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Contents

November 2017

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HOT IN HERE

Maggie Alderson’s homes

with statement fireplaces

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SET THE TONE

Get your rich winter shades on

with Helen Barton’s party picks

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90

GROW YOUR OWN HEDGE

Jo Arnell’s recommendations

for a fruitful crop

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NOVEMBER NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with handpicked

events going on

around the Weald

PURE IMAGINATION

We explore George Clarke’s

Shed of the Year

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BEAUTIFUL GIFTS

Jo Fairley’s ultimate presents

for beauty addicts

NURTURE IN

NOVEMBER

This month’s bitesize

health news

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A TOUCH OF FROST

Sue Whigham’s frozen garden wonders

REMEMBER, REMEMBER

Susan Elkin’s historical roundup

WHAT’S ON

Find out...

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GET THE LOOK

Emulate the Swanboroughs’ style

CUDDLE UP

Warming winter furniture and

accessories for your interior

HOME TO SHOP

A behind-the-scenes look

at one of Hastings Old

Town’s trendiest boutiques

GET THE LOOK

Take some styling tips from

David and David’s home

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DIY BEAUTY

Make your own natural

skincare with Karen Gilbert

PICK & MIX

Delicious pizzas fresh

from the Ballymaloe

Cookery School kitchen

FESTIVE SIDEKICKS

Spice up your Christmas meal

with side dish recommendations

from local chefs

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

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A beautifully presented Grade II Listed Georgian farmhouse in an enviable position

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Swimming pool house, tennis court, greenhouse, pond and vegetable garden. In all about 19.27 acres.

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4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. 2 bedroom cottage, detached period barn, detached office

and outbuildings. Gardens and grounds with terrace, seating areas, petanque piste, vegetable / fruit garden,

orchard, pond and paddock. In all about 2.3 acres.

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Brede, East Sussex - £335,000

A Grade II Listed three bedroom mid terraced cottage in the

heart of the village. Entrance lobby, living room, dining room,

kitchen, utility room, first floor landing with study area, 3

bedrooms, bathroom. Garden to rear.

Beckley, East Sussex - £1,100,000

Substantial Edwardian house with annexe in quiet location

with far reaching views. Drawing room, dining room, snug,

study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, 6 bedrooms. EPC E. 1

bedroom annexe. EPC D. Stable block, sand school. Gardens

and grounds approx. 5.5 acres.

Broad Oak, Nr. Rye, East Sussex - £795,000

Charming period detached house. Living room, dining room,

kitchen, four bedrooms. Annexe with home office, gym and

and cloakroom. Storage room above. Double garage with

room and shower over. Stunning garden. EPC E

Robertsbridge, East Sussex - £265,000

An end portion of a Grade II Listed period cottage in the

heart of the village. Kitchen/breakfast room, living room, first

floor landing/study, bedroom 1, bedroom 2/dressing room

(interconnects with bedroom 1).

Tenterden, Kent - £235,000

A well-presented first and second floor apartment forming

part of an Edwardian house close to the town centre.

Communal entrance, entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen, two

bedrooms, bath/shower room. Allocated parking. EPC E

Hastings Old Town, East Sussex - £500,000

A Victorian townhouse with commanding views to the sea.

Accommodation over three floors, living room, open plan

dining room & kitchen, two double bedrooms, attic room/

store. Courtyard garden, Residents’ parking scheme in

Tackleway. EPC E

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Cranbrook School Catchment Area

RURAL TENTERDEN £960,000

Striking Period Farmhouse

Three receptions · Kitchen/breakfast/family room

· Four double bedrooms (one ensuite) · Garden and

grounds approx. 3 acres · Outbuildings including

stabling · EPC: E

Stunning Far Reaching Countryside Views

GOUDHURST £945,000

Striking converted chapel with views

Elevated position · Two reception rooms · Spacious

kitchen/dining room · Utility room · Four bedrooms

(one ensuite) · Courtyard garden and balcony · Off

road parking · EPC: C

Cranbrook School Catchment Area

HORSMONDEN £925,000

Grade II Listed Victorian oast with far reaching views

Two receptions · Glass link dining room · Roundel

fitted kitchen · Utility room · Four double bedrooms

(one ensuite) · Delightful enclosed gardens · Off road

parking · EPC: n/a

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Deceptively spacious Grade II Listed Wealden Hall House, originally dating

from the late 16th Century with a wealth of charm and period features, set in

a plot of 1.8 acres with fantastic views over open countryside

EPC Rating F

TENTERDEN £525,000 - £550,000

Five Double Bedrooms | Three Reception Rooms | Utility Room | En Suite

Immaculately presented detached home with a stylish contemporary interior to

include impressive 34’ Kitchen/Reception Room, situated in a convenient location

within 1 mile of the much sought after picturesque tree lined high street.

EPC Rating B

BIDDENDEN £995,000

Five Bedrooms | Four Reception Rooms | Two En Suites | 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

NEWINGREEN £525,000

Five Bedrooms | Four Reception Rooms | Three Bathrooms

This impressive property has lots of potential to be an elegant family

home, with lovely country views, enormous rooms totalling up to just over

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WAREHORNE £450,000 - £500,000

Three Double Bedrooms | En Suite Bathroom & Family Bathroom | Off Road Parking

A stylishly converted property, providing a contemporary home, which retains

a wealth of original features. It offers an entrance vestibule, a spacious living

room, a large kitchen/dining room and utility area.

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TENTERDEN £500,000 - £550,000

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An elegant Victorian town house built in 1885, with an enviable position on the

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Broadlands Row Guide Price £375,000 Rye Guide Price £295,000 Broad Oak Guide Price £335,000

A deceptively spacious 3 bedroom Grade II listed A characterful 3 bedroom apartment situated A two double bedroom former game

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cottage with well proportioned rooms offering within the heart of the Rye Citadel with it own keepers cottage set on the edge of Broad

versatile accommodation with a wealth of period private street access door leading up to light airy Oak, with large inglenook fireplace, many

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features including large working inglenook accommodation oieo £600,000 arranged over the first and second period features, private £549,950 rear garden,

fireplace & original oak doors. Generous off floors of this historic Grade II listed property, with detached garage, and off street parking.

street parking & private rear garden. EPC: N/A period features dating back to 1548. EPC E EPC: D

Sale

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A detached 3 bedroom unmodernised house situated on The Suttons backing directly

onto Camber Sands beach with uninterrupted sea views. EPC tbc

A tucked away 4 bedroom Grade II Listed house with many period features, and

benefitting from a private walled level garden with large greenhouse in the heart of Rye.

Northiam O.I.E.O £300,000

A charming period 3 bedroom semi

detached house with many original

character features, benefiting from large

garden workshop, off street parking and

private rear garden.

EPC: E

ICKLESHAM

Rye Guide Price £234,950

£249,950

A refurbished 3 bedroom Victorian mid

terrace house that has undergone a complete

refurbishment including new wiring, boiler,

central heating, kitchen, bathroom, full internal

decoration & new carpets throughout, with

benefits from a south facing rear garden. EPC: D

RYE

Rolvenden Guide Price £535,000

£450,000

A modern detached 3 double bedroom

bungalow with stunning rear rural views, 2

garages, off street parking, additional annexe

accommodation, private level garden.

EPC: D

A detached 2 bedroom bungalow on the market for the first time in 80 years with

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south facing garden, hot tub. EPC: E

Beckley Guide Price £500,000

A detached four double bedroom family house

offering versatile accommodation in central

village location overlooking rural farmland,

good off street brick paved parking, integral

garage, large detached workshop / studio,

above ground swimming pool. EPC: F

Rye Guide Price £167,000

A tucked away one bedroom apartment,

located on the first floor of a converted former

warehouse. This light apartment enjoys high

ceilings with south facing windows looking over

neighbouring gardens & is situated within the

conservation area of Rye town centre. EPC: D

A charming well presented Grade II listed 4 bedroom detached house with attached barn

conversion annexe ideal for self-contained holiday let or work from home opportunity.

A mid-terrace 2 bedroom Victorian house finished to a high standard with end garden

studio room benefiting from stunning views looking over Rye. EPC: E


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£925,000

A really bright and spacious family home on the

North Downs just above the village. Paddocks and

stables. About 2.50 acres. EPC Rating D

Pluckley

£925,000

A beautifully presented country house with possible

annexe and stylish split level terrace, wonderful gardens

and useful buildings. EPC Rating C

Tenterden

£1,095,000

Oasthouse and Thatched Barn, lovely gardens and

grounds of about an acre and enjoys glorious far reaching

countryside views. EPC Rating D

Smarden

£850,000

18th Century part Victorian 5 bed house for renovation.

Stunning gardens and grounds with extensive garaging.

In all about 3 acres. EPC Rating NA

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£875,000

Converted period granary barn, lovely rural location.

Detached studio, cart barn, pretty natural pond and

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

1.

Hot In Here

Maggie Alderson finds homes with cosy fireplaces

When did you last get your chimney swept? If you can’t remember,

you’d better hope Mary Poppins’ Bert knocks on your door

some time soon. At least once a year is the rule, even if you

only light your fire, or woodburner at weekends and the odd evening – if

you’re regular lighters, you should have it done again mid-season. It’s the

soot, missus, what done it, you see. It packs onto the inside of the chim

chimeney and turns into creosote, which is a right regular flammable

substance, cor blimey, strike a light – or maybe don’t. Cue: dance routine.

Once you’ve got that sorted you can sit back and soak up the heat. Because there

isn’t anything better, as the evenings start to cool and nights draw in, curtains closed

earlier each day and another layer of cashmere no longer enough, than lighting a real

fire and relishing the enveloping warmth… A proper fire really does create a heart to

a house, drawing everyone to it and together. Even teenagers find they are tempted

to venture from behind their tightly closed doors. Cats and dogs own the hearth, of

course. Even the operation of building it, stoking it and poking it is part of the joy.

I enjoy regular arguments with my husband over it, as he seems to be convinced I

don’t understand the basic physics of it – while I consider myself a virtual Brunel of

newspaper spill and kindle engineering. It’s all about getting the oxygen in and under

and round. If he says ‘not that piece, it’s too big, you need to get air under it’ to me

one more time from a supine position on the more comfortable sofa, I might throw

a fire iron at his head. But in my crouching position, in front of the woodburner, as

I wait to see if the first log has taken properly and I can retire to my position on the

less comfortable sofa, I quickly get over it, because a live flame is so mesmerising.

That is the primordial appeal of the real fire. The hot flickering light

which our ancestors were the first species to tame and press into use. So

dangerous – so useful, so cosy. Whether you have a woodburner, or the less

efficient – but temptingly lovely – classic open fire, the key thing is to have

a wonderful fireplace to enjoy it by. Here are some houses on the market

with splendid ones of various styles. Chim cher-ee, chim cher-oo.

