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Contents

December 2018

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SPACIOUS AND GRACIOUS

Maggie Alderson selects homes

which she would like to spend

Christmas in

NOTEBOOK

Our highlight of the top six

must-see events this month

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GOTHIC GLAMOUR

Drama galore in a

Gothic revival house

GET THE LOOK

Everything you need to

get some Gothic glamour

into your home

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HARK THE LITTLE

ANGELS SING

Hilary Wilce’s take on the value of

Christmas traditions in schools

WHAT’S ON

All the best events to make the

most of the last of 2018

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COOL YULE

A 50s beach house in

festive Scandi style

GET THE LOOK

Cool Christmas products

for a Scandi-style interior

THE DARK SIDE

Dark and rich wood

flooring inspiration

RUN RUN

We celebrate stair runners

TILE STYLE

Tiled floors which imitate

the wooden look

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COUNTRY HOUSE

CHRISTMAS

Kate Watts styles luxurious

country Christmas fashion

STOCKING FILLERS

A hand-picked selection of

stocking filler inspiration

PARTY PIECES

Nicci Gurr’s fabulous

festive canapé recipes to

delight and impress

KEEPING IT REAL

Jo Arnell’s tips for lovely

plastic-free decorations for

your home this Christmas

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Previous page: The fireplace is at the opposite end of the open-plan

living area from the kitchen. Above: Matt made the kitchen table with old

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

island behind is an old carpentry table given to them by the previous owner

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

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Above: Looking from the kitchen back to the living area. The

slate grey walls have been created using a material imported

from America, called Ardex Left: The log stores were designed

and made by Matt

Wells, where they work, that brought them to Camber.

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in Devon and Cornwall when this house came up.”

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something that might have put others off, but not Gigi

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fashion stylist and Matt has a creative digital agency

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Above left: The letter C artwork is from playtype.com and the neon peace sign is from loveincltd.com Above right: The back wall and

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

“And you have to work hard,” laughs Gigi. “But

I only remember the good times. We kept it calm.

I didn’t want to change the energy. It’s important

to give a place a soul and an emotion.”

Gigi believes strongly in bringing a distinct, but

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I try to do it with love.” She and Matt have a clear vision

about what they want and what the Loma experience

should be, when people rent the house from them.

“People want thoughtfulness,” she says simply. “We’re

both welcoming, good at it, it works for us. I get people.

They want to feel essentially secure and relaxed. We’ve

set up something a bit special that acknowledges that

they’ve paid for it - and the little touches count.”

One of these is a good night’s sleep.

“We spent quite a lot on the bedding. There are high thread

counts on every bed, the mattresses are all sprung, we’ve

put in good showers. I want everyone to have lovely sleep,

hot showers, everything crisp and white and super-soft.”

It certainly sounds like bliss. “Some things

look beautiful,” Gigi adds, “but are hard and

uncomfortable and don’t give you inner peace.”

The couple’s thoughtfulness even extends to making sure

there is an endless supply of wood for the burner and: “There

are blankets everywhere - and sun hats. And I always leave

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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

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

a basket of pizza ingredients to make pizzas in the pizza oven

outside and a wish lantern, to make their own holiday wish.”

Gigi explains how they are setting up Loma to be a brand

and how the interior styling is echoed by their website,

so that in the end, whatever you can see in the house

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

you can try it for size first. And see things in situ.”

They would love to expand their idea and incorporate

a yoga studio and a shoot location. “With the dunes and

the light, it’s great for that. It’s always busy down here.

One day in the summer I walked out and all down the

road there was filming - Whistles, Net-a-Porter all in

a small space. The filming helps the local community

and helps village life - the cleaners and fishermen.”

Much of the filming is in the winter, when the

beach and the dunes are empty and Christmas

has an atmosphere all of its own:

“We’ll only be here for New Year this year,” says

Gigi, “but when we are here for Christmas, we have

the traditional thing with turkey etc, but we all

muck in. This is a nice place to cook in, you can see

everything and be part of it in an open plan space.

“Tradition changes down here a bit. The focus is towards

the outdoors and the beach, so that whatever the weather

we’re outside getting that energy and then we can come

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Loma Beach House is plenty big enough too, for the

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bedrooms; four doubles and one ‘von Trapp’ style room

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beds, each with its own lamp and locker. The beds have

been constructed in a charming utilitarian style out of

OSB (like chipboard but with bigger flakes of wood).

The OSB is used throughout the building as a key

construction material and brings a rough woody warmth

to the open plan interior, contrasting perfectly with the

industrial look of the slate grey finish on the walls. For

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Darker walls bring intimacy and sense of enclosure

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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

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

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the panelled walls. Crisp white bedding perfects the scene.

By contrast, the ‘garage’ bedroom at the other

end of the ground floor has a completely different

vibe: simple and understated, save for the large

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“We used the OSB in here too; it’s a good

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keep it minimal. We didn’t want white.”

Upstairs on the landing, a shoal of golden fish appear

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of the house to the other. Follow the fish and there

are two more double bedrooms, one en suite, both

with views onto the dunes. They too are simply, but

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The downstairs bathroom is utilitarian and the shower

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“I hate glass shower screens,” says Gigi.

Industrial finishes are softened by old French shutters

and wooden accessories. “The massive sink is from eBay,”

she explains, “but because it’s not bought from a


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Outside in the hall it is all faintly

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rack, sourced in Rye, but originally

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bathroom, affording plenty of space

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summer, a long row of beach towels.

The floor at ground level is polished

concrete, liberally scattered with

cowhide rugs. This finish makes

cleaning fairly straightforward.

“It’s a beach house, we want to

keep the industrial Scandinavian

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A kitchen is not an easy place to be

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the cooking and dining equipment.

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The couple firmly believe in

repurposing and renewing. “We

try to be eco-friendly,” Gigi says.

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Above: Six bunks made from OSB furnish a splendid children’s

room Left: Matt and Gigi created the panelling in the ‘panel room’

and painted it in Deep Space Echo by Crown Paints

To make the house we re-used everything - even the

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Previous page: The drawing room. The wallpaper is

by Shand Kydd from Vintage Bird in Hastings Old

Town Left: Paul designed the curtains and Schiaparelli

pink festoon blinds behind them. The gilt pelmets are

from Hastings Antiques Below: The corridor from the

staircase to the living room on the second floor. The

wallpaper is from Vintage Bird

It was Valentine’s Day when fashion designer, Kim

Denman, then living in Los Angeles, received a call from

the owner of the house that she had fallen head over heels

in love with in St Leonards-on-Sea several years previously.

Her dream house, an early Gothic revival pile designed

by father and son Regency architects James and Decimus

Burton was back on the market and Kim and her husband

Paul, had been offered the first bite of the cherry.

‘It was an incredibly emotional and surreal

moment,’ says Kim. ‘I had become obsessed with

the house from the first moment I saw it.’

Some places have an inexplicable ‘pull’ and I can

vouch for the fact that Kim’s ideal home is such a

place. Having moved recently to St Leonards myself, I

spotted the house one evening, through the trees, while

walking through St Leonards Gardens. With its huge

Gothic-style arched windows illuminated by a crystal

chandelier, it stopped me in my tracks and left me curious

about its history – and wondering who lived there.

Kim’s own love affair with her ‘dream house’ began over

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

were living in Islington, North London, and our son, Joe,

who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was in need of fresh air.’

The family headed for Eastbourne, renowned for its

restorative sea breeze and while they were there Kim

spotted an advertisement for the property in a local

newspaper. Her curiosity was sparked. ‘For Sale - Victorian

folly in St Leonards-on-Sea.’ She still has that cutting.

‘I had no idea where St Leonards was,’ laughs

Kim. ‘But there was something about The Clock

House that called out to me. I was enchanted.’

On the way back to London, they drove east

along the coast to St Leonards with the intention

of seeing the property in the flesh.


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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

convent. Kim gave the organ to Paul as a Christmas present

‘I drove around St Leonards, which at the time

was the seaside town that time had forgotten not

what it is today, but I couldn’t find it, so I went

back to London feeling disappointed.’

Still she kept thinking about house. ‘I

couldn’t get it out of my head,’ she says.

The next trip to look for it was with husband

Paul and on this occasion, the hunt was successful.

‘We didn’t make an appointment! We just knocked

on the door and were welcomed in,’ says Kim.

Once inside, Kim’s love for the house wasn’t diminished.

‘Although the décor was seriously 1970s and the place

wasn’t in the best state of repair, I fell hopelessly in love.’

But as with most love affairs it didn’t immediately ‘run

smooth’ and their offer, made first thing the following day,

was rejected in favour of another. Deciding they had to

move on – literally – Kim and Paul, bassist for Sade, moved

their family from London to the arid, sunny climate of Los

Angeles, California, which they hoped would be beneficial

to Joe’s health. For the time being, sun, sea and surf replaced

the notion of romantic Gothic towers and Victorian charm

and Kim’s dream of a life in St Leonards-on-Sea was put on

hold… Until that auspicious phone call several years later.

