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July 2018






Maggie Alderson selects this

month’s dream properties


Our top events to put in

your diary this month


A vibrant revamp of a

rambling old rectory






Kate Watts styles summery

frocks at our Midsummer Fair


Josephine Fairley finds petite

beauty buys to travel with


Eminé Rushton keeps your skin

safe for summer






Pools that are built to suit the

Great British climate (even

when it’s not so great)


Sue Whigham shares her

love of large leaves


Hilary Wilce on summer holidays






Products to help you steal

the rectory’s style


See inside the home of textile

designer Melanie Laslett


A guide to imitating the lovely

Melanie’s unique aesthetic



A look back at our biggest

ever Midsummer Fair





Dentist’s tips to keep you

smiling through the years


Find out what chef Toby

Welfare cooks for his family

when he’s off duty


Jo Arnell muses on a year in

the life of Great Dixter

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Maggie Alderson picks three stunning homes now on the market


The dream: A sentence from the

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unique hand-painted ceiling with 24k

gold leaf, crafted by the famous Austrian

decorator, Peter Stoff, who also restored

the interiors of Buckingham Palace and

the Palace of Sultan Brunei.” The Grade

II listed Jacobean revival mansion was

built in 1880 and comprehensively

renovated in 2012, adding modern

facilities without compromising period

detail. There’s an extension housing a

spectacular pool and gym, with a viewobserving

party platform roof.

Where: Oxshott, described in the

brochure as “the most expensive village

in England and the premier address

for top footballers and other sporting


Setting: Wooded landscape for miles.

Beds: 9 Baths: 9

Special features: A lift from the

underground parking to all four floors.

A Wendy house in the same style as the

mansion, that’s big enough to live in.

Pleasing details: Original Pre-Raphaelite

bas-reliefs and plastered ceiling.

Outside: A stunning outdoor pool

in formal landscaping, 360 degrees

panoramic views. A lot of car parking.

Time to town: “40 minutes from


Price: £14,500,000

Agent: Sotheby’s International Realty

01932 860537


Gore’s Farm


The dream: Timber clad, with a traditional

red-tiled roof, this is the full rambling

beamy dream, but with none of the closedin

feeling that can come with historic

houses of the genre. This timber-framed

house was built in 2007 and combines

modern features with the warmth of wood.

There’s a glass-sided open staircase and the

galleried dining room has a vaulted ceiling.

Where: Four-and-a-half miles from

Guildford, on the outskirts of the village of


Setting: Tranquil countryside, with farreaching


Beds: 5 Baths: 4

Special features: Stabling for ten horses.

Pleasing details: Cinema room, music

room, boot room, library, larder…

Outside: Eight acres of beautifully

landscaped gardens.

Time to town: A crisp 35 minutes from

Guildford to Waterloo on the fast train.

Price: £2,500,000

Agent: Savills Guildford 01483 796820

Plot 2, Highfield


The dream: Farmhouse-style architecture in a

new build, so you get all the ideals of modern

family life – two-car integral garage, a media

room and a very large kitchen/family area

opening onto a breakfast area with French

windows to the garden, plus a master suite with

a dressing room – without having to do the

renovation from hell. In a gated development.

Where: Just outside the village of Lingfield.

Setting: Rolling countryside, between two areas

of outstanding natural beauty.

Beds: 5 Baths: 5

Special features: A very large master suite with

its own balcony.

Pleasing details: Jolly handy for Lingfield Park

racecourse if you like the gee-gees.

Outside: Laid to lawn with some planting at

the front, more lawn at the back.

Time to town: Trains from Lingfield to

Victoria in under an hour.

Price: £1,795,000

Agent: Hamptons 01342 393034


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Previous page: The dining room is painted in Thai Sapphire

by Little Greene. The cast iron dining chairs are from Oka. The

botanical photograph is by Isabel Bannerman Top: Jane’s love of

peacock feathers is in strong evidence in the kitchen. The wallpaper

is by Matthew Williamson. The chandelier is by Lee Broom Above:

Looking through to the back kitchen

Every house has a story – but it’s very rare to find one

that feels like a story in itself. With this dwelling, in

the south east corner of Kent, even before you turn

into the gravel drive that slopes gently up to the elegant

porticoed entrance, there is a sense of a scene being set.

The perfect English meadow, with sheep safely grazing,

trees dotted through it, as though placed by Capability

himself, an ancient parish church set behind, all enclosed

by the kind of metal fences you see around major country

estates. It feels like it’s still the 18th century, when the

house was built, and if Mr Darcy were to swing into view,

wet shirt and breeches clinging to his hunksome frame,

you wouldn’t be at all surprised.

It fits perfectly with the most recent part of this house’s

history. The trail which brought the current owners to this

perfect Georgian rectory – only the fourth set of residents

not to be rectors of the parish – started with one of them

dreaming of a house with its own lake.

“We were still based in London,” says John, “but we had

a cottage near Canterbury. One day I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be

nice to have a lake at the end of the garden so you could

have a swim in the morning?’…”

A treasure hunt of houses began with the first one,

while being in entirely the wrong spot, too close to the


Left and below: The first glimpse of Jane’s extensive collection

of Murano glass in the main hall. The ebony console table is by

Gareth Neal

motorway, opening up the idea of the perfect proportions of a

Georgian house being what they were looking for.

“I had always said I couldn’t retire to the country,” says

Jane, “because the houses aren’t big enough, they’re all

barns and farmhouses, but when we saw the first house it

got us thinking maybe there are other Georgian ones.”

The next key plot point: separate Googling led them

both to the same house – the one where they now live.

“It said it was under offer,” says John, “but on an irrational

impulse I took the day off to come and look at it anyway –

and found the owners weren’t happy with the offer. I thought

Jane will say it’s too big…but when she came to look, to

my amazement she said ‘It’s going to be a lot of work’…

with the clear implication ‘and when can we start?’ ”

“We knew it was a ten-year project,” says Jane. “We’ve

done a room a year for six years and it’s not finished yet. We

couldn’t have done any of it without Kevin McNulty, our

wonderful builder. He’s my hero and genius problem solver.”

As they tell the tale, we are sitting around a large table

under a chandelier made from old-style decanters by Lee

Broom, in the huge kitchen, which is more of a series

of rooms, with a wonderfully theatrical feel – enhanced

further by the sound of the church bells ringing outside.

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Above: Behind a sofa in the sitting room, a collection of

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building, with parts dating back to the 13th century, with

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flower room, laundry and a food pantry. Viewed from

the main kitchen, framed by lit cupboards with Tiffany

blue-painted interiors, it has the air of a proscenium

arch, enclosing the scene set behind, with a central

storage island, painted the same blue, stage centre.

All around the main kitchen/dining area are those

blue-painted cupboards, lit from within to showcase

part (a small part…) of Jane’s extraordinary collection

of glass, which is a theme throughout the house.

“The kitchen nearly brought us to our knees,”

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dark, so we put back the south-west-facing window

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Jane doesn’t know which owner, but it’s quite a narrow

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it was an active rectory – and a grand one as befits such

a ‘good living’ with three parishes in its care. The church

sold it in 1928 and it stayed with that family until 1966.

For ten years after that, the house – by then

a Grade II listed building – stood empty and

became derelict, until the Council stepped in.

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and bought it from them,” says John. “They

made it good and dry and kept all the original


Above: The dining room viewed from the other end, showing the second Isabel Bannerman photograph over 12 figures of Chinese

astrology signs from Clignancourt fleamarket in Paris. The metal console tables were commissioned from Tom Faulkner, furniture

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This page: The wonderful pea green paint in John’s study also by

Little Greene. The curtain fabric is by Lacroix. John’s computer

is cleverly hidden behind doors in the bookshelves. The Chinese

porcelain Foo Dogs – or ‘guardian lions’ – on the mantelpiece are

another of Jane’s favourite things to collect

features, the shutters and the windows.”

Sitting with us at the table is another important

character in the story of the rectory, Mark Howorth

of the London-based interior and architectural design

company, Callender Howorth, who worked with Jane

and John previously on their London house and Kent

cottage, and played a big part in the décor of the rectory.

“Kitchens are normally very utilitarian,” he says. “But

this is more of a gallery of Jane’s lifetime collection of glass.

That’s why it is so much fun working with her. It’s all

about colour, texture, pattern. Jane will have an idea that

sparks something in our team, it’s very collaborative.’

