Surrey Homes | SH47 | September 2018 | Education supplement inside

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Contents

September 2018

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128

DREAM HOMES

Maggie Alderson finds

some dream homes

101

106

SCULPTURE CULTURE

We celebrate the joy of

three dimensional artwork

135

44

SUMMER’S EMBERS

Jo Arnell stretches out the

summer in the garden

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44

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69

76

99

NOTEBOOK

This month’s top six

events not to miss

PICTURE PERFECT

A Victorian masterpiece is

revived with fantastic style

GET THE LOOK

The products you need to

imitate the picture perfect look

BURNER LOVE

Cosy up by the glow of

our woodburner picks

THE MOTHER OF

REINVENTION

Quirky artist, Sassy Luke,

shows us her fabuous

treasure trove of a flat

GET THE LOOK

Steal the Sassy Luke look

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128

STYLE IT UP

Kate Watts styles men’s fashion

THE HAIR AND NOW

Josephine Fairley finds

the products your hair

has been missing

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton examines

spinal wellbeing

NATURAL WISDOM

Expert wellness advice,

smart packaging and a hair

treatment recommendation

UNIVERSITY

CHALLENGE

Easy recipes to keep

students thriving

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SWEDISH SUMMER

Sue Whigham finds garden inspiration

on her annual trip to Sweden

WHAT’S ON

What to do this September

COMPETITION

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£580 with Dominic Walmsley

FARM FABLES

Jane Howard explains why

farmers can’t be sentimental

EDUCATION

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House

Month

of the

£2,250,000

Dream homes

Maggie Alderson finds houses on the market to sigh over

Sphinx

The dream: Imagine looking out

through your drawing room French

windows – or either of the bay

windows – across perfect lawns to

willow trees and the Thames gliding

by… this house is on an island.

Accessible only by boat, Pharaoh’s

Island was purchased by the Treasury

and given to Admiral Nelson after

the Battle of the Nile in 1798. All the

houses have appropriately Ancient

Egyptian names. Sphinx was built in

1903 and has the spacious, light-filled

ease of Edwardian houses. There is

a two-bedroom annexe next to the

glorious outdoor pool.

Where: Half a mile from Shepperton

village – handy for the film studios –

under a mile to Walton-on-Thames,

20 miles from Trafalgar Square.

Setting: At the southern tip of the

island, with the river flowing past on

both sides, weeping willows, rowers,

ducks, possibly Ratty and Moley...

Beds: 3 in the main house, 2 in the

annexe. Baths: 2 main, 2 annexe.

Special features: A 30m jetty ‘ideal for

larger boats’.

Pleasing details: It sits on half an acre.

Outside: A beautiful lawn down to the

river, hot tub, orchard, summer house,

vegetable garden.

Time to town: Half an hour to

Waterloo from Walton.

Agent: Knight Frank, Weybridge

01932 548000 knightfrank.com

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The Hop House

£3,500,000

The dream: This Grade II listed house

has a double architectural heritage:

built in the early 18th century as a hop

store, it was converted to a house by

eminent Victorian architect Norman

Shaw. It has glorious beams combined

with light and space, a spacious eat-in

kitchen and all en suite bathrooms.

There is a separate two-bed cottage and

the ‘Mini Hop’ party barn, office and

gym with kitchen and bath.

Where: 2.5 miles from Farnham

Setting: An elevated south facing site.

Beds: 7/8 Baths: 7 (all en suite)

Special features: Very special original

carved wooden posts on the bannisters.

Pleasing details: A lovely striped

awning over the south-facing terrace.

Outside: Beautiful outdoor pool, with

lovely views. Established gardens, a

meadow, fields.

Time to town: Under an hour to

Waterloo from Farnham.

Agent: Savills, Farnham

01252 729000 savills.co.uk

Fernden

£3,950,000

The dream: Red brick, partly tile-hung,

multiple-eaved, deep-roofed, rich in

climbing plants, the exterior of this house

defines the idea of gracious living. Inside

there are gorgeous wooden floors and a

spacious eat-in kitchen with a larder and

large wine cellar. There’s a big games room

and a separate two-bedroom flat.

Where: On the edge of Haslemere, half

an hour south west of Guildford.

Setting: An elevated position within the

South Downs National Park, with views

across glorious wooded countryside.

Beds: 8 Baths: 7

Special features: A double-height hall,

with a cantilevered oak staircase.

