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Contents

February 2019

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HOUSES TO LOVE

Maggie Alderson’s pick of the

houses on the Surrey market

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S4

CLEAR AS GLASS

Rebecca Cuffe talks to

four window experts

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114

WINTER’S PROMISE

Jo Arnell looks ahead to the

new gardening year

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NOTEBOOK

Our top picks of February events

MATERIAL WORLD

Explore a Kentish paradise filled

with history and character

GET THE LOOK

Products that will help you

steal the ‘Material World’ look

ELEGANT IMPERFECTION

A three bedroom flat decked

out with cool antique flair

GET THE LOOK

A page for those looking

to add some ‘Elegant

Imperfection’ to their home

THE BEAUTY OF OAK

We talk to three experts in

timber-framed buildings

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SAFE HOUSE

We learn about home security

from two industry experts

SIMPLY RED

Josephine Fairley’s expert

guide to the ultimate red lip

THE LAW OF ENERGY

Eminé Rushton shares

advice to improve sleep

NATURAL WISDOM

Advice from a chief chocolate

maker, recommended

reading and floral remedies

GALENTINE’S DAY

Celebrate Galentine’s

with fun nibbles

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TRAVELLING HOPEFULLY

When it comes to education it’s

the journey not the destination

WHAT’S ON

Your guide to all the best

events this month

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Clive Emson Auctioneers are the UK’s leading

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As Auctioneers, we have extensive experience in selling all

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With eight, five day auctions per year we can provide our

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Semi-detached house for

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Sold £275,000 (Dec 18)

Ten city centre car parking

space in Brighton

Sold £195,000 (Dec 18)

Freehold commercial

investment in Horsham

Sold £132,000 (Dec 18)

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Computer generated image of Barleycroft is indicative only. Photography depicts typical lifestyle and previous Berkeley Showhome and is indicative only.

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Selling Agent

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Sat Nav Postcode KT22 0AA

The Farthings

1 Henderson Crescent

Randalls Road

Leatherhead KT22 7GP

Sat nav postcode KT22 0AA

Sales office and show homes open

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Call for your appointment to view

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– Private courtesy bus for

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– Communal residents’ lounge

– Guest suite for visitors

– Estate management service

– Brand new homes, so

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to maintain

– Owners benefit from services

at neighbouring care home

– Good transport links


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property means you will own more than one home. For full T&Cs please speak to our Site Sales Team. *Travel times are approximate and calculated at optimum travel times using nationalrail.co.uk

from Godalming station. Interior images shown are of the Show House at Prime Place Godalming. Prices correct at time of issue.


BE MOVED

BY A NEW LIFESTYLE FOR 2019

Photography of Amlets Place

Discover our stunning range of 3, 4 & 5 bedroom semi-detached and detached homes at beautiful Amlets Place.

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SH17JAN *CALA will obtain 2 independent valuations based on achieving a sale in a 4-6 week period, part exchange considered subject to CALA’s purchasing criteria, terms and conditions. Up to 100% part exchange and other incentives

available on selected plots, subject to terms and conditions and not in conjunction with each other or any other offer. Visit cala.co.uk/terms for full terms and conditions and purchasing criteria. Photography has been enhanced in post

production. Telephone calls within the British Isles will be charged at local rate. Telephone calls may divert to a mobile service in which case call charges may vary. Calls may be recorded for training purposes. 5 stars awarded for customer’s

willingness to ‘Recommend to a Friend’ in findings of the survey, undertaken by the Home Builders Federation 2017/18. Prices are accurate at the time of going to print.


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YET ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE

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House

Month

of the

£5,850,000

Houses to love

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Glebe House

The dream: A stunning Grade II

listed red-bricked, high-chimneyed,

Georgian country house, with

magnificent gardens. The house is big

and rambling, with its 16th Century

origins still visible in beamy areas,

making it both grand and cosy. There

is a large party room, with a vaulted

oak-beamed ceiling and inglenook

fireplace. The huge kitchen has a

pantry and a larder.

Where: The delightful village of

Chiddingfold, considered by many to

be the most desirable place to live in

the whole of Surrey.

Setting: The gardens with splendid

trees in an arboretum.

Postcode: GU8 4UF

Beds: 7 Baths: 5 (two of them in the

master suite)

Special features: Trompe l’oeil

panelling in the dining room.

Pleasing details: Working shutters.

Outside: The gardens, a tennis court,

a croquet lawn accessed via a bridge

over a stream and a glorious mosaic

tiled swimming pool with adjacent

orangery. There is a two-bedroom

cottage and a housekeeper’s flat above

the garage.

Time to town: Ten minutes to

Haslemere, then under an hour to

Waterloo.

Price: £5,850,000

Agent: Savills, Guildford

01483 796820 savills.com

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£1,750,000

Sandy Court

The dream: The standout feature of

this substantial family home is the

huge kitchen/dining/sitting room with

two bifold doors onto the garden. The

kitchen is an on-trend mix of black and

wooden finishes, with a white island.

Where: In the popular Fairmile

area of Cobham, around a

mile from the high street.

Setting: Among other nice houses.

Postcode: KT11 2DW

Beds: 5 Baths: 4

Special features: The kitchen has

a very cool feature grey stone wall

and the adjacent drawing room

has the same wall painted white.

Pleasing details: The top floor

bedroom and bathroom would

be a perfect teenage den.

Outside: Flat lawn, well

shielded by mature hedges.

Time to town: Under 40 minutes

to Waterloo from Cobham &

Stoke D’Abernon, or Oxshott.

Agent: House 0800 917 0447

housepartnership.co.uk

£xxxxxxx £875,000

Lavington

The dream: A purpose-built development

of seven luxury two-bed apartments.

The ground floor apartments have

access to the garden, the ones on

the first floor have balconies and the

penthouse has two large terraces.

Where: The village of Walton on

the Hill, high in the Surrey Hills.

Setting: Rolling countryside

and woodland.

Postcode: KT20 7QQ

Beds: 2 Baths: 2

Special features: All the apartments

have high-quality painted kitchens

with Silestone granite work surfaces.

Pleasing details: Wired-in speakers

for use with any integrated

entertainment system.

Outside: Well-established private

grounds with mature trees.

Time to town: From Tadworth

Station to London Bridge, or

Victoria in under an hour.

Agent: Ashgrove Homes

01483 209600 ashgrovehomes.com

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Saturday 23 March, 7.30pm

Guildford Cathedral

Duruflé: Requiem | Elgar: Serenade for Strings

Richard Blackford: Mirror of Perfection

Guildford Choral | Southern Pro Musica

Conductor Jonathan Willcocks

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Book and pay online at guildfordchoral.org

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A lamb’s tale

Family friendly half term fun galore at Bocketts

Farm this month to keep all little half-termers

amused. Activities include meet the shepherd

sessions, birds of prey demonstrations, a craft

corner, sessions with the ‘Gigglettes’ from The

Giggle Company, and, best of all over 70 new

born lambs will be due and accepting visitors. The

half term fun amusements begin on Saturday 16

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The sign of four

The second Sherlock Holmes tale, The

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Blackeyed Theatre, with all its mystery

and intrigue. From Tuesday 5 February

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Land and sky

Find the joy of painting and drawing

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have a wonderful patinated romance all of their own.

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Enjoy your Surrey Homes!

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Previous pages, left: In Gerry’s study, the model ships were bought by the couple on their

honeymoon. The globe is from Florida Previous pages, right: Julia bought the doll’s house in

an antique shop and painted it in Farrow & Ball Railings Above: All the cushions in the sitting

room are covered in fabrics designed by Julia for her business (see address book)

Tucked away in a pretty Kentish village, The Den

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dogs, Bruno and Gucio, since 2011.

You wouldn’t guess from the exterior, but their spacious,

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Tudor building, dating to around 1520, was extended in the

Georgian era.

‘They literally “glued” the new part of the house to the

front of the original medieval building in 1768,’ Julia says.

‘We know the exact date as it was carved into the attic rafters.’

To the side of the Georgian wing is a newer addition, built

in the 1970s. ‘Luckily, it was sympathetically done – the

house is Grade II listed – and it doesn’t detract from the

original architecture.’

The Den oozes history and character. As well as being the

original farmhouse to the neighbouring manor house which

dates back to medieval times, in the early 1900s, it had a

short life as a girls’ school.

The sprawling property comprises the main two-storey

building, a detached one-bedroomed coach house, a studio

which houses Julia’s textiles business and a miniature thatched

cottage, previously the farm’s dairy.

The couple moved to Kent from Putney. ‘We upped sticks

from London in search of peace and quiet, as the house there

was near a main road and in the Heathrow flight path.’

The charming Edwardian house they were leaving behind,

while noisy was full of character and original features, so the

hunt for a home with stacks of soul, plenty of space, and

the non-negotiable prerequisite of peace and quiet began

in earnest. The couple stumbled upon The Den by chance

when another viewing was cancelled.


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The main draw of the house was that it had what Julia describes as a ‘big personality’


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Previous page: Julia bought the chest of drawers and French clock in Poland Above: The kitchen trolley is from Ikea and the bowls

from The Living Lounge in Canterbury

‘We half-heartedly printed out details without taking too

much notice. The online pictures certainly didn’t have the

‘wow’ factor we were looking for. But as we drove up to the

house, we pretty much knew it was right - even before we

stepped over the threshold!’

The house itself had masses of space, then there were the

outbuildings, over an acre of land, with a vegetable garden

and an orchard, plus an annexe – and a dairy. ‘What more

could we have asked for?’ laughs Julia. ‘It was almost too good

to be true.’

The main draw wasn’t just that it had oodles of room,

but that it had all the soul they were craving, and what Julia

describes as a ‘big personality’. Both Julia and Gerry love the

fact that the house has so much architectural history and is

essentially rather quirky.

‘You can really appreciate the craft and skill used to build

both the original Tudor and Georgian parts of the house, as

there is so much exposed woodwork and brickwork on show,’

says Julia.

