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Contents

October 2017

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CITY LIVING

Maggie Alderson’s

urban home picks

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118

GET THE LOOK

Emulate Susan and

David’s country interior

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96

FALL IN LOVE

Sue Whigham picks her favourite

autumn showpieces

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OCTOBER NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with

handpicked events going

on around the Weald

BLESS THIS HOUSE

Explore a gilded nineteenth

century St. Leonards house

GET THE LOOK

Invest in St. Benedict style

SLEEP EASY

WT’s beautiful bed edit

DUAL PURPOSE

Snuggly sofa beds

SLEEP IN BEAUTY

Golden bedroom furniture

and accessories

A MODEL HOME

An artists’ creative retreat

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LAYER UP

Cosy casual menswear

COVER UP

Josephine Fairley’s got

hair colour covered

EMBRACE AUTUMN

This month’s bitesize

health news

TONE UP!

Staying healthy during

pregnancy and beyond

DELICIOUSLY AUTUMN

Jo Arnell makes the

most of seasonal veg

ANY OLD IRON?

Search the salvage yards for the

most inventive garden features

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HOW DO SCHOOLS

QUANTIFY SUCCESS?

WT finds out

TRIED & TESTED

Susan Elkin analyses exam pressure

WHAT’S ON?

Find out...

COMPETITION

Win a stunning Flint &

Flame Santoku knife

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard looks into the

buzz surrounding bees

KITCHEN &

BATHROOM

SUPPLEMENT

34 pages of

designs, ideas

and accessories.

After page 116.

Kitchen&

Bathroom

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Guide price: £1,800,000

Tenterden

An attractive family house with ancillary accommodation in a rural position on the outskirts of town

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms. Detached 2 bed cottage. Detached triple garage. Gardens and grounds with ponds and

paddocks. In all about 11.4 acres. EPC: E.

Guide price: £2,600,000

Matfield

A beautifully presented Grade II Listed country house, close to the village centre

7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms. Quadruple garage with 1 bed annexe above. Attractive gardens and grounds with swimming

pool, tennis court, vegetable garden, orchard, paddocks and stabling. In all about 7.61 acres.


Our understanding of the

ever‐changing market enables us

to price your property accurately.

And with our local knowledge

and extensive network of London

offices, you can rely on Knight

Frank to get you moving.

Call us today on 01892 310700 to

discuss your property search or to

arrange a free market valuation.

Guide price: £1,395,000

Marden

An attractive Grade II Listed converted coaching inn with many period features

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms. Detached 2 bed annexe. Garaging, car port and

store rooms. Orchard and paddock. In all about 4.24 acres.

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Guide price: £1,250,000

Matfield

An attractive architect designed period cottage in a peaceful position

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Extended and refurbished accommodation providing fantastic reception / entertaining

space. Gardens and grounds with paved terrace, paddock. In all about 1.58 acres. EPC: D.


‘Our Focus Determines Your Reality’

harpers and hurlingham

CRANBROOK £1,700,000

Impressive Grade II* Listed town house in prominent

position · Four reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast

room · Boot room, utility and cloakroom · Eight

bedrooms (two ensuite) · Two bathrooms · Two attic

rooms · Partially walled garden · Garaging · EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

CRANBROOK £1,695,000

Two contemporary detached barns with stunning views

· Barn one - Open plan living/kitchen area including

two sitting rooms · Four bedrooms · EPC: C · Barn two

- Open plan living/kitchen area · Three bedrooms (one

ensuite) · EPC: tba · Swimming pool · Approx. 3 acres

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

SUTTON VALENCE £1,450,000

Grade II Listed farmhouse in country lane location

· Three reception rooms · Study · Kitchen/breakfast

room · Five bedrooms (one ensuite) · Garden, grounds

and lake approximately 12.5 acres · Equestrian

facilities and outbuildings · EPC: n/a

Views over its own gardens and grounds

HUNTON £995,000

Striking converted barn in rural location

· Two reception rooms · Study area · Kitchen/

breakfast room · Four bedrooms (one ensuite)

· Formal garden and grounds approximately 3 acres

· Ample off road parking · EPC: E

Once part of the Gennings House Estate

Harpers&Hurlingham

The Cornerhouse, Stone Street, Cranbrook

01580 715400

www.harpersandhurlingham.com

London offiCe: KenSingTon 020 7938 2311

Sales & Lettings Team

Jane Emilie Chez Cathy Sarah Debbie Jane A Debbie S Janey Caroline Dianne


HARPERS AND HURLINGHAM

Celebrates their 7 th year

Auspicious

• Wonders of the

world

• Days of the

week

• Continents of

the world

• Colours of the

Rainbow

• Notes on a

musical scale

• Seas of the

World

• Years that H&H have been

Market Leaders in TN17

Due to our continued success, I am pleased to announce that we are expanding our team, with the arrival of new Director Emilie

Beard. Emilie has worked for two Market Leaders in Prime Central London for the past 15 years, most recently as an Associate

Partner at Strutt & Parker in the Kensington and Chelsea Borough. She is highly respected within the industry and comes with a

wealth of experience. We are excited to have her on board. I would personally like to extend a huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who

has supported us, in particular to our Vendors, Landlords, Purchasers and Tenants for their unprecedented support. Also, not

forgetting my excellent and professional team that work tirelessly 7 days a week to provide exceptional personal service.

Thank You!Jane


SHOW HOME

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Biddenden

A beautifully presented unlisted period farmhouse with pretty granary annexe

in an idyllic setting · CSCA · No Onward Chain · 3 Receptions · Kitchen

· 4 Bedrooms · 3 Bath/Shower Rooms · Annexe · Garaging · Gardens and

Grounds inc Woodland and Paddock of approaching 2 acres · EPC E & D

Guide Price £1,500,000

rOBertSBridGe

A handsome Arts and Crafts residence amid beautiful grounds on the

outskirts of the village · 2 Reception Rooms · Kitchen/Breakfast Room

· Conservatory · 5 Bedrooms · 3 Bathrooms · Double Garage · Gardens

Stores · Summerhouse · About 1 acre in all · EPC D

OFFerS in exceSS OF £895,000

Smarden

A picturesque Grade II listed barn conversion providing versatile

accommodation in a tranquil location · No Onward Chain · Reception Hall

· 3 Reception Rooms · Kitchen/Breakfast Room · Mezzanine Snug

· 4 Bedrooms (2 En Suite) · Family Bathroom · Circa 0.25 Acre

OFFerS in exceSS OF £750,000

SiSSinGHurSt

A recently extended and extensively renovated period semi detached

cottage set on a country lane · Cranbrook School catchment area

· 2 Reception Rooms · Kitchen · 4 Bedrooms · 2 Bathrooms · Versatile

Attic Room · Gardens · Outbuilding · Private Parking · EPC D

OFFerS in exceSS OF £595,000

HawkHurSt

The west wing of a picturesque Grade II listed village house steeped in

history and benefiting from planning permission to extend amid pretty

cottage gardens · CSCA · No Onward Chain · 2 Reception Rooms · Kitchen

· 4 Bedrooms · 3 Bathrooms · Landscaped Gardens

Guide Price £550,000

rOBertSBridGe

An attractive family home in a convenient village location within walking

distance of shops and MLS · Sitting Room · Dining Room · Kitchen/

Breakfast Room · Conservatory · 4 Bedrooms · 2 Bathrooms · Double

Garage · Garden · EPC E

OFFerS in exceSS OF £525,000

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BIDDENDEN £1,050,000

No Chain | Four Reception Rooms | Two En Suites and Bathroom | CSCA

Individual detached family home with newly installed underfl oor heating, set on an

approx. 5 acre plot. This deceptively spacious home has been lovingly extended by

the current owners, which offers plenty of space for any family’s needs.

EPC Rating D

ROLVENDEN £875,000

Open Plan Living Space | Detached Double Garage | Located In The CSCA

A truly unique and one of a kind three bedroom detached home that has

been converted from a water tower, set in grounds of around 1.4 acres with

far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside in a popular village.

EPC Rating D

TENTERDEN £450,000

Open Plan Kitchen/Diner | Underfl oor Heating | Private Parking | 1125 Sqft

Show Home Coming In Autumn 2017

Finch House is part of the new exciting & exclusive development The Ferns

by Clarendon Homes. A rare opportunity to acquire a brand new 3 bedroom

detached family home within walking distance to Tenterden High Street.

TENTERDEN £465,000

Master En-suite | Garden Room | Landscaped Garden | 1257 Sqft

Show Home Coming In Autumn 2017

Wren Lodge is part of the new exciting & exclusive development The Ferns

by Clarendon Homes. A rare opportunity to acquire a brand new 3 bedroom

detached family home within walking distance to Tenterden High Street.

TENTERDEN £375,000

Three Bedrooms | Downstairs Cloakroom | Kitchen with built in Appliances

This secluded and well-presented Neo-Georgian terrace. One of six homes set

in an exclusive mews development, it is in an enviable position to offer level and

accessible access to the picturesque High Street of Tenterden.

EPC Rating C

HAMSTREET £525,000

Three Reception Room | Quiet cul-de-sac | Conservatory | Cloakroom

Well presented executive detached 4 bedroom family home with double garage

and driveway located on a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance to local primary

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Five bedroom house in exclusive development with views to

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breakfast room, study, play room, utility. Master bedroom with

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Double garage. Garden EPC C

Camber, East Sussex - £695,000

Detached five bedroom coastal house undergoing complete

renovation to create contemporary beach house overlooking

the sand dunes with nearby access onto vast stretch of

Camber Sands beach.

Rye, East Sussex - £850,000

Arts & Crafts style house in quiet position in Citadel with

views. Sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room,

cellar, three first floor bedrooms. Second floor suite with living

room, kitchenette, bedroom. Courtyard and terrace garden.

EPC E

Beckley, East Sussex - £695,000

Spacious detached house in quiet edge of village location.

Large sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast

room, utility, master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms.

Single garage. Parking. Front and rear gardens. EPC D

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A detached period two bedroom single storey cottage situated

in the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town and Cinque

Port of Winchelsea. Living room, garden room, dining room,

kitchen, bathroom, 2 bedrooms. Garden. Garage. EPC F

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Detached Victorian house in need of modernisation in same

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

1.

City Living

Maggie Alderson finds urban homes in the thick of the action

There’s nothing like living amidst the English countryside. Looking out of your

kitchen window over rolling fields, grazing sheep, copses of trees busy with rooks.

Being able to head off right from your own gate for a bracing walk, or ride.

There is also nothing like walking five minutes from your front door to buy

a pint of milk and the paper. Even better is walking from your front door to the

station for your daily commute, to see a play, snap up something lovely in the

sales, or have a great meal. Another great advantage is that if at that meal you

decide to have a whole bottle of wine, or even two, you can stagger home holding

on to lampposts if necessary. One of the scourges of country life is the grim-faced

designated driver who wants to leave as soon as possible after pudding, when the

non-designee is just warming up for a display of can-can dancing, or throat singing.

The taxi option for such rural socialising is painful on the purse – and

sometimes on your relationship with your hosts, should you need to wait an

hour after it was really time to go home because all three of the mini cabs in

the locale have already been nabbed. And while there are those who relish the

semi-isolation of the country house, badgers and stoats your nearest neighbours,

the medium-sized town offers the finest sense of community there is.

Village life has its charms – but also its Linda Snells and Susan Carters. Jean Paul

Sartre’s play No Exit could have been inspired by life in a real Ambridge, with its eternal

line: ‘hell is other people’. But in the right concentration, of course, heaven is also other

people. Other people who live close enough to take you in for a cup of tea – or glass of

cold white wine (thank you, Alastair) – should you lock yourself out, with no phone.

Close enough to feed your cat and notice if the wrong person is trying to get into your

house and to bring you chicken soup when you need it. But with the dilution of a bigger

population – and more going on – so your business isn’t all they have to think about.

Life in a prosperous medium town offers many of the joys of city living,

without the crime and grime – and with the balancing pleasures of the countryside

within easy reach. To some of us (my hand is keenly raised…) it’s the ideal.

Here is our pick of houses currently on the market to enjoy it from.

1.

1. Rosemont

Where? Rosemont sits on Mount

Ephraim, a sought-after position in the

heart of Tunbridge Wells, overlooking the

Common. It’s an easy walk to the station

with its excellent services to Cannon Street

(47 minutes) and Charing Cross (one

hour) and to all the cultural, retail and

culinary delights of the Royal Borough.

What? An elegant semi-detached

Victorian townhouse, with a generous

4759 sq ft of space over four floors. It has

been been modernised in the right way

with a lovely kitchen and luxe bathrooms,

retaining much of the original period

character, with high ceilings, an elegant

staircase, large sash windows and intricate

plaster mouldings. The lower ground

has a large family room, games room,

gym, utility and wine store. Ground

has a big kitchen/breakfast room with

adjacent sitting area and formal drawing

room. Two en suite bedrooms on the

first floor, with four further bedrooms

and a family bathroom at the top.

There’s off-street parking for two cars

and a walled rear garden with a terrace.

How much? Rosemont is on

the market with Knight Frank,

Tunbridge Wells with a guide price

of £1,750,000. Call 01892 882776

and browse knightfrank.co.uk

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3.

4.

2.

3.

4.

2. Number 5,Calverley

Park Crescent

Where? Calverley Park Crescent, a

dreamy 1830s Decimus Burton terrace

built in elegant grey stone, is one of the

most sought-after locations in Tunbridge

Wells. Looking onto the private communal

landscaped garden and over to Calverley

Park and beyond, it’s a wonderfully tranquil

spot, yet right in the middle of town, seven

minutes’ walk from the station, with its

excellent services to Cannon Street (47

minutes) and Charing Cross (one hour)

and even closer to the cultural, retail and

culinary delights of the Royal Borough.

What? The Grade II listed house is

entered via the colonnaded terrace which

sweeps along the front of the crescent,

with private parking outside. The ground

floor comprises the kitchen and adjoining

dining room, plus laundry, store and

cellar. On the upper ground there’s a

sitting room and study. The first floor

has two bedrooms, with the front one

opening onto a large balcony looking over

the gardens. The top floor has another

bedroom and a family bathroom.

How much? Number 5 Calverley

Park Crescent is being marketed by

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season. Sue Whigham heads outdoors to make

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where reds, oranges and yellows abound, and Jo Arnell cooks

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From the street, every house is a mystery… Even on

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the front door of this particular house in St. Leonards.

Although the door itself might have been a bit of a

tip off, elegantly furnished as it is with brass fittings, all

beautifully polished, and the name plate: St. Benedict.

But despite this, when I was first let in through

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The hall I was standing in was clearly from another era,

every detail in perfect keeping with the late 19th century


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This page: Part of the St. Benedict

experience is breakfast in the dining

room just across the hall from the

drawing room, resplendent with

green and gold Watts of Westminster

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served in silver chafing dishes in the

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under glass domes, brass-potted aspidistras and grandfather clock.

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– adding another layer of otherworldliness to the experience – led me

through a green baize door (complete with brass studs) and down to the

kitchen, was that there were no visible signs of any other century.

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Above: In the large kitchen, ironed cotton sheets hang on wooden hoist and spindle airers

It felt as though the clock had stopped at

midnight on December 31st 1899.

