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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
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Beds: 3 in the main house, 2 in the
annexe. Baths: 2 main, 2 annexe.
Special features: A 30m jetty ‘ideal for
Pleasing details: It sits on half an acre.
Outside: A beautiful lawn down to the
river, hot tub, orchard, summer house,
Time to town: Half an hour to
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Agent: Knight Frank, Weybridge
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The Hop House
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
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There is a separate two-bed cottage and
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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
Time to town: Under an hour to
Waterloo from Farnham.
Agent: Savills, Farnham
01252 729000 savills.co.uk
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
Outside: Swimming pool, tennis court,
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Time to town: About an hour to
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Previous pages: The wallpaper in the drawing room is by De
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One of the wonderful things about East Sussex is
that as soon as you think you know the place, you
will quickly realise that you don’t know it at all.
Nestled at the bottom of that lane, the one you drive
past every day, hidden behind the blush of those giant
purple rhododendrons and the splash of lush dark
evergreens lies a house. And then you marvel at how
you managed to miss something quite so stunning!
It is a house just like this that drew businesswoman and
mother of three, Lillie Edgar and her husband, former
banker and now landscape designer Chris, to the pictureperfect
rural coastline between Hastings and Rye.
Fairlight is a village of contradictions. Emerging at the
top of Battery Hill by the Firehills country park, it rolls
downwards towards the sea and just like Winchelsea and
Pett, two of its neighbouring villages, there is an almost
Top: Ornate heirloom chandeliers draw the eye to the ceilings in the sitting room
Above: Indian miniatures by Lillie’s mother and Southeast Asian shadow puppets
reflect Chris and Lillie’s love of travel
schizophrenic nature to the place.
Whilst the main village itself lies at the
bottom of the hill, dominated by mainly
post-World War II bungalows and a few
new-builds, further up the hill is a collection
of glorious houses hidden behind verdant
ever-greens and large gates, each one unique
and each very much in its own vernacular.
Chris and Lillie bought their former rectory
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
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.
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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
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Left: A bespoke laser-cut United Kingdom and Ireland mirror
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to ceiling books in the library
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up, including most of the sash window.
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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
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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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more contemporary pieces picked up on their travels.
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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
for Chris and Lillie’s new born daughter, complete with unicorns
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Previous page: The Venetian glass chandelier in the
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Previous page: Sassy seafront home is a dreamy paradise of rescued, saved and upcycled treasures Above: The stunning sea views from
Sassy’s wrought iron balcony are a constant source of inspiration and a contrast to her gloriously quirky style inside
Sassy Luke cites her two big interior loves as “the
ridiculous and the sublime”. That’s her approach to the
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greetings cards and cushions she makes. But it’s also true of her
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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
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
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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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the blue lamp-base with glittery gold butterflies.
Next to the chest sits a heavy French wrought iron
day bed bought from long-time local St Leonards
dealer Eamon (who sets up stall at the top of Norman
Road). “It’s broken now but for me it’s more important
something is beautiful than comfortable. I suspect I
think differently to a lot of other people,” laughs Sassy.
On top of the bed sit embroidered bolsters that look
like art deco era Chinese silk but are in fact handmade
by Sassy from fabric remnants stuffed with bits of
old duvet and the ends tied with vintage ribbons.
The ‘embroidery’ that tricked my eye into thinking
it was 1920s are bits of old sequin belts stuck on
with glue. “I’m both a poor artist and a single
mum. But being poor helps” asserts Sassy. “I have
to think outside the box in everything I do.”
On the wall are some of Sassy’s collage paintings,
featuring illustrated figures cut from some of her own
design greetings cards. “I never let anything go to
This page: Sassy saves space by displaying beautiful items
which are usually stowed away; bags are hung on door
handles and jewellery is set out on a Georgian writing desk
waste.” There’s some more of her icon works, this time
embellished crucifixes in soft pink and blues with sparkly
silver and gold detail – Sassy’s favourite palette. Sassy has
the crosses made by a local carpenter and then paints and
embellishes them to make each one a unique piece of art.
A turquoise Casa Pupo lamp sits on a little table,
again upcycled, this one with glittery long-tailed birds.
Even the door handle is made decorative with vintage
handbags slung over it. “That’s because there’s no storage in
this place,” laughs Sassy. “I have to use every available space
to store things. I hang jewellery on walls and bags off door
handles. But I like that because if I love wearing a piece of
jewellery why wouldn’t I enjoy seeing it on display too?”
On another family heirloom, a Georgian writing
desk, is an array of antique silver dishes, mostly picked
up from charity or junk shops, displaying more piles
of rings and necklaces. “I enjoy seeing them all the
time, and they catch the light beautifully,” says Sassy.
Sitting next to the bowls is a fantastic art
nouveau silver hand mirror decorated with angels
and flowers. Amazingly, Sassy picked this up for a
song at a charity shop. “It’s a bit battered, but for
me that makes it even more lovely,” she says.
What looks to be a punky style spiky vase is an
old perfume bottle wearing one of Sassy’s bracelets.
On the wall above are more framed family photos,
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The bust wearing the fancy headdress? In fact, a piece of
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There’s so much going on in this room it’s hard
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sparkle, wit, invention and charity finds really comes
into its own are the displays on the mantlepiece
and atop a lovely old French pine dining table.
Aphrodite is the theme of the mantlepiece with a
collection of armless statues in lots of different sizes. “I’ve
collected them for years”, explains Sassy. “And I keep
adding.” The bust wearing the fancy headdress? In fact,
a piece of old lampshade and a pineapple ornament.
What about the display of expensive looking glass
cloches displaying a skull, a pufferfish and some
blue veined fake bird’s eggs? In a genius tip Sassy
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“Necessity is the mother of invention. But I
wouldn’t have it any other way because I love the
thrill of finding things or reinventing them.”