‘We love features like the beautifully crafted wooden

staircase, and the monumental medieval beams that support

the roof. It feels solid – and safe. Another bonus is that the

thick Tudor walls keep the house warm in the winter and cool

in the summer – perfect.’

The character of the house also created the perfect setting

for the couple’s belongings. Polish-born Julia has travelled the

world through her work as a textile designer, bringing back

beautiful fabrics, ornaments and decorative pieces from as

far afield as China and Gerry, who grew up in the States and

Europe, also has a collector’s eye.

The entrance hall sets the tone for the rest of the house; an

eclectic marriage of antique and exotic, with a sprinkling

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Previous page: Bruno the dog appreciates the window seat cushion

covered in Julia’s fabric Memory Stripe Above: The kitchen dining

table is made from 17th century oak and the chairs are from

Wayfair Left: The book-lined passage from the back hallway to the

sitting room

of utilitarian and contemporary items that keep the house familyfriendly

and anchored in the 21st century. The beautiful brickwork

floor, a remnant of the original medieval house gives the house

solidity, while milky white walls keep things light and bright.

Julia’s preference is for a neutral palette when it comes to

decorating schemes, as it allows her to introduce colour and pattern

with her own collection of textiles and the couple’s many treasured

possessions. On the wall, a display of hats brought back from

China accompanies a sturdy Hungarian country bench from one of

the couple’s favourite local haunts, Barrow’s Antiques in Faversham.

The bench cushion is covered in Julia’s Memory Stripe fabric.

At the end of the hallway is a beautiful glazed arched window.

‘The wooden arch was part of the Tudor building and is one of our

favourite features,’ reveals Julia.

‘The glass is a modern addition by the previous owners and we

love the fact that it provides the perfect transition between the

Georgian and Tudor parts of the house in a very contemporary

way. We can also see into the formal dining room – even though

we don’t use it that often.’


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Above: The Hungarian bench in the brick-floored hall is from Barrow’s Antiques in Faversham. Julia brought the hats back from

China. The fabric on the bench is her Memory Stripe in red

That’s because the open-plan kitchen and dining room

allows for plenty of socialising while the family cook and

eat. A modern floor-to-ceiling window is a recent addition,

allowing light to cascade in. The slate flooring benefits from

underfloor heating and continues throughout this part of the

house.

‘Slate flooring is also very practical when you have dogs and

kids,’ laughs Julia. ‘It’s easy to sweep clean.’

Contemporary Ikea Kallax shelves and a retro-style Ikea

chrome lamp sit perfectly alongside period furniture and are

the ideal place for Julia to store her fabric lookbooks and to

display collections of china and glassware.

‘The sieve on the wall is from Norton Cross Antiques in

Teynham, near Sittingbourne. I bought the cow prints from

an antique shop in Surrey and had them framed by Rachel

Barrow in Faversham.’

Perfect for family dinners, the large circular table is made

from 17th century oak from a French oak stable door and

was a present to Gerry from L & E Kreckovic, an antique

dealer and friend of his parents in London’s King’s Road. The

comfy faux leather-upholstered dining chairs look vintage but

are actually a clever purchase from Wayfair.com.

The blue and white ceramic Chinese bowl was picked

up in an antique shop in Hampton Court. ‘It’s a modern

reproduction, not an antique, but I love it,’ says Julia. The

contemporary eau-de-nil kitchen units, inherited from the

previous owners, keep things practical, while the glass handles

add a touch of glamour.

Julia is a keen cook and grows her own fruits and vegetables

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Left: The master bedroom reflected in

a floor-to-ceiling foxed antique mirror.

The headboard is upholstered in Julia’s

Hungarica fabric

Below: Julia has dressed the tailor’s

dummy in a vintage Polish folk shirt, a

Moroccan belt as a sash and a Chinese hat

to be in the kitchen. ‘It’s a light, bright space,’ she enthuses.

The Ikea Udden kitchen trolley is the perfect mobile store

for Julia’s favourite herbs and spices, oils and vinegars and

her prized collection of bowls from The Living Lounge, in

Canterbury.

The window seat sports a cushion in Julia’s Memory Stripe

fabric in Red which was made by Jo Ellis from Mabel and Me

Interiors.

At the end of the entrance hallway, a passageway lined to

one side with bookshelves, leads to an elegant sitting room

with dividing doors to a music room, home to the family’s

grand piano. These rooms have an air of colonial grandeur.

The ceilings are higher in this part of the house, which dates

to the Georgian period, and as a result, it feels airier.

The sitting room is furnished with a clever mix of vintage

and antique shop finds, all of which are in keeping with

the grand scale. Comfy sofas and squashy armchairs - one

of Julia’s favourite pieces is a blush pink velvet armchair she

bought from Barrow’s Antiques in Faversham - are perfect for

relaxed evenings with friends and family.

The couple’s passion for the exotic is illustrated by

decorative pieces like the Indian serving tray on the low,

antique table. ‘I bought it recently in Provence when we were

on holiday – a bargain at just 20 euros,’ reveals Julia.

She also likes to mix things up by combining classics with

a bit of contemporary. A glass Vittsjo coffee table from Ikea

displays Gerry’s prized collection of ornamental elephants and

the oval ‘negative-space’ central lampshade was a steal from

Homebase.

The dining room is one of the most formal rooms with

varnished oak floorboards that complement the antique

furniture, much of it, including a stately dining table,

purchased from auctions in Lots Road, London. Julia hunted

down dining chairs to match on Ebay. ‘They are early 20th

century copies of Regency rope-twist back dining chairs

upholstered in my Hungarica fabric.’


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Above: The master bedroom is painted in Farrow & Ball Railings. The foxed, gilt-framed mirror is from Peter Barrow Antiques in

Faversham and the painting over the bed is by Kira Speiser

The glass chandelier above the table is from L’Image, an

antique shop in nearby Whitstable. Pride of place is a gigantic

doll’s house. Julia opens the doors to reveal an interior that

houses ceramics and glassware rather than dolls and furniture.

‘I bought it in an antique shop in Gillingham that has long

since closed and repainted it in Farrow & Ball Railings which

matches the wall above the fireplace.

Gerry’s study, painted in Farrow & Ball Castle Grey and

fitted with bookcases, is reminiscent of an elegant gentlemen’s

club and is kept cosy by a wood burning stove. Some of his

favourite ornaments, including a model ship bought by the

couple in Mauritius on their honeymoon, are displayed on

the mantelpiece.

A grand, sweeping staircase leads upstairs to five bedrooms,

a spacious family bathroom and an en suite adjoining the

master bedroom, which is a haven of tranquillity. Elegant

panelled walls in the Georgian style have been painted in

Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe - one of Julia’s favourite colours -

and fitted wardrobes keep things neat and orderly.

A floor-to-ceiling foxed, gilt-framed mirror from Peter

Barrow Antiques in Faversham reflects soft light into

the room, furnished with finds from antique shops and

auctions. The generous Valencia bed is fom John Lewis and

has a headboard upholstered in Julia’s Hungarica fabric in

Gunmetal. The eye-catching painting above the bed - a

contemporary work by artist Kira Speiser - combines the

palette of greys, golds and blues.

In the spacious guest room overlooking the garden, the bed

has been reupholstered in Julia’s Medallions fabric. Puttycoloured

walls offset exposed beams and newly laid wood

flooring.

The children’s bedrooms are furnished with the same mix of

old finds and contemporary buys, as practicality is something

Julia values in a family home. Her teenage son’s Ikea storage

bed can be extended to make extra room when friends come

to stay. His vintage desk was bought in an antique shop in

Fulham, and is partnered with a Charles Eames-style Eiffel

chair. The rug, from Habitat, adds cosiness. The blinds,

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Above: The fabric on the headboard in the Pink Guest

Bedroom is Julia’s pattern Medallions in Cerise, the Roman

blind is Nostalgia in Cranberry and the throw is Tribes in

the Earth colourway. The bag is Memory Floral in Natural

Left: The bathroom

cushions and throws are all made with Julia’s fabrics.

When it comes to the family bathroom, once again

Julia has effortlessly combined ultra-modern with

historical. The original Tudor beams are juxtaposed with

modern ceramic tiles and a generously proportioned bath

that would look at home in any spa. A vintage painted

cabinet with a chicken-wire front is ideal for storing

towels and linen and a modern wooden bench is the

perfect perching place to indulge in a bit of pre or postbathtime

pampering.

One of Julia’s favourite rooms (and I have to say, the

room that I am most in love with) is the aptly named

‘Traveller’s Room.’ Inspired by her travels to Morocco

(where she stayed in a Berber tent in the desert) and to

China to visit her sister, the room is the embodiment of

globalism.

The walls, painted in her favourite Farrow & Ball

shade, Downpipe, are the perfect backdrop to her

collection of objets which are showcased alongside her

own Polish and Hungarian-inspired fabric designs.

‘One of my favourite things is the Chinese dowry

cupboard bought from an antique shop in Bath - a

present from Gerry when we got engaged.’ A 1950s

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Above: In their son’s bedroom the Ikea bed is covered in Julia’s fabric Arabica. The cushions on the bed are covered in Kurpie and the

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Theatrical ‘props’ contribute to the character of this

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College and the red abstract is French Above: The mirrored coffee table and pair of dog statues are for sale

There is cold – as in chilly – and then there is cool.

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Whether it’s the fortuitous aspect of this wonderful

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Then calling London home, Charlotte was showing

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“There was quite a change around here when I turned

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This page: The linen cupboard is a French antique and the

refurbished German station clock was from Russell Callow. The

chairs are 1960s Danish and Charlotte made the curtains from a

French cotton piqué bed cover

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“People don’t really want to buy a £50,000 English

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Above: In Streett’s study, decorated by Charlotte, the George III marble-topped table and rococo mirror are from Streett’s collection.

