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A fine detached 3 bedroom cottage set within mature gardens on
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Rye Harbour Guide Price £675,000
A former pair of Victorian cottages now arranged as a three storey
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Udimore Guide Price £550,000
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About the property
A delightful, traditionally detached 18c farmhouse. Set in approx
0.5 acres of hedged, easily maintained lawned garden. The 3
bed house could be easily extended on both floors into the dry
attached outbuildings. Total accommodation area approx 90m 2 .
Furnished, well decorated, ready for occupation as a permanent
residence, holiday home or potential holiday let income
source. The tiled roof is in good condition. Almost all wood
framed double glazing. Benefitting from considerable recent
renovation, with traditional ‘Maison en Terre’ rendering to the
rear and end. Mains water, electricity, phone line. Tarmacked
area at front for 4–6 cars, large garage for 3–4 cars.
Location and history of the region
Ideal for walking, boating, fishing and enjoying the peaceful
forest, marshes and waterways. Located in historic Graignes-
Mesnil-Angot, a very rural, tranquil and friendly community with
village shops, school and the famous Hippodrome Equestrian
centre. Surrounded by countryside, farmland and forest. In the
region of the Marais du Cotentin, between St Lo and Carentan.
With Utah Beach 14mi, Bayeux 21mi and Cherbourg 31mi.
Situated in an area of much military activity during WW2, with
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A fine family home within a select private estate
on the North Downs with breath taking views
and extensive landscaped gardens. 5 bedrooms
(3 en-suite). EPC Rating C
A carefully restored 16th Century period
farmhouse in a glorious location commanding
stunning views, delightful gardens, paddock.
1.02 acres. EPC Rating NA
An attractive 5 bedroom period farmhouse and 2
bedroom cottage (£9,000 gross per annum), 3.60
acres incl large outbuilding, vineyard, orchard and
pool. Walking distance to station. EPC Rating D
A stunning modern country house about
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spec. About 9.5 acres.
EPC Rating C
A beautifully presented country house with
possible annexe and stylish split level terrace,
wonderful gardens and useful buildings.
EPC Rating C
4 bedroom first floor apartment (over 2,500sq ft)
set over two floors in this impressive grade II
listed manor house surrounded by twelve acres of
landscaped communal gardens. EPC Rating NA
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Beds: 7, the master en suite with a
dressing room Baths: 3
Special features: The interior needs
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Pleasing details: Swimming pool,
tennis court (both need refurbishing),
summerhouse, stables, sand school.
Outside: Some borders, a lake and
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Time to town: From Etchingham (4.1
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Setting: An elevated spot with views over
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Beds: 6, Master en suite Baths: 4
Special features: The pool house is a
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Outside: 3 acres of gardens and grounds,
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Time to town: 6 miles to Robertsbridge,
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Setting: In the High Weald AONB,
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Special features: Heavenly oak panelling
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entitled to receive their share
of the estate at 18 years, which
their parents would have felt
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So, how is a collaborative divorce
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“I remain convinced that every couple
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Obviously, there will also be cases
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and more of an emphasis on eyewear. To this
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French boutique collections FACE A FACE and
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A wealth of musical talent gathers in
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From Sunday 23 September to
Saturday 3 November, the Blackshed
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exhibition of work by Chris Milton. A
vibrant mixture of painting and drawing,
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joy and trepidation, dominance and
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Emerson Park Retirement Village in
Hextable will host open days on Friday
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From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September
Penshurst Place’s parkland welcomes
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county and further afield will gather with
their wonderful collections and gifts.
We laugh a lot, putting together every issue of this
magazine, but this is the first time I’ve ever had my
eyes well up with big fat tears.
That happens every time I look at the picture of Ava (page 7
of this month’s Education supplement) looking so brave and so
smart in her uniform on her very first day at school.
All parents have vivid memories of sending their little ones
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remember our own first day. It’s a big deal for all concerned,
which is why we have an article full of great advice about
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But with my daughter about to embark on her first postschool
stage of education I know all too well that the concern
to do everything right to support your child never goes away,
so we have covered all the stages of schooling right up to uni
applications and the new alternatives to that path.
We also have two spectacular and very different houses,
inspiring gardens, delicious food and expert beauty and wellbeing
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fresh zest to the rather limiting trousers/shirt/jacket combination.
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A fantasy family home has been loved back to life
Words: Antonia Methuen Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Kimberley Watson
Previous pages: The wallpaper in the drawing room is by De
Gournay. The rocking horse is from Stevenson Brothers Above
left: Potato the dog in the hall with vaulted ceilings in the Gothic
Revival style Above right: The parquet floors are by Avalon
Flooring Left: The chest of drawers is from Ensor Interior Design
One of the wonderful things about East Sussex is
that as soon as you think you know the place, you
will quickly realise that you don’t know it at all.
Nestled at the bottom of that lane, the one you drive
past every day, hidden behind the blush of those giant
purple rhododendrons and the splash of lush dark
evergreens lies a house. And then you marvel at how
you managed to miss something quite so stunning!
It is a house just like this that drew businesswoman and
mother of three, Lillie Edgar and her husband, former
banker and now landscape designer Chris, to the pictureperfect
rural coastline between Hastings and Rye.
Fairlight is a village of contradictions. Emerging at the
top of Battery Hill by the Firehills country park, it rolls
downwards towards the sea and just like Winchelsea and
Pett, two of its neighbouring villages, there is an almost
Top: Ornate heirloom chandeliers draw the eye to the ceilings in the sitting room
Above: Indian miniatures by Lillie’s mother and Southeast Asian shadow puppets
reflect Chris and Lillie’s love of travel
schizophrenic nature to the place.
Whilst the main village itself lies at the
bottom of the hill, dominated by mainly
post-World War II bungalows and a few
new-builds, further up the hill is a collection
of glorious houses hidden behind verdant
ever-greens and large gates, each one unique
and each very much in its own vernacular.
Chris and Lillie bought their former rectory
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really is a mansion – that the refurbishment
would actually take several years and become
a labour of love, as the couple began work
on everything from the roof downwards.
Nestled at the end of a leafy drive, with
views over the rolling coastline down to Rye
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in dire need of love and attention for some
time. The dreamy stucco ceilings had been
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Above: The dining room was once a snooker room for RAF officers billeted in the house during World War II. The wallpaper is by
De Gournay. The coloured vases are from Venice, a special place for Chris and Lillie, which inspired one of the Lavender & Lillie
been destroyed, the walls were covered in layers of board and
plywood, the floorboards had been painted black and the
windows were falling apart. As Lillie says: “you could literally
poke your finger through the wall in places, it was so bad.”
So the couple took a deep breath and began work on a
project to create their glorious forever home with entertaining
and family life at its core – with great bones to work from.
Every reception room on the ground floor is bathed in
light from the huge floor-to-ceiling windows, most rooms
having double-aspect views. And what a view! Positioned
at the top of what was once two steep fields, Chris, who
left the city and re-trained as a garden designer, first at
Inchbald School of Design and then at Great Dixter, has
created one of the most impressive gardens you are likely to
see in the area with the sort of wow factor more often seen
in the show gardens of Chelsea. But more of that later…
Another feature that made it the perfect home for
this couple was the ceiling heights. “One of the most
important aspects to us in any house,” says Chris, “is
high ceilings. Which is not something that you get a lot
of around this area of East Sussex. So when we saw the
interior here, we just thought, yes! We had to have it.”
Designed in the Gothic Revival style, the house has the
type of lofty ceilings that would make a tall man weep
with joy. With the original mouldings restored, each room
says elegant without having to try hard. Lillie has created
interiors that are both stylish and glamorous yet easy for
her family of three young children to live with. There is
nothing stuffy or fussy, it’s simply chic and timeless.
Chris and Lillie first met when they were studying for an
MSc in Finance and Investment Management at Aberdeen
University. As Chris says, “I thought I would come away
with a degree but I also came away with a wife!”
They moved to London and both worked in finance,
before the lure of the Home Counties and a less urban
existence pulled them down the A21. While Chris re-trained
to become a garden designer and Lillie began work on her
home fragrance brand, Lavender & Lillie, the couple’s
Above: The former garage was converted into a spacious open
plan area for the whole family, with a bespoke walnut kitchen by
Rencraft, Tunbridge Wells Left: Original botanical paintings by
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Previous page: The world map is from Printed Space and the
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Left: The teak four poster is from Lombok Below: Chris
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Previous page: The Venetian glass chandelier in the
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Previous page: Sassy seafront home is a dreamy paradise of rescued, saved and upcycled treasures Above: The stunning sea views from
Sassy’s wrought iron balcony are a constant source of inspiration and a contrast to her gloriously quirky style inside
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This page: An ornate French mirror is surrounded by some of Sassy’s artistic creations – pieces of religious iconography with playful
twists of flowers, shells, crystals and lights, all in her signature pale colour scheme of white, pink and blue
deep red and gold velvet cushions. Next to it is an ‘altar’
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On the wall hangs a large French mirror. Surrounding
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Above: The French day bed is sourced from long-time St
Leonards dealer, Eamon and is topped with bolsters which
Sassy made herself with fabric remnants, bits of old duvet,
vintage ribbons and sequin belts Right: An antique chest of
drawers holds a series of family heirlooms and photographs
“I love him but he has an evil stare,” laughs
Sassy. There are also some stunning antique blue
majolica pieces, including a large cheese truckle, also
heirlooms. But even on these antique pieces, Sassy
can’t resist a little individual twist and has decorated
the blue lamp-base with glittery gold butterflies.
Next to the chest sits a heavy French wrought iron
day bed bought from long-time local St Leonards
dealer Eamon (who sets up stall at the top of Norman
Road). “It’s broken now but for me it’s more important
something is beautiful than comfortable. I suspect I
think differently to a lot of other people,” laughs Sassy.
On top of the bed sit embroidered bolsters that look
like art deco era Chinese silk but are in fact handmade
by Sassy from fabric remnants stuffed with bits of
old duvet and the ends tied with vintage ribbons.
The ‘embroidery’ that tricked my eye into thinking
it was 1920s are bits of old sequin belts stuck on
with glue. “I’m both a poor artist and a single
mum. But being poor helps” asserts Sassy. “I have
to think outside the box in everything I do.”
On the wall are some of Sassy’s collage paintings,
featuring illustrated figures cut from some of her own
design greetings cards. “I never let anything go to
This page: Sassy saves space by displaying beautiful items
which are usually stowed away; bags are hung on door
handles and jewellery is set out on a Georgian writing desk
waste.” There’s some more of her icon works, this time
embellished crucifixes in soft pink and blues with sparkly
silver and gold detail – Sassy’s favourite palette. Sassy has
the crosses made by a local carpenter and then paints and
embellishes them to make each one a unique piece of art.
A turquoise Casa Pupo lamp sits on a little table,
again upcycled, this one with glittery long-tailed birds.
Even the door handle is made decorative with vintage
handbags slung over it. “That’s because there’s no storage in
this place,” laughs Sassy. “I have to use every available space
to store things. I hang jewellery on walls and bags off door
handles. But I like that because if I love wearing a piece of
jewellery why wouldn’t I enjoy seeing it on display too?”
