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Contents

January 2019

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HAPPY NEW HOUSE

Maggie Alderson’s favourite

homes on the market

NOTEBOOK

Six super events with

which to start 2019

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

A 1930s chapel converted

into modern brilliance

GET THE LOOK

Products to help you get that

Stairway to heaven look

HOUSE AND GARDEN

Interior designer Lisa Evans’

glorious High Weald cottage

GET THE LOOK

How to steal Lisa Evans’

classic cottage style

WHATEVER THE WEATHER

Kate Watts styles fashion

to combat the cold

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SCRUB A DUB DUB

Josephine Fairley freshens up

your skin for the new year

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton says relax

and de-stress this year

NATURAL WISDOM

We talk to environmental

conservationist, Sophie Parker

WINTER WARMERS

One-pot recipes to cosy

up with on cold days

THE GREAT ESCAPE

We explore some exotic and

enviable holiday destinations

SEEDS OF HOPE

Jo Arnell confesses her

addiction to seed catalogues

SPORT OUTSIDE THE BOX

Sports that push the boundaries

to give school kids more options

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NEW YEAR - NEW ATTITUDE

Hilary Wilce advises that parents

encourage kids to consider

their aspirations in life

INHERITANCE TAX PLANNING

FOR NICE PEOPLE

How to negotiate taxes while

maintaining a clear conscience

WHAT’S ON

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about the year ahead

COMPETITION

Win a dog-friendly break

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

It’s calving time at the farm

with Jane Howard

INTERIORS

SUPPLEMENT

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Happy new house

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Swanton Hall

The dream: A Grade II* listed redbrick

house in the early Georgian

‘country baroque’ style, set in glorious

garden. With official ‘of historical

interest’ rating, Swanton Hall has all

the charm and character that status

implies. Baroque composer George

Frideric Handel was a visitor. The

house is included in Sir Nikolaus

Pevsner’s Buildings of England and

in Marcus Binney’s In Search of the

Perfect House. It has been sensitively

updated and beautifully decorated.

Where: Half a mile from the

village of Bredgar, three miles from

Hollingbourne.

Setting: Farmland, in an Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Postcode: ME9 8AS

Beds: 6 Baths: 2

Special features: Lovely painted

panelling and original fireplaces.

Pleasing details: A large wine store. A

detached barn (also listed) converted

into an office.

Outside: Superb landscaping over five

acres, including an amazing formal

topiary garden, a lovely walled garden,

an orchard and a rose walk designed in

cooperation with David Austin.

Time to town: Ten minutes to

Sittingbourne, then around an hour to

Cannon Street, St Pancras, or Victoria.

Price: £1,500,000

Agent: Savills, Cranbrook

01580 720161 savills.com

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£3,950,000

Pembury Hall

The dream: A very elegant, early

Victorian former rectory, renovated

with great contemporary style, without

losing any of its period character. The

large hall is used as a reception room.

Where: Just over two miles from

Pembury village, about four from both

Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.

Setting: Not isolated, but perfectly

secluded in a wooded setting.

Postcode: TN2 4AT

Beds: 4 Baths: 3

Special features: A huge family games

room on the ground floor.

Pleasing details: A separate twobedroom

coach house with a terrace.

Outside: Beautiful gardens and

grounds of about 3.35 acres, plus

woodland, fields and ponds of about

24.30 acres. A lovely swimming pool

and a tennis court.

Time to town: From Tonbridge, 45

minutes to Charing Cross.

Price: £3,950,000

Agent: Savills, Tunbridge Wells

01892 507000 savills.com

£1,395,000

Little Iridge

Farmhouse

The dream: A Grade II-listed Georgian

farmhouse built from golden sandstone,

in a heavenly setting.

Where: On the periphery of Hurst

Green village, just over two miles from

Robertsbridge, three from Etchingham

and 16 from Tunbridge Wells.

Setting: At the end of a half-mile long

drive, surrounded by lovely countryside.

Postcode: TN19 7PX

Beds: 4 Baths: 2

Special features: The parquet-floored

library has a bay window crying out for a

window seat.

Pleasing details: The kitchen has an Aga

and a range.

Outside: 3.5 acres of lovely garden, a

paddock, ponds and natural woodland.

Time to town: 80 minutes from

Etchingham to Charing Cross.

Price: £1,395,000

Agent: Jackson Stops, Cranbrook

01580 720000 jackson-stops.co.uk

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Previous page: The main living area. Above: Looking down into the double-level living area from the glass mezzanine

Back in 2011, when Ian and Lisa decided to make the

move from Tunbridge Wells to Hastings, they had

an offer accepted on an old pub which they hoped

to convert into a house. But a bad survey put paid to that.

“I was standing in the street on a rainy day with the

survey in my hands feeling miserable, when I looked

up and saw a ‘for sale’ sign outside Bourne Hall, a

1930s Wesleyan Chapel. I thought oooh...”

Ian, who worked as a chartered surveyor for 25 years,

explains why he fell in love with this landmark building in the

heart of Hastings Old Town. ‘I love big spaces. As a surveyor I

specialised in shopping centres, I could walk into an old shop

and immediately work out how to cut and carve the space up.’

He’d worked with Tunbridge Wells architect Michael

Winter on a previous project and knew he was the

man for this job. Ian’s next task was to persuade the

planners that the hall could be turned into three luxury

townhouses of roughly 2,000 square feet each.


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Above: Three levels were created in the huge space, linked by a bespoke staircase. The light is by Christian Cubina.

It took 12 men to lift the glass floor of the mezzanine into place

“Other developers had wanted to turn the hall into multiple

flats which the council conservation officer didn’t want to see

happen. The only way I could get planning permission for

three dwellings was to promise to restore the building to its

former glory. That meant completely replacing the Portland

stone façade and putting in metal windows throughout.”

Fast forward a year and in a relatively uncomplicated build

the three spaces were completed to the high standard Ian

envisaged and the conservation officer was happy. Ian and

Lisa chose one to live in and sold the other two to finance

the build. The only real sticky moment was the discovery of

a buried basement which meant they had to dig a six foot

structural supporting wall. As they dug down, they discovered

an amazing slice of history with a message in a bottle.

“It was a handwritten note from the original builders

dated 1939. They wrote how bombs were raining


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Above: The neon portrait of the Queen is by Philip Oakley, from

a painting by Danny Mooney, both local artists Right: The twostorey

oak shelves are by German firm Hulsta

down outside as they were building a Wesleyan Chapel.

In turn my builders left their own message.”

The wow factor Ian and Lisa brought to their house

is evident the moment you step through the front door

onto a glass mezzanine floor. “It took 12 men to lift

it into place,” admits Ian. “But it was worth it.”

The entrance space is dominated by a neon light picture of

the Queen designed by Hastings-based lighting artist Philip

Oakley. (The original drawing it was based on is by another

local artist Danny Mooney.) It couldn’t look more perfect

– or regal - than warmly lighting this uber modern space.

Standing on the mezzanine it’s genuinely hard to

know where to look first. The three internal storeys

are linked by an incredible helical staircase especially

designed for the space, which dominates the centre

of the house, winding up all three storeys.