After jumping several more hurdles, the couple finally took

possession of the house. It needed a complete decorative

overhaul, despite attempts by several owners, including the

actress Maria LeBrock, mother of actress Kelly, to update it.

‘It was a massive project,’ recalls Paul. ‘Myself

and a local builder refurbished the majority of

the interior, which took over two years.’

Most of the features in The Clock House are

sympathetic additions made by Paul and Kim. Sandstone

fireplaces, moulded plaster cornicing, architraves,

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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

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

which look as if they have always been there.

‘We scoured salvage yards and antique shops in St Leonards,

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Partly built into a sandstone cliff with views across

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fur stoles and adorned with antique crowns. Like patron

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‘It took four men to move the figures,’ says Paul. ‘They were

so heavy that once they arrived in the hall, they never left!’

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iconography, including over-sized brass church candlesticks

and carved crucifixes and an organ, a Christmas present from

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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

bought at an auction and the chairs from an antiques shop in Hastings Old Town. The gingerbread reindeer are from Judges Bakery,

also in Hastings Old Town

from a variety of eras and sources that aren’t at all

true to the Gothic Revival style – but they work.

Take the French bed, acquired from La Maison in

Islington. Fit for royalty, Kim has dressed it with a faux

fur throw that she made, topped with a sumptuous blush

pink 1930s satin quilt from Eras of Style in Bexhill,

another of their haunts for vintage and antique finds.

Curly sheepskin cushions from TK Maxx, add texture and

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A fringed pelmet above the bed has been pimped with

tassels and feathers, adding a theatrical flourish: very much

Kim’s signature. She has also attached mini antler plaques

to the bedhead, along with some chubby gilded cherubs.

Part of the original clock tower, the boudoir has a

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overlook the garden and park. A generously proportioned

decorative French sofa from Fortress, has been re-covered

in leopard print fabric – the perfect place for perching, to

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of the sofa are two brass lamps from a Venetian gondola.

The seating area is flanked by two colossal plaster

caryatids found in a vintage shop in The Lanes, Brighton.

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18th century French dining chairs and a bedside chest of

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for reclaimed French furniture and architectural salvage.

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which wouldn’t look out of place in any palazzo – probably

because they really do have a royal history. ‘These

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Russian royal family. They were exported to England from

Russia when the remaining Romanovs were exiled. They

were still in their packing crates when we found them.’

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in luxury, it incorporates bookshelves laden with Kim’s

fine art and fashion book collection, decorative French

ceramics and heaps of faux flowers. A chandelier hangs over

the freestanding claw foot bath that has been installed in

front of a cast-iron fireplace with a tiled hearth, all of

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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

Above right: The ground floor cellars with a workshop at the back

those with a penchant for minimalism. Like the rest of the

house it’s uncompromising in every way. Paul upholstered

the patterned sofas, complete with tassels and fringes. ‘We

don’t do understated, we do stately,’ he says, with a smile.

Patterned wallpaper from Shand Kydd continues the

rich, dare I say it, Vatican style, that the couple have

created. Religious statues sit alongside scene-stealing

gilt candlesticks and a supersized coffee table – brought

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‘Some of our inspiration comes from houses like

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Paul. ‘And of course every Hammer Horror film ever made.’

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Above left and right: Paul and his builder installed the claw-foot

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This page: The lower ground-floor bedroom is Paul’s bass-playing retreat. The bed and side table are attributed to Augustus Pugin,

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of Style. The wallpaper is from Vintage Bird

a place where he can play bass without disturbing the

tranquil ambience of the rest of the house. Paul covered

the walls with black and red vintage fabric from Wayward

in St Leonards – with the help of a staple gun.

An intricately carved bed and wardrobe attributed to

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Claire at Vintage Bird, High Street

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Elsewhere: Fortress, Islington, London; Andy and

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Brighton Architectural Salvage brighton-architectural.

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Three of the best expert facials are

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Rebecca Cuffe selects makeup with

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Best face forward

Whether it’s a full zone-out indulgence or

boot camp for the face, an expert facial is

an elite tune up for the complexion - we

put three of the best to the test

The Sculpted Facial by Charlotte

Connoley at The Old Rectory, Hastings

Maggie Alderson

It seems appropriate to be having the facial made famous

by the Duchess of Sussex, in Sussex – and indeed, The

Old Rectory in Hastings Old Town is the only place outside

London where you can have this amazing treatment.

Charlotte Connoley was trained in the technique by the

Duchess’s personal facialist, Nichola Joss, who calls it ‘the

Inner Facial’ - because for a crucial part of it, the therapist

massages your facial muscles from inside your mouth. Surgical

gloves on, open wide, in they go.

As that might hint, this is not one of those beauty

treatments where you lie down and zone out in a bliss of

relaxation. Not just the rubbing on and rubbing off of creams

(although various lovely Decleor oils and unguents do feature)

this is a serious facial workout. Boot camp for cheeks.

So while the beautifully decorated pale grey treatment room

(The Old Rectory is exquisite throughout) would be very

conducive to drifting off, I was wide awake and chatting for

the whole thing, possibly gabbling nervously at times when

things got particularly brisk, but mainly because Charlotte

is so lovely and so interesting to talk to. As well as being a

walking billboard for her own method.

She massages her own face every night and her skin

really does glow, while her cheeks have that peachy

plumpaliciousness we all craved after seeing Meghan Markle

(as she still was for a few more minutes) walk up the aisle of

St George’s Chapel on that special day last May.

The secret of the Sculpted Facial – and where said sculpting

happens - is a firm (at times, very firm) facial massage, which

promotes deep detoxification through lymphatic drainage

and stimulates blood flow, triggering production of collagen –

that girl’s-best-friend protein fibre which gives skin structure,

strength and elasticity.

Just as with a shoulder rub, this facial massage smooths

and stretches the muscles which keep our faces in place and

in which, Charlotte explained, working on the very tight area

around my left jaw where I had (medical) surgery twenty-five

years ago, we hold so much tension.

By the end my face certainly knew something new and

interesting had happened to it. It felt the way my body does

after a great yoga class – pushed and tested, but happier for it.

I rushed to the mirror the moment Charlotte left the room

and was really quite amazed by the perky face looking back

at me. My cheeks looked at least a centimetre higher on my

chops, my jaw line firmer. Noticeably tingling and rather

bright pink too - evidence of that increased blood flow.

The benefits have continued to develop post-treatment. Ten

days later, my skin is fresher looking than it’s been for years

and I swear the cheek and jaw lift are still visible. Even my

family – the most unforgiving critics – agree.

Charlotte’s regular clients go every four weeks, brides

once a week for six weeks up to the wedding. I’ve

already made my next appointment.

The Old Rectory, Harold Road,

Hastings, TN35 5ND 07827 811011

treatmentrooms@theoldrectoryhastings.co.uk

theoldrectoryhastings.co.uk


The Sculpting

Facial at the

Old Rectory

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60 minutes

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Champneys Radiance Renewal Facial at

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Jo Arnell

At the start of the session, my therapist Rebekah carefully

talks me through my skin regime, my lifestyle and how

the treatment will work. I admit to a rather haphazard beauty

routine involving wet wipes for makeup removal and to

spending a lot of time outside in the garden.

We decide that the areas of focus for the treatment

should be eyes, cheeks and upper chest, and an additional

complimentary hand and arm massage.

Champneys use Elemis products and Rebekah is specifically

using a selection from their Pro-Collagen range. These

contain special anti-ageing ingredients and marine oils to

hydrate and nourish the skin. The small amounts of pressure

that Rebekah applies to my skin are to stimulate the cells

and capillaries, help them get rid of toxins and take up skinplumping

water.

As Rebekah cleanses, exfoliates and applies a treatment,

I am free to drift into a zone all of my own. The room

lights are suitably dim, the decor pleasantly neutral and the

soothing sound of ocean waves (awash with marine oils, let’s

hope) accompany the pan-pipes. Drifting off, I am pleased to

report, is apparently a vital part of the therapy and will bring

me matching inner radiance.

Afterwards, feeling a little sleepy, my warmly tingling

(rather red) face and I are encouraged to sit in a relaxation

area and come gently back to reality. Rebekah gives me a

prescription and some skincare recommendations (no more

wet wipes, drink more water). I am also handed a useful little

brochure from Elemis, which explains their range and the

action I need to take to prevent the season’s weather, stress

and late nights showing up in my skin.

It has been a calming, nourishing and satisfying experience

and my skin is definitely feeling fresher and softer now. This

was a great facial and I would recommend it.