Charlotte added the 1970s French pineapple lamps. The chair is a Windsor Goldsmith, from circa 1890

spectacular the provenance. The trend has shifted. We

all want to change the ‘look’ of our homes every few

years, so the focus since I joined the business has been

sourcing decorative antiques, which appeal to a faster

and younger market, and more affordable too.

“I love quirky design and that sense of imperfection. For

Streett, who is all about the intellectual side of antiques,

it was quite a transition, but he has done it brilliantly.”

Just like their business, Streett and Charlotte’s home reflects

this shift in interior trends. Each room has been beautifully

curated to offer an entire picture, with pieces from the

seventeenth to the twentieth century sitting happily side by

side, artfully placed to bring out the best in each other.

One of the few pieces left from Streett’s former

collection is a stunning George III marble-topped table

dating from c1780 and a rococo mirror that both still

sit in his office. Charlotte has styled them with a pair of

20th century pineapple lamps and accessories sourced

from the couple’s other favourite place – France.

France is a theme that runs throughout their home.

Charlotte had lived in France with her ex-husband and

son for many years, and speaks fluent French, so it was

no surprise that when she met Streett, they continued

to visit and it is where they still source a large amount

of their stock, even today. I asked Charlotte why she

loved French vintage furniture and accessories so much,

and why it is so different to the English look?

“For me,” she says, “the English love to varnish and

wax everything within an inch of its life, they don’t like

imperfections, they like everything looking perfect and

finished, whereas the French pieces that we find are living

pieces of history. Their patina and the lives that have

lived in and around them make each piece so special

and authentic, it’s something that draws us both back

again and again. I love pieces for their imperfections.”

Charlotte takes me on a tour of her flat, telling


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Left: Charlotte made the Roman blinds in

the bedroom out of linen from her collection

me about the wonderful pieces the couple have

acquired, some of which are from their private

collection and others that are from their business.

“I think it’s important to understand how pieces of furniture

work in a home, if you are hoping to sell that idea to other

people. We love everything we buy and so it’s a treat to be

able to see how it fits into a contemporary family home.”

In their sitting room are two life-size dog statues, either

side of the French doors. A pair of cast iron Napoleon III

stools sit by the fireplace. Next to them is a rather fabulous

mirrored coffee table, all of which are available to purchase.

Having a veritable sweet shop of unique furniture and

accessories must be like heaven. I ask Charlotte if it is

not also a pleasure tinged with sadness as she has to say

goodbye to treasured items as each piece goes off to a

new home. She smiles as we look at a stunning antique

Chinese cabinet that will soon, no doubt, depart for a new

life. Perhaps it’s not so bad. Business is business, after all,

and as one piece goes another item can take its place.

I look lovingly at a wooden relief panel that sits above

one of the sofas and ask Charlotte what sort of price it

would fetch. “Now that is definitely not for sale, as much

as everyone always asks me. There are some things that I

just can’t let go.” Did she find it in France? “No, it was sixty

pounds and I bought it in England. It was such a steal perhaps

that is why I just can’t bear to part company with it.”

Throughout the apartment Charlotte and Streett have

opted for a muted colour palette of whites and greys, again

inspired by France. For Charlotte, especially, the look is all

about texture and detail and less about bright colours.

Whether the fluffy tactile Icelandic sheepskin upholstery

on a pair of Steiner chairs in the guest bedroom or the

Venini glass chandelier in the living room or the tiny

alabaster flowers in the sitting room, there is something

to arrest the eye throughout the couple’s stylish home.

Some of the very few pops of colour can be found in

their collection of contemporary art. But just as with their

furniture, modern pieces of abstract art are allowed to sit

alongside more classical pieces – and it all just seems to work.

Back in the large north-facing sitting room, which

overlooks the flat’s green and abundant garden, Charlotte’s

clever understanding of colour and texture is employed once

again to pull as much light as possible into the room.

The white painted floorboards and tonal grey

and white walls and windows play host to two 20th

century white leather sofas – a Robin Day design


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Each room has been beautifully curated to offer an entire picture, with

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Previous page: An arrangement of French objects in the hallway Above: The pair of Steiner chairs in the spare bedroom have been

upholstered with Icelandic sheepskin. The vintage bedcovers are from Boutique de Francine, in L’Isle Sur La Sorgue in Provençe

for Habitat. Chrome lights from the 1960s bounce all

available light around the room to wonderful effect.

It’s bright, tranquil and feels incredibly spacious.

In Charlotte and Streett’s bedroom, on the other side of

the apartment, the wonderful high ceilings of the original

building are exaggerated yet further by a triple bay window

which overlooks the building’s leafy front garden. Flooded

with light, Charlotte has used her crisp vintage French

linen collection in Roman blinds that she hand-made

for the window dressing – a technique she has repeated

throughout the house, wherever she required blinds.

The upholstered bed by Loaf is decorated with more of

Charlotte’s cushions, giving a sense of continuation but

also of delicacy. On the wall is a piece of contemporary

art that Streett gave Charlotte for her birthday by

artist Andrew Douglas-Forbes and on the floor are two

large panels, abstract portraits from the 1960s.

Above the bed is a French mortuaire – a beaded

funeral wreath. “I know it’s macabre but I love

it. Time moves on and for me, these pieces are

just beautiful sculptures,” says Charlotte.

The guest room is also a delight. The bed, an original

Louis XVI piece, has been reupholstered in antique linen

and is also available to buy. The couple made a choice not

to re-paint it, letting over two hundred years of use reveal

itself. Forget counting sheep, guests can simply count

the many lives that have lived between the wooden foot

and head panels of this remarkable piece of social history

and wonder what might have passed before them.

Streett and Charlotte have managed to create a home that is

stylish and airy, with their intelligent use of light and space but

also with their innate sense of detail and character. This feeling

of an oasis, right in the centre of town, is continued through

into their magical garden which, although surrounded by

neighbours on all sides, has managed to remain secluded and

private, surrounded by high walls of greenery on all sides.

“Streett wanted a secret garden,” explains Charlotte,

“which is why we try and keep the evergreens all year

round to keep that sense of being in a hideaway.”

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Previous page: The 1920s chair is upholstered in French linen. The

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Side-by-side, sitting casually by the French doors, are a pair

of utterly beautiful 19th century Arras cast iron benches.

At the far end of the garden, Charlotte has her office in

a contemporary garden studio, where she works on textile

conservation. “It’s quite an amazing space, you feel like

you are deep in the countryside, even though it’s just a few

minutes walk to the centre of Tunbridge Wells. I really feel

like we have managed to create the best of all worlds here.”

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Marcus FitzGerald, Operations Director

Wood-frame buildings of all kinds seem to be

booming in popularity and I believe there

are several factors contributing to this.

Firstly, when compared to cheaper PVC and aluminium,

timber is still perceived as being a more permanent traditional

building material. Then there is the appeal of the natural

finish of oak. Internally it is warm to look at and blends with

the natural colours of the garden, whilst painted interiors,

especially white, are more clinical and contrast significantly

with the outside views. The combination of increased natural

light and oak frames can provide a sense of harmony and

wellbeing to your living environment.

Then, for environmental reasons, there appears to be a

movement towards natural materials, as opposed to PVC and

aluminium. Our typical client is concerned that our timber

has full FSC certification and comes from renewable sources.

When it comes to styles of wood-frame buildings, there

does appear to be a move away from conservatories to

orangeries and garden rooms, sometimes for the false belief

that a fully-glazed conservatory roof will be too hot in the

summer and too cold in the winter.

This is only true if the wrong glass is used - modern highspecification

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a hot day and have an insulation value up to 3.5 times more

efficient than most double glazing previously being used.

Coupled with roof ventilation, the new glazed extension

should be usable 365 days a year.

Before installing a tiled or slate-roof garden room it is

essential to consider the effect it will have by reducing the

light back into the interior of the original room behind. A

good compromise can be an orangery with a part solid roof

and a glazed lantern.

Nearly half of our work is on listed properties. As long

as due consideration is given to ensure that the new glazed

extension is sympathetic with the architecture of the property,

there is little reason why a timber conservatory, orangery or

garden room should be denied. So far, we have only had four

projects refused by conservation officers during the past 10

years, although sometimes we have had to make changes to

the designs.

At the moment, the most popular special features are

bi-fold doors and roof lanterns – with the idea of bringing

the garden into the home. Although in our climate, unless the

bi-fold doors are south or south west-facing, they are rarely

fully opened, especially when the doors face east or north.

There is also an increasing demand for more contemporary

designs as well as the classic conservatories and orangeries,

although of course due consideration has to be given to the

architecture of the host building. Whilst they tend to be

fitted to more modern houses, contemporary orangeries can

sometimes be successfully installed on some properties.

When seeking advice about a wooden glazed extension

make sure your designer asks you the right questions to

ensure the information provided takes into consideration your

requirements.

Whether you are proposing a conservatory, orangery

or garden room, understand that this a high specification

building job, not just a few frames, a roof and a base.

Whether building regs apply or not, it should be built to

building regulations standards, have proper foundations -

typically 1m deep - and be well insulated.

It’s part of the living space of your home, not a bolt on, and

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James Ransley, founder and owner

The Oak Glasshouse Company

Oak is a specifically English traditional building material

and there is more and more demand for it. When we

started 12 years ago, we were mainly doing garden offices,

but even in the first month someone said: ‘I want that on the

back of my house…’

It was four years before we did the first extension – and now

they are 95 per cent of our buildings, with the majority of them

for kitchens. People want space and light. They say to us: ‘The

windows are too small and the house is dark...’ So we put on a

light-filled extension and everyone lives in one big room, spending

most of their time there, with direct access to the outside.

There’s been a complete change in the British lifestyle. Thirty

years ago we didn’t have restaurants with tables outside in this

country, but we’ve all gone on holiday and realised we like

spending time outside. So now people want to be able to see out

to the garden and have that inside/outside feeling.