On another family heirloom, a Georgian writing
desk, is an array of antique silver dishes, mostly picked
up from charity or junk shops, displaying more piles
of rings and necklaces. “I enjoy seeing them all the
time, and they catch the light beautifully,” says Sassy.
Sitting next to the bowls is a fantastic art
nouveau silver hand mirror decorated with angels
and flowers. Amazingly, Sassy picked this up for a
song at a charity shop. “It’s a bit battered, but for
me that makes it even more lovely,” she says.
What looks to be a punky style spiky vase is an
old perfume bottle wearing one of Sassy’s bracelets.
On the wall above are more framed family photos,
including one of Sassy’s very handsome son Ossian,
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The bust wearing the fancy headdress? In fact, a piece of
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There’s so much going on in this room it’s hard
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sparkle, wit, invention and charity finds really comes
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and atop a lovely old French pine dining table.
Aphrodite is the theme of the mantlepiece with a
collection of armless statues in lots of different sizes. “I’ve
collected them for years”, explains Sassy. “And I keep
adding.” The bust wearing the fancy headdress? In fact,
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What about the display of expensive looking glass
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blue veined fake bird’s eggs? In a genius tip Sassy
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“Necessity is the mother of invention. But I
wouldn’t have it any other way because I love the
thrill of finding things or reinventing them.”
One of the reasons such an eclectic collection hangs
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colours,” says Sassy. “These are the same colours I tend
to wear on my clothes too. And in here I stick to the
same colours with every new or found item that comes. I
think if someone bought me some orange flowers I’d
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Top left: Inspired by life in Spain, Sassy has no dinner
service, but simply takes her decorated plates from the wall
when entertaining Above: An abstract painted cello case by
Jameson Keane Bottom left: Sassy’s painting, Homunculus
was inspired by the book Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
have to throw them away because they wouldn’t fit in.”
As an example, she points to a collection of blue
feathers in place of flowers. “They have some yellow
bits on them,” explains Sassy, “but I had to turn
them the other way to hide the yellow. I really am
that specific about sticking to my colours.”
The little galley kitchen off the sitting room sings with
more Moorish Spanish pottery. Vintage copper pots hang
from a wooden shelf bracket. And even in here, Sassy’s
love of the whimsical and pretty in those favourite blues
and pinks is apparent with ceramic roses hanging from
wall hooks, carved alabaster eggs and a vintage bird cage.
In the hallway is a striking piece of art by artist Jameson
Keane, in the form of a bright abstract painted cello
case. Opposite that is a mirror framed by more of Sassy’s
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This page: In what was Sassy’s daughters’ bedroom, she is
currently working on her icon tin collection, a series of sardine
tins glamourised with studs, shells and spikes. Above the bed
hangs Bubble-gum-queenie, Sassy’s twist on Chris Levine’s
Lightness of Being portrait of the Queen
but with them both off to university, Sassy has moved her
work desk in there. On top of a vintage bed sit some of
Sassy’s own design humorous cushions (which she sells at
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Her work desk is a haven of order. She’s currently working
on a series of miniature icons made from old sardine tins.
The humble tins have become little things of beauty in her
expert hands studded with pearls, shells and/or punky spikes.
“It’s called the icon tin collection,” says Sassy before roaring
with laughter and renaming it ‘the starving artist collection’.
“I feed my kids then I make art with the leftovers!”
Sassy’s own bedroom is smaller. As elsewhere the lack of
storage means she’s had to make a virtue of displays and her
collections of vintage dresses, shoes and belts line the walls.
It’s hard to imagine that this flat full of intrigue,
wonder and joy was painted dark brown and green when
she moved in. “I start with my pastel coloured base of
soft blues, pale whites and pinks because those are the
colours that make me happiest. Then I love letting my
imagination run riot. It’s the same with my artwork. It’s a
starting point for the viewer to expand and dream with.”
This unique space, with treasures galore,
certainly is dreamlike in the way it makes the
ordinary feel quite extraordinary indeed.
This page: In Sassy’s own smaller bedroom collections of vintage
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Josephine Fairley doffs her hat to exciting
new innovations in hair care
In terms of beauty priorities, there’s one thing that should
be top of everyone’s list right now: hair repair. Because
there’s a brief window of opportunity between the
ravages of summer – sun, sea, salt, chlorine, the briny breeze
whipping through your hair as you dashed across the Med on
that Riva speedboat (or, um, kayak-ed off Hastings seafront)
– and the moment when the central heating goes on and
starts to sap the very life out of your follicles.
My usual prescription is to slather on a rich
hair mask at least twice a week. My long-time
favourite is Ogario London Restore and Shine
Masque, (from £10.50 for 50ml) but I’m loving
the bright spark of an idea that is Christopher
Courtney London Hair Rescue & Shine Luxury
Massage Candle, £39.95 for 228ml. Light the
wick, warm the oil and smooth the blend of apricot butter,
jojoba/argan/baobab oils into hair for the most luxurious,
This led me to thinking about how much innovation there
is in the whole hair category at the moment, to pimp our
haircare regimes, make things quicker and easier and turbocharge
the pleasure factor.
Dry shampoos, for instance, which have been such a
“Hair is the
boon over the summer, during the festival season, have
had a serious makeover. From the legendary catwalk hair
superstylist comes Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl dry
shampoo, £19 for 250ml, which is not only great for
revamping hair between washes but makes it smell amazing,
the fresh-floral fragrance having been created by none other
than Lyn Harris (of Miller Harris and Perfumer H).
Equally sublimely-scented are elizabeth
and James Nirvana Dry Shampoos, £25 for
200ml (in-store at House of Fraser). I’m torn
between smouldering Oriental Black, and the
exquisite, flower-powered Rose option. Bumble
and Bumble Pret à Powder Très Invisible, £24
for 150ml, meanwhile, is great for oily hair,
infused with French pink clay and a lovely,
And while we’re on the subject of smell (always close to
my heart, as co-founder of The Perfume Society), there is
of course a raft of actual hair perfumes. Hair is the most
fantastic carrier of scent. The late Estée Lauder always
maintained that the best way to fragrance yourself was to
spray your perfume above into the air and walk through the
cloud, but today’s hair mists have been specially formulated
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to be hair-friendly, not
drying as regular perfume
- which has a high
alcohol content - can be.
Many of the world’s
leading fragrance names
now offer hair perfumes.
If you’re an Angel-lover,
you’ll swoon for Mugler
Angel Perfuming Hair Mist,
£22 for 30ml, while more
classic types can now spritz
their ‘do’ (I’m envisioning
a sophisticated chignon)
with Chanel No.5 The Hair
Mist, £40 for 40ml. (Many of
Chanel’s fragrances are available
as specific hair perfumes.)
Niche fragrance names getting
in on the hair perfume act are
Éditions de Parfum Frédéric Malle, whose
Hair Mist, from £90 for 100ml, can be enjoyed in Carnal
Flower, Superstitious, The Night, Portrait of a Lady and
Musc Ravageur (I’m torn between the last two). BYREDO
Hair Perfume, £48 for 75ml, comes in eight of their edgily
fabulous scents – or if you simply want to imagine yourself
swooning under a rose bower, veil your barnet in Maison
Francis Kurkdjian à la rose Hair Mist, £55 for 70ml.
More a lily of the valley fan? Miu Miu Perfumed Hair Mist,
£48 for 30ml, is a timeless floral based on that flower note, in
one of the most dressing table-friendly flacons imaginable.
Alongside making our hair smell downright fah-bu-lous,
the hair world also has a focus on saving us time, too – always
appreciated, in fiendishly busy lives. The Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair
Towel, £30, for instance, is a real moisture-magnet that’s been
proven to speed up drying time by 50%.
Add a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer into your daily haircare
programme, with its fast-drying speed setting and you’ll
be out of the door in no time – although at £299 this is a
something of a time-is-money investment.
It never ceases to amaze me, actually, how the
beauty world comes up with products that we
didn’t know we needed, but then find we can’t
live without. So if your summer sojourn has left
you with serious root regrowth – and you’ve
found your regular colourist has clients circling
round their diary like planes in a Heathrow
holding pattern - there’s no need to panic.
Root touch-ups have to be one of the
greatest hair innovations of all time: powder
pigments that you brush or spray onto your
roots, effectively disguising them (and saving
you money, by extending the time between
The original – and highly
rated by everyone I know who
uses it – is Color Wow Root
Cover Up, £28.50, a brilliant
mirrored palette with its own
Lazy Girl dry
Hair Oil 50ml
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What is the CACI Synergy?
We discover everything there is to know about the skin-transforming treatment, CACI Synergy
Non-Surgical Facelift Facial, with Christine Bacon, owner of the Oaks Hair and Beauty Retreat.
The CACI Synergy with pioneering S.P.E.D® Dual
Action Technology* delivers LED light therapy skin
rejuvenation and microcurrent facial toning at the same
time. Clients experience a tightening and lifting of their
facial muscles whilst at the same time experiencing
a dramatic improvement to their complexion.
What sort of issues does the facial tackle best?
The beauty of the CACI Facial is that it can tackle so many
skin issues in one treatment. The CACI Synergy incorporates
a number of other pioneering technologies: Orbital Skin
Resurfacing delivers a controlled skin exfoliation to reveal new
healthy radiant skin, Ultrasonic Deep Cleansing rids the skin
of make-up residue, blemishes and impurities whilst CACI’s
unique Wrinkle Comb Technology targets deep lines and
wrinkles to provide a non-invasive alternative to dermal fillers.
How does it work?
The microcurrent toning phase uses a combination of specific
waveform and ultra-low frequencies that work in harmony
with the body’s own bio-electrical field to provide an instant
firming effect. LED Red and Blue light therapy is incorporated
for skin rejuvenation and to promote skin healing.
What about the dreaded wrinkles?
The unique wrinkle comb application is used to effectively
and painlessly plump out and soften deep lines and
wrinkles. This is a wonderful needle-free alternative to
dermal fillers and ideal for those reluctant to venture into
more invasive treatments either by knife or needle.
Is the treatment only suitable for women?
Not at all. This treatment is great for men
too. In fact, people of all ages will see instant
and noticeable improvements to the texture,
clarity and firmness of their skin.
Does it hurt?
No – the treatment is pain-free and very relaxing.
How many facials do you recommend for optimum results?
You will see visible results after just one session.
A course of 10 treatments is recommended,
followed by monthly maintenance sessions.
Go to Oaks Hair & Beauty Retreat, 120 High Street,
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brush, now available in eight shades.
Supercolourist Josh Wood also recently entered the
marketplace with several offerings. His options include a Colour
Blending Brush, £15, which stays put for up to three washes
(you apply on damp hair and blast with heat from a dryer to
seal in the pigment) and Josh Wood Root Smudger, £12 which
comes with a sponge applicator, for super-easy concealment of
grey roots. Josh Wood Root Marker, £8, is a handbag must-have
for grey-haired women swiftly concealing stray greys. There’s a
range of shades; find your match at joshwoodcolour.com.