This impression heightened as we passed a dumb

waiter and a board of servants’ bells in a flagged hallway,

patchworked with old Persian rugs, and went into the

large kitchen, where ironed cotton sheets hung on

wooden hoist and spindle airers and the cook’s labours

were apparent on a scrubbed deal kitchen table.

When one of the house’s owners, Paul Oxborrow, appeared

in the doorway from the garden I was still lost for words,

gazing around at the lace-trimmed cloth atop the mantelpiece

– complete with a pair of fine Staffordshire dogs – dressers

stocked with blue and white china, copper pots hanging on the

walls and two armchairs with cosily worn floral loose covers,

either side of the Aga. It was like being in a book by E. Nesbit.

Stocking a tray with a coffee pot and elegant

cups and saucers, Paul took me back upstairs to the

drawing room, a superb double salon with matching

fireplaces at each end, where it would be possible to

succumb to the nicest kind of sensory overload, taking

in the richness of the furnishings and detail.

The passementerie alone is dazzling – in a good way – with

decorative bullion and tassels hanging from the elaborate

pelmets, golden braid along the mantelpiece and a large tassel

dangling from the brass chandelier. The light over the table

in the bay window, which goes up and down on a satisfying

pulley system, is trimmed with extra long red silk fringe.

The side of the room we were sitting in, Paul explained,

was once their sitting room. The other half, now resplendent

with a grand piano – the house’s co-owner, Stephen Groves,

is a pianist and church organist – was their kitchen.

“The house was built in 1881 and divided into three flats

in 1925,” explains Paul. “We bought the entrance level flat

in 1995, then six years later the maisonette above became

available so we bought that and then a year later, we were able

to buy the basement, so by 2002 we had the whole house.”

But Paul and Stephen didn’t wait until then

to start their grand decorating project.

“We decorated this end of the room like this when it

was still a flat,” says Paul. “Then, when we were able to

take the kitchen out of the other side, we already had

the fireplace which was a perfect match for this one. We

found it in an antiques shop in Tunbridge Wells and

thought we’d buy it, because ‘maybe one day’…”

Because of this staggered time frame, the marbling on both

fireplaces and on the panelling all round the conjoined rooms,

from the skirting boards to the dado rail, was done over the

years by three different sets of craftspeople. It looks seamless.

Adding the final touch to unify the two spaces, they

commissioned the woodworker who has done all the

work in the house to match the gold-leafed mirror they

had over the original fireplace, so now the two sides

of the room are perfectly symmetrical, right down to

the two delicate Chinese blue and white tea bowls


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“We decided we would decorate the

house in period, because it’s what

we like and it’s also possible to do,

because the furniture is still readily

available. We focused on the 1880s

and 90s period, but it’s pretty eclectic,

because lots of the world had been

discovered by then and more exotic

styles adopted,” says Paul

balanced on the top sides of each mirror.

Sitting back in one of the red damask-covered

sofas and taking it all in, my eyes skipping from

ginger jar, to ornate clock, Chinese figurines, pot

pourri bowls, carved mirrors, religious statuary,

marquetry boxes, porcelain vases and much more,

in clumps, clusters and serried rows on every surface

in the room – many of them apparently created

for the purpose, such as the decorative shelf over

the door – one word comes into my mind: dust.

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landing on the top floor of

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enough bathrooms to satisfy

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without compromising the

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also possible to do, because the furniture is still readily

available. We focused on the 1880s and 90s period, but

it’s pretty eclectic, because lots of the world had been

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But shopping for bibelots and decorative trims

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structural work Paul and Stephen have put into St.

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On the kitchen floor they’ve reinstated the larder,

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traditional two shades of pale custard-coloured distemper,

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One floor up, on the entry level, they moved the staircase

back to its original position, reinstalled the dumb waiter


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The music room is a rather playful swerve back to 18th century baroque,

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with a cherub, where Stephen practises for his church engagements


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This page: In the music room there’s a rare glimpse

of modern life, with a flat screen TV – concealed

behind a painting, which is lowered to watch

and put in a new entrance vestibule, complete with a

tessellated tile floor salvaged from a house in Camberwell

and stained glass windows with a lovely bird design.

Paul shows me the original window in the

adjoining loo – complete with a fine blue and white

patterned thunderbox WC – which they found in a

reclamation yard and had copied by a glass worker.

Considering the enormous amount of effort Paul and

Stephen have put in, it’s pleasing to know that their

magnificent décor can be enjoyed by anyone who cares

to visit this wonderful house as a bed and breakfast. One

which has fabulous five-star reviews on Trip Advisor.

“Guests tend to be people who are enthusiastic about

interiors, vintage and traditional styles of buildings

and architecture,” says Paul. “The décor is the thing

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of the interior on our website, so it’s clear it’s not a

normal hotel and we get a lot of repeat visitors.

“Very occasionally we’ll get a guest who just wanted

a bed for the night and they are quite surprised


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This page: Mr Parry’s Room is the master suite, with an original adjoining dressing room

when they walk in,” he adds, drily. “But most come

for this reason – it’s fun and very gratifying.”

Part of the experience is breakfast in the dining

room just across the hall from the drawing room,

resplendent with green and gold Watts of Westminster

wallpaper and a crystal chandelier, served in silver

chafing dishes in the English country house manner.

Magnificent period dinners served in this splendid

room are another way to experience St. Benedict,

with guests often choosing to attend in full Victorian

costume. And really, why wouldn’t you?

It’s one of these, I discover, that their friend Catherine

is preparing in the kitchen, delicious smells floating up

the stairs as she rustles up cod mornay, pork cooked in

milk in the Italian style and Sussex Pond pudding, made

with apples from the fruit pergola in the garden, inspired

by one they saw at Bateman’s (Rudyard Kipling’s former

home at Etchingham, now owned by the National Trust).

This is just the first of the grands projets Paul

and Stephen have created in the garden, enclosed

with walls newly built from old bricks, which

look as though they have always been there.

The pergola leads to an area with a large and generously

stocked pond, then on to a lawn with borders where

two beehives nestle – one of them resplendent with

St. Basil’s style onion domes. In one corner is an

octagonal summerhouse, with a working fireplace.

At the end of the garden, on one side is a run for chicken

and ducks – providing eggs for breakfasts and baking.

On the other is what is probably the most astonishing

space in the whole property: a tiny and exquisite chapel

in the Orthodox style, where mass is sometimes said.

With painted angels on a rich blue ground, a wealth

of icons, censers, reliquaries and a central Madonna

and Child, it’s so beautiful and surprising, I felt quite

overcome. It’s really not what you expect to find

where most householders put the compost heap.

It took a brisk walk back up to the house to recover

myself, via a look at their latest project: a potager they are

creating in a neighbouring garden, where they have bought

the flat on that level to be an additional holiday let.

From there it was up the stairs to see the bedroom

floors, as delightful and impressive as the rest of the

house, where they have managed to put in enough

bathrooms to satisfy the 21st century guest, without

compromising the integrity of the house at all.

Mr Parry’s Room is the master suite, with an original

adjoining dressing room, with a bathroom so cleverly spliced

out of the space, it feels as though it was always there.

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This page: At the rear of the garden, Paul and Stephen have built a tiny and exquisite chapel in the Orthodox style, where mass is

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hard to believe haven’t always been there, they are so


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The Sleep Store

and More

Autumn

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• Free delivery

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• Free mattress protector

Massive showroom displaying over 70 beds,

plus bedframes, bedroom furniture and

sofabeds, helpful informative staff. Free parking.

www.thesleepstoreandmore.co.uk

98-100 Hythe Rd, Ashford, Kent TN24 8PR

01233 641246 sales@thesleepstoreandmore.co.uk

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this page: A fruit pergola leads down to the garden,

enclosed with walls newly built from old bricks, which

look as though they have always been there

perfectly atmospheric. In one of them, there’s a – slightly

terrifying looking – old water heater at the head of the bath.

I asked Paul if it still worked, imagining much

spluttering and the few drips of brown hot

water experienced in the country houses of my

childhood, accompanied by booming pipes.

“Oh no,” he said. “We found it in a reclamation

yard and put it in. It’s not connected.”

While the grand reception and bedrooms are

very splendid, it was these little details in the more

humble regions of the house that I found completely

captivating and left me quite awestruck as I bade Paul

farewell at St. Benedict’s splendid front door.

Seeing it again, I thought I’d better check about that

shining brass door furniture. Original, of course…?

“We found it all in reclamation yards,” he told me.

Address Book:

To find about more about St. Benedict, and to book a stay, visit

victorian-bed-and-breakfast.com, email paul.oxborrow@zen.co.uk

or call 01424 434973 / 07802 543661

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FIREPLACES - WOOD STOVES - GAS FIRES

CELEBRATING

1974 - 2017

Showrooms & Head Office: Victoria House, 79 Saint John’s Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9TU

Telephone 01892 541 337 • Email sales@victoriastone.co.uk • www.victoriastone.co.uk


Louis Philippe Old Gold

Wallpaper, £120/roll

Debbie McKeegan

debbiemckeegan.com

Shelby Chinoiserie Blue and

White Ceramic Vase, £45w

Artisanti

artisanti.com

Medium Eichholtz Tray

Marrakech, £195

Sweetpea & Willow

sweetpeaandwillow.com

Silvergate BP 802, £112/roll

Farrow & Ball

farrow-ball.com

Floral Quatrefoil Small Glass

Panel, £11.50

Canterbury Cathedral Shop

cathedral-enterprises.co.uk

Get

Look

the

Vari Rug, from £149

Marks & Spencer

marksandspencer.com

Gerlinde Large 6 Light Brass

Chandelier, £2099

The Chandelier & Mirror

Company

chandeliersandmirrors.co.uk

Duresta Juliette Chaise

Lounge, £2400

Darlings of Chelsea

darlingsofchelsea.co.uk

‘Mona Lisa’s Hands’ Oil

Painting

by Ryan Louder

£496+shipping

(Subject to change)

Artfinder

artfinder.com

Small Gilded Architectural

Mirror, from £800+VAT

Joseph McCarthy

josephmccarthy.co.uk

Taj Agra Wool Rug Red &

Gold, from £220

Shimu

shimu.co.uk

Large Silver Effect Filigree

Mild Steel Lantern, £18

B&Q

diy.com


Montmartre

The Montmartre bed is made by

hand from sustainable mahogany,

upholstered in deep black velvet

and finally finished with antiqued

brass studs. From £1,695,

The French Bedroom Company

frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

Sleep Easy

Make the most of precious z’s with

beautiful beds in all shapes and styles

Alana

The Alana super kingsize bed comes

in either a copper or brushed brass

(pictured) finish. £449, Made made.com

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Norfolk Stripe

If you’re looking to upholster, Ian Mankin’s Norfolk Stripe in ‘Peony’

in 100% cotton is a striking choice. Made in Britain, the design also

comes in eight other colours and costs £27.50/m ianmankin.co.uk

Mahogany 4-Poster

Made from sustainable mahogany, this Chippendalestyle

four-poster bed features foliate carved and reeded

posts and flame mahogany panels. £9,995, Titchmarsh

& Goodwin titchmarsh-goodwin.co.uk

Rouen

The Rouen high footend

bed features deep

buttoned curves and is

available in a choice of

colours and fabrics. From

£1,835, Sofas & Stuff

sofasandstuff.com

Studioline

The new updated Studioline bedroom

range is available in new colours of

wood and lacquer to complement the

already extensive range. Shown is the

double bed with upholstered headboard

and chrome legs. Sliding and

hinged door wardrobes are available.

Find Studioline at David Salmon,

Eastbourne davidsalmon.co.uk

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AUTUMN 2017

LINEN COLLECTIONS

Your bedroom is your haven, your very own special space where you can retreat at the end of a

busy day and there is nothing better than relaxing in a beautifully made bed. However you need

to create the right ambience to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Simply by updating your bedlinen and dressing the bed with sumptuous throws and coordinating

cushions can instantly transform your bedroom. So if you are looking for some inspiration, let us

showcase our new collections for autumn from Designers Guild, Harlequin and Sophie Conran,

then pop into store and see what else is NEW this autumn on the Linens department.

AUBRIET FUCHSIA

Exquisite painterly clusters of summer roses on a soft grey

textural backdrop adorn this luxurious floral bed linen

design. Digitally printed onto crisp 200 thread count percale

cotton. This beautiful duvet reverses to a cool grey textural

print and is completed by placement print pillowcases.

The Oxford pillowcase features a floral design on a textured

grey ground on the front and all grey on the reverse. The

housewife pillowcases have a grey leaf design embroidered

on the right side of the cuff, on a plain white cotton. The

beautiful floral design is printed and embroidered on the

scatter cushion.

DOUBLE DUVET COVER £105

KINGSIZE DUVET COVER £120

SUPERKING DUVET COVER £140

OXFORD PILLOWCASE £22

EMBROIDERED HOUSEWIFE PILLOWCASE £22

SCATTER CUSHION 30x50cm £50


FENWICK TUNBRIDGE WELLS



SALICE

Harlequin adds the subtle Salice design to its bedlinen

collection for autumn/winter 2017.

The duvet cover is adorned with delicate sprays of pussy

willow in a plum colourway. The motif is taken from the

recently launched fashion-inspired Fauvissimo and statement

Standing Ovation collections. Digitally printed on 100%

cotton sateen with a 200-thread count, the duvet cover has

an all-over texture print on the reverse.

The Oxford pillowcase features the pussy willow as it fades

out towards the sky. The housewife pillowcases co-ordinate

with the reverse of the duvet cover: they have the same

all-over texture print with the addition of fine cord piping.

Three inquisitive, embroidered birds perch on a branch

in the centre of the scatter cushion. Painterly in style, the

embroidery is stitched onto a 100% linen ground and is

finished with fine cord piping in a plum colourway. The

multi-coloured textured knit throw makes a cosy addition

and completes the look.

SINGLE DUVET COVER £75

DOUBLE DUVET COVER £95

KINGSIZE DUVET COVER £110

SUPER KING DUVET COVER £125

OXFORD PRINT PILLOWCASE £22

HOUSEWIFE PILLOWCASE £18

SCATTER CUSHION 60x40cm £50

KNITTED THROW 165x200cm £165

FENWICK TUNBRIDGE WELLS


Sophie is a designer, cook, gardener, author and mother to two wonderful

children. She grew up in the Conran design and food dynasty as the only

daughter of legendary designer Sir Terence Conran and multi award-winning

cookery writer Caroline Conran.

Sophie believes in making the things we use every day practical, elegant and

timeless. She works alongside the finest manufacturers to design products of

the highest quality, that make every day a beautiful day.

Sophie is delighted to be working alongside Antonio Coelho Lima, visionary

director of family firm ACL, purveyors of the best bed linens since 1922. Their

company ethos is to create products that make you feel good using natural fibres

and sustainable processes. This sits alongside Sophie’s belief that your sheets

should ensure a fantastic night’s sleep, and that the bedroom should be a calm

oasis away from our busy lives, helping us to start and end each day with a smile.

