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Create a ‘golden triangle’. Keep your

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and create a much more ergonomic space.

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Make the kitchen multifunctional.

Apart from cooking, for what will the

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get a tall larder unit with drawers in

it, rather than shelves, to ensure that

the can of beans at the back of the cupboard

is not forgotten about for years to come!

7

Remember a rubbish bin! Imagine your

lovely kitchen has just been installed,

you’ve used up all the available space

and now you have to find somewhere to

put a big ugly bin. Get a set of integrated

bins tucked away in a unit out of sight.

Small things can make a big difference.

8

Make sure that cleaning the dishes

is a breeze. Locate your dishwasher

underneath your sink drainer as this will

allow you to quickly rinse and place anything

into the dishwasher in one swift movement.

9

Safety

first. Ovens above the height

of a child, boiling tap that can’t be

turned on easily or knocked on by

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much cooler residual surface temperature

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Contents

October 2018

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54

OLD STYLE CHARM

Maggie Alderson peeks inside this

month’s most desirable properties

136

120

32B OR NOT 32B?

We talk to one of Fenwick’s

experts about bra fittings

163

146

TALKING THE TALK

Two schools discuss the benefits

of learning a second language

41

54

OCTOBER NOTEBOOK

Events to make note of

HIGH GLOSS

Gloss and glamour galore in

Lauren Atkins’ Oxshott home

139

143

SOAK IT UP

Josephine Fairley finds your

beautiful bathroom must-haves

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton’s sleep solutions

167

173

WHY STEM SUBJECTS NEED

SOME ART TO MAKE STEAM

The importance of arts in our schools

ON GOOD TERMS

How to keep kids enjoying school

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81

94

116

120

GET THE LOOK

Gorgeous objects to imitate

the high gloss look

BED TIME

The best of bed trends

HOME ON THE FARM

Look inside a quintessentially

Wealden farmhouse

GET THE LOOK

Imitate the Home Farm look

LIFE’S RICH TAPESTRY

Kate Watts styles this season’s

most luscious fashion trends

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146

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159

NATURAL WISDOM

Wellbeing guidance

from the co-founder of

The Remedy Retreats

ONE POT WONDERS

Deliciously easy midweek

marvels

HARVEST HOME

Jo Arnell’s celebration of the

autumn harvest

A PRICKLY SUBJECT

Sue Whigham on cactus that will

thrive in future summer heatwaves

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WHAT’S ON

All the best things to do this month

COMPETITION

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard marks the start of the

farming year

KITCHEN &

BATHROOM

SUPPLEMENT

32 pages of trends,

designer tips, and

desirable products

After page 118.

Kitchen&

Bathroom

A Wealden Times Supplement

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Elite kitchen designer tips

Kitchen sinks ● Heated towel rails ● Bathroom lighting


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HARPERS AND HURLINGHAM

HAWKHURST £1,500,000

ATTRACTIVE DETACHED FAMILY HOUSE

Entrance hall · Three reception rooms · Conservatory

· Kitchen · Utility room · Cloakroom · Five bedrooms

(two en-suite) · Gardens approximately 2 acres · Tennis

court · Garaging · EPC: E

Cranbrook School Catchment

BENENDEN £1,295,000

CONVERTED OAST AND ANNEXE

Two reception rooms · Entrance hall · Kitchen/dining

room · Four double bedrooms (two en-suite) · Detached

two bedroom annexe · Grounds approximately 4.5 acres

· Tennis court · Outbuilding · EPC: C

Cranbrook School Catchment

BENENDEN £1,200,000

SUBSTANTIAL DETACHED FAMILY HOME

Two receptions rooms · Conservatory · Kitchen/

breakfast room · Utility room · Cloakroom ·

Five bedrooms (one en-suite) · Charming garden

approximately 0.6 acres · Garaging · EPC: F

Cranbrook School Catchment

RURAL STAPLEHURST £1,195,000

SUBSTANTIAL LISTED FARMHOUSE

Four reception rooms · Kitchen/breakfast room ·

Five bedrooms · Two bathrooms and shower room ·

Approximately 1.2 acres · Garaging and outbuildings

with scope to convert subject to planning · EPC: n/a

Cranbrook School Catchment

Sales & Lettings Team

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Biddenden TN27

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First time on the market - a detached

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An elegant Grade II listed farmhouse within

Cranbrook School Catchment Area.

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• Outstanding views

• Detached coach house

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• In all about 70.2 acres

• Sought-after position

• Wonderful views

• Many period features

• In all about 3.5 acres

OIEO £2,000,000

simon.biddulph@knightfrank.com 01892 310700

Guide price £1,250,000

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Etchingham TN19

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High Halden TN26

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A beautiful period barn conversion.

A Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse.

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• Annexe potential

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Guide price £1,295,000

simon.biddulph@knightfrank.com 01892 310700

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StapleHurSt Guide price £1,250,000

Circa 5,000 sqft inc 6 beds · Outbuildings · CSCA · No Onward Chain · EPC D

Marden Guide price £995,000

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GOudHurSt OieO £895,000

Village Location · 3 Beds · Annexe · Circa 0.7 Acres · CSCA · EPC E

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Maggie Alderson selects three heavenly houses currently on the market

Chillies Granary

The dream: As the name suggests,

Chillies Granary was created from a

former granary and its agricultural

origins can be seen in the beautiful

exposed golden stone walls on the

lower half of the exterior and in the

hall. The original beams have been

set off to their best advantage by the

creation of a two-storey entrance

hall, galleried on the first floor.

The upper half of the outer walls

are black weatherboard giving it a

sophisticated appearance.

Where: Just outside the village

of High Hurstwood, under three

miles from Crowborough, ten from

Tunbridge Wells.

Setting: An elevated position with

far-reaching rural views, close to

Ashdown Forest.

Beds: 5, two en suite Baths: 3 in all.

Special features: Two-storey galleried

hall and landing.

Pleasing details: A detached bar/

studio in the garden.

Outside: Established gardens – partwalled

- and grounds.

Time to town: An hour and ten

minutes to London Bridge from

Crowborough.

Price: Offers in excess of £1,000,000

Agent: Hamptons International,

Tunbridge Wells 01892 640013

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Stilebridge

£995,000

The dream: The full tile-hung 17th

Century Wealden hall house dream,

with every key detail: mellow oak

beams, inglenooks, oak floorboards

and latch doors. There is a particularly

nice, spacious entrance hall with stoneflagged

floors.

Where: Two miles from the thriving

village of Marden, 15 minutes drive to

Maidstone.

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Wealden Times’ founder Julie Simpson celebrates 16 years of the

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I

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Times. It’s been 16 years since we started and to have

reached this stage feels like it deserves a moment of quiet

contemplation and a look back to where it all started.

Wealden Times was, and still is, a fanzine for the Weald

and surrounding areas, a love letter to the countryside,

houses, food producers and communities which lured my

growing family from London over 30 years ago with the

promise of more space, a proper garden and good schools.

But there was a price to pay and my husband – and most

of our friends – spent long hours commuting up to London

every day. The Wealden Times was to be a monthly reminder

of all the reasons why they’d made the move in the first place.

The idea of creating a glossy homes and gardens magazine

celebrating life in the Weald had been in my

mind from the moment we landed here, but it

wasn’t until the spring of 2002 when Wealden

Times, then a small local magazine, ceased

trading that we finally got our act together.

Although our vision was nothing like the

original mag, which focused on stories about

local business, we bought their name and a list

of advertisers because it gave us the impetus to get started.

Everyone who joins the company is shown the first

issue of Wealden Times we published in November 2002.

It’s just 32 pages and lacks the polish of later issues, but

in many ways is just the same: It has a house feature

(designer Kaffe Fassett’s gorgeous Hastings home), plus

fashion, garden and food features all photographed

in glorious colour by David Merewether. It also has

what is still one of my favourite front covers.

“A love letter to

the countryside

which lured my

growing family...”

Importantly, those dedicated commuters who originally

inspired the magazine were the first people to see it

with five of us (the entire staff back then) turning out

at 6am to hand out copies at local train stations.

Sixteen years and 200 issues later there are 23 of us

working on two magazines (Wealden Times now has a

younger sister Surrey Homes) and two very popular events,

the Wealden Times Midsummer and Midwinter Fairs,

which have become ‘must do’ biannual fixtures for many

people in this area and beyond. We have loyal attendees

who come from Belgium and Holland every year and a

couple of ladies made the trip specially from Australia!

Like that first magazine, the fairs started very small, but

while the company has got bigger at heart it remains very

much the same: We are proud to work with

all the fabulous businesses who advertise in

the magazine every month and exhibit at

our fairs. We are incredibly grateful for their

continuing support without which we would

not be able to be ‘priceless’ to our readers.

We are also indebted to all the lovely

people who have let us photograph

their homes to create the house features which are

the backb one of the magazine. Also our wonderful

contributors, all eminent in their own fields.

And my final words must be to say an enormous thank

you to you, dear readers, for picking up Wealden Times

each month and reading it. We love your feedback and we

love meeting you at our events. We hope to meet lots of

you at the Midwinter Fair in November – please come and

find us at the magazine stand. Here’s to the next 200!

From left to right: May 2010, June 2013, November 2002 (Julie’s first cover, still a favourite), June 2018, October 2011

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It has seemed particularly appropriate to be putting together

our Kitchen & Bathroom Supplement for this issue as we’ve

just had a lovely new kitchen put in at our offices.

Shiny and white, with lovely soft close drawers, a huge integral

fridge and everything neatly stashed away – we even have a

groovy boiling water tap - it makes every tea run feel like a mini

Zen moment. I return to my desk, mug in hand, feeling mentally

refreshed, so I know first-hand what a difference a well-designed

kitchen can make.

We’ve made the practical aspects of kitchen planning the focus

of this supplement and I’ve learned so much chatting to six

expert kitchen designers, to glean their priceless insights.

Another exciting thing to plan at this time of year is your new

season autumn wardrobe and I’m sure you’ll find inspiration in

our fashion feature, shot in the very special location of the Battle

Abbey School library.

Our houses this month are a wonderful contrast of the

ultimate modern glamour in Oxshott and elegant country style

in a Kent farmhouse. With our regular mix of wonderful gardens,

wellbeing, beauty and brilliant quick and easy mid-week one-pot

suppers, I hope you will enjoy reading your Wealden Times, as

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Previous page: It was the height and space in the house that

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Previous page: In the dining room, the chairs are by Koket and Lauren found the dining table in a shop on the King’s

Road. The sculpture is by her friend Maria Bassett and is made out of concrete Top: The sofas are by Two is Company.

Lauren designed the ottoman Above: Lauren buys some artworks from The Affordable Art Fair

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“Big pieces work in here,” says Lauren: “I really want a giant

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It is certainly the perfect space for a statement.

Lauren follows my gaze up towards the soaring double

height ceiling in the entrance hall. “It was the height,

the space, the light, that I liked,” she explains.

This sounds like a fair comment – but takes on greater

significance when you know she was imagining the

height and space when she made that decision, because

she bought the house off plan – before it was built

two and a half years ago. A brave step for most, but as

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Above: In the study the white, gold and blue theme continues, with

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is in corporate IT, but when she had her daughter, Bella, almost

ten years ago, she decided to go into the family business.

The Malins Group was founded by her father Malcom

Atkins back in the early 1970s. Back then – and really

until very recently – the industry was very much run by

men. Lauren’s first job was to sell – and make a profit

on – some properties that were proving hard to move.

Building a workforce of mainly part-time working mothers,

she managed to turn the project around and they sold them all.

“At the time it was very unusual to offer part-time flexible office

hours,” she explains. “And there were very few women in the

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very fluid, so the whole team gets involved at certain times.”