Up to 10 years ago, oak was considered appropriate for an

old farmhouse, but now we are doing a lot more contemporary

stuff in London and Surrey. We will do any kind of buildings – a

historic house with a moat round it, or it can be clean and straight

lines with the glass.

Part of the appeal for people is the great tradition of British

oak. Most of the houses in this country that are 500 years old are

built from oak – and people love buying into that history.There

are also environmental issues which make it appealing. Most of

the wood comes from France – not halfway round the world.

For each project we do heat loss calculations, worked out to the

individual requirements. An oak extension is a great luxury, but

other building costs have gone up so much, relatively we are not

so expensive, the gap is closing.

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Zac Soudain, Managing Director

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Oak frames are consistently popular and

Roundwood’s workshop has been busy since it

began manufacturing frames over 25 years ago.

One area where there has been a big increase in

demand is whole houses. Until the last two years or so,

these tended to be less frequent, but now we are involved

in one every three to four months, all of significant

scale. Oak-framed houses are really eye-catching and

increasingly desirable.

For many customers, the biggest appeal of an oak

frame is the aesthetic. They offer a traditional and

sympathetic look that other types of structure simply

cannot match. Oak is stunning new or weathered and

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Customers have always been keen for exposed features

within residential or utility buildings (such as garden

rooms and home offices). These include exposed rafters

and trusses. This ensures the beauty of oak is seen both

inside and out.

Oak also gives the buildings the durability that is

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investment. As green oak dries out, it actually tightens a

structure, ensuring stability for years to come.

Other key factors are ease of build - we can

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and environmental credentials. Oak is well known

for its sustainability. All other timbers we use are also

sustainably sourced.

As well as our bespoke houses and extensions, Oakframed

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and/or build 10 to 20 of them a month and have

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frames, ranging from one to four bays.

This is very effective as it is so simple to use, whether

you are simply looking for information and a starting

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these are often supplied as kits. We build approximately

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What are the most popular types of

windows available?

People are always looking to save energy

these days, but also complement the

house style so traditional windows are

making a big come-back. Art deco metal

frames and Victorian or Georgian style

timber are particularly popular at the

moment. But the uPVC market has

noticed this and now mimicks the timber

designs with very close wood grains and

period design features.

What kind of windows would

you choose for yourself?

Timber alternative, it combines

low maintenance with stylish

aesthetics, and you can get

a saving of around 30%

compared to timber. It’s the

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What are the pros and cons

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In terms of functionality, they all have

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washing machine is, which means they

have to be under a certain U-value.

Are there any new technologies or

developments to keep an eye out for?

Lift and slide aluminium bi-folding

doors are quite nice. They are like

traditional sliding patio doors but are

up to 3m wide and 3m high per pane.

They really open up the back of the

house and provide an unrestricted

view which you don’t get with other

bi-folding doors.

Do you have any advice for someone

looking for new windows?

There are a lot of products on the

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You specialise in retro-fitting, can you

explain the process?

The window is taken out and the timber

frame kept. The old single glaze glass is

removed and the rebates (where the glass

sits) deepened to fit a 12mm state-ofthe-art

double glazed unit.

What makes retro-fit double glazing

worth investing in?

Some houses are in conservation areas

which means you have to retain the

timber. But even if you don’t live in a

conservation area, the only alternative is

replacement which can affect the look of

the property and reduce the value.

How can you tell when your windows

are at the point they need looking at?

There may be soft areas of timber,

rattling, a draught, or they may suffer

from condensation.

How long do they last?

As long as they are kept well painted (this

should be re-done every 5–7 years) which

seals them up and protects them.

Why is it your philosophy that

replacement is the last option?

It’s best to keep old window timber as

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and moved with the building and you

can never quite replicate that kind of fit.

Can you give me any idea of the cost?

It greatly depends on the window but we

are always happy to give advice over the

phone, provide a free quotation, or carry

out an on-site survey.

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Everest Ltd.

Chris Willmott

What are the signs that your windows

need some attention?

Discolouration of the PVCu – a lot

of windows these days are recycled

PVCu which doesn’t last as long and

will discolour much more than virgin

glazed (completely new). If lower quality

materials are used there may also be a

draught, as the seal goes flat and hard.

How long do your windows usually last?

Our windows have a lifetime guarantee

on sealed units. Our quality drainage

system and materials mean the seal won’t

cause rot, the paint won’t yellow and

the stainless steel elements won’t rust or

deteriorate.

How long does it take to install them?

One window should take up to three

hours of installation if it’s done properly.

The product is only as good as the fitter,

it’s like with hairdressers, they could have

all the right equipment but if they are

not skilled and trained you won’t get the

results you’re hoping for.

What are the potential effects of low

quality materials?

Some companies use cheaper and quicker

ways of making windows, because they

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Oliver Dolan

How does secondary glazing

compare to window replacement?

For us secondary glazing is mainly

for listed buildings in which it is

not possible to put in a whole new

window. For a grade I or II listed

property you have to pre-apply with

your local council and if you are

only adding secondary glazing that

can be quicker and easier.

What is the best place to start?

We begin with a free no-obligation

site consultation. People usually

U-value know you will

need to buy a whole

new one again sooner.

You need to look at the quality of the

materials, and not just the obvious visible

parts but also the bits you can’t see. You’ll

be grateful in the long run that you’ve

paid for a product with a longer lifetime.

What maintenance would you

recommend?

The moving parts can wear out quicker

but with stainless steel they can last

around 20 years. Spraying a little grease

around contacting parts, such as hinges,

twice a year will help slow this.

Do you know if it increases the value of

the house and how much by?

They will always help with selling

because they make the house feel warmer

and look better, but in terms of adding

value to a new buyer it all comes down to

the guarantee. Windows have to have a

10 year guarantee by law but if you have

a transferable guarantee then you are also

giving a buyer peace of mind that they

aren’t going to have to spend more on

the windows for some time. With Everest

the original customer gets a lifetime

guarantee and then if the property is sold

the new owner will get a guarantee for 20

years from the date of installation.

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look at our website and

make an enquiry, then

one of us will contact

them to get a feel for

what is required. We often have

a look at the location on Google

Earth to help too. We can then

go to the property with samples

to show them the products next

to the property, and we can see in

person what we are working with

and lend advice.

Can you recommend any trends?

The trend of grey windows is

still there in modern properties,

however we also see a lot of purists

for timber who want a like-for-like

replacement. I usually recommend

classic colours like grey, black or

white, which will stand the test of

time. If you’re getting a long-lasting

product you want to still like it

when trends have passed.

How do window replacements

affect noise pollution?

A standard double glazed unit will

reduce noise, but there are other

types which can help more if that

is a particular problem. We might

recommend triple glazed windows,

noise reduction glass, thicker glass,

or acoustic type glass to reduce

sound pollution.

What types of glass do you offer?

Pilkington offers a self-cleaning

glass for windows that will be hard

to reach and clean. Laminate type

glass is more secure because it is

thicker and very hard to break. Solar

reflective or anti-sun reduces heat

transfer and will keep a room cooler

on a hot day and warmer in winter.

Is there a kind of window which

you would usually recommend?

Aluminium can be 20% more

expensive but has a lot of benefits

that are well worth that. All you

have to do is wipe them down with

hot water to clean them, the colour

stays true for their lifetime and they

don’t bend and contract with cold

and heat as much as timber or PVC.

That is usually my recommendation

unless you are particularly set on

timber to maintain the original look

of your property.

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Rob Kidner, Securus UK Ltd

Can you summarise the security options that you offer?

We are a local electronic security systems business based in Epsom.

We offer four main products; access control systems, HD CCTV,

intruder alarm systems and door entry systems. We also carry out

associated electrical work and install security lighting.

These systems are obviously designed to protect against

intruders but do they have any other benefits or uses?

Yes, for CCTV especially. A lot of people find CCTV apps useful

for deliveries as you can check if your delivery company did visit

or leave a package as they claim. You can check in on a pet if they

are left home alone and talk to them too. Some people have even

installed CCTV cameras to keep an eye on the wildlife around

them, check in on elderly relatives or make sure teenagers have

made it home from school okay.

Are there particular kinds of homes which benefit more from

security systems?

Not in my opinion, we have installed systems for everything

from flats to mansions, and believe any property can benefit from

modern security systems.

Do any of these measures have an influence on home value or

home insurance cost?

Adding security systems definitely adds saleability and value. It’s

very evident in estate agents’ sales literature which uses it to make

the property seem safe and well cared for. I believe some insurance

companies insist on certain security measures and can even offer

discounts.

What are the latest advances

in home security?

Analytics in CCTV is a very

popular advance. You can

essentially draw a virtual

line and monitor

external activity that

crosses it. If the system

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images.

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Stay

• keep windows doors closed and

locked when not in use

• make sure any outdoor buildings

are secured

• install adequate lighting

• use a safe to lock away valuables

• deter intruders by installing

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• get someone to take care of

wheelie bins and post if

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Danielle Thumwood, TGFS

Can you summarise the security options that you offer?

We design and install automated gates, alarm systems, CCTV,

access control, door entry systems, security lighting, 24 hour police

response, and fire systems.

How do you start working out what is best for a client?

We would arrange for a senior engineer to go meet them to perform

a security assessment. From that we would propose a bespoke

system taking into account their requirements, for example, adding

a pendant with a police alert for an elderly person.

What is PSI?

It’s the highest level governing company for the security industry

which allows you to have police response. Because we are PSI

approved, we get vetted twice a year and our work is inspected to

insure it’s installed to British and European standards.

What are the latest advances in home security?

So many products now connect to smart devices. You can log into

CCTV, use speakers to talk to anyone inside the property, get alerts

if an elderly person isn’t picked up leaving a bedroom for a certain

amount of time, or even water your garden from your smart phone.

Do people prefer to hide security features for style or put them

display as a deterrent?

People definitely prefer security features to be on display. Boxes at

the front of properties are illuminated at night now, and we’ve only

ever had one person ask to not have that. Also with CCTV we have

to put a sign up by law, because people need to know they are being

recorded as an aspect of data protection.

