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Contents<br />

<strong>December</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

30<br />

39<br />

50<br />

SPACIOUS AND GRACIOUS<br />

Maggie Alderson selects homes<br />

which she would like to spend<br />

Christmas in<br />

NOTEBOOK<br />

Our highlight of the top six<br />

must-see events this month<br />

82<br />

108<br />

110<br />

GOTHIC GLAMOUR<br />

Drama galore in a<br />

Gothic revival house<br />

GET THE LOOK<br />

Everything you need to<br />

get some Gothic glamour<br />

into your home<br />

141<br />

143<br />

126<br />

HARK THE LITTLE<br />

ANGELS SING<br />

Hilary Wilce’s take on the value of<br />

Christmas traditions in schools<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

All the best events to make the<br />

most of the last of <strong>2018</strong><br />

50<br />

73<br />

75<br />

76<br />

78<br />

COOL YULE<br />

A 50s beach house in<br />

festive Scandi style<br />

GET THE LOOK<br />

Cool Christmas products<br />

for a Scandi-style interior<br />

THE DARK SIDE<br />

Dark and rich wood<br />

flooring inspiration<br />

RUN RUN<br />

We celebrate stair runners<br />

TILE STYLE<br />

Tiled floors which imitate<br />

the wooden look<br />

110<br />

123<br />

126<br />

133<br />

COUNTRY HOUSE<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

Kate Watts styles luxurious<br />

country Christmas fashion<br />

STOCKING FILLERS<br />

A hand-picked selection of<br />

stocking filler inspiration<br />

PARTY PIECES<br />

Nicci Gurr’s fabulous<br />

festive canapé recipes to<br />

delight and impress<br />

KEEPING IT REAL<br />

Jo Arnell’s tips for lovely<br />

plastic-free decorations for<br />

your home this Christmas<br />

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priced at £750,000 and above<br />

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prices,<br />

started<br />

are<br />

his career<br />

often seen<br />

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to relocate, so the high performing<br />

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represents Duncan compared Petrie to London, and<br />

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requirements, Duncan joined from large the Cranbrook family homes office<br />

set in this beautiful year from landscaped Savills in gardens Notting to<br />

stunning Hill. period As he cottages has been in commuting the heart<br />

of the from village. Kent In to addition, London excellent for 7 of his<br />

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quality he of has life first-hand explain the experience unwavering of<br />

popularity<br />

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ranges invaluable the Cranbrook to our client area. base. She When<br />

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is a keen runner and a member of a<br />

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Cranbrook<br />

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What is your favourite thing about Christmas Day? As<br />

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I know some families relish spending the whole day in festive<br />

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executed in a manner that does not<br />

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In particular, the person making the<br />

Will (the ‘testator’) must sign it in the<br />

presence of two witnesses, who must<br />

also sign the Will. A Will can also be<br />

challenged if the testator did not have<br />

the required mental capacity, did not<br />

have knowledge of the contents, or was<br />

pressurised or misled into making the<br />

Will by somebody else.<br />

These grounds can all be seen as<br />

relying on a moral basis to overturn<br />

a Will. If the testator does not fully<br />

understand their actions, is it right that<br />

their Will should stand? Similarly, if<br />

someone has exerted pressure upon<br />

them, is it right that they are entitled to<br />

benefit from those actions? Many would<br />

support the law protecting testators<br />

and those who would otherwise have<br />

inherited in these circumstances.<br />

What if the Will doesn’t provide for<br />

me?<br />

It is not disputed that certain<br />

relationships create duties and<br />

responsibilities, for example as between<br />

spouses and between parents and their<br />

children. Should, however, a testator be<br />

held to those responsibilities on their<br />

death? The results of our survey would<br />

suggest there is a mixed view on this.<br />

Many European countries have so<br />

called ‘forced heirship’ rules, which<br />

create binding obligations. In England<br />

and Wales the starting point is that<br />

individuals are largely free to leave<br />

their estates to whoever they choose.<br />

A limit on this comes in the form of the<br />

Inheritance (Provision for Family and<br />

Dependants) Act 1975. Under this, if a<br />

person thinks they should have been<br />

left a share or a larger share of an<br />

estate they can make a claim if they are<br />

an eligible claimant. These include a<br />

spouse or child of the deceased, certain<br />

cohabitees and those being provided<br />

for prior to death.<br />

The court will consider a range of<br />

factors when considering whether a<br />

party is an eligible claimant, and what,<br />

if anything, they should be awarded.<br />

They will take particular note of the<br />

financial circumstances of all involved.<br />

The Act therefore works where there is<br />

a financial need, mirroring a key view<br />

expressed in our survey.<br />

How do I challenge a Will?<br />

Disputes over Wills are very emotive<br />

cases and attitudes to them depend<br />

upon beliefs and experiences. However,<br />

it is likely that this type of case will<br />

continue to arise as people live longer<br />

and carry larger sums of money into<br />

their advancing years.<br />

For anyone affected, legal advice should<br />

be sought. For example, having a Will<br />

professionally prepared can make<br />

the terms much harder to challenge.<br />

Alternatively, if you have concerns over<br />

a Will or the provision you receive,<br />

early legal advice can either provide<br />

reassurance or enable you to set the<br />

terms aside.<br />

If you would like more information on<br />

challenging a Will, please contact Philip<br />

Youdan on 01732 224013 or at<br />

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Previous page: The fireplace is at the opposite end of the open-plan<br />

living area from the kitchen. Above: Matt made the kitchen table with old<br />

scaffolding planks, so it would be big enough to seat 14 people. The kitchen<br />

island behind is an old carpentry table given to them by the previous owner<br />

of the house – after they had been looking for one for ages ‘a magical gift’<br />

As you head out across Romney Marsh towards the sea, Rye’s<br />

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Along the coast is Dungeness, where the nuclear power station<br />

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is Camber Sands, with its acres of golden beach backed by tufted<br />

dunes - and Camber itself, unremarkable, low-rise and quiet (save<br />

for all the film crews), like a settlement at the edge of the world.<br />

Loma Beach House sits at the end of a sandy lane, its smart,<br />

but coastal, black-clad facade hinting, or rather, broadcasting, that<br />

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Gigi and her partner Matt, having successfully renovated a flat - and<br />

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a coastal holiday property, for themselves to use, but also to rent out,<br />

somewhere in Devon or Cornwall. In the end it was (just as the film<br />

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Above: Looking from the kitchen back to the living area. The<br />

slate grey walls have been created using a material imported<br />

from America, called Ardex Left: The log stores were designed<br />

and made by Matt<br />

Wells, where they work, that brought them to Camber.<br />

“I grew up around here and came down to the beach in<br />

summer and winter – all year,” says Gigi. “We were looking<br />

in Devon and Cornwall when this house came up.”<br />

A mid-century box of a house backing onto the iconic<br />

sand dunes, the property hadn’t been touched in years,<br />

something that might have put others off, but not Gigi<br />

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fashion stylist and Matt has a creative digital agency<br />

– they could see beyond the faded decor and clutter<br />

to the basic rectangle of the building. They set about<br />

clearing some space and paring it back to a shell.<br />

“We completely knocked it through,” Gigi explains.<br />

“What is now the bathroom was the kitchen and<br />

it was all really cluttered with small rooms. There<br />

was a garage in two parts, so we opened it all up<br />

and put French doors in all the way along.”<br />

They worked every weekend, barely stopping for the birth<br />

of their daughter Luna, because, as in all the best DIY house<br />

projects, the baby arrived just at the messiest part of it.<br />

The process has taken two years of weekends,<br />

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shelves have been clad with OSB (flakeboard), which has been used throughout the house<br />

“And you have to work hard,” laughs Gigi. “But<br />

I only remember the good times. We kept it calm.<br />

I didn’t want to change the energy. It’s important<br />

to give a place a soul and an emotion.”<br />

Gigi believes strongly in bringing a distinct, but<br />

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should be, when people rent the house from them.<br />

“People want thoughtfulness,” she says simply. “We’re<br />

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One of these is a good night’s sleep.<br />

“We spent quite a lot on the bedding. There are high thread<br />

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put in good showers. I want everyone to have lovely sleep,<br />

hot showers, everything crisp and white and super-soft.”<br />

It certainly sounds like bliss. “Some things<br />

look beautiful,” Gigi adds, “but are hard and<br />

uncomfortable and don’t give you inner peace.”<br />

The couple’s thoughtfulness even extends to making sure<br />

there is an endless supply of wood for the burner and: “There<br />

are blankets everywhere - and sun hats. And I always leave <br />

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Above: A row of pegs from an old school changing room, bought in Rye, is cosy for winter with an array of<br />

shearling and fake fur coats – in summer it’s home to beach towels and sun hats<br />

a basket of pizza ingredients to make pizzas in the pizza oven<br />

outside and a wish lantern, to make their own holiday wish.”<br />

Gigi explains how they are setting up Loma to be a brand<br />

and how the interior styling is echoed by their website,<br />

so that in the end, whatever you can see in the house<br />

you’ll be able to buy online. “Like a concept store - where<br />

you can try it for size first. And see things in situ.”<br />

They would love to expand their idea and incorporate<br />

a yoga studio and a shoot location. “With the dunes and<br />

the light, it’s great for that. It’s always busy down here.<br />

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a small space. The filming helps the local community<br />

and helps village life - the cleaners and fishermen.”<br />

Much of the filming is in the winter, when the<br />

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has an atmosphere all of its own:<br />

