stored in colourful empty sardine

and olive oil tins, vintage tin trays, an old French traffic

sign, wartime Ministry of Information posters (‘Tea revives

you’, ‘Eat your greens’) and a mix of those lovely bowls,

add a cheerful blend of bright colours, also reflected in

paintings. The one of a tiger in a jungle on the stairs, was

created by Holly for a competition when she was five and

was subsequently displayed in the Commonwealth Institute.

It’s from this wonderfully diverse collection of

vintage and personal objects, where all the colour in

the house comes. No feature wallpaper walls here.

“I love colour,” says Helen, “but not painted on walls.

I like all white, or all grey – walls, ceilings, windows,

woodwork. I like everything the same colour.”

Up one floor in the main room, the theme of white

walls and – mainly vintage – items in bright and pretty

colours creates a space that is both intriguing, with so

many interesting things to look at, and very tranquil.

The squashy old Heal’s sofa, covered in ecru linen

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you to curl up and would be equally appealing in

winter, sitting across from the wood burner which

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Above left: Helen has planted wooden box tubs of succulents and lavender at the front of the house, enclosing a patio area with

a table and chairs – a perfect spot for her to sit and watch the urban world go by Above right: Many of the items that Helen has

furnished her home with have come straight from SHOP

the houses in the terrace have – redolent of Jackanory’s

arched window – was rebuilt using traditional methods.

But while the overall feel is wonderfully peaceful,

looking towards the back of the room, it’s easy to

imagine lively dinners around the table, with more

IKEA ‘Greek’ chairs where Helen entertains.

On the wall at one end of the table is a striking Hindu

mask, found at the antiques market in Covent Garden

in the 1980s and to the side another brilliant find, this

one local to her current residence – a 1960s tourist

poster for St Leonards. More than just a lovely thing,

reproductions of it are a staple down the road in SHOP.

Further along the same wall, over the sofa, is another

example of Helen’s lifelong skill for finding beautiful things

in unexpected places. Long before architectural salvage

became big business and a regular source of homewares,

she rescued the mirror from the old Lloyds building in

the City of London, when it was being demolished in

the late 70s. She’s always been ahead of the game.

The large English storage cupboard opposite was

from Heathfield market and is a crucial item in a

house much smaller than Helen’s previous three

residences. “It’s got my life in it,” she says.

Leading on from the corner of sandstone wall

next to it, she did the same thing in the courtyard,

stripping back render to the bare rock and decorating

the space with driftwood and pebbles collected on the

beach and bunting from – where else? – SHOP.

Upstairs, Helen’s bedroom is a gloriously pared back

‘homage to a Greek bedroom’, with white walls and

shutters, a bed by Loaf, an Indian quilt and Romanian

cushion and painting from a fellow Norman Road

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The spare room next door has a wonderful ‘arsenic

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has had it for years. “It’s been in all my homes.” The

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This page: SHOP sells a wonderfully mixed and gloriously displayed array of goods, in a casual perfection of chic bohemian style

It was brown pine, so I painted it and got a mattress from

Mattress Man. They’ll make one to any size for old beds.”

Having inspected every corner of the cottage, we head

down Norman Road for a cup of tea in the café within

SHOP, relaxing into the cocooning atmosphere of a

retail space both perfectly realised – and different every

time you go in it. None of this is a happy accident.

“SHOP is not just about shifting stuff,’ says Helen,

looking round her beautiful space. “We buy things because

we love them and we want other people to love them. We

like a free flow, quirky things that work together and we

move things around all the time – change is everything.”

The – always brilliant – set up of the merchandise is

Holly’s job. Before starting the business with her mum,

she worked in visual merchandising for Topshop.

They divide responsibilities up in this way – but do

all the buying together, choosing whatever appeals to

them. “Stock is very flexible – there’s no ‘that is or isn’t

what we sell’.” The only fixed thing is that it must be

what they like. It’s the best kind of family business.

“There’s a lot of love in SHOP,” says Helen, which is probably

why it’s such a delightful spot to visit. “It’s really important

to be surrounded by things that you love. Even if you only

have two chairs, have lovely ones…”, a philosophy Helen has

put into perfect practice in both her home and her shop.

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Investment Pieces

SH chats wise art and jewellery buys with

two knowledgeable antiques experts


Andrew Ewbank’s jewellery pick

“Buying and selling jewellery through a sale-room with a high

level of knowledge is crucial. Amber jewellery is increasingly

sought after by buyers, the demand is largely due to strong interest

from buyers in the Middle East and China. Increasingly popular

is organic jewellery like amber and coral. Ruby, sapphire, and

emerald are perennially popular, as they can be both beautiful and

hard wearing. As testament to this, at a recent jewellery sale in the

summer, one of the most dramatic prices, against estimate, seen,

was for a Victorian coral bead necklace. It sold for an estimatebusting

£3,810 to an online buyer. Plus, at the same sale, an online

battle between two buyers competing for a 45cm long Indo-

Chinese amber bead necklace saw a final hammer price of £1,651.”



1. Victorian coral bead necklace, graduating beads slightly off round in shape. Sold for £3,810.

2. Burma ruby and diamond cluster ring, oval cut ruby of 2.28 carats within

a surround of ten round brilliant cut diamonds, in 18 ct yellow gold.

Ruby certificated by IGI stating the ruby origin as Burma and free of treatment. Sold for £6,604.

