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HOUSE OF THE MONTH
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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Sale ends 31st January 2018*
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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...
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
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.
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
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.
FIT ENERGY SAVING WINDOWS
FOR A COSY HOME THIS WINTER
Elwyns have been supplying a choice of beautiful windows, doors and
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Light up your home
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Discover lovely things for you and your home in our amazing lifestyle store.
An inspiring selection of home furnishings, fashion and accessories sourced from around
the world offers something for everyone in your life. Park outside the door, shop, then
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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
“and the new baby, Elle, was imminent, so we
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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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room with ‘Crittall-style’ windows and French doors
amassed in their big city days, which clearly took
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Right: A large spread-winged owl, digital
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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.
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
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
dramatic and alluring light of all has become the central
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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
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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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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
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
her, visit beautybible.com and perfumesociety.org.
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Alison Derrick of BeeInspired Natural Skincare shares her beauty secrets
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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
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I wear Mac ‘So Chaud’
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best ethically but I love the
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red and the fact that it
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What’s your ultimate
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my early 20s, but recently
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Whizz up 1 cup of shelled
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Or gin, always gin!
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with colourful scarves, my
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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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Here three Bella Vou patients share their own personal stories with you, in their own words
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Anna, 54, Concept Facelift & Necklift
“I bumped into an old friend of mine recently and I was surprised
that she looked years younger than when I’d last seen her. She confided
that she’d had a Concept Facelift under local anaesthetic at Bella Vou a
few days before. I was amazed at how natural her results looked and how
quickly she had healed with no bruising.
I’d been researching various forms of facelift for several years, as I
was keen to address my sagging jowls and jaw line. After seeing my friend’s
phenomenal results first-hand I booked a consultation with Mr Nakhdjevani
without a second thought!
The administration of the local anaesthetic was the only uncomfortable
part of surgery for me; the actual procedure was a ‘doddle’. I spent most of
the time chatting and laughing with Amir and my lovely nurse.
Now I feel like a new woman and would highly recommend Amir to
family and friends. The entire experience has been fantastic and I’m over
the moon with my results, I feel so much more confident and happy with
Leanne, 36, Eyelid Surgery
“Although I am still young, my sagging eyelids have always made me
look older than my years and I was sick of being told I looked tired even
when I didn’t feel it! I’d tried all sorts of non-surgical procedures to freshen
up my eyes, but nothing seemed to work and I started to investigate surgical
After reading many positive reviews of Bella Vou on independent sites
like RealSelf, I made an appointment to see surgeon Rohit Seth. From the
moment I arrived, I instantly felt at ease and the staff were all welcoming,
friendly and professional. Rohit spent a lot of time with me, explaining the
procedure fully and answering all of my questions. I felt really confident
that I was in very safe hands.
I cannot recommend Bella Vou’s beautiful clinic, the staff or surgeons
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many people have commented on how well I look, without even realising
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Louise, 47, Revision Surgery
“I was referred to Amir for major revision surgery following a botched
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tummy tuck was an unmitigated disaster as I was left with ugly scars and
a huge bulge in my pubic area, which was almost like having a third breast.
Needless to say I was absolutely distraught with the results of my first
I don’t deny it was a big decision to choose a surgeon whose name I
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Serves 8 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 35 mins
• 1.2kg pork tenderloin
• 3tbsp grainy mustard
• 140ml apple juice
• 4tbsp balsamic vinegar
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• 30g butter
1. Preheat oven to 190˚C.
2. Trim the tenderloin and spread mustard along
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celeriac and Potato Gratin.
Serves 8 Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes
• 1kg celeriac, peeled
• 1.2kg potatoes, peeled
• 6 sprigs of thyme, pulled
• 300ml double cream
• 300ml full fat milk
• 20g butter
• 60g Gruyère, grated
• salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 180˚C.
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Serves 8 Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes
• 500g panettone, sliced
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• 300ml double cream
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Jo Arnell warms up the winter garden with
fragranced seasonal blooms
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.
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
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looking to impress with scent rather than size, try the hard to
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order to enjoy their scent, or even cut some to bring inside and
add to winter arrangements. The fragrance is usually held within
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fragrances when their leaves are bruised or crushed. Some have
the typical conifer type foliage, but Cupressus macrocarpa (the
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Scented plants are best grown in a sheltered place, or at least
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Just how popular do student exchanges prove
to be, and what are the benefits of choosing
to study abroad. SH finds out...
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.
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
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How do students apply for an exchange? During the summer
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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
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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
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In addition to gaining an appreciation of other cultures,
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They return to school in the UK with unique knowledge
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What type of feedback do you get from students and host
schools? Feedback from both pupils and host schools has
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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
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What are they? A ‘Forest School’ is an outdoor learning
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Why do parents like them? Our parents recognise
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Why do schools like them? The sessions are great fun but they
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How do they work following the traditional school
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Why do parents like them? The outdoors is a wonderful antidote to
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Why do schools like them? The outdoors provides an opportunity
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Susan Elkin stresses the importance of mental health awareness in schools and at home
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
we should be telling and showing them that every day.
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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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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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, email@example.com
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.
Find our more at pmw.co.uk
With more than 45 years of experience, we pride ourselves on our ability to
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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
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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
Richard Hearne at Whitehead Monckton on 01580
767532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
Sat 27 Jan 7pm
Denbies Wine Estate, London
Road, Dorking RH5 6AA
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.
Sat 27 Jan 7pm – 12am
Hartsfield Manor, Sandy Lane,
Betchworth RH3 7AA
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
Tues 12 Dec – Sun 7 Jan
New Victoria Theatre, The
Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre,
Woking GU21 6GQ
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
Tues 26 Dec – Mon 4 Jan
10am – 4pm
Polesden Lacey, Great
Cat’s Grin Theatre company
visits the Edwardian house as
Maggie Greville’s fabulous 30s
Christmas party continues after
Christmas for the first time.
Sat 13 & Sat 20 Jan 7pm
Farleigh Golf Club,
Warlingham CR6 9PE
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
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
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
Sat 13 Jan
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,
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
Entry: Stalls £15, Circle £12
Thurs 18 Jan
WWF UK, The Living Planet
Centre, Brewery Road, Woking
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.
Mon 22 Jan 12pm
Hampton Court Palace,
Molesey, East Molesey
Lee Prosser discusses his role as
Curator of Historic Buildings.
Entry: £8 including lunch buffet
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
Entry: £57, SWT members £45
Sat 20 Jan 10.30am – 1pm
The Lightbox, Chobham Road
Woking GU21 4AA
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
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
Entry: £68, Members £54
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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.
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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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
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.
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– on Instagram @coopersfarm
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