One of the reasons such an eclectic collection hangs
together so well is the base palette of blues, pinks and
soft whites painted throughout the flat. “These are my
colours,” says Sassy. “These are the same colours I tend
to wear on my clothes too. And in here I stick to the
same colours with every new or found item that comes. I
think if someone bought me some orange flowers I’d
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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,
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ordinary feel quite extraordinary indeed.
This page: In Sassy’s own smaller bedroom collections of vintage
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Josephine Fairley doffs her hat to
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In terms of beauty priorities, there’s one thing that should
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there’s a brief window of opportunity between the ravages
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through your hair as you dashed across the Med on that Riva
speedboat (or, um, kayak-ed off Hastings seafront) – and the
moment when the central heating goes on and starts to sap the
very life out of your follicles.
My usual prescription is to slather on a rich hair mask at
least twice a week. My long-time favourite is Ogario London
Restore and Shine Masque, (from £10.50 for 50ml) but I’m
loving the bright spark of an idea that is Christopher Courtney
London Hair Rescue & Shine Luxury Massage Candle, £39.95
for 228ml. Light the wick, warm the oil and smooth the
blend of apricot butter, jojoba/argan/baobab oils
into hair for the most luxurious, sense-soothing
This led me to thinking about how much
innovation there is in the whole hair category at
the moment, to pimp our haircare regimes, make
things quicker and easier and turbo-charge the
Dry shampoos, for instance, which have been such a boon
over the summer, during the festival season, have had a serious
makeover. From the legendary catwalk hair superstylist comes
Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl dry shampoo, £19 for 250ml,
which is not only great for revamping hair between washes but
makes it smell amazing, the fresh-floral fragrance having been
created by none other than Lyn Harris (of Miller Harris and
“Hair is the
Equally sublimely-scented are Elizabeth and James
Nirvana Dry Shampoos, £25 for 200ml (in-store at
House of Fraser). I’m torn between smouldering Oriental
Black, and the exquisite, flower-powered Rose option. Bumble
and Bumble Pret à Powder Très Invisible, £24 for 150ml,
meanwhile, is great for oily hair, infused with French pink clay
and a lovely, subtle fragrance.
And while we’re on the subject of smell (always close to my
heart, as co-founder of The Perfume Society), there is of course
a raft of actual hair perfumes. Hair is the most fantastic carrier
of scent. The late Estée Lauder always maintained that the best
way to fragrance yourself was to spray your perfume above
into the air and walk through the cloud, but today’s hair mists
have been specially formulated to be hair-friendly, not drying
as regular perfume - which has a high alcohol
content - can be.
Many of the world’s leading fragrance names
now offer hair perfumes. If you’re an Angellover,
you’ll swoon for Mugler Angel Perfuming
Hair Mist, £22 for 30ml, while more classic
types can now spritz their ‘do’ (I’m envisioning
a sophisticated chignon) with Chanel No.5 The
Hair Mist, £40 for 40ml. (Many of Chanel’s fragrances are
available as specific hair perfumes.)
Niche fragrance names getting in on the hair perfume act
are Éditions de Parfum Frédéric Malle, whose Hair Mist, from
£90 for 100ml, can be enjoyed in Carnal Flower, Superstitious,
The Night, Portrait of a Lady and Musc Ravageur (I’m torn
between the last two). BYREDO Hair Perfume, £48 for
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Alongside making our hair smell
the hair world also has a
focus on saving us time,
too – always appreciated,
in fiendishly busy lives. The Aquis
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a time-is-money investment.
It never ceases to amaze me, actually, how the beauty world
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Supercolourist Josh Wood also recently entered the
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apply on damp hair and blast with heat from a dryer to seal in
the pigment) and Josh Wood Root Smudger, £12 which comes
with a sponge applicator, for super-easy concealment of grey
roots. Josh Wood Root Marker, £8, is a handbag must-have for
grey-haired women swiftly concealing stray greys. There’s a range
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Is there no end to what haircare boffins will think of,
next? All I can say is: watch this space. Ideally, while
allowing a rich, nourishing oil – or a supermasque – to
restore your hair to its pre-summer glory.
Jo Fairley is co-founder of The Perfume Society
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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
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spine and neck, which curve in opposite
directions. Now imagine yourself sitting
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looking down at your phone. Your
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direction that opposes its natural one
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can also lead to headaches, migraines
and persistent shoulder pain.
All whilst simply trying to get
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screen of some kind.
So what is the answer to correct
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study from 2017
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on 7,000 office workers found that,
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involving predominantly sitting.”
As with all things health-related,
there are no black and white
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So, whether it’s work or seated life in
general, it’s important to move as much
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to get up and have a
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water, make a walking
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It’s also worth looking
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increasing strain on the spine, shoulders
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end to these completely. Hollie Grant,
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Likewise, sitting cross-legged.
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We stretch the gluten and
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It’s also important to realise
that an entirely seated day
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natural, cumulative movement that
benefits our bodies most of all.
You may want to take a look at
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the book The Four pillar plan by Dr
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importance of squatting, crawling, and
floor living, whereby we spend more
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ground level and less time seated on
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What one piece of wellbeing
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I’m a stereotypical Type A personality.
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Thanks to the miracles of modern dentistry a long lost smile is restored. Dr Anmol Chander
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came to us
two years ago
he was just 51
and faced wearing dentures
for the rest of his life. after
a consultation we presented
him with an alternative
that would give him back
the natural functionality
and appearance of his
teeth - dental implants.
People can lose teeth for
many different reasons,
whether after an accident,
through decay, or simply
age, but the impact on
their life can be traumatic.
Previously, a bridge or a
denture were the most
popular ways to replace
missing teeth, however,
they are not always an ideal
solution and can make
eating uncomfortable or
people self-conscious of
their smile. nowadays,
dental implants have
become a much more
favoured option because
this advanced treatment
effectively replaces the root
of a tooth, giving a more
natural outcome in terms of
functionality and aesthetics.
