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Trends • Jeans • Bags • Shoes • Specs

Contents

March 2018

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48

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75

80

48

HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson finds homes with

open plan kitchen and living areas

105

109

MARCH NOTEBOOK

Interesting things to know about this

month in the Surrey

THE WHITE STUFF

Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote’s

masterclass in light and airy beach

house style

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by the cabin’s breezy style

MIXED METALLICS

The new trend for interesting

bathroom finishes

GLAMOUR-AMA

This Hastings house is a gloriously

glam tribute to high fashion

GET THE LOOK

Get going with the glitter, gloss and

gold

FACE OFF WINTER

Jo Fairley urges us to treat our skin

80– and ourselves – to a nourishing

face mask

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115

116

123

125

129

TAKING A MOMENT

New wellbeing writer Eminé

Rushton shares her own beauty

routine

GET FIT FOR SPRING IN 3

MONTHS

The final part of Sarah-Jane Holt’s

programme

LET’S HAVE LUNCH

Easy-wheeling spring lunches from

Margate-based artisan bakery The

Baker’s Bicycle

MAKE LIKE A MIXOLOGIST

Silent Pool gin cocktails to make

at home

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137

145

147

151

152

SCENTS OF SPRING

Even before your garden is in full bloom

it can be heavenly scented

POTS OF LOVE

Jo Arnell’s tips on how to make a

planted container for Mother’s Day

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SEED THE DAY

Sue Whigham celebrates the spring joy of

swapping seeds

THE BRAINS OF TOMORROW

Three schools tell us about their brilliant

new facilities

NURTURE THE CHILD

Wise words from our new education

columnist, Hilary Wilce

WHAT’S ON

All the happening things this month

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83 Bates Road, Brighton

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01273 504232

62/62a Elliott Road, London, W4 1PE

A rare opportunity to acquire this substantial freehold block

situated at the northern end of Elliott Road directly opposite

Chiswick Common and just 200 yards from Chiswick High

Road. Formerly known as The Elliott Hotel the property has

been divided to provide letting rooms and staff accommodation

over three floors. epc:tbc

Guide: £2.2 Million Plus* + fees

34a The Hornet, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7JG

A first floor studio flat which has recently undergone a

programme of upgrading and refurbishment works. epc:e

Guide: £90,000-95,000* + fees

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164

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LIG1016. Plans are for location purposes only.

Land rear of 164 Macdonald Road, Lightwater, GU18 5YB

A freehold parcel of woodland situated within a predominantly

residential area extending to over half an acre. The land is

currently landlocked and offered with vacant Macdonald possession.

Guide: £5,000-10,000* + fees

Road

19 Bourne Lane, Caterham, CR3 5SP

Situated within the London commuter belt this three bedroom

semi-detached house is offered with vacant possession and is

considered ideal for owner occupation or investment. It has a

large rear garden with side courtyard area and off road parking

at the front. epc:e

Guide: £380,000-390,000* + fees

Guides are provided as an indication of each Seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for

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and may change at any time prior to Auction. Unless stated otherwise, each Lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which

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the Auctioneer cannot

Licence number 100022432. Plotted

sell

Scale - 1:1652

the Lot during the Auction). We expect the reserve will be set within the guide range or no more than 10%

above a single figure guide. Land at Please 164 Macdonald check Road, our Lightwater, website Surrey regularly at cliveemson.co.uk, or call 01273 504232, in order to stay fully informed.

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The Lane, Ifold, West Sussex

The Olde Garden is a bespoke development of just three newly built family houses in a semi-rural

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RESERVED

Asking Price £810,000

This property

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five-bedroom family

accommodation

extending to some

2,442ft.sq. with pleasing elevations and an excellent

specification including:

• Impressive 24’6” kitchen/breakfast room with a

range of integrated appliances • LPG boiler central

heating • Sealed unit double glazed windows •

Wood burning stove in wood-beamed fireplace •

Ensuite bathrooms to master bedroom and

bedroom 2

• Carpets throughtout except in; • Bathroom with

tiled floor • Kitchen and reception have engineered

wood flooring.

Asking Price £795,000

This property

provides spacious

five-bedroom family

accommodation

extending to some

2,275ft.sq. with pleasing elevations and an

excellent specification including:

• Impressive 24’6” kitchen/breakfast room with a

range of integrated appliances • Large garden

• LPG boiler central heating • Sealed unit double

glazed windows • Wood burning stove in woodbeamed

fireplace • Ensuite bathrooms to master

bedroom and bedroom 2 • Carpets throughtout

except in;

• Bathroom with tiled floor • Kitchen and

reception have engineered wood flooring.

Asking Price £785,000

This property

provides spacious

four-bedroom family

accommodation

extending to some

2,296ft.sq. with pleasing elevations and an excellent

specification including:

• Garage with store room • Outstanding 33’8”

kitchen/dining/family room with a range of

integrated appliances • Large secluded garden •

LPG boiler central heating • Sealed unit double

glazed windows • Ensuite bathrooms to master

bedroom and bedroom 2 • Carpets throughtout

except in; • Bathroom with tiled floor • Kitchen

and reception have engineered wood flooring.

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by Maggie Alderson

1.

Modern living

Maggie Alderson finds homes with kitchens you can eat and live in

How many hours of sleep – if not whole heads of hair and even

marriages -– have been lost over the stress of renovations? It all seems

so simple, obvious really, rude not to, in fact, as you sweep through

your potential new home imagining how lovely it would be if you ‘just knocked

through’ and then ‘just added a tiny extension’…

In your mind that somewhat dark dwelling, with rather poky rooms, is already

rendered an airy light-filled space, that most desirable of 21st Century housing

features. And with those trifling – you think, in your house-drunk state – tweaks

your new home will also have the number one domestic feature de nos jours: the

eat-in kitchen/family room.

What we all long for, it seems, is to make the dinner in the same room our

children are doing their homework in (or, more likely, gawping covertly at

Snapchat), or be deftly chopping up the final ingredients for the salad while our

dinner guests waft around us, with glasses of wine, chatting.

In our imaginations, of course we are doing this family dinner prep in the

harmonious hum of academic concentration, or chopping and chatting in a

floaty dress, the space as immaculate as our nails. Sizzle sizzle, scribble scribble,

chop chop, pop, fizz, clink clink, ha ha ha…

In real life, however, we won’t be able to hear The Archers for kids squabbling

and would be too exhausted to chat with friends, from the time spent deep

cleaning the kitchen after doing the bulk of the food prep before they arrived.

Despite that, the flowing space of the kitchen/family room is what we all

desire. So rather than kill ourselves to get it, spending twice the budget, over

twice the time promised by the builders, while microwaving dinner on the

landing and washing up in the bath… why not move into a heavenly apartment

where it has been designed by someone else to be that way?

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1. Commonweal Lodge

Where? Commonweal Lodge is a

new development built on the site of

the former Commonweal school on the

Webb Estate on the outskirts of Purley.

The estate was conceived and developed

by local entrepreneur William Webb in

the late 1800s as a garden suburb ‘country

landscape for city dwellers’, located just

15 miles from central London. Just 1.5

miles from Purley, which has retained its

leafy village atmosphere, from where trains

take under 30 minutes to London at peak

times.

What? One of just four truly luxurious

apartments, Apartment 3 is a duplex on

the first floor (via lift or stairs) with floor

space of 2,710sq ft, with high ceilings

and everything finished to a very high

spec. Double doors lead from the hall

to the expansive kitchen, dining and

family area, with two sets of French

doors opening onto the private L-shaped

terrace, presenting elevated views over

the landscaped rear gardens. The master

bedroom suite has a dressing area plus

a luxurious bathroom. On the second

floor, there is a guest suite and bedroom

three with a separate bathroom. There is

an open-plan study area on the galleried

landing.

How much? Apartment 3 is marketed

by Walter & Mair and is POA. 0208 660

6674 walterandmair.co.uk


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4.

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4.

2. Knowle Hill Park

3. Ravensbourne

4. Sondes Place

Where? The Knowle Hill Park

Country Estate is surrounded by

45 acres of secluded private woods

and parkland, five minutes from the

charming Surrey village of Cobham.

Almost equidistant between Heathrow

(20 miles) and Gatwick airports (24

miles), Cobham & Stoke d’Abernon

train station is approximately one and

a half miles with regular services to

Waterloo in around 40 minutes.

What? This luxury garden

apartment is the show home in this

exclusive development. There is a

very large kitchen/dining/living area

with bay windows and doors onto

the terrace. The large master en suite

bedroom has a dressing area, while the

generous second bedroom is served

by a shower room. There is a separate

utility room. The apartments share use

of a purpose-built gym.

How much? This apartment

has a reserve price of £2,100,000.

Please contact Savills, Cobham 01932

586200 savills.com

Where? The Ravensbourne Collection

is four miles south of Bromley, in the

village of Keston. The Keston Ponds and

Common location is surrounded by treelined

roads, large detached properties and

gated estates. It’s 17 minutes to Victoria

from Bromley South station. Hayes and

Orpington stations are also near with

connections to other London stations.

What? This Victorian manor house is

being transformed into seven apartments,

and four new-build houses, all with

private terraces or gardens and views

across three acres of grounds. Apartment

3 incorporates the grandest room in the

original manor house with impressive

proportions and windows throughout,

plus a private terrace wrapping round

two sides. The kitchen/dining/living

area is nearly 1000 sq ft, with a large

bay window at one end. The master

suite has an en suite, with a separate loo

and dressing area. There are two further

bedrooms with a family bathroom and

another guest loo. As well as a club

room with a boot room and storage, the

development has a dog-wash facility and a

cold room for online grocery deliveries.

How much? Apartment 3 has an

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Editor’s

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Welcome to the March issue - my first as editor since

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for Lucy Fleming while she is on maternity leave.

What a treat to be back here just as spring is starting to burst

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Spring is also an inspiring time to think about our gardens and

Sue Whigham shares her enthusiasm for the annual promise of

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At this time of fresh starts we are also delighted to introduce

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Writing for us each month about health and beauty, Eminé

Rushton has been a wellbeing and beauty editor for over 15 years

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Enjoy your Surrey Homes. I very much look forward to

sharing the next twelve months with you.