Are any styles of security gate popular at the moment?

Over the last six months more people

are choosing really well designed

metal ones. You can get

them in some lovely

Farrow and Ball colours

safe

• have internal lights on a timer

• keep a radio on

• invest in good double locks and use

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• keep car keys away from doors and

windows

• invest in a shingle drive as the noise

is a deterrent

• have a neighbourhood watch

scheme, look out for each other

to personalise them.

Gates are a great way of

adding security as they

are a first line of defence,

but also enhance the

look and value of

a property, and they

are brilliant if you have

animals or kids.

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Wedding and event photographer Mark Gray offers advice on how to get the

best out of the photographs of your special day, so you can enjoy them for years

to come (and not cringe a million cringes…)

What is the one most important piece of advice

you would give a newly-engaged couple? Book

your photographer as soon as you’ve booked your

venue. I’ve already got 39 bookings in for 2020

and quite a few for 2021.

What’s the best way to find the right

photographer for you? Look at photographers’

images on their websites, Facebook pages and

Instagram feeds, to find what fits with your style.

Online is great for that because you can see the

pictures - and read comments and reviews from

brides.

How do you work with clients, to put them at

their ease? I like to meet the clients in advance,

to talk about what their requirements are and

how much coverage they want. Do they want the

bride prep and the groom prep, for example?

Looking at albums together is a great way to

see what they like and to show them how images

taken throughout the day make up the story.

Often they will say they don’t want the prep pics,

but when you show them albums that have them,

they want them.

It’s also important to discuss the price, to make

sure everyone is happy with that from the outset.

What prep do you do? If I haven’t shot at the

venue before I like to visit it in advance to meet

the people who are going to be running it on the

day. Sometimes I also meet the bride and groom

at the venue. They might have picked it because

they have a particular image in mind, so we can

talk about it and build a picture in advance, like

a story board, of how the day is going to unfold

and what they want from it.

What is your key piece of advice to clients? Put

enough time aside for photographs. They will

often say ‘We don’t want to spend ages doing the

photos…’ but when you talk to them, they want

the family group shots, because they become so

precious over time and those take time to set up.

It’s worth it.

Most people now want reportage type pictures

and some couples say that’s all they want,

but when you show them albums with lovely

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Are there any trends in wedding photography?

What’s more important is the colour scheme of the

wedding, which comes through in the pictures. If the

photography itself is ‘out there’ it doesn’t stand the test

of time, whereas traditional photographs will always look

great. There was a trend recently for black and white with

colour in it and it already looks dated.

Black and white photos are stunning, but I normally do

a mixture. In black and white all weddings can look the

same: a man in a dark suit and a woman in a white dress…

Are there any other photographic options people might

not know about? I offer all couples an engagement or

pre-wedding shoot. It’s helpful for me to see how they

act together - also they’re not models and they might not

be happy in front of the camera, so if they’ve had that

experience of professional photography, they will be better

prepared to do the wedding shots.

Some couples use those photos as save-the-date cards,

before they send out the invitations, or for their thank you

cards. Or they might have one printed on canvas and all

the guests at the wedding can sign it.

Another option is a pre-wedding family portrait shoot,

instead of doing it on the day,- and that gives me a chance

to meet children who might be bridesmaids, ushers,

page boys.

What format do couples receive their pictures in? It’s all

cloud-based now. The couples can give people the link and

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DO

● Do meet your photographer before the wedding.

● Do leave enough time for photographs.

● Do look for ideas on Pinterest.

DON’T

● Don’t just book a photographer on price.

● Don’t book a member of the family, or a friend

to do pictures. They can take their own shots as

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On this day more than any other you want to look your very best – so don’t try

and go it alone, book professionals for your hair and makeup. We asked two to give

us their expert advice

Hair

Amie Coombes, stylist

at Tic Toc Hair, Pett

In advance: As soon as you’ve booked

the venue, book the hair and arrange

to have a trial run, with the dress,

closer to when you are getting married.

To find a hairdresser who seems

right for you look on Instagram and

Facebook – and ask friends. Word of

mouth is always a great way to find

someone.

Once a bride has chosen the dress,

ideas for hair start to form. Most

people have Pinterest boards of what

they like, but don’t know what will

work with their hair. A professional

hairdresser can advise on that.

In terms of styles, at the moment

people want a looser look with waves

and twists, like you get after braids

have been taken out. At my own

wedding I’m going to have a soft low

bun, like it’s about to fall down.

On the day: It depends on the hair

and the style, but you need to set

aside at least an hour and a half for

the hair, we don’t want to rush. That’s

just for the bride, if it’s the mum and

bridesmaids as well, you’ll need more

time and if it’s a big wedding party,

we’d send a couple of people, instead

of just one.

It doesn’t matter which order you do

makeup and hair – although I would

advise to do makeup first, because you

can touch that up more easily.

Amie Coombes,

stylist at Tic Toc Hair, Pett

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Tips and Tricks

Wash your hair the day before, not on the

morning of the wedding because it will make it

too slippery and flyaway. A bit of dirt makes it

easier to style.

Once it’s up it shouldn’t go anywhere, but to

be on the safe side, nominate a bridesmaid to

carry hairspray and grips for you.

If you want to hold on to the style for a lunch

the next day, put a silk scarf round your hair at

bedtime, or use a silk pillow slip. The silk stops

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Tips and Tricks

If you’re going to have a fake tan

before the wedding, have one before

the makeup trial as well.

At the trial, decide which lipstick the

makeup artist is going to use, so you can

buy one to touch up during the day.

Makeup

Alexandra Bates

If you use a professional makeup artist you

don’t have to worry about it on the day – and

you don’t need to buy products, or work out

how much time you will need to do it.

In advance: Just like a venue, hairdresser,

bands, the best makeup artists get booked up

very quickly, so booking your makeup artist is

one of the first things you will want to do.

Word of mouth is the best way to find the

right makeup artist for you. When you’ve got

some names, you can look on Facebook and

Instagram to see their style.

Once you’ve found someone who seems

right, meet up with them in advance – you

really want to make sure you have a good

rapport with someone who is going to be part

of your big day. Show them things you like

– it’s great if there is lots of communication,

emailing and sharing pictures.

As with your hair, you should have a

makeup trial six weeks or less, before the

wedding day – not longer than that, because

your skin and hair might change. Three weeks

is ideal. Try and wear your hair the way you

are going to have it on the day, so you have a

picture of the whole look.

Timing has to be thought through. The

makeup process takes an hour and a half and

you need time to make sure you’re happy with

it and do any adjustments. If there is more

than one person to do, you have to allow time

for that too. If the bride wants to have photos

taken before going to the venue, the makeup

will need to start earlier.

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Have a trusted bridesmaid to look after

your kit – blotting paper, concealer,

waterproof mascara, lipstick. It’s

a long day and you want to keep

looking fresh and your best.

Avoid current trends – you will be looking

at the photos 20 years down the line

and it will look so dated. Keep it very

natural looking and not heavy, you want

to enhance yourself, not change yourself.

Your wedding day is not the day to

experiment, you want something natural

and classic – but if a statement lip or

winged eyeliner is your thing, incorporate

it into your look, because that’s you.

Discuss the fee and expenses. If there’s a

lot of travel to the venue, you will have

to pay for that as well as the fee itself.

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With age, the lips naturally become thinner

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bow, is where you’re most likely to see this

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Many people try to disguise the effects

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Cherry and damson and scarlet and

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Are you a cool or a warm red? Different

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trick. Look in the mirror and first

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hold up the fruit. Remove it, then

hold up the rose. Which makes your

skin look more radiant and ‘alive’?

If it’s the peach, you almost certainly

have a warm skintone and will look

better with slightly orange-y, coral reds.

If it’s the pink rose, chances are you’ve

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will work better. (This is a much rarer

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advised (often by me) to

try fragrances on for size

before you splash out?

Same applies to lipstick.

Interestingly, the pads

of your fingertips are

the lipstick equivalent of

perfume blotters: where you try stuff out

before applying to your lips. This is an

old tip I picked up from superstar makeup

artist Mary Greenwell – the skin on

the fingerpads is very similar in colour

to our lips, so you get a way better idea

of what a shade actually looks like than

trying it on the back of your hand.

But nothing beats actually

applying to your lips, once

you’ve whittled down

the list of possibilities. I

recommend smoothing

them with a lip balm

before you go lipstickshopping

and – with


Christian

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Beauty

Chanel Rouge

Allure Ink

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the help of the people on the counter

- trying one or two reds that have

passed the ‘fingertip test’, completely

removing each colour, in between.

Nowadays all reputable make-up

counters clean lipsticks between use

and will often offer a disposable lip

brush for trialling a shade. Apply

the lipstick (or ask them to do it

for you), look in the mirror – but

then also stand back. How a lipstick

looks from five paces is just as

important as how it looks up close.

Now find your red… These

are all glorious – and there’s a

shade for absolutely everyone, I

promise. But these true classics

are a great place to start.

NARS Lipstick Jungle Red. £22. As

bold as red gets, and enough to convert

even die-hard nude lipstick-wearers

into someone who rocks a red lippie.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid

Lipstick 15 Red-Volution, £8.49.

Absolutely budget-proof, this glides

on like a liquid and then sets on the

lips for amazingly long-wear colour.

If you wrote off long-lasting lipsticks

years ago as uncomfortable, time to

think again – this is so lightweight

you’ll barely know it’s there. At this

price, it’s a great ‘entry point’ red for

the unsure. A classic deep scarlet.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid

Lip Colour 150 Luxuriant, £31. My

own current favourite red – a deep

cherry – I wear this two ways. For day

to day, I smoosh on a lip balm and add

a fine layer of this, blending into lips

with a finger. It makes for a strong but

not over-red lip that lasts for absolutely

ages – greatly perkifying for a winterwan

face. And then when I want to

ramp up the glam factor, I layer on a

couple of coats of the same product

(it’s not called ‘ink’ for nothing – it’s

really pretty indelible), then gently

smack my lips together for a lipstick

effect that’s still ready to party long,

long after I’m ready to go home.