1.

1. Lested Hall

Where? Lested Hall is set in a semirural

location on the edge of the village of

Chart Sutton, five minutes from Sutton

Valance and 15 from Maidstone. London

is less than an hour from Headcorn or

Staplehurst and the M20 is handy.

What? A very unusual Grade II listed

house with medieval origins and 17th and

18th century additions, with a splendid

Queen Anne façade to the front, timbers to

the side and a striking modern treatment on

the converted grain store annexe opposite

the house at the back. Over 5000 sq feet

of house continues the mix of 500 years

of architectural styles in a drawing room,

morning room, dining hall, kitchen and

breakfast room, plus an eclectic mix of

period fireplaces. Upstairs are six bedrooms

and five bath/shower rooms. The annexe

has a further two en suite bedrooms.

How much? Lested Hall is

on the market at £1,750,000 with

Jackson-Stops, Cranbrook. 01580

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2. Old Popeswood Cottage

Where? Old Popeswood Cottage is

situated in the small village of Buxted,

three and a half miles from Uckfield,

twelve from Lewes. Trains to London

Bridge take just over an hour.

What? A 14th century unlisted

Wealden house, with more recent

additions, it has been recently

refurbished to a very high standard,

benefitting from modern facilities and a

wealth of original features throughout.

In addition to the main house, the

property has a superb home office and

a double garage. The ground floor

accommodation cleverly blends the

old and new seamlessly. The kitchen/

breakfast/family room stretches across

the back of the cottage with views

over the garden. The sitting room has

a large inglenook fireplace. There is

a very cosy study/snug with a triple

aspect. Two sets of stairs lead to a

landing, off which the bedrooms are

accessed, all of which have views

over the garden. Upstairs are four

bedrooms, the master en suite, with a

dressing room and a family bathroom.

How much? Old Popeswood

Cottage has a guide price of

£1,100,000 with Knight Frank.

01892 882763 knightfrank.co.uk

3. Court House

Where? Court House occupies an

elevated, yet tucked away position,

enjoying wonderful southerly views, in

the heart of the sought-after historic

village of Sutton Valance, which has a post

office, private and primary schools and

several pubs. Headcorn and Staplehurst

stations are five and ten minutes away,

with commuter services to Charing Cross/

Cannon Street in about 60 minutes.

What? A splendid Grade II listed

house, with a detached two-bedroom

cottage and substantial period barn set in

glorious gardens. Period fireplaces feature

throughout, with a wood burner in the

inglenook in the impressive Tudor-period

entrance hall. Drawing and dining rooms

are south facing, in the Georgian part of

the house, with a family room and large

kitchen/breakfast room, with a four-oven

Aga, utility room, wine cellar. A superb

oak staircase leads up to the galleried

landing, with a vaulted ceiling. There are

five bedrooms on the first floor, two en

suite with lovely views, the master with a

dressing room, plus a family bathroom,

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Editor’s

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A

drop in the unseasonably warm temperatures we’ve been

enjoying recently has come as a bit of a shock here at WT

hq. Despite secretly enjoying a good moan about the great

British weather, it really does feel like it’s time to start battening

down the hatches in preparation for a warming family Christmas.

Turn to our annual gift supplement after page 116, for gift

buying inspiration galore. Whether you’re a seasoned festive

shopper, or a gift buying novice, we’ve collated a selection of the

finest presents for the whole family, whatever their interests.

If you fancy making a day of it, our much-loved Midwinter

Fair returns to The Hop Farm from 16-18 November, packed

with stands to satisfy every Christmas need – from the tastiest

food and drink, to homewares, jewellery and fashion. Pre-book

your tickets online at wealdentimes.co.uk/events. They’re selling fast!

Helen Barton gets into the holiday spirit with a

selection of luxuriously textured tops, trousers and dresses

in velvets, sparkles and silks. Pick your favourite party

pieces from page 118. And find recipes to delight dinner

guests with our rundown of the most delicious, quick

and simple pizza ideas from chef Philip Dennhardt.

There’s still time to make the most of a hibernating garden,

too, as Jo Arnell and Sue Whigham explain, plus be sure to enter

our fantastic competition for a year’s worth of beer – that’s one

a day – from Shepherd Neame, who you can also catch up with

at the Midwinter Fair. See details of how to enter on page 173.

Enjoy your Wealden Times!

Wealden Times Team

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Dereliction of duty

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Promises, promises

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Previous pages & this page: The award-winning Mushroom House at the bottom of

Ben Swanborough’s garden is built to the design of his daughter, Elsie

Children often have dreams of making a magical space of their own,

but it’s not often that they are able to make their dreams come

true. Elsie Swanborough has been able to do just that, making the

story of the Mushroom House one that has not only won hearts – but also

the coveted ‘Shed of the Year’ competition, as sponsored by Cuprinol and

announced on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces programme on Channel 4.

Despite being “away with the fairies – in the nicest possible way,” as her father

says, Elsie, now aged 13, is definitely not a dreamer. Instead of just fantasising about

a mushroom shaped house, she commissioned it to be made. Luckily for Elsie, her

father Ben, a garden designer, is hands-on and able to manage everything from design

to the build. “When Elsie first asked me, ‘Dad, will you build me a mushroom house

in the garden?’ I said – yes, and we talked about it, and I kept meaning to start on

it, but various things got in the way. Then one day she said, ‘When are you going

to build the Mushroom House? I have saved up £500. Will you make it?’”


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This page: The toughened glass window in the floor of the

Mushroom House is two inches thick, so you can stand on it, or

lie on the floor and look down to the river below

They set to work. “We cleared the patch of dead space at

the bottom of the garden and I did a sketch on paper,” says

Ben. “The space dictated the shape and how big it could be.”

Initially it was just going to be a round building, but Elsie

insisted that in order to be a mushroom house, it had to

have a stalk. “I had some four metre lengths of oak ready


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The Mushroom House couldn’t be built all in one go, so had to be completed

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Above: Ben sourced the Mushroom House’s quirky windows from salvage fairs. He found the stained glass window at a car boot sale

to use,” Ben explains. “I used four big oak sleepers to make

the frame and keep it steady and strong, then I constructed

an oak frame for the top floor with treated softwood and

cedar too. The roof and walls are clad in cedar tiles.”

The Mushroom House couldn’t be built all in one go,

so had to be completed in stages, when time and resources

allowed. Ben remembers: “Elsie would come home from

school each time with a smile on her face asking to help.”

They got a bit carried away with some of the ideas, so the

original £500 didn’t go very far. The building extends out

over a small river and so Ben has installed a window in

the floor, so that you can look down into the water.

It is Elsie’s continued inspiration and interest that not

only got the project off the ground, but launched into the

stratosphere. “We were watching George Clarke’s Amazing

Spaces one day,” says Ben. “Elsie said; ‘Dad, do you think

we could get the Mushroom House on? We had to send

designs and plans – not that I had any!” He laughs, “So

we sent pictures. They said, ‘we love it! It’s perfect for

Shed of the Year’. And then the pressure was really on.”

“In the end they gave us some more time,” Ben says, “and

we were the last to be photographed, which helped.” Last,

but patently not the least. Since winning, the mushroom

shed has had lots of media attention. “It’s been all over

the place, national newspapers, BBC Radio 2, even on the

ITV news. Who knows where it will lead… Last year’s

winner now makes sheds for other people and has brought

out a book. You just don’t know what will happen from

this.” Ben is hoping that winning the title will help to

launch a business making bespoke garden buildings. “It

would be great,” he says, “I’ve really enjoyed making the

Mushroom House and I’d love to do some other projects.”

Although not trained in design, Ben’s creative flair must

have something to do with the fact his great uncle was Thomas

Cooper Gotch, an English Pre-Raphaelite painter and book

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Above: When the family moved in, they added a new kitchen

and bathroom to the main house Left: An old French chateau

shutter on the living room wall is displayed like a piece of art

above an illuminated coiffeur unit from a French hairdresser’s,

picked up in Lille at the Braderie France, a massive flea market

The family have lived in the house for over 10 years, but as

Ben explains: “When we first saw it I wasn’t that keen. I didn’t

like the windows for a start and decided that maybe this wasn’t

the house for us. However, I once drove through Chiddingfold

when I was younger and said to myself that I wanted to live in

the village. What I didn’t realise when we came to see the house,

because we entered the village from a different direction, was

that it was in the village of my dreams.” So they bought it. But

what about the windows? “They would have cost thousands

to replace,” he says, adding, “I’ve learned to live with them.”

The interior of the house was not ideal either. “It

was not to our taste when we moved in, but it was very

clean and tidy. We put in a new bathroom and kitchen,

took up the carpets and sanded the floorboards,” says

Ben, adding, “now we need to do them again!”

The walls throughout the house are painted in pale grey

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predominate. Elsie’s bedroom is pure white and is calm and tidy,

save for a single rustic oak shelf packed full of teddies and toys.

This shelf may well have sparked the idea for the shed. “She

wanted a woodland creature theme for her bedroom,” says

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“I love quirky bits and bobs; I go for

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Ben, “and I guess the Mushroom House is an extension of that.”

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look of the fifties and sixties worked well, as it has a vintage edge

too,” says Ben, who clearly has an artist’s, as well as a collector’s

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This page: Although not trained in design, Ben’s creative flair must have something to do with the fact his great uncle was Thomas Cooper

Gotch, an English Pre-Raphaelite painter and book illustrator. Elsie and her older brother Sebastian are also good at art.“I’ve definitely

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at me and wanting normal rooms, but when the film

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my stuff anymore, it’s all come good.” He laughs.

There’s an old French chateau shutter on the living room

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illuminated coiffeur unit from a French hairdresser’s, picked

up in Lille at the Braderie France, a massive flea market.

“It’s great. They hold it each year and it takes up the whole

of the town. They close all the roads. It’s a big thing.”

There are more vintage finds in the kitchen. An enormous

chandelier twinkles above the dining table, which has been

cleverly made from scaffolding poles and boards. “The light

was Sammy’s idea. I wanted three pendant lights, but she put

her foot down.” The green industrial looking cupboard is

from Hastings, it came from a factory and smelled horribly

of oil for a while. Ingeniously, Ben has used reclaimed

floorboards on the wall: “It was almost like putting a decking

frame against the wall, into which I cut shelves and alcoves,

hiding speakers and an industrial lamp in the wall,” he says,

adding, “I love quirky bits and bobs; I go for colours, I


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In the dining room Ben has used reclaimed floorboards on the wall: “It was

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Above: The master bedroom is a peaceful haven of white

storage bench and table and a small staircase leading up into

the ‘cap’. “The steps have drawers in but the deadline for

finishing was so tight that I decided to make a climbing wall

instead and so there’s just one step at the bottom with a drawer

containing a special treat store.” The big wooden pole in the

centre of the house was put in as an afterthought. “I put it in

when I started building the roof,” says Ben. “It gives support

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of a tree is growing up through the middle of the house.”