This made it the perfect point for us to go and explore

what that collaboration has created, which turned out to

be more of an expedition than a house tour, as I filled 30

pages of my large notebook, with frantic scribbling.

It is truly rambling, with a back staircase up to the

mansard-roofed old wing of the house as well as the grand

one opposite the front door, and six to 12 bedrooms…

“depending how you look at it,” says John. I also lost count

of the number of bathrooms and can only remember that

they were all big and they were all fabulous and I wanted

to have a long leisurely bath in every one of them.


Left: The walls in the ‘blackboard loo’ have

been enthusiastically graffitied by the whole

family Above: The loo window is filled with

coloured Duralex tumblers, reflected in the

mirror on the window sill

But while it is a very large and varied house, it is unified in

character, all brought together by the owners’ personalities,

interests and collections, with various themes linking it all

together, cleverly merged into context by Mark’s input.

One of the themes is peacock feathers, which I first notice

on the decorative screen in the grand drawing room, in fabric

sourced by Mark. Later on I spot them again on the other

side of the house in the snug – a cosy TV room – where they

appear in a beautiful mosaic table by glass artist Nikki Ella

Whitlock, one of many craft makers Jane follows and collects.

And when, at the end of the house tour (several hours

later…) we returned to the kitchen, I spotted the peacock

wallpaper in there.

“There is something peacock in every room…” said Jane,

smiling. “I’ve always loved them, which made me want to

set off to the top of the house again to find them all, and I

would have been quite happy to have done so, being by that

point as much in love with a house as it’s possible to be.”

The magic starts in the hallway, where the glass collection

– as seen in the kitchen - comes into glorious focus in a

brightly coloured group of stunning hand-blown pieces of

Murano glass, collected over many years of visiting Venice.

(Clearly a special place to Jane and John, who have decorated

one of the guest bedrooms in tribute to it, with Venetian

scene curtains and some splendid Venetian glass mirrors.)

But back to the hall – although it is hard to

maintain your focus in a house where there are just

so many amazing things in every room, from groups

of interesting objects masterfully arranged, to the

wonderfully bold colours on the walls and curtains.

The first collection of glass you see on entering the house

sits on a console table made out of ebony by woodworker

Gareth Neal, combining classic forms used in antique

furniture, in a contemporary design. This is just one of many

– and I mean, many - pieces in the house sourced from the

Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) gallery on the South Bank.

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applied arts - glass, ceramics, textiles, metal, wood,

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into three tables as people gave her presents for it. Below: The first room we visit upstairs is Jane’s library, lined with books, many of

them first editions

In the drawing room is another collection, of ceramics by

Tanya Gomez, brilliantly grouped, as are all the objects of

interest throughout the house, by Jane; an art form in itself.

Indeed, I found it hard to tear myself away from some of

the groups of collated treasures, which are found in every

room. They are just so interesting to look at. In the dining

room, across the hall from the sitting room, were four I found

particularly captivating, each very different in character.

Against the far wall, is a row of a dozen green figures

depicting the 12 signs of Chinese astrology, their scale

making them a striking focal point – and the first hint

of another theme of the house, which features many

charming clusters of Chinese figurines, of various kinds.

On the other side of the room, on top of a matching console

table, is a fascinatingly varied collection of artworks and

bibelots, some from CAA, others made by friends and family.

The third arrangement is on top of the mantelpiece, the fourth

a splendid group of cut glass decanters on a drinks trolley.

But while I had to drag myself from what legendary

decorator David Hicks called ‘tablescapes’, this magnificent

room – with walls in Thai Sapphire by Little Greene - is

splendid wherever your eye falls and a perfect illustration

of the creative partnership between Jane and Mark.


Above and left: The mantelpiece in Jane’s library

with more chinoiserie and a detail of her very

personal collection of books Above right: a

collection of crystals

“I told Mark I wanted colour and he came up with this

wonderful purple,” says Jane.

“It’s all about colour, texture and vibrancy,” says Mark.

“Nothing was done in the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be. It’s

quirky. A house has to reflect the personality of the owners.”

“You made me brave,” adds Jane.

“We did push you a bit…” laughs Mark.

Perfectly illustrating the colour-texture-vibrancy here is his

choice of fabric for the curtains – a very bold, large scale red

and black velvet by Timorous Beasties, called Bird Branch.

Another of Mark’s touches, showing the (literal…)

polish a professional interior designer brings to a project,

are the antiqued mirror panels on the back wall.

“The premise of designing this house,’”says Mark, “was

giving back some love and character which had been lost

over the years, while working within the listed status.

“Because of the scale of the dining room – it really is

a huge room – it needed another element and I came up

with the idea of the antiqued mirror. But we had to be very

careful to get the balance right, not to be garish. It had

to be the right level of patina and the right scale. Because

the walls of an old house aren’t straight, it’s a bit skewiff

and that’s perfect, it looks like it’s been there 250 years.”

Alongside the contemporary energy boost from such

considered additions, the furnishings in the dining room

reflect its perfect Georgian symmetry, with four doors, two

windows and two facing console tables. Then there is the

brilliant touch of unmatching dining chairs. Mixed in with

eight antique chairs are four modern iron ones, from Oka.

The colour and drama continues when you step through

the door into John’s study – its wonderful bright pea

green paint standing out thrillingly next to the purple of

the dining room. This one is also by Little Greene, called

Phthalo Green. “It has the exact brightness, intensity and

acidity of green we wanted,” says Mark and once you’re

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This page: The ‘Library Loo’ featuring a table made of books,

book cover art by the Connor Brothers, from Lilford Galleries in

Canterbury, hanging books, book wallpaper – and a book that is

really a shelf

botanical curtain fabric he sourced from Lacroix (sweetie...)

Jane’s touch sings out from an arrangement of Chinese

guardian lions – ‘Foo Dogs’ – on the mantelpiece, who look

very much a family group. “I like tableaux,” she explains. She’s

certainly brilliant at creating them.

From the study, you step out through another door

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and out – into a dark stone-flagged corridor, with several

rooms off it. The first is the ‘blackboard loo’, a lavatory

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tumblers in multiple colours, the light pouring through them,

like a modern take on a stained glass window. It’s stunning.

Next door is a temple to Jane’s glass creativity – the

studio where she creates art works of her own using goldleaf-backed

glass mosaic pieces, she buys from the only

artisans in the world who still make them, in Venice.

Back out into the corridor and Jane’s unique


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examine the bedrooms was enough to tear me away.

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Jane’s library. A room, lined with books, many of them first

editions, that I never wanted to leave. With a chandelier

brought from their London house, a marble fireplace,

the original lift-up shutters still working and polished

floorboards, sloping endearingly downhill, it’s a haven.

Next door is another loo, also fitted out Jane style. There is

a table in the shape of a pile of books, brilliant (and pleasingly

naughty) book cover artworks by the artists known as the

Connor Brothers and ‘bookshelf’ wallpaper. And next to the

loo what appears to be a pile of books hanging in mid-air.

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the adjacent bedroom – where a ‘life-size’ stuffed unicorn

head, mounted on a panel, stops me in my tracks.

“It was Jane’s idea,” says John, clearly delighted at my

reaction. “She said ‘a house like this should have moose heads,

but that means killing things. We should get a unicorn.’”

And then, being the conjurer of objects of beauty and

curiosity that she is – she found one. An item of myth and

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Above: Melanie left the lovely worn paint on the wooden stairs. The bathroom to the right was created in what was

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adaption was to create a dream bathroom.

“That was the first room to be completed – and it’s

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The original bathroom was downstairs, so it made sense

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slighted raised plinth of grey and white patterned Moroccanstyle

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“I love introducing a focal point with pattern, rather

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“We can sit in bed with our morning cups of tea and gaze

out – and whatever time of year it is, the view is never bleak.”

This room has plenty of Melanie’s signature pops of

pattern. A plump, floral print eiderdown, another of her

vintage buys, resides at the foot of an M&S iron bed and

a black and white optical print woven rug from John

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Propped up against the side of the wardrobe is a vintage

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This page: The front door

opens into the kitchen. The

units are from Jewsons and

the encaustic tiles are from

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waxed to intensify the colour and protect the paint.

Downstairs, the living room/office and kitchen/dining

room are open plan and engineered oak flooring has been

laid throughout for uniformity. Both rooms have windows

to the front and rear, so light floods in most of the day.

“When I first arrived, the main room was already knocked

through, so I didn’t have to do any major structural work.”

