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NEW YEAR – NEW HOUSE

Maggie Alderson’s property picks

JANUARY NOTEBOOK

Fill your diary with handpicked

events going on

around the Weald

LET THERE BE LIGHT

A contemporary barn conversion

with a bright outlook

GET THE LOOK

Emulate Tanya and

Richard’s clean, airy style

DOG-FRIENDLY

Find out who’s here to look

after our furry friends

SAVOIR-FLAIR

A stunning apartment by interior

architect Daniel Hopwood

GET THE LOOK

Achieve sleek style inspired by

our second featured house

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LAYER BY LAYER

Kate Watts chooses cosy casuals

for a chic winter wardrobe

ORGANIC SKINCARE

Jo Fairley’s natural picks

NEW YEAR’S

RESOLUTIONS

Discover this month’s

beauty secrets

GET FIT FOR SPRING

IN THREE MONTHS

Let Sarah-Jane Holt show you

how in our first instalment...

SUPPER SUPERSTARS

Juliet Bidwell’s recipes for

seeing in the New Year

WINTER SWEET

Jo Arnell explains how to scent a

garden throughout the cold snap

STUDY SWAP

The benefits of student exchanges

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FRESH LEARNING

WT investigates the appeal

of forest schools

HEALTHY MINDS

Susan Elkin emphasises the importance

of pupils’ mental health awareness

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

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

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RURAL MARDEN £1,650,000

GOUDHURST £1,595,000

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CRANBROOK £1,595,000

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RURAL BIDDENDEN £1,200,000

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2017

BETHERSDEN £1,200,000

CRANBROOK £995,000

BIDDENDEN £995,000

BIDDENDEN £950,000

HAWKHURST £925,000

HAWKHURST £895,000

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• 2 Basement Rooms • 3 Double Bedrooms, 1 en suite • 1 Family Bathroom • Gardens

• Large Garage and Workshop • EPC: E

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Rye, East Sussex - £385,000

A Grade II listed cottage in a tucked away town location.

Living room, and dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, study,

2 bedrooms. Garden. Parking space available separately.

Littlestone, Kent - £495,000

Formerly 2 coastguard cottages converted to one property

to provide spacious family home over three floors with views

over golf course. Sitting/dining room, fitted kitchen/breakfast

room, 4 double bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms. Garden.

EPC E

Icklesham, East Sussex - £895,000

A modern detached house in a rural position with orchard

and paddock. Living room, dining room, family room, kitchen/

breakfast room, utility, 5 bedrooms. Double garage. Gardens

and grounds of approx. 6 acres. EPC E

Winchelsea Beach, East Sussex - £545,000

Well presented modern detached house backing onto the

River Brede with views. Living room, open plan kitchen/

breakfast room and dining area, Study/bedroom 4. Three first

floor double bedrooms. Large rear garden, Double garage, Off

road parking. EPC C

Iden, East Sussex - £550,000

A well presented detached Grade II Listed period property

off a quiet country lane. Sitting room, open plan kitchen/

breakfast room & family room, dining room/bedroom 4, inner

hall, shower/cloakroom, three bedrooms, bathroom. Garden.

Camber Sands Beach, East Sussex - £1.1m

A rare opportunity to purchase a modern glass fronted house

right on the beach with views across Rye Bay. Open plan

living area with vaulted ceiling and kitchen. Large mezzanine

bedroom and ground floor bedroom. South facing deck.

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BIDDENDEN £995,000

Five Bedrooms | Four Reception Rooms | Two En Suites | CSCA

NO CHAIN. An individual detached family home, set on a approx. 5 acre plot.

This deceptively spacious home has been lovingly extended by the current

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

EPC Rating D

TENTERDEN £500,00 - £550,000

Five Bedrooms | Three Reception Rooms | High Spec Kitchen & Bathrooms

Immaculately presented detached family home with a stylish contemporary

interior to include impressive 34’ Kitchen/Reception Room, situated in a

convenient location within 1 mile of the much sought after High Street.

EPC Rating B

TENTERDEN £470,000

Four Bedrooms | Modern Fitted Kitchen | Cloakroom | En Suite

A beautifully presented modern detached family home with 2 reception rooms,

garage and driveway for 2 cars, situated in a much sought after location, within

easy access to the picturesque tree lined High Street of Tenterden.

EPC Rating C

TENTERDEN £475,000

Four Double Bedrooms | Two Reception Rooms | Two En Suites | Utility Room

A stylish and immaculately presented detached family home on a very soughtafter

cul-de-sac, providing easy access to local Primary and Secondary schools,

and the tree lined High Street of Tenterden.

EPC Rating C

NORTHIAM £375,000

Three Bedrooms | Scope for Improvement | Driveway & Garage

NO CHAIN. A spacious detached bungalow situated in the highly sought

after village of NORTHIAM with immediate access to the local amenities and

local doctor’s surgery.

EPC Rating D

ROLVENDEN £875,000

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LANGLEY KENT OIEO £700,000

Large four bedroom detached property with outbuildings and large Workshop

occupying a good sized plot. This country home retains many original features which

include: cast iron fi replaces, dado rails, coving and an elegant staircase. Large

windows allow natural light to fl ood the rooms to this spacious home. Two of the

double bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms, with the master bedroom boasting a

walk in dressing room and French doors opening onto a Juliette balcony.

ENERGY RATING: E

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STAPLEHURST £475,000

Four bedroom modern detached property situated in a private corner position on a

sought after development close to the village centre. The property consists of: Lounge/

diner, Conservatory, Kitchen, Study, Cloak room, Master bedroom with en suite, three

further bedrooms, family bathroom, double garage and good size gardens

ENERGY RATING: D

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WOODCHURCH OIEO £400,000

A generously proportioned four bedroomed village property off ering versatile family

accommodation and situated in a popular road with in Woodchurch. The property

consists of: large lounge with feature fi re place, two further receptions, kitchen and

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anti room that would make a delightful en-suite. The garden is situated on three sides and

there is a purpose built workshop plus double garage and parking to the rear.

ENERGY RATING: E

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

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New Year – new house

Maggie Alderson finds homes for a fresh start in 2018

Happy New Year – how’s your head? Hopefully recovered from the

turn of the year celebrations, as by now you are possibly engaged

in that most blighted of traditions: New Year’s Resolutions.

Was there ever a worse idea for the bleak week in which we all return

to work, in trousers which have become noticeably tighter, under

extreme pressure to get the goddam tree out of the house before the

bad luck deadline, and sworn off the food prep gin and tonic?

What a time to give up everything nice and start exercising. Just when

the weather generally gets properly grey and grim, we pressure ourselves

to take off our cosy trackies (which would better be called ‘sofa-ies’)

and woolly jumpers to put on scanty active wear and prance about.

New Year’s Resolutions are an idea with built-in obsolescence. I can’t think

of a worse way to start a fresh new year than by setting goals for myself that

I am more likely to fail with at this point than at any other in the calendar.

Copping one eyeful of my Lycra-described, Christmas-inflated torso in

the mirror at a Zumba class is a guarantee I will never return for another one

and will probably stop to pick up a comfort Topic bar on the way home.

Much better to sidle quietly into the new year, cutting back progressively

from the grotesque Yuletide food and drink consumption levels (one mince

pie? why not eat the whole packet?) and walking the dog a little bit faster,

to gently ease yourself down a few ounces on the scales and then towards

the prospect of jumping up and down a bit in public. In tight outfits.

But there is one new resolution you could very positively

embrace now – moving to a new house. Whether it’s a brand

spanking new build, or gloriously old itself, just new to you - what

more exciting way to embark on the latest chapter of life?

1. Sweethaws

Where? Sweethaws is a short drive

south of Crowborough, Tunbridge

Wells under ten miles to the north and

Gatwick Airport a little over 20 miles

away. Jarvis Brook mainline station is

approximately three miles, with trains

to London in just over the hour.

What? A spacious stone-built Arts

and Crafts detached family home

set in landscaped gardens with many

period features including stone mullion

windows, oak joinery, exposed oak and

parquet flooring and original fireplaces.

The ground floor comprises a large

hall, dining room, drawing room and

original sun room with sliding doors to

the garden. The kitchen/breakfast room

can be entered from the garage and has a

butler’s pantry and a larder. Upstairs are

five bedrooms and two bathrooms. The

gardens are a particular feature with a

large paved sun terrace, swimming pool,

sauna and changing room, landscaped

terraces and established planting and lawns.

In addition there is a vegetable garden

and seating terrace enjoying spectacular

views towards the South Downs.

How much? Sweethaws has

a guide price of £1,175,000 with

Freeman Forman, Tunbridge Wells.