Lauren’s enlightened approach in this very fast-moving sector

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This page: The blue-dominant scheme continues in the

media room. The oversized brass lamp is by Graham

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bespoke – made by Lauren

interesting approach with the projects they take

on these days: “We specialise in the conversion of

buildings with an interesting history or provenance,

including period properties, mews schemes,

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an old metal works, rich in architectural and

industrial details: “These are period features of the

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preserved and celebrated in the refurbishment.

It is these details that make the schemes stand

out from the rest. Still called the Metal Works,

the apartments were sold within two weeks.

“I work with a historian who helps me research

the background of the property,” she explains.

“We also have a fantastic CGI designer in Serbia.

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guys working on site can see what the properties

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This way several months of marketing can be done

in advance, which also means that the building

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Above: The very light and spacious bedrooms are all furnished with calming

neutrals. The oversized headboard is designed and made by Lauren and the

lamps are Flos Left: A lamp by Julian Chichester in a corner of the bedroom

is launched – and sold – as early as possible. “We do the show flat just

before the launch and it’s amazing how it looks identical to the CGIs.”

When it came to purchasing her own home two and a half

years ago, Lauren was very well placed to put her experience and

talents into practice and collaborated closely with the developers

to ensure that she got the look and feel exactly right.

“I worked with them to choose the flooring, the carpets, the doors – I

wanted a high gloss finish, not wooden doors and I knew just which

carpets I wanted because we had used them in one of our developments.”

The interior finishes were just as she wanted prior to moving

in – except that she had nothing to move in with. Looking

around, it is hard to imagine that she arrived with only a few

sticks of furniture and some bags of clothes. Lauren smiles: “I’ve

never had a modern house before. I had come from a Georgian

property. It was so different I decided to start from scratch.”

For Lauren, furnishing the house has been an evolutionary process

and one that is still in progress. “I did three phases of furnishing

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and tackled it in stages,” she explains. “You get interior

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to have a break and then come back in with fresh

ideas once you’ve lived in the space for a while.”

The walls in all the rooms are white, or pale neutrals,

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There’s just one wall in the kitchen that has been

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Phase one was the kitchen and the main bedrooms:

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Above: The bed is by Conran and the ottoman is bespoke by

Lauren. The lamps are from West Elm Left: A chest of drawers

by West Elm and a mirror by Graham & Green

She has used gold throughout the house, but as an

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together. The occasional and side tables around the house, for

example, have all come from separate places and were chosen

at different times, but they are united by their golden legs and

all are in a similar style. The repetition of just a few colours

and shapes in this way anchors and unifies the scheme.

There are two smaller rooms on the ground floor at

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room – which are both painted dark blue. “Smaller rooms

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These rooms keep to the same colour scheme as the

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white and pale grey become the accent colours.

The dining room was tackled in phase two and, next

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floor with views directly onto the garden. Lauren has

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“To me, furniture is a kind of art – and I’m looking

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challenge to find exactly the right piece for the space. The

sofas in the sitting room came from France and the rug

is on loan, while the company make the bigger one to

go there. Rugs are always a difficult one; there’s not the

breadth of choice unless you spend a lot of money.”

Lauren has found an ingenious way around some of her

sourcing issues, however. She has begun to design and make

many of the interior items: “We draw them up with the

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colour or size and it’s a great advantage to have the right

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Above: In the master bedroom, the headboard is bespoke by Lauren

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the business. “Furnishing a house is never a chore. I can have a

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“I like to sit in the bath and just look straight through to

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Monday

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heard countless times before. I had the business valued by a forensic

accountant. The accountant has proved that my client was right in that

the business is a goldmine! The husband’s lawyer has made a good

offer to settle where my lady keeps the house and the holiday home.

Tuesday

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happy and is opposing the decision. Given the child’s age, her wishes

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Wednesday

I take a call from a mum. She is hoping to relocate to New

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in the States. She is divorcing her husband. Her estranged

husband understandably does not want his son across the

pond. We need to make a Court application for permission

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Thursday

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argument with his partner. They had consumed too much alcohol,

argued over who was keeping what and it came to blows. Their

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Previous page: Evernden Interiors sourced the antique kitchen table. The kitchen is

by Plain English This page: The book-lined study leads into the kitchen. The blind

fabric was designed by Lindsay Alker

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This page: The snug – formerly the kitchen – is painted in

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This page: More bookshelves in the drawing room. The

oversized ottoman is upholstered in a William Yerwood jute

stripe. The patterned cushions are a Nina Campbell linen. The

brass lamp is by Porto Romana. The painting client’s own

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“Our client was very clear that she wanted us to bear in

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Quirky Elizabeth Blackadder prints dot the

walls, while contemporary pendant lamps

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Next to the kitchen is an impressive study lined

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study just being an extension of the kitchen and to

include as much built-in storage as possible.”


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Above: The wheatsheaf chandelier over the dining room is from Phoenix Antiques. The antique-style radiators are from the Old

Radiator Company. The chairs are covered in a Colefax & Fowler linen and the table lamps are Ecco trading with Porta Romana

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Above: Looking from the hall into the kitchen. The antique settle (client purchase) cushion is covered in Colefax &

Fowler grey and natural check fabric, the glass lamp Porta Romana. The ceiling pendant in the kitchen Olive & Fox,

Tunbridge Wells

The bookshelves have been painted in a very

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painted the shelves in this very dark palette. It’s

fab, exactly the effect we wanted,” says Belinda.

An oak-framed, leaded window – in what was

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through the study and into the kitchen. “Cox’s

took out the leaded window, restored it and

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and framing it with oak,” says Belinda.

The oak shelf under the leaded window holds

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overhead, featuring block-printed stags, has a medieval

look. “Our client spotted that fabric which, given her

husband’s love of the medieval period and the colour

red, was spot on.” The fabric is a design by Lindsay

Alker, who is based in Hastings. A staircase leads up to

the ‘gentleman’s suite’ of dressing room and bedroom.

Our tour continues into the next room – now the

snug and formerly the kitchen. “You could say that

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This page: A bedroom in the extension features a very rare five-pane

sash window. The architect, Charles Baine-Smith, works as the building

advisor to the National Trust in the South East. The bed is from

Nordic Style Left: The chest of drawers is client’s own and the chairs

are covered in William Yeoward stripe

it lacked inspiration…” says Belinda. “There was an old Aga, a

cork floor, a central heating boiler behind a false wall and formica

everywhere.” Much to everyone’s delight, the false wall not only hid

the boiler but also a wonderful old brick fireplace. Now the owners’

favourite room, it is painted in a moody French blue by Paint and

Paper Library, with the wonderful name ‘Btwn Dog & Wolf’.

“The starting point for this room, was this fabric,” says

Belinda, gesturing to the curtains. “Our client absolutely loves

this ANTA plaid fabric and we debated where to use it. Not

only is it lovely and cosy but it’s great with this wall colour.”

The sofa and footstool were made bespoke, while the

antique farmhouse furniture came from the owners’

previous home. Gilt-framed Victorian paintings hang over

the fireplace while a cluster of smaller paintings decorate a

corner. The overall effect is calm, cosy and uncluttered.

As we go back out into the hallway and towards the

Georgian front of the house, the rooms immediately


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Above: The Swedish neo-classical style bed is from Nordic Style. The bench on the side wall is an antique

take on a more classic feel, both in dimensions and

decor. To the right as you come in the front door is the

drawing room and to the left is the dining room.

“Cox’s found the most incredible, single piece of slate, but

it came out further than we expected,” says Belinda. “We

decided to replace the two armchairs – which were too big

for the space – and also had a bit of a re-think on colours,

injecting a touch of mauve and ochre to ‘zing it up’ a bit.”

A sisal carpet by Tiger’s Eye, in Titanium adds a relaxed

farmhouse feel while demi-lune tables from Phoenix Antiques

add a classic touch. Understated linen curtains with an

amazing Samuel & Son’s ‘onion fringing’ are a playful twist

and, as Belinda adds, “Probably my favourite curtains ever!”

Across the hallway, the dining room is a ‘work in progress’

though key features are already there including a vast sash

window, open fireplace and high ceilings. “The wheatsheaf

chandelier is from Phoenix Antiques, and seemed rather

appropriate given the farmhouse setting,” says Belinda.

A glance out of the window reveals a stunning thatched

barn, bought as a frame and reconstructed by Cox

Restoration. Beyond that is a tithe barn, roofed in Kent

pegs, and home to the owners’ three horses. The views

from every room are unspoilt; lawns, horse paddocks

and the farmyard. Upstairs, the views are even better.

As with the downstairs, it’s easy to see where

the old finishes and the new begins – if Georgian

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valley beyond. According to the architect who worked on

plans for the house, sash windows such as these, which are

five-panes wide, are extremely rare. Despite being in the

old part of the house, the room is lovely and light.


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Left: The slipper bath, from Tenterden

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window over the horse paddocks. Wooden

panelling was added on lower walls to give a

classical feel. Below: The wall sconces over the

basin are by Heathfield & Co

At the end of the landing, at the front of the house

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Strikingly Scandinavian, the bedroom is the only

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All three rooms at this end of the house have retained

the original floorboards: “Cox’s stripped and restored

them. I’m really glad we did it,” says Belinda. The

light colouring and rustic charm of the ancient boards

hits just the right note; contemporary and ‘clean’ in

their simplicity yet hinting at the building’s past.

Next to the bedroom is a stunning, classic bathroom

with slipper bath, wood panelling and a marble-topped

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comfortable but also looks out over the horse paddocks. The

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The dressing room is as light as the bedroom and bathroom,

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the light. The adjoining bathroom feels a little more ‘country’

and less grand, though marble surfaces keep things luxurious.

“The contemporary brick effect tiles are from

Marlborough Tiles and are ‘offset’ so that they don’t

look too institutional,” says Belinda. It certainly works,

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Above: The bed is from Nordic Style. Below: The lamps

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Recipe for your

perfect kitchen

Putting in a new

kitchen is very

exciting – but with

so many choices

to make, it can be

daunting. So we’ve

asked expert kitchen

designers for

practical advice on

how to ensure you

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Rencraft

John Stephens

Managing Director

A good kitchen design is a

balance between the style and the

practicality. It might look brilliant

but if it doesn’t work, it’s no good.

I can start designing a kitchen

before an extension is built, from the

architect’s drawings, but first clients

have to make certain key decisions.

What sort of fridge do you want -

hidden, or visible, or do you want

a big American fridge? What kind

of cooker? A range, separate ovens,

induction… If you entertain a lot

you might want two dishwashers.

Do you want a larder? Once all

that has been decided we can start

designing.

Our office and workshop are

attached to the showroom and I’ll

walk the client round the showroom

to show them the details, different

drawers, larders, all that, then I’ll

take them out to the workshop and

they might see something there.

It’s nice for them to see where

their kitchen will be made. We

manufacture everything here, exactly

for the space.

We are doing a lot of storage

drawers now, they are a very good

practical option. There has been

a strong move away from wall

cupboards. I don’t mind them – I

just wouldn’t fill all the walls up with

them, that’s lazy. We would rather

do a mixture of wall cupboards and

chunky shelves, less of a fitted feel.

We are seeing a high demand for

Quooker boiling water taps. I do

think they’re worth having, they

are simple and stylish. People used

to say ‘that’s a lot of money for a

kettle’, but now they are on wishlists

when clients come in.

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The test of time

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JM Interiors

James Mundy, Managing Director,

and Amy Biddle, Marketing

Manager

JM Interiors is a family business,

started by our father, so we have

both grown up with it. James has

worked in all aspects of building

kitchens and has a lot of experience

working with classic old Wealden

buildings which don’t have any

straight walls.

When new clients come in we

ask a lot of questions. The first

two meetings are info gathering,

listening to what they want to

get out of a kitchen. We can pick

up a great vibe for what they like

from what makes them excited in

the showroom. That’s why it’s so

important to come in.

Once people have had a play

about and tried our deep and

wide pan drawers, they go on

the list. They might not have

experienced them before. Another

idea they pick up on is having a big

cupboard as an ‘appliance garage’

with plugs inside. A working

coffee area inside a cupboard and

cold shelves in larders for pastry

making. It’s all about hiding

things that traditionally sat on

the worktop and getting rid of

clutter.

