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Maggie Alderson’s pick

of listed properties


Fill your diary with hand

picked events going on

around the Weald


Living accommodation

with a difference


Be inspired by John and

Anna’s arty vibe


Artworks inspired by the

beautiful outdoors









Warm up your living room

with our fireplace picks


Sleek, tailored fashion


Josephine Fairley reviews

the best beauty books


Alison Nixon spills her

health and beauty secrets



Keep your loved ones fighting

fit with advice from Julie Clark








Sue Whigham researches one of

our favourite British blooms


Experts talk us through the

legalities of property ownership


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Win a gin making experience for

two at Greensand Ridge Distillery


Jane Howard tends to the

Coopers Farm flock




Artist Karen Birchwood’s

Victorian cottage


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our edit of homewares




A trio of pork recipes

from Sissinghurst Pigs


Jo Arnell’s plants for late

summer colour

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An attractive Grade II Listed family house in a rural location with wonderful views over surrounding countryside

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms. Beautiful gardens and grounds with terraces, summerhouse, pond, paddock, detached timber

clad double garage and detached barn / second garage. In all about 2.9 acres.

Guide price: £650,000


An immaculate Grade II Listed period home in the heart of the village

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Three Bedrooms | Three Reception Rooms | Large Private Gardens

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Chart Sutton Guide Price £1,750,000

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Northiam Guide Price £1,150,000

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Collier Street Offers in Excess of £925,000

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bathroom, double garage and good size gardens.


Rye, East Sussex - £1,500,000

Immaculate 1920s house with southerly views. Reception hall,

drawing room, sitting room, study, conservatory, dining room,

kitchen, utility, pantry, 5 bedrooms, games room/bedroom 6.

Double garage. Workshop. Gardens approx 1 acre. EPC E

Greatstone, Kent - £1,100,000

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views. Entrance hall, two bedrooms with sea views and en

suite, 2 further bedrooms, utility/wet room, first floor open plan

living/dining/kitchen with large balcony. Gardens. Detached

garage. EPC C






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Rye, East Sussex - £465,000

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Making the Grade

Maggie Alderson takes a look at listed properties

It’s only now I’ve moved out of a house which was a Listed building that

I’ve realised quite what a privilege it was to live in one. And not just for the

bragging rights when filling in insurance forms and the like. Form: ‘Is it a

Listed building?’, Me (in my head): OH YES, MATEY.

Of course, Listed status doesn’t come without inconveniences. Even the humblest

of repairs has to be done using the appropriate materials and expert techniques,

or to put it another way, costs more. And there can be no cavalier pulling down

of walls in pursuit of the modern lifestyle ideal of the eat-in kitchen/family room,

which was why I left my adored Grade II Listed last year (1745, sob…).

It can even be difficult to remove 1980s plastic plug sockets and light switches, as a

friend of mine discovered when she was trying to renovate business premises in a Listed

building. There was much sucking of teeth by Conservation Officers before she was

allowed to replace them with more attractive ones, because they expressed the building’s

‘journey’ from its 16th century origins all the way to its current 21st century arrangement.

They had a point, of course. Later Victorians thought Gothic styles were much

more fabulous than restrained Georgian lines, so we’re lucky they didn’t rip out

all the curving staircases and Adam chimneypieces we love so much today, to put

in what they considered groovy.

Taste changes constantly, so we should be very thankful we have Historic England – the

body which governs the listing process – in place to preserve our architectural heritage

from the whims of fashion. Future generations will be grateful we Listed back-to-back

houses in Birmingham and mid-twentieth century office blocks in the City of London.

On a more personal level, I’ve come to understand that what makes the responsibilities

and restrictions of owning a Listed house worthwhile is the joy of living in a building

which has rare and unique character, a sense of history palpable in its very structure.

Here are four houses currently for sale with full Listed status.

1. Hollis Street

Where? Hollis Street Farm Barn is

surrounded by beautiful East Sussex

countryside in a quiet rural position, near

Ninfield village, five miles from Battle

with rail links to Charing Cross and

Cannon Street in around 1.5 hours.

What? A Grade II Listed barn

conversion formerly owned by the

pioneering architect Sir George Gilbert

Scott, famous for the Albert Memorial and

restoration of Westminster Abbey. With

parts of the house dating back to the 15th

century, it has been sensitively updated,

with an open plan kitchen/family room,

large drawing room and study, leading to a

further kitchen and two reception rooms,

which can be closed off as a self-contained

annexe or holiday let, with its own garden,

and staircase to two bedrooms and shower

room. The main house has three en suite

double bedrooms (one with Juliet balcony)

and two further bedrooms (seven in all,

including the annexe). The gardens are

beautifully landscaped, with a formal

walled garden to one side with lawned

area, mulberry tree, water feature and

paved seating area, orchard, greenhouse,

ten raised veg beds and space for chickens.

How much? Hollis Street Farm Barn

is listed at £875,000 with Freeman Forman

Call 01892 615757 and have a

look at freemanforman.co.uk









2. Prospect Cottage

Where? Prospect Cottage is located on

the northern edge of the village of Beckley,

two miles from the bigger village of

Northiam, equidistant between Tenterden

and Rye. Main-line rail services can be

accessed from Robertsbridge (8 miles)

taking approximately 1 hour 5 minutes

and 1 hour 20 minutes respectively.

What? A picture postcard pretty,

wisteria-clad, mellow brick and part tilehung

detached Grade II Listed period

Georgian cottage, with a “child’s drawing”

four-window facade. The interior is

gloriously light and airy. The ground

floor has a Shaker-style kitchen off the

dining room and a living room with an

adjoining garden room. Plus a cellar/

workshop. Upstairs are three bedrooms

and a bathroom, all set in very pretty

gardens with a gravel area to the front,

borders and a terrace to the rear.

How much? Prospect Cottage

is listed at £595,000 with Phillips

& Stubbs. Call 01797 227338 and

check out phillipsandstubbs.co.uk

3. Old Timbers

Where? Old Timbers is situated close

to the centre of the charming village

of Newenden on the Kent/East Sussex

border, which offers boat trips on the

River Rother and the picturesque steam

railway to Bodiam Castle. Tenterden is

seven miles, Staplehurst (London Bridge

in 53 minutes) is 12 miles and Ashford

International is 19. The house has views

over open farmland to the Rother.

What? A rare and historically

significant Grade II Listed weatherboarded

Wealden Hall House, dated approx. 1450,

built from old ship’s timbers and once a

Customs House as the Government coat

of arms on the King Charles fireback

attests. It’s beam-tastic and sits in tranquil

gardens. There is a large kitchen/dining

room, leading to the sitting room and

family room. Upstairs are five bedrooms,

the master en suite to a shower room

and a family bathroom. A substantial

adjacent annexe begs for conversion

(subject to planning permission).

How much? Old Timbers is on the

market with Weald Property, with an

asking price of £700,000. Call 01580

242700, browse wealdproperty.net

4. Wrangling Green

Where? Wrangling Green sits

in a beautiful rural location with

wonderful views over surrounding

countryside, on the outskirts of the

popular Wealden village of Brenchley.

Paddock Wood, just 3.5 miles away,

has excellent shopping facilities and

six trains to London at peak times.

What? An attractive Grade II Listed

part weatherboarded family house with

tile-hung elevations, believed to date

back to the 1500s with additions in the

1700s. It retains many period features

including exposed timbers, fireplaces

(including an inglenook) and leaded

light windows. The accommodation is

arranged over three floors and has well

laid out reception/entertaining space

plus wine cellar. There’s a lovely red

Aga in the kitchen. Three bedrooms,

one en suite and a family bathroom

on the first floor, a further bedroom

and study on the top floor. There is

also a summerhouse, with a sauna.

How much? Wrangling Green is

listed at £1,195,000 with Knight Frank,

Tunbridge Wells. Telephone 01892

882763 and look at knightfrank.co.uk

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technology doesn’t steal your attention

but earns it for all the right reasons.

Continuing our endeavours to create

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Bang & Olufsen

of Bexleyheath

155 Broadway,

Bexleyheath DA6 7EZ

Tel: 0208 303 2760



Bang & Olufsen

of Cambridge

29 Magdalene Street,

Cambridge CB3 0AF

Tel: 01223 464400



Bang & Olufsen


Freephone: 0808 231 0000



Bang & Olufsen

of Maidstone

37 Royal Star Arcade, High Street,

Maidstone, Kent ME14 1JL

Tel: 01622 756756



Bang & Olufsen

of Tunbridge Wells

66 Mount Pleasant Road,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RB

Tel: 01892 527525



Section of Fashionista

Clive has work exhibiting at the



8 th –17 th September





103a High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JN

www.just-ten.gallery clive@just-ten.gallery

M: 07738 715354 T: 01797 222213











TICKET OFFICE: 01322 220000

The new Capri range

Made in Italy and available in a stunning range of quality fabrics and leathers.

Sofa with chaise end unit, 265cm as pictured £1,795

Reduced to £1,435 in our Summer Sale

On show in our stunning Cross in Hand store along

with 20 room sets displayed over two floors.

Wealden House, Cross In Hand 01435 863921 116 South Street, Eastbourne 01323 722921







You know you have always wanted to own a Maserati. Now there is absolutely nothing

to hold you back. The Ghibli Diesel four door saloon is every inch a Maserati, featuring

a gorgeous, coupé-like silhouette, luxury leather interior and with its economical

yet potent diesel engine, 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, there are also plenty of

rational reasons to justify your decision.


Bircholt Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 9XY

Phone: 01622 616 424 | www.motorline.co.uk/maserati

Official fuel consumption figures for the Maserati Ghibli MY17 range in mpg (l/100 km): Urban 20.5

(13.8) - 36.7 (7.7), Extra Urban 39.8 (7.1) - 57.6 (4.9), Combined 29.4 (9.6) - 47.9 (5.9). CO 2 emissions

on combined cycle: 223 - 158 g/km. *Personal Contract Hire. Maserati Ghibli MY17 V6d 4dr Auto

(including mica paint at £660). Initial rental of £5,380, followed by 47 monthly rentals of £538, incl.

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registered between 01/07/17 and 30/09/17. Subject to status. Guarantees may be required. Ts&Cs

apply. Leasys, SL1 0WU. We work with a number of creditors including Leasys.

A Collective View

Karen Birchwood, Kate Schuricht, Marek Emczek Olszewski,

Tom Aylwin, Max Jacquard

9th September to 9th October

Open Thursday to Monday, 10am-5pm

West End House

Art Gallery

West End House, Water Lane, Smarden, Kent TN27 8QB • 01233 770261

www.west-end-house-gallery.co.uk • spike.pia@west-end-house-gallery.co.uk

Try something


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come curling

& love it!

Staff Outings

Entertaining Clients

Birthday Parties

find us on facebook & twitter

Christmas Parties

Stag & Hen Parties

Social Events

FUN on ice!


Dundale Farm, Dundale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9AQ • 01892 826004 • info@curlinginkent.co.uk • www.curlinginkent.co.uk

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Junior Coarse Fishing

Open daily from 10 - 5.

Fun for all ages.

No licence or experience necessary!

Rods and nets

available to hire and bait sold.

Waterside Café

Situated at Hawkhurst Fish Farm

Open 9 – 5 daily

Breakfast served from 9 -12.

Hawkhurst Fish Farm - Hastings Road - Hawkhurst - Kent - TN18 4RT - (01580) 753813

www.hawkhurstfishfarm.co.uk - info@hawkhurstfishfarm.co.uk

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Come and join us at The Ridge Golf Club, Chartway Street, Sutton Valence ME17 3JB

for our next open day showcasing the stunning Sailcloth Tent.

To make an enquiry please call 0800 999 5552

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Scioche ® , sliced in half

Fresh Raspberry

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Friends & Champagne


Spread the desired amount

of raspberry & rhubarb

compote onto slightly

warm Scioche ®

Gather friends together

pour the Champagne into

glasses to complete your

afternoon tea party!




Available from: Dobbies (Ashford & Gillingham) Gibsons Farm Shop (Wingham)

Ruxley Manor (Sidcup) Polhill Farm Shop (Sevenoaks) Jempsons (Peasmarsh)


14 September - 8 October






Royal Victoria Place Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2SR | 01892 516716


The Oak Glasshouse Company

We design & build oak sunrooms, oak kitchen

extensions, oak orangeries and garden offices.

Please phone or email to request a brochure,

07522 544158, email info@theoakglasshouse.co.uk


Summer holidays – the last straw?

Holidays, particularly long summer holidays, can put pressure on even the most

stable relationship, but if a relationship is already under strain, sadly they can

sometimes be the last straw. It is probably not surprising then that Relate reported a

9% increase in couples experiencing relationship difficulties during September 2016

and is expecting the trend to continue this year.

The stresses that a family Christmas

can put on a relationship are widely

recognised, but that longed-for

summer holiday in the sun can

be just as challenging. Spending

an extended period of time in

each other’s company can force

a couple to address financial or

other concerns which an otherwise

hectic lifestyle might allow them

to avoid. These pressures can

apply equally to married couples,

cohabiting couples and those in civil

partnerships and although dealing

with squabbling children probably

won’t help matters, couples

holidaying alone are by no means

guaranteed a stress-free time!

So what should a couple do if

they find themselves seriously

questioning their future? Deciding

to separate or divorce is one of

the most difficult and far-reaching

decisions a person can make, as it

affects not just their own life and

their partner’s, but also the lives

of those closest to them whom

they care deeply about. As family

lawyers, we know that couples who

consider counselling at this time are

often more able to cope sensitively

with the situation. We work closely

with local counsellors and can help

you to identify what help would

be best for you, as counselling is

available for individuals, couples

and whole families. Counselling

works alongside the legal process,

providing emotional support at what

can be such a difficult time when

decisions need to be made about

arrangements for children and

finances. A sensible first step is to

have a short meeting to get an idea

of the options available to you.

If you are experiencing difficulties

in your relationship and you would

like to talk to someone about

separation, divorce and children

arrangements please contact us on

T: 01892 510 222 or email: info@

bussmurton.co.uk and we will be

able to offer you a free 30-minute

no-obligation consultation.

Please quote ‘Wealden Times’.

Please get in touch with our Family team who will be happy to help.

Melanie den Brinker Margaret Evans Julie Taylor Kristy Underwood Lora Grogan

www.bussmurton.co.uk T: 01892 510 222


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Guest speaker, double

Olympic gold medallist,

Dame Kelly Holmes will

be talking on Saturday

about motivation, health

and mental health


Wellbeing Workshops

Live Kitchen


Fitness Station

Family Health


Food Market


FRIDAY 22nd & SATURDAY 23rd September 2017




Wonders of the Weald...

The Weald of Kent Handmade Fair gives one last salute to

summer as it blankets the landcape of Penshurst Place with its

marquees from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 September. Feast on hog

roast and handcrafted pizza and listen to the folksy music of

Crooked Style as you explore over 150 exhibitors. Meanwhile

children can join tailored workshops and demonstrations

or let loose with tree climbing and fair ground rides! Visit

thecraftshows.co.uk for more details and don’t forget to enter

‘OV05’ at ichfevents.co.uk to claim two for one on adult and

senior tickets giving access to one day!



Exhibitions & events

near you this month...

Starlit Cinema...

See big hits on big screens unlike any other. Hush

Heath’s award-winning pubs, The Goudhurst Inn

and The Tickled Trout are starting September with

starlit screenings on Friday 1 and Saturday 2. A

£20 ticket also includes a pizza or BBQ meal with

a drink and the mystery films will be revealed on

each pub’s social media so keep your eyes peeled,

and visit thegoudhurstinn.com or thetickledtrout.com

to find out more. Or if you can’t make that, Hush

Heath will also be running some lovely summer

evening vineyard tours on Thursday 14 and Friday

15 September (hushheath.com has details).

Friday Night Live...

Beats, bites and beers! Kick start your weekend with

The Barrow House’s live local music every other

Friday from Friday 1 September at 8pm in Egerton.

This month they will welcome Medway’s alternative

icon Kelly Stanley, Canterbury’s rising star of a

singer/ songwriter, Phoebe Warden, and the mustsee

Maidstone based duo, The Starks Brothers, who

mix Bluegrass, Folk and gangsta rap to create a

unique sound that is bound to get you on your feet.

