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Contents

November 2018

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60

HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson’s dream

homes on the market now

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124

SANTA, YOU BEAUTY

What Josephine Fairley will

be asking Santa for this year

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146

THE ART OF LEARNING

Hilary Wilce explores the

value of teaching art

55

NOTEBOOK

Six events to put in your

diary this month

143

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton’s natural

remedies to combat colds

171

DIVORCE EXPLAINED

Specialist divorce and family law firm

Peters May LLP share their expertise

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BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

Annemarie St Vincent Farr’s

vibrant Victorian terrace

GET THE LOOK

Products to start you on your

way to Annemarie’s style

PERSONAL SPACE

A converted malthouse provides

ample growing room

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NATURAL WISDOM

Brightening the everyday and

presents with a conscience

GOOD BONES

Stocks, soups and broths

to keep the chill out

MULLING IT OVER

Cider, tea and gin

alternatives to the classic

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WHAT’S ON

Events to get excited about this month

COMPETITION

Win over £500 of spa treatments

and products at the Rye Retreat

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard explores the

history of agriculture

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GET THE LOOK

Rebecca Cuffe picks the perfect

pieces to get the malthouse look

SPARKLE AND SHINE

Kate Watts styles party season

fashion with brilliant flare

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DAHLIAS DARLING

Sue Whigham revels in the

richness of these late-blooms

TAKING STOCK

Jo Arnell reflects on the seasons

past and plans ahead

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GIFT GUIDE

After page 120

find 34 pages

of gift picks to

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Connecting people

& property, perfectly.

Cranbrook TN17

A most attractive converted barn with

spectacular views over countryside. EPC: D.

Guide price £1,375,000

Biddenden TN27

First time on the market - a detached Georgian style property with outstanding views

over farmland, fields and paddocks.

Guide price £1,495,000

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4

Hawkhurst TN18

An elegant Grade II listed farmhouse within

Cranbrook School Catchment Area.

Guide price £1,250,000

Etchingham TN19

A beautiful period barn conversion in a rural

position yet close to the village.

Guide price £1,250,000

Staplehurst TN12

An attractive Grade II listed family house

within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area.

Guide price £1,250.000

Hawkhurst TN18

Substantial Grade II listed property within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area

with views over its land and surrounding countryside.

Guide price £1,495,000

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HARPERS AND HURLINGHAM

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CRANBROOK £1,250,000 HEADCORN £1,200,000 BETHERSDEN £1,195,000

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HARPERS AND HURLINGHAM

GOUDHURST £ 1,525,000

STUNNING HOME WITH PP TO EXTEND

Four receptions · Conservatory · Kitchen/breakfast room

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Cranbrook School Catchment Area

HAWKHURST £ 1,295,000

ATTRACTIVE DETACHED FAMILY HOME

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STUNNING DETACHED FAMILY HOME

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Rye Guide Price £425,000

A well presented 3 bedroom detached modern family town house

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Peasmarsh Guide Price £ 459,950

A deceptively spacious recently refurbished 3 bedroom detached

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Beckley Guide Price £475,000

A well presented detached 4 bedroom family

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Rye Guide Price £ 345,000

A delightful split level first floor 2bedroom

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Rye Guide Price £ 399,950

A well-presented 4 bedroom attached

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Rye Harbour Guide Price £ 625,000

A tucked away detached 5/6 bedroom house

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Period house in rural location with equestrian facilities.

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An attractive detached converted granary with far reaching

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Hastings Old Town, East Sussex - £550,000

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EGERTON OIEO £1,200,000

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A handsome A hugely impressive, 3 bedroom newly detached built weather 6 / 7-bedroom boarded barn

cottage conversion sitting in set the in approximately heart of this sought 1.5 acres after of village. picturesque

There garden are excellent and grounds schools in a beautiful such as Sutton rural position Valence on in the

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House

Month

of the

£1,450,000

Country life

Maggie Alderson picks houses on the market to dream about

Mason’s Farm

The dream: A charming and spacious

farmhouse, which has been renovated

beautifully for modern life, while

making the most of its character.

There is a splendid timber hand-built

kitchen, with a very jolly bright red

island. The almost galleried tripleaspect

drawing room has dreamy

beams and posts, an impressive

inglenook and doors to the courtyard.

The side entrance opens directly into

a generous boot room. There are more

beams in the master bedroom.

Where: The village of Grafty Green,

four miles from Headcorn.

Setting: In the village, with wonderful

countryside views.

Beds: 6 Baths: 4, three en suite.

Special features: You would live in the

glorious orangery.

Pleasing details: A splendid

swimming pool and gym annexe.

Outside: The gardens are beautifully

laid out, divided into interesting areas,

including box topiary and a rose

garden. There is a stable block with

three loose boxes, tack room and feed

store and a manège.

Time to town: From Headcorn station

it’s an hour and 15 to Cannon Street

and Charing Cross, just over an hour

to St Pancras via Ashford.

Price: £1,450,000.

Agent: Knight Frank, Sevenoaks

01732 744477 knightfrank.co.uk

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Rosehill Farmhouse

£1,750,000

The dream: While the exterior may not

have quite the appeal of a Georgian house,

the internal layout of Rosehill Farmhouse

is conducive to living well. The huge eatin

kitchen has a four oven Aga and a gas

hob, with double doors through to the

triple-aspect, west-facing drawing room.

Where: Stone-cum-Ebony in the

AONB on the Isle of Oxney, five

miles to Tenterden, six to Rye.

Setting: Stunning countryside.

Beds: 6 Baths: 3 (two en suite).

Special features: 5 brick- built

stables, pasture and a ménage.

Pleasing details: Five separate entrances to

the house, one of which opens into a large

boot room, ideal for country pursuits.

Outside: Lovely gardens, lawns

and a splendid swimming pool.

Time to town: 25 minutes’ drive

to Ashford, then high speed to St

Pancras under 40 minutes.

Price: £1,750,000.

Agent: Phillips & Stubbs, Rye,

01797 227338 phillipsandstubbs.co.uk

Beauport Park

£1,250,000

The dream: A 17th century manor house,

which has been refurbished to elegant

modern standards, within generous

gardens and grounds, with planning

permission for a barn.

Where: In the country between Battle

and Hastings, so very handy for the coast.

Setting: A very private spot, among

extensive woods, some of them designated

Ancient Woodland.

Beds: 5 Baths: 4

Special features: Exposed beams, leaded

light windows – and a newly fitted timber

kitchen.

Pleasing details: Personal access to the

adjacent golf course and very handy for

Bannatyne Health Club.

Outside: 15 acres, with another 72

available for acquisition.

Time to town: 10 minutes to Battle

station, then 90 to Charing Cross.

Price: £1,250,000.

Agent: Fine & Country, Cranbrook.

01580 715000 fineandcountry.com

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Notebook

Our Midwinter Fair

Add a little magic to this year’s Christmas shop and get in

the festive spirit at Wealden Times Midwinter Fair. We will

be at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood from Thursday

15 to Saturday 17 November and our eight heated and

linked marquees will be filled with over 250 handpicked

exhibitors, stocking all the essentials for the festive season

from decorations to gifts. To fuel your shopping we will

have the Street Food Café with its vintage vans, the Café

Bakery, serving tea and cake and the Café Bar will have

bubbles and hot drinks. Invite your friends and family and

make a day of it! wealdentimes.co.uk/events

Cranbrook art

Cranbrook Art Show showcases 23

artists, expressing themselves in a variety

of styles and processes including painting,

printmaking, ceramics, jewellery and

photography. Entry is free and the event

runs from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10

November 10am to 5pm (to 7pm on

Friday). cranbrookartshow.org.uk

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Exhibitions

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this month

Creative courses

Explore your creativity and work with

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Philippa King hosts Curious House’s

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surroundings of her eclectic Sussex

country house. This month, courses

will cover calligraphy, screen printing,

felting and lino cut Christmas crackers,

and next month there will be Christmas

wreath making. Enjoy a great day

with tea, chat, lunch and something

wonderful to show for it. curioushouse.net

Vintage Christmas

Penshurst’s sixth vintage Christmas

fair at the Penshurst Village Hall is a

must for vintage fans. Shop from 25

traders, stop for tea at Dolly’s, and enjoy

music from Miss Vintage on Saturday

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Civil Partnership or Marriage?

Theresa May has announced that civil partnership will become available as an alternative to

marriage for all couples, regardless of gender or sexuality, so how does civil partnership differ

from marriage?

Civil partnerships were created in

2004 as a halfway house for those

demanding same-sex marriage

and provided similar financial and

legal protections. Following the

legalisation of same-sex marriage,

same-sex couples had the option of

either marriage or civil partnership.

Many heterosexual couples felt

that this was discriminatory and

demanded the same choices. This

announced change will grant them

their wish.

Soon, when two people are ready

to make a formal commitment to

each other, their decisions will no

longer be confined to which venue

or flowers, they will have to make the

more fundamental choice between a

civil partnership or marriage. Given

that the rights and protections

offered by both are virtually the

same, how will they choose?

Technically, the formation of a civil

partnership is entirely secular and

is registered simply by the signing

of a civil partnership document, no

spoken words are required, let alone

the exchange of vows. Whilst civil

partners can choose to celebrate

with a religious or secular ceremony,

this does not play a formal role.

Marriage, by contrast, is solemnized

by the saying of a prescribed form of

words.

A decision will likely be based on

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institution of marriage which many

feel is rooted in an outdated set

of patriarchal values when women

were viewed as their husband’s

property. In the words of one couple

who campaigned for this change:

“We want to raise our children as

equal partners and feel that a civil

partnership - a modern, symmetrical

institution - sets the best example.”

Time will tell whether this change in

the law reflects a change in society’s

beliefs, sounding the death knell

for wedding bells, or whether those

ready to commit will continue to

favour more traditional marriage.

Most will feel that it must be right

that all couples, regardless of their

sexuality, should have the

same options.

If you would like further advice,

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Please contact our team secretary

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Editor’s

Letter

How are your Christmas lists coming along? The only

thing I’ve crossed off so far is ‘buy cards’ (I haven’t

actually written any yet), but I know things will move

on apace after 15 November, when I will have made my, now

traditional – and much-anticipated – visit to the Wealden Times

Midwinter Fair.

Husband, daughter, mum, sister’s dogs... tick tick tick tick.

If you are looking for present inspiration you will find it in our

blockbuster 34-page gift guide, which features fabulous things

helpfully organised into genres to suit foodies, gardeners, teens,

little ones, chaps, girlfriends and more.

There are more present ideas in our beauty feature, where

Josephine Fairley picks out the best of the Christmas specials.

The other joyful aspect of this time of year for me is parties and

a very welcome opportunity to dress up. Our fashion feature will

really help you put some sparkle and shine into your look with

dresses, tops and shoes which glitter like a disco ball.