Pleasing details: The Master Suite has a

balcony, dressing room and two en suite

bathrooms.

Outside: Swimming pool, tennis court,

2.3 acres of gardens and grounds.

Time to town: About an hour to

Waterloo, from nearby Haslemere station.

Agent: House, Guildford 01483 266700

housepartnership.co.uk

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“We purchased an undersized residential dwelling on

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large family in keeping with the rural setting and the

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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 fragrances

been destroyed, the walls were covered in layers of board and

plywood, the floorboards had been painted black and the

windows were falling apart. As Lillie says: “you could literally

poke your finger through the wall in places, it was so bad.”

So the couple took a deep breath and began work on a

project to create their glorious forever home with entertaining

and family life at its core – with great bones to work from.

Every reception room on the ground floor is bathed in

light from the huge floor-to-ceiling windows, most rooms

having double-aspect views. And what a view! Positioned

at the top of what was once two steep fields, Chris, who

left the city and re-trained as a garden designer, first at

Inchbald School of Design and then at Great Dixter, has

created one of the most impressive gardens you are likely to

see in the area with the sort of wow factor more often seen

in the show gardens of Chelsea. But more of that later…

Another feature that made it the perfect home for

this couple was the ceiling heights. “One of the most

important aspects to us in any house,” says Chris, “is

high ceilings. Which is not something that you get a lot

of around this area of East Sussex. So when we saw the

interior here, we just thought, yes! We had to have it.”

Designed in the Gothic Revival style, the house has the

type of lofty ceilings that would make a tall man weep

with joy. With the original mouldings restored, each room

says elegant without having to try hard. Lillie has created

interiors that are both stylish and glamorous yet easy for

her family of three young children to live with. There is

nothing stuffy or fussy, it’s simply chic and timeless.

Chris and Lillie first met when they were studying for an

MSc in Finance and Investment Management at Aberdeen

University. As Chris says, “I thought I would come away

with a degree but I also came away with a wife!”

They moved to London and both worked in finance,

before the lure of the Home Counties and a less urban

existence pulled them down the A21. While Chris re-trained

to become a garden designer and Lillie began work on her

home fragrance brand, Lavender & Lillie, the couple’s need

to be within the commuter belt became less of an issue.

So their search began for a large family home, with scope

for a garden that Chris could cut his teeth on and a home

with space where Lillie could develop the fragrances and

branding for her new company and also bring up a family.

With inspiration for the Lavender & Lillie products

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married and Dover Street, where Chris and Lillie spent

their early married years, Lavender & Lillie, is, as with

the house, packed with personal and biographical detail.

New products featuring New York, Thailand, Tanzania

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Above: The former garage was converted into a spacious open

plan area for the whole family, with a bespoke walnut kitchen by

Rencraft, Tunbridge Wells Left: Original botanical paintings by

Lillie’s mother line the landing. The feature light is from Nuova

Venier in Murano, Venice

interests. A series of lead planters gives a nod to the

famous entrance of Great Dixter, behind which sit two

ceramic Chinese dragons. The impressive glazed front

door leads on to a huge double-height hallway. From

the furniture and the paintings to the objects artfully

displayed, the house immediately tells the special

story of Chris and Lillie’s journey through life.

Throughout the house, the couple have tried to keep as

much of the original material and detailing as possible, as

befitting a Grade II listed building. The wide and generous

floorboards were sanded and repaired, as were the fireplaces.

The original radiators were left whilst large double doors,

floor-to-ceiling bay windows and cornices were either

made good or replicated by local master craftsmen.

In most rooms ornate chandeliers have been picked

up from auctions or from the couple’s travels,

including a stunning piece from Murano in Venice

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Left: A bespoke laser-cut United Kingdom and Ireland mirror

in the downstairs loo Below: The reed diffuser is in the Praslin

Seychelles fragrance by Lavender & Lillie. The handwash, lotion

and soap are from the Palace Road India range Below left: Floor

to ceiling books in the library

– a location that remains close to both their hearts.

Chris and Lillie referred to old photos of the house

and have attempted to take it back to its original

Victorian layout and look as much as possible, whilst

also creating a fabulous and generous family home

fit for a young family living in the 21st century.

The dining room, a snooker room for RAF officers

during the World War II when they were billeted in

the house, had its original features entirely boarded

up, including most of the sash window.

