Wealden Times | 190 | December 2017 | Health & Beauty supplement inside

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Contents

December 2017

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FINE DINING

Maggie Alderson’s homes

with dining rooms made

for celebrating Christmas

DECEMBER NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with handpicked

events going on

around the Weald

COMFORT & JOY

Kali Hamerton-Stove’s

beautiful and contemporary

oast conversion

GET THE LOOK

Emulate Kali’s fairtrade style

HEY, GOOD COOKIN’

Prep in style with our rundown

of the latest cookers

WEALDEN TIMES

MIDWINTER FAIR

IN PICTURES

Julie Simpson looks back at

this November’s three-day

shopping spectacular

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THE HOUSE ON

THE HILL

A designer renovation in the

heart of Hastings Old Town

GET THE LOOK

Take inspiration from Shaun

and Paul’s bold use of colour

PRECIOUS METALS

Helen Barton edits sparkly

festive jewels for every budget

STOCKING FILLERS

Rebecca Cuffe picks goodies

for the whole family

NIBBLES FOR NOËL

Pep up your canapés with

recipes by Nicci Gurr

BACK TO OUR ROOTS

Jo Arnell gives her recommendations

for homegrown veg

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FESTIVE MAGIC

Susan Elkin shares her educational

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

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Guide price: £1,100,000

Ticehurst

A substantial detached family house on the edge of the village

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Integral double garage, detached garage and extensive off-street parking for a number

of vehicles. Well-maintained gardens. In all about 0.36 acres. EPC: D.

Guide price: £1,350,000

Staplehurst

An attractive Grade II Listed farmhouse in a rural position

6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms. Fantastic family accommodation with a wealth of period features. Gardens and grounds with

pond, garaging and parking. Cranbrook School Catchment Area. In all about 1 acre.


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Goudhurst

A beautiful Grade II Listed period house in the heart of the village

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms. Detached garage and off-road parking.

Courtyard garden with seating area.

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Hawkhurst

A contemporary family house with wonderful views

4/5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 1/2 reception rooms. Beautifully presented open-plan accommodation. Paved terrace and vegetable garden.

Detached garden office/gym, detached sauna. Detached double garage. Cranbrook School Catchment Area. In all about 0.6 acres. EPC: B.


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views over the surrounding countryside in a popular village.

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A unique detached family home with equestrian facilities including rubber

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Two Reception Rooms | En Suite And Family Bathroom | Sought After Location

A well-presented light and airy four bedroom detached family home with a large

mature private rear garden, two reception rooms and is situated in a sought after

location within easy access to the picturesque tree lined high street.

EPC Rating C

HAMSTREET £490,000 - £510,000

Three Reception Rooms | Conservatory | Cloakroom

Well presented executive detached 4 bedroom family home with garage and

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

school and railway station making it an ideal home to commute to London.

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No Onward Chain | Downstairs Cloakroom | Conservatory

A recently modernised two double bedroom semi detached home with single

garage and driveway, which is situated in an enviable position set back from

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Fine Dining

Maggie Alderson finds homes to host the most joyful of Christmas feasts

Christmas dinner – there’s nothing like it. The one meal of

the year when the extended family gets together to eat far

too much and drink far too much, while wearing silly hats

and reading out sillier jokes. Dogs may be sporting antlers.

It doesn’t matter if you hate one of the crucial elements of

the meal – and everybody seems to loathe one of them, be it

Brussels sprouts or brandy butter, with even Christmas pudding

itself anathema to many. I’m not very keen on stuffing.

Even if this year’s cook doesn’t make gravy the way you like it (too

thick! too thin! he’s used too much wine! she’s used Bisto!), or there’s

one in-law who gives you a severe case of the pip, there’s an overriding

sense of joy to the occasion, which infects even the most whinging of

Winnies with the jolly spirit of the Ghost of Christmas Present.

Such is the happy reputation of the occasion that citizens from many different

religions in our multicultural society choose to join in, for the lark of it – just

as many British non-Hindus now celebrate the spring festival of Holi. Because,

just as there is so much to like about playfully throwing around loads of bright

colour – what’s not to love about a proper feast of (truly) Biblical proportions?

While religious purists may say this is coming at it from the wrong

angle – celebrating Christmas as an excuse to eat too much and Holi

to give yourself licence to dump bright pink gulal powder on your best

friend’s head – that’s a miserabilist way to look at it. Both festivals and

their traditions celebrate joy. And joy has to be a good thing for us to

acknowledge and cover ourselves with, whatever its derivation.

All of which makes it a very good thing to have a wonderful dining room

to enjoy the splendid banquet in. One big enough for a table to seat everyone

and with décor – be it traditional dark walls, or a thrillingly contemporary

scheme – to set the mood. Here are four houses with just such rooms.

Merry Christmas. Hic.

1. Sussex House Farm

Where? Sussex House Farm nestles in

203 acres of rolling countryside to the south

east of Cowden, a charming village on the

tri-border of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. East

Grinstead is 7 miles to the west, Tunbridge

Wells 8 miles to the east. M25 junction 6 is

about 13 miles and central London only 35

miles away. Cowden station is one mile.

What? This Grade II*-listed house is built

around a two and a half storey timber-framed

house dated 1580. It has been owned by

the actor Sir John Mills, and later by Roger

Hargreaves, who wrote some of his Mr. Men

books there. Sussex House Farm has been

beautifully renovated by its current owners.

In terms of accommodation, the floorplan

spreads across three pages, with three cottages,

a barn and a gym building as well as the main

house. The ground floor there sprawls across

six reception rooms, two large halls, one with

original panelling, and an eat-in kitchen.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms (one

with dressing room and en suite) and three

further bathrooms on the first floor, a master

suite on the top floor. Outside there are

glorious gardens, tennis courts, a swimming

pool and serious equestrian facilities.

How much? Sussex House Farm is on

the market with a guide price of £5,500,000,

in the care of Knight Frank, Tunbridge

Wells. 020 7629 8171 knighfrank.com

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2. Moorstock House

Where? Moorstock House is a country

estate of 18 acres in idyllic countryside

in a private location, with views towards

the North Downs. The nearby villages

of Brabourne Lees and Sellindge have

excellent facilities and sought after primary

schools. The A20 provides access to

the M20 and Ashford International.

What? A Grade II Listed tile-hung

brick house is believed to date back to the

17th century with further additions in the

19th and 20th. The ground floor has four

reception rooms including a 31’ drawing

room and conservatory with stunning

views, plus a dining room and two studies.

The kitchen/breakfast room has French

doors opening onto a deck with views of

the stream and original 17th century stone

footbridge. The first floor has six bedrooms,

three en suite – plus a family bathroom and

a laundry. There is an attached one-bedroom

annexe. Outside as well as landscaped

gardens, with a heated swimming pool

and changing rooms, there is a summerhouse,

greenhouse, stable block with tack

room and hay store, a large outbuilding

with workshop, storage area and garaging.

How much? Moorstock

House is priced at £1,250,000 via

Fine & Country, Tenterden. 01580

766388 fineandcountry.com

3. Headwinds

Where? Headwinds is situated off a

country lane within the village of Beckley,

surrounded by lovely countryside in an

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The village has an ancient parish

church and numerous Grade II Listed

buildings, a pub and a primary school

graded outstanding by Ofsted.

Tenterden’s Waitrose is 20 minutes and

Rye’s station, with its fast connection

to St Pancras just over ten. Trains from

from Robertsbridge (9 miles) take

an hour and a quarter to town.

What? A substantial Edwardian house

dating from 1911 with later additions, the

ground floor has an appealing rambling

plan with a large drawing room, with

French doors onto the garden and a

handsome dining room, a snug and a

kitchen/breakfast room with a study, a

pantry and a utility room off it. There’s

an adjoining one-bed annexe. Upstairs

there are six bedrooms, the master en suite

with a dressing room, plus an additional

family bathroom. Outside there are lovely

gardens, a stable block for five horses,

with a manège, and two paddocks.

How much? Headwinds

has an asking price of £1,100,000

with Phillips & Stubbs. 01797

227338 phillipsandstubbs.co.uk

4. Jack Fullers

Where? Jack Fullers is close to the

hamlet of Brightling and to Robertsbridge

village, with a variety of local facilities

and a mainline train station.

What? Named after the 18th century

politician and eccentric Mad Jack Fuller, this

former coaching inn, with attached former

coach house, was converted to a family

home in 2006. The main ground floor

accommodation comprises a sitting room,

a music/family room and a kitchen with

dining area. The adjoining coachhouse has

a wonderful space – perfect for Christmas

– with a large inglenook fireplace, with

wood burner, a minstrels’ gallery and a

superb vaulted beamed ceiling and French

windows onto the lawn. Upstairs are five

bedrooms, the master bedroom with an

en suite shower room and lovely views,

plus a family bathroom. There are two

existing attic bedrooms on the second floor,

with the possibility of converting more

of the loft space. Outside, there is approx

⅔rds of an acre of garden with mature

trees and shrubs, a large raised terrace,

good sized vegetable plots, two lawns

and access to the garage and workshop.

How much? Fine & Country,

Cranbrook are seeking offers in

excess of £1,100,000. 01580

715000 fineandcountry.com

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Tel: 0208 303 2760

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66 Mount Pleasant Road,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RB

Tel: 01892 527525

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12 Gins of Christmas...

Gin distilleries from around the world will offer

craft gin tasting at this event in the Pavilion Room

at Canterbury Cricket Ground on Saturday 2

December from 11am to 4pm. There will be a

G&T bar and ‘Love Your Events’ kiosk with bottles

available to buy as well as ‘Gin Tales’ talks by the

distillers scheduled throughout the day. It will be

a great chance to start Christmas shopping for gin

enthusiasts. Tickets cost £12 at

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ADVENTure Time...

The Glades shopping centre in Bromley is getting

ready for Christmas with the ADVENTure

Land grotto. Booking online at theglades.co.uk

is strongly advised and tickets include a 45

minute journey through the grotto, with its 24

windows and doors, each containing a bit of

Christmas magic. At the end of your adventure

each child will get a one on one visit with Santa,

a professional photograph with him, an ‘I Met

Santa’ certificate, and a special souvenir gift.

Classics for Kids...

This world premiere performance of ‘A Musical

Feast with a Wolf and a Beast’, the brand new,

modern-day version of Prokofiev’s classical music

story of ‘Peter and the Wolf’, brings classical

music to children in a totally relaxed, non-stuffy

way with 4 songs from the Disney’s ‘Beauty

and the Beast’ and plenty of chances to join in.

It comes to Sevenoaks School on Sunday 17

December. Visit kidenza.co.uk for more details

and tickets at £12 per child and £15 per adult.

Frost Fair...

A warm welcome awaits visitors to this year’s

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December from 11am to 3pm. This free fair will

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Macknade Fine Foods is throwing open its doors

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Chilled Champagne in the 17th century Fairfax

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Thank you to all those who visited and exhibited at

our magical Midwinter Fair. After three days of

fabulous shopping, we’re well and truly getting into

the festive spirit. Welcome to our special Christmas issue,

packed full of seasonal goodness. Start out with a trip round

Kali Hamerton-Stove’s Kentish oast house. Alongside running

the boutique coffee shop Hamerton+Jones in Goudhurst, Kali

is also a brilliant cook and has a real magpie eye for Christmas

decorations. See how she and stylist Helen Bratby have

prepped her home for our special cover shoot from page 52.