Ian confides how a “similar staircase in a Chelsea

townhouse might set you back £100,000. Instead I

found a firm of joiners in Gathurst who built it from

MDF with a central steel supporting core. I got both this

one and one for the space next door, made for 30k.”

For a bargain piece of joinery (£15,000 per staircase

being a bargain considering the scale and size), it’s an

outstanding and clever piece of statement design.

The glass mezzanine wraps around into a bank of huge

white walls with a solid-floored living area. A grey and

lime green corner sofa from contemporary Italian furniture

brand Ligne Roset, from Wells Interiors, hugs a corner.

By the glass balcony is a pair of vintage ‘slice’ chairs, with

a Ligne Roset table in black and lime green Perspex, topped

with a chinoiserie vase that matches nearby cushions.

The vase and cushions give the air of being terribly

expensive but were bought from the same Habitat collection

a couple of years ago. “Cheap but effective,” says Ian.

On the floor is a wonderful silver and white rug with

a metal thread skull and crossbones woven in.


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Above: The kitchen, by Alpine Joinery, is at one end of the ground floor living area

The clean white walls are a showcase for some of Ian and

Lisa’s diverse art collection. Behind the sofa is a Boyd &

Evans photograph of Pueblo Laguna church in Mexico. On

the other side is an original British railway poster of Hastings

that Ian bought at auction just as he decided to move here.

As the staircase winds down to the split-level ground

floor – the area Ian calls the “heart of the house” – more

art lines the walls, from original 1960s photographs

of actresses Liz Taylor and Catherine Deneuve to an

iconic 1980s print of actress Brigitte Nielsen by fashion

photographer Herb Ritts and a lovely soft-toned acrylic

on glass painting by Nicholas Fudge (a contemporary of

Damien Hirst) and a 1960s mugshot of a young Al Pacino.

“One of the best things about this house is that it’s

possible to display really big bits of art. In our previous

house we couldn’t do that. Large spaces can be hard to

use. People often have the instinct to break them up

with partition walls but there’s no need to if you can


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break up a space with art and colour.”

That said, Ian did resist his instinct

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At one end sits a huge 70-inch TV.

“Lisa went crazy when I ordered it”, Ian

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that thing in the house. But it’s funny because

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enough.”

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dominated by a white extendable dining table

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Roset) leading into a grey kitchen area, a space

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Above On the mezzanine balcony, the Perspex table is by Ligne Roset and Ian bought the model boat from The Conran Shop

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and a lovely set of vintage brass scales which came from a junk

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The kitchen area is flooded with light from the glass

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Ian picks up some doll-sized plates and a bust of Mussolini.

“Where did these even come from? I can’t remember.

I’m blaming Lisa, she’s the hoarder”, he laughs.


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Above: A sitting area on the first floor. The sofa is by Ligne Roset and the photograph of Pueblo Laguna in Mexico is by Boyd &

Evans. The skull and crossbones rug is from Sunniva in Tunbridge Wells

But on closer inspection Ian must admit to a bit of

hoarding too. There’s a collection of Star Wars toys and

jigsaws, Lego pieces and a large amount of Harley Davidson

memorabilia, from boxed Harley Davidson Barbie dolls

to mini metal-display bikes – all indisputably his.

There’s also a picture of Ian meeting the actual Queen,

not just the neon version hanging in the hallway.

“She was really chatty. I thought she’d just shake my hand

and move on, but she talked and talked. She was wonderful.”

The cavernous shelves are also home to Lisa’s collection of

Penguin classics. Ian does a quick count and stops at 500.

“She’s been collecting them for years. I think she’s probably

singlehandedly driven up the price on eBay,” he jokes.

Developing the building themselves meant a few perks. The

only outside spaces – a 400 square foot roof terrace at the top

and two smaller terraces - Ian and Lisa added to their own

house. The tiled terrace, planted with pots of pretty seaside

grasses by local garden designer Tony Howard of Harborough

Nurseries, is littered with scores of crab and mussel shells.

“It’s the seagulls,’ explains Ian. “They drop crab

and mussels from the sky onto hard surfaces, so they

can break the shells open and eat them. It was a bit

odd at first, but we’re completely used to it now.”

The gulls clearly aren’t scared off by a fabulously

fun fibreglass Jaws head which Ian picked up

in a junk shop in Tunbridge Wells.

Also on this floor are three good-sized bedrooms

and two bathrooms, which only exist as they do

because Ian was able to get planning permission to

rebuild and raise the original roof by a metre.

The master bedroom suite is a masterclass in discreetly

minimal storage designed by Ian and built by local tradesman

Wayne Kent. A sleek wall of oak-panelled built-in cupboard

boxes line one wall, the warm walnut mirrored on the

internal doors and bookshelves elsewhere in the house.

The bedroom is styled with cheery cushions and

throws in clashing yellow patterns, a green cocktail chair

and a little kidney shaped table with brass topped legs

that looks like a mid-century find, but Ian confides

is from Ikea, and some fun 1950s style prints.

The two guest bedrooms are equally cosy and inviting, one

housing more of Lisa’s collection of decorative chickens.

Less impressed though are Ian’s grown-up children. He

jokes, “We were only able to move from our old family

home into this place because we had an empty nest and the

children had left home. But when they visit, they are all

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Above: A specially designed helical staircase, built from MDF by a local company, dominates the centre of the house

very annoyed they don’t have their own bedrooms anymore.”

The main bathroom is effortlessly simple. The use of

a floating basin and w.c. which sit above the floor, tricks

the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is.

It’s clear this home has been developed with love,

talent and skill by a couple who understood exactly

what they wanted to gain from the space. Solid building

techniques to exacting standards, imaginative design,

a few key heirloom pieces, art chosen not for its value

but because Ian and Lisa loved it, some clever bargains

and a whole host of fun family life smattered on top.

But now that it’s all finished it is time for them to move

on again. The couple plan to sell the house next year so

they can finance a self-build – a long-held dream.

Ian explains, “We’ve got the plot and the planning

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very contemporary and all open plan. I couldn’t go

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Previous page: Looking from the kitchen out into the garden

Above: The sofa in the sitting room was made by the workshop

at Ensor Interior Design Left: The log box made out of an old

shell casing is from Ensor

Using nature as an inspiration for interior design

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a sensual world of texture, scent and elemental forms.

Happily for me, this all starts in the garden. We are sitting

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garden and looking back along a central brick and stone patch

to the house. The garden building helps to enclose the outside

space, the idea being to make it feel like another room.

“All you would need is a sliding glass

roof over the top,” laughs Lisa.


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Left: The convex mirror is from a Slovakian railway

station Below: Candles from Ensor Interiors

The garden was designed by Bonnie Lamont and the

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whites and cream, all set off by soothing deep green foliage.

“I wanted a low maintenance and pretty space,”

explains Lisa. “I put together a mood board and

Bonnie and I came up with an initial plan - and

then my builder and I put it all together.”

The view from the garden room takes in the whole

garden and continues through the house right to the

front door. “It was very important for there to be a

one line of sight all the way through,” says Lisa.

The house is as open plan as possible and the bi-fold kitchen

doors open right out and bring the garden in. “This space is

a major part of the house and yes, it is another room, really. I

sit at the kitchen table and look out onto it all year round.”

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features really come into play. There are some

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under a living roof of catmint and Euphorbia.

