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AND SO TO BED...

Maggie Alderson finds houses

with hideaway bedrooms

FEBRUARY NOTEBOOK

Interesting things to take note of

this month around the Weald

KALEIDOSCOPE EYES

A set designer’s Margate

house is a technicolour riot

of colour and pattern

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by Amy Exton’s

masterly mix up

TOWN & COUNTRY

Caroline and Simon Kyriazis

created a contemporary home,

preserving all the original

Victorian features they love

GET THE LOOK

Mix rich textures with

chic neutrals, as in our

second feature house

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MIGHTY OAKS

Bespoke oak-framed buildings

go up fast – and look like

they’ve always been there

DOORS OF PERCEPTION

First impressions count,

so make your home’s

entrance is fabulous

BOXES OF DELIGHT

Try before you buy with

beauty sample boxes

says Josephine Fairley

NATURE’S BOUNTY

Get the update on February’s

latest health and beauty news

GET FIT FOR SPRING

IN THREE MONTHS

The second instalment of

Sarah-Jane Holt’s programme

HOMEMADE WITH LOVE

A romantic Valentine’s dinner

that doesn’t take all day to make

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READY STEADY... VEG!

There might be a whiff of spring

in the air, but hold off from

planting veg warns Jo Arnell

BIRDS AND BEES

It’s time for schools to rethink

sex says Susan Elkin

WHAT’S ON

Find out...

COMPETITION

Win an overnight stay at Denbies

Wine Estate, with lunch,

tours and a case of wine

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard is concerned about

the state of Britain’s trees (and

all the deer aren’t helping...)

WEDDING

SUPPLEMENT

31 pages of

gorgeous

inspiration for the

most special day.

After page 110.

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

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Cranbrook School Catchment Area

TENTERDEN £949,950

Substantial Grade II Listed oast in farm hamlet setting

Three reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast room

· Six bedrooms (one ensuite) · Family bathroom ·

Enclosed gardens · Triple cart lodge with workshop

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Far reaching countryside views

HORSMONDEN £895,000

Stunning detached Victorian family home

Two reception rooms · Kitchen/dining room ·

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(one ensuite) · Family Bathroom · Grounds

approximately 1.5 acres · Triple garaging · EPC: F

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StaplecroSS

A Grade II listed country house with cottage & excellent leisure facilities

· 4 Reception Rooms · Kitchen · 6 Bedrooms · 4 Bathrooms · Self contained

cottage · Barn inc Swimming pool · Tennis court · Outbuildings · Circa 3 acres

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Guide price £1,400,000

StaplecroSS

Recently extensively renovated to a high specification, a period country house

flanking open fields to the rear · 3 Reception Rooms · Kitchen/Breakfast Room

· 4 Bedrooms · 2 Bathrooms · Double Garage · Approaching 1 acre of Gardens

and Grounds · EPC D

Guide price £885,000

Frittenden

A deceptively spacious and inviting period cottage in the heart of the village

with rural views · Cranbrook School catchment · 3 Reception Rooms · Study

Area · Kitchen/Breakfast room · 4 Bedrooms · 2 Bathrooms · Landscaped

gardens · EPC E

oFFerS in exceSS oF £650,000

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Guide price £625,000

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A delightful semi-detached period cottage amid enchanting gardens affording

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In the heart of the village, a picturesque Grade II listed end of terrace

residence, close to amenities & railway station · 3 Reception Rooms · Kitchen

· Cellar · 4 Bedrooms · 2 Bath/Shower Rooms · Pretty Rear Garden with

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Winchelsea, East Sussex - £275,000

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And so to bed...

Maggie Alderson finds homes with hideaway bedrooms.

February always feels like a cheat. We’re well over a month

past the shortest day, but it somehow always feels darker

and gloomier than January. Maybe it’s because Christmas

is over, but the memories of the festive season linger on, in the

form of a spare tyre round the middle and a credit card balance

so overinflated it wakes you up in the middle of the night.

Searching around for reasons to be cheerful, Easter seems

a long way off (and alarmingly fattening) and February’s

traditional ‘holiday’, Valentine’s Day can be problematic, if

you happen to be single, or not talking to your other half

as a result of the aforementioned credit card statement.

So there’s only one thing for it: spend

as much time as possible in bed.

Even if you don’t have a wall-mounted bedroom telly, the dream

team of an iPad with Netflix and all the TV channel catch-up

sites, means you can watch some of the best television ever made

from the comfort of your duvet-snuggled nest. While snacking.

The amazing Feud, with Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon

as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis would cure any malaise.

Extended waking-hour bed dwelling has never been

more enjoyable, so why not choose your next home

with a really splendid master bedroom as your main

priority? Here are four houses that fit the bill.

Where? Stede Court sits in a rural elevated

position on the south slope of the North Downs

within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty, with outstanding vistas across the Weald

to Sussex, Romney Marsh and the Channel. The

property is set on the rural periphery of the village

of Harrietsham with its primary school, shop, pub

and station with links to three London stations in

just over an hour, and excellent links to the M20.

What? A magnificent unlisted Palladian style

mansion with Tudor, Victorian and mainly Georgian

architectural styles which reflect its history. Providing

in excess of 9,200 sq ft of accommodation with

exceptional entertaining space and lofty ceiling heights.

All principal rooms afford spectacular vistas over open

countryside and a plethora of splendid architectural

features have been retained. The accommodation is

extremely flexible, currently providing five reception

rooms, indoor swimming pool and eight bedrooms.

The master suite comprises a spacious bedroom with

wide curved bay, dressing room and luxurious en suite

bathroom, with double basins, claw foot bath and

marble tiling. Outside are beautiful park-like grounds

with sweeping lawns, clipped box hedging, topiary

and well filled shrubberies, herbaceous borders and

evergreens creating colour and interest throughout

the seasons, and numerous specimen trees.

How much? £2,250,000

Stede Court is on the market with Jackson-Stops,

Cranbrook 01580 720000 jackson-stops.co.uk

(This house is co-listed with Strutt Parker,

Canterbury, see details on next page).

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2. Lillesden Park

Where? Lillesden Park is set within 28

acres of picturesque rolling countryside,

on the outskirts of Hawkhurst, within

walking distance of The Moor, a

highly sought-after location displaying

charming period buildings and open

playing fields. A popular community

village, Hawkhurst has excellent local

shopping, plus a Waitrose and a Kino

independent cinema. The nearest station

is Staplehurst (20 minutes) from where

it’s just over an hour to Charing Cross.

What? A Grade II listed French

Gothic mansion built in 1853 for Henry

Lloyd, a co-founder of Natwest Bank, it

has been divided into fourteen unique

apartments, converted to a very high

spec, with large windows overlooking

the surrounding countryside. The large

sitting room is at entry level, with stairs

down to the kitchen/breakfast room,

plus playroom and shower room. On

the first floor are three bedrooms, all

en suite. The master bedroom has a

bathroom and generous dressing room,

and wonderful views from the bed.

There are 28 acres of landscaped gardens,

bicycle storage and allocated parking.

How much? Lillesden Park is on the

market with Peter Buswell at £1,050,000.

01580 755565 peterbuswell.co.uk

3. The Manor Barn

Where? The Manor Barn occupies

a private position in the sought-after

parish of Harbledown, 10 minutes from

Canterbury. Trains from Canterbury West

reach St Pancras in under an hour, or a

choice of London stations are just over

an hour from nearby Faversham. Dover

and Eurostar terminals are also handy.

What? Originally a disused barn dating

from the 1300s in the grounds of the

adjacent Manor House, the conversion was

undertaken in consultation with renowned

architect, Sir Thomas Croft. The kitchen,

with double height ceilings and walk-in

larder, adjoins outside decked terraces that

link seamlessly with the internal space.

All the reception areas enjoy views over

the garden and across the lake, with the

southern elevation glazed along its entire

length. There is a cinema room with a

cocktail bar and wine cellar. On the first

floor are two large en suite bedrooms, with

dressing rooms and seating areas, with

three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the

ground floor. Landscaped gardens, are by

a RHS award-winning team with separate

accommodation and a summerhouse.

How much? The Manor Barn is

marketed by Strutt Parker, Canterbury

with a guide price of £2,450,000.

01227 473720 struttparker.com

4. Ellisfield

Where? Ellisfield is situated in the parish

of Barming, in a much sought-after semirural

lane location position in a prestigious

suburb location on the fringes of Maidstone

town. It’s 10 minutes to East Malling station,

then under an hour to London Victoria. The

M20 motorway network is 10 minutes.

What? Over three levels, this is a

deceptively spacious ‘Tardis’ house offering

flexible living accommodation in an

extended, recently refurbished interior.