Visit thebarrowhouse.co.uk for details.

Healthy Living...

The Secret Manor in Mabledon hosts this year’s

Health and Wellbeing Live, a two-day event on

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September focused on

spreading knowledge about health, both physical

and mental. To help visitors make positive changes

in their lives, there will be free health MOTs,

therapeutic spa treatments, nutritious cookery

demonstrations and an enlightening talk about

motivation and health from Dame Kelly Holmes.

Visit healthandwellbeinglive.co.uk for more info.

Pork Fest...

Visit Sissinghurst Pigs on Sunday 3 September for

free food tastings, garden games and a chance to

explore Crossways, home to their freerange rare

breeds. There will also be a bar serving local liquors

including Vine Ventures wine, Turners Cider,

Cellar Head Brewery beer, and Bardsley Farms’

apple juice. Entry is only £5, children are half

price, and comes with a hotdog, drink and an entry

into the raffle to win a Sissinghurst Pigs pork box.

To find out more visit sissinghurstpigs.co.uk. Turn to

our food feature this issue, from page 150, to see

some of their delicious pork recipes.

Prize Portrait...

The Beaney House of Art and knowledge offers the

chance to see a range of 57 exciting contemporary

portraits at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait

Prize 2016 exhibition. Explore a display of fascinating

stories told through the faces of models, friends and

family members as captured by gifted amateurs, young

talents and established professionals. The exhibition

closes on Sunday 29 October and has free admission

from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sundays

12pm to 5pm. Find out more at thebeaney.co.uk.

Wild Wedding...

Port Lympne is not only home to over 700 rare

and endangered animals, it is also the location of

Port Lympne Mansion, a grade II listed hotel with

fifteen acres of landscaped gardens and a quirky yet

luxurious style all of its own (see our fashion pages).

Sunday 10 September sees it open for a free Wedding

Fayre and open day – a great chance to meet industry

suppliers, save money with promotional offers and

collect a free goody bag and entrance into a prize

draw. Details at aspinallfoundation.org/portlympne.

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26, 27 and 28 October

A magical day for 7-12 year olds

See website for full details & tickets


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Cookery Courses ■ Chef’s Table ■ Private Parties

Corporate Events ■ Hosted Meetings ■ Children’s Courses

10% off all courses

during September and October*

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with ever-changing menus created by Michelin trained chefs

One Day & Weekend Cookery Courses

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on their Future

An outstanding school for boys and girls aged 3-18. At

Kent College we can help your child develop their skills

and talents

Come and see for yourself:

Senior School

Open Morning

Saturday 30th September

9.00am - 12.30pm

Sixth Form

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Tuesday 3rd October

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A selection from our inspiring autumn

programme, which includes some Saturdays

01732 352316



The Art of Friendship:

Ravilious and his Circle

Study Day Mon 25 September

10.00-16.00 £42

Partners in Art

5 weeks from Mon 6 November

10.30-12.30 £75

More Writing for Wellbeing

6 weeks from Mon 16 October

13.00-15.00 £120

Creative Writing:

Poetry – the end of the line?

Study Day Sat 18 November

10.00-16.00 £50

Love them, hate them? The Heroes

and Villains of Armchair Drama

Study morning Sat 11 November

10.00-13.00 £25

Cunning Regal Women:

English queens before Elizabeth I

5 weeks from Thurs 19 October

10.30-12.30 £75

Chaucer to Caxton:

Words! Words! … Print!

Study morning Tues 31 October

10.00-13.00 £25

The World of Oliver Cromwell

4 weeks from Thurs 23 November

11.00-13.00 £60

Simplifying Beer

Study morning Sat 25 November

10.00-13.00 £25

The Cambridge Spies

Study morning Sat 2 December

10.00-13.00 £25

The Jazz Age in Literature

6 weeks from Fri 6 October

10.30-12.30 £90

Ghosts and Vampires:

interpreting gothic literature

6 weeks from Thurs 12 October

10.30-12.30 £90

Platform 9¾:

full steam ahead for ‘Pottermania’

Study Day Sat 25 November

10.00-16.00 £42

How to listen to Antonio Vivaldi

and the Venetian Concerto

Study Day Sat 4 November

10.00-16.00 £42

University Centre Tonbridge,

Avebury Avenue, TN9 1TG

Just a few minutes walk from the railway

station and close to the High Street





Designed for anyone with the passion and

motivation to develop their knowledge at an

advanced level.

01732 352316




Applying Psychology in the

21st-century Workplace and


This course is offered twice:

4 weeks from Fri 3 Nov


Or 2 day course Sat 4 Nov and

Sat 18 Nov 10.00-15.00



Looking at Modern and

Contemporary Art and Art


6 weeks from Weds 1 Nov

11.00-13.00 £200


Writing Life: how to draw

inspiration from the world

around you to craft great stories

2 day course, Sat 14 Oct and

Sat 11 Nov 10.00-16.00 £170


Controversies and problems:

the Conquest to the


4 weeks from Tues 7 Nov

10.30-12.30 £135


African-American Writing

after 1960: From Civil rights

to Black Lives Matter

4 weeks from Weds 1 Nov

10.30-12.30 £135

University Centre Tonbridge,

Avebury Avenue, TN9 1TG

Just a few minutes walk from the railway

station and close to the High Street

+44 (0)1892 619721 www.krieder.com



Artworks play a key part in both of our house shoots

this month. The first, in a stunning waterside

location in Rye, is not so much a home, singular,

as a stylish complex of buildings for living that reflect

the owners’ exceptional eye for detail. The second, artist

Karen Birchwood’s beautiful cottage, has just undergone

extensive building works and now acts as a ‘gallery’ for her

and her fellow artists’ paintings, sculpture and pottery.

Art also takes centre stage for Helen Barton’s edit of sleek,

tailored fashion photographed against the stunning murals at

Port Lympne Hotel. Update your wardrobe from page 126.

Here in the Weald, we’re blessed to be surrounded by

artisan producers and we’re always keen to advocate shopping

local and free-range. Our recipes this month have been

created for us by the family behind Sissinghurst Pigs. Try

out Sally and Andy’s tasty rare breed pork for yourself with

tenderloin and roasted beetroot farrotto, Scotch eggs and

pulled pork with slaw. Believe me, they’re SO delicious!

It’s that time of year again – the endless sea of name tags to

be sewn in, and the new pencil cases to be restocked. If you’re

suffering from back-to-school blues, or are new to the area and

want to find out more about the wealth of schools on offer,

take a look at our Education Supplement for behind-the-scenes

info., chats with the staff and, for peace of mind, we find out

what’s being done to tackle the age-old problem of bullying.

Enjoy your Wealden Times!

Wealden Times Team

Editor ............................................................................................ Lucy Fleming

Editorial Assistant ........................................................................Rebecca Cuffe

Design .........................................................................................Powerful Pierre

Design Team ..............................................................................Anthony Boxall

Rob Cursons

Phoebe Gilbert

Tanya Goldsmith

Managing Director ........................................................................ Julie Simpson

Commercial Director ............................................................... Colin Wilkinson

Sales Team ................................................................................ Hayley Biddulph

Sarah Norwood

Nick Robinson

Distribution ....................................................................................... Kate Watts

Wealden Times Events Team

Sales Director ..................................................................................... Joy Adams

Show Director ................................................................................. Flo Simpson

Relationship at

breaking point?

The breakdown of any relationship can be very

distressing. Whitehead Monckton family lawyers

can help you through this stressful and painful time.

We offer sensitive, constructive and cost effective legal

advice. All our lawyers are experienced members

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A River Runs By It

Backing straight onto the River Rother with uninterrupted views across

the salt marshes, the unique collection of buildings that creative director

and film-maker John Carver and branding and personal curator Anna

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John and Anna’s creativity comes

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room, mixed in with some very

special photographs. Left: A Luke

Hannam painting hangs in the

sitting room Below: Glass doors lead

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Some houses are like the

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garage from the street…).

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over the boundary – Chandler’s

Reach is one of these.

The back view, visible from

the road in Rye, is of a cluster

of weather boarded buildings

painted a uniform matt black.

It looks chic enough, but the

minute you get through the

gate and take in the setting, the

only possible reaction is: wow!

The house, within a compound

of a garage/studio, guest cabin

and separate office building, backs

right onto the River Rother and

uninterrupted views across the salt

marshes, with their lush green grass

and thickets of vegetation. To the

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This page: Outside, there are two timber decks, both with tables and chairs to eat out on. The deck outside the guest cabin has an

outdoor ping pong table and an adjacent fire bowl, surrounded by tree trunk stools. For even closer river watching, there’s a large jetty

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sited oak trees, just around the river bend is the railway

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structure – and sitting on top of it all the characteristic

big sky of this marsh and marine landscape.

“You can walk all the way to Camber Sands from

here,” says John Carver, looking out across the view

with fond familiarity, “crossing only one road.”

Yet, it was the less outstanding rear view which first

caught the attention of John and Anna to the property.

“I drive around and notice things,” says John. “I’d seen

this place, it was on my radar, but we decided not to look

for anywhere to buy until our previous house was under

offer, or you’re wasting people’s time. Just after we found the

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This page: In contrast to the bedrooms, the dining room features

cladding running horizontally rather than vertically along the

internal walls. A life ring and vintage water skis allude to the

property’s river setting

market on the Thursday and we bought it on the Friday.”

But it’s not surprising they could immediately see the

potential of this house – the one they left for it started out

as a ‘knackered old bungalow’ and by the time they’d worked

their magic on it, was featured in several interiors magazines

and was in demand as a location for film and photo shoots.

“We bought it in 2007 as a weekender,” explains

John, “when we were still living in London. We thought

we’d just tart it up, but then we went a bit bonkers

and put in extensions and a swimming pool, so then

we loved it so much we thought, can we live here?

At first we kept our place in Primrose Hill, spending

weekends up there, but once Fin, our elder son, was in

school down here, we decided to move full time.”

So why did they move on from such a paradise?

“It was in the middle of nowhere with no fast internet

and now Fin’s a teenager it’s great to be somewhere he

can walk everywhere from, so we don’t have to drive,

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“The layout of the house is

the same as when we bought

it, but it’s re-purposed,

recommissioned and

reinvented,” says John. “It’s

made it hygge, cosy – our

previous house was more

sleek. We use all the rooms

here, whereas in that house we

had rooms we didn’t go in.”

schlepping up and down lanes in the car. In Rye he can walk

to the station, the cinema and the tennis club is next door

– although, of course, the river frontage was the thing…”

One glance round the garden shows how they’ve

made the most of it. There are two timber decks, both

with tables and chairs to eat out on. The one by the

main house has two sets of glass doors leading out to it

from the sitting room and dining area and is shaded by

a pergola with a mature vine – already in place when

they moved in – over a large L-shaped outdoor sofa.

The deck outside the guest cabin – the fourth building

along in the set of four, which they built from scratch

– has an outdoor ping pong table and an adjacent fire

bowl, surrounded by tree trunk stools. For even closer

river watching, there’s a large jetty at high tide level

(the Rother is a tidal river), although no boat.

“I try not to have things which break,” says John, in

what sounds like the wise voice of experience. “But we

have mates with speed boats, so we go out with them.”

If, with all these mentions of speed boats, ping pong,

tree trunks and fire bowls, Chandler’s Reach sounds like a

bit of a boy zone – you are not far off it. The interiors of

all four buildings continue the theme of man-toys, with

decorative features including vintage water skis, wooden

canoes, framed posters for Steve McQueen movies and

original art work for Ozzy Osbourne album covers.

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Above: The couple put in a new kitchen with large drawers – instead of cupboards – fronted with American barn oak.

The wood has been used to brilliant effect as facings on an off-the-peg kitchen, so it has a hand-built, rustic look

of John making all the decorative decisions, rather

a shared taste for that ultra cool aesthetic.

“It’s all collaborative,” says John.

“Anna and I do it all together.”

Which is not surprising for a couple from a background

of multiple creative disciplines. Anna’s company Cunning

specialises in highly imaginative ‘disruptive’ marketing

initiatives (she was responsible for Gail Porter being

projected on to the House of Commons, for FHM

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art projects. He has recently directed the world’s first

‘Selfie’ movie, a psychological thriller called Starvecrow.

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tiles on either side of the bed in the cabin.

“They’re from Emery et Cie in Belgium,” says Anna. “I

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they had them already made up as panels and thought

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This page: The guest cabin is home to a group of six striking

images that John created in collaboration with artist Luke

Hannam. John takes the black and white photographs, then

Luke paints over the top

they’re great and they’re the perfect size… John didn’t like

them at first, he would have chosen the white Metro tiles

we have in the bathrooms, but now he loves them.”

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bathroom walls are lined with an eclectic mix

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Above: A collection of vintage German

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Above: The landing. Scarves are tied onto the bannisters,

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of use,” says Anna. “You can empty the dishwasher

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drawers for all the plates are right next to it.”

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“The layout of the house is the same as when we

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Detail is clearly important to him. All the cupboards

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Above: More of John’s artworks, made in collaboration with

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Karen Birchwood’s Victorian cottage is familiar, I have

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with the porch. “We wanted to make an entrance,” Karen

smiles. “Previously, visitors walked straight into the kitchen,

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we also thought that it would be very expensive to build.” A

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really,” Karen explains. “I thought how amazing it would be

to move the kitchen and be able to see the garden through the

french doors, as it was such a dark and gloomy room where

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one was being built (what bliss). For a while they even had

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and we use the whole space a lot more now,” she says.

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Above: Glass dishes, cast from riverbeds by Max Jacquard, are on the dining table.

first Karen wasn’t sure that it would work. “I wanted clean

modern lines, but this is a Victorian house and I worried that

there would be a clash of styles,” says Karen. “But I didn’t like

any of the traditional ones that we saw. I remember being in

one place and the woman saying, ‘have what you want, it’s

your kitchen,’ which suddenly freed me up.” Karen then found

clarifying the look and feel that she wanted much easier. “I

didn’t want handles, I wanted a simple, streamlined shape.” In

the end they chose a German make; freestanding, but fitted –

apparently it is usual for Germans to take their kitchens with

them when they move, so the units are designed to come out

and be moved around. There are no cupboards and no wall

units; “I don’t like wall units,” she says unapologetically. Instead,

there are large drawers that are wonderfully deep and easy to

use, some of them ingeniously pulling out to reveal specialised

spaces for recycling and storage of bulky items and equipment.

Big changes are not new for Karen and her husband, Piano

expert David Manson. They relocated to the house from

Harrow around 14 years ago. Karen is originally from Kent, so

it seemed like a good place to move to, although both worked

in London. Karen was a textile designer. “When I had Dominic

I was able to work from home and then carried on, working

from this house once we came down here.” Inevitably though,

parts of the design process became computerised and Karen

found that the new practices took away some of the creativity

and spontaneity of the work. Also, she says “I got a bit tired of

re-inventing tartan.” She came to a conclusion; “I’m going to

give up textile design and become a painter,” she announced to

husband David. Perhaps there was an intake of breath, someone

sat down in a chair. It was a big decision, but one that has paid

off in many ways. Karen stopped travelling to London, was

able to fit her work around the needs of the family. She had

time to explore the local environment, gaining inspiration from

trips to the coast and surrounding countryside, visiting places

like Great Dixter, and Derek Jarman’s garden at Dungeness.

She held her first show back in 2008 at Handmade Frames

in Rolvenden. “The late great Micky Wilson framed the work.

I exhibited in the gallery there, then got accepted at the Rye

gallery and it went from there.” Karen now exhibits regularly

at West End House Gallery in Smarden amongst others, but

says, “I guess the house is my main gallery,” and has been

holding open studio events at home for several years, the

last two with fellow artist, ceramicist Kate Schuricht. “The

place that explains my work best is my home. My art reflects

my home and my home reflects my art,” she says succinctly.

