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The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

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Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes


January 2018


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January 2018












Maggie Alderson’s property picks


Fill your diary with hand-picked

events going on around Surrey


A contemporary barn conversion

with a bright outlook


Emulate Tanya and

Richard’s clean, airy style


A stunning apartment by interior

architect Daniel Hopwood


Achieve sleek style inspired by

our second featured house


Kate Watts chooses cosy casuals

for a chic winter wardrobe









Jo Fairley’s natural picks



Discover this month’s

beauty secrets



Let Sarah-Jane Holt show you

how in our first instalment...


Juliet Bidwell’s recipes for

seeing in the New Year


Jo Arnell explains how to

scent a garden throughout

the cold snap


The benefits of student exchanges


SH investigates the appeal

of forest schools

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Susan Elkin emphasises the importance

of pupils’ mental health awareness


Seeking legal advice in January..?


Find out...


Find out who’s here to look

after our furry friends


Win a dog-friendly break

from PetsPyjamas


Jane Howard looks forward to some

new arrivals at Coopers Farm



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Surrey’s ‘Best New Apartments’ hit Guildford for six!

Cricketers View, winner of the Surrey

Property Awards for ‘Best New

Apartment Development’, offers a

collection of 25 stylish one and two

bedroom apartments in the heart of

Guildford with views towards one of

the largest cricket clubs in the county.

Nestled on a quiet residential lane

and neighbouring the historic River

Wey, homes at Cricketers View

boast contemporary design with

open-plan living spaces, integrated

kitchens with AEG appliances

and high quality specification

throughout. Each apartment comes

with private outdoor space with the

provision of a balcony or patio and

allocated underground parking.

Guildford’s atmospheric town centre

is less than a ten-minute walk away,

where the cobbled High Street offers

a healthy dose of retail therapy and

top-class restaurants. Residents can also

enjoy a scenic stroll along the River Wey

and appreciate the idyll of the Surrey

countryside. At the bottom of the road

is Dapdune Wharf, an award-winning

National Trust visitor centre which tells

the story of Guildford’s waterways.

Cricketers View benefits from easy

accessibility to the A3 and excellent rail

transport links and Guildford railway

station is less than a 15 minute walk

away. Frequent journeys to London

Waterloo are around 35 minutes,

to Reading in 30 minutes and to

Portsmouth in just under an hour.

Prices at Cricketers View range

from £380,000 to £550,000.

To register interest and more

information, phone 01372 225007

or visit www.shanlyhomes.com



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An exquisite collection

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• An exquisite collection of just sixteen

luxurious brand new homes which include

a premium specification

• Offering the best of both worlds; surrounded

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• Or we could sell your current home for you

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3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes

from £975,000

Selling from Charters Estate Agents,

40 Downing St, Farnham GU9 7PH

01483 667 305


Photographs and computer generated image show typical Linden homes. Interiors may include optional upgrades or extras available at additional cost. *On selected homes only.

Subject to status, terms and conditions apply. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. We reserve the right to refuse Part Exchange or Assisted Move. Price and details

correct at time of going to press.

tel. 01483 268 555

www.rogercoupe.com I Open 7 days a week

3 Bank Buildings, High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8BB

Wanborough Lane, Cranleigh

£950,000 Freehold

An outstanding newly built Sussex Barn style home

situated on the semi-rural fringes of the village

• Reception / Dining Hall • Cloakroom • Triple Aspect Living Room

• Kitchen / Breakfast Room • Study / Family Room

• Utility Room • Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower

• Guest Bedroom with En-Suite Shower • Bedroom Three

• Family Bathroom • Oak Framed Double Garage

• 10’ x 8’ Garden Shed • Landscaped Garden

tel. 01483 268 555

www.rogercoupe.com I Open 7 days a week

3 Bank Buildings, High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8BB

Farn Brakes

Church Street, Rudgwick RH12 3EJ

Farn Brakes is a small private close of just four properties built

by Cranfold Developments, a well respected local company,

with a reputation for building high quality homes.

3 4

For sale are a pair of 4 bedroom dissimilar semi-detached houses

with an impresive specification that includes:

• Double glazing • Remote electric garage doors • Traditionally designed kitchen

including Microwave, Electric double oven, Induction hob with extractor hood,

Fridge/freezer, Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Amtico flooring

• Underfloor heating to ground floor • Pre-wired for telecom, television and satellite

• Oak stairs • Built-in wardrobes to main bedrooms • Turfed rear garden

• Paved pathways and patios • External lighting • Full 10 year NHBC guarantee

Plot 3: £695,000 • Plot 4: £645,000

For further details call Roger Coupe on 01483 268 555

PLEASE CALL 01372 459357

Imagery of Great Oaks. Travel time approximate only. Price correct at time of press.

Register your interest.

Please call 01372 225 007 or visit shanlyhomes.com

Stunning apartments

from £380,000

An exclusive collection of luxury 1 and 2

bedroom apartments close to the heart

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Offering views over Guildford Cricket

Club with the train station within

walking distance.

Contact us on 01483 577167

to view our Show Apartment

• Secure underground parking

• Less than half a mile to great shopping

• Lifts to all floors

• London Waterloo only

34 minutes away by train

• Award winning apartment





Computer generated image of Cricketers View. Internal photography of Cricketers View

Show Home. Travel times approximate only. Help to Buy terms and conditions apply.

Price correct at time of press.

Horsham Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8DY

Start the new

year in style

Imagery includes optional

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Turn your New Year’s resolution into a reality

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These stunning 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes have been finished

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One incentive per purchase. Please speak to a Sales Advisor for further details on Part Exchange or Help to Buy. Show Home photography.