There are four bedrooms, one with an en

suite shower room and the master bedroom

boasts a large decked terrace offering

stunning countryside views. A shower room

can be found on the first floor and a family

bathroom on the ground floor as well as

a sitting room and a dining room with

double doors to a large decked terrace, with

views directly over the garden. The kitchen/

breakfast room has an adjoining utility room

and staircase to the lower ground level with

a fabulous garden room with bi-folding

doors to the garden, a play-room and a

large utility/laundry room. The property

is set in approximately a half an acre plot

with a well-maintained rear garden.

How much? Ellisfield is on with

Fine & Country, West Malling with a

guide price of £750,000. 01732 222272

fineandcountry.com

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Editor’s

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Welcome to February’s issue. This will be the last

month I’ll be involved with for a little while, as

maternity leave means I’ll be leaving the magazine

in the very capable hands of Maggie Alderson. I have to

say, I am thrilled to be able to include Amy Exton’s pretty

incredible Margate house in my final issue. Jam-packed with

every colour imaginable, she has created a photographic and

film location that, unsurprisingly, has caught the eye of many

a music video producer across a varied range of genres.

Our second house shoot focuses in on pared back elegance

as we explore Caroline Kyriazis’ Victorian townhouse.

Working with, not against, the darkness of some of the

rooms, she has created a cosy, welcoming and stylish

family home whose ever-evolving decor she documents

pictorially to her rapidly growing Instagram following.

For our wedding supplement, Kate Watts has sourced

some beautifully individual gowns and accessories.

With a vampy twist and sleek silhouettes they’re just

perfect for those longer winter and spring evenings.

If romance is at the forefront of your mind this month, take

a look at our Valentine’s Day recipes created by the talented

mums behind Simply Nutritious Delicious. Anna and Mandy

have worked with scallops, lamb and meringue to deliver a trio

of exceptionally tasty dishes that are sure to be a hit on 14th.

Enjoy your Wealden Times and see you

soon. Over to you, Maggie!

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Previous pages & above: Amy has hand painted her unique and colourful designs, sourcing a good deal of her furnishings from

Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite junky and there’s a lot of mid-century stuff around the place.” The bright

pink sofa came from the Yard in the Old Town

The sky is leaden and it is pouring with rain as I

drive past the quaintly named Sea Bathing Hospital,

then along the seafront towards the giant shed

on the beach that is the Turner gallery. We’re in not-sosunny

Margate where an incoming tide of creative energy

is steeping the town in art and contemporary culture. In

drab late winter sadly it is mainly hiding indoors. By the

time I reach Amy Exton’s house in Cliftonville I’m more

than ready for a little colour. Amy opens the door and I

come out of the rain – and into the blue. A bright and

brilliant cobalt blue. It is like stepping from grey old Kansas

into technicolour Oz. Oh my! As Dorothy might say.

The dazzle continues as we head out of the blue hallway

and into the kitchen diner. On one side there is a black and

white monochrome kitchen area, a sensible practical space,

but on the other it’s definitely playtime. Kitsch, glam, and

joyous, this is Acid House meets Hilda Ogden (except that

Amy is far too young to be that familiar with the eponymous

style queen). There are lions and tigers and leopards (not

bears). Opposite the kitchen there’s a huge mural of a beach

scene and on the adjacent wall and ceiling she has created

and hand painted her unique and colourful designs.

Amy studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins before

becoming a set designer for fashion and music videos in

London. She has designed and decorated this house to be

a location. Appealing as a set for photo shoots and videos,

it is also a proper, functioning home. Amy explains: “I

wanted to get into interiors and I lived with someone

who had a location house in London – it was on a 1930s

scheme, basically because they bought it from someone

elderly and they hadn’t updated the decor, so it was all

original.” She was able to experience how they let it out

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This page: In contrast to the green of an amazingly shaped cabinet, Amy has painted the sitting room in coral, choosing

silver for the ceiling “to lift the peachy look and stop it looking sticky.”

for fashion shoots and saw the potential for having

a location house of her own. It tied in well with her

growing knowledge of set design. “So I thought I’d

marry the two together and have some fun with it.”

She started to look around for a house and made the

move from London to Kent eighteen months ago. “I

like the seaside and had thought about Margate,” she

says. “And I even think I must have seen this place


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This page: Tropical birds and foliage feature on the upholstery of another sofa,

alongside a neon light and a large spray-painted canvas which rests against one wall

somewhere – it all stuck in my head

and then a year later I came back down

and it was still on the market.” Built in

1902, the house is a tall centre terrace;

all the properties around it were once

part of a hospital and are arranged

in a horseshoe shape around a useful

off-street parking area. Amy’s house

was part of a children’s tuberculosis

ward. “When you look at the top of

the doors you can see safety glass,”

Amy explains, pointing upwards to the

top of the high door, where she has

disguised the municipal looking glass

with a delicate wooden screen. “It’s

been changed around quite a bit, but

it has lovely high ceilings.” Previously a

rental property, the interior was bland

and unloved when she moved in. A

blank canvas. “Yeah, very beige,” she

says. “Brown carpets everywhere. It

was kind of gloomy. It is a naturally

dark house, most of it is north

facing. The colour makes it cosier.”

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This page: The staircase is a riot of pink and orange and is home to

an Elvis bust spray painted by Amy the day before our visit

Amy confesses that some of the

colourful cosiness has evolved because

the building’s history has made the

place seem a little creepy at times,

something not helped by local tales.

“Some neighbours told us they thought

there was a ghost child here,” she

remembers. “And then that night there

was a lot of noise. It was coming from

the roof, but we thought it was from

all around us.” She pauses, smiling.

“It turned out to be seagulls, but it

freaked us out for a little while – I’m

not superstitious, but I went extra

colourful just in case.” Let’s hope that

ghosts only like the gloom, and exorcism

by paint is the answer. By that adage,

absolutely no ghosts could live here.

No structural work was needed, but

Amy knocked through the kitchen

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This page: Amy has used ferns and evergreens to bring a slightly Victorian parlour overlay to the look of the bathroom, despite its

bright pink walls

wall to the dining area and put in a new kitchen and

bathrooms. The kitchen units are from Ikea. “They were the

cheapest, and the most interesting of the ones I looked at.”

Painted black, the grain of the veneer still shows through

the paint and gives them a textured look. “IKEA units are

all the same,” she adds, “so you can change the cupboard

doors and put different handles on. Black and white work

well with the rest of the scheme, but to be honest, not many

shoots feature the kitchen.” The kitchen is possibly going

to be put to use in another venture, as Amy would like

to start running a supper club in the evenings with Annie

Nicholl of Annie’s Larder. “The kitchen is an important

space, as cooking is the main thing I like to do,” she says.

They are starting with a Valentine’s evening this month.

A varied range of clients have already used the house and

courtyard garden as a location. “I’ve been surprised at how

well it’s gone so far,” she says. “It’s mainly fashion shoots and

music videos – pop, rap, grunge. The pop people like the

saturated colours, rap are darker and use smoke. Once when

I got home, there was a man standing in the bath with a

fish.” She laughs. “Apparently it was part of a grunge video.”

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Above: The walls of the bedroom have been painted a deep teal colour. “I was worried when I painted this room, as it came out much

darker than I thought it would, but now the furniture’s in, it looks okay,” says Amy

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She has sourced a good deal of her furnishings from

Margate. “There’s some interesting things here. It’s quite

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“It was from The Ivy club in London originally. I wanted

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Left: The bedroom’s curtains

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cobalt blue in the hallway

space where it would fit – and it looks OK.” If you didn’t

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I went along,” she says. “It was all decorated in my head

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have to feel the space and live in it.” Luck also has its part

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where people could go in and take selfies. They wanted

it bold and bright. But they said no leopard print. I don’t

know whether you’ve noticed,” she pauses and grins, “but

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it too.” The work went down well, leopard print and all.

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This page: The kitchen looks out onto the courtyard

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A similar effect has been achieved with the curtains

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I thought it would, but now the furniture’s in, it looks

okay.” Amy gestures towards two chests of drawers: one

bubble gum pink and the other a bright canary yellow.

Back to pink in the bathroom, Amy has used ferns

and evergreens to bring a slightly Victorian parlour

overlay to the look. The bathroom is demure compared

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Upstairs on the landings and staircase we are saturated

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Caroline has worked with the darkness, choosing deep tones and adding little pops of colour Above: Caroline initially intended on

turning the playroom at the front of the house into a snug. The walls are painted in Pavilion Gray and Mole’s Breath by Farrow &

Ball and prints on the wall were found at Battersea Affordable Art Fair

So, what exactly have the Victorians done for us? For

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similar name, you may well know. Or, if not, its presenter

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circulated to breeders everywhere. From dogs to engineering,

from sports to space and time, the world was becoming

obsessed by standards and the rules that defined them. This

was the world of the Victorians.” Another thing that gives us

a clue about the lives of the Victorians are their houses.

Relatively ordinary on the outside – at least their proliferation

has this effect on our judgement – it’s hard to step inside

a Victorian ‘family home’ without marvelling at the sheer

scale of their interior spaces. By new-build standards, well,

there really is no comparison. At least, this seems to have

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decided to leave Tooting in south London, with their children

Tilly and Oscar, and move to Tunbridge Wells: “We love

period houses,” says Caroline. “We had a Victorian terraced

house in London and before that we had period flats.”