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The loo is partitioned away from the bath area, making it

separate, but still part of the room

Open Studio events an imposition? “Not at all, I enjoy it!” she

says. “I also think that it helps people to see the art in a home;

seeing it in a gallery is different and it can be hard to visualise

the spaces.” Most of the walls downstairs are painted in Farrow

and Ball’s Strong White, but there is a tiny area downstairs with

beautiful, highly coloured wallpaper. It is a print from a tapestry

and has a textured look, corresponding well with the red wall

opposite. “I would go stronger elsewhere too,” she explains,

“but the artwork needs to go on plainer walls to be shown off

to good effect.” Every wall features Karen’s work, but because

the spaces are homely it doesn’t feel at all like an art gallery.

The smallest room downstairs is the room they call the snug.

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fits perfectly along one wall and on the other side of the room

is a sixties sideboard that the couple found in a skip back

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This page: The cool grey of Karen’s son’s room is broken up with framed photographs and prints and splashes of colour from his

mother’s paintings

in Harrow. The walls are panelled and there is a sweet little

fireplace, enhancing the warmth and ‘snugness’ of the room.

We head upstairs and a pale blue light washes down,

bringing an uplifting and serene feeling to the climb, as

if we are heading into a coastal sky. Up on the landing,

the artworks are coloured with gorgeously calming blues

and greens. “These are my colours,” she says, adding, “I

do like a bit of turquoise.” The soft, sea coloured scheme

is particularly effective in the bathroom, where shells and

beach finds are beautifully assembled on various surfaces.

The bathroom is spacious – and this is partly due to the

ingenious way that the lavatory is partitioned away from the

bath area, making it separate, but still part of the room.

All the bedrooms are decorated in quiet ocean shades.

Gone are the children’s murals and daughter Gabby’s pink

and purple colour scheme, now that everyone is grown up.

In the master bedroom it is easy to spot which side of the

bed is Karen’s. There’s a carefully arranged collection of

treasures – like a memory corner, reminders of her travels

and of loved people. The dressing table was from her

grandmother and was originally a writing desk. “All these

little things are just objects that I love,” she says. “I love

little dolls.” The two latest are puppets brought back from

a recent trip to India. “Collecting these things is a way of

bringing the memories along with you,” she says wistfully.

At the top of the house is Karen’s office space and a

workroom. This was where her studio was when the children

were little, but it was not ideal, especially as her paintings tend

to be large and hard to manoeuvre and she had to keep taking

them up and down stairs to look at them properly. They bought

the field next to them some ten years ago and the stable in the

field was an obvious place for her studio. “It’s quite important

to have the studio away from the house,” she says, “as I come

away from the house and the domestic chores.” She pauses, then

says, “It’s sometimes hard to leave the studio and go back to the

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This page: In the master bedroom, carefully arranged collections

of treasures remind Karen of her travels and of loved people

and fabulous colour from late summer perennials. “I guess

we’ve done a lot to the house, but we’ve actually done more to

the garden,” she says. “There were just a couple of shrubs in it

when we first moved here.” There is a division of labour – of

sorts. “David does vegetables in the polytunnel. I do the rest.”

Back downstairs and we are in the room that was once the

kitchen, which has been turned into a sleek, but comfortable

sitting room and been given a monochrome makeover. The

simple, clean look makes the room look bigger and highlights

objects and art pieces in the room. My eye is immediately

drawn to a pair of Kate Schuricht’s stunning ceramics by the

wood burner. A large walnut cabinet in the corner of the room

contrasts with the monochrome. It was inherited from an aunt

“and actually this was the only place in the house where it

would go.” Just as well, because it looks – and fits – perfectly.

Memory and a response to the experiences of a place is a

key part of Karen’s paintings. Life is a series of experiences

that pass and are often lost. Memories shift and swirl in our

minds, settling for an instant and then moving on. Karen

catches these moments in her work, creating dreamy memoryscapes

of remembered views; the countryside, coast and

her own garden. “A lot of my work is memory based; I’m

trying to create an impression of the view, a remembrance

of the light and the landscape, the way the wind moved

so that the paintings take on a dreamy wistful feel.”

As the house has evolved and changed, so Karen’s art

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This page: Daughter Gabby has ditched the fucshia pink walls in favour of a

soft mint green

is taking on a new shape. “I don’t look back

really, I like to try new things. The painting I’m

currently working on is always my favourite

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that I love most.” Currently there are influences

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garden. “It’s quite important to have the studio away from

the house,” she says, “as I come away from the house and the

domestic chores.”

End House and suggest a group show.” They have brought

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Jasmee (Left) and Hanae (Right) I-Bride Trays, £85 each, Newtons Furniture, newtonsfurniture.co.uk

Arthouse Alchemy Bouquet High Gloss Canvas, £40, Arthouse, arthouse.com

Diana Bust, £115, The French Bedroom Co, frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

Petals Dusty Pink Decorative Bowl Large, £49, be&liv, beandliv.com

Metal Silver Sitting Stag Ornament, £12.95, Melody Maison, melodymaison.co.uk

Pippa Canvas, £20, Arthouse, arthouse.com

Large Silver Angel Wing on Stand, £32.95, Melody Maison, melodymaison.co.uk

Antique Black Coral Cage Vase Small, £199, Artisanti, artisanti.com

Blenheim Fireplace In Limestone, £995, The Old Cinema, theoldcinema.co.uk

Natural Cowhide Rug, £225, Puji, puji.com


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Style your fireplace pretty with

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Photographs: David Merewether

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Model: Claire

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silver loafers, £80, Vagabond vagabond.com

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10 Feet

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Weekend Maxmara

Faesite trousers, £189,

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Browse the new Autumn/Winter 2017

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Luisa Cerano velvet jacket, £480, trousers, £290, pleated top, £199, Courtyard,

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Second Female floral print

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Part Two


Understated womenswear

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Join us for a glass of bubbly


Saturday 16th September’17

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Weekend Maxmara Rosalba

jacket, £269, matching Mincio

trousers, £165, Dafne blouse,

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Wells fenwick.co.uk; black heels,

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WT would like to say a

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us to use their beautiful

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Josephine Fairley handpicks the latest must-have beauty books

When my co-author Sarah Stacey and I first approached

publishers with an idea for a beauty book, 22 years ago,

we were told: ‘Nobody reads beauty books.’ We had a

hunch they would – if those books mentioned products by name,

rather than saying ‘use A mascara’, or ‘apply AN eye cream…’ We

knew that what women wanted was names named – and so our

modus operandi became to send real products to real women to try.

Sine then, to date 28,000 women have taken part in the trials for

our books – making it the largest-ever independent consumer study of

beauty products ever carried out, anywhere in the world. Our testers try

real products – everything goes to groups of 10 women, hand-picked

for their shared beauty ‘challenges’: everything from ‘miracle creams’

to foundations, via fake tan, deodorant and body butters etc. They

then report back (with extraordinary consistency) on their findings.

(Bottom line? Something either works, or it doesn’t.) We’ve flowed

those results into our books, alongside wisdom we’ve gleaned from the

world’s leading beauty experts over what are now very long careers. And

you know what? Those books have been read by millions of women.

Since we first launched The Beauty Bible, though, there have been many,

many other really useful – actually, invaluable – beauty books published.

Notwithstanding the rise of the YouTube vlogger and Instagram minivideos,

at the end of a weary day the last thing many women want to do is

sit down and stare at a screen. Which means a book is still a fantastic way

to absorb information. So: aside from Sarah’s and my Beauty Bible series

(the most recent of which is The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible), here’s what

I’d suggest you stock your beauty bookshelf with. The reality? Women

do – and should – read beauty books. If they’re good. And these all are…

Facepaint: The Story of Makeup, by Lisa Eldridge (ABRAMS Image,

£18.99). Talking of YouTube followers, Lisa Eldridge has millions – but

she’s also written a really fascinating book which isn’t a make-up ‘how-to’,

but a really authoritative, riveting look at the history of make-up – going

back thousands of years. It’s a subject that has fascinated Lisa her whole

career, and in the early 1990s she began collecting vintage make-up –

much of which is photographed for the pages of her book: covetable

compacts, beautiful blusher pots, snaps of Mary Quant products which

take us right back. She looks at ‘Makeup Muses’ from Elizabeth Siddall –

the Pre-Raphaelite artists’ model – right through to Twiggy, Elizabeth

Taylor and Grace Jones. There are glorious vintage ads, Egyptian

wall paintings and a nod to kabuki – and so, so very much more.

Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful, by Bobbi Brown, £19.99 (Chronicle

Books). Bobbi may have stepped down from heading up the make-up

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empire which bears her name,

but she’ll continue to write

books (and is involved with

other exciting new ventures –

including stunning eyewear). This is

probably my favourite of the many she’s written: a celebration

of her philosophy, featuring page after page of amazing

before-and-after photos – which demonstrate the power of

make-up to (as she puts it) ‘make you look like yourself, only

prettier’. The book features these women’s stories, and wisdom

– but it also shares Bobbi’s all-important make-up wisdom

(including the brilliant 10-Step Beauty Make-up Basics).

The Make-up Manual, by Lisa Potter-Dixon, £14.99

(Ryland Peters & Small). I’ve probably never laughed so much

in a make-up artist’s presence as with Lisa, who’s much in

demand for photo shoots, catwalk shows – and is the Benefit

Cosmetics go-to spokesperson for beauty wisdom. Already

the author of one bestseller – Easy on the Eyes, a brilliant guide

to everything you need to know about creating impactful

eyes – Lisa’s second volume is The Make-Up Manual. This

clearly laid-out hardback is packed with beauty advice for

brows, eyes, skin, lips, wedding make-up and more – and one

of the things I love about it is that although every woman

photographed looks downright fabulous, not a single image

has been retouched. You’ll find out about Lisa’s favourite

tools and tricks – and read step-by-steps for creating

wearable looks for real women like us, not supermodels.

(Though Lisa’s made up her fair share of famous faces.)

Love Your Skin, by Abigail James, £20 (Kyle Books).

Abigail is one of London’s go-to facialists. Actually, her

clients fly from all over the globe for one of her extraordinary

hands-on treatments – and having experienced her ‘magic

hands’, I’m so not surprised. This book covers everything

from eating for healthy skin to her facial massage

techniques (and the oils to use), as well as her wisdom

on tackling skin challenges from spots to age spots via

lines, wrinkles and sagging. There’s decade-by-decade

lifestyle advice, too, for a lifetime of glowing skin.

The Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty,

The Gift of Time and the Power of Putting Your Best Face

Forward, by Trish McEvoy, £20 (Harper Wave). Trish

McEvoy’s been around for as long as Bobbi – and truly

deserves to be as well-known on this side of the pond.

She’s now written a truly brilliant book, packed with

brilliant and easy-to-follow how-tos, but also with Trish’s

philosophy of beauty. As Trish crystallises it: ‘This book

is about you. Begin to view your makeup routine as an

indispensable component of self-care – right alongside

those other requisite practices like exercise and healthy

eating.’ Which chimes entirely with my own philosophy:

not to be looks-obsessed, but to turn to make-up as a

form of TLC – and a confidence-booster, all in one.

Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion,

by Sali Hughes, £22 (Fourth

Estate). Sali comes from the

same place as I do, beautywise:

doesn’t buy into the hype,

isn’t afraid to tell the truth – and

understands what real women


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Are you suffering from

any of these symptoms?

Tired, Low libido, struggling with your weight, hot flushes, Sleeping difficulties,

Mood swings, Depression, Anxiety, Loss of concentration, Memory Loss, Dry skin?

We all know when something just doesn’t feel right. And

as we age (and by age I mean from our 30s onwards)

we just don’t feel quite as well as we did when we were

20 – we are more tired, we ache and we find it harder

to maintain a lean body weight. And that’s without

mentioning the unavoidable massive hormone shift that

we all have to go through. Everyone has heard of the

menopause and the problems women endure whilst

going through it. The Andropause – the male equivalent

– is now well recognised, but not well treated.

“It Must Be My Hormones”

Dr Sophie Shotter, Medical Director of Illuminate

Skin Clinic in Kings Hill, is passionate about helping

people to age well inside and out. “Achieving an

optimal hormone balance is crucial to how our body

works, and is something that mainstream medicine

is not yet doing well enough”. Many people have

been put off using HRT because of the reports of

health problems associated with it – breast cancer

for women and heart attacks for men. At Illuminate

Skin Clinic, Dr Sophie prescribes Bioidentical Hormone

Replacement. These hormones are derived from plants

and are biologically virtually identical to our own.

Whilst we do measure blood levels, we are most

guided by what our patients tell us they are

feeling.” Dr Sophie then sends a unique prescription

to a specialist pharmacy, who are extremely

experienced in blending these unique products. A

combination of tablets, lozenges and creams may

be used to optimise your individual balance.

The benefits of optimal hormone balance are

far-reaching. At Illuminate Skin Clinic, Dr Sophie’s

ethos is all about making people feel their best

inside and out. With hormonal treatments the

benefits extend far beyond what her patients feel

initially. Optimisation of an individual’s hormone

status can help to prevent osteoporosis, break

down plaque that has built up inside arteries, and

decrease the risks of many cancers. Dr Sophie

says “This is what I call preventative medicine,

and is where I believe the future lies. Preventing

problems is far better for people than patching

them up once a problem has occurred”.

A thorough consultation is essential so that

Dr Sophie can understand what symptoms you

are currently experiencing. She says “Every person

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our aim here is to improve someone’s symptoms.

If you’d like to know more about

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please contact Illuminate Skin Clinic on

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Dr Sophie Shotter, Medical Director

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want to know about beauty. Over and above that, she

worked for many years as a professional make-up artist and

so has a true insider’s perspective on everything relating

to ‘slap’. In this book she does a great job of demystifying

the beauty industry, packed with nitty-gritty wisdom on

everything from salon etiquette to the difference between

dry and dehydrated skin. And if you enjoy this, you might

want to check out her second book, Prety Iconic: A Personal

Look at the Beauty Products that Changed the World, £26

(Fourth Estate), in which she explores her relationship

with some of the world’s classic beauty products, from

Johnson’s Baby Lotion to Simple face wipes. (NB If a

product becomes a classic, in a world when most cosmetics

come and go, you can bet it’s worth at least trying out.)

Visit beautybible.com to subscribe to Beauty Bible

BUZZ, a weekly email that keeps you up to date

with prize draws, beauty news and much more.



Lara Haynes from

Darling & Wild

talks us through

her favourite bridal

bouquet trend

The current trend I

am noticing is brides

requesting natural and

unstructured bouquets

using seasonal flowers. I

am delighted to see a move

towards seasonal blooms

and source mainly English

flowers for this style of

bouquet. Here I used

fabulous scented garden

roses including Romantic

Antique, Juliet and

Margaret Merrill with trails

of garden honeysuckle

and jasmine, dainty wind

flowers, dahlias and fluffy

alchemilla mollis. The pop

of deeper colour provides

contrast that really makes

the peaches and pinks

sing and the scent was

amazing – which I also

think is very important.

Darling & Wild

Tunbridge Wells 01892 614851


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Slide into September

Wealden Times talks to health and wellbeing coach, Alison Nixon

Health & Beauty

Pumpkin seeds: FreeImages.com/Michael Stocks

Do you have a beauty

regime? I absolutely do and

it starts on the inside with

nutrition and hydration.

I consider that paying

attention to what I consume

is a part of taking care of my

physical appearance. When

your insides are good, your

outsides show it. My beauty

regime starts when I wake up

in the morning by drinking

1 litre of filter water with a

couple of squeezes of lemon.

When Maidstone-based Erin

Neelands couldn’t find a

deodorant made from natural,

organic ingredients, which

didn’t leave a residue and also

worked effectively, she created

her own. Erin’s Lemon Creme

Underarm Balm is made

from organic products, locally

sourced wherever possible,

This helps to replenish my

body after fasting for eight

hours and helps to get rid of

waste products. After my run

with Benji (my Labradoodle)

I usually shower and wash my

face with TrueScience beauty

products and scrub up with

my favourite Cowshed Wild

Cow Invigorating Bath and

Shower Gel. Throughout

the day, I focus on keeping

hydrated as much as possible

and make sure that I fuel

my body with nutritious

food. I believe that the

healthier the food you

eat the more vibrant and

glowing you look and feel!