The majority of the building work on the ground floor was

focused on creating the spacious kitchen diner. The small

downstairs bathroom was ripped out to make way for the

dining area and a skylight fitted to introduce yet more light.

Slate grey kitchen units from Jewsons were cleverly

customised by Melanie’s uncle and their modern, no-nonsense

utilitarian feel is softened by quartz sandstone worktops.

“The quartz adds a bit of sparkle and glamour,” she

says. Her signature pop of pattern is present in the form of

Moroccan jewel-coloured encaustic tiles sourced in London.

“I laid them out like a patchwork quilt and I love the

fact that they introduce a riot of colour to the kitchen.”

A vintage painted cupboard houses her collection of

glass and crockery and a Georgian folding leaf dining

table purchased in Somerset is positioned by the window

that overlooks the front garden. Next door, although the

living room and combined office is long and narrow,


This page: The living space had already been knocked through.

The denim-covered sofa is by Danish designer Peter Jeppesen

and the coffee table is from Heals. The shelving unit, left, is

vintage Habitat

Melanie’s choice of furniture has maximised the space.

“It’s all about proportion and choosing pieces

that are linear and not space hungry.”

Here’s where her eye for a mid-century modern classic

and a vintage buy comes into play. A retro Habitat metal

and wood shelving unit is home to a collection of vases

and books, while an elegant Danish wood and darkdenim

upholstered settee by Peter Jeppesen is roomy but

doesn’t dominate space. A lozenge-shaped Heal’s coffee

table and trio of 90s Habitat nest tables make this part of

the room the perfect place for parties and socialising.

At the far end of the room, Melanie has her office

from which she runs Laslett England, her printed

textile and scarf-making business. Her silk pocket

squares are stocked by Bloomingdales in New York

and she also runs a successful online boutique.

“Anyone who works from home knows the dilemma of

combining living and work space. But fortunately, this room is

large enough for both, without my work being intrusive.”


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Above: A woodburning stove keeps the sitting room cosy.

Left: Melanie’s work space is at the other end of the room

Solutions such as a glass desk and generous shelves to

hold stock and paperwork have made the space work harder.

But for Melanie, the cottage extends beyond the walls.

“One of the things that I was most attracted by when

I first saw this house was the garden – and although I

am overlooked by eight other homes, there is a feeling

of privacy and space because of the location.”

Although the previous owner had created the garden

from scratch Melanie was keen to add her own signature

and her partner was happy to weigh in for the grunt

work. The first step was to create an area to sit and enjoy

the sun. They used galvanized metal gabion baskets they

found in the garden to create a wall between the planted

area and the patio, topping them with two large pieces of

driftwood to create a perfect pair of wooden benches.

“I didn’t want the traditional English seaside garden

with pebbles and pea shingle, but when I went to Beth

Chatto’s gardens for inspiration, I fell in love with her gravel

garden. And one of the main benefits is that you don’t

need to water it, so it’s incredibly low-maintenance!”

The rest of the garden is stuffed full of hardy


Above: Melanie keeps her workspace ordered with a shelving unit from Habitat. The glass desk is also from there

perennials, accent shrubs – and the odd cactus.

Rosemary rubs shoulders with lavender, sage with thyme,

geraniums with weigela, curry plant with agave.

The front/back of the house, with the Georgian facade,

has a very different feel. “It feels more tropical and is more

enclosed than the back garden. I brought a palm with

me from London and have planted it here – they love

the sea air – and there is also an Echium, another coastal

lover, and sea kale, which I’ve mixed with foxgloves.”

As with the interior, Melanie has used touches of

colour and pops of pattern to make the garden her own,

while still retaining the original charm and personality

which first magnetically attracted her. Does she see

herself staying in her East Hill idyll for years to come?

“Buying this cottage has always felt that it was meant

to be. Yes, I made the decision quickly, but there were

so many things that I loved. The garden, the location,

the views, the house itself. The fact that whichever

window or door I look out of I am never bored.”

I’m guessing that’s a yes.

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‘It’s should be called Hole Park’ quipped

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across the sunlit show ground at this

year’s Wealden Times Midsummer Fair,

sponsored by Harpers and Hurlingham.

The cast of Maggie’s movie included a record

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spilled out of five large marquees and four

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selling a fantastic range of furnishings, food,

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Every quintessential English summer’s day

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zone hosted live music each day from local

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St Ronan’s Jazz Band and Marlborough

House Choir. On Saturday lunchtime

Cranbrook Town Band played for us for

two glorious hours, supplying the perfect

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Finally, we must thank the weather

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breeze to our movie set each day.

We hope you’ll join us for our next

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15, 16 & 17 November 2018 at The

Hop Farm, Paddock Wood. Tickets

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What more glorious setting could there be for lovely summer dresses than the Wealden Times

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A Year of Wellness

These days it can feel as though you need a PhD in biochemistry to

navigate the suncream shelves. Wellbeing editor, Eminé Rushton, breaks

down what the labels mean, and how to keep skin safe, naturally

July: natural protection



skin has always been

sensitive to synthetics. As

a child, whenever I came

into contact with perfumed lotion or

bubble bath, I would immediately flare

up – red skin, sore patches, eczema.

Because of this sensitivity I’ve had to

figure out what my skin can tolerate

and have ended up with a vanity bag

of simple natural oils, soothing balms

and mineral make-up. Suncream was

always trickiest, though. Hives, heat

rash, prickly heat, eczema – I couldn’t

go near the stuff. I later learned that

this was because so many

of the biggest names in

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chemical UV filters,

which absorb the sun’s

rays into the skin, and

then release that

energy as heat.


argue that UV

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as harmless photons from the

skin, before it can be absorbed by

any of our reactive cells, or DNA.

Yet, lab studies have shown the

absorption rate of the most commonly

used chemical sun filter, oxybenzone

can be anywhere from 1 to 9%.

An important 2010 study carried

out by the University of Zurich also

detected oxybenzone and four other

sunscreen filters in Swiss women’s breast

milk, indicating that the developing

foetus and newborns may be exposed

to these substances too. Oxybenzone

and octinoxate have now also been

shown to act like oestrogen in

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and compelling research

also linking it to a higher

Covering up

when in direct

sunshine is

the wisest

move of all

incidence of endometriosis in women.

As if that were not enough, Hawaii

has just passed a bill to ban both

of these chemical sunscreens from

being sold on their territory – to

preserve their magnificent coral

reefs, following damning reports

on the impact that these nondegradable

chemicals are having on

our delicate marine ecosystem.

Complicating matters even

further is that almost every chemical

sunscreen is, to some degree or other,

shown to be pretty unstable when

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When exposed to UV

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and mexoryl SX, are by far the safest,

with very limited skin penetration and

no evidence of endocrine disruption.

The former, however, does have a

relatively high propensity to cause

skin irritation as it breaks down.

So which brands do I entrust with

my skin? Even 100% mineral filters zinc

oxide and titanium dioxide have their

potential problems. There are those

who believe that using nanoparticles of

heavy metals, such as zinc and titanium,

could also pose inhalation risks.

The International Agency for Research

on Carcinogens has classified titanium

dioxide as a possible carcinogen when

inhaled in large doses, because the lungs

have difficulty clearing nanoparticles,

which may pass from the lungs into

the bloodstream (source:

It’s a minefield, but common sense

can prevail. A big hat, sunglasses and

covering up when in direct sunshine

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move of all. And if you want to soak up

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forget that it remains our best provider

of vitamin D - you can healthily do so

in the early morning, and late afternoon.

You can also boost your skin’s own

resilience to the sun by upping your

antioxidant intake: resveratrol, a

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Teeth always matter, but as

we get older the key issues in

looking after them can change

– we asked two dentists to give

us their expert tips on how to

keep smiling down the years

Russell Blanchard BDS

StoneRock Dental Care, Hawkhurst

What are the most important things to do

to safeguard your teeth over the age of 50?

A good day-to-day cleaning regime and a diet low in sugar

and acidity is as important over 50 as it is under, for the health

of our teeth. As we grow older there may be an increased

reduction in saliva production, which is very important

to protect the teeth, so with specific advice and products

such as Xylitiol or sugar-free gum we can help encourage

saliva production and reduce the risks of active decay.