01892 640260 freemanforman.co.uk

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2. Waystrode Hall

Where? Waystrode is in a rural

location on the edge of Cowden village

within an Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty and Metropolitan Greenbelt,

15 minutes’ drive from East Grinstead

and 20 from Tunbridge Wells.

What? A superb Grade II* listed Tudor

manor house with historic records going

back to the 13th century, within gardens

and grounds of nearly 8 acres. The house

has been sensitively refurbished, with a

wealth of features including exposed wall

and ceiling timbers, oak floor boards,

lattice and leadlight windows, inglenook

fireplaces, high ceilings, a bespoke kitchen/

breakfast room and underfloor heating to

the ground floor. From a huge reception

hall, the ground floor has two further

reception rooms and a large kitchen/

breakfast room giving on to the dining

room with French windows. There are

three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the

first floor, with two more beds and another

bath above. Further accommodation

comprises a large detached cottage, an

oast house, a coach house and a Grade

II listed timber frame barn which has an

impressive double height vaulted interior.

How much? Waystrode has a guide

price of £3,250,000 with Knight Frank,

0207 861 5115 knightfrank.co.uk

3. Romford Road

Where? 20 Romford Road sits half a

mile northeast of Pembury village, three and

a half from Tunbridge Wells and six from

Tonbridge. Paddock Wood station is just

a few minutes’ drive with regular services

to Charing Cross and Cannon Street.

What? The house has been imaginatively

extended and refurbished to create a

comfortable and modern family home,

light and spacious, with high ceilings,

contemporary fixtures, and extensive

glazing. The flowing south-facing open

plan ground floor has a kitchen/dining/

sitting room with a wide expanse of

bi-fold doors to an al fresco dining area,

with plunge pools. There is a separate

family room. Upstairs the master bedroom

has a vaulted ceiling incorporating

rooflights, a window overlooking the

garden and a well-appointed en suite wet

room; three further good-sized double

bedrooms, two en suite. The second floor

has an eaves double bedroom with

rooflights to the front and rear and a

further bathroom. Outside, beyond

the terrace, the south-southwest-facing

rear garden is mainly laid to lawn.

How much? 20 Romford

Road has a guide price of £945,000,

care of Savills, Tunbridge Wells.

01892 507000 savills.co.uk

4. The Grange

Where? The Grange is a superb period

country house and equestrian facilities located

in the heart of the Kent Weald. Nestling

in the desirable village of Plaxtol east of

Sevenoaks, enjoying unparalleled views over

the adjacent countryside. Central London

is 31 miles and Sevenoaks station six miles.

What? The Grange is a substantial early

Grade II* 17th century house, re-fronted

in 1702 and remodelled in 1926 by Sir

Edwin Lutyens, with fine period features

and superb panelling. The ground floor

rambles gloriously from the impressive

galleried reception hall over five reception

rooms, plus a huge kitchen/breakfast room.

The bedrooms are set over two floors with

a double-aspect master bedroom, plus an

additional four bedrooms, two bathrooms

and a guest suite. The second floor consists of

three bedrooms and a cinema room. Further

guest accommodation in the self-contained

annexe that offers a sitting room, kitchen,

bathroom and two bedrooms. The well

maintained and beautifully designed garden

features a swimming pool and tennis court.

The equestrian facilities consist of a stable

yard, an all-weather manège and three large

paddocks, plus 25 acres of pasture land.

How much? The Grange is on

the market at £4,350,000 via Sotheby’s.

01932 860537 sothebysrealty.co.uk


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Chartwell is celebrating Clementine, the beloved

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Previous pages: Downstairs offers spacious, open-pan living Above: The kitchen is on the south-facing rear side of the house. Previously a dark

room, Richard opened up the space and installed three Velux windows so light pours in, right through into the dining area

While the words ‘barn conversion’ sound very

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articulated volumes, with different ceiling heights


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Above: The couple bought the dining table and chairs from West Elm in Dubai.

adding interest. It has all the interesting features of a

converted building – the beams here are spectacular

300 year-old oak – but no sense of folksiness.

That wasn’t quite the case when Tanya and Richard

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back to the UK from Dubai and were all set up with

a house in London to buy – but at the last moment it

fell through, in that fateful way houses sometimes do.

When there is another better house waiting for you…

“We already had our son Jay,” says Richard,


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This page: A door off the dining room leads into the children’s playroom, with a comfy

sofa, plenty of toy storage and one wall of map of the world wallpaper

“and the new baby, Elle, was imminent, so we

needed a home. Tanya is from this area and we heard

that the Granary opposite this house was for rent,

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already loved living here, so we jumped at it”

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Above: Another door from the dining area leads through to a generously sized bedroom, painted in Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone.

A striking arrangement of framed flower prints hang over the headboard, taken from a book called the The Temple of Flora by a

botanist Robert John Thornton

cross…). “In summer it’s twenty minutes’ walk across

the fields to Dorking station,” says Richard “and then

it’s under an hour to London to Waterloo or Victoria.”

With that cruisy commute and Tanya’s parents nearby,

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retail (Richard) and the film industry (Tanya).

The challenge was to make their new country

home work for their 21st century lifestyle and the

sophisticated mid-century style furniture they’d


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Above: Richard and Tanya created the ‘inside/outside’ feeling they craved by glazing the entire southfacing back wall of the sitting

room with ‘Crittall-style’ windows and French doors

amassed in their big city days, which clearly took

some vision. “It was very barn-y,” says Richard. “Not

much natural light, lots of stripped new pine and

we wanted to bring some of our own personality

without detracting from the rural character.”

They immediately painted all the new wood – leaving

the magnificent original beams singing out in their

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“We used Heritage Windows, rather than Crittall’s,”

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They are set into the floor and fit so beautifully.”

Another standout feature of this space is the large

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suspended from a reclaimed oak frame, like a puppet’s

control bar, which Richard commissioned from a local

craftsman to blend with the existing oak. He also sourced,

through extensive Google searches, some of the fixtures

throughout the house including a black iron leaning

industrial bookshelf and the industrial light fittings. The

generously sized blue armchairs, from sofa.com, echo

the scale, in keeping with the amazing ceiling height.

That created a beautiful light space which greets you

through the glazed partition from the entrance hall –

the real challenge was then to improve the light in

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Right: A large spread-winged owl, digital

artwork created by Richard, looms over

the galleried entrance hall

the adjoining dining area, which

is in the middle of the house with

no windows. They tackled this

by making radical changes to the

kitchen, which is on the southfacing

rear side of the house.

“When we moved in there was

just a narrow door in and out,”

says Richard, “so we opened that

up to a big square space, put in

an extra kitchen window over the

counters and then more Heritage

metal windows and doors, out

onto the garden. We also put

three Velux in the ceiling so light

could really pour in and then

penetrate back through the bigger

opening into the dining area.”

The utility room’s floor-toceiling

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painted matt black, which is very

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Right: The entrance hall flooring tiles

are by Ca’Pietra Below right: Richard

sourced the oversized dimpled glass shades

that illuminate the sitting room online

thinking we might put them back

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frame them. I hated to do it, but I

thought at least they will be seen. En

masse I think they work really well.”

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This page: The shutters in all the bedrooms

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they give the rooms a tailored look with a

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Richard – and the dining table, which they found in

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floor hall. The print above it is by Japanese artist

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Above: The 300-year-old oak structure of the barn criss-crosses Jay’s room at the top of the house

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This page: The spacious

entrance way, with its artful

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uncluttered

industrial building. “The battery factory had

lain empty for a while and saw a variety of

uses prior to its eventual conversion in the

1990s,” says Mike. “The developer that took

it on made three units; two from the existing

units and one purpose built, but constructed

with character to maintain the uniqueness of

the original building.” There are now 89 flats

that form a complex within the grounds of the

old factory. Mike and Caroline bought a 90

square metre studio apartment in one of the

original units. Almost immediately they knew

that they wanted to make some major changes.

The previous occupants had made a very

pleasant and perfectly acceptable job with the

interior, but it wasn’t quite what the couple had

wanted. They also knew what an upheaval an

interior makeover could be. “After spending my

youth renovating old properties and making

too many trips to DIY emporiums, I knew I

didn’t want to do that again,” says Mike sagely.

“We loved the pared back, slightly industrial

feel of the building,” he says, adding, “it was

light, but with very high ceilings. We could

have been minimalist and streamlined, but


Above: The Bulthaup kitchen is deceptively large for a one bedroomed apartment. “We had enough kitchen to go into a medium

sized house, but it fits beautifully in this space,” says Mike

some of that style is too cold and clinical. We wanted to make

it warmer without compromising the integrity of the space.”

Not an easy task and one that would require considerable

thought and expertise. Mike and Caroline made a bold

decision and chose to commission an interior architect.