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Previous page: Atlanta and Dave removed the original ceilings to expose a double height, pitched ceiling and open up the cabin, to

create one central living space. The floors throughout are old scaffolding planks sanded and treated with a special Danish finish and

several applications of white soap Above: The snug, which can also be used as a bedroom

This talented husband and wife team are

behind the company Pale & Interesting, a

brand producing everything from furniture

and home accessories to interior products, sets and

locations. They run an online shop with a branch in

Rye and holiday homes along the East Sussex coast.

The cabin was the first holiday property to be developed

and was potentially the most daunting. “We cut our teeth

on this one really,” says Atlanta, explaining that each one

is unique, but they are all stamped with the distinctive,

pared-back, but welcoming style of the brand.

The transformation of a modest two-bedroom

building into a dream holiday house that sleeps up to

ten, takes talent, hard work and something more: namely

Dave and Atlanta’s special brand of ‘white’ magic.

Together they have used their vision, design and production

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photography and furniture design - to maximise the

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Left: the walls of the snug are clad with tongue

and groove made with the original ceiling of the

house. The cushions on the sofa are from Pale &

Interesting Above: a corner near the front door. The

basket is from Pale & Interesting

potential of the property, without extending the

physical building beyond its existing footprint.

“We have kept the template and tried to keep

the 1920s cabin integrity,” says Atlanta. “We

have a passion for old English cabins. We think

they’re not appreciated and should be protected.”

This one had lain empty for a while and at

the time of purchase it looked very different.

“It was all mock Tudor inside, very dark

and with red on the walls,” says Atlanta.

“It was divided into little rooms with low,

‘normal’ ceilings. We went up into the

attic - and knew we’d find all the original

roof supports and timbers. We replaced

the roof, but from the outside, so that

the internal structure was preserved.”

They also reclad the outer walls with

fresh weatherboarding and installed raised

decking all round the outside, helping


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Above: The bathroom is small by necessity, but the space has been used so well that they’ve even squeezed in a washing machine,

tucked cleverly behind bi-fold doors. The wall and bathside are clad in bespoke panelling which Atlanta and Dave commissioned

specially. The brass plumbing pipes have deliberately been left visible and the taps are garden stopcocks

the house sit more comfortably in its surroundings

and giving it a New-England-meets-Scandi vibe.

Big changes weren’t limited to the cabin either; their fourth

child, Honey-Rose, was also born during the project.

“Honey got very used to the sound of nail guns and

power sanders,” Atlanta remembers, describing how

they removed the original ceilings to make the double

height, pitched ceiling and ‘open’ up the cabin.

“We cleared out the large space in the middle of the house

and then worked out how to squeeze in all the bedrooms.

From the start we knew it would be a beach house and a shoot

location. We wanted one central living space – and to be able

to see right through from one end of the house to the other.”

As a result the cabin is wonderfully light, which is

a key feature when choosing a space for locations and

photo shoots and the vaulted ceiling creates an airy

feeling of space, without being cold or draughty.

“We like to use natural light as much

as possible,” Atlanta explains.

The windows were replaced with a mix of off-the-shelf and

bespoke, to maximise the amount of light within the cabin.

They have also installed Velux windows in the roof in places.

“We put one in the bathroom to bring in light

from above, because it has no wall windows.”

The bathroom is small by necessity, but the space has

been used so well that they’ve even squeezed in a washing

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Left and below: Looking from the sitting area through to

the eat-in kitchen, shows the beautiful flow of the space. The

antlers are vintage and they found the 1970s lamp in Hastings.

The sofas are IKEA cleverly disguised under antique French linen

sheets (Pale & Interesting always have a stock of antique linen)

and the cushions are also from their shop

machine, tucked cleverly behind bi-fold doors. There are

other neat, space-saving tricks around the cabin, in fact

there’s not an inch of wasted space. They’ve been able to

install – and disguise – a huge fridge-freezer, turning a gap

between two bedrooms into a useful ‘fridge cupboard’.

For the ultimate space-saving idea, you only have

to look in the children’s bunk bedroom; designed

and built by Dave, it serves as both a quirky nod to

the sea, with its four cabin-style bunks – and as a

fantastically fun way to stack sleeping children.

The bedrooms all surround the large central

room and are deliberately modest in size.

“Bedrooms in a holiday home are just for sleeping

in,” says Atlanta pragmatically. “The relaxing is done

in the central space. People can congregate in different

areas of it and not feel on top of each other. “They can

use the snug,” which also doubles as a bedroom, “or


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Top: Looking out onto the deck and into the garden, with light

pouring in from all sides. The gloriously patina-ed club chairs

and the cushions – made from grain sacks –are all from Pale &

Interesting. The flowing curtains – the essence of a summery

beach house feel – are antique linen sheets

retreat to their own rooms, or even go outside.”

The space is zoned into a sitting area and kitchen diner,

united by the uniform floor and the clever recycling of

the original ceiling, which has been used throughout

as accents to keep a sense of unity. The floorboards are

scaffolding planks, making them generously wide, sanded

and treated with a special Danish finish, involving lye – a

strong alkali used to bleach the planks and stop them

yellowing – and then several applications of white soap.

This gives a quiet, soft texture to the flooring, and it’s

easy to keep clean; all you do is wash it with more white

soap. Both items are for sale at Pale & Interesting.

The boards from the cabin’s ceiling have been reused

throughout the house to bring a rustic touch that contrasts

well with the smooth white of the walls and floor and

adheres to Dave and Atlanta’s belief in recycling and

reuse. This is a key part of their ethos and also integral

to a look that relies on a limited palette, especially whites

and pastels, because it is the contrasts in textures and

types of materials that provide colour and depth.

This is part of the philosophy lying behind the

relaxed, or uncontrived feel to the interior.

“It’s a bit like an outfit,” Atlanta explains, “you

don’t want to look as if you’ve tried too hard.”

It is quite an art – which they are masters of. Using

whites and pastels could easily make a scheme too


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“I have lots of mirrors in

my houses,” says Atlanta. “But

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of a room and set up vistas, so

that there’s always something

different to look at”


Above: There is a Velux window over the kitchen table to

bring in even more light, to this central part of the house. The

extending wall lamp is a flea market find. Atlanta and Dave

found the stools in Hastings and the console cupboard is an old

factory piece Left: The clock is from IKEA

pretty and thematic, but that doesn’t happen here, as

the ‘pale and interesting’ style has a definite edge to it.

Dave and Atlanta often use factory furniture and rough,

unfinished materials alongside smooth and delicate.

“Metal has good textures,” says Dave. “It has rough

and smooth together and a worn down, lived-in look.”

The master bedroom is a case in point here. It is a

pretty room with French doors opening out onto the

garden, so you can lie in bed looking out at the view.

The delicate French shutters and twinkly chandelier are

carefully offset by some utilitarian bedside cabinets - the

interiors version of wearing a lacy dress with DMs.

The exciting news is that the Pale & Interesting shop

is moving to bigger premises in Rye’s Landgate Street

this spring; this will enable them to sell bigger pieces like

the cabinets and more furniture in general – and give us

all a chance to try and emulate their signature style.

It is clear that Atlanta and Dave genuinely care for

furniture and objects and the stories they have to tell.


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Above: The dining area, just off the kitchen, is surrounded by windows. They bench is vintage Swedish, the metal chairs are vintage

French café ones and the table is a classic French farmhouse gem. Such unique items in Atlanta and Dave’s signature style are available

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“We like to repair broken things,” says furniture designer

Dave. “When you repair something, you become a part

of the story, the history that lives on in the piece.”

Together they design new pieces, such as the two

chairs in the front window which are part of the Coast

Collection at Pale & Interesting, and also made a little

table next to the chairs with a mirror for a top.

Many more mirrors can be found on the cabin

walls. Mirrors, it appears, are important in their

styling, but not for traditional reasons.

“Someone once said to me you must be extremely

vain,” laughs Atlanta, “because I have so many mirrors

at home, but I never look in them. Mirrors do other

things. They reflect light back, they can double the size

of a room and set up vistas and other view points, so

that there’s always something different to look at.”

Another misconception about Atlanta and Dave’s

style is that white is hard to live with.

“It’s something we get asked but white is easy. It wipes

down or washes. The linen throws go straight in the

washing machine.”

Atlanta has lots of such tips that can be applied to all

interiors and ought really to become mantras for

modern living.

“I never put a cushion on a sofa that can’t go in the

washing machine.”

It turns out that cushion covers can be made from the most

unlikely materials too. Those in the cabin are made from an

assortment of things, from mattress ticking and linen sheets,

through to Turkish carpets and hessian sacking. All the

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Above: The kitchen is brilliantly simple, with cupboard doors

made from boards salvaged from an original ceiling in the house.

The white-painted shelves are scaffolding boards. The splashback

is galvanised steel and the lights are from Pale & Interesting.

The kitchen table provides another preparation area Right: The

earthenware vessels are a secret passion of Atlanta and Dave’s,

who collect them

time Atlanta and Dave are looking for textures, for light and

shade, for satisfyingly subtle changes in the weave and weft.

“These carpet cushion covers have a special quality,” she

says, “they just make whatever they’re next to beautiful.”

Even though this is a holiday rental, attention to detail

is a big part of Pale & Interesting’s ethos. Dave points out

the bespoke narrow-gauged tongue and groove panelling

commissioned for the bathroom and master bedroom. It sets

these rooms apart and gives them a less ‘off the shelf’ look.

Details are often quirky and original - and quickly copied;

whether that’s the use of old French shutters for bedheads,

such as those used in the master bedroom, taps with the

plumbing on the outside, exterior bulkhead lamps and

storm lantern used in the bathroom - it all becomes part of

the carefully considered Pale & Interesting aesthetic.