3. Indo-Chinese amber bead necklace, with oval shape beads ranging

in colour from yellow to orange with white metal spacers.


The team at Gorringes take a look at Cecil

Rochfort D’Oyly-John (1906-1993)


1. ‘Sunset at Cannes’ by Cecil Rochfort

D’Oyly-John oil on canvas, signed. Sold for

£1700 2. ‘Cannes’ by Cecil Rochfort D’Oyly-

John, oil on canvas, signed. Sold for £1900 .

“D’Oyly-John was a self-taught artist

who took up painting as a pastime

whilst convalescing in hospital

from bomb injuries in 1945. His

output was considerable during his

lifetime and he was chiefly notable

for his painting technique (the thick

application of paint with a palette

knife instead of a brush) and the vivid

colours of his Mediterranean scenes.

He achieved wide public

recognition in the 1950s and 60s

due to the publication of many

of his works in print form, which

seemed, fortuitously, to tap in to

the increasing market for foreign

holidays in the sun, now taken

for granted, that could be enjoyed

by the general public for the

first time. Admirers of his work

included the Queen Mother, then

Queen, who acquired paintings

for the Royal Collection.

D’Oyly-John’s early life was both

adventurous and shrouded in mystery

(his parentage is unknown, but he

claimed to be the illegitimate son

of the artist Augustus John). He

was born in Durban, South Africa

and lived and worked all over the

world before eventually settling in

Brighton, then Rottingdean, where

he and his wife, Joan, are buried.

His work continues to be popular at

auction, with their strong colours

and bold, rather poster-like imagery

complementing modern interiors, at

an affordable price. In 1998

D’Oyly-John paintings were

selling for between £200-400 at

auction. This month, Gorringes

sold two paintings of Cannes

for £1,700 and £1,900 respectively.”


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wedding is a new start. A door

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day and feel very different.) And so not

surprisingly – unless your beloved has

requested otherwise – it is the perfect

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But shopping for that all-important

fragrance should be seen as much, much

more than simply another item on your

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least a morning – and devote yourself to

the sensuality and pleasure of the search?

‘It’s very important not to be stressed,’

insists perfumer Lyn Harris, founder

of Miller Harris and now working out

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perfumery and boutique on London’s

Crawford Street which (trust me) is a

wonderful place to while away a few

hours. ‘If you’re in a hurry or feeling

anxious, you can have a negative response

to a scent that you might otherwise love.’

What’s more, Lyn adds, the production

of stress hormones can itself change the

way a fragrance smells on your skin – so

she suggests shopping with a friend,

planning a lunch and taking it easy.

Importantly, fragrances should always

be skin-warmed before you make up your

mind about them. Perfume blotters are

‘I do’...

Josephine Fairley recommends romantic wedding scents

fine for helping you to dismiss a fragrance

– if you don’t like it, move on to the next

– but you really need to wear a fragrance

on your body, to know whether you love

it; individual chemistry subtly alters a

perfume’s character, on our skin – that’s

part of the magic, and though sometimes

we can fall in love-at-first-spritz, it takes

up to two hours for the base notes (which

are the lingering fragrance elements we

really live with) to emerge. So: try up

to half a dozen fragrances on blotters,

initially. (Even before that, I tend to sniff

the caps and nozzles of perfume testers

– because the oils concentrate there as

they evaporate – as a first clue, telling me:

that’s a possible, that’s a no-no.) Label

them; even I can’t remember what I’ve

sprayed where (and I do this for a living!)

Have a coffee. Smell those blotters

and narrow your choice down to no

more than three, which you should

then apply to the skin: one on each

wrist, one in the crook of one elbow.

(At this stage, don’t apply any of them

to your neck: it will dominate.) Then

go off and have that lunch. Chill. Ask

your friend’s advice about what smells

great on you, if you’re unsure – and

ideally, ask for samples to take home

and try, longer-term. (Most fragrance

consultants are more than helpful, if

you explain it’s for your wedding.)



fragrance choices

Estée Lauder Beautiful – not

for nothing has this often been

advertised with a bride in the

ad; it’s swooningly pretty.

Chanel No.5 – or for a young

bride, try No.5 L’Eau as a

fresh and radiant alternative.

Jean Patou Joy – a classic,

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up there with Chanel No.5.

Frederic Malle Portrait of

a Lady – one of the most

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Calvin Klein Eternity – timelessly

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Christian Dior J’adore – a

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rose at its heart), but almost

as if warmed by sunlight.

Jo Malone London Red

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Something else to bear in mind, though:

your fragrance choice should also reflect the

style of your wedding. If you’re wearing

white or ivory, white flower fragrances

can be perfect, with traditional notes of

jasmine, lily, gardenia and lily-of-the-valley.

If your style is more flamboyant and

exotic, you may go for something more

sensual: an Oriental, or a floral-oriental

(which is slightly lighter and fresher than

an Oriental, but still has beguiling woody

or spiced undertones). The time of year

is relevant, too: ‘Lighter for summer, as a rule – unless

you’re a very outgoing, dark-haired bride,’ advises Lyn.

But what’s absolutely crucial is to ensure that whatever

fragrance you choose doesn’t come as a big surprise to

your intended. What happens if the first time he smells

it is at the altar – and he hates it? So: you’ll need to

wear the fragrance around him – and let him get close

enough to nuzzle it – to ensure it gets a thumbs-up.

And just what strength of fragrance is perfect, for a wedding?