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity really,” Mike

says, “although I was a bit sceptical at first. It is not an easy

decision, especially when you’ve spent all your younger

life doing DIY because you can’t afford to employ people.”

They were clear in their requirements, but it took a while

for them to find the right person. “We wanted to find

someone that bonded the rigour of architectural planning

with design flair.” It is a combination that is not often

found within one person, or even a whole company, but

they did eventually find the right man for the job.

Enter Daniel Hopwood (he of the BBC’s amateur design

programme The Great Interior Design Show and also President

of the British Institute of Interior Design. Daniel is an

architect by training, and having run Studio Hopwood for

the last twenty years, is able to offer his clients that rare thing:

design led architectural solutions. “The brief was to make a

warm, manageable and efficient home: ‘a machine for living,’”

says Mike, “but also one that would stand the test of time.”

Having just returned from Dubai, they were in the

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Above: The streamlined look of the apartment is partly down to the fact that all the practical,

fiddly details have been incorporated into the design – electric points are recessed and there are no

radiators to worry about, because all the warmth comes from underfloor heating.

useful, but slightly daunting, position of starting from scratch.

“Being on the move the whole time means that you discard as

you move and start to travel light. When we lived in England

before, we had a Victorian house, and so none of our existing

things really fitted the new scheme.” They began anew

and pared everything back – literally, as the interior of the

apartment was completely stripped back to a concrete shell.

This meant that they could give Daniel a free reign with

the overall design, but the couple were still completely

involved in the process – going to showrooms, looking at

samples and choosing colours and furnishings. Daniel’s

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finished project was impressive, especially considering

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The linear brass inlays are picked up as

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in the end. There was a cooling off period just after the

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The high level of workmanship is plain to see, but it is the

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There are many ingenious practical ideas in this interior, but

what is equally ingenious is that they combine so seamlessly

and create a spacious and streamlined feel to the whole

apartment. Daniel sees the space as one, so that each ‘zone’,

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With the overall idea of proportion and scale in his mind,

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Along with lowering the very high ceilings, this had the

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This page: The attention to detail throughout the apartment is sublime – in a wall of beautiful geometric wood panelling, it is almost

impossible to tell where the doors to the bedrooms and storage area are

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This page: In the bedroom there are other

ingenious solutions to prevent clutter. A wall at

the end of the bed features storage behind that

also serves to make a partitioned dressing area

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The attention to detail here is sublime – it

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With the overall idea of proportion and scale in his mind, Daniel also put in carefully

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This page: The bathrooms in particular have excellent lighting. “All my adult life I’ve wanted an electric shaving mirror,” says Mike

“and now we have two!” The mirrors are also heated so that they don’t steam up.

of the apartment – a magnificently organic and sculptural

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table. This chandelier totally transcends the classic design

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It is clear that art is important to Mike and Caroline, and

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The paintings in the bedroom contrast beautifully with the

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The entire apartment exudes a highly groomed and

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Contents

Midnight

Magic, page 8

KITCHENS

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11 Table Trends

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12 Shelf Confidence

Storage and

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15 Book Nooks

Create the ideal space

to escape with a

good read

16 Work Space

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19 Light Up Your Life &

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FABRIC,

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rich mood board of deep navies with metallic and wood

accents to transform your room into an inviting haven –

whether it be kitchen, living room, bedroom or bathroom.

If you’re looking to update rather than overhaul, we’ve

tracked down quick fixes in the form of coffee tables,

shelving and lighting and edited a selection of furniture

and accessories for home offices and book corners.

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GOUDHURST ANTIQUES & INTERIORS

COLLECTABLES &

DECORATIVE FURNITURE

Light Up Your

Life, page 19

Work Space,

page 16

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5.

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9.

8.

7.

18.

Midnight

Magic

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20.

Rebecca Cuffe

edits navies and

natural tones with

a hint of metallic

19. 1. Beaten Leather in Walnut, available on

selected furniture, from £495, Loaf loaf.com

2. Marquee Stripes wallpaper in College Stripe,

£65/10m, Cole & Son cole-and-son.com

3. Ferm Living Lines wallpaper in Dark Blue,

£69, Cloudberry Living cloudberryliving.co.uk

4. Bobbin of cotton cord (300m), £24, Curated

Living curatedliving.co.uk 5. Lizzo Cesto wallpaper,

£169, Evernden Interiors everndeninteriors.co.uk

6. Thor Raw Umber Leather Handles with Brass

Finish, £13.99, Dowsing & Reynolds dowsingandreynolds.com 7. Hague

Blue no.30 paint sample pot, £4.50, Farrow & Ball farrow-ball.com

8. Rivoli Bitter Chocolate fabric, available on furniture orders, John

Lewis johnlewis.com 9. Washed Cotton in Rope, available on selected

furniture from £355, Loaf loaf.com 10. Sophie Allport Highland Stag

fabric, £24/m, Bell House Fabrics & Interiors bellhousefabrics.co.uk

11. Cassia Graphite fabric, £69/m, Designers Guild designersguild.com

12. Metro Dark Grey wall tile, 32p each, Tile Mountain tilemountain.co.uk

13. Series Woods Professional Harbour Oak Laminate Flooring, £14.99/

m 2 , UK Flooring Direct ukflooringdirect.co.uk 14. Clever Linen in Lava

Grey, available on selected furniture from £385, Loaf loaf.com 15. Caledonia Lismore textured

wallcovering, £240/10m, Cole & Son, cole-and-son.com 16. Bond Street No. 219 paint sample

pot, £4.25, Mylands, mylands.com 17. Tape measure (part of Sajou vintage style boxed sewing

set, £48), Curated Living curatedliving.co.uk 18. Wooster Plain Wool Farrow & Ball Rug, from

£1,150, The Rug Company therugcompany.com 19. Colour Card, Farrow & Ball farrow-ball.com

20. Bothy Iron Age Metal Scoop Handle, £6.99, Dowsing & Reynolds dowsingandreynolds.com


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Malcolm & Jane. Truro, Cornwall.

Finally found the perfect sofa to align

with their obsession for stripes.

It’s your story.

So it’s tailored to you.

Winter

Sale

Alwinton large sofa in Walloon Stripe, as shown.

Alwinton large sofas from £1,180 in Gibraltar House Fabric.

Let’s design together

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Colonial Teak

Coffee Table, £695

PUJI

puji.com

Shore Round Driftwood

Coffee Table, £325

Alexander & Pearl

alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Solid Oak Coffee Table with

Hand Carved Covered Cup

& Cover Legs, £4,340.87

Deacon and Sandys

deaconandsandys.co.uk

Eichholtz De Soto Coffee

Table Set of 3, £2,995

Sweetpea & Willow

sweetpeaandwillow.com

MENU Turning Table

in Black Ash, £449.95

Black by Design

black-by-design.co.uk

Table

Trends

Stylish surfaces to sit your coffee on

Rustic Trunk Coffee

Table, £675

Smithers of Stamford

smithersofstamford.com

Orion Coffee Table, £379

Atkin & Thyme

atkinandthyme.co.uk

Madison Glass

Coffee Table, £329

M&S

marksandspencer.com

Eichholtz Galileo Coffee Table

in Gold, £2,695

Sweetpea & Willow

sweetpeaandwillow.com

Amiri Coffee Table

Was £555, Sale £445

Lenleys

lenleys.co.uk

Rhonda Antique Gold Cage

Glass Coffee Table, £599

Artisanti

artisanti.com

Circular Marble Side Table £265

Audenza

audenza.com

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Small Scallop Shelf in White, £20

Bobby Rabbit

bobbyrabbit.co.uk

Indah Dark Cubic

Display Unit, £895

Puji

puji.com

KITCHENS

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& BATHROOMS

01892 723083

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UNIT 2, THE COPPICE, PETTERIDGE LANE, MATFIELD, KENT TN12 7LP

Fowler Tall Shelving Unit

Multicolour Ash, £299

Made

made.com

Save Empress Wu Drinks

Cabinet By Mineheart, £4,299

Lime Lace

limelace.co.uk

The Alcor Drinks Cabinet,

£5,745

Chaplins

chaplins.co.uk

Shelf Confidence

Get your life in order with our shelving picks

Hamilton Industrial Cabinet, £485

Hegron de Carle

hegrondecarle.co.uk

Vintage Style Mannequin with

3 Tier Shelf Base, £325

Alexander & Pearl

alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Spread Bookshelf, £535

Urban Avenue

urbanavenue.co.uk

Ontario Bookshelf, £385

PIB

pib-home.co.uk

Black Display Shelf, £1,895

Shimu

shimu.co.uk

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Distinctive Interiors & Design. Specialists in handmade curtains, blinds, shutters, upholstery and soft furnishings