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Left: The narrow-gauge tongue and groove panelling in the

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The owner of this house, Sarah, is one of those girls. Her

husband Stephen, not so much, but he’s learned to live with

it – and I suspect, secretly love it, because this house full

of rhinestones, glitter and fluffy sheepskins, with strings of

pearls dripping from antique chandeliers, is the physical

expression of his wife’s wonderful, vibrant personality.

“My daughter warned her boyfriend before she brought

him round for the first time,” says Sarah. “She told him:

‘My mum’s house is her in house form – slightly quirky,

to say the least…’ Luckily, it didn’t put him off.”

From the moment you step into the hallway, you know

you are in a high-glamour zone. The original plaster archway

is painted dramatic black and the chequered floor leads

your eye on past the large chandelier – Sarah’s philosophy

is that one can never be knowingly over-chandeliered – and

up the stairs, to a feature wall papered with black and gold

wallpaper designed by Barbara Hulanicki of Biba, with

vintage feathered fans and silk kimonos on the wall next to it.

The console table in the hallway contains more hints

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Above: The dining set was a present from a friend. The squiggly

1960s ceiling light is one of a pair from the Antique Warehouse

in Hastings Old Town Right: The glass fruit bowl is from House

of Fraser

of what lies within. Next to the large vase of silk flowers are

bottles of designer perfume – some for a last-minute leaving

the house spritz, others which are past their best for scenting

the air and creating a general atmosphere of fabulousness.

And a small notice says (in shiny silver

writing, of course): ‘You look fabulous.’

Which would never be a word of a lie with Sarah. She’s

a fashion queen – indeed, I met her in the legendary

Hastings style emporium that is The Wardrobe.

Here – depending on your luck on the day - you will

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This is clearly apparent in the glory of the house, Sarah’s

dressing room, her inner sanctum and a temple to style. She’s

taken over a whole bedroom, equipping it with specialist rails

from fashion retail fittings supplier Morplan, one of them just

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“My handbag passion started with my first serious

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Left: Sarah painted a dark wood

Edwardian cabinet to fit in her white

and cream scheme. The coral is from

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shop in Norman Road, sadly no

longer there

who has amassed her collection with wit and panache.

A pair of amazing red glitter ankle boots are genuine

Yves Saint Laurent, but sitting next to them is an equally

fab-looking silver pair – which are from Primark.

On Sarah, worked into an amazing look – which she

has the height and presence to pull off - you wouldn’t be

able to tell which pieces are the designer real deals and

which the chain-store cheap and cheerfuls. Equally, from a

distance, you wouldn’t know that her collection of amazing

bright-coloured fur pieces is all of the fake, fun variety.

“I buy everything from Topshop to Jean-Paul Gaultier,”

she says. “The cleverness is in the mixing. You could go

into Gucci and dress yourself from head to toe, but that’s

not using any imagination. And a lot of the fun is in the

chase of sourcing amazing pieces. It would be boring just to

go into a shop in Bond Street and buy it all off the rail.”

Along with the talent to spot the one knock-out

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Sarah’s shopping secret is her address book of designer

second-hand stores, which she visits regularly and has

built up relationships with the owners, so they let her

know when something special, in her style, comes in.

Then there are pre-loved designer clothing

websites, which she can browse from the comfort

of home, although these take a little more care.

“I’m very good at researching things if I buy online, I’ve

never bought a fake, but you do have to be careful.”

Her other secret, to keep it fun and to hold on to that sense

of the chase, is constantly updating and refreshing her trove.

“I do turn things over,” she says. ‘I sell things

back through Mel at The Wardrobe, but there

are some things I would never part with.

One of these is the ankle length chiffon Jean-

Paul Gaultier dress with a print pattern which looks

like dollar bills, but they actually say ‘SEX’.

“I like quirky things,” says Sarah, “the

weird and the wonderful…”

There is a great example of the latter in the window

treatment of the master bedroom, next door to the

dressing room. Sarah found the apricot and gold


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Previous page: Sarah has created dramatic glamour in the ground floor study, with a statement chandelier from Roomings in George

Street, Hastings Old Town Above left: the furry leopard print chest of drawers is from Hastings Antique Warehouse. Above right:

Sarah gave the vintage buttons to her upholsterer to sew into the Chesterfield chaise longue

lamé fabric in the amazing vintage haberdashery

Wayward in Norman Road, St Leonards.

“It was from the same bolt used to make a coat for

Meryl Streep in the movie ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’,”

says Sarah. “I have an amazing curtain maker and I

asked her to do the tops ruched into puffballs. She

asked me how big I wanted them and I said, ‘Well, they

can’t be too big…’. Each one took loads of fabric.”

Then, by happy chance, she came across the perfect

bed cover to go with them – on sale in Debenhams,

showing how her approach to clothes shopping,

mixing vintage and designer with chain store, works

just as well for homewares as it does for fashion.

As is shown by the successful combination of

the mirror over the mantlepiece from TK Maxx

and an antique kimono sourced on line.

The same approach is in glorious evidence down in the

living room, a scheme in white, cream, sheepskin – and lots

of glitter - Liberace himself would have appreciated. And with

a detail another of Sarah’s icons, Mr Elvis Presley, would have

appreciated: a cream leather La-Z-Boy reclining armchair.

“My husband hates the sofa,” says Sarah, “but he’s

American and I knew he would secretly love a La-Z-

Boy, so I decided to get him one. I went to Bexhill

and found this one in a charity shop for £35.”

She then Sarah-ised it by popping on a luscious

sheepskin, one of many in the room.

“I’ve got a flock of sheep,” she says, laughing.

“They’re so comfy to sit on and so warm. I’ve

bought them from Dunelm, boot fairs…’

Picking up the fluffy white theme is a magnificent pair

of squiggly wiggly 1960s ceiling light fittings, one in the

sitting room and the other in the adjacent dining room

in the knocked-through space, which Sarah found in the

Antiques Warehouse in Hastings Old Town High Street.

“We went in looking for wardrobes and I spotted

them hanging up. When my husband wasn’t looking

I went over and had my name put on them… It

was a done deal without involving Stephen.”

And it turned out she was right to jump


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Above: The wallpaper on the half landing was designed by Barbara Hulanicki

of Biba fame. Sarah draped the chandelier with strings of pearls Above right:

The landing houses her collection of glamorous make up, set off by feathers

and black flowers Below right: The wallpaper in the spare room, by Kandola,

is hand-studded with Swarovski crystals

at them: “They were the key to decorating this whole

room, everything else was done around them.”

Two more standout pieces are the prints of Elvis and Blondie, in ornate

white frames, which hang on either side of the exposed brick chimney

breast – and are lavishly enhanced with glitter. Sarah made them herself.

“I saw a fabulous glitter Elvis in an exhibition at the Dragon Bar in

George Street in Hastings,” she explains. “I wanted it so much, but it

was £2,500, so I thought I would go for it myself. I bought the print

at Posters Online for £6, got some glue and a pot of glitter and that

was it. I already had the frames. I buy old ornate frames whenever I

see them, so I always have some ready to go. I painted these white.”

In the adjoining dining room there is another feature print of an icon: a

giant photograph of Marlene Dietrich on the wall behind the dining table.

“I bought a card of that portrait for my daughter and I loved it so

much, I commissioned it online as an oversize print. I was going to

have it cover the whole wall, but then I decided to rein it in a bit.”

Which is somewhat out of character – and not something that came

into play when Sarah and Stephen recently made over their kitchen.

From a distance it appears to be a simple all-white treatment. Once

you get up close, you see that the worktops are in a sparkly finish,

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Above: In Sarah’s sanctum, her dressing room, her collection of white shirts is displayed on a rack from shop fitting suppliers

Morplan. The gold shoes are by Gucci and the silver boots are Kurt Geiger. Sarah found the chair in the Courthouse Street junk yard

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Above and below: Sarah’s bedroom is a veritable boudoir. She

had the curtains made in fabric from Wayward in St Leonards.

She found the bed cover in Debenhams and the wallpaper is by

Italian firm Dochi. The gold and crystal mirror was from TK

Maxx, Tunbridge Wells. The 1950s dressing table was from an

antiques shop in Eastbourne

there is glitter in the paint on the walls – and the handles

on all the units are packed with Swarovski crystals.

Even the kettle and toaster are in the theme, being from

the shiny, white, pineapple-faceted De Longhi collection.

Completing the look are oversized shiny, ceramic floor

tiles, which Sarah was prepared to pay over the odds for.

“For some reason, as soon as you want bright white, rather

than cream, the price shoots up,” she says. “But we found

these online and the tiler advised me to use black grout

to really set off the white and the shine, and I love it.’

And just in case, being in such a practical part of the

house, you should forget for a moment that you are

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on the wall is an Elvis clock – white jump suit Vegas

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ticking. A treasure picked up on a visit to Graceland.

Which, if Sarah and Stephen ever felt like giving

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Beauty

Face off winter

Treat your skin – and yourself – to regular, renewing masks says Josephine Fairley

As friends, family (and my old teachers) will tell you:

I’m not good at doing what I’m told. But there’s

one command I find it pretty irresistible to obey:

to relax for 10, 15, 20 minutes or so, while a face mask

works its magic. I suppose it is possible to work/cook/do

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com), which you apply to damp skin for an amazingly

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Aside from fast fixes, masks tend to fall into two categories.

Clay-based options, some of which ‘set’ on the skin, are

designed to draw impurities out, even working to clear pores

and blackheads, sometimes with the addition of ingredients

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to our busy souls ”

like salicylic acid and charcoal. Then there is the skinquenching,

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Priced somewhere in between is Clinique City Block

Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask & Scrub, £29 for 100ml.

Or, delivering a deliciously warming sensation on the

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Mask, £10 for 100ml – very soothing and relaxing (and

doesn’t set too hard, in the five minutes it needs to get

to work). Other excellent masks in this category include

Amie Spring Clean Cleansing Mask, £5.95 for 100ml, or

Argan+ Lift & Renew Clay Mask, £8.99 for 125ml.

As for my preferred moisturising masks, I have an absolute

arsenal, bathside. I tend to rotate them, using one two or

three nights a week, often in the bath where the steam seems

to help them penetrate even better. (Entirely unscientific,

that observation, but I recommend giving it a go.)