The magical, quirky windows are from salvage fairs and the

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Home to Shop

Craving a dramatic change from the stresses of London life, David Page

and his partner, David Baker, chose to set up home – and shop – in

Hastings Old Town. And they couldn’t be happier that they did...

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Previous pages: The landing and kitchen

This page: The living room was the first

room David and David decorated. The

laths on the wall opposite the window

are exposed, all the insides and plaster

removed. This pared back, skeleton

wall works beautifully, opening up the

whole space, the effect enhanced by the

stained glass window in the door

Popular music from the 1940s is

playing, there are Moomin plates,

knitted cacti, fragrant candles,

Majolica cabbage bowls. I have landed in

shop heaven, gazing around at a colourful

cavalcade of things I really want to buy. We

are in Hastings Old Town and this is Shop

House Hastings. Excuse me while I just

buy these cards and then we’ll get started.

It could be the lure of the sea, the

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Above: The impressive fireplace in the sitting room was an Ebay find, the surround wallpapered instead of tiled using paper from

Vintage Bird

Georgian architecture, the wonderful mix of eclectic shops

and the unique character of the Old Town, the smell of fish

and chips, or even the siren cry of the seagulls (maybe not

the seagulls) that draws many of us to Hastings. As David

Page says when we sit down in the kitchen behind Shop

House Hastings, “it’s such a contrast from London – like a

different planet; the sea, the countryside; you have the best

of everything here, a quality of life.” Like many who dream

of escape from the rat race David and his partner, David

Baker, were living in London, but not always enjoying

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Houseplants are found in every room

of the house, including the shop. David

loves plants. “When we moved we had

to have a separate removal van just

for the plants,” he says, smiling.

it. “We weren’t able to appreciate it,” he says. “I was always

too tired, busy working – and doing the daily commute.”

At first the couple tried using Hastings as a weekend

retreat, but it got harder and harder to go back. “We

bought a house in Ashburnham Road – we would come

down every weekend and go back on Monday. At first it

was Monday morning, but it got later and later. Then we

would take Tuesday off…” David smiles. Despite wanting

to move away from London, making the break was not

that easy. David moved down first to look for work. “I was

on holiday really though, at least that was what it felt like.

Then I saw this.” He gestures around him and says that

for months they must have walked past the shop, “It was

an invisible building, and then suddenly it was there.”

The property had been on the market for a while,

but David explains that he didn’t think it was easy for

people to see through the emptiness of the shop – and

the fact that the whole of the interior was painted black.

“It was like something from Harry Potter,” he laughs,

“more of an anti-show home.” The building was not

without charm though, with high ceilings, exposed

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Above: Exposed brickwork cocoons the staircase which rises just behind the shop, going up through the centre of the building. It

provides a great backdrop for David and David’s paintings and photographs

brickwork and period features, including some wooden

shutters in the bay window of the upstairs sitting room.

“The shutters reminded me of Holland, when I went as

a child,” says David. “I made an offer there and then.”

The couple were suddenly on a tight schedule. “We

bought the house on December 10th and the shop had

to be opened in April,” David remembers. Undaunted,

they didn’t waste time, painting over the black walls as

they moved in. “We used Valspar paint from B&Q, as it

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Above: The bedroom has a decidedly forest feel with wood panelled fireplace and mossy green walls – the perfect backdrop for more

of the couple’s collection of houseplants

of what was needed, which was lucky, as four months is

an incredibly short turnaround time in which to launch

a shop. It was also the dead of winter and the house had

no central heating. “At one point when we had a leak

in the ceiling and it was in the minuses I thought ‘what

have we done?’” he says. “So I just put more and more

clothes on – people thought that I’d really lost weight

when the spring came and the weather warmed up.” He

grins. While the Davids were busy painting on the inside,

the scaffolding went up on the outside and the whole

building was painted blue. It makes a strong statement.

“When you stand at the top of the hill and look down,

it’s easy to spot the shop.” David laughs. “It’s about

branding. I learned that at The Conran Shop.” (He was

floor manager there before the move.) “You only get one

chance to get it right, you’ve got to have a strong look.”

Although most of the black was eradicated from the

interior, the staircase has remained dark, in contrast to

the rest of the house, although it is not at all gloomy.

“Two weeks in, while we were painting, I fell down the

stairs,” David says cheerfully. Did he go to hospital?

“No, we were on such a tight deadline, I had to get up

and carry on painting, covered in bruises.” The staircase

has become a striking feature in itself, rising just behind

the shop, going up through the centre of the building.

It provides a great backdrop for all their paintings


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David had a clear idea of what

was needed, which was lucky, as

four months is an incredibly short

turnaround time in which to launch

a shop. It was also the dead of winter

and the house had no central heating.

“At one point when we had a leak

in the ceiling and it was in the

minuses I thought ‘what have we

done?’” he says. “So I just put more

and more clothes on – people

thought that I’d really lost weight

when the spring came and the

weather warmed up.” He grins

and photographs, many of their two cats, the handsome

Cyril and more delicate Vera. “Vera sometimes sits in the

window of the shop, but Cyril isn’t allowed, as he’s too

clumsy and knocks things over.” There are other intriguing

mementos and some very effective light boxes made from

magic lantern slides, bought from Robert’s Rummage

shop across the road for £1 each. “I will always have lots

of pictures on the walls,” says David. “Photo albums

are static and not often looked at. When we go up or

downstairs, it’s like opening a diary. You remember where

you were and what you were doing when the picture was

taken or the piece was bought, or who gave it to you.”

The living room was the first room they decorated. The

impressive fireplace was an Ebay find, the surround has

been cleverly wallpapered instead of tiled using paper by

Vintage Bird, the gorgeous fabric and wallpaper shop next

door to Shop House Hastings. This room feels particularly

open and bright, benefitting from the light pouring in

through the big bay window with the wooden shutters. In

a brave move, the laths on the wall opposite the window

are exposed, all the insides and plaster removed. This

pared back, skeleton wall works beautifully, opening

up the whole space, the effect enhanced by the stained

glass window in the door. Almost knocking out the wall

adds another dimension to both the living room and the

staircase and makes the house feel bigger and lighter. The

light and airy rooms appear to be enjoyed by the couple’s

many houseplants too, as they are found in every room

of the house, including the shop. David loves plants.

“When we moved we had to have a separate removal van

just for the plants,” he says, smiling. “I need greenery

and we don’t really have a garden, so I have brought it

inside. A lot of the plants are from Mao Bramall at

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Above: Nestled below a windowsill of tropical greenery the roll top bath offers the perfect place to unwind after a busy day in the shop

Shimizu, the florist’s further along the high street.

David is an artist by training and began his career

making paper and metal sculptures. “That was how I

first started at The Conran Shop,” he explains. “I got a

commission to make 150 paper and wire sculptures for

their window.” He has also worked in a French home

fragrance company based in Provence, and at Cox &

Power the jeweller’s. “I’m obsessed with fragrance – I

had to do spot tests all the time when I was there,

guessing the elements of a scent.” David now sells


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This page: Decorative apothecary bottles line the shelves

surrounding the bathroom mirror

a brand of candles that appear to satisfy the obsession.

“They are soya based, with such amazing fragrance.”

His experience at the jewellers taught him more about

the detail. Shop House Hastings had to have a homely

feel – “as if you are going through someone’s house,”

David explains. “The detail gives you that too. I wanted

all the shelves to have scalloped edges to them – so

we had to make them. First we cut each one in half

and then we painted them all by hand – it took ages.”

Part of the same ethos is to keep moving the stock and

regularly refreshing the theme. The window display is

changed once a month and the Christmas window is

becoming an eagerly anticipated treat. David clearly

enjoys this creative aspect of the job. “The Christmas

display has been planned for months,” he says with glee.

“We have all heard that retail is detail, but it is also

about a sense of style and having a clear vision of the

business and its direction. It’s not about commodities,”

he says. I suspect he’s aware of the irony; the house

and shop are packed full of commodities. But it’s not

just stuff; everything in the house has memory and

meaning and David is also careful about what he buys

for the shop. “We sell things we would buy as gifts


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This page: Strategically placed mirrors illuminate the potentially light-starved staircase that leads down to the stockroom in

the basement

for friends or family.” And that never stands still. “I

had particular friends in mind to buy for – and now I

have new friends, so the shop has evolved. New things

came – toys for children, things that last – nothing to do

with fashion or trends,” he says, adding, “some people

really surprise me, some spend a lot of money and you

don’t think they will. People buy from the shelves –

and they form emotional attachment to things,” says

David (I can hear those Moomin plates calling me).

As we sit in the colourful cosy kitchen behind the shop,

painted a cheerful primrose yellow, (“all kitchens should

be yellow,” declares David), I admire the collection of blue

and white china and the way that items originally from the

shop mingle happily with their other possessions. The

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Mother of Pearl & Marcasite Ring, £20, Gemondo Jewellery, gemondo.com 10. ‘You’re the

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16. INITAL RING

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4. TANYA TEDDY

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6. ROSE GOLD TILE MATE

2. ANTOINE AND LILI

4. LIMERICK BOOTS

5. DKNY PURSE

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8. ENGLAND JET CHAIN BAG

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11. BUCKET BAG

10. FOXY SOCK SET

13. LILYROSE SCARF

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Faux Suede, £29.99, Ego ego.co.uk 10. Totes Foxy Mug and Sock

Set, £12, Barsleys barsleys.co.uk 11. Uptown Beauty Small Red

Bucket Bag, £155, Folli Follie follifollie.co.uk 12. Powder Faux

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4. CUFFLINKS

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11. LEATHER BELT

10. ONYX STRUCK BRACELET

9. WELLGROOMED WIZARD

1. Men’s Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant Chronograph Watch, £130,

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4. Born & Bred Cufflinks with Ordnance Survey Map, £39, Born &

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7. Antique Handled Mach 3 Razors, £36 each, London International Silver Co

notjustsilver.com 8. Men’s Body Duo and Boxer Shorts, £16, Fat Face, fatface.com

9. Beard Grooming Gift Set, £39.95, Wellgroomed Wizard wellgroomedwizard.com

10. Onyx Struck Bracelet, £30, Not on the High Street notonthehighstreet.com

11. Bridle Leather Belt, £55, Taylor Kent taylorkent.co.uk 12. Gold Signet Ring, £1999 inc. VAT,

Rodney J Rigby rodneyjrigby.com 13. Ted Baker Watch Case, £26.21, Hurn & Hurn hurnandhurn.com

12. RING

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1. RJR JOHN ROCHA GLOVES

2. SOCKS

4. CHECK SHIRT

5. CANVAS BAG

Gifts for...