Our houses this month are a glorious contrast. One is a riot

of colour, patterns and outside-the-box ideas (have you ever

considered painting and decoupaging your fridge, for example?)

in a Victorian terrace. The other is an elegant contemporary

scheme in the generous space of converted malt barn. We hope

you will love them both as much as we do.

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kitchen cupboards Above: The classical bust is from May’s

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Annemarie St Vincent Farr likes to make

things. Whether it’s from her life as a painter/

decorator, as a set and prop designer, or as an

events stylist, Annemarie’s style and joie de vivre is

written all over her rather astonishing Hastings home.

The first thing that strikes you as you

approach the terraced house is its bright pink

front door. It immediately makes you smile

and you get the sense that guests are warmly

welcomed into this house on a regular basis.

“It’s a party house,” confirms Annemarie as we

stand in her blue and pink kitchen, a space that

immediately reminds me of Mexico. “I love having

people round, and my home reflects that.”

There is a wonderful sense of not-giving-a-damn that

runs across every square inch of this four-storey house

– which is very much in the riotous free spirit of the

seaside town she moved to from Lewes four years ago.

“It’s a place full of people like me - arty, creative and a

bit wild, many people here have a similar history to me

as well. I’m never go to leave this place, it suits me.”

Annemarie’s home is above all about colour.


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Above: In the snug, next to the kitchen, a 1950s bar that belonged

to Annemarie’s Liverpudlian grandmother. The wallpaper is by

Designers Guild Left: The felt flamingo is from Shop House in

Hastings Old Town. Annemarie made the cushions

Pinks, greys, reds, purples, greens, blues, browns, silver

and gold…oh and pattern and embellishment and kitsch

and flowers and birds and butterflies and a whole heap

of fun and laughter. This is not a house that takes itself

too seriously and every room within it is packed with life,

almost like a tangible autobiography of its owner.

Annemarie and I are sitting in her top floor attic conversion

that she has recently made into a bedroom for her granddaughter.

“Any colour can work as long as it’s beautiful,”

she says, “and I don’t care about rules…I put it

together and it just seems to make sense.”

Could this room be more of a fantasy room for a small girl?

There are baby lambs and cartoon mushrooms across the floor.

There’s glitter and fake flowers, Designers Guild fabrics, tapestry

cushions and an entire wall covered in a trompe l’oeil wallpaper

of red upholstered leather. Seriously, what’s not to like?

“This is my homage to Versailles,” says Annemarie

casually as we walk down to the first-floor landing.

Decorated in cerise pink, dark grey with gold detailing, it’s a

look she copied from the original Sun King’s palace in France.

Transported to a Victorian terrace in Hastings it somehow works.

A series of gold-framed looking glasses staggered across the walls,

completes the look - Hastings’ very own Hall of Mirrors.

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This page from below left: The ‘wood panelling’ is

trompe l’oeil wallpaper. Annemarie buys antiques in

Hastings, Bexhill, Lewes – and from Icklesham boot

fair. She made the cushions on the sofa herself

Keeping things French, a Christian Lacroix

butterfly wallpaper runs the length of the

stairwell, from the top of the house to bottom,

the grey background upstairs, matched with hot

pink painted walls above the dado, transforming

to turquoise on the lower ground floor.

In the two first-floor bedrooms Annemarie

has created spaces in which every corner tells

a story. “I’ve just had a big change in my life,

so my bedroom has been painted pale grey,

like a new canvas. However, I could never

cover up my Vivienne Westwood wallpaper,

no matter what happens in my life.”

Annemarie gestures over to a wall covered

in the designer’s signature punk tartan fabric.

Indeed the whole house feels like somewhere that

Dame Vivienne would feel right at home, with its

blend of 50s nostalgia, flea shop mementoes and

found objects, discovered all over the world.

In both bedrooms there are cabinets of curiosities

– memories for Annemarie of her life. Glittery

platform shoes that she bought in Brighton and

little Russian dolls, tiny iconic statues of the Virgin

Mary and Frieda Kahlo style floral headpieces.

In the main bedroom is a series of pop art pieces

by Tiff McGinnis (grandedame.co.uk), a friend with

whom Annemarie co-owns her nearby beach hut.

Keeping the collaborative spirit alive, in her guest

room, decorated in wallpaper by Pip, a fabulously

kitsch Dutch brand, are two bed side tables and a

cabinet decorated with third eyes, made by her friend

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the fireplace in the guest room. I ask Annemarie if there

was any connection with the former First Lady?

“Oh yes, my mum was nanny to the children of

Jackie O’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy. That’s how

my mum always had her hair, just like Jackie O.”

In a house that seems to be so full of life, spirit and

memories, it is Annemarie’s skill as a decorator and a

decoupage artist that truly sets it apart. On walls, doors

and cupboards, motifs and off-cuts of wallpaper have

been artfully designed and manipulated into place.

From her bathroom, which is the antithesis to bland

hotel bathrooms - a dreamscape of azure blue and florals

- to the lower ground floor kitchen, Annemarie reveals

her abhorrence of anything white or functional. The

fridge freezer, camouflaged in eau de nil, is decorated

with motifs reappropriated from vintage posters.

How do you paint a fridge? According to Annemarie

it’s a layer of undercoat, any paint you like on top and

then several coats of varnish on top of that. The effect is

amazing and the large hulking white fridge has vanished.

The kitchen cupboards have also been painted

and wallpaper has been cleverly inserted into door

frames wherever possible. “I love wallpaper, if my


This page: With its wall of mirrors, the hallway is Annemarie’s

‘homage to Versailles’. The butterfly wallpaper in the hall and up

the stairs is by Christian Lacroix

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Above: The wallpaper in the main bathroom is by Pip from

Vintage Bird Left: Annemarie decoupaged the walls of the

downstairs shower room with wallpaper samples and magazine

pages. It took three days

granddaughter stood still, I’d wallpaper her!”

Large classical busts from May’s Antiques in Lewes sit

side by side with vases and jugs of both fresh and fake

flowers. In the centre is a kitchen island picked up from

Ardingly Antiques Fair, on the walls are prints by local artist

Claire Fletcher. Bowls of fruit and vegetables and a series

of mosaic panels, designed and made by Annemarie, also

jostle for attention. It’s not really a kitchen, more of a party

preparation area, although Annemarie is a devoted cook.

“I’m a vegan,” says Annemarie, “so I have to be

a good cook. I spend a lot of time in this room, so

I wanted it to be at the heart of the house.”

Next to the kitchen is a snug, resplendent in gold and pink

Designers Guild wallpaper. Annemarie’s Liverpudlian nana’s

1950s bar has been given a makeover with wallpaper and

trimming and is filled with silver sequin mirror balls. On the

walls are felt flamingos from Shop House on the High Street.

A large and inviting raspberry velvet sofa, bought from

Raft in Brighton, makes this room a place where you would

want to put your feet up with pina colada in your hand and a

double bill of Gone With the Wind and Hairspray on the TV.

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This page: The wallpaper in the guest bedroom is by

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Kennedy’s children

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for the room. That was an expensive mistake and I

had to save up and get some more, but luckily I’ve

made the pattern work all the way around the room.”

And work it does. The matt finish of the paper mimics

the library or drawing room of a grand house. “It’s my

Downton Abbey room, and it’s where me and all my

girlfriends come and gossip with a glass of red wine.”

On the table are a series of clocks and against the wall

are a stack of vintage suitcases that Annemarie used

for the set dressing for her stand at Goodwood Revival

(every September). Where does she buy her antiques?

“Oh all over the place, in Hastings I love

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This page: The beach hut in St Leonards that Annemarie shares

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beach hut that she has just started renting with a friend.

We drive down to the nearby beach and despite it being

the first day of heavy rain in weeks, a bolt of sunshine leaps

out as soon as Annemarie opens the hut’s wooden door.

Pink, blue and red walls and floors are decorated

with bunting, trimmings, rugs and throws, all of which

shout of a good time to be had by the seaside.

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animals that line the hut’s ceiling joists and shelves. Are

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rabbits she says, offering me a chocolate Hob Nob as the

kettle gently bubbles away on the gas camping stove.

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Previous page: The old bricks at the back of the kitchen are

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sold their own house to buy it, even though it meant

moving right in the middle of Rachel’s teaching degree.

“We remembered how lovely it was and came for a look

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Previous page: The yellow cocktail chair is from Made Above left: On the ground floor there is a straight sightline down to the

lounge Above right: From the soaring double-height hall, there are views up to the first floor

It wasn’t in the location we’d originally planned to move to,

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rooms and a huge garden. It had everything you could want.”

Everything and more, because the unique design of this

former malthouse has given the building some enviable

attributes. Warmth, light and, it would seem, a lot of space

is needed for malting (the process that starts grains, usually

barley, into germination so that they release more sugars,

namely maltose – as in Maltesers…).

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high ceilings.

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Although needing no structural work, Rachel wanted to

alter the kitchen and dining space. “This part of the house

was very different when we first moved in,” she explains. “The

dining room and kitchen were two separate rooms and that

isn’t really how we live. It’s important to have one big space for

day to day living and eating. This is how everyone lives now.”

So they took down the dividing wall, moved the dining

room door and enlarged the opening from the hall into

the kitchen: “The plan was to have a sliding stable door,

as the space is quite wide, but it seems to work well

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Above: The upstairs hallway is lined with prints, some of which were bought on holiday in Italy

with just an opening and feels quite spacious, so we’ve

changed our minds and may not do that now.”

The problem with moving doors and walls

adjacent to a large hallway is that once the

work is done, it all needs redecorating.

“Where does that stop?” muses Rachel, as we survey

the vast, now beautifully painted expanse. “We just kept

going, from one end all the way down to the playroom at

the front of the house. Then we did the playroom and next

we moved all the way upstairs. It took a lot of paint.”

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heather-grey colour. At first this looks like a single shade,

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of light and shade as you pass along the corridor towards

the front door. “We also had a picture rail put in where

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Above: The sideboard in the hallway is from Swoon. The print was a present

curtains in here. I have what I call a golden moment in the day

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Left: The smaller sitting room was on more of the scale

they were used to from their London house and was the

first room they decorated. Below: The large artwork is

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adhered to the wall. It comes in sheets.”

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Above: The Swoon dresser matches the one in the hall.

The coffee table is from Made. Left: The disco ball is from

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We put the picture rail in to help break it up, but lighting in

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the ceiling is so high. We do have our glitter ball though,”

she adds, pointing up to the large mirrored ball hanging

from the ceiling. “It was much too high when it was first

hung. It’s lower now, but even that is still quite high.”

There are advantages to having such high ceilings though:

“At Christmas we have a 12 foot tree and everyone helps with

the decorating, although the finishing touches are left to me.”