Discovering the architectural gems, lurking behind the layers

of ply and chipboard, has been like an excavation project. The

couple have tried to keep the amazing quirks of the house intact

such as the room’s rather wonderful original fireplace, located

right under the sash window complete with its right-angled flu.

They have also sourced original pieces of Victorian furniture

which they have lovingly restored. You can feel the building

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

stunning open plan kitchen and family space with a

huge bespoke corner sofa, family dining area and large

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

The roof light above drenches you in daylight and

the walnut bespoke kitchen by Rencraft in Tunbridge

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

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Above: A sofa on the landing. The original floorboards were

sanded and restored. The animal cushions are by Sass & Belle

Left: The world map is from Printed Space and the bunkbed is

by Great Little Trading Company Right: A pretty pink nursery

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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

areas with a library, filled with books on its floor-to-ceiling

shelves, a guest suite and a huge conservatory. On-trend

palm tree print cushions from Hawaii and furniture by

Swoon make this a comfortable and usable space for

reading or “just getting away from everybody” laughs Lillie.

A sweeping staircase covered in a Crucial Trading

runner leads up to a generous first floor landing. The

sense of the family’s travels is never more evident

than in their eldest son’s room, which sports a fullsize

world map across one wall – surely every future

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have been created more for his benefit than his son’s.

Across the landing is one of the first of the guest

bedrooms that instantly transports you to South East Asia,

via Yi Ju, a specialist shop in Tunbridge Wells that Chris

and Lillie like to frequent. Alongside dark wood Balinese

furniture from Lombok, including a wonderful four-poster

bed, are antique Thai marriage cabinets and statues.

Chris and Lillie’s spacious master bedroom makes

the most of the abundant daylight that pours through

the dual aspect windows, surrounding you with a sea of

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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

their new-born daughter – a medley of soft cushions and

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Whilst the interior of the house has been very much Lillie’s

domain, with a lot of input from Chris, the garden is where

Chris has truly been let loose to mould his fantasy landscape.

Creating a garden on a hill is never an easy brief for a

garden designer, but when it is your own steep hill, that was

originally two boggy fields, you have even more at stake. Chris

chose to use his own garden design as his final coursework

at Inchbald – and what a landscape he has created.

The harder edges of a more classical garden design sit

alongside the wild planting and meadows favoured by

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,

cornflowers, daisies and cow parsley move gently in the

breeze above the more formal garden that surrounds a

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Having only been planted last year, this was the first

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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

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Marina is a veritable cornucopia of rescued objects, family

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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

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dealer Eamon (who sets up stall at the top of Norman

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something is beautiful than comfortable. I suspect I

think differently to a lot of other people,” laughs Sassy.

On top of the bed sit embroidered bolsters that look

like art deco era Chinese silk but are in fact handmade

by Sassy from fabric remnants stuffed with bits of

old duvet and the ends tied with vintage ribbons.

The ‘embroidery’ that tricked my eye into thinking

it was 1920s are bits of old sequin belts stuck on

with glue. “I’m both a poor artist and a single

mum. But being poor helps” asserts Sassy. “I have

to think outside the box in everything I do.”

On the wall are some of Sassy’s collage paintings,

featuring illustrated figures cut from some of her own

design greetings cards. “I never let anything go to


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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

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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

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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

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“Necessity is the mother of invention. But I

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Top left: Inspired by life in Spain, Sassy has no dinner

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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

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Her work desk is a haven of order. She’s currently working

on a series of miniature icons made from old sardine tins.

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expert hands studded with pearls, shells and/or punky spikes.

“It’s called the icon tin collection,” says Sassy before roaring

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she moved in. “I start with my pastel coloured base of

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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,

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

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A Year of Wellness

The human skeleton evolved to spend days wandering over the land

looking for food, not peering down at a smart phone – or even sitting in a

chair. eminé rushton advises how to safeguard your spine from modern life

September: Back to nature

Our upper spine is designed to

have a gentle outward bend in

it. This balances out the lower

spine and neck, which curve in opposite

directions. Now imagine yourself sitting

at a desk leaning over your laptop, or

looking down at your phone. Your

neck and upper back are curving in a

direction that opposes its natural one

and to compensate, your lower back

tenses up, because it too, is pulled out of

its natural curve.