Do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

without? I wouldn’t be

able to live without my

TrueScience anti-ageing

cream. It moisturises and

revitalises my skin, makes

it feel really smooth and

has a gorgeous zesty smell

that is really uplifting!

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I am a big

believer in regular manicures,

pedicures and having my

hair washed and blow dried

(I have a lot of hair so to get

someone to wash and dry

it is a real treat). However,

my ultimate pampering treat

is a daily self-care practice

Lemon Creme Underarm Balm

which haven’t been tested on

animals. Apply a small amount

of the balm with fingertips

to the underarms after your

morning shower and smell

lemony fresh all day long.

Lemon Creme Underarm Balm

costs £7 for a standard 70ml

pot or £3.50 for 30ml gift size.


which I believe keeps me

in balance and is crucial to

my health and happiness.

My top three self-care

tips are: ● Carve out time

in your day just for you…

to CARE for you! I like to

go for a walk with my dog

and to listen to my favourite

podcasts. ● Enjoy a luxurious

bubble bath ● Laugh – there

is nothing better than a

good belly laugh. Call a

friend or surround yourself

with people who lift your

spirits and help you enjoy

life. Sometimes we can take

life too seriously when we

just need to laugh and live.

Who’s your style icon? I

don’t really have a style icon

but when I’m shopping I

usually go for stylish workout

clothes and, for dressier items,

I tend to lean more towards

classic contemporary designs.

Alison was named Health

Coach of the Year at the Kent

Health & Beauty Awards

in June. She is trained in

nutrition, coaching, NLP

and hypnotherapy and works

with her clients to help them

find the healthiest versions

of themselves. Her goal is to

inspire and educate people to

achieve optimal health and

wellbeing. alisonnixon.com



A pumpkin is not just for

Halloween! They are good

for so much more than

trick-or-treat lanterns or tasty

autumn soups: the seeds are

also nutritious powerhouses,

packed full of vitamins,

minerals and healthy fats.

The green, shell-free seeds are

inexpensive and easy to find

in the supermarket but it’s

also simple to save seeds from

a pumpkin, once the flesh

has been used for cooking:

With a spoon, scrape the

seeds from the pumpkin,

pull away the stringy flesh

and rinse the seeds clean in

water. Spread the seeds on

a clean tea towel and pat

dry. Place on to a baking

tray, glug a tablespoon of

olive oil over the dried seeds

and sprinkle with sea salt

(try customising by adding

a pinch of smoked paprika

or chilli flakes). Using your

hands, mix the seeds, oil

and spices and spread flat

on the baking sheet. Bake at

180˚C/gas 4 for around 10

minutes or until the seeds

are golden. Cool and store

in an airtight container..

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Healthy Eating

for the family

We asked nutritionist Julie Clark for her top 7 tips for

helping children to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

With childhood illness on the rise, and 1 in 4 children

classified as overweight at the start of primary

school, here are some simple steps to ensure

children are protected from these curses of modern living.

Breakfast - Unfortunately, most breakfast cereals aimed at

children will give them nearly half or more of their daily

intake of sugar. They also lack protein needed for growth

and development and the essential fats needed for the brain,

immune system, skin and more. Try to shake things up in

the morning. There is more to breakfast than sugary cereals

and toast and jam, opt for peanut butter on wholemeal

toast or add boiled or poached eggs for added protein.

Packed lunches - The average packed lunch is high in sugar

and devoid of many nutrients. Ditch fruit flavoured yoghurts,

crisps and cereal bars and swap plain sandwiches for wholemeal

wraps (spread a little hummus inside), or mini wholemeal pitta

breads. Crackers are also a good bread alternative. Look up

‘yumbox’ for excellent lunch box suggestions that include all

elements of the food groups. Always include some fresh veg

and fruit and try adding pumpkin seeds with raisins or making

some homemade cereal bars or energy balls. Be aware that

most schools have a nut-free policy so check ingredients. Visit

my website to download the free e-book with ideas on how to

increase nutrients and conform to the allergy-free policies.

Drinks - Get your child to drink more water. If you make

no other change but this, it will make a huge difference. We

are made up of nearly 70% water and our bodies function

much better when we are properly hydrated. Ban fizzy

drinks, dilute fruit juice and drink squashes only on special

occasions. The king of the drinks is definitely water!

Snacks - When I’m reviewing a family’s food diary, this is the

area that usually needs the most work. Snacks are notoriously

high in sugar and bad fats. First, establish set times for snacks

and establish that they are necessary. If your child is refusing

to eat at mealtime, start by looking at their snacks. The

Change4Life initiative is excellent for helping with ideas and

again, download my free guide to children’s snacks (see below).

Eat together - Study after study reinforces the fact that eating

together, as a family, can have the biggest impact on health. Try

to sit down and eat as a family as often as you can, without any

distraction – no TV, no phones, tablets etc. Use this time to

discuss your day. The evidence is that families who eat together

not only increase their health statistics but also their results at

school! Doing a ‘help yourself’ meal can be incredibly good for

the ‘picky’ eaters. Provide a meal where your children can serve

themselves. This helps to regulate their appetite. My children love

to serve up a chilli with tacos plus salad, cheese and hummus.

Lead by example - Your children will mimic you and learn

from you. You HAVE to lead by example. It’s that easy!

One step at a time - Don’t get overwhelmed, start with one

ingredient, one meal at a time. The best way to make long

term changes is to take things at a steady pace and not to try

and do everything at once. We are all busy and the person

providing the meals in your family has a huge responsibility.

Draw up a weekly meal plan, share the jobs and take it slowly.

Julie Clark is a Kent based Registered Nutritional Therapist

specialising in children’s health. She is author of the book

Baby Led Weaning Step by Step, contributor to Mother

& Baby Magazine and a BabyCentre expert. You can

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Here are some suggestions from Julie’s e-book,

Snacks, 25 Healthy After-School Snacks.

Soup in a Cup: especially on a cold day, coming home to a warm

mug of soup is a great way to super boost your child’s intake of

nutrients. I make roasted sweet potato soup with red peppers and

red onions. The colour is appealing and it’s full of antioxidants

Sliced Banana Sprinkled with Cinnamon and Pumpkin

Seeds: this snack is packed full of great nutrients like zinc

for the immune system and essential fats for the brain

Carrot Sticks with Hummus: the hummus is full of fibre, protein and

good fats while the carrots are a great source of vitamins

Medjool Dates with Cashew Butter: remove the stone

from a medjool date and spoon in some cashew nut butter.

This snack is full of minerals like calcium and good fats.

Homemade Lollies: you can hide all sorts of foods

in an ice lolly! Try making a smoothie with some

berries, banana, natural yogurt, mixed seeds,

coconut milk and spinach. Blitz in a blender

until smooth and add to lolly moulds.

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Scotch Egg

Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 10 mins

For the egg

• 1 free range hen’s egg

• 100g free range

sausage meat per

scotch egg

For the coating:

• 1tbsp plain flour

• ½ tsp sweet paprika

• 1 free range egg,


• Panko bread crumbs

1. Soft boil a hen’s egg for 4mins 30secs (this

time differs depending on how fresh the

egg is), transfer straight to an ice bath for

at least 15mins. Very carefully peel.

2. Place the sausage meat in your hand and

flatten it, put the egg in the centre and bring

the sausage meat over it to cover fully.


• A plate with 1tbsp plain flour

and ½ tsp sweet paprika

• A bowl with 1 free range egg, whisked

• A bowl with Panko bread crumbs

1. Roll the sausage meat ball in the

flour mix and compact.

2. Dip and cover the ball in the egg wash.

3. Transfer and cover in breadcrumbs.

4. Double dip – repeat egg wash

and breadcrumbing.

To cook:

1. Heat some vegetable oil to 180°C to deep

fry. Add the Scotch egg using a slotted spoon

and maintain temperature at 170°C.

2. Turn/move Scotch egg regularly

and cook for 5mins.

3. Remove from oil and leave to cool on wire

rack. If needing to reheat, place cold Scotch

egg in oven at 180°C for 10mins.

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Pulled Pork Roll with Slaw

Serves 10-12 Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 8 hours

For the Rub for Shoulder, per kilo of pork:

• 1tsp sweet paprika

• 4tsp dark Muscovado sugar

• ½ tsp crystal salt (ground)

For the Slaw:

• ¼ medium white cabbage, finely sliced

• ¼ medium red cabbage, finely sliced

• 2 medium carrots, grated

• 1tbsp mayonnaise

• ½ tbsp salad cream

• ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce

• apple juice or cider

• brioche buns

1. Cover the shoulder in the rub and place in a pot,

rind up, with a well fitting lid. Add an inch of apple

juice or cider to the pot. Cook in the oven at 140°C

for 8 hours. Remove from oven and let cool.

2. Once cooled remove the pork from the

bones and any un-rendered fat.

3. Pour the cooking liquor into a glass bowl/jug

and refrigerate for a couple of hours to solidify

the orange fat. Once solid, spoon off the fat so

that just the dark cooking liquid remains.

4. When ready to serve the pulled pork, heat the cooking

jus and pour over the pork. Cover with foil or a

lid and place in an oven at 180°C for 10mins.

5. Mix together the mayonnaise, salad cream and

Worcestershire sauce and combine with the veg.

6. To serve, lightly toast a brioche bun and

pile with pulled pork and slaw.

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Serves 4 Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 1 hour 20 mins

• 400-500g free range pork


• 2 medium beetroot

• 2 tbsp pomegranate


• salt & pepper to season

• 200g spelt

• 120ml chicken stock (or

veg stock)

• grated Parmesan, to serve

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Clean and top the beets and

bake for 30+mins depending on size (they should

be soft inside when stabbed with a skewer).

2. Once cooled, peel and roughly

chop and place in a bowl.

3. Season with salt and pepper, add pomegranate

molasses and toss until all covered.

4. Bring a pan of water to boil with 1 tbsp of salt and add

spelt and boil for 20mins so tender but not cooked.

5. Put the spelt into an ice bath.

6. Heat a pan with chicken stock, add spelt, beets, and

cook until the chicken stock is nearly absorbed.

7. Once cooked, season and add Parmesan.

8. Fry the tenderloin in a hot, dry frying

pan until the outside is browned.

9. Let the tenderloin rest and slice.

10. Serve with the farrotto.


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The show can go on!

Jo Arnell looks into glorious late summer colour

Late summer and the gardening should be easy. There are still

plenty of flowers around, joined now by grasses, seedheads and

fruits. It could all be peachy out there, but equally it could

all be over, or at best, be looking a little careworn and scrappy. I’m

always full of enthusiasm back in the spring and the garden centres

are stocked with plants that are about to flower. It can be hard to

find late flowering plants – and the end of the summer is a distant

thought. Many gardens are, or just end up being at their flowery best

in June when all the cottage garden lovelies are in full swing – and

then they seem to pack up and the garden reverts to green (perhaps

speckled with some ubiquitous orange Crocosmia) – just when we

are spending lots of time outside. Our autumns are getting longer

and warmer too, so we could be enjoying the garden for months

yet. If you’d like to be surrounded by colour until Christmas,

there are masses of good plants to choose from for a late display

– and ways of prolonging the show into autumn and beyond.

Daisy daisy

Daisies are a big group of plants in the Asteraceae family and

each flower is actually a collection of tiny flowers, which is why

they are so popular with butterflies and bees; lots of nectar can be

accessed from one place, saving flying time. The flower heads make

convenient landing platforms too, with their wide centres and

sturdy stems. The daisies that bloom in late summer and autumn

are the Rudbeckias, Echinaceas, Asters and Heleniums. The range

of colours are suitably sultry, verging on autumnal – shades of dusky

pink, mellow oranges, russet and mahogany, with splashes of

Keeping the show on the road

• Deadhead regularly to stop flowers going

to seed and the plants thinking that their

job is done. This is especially important

with annuals like Cosmos and Nicotiana,

as they only live for one season.

• Feed container plants as the food in the

compost only lasts for 6 weeks. Fertiliser high

in Potash will keep the flowers coming.

• Try to choose plants that have a good

overall shape, interesting foliage, berries

or stems to continue the interest into

winter, even just those that ‘die’ gracefully

will bring something extra to the party.

• Help the soil retain moisture and

prevent weeds growing by applying

a mulch in the spring.

• Choose plants that flower for a long period

– Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Verbena bonariensis

and Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ flower

continuously from June until the frosts.

• Check flowering times when buying

plants and make sure there are plenty

of late bloomers in your basket…

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blue from the asters. Many have long lasting seed-heads too,

so once the flowers have finished they persist as silhouettes.

Gorgeous grasses

Ornamental grasses come into their own in late summer,

sending up feathery plumes or shimmery seed heads. They

bring movement and an airy lightness that will lift a planting

scheme. Use shorter varieties at the front of the border – try

the irresistibly tactile Stipa tenuissima or showy Pennisetums

with delicate bottlebrush flowers. For a see-through curtain

in the middle of a border use Molinia ‘Transparent’, or

Panicum virgatum. Calamagrostis ‘Carl Foerster’ flowers

earlier in the summer, but looks great in autumn and winter,

standing tall and golden through the worst of the weather. I

often use larger grasses, such as Miscanthus sinensis as shrub

substitutes (and that’s easier typed than said), to provide a

contrast to the blocky ‘pudding’ shapes that evergreen shrubs

often have. There is a grass for every situation – they can be

shade tolerant or sun loving, dry or damp soil. They have

become welcome friends in the garden, performing nearly

all year, but at their graceful best in the early autumn.

Late season border boosters

We’ve talked about daisies, but we needn’t live by those alone,

as there are lots of other flowering perennials that will help to

provide a summer colour finale. Many of them complement

the grasses really well too and often have either a good overall

shape or structure, seed heads or other attribute that helps them

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Sedum flowers are also bee

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It is slightly shrubby, dying back in a hard winter, but

keeping its shape and size in milder conditions. Another

blue flowering ‘shrublet’ is Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ or Russian

sage. Reminiscent of Lavender and Rosemary, Perovskia

should be grown in similar sunny, free-draining situations.

There are several clump-forming perennials that will

make a dynamic sweep of late colour when planted among

grasses: Eupatorium maculatum (John Pye-weed) is a

tall, rangy plant beloved of butterflies, Persicaria is low

growing, but both will romp about, forming large thickets

if left to their own devices. Almost daisy-like, but more

suited to a shadier part of the garden, is the airy looking

Japanese anemone or windflower, Anemone × hybrida

‘Honorine Jobert’. This is a tall plant with white flowers

on wiry stems that has a stoloniferous, spreading habit.

Better behaved, but just as generous with their flowers are

Penstemons, Salvias, Phlox and Monardas, all available in a

range of colours and all good late summer border stalwarts,

especially if given the ‘Chelsea Chop’ (cutting the whole plant

back by a third at the end of May). This is done to stop them

getting too leggy and flopping over just as the flowers appear.

Dahlias and Chrysanthemums are firmly back in favour too,

clashing their way through the borders with retro charm, like

seventies disco divas. Remember that most are not completely

hardy, so will need protection through the winter.

Late flowering shrubs

Hydrangeas are hugely fashionable again and there are

lots of impressive new varieties around. The flowers

(actually they’re not flowers, but bracts) persist for

a long time, fading to rust, lime green or deep red,

depending on the cultivar. Abelia grandiflora is an easygoing

semi-evergreen (loses leaves in a harsh winter),

which has both flowers – in pale pink – and longlasting

bracts, in a contrasting autumnal shade of rusty

red. Lower growing and tidy-natured is a demure little

deciduous shrub, Caryopteris, which has grey-green

foliage and pale cerulean blue flowers. It prefers a sunny

position, but will put up with semi-shade, making it

a useful, quiet member of the late border team.

The garden in late summer has a lot to offer, but the

days are noticeably shortening: mornings and evenings

are cool and the rate of growth has slowed. There aren’t

too many pressing tasks – apart from perhaps deadheading

and watering, trimming a hedge or cutting

the grass if you’re feeling energetic. Much better

though – and while there’s still time and sunshine – is

to sit back and watch the bees and butterflies flitting

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Sue Whigham takes a look at the fragrant world of Lavandula

Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of

forty-seven known species of flowering plants in

the mint family, Lamiaceae, and surely must be one

of the best known and versatile plants in the world.