6. CHRISTMAS JUMPER

Him

Useful gifts to keep your favorite

gentlemen merry all year round

7. DANISH

9. DRESSING GOWN

8. ETON

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3. Forest Green Textured Knit Top, £30, Burton Menswear burton.co.uk

4. Red Tartan Shirt, £32, Topman topman.com 5. Fitzroy Grip Large Cotton

Canvas with Leather Trim, £120, Billy Ruffian billyruffianshoes.co.uk

6. Christmas Jumper, £30, Topman topman.com 7. Danish boots, £69.99, Office

office.co.uk 8. Eton boots, £34.99, Office office.co.uk 9. Bown of London Luxury

Cotton Dressing Gown, from £75, County Clothes countyclothesmenswear.co.uk

10. Barbour Monty Slipper, £54.95, Barbour barbour.com 11. Simon Carter

Holkhom Leather Tablet Bag, £175, Henry Tibbs henrytibbs.com 12. Barbour

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3. GAME OF THRONES MONOPOLY

2. WHISKY STONES

1. KINDLE OASIS

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6. HEADPHONES

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in Silver, £329.95, Bose bose.co.uk 7. Marbled Resin X-Pen Ballpoint, £46.25, Silverpen silverpen.co.uk 8. Six bottle

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10. Beoplay E8 In-ear Wireless Headphones in Black with Case, £259, B&O PLAY, beoplay.com

11. Credit Card Tool, £8.95, Annabel James annabeljames.co.uk 12. Ships Decanter, £48.95, Annabel James

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rume.co.uk 8. Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet with Yellow Kid-Proof Case, £129.99, Amazon amazon.co.uk 9. Karina Koola, £9, Fenwick Tunbridge Wells

fenwick.co.uk 10. Movi, £40, Fenwick Tunbridge Wells fenwick.co.uk 11. Kit & Willy’s Guide to Art by Zebedee Helm, £11.99, Graffito Books graffitobooks.com

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3. RHINO TRAY

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2. Provence Element Table Lamp in Grey/Aged Brass, £135, Elstead Lighting

elsteadlighting.com 3. Decorated Ceramic Jewellery Holder, £39.50, Miscellanea of

Churt, miscellanea.co.uk 4. The Iceless Ice Bucket, from £1,295, Kaelo, kaelo.co.uk

5. LED Star Stag Diorama in Grey, £33.60, Dar Lighting darlighting.co.uk

6. Mid-century GPlan Upcycled Sideboard with Industrial Hairpin Legs in Prism,

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Gardener sussexcountrygardener.co.uk 12. Michael Aram Olive Branch Glass Dome

& Base, £120, Amara amara.com 13. Vases, from £45, Bridgman bridgman.co.uk

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Set the tone

Prep for the start of the Christmas party season

with inky shades and soft textures

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton Model: Cat

Penny Black pleated skirt, £169, sweater, £125, Niche, Rye, niche-online.co.uk 01797 225 294;

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120% velvet dress,

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Joseph Ribcoff dress, £199.95,

Serendipity Fashions, Guildford

serendipityfashions.co.uk 01483

577475; bead necklace

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Our lovely new collection from Mistral is spot on for colder

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La Saison black jacket, £149, Sweewë

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James Lakeland sparkly sweater, £75,

Joseph Ribkoff velvet trousers, £131.50,

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earrings, £22, necklace, £35, Who’s

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Akoz shirt dress, £49, shell

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co.uk 01424 272925


Jolie Mine pleated dress, £95,

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Beautiful

Gifts

Beauty

Jo Fairley selects the best Christmas

presents for cosmetics lovers

I’m one of the only women in Britain who can’t really

give beauty gifts. The assumption of the recipient is that

because I’m a beauty editor, lucky enough to be on the

receiving end of truckloads of product every year, most gifts-ofgorgeousness

must have been freebies and are therefore high on

the Scrooge-o-Meter. The bottom line with any beauty gift for

me, though, is quite simply: would I be happy to receive this

myself…? And these most certainly tick that box, big-time.

So: let’s start with some can’t-fail-to-please stocking

fillers/Secret Santa gifts/teacher pressies…

Incredibly good value is the Kneipp Herbal Bath Collection,

£5.95 (at lookfantastic.com): a kit of three of this fabled therapeutic

brand’s bath oils, in Balancing Lavender, Back Comfort Devil’s

Claw and Cold Season Eucalyptus. Beauty Kitchen Love Me

Little Princess Kisses Bath Bombs, £12 (Holland & Barrett),

are naturally scented with cinnamon and patchouli; from a

‘kitchen table’ beauty brand, these are skin-friendly, slightly

more sophisticated alternatives to the knock-you-out-at-100-

paces bath bombs that every teenager seems to swoon over.

And fill the stocking toe with this: Aromatherapy Associates

Precious De-Stress Time, £9 (aromatherapyassociates.com) is a

9ml of their wonderful De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil

– same shape as a satsuma, even more fragrant and w-a-y more

soothing. (It can also be dangled from a tree as a decoration.)

And now for the grander gestures – in ascending order of price.

Kaffe Fassett On Point Cosmetic Bag, £18. I’ve one of these brightly

coloured, tapestry-inspired make-up bags and it’s become my

favourite-ever – as capacious as Mary Poppins’s handbag. It’s just

one of countless fab Christmas offerings from brilliant British bath

and body/fragrance brand Heathcote & Ivory; I seriously suggest

an on-line mooch through their offering at heathcote-ivory.com.

Burt’s Bees Naturally Red Lips Gift Set, £19.99. Proving

that natural beauty and glamour can go together like

Santa and his sleigh, a three-piece kit from Burt’s Bees

that includes a Tinted Lip Balm, Lip Shimmer and

award-winning Lip Crayon for a ‘statement’ red lip

that’s good enough to eat (were you so inclined).

REN Energising Festive Sea(son), £22 (worth £25). I hate

wasteful Christmas packaging – those scent ‘coffrets’, for

example, which are basically destroyed when you take out

the plastic display liner. But REN’s beautifully illustrated gift

boxes this year will most definitely have a second life – perfect

for stashing jewellery or desk accessories. This kit contains

their fab new Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Anti-Fatigue

Body Wash and Exfoliating Body Scrub, together with the

Energising Lotion – great pick-me-ups for tired bodies.

Benefit I Left My Heart in San Francisco, £24.50 (worth

£57.22), exclusive to Boots. No Christmas gift guide is ever

complete without something from Benefit, who never fail to thrill

with their witty packaging (this year inspired by the Summer of

Love in San Francisco, where Benefit has its roots) – and, most

importantly, the contents. Benefit’s fun-fun-fun product names

belie the fact that they offer some of the best face ‘fix-its’ out there,

and this contains some of my favourites: The POREfessional,

Hoola, Roller Lash, Gimme Brow and Browvo! Primer.

Perfume Society VIP Subscription, £25 p.a. You’ll be able to

buy this in person at Wealden Times Midwinter Fair, where

The Perfume Society – which I co-founded three years ago –

has a stand. Along with a VIP Subscriber card and a joining

box that brings the different fragrance families alive through

samples and accompanying ‘smelling notes’, the recipient will

enjoy event invites and access to our award-winning online

magazines: six issues a year, ensuring that any perfume-lover’s

finger is firmly on the pulse-point of all things fragrant.

Rituals Travel Set Skincare Men, £29.50. Not been inside a

Rituals store lately? Truly you don’t know what you’re missing –

there are some world-class home fragrances, all the packaging’s

been stylishly zhooshed, and their Christmas gift sets are fab.

Most of the gift boxes (which are colourful and unbranded) can

be reused – with the exception of this men’s set (because men

just don’t do that, do they…?). A great skincare set for any guy,

though, featuring the Samurai range as a Magic Shave, Cleanse,

Energize Face Balm and Shave Repair. Sure beats socks and pants.

Annick Goutal Trio Candle Coffret, £39. There are of course


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a million scented candles

out there – and lots of

splendid seasonal limited

editions – but I’m very taken

with this, showcasing three

70g votive sizes of their

celebrated Eau d’Hadrien,

Ambre and the deliciously

wintry Jardin d’Hiver.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Mini Brush Set, £49. Some time

ago I literally switched all my make-up brushes for a set of

Charlotte’s. Not for nothing are they known as ‘Charlotte’s

magic hands’ – because they’re such a key element of this makeup

dynamo’s ability to create showstopping red carpet and

backstage looks. (I could never do a decent smoky eye until

I got one of Charlotte’s smudging brushes.) This chic winecoloured

faux snakeskin clutch features defining, blending,

contouring and smudging brushes with usefully shorter

handles. NB This is the beauty gift I plan on giving myself.

YOU Beauty Advent Calendar, £60 + £3.95 p&p (worth £230).

OK, so I can personally attest to how well this annual advent

extravaganza goes down – because I most certainly do give these

every year, to my very, very ‘besties’ (and at this price they’re under

no illusion that I get them as freebies!). The advantage, for me: by

handing these out before the end of November in time for advent,

I’ve done-and-dusted several names on the Christmas list. This

year’s calendar seems even more stonkingly rammed with product

than usual – and would my nearest and dearest look away now, lest

it spoil the surprise of upcoming daily offerings from REN, ESPA,

Ciaté, bareMinerals, Moroccanoil – and so on, for 24 windows.

Aromatherapy Associates Time to Sleep, £68 (aromatherapy

associates.com). I make absolutely no apologies for featuring two

AA products in this guide – they’ve long been a go-to brand

for me, both personally and when gift-shopping. This features

a full size 55ml Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil – one capful’s

like knockout drops at the end of the day – along with a Relax

Body Oil and a stress-soothing, sleep-beckoning rollerball. Again,

the box – with its starry London skyline – is a keeper. Slightly

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Nurture in November

Wealden Times chats beauty regimes with stylist and singer Helen Barton

Health & Beauty

Do you have a beauty

regime? To call it a regime

would be stretching it

a little. I like to keep it

simple, but there are a

few things I swear by. If

I’ve worn make up then

I use a Neal’s Yard eye

make-up remover and

a Weleda perfume-free

facial cleanser. I wash my

face with cold water and

use a small amount of

coconut oil morning and

night. Health starts from

within, and looking after

my internal wellbeing is

an absolute priority. Yoga

and meditation practice

happens daily, I drink

Petal Power

We tried the aromatic Petal

Face Cream from Stephanie

Slade’s botanical range.

Made from plant extracts

and oils, including rose

otto and geranium, it helps

to nurture and re-balance

sebum production and create

even skin tone. Other key

ingredients include avocado

oil, high in vitamin D, and

lots of water, supplement

neem and turmeric for

gut health and consume a

diet of around 70% raw

fruits and vegetables.