An old rustic verdigris copper kettle acts as a central planter

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more modern rusted steel fire bowl, which sits on a plinth near

the garden room. This was a bargain of a find from Homebase.

“I love the texture of rust, and the dark greens of foliage

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Above left: The deconstructed chair in the drawing room is made by Ensor Right: The pumpkin lamp base is from Porta Romana,

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the walls and added a new front door. Now it’s really cosy.”

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Previous page: The metal chest of drawers, lamps and finials are all from Ensor. The flour bin and elephants are antique finds Above:

The master bedroom is the only room in the house where Lisa used a different paint colour – Squid Ink by Paint and Paper Library

because the speed of this refurbishment was fast.

“My builder Neil Griffin did the house in three

months,” Lisa smiles. “He also made the chalet and

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even been in today to wash the windows. It’s been

fantastic. He and his team have done everything.”

A good builder is invaluable, but an experienced

and knowledgeable client is just as vital. “I’m decisive.”

Lisa says. “I know what I like. Neil suggested I had

a different floor, but I said I’d rather wait,”

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Wells. “It has grey and some hints of yellow. The

colour and texture was perfect.” The company also

supplied and fitted all the carpets in the house.

As you would expect from her profession, Lisa has a strong

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importance in a scheme. A case in point is her choice of

colour for the interior walls – the same one has been used

throughout. This has the effect of unifying and enlarging

the spaces, providing a backdrop and soothing the senses.

“I wanted it to be dark with elements of green,” she

explains. “l chose Tarlatan from the Paint and Paper Library.

I’ve used it before so knew how it would look. It’s important

to have warmer colours when using the greys; blue-grey is

cold and needs mixing with ochre elements to warm it.”

Similar colours have been used for the curtains and the soft

furnishings, so the whole cottage is luxuriously enveloped

in warm grey. “I like really thick fabric,” she says. “I like

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Above: This chair, in the master bedroom is covered with a loose cover made from old grain sacks. The portrait of a boy and the

double height chest of drawers were antique finds

the strength and the strong lines. No fuss, I’m quite direct.”

If you’re looking for patterns and prints here, you will

have to look very hard. “It’s a masculine look,” she says.

“A statement look. You can create detail with contrasting

bands of colour - it doesn’t have to be pattern.”

Remarkably, the only bits of pattern in the entire house are

the timorous beasties featured on the cushions in the sitting

room and the chalet - and upstairs in the back bedroom there

are some cushions covered with a delicate Mark Alexander

fabric. “These are the prettiest things in the house,” she laughs.

The success of a scheme ultimately lies in the detail

and this is evident in Lisa’s business life at Ensor Interior

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Above: The sofa bed in the garden chalet is a one-off made by Ensor

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Previous page: The garden was designed by Bonnie Lamont

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inspire owners to be wonderfully bold with paint and decoration

Ros Byam Shaw’s beautiful book,

Perfect English Townhouse is a

tribute to one of our loveliest of

vernacular home styles – the multi-storeyed,

terraced or semi-detached, uniquely

urban dwelling that is the townhouse.

The thirteen houses featured in the

book date from 1670 to 1965, but

while they span historic eras from the

Stuarts, through Georgian, Regency

and Victorian, right up to the reign

of our own dear Queen, they share a

special appeal: a familiarity of layout and

proportion that just feels right to the eye.

On top of all that is common among

them, each of the houses in the book

is wonderfully quirky and original,

packed full of ideas to aspire to –

repaying repeated visits to the pages.

One theme that particularly jumped

out at us as worthy of further study

is the way all the houses balance very

strong colour and vivid prints, with lots

of art, features and collections – yet

never look cluttered, messy, or hectic.

We’ve come to the conclusion that the

secret is having a certain proportion of

balancing neutral tones in natural materials,

be it in original wood floorboards, linen

upholstery, sisal flooring, bamboo, rattan

and wood furniture, or wicker details.

Here are some of our favourite examples

– followed by suggestions of how to achieve

such exquisite colour balance at home.

▲ This 18th century house in a South London square was restored after being

previously divided into flats. Frank Hollmeyer uses this first floor room as a study.

The panelling, which he put back in, is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Brassica

The first floor drawing room of the

same house is painted in Farrow & Ball’s

Cale Green, a flattering background for

the 17th century Dutch flower paintings.

The cushions are made of antique Middle

Eastern fabric from Susan Deliss, who also

made the ikat lampshades

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▲ A bedroom in a London terrace designed by Peter Moiret in 1967 as a 20th century take on the townhouse. Textile designer

owner Charlene Mullen designed the hand-embroidered cushions and the rug. The mid-century bed is by Hans Wegner


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▲ Gavin Waddell created this kitchen in a first floor reception

room of his Cheltenham townhouse. The wallpaper is by Cole

& Son and inspired the colours of the cupboards and table. He

designed the bamboo shelving himself

▲ This London house was built in the 1670s. A flokati rug

marks out the seating area of the reception room which opens

onto the dining room and kitchen. The 1960s vintage fabric on

the blind is Pheasant Moon by Hans Tisdall

Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw, photographs by Jan Baldwin,

published by Ryland, Peters & Small

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But I also literally like to shed a skin, at the start of each New

Year, via exfoliating products.

By now, the central heating’s been on for months. And

did you know that your clothes are actually acting as a wick,

extracting moisture from your body? Christmas and the

festivities take their toll, too and the problem with dry skin

is that it starts to look flat. It doesn’t refract light in the way

healthy, dewy, plumped-up skin does and it can get flaky.

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its grapefruit, cypress and eucalyptus scent – and Voya

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skin with a natural and aromatherapeutically fragrant blend of

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clean while leaving it lightly veiled in

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Tickled Pink Yuzu, Pink Beets &

Watermelon Scrub, £20 for 250g, is

probably my favourite – a silky-textured

scrub based on chunky salt granules, along with antioxidant

beetroot pieces and powder, which gives a lovely pinkflecked

look. These are suspended in a base of skin-nurturing

grapeseed oil and peach kernel oil, leaving skin veiled in

moisture and nourishment.

Happily, plastic ‘microbeads’ have been outlawed now, for

ecological reasons – and there was really no need for them

anyway, when there are so many natural ways to deliver

equally good results. But you might notice that none of my

hot tip scrubs contain crushed particles like pumice or nut

shells. There are two reasons for this: a) these can scratch

skin, if used over-zealously, and b) I personally find

nothing alluring about having a gritty bottom from

sitting on a layer of particles that don’t dissolve in

water.

Salt and – preferably – sugar scrubs do dissolve. And

the reason I prefer sugar is simply that I’m a gardener,

and salty scrubs sting wounds acquired when, for

instance, pruning roses. As long as I haven’t been in the

wars with my secateurs in hand, though, salt’s fine.

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gentle circles is enough – but also leaves skin

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January: The Truth About Stress

In 2016 the World Health

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old fussy Finn, 12 year-old

Thomas (who eats like a

grown man) and 14 year-old

vegetarian Mia, I am used

to rising to the challenges

of delivering balanced meals

that appeal to my children,

their friends, my husband

and our friends.

I like to use fresh,

additive-free ingredients

– local whenever possible –

and I don’t advocate faddy

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food groups.

