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Contents

September 2018

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HISTORIC HAVENS

Maggie Alderson finds some

Grade II listed dream homes

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SCULPTURE CULTURE

We celebrate the joy of

three dimensional artwork

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SUMMER’S EMBERS

Jo Arnell stretches out the

summer in the garden

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NOTEBOOK

This month’s top six

events not to miss

PICTURE PERFECT

A Victorian masterpiece is

revived with fantastic style

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STYLE IT UP

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THE HAIR AND NOW

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the products your hair

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A YEAR OF WELLNESS

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spinal wellbeing

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Udimore Guide Price £470,000

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reaching southerly views overlooking orchards and the beautiful

surrounding countryside.

Entrance Hallway, Ground Floor Cloakroom/WC, Large Open

plan Living Room, Dining Room, Study/Bedroom 3, South Facing

Conservatory, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Attached

Garage, Master Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom, Further Double

Bedroom, Family Shower room/WC, LPG Central Heating, Off Road

Parking for Several Vehicles, Well Established South Facing Garden,

Garden Studio Room, EPC: C

Icklesham O.I.R.O £675,0000

A modern rebuilt character thatched 3-bedroom cottage, with

open plan living, situated on a quiet country lane with stunning

rural views looking over the Brede Valley.

Entrance Porch, Entrance Hall/Utility, Living Room, Kitchen/Dining

Room, Sitting Room, Cloakroom/WC, Master Bedroom with Ensuite

Bathroom, Two Further Double Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Wrap

Around Private Garden, Garden Store Shed, Garage, Off Street

Parking, Stunning Rural Views of Brede Valley, Quiet Location, EPC: D

Rye Harbour Guide Price £675,000

A former pair of Victorian cottages now arranged as a three storey

6 bedroom detached house with versatile accommodation, with

potential for Art Gallery or Cafe. This tucked away home has been

tastefully modernized and recently redecorated and benefits

from fine views looking down Rother estuary towards the sea

from the second floor balcony.

Living Room, Dining Room, Study with Ornate Woodburner, Kitchen/

Breakfast Room, Garden Room, Large Gallery Studio Room, Ground

floor Wet Room/WC, Up to Five First Floor Bedrooms, Family

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Pond, Close proximity to Rye Nature Reserve, Quiet Location, EPC: D

Udimore Guide Price £550,000

A well set back detached 4 bedroom chalet bungalow offering

versatile accommodation set within ½ acre garden grounds and

additional acre paddock with fine south facing views looking

over the Brede valley and beyond to the sea.

Entrance Hallway, Living Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Bedroom 4/

Dining Room, Sun Room, Ground Floor Master Bedroom with Ensuite

Shower/WC, Ground floor WC, Ground floor Bathroom, Conservatory/

Dining Room, Two Further First Floor Double Bedrooms with Ensuite

Shower/WC, Attached Garage, Wrap Around Private Garden approx.

½ acre, External Laundry Room and Potting Shed, Off Street Parking,

Stunning Rural Views of Brede Valley, Additional attached 1 acre

paddock, EPC: E

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An elegant Grade II Listed farmhouse in a sought after position within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area.

Guide price £1,250,000

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This spacious property was built in 1902 and retains many of the original features including high ceilings, panelled walls, wooden

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addition, the sitting room offers an open staircase with four-poster bedposts as bottom newel posts. The home has been well

loved and only four different owners have occupied the property, with a period during the 1950s where it was used as a small

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Rye, East Sussex - £395,000

A three storey town house situated in the Conservation

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dining area and kitchen, utility room, three bedrooms, one

with balcony and one en-suite. Garage. Communal paved

area. EPC D

Northiam, East Sussex - £1,795,000

A Grade II listed 15th century farmhouse with 7

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Udimore, East Sussex - £825,000

A beautifully refurbished four bedroom brick barn with

lovely rural views. Separate one bedroom cottage used

for holiday lets and unconverted detached barn. Garden.