Eastwell Manor Champneys Hotel and Spa, Eastwell Park,

Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent TN25 4HT

01233 227138

treatments@champneys.com

eastwellmanor.co.uk

Champneys

Radiance Renewal

Facial at Eastwell

Manor £75

for 50 minutes

Tulasara Facial at the Rye Retreat

Jane Howard

Beloved of Kate Moss and Mariah Carey, Aveda’s

plant-based treatments are fabulously famous, so I

was really looking forward to my visit to The Rye Retreat

to experience the signature Tulasara facial first hand.

First delight was to find a car park so close, you just

nip over the road and voila, you’re bang outside the

stylish hair salon and spa. Downstairs to the spa, and it

feels like you’ve entered an exotic Arabian parlour, lots of

rich red textiles, twinkly brass lamps and rattan couches

overlooking a cute little paved garden.

I was then asked to fill in Aveda’s Elemental Nature

Dosha Questionnaire. Nine questions about physical

things like hair, skin and digestion and emotional issues

like moods, sleep and mental activity. Rebecca, my

therapist was then able to design a customised treatment

using the best combination of products, aromas and

techniques to “move my skin towards balance and reveal

its natural beauty”. Good luck.

We then moved to the treatment room where, even

before I’d got on to the couch, I was given a wonderfully

soothing foot wash, perfect for getting in the mood.

From the deft application of the first cleanser it

was clear I was in good hands. What followed was a

combination of masks, massages and peels and as an

added bonus, I’d been asked at the start of the session

whether I’d like a foot or hand massage as an inclusive

part of the treatment. Having opted for the feet this

tipped me over from zoned out bliss into near oblivion.

Getting up and dressed at the end was hard.

But all good things must come to an end, so I did

manage to gather thoughts and belongings and make

it back to the lounge area where there was chilled water

and fragrant lemon sorbet awaiting. And Rebecca with

some great recommendations.

Having purchased the beautifying oil – brilliant for

use on hair, skin, nails or the bath I left feeling utterly

indulged and decidedly glowing. I shall certainly be back.

The Rye Retreat, 36-38 Cinque Ports Street,

Rye, East Sussex TN31 7AN 01797 222211

info@theryeretreat.co.uk theryeretreat.co.uk

The Tulasara

Facial at the Rye

Retreat £65

for 60 minutes

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curated underwear drawer of yesteryear!

So, armed with my various false boobs, I went and

searched the shops for the best bikinis that would

work for me and my prosthesis. I was only 49 and,

certainly not ready to give up my bikini wearing

days. I found that the best bikinis, that worked for

me now were by the Australian brand Seafolly. They

were well structured, gorgeous ranges and so many

styles to choose from. And it was from that moment,

that I decided, to do something about it.

So here I am, my website has just launched and I

am excited for the year ahead! About the Girl has

three departments:

1) Beachwear and accessories for all.

2) Post surgery beachwear. I am the only retailer

that has permission from Seafolly to alter their

bikinis and to sew pockets into them to fi t a

prosthetic breast. I am therefore in the unique

position of bringing their most amazing range of

post surgery swimwear to these ladies.

3) Post surgery lingerie. I want to provide

underwear, that my old knicker drawer would be

proud of! And so again i have searched the market

to put together a range of underwear that will make

post surgery ladies feel like a woman again, while

working with their prosthesis.

I look forward to welcoming you to our website.

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With 2019 fast approaching, you may be starting to think

of what New Year’s resolutions you’re going to put in place.

For many, that involves making positive changes to your

lifestyle, eliminating unwanted bad habits and trying brand

new things. And one of the most popular resolutions? Of

course, it’s to get to the gym, eat healthy and lose that

Christmas weight.

Although a gym membership may seem like the ticket to

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After decades as a beauty editor Josephine Fairley

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The world of skincare moves on apace. Almost

every day news of an innovative ‘wonder

molecule’, or a jaw-firming gadget, or a weirdly

shaped sheet mask lands in my Beauty Bible

(beautybible.com – my beauty website) inbox.

Some of these rainbows are definitely worth chasing,

but I generally wait till the frenzy’s subsided a bit before

embracing a new ‘miracle peptide’ or face-vibrating gizmo.

The innovations detailed here, as far as this beauty editor is

concerned, will survive the test of time – rather than falling

from skincare fashion faster than you can say ‘ra-ra skirt’.

Vitamin C

Topical vitamin C is a weapon we all need in our skin arsenal:

it’s anti-inflammatory and can help to guard against several

different kinds of radiation (including UV), as well as the

ageing free-radical damage caused by pollution and blue light.

(Who knew that our computers were actually ageing us?) It

can also help to tackle the challenge of uneven pigmentation.

Vitamin C is actually very tricky to formulate in a

way that remains effective (it’s a fragile molecule) and

is pleasant to use – but a few products that tick that

box include: LixirSkin Vitamin C Paste, £32 for 50ml

(victoriahealth.com), Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening

Skin Corrector, £28 for 10ml, and Clinique Fresh-

Pressed 7 Day System with Pure Vitamin C, £25.

At-home ‘cryotherapy’

I am a great believer in cooling or even chilling skin.

(Provided you’re not excessively prone to broken veins,

which can be exacerbated by chilling the skin through

Garnier Moisture

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for 50ml

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splashing of cold water, or blasting icy winds.)

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Now 001 have launched the CRYOpress beauty

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I’m all for massaging the face. It’s incredibly effective for

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bigger ones, which are priced £129, if budget allows.

Retinoids

Retinol is an alternative name for vitamin A. Originally

designed to target acne, dermatologists rapidly realised that

retinoids were extremely effective at fighting signs of ageing.

They work by promoting rapid skin cell turnover,

revealing new skin beneath – a kind of invisible exfoliation

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thin the skin in this way means it’s more vulnerable to sun

damage, so you’ll need to layer an SPF over the top.

Results from over-the-counter retinols – retinyl palmitate,

retinyl acetate and retinyl linoleate – may take some months

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Sleep-in masks

These have seemingly come out of nowhere as a beauty

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Are they different to night creams? Well, what these

creams/masks also offer is a jolt of specifically facewaking

ingredients – in line with what a regular mask

delivers, but working their magic as we slumber.

What I would say about sleeping masks is, if you have

dry skin, more is more. I love them and favourites include

Erborian Sleeping BB Mask, £36 for 50ml, Fresh Black

Tea Firming Overnight Mask, £29 for 30ml, and Origins

Drink Up Intensive Overnight Face Mask, £15 for 50ml.

Hyaluronic acid

Possibly my favourite molecule ever. A single gram,

apparently, can hold up to six litres of water – explaining

hyaluronic acid’s ability to quench skin with moisture,

infusing the cells to hydrate and ‘plump’ them. No

wonder it’s become a byword for hydration. It’s

completely kind to skin, ideal even for sensitive types.

Hyaluronic is very, very different to those acids like

glycolic and lactic acid and does not peel or irritate

skin in any way. I love, love, love, love, love it.

Favourite places to find it? Garnier Moisture Bomb 3-in-

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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

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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

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For the last 6 years as a salon we have enjoyed being

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which it was such an honour to be invited as it’s only

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attend demonstrations and shows put on by the best in

our industry. We are constantly training and learning to

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OUR FUTURE

The salon for the future is growing strongly in this ever

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I always hope I’ll manage to persuade oily-skinned

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for blemishes and scarring (as well as stretch marks).

Personally, I really like this oil for ‘locking in’ moisture,

applying a couple of drops or so over night cream (in

particular). It leaves it silky, but traps the dewiness

inside, too. Also good for smoothing through hair – add

just a drop or two to the palms, then rub these and

your fingers together and skim through hair, for instant

‘texture’ but also gleam and nourishment. (And no,

it won’t leave your hair looking greasy. Promise.)

Try Life-Flo Pure Marula Oil, £18 for 30ml (victoriahealth.

com), or check out the new ‘cult’ Drunk Elephant Virgin

Marula Luxury Facial Oil, £34 for 15ml (cultbeauty.com).

All-in-one products

I think we can expect to see a lot more products that

do double- or even triple-duty, in future. A wonderful,

quintessential example of the genre is Frances Prescott

TRI-Balm, £46, a twist-up stick of all-natural cleanser,

exfoliator and moisturiser in one. (And yes, it does

all those things beautifully – and happens to include

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blackcurrant). Great for travelling when you don’t want

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We encourage people to join a group and can recommend those

in our local area. The benefits of motivation, fun, sociability and

safety are all-important. But equally, running for some is about

taking time out from the ‘everyday’ and we understand the health

benefits of getting out the door and being ‘at one’.

As Running Hub in Southborough approaches its tenth year,

owner Allan Cheek reflects on the running scene in Kent and

Sussex.

We’ve seen incredible growth in newcomers. New groups are

forming all over to encourage and assist individuals to take their

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

hundreds. The fabulous success of the free ParkRun is spreading

across the region with approximately 50 locations in Kent/Sussex/

Surrey alone, each attracting an average of 200 participants of all

ages and abilities.