Dental implants have been
used for over 30 years
to replace missing teeth,
offering a long-term solution
and a host of benefits to
patients. implant treatment
can slow down bone loss,
preserve healthy tissue and
help maintain jaw shape.
Bone loss is a problem for
people who have dentures as
the shape of the jaw slowly
changes and the dentures
need to be adjusted or
re-made to fit the new
shape of the jaw. Bone loss
can also make a person
look older since the area
around the mouth can sag.
i recommended an implantsupported
restoration for David to
replace his existing dentures
and give him back his natural
smile. a dental implant is
anchored into your jaw, so
a crown or overdenture
is securely supported.
implants are made from
titanium, a material that is
bio-compatible with your
body and easily integrates
with your bone tissue.
after the implant has been
placed, there is a healing
period of six to eight weeks
while the implant integrates
with your body tissues, then
you return to the practice
for the restoration to be
completed. Once dental
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• 8 chicken thighs
• 1 tin of drained black
urid beans (also called
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• 1 tin red kidney beans
• rapeseed oil
• 1 tbsp garam masala
• 1½ tbsp curry powder
• ½ tsp sea salt, or a pinch
of table salt
• 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
• 3 cloves grated garlic
• 2 red onions
• 1 tbsp tomato purée
• 6 fresh tomatoes roughly
chopped (or 1 tin of
• ½ small bunch coriander
- finely chopped,
including stalks. Save
some leaves for garnish.
• 50ml double cream
1In a large saucepan, heat
the rapeseed oil and add
the onions, garlic, ginger,
garam masala, salt and
curry powder and cook on a
medium heat until the onions
have softened. Add the beans
and cook for a few minutes so
that the beans can soak up the
flavour from the spices.
2Chop the chicken thighs
into cubes and throw it
in with the beans and spices.
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
3To finish, add the double
cream and garnish with
extra coriander and chilli to
cauliflower and blue
Serves 2 – 4
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• 6 small spring onions
cut into rounds
• 1 medium cauliflower
cut into florets
• 2 large courgettes cut
• 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,
• 120g wholemeal bread
• 30g butter (or vegan
cream cheese also works
• 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.
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.
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• 2 (250g) x mozzarella balls
• ½ (200g) tin of chopped
• handful fresh chopped
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• 1 clove of garlic smashed
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and bring together with a knife
or your hands until you have
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lightly oiled surface and knead
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with a tea towel and set aside.
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the tomatoes. Bring to the boil,
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• 250g finely diced
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• 1 tsp smoked paprika
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• 1 tsp dried chilli
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• 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
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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.
Rudbeckias, Echinaceas, Asters and Heleniums are at their
best this month. The range of colours is good. Some are
autumnal – shades of dusky pink, mellow oranges, rust and
mahogany, but there are also bright splashes of blue, mauve
and pink from asters.
Plants in the Compositae (daisy) family are packed full of
nectar, so will attract butterflies and bees. Some have long
lasting seed-heads too; once the flowers have finished they
persist as silhouettes, looking artistically sculptural. Their
hollow stems make cosy over-wintering homes for ladybirds
and other beneficial insects too, so don’t be in too much of a
rush to cut them back at the end of the season.
The flowers of Sedum spectabile are also a magnet for
butterflies and bees. They are a great addition to the front
of the border and will provide long-lasting colour right
through the autumn too, as the nectar-filled flowers fade into
attractive seed heads in shades of russet and bronze. Sedums
are easy to care for and will grow in most soils, but given a
choice they’d prefer sunshine and free draining conditions.
You can’t beat annuals for long season flowering. This is down
to their short, but action-packed lives. They only have one
season in which to grow, flower and set their seed. If you
can thwart them in their life’s purpose by continually dead
heading, they will keep trucking along, flowering until the
frosts. You’ve got to admire their persistence, but you’ve also
got to be persistent yourself - the minute you stop picking
they will have crossed the finish line, achieved their purpose
and will not flower again. Floriferous and reliable annuals
include Cosmos, Antirrhinum, Cleome and Zinnia for sun,
and Nicotiana, Mimulus and Impatiens for the shadier parts
of the garden.
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
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
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Late summer shrubs and structure
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that have their starring moment right now. Hydrangeas have
long-lasting bracts that fade beautifully into autumnal shades,
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small sky blue blooms. For the front, low growing Ceratostigma
willmottianum, with cerulean blue flowers highlighted among
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I’ve changed my mind while writing this. September can
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it, the light is all wrong. The earth is turning away from the
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Lake Liksdammen, Sormland
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At the end of March each year twenty thousand or so of
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Here they conduct their courting dances which attract so
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We saw black water snakes in the shallows on the edge of the
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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.
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“Swedes have an almost
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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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The first day ● Maths phobia vanquished ● New qualifications explained ● Uni planning
via your will
Associate in Wills, Tax,
Trusts and Probate
at Slater and Gordon
Matters surrounding death are seldom a point of discussion for most families.
Although we would all desire to live to a ripe old age, there are sadly no
guarantees. It is therefore significantly important to begin this conversation
as soon as possible.
People fail to consider that
without having a valid will, on
their death the intestacy rules
would be applied. Under these
rules, the estate would be
distributed in accordance
with the law, leaving little
consideration as to what the
deceased’s wishes would have
been. This means that there
would be limited control over
how certain issues are handled.
For instance, if children were to
benefit under the intestacy rules
they would possibly be legally
entitled to receive their share
of the estate at 18 years, which
their parents would have felt
to be too young.