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Rye, East Sussex - £465,000

Lovely refurbished Grade II Listed period house of C15th

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Open plan living room & dining room, kitchen, shower room,

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Winchelsea, East Sussex - £375,000

A Grade II* Listed 17th century cottage located in the

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Camber, East Sussex - £320,000

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egeRtOn £1,400,000

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WincHelSea, nR Rye £900,000

UndeR OFFeR - Historically significant 5 bedroom period home with

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gOUdHURSt OieO £900,000

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MARDEN, KENT

GUIDE PRICE £450,000

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GOUDHURST, KENT

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FOR SALE

Normandy farmhouse

near Bayeux

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

the Operation Overlord: D-Day landing beaches close by.

O.I.R.O £95,000 (FREEHOLD)

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Residential Sales

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Lenham

Guide £1,150,000

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

Egerton

Guide £1,025,000

A carefully restored 16th Century period

farmhouse in a glorious location commanding

stunning views, delightful gardens, paddock.

1.02 acres. EPC Rating NA

Pluckley

Guide £1,295,000

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

Bethersden

Guide £1,375,000

A stunning modern country house about

4,775ft², traditional character with 21st century

spec. About 9.5 acres.

EPC Rating C

Pluckley

Guide £925,000

A beautifully presented country house with

possible annexe and stylish split level terrace,

wonderful gardens and useful buildings.

EPC Rating C

Langley

Guide £635,000

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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House

Month

of the

£3,600,000

Historic havens

Maggie Alderson’s favourite Grade II listed homes on the market

Hensill House

The dream: The full Grade II

listed Georgian four-square fantasy,

in the most beautiful grey stone,

surrounded by its own land (enclosed

by that groovy ‘estate’ railing fencing)

comprising rolling fields, woods and

countryside, an adjoining three-bed

farmhouse just perfect for a granny

annexe and farm buildings ideal for

a party barn… And all this on the

outskirts of lovely Hawkhurst. So you

can pretend you’re in a Jane Austen

novel and then pop out to see a 21st

century arthouse movie.

Where: On the edge of The Moor

part of Hawkhurst.

Setting: Glorious Wealden

countryside and its own land,

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Notebook

Plough down

Get your flat caps on and head over to Four Oaks

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All that Jazz

A wealth of musical talent gathers in

the beautiful town of Rye as the Rye

international jazz and blues festival

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Notebook

Exhibitions

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this month

Chris Milton

From Sunday 23 September to

Saturday 3 November, the Blackshed

Gallery in Robertsbridge will host an

exhibition of work by Chris Milton. A

vibrant mixture of painting and drawing,

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Explore how to enhance your life at the

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Golden Years

Emerson Park Retirement Village in

Hextable will host open days on Friday

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Wealden Crafts

From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September

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The Weald of Kent Country Craft

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Editor’s

Letter

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

off on the start of their educational journey, indeed most of us

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

preparing your child – and yourself! – for it.

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

advice. And I’m particularly pleased this month with our fashion

story, which offers brilliant styling tips for how chaps can add

fresh zest to the rather limiting trousers/shirt/jacket combination.

It’s amazing the difference just turning up shirt cuffs, or adding

a silk square to a blazer pocket can make.

Enjoy your Wealden Times!

Wealden Times Team

Editor ....................................................................................... Maggie Alderson

Editorial Assistant ........................................................................Rebecca Cuffe

Digital Editor ...................................................................................Emily Pavey

Fashion Editor ................................................................................... Kate Watts

Design .........................................................................................Powerful Pierre

Design Team ..............................................................................Anthony Boxall

Rob Cursons

Freya Bruce

Tanya Goldsmith

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Commercial Director ............................................................... Colin Wilkinson

Sales Manager ................................................................................... Jen Shearer

Media Sales.................................................................................Sarah Norwood

Cinnamon Lacey

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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


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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

in 2010. Having moved from Tunbridge

Wells, the idea was to get the work done

and to move in within a few months. Little

did the couple realise when they first got the

keys to their East Sussex mansion – and it

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

bay, the early Victorian building had been

in dire need of love and attention for some

time. The dreamy stucco ceilings had been

boarded up, the intricate cornices had

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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

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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

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Above: The former garage was converted into a spacious open

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Previous page: The world map is from Printed Space and the

bunkbed is by Great Little Trading Company Above: A sofa on

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The animal cushions are by Sass & Belle Left: A pretty pink

nursery for Chris and Lillie’s new born daughter, complete with

unicorns from Melissa & Doug

sing with joy as the years as a B&B, a vegetarian hotel and a

party crash pad for a 90s footballer fade into its memory.