Among my longstanding favourites is the ultra-rich

L’Occitane Immortelle Cream Mask, £58 for 125ml –

as creamy as a mask gets, packed with vitamin A and

E. (Very good for evening out skintone, I find.)

A new discovery is the wonderfully radiance-boosting

Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Roll-on Mask, £37 for 50ml. I’ve

long been a fan of metal applicators – for

eye creams, or for ‘rolling’ skin to diminish

puffiness – and this is dispensed by a cooling

metal rollerball, to help with fluid dispersal.

The roller dispenser has an ‘off’ position,

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The REN Ultra Comforting Rescue

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“You’ve heard of

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in beauty circles”

This mirrors what a professional beauty therapist would

do, during a facial – perhaps one clay-based mask from the

paragraph above (or alternatively, something incorporating

charcoal or salicylic acid, which fight breakouts), where a

moisturising mask would be too rich, on areas of the face, such

as the chin and nose, where you’re prone to shine or spots.

Then for the forehead, cheeks – and most definitely the

neck – which tend to be much drier, you want to opt for

a skin-quenching mask. In addition to my suggestions

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Floral Expert Mask, £33 for 50ml.

And there’s another hot new mask

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Basically, these are all single-dose, single-use products.

If you’ve an eco-conscience, you might want to opt for a

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are a real throwaway beauty treat – but if you do want to

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did incredibly well with the testers for the Beauty Bible

Awards (check out all the results on beautybible.com).

Temple Spa The Contourist Mask, £50 for six sachets, is

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Daybright Glow Brightening Sheet Mask, £6.99 for three,

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At this end of winter, when skin’s been

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around - masks are the pick-me-up skin needs.

And if they encourage you to put your feet up,

sit back and do absolutely nothing while they’re

working their magic, what’s not to love about that?

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Taking a moment

Wellbeing and beauty editor Eminé Rushton, who will be writing

for us each month, tells us about her own beauty routine

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Do you have a beauty

regime? I do a little skin

ritual when I wake up

and before I go to bed.

My routine is all-natural;

I stopped using synthetic

products around 10 years

ago, and my skin responded

immediately. What I use,

how I apply it, and what I do

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on my skin’s needs in that

Miso, please!

Fermented foods contain

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moment, and what it’s

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Whatever I’m using I take

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busy working day, and the

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Month 3

weekly challenge

1 x power walk for 40 mins

2 home workout for 20 mins each

Health

Get fit for spring

in three months

It’s the third and final month of our get-fit-for-spring programme. Keep going!

1

This month, personal trainer and nutritionist Sarah-Jane Holt, is focusing

on making the two workouts we’ve been using in January and February

that bit harder and increasing the weekly power walk to 40 minutes.

Visit the Wellbeing section of our website to see Sarah-Jane demonstrating

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2

3

March: Home Workout

Now you are getting fitter, it’s

time to ramp it up a little from

the base we have set in the first

two months. refer to January’s

magazine, or visit the website, to

look at Work out 1 and add the

following changes to it to increase

the challenge. The framework

is to exercise for 30 seconds,

followed by a 30 second rest, and

repeat each exercise four times.

Press ups with a twist Add a twist

to work the core and shoulders. After

completing a press up, raise one hand

up towards the ceiling, rotating the

body, with hips sideways to the floor.

Bring the hand down, placing it

directly under the shoulder, to start

the next press up. Raise alternate left

and right arms on each press up.

refer to February’s magazine - or

visit the website – for Work out

2 and add the following changes

to add an extra challenge:

v up with a twist In the V

position, twist one hand across

your body to touch it to the floor

and then repeat on the other side.

Mountain climbers A new

exercise to replace the squat

jumps. Start with your hands on

the floor, arms straight, body in a

plank position, bring one knee up

towards your chest - this is your

starting position. With speed,

return that foot to the floor and

bring the other knee up towards

the chest, repeat for 30 seconds.

4

5

Leg lowers This is a progression from

the single leg lowers. The principle

is the same, but this time move both

legs together, keeping a bend in both

knees, and aim to tap your heels to

the floor. Make sure you protect

your back by keeping it in contact

with the mat throughout.

High knees with squat

jump Combine the squat

jumps from session 2 with

the high knees from session

1. Complete two squat jumps

followed by four high knees.

Contact Sarah-Jane on 07772 416993 or see sarahjaneholt.co.uk

Nutrition Tip

This month, replace processed carbohydrates

with whole, natural carbs. For example,

substitute sweet potatoes for bread at lunch

and brown rice for pasta at supper. The benefit

of making these changes is that whole, natural

carbohydrates are far more nutrient dense, release

their energy more slowly and have a higher fibre

content. All these elements help to provide the

body with better quality nutrients, maintain

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digestive function. You’ll find recipes and more

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Food

Let’s have lunch

Enjoy easy-wheeling spring lunches with these recipes from Margate-based artisan bakery,

The Baker’s Bicycle, using their specialty breads – and leftovers from the Easter feast

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Food

The only Red Tractor certified bakery in the country -

because they use 100% British wheat – the Baker’s Bicycle

range includes such delights as ciabatta-style panini rolls

perfect for toasties, glazed brioche buns and something unique

they invented: the scioche, which is a combination of a scone and

a brioche. All the bread is made from scratch at their bakery, with

doughs proving for 24 to 48 hours – so none of the quick-acting

yeasts used in industrial bread production. You will find the range

in selected food emporia, delis and specialist farm shops (see their

website for details) not in bread racks, but in the freezer cabinet.

Managing director Simon Cannell explains their philosophy: “We

freeze straight from the oven, to seal in all the flavour, freshness and

goodness. All the serious gourmet has to do, is thaw and adore…”

Mini Moroccan Pulled Lamb Brioche Sliders

Makes 4 portions

• 8 Baker’s Bicycle Mini Brioche Sliders,

split in half

• 4 garlic cloves, chopped

• 2 tsp ground cinnamon

• 2 tsp cumin seeds

• 1 tbsp dried oregano

• 1 unwaxed lemon, quartered, pips

removed

• 1.5kg lamb shoulder (bone in)

• 2 red onions, cut into wedges

• 500ml pomegranate juice

• 2 tbsp clear honey

• 4 tbsp natural yogurt

• 50g pomegranate seeds

• 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves

• 50g rocket salad leaves

Method

To marinate the lamb:

1. Put the garlic, cinnamon, cumin, oregano and lemon in a blender with 1 tsp salt and

2 tsp black pepper and blend well. Alternatively, chop all ingredients and crush to a

paste in a mortar and pestle.

2. Place the lamb in a large food safe bag, tip the marinade in over the top & massage

into the lamb. Refrigerate and leave to marinate overnight.

To Cook

1. Pre-heat oven to 140C.

2. Place the lamb and marinade into a casserole dish with the onions and the

pomegranate juice and cover with a lid or foil.

3. Place into the pre-heated oven and cook for approx 4 hours until the meat is soft and

falling from the bone.

4. Remove from the oven and carefully pour off all the juices into a thick bottomed

pan. Leaving the lamb uncovered return to the oven at 200C for 20 mins to brown.

5. Meanwhile, add the honey to the cooking liquor and boil gently, stirring regularly

until the mixture is thickened and syrupy. Place to one side.

6. After 20 mins remove the lamb from the oven, cover and allow to sit for 10-15

minutes. Using two forks shred the lamb into a bowl.

7. Add the syrup mixture to the shredded lamb and mix well.

To Serve

Place the bottoms of the buns onto a large platter. Top each with a small pile of rocket

salad leaves, pile on a generous amount of the warm shredded lamb, top with a dollop of

the yoghurt, mixed with shredded mint leaves. Sprinkle on the pomegranate seeds. Put

the brioche lids on and serve, two to a plate.


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Spring Watercress & Asparagus Soup with Mini Tin Loaves

Serves Four

• 4 Baker’s Bicycle Mini Multigrain Tin Loaves

• 25g unsalted butter

• ½ an onion, finely diced

• 1 large potato (peeled & cut into 2 cm chunks)

• 250g washed watercress

• 150g asparagus tips (chopped into 5mm pieces)

• 600ml vegetable stock

• 100ml double cream

• 1 tbsp chopped chives

1. Gently sweat the onion in 25g of butter for 8-10mins

without colour until soft and translucent.

2. Add the potatoes, cover with the stock and simmer for

20-25minutes until the potatoes are starting to break up.

Food

3. Turn off the heat, add the watercress, mix well and

allow to sit for 3-4 minutes. (Note: keep a few leaves of

watercress back to use as garnish.)

4. Blend the soup thoroughly in a liquidiser and pass into a

clean pan through a sieve.

5. Adjust the seasoning and thin the soup with a little more

vegetable stock if needed.

6. Add the cooked asparagus and gently heat - but do not

boil!

To Serve

Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with a little double cream

and sprinkle with a few watercress leaves and garnish with

chopped chives to taste. Serve with warmed Multigrain

Mini Tin Loaves.


Food

Caramel Griddled Apricots on Toasted Scioche

Makes 4 portions

• Baker’s Bicycle fruited scioche, cut in half

• 8 ripe apricots, stoned and cut in quarters

• 1 tbsp icing sugar

• 120g light brown sugar

• 120g butter

• 100ml double cream

• 125g mascarpone

• ½ tsp shredded mint

• 1 tbsp castor sugar

• 2 tsp flaked almonds, toasted

Method

To make the sauce:

1. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over a

low heat until the sugar is dissolved, watching it carefully

to ensure it doesn’t burn.

2. Stir in the cream and heat gently until bubbling, stirring

continually until thick. Remove from the heat and keep

warm.

To make the minted mascarpone:

Place the mascarpone, shredded mint and castor sugar in a

bowl and mix well, then refrigerate for one hour.

To serve:

Griddle the apricot quarters on all sides in a thick bottom

griddle pan until nicely charred.