Revlon Superlustrous Live Boldly

Lipstick Fire and Ice, £7.99. Revlon has

offered this pure Hollywood shade of

red ever since 1952, reincarnating it

occasionally with a new texture – here,

a wonderfully sheen-y, almost glossy

finish. (That doesn’t last forever, but

the colour itself is a good lip-clinger.)

Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lip

Colour Rouge Louboutin, £65. The

shoe designer has now translated his

famous red soles into a shade of lipstick

– in some of the sexiest packaging

you’ll ever see. (Price-wise, it is to

Revlon what Louboutin shoes are to

Clarks.) The one to brandish at the

nightclub table and watch everyone

else’s lips turn green with envy.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Creamy Satin

Finish Lipstick Sexy Coral, £28. Creamy

and as comfortable to wear as a slanket

– yet a gorgeous, traffic-stopping

coral-red, for warmer skintones.

(There’s a whole lot of red action going

on in Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss portfolio.)

And last but not least, invest in

a lip brush. After years of lip stains

and just-been-kissed blurred edges,

a sharper lip line is now quite the

thing again. That calls for a lip liner –

always matched to the natural colour

of your lips, in a good browny-rose

nude, not to your actual lipstick –

and a lip brush, for application.

It is the law that this should be

retractable, with its own lid, in order

to avoid the inside of your makeup

bag soon resembling a scene

from a horror movie. My all-time

fave is Cosmetics a la Carte Travel

Lip Brush, £22 (cosmeticsalacarte.

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Retractable Lip Brush, £23.50.

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Wellbeing

A Year of Wellness

replenish our energy stores and this is

something we need

to build into

our ever-

It’s not as simple as ‘sleep more’ – when it comes to energy, there’s a lot

going on beneath the surface. Eminé Rushton looks into the sapping effect

of stress and how we can help ourselves restore the spring into our steps

February: The laws of energy

Gosh, you look tired.” But I am

not. Not on paper. I’ve had a

full night’s sleep and I’ve been

eating well. Yet… This story seems to

be playing out all around me – in spite

of doing ‘all the right things’, people

feeling not just lacking in energy, but

bone-deep depleted. So what is going

on? And why is a good night’s sleep not

necessarily the answer?

“There is a common misconception

that energy ‘in’ automatically equals

energy ‘out’,” says Henrietta Norton,

a nutritional therapist, co-founder

of Wild Nutrition

and leading women’s

wellbeing expert

“But we need to look

beyond this to limit

negative effects, such as

stress, that can lead to

a reduction in energy.

Supporting our adrenal

glands and nervous system will help

and we can do this through optimising

our lifestyle and nutrition habits,” says

Norton.

Top of the list is plenty of restorative

time. All too often we race through

our days only to collapse on the nearest

sofa, phone or tablet in hand, television

on, mind still racing.

We’ve lost the delicate art of slowing

to savour gentle things just for the joy

of them. A warm hearth and cup of

tea, feet up and the wireless on in the

background – salve for the tired soul.

By resting our adrenal glands

and nervous systems, we noticeably

“We’ve lost the

delicate art of

slowing to savour

gentle things for

the joy of them”

busier modern day lives.

For people who seek to boost their

energy levels by exercising more,

there is an important distinction to

be made. If you are already adrenallyfatigued

and depleted (i.e. you have

been running on adrenaline and stress

has been rife in your life for a while)

a high intensity high impact workout

– circuits, spinning, boxing, intense

cardio, competitive explosive sports

– can further tax your systems.

By all means exercise, but look for

naturally restorative, slower and gentler

modes of movement:

yoga, swimming or

walking. Don’t push

yourself hard when

you are already low on

energy.

First, consider how

you can top up your

essential vitamin and

mineral stores.

“Alongside magnesium, B vitamins

are essential for energy production, for

the normal functioning of the nervous

system, and vitamin B5 in particular,”

says Norton. “Good sources include

whole grains, eggs, beans and lentils,

a wide range of vegetables and good

quality or organic fish and meats.”

Supplements can be an important

boost at times of heightened stress,

tiredness and depletion and I’ve long

been an advocate for organic, raw,

food-grown, synthetic-free supplements.

The Wild Nutrition Food-Grown B

Complex Plus, £22 (wildnutrition.

com) combines B vitamins, minerals,

coenzyme Q10 and stress-reducing

adaptogen ashwagandha, to promote

efficient energy release.

It’s also time to face up to the ways

in which you are looking to boost your

energy – which, for many of us, begins

and ends with a cup of strong coffee.

“Caffeine also stimulates the adrenals

and makes them work even harder,

making the situation worse in the long

run,” says Norton. “Even decaffeinated

versions should be avoided.

“Try reducing caffeine – green tea

can be a good option as it contains

less caffeine and tannins, along with

L-theanine, which is a wonderful stress

reliever too.”

If low energy levels have been an

ongoing problem and positive lifestyle

changes have had little impact, it

may be worth seeking out a registered

nutritionist or nutritional therapist,

who can carry out some functional

tests, too.

For some people, heightened stress

hormones (our old friend cortisol…)

can prevent the thyroid from converting

hormones into their active form, which

can dramatically impact energy levels.

“Vitamin C is another nutrient

that is vital for the manufacture of

adrenal hormones. Best sources include

peppers, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts,

watercress and red cabbage – rather

than oranges, which have far less in

comparison,” says Norton.

From quieter evenings where

you completely switch

off, to better supporting

your busy body with its

daily nutritional needs,

it really is slow and

steady that

wins the

energy

race.

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

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


Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

Lea Tierney is co-founder and chief maker at Rosemary & Robert

Chocolate, producing artisanal products from highest grade cacao, wrapped

without plastic and sold only in small independent outlets and online

What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in winter? I think what we

see in nature reflects best what we most

need in the changing seasons. I tend

to feel the cold and suffer with SAD

(Seasonal Affective Disorder) during the

darker months but building fires, sitting

and drinking hot chocolate next to them

and eating lots of spiced foods really

helps me cope with the transition into

winter.

What one self-care ritual do you

never skimp on? Cacao –I eat it every

day. Whether that’s in my smoothies,

product testing or cooking with cacao

butter, chocolate plays a huge role in

my self-care. Chocolate has become

pretty essential to my wellbeing as the

nutrients it possesses help me maintain

balance during my cycle making it a

lovely meditative and mindful process

that helps ground me. Every month

(usually with a New or Full Moon

depending on how I’m feeling) I’ll light

some candles, mix up some ceremonial

hot cacao and set some intentions for

the month ahead.

What’s cooking in your kitchen this

month? A lovely comforting favourite

of mine has been a spiced squash and

sweet potato soup with ginger for

added warmth and white beans for

added creaminess. I often get soup-forbreakfast

cravings during autumn and

winter, so I tend to make double the

quantity I need. On busier days I get the

soup maker going in the morning and

pour it out into a stainless steel Stanley

flask for a quick, no fuss lunch.

What always brings a smile to your

face? Our rescue cockapoo puppy

Georgie always brings a smile to my

face. There’s a good reason he’s Chief

Happiness Officer at Rosemary &

Robert. He’s a little ray of sunshine

and he simply loves life. Even on the

gloomier days he’s sure to make us

appreciate the outside more with his

exuberance during walks and his ecstasy

in damp grass and muddy puddles.

Plus, getting back from a walk to a

steaming cup of tea, a cuddle with

the dog and a good book is just

heaven.

What are the best treatments you’ve

had locally? I booked in for an hour’s

flotation pod therapy at Simply Float

in Tunbridge Wells simplyfloat.co.uk

which was so relaxing and reminded

me how much I need to spend time

in and around water to feel peaceful.

That was followed by my first ever

Reflexology session with Jane De La

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I have so enjoyed reading Buddhist Monk

Haemin Sunim’s Love for Imperfect Things,

£9.99 (Penguin Life), which is filled with

the simplest ideas to spark better self-care

and get us thinking of ourselves as just as

important as all of the other loved ones

in our lives. These lines, from a Korean

saying counselling against thinking

and worrying too much before doing

something:, stuck out for me: ‘Lengthy deliberation often

leads to a terrible decision. Your boat goes to the mountain

instead of the ocean.’ Note to self: don’t overthink it!

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This month

Eminé is trying:

Flower Remedies

Bach’s Rescue Remedy was a

staple remedy of mine as a child

– particularly during exam time

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increasingly interested in flower

essences and remedies. I now try to

support smaller producers and love

to learn the back story of the flowers

used. I particularly like Alexis Smart

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Food

Day!

First invented by a character in the sitcom Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s is

a fun take on Valentine’s Day, without any of the pressure. Falling on 13th

February – i.e. the day before – it’s not a substitute for romance, more a witty

way to appreciate the important gals in your life.

So this mid-Feb, whether you are happily attached, contentedly single, or keenly

browsing Tinder, gather some of your favourite chick flicks, open a bottle of pink fizz

and celebrate your female friends with a Galentine’s night in.

Tiny tacos

Makes 12 mini tacos. Prep time: 35 minutes. Cooking time: 25 minutes.

Spice up the girls’ night with these bite-sized tacos. I’m not sure whether these are

less messy to eat than the bigger version. I guess it depends how big your mouth is…

Wine+

The best type of wine to match

with a Mexican dish like this would

be one with a good deal of acidity such

as a Pinot Grigio or a Riesling. I prefer a

wine that has a little more body so I would

recommend a lovely crisp Albariño from

Spain especially good with tomato and

spice is the Martín Códax 2016

Rías Baixas from Majestic at

£10.99 on the Mix 6 deal.