Upstairs is just as spacious, but the windows are smaller, so

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up a large collection ranging from the 1800s to the 1950s

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Above: The family are devoted Liverpool FC fans

pretty, they stand as works of art in their own right. The large

one in my bedroom came from somewhere I used to work.”

Big enough to dwarf even such a huge mirror, the master

bedroom also gives a good sense of the old barn. The bed is

centred under the high apex of the roof, beneath the structural

metal bracing that has become a feature of the room.

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angel wing necklace £45, Pearl &

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cashmere and silk knitwear

We will be exhibiting

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Midwinter Fair at

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Paddock Wood between

15-17th November

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seeing you there on

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saywhatyouc.com #saywhatyouc; glitter court shoes £195,

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Left: V-neck cashmere jumper £70, Cashara cashara.co.uk;

sequin skirt £120, Flot and Jetsam exclusively at Pearl &

Queenie pearlandqueenie.com; sequin rainbow tote £55,

SWYC saywhatyouc.com #saywhatyouc; claudette aquamarine

necklace £795, Simon Harrison simonharrison.com;

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crystal tassel earrings £145, Karen Millen karenmillen.com;

velvet sock boots £65, Manuka Shoes manukashoes.com

A special thank you to the De La Warr Pavilion,

Bexhill for allowing us to shoot in this iconic 1930’s

Modernist building. The De La Warr Pavilion is a

pioneering centre for the arts, a place where everyone

can experience contemporary exhibitions, events and

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Beauty

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£180

Santa, you beauty…

Josephine Fairley shares her beauty Christmas wish list

Back in July, when you were almost certainly sunning

yourself in the back garden, or on the beach, those of

us who toil in the world of beauty were being forcefed

mince pies and turkey vol au vents, while listening to

Christmas carols, having this year’s seasonal gifts revealed to

us at swanky (and this year, sweaty) locations across London.

It’s actually officially known in the beauty biz as ‘Christmas

in July’ (although one year, I did get my first mince pie in

June, which felt a bit previous even by my standards). But

despite the incongruity of encountering

elves, reindeer and Santas in summertime,

it really is a great way to compile a

list of the best festive gifts. And the

question I always ask myself, when

making that edit, is simply: ‘Would

I want to be given this myself?’

After 25 years as a beauty editor I set

the bar pretty high, but I’d be happy

to be on the receiving end of any of the gifts here – ergo, I

reckon that if they meet my exacting standards, you/your

daughter/mother/best friend should be pretty thrilled to

find them under the tree too. And if any of my friends are

reading this, I really, really wouldn’t mind any of this lot.

Nobody ever buys me beauty treats for coals-to-Newcastle

reasons, but I’d truly love anything on this list myself.

Aromatherapy

Associates Pearls of

Wisdom Bath Oil

Collection, £65

“After 25 years as a beauty

editor I set the bar pretty

high, but I’d be happy to

be on the receiving end of

any of the gifts here”

PS If a lot of these seem ‘spa-like’ and to feature

essential oils, that’s not an accident. In the stressedout

world we live in, these can be a life-raft.

This Works Seventh Heaven, £15. Seven mini pillow sprays

from This Works’ clinically-proven sleep-inducing range.

A few sniffs of the lavender, vetiver and frankincense blend

and my eyes start to close in a positively Pavlovian way.

Origins Mini Mask Musts, £15. One of the joys of a

face mask is the command on the back to ‘relax for 15

minutes’ or so. This features natural

wonders to transform skin and

mood, whether you want to detoxify,

purify, hydrate or energise.

NEOM Organics Time for Real

Luxury gift set, £35. With a scented

candle, a Nourish, Breathe and Calm

Hand Balm (which does exactly what

it says), and a Real

Luxury Bath & Shower Oil (scented

with lavender, jasmine and Brazilian

rosewood), this is one of many fantastic

gift sets that the British aromatherapy

brand has put together for Christmas.

(I’d frankly be overjoyed at being gifted

any one.) They’ve also launched their first

new smell in a while: an energising blend

of vetiver, black pepper and ginger, going

by the name of Precious Moment and

available as a single-wick candle, a threewick

and a home mist. Just the thing to

ground you amidst the Christmas frenzy.

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Lips, £20. Two of the make-up diva’s cult

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Purely beauty

Beauty Salon & Clinic Hawkhurst

Spirit of Christmas Beauty Event

Thursday 29th November 6-9pm

Tickets £10*

Beauty

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Free Raffle entry, a Nourishing hand massage

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Expert skin advise,

Goody bag containing: skincare samples and

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London has arrived

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Gillian Spooner, a senior Sassoon trained

stylist currently working at the Josh Wood

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Gillian’s superb level of expertise in cutting

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pink Too Bad I’m Bad and Show Girl, a deep tawny pink), in

adorable minis. A can’t-fail-to-please stocking filler, this one.

Aromatherapy Associates Pearls of Wisdom Bath Oil

Collection, £65. I give Aromatherapy Associates bath oils

to people all the time and have never had a less than 10/10

review, from friends (often at very difficult times in their

lives). My top choice of he specially-designed Christmas

packs would be the Ultimate Wellbeing Collection of toomany-awards-to-count

Bath & Shower Oils, including

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is also the same set in 10 generous miniatures, £40.

Vintage & Co. Baubles & Belles For the Super Organised

Mini Hand Creams, £5. Priced Secret Santa-ishly

perfectly, from a range by Heathcote & Ivory (famed for

the sublime texture of their hand creams), a trio scented

with pomegranate, red berries, sweet orange and vanilla in

incredibly cute 50s-style illustrated packaging. (Lots of fab,

pampering and pocket-money-friendly finds in the Baubles

& Belles range, which you’ll find at heathcote-ivory.com.)

ESPA Signature Spa Collection, £180. For someone who’s

been very, very, very good. (Possibly yourself.) This is a bumper

box of 12 indulgences from the much-loved spa brand ranging

from a great body brush through to Firm Body Butter and

beauty classic Pink Hair & Scalp Mud. Literally everything

you need for an at-home escape, in one smart blue box. (At the

other end of the price spectrum, their Christmas fabulousness

starts from just £15 for a tree decoration-size of Overnight

Hydration Therapy. Gorgeousness for every pocket, at ESPA.)

Dior Soap, £35. What, I hear you chorus? (And not like a

choir of angels, from where I’m sitting.) Thirty-five smackers,

for a bar of soap? Ah, but there’s no soap more chic on the

planet – an exquisite bar, engraved with the legend ‘Christian

Dior’, wafting forth glorious scent. (I’ve got the bar I was

given in my lingerie drawer to fragrance my underwear. File

under ‘too special to use’, but nonetheless one to quicken

the heart of the receiver – a new bar soap delivering

pleasure completely out of proportion to its size. Many

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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

the British Hairdressers of the year South East

Awards and having managed a reasonable size

team of 22 -24 employees we thought Hythe

would be a much slower pace for us , little

did we realise how busy we would be here on

Hythe’s wonderful High Street full of lots of

independent shops.

We have an exceptionally highly experienced

talented team here who bring a wealth of

experience to the salon with a very loyal

clientele, some having been with us from the

beginning. As a team we are highly motivated to

give a 5* service to all our guests.

We often hold open day/evening events for our

guests showcasing our work and offering advice

on treatments and styling. Here at Oaks we have

our Hero treatments that we choose to work

with and bring only the best products

into our salon.

HERO PRODUCT

MOROCCANOIL

We have been advocates for this product range

and fortunate to have been with Moroccanoil

from the beginning, with Moroccanoil now

celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year and

we are so pleased to have a wealth of 10 years

with this truly amazing product in our salon

here at Oaks. We have worked with Moroccanoil

at many events:

London Fashion Week at Horse Guards Parade

Salon International Excel London

Bloomsbury Ballroom London

At these events we have worked alongside:

Kristian Aadnevik fashion designer

Alice Temperley fashion designer

Errol Douglas and several other top hair stylists

OLAPLEX

The Olaplex hair treatment is one of the biggest

advances in hair technology for years. It’s a

real game changer for our hair colourists with

it maximising the strength and integrity of your

hair during both hair colouring treatments and

what we call stand alone hair treatments.

Once again Oaks was invited to be first to

market with Olaplex, working with it for over

3 years. Olaplex is an in salon treatment with

us using stages 1 & 2. OLAPLEX Number 3 is

your turn; it’s an at home treatment that you

use once a week , quick and easy to use at

home. Our clients really rave about this product

with reviews of great results and easy to use

OLAPLEX No 3 is available at Oaks Hair and

Beauty Retreat.

BEAUTY

We introduced beauty treatments to Oaks

3 years ago employing only the top level

therapists in beauty , Level 3 or above with the

therapists continually training and keeping up

to date with their knowledge ever growing. This

side of the business is in a real growth pattern

so we are delighted to be offering beauty

treatments to our clients who often refer to

it as ‘stepping out of the real world for a few

pampering hours’, finishing with a luxury blow

dry with one of our top stylists.

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With our very own therapists having reached

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FELLOWSHIP OF BRITISH HAIRDRESSING

For the last 6 years as a salon we have enjoyed

being Members of the Fellowship of British

Hairdressing which was such an honour to

be invited as it’s only the elite of salons that

are in this group of salons. We often attend

demonstrations and shows put on by the best

in our industry. We are constantly training and

learning to bring the best to you here at Oaks.

OUR FUTURE

The salon for the future is growing strongly in

this ever changing industry and market place.

High Streets and client patterns are changing

and we are changing with them by growing

in strength with both the hair and beauty

treatments that we offer here at Oaks.

Go to Oaks Hair & Beauty

Retreat, 120 High Street,

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smells available but I love the uplifting Néroli Impérial.)

REN Love Gift Set, £38. A collaboration between two

brands that I love – REN (it stands for ‘clean’) skincare, and

kikki.k, purveyors of wonderful stationery – this showcases

a duo from the award-winning REN Moroccan Rose Otto

range, in the form of a Body Lotion and Body Wash.

Bathing with this is like sitting in the most extravagant

rose bower ever – and the box is a keeper, illustrated to

capture the cosy Scandinavian concept of hygge.

Elemental Herbology Balance Bathing Ritual, £49. I honestly

think that one of the nicest gifts you can give anyone is to

give them permission to shut the door on the world and

enjoy a long, soothing soak. So this is a lovely set, designed to

deliver feelings of stability, thoughtfulness and patience (all

of which can be in short supply right around now), featuring

Earth Balance Bath & Body Oil, Earth Balance Votive

Candle (wafting forth notes of cedarwood, frankincense and

geranium) along with deeply relaxing Himalayan Bath Salts.

Jo Malone London Luxury Cologne Collection, £370.