Just before removing from the pan, sprinkle on the icing

sugar and allow it caramelise, turning them as necessary and

taking care not to allow the sugar to burn.

Arrange the toasted scioche on a wooden board. Top each

with the griddled apricots, then finish with a generous drizzle

of the hot toffee sauce and a dollop of minted mascarpone

cream. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.

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Some would say making cocktails is an art

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cocktail barmen ‘mixologists’. Silent Pool

gin distillers have created some amazing recipes

for such professionals, who have a whole array

of exotic potions to hand to whizz together

with their gin into fabulous brews.

Sometimes, perhaps, with a bit of theatrics in

the style of Tom Cruise in the film Cocktail…

But most of us don’t keep cardamom spirit, or

green chartreuse at home, so Silent Pool have

helped us adapt their recipes to make their

cocktails at home with ingredients we are more

likely to have in our kitchen.

With your trusty shaker, your best glasses

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Each recipe makes one cocktail, so increase as

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Blackberry Shrub

• 50ml Silent Pool Gin, from freezer

• 25ml Silent Pool raspberry or blackberry

gin cordial (or non-alcoholic cordial)

• 25 ml sweet vermouth

• 10ml ginger wine

• Soda water to top up

• Fresh raspberries

• Glass tumblers and cocktail sticks to serve

• Shake alcohol ingredients together. Pour

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soda. Garnish glass with fresh raspberries

threaded onto a cocktail stick.

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• 40 ml Silent Pool gin

• ½ tsp juice from a jar of

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• 20 ml freshly squeezed lemon

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• 1 drop of violet essence food

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• Shake ingredients with ice.

Strain into dainty, stemmed

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Silent Pool G & T

• 50ml Silent Pool gin (from freezer)

• 125ml chilled Fever-Tree elderflower tonic

• 5ml fresh lime juice, strained

• 2 dashes of absinthe, or Pernod, or other anise

• 6 thin slices of cucumber

1. The day before cut six thin slices of cucumber

and place them in a small dish or cup and cover

with the Silent Pool gin.

2. When you come to make the cocktail, first strain

the gin off and reserve. Discard the cucumber.

3. Dash an elegant, stemmed glass with the absinthe

or anise. (‘Dash’ is a mixologist technical term

meaning rinse the ingredient round and discard

it. It’s your choice where, your mouth is an

option…)

4. Place two or three ice cubes in the glass

and pour the cucumber-infused gin and

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Garden

Scents of

spring

Even before your garden is in full bloom it can

be heavenly scented says Jo Arnell

It seems positively greedy to expect flowers to be fragrant

at this time of the year – a glimpse of colour is treat

enough when we’ve been waiting all winter. The glad

news is that there are quite a few scented plants around in

early spring, pumping out their perfume to attract early

pollinating insects. Many of the dainty woodlanders and

demure, shade loving shrubs need to have fragrance; in fact

they might get overlooked if it weren’t for their scent. In

summer, scents abound and we can surround ourselves with

fragrant plants – roses and lilies are a heady mix, with deep,

sensual undertones. Spring flowers exude lighter, fresher notes

– more Doris Day than Gina Lollobrigida, but that’s just what

we need to wake us up to the delights of the coming season.

Where to grow spring scented plants

It’s easy to get lost in the visual when planning a planting

scheme, we’re often drawn to colour or filling gaps in borders,

at the expense of scent. If possible, situate fragrant plants

in a warm, sheltered spot where aromas will intensify and

not be blown away by strong spring winds. Use containers,

or prune shrubs with care to keep scents at nose height.

A well-placed scented plant is an uplifting thing in its own

right, but because our sense of smell is located in the limbic

system in the brain, where emotions and long-term memories

are lodged, the scent may also create, or trigger, evocative and

powerful memories. Fill spaces near paths, seating areas, or

doorways with scented plants and they will be transformed.

Just imagine, the mundane trip to and from the front door

could become a delightful amble through a sensory paradise…

What to grow

In general, the closer you are to the species, the more

fragrant a flower is likely to be; for instance a Primrose

(the ‘prima’ rose) is scented, but its hybridised (I was going

to say cultivated, but I can’t think of them as that) cousin

Polyanthus is sterile and unscented. Flowers bred for their

looks will often lose characteristics like scent. Plants with

flouncy double flowers are hybrids and are usually sterile;

they have no need for pollinators, so will not attract wildlife

either. More frilly frou-frou on a flower generally means less

fragrance. Luckily the plant breeders have realised and pay

attention to other attributes than just looks now, so many

cultivated versions of species plants retain their scent.

Woody plants

Blossom on trees and shrubs is one of the great delights

of the season, but remember the above rule if you want

fragrance from a tree or shrub, and go for single flowers,

rather than flouncy doubles. The powerful scent will

more than make up for shy, diminutive blooms.

Here are some of the best:

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ All Daphnes are

highly scented, but can be a bit fussy, demanding

conditions that are just right (perhaps they should be

renamed ‘Goldilocks’?). This variety is evergreen with

golden-edged leaves, its fragrant flowers emerging

early in the season and carrying over a distance.

Osmanthus x burkwoodii is another evergreen with

small box-like leaves and tiny white flowers that have an

intense fragrance. This can be grown as a hedge, but if

so, prune after flowering in late spring/early summer.

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ has tiny pink

flowers with an intense fragrance which emerge on

dark woody stems in late winter and early spring. Snip

off a twig and bring into the house to put among your

cut flowers, or even on its own in elegant starkness.

Buddleia alternifolia is technically verging on summer

flowering, but this is the earliest of the Buddleias. Small lilac

flower clusters smother the drooping branches, which is a

gorgeous enough sight, but get closer and you’re in a bath of

pure honey. And of course, being a Buddleia, it’s a magnet for

butterflies and bees. The only downside is that when not in

flower, like a starlet after a party, it’s a wild untameable mess.

Only plant by a path if you can do what they’ve done to the

one at Sissinghurst and turn it into a sort of weeping tree.

Climbers There are plenty of scented summer climbers

– rose, jasmine, honeysuckle, sweet peas – but not so many

for the spring. Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’ is a good

(but rampant), evergreen with large leaves and pale pink

flowers; more fragrant still is the aptly named Clematis

montana ‘Fragrant Spring’. Montanas are the earliest, most

vigorous of the Clematis family and will quickly smother

a wall or shed – ideal if you want total coverage, slightly

overwhelming if not. Wisteria sinensis is another that

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will run amok if you let it, but with careful pruning (look

at the beautiful, well-trained specimens on big old houses

or National Trust properties), it can be kept in check.

Perennials and bulbs

Spring flowers thrive at the base of trees, making the most

of the light before the canopy above closes over and many

of these emit perfume to lure insects into the woods.

In our gardens, these plants are brilliant for planting in

containers, where we can raise them up out of lowly ground

hugging situations and appreciate their beauty and scent.

When choosing daffodils, look for the smaller,

less showy narcissi (i.e. not the giant varieties with

hulking great trumpets) and you will find that

many are scented and look good in containers.

The Hyacinth family contains our native (and

scented) bluebell, together with the diminutive,

delicately scented Muscari, or Grape Hyacinth,

which will spread rapidly if allowed to naturalise.

Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ is a graceful, lily flowered tulip; warm

orange in colour, with exceptional scent, it is fairly longlived

and the foliage doesn’t become as tatty as that of some

Tulips. Tatty foliage is an annoying after effect with bulbs; it

needs to be left on, ideally for six weeks after the flowers have

finished, so that the bulb can regain its strength and bulk up

again. If planted in a pot, simply shove behind the shed until

the leaves have turned yellow, in the borders, try planting

among early biennials, so that the bulb foliage gets hidden by

a frothy skirt of forget-me-nots or spicily scented wallflowers.

Spreading carpets of scented Lily of the Valley are wonderful

in shady areas. Once established, they will romp away

and provide ground cover (to the point of being invasive).

Another scented carpeting bulb is wild garlic, commonly

called Ramsons, which look very pretty en masse in a

woodland situation, but will quickly dominate in the garden,

swamping all the other, more delicate plants. A soft spread of

scented native primroses works better on a domestic scale.

The fresh spring air is a lovely thing to experience.

Add some scented plants to the mix and the effect

will be truly glorious. It is possible for us all to create

a fragrant haven in the garden right now. It won’t

get that way on its own, though. So whip-crackaway,

as Doris Day would say; let’s get out there.

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Pots of love

Jo Arnell shows how easy – and enjoyable - it is to

make a Mother’s Day treat for mum yourself

The garden centres are packed full of springtime

loveliness, much of it already made up into

generic containers in readiness for Mother’s Day.

But with a little time and thought it’s easy and satisfying

to make an original floral gift. Classic spring flowers are

always cheerful and uplifting, but there are also permanent

plants or plant combinations that will work equally

well and will be a lasting reminder of your devotion.

Types of container: Whether you choose a conventional

terracotta pot, bespoke planter, or something more quirky,

drainage is essential, so make sure there are holes in the

bottom of the container. If it’s not possible to make holes,

add a generous layer of gravel to the bottom so that plant

roots don’t drown in a pool of water. If you are planting into

a basket, line the inside with polythene prior to planting, or

even plant in a pot and then place that inside the basket.

The plants to choose

Bulbs are great in containers, providing welcome bursts of

colour at the start of the season. Plant out in the garden,

or tuck out of sight once they’ve finished flowering.

Narcissi Many of the smaller varieties are scented

which adds an extra layer of loveliness. They are also a

better scale for containers than the giant show-offs.

Tulips Look out for varieties that have good foliage,

as some have lots of leaf that can start to look tatty

and yellow before the flowers have gone over.

Hyacinths are highly scented bulbs and

come in every colour except orange.

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) have delicate blue flowers

that look like tiny upside-down bunches of grapes. These

will quickly multiply if planted on in the garden.

Biennials make ideal companions for bulbs as they flower

early. Basically a biennial is just an annual plant that

spreads the growing period over the winter, so it is ready

to start flowering as soon as the light and warmth come

back in the spring. Once a biennial has finished

flowering it will die and can then be

replaced with summer bedding.