If you’re intent on introducing bold colour to your home in the

new year, take a look at Shaun and Paul’s incredible renovation of

a six storey house in Hastings Old Town. Best of all, you can rent

it for a stay yourself. We can’t get enough of the bespoke marble

velvet sofas and fern-filled courtyard set into the sandstone cliffs.

Home Gurr’own’s Nicci Gurr has been hard at work

creating unique menus for December events throughout

Kent. Somehow she’s squeezed our photoshoot into her busy

schedule to create some exceptionally tasty and simple to

prepare party canapés, as always using fresh, local and seasonal

ingredients, some of which you can even forage for yourself.

Elsewhere this month, indulge in a little sparkle with Helen

Barton’s round up of costume and fine jewellery and flick to

our health & beauty supplement for a wealth of pampering

advice to help you sail through to January in style.

Enjoy your Wealden Times, and have a very merry Christmas

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Comfort and Joy

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Previous pages: Christmas abounds throughout the ground floor of Kali’s oast

This page: Delicious, freshly made treats on offer in the kitchen

It can sometimes take a while to find a rewarding occupation,

especially one that has to fit around a busy family, is both

creatively satisfying and enables a connection with people.

But when the stars do align it’s amazing how quickly things fall into

place. Less than a year ago Kali Hamerton-Stove and her good friend

(and now business partner) Sarah Crysell hatched a plan to open

a café and shop in Goudhurst. Sarah is a talented and experienced

cook, having owned and run Olive Stores in Brenchley, but it

was uncharted territory for Kali, whose background is in PR.

Kali admits to being a little reluctant at first, but it was a really good

idea; “I love finding a café with a lovely shop in one place, where you

can sit and relax, surrounded by pretty things. The more I thought

about it and talked to Sarah, the more I imagined that in five or


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This page: The kitchen leads through into the dining room,

where quirky decorations grace the dining table

ten years’ time I would want to be doing this sort of

thing. I simply wasn’t sure that I was ready, but you never

are.” Their discussions started in January of this year

and they kept talking. A decision was made by March,

they invented a look and a name – cleverly constructed

from Kali’s last name and Sarah’s maiden name – and by

the beginning of May Hamerton + Jones was open for

business. Roll forward just a few months and the business

is thriving. Sarah, a talented cook, guides the menu and

food offering, and Kali concentrates on the retail side.

“Sarah does the baking in her kitchen, I help,” says Kali.

“The menu is simple and homemade: we do three salads

every day, a tart or quiche, sausage rolls, soup and a seasonal

warm dahl or vegetarian soup. The most popular is smashed

avocado and poached egg with chilli flakes on Lighthouse

(the bakery in Ticehurst) sour dough toast.” They also sell

Monmouth coffee, a cult brand that people travel miles for.

When we meet at Kali’s home, plans for Christmas are

in full swing. Lucky Kali has an expert on hand to help

with decorations; her mother, Mary Kathryn, is over from

Tennessee for a seasonal visit. They are busy decorating

the house for a wonderful and very traditional family

Christmas, using fresh foliage and greenery and gorgeous

decorations that Kali also sells at Hamerton + Jones.

“We mainly sell homewares and antiques, jewellery and

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have lambing pens, long matches, vintage charms on

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This page: The walls throughout the house are painted with warm, but muted neutrals.

Presents lie wrapped in woven baskets beside the cosy woodburning stove

Liberty ribbon, pony skin belts, ferns in old French dairy

pots or bread tins and, of course, our very popular and

lovely kitchen scissors.” Lovely scissors? Now I’m intrigued

– who would have thought that scissors could be lovely?

Lovely is really what it’s all about for Kali – lovely, but

also quirky and well made. “I love trawling around for

vintage finds for the shop,” she says. “I only sell things

that I love. I don’t like throwaway objects, they have to

last and to have a purpose. I like to keep things changing

all the time, but it’s also important to sell things with

history and a story.” Part of the story has to do with an

organisation called Kisany, a Congolese women’s charity

that Kali represents in this country. The charity makes

and sells beautiful embroidered items. “I like to buy

things that are responsibly made, especially those made

by women.” She is especially pleased with the fabulous


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Above: The downstairs roundel has become the family’s library

cashmere throws made by women in Nepal. “They are such

amazing quality, really thin, really soft and so warm.” Just

the thing when you live in a big old house in England.

Although originally from Tennessee, Kali lived in

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This page: A house of many levels

– some of the rooms throughout

the house are accessed by runs of

stairs and steps, especially up to

the bedrooms in the roundels

the floors.” They made an offer and have not looked back.

The oast house was originally part of a group of three

houses: the mill house, the oast and the farmhouse.

“There’s a round oast and a square oast here,” Kali

explains. “We do our best with the curving walls and

love the quirkiness. I don’t buy specially made curved

furniture, but I choose furniture carefully so that it will

fit the space.” The downstairs roundel has become the

family’s library and is lined with bookcases. “It’s amazing

how many books it takes to fill a library,” laughs Kali.

“We thought we had a lot of books – we are both avid

readers, but we haven’t come close to filling it.”

The kitchen was the first space that they renovated,

keeping the original shape and layout, but updating the

cupboards and adding an all important island unit. “We

live in the kitchen and living room,” says Kali, adding

“I keep the tv in a cupboard, so that it’s not on display

all the time, which means that if the children don’t see

it they don’t immediately think about it, so they go and

do other things.” A clever trick, that. Other than these

two rooms I suspect that some visitors might choose

to spend their time in Kali’s laundry. “It is the envy of

all who survey it,” she laughs. “It has an extra drinks

fridge, a wall of cupboards, a work bench for wrapping

presents – and there’s still lots of space for our masses of

laundry. I feel like this sort of room is a bit American.”

From the look of it we need more of these in England.

“We are slow to do things in the house,” says Kali. “There

are still things that haven’t been finished after seven years. We

do it in dribs and drabs and things change. One thing we did

do after a couple of years was to put in a new floor on the

ground floor and we insulated under the floorboards. It

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This page: A pair of stag’s horns loom down from a dramatic

(and very useful) blackboard wall in one of Kali’s sons’ room

has made such a difference. It was so cold before we did it.”

The walls throughout the house are painted with warm,

but muted neutrals. “They are warm colours because

it’s a big space and I wanted to feel cosy – especially in

the bedrooms,” says Kali, adding, “I choose colours that

change in the light at different times of the day. It gives

a moodiness. I love dark little rooms. The downstairs

bathroom is painted with Farrow and Ball’s ‘Green Smoke’

and Richard has a dark olive study. It’s like being inside

a little jewel box.” Kali admits to only one mistake with

paint. “I chose a colour called ‘Arsenic’ to go on the inside

of some of the cupboards. I thought it would brighten

them up and chose it because of the name of course –

who wouldn’t want to use a colour called Arsenic? It was

this really bright tealy-blue colour but it was way too

much and made the cupboards look hectic,” she sighs. “I

hated going into those cupboards and had to repaint.”

The upstairs roundel, approached up a small flight of

stairs, is a storybook room that would be the envy of many

a princess. The pretty bed was hand made by Kali and is

the room’s focal point. It has been painted pale blue and

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This page: One of Kali’s sons’ room is dominated by two huge

framed and signed jazz festival posters from New Orleans, where

Kali and Richard first met

gold and is heaped with cushions. “I love beautiful beds,”

says Kali, “I spend a long time finding exactly the right one

for each room.” The children each have a cushion with their

initials on – this one has a big rosy red E for her daughter.

The boys’ bedrooms are strikingly different. A pair of

stag’s horns (available in various sizes from the shop) loom

down from a dramatic (and very useful) blackboard wall

in one. He has chosen a theatrical dark grey (so dark that

it looks black) linen duvet cover that matches well with

the blackboard. The sheets and pillow have an ostrich

theme – to remind them all of the time Kali was attacked

by one on safari. Her other son’s room is dominated by

two huge framed and signed jazz festival posters from New

Orleans. The jazz festival has a special significance for the

family, because this was where Kali and Richard first met.

The master bedroom is uncluttered and tranquil, simply

furnished with an old clerk’s desk and a delicate sofa that

has been re-upholstered in bright Designers Guild green.

“It’s my favourite colour,” she smiles. The office where Kali

works on ideas is just outside the bedroom. There’s a mood

wall with a desk below for putting together collections of

finds. A new type of very sharp and functional scissors is just

about to come on the scene – apparently every household in

China has a pair. There are some quirky and comfortable

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Above: Kali can retreat to her office, where she works on ideas

for the business. There’s a mood wall with a desk below for

putting together collections of finds

Right: The master bedroom

looking old cinema chairs that were a bargain from Bristol,

“By the time I’d had them recovered, they weren’t such

a bargain,” she sighs. They do look great now though.

Back downstairs and all is calm and Christmassy. Quirky

decorations grace the dining table: sparkly grapefruit, stripy

crackers, an exotic looking Indian plinth holding a candle.

The tree shimmers with flamingos, rainbows and roller

skates – and out of the corner of my eye, in nearly every

room, I catch a glimpse of a Christmas pig or three. All

the decorations are available to buy in the shop, together

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Hamerton + Jones is supporting small local businesses in

other ways too; carrying products from local makers like

Fraser & Parsley and Rikke Line as well as holding wreath

making and still life drawing classes. A portrait painter,

nutritionist, and skincare expert will be visiting and the

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This page: Hamerton + Jones is the brainchild of Kali and her

friend Sarah Crysell and is full of fair trade and vintage finds.

“I like to buy things that are responsibly made, especially those

made by women,” says Kali.

work of local artists, designers and craftspeople are rotated

regularly. “We call them house guests,” says Kali. “If we

find out that someone in the village has a talent, we want

to collaborate with them and support their work.” This is

going down very well. “Sarah and I have been so touched by

the village’s support of the shop and café,” says Kali. It is the

small businesses that are at the heart of village life and so,

on many levels, the café is helping to promote and unite the

local community, as well as bringing in visitors from outside.

Perhaps one day all villages will have a Hamerton +

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Midwinter Fair

This year’s Wealden Times Midwinter Fair transformed The Hop Farm in Paddock

Wood into a winter wonderland of festive shopping for three very special days

Photographs: David Merewether

What a show! Over 8,000 visitors

enjoyed a great day of sensational

shopping and fabulous food

and drink at this year’s Midwinter Fair,

sponsored by Harpers and Hurlingham.

We were back at the Hop Farm in Paddock

Wood for the second year with over 250

exhibitors selling gorgeous gifts plus fashion,

furnishings and food: in fact everything you

could possibly wish for to create the perfect

Christmas. This year’s Best Dressed Stand

winner was Mac Creative, judged by Emilie

from our sponsors Harpers & Hurlingham.

In addition to the Street Food Café

and Café Bakery, we introduced a Café

Bar for the first time this November

which was sponsored by Britain’s

oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame.

Local vineyards, distilleries and

brewers offered tastings in the groovy, new,

corrugated iron-clad space while Mrs B’s Bubbles

served prosecco from a very pret ty Piaggio van.

Shepherd Neame created a pub space specially for

visitors and it proved a particularly popular haven

for our guests taking a break from retail therapy!