Do this for much of the day and

most of the week and

it’s possible to develop

a kyphotic spine, an

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

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So what is the answer to correct

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A highly-cited

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“It’s incidental,

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movement that

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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,

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We stretch the gluten and

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You may want to take a look at

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the book The Four pillar plan by Dr

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Pain is our body’s best guardian, an

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Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

pip Lawrence, the founder of Maidstone-based personal training

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What one piece of wellbeing

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I’m a stereotypical Type A personality.

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This book made me realise that if I rush

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face? I love being outside so sunrises,

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who never fails to put a smile on my

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met such a positive, playful, live-forthe-moment

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Health and beauty tips

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University

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Forget the academic pressure – feeding

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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

the rapeseed oil.

2Place in a pre-heated

oven (180c/gas 4) for 25

minutes until juicy. Drain

the juice from the vegetables

into a bowl and reserve.

3Put the crumble

ingredients in a bowl

and rub through with

your fingers until you get

a dry sandy crumble-like

consistency. Season with

salt and pepper and add the

crumbled blue cheese.

the crumble

4Scatter mix over the roasted

vegetables and bake in the

oven for 15 minutes or until

golden-brown on top. Scatter

with parsley and serve.


Written by Grace Walpole – Head chef for Home Gurr’own

Home Gurr’own has been catering for weddings and events since 2006. Based in Cranbrook, they operate within a 40 mile radius

across Kent and East Sussex. They offer good honest local food either grown on their own smallholding or sourced from the local

Kent and East Sussex countryside in all their unique menus. homegurrown.co.uk nicci@homegurrown.co.uk 07747 816541

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Easy pizza

Serves 2-4

Dodge the supermarket stodge and impress friends with an

Italian street feast. That is if you feel like sharing...

• 3 pork or beef sausages

from a good butcher

or 100g chorizo sausage

balls (or see Quick Pizza

Meat recipe below)

• 2 (250g) x mozzarella balls

Tomato Sauce

• ½ (200g) tin of chopped

tomatoes

• handful fresh chopped

basil or 1 tsp dried

• 1 clove of garlic smashed

and chopped

Pizza base

• 300g bread flour (we

recommend a mix of

½ brown and ½ white

flour but white’s fine on

its own)

• 1 tsp instant yeast

• 1 tbsp rapeseed oil

• 200ml warm water

• salt and pepper to taste

1Mix all ingredients for the

Quick Pizza Meat Recipe

in a bowl. Wrap in clingfilm

and leave in fridge overnight

to develop. Before use roll into

balls about 2cm across and

cook as below.

2Place the sausages in

an oven at 180c for 20

minutes (this is also a good

way to use up any leftover

cold sausages if they haven’t

already been pinched from the

fridge) or for 15 minutes if you

have made the meat balls.

3Put the flour into a large

bowl, then stir in the yeast

and salt. Make a well, pour in

warm water and rapeseed oil

and bring together with a knife

or your hands until you have

a soft, wet dough. Turn onto a

lightly oiled surface and knead

for 5 mins until smooth. Cover

with a tea towel and set aside.

4Fry the basil and chopped

garlic together, then add

the tomatoes. Bring to the boil,

breaking up the tomatoes with

a wooden spoon. Stir and leave

until ready to use.

5The dough doesn’t need

to rise, so punch it flat and

roll or stretch to a round about

25cm across. Place on baking

sheets and spoon the sauce on

top, followed by the mozzarella

torn up, sliced sausage, chorizo

or anything else that needs

using up on top.

Cook for 10-15mins

6 (180c/gas 4) and finish

with a fresh sprig of basil.

Quick Pizza Meat

Recipe (inspired by Hugh

Fearnley-Whittingstall)

• 250g finely diced

pork belly

• 1 tsp fennel seeds

• 1 tsp smoked paprika

• 1 tsp cayenne pepper

• 1 tsp dried chilli

• 2 cloves of crushed

garlic

• 2 tablespoons red

wine


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Kale, Whipped Feta and Dukkha Wraps

Serves 2

Filled with fresh flavours and textures, the humble wrap gets an

exotic makeover. This impressive dish makes a worthy dinner

party centre-piece but remember to make extra for lunch

tomorrow.