The former garage has been converted into a

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TV – all the essentials for day-to-day family life.

The roof light above drenches you in daylight and

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Wells is everything you dream a family kitchen should

be. On the soft grey walls are paintings by Lillie’s mother,

Naheed Tourish, a botanical artist, that sit side by side

more contemporary pieces picked up on their travels.

Leading off this space are yet more light-soaked reception

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A sweeping staircase covered in a Crucial Trading

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their eldest son’s room, which sports a full-size world

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Left: The teak four poster is from Lombok Below: Chris

and Lillie found the antique Mongolian cabinet at Yi Ju in

Tunbridge Wells, along with the Chinese chair. The brass

statues were found in Bangkok

map across one wall – surely every future explorer’s

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Chris and Lillie’s spacious master bedroom makes

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Previous page: The Venetian glass chandelier in the

master bedroom is from RV Astley. The sculptures

at the end of the bed are from Thailand Left: Chris

designed the main part of the garden on a formal

scheme, with gravel paths dividing the beds around

the fountain Below and bottom: Sculptures by Carol

Peace and Dawn Benson add interest on the terrace

and among the borders

stake. Chris chose to use his own garden design as his final

coursework at Inchbald – and what a landscape he has created.

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Great Dixter, to magical effect. The steep banks that lead

down from the sandstone terrace that wraps around the

entire house, are a medley of wild flowers. Buttercups,

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breeze above the more formal garden that surrounds a

monumental fountain, water gurgling from its flamboyant

centrepiece, whilst several stunning sculptures by Dawn

Benson and Michael Speller draw the eye around the garden.

Having only been planted last year, this was the first

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in the borders, each section divided by a generous gravel

path that divides the space with slick geometry.

An oak pergola surrounds the sunken pool area,

covered in the first year of a white wisteria. A huge

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in the house and in the garden,” says Lillie.

Chris also designed the pool house, which is covered

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Above and right: An oak pergola surrounds the raised pool area.

The outdoor table is from OKA Bottom: Elephants from Ko

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area, a series of hornbeam box shaped trees, a children’s

play area and a rose garden from that original boggy

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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

Sassy Luke cites her two big interior loves as “the

ridiculous and the sublime”. That’s her approach to the

wonderfully idiosyncratic paintings, etchings, icons,

greetings cards and cushions she makes. But it’s also true of her

home. The Georgian flat overlooking the sea on St Leonards

Marina is a veritable cornucopia of rescued objects, family

heirlooms, upcycled treasures and Sassy’s original artworks.

As soon as you enter the eye is drawn to a magnificent

collection of vintage hats, coats and handbags on one

side and beautiful Moorish pottery plates hanging on

the walls on the other side. Sassy lived in Spain when

she was younger and fell in love with both the Moorish

architecture and ceramics. But it also reveals the wonderfully

informal and fun way Sassy entertains at home.

“I don’t have a dinner service. If I have people

over I just take these down off the wall and

use them. That’s what the Spanish do.”

The sea, whether here or in Spain, has always been

an inspiration for Sassy who grew up in Cornwall in a

house with no television. To entertain her, she was read

endless stories by her father. She cites this bohemian

childhood as the starting point when her imagination

leapt into gear. And gosh what an imagination she has.

The stunning azure sea views from the ornate wrought

iron balcony adjoining her sitting room are overshadowed by

the sheer fabulousness and individuality of the furnishings.

And the fact that it’s simply overflowing with the type of

interesting ‘stuff’ only a true interiors magpie could discover.

Dominating the area by the window is a large sofa/

day bed covered with pastel throws and richly ornate

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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’

table covered in flowers and surrounded by a collection

of fun LED rabbit lights. It’s bonkers but it works.

On the wall hangs a large French mirror. Surrounding

that are some of Sassy’s artistic creations - boxed

religious icons decorated with all manner of delicate

flowers, shells, crystals and pretty lights.

She explains, “I’m not particularly religious but I’ve always

been transfixed by religious iconography. I wanted to put

a modern and thought provoking twist on the images.”