“We’ll only be here for New Year this year,” says<br />

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the traditional thing with turkey etc, but we all<br />

muck in. This is a nice place to cook in, you can see<br />

everything and be part of it in an open plan space.<br />

“Tradition changes down here a bit. The focus is towards<br />

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Previous page: The main bedroom. The print of the moon is from desenio.com, the rug is from IKEA and the cushion is from<br />

clippings.com Above: The shower enclosure in the downstairs bathroom is made from galvanised steel. The walls and floor are<br />

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painted in a midnight blue, a mix atmospherically named<br />

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Gigi found some material for curtains that exactly matches<br />

the panelled walls. Crisp white bedding perfects the scene.<br />

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end of the ground floor has a completely different<br />

vibe: simple and understated, save for the large<br />

dream-like photograph positioned so that it can be<br />

seen from the opposite end of the building.<br />

“We used the OSB in here too; it’s a good<br />

colour and texture. We wanted warmth, but to<br />

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Upstairs on the landing, a shoal of golden fish appear<br />

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of the house to the other. Follow the fish and there<br />

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The downstairs bathroom is utilitarian and the shower<br />

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“I hate glass shower screens,” says Gigi.<br />

Industrial finishes are softened by old French shutters<br />

and wooden accessories. “The massive sink is from eBay,”<br />

she explains, “but because it’s not bought from a<br />

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This page: The upstairs bathroom. The<br />

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try to be eco-friendly,” Gigi says.<br />

“It’s a respectful way to live.<br />

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Above: Six bunks made from OSB furnish a splendid children’s<br />

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Like the village of Camber itself, Loma Beach House is<br />

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It was Valentine’s Day when fashion designer, Kim<br />

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the owner of the house that she had fallen head over heels<br />

in love with in St Leonards-on-Sea several years previously.<br />

Her dream house, an early Gothic revival pile designed<br />

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Burton was back on the market and Kim and her husband<br />

Paul, had been offered the first bite of the cherry.<br />

‘It was an incredibly emotional and surreal<br />

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the house from the first moment I saw it.’<br />

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20 years ago, on a family trip to the seaside. ‘At the time, we<br />

were living in Islington, North London, and our son, Joe,<br />

who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was in need of fresh air.’<br />

The family headed for Eastbourne, renowned for its<br />

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newspaper. Her curiosity was sparked. ‘For Sale - Victorian<br />

folly in St Leonards-on-Sea.’ She still has that cutting.<br />

‘I had no idea where St Leonards was,’ laughs<br />

Kim. ‘But there was something about The Clock<br />

House that called out to me. I was enchanted.’<br />

On the way back to London, they drove east<br />

along the coast to St Leonards with the intention<br />

of seeing the property in the flesh.<br />

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Above left: A cosy sitting room off the master bedroom Above right: In the hallway, two religious statues, originally from an Irish<br />

convent. Kim gave the organ to Paul as a Christmas present<br />

‘I drove around St Leonards, which at the time<br />

was the seaside town that time had forgotten not<br />

what it is today, but I couldn’t find it, so I went<br />

back to London feeling disappointed.’<br />

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The next trip to look for it was with husband<br />

Paul and on this occasion, the hunt was successful.<br />

‘We didn’t make an appointment! We just knocked<br />

on the door and were welcomed in,’ says Kim.<br />

Once <strong>inside</strong>, Kim’s love for the house wasn’t diminished.<br />

‘Although the décor was seriously 1970s and the place<br />

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Above left: A tiled entrance porch leads out to the garden, with a bandstand-style summerhouse Above right: The lamp was made<br />

from a 1920s candlestick, bought in LA and likely to be from a Hollywood film set. The lilies are from Shimizu Flowers in Hastings<br />

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Above: The enormous chandelier in the dining room is from Hastings Antiques Centre in Norman Road, St Leonards. The table was<br />

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Part of the original clock tower, the boudoir has a<br />

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Other delights include a marble and metal table from a<br />

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Above left: The seating area off Kim’s boudoir. The caryatids –<br />

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Above left: The bespoke kitchen has a central island where Kim displays her charity shop and boot fair mix and match plates<br />

Above right: The ground floor cellars with a workshop at the back<br />

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Above left and right: Paul and his builder installed the claw-foot<br />

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Above: The basin and bath in the second floor bathroom are from Aston Matthews in Islington and the Madonna is from Eras<br />

of Style. The wallpaper is from Vintage Bird<br />

a place where he can play bass without disturbing the<br />

tranquil ambience of the rest of the house. Paul covered<br />

the walls with black and red vintage fabric from Wayward<br />

in St Leonards – with the help of a staple gun.<br />

An intricately carved bed and wardrobe attributed to<br />

Pugin give the room a gentlemanly air, a direct contrast<br />

with football posters and punk memorabilia that Paul<br />

has collected over the years – and his collection of<br />

Gothic dolls’ heads by local artist, Tom Barnett.<br />

As if the interior isn’t magical enough, The Clock<br />

House is surrounded by a beautiful garden with rambling<br />

pathways, a mini-waterfall and ornamental pond -<br />

and religious statues set into sandstone grottoes.<br />

‘It’s incredibly tranquil here,’ says Kim. ‘And like<br />

the house, it has an otherworldly quality that I haven’t<br />

found anywhere else.’ After 21 years, it’s clear that<br />

her love for this extraordinary house hasn’t faded.<br />

Address Book:<br />

Kim and Paul say: “Everything you see here would not have<br />

been possible without the following people and shops.<br />

St Leonards: John Gumbrell, the haute couture of painting and<br />

decorating in St Leonards<br />

Philip Oakley Illuminations oakleyilluminations.co.uk<br />

Leigh at Grand Designs, Grand Parade<br />

Sideshow Interiors sideshowinteriors.co.uk<br />

La Marette Brocante lamarette.co.uk<br />

Andrew at Wayward Fabrics wayward.co<br />

Darren at French Depot thefrenchdepot.com<br />

Clive Pattinson for our secret garden cpattinsongardens.com<br />

London Road Antiques 8 London Road<br />

Norman Road, St Leonards: Robert Amstad, a never-ending<br />

source of information and expertise at Hastings Antiques <br />

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Above: Kim had the sofa from Fortress, in Lewes, recovered in leopardprint velvet sourced in Los Angeles.<br />

The chandelier, one of a pair, once belonged to the Romanovs – the Russian Imperial family<br />

Centre; Patrick at Project 78 Gallery project78gallery.com<br />

Patrick at Fleet Gallery fleet-gallery.com<br />

Adams and Jarrett adamsandjarrett.com<br />

Shop, Eamonn, Xanadu<br />

Hastings Old Town: Mick at Twentieth<br />

Century Funking Junk, Courthouse Street<br />

@20th_century_funking_junk<br />

The Yard, Courthouse Street<br />

Claire at Vintage Bird, High Street<br />

Robert’s Rummage, High Street<br />

Elsewhere: Fortress, Islington, London; Andy and<br />

Christine at Eras of Style, Bexhill-on-Sea erasofstyle.com<br />

Brighton Architectural Salvage brighton-architectural.<br />

co.uk; Katie for her gorgeous religious tiaras and so much<br />

more. And please remember to shop local! It’s good for<br />

everyone.”<br />

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Established in 1977, we have evolved into the<br />

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Contact us on:<br />

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besselink.com 8 Five-arm candelabrum £110 Alexander & Pearl alexanderandpearl.co.uk 9 ‘Anna’s Jewellery’<br />

wallpaper £150 Mind the Gap mindtheg.com 10 Piper statue £699 Haddonstone haddonstone.com 11 Pink<br />

medley bouquet £52 The Real Flower Company realflowers.co.uk 12 Black hide trunk £747 Alexander &<br />

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Previous Page: Handcrafted silver and glazier blue Swarovski crystal statement necklace £POA, Wild Rose Couture<br />

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trousers £99.95, MADELEINE madeleine.co.uk<br />

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Vintage silk coat £85, Hawk & Dove 39 High Street,<br />

Hastings Old Town TN34 3EN Instagram<br />

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plate 24” chain £90, Claddagh ring £100, Katie Mullally<br />

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mules £99, MADELEINE madeleine.co.uk


Over 45 years experience<br />

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Francis Jones<br />

INDEPENDENT JEWELLERS<br />

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jewellery undertaken<br />

in our workshop on<br />

the premises<br />

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County Clothes Menswear<br />

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Boutiques in<br />

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velvet tunic £99, SW19 London sw19london.com<br />

A special thank you to Goodnestone Park for<br />

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8 th –11 th November<br />

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Best face forward<br />

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It seems appropriate to be having the facial made famous<br />

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Charlotte Connoley was trained in the technique by the<br />

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gloves on, open wide, in they go.<br />

As that might hint, this is not one of those beauty<br />

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She massages her own face every night and her skin<br />

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At the start of the session, my therapist Rebekah carefully<br />

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As Rebekah cleanses, exfoliates and applies a treatment,<br />

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Beloved of Kate Moss and Mariah Carey, Aveda’s<br />

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I was then asked to fill in Aveda’s Elemental Nature<br />

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splashing of cold water, or blasting icy winds.)<br />

I’m incredibly impressed by a new gadget that enables you<br />

to do ‘at-home cryotherapy’ treatments. 001 Eyecicles have<br />

scooped a <strong>Beauty</strong> Bible Award in the past: two water-filled<br />

globes that you keep in the fridge and use to massage away<br />

under-eye puffiness. (Pretty darned miraculous they are, too.)<br />

Now 001 have launched the CRYOpress beauty<br />

roller, £75 (001skincare.com) which dramatically helps<br />

improve blood circulation, tightens skin and helps<br />

drain lymph. Just brilliant before a night out.<br />

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I’m all for massaging the face. It’s incredibly effective for<br />

brightening the complexion, banishing puffiness, generally<br />

putting back a glow when you feel you’re looking (as<br />

Charlie Brown might say) ‘bleeeaurgh’. You can use your<br />

fingers, but sonic massage devices are even more effective.<br />

The FOREO LUNA brushes were originally designed to<br />

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doubt they work brilliantly with pretty much any cleanser<br />