• 2 tortilla wraps

• a handful of fresh kale

• a handful of raw mangetout,

sugar snap peas or

green beans

• 2 radishes thinly sliced

• jalapenos or chilli sauce

such as Sriracha (optional)

Whipped feta

• 1 block feta cheese (200g)

• 200g Greek yoghurt

• zest of one lemon

• black pepper

Dukkha

• 100g sesame seeds

• 100g toasted hazelnuts

• 100g sunflower seeds

• 2 tbsp coriander seeds

• 2 tbsp cumin seeds

• 2 tsp black pepper

• 1 tsp fennel seeds

• 1 tsp sea salt

• rapeseed oil

1Heat the oven to 180c/

gas 4. Mix all the dukkha

ingredients together and place

on a roasting tray. Drizzle

with rapeseed oil. Roast

for approximately 15 minutes.

2Make the whipped

feta by blitzing the

ingredients in a blender (or

whipping by hand with a bowl

and whisk) until combined.

3Warm the tortilla wraps

in the oven for about 1

minute, then assemble: start

by spreading a good layer of

whipped feta all over the wrap

and sprinkle an even layer

of dukkah on top. In a line

down one side of the wrap,

add the kale, beans/peas and

radishes.

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4If you like your wrap

spicy, add some jalapenos

or a squeeze of chilli sauce.

5Fold each wrap upwards

from the bottom first,

tucking the sides in to ensure

that the filling doesn’t fall out.

Tip

The Dukkah and Whipped

Feta are excellent as dips for

crudités or strips of toasted

pitta bread.

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Summer’s embers

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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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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

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fennel for similar effects and sturdy seed heads.

I can’t go on much further without mentioning one of the

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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.

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Super grasses

Many of the ornamental grasses will be flowering around now,

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I’ve changed my mind while writing this. September can

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The forests are a mix of Scots pine and Norway

spruce intermingled with deciduous trees including

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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

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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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This starts at either eleven or

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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

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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

and interests can all be

part of a rich mix in

these few brief years

which offer a vital

bridge between

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Holly Newton, Reception teacher

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

to school should always be your aim.

Skills your child should have

before starting reception

By helping them to master a few skills in

advance, you can boost their confidence

for those early weeks.

Independence

Know how to look after, share and

tidy toys.

Go to the toilet, wash their hands

and blow their nose without support.

Eat with a knife and fork.

Remain composed in front of your

child. This can be an incredibly

emotional time for you both, but

try to be relaxed, encouraging and

reassuring. If they see that you are

upset when they go into school,

they will feel anxious and confused.

Remember that children rarely cry

for long once their parent has gone.

However, if your child is terribly

upset on consecutive days, talk

through strategies with the teacher.

Label everything - even

underwear, socks and shoes.

Self-care

Basic dressing skills, such as putting on

and taking off jumpers and buttoning

and unbuttoning coats. Be able to

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left shoe and half inside the right.)

Listening, attention and curiosity

Be able to listen carefully for short

periods of time and follow instructions.

Feel comfortable asking questions and

trying new activities.

Basic learning skills

Know how to grip a pencil correctly.

Be familiar with different rhymes and

games – these will form

a foundation for developing numeracy

and literacy skills.

“As parents, it is normal to feel anxious

or emotional, especially at the start”

How can parents prepare themselves?

Position these labels clearly

and make sure your child

knows where they are.

Help with left and right shoes

by drawing half a smiley face

in one and half in the other.

Try not to overload their

time after school with clubs and

playdates. Children are often

exhausted at the end of the day,

especially during the first term.

Be prepared for a few tears

in the evenings and have a

good bedtime routine.

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parent: Tricia

I began preparing Ava (above)

for the start of school about 18

months in advance. We moved her

to the nursery at Claremont School

to allow her time to get to know

the school, teachers and staff.

The school arranged many

afternoons of meeting the

Reception staff and spending time

in the classroom. This helped get

Ava excited about moving into the

“big” school, especially since so

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It took Ava a few weeks to settle

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problem was lunchtime. The hall

is very busy during lunch and

Ava found this unsettling. Her

teacher sat next to her for a few

weeks - till she felt more confident

- and the issue was solved.

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Sarah Nunn, Head of Pre-Prep

To prepare your child for Reception, I would recommend reading

‘going to school’ books and explaining that you won’t spend

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to a family member. As parents, it is normal to feel anxious or

emotional, especially at the start. Try planning something on the

first day so that you don’t have to go home to an empty house.

Perhaps arrange to meet a friend so you won’t be alone. Don’t

make your child any promises you can’t keep, like saying that

they can come home if they don’t like it... Just remember that

you’ve chosen the school because you are comfortable with

it; you should feel secure and confident in your decision. The

school will contact you if your child is really unsettled but, if

you have specific concerns, do raise them with the teachers.