Situated just off the High Street www.skinnersoftunbridgewells.co.uk

6 Castle Street, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1XJ Tel: 01892 532003

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Book

Turing Bookcase,

Nooks

£2,560 + VAT

Oficina Inglesa

oficinainglesa.com

WT Interiors Supplement

Tess Large Tree Bookcase, £800

Babatude Boutique

babatude.com

Style your reading corner with

literary inspired accessories and the

comfiest furniture to sink into

KITCHENS

BEDROOMS

& BATHROOMS

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Bigwig Bunny Lamp in

Silver, £145

Respire

respireliving.com

Bicycle Bookends, £38

The Contemporary Home

tch.net

Alice in Wonderland Print, £25

Cottage in the Hills

cottageinthehills.com

Charcoal Cob Weave Throw, £59

The British Blanket Company

thebritishblanketcompany.com

Mischa White Salon Chair, £1,250

Alexander & Pearl

alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Ferdinand Armchair by John Sankey,

£1,595, Jan sale price £1,275

Respire

respireliving.com

Voyage Maison Study

Cushion, £47

Cotswold Trading

cotswoldtrading.com

Izola brass bookmark,

£14.95, Henry Tibbs,

henrytibbs.com

Book Rest Lamp, £40

Smithers of Stamford

smithersofstamford.com

Antique Book Stool, £99

Alexander & Pearl

alexanderandpearl.co.uk

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Heaven Sends Wooden

Weekly Clip Board, £12.99

Magical Story

magicalstory.co.uk

Rodeo A5 Leather Clipboard, £12

Paperchase

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Large Letter Board, £78

Papermash

papermash.co.uk

Pied De Poule Wallpaper

By Wonderbold, £189

Lime Lace

limelace.co.uk

Corkframe Cork Message

Board in Portrait, £95

Black by Design

black-by-design.co.uk

Bendt Wire Memo

Board Copper, £25

Made

]made.com

Authentic Models Empress

Reading Glass, £80

Henry Tibbs

henrytibbs.com

Work

Space

Get on top of important business

Wooden Blackboard

Leon, £240

PIB

pib-home.co.uk

Aria Black Wood &

Metal Desk, £1,009

Alexander & Pearl

alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Daphne Retro Occasional

Chair, £119.99

My Furniture

my-furniture.co.uk

Newgate Cookhouse Wall

Clock in Linen White, £70

Black by Design

black-by-design.co.uk

Manya Wood Table Lamp in

Copper, £185

Out There Interiors

outthereinteriors.com

Izola Letter Opener, £20

Henry Tibbs

henrytibbs.com

Bakelite Telephone Silver, £49.99

Dowsing and Reynolds

dowsingandreynolds.com

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Leff Brick Clock in Copper/

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Rume

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1. Heart LED Light On Stand, £36, Audenza audenza.com 2. Whitney 5lt Chandelier, £570 inc. VAT

Elstead Lighting elsteadlighting.com 3. Alexander Swing Arm Floor Lamp, £2,352, Besselink & Jones

besselink.com 4. Vita Asteria Pendant Light in Forest Green, £179, Black by Design black-by-design.co.uk

5. Neon Yellow ‘Love’ Light, £65, Mini Maison minimaison.co.uk 6. Vita Aluvia Floor Lamp, £288,

Black by Design black-by-design.co.uk 7. Lene Bjerre Maise Pendant in Calm Green, £130, Sweetpea &

Willow sweetpeaandwillow.com 8. Sylvie Antique Silver Table Lamp with Black Shade, £225, Respire

Living, respireliving.com 9. Muse Floor Lamp, £839, Urban Avenue urbanavenue.co.uk 10. Arabella Palm

Candelabra, £149, M&S marksandspencer.com 11. Titan Size 5 Pendant in Yellow, £475, Original BTC

originalbtc.com 12. Sammode Musser 88 Light, £1,200, Dyke & Dean dykeanddean.com 13. Norm 06

Medium White, £63.75, Rume rume.co.uk 14. Kaiser Idell in Matte Black, £503, Rume rume.co.uk

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New Year is the time of year when we often clean up

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our approach to skincare. For many, that means taking a

‘cleaner’ approach – opting for more natural, even organic

choices. And boy (or maybe girl!), what choices we now have!

Once upon a time, back in the day, I actually chaired the

Soil Association Health & Beauty Standards Committee,

helping to set the standards for these products. I can best

describe wrestling with the many different complexities as

exhausting (but worthwhile). I could never have imagined

then, however, the options we now have for skincare (from

top to toe), in terms of the textures, the fragrances and the

results offered. Quite simply, there have been quantum

leaps forward in all of these – which means there’s never

been a better time to ‘go organic’, with your beauty regime.

And that probably accounts for the 13% market growth

last year alone (according to Soil Association figures).

First, the nitty gritty. The only way to be 100% sure that

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eliminate a long, long list of synthetic ingredients, while

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word ‘organic’ on their product, even if it only contains a

waft of organic ingredients. (Or none at all.) If in doubt

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What, for me, are the benefits of organic beauty? I should

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think that our risk of developing diseases like cancer has

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to mention chemicals we breathe) than from putting a dab of

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products come from, and that I’m treading more lightly on the

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Beauty

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If you’re looking for a one-stop organic beauty multitasker,

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Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm, £40 for 50g – a serial

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I’ve become a massive fan of the Bamford range, meanwhile,

over the past few years – the skincare ‘sister’ of Daylesford

Organic foods. For me, so much of a product’s allure is down

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botanical skin-boosters. If I could only choose one ‘desert

island’ Bamford product, though, it would be the luscious

tub of Jasmine Body Cream, £38 for 200ml (a positive snip

compared to the facial skincare), which imparts a scent of

orange blossom and jasmine that is exactly how I imagine

heaven to smell. N.B. I like the transparency of Neal’s Yard

and Bamford: they tell you exactly how much of the formula

is organic, if it’s not 100% (and despite massive leaps forward,

some ingredients are still, alas, not available organically).

Other favourite organic brands/finds of mine include

Balm Balm, Odylique (their Creamy Coconut Cleanser is

a true beauty classic), Nourish (check out the Illuminating

Face Shimmer – a unique product which delivers an instant

boost to lacklustre skin and is great under make-up), and

new kids on the block Freshious. Among my many other

organic ‘loves’ is Made for Life by Spiezia Organics range,

from a long-established Cornwall-based organic name.

(Their Sore Skin Relief Balm is a go-to for any kind of

irritation/dryness, for me – and it’s worked mini-miracles

for friends with eczema or serious sensitive skin flare-ups.)

Meanwhile it’s definitely worth noting that superfacialist

and beauty author Alexandra Soveral’s own gorgeous

products are also certified organic – which tells you

everything about how seriously organic is being taken.

As a short-cut to other certified organic brands, I advise

that you check out soilassociation.org (Organic Beauty &

Wellbeing is a drop-down sub-menu in the Organic Living

section, which links to a wide range of certified brands).

There’s also a great post within the brand listing dedicated

to how to avoid greenwashing, in your beauty products.

But the bottom line is: can you be green and gorgeous?

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Jo Fairley is co-author of The Beauty Bible series of

books – and for more beauty and fragrance updates from

her, visit beautybible.com and perfumesociety.org.

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Exercise for 30 seconds, followed by a 30

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Make sure your hands are directly under

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4. High Knees – This exercise has the

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• 8 figs, cut into quarters

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micro-herbs, or baby

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• 60ml walnut oil

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2. Make up the salad and arrange prettily. This salad

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Serves 8 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 35 mins

• 1.2kg pork tenderloin

• 3tbsp grainy mustard

• 140ml apple juice

• 4tbsp balsamic vinegar

• 180ml chicken stock

• 30g butter

1. Preheat oven to 190˚C.

2. Trim the tenderloin and spread mustard along

the loin. Place in a roasting tin and pour in

the apple juice and balsamic. Roast for 20-25

minutes… it may need a little longer!

3. When cooked, drain the apple and balsamic juice

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for 5-10 minutes until it thickens. Finally, add

the butter to give the sauce a glossy finish.

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celeriac and potato Gratin.

Serves 8 Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes

• 1kg celeriac, peeled

• 1.2kg potatoes, peeled

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• 300ml double cream

• 300ml full fat milk

• 20g butter

• 60g Gruyère, grated

• salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 180˚C.

2. Firstly, butter your gratin dish. Slice the celeriac and

potatoes thinly in your food processor or on a mandolin.