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A NEW YEAR, A distinct STYLE


sophisticated living, perfect

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From the moment you enter your front door at Belvedere Court,

you will be struck by the extraordinary attention to detail from

Antler Homes. Every aspect of your new home has been carefully

considered, to offer you an excellent environment in which to enjoy

daily life. There are top of the range integrated appliances in the

kitchen, contemporary white sanitaryware in all bathrooms and

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• A collection of high specification executive

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superb transport links

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New and refurbished 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 bedroom

homes from £450,000 to £1,350,000

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01420 384 192


Photographs and computer generated image show typical Linden homes. Interiors may include optional upgrades or extras available at additional cost. *On selected homes only.

Subject to status, terms and conditions apply. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. We reserve the right to refuse Part Exchange or Assisted Move. Price and details

correct at time of going to press.

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Welcome to

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Lynwood Village, an award-winning

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is designed to make life easier for over 65s.


If you live at Lynwood Village you can relax all winter long, knowing

you’ll be safe and warm with company and support at hand.


Our beautiful, spacious apartments are extremely well

insulated. Low-energy electric heating means you’ll be cosy

all winter without running up huge bills.



If it’s too cold to go out you can still enjoy Lynwood Village’s many

facilities and daily activities, they’re all under one roof and you can

access everything without having to venture outside.


To arrange a visit and to view available properties, contact us.

Call: 01344 874250 Visit: lynwoodvillage.co.uk

Email: sales@lynwoodvillage.co.uk

Retirement community and Care Centre operated by Ben - Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund. Lynwood Court, Lynwood Village, Rise Road,

Ascot, SL5 0FG. A charity registered in England and Wales (no.297877) and Scotland (no.SC039842). A company limited by guarantee, registered in

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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. And I do mean new. A brand spanking

new build, never sullied by another owner. What more exciting

way could there be to embark on this latest chapter of life?


1. Kings Oak

Where? Kings Oak is situated in a

superb location on Warren Drive inside

the Kingswood Warren development, a

short walk from Kingswood village, with

45 minutes rail links to London. M25

Junction 8, is under two miles to the south.

For golfers, Kingswood Golf and Country

club, Surrey Downs, Walton Heath and

the RAC golf club are all close by.

What? A brand new grand period

style home built to exacting standards,

with an overall footprint of approximately

5500 sq ft laid out across three floors.

The galleried reception hall provides an

impressive entrance, leading onto a living

room, dining room, study and family

area within the kitchen/breakfast room.

The first floor has four sumptuous

double bedrooms all en suite, the master

with dressing room. On the second

floor there are two more bedrooms

and a family bathroom. There is also

a games room and a cinema room.

How much? Kings Oak is on the

market at £2,750,000 in the hands

of Fine & Country, Kingswood.

01737 361014 fineandcountry.com









2. Leith House

Where? Leith House is part of

the Alexandra Gate in Reigate’s town

centre, with picturesque streets offering

independent boutiques, high street

chains, traditional butchers, pubs, cosy

teashops, bistros, bars and restaurants.

There are several beauty spots in walking

distance: Colley Hill and the North

Downs Way and Reigate Heath. From

Reigate station it’s 45 minutes to London

Bridge or Victoria. M25 Junction 8 is

accessed at the top of Reigate Hill.

What? A spectacular five-bedroom

detached home in the neo-Georgian style

offering over 3,100 sq. ft. of stunning

accommodation. Features include

an open plan kitchen/dining room

with bifold doors onto a beautifully

landscaped south facing garden, and

five double bedrooms, three en suite.

There is also an air-conditioned cinema

room and gym. The garage is integral

with a remote-activated rolling door.

How much? Leith House is

marketed by Savills, Guildford. Guide

price £1,595,000. 01483 796824

/ 01483 796805 savills.com

3. Knowle Hill Park

Where? Knowle Hill Park is a topend

development by Millgate, of grand

two and three-bedroom apartments

set in a magnificent 45-acre private

estate in Cobham, one of Surrey’s most

desirable villages. Surrounded by acres

of secluded private woods and parkland,

it’s five minutes drive to Cobham &

Stoke d’Abernon station, then just

over half an hour to Waterloo.

What? Set over four floors in one

elegant building, accessed via a gated

private driveway, all the apartments are

designed to the highest specs and range

from 2,300 to 3,200 sq ft, all with at least

one large terrace. Plot 10 (pictured) opens

into a spacious hall and then through

double doors to a large kitchen/living/

dining area with access to the terrace.

There are two bedrooms, both en suite,

the second opening to the terrace, with

a guest cloakroom and utility room.

How much? Apartments range

from £1,695,000 to £2,450,000. Plot

10 is £2,200,000, via Knight Frank.

01932 860546 millgatehomes.co.uk

4. Linley House

Where? Linley House is located within

Weybridge Park, a small gated private

estate of only 94 houses set in 18 acres with

mature trees and hedgerows, less than half a

mile from Weybridge train station (London

Waterloo 30 minutes) and less than 1 mile

to Weybridge centre, with its vibrant shops,

boutiques and restaurants. Just a few minutes’

drive away are some notable beauty spots;

Painshill Park with its antique follies, Bushy

Park, home of roaming wild deer since Tudor

times, Virginia Water Lake and wonderfully

rugged heather strewn Oxshott Heath.

What? A luxury home by Octagon with

its white-columned portico entrance and

distinctive six panel grid sash windows, the

Palladian exterior evokes classic Georgian style.

Accommodation is arranged over three floors,

with light pouring into the vast open plan

kitchen/living/dining space, through the wide

fold back glass doors opening onto the deep

rear terrace and landscaped southeast facing

gardens. Additional living areas include a formal

sitting room, dining room and study. Upstairs,

there are four double bedrooms and five

bathrooms, with an additional double bedroom,

shower room and large playroom/media

room or 6th bedroom to the second floor.