Ideally, you wouldn’t wear something stronger than an eau de

parfum – which should last you through the reception. (You

might want to buy a Travalo travel fragrance spray – which

can be filled with your chosen fragrance – to give to your

matron of honour. You might want to turbo-charge your

chosen eau de parfum’s staying power, though, by ‘layering’:

if they exist (there’s a big perfumed bodycare revival going

on right now), buy the bath and body products that match

your chosen scent, using them while you bath, applying

a body lotion and powder and – as that finishing touch –

the scent itself. Then the fragrance is subtly ‘time-released,

during the day – especially if you’re going to be dancing.

Be sure to put on your fragrance before you step into your

dress, meanwhile, or it can stain – and I suggest applying not

only to the pulse points at wrist, elbow and neck, but also

tucking a cotton wool ball that has been sprayed with the scent

and then allowed to dry, between your breasts inside your bra.

Why not spray your garter, too? And hair is a wonderful vehicle

for fragrance: spritz the air and walk through it, or lightly mist

the hairline. Then your guests will get a lovely whiff of your

fragrance while you’re kissing them, in the receiving line…

The simple truth is, your wedding fragrance is much,

much more than just another accessory. So don’t leave it

to the last minute, when you’re stocking up on suntan

lotion, cotton wool and anti-mozzie spray, for your

honeymoon. Take your time. Indulge your senses. Enjoy.

Because choosing your perfect fragrance for your perfect

day can be one of the most sensual, indulgent treats of

the whole wedding build-up. And if you choose well,

this could be the start of a long and joyous relationship

– not just with your husband, but your new scent…

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disabled daughter Kitty.

Do you have a particular

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I paint with oils and

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What’s your ultimate

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something I really enjoy.

Who’s your style icon?

My style icon would be

my Gran, she had so much

personality and style. I think

a great smile is an essential

part of being a ‘beauty’

and so is being happy.

See Cathy’s work on

Facebook or email

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meatballs for 15 minutes on

a baking tray in the oven at

150˚C. They’re delicious with

pasta and fresh tomato sauce.

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transported to cells in fluids,

they flush away waste and prevent

constipation. Another big benefit of

staying hydrated is that your mind

will feel sharper, your energy levels

will increase and – here’s the big one –

drinking plenty of fluids will prevent

you from overeating! As your body

can’t store fluids for long periods of

time, regular hydration is essential.

The amount of water we should drink

is individual and can range from 1.5

to 3L a day depending on your body

mass, the amount you perspire and

how much you exercise. For example,

if you’re petite and don’t sweat much,

1.5L may be fine but if you are 6 ft 4ins,

exercise for 1 hour and sweat a lot, 3L

is more appropriate. A good indicator

of whether you’re drinking enough is

the colour of your urine, it should be

clear over the day and not too dark first

thing in the morning. If you wake in

the middle of the night and are thirsty,

start tracking your water intake to see

Nutritionist Katie Peck explains

that our bodies are biological

machines which thrive when

well-nourished with water.

how many millilitres you’re drinking over

the day. Teas and coffees count towards

your total fluid intake, but make sure

that the majority of your daily fluid

intake comes from drinking water.

During the summer months, we

tend to drink more to compensate for

our bodies losing water in the heat.

Timing of when and how much water

to drink is important: you don’t want

to drink large volumes (say more than

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to drinking much water, increase the

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gulping large amounts with food and

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Personal trainer Sarah-Jane Holt gives

her tips for a peachy posterior

During a traditional wedding ceremony, the

main view guests will have of the bride and

her bridesmaids is from the back. From

entering the church or registry office, to the final

moment when the bride and groom are pronounced

man and wife, can take a while so it’s vital that the

bridal party’s dresses and hair look great from behind.

A well-defined waist and shapely silhouette (think

bridesmaid Pippa Middleton’s back view at her

sister’s wedding to Prince William in 2011) sets off

a wedding or bridesmaids’ dress to perfection.

We asked personal trainer Sarah-Jane Holt for

three pre-nup exercises to ensure that the bride and

her attendants look their best on her big day!

Squats – These are a great all-round exercise that not

only work all three glute muscles, helping to firm and tone

a beautiful bottom, but also work on strengthening and

toning the legs and core as well. To perform a perfect squat,

start with your feet just wider than shoulder width apart

and turn your toes out very slightly. On the way down,

make sure that your knees are tracking over the second toe,

keep your chest up and imagine you are sitting down onto

a chair. You will be pushing your bum back slightly then

bending your knees. On the way up, focus again on knee

position and on squeezing your buttocks all the way through

the movement until you are back to a standing position.

Repeat 15 times, weight can be added to increase strength.

Raised glute bridges – Lie on your back with your

knees bent and the bottom of your feet on the edge of a chair

or sofa so your feet are off the floor. With arms by your sides,

push through your feet and squeeze your bum to lift your

hips off the floor. Really focus on squeezing your buttocks as

hard as you can whilst lifting your hips up. Pause at the top of

the movement for 3 seconds, squeezing your buttocks all the

time. Bring your hips back to the floor and repeat 20 times.

Rear elevated split lunges – These are tough

but very effective, the elevated back foot places more

emphasis on the opposite glute working to really tone your

bottom as well as working to develop leg shape. Stand

with the back of your knees touching a bench or chair,

take a decent step away with one foot and then place the

back foot on the bench behind you. This set-up will help

to make sure your front foot is the right distance away

from your back foot. When in this position drop your hips

straight down to the floor by bending your front knee. On

the way back up, focus on driving through your front heel

and squeeze the glute of the front leg. Repeat 15 times on

each side, you can also add weight for a stronger effect.