Do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

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oil for my face, body, hair

and for oil pulling (using

it like a mouth wash). It’s

a bit soapy to begin with,

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a lot better for you than

the harsh chemicals used

in normal mouth wash. I

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winter. Although I don’t

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last year which totally blew

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my head and giving me a

scalp massage which was

heaven. I felt incredible

afterwards and slept better

the following week than

I have my entire life! So,

one of those every now and

again would be lovely.

Who’s your style icon? I

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a teenager, and, although

I don’t wear gold hoops

and thick eyeliner any

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present when I’m singing

and performing. The same

goes for singers like Ella

Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday

as their presence on stage is

so inspirational. Regarding

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what she wants and always

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Helen is a stylist and

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Packed with

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This popular fruit is more

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In a food processor whiz

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mixture with the ripe

flesh of 2 avocados until

smooth. Divide between

6 small serving glasses and

chill for at least 3 hours.

Decorate with shavings

of dark chocolate or

fresh berries and serve.

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DIY Beauty

Natural skincare and fragrance expert Karen Gilbert

shares two recipes for gorgeously pampering skincare

Chocolate

orange lip pots

I love using dark organic cocoa butter

for lip balm, as it retains its gorgeous

chocolate aroma. This recipe contains

vegetable glycerin rather than honey,

but you could just as easily swap it if

you prefer. The flavouring is a lip balm

flavour that you can buy online. You

could use a food flavour, but you may

need to adjust the quantities to taste and

check that it is oil soluble. The main

recipe is for jars or tins and the variation

is slightly more solid for twist-up tubes.

• 10g beeswax

• 10g dark cocoa

butter

• 15g shea butter

• 2 tbsp plus

1 tsp (35ml)

almond oil

• 1 tsp (5ml)

glycerin

• 5 drops orange

essential oil

1. Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and

shea butter in the double boiler.

2. Add the almond oil and glycerin and

stir gently until everything is liquid.

3. Remove from the heat and pour

the hot mixture into the jug.

Add the orange oil and chocolate

flavouring, stirring until slightly

cool but still pourable.

4. Carefully pour the mixture

into the jars to set.

Variation: Follow the method

for the Cocoa Butter Lip

• 15g beeswax

• 10g cocoa

butter

• 10g almond oil

• 15g jojoba oil

• 10 drops

chocolate

flavouring

You will need

• double boiler

• metal spoon

• small glass jug

• 5 x ½fl oz

(15ml) jars

• 3 drops

chocolate

flavouring

• 2 drops orange

essential oil

Argan eye serum

Argan oil is extracted from the kernels inside the

fruit of the argan tree, which is found in southern

Morocco. It has been relatively unused in skincare

until fairly recently, and it can be quite expensive

due to the laborious process of extraction and the

small yield of the seeds. Traditionally, argan oil

was made by the Berber women of Morocco, who

gathered the seeds by hand after the fruit had been

eaten by goats and the seeds had passed through

their digestive system, making them softer and

easier to process. Although oil is still made this

way locally, the process has been refined and much

of the oil exported is now pressed mechanically by

cooperatives set up by the Moroccan government.

These programmes are dedicated to responsible

harvesting and reforestation as well as providing

the women of rural Morocco with a fair wage,

education, and good working conditions.

• 1tsp (5ml)

argan oil

• ½ tsp (2.5ml)

borage oil

• 1 tsp (5ml)

rice bran oil

• ½ tsp (2.5ml)

vitamin E

You will need

• small glass jug

or beaker

• spoon or glass

stirring rod

• ½fl oz (15ml) glass

bottle with dropper

1. Measure the oils one at a time

into the glass jug or beaker.

2. Mix the oils together thoroughly,

so that they are blended.

3. Pour the mixture carefully

into the glass bottle.

As this oil is to be used around the eye area,

only a small amount is needed. It is best stored

in a small bottle with a pipette; you will need

to use only one drop. Drip one drop from the

pipette onto the ball of your middle finger,

touch together with the finger on the other

hand and gently pat around the eye area;

you will be able to feel your orbital bone. It is

important not to apply oils, creams, or lotions

any closer to your eyes than this bone as they

can be too rich and irritate the eye itself.

Never put this or any other product directly

into the eye, and avoid using any products

containing essential oils around the eye area.

These recipes were adapted from The Little Pocket Book of Natural Beauty: 35 Step-By-Step

Projects for Homemade Beauty by Karen Gilbert, published by Cico Books at £9.99.


Food

Pick mix &

When Philip Dennhardt decided to start

making handmade pizzas in the woodburning

oven at Ballymaloe Cookery School in County

Cork, Saturday Pizzas was born. Since then this

once-a-week event has become so popular that

diners have queued out the door just to get

their hands on one of Dennhardt’s creations.

Here, he shares three delectable recipes that

are bound to appeal to every appetite.

Recipes: Philip Dennhardt & Kristin Jensen

Photographs: Mowie Kay

Styling: Emily Kidd, Maud Eden & Jo Harris

Pancetta with Tuscan kale, Parmesan and chilli oil

Makes enough for 2 x 25 cm (10 in) pizzas

One of the best things about working from the Ballymaloe

Cookery School is being able to source fresh produce from

our own 100-acre organic farm. It’s an incredible luxury to be

able to choose ingredients from whatever is ripe and ready to

be harvested. Tuscan kale is one of the vegetables that thrives

almost all year round in the glasshouses. Also called cavolo nero,

do snap some up when you see it. Regular curly kale works on

this pizza too, but needs a bit longer in the oven to wilt down.

• 2 balls of pizza dough

(recipe on page 147)

• 160ml (⅔ cup) tomato

sauce (recipe on page 147)

• a few stalks of Tuscan kale

or curly kale

• 2tbsp olive oil

• 250g (2 cups) grated

mozzarella

• 100g (3½ oz) pancetta,

either thinly sliced or cut

into lardons

• 2-4 tbsp finely grated

Parmesan

• 2-4 tbsp chilli oil

• fine sea salt and freshly

ground black pepper

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Food

1. Preheat the oven to 250°C/480°F/gas

mark 9 or as high as it will go. Place a

pizza stone or an upside-down baking

tray in the oven to heat up too. Get all

your ingredients and equipment ready,

including taking the dough out of the

fridge 1 hour before you’re ready to cook.

2. Cut the kale away from the tough ribs,

then chop the tender leaves into bitesized

pieces or slice them into even-sized

shreds. Place the kale in a bowl, drizzle

with half of the oil and season with salt

and pepper. Toss to combine using your

hands, until the kale is coated with the

oil. This adds extra flavour and also

helps protect the kale from the heat

of the oven so that it doesn’t burn.

3. Stretch the pizza dough by hand or

roll it out. Sprinkle a pinch of salt

evenly over the dough, then brush

a little olive oil onto the rim with a

pastry brush to help it turn golden.

4. Using a ladle or big spoon, pour the

tomato sauce in the centre of the dough.

Spread it over the pizza in concentric

circles with the back of the ladle or

spoon, leaving a 2.5cm (1 in) border

clear around the edges for the crust.

You only want a thin layer of sauce.

5. Place a handful of the grated mozzarella

in a mound in the middle of the dough.

Use your palm to spread it out evenly

across the pizza, leaving the edges clear

for the crust. Scatter the pancetta on

top of the cheese, aiming to get a good

balance of ingredients across the pizza.

6. Check that there is no liquid on the peel or

board or your pizza won’t slide off. Shake

the board gently to see if the pizza will

move. If it doesn’t, lift up the pizza with a

dough cutter or spatula and sprinkle a little

flour on the board until it does move easily.

7. Slide the pizza off the peel or board onto

the pizza stone or upside-down baking

tray in the hot oven. After 4-5 minutes,

take it out and scatter the kale evenly

across the top. Return the pizza to the

oven for about 3-5 minutes more, until

the kale has just started to wilt (curly

kale needs to cook a little longer than

Tuscan kale). You want the bottom and

the crust to be cooked through and

golden and the cheese should be melted.

8. Remove from the oven again, transfer

to a wire cooling rack, then sprinkle

over the grated Parmesan and drizzle

with chilli oil. Allow to stand for 1

minute before cutting into slices.

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Smoked salmon with fried capers

and crème fraîche

Makes enough for 2 x 25 cm (10 in) pizzas

This is the kind of pizza where the quality of the

ingredients is everything. Use the best smoked salmon you

can get, ideally organic and wild rather than farmed.

• 2 balls of pizza dough

(recipe on page 147)

• 160ml (⅔ cup) tomato

sauce (recipe on page 147)

• pinch of fine sea salt

• 2 tbsp drained capers

• 3 tbsp olive oil

• 100g (3½ oz) good

quality smoked salmon,

torn into bite-sized pieces

• 250g (2 cups) grated

mozzarella

• 3-4 tbsp crème fraîche

1. Preheat the oven to 250°C/480°F/gas mark 9 or as high

as it will go. Place a pizza stone or an upside-down baking

tray in the oven to heat up too. Get all your ingredients

and equipment ready, including taking the dough out

of the fridge 1 hour before you’re ready to cook.

2. While the oven is heating up, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil

in a low-sided pan. Pat the capers dry with kitchen paper/

paper towels so that the hot oil doesn’t splash when you

put the capers in. Test the oil by adding one caper – if it

sizzles, it’s ready. Add all the capers to the hot oil and fry

for 1 minute, taking care not to let them burn. Scoop

out with a slotted spoon or a small fine-mesh sieve and

transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the

excess oil. Set aside – they will crisp up as they dry out.

3. Stretch the pizza dough by hand or roll it out. Sprinkle a

pinch of salt evenly over the dough, then brush a little olive

oil onto the rim with a pastry brush to help it turn golden.

4. Using a ladle or big spoon, pour the tomato sauce in the

centre of the dough. Spread the sauce over the pizza in

concentric circles with the back of the ladle or spoon,

leaving a 2.5cm (1 in) border clear around the edges

for the crust. You only want a thin layer of sauce.

5. Place a big handful of the grated mozzarella in a mound

in the middle of the dough. Use your palm to spread

it out evenly across the pizza, leaving the edges clear

for the crust. Scatter the smoked salmon on top of the

cheese, aiming to get a good balance across the pizza.

6. Check that there is no liquid on the peel or board or

your pizza won’t slide off it. Shake the board gently

to see if the pizza will move. If it doesn’t, lift up the

pizza with a dough cutter or spatula and sprinkle a

little flour on the board until it does move easily.

7. Slide the pizza off the peel or board onto the pizza stone

or upside-down baking tray in the hot oven. Cook for

7-10 minutes, but start checking it after 5 minutes – you

want the bottom and the crust to be cooked through

and golden and the cheese should be melted.

8. Take the pizza out of the oven and scatter over the fried

capers, then drizzle with the crème fraîche (put the

crème fraîche in a squeezy bottle if you have one). Allow

to stand for 1 minute before cutting into slices.