If people arrive with lots of

images of enormous islands for

what is really quite a small space,

we can explain ‘The dishwasher

isn’t going to open…’ and we can

show them with a tape measure.

This kitchen was the second we

built for the same client. They

moved house and wanted to take

their old kitchen with them, but

since the first one they’d added

two children to the mix.

It’s in a traditional Kentish

farmhouse. For this version we

added a Belfast sink, an Everhot

range cooker, lots of touches of

warm solid oak and changed

from black granite to lighter

quartz for the worktop which

helped to lighten the kitchen.

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Collins BESPOKE

Nick Collins, owner and lead designer

This kitchen was built in a new rear extension – if

you’ve got the space, this is what people want. It has

four different elements. There is a tall wall larder, then

there is a working wall with double ovens, a double

fridge, coffee machines, warming drawers and all the

functional items, which I put into tall cabinetry on the

side of the space with less natural light.

The third element is the elevation with the range

cooker and beautiful overmantel and the final piece is

the feature island with an oak breakfast bar.

And on top of all that, there also is the separate blue

dresser, with glazed doors.

All of them could be kitchens in their own right, so

the challenge is to bring it all together, which we did

by using two distinct palettes. The dark shade is Farrow

& Ball Railings, one of the most popular colours at the

moment, but all dark can be a bit oppressive, so in the

areas with less light, we used a pale shade, Farrow & Ball

Ammonite. We also used a light colour worktop on the

island.

This is the dream, smaller kitchens are harder to

design. My advice to people with smaller spaces is to

work out what the fundamentals are you really need in

your kitchen. Once you’ve decided what’s essential to

you and put that in the space, you can add the luxury

items and get your own reduced version of this.

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symes INTERIORS

Richard Vassallo, Managing Director

We start with a full survey of the room to make

sure that what the client wants can be fitted in the

space and that the drainage position isn’t too far

away from where the sink is going, or there are

obstructions in the way.

Then we look at practical requirements for the

kind of cooking they do. We go through what kit

they have, how many pots and pans, how much

crockery, because it varies considerably between

clients. Some people have a dinner set from their

wedding they want to expose with glass doors,

other people want everything put away.

Gadgets are key nowadays. Some appliances work

on wifi and people are very tech savvy. Baking is a

big trend and making bread and pasta, so people

have big mixing machines and need more storage

and work space. People love entertaining and need

a big island space for people to sit around.

Larders are a great way to get the most out of

a space. Because we are bespoke, manufacturing

everything ourselves, it doesn’t matter what the

space is, we can always build one. Spice racks inside

larder doors are very popular.

It’s important that people are realistic about

budgets. There are expensive options, but you get

better value for money with a bespoke kitchen,

because we can make the most of any space.

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ScHmidt

Leigh Colbran, Design Consultant

When new clients come in we give them a tour of the showroom, talk about the

project they have in mind and show them the quality of our product – a lot of

what’s good about Schmidt is behind the doors.

To demonstrate this, we stand in our drawers and then let them soft close.

It makes an impression, because they know it’s being done every day and the

drawers are still good.

In our kitchens, everything has been thought about. There’s a great movement

towards pull out units, making everything accessible, so you don’t have to get on

your knees to try and reach that abyss at the back of the cupboard, where things

get lost and you end up rebuying things you already had.

Because we have a home living range as well, in a run of tall housing, we can

add in bespoke book casing, bifold doors and pop out shelves, that you can use

to tuck a coffee machine away, making a dead corner useful and pretty.

We’ve got over 1000 door front choices and 24 carcass interior colours, so you

can create a bespoke combination. People usually have some idea and we can

guide them through a process of elimination in the showroom.

We also have our own laminates, which are water resistant, they don’t peel.

Our plinths are also water resistant, with a rubber seal that is embedded into the

base of the plinth so no moisture can get underneath. They are also bracketed so

they are fixed, there are no wonky kickboards.

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Do

Symes Interiors

• Shop around and check previous

jobs.

Jones Britain

• Work out a practical footprint

between appliances within the

kitchen. You don’t want to have to

travel miles between appliances.

Rencraft

• Do be comfortable with your

designer, it’s a long journey and

it should be enjoyable. It’s a

collaboration, starting with how

you work in a kitchen, it’s a

question of both sides listening.

• Do be aware of space – you might

need more than you think.

Collins Bespoke

• Go and see a kitchen designer

before you start planning the

extension.

• Make sure your ideas work for

your space.

• Always invest in a good quality

handle. It makes such a visual

impact, it can transform a kitchen.

JM Interiors

• Do some research into the style of

cooking you want to do and the

appliances you want for it. With

built in, steam, ranges, there are so

many choices and it’s the starting

point for a design.

• Understand how much your

appliances are going to cost,

because it can really cut into your

budget.

• Take some time to decide what

your priorities are.

• Go to showrooms and play around

to see what you like.

Schmidt

• Do allow enough time for the

installation – don’t ever leave

choices last minute.

• Plan your kitchen before you go to

the architect, then you will already

have underfloor ducting, electrics

and plumbing in the right places

and you won’t have to pay your

architect to change the plans for

the kitchen design.

• Factor in installation charges,

which can vary widely between

companies. You want to invest in

the quality of the kitchen first and

foremost.

Jones BRITAIN

Dan Stronge, Owner and head designer

We do kitchens across the whole spectrum from highly modern to exceptionally

traditional. Two years ago everyone wanted mid-grey, now it’s moving to dark blue

and very dark greys. Often it’s an island in the darker colour, with lighter units

around the outside.

Everyone wants an island, but sometimes the space just isn’t big enough, then I

would suggest a peninsula, where a row of units turns the corner, then turns back

again. This will give the effect of an island with as many units and more work space

and can be achieved in a smaller space.

With appliances, steam ovens are more and more popular and now 95% of our

kitchens have a boiling hot water tap. The buzzword that has just started to kick in

is home automation. Talking to Alexa or Google to turn the oven on, or turn the

lights up. Very handy if you have hands covered in flour!

When it comes to working out how much storage a client needs, when we do a site

survey, we can see how much storage they currently have. We need to see all their

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Don’t

Rencraft

• Don’t take the first design you’re given.

Explore different companies before

committing.

• Don’t put the dishwasher somewhere

you can’t get round it with the door

open.

Collins Bespoke

• Don’t rush it – understand it’s an

evolving process, it takes time to get

the perfect kitchen.

JM Interiors

• Don’t put big islands in small kitchens.

It’s really important to work with your

proportions, or you can make the space

feel smaller.

Jones Britain

• Don’t leave a gap any smaller than

1metre around an island.

Symes Interiors

• Don’t go cheap, it won’t last.

Schmidt

• Don’t go with the first company

you look at. Check out a few

showrooms before you decide.

• If it’s a long-term purchase, it needs

to be functional first, rather than

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From glorious modern takes on the traditional Belfast to

sleek and stylish black, these inspirational kitchen sinks

have more than a drop of style

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tap £622 Grohe grohe.co.uk 2 True stainless steel sink from

£349 Kohler kohler.co.uk 3 Solo corner sink from £754

Villeroy & Boch villeroy-boch.co.uk 4 Wooden double

Belfast sink William Garvey £800 williamgarvey.co.uk

5 K800 stainless steel sink £1438.80 Grohe grohe.co.uk

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1 Shaws of Darwen butler kitchen sink £352.33 and Perrin and Rowe tap both Sinkstaps

sinks-taps.com 2 Round matte black mixer tap £249 Meir Black meirblack.co.uk

3 Subway sink from £696 Villeroy & Boch villeroy-boch.co.uk 4 Valle Elsa black glass sink

£279.97 Kitchen Sync kitchensync.co.uk 5 Free standing empire Belfast sink cupboard £1024

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£12 Sainsbury’s Home sainsburyshome.co.uk 4 Julia Knight soap dish £37 Amara amara.com 5 Potus Cale

diffuser £40 The French Bedroom Co. frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk 6 Textured glass soap dispenser £11.50

Amara amara.com 7 Soap dispenser £10 Debenhams debenhams.com 8 Geometric ceramic dispenser £15.99

Zara Home zarahome.com 9 The flower lady luxury scented candle £32 Chase and Wonder chaseandwonder.com

10 Round black tissue box £28 Kelly Hoppen kellyhoppen.com 11 Elephant ceramic ring dish £9.50

Oliver Bonas oliverbonas.com 12 Stacking mixed marble trinket pots £24 Oliver Bonas oliverbonas.com

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In the

zone

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We are demystifying bathroom

lighting with the help of Chris Jordan,

Managing Director at Christopher

Wray (christopherwray.com). Turns out,

bathroom lighting can be broken down

into three simple zones, each with its

own rules. It’s as easy as 0,1,2...

Bathed

in

Zone 0

Inside the shower or inside the bath.

Any light fitting in these areas must be

a minimum rating of IP67 (which is

completely immersion proof) and must

be low voltage.

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Bathroom lighting can seem so complicated that we often end up

with the same old boring circular ceiling fixtures. No more.

Shop our top picks of lights that will make

your bathroom shine

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...1

7

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“IP stands for

“Ingress Protection”.

It basically tells you how

resistant each light is to water.

The higher the rating the more

protection. Always aim for the

highest IP rating in bathrooms.”

– Nicky Taha

victoriaplum.com

Directly above the bath or shower.

Any lighting fitting here must be

a minimum rating of IP65. This

means that they are dust-tight and are

protected from low pressure jets and

that no water can seep into the fitting

itself.

...2

1 Boutique chandelier £175 Frontline Bathrooms frontlinebathrooms.co.uk 2 Bulkhead

copper sconce wall light £289 Industville industville.co.uk 3 Antique brass wall bracket

£63 Dar lighting darlighting.co.uk 4 Horizontal light with pineapple finials £635

Besselink & Jones besselink.com 5 Round pleated chiffon light £210 Pure Bathroom

Collection purebathroomcollection.co.uk 6 Hollywood wall bar £85 Frontline Bathrooms

frontlinebathrooms.co.uk 7 Shipyard wall light £545 Davey Lighting uk.originalbtc.com

8 Polished chrome pendant £134.40 Dar Lighting darlighting.co.uk

Either side of the bath or shower

or a radius of 60cm from the basin.

Any lighting fitting here must be a

minimum rating of at least IP44 which

will protect from splashes of water.

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“Central pendants are

not only a great design

feature, but create an

ultimate wow factor in

a larger space. ”

– Simon Wallis-Smith

Lighting Designer

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advice

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3

Bathroom lighting is

not all about function.

Layering the lighting to

provide task, ambient and

accent points are crucial

in creating a calming

space.”

– Peter Legg, Lead Designer,

Dar Lighting

“Consider the kind of overall

look you’re hoping to create

– a contemporary design may

call for modern spotlights or

flush ceiling lights, whilst a

more traditional or boutique

hotel-inspired scheme could be

complemented by a decorative

IP44 rated bathroom chandelier

or retro-glamour wall light.”

– Michael Sammon, Sales and

Marketing Director, Frontline

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“Measure the height and width

of the room in question. Then

select a lighting fixture that

matches that same number in

inches. This simple trick will

give you the right proportions

every time.”

– Demi Stanley, Home Improvement

Specialist, Fantastic Services

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1 Bronze beaufort £95 Garden Trading gardentrading.co.uk 2 Pendant light £250 Fritz Fryer fritzfryer.co.uk

3 Hereford swan neck wall light Fritz Fryer fritzfryer.co.uk 4 Brass bulkhead in polished brass £185 Davey Lighting

uk.originalbtc.com 5 Weathered brass narrow box wall light £449 Davey Lighting uk.originalbtc.com 6 Double

curved arm light £817 Besselink & Jones besselink.com 7 Sisma floor lamp £1,332 Karman karmanitalia.it/en

8 Oxygen illuminated mirror £89.99 MY Furniture my-furniture.co.uk

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A D V E R T I S E M E N T F E AT U R E

Ouch!