The Rye Retreat has a great reputation for

preparing brides for their big day. We talked to

them about this season’s trends, wearing a veil

and how much time to allow in the salon…

What are the most popular styles this season

for long-haired brides wanting to wear

their hair up? ‘Relaxed chic’ is what our

Brides are looking for at the moment. They

want something un-done, un-structured

and whimsically romantic. Tendrils are

left at the nape and around the face and

braids are often incorporated to give the

look a suggestion you might have almost

done it yourself (if only you could!).

Does wearing a veil restrict a bride’s hairstyling

options? A veil doesn’t restrict a

Bride’s style options at all. Here at The Rye

Retreat, we sew veils into the hair so that

there’s no need for lots of clips. We also apply

this technique to add jewellery to the hair.

How much time should a bride allow in

the salon on the morning of her wedding

day? We will accommodate any time

necessary, but 2–2 ½ hours is average





Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Chloe Cottingham

Following successful careers in ethical homewares and

the restaurant industry, Kali Hamerton-Stove and Sarah

Crysell have combined their passions for food, home design

and Goudhurst to create Hamerton+Jones. Together they

create fresh and flavourful food, including salads inspired

by what’s growing right here in Kent and cooking trends

from around the world, alongside their curiosity shop cum

general store. Here they share zesty, colourful dishes, perfect

for serving at a barbeque or garden party, which would be

equally at home at a casual dinner party or family lunch.

Charred Broccoli &

Fresh Green Salad

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 12 mins

• 200g tenderstem broccoli

• 2tsp cumin seeds, lightly toasted

• pinch of salt

• 180g runner beans

• 120g mangetout

• 200g frozen petit pois

• 170g fine French beans

for the dressing:

• 2 tbsp tahini

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 lemon juiced

• 2 tsp sumac

• 2 tsp honey

• crushed chilli flakes, to taste

• salt & pepper, to taste

1. Pre-heat oven to 200˚C. Split

broccoli stems and place on a

baking tray. Crush toasted cumin

seeds lightly with some salt and

sprinkle over broccoli with a

drizzle of olive oil and bake for

6-10 mins depending on size

of broccoli – you want a nice

black char around the edges. Let

broccoli cool in baking tray.

2. Blanch remaining veg in

boiling water for 2 mins, drain

immediately in cold water

until completely cooled and

place in a bowl of ice water.

3. Once all veg is cool, mix together

in a large bowl and scatter over

your serving plate or platter.

4. Mix all the dressing ingredients

together and add crushed chilli

flakes with salt and pepper to taste

– a cleaned screw top jar is the best

for this and the dressing will keep

in the fridge for a day or two.

5. Drizzle dressing over

veg and tuck in.



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Garlic Roasted

Romano Peppers

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 12 mins


• 4 red romano peppers

• 250g baby heritage tomatoes,

cut into 2 lengthways

• 250g baby plum tomatoes,

cut into 2 lengthways

• 1-2 red chillis, keep whole

• 2-4 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

• sprinkle of lemon thyme

• 1 lemon, cut into thin wedges

• glug of olive oil

• red wine vinegar

• capers

1. Pre-heat oven to 200˚C. Split

peppers in half including the stalk

(makes them more robust) and

clean out the seeds and white pith.

2. Place on a large roasting tray cut

side up. Pop inside your thinly

sliced garlic slices and then scatter

in the tomatoes and chilli(s).

3. Sprinkle over some fresh

lemon thyme and place in

your lemon wedges.

4. Drizzle with olive oil and pop in

the oven to roast. Keep an eye on

the peppers as they can turn very

quickly and go too soft, but 10-12

minutes should do the job – you

are looking for slightly charred

edges to all the veg and the lemon.

5. Take out of the oven and sprinkle

over some red wine vinegar

(to taste) and some capers.

6. You can take the peppers straight

to the table if you wish, or serve

warm or cold the next day.

Quick Flatbreads

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 16 mins

• 200g plain or wholemeal flour

• a twist of sea salt

• 110ml warm water

• 2 tbsp olive oil, plus

some for the pan

1. Place flour and salt into a

bowl and trickle the warm

water in whilst mixing – it’s

best to get stuck in with

your hands so you can feel

when it’s coming together

– then add the olive oil and

form it into a soft dough.

2. Kneed the dough for 5

minutes until smooth. Divide

the dough into 4 pieces and

roll each one out with a

rolling pin – I never worry

about the shape as flatbread

is meant to be artisan!

3. Heat a large frying pan and

wipe over with olive oil and

pop in your flatbead. It should

rise in bubbles which, in turn,

turn golden brown – about 2

minutes on each side. Keep

warm in foil until devoured.



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Mini Cherry

Bundt Cakes

Makes 10-12 mini bundt

Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

• 125ml whole milk

• 150g plain flour

• 125g caster sugar

• 2 large eggs

• 75g melted butter

• 1 tsp almond extract

• 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

• a good handful of fresh

cherries, de-stoned and cut

in half (reserve any juice

left from de-stoning)

• 175g icing sugar, for drizzle

1. Pre-heat oven to 170˚C.

Grease and flour mini bundt

tins and pop into the fridge.