How much? Linley House is

priced at £3.25 million. Call Curchods

on 01932 843322 octagon.co.uk

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Say hello to the new SQ5

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Starting from £51,200

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39.8 (7.1) Combined 33.2 (8.5). CO2 emissions (g/km) 195.

The mpg figures quoted are sourced from official EU-regulated test results obtained through laboratory testing. These are provided for comparability purposes only and may not reflect your actual driving results.


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Brand new storage units, perfect

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The Annual Sale is here

Visit us in store now and discover all the fine deals.

Sale ends 31st January 2018*

of Guildford

8a Tunsgate, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3QT

Email: guildford@bang-olufsen.co.uk

Web: www.bang-olufsen.com/guildford

Tel: 01483 457900

*Offers available on a limited number of products and display models while supplies last.



Flutterby Photos...

RHS Garden Wisley’s Glasshouse blossoms into colour and life

from Saturday 13 January as over 50 species of exotic butterflies

will fly freely throughout. In celebration there will be a butterfly

drawing competition, themed treats in the Café and food hall,

and a fantastic photography workshop with photographer

Adrian Davies. This morning workshop boasts exclusive access

to the Glasshouse before it opens to the public on Thursday 25

January and will cover the techniques, equipment and image

processing required to capture the butterflies’ delicate beauty. To

find out more and book your place visit rhs.org.uk.



Exhibitions & events

near you this month...

Snood Times...

If you feel inspired by our warm and wintry fashion

pages this month and would like to learn a new

skill for 2018, then Farnham Maltings has got the

perfect workshop. On Saturday 27 January designer

and stylist, Paula, of Brighton based Cocoon &

Me, will be on hand to guide you through using

a cosy chunky yarn and a simple pattern to make

your very own snood. All the basics will be covered

including the knit stitch, tension stitch and

garter stitch. If you’d like to find out more visit


Eastern Influence...

Explore the dialogue between east and west from

Saturday 13 January to Saturday 24 February at

New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. The Eastern

Influence exhibition features the works of Tim

Andrews, Adam Frew, Hendrike Barz-Meltzer

and Nao Fukumoto O’Neill who were all brought

together by shared expression of the oriental arts.

Find out more at newashgate.org.uk.

2018 Wedding...

For all those looking to tie the knot in the new

year, visit The Runnymede on Thames’ stunning

open day on Sunday 7 January to experience this

elegant riverside venue as dressed for a wedding.

This modern hotel and spa has two beautiful

suites which are fully licensed for civil ceremonies

with infinite dining and entertainment options,

overnight accommodation and a team of dedicated

wedding planners on hand. For more details and

booking visit runnymedehotel.com.

Watch This Space...

In recent years fine timepieces have achieved strong

results in Sotheby’s sales as collectors seek out high

quality vintage and modern wristwatches. The

above piece for example, a 2008 Patek Philippe

platinum chronograph, sold for £125,000. In this

vein, Sotheby’s International Realty in Cobham will

be holding a watch valuation day on Wednesday

24 January, in which specialist Joanne Lewis

will be offering free appraisals. For details and

appointment bookings visit sothebysrealty.co.uk or

email lisa.porter@sothebysrealty.co.uk.

Burns Night...

Celebrate Burns Night with a delicious four course

meal at Hartsfield, a Victorian manor set in 16 acres

of Surrey countryside in Betchworth. On Saturday

27 January, this grand supper will be served with

options including cock-a-leekie soup, scotch whisky

panna cotta, the obligatory haggis and a few haggisfree

options too such as beef bourguignon or seared

sea scallops. Visit hartsfieldmanor.co.uk for more

information and bookings at £30 per person.

A Fine Vintage...

Visit Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking on Sunday 28

January for the New Year Vintage and Collectable

Fair with over thirty exhibitors stocking beautiful

goodies from the 20s to the 80s. The Garden

Room and Ranmore Suite will be decked out with

a fantastic range of jewellery, clothing, objets d’art,

vinyls and china and the Conservatory Atrium will

be open for refreshments. Entry and parking are both

free. For more information visit denbies.co.uk.

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Elwyns have been supplying a choice of beautiful windows, doors and

conservatories throughout Surrey and the South East, for over 54 years.


Discounts * will continue to be available on certain products throughout January 2018.


T. 020 8647 2268 www.elwyns.com


Terms and Conditions apply. *Discounts apply only to certain products, ask for details.

Orlestone Oak

Tailor-made Oak Joinery and Oak Flooring













www.orlestoneoak.co.uk 01233 732179

SHOWROOm Open mOnday tO FRiday 9am-5pm, SatuRday 9am-12pm

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Opening Times: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 1pm

Guildford Flooring Co Limited, One Acre, Aldershot Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3HQ

01483 232 640 www.guildfordflooring.co.uk

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Light up your home

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a bright and spacious family home before moving on to an apartment

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We’ve edited Get the Look pages at the end of each article to help you

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Juliet Bidwell’s tasty trio of recipes is sure to be a crowd pleaser

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collection of layering essentials and discover something

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into the children’s playroom, with a comfy sofa, plenty of toy storage and one wall of map of the world wallpaper

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

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Right: A large spread-winged owl, digital

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This page: The shutters in all the bedrooms

were already in place when the couple moved

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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.

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 team

at Studio Hopwood took the legwork out of it for them, as

Mike explains: “Their office did hours of meticulous – and

probably tedious – work researching and sourcing. I came

back for meetings every 6 weeks or so and probably had

about 5 meetings and 3 site visits.” The turnaround from

approved concept to finished project was impressive, especially

considering that everything had to be taken up to an apartment

on the second floor. “They started work in December 2015

and were finished by the following May,” says Mike.

Much of this smooth running process was down to the

construction team, a company called PSP Project Ltd.

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The linear brass inlays are picked up as

a theme on the walls too, which are also

made from grey stained oak. The golden

lines serve to unite and streamline the space,

running across the ‘hidden’ doors to the

bedroom, bathrooms and a storage area.