And it wasn’t just the era that was the same: “This house is really

similar in size and layout to our London home,” says Caroline. It’s

easy to see why they wanted something similar: high ceilings, huge

rooms, great layout and just the right amount of period detail

to give it character, but without feeling stuffy. Unfortunately for

them, the appeal of such houses had not gone unnoticed by other

house-hunters. “As soon as a suitable house came on the market,

which was not very often, it would get snapped up,” says Caroline.

Being in London did not make house-hunting any easier. “We

couldn’t get down in time and houses would sell overnight,”

says Caroline. So, they decided to enlist the help of a property

finder: “We wouldn’t have found this place without help from

Fiona Penny,” says Caroline. “She has great relationships with the

agents so knew about this house before it officially went on the

market.” It worked out well for the sellers too, as Caroline and

Simon made an instant decision when they viewed the house. “I

was standing outside and I just got a feeling. It was really weird.

I’ve had that with all of the places we’ve lived. I’ve walked in

and thought ‘I love this house’,” says Caroline. “Fiona also has a

great ‘little black book’ and helped us with everything from the

removals company, to finding swimming lessons for the kids.”

Despite finding their dream home, it still took a little

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This page: The kitchen’s bi-fold doors open out into the courtyard

garden. Caroline sourced the metal kitchen table from eBay

time for the family to settle in. “It was harder than I expected,

to start with. It’s been challenging making new friends and

building a network if, say, you need help, or someone to

watch the kids and have no-one around you.” More than a

year later, it’s as if they have lived here for years: “Tilly has

settled in brilliantly now and Oscar is at the same school, just

across the road. So, we got there in the end and I have met

loads of people through the children and various events.”

Inside the home, it is clear that Caroline has more than

settled in. A comfortable and seemingly effortless style

throughout makes it a very homely place to be: “It mainly

needed cosmetic work – we haven’t knocked down any walls.

I’ve always had a love of decoration and DIY, and I love

transforming spaces just with paint.” Various greys and dark

blues link the rooms, though few colours are identical. The

only colour that runs through the house is Railings – a ‘soft

black with blue undertones’ with which Caroline has painted

every fireplace as well as the bannisters and balustrade of the

stairwell. “I love the colours that Farrow & Ball do but I often

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Above: A brightly painted chest of drawers contrasts

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Left: Along the corridor, the family bathroom is a

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cosy, warm space. It doesn’t get a lot of natural light, so

I have gone with the darkness – then added little pops

of colour. Mustard is one of my favourite colours at the

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pride of place next to a pretty lantern window

having two separate rooms. A fashionably worn leather sofa

and a piano take pride of place in this room. “We get lots

of morning sunshine in here, which is lovely, and there’s

lots of storage to hide toys.” Storage; another great feature

of older homes, that modern houses so often lack.

In case we’re in any doubt that this is a period property, a

magnificent cast iron fireplace with dark green tiles is the focal

point of the room. Every room in the house has a fireplace, of

varying size, with jewel-like tiles surrounding it in either dark

green, blue or red. “We did look into putting a wood-burner

in the snug, but it would have meant ripping out the fireplace

and I love the fireplaces,” says Caroline. It’s easy to see why.

Leaving behind the oak boards of the downstairs, we

proceed upstairs, on thick pile carpet. The stairwell and

landings are open and light, giving a feeling of spaciousness

that is soon realised, even on the top floor. This is no

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move, into a home office, has transformed their lives almost

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What was the brief behind it?

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What materials were used in the construction?

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Can you describe a memorable recent project?

The project was to build a 7m wide oak-framed

extension with views across the Area of Outstanding

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What was the brief behind it?

The brief was to create a very open space which

enabled the client to feel connected to the natural

surrounding in all weathers and times of the year.

In order to keep the building as open as possible

large A frames were required in the roof structure

to produce a clear 7m wide open space. To preserve

as much of the views as possible large triple-glazed

panels were fitted on three sides of the building.

What materials were used in the construction?

The structure was built from a green oak frame

as the principal structure, the windows were then

constructed from triple-glazed panels and air-dried oak

boards. Due to the amount of glazing in the building

the roof and floor incorporated more insulation

than normal to achieve the U values required.

How long did it take to complete?

The groundworks took four weeks while the oak

frame was being built at the same time offsite. Once

the oak frame was delivered to site it was completed

in six weeks. This included the main oak frame, the

glazing, the production and fitting of the bespoke

doors and windows, and tiling the roof. The client

then completed the interior fit-out works themselves.

A similar project would cost from…

A similar project to the same stage of completion

and specification would cost around £60,000.

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Can you describe a memorable recent project?

A large four-bay oak-framed barn. The ground floor is

used for parking a mixture of collection cars and everyday

vehicles, with spacious living accommodation upstairs.

What was the brief behind it?

The client needed the parking bays to be wide to allow ease

of parking for large, modern vehicles. The upstairs living

space needed to be big enough to incorporate a bathroom,

kitchen and a large open living area, with adequate head

room. The customer wanted the front elevation to be

modest in appearance, to suit their personal preferences.

What materials were used?

We put in a lift to the second floor at the rear of the

building, to increase head room upstairs whilst keeping bulk

minimal to the front of the building. The main structural

frame was green oak, clad in larch, and the roof is tiled

with beautifully coloured, reclaimed, handmade Keymer

tiles. Elegant European oak garage doors were installed and

the fit-out upstairs was simple, clean and well finished.

How long did it take to complete?

The project, once on site, took about five

weeks to get the groundworks and shell up, a

further six weeks to complete the fit-out.

A similar project would cost from…

Basic prices from: groundworks £12,500 + VAT;

shell £40,000 + VAT; fit-out £20,000 + VAT.

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Wedding

Together we will create your unique, perfect day

5 Grand Designs

Eaton & Jones on a

unique engagement

ring commission

7 Bra-vo!

Luscious lingerie to

take you from I-do to

honeymoon

8 Vamp it up

Kate Watts styles bridal

fashion with a romantic

gothic twist

Mother of the

Bride, page 25

22 Spring Petals

This season’s most

desirable flowers

25 Mother of the Bride

Rebecca Cuffe’s pick of

fashion for MOBs

27 The Perfect Setting

Everything you need

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There’s something particularly

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venues’ most frequently asked questions, find out

how expert jewellers Eaton & Jones tackled a special

engagement ring commission and discover spring blooms

that grace stylish bouquets across the South East.

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Grand Designs

The jewellers Eaton & Jones talk us through a very special engagement ring commission

What’s your favourite engagement

ring commission to date? We were

commissioned to design a ring from two very

sentimental inherited rings. They were antique

pieces set with charming old cut diamonds; a

diamond solitaire and a three stone diamond

ring featuring two fantastic yellow diamonds.

What materials did the design

comprise? Together we carefully selected

which of the large old cut diamonds to use,

alongside the two stunning yellow diamonds.

The ring was a complete handmade one

off piece, made in 18ct white gold.

What was the inspiration/brief

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How long did it take to make? A

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process that should be remembered and

enjoyed! During the initial design stage

we work very closely with the

customer. This particular

commission took eight

weeks, from the very

first meeting though

to the finished ring.

A similar design

would cost from… To

handmake a ring similar to

this, using the customer’s stones,

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stones would be approximately £5,000.

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Are these agreements really worth

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Sophie Barrett

To find out more about drafting

a prenuptial agreement contact

Sophie Barrett on 01892 506249

or sophie.barrett@cripps.co.uk

for a free, no obligation chat.

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Rembo Styling Levi dress, £1360, The

Bridal Boutique of Jules

boutiqueofjules.co.uk 01304 389710;

Vintage floral spray headband, £190,

Crystal Heirlooms crystal-heirlooms.co.uk

07717 467049

Props – Hire Love, eclectic prop hire

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visit hire-love.com or contact

hello@hire-love.com / 01622 749749

WT would like to thank the

team at St Mary in the Castle for

allowing us to photograph at their

historic location in Hastings. To

find out about hiring the venue

for your own wedding or event,

visit stmaryinthecastle.co.uk, call

01424 715880 or email

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WT Wedding Supplement

Spring

Petals

WT discovers the most desirable blooms

this season as recommended by creative

florists from across the South East

Samantha Reynold from Emily&Me

“Spring is full of beautiful flowers. From well-known

favourites like tulips, paper whites and hyacinth to more

unusual anemone and ranunculus. Many popular wedding

flowers are now available all year round including roses and

hydrangea but the queen of late spring has to be the peony

with its numerous varieties and soft fluffy blooms. A good

substitute for these are David Austin Garden Roses. Here

in the Emily&Me workshop, we find that their amazing

scent and year-round availability make them perfect to

use alongside other spring flowers such as sweet peas and

cherry blossoms.”