I expect most of you know and have visited Winchelsea.

I find the sun seems to shine on me on every visit there,

and what a good place it is to see lavender. Quite a few of

the houses have it growing profusely in narrow beds outside

their gardens, perfect for us passers-by to enjoy and a couple

of months ago when the Winchelsea gardens were open

it was in full bloom. There’s an enchanting combination

of a low growing pale pink rose, name unknown, valerian

and a particularly floaty lavender (Old English?) outside a

white house which I admire every year. It’s such a charming

planting and one day I must knock on the door and find out

more about the rose, let alone the lavender. I noticed today

that the rose is still blooming, albeit in a rather desultory

way, but the lavender is, for this year anyway, over.

And it was interesting to read Christopher Lloyd’s

comments about lavender in The Well-Tempered Garden.

He gardened on heavy clay at Great Dixter, not of course

the perfect medium for lavender, and whilst he was happy

enough to grow L. ‘Hidcote’ and favoured the silvery non

hardy Llanata, he described lavender plants as ‘cherished

eyesores’. He had a point in that from August to the following

May, most lavenders, if not all, don’t really do much except

of course they can, if pruned after flowering, make neat grey

mounds which aren’t unattractive. But he’s right to say that

they die off in dribs and drabs but never quite enough for you

to give up and say ‘enough is enough’ and to rip the plant out,

never to be replaced. Having said that, the lavender that edged

his paths in the Peacock Garden were eventually consigned

to the compost heap and replaced by low hedges of a rather

underused plant, Aster lateriflorus ‘Horizontalis’ which flowers

in September. But when lavender is in full flower, I think

that the combination of an intoxicating scent and charming,

pollinator friendly flowers, make them an essential ingredient

of any garden whether it be formal or cottagey in style.

Where would you grow lavender and what are its needs?

The first thing is SUN and lots of it, and the second, most

vital element, is a well drained soil. Lavender is happiest

on neutral to alkaline soil although the French lavender, L.

stoechas (Mediterranean) does grow in the wild on an acid

soil. Castle Farm nr. Sevenoaks diversified into lavender on

part of their farm in the late 1990s as they had the perfect

conditions to grow the plant i.e. a slightly alkaline soil

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and sunny, free draining slopes on the North Downs. They

conduct guided tours from the end of June to late July/

early August – the end of the season is rather weather

dependent and varies from year to year. They grow Lavandula

angustifolia ‘Folgate’ for a variety of uses including kiln

dried decorative cut bunches and for soothing lavender oils.

Back in 1998 they bought three plants of a French variety

of lavender called L. ‘Maillette’ which by the following year

they had micro propagated into 24,000 plants and which

has a particularly strong and beautiful scent and they also

grow Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’ for its lavandin oil.

95% of the lavender grown in France is lavandin which is

a strong growing hybrid cross intermedia and which also

has a very distinctive scent, 10/12% of which is camphor.

Lavandin oil therefore has totally different properties

to lavender oil in that it is definitely not soothing and

sleep inducing but rather a stimulant. It is excellent for

combating drowsiness, perfect for deterring mosquitoes

and ideal for warding off the ubiquitous clothes moth.

Lavenders thrive on a lighter, more alkaline soil but if you

are desperate to grow it and your soil is pretty acidic, you can

raise the pH by adding lime in the spring, a handful per square

metre would help. However, I sometimes wonder whether it

is best to cut your losses and stick to plants that flourish in

the conditions you can provide. You know, this thing about

‘right plant, right place’. But if you are set on growing it, you

could also add grit to the planting hole and plant on a slight

mound. What will surely kill off lavender is wet winter and

soggy soil. Lavender is a good candidate for pots

– just use a soilless medium like John Innes No

1 or 2, add some grit and a bit of slow release

fertiliser and you should be alright. Half hardy

varieties need little or no watering between,

say, November and the following February and

would appreciate being sheltered away from

the winter elements during that time.

We are so lucky to have Downderry

Nursery so near. Have you ever seen

their astounding displays of lavenders

at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show?

Downderry hold National Collections

for both lavandula and

rosmarinus and it is possible to visit there to both learn about

the history of and the uses for lavender. And of course their

collection of usual and unusual varieties is huge. I’ve asked

them for advice on which variety to plant in the past and not

only are they particularly helpful, they can usually provide

the plants too. There are so many interesting varieties to

choose from as well as some less usual which, more often

than not, are tender. L. canariensis is particularly choice

and as the name suggests, it comes from the Canary Islands.

It combines a lacy foliage with sapphire blue flowers.

The Mediterranean lavender, L. stoechas, comes in

all sorts of forms and if kept dead headed, has a long

flowering period. I found twenty-five different varieties

listed on a nursery website the other day. The scent of L.

stoechas is rather different to that of the L. angustifolia

varieties and the shape too. Its main flowering season

is May and the plant has curiously square heads with

its petals lined up on the corners of the square. This

arrangement is crowned with a tuft of bracts on the top.

Finally, should you want to propagate lavender, you can

really do it any time during the growing season but the

optimum month would probably be September. Take cuttings

just below a node, dip them in a rooting compound and pop

them into a gritty compost or horticultural sand. You can

just keep a bucket of hort. sand somewhere in the garden and

pop cuttings in it when you have a mind. Just water them

in and keep them sheltered – in a cold frame or something

similar if you have one. You’ll know whether they have worked

when they start making shoots the following summer.

Downderry Nursery. Hadlow, Tonbridge, TN11 9SW

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The Hop Shop at Castle Farm, Redman’s

Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 7UB

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interesting garden plants.

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6 Design team

How technological advances are affecting the way

Design & Technology is taught in the classroom

11 The wonderful world of WACI

Toby Payne-Cook, Head of Science at Marlborough

House School, discusses the Weald Award for

Creativity and Innovation

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We go behind the scenes to explore school sports

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S e v e n o a k s K e n t

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Open Morning

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and a whole host of new learning opportunities.

We kick start this month’s Education Supplement

with a look at the hands-on design & technology

departments at Downsend Prep, Cranleigh School

and St Edmund’s School Canterbury to see how

they’re inspiring the next generation of designers.

Keeping with the cutting-edge theme, Toby

Payne-Cook, Head of Science at Marlborough

House School, discusses the new Weald Award

for Creativity and Innovation on page 11.

Encouraging children to be active with a plethora

of sporty choices, five schools from across the South

East talk to us about the most popular choices

and the world of opportunity that taking part

in a sport opens up, read on from page 17.

Behavioural issues in schools can be a very tricky subject

to tackle, but, as we find out, a comprehensive set of

strategies to deal with bullying and to make sure that

students are fully supported are in place to ensure that

schools maintain an open and nurturing environment

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WT chats to Downsend Prep, Cranleigh School and St Edmund’s School

Canterbury about current school projects and the technological advances

that are affecting the way Design & Technology is taught in the classroom

Beth Day, Head of Design & Technology,

Downsend Prep School, Surrey

What projects have you been

working on recently with pupils?

Through our well-equipped workshop,

textiles studio and food technology

room Downsend children acquire

basic design skills and knowledge

across all three areas. Working with

a full mix of materials, food, CAD

and our laser cutter, the children

are involved in a range of projects

including moving monsters, lunar

buggies, woven fish, bird hides, fabric

postcards, an acrylic clock, a microbit

game, and a teenage bedroom design.

How do you encourage pupils to

find inspiration for their creations?

Inspiration can be drawn from

personal experiences such as

favourite holiday memories for

hand embroidered postcards in

Year 4, to favourite book characters

that inspire a marionette puppet

in Year 6. Exploring the traditions

of different cultures broadens

our pupils’ historical knowledge

and is a great source of design

inspiration e.g. Native American

tipis and dreamcatchers.

Do boys and girls get

equally as involved?

Yes they do because we specifically

develop projects to generate their

interest and enthusiasm regardless of

gender. Increasingly, we incorporate

elements of CAD as results are

instantly visible and accurate. By

combining a full range of ‘compliant

and resistant materials’ in our projects,

all the interests of the children are

captured, they are excited to be

involved and find new talents.

What skills do you feel that Design

& Technology helps to develop?

Design and Technology develops

practical and creative skills and builds

resilience and perseverance. Projects

raise awareness of the properties of a



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Jon Taylor

Head of Design Engineering,

Cranleigh School, Surrey

What projects have you been

working on recently with pupils?

We’ve been incorporating

programmable electronics and

mechanisms with our senior pupils,

including architectural models and

solutions to hydration for armed

forces serving in harsh climates.

One pupil was shortlisted for

the National Triumph Design

Awards for his working prototype

of a High-End Automated Watch

display. We’ve also been involved

with robotics and racing drones.

How do you encourage

pupils to find inspiration

for their creations?

Alongside providing briefs for

product design, and introducing

pupils to new concepts such as

robotics and drones, we encourage

them to read widely on the

subject and provide inspirational

environments to work in. We have

a new electronics lab, the ability to

produce circuit boards and several

3D printers, all in a calm and

creative Design Engineering block.

Do boys and girls get

equally as involved?

Design Engineering appeals to

both genders. Overall we are

range of materials, an understanding of

sustainability and the impact we have

on our world. Children are taught

to be resourceful and are encouraged

to take design risks, learning from

mistakes equally as from successes.

How do you keep up to speed

with new technologies?

Personally, I am a member of

numerous Facebook groups that

raise and discuss developments

in the curriculum. I also follow

Science, Engineering and

Technology feeds with articles of

cutting edge developments. CPD

courses are immensely informative

in developing new and viable

project ideas for the classroom.


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seeing a marked increase in the

number of pupils taking the

subject, and we expect numbers

to continue to rise as this year we

are hosting a number of national

qualifying events for both racing

drone and robotics competitions.

What skills do you feel

that Design & Technology

helps to develop?

Design is a unique subject that will

constantly evolve and respond to the

technological developments of the

outside world. It is a subject where

not only pupils will be learning

new skills; as Design teachers we

continually update and develop our

own skillsets to be able to respond

to, and deliver, a cutting edge

curriculum. There is always more

than one solution to a problem and

every pupil is capable of producing

their own unique concept.

How do you keep up to speed

with new technologies?

The introduction of topics such as

electronics, mechanisms, Computer

Aided Design (CAD) and 3D

Printing in the Fourth Form has

exposed our pupils to the latest

advancements in technology

and provides an insight into the

recently reformed GCSE and A

Level specifications, which came

into play in September 2017.


Marie Florence, Head of Design & Technology,

St Edmund’s School Canterbury, Kent

What projects have you been

working on recently with pupils?

This year saw the inaugural St Edmund’s

Festival and an opportunity to address

a real life design brief: a Mad Hatter’s

Tea Party for 95 guests! Pupils from all

year groups were involved in the design

and manufacture of flamingo croquet

sets, everything ‘Alice’ and our Leiths

students catered the entire event.

How do you encourage pupils to

find inspiration for their creations?

Every pupil has different interests, likes

and dislikes and they are encouraged

to explore all avenues. Each year we get

our GCSE and A Level students actively

involved in London Design Week which

proves hugely beneficial as it takes place

in September and so forms a fantastic

springboard for design inspiration.

Do boys and girls get equally

as involved? Absolutely!

What skills do you feel that Design

& Technology helps to develop?

There is a myriad of skills delivered

through this subject. Above all,

Design & Technology fosters

the ability to think creatively.

Creative thought is necessary to

solve problems that arise from new

technologies and indeed everyday

experiences. Being able to think

creatively is an essential life skill.

How do you keep up to speed

with new technologies?

Belonging to a vast range of Design

& Technology based forums keeps

me up to date with technological

advances in many areas. However,

our students have curious minds

and are always keen to explore

things that they have seen online,

on TV or even just wondered

about. Learning never stops.


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The wonderful

world of WACI

Toby Payne-Cook, Head of Science at Marlborough House School, discusses the Weald Award for Creativity and Innovation

Jobs that exist today may not exist tomorrow and as

paths to careers become less linear and the workplace

demands increasingly broader skillsets, I am conscious

of my responsibility as a teacher, to help prepare children for

this exciting yet uncertain world beyond the school gates.

Over the last 30 years, computers have advanced

exponentially, with infinitely superior processing capacity to

our own and although the Internet and social media seem

to have taken over our world, they have enabled us to share

more ideas, with more people, more often than ever before...

So imagine what the world might be like in 2047! Science

and Business need the most nimble thinkers to navigate the

complex ethics and technologies in a fast changing world

and it is important that our children develop life skills that

will enable them to not only navigate change, but thrive

as a result. So in conversation with colleagues, the idea for

The Weald Award for Creativity and Innovation (WACI)

was born, and with it, an opportunity for us to identify

and nurture a new generation of creative young minds.

Before becoming a teacher, I spent seventeen years as a

scientist in industry. Six of those were spent developing

chemical products and a further ten years developing

medicines and new drug delivery technologies for Pfizer. My

time in industry taught me the importance of collaboration,

curiosity and creativity in product development. Utilising

state of the art technology, these three virtues helped me, and

many of the brilliant people I have worked with to develop

innovative solutions to real world challenges. The launch

of this competition has enabled me to bring more of this

kind of knowledge and experience to the classroom, where

children are both curious and often sufficiently confident

to try out new ideas with no, or very little fear of failure.

WACI was piloted at Marlborough House School in 2016

with the help of a high calibre panel of judges, which included

a biochemist, an architect, an artist and a world-leading remote

sensing scientist who has pioneered satellite-mapping techniques

and worked for NASA. Just being in the same room as the

panel felt like being bombarded with twenty billion rapidly

firing, interwoven neurons; with no one field of expertise

dominating but all united in finding and being inspired by

young creative minds. From the outset, the children involved

were eager to use their imagination powers to conjure up and

develop a host of innovative solutions to every day challenges.

From a lifesaving wristband for dementia sufferers to a rewards

scheme to incentivise exercise in ‘green parks’; and from making

a cup of high quality filter coffee using hand sewn coffee

bags, to explaining how cochlear implants could help people

with hearing impairments – it was clear that the competition

had the power to not only inspire creativity, but also prompt

children to view the world from a different perspective.

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There is no theme or remit for WACI competition

entrants. The only criteria is that children must be

in Year 7 at school; that they must come up with a

creative idea, place it in context, and communicate it

well. It is not a research prize, nor a public speaking

award but an opportunity for children to apply

their powers of logic and creativity to develop an

original idea, solve a problem or simply improve

an existing product, process or organisation.

Continuing with a prize fund of £1000, the

competition was opened up this year to children

from local state and private schools. The winning

innovation came from a pupil at Bethany School

who built a prototype “Toilet Super System”,

including a turbine designed using a 3D printer, to

generate electricity by harnessing the wasted energy

from flushing a loo. While a large cash prize is a

significant incentive, the most impressive candidates

also received an eye-opening, experiential prize. On

a school trip like no other, 13 children this year had

a guided tour of an architectural ‘grand design’ in

Goudhurst, courtesy of the architect himself and

a visit to the COOK kitchens in Sittingbourne to

understand how a simple creative idea could grow into

a business with a turnover of £52 million. A behind

the scenes glimpse of scientific innovation at work

in the Pfizer development laboratories left many of

the children wide-eyed with wonder as they got to

grips with the scale and cost of the drug development

process... and I took a trip down memory lane!

Throughout my career in industry and education,

I have seen that when you dedicate more time to

developing creativity and the imagination, innovative

ideas are born and problems can be overcome.

Our ambition for WACI, is to involve even more

companies and sponsors in coming years but most

importantly, encourage more children to imagine,

wonder, explore, play, build, question and take a

risk in pursuit of an original idea. In doing so, they

too could become curious enough to discover the

art of creative and collaborative problem solving;

a life skill that I believe will stand the test of time

and enable the next generation to always view a

world of change, as a world of opportunity.


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Fun & Games

WT speaks to five schools from across the South East to find out more about the sporting opportunities on offer

Photo courtesy of Cranbrook School, Kent

Manor House School, Bookham, Surrey

What variety of sports are available? The students at Manor

House School are taught Netball, Hockey, Cross Country,

Gymnastics, Swimming, Rounders, Tennis, and Athletics both

in lessons and as extra curricular activities and school teams.