We were, as always, indebted to the show’s

sponsor Harpers & Hurlingham for their

continued support and to Dulwich Prep and

Marlborough House schools who sent their

choirs to entertain visitors in the Street Food

Café over lunch on Thursday and Friday.

We hope to see you all at Hole Park

for the Wealden Times Midsummer

Fair from 6-8 June 2018!

Meanwhile, do visit www.wealdentimes/

events to see the gallery of photos and

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The House on the Hill

Words: Maggie Alderson photographs: David Merewether Styling: Lucy Fleming

Undertaking a

mammoth restoration

project, designer Shaun

Clarkson, along with his

partner Paul Brewster,

have applied their

unique and exciting

approach to interiors

to a six storey Regency

town house in the heart

of Hastings Old Town.

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Previous pages: The bespoke emerald green leather

chesterfield bed frame in the Admiral Suite This page: Two

custom made marble-print velvet sofas sit below a 1940s brass

chandelier in the sitting room

Going round a house with the owners for this

magazine is always a journey. How they came to live

there, the changes they’ve made to tailor it for their

needs, the lovely things they’ve collected along the way...

Touring the six-storey House in Hastings with Shaun

Clarkson was a little different, more like a master class in

interior design, which is no coincidence. Since the 1990s

Shaun has been one of London’s leading designers of bars,

nightclubs and restaurants, working with Oliver Peyton on

the legendary Atlantic Bar and Grill (ah, youth…), as well as

Tokyo Joe, Pop, Jerusalem, Odette’s, Spiga and many others.

So if you’ve spent any of your adult life sipping

cocktails in sophisticated London surroundings, it’s

very likely you’ve sat in one of his creations.

“In 2006, I did 18 bars in the West End,” he

says, happily. “I originally trained as a fine artist at

Worthing School of Art and Kingston Polytechnic,

then I ‘fell in with a bad crowd’, as my mother

used to say, and started designing bars.”

But fun as it is working with the most exciting

names in hospitality – and as one of the experts on

Channel 4’s ‘Four Rooms’ intriguing objects TV


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“I always start with a mood board,” says Shaun. “A physical one, not just Pinterest

boards and then I move on to a sample board for each room. This house is about

colour and texture – blues and greens, reflecting the colours of the sea.”


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Above right: The screening room

show – at a certain point Shaun and his partner Paul

Brewster realised they also needed to do something

for themselves, to have their own business.

“In 2001, we had the idea for a ‘home-tel’,” says

Shaun, “a big house that you could rent for yourself

and friends, but not just as a self catering, also with the

option to have it all catered. So more like a glamorous

boutique hotel, but you take over the whole place.

“But of course, we couldn’t do a nice four bedroom,” says

Shaun, laughing. “We found a big converted barn in a field

in Norfolk and did a 20-bedroom space which we called

Cliff Barns, after the character in Dallas, in a glamorous

ranch style. It broke the mould, offering a sense of escapism

through the interior design and was very successful.”

Riding on that they did another one, which they

called Carrington House. “It’s Georgian with shoulder

pads,” says Shaun. Also sleeping 20, the website (which

I recommend a look at) describes Carrington House as:

‘Bringing the style and substance of urban living to the

Norfolk countryside… in exquisite style and splendour.​’

Substitute ‘East Sussex coast’ and the same could

be said of The House in Hastings, which is the latest

in their home-tel portfolio, although it’s a bit cosier,

sleeping just ten people and not designed to be as much

of a party house as the two Norfolk establishments.

“This is more like a home for us than the other houses –

we wanted it to be somewhere where we would also want to

come and stay. The other houses are more like nightclubs.”

To reassure their new neighbours – some of whom

had been a little alarmed by the party central reputation

of the Dallas home-tels – Shaun and Paul have had

them in for drinks and hosted a Macmillan coffee

morning, making it clear they want to be part of the

very special close community of Hastings Old Town.

Particularly because Shaun already had a very strong

personal connection with the increasingly fashionable

seaside town. He’s been best friends with Alistair

Hendy – proprietor of the amazing AG Hendy & Co

homestore, on the Old Town’s High Street – from the

age of seven, when they were at school together.

“Alistair had the flat underneath ours in Shoreditch,”

says Shaun, “and we opened our shop Pitfield London,

an interiors and lifestyle shop and café in Pitfield

Street, in Hoxton, the same week as Alistair opened his

home store. We’re always doing the same thing…

“So when we sold the flat in Shoreditch and thought

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This page: The dining room can seat

ten around a huge round red table.

1950s metal and wood bookshelves

display three large model boats from

Ardingly, while opposite, glass-fronted

original cupboards on either side of the

fireplace display musters of stoneware,

cabbage ware, pewter, silver and crystal

‘let’s do something…’ we had

already an affinity with Hastings

from coming down to see Alistair,

so it seemed the natural place.”

Especially as the Grade II Listed

six-storey Regency town house – one

of three in a terrace built to house

officers during the Napoleonic

wars – with the most amazing

views over the Old Town and out

to sea, had just come on the list

of a property auction house.

Only someone with Shaun’s

experience of overhauling properties,

would have dared take it on. “It had

been flats for years,” he says, “not

touched since the 70s and it was

pretty squalid. The flats had been

condemned as unfit for habitation,

which is why it came on the market.

They were infested with wood lice,

full of rubbish. We filled 39 skips…”

Not only was it a massive job, with

water running down through the bay

windows, the listed status meant it

all had to be restored in accordance

with its original lathe and plaster

construction. “We had to strip it

right back and build it again, with all

new windows. There was one original

door left, so we had that copied for

all the other rooms. We had to have

new spindles for the bannisters,

new stair treads... It took two years,

using local builders and craftsmen.”

And that was before Shaun

could even start on putting in his

colour scheme, although it was

all planned in advance, as per

his professional techniques. “I

always start with a mood board,”

he says. “A physical one, not just

Pinterest boards and then I move

on to a sample board for each

room. This house is about colour

and texture – blues and greens,

reflecting the colours of the sea.”

Setting out the framework for

this, throughout all six floors

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Above left & right: New spindles for the bannisters and new

stair treads were made by local craftsmen Left: The Net Hut

Cloakroom pays tribute to the Old Town fishing community’s

famous black wooden structures

the stairs and landings are painted in Mayfair blue by

Mylands, which Paul explains, with all the depth of his

experience, is the oldest paint company in London, still

based in Lambeth and by appointment to Her Majesty

the Queen. All the paint in the house is by them.

In a similar vein of continuity in both supplier and

aesthetic, all the hall and stair carpets are by Designer

Carpet, the brilliant bespoke carpet company. Shaun had

them intercut together a dark blue centre, with a chunky sea

green border, the edges whipped, creating a core statement

of the overall colour theme running through the house.

Leading off from it, the rooms on each floor are

brought together by a unifying scheme within the overall

themes. Starting at the top, is the family suite, which

includes the Cabin Room, a double at the back of the

house, but with the sea brought in via the collection of

framed needlepoint ship pictures hanging over the bed.

The walls are a gentle sage green, sharpened by a pair of

magnificent emerald green satin lampshades, on a standard

and table lamp – the first of an array of splendid shades

throughout the house. “They are copies of my auntie’s

lampshades,” says Shaun. “After she died, I cleared her

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Above: At the heart of the kitchen are a marble-topped stainless

steel unit that Shaun had made to house the old stone sink and

an 18th century oak refectory table Left: The courtyard garden,

backed with Hastings West Hill sandstone, is planted with giant

shade-loving ferns

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out to use, so I had them copied.” The sort of service he can

mention casually – knowing where to get such a thing done.

Next door, the Crow’s Nest is a splendid bunk bed den,

with a group of pressed brass plates with ship motifs,

echoing the maritime theme. In both rooms, the wall

lights are genuine nautical brass bulkhead lights from

Trinity Marine in Exeter. Another insider gem, they are

the world’s leading specialists in maritime antiques.

There’s yet another in the bathroom. The splendid

brass taps are from Barber Wilsons & Co Ltd, also by

appointment to Her Majesty – and it would seem to

Shaun. All the taps in the house are from there. Just as all

the shower cubicles are bespoke, from his favourite source.

No tooling around on Google for him. He knows his

preferred suppliers and that’s where he goes. Job done.

Outside the bathroom is an intriguing group of

dramatic ornately carved dark wood pieces – a bench

and matching mirrors. I’m scribbling in my notebook

trying to describe them, when Shaun chips in. “I had

a bit of a moment with the Black Forest bench…” he

says, solving my riddle in the first of many such


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The stunning Admiral Suite is an eye-popping

tableau of green fabulousness, encompassing

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This page: The Cliff View room and adjacent mirror ball

shower room

instances when he knows the correct term for things.

In the gorgeous Cliff View Room on the next floor down,

I comment how much I love the fact that the two (simply

heavenly) mid-century Italian chandeliers don’t quite

match. “Ah, yes,” says Shaun. “They’re a French pair…”

and I have another new term for my interiors lexicon.

The curtains in here are in a very unusual multistriped felt

in various shades of blue, complementing the blue walls –

in the Captain’s Room next door, the curtains are the same

fabric in shades of green, to go with the pale green walls.

Both rooms also have a feature which is a theme

of the house: glass fronted display frames containing

massed collections of objects. In Cliff View there are

18 Poole Pottery dolphins in various sizes, while in

the Captain’s Room, it’s ranks of porcelain posies.

The idea to put the collections in the wallhung

glass boxes came from Shaun’s experience as

a hotelier: “People can’t nick them.” But it’s also

brilliantly effective. On their own, or even in groups

of three or four, the posies would look twee and

random, en masse they look witty and glamorous.

He also admits that the various musters (‘group’

doesn’t seem to convey the scale of them) around the

house – there are white Wedgwood unglazed stoneware

vases in the master bedroom – are a useful outlet for

his tendency to amass collections of things. “I’ve got

fifty Poole dolphins in total…” he admits. “I think

I’ve got a shopping problem.” I think what he has is an

amazing eye – and the imagination to see how something

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This page: A roll top bath nestles within the bay window in the

Captain’s Room, with beautiful views out to sea

This jumps out at you in the bathroom on this floor (I

found it hard to keep track, but if you want to get your

head round it, there’s a very handy floor plan gizmo on the

House in Hastings website). Its walls are covered in gold

mosaic tiles. They call it the Mirror Ball Bathroom. “The

nice thing about design is surprises,” says Shaun in response

to my squeal of excitement on opening the door into it.

The wow factor continues one floor down, which is

occupied entirely by The Admiral Suite, an eye-popping

tableau of green fabulousness, encompassing the bespoke

emerald green leather chesterfield bed frame, two Kelly

green armchairs, the walls and a Louis Fooey dressing

table and beside tables painted in demi-gloss Kelly.

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Above: The Cabin Room sits right at the top of the house

of Shaun’s blue and green theme, with unifying blue

walls throughout, Kelly green velvet upholstery in

the rear section and wonderful marbelised turquoise

and blue velvet on the sofas in the front. The bright

yellow lamp shades make another appearance too.

Also on this floor is the Net Hut Cloakroom – a

guest loo rendered in tribute to the Old Town fishing

community’s famous black wooden structures, the

walls clad in horizontal black weatherboarding.

Finally, down to the kitchen level, where the carpet

eventually stops and the floorboards are painted in heavenly

diamonds. The main piece in the kitchen is a marble-topped

stainless steel unit, Shaun had made (bespoke! bespoke!)

to house the old stone sink. A prep bench/breakfast bar

was created by raising the legs of a lovely old table.