Is there no end to what haircare boffins will think of, next?
All I can say is: watch this space. Ideally, while allowing a rich,
nourishing oil – or a supermasque – to restore your hair to its
Jo Fairley is co-founder of The Perfume Society
which offers perfume Discovery Boxes and online
VIP membership with special events, competitions
and discounts from leading perfume websites, plus
six downloadable issues a year of award-winning
magazine, The Scented Letter. perfumesociety.org
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A Year of Wellness
The human skeleton evolved to spend days wandering over the land
looking for food, not peering down at a smart phone – or even sitting in a
chair. eminé rushton advises how to safeguard your spine from modern life
September: Back to nature
Our upper spine is designed to
have a gentle outward bend in
it. This balances out the lower
spine and neck, which curve in opposite
directions. Now imagine yourself sitting
at a desk leaning over your laptop, or
looking down at your phone. Your
neck and upper back are curving in a
direction that opposes its natural one
and to compensate, your lower back
tenses up, because it too, is pulled out of
its natural curve.
Do this for much of the day and
most of the week and
it’s possible to develop
a kyphotic spine, an
outward curve of the
thoracic vertebrae of the
upper back, sometimes
known as Dowager’s
Hump, while the tension
that builds up in the back of our necks
can also lead to headaches, migraines
and persistent shoulder pain.
All whilst simply trying to get
our day’s work done – or just
engaging with modern life, which
increasingly requires accessing via a
screen of some kind.
So what is the answer to correct
the issues cause d by our unnatural
sitting position? Unfortunately, it’s
not in the form of the onceheralded
‘stand up desk’.
study from 2017
in the Journal of
on 7,000 office workers found that,
“occupations involving predominantly
standing were associated with an
approximately two-fold risk of heart
disease compared with occupations
involving predominantly sitting.”
As with all things health-related,
there are no black and white
solutions. All that ever prevails is
common sense and moderation.
So, whether it’s work or seated life in
general, it’s important to move as much
as we can in between tasks. Resolving
to get up and have a
short stroll, wander
over to the kitchen
and fill a glass with
water, make a walking
call, or simply taking
a moment to stretch
are all smart moves.
It’s also worth looking
at other seemingly innocuous daily
behaviours, many of which can also put
increasing strain on the spine, shoulders
and neck – and then trying to put an
end to these completely. Hollie Grant,
author of The Model Method and a
leading Pilates teacher, likens a woman
carrying her handbag all day (the average
handbag weighs between two to three
kilograms) to hanging a dumbbell from
one’s shoulder for hours on end.
“This causes the obliques on the
opposite side to work harder to pull the
body back and the imbalance between
the two sides can leave you with a spin
or pelvis tilt, on one side.”
Likewise, sitting cross-legged.
“This causes the pelvis to tilt to one
a shortening of the lower
back muscles on one side too.
We stretch the gluten and
abductors on the leg that is
brought across and squash
the leg underneath. A wonky
pelvis will follow,” says Grant.
It’s also important to realise
that an entirely seated day
will not be cancelled out by a burst
of activity in the form of fitness class
before or after work. It’s incidental,
natural, cumulative movement that
benefits our bodies most of all.
You may want to take a look at
some natural movement websites and
the book The Four pillar plan by Dr
Rangan Chatterjee, who champions the
importance of squatting, crawling, and
floor living, whereby we spend more
time eating, socialising and relaxing at
ground level and less time seated on
sofas and at desks and tables. As our
hunter gatherer forebears lived.
A regular yoga or pilates practice will
also help to highlight those muscles
that are over- or underworked and
both work wonders at relieving tension,
strain and tightness. Do, always, look
for a teacher who is experienced and
knows how to guide without being
forceful; and never, ever push yourself
to do anything that feels uncomfortable
– whether on the mat, or at your desk.
Pain is our body’s best guardian, an
immediate signal to stop or slow down
- and by responding early, we ensure
that today’s little pain will not escalate
into tomorrow’s big problem.
Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at psychologies magazine, and co-founder of
the conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk
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pip Lawrence, the founder of Maidstone-based personal training
company, Day One Wellness, shares her feel good favourites
What one piece of wellbeing
wisdom helps you most?
I love active commuting – whether
you park your car a little further away,
walk or jump on your bike, getting
more morning daylight exposure,
combined with more movement will
help you to be more productive in
the day and sleep better at night.
What one self-care ritual do you
never skimp on? Journalling. Every
morning I write down three things
that I’m grateful for, then my VIP:
Vision for my life, Intention for today,
Progress from yesterday. It helps me
stay focused on the important things
rather than getting overwhelmed.
What’s cooking in your kitchen this
month? I’ve been experimenting with
easy grab-and-go breakfasts that won’t
spike blood sugar levels for our busy
members. My favourite so far is our
ham-cups – they’re like muffins but
the case is ham. The recipe is on our
Instagram page: @day1wellness.
Share one book that taught you
something amazing about life.
The power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
I’m a stereotypical Type A personality.
I’m always chasing the next goal and
filling my calendar to bursting point.
This book made me realise that if I rush
through life only chasing goals I’ll miss
out on the amazing experiences those
goals are facilitating.
What always brings a smile to your
face? I love being outside so sunrises,
nature, wildlife and stunning views will
always make me smile, but the person
who never fails to put a smile on my
face is my other half Tom. I’ve never
met such a positive, playful, live-forthe-moment
What is the best treatment
you’ve had locally? Acupuncture
from Lesley at Core Vitality and
chiropractic care from Ben
at Southcote. I struggled with
amenorrhea for years and the
combined work of these two
excellent practitioners has helped
me dramatically. I’m a huge believer
in finding the right practitioner
rather than the right practice – the
treatment is only as good as the
person administering it.
There’s been a real shift in beauty packaging of late – and
yes, while you’ll still get those companies who package
tiny vials of serum within twelve outer sleeves of plastic
and card, it’s heartening to see an upturn in the number of
portable and waste-free options too. From Beauty Kubes
– tiny ‘sugarcubes’ of natural soap, which work as excellent
shampoo and body washes (contentbeautywellbeing.com)
– to biodegradable dental floss made wholly from silk, as
opposed to the usual plastic (georganics.com) and
Lamazuna solid toothpastes, on a
stick we’re getting smarter about
the stuff we really need,
where it comes from, and
what happens to it once
we are done.
Health and beauty tips
Discover a wealth of wellbeing advice
Try this in
There is something about this ‘back to school’
time that always sends me off to the hairdresser,
looking for a healthy, bouncy chop, that also
sorts out summer’s drier ends. I’ve long been a
fan of Aveda’s salons and concept stores. One of
the original ‘Ayurvedic’ brands, they pioneered
botanical-rich treatments long before they were
fashionable. So I was delighted to discover The
Peacock Rooms in Sevenoaks, where owner
Sarah has brought together an experienced
team who bring their natural flare to their
work. I’d highly recommend the in-salon Aveda
hair and scalp treatments too, as affordable
add-ons to a cut or colour.
Hands up all those who feel they’re in a
constant battle to achieve and maintain
the weight they want to be. How many
diets have you tried and failed, feeling
totally frustrated and not knowing what
to do next?
Having had a weight problem for 35 years, Rachel was
desperate to find a way of being able to lose weight once
and for all. ‘I had just about resigned myself to the fact that I would be
overweight for the rest of my life, when I came across the principles
of the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme. I followed these and to my
amazement, I lost 3 stone in just over 3 months and then
went on to successfully maintain my weight. The
relief was enormous to have found something
that finally worked for me.’
Leading Weight Loss
Rachel became passionate about
wanting to help as many people
as possible with their weight
problems, which led her to
become a qualified weight loss
consultant. In the last 15 years,
she has helped over 5,000 clients
from all walks of life to help bring
their dieting days to an end once
and for all. Clients’ ages range
from 8 to 90 years, so there is hope
A sustainable way to lose
your weight and keep it off
One of the popular aspects of the Metabolic
Weight Loss Programme is there’s nothing
faddish about it. There are no meal replacements,
diet shakes or diet pills. All the foods on the programme are
easily obtainable. Clients frequently say just how easy it is to follow,
they don’t feel hungry and are not having to constantly battle with
cravings. The four stages of the programme are tailored as necessary
to provide the maximum results for each client.
‘We set your target weight at the beginning and then get on with the
business of helping you lose the weight, addressing any difficulties
along the way, then we help you keep it off – for good!’
With an average
weight loss of 7-14lb
a month for clients
and hundreds of hand
Rachel’s results speak
Rachel Ricketts, Weight Loss Consultant
Clients often comment on how impressed their doctors are with their
results. ‘My doctor is very happy, I’ve been able to come off blood
pressure and cholesterol medication,’ says one. Another doctor said,
‘All my lady patients on thyroid medication are struggling to
lose weight, but you’ve lost 2 ½ stone despite being
on thyroxin – well done!’
Rachel and her team give weekly
one-to-one consultations, guiding
you through the programme with
personalised support, lots of
empathy and total conviction in
the success of the programme.
Email support is available in
For those who are not able to
visit, a very successful remote
support service is provided
throughout the UK and overseas.
With an average weight loss of
7-14lb a month for clients and
hundreds of handwritten testimonials,
Rachel’s results speak for themselves. ‘I
see real results daily, time after time I see
people’s lives change in front of me.’
Do visit www.rachelrickettsweightloss.co.uk for
client’s videos and testimonials.
Rachel offers free consultations for those who
are wanting to lose their weight once and for all
Call now: 01342 327396
From the team that brought you
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The crunch of bark underfoot, the streams
of light through the leaves, the rich smell
of the earth… there’s nothing quite like a
walk in the woods.
And medical science agrees. An
increasing body of research has
shown proven health benefits from
spending time among trees, from
relaxation to reinvigoration and improved
mental health. Studies even suggest that
trees release organic compounds that
support our “Natural Killer” cells – a
crucial part of our immune system’s defence
The Japanese are so convinced about
the benefits of tree time that they have
made ‘forest bathing’ or shinrin-yoku a
national pastime, with sylvan sanctuaries
emerging up and down the archipelago.
Thankfully, you don’t need to travel
to Asia to reap these rewards. This
autumn, Yogalife are inviting you to
join their Yoga and Forest Bathing Retreat.
From October 3 to 5, you will be able to
immerse yourself in the ancient woodland
of Ashdown Forest. Staying in luxury yurts/
log cabins, you will be guided through
meditation, yoga and restorative exercises
outside, among the trees. The retreat is
£485 per person, for two nights including
accommodation, tuition and meals.
It’s all about you
With breast checks, pelvic floor problems and all the complications periods
and menopause can throw at us, as Tammy Wynette once sang ‘sometimes it’s
hard to be a woman…’
With everything there is to fit in to daily life – and all those other people to
look after – it’s all too easy to keep pushing those nagging little health concerns
down the to do list, rather than have them checked out with expert advice. So
what a great idea to have all your women’s health issues addressed in one day, at
one place. Spire Hospital Tunbridge Wells is offering just that with a Women’s
Health Day at the hospital on September 29th. You will be able to have free a
breast check, a smear test and a mini consultation about specific women’s health
issues, with the exxpert team of breast, gynae and physiotherapy consultants.