We also offer Dance, Zumba, Fitness, Football,

Volleyball, Handball, Basketball, Table Tennis,

Lacrosse, Touch Rugby and Badminton.

Is there anything out of the ordinary that pupils can try?

The older girls are allowed to play ultimate Frisbee,

Handball and Lacrosse. Manor House has just started

running Triathlons and this is open to all ages.

In the summer term some of the girls had golf lessons

from coaches at Tyrrells Wood golf club; they could

well run again next year if the interest continues.

What proves to be most popular? Netball, Hockey, Athletics,

Rounders, Gymnastics, Cross Country, Tennis and Swimming

are the most popular. The girls get the chance to play each

other and against many local schools. We offer coaching as

well as matches in order to develop skills and match play.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/matches

both locally and abroad? Girls from Year 3-11 have

the opportunity to take part in matches and they

generally travel up to half an hour. On occasion we do go

further afield; for example we had girls in the National

Preparatory Schools Athletics finals in Birmingham.

We are currently looking into offering sports tours abroad.

How can skills developed through participating in

sports transfer to other areas of academic life?

Participating in sport gives the girls a sense of

achievement, which can raise their self-esteem. We

have seen their school work and relationships improve

many times due to the increased confidence they have

gained from being successful or achieving in sport.

Our girls are always encouraged to have fun and

enjoy sport regardless of ability. They leave us happy

which sets them up for their next lesson.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle?

All of the girls at Manor House School are encouraged to join

in the lessons, whatever their age or ability, as a result we have

very few girls who do not want to be part of the buzz in sport.

We talk a lot about how sport helps a healthy lifestyle as being

active helps the brain and develops social skills. In fitness we

discuss how sports help keep a healthy mind and body and

we focus on getting our heart, lungs and muscles strong.

For more information about Manor House’s extra-curricular

clubs provision and how to apply for an individual sports

scholarship see manorhouseschool.org/admissions

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The Mead School, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

What variety of sports are available? At The Mead we offer a

huge range of sports – from field sports such as tag rugby, football

and hockey to athletics including high and long jump, shot

put, javelin and sprinting. We play netball and do rollerblading

on the school playground and take part in judo, gymnastics,

trampolining and co-ordination and agility exercises in our

school gym. In the summer children enjoy rounders, cricket and

tennis. All children from Reception age go swimming every week

and our Year 6 pupils often achieve their 3000 metres badges –

proof that regular, consistent swimming can really get results.

Is there anything out of the ordinary that pupils can try?

There are many opportunities to try all sorts of different

sports here at The Mead. These include our annual

activity water-sports holidays where the children can try

sailing, kayaking, keel-boating and yachting. Another

favourite is The Mead annual family ski-trip with skiing

and snowboarding on offer. In Year 6 students get

the chance to learn windsurfing at Bewl Water Reservoir.

What proves to be the most popular? All sports are very

popular amongst Mead pupils but perhaps unsurprisingly

football and netball are the favourites. Recently circuits in the

gym has also become very popular with both boys and girls.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/ matches both

locally and abroad? Our Mead sports teams regularly get

the opportunity to travel to fixtures at local venues and other

independent schools and we make use of the fantastic Bayham

Sports Ground for our larger sporting events. The Mead is an

active member of the Independent Schools Association and our

sports teams participate in the ISA national and regional sports

competitions throughout the school year, with consistent success at

final stages and a recent win at the ISA South U11 Rugby Festival.

How can skills be developed through participating

in sports transfer to other areas of academic life?

Sport gives fundamental life skills. Learning to lose. Learning

to win. Playing as a team and sharing glory and defeat.

Respecting the opposition, the referee, the history, representing

your school with pride. Learning that life is as much about

play as it is work and there is no better feeling than running at

your fastest speed, pushing yourself to your physical limit and

feeling truly alive. Sport builds confidence, resilience, wellbeing

and commitment, traits which can all be transferred with

dramatic impact upon academic progress and achievement.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle?

The huge range of physical activities on offer at The Mead mean

there’s something for everyone whether it’s a team sport like tagrugby

or something more individual such as trampolining. Our

emphasis is on having fun whilst being active to encourage those

children who don’t see themselves as ‘sporty’ to give activities a try.

This, along with regular opportunities for outside play, fresh air

and exercise along with a healthy nutritious school menu including

lots of fresh fruit and vegetables ensure a very a healthy and active

lifestyle for our Meadites, from Kindergarten up to Year 6.


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What variety of sports are available? Is there anything out

of the ordinary that pupils can try? We offer a wide variety

of sporting opportunities throughout the students’ journeys

at RGS; these vary from traditional sports such as Rugby,

Hockey, Netball, Athletics, Cricket, Swimming, Golf, Tennis

to ‘newer’ sports which include Ultimate Frisbee, Sailing,

Girls’ Cricket, Skiing, Biathlon, Archery and Girls’ Rugby.

What proves to be most popular? Students have loved the

opportunity to explore the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. It is

a fantastic workout and gets students working within a coed,

team environment during competitive matches with a

focus on fair play. Those values are important across all of

our sports. We see it as important to be a school known not

just for being good at sport but also as a school where we

are ‘good sports’ – traditional sporting values matter.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/matches both

locally and abroad? Students have regular opportunities to

represent the school in weekly fixtures and national competitions.

While we are a co-educational day school we punch well above our

weight and have recently achieved major successes on a National

level. In just the last few months, we were the highest ranked co-ed

day school at the Inter Girls National Schools Athletics Finals,

won one of the Natwest trophy competitions for senior Rugby

and enjoyed similar extensive success across our major sports.

How can skills developed through participating in sports

transfer to other areas of academic life? The RGS community

goes well beyond our shores and as a school we have a wide network

of Old Reigatians across the world. Our current students have the

opportunity to build links across the world through International

Sports Tours which give a fantastic opportunity to play sports in

foreign environments, meet students from different backgrounds

and learn about historical and geographical aspects of the countries

they visit; recent tours include Cricket to Dubai, Rugby to South

Africa, Girls’ Hockey to Holland and Skiing to France. As a school

we have a strong link within the community and this continues

to be apparent through sport with our partnership links with

Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Golf, Squash, Tennis and Swimming

clubs in the area. For students on an elite sports pathway or for

those who just want to be part of a team, RGS sport is a winner.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle? We believe in

a multi-sport approach to help students get a wide variety of activities.

We help our students find activities which stay with them beyond

RGS, as they lead a healthy, active, lifestyle based on good nutrition,

sleep and regular physical activity. We use sports psychologists,

nutritionists and a strength and conditioning coach amongst our

team of well qualified sports staff and professional coaches working

as full time Performance Directors. Members of our team include

international athletes, commonwealth games competitors, sportsmen

who have played regularly at Twickenham and a current

netball international – these are just a few of

the experiences and expertise that our

elite coaches have had and which

they use to inspire our students.


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Not too small,

Just right.

Cranbrook School, Kent

What variety of sports are available? We offer a range

of sports including traditional games such as Rugby,

Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Rounders and Tennis. Individual

pursuits such as Athletics and Cross Country are also

offered. Dance is taught within the curriculum at KS3

and many extra curricular clubs are offered. Our annual

show DanSing is a popular event in the calendar.

The perfect size school to unlock the

potential in every child.

Is there anything out of the ordinary that pupils can try?

Thanks to parental and staff support and expertise

we currently offer Rowing for the sixth form, Triathlon for all

years and Yoga both within the curriculum and through extra

curricular clubs. Fencing, Squash and Water Polo are also offered

and a Self Defence Club option is currently being pursued.

What proves to be most popular? The range of opportunities

allows students to pursue sport and exercise choices that

suit their lifestyle. Traditional games are popular for many

but Dance, Rowing or Yoga are also favoured options.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/matches both

locally and abroad? Matches are played against independent and

grammar schools within the South East. There is a busy fixture

programme offered every Saturday throughout the term and also

during the week against more local schools. Sports tours abroad

are offered regularly and vary in length. The next major tour for

Rugby, Hockey and Netball is currently being planned for 2019.

By deliberately maintaining a school roll of

under 350 pupils, we remain nimble enough to

deliver on our promise: to offer a high quality

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How can skills developed through participating in

sports transfer to other areas of academic life?

Discipline, commitment to learning and a positive work

ethic are three of many life skills that students will develop by

participating regularly in sport. Overcoming challenges and

experiencing success and failure are also key components that will

help build resilience which is key to academic development.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle?

Fitness is a key component within the PE curriculum

and all students are encouraged to use our cardio and

weights gym (as appropriate) outside of lessons. Fitness

plays a key part in all training sessions and a range of

classes and clubs are also offered within our extra curricular

programme incorporating various components of fitness

and also mindfulness through activities such as Yoga.


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What variety of sports are available? Is there anything out

of the ordinary that pupils can try? Sutton Valence School

plays most of the major sports; Hockey, Rugby, Netball, Cricket

(for both girls and boys), Tennis, Rounders, Swimming and

has an Athletics team. One thing the School does very well is

support people as they find their niche, whether in our main

sports or those that are more unusual. The School recently

launched a Ski team, an Equestrian team and Golf team

who have all celebrated success in their first competitions.

Every child at Marlborough House

School can play and compete in

a sports team.

What proves to be most popular? Each child is different and

has different interests. At Sutton Valence, no sport is universally

favourite but we challenge our pupils to take part in team sports.

Whilst everyone would like to compete in the 1st team the

School will field as many teams as there is opposition giving most

pupils an opportunity to represent the School competitively.

Do teams get the chance to travel to fixtures/matches both

locally and abroad? We have an extensive fixture list playing

many top schools both locally and slightly further afield,

such as Tonbridge School, Benenden, Eastbourne College,

Whitgift School and the King’s School Canterbury. The

School also participates in local and national competitions

with great success. The School runs international tours

on an annual basis, enlarging each player’s experience.

How can skills developed through participating in

sports transfer to other areas of academic life?

The benefits of sport and physical activity are well known, with

recent research linking it to high achievement in academic studies.

Such studies have proven that sport and physical activity helps to

improve brain function, increase energy levels and enhance the

quality of sleep. Regular exercise can also assist greatly in reducing

stress levels whilst it enhances wellbeing in those who undertake

it; all very important for our pupils in their academic work.

How do you encourage a healthy and active lifestyle?

Health and fitness run through the seam of sport at Sutton

Valence School. Last year alone, the Sports department

completed over 7,000 fitness tests, measuring seven

different components of fitness of each individual student.

Pupils are then able to analyse their own performances

in these tests and establish areas of fitness where they are

strong, and areas of fitness where they can improve.


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‘A great strength of the school is the way that pupils

encourage one another to participate and try their

best, delighting in the personal success of others’

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‘As a Mum working full time in London this is amazing!

I feel so much more in touch with the school.

The Facebook snapshots and sports fixtures app

are fantastic’ Parent

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highlights enjoyment, inclusion and effort’

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what’s so special?

We find out what makes these

awards so desirable

Jonathan Powis, Headmaster, Vinehall

School, Mountfield, East Sussex

What does a scholarship offer the pupil? A scholarship

award is non means tested and is worth 10% of the

basic school fees. We hope to attract talented children

who will enhance our school community and provide

them with a broad range of educational opportunities

and training in preparation for their senior school.

How many scholarship places are available each year and

to who? There are ten scholarship places available each year.

Scholarships are available to children wishing

to join Year 4 and above who are not already

part of the Vinehall community.

What areas of the curriculum are covered? All

applicants are interviewed by the Head and tested in

English, Maths and creative writing for an academic

award. In addition, children who are talented in

sport, music, drama or art may also offer a maximum

of two elements for practical assessment.

What are the chances of being a successful

applicant? There is tough competition for places and the

required award standard is high. However, all applications

are welcome as our Governors are committed to broadening

access to the school by offering financial assistance.

How are potential students guided through the process

– what do they have to do/complete? Candidates are

guided through the process with detailed instructions on the

scholarship application form and provided by staff on the

assessment day. Candidates must be formally registered for

Vinehall School in order to apply. Supporting references and

reports from a candidate’s current school are also required.


Arabella Stuart, Director of Admissions,

Sevenoaks School, Kent

What does a scholarship offer the pupil? A small

financial advantage – currently £1,000 per year off

the fees although this can be increased for families

who would struggle to pay the fee. Scholarships are an

honour. They are a great source of evidence of excellence

in a particular area which can be used in university and

job application forms. There are structures in place

which enable scholars to meet each other and develop

relationships with like-minded people, for example

the academic scholars’ society and the music scholars’

recital. We also offer a number of bursaries every year

to academically talented students who may not be able

to afford the fees, and our aim is to double our bursary

provision by 2020.

How many scholarship places are available each

year and to who? Y7 entry: 11 academic, 4 music.

Y9 entry: 11 academic, 4 music, 4 sport, 1 drama, 1 art.

L6 entry: 11 academic, 4 music, 4 sport, 1 drama, 1 art.

What areas of the curriculum are covered?

Academic, art, drama, music and sport.

What are the chances of being a successful applicant?

There is tough competition for places – it

varies from year to year but typically there

might be four applicants for each scholarship,

and more in the areas of drama and art.

How are potential students guided through the

process – what do they have to do/complete?

There is comprehensive information about what is

required and how to prepare on our website in our

Admissions section. sevenoaksschool.org/admissions

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Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex

What does a scholarship offer the pupil? Award holders are

valued at Hurst, not only for what they can achieve, but also

as role models and for their ability to support and lead others.

They will be well supported and every step will be taken to

ensure they make the most of the opportunities and their

own abilities. There is a regular process of reviews in order

to see how best to develop an individual pupil’s talents.

In line with most HMC independent schools, the majority

of scholarships awarded are between 5% and 25% of school

fees. However, means tested bursaries can significantly

enhance the total amount of financial assistance.

How many scholarship places are available each year

and to who? There is no fixed number of Scholarships

or Awards given in any discipline each year (apart from

Dance, which is one; and the BN6 award, which is up to

two), decisions are based on the ability of the candidates.

Awards are made to candidates who will make an outstanding

contribution to the life of the school and recognise high

academic ability or excellence in another field.

What are the chances of being a successful applicant?

Whilst competition is tough the chances are good, subject

to ability (as per criteria for each award), assessment and

test results. Practical assessments/auditions/interviews

will take place for non-academic awards and candidates

are assessed on potential as well as achievement.

How are potential students guided through the process

– what do they have to do/complete? Potential applicants

are sent a scholarship booklet, detailing the criteria and

process for each award, which includes contact details

for the staff member in charge, should they need further

information or advice prior to completing their application.

They must complete an application form, signed by their

current Headteacher, and submit references from the teacher/

coach relevant to the award being applied for. In addition

to assessments in the relevant area, they will be required to

sit verbal/non-verbal reasoning tests and attend an interview

with the Headmaster and Head of relevant part of School.


Photo courtesy of Sevenoaks School

What areas of the curriculum are covered? At 11+

(Year 7): Academic, up to £1300 per term; Music, up

to £775 per term; BN6 (for academically able pupils

living or attending a school in the BN6 area, fullyfunded

from Year 7 to Sixth Form, means tested)

At 13+ (Year 9) and 16+ (Year 12): Academic, up to £1,925

per term; Music, up to £1,150 per term plus free tuition for two

instruments; Drama, up to £1,150 per term; Sport, up to £1,150

per term; Art, up to £1,150 per term; Hurst (all-rounder), up

to £1,150 per term; Dance (13+ only), up to £1,150 per term.

Caterham School, Surrey

What does a scholarship offer the pupil? At Caterham

School scholarships not only recognise ability and potential

but, vitally, nurture and accelerate talent. Children

benefit from a programme that recognises and adapts to

a child’s skill and unique approach to learning, whether

their talent lies in academic subjects, sport, performing

arts such as music, drama and dance or technology.

How many scholarship places are available each year

and to who? Scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and

16+ (Sixth Form) entry and are designed to encourage

and recognize a broad range of talent across academic,

co-curricular and sporting. There is no set number of

places each year although applications are high and so

all candidates are required to be assessed. Scholarships

can be held alongside means-tested bursaries.