Making the whole space pop is the knockout

stainless steel 1970s light fitting Shaun bought

in Brussels. “I go on a lot of shopping trips with

clients and end up finding things for myself.”

It’s an eye popper, with a huge round table painted

bright red, with ten matching painted and upholstered

chairs, atop a sharp black and white diamond floor,

with one of Shaun’s signature statement light fittings

over the table. Imagine that Dr No decided to leave his

Pacific island and move to the East Sussex coast…

On the far side of the room, 1950s metal and wood

bookshelves display three large model boats from Ardingly,

while opposite, glass-fronted original cupboards on

either side of the fireplace display musters of stoneware,

cabbage ware, pewter, silver and crystal. A collection of

malachite lighthouses is grouped on the mantlepiece.

It’s hard to think when one, relatively

small, room packs so much punch.

And that is the true theme of this extraordinary house.

Even in this lengthy appraisal, there are too many amazing

details to describe – and while they are what makes the

whole so special, it is the combined effect, the theatrical

drama and sheer confidence of it, which is so inspiring.

My advice, if you want to learn from Shaun’s

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WT Health & Beauty Supplement

Contents

Beautiful Bodies

page 15

5 Quick Fixes

Jo Fairley’s speedy style

secrets

9 Make Mine Metallic

Makeup must-haves

11 Wind down this

December

Natural nourishment

13 Luxury Bathing

Our best buys

18 Smooth & Calm

Products to soothe

winter skin

20 Cosmetic Procedures

Explained

Dr Christine Or on

non-surgical

treatments

Luxury

Bathing,

page 13

15 Beautiful Bodies

Treatments for mums

17 Face to Face

Indulgent facials

Smooth &

Calm, page 18

Editor’s Letter

With end of year parties on the horizon and

Christmas Day but a few weeks away, we think

that December is the perfect month for a little

well-earned pampering. Not only have you braved the

stresses of another year, but you’re probably holding back

the exhaustion for the inevitable January slump. We used

to include our health & beauty supplement with the first

issue of the new year, but why wait until you’ve reached

breaking point to get on top of your health

and beauty regime? The WT beauty

team has road tested treatments, found

solutions to problem winter skin, tracked

down perfect party makeup and edited

a selection of bathing pick-me-ups.

Enjoy your Health & Beauty

Supplement.

Make Mine

Metallic, page 9

Quick Fixes

page 5

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WT Health & Beauty Supplement

Quick Fixes

Jo Fairley explains how to beat end of

year exhaustion in speedy style

Does anyone ever have more than five minutes

to themselves, at this time of year…? Of

course, we’ve got our Christmas shopping

done and dusted at Wealden Times Midwinter

Fair (well, I will have, anyway!) – but there’s still so

much on the To-Do list that carving out me-time for

‘pampering’ is almost out of the question, right now.

Yet is there a time of year when we more need a boost…?

It’s a long time since the summer hols, the days are hideously

short and gloomy – and everyone I know is suffering

from general too-much-to-do-in-too-little-time syndrome.

So: this is when we all need quick fixes. And here’s what

I’ve learned really, really works in almost no time flat.

For under-eye bags, reach for an ice cube. Wrap it in a cotton

hankie, or a piece of Clingfilm, but simply stroke it around

the eye area for a few minutes, in an outwards motion.

Give yourself a five-minute facial massage. Everyone’s got five

minutes, right? First, cleanse your face thoroughly. Then…

1. Put a little of your favourite facial oil in one palm and rub

your hands together, then smooth over face, neck and bosom.

2. Rather than fingertips, use the big muscle in the cushion

at the base of your thumb, always working upwards.

3. Start by fanning out over and round your neck, then

work round and up your jaw and cheekbones to the temples,

then across and up your forehead to your hairline.

4. Repeat, covering the whole face for five minutes. The oil

will be absorbed, skin velvety, and your face rosy and ‘lifted’.

take an energising shower. I know of no better range for

pepping anyone up than Aromatherapy Associates Revive

collection, the stars of which are a pair of Bath & Shower

Oils – Revive Evening and Revive Morning – which both

do what they say on the bottle just brilliantly. It’s up to you

to choose whether you need to be revved up for the day

ahead (via grapefruit, juniper and rosemary essential oils),

or perked-up for the evening (with a blend of geranium,

ylang ylang, sandalwood and patchouli). These are pricy – at

£48 for 55ml – but they truly, truly only need a capful to

fragrance the whole house, never mind your body! I also like

to fragrance the room I’m prepping in for the evening with

the brilliantly uplifting Revive Room Fragrance (£25 for

10ml), brilliant in a steam diffuser or aromatherapy burner

(and also great for mid-afternoon brain slump, BTW.)

Try a Beauty Bible Award-winning Instant Face Saver. Cue

blowing of celestial trumpets, here: The Beauty Bible Awards

2017/2018 have just been unveiled on

my beautybible.com website – across

more than 40 categories, including

one for Instant Face Savers. I thought

I’d share with you those winners, along

with some of the comments from reallife

testers. (Each product is trialled

by 10 women, who give amazingly

consistent scores and observations!)

GOLD AWARD This Works Light

Time Cleanse & Glow, £30 for 75ml.

Amazingly, this ‘brightening cleansing

balm’ notched up a 9.06 marks out of 10,

averaged across 10 women. It’s powered

by vitamins C and E, and you ‘activate’ it by massaging

into cleansed skin. One tester commented: “I absolutely

loved this cleanser as a pick-me-up when needed. It was

great to use as a treatment, with a brightening effect that

made my skin look fresh. Each time I used it I received

compliments on how smooth my skin looked.”

SILVER AWARD Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £12 for 30ml.

Team Beauty Bible was frankly staggered that a mist could

get such a high score – but this offering, turbo-charged by

grape-derived antioxidants (this brand began its life on a

French vineyard), elicited amazing comments. (The smell’s

pretty uplifting, too: a light blend of orange blossom, mint

and rosemary.) One tester commented: “This is a musthave

for me now. It’s perfect for when my skin is looking

tired, dull and taut. Great to refresh make-up, too.”

BRONZE AWARD ESPA Tri-Active Advanced Instant

Facial, £60 for 30ml. Actually designed to prevent signs of

ageing on younger skins, but our testers (who are generally

more mature) loved the immediate skin boost and the

‘blurring’ blend of ingredients, including olive extract,

green algae and vitamin C. Everyone agreed on this instant

effect – as one tester commented: “Made my skin instantly

softer and radiant. A little goes a long way,” with another

adding: “This is one of the nicest serums I’ve ever used.”

BEAUTY STEAL AWARD The Sanctuary Spa 1 Minute Flash

Facial, £14 for 75ml. Beauty Bible tries wherever possible

to pinpoint a product which is more affordable, in each

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category of winning products – and this vitamin C-charged

whipped gel balm/mask hybrid (which has a lovely scent

of frankincense, orange, geranium and lemon) put on an

incredibly impressive show, for the price. (Not cheap-cheap,

but darned good value.) “Even with light movements it

gives an instant facelift – in fact, I can’t believe the impact

this product has in such little time with so little product!”

Smooth in a line-blurring primer. If you’re redoing

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Let Sam McKnight fix your hair. Earlier this year, Sam

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the most brilliant collection of styling products, which

I’ve been using as quick fixes when my own hair’s overdue

a blow-dry. (Perfumer Lyn Harris – founder of Miller

Harris, now with her own fabulous Perfumer H boutique

on London’s Crawford Street) – created the scents. There’s

a quartet of products, of which I’m using three – starting

with Cool Girl – a lightweight texturizing spray for (and I

quote Sam) “rock ’n’ roll and sexy, the hair that everyone

wants”. It breaks up a too-smooth hairdo beautifully,

delivering a great chunky finish that doesn’t have to be too

just-rolled-out-of-bed if you use just a little. Lazy Girl is

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Don’t just think of it as something to get hair clean; dry

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hair’s gone pancake-flat. Last but not least, Easy Up-Do will

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a bun, and perhaps planning to put your hair up for a

party. Sam describes it as “20 hairpins in a can”, because

it literally transforms the texture of hair, to give it “hold

and bite”. (Prices are £19-25 for 250ml at liberty.co.uk).

Thus, Cinderella, you shall go to the ball. Or the carol

concert. Or the office karaoke ‘do’. And nobody, but

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Wind Down this December

Wealden Times chats to organic make-up artist and holistic facialist Ellie Gill

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serum from A.S Apothecary.

This brand is close to my

heart and truly magical.

They grow many of the

ingredients themselves in

Lewes, distil the oils and

make all their products by

hand. Every time I use this

serum on my clients they

comment on how lovely

the scent is. I’ve used it on

lots of people who suffer

with eczema and rosacea

and they have been amazed

at how healing it feels.

natural

nourishment

Credit: FreeImages.com/tijmen van dobbenburgh

do you have a beauty

regime? I like to keep

it quick and easy using

natural and organic

cosmetics, as I believe they

are more beneficial and

healthier on my skin.

Every day I cleanse my

face with A.S. Apothecary’s

Soothing Cleansing Oil,

sometimes followed by

rose water as a toner, and

then spend a few minutes

massaging my skin with

A.S. Apothecary’s Intense

Sweet Scent

Cloves conjure up images

of aromatic winter supper s,

festive wreaths and spicy, sweet

desserts, but these tiny buds

also provide an array of health

benefits. Natural antioxidants,

cloves are anti-viral and

antibacterial with antiseptic

and anesthetic qualities.

They’ll soothe an upset

stomach, ease a sore throat

and be a natural form of pain

Repair Facial Serum.

I keep my make-up simple

with a touch of Vapour Soft

Atmosphere foundation

in problem areas, curl

my lashes and add some

Green People Volumising

Mascara. I usually finish

with a Tata Harper tint to

add a natural hint of colour

to my lips and cheeks.

do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

without? I adore the facial

relief for aching muscles.

Turned into an oil, clove is a

natural purifier on the skin

and, mixed with a carrier oil,

it can help eliminate blocked

pores and ease inflammation.

As the nights draw in and

the colder weather takes its

toll, mixing up a batch of

clove tea is a natural way to

treat the first signs of a cold

or flu: Add 2 cloves, 1 stick

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? A long

restorative or yin yoga class.

I find this style of yoga

perfect for relaxation.

Who’s your style icon? I

love the classic understated

French look. Jean Seberg

always looked beautiful and

Marion Cotillard is very

cool. I also admire Héloïse

Letissier from the band

Christine and the Queens.

Ellie Gill is a freelance

make-up artist and works

in the AS Apothecary shop,

Lewes offering bespoke

holistic facials. Find

Ellie here elliegill.co.uk

of cinnamon, 2 cardamon

seeds and 1 black tea bag

to 340ml of boiling water.

Steep for three minutes,

strain and sip until finished.

There’s no escaping the

strain the change in

temperature puts on your

skin at this time of year.

To combat these effects,

we tried WiDEYE’s

new Skin Management

Face Oil which includes

evening primrose and

rose, to soothe and

strengthen, plus oat

extract to restore balance

and nourish the skin.

It’s suitable for sensitive

skin and won’t clog pores

or make the skin oily,

quite the opposite in

fact. Facial oils trick the

skin into thinking there’s

already enough sebum

and not to produce more.