Many parents are usually
undecided at the thought of
making a will as they feel since
they do not own any properties
or valuable assets, they would
not have enough of an estate to
begin planning. However, the
truth of the matter is, the
biggest disputes are often caused
by small items of little financial
value. And it is these items of
sentimental value, such as
photographs, jewellery or
memorabilia that should get
you thinking about making a
will. Planning these matters in
advance will assist in minimising
family disputes which may
result, especially when it comes
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Benefits of having a will:
• If you have young children,
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Again, if you were to die
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For instance, it is vital that
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or Local Authority Care. These
are some of the issues where
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It can seem extremely daunting
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New pencil cases stocked, oversized blazers ready, nametapes sewn in, Hilary Wilce
advises how to support your children as they start a new school year
The start of the school
year is always a big deal
for a child, and not only
when they are starting at a new
school, or moving up to the
next stage of education. Every
new school year brings a raft of
new things – friends, subjects,
teachers and classrooms.
So how can you, as a parent,
help your child make the most
of this next year in their school
journey? Of course, so much
depends on how old they are.
Helping a pre-schooler taking
their first step through the school
gate is entirely different from
supporting your teenage son
or daughter as they embark on
their sixth form or college years.
Bur some things are universal.
It’s always important, for
example, to keep any worries
to yourself and encourage your
child to see school as something
of real value, to be fully lived
and enjoyed. Put the emphasis
on learning, rather than on
doing well in tests and grades
and encourage your child
to work hard and join in.
Keep a weather eye out for
serious problems and try to
tackle them in partnership
with the school if they should
arise, but be very careful not
to make a mountain out of
every molehill. There are
inevitably many bumps as a
child travels through school.
Above all, remember it’s your
child’s school life, not yours,
and don’t force your dreams
and goals on them. Whenever
there is a disappointment, take
a step back and look at how
your child is feeling about
things, not how you are.
The early years
Prepare your pre-schooler for the big
step up to school by making sure
they can do all the practical basics.
Teachers complain bitterly about new
arrivals who can’t use cutlery, put on
their shoes or – almost unbelievably
– aren’t even toilet trained.
Also make sure they understand the
basics of how to have a conversation
(it involves both talking and listening!)
and make sure they’ve visited, or at
least driven past, their new school.
As they start school ensure pick-up
routines are clear to your child and
punctual. The sobs of tired children
whose parents or carers haven’t turned
up on time are a pitiful sound. And
also make sure your after-school
routines are homely and quiet. This
isn’t the time for a frantic round of
activities or drawn-out playdates.
As children move on through school,
they will develop a growing awareness
of both academic expectations and
social complexities. Reassure your
child that although you expect them
to work hard and do their best, you
don’t expect them to come home
with full marks in every test.
Children’s lives are increasingly
blighted by exams and classroom
competition, so make sure you aren’t
ramping up the same pressure at home.
And help them steer their way
through the social jungle by
encouraging them to be kind and
thoughtful, but also to always be
themselves. Help them see that
sometimes other children have
problems which can make them mean
or aggressive, but that most quarrels
blow over, and that it’s perfectly normal
for friendships to flower and fade.
Primary-age children also need you
to think about how best to regulate the
pace of their lives. How much screen
time is sensible during this school year?
How many out-of-school activities do
they need? The answers to these kinds
of questions vary every year, but the
important thing is that you are the one
in control, and not giving in to things
you feel aren’t helping your child have
a happy and productive school life.
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The SecOND stage
This starts at either eleven or
thirteen, depending what kind of
school system your child is in, and
is a massive step up and out into the
wider world. But, as always, there are
critical practical things to get right.
Make sure your child has the right
uniform and kit (embarrassment
is a huge part of being a pre-teen)
and that they know how to navigate
any new school journey they need
to take. Talk through lots of ‘what
ifs’ with them. What will they do
if they lose their bus pass, feel ill in
school, or forget their games kit?
If possible, foster links with other
students starting at the same school,
so your child has some social contacts
- and know who to contact at school
if your child runs into difficulties.
Outside school hours, make sure
your child has what they need to be
a healthy young person whose body
and brain are in good condition.
This includes good food, enough
sleep, plenty of fresh air and exercise,
and regulated screen time.
Your family rules may well turn
out to be different from those of
other households, but be prepared
for the relentless peer pressure
of these school years and stick
to what you believe is right.
As they embark on secondary
school life, be sure to keep chatting
with them about things like taking
responsibility for themselves, about
not bullying or allowing themselves
to be bullied, about following rules
(or not), and about the pressures
on teens to be cool and popular.
Encourage your child to solve their
own problems, but also let them
know you are completely behind
them and will help them deal with
any real difficulty they run into.
And as the first crucial exam years
roll around, work hard to encourage
your child to feel positive and
determined to do their best, while
also keeping any family anxiety
and tension to a minimum.
You will need to walk a tight
balance between motivating your
child and keeping them calm, but
it’s vital young people know that
exams are arbitrary things invented
by grown-ups, that there are always
second chances, and that life is
much bigger than a fluffed GCSE.
This isn’t being lax and laissez
faire – a wound-up and overwrought
exam candidate will never be able
to perform well on the day.
put the emphasis on learning,
rather than on doing well in
tests and grades
The FINal years
Your child has made it through GCSE
and is embarking on sixth form or college.
They are not, in fact, your child any
more at all. They feel quite grown up
and may well believe they have all the
answers. But you know they don’t.
Help your child prepare for a different
kind of studying and learning by talking
about time management and ways of
working that involve using many different
resources. Encourage them to see their
new tutors and teachers as people who
are willing and ready to help them. And
encourage them to get going as they mean
to go on – these years are short and vital.
Unfortunately they are also often the
years of maximum partying and teenage
disaffection. Talk to your child about the
derailing perils of drink and drugs and
unprotected sex, and about the more
everyday obstacles of burning the candle
at both ends and trying to focus on work
when your phone is constantly bleeping.