Banstead parent: Claire

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A Levels

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Snapchat

What is it? An app that lets you

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Instagram

What is it? Users post pictures and

videos to share activities, thoughts or

memories with an online community.

You can ‘follow’ any open account,

which might belong to celebrities or

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Key concerns Instagram is one of

the most commonly used platforms

for cyberbullying. Users can post

upsetting comments on photos as

well as send private messages.

The omnipresence of

photos retouched via simple apps

is setting new, unrealistic standards

of beauty. This can be damaging

to self-esteem and mental health

as users compare their own

looks to those of their digitally

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The upside It’s a great means of

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It’s really important to challenge a child’s perception that

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You can’t start too early thinking ahead for

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Start them young Parents can encourage their

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Modern Masters

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McAllister Thomas Fine Art, 117

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Tranquillity is landscape painter

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Tue 19 Jun – Sun 7 Oct

11am-5pm

Watts Gallery, Down Lane,

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Surrey Unearthed

A programme of ten linked

projects exploring the natural

materials beneath our feet through

sculpture, installation, film and

poetry. This month also sees

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Tue 4 – Sun 9 Sep

RHS Garden Wisley,

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Wisley Flower Show

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Fri 14 – Sun 16 Sep

9.30am-6pm

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey,

East Molesey KT8 9AU

The Handmade Fair

This inspirational fair comes once

a year to get the creative juices

flowing, whether you learn how

to make something yourself or

transform a piece you already own

(or if that’s not for you, you buy

one from an expert). There will be

workshops, masterclasses, and an

upcycling double decker bus.

Entry: £16

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Sun 23 Sep 10.30am-4pm

Winkworth Arboretum,

Hascombe Road, Godalming

GU8 4AD

Alfa Romeo Owners

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Enjoy an exciting display of

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Alfa Romeos. There will also be

the opportunity to sample the

delights of an Italian food market

in the meadow.

Entry: Normal admission applies

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Sun 23 Sep 9am

Loseley Park, Guildford

GU3 1HS

Surrey Game and

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This celebration of rural life in

Surrey brings together all manner

of rural activities including clay

shooting, gun dogs, falconry,

terrier racing, hounds, sheep dogs,

vintage tractors, a food hall and

food theatre, tractor and horse

ploughing and spectacular main

ring entertainment.

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Sat 29 Sep 6.30-9pm

Box Hill, Tadworth, KT20 7LB

Harvest Celebration

A community celebration of the

What’s On in September

Surrey Hills landscape featuring

local choirs and families singing

harvest themed songs from the

Box Hill viewpoint at dusk.

The song will carry over to the

illuminated installation ‘Harvest’

by Mary Branson on Box Hill

Farm. This striking artwork

explores the unseen work and

rituals of the farming community.

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Food & DRink

Sat 15 Sep

Coverwood Lakes, Peaslake

Road, Cranleigh, GU6 7NT

A Table Outside

A delicious four course farm-totable

dinner showcasing produce

from Coverwood Lakes and the

surrounding countryside. The chef

will be Masterchef quarterfinalist

Daniel Britten, who will be

cooking over an open fire. The

owner, Tim Meston will be giving

30 minute sunset tours of the

estate. And the setting will be 14

acres of landscaped gardens and

lakes in the rolling Surrey Hills.

Entry: £130

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Sat 15 Sep 10am-4pm

Priory Farm, Sandy Lane,

Nutfield RH1 4EJ

Countryside food

and drink festival

With a fire pit, cookery

classes, a vintage bus for food

talks, street food and much

more, this event will be held

on Priory Farm’s Discovery

Walk, allowing festival goers

to explore its interactive nature

trails or stop off for a picnic.

Entry: £2, under 16s free

(25% of ticket sales will be

donated to a local charity)

01737 823208 /

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Theatre

Mon 10 Sep 7.45pm

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,

Millbrook, Guildford,

Surrey GU1 3UX

Carmen

Russian State Opera returns with

this powerful and dramatic

production featuring an impressive

cast and accompanied by a live

orchestra numbering over 30

musicians. Carmen tells the story

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and betrayal, Carmen has it all.

Entry: From £34, Under 16s £23

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Thu 20 Sep 11.30am

Farnham Maltings,

Farnham GU9 7QR

Bring your own

baby comedy club

Featuring the funniest comedy

stars from the circuit and TV,

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buggy parking and baby changing

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bottle if needed so parents and

babies will all be laughing.