• 1 pack small tortilla wraps

• 250g lean minced beef (or vegetarian

substitute mince)

• 20g (approx) taco seasoning - cheat

by buying a taco spice mix, or make

your own using:

• 1 tsp hot chilli powder

• ½ tsp garlic powder

• ½ tsp ground cumin

• ½ tsp ground oregano

• ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

• 1 tsp paprika

• 1½ tsp onion granules

• ½ tsp sea salt

• ½ tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)

• ½ tsp chilli flakes (to taste)

Salsa

• 3-4 tomatoes, peeled and finely

chopped

• ½ red onion, finely chopped

• 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped

• 2 tsps white wine vinegar

• ½ lime, juice only

• ½ bunch coriander, roughly chopped

Serve with soured cream and/or grated

cheese

1Make mini taco shells from the tortillas

by cutting them into rounds with a

pastry cutter. Gently squish the tortilla

rounds into a mini muffin tin and bake for

5 minutes at 150°c until crisp. Set to one

side. Prepare the salsa; loosen tomato skin

prior to chopping by blanching in boiling

water, mix chopped tomato, onion, garlic

together, then add in the other ingredients.

2Fry the mince in a pan for 15 minutes

until thoroughly cooked. Sprinkle on

the taco mix, turn the heat to low and

continue to cook for another few minutes.

3Carefully spoon mince into taco shells,

top with salsa, soured cream/grated

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Wine+

Prawns without the dressing

would be great paired with a

Sauvignon Blanc but the sauce

would strip the wine of its freshness,

so look for a white wine with some

sweetness, such as an off-dry Riesling

or Chenin Blanc. My suggestion

for this dish is a lovely fruity rosé

such as the Muga Rioja Rosado,

£9.99 from Waitrose.

Food

Wine+

To pair with the peas,

lemon, cumin and chilli in

this dish, I would go for a young,

fruity and fresh Pinot Noir. Try the

Californian Seaglass Pinot Noir 2016

from Santa Barbera from Marks

& Spencer, £13.00. Lots of ripe

strawberry, cherry and cranberry

fruit with a bit of spice to

match the balance of

flavours.

Prawn Shot-tails

Pea dip

Makes 6 Prep time: 25 minutes.

Dainty prawn cocktails served in shot glasses.

You can be polite and use a fork to eat them,

or down in one...

Serves 6 Prep time: 15 minutes.

This is a great ‘emergency’ dip that’s easy to rustle up in a

hurry using defrosted frozen peas – think green houmous. It

can also be made with cream cheese or soured cream.

• 150g large prawns

• 1 baby gem lettuce

• 1 avocado

Dressing

• 1 small dill pickle, finely

chopped

• 1 tbs red onion, minced

• 100g mayonnaise

• 1 tbs tomato ketchup

• 1 tsp lemon juice

• ½ tsp garlic, minced

• 2 drops Tabasco sauce

• salt and pepper, to taste

(or cheat and use bottled

Thousand Island dressing).

1Mix all but 6 prawns

into dressing.

Shred the lettuce and

2 line each shot glass with

a tiny handful.

Carefully spoon prawns

3 on top of lettuce, then

top with a large prawn and a

few slices of avocado.

• 200g frozen peas,

defrosted

• 75g fat-free natural yogurt

• juice 1 lemon

• 1 tbsp mint leaves, finely

chopped

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 1 small red chilli, finely

chopped (to taste)

• 4 pitta breads, sliced into

fingers

• 2 carrots, cut into batons

• ½ red pepper, cut into

strips

1Mash the peas with a stick

blender – do not whizz

them to a complete puree, but

leave with a little texture.

Mix in the other

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Food

Mini margarita cheesecakes

Wine+

The most important

consideration is the sweetness of the

dish so your wine needs to be at least as

sweet, otherwise the wine will taste bitter.

Take no chances and match it with the

stunning Hermit’s Hill Botrytis Semillon from

Australia, Marks & Spencer £8.49. In the

tradition for these kind of pudding wines,

the grapes were affected naturally by the

beneficial fungal growth ‘noble rot’,

which adds concentration and

complexity.

Makes 12 Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes.

Any excuse to serve up a cheesecake, but compulsory for

a girls’ gathering, especially when baked New York style.

These are tiny, so are extra slimming. Ahem. I used a loosebottomed

mini-cheesecake pan, but they can also be made in

a mini-muffin tin, or even in cupcake cases.

For the base:

• 100g digestive biscuits

• 50g melted butter

For the filling:

• 300g cream cheese

• 120g caster sugar

• 1 egg

• 100ml soured cream

• ½ tsp vanilla extract

For the topping

• 100g strawberries

• 50ml tequila (2 shots)

• 2 tsp lime juice

• 1 tbsp granulated sugar

1Preheat the oven to gas 4

(180°c). Prepare biscuit

base by crushing biscuits (in a

food processor, or use a pestle

and mortar). Combine with

the melted butter and then

press a heaped teaspoon of the

biscuit mix into each section

of the mini cheesecake pan/

muffin tin and set to one side

(or refrigerate).

2Beat cream cheese,

egg, ¼ tsp vanilla essence

and 100g of the sugar

together until smooth. Add

2-3 tsps to the top of each

biscuit base and bake in the

oven for 20 minutes. Mix

soured cream with remaining

20g sugar and ¼ tsp of vanilla

essence.

3Remove cheesecakes

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teaspoon of the soured cream

mixture to the top of each

one. Turn the oven down

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cheesecakes to the oven for 10

minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

4Chop strawberries and

combine with other

topping ingredients, mashing

some slightly to release the

juice.

5Remove cheesecakes from

tin and carefully spoon a

little topping onto each one.

For a non-alcoholic version,

add 30ml water and 20ml

lemon juice instead of tequila

and lime.

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Garden

Winter’s promise

The days are lengthening and Jo Arnell is getting excited for the new gardening year

The light is slowly streaming back and I’m beginning

to get excited for the spring. It’s usually a false

spring, as one warm day in February is often

followed by weeks of freezing weather, but I can’t help

clutching at anything that speeds the winter along. A few

brave buds and bulbs are quietly stealing a march; look

closely and you’ll find tiny, but hopeful awakenings to

celebrate. There are some wonderful plants to enjoy in

the late winter garden and, if you’re as impatient as I am,

there are several tasks that we can get started with too.

Buds, blossom and bulbs

Winter blossoms aren’t show offs, but, like some of us, they

make up for their shyness in other ways. They are delicate,

usually white, or pale colours that will show up in the wan

winter light and in shady places, but the best thing is that

nearly all of them are scented. The fragrance will be strongest

at dusk and dawn, when it is pumped out by the flowers in

the hope of luring pollinating insects like moths, flies and

beetles. A few bees may bumble sleepily among them too

and even the odd butterfly on sunny days. It is still too early

for most creatures – they will be hibernating in log piles

and insect hotels – but for the insomniacs and early risers

these plants help to provide a life-saving source of nectar.

Grow a winter-scented plant somewhere near to the house –

by the front or back door, near a path or gate – where you will

be able to walk past regularly, inhaling as you go. Don’t forget

to cut a few twigs to bring inside too – nature’s own diffuser.

Spring preparations

It’s all going to kick off shortly and some timely pruning will

ensure that stems grow in the right direction. Don’t go mad

and prune everything; many flowering shrubs only need to

be pruned after they have flowered, prune them now and

you won’t get any. This is the perfect time to prune shrub

roses and hydrangeas and to cut back ornamental grasses.

Here’s the low-down on those that can be tackled now:

Roses

Prune to the shape of a vase – the books will tell you ‘an

open, goblet shape’. This is to encourage air to circulate

through the plant, as roses are prone to fungal diseases

that thrive in airless environments. Cut stems to just

above knee height to an outward-facing bud – I


Above left: Hellebores brighten up shady corners and look great in winter containers Above right: Cyclamen coum in a spreading

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Left: Helleborus argutifolius with architectural evergreen leaves and lime green bracts Right: Phormiums provide striking border

structure Below: Melianthus major is a surprisingly hardy exotic architectural anchor plant

know, there is never a well-placed outward-facing bud,

so just cut a sloping cut with sharp secateurs in roughly

the right place if you can’t locate a sensible bud.

Hydrangeas

Just to confuse everyone there are several varieties of

Hydrangea, but thankfully only two main ways to prune

them. If you grow the paniculata types (those with long

racemes, a bit like Lilac on steroids) or Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’

(huge white pom-poms), you can be brutal and cut back to

a framework. This will stiffen up the stems and encourage

fewer, but bigger bracts (the showy outer part of the flower).

Old fashioned ‘mop head’ types do not like hard pruning,

unless they have become too big for their boots. These should

just be dead-headed, as they form their flower buds during

the previous year and pruning will cut off the flowers.

Buddleias

These flower in late summer on new wood and tend to get

unattractively leggy when left, so need a good hard prune now

to encourage flowers at a height where you can enjoy them.

“Don’t forget to cut a few twigs to bring

inside too – nature’s own diffuser.”

Group 3 clematis

These should be pruned hard in late winter/early

spring. The trick to knowing which group your clematis

is in is to remember when it flowers. Group 3 are

late flowering, so they flower on the current season’s

growth, which is why you can cut the old growth back

to the ground. New shoots will soon spring up and

stop the plant from getting leggy and top heavy.

Deciduous grasses

These should be cut right back to the base to allow

fresh new foliage to come through. Do not cut

back evergreens like Stipa though. This is best just

combed through to remove the dead leaves.

Awakenings

Dahlia tubers and other tender exotics like Cannas and

Agapanthus can be slowly brought out of hibernation.

If you grow them in containers, pot them up into

fresh compost and water to start them into growth.

Remember that these are not frost hardy and will

need to be kept somewhere fairly warm until later

in the spring when the danger of frost has past.

Early sowings

Many seeds can be sown now, but apart from the hardiest,

they should be sown under cover. It is still too early for most

things to germinate directly into the soil. Half hardy annuals

like Cosmos, Nicotiana, Cleome, Tithonia and other longflowering,

but frost-tender plants can be sown now, but only

if you keep them under cover until the weather warms up.