Using this oil at night,

following a cleanse and

toning routine, left skin

feeling more balanced

and smooth with a lovely

glow, perfect for winter.

Skin Management Face

Oil costs £21.95 for

30ml. wideye.co.uk. Visit

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Rye to experience the

large range of natural

and ethical beauty

products in the in-house

treatment room.

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Luxury

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Rebecca Cuffe picks decadent body treats for a skin-kind Christmas

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200ml, £27, Fenwick Tunbridge Wells, fenwick.co.uk 5. Shaving Bar Soap, £5, Ravenscourt Apothecary Co. ravenscourtapothecary.com

6. Le Labo Face Mask 125ml, £32, Liberty London libertylondon.com 7. Revive Body Wash 200ml, £27, Aromatherapy Associates,

aromatherapyassociates.com 8. Deep Sleep Bath Oil, £80, This Works thisworks.com 9. Bath Oil Collection, £30, ESPA espaskincare.com

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Beautiful

bodies

Kate Watts and Anna Merewether

try out nourishing treatments

for busy working mums

the Aromawax candle Massage

What are the stated benefits of the treatment?

The Aromawax Candle Massage is a luxurious

treat that leaves your skin feeling moisturised and

nourished. When I arrived, my therapist, Kimberley,

had the Eve Taylor Wild Fig & Grape candle

flickering away so I was greeted by a relaxing, aromatic

mixture of essential oils in the treatment room.

What products were used?

The Eve Taylor Aromawax Candles are developed

using 100% organic soya and palm oil combined

with essential oils in a variety of fragrances.

Once burned, the wax can be safely scooped

out to use as a soothing body moisturiser.

did it work for you?

Kimberley tailored the back massage to focus

on any areas which were particularly knotted

or tense and ensured the pressure was just right

for me. The aromatics in the room, combined

with the hydrating and softening oils from the

plant wax, were a blissful combination.

Any other benefits?

The delicious, uplifting scent of the candle made

this a unique experience. I left feeling calm,

revitalised and the scent lingered on my skin

and stayed with me for the rest of the day.

Kate visited Purenique in Hawkhurst for

an Aromawax Candle Massage. This is

part of the Candlelight Bliss Christmas

package which also includes an Eve Taylor

Aromatherapy Facial and an Aromawax candle

as a gift to take away with you, costing £80

for a two-hour treatment. purenique.co.uk

the rose indulgence treatment

What are stated benefits of the treatment?

This is a full body healing treatment which is designed

to replenish, stimulate circulation and rehydrate your

skin. It also targets areas of fatigue and premature ageing

including back, feet, head plus gentle facial pressure.

What products were used?

Rose restoring oil was used on the body, small heated bags

were placed under the feet, palms, along the spine and

stomach and a conditioning oil was used on my hair.

did it work for you?

The treatment was incredibly relaxing, my skin feels

extremely soft and my body has been ‘re-balanced’.

Any other benefits?

I was advised to leave the conditioning oil in

my hair overnight to gain the best results and it

has already made a noticeable difference.

Anna had the Rose Indulgence Treatment which is

uniquely available at Grayshott Spa. The treatment

lasted 55 minutes and costs £70 grayshottspa.com

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Spa Find Fingertip Facelift

What are the stated benefits of the facial?

The Spa Find Fingertip Facelift promises

facelifting results by combining the best of East

and West. It incorporates Chinese acupressure,

Indian Ayurveda and Japanese Reiki with Spa

Find’s own mineral-based beauty products.

What products were used?

Hannah used Spa Find’s Renewed Radiance

Energising mineral-based beauty range,

beginning with a face, décolleté, arm

and shoulder massage and a full cleanse

and exfoliation. This was followed by the

Fingertip Facelift, starting with acupressure,

then lymphatic drainage and a lifting phase

topped off with a Plantox transformation

peel off mask to ‘soften’ lines and wrinkles.

Did it work?

This is a very luxurious treatment: the time

allowed is generous, the Kalmora Spa treatment

rooms are large and comfortable and it includes

a pretty comprehensive shoulder and neck

massage as well as a hand massage and mask

plus a scalp massage. The recommendation

is for a series of treatments (1 a week for 4

weeks, then monthly for maintenance) but

I saw a real improvement after just one.

Any other benefits?

This is definitely more than just a facial.

The treatment’s attention to neck, shoulders,

hands and head added a different dimension

and made it a very relaxing experience.

Julie had the Spa Find Fingertip Facelift with

Hannah at Kalmora Spa, Goudhurst. It cost

£60 and lasted 90 minutes kalmoraspa.com

Aveda Tulasara Facial

What are the stated benefits of the treatment?

Every facial at The Rye Retreat is bespoke to your skin

type. My therapist Lucy suggested the new Aveda Tulasara

techniques and products to deeply exfoliate and awaken my

skin, leaving it feeling balanced, luminous and hydrated.

What products were used?

The treatment started with Aveda Tulasara dry brushing

technique. This gently exfoliates and promotes skin renewal

and feels very relaxing. This was followed by a cleansing mask

and Aveda Tulasara Bright serum to hydrate skin from within.

Did it work for you?

My skin was left feeling super smooth and hydrated. I

came away with an understanding of how to continue

improving my own skin tone and tackle my problem areas.

Any other benefits?

The Aveda Tulasara range and techniques aim to restore

balance in your skin and this facial took that a step further

by combining reflexology, aromatherapy and massage in

one treatment. I left feeling restored, relaxed and glowing!

Kate visited The Rye Retreat for a bespoke 75

minute facial, costing £80 theryeretreat.co.uk

Face

to face

The WT beauty team tries out two

indulgent facials on a quest for smooth,

plumped and youthful-looking skin

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Smooth

& calm

WT tracks down products to combat the

causes of and soothe problem winter skins

The winter months can play havoc with

even the most flawless complexions: the

combination of the drying effects of central

heating inside, and the chaffing of cold winds

outside, can cause the blood vessels in the skin to

change rapidly, aggravating redness on the face.

This is a particular issue for the 10% of the

population who the NHS estimate suffer from rosacea,

a skin condition which mainly affects the face. In

its simplest form, rosacea is redness on the skin

caused by broken blood vessels and capillaries near

the surface but more acute cases can involve spots,

pimples and permanent thickening of the skin.

As well as the weather, triggers to avoid for

sufferers over the winter include spicy foods and

alcohol as well as hot drinks and hot baths. It’s also

suggested that gut health can have a direct impact

on rosacea, so taking a probiotic and adding gutfriendly

foods like kefir and yogurt to your diet

will prevent the depletion of healthy gut bacteria.

We’ve looked at some of the products

available to help your skin this winter …

A.S Apothecary

Wild Beauty Balm

concentrate #30

An all-purpose balm for the face and

body which draws on the power of botanical

oils including pomegranate seed, jojoba, pine and

rose. This hydrating balm will

plump and revitalise without

clogging pores and can calm,

reduce redness and brighten even

the most delicate skin. Melt a

tiny amount in the hands and

apply gently to the face, neck

and décolletage to balance,

rejuvenate and restore

the skin. £42 for 30ml

asapoth.com

Angela

Langford

Scrub up

This clearing &

brightening facial

exfoliator, made from a

blend of papaya, bilberry,

maple, lemon & orange

creates a gentle but effective

organic exfoliator for the

face. The recipe of natural

fruit acids mixed with jojoba

beads removes dead skin,

clears congestion and

boosts radiance to reveal

a refreshed complexion

underneath.

£27.50 for 100ml

angelalangford.

com

ZO MEDICAL by Zein Obagi MD

rozatrol normalizing Serum

treatment for red, sensitised skin

Health + Aesthetics skin clinic in Farnham report seeing real

benefits from their rosacea treatment programme. Initially,

patients use ZO skin health products

on their skin, including Rozatrol which

is specially formulated to help rosacea.

After six weeks, laser treatment begins

often with LED light therapy to speed

up the process. Health + Aesthetics

explain ‘Laser treatment is ideal for treating

rosacea symptoms such as redness … as the

laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the

blood which causes the blood to coagulate

and the unwanted vein to collapse, without

harming the surrounding tissue. The

treated veins then gradually disappear as

the healing process occurs’. A course

of treatments is required.

Visit healthandaesthetics.

co.uk for details

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THE ART OF WELL-BEING


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Cosmetic Procedures

Explained

Award-winning Aesthetic Doctor Dr Christine Or talks us through

the intricacies of common non-surgical treatments

Wrinkle-Relaxing Injections

What does this treatment promise? Commonly referred

to as “Botox”, wrinkle-relaxing injections are highly

effective treatments to smooth out the lines and wrinkles

on the forehead, frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines

and lip lines. Botulinum Toxin is a muscle relaxant that

works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscle. It is

injected into specific muscles using a fine needle.

Does it hurt? No. A very fine needle is used so

it is not painful, although you may feel a few

small pinpricks. No anaesthetic is required.

How long does it take? Around 10 minutes.

How long will the treatment last? It will usually take

between 2 to 7 days for you to notice a difference,

with the full effects seen at around 2 weeks after

the treatment. As the weakened muscles recover, the

wrinkles will gradually return after 3 to 5 months.

Can I go out that evening? Yes, it will be fine to go out but

it is recommended that you should have no alcohol for 24

hours. You will also need to avoid the gym and sauna for a

day or so. There is a small risk of bruising from the injections.

Finally the cost! From £200

Lip Enhancement

What does this treatment promise? Lip enhancement

using dermal fillers is popular amongst younger patients

who wish to increase the volume of their lips, but is

also effective in older patients to rehydrate the lips,

correct asymmetry, define the lip borders and address

“smoker’s lines” or “lipstick bleed lines”. Subtle natural

looking lips can be achieved using advanced injection

techniques and “trout pouts” can be avoided.

Does it hurt? Local anaesthetic cream is used

to numb the lips before the treatment and most

patients find the procedure comfortable.

How long does it take? Around 20 minutes.

How long will the treatment last? Lip fillers

usually last around 6 to 9 months.

Can I go out that evening? It is probably best not to plan a

night out too soon after having lip enhancement. Your lips

will be a little swollen after the procedure and may well swell

up more in the 24 to 48 hours afterwards before settling

down over the next few days. Bruising of the lips can also

sometimes occur. You will not be able to wear lipstick and

should avoid kissing, aspirin and alcohol for 24 hours.

Finally the cost! From £200

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What’s On In December

Art

Fri 1 Dec 6pm – 9pm, Sat

2 – Weds 6 Dec 10am – 5pm

& Thurs 7 Dec 10am – 4pm

The Show Off Gallery,

13 Harbour Street,

Whitstable, CT5 1AQ

Felt and Stitch

An exhibition of Textile Art

by Moira Searle: handcrafted

felted women’s clothing; and

Diana McKinnon: machine

embroidered landscapes.

Info: facebook.com/Show-Off-Pop-

Up-Gallery-280385321972613

Sat 9 Dec – Sat 10 Feb

Maidstone Museum, St Faith’s

Street, Maidstone ME14 1LH

Concealed

This new exhibition explores

ideas of concealment with

the ‘Art Textiles: Made in

Britain’ group and invited

artists including Sandra

Meech and Sylvia Paul.