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at restoring glow. The minis start at £85, but I like the<br />

bigger ones, which are priced £129, if budget allows.<br />

Retinoids<br />

Retinol is an alternative name for vitamin A. Originally<br />

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retinoids were extremely effective at fighting signs of ageing.<br />

They work by promoting rapid skin cell turnover,<br />

revealing new skin beneath – a kind of invisible exfoliation<br />

“I generally wait till the frenzy’s subsided<br />

a bit before embracing a new ‘miracle<br />

peptide’ or face-vibrating gizmo” <br />

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thin the skin in this way means it’s more vulnerable to sun<br />

damage, so you’ll need to layer an SPF over the top.<br />

Results from over-the-counter retinols – retinyl palmitate,<br />

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Sleep-in masks<br />

These have seemingly come out of nowhere as a beauty<br />

category but are actually an introduction via Korea.<br />

Are they different to night creams? Well, what these<br />

creams/masks also offer is a jolt of specifically facewaking<br />

ingredients – in line with what a regular mask<br />

delivers, but working their magic as we slumber.<br />

What I would say about sleeping masks is, if you have<br />

dry skin, more is more. I love them and favourites include<br />

Erborian Sleeping BB Mask, £36 for 50ml, Fresh Black<br />

Tea Firming Overnight Mask, £29 for 30ml, and Origins<br />

Drink Up Intensive Overnight Face Mask, £15 for 50ml.<br />

Hyaluronic acid<br />

Possibly my favourite molecule ever. A single gram,<br />

apparently, can hold up to six litres of water – explaining<br />

hyaluronic acid’s ability to quench skin with moisture,<br />

infusing the cells to hydrate and ‘plump’ them. No<br />

wonder it’s become a byword for hydration. It’s<br />

completely kind to skin, ideal even for sensitive types.<br />

Hyaluronic is very, very different to those acids like<br />

glycolic and lactic acid and does not peel or irritate<br />

skin in any way. I love, love, love, love, love it.<br />

Favourite places to find it? Garnier Moisture Bomb 3-in-<br />

1 Hydrating Day Cream, £7.99 for 50ml, Sarah Chapman<br />

Intense Hydrating Booster, £59<br />

for 15ml, and Vichy Mineral<br />

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Marula is packed with antioxidants<br />

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It’s a great multi-tasker –<br />

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Oaks Hair and <strong>Beauty</strong> Retreat was established in 1990<br />

by Christine and Neil Bacon joined later on by their<br />

son Alexander. We simply fell in love with this amazing<br />

14th century property starting renovation immediately<br />

throughout all 3 floors.<br />

Having both worked in the hairdressing industry for<br />

many years putting on fashion shows , training many<br />

students, been nominees of the British Hairdressers<br />

of the Year South East Awards and having managed a<br />

reasonable size team of 22 -24 employees we thought<br />

Hythe would be a much slower pace for us , little did<br />

we realise how busy we would be here on Hythe’s<br />

wonderful High Street full of lots of independent<br />

shops.<br />

We have an exceptionally highly experienced talented<br />

team here who bring a wealth of experience to the<br />

salon with a very loyal clientele, some having been<br />

with us from the beginning. As a team we are highly<br />

motivated to give a 5* service to all our guests.<br />

We often hold open day/evening events for our<br />

guests showcasing our work and offering advice on<br />

treatments and styling. Here at Oaks we have our Hero<br />

treatments that we choose to work with and bring only<br />

the best products into our salon.<br />

HERO PRODUCT<br />

MOROCCANOIL<br />

We have been advocates for this product range and<br />

fortunate to have been with Moroccanoil from the<br />

beginning, with Moroccanoil now celebrating their<br />

10th Anniversary this year and we are so pleased<br />

to have a wealth of 10 years with this truly amazing<br />

product in our salon here at Oaks. We have worked<br />

with Moroccanoil at many events:<br />

London Fashion Week at Horse Guards Parade<br />

Salon International Excel London<br />

Bloomsbury Ballroom London<br />

At these events we have worked alongside:<br />

Kristian Aadnevik fashion designer<br />

Alice Temperley fashion designer<br />

Errol Douglas and several other top hair stylists<br />

OLAPLEX<br />

The Olaplex hair treatment is one of the biggest<br />

advances in hair technology for years. It’s a real game<br />

changer for our hair colourists with it maximising the<br />

strength and integrity of your hair during both hair<br />

colouring treatments and what we call stand alone hair<br />

treatments.<br />

Once again Oaks was invited to be first to market with<br />

Olaplex, working with it for over 3 years. Olaplex is an<br />

in salon treatment with us using stages 1 & 2. OLAPLEX<br />

Number 3 is your turn; it’s an at home treatment that<br />

you use once a week , quick and easy to use at home.<br />

Our clients really rave about this product with reviews<br />

of great results and easy to use OLAPLEX No 3 is<br />

available at Oaks Hair and <strong>Beauty</strong> Retreat.<br />

BEAUTY<br />

We introduced beauty treatments to Oaks 3 years<br />

ago employing only the top level therapists in beauty,<br />

Level 3 or above with the therapists continually<br />

training and keeping up to date with their knowledge<br />

ever growing. This side of the business is in a real<br />

growth pattern so we are delighted to be offering<br />

beauty treatments to our clients who often refer to it<br />

as ‘stepping out of the real world for a few pampering<br />

hours’, finishing with a luxury blow dry with one of our<br />

top stylists.<br />

BEAUTY HERO PRODUCT<br />

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With our very own therapists having reached their<br />

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When others talk about pampering , beauty or fancy<br />

packaging we deliver results by using Dermalogica to<br />

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FELLOWSHIP OF BRITISH HAIRDRESSING<br />

For the last 6 years as a salon we have enjoyed being<br />

Members of the Fellowship of British Hairdressing to<br />

which it was such an honour to be invited as it’s only<br />

the elite of salons that are in this group. We often<br />

attend demonstrations and shows put on by the best in<br />

our industry. We are constantly training and learning to<br />

bring the best to you here at Oaks.<br />

OUR FUTURE<br />

The salon for the future is growing strongly in this ever<br />

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Go to Oaks Hair & <strong>Beauty</strong> Retreat, 120 High Street,<br />

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We encourage people to join a group and can recommend those<br />

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safety are all-important. But equally, running for some is about<br />

taking time out from the ‘everyday’ and we understand the health<br />

benefits of getting out the door and being ‘at one’.<br />

As Running Hub in Southborough approaches its tenth year,<br />

owner Allan Cheek reflects on the running scene in Kent and<br />

Sussex.<br />

We’ve seen incredible growth in newcomers. New groups are<br />

forming all over to encourage and assist individuals to take their<br />

first steps. The NHS ‘Couch to 5K’ course has been adopted by<br />

hundreds. The fabulous success of the free ParkRun is spreading<br />

across the region with approximately 50 locations in Kent/Sussex/<br />

Surrey alone, each attracting an average of 200 participants of all<br />

ages and abilities.<br />

Running Hub is small but very well stocked with most of what is<br />

needed and we’ll do our best to source that specialist<br />

product. Open from 10.00-5.30 weekdays and 9.00-5.00<br />

Saturdays our convenient main A26 location between Tunbridge<br />

Wells and Tonbridge is enhanced by the big public car park<br />

opposite in Yew Tree Road, currently free for 2 hours with a ticket.<br />

At Running Hub most of our customers these days come by<br />

recommendation, which is very reassuring that we are doing the<br />

right things. We ask for some background information; we look at<br />

feet (in all their amazing variety); we watch people run; we assess<br />

their needs and match them from our wide choice of models.<br />

It helps us enormously if customers bring their current running<br />

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What does it mean to embrace the passage of time<br />

– gently, holistically and positively? asks Eminé Rushton<br />

Ageing – as natural as breathing. So, why do we strive<br />

so very hard to stymie the passage of time? The<br />

Western take on ageing is rooted in fear. We worry<br />

that we’ll become less attractive, less relevant, less important.<br />

A multi-billion pound industry feeds on this deeply ingrained<br />

societal insecurity – promising ever-more innovative (and<br />

sometimes ludicrous) ways to stop the clock.<br />

73-year-old Helen Mirren put it brilliantly when she said,<br />

“You only have two options in life: die young, or get old.<br />

There is nothing else.” It would seem that Mirren’s candour<br />

and common sense are steadily catching on.<br />

“Traditional ways of marketing – specifically around age,<br />

gender and ethnicity – are becoming less relevant,” says Alexia<br />

Inge, co-founder of online beauty giant, Cult <strong>Beauty</strong>.<br />

“There has been a slow move in focus away<br />

from eternal, youthful perfection to a spirit of<br />

positivity, confidence and psychological and<br />

emotional health.” Whereas the impossibly<br />

ironed-out face of a 50-something starlet might<br />

once have propelled those anti-ageing product<br />

sales, now we are savvier and increasingly cynical<br />

and, crucially, fewer and fewer of us want to<br />

look artificially ‘anti-aged’ in the first place.<br />

As Inge explains, the beauty we most aspire to comes from<br />

within – a glow of good health and happiness; a twinkle<br />

in the eye. There is also a societal sea change happening<br />

all around us too. After generations of insecurity-preying<br />

advertising, women have savvied up and are ever more<br />

vociferously rejecting archaic, limiting and perfectionpeddling<br />

beauty ideals.<br />

Big brands themselves are now embracing the pro-ageing<br />

movement and across social media and glossy magazine<br />

covers, the woman of the moment is increasingly real, wise,<br />

strong and inspiring. So, if you’re feeling ready to embrace<br />

“One of the<br />

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the skin that you are in.<br />