3. Heat the milk and cream together.

4. Layer the celeriac and potato in the gratin dish,

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• 500g panettone, sliced

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• 300ml full fat milk

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• 3 eggs

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• 80g caster sugar

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1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

2. Brush the sliced panettone with the melted butter.

3. Place the panettone upright in an ovenproof dish and

sprinkle the grated white chocolate between the slices.

4. Heat the milk and cream with the

vanilla extract until scalding.

5. Whisk the eggs and the sugar together, add the cream

and milk, whisk again, and strain through a sieve.

6. Pour evenly over the panettone. Sprinkle with

muscovado sugar and bake on the middle

shelf of the oven for 35 minutes.

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redcurrant salad with this pudding.

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Garden

Winter Sweet

Jo Arnell warms up the winter garden with

fragranced seasonal blooms

Flower power

There is not much that flowers at the bleak dark start

of the year. What blossom there is tends to be small

and weather resistant. Flowers hang their shy heads

or modestly tuck themselves behind evergreen leaves.

Some are so small that they’re almost invisible – walk

too fast and you might not notice them at all. What you

will notice though, is their scent. Many winter flowers

make up for their lack of colour and size with powerful

fragrances – designed to attract pollinating insects.

Sadly for the plants, most of the insects have either died,

or are waiting out the winter, as larvae, or in stasis as adults

– hiding in log piles, garden sheds and the gaps in our

window panes. Because there are so few of them around,

the plants have to compete for their attention. Just as we are

drawn by the scent of a bacon sandwich or freshly baked

cake, any insects that are still out and about are lured by

the promise of nectar wrapped up in a fragrant flower.

Deciduous shrubs

Many of the early flowers appear on bare stems, long before

any leaves start to grow. Once the leaves do appear these

shrubs revert to being straggly nothings, but right now they

are the stars of the show. Winter Sweet (Chimonanthus

praecox) is one of these humble bushes, with small cream

coloured flowers perfumed with hints of citrus. Lonicera

‘Winter Beauty’ is a winter flowering shrubby honeysuckle

that produces masses of sweetly scented flowers in January

and February. It is the scent that is beautiful, not the

bush. Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Deben’ is better behaved

with small pink buds opening to become highly fragrant

white flowers. These shrubs are well suited to a pathside

position, but they need to be able to bow out and

retreat into the background once they come into leaf.

If you have the space for a specimen, try a Witch Hazel:

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ has scented flowers that

climb its bare branches like little yellow spiders. It also has

good autumn foliage, which helps to redeem the other

eight months of dull green leaf. Grow it as a specimen, as it

eventually gets quite large.

A delicate climber for a

sunny, sheltered position

is Clematis cirrhosa var.

balearica. Each cream

coloured bell is speckled

reddish brown, and the

citrus scent is released

on sunny winter days.

Evergreens

Daphnes are the ultimate

winter plant. Many

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are beautiful, evergreen and highly scented. Daphne odora

‘Aureomarginata’ is one of the earliest. It is slow growing

with variegated evergreen foliage, but has a really intense

and sweet, Jasmine-like fragrance. Daphnes do need to be

grown in exactly the right conditions in order to thrive. Not

too wet, not too cold, not too exposed. Imagine inviting

the plant version of Goldilocks into your garden…

For most of the year Mahonia japonica is a large, dull and

prickly evergreen, but in the depths of winter its thick stems

are topped by impressive yellow flower spikes that brighten

the darkest of days and smell of lily-of-the-valley. Mahonia

x media ‘Charity’ is one of the biggest and boldest to grow.

If you are looking to impress with scent rather than size,

try the hard to pronounce (and spell) Sarcococca confusa,

which luckily also goes by the easier name of Christmas

Box. It is not an exciting plant to look at – in fact most

people don’t notice it at all, so I tend to plant it behind

something unscented but good looking. The problem with

this is that the plant in front often takes all the credit for the

amazing fragrance of the unremarkable looking Sarcococca.

I’ve taken to calling it the ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ plant.

Fragrant foliage

You might need to brush past a plant with aromatic leaves

in order to enjoy their scent, or even cut some to bring

inside and add to winter arrangements. The fragrance

is usually held within the concentrated sap, rather than

flowers. We are all familiar with Rosemary and Lavender,

but many pines, firs and spruces have distinctive aromas.

Much maligned conifers can have lovely fragrances when

their leaves are bruised or crushed. Some have the typical

conifer type foliage, but Cupressus macrocarpa (the lime

green one sold as bedding), releases a fresh citrus fragrance.

Myrtle is an ancient and revered plant, once believed to have

magical properties and associated with Aphrodite and Venus,

the goddesses of love. It is an attractive, small leaved evergreen

that will provide a pretty backdrop for other plants later in

the season. Apparently every part of the myrtle is fragrant.

Where to grow

Scented plants are best grown in a sheltered place, or at

least somewhere that traps the fragrance, so not out in an

exposed or windswept place. They need to fade into the

background in the warmer months to make way for all the

colourful lovelies and herbaceous-ness, but near enough for

you to catch their perfume. Let’s face it, it’s hard enough

to go out at all in the winter, let alone go for a stroll down

to the bottom of the garden. So plant them by the door,

or in the front garden, by a path – even where you keep

your dustbins – somewhere that gives an excuse to walk

past them. Many are suitable for growing in containers too

and the great thing about a plant in a pot is that it can be

moved away from centre stage once it’s done its thing – if

you can move it that is – and provided that you don’t then

shove it somewhere out of the way and forget about it.

Bring some scents inside

There is a neat trick you can do with early flowering

shrubs. If there’s nothing scented around, try

Forsythia, Pussy willow or even Blackthorn from the

hedgerow. Bring in a few twigs or small branches with

flower buds on and place them in a vase of water.

In a couple of days – sometimes within just a few

hours, the tight buds will open, blossoming as if

an early spring has sprung in your living room.

It is tempting to hunker down and stay inside at

the moment, but finding plants daring to bloom

in the depths of winter is an uplifting thing. It was

a revelation to me that there were so many winter

flowering plants in the first place; discovering that

most of them are also scented has been a double

delight. We will never experience the intense fragrance

of a winter garden from the stuffy confines of our

sitting rooms though, so let’s get out there.

For info on 2018 gardening courses

and to book contact Jo Arnell 01233

861149 hornbrookmanor.co.uk

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Study Swap

Just how popular do student exchanges prove

to be, and what are the benefits of choosing

to study abroad. WT finds out...

Cranbrook School

How do students apply for an exchange – who is/what

subjects are eligible? The students sign up on a first comefirst

served basis, anyone studying French is eligible.

Does an exchange necessarily involve foreign stays or

travel? It does, as we go to Bayeux (Normandy) with the

Y9s for 6 days, and we go to St Jean-de-Luz (Basque area)

with the 6th form for one week. The students also receive

their exchange partners in Cranbrook for a similar amount

of time. The two visits are within a term of each other.

What are the benefits of studying elsewhere? In MFL,

the home stay is invaluable to absorb the language, as

each student is hosted individually in a French family.

It also brings an individual human dimension to the

experience of an exchange. We have group visits to see

local sites, which also bring an historical dimention to the

exchange, as the French and British histories are closely

linked. The time spent in schools is also a great eye opener

for our students, as they can visualise their counterparts

in their academic and social environment.

What type of feedback do you get from students and

host schools? The students fill out a feedback sheet after the

exchanges, which helps us assess the success of some activities

and of the exchange itself. The schools usually give verbal

feedback and emails, but their keen interest to repeat the

experience every year is positive feedback in itself. The teachers

and I review the programme of activities every year, in order

to achieve the most positive experience for the students.

How popular have exchanges proved to be? In general, about

20 Y9s sign up for the Bayeux exchange, and the 6th Form

exchange is a lower number as our 6th form is much smaller.

For the 6th form, we join forces with Kent College to get 14

students to take part. The St Jean students are split between

the two schools during their Kent visit, even though we join

together for out-of-school visits. Kent College and Cranbrook

travel together to St Jean and do a fully joined visit there.

Considering our number of students, I would say

the exchanges are popular. We are starting a miniexchange

experience with our Y7s in the summer; they

are in contact with a school in Le Touquet, and will

visit the area and the school in the summer term.

cranbrookschool.co.uk

Sevenoaks Prep

How do students apply for an exchange – who is/

what subjects are eligible? At Sevenoaks Prep, all Year

6 pupils are invited to take part in our French Exchange

programme and the vast majority of students participate.

Does an exchange necessarily involve foreign stays or travel?

The annual exchange sees our pupils travel to Villeneuve d’Ascq

near Lille in the Easter Term, before the French students return

to Sevenoaks a few weeks later. It is a relationship cultivated

between the two schools by the Head of French at Sevenoaks

Prep, Mme Clark, and her counterpart in Lille, Mme Delannoy.