“Those guys were exceptional – meticulous and detailed. If

it didn’t work, it was stripped out totally and re-done,” says

Mike. “Of course you pay for it, but you get value for the

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

the job was finished, so they basically came back in September

and did any snagging and any minor readjustments then

– once we had lived with things for a while. There weren’t

really any, but they are still in touch now, two years on,

and would come and sort anything whenever we asked.”

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

combination of Daniel Hopwood’s vision, together with the

superlative finishes that brings the whole interior together.

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’,

as he would call it, works as an independent area, but also as

part of the whole. “In order to maximise the available space,

Dan talked us into doing away with the second bedroom,

so that we could have two generous bathrooms and a larger

hall.” This also means that there is no need to scrimp, or

compromise. The result is that nothing looks out of scale

and the proportions of each room are luxuriously spacious.

With the overall idea of proportion and scale in his

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

mind, Daniel also put in carefully sectioned

suspended ceilings. Along with lowering the very

high ceilings, this had the practical advantage

of hiding the services and, Mike says, “it also

delineated the different areas, helping to divide

one large space into a hall, living room and

kitchen.” Cleverly, this ‘zoning’ occurs at ground

level too, as the floor surfaces change and align

with the ceiling sections. The kitchen tiles

are made from porcelain; the look is quarried

limestone, but very functional, with none of

limestone’s disadvantages. A herringbone of

oak, stained to match the kitchen floor tiles,

subtly indicates the change from kitchen space

to living room, together with a thin brass rod

that runs exactly parallel to the ceiling panel

above. The linear brass inlays are picked up as

a theme on the walls too, which are also made

from grey stained oak. The golden lines serve to

unite and streamline the space, running across

the ‘hidden’ doors to the bedroom, bathrooms

and a storage area. The attention to detail here is

sublime – it is almost impossible to tell where the

doors are, and the entrance way, with its artful

piano coat rack is wonderfully uncluttered.

There is also plenty of stylish trickery going

on with storage in this property too. It has all

been designed to maximise space, but has had

to add to the overall aesthetic; everything has

been very carefully chosen to work together and

create one seamless look. There is a Bulthaup

kitchen, which is deceptively large for a one

bedroomed apartment. Mike smiles, “we had

enough kitchen to go into a medium sized

house, but it fits beautifully in this space.” I see

no sign that it is an actual kitchen. “It is easy

to put things away,” he stresses, “because there’s

enough space; there are plenty of cupboards, and

most of the time there’s only the two of us.”

Adjacent to the kitchen there is a desk unit that

holds a safe, a printer – basically a whole office

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Above left: A herringbone of oak, stained to match the kitchen floor tiles, subtly indicates the change from kitchen space to living

room and bedroom Above right: What appear to be quarried limestone floor tiles are actually porcelain – very functional, with none

of limestone’s disadvantages

in one small cupboard. In the bedroom there are other ingenious

solutions to prevent any potential clutter. There is a wall at the

end of the bed with storage behind that also serves to make a

partitioned dressing area. Caroline even has a ‘pop up’ dressing

table with a mirror that folds cleanly down into a base unit.

The streamlined look 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. The lights – well, the lights are the exception and have

become works of art or design classics, so serve as focal points

as much as anything else. 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!” And (how

luxurious is this?) the mirrors are also heated so that they don’t

steam up. On the panel above the bed there is a pair of slinky

and iconic Serge Mouille lights from the 1950s, but the most

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advantage of hiding the services and, Mike says, “it also delineated the different areas, helping

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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.

feature of the apartment – a magnificently organic and sculptural

chandelier by Lyndsey Adelman. It is one of her ‘Branching

Bubble’ series and hangs with elegant poise above the dining

table. This chandelier totally transcends the classic design

mantra ‘form follows function,’ becoming a pure work of art.

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

their numerous pieces are shown off to good effect by the

muted colour scheme in the open plan area of the apartment.

The paintings in the bedroom contrast beautifully with the

bedroom wall, which is a pure, strong blue. Vibrant accent

colours are used elsewhere in the apartment, too – to draw

the eye and to break up the neutrals. A deep orange vertical

panel is particularly appealing (this is a favourite colour

of mine, but I must learn from Mr Hopwood that less is

more…). The restrained, seamless look is enhanced by using

a limited colour palette across different textures and finishes.

And by making sure that they encompass all areas, the elegant

Minotti furnishings look effortlessly at home, and all the

other details have been chosen to reflect the overall scheme.

The entire apartment exudes a highly groomed and

understated atmosphere of both comfort and self assured

poise. Creating such a space from a stripped back concrete

box, or ‘shellout,’ calls for a large shellout of another kind,

but the results speak for themselves. It is a truly fabulous

apartment. Having gone through the whole design and build

process with the team they employed, would they recommend

it? “Yes,” is the firm response. “But you really need to move

out completely until the work is done. Be prepared not to

be present.” The couple have achieved exactly what they

wanted, and more. “I have now come to see the merits of

really good design and contract work,” says Mike. “Overall

it was like doing a Grand design,” he pauses and smiles “...

without the hair pulling stage.” A measure of true success.

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Josephine Fairley gives her edit of the best natural products available


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

our acts, cutting out sugar from the diet, taking on

the 10,000 steps-a-day challenge – and/or changing

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

the product you’re buying is truly organic – which will

eliminate a long, long list of synthetic ingredients, while

also ensuring ingredients are sustainable (as opposed to

derived from petrochemicals) – is to look for certification.

That might be from the USDA Organic, or Soil Association,

Ecocert or COSMOS, the Europe-wide standard. (And in

fact, most European products now carry both their local

certification symbol and the COSMOS mark.) Beware

of ‘fake’ organic labels – unlike in the food world, there’s

currently no law stopping beauty companies splashing the

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

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

as to whether a symbol’s genuine, resort to Google.