At the same time, encourage them
to go all out to work and play
productively. Volunteering, a
part-time job, travelling and
exploring new hobbies
and interests can all be
part of a rich mix in
these few brief years
which offer a vital
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The first days at school are a giant leap for the whole family,
we sought expert advice for little ones – and their parents
Holly Newton, Reception teacher
Preparing your child to start school
is about more than achievements
and abilities - it’s about getting them
emotionally ready to learn. Sending a
positive, independent and happy child
to school should always be your aim.
Skills your child should have
before starting reception
By helping them to master a few skills in
advance, you can boost their confidence
for those early weeks.
Know how to look after, share and
Go to the toilet, wash their hands
and blow their nose without support.
Eat with a knife and fork.
Remain composed in front of your
child. This can be an incredibly
emotional time for you both, but
try to be relaxed, encouraging and
reassuring. If they see that you are
upset when they go into school,
they will feel anxious and confused.
Remember that children rarely cry
for long once their parent has gone.
However, if your child is terribly
upset on consecutive days, talk
through strategies with the teacher.
Label everything - even
underwear, socks and shoes.
Basic dressing skills, such as putting on
and taking off jumpers and buttoning
and unbuttoning coats. Be able to
put on socks and shoes. (Help your
child to put them on the right foot by
drawing half a smiley face inside the
left shoe and half inside the right.)
Listening, attention and curiosity
Be able to listen carefully for short
periods of time and follow instructions.
Feel comfortable asking questions and
trying new activities.
Basic learning skills
Know how to grip a pencil correctly.
Be familiar with different rhymes and
games – these will form
a foundation for developing numeracy
and literacy skills.
“As parents, it is normal to feel anxious
or emotional, especially at the start”
How can parents prepare themselves?
Position these labels clearly
and make sure your child
knows where they are.
Help with left and right shoes
by drawing half a smiley face
in one and half in the other.
Try not to overload their
time after school with clubs and
playdates. Children are often
exhausted at the end of the day,
especially during the first term.
Be prepared for a few tears
in the evenings and have a
good bedtime routine.
I began preparing Ava (above)
for the start of school about 18
months in advance. We moved her
to the nursery at Claremont School
to allow her time to get to know
the school, teachers and staff.
The school arranged many
afternoons of meeting the
Reception staff and spending time
in the classroom. This helped get
Ava excited about moving into the
“big” school, especially since so
many of her friends from nursery
were going to be in her class.
It took Ava a few weeks to settle
in, until we discovered the main
problem was lunchtime. The hall
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.
Banstead Prep School
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
the school day with them. Reassure them that they are going to
have lots of fun. Drive past and point out the school as often
as you can. Try to plan visits, too. As September approaches,
involve your child in the preparation for school - they can choose
a keyring to decorate their bag and show their new uniform
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
We spoke to May a lot about school in the six
months prior to her entry into Reception to
reinforce all the new and exciting experiences
she was going to have. In June we attended
some settling in sessions at the school and
this was a good opportunity for May to
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meet her new classmates and to become familiar with the school
surroundings. The Teddy Bears’ Picnic was a particularly big hit
- especially the homemade biscuits! Although May is young for
her year group, she was keen to start Reception. May settled into
school life very quickly. She loves it and continues to skip into
school nearly one year on! We wouldn’t change a thing.
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Outside the box
Classroom learning is all very well, but outside trips and
cultural experiences enrich young minds and inspire success
Robert Scamardella, Director of Music
As a classical musician myself, I have always been passionate that
classical music should not be the province of the few. Classical
music has the power to unite, and none more so is this the case
than in music education.There is ample evidence to suggest that
the rigours of learning an instrument, or of singing in a choir
with other people, are hugely beneficial to wider learning. The
disciplines in music are like no other, and any highly proficient
musician is likely to be a high flyer in other areas.
Years of developing and honing one’s technique as a pianist,
singer, or trumpeter for example are similar in nature to the sheer
discipline that an athlete must go through over many years.
We have pupils at Bede’s who, after being exposed to the opera
at Glyndebourne, or a tour to Belgium or Venice, have been
inspired to take music to a higher level and study at university or
conservatoire. At Bede’s, many of our alumni musicians come back
and talk to our current pupils, sharing their skills and knowledge.
James Whitaker, Head of History
Educational visits bring the past to life and
enable children to visualise specific sites,
which helps to develop understanding. To
actually walk the battlefield of Hastings, or
the corridors of Anne Boleyn’s childhood
home at Hever Castle can spark a
lifelong interest in history.
Our A level pupils have the opportunity
to visit Washington DC as part of their
work on US civil rights. Whilst this is
not a compulsory aspect of the course,
we find the pupils really appreciate
the chance to gaze down on the Mall
from the Lincoln Memorial, watch the
Supreme Court in action and visit the new
National Civil Rights Museum; the trip
stimulates learning and encourages greater
understanding of the period.
A number of our students go on to study
History at university. For one, it was a
junior school visit to Bodiam Castle that
fired her imagination, particularly when
hearing about the experiences of
women in medieval society.
She is now studying Modern History
and is passionate about the development
of women’s rights throughout the 20th
century and its relevance today.
Matthew Oliver, Head of English
Visiting art galleries, particularly those which celebrate art before 1945, is one of my top things to do with GCSE
Literature pupils. Today’s learners — the so-called ‘selfie generation’ — have a wonderfully intuitive understanding
of how artists use colour and form to say subtle things about their subjects.
Many pupils develop a far more holistic and meaningful grasp of, say, a tricky Victorian novel, if they can see how
painters of that era conveyed their own messages about childhood, society or gender through what they depicted.
Tate Britain is a superb place to start as it is not too overwhelming, but still stuffed with treasures.