What areas of the curriculum are covered? The School

is keen and equipped to welcome and nurture a broad

range of talents. As one of England’s leading independent

schools, Caterham’s scholarship offer reflects every aspect

of school life, including academic, science, music, drama,

sport and a new Innovation Scholarship for technology.

What are the chances of being a successful applicant?

Caterham is a popular school and so applications for places

and scholarships are competitive. We take every care to

support and look after children and their parents throughout

the application and scholarship process. We take great care

to demonstrate genuine interest in each child who applies

so that the assessment is a positive, affirming experience.

How are potential students guided through the

process – what do they have to do/complete?

The process for each different kind of scholarship is

tailored towards identifying talent and potential in that

particular area. Our admissions team are always on

hand to talk parents through the process and answer

any particular questions they have at any stage.




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Teacher Georgina Watford discusses common

behavioural issues in the classroom and

what can be done to improve them

How do you develop your own set

of rules for the classroom?

Every teacher is different and despite us all following

the school rules, as humans we all implement them to a

different degree and in a different way. At times this can

be difficult for students to understand and adhere to, but

after having taught at four different schools over the last

eight years, I have learnt to be very clear from the outset

about both my expectations and the punishments rulebreakers

will receive. You then have to follow through on

both or it leads to confusion and a disruptive atmosphere

where the students don’t know where they stand.

Consistency and regular feedback (both the “WWW”– what

went well – and the “EBI” – even better if) are vital for a

student to feel they are able to work in your classroom.

What type of behavioural issues have

you encountered at school?

Behavioural issues occur daily in every school, be it

more minor ones such as lateness, lapses in effort in class,

incomplete homework, poor organisation, talking out of turn,

and then ranging to more disruptive ones like active and

continual defiance, aggression, swearing, and even violence.

What do you think causes them?

These can sometimes stem from learning difficulties such

as ADHD, but in my experience, they are a result of either

struggling with a subject or actually being bored in class

and not challenged by it. It is a constant challenge to ensure

that lessons are aimed at the class’s ability, but that you

are also able to support and stretch everyone in there.

Occasional lapses in behaviour are a regular occurrence

in every school, and this is usually due to either problems

within friendship groups or issues at home. If the poor

behaviour is constant, it then becomes a question of

whether it is due to disengagement with your teaching

(and that would then need to be resolved by you) or a

complete lack of interest in school itself which becomes

a matter for heads of year and parents to discuss.

Also, the age of the student very much affects their priorities

in life, and this obviously has an effect on their organisation

skills, their stress levels (exam years prove to make students

much more anxious), and their effort with homework.

What steps do you take to avoid or calm

a problematic classroom situation?

The primary steps are to follow school rules. Some schools

have a warning system in place which then leads to a child

being taken out of the lesson if they reach three warnings;

this is generally only used for the more distracting/

upsetting behaviour and allows other students to get on

with the tasks set in a positive working environment.

Again, every teacher handles these situations differently

and when I first started my career I regularly took

confrontation as a personal grievance towards me. I

now realise it is often a build up of emotions from

something that has occurred earlier, outside of the class.

Students all react to reprimands differently, so the

first steps for me are taken right back in September

when the student starts. I must ensure I know the

student’s needs academically, but I also need to build

a relationship with them that ultimately leads to them

enjoying my lessons, feeling supported and challenged.

To avoid a problematic situation in the first place usually



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involves reading the atmosphere of the class and reminding

them to stay on task, while also speaking 1-2-1 with the

student who appears unhappy to allow them to discuss

the issue they are having and then seeing if I am able

to offer a solution. Often it can be just a question of

moving seats, voluntarily, to either a seat alone or with

someone they are happier working with. Sometimes

it just means allowing the student to leave the room

to get a drink of water and a change of scenery. If you

know your students then the majority of the time it

becomes obvious what solution will work best.

How do you try to help children to overcome any

issues that they may be having at school?

It really depends on the issue. Academic ones, such as poor

performance or lack of understanding, usually involve 1-2-1

sessions with a student and helping them to overcome any

gaps they have in their knowledge. This also then improves

their outlook in lessons, they become less anxious and

worried and they can build up their confidence with the

subject week by week. As a teacher, in general I always

believe you have to be approachable and supportive with

students, so they feel able to ask questions in class and

ask for more support or challenge if they need it.

If students have issues with friendship groups, this often

becomes a matter for tutors and heads of year, who prioritise

the student’s emotional wellbeing at the school. Often

things can be resolved by mediation and, if not, parents are

regularly brought in to gain a better understanding of their

child’s problems and act as another system of support.

Personally, if a student comes to me with issues, of any

kind, I would always offer support and advice, while ensuring

I pass it on to the relevant member of staff to ensure that

the student can get the help they may need. However, a

student will never willingly come to you if you haven’t built

up a relationship of trust with them. I’m sure everyone

can remember that teacher at school, be it five years ago

or 50, with whom they not only enjoyed the lessons but

also felt they were able to go to for advice, this is the key

to being able to support a student if they are struggling.

Is there anything that parents can do to help from home?

Parents can be one of the best support tools a teacher can

have. It can be hard for a child to have two sets of rules,

one for home and one for school, so if parents are able

to take on board things like homework expectations by

allowing a place in their home where their child can get on

with their homework easily and without distraction, this

can really help the child to understand the importance of

consolidating their understanding through homework.

Taking an interest in your child, both in their academic

success but also their extra-curricular activities and

friendships also leads to the child feeling supported and

understood. Parents should make sure they have a good

working relationship with the school and the staff, so

that communication lines are open if and when they are

needed. It can be hard for both parties to discuss more

delicate issues, such as bullying or poor grades, but if you

both have the child’s best interests in common, then you

should feel you can be honest and open and discuss ideas

that will ensure their child has a successful school career.

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Addressing the issue

How is bullying being tackled in schools and what’s being done to track down the root

cause? WT finds out by chatting to St. George’s Weybridge and Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook

St George’s Weybridge, Surrey

Photo courtesy of Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook, Kent

How do you maintain a friendly atmosphere

in the school? Being a Roman Catholic school,

pastoral care is central to all that we do at St George’s;

the whole community recognises the importance of

creating an environment in which our children are

happy in school, so it could be something as simple as

saying ‘hello’ when we pass someone in the corridor.

How does the school teach its pupils to respect the

feelings of others? Respect for others is a common theme

in our assemblies and PSHE lessons, it’s also in our school

prayer. If things go wrong, we encourage the children to

discuss how they feel and to consider how other people might

be feeling, as a result of their actions.

Who can pupils talk to if they have an issue? We’re

fortunate to have a Chaplaincy Team, a School Counsellor,

a Sixth Form Mentoring System and the children know

that they can talk to any member of staff too. We’ve also

created an online bullying reporting system that allows

children to raise concerns in a very discreet manner.

What do teachers look out for? Our teachers know

their students extremely well and so they are able to

spot changes in a child’s mood, academic achievement

or participation in the extra-curricular programme

early on; we also have staff patrols at breaktimes and

so we can identify children who are on their own.

How can parents raise a concern? We encourage parents

to contact their child’s Tutor as soon as possible with any

concerns; parents have the contact details for the Tutors,

Heads of Year and Pastoral Deputy Head. In First and Third

Year, we have two Tutors per class to help the transition for

students new to St George’s.

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Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook, Kent

How do you maintain a friendly atmosphere in the

school? We do everything humanly possible to make sure

each child feels emotionally, physically and intellectually

supported in an inclusive and family-orientated community

where kindness, compassion and making a positive

contribution to society are held in the highest esteem.

Everything we do is designed to help our children believe in

themselves. We focus on nurturing each child’s self awareness

and self belief because how they feel and think has immense

influence on their capacity to learn and their ability to

embrace every opportunity, and ultimately to be happy.

How does the school teach its pupils to respect

the feelings of others? Children are encouraged to

treat others as they would like to be treated themselves.

We explore and seek to impart the understanding of

differences between people and encourage empathy with

those around us. We believe that no two children are

the same, so we don’t treat them as if they are. Instead

we get to know our children inside out so we can tailor

to their individual needs and provide the support and

stimulation they need to fulfil their unique potential.

Who can pupils talk to if they have an issue? We have

a very open culture where children are actively encouraged

to share their concerns through our PSHE lessons and

with their personal tutors and form teacher. We operate

a mentor system which encourages peer to peer support,

and our partnership with specialist charity Place2Be means

that conversations around wellbeing ranging from troubles

in the playground to more deep-seated issues can be dealt

with. Therapeutic support is accessible and easily available,

and mental health is discussed as readily as physical health.

What do teachers look out for? We are well organised.

We have established processes and practices in place that

allow us to track the emotional and academic development

of our children throughout their time with us, enabling

us to intervene quickly if necessary. Our Assistant Head

Welfare and our Headmaster meet all staff regularly to

discuss individual children’s welfare and pastoral needs.

Fundamentally our pastoral care is designed for

children to flourish. As Roald Dahl’s Danny in Danny

the Champion of the World said, “It’s impossible to make

your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.”

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Mix it Up

Susan Elkin explains how new staff can keep teaching fresh in schools

Seasons of mists, mellow fruitfulness and new teachers.

Almost every school in the country starts the school year

with some new staff this month. That means new faces

for children to adjust to and a new dynamic in the staff room.

Some teachers will be bright eyed and bushy tailed in

their first job. That probably means they have a three year

degree and a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education

(PGCE) and may be as young as 22, just four years older

than some of their sixth form students if they’re in a

secondary school. I remember that well. I was 21 when I

started in an all boys’ secondary school in Deptford as my

book Please Miss, We’re Boys (Kindle, 2013) describes.

Other new teachers are older and “learning on the job”

through the excellent Graduate Teacher Programme.

This allows people, who usually have experience in other

fields, to train over one or two years in a single school

with mentoring by senior staff and part-time attendance

at a university or college for the back-up theory.

And there are always teachers with a few years

under their belts moving to other schools for

promotion or diversification of experience.

Any good school needs a through-put of staff in order to

remain fresh. I once worked in a school in which almost no

one had left for promotion in the entire eight years I was

there. That is not healthy, first because it means many staff are

“time serving” and second, there are no vacancies for young

teachers whose presence is vital for balance and new ideas.

On the other hand, new faces on the staff means that, at

this time of year, there’s a lot of adjusting to do. Children

can get quite nervous about the prospect of a new teacher.

And I can assure you that, from a teacher’s point of view,

having to face thirty unknown young personalities, all

ready to test the boundaries of their new teacher, is pretty

daunting. Acting skills are useful. You have to pretend

to be a lot more sure of yourself than you really are.

Let’s spare a thought too for the many schools, especially

in inner cities, who have such difficulty recruiting

good staff who will stay long enough to provide the

children with some continuity. That means supply

teachers, agency staff and the like. Far too many pupils

have far too many different teachers far too often.

So, as we move through September, there will be a

lot of fencing and getting to know new people in our

schools. Just remember that, as Harper Lee makes

Scout say in To Kill A Mockingbird, “folks is folks”.

Tolerance, understanding and empathy make for

good, successful classrooms and that applies to both

teachers and pupils. Have a good term, everyone.

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To arrange a visit, please contact Clare Harrison:

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House Rules

Legal experts Jill Thomas and Jessica Jamieson chat to WT about disputes with

neighbours and the effect Brexit may have on buying a property abroad


Jill Thomas, Partner in ThomasHaywood

Solicitors gives her advice on property disputes

“Disputes between neighbours are one of the most frustrating

forms of litigation. Rights which people thought were theirs

to enjoy forever sometimes turn out not to be when a new

neighbour moves in, particularly if it is a property developer.

When you buy a property, your conveyancer should

check that your property enjoys adequate rights. Sadly,

some people either buy a property despite warnings or find

that problems were not highlighted when they bought.

You may find that the location of your boundary, your

right of way to your property, your right to park on your

property or your right to run services to your property

may be challenged. Development may be proposed

which would restrict the light to your property, might

devalue your property or might increase the noise.

The first thing to do is to check what your rights are

with the conveyancer who helped you to purchase the

property. If your property is registered (which most land

in this area is), then you can apply for official copy entries

from HM Land Registry to check what rights are registered

there. It may be possible to prevent disputes at that stage.

Proposed development might be thwarted if there is a

restrictive covenant preventing it or if your existing rights

might be compromised. Opposition to an application

for planning permission might also be successful. The

Party Wall etc Act 1996 might protect you during

development. A property litigation solicitor should be

able to set out your options, including litigation or

alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.”

Jill Thomas is a partner in ThomasHaywood Solicitors

and is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

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“With the decision having been made to leave

the EU, owners of property abroad are starting

to think about what impact this may have on

foreign home ownership and inheritance.

The general view seems to be that Brexit will

have little impact on holiday home ownership

but there is one area in which people should be

planning ahead: succession and inheritance.

Under UK law we are able to leave our estates as we wish

but the law also says that ‘real property’, such as holiday

homes, will pass under the law of the country in which it is

situated – which in some countries is ‘forced inheritance’.

This dictates that property is divided among family members

in set proportions, which may not fit with the owner’s plans.

However a piece of Euro legislation introduced in 2015

(‘Brussels IV’) now allows people to decide if they wish

to have the law of their nationality applied to their estate

when they die. Although the UK has not opted in to the

rules, and won’t be able to after Brexit, they affect property

in all other EU states except Denmark and Ireland.

If no choice of law is specified, the law of the person’s

country of ‘habitual residence’ will apply. This is likely

to be UK law, which, as already mentioned, states that

overseas property should be dealt with under the law

of the country in which it is situated. To avoid this,

you need to ensure that your will states that you want

the property dealt with under UK succession law.”

If you would like more information, Jessica can be contacted

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A will revolution –

is there danger ahead?

The Law Commission is urging

reform of the law governing

wills, as it is ‘out of step with the

modern world’ and that it ‘fails to protect

the vulnerable’. It has just launched a

public consultation asking for feedback

on a number of proposals including

softening the rules on making a will

to make it easier for people to create

them. Myles McIntosh, head of private

client at law firm Cripps, discusses.

Around 40% of adults in the UK die

intestate (without a will) every year.

This can create all sorts of problems,

including not taking advantage of

legitimate ways to minimise tax or

the deceased unintentionally leaving

assets to those they did not intend

to benefit following their death.

A key driver for this consultation is

that a high proportion of that 40% are

cohabiting and, under the current

legislation, this means that no provision

is made for their partner if they die.

They have to make a claim which

can be very expensive, protracted

and create huge issues between

those closest to the deceased.

So why is there such a high proportion of

people without a will? The Commission

is concerned that the current formalities

are putting people off and its proposals,

following a lengthy review it has carried

out since 2015 which included speaking

to many interested parties, are that the

formalities be dispensed with. This is

potentially huge and creates a foreseeably

bigger problem if followed through.

The proposals would potentially allow

a text message, a voicemail or any

type of written note to be treated as a

will. The perceived advantages of this

approach bring with them dangers.

A will is an important document – an

expression of the person’s wishes for

after their death. By reducing the formal

requirements, this increases the prospect

for confusion as to what is and is not a

will. It is suggested that a judge would

have to decide in this situation. However,

this is never ideal - how is a judge, or

anyone else, to understand the intentions

of another person?

We also have many vulnerable people

living today in an ever-aging population.

Some are affected by conditions such as

dementia, others susceptible to pressures

(whether deliberate or unintended) that

can be brought about by family members

or friends seeking to advance their own

needs. The challenge can come from

either direction – one of the reasons

for formality is to provide evidence to

support the fact that the person making

their will is able to do so.

The proposals also give rise to real

concerns around the risks of fraud.

It is very easy to see that it wouldn’t

be long before a case came to

court around a text message that

turned out to have been typed by

someone else for their own gain.

It is not uncommon for there to be

temporary disagreements within a family.

You could therefore see a situation where

someone has a temporary falling out

with their children and, in a fit of pique,

produces a new will, because it’s easy to

do, before relations are normalised over

the following days or weeks. If the will is

not changed, that could lead to the estate

being left in a manner totally at odds with

what they would want.

An even bigger problem might surface

where the individual does not have the

necessary mental capacity to make a

Myles McIntosh

will. Sometimes, under the current law,

this is established when solicitors are

instructed. If they believe the person

lacks capacity then they will not proceed

and draft a will.