Sassy is also at pains to point out she doesn’t think her icons

are in any way disrespectful. “It’s not my intention to demean

the original. I wouldn’t do that. My aim is only to enhance or

put a twist on them. But I do like to shake up the conscience.”

A piece on the opposite wall, called Censored, containing

an image of Christ emblazoned with the word ‘censored’

in an old clock case sums up her approach further.

“Sometimes I see items that are crying out to be

altered or have a different function. As in Censored.

The case is from a reproduction clock I found in a

junk shop. I liked the classical look of the case, but it

was only when I placed the Jesus figurine inside that I

noticed an ugly dividing partition, in the middle.

“I thought for a moment and then I realised that where

that barrier fell was the perfect place to put the wording.

So instead of trying to change the structure I worked with

it. That’s my approach to everything. I also love the way

the flowers light up inside it. It is so pretty at night.”

Underneath that piece is another of Sassy’s icons, a beautiful

Virgin Mary decorated with delicate shells. To the side sits

a lovely antique solid chest of drawers, which belonged

to her grandmother. The surface is crammed with family

photographs in different styles of vintage frames, and a

1930s rabbit ornament Sassy found in a charity shop.

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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

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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.

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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

jewellery and a very intriguing painting of hers named

Homunculus featuring circus characters inside glass

bottles, inspired by the book Geek Love by Katherine

Dunn. Next to that sits a portrait of the artist herself.

The main bedroom was shared by two daughters

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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

Brighton market and other craft fairs around East Sussex).

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.


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This page: In Sassy’s own smaller bedroom collections of vintage

dresses, shoes and belts line the walls

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Wellbeing

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

abnormally pronounced

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’.

A highly-cited

study from 2017

in the Journal of

Epidemiology academic.oup.

com/aje/article/187/1/27/ 4081581

“It’s incidental,

cumulative

movement that

benefits our

bodies most”

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

side, causing

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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Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

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

person.

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.

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Smart packaging

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.

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Eminé says:

Try this in

September

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

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The trees

of life

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

against cancer.

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

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From October 3 to 5, you will be able to

immerse yourself in the ancient woodland

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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,

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then add extras, such as hot stones, or

aromatherapy, as you wish.

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University

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Forget the academic pressure – feeding

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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

masala

Serves 4

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

chopped tomatoes)

• 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.

Fry this until the chicken is

lightly browned. Next add

the tomatoes and tomato

purée and cook for about

15 minutes on a medium

heat. Then add the chopped

coriander.

3To finish, add the double

cream and garnish with

extra coriander and chilli to

taste.

Easy courgette,

cauliflower and blue

cheese crumble

Serves 2 – 4

Crumbles aren’t just for pudding. A tasty way to get your five-aday,

with all the comfort of melted cheese and a crunchy topping.

• 6 small spring onions

cut into rounds

• 1 medium cauliflower

cut into florets

• 2 large courgettes cut

into slices

• 100g button mushrooms

cut into quarters

• 300g kale

• 2 tbsp rapeseed oil

• chopped parsley

• salt & pepper

• 2 cloves garlic crushed

• 1 teaspoon thyme

• 100g blue cheese,

crumbled

Crumble top

• 120g wholemeal bread

flour

• 30g butter (or vegan

cream cheese also works

well)

• 20g rolled oats

1Put the prepared

vegetables, garlic and

thyme in a casserole dish or

deep(ish) tray and mix with

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• jalapenos or chilli sauce

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• zest of one lemon

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• 100g sunflower seeds

• 2 tbsp coriander seeds

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• 2 tsp black pepper

• 1 tsp fennel seeds

• 1 tsp sea salt

• rapeseed oil

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and sprinkle an even layer

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5Fold each wrap upwards

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pitta bread.

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Jo Arnell finds plenty to look forward to as the season turns

From where I’m sitting on the parched and dusty plains

of this summer, I have to tell you that I am pinning all

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.

Late bloomers

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.

Annuals

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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Nigella seed head Teasel seed head Amni Majus seed head

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

proliferate.

Super grasses

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

zebrinus, or M. ‘Silberfeder’ are good shrub substitute grasses.