What are the benefits of studying elsewhere? Our pupils

are put into pairs and assigned a host family in Lille who will

have a son or daughter of a similar age. It is a very popular

highlight of Year 6 and an experience through which pupils

get to develop their independence, social skills and resilience,

by learning to overcome any initial nerves that come from

stepping out of their comfort zone. As well as practising their

French language, they learn about French history and culture

by visiting a national art museum and our pupils are always

eager to welcome their French partners back to their homes

to spend a few days together again. It is wonderful to see

how the friendships develop over email before and after the

visits, and to watch the young students’ confidence grow as

they enjoy time away from their own countries and culture,

bonding over shared interests like sport, singing and films.

How popular have exchanges proved to be? The

exchange programme is so popular that it has been

running for over six years now, and will continue to

be an important part of the Year 6 curriculum. We are

fortunate that our parents are so supportive of it and

hope that it will continue successfully for a long time.

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“They return to school

in the UK with unique

knowledge and experiences,

able to encourage and

inspire others to consider

similar exchanges” -

Sutton Valence School


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How do students apply for an exchange? During the

summer of 2017, pupils from Sutton Valence School

enjoyed exchange trips to India, Australia and New

Zealand. These exciting opportunities were advertised

to pupils whilst in Year 10, inviting them to apply to

undertake the overseas trip following the completion

of their GCSE exams in the summer of Year 11.

does an exchange necessarily involve foreign stays/travel?

The five boys and girls who visited India worked as exchange

students at the Mathieson Music School in Calcutta for two

weeks. They travelled unaccompanied to India and stayed

on the School campus throughout their time there. The

three girls who enjoyed a seven-week exchange experience

at Roseville College in Sydney, Australia and the two girls

who went to the Waikato Diocesan School for Girls in New

Zealand all stayed with carefully selected host families.

What are the benefits of studying elsewhere? The benefits

to the pupils participating in exchange trips are enormous.

In addition to gaining an appreciation of other cultures,

the experience of travelling independently and working

alongside people from a range of countries, greatly increases

their personal confidence and communication skills.

They return to school in the UK with unique knowledge

and experiences, able to encourage and inspire others

to consider similar exchanges. Acting as hosts for pupils

visiting from exchange partner schools further develops

their skills and awareness of their own surroundings.

What type of feedback do you get from students and host

schools? Feedback from both pupils and host schools has

been resoundingly positive. The Principal of Roseville College

in Sydney commented that she was thrilled by how well the

exchange had gone and how delightful the Sutton Valence girls

were. One of the exchange participants has already been offered

a position as a gap student at Roseville College following her A

levels. The group who visited Calcutta felt extremely fortunate

to have had the opportunity to work with the orphans and

are planning to visit the school again after their A level exams

in 2019 to continue to make a positive contribution.

How popular have exchanges proved to be? The

Sutton Valence School exchange trips that took place

in 2017 were very popular and well supported by the

community. The School recognises the tremendous

value of these experiences in developing individuals

and plans to facilitate similar opportunities for its

pupils over the coming years.

It is hoped that the range of

exchange destinations for Sutton

Valence pupils may be expanded

in the future to include China

and Nepal as the School

continues to develop strong

relationships in these countries.

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Fresh Learning

WT discovers the benefits of studying outdoors and the

rise in the appeal of forest schools

Chinthurst School

What are they? A ‘Forest School’ is an outdoor learning

programme which originated in Scandinavia. It brings

tremendous benefits to children and the sessions, run by qualified

Forest School practitioners, develop confidence, creativity

and self-esteem. It is also great fun and our Kindergarten

look forward to their weekly trip to the woods. They go in all

weathers and each session begins with the children looking

for changes since their last visit. Crunchy leaves in autumn or

beautiful spring bluebells are woven into stimulating learning

experiences which involve exploration and investigation.

The discovery of a fairy door for example (which has been

surreptitiously placed at the base of a tree) sparks an exciting

investigation to find twigs and leaves to build a fairy house. The

children fill their ‘prickly, tickly’ boxes with items found in the

undergrowth and share their treasures with each other. At the

end of each session, they are given a chance to reflect on what

they have enjoyed the most and their individual progression

is observed and used when planning for the next visit.

Why do parents like them? Our parents recognise

that the sessions enable the children to learn important

skills whilst benefiting from freedom and fresh air.

They see it as a welcome break from technology and

a reconnection with nature and imaginative play.

Why do schools like them? The sessions are great fun but they

are also enormously beneficial to development. Our programme

helps children try new things and encourages risk taking within

safe limits. Activities are designed to help them make judgements

such as how they will climb onto a log or perhaps negotiate a

small space when building a den. The risk benefit process is

constantly managed and monitored by the Forest School leader

to ensure the children can explore and investigate safely.

How successful are they? The Forest School

programme is excellent at fostering important life skills

such as resilience, confidence and creative learning

helping each child to be the best they can be.

How do they work following the traditional school

curriculum/assessments? Development of the individual child is

at the heart of education at Chinthurst and underpins everything

we do. Forest School sessions are an important part of the

curriculum and supplement learning by building independence.

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What are they? Forest Schools embrace opportunities offered by

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door. At Vinehall our wonderful grounds inspire learning

across the curriculum, encouraging children to become more

aware of and engage joyfully with the natural environment

throughout the seasons in an exciting and creative adventure.

Why do parents like them? The outdoors is a wonderful antidote to

the demands of our modern life and helps to connect our generation

of children with the pleasures of the natural world. Used well, Forest

Schools are one way of offering a structured approach to using

the outside, engaging children in a different way and providing a

safe way of exploring the ‘wild’. Parents should be urged to look

beyond glossy Forest School marketing to find out more about what

happens in practice; there are plenty of ways to promote children’s

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children. We ended our summer term by bringing families together,

smoking a wild salmon over the camp fire and participating in a

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Why do schools like them? The outdoors provides an opportunity

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seasonal changes and been able to embed their mathematical

skills using twigs to compare and measure. Older children have

pretended to be ‘hunter gatherers’, linking with their history

topic, collecting fruits and berries to cook over the camp fire.

Camp fire activities are wonderful, not just for enriching topics,

but for promoting safety and for bringing together the ages.

How successful are they? Outdoor learning engages the

children’s interest and encourages hands-on investigation and

observation to promote learning at a deep level, even if it gets

messy. It provides an opportunity to promote important lifeskills

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Healthy Minds

Education

Susan Elkin stresses the importance of mental health awareness in schools and at home

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2017 was a big year for mental health awareness. Let’s

hope 2018 is even better because classroom statistics

about the mental health of our young people are dire and

worsening.The estimate is that, at any one time, around 30%

of school pupils have unresolved mental health issues. That

means that there are three in every class. In my time – both in

‘challenging’ high schools and ‘privileged’ independent ones

– I have seen it all. I’ve witnessed self-harm, eating disorders,

damaged self esteem, depression, anxiety, children being

traumatised by bullying and much – far too much – more.

Well, first we need to acknowledge it and talk about

it. January is an ideal time since, for many, it is said to

be the lowest point in the year. Mental health matters

as much as physical health. There is no more reason to

be ashamed of, say, anorexia than of chicken pox.

Bravo Prince Harry who spoke openly about his own problems

last year. He and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have

put their weight, including a £2m grant from The Royal

Foundation, behind the stigma-breaking Heads Together.

Meanwhile Theresa May promised last year that every

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practice, there can be a long wait to see him or her.

Teachers will try, of course, because the vast majority

of them care deeply about the welfare of their pupils. The

difficulty is that few have the relevant training to help

effectively and therefore might make things even worse.

I often think about a 15-year-old I taught. Let’s call her Michelle.

Deeply troubled she was given to scraping her finger nails hard

down the back of her other hand so that both her hands were

permanently raw, sore, bleeding and often infected. I was head

of year and Michelle’s kind friend would bring her, distressed,

to my office almost daily. I listened and did what I could but

of course it was way beyond my experience and expertise to

give much real help. In the end poor Michelle was admitted

to a rural mental hospital – when such places still existed.

Youngsters like Michelle are in every school. A few of

them – the worst scenario – are suicidal. Yes, we have to find

ways of getting professional help to them quickly. It would

also help a bit, I think, if we – every parent, grandparent,

sibling, teacher and the rest – stopped setting them up to fail.

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Know Your Rights

WT investigates tricky legal issues that tend

to rear their heads in the New Year

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Stephanie Calthrop-Owen

Partner and Head of Family Law, at Morrisons Solicitors LLP

Who pays the school fees on divorce?

Deciding your marriage is finally over can be one

of the hardest decisions you ever make – but for

most, yet more tough decisions lie ahead.