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

start by saying I’m not actually a ‘chemi-phobe’. I tend to

think that our risk of developing diseases like cancer has

much more to do with what we eat and our stress levels (not

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

this or that on our faces or bodies. But I like to know where

my food comes from – and I like to know where my beauty

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

planet through my beauty choices. I also just plain love, love,

love the power of botanicals, whose skin-and-hair-boosting

credentials go way back to the time of wise women, in many

cases. Only now, via clever extraction and formulation

techniques – which have got way cleverer even since my

time on that committee – these products rival anything the

mainstream, ‘conventional’ beauty brands have to offer.

But where to start? First off, check out what has just

become my favourite new brand – full stop. Austin Austin

is a father-daughter duo offering (so far) fabulously scented

treats for hair, hands and body – and at affordable prices, too.

I’m frankly loving the washes and lotions, but my favourite

is the glorious Neroli & Petitgrain Body Cream, £14 for

120ml, which is now centre-stage on my bedside table for

generous late-night slathering. Eye-catching, almost Jean

Cocteau-esque line drawings on the packaging mean this

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range doesn’t look like anything else out there – and I can’t

wait for them to add facial skincare to their repertoire.

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

meanwhile, you can’t do better than Neal’s Yard

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

award-winner which just walked away with a Gold Beauty

Bible Award in the Multi-Purpose Balms category (for a

full run-down of results, visit beautybible.com). I don’t have

room to list the many and various beauty challenges this

rises to, but near the top of the list, for me, is its ability to

melt away make-up and leave skin super-soft, when used

in combo with a good old muslin cloth. While you’re at it,

check out the ever-growing Frankincense range from Neal’s

Yard: state-of-the-art anti-ageing skincare which has also,

down the years, wowed Beauty Bible’s diligent testers.

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

to smell – and Bamford’s are sublime: highly sophisticated

aromatherapeutic blends, which are infused into luxe textures

(and at luxe prices, I should probably add). Perfect for winter

skin is a duo of products in the Restore-Rejuvenate range:

Restore Elixir facial oil, £75 for 15ml, which sinks in fast

yet plumps skin with just a drop of two of the rosehip-oilbased

blend, and the ultra-rich, glow-getting Nourishing

Mask, £70 for 45ml, offering a texture that’s like whipped

cream, packed with shea butter, repairing cotton thistle

extract and lashings of hyaluronic acid, among the other

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?

The answer? absolutely. And as New Year’s beauty resolutions

go, it’s one I’d like to see every beauty-hound make.

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

books – and for more beauty and fragrance updates from

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Alison Derrick of BeeInspired Natural Skincare shares her beauty secrets

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do you have a beauty

regime? Mornings I wake

myself up with a ‘chemicalfree’

shower followed by a

light cream for my sensitive

skin. We’ve created a

gentle Calendula Cream

so I’m tending towards

using that everywhere.

I prefer the natural look

and don’t wear foundation.

On high days and holidays

I use a dry face powder

to lightly flatten any

redness, with blue smudgy

eyes and bright lips!

Night-time sees a quick

Pass the parsley

As we approach the hungry

gap in the vegetable garden,

it’s worth remembering that

parsley can be so much more

than just a garnish. A parsley

plant will last a full year in the

garden, overwintering before

setting seed the next summer,

and it’s high in vitamins K,

C and A, plus folic acid and

beta carotene. Elevate parsley

from the side of the plate to

splash of water with

our gentle beeswax soap

and more Calendula

Cream followed by

Lavender Hand Cream

which helps me sleep.

do you have a particular

product you couldn’t live

without? My SOS for

stings, occasional break

outs and skin issues is

our Propolis Cream as it

knocks most things on

the head. I am feeling

hugely evangelical about

propolis and how clever

the bees are in producing

this amazing ingredient!

I wear Mac ‘So Chaud’

Lipstick – perhaps not the

best ethically but I love the

intensity of the hot orangey/

red and the fact that it

doesn’t need reapplying.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? My recent

guilty pleasure is having

my eyebrows threaded by

a lovely beautician and I

feel liberated! I stopped

the painful plucking in

my early 20s, but recently

realised that if I’m to age

gracefully I need to look

a little more groomed!

Pampering takes a back

the centre with this winter

pesto which is quick to make,

packed full of goodness and

perfect with a bowl of pasta

on a dark January evening.

Whizz up 1 cup of shelled

walnuts, 2 cups of fresh

parsley, ½ cup of grated

cheddar and ½ cup of extra

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oil in the food processor.

Add black pepper to taste.

seat as I garden for two

days a week along with

running and developing

BeeInspired. My dream

pamper day would include a

massage, yoga, a manicure/

pedicure or perhaps a

drawing/painting session.

Or gin, always gin!

Who’s your style icon?

Difficult question! I love the

casual tailored look typified

by Margaret Howell, and

Audrey Hepburn’s chic

glamour and poise, with

her ability to retain her

lifelong distinctive style.

I have bought favourite

unique pieces at artisan

fairs, from designers such

as Terry Macey. I favour

a boxy classic artisan

style, in natural fabrics

often blues and greys

with colourful scarves, my

weakness, all reflecting my

life as a designer-maker.

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January: Home Workout

Exercise for 30 seconds, followed by a 30

second rest, and repeat each exercise 4 times.

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1. Squat – With feet just wider than

shoulder width, make sure your knees

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back up, take a deep breath in, breathe

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A New Year, A New Look,

A New You

With every new year, most of us make New Year’s resolutions to improve ourselves, from living a healthier lifestyle, losing

weight or quitting a bad habit. If you are feeling a little bit self-conscious about your appearance or you don’t feel very good

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“I bumped into an old friend of mine recently and I was surprised

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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 path-side 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.