Wearing my ‘hat’ as co-founder of The Perfume Society

– well, I just had to include this, which is certainly my

ultimate Christmas lust objet, for 2018. Off-the-scale

expensive, yup, but this is one of those ‘worth buying

a Lottery ticket for’ items – a collection of 24 of their

most-loved fragrances in handbag-sized sprays, in an

incredibly chic-yet-somehow-understated gold box.

Jo Fairley is co-founder of The Perfume Society

which offers perfume Discovery Boxes and online

VIP membership, with special events, competitions

and discounts from leading perfume websites, plus

six downloadable issues a year of award-winning

magazine, The Scented Letter. perfumesociety.org

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Wellbeing

A Year of Wellness

Don’t let continual coughs, colds, splutters and sniffles derail your

child’s health (and the family’s equilibrium) this winter - it’s time to

introduce some naturally bolstering remedies

November: Combatting colds

We rarely feel prepared for

it – one moment we are

caught in late summer’s

generous warmth, the next, the mercury

plummets, and autumn has begun. The

segue between warmth and cold is rarely

managed well in the West. In the East,

there is a more nuanced understanding

of how to prepare the body for what

may lie ahead, and to prevent,

rather than cure.

So, with two primary school-

aged children, as autumn begins

to shift into winter, I try to equip

myself and my family with

the most natural foundation

of good health. Of course,

the children still get ill

– they need to, or they’ll

never develop strong adult

immune systems – but it’s

how ill they get, and how

quickly they recover, that is a

good sign of their flourishing immunity.

It is not about counting vegetables or

force-feeding fruit. Bolstering a child’s

health involves modern research-backed

additions to the family diet and, more

importantly, an understanding of how

and why we should eat differently as the

seasons change.

We often hear that our immune

system is situated in our gut. What

this means is that 70 per cent of the

antibacterial and antiviral cells within

our body are situated in the walls

of the stomach and intestines. Our

stomach also produces acid, which

kills off most pathogens

and our small intestine

produces mucus,

which blocks further

potential pathogens

“How quickly

they recover is

a good sign of

their flourishing

immunity”

from entering our bloodstreams. So,

when your gut lining is weakened, your

immunity will also be compromised.

I really cannot overstate the

importance of a healthy gut in the

pursuit of good overall health. Biokult

Infantis, £11.95 (boots.com) is the first

proven and safe-from-birth probiotic,

which can be rubbed onto the nipples

to boost the baby’s immunity in line

with your breast milk, or added to

bottle milk. Probiotic powder is also a

great way to boost the system of a child

who is repeatedly poorly. The Organic

Pharmacy Strawberry

Probiotic Powder, £21.50

(theorganicpharmacy.

com) and Wild Nutrition

Multi-Strain Biotic, £25

(wildnutrition.com) are

great for sprinkling into

milk, water, juice and

onto cereal.

Also try brewing up cinnamon,

cardamom pods, ginger and turmeric

root, let it cool a touch and then add

honey (don’t heat honey, it kills off any

goodness). My kids take this diluted tea

in their water flasks and sip during the

school day, in lieu of water.

If they are not already, try to get your

children used to nourishing spices.

Spices are the most effective immunity

boosters in the world. If they’re fans

of porridge, sprinkle sweet-smelling

things into the pot too – cinnamon

and nutmeg go down well – and both

are high in antioxidants and boost

immunity. Drizzle raw honey over the

top – it contains anti-bacterial properties

and studies have shown that it helps

soothe sickly coughs and irritated

throats too.

Likewise, if making pancakes, use

them as a vehicle for immune-boosting

spice, and sweeten after cooking with

raw honey. I’d add here, that though

I am in no way maligning dairy for

children, when a child has a tendency

towards mucus-y coughs and colds, it’s

helpful to go easy on the white stuff.

Dairy has been unequivocally shown

to increase mucous production – you

may want to try organic rice, oat or nut

alternatives instead.

We forage for local elderberries in late

summer and boil them up into a thick,

concentrated syrup; if there’s a shortfall,

we love Pukka Elderberry Syrup, £12.46

(pukkaherbs.com). With Manuka honey,

it is also chock-full of thyme, ginger,

aniseed and black pepper – all goldstandard

immune-boosters.

Let common sense prevail too. While

it may be cold outside, keeping poorly

young ones inside with central heating

ablaze and bug-filled air recirculating,

isn’t helpful either. If children are too

poorly to run around, encourage them

outside, well wrapped up, for a gentle

walk. Or, if on bed-rest, keep windows

open while the child is well wrapped up

and warm, to ensure that fresh air comes

in while they sleep and recover.

And while I am loath to recommend

hand-sanitising sprays or washes (given

that we are made up of myriad colonies

of bacteria, it seems anathema to kill off

99.99% of it with a scattergun spray),

regular hand-washing, particularly after

school and before eating, can help keep

those easily transferable bugs away – and

natural soap (I like Dr Bronner’s Pure

Castile Bar Soap with Tea Tree, £3.99

biggreensmile.com) ) and water does that

job best of all.

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

and co-founder of the conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk

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Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

Blogger, crafter and maker, Jennifer Cockcroft, focuses on creating

Everyday Creative Moments – bringing brightness into every day

(and especially in autumn)

What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in autumn?

Autumn feels very much a turning

point in the year for me and a time

that balances harvesting the bounty of

summer and preparing for the darker

days of winter. So it’s about making

the most of any and all light and

bright days, but also slowing down and

acknowledging that we need the down

time to recharge and rest. I love the

colours of nature during autumn and

they remind me that each season has its

beauty and is as essential a part of the

cycle as spring and summer which we

enjoy so much. Autumn also has that

‘new school year’ feeling – even as an

adult! I love to start new projects that I

can work on over the next few months,

especially if they involve learning

something new.

Which one self-care ritual do you

never skimp on?

I like to bookend my day with some

quiet time to myself. In the mornings

that means yoga and stretching to wake

up my body - I either follow videos

online or go freestyle depending on

what my body needs - and meditation to

tune up mind and spirit. I particularly

like guided visualisations, but sometimes

five minutes of focusing on my breath

is enough. In the evenings I write in

my journal to savour the important

moments from the day. I like to label

memories and experiences with key

words that align with my values and

what I’m intending to manifest. That

way I’m compiling evidence of the way I

want my life to feel and can go to sleep

feeling grateful for what I already have.

What’s cooking in your kitchen this

month?

I just love those warm, filling family

meals like shepherd’s pie on a cosy

evening. This year I really want to

experiment more in the kitchen with

new ingredients and flavours, nothing

too complicated, just delicious and

nourishing food done well.

What always brings a smile to your

face?

Watching the birds in the garden is

a constant joy. Where I live, despite

being on a large housing estate, we’re

lucky enough to be visited by a wide

range of species and I love to put

food out to encourage them in and

keep them healthy throughout the

year. We have a number of ‘regulars’

who are great characters and seeing

their different behaviours is always

entertaining. I could quite happily

spend hours at our kitchen window

watching all the comings and goings.

What is the best treatment you’ve

had locally?

I love a good deep tissue back

massage, and the treatments

and therapists at Aquavie Spa in

Tonbridge are all wonderful. It’s

such a tranquil oasis I always feel

like I float out about six inches taller

afterwards! aquavie.co.uk

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Presents with a

Conscience

Ahead of this year’s frantic online ordering

and last-minute panic-buying, why

not aim for a Christmas with a more

conscious vibe? I love ethical.market – a

brilliant edit of not just ‘worthy’ and eco

goodies, but highly desirable, beautiful

and thoughtful things, for every member of the

family, and the home too. Happy holidays.

Health and beauty tips

Discover a wealth of wellbeing advice

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This month

Eminé is trying

DoTerra’s On Guard Protective

Oil Blend, £35.95, which is a

potent all-natural antibacterial

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in diffusers and burners,

when coughs and colds

threaten to take hold. It can

be used topically too, but

do always check the explicit

instructions.


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Good bones

It’s time for comfort food and slow cooking, unlocking

nutrients from hearty ingredients and boosting our immune

systems with the goodness of broth and soup.

Wine pairing

To add another element

to our food pages, we are

now featuring wine pairing

suggestions from Kent

Wine School with all

our recipes.

Photographs: David Merewether Recipes: Jo Arnell

Wine pairing: Victoria Aldwinckle.

To raise awareness of youth homelessness as the weather starts to get colder, the

charity Centrepoint is holding a Soupathon this month. Their aim is to bring

together people from all over the country to serve up 30,000 bowls of soup. You can

take part and become a Souper Trouper, by registering at centrepoint.org.uk/bigbroth


The secret to good soup lies

in stock; a simple soup will

be transformed if it has good

bones - literally. Making proper stock

from scratch is a process that can take a

while. Use a slow cooker, large saucepan,

or dig out that crock pot from the back

of the cupboard, turn the heat down

low and prepare to simmer.

Lemon, Chicken

and Kale soup

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 minutes.

Cooking time: 40 minutes.

Use either leftover of chicken from a roast, or

boned chicken thighs. Like a casserole, this soup

has a mellower flavour if made the day before.

• 200g boneless chicken pieces (thighs

or leftover roast chicken)

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 1 onion, finely diced

• 1 medium sized waxy potato, diced

• 2 crushed garlic cloves

• 1 litre chicken stock

• 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, any woody

stalks removed

• Zest and juice of 2 lemons

• 150g orzo pasta (or miniature soup pasta)

• 150g kale, shredded

• Salt and pepper to taste

1If using raw chicken, transfer to saucepan,

cover with stock and bring to the boil, turn

the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes.

Rmove with a slotted spoon, cut into thin slivers

and return to the pan and simmer.

2Gently sauté the onion and potato in the

oil for 5-10 minutes until the onion is

soft. Transfer to the pan with chicken (if using

leftover chicken, add here). Add pasta, thyme,

garlic, lemon zest and simmer for a further 10

minutes before adding the chopped kale.

3Cook for another 5-10 minutes, until the

kale is soft, add lemon juice, salt and pepper

to taste. Serve with crusty bread.

Wine+

This soup has loads of aromatic

thyme and lemon, so a wine that

mirrors those flavours would be ideal.

A Gavi wine from the Piedmont

region of NW Italy is packed full of

lemon citrus and herby with good

acidity to match the weight

of the chicken. We like La Monetta

(£9.49) from Waitrose.

Vegetable stock

Makes approximately 1 litre* Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 40 minutes.

A flavoursome vegan broth can easily be made using a selection of seasonal

vegetables. It is created in a similar way, but requires far less time to draw out

the flavours.