Emily&Me, 01303 267466 / 07581 294387 emilyandme.

co.uk. Find out about Emily&Me’s new flower school at

emilyandmeschool.co.uk.

Sophie Hill from Astilbe & Sorrel

“First up, peonies; these blousy blooms look stunning

teamed with eucalyptus and outstanding on their own. I’d

choose sweet peas for their heady scent, popular in

ribbed glass jars and a pretty addition to any

bouquet, grown in a range of colours from

pastels to brights. Ranunculus pops up in

striking shades too, adding a playful punch

to bouquets and table centres. Lilac is a lavish

addition to pedestal work, bringing a scent

and style reminiscent of an English Country

Garden. Anemones are foolishly pretty and

popular amongst brides: they’re innocent

and delicate, adding interest to bouquets,

table jars and jugs too.”

Find Astilbe & Sorrel at The Walled

Nursery, Water Lane, Hawkhurst,

TN18 5DH. 01580 754825

astilbeandsorrel.com


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Fabulous

Luxury

Bouquets for

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Available for collection or delivery from Astilbe & Sorrel,

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Order now at astilbeandsorrell@gmail.com or 01580 754825

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Prices from £45.00 for hand-tied bouquets, gift wrapped

in water bubble and hand-stamped bag.

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Weddings Life Events Courses

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Telephone: 01580 852144 / 07977 142447

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Ali Langlay-Smith

from Sissinghurst Flowers

“With spring hopefully just around

the corner, we can look forward to the

seasonal flowers that are now just starting

to poke their green shoots up through

the ground. The first scent of daffodils,

hyacinths and tulips is a scent awakening

after the long winter. These fantastic fragrant

flowers are not always so suitable for wedding

flowers, unless they are in water, as they will

wilt very quickly. The most popular flowers

in spring are garden and spray roses, blossom

twigs, clematis, waxflower, trailing jasmine,

peony, lily of the valley, larkspur, astilbe and

freesias. All these flowers have a huge choice

of colour, so anything is possible. Rosemary

and myrtle are also highly scented and have

been traditionally used in wedding flowers.

Myrtle means love and fidelity – always used

in royal bouquets – I wonder whether it will

be in Meghan’s?”

For more info. on Sissinghurst Flowers

call 01580 852144 / 07977 142447

sissinghurstflowers.co.uk

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J by Jasper Conran Hat, £50,

Debenhams

debenhams.com

Katie Loxton Mother of the

Bride Pouch, £16.99

Ashton House

ashtonhouseliving.co.uk

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Miss Heart4Heart

Necklace, £170

Folli Follie

follifollie.co.uk

Alcor Hat, £625

Emily London

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M&S Collection Skirt, £49.50

Marks & Spencer

marksandspencer.com

Vintage Rose Pendant &

Brooch, £95

Bill Skinner

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Mother

of the

Bride

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Office

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Black satin cocktail dress with

embroidered bodice, £395

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Condici Dress and Crepe

Jacket, £818.95

Serendipity Fashions

serendipityfashions.co.uk

Suzannah Princess Dress Coat

Powder Blue Crepe, £1150

Suzannah

suzannah.com

Ombre Bebe

Dress, £1,250

Suzannah

suzannah.com

Red Herring, £29

Debenhams

debenhams.com

Embellished Slip

Dress, £78

Oasis

oasis-stores.com

Cherry Blossom

Drop Earrings, £75

Bill Skinner

billskinnerstudio.com

Freesia Dress, £650

Goat

goatfashion.com

John Charles London Satin

Jaquard Dress, £785

Melita of Chobham

motherofthebridechobham.co.uk

V by Very High Vamp

Point Mule, £35

Very

very.co.uk

Carla Ruiz Trouser Suit, £229

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A Magical

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Foxhills

How many guests can you accommodate? Foxhills can

accommodate up to 120 guests for your wedding breakfast

and 180 for your evening reception. There are also 70 luxury

bedrooms and suites available on site.

Can you arrange music/entertainment? Depending on what

type of entertainment you wish to have on your special day,

you can choose from our list of trusted suppliers (from a DJ

to four-piece band), or you’re welcome to source and provide

your own.

Do you have in-house caterers or can couples arrange their

own? Foxhills provides their own experienced catering team to

ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible.

Can couples bring their own wine – do you charge corkage?

Couples are welcome to bring their own alcohol, however

there is a corkage charge from £25 per bottle.

How much do your wedding packages cost? Valid until

31 May, 2018, our all-inclusive package is just £9,000 and

includes, for 70 people: a dedicated Wedding Coordinator,

menu tasting for Bride and Groom, Master of Ceremonies,

red carpet, cake stand and knife, drinks reception and

wedding breakfast room hire, two glasses of Prosecco per

person, half a bottle of house wine per person, three-course

meal and evening bacon rolls per person, Junior Suite for

Bride and Groom on the night of the wedding and private

breakfast room.

Foxhills, Stonehill Road, Ottershaw, Surrey KT16 OEL

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Frasers

How many guests can you accommodate?

We pride ourselves in being able to

accommodate small intimate weddings of

20 guests right up to grander weddings

accommodating up to 120 day guests.

Can you arrange music/entertainment?

We have a fantastic in-house DJ who works

closely with us and we can also recommend

excellent bands to suit your requirements.

Do you have in-house caterers or can couples

arrange their own? Our team of chefs create

bespoke menus to suit any wedding, from

afternoon tea and barbecues to seven-course

tasting menus.

Can couples bring their own wine – do you

charge corkage? We charge corkage for table

wine and toasting fizz.

How much do your wedding packages cost?

Packages are from £3,780.00.

Frasers, Coldharbour Farm, Barham’s Mill

Road, Egerton, Kent TN27 9DD

01233 756122

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A venue with charm and elegance,

exquisite cuisine, true quality of service

and attention to detail

Just got engaged? Memorable weddings require

a breathtakingly different venue.

Our weddings are exclusive at Bradbourne House with just

one wedding per day and include many extras such as:

• Toastmaster • Complimentary Tasting for the Couple • Red Carpet

• Parkland and Grounds • Ornate Easel • Bride’s Changing Room

Wedding Consultant • House and Room Set Up

• Selection of Table Linen • Cutlery Choices • Cake Stands and Knife

Late availability packages available,

please enquire for further information.

Visit our Wedding Showcase on

Sunday 25th February, 11am-4pm. To register your

interest, please contact 01732 897436 or email

lchalmers-stevens@baxterstorey.com

www.bradbournehousekent.co.uk

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Dale Hill

How many guests can you

accommodate? Capacity is

determined by table plan and layout,

but 120 is a fair estimate.

Can you arrange music/

entertainment? Yes, we can organise a

disco with a professional DJ.

Do you have in-house caterers or

can couples arrange their own? All

catering in-house.

Can couples bring their own wine

– do you charge corkage? We do

offer corkage should couples wish to

bring their own alcohol, at £10 per

bottle of wine, £12.50 per bottle of

sparkling wine and £15.00 per bottle

of champagne

How much do your wedding

packages cost? Our Winter Wedding

Package 2018 is £1999 all inclusive,

with a maximum of 50 guests. Other

all-inclusive packages are from £3450.

Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club

Ticehurst, Wadhurst

East Sussex

TN5 7DQ

01580 200112

dalehill.co.uk

Bradbourne House

How many guests can you accommodate? Up to 100 guests for the

ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 200 guests for the evening

reception.

Can you arrange music/entertainment? Yes, we can. We work with a

number of music and entertainment suppliers. We share our recommended

list with each couple and are happy to discuss their entertainment

requirements.

Do you have in-house caterers or can couples arrange their own? We have

a dedicated in-house catering team. The Head Chef has crafted a stunning

culinary collection, offering a wide selection of sumptuous dishes to choose

from, whether it’s the Wedding Breakfast, or Spit Roast for your daytime

guests, or a delicious selection of Market Stall Pop Up food for your evening

guests. The freshest, finest and, where appropriate, local ingredients, are

brought to life by the Head Chef and his team for you and your guests to

enjoy. Complimentary wedding tastings are available for the bride and groom

and packages are tailored to suit your requirements.

Can couples bring their own wine – do you charge corkage? Couples may

bring their own wine and spirits, however we do charge a corkage fee.

How much do your wedding packages cost? Each wedding at Bradbourne

House is tailored to the couple, so prices do vary. Our Gladstone Wedding

package for 80 guests starts from £8,600.

Bradbourne House, New Road, East Malling ME19 6DZ

01732 897436

bradbournehousekent.co.uk

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A Special

Gift For All

Mums

On Arrival

Mother’s Day Lunch

Sunday 11th March

£23

per person

Treat Mum this Mother's Day at Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club

Enjoy a 3 Course Lunch in our Beautiful Countryside Surroundings

£10 for Children under 12 years of age

Afternoon Tea With A Glass Of Prosecco

£19 per person

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Residential Package - £150 per Couple, Includes 2 Tickets

for Ladies Night, Accommodation & Breakfast.