Forget-me-nots will flower happily in

pots and make a good ‘skirt’ at the base

of flowering bulbs, helping to

disguise that tatty foliage.

Wallflowers (Erysimum) are

available in a good range of

colours and spicily scented, they

mix especially well with tulips

for a glamorous container display.

Bedding The first

outdoor bedding plants

available at the garden

centres are happy and

tough, so they should

survive any cold snaps.

Don’t be tempted to

choose tender bedding

plants for your containers just yet.

Primroses and polyanthus Choose either a demure

natural-looking species primrose, or go for a jaunty

and bright polyanthus. They are low growing, so

work well either singly in small pots, or as fillers.

Pansies and violas will go on flowering for

months if you keep deadheading.

indoor succulent arrangements

These trendy plants make great table top displays for

inside the house, but as the name suggests, succulents

have evolved to store water in their leaves, so are

ideally adapted to grow in arid conditions (perfect

if you are giving them to a plant neglector).

This means that they will need to be potted into

free draining gritty compost. You can make up

your own mix, using equal parts sand, compost and

horticultural grit, and then top with a gritty mulch

once planted in the container. Cacti and succulents

(contrary to popular opinion in my family) do need

to be watered, especially in the growing season, just

make sure that the water can drain away adequately.

Herbs

Planters of mixed herbs are fun to put together and can be

tailored to suit a cook’s requirements. Small single pots are in

good supply at the moment, as the foliage will be young

and fresh. Pot them up singly into attractive containers

and group together, or arrange in a planter. Use a

taller plant like rosemary or lavender in

the centre and arrange the others around

it. Herbs might not be as colourful as

flowers, but they will make up for that

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Apart from the seed swap tables where you either swap seeds

as the name suggests, or buy interesting home harvested seeds,

many of them English heritage varieties, and most with a

local provenance, there were over fifty stalls selling everything

seedy. Oh, and as an added bonus, the garden experts from

Gardeners’ Question Time were there to share their expertise

and, by the sound of it, do their own bit of seed shopping.

I liked James Wong’s idea of buying up vegetable seed packets

which are out of date and growing the seeds on as micro

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but we seem to find seed packets in odd corners of the

shed and provided they have been kept dry, there is

every chance that they will burst into life when sown

even if they are apparently past their ‘sell buy’ date.

Visiting a seed swap is such an easy and economical way

of buying fresh and perhaps unusual varieties and whilst

you’re doing that, you are making a bit of a stand against the

few large seed companies who tend to monopolise garden

centres. Having said that there are still wonderful exceptions

with smaller seed companies producing fascinating plants

and vegetables. And now there is still plenty

of time to pore over catalogues and order.

By the time you’ve done that, the rain might

have eased off a bit as there really is no point

in sowing in wet, cold, claggy ground.

I very much liked the sound of home-made

clay ‘seed bombs’ sold at Seedy Sunday, much

loved by ‘guerilla gardeners’ and anyone else

of like mind who wants to green up wasteland

and roadsides as well as barren patches in their own gardens.

It is always such a treat to see little patches of colour appear

alongside busy roads and on dreary roundabouts where

some like minded person has made a bit of an effort.

We pass a little garden underneath a rather bedraggled

street tree in Brixton quite regularly. The gardener there

often pops out for a little chat to discuss his marigolds

and Mexican daisies that flourish despite the attention

of marauding cats and feral foxes. And of course the

‘bombs’ would be perfect for a school garden.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust recommend one which

contains wildflower seeds for scattering in either spring or the

autumn. They are protected with ‘added chilli’ which, it seems,

protects the seeds from predators like slugs and ants. The only

thing to remember with wildflowers is that they do best on

poor soil and would have a bit of a struggle if sown into grass.

The seed bombs remind me of the story of Ellen Willmott,

an Edwardian plantswoman who gardened at Warley

Eryngium giganteum or

‘Miss Willmott’s Ghost’

“If you want to

encourage bees

to your garden

buy seeds and

sow liberally ”

Place in Essex and had gardens in both France and Italy.

She had inherited a fortune and spent it lavishly on her

passion, employing over a hundred gardeners at one time.

She would, it seem, keep seeds in her pockets when visiting

friends’ gardens and would surreptitiously sprinkle them

in their borders as she passed. The plant that she is famous

for distributing is a beautiful one: Eryngium giganteum or

‘Miss Willmott’s Ghost’. I would happily have invited her

to share a few seeds with me. E. giganteum’s name could

really apply to the plant’s colouring as this big, bold, spiky

eryngium – it can grow to over a metre – has

late flowers which are surrounded by a ghostly

silver ruff. If you want to encourage bees and

other beneficial pollinating insects to your

garden, buy some seeds and sow liberally. It’ll

self-seed and you can then do Miss Willmott’s

job for her and pass some on to friends.

Chiltern Seeds’ forty-second catalogue

has just come out: compulsive reading

for the plantaholic. What I like is not only the variety

available but the fact that it is a family business born

of a keen gardener’s hobby. You’ll find ‘Miss Willmott’s

Ghost’ in there along with scrumptious trees, vegetables,

annuals, perennials and everything else in between.

I like the thought of perennials such as Perovskia

atriplicifolia ‘Taiga’, a new variety of the original species

native to Afghanistan, flowering away in its first season. It

is lovely for cutting and provides a wonderful, nectar rich,

late flowering cloud of blue. We’re going to experiment with

a new tobacco plant this year. Nicotiana hybrida ‘Starlight

Dancer’ is a new colour form of N. langsdorffii with its

small, limey, tubular flowers. The anthers of N. ‘Starlight

Dancer’ are a lovely chocolate brown. The thing about

tobacco plants is that they have such a long season and this

one can be woven through other border plants to knit your

planting scheme together. The Jamaican forget-me-not or

Browallia americana is a self-seeding annual grown from

seed which you might want to try this season. Sow in late

spring in a seed tray in a greenhouse/conservatory or porch.

Browallia americana has tiny, long flowering, amethyst blue

flowers which float in a rather gentle way through other plants.

Great Dixter used it to great effect in their borders last year

and I saw a really striking image taken by Jonathan Buckley of

the browallia growing with Phlox ‘Nora Leigh’ with its white

splashed leaves and a pinky mauve flower. I see that seeds are

available from the nursery at Great Dixter and by mail order.

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Investing in the brains

of tomorrow

From theatres to science labs and social hubs, three schools tell us about

their exciting new facilities, guaranteed to inspire young learners

The King’s School, Canterbury

What are the new facilities at the school? A collection of

basement rooms beneath Shirley Hall, the school’s main hall and

performing space, has been transformed into an open, modern

and attractive area comprising ‘Chums’ (the new Pupils’ Social

Centre), updated classrooms and a new specialist University and

Careers room which is now rightly positioned at the centre of the

school.

Preparation for the construction of the new Science Centre in

the Mint Yard area of the school has seen two old chemistry labs

relocated from beneath the soon to be demolished Mitchinson’s

Day House. The new labs are bright, spacious and designed to

allow synthesised theoretical and practical work.

Specially designed desks allow pupils to flow from one task to

another and provide ample space for more active teaching and

learning.

Mitchinson’s Day House has relocated to a site just

outside the main entrance of the school, where Count

Zborowski housed the original ‘Chitty

Chitty Bang Bang’ racing cars.

Designed by award-winning London architects Walters & Cohen,

the building provides contemporary areas for both study and leisure

activities, in easy reach of the main school buildings that lie within

the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral.

What was the inspiration to invest in this particular aspect of

school life? To provide a 21st century education within the context

of a World Heritage Site.

What are you most pleased with about the way the project has

turned out? The relocation of Mitchinson’s Day House enables

a transformation of classroom teaching and learning allowing an

integration of the sciences.

Did you use any specialist advisors or companies to design or

build the facilities? Award-winning London architects Walters

& Cohen are designing the new Science Centre and the new

Mitchinson’s house. They had previously overseen the conversion of

a former primary school into a new girls’ boarding house at school in

2016. Creative arts specialists Tim Ronalds Architects are contracted

to convert a Victorian malt house into a performing arts centre.


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Education

How have pupils – and parents - responded to the new

facilities? Current pupils have embraced the new facilities with

whole-hearted enthusiasm and spirit. Parents are pleased that the

school is modernising itself even within the constraints of a World

Heritage Site.

Do you have any plans for other new projects? A £50 million

building programme continues across numerous areas throughout

the school, the most ambitious level of investment being

undertaken by a UK independent school.

A Victorian malt house building is being transformed into a

stunning performing arts centre comprising a 350-seat theatre

complete with orchestra pit, dance and drama studios, bar and

dining facilities. This state-of-the art school facility will also be

available for community use.

Alongside the malt house theatre a brand new International

College is being constructed, which will join the family of King’s

Schools. Welcoming pupils aged 11-16 from all over the world the

International College will be a truly global community. A single

purpose-built unit, it will be a striking mixture of concrete and

glass intended to preserve the gentle industrial feel of the site.

The Mint Yard, an historic area within the Cathedral precincts,

will host a new science centre. Due to open in 2020 the building

has been designed to be in keeping with its beautiful architectural

surroundings. Alongside seven new physics laboratories, the

development will deliver a dedicated science research space, an

auditorium, and refurbished biology and chemistry laboratories.

It is anticipated that the new and improved facilities will enable

the school to extend their

partnership activities with

local state schools, adding to

the already successful Saturday

Smarties science masterclasses

and Community Science Day.

Improved dining facilities

are also on the menu. A second

dining space below the current

dining hall will make the most

of views across Green Court to

the Cathedral.

The King’s School, 25 The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent

CT1 2ES 01277 595501 kings-school.co.uk

What are the new

facilities at the school?

Our whole school is new this

year! Our children benefit from

outstanding facilities that very

few prep schools are able to offer,

including science labs, a floodlit

all-weather games pitch, full-

size sports hall, indoor swimming pool, professional dance

studio and specialist art, music, drama, food technology and

computing teaching spaces, and everything has had a facelift.