Running Hub is small but very well stocked with most of what is

needed and we’ll do our best to source that specialist

product. Open from 10.00-5.30 weekdays and 9.00-5.00

Saturdays our convenient main A26 location between Tunbridge

Wells and Tonbridge is enhanced by the big public car park

opposite in Yew Tree Road, currently free for 2 hours with a ticket.

At Running Hub most of our customers these days come by

recommendation, which is very reassuring that we are doing the

right things. We ask for some background information; we look at

feet (in all their amazing variety); we watch people run; we assess

their needs and match them from our wide choice of models.

It helps us enormously if customers bring their current running

shoes which can offer telltale signs of individual wear. In the

majority of cases our runners leave the Hub in a bigger size,

sometimes two sizes than they expected. Too small shoes can

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in the eye. There is also a societal sea change happening

all around us too. After generations of insecurity-preying

advertising, women have savvied up and are ever more

vociferously rejecting archaic, limiting and perfectionpeddling

beauty ideals.

Big brands themselves are now embracing the pro-ageing

movement and across social media and glossy magazine

covers, the woman of the moment is increasingly real, wise,

strong and inspiring. So, if you’re feeling ready to embrace

“One of the

biggest impacters

on our outward

appearance is

nutrition ”

your age – whatever it is – here are some celebratory, soft and

kind ways to boost your inner and outer glow, and embrace

the skin that you are in.

Feed skin from within

We have all heard it before, but one of the biggest impacters

on our outward appearance and the vitality of our skin, is

nutrition. From getting a diet rich in essential fatty acids

(lovely, skin-restoring good fats, found readily in oily fish,

chia seeds, egg yolks, avocado and flaxseed oil), to those

naturally anti-ageing brightly coloured vegetables, red wine,

darkest chocolate and good olive oil (rich in antioxidant

polyphenols and phytonutrients, which, handily, help our

body mop up those prematurely ageing free radicals from UV

light, pollution and infrared-emitting devices),

it makes good skin sense to eat a varied,

delicious, natural diet.

Happy days for skin

I love Roald Dahl’s quote: “If you have good

thoughts they will shine out of your face like

sunbeams and you will always look lovely”

– because it’s true. Happiness is beautiful, and

there is a scientific reason for this, too.

When we are happy, when we smile, when we laugh, we

produce more serotonin. This happy hormone significantly

reduces our cortisol levels.

“Elevated cortisol levels induce

inflammation and suppress

the immune system,” says

dermatologist, Dr Jennifer

Linder. “Inflamed cells are

also prone to breaking down

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hormone, oxytocin, which we release when we are with

family, friends and beloved pets, also curbs the cortisol

cycle. As simple as it sounds, a life rich in laughter and

love is naturally good for your skin.

Glow and go gently

When we run (particularly on hard surfaces) it is not

only our joints that feel the impact – our faces, too,

experience a lot of impact-induced movement, with

the skin around our cheeks and jawline in particular,

being subjected to significant ‘bounce’ (much like our

breasts without a good sports bra), which, over time,

can cause the elastin in the lower face to weaken.

If you love nothing more than to run, by all means do, of

course, but if you’re keen to move in a more holistic way, you

may want to choose a low intensity activity instead. Yoga,

pilates and swimming are wonderful suppleness-supporting

choices, with yoga also having been studied with regards

skin health: specifically inversions (such as shoulder or head

stands) being shown to boost circulation and promote more

youthful, supple and radiant skin in the process.

Look to the East

In both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda

age is viewed rather differently. In Ayurveda one is said to be

in the prime of life until around 70 and in TCM, a woman’s

golden age is during menopause – when she comes into the

wholeness of her self and can embrace life to the absolute full

because she is no longer defined by her reproductive system

(from menstruation and pregnancy, through to child-bearing

and breastfeeding). Likewise, in the East, beauty is celebrated

all the more as you age; the wisdom behind the eyes, the

laughter lines of a life heartily enjoyed.

Beauty rituals, too, are more focused on relaxation and

enjoyment (a quick swipe over the face with a value cleansing

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

important. From salubrious baths with nourishing oils to

massage treatments and holistic facials, self-care rituals such as

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

Less is more beautiful

Our skin is incredible – a flourishing microbiome of good

bacteria, acids and enzymes live upon the skin we are in.

Holistic beauty protocols seek never to interfere with the

skin’s natural balance, they support, bolster and strengthen,

instead. Try paring your beauty routine back to a nourishing

balm or cream cleanser, a hydrating and brightening serum

and a replenishing face oil. Brilliant natural brands I trust

include Josh Rosebrook, de Mamiel, MV Skincare, Lani Hair,

Ra Oils, Balance Me and Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Pro-ageing natural skincare for radiant skin

Neal’s Yard Remedies launched their Age Well Revolution

earlier this year to wide acclaim and their new adverts

feature women between the ages of 45 and 80. The

supporting Frankincense Intense range (certified organic)

looks to strengthen ageing skin, while imparting glow,

firmness and tone, and costs from £55 for the Eye Cream.

nealsyardremedies.com

MV Organic Skincare Gentle Cream Cleanser, £39. With

a camellia oil base, this nourishing oil-infused cleanser

is wonderful for drier and delicate skins and deliciously

aromatherapeutic too. cultbeauty.co.uk

Twelve Beauty Hyaluroil Lip Treatment, £28. This allnatural

unctuous oil restores bio-lipidic balance to skin with

encapsulated hyaluronic acid and leaves lips supple, glossy

and healthy. twelvebeauty.com

Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum, £32. A wonderful

combination of naturally brightening stabilised vitamin C and

deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid, which has been receiving

rave reviews since its launch, last month. balanceme.co.uk

By Sarah London Organic Facial Oil, £32. Purest certified

organic oils of argan, pumpkin seed, apricot and sweet

almond make this essential organic facial oil ideal for sensitive

skins, and can be used day and night in lieu of face cream.

bysarahlondon.com

Three holistic beauty books

Skin Delicious Recipes & the Ultimate Wellbeing Plan for

Radiant Skin in 6 Weeks, by Liz Earle, £25. A vocal supporter

of ageing naturally and well, Liz’s wonderful book (one of

over 30 she’s written...) features holistic wellbeing advice,

nourishing recipes and skincare tips aplenty, garnered from

her decades of experience.

Perfect Skin, Unlocking the Secrets by Alexandra Soveral,

£12.99. If we forgive the word ‘perfect’ in the title, the

premise of Soveral’s book is a wholly holistic and natural

approach to supporting the skin to age as well as it can. With

massage, nutrition, wellbeing and skincare

protocols throughout, it comes

from the wise, wondrous hands

of one of the world’s

best holistic facialists.

Whole Beauty by

Shiva Rose, £21.99.

From the American

founder of Shiva

Rose beauty, comes

an all-natural

celebration of

beauty, with an

esoteric twist (sage

smoke energy

clearing) and a

plethora of makeit-yourself

beauty

recipes for hair,

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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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There’s plastic surgery – the scary kind with general anaesthetics and scalpels – and then

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We asked two experts to tell us more about their most popular treatments

Dr Christine Medical Aesthetics

The 8 Point Lift

The 8 Point Lift is a ‘non-surgical facelift’ using the most

advanced hyaluronic acid dermal-filler injection techniques

to lift and rejuvenate the face, creating a more youthful

appearance. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar molecule that

attracts water to plump up the skin, so it’s great for restoring

volume to the face.

The typical users are women and men in their forties and

up. The treatment usually takes around 45 minutes. Results

can be seen immediately after treatment and will continue to

improve over the next few weeks. The results will last up to

18 months, but it is usually advisable to attend for smaller

top-up treatments every year or so to maintain the effects.

The dermal filler is mixed with local anaesthetic to make

the procedure comfortable. After the treatment you will have

some pinpoint marks on the skin and may develop some

small bruises over the next week or so. You should avoid

aspirin, alcohol and exercise for the next few days. Keep the

face clean and avoid touching the skin. You can apply makeup

the day after your treatment.

Profhilo contains a

unique hyaluronic acid

that flows under the

skin attracting water to

moisturize and plump up

the top layers of the skin

The cost of the 8 Point Lift will depend on how much

dermal filler is required to achieve the desired effects.

Typically it starts from around £650 up to £2000.

Our clients have come back to us and said they look like

they did five years ago, much less tired and saggy, much

fresher and more confident.

Skin boosters

Skin boosters such as Profhilo can be used to treat fine lines

and crêpey skin to improve skin quality. Profhilo contains a

unique hyaluronic acid that flows under the skin attracting

water to moisturize and plump up the top layers of the

skin and also stimulating collagen production in the skin to

revitalise it.

Typical clients are women and men in their forties and

up who have noticed fine lines around the eyes, cheeks and

around the mouth. Skin boosters can also be used to treat

crêpey skin on the neck, decolletage and backs of the hands.