The inspiration for this exquisite collection is drawn from the little things we

find joyous and uplifting in everyday life. Everyone should feel like royalty when

tucked into bed, so our bed linen is made from the highest quality cotton percale

with 200 thread count, to feel luxuriously soft against your skin and launder

beautifully, wash after wash. The classic designs will suit any bedroom style

and will help you to dream peacefully every night.

FENWICK TUNBRIDGE WELLS



SOPHIE CONRAN SPENCER

Make bedtimes bold and beautiful with our stunning

Spencer Bed Linen Collection. Made from pure, white

cotton with a subtly textured, woven stripe in soothing

grey, this bedding has modern simplicity and timeless style.

The clean lines, classic colours and charming nod to

nautical chic complement any decor and create a sense of

space and harmony. Add luxurious layers with square pillow

cases and comforting bedspreads, designed with a finer

stripe and heavier cotton, for an irresistibly inviting bed.

DOUBLE DUVET COVER £100

KINGSIZE DUVET COVER £120

SUPERKING DUVET COVER £140

OXFORD PILLOWCASE £25


SOPHIE CONRAN CLARENCE

Bring your bedroom to life with our joyful Clarence

bed linen collection. Made from superbly soft, 200 thread

count, pure white cotton, this bedding has a striking floral

print in rich coral, adding charm and character to any bed.

The subtly geometric pattern and uplifting colour have a

modern simplicity - finish with embroidered square pillows

in plain white for extra comfort and a fresh, layered look.

DOUBLE DUVET COVER £80

KINGSIZE DUVET COVER £95

SUPERKING DUVET COVER £110

OXFORD PILLOWCASE £20

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

www.fenwick.co.uk

FENWICK TUNBRIDGE WELLS


Pudding sofa bed

The Pudding Sofa from Loaf is

handmade in Derbyshire. Featuring a

deep, comfy seat and long curved back,

we love this version in Burnt Orange

plush velvet, £2,115. loaf.com

Dual Purpose

Snuggle up and save valuable space with

our edit of stylish sofa beds

Pillowtalk

Available in over fifty fabrics, the Pillowtalk

range by Content by Terence Conran

comes in a variety of designs, from sofa

bed to chaise, and costs from £839.

contentbyterenceconran.com

Vasca CO 02

Available in two seat heights, Vasca

features optional contrast piping and

comfy cushions that never require any

turning. From £1,550, Furl furl.co.uk

Inca

The retro-styled Inca sofa bed has

angled wooden legs and a stylish

button back. It even comes with

two arm pads and two scatter

cushions. £599, DFS dfs.co.uk

Chatnap

This modular corner

sofa bed is packed with

storage and designed

especially for smaller

spaces. Prices start from

£2,685. loaf.com

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Versailles 2 Drawer Bedside

Table, £305,

The French Bedroom Co,

frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

Evie Upholstered Bed, £879,

Living it Up,

livingitup.co.uk

Fleur Bedside Table, £1400

+VAT, Oficina Inglesa,

oficinainglesa.com

Golden Taupe Silk Cushion, £25,

and Silk Embroidered Cushion, £30,

Shimu,

shimu.co.uk

Sleep in

Beauty

Sleep like royalty with gold accents,

luxe fabrics and French detailing

Bespoke Classic Canopy Bed

with integrated TV system in

the footboard, £9,000 +VAT,

Oficina Inglesa,

oficinainglesa.com

Arthouse Suki Gold Foil cushion, £12,

Arthouse,

arthouse.com

Eidetic Table Lamp in

Medium Antique Gold Mirror,

£126, Dar Lighting Group,

darlighting.co.uk

Lene Bjerre Emilia Cushion -

Grey Mist, £55,

Sweetpea & Willow,

sweetpeaandwillow.com

The Ritual of Karma Bed &

Body Mist, £16.50,

Rituals,

rituals.com

Versailles French White Bed,

from £1,099

Newtons Furniture

newtonsfurniture.co.uk

The Queen’s Bed, £2,680,

The French Bedroom Co,

frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

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A Magical

Setting...

• Breathtaking Scenery

• Excellent Food and Service at affordable

prices, with off-peak discounts available

• 3 Magnificent Function rooms,

each self contained with their own Bar

• Licenced for Civil Ceremonies

• Ample parking

High Rocks Lane, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9JJ Tel: 01892 515 532 www.highrocks.co.uk


Midwinter Fair

16th, 17th & 18th November 2017

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Whether you’re looking for, clothes, jewellery, accessories or homewares, you’ll find an

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SW19

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Jacket

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Bill Skinner

Studio

Floral Initial Letter

Pendant

£45

billskinnerstudio.

co.uk

Hermosa

London

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in Black

£80

hermosalondon.

com

Chandrika

Thomas

Fragrance Set

from £85

chandrikathomas.

co.uk

Isabel Haines

Durance Bibliotheque

Range Candle, £15

isabelhaines.com

Romney

Marsh Wools

Handmade Natural

Wool Lined Suede

Moccasins With Soft Sole

£25

romneymarshwools.

co.uk

Wild Planet

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Reed Diffuser

£26.95

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THE PICNIC BOX

This Coffee House

from Brighton will be

serving sandwiches,

gluten-free treats

and speciality coffee

from their vintage

horse trailer.

MUCKY DUCK

Enjoy fresh

homemade soup,

savoury muffins,

delicious cakes and

mince pies with

barista coffees and a

wide selection of teas

& hot chocolates.

Bakery

Ostrich 2

Love

Anthracite Grey

Credit Card Holder

£45

ostrich2love.co.uk

Cashara

Cashmere Pom

Pom Hat

£40

cashara.co.uk

Into Mills

Riviera Navy

Collection, prices start

at £6.95, Teak chopping

board £30

intomills.com

As well as the café bar and street food café, we’d

like to introduce our new café bakery! Refuel with

delicious home-baked products, barista coffee and

a range of teas from our three artisan producers

serving from their quirky bakery wagons…

Hall & Co

Chinti & Parker

Navy Aran S weater

£350

halland.co

OATOPIA

The place to find

freshly ground

coffee, gluten free

flapjacks, porridge &

energy bombs. Pick

out your favourite

oaty festive treat!

Beau Britches

Sports luxe designs

that make you stand

out in the gym.

Leggings - £115; Capris - £79;

Bra Top - £59

beaubritches.co.uk

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Asunsti

Handwoven

Organic Mulberry

Silk Shawl, £85,

asunsti.co.uk

Katie

Mullally

Silver Small

Hallmarking Circle

£60

katiemullally.com


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Make the most of the magnificent choice of exhibitors at this year’s fair to find

something special for the men in your life…

Anno

Distillers

60² Gin £55.50

annodistillers.

co.uk

Swole Panda

6 Pair Bamboo Sock

Gift Box

£45

swolepanda.com

Glover and

Smith

Personalised Spitfire

Cufflinks

£45.70

gloverandsmith.

co.uk

Eribe

Knitwear

Lupetto Seamless

Pullover T380 Yellow

£250.00

eribe.com

London

International

Silver

Antique Handled

Mach 3 Razors

£36.00 each

notjustsilver.com

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The Golden Fleece

Barbour John, Brushed

Cotton, Tailored Fit, Shirt in

Barbour’s Classic (Green) &

Modern (Grey) Tartan

£64.95

thegoldenfleece.co.uk

The

Amazing

Chocolate

Workshop

Tool Box, £18

thechocolateworkshop.

co.uk


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Devlin Jones

Colonsay Bellows

£250

firebellows.co.uk

Irvine Shirts

Passion Flower,

£85

irvineshirts.com

Oxney

Organic Estate

Oxney Organic

Estate Classic

£33

oxneyestate.com

The Canterbury

Silver Co

Cambridge Sterling

Silver Fountain Pen with

large display hallmarks

£138.00

silverpen.co.uk

Barleycorn

Prints

Lancaster Panoramic

(31”x17”)

£100. Fair Price - £90

barleycornprints.

com

Meet the maker

Halinka’s fairies

Get into the Christmas spirit with handmade

festive characters by Halinka’s Fairies

Can you describe your work?

Delightful fairies and characters, all original designs

and handmade by Halinka! Each is one of a kind.

What do customers say they like about your products?

My customers are delighted by the magic, the detail of

the work and the colours but mostly by the movement

and individuality of each little character. They say they

make them happy and will be family heirlooms forever!

Have you always been creative and did

you need any specific training?

I have always made things, drawn things, been taught

to sew at the age of five by my very exacting Polish

grand-mother. However, I also went to Art College

where I studied theatre design and subsequently worked

in the theatre all over the world. Very hard to do when

you have children so I invented my own work!

Do you have a typical working day?

I don’t have a typical working day as it depends if I

need to prepare parcels for posting. Sometimes I start

at six in the morning and that always feels like a lot

gets done but other days I start at lunch time and

finish at midnight with a break for cooking! My most

favourite days are when I am designing something

new, I love the balance of colour and shape and maybe

a new sort of character like the reindeer last year.

Halinka’s

Fairies

Festive Fox

£28.90

halinkasfairies.com

What’s been your proudest moment so far?

With regard to my work, I guess

doing the Harrods windows

for two years running and my

Facebook page being well viewed!

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Sissinghurst Flowers

made with love

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Telephone: 01580 852144 / 07977 142447

Traditional & Contemporary

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info@devainbespokecurtains.co.uk

Telephone: 07974 006146

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THE RYE CHRISTMAS

FESTIVAL 2017

SATURDAY

9TH DECEMBER

11AM TILL LATE

• CHRISTMAS MARKET • SANTA’S GROTTO

• MOTHER CHRISTMAS • STORYTELLING

• PUPPET THEATRE • CAROL CONCERT

• STREET PERFORMANCES • PROCESSION

• COMPETITIONS • CAROUSEL & RIDES

• REINDEER • SANTA EXPRESS TRAIN

• CRAFTS & ACTIVITIES

AND MUCH MUCH MORE

Artwork created and donated by Andy Viner

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£7 per class. Details available from

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A Model Home

Words: Jo Arnell Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Lucy Fleming

Sue and Dave Donkin’s converted farm building, tucked away down an idyllic Kentish

country lane, offers the perfect space for the couple to pursue their artistic interests

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Previous pages: The kitchen is packed with retro

charm. The large wooden post by the kitchen table

hints at the building’s previous incarnation as a bullock

breeding unit! This page: Many of the objects on

display in the sitting room belong to Dave, most of

them model boats

You know you’ll be in for an interesting

visit when the front garden of the house is

home to a 2CV, some whimsical metal birds

and you’re greeted by a friendly Collie-Doodle.

“She’s called Polly,” says her owner, Sue Donkin,

appearing at the threshold with husband Dave.

“She’s a cross between a poodle and a collie” – with

a hint of teddy bear, perhaps? As we head inside

the house, which was once – and I’m finding this

hard to imagine – a bullock breeding unit, I’m

immediately (but thankfully not literally) struck

by a fleet of model boats. They are arranged

around the walls, on sideboards and surfaces, in

large numbers, but in such a way that they aren’t

overwhelming. Some are so beautiful that they’re

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more like works of art than working models.

Sue and Dave Donkin are both artists. They studied

Art and Graphic Design at Sidcup Art College (now

sadly demolished). Sue went on to learn print-making,

while Dave became a model-maker. Keith Richards

from the Rolling Stones attended at the same time.

Dave shows me a picture of them, back in the stylish

day – Keith Richards looking impossibly, and almost

unrecognisably, young and fresh faced. “Yes, there

he is,” says Dave, smiling. “They told him that if he

spent more time working, rather than in the boys’

cloakroom playing his music, he might do better…”

After college Sue and Dave both became art

directors in different advertising agencies. Sue then

decided to leave advertising and started teaching

in art colleges and Dave went freelance, as a model

maker for advertising, BBC and publishing. Dave

has made some amazing models, many for national

ad campaigns and the couple have travelled all over

the place sourcing materials for his pieces. Sue and

Dave always painted too and now that they’re both

free to paint more, their work is closer to home – in

fact it is at home, in the converted garage that’s now

a part of the house. It is a useful space for working

in and is a great asset at the Open Studio events they

participate in. “We don’t really sell ourselves, but the

Open Studio was popular and got good footfall,”

Top: The downstairs loo is a homage to political satire Above: The dining

room is painted a tranquil green

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This page: The studio, at the end of the house, offers the perfect

space for Dave to create his rural and village street scenes and Sue

her portraits and life drawings

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“You can see where the original walls were for the cattle,”

says Dave, describing how there was a central walkway

with partitioned stalls on either side all the way down the

building. This explains the structural posts, which are

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Above: Neatly arranged boats line the ascent to the first floor

Left: A painting of Hastings by the late Anne-Catherine Phillips

takes pride of place at the top of the stairs

literally holding the building up. “Next door was the feed

store,” he continues. “We did look at that too, as both

buildings came on sale at the same time and we were the first

buyers. So we had the choice of either, but this conversion

had a layout that suited our needs with the potential to use

the double garage as a workspace. Then unfortunately our

buyer’s house sale fell through and he apologised for being

unable to complete. We took the house off the market and,

a year later, the buyer approached us again and eventually

bought it.” The farm building was still not sold though and,

having finally found a buyer for their house “and with more

negotiating power, we were suddenly up and running again.”

Moving wasn’t easy, as they had already managed to

accumulate a large collection of treasures and delicate models,

but the advantage was that they could move straight in and had

no structural work to do at all. “We revamped the kitchen,”

says Sue. “We kept the original wooden cupboards – somehow

it’s a shame to paint over natural wood, but we’ve repainted the

walls and added many other touches.” She points to a petite

pale blue kitchen cabinet, given to them by an elderly friend,

which fits perfectly into a tiny space opposite the iconic,

original Habitat dining table, complete with ‘Pantone’ place

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Above: Collections of framed butterflies and portraits line the bare brick wall in the master bedroom. The quilt was handmade locally

mats. There’s an impressive matching Habitat lamp above the

table. I admire the ceramic tiles above the cooker, from Casa

Pupo, “which,” Sue says, “have moved around the house, only

finding a home in the kitchen four years ago.” She loves to find

a bargain too, showing me an unusual, streamlined (almost

Brancusi-esque) kettle that she found in a jumble sale for 10p.

The window by the kitchen table looks out onto the welltended

and still colourful garden; the bird feeders are busy

with birds and there’s much chirping in the surrounding

bushes. There was no garden when they moved here; “It

was just grass, so we made the garden from scratch really,”

says Sue. “In fact we’ve probably done more work outside

than in the house; putting in shrubs and trees – plants

that will attract birds and wildlife.” It is now a far


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Top and below left: The girls’ bedrooms Below: Dave’s boat

collection includes beautiful maritime storm scenes enclosed in

mechanised wooden boxes

cry from the scrubby patch it must once have been.

The decisions the couple make about the house are

joint ones and they tend to agree on most things. “You

would love to start again from scratch I think, though,”

Dave says to Sue, who grins and looks around. “Well, I

do like a modern look, but I couldn’t have a home where

everything is put away and minimalist. I admire it, but

I couldn’t live in it. Objects have memories – of special

friends that have given them, or things that we have brought

back from holiday. You have to be able to see them.”