• 3 medium-sized carrots, washed

but not peeled, chunked

• 3 celery stalks, washed and

roughly chopped

• 2 onions, chunked with skins on

• 2 leeks, washed (split the leek

longways, nearly to the base and

rinse under the tap fanning out

the layers), roughly chopped

• 6 medium-sized mushrooms,

rinsed and halved

• 2 bay leaves

• 3-4 sprigs parsley

• 2 sprigs fresh thyme

• 1½ litres water

Wine+

A vegetable-rich stock has less

savoury character than a bone broth.

The mushrooms pack great earthy

flavours so a Pinot Noir would be a

good option. They have crisp acidity,

earthy mushroom notes and light redfruit

character that won’t dominate.

A Romanian Pinot Noir called

Incanta from Majestic is a

mouth-watering price

at £5.99.

1Place all the ingredients in a large

saucepan or stock pot and place

on the hob. Bring to the boil and then

remove any scum that rises to the

surface.

Turn the heat down to the lowest

2 setting and simmer for 40 minutes.

Strain and use, or refrigerate until

needed. Keeps in the fridge for 4 days,

or can be frozen*

*If freezing, strain stock and return to

the hob, cook on a medium heat, until

the amount of liquid is reduced by a

half. It will be more concentrated and

take up less room in the freezer.

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Bone broth

Makes approximately 1 litre* Prep time: 15 minutes.

Cooking time: 5-8 hours (depending on type of bones).

Use bones left over from a Sunday roast, or ask the butcher

for some. If using a chicken carcass, make up the weight with

added chicken wings. If you are using raw bones, roast them

first for more flavour. Purists make it with bones from organic,

grass-fed cattle, which you can buy frozen online.

• 1½ kg bones, chopped

into chunks if possible

and preferably raw.

(Chicken or beef work

well).

• A glug of light olive oil

• 2 medium-sized carrots,

washed and roughly

chopped, but not peeled

• 2 celery sticks, washed

and roughly chopped

• 2 onions, cut into rough

chunks with skins on

• 2 bay leaves

• 2 sprigs parsley

• 2 sprigs thyme

• 1½ litres water

• 2 tsps of whole black

peppercorns

• 1 tsp salt

1Spread the bones evenly

across a shallow roasting

tray, toss in the oil and roast

in a medium oven for 40

minutes, until golden brown.

2Transfer to large saucepan

or stock pot, add the

vegetables, herbs and other

ingredients, pour water over,

place on the hob and bring to

the boil.

3A scum will rise to the

surface at this point. Skim

off with a spoon and then turn

the heat down to a simmer or

transfer to a slow cooker (or a

deep casserole pot and place in

a low oven - gas 2/140c).

4Simmer slowly for 5 hours

(chicken) or 8 hours

(beef). Long, slow cooking

is important, as this will

soften the bones, drawing out

collagen and other nutrients.

Check water levels and top up

if needed.

5Once cooked, allow to

cool, remove any fat that

collects on the surface, strain

through a sieve and either use,

or refrigerate.

6Keeps in the fridge for 3-4

days. Can be frozen*


Wine+

Packed full of collagen, keratin and

all-important healthy fats, something

with noticeable acidity which will cut

through and refresh your palate, is the

perfect pairing. We suggest a young,

fresh and zippy Sherry from the south

of Spain. Fino Classic, Fernando y

Castillo (Perfect Partners,

Cranbrook £11.65)

matches perfectly.

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Wine+

Packed full of rustic, rich autumnal

flavours, this reminds us of something

cooked by an Italian nonna. A great

option would be a Boheme Salento

Primitivo (£8.00) from The Secret

Cellar (Tunbridge Wells, Wadhurst,

Forest Row, Oxted). Its delicious

Mediterranean spice notes, wonderful

flavours of damson and plum and

juicy, soft tannins won’t

dominate the soup.

Autumn Butter Bean and Vegetable soup

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

dried bean prep time).

If you are using dried beans, refer to the instructions on the packet

- they may need to be soaked overnight prior to cooking in order

to draw out any toxins and then cooked thoroughly. Tinned butter

beans can be used straight away. This is a vegan soup.

• 400g tin butter beans (or

150g dried, see above)

• 2 sticks celery, washed and

finely chopped

• 2 leeks, washed (see above)

and chopped

• 2 medium sized carrots,

peeled and thinly sliced

• 250g large fresh tomatoes

(and 1 tbsp tomato puree),

or a 400g tin of chopped

tomatoes

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 2 crushed garlic cloves

• 1 litre vegetable stock

• 2 tsp oregano

• 3 sprigs parsley (either

kind), finely chopped

• Salt and pepper to taste

(for a variation if you

like it spicier, add 1

tsp chilli flakes when

you are sautéing the

vegetables)

1Heat the oil in heavy

based pan and gently

sauté the celery and leek for

5-10 minutes until soft.

2Add in all the other

ingredients, bring to the

boil and then turn down

the heat and simmer for 30

minutes.

3Sprinkle with finely

chopped parsley* and

serve with crusty bread.

*optional grated Parmesan for

non-vegans.

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MULLinG

it oVer

Warming winter wine is lovely – but try these spicy

alternatives, from some of our local producers

niGHtinGaLe cider

Tenterden mulled cider

siLent PooL distiLLerY

Mulled cranberry gin

Makes 1

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• A pinch of nutmeg

• 1 tsp (or less according

to taste) honey

• 1 cinnamon stick

• 2 cloves

• 1 orange, sliced

• 1 or 2 star anise

• 25ml Silent Pool gin

• 150ml cranberry juice

1Add the lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, cloves

and star anise to a saucepan and bring to the boil.

2Gently boil for 2-3 minutes.

Reduce to a simmer, add the gin, cranberry juice and

3orange slices. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and strain into a Copa de Balon

gin glass.

Silent Pool Distillery, Shere Road, Albury, Surrey GU5 9BW

01483 229136 silentpooldistillers.com

Makes 6-8 cups

• 2 bottles of Nightingale Tenterden

Cider (1L)

• 10 cloves

• 2 tbsp brown sugar

• ¼ tsp grated nutmeg

• Zest and juice of small orange

• 3 cinnamon sticks

• ½ vanilla pod

1Add the cider to the pan, followed by

the other ingredients and warm slowly,

until almost boiling. Turn the heat down

and allow the ingredients to a low simmer

for about ten minutes to infuse before

serving. Serve in a glass mug, or stemmed

wine glass.

2If you fancy a little extra fortification,

add a shot of English apple brandy to

each cup.

3For a non-alcoholic and child friendly

version, use 1 bottle of Nightingale

apple juice instead of the cider and remove

the sugar (and brandy!) from the

recipe.

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Macknade Fine Foods

Mulled tea

• 1 Macknade No.1 tea bag

• ½ cup orange juice

• ½ tsp grated nutmeg

• 4 tsp Mighty Fine Things

mulling syrup

• 1 clove

• ½ cinnamon quill

• ½ cup water

1Pour water and orange juice into

a small saucepan.

2Add the cinnamon, clove, nutmeg

& mulling syrup and bring the mixture

to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for

five minutes.

3Take the pan off the heat, drop in the tea bag

and leave to steep for 2-3 minutes, or longer

as desired.

4Remove tea bag and strain the mulled tea into a

tea pot or jug. Serve in tea cups, or a glass mug.

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Kent cider Co

Spiced cider

This blend of early sweet Kentish apples comes in a bottle

ready infused with warming spices – fresh ginger, cinnamon,

star anise and cloves. To serve, gently heat through in a

saucepan on the hob for a minute or two, taking care not to

bring the cider to the boil.

For a gathering keep a batch on a low heat in a slow

cooker. For one or two, warm gently by the cup in a

microwave. Add a festive flourish, by serving with a

cinnamon stick or orange slices.

To make a delicious cider cocktail, pour over ice and

add a shot of dark rum or whisky.

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Dahlias,

darling!

Sue Whigham celebrates and investigates

the most joyous of late bloomers

Whether the name ‘dahlia’ was bestowed by the great

Carl Linnaeus himself – the Swedish botanist,

physician, and zoologist who formalised ‘binomial

nomenclature’, the modern system of naming organisms

- after one of his students, Swedish botanist, Anders

Dahl, is in question as the great man died in 1778, eleven

years before the plant was introduced into Europe.

It seems most likely that the first attempt to define the

genus was made by Abbe Cavanilles, Director of the Royal

Gardens of Madrid, who received the first specimens from

Mexico in the early 1790’s. However, what is certainly

known is that the species originates in Central and South

America and in particular, Mexico,

where dahlias are the National Flower.

Their natural habit is rather unlike the

conditions we give them in that they come

from cool, damp mountain slopes. Imagine

seeing the lavender flowered species, Dahlia

imperialis, growing to its full height of up to

ten metres on the hillsides of Guatemala…

The chance of that particular plant

flowering in this country is limited so we

have to content ourselves with growing that one for its

dramatic height and foliage, but with 42 species of dahlias

and innumerable hybrids – up to 50,000 and still countingwe

have a wonderful array of choice of this jolliest of flower.

What other bloom is so varied and so much fun as a late

season border plant? I was reading the Frustrated Gardener

blog this morning which is worth subscribing to and the

author Dan Cooper (whose Broadstairs garden is small, hence

the title of his blog) and I particularly like his description

of a ‘drama of dahlias’ for that is what they bring to a

garden with their fantastically rich colours and forms.

We’ve got two of the species varieties growing in a

large pot here, one of which is D. coccinea var. palmeri,

“Dan Pearson

describes local flower

shows as a child where

the dahlias were the

domain of men in

string vests”

and I can’t tell you how often we’re drawn to go out and

admire the intensity of its burnt orange petals in the early

evening sun combined with delicately filigree leaves. I

like the single flowered varieties such as this particularly

as they are, of course, bee friendly. And whilst the ball

varieties, also firm favourites, with their intense spiral

arrangement of incurved petals are lovely, any pollinating

insect would be pushed to make any headway with them.

I wanted to know a little more about the secrets of success

with growing dahlias with an eye to improving on this year’s

limited success. Mind you, it hasn’t been the ideal year. Even

Monty Don admitted that his dahlias haven’t been as usual

and he put it down to lack of water in

June. All the more reason to look ahead

to next season, so I popped into see Dave

Izzard whose front garden in Wittersham

is always a picture in dahlia season and

causes many a dahlia loving driver to lose

concentration for a moment or two!

He was so accommodating and not

only showed me his plants but talked me

through what he does to produce such

fantastic blooms and how he got started. It seems that thirty

years ago he joined the Parish Council and was given the

job of looking after the planting around the War Memorial.

Luckily for him somebody in the village offered him dahlia

plants which did well and that was it. He was hooked!

He tends to get his tubers from Halls of Heddon who have

a very comprehensive list. They offer 10 to 13 centimetres

pots containing a tuber grown for a full season before it is

sold. This ensures that it is healthy and compact. They are

available from December through to February and arrive in

little polystyrene sleeves in vermiculite for you to start off.