The King’s School,
Head of Geography
remembers their field
trip (particularly if the
weather was extreme
– be it hot or cold) – nobody remembers every
lesson in the classroom. Trips bring a subject
to life. They link theory with reality, to give
But the best part is meeting the people that live
there – we find this particularly with our trip
to Morocco which is a real eye opener. I find it
gives our pupils a more balanced perspective on
real life outside of their bubble. It helps pupils
to empathise with others, tolerate others, and
above all be patient, kind, astute and organised.
Dr David Perkins, Head of History
At school – as a result of seeing an item on TV – I decided
to undertake a research project, conducted in Utah, on
the geographic, economic, social and political effects on
Salt Lake City of a rise in the level of the Great Salt Lake.
I talked my way into the University of Utah among other
places and also persuaded the US Geological Survey to
drive me out into the desert to look at the Great Salt Lake
close up. I decided I wanted to study American history
which I did later at Cambridge and Yale among other
places. It also gave me the ambition to photograph the most
photographed barn in America.
Will Bersey, Director of Music
Playing in my county youth orchestra, when I was a child, was critical
to my development as a musician. The contact with likeminded
musicians of my age was not something that was necessarily available
at my school and the experiences I enjoyed, which included playing
in youth festivals on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall, undoubtedly
helped form my ambitions and goals as a musician. So whilst we
spend a huge amount of time working on musical ensembles at
King’s, we continue to encourage membership of county and national
level ensembles, with current pupils usually representing the school
in the Kent Youth Orchestra, National Youth Choir, National Youth
Orchestra and National Youth Wind Orchestra.
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My father was a printer. He allowed me to visit him on
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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
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children that writers are
real people and that writing
is ultimately a communal
experience, however solitary
the activity itself may be.
Lewis Phillips, History teacher
In my time at King’s I have been involved with extra History enrichment where pupils go on trips and listen to
talks given by their teacher outside the prescribed curriculum timetable. I know that following trips to Dover
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IBs, BTECs, Diplomas, apprenticeships… what happened to good old
A Levels? Here’s a breakdown of the new world of choice after GCSEs
Sandra Radford, Head of Sixth
Form at Gordon’s School, Woking
For the crucial stage of learning after GCSEs,
traditional A Levels remain the qualification
of choice for many. They tend to be more academic than
other courses and require higher level skills, to achieve
high grades, which is why entry criteria tend to be slightly
higher than alternative courses. They are mainly exam
based which suits some students better than others.
The benefits are that they give young people the chance
to choose a broad foundation of subjects – three or four,
which they study for two years – which offers greater depth,
yet retains a broad enough foundation so
they can progress on to a wide range of
university degrees afterwards. For example,
a combination of history, biology, and
English literature, will enable a student to
apply for law, history, journalism, biology,
biomedical sciences, english, teaching,
Politics to mention just a few degrees. They
are graded A* to E.
Level 3 BTECs
These have been viewed by some - unfairly - as easier than
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modules. But they have become more rigorous in recent years.
There are several types of BTEC courses: a single course,
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They are more vocational than A Levels, focussing on one
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course, apprenticeship or career. Someone studying a triple
BTEC in sports science can go on to undertake a degree in this
field but cannot typically access a degree in history.
It’s a very good qualification if a student is passionate about
a specific field and cannot imagine working with anything
“The advantage of
that students are paid
a salary while they
train and learn”
else. The large component of coursework also helps those
who suffer from exam stress or anxiety. Universities see them
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These are a vocational qualification which are offered at
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It’s suitable for those who prefer a more
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This alternative to A Levels has grown
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out of 45 possible points, with the Diploma awarded from 24
up. The qualification is accepted by all UK universities and
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Our kids are welded to their phones – but what are they actually
doing on there? And is it as damaging as we fear? Hattie Brewis
unlocks the truth behind the tech
With what seems like daily
news reports on the subject,
we’re all familiar with the
potential perils of social media: online
bullying, accidental exposure, upsetting
content and smartphone addiction, to
name but a few. And with Snapstreaks,
IGTV, memes, GIFs and all the rest of
it, the junior generation seems to be
speaking a different language that shuts
us out. So we’re breaking down two of
the most popular platforms to show you
that while there are potential risks, every
cloud does have a silver lining.
What is it? An app that lets you
send photos, short videos or messages
to your contacts. The ‘snap’ appears
on screen for up to 10 seconds before
disappearing. Users can apply a range
of filters and send constant streams
of images and clips to friends.
Key concerns Many users aren’t
fully aware of Snapchat’s privacy
settings. This means that they may
be receiving ‘friendship’ requests
from strangers and their ‘stories’
and snaps may be seen publicly.
The app now features a public feed,
called Snapchat Discover, through
which users can subscribe to posts by
celebrities and other publishers. Some
of these are aimed at older audiences
and so may include adult content.
The upside Young people claim
to feel less social pressure using
Snapchat than other applications
because there is no ‘like’ button
and snaps disappear after a few
seconds. It’s also a good source of
information - studies show that teens
prefer following the news on Snapchat
because it’s fun and easy to view.
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
brands, as well as friends and family.
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
enhanced idols and even peers.
The upside It’s a great means of
communication between friends and
family and it allows users to pursue
their interests and feed their curiosity:
you can follow everything from healthy
eating to NASA. Like Snapchat it
nurtures a love of art and storytelling
and allows users’ creativity to flourish.
What it all means
Snapchat and Instagram both
state 13 as minimum user age.
Check your child knows who
they are talking to. Encourage
them to chat only with real-life
friends and to tell someone
if they are approached by an
Suggest they change settings to
make accounts ‘private’. Only
accepted followers will be able
to view their profile and posts.
Emphasise the dangers of
cyberbullying. Reiterate that
if your child does view any
hurtful or inappropriate
content, they should report it
and block the user if necessary.
Remind them that many
users modify their photos
to “improve” their appearance.