T: 01580 200112 E: reception@dalehill.co.uk W: www.dalehill.co.uk

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Box of delights

Beauty products can be a serious investment, so

why not try before you buy with sample boxes

delivered to your door? says Josephine Fairley

Britain’s Next

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Not so long ago, pretty much the only option

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liked it was to spring for a full size. Sometimes,

you could blag a sample from a consultant at a beauty

counter, but generally only if you’d laid out for some

goods in the range, or a new product was being launched.

Result? I don’t know a single woman who hasn’t wasted

money (as in: lots of money) on skin creams that brought

them out in a rash, perfumes that didn’t suit their skin,

lipstick that was the wrong shade… And so it goes on.

So it’s no surprise that more and more women are turning

to beauty boxes to try before they buy. And whether you

spring for a one-off ‘special’ or subscribe to a regular

delivery, I think they are the very best way for beautyhounds

to trial what’s out there. Beyond that, they’re great

for women who don’t love the process of beauty shopping;

you get new launches and classic products delivered

right to your door by the postie. No sensory overload in

a department store. No dithering at a counter, unsure

of what to buy. And no more beauty mistakes, ever.

So here are some great ways to box clever…


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The Velvet

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Perfume Society

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Birchbox (birchbox.co.uk) declares itself to be the UK’s No.1

beauty box, and has tapped right into the current buzz for

‘personalisation’, via a questionnaire which identifies your

beauty issues and your style (are you a fashion-forward beauty?

Classic? Adventurous?). Then for £10 a month, you’ll receive

targeted samples, and get to pick one full-size product.

You can start with just one, no-commitment box, right

through to £110 for a yearly subscription (so that means

one box free). The brands to expect? There are dozens,

from Balance Me skincare through to Benefit via Paul & Joe

and Percy & Reed (the portfolio is listed on their site).

Latest in Beauty (latestinbeauty.com) offers the chance to

build your own box – you choose exactly which and how

many products you’ll receive each month, after browsing their

selection of 200+ treats for face, body, hair. Simply choose

your favourite products and it’s £9 a month for the Beauty

Novice (three products), £15 for the six-product Enthusiast

level, and £18 for the Beauty Guru, all with free p&p.

Latest in Beauty also do some fantastic collaborations

– from the Britain’s Next Top Model box (destined to

thrill a make-up obsessed teenager) through to the Good

Housekeeping Beauty Edit, featuring 12 of the stalwart

magazine’s beauty faves. These boxes are individually priced

(the value of the Top Model box is £120, for just £30).

If you’re more drawn to natural products, you might

want to check out the LoveLula Beauty Box– £13.95 a

month (recurring), focusing entirely on the organic and

natural brands featured on the lovelula.com website.

One recent box contained a full-size of Madara Smart

Rescue Cream (worth £31 alone), along with a fullsize

Inika lipstick, a Laidbare moisturiser, shampoo

and conditioner from The Seaweed Bath Company and

a sample of REN’s talked-about Perfect Canvas primer

(a brilliant new silicone-free under-make-up base).

If you tend towards upscale products, check out the highly

rated luxe box option, Cohorted (cohorted.co.uk). Very glossy

and stylish-looking, the boxes themselves are black, satinfinish

objects of beauty, finished with a hand-tied bow – as

you’d really want from a subscription of £35 a month, frankly.

As an example, their Christmas selection had a value of

£90 – and included a Cargo Emerald City Palette (12 wearable

eyeshadows), either a Huda Beauty Lip Strobe or a Tarte

Glossy Lip Paint (you couldn’t specify which), Eyeko’s fab

Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, and a Becca Shadow & Light Brow

Contour Mousse, another great find. They put together a

very slick online publication to go with each of their monthly

box editions – and also offer special edition themed boxes,

such as ‘The Perfect Thank You’ or ‘My Little Treat’.

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Mintd (mintdbox.com) is the other alternative, at the

luxury end of the scale – voted ‘most expensive but also most

luxury and premium’, in one newspaper review. At £70 a

month, they’re not kidding. Again, you can opt to create a

‘personalised beauty profile’, so Mintd can tailor products to

you. But slightly defeating the object of the exercise, I’d say,

you actually get full sizes (or super-deluxe sizes) of all the

products, which could be a fast-track to a cluttered bathroom

shelf or make-up bag. And while the value of the box of the

items is impressive (£171 for a recent edition), surely the point

of a beauty box is to let you have just enough of a product to

make up your own mind about whether you’d want a full-size?

Last, but not least, if fragrance is your thing, may I suggest

The Perfume Society’s boxes, from the website/hub for scentlovers

which I founded myself (perfumesociety.org)? We offer

monthly themed boxes such as Latest Launches (talkedabout

new scents), or The Velvet Collection, showcasing

some of perfumery’s most opulent creations and seasonal

themes such as the Travel Edition and Beautiful Blossoms.

The Perfume Society boxes are completely unique, being

entirely devoted to perfumes (although we do add a couple

of beauty ‘extras’ to each box, as a gift from us). We feature

fragrances from niche and independent names which thrill

die-hard perfumistas, such as Atkinsons, Map of the Heart and

the hot new brand Floral Street, along with well known names

like Lalique, Prada, Issey Miyake, Annick Goutal and more.

There are bespoke boxes produced for us by perfume houses

themselves, from Ormonde Jayne through to Escentric Molecules

and Shay & Blue, plus discovery boxes specially for men.

Shopping without leaving the comfort of your armchair?

A way to ensure you never again buy a moisturiser or a

perfume that doesn’t suit your skin, or a lipstick that doesn’t

flatter your skintone? What’s not to love about that?

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Nature’s bounty

Wealden Times chats beauty regimes with makeup artist

and co-founder of Votary skincare Arabella Preston

Health & Beauty

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do you have a beauty

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day. In the evening I cleanse

again with a cleansing oil and

flannel to remove make-up,

then apply Votary Toning

Serum. This contains low

levels of glycolic to brighten

and hyaluronic acid to plump

and hydrate my skin. I then

Soft, buttery and full of flavour,

the versatile cashew has always

been a favourite with vegetarian

cooks, but the high vitamin and

mineral contents make them a

healthy store-cupboard option

for meat eaters too.

Packed with vitamins E, K,

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magnesium, zinc and iron, they

also have a lower fat content

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apply our Intense Night Oil

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do you have a particular

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Go (cashew) nuts

Because they’re high in oleic

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olive oil) cashews are also more

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Add them to sautéed

vegetables or casseroles seconds

before taking them off the

heat, or make a delicious dairyfree

parsley sauce in moments,

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat? I love a

great massage, it has to be

the right mix of relaxing

and effective. I go to Greg

at The Rye Retreat – he is

also a brilliant reflexologist.

I still don’t know why it

works but it makes me feel

so good I don’t care. Most

of my beauty budget goes

on my hair though. The

older I get the coarser and

curlier it’s got, so paying

someone else good money

to make it look decent has

become crucial. It’s not an

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Friends, mums and self-taught home cooks Mandy Simmonds

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Food

The Instagram feed

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Scallops on Pea Purée with Pancetta

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes

• 6 fresh scallops – we

sourced our scallops from

Sankeys Fishmongers

in Tunbridge Wells and

Tonbridge

• 200g frozen peas

• 1 small onion or large

echalion shallot finely

chopped

• squeeze of lemon

• dash of olive oil

• 10g butter cut into two

knobs

• 5 strips of pancetta

Tip

The pancetta and

pea puree can be made in

advance so that this starter

dish only takes 3 minutes

to create when you are

ready to eat.

1. Sauté the shallot or onion until soft in

a dash of oil and a knob of butter.

2. Add the peas and cook for 4 minutes. Season and add

to a blender or bullet. Set aside somewhere warm.

3. Add the pancetta to a hot pan and

crisp on both sides. Set aside.

4. Get a large frying pan hot and add a splash

of oil. Season the scallops and add them

to the pan in a clockwise circle so you

know where to start turning first – you

don’t want to overcook them.

5. Cook the scallops for one minute

on each side. Add the other knob

of butter and the lemon juice.

Coat the scallops quickly and

remove from the pan.

6. Put three spoonfuls of

pea purée onto each

plate, top each pea

mound with a

scallop and

serve with

a crisp of

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Main Course

Food

Côte de Bœuf, with

Truffled Potatoes,

Asparagus and Aioli

Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time:

1 hour 15 minutes, plus resting time

• 0.7kg piece of Côte de

Bœuf – we sourced ours

from Ian Chatfield in

Tonbridge

• 500g new potatoes

• 100g asparagus tips

• Bulb of garlic (one clove

crushed)

• Truffle Oil and/or Truffle Salt

• 4 dessert spoons good

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garlic to the mayonnaise

and stir thoroughly.

2. To make the Truffled

Potatoes, parboil the

potatoes in salted

water for 5 minutes.