2. Place flour and bicarbonate

of soda into a bowl and

stir in the sugar. Add eggs

into the middle with the

melted butter and almond

extract. Mix together and

then add the milk and

continue mixing until

the batter is smooth and

glossy. Add in the cherries

and give it a swirl.

3. Pour until ⅔ full into the

cold prepped tins making

sure all the mixture reaches

all corners of your bundt

tin. Give a little bang on

the work surface to even

out. Place in the oven for

12-15 minutes and check

with a skewer when cooked.

4. Cool on a wire rack in

their tins and then turn

out when cool enough to

handle. Mix icing sugar

with water or lemon or

even cherry juice (left from

de-stoning) until mix is

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After Morus rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’

won RHS Plant of the Year 2017,

Sue Whigham takes a look at the latest prizewinning

breeds coming to a nursery near you

Photos: RHS


four minute walk from Victoria Station takes you to

Eccleston Square, a wondrous three acre garden tended

by Roger Phillips for the past twenty-four years. Roger

is not only a long term resident of the square but a complete

plantsman and author of books like Trees in Britain, a well

thumbed reference book here, and Wild Flowers of Britain which

became an international bestseller. There were great wisterias

towering up into the trees as they would in the wild, a National

Collection of ceanothus and gorgeous roses, not normally

hardy in the UK, in full bloom. And this was in late spring.

But I digress, an added bonus was to meet a lady on this visit

whose last project, whilst working at RHS Wisley, was to get the

Plants for the Future initiative up and running. This project, set

up in 2014, encourages and advises non professional British plant

breeders in how to get new plants to the market. The idea is to

provide encouragement and information to anybody who might

have bred a new plant either intentionally or unintentionally

and who might want to bring it successfully to the commercial

market and to ‘support the horticultural industry as a whole’.

As well as showing you how to progress your ‘new plant’, the

initiative also gives you a comprehensive understanding of the

vital PBR or Plant Breeders’ Rights and how to apply for them.

These are a form of intellectual property rights which will give

you, as the breeder, exclusivity over the propagating of your new

variety as well as the marketing side of things. It’ll protect your

potential income from the plant for several years as long as you

register the plant within a year of it first coming to market.

I’ve had a good look at their pretty comprehensive website

which is well worth looking at if you tinker around in your

greenhouse cross fertilising plants or even if you find an

interesting seedling in a flower bed. I always hope that I

might find a hellebore that is unknown as the parent plant

produces so many little seedlings each season, none of them

resembling their parent, that surely there must be just one

little darling waiting to be discovered. Thompson & Morgan,

who have a huge plant breeding site outside Ipswich, tell

the story of a lady finding a primrose yellow foxglove in

her own garden with flowers emerging around the stem.

After some time finessing her one foxglove the plant finally

emerged as Digitalis ‘Primrose Carousel’ and was launched

onto the market some years later. So it can be done.

In less than a decade the Plant of the Year award, judged at

the RHS Chelsea Flower Show each spring has become arguably

the premier plant award. This year there were thirty-five entries

which were delivered to a closed room somewhere in the

showground by, I suspect, horribly nervous nurserymen and

growers. Just think what a difference winning this award must

make. Anyway, the thirty-five plants are then whittled down to

a short list of twenty which then go through to the final round.

These are then put on show in the Great Pavilion. On

the Monday, Press Day and the day of the annual Queen’s

visit, at precisely 11am the judging takes place. The judges

have to take into account whether the plant really is not only

new, but also innovative and likely to last the course rather

than become a ten minute wonder. The voting audience is

usually made up of the great and the good from all corners of

horticulture. By lunchtime it is all over and everyone knows

who the winner is. I don’t know whether there is a grand

announcement or whether word gets out by osmosis.

Last year’s winner was a rather lovely clematis, Clematis

Above: RHS Plant of the Year 2017, Dwarf mulberry bush, Morus rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’



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Above: Clematis koreana

‘Amber’ Right: The 21st

century mulberry, Morus

rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’,

grown by 89 year old Hajime

Matsunaga from Japan

koreana ‘Amber’ exhibited by Taylor’s Clematis. This year,

however, the award went to an ‘edible’ in the form of a dwarf

mulberry tree, Morus rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’ which has

been bred over many years by 89 year old Hajime Matsunaga

from Japan and was exhibited by the Horticultural Trades

Association in the Great Pavilion. I see that it is already for sale

and is described as a 21st century mulberry. Bearing in mind

that mulberries normally can take up to ten years to fruit, this

one, a cross between a white and a black, sounds miraculous.

Apart from being pretty dwarf and absolutely ideal for smaller

gardens and containers as it only gets to 150cm, it has a list of

attributes including being able to fruit on both old and new

wood, with a crop ripening in May on one-year-old plants and

going on right through until autumn. It is also self-pollinating.

What else? Yes, it produces delicious fruits which I’ve never seen

for sale in the shops. I think there’ll be a run on these plants.

The runner up this year was Salvia ‘Crystal Blue’ which

was exhibited on Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants stand at

the Show. This plant was spotted on a nursery in Michigan,

USA seven years ago growing amongst thousands of S.

‘Mainacht’. It was isolated and grown on whilst the breeders

anxiously waited to see if it would revert to being dark but

this didn’t happen and its distinctly branching habit and

exquisite pastel blue flowers obviously caught the eye of

the judges. I can’t wait to join the queue for this one.