Treatment with Profhilo takes around 15 minutes and

consists of only five injections on each side of the face. You

will feel a couple of small scratches, but the Profhilo is mixed

with local anaesthetic for comfort.

After treatment with Profhilo you will have a few raised

lumps at the injection sites which will take around 24hours

to disappear as the hyaluronic acid flows under the skin. We

advise our clients not to rub the face, to keep the skin clean

and to avoid alcohol, aspirin and exercise for a few days.

Two treatments are needed spaced four weeks apart.

Improvement can be seen within a few days with best results

achieved a month after the second treatment.

The results last up to six months, after which repeat

treatments will be required to maintain the benefits. The cost

is £300 per treatment.

Clients have said that their skin feels plumper and is

glowing, fine lines have softened and they have received many

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Anti-Wrinkle

Injections (Botulinum Toxin)

Anti-wrinkle injections reduce wrinkles and lines in the face

and neck by blocking the chemical mechanism between

a muscle and the nerve which it controls for three to four

months. The treatment reduces the appearance of wrinkles

around the eyes, lips and face in just a few days.

If you feel your brow is always furrowed or you are

concerned with ‘crow’s feet’ lines around your eyes you may

find that your appearance can be freshened with this simple,

convenient treatment.

Your face will be assessed to see which facial muscles cause

your wrinkles to show. Your specialist will then be able to

discuss and plan with you which muscles will be targeted.

The anti-wrinkle solution is then selectively and carefully

injected to the small muscles in the face which cause wrinkles.

This is done with a series of injections (typically 5-10), each

with a tiny quantity of the botulinum toxin solution.

The solution will start to take effect within five days and

wears off after approximately four months. It is helpful to

remember that anti-wrinkle injections do not provide a

permanent effect, but it allows ongoing treatment, which can

be tailored or discontinued as your face naturally ages.

It is a very popular treatment with minimal side effects

and causes no permanent changes. Once administered, the

treatment wears off after a few months; most people are pleased

with the results and choose to have repeat treatments.

You will feel a slight discomfort - something like when you

get a vaccination injection, but it’s over with way quicker. After

treatments we provide soothing ice packs to help minimise

the feel of the injections. You can immediately return to your

normal daily routine, although strenuous activity and alcohol

consumption should be avoided for 24 hours. Prices start from

£200 for one area.

Clients have told us:

“The team here are exceptional. The whole experience is a

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Anti-wrinkle injections

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artistic and skilful in their application, as Mark. His attention

to detail was exceptional and it was these subtleties that went

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Bioidentical Hormone

Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) replaces

hormones lost in ageing and is a safer, more natural and

effective passage through the menopause which slows physical

appearances of ageing.

The female menopause and the male andropause can cause

symptoms such as a lack of energy, sweats or hot flushes, mood

swings and reduced libido. BHRT is an alternative treatment to

the synthetic hormones, used in conventional HRT.

BHRT is tailored to your individual needs. Only the

hormones you are deficient in are replaced. All patients have

regular testing to ensure hormone levels are optimal.

Bioidentical hormones help with all the symptoms associated

with the menopause - hot flushes or night sweats; low

libido; fatigue; problems with memory and concentration;

sleep disturbances; vaginal dryness and erectile dysfunction;

headaches; mood changes, such as low mood or anxiety; joint

stiffness, aches and pains; hair loss and skin changes; reduced

muscle mass; cystitis; weight gain.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s almost

guaranteed that your hormone levels are off the mark and

BHRT might be just what you need.

Within weeks of taking the medication you should feel a

difference within yourself. With BHRT the hormones can be

administered in different ways, via lozenges, capsules, dermal

creams and suppositories.

BHRT costs £1,350 for a 12-month treatment plan which

includes in-depth consultation, testing, follow up consultations/

reviews and hormone replacement medication.

“After years of struggling I finally feel like myself again. I am

losing weight and have my energy back. Thank you for guiding

me through this process and reassuring me all the way.”

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more energy and feel great.”

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Party pieces

Crisps don’t cut it – Nicci Gurr suggests some delicious canapés

to make at home and pass round at your Christmas party

Food: Nicci Gurr Photographs: David Merewether

Wine pairing: Victoria Aldwinkle of Kent Wine School.

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Wine+

These beautiful rich flavours

remind us of Alpine mountain food.

Gruyère is of course from Switzerland,

so we’ve headed to Savoie, in the French

foothills of the Alps, for a white wine to

match the wonderful weighty flavours

of Gruyère and Parma ham but have

enough acidity to cut through the fat

of the dish. The Wine Society do a

wonderful Savoie-Chignin 2017

for £10.95.

Food

Parma ham and

Gruyère gougères

Baked Camembert with

cobnuts and honey

Makes 20 canapés Prep time: 90 minutes.

Serves 6-8 Prep time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 35 minutes.

Choux pastry

• 200ml/7fl oz cold water

• 85g/3oz unsalted butter,

plus extra for greasing

• 115g/4oz plain flour

• pinch salt

• 3 medium eggs, beaten

Cheese sauce

• 150ml whole milk

• 250ml double cream

• 50ml white wine

• 50ml hot vegetable stock

• 1 bay leaf

• 4 tbsp plain flour

• 50g salted butter

• 150g grated Gruyère

• 5 pieces of Parma ham

Preheat the oven to

1200C/400F/Gas 6. Place

the water and butter into a

large saucepan and heat gently

until the butter has melted.

Turn up the heat, then pour in

the flour and salt all in one go.

Remove from the heat and

2 beat the mixture vigorously

until a smooth paste is formed.

3Once the mixture comes

away from the side of the

pan, transfer to a large bowl.

Beat in the eggs, a little at a

time, until the mixture has a

soft dropping consistency.

Grease a large baking sheet.

4Using a piping bag and

plain 1cm/½in nozzle, pipe

the mixture into small balls

across the baking sheet.

To make a crispier top, gently

rub the top of each ball with a

wet finger.

5Bake for 12–15 minutes

until risen and golden.

Remove, cool and hollow out.

6Pour cream, stock, milk,

bay leaf, wine and grain

mustard into a large saucepan

and bring to the boil.

In a separate pan melt butter

over a medium heat then

add flour and cook until the

mixture has a sandy texture.

7Slowly pour the warm

cream and milk mix into

the flour mixture and whisk

until smooth. Remove from

heat, take out bay leaf and add

cheese. Leave to cool.

8Take 5 pieces of thinly

sliced Parma ham and grill

until crispy, then leave to cool.

9Fill the choux buns with

the cheese sauce, warm and

poke in the crispy Parma ham

to serve.

• 150g to 200g round

Camembert (we like the

local Chaucers Kentish

Camembert)

• 50g roughly chopped

Kentish cobnuts or

hazelnuts

• 2 tbsp (30ml) local honey

• 1 baguette or epi

Preheat oven to 180C. Take

1 the scored cheese out of

the wooden box. Score the top

of cheese crossways to make

an ‘X’ pattern. This helps

the heat penetrate to the

middle.

Wrap it in parchment

2

paper and place onto

a baking tray. Cook in

the pre-heated oven for 25

minutes until runny inside.

3Place the warm cheese

onto a wooden board

with either some sliced warm

baguette, or pain d’epi.

Drizzle the cheese with

4 the honey, scatter on the

cobnuts and serve while still

warm.

Wine+

The Camembert in this recipe, calls

for a lightly oaked white from

Burgundy. We really like Saint-Véran

2014 Les Vignerons des Grandes

Vignes from Majestic (£10.99) which is

wonderfully fragrant with great acidity

to cut through the fat of the cheese. It’s

a 2014 vintage so has developed slightly

nutty, honeyed notes on the nose.

A great example of well-made,

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Food

Salmon gravadlax

with beetroot

Celeriac remoulade

on a new potato base

Makes 20 Prep time: 40 minutes - with some preparation the

day before.

• 200g fresh salmon

• 5g rock salt

• 35ml vodka

• 10g dill

• 50g cooked beetroot

For the oatcakes

• 225g oats

• 60g plain flour

• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

• 60g salted butter

• 1 tsp salt

• ½ tsp sugar

• 60-80ml hot water

Salmon preparation

1Finely chop the raw

salmon, put in a bowl, add

half of the chopped dill, the

vodka and the salt, cover and

leave in the fridge overnight.

Wine+

Salmon usually calls for a glass of

bubbles for the refreshing acidity. But

the beetroot gives this dish added

character so we’ve gone for a rosé fizz

from the Loire Valley in France. Made

from Pinot Noir, Langlois Crémant de

Loire from the Secret Cellar (£18.00),

is packed with berry and light spice

notes which gives it enough power

to match the beetroot

perfectly.

Method for oatcakes (or buy a

packet of mini oatcakes)

1Place the oats, flour,

bicarbonate of soda, butter

and sugar in a blender until

you have fine crumbs (you can

blend by hand if you prefer a

coarser mix).