3. Drain and steam dry

and cut each potato

in half lengthways.

4. Heat up a good glug of

olive oil in a roasting tin

and add the potatoes, 5

whole cloves of garlic, a

few sprigs of rosemary

and roast in a hot oven

for 45-55 minutes.

5. Drizzle with Truffle

Oil and/or sprinkle

with Truffle Salt.

6. To make the Côte de

Bœuf season with lots of

salt and pepper and sear

in a very hot pan with a

small amount of ground

nut oil for approximately

3 minutes each side to

get a golden crust.

7. Throw in 4 whole cloves

of garlic with the skin

on then transfer to an

oven at 210oC degrees

for 10 minutes.

8. Rest the meat for 20

mins and carve.

9. Steam the asparagus for 2

minutes, drain and serve.

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Food

PUDDING

Meringue with Chantilly Cream and Raspberries

Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30-60 minutes

• 3 large eggs

• 175g caster sugar

• 125ml double cream

• 50g icing sugar + 1

tsp for dusting

• ¼ tsp vanilla paste

or ⅓ vanilla pod

seeds scraped out

• 100g fresh raspberries

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If

making heart shaped meringues draw two hearts on

the parchment paper and turn the paper over.

2. Separate the eggs placing each white in a cup or small

bowl before adding it to the whisking bowl. Discard

the yolks or refrigerate them for another use.

3. Whisk the egg whites in a clean mixing bowl on a

medium speed for 4-6 minutes until you have stiff peaks.

4. Continue mixing on a medium speed adding 1tbsp

of the caster sugar at a time. Leave 5 seconds between

adding each spoonful of sugar. The meringue mix should

be stiff and glossy when all the sugar has been added.

5. Spoon the meringue mixture onto the parchment paper

and shape into two heart, round or oval shaped nests.

6. Bake in the oven at 100°C (fan), 120°C (conventional

or gas) or in the simmering oven of an Aga until the

meringues sound crisp when tapped underneath and

are just off-white in colour. Put on a rack to cool.

7. To make the Chantilly Cream whip the double cream

and icing sugar to soft peaks then add the vanilla paste

or vanilla pod seeds and whisk for a minute more.

Chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

8. To finish the nests spoon the Chantilly Cream

into the middle of the meringues, top with

fresh raspberries and dust with icing sugar.

Tip

The meringues can be

made up to a day ahead

and stored in an

airtight jar.

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On sunny days in February I’m sorely tempted to

rush out and get cracking in the veg patch, but

then hesitate – in the nick of time. I’m forced to

remind myself that frosts can threaten for many months to

come; it is still winter after all. So, on the back of the frostblackened

mistakes of past seasons, I curb the urge to sow

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addition of organic matter, A sandy soil will hold together

and retain more goodness, and clay soil ‘open’ up and

become more free draining. Organic matter teems with

microscopic life and it is this that helps the plants to

grow. I will stop fetishising about soil in a minute, but the

longer you associate with plants and their surroundings,

the more you will focus on it. A good soil is key to

growing vegetables successfully. So nurture it – build

a compost heap, befriend a farmer, buy a horse…

Sowing and planting

Sowing vegetable seeds directly where they are to grow

sounds like the quickest way to get a harvest, but it can be

fraught with problems. One of the most annoying things

that happens in freshly cultivated soil is when your crop

germinates at the same time as masses of weeds. This is

because the process of cultivation brings weed seeds up

from under the surface of the soil and nearer to the light,

triggering them into growth. The huge rash of weeds that

appears can completely swamp your prized vegetable seedlings.

The outrage continues, as weeds have a cunning habit of

looking just like the crop they grow among – and it’s easy to

pull up a precious baby vegetable along with the unwanted

weedlings. Many gardeners recommend the ‘no dig’ method

and try not to disturb the soil at all – laying down a weedblocking

mulch in the autumn which should (in theory)

break down into a lovely, plantable tilth by the spring.

Sow under cover – this will give you more control over

both germination and the early growth of your plants. This

is useful at the start of the season when it is too cold to sow

directly outside. Early crops like broad beans, peas, kale, leeks

and calabrese (broccoli) can be sown in modules and planted

out in a few weeks time, once the worst of winter has passed.

It might seem like more work than direct sowing, but you will

waste less seed, as no thinning will be needed, and if you sow

into modules you can plant the plugs out neatly into rows at

the correct spacing, without damaging the young plants’ roots.

Sow direct – out into the ground once the soil has

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topping) and sow in rows, as this will help you sort the

seedlings from the random weedlings. The vegetable

seedlings will show up as a straight line among more

straggly weeds. Fast crops like beetroot, radish, rocket,

salads and those that don’t like root disturbance, such as

carrots, parsnips and spinach, are ideal for direct sowing.

Buy plug plants – the garden centres are getting better at

supplying a wider range of vegetable plants. They sell them in

small strips ready to plant out at the correct distance as soon as

you get them home. This does save time and is a good option,

although you may not get exactly the variety you might choose

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Potatoes – start chitting early potatoes to give them a head

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Tomatoes – these are not frost hardy, but take a

long time to grow and ripen in our climate, so if you

have somewhere you can keep them warm and well lit

until the frosts have passed (May or June) so much the

better. You will need to pot them on several times before

then as they grow, so they’ll need plenty of space.

Onions and leeks – onions can be planted out


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One School,

many journeys

Every child is cherished for who they are

Traditional values, small class sizes

Glorious location, superb facilities

Outstanding Early Years provision

Proven exam success for independent and state entry

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Birds and bees

Schools – and the government – need to re-think sex education says Susan Elkin

Education

Credit: FreeImages.com/Picaland

Sex education in schools has matured a bit since the

hilarious condom-on-the-banana era. From this academic

year all schools in England will be required to teach

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).

Primary schools are to concentrate on building healthy

relationships and staying safe. Teenagers will learn about

sex as well and the government has stated that all schools

will “ensure that young people whatever their developing

sexuality or gender feel that RSE is relevant to them and

sensitive to their needs”. In other words transgender issues

and other potentially tricky topics are firmly on the agenda.

Cyberbullying, sexting and online safety are there too.

Well, I’m all for openness, honesty and being direct with

young people irrespective of their age and the delicacy

of the subject. Two cheers for this initiative, then.

I’m holding back the third cheer because I have serious

reservations about the concept of turning learning about

sex and relationships into a timetabled lesson with learning

objectives, lesson plans and all the rest of it. Relationships and

sex are part of life – all of life. They can’t be pigeon-holed or

sidelined. Every teacher of every subject should be dealing

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with such important matters as and when they arise.

The whole of English literature, for example, is

about relationships of every kind. Was Shakespeare,

for example, bi-sexual? Consider all those cross gender

roles and talk about them. It’s quite a springboard.

Students will meet characters such as Henry VIII and Oscar

Wilde in history lessons. Geography could lead to some of

the countries which still ruthlessly punish sexual minorities.

Alan Turing could come up in science, while art history and

music will throw up some colourfully complex personalities.

In short RSE should be a cross-curricular subject

tackled with confidence by every teacher as and when

it’s relevant. We want young people to take this – and

themselves – seriously and to learn from people they

respect. It’s an excellent basis for exploring something

so important in an atmosphere of mutual trust.

RSE will never, in my view, work properly as a

discrete lesson taught by some sort of ‘expert’ who’s

probably a nurse or former PSHE teacher, who’s just

done a two-day conversion course. To be really useful

sex education must be grafted in, not bolted on.

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Saturday 23rd June 2018

Saturday 22nd September 2018

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New Montessori Nursery

Opening in Paddock Wood

Please join us for our Open House

days on Saturday 3 rd & 10 th March

11am-2pm. Refreshments & Cake

will be available

• Age 2-5 years

• Open 50 weeks a year

• Sessions include mini-yoga,

sign language, drama & cookery

• After school workshops

for primary years

• Montessori holiday weeks for

age 2 years onwards

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St. Justus Church Hall, Mt Pleasant,

Paddock Wood, TN12 6AG

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For boys and girls aged 2 to 13

Listed in Sunday Times Top 100 Schools Guide 2018

Call us on 01825 830 234 or visit

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Five Ashes, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6HR

OPEN MORNING

Saturday 24th February

10am - 12pm

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What’s On In Xxxxxxx February

Art

Sat 10 Feb – Sat 31 Mar

Portico Art Gallery, 25 London

Road, Riverhead, Sevenoaks,

Kent TN13 2BU

The Garden of kent

An exhibition of artworks by local

artists Katie Wilson and Lynda

Beazleigh who met at Maidstone

Girls Grammar School and later

studied together in Canterbury.

Now both raising families

in Kent, the two artists have

rekindled their work together.

Entry: Free

Info: porticogallery.co.uk

Sat 24 Feb - Sun 22 April

Maidstone Museum, St Faith’s

Street, Maidstone, Kent

ME14 1LH

Roy Sparks: Past &

Present

Local artist Roy Sparks exhibits

works from past and present

including dynamic interpretations

of landscape, sea and coastline

with his distinctive use of marks

on the surfaces presenting physical

traces of experiences lived.