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will bring rhythm and punctuation to a scheme, while the

low growing evergreen Stipa tenuissima is an airy and

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summer

From lichen to beavers, Sue Whigham is

rapt with the flora, fauna – and national

attitudes to them – on her annual trip to

Southern Sweden

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.

Swedes have an almost mystical love of nature, of their

woods, meadows and lakes (of which there are around

100,000) as well as tens of thousands of islands fringing the

coast in the archipelagos. There are no ‘Keep to the Footpaths’

or ‘No Entry’ signs on gates here. Or cross landowners!

The Swedish ‘Everyman’s Right’ means that you are free to

walk anywhere and to take a boat on the sea or any lake. You

can pick wild fruit such as raspberries and bilberries – alas,

very few if any to be seen this year out in the woods - and

collect all manner of mushrooms, including chanterelles.

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.

And then there were the pair of Eurasian cranes (Grus

Harvest in Sweden

Lake Liksdammen, Sormland

grus) heading off together who knows where. They

make a raucous sound as they fly and trail their legs

behind them, their feet looking like ragged flags.

At the end of March each year twenty thousand or so of

these cranes arrive at Lake Hornborga in the province of

Vastergotland, West Sweden, from Spain where they have been

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.

We saw black water snakes in the shallows on the edge of the

lake; funnel web spiders (no, not the Aussie kind) with giant

webs spread over low growing shrubs on the side of the track,

fritillary butterflies feasting on knapweed and the odd elk and

small herds of deer grazing on the edge of the forest at dusk.

I wonder if we would have fritillaries in number in

this country if our councils desisted from cutting the

“Swedes have an almost

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Fritillary

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some success, especially as we continue to lose so much

habitat to big building projects here in the South East.

On our annual pilgrimage to a wonderful plant nursery

we thought we had had a coup as a bed of eryngiums

in flower were host to myriad insects including what

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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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A headmaster tells us

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Learning outside the

classroom

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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

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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

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part of a rich mix in

these few brief years

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Preparing your child to start school

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and abilities - it’s about getting them

emotionally ready to learn. Sending a

positive, independent and happy child

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Skills your child should have

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By helping them to master a few skills in

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Independence

Know how to look after, share and

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Go to the toilet, wash their hands

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Remain composed in front of your

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the school as often as you can. Try to plan visits, too. As

September approaches, involve your child in the preparation

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and show their new uniform to a family member. As parents,

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start. Try planning something on the first day so that you

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to meet a friend so you won’t be alone. Don’t make your

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We spoke to May a lot about school in

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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

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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

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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

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Five years on she achieved five A* GCSEs in

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Language and Literature and Level 5 in Maths.

So the point of this email? To thank you for the

fabulous start to our daughter’s education and to

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not the ‘be all and end all’ of a child’s future.

The most important part is choosing a school that

will find the best assets in your child and provide them

with the best education possible.

I do hope that those pupils who may be

disappointed with their results will be able to take

heed in the knowledge that even if they didn’t get

their 11+, all is not lost!

To echo my former parent’s words, options and

opportunities are indeed out there – independent, grammar

or secondary, so please remember that if one door closes,

another always opens. No personal journey is ever the

same and opportunity lies just around the corner.

The very best of luck to all those pupils (and

their parents) taking their 11+ this September.

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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

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conservatoire. At Bede’s, many of our alumni musicians come back

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James Whitaker, Head of History

Educational visits bring the past to life and

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which helps to develop understanding. To

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the corridors of Anne Boleyn’s childhood

home at Hever Castle can spark a

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Our A level pupils have the opportunity

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A number of our students go on to study

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fired her imagination, particularly when

hearing about the experiences of

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She is now studying Modern History

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of women’s rights throughout the 20th

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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.

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Rob Sanderson,

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

everything meaning.

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.

Anthony Lyons,

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

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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

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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

Castle and Chatham Docks a current student has decided to study History at Queen Mary University, London.

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A Levels

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Snapstreak: if a Snapchat user and friend/s

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and meltdowns when streaks are broken.

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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

would.

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

for themselves.

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

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their daughters that they were not very good at maths when

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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

were not taught maths very well when you were at school

(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.


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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

become more entrenched as we get older. Usually a lack

of confidence fostered by negative experiences, combined

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

for understanding, rather than regurgitation.