Through Anna’s Family

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Vegan Black Bean Chilli with

Avocado, Lime and Tomato Salsa

Serves 4 Prep time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 25 minutes.

This is my vegetarian daughter’s favourite meal. It’s ready in 30 minutes is packed with

flavour, plus the black beans are a great antioxidant and source of protein. Serve with rice

and you have a perfectly balanced vegan meal. The salsa freshens the dish.

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 3 peppers sliced

• 1 red onion chopped

• 3 garlic cloves crushed

• 800g (2 cans) black beans, drained

• 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

• ½ tsp smoked paprika

• 3 tsp chipotle paste

• 400g passata (or tinned tomatoes

mashed with a spoon in the pot)

• Salt and pepper

For the salsa

• 1 avocado chopped

• 100g cherry tomatoes roughly

chopped

• Juice of 2 limes

Wine+

This is a fresh, spicy dish that

needs a succulent red to go with it.

Portugal and Spain both do excellent

value-for-money reds and we’ve chosen a

great vegan wine from Portugal. Almeida

Garrett Entre Serras, Beira Interior 2015

(£6.25, The Wine Society) is a superb

value wine made from local Portuguese

grapes. Full of bramble fruit notes

with gentle spice and a lovely,

warming body.

• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

• 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

1Sauté the onion for 5 minutes before

adding the garlic and peppers.

2Colour for 2-3 minutes before adding

the balsamic vinegar. Let it bubble for

a few seconds then add the black beans,

paprika, chipotle paste and passata.

3Add ½ tsp Maldon salt and a few

grinds of black pepper. Simmer for 15

minutes.

4While it’s cooking, prepare your salsa

by combining all the ingredients in a

bowl with a pinch of salt. Serve with rice

and your salsa.

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Wine+

This recipe is deliciously sweet and

spicy and an equally spicy red wine would

go really well. We’ve gone for a rich, full

bodied Zinfandel known for its black-fruit

flavour and warm, sweet spice notes. Black

Ridge Zinfandel is a Californian red (The

Secret Cellar, Wadhurst £12.50) with rich

berry flavours matched with a full

body and great length, the perfect

foil for a warming curry.

Slow Cooked Beef and Beetroot Curry

Serves 6 Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 4-6 hours in a slow

cooker, low oven or Aga simmering oven.

Aside from giving this curry an amazing colour, the beetroot adds

a sweetness and richness. Serve with rice, a dollop of yogurt and

fresh coriander.

• 700g cooked beetroot -

either cook your own or

buy pre-cooked beetroot

(but not in a jar, it has to

be fresh not pickled)

• 10cm ginger, peeled and

chopped

• 4 garlic cloves crushed

• 2 red chillies deseeded

• 30g bunch fresh coriander,

stalks chopped, leaves

reserved

• 6 cardamom pods, seeds

removed

• 2 tbsp tomato puree

• 2 tbsp brown sugar

• 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

• 2 tbsp ground cumin

• 1 tbsp ground coriander

• 2 tsp fennel seeds

• ¼ tsp ground cloves

• 1½ kg stewing beef steak -

feather blade works well

• 3 tbsp olive oil

• 2 onions chopped

• 200ml beef stock

• 1 tbsp garam masala

1Chop the beetroot into

large chunks and in a food

processor or blender whizz

one third of it with the ginger,

garlic, chilli, coriander stalks,

cardamom, tomato puree,

brown sugar, cumin, ground

coriander, fennel seeds, cloves

and 2 tsp ground black pepper.

2In a large pan, heat 2

tbsp oil and colour the

beef chunks in batches until

browned all over. Set aside.

3Add another tablespoon

of oil to the pan and sauté

your onions for 5 minutes

before returning the beef to

the pan with the spice paste

and the balsamic vinegar.

the stock, then bring

4Add the curry to a simmer and

cook in a low oven (130°C)

or slow cooker for 4-8 hours.

You could alternatively

cook it at 160°C for 2-3

hours but I think it works

better cooked slow and low.

Uncover the curry, add the

reserved beetroot and garam

masala and return to the oven

uncovered for 30 minutes.

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Wine+

Lamb has lovely soft flavours and is not

as punchy as beef, so we need a softer

wine for this dish. The Rhône Valley in

southern France will offer a juicy red

with just a hint of spice to go with the

herbs in the dish. Côtes-du-Rhône 2016

Léon Perdigal (Majestics £7.99) is packed

with delicious red-berry flavours, has

a medium body with hints of pepper

and herb on the palate. Perfect!

Food

Lancashire Hotpot

Serves 4-6 Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 6-8 hours in a

slow cooker, low oven or Aga simmering oven.

An old English classic. When I made this for my family and some

friends of my boys, aged 9 and 12, it was devoured.

• 1.5kg lamb neck fillet,

cubed

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 2 onions chopped

• 2 carrots peeled and

chopped

• 3 bay leaves

• 2 tbsp Worcestershire

Sauce

• 100ml red wine (optional)

• 500ml lamb or veg stock

(1½ tbsp plain flour

• 800g potatoes peeled and

sliced as thinly as you can

• 2 tbsp butter melted

1Soften the onions in a tbsp

of oil for 5 minutes before

adding the lamb, salt and

pepper.

2Colour on a high heat

for 5-10 minutes before

stirring in the flour.

3Add the wine followed by

the Worcestershire Sauce.

Let it bubble for 2 minutes

before adding the stock, carrots

and bay.

4Put in the oven at 130°C,

a slow cooker, or Aga

simmering oven for 6-8 hours.

5Forty-five minutes before

you want to eat turn the

oven up to 180°C and arrange

your sliced potatoes on the

top so that they overlap. Brush

on the butter and bake for 45

minutes or until the potatoes

are crisp on top.


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Wine+

Wow! This dessert is so sumptuous

that most wines won’t hold their own

against it. You need something fortified

and luscious. Head to France for a sweet,

red wine, Domaine Pouderoux Maury

Grande Reserve (Waitrose Cellar £11.49).

Maury wines are known for their super

sweetness, coupled with notes of dried

fruits, caramel and nut plus good acidity

which will cut through

the richness. Serve

well chilled.

Gooey Chocolate Cups with Salted Caramel

Sauce and Cream

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

Gluten free, these easy peasy chocolate pots are made with no

flour. The caramel sauce is worth making yourself if you have the

time. If you don’t there are lots of salted caramel sauces available

in supermarkets.

• 4 eggs separated

• 120g unsalted butter

• 4 tbsp caster sugar

• 250g 70% cocoa dark

chocolate

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• ½ tsp salt

For the salted caramel sauce

• 140g light brown sugar

• 2 tbsp golden syrup

• 50g butter

• 300ml double cream

• ½ tsp salt

• Whipped cream or ice

cream to serve

For the salted caramel

1In a heavy-bottomed pan

heat the butter, brown sugar

and golden syrup. Stir until

everything has melted.

2Once the mixture starts

to bubble, add the double

cream and simmer for 2

minutes.

3Stir in the salt and allow

to cool slightly.

For the chocolate cups

4Grease 4 large ramekins

or oven proof cups.

5Whisk your egg whites

until they form stiff

peaks. Add 2 tbsp of caster

sugar half a tablespoon at

a time - counting to 20 in

between until you have a

glossy meringue mix. Set

aside.