Many of the objects on display in the sitting room belong

to Dave, most of them model boats; he turns to Sue with a

sheepish smile, “but I only collect them because I thought

you liked them…” She laughs and shakes her head as we

peruse the beautiful sailing boats that Dave has made. There

are also cabinets of Dinky Toys and Matchbox cars – one

with a quantity of model 2CVs, which appear to belong to

Sue; she is particularly fond of her characterful car. It is in

the sitting room that one can see the original purpose of the

building most clearly. “There were stable doors on either

side of the room, and all through the house,” explains Dave,

while he carefully replaces the fan that was resting on the top

of the wood-burner. The fan is not just for cooling purposes,

apparently. “It makes a big difference having this here on top of

the wood-burner, as it distributes the heat, moving it down to

the other end of the room. It’s important in such a big space.”

He pauses and looks around. “Yes, this was a great party room,”

he says, “and now, well, it gives me room for more boats!”

Upstairs the bedrooms are colourful and charming

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Right: A secluded and tranquil

seating area, concealed by

borders, can be found at the

back of the garden Below: A

striped water container has

been re-purposed as a display

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and perhaps more reflective of Sue’s personality. In the large

master bedroom above the sitting room there’s a striking

patchwork screen made by Sue and on the bed a beautiful

handmade quilt that was created locally. It coordinates

well with the screen. There’s also a wonderful collection of

teddy bears, great and small, which are much sought after

– especially by the grandchildren. The couple are admirers

of other artists’ work too and a well known local artist, the

late Anne-Catherine Phillips belonged to the art group that

Sue is a member of. When she died in 2014, Sue was asked

if she’d like to come to her studio and choose a painting. “I

said, don’t choose anything too big,” remembers Dave, so

Sue came back with an impressively large view of Hastings,

which now hangs in pride of place on the landing.

Back downstairs and into the WC, as the two enormous

letters (retrieved from the demise sale of Woolworth & Co)

dictate we should call the smallest room. It’s an amusing

room and could easily be called the PC, or Politicians’

Closet, due to the number of political caricatures in model

form on display in here. Dave points out a particularly

unnerving model on the bottom shelf. I’m not sure I’d

really want it leering down at me in this room, somehow.

We move on to safer ground in the pale green calm of

the dining room, where all is harmony, with symmetrically

retro cupboards and two very stylish serving trollies. “I nearly

got a third trolley,” admits Sue, gazing fondly at the Italian

mid-century chrome and glass beauty next to us, “but I

suppose there’s only room for two,” she sighs, as we admire

it. If only trollies could be pinned to walls like boats.

Once in the large studio at the end of the house, it’s

immediately clear that there are two distinctly different

artists at work here, as their unique styles shine out from

the walls and from every surface around the studio.

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Blue & White: London based creative

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boards bring in a sense of nature, like pieces of

driftwood on a seashore, and contrast with the

modern, polished-aluminium extractor hood.

The modern vintage cook-eat

space is the beating heart of the

home. It juxtaposes the best of

modernity with chic classics. Unlike the

kitchens of yesteryear, we have many

convenient, time-saving, high-tech

devices, yet it makes sense to bring in

a twist of vintage to inject wit, history

and nostalgia. For every home needs

a sense of humour and a little soul.

The best kitchens incorporate

brilliant details, perfect finishes and

utilitarian functionality. Kitchens are

practical, hardworking spaces which

can be given style and personality

when the correct balance of modern

and vintage is struck. Although the

details are important, start by searching

for materials with clean, sleek lines to

prevent the space from looking overcluttered,

and build up from there.

One of the easiest ways to bring

modern vintage into your kitchen is

with your cabinetry. You can either

source old cabinets from local salvage

or junkyards, or give existing cabinets

a twist by decorating the doors with

pretty, antique tiles, matte-sealed

vintage wallpapers or industrialstyle

surfaces. A quick, low-cost fix

is to simply secure old glass knobs,

colourful china handles or pewter

cabinet pulls to modern cupboards.

Otherwise, remove your cupboard

doors entirely and keep vintage-style

crockery, glassware, tea sets and other

period pieces on display. Glass-fronted

cupboard doors also showcase your

finds. In traditional French country

kitchens, the area below the kitchen

sink was often disguised with a

gathered curtain. For this look, source

vintage fabrics in pretty florals or

checks. Or go completely modern with

bold graphics or giant polka dots.

Worktops are the honed muscle

of the kitchen. Hardworking wood

– seen in old butcher’s blocks –

has been a favourite for centuries,

bringing in warm, honeyed hues to

any kitchen. Stainless steel, however,

has a slick, contemporary utilitarian

feel, perfect for contrasting vintage

details. If you’re replacing your

Smart Spaces: In the Parisian home of artist Cécile Daladier and architect/designer Nicolas Soulier

(above), the kitchen sink is integrated into the dining table, doubling up as a cook’s

work surface when not an eating area. Quirky finds, like a silver Aladdin’s teapot on

top of the cabinets and the handmade bowls, create areas of visual interest. Overall,

they’ve kept the colour scheme white, giving this bijou space a sense of airiness.

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Top Tables: Invest in the right table. Or make

your own. Old wooden beams have been crafted

together to make a rustic-style table in Parisian

restaurant Derrière, accessorised with contrasting

chairs, like these rather elegant, fabric-covered

dining chairs with glamorous brass studs.

worktops, consider laminates. These

surfaces have come such a long way

from their Fifties heyday, coming

now in a huge range of colourways,

and instantly add retro flair.

With so many hours being spent in

the kitchen, floors need to be hardwearing

and easy to clean as well

as attractive. Linoleum has recently

made a comeback as it’s natural,

easy to install and comes in a huge

range of designs. Unused rolls of

vintage linoleum from the Twenties

to the Fifties can often be found at

salvage companies or in specialist

stores, but there are now modern

versions that come in vintage prints.

Cork was extremely popular in the

Twenties and gives a wonderful

warmth underfoot. Of course

wooden flooring, in any condition,

is a firm favourite, straddling both

vintage and modern styles.

Tiles are great for adding a little

twist of modern or vintage to walls.

Zing up a plain wall with a pocket

of busily patterned tiles or create

a solid colour block of tiles in a

retro colour, such as apple green or

mustard. Glazed tiles reflect light,

adding vivacity to your kitchen. Use

them in unexpected places, such as

on cupboard doors and worktops.

Bring in colour by displaying

vintage cookware, serve ware and

Country Kitchen: In the home of artist Claire Basler, flowers are in abundance. Above

the old vintage butler’s sink, blooms line up in re-employed grocery bottles. In brown

enamel containers, she’s stacked her vintage silverware, found at market places, while a

lemon yellow teapot resides on the hob. Claire shows off twists of must-have modernity,

like the coffee machine and an industrial-style light to assist with food preparation.

tools (think coffee grinders, retro

blenders, old flour sifters, etc.) in your

favourite period colours. Like the

Sixties? Then go graphic black and

white with your tiles and accessorise

with harvest gold, burnt orange and

olive green vases and teapots. If you

prefer a Fifties look, think pastels: soft

pink Smeg fridge, candy green tile

splashbacks and baby blue crockery.

Keep your eye out too for vintage

cookware, like large enamel teapots,

big copper pans and those details,

like old nutcrackers, French herb

cutters and marble chopping boards.

Serve your food modern vintage

style with antique silver cutlery, old

photographic placemats, reclaimed

linen napkins and vintage tumblers.

Put your water in old milk bottles

or ceramic milk jugs and eat, drink

and be very, very merry!


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BEAUTIFUL KITCHENS

Designed and made in Bethersden, Kent

www.collinsbespoke.com

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Old World Comforts: In Claire Basler’s

bathroom, she has a generously sized vintage

claw foot bathtub. Her trademark giant floral

paintings, in this case irises on a silver canvas,

provide a beautiful backdrop to bathe by. Linen

towels hang from an old towel rail, heated by a

shapely antique radiator.

Reincarnate Key Pieces: An elegant,

modern, square-legged side table becomes a

practical bathing aid in Tim Rundle’s bathroom. On

top, a vintage silver jug and soap dish reside, adding

glinting, pretty accessories. Here, tiles play with

proportion: large square floor tiles juxtapose with

the tiny taupe and white mosaic tiles on the walls.

The bath, painted in taupe, continues the natural,

neutral feel. The large floor-to-ceiling window

brings in the natural world, making this the perfect

urban space in which to relax and reflect.

There’s nothing quite like slipping into the warm, scented water of

your own private oasis. Statistics show we spend three years of our life

bathing, so investing some thought in the bathroom is well worth it.

Bathrooms are our own private spaces, where we relax, wash and

get ready to face the world or bid the day goodnight. Modern vintage

bathrooms blend the best of contemporary conveniences with the

beautiful classics the past has given us. The result is very, very relaxing.

Modern life has given us the mod-cons that make a bathroom comfortable,

yet it’s the old things, like the feel of a big brass tap/faucet, a sofa-sized

bathtub, or the deluge of water that rains on you from a large Victorian

rose head, which can make them truly luxurious. When it comes to

designing your modern vintage bathroom, again it’s about contrast. Choose

vintage or reproduction centrepieces (bathtub, lavatory, basi) to suit a fresh

modern setting, or make your centrepieces chic and sleek, accessorising

with traditional wall and floor finishes, or vintage textile accessories.

Modern Vintage Style by Emily

Chalmers & Ali Hanan is published

by Ryland Peters & Small.

WT readers can buy a copy for the special

price of £14.99, including postage &

packaging (RRP £19.99) by telephoning

Macmillan Direct on 01256 302699 and

quoting the reference KC5

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1. 2.

Sinks & Taps

3.

Update your kitchen with sleek, contemporary styles

4.

1. Blanco Panera-s stainless steel mixer, rrp

£945.60 (special price £699) and Blanco Etagon

500 if/a inset sink rrp £657.60 (sale price

£479), Sink Emporium sinkemporium.co.uk.

2. Blanco Pleon 6 split anthracite inset sink with

Blanco Carena-s anthracite mixer, rrp £1048.80

(sale price £749), Sink Emporium, as before

3. Blanco Culina-s chrome mixer,

rrp £595.20 (sale price £429)

4. Based on the popular PuraVida design for

bathrooms, Hansgrohe has come up with a

digital source of water for the kitchen. The new

electronic PuraVida kitchen mixer sports an

exceptional design that offers convenient, digital

operation. The tap comes in choice of brushed

stainless steel or polished chrome, which combines

beautifully with the strong lines characteristic of

the latest kitchen designs. PuraVida electronic

kitchen mixers provide the ultimate combination

of superb eye-catching design with comfortable

ease of use with a raised, pivoting spout that

provides plenty of space beneath for filling

large containers. The mixer is also available as a

conventional, manual version if this is preferred

to the electronic control. £1782 hansgrohe.co.uk.

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Elegant Luxe: Kitchens

We speak to three kitchen companies about luxury projects they’ve undertaken and the design briefs behind them

Charlie Kingham

Estimated

price:

£29,000

“Maintaining the highest quality without compromise,

we create the finest furniture for our traditional

kitchens. The unique design and exclusive detailing

we have so painstakingly researched and refined, sets

our period kitchens aside and hallmarks the delicate

refinement that carries its own glorious attraction.

This bright and bold kitchen was designed to fulfil the

needs of a very busy household. With integrated wine

storage above the cabinets and a separate drinks cabinet,

we incorporated a vast amount of storage space. This

included handy tray and chopping board pull outs. The

glass on the cabinets allows lighting through to showcase

the contents. The colour contrast on the island makes a

sweeping statement and includes the convenient prep sink.”

Marylebone, London / Guildford

0207 935 2255 charliekingham.co.uk


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Approx

price:

£70,000

Rencraft

“This handmade bespoke

luxury kitchen from

Rencraft provides an elegant

and sophisticated space

for cooking, dining and

entertaining. Every last detail

has been carefully considered;

from the bevelled panelling

on the hand-painted chimney

breast right down to the

chamfer detail carved on

to the corner posts. The

interiors are made of walnut.

The bespoke bar handles

have been custom made to

order and the splashback

is antique bronze mirror.

Storage solutions include

large double door larders,

butler cupboards and solid

wood cutlery inserts. Sub-

Zero & Wolf appliances

seek to further enhance the

sense of luxury.”

Sevenoaks 01732 762682

/ Tunbridge Wells 01892

520730 rencraft.co.uk

Collins Bespoke

“A hand-made, painted, bespoke kitchen is a luxury. A

hugely practical and useful luxury. Custom-designed,

crafted by skilled cabinet-makers and finished by hand,

Collins Bespoke’s kitchens are made just for their

clients: imagine waking up each morning to such a

unique and personal space. This is a wonderful luxury

and one which can be applied to all our kitchens.

One of our favourite kitchens of 2017 must

be this one. It epitomises luxuriousness. The

cabinetry is an example of beautifully crafted

Beaded Shaker-style, finished in Farrow & Ball’s

Plummett and Pavilion Gray. The mixture of greys

with complementing silvery décor – stunning

shimmery wall-paper and animal-print bar stools

– and contrasting whites, give it a platinum showy

effect. The space, with its high ceilings, enhances

the island’s stage-like presence too, which has a

luxurious feature of Dekton Aura worktops.

Central to the cabinetry is an integrated appliance

quartet of Miele ovens and warming drawers.

Adjacent to this is a run of cabinetry-framed fullheight

Miele wine coolers. This kitchen has been

designed to be shown and is one in which entertaining

must happen. It is wonderful.” Collins Bespoke,

Bethersden 01233 822595 collinsbespoke.com

Approx

price:

£38,000

(ex. appliances)

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Nesta Table/Hanging Planter

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Black By Design

black-by-design.co.uk

Mitred Hem Linen

Napkin in Charcoal, £12

The Linen Works

thelinenworks.co.uk

Industrial

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Stelton Flow 1L Carafe,

£39.95

Black by Design

black-by-design.co.uk

Rebecca Cuffe’s metallic kitchen picks

Brunï Espresso Cup,

£20 Set of Three

PIB

pib-home.co.uk

Matt Black Chasseur Cast Iron

Round Casserole, from £70

Amaroni Home

amaroni.com

Bloomingville

Standalone Copper

Pepper Mill, £29

Cult Furniture

cultfurniture.com

Ruffoni Cremeria

Fondue Set, £400

Amara

amara.com

Large Metal Wall

Clock, £79, PUJI

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Smithers of Stamford

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WT’s Lucy picked up some

excellent plant tips from Sarah

at a recent Simply Garden talk

at The Printworks, Hastings,

where she found out about

IKEA’s great new range of

plant pots and cultivation

units. Here are three of our

favourites for kitchens...

KRYDDA

cultivation unit, £19

A herb planter at Simply Garden

Perfect Partners

BITTERGURKA

plant holder with LED

cultivation bulb, £35

Sarah Wilson from Simply Garden gives her suggestions

for plants that thrive in a kitchen environment

Herbs are an obvious choice for the kitchen, especially if you can find a

warm and sunny spot for them. If you struggle to keep supermarket

herbs alive, try growing your own from seed on the windowsill. This will

save you money, plus the plants are likely to be healthier and last a lot longer.

Air plants are like beautiful, mini ornaments but it can be easy to forget they need

to be looked after like other plants. If you place them in your kitchen near the sink it’s

easy to give them the occasional dunk in water or a quick spritz with your mister. Place

them somewhere in your regular eyeline and you’ll be less likely to overlook them.