I think I’ve slipped a disc…

Is back pain or neck pain ruling your life? Are you stuck on a merry-go-round

of painkillers, physiotherapy treatments and GP visits?

Spinal expert James Pickering

treats a range of back and neck

conditions with gentle, noninvasive

techniques. Here, he

shines a light on disc-related conditions.

What causes back and neck pain?

Many back and neck pain issues are caused

by our own bad habits. Sitting, standing,

bending or lifting for long periods,

slouching over PCs and tablets, or poor

driving or sleeping posture can lead to

back and neck pain niggles - which if left

unchecked can turn into more serious issues.

What is ‘chronic’ pain?

‘Chronic’ means pain which has persisted for

three months or more. For many sufferers,

it’s due to some damage or degeneration of

the spinal discs or surrounding nerves.

The discs are the protective pads of

connective tissue dividing the bones of

the spine. They act as ‘shock absorbers’

protecting the spine when we move around.

How do discs become damaged?

If we’re on our feet all day, sitting at

workstations or lifting heavy objects, the

spine can weaken, causing discs to stretch

and bulge. Bulging discs are harmless for

most people - BUT if the outer wall of the

disc tears (herniates), the inner part can leak

out on to surrounding nerves.

When discs are dehydrated, they can leave

the vertebral bones rubbing against each

other: very painful indeed!

What are the signs of a herniated

or ‘slipped’ disc?

Typically, you’ll experience episodes of pain

which become more frequent over time. You

may also suffer nerve pain in the arms or

legs (sciatica) or headaches. You’ll probably

need daily painkillers; physiotherapy and/or

spinal injections may not help.

What is sciatica?

When a disc herniates, the gel-like nucleus

can leak out, irritating or compressing

the surrounding nerves. In lower back

patients, the sciatic nerve is affected

with a shooting pain travelling from the

buttock down the leg. Sometimes the pain

is accompanied by tingling, numbness

or weakness in the legs and feet.

In neck pain sufferers, nerve pain affects the

shoulders, arms and hands.

Most nerve pain resolves with over the

counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Also, go

about your normal daily activities if you

can. However, if you’re still in pain after six

weeks, you should seek advice from one of

our specialists: our first-choice treatment is

IDD Therapy.

How can IDD Therapy help?

IDD Therapy uses safe and gentle pulling

forces to draw apart specific spinal segments

where discs are damaged, removing pressure

and irritation from any trapped nerves.

Patients receive a structured programme of

regular sessions, progressively relieving pain

and improving mobility for the long-term.

IDD Therapy is changing the lives of

slipped disc and sciatica suffers.

Sue’s IDD Therapy Experience

Sue James suffered for 16 years with back

pain and sciatica:

“The pain started in my right leg; I

couldn’t sit for more than half an hour.

Going out for a meal or to the cinema

became impossible.

My GP prescribed strong painkillers, but

the side-effects were too severe; I tried

chiropractic and nerve block injections, but

nothing helped.

My consultant suggested surgery, but I

didn’t want to have an operation with the

recovery time and possible risks.

After a programme of IDD Therapy, I’m

enjoying an active life again, competing in

athletics events pain-free.”

About the

Expert

Osteopath James

Pickering works with

patients across the

Kent community. He

specialises in spinal

disc conditions and

associated nerve

pain. His practice

is an approved IDD

Therapy Disc Clinic.

Call Wealden Osteopaths and Spine Centre on 01580 212833 or go to wealdenosteopaths.co.uk


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Take a fresh look at Adini and

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— and catering & styling for —

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Opening Hours:

Tuesday - Friday 10.30 - 5pm

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High Street, Charing, TN17 0HX

Tel. 01233 714689

We cater for and style events of all occasions,

including weddings, birthdays and corporate

functions.

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Ashford, Kent, TN27 0HX

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Life’s rich

tapestry

Tweeds, plaids, satins and leopard print – this autumn’s

styles are a lush mix of texture and pattern

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Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Kate Watts

Location: Battle Abbey School Model: Georgia Dispenza, Fresh Agents

Make Up: Amy Deakin, Truffle Tunbridge Wells, truffleonsea.com/tunbridgewells 01892 557722

Hair: Amie Coombes, instagram @amieadellhair

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dressing undeniable beauty

www.odyl.co.uk

01580 714907


Previous page: Dress £99, Capsule @capsulehastings

on Instagram 07772 056945; velvet ankle boots £295,

L.K.Bennett Bluewater 01322 427178, lkbennett.com;

Simon Harrison Amphitrite ring £150 and

Amphitrite earrings £150, Jason Charles Jewellery

jasoncharlesjewellery.co.uk; headscarf, stylist’s own

Above: Dress £75, belt £35, from a selection at Hawk

and Dove Vintage, Hastings Old Town Instagram

@hawkanddovevintage; velvet ankle boots £295,

L.K.Bennett Bluewater 01322 427178 lkbennett.com;

glasses, model’s own Left: Silk blouse £194, Peter

Hahn peterhahn.co.uk; Simon Harrison Amphitrite ring

£150, Jason Charles Jewellery jasoncharlesjewellery.co.uk;

bag £225, The Vintage Lions thevintagelions.co.uk

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Cord blazer £285, GANT

Bluewater 01322 422640 gant.co.uk;

shirt £225, L.K.Bennett Bluewater

01322 427178 lkbennett.com; skirt £98,

trainers £98, Jigsaw Bluewater 01322

387316 jigsaw-online.com; hat £15, from

a selection at Hawk and Dove Vintage;

ruby coral ring £150, Simon Harrison,

simonharrison.com


Over 45 years experience

specialising in coats of arms

With over 10,000 coats of arms, crests &

monograms seal engraved since 1970

18 carat

signet ring

seal engraved

Sizzling

Autumn

collections

9 carat white

gold cuff link,

3D engraved

coat of arms

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01580 713189

www.charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk

Rodney J Rigby F.I.P.G

Goldsmith & Designer

Hand & seal engraver

Handmade signet rings, cuff links

& bespoke 3D blazer buttons

in gold, silver & platinum

T: 01892 724951 www.rodneyjrigby.com

info@rodneyjrigby.com

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www.countyclothesmenswear.co.uk

Welcome back,

Bruno Saint Hilaire

This season we are pleased to announce that we have

a familiar face joining us at County Clothes. We

celebrate the return of Bruno Saint Hilaire into the

UK with the arrival of jackets and trousers

that channel the sophistication of French style

and provide comfort for the modern gentleman.

19 St Margaret’s Street

Canterbury

Kent, CT1 2TH

“The brand’s unique properties guarantee all-day

neatness and, combined with classic French styling, the

collection is unrivalled for creating timeless menswear

that fits into modern-day lifestyles.”

2 East Cross

Tenterden

Kent, TN30 6AD

01580 765159

County Clothes Menswear

Quality & Personal Service

Canterbury Tenterden Reigate Sevenoaks

velvet finesse

Find the new Autumn/Winter ranges in store now.

6 High Street

Reigate

Surrey, RH2 9AY

Cosy

Scarves

14 Bank Street

Sevenoaks

Kent, TN13 1UW

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The go-to address for Striking pieces

to complement your unique style

Fine, vintage & costume jewellery | Designer vintage clothing

Vintage collectables | Seasonal specials | Unique gifts

Christmas Markets

at the Bull House

8 th –11 th November

6 th –9 th December

10am–6pm

www.smashing-things.co.uk

Telephone 01435 813 320 info@smashing-things.co.uk

Now at the Bull House Studio,

Lake Street, Mayfield,

East Sussex TN20 6PR

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Faux fur stole £108,

British Design British

Made 01424 777711

britishdesignbritishmade.com;

Chloris bangle £395, Simon

Harrison simonharrison.com;

velvet top £250, L.K.Bennett

Bluewater 01322

427178 lkbennett.com; wide

leg cropped trousers £98,

Jigsaw Bluewater 01322

387316 jigsaw-online.com

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Faux fur jacket £369, British

Design British Made 01424 777711

britishdesignbritishmade.com;

cashmere lambswool jumper £155

GANT Bluewater 01322 422640

gant.co.uk; trousers £209, Peter

Hahn peterhahn.co.uk; trainers

£98, Jigsaw Bluewater 01322

387316 jigsaw-online.com

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25% OFF colour

Monday & Tuesday

20% OFF

your first visit

20% DISCOUNT

for emergency services

(T&Cs apply)

• Aveda

• Paul Mitchell

• HD Brows

• Olaplex

• Nano Keratin

• GHD

• Beauty

Hawkhurst-No6 The Colonnade Rye Road Kent. TN184ES

01580 752118

Rye- No12 High Street Rye East Sussex. TN317JF

01797 224369

Lewes -27 High Street Lewes East Sussex. BN72LU

01273 480896

Book online

www.keithfrancishair.co.uk

01233 503630 Ashford salon

01580 762538 Tenterden salon

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be sure to

to your

TUNBRIDGE WELLS STORE

and enjoy £20 OFF

offer code: UKJN0104

38 HIGH STREET, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, TN1 1XF

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TERMS & CONDITIONS: Offer valid on full priced items on a purchase over £70 until 1st December 2018

in Tunbridge Wells Store only. This offer is one time use only. Offer is not valid on sale items, cashmere care

products or services; it is non- transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. No adjustments

may be made to prior purchases. Offer cannot be used in Pure Collection department store concessions or on

their websites. Pure Collection reserves the right to amend/withdraw this offer at any time. For full terms and

conditions visit our website.

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The One Stop Shop for Ladies Fashion in Surrey

www.melitaboutique.co.uk

57 High Street, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8AF

Tel: 01276 856308

17 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1UT

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salon

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TELEPHONE 01580 753744

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Book online at www.williamcharleshair.co.uk

or through our facebook page

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Check blazer £275, GANT Bluewater 01322 422640 gant.co.uk; shirt £265,

White and White whiteandwhite.co.uk; pocket square £45, Geoff Stocker

geoffstocker.com; lion brooch £85, The Vintage Lions thevintagelions.co.uk

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Faux fur coat £239, Peter

Hahn peterhahn.co.uk;

sleeveless polo

£64, Capsule

on Instagram @

capsulehastings 07772

056945; jeans £90, Jigsaw

Bluewater 01322 387316

jigsaw-online.com; suede

boots £130, GANT

Bluewater 01322 422640

gant.co.uk; cheetah brooch

£35,The Vintage Lions

thevintagelions.co.uk;

ring £30, Karen Millen

Bluewater 01322

384676 karenmillen.com

A huge thank you to Battle Abbey School for allowing us

to shoot in their historic library, a very special venue to

experience. For more information about visiting Battle Abbey

School or holding an event at this unique venue please visit

battleabbeyschool.com or email info@battleabbeyschool.com

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Oaks Hair and Beauty Retreat was established

in 1990 by Christine and Neil Bacon joined later

on by their son Alexander. We simply fell in love

with this amazing 14th century property starting

renovation immediately throughout all 3 floors.

Having both worked in the hairdressing industry

for many years putting on fashion shows ,

training many students , been nominees of

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team of 22 -24 employees we thought Hythe

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did we realise how busy we would be here on

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We have an exceptionally highly experienced

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Once again Oaks was invited to be first to

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Whether your cup runneth over or there’s room for more in there, you’re probably

wearing the wrong bra size. Expert fitter and Triumph consultant Carol Wales, of Fenwick,

Tunbridge Wells, explains why you need professional guidance

What Carol Wales doesn’t

know about bras isn’t worth

knowing. She’s been a

consultant for Triumph for over 30 years

and was an experienced fitter before that,

having trained at a specialised lingerie

fitting school in London.

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recommendation) at Fenwick,

Tunbridge Wells: a tape measure.

“You do it by eye,” she says.