For many of my clients, one of the hardest questions is : “Can

we afford to keep our children in their private schools, with

all their friends and the teachers they adore?” or, put another

way: “Can we afford to unsettle them further by making them

change school, at what is already such a difficult time?”

This issue can be a very hot topic for debate between

separating parents and it is no small matter. The cost of

private education these days is simply eye-watering: on

average, £10,753 for boarders per child per term and

£4,473 for day school*. In total that’s the princely sum of

£225,813 for boarders, £93,933 day school, from age 11 to

18 – and don’t forget annual increases, which can be well

ahead of inflation, plus uniforms, school trips and so on.

So how can they be funded? What are the options?

Well there are many, but these are the most common solutions:

• For the lucky few, there might be the luxury of helpful relatives

coming to the rescue (very often the children’s grandparents),

or even an educational trust fund set up by family.

• For the rest of us, funding usually has to come

from earned income or, for some, from capital

(savings, or sale of house or other assets).

If you opt to fund the school fees from income, this can

be either from one parent if there’s a higher earner, or

*Independent School Council figure Census, 2017

through an agreed split, or fixed

contributions from each party.

Many clients prefer long term security

for school fees and, where they can, will

choose to secure them with a capital

fund, usually carved out of the sale

proceeds of the family home or other

property. Parents can then share control

of the fund and decide whether it

includes school uniforms, trips, sixth

form, further education and so on.

All of those solutions depend on agreement

between the parents; what if they cannot agree?

Well, there are options. Nowadays, family lawyers will

usually refer you to mediation as a starting point. The

advantages of this are generally a quicker, cheaper and

more personal solution. However, this only works when

parties are able to agree matters, and not all can.

If mediation fails, you can apply to the Family Courts

for a specific issue order under the Children Act.

Alternatively, think about the relatively new but rapidly

rising option of family law arbitration for a quicker

process, more tailored to the needs of your situation.

Whatever arrangements you choose to make,

it’s always very important to keep the welfare of

the children at the forefront of your minds.

For more information on this topic please contact Stephanie

Calthrop-Owen, Partner and Head of Family Law, at Morrisons

Solicitors LLP: sco@morrlaw.com or ks@morrlaw.com

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Fiona McIntosh, Cripps

Putting your house on the market in the spring?

Then be the early bird and instruct your solicitor now to

ensure all the paperwork is in place, that any avoidable issues

have been ironed out and your own questions are answered.

Missing documents – commonly planning consents

and building regulation certification – regularly cause

problems. Explain to your solicitor what works have

been done to the property so any gaps in the paperwork

can be identified and, hopefully, dealt with.

Boundary problems are another common issue that are all too

often not identified until too late. Check title plans against what

is on the ground and discuss any discrepancies with your solicitor.

If you’re selling a flat, ask your solicitor to check the lease to see

what conditions, if any, you have to comply with in order to sell.

How long is the lease – will it be acceptable in today’s market?

Moving home is expensive. First time buyers will be grateful

for the relief from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) announced

in the November Budget. To find out if you are able to benefit

from that relief, talk to your solicitor. Might you have to pay

the SDLT surcharge? That could have a significant financial

impact on your plans. Again, speaking early on to someone who

understands this complex tax will help you plan the financial

aspects of your move and could even save you money.

The days may be short

and your house and garden

suffering the ravages of winter,

but it’s not too early to start

planning for the spring.

For more information

contact Fiona McIntosh at

fiona.mcintosh@cripps.co.uk, call

01892 506126, or see cripps.co.uk.

Mustafa Sidki, Warners Solicitors

Faulty Christmas present?

If you have bought or been given something for

Christmas that does not work it is important to

know what rights you have. Increased protection

is now available to consumers following the

introduction of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

If you are unhappy about any goods you have

bought or any services you have been provided with,

the best way to resolve the issue is often by taking the

matter up with the business. If this does not work

consider using a third-party, such as a solicitor, to try to

break the deadlock. If this fails to resolve things then

as a last resort the matter can be referred to the court.

Know Your Consumer Rights:

• You have 30 days to reject a faulty

item and get a full refund

• A ‘tiered’ remedy system is in place for faulty

goods. Whether a customer is entitled to a refund

depends on how long they have owned the item.

• Failed repairs: after one failed attempt by the retailer

to repair or replace a faulty item, the customer is

entitled to ask for a refund or price reduction.

• A second repair or replacement: If the customer

does not want a refund or price reduction,

they have the right to request another repair or

replacement to be paid for by the retailer.

• Deductions from refunds: No deduction

can be made from a refund in the

first six months after purchase.

For more information contact Mustafa Sidki,

01732 770660, m.sidki@warners.law

Francesca Braham, ThomasHaywood Solicitors

How to deal with separation or

divorce in January...

Each January, newspapers feature an article on “Divorce

day”, being the first working day in January when family

lawyers are allegedly inundated with new instructions!

The theory is that the stresses of Christmas and/or the

motivation of a New Year’s Resolution results in many

seeking divorce advice at the earliest opportunity.

The team at ThomasHaywood Solicitors each

have over 20 years’ experience as specialist family

lawyers and know this is not the full story.

It is true that we usually have more initial enquiries in

January but these come in throughout the month rather

than our being inundated with calls on the first working

day. Often people who contact us in January have not made

a sudden decision to split over the Christmas period but

the New Year gives them an impetus to make that change.

Christmas is tough when you have relationship issues

with the media focus on everyone having an idyllic time

with their family. A client’s decision to contact us will

usually be a culmination of months of consideration

rather than a specific reaction to the Christmas chaos.

Separation or divorce can be bewildering. Emotional

support from family and friends is invaluable, but be wary

of taking advice from them as every family circumstance

is different and generalisations can

be very unhelpful. It is important

to take formal legal advice at

an early stage from a specialist

family lawyer. Whatever your

circumstances, ThomasHaywood

Solicitors will do our best to support

you and advise you in the most

practical and cost-effective way.

For more information contact Francesca

Braham on 01892 765014 or see

thomashaywoodsolicitors.com

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The most common reasons to use

a solicitor in January...

Everyone should consider having a Lasting Power of Attorney.

LPAs are legal documents that allow you to choose the people

(know as Attorneys) who will be able to manage your affairs

should you ever be unable to do so for yourself. Although

often associated with the elderly client, mental or physical

incapacity can strike, suddenly and unexpectedly, at any age.

There are two types of LPA:

• Property and Financial Affairs which, as the names

suggest, will cover your financial assets and home

• Health and Welfare, which covers your medical and

care-related decisions. This LPA also requires that

you decide whether to empower your Attorneys to

make “life-sustaining” decisions on your behalf.

LPAs can be drafted in a number of different ways, on

the one hand, in very general terms or else, with specific

preferences and directions provided to your Attorneys.

Careful thought should be given to the people you wish

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What’s On In January

Art

Sat 9 Dec - Sat 10 Feb

Maidstone Museum, St Faith’s

Street, Maidstone ME14 1LH

Concealed

An exhibition exploring 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

Fri 15 Dec - Sat 24 Feb

Huguenot Museum, 95 High

Street, Rochester ME1 1LX

Margo Selby:

Pick by Pick

Beautiful hand-woven framed

textiles from internationallyrenowned

textile artist and

designer Margo Selby, including

new pieces specially made for

the event, are showcased in

this temporary exhibition.

Info: huguenotmuseum.org

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 24 Mar,

Tues-Sat 9.30-4.30

Artichoke Gallery, Church

Street, Ticehurst, East

Sussex TN5 7AE

THROUGH THE WINDOW

A mixed show featuring

Paintings, Sculpture,

Ceramics and Jewellery

Entry: Free

Info: 01580 200905 /

artichokegallery.co.uk

Burns Night

Thurs 25 Jan 7pm

Ashdown Park Hotel &

Country Club, Wych Cross,

Near Forest Row, East Sussex

RH18 5JR

Burns Night

Whisky cocktails, a traditional

piper, and a delicious fourcourse

meal prepared by

exclusive head chef Byron Hayter

including Haggis, neeps and

tatties, cockaleekie soup, and

whisky cranachan, all add up

to a traditional celebration of

Scottish bard, Robert Burns.

Entry: £69

Info: ashdownpark.com

Children & Families

Weekends throughout

Dec & Jan 11am - 3pm

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam,

Robertsbridge, East

Sussex TN32 5UA

Candlelit Stories

The candlelit tower of

this 14th century moated

castle hosts costumed

storytellers for medievalinspired

children’s stories.