It’s obvious that we all enjoy success and don’t particularly

enjoy failure. Teaching maths to students at a level that

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

more confidence boosting than correcting your teacher!

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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In the early years as children learn

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However, in Years 5 and 6, the study

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come into play, and with it, a pupil’s

realisation that they can no longer

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For some pupils this extra work will

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What is really helpful is to dispel the

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You can’t start too early thinking ahead for higher education – and it should be fun

Hannah Linklater

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

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Are they enthralled by science experiments and desperate

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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

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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) or iTunes U.

Some universities offer taster courses to let students

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These are widely available for Year 12 students and some

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Universities are keen to recruit students who will contribute

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Hands-on experience

For some vocational university courses, such as medicine,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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It may include information such as where you would

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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

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The recent Supreme Court ruling that

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vegetative state when the family and physicians

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different from the situation which is likely to

be faced by many persons at the end of life.

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persons who at the end of life may not necessarily

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In many other cases, it may be that the family

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which case there should be no difficulty with the

steps which are to be taken. In the Supreme Court

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feeding tube which was keeping the patient alive.

The NHS Trust in question asked for a ruling

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is agreement between family and physicians.

But, to guard against the position that you find

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that doctors and family do not agree, it is in the

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So, any adult over the age of 18 who has mental

capacity, should consider making an ‘ordinary’

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matters commonly covered by a Will – but they

should also have a Finance & Property LPA

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ART

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 /

juliettedodd.wordpress.com

Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sep

10.30am-4.30pm

The Beaney House of Art

and Knowledge, 18 High St,

Canterbury, Kent CT1 2BD

TRUE GOLD

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

Arts Society.

theartssocietykentarea.org.uk

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Sun 2 Sep 9.30am-12.30pm

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

ME17 1PL

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.

fundraising@hokh.co.uk / hokh.org

Fri 14 & Sat 15 Sep

7.30-10pm (doors 6.30pm)

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

TN15 0RP

OUTDOOR CINEMA

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)

nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

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

kentlife.org.uk

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

price fares.

spavalleyrailway.co.uk

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

an adult)

01425 277988 /

thecraftshows.co.uk

What’s On in September

Sat 15 - Sun 23 Sep

Various locations around the

Weald of Kent

HIGH WEALD WALKING

FESTIVAL

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.

Entry: Free

highwealdwalks.org

Fri 21 Sep – Fri 5 Oct

Various locations in and around

Sevenoaks, Kent

SEVENOAKS LITERARY

FESTIVAL

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.

0333 666 3366 / sevlitfest.com

Fri 28 – Sat 29 Sep

Cranbrook, Kent

CRANBROOK LITERATURE

FESTIVAL

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.

cranbrookliteraturefestival.com

FOOD & DRINK

Sat 1 Sep 12pm-10pm and Sun 2

Sep 12pm-8pm

The Chequers, The Broadway,

Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells

TN3 8DB

The Festa della

Vendemmia

A lovely harvest festival at a family

run, Italian gastropub and b&b

with a great Italian market full of

fresh produce.

01892 890260 /

info@chequerslamberhurst.co.uk

Sat 8 – Sun 9 Sep

Kent Life, Lock Lane,

Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU

HOPS ‘N’ HARVEST BEER

FESTIVAL

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

Info: kentlife.org.uk

Sun 9 Sep 11am-5pm

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,

Kent TN8 7AD

COUNTRY AND FOOD

FESTIVAL

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)

chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

FUNDRAISERS

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

fundraising@hokh.co.uk / hokh.org

SHOPPING

Sat 8 Sep 10am-8pm

Downtown Retro Emporium, 7

Station Parade, London Road,

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What’s On in September

Sevenoaks TN13 1DL

WELCOME TO THE

EMPORIUM

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.

07769 900662

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

gorgeous setting.

Entry: Free (donations welcome)

thepantiles.com

Sun 16 – Sun 29 Sep

Various locations in and around

West Malling, Kent

MUSIC@MALLING FESTIVAL

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.

musicatmalling.com

Wed 26 Sep 7.30pm

E M Forster Theatre, Tonbridge

School, High Street, Tonbridge

TN9 1JP

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

WORKSHOPS

Every Tuesday from Tue 4 Sep

7.15-9pm

Tenterden Zion Hall, High

Street, Tenterden TN30 6BB

ROCK IT!