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that you may be relieved to hear – you

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“Once you’re trained, you can get a

rough idea of the frame just by looking

at a woman. You can’t measure with any

accuracy with a tape, it’s much better to

do it by eye. I look at a woman in her

own bra and I can see what’s going right,

wrong, or otherwise.”

Once Carol has assessed the basic size,

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expert knowledge, being familiar with

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“Just like clothing, sizes vary a lot

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is to try it on and have it checked on you

by an expert fitter. “I can’t look at a bra

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it on. This is why it’s very difficult to buy

them online.”

One of the reasons so many of us wear

the wrong size, Carol says, is because

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the ‘average’ size and work from that as

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“Women’s perception of bra sizes

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might be in a 34DD or E.”

And with that new bra

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says Carol.

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Trained bra fitters are always available

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I

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can legitimately lock the door without someone thinking

you’re throwing a strop (even if you are). Turn your back

on a frantic world and a busy day and reclaim some time for

yourself. I love designing bathrooms (I’ve done quite a few in

my time...), but the final touch, I always think, is the products

that you indulge in, within that space. Ideally, they’ll look as

good on the bathroom shelf as they make you feel – but just

because something isn’t presented in glam packaging, doesn’t

mean it won’t have a feelgood factor.

What I tend to do with baths is to create what Dayle

Haddon – a supermodel who’s now seventysomething and

looking fabber than ever – calls her ‘Magic Bath’. That means

blending a bit of this, a handful of that, a slurp of something

else, to come up with a custom bath prescription that differs

pretty much every time.

I tend to start with a large dollop of salts – salt and

magnesium flakes. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin

and helps induce relaxation, aiding sleep.

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My newest bath salt love is Dead Sea Spa

MagikRSalted Activated Charcoal Salts, which is

perfect for the impending cold and flu season,

with its potent, nose-clearing, sense-awakening

blend of rosemary and eucalyptus.

This comes in seriously workaday packaging

– a shiny big sachet. So, while always being

aware that bathrooms and broken glass don’t go together

well, I like to decant less-than-gorgeous-looking products

like this into pressed and cut glass jars and bottles, which

I acquire in charity shops. If you’ve got a hardtiled

floor, that might not be sensible, but

mine is vinyl-that-looks-like-sisal and if I do

drop something, glass bottles almost bounce

off it. Although I still always keep the glass

containers away from the bath area itself.

Herbivore’s packaging, by contrast, is pure

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I’m a huge fan of

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Wild Rose

Body Salt Scrub,

£20 for 250g

“Restore your getup-and-go

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into Himalayan pink salt crystals. They also offer

Herbivore Detox Bath Salts, featuring lavender and

eucalyptus alongside Cambrian blue clay, which will

help draw out impurities from skin.

On the oil front, I’ve some fab new finds. A long-term fan

of Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oils, these have been

joined next to my bath by two tall green bottles from Gaia

Spa (located at Boringdon Hall’s eco-spa, on the fringes of

Dartmoor).

If I’m frazzled, there’s the Calming Bath Oil option:

lavender, chamomile and orange blossom. But I also absolutely

adore the Awakening Bath Oil, which features Gaia Spa’s

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Another current wake-up-call-of-choice on

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a fabulously uplifting blend of mandarin

and geranium. If you’re not sure what a

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into skin, and it transforms into a milky lather that

cleanses, but at the same time, nourishes the body (in

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While soaking in that bath, meanwhile, is the

best possible time to do a little skin buffing and the

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An exciting new brand discovery for me is the Natural

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Celebrating the festival in which Indians throw coloured

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Wellbeing

A Year of Wellness

We are all born knowing how to do it, but can get worse at

it as we age – Eminé Rushton takes a look at the all-important

function of sleep and how to improve it

October: Pillow talk

We’ve all been there, desperate

to fall asleep, knowing that

we need to be up early for

something immensely important – yet

wholly unable to drift off. For many of

us it’s fortunately a fleeting experience,

perhaps ahead of a stressful event – but

for 30% of people in the UK, the odd

sleepless night has slipped over into

debilitating chronic insomnia.

The National Sleep Foundation has

highlighted the link between stress and

insomnia. With stress levels in this

country at an all-time high (a poll by

YouGov found that in 2018, 74% of

Britons have felt so stressed as to no

longer be able to cope with daily life),

the parity between our waking and lackof-sleep-ing

lives is crystal clear.

It is, admittedly, not a pretty or restful

picture but thankfully, when it comes to

sleep, there are several simple steps that

each of us can take to make enormously

positive differences.

Firstly, we must wake up to how

much our modern-day lives are

affecting our body’s ancient sleep-smart

programming. When once we would

have woken at sunrise and retired at

sunset, we are now able to power on

as early and late as we wish – phones,

laptops, tablets keep us plugged in

unnaturally often, and the blue light

emitted from their screens has been

shown to be one of the biggest health

concerns of our time. Blue light

suppresses melatonin

– the hormone

that takes us off

to sleep – twice

as long as other

light wavelengths

and alters

circadian rhythms by twice as much

again. This affects more than just sleep.

“Interference with the body’s circadian

rhythms can have a significant effect

on health, creating problems with

the cardiovascular, metabolic, and

immune systems, disturbing mood, and

compromising cognitive function,” says

sleep doctor Michael J Breus PhD.

I recommend setting all devices to

switch automatically to night mode

at sunset. Also stay clear of all screens

– television included – for up to two

hours before you wish to sleep.

Other sleep-supporting activities

I have found to be most successful

are linked to lowering

stress levels. Meditation

is being shown to be

something of a golden

bullet when it comes to

improving sleep issues.

I’d highly recommend

Will Williams’ brilliant

book, The Effortless

Mind, which breaks down exactly why

this practice is so effective. If a daily

studio visit is out of the question, try

movementformodernlife.com.

Professor Jim Horne of the Sleep

Research Centre at Loughborough

University advocates two simple, yet

highly effective, choices for a better

night’s sleep. Firstly, a long walk outside

in nature, which allows the brain to

‘rest’ and focus on things beyond the

internal paraphernalia, is incomparably

stress relieving. This also douses the

body with natural daylight which helps

maintain the correct day/night balance

of our internal body clock.

A seminal 2016 study in the US

found that low vitamin D levels often

“Stay clear of all

devices - television

included - for up to

two hours before you

wish to go to sleep”

resulted in insomnia, so that daily walk

with all of its natural light benefits,

wherein we get to top up our vitamin

D stores too, has yet another benefit

to herald. When the days begin to dim

significantly, do ensure you top up daily

– Wild Nutrition Food-Grown Vitamin

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supplement of choice.

Professor Horne’s second sleep tip is

no less enjoyable: a long hot bath, taken

an hour before bedtime, which raises

the core body temperature, only to then

have it drop, rather rapidly, as we step

out of the bath and towel dry.

This drop in body temperature

perfectly mimics the

body’s own drop in

core temperature as

we begin to prepare

for sleep (ever stayed

up too late and started

to shiver?). When our

core body temperature

drops, it creates optimal

conditions for melatonin production,

promoting good healthy sleep.

Getting too hot at night is indeed one

of the chief causes of waking and fitful

sleep, so keep the bedroom cool, stick to

breathable bedclothes and PJs, and leave

the window open for as long as you

feasibly can for fresh and cooling air.

Yes, there are innumerable gadgets,

gizmos, pills and teas to try too, but in

keeping with sleep’s innate and simple

nature, I shan’t expand on them here.

The fact is, the more we can simplify

and re-naturalise our waking lives, the

more likely we are to sleep well at night.

And if that, perchance, isn’t the stuff

of the sweetest, easiest dreams, I really

don’t know what is.

Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine, and

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Natural wisdom

Ali Roff is co-founder of The Remedy Retreats with her husband

James Farrar. Combining Eastern yoga and mindfulness with her

degree in psychology, she aims to create a safe retreat space to rest,

de-stress and improve physical and mental wellness.

What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in autumn? For me, autumn

is the perfect time to recalibrate and

reset my body clock after long summer

nights. As the clocks go back an

hour, we get the perfect opportunity

to trick our bodies into getting to bed

earlier and so waking an hour earlier,

without any great impact to our body

clock – or, in other words, our ability to

get out of bed!

Every year I use this chance to bring

my wake time an hour earlier and

spend the weeks beforehand setting a

little intention to use that hour to do

something for me before the day even

begins, such as journalling, yoga, or

meditation. Sometimes I just sit in the

garden with a cup of lemon water and

a blanket and listen to the world wake

up. As we move into winter, I’ll get cosy

with some candles and meditate in my

living room. The best hour of the day.

What one self-care ritual do you never

skimp on? I have to move every day.

Whether it’s a walk in nature, yoga or an

energetic class at the gym, or even some

simple stretches before bed (the intensity

doesn’t matter), but if I don’t move

my body each day, my mind will tell

me about it. I’ve started to incorporate

movement into my breaks at work too.

To move away from my desk and sway

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columns from her days writing as an

anonymous agony aunt, always seem

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experiences, giving advice, counsel,

compassion, and sometimes even a ‘kick

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her replies to a reader in need.

But many simply offer tenderness

in reply to life events which I hope

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I have so enjoyed reading Shahroo Izadi’s

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only help us break life-long negative habits,

but to also shift the barriers that prevent us

achieving our goals. A lovely read, or gift,

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I work on mine a lot through my

yoga practice and often incorporate

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massage is a lovely relaxing way

to include it in our holistic health

ritual and routine. The best one

I’ve had is with a very talented

masseuse called Becky Smith, who

incorporates amazing essential oils

into her treatments. She always

offers a selection to choose from,

depending on what you want to

work on, or how you’re feeling. I

tend to book in when I’m feeling

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with the fresh coriander, green olives and pomegranate seeds.

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1Colour the onions in the oil for 5

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Cook at 140 degrees or in a slow cooker

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2Add the squash and chickpeas for the

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3Serve the tagine sprinkled with the

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Orange, soy, honey & basil roast chicken

Serves 4-6 Prep time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 90 minutes

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• 1 tsp (1g) saffron

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• 150g chorizo sliced on the

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• 800ml- 1l fish stock

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• 2 lemons, quartered

1Remove any remaining

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2Put your rice, saffron,

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Chickpea, sweet potato

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Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes

This is a 30 minute hearty curry. A rewarding and fairly simple

supper, it’s perfect for those meat-free days when you need

something warming and your family is chomping at the bit. You

can adjust the heat level by leaving out the chilli seeds. Natural

yoghurt on the side will also appease anyone who prefers a curry

mild. Delicious served with brown basmati rice.

• 1tbsp groundnut oil

• 1 onion finely chopped

• 2 garlic cloves crushed

• 5cm fresh ginger chopped

• 1 red chilli deseeded and

chopped

• fresh coriander - stalks

chopped, leaves reserved

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 1 tsp ground coriander

• 1 tsp turmeric

• 1 tsp medium curry

powder

• salt & pepper

• 1 tsp garam masala

• 400g chickpeas

• 200g vegetable stock

• 500g sweet potatoes,

peeled & chopped into 1

inch cubes

• 400g chopped tomatoes

• 150g spinach

• 200g paneer cheese cut

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• juice of 1 lemon

1Colour the onion in the

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chilli, coriander stalks & the

dried spices (apart from the

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2Stir for 5 minutes then

add the stock, chickpeas,

chopped tomatoes & sweet

potato cubes. Season, stir &

simmer for 20 minutes whilst

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3Colour the paneer in a

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then stir in the garam masala,

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minutes. This will store in an airtight container for a week.

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• 300g porridge oats

• 80g mixed seeds

• 80g flaked almonds

• 80ml maple syrup

• 3 tbsp rapeseed or coconut

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• 3 tbsp apple juice

• ½ tsp Maldon salt

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• ½ tsp ground all spice

• 2 tbsp runny honey

• zest of one orange

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Harvest

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Jo Arnell celebrates the traditional

early autumn festival

It’s hard to remember a time before Wilderness, Latitude,

Glastonbury etc, but not so long ago there was only

one major festival in the British year – Harvest Festival.