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Sports & Leisure

Sun 9 Sep

Denbies Vineyard, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

Bacchus Marathon &

Half Marathon

Time to dig out the fancy dress for

this one. In honour of the Greek

god of wine, this race has not only

bands dotted around the course,

but also wine. If you run the

marathon there are twelve wines

to sample as you make your way

around (with food and soft drinks

to accompany of course). The

finish will have a hog roast where

the party will carry on into the

evening, and the event’s official

charity partner is the Defence

Military Rehabilitation Centre.

Entry: Marathon and half marathon

£47, 5 mile run/walk £20, 2 mile

fun run free

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Conductor - Roderick Dunk

Bizet, Prokofiev, Ravel, César Franck

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SURREY HILLS

WOOD FAIR

A great family day out with lots to see

and do in beautiful woodland & meadows

Saturday 6 th & Sunday 7 th October, 10am–5pm

Fish Pond Copse, Bookhurst Road,

Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 7DW

Book ahead, discover the best of the Surrey Hills

£7.50 in advance / £10 on the day

Children under 12 - Go free

www.surreyhillsenterprises.co.uk

Tickets also available from Guildford Tourist

Information Centre 01483 444334

155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ

www.tickets.visitguildford.com

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What’s On in September

Sat 22 – Sun 23 Sep

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Hever Castle Triathlon

An annual challenge with

events to cater to everyone from

beginners to elite athletes. Begin

with a swim through the castle

lake and River Eden, transitioning

into a cycle around the High

Weald of Kent, and then a largely

off-road run around the stunning

estate, to finish at the tree-lined

finishing chute beside the lake.

01732 865224 / hevercastle.co.uk

Sun 23 Sep

Various start points all finishing

at Denbies Vineyard, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

Surrey Hills Challenge

A challenge designed to test your

stamina and strength with options

ranging from ‘The One’ (a one

kilometre fun run for kids), to

‘The Ultra’ (a 60 kilometre run

which weaves through the rolling

hills of Surrey).

surreyhillschallenge.com

Fri 28 Sep

Cranleigh Golf & Country Club,

Barhatch Lane, Cranleigh

GU6 7NG

DSWF Charity golf day

Raise vital funds to save

threatened species like elephants,

tigers and pangolins over a round

of golf. The price includes brunch

and a delicious two-course meal

in the club’s beautiful beamed

hall where prizes will be given for

Nearest the pin, Most balls lost,

Most time spent in the rough,

and 2018 WILD THING (best

dressed).There will also be a raffle

and an auction.

Entry: Team of four £300

01483 272323 /

davidshepherd.org

Weddings

Sun 16 Sep 11am-4pm

Epsom Downs Racecourse,

Epsom Downs, Epsom

KT18 5LQ

Epsom Downs Wedding

Show

One of the largest and longest

running wedding exhibitions

in Surrey, this show takes place

over three floors, with over 60

exhibitors. The dedicated bridal

wear floor will have three fashion

shows and a huge sample sale to

purchase your dream dress, plus

you can take a look around the

iconic historical venue with its

beautiful scenery of the downs and

the London skyline.

Entry: Free

03445 793004 /

epsom.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Workshops &

Courses

Tue 25 Sep 10am-12.30pm

Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Lane,

Leith Hill RH5 6LY

Scone Making

For all those of us who have ever

wished we could make scones

the way bakers do. You’ll get

to experiment with different

ingredients, taste your first

batch of scones and make some

flavoured ones to take home. The

tutor will explain some of the

science behind the perfect scone

and give hints and tips to ensure

your success when baking at

home. No experience necessary.

Entry: £20

01306711685 /

nationaltrust.org.uk

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venues before making arrangements.

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ENJOY FREE RANGE

FAMILY FUN ON THE FARM

THIS AUTUMN!

Friendly

farm animals

Go-karts

PLUS

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Giant indoor

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Animal feeding

A full programme of fun farm activities

including pony rides, goat milking,

pig racing and much more!

Pig racing

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£1 OFF full price farm entry per person*

Valid from 1st September - 19th October 2018.

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

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Paul Holman Associates and The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema, Redhill present

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE STAR OF STRICTLY & CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER

ANN WIDDECOMBE

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7-31 December 2018

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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

surrey-homes.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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