Entry: Free

Info: museum.maidstone.gov.uk

Children & Families

Sat 10 Feb - Sun 18 Feb

Battle Abbey, High Street,

Butter Cross, Battle TN33 0AD

Early Man Quest

Early Man, the latest kids’ classic

film from the tribe behind

Chicken Run and Wallace and

Gromit comes to Battle Abbey.

Explore the historic battle ground

in search of all your favourite

characters, follow the clues and

complete the quest to uncover

centuries of history.

Entry: £1

Info: english-heritage.org.uk

Sat 10 Feb - Sun 18 Feb

10.30am - 5.30pm

Penshurst Place & Gardens,

Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent

TN11 8DG

Enchanted Gardens

Trail

Explore eleven acres of formal

gardens to discover enchanted

forest dwellers carrying clues to

help unveil a hidden message on

your trail sheet.

Info: penshurstplace.com

Mon 12 – Fri 16 Feb

Dover Castle, Castle Hill, Dover,

Kent CT16 1HU

The Fairytale Castle

Step into a castle full of real

life fairytales brought to life in

spelling adventures.

Info: english-heritage.org.uk

Festivals & Expos

Sat 10 - Sun 18 Feb

Various Locations

Brighton Science

Festival

A festival aimed at 12-14 year

olds but equipped to be fun for all

ages. This festival is set to bring

science to life and encourage the

spirit of discovery with slime,

magic and monsters.

Info: brightonscience.com

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Feb

Dreamland, 49-51 Marine

Terrace, Margate, Kent

CT9 1XJ

Geek

This notorious gaming expo is

coming to play this year; with

tournaments, spectacles, cosplay,

talks and workshops there is

entertainment for gamers both

casual and dedicated.

Info: dreamland.co.uk

Thurs 22 Feb - Sat 17 Mar

The White Rock Theatre,

Hastings

Hastings

International Music

Festival

In its 109th year, the Hastings

International Music Festival

continues to provide performance

opportunites and annual grants

to outstanding performers from

around the world.

Info: hastingsmusicalfestival.co.uk

Ibbett Mosely

AuctIoneers & VAluers

Limited Liability Partnership

The Dance Studios

at Bloomsburys

Retreat include

private or

group classes of:

• POLE FITNESS

• YOGA

• PILATES

• ZUMBA

...and many more

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 28th February 2018

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm

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

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

125 High St, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1UT

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Gardening Courses

www.bloomsburysbiddenden.com

info@glampingkent.com 01580 292992

Gift Vouchers for 2018 courses

HORNBROOK MANOR FARM, WOODCHURCH

Contact Jo 01233 861149 www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

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What’s On In Xxxxxxx

Fri 23 – 25 Feb

Various Locations in

Faversham, Kent

Faversham Literary

Festival

In the festival’s inaugural year,

authors including Fiona Melrose,

Iain Sinclair, and Deborah Levy,

visit three Faversham venues

for a weekend of author talks,

discussions, creative workshops

and spoken word events.

Info: favershamliteraryfestival.org

Food

Sat 24 Feb – Sun 4 Mar

Various Locations in Rye, East

Sussex

Rye Scallop Week

Indulge in Seafood delights

with a variety of scallop dishes

served in the area’s restaurants,

tasting events, cookery schools,

demonstrations and live music.

Info: scallop.org.uk

Garden

Sat 17 Feb 9.30am – 2.30pm

Godinton House & Gardens,

Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent

TN23 3BP

All About Roses

In this practical workshop,

head gardener, Viv Hunt and

horticulture lecturer/ freelance

gardener Fiona Abrahams will

guide you through choosing,

planting, maintaining and

pruning roses. Booking is

essential and refreshments and a

light lunch are included.

Entry: £55

Info: godintonhouse.co.uk

Mon 19 Feb 10am - 4.30pm

Great Dixter House and

Gardens, Northiam, Rye, East

Sussex TN31 6PH

Getting the Garden

Ready

Take a look behind the scenes

at the complex planning needed

to prepare Great Dixter for the

spring and summer and learn

how to replicate the techniques

of head gardener Fergus Garrett

in your own gardening projects.

Entry: £110

Info: Perry Rodriguez 01797

252878 / greatdixter.co.uk

Music

Weds 7 Feb 1-2pm

Clagett Auditorium, Cathedral

Lodge, Canterbury Cathedral,

11 The Precincts, Canterbury

CT1 2EH

Lunchtime Concert

A snapshot of the best current

and developing undergraduate

talent of Canterbury Christ

Church University’s musicians.

Entry: £10 including sandwich

lunch and hot beverage

Info: 01227 865292 / canterburycathedral.org

Weds 7 Feb

Chromos, 77 Stour St,

Canterbury, Kent CT1 2NR

JAzz Date Night

New Canterbury Jazz club, the

Sax Cafe presents Sax in the

City, a date night featuring the

smooth sax of Jo Fooks, who

will be performing American

songbook classics. The candlelit

Chromos cocktail bar will also

have fresh stone-baked pizzas,

salads and cocktails. Disabled

access available.

Entry: Buy one ticket Get One

Free, Pre booking online £10, On

the door £15

Info: 07493 268690 /

thesaxcafe.com /

tickets: ticketsource.co.uk/

thesaxcafe

Sat 10 Feb 7pm

St Ronan’s School, Water Lane,

Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 5DJ

Military Band Concert

A performance by the Kohima

Band of The Princess of Wales’

Royal Regiment and Corps

of Drums in aid of ABF, The

Soldiers’ Charity.

Entry: Adults £16, Children

under 16 £8

Info: Chris Parkinson: 01580

388402 / cfgparkinson@tiscali.

co.uk / Beech Tree Cottage, The

Street, Benenden, Kent TN17

4DB

Sun 24 Feb 8.30pm - Late

Hythe Imperial, Princes

Parade, Hythe, Kent CT21 6AE

Accoustic Evening

with Nina Clark

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FEBRUARY 2018 HIGHLIGHTS

Sun 4 Feb, 3pm

RTWSO:

PROKOVIEV’S

PIANO

CONCERTO NO. 3

Mon 5 Feb, 7.30pm

JIVE TALKIN’

Tue 6 Feb, 7pm

2018 CHINESE

NEW YEAR

EXTRAVAGANZA

Thu 8 Feb, 8pm

ED BYRNE:

SPOILER ALERT

Fri 9 Feb, 7.30pm

THANK YOU FOR

THE MUSIC

Mon 19 Feb, 7.30pm

THE KING IS

BACK – BEN

PORTSMOUTH

Sun 25 Feb

SOMEONE LIKE YOU –

THE ADELE SONGBOOK

Wed 7 Feb, 7.30pm

HORNE A’

PLENTY

Thu 22 Feb, 7.30pm

FAIRPORT

CONVENTION

Tue 27 Feb – Sat 3 Mar, 7.30pm and

2.30pm Wed, Thu, Sat

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

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Proudly presents a workshop with:

22nd February 2018

Create your own original lampshade inspired by Cressida’s prints

& the art of Bloomsbury. Course costs £125, running from

10.30 am - 4.30 pm. Materials & Lunch / refreshments included.

© Roger Foley

© Manuela Zine

© Richard Bloom

Brighten up your spring with the

International Garden Photographer of

the Year exhibition.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

17 February - 13 April 2018

TN17 2AB / 01580 710700

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Sissinghurst-Castle-Garden

©

Email info@glampingkent.com for info.or call 01580 292992

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What’s On In February

Nina Clark plays the iconic

Champagne bar with a set

spanning a hundred years of

classics including jazz and blues,

modern day and lyrical originals.

Entry: Free

Info: hytheimperial.co.uk

Shopping

Thurs 8 Feb 7pm - 10pm

Silcocks Farm, Grange Road, St

Michaels, Tenterden TN30 6TL

Brocante

The Three French Hens invite you

to a Brocante.

Entry: £5 including French fizz and

canapés

Info: 07983 360885 /

info@thethreefrenchhens.co.uk

Theatre

Thurs 8 Feb

Theatre Royal Margate,

Addington Street, Margate, Kent

CT9 1PW

The Strange Case of Dr

Jekyll & Mr Hyde

This thrilling adaption of

Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark

psychological fantasy, will immerse

audiences in the foggy streets

of 19th century London, where

murder, romance and betrayal lurk

around every chilling twist and

turn.

Info: theatreroyalmargate.com

Weds 14 - Fri 16 Feb 7.30pm &

Sat 17 Feb 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sinden Theatre, Homewood

School, Ashford Road,

Tenterden, Kent TN30 6LT

TODS Present ‘Sister

Act’

A lively, uplifting and popular

musical comedy.