You’re getting something out of the oven and catch your arm on the hot oven shelf,

we’ve all done it. Aloe vera plants are legendary for their ability to heal burns, simply

snap off a leaf and apply the gel inside directly to the burn. If you have a sunny spot

and don’t overwater it, your Aloe vera will happily thrive with very little care.

Kitchens can be humid environments, which perfectly suits humidity lovers like the

Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata). This fern looks great displayed in a hanging pot

which can be placed in the vicinity of moisture sources such as the sink or cooker.

Beware temperature fluctuations though and keep this plant out of direct sunlight.

The perfect plant to add interest to your kitchen shelves is the Ficus

pumila. This tough little plant will cope with lower light levels and will

trail beautifully, providing vertical interest. It loves moisture so water it

every 3-4 days in a warm room. Look out for the variegated form if you

fancy something slightly brighter than the straight green variety.

SATSUMAS

plant stand with

5 plant pots, £30

Visit Simply Garden at 51a George Street, Hastings, for expert advice, gardening

essentials, plants, containers, courses and talks. 01424 319093 simplygarden.org

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Elegant Luxe: Bathrooms

Bathe in sumptuous style with beautifully finished sanitaryware and fittings

Image courtesy of European Bathrooms

Bathroom designer Villeroy & Boch

has upped the luxe factor with its

new Finion Collection. The epitome

of indulgence, Finion combines

delicately curved washbasins, baths

and bathroom furniture with silver,

gold and copper coloured accessories.

For a stunning centrepiece, the

Finion free-standing bath features a

decorative metallic strip and soft LED

lighting – giving a ‘floating’ effect.”

POA, European Bathrooms, Windsor

01753 865050 / Amersham 01494

434349 europeanbathrooms.com

Calypso Selter Pearl fitted furniture with white carcass,

Cipollino Marble Calypstone worktop, Montana wc, Montana

basin, Casola basin tap and Arada 1200 LED mirror.

£3091.10 inc Vat.

Cranleigh Bathroom Studios, Cranleigh 01483 272727

cranleigh-bathroomstudios.co.uk

Venticello 1200mm basin drilled with 3 tap holes in Alpine

White Ceramic, £802 + Vat, Venticello 1200 vanity unit in

Glass Gloss Grey with version 5 handle in copper, £1,368 +

Vat, Dornbracht towel rails in Cyprum £546.70 + Vat each,

Dornbracht MEM 3 hole mixer Cyprum £1941.30 + Vat

Walton Bathrooms, Hersham 01932 224784

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Heritage

Penrose Freestanding

Acrylic Double ended bath

£1,400 inc Vat, Cranleigh

Bathroom Studios

cranleigh-bathroomstudios.

co.uk

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Heritage Claverton wash

basin 3 taphole, pedestal and

Heritage Glastonbury 3 taphole basin

mixer. Basin £230 inc Vat, pedestal

£115 inc Vat, taps £275 inc Vat,

Cranleigh Bathroom Studios

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“The West One Bathrooms design team recently completed this project: bringing an Arts & Crafts house into the twenty-first

century with this luxurious master en suite bathroom. The design was kept open, with an open doorway through from the

bedroom and dressing room, whilst providing privacy with a feature wall behind the bath to conceal the shower at one end and

the loo at the other. Soft chalky textures give a warm, airy feel to the space, and a distressed plank effect floor and walls in the

shower area give the feel of an old Parisian apartment. The overall result is one of calm and tranquillity, which hits the clients’

brief perfectly.” West One Bathrooms, Tunbridge Wells 01892 548111 / Oxshott 01372 841730 westonebathrooms.com

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Get

the loo

Flush with flair with our pick

of the latest WCs

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1. Burlington chrome aluminium high level cistern floor standing WC, £1,084.01, Classic Tiles & Bathrooms Ltd.

classictilesandbathrooms.com 2. Calm Grey Left Hand Combination Vanity Unit Set with WC, £314.97, Bathroom Takeaway,

bathroomtakeaway.co.uk 3. Numi is Kohler’s most advanced WC, featuring a host of automated technology including a

motion-activated, bidet style cleansing wands, warm air dryer, bluetooth, radio and lighting. It is also self-cleaning! £10,800,

West One Bathrooms westonebathrooms.com 4. Victorian High Level WC, £590, The Pure Bathroom Collection from Smiths

Briten, purebathroomcollection.co.uk 5. Sottini Iscara Back to Wall WC with slim close wrap over seat, £460, NJK Interiors,

njkinteriors.com 6. Fusion L Vanity Unit in Walnut Effect, from £610, The Pure Bathroom Collection from Smiths Briten,

purebathroomcollection.co.uk 7. Duravit Starck 2 New Rimless WC, for stockists see duravit.co.uk

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Hib Spectre 50 LED

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with chamfered LED Lighting,

light adjusting switch, the ability to

change from cool to warm white, a

heated pad to clear condensation.

Can be fitted landscape or

portrait. £309, NJK Interiors

www.njkinteriors.com

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The

Copper

Bateau with

copper exterior and

interior, from £6,000,

Catchpole & Rye

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com

Beautiful

Bathing

Lavish your

bathroom with

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Clearwater

Teardrop Bath,

£2,195, Classic Tiles

& Bathrooms Ltd.

classictilesandbathrooms.

com

The

Gridscape

shower enclosure

is available in a variety

of finishes and coloured

glass options, so you can

mix and match the glass

styles and textures

West One Bathrooms Ltd.

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Galleon

cast iron Bath

clad in zebra print

on leather, POA

Miscellanea of Churt

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Axor

LampShower,

from £1,610,

Hansgrohe

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Round Gold

Wall Mirror By

House Doctor

£59.95

Ovohome.com

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Ferm LIVING Enter

Mirror Small, £74,

Cloudberry living

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Knightshayes Gold

Sunburst Wall Mirror, £225

The Chandelier &

Mirror Company

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Eclipse Mirror,

£180, Lime Lace

limelace.co.uk

On Reflection

Discover who’s the fairest

of them all with our edit

of bathroom mirrors

Medina

Mirror, £199,

BoConcept

boconcept.com

Emily Mirror £69

Pib

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Living Hand

Mirror, £47,

BoConcept

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Ring Mirror,

£229, BoConcept

boconcept.com

The Sensor Mirror Pro in rose gold is

capable of over 50,000 colour variations to

simulate natural sunlight for the brightest

most colour-correct view – perfect when

applying makeup. Choose presets or use the

phone app to capture light settings from

the environment around you, £219.99.

Simplehuman simplehuman.com

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Potts Ltd

Kitchens, Bathrooms & Interiors

Superior Surroundings


Kiln Barn Road, East Malling, Maidstone, Kent, ME19 6BQ

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Barbour Hoxton jacket,

£99.95, RM Williams Collins

shirt, £85, The Golden Boot,

Maidstone thegoldenboot.co.uk

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Hackett gilet £240, Scotch

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Hugo Boss jeans, £119, knit

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Beauty

Cover Up

Josephine Fairley shares her advice for

achieving the perfect hair colour

If it sometimes seems as if your colourist is speaking

another language – well, he (or she) is. So this month,

I thought I’d translate all the key terms into real-life

words that any human being can understand – which

should help you achieve the look you want, whether you’re

having your hair coloured in a salon or doing it yourself.

What I truly, truly recommend, though – if at all possible –

is that as you start to develop grey, you have your hair coloured

professionally at least once, and then at least occasionally. Yes,

haircolouring can be pricy – and can carve huge chunks out of

your diary to maintain. A sympathetic colourist, however, will

be able to advise you on the best shade for your skintone. If

they’re really generous-spirited, they may be able to point you

in the direction of a particular shade in a drugstore/chemist

brand that might work for you, or at least tell you where on

the Hair Colour Level Chart you are (see below), and what

level of shade would work best with your (undyed) colour.

Balayage The technique of painting highlights directly onto

the hair without using foils; this can enable a colourist to get

closer to the parting/roots with the bleach. Can give a ‘beachy’

look and lessens the occurrence of unwanted regrowth lines

sometimes associated with foil highlights or those pulled

through a cap – but best left to true haircolour artists.

Demi-permanent colour lasts up to 28 shampoos. Contains

lower levels of peroxide (which means it’s

TIP:

After colouring,

never shampoo for 24

hours. This will help the

colour to ‘set’, so it

takes perfectly.

less harsh and drying) than permanent

colour. It’s great for creating naturallooking

tone changes (such as taking

brown hair to a rich auburn shade)

and will cover grey. Gradually fades

back to the natural underlying shade.

Glaze, a.k.a. Gloss A pigment-laden

or clear liquid used to enhance

a hair colour temporarily.

Highlights, streaks or chunks

of lighter colour (created through

the use of ammonia/hydrogen

peroxide), applied through the

hair – usually using foils.

Permanent colour doesn’t wash

out, and requires touching up of the

roots every four to six weeks. It contains both

ammonia and peroxide, so it can lighten, darken and/or

completely change your hair colour; it can also cover grey.

Peroxide Otherwise known as hydrogen peroxide,

extensively used in haircolouring as a ‘developer’ or

‘activator’. Its role is to open up the cuticle and allow

bleach or colour into the cortex of the hair.

Rinse See temporary colour, below.

TIP:

When it comes to

covering a whole head of grey,

don’t go darker. Not only does

it showcase greys and regrowth,

but it can look opaque, like

you painted your head

with shoe polish.

Semi-permanent colour washes out after six to 12 shampoos.

This enhances natural hair colour but won’t lighten it and

won’t cover grey, although it can soften its appearance. (NB

The reason haircolouring companies cite the number of

washes rather than a time-frame is that some of us wash

our hair every day, others as occasionally as once a week.)

Semi-temporary Not to be confused with semipermanent

(above): this colour lasts from 4-6

washes, contains no ammonia and isn’t mixed with

a ‘developer’ such as hydrogen peroxide.

Single process All-over colouring of the hair, from the

roots at the scalp right through to the ends, in one step.

Temporary colour simply coats the hair shaft and rinses

out after one shampoo. These cannot lighten hair, but

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Concept

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TIP:

‘If you have to put on

more make-up to make your

only temporarily

new colour work, you’ve picked

brighten or darken.

the wrong shade. The one colour you

Tint may sound like a should absolutely avoid when you’re

subtle colour – but it’s over 40 or 50 is raven black. It will

actually an alternative sap life and colour from your face,’

phrase used by hairdressers says New York haircolourist

to describe permanent colour.

Louis Licari.

Tone-on-tone colour Another

phrase for demi-permanent, see above.

Now you’ve mastered this, get your head around Hair Colour

Level Charts. These are why so many women head for the

salon to have colour done (and that includes me.) There is an

absolutely fiendish universal system for numbering haircolour:

there are 12 levels, with 1 representing black and 12 representing

ultra-light blonde. As a general rule, the first number on the

label of a box of hair colour will tell you the colour level of

that product. However, your own base colour – and where it

falls in that spectrum from 1-12 – will affect the final shade

on you personally. This is why colourists advise that you

don’t stray more than one or two shades lighter or darker

than your current natural haircolour, for optimum results.

But remember: no matter what the language of haircolour, one

picture speaks a thousand words. It’s all very well being able to

speaka da lingo when it comes to knowing your semi-permanents

from your demi-permanents – but, the biggest challenge can

be successfully communicating actual shades and colours to a

colourist. So: you say ‘brown’. Your colourist could be thinking:

anything from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. At

the same time, what’s ‘red’ to you might be pillarbox,

to a colouring professional. (Yikes.) This is where

photographs truly come into their own: brandishing

a cutting torn from a glossy of the colour that you

are hoping for, in front of your hairdresser, can

save an awful lot of confusion. (And, potentially,

tears.) So: keep tearsheets of anyone whose hair

colour you’d love to emulate. You can then

talk through what’s actually achievable and

– crucially – what the upkeep would be.

There has been one incredibly welcome

innovation on the haircolouring front.

Pioneered by

Color Wow, there are quite a few touch-up powders

on the market now. Basically, you brush these onto

roots when regrowth is showing, and they’ll stay

put till you wash your hair again. They can take

a little time to get the hang of, but the compact

has a brush, which you sweep over the powder

and then apply along the parting, working

along the hair shaft rather than ‘painting’

the scalp itself;

Color Wow now have eight

shades, from Platinum Blonde to Black (and

there’s a Red, too), £28.50 at

victoriahealth.com.

And all I can add is: I hope this has helped

you to get your head around the subject…

For more beauty wisdom from

Jo Fairley, visit beautybible.com.

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Women’s health – New technology

helping to beat Breast Cancer

We do

breast health

checks…

Our One Stop Breast Clinic now offers

3D mammograms helping to detect

Breast Cancer with greater accuracy

If you are over 40 with no

symptoms, you can

self-refer for a

3D mammogram*

We are currently the only private hospital

in Kent to offer the latest advances in

digital mammography; 3D Digital Breast

Tomosynthesis.

Patients seen in our One Stop Breast Clinic

will have the option of 3D mammography.

The benefits speak for themselves:

• Improves breast cancer detection by

approximately 25%

• Smaller cancers can be identified more easily

• Particularly benefits those with dense breasts,

especially younger women

• Fewer patient recalls

Early detection is key. Make Spire

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What our patients say…

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Local GP Practice Manager

To book an appointment in the One Stop Breast

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* Patients can self-refer for 3D mammograms if they are

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Embrace Autumn

Wealden Times talks healthy living with yoga teacher Lauren Glass

Health & Beauty

Do you have a beauty

regime? I wash my face

morning and night with Liz

Earle Cleanse and Polish.

In the morning I use my

Clarisonic to exfoliate

Heart of

Oats…

Because they contain betaglucan,

a form of fibre, oats

have the ability to reduce

cholesterol, stabilise blood

sugar and cut the risk of heart

disease from blocked arteries.

Not only are they super-good

for you (they’re also high in

Vitamin B1, magnesium,

selenium and protein) but a

bowl of porridge oats makes a

cheap and tasty breakfast that

will fill you up till lunchtime.

Regular porridge oats can be

processed with wheat so if you

want to avoid gluten, go for

the gluten-free varieties.

One cup of oats cooked with

two cups of milk or water and

then use SkinCeuticals CE

Ferulic, which increases UV

protection, followed with a

SkinCeuticals brightening

moisturiser with SPF 30.

Having spent my youth

laying in the sun, slathered in

Hawaiian Tropic, it’s time to

take more care! At night I use

a Bobby Brown moisturiser.

Once a week I might use a

mud or cucumber face mask.

Do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

without? As a dietitian and

yoga teacher I believe a sense

of health and wellbeing

comes from within –

eating well, getting plenty

of rest and a daily yoga

practice. I love Neal’s Yard

Beauty Oil, a rich source

of essential fatty acids and

antioxidants, which I put in

my N utriBullet with a variety

of other wonderful things.

a handful of frozen berries will

turn into delicious porridge

after just 3 minutes in a

microwave at 600W. Soaking

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I love a

massage or facial. I go on

a yoga retreat once a year

in Mallorca and I have

a wonderful Thai yoga

massage whilst I’m there.

It’s a very physical massage,

involving acupressure,

yoga and Ayurvedic

principles. It’s bliss!