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Some like it hot

Jo Arnell goes in search of exotic-looking plants that thrive in the great British weather

The garden can be a sultry place in August; it’s often warm

and humid, sometimes thundery, but (fingers crossed)

it can also be hot and dry. The light is different at the

end of the season and the fresh, clear colours of early summer

are softening and deepening. It’s time for a change of tone and

for richer, deeper hues. You could start small and just give your

houseplants a holiday, as many will appreciate a breath of fresh

air. Just be careful to put them somewhere shady and don’t forget

to bring them in before the weather starts to cool. For more

long-lasting impact there are some exotic looking, but surprisingly

hardy plants out there to ensure that even if we can’t get away

for a lush and steamy holiday, we can create a relaxing outdoor

space, even a little patch of tropical paradise. It is good to know

(especially for those of us in a permanent holiday mood) that we

can turn up the heat in the garden borders, whatever the weather.


Many of the large leaved, high impact plants come from areas of

high humidity (hence the large floppy leaves and big bold flowers

to attract tropical pollinators) and need plenty of moisture to keep

them looking good. Containers will need lots of watering and

borders will benefit from a deep, damp mulch of organic matter.

If the winter is frozen and wet there may be casualties, as these

plants are eking it out at the edges of their comfort zones. Cannas

and some Dahlias will need to be lifted and stored over the

winter somewhere frost-free, where they will wait in a dormant

state as they retreat into fleshy rhizomes for the colder months.

Unless you are able to offer protection to tender plants over the

winter it is best to stick with hardy plants that have a jungle look,

rather than dicing with the properly tropical. There are plenty of

lush and leafy plants that will look good all year round and many

spectacular flowers that will keep going until the first frosts.

Lush leaves

Plants that come from warm and humid places grow big floppy

leaves because they don’t have to conserve water. In general, plants

with big, lush leaves will not appreciate scorching, dry conditions

and will quickly frazzle if planted in poor, free-draining soil and

exposed to harsh sunlight. Many of them would be instantly killed

by the faintest touch of frost too, but there are some large leaved

plants that are able to withstand the worst of our weather without

much help. The castor oil plant, Fatsia japonica, with its big,

shiny, palm-shaped leaves will manage well in a shady corner. If

you have really damp soil, try Rheum palmatum (an ornamental

rhubarb), Rodgersia, or Ligularia for the lush, leafy look. If you

are looking for a sun-worshipper, then an architectural cardoon, or

artichoke will provide large-leaved impact. And for something that

puts up with almost any conditions, try a plume poppy (Macleaya

cordata) with big, beautifully sculpted leaves; but beware – mine

pops up (is this why they’re called poppies?) all over the place.

Exotic climbers and creepers

Vines are an essential part of a tropical theme, adding height

to the heat and helping to create a mini jungle. Climbers can

be trained on walls or fences to provide a backdrop, but they

can also work well when grown up supports or obelisks

Top row from left to right: Day Lily, Dahlias, Canna, Dahlias Bottom row from left to right: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Dahlias,

Colourful, lush borders like these need plenty of water to keep them looking good


Above: Plume poppy (Macleaya cordata)

within the border. If you want a really jungly look, they can

be left to scramble about through the borders, using the

other plants for support, or as trailing ground cover. Choose

perennials like Passion flowers (Passiflora), the Trumpet vine

(Campsis), or the deliciously scented Chocolate vine, Akebia

quinata. Some fast growing, tender climbers are grown as

annuals and once planted out (after the frosts have passed)

will race up their supports and flower by late summer. Try the

Cup and Saucer plant, Cobaea scandens, Black-eyed Susan

(Thunbergia alata) or Spanish Flag (Ipomoea lobata).

Annual impact

Tender annuals need to be sown under cover in early spring

and kept in a frost free place until it’s safe to plant them out

in the garden. They grow quickly – many will be flowering

by June and, because setting seed for the next generation is

their only aim in life, if regularly deadheaded they will keep

on flowering until the first frosts. Reliable favourites like

Cosmos (try a gorgeous bright pink one called C. ‘Dazzler’),

Tithonia, Antirrhinum and Nicotiana will ensure that any gaps

in the border will be packed full of colour for the summer.

Late summer dazzlers

Whites and pastels can look insipid and dull in the sunny parts

of the garden; the colour bleaches away and looks wishy-washy

in strong light. Perhaps it’s something to do with the change

in light at this time of the year, or the stillness of August, when

nothing seems to happen, that makes me want to shake things

up and cause a stir in the borders. Or is it the holiday mood/last

hurrah that makes me relax and enjoy the clash of hot colours

around now: a searing pink Dahlia next to a clear bright orange

Tithonia? Why not? Or lime green Nicotiana, even a bright

yellow daisy (‘surely not yellow?!’ I hear you cry) up against the

deep burgundy leaves of Cotinus coggygria, or Heuchera ‘Plum

Pudding’? Clashtastic! Dahlias, Fuchsias, Rudbeckias and Cosmos

will happily put on a carnival of colour and will last for ages if

deadheaded regularly. Jazz it up and let the brash blooms abound.

It is exciting playing with colours and leaf shapes,

whether that’s in the garden borders or a few containers

on the patio. Our seasons seem to be changing and the

summer and early autumn stays warm for longer now,

extending the time we can spend outside. So we can stay

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Feeling Bored?