Feed skin from within<br />

We have all heard it before, but one of the biggest impacters<br />

on our outward appearance and the vitality of our skin, is<br />

nutrition. From getting a diet rich in essential fatty acids<br />

(lovely, skin-restoring good fats, found readily in oily fish,<br />

chia seeds, egg yolks, avocado and flaxseed oil), to those<br />

naturally anti-ageing brightly coloured vegetables, red wine,<br />

darkest chocolate and good olive oil (rich in antioxidant<br />

polyphenols and phytonutrients, which, handily, help our<br />

body mop up those prematurely ageing free radicals from UV<br />

light, pollution and infrared-emitting devices),<br />

it makes good skin sense to eat a varied,<br />

delicious, natural diet.<br />

Happy days for skin<br />

I love Roald Dahl’s quote: “If you have good<br />

thoughts they will shine out of your face like<br />

sunbeams and you will always look lovely”<br />

– because it’s true. Happiness is beautiful, and<br />

there is a scientific reason for this, too.<br />

When we are happy, when we smile, when we laugh, we<br />

produce more serotonin. This happy hormone significantly<br />

reduces our cortisol levels.<br />

“Elevated cortisol levels induce<br />

inflammation and suppress<br />

the immune system,” says<br />

dermatologist, Dr Jennifer<br />

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keeps skin smooth and strong.” Likewise, the love<br />

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love is naturally good for your skin.<br />

Glow and go gently<br />

When we run (particularly on hard surfaces) it is not<br />

only our joints that feel the impact – our faces, too,<br />

experience a lot of impact-induced movement, with<br />

the skin around our cheeks and jawline in particular,<br />

being subjected to significant ‘bounce’ (much like our<br />

breasts without a good sports bra), which, over time,<br />

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If you love nothing more than to run, by all means do, of<br />

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Look to the East<br />

In both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda<br />

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because she is no longer defined by her reproductive system<br />

(from menstruation and pregnancy, through to child-bearing<br />

and breastfeeding). Likewise, in the East, beauty is celebrated<br />

all the more as you age; the wisdom behind the eyes, the<br />

laughter lines of a life heartily enjoyed.<br />

<strong>Beauty</strong> rituals, too, are more focused on relaxation and<br />

enjoyment (a quick swipe over the face with a value cleansing<br />

wipe won’t cut it). Taking the time to care for ourselves is<br />

important. From salubrious baths with nourishing oils to<br />

massage treatments and holistic facials, self-care rituals such as<br />

these feed up the soul, and enhance our inner/outer glow, too.<br />

Less is more beautiful<br />

Our skin is incredible – a flourishing microbiome of good<br />

bacteria, acids and enzymes live upon the skin we are in.<br />

Holistic beauty protocols seek never to interfere with the<br />

skin’s natural balance, they support, bolster and strengthen,<br />

instead. Try paring your beauty routine back to a nourishing<br />

balm or cream cleanser, a hydrating and brightening serum<br />

and a replenishing face oil. Brilliant natural brands I trust<br />

include Josh Rosebrook, de Mamiel, MV Skincare, Lani Hair,<br />

Ra Oils, Balance Me and Neal’s Yard Remedies.<br />

Pro-ageing natural skincare for radiant skin<br />

Neal’s Yard Remedies launched their Age Well Revolution<br />

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looks to strengthen ageing skin, while imparting glow,<br />

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MV Organic Skincare Gentle Cream Cleanser, £39. With<br />

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Twelve <strong>Beauty</strong> Hyaluroil Lip Treatment, £28. This allnatural<br />

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There’s plastic surgery – the scary kind with general anaesthetics and scalpels – and then<br />

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The 8 Point Lift<br />

The 8 Point Lift is a ‘non-surgical facelift’ using the most<br />

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Treatment with Profhilo takes around 15 minutes and<br />

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Food: Nicci Gurr Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Wine pairing: Victoria Aldwinkle of Kent Wine School.<br />

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Wine+<br />

These beautiful rich flavours<br />

remind us of Alpine mountain food.<br />

Gruyère is of course from Switzerland,<br />

so we’ve headed to Savoie, in the French<br />

foothills of the Alps, for a white wine to<br />

match the wonderful weighty flavours<br />

of Gruyère and Parma ham but have<br />

enough acidity to cut through the fat<br />

of the dish. The Wine Society do a<br />

wonderful Savoie-Chignin 2017<br />

for £10.95.<br />

Food<br />

Parma ham and<br />

Gruyère gougères<br />

Baked Camembert with<br />

cobnuts and honey<br />

Makes 20 canapés Prep time: 90 minutes.<br />

Serves 6-8 Prep time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 35 minutes.<br />

Choux pastry<br />

• 200ml/7fl oz cold water<br />

• 85g/3oz unsalted butter,<br />

plus extra for greasing<br />

• 115g/4oz plain flour<br />

• pinch salt<br />

• 3 medium eggs, beaten<br />

Cheese sauce<br />

• 150ml whole milk<br />

• 250ml double cream<br />

• 50ml white wine<br />

• 50ml hot vegetable stock<br />

• 1 bay leaf<br />

• 4 tbsp plain flour<br />

• 50g salted butter<br />

• 150g grated Gruyère<br />

• 5 pieces of Parma ham<br />

Preheat the oven to<br />

1200C/400F/Gas 6. Place<br />

the water and butter into a<br />

large saucepan and heat gently<br />

until the butter has melted.<br />

Turn up the heat, then pour in<br />

the flour and salt all in one go.<br />

Remove from the heat and<br />

2 beat the mixture vigorously<br />

until a smooth paste is formed.<br />

3Once the mixture comes<br />

away from the side of the<br />

pan, transfer to a large bowl.<br />

Beat in the eggs, a little at a<br />

time, until the mixture has a<br />

soft dropping consistency.<br />

Grease a large baking sheet.<br />

4Using a piping bag and<br />

plain 1cm/½in nozzle, pipe<br />

the mixture into small balls<br />

across the baking sheet.<br />

To make a crispier top, gently<br />

rub the top of each ball with a<br />

wet finger.<br />

5Bake for 12–15 minutes<br />

until risen and golden.<br />

Remove, cool and hollow out.<br />

6Pour cream, stock, milk,<br />

bay leaf, wine and grain<br />

mustard into a large saucepan<br />

and bring to the boil.<br />

In a separate pan melt butter<br />

over a medium heat then<br />

add flour and cook until the<br />

mixture has a sandy texture.<br />

7Slowly pour the warm<br />

cream and milk mix into<br />

the flour mixture and whisk<br />

until smooth. Remove from<br />

heat, take out bay leaf and add<br />

cheese. Leave to cool.<br />

8Take 5 pieces of thinly<br />

sliced Parma ham and grill<br />

until crispy, then leave to cool.<br />

9Fill the choux buns with<br />

the cheese sauce, warm and<br />

poke in the crispy Parma ham<br />

to serve.<br />

• 150g to 200g round<br />

Camembert (we like the<br />

local Chaucers Kentish<br />

Camembert)<br />

• 50g roughly chopped<br />

Kentish cobnuts or<br />

hazelnuts<br />

• 2 tbsp (30ml) local honey<br />

• 1 baguette or epi<br />

Preheat oven to 180C. Take<br />

1 the scored cheese out of<br />

the wooden box. Score the top<br />

of cheese crossways to make<br />

an ‘X’ pattern. This helps<br />

the heat penetrate to the<br />

middle.<br />

Wrap it in parchment<br />

2<br />

paper and place onto<br />

a baking tray. Cook in<br />

the pre-heated oven for 25<br />

minutes until runny <strong>inside</strong>.<br />

3Place the warm cheese<br />

onto a wooden board<br />

with either some sliced warm<br />

baguette, or pain d’epi.<br />

Drizzle the cheese with<br />

4 the honey, scatter on the<br />

cobnuts and serve while still<br />

warm.<br />

Wine+<br />

The Camembert in this recipe, calls<br />

for a lightly oaked white from<br />

Burgundy. We really like Saint-Véran<br />

2014 Les Vignerons des Grandes<br />

Vignes from Majestic (£10.99) which is<br />

wonderfully fragrant with great acidity<br />

to cut through the fat of the cheese. It’s<br />

a 2014 vintage so has developed slightly<br />

nutty, honeyed notes on the nose.<br />

A great example of well-made,<br />

delicious Chardonnay.<br />

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Food<br />

Salmon gravadlax<br />

with beetroot<br />

Celeriac remoulade<br />

on a new potato base<br />

Makes 20 Prep time: 40 minutes - with some preparation the<br />

day before.<br />

• 200g fresh salmon<br />

• 5g rock salt<br />

• 35ml vodka<br />

• 10g dill<br />

• 50g cooked beetroot<br />

For the oatcakes<br />

• 225g oats<br />

• 60g plain flour<br />

• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda<br />

• 60g salted butter<br />

• 1 tsp salt<br />

• ½ tsp sugar<br />

• 60-80ml hot water<br />

Salmon preparation<br />

1Finely chop the raw<br />

salmon, put in a bowl, add<br />

half of the chopped dill, the<br />

vodka and the salt, cover and<br />

leave in the fridge overnight.<br />

Wine+<br />

Salmon usually calls for a glass of<br />

bubbles for the refreshing acidity. But<br />

the beetroot gives this dish added<br />

character so we’ve gone for a rosé fizz<br />

from the Loire Valley in France. Made<br />

from Pinot Noir, Langlois Crémant de<br />

Loire from the Secret Cellar (£18.00),<br />

is packed with berry and light spice<br />

notes which gives it enough power<br />

to match the beetroot<br />

perfectly.<br />

Method for oatcakes (or buy a<br />

packet of mini oatcakes)<br />

1Place the oats, flour,<br />

bicarbonate of soda, butter<br />

and sugar in a blender until<br />

you have fine crumbs (you can<br />

blend by hand if you prefer a<br />

coarser mix).<br />

Add the warm water slowly<br />

until a dough-like consistency<br />

is formed.<br />

Sprinkle flour on a work<br />

surface, then roll the dough to<br />

about a £1-coin thickness and<br />

cut out 1-inch circles (a shot<br />

glass is good for this if you<br />

don’t have a cutter).<br />

2Bake at 180C for 10-15<br />

minutes until cooked all<br />

the way through. Allow to cool<br />

before serving.<br />

hour before serving<br />

1Take the salmon mix out<br />

of the fridge, add the finely<br />

chopped beetroot and place<br />

back in the fridge.<br />

2Place a blob of crème<br />

fraiche on each cooled<br />

oatcake, then about ¾ of a<br />

teaspoon of the salmon mix,<br />

garnish with the remaining dill.<br />

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Serves 20 Prep time: 40 minutes.<br />