Who’s your style icon?

I admire anyone who

looks both stylish, but

comfortable and happy

in his or her clothes. I’m

a huge admirer of Cate

Blanchett’s style and talent.

Lauren Glass is British

Wheel of Yoga Level

4 qualified and a BSc

Registered Dietitian. She

runs Apple Store Yoga. Find

her on Facebook: Apple

Store Yoga Goudhurst.

the oats in the milk overnight

before cooking makes them

easier to digest and they’ll

cook in half the time .

Body

Beautiful…

As we all start to hunker

down for the winter, the

central heating is beginning

to take its toll. The good

news is that Ruby Red’s

Skin Tonic Body Oil is

the perfect antidote to

dry and flaky winter skin.

The smell alone will raise

your spirits – its warm,

peppery, citrussy scent makes

you think of Christmas

pomanders and it’s made

from 100% essential oils

rich in manganese which

are instantly absorbed to

nourish and pamper your

skin. Use after bathing or

showering for soft and supple

skin all winter. Skin Tonic

Body Oil, £32 for 190 ml

rubyredcosmetics.co.uk.

Ruby Red is an award-

winning, natural skincare

range that is free from

SLS, parabens, sulphates,

petrochemicals, synthetic

aromas and dyes and made

in UK. Their unique

formulas combine traditional

apothecary methods with the

latest plant developments.

See Ruby Red at Wealden

Times Midwinter Fair on

16,17,18 November at The

Hop Farm, Paddock Wood.

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My sciatica

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But as the months rolled on, the pain worsened

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Julie explains: “The pain was like a burning belt

around my lower back which spread into my left

thigh - I could only stand or walk for a couple of

minutes without taking a rest. At 64 I thought I was

going to spend my retirement as a disabled person.”

Having tried various manual treatments without

success, Julie ended up in limbo, feeling low.

“I had physiotherapy sessions but they didn’t help.

I even had hip injections but they only lasted a

couple of weeks – and they were incredibly painful.

I was given stronger painkillers but these

made me giddy. I felt very despondent

and didn’t know which way to turn.”

Julie finally took matters into her own hands

and found IDD Therapy, a targeted spinal disc

treatment which was being offered at Wealden

Osteopaths & Spine Centre in Goudhurst.

“I made enquiries and found that IDD Therapy

is particularly successful for long-term back

pain and sciatica (pain radiating from the

lower back, usually down one leg).

At my initial assessment, the Clinical Director,

James Pickering was confident that there was

a good chance IDD Therapy could help me.

Because my condition was severe, I knew I

would need a series of treatments but actually,

I felt a huge relief after the first two.

With every session, the pain eased and I

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“I went for a four mile dog

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when we got home, the kids

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I finished my IDD Therapy programme last

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The other day I went for a four mile dog walk

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I’m so relieved to have found IDD Therapy;

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James Pickering is delighted with Julie’s progess:

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The treatment programme is an invaluable

part of our services now and our first choice

for long-term back, neck and sciatic pain.”

To find out about IDD Therapy and other treatments

offered at Wealden Osteopaths & Spine Centre call:

01580 212833 or visit www.wealdenosteopaths.co.uk


Tone Up!

Wealden Times asked Kent Health and Beauty Awards

Personal Trainer of the Year, Sarah Maxwell, why she places

such importance on post-pregnancy pelvic floor exercises…

The most important thing you can do

during the first few days after giving birth

are pelvic floor exercises. These muscles

come under great strain during pregnancy

and childbirth, so it’s vital to start the

exercises as soon as possible. Even if you

have bruises or stitches, they’ll help you heal

more quickly by improving circulation to

the area and reducing swelling and bruising.

What is the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor

is a hammock of muscles that supports your

lower organs. Just like any other muscles,

your pelvic floor is weakened by childbirth,

ageing, high impact exercise and obesity, so

exercising it is a vital element in retaining

core strength. These pelvic muscles also play

an important role in bladder control (the

ability to hold urine and not leak). This

is a much more common problem than

many of us realise, with 7 out of 10 people

experiencing pelvic floor problems.

How do I exercise my pelvic floor?

• Start by squeezing and drawing in the

muscles around your back passage and your

vagina at the same time. You should have a

sense of lifting every time you do this.

• Hold them strong and tight, count

to 3, then let them go and relax.

• Repeat the squeeze and release 10

times with 5 seconds rest in between.

• Each day, gradually increase

the length of time you are holding

to a maximum of 10 seconds.

• Build up to 3x10 sets of squeezes

every day. Make sure you rest for

Hydrotherm Massage

The Hydrotherm massage is ideal for

expectant mothers because the entire

treatment is carried out lying on your back

or side and at an incline to protect the baby.

The massage takes place on two large,

warm water-filled cushions placed on top

of a regular massage couch, to support the

spine. With knees slightly raised, and hands

resting below the cushions to encourage the

body to relax, the masseuse’s hands work

between the plastic water-filled cushion

and the client’s back. The sense of the body

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not unlike the sensation of a waterbed.

This massage is also good for anyone

a few seconds between each one

because your muscles will get tired.

• Whilst doing pelvic floor exercises, keep

breathing steadily, don’t tighten your

buttocks and keep your thighs relaxed.

• Start by lying down with your knees

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as your strength increases, there is no

limit to where and what position you

do them in: try standing in the queue

at the supermarket or in the shower.

• I recommend once a week, when urinating,

you try to stop the flow midway. This will

let you know if you are working the correct

muscles and give you an indication of how

your pelvic floor is improving. Don’t try this

more than once a week as holding urine in

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What should I do if I don’t see any

improvement? In the first few days or

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happening after doing your exercises. Keep

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after exercising regularly for a few weeks

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Deliciously

autumn

The temptation to hibernate among the

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Recipes: Jo Arnell

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Coconut, carrot and coriander soup

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Add a bit of spice to good old carrot and

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• 250g roughly chopped carrots

• 1 onion, chopped

• 50g butter

• 1L vegetable stock

• 1 small bunch of coriander (save

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1. Lightly fry the onion in butter until

soft, then put in a pan with the carrots,

add the stock, bring to a boil and

simmer until the carrots are cooked.

2. Chop up the coriander (save a little for

garnishing) and add, along with the

green Thai paste and coconut milk.

3. Use a hand held blender, or put

into a liquidiser and blend until the

soup has the right consistency.

4. Simmer again for 10 minutes or so.

5. Serve with a swirl of cream, a scattering

of coriander and some crusty bread.


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Chicken casserole with

apples and leeks

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: around 1½ hours

Food

Chicken cooks beautifully in a casserole,

releasing its own gentle favours, while

allowing others to ride alongside. Apples

and leeks are easy partners, adding a sweet

autumnal twist to this stalwart staple.

• A whole chicken - cut into quarters,

or 4 chicken portions

• 2-3 leeks, washed and sliced

• 50g butter (or to taste)

• 1 level tbsp plain flour

• 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin wedges

• 150ml dry cider

• 200ml chicken stock

• 2 cloves minced/pressed garlic

• 3-4 chopped sage leaves

• salt and pepper, to taste

1. Gently fry the leeks in butter and then lay in a

shallow casserole dish with the apple wedges.

2. Brown the chicken in the same pan (add

a little more oil or butter if needed) and

once the chicken is browned on both sides,

place on top of the leeks and apple.

3. Add the flour to the pan and mix into a

paste. After 2-3mins gradually add the

cider and then once the mixture thickens,

add the chicken stock, sage and garlic.

4. Pour over the chicken pieces, cover and place

in a pre-heated oven (gas 4/180°C) for approx.

1 hour (longer for really tender chicken).

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Red velvet beetroot cake

Serves 8-12 Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 25 mins

Beetroot has an earthy sweetness, but paired with chocolate and

cream cheese it brings depth and a perfect velvet texture to this

cake. This is a comfort cake with the added satisfaction of a healthy

vegetable thrown in - and no real need for red food colouring.

• 350g self raising flour, sifted

• 75g good quality cocoa powder

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 250g softened butter

• 275g sugar

• 4 eggs

• 125g finely grated, cooked beetroot

• 2 tbsps orange juice

• Red food colouring (optional)

For the cream cheese frosting:

• 300g cream cheese

• 75g softened butter

• 200g icing sugar

• 1tsp vanilla essence

• Chocolate curls/hearts to decorate

1. Grease 3 sandwich tins for the 3 tier cake, or 2

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Any old

Iron?

Jo Arnell turns salvage hunter to provide her garden with

economical and beautiful focal points made from oftenoverlooked

reclamation yard goodies

annyauld… iern!” The scrap metal

man would bellow from his horse-drawn cart,

“Annyauld-iern!

as he slowly trawled up our street collecting old

water tanks, broken bedsteads and scrap metal. When I

was little (in the nineteenth century, by the sound of this)

I had no idea what he was shouting or why he wanted such

things - the whole process was a dark mystery. I was an

optimistically whimsical child, so it comes as no surprise

to me now that salvage is so stylish and that scrap metal

can have far more value than just its melted down price

these days. And not just metal – lots of old household,

agricultural and industrial objects have value and can

be used to good effect in new and resourceful ways.

Authentically rustic

Found objects and bargains are satisfying to re-use. They

bring with them a sense of the past and somehow these

aged things have a more authentic feel, a patina that speaks

of less mechanised, less throwaway times. The fact that

they are less than perfect, or perhaps even broken, adds to

their charm. It is more than this though – and something

we are becoming increasingly aware of – salvage is not just

fashionably retro; part of the appeal of the old and rustic

is that there is little or no environmental cost involved.

Environmentally friendly

Many salvaged items don’t need restoration or remanufacture

and can be used immediately. A few may

have to be re-made, or up-cycled in some way, but the

cost of this in environmental terms is far less than the cost

of manufacturing an item from scratch. So, by re-using

items – especially those that are environmentally costly

to produce, or worse, to dispose of – we are doing a small

bit to help. Some of the objects may even help wildlife

directly, providing habitats and overwintering spaces.

Uses for salvage

Garden furniture – can be made from all sorts of salvaged

materials. Old ladders are always useful – on their own, or

as shelf supports. I’ve seen old sewing machine tables used

as plant stands, scaffolding planks as table tops, wooden

pallets fabricated into chairs, tables, decks, platforms

and tree houses. But it doesn’t stop there – people have

even been known to turn old cars – cut in half – into

outdoor sofas. It’s amazing how many ingenious uses for

things can be thought of once you get the salvage bug.

Water features – can be made from old barrels, galvanised

water storage tanks or really anything that will hold water.

The important thing is that the inside of the container

is protected from springing a leak. Barrels often have a

waterproof layer on the inside and old tin or iron baths and

tanks are usually galvanised – a chemical process that makes

a tough, rust resistant coating to iron and steel. Quirky

water cascades can be made from all sorts of ingenious

water-holding objects, from old pots, pans and kettles to

musical instruments. Rocks and stones are also very effective,

either drilled through so that the water cascades down over

them, or used to make small waterfalls or pool edging.

Bird baths and feeders – pretty, but scratched, chipped

or worn kitchen and dining items can make excellent

containers, not just for plants, but as bird baths and

feeders. I have a rustic lasagne dish that I didn’t much

like, but it is easy to clean, has sloping sides and is

just the right depth. It makes a perfect bird bath.

Planters – like water features, need enough capacity

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watertight, in fact some drainage through the bottom of

the container is needed so that plants don’t get waterlogged.

An exception might be something like a shallow, temporary

planter – I use lengths of guttering pipe in the veg

patch sometimes, as they are useful for growing a row

of seedlings in prior to planting them out. You can just

slide the contents of the pipe into a prepared groove once

there’s a space on your plot – useful if you are sowing

crops in succession or are gardening in a small space.

Vegetable beds – can be constructed from many materials;

wood is particularly effective; railway sleepers have always

been popular, but can be expensive and bulky. Scaffolding

boards make excellent edges for vegetable beds and are

easier to cut and handle than sleepers. Just be careful when

using treated wood near edible crops, as some preservatives,

especially those used on older timber are toxic.

Protection and supports – old windows make great

tops for cold frames and several can even be used

together to make a mini greenhouse. Without glass they

can become plant supports, as can metal bedsteads,

gates, ladders, old springs and fretwork panels.

Garden ornaments – architectural finds, pieces of masonry

and stone can make very effective garden sculpture and

focal points in borders – there is huge satisfaction in

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of money. There is a fine line, however, between rustic

charm and what might be considered to be a pile of junk,

so be judicious and try not to get too carried away. Sticking

to a theme can help, whether that’s a historical time

period, or through using a limited range of materials.

Sourcing salvage

Antique and retro salvage has become so popular in the

last few years that it is getting harder and harder to find a

bargain. One man’s junk is also another’s priceless object, so

it can sometimes be hard to discern the price you should pay

for either. Boot fairs, salvage yards, junk shops and online

auction sites can be good sources, but shop around carefully.

If you are hunting in salvage yards, wear gloves and stout

shoes so that you can look closely and rummage around.

Be careful about sourcing objects online from pictures

and check the descriptions carefully, as it can sometimes

be hard to visualise the size and scale of what you see on a

small screen. Do check the whereabouts of your treasures

before pressing the button on auction sites, or you could find

yourself trekking miles to collect them (I shan’t tell you how

far I ended up going for the huge galvanised tank in the pic,

suffice to say that they speak a different language there…).

With a little imagination, some vision and the right space,

unusual objects can be used in interesting ways in the garden.

Originality, romance and rustic charm does not have to cost

a fortune either. So let us pour fresh water into ancient tanks,

plant new life around old bedsteads, apply some optimistic

whimsy and salvage with style. Let’s put it out there.

Check out freecycle.org, salvo.co.uk

Local Salvage: Symonds Salvage Ltd. Bethersden symondssalvage.co.uk

Authentic Reclamation Ltd. Stonegate 01580

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Station Antiques Ashford stationantiques.co.uk

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Garden

Fall in Love

Sue Whigham admires autumn displays of glorious colour

Credit: Sue Whigham, FreeImages.com/Anette Kristensen

It’s the first week of September and a glorious morning

for a walk so it’s on with the boots, on with the

dog’s lead and off down the lane. There are plenty of

blackberries in the hedgerows and a pair of buzzards are

mewing overhead. A group of swallows is gathering in my

neighbour’s field and we come upon thirty or so rooks

feasting on the recently harvested fields. Then through the

stile and across the fields to the back of the church, gathering

a few field mushrooms on the way whilst keeping our eyes

peeled for the beginning of any change in leaf colour. Each

year is different depending on conditions as far back as the

spring, but this year, well, the cornus in the hedgerows has

already turned a deep purple which, combined with blackberries,

is pretty stunning. The hornbeams are losing their

leaves faster than they have time to turn which, bearing

in mind how dry it was this summer, is hardly surprising.

Patches of the tall limes we pass have become a glorious

yellow and the ash by the gate is just on the turn.

In the garden two tree species are beginning to put on a

show. On the strength of seeing an avenue of limes, Tilia

cordata ‘Winter Orange’ at RHS Wisley a few years ago,

we planted one here. This is a really lovely selection with

red buds and bright orange winter shoots. It hasn’t flowered

for us yet but we don’t want to be greedy as we now have a

lovely autumn display of buttery yellow leaves and they are

certainly enough to be going on with. The other tree that

really is worth its weight in gold is Crataegus x persimilis

‘Prunifolia’. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it umpteen times but it

is a tree which deserves more than just one passing comment.