Once a major event in the calendar, the harvest is as packed

with rituals and symbolism as it is produce. We are lucky

these days that most of our lives do not depend on the safe

gathering in of crops, but this is still an

important – and potent time of the year.

Whether you are busy harvesting gleaming

pumpkins and earthy roots and preparing

to dance pagan-style around wheat sheaves,

or are just scratching about at the back of

the cupboard for lacklustre tins of beans

and packets of rice to take into school or

church, the fruits of the season are ripe

and ready, and deserve to be celebrated.

Let’s head out to the patch, farm shop, market or even

into the hedgerows, and gather the harvest home.

Seasonal fruitfulness

Apples and pears are the fruits of the moment and local

events celebrating orchard fruits abound during October.

Brogdale in Faversham holds the national collection and

is home to over 2,000 apple varieties and 500 pears.

If you are thinking of buying an apple tree (or two, as they

normally need a pollinating partner), then this is the best

“If you are planning

to eat pumpkins,

rather than carve

them, don’t pick a

Halloween monster”

time to get out and about and sample different varieties.

Many orchards and suppliers have their own apple festivals

this month. Apple Day itself, an event started in 1990 to

celebrate both the fruit and a part of our lives that is in

danger of disappearing, is on 21st of the month. Brogdale’s

apple weekend is slightly earlier, on 13th/14th October.

Apples harvested towards the end

of the season tend to be cookers and

robust eaters. The good news about

these is that they store well through the

winter. Flavour is key and although the

supermarkets have improved their selection

of apples, there is nothing better than

eating an apple straight from the tree.

Good late varieties include ‘Egremont

Russet’, ‘Chivers Delight’ and ‘Blenheim

Orange’, which is great for both cooking and eating.

Beyond Halloween

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them, rather than carve them, don’t pick a Halloween monster.

Smaller pumpkins and squash have much more flavour.

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all have orange flesh, but very different skins.


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Garden

Above: Home-grown chillies are great for cooking – and look

lovely too

I often grow a variety called ‘Hooligan’ (it does what

its name suggests and romps about all over the patch,

so be warned) and there’s another small one called

‘Sweet Dumpling’ (but don’t be fooled, it’s a hooligan

in a dumpling outfit and will also run rampant). Both

grow to be a little bigger than a cricket ball and are

great roasted whole, hollowed out and stuffed with

risotto. Of the butternut squash varieties, ‘Hunter’ is

a good variety, as it has been bred to flourish in the

UK and will ripen well regardless of the weather.

Pumpkins and winter squash are easy to grow, but are

greedy, needing rich soil, sunshine and moisture to ensure

a good crop – this is why they are often grown on compost

heaps. They take a while to make their fruit and need a

fair amount of space to sprawl about in, but (if given a

good long summer like this one) should be ripe by the

time the foliage starts to die back in early autumn.

Leave them out in the sun for as long as possible, as

this will cure their skins and enable them to last longer

in storage. Bring them inside before the frosts arrive,

cutting each fruit off from the main stem, but leaving

a long stalk if you can, as this will also help prolong

their shelf life. They’ll keep for ages, providing they’re

stored in a dry place and look wonderful piled up


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Garden

Above left: Rose hips are great for cordials and fruit gins. Right: The taste of freshly dug potatoes is a revelation

artistically (they make great subjects for still-life paintings),

plump and gleaming in the low autumn light.

Hedgerow harvests

Satisfy the hunter gatherer urge by heading out into the

hedgerows for a foraging session. Many of us have subverted

this urge into shopping, but the dopamine hit we get from

picking fruit is the same and is free (but remember the

needs of wildlife and don’t go on too much of a splurge).

You might be lucky enough to catch the very

last of the blackberries, there may be wild apples

and even cobnuts around, but you will definitely

find rose hips, elderberries and sloes. These can be

made into cordials, or fruit gins and vodkas.

Sloe gin is simple to make – half fill a container with

sloes (pricked or frozen and then defrosted to break the

skins), add some sugar (ratio of fruit to sugar approx

2:1) and fill to the top with gin. Stir each day for a

week and then leave to mature until Christmas.

Unearthing treasures

Harvesting root crops is nearly as exciting as digging

for treasure (okay, 18 carrots might not be as valuable

as 18 carats, but there’s less danger from pirates). It’s

exciting partly because until you dig down into the

soil, you have no idea of the potential harvest.

Main crop potatoes are ready to lift once the haulm (leafy

top growth) has died back in early autumn. They can be

left in the ground and dug up when required, but if you

need the space for other crops, or suffer with keel slugs

(underground slugs that attack tubers and root crops) or

blight, it is probably better to lift and store the tubers.

Unearth potatoes carefully. Push your fork gently

into the ground a distance away from the plant to avoid

spearing or slicing through them. Spread them out to dry

in the open air for an hour or so to enable their skins to

toughen up for storing. Potatoes need to be stored in dry,

dark conditions, or they turn green and produce the toxic

chemical solanine, but don’t be tempted to put them in the

fridge, as it is too cold and will adversely affect the flavour.

Hessian sacks are ideal, allowing air to circulate,

while keeping the light out. Check occasionally

and remove any tubers that may be rotting (as with

apples, one bad one may very well spoil the whole lot,

no matter what the Jacksons said in the song).

Other roots, such as carrots, beetroot, parsnips, turnips

and swede, can be left in the ground and harvested when

needed, but to stop them being attacked by pests and if

your ground freezes too hard in the winter, it’s best to

lift them too and store in a protected environment.

Once lifted, cut off the leaves and stems to prevent

moisture being drawn out of the roots. Find an old wooden

box, or storage container and put a layer of sand, sawdust

or multi-purpose compost (kept moist, but not wet) in the

bottom, then a layer of roots, then more sand/compost

etc. Store in a shed/garage/cellar, but make sure that the

pests can’t get at them – don’t seal with a lid, though, as

this may create an airless, unhealthy environment.

If you have space outside, or have large quantities to

store, you could build a clamp, which is a traditional way

of keeping vegetables available all through the winter.

Find a flat, dry patch of ground and dig a trench around

it to ensure that it stays well drained. Put straw/gravel/

compost in the trench to stop earth filling it back up,

then put a layer of straw on the base of the clamp.

Arrange some roots on top, making sure they don’t touch,

then layer straw and root crops alternately into a pyramid

shaped mound (so that water doesn’t settle on the top). The

earth from the trench can be piled over the final layer.

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A succulents garden in Majorca

A prickly subject

With more hot summers predicted Sue Whigham suggests we – carefully – embrace cactus

As we all know, temperatures in the UK

almost broke records this summer with

endless days of scorching heat reaching

over 35C and it looks likely to happen again.

An article I read in one of the reputable dailies quoted

research carried out by scientists from the University

of Brest which was published in the highly respected

journal Nature Communications before the heat wave,

predicting that from 2018-2022 we should expect ‘an

increased likelihood of intense to extreme temperatures’.

Well, they got that right, so we should probably believe

them about the next few years.

Gardeners amongst us had a good spring

after a hard winter but it was sad to see our

efforts crisp up as the drought lengthened

and lengthened. So perhaps what we need to

do now is to take current phenomena into

account and plant accordingly. One place to

start is to see what is looking good and what

has suffered the most from lack of water.

Thank goodness we didn’t have a

hosepipe ban otherwise things would have been pretty dire.

It certainly reminds us that a good, deep mulch on our

borders helps retain moisture as well as feeding the plants.

However, we could perhaps consider growing more

cactus and succulents which are adapted to drought

conditions and retain water in their fleshy leaves and in

some cases, their root systems. Look how good sedums

are still looking in early autumn, whilst all around them

other plants look as if they have turned up their toes.

Cactus (all cactus are succulents but not all succulents are

“They are the perfect

plants for the young,

as they require little

care and are almost

impossible to kill”

cactus) had their heyday in the 1970’s, then went completely

out of fashion but are now having a huge resurgence. I see

that Selfridges and Top Shop’s flagship store in Oxford

Street have in-store cactus shops and promotions on line.

They are the perfect plants for the young who tend

to be out a lot or perhaps live in flats without access

to gardens, as they require little care and are almost

impossible to kill. Having said that, if you do give

them attention you will soon notice the results.

They are also very enthusiastically collected, sometimes

for nostalgic reasons, by people who as children used to

nip down to Woolworths and spend

their pocket money on a cactus or

two on a Saturday morning.

Gynelle Leon is one of the people

leading this hike of interest in cactus.

She opened her shop, Prick, in uber

trendy Dalston, East London, a couple of

years ago and business is booming. She

says that whilst the younger generation

are ‘behind the boom’, she has many

people, older men particularly, whose parents used to collect

cactus and are now setting up their own collections.

Meanwhile, the cactus shop is booming at the Camden

Garden Centre, selling around 400 different varieties

of the spiny plants. They have even had cactus festivals

there with their cafe providing cactus-themed food.

And reading reviews of The Cactus Shop down in

Devon, I was taken with the lady who had left the

premises with thirty-seven new plants, a grumbling

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This page: Cacti in the Marjorelle Garden, in Marrakech,

restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé

So what attention do these plants need? To start with they

prefer, no, must have, a well-drained soil. Bearing in mind

where many of them originate, the idea is to emulate those

conditions. I’ve recently seen huge aloes growing on rocky

screes in the north west of Majorca in what seemed impossible

growing conditions. You can buy special succulent composts.

Give the plants as much sunlight as possible. They’ll

suffer in a dark corner. A sunny windowsill is ideal. Water

them every seven to ten days in the summer and every three

weeks or so in the winter making sure that the soil is pretty

dry before you water again. Overwatering causes the plant’s

roots to rot off and its leaves to turn brown and unhealthy

looking. If you use a wooden skewer to prod into the soil,

as you would check whether a cake is cooked through,

you’ll know that it is time to water if the end is dry.

Many cactus originate from Mexico, a country rich

in biodiversity. The Sonoran desert in the north of the

country and the south west USA is home to cactus

such as the saguaro, the cardon and the organ pipe.

This arid region covers approximately 100,000 square

miles of SW Arizona and South Eastern California

as well as Baja California and the western half of the

Mexican state of Sonora. The Saguaro Cactus is the one

you spot in ‘cowboy’ films where you see nothing for

miles and miles except the cactus and the horizon.

Should you want inspiration closer to home though

take yourself off to the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech

where there is an absolutely stunning collection of

cactus and succulents. The garden was the creation of

Jacques Majorelle, a French artist who started what

was a forty-year love affair with the place in 1923.

In the centre of the garden is a Cubist building painted the

most wonderful clear cobalt blue which Majorelle patented

as Majorelle Blue. It is a fantastic backdrop to the collection

of plants there. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought

the garden in the 1980s after it had fallen into disrepair. They

restored it and continued Majorelle’s work. There is now a YSL

museum to visit if you can tear yourself away from the plants.

Prick prickldn.com The Cactus Shop cactusshop.co.uk

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Talking the talk

Being confident in another language – or two – will bring your

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Northbourne Park School

The learning of languages in

school can bring a mixed

reaction from many people.

For some it was a great success while

others feel they never quite got to

grips with it. We all however will

agree just how useful, important and

fun it is to be able to speak a second

language. The benefits are numerous.

To be able to stand in a foreign city

and ask for directions is a simple but

quite empowering achievement while

making friends with someone in another

language is invaluable. So how do we

make language learning a success?

At Northbourne Park School we place

great emphasis on languages. Children

start French lessons in the Nursery

class and before long they are singing

French songs in their Harvest Festival

and Mother’s Day Service. Language is

given to them as a natural part of the

school day and at this age the children

pick up the new words with ease.

By starting at a young age it creates

an environment within the school

where it is the norm to speak someone

else’s language. As the children move

up through the school they also

take up Spanish so that by the time

they leave Northbourne Park they

have developed the confidence to

have a go without feeling silly.