Dave cuts back his dahlias when the frost gets to them or

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Garden

There are 50,000 different dahlia hybrids

idea to lift the tubers once the foliage has been blackened

by frost and hopefully before the stems are badly frosted.

He has a small but compact greenhouse and puts his tubers

in large pots of his own gritty mix (which would have had

daffodils growing in it earlier in the year), after cutting the

stems down to about ten centimetres and drying the tubers

out upside down. This is because the stems of dahlias are

hollow and you don’t want to leave moisture in them for the

winter because it’s likely that they would rot if you did.

In February he will start watering them and once they begin

to sprout he will take any cuttings he wants for his garden.

When he plants out he uses a mycorrhizal fungus product

around their roots to get them off to a good start and will

stake them at this stage, tying them in as they grow on.

This is a good tip as it is so easy to pop them in and

then think that you’ll do it later. They move fast and

sometimes a bit too swiftly and it is so much easier to

start with the stakes in place whilst they are relatively

small. Dahlias are hungry plants and incorporating

well rotted manure will ensure that they flourish.

Once they get going, Dave is generous with his feeding

and will do this weekly. He uses a rotation of products to

encourage both plant growth and flowering. It certainly

works. It seems that if you are showing dahlias the thing

to remember is that a dahlia bud the size of a pea takes

thirty days to mature and for those that know, once

you have selected the best looking bud or young flower

you then take off any side shoots so that the plant’s

energy is concentrated on that particular bloom.

I really liked his selection of dahlias for this year especially

a vibrant red medium semi cactus, D. ‘Andrew Mitchell’

which is definitely on our wish list, D. ‘Avoca Comanche’,

a small semi cactus with peachy orange flowers and a lovely

creamy yellow small decorative, D.‘Winholme Diane’.

The Salutation Garden down in Sandwich has an

annual Dahlia Festival in September and this year they

have had 284 cultivars growing in the garden. These are

currently being photographed and put on their website.

Log on to this as you can order tubers for next year having

had a good look at the myriad varieties they grow.

Steve Edney, The Salutation’s head gardener is mad about

dahlias and is on the RHS Dahlia Committee. They hold

the National Collection of Dark Leaved Dahlias in Sandwich

and have their own dahlia breeding programme there.

Talking of which I saw a beautiful dahlia/aster combination

up in the High Garden at Great Dixter last week. The dahlia

was D. ‘Twyning’s After Eight’ AGM, with its elegant single

white flowers and the darkest of foliage. This was developed

by Mark Twyning in 2004 down at the National Dahlia

Collection now at Varfell Farm, near Penzance in Cornwall.

The Collection was originally based on a private collection

made over many years by David Brown who, when the

dahlia was out of fashion in the eighties and nineties,

‘kept the faith’ and conserved hundreds of varieties.

They were hugely fashionable in the fifties and sixties and

Dan Pearson describes so evocatively taking his little ‘garden in

a seed tray’ to local flower shows as a child where the dahlias

were the domain of men in string vests growing the biggest

and best of everything on their allotments including dahlias

rather than growing them as border plants. And how, despite

their ‘glamour’, dahlias were as much vegetable as flowers.

Interesting that, as the Aztecs used the hollow stems

of Dahlia imperialis as a source of water; some South

American peoples use the leaves medicinally and the

tubers too were harvested as a food product.

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Garden

Taking stock

It’s not the end of the gardening year, says Jo Arnell, but time to look

back on the seasons gone by and plan for the next ones

November is a great month to reflect on

the growing year gone by. Before the light

and the colours slip completely from the

landscape, we can assess what has worked well, what

not so, and then make plans for next year’s borders.

Dreaming about next spring and summer and

visualising flowers in the future also helps to lessen the

blow of the coming dark, cold days. Any gaps left by

the ravages of the freezing spring and scorching summer

from earlier this year can be filled with good hardy plants

that might fare better in our unpredictable weather.

Some plants, on the other hand, have positively

thrived during the recent heatwave and reports of rare

and exotic specimens bearing fruit or flowering after

many barren years have been appearing. Mediterranean

plants have certainly enjoyed the summer, as have tender

meadow plants like Verbena bonariensis, Gaura, and the

diminutive Mexican daisy Erigeron karvinskianus.

Sadly, some less fruitful plants are only just clinging on and

will head into this winter in a weakened state, others have

already chucked in the trowel and lie buried in brown bins

or funeral pyre awaiting bonfire night. It is sad, but every

plant death brings a new beginning, a space to try again with

and an opportunity to grow something more rewarding.

Gap fillers

We can focus critically and more clearly on the borders now,

without the distraction of the flowers. If it’s all looking dismal

and bare, think about adding some plants for winter interest.

These can be evergreen, or have interesting bark, an elegant

form, an anchoring, focal point feature of some kind.

Try to make sure that plants that come into their

own during the winter either fade into the background

to make way for summer plants, preferably becoming

a foil for them, or best of all, will bring another

point of seasonal interest later in the year.

Structure

Herbaceous plants have been to the fore in gardening

recently and they are gorgeous, but sadly disappear

under the ground to wait out the winter, leaving the

borders looking a little sad (or at best poetic and full

of wildlife if you have left the dead top growth on).

If this is the case and there’s a lack of structure, think

carefully about the size and shape of the plants you intend

to use. Evergreens will give you the same look all through

the year, but deciduous shrubs can be very useful too if

they have an interesting shape or other structural feature.

November is a great month for planting trees and

shrubs. The soil is still fairly warm and roots will have

a good long time to settle in and start growing before

the pressure to support leaves begins again in spring.

Evergreens

I love the quiet handsomeness of evergreens like Viburnum

davidii or Hebe ‘Red Edge’ - they sit stalwart and demure,

waiting out the warmer months in the shadow of showier

plants, like unsung heroes in the borders. They are often

overlooked, especially among the dazzle of summer flowering

plants, but they really come into their own in the winter.

Many have big glossy leaves which reflect light, helping

the plant make the most of the low light levels, and

looking pleasingly sleek and shiny to us. Contrastingly,

if their leaves are tiny, they will form dense, punctuating

shapes that help to anchor a planting scheme. Winter

frost will positively enhance the look of many evergreens,

gilding the foliage and the bare bones of the border.

Winter shapes

Shrubs with hips and berries are lovely to look at and are of

vital importance as a food source for wildlife. It’s hard to beat

the fiery glow of Pyracantha - commonly called Firethorn,

because of its bright berries, or reliable old Cotoneaster

horizontalis for its sculptural, herringbone-shaped stems,

bee-friendly blossom, red autumn foliage and berries.

Red is not the only colour for berries either; the

Sorbus (Mountain Ash, or Rowan) family of trees have

been cultivated with yellow (S. ‘Joseph Rock), pink

(S. ‘Pink Pagoda), or white berries (S. Cashmiriana),

as well as the more usual orange or red.

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Garden

Five good

structural plants

Box Excellent for adding formality and

evergreen interest. Create low hedges, topiary

shapes and focal points - beware, however of

box blight and box tree caterpillar, which is

now rife in London and surrounding areas.

Euphorbia wulfenii An architectural plant

with handsome grey/green foliage in winter

and long lasting lime green bracts in spring.

Miscanthus sinensis A tall grass with attractive

seedheads that will persist all through the

winter. Grasses are a good alternative to ‘blobby’

shrubs and bring movement to a border.

Osmanthus A small-leaved evergreen with tiny

scented flowers in spring. It can be trimmed to a neat

shape to make a dark backdrop for other plants.

Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ This dogwood has

pretty, variegated foliage, good autumn colour

and dark red stems on the young growth.

The beautiful dead

No description on a plant label will say ‘dies

gracefully,’ but there are definitely some plants

that look just as good as faded skeletons as they

did in their prime. Sculptural seedheads, dead and

dying stems make poignant silhouettes in the low

slanting light at this time of the year. Plant them

where they can be silhouetted among grasses, or

will bring contrasts next to sturdier evergreens.

Hollow stems make wonderful winter homes

for insects too, so don’t cut down all the thick

perennial stalks, or the ladybirds will have

nowhere to spend the winter (except perhaps

within the window frames of the house).

If you like things neat and really do have to tidy

up, you could make or buy a stylish bug hotel, or

leave a pile of sticks and logs somewhere out of

sight, so that the beneficial creatures, that could

be helping you with pest control in the summer,

have a sheltering place for the colder months.

Bug hotels for overwintering insects

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Education

The art of learning

Forget teaching to the test, the arts are more important

in education than ever, says Hilary Wilce

Pupils from St Catherine’s, Guildford in a production of The Crucible

Have you noticed that many private schools are starting

to advertise themselves differently these days? Out have

gone pictures of pupils in white coats and lab goggles

peering earnestly at flasks of unknown liquids. In have come

pictures of happy, larking children splashing paint around in

the art room, doing ballet, or dressing up for the school play.

And the message is clear. These are schools that nurture

the whole child. They give everyone a chance to shine.

They look after their pupils’ health and wellbeing and

foster their growth as well-rounded human beings.

Why the change? Because private schools always keep their

marketing ear to the ground and know what parents want. Yes,

parents still expect great exam results. But

increasingly they also want their children to

grow into happy, creative, well-adjusted people.

Private schools also know that the pips

are being squeezed out of arts education in

state schools and understand they can offer

something not necessarily available elsewhere.

Hard-strapped state schools are feeling great

pressure to concentrate on core subjects, so

when they – yet again – have to take a knife to

their budgets they see that art, music, dance, design, photography

and drama are areas where they can make more cuts.

Yet the arts offer so many benefits to children, it’s impossible

to make a full list. To name just a few: They help students

express themselves and get to know their thoughts and emotions

better. They teach them to look closely at the world around

them and respond imaginatively to its beauty and complexity.

They train them to communicate well and work creatively

together. They foster many important core skills, including

motor functions, language development, decision-making,

inventiveness, self-discipline and visual learning. They offer

“The UK has a

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creative

industry sector worth

an estimated £92bn

a year”

‘safe places’ in school where it’s fine to experiment and try

things out, without too much pressure to get it right.

In short, the arts help children to grow and

learn in ways that all human beings need.

The more children know themselves and how to manage

their emotions, the less likely they are to run into mental

health problems. One head of drama at a London private

school says that dealing with ‘life, death, joy and grief’

in the drama studio often prompts students to open up

to him about what’s going on in their own lives.

And when it comes to adult life, the better young people

are at communication, cooperation, empathy, self-discipline

and independent thinking, the better they

are likely to perform in any job they do,

and the better they’ll be able to navigate

the shifting and unsettled job market that

they will have to make their way in.

Added to which, the UK has a vibrant and

fast-growing creative industry sector worth an

estimated £92bn a year, which means there

are any number of direct opportunities for

people to build a career on their creative skills.