There will also be specific presentations on the subjects of: ‘Common signs of
Breast Cancer and what to look out for’ and ‘Are heavy periods normal?’
It’s time to put yourself first.
Make massage monthly
For most of us a massage is an occasional
treat, but a review of studies on the
effects of Swedish massage showed it has
wide-ranging benefits for mental and
physical health and disease prevention.
The key thing is to have them regularly.
The Massage Company is a brilliant
new idea to make regular massages
part of life, which has recently opened
in Tunbridge Wells. It works on a
membership model, like a gym, where
you pay a set amount each month for
a full massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue,
Sports or Maternity), to which you can
then add extras, such as hot stones, or
aromatherapy, as you wish.
Introductory 50 minute massages are
on offer at £39.95
Call 01892 240900 for more info.
The Spire Tunbrdige
Women’s Health Day
is open to all, but
numbers are limited.
Call 01892 741150 to
book a place.
Forget the academic pressure – feeding
themselves can be a daunting prospect
for new undergrads. Here are some
quick, easy and cheap ideas
Recipes & styling: Nicci Gurr of Home Gurr’own
Photographs: David Merewether
Chicken and lentil
You don’t need to spend precious funds going out for curry, they
are very easy to make from scratch, without a huge spice rack
• 8 chicken thighs
• 1 tin of drained black
urid beans (also called
urid dal or black lentils)
• 1 tin red kidney beans
• rapeseed oil
• 1 tbsp garam masala
• 1½ tbsp curry powder
• ½ tsp sea salt, or a pinch
of table salt
• 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
• 3 cloves grated garlic
• 2 red onions
• 1 tbsp tomato purée
• 6 fresh tomatoes roughly
chopped (or 1 tin of
• ½ small bunch coriander
- finely chopped,
including stalks. Save
some leaves for garnish.
• 50ml double cream
1In a large saucepan, heat
the rapeseed oil and add
the onions, garlic, ginger,
garam masala, salt and
curry powder and cook on a
medium heat until the onions
have softened. Add the beans
and cook for a few minutes so
that the beans can soak up the
flavour from the spices.
2Chop the chicken thighs
into cubes and throw it
in with the beans and spices.
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From where I’m sitting on the parched and dusty plains
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my hopes on September. I’m hoping that September
will be the new July, my second chance in the garden. The
borders could be as packed with interest and colour as they
were back then – in theory.
The days are shortening by the minute (two minutes
each day to be precise), there’s a poignancy in every sunny
afternoon and the cooler dusks and dawns are dew drenched
and cobwebby. But who knows? We might not get a frost
for months yet. Let’s seize these golden days and enjoy the
jewel-box dazzle of dahlias and rich-hued daisies, the soft
light touch of grasses and airy annuals. With luck – and a few
tweaks and plant additions – we can keep the summer going
for several more weeks.
Rudbeckias, Echinaceas, Asters and Heleniums are at their
best this month. The range of colours is good. Some are
autumnal – shades of dusky pink, mellow oranges, rust and
mahogany, but there are also bright splashes of blue, mauve
and pink from asters.
Plants in the Compositae (daisy) family are packed full of
nectar, so will attract butterflies and bees. Some have long
lasting seed-heads too; once the flowers have finished they
persist as silhouettes, looking artistically sculptural. Their
hollow stems make cosy over-wintering homes for ladybirds
and other beneficial insects too, so don’t be in too much of a
rush to cut them back at the end of the season.
The flowers of Sedum spectabile are also a magnet for
butterflies and bees. They are a great addition to the front
of the border and will provide long-lasting colour right
through the autumn too, as the nectar-filled flowers fade into
attractive seed heads in shades of russet and bronze. Sedums
are easy to care for and will grow in most soils, but given a
choice they’d prefer sunshine and free draining conditions.
You can’t beat annuals for long season flowering. This is down
to their short, but action-packed lives. They only have one
season in which to grow, flower and set their seed. If you
can thwart them in their life’s purpose by continually dead
heading, they will keep trucking along, flowering until the
frosts. You’ve got to admire their persistence, but you’ve also
got to be persistent yourself - the minute you stop picking
they will have crossed the finish line, achieved their purpose
and will not flower again. Floriferous and reliable annuals
include Cosmos, Antirrhinum, Cleome and Zinnia for sun,
and Nicotiana, Mimulus and Impatiens for the shadier parts
of the garden.
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Tender and short-lived perennials
Dahlias are good value and their large and repeat-flowering
blooms make them ideal as cut flowers too. There are lots to
choose from - please don’t feel you have to stick to the garish
end of the colour range. There are sultry, dark beauties like
‘Arabian Night’ and demure whites, peachy-creams and pale
petalled pinks. The flower shapes vary too, ranging from small
pompoms through to giant spidery cactus types. Dead head
them regularly to keep the flowers coming and then, once
the frost has cut them back, either lift and store the tender
tubers somewhere frost free for the winter, or (and I did this
successfully last winter) take a gamble and leave them in situ,
under a warm duvet of straw and mulch. What they don’t
like (and let’s face it who does?) is prolonged wet and cold
conditions. This eventually rots the tubers, so keep them
dryish and unfrozen.
Umbelliferous plants (those in the carrot family) are elegant
additions to border schemes. Many are light and airy, some
have graceful ferny foliage, all have wonderful flat-headed
corymbs of flowers that are wildly attractive to beneficial
insects and pollinators. The other good news is that after
they have flowered, their seed heads look just as magical.
Many will self-seed prolifically too and save you the trouble
of growing new plants. They can be annuals, biennials or
short-lived perennials. I’m not sure I’d recommend Cow
parsley for the garden, beloved as it is at flower shows; it looks
delicate and dreamy, but it’s a thug in a lacy outfit, taking
over like the weed it really is and self-seeding everywhere. Try
the tamer Anthriscus ‘Raven’s wing’, Ammi majus, or bronze
fennel for similar effects and sturdy seed heads.
I can’t go on much further without mentioning one of the
most ubiquitous, but best loved and constant companions
in my garden: Verbena bonariensis. I do take it for granted
and it is occasionally irritating (as the best of friends can
be), but this is mainly down to its enthusiastic self-seeding
habit. It is always forgiven, because it flowers non-stop
from June until the frosts, its tall, luminous mauve flowers
attracting butterflies, bees and even blue tits along the way.
Grow somewhere open and free-draining and it will quickly
Many of the ornamental grasses will be flowering around now,
sending up shimmering golden, silver or russety flower spikes.
Some are demure and ‘grassy’, others show off with dramatic
plumes. There are tall grasses that will do the job of a shrub
in the border, bringing instant height and presence, but in a
more graceful and airy way than a blobby bush. Miscanthus
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Late summer shrubs and structure
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From lichen to beavers, Sue Whigham is
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Sweden might surprise you if you were to visit, both
in terms of climate and landscape. The Southern
tip of the country is on a level with the English/
Scottish border and with the Gulf Stream ensuring that it
isn’t cold all year round, it’s not what you might expect.
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coast in the archipelagos. There are no ‘Keep to the Footpaths’
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The Swedish ‘Everyman’s Right’ means that you are free to
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very few if any to be seen this year out in the woods - and
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The forests are a mix of Scots pine and Norway
spruce intermingled with deciduous trees including
birch, aspen, ash, maple and elm, amongst which
are giant lichen covered granite rocks.
The only stipulations are that you must not touch anything
in a Nature Reserve or disturb the wildlife. And what
wildlife! In a few days spent in Sormland, a rural area to the
southwest of Stockholm, we spotted an osprey (Pandion
haliaetus) gliding over us whilst we swam in the lake. It was
no doubt on the look out for perch in the water beneath.
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At the end of March each year twenty thousand or so of
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overwintering. The lake is a resting place on their journey
up to their breeding grounds in the north of the country.
Here they conduct their courting dances which attract so
many people to the area. It seems that there is also a tiny
population of these particular cranes on the Norfolk Broads.
Beaver inhabit the area too, but as they are mainly
nocturnal we saw signs of their handiwork but no more than
that. Beavers had been hunted to extinction in Sweden by
the end of the 19th century, primarily for their pelts, but
were successfully re-introduced from Norway in the 1920’s.
They have even been spotted in and around Stockholm.
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fritillary butterflies feasting on knapweed and the odd elk and
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On our annual pilgrimage to a wonderful plant nursery
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in flower were host to myriad insects including what
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We sent a photograph to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
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bumblebee, but is in fact a fly!’ This imposter was a giant
black hairy fly with some unfortunate habits! In fact a Large
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Hilary Wilce on
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New pencil cases stocked, oversized blazers ready, nametapes sewn in, Hilary Wilce
advises how to support your children as they start a new school year
The start of the school
year is always a big deal
for a child, and not only
when they are starting at a new
school, or moving up to the
next stage of education. Every
new school year brings a raft of
new things – friends, subjects,
teachers and classrooms.
So how can you, as a parent,
help your child make the most
of this next year in their school
journey? Of course, so much
depends on how old they are.
Helping a pre-schooler taking
their first step through the school
gate is entirely different from
supporting your teenage son
or daughter as they embark on
their sixth form or college years.
Bur some things are universal.
It’s always important, for
example, to keep any worries
to yourself and encourage your
child to see school as something
of real value, to be fully lived
and enjoyed. Put the emphasis
on learning, rather than on
doing well in tests and grades
and encourage your child
to work hard and join in.
Keep a weather eye out for
serious problems and try to
tackle them in partnership
with the school if they should
arise, but be very careful not
to make a mountain out of
every molehill. There are
inevitably many bumps as a
child travels through school.
Above all, remember it’s your
child’s school life, not yours,
and don’t force your dreams
and goals on them. Whenever
there is a disappointment, take
a step back and look at how
your child is feeling about
things, not how you are.
The early years
Prepare your pre-schooler for the big
step up to school by making sure
they can do all the practical basics.
Teachers complain bitterly about new
arrivals who can’t use cutlery, put on
their shoes or – almost unbelievably
– aren’t even toilet trained.
Also make sure they understand the
basics of how to have a conversation
(it involves both talking and listening!)
and make sure they’ve visited, or at
least driven past, their new school.
As they start school ensure pick-up
routines are clear to your child and
punctual. The sobs of tired children
whose parents or carers haven’t turned
up on time are a pitiful sound. And
also make sure your after-school
routines are homely and quiet. This
isn’t the time for a frantic round of
activities or drawn-out playdates.
As children move on through school,
they will develop a growing awareness
of both academic expectations and
social complexities. Reassure your
child that although you expect them
to work hard and do their best, you
don’t expect them to come home
with full marks in every test.
Children’s lives are increasingly
blighted by exams and classroom
competition, so make sure you aren’t
ramping up the same pressure at home.
And help them steer their way
through the social jungle by
encouraging them to be kind and
thoughtful, but also to always be
themselves. Help them see that
sometimes other children have
problems which can make them mean
or aggressive, but that most quarrels
blow over, and that it’s perfectly normal
for friendships to flower and fade.