Info: museum.maidstone.gov.uk

Christmas

Mon 11 Nov – Sun 24 Dec

The Reindeer Centre,

Capralama Farm, Bethersden,

Kent TN26 3EQ

The Reindeer Centre

Christmas Grotto

Pre-booking is essential to visit

Father Christmas in his festive

cabin, where every good child

will receive a quality wrapped

present and photo, stroll

though the 150ft Christmas

Grotto’s seven animated scenes

and finally visit the animal

barn to feed the reindeers and

meet the other farm animals.

Info: reindeercentre.co.uk

Sat 25 Nov – Sun 10 Dec

Rochester, Castle Hill,

Rochester, Kent ME1 1SW

Rochester

Christmas Market

This picturesque market will

fill the historic Rochester Castle

Gardens with a Bavarian Village,

craft fair, live music, Dickensian

characters, and stalls full of

unique and unusual gifts. The

market also coincides with the

Rochester Dickens Festival

from Saturday 2 to Sunday 3

December, which celebrates

the town’s connection to the

great author with parades,

processions, street performers

and an open air carol concert.

Info: visitmedway.org

Sat 2 Dec – Wed 3 Jan

49-51 Marine Terrace,

Margate CT9 1XJ

The Frosted

Fairground

With its own ice rink, Father

Christmas grotto experience

suitable for all ages and all

the usual Dreamland rides.

Plus there will be a schedule

of events including a night

at the roller disco with Mark

Doyle and guest DJs and a

special appearance from The

Snowman and The Snowdog.

Entry: Free

Info: dreamland.co.uk

Saturdays & Sundays Sat 2

– Sun 24 Dec & Fri 22 Dec

Tenterden Town Station,

Station Road, Tenterden,

Kent, TN30 6HE

Santa Specials

Meet Santa on a magical

steam train with the Kent

& East Sussex Railway.

Tenterden Station will have a

beautiful Victorian carousel

with unlimited free rides and

the trains will be festively

decorated and inhabited by

Santa’s elf helpers with their

sacks full of presents.

Info: kesr.org.uk

Fri 8 Dec

The Ferry House Inn, Harty

Ferry Road, Leysdown-on-Sea,

Sheerness, Kent ME12 4BQ

Murder at the

Christmas Manor

A traditional 30s Christmas is

interrupted by house guests,

family rivalries, plotting

household staff, and a

mysterious murder. This

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a very merry christmas and

a happy new year

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Food

Nibbles

for Noël

Nicci Gurr shares a selection of favourite

festive recipes fresh from the Home

Gurr’own kitchen that she and her team

have served for guests at various events

they have catered for throughout Kent.

“I have chosen these recipes as they also

make great starters, and Christmas staples,”

Nicci says when WT visits her Cranbrook

smallholding. Simple, seasonal and

absolutely packed with flavour, the following

dishes are bound to please this December.

Recipes: Nicci Gurr

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming

Find out more about Home Gurr’own’s creative

farm food, made with local Kent ingredients

for weddings, celebrations and corporate events

by visiting homegurrown.co.uk. Tickets to their

hugely popular Pop Up Restaurant, themed

Night Circus for two dates only in February

2018, are now available online at homegurrown.

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Wild Chestnut and mushroom crostini with gorse flower

Serves 8-10 Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 45 mins

Crostini are an Italian appetizer consisting of small slices of grilled or toasted

bread and toppings. The best time to forage for chestnuts is late autumn /

early winter in the woods around Kent. Gorse flowers have bright yellow

flowers and are edible raw. They continually flower all year round.

Food

• 8 tbsp rapeseed oil – Pure

Kent (purekent.wordpress.

com) is my favourite, and they

make a lovely smoked oil if

you can track them down at

one of their Farmer’s Markets

• 2 garlic cloves, 1 peeled,

1 finely chopped

• 200g/14oz mixed

mushrooms, chopped

• 200g wild chestnuts,

peeled and chopped

• 1 tbsp coarsely chopped

fresh flatleaf parsley

• 1 tbsp fresh tarragon

• salt and freshly ground

black pepper

• 1 large baguette (cut into

8 slices) – I love the bread

from Lighthouse Bakery

(lighthousebakery.co.uk)

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Slit the shells on the bottom of

each chestnut in a cross. Bake until the shells split open –

this usually takes about half an hour. (I like to shake the

tin every 10 minutes to check on them.) Then cool and

remove them from their shell before finely chopping.

2. Trim the ends of the baguette and cut it into slices about

2cm thick. Place on a large baking sheet and bake or grill

until lightly toasted. Rub each slice of baguette lightly with

the whole garlic clove and brush with some rapeseed oil.

3. Heat the rest of the oil in a frying pan, add the chopped

garlic and cook for one minute, next add the mushrooms

and chestnuts then fry until hot all the way through.

4. Stir in the parsley and tarragon and season with

salt and freshly ground black pepper.

5. Spoon the filling over the toasted baguette and serve

with a bright yellow gorse flower on each one.


Decorations:

set of six glasses,

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Frasers Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea

Why not come and while away a few hours this winter

and enjoy the new ‘Winter Wonderland Afternoon

Tea’ at Frasers? Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches

including turkey and redcurrant jelly, home glazed

gammon and piccalilli, followed by Brie and cranberry

tartlet and our delicious homemade sausage rolls.

Tantalise your tastebuds with our delectable winter cakes,

including Gingerbread and Clementine Trifle, Coffee and

Walnut Praline coated Bauble, Chocolate Parcel, White

Chocolate and Chestnut pinnacle. Top it off with a freshly

baked Scone, Clotted Cream and Homemade Jam.

£22.00 per person, available Tuesday - Sunday

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Decorations:

glittery stick

garland, £5.95, green

ridged baubles, £3.50

each, sparkly bird clip,

£2.95, Maisie K

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Food

Wild duck pâté with clementine

Serves: 8-10 Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 1 hr 25 mins, plus cooling

• 250g butter

• 5 rashers smoked

streaky bacon

• 135g onion

• 4 cloves garlic

• 1 bay leaf

• 5g dried mixed herbs

• 1 whole Gressingham

duck leg

• 2 wild duck breasts

(or another duck leg)

• 50ml red wine

• 25ml brandy or

Cointreau to give

it slightly more

Christmassy taste

• edible gold leaf,

to decorate

1. In a thick bottomed saucepan, place your chopped

onions, cubed butter, chopped bacon, garlic, bay leaf

and mixed herbs. Cook this on a medium heat for

about 20 minutes, the butter should be simmering

and the bacon cooked all the way through.

2. Add your duck, bones and all, and the wine. Cover

with lid or greaseproof paper and pop into an oven at

150°C for another hour until it is falling off the bone.

3. Next add the Cointreau or brandy. The

Cointreau gives it a slightly sweet citrussy

tang which works well with the duck.

4. Bring to the boil, then turn off the heat

and leave to get to room temperature.

5. Remove the duck bones and whizz the meat with

a stick blender (or counter blender) until smooth.

Pour into a terrine, and leave to set in the fridge

overnight. The next morning cover and freeze or use.

6. To serve: When you are ready, toast 6-8 rounds of

stale bread, then cut out with a cutter. Spread the pate

on the toast and garnish with a sprig of thyme, and

a clementine segment for colour. If you prefer you

can use sliced baguette for a more rustic look.

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Parma ham, fig and

goat’s cheese filo fingers

Serves 10-12 Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins

• 5 figs diced

• 5 slices Parma ham

or prosciutto

• 100g British goat’s

cheese – I like Kelly Hard

goat’s cheese (http://www.

cheesemakersofcanterbury.

co.uk/cheese/kellys-goat/)

• 125g filo pastry sheets

(each about 40 x 30cm)

• 50g butter, melted

• 1 tbsp nigella/onion seeds

1. Preheat oven to

180°C, gas mark 4.

2. Dice the figs into small

squares, discarding the

woody top. Grate the goat’s

cheese if you can, or mash

with a fork until spreadable.

Combine with the figs.

3. Lay the sheets of filo on a

large board and cut into

4 rectangles, each about

10x15cm. Brush each filo

rectangle with melted butter.

4. Place a tablespoon of the fig

and goat’s cheese mixture

and spread it along the

width of the pastry. Fold

in at the sides and roll it

up quite tightly to give

a neat rolled parcel.

5. Place on a baking tray

lined with non-stick baking

parchment. Brush the tops

of the filo fingers with a little

melted butter and sprinkle

the nigella seeds over.

6. Bake on the middle shelf

of the oven for 20 minutes,

until golden and crisp.

7. Take a slice of the Parma

ham and cut length

ways into 4 stripes.

8. When the finger roll is

cool enough wrap one end

with the Parma ham strip.

I like to cut again in half

and have some with Parma

ham, and some without for

our non-meat eaters.

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Back to our roots

After a lengthly wait, Jo Arnell starts to unearth her soil-dwelling home grown veg in time for Christmas

the season for the unearthing of root crops and

what they lack in Christmas sparkle is made up

’Tis

for by the comfort and joy they bring to winter

recipes. There is magic and quite a lot of mystery to the process

of growing an underground crop. You can’t really see what’s

happening until it is time for the harvest, so it does feel a bit

like opening a present when you dig around in the soil and

unearth your treasures. Some root crops are quick and easy to

grow – radishes can be ready to pull up within 3-4 weeks, but

others need more patience. Parsnips and leeks take months,

slowly maturing through the year and turning the wait for the

harvest into an act of faith. Luckily there are other crops that

can be grown companionably alongside them until they need

the space, and the other benefit is that unlike some vegetables

that need to be harvested all at once, they can be lifted as you

need them, acting like an outdoor larder – ready whenever

you are. Many actually improve in flavour as the temperatures

plummet, sweetening up as their starchy carbohydrates

turn to sugar. If you plan well, shopping for this part of the

Christmas lunch could be as easy as going into the garden…

Underground storage systems

The underground vegetables aren’t always roots. There are

several ways that edible plants conserve food and moisture in

order to survive in conditions that aren’t always hospitable;

usually it’s a method for coping with periods of drought. Some

store energy in starchy tubers, such as potatoes; an onion

bulb is really a squashed down plant in a casing, primed to

unfurl and grow once the spring arrives. We are all familiar

with the veg patch stalwarts, though more exotic roots are

becoming available, but be careful, as some are not hardy.

Sweet potatoes and Mashua (like a nutty potato) need a long,

warm growing period and will not survive a frost. Some that

sound exotic are actually reintroductions of ancient varieties;

Scorzonera is a hardy, rugged looking root and Skirret,

which is like a multi-stemmed parsnip was apparently Henry

VIII’s favourite (but then he didn’t have to prepare it).

All in the soil

A lot goes on under the ground. It’s a busy place, absolutely


Cultivation

Carrots – grow best in light, sandy soil that hasn’t

been recently manured. Sow in containers, or choose

short-rooted varieties if your soil is unsuitable.

Thin to 2-3cm apart. Carrot fly is the main

enemy, protect with fleece, interplant with strong

smelling crops like alliums, or in raised beds

Parsnips – seeds may be slow to germinate – station sow/

mark the rows with a quick crop like radish. Parsnips like

the same conditions as carrots – not too rich/heavy, stony,

or freshly manured. Leave in the ground over winter as frost

will sweeten the roots. Varieties: Gladiator, Tender and True

Beetroot – don’t grow in recently manured soil.