6Melt the chocolate and

butter in a bowl above

a pan of simmering water

(bain-marie). Once the

butter and chocolate are

melted stir in the remaining

2 tbsp caster sugar.

Now stir in the egg yolks,

vanilla extract and salt.

7Gently fold in the

meringue mixture. Spoon

the chocolate mixture into

the cups or ramekins and

bake for 25-30 minutes

in an oven at 180°C .The

pots should be gooey in the

middle and like cake on the

outside.

8Add a dollop of whipped

cream or ice cream and

drizzle over some salted

caramel.

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Seeds of hope

Cosmos ‘Double Click

Rose Bonbon’

Seedpod of Nigella

‘African Bride’

Self-seeding annual opium

poppy ‘Lauren’s Grape’

Centaurea cyanus

annual cornflower

The days are short, damp and dark, but Jo Arnell doesn’t care –

she’s got her head deep in the seed catalogues

As soon as the last Christmas card is in the recycling, or even

before, I am flicking through the seed catalogues. Every year I

promise myself that I won’t buy so many, sow too many, won’t

go too mad. After all, I have a good stash of home-collected seeds

already - and not much time or space even for these. But I’m going to

have to admit to you, right here on the page (imagine I’m standing at

the back of a room somewhere) that I am totally addicted to seeds.

I just love the magically simple act of sowing a few tiny grains and

watching a plant (an actual plant!) burst from something minuscule and

inert looking. It is so exciting. It isn’t always as easy as this though, and

things can go wrong.

If you have ever tried to grow something from seed and failed, take

heart, because it probably wasn’t your fault. Seeds need to be triggered

into germination. Most of the time annual seeds just need a bit of

warmth and moisture (and sometimes light) to get going. Annual

plants have but a short time to do their stuff, so are in a bit of a hurry.

Perennials may take longer and some need to go through a period of

winter before they will even think about germinating.

What a seed needs

Warmth - Plants have evolved over millennia to recognise when spring

has arrived. Seeds are primed to germinate in the warmth, as this

means that conditions for growth and the chances that they will make

it to maturity, have improved. Some plants need more warmth than

others, depending on where they have originated in the wild. Notice

how a great rash of weeds pops up as soon as the weather outside starts

to improve and take your cue that the conditions for sowing directly

outside into the soil are just right.

Moisture - Again this is a spring thing and to do with plants being in

harmony with the seasons. Whether it’s a thaw in an alpine meadow, a

rainy season, some April showers, or a dribble from your watering can,

exposure to water will nudge plants into growth.

Light - This is not always needed; seeds normally germinate under

the ground and until they have grown a leaf containing chlorophyll,

they cannot photosynthesise. Instead, they respire and therefore need

oxygen more than light at the point of germination. Very quickly after

this though, they do need light; bright and indirect, in order that their

delicate new leaves don’t scorch. Seedlings quickly become etiolated and

leggy when it isn’t bright enough, so if you are growing them inside, a

warm and bright north facing windowsill should be perfect.

Soil - Because seeds need oxygen for germination, it is important that

the compost is free-draining with lots of tiny air pockets. Seeds bring

their own food with them (which is why we eat them), so ordinary

‘grown up’ compost may be too rich. Seed compost (available at most

garden centres) has been specially formulated to be finer, and grittier and

more suited to the needs of seeds and cuttings. As soon as the seedling

grows its first pair of true leaves, it needs to be potted into a richer mix.

Vernalisation (winter dormancy) - This is plants’ way of making

sure that tender seedlings don’t start growing at the wrong time.

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House Caption: Copy in here

A ‘meadow’ in my garden, all

annuals from spring-sown seed

It normally happens with perennials and woody plants.

You may need to sow the seeds in the autumn and leave

them outside in a sheltered place to go through winter,

or cunningly put them through a fake winter in a bag of

damp sand in the fridge for a bit in order to break their

dormancy. Seed sowing instructions should be provided

by the producer, so do not use this method unless it is

indicated – or if all else has failed. Do warn your family

too; it’s annoying if they discover and disturb (and possibly

tip away) the contents of the mystery package…

Direct sowing versus sowing under cover

It’s easy - and very tempting - to empty the packets into your

hand or pocket and go scattering seed around the place. After

all, this is what the plants themselves do and if you like the

self-sown, slightly random and natural look, then this could

be the method for you.

The problem comes when the seeds start germinating,

because they usually do this at the same time as all those

other random self-seeders – the weeds. But if

you are sowing vegetables it pays to grow them

in neat rows, as you can then hoe in between

the rows and keep the weeds to a minimum.

There is also a neat trick, which involves

preparing the soil, waiting for a couple

of weeks until the weeds pop up, then

hoeing them off – without disturbing

the surface too much. You can then sow your seed into

the clean soil. The same method can be used in the

borders with annual flower seeds, but here you can vary

the shapes; rigid rows of flowers are great for a cutting

garden, but less natural looking in a mixed border.

Sowing under cover and then pricking out and potting

on seedlings is a time-consuming task, it’s true, but it

will give you ultimate control over where exactly your

plants are to grow. The other big advantage – and this

is the reason I tend to favour it – is that you can protect

your tiny plants from the ravages of the unpredictable

spring weather and worse: attack from pests.

“To extend the

flowering season, I

often sow two lots

of annual flowers”

Tender plants

If started off early these must be sown indoors and will

need bottom heat for good results. You can buy an

electric propagator with a clear plastic lid to keep the

plants in their own mini greenhouse environment. A

warm window sill might just do the job, but watch out

that your babies don’t scorch in the early spring sunshine.

The advantage of sowing early is that you’ll be able to

get a head start on the season and have a display of

flowers or a crop of vegetables earlier in the season.

Tomatoes, for instance, need a long growing

period in which to grow and ripen their fruit.

Our summers aren’t always as long as the one we

experienced last year, so the earlier they are sown,

the earlier you will be picking ripe tomatoes.

To extend the flowering season, I often sow two lots

of annual flowers like Cosmos and Nicotiana; one under

cover in late winter and then another, directly into the

borders once the soil has warmed up in

April. There can still be frosts until May

though, so watch the weather forecast

before putting tender plants outside.

Hardening off

This is a process that entails gradually

accustoming your sensitive seedlings to

life outside in the garden. Start by putting

them out for a few hours each day, bringing them in as

the temperatures drop in the evening. Cold frames and

cloches are a useful half-way house, being sheltered, but

unheated. After a week or so the plants can be left out

and then planted in their permanent positions. If they are

shoved outside unceremoniously, they may, like some of

us, get a hard shock and then fail to thrive, or worse…

Vegetables

We are not necessarily growing vegetables to save money.

As my father-in-law points out, a cabbage at the shops

is only 50p (and has less caterpillars in it), but there

is immense satisfaction in growing something from


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scratch, perhaps an otherwise expensive crop that is hard

to find in the shops, a weird and wonderful blue potato,

or deliciously unusual variety of kale. Who wouldn’t want

to grow a tomato called ‘Black Krim’, or a leek named

‘Gladiator’? Last year I grew a fantastic variety of Swiss

chard called ‘Pink Flamingo’ which had shocking pink

stems. Nobody wanted to eat any, but I was extraordinarily

proud of the plants and they looked gorgeous.