Primary-age children also need you
to think about how best to regulate the
pace of their lives. How much screen
time is sensible during this school year?
How many out-of-school activities do
they need? The answers to these kinds
of questions vary every year, but the
important thing is that you are the one
in control, and not giving in to things
you feel aren’t helping your child have
a happy and productive school life.
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The SecOND stage
This starts at either eleven or
thirteen, depending what kind of
school system your child is in, and
is a massive step up and out into the
wider world. But, as always, there are
critical practical things to get right.
Make sure your child has the right
uniform and kit (embarrassment
is a huge part of being a pre-teen)
and that they know how to navigate
any new school journey they need
to take. Talk through lots of ‘what
ifs’ with them. What will they do
if they lose their bus pass, feel ill in
school, or forget their games kit?
If possible, foster links with other
students starting at the same school,
so your child has some social contacts
- and know who to contact at school
if your child runs into difficulties.
Outside school hours, make sure
your child has what they need to be
a healthy young person whose body
and brain are in good condition.
This includes good food, enough
sleep, plenty of fresh air and exercise,
and regulated screen time.
Your family rules may well turn
out to be different from those of
other households, but be prepared
for the relentless peer pressure
of these school years and stick
to what you believe is right.
As they embark on secondary
school life, be sure to keep chatting
with them about things like taking
responsibility for themselves, about
not bullying or allowing themselves
to be bullied, about following rules
(or not), and about the pressures
on teens to be cool and popular.
Encourage your child to solve their
own problems, but also let them
know you are completely behind
them and will help them deal with
any real difficulty they run into.
And as the first crucial exam years
roll around, work hard to encourage
your child to feel positive and
determined to do their best, while
also keeping any family anxiety
and tension to a minimum.
You will need to walk a tight
balance between motivating your
child and keeping them calm, but
it’s vital young people know that
exams are arbitrary things invented
by grown-ups, that there are always
second chances, and that life is
much bigger than a fluffed GCSE.
This isn’t being lax and laissez
faire – a wound-up and overwrought
exam candidate will never be able
to perform well on the day.
put the emphasis on learning,
rather than on doing well in
tests and grades
The FINal years
Your child has made it through GCSE
and is embarking on sixth form or college.
They are not, in fact, your child any
more at all. They feel quite grown up
and may well believe they have all the
answers. But you know they don’t.
Help your child prepare for a different
kind of studying and learning by talking
about time management and ways of
working that involve using many different
resources. Encourage them to see their
new tutors and teachers as people who
are willing and ready to help them. And
encourage them to get going as they mean
to go on – these years are short and vital.
Unfortunately they are also often the
years of maximum partying and teenage
disaffection. Talk to your child about the
derailing perils of drink and drugs and
unprotected sex, and about the more
everyday obstacles of burning the candle
at both ends and trying to focus on work
when your phone is constantly bleeping.
At the same time, encourage them
to go all out to work and play
productively. Volunteering, a
part-time job, travelling and
exploring new hobbies
and interests can all be
part of a rich mix in
these few brief years
which offer a vital
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The first days at school are a giant leap for the whole family,
we sought expert advice for little ones – and their parents
Holly Newton, Reception teacher
Preparing your child to start school
is about more than achievements
and abilities - it’s about getting them
emotionally ready to learn. Sending a
positive, independent and happy child
to school should always be your aim.
Skills your child should have
before starting reception
By helping them to master a few skills in
advance, you can boost their confidence
for those early weeks.
Know how to look after, share and
Go to the toilet, wash their hands
and blow their nose without support.
Eat with a knife and fork.
Remain composed in front of your
child. This can be an incredibly
emotional time for you both, but
try to be relaxed, encouraging and
reassuring. If they see that you are
upset when they go into school,
they will feel anxious and confused.
Remember that children rarely cry
for long once their parent has gone.
However, if your child is terribly
upset on consecutive days, talk
through strategies with the teacher.
Label everything - even
underwear, socks and shoes.
Basic dressing skills, such as putting on
and taking off jumpers and buttoning
and unbuttoning coats. Be able to
put on socks and shoes. (Help your
child to put them on the right foot by
drawing half a smiley face inside the
left shoe and half inside the right.)
Listening, attention and curiosity
Be able to listen carefully for short
periods of time and follow instructions.
Feel comfortable asking questions and
trying new activities.
Basic learning skills
Know how to grip a pencil correctly.
Be familiar with different rhymes and
games – these will form
a foundation for developing numeracy
and literacy skills.
“As parents, it is normal to feel anxious
or emotional, especially at the start”
How can parents prepare themselves?
Position these labels clearly
and make sure your child
knows where they are.
Help with left and right shoes
by drawing half a smiley face
in one and half in the other.
Try not to overload their
time after school with clubs and
playdates. Children are often
exhausted at the end of the day,
especially during the first term.
Be prepared for a few tears
in the evenings and have a
good bedtime routine.
I began preparing Ava (above)
for the start of school about 18
months in advance. We moved her
to the nursery at Claremont School
to allow her time to get to know
the school, teachers and staff.
The school arranged many
afternoons of meeting the
Reception staff and spending time
in the classroom. This helped get
Ava excited about moving into the
“big” school, especially since so
many of her friends from nursery
were going to be in her class.
It took Ava a few weeks to settle
in, until we discovered the main
problem was lunchtime. The hall
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Ava found this unsettling. Her
teacher sat next to her for a few
weeks - till she felt more confident
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a little, initially, but in our experience, this is momentary.
It is important to know that the staff are there to help
your child in any eventuality, just as a parent would.
It is important that children feel emotionally secure at
school. Give your child the language to talk about their
feelings. If they do have a worry, perhaps about feeling
poorly at school or having a toilet accident, it is worth
rehearsing a few phrases to use. We would always practise
this in school, too. Your child can also bring a comforter
or a special photograph to class, as these provide a personal
reminder of home.
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Oliver spent a little bit of time at the school
the year before he started, as he and I
attended the weekly toddlers’ group. It was a
great way for us to get to know Nash House
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Before the start of term, there was a school open
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A testing time
It’s 11+ season and parents and pupils
all over Kent are stressed to the max –
but take heart, a pass is not the only
route to academic success
Mr Bill Jones
Headmaster, Spring Grove School
Around this time every year thousands
of children across Kent in Year 6 sit
the Kent 11-Plus, competing for a Aplace at one of the 33 grammar schools the
county has to offer. Some pupils will succeed, while others
will not – but what should always follow, whatever the
outcome, is encouragement and opportunity, never failure.
The 11-Plus is a ‘big deal’ and many have an opinion
about it, good or bad, but that said, it is here to stay, so
what is the best way to prepare your child and yourself?
First of all it’s essential to take stock and decide if taking
the test is the right choice for your child. Do they enjoy
problem-solving, do they like puzzles, do they love to read
and write, do they love a challenge, does maths come easily
to them? If so, perhaps the Kent Test is right for them.
If not, perhaps their talents and intelligence lie in
other areas and perhaps the Kent Test and a grammar
school education might not be the correct path to
follow. Please remember, schools, like children, are unique
and not every school will be right for every child.
It is about what is right for your child as an individual
and your child’s school should be able to work with you on
identifying the correct approach and whether or not you wish
your child to sit the exams. At Spring Grove this individual,
differentiated, approach is something we pride ourselves upon.
For those who have taken the decision that the 11+ is
the right path, many parents will use private one-to-one
tuition, sample papers, revision timetables and the like,
but I personally do not believe in this rigid approach.
The tunnelling of a child’s focus and ambition to a
one-off test can be counter-productive, affecting a child’s
confidence and turning them away from learning at such
an important developmental stage. Confidence and a
passion for learning, once lost, can be hard to reignite.
At our school, in every lesson and activity, we take a
holistic approach, tailored to the individual. We keep learning
fun, we laugh and we embrace an enjoyable experience
We apply no barriers to a child’s talent and development
and because of this our children are confident and make
the most of every opportunity provided to them.
“The tunnelling of a child’s focus
and ambition to a one-off test
can be counter-productive”
We work with families to find the best path for their child
and we have even had instances where twins have gone on
to different schools because they had different interests.
We believe that the enrichment in the children’s
education – extra time given to music, drama, sport,
art and forest school, for instance – helps to provide
balance and essential meaning to the children’s learning
and put into perspective the Kent Test experience.
The grammar school system is not designed for
everybody and it is true that many highly intelligent
people are not right for grammar school education:
their particular kind of intelligence does not match
what the grammar schools are looking for.
As a great example of this I would like to share an email
I received from an ex-Spring Grove School parent last year.
Dear Mr Jones
Whilst flicking through Facebook this morning, I see
lots of good luck wishes to all who are taking their
11+ today. Six years ago our daughter sat the 11+ and
unfortunately – but not surprisingly to us – she didn’t
pass so grammar school was out of the question.
Finding a suitable school for her that we could
afford, would suit her and that would get the best out
of her wasn’t easy, but with your help, we secured
a scholarship and an affordable place at an
ideal school for her.
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I do hope that those pupils who may be
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Outside the box
Classroom learning is all very well, but outside trips and
cultural experiences enrich young minds and inspire success
Robert Scamardella, Director of Music
As a classical musician myself, I have always been passionate that
classical music should not be the province of the few. Classical
music has the power to unite, and none more so is this the case
than in music education.There is ample evidence to suggest that
the rigours of learning an instrument, or of singing in a choir
with other people, are hugely beneficial to wider learning. The
disciplines in music are like no other, and any highly proficient
musician is likely to be a high flyer in other areas.
Years of developing and honing one’s technique as a pianist,
singer, or trumpeter for example are similar in nature to the sheer
discipline that an athlete must go through over many years.
We have pupils at Bede’s who, after being exposed to the opera
at Glyndebourne, or a tour to Belgium or Venice, have been
inspired to take music to a higher level and study at university or
conservatoire. At Bede’s, many of our alumni musicians come back
and talk to our current pupils, sharing their skills and knowledge.
James Whitaker, Head of History
Educational visits bring the past to life and
enable children to visualise specific sites,
which helps to develop understanding. To
actually walk the battlefield of Hastings, or
the corridors of Anne Boleyn’s childhood
home at Hever Castle can spark a
lifelong interest in history.
Our A level pupils have the opportunity
to visit Washington DC as part of their
work on US civil rights. Whilst this is
not a compulsory aspect of the course,
we find the pupils really appreciate
the chance to gaze down on the Mall
from the Lincoln Memorial, watch the
Supreme Court in action and visit the new
National Civil Rights Museum; the trip
stimulates learning and encourages greater
understanding of the period.
A number of our students go on to study
History at university. For one, it was a
junior school visit to Bodiam Castle that
fired her imagination, particularly when
hearing about the experiences of
women in medieval society.
She is now studying Modern History
and is passionate about the development
of women’s rights throughout the 20th
century and its relevance today.
Matthew Oliver, Head of English
Visiting art galleries, particularly those which celebrate art before 1945, is one of my top things to do with GCSE
Literature pupils. Today’s learners — the so-called ‘selfie generation’ — have a wonderfully intuitive understanding
of how artists use colour and form to say subtle things about their subjects.