Making mistakes is key to making

progress and as soon as the children

understand this essential

part to their learning, they

quickly make progress.

The lessons, delivered

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material including interactive software

to reinforce new language points.

Combine this with a community of

children from Spain and France who

board at the school and you have an

environment where friendships are

forged in not one but three languages. It

is not uncommon to hear two children

“Making

mistakes is

key to making

progress”

in the corridors of the school using all

three languages in a conversation.

Every year the school celebrates

European Day of Languages where the

children share language, culture and

international cuisine. The older pupils

also enjoy language lunches every week

where they eat with a ‘buddy’ from

another country, taking it in turns to

speak each other’s language. As for the

annual Spelling Bee, well of course it

isn’t just in English!

All of these activities,

coupled with language

lessons, are a reminder

to the whole school

community that

there is a big world

out there ready to be

explored and people to meet.

So what does this give the

children? Naturally there’s that sense

of achievement and confidence

boost to be able to communicate

in a different language and research

shows that speaking more than one

language increases brain capacity

and memory skills. It becomes easier

the more languages you learn, as

you develop your own best ways

of learning and remembering.

So in a world where political,

economic and cultural boundaries

are shifting, the children at

Northbourne Park School have already

reached beyond these boundaries

and are embracing everything

that this world has to offer.

Come and visit us to find

out more. À bientôt.

Language lessons are engaging and interactive

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Betteshanger, Deal, Kent CT14 0NW

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Education

Learning languages expands our world

Ashford School

Paola Sagastuy, Head of Languages,

Senior School

When people find out that I

teach languages, invariably,

their response goes

something like this: “Oh, I’m rubbish at

languages. I did Spanish for my GCSEs,

but I can only say, ‘Hola, me llamo

John y tengo quince años.’” [Hello, my

name is John and I’m fifteen years old.]

This, regardless of how old my

interlocutor actually is, points to

memorized phrases and expressions, but

no actual development of proficiency

in the language. It also reveals that the

main objective of this so-called language

learning is to pass an exam and move on.

Substitute ‘languages’ in the above

expression for better-regarded subjects

and you would have something

like: “Oh, I’m rubbish at English.

I did English for my GCSEs, but

the only thing I can spell is my

name.” Or: “Oh I’m rubbish at

maths. I did maths for my GCSEs,

but I can only count up to 10.”

And of course, in parents’

evening, the ever-present, “I can’t do

languages, so I expect my daughter

won’t do very well either.”

Somewhere along the line, it became

acceptable to give up on learning

languages - and this is completely

unacceptable! Asking myself why this

happened, I have come up with two

main reasons: One, while the standard

British person does come across

other languages in everyday life, it is

seldom, if ever, necessary to deviate

from English when attempting to

communicate. This is true even abroad.

Babbel Magazine claims that 20%

of the 7.5 billion

people in the world

speak English… that

is 1.5 billion people.

The perception is

that “everyone speaks

English”, so there is

no need to learn a

different language.

This would be partially true if the

only purpose of learning languages

were communicating while on

holiday. But the benefits of learning

languages are far greater than that.

There is evidence that shows

that there are significant cognitive

advantages to being bilingual. People

who speak two or more languages are

better at attention and task switching.

It also allows people to have stronger

cultural awareness of themselves and

“People who

speak two or more

languages are better

at attention and

task switching”

others, which improves social relations

between people, but also in business.

The second reason people give up on

the idea of learning a language is that

there is no magic recipe to learn one

fast. Learning languages is a process

that never truly ends. It’s one of those

subjects that you have to work at a little

every day, take every opportunity to

practise, and make many mistakes. And

you will continue to make mistakes

— fewer as you progress, naturally,

but you will always

make mistakes.

Unfortunately,

mistakes have a

bad rap, but in the

learning process —

not only of languages

— making them

is essential. It is in

mistakes that true learning takes place.

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein

said “the limits of my language

mean the limits of my world”. And

don’t we all want to have a wider

and more interesting world?

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Education

Why STEM subjects need

some art to make STEAM

Andrew Vaughan, Head of Visual Arts, at ACS Egham International Schools

For several years now official government education

policy has focused on the study of STEM subjects

– science, technology, engineering, maths. But at

ACS International Schools, we believe that the study of

art is just as important and should in fact be combined

with them. This is why we talk about STEAM in our

schools, adding art to the well-known acronym.

Focusing on STEAM provides a better education

and preparation for the future for all our youngsters.

It can also help address the widely reported gender

imbalance in the study of science subjects.

So why is art such an important complement to

science? In its Future of Jobs report the World Economic

Forum estimates ‘two thirds of children entering

primary school today will ultimately end up working

in completely new job types that don’t yet exist’.

Traditional teaching methods where STEM subjects

are taught in ‘subject silos’ are no longer enough for

this fast-changing world. Subjects like science and

maths cannot be taught in a stand-alone way if students

are to develop the skills they need to thrive. Young

people need transferable skills they can apply to think

beyond the classroom or text-based learning.

We often invite parents and business leaders in to give talks

at school. At one such talk at ACS Egham, the CEO of a

global bank said that they are just as likely to recruit someone

who has an arts degree as one in maths, because their business

is looking for innovators; people who can come up with new

options and synthesise ideas.

Equally, a speaker from one of the top four management

accountancy firms giving a presentation at ACS Cobham

recently, told us that an analysis of staff appraisal scores and

qualifications revealed that the best performing employees

had degrees in arts subjects rather than maths or science. The

company changed its recruitment policy as a consequence.

This is not to suggest that we don’t need maths or science,

but to show that art is an essential complement to science

subjects. It can be the spark that brings these subjects to

life, at school, at university and in later working life.

The study of the arts ensures students develop life skills such

as creativity, problem solving and communication abilities

which are increasingly in demand across all industries. Art

also plays a vital role in equipping students with an innovative

mindset, needed to be successful in engineering and business.

A former pupil at ACS Cobham, Candace Rubenstein, a

lead material lab analyst at Under Armour – luxury sportswear

brand, says: “Without

exposure to arts subjects

you can become a human

calculator essentially, but by

adding an artistic lens, you

can look at STEM from a

unique angle – thus coming

up with solutions the human

calculator could never dream of.”

Her views are echoed by Gwen Musial who also went

to ACS and has just completed a Ph.D in biomedical

engineering: “In research and development, creativity is

a useful tool for thinking of unique solutions to difficult

problems. By having a balanced and well-rounded

background, a student has a broad base of experience

to draw upon when faced with challenges,” she said.

How do we inspire more of our youngsters, especially girls,

to maintain and deepen their interest in STEAM subjects?

By giving them options and choices and allowing them to

develop their creativity through studying arts subjects, while

also maintaining contact with traditional science subjects.

Art is being increasingly side-lined at many schools.

According to figures from the Education Policy Institute,

the proportion of 15 and 16-year-olds studying arts subjects

such as art, music and drama has fallen to the lowest level in a

decade as a result of government policies and education cuts.

Many schools streamline their curriculum so that children

have to make a binary choice between arts or science when

they make A level or other exam choices at age 16/17.

This is desperately sad because art can be such a balm

or counterbalance in life, and provides a different way

“The world no longer rewards people for

what they know – Google knows everything

– but for what they can do with what they

know. Global education today needs to be

much more about ways of thinking, involving

creativity, critical thinking, problem solving

and decision-making; about ways of working,

including communication and collaboration.”

Andreas Schleicher, Director for

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of learning and self-expression

which can be especially important

in the teenage years.

A study by the University

of Sydney found that active

participation in the arts

increases students’ motivation,

engagement in class, self-esteem

and improves wellbeing. There

is no limit to creativity in art,

it is an open-ended doorway

to expression. It allows us to explore and express personal

feelings and responses to the world. Art can both soothe

and energise the mind, qualities we need more than ever

before in our globally connected, fast-paced digital world.

But for art to be an effective part of STEAM it has to be more

than just a stand-alone subject. At ACS we physically bring

art into science, where an art class might work in the science

lab, and we invite the art students to express the science being

conducted using any medium they like. This shows them how

they can express scientific learning and approaches through art,

which piques the interest of students studying both subjects.

At ACS Hillingdon students use apps like Hopscotch

and Floors as an arts-based way of learning to code. This

cross-curriculum approach, combining art, technology and

computer science, nurtures logical thinking, problem-solving

and persistence, encourages collaboration and communication,

and provides the opportunity for students to develop practical,

future-focused skills, in an imaginative, fun and creative way.

We find that including art in STEAM makes all the subjects

more lively and relevant, and builds exactly the qualities

universities want, without narrowing students’ options.

Hannah Wagner, a current ACS Cobham student, who

was recently awarded a summer research programme at the

University of Surrey to study electrical engineering, commented:

“It’s widely acknowledged that fewer girls are entering

the engineering sector – so I’m proud to have been

selected for this placement. I think to get more girls into

STEM subjects we need first to remove the mentality

that we only enjoy and excel at certain subjects.”

Beyond the school years there are a wealth of statistics which

demonstrate the economic significance of the creative arts;

just think of the film industry, or the gaming industry which

between them contribute £92bn a year to the UK economy.

Given this and how much we value our business entrepreneurs

and innovators, it is astonishing how compartmentalised

the approach to art and science has become in education.

Last year, university admissions officers said the top two

reasons why students fail in their first year at university is not

being able to think and learn independently and being unable

to manage their own time. Exam cramming and narrowing

of subject choice has removed the spark and creativity from

learning. Russell Group universities have inadvertently

played their part in reducing the support for arts subjects by

specifically highlighting the value they place on ‘hard subjects’.

The STEAM approach, combining all the core

subjects, will help address this issue and develop a

generation who can express new innovative ideas and

become our future entrepreneurs and innovators.

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There’s a lot you can do at home to keep your children happy at school says Hilary Wilce

Now we are stuck into the new school year, a

time for fresh beginnings, in the great tradition

of new pencil cases and geometry sets, this

is an optimistic column about all the many things we

can do to help our children stay happy at school.

Because, although it’s not something anyone wants to

think about, there has been more news over the summer

about the shocking number of school-age children

struggling with depression, anxiety and stress.

The good news though, is that there is also a large body of

work about what helps everyone – young people

and adults alike – to maintain mental balance.

First off there are the physical things. It

increasingly seems that inflammation plays a part

in the development of anxiety and depression, so

make sure your child’s body, including their brain,

stays healthy by eating well, drinking enough

water, getting fresh air and exercise and last, but

quite definitely not least, getting the right amount

of sleep.

Then there is the social context you bring your child up

in. Good family bonds, a network of family friends and

links to a wider community all help children feel anchored,

significant and safe. Young people whose only reference

points are their friends and peers can be much more

vulnerable to worry, insecurity and unstable behaviour.

Other things to encourage in your child are the key attitudes

of optimism and hope. This might sound airy-fairy, but these are

known to foster good mental health and once you start looking

it’s possible to find lots of ways to encourage them, whether it’s

“Good family

bonds, a network

of friends and

links to a wider

community”

through modelling those attitudes yourself, or talking to your

children in a positive way about mistakes and challenges.

You can help them see that happy, outward-looking people are

popular and attractive and that happiness doesn’t come through

having lots of cool stuff, or hundreds of social media followers,

but through being comfortable in your own skin, being grateful

for what you’ve got, and making the most of your opportunities.

It also helps to have realistic and positive goals and these

can be encouraged even in very young children. I’ve been in

reception classrooms where children have decided they’d like

to be ‘the person I’d like as a friend’ or ‘not to

be so cross when I’m woken up for school’.

But vague aims don’t have much clout, so

help your child to think their goals through

to specific targets. Not just ‘do my homework

better’ but ‘make a homework timetable and

sit down, without my phone, at six o’clock

to do my work, at least three times a week’.