Cooking time: 15-20 mintes.<br />

• 100g celeriac<br />

• 1 lemon juiced and zested<br />

• 1 tsp grain mustard<br />

• 2 tbsp good quality<br />

mayonnaise<br />

• 10 small new potatoes<br />

• 50ml olive oil<br />

• 200g Bramley apples<br />

(approx. 1)<br />

• ¼ tsp cinnamon<br />

• ¼ tsp mixed spice<br />

• 20g butter<br />

1In a bowl grate the celeriac<br />

and immediately add the<br />

zest and juice of the lemon<br />

to reduce the celeriac going<br />

brown.<br />

2Add the mayonnaise and<br />

whole grain mustard and<br />

mix. Cover and rest in the<br />

fridge (this mix can be made in<br />

advance).<br />

Method (potato base)<br />

1Preheat oven to 180C.<br />

Slice the potatoes around<br />

the equator so you get about<br />

20 nice even rings, these will<br />

be your bases for the canapés.<br />

Brush the potato rings<br />

in olive oil and roast for<br />

2<br />

Wine+<br />

Nutty celeriac, creamy potato,<br />

sweet apple and a hint of warm heat<br />

from the mustard – lots of flavours<br />

to match wine with. We went for a<br />

Riesling from Majestic Clos St-Jacques<br />

Riesling (£11.99). It’s an off-dry wine<br />

with gorgeous notes of ripe apple<br />

and hints of honey.<br />

10 – 15 minutes at 180C until<br />

cooked then set to one side to<br />

cool.<br />

Method apples<br />

1Peel and core the apple and<br />

dice. Add the spices and<br />

butter to the apple.<br />

Cook until tender (it should<br />

have an apple sauce consistency).<br />

To serve<br />

1When ready to serve, place<br />

about 1 tsp of the apple mix<br />

on top of the potato, and the<br />

celeriac mix on top of the apple.<br />

Finish with a grating of nutmeg,<br />

or a sprig of parsley to garnish.


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Wine+<br />

This canapé has lots of<br />

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it, so we looked for a delicious rosé to<br />

match. The Wine Society do a lovely<br />

Corsican Rosé 2017 (£9.95). It’s a<br />

blend of native Corsican grape varieties<br />

and packs lots of Mediterranean<br />

flavours in. Rosé is normally the drink<br />

of summer, but the colour of this<br />

one would look great<br />

served at Christmas.<br />

Christmas<br />

crackers<br />

Makes 10-15 crackers Prep time: 10 minutes.<br />

• 200g cooked peas<br />

• 1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

• 1 tbsp tahini<br />

• squeeze of lemon<br />

• 50g chickpeas from a can<br />

• 2 tbsp olive oil<br />

• 1 packet of charcoal<br />

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• 5 radishes to garnish<br />

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1Blitz in a food processor<br />

all the ingredients (except<br />

crackers and radishes). For a<br />

more rustic, less smooth finish<br />

mash with a fork.<br />

2Place the hummus mix<br />

onto the crackers.<br />

3Finish with a quarter of<br />

radish on each cracker.<br />

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Held <strong>inside</strong> stunning black and white striped tipis,<br />

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Smoked salmon<br />

and cucumber bites<br />

Makes 20 Prep time: 20 minutes.<br />

• 200g smoked salmon<br />

(sliced strips)<br />

• 1 medium-sized<br />

cucumber<br />

• 150g cream cheese. (We<br />

like Slipcote Garlic and<br />

Herb - from Sussex)<br />

• dill - 1 pack<br />

1Peel, then slice the<br />

cucumber into about 20<br />

rings - 1cm thick.<br />

2Place about ½<br />

teaspoon of the<br />

cream cheese on each<br />

cucumber slice.<br />

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of salmon you should end up<br />

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4Roll each salmon strip<br />