Many pupils develop a far more holistic and meaningful grasp of, say, a tricky Victorian novel, if they can see how
painters of that era conveyed their own messages about childhood, society or gender through what they depicted.
Tate Britain is a superb place to start as it is not too overwhelming, but still stuffed with treasures.
The King’s School,
Head of Geography
Everybody remembers their
field trip (particularly if the
weather was extreme – be
it hot or cold) – nobody
remembers every lesson in
the classroom. Trips bring a
subject to life. They link theory with reality, to give
But the best part is meeting the people that live
there – we find this particularly with our trip to
Morocco which is a real eye opener. I find it gives
our pupils a more balanced perspective on real life
outside of their bubble. It helps pupils to empathise
with others, tolerate others, and above all be patient,
kind, astute and organised.
Head of Creative Writing
My father was a printer. He allowed me to visit him on
Saturdays at the print works, where there were piles of
paper ten feet high and tubs of ink the size of wine barrels
and sinister black machines that hissed and clattered while
turning blank sheets into stacks of fresh text. I have been
obsessed with the printed word ever since.
Literature festivals, such as
Hay and Cheltenham, show
children that writers are
real people and that writing
is ultimately a communal
experience, however solitary
the activity itself may be.
Dr David Perkins, Head of History
At school – as a result of seeing an item on TV – I decided
to undertake a research project, conducted in Utah, on
the geographic, economic, social and political effects on
Salt Lake City of a rise in the level of the
Great Salt Lake. I talked my way into the
University of Utah among other places and
also persuaded the US Geological Survey
to drive me out into the desert to look at
the Great Salt Lake close up. I decided I
wanted to study American history which
I did later at Cambridge and Yale among
other places. It also gave me the ambition
to photograph the most photographed
barn in America.
Will Bersey, Director of Music
Playing in my county youth orchestra, when I was a child,
was critical to my development as a musician. The contact
with likeminded musicians of my age was not something that
was necessarily available at my school and the experiences
I enjoyed, which included playing in youth festivals on the
stage of the Royal Festival Hall, undoubtedly helped form my
ambitions and goals as a musician.
So whilst we spend a huge amount of time working on
musical ensembles at King’s, we continue to encourage
membership of county and national level ensembles, with
current pupils usually representing the school in the Kent
Youth Orchestra, National Youth Choir, National Youth
Orchestra and National Youth Wind Orchestra.
Lewis Phillips, History teacher
In my time at King’s I have been involved with extra History enrichment where pupils go on trips and listen to
talks given by their teacher outside the prescribed curriculum timetable. I know that following trips to Dover
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IBs, BTECs, Diplomas, apprenticeships… what happened
to good old A Levels? Here’s a breakdown of the new world
of choice after GCSEs
Sandra Radford, Head of Sixth
Form at Gordon’s School, Woking
For the crucial stage of learning after GCSEs,
which prepares students to move on to further
education, or into the workplace, traditional A Levels
remain the qualification of choice for many.
They tend to be more academic than other courses and
require higher level skills, such as analysis, evaluation and
application of knowledge, to achieve high grades, which is
why entry criteria tend to be slightly higher than alternative
courses. They are mainly exam based which
suits some students better than others.
The benefits are that they give young
people the chance to choose a broad
foundation of subjects – three or four,
which they study for two years – which
offers greater depth, yet retains a broad
enough foundation so they can progress
on to a wide range of university degrees
afterwards. For example, a combination of
history, biology, and English literature, will enable a student
to apply for Law, History, Journalism, Biology, Biomedical
Sciences, English, Teaching, Politics to mention just a few
degrees. They are graded A* to E.
Level 3 BTECs
These have been viewed by some – somewhat unfairly – as
easier than A Levels, as they are coursework-dominated and
assessed in modules. But these courses have become more
rigorous in recent years and many now have exams as well as
“The advantage of
that students are paid
a salary while they
train and learn”
There are several types of BTEC courses: a single course,
equivalent to one A Level subject, or there are double and
triple courses in one field, equivalent to two and three A
Levels. They are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.
BTECs are more vocational than A levels, focussing on one
specialist pathway which then feeds into a specific university
course, apprenticeship or career. For example, someone
studying a triple BTEC in Sports Science can go on very
successfully to undertake a degree in this field but cannot
typically access a degree in History.
It’s a very good qualification if a student is passionate about
a specific field or subject and cannot
imagine working with anything else.
The large component of coursework also
helps those who suffer from exam stress
or anxiety. The continuous assessment in
modules also means that students know
their marks on assessments continuously
and this can be very helpful for many who
would struggle to stay motivated for two
years on an A Level course. Universities
see them as comparative to A Levels and students can typically
access university degrees with a combination of Merits and
These are a vocational qualification which are offered at
several levels, with Level 3 being equivalent to A Levels and
Level 3 BTEC. These courses encompass both academic
and vocational elements, with students going to work in
the company sponsoring the apprenticeship, while also
attending college to study the subject. There are also Higher
and Degree Apprenticeships. Students apply for them just as if
it were a job, with a CV and covering letter.
The advantage is that students are paid a salary while they
train and learn, gather invaluable work experience and achieve
a qualification. It’s a perfect mix for many and gives a real edge
in terms of employment opportunities. It’s suitable for those
who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning and would
struggle to stay motivated or cope with the academic demands
of an A Level course.
The International Baccalaureate (IB)
This alternative to A Levels has grown in popularity recently
and is particularly useful for students hoping to study
overseas. The aim of it is to develop students as thinkers,
communicators and risktakers, to be reflective, principled
and open minded. As a qualification it offers both breadth
and depth – more than A levels. There are three compulsory,
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addition six subjects are studied, three at standard level,
three at higher level. The IB is judged out of 45 possible
points, with the Diploma awarded from 24 points up. The
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Our kids are welded to their phones – but what are they actually
doing on there? And is it as damaging as we fear? Hattie Brewis
unlocks the truth behind the tech
With what seems like daily news
reports on the subject, we’re
all familiar with the potential
perils of social media: online bullying,
accidental exposure, upsetting content
and smartphone addiction, to name
but a few. And with Snapstreaks, IGTV,
memes, GIFs and all the rest of it, the
junior generation seems to be speaking
a different language that shuts us out.
So we’re breaking down two of the most
popular platforms to show you that while
there are potential risks, every cloud does
have a silver lining.
What is it?
An app that lets you send photos, short
videos or messages to your contacts. The
‘snap’ appears on screen for up to 10
seconds before disappearing. Users can
apply a range of filters and send constant
streams of images and clips to friends.
Many users aren’t fully aware of
Snapchat’s privacy settings. This means
that they may be receiving ‘friendship’
requests from strangers and their ‘stories’
and snaps may be seen publicly.
The app now features a public feed,
called Snapchat Discover, through
which users can subscribe to posts by
celebrities and other publishers. Some
of these are aimed at older audiences
and so may include adult content.
Young people claim to feel less social
pressure using Snapchat than other
applications because there is no ‘like’
button and snaps disappear after a
few seconds. It’s also a good source of
information - studies show that teens
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because it’s fun and easy to view.
What is it?
An app that lets you upload pictures
and videos. Users post content to
share activities, thoughts or memories
with an online community. You can
‘follow’ any open account, which
might belong to celebrities or brands,
as well as friends and family.
Instagram is one of the most commonly
used platforms for cyberbullying. Users
can post upsetting comments on photos
as well as send private messages.
The omnipresence of
photos retouched via simple apps
is setting new, unrealistic standards
of beauty. This can be damaging
to self-esteem and mental health
as users compare their own
looks to those of their digitally
enhanced idols and even peers.
Instagram is a great means of
communication between friends and
family and it allows users to pursue
their interests and feed their curiosity:
you can follow everything from healthy
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Remember that Snapchat and
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their minimum age for users.
Check that your child knows
who they are talking to.
Encourage them to chat with
their real-life friends and to tell
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by an unknown follower.
Suggest to your child that they
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make it add up
So many kids decide they’re ‘rubbish at
maths’ at an early age – how can we stop
that happening, or turn it round?
Paul Borrows, Vinehall
Richard Feynman, the pre-eminent twentieth century
physicist, said that learning was fundamentally about noticing
things. From this point of view, learning mathematics
– and indeed doing mathematics – is primarily about
noticing and explaining patterns. With noticing, in this
context, meaning to become aware of and to understand.
So we want for children who know that 8 + 7 = 15
to then notice that if they know this simple addition
fact they also know the answer to 15 – 8, 80 + 70,
1500 – 700, 68 + 7 and a whole host of related sums.
As a teacher, you learn quite quickly that you cannot notice
things on behalf of the children you
are teaching - and what may seem
a clear and simple explanation does
not necessarily result in the children
noticing what you had hoped they
Learning maths comes from doing
maths, so the role of the teacher is to
try to set up situations that will enable
children to notice concepts and patterns
There is much more to learning maths then than
memorising a series of procedures for adding, subtraction,
multiplying and dividing. And, consequently, many
parents feel unequipped and unqualified to help their
children. But there are some things you can do to help
as a parent, and, even more importantly, there are some
things that you should avoid doing, as they can have a
negative impact on your children’s perception of maths
as well as their beliefs about their own ability.
A study from the mid-1980s found that when mothers told
“A child who is confident
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is unlikely to think of
themselves as someone
who cannot do maths”
their daughters that they were not very good at maths when
they were at school, the daughters’ performance in maths
lessons declined almost immediately. A more recent study
showed that parents who were not confident mathematicians
had a detrimental effect on their child’s learning if they
helped their children with their maths homework.
You don’t have to lie. If they ask tell them instead that you
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(which is probably true) and that they are very fortunate
because the way in which maths is taught now is much more
interesting than it used to be (which is almost certainly true).
When it comes to helping with homework, try to avoid
teaching them particular methods
yourself. Instead, allow them to
explain to you what they have been
doing. If they make a mistake, try to
understand why they have made that
mistake, rather than simply telling
them that they have got it wrong.
If they are really struggling
with their homework, it is better
to leave it rather than battling to
get it finished. Teachers want to see what children can do
working independently, not what their parents can do.
Despite these issues I would still encourage parents to
involve themselves in their children’s learning of maths,
but there are better, and more fun, ways of doing this
than leaning over their shoulder as they plod their way
through the exercises. Instead, encourage them to play
games that will help develop their number sense – anything
involving dice or dominoes or cards will do this.
A child who is confident playing rummy 500 is unlikely
to think of themselves as someone who can’t do maths.
Matt Underwood, ACS Egham International School
One of the reasons children get put off maths young
is due to the nature of the subject: the solution to a
maths problem is right or wrong. Getting incorrect
answers can be very demoralising, even if they are
praised for using the correct method and made only
a small yet significant error in the approach.
The teacher is also vitally important. From my experience,
when expressing whether they loved or hated maths at
school, adults often refer to the teachers they had and
whether they were good or bad. A good teacher can engage
pupils even when they are finding work difficult and
therefore often change a student’s attitude to the subject.