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Figs with goat’s cheese, rocket and honey

Makes enough for 2 x 25 cm (10 in) pizzas

Don’t miss your chance to make this classy pizza when figs

are in season. Because there is no sauce, use the best fruit,

cheese and honey you can find.

• 2 balls of pizza dough

(recipe on page 147)

• 2 handfuls of rocket

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 4 fresh figs, each

sliced into eighths

• 80g (⅓ cup) soft

goat’s cheese

• runny honey,

for drizzling

• fine sea salt

1. Preheat the oven to 250°C/480°F/gas mark 9

or as high as it will go. Place a pizza stone or

an upside-down baking tray in the oven to heat

up too. Get all your ingredients and equipment

ready, including taking the dough out of the

fridge 1 hour before you’re ready to cook.

2. Place the rocket in a bowl. Drizzle with a little olive

oil and season with a pinch of salt (there’s no need for

pepper). Toss to coat all the leaves with the oil. This

adds extra flavour and also helps protect the rocket

from the heat of the oven so that it doesn’t burn.

3. Place the figs in a separate bowl and drizzle

with a little olive oil. Toss gently to make

sure all the figs are lightly coated with oil,

handling carefully so they don’t break up.

4. Stretch the pizza dough by hand or roll it

out. Sprinkle a pinch of salt evenly over

the dough, then brush all over with a really

nice olive oil to help it turn golden.

5. Scatter the figs on top of the dough, then dot

small knobs (about ½ teaspoon each) of the

goat’s cheese between the figs, aiming to get a

good balance of ingredients across the pizza.

6. Check that there is no liquid on the peel or board or

your pizza won’t slide off it. Shake the board gently

to see if the pizza will move. If it doesn’t, lift up the

pizza with a dough cutter or spatula and sprinkle a

little flour on the board until it does move easily.

7. Slide the pizza off the peel or board onto the pizza

stone or upside-down baking tray in the hot oven.

Cook for 7-10 minutes, but start checking after

5 minutes – you want the dough to be cooked

through and golden. The figs should be soft and

will have started to release their juices and the

goat’s cheese may be slightly charred in places.

8. Take the pizza out of the oven. Drizzle with

honey and scatter the rocket evenly across the

top. Return the pizza to the oven for only 30

seconds to 1 minute more, until the rocket has

just started to wilt. Alternatively, skip this step

and add the honey and rocket when the pizza is

done – the rocket will still wilt slightly from the

residual heat of the pizza. Remove from the oven

again and transfer to a wire cooling rack. Allow to

stand for 1 minute before cutting into slices.

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Classic pizza dough

Makes enough for 2 x 25cm (10 in) pizzas

I like to use half ‘00’ flour and half strong white flour, but

you can use all of one or the other. Be warned, though, that

if you use all ‘00’ flour you will probably need to add a little

extra, as otherwise it will be a very wet dough that might be

hard to work with. I always make this dough at least 24 hours

in advance of using it.

• 200ml (¾ cup + 4 tsp

cold water

• 300g (2 cups) ‘00’ flour

or strong white flour, plus

extra for dusting

• ½ x 7g (¼ oz) sachet of

fast action dried yeast

• 1tsp fine sea salt

1. Pour the water into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with

a dough hook, then add the flour on top of the water and

add the yeast and salt in separate piles. Mix for 10 minutes

on a medium–low speed. For the first few minutes it will

look shaggy and you might be worried that it won’t come

together, but leave it be and by the end of the 10 minutes

the dough should be smooth, springy and slightly sticky.

Check the dough after a couple of minutes, though, to see

how it’s coming along. If it’s really dry and isn’t coming

together, add another tablespoon of water. If it looks really

wet, add another tablespoon of flour. Alternatively, if you

don’t have a mixer, you can knead the dough by hand.

2. Sprinkle your work surface with a little flour and tip

the dough out onto it. Knead it by hand a few times to

bring it together into a smooth, round ball that holds

its shape well and springs back when you poke it. If it

doesn’t pass those tests, knead it for 1-2 minutes more.

3. Using a dough cutter or a sharp knife, cut the dough in

half. Pressing it firmly into the work surface, roll each piece

into a smooth round, like a tennis ball. Put the dough

balls on two side plates or a baking tray dusted with flour.

Cover tightly with clingfilm/plastic wrap or soak a clean

tea towel in cold running water from the tap and wring it

out really well, then cover the dough with the damp cloth.

Place the covered plates or tray in the fridge for at least 6

hours, but ideally overnight or even up to 48 hours to let it

have a long fermentation and a slow rise. The longer you let

the dough sit in the fridge, the more flavour it will have.

4. Take the dough out of the fridge 1 hour before you want to

cook the pizzas, making sure you keep it covered with the

clingfilm/ plastic wrap or damp cloth so it doesn’t dry out.

When you’re ready to shape the dough, dust a pizza peel

or a thin wooden chopping board generously with flour.

You can either stretch the dough by hand or use a rolling

pin. If you’re using a rolling pin, dust that with flour too.

5. Take the rested dough ball off the plate or tray using a

dough cutter or a bowl scraper, making sure the dough ball

stays round at this point. Place the dough ball onto the

floured peel or board and dust some flour on top of the

dough too. Press down the middle of the dough with your

fingers, but don’t press the edge of the dough ball, as that

will be the crust later. It should already look like a little pizza.

6. The dough is now ready to be stretched

by hand or rolled out.

Tomato sauce

Makes 800ml (3⅓ cups)

This sauce is so versatile. Not only can you use it

for pizzas, but it works well as a simple pasta sauce

too and it can be frozen for up to six months.

• 1tbsp olive oil

• 1 onion, finely chopped

• 1 celery stick, finely chopped

• ½ carrot, finely chopped

• 1tsp fine sea salt

• freshly ground black pepper

• 1 garlic clove, finely

chopped

• 2 x 400g (14oz) cans of

good-quality whole plum

tomatoes

• 1tsp sugar (optional)

1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan set over a medium–

low heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot and season

with the salt and some freshly ground black pepper

to taste. Cover the pan and sweat the vegetables

for 8-10 minutes, until soft but not coloured.

2. Add the garlic and cook, uncovered, for just 1 minute, until

fragrant. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 3 minutes on a low

heat. Good-quality canned tomatoes don’t need to be cooked for

very long, plus the longer you cook the sauce, the more water

evaporates and the thicker it becomes, which isn’t the consistency

that you want – pizza sauce should be thin but not watery.

3. Whizz the sauce with a hand-held blender until smooth,

or you could leave it a little chunkier if that’s what you

prefer. Taste and check for seasoning – add a teaspoon of

sugar if the tomatoes are too bitter or acidic. The sauce

is now ready to be used right away, or it will keep in the

fridge in an airtight container for up to a week or it can be

frozen. This recipe makes enough sauce for five pizzas.

These recipes have been adapted from Saturday

Pizzas from the Ballymaloe Cookery School by Philip

Dennhardt and Kristin Jensen, published by

Ryland Peters & Small (£16.99). Photography by

Mowie Kay © Ryland Peters & Small

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Christmas Dining

Frasers are delighted to announce the launch of our festive

menus, available from 17th November. Our set menus start

from £26.50 per person.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information

or visit our website www.frasers-events.co.uk

New Year’s Eve

Why not see the New Year in at Frasers this year with a good

old fashioned New Year’s Party. Join us for a night of music,

food and laughter, with a delicious 2 course hot buffet, then

dance the night away to our resident DJ. £35 per person.

Contact us to make your reservation.

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Festive

Sidekicks

Looking for something a little

different to spice up your

Christmas Day repertoire?

WT asks three local chefs for

their favourite dish from their

own restaurants’ Christmas

menus and to give their

side dish recommendations

to try at home

Frasers, Egerton, Kent

Our favourite dish from our Festive menu has got to

be the pan fried breast of ‘Frasers Estate’ wood pigeon,

poached red grapes, celeriac remoulade. We love this

dish as it is simple yet delicious, the pigeon is also

shot on our farm, making the food miles practically

zero! A delicious start to any festive meal.

Our unusual side dish is Stuffing Baubles

This makes 12 baubles

• drizzle of vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing

• 6 small or medium red onions

• 250g sausagemeat

• 50g dried cranberries

• small bunch thyme, leaves picked

• 50g fresh or dried breadcrumbs

• 12 rashers pancetta

1. Heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4

and grease a large baking tray.

2. Halve the onions through the root and peel off the

papery skin. Cut off any stringy roots but leave the

base of the root intact. Slice a little off the rounded

side of each onion half, so they will sit on the tray.

Cut away the centre of the onions, reserving the

offcuts, to leave a hollow – once you’ve cut away a

little, you can use your fingers to pull out the layers

until you’re left with a shell of 2 or 3 layers. Arrange

the halves on a baking tray, season and bake for

10 mins until just softened. Set aside to cool.

3. Weigh the onion offcuts and place 140g/5oz in a food

processor (save any remaining onions for another

recipe). Blitz until finely chopped but still with a

little texture – or finely chop by hand. Heat a drizzle

of oil in a frying pan and add the onions. Cook

for 5 mins until softened, then set aside to cool.

4. Tip the sausagemeat, cranberries, thyme and

breadcrumbs into a bowl. Add the fried onions and

a little seasoning. Mix well. Roll the stuffing mixture

into 12 balls and use to fill the onion halves.

5. Wrap a slice of pancetta around each ‘bauble’,

ensuring the ends meet underneath the onions.

They can now be covered with cling film and chilled

for up to 2 days or frozen for up to a month.

6. Heat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Unwrap the

stuffing baubles (if chilled) and bake for 25 mins

until cooked through and the bacon is starting to

crisp. If you’re cooking from frozen, bake for 35

mins. (If you have a full oven, it may be too steamy

to crisp up the bacon, so finish with a blast under

a hot grill until nicely browned and crispy.)

Explore Frasers’ Christmas menu

online at frasers-events.co.uk


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The George Inn

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High Street, Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5AW

01580 880315 www.thegeorgerobertsbridge.co.uk

Delicious fresh

local produce

Bar, Restaurant

& Rooms

All homemade

here at

The George

Why not come and join us for Lunch, Tuesday–Saturday, 12–2.30pm & Dinner, 6.30–9pm

Food now served Sundays, 12–7pm

Call us to discuss hosting your special function or your C hristmas celebrations at The George

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The George

Inn,

Robertsbridge,

East Sussex

This year, Stuart our Head Chef is celebrating his 10th

year of employment with us here at The George. His

favourite dish is The George Christmas Parcel. It has

all your favourite tastes of Christmas dinner including

roasted turkey, homemade pork and apricot stuffing, local

chipolatas wrapped in smoked bacon and cranberry sauce,

(but not a sprout in sight!) all wrapped up in puff pastry

and shaped into a Christmas present parcel. This is served

with a lovely homemade roasting gravy and fresh vegetables.