Add the warm water slowly

until a dough-like consistency

is formed.

Sprinkle flour on a work

surface, then roll the dough to

about a £1-coin thickness and

cut out 1-inch circles (a shot

glass is good for this if you

don’t have a cutter).

2Bake at 180C for 10-15

minutes until cooked all

the way through. Allow to cool

before serving.

hour before serving

1Take the salmon mix out

of the fridge, add the finely

chopped beetroot and place

back in the fridge.

2Place a blob of crème

fraiche on each cooled

oatcake, then about ¾ of a

teaspoon of the salmon mix,

garnish with the remaining dill.

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Serves 20 Prep time: 40 minutes.

Cooking time: 15-20 mintes.

• 100g celeriac

• 1 lemon juiced and zested

• 1 tsp grain mustard

• 2 tbsp good quality

mayonnaise

• 10 small new potatoes

• 50ml olive oil

• 200g Bramley apples

(approx. 1)

• ¼ tsp cinnamon

• ¼ tsp mixed spice

• 20g butter

1In a bowl grate the celeriac

and immediately add the

zest and juice of the lemon

to reduce the celeriac going

brown.

2Add the mayonnaise and

whole grain mustard and

mix. Cover and rest in the

fridge (this mix can be made in

advance).

Method (potato base)

1Preheat oven to 180C.

Slice the potatoes around

the equator so you get about

20 nice even rings, these will

be your bases for the canapés.

Brush the potato rings

in olive oil and roast for

2

Wine+

Nutty celeriac, creamy potato,

sweet apple and a hint of warm heat

from the mustard – lots of flavours

to match wine with. We went for a

Riesling from Majestic Clos St-Jacques

Riesling (£11.99). It’s an off-dry wine

with gorgeous notes of ripe apple

and hints of honey.

10 – 15 minutes at 180C until

cooked then set to one side to

cool.

Method apples

1Peel and core the apple and

dice. Add the spices and

butter to the apple.

Cook until tender (it should

have an apple sauce consistency).

To serve

1When ready to serve, place

about 1 tsp of the apple mix

on top of the potato, and the

celeriac mix on top of the apple.

Finish with a grating of nutmeg,

or a sprig of parsley to garnish.


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Wine+

This canapé has lots of

Mediterranean-inspired ingredients in

it, so we looked for a delicious rosé to

match. The Wine Society do a lovely

Corsican Rosé 2017 (£9.95). It’s a

blend of native Corsican grape varieties

and packs lots of Mediterranean

flavours in. Rosé is normally the drink

of summer, but the colour of this

one would look great

served at Christmas.

Christmas

crackers

Makes 10-15 crackers Prep time: 10 minutes.

• 200g cooked peas

• 1 garlic clove, crushed

• 1 tbsp tahini

• squeeze of lemon

• 50g chickpeas from a can

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 1 packet of charcoal

crackers to serve

• 5 radishes to garnish

Nicci Gurr is head chef at Home Gurrown

nicci@homegurrown.co.uk 07747 816541

homegurrown.co.uk

1Blitz in a food processor

all the ingredients (except

crackers and radishes). For a

more rustic, less smooth finish

mash with a fork.

2Place the hummus mix

onto the crackers.

3Finish with a quarter of

radish on each cracker.

Enchanted Forest | Pop Up Restaurant

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experience with performers, food and local drinks. A

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close up magic.

Smoked salmon

and cucumber bites

Makes 20 Prep time: 20 minutes.

• 200g smoked salmon

(sliced strips)

• 1 medium-sized

cucumber

• 150g cream cheese. (We

like Slipcote Garlic and

Herb - from Sussex)

• dill - 1 pack

1Peel, then slice the

cucumber into about 20

rings - 1cm thick.

2Place about ½

teaspoon of the

cream cheese on each

cucumber slice.

3Then take each

slice of smoked

salmon and cut them

into strips, (with 200g

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of salmon you should end up

with about 20 strips).

4Roll each salmon strip

tightly into a spiral and

place on top of the cream

cheese.

5To serve, add a sprig of dill

to garnish.

Wine+

Bubbles are our choice here as the

flavours won’t fight this delicate dish.

Champagne would be the classic

match, but we’ve gone for a Crémant

from Limoux in southern France. Cuvée

Royale Brut Crémant de Limoux NV,

Waitrose (£11.99). Made in the same

way as Champagne, this offers excellent

value for money with fine bubbles

and a wonderful citrus

palate.

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Garden

Keeping it real

Ditch the plastic says Jo Arnell and decorate your home with boughs

of real holly (and other lovely things)

Our Christmas decoration box is full, we’re

wading through clutter and I really do want

to cut back on plastic and un-recyclable

trimmings. It will take nerves of steel, though, as the

shops are packed with gorgeousness, but there are some

surprisingly useful and beautiful things for decorating in

the garden too. And they come with added benefits.

Organic decorations won’t clog up your life or your

loft - they’ll just fade naturally and sweetly away after

Christmas. Making naturally festive decorations will

satisfy that creative urge (even if it is buried as deeply as

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

trace, no footprint, except perhaps a momentary one in

the snow as we trudge down to the compost heap.

Festive Foraging

Serotonin levels drop as the amount of daylight decreases.

We produce far less of this mood-enhancing chemical in the

low winter light. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing

and can make us sluggish and out of sorts - even causing

severe depression. Outdoor exercise at this time of the year

will help to keep serotonin levels up. Added to this is the

dopamine effect of picking and gathering. Dopamine is

the ‘reward’ chemical released in the brain’s reward centre

(also triggered by gaming and shopping, but originally

meant for hunter-gathering). A winter walk, especially one

with a purpose, will definitely help to lift the mood.

The tree

Whether it’s a traditional Norway spruce, non-drop

Nordman or fancy blue job, nothing beats a real tree.

Admittedly they do need a bit of maintenance to stay

at their fulsome, fragrant best through the festivities

and even the non-drop varieties shed a bit, but they are

more environmentally friendly than fake versions.

No matter how many years an artificial tree is kept, it

will probably end up as more plastic in landfill, it was made

using the earth’s resources and quite possibly it had to

travel many miles across an ocean to reach your hearth.

Making your tree last

Keep it outside for as long as you can before

bringing into the dry indoor heat.

Chop a little off the bottom to freshen up the stump

and put it in water straightaway (many Christmas

tree stands have a built-in water reservoir).

Position it away from radiators and open fires.

Water every day. Like a cut flower it will carry on

taking water up through the trunk for a good while.

An alternative to a whole evergreen tree is to use an

artistically shaped branch, or bunch of twigs cut from

a tree or shrub with attractive stems, like Silver Birch,

Cornus (Dogwood), or Willow (as seen in our Christmas

house in this issue). These look best treated simply and

hung with just a few berries, baubles or fairy lights.

Berry and Bright

Use real berries and fruits to decorate both the tree and the

house, they will last a long time - admittedly not as long as

their plastic equivalents, but that is only to be celebrated.

Berries might traditionally come in red, but there are

many other colours to mix into your festive scheme.

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Garden

Fresh Foliage and long-lasting leaves

Once you start looking in the garden it’s amazing to

discover how many ordinary plants, that we mostly

ignore, are naturally decorative in winter. Evergreen

leaves tend to be glossy, which also helps to stop

them losing moisture once they’re brought inside.

Some may need a splash of water, or hunk of soaking

oasis foam to keep them looking lively, but many

stay surprisingly fresh-looking all through the festive

season. Some of the best long-lasting foliage plants:

Holly - very traditional, but can be a bit

prickly and hard on the fingers - wear gloves.

Ivy - still one of the best Christmas evergreens,

with long pliable stems, attractive leaves,

flowers and fruits. The variegated forms add

a touch of white or gold for contrast.

Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica) - can

be used as a wreath base, or to line a plain

bowl piled with nuts or clementines).

Conifer foliage - effective as a wreath or

swag base and many varieties are scented.

Viburnum tinus - often overlooked in the garden

for much of the year: a dark green blob that blends

into the background, but it lasts very well inside and

often has the added bonus of winter flowers too.

Pittosporum - leaves on this delicate looking

evergreen last very well among cut flowers, but

go carefully as some varieties aren’t as robust

and frost-hardy as our native evergreens and

won’t appreciate a mid-winter hacking.

Herbs - are lovely fragrant additions and

the leaves of Bay and Rosemary dry well.

Other long-lasting leaves to try: Ruscus,

Osmanthus and Euonymus - these have

small leaves and are useful as fillers in table

decorations and on wreaths or swags.

Sorbus (Rowan/Moutain Ash) cultivars are available

with multi-coloured berries: Sorbus hupehensis ‘Pink

Pagoda’ (pink), ‘Joseph Rock’ - yellow and Sorbus

cashmiriana has white berries. Our native Spindle tree

(Euonymus europaeus) can be found in the hedgerows

and has bright orange berries in a pink casing, although

annoyingly, these are often over by Christmas.