One of the other great things about growing

vegetables from seed is that most of them are annuals,

so are raring to grow and will germinate almost as

soon as you open the packet. If you buy F1 hybrids,

they have been bred to be reliable and uniform - to do

exactly what it says they’ll do on back of the pack.

On the other hand, heritage or heirloom varieties are

those that have been bred down through the generations

for their unique characteristics. These are more likely

to have been cultivated for their flavour and may look

less tidy and regular, but will probably taste amazing.

You can also collect the seeds of heirloom veg to sow

again next year. Do not bother to collect the offspring

of F1 types though, because the next generation will

revert back to another previous, less desirable strain.

It’s still too early and too cold to start sowing much

this month, but we can be making plans (it’s what

keeps me going in these cold, dark days). Let’s stay in

the warm, peruse the sumptuous seed catalogues and

dream of the spring. It will be here before we know it.

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Roy Headey, Director of Sport at Hampton Court House, believes in the

importance of young people building strength – through weightlifting

Children are taller and heavier than they used to be –

but they are also weaker and less fit than they were 16

years ago, according to a British study, published in

the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

The researchers found they scored worse in tests including

sit-ups and grip strength and the decline has been speeding up.

There had been a 20% decrease in absolute muscle strength

and a 30% decrease in muscle endurance over the 16-year

period studied.

“Inactive lifestyles are a health risk, but physical fitness is the

single best measure of health in childhood, adolescence and

on into adulthood,” said Dr Sandercock, who led the research.

“Poor fitness and inactivity lead to multiple health problems in

their adult life.”

Dr Sandercock said the current concept of a ‘healthy weight’

was misleading and that using Body Mass Index (BMI) in

isolation was not an effective way to monitor health. Of the

children studied, 80% had a normal BMI, but one in three of

those was found to be unfit.

At Hampton Court House, we are embarking on a

programme specifically designed to increase strength in our

pupils – introducing safe-lifting technique as part of the

curriculum, progressing to teaching Olympic Weightlifting.

Strength is a key foundation for an active life and we will

provide that foundation.

Hampton Court House’s sporting philosophy centres upon

our pupils’ finding sports or activities they can be passionate

about for life, because a physically active lifestyle will only

happen as a result of each child’s discovery of joy in their sport

of choice. This is our overall goal, but strength is our first

priority in terms of physical development.

The idea of young children lifting weights is still

controversial, with claims that lifting weights at an early

age will lead to stunted growth, fractured growth plates and

inflexibility as a result of becoming ‘musclebound’.

But none of these fears are borne out by the evidence: with

good coaching and qualified supervision there is actually a

very low risk of injury to children who participate in weight

training – in fact it is considerably lower than those of many

of the traditional team sports that are commonplace in our

schools.

Injuries that were sustained by children while weight training

generally come down to one factor: poor

supervision. When unsupervised the

chances of a young athlete attempting

to lift with poor technique or with too

much weight dramatically rises. It also

increases the chances of ‘horseplay’

in the weight room; not surprisingly,

the most common injuries to

children in the weight room are

a result of dropping weights on their own hands and feet.

Many parents still fear that lifting weights at an early age

will stunt a child’s growth; there has never been any scientific

evidence that youth weight training is harmful to the normal

growth and development process, but in fact youth weightlifters

commonly display higher than average bone density.

Weight training also helps young athletes develop strength.

After a two-year study, researchers compared the strength

of children who had lifted weights to those of the same

age who had participated only in games. Those in the

weightlifting group had gained significant strength compared

to the others, without any reports of significant injury.

Youth athletes who lift weights are also less likely to

sustain injuries in other sports in which they participate

and they also recover from injuries faster when

compared to teammates who don’t lift weights.


There’s much more to gain from school sports

than winning – here are some of the benefits

parents have told Roy Headey their children

gain from sports and physical activity

“We want them to have the experience of feeling so

tired when they are playing that they want to quit, but

don’t – because they can’t let their team-mates down.”

“The times they come home from school too tired to

go to their training, but they go anyway.”

“To learn to take care of their bodies and to look

after equipment.”

“To experience collaborating with others, to understand

that teams are bigger than individuals, to care about

others and to share.”

“To learn to be gracious – whether they win or lose.”

“To understand and respect rules – and the people

who are responsible for making sure they are upheld.”

“To learn there are no magical shortcuts to success and

that expertise takes years of practice. Also that failure is

an essential part of learning and not to be feared.”

“For life-long friendships and memories - for the sheer

joy they feel when they master a skill that once seemed

to them to be unattainable.”

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New Year –

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Hilary Wilce suggests the month of highminded

resolutions is a good time to talk

to children about their aspirations

It’s the start of the New Year – but not in schools.

There the new start comes in September, when hopes

and intentions and expectations are all sky high. In

schools, January is a time for settling into the long slog

towards exams and the distant summer holidays.

But that doesn’t mean teachers and parents can’t have New

Year resolutions and if I could wind the clock back to when

my children were young I would resolve to do everything in

my power to make them see that they can change the world.

In fact I know two women who have done exactly that.

One went to Africa as a post-graduate student, wondered

why there were so few girls in schools and twenty-five years

later has helped put more than two and a half million girls

through school, creating a vibrant, pan-African alumni

network of more than quarter of a million educated young

women, all now helping each other to become professionals,

set up businesses and serve and change their communities.

A second young woman felt so sorry for refugees

suffering through winter in the Calais ‘jungle’ that she

started collecting winter clothes for them. Three years

later she is running a leading refugee charity, supporting

refugees throughout Europe and the Middle East and

called in by governments and international agencies to

advise how they can best respond to the migrant crisis.

But you don’t have to be this focused and philanthropic

to change the world. I would want to tell my children that

everything they say and do can have influence. In fact, I

would turn that thought around and say to them that nothing

they say or do is without some sort of impact in the world.

Everything leaves a ripple. Every smile and frown. Every

kind act and moment of bad temper. What do you want your

ripples to be like? And, remember, you always have a choice.

There’s no law that says you have to shout at your brother,

or do a skimpy job on your maths homework, or drop wet

towels on the bathroom floor for someone else to pick up.

In fact, starting today, you could begin to make

some changes. Not because you have to, but because

you want to. You could become someone who

willingly takes their turn looking after the family

dog, or who aims to solve problems among friends

rather than relishing all the fights and arguments.

And this goes on and on, all the way through life. You

could, I would tell them, grow up to do an ordinary job, or

be a person who decides to always do their job to the very

best of their abilities. You could grow up to do nothing but

hang out on social media in your spare time, or commit

to do some volunteering and be willing to help others.

And deciding to be this sort of person, I would tell them, is

almost bound to make you happy – as the Chinese proverb so

succinctly puts it, “If you always give, you will always have.”

Of course, childhood is often a selfish time

and none of us are saints. But it’s the intention

that’s the important part of this.

So if my children were young again, I would say to them

at the start of this new calendar year : at very least think

about what you’re doing, what you’re saying, and how

you’re behaving. Is this how you want to be in the world?

Are these the ripples you want to create? And, if not, how

do you think you could start to change them? And –

most importantly – is there anything I can do to help?