Older children could also be encouraged

to start developing a sense of purpose in life,

because aiming for something you want to do is said to be another

powerfully protective thing against mental health problems.

This purpose doesn’t have to be set in stone, but a young person

with something specific to aim for is less likely to run into

problems than one who only lives for short-term pleasures.

All these things will definitely help children stay strong

and stable but, of course, if things are more serious, it is

always worth seeking medical attention, and you should

talk to your doctor if you are seriously worried about your

child’s continuing low mood or worrying behaviour.

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What’s On in October

Art & Antiques

Tue 9 Oct 10.30am-3.30pm

Hole Park, Rolvenden,

Kent TN17 4JA

ANTIQUEs VALUATION DAY

Bring your items for valuation

for £2.50 each (photos of

furniture accepted).

Fergus Gambon (Antiques

Roadshow), and experts Jeremy

Sparks and Patricia Law will all

be in attendance, and Gambon

and Law will both be hosting talks

(11.15am Fergus Gambon ‘If pots

could talk’ and 1.30pm Patricia

Law ‘History of Pearls’). Light

lunches, coffee and cakes available.

Tickets in advance only. In aid of

Gardening for Disabled Trust.

Entry: £25 all day with two talks,

£15 morning with one talk.

events@gardeningfordisabledtrust

.org.uk

Sat 20 Oct

Jerwood Gallery Hastings,

Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings,

Sussex TN34 3DW

The Quick and the Dead

An exhibition of five groundbreaking

artists – each radically

different in approach – whose

lives have intersected at various

points. Maggi Hambling, Sarah

Lucas, Jurgen Teller, Julian

Simmons and Sebastian Horsely

are friends who have portrayed

each other at different moments,

and are being displayed together

for the first time this autumn.

jerwoodgallery.org

Children & Families

Sun 14 Oct 10.30am

Leeds Castle, Maidstone,

Kent ME17 1PL

The Big Dog Walk

Guide dogs return to Leeds

Castle for a 2.5 mile walk around

the castle’s upper parkland

Entry: Free, all dogs

encouraged to raise £35

01622 765400 /

nicola.darling@guidedogs.org.uk /

leeds-castle.com

Sun 23 Oct

Brogdale Collections, Brogdale

Farm, Brogdale Road,

Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ

Beastie Day

Hunt for and collect bugs in the

orchards, meet the Bug Roadshow’s

impressive collection of mega-bugs

and get creative to build your very

own bug to take home with you.

01795 536250 /

brogdalecollections.org

Fairs & Shows

Thu 4 Oct 9am-4pm

Chafford Park, Ashurst,

Tunbridge Wells TN3 9UR

Pop Up Autumn Fair

Support Hospice in the Weald

and enjoy relaxed shopping for

home, garden, interiors, brocante,

fabulous fashion and accessories, all

in a beautiful manor house setting

where you can also meet friends for

coffee, cake or a Prosecco lunch.

Instagram/Facebook

‘ourcountrymarket Pop Up’

Wed 10 Oct 10am-3.30pm

Mayfield School, The Old

Palace, Mayfield, East Sussex

TN20 6PH

The Friends of Mayfield

Michaelmas Fair

There will be a diverse range of

quality stalls along with the everpopular

Cloisters Café serving teas

and light lunches. Each year the

Fair gets bigger and better.

Entry: £3

01435 874600 / mayfieldgirls.org

Sat 13 Oct

Sprivers Mansion, Lamberhurst

Road, Tonbridge, Kent

TN12 8DR

LPM BOHEMIA OPEN DAY

LPM Bohemia invites you to view

their extensive range of beautiful

marquees and interesting tents for

weddings, parties, corporate events

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Workshops for private groups on request

A self-taught embroiderer, I love to gather

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Book online

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Tickets

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24th - 28th

October 2018

Millbrook Garden Centre

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01622 832299

Facebook /MillbrookGCStaplehurst

Sat 27 Oct 10.30am-4pm

King Charles Church Hall, 3

Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells,

Kent TN2 5TA

VINTAGE FAIR

Squirrel Vintage has organised a

quality vintage market with 25

traders from all over the South

East and London as well as a

Northern Soul DJ. This fair

will be packed with true vintage

fashion and accessories from

the 1920s to 1970s, menswear,

salvaged homeware, antique

jewellery, and original records.

Entry: £1 (under 16s free)

ruthjvintage@gmail.com / facebook.

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Halloween

Sat 6 – Sun 7, Sat 13 – Sun 14 &

Fri 19 – Sun 28 Oct

Pumpkin Moon, Maidstone,

Kent ME14 3BE

Pick your Own Pumpkin

Pumpkin Moon boasts over 70

varieties of pumpkin, squash and

gourd starting at just £1, as well as

a maize maze, face painting, story

telling and pumpkin painting.

Fancy dress always encouraged.

Entry: Free

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Sat 20 Oct – Sun 28 Oct

Groombridge Place,

Groombridge Hill,

Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells

TN3 9QG

The Addams Family at

Groombridge Place

If you go down to Groombridge

Place this Halloween you will be

greeted by the fascinating Addams

family characters including

Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday

and Pugsley. There will be two

Addams Family musical shows and

Singalongs every day together with

children’s games and activities.

groombridgeplace.com

Sat 20 – Sun 28 Oct

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG

Halloween

This Halloween Penshurst

Place has something for all ages

with Not-so spooky interactive

storytelling for littlest guests,

tales from the Wicked Witch

of the Wild Wood for older

children (with hot chocolate

and marshmallow roasting over

an open fire) and for grown ups

with stronger stomachs, Surgery

through the centuries will take a

macabre look at how far medicine

has come with the help of Hands

on History.

penshurstplace.com

Thu 25 – Sat 27 Oct

10.30am-4.30pm

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD

Chiddingstone Castle

School of Witchcraft

and Wizardry

Brush up on your witchcraft and

wizardry this year as you study

flying, dark arts and crafts and

potion making, to earn your

certificate. There will also be

singing, dance and games practice,

and even a chance to meet the

headmaster.

chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Thu 25 – Sat 27 Oct 7pm-10pm

Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road,

Dover, Kent CT16 1HU

Murder mystery

An evening of gothic mystery,

intrigue and murder. The year is

1852 and you are invited to take

a seat at the dining table of the

grand banquet hall in Constable’s

Tower for an exclusive dinner.

But the evening takes a dramatic

turn when a scream is heard from

within the kitchen. Now it is

up to you to use your powers of

deduction to solve the mysterious

murder that has taken place.

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Music

Fri 26 Oct 7.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence

School, North Street, Sutton

Valence, Kent ME17 3HL

SUTTON VALENCE MUSIC

SOCIETY

The Attard Zerafa Duo (Philip

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TUE 6 - SAT 10 NOV

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chamber music venues in the UK

and Europe. Their programme

will include Bach, Tchaikovsky,

Iturralde and Yosimatsu.

Entry: £12.50 at door

01622 843325

Theatre

What’s On in October

Thu 25 – Sat 27 Oct 7.30pm

Bedgebury National Pinetum

Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst,

Kent TN17 2SJ

The Hunting of the

Snark

Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem is

brought to life by outdoor theatre

company, Burn the Curtain, in

this truly spectacular promenade

performance.

Entry: Adults £15, children £10

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Wellbeing

Fri 12 Oct, 11am – 2pm,

Stalisfield Village Hall,

Stalisfield Road, Faversham,

Kent ME13 0JE

Breathe Better

Created by Yvonne Fernando,

NLP Master Practitioner & Life

Coach. Experiential workshop

designed to help you become

more aware of how you breathe

and make conscious changes

to breathe better. With tips,

techniques, discussion and a

healthy light snack.

Entry: £35

01233 878474 /

yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk

Sat 13 Oct 10am-4.30pm

The Church Rooms, Back Lane,

Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Kent

TN17 1AN

EFT Retreat Day

Spend a deeply relaxing and

nurturing day learning EFT

(tapping) from trainer, EFT

expert and AAMET Board

Member Kate Munden. Come

away with a new self care skill and

find out how to discover the gifts

in your light shadow.

Early Bird: £59

info@katemunden.com

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Workshops

Thu 20 Oct 10am-12pm

The Huguenot Museum,

95 High Street, Rochester,

Kent ME1 1LX

Herbal Workshop

Sip an indulgent spicy coconut

hot chocolate and explore the

world of herbs. Make a variety

of pure and organic products,

including a frankincense face/

body cream, a marigold lip balm

and an antiseptic myrrh ointment.

Perfect ideas for Christmas gifts

Entry: £45

huguenotmuseum.org

Sun 28 & Wed 31 Oct

Canterbury Baking School, 22,

The Ness, Canterbury, Kent

CT1 3NL

Baking School

Canterbury Baking School offers

a multitude of classes which teach

life-long skills including basic

bread techniques, and making

artisan bread, sourdough, pasta or

pizza! In the heart of Canterbury,

these personal, specialist

workshops are taught by bread

expert, Vicky, who was trained by

an Italian master chef.

Entry: £165pp, £10 off for Wealden

Times readers, quote ‘Wealden10’

vicky@canterburybakingschool.com /

canterburybakingschool.com

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Ever wondered what Michaelmas is? And Lady

Day... Jane explains

There are four Quarter days in a year, all of which

mark a significant change in the relationship between

day time hours and night time hours. We know that

a day near Christmas is the shortest and Midsummer the

longest, but the other two quarter days, Lady Day in April

and Michaelmas in September are less famous. They mark the

spring and autumn equinoxes, when night time and day time

hours are equal, and are important dates in the farming year.

We have just passed Michaelmas Day, September 29, the

feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, a celestial Poldark who

rather magnificently hurled the devil Lucifer down from

heaven. It traditionally marked the end of the harvest and was

also the day when the curfew would begin, the first hint that

winter was on its way. During curfew which occurred across

the country from Michaelmas to Shrove Tuesday, church bells

would ring at 9pm every night, apart from Sundays, as a sign

to stay indoors, douse the household fire (couvre feu, hence

curfew) and go to bed! How simple.

Being recognised as the start of the farming

year, Michaelmas was also the date upon

which labour and tenanted farms changed

hands and to this day many agricultural

payments fall due on this day. It also sees the

start of the shepherd’s year. Female sheep are

only fertile when the night time hours exceed

daytime hours, another Michaelmas milestone, which is

nature’s clever way of ensuring lambs are only born in spring.

Traditionally the rams are put in with the ewes on Bonfire

Night and five months later on April Fool’s Day the lambs

start arriving. With that in mind October is the month to

sort out the flock and keep only those in tip top condition

“Traditionally, the

rams are put in

with the ewes on

Bonfire Night”

to use for the breeding season ahead. The ewes will have had

a couple of months off since their lambs were weaned so the

first thing is to make sure they are in good condition and not

looking plain – shepherds’ parlance for

a thin sheep. Then they have to pass the

three T’s test: teeth, toes and teats.

Sheep only have lower teeth at the front

which meet a hard pad and are used to pick

off the grass which is then chewed by the

back teeth before being swallowed. As they

get older these front teeth become worn

and if they fall out the ewe can no longer eat enough grass to

maintain a healthy pregnancy and produce enough milk for a

growing lamb – so sadly she’s out. Various foot problems, like

cracked or splayed hoof, or abnormal growth can lead to less

than perfect toes, so sorry missus but you’re out, too. Finally

we check the udders to make sure they’re soft, mastitis free

and not too low slung for a newborn lamb to find.

The boys also get an MOT. Now I don’t mean to sound

judgmental, but while the ewes have spent the year carrying

and then raising one maybe two or three lambs, the boys

have been having it super easy. For them the job spec reads

something like this: Wanted male sheep to work hard for

six weeks a year with 46 weeks holiday. So as you can see

it matters big time that when November comes the boys

are ready for the challenge and they too get the three T’s

treatment. Teeth, toes and testicles. And then they’re off.

In fact we’re all off as we look forward to another farming

year at Coopers and all the joys and challenges it will

inevitably bring.

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

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