We’ve also created a suite of brand new pre-prep classrooms

and outdoor learning space, purpose built to give our youngest

children the very best start to their education.

What was the inspiration to invest in this particular

aspect of school life? As an Early Years specialist, our

Headteacher, Vicky Ellis places great importance on giving our

youngest children an appetite for learning, by ensuring that

everything they do in the classroom excites them and creates

opportunities to try new things. As a brand new school, we

expect to grow organically through the children joining our

Early Years classes.

What are you most pleased with about the way the project

has turned out? The flexibility of the space allows us to

constantly re-engineer the layout of the classrooms and keep

things exciting for the children.

For example, for our Reception topic ‘Around the World’

this term, we’ve built the Banstead Buccaneer, a pirate ship

that is ‘sailing’ the children around the world to different

destinations to learn about the geography and culture in

those countries.

How have pupils and parents responded to the new

facilities? Our first pre-prep classes are pioneering the way in

their new classrooms – and they love them! All year groups

from nursery up benefit from access to the specialist facilities

and parents have been amazed by how much we have achieved

in a short time.

Do you have any plans for other new projects? Yes, we are

continuing to improve other areas of the school and we are

especially excited about a giant climbing frame that appeared

in our playground during the half term holiday.

We are in the midst of creating a plan of works for future

years to continue to develop innovative learning spaces to

meet the demands of our growing school. We have room to

expand and to develop specialist facilities for the future. We’ll

be able to make sure that in this current climate of educational

change, Banstead Prep can continue to provide a curriculum

that goes far beyond what most prep schools can offer.

Banstead Preparatory School, Sutton Lane, Banstead, Surrey

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What are the new facilities at the school? The Baily Building

is the first capital project for the school in over ten years. It is a

magnificent teaching facility which sits alongside the Old School

Building, reflecting the glory of that in the expanse of glass which

forms the main façade of the new wing.

Inside, there are fourteen teaching rooms, an Art Room, a

Music Room and a 450 seat auditorium. For the first time in

thirty years, the school’s Years 3, 4 and 5 cohorts are together

in one environment, purpose-built for inspired and engaged

teaching and learning.

What was the inspiration to invest in this particular aspect of

school life? The teaching and learning is at the heart of any great

school. Whilst an outstanding teacher can inspire and influence

in any environment, there comes a time when they, and the

children, deserve the very best. After thirty years of changing lives

in a ‘temporary Portakabin classroom’, the time had come to call

in the demolition squad and to bring these classrooms up to the

standard of the rest of the school’s exemplary facilities.

What are you most pleased with about the way the project has

turned out? The space is big and light, and has a life and a spirit

which exudes creativity and encourages independent thought. It

is colourful, vital and full of life. It was completed in just one year.

And it came in on budget!

The auditorium gives us a place where the whole school can

assemble. It looks stunning in any light and at any time of day

and the curves add a sense of elegance and grace to its scale and

magnitude – but there is not one thing we are most pleased with.

Everything about the building takes our breath away.

Did you use any specialist advisors or companies to design

or build the facilities? The school worked with an architect

specialising in educational facilities. Our brief was interpreted well

and challenged effectively. The resultant design perfectly translates

our vision and delivers way beyond our expectations. It is a

modern building sitting alongside a piece of tradition and history.

The reflections caught in the glass capture, and make heroic, this

potentially uncomfortable juxtaposition.

How have pupils – and parents - responded to the new

facilities? The whole school community loves the Baily Building.

The children and teachers enjoy its style, space and light and our

parents are proud to have it within the school estate. All are in

agreement that it is no ordinary teaching space.

Do you have any plans for other new projects? The Baily

Building is Phase One of a Masterplan for the development of

the school site. Future phases are planned once we have lived and

loved the Baily Building for a little longer. It’s still too new and

wonderful to think of passing it over in favour of another project!

Hazelwood School, Wolfs Hill, Limpsfield, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0QU 01883 712194 hazelwoodschool.co.uk

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Nurture the child

– not the targets

Our new education columnist Hilary Wilce believes passionately

that a successful education starts with a child’s sense of self

This winter we got a new Minister for Education

and for once the person in charge of the country’s

schools had something interesting to say.

In his first big speech Damian Hinds announced that he

wanted schools to focus as much on developing children’s

character and resilience as on boosting exam results. And that’s

really good news - up to a point.

It’s vital that we help pupils learn how to stick at difficult

things, bounce back from set-backs, and be kind and thoughtful

to themselves and others. This inner strength is the greatest gift

we adults can give to children as they grow up.

But it’s wrong to think – as Damian Hinds seems to – that

teaching these so-called ‘soft skills’ is somehow separate from

teaching reading, writing, maths and science.

In fact, they are indivisible; you can’t make progress in maths if

you are terrified to make a mistake, understand literature without

empathy, or get your head round the hard parts of any school

subject without being willing to stick at it.

So schools should not just be told to offer character education

lessons, but encouraged to develop their pupils’ character at every

turn. And parents must play their part too – a much bigger

part than any school will ever play. Research shows that children

mainly take their values from home, so parents will always need

to be proactive and committed if they want to build strong, wellbalanced

children.

What’s testing you about education?

With an education system which seems to get ever more

complex the whole schools experience can be bewildering

for parents. With our annual education magazine,

supplements and regular features we address a wide range

of issues in the field, but we would love to know what

your particular areas of concern are. We won’t be able to

answer individual questions, but please email to tell us

what you would like to read more about at education@

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Art

Sat 3 Mar – Sat 14 Apr

New Ashgate Gallery Trust,

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Rising Stars 2018

View and collect some of the most

exciting new craft by emerging

makers in this curated exhibition

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Tues 6 Mar - Sun 3 Jun

Down Lane, Compton,

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A Pre-Raphaelite

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A ‘forgotten’ collection of later

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drawings, including important

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John

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Easter

Fri 30 Mar – Mon 2 Mar

Locations throughout England

Cadbury Easter Egg

Hunts

Once again the National Trust

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English countryside. There are

over 250 hunts going on across

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Winkworth Arboretum, River

Wey Navigations and Hatchlands

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vital conservation work to

protect special places for future

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craft corner, a stamp trail and a

full programme of farm activities

including tractor and pony rides,

goat milking, and pig races.

Info: bockettsfarm.co.uk

Sat 31 Mar 12noon & 2.30pm

Guildford High Street

The Passion of Jesus

The Wintershall players transform

Guildford High Street to the stage

of one of the greatest stories ever

told, in the home town of many

of the cast and crew.

Entry: Free

Info: wintershall-estate.com

Sat 31 Mar

Whiteley Village, Hersham

KT12 4EH

Easter Farm Festival at

Whiteley Village

With farm animals, horse and

cart rides, mini tractor obstacle

course, an Easter bunny trail, face

painting, bouncy castle, themed

crafts and local food and drink

exhibitors selling seasonal local

produce, the village of Whiteley

has all you could need to make

this Easter a great one.

Entry: £9, Children £5, Family of

four £25

Info: facebook.com/pg/

WhiteleyVillage

Fairs & Shows

Sat 10 & Sun 11 Mar

Ascot Racecourse, Hight Street,

Ascot SL5 7JX

Bride: The Wedding

Show

Mothers of the bride and groom

will be excited to hear that this

year’s Bride: The Wedding Show

falls on Mother’s Day. Expect a

wide selection of suppliers set over

two floors in the grand Pavilion,

goody bags filled with samples for

the first 100 brides through the

door, complimentary magazines,

competitions, deals and discounts

and the unmissable catwalk show.

Entry: Advance £5, Door £7.50

Info: bridetheweddingshow.co.uk

Sat 17 Mar 10am-3pm

Grayswood Village Hall,

Grayswood GU17 2LJ

Spring Homes &

Gardens Fair

Home & Vintage Living

A beautiful spring fair with a

stunning selection of French

Brocante, linens, soft furnishings,

home, garden ware & stunning

hand crafted gifts. There will be

spring plants & garden talks in

the tearoom and a playground for

children.

Entry: £2, under 14s free

Info: homeandvintageliving.co.uk

Families & Children

Sat 24 Mar

Chertsey Museum, 33 Windsor

Street, Chertsey KT16 8AT

River Celebration 2018

Runnymede Borough Council

reveres all things river related

with the launch of the River

Celebration exhibition and the

Forest Estate Community Hub

River Themed Spring Fayre, plus

refreshments, stands and activities.

Info: runnymede.gov.uk

Sun 25 Mar

Brooklands Museum,

Brooklands Road, Weybridge

KT13 0QN

Brooklands Mini Day

All Minis are invited to this

annual event with old classics,

vans, pickups, and modern

BMWs displayed in all areas of

the Museum site. As always Test

Hill will be in action (subject to

weather) and there will be a variety

of trade stands offering mini parts,

spares and memorabilia.

Info: 01932 857381 /

brooklandsmuseum.com

Food

Sat 10 – Sun 11 Mar

Farnham Maltings, Bridge

Square, Farnham GU9 7QR

Squires Kitchen

Exhibition 2018

Live chocolate art, a wedding

cake showroom, mini classes,

cake decorating competitions,

live demonstrations on things

like decorating cookies, cupcake

design, or sugar floristry; basically

everything sugary delicious and

gorgeous all in one place.

Entry: £15

Info: 01252 260260 /

squires-exhibition.com

Garden

Sat 10 Mar 9.30am – 12.30pm

Merrist Wood College,

Worplesdon, Guildford

GU3 3PE

Know your Garden Soil

Gain hands-on experience

in assessing garden soil and

evaluating what will make your

plants grow happily and healthily.

Entry: £45

Info: merristwood.ac.uk

Sat 17 Mar – Sun 10 Jun

Ramster Gardens, Petworth

Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4SN

Ramster Gardens

Reopen

See the famous display of

Camelias, Magnolias, Azaleas and

Rhododendrons and the seasonal

carpets of bluebells at Ramster’s

award-winning colourful gardens

which boast over 25 acres of

peaceful woodland, lake views,

and the unique 100 year old

avenue of maples.