For an autumn/winter crop, sow in mid July. Pull

before they become woody and keep the tops on to

stop ‘bleeding’. Varieties: Boltardy, Chioggia,

Leeks – sowing to harvest – 26-40 weeks,

depending on crop (early, main or late). Start

off inside or direct into a nursery bed.

Transplant when pencil thick into holes that are watered,

but not refilled with soil. Hardy through winter, easy to

grow. Watch out for rust. Varieties: Musselburgh, St. Victor

Potatoes – ‘Chit’ seed potatoes by leaving in a light,

frost free place for 2-3 weeks. Plant from early March

to mid April. Begin earthing up once seedlings are

10cm tall. Watch out for scab, blight, keel slugs. Main

crop varieties: Pink Fir Apple, Kestrel, Maris Piper

Celeriac – can be slow to germinate and get going and needs

a long growing season, often doesn’t start to bulk up until

the end of the season, so is best grown from small plants.

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teeming with life – most of it microscopic and unfathomable to

us. We have to trust what’s going on down there – and that can

be half the problem, as there’s no way of checking on things.

Root crops need to grow in conditions that make it easy for the

roots to expand and grow into acceptable shapes (unless you

particularly enjoy the comedy moments that sometimes result

from odd shaped roots). Carrots and parsnips will fang and fork

if they have to fight their way through compacted or stony soil

and, weirdly, are also prone to do this if the soil is too rich. They

like a free draining situation, so it might be worth installing

raised beds, particularly if your soil is on the clay side. Do add

organic matter to condition the soil, but make sure this has been

applied during the previous season. Root crops often follow

on from greedier vegetables like brassicas in a rotation for this

reason, as the manure or compost is added to feed the first crop,

but also helps to improve the soil structure in the long term.

Harvesting and storing

Whether you lift and store your root crop, or leave

them in the ground to harvest through the winter will

depend on how frozen the ground may get, but also

whether they are prone to attack from soil pests.

Main crop potatoes – ready to harvest once the haulm (top

growth) has died back in early autumn. They can be left in

the ground and dug up when required, but if you need the

space for other crops, or suffer with keel slugs (underground

slugs that attack tubers and root crops) or blight, it is probably

better to lift and store the tubers. Lift potatoes carefully – push

your fork gently into the ground a distance away from the

plant and unearth them. Spread them out to dry in the open

air for an hour or so to enable their skins to toughen up for

storing. Potatoes need to be stored in dry, dark conditions.

Hessian sacks are ideal, as they allow air to circulate.

Onions – ready to lift when the tops die down. Again,

leave them in the open air for a while – a week or more, to

let the papery protective layer ‘cure’. Onions are best stored

in cool, dry conditions – plait the dried stems or store in

a mesh bag and hang up to ensure good air circulation.

Garlic and shallots are treated in the same way as onions.

Carrots, beetroot, parsnips, turnips, swede – can

be left in the ground and harvested when needed,

but to stop them being attacked by pests and if your

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lift them and store in a protected environment.

Once lifted, cut off the leaves and stems to prevent

moisture being drawn out of the roots. Find an old

wooden box, or storage container and put a layer of sand,

sawdust or multi-purpose compost (kept moist, but not

wet) in the bottom, then a layer of roots, then more sand/

compost etc. Store in a shed/garage/cellar, but make sure

no pests can get at them – don’t seal with a lid, though,

as this may create an airless, unhealthy environment.

If you have space outside, or have large quantities to store,

you could build a clamp, which is a traditional way of keeping

vegetables available all through the winter. Find a flat, dry patch

of ground and dig a trench around it to ensure that it stays

well drained. Put straw/gravel/bracken in the trench to stop

earth filling it back up, then put a layer of straw on the base

of the clamp. Arrange some roots on top, making sure they

don’t touch, then layer straw and root crops alternately into a

pyramid shaped mound (so that water doesn’t settle on the top).

The earth from the trench can be piled over the final layer.

It may be too late for a home grown Christmas lunch

from scratch now, but if you’re fed up with shopping, this

is a great time for planning next year’s crops and perusing

the seed catalogues. What could be more satisfying than

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It won’t be long though before we also hear of schools which

have decided against any sort of traditional Christmas for

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aforementioned mince pies, reindeer and tinsel, that too happens

every year. And it tends to annoy many parents which is why we

hear about it. They’ve stomped off to the press in indignation.

Well I sympathise with their cause but probably don’t

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values (how kindly Joseph cares for Mary!), new life and

(almost) universal rejoicing. Even the sinister Herod part

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Image: Ben Roddy as Mrs Smee in Peter Pan, this year’s Marlowe Theatre pantomime. Copyright: Tim Stubbings

IT IS!

Saturday 25

November to

Sunday 18

February 2018

A celebration of the

history of pantomime,

told through one of the

UK’s largest collections.

Laugh, boo and hiss at this brand new

hands-on exhibition featuring posters,

props and costume designs from the

David Drummond collection, recently

acquired by the University of Kent.

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA

Free admission

thebeaney.co.uk

A Beaney exhibition organised in partnership with

the University of Kent Special Collections & Archives

department, with special thanks to Evolution Productions.

Co-curated with Jo Dyer,

Animate Arts Company.


What’s On In December

Art

Fri 1 Dec 6pm - 9pm, Sat

2 - Weds 6 Dec 10am - 5pm

& Thurs 7 Dec 10am - 4pm

The Show Off Gallery,

13 Harbour Street,

Whitstable, CT5 1AQ

Felt and Stitch

An exhibition of Textile Art

by Moira Searle: handcrafted

felted women’s clothing; and

Diana McKinnon: machine

embroidered landscapes.

Info: facebook.com/Show-Off-Pop-

Up-Gallery-280385321972613

Sat 9 Dec - Sat 10 Feb

Maidstone Museum, St Faith’s

Street, Maidstone ME14 1LH

Concealed

This new exhibition explores

ideas of concealment with

the ‘Art Textiles: Made in

Britain’ group and invited

artists including Sandra

Meech and Sylvia Paul.

Info: museum.maidstone.gov.uk

Christmas

Mon 11 Nov - Sun 24 Dec

The Reindeer Centre,

Capralama Farm, Bethersden,

Kent TN26 3EQ

The Reindeer Centre

Christmas Grotto

Pre-booking is essential to visit

Father Christmas in his festive

cabin, where every good child

will receive a quality wrapped

present and photo, stroll

though the 150ft Christmas

Grotto’s seven animated scenes

and finally visit the animal

barn to feed the reindeers and

meet the other farm animals.

Info: reindeercentre.co.uk

Sat 25 Nov - Sun 10 Dec

Rochester, Castle Hill,

Rochester, Kent ME1 1SW

Rochester

Christmas Market

This picturesque market will

fill the historic Rochester Castle

Gardens with a Bavarian Village,

craft fair, live music, Dickensian

characters, and stalls full of

unique and unusual gifts. The

market also coincides with the

Rochester Dickens Festival

from Saturday 2 to Sunday 3

December, which celebrates

the town’s connection to the

great author with parades,

processions, street performers

and an open air carol concert.

Info: visitmedway.org

Sat 2 Dec - Wed 3 Jan

49-51 Marine Terrace,

Margate CT9 1XJ

The Frosted

Fairground

With its own ice rink, Father

Christmas grotto experience

suitable for all ages and all

the usual Dreamland rides.

Plus there will be a schedule

of events including a night

at the roller disco with Mark

Doyle and guest DJs and a

special appearance from The

Snowman and The Snowdog.

Entry: Free

Info: dreamland.co.uk

Saturdays & Sundays Sat 2

- Sun 24 Dec & Fri 22 Dec

Tenterden Town Station,

Station Road, Tenterden,

Kent, TN30 6HE

Santa Specials

Meet Santa on a magical

steam train with the Kent

& East Sussex Railway.

Tenterden Station will have a

beautiful Victorian carousel

with unlimited free rides and

the trains will be festively

decorated and inhabited by

Santa’s elf helpers with their

sacks full of presents.

Info: kesr.org.uk

Fri 8 Dec

The Ferry House Inn, Harty

Ferry Road, Leysdown-on-Sea,

Sheerness, Kent ME12 4BQ

Murder at the

Christmas Manor

A traditional 30s Christmas is

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household staff, and a

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What’s On In December

event will treat guests to a superb

four course meal, 30s themed

selfie station and cocktails, and a

bottle of fizz for the best dressed

table. Pre-Booking is essential.

Entry: £45 p/p

Info: theferryhouseinn.co.uk

Sat 9 Dec 10am – 3pm

Heart of Kent Hospice,

Preston Hall, Aylesford,

Kent ME20 7PU

Christmas Fair in

Support of Heart

of Kent Hospice

Visit Santa’s Grotto, enjoy

children’s activities, and

shop for gifts, toys, festive

decorations and specialist food

and drink, all in aid of this

local Hospice with a heart.

Entry: £2 Suggested

Donation, Children free

Info: Erica Snow 01622 790 195

/ hokh.org

Sat 9 Dec 10.30am – 3pm

The Vestry Hall,

Cranbrook, TN17 3HA

KITSCH AND STITCH

VINTAGE AND MAKERS

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Buy unique handmade and

vintage gifts including jewellery,

wreaths, hand-knitted gifts,

textiles and vintage collectables

and visit the tea room for

homemade cakes and lunches.

Entry: Free

Info: facebook.com/

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Sat 16 – Sun 17 Dec

10am – 4pm

Canterbury Tales, St

Margaret’s Street, Canterbury,

Kent CT1 2TG

Magical Medieval

Christmas

Father Christmas has been

transported back in time to

the Middle Ages in this elfguided

experience with songs,

dressing up and games. Bring

him back to 2017 in time for

Christmas, and you will get

to visit his grotto and get a

present from the man himself.

Entry: Adults £6, Children

£12, Family £33

Fashion

Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec

10am – 3.30pm

Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks,

Kent TN15 0NT

Christmas Opening

Weekend Fair

Hats Matter will be getting

dressed for the festivities as

they add some millinery magic

to the local stalls at Ightham

Mote’s Christmas market. Expert

hat makers Victoria, Sarah and

Nanette will showcase their

creations for the coming season,

bringing you a hat heaven to

help you find presents, discuss

commissions or just find you

something to wear home!

Info: hatsmatter.co.uk /

nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote

/ yell.com/nanettejamesdesign

Mon 4 Dec 12noon

Alexander House Hotel, East

Street, Turners Hill, East

Grinstead RH10 4QD

Ladies Lunch and

Fashion Show with

JoJo Boutique

Treat yourself to a festive

luncheon and fashion show with

Jojo Boutique, and contribute

to Hospices of Hope’s mission

to improve the lives of people

suffering from terminal or

life-threatening illnesses.

Entry: £32 including arrival

drink, two course luncheon

with a glass of wine, and

coffee with mints

Info: hospicesofhope.co.uk

Music

Weds 6 Dec 7 – 10.30pm

Chromos Cocktail Bar, 77

Stour Street, Canterbury,

Kent CT1 2NR

Merry SAXmas

A festive Christmas party with

live music from dance party

saxophonist Chez Taylor,

Christmas attire is recommended

and disabled access available.

Entry: Pre-book online

£10 (*booking fees apply*).