Info: Tickets at Advantec, 6 The

Fairings, Tenterden / tods.me.uk

Weds 21 – Sat 24 Feb

St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham

Crescent, Hastings, East Sussex,

TN34 3AF

Hamlet

Local professional theatre

company performs Shakespeare’s

great tragic drama.

Info: stmaryinthecastle.co.uk

Valentine’s Day

Weds 14 – Thurs 15 Feb

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

Hever, Edenbridge, Kent

TN8 7NG

Dine & Stay

Spend Valentine’s at the historic

castle that saw the love story of

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn,

with 125 acres of stunning

grounds to explore, five star

bedrooms, private drinks, and

a harpist to play through a four

course meal in the Tudor suite

dining room.

Entry: From £200 per person

Info: hevercastle.co.uk

Weds 14 Feb

British Airways i360, Lower

Kings Road, Brighton, Sussex

BN1 2LN

Valentine’s Day Flights

Love is in the air. This Valentine’s

enjoy a special flight for you

and your loved ones with a glass

of rosé per person and a box

of chocolates per couple. Or

for something more fun and

alternative try the Drag Queen

flight - an extended flight with a

hilarious Drag act and a glass of

Nyetimber sparkling wine.

Info: britishairwaysi360.com

Weds 14 Feb

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

ME17 1PL

Valentine’s Dinner in

the Castle 2018

A romantic evening at the loveliest

castle in the world. Enjoy an

intimate dinner with a harpist,

private tour of the castle after

closing and options of rooms to

stay overnight at the castle.

Info: leeds-castle.com

Sat 17 Feb

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge,

Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH

Valentine’s Dinner

Enjoy a superb 4-course

Valentine’s dinner with coffee and

sparkling wine in the charming

lodge’s restaurant, situated in the

romantic grounds of Canterbury

Cathedral and overlooking a pretty

courtyard terrace.

Entry: £34.95, Valentine’s

Overnight Package £199 Double

Occupancy

Info: canterburycathedrallodge.org

Sun 18 Feb

St Mary in the Castle, 7

Pelham Crescent, Hastings,

East Sussex, TN34 3AF

Valentine’s Opera

Breakfast

The Hastings Philharmonic

presents a morning with arias

by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini,

Massenet, Wagner and Bizet.

Info: musicglue.com/

stmaryinthecastle

Weddings

Thurs 1 – Sat 3 Feb

County Square Shopping

Centre, Elwick Road, Ashford

TN23 1YB

WEDDING FAYRE

It can be so difficult to choose

the venue, photographers,

cake, flowers and of course that

special outfit for the big day.

Get the all important advice you

need this month at the Wedding

Fayre at the County Square

Shopping Centre in Ashford

and speak to experts who will be

there to help.

Info: jean.moss@theme-events.

co.uk

Sun 4 Feb

The Historic Dockyard

Chatham, Church Lane,

Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE

Wedding Fair

The Historic Dockyard hosts

one of 2018’s first wedding

fairs in association with Kentish

Wedding. See the unique venue

spaces available at the historic

site, meet local suppliers and

coordinators and collect copies

of the latest wedding magazines

as well as a goody bag and entry

into a draw to win a luxury spa

day with your partner.

Entry: Free

Info: thedockyard.co.uk

Sun 18 Feb 11am - 3pm

Hall Place & Gardens,

Dartford, Bexley DA5 1PQ

Wedding Showcase

Day

Explore the atmospheric and

historic spaces within this

stunning house and modern

Riverside Café.

Entry: Free

Info: hallplace.org.uk

Sun 25 Feb

The Ferry House Inn, Harty

Ferry Road, Harty, Kent

ME12 4BQ

Wedding Fair & Open

Day

A great opportunity to see what

could be the venue of your

dreams, talk to reccommended

local suppliers and ask any

questions you may have

Info: theferryhouseinn.co.uk

Workshops

Thurs 15 Feb 11.45am -3pm

Huguenot Museum, 95 High

Street, Rochester ME1 1LX

Family Weaving with

Ann Bowdler

Enjoy this fun interactive

workshop with Ann Bowdler

to explore a range of weaving

techniques.

Entry: £1/ child

Info: 01634 789347 /

huguenotmuseum.org

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Win lunch, b&b, wine and tours at

Denbies wine estate worth £250

Take some time out with an overnight stay at England’s largest vineyard.

Denbies Wine Estate is located in the heart of the beautiful Surrey

Hills, close to the historic market town of Dorking, with 265 acres

under vine. Denbies Farmhouse B&B accommodation, situated within the

vineyards, offers a uniquely peaceful setting, overlooking the garden and sweeping

vines. The original farmhouse has been tastefully refurbished to accommodate

seven, modern, double en-suite rooms, with a Full English breakfast served

in the light, airy conservatory. The prize includes lunch for two people

at the estate’s Gallery Restaurant, with Denbies award-winning wine, plus

the Ultimate Wine Experience Indoor Tour, and the Outdoor Vineyard Train

Tour. Rounding it all off is a mixed case of six wines to take home. Cheers!

How to enter: For your

chance to win the Denbies

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just answer the following question:

How many acres does Denbies

Wine Estate have under vine?

Enter your answer with your

contact details* in the online form

at wealdentimes.co.uk/competition

or post to: Denbies Wine Estate

Competition, Wealden Times,

21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent

TN17 3HF by 28 February. Prize

comprises Denbies gift experience,

overnight accommodation in the

Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, with

lunch and a mixed case of six bottles

of wine. There is no cash alternative

and the prize must be taken before

28 February 2019. *All entrants’

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and Wealden Times Events. Please

let us know if you do not wish

your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Ingrid Marsden who wins our December competition for £250 to spend in the Glades Shopping Centre

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from the Farm

Britain’s trees are suffering from underplanting, over felling - and too many deer

The best telly I saw over Christmas,

by a country mile, was Dame Judy

Dench’s documentary My Passion

for Trees. “My life now is just trees,” she

said, “trees and champagne.” How perfect

is that? She has a secret wood at her home

in Surrey where she has been planting trees

for the past 30 years, and every time a

friend dies she adds another tree for them.

“It’s something living that goes on.”

What a wonderful sentiment and the

whole programme inspired me to think

more carefully about the woodland at

Coopers Farm.

2017 was not a good year

for trees in the UK. Less than

700 hectares were planted –

fewer than at any time since

the Second World War. And

this, hand in hand with a

desire to cut down more

and more of our senior trees

especially in towns where

they don’t ‘fit’ with 21st

century urban living.

Part of the problem is that we no longer

understand trees in a way we once did.

Thomas Hardy could identify trees in

the dark by the sound the wind made

blowing through their branches, but in a

recent survey of 2,000 people – readers of

BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, no less

– only one in 50 were able to identify five

varieties of tree by looking at their foliage.

How sad is that?

Closer to home, the situation at

Coopers Farm is far from happy. We

have recently joined up with about 20

“Thomas Hardy

could indentify

trees by the sound

the wind made

through their

branches ”

other local landowners to form a collective

‘cluster’. The idea being that flora and

fauna don’t respect farm boundaries so any

conservation issues are likely to be far more

successful if implemented across swathes of

land, rather than farm by farm.

One of the most pressing issues, of

concern to everyone in the cluster, is the

damage being done by deer and a recent

talk by the Deer Initiative Partnership

– set up to promote the sustainable

management of wild deer – was a real

wake-up call.

Six species of deer exist in the UK: red,

roe and fallow deer are

native species, with sika,

muntjac, and Chinese

water deer all introduced

within the past 150 years.

It is widely accepted that

deer are more abundant

and widespread now than

at any time in the past

1,000 years, indeed there

may be as many as two million of them

in the UK and, without natural predators,

the population just keeps on growing.

What is brutally apparent is that this

number of deer is putting intolerable

pressure on our woodland, leading to

the loss of biodiversity and the decline of

certain species of fauna and flora.

I was quite shocked by the data, so

I set about surveying our woods to see

how bad the damage was. To do this you

have to walk furtively about them with

a clipboard, recording indicators such as

deer seen (easy: none), pellet tallies (saw

lots, but were they rabbit or deer?) and

then a whole raft of clues such as couches,

scrapes, wallows, wracks and slots!

Once you’ve mastered this vocabulary,

you can record bark damage, branches

snapped, brambles nibbled and the

numbers of young sapling trees. And

here is the scary bit. In our 10 hectares of

woodland I couldn’t find a single young

oak sapling. Drastic action required.

As a result Father Christmas delivered

25 oak saplings, with stakes and deer

guards, and I now intend to spend the

next couple of months planting them

round the farm.

And inspired by Dame Judy’s idea of

using them to remember dearly departed,

Mum and Dad are in a hedge together;

Auntie Mary, always a tad tricky, is on

a bank on her own; and some dear

university friends, all taken far too

prematurely are gathered together in a

clearing having a fine old time.

Time will tell if it works, but in the

meantime I will be keeping a very close

watch on them all and making it my

mission in 2018 to eat far more venison.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm

– on Instagram @coopersfarm

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