Our unusual side dish is Bubble & Squeak Rosti

This serves 4 / makes 8 rostis

• 450g potatoes (choose approx. 3 even sized potatoes)

• 75g spring greens or green cabbage

• 50g grated mature local Cheddar (use a

good mature one with a strong flavour)

• 1tbsp plain flour

• 25g butter

• 1 dessertspoon olive oil

• salt and pepper

1. Scrub the potatoes and simmer gently. Drain

once cooked and keep to one side to cool.

2. Shred the greens and drop into boiling water for

2 minutes just to soften. Drain and pat dry.

3. When the potatoes are cooled, peel and

grate. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add grated cheese, greens and toss together

lightly (you don’t want to break up the potato

strands too much so do this gently).

5. Shape the mixture into rounds approx. 3 inches (7.5cm)

wide and 1cm thick. Press firmly and form into little

cakes. Dust with flour and they will keep in the fridge.

6. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F. To cook, place the

rostis on a baking sheet, brush with melted butter

and oil. Place on the top shelf of the oven for 15

minutes then turn over for a further 10 mins.

7. These are delicious served with cold meats,

chutneys and a Christmas cheese board.

Browse The George’s Christmas menu

at thegeorgerobertsbridge.co.uk

The Goudhurst Inn, Goudhurst,

Kent & The Tickled Trout,

West Farleigh, Kent

Executive Chef for Hush Heath Estate, Fabio Vinciguerra’s,

favourite dish on our Christmas menu at The Goudhurst Inn

and The Tickled Trout is Beef Wellington because this makes

such an impressive centrepiece for a special festive celebration.

The crisp pastry has a shiny golden brown crust, and as you

slice the filling reveals layers of the finest ingredients. We are

talking prosciutto, mushroom duxelles and beef fillet cooked

medium-rare and coated with just enough mustard. This

dish oozes with meaty juices, and it is packed with flavour.

For our unusual side dish we’ve chosen Celeriac Purée and

Bordelaise Sauce (to accompany the Beef Wellington)

Serves 6

• 1 celeriac, peeled and cut into small cubes

• 200ml vegetable stock

• 200ml cream

• 30g butter

• zest of ½ orange

• salt

• black pepper

For the Bordelaise sauce:

• 50g butter

• 3 shallots, diced

• 2 sprigs of thyme

• 200ml red wine

1. Place the cream, vegetable stock and celeriac in a

large saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil,

then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Blend, stir in the butter and orange

zest and season to taste.

3. Meanwhile, prepare the Bordelaise sauce. Place the

butter, shallots and thyme into a saucepan with a

pinch of salt. Cook and stir until caramelised.

4. Add red wine and simmer until the

pan juices are thick and syrupy.

Take a look at The Goudhurst Inn and Tickled Trout’s Festive

menus online at thegoudhurstinn.com / thetickledtrout.com

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Garden

Grow your

own hedge

Jo Arnell explains how to ensure you

have pick of the crop at home...

The hedgerows are packed with deliciousness right now.

There are elderberries for sauces and wine, rosehips for

syrups and cordials, wild plums, apples, cobnuts and

sloes. A veritable forager’s feast awaits at the edges of fields and

roadways and it can be great fun heading out to harvest free

food, giving added purpose to autumn walks and satisfying

our inner hunter-gatherer. If you would like all the joys of a

hedgerow harvest without the muddy trek out into the fields, or

a hedge with added purpose, why not grow one of your own?

Vertical allotments

When is a hedge not a hedge? When it’s a vertical

allotment! If you haven’t got room for a fruit or vegetable

garden, growing upwards, rather than outwards could

be the solution. Choose the right plants – apples, pears,

plums and blackberries and you could even grow a linear

orchard. Most of these are trees, but they can be pruned to

become more of a hedge and will stay fairly neat and well

behaved – as long as you keep them regularly pruned.

Go nuts

Hazels and filberts (collectively known as cobnuts) can be

grown as part of a mixed hedge, or on their own as more

of a nuttery. An additional benefit to the nuts are the nice

straight stems that grow when hazel is coppiced. These provide

sturdy plant supports, wigwams or bean poles in the vegetable

garden. Hazel within a mixed native hedge will also help to

support local wildlife (unfortunately this does include hungry

squirrels), as nuts are packed full of nutritious fat and protein,

ripening in the autumn just before creatures such as dormice

go into hibernation. Cobnuts provide a valuable source of

high energy food to help them get through the winter.

Sloe, sloe, quick-quick sloe

If you want to establish a fast-growing hedge, then blackthorn

(sloes are the fruit), or hawthorn – commonly called

quickthorn – will rapidly establish and knit together into

a thorny barrier. Both hawberries and sloes are edible. It

is a bit of a process making the haws edible (they seem to

be stuffed with sawdust and need much straining through

muslin), but sloes slip easily into gin… (see recipe below).

Sloe gin

Pick enough sloes to half fill a clean Kilner jar, about

1lb. Prick all over or put in the freezer overnight. Put

in jar with 4oz granulated sugar. Fill jar with gin

and stir well, seal and leave for at least 6-8 weeks,

gently shaking jar from time to time. Strain through

muslin into clean bottles. It improves with keeping.


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Garden

Gather ye rosehips

The rose blossom and hips we see in country hedges are

usually those of Rosa canina, the dog rose, a climbing species

that scrambles its way through our hedgerows. It has dainty

single blooms in white or pale pink and scarlet hips follow

on the arching stems and persist well into the winter. Rosa

rugosa is a species bush rose and makes an excellent hedge

on its own, or as part of a mixed hedge. It is vigorous and

needs a firm hand – prune hard in February and remove

any suckers that pop up over the growing season. This rose

is available with flowers of white or pink, but it really comes

into its own in the autumn, when the huge hips, like cherry

tomatoes, are set off by the buttery yellow autumn foliage.

Rose hips are packed full of vitamin C and make a lovely

cordial or sauce for puddings and ice-cream, but need a fair

amount of macerating and straining (they’re not quite as

bad as the itchy hawberries) due to the quantity of pips.

Rosehip syrup

Crush 2lbs rosehips and put into 3 pints

boiling water. Bring back to boil, remove from

heat and let stand for 10 mins. Strain through

jellybag and when it ceases to drip, return to

pan with another 1½ pints boiling water. Reboil

and allow to stand as before, strain. Mix

both extracts, pour into a clean pan, reduce by

boiling until juice measures 1½ pints. Add 1lb

sugar. Stir over gentle heat until sugar dissolves,

boil for 5 minutes. Pour into hot bottles, seal.

Wildlife corridors

Woodlands and hedgerows are a vital resource for wildlife –

especially as the open fields themselves are just for cultivating

crops, grown as monocultures and not really nature friendly.

The diversity within the hedgerow supports a wide variety of

wildlife, both the living things growing within it and the habitat

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along, providing cover and a connection between different

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and shelter for many wild creatures. Providing them with the

food that they naturally prefer to eat can help to sustain them.

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This is the perfect time of the year for planting a deciduous

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whips and they will establish roots over the winter and

get going quickly during the following spring. Prepare the

ground well, removing weeds and grass. If the plants are

bare-rooted, a sprinkling of mycorrhizae will help to feed

and encourage good initial growth. Apply it directly onto

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the recommended rate for the species and then mulch with

an organic manure or spent mushroom compost – this will

help to conserve moisture and prevent weed germination.

Pruning

Regular pruning will keep your hedge tidy, but a productive

hedge does also need to be left to set blossom and fruit, so

remember not to prune off too many flowers, or you will be

cutting off future harvests. An edible hedge will never be quite as

smart as a tightly clipped evergreen such as box or yew, but with

the right management it will look both respectable and inviting.

Winter is the best time to prune a deciduous hedge, either with a

sharp pair of shears, or an electric hedge trimmer. Hedges should

not be pruned during the nesting season (March-August).

Cooking your hedge

Making jams and jellies

The important thing to remember when making jam is the

pectin content of the fruit. Pectin is what makes the jam

set. Fruits that are high in pectin include apples, crabapples,

quince, blackberries, hawthorn berries, plums. The addition

of an acid, such as lemon juice will help to draw out more

pectin (citrus pith also contains pectin). Setting point is

reached when the jam is at the correct temperature – and

kept there for 4-20 minutes (some are quicker than others).

The set can be tested for by dropping a small amount onto

a cooled saucer – if it wrinkles when pushed with a spoon

the jam is set. The best flavours are from jams that have not

been cooked too long. When you are making hedgerow jam,

just match the amount of fruit – in whatever combination

you like, or can find – with sugar in a ratio of 2:1 (i.e. 2 kilos

of fruit to one of sugar), adding a little water if necessary.

Elderberry ice cream

• 500g elderberries (destalked)

• sugar to taste

• juice of ½ a lemon

• ½ pint double cream

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Put the berries into a saucepan with a little water,

a sprinkling of sugar and the juice of half a lemon.

Simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the berries

have gone very soft. Leave to cool, and then push

the berries through a sieve. Whip half a pint of

double cream until it stands in peaks, and in a

separate bowl whisk two egg whites until stiff

enough to tip the bowl upside down. Mix the

cream, eggwhites and elderberry syrup together.

Pour into a suitable freezer container and freeze.

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A Touch of Frost

Sue Whigham picks her favourite winter garden wonders that make beautiful festive decorations

We’re still dreaming about a visit to Sweden one

December some years ago. The snow was piled high

and this particular day was exceptionally beautiful

with an intensely blue sky. We were attempting to get to the old

school house on foot where a lady, complete with rosy cheeks

and a floury apron, opened up every so often after a baking

session and sold deliciously more-ish Swedish delights from her

kitchen. The best part of the morning though was marvelling at

the hoar frost on the birches that we passed. Each looked as if

its branches had been draped with a million sparkling crystals.

There are a lot of plants, particularly rather architectural

ones, that hold on to their seed heads which, after a

frosty night, evoke a similar scene. And should we not

have any cold and frosty nights, we can cut down seed

heads, take them indoors and spray them white, silver

or gold. So much prettier than bought baubles.

Hedgerows are a good source of material and we’ve noticed

that the grasses along the Royal Military Canal have dried

into the most beautiful colours and shapes and are worth a

closer look. Any of the umbellifers are worth collecting now

and hanging upside down somewhere to thoroughly dry out

and to then be sprayed for indoor decoration. One of our

best Christmas presents a few years ago were three enormous

allium heads sprayed silver which lasted for at least three

years when we decided it might well be time for a change. I

think these must have been A. cristophii which flower in early

summer but persist really until the end of the season, gradually

becoming bleached. Let a few heads remain in the border

though so that their seeds have a chance to ripen and self-seed.