Susan Elkin explains that, when it comes to school holidays, this isn’t necessarily such a negative


It’s the summer holidays – when we tell our children and

anyone else who cares that they get bored by the second day.

If it’s true, and I’m not convinced it is, then it’s a new thing.

I wasn’t a child who adored school. It was just something

you had to do. It was OK but I’d far rather have been

somewhere else: at the swimming bath with my friends,

playing in the park or curled up on my bed with a book

and a Mars bar, for example, as I did day after day during

the glorious holidays. Boredom was rarely an issue.

Today’s children, for all sorts of reasons – some spurious,

some driven by commerce and some very sensible – are less

independent than we were. And the loss of freedom to do

things unsupervised seems to have led, for some, to inertia and

boredom. And that, I think, is a very sad, pretty destructive thing.

On the other hand, it has led to the burgeoning of a wide

range of holiday activities for families who can afford them.

There is, for example, some sort of performing arts summer

school local to almost every child in the country – they’re run

by theatre venues, local branches of chains such as Stagecoach

and Theatretrain, drama schools and specialist organisations.

Typically participants work together for a week or a fortnight

learning skills and then present a mini-show for family and

friends. There are also US-style holiday camps, such as PGL,

where they can undertake activities including art, drama, sport

and more. Look out for entrepreneurial local independent

providers too. I recently interviewed the man who runs the

very successful Holiday Drop Off in south London – lots

of sport and happy children (and parents), it seems.

So the boredom-busting industry is alive and well. It’s

also doing a good childcare job – another relatively new

requirement now that in so many families, both parents

have to work. Although, unusually for my generation, my

parents both did too. We lived, literally, over the shop so

they were always around and able to keep half an eye on

us as we wandered through en route for a friend’s house or

the library for another half dozen books to gobble up.

Twenty-first century school holidays seem to be a matter

of “Time is something to be killed. Every minute must be

filled” as John Betjeman pithily put it. I think that if children

could only be left to their own devices just a little more

during the long summer break then they might be a) more

enterprising and imaginative than some of them are and b)

better refreshed for next term. Boredom can self-sort if it’s

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Weds 2 - Sun 6 Aug 10am - 3pm

Building B, Watchmoor Park,

Camberley GU15 3YL


Photography Exhibition

An exhibition of photographs

which stand as testament to urban

life, human ingenuity and the

challenges of modern life, staged

by The Photographic Angle.

Entry: Free


Mon 28 Aug – Sun 3 Sept

Denbies Wine Estate, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA


With works from oil painter, Julie

Bond, and ceramic artist, Faye

Mayo, this exhibition is designed to

evoke feeling in the observer. Bond’s

expressive style harnesses broad brush

strokes and inspiration pulled from

nature, creation and its inherent

power and beauty. Meanwhile Mayo’s

technique of leaving marks from the

making process hints at a sense of

fragility, creation and untold story

in her works on the female form.

Entry: Free


Children & Families

Mon 28 Aug

Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom

Downs, Epsom KT18 5LQ

Superheroes Return

Family Fun Day

Enjoy a day at the races that children

will love with plenty of superhero

themed activities including a

high rope assault course, zip wire,

bouncy castles, face-painting,

kids’ races and the Batmobile.

Entry: First 500 tickets £10, winner

package £22, under 18s free when

accompanied by an adult.

Info: 0344 579 3004 /


Fri 4 Aug

Pasha Café Bistro, 13 High Street,

Chobham, Woking GU24 8AD

Wine and Dine

Family run Café Bistro, Pasha, teams

up with Cellar Wines to create a

specially crafted taster menu of six

Turkish dishes, each with its own

wine selected to complement.

Info: 01483 610610 /

Sat 26 - Mon 28 Aug

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey,

East Molesey KT8 9AU

BBC Good Food’s Feast

Henry VIII’s magnificent palace plays

host to this fabulous celebration

of food and drink. Expect a great

selection of artisan producers, live

music, vendors with delicious street

food, book signings, children’s

activities and live demonstrations

from top chefs, cooks and bakers.



Weds 16 Aug 9.30am - 12.30pm

Hilltop Barn, Hilltop Farm, Staple

Lane, East Clandon GU4 7FP

Cut and Arrange

This workshop gives you the

chance to wander Plantpassion’s

inspiring flower farm, pick your

flowers and transform them

into an expert arrangement.

The workshop is suitable for

complete beginners upwards and

ensures a personal approach.

Entry: £55 including tuition,

refreshments and bouquet.


Sat 19 – Sun 20 Aug

10.15am – 5.15pm

RHS Garden Wisley Wisley

Lane, Woking, GU23 6QB

Carnivorous Plant Show

The fascinating carnivorous

plants of Wisley are yours for one

weekend. Discover the secrets of

how best to grow your own or

even buy some to bring a touch of

something different to your garden.

Entry: Normal Garden Admission


Summer Activities

Sat 22 July - Sun 3 Sept

Bocketts Farm, Young Street,

Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9BS

Summer Fun on the Farm

Meet the farm’s friendly residents

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What’s On In August

baby goat, foal and piglet feeding,

panning for gold and Water Wars.


Sat 12 Aug 7.30 - 10pm

River Wey and Godalming

Navigations and Dapdune Wharf,

Wharf Road, Guildford GU1 4RR

A night with the stars

Weather providing, this should be

the perfect night to view the Perseids

and count the shooting stars. Bring

along a comfy blanket and grab

your hot drink or some snacks and

you will be set for star spotting!