If someone can simply, from the comfort

of their own armchair, make what they

think is a valid will but, in fact, they lack

capacity, this will create even more issues

for others to pick up.

The Commission readily acknowledges

the potential dangers and is seeking views

during the consultation process on this

and a number of other issues. It proposes,

for example, to reduce the age someone

can make a valid will from 18 to 16.

If you feel you have something to

contribute then please go to


If you would like more information on

making a will and planning for the future

please contact Myles on 01892 506136

or email myles.mcintosh@cripps.co.uk.

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What’s On In September


Sun 10 Sept 11am – 5pm

including the Belgian Cafe, Tommy’s

(Tension, Stress and Trauma Release

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath

Pizza, Rad Burger and of course lots

Exercises). It promises to help you

Sat 9 Sept – Sat 28 Oct

Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge,

of seafood caught fresh off the shores

access the body’s natural ability to

Portico Gallery, 23B Knight’s Hill,

Kent TN8 7AD

of Hastings ready to pair with a glass

release toxic patterns of pain and

West Norwood, London SE27 0HS

Chiddingstone Castle

of wine from local vineyards and

tension, leaving you with the benefits

Journeys to Asia

Country Fair

retailers. The music will be non-stop,

of improved sleep, deep relaxation

Kentish artists Ann Bridges and Hugh

A traditional country fair set in the

the beer festival will be in full swing

and reduced aches and pains.

Ribbans lead you on an explorative

idyllic rural grounds of Chiddingstone

and the ticket price is only £2!

Entry: £25

journey through Asia, taking

Castle with all the classic trimmings

Entry: £2 advance, £3 on the gate,

Info: 07710 261921 /

inspiration from their own travels, in

including displays of countryside

Under 18s free (tickets cover both days)


this exciting new exhibition.

activities, entertainment, shopping,

Info: hastingsfestivals.com/seafood

Entry: Free

refreshments, and more.

Sat 2 and Thurs 14 Sept

Info: porticogallery.org.uk

Entry: Adults £5, Children 5-13 £2,


School of Arts (Jarman Building),

Under 5s Free

University of Kent, Canterbury,

Fri 15 Sept and Sun 15 Oct

Info: 01892 870347 /

Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sept

Kent CT2 7NZ

The Stables Gallery, Hall Place,


St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst,

Moving Memory

Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ

Church Road, Goudhurst,

This unique dance troupe consists of


Sun 30 Sept & Sun 1 Oct

Cranbrook TN17 1BL

seven women aged 53 to 84 years old

An exhibition of contemporary

9am – 5pm

Nature’s Harvest Flower

with a vision of giving older people

stitched textiles and mixed media by a

South of England Showground,


longer, healthier and more fulfilling

group of textile artists based in Kent.

Ardingly RH17 6TL

Visit Goudhurst’s landmark church

lives through artistic, creative physical

Free entry and parking.

Autumn Show & Game Fair

to see beautiful floral displays

activity. This month you can get

Info: 01634 714477 /

A fun-packed line-up including

celebrating nature’s bountiful harvest,

involved at an open rehearsal and

maureenlauder1@gmail.com /

Jonathan Marshall’s Falconry on

and exhibitions and stalls featuring

workshop on Sat 2 Sept or meet them


Horseback display, Chris Green

art, jewellery and plants. Enjoy

and learn more on Thurs 14 Sept

the “Cornish Countryman”, terrier

refreshments available all day and

(booking essential for both).

Children & Families

racing, clay pigeon shooting, fly

music from London Choir (Saturday

Entry: Free

fishing, archery, great shopping and

at 7pm) and Kilndown Community

Info: movingmemorydance.com

Sun 24 Sept

delicious seasonal food and drink.

Choir (Sunday 4.30pm).

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton,

Dogs welcome!

Entry: Free

Fri 22 – Sat 23 Sept

East Sussex BN7 3AL

Entry: 10% discount online before Sat

Info: 01580 879549 /

The Secret Manor, Mabledon,

Family Day

29 Sept, Adults £11, Seniors/ Students


London Road, Southborough,

Plumpton Racecourse opens the

£9, Under16s Free with a paying adult

Tunbridge Wells TN4 0UH

new season with a family day. The

Info: 01444 892700 / seas.org.uk

Sat 16 – Sun 17 Sept 10am – 4pm

Health and Wellbeing

centre course will be redecorated with

Fairlight Hall, Martineau Lane

Live 2017

colour and joy as it will host a fun

Food & Drink

Fairlight, Hastings TN35 5DR

Health and Wellbeing Live focuses

fair, climbing wall, mascot race and

Fairlight Hall Plant Fair

on spreading knowledge about health

donkey rides. Plus budding designers

Fri 1 – Sun 3 Sept

A wide range of plants from National

and wellbeing both physical and

can enter an online racecard design

Mote Park, Mote Avenue,

nurseries and gardening-related

mental. To help you make positive

competition to win four tickets to the

Maidstone, Kent ME15 7SU

supplies within the grounds of one of

changes there will be free ‘health

event (ends Monday 11 September).


the most beautiful coastal properties

MOTs’, therapeutic spa treatments,

Entry: From £10, Accompanied Under

Or for those who can’t pronounce

in the South East. Explore the

nutritious cookery demonstrations

18s Free

it, Maidstone Multicultural Food

Gardens and enjoy a range of talks

and Dame Kelly Holmes will be

Info: 01273 890383 /

Festival! This one is a real mouthful

throughout the weekend.

talking about motivation and health.


with a whole world of fine foods

Entry: £8/ day, Weekend Pass £10,

Info: healthandwellbeinglive.co.uk

to feast on. Music, dance, art and

Children Free

Fairs & Festivals

crafts will all add to the atmosphere

Info: Fairlighthall.co.uk

Music & Theatre

of multicultural cohesion and

Sun 10 Sept 10am – 2.30pm

cosmopolitan celebration.

Health & Wellbeing

Fri 1, 18 and 29 Sept, and every

Port Lympne, Aldington Rd,

Entry: Free

other Friday following, 8pm

Lympne, Hythe CT21 4LR

Info: visitmaidstone.com

Fri 1 Sept 7.30 – 9.30pm

The Barrow House, The Street,

Wedding Fayre

The Wellington Centre, Wellington

Egerton, Kent TN27 9DJ

Explore the hotel and gardens of Port

Sat 16 – Sun 17 Sept 11am – 7pm

Square, Hastings TN34 1PN

Friday Night Live

Lympne to meet industry suppliers,

Stade Open Space, Hastings Old


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weekend with The Barrow House’s

and collect a free goody bag and

Hastings Seafood & Wine

Let your body do the talking and let

live local music. This month we are

entrance into a prize draw.


it all go. This two hour workshop

excited for Canterbury’s rising star

Entry: Free

A great way to spend a weekend

is suitable for all ages and abilities

Phoebe Warden, The Starks Brothers

Info: 01303 264647 /

trying something new and fine

and works using a new body based

and Medway’s alternative and folksy


quality. The Stade open space

approach for coping with trauma,

Kelly Stanley.

will have a fantastic array of food

stress and tension called TRE

Info: thebarrowhouse.co.uk

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Autumn Classics


Symphony Orchestra


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Sunday 8 October 2017

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Plus a £2.00 per ticket booking fee up to a maximum of 10 tickets.

No booking fees on tickets under £10.

Tickets are purchased from Gateway, at 8 Grosvenor Road, TN1 2AB. (open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

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Opera-lele is a crossover act,

specialising in singing music

from opera and musical theatre

accompanied by the emotionally

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of the ukulele.

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Sun 3 Sept 6pm

Egerton Cricket Ground, Egerton,

Ashford, Kent TN27 9DW

Open Air Cinema: Back to

the Future

This open-air cinema event will

donate all proceeds to building a

new Egerton preschool and boasts

two hours of pre-film fun with giant

bouncy slides, live music, hot food

and drinks, and even Hollywood’s

own real DeLorean!

Info: facebook.com/egertoncinema /

eventbrite.co.uk / mydonate.bt.com

Sat 16 Sept 7.30pm

Little Mill Oast, Underlyn Lane,

Marden, Kent TN12 9AU

Beult Concerts

presents Piano Trio


Beult Concerts welcomes a trio

of teenage piano protégés in a

programme including Debussy and

Fauré piano Trios. These classical

stars of the future include finalist in

the 2016 BBC Young Musician of

the Year, Julian Trevelyan, Concerto

Competition and RCM Junior

Chamber Music winner, Amber

Emson Chetham, and Willard Carter

who has already performed at

Buckingham Palace.

Entry: £12

Info: 01622 831948 /


Fri 29 Sept 7.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence School,

North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent

ME17 3HL

Sutton Valence Music


See Danzi, Mozart and Malcolm

Arnold’s Sea Shanties performed by

Cavendish Winds, a group of five

musicians hailed for their ‘impeccable

ensemble sound, intonation and

communication’ who were finalists

in last year’s Royal Overseas League


Entry: £12.50 at door

Info: 01622 863002 / svs.org.uk


Fri 22 – Sat 23 Sept 9am

Silcocks Farm, Grange Road, St.

Michael’s near Tenterden, Kent

TN30 6TL

Brocante Home and

Garden Collectables

Another great chance to explore The

Three French Hens’ Brocante sale of

vintage home and garden collectables.

Info: Linda: 07773 460494 /

07803 122820 /

info@thethreefrenchhens.co.uk /



Sat 16 Sept 11am – 4pm

Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent

TN15 0RP (Sat Nav TN13 1HU)

Essence of Knole:

perfume making

Explore Knole’s scented room and

learn about the art of perfumery, how

to select the perfect ingredients and

the process that brings them to life

with expert artisan perfumer Stephen

Nelson. You can even use what you

learn to create your own unique scent

to take home. Booking is essential.

Entry: £125 (includes refreshments,

lunch and all materials).

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Sat 30 Sept

Hares Farm Oast, Goldups Lane,

Shottenden, Chilham, Canterbury,

Kent, CT4 8JG

Autumn Wreath Making

Collect seasonal foliage and flowers

from the garden and flower patch and

learn to make a dried autumn wreath

at Anna’s County Flowers’ autumnal

two hour workshop.

Entry: £45

Info: annascountryflowers.co.uk

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Readers are advised to check with venues

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Kent TN17 3HF. Wealden Times

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Paul Smith Sculptures

At the Singing Soul Gallery

September–November 2017

19 Stone St. Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF

01580 714551


Open From September 2 nd

Tues–Sat, 9.30–4pm

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Piano Shop


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Probably the most experienced, established

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Geoff Tiltman

City & Guilds in Horticulture N.C.T


SMARDEN 01233 770777 or 07775 694963

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Goudhurst Parish Hall

Oct 4th - Nov 29th 2017

10:30 - 13:30, Wednesdays

+1 Sat, all day. Cost: £250,

£50 deposit, brief form

and conversation to

secure your place

Contact Enya-Erine: 07593 959 039 or

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Win A Gin making

experience for two

Ever fancied yourself as a gin maker? Well this month’s prize allows you to become

just that! Wealden distillery Greensand Ridge is giving away a Gin Making

Experience for two as well as a bottle of their multi-award-winning gin.

Greensand Ridge Distillery make innovative spirits at their distillery in a Victorian

coach house in Shipbourne in Kent. Not only do they distil their own spirit in their

300 litre copper pot still, but they do so sustainably, using only renewable power,

no chemicals and without producing any waste which is not reused or recycled.

Importantly, their spirits are distilled from surplus produce sourced from

Wealden farmers that is not suitable for sale to supermarkets. Unwanted raspberries

become a Raspberry Vodka, unsightly apples a barrel-aged Apple Brandy.

It is their London Dry Gin which is winning new fans in bars and restaurants

around the Weald. Distilled with botanicals which can be found in the woods

and fields of the Weald including cobnuts, oak moss, gorse flowers and bay,

it is a gin of remarkable smoothness with a luxurious silken mouthfeel.

This month’s winner will be able to visit the distillery as part of their Gin

Experience tours and, under the tutelage of head distiller Will Edge, distil a full

bottle of gin choosing from the extensive botanical library. The experiences last

2.5 hours and include a distillery tour and complimentary gin and tonic.

Visit greensanddistillery.com to buy spirits, find local stockists and book

a gin experience for yourself. Spirits are available to the trade through

HT White or direct from the distillery, call Will on 07971 164688.

How to enter: For your chance

to win a Gin Making Experience

for two plus a bottle of Greensand

Ridge’s gin, just answer the following

question: Where is Greensand

Ridge Distillery’s Victorian coach

house? Enter your answer with your

contact details* in the online form

at wealdentimes.co.uk/competition

or post to: The Greensand Ridge

Distillery Competition, Wealden

Times, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF by 15 September.

There is no cash alternative and the

prize must be taken before 1 March

2018. *All entrants’ details will

be passed on to Greensand Ridge

Distillery and Wealden Times Events.

Please let us know if you do not

wish your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Michael Powell who wins our August competition for a couples retreat at Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane turns her attention to the Coopers Farm flock

With summer drawing to a close,

our thoughts are now turning

to sorting out the flock for the

‘sheep year’ ahead. This involves buying

and selling some breeding stock and also

trying to work out the best time to sell this

spring’s crop of lambs. For no apparent

reason (as far as I can see) one week they

will be worth £1 more than the next

week, so call it right and if you’re selling

1,000 lambs it makes quite a difference.

With only 60 ewes and 100 odd lambs

to sell, second guessing lamb futures

doesn’t really affect the family finances,

but with the UK having

25% of the European flock,

and 33 million head of

sheep (even more than New

Zealand), raising sheep is

an incredibly important

part of the economy.

Aside from selling the

lambs we also need to go

through the breeding stock.

Girls first. Female breeding

sheep, ewes, operate on a

5,4,3, system. They are pregnant for five

months, milking for four months and

then get a well deserved three months

off. As our lambs were born in April

and weaned in August, the ewes are now

resting and it’s time to body score their

condition and decide whether or not to

“With the UK

having 25% of

the European

flock, raising sheep

is an incredibly

important part

of the economy.”

put them back to the ram in November.

At this point in the season some ewes

will have a pronounced backbone (score

1 or 2), while others seem as plump as

ever (hmm, 4 or 5). Ideally we want

them around 3. The likelihood is that the

thin ones will be old and will have lost a

few teeth – known as broken mouthers.

Without a good set of gnashers they can’t

eat enough to support a healthy pregnancy

and raise a couple of strong lambs, so off

they go. The fat ones may have lost their

lambs so haven’t had to produce any milk

or be poor milkers preferring to turn the

rich summer grass into

inches round their own

waist. Either way they’ll be

getting a hard stare from

the shepherd and a trip

‘up the road’ or a couple

of months’ Fat Camp

treatment on a bald patch.

Last year’s lambs

seemed especially good,

so Adrian (his sheep, my

cows) decided to keep

about twenty of the female lambs for

potential replacements. Now eighteen

months old they are known as tegs –

females ready to go to the ram for the

first time. Having sorted out the old girls

it looks like we only need to replace half

a dozen so there are 14 to be sold on.

And now is the time to do it. In the

coming weeks literally thousands of

breeding sheep will be traded at Ashford

and Hailsham markets. The biggest one

day sheep fair in the South East is the

annual Dolphin Fair (I know, weird

name! What could be less woolly than a

dolphin?) in late September. Over 7,000

sheep will be sold and as well as the girls

it’s also a very popular destination for

farmers looking to buy a new ram.

We have two rams at Coopers to

service our sixty ewes. Each one does

two years before he will be back on his

daughters and we swap them in rotation

so there is always a more experienced

and proven ram working alongside the

newcomer should he prove not fit for

purpose (and there is only one of those!).

So we need a new ram. There will be

literally hundreds on sale at the Dolphin

Fair, so with plenty of choice and chequebook

in hand we’ll be going shopping – a

rather different take on retail therapy!

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

Jane will be taking a cow and calf to The Bell in Ticehurst on Sunday 10 September from 12noon-2pm to talk

about how she cares for her cows to produce the best Sussex beef. Call 01580 200234 to reserve your place.

Adrian tends to the flock;

sheep at market (right)



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