These images do not reflect
reality and cannot, nor should,
IGTV: a new app embedded within Instagram for watching long-form videos
by other Instagrammers. Influencer: users with large follower-bases can be
sponsored large amounts per post by brands to promote their products.
Instagram Stories/ Snapchat - My Story: users link snaps or video clips
together, which are collated into a ‘story’ and appear to followers in a
slideshow format. They can be viewed for up to 24 hours, then vanish.
Snapstreak: Daily snaps between users on consecutive days. Friends to
compete for the top number of streaks; this can lead to obsession and
meltdowns when streaks are broken. Snap Map: Snapchat tracks
a user’s location so friends can find each other on a map. Users can
disable the location tracker by updating their settings to ‘Ghost
Mode’. Connect Safely has created parent guides to social
media. Visit: connectsafely.org
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make it add up
So many kids decide they’re ‘rubbish at
maths’ at an early age – how can we stop
that happening, or turn it round?
Paul Borrows, Vinehall
Richard Feynman, the pre-eminent twentieth century
physicist, said that learning was fundamentally about noticing
things. From this point of view, learning mathematics
– and indeed doing mathematics – is primarily about
noticing and explaining patterns. With noticing, in this
context, meaning to become aware of and to understand.
So we want for children who know that 8 + 7 = 15
to then notice that if they know this simple addition
fact they also know the answer to 15 – 8, 80 + 70,
1500 – 700, 68 + 7 and a whole host of related sums.
As a teacher, you learn quite quickly that you cannot notice
things on behalf of the children you
are teaching - and what may seem
a clear and simple explanation does
not necessarily result in the children
noticing what you had hoped they
Learning maths comes from doing
maths, so the role of the teacher is to
try to set up situations that will enable
children to notice concepts and patterns
There is much more to learning maths then than
memorising a series of procedures for adding, subtraction,
multiplying and dividing. And, consequently, many
parents feel unequipped and unqualified to help their
children. But there are some things you can do to help
as a parent, and, even more importantly, there are some
things that you should avoid doing, as they can have a
negative impact on your children’s perception of maths
as well as their beliefs about their own ability.
A study from the mid-1980s found that when mothers told
“A child who is confident
playing rummy 500
is unlikely to think of
themselves as someone
who cannot do maths”
their daughters that they were not very good at maths when
they were at school, the daughters’ performance in maths
lessons declined almost immediately. A more recent study
showed that parents who were not confident mathematicians
had a detrimental effect on their child’s learning if they
helped their children with their maths homework.
You don’t have to lie. If they ask tell them instead that you
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.
Matt Underwood, ACS Egham International School
One of the reasons children get put off maths young
is due to the nature of the subject: the solution to a
maths problem is right or wrong. Getting incorrect
answers can be very demoralising, even if they are
praised for using the correct method and made only
a small yet significant error in the approach.
The teacher is also vitally important. From my experience,
when expressing whether they loved or hated maths at
school, adults often refer to the teachers they had and
whether they were good or bad. A good teacher can engage
pupils even when they are finding work difficult and
therefore often change a student’s attitude to the subject.
It’s really important to challenge a child’s perception that
they are ‘rubbish’ at maths. It does take practice, because it is
skills heavy and all skills take practice, but if this is undertaken
a parent will see real progress in their child’s ability.
Beliefs about our strengths and weaknesses often
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.
“The key is to teach for understanding,
rather than regurgitation”
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You can’t start too early thinking ahead for
higher education – and it should be fun
Head of Higher Education, Hurst College
Start them young Parents can encourage their
child to be excited about their future from a young
age, talking to them about which subjects they enjoy
at school and which topics have particularly sparked
their imagination. Has a class project on the suffragettes
revealed a fascination with history and politics? Are
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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
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have gone above and beyond the academic essentials in
pursuit of their genuine passion. There are numerous
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Some universities offer taster courses to let students
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can be a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a
greater insight into university study and social life,
and can really add to a UCAS personal statement.
Universities are keen to recruit students who will contribute
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student politics, student newspapers or volunteering with a
community action group, so any experience students can build
up at senior school will demonstrate they have much to offer
alongside their academic work.
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want to study at university. For example, a prospective politics
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Less obvious activities, such as juggling a part-time job with
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The Wey Gallery, 44 Bridge
Street, Godalming GU7 1HL
A stunning selection of
screenprints by influential
contemporary British artists
including Peter Blake, Sandra
Blow and Terry Frost. Plus on the
opening day you can jump on
board the CCA Art Bus, designed
by Pop Art legend Sir Peter Blake.
This groovy rock ‘n’ roll bus is
bursting with Peter Blake’s art and
is free to board.
Sat 15 Sep – Tue 2 Oct
McAllister Thomas Fine Art, 117
High Street, Godalming
Tranquillity is landscape painter
Ewa Adams’ latest body of work in
a style of contemporary pointillism
full of freshness, vibrancy and
luminosity. Her uplifting works
glow and buzz with life.
Tue 19 Jun – Sun 7 Oct
Watts Gallery, Down Lane,
Compton GU3 1DQ
A programme of ten linked
projects exploring the natural
materials beneath our feet through
sculpture, installation, film and
poetry. This month also sees
the last of three artworks in the
Watt’s Gallery woodlands – Steven
Edwards’ exploration of the local
use of clay throughout history
will be displayed from Saturday 8
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Tue 4 – Sun 9 Sep
RHS Garden Wisley,
Woking GU23 6QB
Wisley Flower Show
This late summer floral celebration
will host more than 50 specialist
nurseries who will showcase their
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horticultural delights such as air
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Fri 14 – Sun 16 Sep
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
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workshops, masterclasses, and an
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Sun 23 Sep 10.30am-4pm
Hascombe Road, Godalming
Alfa Romeo Owners
Club Southern Alfa Day
Enjoy an exciting display of
competition, classic and modern
Alfa Romeos. There will also be
the opportunity to sample the
delights of an Italian food market
in the meadow.