Entry: £5

Info: 01483 561389 /

Fri 18 - Sun 20 Aug 10am - 6pm

The Electric Theatre, Onslow

Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ


Guildford decorates the banks of the

River Wey with deck chairs, balloons

and lots and lots of sand to create

a makeshift pleasure beach right in

the middle of the town. Finish up a

shopping trip with candy floss, free

facepainting, giveaways and an old

fashioned Punch and Judy show.

Entry: Free



Thurs 3, Sun 6, Weds 9, Thurs

10, and Weds 30 Aug

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,

Guildford GU4 7RT

Summer Theatre

This summer Hatchlands Park is

treating visitors to a series of outdoor

summer plays on the mansion’s lawn

front. From the charming family

tale of Dogs Don’t Do Ballet on

Thursday 3 to Austen’s Northanger

Abbey on Wednesday 30, there is

something to suit any theatrical taste.



Tues 8 Aug 10am – 4pm

Box Hill, National Trust Property,

Tadworth, KT20 7LB

Photography: Landscapes

Learn to capture the breathtaking

landscapes of the Surrey countryside

with Matt Hill of Matt Hill

Landscape Photography. This one day

course is suitable for adults aged over

eighteen and most digital cameras

will be acceptable for use on the day.

Entry: SWT members £50,

non-members £55


Sat 13 Aug 11.30am – 2pm

Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere

Road, Albury GU5 9BW

Bake with Jack

A fantastic new cookery class with

local food hero, Jack. Learn to

bake and shape bread, make two of

Jack’s favourite breads and create

some delicious accompaniments.

Enjoy your creations with a

glass of Albury’s award-winning

sparkling wine for lunch.

Entry: £35


Tues 15 Aug 9am – 4pm

Denbies Hillside, Ranmore

Road, near Dorking RH5 6SR

Make a rustic

3-legged stool

Learn green woodworking techniques

including wood cleaving and using

a shave horse to create a rustic

stool or two for you to take home

and add to your home or garden.

Tea and Coffee are provided as

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you to make your own pizza in

the outdoor clay oven for lunch.

Entry: £45

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the beginning of a creative partnership between Jo and

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Jo’s stunning new chandelier designs

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane explores what’s in a name when it comes to bloodlines

When our holiday cottage

visitors wander around the

farm they always want to

know the names of the animals they meet

along the way. But truth be told most of

the stock on the farm – and certainly those

that will end up as Sunday lunch – don’t

have a name. So for the younger visitors

we sometimes make it up – Lucky, Stripy,

Spot... whatever. All good until they come

back another year and ask where they can

find Lucky, Stripy and Spot. But there’s

always another brown cow, spotty pig or

bottle fed lamb to serve as a doppelganger.

But we do have names

for all the pedigree stock

– that’s the cows, the bulls

and sometimes the rams. I

spend a great deal of time

contemplating blood lines

and potential suitors for our

herd of pedigree Sussex cows.

Luckily the names are predetermined

– the Coopers

pre-fix, followed by the

mother’s name and then a

number. Our female “lines” are Daffodil,

Snowdrop, Delia, Lofty Lily and Heedless

so among this year’s crop – which is how

farmers refer to a batch of calves – we

have Coopers Daffodil 17th and Coopers

Lofty Lily 10th. Some of the older herds

in the country, like the Petworth herd at,

well, Petworth were founded more than

200 years ago and their female lines are

now numbered well into the hundreds –

we’ve hardly got off the starting block!

“the names are


– the Coopers

pre-fix, followed

by the mother’s

name and then

a number”

To run a pedigree herd you breed and

keep your cows and then every three

years you buy a new bull to bring in

fresh genes. He “works” for three years

after which time he has to be sold on

because his daughters would then be old

enough to need a bull. And along comes

a new younger model. No comment. In

our time here we have had a Supreme,

a Major, a General, a Wellington and

now Gorgeous George who is more

correctly Regent 7th of Goldstone.

But George came three years ago so

when he has finished serving the cows

this summer it will be

time for him to move on

to pastures new and for

us to find a replacement.

But increasingly this is

a problem, for only five

or six Sussex herds breed

bulls – there’s a great deal

of time, effort and expense

involved – and the gene

pool is getting too small

for comfort. So another

option is to get new bull bloodlines by

crossing the cattle to another pedigree

breed – a Limousin, Angus or Shorthorn

say – and then take it from there.

How does that work? Well the first

generation cross is 50% Sussex and, say,

50% Angus and is referred to as an A. If

that A beast was bred with a pure Sussex

the next generation would be 75% Sussex,

B, and one more time and you’d have

one that was 87.5% Sussex and 12.5%

other, a C at which point it is considered

to be pure and can be registered in

the Sussex Herd Book. All good but

it takes about 10 years to get there.

But not everyone agrees with this cross

breeding. There is a core of breeders who

consider it vital to retain the original

Sussex bloodlines. It was back in 1840

that the lineage of Sussex cattle were

first recorded and the official Herd

Book was opened in 1879, so it’s not

difficult to trace back those animals that

have never had any “dodgy” ancestors

and can truly claim to be 100% pure.

And not surprisingly there aren’t many

of them. These are identified by an *

after their pedigree name, as opposed

to an A, B, C, D or E, and although

we don’t have any, I can quite see there

is a role going forward for both.

Genes, George, Generations….

plenty to think about as this

glorious hot summer continues.

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