So for parents the message is clear: value your child’s artwork

as much as their high marks in science and maths. Encourage an

interest in doing and making. And support them if they want

to sing, dance, drum, act, write, paint or play the double bass.

Meanwhile, let’s pay tribute to all the many people

who are desperately trying to keep the flame of arts

education alive in British schools. Prince Charles has long

been a vocal champion. And the global prize-winning

teacher Andria Zafirakou has just announced that she is

putting her million dollar winnings into a foundation to

get more artists and arts organisations into schools.

Picture courtesy of St Catherine’s, The Crucible

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Divorce

your questions answered

Embarking on a divorce can be an overwhelming prospect. Juliette Peters and

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My wife and I separated a

few months ago. We remain

on reasonable terms and I see

the children regularly, so I

don’t see the point of getting

a divorce as it’s going to be

expensive. Is that OK long

term? If you don’t tie up

the finances now in a legally

binding financial court order

your wife could come back in

ten years’ time for more. Her claims are left open. The future

is unknown. You could be worth a lot more in years to come.

So if you are sure your marriage is at an end, it’s a much better

idea to settle her financial claims now as far as you are able.

How can I keep my divorce costs down? There are

many unpredictable variables that can affect the cost

of a divorce. At the outset, ask your lawyer for a clear

cost plan and understand how they charge. Get a

range of costs - including the worst-case scenario – and

set a limit on those legal costs with your lawyer.

Avoid using your lawyer as a counsellor as the

clock is running. Establish your support network

from family, friends, a therapist or all of them.

Be organised with your financial paperwork. Divorcing

couples need to produce bank statements for at least the

previous 12 months, liaise with estate agents for house

valuations, order pension statements and mortgage

statements, and gather recent payslips and business accounts.

The more you can organise yourself, the less work the

lawyer is required to do and so there will be less fees.

Finally, pick your battles. You won’t ‘win’ every argument

in a divorce situation, so decide what points you are prepared

to compromise on and which matter more to you.

What should I look for in a divorce lawyer? A personal

recommendation is often the best way to find a good

divorce lawyer, so speak to people you know who

have gone through one. You want a lawyer who is

going to speak openly about likely outcomes and not

be afraid to tell you what you don’t want to hear.

You need someone who will explain things clearly

to you and with whom you have a good working

relationship. You are going to be spending quite a lot

of time together, making life-changing decisions. Your

lawyer needs to be compassionate but dispassionate.

You need someone experienced, so check how long they

have practised family law. Also, choose someone who is going

to be responsive. Did they reply to your new enquiry quickly?

Responsiveness is vital in unsettling and traumatic times.

A good lawyer will also be open and direct about fees and

what other costs you are going to incur such as court and

barrister’s fees.

I’m only at the early stages of a divorce, do I really

need a lawyer? It’s a good idea to get legal advice early

on. Getting a divorce without it can cause problems

for years to come. Most people don’t understand

the language, the process or their rights.

What will happen when I first meet my divorce lawyer?

At the first meeting your solicitor is going to ask a lot of

questions about your marriage, children and finances, but

be reassured that all meetings between you and your lawyer

are confidential because they are privileged, so you should

be completely open and honest with them. You should leave

your first meeting feeling heard and understood with a plan.

Before your first meeting email them a summary of your

situation including your finances and prepare yourself for it

by finding your original marriage certificate and taking it with

you - and the prenup if you had one - and a list of questions.

My estranged wife is threatening to stop me seeing the

children, what can I do? Co-parenting after a split is rarely

easy, but the more parents fight during a divorce the more

damaging it is for the children. One parent should not

discourage or interfere with the healthy parent/child bond of

the other. Try and talk to your ex about seeing the children.

You and your former partner can usually avoid going to court

hearings if you agree with each other where the children

will live and when they will spend time with each parent.

If you are getting nowhere by talking directly, ask your

solicitor to write to your ex to sort contact with the children.

If that gets nowhere then issue a court application. Childhood

goes very quickly. You will never get these years back, so act

now. And remember never to badmouth your spouse in front

of the children. Good co-parenting can give the children the

stability and security they need so it’s really worth it.

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Will my ex have to pay a higher amount to me

if they committed adultery? No. Conduct such

as adultery has no impact on the finances. Bad

behaviour on the part of your ex only plays a part in

the settlement if it is extreme and exceptional.

Can my business be valued? Yes.

Should I make a new Will after divorcing? Yes.

My wife owns our house in her sole name, what

should I do to protect myself? Apply to the Land

Registry to register an interest in the property. This will

prevent the house being sold without your consent.

How can I protect my maintenance payments

in case my former spouse dies? Take out a life

insurance policy on your former spouse’s life.

Can a man claim maintenance from his estranged

wife? Yes. It is irrespective of gender.

The above is not legal advice and should not be taken as

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Thursday 8 NOVEMBER • 10 - 5

Friday 9 • 10 - 7 & Saturday 10 • 10 - 5

VESTRY HALL • Cranbrook • Kent • TN17 3HA

Free entry and so much Art to enjoy

www.cranbrookartshow.org.uk

cranbrookartshow@gmail.com

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Art

Thu 8 – Sat 10 Nov

The Vestry Hall, Stone Street,

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HA

Cranbrook art

Cranbrook Art Show showcases

23 artists, expressing themselves

in a variety of styles and processes

including painting, printmaking,

ceramics, jewellery and

photography. The show raises the

profile of local artists and crafts

people with a terrific variety of

affordable art.

Entry: free

cranbrookartshow.org.uk

Fri 16 – 18 November

St Peter and St Paul’s Church,

Yalding ME18 6DR

Art exhibition and Sale

in aid of SchoolGambia

This event, sponsored by

Artspring Gallery will raise money

for SchoolGambia, a charity based

in Yalding since 2000, that has

built a school with 13 classes and

supports 550 pupils from age

3-16 and their teachers. On show

and on sale will be paintings,

sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles

and jewellery of a very high

standard by 35 local artists.

facebook.com/schoolgambia /

schoolgambia.org.uk

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Nov 10am-5pm

Tenterden Town Hall, 24 High

Street, Tenterden TN30 6AN

TENTERDEN ARTISTS

Tenterden Artists’ fourth annual

exhibition with an interesting mix

of 18 very different artists. They

are also giving five talented A

Level students from Homewood

School the opportunity to exhibit

with professional artists.

alisonolorunsola.uk

Christmas

Sat 3 Nov 10am-4pm

Penshurst Village Hall,

Penshurst, Kent TN11 8BP

Penshurst Vintage

Christmas Fair

A must for all lovers of vintage.

Enjoy live music from past

decades brought from Miss

Vintage, stop for a well-deserved

break in a pop-up tea room

by Dolly’s Diner and shop for

vintage homewares, clothes,

jewellery, furniture and gifts.

Entry: £2 with donations to

Hospice in the Weald.

Julia: 07885610912

Cherishvintagefairs@gmail.com

Facebook: Cherish Vintage Fairs

Sat 17 – Sun 18 Nov 10am-4pm

Falcons Room, Rare Breeds

Centre, Woodchurch, Ashford,

Kent TN26 3RJ

CHRISTMAS GIFT MARKET

Ideal gifts and crafts for your

family, home and garden. Wood,

jewellery, lighting, textiles, glass,

books, toys, accessories. Raising

funds for Canterbury Oast Trust.

Info: 01233 732684

Sat 17 Nov – Sun 16 Dec

10am-4.30pm

Frogshole Farm, Sissinghurst

Road, Biddenden, Kent

TN27 8EY

CHRISTMAS SHOP

With Biddenden Christmas

trees and the Three French Hens

brocante.

07957445057 / 07983360885

Fri 23 – Sun 25 Nov

Tenterden High Street,

Tenterden, Kent

Tenterden Christmas

Market

Over 75 Christmas stalls

showcasing local food and drink,

festive and handmade gifts and

guaranteed snow, all located along

Tenterden’s historic high street.

The event kicks off at 3pm on

Friday with the town light parade

from 4.30pm.

Entry: Free

facebook.com/christmasintenterden /

Twitter: @xmasintenterden

Sat 24 – Sun 25 November

10.30am-4.30pm

St. Margaret’s Church, Church

Lane, Hothfield, Ashford, Kent

TN26 1EL

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

& CRAFT FAIR

See 35 beautifully decorated trees

in this beautiful 13th Century

church. Light lunches, delicious

What’s On in November

cakes, mulled wine and mince pies

will be available in the Christmas

Café. Plus there will be a raffle

and lucky dip.

Entry Free

lesleymiles@gmail.com

Sat 24 – Sun 25 Nov

10.30am-3pm

Sissinghurst Castle Garden,

Biddenden Road, Cranbrook

TN17 2AB

Festive Market

Kick start your Christmas

shopping with local food, drink,

crafts and produce, as well as live

entertainment including the East

Grinstead concert band who will

be playing on Sunday.

nationaltrust.org.uk

Nov & Dec

Bedgebury Pinetum, Bedgebury

Road, Goudhurst, Kent

TN17 2SJ

Christmas at

Bedgebury

For the very first time, a one

mile sparkling path winds its way

through the National Pinetum in

a magical after dark experience.

Greeted by the sights and

sounds of Christmas, experience

Bedgebury in a whole new light

as you wander beneath unique

canopies drenched in seasonal

colour. Inspired by the landscape

itself, it is a festive adventure in a

world of trees.

forestryengland.uk/bedgebury

Festivals & Fairs

Thu 15 – Sat 17 Nov

The Hop Farm, Maidstone

Road, Paddock Wood,

Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6PY

The Wealden Times

Midwinter Fair

Add a little magic to this year’s

Christmas shop with our eight

heated and linked marquees

filled with over 250 handpicked

exhibitors, stocking all the

essentials for the festive season

from decorations to gifts. To fuel

your shopping we will have the

Street Food Café with its vintage

vans, the Café Bakery, serving

tea and cake and the Café Bar

will have bubbles and hot drinks.

Invite your friends and family and

make a day of it!

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Sat 17 Nov 10am-4.30 pm

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road,

Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

Sussex Mineral and

Fossil Show

Expect stunning displays of

minerals and fossils and an

ultraviolet minerals room.

Excellent activities for children

include gold panning for real

gold, searching for crystals and

fossils, and talks including ‘Sussex

Dinosaurs’.

Entry: Adults £2.50, Children: 50p

01403 274647 / smls.online

Food & Drink

Sat 17 Nov 10am-6pm

Rochester Cathedral, Garth

House, Rochester, Kent

ME1 1SX

The Wine Garden of

England Festival

Sip, sample and share up to 30 of

some of England’s finest wines,

all while taking in the hallowed

halls of Rochester Cathedral. This

event will honour both Kent’s top

wine producers, and one of the

county’s very first producers – a

monk who championed viticulture

at the cathedral more than 1,000

years ago.