Daphnes are the ultimate winter plant. Many 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.

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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

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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

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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

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them in a vase of water. In a couple of days – sometimes

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as if an early spring has sprung in your living room.

It is tempting to hunker down and stay inside at the moment,

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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. SH 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.


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.


“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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Sutton Valence School

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

SH 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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the outdoors to extend learning and play beyond the classroom

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

well-being through the outdoors, encouraging happy and healthy

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

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

competitive den building evening. Great fun was had by all!

Why do schools like them? The outdoors provides an opportunity

to bring the curriculum alive and to explore the potential of the

(free!) natural materials around us. For example, our Nursery have

created fairy gardens and made potions, as well as enjoyed a bear

hunt (or two) in the woods. Reception classes have discovered

who laid the egg in the forest (it was a dinosaur!), noticed

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

including building resilience, confidence, independence,

risk-taking and collaborative learning. Qualities such as openended

problem solving, have-a-go attitudes and a space in which

to trial ideas without worrying about making mistakes, are all

valuable formative experiences for our children’s future lives.

How do they work following the traditional school curriculum/

assessments? Staff are encouraged to be creative when delivering

learning opportunities; they weave in activities to cover set objectives

while engaging the children’s interest and developing important

life-skills and knowledge. If we can nurture a sense of wonder and

encourage our children to appreciate the natural world around them,

as future leaders at any level they will have a heightened awareness and

empathy for our special, yet vulnerable planet. Therefore the outdoors

has the potential to support a holistic learning and global change.





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Healthy Minds


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

school would have a mental health first aider. At present,

some schools have a counsellor but many do not and, in

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.

They don’t have to have a dozen top grade GCSE passes, a

perfect body or a beautiful face for life to be meaningful. And

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Know Your Rights

SH 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

Simon Lewis, CEO of Chartered Financial

Planners Partridge Muir & Warren

When and how can you begin to save

for your child’s education ?

If there were two pieces of advice I would give any parent, or

grandparent, when it comes to planning for school fees, it’s firstly

start as early as you can. Private school specialists tell us that many

parents, even before a child is born, are arranging places at the

schools of their choice. When it comes to school fee planning,

you have to have the same foresight and determination.

Private education is more popular than ever in the UK,

with over half a million children attending just over 1300

schools. However, funding such an education is the tricky

part. Figures suggest that the cost of a private education

has increased by over 20% within the last five years.

So, when it comes to how you can begin to save for your

child’s, or indeed grandchild’s education, there are three main

ways that people can provision for the cost, from a lump sum,

creating a savings scheme, or paying from a regular income.

Much will depend on the level of risk that a person wants to

take. For example, with a lump sum, you might want to invest

in shares, with a potentially increased upside, rather than keep

it as cash and get a minimum return (as interest rates look to

remain low for some time). Same with income, if you start

early enough, you could have a ten year fund (before they start

senior school) with which to invest and make some decent

returns. But, as with any investment, there is a risk. All will

have tax implications for the individuals

involved, so care must be taken.

Which leads me to the second

piece of advice and, well, I would

say this, wouldn’t I, but go and see

a professional financial adviser.

Given the amount of money

involved and the number of

pitfalls that await you, it’s best to

get good advice from day one.

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The most common reasons to use

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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

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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

to appoint as your Attorneys and how they should act.

It is strongly advised that professional advice is sought to

ensure that the documents are drafted in the best possible

way and that all pros and cons are thoroughly discussed.

Not having an LPA in the event of incapacity

can leave your family needing to face applying

to the courts to manage your affairs, which can

be both a lengthy and expensive process.

To discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney further, contact

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What’s On In January


Until Sun 11 March

Kew Gardens, Royal Botanic

Gardens, Kew, Richmond


Rebecca Louise Law:

Life in Death

Rebecca Louise Law’s most

intricate large-scale artwork to

date examines our relationship

with flowers through her

personal collection of plants and

flowers which have been dried

and preserved over six years.

Entry: Included with entry to Kew

Info: kew.org

Burns Night

Sat 27 Jan 7pm

Denbies Wine Estate, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

Burns Night

Denbies Wine Estate is

celebrating Burns Night with

a traditional Scottish Ceilidh

band, sparkling wine and a

classic four-course meal with

haggis, neeps and tatties, wine,

live entertainment throughout

and, of course, a wee dram.

Info: denbies.co.uk

Sat 27 Jan 7pm – 12am

Hartsfield Manor, Sandy Lane,

Betchworth RH3 7AA

Burns Night

Enjoy a delicious four course

meal at this Victorian manor

set in 16 acres of Surrey

countryside. This grand feast has

options including cock-a-leekie

soup, scotch whisky pana cotta,

the obligatory haggis, and a few

haggis-free options too such as

beef bourguignon and seared sea


Entry: £30

Info: hartsfieldmanor.co.uk


Tues 12 Dec – Sun 7 Jan

New Victoria Theatre, The

Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre,

Woking GU21 6GQ

Robin Hood

It’s not too late to see a seasonal

panto at the New Victoria

Theatre where Shane Richie

stars as Robin Hood. The

show is full of comedy, action,

adventure and plenty of glitz

and glamour.

Info: atgtickets.com

Tues 26 Dec – Mon 4 Jan

10am – 4pm

Polesden Lacey, Great

Bookham, Dorking


1930s Party

Cat’s Grin Theatre company

visits the Edwardian house as

Maggie Greville’s fabulous 30s

Christmas party continues after

Christmas for the first time.

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Sat 13 & Sat 20 Jan 7pm

Farleigh Golf Club,

Warlingham CR6 9PE

January Christmas

Party Nights

If you missed out on the

Christmas festivities or just

want another helping, Farleigh

golf club are offering Christmas

Party Nights in January with

arrival drinks, a three course

meal, and DJ until midnight.