Entry: Normal admission charges

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Sun 8 Jan - Sat 4 Feb

Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne

Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ

Dino Live

Learn about the creatures

which inhabited the earth

over 65million years ago as

Hall Place’s great hall and

Tudor kitchen will be taken

over by animatronic dinosaurs

for you to learn about, draw

and take pictures with.

Entry: Adults £5, Children

under 16 £3, Babies

under 18months Free

Info: hallplace.org.uk

Shows & Exhibitions

Mon 4 Dec - 4 Feb 11am - 3pm

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JN

Inside the exhibition

To celebrate a decade of Scotney

Castle being open to the

public, this exhibition invites

you to explore the items of its

varied and vast collection.

Entry: Free

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Sat 13 Jan - Sun 25 March

Petworth House and Park,

Petworth, West Sussex

GU28 9LR

William Blake in

Sussex: Visions

of Albion

A unique exhibition which

celebrates Blake’s three years

in Sussex with over fifty loans

from such prestigious collections

as the British Museum, V&A

and Tate. See the Sussex coast

as Blake saw it while living in

a cottage in Felpham, where

he saw “visions of Albion”

and original drawings by

Philip Pullman, President

of The Blake Society.

Entry: £16

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Sat 27 & Sun 28 Jan

Hop Farm, Maidstone Road,

Paddock Wood TN12 6PY

Rock, Gem ’n’

Bead Show

Exhibitors from across Europe

will show an amazing selection

of crystals and precious stones

ranging from pocket money

prices to thousands of pounds.

Info: thehopfarm.co.uk

Friends & Social

Weds 24 Jan 7.30pm

Sevenoaks Bookshop, 147 High

Street, Sevenoaks TN13 1XJ

Evening with

Matt Haig

Bestselling author Matt Haig

comes to Sevenoaks Bookshop

to talk about his latest novel

How to Stop Time, the fiction

winner of this year’s Books

are my Bag Readers Awards.

Entry: £8 in store, £8.50 online

Info: 01732 452055 /

sevenoaksbookshop.co.uk

Garden

Tues 9 Jan 11am - 12.30pm

Nymans, Staplefield Lane,

Handcross, West Sussex

RH17 6EB

Lead Ranger’s Walk

Join the Nymans rangers for

a walk around their ancient

woodlands, taking in all of

its seasonal highlights, and

learning about looking after

the beautiful, diverse habitat.

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Sat 27 Jan 9.30am - 4pm

Bore Place, Bore Place

Road, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AR

Winter Pruning Day

Learn to restore and maintain

both apple and pear trees

through winter pruning. By

establishing structure and

reducing overcrowding you can

encourage trees to make new

growth and produce larger fruit.

Info: boreplace.org

Sports & Leisure

Sat 6 Jan 7pm

Hove Lawns, Hove, East

Sussex, BN3 2WN

Brighton Glow Run

Start the new year with this

glowing late night 5k run.

Load up on neon accessories

and stickers before your run

across the beautiful Brighton

seafront to get your medal in

this vibrant and unique race.

Info: blitzrun.com

Theatre

Mon 5 - Sun 14 Jan

Brighton Centre, Kings

Road, Brighton, East

Sussex BN1 2GR

Holiday on Ice: Time

With spellbinding visual

effects, stunning costumes by

Michael Sharpe, music featuring

Coldplay, Bublé, and Seal and

talented director/choreographer

David Liu leading a cast of

highly skilled skaters, this

holiday extravaganza takes

audiences through a journey

in time, exploring the most

treasured memories of our lives.

Entry: From £22

Info: brightoncentre.co.uk

Thurs 25 Jan - Sat 3 Feb

Chichester Festival Theatre,

Oaklands Park, Chichester,

West Sussex, PO19 6AP

The Jungle Book

This colourful new adaption

of Rudyard Kipling’s family

classic by Jessica Swale is an

unforgettable adventure with

music by Joe Stilgoe and

direction by Max Webster.

Entry: £10

Info: cft.org.uk

Sun 28 Jan 2pm

Hazlitt Theatre, 36 Earl

Street, Maidstone ME14 1PP

Little Red

Riding Hood

A playful pantomime


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Entry: £13.50,

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Mon 29 Jan - Sat 3 Feb

The Marlowe, The Friars,

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Of Mice and Men

This brand new production of

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Q, The Crucible, American

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Entry: £12.95 - £37.75

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Workshops

Sun 14 Jan

Art of Mine, Little Budds

Farm, Coldblow Lane,

Thurnham, Maidstone,

Kent ME14 3LR

Silver Clay

Jewellery Making

This beginners’ workshop

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beautiful pieces of silver

jewellery using a special silver

clay produced in Japan.

Entry: £100

Info: thisartofmine.co.uk

Sat 20 Jan 10.30am - 12.30pm

The Huguenot Museum,

95 High Street,

Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX

Colour & Stripe

Workshop with

Margo Selby

A yarn winding workshop

exploring stripe, colour, palette

and proportion to develop a

confident, instinctive approach

to colour with the support

of some basic theory.

Entry: £20

Info: huguenotmuseum.org

Sat 20 Jan 10am - 1pm

RSPB Pagham Harbour

Visitor Centre, Selsey Road,

Sidlesham, Chichester,

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Bird Watching

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This series of 5 monthly classes

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Entry: £10 per class, RSPB

Members £8, Whole Course

£40, RSPB Members £32

Info: rspb.org.uk

Sat 27 Jan 10am - 3.30pm

Maidstone Museum & Art

Gallery, St Faith’s Street,

Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LH

Introduction to Silk

Screen Printing

Learn this new skill for 2018

with Rachel Moore guiding

you through basic principles

and techniques. The museum

collections will provide inspiration

as you experiment with papercut

stencils. One metre of fabric

and a tote bag are provided to

print onto, but you can also

bring your own materials to

try something different.

Entry: £47

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Jane looks ahead to 2018’s new arrivals

The New Year means new arrivals

at Coopers Farm. Don’t think

we have to wait until spring

for the action to start. It’s all go as

soon as the decorations are down.

First out of the stalls will be the Queen

Bee. She will have stopped laying around

the end of October and spent the winter

in the hive being surrounded by a cluster

of worker bees who feed her honey

and shiver to keep her warm. Once the

evenings get a little longer,

around late January, she will

start laying again with the

first new bees of the season

hatching three weeks later.

Next will be the hens.

Our hens are old-fashioned

breeds, Buff Sussex, Red

Sussex and Speckled Sussex,

big blousy birds as opposed

to the much smaller modern

brown hybrid chickens.

The latter have been bred

to lay an egg 365 days a year and also

never go broody whereas our girls have a

very different agenda. Come September,

production grinds to a halt – technically

known as coming off lay – and doesn’t

start again until the days begin to draw

out in early January. (They’re quicker off

the mark than the queen bees.) But blow

me down if their tiny bird brains don’t

soon turn to thoughts of motherhood and

before long some will start going broody –

sitting tight on their eggs so that they hatch

“Our hens are

old-fashioned

breeds – big

blousy birds as

opposed to the

much smaller

modern brown

hybrid chickens.”

into chicks. Luckily they don’t all opt for

motherhood, so as long as Phil the cockerel

obliges, a happy compromise is reached

with eggs and chicks all round by Easter.

Then come the lambs which arrive from

early March. Last October as the evenings

drew in the two rams went in with 60

odd ewes (about the most two could cope

with). The rams were fitted with raddles –

harnesses that hold in place a wax crayon

between their front legs. When the ewe

comes into season they will

mount her and leave a big

waxy mark on her rump.

And by changing the

colour of the wax crayon

every couple of weeks we

know the order in which

they will lamb. This year

it will be orange, green

and then – new to us – a

rather fetching purple.

Next up Malcolm

the scan man arrives to

not surprisingly scan them to determine

whether they are having a single, twins

or triplets. We have a handy can of sheep

friendly spray paint to hand and mark

them up with a blob on their shoulder

for singles, a blob on tail for twins and a

line down the spine for triplets. So come

March when it all kicks off in the lambing

shed, if there’s a problem that calls for

investigation (rubber gloves job) at least

you know whether you’re dealing with

four legs, eight or, heaven forbid, twelve.

The cows were scanned last summer

and the vet is able to pretty accurately

determine how far in calf they are. So

the first will arrive mid-March which is

convenient because whoever is on the allnight

lambing shift can also keep an eye

on the cows, leaving the other person to

have a cosy night of uninterrupted sleep.

The only animals on the farm that

don’t participate in this seasonal birthing

bonanza are the pigs. No daylight hours

nonsense for them, the sows will come

into season at the drop of a pin, any time

of the year and also as soon as you wean

their last batch of piglets. Imagine!

By the time we’ve worked our way

through all these arrivals we’re pretty

exhausted but right now the anticipation

is wonderful. Happy New Year.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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