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The shameless dodging of unscrupulous international corporations and high-profile

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Stephen Horscroft,

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Attitudes towards ‘acceptable’

tax planning have changed

dramatically over the past

decade. Both legal and social

standards have shifted and with

them our expectations of good

practice. Think of the reputational

damage to certain corporations (Amazon and Starbucks spring

to mind) and to high profile individuals named and shamed

for taking questionable actions to minimise tax bills.

The government continues to introduce increasingly strict

anti-avoidance rules. ‘DOTAS’ (disclosure of tax avoidance

schemes), for instance, requires certain advantageous tax

arrangements to be logged with HMRC, allowing it to keep

tabs on perceived loopholes being exploited.

The GAAR (general anti avoidance regulations) are

designed to limit avoidance opportunities available. This

clampdown, coupled with media incrimination of tax

avoidance, has created significant social stigma around

legitimate tax planning.

There are still many tax-planning opportunities using tax

breaks that allow the taxpayer to remain within the legal

tax-paying remit. Confusion over what is and what is not

acceptable when it comes to tax planning can be addressed

with professional advice; tax experts can help you to make the

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Inheritance tax is a common subject for counsel. An

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There are a number of gifts which can be made annually

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If a couple is married or in a civil partnership, often the ‘bite’

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death – unless one of them is not domiciled in the UK for

inheritance tax purposes.

Redirecting Will legacies

If a Will is formally changed by deed within two years

of death, the amendments are ‘read back’ and treated as

though made by the Will for inheritance tax purposes. This

provides flexibility to take into account the circumstances

at the date of death.

For example, parents can redirect a legacy to their

children, or into a trust to benefit their children and such

a change will be treated, for inheritance tax purposes, as

though the Will had been amended by the deceased.

The alternative would be for the parent to pass the

legacy on themselves but then the gift would be treated

as a ‘potentially exempt transfer’ so if the parent does not

survive the gift by seven years, it will be taxed as part of

their estate on death.

The magic million

The government has talked about the ‘magic million’ –

£1million free of inheritance tax by 2021. The ‘million’ is

available where a married or civil partnership couple are

considered together. Each individual has an allowance of

£325,000 which can pass free of inheritance tax (the ‘nil

rate band’).

In addition, by 2021 each individual will be able to leave

£175,000 to a direct descendent if it relates to residential

property (the ‘residence nil rate band’), subject to various

limitations. These combined give each individual £500,000

to pass on free of inheritance tax.

Nil rate bands can be transferred between civil partners

or married couples, so if they are not used on first death,

up to £1million will be available on second death in 2021.

Entrepreneurs relief

From a capital gains perspective, to encourage

entrepreneurs, each individual has a potential £10 million

of gains which can be taxed at 10% rather than the

standard 18% or 28%.

To qualify for this, certain criteria must be met; the

applicant must be, and have been, a director, officer or

employee of the company for at least one year (two years

from April 2019), they must hold at least 5% of ordinary

shares in the company and the company must be a trading

company.

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planning of this kind. However, regardless of age, if you

have children or other dependents it is important to

consider the future sooner rather than later.

By seeking professional advice, you can clarify how to

maximise your assets both during your lifetime and for

your family further down the road while also avoiding

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What’s On in January

Art

Sat 12 Jan – Fri 31 Jan

Chartwell, Mapleton Road,

Westerham TN16 1PS

Outdoor

Contemporary Art:

Who was Winston

Churchill?

Learn about the private man

behind the iconic public figure

of Winston Churchill with this

new and original artist designed

winter outdoor trail designed

to explore the many facets of

the great man as he truly was.

01732 868381 /

nationaltrust.org.uk

Burns Night

Fri 25 – Sat 26 Jan

Hever Castle Luxury Bed

and Breakfast, Hever

Castle, Hever TN8 7NG

Burns Night

Celebration

An overnight stay in five star

luxury accommodation with a

tribute to the life, works and spirit

of the great Scottish poet, Robert

Burns. A traditional piper will

welcome guests to supper which

will include an arrival drink, shot

of whisky and a four course meal

and the package also includes a

private guided tour of the castle

after check out on Saturday.

Entry: From £205

01732 865224 /

hevercastle.co.uk

Fri 25 Jan 7pm

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country

Club, Wych Cross, Forest Row,

East Grinstead RH18 5JR

Burns Night Dinner

A fantastic traditional Burns

night dinner. Enjoy a warming

whisky cocktail on arrival before

sitting down to a delicious

four course dinner and half a

bottle of wine per person. One

course will of course include

the infamous Scottish delicacy

Haggis, which will be piped in

by a traditional Scottish piper.

Entry: £75

01342 824988 /

ashdownpark.com

Children & Families

Weekends in Dec &

Jan 11.30am-3pm

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam,

Robertsbridge TN32 5UA

Lantern light

storytelling

Enjoy an evening of magical

lantern lit storytelling in

one of the castle towers.

Entry: Free (admission applies)

nationaltrust.org.uk

Until Wed 6 Jan

Ruxley Manor Garden

Centre, Maidstone Road,

Sidcup, Kent DA14 5BQ

Ruxley’s Real Ice Rink

It’s not too late to get your skates

on and pirouette around our all

weather, Ruxley Manor’s covered

ice rink. This year skate with Mr

Incredible every day on the 4pm

and 5pm sessions, hire a skate aid

penguin or banana, or just enjoy

a last little bit of festive cheer.

ruxley-manor.co.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.

Music

Wed 23 Jan 7-9pm

Whitehill Primary School, Sun

Lane, Gravesend DA12 5HN

Open Rehearsal

Singers in all voices are warmly

incited to join Gravesham

Choral Society for an open

rehearsal. Gravesham Choral

Society is working towards a

performance with professional

soloists and orchestra of

Handel’s oratorio packed with

lively descriptive choruses.

01474 816684 /

jill.beety@btinternet.com

Sun 27 Jan 2.30pm

Music Room, Sutton Valence

School, North Street, Sutton

Valence, Maidstone ME17 3HL

Sutton Valence Music

Society concert

Accomplished violinist Amalia

Hall is the 2016 Tunbridge Wells

International Competition winner.

Her performance will include

works by Fauré, Beethoven, Clara

Schumann and Prokofiev. She

will be accompanied by the highly

regarded pianist Somi Kim.

Entry: £12.50 at the door

(includes afternoon tea)

01622 843325

Shopping

Fri 11 – Sat 12 Jan 9am-5pm

The Hop Farm, Maidstone

Road, Paddock Wood,

Tonbridge TN12 6PY

The Big Brocante

Join the Hop Farm for a brilliant

shopping experience to cure

those January blues. Expect a

hand picked selection of brilliant

quality traders, decorative homewares,

vintage and antiques,

artisan food, and swing jazz.

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Theatre

Mon 14 – Sat 26 Jan

Marlowe Theatre, The Friars,

Canterbury CT1 2AS

Kinky Boots

This fabulous feel-good musical

embarks on its first UK tour.

It is a sensational and joyous

story of Brit grit to high-heeled

hit, taking audiences from a

Northampton factory floor to

the glamorous catwalks of Milan

with songs by pop icon Cyndi

Lauper along the way – a real

treat to brighten your January.