tightly into a spiral and<br />

place on top of the cream<br />

cheese.<br />

5To serve, add a sprig of dill<br />

to garnish.<br />

Wine+<br />

Bubbles are our choice here as the<br />

flavours won’t fight this delicate dish.<br />

Champagne would be the classic<br />

match, but we’ve gone for a Crémant<br />

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Garden<br />

Keeping it real<br />

Ditch the plastic says Jo Arnell and decorate your home with boughs<br />

of real holly (and other lovely things)<br />

Our Christmas decoration box is full, we’re<br />

wading through clutter and I really do want<br />

to cut back on plastic and un-recyclable<br />

trimmings. It will take nerves of steel, though, as the<br />

shops are packed with gorgeousness, but there are some<br />

surprisingly useful and beautiful things for decorating in<br />

the garden too. And they come with added benefits.<br />

Organic decorations won’t clog up your life or your<br />

loft - they’ll just fade naturally and sweetly away after<br />

Christmas. Making naturally festive decorations will<br />

satisfy that creative urge (even if it is buried as deeply as<br />

last year’s fairy lights). When it’s all over they’ll leave no<br />

trace, no footprint, except perhaps a momentary one in<br />

the snow as we trudge down to the compost heap.<br />

Festive Foraging<br />

Serotonin levels drop as the amount of daylight decreases.<br />

We produce far less of this mood-enhancing chemical in the<br />

low winter light. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing<br />

and can make us sluggish and out of sorts - even causing<br />

severe depression. Outdoor exercise at this time of the year<br />

will help to keep serotonin levels up. Added to this is the<br />

dopamine effect of picking and gathering. Dopamine is<br />

the ‘reward’ chemical released in the brain’s reward centre<br />

(also triggered by gaming and shopping, but originally<br />

meant for hunter-gathering). A winter walk, especially one<br />

with a purpose, will definitely help to lift the mood.<br />

The tree<br />

Whether it’s a traditional Norway spruce, non-drop<br />

Nordman or fancy blue job, nothing beats a real tree.<br />

Admittedly they do need a bit of maintenance to stay<br />

at their fulsome, fragrant best through the festivities<br />

and even the non-drop varieties shed a bit, but they are<br />

more environmentally friendly than fake versions.<br />

No matter how many years an artificial tree is kept, it<br />

will probably end up as more plastic in landfill, it was made<br />

using the earth’s resources and quite possibly it had to<br />

travel many miles across an ocean to reach your hearth.<br />

Making your tree last<br />

Keep it outside for as long as you can before<br />

bringing into the dry indoor heat.<br />

Chop a little off the bottom to freshen up the stump<br />

and put it in water straightaway (many Christmas<br />

tree stands have a built-in water reservoir).<br />

Position it away from radiators and open fires.<br />

Water every day. Like a cut flower it will carry on<br />

taking water up through the trunk for a good while.<br />

An alternative to a whole evergreen tree is to use an<br />

artistically shaped branch, or bunch of twigs cut from<br />

a tree or shrub with attractive stems, like Silver Birch,<br />

Cornus (Dogwood), or Willow (as seen in our Christmas<br />

house in this issue). These look best treated simply and<br />

hung with just a few berries, baubles or fairy lights.<br />

Berry and Bright<br />

Use real berries and fruits to decorate both the tree and the<br />

house, they will last a long time - admittedly not as long as<br />

their plastic equivalents, but that is only to be celebrated.<br />

Berries might traditionally come in red, but there are<br />

many other colours to mix into your festive scheme.<br />

Above: Dogwood stems are perfect for Christmas decorating<br />

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Garden<br />

Fresh Foliage and long-lasting leaves<br />

Once you start looking in the garden it’s amazing to<br />

discover how many ordinary plants, that we mostly<br />

ignore, are naturally decorative in winter. Evergreen<br />

leaves tend to be glossy, which also helps to stop<br />

them losing moisture once they’re brought <strong>inside</strong>.<br />

Some may need a splash of water, or hunk of soaking<br />

oasis foam to keep them looking lively, but many<br />

stay surprisingly fresh-looking all through the festive<br />

season. Some of the best long-lasting foliage plants:<br />

Holly - very traditional, but can be a bit<br />

prickly and hard on the fingers - wear gloves.<br />

Ivy - still one of the best Christmas evergreens,<br />

with long pliable stems, attractive leaves,<br />

flowers and fruits. The variegated forms add<br />

a touch of white or gold for contrast.<br />

Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica) - can<br />

be used as a wreath base, or to line a plain<br />

bowl piled with nuts or clementines).<br />

Conifer foliage - effective as a wreath or<br />

swag base and many varieties are scented.<br />

Viburnum tinus - often overlooked in the garden<br />

for much of the year: a dark green blob that blends<br />

into the background, but it lasts very well <strong>inside</strong> and<br />

often has the added bonus of winter flowers too.<br />

Pittosporum - leaves on this delicate looking<br />

evergreen last very well among cut flowers, but<br />

go carefully as some varieties aren’t as robust<br />

and frost-hardy as our native evergreens and<br />

won’t appreciate a mid-winter hacking.<br />

Herbs - are lovely fragrant additions and<br />

the leaves of Bay and Rosemary dry well.<br />

Other long-lasting leaves to try: Ruscus,<br />

Osmanthus and Euonymus - these have<br />

small leaves and are useful as fillers in table<br />

decorations and on wreaths or swags.<br />

Sorbus (Rowan/Moutain Ash) cultivars are available<br />

with multi-coloured berries: Sorbus hupehensis ‘Pink<br />

Pagoda’ (pink), ‘Joseph Rock’ - yellow and Sorbus<br />

cashmiriana has white berries. Our native Spindle tree<br />

(Euonymus europaeus) can be found in the hedgerows<br />

and has bright orange berries in a pink casing, although<br />

annoyingly, these are often over by Christmas.<br />

The black clusters of ivy berries look great in wreaths<br />

and swags, as do rosehips. For an unreal-looking, metallic<br />

purple try the berries of Callicarpa bodinieri. Remember<br />

to compensate wildlife if you take berries and fruits.<br />

Seedheads and cones<br />

Many dried seed pods can be made to look festive,<br />

but you may need to think ahead with these. Skeletal<br />

forms and the tracery of stems and umbellifers make<br />

delicate and understated decorations. Collect them<br />

once they’re dry, but before the weather gets to them,<br />

as they can quickly rot away to un-festive sludge in wet<br />

winter conditions. They can be picked weeks, if not<br />

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months in advance and stored as dried arrangements.<br />

Mini cones of alder and beech are great for decorating<br />

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in wreaths, or as tree decorations, but they are prickly, so<br />

handle with care. The orange seed cases of Physalis will<br />

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occasionally the casing is eaten away to make a delicately<br />

skeletal form that can look as lovely as any bauble. Allium<br />

seed heads look like glamorous decorations whether left<br />

in a natural state or sprayed silver for extra sparkle.<br />

Faded flowers and bracts<br />

Hydrangea heads dry and last well, as do the skeletal<br />

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You won’t need much: a pair of secateurs and gardening<br />

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Education<br />

Hark, the little angels sing<br />

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Christmas is coming, with all its midwinter sparkle<br />

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and that is any school’s Christmas celebration.<br />

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a traditional nativity play,<br />

a carol service, or a more multicultural smorgasbord. The<br />

magic is in the sparkle in the children’s eyes, the home-made<br />

costumes, the enthusiastic piano playing, the breathless<br />

declamations and the hearty, if not always tuneful singing.<br />

And while the festive season outside the school gates<br />

seems to be increasingly about getting and spending,<br />

most schools do a very good job of fostering a Christmas<br />

atmosphere that celebrates the more important things of life.<br />

Schools bring children together through songs and drama,<br />

encourage them to think about those less fortunate than<br />

themselves and introduce them to religious ideas that can help<br />

them start to think about the big questions of being human.<br />

And while ‘normal’ lessons often get hijacked, think<br />

what those preparations are teaching pupils. Children are<br />

learning that to decorate a classroom you have to plan<br />

and prepare, make your decorations, and work together to<br />

put them up – practical project management in action!<br />

They are learning that to put on a successful Christmas<br />

concert, everyone has to go on a journey that starts with being<br />

introduced to an unknown piece of music, goes through all<br />

kinds of dips and troughs when it seems as if no-one will ever<br />

be able to master either the tune or the timing, but ends up<br />

in a successful sing-out for an audience of family and friends.<br />

Christmas is a perfect example of how schools are<br />

always busy doing so much more than just teaching<br />

maths, English and other basic subjects.<br />

Through the annual rhythms of the school year they<br />

help their pupils see the importance of structure and<br />

effort. They encourage team work and partnerships<br />

and show them how to find their place in a community<br />

of people that is bigger and more complicated than<br />

home - but still a safe place full of familiar adults where<br />

mistakes can be made, successes applauded, festivals<br />

celebrated, and where everyone gets to play a part.<br />

Sometimes, of course, schools aren’t always such<br />

constructive places, and as a parent you might be struggling<br />

with a classroom situation that is making your child<br />

unhappy. In which case, you might not be feeling much<br />

Christmas love for your child’s school right now.<br />

But even the difficult patches of school life can offer<br />

important learning to children and most young people<br />

will leave school with the kind of good memories that are<br />

very likely to include Christmas jumper day, or singing<br />

‘Little Donkey’ in the Christmas concert, or the picture<br />

of Mr Edwards, the school caretaker, playing Santa with<br />

such gusto that his ho, ho, hos blew his beard off.<br />

So mark your diary, put your phone away, cram<br />

your pockets with emergency tissues, and prepare<br />

to wallow in the true joy and purity of Christmas<br />

– as brought to you by children everywhere.<br />

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Christmas Events at Kenward Trust<br />

Christmas Craft Morning<br />

Kenward Christmas Fair<br />

Wednesday 5th <strong>December</strong> 10.30am- 12.00pm<br />

Join us to make a Log Candle Table Centrepiece and Felt Tree Decorations. Tickets are £25.00 per person<br />

and include a hot drink and mince pie. Only 12 places available so early booking is recommended.<br />

Saturday 8th <strong>December</strong> 10.00am - 4.00pm<br />

Browse our craft stalls for beautifully crafted and homemade Christmas gifts, trees, wreaths, cards and<br />

much more. Our café, Sage and Time will also be open for lunches, homemade cakes and hot drinks.<br />

Christmas Craft Morning<br />

Wednesday 12th <strong>December</strong> 10.30am- 12.00pm<br />

Join us to make a Scandinavian Hanging Mini Tree and Felt Tree Decorations. Tickets are £25.00 per<br />

person and include a hot drink and mince pie. Only 12 places available so early booking is recommended.<br />

Kenward Christmas Lunch<br />

Friday 14th <strong>December</strong> 12.00pm - 2.00pm<br />

Enjoy a delicious two course Christmas lunch, a glass of alcohol free bubbles and a tea or coffee to finish at<br />

our Sage and Time café. Tickets are £19.95 per person and places are limited so book early!<br />

All of our Christmas events will be held at: Kenward Trust, Kenward Road, Yalding ME18 6AH<br />

To book tickets please telephone: 01622 814187 (Monday - Friday 9.00am—5.00pm)<br />

Registered Charity no. 1146481. Registered in England no. 7931728<br />

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<strong>Beauty</strong><br />

Mon 3 Dec<br />

Powder Mills Hotel, Powdermill<br />

Lane, Battle TN33 0SP<br />

Winter Soiree<br />

The Rye Retreat will be<br />

showcasing their hair and make<br />

up trends and predictions with all<br />

proceeds going to The Sara Lee<br />

Trust and St Michael’s Hospice.<br />

Entry: £10<br />

01797 222211 / saraleetrust.org<br />

Christmas<br />

Nov & Dec<br />

Bedgebury Pinetum, Bedgebury<br />

Road, Goudhurst, TN17 2SJ<br />

Christmas at<br />

Bedgebury<br />

A one mile sparkling path winds<br />

its way through the National<br />

Pinetum in a magical after dark<br />

experience. Greeted by the sights<br />

and sounds of Christmas, wander<br />

beneath unique canopies drenched<br />

in seasonal colour.<br />

forestryengland.uk/bedgebury<br />

Wed – Sun Wed 24 Nov – Sun 9<br />

Dec & Daily <strong>December</strong> 10 – 24<br />

Hever Castle, Hever Road,<br />

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG<br />

Castle Christmas<br />

To celebrate the festive season,<br />

Hever Castle’s rooms will be<br />

decorated and themed around<br />

stories including The Nutcracker,<br />

and ‘Twas the Night Before<br />

Christmas with twinkling lights<br />

and log fires. Outside, discover an<br />

interactive trail themed around A<br />

Christmas Carol and a carousel,<br />

fairground stalls, characters from<br />

Christmas tales and a chance to<br />

pose for a picture with a husky.<br />

hevercastle.co.uk<br />

Weekends Sat 24 Nov – Sun 16<br />

Dec & Wed 19 – Sun 23 Dec<br />

Howletts Wild Animal Park,<br />

Bekesbourne Lane, Bekesbourne,<br />

Littlebourne, Canterbury, Kent<br />

CT4 5EL<br />

Meet Santa<br />

Treat your little ones to a<br />

sprinkling of Christmas magic.<br />

Children can share their Christmas<br />

wishes and dreams with Santa and<br />

What’s On in <strong>December</strong><br />

receive a Christmas gift, plus for<br />

a small additional charge, you can<br />

purchase a souvenir photo and<br />

treasure the magical memory.<br />

aspinallfoundation.org<br />

Sat 24 – Sun 25, Fri 30 Nov<br />

– Sun 2 Dec, & Friday 7<br />

<strong>December</strong> – Sun 9 Dec<br />

Rochester Castle gardens, Castle<br />

Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW<br />

Rochester Christmas<br />

Market<br />

Browse the stalls for gift ideas and<br />

unusual stocking fillers, wander<br />

the Bavarian food village (with<br />

treats including German Bratwurst<br />

sausages, Hog Roast and churros)<br />

or visit the funfair which offers<br />

rides for £1 on Fridays, watch live<br />

performers on the bandstand and<br />

enjoy guaranteed snow with the<br />

snow machine.<br />

medway.gov.uk<br />

Sat 1 – Sun 23 Dec and Wed 26<br />

Dec – Tue 1 Jan, 11am-3pm<br />

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy<br />

Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT<br />

A Magical Christmas at<br />

Ightham Mote<br />

Ightham Mote opens its doors for<br />

the festive season. Tour the house<br />

which will be dressed for a grand<br />

Victorian Christmas. Find a taste<br />

of Christmas in 1950s America in<br />

the library, an impressive tree in<br />

pride of place in the Great Hall,<br />

and the original kitchen, small<br />

dining room and scullery, all<br />

opening to the public for the first<br />

time. From Saturday 1 to Sunday<br />

2 <strong>December</strong>, the opening will<br />

be celebrated with a Christmas<br />

market of local produce around<br />

the carriage circle lawn, and<br />

children will also be able to impart<br />

their wishes with a visit to Father<br />

Christmas.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Weekends Sat 1 – Sun 16 & Thu<br />