01634 843366 /

rochestercathedral.org

History

Fri 5 Oct – Sun 2 Dec

The Historic Dockyard,

Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ

UNTOLD STORIES: A

CELEBRATION OF BLACK

PEOPLE IN KENT

Telling the story of African and

Caribbean people in Kent in

the 19th and 20th Century, this

exhibition will explore incredible,

but relatively unknown,

contributions to politics, armed

forces, sports, religion, society and

the arts made by black people.

thedockyard.co.uk

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BOUTIQUE & ARTISAN

Christmas Gift Fair

Thursday 22 & Friday 23 November

Join us for a fabulous day of shopping with over 50 Small

Businesses selling 100s of unique & festive gift ideas

East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield TN22 5ES

Free Parking / Open 10-4 / £4 cash entry pp

WIN £50 to spend countrylifestylefairs.co.uk

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What’s On in November

New Hay Farm, Old Hay

(Off Pearsons Green Road)

Brenchley, Paddock Wood Kent TN12 7DG

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Sat 27 Oct – Sun 6 Jan

Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden

Road, Cranbrook TN17 2AB

Beatrix Potter’s

Garden

Learn about the story behind

the author. Accomplished

gardener, naturalist, farmer and

environmentalist, Beatrix Potter

found inspiration in plants,

animals and landscapes, all of

which will be explored in this

new exhibition featuring original

artefacts including letters, books

and a pair of Beatrix’ clogs,

complete with mud.

nationaltrust.org.uk

Music

Sat 17 Nov

St George’s Church, Church

Street, Gravesend DA11 0DJ

Haydn The Creation

Inspired by the first work they ever

sang as Gravesham Choral Society,

The Creation, the choir warmly

invites audiences to celebrate

40 years of splendid music

making. Joseph Haydn’s famous

oratorio depicts the beginning

of the world in gloriously joyful

melodies, arias, duets and trios.

Entry: £12, students £5 (in advance

01474 816684 or at the door)

graveshamcs.co.uk

Sun 18 Nov 2.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence

School, North Street, Sutton

Valence, Kent, ME17 3HL

SUTTON VALENCE

MUSIC SOCIETY

The renowned violist, Rachel

Roberts, who performs in the

world’s leading venues and at

major international festivals,

will play Brahms, Hindemith

and Vieuxtemps accompanied

by Julian Milford on piano.

Entry: £12.50 at door

(including afternoon tea)

01622 843325

Thu 29 Nov

De La Warr Pavilion,

Marina, Bexhill On Sea,

East Sussex TN40 1DP

John Cale and Band

As an original founding member

of The Velvet Underground and

producer of Patti Smith and The

Stooges, amongst others, John

Cale’s career has been creative,

innovative and boundary breaking

in equal measure. The De la Warr

Pavillion is delighted to welcome

him for this rare UK appearance

and his first at this venue.

dlwp.com

Remembrance Day

Sat 10 Nov 7pm

Invicta Grammar School for

Girls, Maidstone ME14 5DS

Remembering

the Armistice

An evening of nostalgia to

commemorate the 100th

anniversary of the end of the First

World War and honour our fallen

heroes. The evening will be in

support of Heart of Kent Hospice

and include expert talks, military

recruitment demonstrations,

period sing-alongs and some

‘Tommy’ refreshment with World

War I specialists Richard Knight

and Jim Barker-McCardle.

01622 790195 /

fundraising@hokh.co.uk / hokh.org

Sun 11 Nov from 6am

Various locations

Cranbrook WWI

Remembrance day

Cranbrook will commemorate

100 years since the end of WWI

with a service in St Dunstan’s

church at 10.45am, followed by

a parade to the War Memorial

where wreaths will be laid. There

will be stalls and displays in the

Vestry Hall, St. Dunstans Church

and Church House and at 7pm

the church beacon will be lit and

bells rung before a two minute

silence. As is tradition, Royal

British Legion crosses inscribed

with the names on the War

Memorial and other loved ones

lost to the war will be planted to

form a Garden of Remembrance.

01580 720575

Sun 11 Nov 3pm

Assembly Hall Theatre,

Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2LU

IN MEMORIAM CONCERT

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THE

DECEMBER

ART SHOW

2018

Tenterden Artists

16th - 18th November

10am - 5pm

DATE:

1st - 9th

DECEMBER

10am - 4pm daily

VENUE:

Powdermills Hotel

Powdermill Lane

Battle TN33 0SP

Tenterden Town Hall

TN30 6AN

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BEATRIX

POTTER’S

GARDEN

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

27 Oct 2018 – 6 Jan 2019

Open daily except 24 & 25 Dec

Normal admission applies

An exhibition exploring the

inspirations of the world

famous author of the original

Peter Rabbit Books TM with

objects on loan from the

Frederick Warne Archive.

For more information visit

nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurstcastle-garden

or phone

01580 710700.

The Royal Tunbridge Wells

Choral Society presents a concert

for Remembrance Day marking

the end of the First World War.

The programme includes Elgar’s

Spirit of England, Vaughan

Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem

and the orchestral The Walk to

the Paradise Garden by Delius.

It is dedicated to the Society’s

past president, Guy Huntrods

CBE, who died last year.

Entry: from £10

01892 530613 /

tickets@rtwcs.org.uk /

assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Wellbeing

Fri 2 & Fri 9 Nov 10am-12pm

High Street, Tunbridge Wells

The Action Woman

Fun, inspiring and mindset

changing power sessions

designed to create action and

change where you want it

most. Join Accredited Coach

and Licensed NLP Practitioner

Emma Jeffreys to ‘tame your

gremlin’ on Friday 2 November

and ‘Overcome Overwhelm’

on Friday 9 November. Or if

you miss these, you can start

2019 with a ‘More Confident

You’ on Friday 11 January.

Entry: £25

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Workshops

Fri 9, Sat 10 & Fri 30 Nov

Curious House, Gauntlets,

Battenhurst Road, Stonegate,

East Sussex TN5 7DU

Curious House courses

Philippa King hosts Curious

House’s creative courses in the

lovely country surroundings of

her eclectic Sussex country house.

This month, courses will cover

calligraphy, screen printing, felting

and lino cut Christmas crackers,

and next month there will be

Christmas wreath making.

curioushouse.net

Tue 13 – Thu 15 Nov

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

ME17 1PL

Wreath Making

Get into the festive spirit by

creating handmade wreaths with

expert guidance from the RHS

award-winning castle floristry team.

Entry: £55

leeds-castle.com

Thu 29 Nov

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy

Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent

TN15 0NT

Christmas Floral

Display Workshop

If you’d like a natural, homemade

Christmas, then join Ightham

Mote’s flower arrangers and learn

how to create your own floral

display to adorn your table.

nationaltrust.org.uk

Nov & Dec

Rebecca Mundy Jewellery,

96 High Street, Sevenoaks,

Kent TN13 1LP

Jewellery Making

Spend a day in a professional

studio sampling some of

the fundamental techniques

of jewellery making, and

create a unique silver

decoration to be proud of!

All materials are supplied and

no experience is necessary.

Entry: £95

01892 322712 /

rebeccamundy.co.uk/workshops

Listings are correct at time of going

to press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next

issue of Wealden Times for only

£15+VAT! Please supply up to 50

words that should include date,

time, venue, and any entry price to

whatson@wealdentimes.co.uk

or send with payment (cheques

payable to JPS Media) to What’s On,

Wealden Times, Kettle Chambers,

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allocated. If you would like your

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a full colour reproduction (42.5 x

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wine and a hair cut and blow-dry. On 3 December at 7pm, at the stunning Powder Mills Hotel

in Battle, the Winter Soiree will showcase hair and make up trends and predictions with all

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Ever seen a tantony running in a platt?

Jane digs deep into agri-history

Sitting having my morning cup of coffee, I picked up the

paper and on the Games pages came across Wordwatch,

where you get shown different words with three possible

meanings for each and you have to choose the correct one

One of the words was ‘tantony’. Turns out t’s another word

for ‘runt’ as in the little one in a litter of pigs. Not one I’d

ever heard, but then neither was a ‘shut’ which my friend Bill

informs me is another name for a weaned pig. So you could

have a pen of shuts with hopefully no tantonies.

I just love all the agri-history stuff. How about

walking down a traid (rutted path), to a platt (grass field

between woods) to find your missing swingletree (part

of a horse harness)? The history of Sussex cattle is every

bit as fascinating. Sussex are one of several red-coloured

breeds found as far back as Roman times roaming across

southern England. The others include the Red Poll, the

Lincoln Red and the North Devon.

The South Devons were evidently rather more promiscuous

as they now sport a rather fetching

Caramac (that dates me) coloured coat. But

back to the Sussex. Across the Weald and

into Kent these cattle, called oxen – a word

I’m sure you recognise – were primarily

a draught breed used for ploughing and

hauling timber.

In his work A Tour of Great Britain

published in 1724, Daniel Defoe talks about seeing a tree

drawn on a timber ‘trug’, four wheels upon which the trunk

was laid, pulled by twenty-two oxen – quite some tree and

just imagine what would happen if that lot had decided to

take off!

Gradually horses replaced draught cattle in most parts of

the country, but because of the thick clay, horses struggled

in the Weald so oxen were used for far longer here. They

Draught oxen in an old picture Jane

found in her aunt’s house 50 years ago

“Oxen were also a

common form of

transport, and not just

for the peasants”

were also a common form of transport, and not just for the

peasants. Not far from Lewes, Defoe spied an ancient lady of

good quality going to church in a coach drawn by six oxen.

But by far the most inspiring snippet is an article by Lord

Sheffield written at the end of the 18th

century. By all accounts, a young Sussex

ox broke all previous records when it ran

the four-mile race-course at Lewes, sadly

closed in 1964, in just under 16 minutes.

Ok, so the fastest racehorse recorded in

history was galloping along at just under

44mph and this cow was clocking only 15

but even so that has to be impressive. A new opportunity for

Channel 4 racing?

So in many ways these cattle have always been dual

purpose, the original multi-taskers, only fattened for eating

once they were no longer strong enough for the yoke. Fast

forward now and many of our native cattle are still doing two

jobs. Livestock grazing plays a key role in maintaining speciesrich

habitats in many environmentally important parts of the

South East like the Pevensey Levels, Surrey Heathland and

South Downs.

In these areas they eat many of the aggressive species like

coarse grasses to allow others to flourish, their trampling

creates gaps which allow seedlings to grow and by removing

plant material much more gradually than topping or cutting

for hay, it gives mobile species like mice and beetles a chance

to move to other areas within the habitat.

So they’re doing a really good job in maintaining the

landscape…and then we eat them. Plus ça change.

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

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