Natural bone loss over time may cause the more vulnerable

roots of the teeth to be exposed, giving rise to increased

sensitivity and decay of the root surfaces. Regular dental

visits for advice on how to manage these areas and input

from a dental hygienist will benefit with cleaning and

protecting the surfaces with bespoke fluoride treatment

if indicated. And as we get older any untreated gum

disease will potentially risk the affected teeth being lost.

Over time all teeth will wear to some degree. Previous

dentistry may need replacing and it’s important to

keep track with regular checks and digital images.

Then you can make informed choices on how further

wear and tear can be reduced and whether dental

treatment – functional, or aesthetic – is needed.

Can everyone have tooth whitening? Or

is it less advisable with older teeth?

Anyone over 18 can consider tooth whitening, but we

would always check the health of the teeth and gums first

and the procedure should always be provided by a dentist.

For older patients we would assess the potential success of

the procedure before starting, because enamel will whiten

and dentine won’t, so the more yellow root surfaces we

sometimes see in older teeth will not be whitened.

What are the most common cosmetic

dentistry issues for older patients?

People consider cosmetic dentistry because they would

like to improve their smile or dental appearance. This

motivation is specific to each client and even the smallest

concerns are relevant if they can be realistically improved.

The success of any cosmetic procedure depends on the

end result meeting the expectations of the patient. An

“However small your worry, if

it matters to you, it’s important

to ask and find out how

it might be changed”



open communication with the clinician where concerns

and possible outcomes can be discussed is vital.

Examples of previous work and bespoke digital predictions

of the client’s end results, as well as trial smiles, can be

created to provide patients with a good understanding of

what to expect before going ahead with any changes.

The most common complaints are “I don’t like the way

my teeth look” and “I just don’t like smiling anymore

in photos” which may be as a result of mismatched

fillings or old crowns in front teeth, crowded, worn, or

missing teeth or old ‘silver’ fillings in the back teeth.

Most troubling is loose or missing teeth which not only

can be debilitating aesthetically but functionally too.

We can resolve these concerns with a variety of procedures:

hand-built tooth coloured fillings and veneers, ceramic

restorations, implant crowns and bridges, dentures - and

sometimes just with improved cleaning and whitening.

However small your worry, if it is important to

you then it is important to ask and find out how it

might be changed. Discussing your concerns will

allow you to find out specifically what your options

are and how they can be achieved before you start.

StoneRock Dental Care, Stonerock House,

High Street, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Kent

01580 752202

Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic

What are the most common dental

health issues for people as they age?

As we age the risk of tooth decay increases. It increases

when teeth are not cleaned thoroughly, possibly

because of dexterity problems such as arthritis, and

when prescribed medications cause dry mouth.

Older people often have a legacy of dated dental

treatments, which need replacing with modern alternatives.

Tooth wear can be a problem, but modern materials and

techniques mean that lasting repairs can be made.

Teeth can also move with age, but there are many

orthodontic solutions available to all ages, from bespoke

fixed braces such as Insignia and Incognito, Invisalign clear,

removable aligners to faster systems for adults such as Cfast,

which can straighten most adults’ teeth in 6-9 months.

Gum disease, diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune

conditions and dementia are all associated with a deterioration

in oral health, which should be closely monitored.

It is important to maintain regular check-ups

with your dentist, so that as you age your dentist

can take preventive measures and plan treatment

for the future to minimise problems.

Are people keeping their own teeth

longer than they used to?

With better oral health education and products available

to keep your teeth healthy, people can look after their

teeth for life, with regular dental check-ups, preventive

measures and hygiene appointments. However, people

can lose teeth at any age as a result of gum disease,

tooth decay, dental infections and trauma.

As people are now living a lot longer, we have to look after

our teeth to ensure they last, with healthy eating and visiting

your dentist for regular check-ups and preventive treatment.

If teeth are too badly damaged to save, what are

the options for replacements?

Dentures have been the option for replacing teeth for

many years, and a clinical dental technician can now make

dentures that fit securely and look like natural teeth.

However, no matter if you have lost one, several or

all your teeth, expertly placed dental implants offer the

best fixed long-term solution. They provide a stable

base to which your crown, bridge or implant-stabilised

denture can be securely attached, and will be made to

look, fit and function just like your natural teeth.

Prices vary widely for implants, but always look

for a dentist who has years of expertise and uses

well-researched materials, rather than the cheapest

option; often these dentists have only been on a short

course and use cheaper systems that do not last.

The dental implant team at Elmsleigh House have

helped patients who have had implants placed elsewhere

fail, and are referred patients for dental implants because

they are trusted for their expertise and longlasting results.

One of the first implant patients at Elmsleigh House is still

enjoying her replacement teeth placed over 30 years ago.

What are the relative costs, time taken

and longevity of the different options?

This is a difficult question to answer because each

option depends on an individual’s dental health and

overall health – and the level of expertise, technology

and quality of materials used by the practitioner.

With dental implants, it is essential they are placed in

healthy gum and bone, so sometimes extra work is needed

such as a bone graft to ensure secure and longlasting

results. Everything must be bespoke to the individual.

To ensure the best dental care at any age, it is

important to:

• Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one

other time in the day with a fluoride toothpaste

• Cut down on sugary food and drink

• Visit your dentist for regular check-ups, as often

as they recommend, and your hygienist for

professional cleaning.

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Chef ’s home


Beverly, Woody and Toby eat dinner, in their home over the restaurant

Good enough to eat in the restaurant, but quick and easy to

prepare at home - what a chef cooks for his own family

Since opening The Cloudberry restaurant in

Cranbrook in January this year, life has been

very busy for chef Toby Welfare and his wife

Beverley - and catering for family meals between

restaurant busy shifts has not always been easy.

“It can be easy to start grabbing instant food,”

Toby admits. “But the trouble is you don’t feel

great afterwards. The trick is to find food that is

uncomplicated and quick to prepare.”

This is something that son Woody, 9, already

appreciates. He loves dad’s homemade pizza and

pasta, with sliced courgettes sautéed in butter.

“Remember things that you ate as a kid,” says

Toby. “Adapt them, add in extras: a drizzle of

pesto, a blob of mozzarella, or some salsa verde. Try

different combinations, as long as the ingredients

are good it will work.”

Another great chef’s tip is to have a semi-prepared

risotto base ready in the fridge (see opposite). A

composed salad can be treated the same way. With

a couple of additional ingredients, a mix of leaves

and raw vegetables can become a complete meal.

“You just need to have something rich to add in,”

says Toby. “Chicken or cheese, something to lift it.

Change the dressing, add mayo, herbs, whatever

you have in the fridge – asparagus, peas, beans.”

Chicken thighs are another stalwart. “Thighs

have a lot of flavour and are quick to cook. It’s

such a versatile meat. Tarragon goes really well with

chicken, lemon is great, or mushrooms…”

Slotting home cooking into a hectic schedule can

seem a challenge, but as Toby shows with some

good standby staples and a few chef’s shortcuts,

delicious family meals can be rustled up in no time.



Cod with summer vegetable risotto

Serves 4

• 4 cod steaks, skin slashed

• Risotto base:

• 200g risotto rice

• 1 medium onion finely


• 2 celery stalks peeled and

finely chopped

• 2 cloves garlic finely


• ¾ pint vegetable stock (a

good stock cube will do)

• Splash of white wine

• 1 courgette finely diced

• 250g spinach finely


• 150g podded peas

To finish

• Knob of butter

• 2 tbsp grated parmesan

1Fry the onion and celery

in some light olive oil until

soft, add the garlic and cook

for one more minute, don’t

allow the garlic to colour. Add

the risotto rice and stir fry for

a minute until the grains are

slightly translucent. Add the

spinach, courgettes and peas

and cook for about 3 more

minutes. Add a good splash

of wine (125ml glass will do)

and cook, stirring all the time

until it evaporates.* see Chef’s

Home Tip

2Once the white wine is

absorbed into the rice,

keep adding a ladle of hot

stock one at a time until the

rice is almost cooked – it

should still have a bite to it.

3Take off the stove, add

a good knob of butter

and a handful of parmesan

cheese, stick a lid on and rest

for 5 mins. Meanwhile salt

the cod steaks and place skin

side down into a hot oiled

frying pan. Crisp up the skin

and turn over and place in a

pre-heated oven (gas mk 6) for

6-8 mins depending on the

thickness of the fish.

4When the cod is ready,

stir the risotto and place

a mound in each bowl. Place

the cooked cod on top. You

can finish this with a dollop

of pesto, or simply a good

squeeze of lemon.