It’s really important to challenge a child’s perception that
they are ‘rubbish’ at maths. It does take practice, because it is
skills heavy and all skills take practice, but if this is undertaken
a parent will see real progress in their child’s ability.
Beliefs about our strengths and weaknesses often
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with some confusion over method, provides a ‘toxic
cocktail’ for students that hinders their development
in the subject. The key to challenging this is to teach
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It’s obvious that we all enjoy success and don’t particularly
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is developmentally appropriate, providing them with a
challenge yet also giving them opportunities to succeed,
is an important recipe to get a student to enjoy a class.
But failure is not something to be avoided at all costs.
Students should be encouraged to take risks and not to fear
the occasional failure. In class discussions my students get to
know how much I love wrong answers as they are so often a
great basis for discussion. All students enjoy it when I make
a mistake. Most of the time it is deliberate as there is nothing
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I have had many students who would have described
themselves as ‘maths haters’ and how I approach it is
to try to ensure they foster a greater appreciation for
their own talents in maths, for example, they might
not be as quick at finishing an equation as others, but
they might be better at word-based problems.
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Brian Judd, Head of Mathematics
at Marlborough House School
In the early years as children learn
how to count and recognize shapes,
and later as they begin to master their
times tables, they become increasingly
more confident with mental arithmetic.
However, in Years 5 and 6, the study
of maths expands enormously as
algebra, geometry and data handling
come into play, and with it, a pupil’s
realisation that they can no longer
rely on their arithmetic skills alone.
For some pupils this extra work will
drop into place quickly, but for others,
learning about how numbers work is
much more of a challenge. If children
are able to understand the difference
between routines that work sometimes
and routines that work all the time,
they will begin to excel. If not, they
will find it difficult to get better.
What is really helpful is to dispel the
myth that maths is a standalone subject
on a rigid school timetable. Teachers
and parents need to consistently
demonstrate to children that maths is
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do, from baking a cake to researching
the best deals on a new smartphone.
The ‘maths’ of Monopoly is a
particularly good way to get older
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As a Year 7 and 8 Maths teacher,
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The long view
You can’t start too early thinking ahead for higher education – and it should be fun
Head of Higher Education, Hurst College
For a prospective applicant who is aiming to gain
a place at the best universities, a love of learning
and abundant motivation to study their chosen
subject is vital. Universities are looking for students
who are genuinely curious to find out more about
the world and parents can foster this curiosity.
Start them young
Parents can encourage their child to be excited about their
future from a young age, talking to them about which subjects
they enjoy at school and which topics have particularly
sparked their imagination. Has a class project on the
suffragettes revealed a fascination with history and politics?
Are they enthralled by science experiments and desperate
to find out more about DNA or the Big Bang theory?
Parents can also help by looking out for television or
radio programmes, newspaper or magazine articles, or
podcasts that may apply to their child’s interests. Days
out to museums, exhibitions, plays, historical sites, and
so on can be incredibly inspiring and formative.
Research the options
The UCAS website is extremely comprehensive and provides a
huge amount of advice for parents and students. There are also
a number of books available to help, such as The Times Good
University Guide, the Getting Into… course guides and The
UCAS Guide to getting into University and College. University
websites and prospectuses are free and contain a plethora
of invaluable information about courses and institutions.
University gives students the opportunity to
pursue their intellectual interests in great depth and
the range of degrees on offer now is extraordinary.
There are over 160 higher education institutions in
the UK, offering more than 50,000 courses.
Undertaking some research into their future options at a
relatively early age can be wonderfully motivating for students.
If your child has taken a keen interest in programming,
why not have a look at what a computer science degree
involves? This may inspire them to create their own website
or app, learn new coding languages, attend a summer course
and read books and newspaper articles on computing.
If they’re obsessed with animals and nature, you could
spend time researching degrees in zoology, environmental
studies or animal science. A young historian may
pursue a history degree, or specialise by opting for
war studies, history of art or medieval studies.
As their interests develop and their perspective
broadens, they may consider a subject completely outside
of the school curriculum, such as event management,
film production, journalism, robotics, criminology, or
anthropology. If they have a passion for something, it’s
worth searching the excellent UCAS search tool for
courses in that area (https://digital.ucas.com/search).
More than grades
To achieve a place at the best universities, students need
to demonstrate that they have gone above and beyond the
academic essentials in pursuit of their genuine passion.
There are numerous Year 12 essay competitions run by
universities. The experience of entering these often proves
invaluable to applicants. Another way for students to
stretch themselves is to complete online courses through
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) or iTunes U.
Some universities offer taster courses to let students
experience life at a university before they apply. These
can be a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a
greater insight into university study and social life, and
“Less obvious activities, such as
juggling a part-time job with
academic studies shows that a
student is organised and has strong
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These are widely available for Year 12 students and some
universities offer taster days for year 10 and 11 students.
Universities are keen to recruit students who will contribute
to their institution in non-academic ways, such as drama,
student politics, student newspapers or volunteering with a
community action group, so any experience students can build
up at senior school will demonstrate they have much to offer
alongside their academic work. This is why in their UCAS
personal statement, we encourage students at Hurst to talk
about their relevant extra-curricular activities. These include
their interests, responsibilities (such as being a school prefect)
and non-academic pursuits, such as Duke of Edinburgh
Award, Combined Cadet Force, National Citizen Service,
Crest Awards, Young Enterprise, Engineering Education
Scheme, music, drama, dance and sport.
Sometimes extra-curricular activities can be unrelated to
A-level subjects, but incredibly relevant to the subject that they
want to study at university. For example, a prospective politics
undergraduate may stand for election in a school’s mock
general election, while a future film studies undergraduate
may take the lead in the school’s film society. The editor of the
school’s student newspaper will have valuable experience to
recommend them for a degree in journalism.
Less obvious activities, such as juggling a part-time job with
academic studies shows that a student is organised and has
strong time-management skills. Being involved in or setting
up their own student societies is another fantastic way of
demonstrating their love of a subject.
For some vocational university courses, such as medicine,
veterinary science, teaching or midwifery, work experience is
incredibly helpful. Students can volunteer in their community
and try to gain experience in the relevant work environment.
Through such placements, they will be able to build up
transferable skills, such as communication, leadership,
problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and creativity.
Students applying for specialist further education, such as
equestrian studies, art school, or music production, will need
to build up a portfolio of evidence to prove their interest in
and commitment to the subject they want to study.
The key to success in these areas is organisation: ensuring
that sufficient relevant experience has been gained and
documented in time for the application, or that an art
portfolio is completed to a high standard by the deadline, will
make all the difference. As with all other subjects, enthusiasm
and clarity about motivation are also crucial.
There are a number of conservatoires in the UK offering
performance-based courses in music, dance, drama and
musical theatre at undergraduate level. Once again UCAS has
a great deal of information: www.ucas.com/ucas/conservatoires/
Whatever area of study a child is interested in, any
additional related activity they can put in at the school stage
will boost their opportunities at the further education level –
and therefore the whole of their lives.
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Do it now
The best way to save your family from
traumatic decisions when you reach the
last stages of life is to put the right legal
protections in place now says Edward
Walter of Buss Murton
It is a topic which never seems to be much out of
the news – end of life care decisions; who makes
them, and on what basis. There are a number of legal
documents which occupy similar but not identical spaces.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) for Health &
Welfare decisions allows a person to give someone
else the authority to make healthcare and personal
welfare decisions if there comes a time when the
Donor themself cannot make the decision, because
he or she won’t understand the concepts involved
sufficiently to make an informed decision.
Under a Health & Welfare LPA, Attorneys can
make decisions about the Donor’s care, daily routine,
medication, medical treatment and living arrangements.
The Donor is also able to give or refuse permission
to the Attorney or Attorneys to make decisions
about life saving treatment i.e whether it should
be provided or whether it should not be.
“Do Not Resuscitate” Orders are a creature of the
National Health Service and they need to be given whilst
the Donor has informed consent. They provide that,
in the event that the individual’s heart stops beating,
it is not to be re-started. So, it deals with a limited
number of instances – i.e potentially fatal cessation of
lung function and/or heart functionality. A Do Not
Resuscitate Order will not necessarily assist where a
person is suffering from another terminal condition.
An Advance Directive, again, needs to be given well
in advance of there being any question of a mental
capacity concern. An Advance Directive is a document
which should empower you, the Donor, to give future
directions as to how you would like to be treated.
You can discuss how you would like to be
cared for and can explain your positive wishes
and also dictate the circumstances where you
would not want certain decisions to be made.
It may include information such as where you would
wish to be cared for, what your dietary requirements
might be, what your religious or other beliefs or systems
might be and may include who you would want to be
consulted regarding your care. This will also include
who you would and would not like to visit you.
It is important to understand what sort of decisions
can be specified in an Advance Directive or indeed
in the note section of a Health & Welfare LPA. At
present, the range extends from Advance Directives
stipulating that ‘maximum steps are taken to preserve
life’ no matter that ultimately, death is to be expected
within a reasonably short time frame, through to a
‘palliative care only’ style of Advance Directive.
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It is important to note that a palliative-careonly
directive, cannot ask that life be brought
to an end but rather that steps are not taken
to actively prolong life where the prognosis is
ultimately for death within a short time frame.
The recent Supreme Court ruling that
legal permission will no longer be needed to
withdraw treatment from patients in a permanent
vegetative state when the family and physicians
are in agreement is interesting - although it is
different from the situation which is likely to
be faced by many persons at the end of life.
The reason it is different is because the person in
that case, was in a persistent vegetative state. Most
persons who at the end of life may not necessarily
have mental capacity to make a decision, are
not necessarily in a persistent vegetative state.
In many other cases, it may be that the family
of the patient and the doctors are in agreement in
which case there should be no difficulty with the
steps which are to be taken. In the Supreme Court
case, it was common ground that the family of the
patient and the doctors had agreed to withdraw the
feeding tube which was keeping the patient alive.
The NHS Trust in question asked for a ruling
that approval from the Court of Protection
was not necessary. The Supreme Court agreed
with the High Court that there is no legal
requirement requiring all end of life decisions to
be made before judges, particularly where there
is agreement between family and physicians.
But, to guard against the position that you find
yourself not in a persistent vegetative state and/or
that doctors and family do not agree, it is in the
interest of self-autonomy to have either an Advance
Directive or, to have a Health & Welfare LPA.
So, any adult over the age of 18 who has mental
capacity, should consider making an ‘ordinary’
Will to deal with their financial assets and other
matters commonly covered by a Will – but they
should also have a Finance & Property LPA
dealing with their financial and property affairs
in place, to be called upon should they ever
become permanently mentally incapacitated (but
still alive) and they should also have either an
Advance Directive or a Health & Welfare LPA.