Entry: £7.50

Info: 01428 654167 /

ramsterevents.com

Tues 27 & Weds 28 Mar

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane, Woking GU23 6QB

Early Daffodil

Competition

See the early flowering daffodils

out of the cold, including

exquisite miniature daffodils and

classes for daffodils grown in pots

and for novice growers.

Entry: Normal Admission

Info: 01483 224234 / rhs.org.uk

Mother’s Day

Sun 11 Mar 10am – 4pm

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham KT11 1JE

Mother’s Day

Treat your mum to something

special on Mother’s Day, with

a relaxing stroll through the


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The Spring Contemporary

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200 Exhibitors

NEW FOR THIS YEAR:

• 30 demonstrating exhibitors

• Live music on a central stage

• Specialist food exhibitors

The UK’s most popular Craft Fair

9am – 6pm Thursday to Sunday

9am – 5pm Monday

(Garden open to 6pm daily)

Admission to Garden also gives admission to Fair

Normal admission charges apply

Free Garden entry for RHS

Members • Last entry 1 hour

before closing • GU23 6QB

www.craftinfocus.com T: 01622 747325

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What’s On In March

landscape and cream tea and

Painshill Sparkling Wine at Mr

Hamilton’s Tea Room.

Info: painshill.co.uk

Sun 11 Mar from 1.30pm

Farnham Castle, Castle Street,

Farnham GU9 0AG

Mother’s Day

Afternoon Tea

Mums will love this elegant

afternoon tea at the castle with

live music, a selection of teas and

coffee and a surprise gift for mum.

Or if you feel like an extra treat,

there is an optional upgrade to an

English sparkling afternoon tea for

an extra £6 per person.

Entry: £39/person under 12s £19

Info: farnhamcastle.com

Sun 11 Mar

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill

Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Mums go free!

Take mum to Godstone Farm

this Mother’s Day to see the little

lambs, skipping goat kids and

blooming spring flowers, and,

because it’s her special day, she

will even get free entry with a

paying child. While there, grab a

last minute gift at the giftshop and

enjoy some cake at the tea room.

Info: godstonefarm.co.uk

Sun 10 Mar

The Friary, North Street,

Guildford GU1 4YT

VIP Ladies’ Day

You will want to turn up early to

this one – the first 100 customers

will be awarded goody bags, plus

you can get to the front of the line

for a free makeover in the free VIP

lounge. Topshop’s new concession,

Doll Beauty will also have celebworthy

lashes and there will be

a Belgian chocolate fountain,

free prosecco or elderflower, and

discounts in stores including

Accessorize, The Fragrance shop

and Boux Avenue.

Info: thefriaryguildford.com

Music

Fri 16 – Sun 25 March

Various locations around

Guildford

Guildford Spring

Music Festival

Artistic director Lucy Parham

leads a wonderful programme of

music, talks and workshops in

the Guildford area this month

with highlights including Young

Musician of the Year Jess Gillam, a

concert featuring pianist John Lill

and Classic FM’s John Suchet.

Info: gsmf.org.uk

Theatre

Sat 10 – Sat 17 Mar

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,

Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Cats

A fantastical tribe of feline friends

gather for a night of Midsummer

madness featuring Andrew Lloyd

Webber’s most memorable score.

Entry: From £15

Info: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Workshops

Fri 9 Mar, 20 Apr & 11 May

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,

Dorking RH5 6BD

Photography

Workshops

Learn to get the best out of

your camera with this workshop

covering camera controls,

portraiture, landscapes, action,

flash and low light photography.

Entry: £70

Info: nationaltrust.org.uk

Listings are correct at time of going to

press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next

issue of Surrey Homes for only £15!

Please supply up to 50 words that

should include date, time, venue, and

any entry price to whatson@

wealdentimes.co.uk or send with

payment (cheques payable to JPS

Media) to What’s On, Surrey Homes,

Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone Street,

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF. Surrey

Homes reserves the right to edit text

to fit space allocated. If you would

like your event listing to be

accompanied by a full colour

reproduction (42.5 x 62.5mm) of a

poster or other pictorial image, the

total charge will be £95. Deadline for

the April issue is 12 March 2018.

ShedArt Art Exhibition

Mon 19th to Sun 25th March 10am–5pm

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Join us this spring at Denbies Art Gallery and discover

a diverse and inspiring collection of original and

contemporary paintings. You will find lots of artwork to

fall in love with, and maybe take home that special gem.

With Easter just around the corner, you could win

a fabulous Easter Egg, in our prize draw raffle.

FREE

Admission

www.shedart.co.uk shedart@shedart.org

facebook.com/ShedArtUK

Denbies Wine Estate, London road, Dorking,

Surrey RH5 6AA www.denbies.co.uk

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● Mother’s day and Easter hampers & gifts

● Freshly baked bread

● A large selection of cheese & charcuterie

● Ready-made ‘cook’ meals

● Jams, chutneys & sauces

● Cottage tea garden serving

homemade sandwiches & cakes

● Vintage treasures, gifts and plants

● Vintage furniture

GIFT

IDEAS

Offer 1:

For the Novices

Bring your Mum along for a one

hours Clay Pigeon Shooting

Lesson for two, includes 50 clays

and cartridges, each gun hire and

insurance

(pre-booked only) Only £99

Offer 2:

For the experienced Shots

Bring your Mum along and get

her practice prices half price

OFFER

Week commencing

12 March - 16 March

Gift Vouchers

Available

WEST KENT SHOOTING SCHOOL

New Hay Farm, Old Hay (Off Pearsons Green Road)

Paddock Wood Kent TN12 7DG

T: 01892 83 4306

www.westkentshooting.co.uk

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Bounc

e

with joy this Easter

at Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village

Friday 30 March - Sunday 15 April

Kids go

FREE

Explore with family trails | Make at drop in workshops | Play in woodlands

See website for full details wattsgallery.org.uk | Closed 9 April | Guildford GU3 1DQ

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Competition

WiN A £250 SHoPPiNG voUCHer

For CoUNTY CLoTHeS!

Our spring fashion supplement is full of gorgeous clothes and accessories for

the girls – so it only seems fair to give the chaps a bit of the action with a

chance of a fashion treat with this fantastic competition. And what a treat!

The prize is £250 to spend at one of their four branches (Canterbury, Tenterden,

Reigate or Sevenoaks). Their range of contemporary and classic menswear includes

Barbour (above), Barker shoes, Olymp shirts, Meyer trousers, Cheaney shoes and RM

Williams, among many others. Find out more on countyclothesmenswear.co.uk.

HoW To eNTer: For

your chance to win a £250

shopping voucher for County

Clothes, just answer the

following question: How many

branches do County Clothes

have? Enter your answer with

your contact details* in the

online form at surreyhomes.

co.uk/competition or post

to: The County Clothes

Competition, Surrey Homes,

21 Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF by 31

March. Prize comprises one

voucher for £250. There is

no cash alternative and the

prize must be taken before 31

March 2019. *All entrants’

details will be passed on to

County Clothes and Wealden

Times Events. Please let us

know if you do not wish

your details to be passed on.

Congratulations to Anita from Woodbridge who wins our dog-friendly break competition from PetsPyjamas

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

The daffs are up and it can only mean one thing... lambs!

March already! Love it – the daffodils are out, the

birds are busy sorting out their territories (and

their love-lives) and here at Coopers it’s time to

start lambing.

Back in October we put the rams in with the ‘tegs’ (18

month old female sheep that are being mated for the

first time) a few weeks earlier than the main flock, in the

knowledge it will all start 147 days later, in the middle of

March. And every year we look forward to the prospect of so

much new life, completely forgetting the sleepless nights, the

tricky births and the inevitable sad losses.

Before it all begins there will be a visit to the agricultural

equivalent of Mothercare to stock up on birthing supplies.

Latex gloves (hygiene), colostrum powder (for the weaklings),

castration rings (pretty self explanatory), and bottles and

powdered milk for the unlucky third triplet (ewes only have

two teats so one unfortunate soul always gets left out).

Next step is to get the caravan ready. We used to take it in

turns to get out of bed in the farmhouse – a big deal when

you’re cosy and tucked up at 3am and it’s blowing a freezing

gale outside – to go down to the sheep shed to

check on progress. But then a couple of years

ago we had the idea to put an old caravan in

there with the girls, so all you have to do is tip

out for a quick look round without having to

endure the cold March winds outside.

In January we scanned all the ewes. Malcolm

the Scan Man runs a camera under their

stomachs - a process not unlike a human

pregnancy ultrasound scan – although of course the sheep are

not lying on their backs and Malcolm, unlike the midwife,

has a lot of wool to deal with.

We scan them so we see whether they are carrying singles,

twins or triplets and as they come through the scan machine

we are ready with the spray paint to put a splodge on their

“Before it all begins

there will be a visit

to the agricultural

equivalent of

Mothercare”

shoulder for a single, on the top of their tail for twins and a

stripe across the back for triplets.

Not only is this useful information at three in the morning

when you have to investigate a tricky birth which could

involve four legs or eight (or heaven forbid

twelve) but it also means we can feed

accordingly.

The last four weeks of pregnancy represent

the period of maximum growth for the lambs

and those ewes with multiple babes on board

need more food than those with singles. But

one of the biggest problems can arise with

the tegs that are carrying single lambs is that

if they eat too much in these last few weeks they can end up

producing a huge lamb that is devilish hard to get out.

Two or three days before the first lambs are expected, we

bring the ewes into the lambing shed where they will be quite

disgruntled, as they actively prefer to be outside, whatever the

weather.

They give birth in the large open-plan part of the shed

but once delivered we will move the new family units to

individual pens to ‘mother up’, the opportunity for the

mother and lambs to get to know each other’s bleats, baas and

smells so once back in the great outdoors they can find each

other if they get parted.

Before this happens they will all be given matching

numbers sprayed on the side of the ewes and the lambs, so if

two should get accidentally parted, you can wander around

the field carrying the lost no. 30 lamb seeking the matching

30 ewe and effect a happy reunion. Bring it on.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on Instagram @coopersfarm

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