20 – Mon 24 Dec<br />

Starts at Eridge train station,<br />

Rotherfield TN3 9LE<br />

Spa Valley Railway’s<br />

Santa Specials<br />

Hot chestnuts, face painters,<br />

traditional Christmas music and<br />

Santa visits with special gifts for<br />

VISIT FATHER CHRISTMAS AT HIS GROTTO • FEED THE REINDEER<br />

STORYTELLING • PANTOMIME • STREET PERFORMERS • PROCESSION<br />

• CAROL CONCERT • GIANT SNOWGLOBE • FAIRGROUND RIDES<br />

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS • STREET STALLS & MUCH MUCH MORE!<br />

Follow us on Facebook for more information @ryechristmasfestival<br />

WWW.RYECHRISTMASFESTIVAL.CO.UK<br />

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THE GREATEST GREAT ESCAPE THIS CHRISTMAS<br />

Trinity Theatre Productions<br />

Presents<br />

Book by<br />

JULIAN FELLOWES<br />

Music by<br />

GEORGE STILES<br />

Lyrics by<br />

ANTHONY DREWE<br />

Based on the book by<br />

KENNETH GRAHAME<br />

Original Production<br />

Produced by<br />

JAMIE HENDRY<br />

Director<br />

John Martin<br />

Musical Supervisor/Director<br />

Tony Stenson<br />

Choreographer<br />

Elizabeth Witt<br />

THU 13 DEC<br />

TO<br />

WED 2 JAN<br />

Box Office<br />

01892 678 678<br />

trinitytheatre.net<br />

“The Wind in the Willows” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorised performance materials are provided by<br />

Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 122-124 Regent Street, 3rd floor, London W1B 5SA. www.theatricalrights.co.uk<br />

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WED 23 – SAT 26 JANUARY<br />

TUE 5 –SAT 9 FEBRUARY<br />

MON 11 – SAT 16 FEBRUARY<br />

FERN BRITTON ANNA-JANE CASEY<br />

SARA CROWE K AREN DUNBAR RUTH MADOC<br />

TUE REBECCA 5–SAT STORM 16 DENISE WELCH MARCH<br />

with a fabulous company of 20<br />

MON 1 –<br />

SAT 6<br />

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SAT 22<br />

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MON 13 –<br />

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What’s On in <strong>December</strong><br />

all the good children make Spa<br />

Valley’s Santa Specials a lovely<br />

festive treat for all the family.<br />

spavalleyrailway.co.uk<br />

Sat 1 – Sun 2 & Sat 8 – Sun 9<br />

10am-3pm<br />

Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road,<br />

Dover CT16 1HU<br />

WWII Christmas<br />

Take a journey back to the Home<br />

Front this Christmas and find<br />

out how the festive season was<br />

celebrated in war-time. Over<br />

two weekends, Dover Castle<br />

will present a different selection<br />

of yule-tide activities. Visit a<br />

recreated officers’ mess to listen<br />

to tales of Christmas time at the<br />

Dover Castle Garrison. Help to<br />

bake delicious Christmas treats<br />

on the ration, get in the festive<br />

spirit with lindy hop dancing<br />

and maybe even meet Father<br />

Christmas himself.<br />

Entry: Adult £20, Child 5-17 £12,<br />

Concession £18, Family £50<br />

english-heritage.org.uk<br />

Sun 2 Dec<br />

West Malling High Street<br />

ME19 6LU<br />

West Mailing Christmas<br />

Festival<br />

Heart of Kent Hospice takes over<br />

the management of this year’s<br />

festival – a great day out for all<br />

the family with live entertainment<br />

on stage all afternoon, Santa’s<br />

Grotto, face painting, bungee<br />

trampolines, teacup and carousel<br />

rides, shopping, stalls, crafts and<br />

specialist food and drink.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

01622 790195 /<br />

erica.snow@hokh.co.uk<br />

Fri 7 Dec & Sat 8 Dec<br />

9.30am-5pm<br />

Trinity Church, Sissinghurst<br />

TN17 2JL<br />

Christmas Tree Festival<br />

Tis the season at Trinity Church,<br />

with trees decorated by village<br />

organisations, a variety of musical<br />

performances, local Christmas<br />

stalls, coffee, tea and light lunches,<br />

and a concert by the <strong>Wealden</strong><br />

Consort on Saturday at 7.30pm.<br />

01580 712612 /<br />

trinitychurch-sissinghurst.org.uk<br />

History<br />

Sat 27 Oct – Sun 6 Jan<br />

Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden<br />

Road, Cranbrook TN17 2AB<br />

Beatrix Potter’s<br />

Garden<br />

Learn about the story behind<br />

the author. Accomplished<br />

gardener, naturalist, farmer and<br />

environmentalist, Beatrix Potter<br />

found inspiration in plants,<br />

animals and landscapes, all of<br />

which will be explored in this<br />

new exhibition featuring original<br />

artefacts including letters, books<br />

and a pair of Beatrix’ clogs,<br />

complete with mud.<br />

01580 710701/<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Selected Sundays from Sun 18<br />

Nov – Sun 10 Feb<br />

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,<br />

Tonbridge TN11 8DG<br />

Roast and Rambles<br />

Get an <strong>inside</strong>r’s view of key parts<br />

of Penshurst Place and Gardens,<br />

as the historic house hosts a series<br />

of behind-the-scenes talks with<br />

an added bonus of a three-course<br />

carvery roast lunch to be served<br />

before your selected talk. This<br />

month there will be a talk on<br />

Portraits through the centuries on<br />

Sunday 2 <strong>December</strong> and another<br />

on Christmas in the Baron’s Hall<br />

on Sunday 16 <strong>December</strong>.<br />

Entry: Adults £21.50, Children<br />

5-12 £9.50, Under 5s free<br />

01892 870307 /<br />

penshurstplace.com<br />

New Year’s<br />

Mon 31 Dec<br />

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve,<br />

Aldington Road, Lympne, Hythe<br />

CT21 4LR<br />

Roaring 20s Ball<br />

See in the New Year in style at<br />

Port Lympne Hotel’s Aspinall<br />

Suite. Enjoy a glittering evening<br />

with a lavish four course gala<br />

dinner, followed by dancing the<br />

night away with the resident DJ<br />

and carriages at 1am.<br />

Entry: £99pp<br />

01303 264647 /<br />

aspinallfoundation.org<br />

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JOIN OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES<br />

AND PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN YOUR LOCAL HOSPICE<br />

Irene Dibben<br />

Chairman<br />

“It is a cliché to say that we are all<br />

giving something back to our<br />

community, but we are. Each Trustee<br />

feels he or she both learns and<br />

contributes, bringing a diverse set of<br />

skills to our roles. That is important, as<br />

through debate we reach what we<br />

consider to be the best outcome for<br />

the Hospice.”<br />

Forward<br />

thinking Experienced Strategic<br />

All of the Hospice’s work is underpinned by the core<br />

values of • honesty • respect • innovation • excellence<br />

• community • compassion<br />

If you have any questions, please contact<br />

Karen Clarke, Chief Executive on 01424 456367.<br />

For a Trustee Application Pack please email<br />

kmason@stmichaelshospice.com<br />

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve<br />

Christmas Fair And Grotto<br />

Explore our Christmas Fair, with free walks, carol singing and<br />

Santa in his Natural Bird Hide Grotto, plus a craft activity!<br />

Tyland Barn Visitor Centre Grotto<br />

Meet Santa and his Elves in the Nature Barn Grotto and take<br />

part in a craft activity!<br />

£6 includes Santa visit and craft activity<br />

www.stmichaelshospice.com<br />

Registered charity number 288462<br />

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What’s On in <strong>December</strong><br />