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NOV 24 – DEC 9 (WED – SUN) DEC 10 – 24 (DAILY)
Ballroom & Latin
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Sunday 23 September 2018
Starting and finishing at
East Malling Research Centre
ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS
104km, 65km or 36km chip timed road cycle
Get pedalling in support of Heart of Kent Hospice
at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Sunday 7 October 2018
Soloist - Freddy Kempf (piano)
Conductor - Roderick Dunk
Sunday 4 November 2018
Soloist: Annette Wardell (soprano)
Conductor - Roderick Dunk
World War 1 Commemoration
Sunday 2 December 2018
Soloist - Nicola Benedetti (violin)
Conductor - Roderick Dunk
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Weekly from Tues 11 Sep
Mountfield Community Arts,
Mountfield Village Hall, East
Sussex TN32 5LG
WEEKLY ART CLASSES
Mountfield Community Arts
begins its latest round of weekly
classes. Aimed at all abilities, join
a friendly relaxed group and learn
from practising professional artists.
All subjects and media covered.
Remember: it’s never too late to
learn something new!
01424 424010 /
Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sep
The Beaney House of Art
and Knowledge, 18 High St,
Canterbury, Kent CT1 2BD
In celebration of its national
golden jubilee year, The Arts
Society will be holding a two-day
event featuring free art workshops
and museum trails for children,
free highlight tours of the museum
and an exhibition all about The
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Sun 2 Sep 9.30am-12.30pm
Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent
HEART OF KENT HOSPICE –
FAMILY FUN EVENT
Join Heart of Kent Hospice for
a treasure hunt, fun stalls, classic
cars, family activities and delicious
refreshments. Tickets include entry
to Leeds Castle until 6pm.
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Fri 14 & Sat 15 Sep
7.30-10pm (doors 6.30pm)
Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent
Enjoy a fantastic film in a historic
location. Sit back under the stars
on Friday to watch The Greatest
Showman; or, on Saturday, get your
singing voices ready for Disney’s
live action remake of childhood
favourite Beauty & the Beast.
Entry: Adults £12, children £7.50
(entry to Gatehouse Tower included
in ticket price from 6.30-7.30pm)
Sun 23 Sep
Kent Life, Lock Lane,
Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU
SEE THE GRUFFALO!
The Gruffalo will be making
personal appearances at 10.40am,
12pm, 1.20pm, 2.40pm & 4pm.
While you’re there, why not visit
some of the animals from The
Gruffalo’s story, join in one of the
many activities and grab a bite to
eat in Dotty’s tea rooms?
Entry: Free for Kent Life members,
non-members 15% off online
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sep and Sat 6
& Sun 7 Oct 10.15am-4pm
Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge
Wells West Station, Royal
Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5QY
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
Take a ride behind a real steam
engine, shake hands with the
Fat Controller, join in themed
activities in the Imagination
Station and even meet Thomas
himself. Don’t forget to pre-book
for the Fat Controller’s Tea Party
train; it’s the last departure of
the day so tickets - and cake - are
limited. Pre-book for reduced
FESTIVALS & SHOWS
Fri 7 – Sun 9 Sep 10.30am-5pm
Penshurst Place, Penshurst,
Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
THE WEALD OF KENT
COUNTRY CRAFT SHOW
Enjoy the final Country Craft
Show of the year, as the parkland
welcomes carpenters, artisan
producers and small businesses
from across the county and
further afield to gather with their
wonderful collections and gifts.
Entry: Adults £10, seniors £9,
children free (if accompanied by
01425 277988 /
What’s On in September
Sat 15 - Sun 23 Sep
Various locations around the
Weald of Kent
HIGH WEALD WALKING
Explore one of the UK’s most
beautiful medieval landscapes
at the first ever High Weald
Walking Festival. Experienced and
knowledgeable guides will lead a
host of inspiring walks suitable for
all ages and abilities, with themed
routes covering local history, art,
literature, wildlife and geology.
Fri 21 Sep – Fri 5 Oct
Various locations in and around
Another stellar line up is set to
shine at this year’s Sevenoaks
Literary Festival. From best-selling
novelists to foreign correspondents
and music scholars, there will be
something to suit all tastes.
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Fri 28 – Sat 29 Sep
A weekend celebrating reading
and writing. There will be
poetry at The George Hotel,
a guess the book competition
in the shop windows of
Cranbrook, an evening with
broadcaster Jeremy Vine and a
talk from historian Alison Weir.
FOOD & DRINK
Sat 1 Sep 12pm-10pm and Sun 2
The Chequers, The Broadway,
Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells
The Festa della
A lovely harvest festival at a family
run, Italian gastropub and b&b
with a great Italian market full of
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Sat 8 – Sun 9 Sep
Kent Life, Lock Lane,
Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU
HOPS ‘N’ HARVEST BEER
Join in with traditionally handpicking
hops, see the last coal fired
oast house in Britain and sample
up to 60 varieties of locally brewed
ales and ciders. Whether you’re
absorbing the fantastic live music
programme, sampling the variety
of food stalls, or enjoying Sooty’s
live performance with the kids, it’s
sure to be a great family day out.
Entry: Kent Life members free
online, non-members 10% off online
Sun 9 Sep 11am-5pm
Chiddingstone Castle, Hill
Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,
Kent TN8 7AD
COUNTRY AND FOOD
Visitors will enjoy the annual
family dog show, shopping, music,
terrier racing, country displays and
a wealth of food and drink stalls.
Entry: Adults £6, children 5-13
£2, under 5s free (includes reduced
admission to the castle)
Sun 23 Sep 7.30am
Starts at East Malling Research
Centre, New Road, East Malling,
Kent ME19 6BJ
Cyclo Sportive 2018
Get peddling, have fun and raise
money for a great cause. You
have the choice of three distances
(104km, 65km or 36km) taking
you on a loop through the heart
of the Kent countryside. All routes
include refreshments, first aid
marshalls, vehicle support and
professional chip timings.
Entry: 104km - £35, 65km - £30
and 36km - £25
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What’s On in September
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WELCOME TO THE
A special vintage and retro
shopping event; with twenty
dealers over two floors selling an
eclectic range of furniture, fashion,
accessories, jewellery, kitchenware
and decorative items. Discounts
will apply throughout the day,
together with refreshments and
a chance to win a gift voucher
in the charity raffle in aid of the
Chestnut Tree House Hospice.
THEATRE & Music
Weekly until Thurs 27 Sep 7pm
The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells,
Kent TN2 5TN
JAZZ ON THE PANTILES
Join this hugely popular music
festival, now in its 21st year, in
the historic heart of Tunbridge
Wells. Over the summer months,
this weekly music event showcases
some of Kent’s best jazz bands in a
Entry: Free (donations welcome)
Sun 16 – Sun 29 Sep
Various locations in and around
West Malling, Kent
A festival that brings international
artists to historical venues and
celebrates an eclectic mix of
exceptional music. Highlights
include a solo recital by James
Pearson (artistic director of Ronnie
Scott’s), a musical celebration of
Frida Kahlo’s association with
Marc Chagall, and music by
Debussy, Bach and Elgar.
Wed 26 Sep 7.30pm
E M Forster Theatre, Tonbridge
School, High Street, Tonbridge
NOT ABOUT HEROES
Stephen Macdonald’s awardwinning
play about the unique
friendship between celebrated
World War One poets Wilfred
Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.
Entry: £16, £14 concession
01732 304241 / emftheatre.com
Every Tuesday from Tue 4 Sep
Tenterden Zion Hall, High
Street, Tenterden TN30 6BB
Meet new people and sing for fun
to original arrangements: from
show songs to current chart hits.
Every penny raised by this non
for profit choir goes to local and
national charities, in particular
Pilgrims Hospices and Abigail’s
Entry: First session free, then £7/week
07475 103230 /
Sat 8 Sep 10am-12.30pm
Blooming Green, Linton,
Maidstone ME17 4AG
LESSONS FROM NATURE
Let Yvonne Fernando - NLP
Master Practitioner and Life
Coach - guide you on how to
tune into the cycles of nature
to enhance your wellbeing. In
collaboration with Blooming
Green, expect a morning filled
with valuable tips, inspiring
discussions, private flower-picking
sessions and cake.
01233 878474 /
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Practical gardening course
Pruning, propagating, planting,
design, seed sowing, composting in
a relaxed and friendly environment
Courses held in Woodchurch, Kent
No experience needed
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Win a Solid silver
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All of the jewellery at Dominic Walmsley in Riverhead is made on site in their own
workshops by a team of award-winning craftsmen. Established in Sevenoaks for over
17 years, he has created an ever-growing following of clients who love to give gifts of
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Congratulations to Caroline Gestwicki who wins our July competition for a £400 voucher from Layered Lounge
Jane explains why farmers can’t be sentimental
September is always a somewhat noisy month. It’s time
for all those spring-born lambs and calves to part
company with their mums and for a few days the whole
of Stonegate echoes with bleats and baas and moos.
Sheep operate on a five, four, three regime. Five months
pregnant, four months milking and three months off. So for
most of the ewes this season of mellow fruitfulness represents
a peaceful time for rest, recuperation and reflection – if
indeed sheep do such a thing. And apparently they do.
A recent study carried out in China found that the average
sheep (whatever that might be) can recognise and remember
at least 50 individual faces for more than two years. Maybe
there’s a sheep opportunity here to accompany forgetful
people like me to parties so when chatting to folk one knows
but can’t remember their names Baaaabra could step in and
assist. I digress. Back to the weaning.
Weaning the ewes from the lambs is quite noisy but it’s
nothing compared to the cows. Cows come in two types:
black and white dairy cows that are parted from their calves
after about 24 hours and beef cows, often called suckler cows,
that stay with their offspring for around
eight or nine months.
Our Sussex cows are a suckler herd
and by September the calves are quite
big and most of the cows will be
thrilled to be relieved of their nagging
adolescent offspring. After a few hours
token mooing they will wander off
across the field never to cast a backwards glance. For others
it’s a three-day protest. They moo and moo until they become
so hoarse they no longer make a sound but nevertheless they
continue with silent mooing which is quite sad.
Generally the calves seem much less bothered and we
usually leave a couple of cows with the calves for a few weeks
which seems to keep them all much calmer.
September is also the month to consider what to do with
“By September most of the
cows will be thrilled to be
relieved of their nagging
all these year-plus teenagers. The best two or three heifers
(female cows before they have had a calf) will be kept as
breeding replacements and they will join the main herd,
the others, mainly steers (castrated males) will now need to
be fattened, known as finishing, for
We finish one or two on the farm
to sell direct but unless you grow
the necessary corn and straw it’s an
expensive business so most of ours will
be sent to market either at Ashford or
Hailsham – the last two cattle markets
left in the South East. There are three types of sale at these
markets: breeding sales for potential breeding stock; prime
cattle sales where butchers buy finished beasts for their shops;
store sales where well-grown, but not fat cattle are bought by
farmers to go onto another farm to be finished.
A great number of the store cattle sold in this part of the
world are taken up to East Anglia to be fattened. The big
arable farmers in that part of the world have barns full of
straw and silos full of barley so they can do the job far more
cost effectively, but that is not the main reason they do it.
What they’re after is “black gold”, the manure that will
come out of the sheds at the end of the winter to spread back
over their arable acres. Recycling at its best and as they say …
where there’s muck there’s brass.
If you’ve ever thought of 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 Thursday 7
September. The morning will be spent on the joys of smallholding
and the afternoon will include a walk around Coopers Farm. Find out
more at curioushouse.net wwInstagram @coopersfarm
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