What are its attributes? Well, it’s an all rounder really with

showy blossom in the spring, and rather shiny oval leaves

which by now have coloured up in varying shades of red and

orange. These are accompanied by large clusters of red fruits.

Leaves are green because of a pigment known as chlorophyll.

We’ll all remember that from our Biology lessons at school.

And so when a tree is healthy and happy this pigment

dominates any other in the leaf and is absolutely vital to

the tree. The energy stored by the chlorophyll from the sun

is combined with the water taken up by the plant’s roots

and carbon dioxide taken from the air to produce what the

tree needs to survive, i.e. food. So this is why trees are so

vital to us humans. They create oxygen by this process and

reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which

we create and which is definitely not beneficial to us.

During the summer months, chlorophyll is

constantly breaking down and being replaced by

the tree and during the approach to autumn, and

then into winter, is withdrawn from its leaves.

This is a bit like closing down a valve to reduce the flow

of water in a plumbing system and is so clever. Where

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Credit: FreeImages.com/Vera Berard

the leaf joins to the tree, at the leafstalk base, is a thin

layer called the ‘abscission layer’, which is the ‘valve’ that

ensures that production of chlorophyll stops and that any

remaining nutrients are drawn into the twigs of the tree.

This is a ‘process of subtraction’ as the tree’s metabolism

slows right down. So as the green pigment reduces, it leaves

behind yellow and orange pigments known as carotenoids

and xanthophylls. Reds are rather different and are caused

by anthocyanins which are pigments produced well after

the growing season ends. All completely fascinating stuff.

Human activity and resulting climate change is starting

to have an effect on autumn colour. For instance the overuse

of fertilisers leaves excess nitrogen in cultivated soils

resulting in nearby trees storing less sugar in their leaves

than they would in a pristine environment thus reducing

the strength of the bright autumn hues in their leaves before

winter sets in. As I mentioned when talking about the

local hornbeams losing their leaves so rapidly and before

they colour up fully, drought, too, affects autumn colour.

Conversely, excessive rainfall and cloud cover affects colour

photosynthesis, essential to produce red anthocyanins

which result in those fantastic autumn displays.

You’ll know that people flock to New England to see

the autumn fall colours. They’re known as ‘leaf peepers’

over there and they descend in great numbers in what is

normally a rather sleepy and rural part of the States. Here

we have the wonders of Sheffield Park, now a National Trust

property near Uckfield in East Sussex. Originally laid out

by Lancelot (Capability) Brown in the 18th century, many

of the trees have been planted for their autumn colour,

the most stunning of which in my mind are the black

tupelos or Nyssa sylvatica. One exceptional cultivar is N.

sylvatica ‘Sheffield Park’, a selection of the species raised

by the previous owner of Sheffield Park, Arthur Soames.

It bursts into glorious colour a week or two before other

tupelos. The colours reflected in the four lakes which form

the basis of this landscape are breathtakingly beautiful.

Trees for good autumn

colour might include:

Acer campestre (Field Maple)

Often a constituent part of native hedges, this

plant makes a medium sized tree with foliage

turning yellow with tinges of red in the autumn.

There are many lovely cultivars which are worth

a try including ‘Streetwise’ which is a Hilliers

selection and which combines an upright

habit with brilliant yellow autumn colour.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura)

This tree has been thought to be related to the tulip

tree and has tiny red flowers which emerge just

as the new bronze pink leaves show. It is happiest

in a sheltered spot and has gentle autumn colours

in a soft yellow or smoky pink. These colours

combine with a pungent burnt sugary scent.

Liriodendron tulipifera

The tulip tree, in the Magnoliaceae family,

is a large tree with rather beautiful and very

curious foreshortened leaves which turn

a lovely clear yellow in the autumn.

Malus tschonoskii

A lot of the crab apples colour up well but this

is one of the best. A Japanese variety whose

leaves have rich tones of purple and scarlet,

yellow and orange in the autumn. With its

upright habit it’s a useful tree for quite confined

spaces and is a particularly strong grower.

Parrotia persica.

Actually this is more of a shrub than a tree and has

been on my wish list for years. Otherwise known as

Persian ironwood as it is native to Northern Iran,

Parrotia persica combines a gorgeous flaking bark,

not unlike that of a London plane, with a riot of

autumn colour and curious red flowers which come

straight off the stem rather like the Judas tree.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on

07810 457948 for gardening

advice and help in the sourcing

and supply of interesting

garden plants

Correction: In September’s

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Fiona Penny Bespoke Home Finders are property

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on the internet and getting their clients through

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John Weeds, Headmaster of Cranbrook School

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Andrea Baker, Registrar at

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Fiona Penny offers a complimentary

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Education

How do schools quantify success?

In an age of increasing exam pressure and rigorous assessment, WT speaks to three schools to find out

what’s being done to reward achievement and identify students that may need extra support

Vicky Ellis, Head

Banstead Prep School

How does Banstead Prep quantify

success? I strongly believe that

succes s within school is about

far more than exam results, it

encompasses everything we do. I

subscribe to Winston Churchill’s

definition of success: “Success is not final; failure

is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

How are achievements celebrated at your school –

both inside and outside the classroom? We focus on

the positives and reward the effort pupils demonstrate to

achieve, not just the achievement itself. Children are praised

throughout each day for academic effort, attainment and

conduct. Commendations are awarded for superb pieces

of work and also to praise determination, perseverance,

thoughtfulness or manners. The whole school comes together

for our Friday Celebration Assembly to acknowledge

achievements both inside and outside the classroom, award

certificates for external accomplishments and to celebrate

sporting successes and the weekly house point total.

Are prizes offered to pupils that excel in certain areas?

How do you ensure that prize-givings don’t de-incentivise

pupils who have not been awarded a prize? At BPS we have

a termly prize-giving, which allows for a greater number of

pupils to be acknowledged. Prizes and cups are awarded across

the whole curriculum, not just for academic subjects, as well

as for endeavour and the key characteristics needed to learn

and succeed, such as perseverance, resilience and teamwork.

How do you monitor your pupils’ progress and help

those who are struggling in certain areas? Across the

whole curriculum, pupils’ progress is tracked against

key performance indicators. At a glance we know if a

child is working towards an objective, working within

age related expectations or has mastered a concept and

is working at greater depth. Analysis shows us where

additional support or intervention is needed and our

highly experienced SENCO co-ordinates additional

learning support, or works alongside our staff to ensure

appropriate support is given in the classroom.

What can be done to ease exam pressure during peak

periods? Broad curriculum coverage and excellent quality

teaching within the normal school timetable should be

adequate preparation for 11+ assessment, but parents can

exert further pressure and workload through external tutoring.

At BPS we work hard to help parents identify aspirational

but realistic school choices – if a child needs a tutor multiple

times a week, it’s unlikely that school is the best choice in

the long term. We also ensure pupils are able to express their

worries through our pastoral system of Form Teachers and

supported through our PSHCEE and Life Skills programmes.

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Vanessa Coatz,

Deputy Head at

Marlborough House School

How are achievements celebrated

at Marlborough House – both

inside and outside the classroom?

Our annual Prize-giving, weekly

assemblies and daily lunchtime

notices provide us with regular opportunities to reward

children for their successes in front of their peer-groups. We

have a ‘Good Marks’ system and the always popular ‘Star of

the Week’ for our younger pupils. Our weekly Bulletin, which

goes to all families, carries news of achievements of current

and past pupils and in addition we publicise the children’s

charity work and community activities via the local press.

Are prizes offered to pupils that excel in certain areas?

How do you ensure that prize-givings don’t de-incentivise

pupils who have not been awarded a prize? We believe

in recognising excellence in all its guises across every area

of school life. For example, in assemblies, we not only

celebrate academic and sporting achievements, but we also

recognise children for being their ‘best selves’. This can range

from good citizenship and resilience in learning to simply

demonstrating kindness and consideration for others.

How do you monitor your pupils’ progress and help those

who are struggling in certain areas? The size of our school

enables us to get to know our children very well. Regular

assessment, ambitious targets and a weekly meeting where

teachers discuss children’s progress enable us to continue to

personalise their learning and identify where further support

might be needed, whether that’s emotionally or academically.

What can be done to ease exam pressure during peak

periods? We encourage our children to recognise that all

aspects of their character are important and exams are just

a part of life, not life itself. We offer a broad and exciting

curriculum with many opportunities for the children to

shine and excel, and with the support of our dedicated

staff, they clearly do. marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

Mark London, Head

of Marketing at ACS

International Schools

How are achievements

celebrated at ACS – both inside

and outside the classroom?

ACS International Schools

has two campuses in Surrey,

at Cobham and Egham, and student successes are

celebrated within and beyond the classroom.

This summer our senior students, aged 17-18,

celebrated their final year at school with a graduation

ceremony. As well as congratulating them on all their

hard work throughout the year, we also recognised a

number of outstanding contributions to school life.

The school’s Founders’ Award was presented to

Morgan Peterson at ACS Cobham for excellent academic

achievement and involvement in school life, whilst


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Education

ACS Egham International Baccalaureate Art student, Julia

Worden, received the High School Student Council Art

Appreciation Award for her piece ‘All Things Are Possible’.

Last year, ACS Egham also recognised the fundraising

successes of students involved in the school’s Project

Nepal, who raised over £15,000 to support a Nepalese

community. ACS Cobham recently honoured its

athletics teams which reigned victorious at the

International School Sports Tournament, competing

against 75 other students from across Europe.

How do you monitor your pupils’ progress and help those

who are struggling in certain areas? Across our schools

we are using some pretty advanced data analysis to measure

and track students’ progress. Data can be evaluated by year

group, class, and subject, for example, and helps teachers

to see which students are performing beyond expectation,

and which ones may be struggling. It also helps teachers

and students set appropriate goals for future development.

Dedicated counsellors are also assigned to each year

group – Lower, Middle and High School. Counsellors

work closely with class teachers, heads of department and

parents to support students academically and emotionally.

Every counsellor runs an open door policy for students,

ready to talk about any concerns from academic, coping

with personal issues to planning for their educational

futures. In High School, there are additional specialist

university advisors, who are able to assist students in

their UK and worldwide university applications.

ACS Cobham also offers an enrichment programme,

designed for students who require an additional

level of challenge to enable them to reach their full

potential. If parents would like to find out more about

how we support student learning, they can visit us at

one of our open days – acs-schools.com/opendays.

What can be done to ease exam pressure during peak

periods? The exam period can be a challenging time

for students and our counsellors practise mindfulness

with students to combat exam anxiety. Through simple

breathing exercises and meditation, mindfulness training

gives students the tools to remain calm, sustain their

attention and stay focused – all essential exam skills.

The ‘Five Senses Drill’ is one of our students’ favourite

mindfulness exercises, it’s a simple three-minute

breathing exercise and easy to remember in the heat of

the moment. After two deep breaths, meditators silently

note three things they see, hear, feel and note what they

smell and taste before finishing with two more deep

breaths. The drill is designed to help panic-stricken

students focus on their immediate surroundings and

keep calm in the event of an exam stumbling block.

Our counsellors also work with students to develop crucial

time management skills, helping them to establish their own

revision schedule and hone a crucial life skill.

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To arrange a visit, please contact Clare Harrison:

admissions@theprep.org.uk • 01732 762336

www.theprep.org.uk

An independent day school for boys and girls aged 2-13

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Enquiries are welcome at any time

Substantial scholarships are awarded

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The Master of Choristers, David Flood,

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More like a

family than a school

That’s thinking differently

Co-educational day and boarding for pupils aged 3 to 18

At Dover College, we support each other in an environment that feels more like

family than school.

With a maximum of 15 pupils per class, our creative teaching encourages independent

and critical thinking. Together, we achieve exceptional results.

Day pupils and UK boarders mix with friends from across Europe, Africa, Asia

and the Americas and this inclusivity teaches everyone to think differently, to be

unprejudiced, cosmopolitan and outward.

Our pupils are encouraged to discover and foster talents in academia, sport, music,

drama and the arts, develop confidence and realise their dreams.


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Feeding body,

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The word holistic can be found scattered in many a

school brochure, but what does it actually mean?

To start with the body. As all children at Fosse have a

cooked lunch, and many also have breakfast and tea

too, it is essential that the food they eat is of the best

quality. This term The Balanced Food Co. have joined the school.

Simon Silvester (worked with Albert Roux, Marco Pierre White,

Gary Rhodes and Raymond Blanc) and Ian Summers (worked

in some of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants including

The Savoy, Maxim’s de Paris and The Royal Crescent in Bath)

are producing food that the children (and staff) absolutely love

eating, never have we seen such clean plates at the end of lunch.

Bake Off is obviously having an effect on the children

judging from some of the lovely comments chef has had

from them, “this is the perfect amount of cinnamon” Hattie

said of an individual apple crumble, and Oliver “there were

a hundred different colours of tomato, it was amazing”.

All children have a right to be physically fit so there is a great variety

of PE in the curriculum with sports clubs and many fixtures with

other schools. The early morning running club is very popular,

particularly since a cross country track through woodland was

established last year. “I really like doing timed sprints” said Fletcher.

Fosse has many excellent swimmers as we are lucky to have an indoor

pool so every child enjoys learning to swim from the age of three.

Moving on to mind and soul; l ast year Mindfulness was introduced

to the children and our evaluations during the year showed that

many children benefitted from this regular time of quiet focus.

This year the theme is ‘Growth Mindset’, summed up by the

phrase “I can’t do it” followed by the all-important “Yet”.

Forest School is now fully integrated into the curriculum for

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So, body, mind and soul – an holistic approach.

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Tried & Tested

Susan Elkin hopes change is on the horizon when it comes to exams

Education

Credit: FreeImages.com/Picaland

Exam passes are not the same as education. League tables

which evolved in the 1990s and the ‘results’ culture they

engendered have a lot to answer for. But I detect a welcome

whiff of change in the wind. In January of this year Amanda

Spielman was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education,

Services and Schools (snappy job title) to replace Michael Wilshaw.

By June she was firmly telling a conference in Berkshire that

Ofsted would in future be looking very critically as schools whose

‘badges and stickers’ approach turns them into ‘exam factories’ rather

than providers of a well rounded education. “We should be ashamed

that we have let such behaviour persist for so long,” she declared.

Revolutionary stuff! If schools are, at last going to be judged

more on Real Education than by counting Grade 9s or A*s then

Ms Spielman gets three very loud cheers of approval from me.

Of course, we want our children to pass their exams –

usually a stepping stone to the next stage of their chosen path.

But the exam should simply be a full stop at the end of an

interesting course. If the material has been taught and learned

with enthusiasm then the exam, apart from a practice paper

or two in the final run up to it, should take care of itself.

At present we have Year 10 students being presented with

a list of ‘assessment objectives’ on day one and being shown

how to tick the boxes to meet them. That’s cramming, not

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Then there’s the unhealthy obsession with grades. A journalist

colleague told me the other day that her daughter cried, yes

cried, because she ‘only’ got five As and five A*s in her GCSEs.