*Chef’s home tip

You can make risotto days

in advance and quickly

finish it off to use when

you need it. Prepare it

to the stage marked *

opposite, then spread it

out on a baking tray. Leave

to cool, then transfer to a

bowl or storage box and

it will keep in the fridge

for up to five days. All you

need to do when you want

to use it, is add roughly

two ladles of hot stock,

stirring all the time until

the stock is absorbed and

the rice is cooked.




















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Parma ham, goat curd,

pea & broad bean


Chicken thigh, olives

& green beans with a

basil & lemon dressing

Serves 4

• 8 slices parma ham

• 150g soft goat’s cheese

• 4 tbsp crème fraîche

• 100g fresh podded peas

• 100g broad beans


• Bunch of basil

• Clove of garlic

• 2 tbsp of grated parmesan

• Olive oil to loosen

• Pinch of salt


• Half a lemon

• Tsp Dijon mustard

• 5 tbsp extra virgin

olive oil

• Salt and pepper

• Chopped chives and mint

1Blanch the peas and

broad beans for a minute

in boiling water then refresh

under cold running water.

Mash the goat’s cheese and

crème fraîche until you have

a smooth paste – this is

your ‘goat curd’. Heap two

tablespoons of curd onto each


2Bash the pesto ingredients

in a pestle and mortar

slowly incorporating the olive

oil until you have a thick

pourable consistency (this

tastes even better if you do it

the day before). Pour a little

over the ‘goat curd’.

two slices of parma

3Fold ham around the goat

curd, fat side up so they look

a little like tulip petals. Dress

the broad beans and peas and

scatter around the parma ham

and goat curd, scatter the

chopped chives and mint over

the top.

Serves 4

• 8 chicken thighs, boned

• 3 tbsp green olives

• 1 packet green beans


• Salad leaves (rocket,

watercress, lamb lettuce)

• 1 red onion cut in half,

then sliced

• 6 basil leaves


• Extra virgin olive oil

• Lemon

• 1 clove of garlic, crushed

• salt

1Salt the skin on the

chicken thighs and place

skin side down in a cold

frying pan with a splash of

olive oil. Put on the heat, the

rising temperature will release

the fat from the skin and crisp

it up, this takes about 6-8

mins. Turn the chicken thighs

and put in a pre-heated oven

gas mark 6 for 5 mins until


2Meanwhile cook the green

beans in boiling water. I

like to cook them for 5 mins

until slightly limp, I don’t like

green beans when they still

have their ‘squeak’ but if you

want it more al dente I’d give

it mins.

3Crush the garlic and salt

with the flat of a knife

until you achieve a paste. Put

in a bowl and whisk in the oil

and lemon, and add any juice

from the pan you’ve cooked

the chicken in, add the warm

green beans, olives and basil

and toss.

each thigh in half and

4Cut stack the dressed beans,

salad leaves and red onion on

the plates. Rip up the basil

and scatter over. Serve with

chunks of crusty bread.


Peach Melba with crushed amaretti biscuits

Serves 4

• 3 ripe peaches

• 100g caster sugar

• 300ml water

• 1 vanilla pod, split

• Good vanilla ice cream

• Amaretti biscuits

Chantilly cream:

• ½ pint double cream

• 50g icing sugar

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

1You can peel the peaches

but I find it always

reminds me of tinned peaches

when you do, so I leave the

skins on. Heat up the water,

sugar and split vanilla pod,

bring it to the boil, stirring to

release the vanilla seeds. Take

off the heat.

2Meanwhile cut the peaches

into thin wedges and put

into the hot sugar syrup. Leave

to cool.

3Whip the double cream

with the icing sugar and

vanilla essence until soft peaks.

4Now construct the

pudding. Get individual

bowls with a bit of height - the

old fashioned coupes that ice

cream parlours use are ideal.

Place the peach slices, napping

over the sugar syrup in the

bottom of the bowl. Scoop a

nice ball of ice cream on top of

this, spoon over the Chantilly

cream, then roughly crush the

amaretti biscuits with your

hands over it.

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A great World Gin Day experience

Silent Pool Distillers, home of the

award winning Silent Pool Gin, held

their third public open day to help

celebrate their favourite day of the

year, ‘World Gin Day’. The distillery

welcomed all members of the public

for a family-friendly day out next

to the spring-fed Silent Pool.

Surrounded by elements from their

award winning Chelsea Flower Show

garden, guests enjoyed live music

from local artist Pixie and sensational

gourmet food from Surrey Spice.

The talented team of distillers served

drinks from their enticing bar menu,

showcasing the distillery’s handcrafted

range of 6 other gins, fruit based

liqueurs and their super smooth

WRY vodka with each of the Silent

Pool Gin drinks served in one of their

beautifully branded Copa glasses.

Free distillery tours ran throughout

the day where attendees had an

exclusive first peak at the new 1800L

bespoke copper still, 5 times the size

of the original still, Juliet. Not only

this, but they even witnessed the new

bottling line in action – a real first! A

sea of teal bottles glided through this

mechanical marvel, each bottle filled

with delectable Silent Pool Gin and

capped with beautiful glass stoppers.

Tom Hutchings, Distillery Manager

said “It’s really important to us that

we thank those who have supported

us from the start. We are absolutely

thrilled that our signature Silent Pool

Gin is rolling out across the World, but

none of this could have been achieved

without the continued support from

our local followers. Open Day was a

chance to give something back.”


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Portrait of

a Garden

Jo Arnell shares her impressions of a year at Great Dixter,

one of the great gardens of England, inspired by a new

tribute by esteemed photographer Julian Anderson

Everchanging, always interesting, often breathtaking,

Great Dixter is a fascinating place to visit. Famous

for the giant Alice in Wonderland topiary, installed

by the father of its creator, the late Christopher Lloyd, it is

a place of floaty meadows and singing plant combinations,

all set off by Lutyens’ architecture and design.

For the last ten years in the care of world-renowned

head gardener Fergus Garrett – who joined Lloyd there

in 1992 and whose idea it was to put cactus and other

exotic plants into the once Edwardian garden – it’s

one of my own very favourite gardens to visit. I return

to it again and again and I’m always enthralled.

Eminent photographer Julian Anderson (who has 27

pictures in the permanent collection of the National Portrait

Gallery) was equally inspired and has spent a year taking

photographs as the weather and the light change through

the seasons. The results, some of which can be seen here,

are being gathered into a sumptuous, crowd-funded book.

“I’ve visited Dixter on a weekly basis, at different

times of day and in differing weather conditions, for

one calendar year,” he says. “The result is a series of

pictures chronicling Dixter’s evolving life, as seen

through the eye of a portrait photographer.”

As well as contextual shots of areas of the garden, Julian’s

pictures capture moments: small unfurlings, intimate

snapshots and minute effects. Many of these result from

changes in the weather. Touches of frost, mist, and slanting

rays of sunshine are beautifully recorded as the garden

drifts, shifts, bolts and blooms through the months.

Great Dixter is a garden that is magnificently in tune with

the seasons and no visit there is ever the same. There are

always new combinations of plants, exciting experiments

in border design, all held together by the constant - and

very characterful presence of the house and yew topiary.

Here are my own, very personal, impressions of a

year there.





Spring spectacular

My impressions of Dixter in late spring (the gardens open

to the public in April) are of tulips and topiary. Mad, darkly

looming yew shapes: peacocks on pyramids, castellations

and huge chunky archways. They are too impressive to be

whimsical, but you wouldn’t bat an eyelid if you came across

a talking caterpillar on a giant mushroom somewhere here.

The yew is a dark green backdrop, acting as both

anchor and stage set, showcasing the luminous dancing

troops of tulips among the fresh new growth of perennial

foliage. The first wisps of monstrous fennels are already

prominent, yet to rear up to their eventual dizzying

heights, you can almost hear the squeak of them as they

expand among their companions in the stock beds.

It is joyful and uplifting to come to Dixter in May,

when the spring bulbs are sounding their fanfare and the

wave of surging green is making its summer promises.

Summer meadows and exotica

Early summer starts with drifts of opium poppies – which give

the relaxed impression of being self-seeded, but are actually

grown from seed and planted out as seedlings – among clouds

of airy purple Thalictrum, abundantly buzzing meadows

and the beginnings of the bedding. But not bedding in the

municipal style, instead, wild and outrageous experimental

bursts of colour, combined in often unexpected ways.