On the door £15

Info: thesaxcafe.com /

ticketsource.co.uk/thesaxcafe

Real

Christmas

trees

On sale 1-3 December & 8-20 December

10am - 4pm (until noon on 14 December)

Buy a tree and enjoy these

benefits on the day of purchase

* Free vehicle admission

* Free Christmas tree sapling

* Free mince pies

* 10% discount in Bedgebury shop

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Don’t miss the winter specials

menu at Bedgebury Cafe...

For more information call 01580 879820

or visit forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

Clangers, Bagpuss and Co

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

11 November 2017 - 4 February 2018

Organised by the V&A Museum of

Childhood, Clangers, Bagpuss and Co

tells the story of these much-loved

family favourites.

Call 01580710700 for details

nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden

When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your

support helps us to look after special places for ever, for everyone.

© National Trust 2017. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846.

Photography © National Trust Images\Bagpuss © Smallfilms, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

A variety of

sizes available

including

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Ice Skating in the Park

Calverley Grounds

Friday 17 November –

Monday 1 January

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Say it with us this year!

Purchase your Christmas Cards

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Sat 9 - Sun 31 Dec

Theatre Royal Margate,

Addington Street, Margate,

Kent CT9 1PW

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz always makes

for classic Christmas viewing,

but this Wicked Productions

pantomime version of the

family favourite is reimagined

with chart topping songs

to accompany its stunning

set, opulent costumes, and

laugh-a-minute script.

Info: theatreroyalmargate.com

Sat 9 - Sun 31 Dec

The Orchard Theatre, Home

Gardens, Dartford DA1 1ED

Cinderella

The biggest royal ball of the year

starring Louie Spence, Michelle

Collins and Jayne Wisener.

Info: orchardtheatre.co.uk

New Year

Sun 31 Dec

One Warwick Park Hotel,

1 Warwick Park, Tunbridge

Wells TN2 5TA

New Year’s Eve

at L’amore

See the new year in with

glasses of bubbles, live music

and an enchanting eight

course tasting menu.

Entry: £95

Info: onewarwickpark.co.uk

Winter Activities

Fri 17 Nov - Mon 1 Jan

(excluding Christmas Day)

Calverly Grounds, Royal

Tunbridge Wells TN1 1BT

Tunbridge Wells

Ice Skating

Tunbridge Wells’ beautiful

twinkling winter ice rink has

festive music, food & drink,

and sessions fit for all. Parent

and toddler sessions will be

available with seal skating aids

and Father Christmas will be

free for visits in his log cabin.

Info: 01892 530613 /

tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com

Thursdays - Sundays Thurs

30 Nov - Sun 24 Dec &

Tues 26 Dec- Mon 1 Jan

Brighton Music Hall, 127

Kings Road Arches BN1 2FN

Brighton Beach Igloos

Drink, dine, or dance in your

unique heated igloo with pier

to pier views of Brighton’s

award-winning beach. Igloos are

available to share or exclusively,

and you can also order food and

drink for Christmas or hire a

DJ for New Year’s Eve. Walkin

bookings are available but

reservations are recommended.

Entry: Sharer Bookings Free,

Exclusive Bookings require

£150 minimum spend

Info: brightonmusichall.co.uk

Thurs 21 Dec - Mon 1 Jan

Betteshanger Park Sandwich

Road, Deal CT14 0BF

Snow Tubing &

Cave Crawl

Snow Tube down an 18m

artificial slope on a large

inflatable ring to bring out your

inner child this year, or explore

over 100m of specially created

snow caves hidden beneath

Betteshanger’s artificial ski slope

(suitable for ages five and over).

Entry: Snow Tubing £5 for 3

goes, Cave Crawl £5 each

Info: betteshanger-park.co.uk

Listings are correct at time of

going to press but may be subject

to change. Readers are advised to

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be £95. Deadline for the January

issue is 4 December 2017.

What’s On In December

Ibbett Mosely

AuctIoneers & VAluers

Limited Liability Partnership

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm

The Auction Rooms, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HJ

Tel: 01732 456731 Web: www.ibbettmosely.co.uk

125 High St, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1UT

Registered in England No. 0C341637 Regulated by RICS Registered at the Sevenoaks office as Ibbett Mosely Surveyors LLP

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Gardening Courses

Gift Vouchers for 2018 courses

HORNBROOK MANOR FARM, WOODCHURCH

Contact Jo 01233 861149 www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

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THE CLAY ROOM UK

POTTERY CLASSES

Reignite Your Creative Side!

Clay Taster Workshops, Adult Pottery Courses,

Family Workshops, Private Classes & Parties for all occasions!

www.theclayroomuk.com

Orpington 07938 102062

Photo by Andy Kelly

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Home & Interiors

Gallery

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Clare Langdon

INTERIORS

Made to measure

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Garden Services

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The supply & replacement of

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components/appliances, door

renovation & polishing, bedroom

doors & bespoke cabinets.

Please call

01689 850000

www.thekitchendoctor.com

Serving London & the South-East since 1984

Piano Shop

Christmas Show

At the Singing Soul Gallery

November 24th - January 27th

19 Stone St. Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF

01580 714551

www.singingsoulgallery.co.uk

Tues–Sat, 9.30–4pm

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Battle Mowers Ltd

Merry Christmas

Main dealer for

THE ESSENCE OF FINE

BRITISH LAWNS

For further information please phone 01424 773096

or-email: battlemowers@btconnect.com

www.battlemowers.co.uk

visit our showroom at The Granary, Station Rd, Battle. TN33 0DE

Nevill Estate Yard, Eridge, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9JR

01892 543233

www.thepianoshopkent.co.uk

Special Branch

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Pruning, hedgecutting,

replanting, tree removal, stump

grinding, waste, ethically recycled

Fully qualified & Insured

Highest quality

Tennis surfaces

Freephone 0800 037 9383 or call 01622 890623

alex@specialbranch.com

(Design by Mimi Pinto www.mimipinto.com)

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and all weather garden play areas

MG Contracts is a family business with over 35 years’

experience in building tennis courts and sport areas.

The company provides free surveys & quotations.

All courts are constructed to high specifications

and are supported with a long guarantee.

Please contact us for further information:

The Whym, Manchester Rd, Ninfield, East Sussex TN33 9JX

01424 892265 07831 643835 mgsc@btconnect.com

www.martingurrtennissurfaces.co.uk

MG Contracts

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Competition

Win £250 to spend at The glades

shopping centre in bromley

The Glades Shopping Centre, South East London’s shoppers’ paradise, is nestled in the

bustling borough of Bromley, where an abundance of fashion, gift and restaurant options

will make Christmas 2017 your best yet. With more than 130 retailers under its roof, sources

of inspiration can be found everywhere at the centre. For show-stopping party outfits or cosy casual

clothing, the likes of M&S, Massimo Dutti, H&M, Zara, Karen Millen, T.M.Lewin, Hobbs and

more will leave you spoilt for choice.

Present-buying is made oh-so-easy, with retailers including Cath Kidston, Debenhams, L’Occitane,

Jo Malone, Hotel Chocolat and the White Company, to mention a few, offering that special

something you’ve been looking for. The addition of a new restaurant terrace with places to eat like

Giraffe, Byron Burger, Wagamama, Ed’s Diner, Belgo, Yo!Sushi and Carluccio’s means there is

something for all the family to enjoy.

No Christmas shopping trip is complete without visiting Santa’s grotto, and this year The Glades is

hosting ADVENTure Land, one of the most exciting festive experiences in London.

This 40-minute interactive extravaganza will see enchanting elves lead families through a wondrously

festive adventure featuring 24 doors, with magical seasonal games, music, jokes and even more fun

to be revealed behind each one. The Big Man in Red will be waiting at the end with a gift and photo

opportunity. Get your tickets now at www.theglades.co.uk. The centre will be open from 9am to 9pm

from 11 December every Monday to Saturday to help you get the festivities wrapped up in a very

stylish bow. Get into the holiday spirit at The Glades this winter for a truly Merry Christmas.

How to enter: For

your chance to win £250

to spend at The Glades,

just answer the following

question: In which borough

is The Glades Shopping

Centre situated? Enter your

answer with your contact

details* in the online form

at wealdentimes.co.uk/

competition or post to:

The Glades Competition,

Wealden Times, 21

Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF by 31

December. There is no

cash alternative and the

prize must be taken before

end of March 2018. If

we are unable to contact

the winner, we will select

another. *All entrants’ details

will be passed on to The

Glades and Wealden Times

Events. Please let us know

if you do not wish your

details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Ms D Elliott who wins our October competition for a Flint & Flame Santoku Knife

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane reflects on a bountiful year at Coopers Farm

It’s been quite a dry autumn, so

this year the cows stayed out right

up until the end of November.

They’d happily stay out all winter if we

gave them half a chance and plenty of

hay, but weighing in at a hefty 700kg

a piece they’d turn all the fields into a

soupy mush with not a blade of grass

in sight come the spring. So I’ve just

brought them in and love the novelty

of having them up by the house,

bedded up and cosy in deep, clean

straw. Having the cows in the barn also

means that Christmas is

coming (though no geese

to fatten here as they’re

one of the few animals

not to feature in the

Coopers Farm line-up).

And that means I go

into festive overdrive. My

efforts extend far beyond

the hall, as I deck every

corner of this old farmhouse

with industrial quantities

of greenery gathered from

around the farm. There’s

nothing like swags of ivy

and twigs of holly to create

general Christmas loveliness and such

abundance has the added advantage of

hiding all the cobwebs. And ladies take

note… the pagans considered holly

to be male and ivy female, whichever

was brought inside the home first

would determine who would rule

the roost for the following year!

“the pagans

considered holly to

be male and ivy

female, whichever

was brought inside

the home first

would determine

who would rule

the roost for the

following year!”

And then there’s the seasonal menus.

2017 was a great year for fruit and

foraging and I’ve managed to store a

fair amount of interesting produce for

the Christmas table, though my girls

make it perfectly clear that Waitrose

would be the preferred option. I’ll be

serving Dabinetts and Jordan’s Weepings

– interesting old-fashioned apple

varieties – exotically perfumed Meeches

Prolific quinces and bowls of creamy

medlars to go with the mince pies.

The walnut tree went into overdrive

– even though we forgot

to beat it, which is

apparently the key to

success – and produced

about twenty nuts. And

while on the subject of

beating, this year we got

there before the squirrels

and so will have cobnuts

to go with the walnuts,

and huge juicy sweet

chestnuts, for which it

was also a bumper year.

And the table will

twinkle with homemade

beeswax candles which

are quite easy, though time consuming,

to make. In the autumn the wax frames

full of honey are spun to remove the

honey and then the wet and sticky

frames are given back to the bees to clean

up. The older, scruffier and now dry wax

frames are then melted down to produce

a pan, ideally a tall asparagus pan, full of

molten beeswax. A long piece of wick is

then dipped at either end into the pan of

wax and hung over a chair back to cool.

Once set, they can be dipped again and

again and again until the desired length

and thickness of candle is achieved. If

I’m being completely honest, it’s jolly

difficult to end up with a perpendicular

candle, but heck, lean as they might

they cast a far more interesting

glow and smell utterly delicious.

However, when it comes to alcohol,

the family very firmly put their collective

foot down and insist on the real thing

– branded, bottled and bought – rather

than obscure home-made hedgerow

versions. It’s not for debate, although

I do manage to slip in some sloe gin

just to make the point! Cheers and

Happy Christmas to one and all.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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