Entry: From £29

Info: 01883 627711 /



Fri 19 Jan 6pm – 9pm

Swan Barn Farm, Black

Down Estate, Collards Lane,

Haslemere GU27 2HU

Winter Wassailing

Learn the ancient rite of the

Wassail at Swan Barn Farm

for a good 2018 apple harvest.

This evening of superstition

and spirit warding includes a

procession with flaming torches,

singing, and a toast of last year’s

Wassail Ale.

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk


Sat 6 & Weds 20 Jan & Sat 3 Feb

Newlands Corner, Drove Road,

Guildford GU4 8SE

Fitstuff G3 Series

A 13 year old hilly run with

tough cross country routes is

well worth the effort with its

finishers’ medals and infamous

homemade brownies and


Info: aat-events.com


Sat 13 Jan

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,

Millbrook, Guildford


One Winter’s Night

An evening of live acoustic

performances from local singers

and songwriters including Harry

Millar, Elle Fountain, and The

Imaginary Hat, all in aid of two

wonderful charities.

Entry: Stalls £15, Circle £12

Info: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk


Thurs 18 Jan

WWF UK, The Living Planet

Centre, Brewery Road, Woking

GU21 4LL

Pledge for the Planet

This talk with Hermione Taylor,

founder of The DoNation aims

to inspire visitors with small

lifestyle changes you can make

to create a big impact on the

environment and encourage

others to do the same.

Entry: £5

Info: wwf.org.uk

Mon 22 Jan 12pm

Hampton Court Palace,

Molesey, East Molesey


Lunchtime Lecture

Lee Prosser discusses his role as

Curator of Historic Buildings.

Entry: £8 including lunch buffet

Info: hrp.org.uk


Tues 16 Jan 10am – 3pm

Nower Wood Educational

Nature Reserve, Mill Way,

Leatherhead KT22 8QA

Willowmaking & Yoga

A relaxing dual workshop to

help you unwind after the

holiday season. Learn to turn

willow into a candle holder or

bird feeder to take home and

then after a light lunch, enjoy a

deeply relaxing and meditative

yoga session.

Entry: £57, SWT members £45

Info: surreywildlifetrust.org

Sat 20 Jan 10.30am – 1pm

The Lightbox, Chobham Road

Woking GU21 4AA

Turner’s Techniques

in Watercolour

Join local artist Robin-Lee

Hall to explore J.M.W Turner’s

working methods in watercolour,

looking at his colour palette and

technique to paint a landscape

inspired by the Turner in Surrey

exhibition which runs until

Sunday 4 March.

Entry: £25, Friends £22

Info: thelightbox.org.uk

Thurs 25 Jan 8am – 12pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane, Woking GU23 6QB



Photographer Adrian Davies

leads this morning workshop

with exclusive access to the

Glasshouse before it opens to

the public. The workshop will

cover the techniques, equipment

and image processing required

to capture the delicate beauty of

tropical butterflies.

Entry: £68, Members £54

Info: rhs.org.uk

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press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next

issue of Surrey Homes for only £15!

Please supply up to 50 words that

should include date, time, venue, and

any entry price to whatson@

wealdentimes.co.uk or send with

payment (cheques payable to JPS

Media) to What’s On, Surrey Homes,

Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone Street,

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF. Surrey

Homes reserves the right to edit text

to fit space allocated. If you would like

your event listing to be accompanied

by a full colour reproduction (42.5 x

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Dog Friendly

SH catches up with three organisations that look

after the needs of our beloved pets

The Holiday Company:

Denise Elphick from PetsPyjamas

What type of breaks do you offer?

We offer unique dog friendly breaks which can be

booked directly through our dedicated Pet Concierge

who advise customers on the perfect pet getaway for

every breed and budget. Every dog receives a free

personalised pet travel kit with every booking.

The Charity:

Elianne Reed from Animal Angels Global

Why did you decide to start the charity? After my

science degree, my aim was to do a Masters in Veterinary

Epidemiology and then work for a large animal charity. After

seeing the huge amount of stray dogs in Spain however, I

decided to start my own charity, starting by rehoming longterm

shelter dogs.

What’s the charity’s aim? To rescue animals in urgent

need and to continue with our neutering and education

programmes in developing countries, through our new

programme NeuterAid. We also have an emergency food

programme for street dogs in the UK and overseas.

How do you fund your work? We are finding it very difficult

at the moment. All of our work is reliant on voluntary

donations and currently we are struggling to commit to our

2018 programmes due to lack of funds.

Can people rehome dogs through the charity? Yes – through

our two rehoming programmes, Nobody Wants Me forgotten

animals, and Breton Spaniel Rescue.

How can people help? We urgently need help with

fundraising, PR and our website as well as business

development. We have helped over 5,000 animals but need

more volunteers to be able to continue with our expansion.

Find out more by emailing info@animalangelsglobal.org

or call 07716 864447.

Where can I travel to with my dog? You can travel

anywhere in the UK with PetsPyjamas, to France and

beyond. Our team can advise on the most suitable place

for your dog whether it is a five star hotel, boutique

hideaway or coastal cottage. We have unique deals or our Pet

Concierge can devise a tailor-made doggie trip for you.

Do you offer hotels AND cottages? Yes we offer hotels

– from five star to stylish pubs with rooms and B&Bs

as well as country houses and a range of cottages.

They are all handpicked for their dog friendliness,

with lots of extra treats for your dog and where

they will receive as warm a welcome as you.

What’s your favourite dog friendly stay? I loved my recent

stay at an old abbey, the Abbaye de la Bussiére, in Dijon. It’s

really gorgeous and Rufus and Heidi got a fabulous welcome.