Entry: Normal admission applies
Sun 23 Sep 9am
Loseley Park, Guildford
Surrey Game and
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
Sat 29 Sep 6.30-9pm
Box Hill, Tadworth, KT20 7LB
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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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.
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Priory Farm, Sandy Lane,
Nutfield RH1 4EJ
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)
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Mon 10 Sep 7.45pm
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,
Surrey GU1 3UX
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
of the downfall of Don José, a
naïve soldier who falls head over
heels in love with Carmen, a
seductive, free-spirited femme
fatale. Love, treachery, passion
and betrayal, Carmen has it all.
Entry: From £34, Under 16s £23
Thu 20 Sep 11.30am
Farnham GU9 7QR
Bring your own
baby comedy club
Featuring the funniest comedy
stars from the circuit and TV,
this is a comedy club with a
difference. Soft flooring, toys,
buggy parking and baby changing
will all be available and you
are free to whip out a bum
(the babies please!) a boob or a
bottle if needed so parents and
babies will all be laughing.
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Sun 9 Sep
Denbies Vineyard, London
Road, Dorking RH5 6AA
Bacchus 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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Sunday 4 November 2018
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World War 1 Commemoration
Sunday 2 December 2018
Soloist - Nicola Benedetti (violin)
Conductor - Roderick Dunk
Bizet, Prokofiev, Ravel, César Franck
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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
Tickets also available from Guildford Tourist
Information Centre 01483 444334
155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ
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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).
Fri 28 Sep
Cranleigh Golf & Country Club,
Barhatch Lane, Cranleigh
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 /
Sun 16 Sep 11am-4pm
Epsom Downs Racecourse,
Epsom Downs, Epsom
Epsom Downs Wedding
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.
03445 793004 /
Tue 25 Sep 10am-12.30pm
Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Lane,
Leith Hill RH5 6LY
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.
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ENJOY FREE RANGE
FAMILY FUN ON THE FARM
A full programme of fun farm activities
including pony rides, goat milking,
pig racing and much more!
£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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Surrey KT18 5AL
Box office: 01372 742555
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Paul Holman Associates and The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema, Redhill present
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE STAR OF STRICTLY & CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER
BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT WINNER
Director MICHAEL HOWCROFT • Choreographer JADE SAMWAYS • Musical Director JONATHAN EIO
7-31 December 2018
BOX OFFICE 01737 276500
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.
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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
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by 30 September 2018.
There is no cash alternative
or exchanges and the prize
must be taken before 30
September 2019. *You must
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Congratulations to Caroline Gestwicki who wins our July competition for a £400 voucher from Layered Lounge
Jane explains why farmers can’t be sentimental
September is always a somewhat noisy month. It’s time
for all those spring-born lambs and calves to part
company with their mums and for a few days the whole
of Stonegate echoes with bleats and baas and moos.
Sheep operate on a five, four, three regime. Five months
pregnant, four months milking and three months off. So for
most of the ewes this season of mellow fruitfulness represents
a peaceful time for rest, recuperation and reflection – if
indeed sheep do such a thing. And apparently they do.
A recent study carried out in China found that the average
sheep (whatever that might be) can recognise and remember
at least 50 individual faces for more than two years. Maybe
there’s a sheep opportunity here to accompany forgetful
people like me to parties so when chatting to folk one knows
but can’t remember their names Baaaabra could step in and
assist. I digress. Back to the weaning.
Weaning the ewes from the lambs is quite noisy but it’s
nothing compared to the cows. Cows come in two types:
black and white dairy cows that are parted from their calves
after about 24 hours and beef cows, often called suckler cows,
that stay with their offspring for around
eight or nine months.
Our Sussex cows are a suckler herd
and by September the calves are quite
big and most of the cows will be
thrilled to be relieved of their nagging
adolescent offspring. After a few hours
token mooing they will wander off
across the field never to cast a backwards glance. For others
it’s a three-day protest. They moo and moo until they become
so hoarse they no longer make a sound but nevertheless they
continue with silent mooing which is quite sad.
Generally the calves seem much less bothered and we
usually leave a couple of cows with the calves for a few weeks
which seems to keep them all much calmer.
September is also the month to consider what to do with
“By September most of the
cows will be thrilled to be
relieved of their nagging
all these year-plus teenagers. The best two or three heifers
(female cows before they have had a calf) will be kept as
breeding replacements and they will join the main herd,
the others, mainly steers (castrated males) will now need to
be fattened, known as finishing, for
We finish one or two on the farm
to sell direct but unless you grow
the necessary corn and straw it’s an
expensive business so most of ours will
be sent to market either at Ashford or
Hailsham – the last two cattle markets
left in the South East. There are three types of sale at these
markets: breeding sales for potential breeding stock; prime
cattle sales where butchers buy finished beasts for their shops;
store sales where well-grown, but not fat cattle are bought by
farmers to go onto another farm to be finished.
A great number of the store cattle sold in this part of the
world are taken up to East Anglia to be fattened. The big
arable farmers in that part of the world have barns full of
straw and silos full of barley so they can do the job far more
cost effectively, but that is not the main reason they do it.
What they’re after is “black gold”, the manure that will
come out of the sheds at the end of the winter to spread back
over their arable acres. Recycling at its best and as they say …
where there’s muck there’s brass.
If you’ve ever thought of owning a few chickens, sheep, pigs or even
cows, Jane will be running a full-day course as part of the summer
programme at Curious House Courses in Stonegate, on Thursday 7
September. The morning will be spent on the joys of smallholding
and the afternoon will include a walk around Coopers Farm. Find out
more at curioushouse.net wwInstagram @coopersfarm
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