Flower borders at Great Dixter, Christopher Lloyd

showed us in his book, The Adventurous Gardener are

exuberant, dynamic and often groundbreaking.

Lloyd famously caused a horticultural intake of breath

when he and Garrett ripped out the rose garden – created

by Lloyd’s mother – and replanted it with exotics. A few

roses still manage to eke it out there, swamped by a glorious

outrage of bananas, palms, canna lilies and ginger.

By late summer the yew hedges and topiary have become

floating green islands on a riotous sea. Only those in the

meadows are calm, as the wildflowers and grasses fade gently

into dusty gold, setting seed and dying back for the winter.

Self-seeding and the use of accidentally and deliberately

planted annuals and biennials are a big feature of the


style here at Dixter. Some are magnificent and become

focal points. Verbascum bombyciferum - a huge yellow

spire with felty grey leaves - tall teasels, tame thistles

and evening primroses make arresting focal points.

Some are gentler; swathes of Verbena bonariensis and

Tagetes ‘Cinnabar’ wash through the borders, filling out into

tapestries and impressionistic panoramas. Late summer here

is an endless lesson of colour effects and artful serendipity.

Autumn glories

The start of autumn at Great Dixter is as spectacular as high

summer, the exuberance not dimmed until temperatures

dip and the sun hangs lower in the sky. The borders

are still in full swing, when those in other gardens have

fizzled out and become drab echoes of themselves.

Here at Dixter, dahlias gleam like jewels, tall daisies reach

for the skies and whacky, candy pink blooms of Persicaria

orientalis dangle wildly among the ornamental grasses.

There is a slow softening as the days shorten;

the light slants among the grasses, and the narrow

paths, now festooned with foliage, can wet your

legs with dew or recent rain as you brush past.

By the time the garden closes to the public, the

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dusty purple. The herbaceous plants and flowers start

to die back and now the art is in dying gracefully,

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meadow plants and grass from previous seasons. They

will be gathered in before the frosts arrive and are then

clustered in groups in the house and the porch, posed, as

if waiting for a still life painter. They are ornamental, but,

like all the vegetables grown here, are completely edible too

and used as meal ingredients for the staff and visitors.

Winter architecture

The garden is shut to the public in winter, but I can

imagine that this is when the architectural shapes of shrubs,

trees and evergreens come to the fore. The grasses will

stand unbowed until spring, perennial seed-heads and

teasels silhouetted against them in the low winter light.

Cotoneaster horizontalis, so often overlooked or

used in dull corners in other gardens, is shown off

here as a focal point, with its zig-zag of herringbone

stems overlapping into a sculptural mound.

Julian’s book affords us the pleasure of some out of season

glimpses of the garden while it is sleeping, frost enhancing its

curves, mist settling like a soft blanket across the meadows

and the odd poignant leftover from the summer hanging

poetically, as if it has been waiting for Julian’s camera all year.

For the full ‘Dixter effect’ you really do need to visit more

than once, you will find something different and interesting

every month of the year, so I recommend a season ticket.

If you are unable to get there, or would simply like a linen

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Sue Whigham rejoices in the splendour of plants with outrageously large leaves

It was serendipitous that we discovered that Blenheim

was to be closed for two days recently, as we had to

put our visit off and decide on a ‘day out’ somewhere

else. And so we went to Chartwell near Edenbridge, so

much nearer and such a fascinating place to visit.

The house, being Sir Winston Churchill and Lady

Churchill’s former home, was very interesting, but the

bonus was that as we wandered through the rose garden,

we came upon a volunteer guide waiting to take a garden

tour and we had her to ourselves.

The views from the terrace across the lake

to the woods are even more fabulous when

you realise that virtually all the mature trees

you can see have grown up since the 1987

storm when the area lost thousands of trees.

From our vantage point they looked as if they

had been there for centuries. Then there is the

Weald of Kent stretched out before you with hardly a building

to be seen. No wonder Sir Winston loved the place so much.

To get to the house you walk up past the rock

garden and several ponds, one of which is stocked

with golden orfe and was a favourite spot for Sir

Winston, particularly in his later years.

In 1948 Lady Churchill had visited the Chelsea Flower

Show and had been taken by a rock display designed by Gavin

Jones. Subsequently he and the Churchills became friends and

his Chelsea garden was installed at Chartwell without charge.

“This is the

largest hardy

herbaceous plant

grown in Britain”

There are dramatic plantings of Gunnera manicata in this

part of the garden, which the guide described as a ‘marmite’

plant. You either love it or you really don’t. It is certainly

a giant with its sturdy, prickly stems and absolutely huge

leaves, their undersides covered with lethal looking prickles.

Native to Brazil, this plant is the largest hardy

herbaceous plant grown in Britain. Grow it by

water or any boggy part of your garden but not

so deep that their crowns are kept too wet.

So, after seeing the gunnera in all its

glory, we were on the lookout for other

large-leaved plants. We were in luck with

a planting on the far side of the golden

orfe pond of the Yellow Skunk Cabbage or

Lysichiton americanus with its spectacular

paddle-shaped leaves and bright yellow arum

spathe flowers. We’d missed the flowers by

a month. And then there were huge plantings of Osmunda

regalis, the Royal Fern, completely happy in their damp

conditions and a particularly lively green at this time of year.

In Lady Churchill’s rose garden another large-leaved

plant caught our eye. Hydrangea aspera subsp. sargentiana.

This is one for a shadier site as the enormous, velvety

leaves scorch under a hot sun. This plant can have a

dramatic growth spurt of up to ten feet if it is happy

with you. The flat florets are an electric bluish white.

Another species of hydrangea that is worth

Above left: Trachystemon orientalis Above right: The Gunnera manicata at Chartwell



Top: Hydrangea aspera subspecies. sargentiana Middle: Hosta

sieboldiana Bottom: Royal Fern

mentioning for its rather beautiful and large foliage is

Hydrangea quercifolia, the oak-leaved hydrangea. We

have one here but I’m not sure that it is in the right spot

as it is happiest kept moist and this one here is rather

too close to an old ash tree which sends its progeny all

over the garden and results in a pretty dry flower bed.

If you reduce the height of this hydrangea by a third in

early spring, the fresh leaves will be much bigger. This has

wonderful autumn colour, the leaves turning a ‘garnet red’.

And then there are the rodgersias. Grow them for

their spectacular foliage and for their flowers. We

have Rodgersia pinnata ‘Maurice Mason’ which was

originally given to Christopher Lloyd by Maurice

Mason, a Norfolk farmer and horticulturalist, and which

was thought so choice that it was given a name.

It’s more vigorous than some, although ours is taking a while

to come back up. There have been some anxious moments

when we thought that the plant hadn’t made it through such

a harsh winter, but three bronzy stems have now appeared

and a leaf is unfurling and is making its way upwards. This

cultivar has deeply serrated palmate leaves and lovely rich

pink panicles of flower which darken as the season goes on.

I also like the look of Rodgersia ‘Braunlaub’. Its huge

pinnate leaves darken to a rich chocolate brown combining

with panicles of creamy flowers and followed by strong

autumnal colours. How delicious that all sounds.

Grow rodgersias in shady, north‐facing borders where

they work well with hostas such as Hosta sieboldiana. Try

H. sieboldiana ‘Big Daddy’ which, as its name implies, is

a cultivar with large, very large, textured bluish leaves.

Someone recently told me that they always found it

difficult finding plants which will thrive in dry shade,

which seems to be everybody’s problem planting area. One

particular plant comes to mind which is perfect for these

conditions. Trachystemon orientalis comes from Eastern Europe

originally and its English name is ‘Abraham-Isaac-Jacob’.

It is a member of the Boraginaceae family and its borageblue,

rather enchanting flowers appear before the leaves

get into their stride. You can see sheets of it at Nymans.

We have it under three old holly trees. We’ve lifted their

canopies and the trachystemon has completely covered

the area underneath with its huge leaves. They are perhaps

a bit coarse, in fact not at all elegant, but they not only

serve a purpose but provide dramatic ground cover –

oh, and if you get bored with them, they’re edible...

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School’s out!


It’s the start of the long summer holiday, but do our

kids really need this long break? asks Hilary Wilce

It’s July. School’s out. And pupils and teachers

- but especially teachers are ecstatic!

By this time of year most of them are wrung out,

overwrought, and maybe too exhausted even to say a proper

thank you for the many presents that parents give them.