Clematis vitalba or Old Man’s Beard scrambles through

field hedges and thickets and its feathery clouds of seed heads

look lovely sprayed and made into wreaths for Christmas.

Add them to willow or coloured cornus stems. If you haven’t

already got the plant in your garden, perhaps collect a few

seeds, grow them on and plant them out where you have a

mind to and where the plant can scramble and weave its way

through the odd host plant or two to its heart’s content.

Another lovely native plant which provides such handsome

seed heads is the wild carrot or Daucus carota. This is another

umbellifer with a flat flower head. However, as its seeds ripen

it changes shape and becomes a concave ‘bird’s nest’ on long

dried stems. So attractive and perfect for either growing in the

garden or collecting for the winter seed heads alone. There is

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in Crete and other areas in Southern Europe, which has a

large rose coloured flower and which reaches a height of 1.5

metres. This one too produces great bird’s nest like seed heads

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giant fennel. Actually Ferrula communis (giant fennel) is related

to our garden fennel but doesn’t come from the same family.

This dramatic giant, again from the Mediterranean, but which

can be grown here on most soils as long as the drainage is

good, reaches an impressive fifteen feet when at its happiest.

The artichoke family produces some great seed heads

which dry spectacularly and make great winter decorations.

You can eat a few of the artichokes and leave a few. We’ve

made the mistake of rather neglecting our plants this year.

They have dried out and it shows. They are hungry feeders

and would have appreciated a mulch of good organic matter

especially when they were first planted out. The seeds are

pretty accommodating too and pop up quite happily in

a seed tray or in a few pots on a window sill as early as

February. I think that the combination of their large jagged

silvery leaves and decorative flowers are fabulous either in

the vegetable garden or in the border. Try different varieties.

I like ‘Purple Globe’ or ‘Romanesco’ as the flower buds

are purple as they open and are particularly handsome.

What else might you grow for seed heads that look wonderful

in the frost? How about phormiums with huge architectural

stems and lots of dramatic dark seed pods or the honesties with

their seed pods which resemble flat transparent discs. Try ‘Corfu

Blue’ which is such a pretty plant although not quite as robust

as some. Or Phlomis Russeliana. Now that looks sensational

in the winter provided you remember not to cut the flower

stems down when you are having a tidy up. The upright stems

with their whorls of spent flowers look particularly pleasing

with a dusting of frost on them. Otherwise, agapanthus heads

can be saved and dried until those dark winter nights when

you might want to spray them for Christmas decoration. It’s

always difficult to cut down agapanthus heads as they are

rather glorious but unless you want to propagate from the

seeds, it is always an idea to remove them from the parent

plant so that it doesn’t waste its energy bulking up the seeds.

Finally, grow some of the many eryngiums that there are on

the market and bring these in to use as decoration. Either way,

in the garden or cut, they are pretty fabulous plants as their

spiky forms contrast so well with other herbaceous perennials.

The most dramatic one is E. agavifolium which, as its name

suggests, resembles an agave but it is a sea holly with long,

serrated, evergreen leaves and grey green flowers. Another one

which would look marvellous in an arrangement would be

E. giganteum which also goes by the name of Miss Willmott’s

Ghost. As it is such a handsome plant with its flowers

surrounded by a silver grey ruff (and an absolute favourite for

bees), Miss Willmott would sow it in all manner of gardens as

she visited before anyone could stop her, obviously absolutely

sure that everyone should have some. You might need to collect

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end of September as they tend to collapse a bit after that. You

might as well as they die after flowering but no matter, they

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style carved pumpkins, cut out spiders and cheerful

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Hastings Storytelling

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11 November 2017 - 4 February 2018

Organised by the V&A Museum of

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family favourites.

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What’s On In November

Kent TN2 3QN

Dunorlan Park

Fireworks

Dunorlan Park’s natural

amphitheatre with views across

the lake to the Weald is a

stunning spectacle complete

with food, drink and rides

which also raises money for local

charities including winter shelter

programmes, and a food bank

Entry: Adult £6, Child £4

Info: rtwrt.org

Sat 4 Nov

Lewes, East Sussex

Lewes Bonfire Night

Lewes’ infamous Bonfire night

celebrations include burning

barrels and effigies, fireworks,

bonfires, and parades from each

of its seven bonfire societies in

the town which has been called

the bonfire capital of the world.

Info: lewesbonfirecelebrations.com

Sat 11 Nov

Rye, East Sussex

Rye Bonfire Pageant

Rye’s annual celebration begins

with an atmospheric torchlit

procession with bonfire

societies, floats, and a secret

celebrity effigy, which winds its

way through the town to the

bonfire site on the Town Salts.

The bonfire is then lit and a

brilliant firework display begins.

Info: ryesussex.co.uk

Music

Sat 18 Nov 7.30pm

St George’s Church, Church

Street, Gravesend DA11 0DJ

Handel Favourites

Gravesham Choral Society and

Orchestra performs Messiah

Parts Two and Three and

Dettingen Te Deum with

soprano Sophie Edwards,

mezzo-soprano Katarzyna

Balejko, tenor Stefan Kennedy,

baritone Piran Legg and

conductor Alan Vincent.

Entry: £12, Students £5

Info: 01474 816684 /

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Sun 19 Nov 2.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence

School, North Street,

Sutton Valence, Maidstone,

Kent ME17 3HL

Sutton Valence

Music Society

See Beethoven, Schubert and

Barber performed by The

Lunaire Quartet comprising

RAM and RNCM graduates

Stelios Chatzilosifidis (violin),

Julian Latham (viola),

Mackenzie Richards (violin)

and Steve Collisson (cello).

Entry: £12.50 at door

(includes afternoon tea

after the performance)

Info: 01622 863002 /

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Pantomime & Theatre

Sun 12 Nov 2pm

The Hazlitt Theatre,

Earl Street, Maidstone,

Kent ME14 1PL

Vienna Festival Ballet

- The Nutcracker

A real classic Christmas treat set

to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score.

Follow the story of Clara and

her enchanted nutcracker doll

through lands of snow and

sweets in this magical adventure.

Entry: £20, Concessions £17

Info: parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

Fri 24 Nov – Sun 14 Jan

Marlowe Theatre, The Friars,

Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AS

Peter Pan

Audience participation, soap

stars and all the cheesy feelgood

laughs you expect from

a classic pantomime. With

the same creative team behind

last year’s award-winning

Dick Whittington, direction

by Paul Wendy and stars

including Eastenders’ Shaun

Williamson, Coronation

Street’s Wendi Peters and

Swashbuckle’s Gemma Hunt.

Entry: £8.25 - £36.75

Info: 01227 787787 /

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Sat 25 Nov – Sun 18 Feb

The Beaney, 18 High Street,

Canterbury, Kent CT1 2RA

Oh Yes It Is!

Celebrate Pantomime

with the Beaney at one of

UK’s largest collections.

This hands-on exhibition

features posters, costume

designs and memorabilia

from the David Drummond

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Workshops

Tues 14 Nov 10am – 4pm

The Barn, Silcocks Farm,

St. Michaels, Tenterden,

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Entry: £85 (includes home-cooked

farm lunch, tea and coffee)

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Sat 18 Nov 10.30am – 4.30pm

Knole House, Sevenoaks,

Kent TN15 0RP

Woodcut Christmas

Cars Workshop

Learn to design an image and

transfer it onto a woodblock

to create ten unique woodcut

Christmas cards and take

your woodblock home to

print as many more as you

like. Materials, refreshments

and lunch included.

Entry: £80

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Sun 26 Nov 11am – 3pm

Wivelsfield Village Hall,

Eastern Road, Wivelsfield

Green, Haywards

Heath RH17 7QH

Wealden Buildings

Study Group

Illustrated talks by Dr. David

Rudling on ‘Roman period

settlements and land use

in the Sussex Ouse Valley’

and John Manley on ‘The

Archaeology of the South

Downs National Park’.

Entry: Visitors £5

Info: wealdenbuildings.org.uk

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane contemplates trying her hand at making her own acorn coffee

What a year for acorns. I

can’t remember there ever

being such a bumper

harvest and the residents at Coopers are

collectively making the most of it.

The pigs are in heaven. Unlike

cows, sheep, horses and humans

which can all die if they eat too many

acorns, the Terminator-like digestive

system of a pig can process industrial

quantities with no ill effect.

In fact for thousands of years,

commoners would drive their domestic

pigs into woodlands in the autumn and

release them to fatten, a

practice known as ‘pannage’,

but how on earth did they

ever get them back again?

This was very common

in the Weald, indeed the

Domesday Book reports

over 150,000 pigs arriving

in the region each year.

Although East Sussex

remains the most densely

wooded county in the UK, pannage is no

longer carried out here, in fact it’s only

really in the New Forest where it’s an

important part of the rural economy. With

the possible exception of Coopers Farm.

For eleven months of the year we

spend a great deal of our time and effort

ensuring the pigs remain the right side of

the fence, penned in to about 10 acres of

woodland. When the fences are breached

and we get break-out the consequences

“ commoners

would drive their

domestic pigs

into woodlands

in the autumn

and release

them to fatten”

are pretty dire, especially if the ground is

wet. It takes three or four pigs no more

than a few hours to effectively rotovate

a patch about the size of a tennis court.

Great if you want to turn over a patch of

brambles, not so great if it’s your precious

permanent pasture that’s being ploughed.

However at this time of year, with

the acorns on the ground, we open the

gate in the mornings and they spill out

and proceed in single file round the field

boundaries stopping under all the oak

trees to hoover up the acorns. And after

a couple of hours they are so full up they

are easy to drive back into

their enclosure to sleep off

the excess for another day.

In Spain and much of

central Europe pannage

pork is highly sought after

– the fat is much yellower

and the meat much darker

with a stronger flavour

than regular pork. And so

it is with our pork. Having

stuffed themselves throughout October the

pork we produce in November is different,

much stronger and utterly delicious.

And talking of gastronomic delights,

acorns have frequently been used as

a coffee substitute, particularly when

coffee was unavailable or rationed. The

Confederates in the American Civil War

and the Germans during World War II

(when it was called Ersatz coffee), were

both converts. So I thought I’d have

a go and if you’re interested read on

(if you’re ever shipwrecked on a desert

island, and assuming it’s a temperate

one, you might be quite glad you did).

Fresh acorns are full of tannin which has

to be got rid of. First, collect big ripe ones

and shell them (which is easier if you freeze

them first). Then soak in boiling water and

once the water turns brown, pour it off

and soak again in fresh hot boiling water.

Keep doing this until the water is clear – a

process known as leaching and incidentally

the brown liquid is used for tanning leather.

Once the acorns are leached, roast on

a low heat to dry slowly and as they start

to turn brown you can decide whether

you want a light, medium or dark roast.

Remove, cool, grind and enjoy! Well, try to!

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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