The pernicious atmosphere in which these young people are

force fed to produce exam results like Dordogne geese destined

for foie gras, is causing many mental health problems.

It’s OK to fail – or at least to scrape in with a grade C or a 4.

That’s life. And in a year or two it won’t matter in the least what your

grades were. Contrary to what your exam factory might tell you

when you’re 16, nobody in adult life will care whether your GCSE

maths was a 9 or a 5 as long as they can see that you can do the job.

As a teacher, latterly in a very high performing school, I often

counselled distressed students who hadn’t achieved the mark they

hoped for. “Have you done your best?” I would ask. If the answer

was yes I’d then say: “Well in that case, neither I, the school or your

parents can ask any more of you. And you can live with yourself.”

If on the other hand the student admitted that she could

have done more, then I’d advise her to rethink her work

so that she wouldn’t look back regretfully in the future.

And meanwhile keep singing in the choir and playing

hockey because there’s more to all this than exams.

I think Ms Spielman and I would get on rather

well. And she is in a position to make a real difference.

Please assert your authority, Chief Inspector.

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Registered charity 1101358

Where are the skills our children will need

to discover new planets?

Well, creative thinking skills are embedded in the

curriculum at Sevenoaks School, so in theory we need

look no further.

Our alumni certainly go on to achieve extraordinary

things; equipped as they are with the skills they need to

change the waiting world.

Lars Blackmore for example, mastered creative

thinking at Sevenoaks. He left in 1998, studied robotics

at MIT, earned a PhD and went to work for NASA. Primary

objective: how best to land a craft on Mars.

It’s worth considering then, that many of the skills

your child may need to make a significant impact, can be

acquired here at Sevenoaks.

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Every day at Sevenoaks, students practise creative thinking, critical thinking, complex problem solving, negotiation, team working and

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25th October - 29th October

What’s On In Xxxxxxx

October

Art

Tues 3 Oct – Sat 23 Dec

Tues – Sat 9.30am – 4.30pm

Artichoke Gallery, Church

Street, Ticehurst, East

Sussex TN5 7AE

THE ELEMENTS

“When all that glitters is

not gold but that doesn’t

stop us dreaming” -

An underlying connection

between science and art forms

the basis for an exhibition that,

at first glance, may appear

to be somewhat eclectic.

Entry: Free

Info: 01580 200905 /

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Business

Weds 4 Oct 10am – 3.30pm

Hadlow Village Hall,

Williams Field, Marshall

Gardens, Hadlow, Tonbridge,

Kent TN11 0HQ

Business Booster Day

Women in Rural Enterprise

(WiRE) hosts a day of

networking and talks with

local business owners

Entry: £12 including

lunch and refreshments

Info: facebook.com/

groups/KentWiRE

Weds 11 Oct 9.30am – 1pm

Blue Hen Flowers, Upper

Scullsgate Cottage,

Benenden, Kent

TN17 4LE

Workshop for

small businesses

An interactive morning with

Chloe Scragg of Executive

Support Consultants. Take some

time to share experiences and

problems over coffee and cake

with other wonderful small

businesses and freelancers. Learn

how to navigate the tools and

systems on the market, focus

your energies, utilise your best

skills, up-skill, find proactive

people to help you, work more

efficiently, run social media, and

take your business up a gear.

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Entry: £35

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Children & Families

Weds 25 – Thurs 26 Oct

10.30am – 12.30pm or

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Hayloft Learning

Centre, Knole House,

Sevenoaks TN15 0RP

Family workshop:

Paper lanterns

A messy hands-on family day

creating beautiful paper lanterns

to take home with all materials

supplied. Booking is essential

and the event is suitable for

children aged 5+ who must be

accompanied by an adult.

Child: £5

Info: 0344 249 1895 /

nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

Sat 28 – Sun 29 Oct

Sussex Country Gardener

Mark Cross, Crowborough,

East Sussex TN6 3PJ

Amazing Animal

World and Spooky

Halloween Trail

Kids can enjoy 45 minute

animal encounters with

opportunities to handle, feed

and learn about different

animals, or explore a spooky

trail in search of creatures,

witches and prizes.

Info: sussexcountrygardener.co.uk

Fairs & Festivals

Sat 7 Oct

Cranbrook High Street

Cranbrook Apple Fair

Cranbrook’s quirky fair is

spicing up this year’s celebration

with a cowboys and aliens

theme. Entertainment includes

a Red Arrows flight simulator,

live music, stalls, games and a

fancy dress competition with

prizes including a VIP trip to

the Harry Potter Experience.

Entry: Free

Info: facebook.com/

CranbrookAppleFair


Jugglers

Tickets

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Show Times

Wed-Sat 12.30pm & 3.30pm

Sun 11.00am & 2pm

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What’s On In October

BLUEBELL RAILWAY

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Visit the Bluebell Railway this Autumn and enjoy a journey through

the beautiful Autumnal Sussex Countryside. Souper Steam:-Enjoy a bowl

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Original artwork on show alongside

playful props and costumes

Michael Foreman

Painting with

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29th September - 26th November 2017

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Clangers, Bagpuss and Co

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

11 November 2017 - 4 February 2018

Organised by the V&A Museum of

Childhood, Clangers, Bagpuss and Co

tells the story of these much-loved

family favourites.

Call 01580710700 for details

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Mon 9 – Sat 14 Oct

Various locations in Tunbridge

Wells including The Pantiles

Tunbridge Wells

Puppetry Festival

A colourful celebration of

puppetry in all its various

forms with an exhibition about

Disney’s highly acclaimed stage

musical, The Lion King, as

well as puppetry performances

including puppet cabaret, Punch

and Judy and shadow puppetry

among the varied eclectic mix

of events on its schedule.

Info: twpuppetryfestival.org

Thurs 12 Oct 9.30am

– 4.30pm

Stonegate Village Hall

and grounds, Forge

Field, Stonegate,

Ticehurst, Wadhurst,

East Sussex TN5 7ED

Cottenden

Christmas Fair

Cottenden Fair is back to kick

off the Christmas spirit with

a mix of home, garden and

interiors products including

artisan and brocante pieces as

well as fashion clothing and

accessories, and gifts. Meet with

friends, shop over a prosecco,

lunch, or barista coffee and cake.

Info: Instagram/Facebook

ourcountrymarket

Entry: Charity donation to

children’s charity REACT

Sat 14 Oct 10.30am – 3pm

The Vestry Hall, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HA

KITSCH AND STITCH

VINTAGE AND MAKERS

AUTUMN FAIR

Enjoy browsing the beautiful

vintage and handmade stalls

including jewellery, handknitted

gifts, artwork, textiles

and vintage collectables. There

will also be a wonderful tea

room serving homemade

cakes and lunches.

Entry: Free

Info: facebook.com/

kitschandstitchfair

Sat 28 October 10.30am – 4pm

King Charles Church Hall,

3 Warwick Park, Tunbridge

What’s On In Xxxxxxx October

Wells, Kent TN2 5TA

VINTAGE FAIR

Squirrel Vintage has organised

a fantastic market with carefully

chosen traders from all over

the South East and London as

well as music from a Northern

Soul DJ. This fair will be

packed with vintage 20s to

80s fashion and accessories,

salvaged homeware and

furniture, costume and antique

jewellery and original records.

Entry: £1 (under 16s free)

Info: ruthjvintage@gmail.com

/ facebook.com/squirrelvintage

Halloween

Fri 20 – Tues 31 Oct

Dreamland, 49-51

Marine Terrace, Margate,

Kent CT9 1XJ

Screamland

Dreamland descends into

darkness this Halloween with a

strictly 12A rated live immersive

theatrical experience. Tickets

include access to six screamworthy

interactive Scare Mazes,

as well as unlimited use of all

rides, plus there will be some

spooky sideshows and live music

and DJs on the scenic stage.

Info: dreamland.co.uk/screamland

Tues 24 Oct – Fri 27 Oct

Kent and East Sussex Railway

Fright Night Express

Take a spine-tingling ride on

the Fright Night Express and

enjoy spellbinding adventures

with the ‘Mr Mystery’ magic

show, pumpkin carving, face

painters and birds of prey

flying demonstrations. Plus

on Friday 27 visit Northiam

for a live firebreather,

spooky music, hotdogs, hot

snacks and muchboxes for

children. Booking essential.

Info: kesr.org.uk

Thurs 26 – Sat 28 Oct

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD

School of Witchcraft

and Wizardry

Never before has the prospect

of school over half term been

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“Don’t

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What’s On In October

so magical. This very Potter

event gives children aged

seven to twelve a chance to be

‘sorted’ into their house, attend

Potions classes, go to Choir

Practice, experiment with spells,

hang out at Flying School and

explore the Castle, which will

be closed to usual visitors.

Pre-booked tickets essential.

Entry: Children £12,

Accompanying Adults £10, Family

Ticket £40, Party Ticket £120

Info: 01892 870347 /

chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Health & Wellbeing

Wednesdays Oct 4 – Nov

29 and one weekend all

day session (date tbc)

10.30am – 1pm

Goudhurst Parish

Hall, Balcombes Hill,

Cranbrook TN17 1AT

Mindfulness in

Goudhurst

Practise meditation, explore

the effects of stress, and find

strategies to cope with long

term stress and the challenges

of everyday life. This course is

taught in groups with a Bangor

University qualified instructor.

Info: 07593 959039 /

facebook.com/taketheoneseat

Workshops

Tues 10 Oct 10am - 4pm

Belmont House and Gardens,

Belmont Park, Throwley

Road, Throwley, Faversham,

Kent ME13 OHH

Autumn Forage

Spend the day exploring nature,

in this course on foraging, plant

identification and fire lighting.

After collecting your ingredients

you can prepare them with

campfire cooking techniques

in the expedition style camp.

Entry: £40

Info: 01795 890228 /

belmont-house.org

Sun 15 Oct 11am – 3pm

Wivelsfield Church

Hall, Church Lane,

Wivelsfield, Haywards

Heath RH17 7RD

Wealden Buildings

Study Group

New members and guests are

welcome to join this voluntary

group’s winter meeting

with illustrated talks by Dr.

Caroline Adams on ‘Elizabeth

in Chichester’ and Vincent

Reed on ‘Restoration of

Historic Wooden Panelling’.

Entry: £5

Info: wealdenbuildings.org

Awaken your senses

this autumn amongst

our unique collection

of trees.

© David Jenner Photography

Find out more about

our autumn events:

01580 879820

forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

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Music & Theatre

Weds 18 Oct 7pm

Chromos Cocktail

Bar, 77 Stour Street,

Canterbury CT1 2NR

The Sax Cafe Presents

Derek Nash

A new live music event with

Derek Nash. This leading

saxophonist (who you may

have seen on Jools Holland) is

leader of the award-winning

group Sax Appeal and a

featured member of the Jools

Holland Rhythm & Blues

Orchestra. Spend an evening

in Chromos, Canterbury’s

freshly opened events venue,

chilling with some cool jazz.

Entry: £10 online (booking

fees apply), £15 on the door

Info: thesaxcafe.com /

ticketsource.co.uk/thesaxcafe

Listings are correct at time of

going to press but may be subject

to change. Readers are advised

to check with venues before

making arrangements. We can

list your event in the next issue

of Wealden Times for only £15!

Please supply up to 50 words that

should include date, time, venue,

and any entry price to whatson@

wealdentimes.co.uk or send with

payment (cheques payable to JPS

Media) to What’s On, Wealden

Times, Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone

Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17

3HF. Wealden Times reserves

the right to edit text to fit space

allocated. If you would like your

event listing to be accompanied by

a full colour reproduction (42.5

x 62.5mm) of a poster or other

pictorial image, the total charge will

be £95. Deadline for the November

issue is 13 October 2017.

KENT PAINTERS GROUP 2017

27th annual art exhibition & sale

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Proceeds go directly to Mental

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Over recent years, Flint & Flame

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A fantastic Japanese style chef knife that

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You will be able to see Flint & Flame

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events. To find out more about Flint

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Enter your answer with your

contact details* in the online

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There is no cash alternative

and the prize must be taken

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Events. Please let us know

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Congratulations to Mrs. J Collins who wins our September competition

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane contemplates the rather gruelling life of a bee

This is definitely my favourite

time of year. I love the sense

of getting ready for the winter

months while still enjoying some

wonderful warm autumnal weather.

And few pastimes are more enjoyable

than picking blackberries. However, I’m

never quite so enthused about using

them once I’ve gathered them in. None

of the tribe seem to want crumble

anymore and, despite best efforts – I

even bought a sugar thermometer – my

bramble jelly remains resolutely slack.

But maybe that’s because I’m not taking

the harvesting seriously enough.

There is a wonderful

book, first published in

1954 by Dorothy Hartley,

Food in England, full of

recipes, anecdotes, wit

and wisdom in which she

goes to great lengths to

explain how to get the best

from your brambles. Gripping reading,

honestly... “In early September the

lowest berry of each cluster swells and

ripens alone, these are the largest and

sweetest berries and should be enjoyed

raw. Go back later in the month to

pick the next in the bunch to ripen,

the secondary berries, these are less

juicy but the best ones for jam. And

if you haven’t had enough by then,

you can go again in October for the

last of the crop to ripen but they will

be smaller, have many more seeds

in proportion to pulp and are only

“a colony will have

to fly the equivalent

of three times

round the world

to fill one jar”

good for mixing with apples in pies

and crumbles.” So there you have it!

So the runny jam has been made and

now sits in serried ranks on the pantry

shelf alongside the freshly spun honey

which is especially delicious this year

because we had so many flowers in

what was an exceptionally dry spring

and early summer – remember?

In effect the bees have also been

filling their larders in preparation for

winter. In July, there would have been

about 50,000 worker bees – the girls

– in the hive plus a queen and some

males known as drones. The workers

spend their days flying

from flower to flower

collecting nectar and

bringing it back to

the hive. Each journey

produces enough nectar

to fit on a pin head

and a colony will have

to fly the equivalent of three times

round the world to fill one jar. When

they arrive back, home-based bees take

it from them and plaster it liberally

around the walls of empty honeycomb

cells. This allows the water to

evaporate and once the content is down

to about 17%, the honey is scraped

up and put into one cell and capped

over with a wax seal where it will last

for eternity – they found perfectly

good honey in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

There is only one queen in the hive

and, far from being regal and in-charge,

she is basically no more than an egg

laying machine. Her life starts like

any other bee, as an ordinary egg, but

she is fed on royal jelly and is reared

in a special cell for 16 days when she

emerges in her full glory. She then

makes a single ‘virgin flight’ (bees have

been doing it long before Richard

Branson got in on the act) where she

meets up with the drones from other

colonies and is mated with enough

sperm to allow her to lay up to a million

eggs. She usually lasts in the hive for

three years and will be kept warm

and fed over the winter by the worker

bees tucking into their honey stores.

No such luck for the boys! The

drones are tolerated all summer

as they hang around waiting for a

passing virgin queen, but as all that

business only happens in the good

weather, time comes there are no

more virgins and they are no longer

required. In Bee World there are no

passengers, no full pantry beckons

and rather gruesomely they are

driven out of the hive, stung and one

wing is chewed off. Not so sweet.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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