Because this end-of-year gifting ritual has grown over

the years until it is now practically written in stone

that parents must shower their children’s teachers with

chocolates, bath oil and theatre vouchers. In fact, like so

many things in modern life, it has become a positive rat

race of one-upmanship, with some parents in wealthy

areas bestowing designer handbags and wads of cash.

But teachers often say they appreciate the

kind notes and cards far more than the presents

themselves (well, perhaps not the cash…).

This is because today’s teaching is so often a thankless

task. While many teachers love their hours in the classroom

and say it’s a privilege to be shaping young minds,

almost all now work in less-than-ideal circumstances.

Most have to deal with a trying combination of wayward

pupils, constantly changing exams and syllabuses, underfunded

schools, poor management and complaining parents. In

addition they have to read damning headlines about teachers

in the press and are often blamed for social ills like obesity and

child mental health problems, whose roots lie far beyond school.

So a few kind words from an appreciative parent

at the end of term can feel like gold dust.

But you, as a parent – even as you hand over your carefully

wrapped bottle of body lotion - might actually not be feeling

all that appreciative of a profession which goes AWOL for

six to eight weeks of the summer, leaving you to devise

numerous cunning and expensive ways to keep your child

supervised and entertained. Surely, you think, any job that

gives people that sort of summer break is a bit of a doddle?

The long summer holiday was historically there so

children could help with the harvest. But now, when

all that most children harvest is ‘likes’ for their social

media posts, there are plenty of people in and around the

educational world who say it’s time for schools to chop

the school year into more manageable bite-sized pieces.

A few have already done so, and say the advantages are

overwhelming. Pupils don’t forget so much of what they’ve

learned in their shorter summer holiday. Neither do they get

so bored. Pupils and teachers alike no longer have to crawl

exhausted to the end of three long terms. Family holidays can

be spread throughout the year. And working parents - which

these days means most parents - find it easier to plug the kind

of childcare gaps created by regular short school breaks.

But, as the headmaster of one of this country’s leading

independent schools recently explained to me, it ain’t

never going to happen on any widespread scale. The

universities and exam boards, he said, are far too invested

in how things run now to consider tearing up their

timetables. Also his “poor teachers” would be horrified

at the thought of losing their long summer break.

Perhaps surprisingly, the only group he thought would

welcome it would be the pupils. At the end of last summer

he had bumped into one of his girl students in the local

town and asked her how she was. She looked glum and she

was, she told him, “schoolsick”, and absolutely longing for

the routines and activities of school to start up again.

However no-one – not pupils, teachers or even parents

- feels like this in July, when the long, lazy promise

of summer lies ahead. Happy holidays everyone.






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Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud

Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford,


Yvonne Arnaud Art

Guildford Arts’ summer exhibition

“Yvonne Arnaud Art” at the

historic Mill Studio, is an exciting

display of contemporary paintings,

prints, photography, sculpture,

ceramics and glasswork from

local and nationally renowned

artists. All work is for sale, and on

Saturdays there is an opportunity

to meet the artist. There is also an

art quiz for younger visitors.

Entry: Free


9 Jun – 21 Jul

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon

Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS

Martin Greenland

Highly acclaimed and awardwinning

artist Martin Greenland’s

beautifully detailed and highly

realistic yet surreal paintings will

be exhibited at New Ashgate as

a celebration of the landscape

painting, not as backdrop but as

centre stage.


Children & Families

Sat 14 Jul 3.30pm – Sun 15

Jul 10am

Hascombe Road, Godalming,


Big Camp

Join wildlife expert Jonnie for an

overnight camping experience

which allows you to sleep under

the stars in the unique landscape

of Winkworth Arboretum.

Entry: Adults £35, Children £16



Sat 14 Jul – Mon 27 Aug

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Summer Jousting

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starring Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn

and a host of valiant knights, and

set in an authentic Jousting Arena

complete with royal box.


21 Jul to 2 Sep

Bocketts Farm

Young Street, Fetcham,

Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9BS

Summer Fun on the


The ‘Magic of Summer’ trail

will have children searching for

dragons, unicorns, fairies and

mermaids. Other daily activities

include pony rides, tractor rides,

gold panning, animal handling,

goat milking and the famous pig

racing. There are large indoor

play barns, trampolines, a young

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go-karts, treehouse towers and two

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Mon 23 Jul – Sun 2 Sep

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill

Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Festival on the Farm

Godstone Farm is bringing you

festival vibes this month with extra

activities and entertainment for

the family, including messy play,

storytellers, garden games, and a

farm disco with the mascots, as

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Fairs & Festivals

Mon 2 – Sun 8 Jul

Venues all over Epsom & Ewell

Epsom & Ewell Arts


The theme of the 2018 Epsom

& Ewell Arts Festival is discovery,

and so it offers visitors the chance

to discover new things with

attractions including the Journey

of Discovery Contemporary Art

Exhibition, the first-ever street

performance of the seventeenthcentury

play Epsom Wells, and the

quirky, award-winning dance show

for young children, Grass.


Sat 14 - Sun 15 Jul

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

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Wisley Arts Fest

This year’s art fest offers a

weekend full of circus themed

activities, with shows in the Circus

Marquee, have-a-go areas, magic

and trapeze workshops, music

magic and art.

Entry: Members free, Non-members

normal garden admission applies.


Sat 21 Jul 12 noon

Recreation Ground, Leigh, Near

Reigate Surrey RH2 8NP

Flower Show &

Country Fayre

A tradition village show with

craft and produce stalls,

demonstrations, a vintage vehicle

parade, animal corner, and

children’s entertainment.

Entry: Adults £3, under 17s free


Sat 21 – Sun 22 Jul

Shalford Park, 10 Shalford

Road, Guildford GU4 8BL

Cheese & Chilli Festival

A foodie paradise complete with

food challenges, demonstrations,

stalls and competitions.



What’s On in July

Fri 1 Jun – Sun 16 Sep

Mayfield Lavender, 1

Carshalton Road, Banstead


Mayfield Lavender

A sea of organic lavender grown

in what was one of the original

Victorian Lavender fields, awaits

visitors at Mayfield Lavender.

While you’re ther, try some very

unique lavender cider, take a tour

in a tractor, eat at the al fresco café

and buy a lavender plant to bring

home to your own garden.


Fri 27 Jul

Great Fosters, Stroude

Road, Egham TW20 9UR

Meet the Bees & Estate

Tour Lunch

Take a tour of Great Fosters’

glorious gardens with estate

Manager, Russell Dixon, visit the

bee hives with the resident Bee

Keeper and then enjoy a three

course lunch in the Estate Grill or

on the terrace.

Entry: £75


Leisure & Sport

Sun 15 Jul 7am

Thorpe Park, Staines Road,

Chertsey KT16 8PN

Thorpe Park Triathlon

This triathlon includes a swim

around Fleet Lake, a bike lap

on the park’s surrounding roads,

and a 10km run, consisting of

three laps around the lake on a

flat fully tarmac path which takes

competitors straight through the

middle of the park. Rallying is an

option, and there will be prizes,

finishers medals, and (best of all)

free entry to Thorpe Park during

and after the triathlon for all

volunteers, athletes and spectators

who arrive before 7.30am.



Tue 10 – Sun 15 Jul

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew,

Richmond TW9 3AB

Kew the Music

Get your hampers at the

ready! This one is the most

quintessentially British summer

picnic in the most stunning

setting with an all star line up to

boot. This year Kew the Music

is hosting STEPS, Gipsy Kings,

2Cellos, The Human League,

Boyzone and Jools Holland.


Sat 28 Jul 7.30pm

Pavilion Theatre Marine Parade,

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Triffitt, the world’s number one

Frank Sinatra tribute (as seen in

Frankly Sinatra)


Sat 28 Jul 7.30pm-10.30pm

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham KT11 1JE

WWI Centenary Jazz,

Jive & Swing Night

Painshill’s beautiful conservatory

and walled garden will be filled

with the music of Five Star Swing

Band performing the best of

feel good jazz, jive and swing, so

polish off your dancing shoes and

party like it’s 1918!

Entry: Adults £22, Members £18



Wed 11 – Sat 14 Wed 25 – Sat

28 Jul

Waverley Abbey House,

Waverley Lane, Farnham

GU9 8EP & Merrist Wood,

Worplesdon, Guildford


Anne Boleyn

Howard Brenton’s unique take

on the complex and notorious

life of Anne Boleyn is performed

by Guildbury’s Theatre

Company as the perfect open

air accompaniment to a summer

evening picnic.