BEATRIX<br />

POTTER’S<br />

GARDEN<br />

Sissinghurst Castle Garden<br />

27 Oct <strong>2018</strong> – 6 Jan 2019<br />

Open daily except 24 & 25 Dec<br />

Normal admission applies<br />

An exhibition exploring the<br />

inspirations of the world<br />

famous author of the original<br />

Peter Rabbit Books TM with<br />

objects on loan from the<br />

Frederick Warne Archive.<br />

For more information visit<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurstcastle-garden<br />

or phone<br />

01580 710700.<br />

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New Hay Farm, Old Hay<br />

(Off Pearsons Green Road)<br />

Brenchley, Paddock Wood Kent TN12 7DG<br />

01892 83 4306 info@westkentshooting.co.uk<br />

www.westkentshooting.co.uk<br />

Mon 31 Dec<br />

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent<br />

ME17 1PL<br />

New Year’s Eve in the<br />

Castle<br />

The evening begins with<br />

Champagne in the Library, guided<br />

tours of the Castle, then on to<br />

the New Year’s Eve banquet – a<br />

four-course fine dining experience<br />

served in the splendid Henry VIII<br />

Banqueting Hall. After coffee and<br />

chocolates in the Castle Drawing<br />

Rooms, it’s time to take to the<br />

floor as you dance the night away<br />

to a live band. At the stroke of<br />

midnight, toast the New Year over<br />

a spectacular fireworks display as<br />

the finale to a very special evening.<br />

Residential guests will be served<br />

a full English breakfast on the<br />

following morning in the Castle<br />

Dining Room.<br />

Entry: Dinner £215 dinner and<br />

accommodation from £295<br />

leeds-castle.com<br />

Theatre & Music<br />

Sat 8 <strong>December</strong> 7.30pm<br />

St Dunstan’s Church, Stone<br />

Street, Cranbrook TN17 3HA<br />

CHRISTMAS CONCERT<br />

Kent Police Male Voice Choir,<br />

with guests Queen’s Regimental<br />

Association Corps of Drums, in<br />

a joyous seasonal concert raising<br />

funds for Canterbury Oast Trust,<br />

a Kent charity supporting adults<br />

with a learning disability.<br />

Entry: £11<br />

01233 732684<br />

Sun 9 Dec 3pm<br />

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling,<br />

Maidstone ME14 3AU<br />

Living Farm Nativity<br />

Visit Kent Life to experience a<br />

very special living nativity with<br />

the attraction’s very own farmyard<br />

friends. Working together with<br />

Maidstone Family Church,<br />

visitors can take a journey<br />

through the grounds of Kent<br />

Life to discover the nativity story<br />

scenes and join in the traditional<br />

Christmas Carolling. Children are<br />

encouraged to dress up so they can<br />

be part of the nativity.<br />

kentlife.org.uk<br />

Thu 20 – Sun 23 & Thu 27 –<br />

Sun 30 Dec<br />

Groombridge Place,<br />

Groombridge Hill, Groombridge,<br />

Tunbridge Wells TN3 9QG<br />

Groombridge Place<br />

Christmas Circus<br />

Spectacular<br />

This festive all-weather heated Big<br />

Top circus is a truly memorable<br />

seasonal experience. Audiences of<br />

all ages will be dazzled by amazing<br />

international performers including<br />

acrobats, aerialists and other<br />

speciality acts.<br />

Entry: Free with admission<br />

01892 861444 /<br />

groombridgeplace.com<br />

Workshops<br />

Nov & Dec<br />

Rebecca Mundy Jewellery,<br />

96 High Street, Sevenoaks,<br />

Kent TN13 1LP<br />

Jewellery Making<br />

Spend a day in a professional<br />

studio sampling some of the<br />

fundamental techniques of<br />

jewellery making, and create a<br />

unique silver decoration to be<br />

proud of! All materials are supplied<br />

and no experience is necessary.<br />

Entry: £95<br />

01892 322712 /<br />

rebeccamundy.co.uk/workshops<br />

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to press but may be subject to change.<br />

Readers are advised to check with<br />

venues before making arrangements.<br />

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C = 20<br />

C = 0<br />

Job M = 15 Title: Seamstress M = 5<br />

Gotham Book Caleigh<br />

Location: Y = 72 Headcorn, Y Kent = 5<br />

Pay: £8.25 per K hour, = 5 starting at K 24 = 60 hours a week<br />

We are looking for seamstress<br />

to join our team, duties will<br />

fonts<br />

include all aspects of product<br />

manufacture including cutting,<br />

assembly and inspection. Gotham Book We<br />

currently produce skydiving<br />

jumpsuits and dog coats on<br />

site, and have plans to expand<br />

our range in the future.<br />

Caleigh<br />

I N T E R I O R S<br />

I N T E R I O R S<br />

I N T E R I O R S<br />

01580 712209<br />

colour 01580 palette<br />

clare@clarelangdoninteriors.co.uk<br />

712209<br />

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www.clarelangdoninteriors.co.uk<br />

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Association House, St David’s Bridge,<br />

Association<br />

Cranbrook,<br />

House,<br />

Kent,<br />

St David’s<br />

TN17 3HL<br />

Bridge,<br />

Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3HL<br />

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C = 20<br />

C = 0<br />

M = 15<br />

M = 5<br />

Y = 72 colour palette Y = 5<br />

K = 5<br />

K = 60<br />

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We are located at Headcorn<br />

Airfi eld and currently operate 3<br />

days a week. The business has<br />

been running for 30 years, 15<br />

at the current location.<br />

Requirements<br />

• Experience using a<br />

sewing machine required,<br />

For more information or to apply,<br />

please email Hayley Jones at<br />

info@symbi.uk.<br />

experience with industrial<br />

machines preferred.<br />

• Ideal candidate will have<br />

a positive attitude, good<br />

problem solving skills and<br />

attention to detail.<br />

• Experience in Pattern<br />

Cutting or Pattern<br />

Generation is also<br />

favourable.<br />

Benefi ts<br />

• Flexible working hours<br />

• Relaxed working<br />

atmosphere<br />

• Opportunity to become<br />

involved in the business<br />

process if desired.<br />

W E<br />

H AV E<br />

MOV ED<br />

Battle Mowers Ltd<br />

For further information please phone 01424 773096<br />

or-email: battlemowers@btconnect.com www.battlemowers.co.uk<br />

Showroom: 15-19 Vinehall Business Park, Vinehall Road, Mountfield TN32 5JW<br />

Mother’s Help Required<br />

4 children aged 4, 2 ½<br />

& 15 month old twins.<br />

Tenterden Area<br />

(no more than 10 mile<br />

radius)<br />

12 hours per week<br />

Main dealer for<br />

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07736 706191<br />

swabyjulia@gmail.com<br />

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Please call 07771 905727<br />

£10 an hour.<br />

Must be experienced &<br />

DBS checked<br />

References required<br />

***Immediate start***<br />

Ibbett Mosely<br />

AuctIoneers & VAluers<br />

Limited Liability Partnership<br />

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The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On<br />

Wednesday 30th January 2019<br />

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm<br />

The Auction Rooms, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HJ<br />

Tel: 01732 456731 Web: www.ibbettmosely.co.uk<br />

125 High St, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1UT<br />

Registered in England No. 0C341637 Regulated by RICS Registered at the Sevenoaks office as Ibbett Mosely Surveyors LLP<br />

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Jane Howard’s<br />

Fables from<br />

the Farm<br />

From decorating the house to making her own<br />

wine, Jane’s excited about Christmas<br />

It’s coming. I’m one of those people who gets completely<br />

over excited at the very thought of Christmas and the best<br />

part is always the planning and preparation.<br />

First job is to quite literally deck the house with boughs<br />

of holly – tra la la la la, la la la la (I think you’ll find that’s<br />

the right number). However if you’ve left the task of<br />

collecting said holly till these <strong>December</strong> days, you’ll be sorely<br />

disappointed because there isn’t a berry in sight.<br />

Branches that were laden in October have now been<br />

stripped by the thrushes, blackbirds, fieldfares and finches. So<br />

next year be sure to cut branches early on and store them in a<br />

shed in a bucket of water until it’s time to decorate.<br />

At this time of year our very old and quite dark house full<br />

of beams, nooks, and crannies comes into its own. By going<br />

for quantity rather than quality and artfully shoving copious<br />

amounts of greenery around the place, the effect, though I say<br />

it myself, is rather enchanting. And not a cobweb in sight!<br />

Then of course one’s thoughts turn to the Christmas feast<br />

itself. Needless to say we always enjoy<br />

a huge rib of Sussex beef with lots of<br />

home grown veg but it’s always worth<br />

testing people’s culinary nerve with a few<br />

unusual extras.<br />

The Meeches Prolific (a quince) has<br />

been just that this year, we’ve baskets of them and, apart from<br />

their lovely perfume, they add a certain something when<br />

grated into the mince pie mix. They’re easy to deal with<br />

compared with the medlar – a rock hard brown fruit that<br />

looks like a big squashed rosehip.<br />

I’m reliably informed they are quite a delicacy but first you<br />

have to master the art of blatting – letting them rot gently<br />

“The Meeches Prolific –<br />

a quince – has been just<br />

that this year”<br />

so they morph into a soft and fragrant pulp which you then<br />

enjoy with cold cream. Mine however seem to wilfully bypass<br />

that part of the process, turning instantly from bullets into a<br />

mildewy rotten mush, so the jury is still out on the joy of a<br />

good medlar.<br />

Has anyone else noticed a squirrel<br />

explosion this year? We planted a<br />

walnut tree about twenty years ago and<br />

in the past few years it has come into its<br />

own producing at least 60 nuts a year,<br />

enough to enjoy with the port and Stilton on the big day.<br />

Problem is from September the squirrel – same one or<br />

many, hard to tell, but only ever one – arrives every morning<br />

and busies himself burying one or two in the lawn. It is quite<br />

endearing but without a trip to Waitrose or adding roast<br />

squirrel to the menu it will be yet another nut-free occasion.<br />

And then of course there’s the alcohol. We’ll be having the<br />

professionally made variety with our dinner, but last year I<br />

came across an ancient Sussex recipe for birch (as in the tree)<br />

wine and thought it sounded light and sweet and might make<br />

a passable pudding wine, so decided to give it a try.<br />

In March, when the sap was rising, I cut off a branch, hung<br />

a bucket on the birch tree stump and amazingly it soon filled<br />

with sap. I boiled it with sugar, then using a piece of toast as<br />

the pontoon floated a lump of yeast on the top for a few days,<br />

added some almonds and ignored it thereafter.<br />

It says in the book it will be a pale silvery gold wine, with<br />

little flavour but a curiously pungent aroma and passable by<br />

Advent. I can hardly wait.<br />

Happy Christmas one and all!<br />

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