The black clusters of ivy berries look great in wreaths

and swags, as do rosehips. For an unreal-looking, metallic

purple try the berries of Callicarpa bodinieri. Remember

to compensate wildlife if you take berries and fruits.

Seedheads and cones

Many dried seed pods can be made to look festive,

but you may need to think ahead with these. Skeletal

forms and the tracery of stems and umbellifers make

delicate and understated decorations. Collect them

once they’re dry, but before the weather gets to them,

as they can quickly rot away to un-festive sludge in wet

winter conditions. They can be picked weeks, if not


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months in advance and stored as dried arrangements.

Mini cones of alder and beech are great for decorating

wreaths and table displays. Teasel heads can also be used

in wreaths, or as tree decorations, but they are prickly, so

handle with care. The orange seed cases of Physalis will

add drama to decorations in their complete state, but

occasionally the casing is eaten away to make a delicately

skeletal form that can look as lovely as any bauble. Allium

seed heads look like glamorous decorations whether left

in a natural state or sprayed silver for extra sparkle.

Faded flowers and bracts

Hydrangea heads dry and last well, as do the skeletal

forms of Fennel and Angelica, or hedgerow umbellifers

like wild carrot and Joe-Pye weed. The flowers of

ornamental grasses can be used to good effect too.

Equipment

You won’t need much: a pair of secateurs and gardening

gloves (if you’re rummaging through the hedgerows and

picking prickly bits), some florists’ wire and ribbon for

hanging things. A glue gun is a useful thing if spherical

fruits and seedheads can’t be wired on and for creations that

need to hang outside in the weather for any length of time.

Contact Jo on 01233 861149

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Education

Hark, the little angels sing

Hilary Wilce celebrates school Christmas traditions – and everything they teach our children

Christmas is coming, with all its midwinter sparkle

and cheer. It’s not unknown for parents to feel

a little frazzled right now as they contemplate

their present lists, family budget and the politics of

who will visit who on Christmas Day, but there is a

fabulous and foolproof antidote to festive overload

and that is any school’s Christmas celebration.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a traditional nativity play,

a carol service, or a more multicultural smorgasbord. The

magic is in the sparkle in the children’s eyes, the home-made

costumes, the enthusiastic piano playing, the breathless

declamations and the hearty, if not always tuneful singing.

And while the festive season outside the school gates

seems to be increasingly about getting and spending,

most schools do a very good job of fostering a Christmas

atmosphere that celebrates the more important things of life.

Schools bring children together through songs and drama,

encourage them to think about those less fortunate than

themselves and introduce them to religious ideas that can help

them start to think about the big questions of being human.

And while ‘normal’ lessons often get hijacked, think

what those preparations are teaching pupils. Children are

learning that to decorate a classroom you have to plan

and prepare, make your decorations, and work together to

put them up – practical project management in action!

They are learning that to put on a successful Christmas

concert, everyone has to go on a journey that starts with being

introduced to an unknown piece of music, goes through all

kinds of dips and troughs when it seems as if no-one will ever

be able to master either the tune or the timing, but ends up

in a successful sing-out for an audience of family and friends.

Christmas is a perfect example of how schools are

always busy doing so much more than just teaching

maths, English and other basic subjects.

Through the annual rhythms of the school year they

help their pupils see the importance of structure and

effort. They encourage team work and partnerships

and show them how to find their place in a community

of people that is bigger and more complicated than

home - but still a safe place full of familiar adults where

mistakes can be made, successes applauded, festivals

celebrated, and where everyone gets to play a part.

Sometimes, of course, schools aren’t always such

constructive places, and as a parent you might be struggling

with a classroom situation that is making your child

unhappy. In which case, you might not be feeling much

Christmas love for your child’s school right now.

But even the difficult patches of school life can offer

important learning to children and most young people

will leave school with the kind of good memories that are

very likely to include Christmas jumper day, or singing

‘Little Donkey’ in the Christmas concert, or the picture

of Mr Edwards, the school caretaker, playing Santa with

such gusto that his ho, ho, hos blew his beard off.

So mark your diary, put your phone away, cram

your pockets with emergency tissues, and prepare

to wallow in the true joy and purity of Christmas

– as brought to you by children everywhere.

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Buy a tree and enjoy these

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Christmas Events at Kenward Trust

Christmas Craft Morning

Kenward Christmas Fair

Wednesday 5th December 10.30am- 12.00pm

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

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

Saturday 8th December 10.00am - 4.00pm

Browse our craft stalls for beautifully crafted and homemade Christmas gifts, trees, wreaths, cards and

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

Christmas Craft Morning

Wednesday 12th December 10.30am- 12.00pm

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

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

Kenward Christmas Lunch

Friday 14th December 12.00pm - 2.00pm

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

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

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

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

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Beauty

Mon 3 Dec

Powder Mills Hotel, Powdermill

Lane, Battle TN33 0SP

Winter Soiree

The Rye Retreat will be

showcasing their hair and make

up trends and predictions with all

proceeds going to The Sara Lee

Trust and St Michael’s Hospice.

Entry: £10

01797 222211 / saraleetrust.org

Christmas

Nov & Dec

Bedgebury Pinetum, Bedgebury

Road, Goudhurst, TN17 2SJ

Christmas at

Bedgebury

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, wander

beneath unique canopies drenched

in seasonal colour.

forestryengland.uk/bedgebury

Wed – Sun Wed 24 Nov – Sun 9

Dec & Daily December 10 – 24

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Castle Christmas

To celebrate the festive season,

Hever Castle’s rooms will be

decorated and themed around

stories including The Nutcracker,

and ‘Twas the Night Before

Christmas with twinkling lights

and log fires. Outside, discover an

interactive trail themed around A

Christmas Carol and a carousel,

fairground stalls, characters from

Christmas tales and a chance to

pose for a picture with a husky.

hevercastle.co.uk

Weekends Sat 24 Nov – Sun 16

Dec & Wed 19 – Sun 23 Dec

Howletts Wild Animal Park,

Bekesbourne Lane, Bekesbourne,

Littlebourne, Canterbury, Kent

CT4 5EL

Meet Santa

Treat your little ones to a

sprinkling of Christmas magic.

Children can share their Christmas

wishes and dreams with Santa and

What’s On in December

receive a Christmas gift, plus for

a small additional charge, you can

purchase a souvenir photo and

treasure the magical memory.

aspinallfoundation.org

Sat 24 – Sun 25, Fri 30 Nov

– Sun 2 Dec, & Friday 7

December – Sun 9 Dec

Rochester Castle gardens, Castle

Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW

Rochester Christmas

Market

Browse the stalls for gift ideas and

unusual stocking fillers, wander

the Bavarian food village (with

treats including German Bratwurst

sausages, Hog Roast and churros)

or visit the funfair which offers

rides for £1 on Fridays, watch live

performers on the bandstand and

enjoy guaranteed snow with the

snow machine.

medway.gov.uk

Sat 1 – Sun 23 Dec and Wed 26

Dec – Tue 1 Jan, 11am-3pm

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy

Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT

A Magical Christmas at

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote opens its doors for

the festive season. Tour the house

which will be dressed for a grand

Victorian Christmas. Find a taste

of Christmas in 1950s America in

the library, an impressive tree in

pride of place in the Great Hall,

and the original kitchen, small

dining room and scullery, all

opening to the public for the first

time. From Saturday 1 to Sunday

2 December, the opening will

be celebrated with a Christmas

market of local produce around

the carriage circle lawn, and

children will also be able to impart

their wishes with a visit to Father

Christmas.

nationaltrust.org.uk

Weekends Sat 1 – Sun 16 & Thu

20 – Mon 24 Dec

Starts at Eridge train station,

Rotherfield TN3 9LE

Spa Valley Railway’s

Santa Specials

Hot chestnuts, face painters,

traditional Christmas music and

Santa visits with special gifts for

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CREATIVE WORKSHOPS • STREET STALLS & MUCH MUCH MORE!

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THE GREATEST GREAT ESCAPE THIS CHRISTMAS

Trinity Theatre Productions

Presents

Book by

JULIAN FELLOWES

Music by

GEORGE STILES

Lyrics by

ANTHONY DREWE

Based on the book by

KENNETH GRAHAME

Original Production

Produced by

JAMIE HENDRY

Director

John Martin

Musical Supervisor/Director

Tony Stenson

Choreographer

Elizabeth Witt

THU 13 DEC

TO

WED 2 JAN

Box Office

01892 678 678

trinitytheatre.net

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

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What’s On in December

all the good children make Spa

Valley’s Santa Specials a lovely

festive treat for all the family.

spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Sat 1 – Sun 2 & Sat 8 – Sun 9

10am-3pm

Dover Castle, Castle Hill Road,

Dover CT16 1HU

WWII Christmas

Take a journey back to the Home

Front this Christmas and find

out how the festive season was

celebrated in war-time. Over

two weekends, Dover Castle

will present a different selection

of yule-tide activities. Visit a

recreated officers’ mess to listen

to tales of Christmas time at the

Dover Castle Garrison. Help to

bake delicious Christmas treats

on the ration, get in the festive

spirit with lindy hop dancing

and maybe even meet Father

Christmas himself.