Fri 13 – Sat 21 Jul

Guildford Castle Keep, Castle

Street, Guildford GU1 3SX

The Taming of the


Shakespeare’s fast-paced comic

tale of two sisters – the lovely

Bianca who is desired by all and

the shrewish Katherine who is

desired only by one devilish suitor.

The Pranksters Theatre Company

brings this controversial classic to

the perfect setting of Guildford

Castle keep for four performances.


Wednesday 25 July 7pm

Haslemere Museum 78 High

Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA

Chapterhouse Theatre

Company – Sense and


Grab a picnic and head to the

beautiful lawns of Haslemere

Museum to see Chapterhouse

Theatre Company perform

magical theatre under the stars.

The exquisite and lively tale of

Sense and Sensibility follows the

love mistakes and heartbreaks

of sisters Elinor and Marianne

Dashwood as they make their

first forays into the exciting world

of Regency society and try to

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sensibility. Adapted by awardwinning

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Sat 7 and Sun 8 Jul 10am-4pm

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

TN15 0RP

Call the shots at the

Panasonic Roadshow

Knole’s intricate architecture and

wild deer herd make fantastic

subjects for photographers. Brush

up your skills at the familyfriendly

Panasonic Roadshow,

where experts will lend you a

camera and show you how to take

the best shots on a guided photo

walk in Knole Park.

Entry: Free

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farm animals

Pony rides


A full programme of fun farm activities

including pony rides, goat milking,

pig racing and much more!



Giant indoor

play barn

Panning for


Water Wars

splash zone


£1 OFF full price farm entry per person*

Valid from 1st July - 26th August 2018.

Only with this voucher (*maximum of 5 people).




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“London’s hottest

picnic concerts”


10 July

with very special guests

Saara Aalto

12 July

11 July




13 July

with support


10 – 15 July 2018

Raymond Gubbay




14 July






15 July

Jools Holland

& His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

featuring Gilson Lavis with

special guest Marc Almond

and guest vocalists Ruby Turner,

Louise Marshall and Rosie Mae.


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Trains throughout the Summer - Picnic Areas -

Buffet Facilities at all Stations.







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The Bluebell Railway | Sheffield Park Station | East Sussex TN22 3QL


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don’t miss

FUN and NOISE filled

Kids Tours on



A bumper season of family fun awaits visitors this summer holiday...

our legendary car rides

run every Monday-Thursday* until the August Bank Holiday.

Every weekday (including Fridays) we will be running

free workshops for youngsters

napier-railton race experience

in the 4d theatre

pedal planes and cars for the

under 5s and our mascot bertie bear , who

will be taking strolls through the site to meet his fans.

PLUS every weekday throughout the summer holidays join one


kids tour of the flight shed!

of our expert guides for an exciting 30mins



Here’s your Summer

Holiday checklist

from 30 th July – 24 th August

Every day

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free parking, sat nav postcode: kt13 0sl 01932 857381

Pedal Planes ü

Monday – Thursday

Car Rides ü

22 nd & 23 rd August

Wood Turning


The Surrey Association of Woodturners will be here

delivering free wood turning demonstration.

*Car rides are subject to a minimum donation of

£1 per passenger and will only proceed if weather

and track conditions are suitable.







Ruxley Manor Maidstone Road Sidcup Kent DA14 5BQ T: 020 8300 0084


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New Food & Wine Pairing Dinners and

a new Fizz on Foot Wine Club

These are exclusive evenings where you can explore wines that have been

carefully selected with the hotel’s chef to match a delicious dinner. Plus

wine tasting evenings with matching canapés.

Friday 27 July – Spanish wine tasting with six wines and matching

canapés, 7pm, £18 per head at Da Vinci Hotel, Eastbourne.

Friday 24 August – French wine tasting with six wines and matching

canapés, 7pm, £18 per head at Da Vinci Hotel, Eastbourne.

Date to be confirmed, September – German wine tasting with six wines

and matching canapés, £18 per head at Da Vinci Hotel, Eastbourne.

Thursday 25 October – Wine Pairing Dinner with Spanish wines.

Thursday 13 December – Wine Pairing Dinner

with champagnes (black tie).

All wine pairing dinners are £45.00 per head and

held at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne.

Wine tasting club

Tel: 01323 737271 to make a reservation.

Fizz on Foot offers escorted walking tours in

the beautiful Sussex Downs area, with a focus

on visiting great award winning vineyards

and enjoying tasting fine English wines.

These one day bespoke tours can be made as

much fun as you want and include transport,

gourmet lunch and the wine tastings.

Why not try our one day mid-week taster

Tour including lunch and wine tasting

for £89.00.

Tel: 01323 737271 Mobile: 07971 851777

fizz on foot @fizzonfoot @fizzonfoot


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Win A £400 Voucher

From Layered Lounge

Layered Lounge began when owners Suzy and Lou met at the school gates

and realised that they both shared a passion for interiors and a dream

of building something of their own to be proud of. They launched

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At Layered Lounge, products are designed to pay attention to trends without being

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with a donation of the profits going to local charity Action4Archie, which raises

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Although Layered Lounge is still young Suzy and Lou see it growing into something of a

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Congratulations to Mo Sansara who wins our May competition for £499 of Le Creuset Cookware


Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

This month Jane finds she’s as busy as a bee

It has been very busy in the apiary in recent weeks – for

me and the bees – and I’m looking forward to things

settling down as spring meanders into summer.

I have always been quite a low-key bee keeper with two, or

three colonies producing enough jars to supply us throughout

the year with honey for our tea and presents for foodie

friends. But this year I got carried away and started doing

lots of what I considered rather advanced manipulations (the

official bee-keeping term for knowledgeable rummaging) and

bloomin heck I now have five colonies on the go!

Most insects overwinter when a mated queen hibernates.

Honey bees do it differently. At the height of the summer,

usually July, there will be some 50,000 bees in a colony

rushing about to collect pollen, propolis, water or nectar.

Pollen, which is collected in little sacs on the bees’ hind

legs, is very high in protein and is used to feed the young

larvae. Propolis, (if you’re interested the name is derived from

the Greek: pro – in front of and polis – city which refers

to its use to seal up and protect their empire) is collected

from the buds and bark of certain trees

and rather like Polyfilla is used to seal up

cracks and strengthen creaking joints.

Among other things, water is used for

cooling the hive on a hot day, but it’s

nectar, which is turned into honey, that

they eat over the winter – and it’s also the

bit we beekeepers get excited about.

On a sunny summer day each bee will make about 10 trips,

each one lasting up to an hour and covering 5 or 6 km. On

every journey she (the workers are all female!) will visit about

1000 flowers collecting about 70mg of honey – the equivalent

of her own weight. Imagine trying to haul that lot home from

“Each bee collects

about a teaspoon of

honey in her frantic

six-week life”

Waitrose. And next time you spread some on your toast

ponder this: to make one pound of honey the bees have

flown over 55,000 miles and visited over 2 million flowers,

with each bee collecting about a teaspoon of honey in her

frantic six-week life. Beat that, Marmite.

In a good year a strong colony of bees should produce

at least 40lb of honey which is collected in August and

will last forever – the oldest ever found, in a noblewoman’s

grave in Georgia, was 5,500 years old and

Tutankhamun was also discovered with

a few jars for the journey. But as well as

collecting nectar the bees are also busy

with another agenda – making more

colonies and this is the tricky part for the


As explained, in the summer there

will be up to 50,000 in the hive but by the autumn the

numbers drop to around 10,000 bees who will spend the

winter eating the stored honey and keeping the queen (who

is full of fertile eggs) warm and fed. She starts laying again

in the spring to create peak population in July.

However, as the numbers build they often decide to

swarm, whereby the queen and all the flying bees – the

workforce – leave home for fresh pastures leaving behind

all the brood (eggs, larvae and baby bees). One of the best

ways to prevent this is to split them manually which is why

my three colonies have become five.

I’ve heard mead is delicious, time to research a recipe…

If you’ve ever thought about owning a few chickens, sheep, pigs

or even cows, Jane will be running a full-day course as part of

the summer programme at Curious House Courses in Stonegate

on September 7th. The morning will romp through the joys of

smallholding and the afternoon will include a walk round Coopers

Farm. Find out more at

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


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