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

Footsteps.

Entry: First session free, then £7/week

07475 103230 /

rockitchoir.co.uk

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.

Entry: £40

01233 878474 /

yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk

Listings are correct at time of

going to press but may be subject

to change. Readers are advised to

check with venues before making

arrangements. We can list your event

in the next issue of Wealden Times

for only £15+VAT! Please supply

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date, time, venue, and any entry

price to whatson@wealdentimes.

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payable to JPS Media) to What’s On,

Wealden Times, Kettle Chambers,

21 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent

TN17 3HF. Wealden Times reserves

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allocated. If you would like your

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issue is 10 September 2018.

Gardening Courses



DAHLIA DAYS

5th September every day to

15th September



Practical gardening course

Pruning, propagating, planting,

design, seed sowing, composting in

a relaxed and friendly environment

Courses held in Woodchurch, Kent

No experience needed

Contact Jo Arnell for details

01233 861149 / 07923 969634

www.hornbrookmanor.co.uk

Ibbett Mosely

AuctIoneers & VAluers

Limited Liability Partnership

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Beautiful 11 Acre Gardens; Café with Terrace; Gift

Shop; Sculpture Exhibition; open until 29th Sept.

Ticehurst 01580 200888

pashleymanorgardens.com

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IAN THOMAS

Bespoke Joinery & Carpentry

Interior woodwork & refurbishment

Staplecross • 01580 830590

www.ianthomasbespokejoinery.com

Clare Langdon

INTERIORS

Made to measure

curtains & blinds

Tracks & poles

Measuring & fitting service

Home consultation

Fabrics & design advice

Telephone 01580 712209

clarelangdoninteriors.co.uk

The complete kitchen service...

...from a hinge to a complete makeover

The supply & replacement of

drawers, doors, worktops,

hinges, all fitted kitchen

components/appliances, door

renovation & polishing, bedroom

doors & bespoke cabinets.

Please call

01689 850000

www.thekitchendoctor.com

Serving London & the South-East since 1984

www.dhallcabinetmaker.co.uk

David Hall

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A pet portrait makes a wonderful gift

Professional Oil Paintings & Drawings

Visit www.dianewilks.weebly.com or

Email for examples: wdiane93@aol.com

Diane 01580 212327

Cabinet Maker

&

Antique Restorer

* High Quality Bespoke Furniture

* Antique Restoration of all types

* Carving and Copy Carving

* Polishing

NO VAT

Phone 01797 270761

Email: hallcrocket@aol.com

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Tenterden

folk festival 2018

“Tenterden, the Jewel of the Weald”

Thursday 4 th to Sunday 7 th October

Four days of folk song, music, dance, crafts and tradiinfo@tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk

www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk

Ticketed events: concerts, barn dance, special shows, workshops,

meet the guests, folk clubs, etc. Includes Mick Ryan’s “Here at

the Fair”

Free events include: craft & street stalls, free music stage, dance

stage, dance displays, procession, song and music sessions, street

theatre, etc.

A RANGE OF CANOPIES DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY

TO ADD STYLE AND PRACTICALITY TO YOUR HOME.

Durable and attractive aluminium structures are available with

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Competition

Win a Solid silver

bracelet worth £580

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

jewellery pieces that are more personal and special than purchases from the multiple high street

jewellers. His designs exude quality and the highest workmanship using traditional techniques

in a contemporary shop that is full of exquisite pieces including many one of a kind pieces.

How to enter: For

your chance to win a sterling

silver bracelet worth £580,

just answer the following

question: How long has

Dominic Walmsley been

established in Sevenoaks?

Enter your answer with your

contact details* in the online

form at wealdentimes.co.uk/

competition by 30 September

2018. There is no cash

alternative or exchanges and

the prize must be taken before

30 September 2019. *You must

be over the age of 18 to enter.

Congratulations to Caroline Gestwicki who wins our July competition for a £400 voucher from Layered Lounge

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

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

adolescent offspring”

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

Christmas beef.

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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