Entry: Adult £20, Child 5-17 £12,

Concession £18, Family £50

english-heritage.org.uk

Sun 2 Dec

West Malling High Street

ME19 6LU

West Mailing Christmas

Festival

Heart of Kent Hospice takes over

the management of this year’s

festival – a great day out for all

the family with live entertainment

on stage all afternoon, Santa’s

Grotto, face painting, bungee

trampolines, teacup and carousel

rides, shopping, stalls, crafts and

specialist food and drink.

Entry: Free

01622 790195 /

erica.snow@hokh.co.uk

Fri 7 Dec & Sat 8 Dec

9.30am-5pm

Trinity Church, Sissinghurst

TN17 2JL

Christmas Tree Festival

Tis the season at Trinity Church,

with trees decorated by village

organisations, a variety of musical

performances, local Christmas

stalls, coffee, tea and light lunches,

and a concert by the Wealden

Consort on Saturday at 7.30pm.

01580 712612 /

trinitychurch-sissinghurst.org.uk

History

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.

01580 710701/

nationaltrust.org.uk

Selected Sundays from Sun 18

Nov – Sun 10 Feb

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge TN11 8DG

Roast and Rambles

Get an insider’s view of key parts

of Penshurst Place and Gardens,

as the historic house hosts a series

of behind-the-scenes talks with

an added bonus of a three-course

carvery roast lunch to be served

before your selected talk. This

month there will be a talk on

Portraits through the centuries on

Sunday 2 December and another

on Christmas in the Baron’s Hall

on Sunday 16 December.

Entry: Adults £21.50, Children

5-12 £9.50, Under 5s free

01892 870307 /

penshurstplace.com

New Year’s

Mon 31 Dec

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve,

Aldington Road, Lympne, Hythe

CT21 4LR

Roaring 20s Ball

See in the New Year in style at

Port Lympne Hotel’s Aspinall

Suite. Enjoy a glittering evening

with a lavish four course gala

dinner, followed by dancing the

night away with the resident DJ

and carriages at 1am.

Entry: £99pp

01303 264647 /

aspinallfoundation.org

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JOIN OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

AND PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN YOUR LOCAL HOSPICE

Irene Dibben

Chairman

“It is a cliché to say that we are all

giving something back to our

community, but we are. Each Trustee

feels he or she both learns and

contributes, bringing a diverse set of

skills to our roles. That is important, as

through debate we reach what we

consider to be the best outcome for

the Hospice.”

Forward

thinking Experienced Strategic

All of the Hospice’s work is underpinned by the core

values of • honesty • respect • innovation • excellence

• community • compassion

If you have any questions, please contact

Karen Clarke, Chief Executive on 01424 456367.

For a Trustee Application Pack please email

kmason@stmichaelshospice.com

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

Christmas Fair And Grotto

Explore our Christmas Fair, with free walks, carol singing and

Santa in his Natural Bird Hide Grotto, plus a craft activity!

Tyland Barn Visitor Centre Grotto

Meet Santa and his Elves in the Nature Barn Grotto and take

part in a craft activity!

£6 includes Santa visit and craft activity

www.stmichaelshospice.com

Registered charity number 288462

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What’s On in December

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.

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New Hay Farm, Old Hay

(Off Pearsons Green Road)

Brenchley, Paddock Wood Kent TN12 7DG

01892 83 4306 info@westkentshooting.co.uk

www.westkentshooting.co.uk

Mon 31 Dec

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

ME17 1PL

New Year’s Eve in the

Castle

The evening begins with

Champagne in the Library, guided

tours of the Castle, then on to

the New Year’s Eve banquet – a

four-course fine dining experience

served in the splendid Henry VIII

Banqueting Hall. After coffee and

chocolates in the Castle Drawing

Rooms, it’s time to take to the

floor as you dance the night away

to a live band. At the stroke of

midnight, toast the New Year over

a spectacular fireworks display as

the finale to a very special evening.

Residential guests will be served

a full English breakfast on the

following morning in the Castle

Dining Room.

Entry: Dinner £215 dinner and

accommodation from £295

leeds-castle.com

Theatre & Music

Sat 8 December 7.30pm

St Dunstan’s Church, Stone

Street, Cranbrook TN17 3HA

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Kent Police Male Voice Choir,

with guests Queen’s Regimental

Association Corps of Drums, in

a joyous seasonal concert raising

funds for Canterbury Oast Trust,

a Kent charity supporting adults

with a learning disability.

Entry: £11

01233 732684

Sun 9 Dec 3pm

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling,

Maidstone ME14 3AU

Living Farm Nativity

Visit Kent Life to experience a

very special living nativity with

the attraction’s very own farmyard

friends. Working together with

Maidstone Family Church,

visitors can take a journey

through the grounds of Kent

Life to discover the nativity story

scenes and join in the traditional

Christmas Carolling. Children are

encouraged to dress up so they can

be part of the nativity.

kentlife.org.uk

Thu 20 – Sun 23 & Thu 27 –

Sun 30 Dec

Groombridge Place,

Groombridge Hill, Groombridge,

Tunbridge Wells TN3 9QG

Groombridge Place

Christmas Circus

Spectacular

This festive all-weather heated Big

Top circus is a truly memorable

seasonal experience. Audiences of

all ages will be dazzled by amazing

international performers including

acrobats, aerialists and other

speciality acts.

Entry: Free with admission

01892 861444 /

groombridgeplace.com

Workshops

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

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

From decorating the house to making her own

wine, Jane’s excited about Christmas

It’s coming. I’m one of those people who gets completely

over excited at the very thought of Christmas and the best

part is always the planning and preparation.

First job is to quite literally deck the house with boughs

of holly – tra la la la la, la la la la (I think you’ll find that’s

the right number). However if you’ve left the task of

collecting said holly till these December days, you’ll be sorely

disappointed because there isn’t a berry in sight.

Branches that were laden in October have now been

stripped by the thrushes, blackbirds, fieldfares and finches. So

next year be sure to cut branches early on and store them in a

shed in a bucket of water until it’s time to decorate.

At this time of year our very old and quite dark house full

of beams, nooks, and crannies comes into its own. By going

for quantity rather than quality and artfully shoving copious

amounts of greenery around the place, the effect, though I say

it myself, is rather enchanting. And not a cobweb in sight!

Then of course one’s thoughts turn to the Christmas feast

itself. Needless to say we always enjoy

a huge rib of Sussex beef with lots of

home grown veg but it’s always worth

testing people’s culinary nerve with a few

unusual extras.

The Meeches Prolific (a quince) has

been just that this year, we’ve baskets of them and, apart from

their lovely perfume, they add a certain something when

grated into the mince pie mix. They’re easy to deal with

compared with the medlar – a rock hard brown fruit that

looks like a big squashed rosehip.

I’m reliably informed they are quite a delicacy but first you

have to master the art of blatting – letting them rot gently

“The Meeches Prolific –

a quince – has been just

that this year”

so they morph into a soft and fragrant pulp which you then

enjoy with cold cream. Mine however seem to wilfully bypass

that part of the process, turning instantly from bullets into a

mildewy rotten mush, so the jury is still out on the joy of a

good medlar.

Has anyone else noticed a squirrel

explosion this year? We planted a

walnut tree about twenty years ago and

in the past few years it has come into its

own producing at least 60 nuts a year,

enough to enjoy with the port and Stilton on the big day.

Problem is from September the squirrel – same one or

many, hard to tell, but only ever one – arrives every morning

and busies himself burying one or two in the lawn. It is quite

endearing but without a trip to Waitrose or adding roast

squirrel to the menu it will be yet another nut-free occasion.

And then of course there’s the alcohol. We’ll be having the

professionally made variety with our dinner, but last year I

came across an ancient Sussex recipe for birch (as in the tree)

wine and thought it sounded light and sweet and might make

a passable pudding wine, so decided to give it a try.

In March, when the sap was rising, I cut off a branch, hung

a bucket on the birch tree stump and amazingly it soon filled

with sap. I boiled it with sugar, then using a piece of toast as

the pontoon floated a lump of yeast on the top for a few days,

added some almonds and ignored it thereafter.

It says in the book it will be a pale silvery gold wine, with

little flavour but a curiously pungent aroma and passable by

Advent. I can hardly wait.

Happy Christmas one and all!

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

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