I also adored Cliveden where the dogs became ever

so slightly grand to match the hotel vibe and the

Cary Arms in Devon with their beautiful

luxury beach huts and where the dogs swam in the sea!

How much extra does it cost to take my dog? Dogs go free with

PetsPyjamas and we like to encourage everyone to take their dog

away with them. My dogs just love their holidays especially if

they involve lots of country walks or runs on the beach and they

make our holiday much more fun too!

Denise Elphick is Co-founder and Creative

Director of PetsPyjamas.com. A former travel

journalist she travels extensively with her two

Norfolk Terriers, Rufus and Heidi, who are the

Pet Inspectors visiting PetsPyjamas’ extensive

range of dog-friendly properties. Recent visits

have included a hotel in Suffolk, an Abbaye in

France and a cottage in the Cotswolds.

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the food company: Natural Instinct

What are the benefits of feeding your dog raw ingredients?

Despite the many years of domestication and the evolutionary

changes that have occurred as a result of this, the domestic dog

is still designed to process and benefit from a raw meat and

bone based diet. The dog’s dentistry for example is designed

for nipping, tearing and crushing/macerating meat and bone

and has no side to side grinding ability that is needed for plant

fibres. The gut is short and the stomach small with strong

acid which is adapted to high meat and bone based diets

and not for the breakdown and fermentation of high starch

and plant fibre based diets. Even though the domesticated

dog largely uses humans to supply their food, they have

never learnt to cook and never get excited about a field of

corn… other than when a rabbit is running through it!

What should I feed a puppy up to 8 months? Puppies grow

rapidly and have a developing bone structure and thus have

a higher calorie requirement than adult dogs. There is breed

variation in growth rates and so for the very small toy breeds

and the very large giant breeds in particular, owners should

seek additional help (Natural Instinct are happy to advise)

to ensure that the particular needs of the individual are met.

As a general rule puppies should be fed 5-6% of their body

weight per day divided into several meals per day depending

upon their age. Puppies’ weights should be checked regularly

as they grow and the amount fed adapted to keep the growth

rate steady, as either can have consequences on an adult dog’s

health. Natural Instinct produces puppy recipes from weaning

paste all the way through to the introduction of puppy food.

Does a working dog’s dietary requirements differ from a

domestic pet dog? Working dogs will generally have a higher

energy requirement than more sedentary dogs and will be

subject to more wear and tear on the musculoskeletal system

for example. The diets for working dogs need to be calorie

dense, easily digested and especially supportive of the joints

and muscles. The diet for these dogs also has to pay attention

to supporting the nervous system and brain, which is essential

for top class working dogs. Natural Instinct’s Working Dog

range is perfect for active dogs and includes an added boost

of Vitamin C to support their hardworking lifestyle.

What bones or treats are safe to give my dog? Non weightbearing

bones of natural prey animals are the ideal bones for dogs.

Remember that whilst a lamb might be suitable for a Rottweiler,

it would not be suitable for a Chihuahua. Dogs must be taught

how to use their dentistry to crush bones if they have not been

raised with other dogs that can teach them. Avoid feeding a ‘clean’

bone and use e.g. a quarter chicken carcase, so that it has to be

worked on properly with the teeth. Bones should not be fed until

a dog has adapted to handling a raw meat and crushed bone diet

and never if the dog is on antacids or other medications that

prevent normal stomach acid or gut motility. Natural Instinct

offer a wide range of bones and dehydrated treats for dogs.

What are the benefits of probiotic treatments?

The gut flora is an important part of a dog’s immune system

and an essential part of good digestion and utilisation of food.

Probiotics can help support the dog’s gut flora especially at

times of stress such as when transitioning onto a new diet

e.g. when transitioning from processed to raw diet, following

antibiotics, after surgery or at any other time of stress. Natural

Instinct’s Zoolac Propaste helps aid improved digestion.

For more information visit their website naturalinstinct.com,

telephone 01276 608500 or email retail@naturalinstinct.com

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Safe, raw food feeding is not about

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Win a dog-friendly break

up to the value of £250

Love to get away but hate the thought of leaving your

four-legged friend behind? If like many dog lovers,

some of your best times are spent with your hound

then here’s your chance to make new memories in style, with

a truly dog-friendly holiday through PetsPyjamas.com.

PetsPyjamas are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a dogfriendly

break of their choice up to the value of £250, plus a Canine Traveller

Kit gift box for their dog! Take your pick from more than 2,000 dog-friendly

hotels, cottages, country houses and B&Bs around the UK and Europe,

many with exclusive packages, inclusive deals and fantastic doggie extras.

Having sent over 12,000 owners and 15,500 dogs on breaks since

PetsPyjamas’ official launch in 2014, the company knows all about

creating holidays with the extra bow-wow factor. So, let their expert

Pet Concierge team find the perfect getaway for you and your dog.

How to enter: For your chance to

win a dog friendly break, just answer the

following question: When was the official

launch of PetsPyjamas? Enter your answer

with your contact details* in the online form

at surrey-homes.co.uk/competition or post

to: The PetsPyjamas Competition, Surrey

Homes, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent

TN17 3HF by 31 January 2018. The prize

will be issued as £250 travel gift vouchers.

Gift vouchers cannot be exchanged or

refunded for cash. PetsPyjamas.com is under

no liability for replacement or refund

should vouchers be lost, stolen, damaged or

destroyed whether they have been redeemed

or not. Furthermore, we reserve the right to

refuse any vouchers that have been modified,

damaged or defaced. Gift vouchers are only

valid with a unique voucher code. Gift

vouchers are valid for one travel break and

valid for 12 months. *All entrants’ details will

be passed on to PetsPyjamas and Wealden

Times Events. Please let us know if you

do not wish your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Christine Burford who wins our November competition for Beer For A Year from Shepherd Neame

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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


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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