01227 787787 /

marlowetheatre.com

Fri 25 Jan 10.30am & 1pm

Hazlitt Theatre, 36 Earl Street,

Maidstone ME14 1PP

Little Star

This starlit, baby-centric show

follows Little Star as she explores

space, swinging from shooting

stars, sliding down crescent

moons and bouncing on fluffy

clouds. With puppetry, music

including ‘Twinkle Twinkle

Little Star’ and an intimate,

relaxed setting it’s the perfect

first theatre experience for babies

from six to eighteen months.

Entry: Adult and baby £13.50,

Additional ticket £7.50

01622 758611 /

parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

Tours & Trails

Thu 6 Dec – Wed 16

Jan 11.30am

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

ME17 1PL

The Upstairs Tour

Learn about the State and

Battlement bedrooms at Leeds

Castle, which are not open

to the public. See the rooms

preferred by King Edward VIII

and Mrs Simpson during their

stays, and more recently by

Pavarotti and Cliff Richard.

These truly magnificent rooms

are not to be missed. Must

be pre-booked online.

Entry: £5 (in addition

to castle entry fee)

01622 765400 /

leeds-castle.com

Sun 20 & Sun 27 Jan 11am-2pm

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy

Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT

Roast and Ramble

Take a ramble around the

outstanding 14th-century moated

manor house’s estate, taking in

the sights and sounds of winter

wildlife in this area of outstanding

natural beauty. Then, once you’ve

worked up an appetite, head

back to the Mote Café to warm

up with a home cooked Sunday

roast and delicious pudding.

Entry: £22.50

01732 810378 /

nationaltrust.org.uk

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What’s On in January

Thu 31 Jan 6-8pm

Maidstone Museum, St Faith’s

St, Maidstone ME14 1LH

Museum Lates: Follow

the Rainbow

A chance to explore Maidstone

Museum in a whole new light as

the LGBTQ trail is launched.

Entry: Free (including

welcome drink on arrival)

01622 602838 /

museum.maidstone.gov.uk

Weddings

Maidstone ME14 3JF

The Wedding Experience

The largest regional wedding show in

the South of England with over 1,200

couples planning their wedding day

with the help of over 200 exhibitors

and an exquisite fashion show

with entertainment, presentations

and interactive entertainment on

stage throughout the day, hosted

by KMfm Radio presenters.

Entry: Free, VIP £20

wedding-experience.co.uk /

wedding-experience.co.uk

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Sun 13 Jan 10am-3pm

Penshurst Place and Gardens,

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge TN11 8DG

Wedding Open Day

Located just outside of Tunbridge

Wells, the 14th century country

house and grounds of Penshurst

Place & Gardens will be

welcoming couples to reserve their

place at its Wedding Open Day

this January; providing a unique

opportunity to see the beautiful

banqueting rooms dressed for the

occasion, as you enjoy a glass of

fizz and delicious canapés. RSVP

to banqueting@penshurstplace.

com by Tuesday 8 January.

01892 870307 /

penshurstplace.com

Sun 20 Jan 12noon-4pm

Port Lympne, Aldington Road,

Lympne, Hythe CT21 4PD

Wedding Open Day

Port Lympne Hotel’s fourth

wedding open day of the year

will give registered guests free

entry into the beautiful, historic

Port Lympne Hotel and newest

addition, Lime Tree Avenue

Marquee. The hotel, ceremony

areas, outside spaces and stunning

multi use reception room (with

a Winter theme) will all be

showcased and you can also

get valuable planning advice

and exclusive promotions.

Entry: Register online for free entry

01303 264647 /

aspinallfoundation.org

Sun 27 Jan

Kent Event Centre,

Kent Showground,

Workshops

Tue 8 Jan

The ATTIC room, Queens Road

Baptist Church, Queens Road,

Broadstairs CT10 1NU

Bird Identification

Part of a series of illustrated talks by

Pete Findley on bird identification

for beginners to improvers.

Entry: £4pp

ww2.rspb.org.uk

Wed 16 Jan 10am-3pm

Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne

Rd, Dartford, Bexley DA5 1PQ

Drawing Tudor Life

A still life session led by artist

Anthony Nield, who will first

perform a demonstration before

you create your own drawing,

and learn still life techniques.

Entry: £26

01322 526574 /

hallplace.org.uk

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but may be subject to change. Readers are

advised to check with venues before making

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colour reproduction (42.5 x 62.5mm) of

a poster or other pictorial image, the total

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February issue is 11 January 2019.

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Brighten up your winter with the

International Garden Photographer of

the Year exhibition.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

12 January- 21 March 2019

TN17 2AB / 01580 710700

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

It’s calving time and Jane is wondering if she

will get any sleep

So that was Christmas. I love it, especially the

anticipation, but come Boxing Day I’m done and

looking forward to the New Year and whatever joys and

challenges that might bring.

One thing for definite will be the patter of tiny hooves

in the cowshed. Gorgeous George, our Sussex bull, spent

most of last winter in splendid bachelor isolation, but in

early April we let him in with his girls and nine months later

we’re looking forward to the consequences. It’s a very special

time and after twenty years still every bit as awesome and

incredible to witness.

However leading up to the birth there’s always a lot of

uneventful watching and waiting – maximum observation,

minimum intervention is the mantra - and the prospect of

leaving a warm cosy bed to pad down to the cowshed to

confirm that nothing is happening is not such an exciting

prospect. But it seems that technology might have ridden to

my rescue with the MooCall.

In the days leading up to calving there are

quite a few clues from the cow that she’s going

to calve soon. Her udder starts ‘bagging up’,

filling with milk and becoming firm rather

than floppy. Her shape also changes. As the

pelvic bones relax it has the effect of making

it look like her tail head is rising up above her

backbone to become far more prominent.

As it gets closer still she will likely move away from the herd

and find her own quiet corner. But when her labour actually

starts, it goes without saying there is much discomfort and

subsequent swishing of her tail. This is where the MooCall, a

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Gorgeous George,

the bull

tail and it monitors this increase in tail swishing and phones

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So in this imagined tech-savvy world I shall now sleep

soundly ariving just in time to safely

“In the days deliver the calf and watch her licking it, to

encourage it to get up and start drinking.

leading up to

And that’s very important because the calf

calving there are needs to drink about 2½ litres of colostrum,

the thick ‘starter, milk produced by the

quite a lot of clues” cow at birth, in the first six hours of life.

This special milk is full of the mother’s

antibodies, which the calf can only absorb for a short time

and they play a vital role in boosting the calf’s pretty limited

immunity.

But sometimes it doesn’t go according to plan. Especially

for first-time mothers, after pushing out a 30kg calf they are

sometimes startled, cross and not the least bit enthusiastic

about the prospect of motherhood. So then you have to tether

mum, give her a bucket of food (of far more interest than the

calf) and encourage the small, slippery calf to stand, find the

udder, latch on and suck. And not get kicked in the process.

A good trick is to squirt some warm milk over the calf’s

nose and ideally into its mouth – along the lines of a wake up

and smell the coffee message. However it’s easy to mis-direct

the squirt and end up with a faceful of warm colostrum which

is incredibly sticky and hard to wash off. Never mind, helping

an animal give birth is a wonderful experience and somehow I

think I will still be getting up every night to enjoy it even if I

do buy a MooCall.

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

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