Early vegetables like broad beans, peas and leeks can be

started now too. If sowing directly, warm the soil with a

mulch or frame, especially if you are gardening on clay,

which can be slow to warm. If you have a greenhouse

start sowing tomatoes, peppers and other annual crops

and annual flowers that need a longer growing season.

It won’t be long now until the glorious tide of proper

spring rushes in. Make the most of these first days and

the small, but joyous signs that winter is nearly over.


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Prunus subhirtella

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delicate cherry tree that

flowers intermittently all

through the winter.

Daphne odora

‘Aureomarginata’: the

ultimate winter plant;

beautiful, evergreen and

highly scented. They

are a bit temperamental

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Viburnum bodnantense

‘Dawn’: tiny pink blossoms on bare

stems, but with incredible fragrance.

Sarcococca confusa, or Sweet Box: not

an exciting plant to look at, but sweetly

scented, so I tend to plant it behind

something unscented but good looking.

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica: a dainty

looking, but tough little clematis that flowers

all through the winter. Each cream coloured

bell is speckled reddish brown, releasing

a citrus scent on sunny winter days.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ (Witch

Hazel): scented flowers climb its bare branches

like little yellow spiders. It also has good

autumn foliage, which helps to redeem the

other eight months of dull green leaf.

Helleborus niger: the earliest of the Hellebores -

often called the Christmas rose, but probably at

its best in late January and February. Hellebores

naturalise well and mix beautifully with other early

spring flowering plants and bulbs. They prefer

moist, woodland-style conditions, but can spend

many a dry, shady summer lurking between shrubs

and trees without coming to too much harm.

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What children gain from the journey of education is far more

important than results says Hilary Wilce

A

primary school in Rotherham has turned

itself around by putting music at the heart

of its curriculum. Not long ago, Inspectors

put the school into special measures because the

education it was providing was so substandard.

Now it’s one of the top schools in the country for

accelerating pupils’ progress in English and maths.

Children there learn rhyming games, play instruments,

sing together and study all kinds of subjects through

the gateway of music. And they are flying!

So since it works so well, why don’t all schools do it?

Well, education is a complex, people-based matter and what

works with one set of teachers and pupils, in one environment,

won’t necessarily translate to a different

setting. And there are all kinds of ways

that schools can help children do better.

Some schools have started to teach

mindfulness meditation to help pupils

learn how to be quiet and reflective,

while others are using specially-trained

petting dogs to encourage their more

fragile pupils to grow calmer and more confident.

Some swear by handing out iPads and putting technology

at the heart of all learning, while others are turning their

back on technology in the belief that an undiluted diet of

old-fashioned pupil-teacher interactions is a better way

to go. Forest schools take children outside in all weathers,

while a growing number of schools swear that regular daily

exercise is the key to unlocking their pupils’ potential.

All these schools are right up to a point. Their approaches

to schooling work for them, even if what they are doing is a

world away from what other schools swear works. There is

obviously no single answer to what makes a good school.

However, all these different schools almost certainly have

“Some schools are using

petting dogs to encourage

fragile pupils to grow

more confident”

many things in common. Whatever they are doing, they are

doing it because they genuinely care about the happiness

and success of their pupils. They will have thought long

and hard about what they believe will help pupils do better

and will have implemented it with rigour and care.

They are also likely to be schools with strong leadership

and good management structures and the self-confidence

to go against the mainstream flow of schooling.

In turn, their pupils will automatically sense that

their school is a place where they are respected and

cared for, and where people are working hard to

encourage and support them. Almost any approach to

education can get results if brought in in this way.

On the other hand, innovations

brought in as only trendy fads

are likely to be little more than

superficial gimmicks.

So in many ways the important

thing is not what a school is doing –

but the spirit in which it is doing it.

Having said that, though, there is one

approach to education that is almost certain to make pupils

unhappy and to deliver only short-term gains: focussing entirely

on exam results and not on the pupils doing the exams.

This may manage to get good results on paper, but teaching

to the test, drilling information into children, leaving no room

for enquiry, exploration and individual growth practically

guarantees a school will be turning out anxious and stunted

young people. Their results might look good for now, but

those educational underpinnings will turn out to be far

too flimsy and inadequate for the demands of later life.

So when looking around for good schools for our children,

we parents should always be looking not only at what individual

schools are achieving, but also at how they are going about it.

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wondering about Brexit:

Will I still have to learn French if we leave the EU?

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Can we still go on holiday to France this summer if

there’s no deal?

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Wed 30 Jan – Sun 2 Jun

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,

Woking GU21 4AA

Women in Photography:

A history of British

trailblazers

An in depth historical exhibition

of the achievements of female

photographers working in Britain,

from the early innovations

of Anna Atkins and Queen

Alexandra, through to Dorothy

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Children & Families

Sat 9 Feb 2pm

Farnham Maltings, Farnham

GU9 7QR

Big Fish Little Fish

Family Rave

The award winning, world

famous Big Fish Little Fish family

ravers return with resident

favourites DJs Baker & Beale

playing acid house, techno, house,

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Sat 16 - Sun 24 Feb

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill

Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Mini Farmer Week

Farmyard fun, with animal

encounters galore. Earn your

stamps as you complete activities

on the farm trail; there’s feeding,

grooming, and milking, all whilst

learning about animal husbandry.

See leaping lambs in the cosy

animal barn, furry and feathered

babies in the animal holding area

and pretty pink snouts when

you’re out and about.

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What’s On in February

Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb

Bocketts Farm, Young Street,

Fetcham, Leatherhead

KT22 9BS

February Half Term Fun

Family friendly half term fun

galore at Bocketts Farm this

month to keep all little halftermers

amused. Activities include

meet the shepherd sessions, birds

of prey demonstrations, sessions

with the ‘Gigglettes’ from The

Giggle Company, and over 70 new

born lambs due, for you to visit.

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Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb

Birdworld, Holt Pound,

Farnham GU10 4LD

Penguin Activity Week

A celebration of everyone’s

favourite tuxedoed birds.

Birdworld will have a special

themed trail, arts & crafts based

in the Aquarium, the chance to

watch the penguins being fed at

11am and 3.30pm everyday, and

some great prizes to be claimed.

birdworld.co.uk

Sat 26 Jan – Sun 3 Mar

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane, Woking GU23 6QB

The Great Brick Safari

The Great Brick Safari is a

spectacular collection of detailed

lego builds, depicting all of your

favourite safari animals. Search

RHS Garden Wisley and you

will find over 40 animals and

plants to learn about, a LEGO®

bricks making workshop in the

Glasshouse Gallery, and a chance

to have your photo taken in the

LEGO® bricks jeep.

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Fairs, Festivals &

Entertainment

Sat 16 Feb 7-11pm

Wilfred Noyce Centre,

Godalming, GU7 1DY

Big band vintage

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Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Best for ages 3 – 18 years

A heaven for children, Atlantis Kids Club is

a vast space with so much to do, you might

struggle to get your kids out of it. There’s a

Command Centre, where they’ll find the latest

in electronic entertainment, the Play Zone,

where they’ll be able to take part in team

games and challenges, and The Creation Zone

– which is where all the arts and crafts happen.

There’s also a pirates soft play area, with front

row views into the hotel’s huge aquarium.

Every evening, kids can stay for a pizza dinner

(between 5:30pm – 8:30pm). Essentially a

giant party brimming with games, crafts

and entertainment, the themes range from

Superhero’s to Willy Wonka, Arabian Nights,

Under The Sea and more. For teens (13 – 19),

Family-Friendly Resorts

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Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Best for ages 6 months – 19 years

This chic boutique hotel in Antigua is

reminiscent of the kind of place you might have

chosen pre-kids, with a myriad of little touches

to keep everyone happy. The Caribbean Cool

Kids Club (open 7 days a week) is suitable for

children aged six months to six years. There’s

a paddling pool, jungle gym, and sand pits

as well as lots of organised activities such as

lizard hunting, treasure hunting and arts and

crafts. During the main school holidays, the

Crew Blue programme also operates 5 days a

week.

Club Rush is open from 3pm – 6pm and 7pm –

midnight each evening. There’s a mocktail bar,

internet cafe, karaoke, table football, cinema

room and dance floor.

Kids love this resort – it’s the biggest, brightest

and best family hotel in Dubai. Aside from the

gargantuan waterpark, there’s the chance to

swim with dolphins, explore the Lost Chambers

Aquarium and enjoy the pools and beach.

It’s complimentary for children aged 7-12

years and runs activities such as raft building,

starfish hunting, football, sailing, zip-lining,

and excursions to Stingray City. Crush is the

teenage club for 13-19-year-olds – with its

own chill-out room and organised activities

like beach parties, wake-boarding, mocktailtasting

and tennis workshops. There’s also a

cinema room for movie nights.

Kids’ high tea is served by the pool at 5pm,

leaving the restaurants free for grown-ups in

the evenings. There’s a choice of two beaches,

and two sections of the hotel work very well

in ensuring that those with children and those

without can holiday in harmony.

Sani Beach, Halkidiki, Greece

Best for ages 4 months – 11 years (+ teens in

peak summer season)

Families are extremely well catered for at

this resort in Halkidiki, which is ideal if you’re

looking for a ‘fly and flop’ type holiday with

five-star style. The kids club takes children from

4 months old, with a 1:3 staff ratio. The Melissa

Mini Club is complimentary for kids aged 4-11,

with a ratio of staff at 1:8. There are lots of

activities on offer, including arts and crafts,

face painting, T-shirt painting, pantomime, mini

disco, and cookie making, as well as themed

parties. There’s also plenty going on outdoors,

from organised pool games to table tennis,

gymnastics, treasure hunts, bird-watching

tours, and forest-school-style activities. During

peak season (July/August) there’s also a teens

club – think water sports, football tournaments,

taster spa sessions, and so on.

Sani is famous for its free-of-charge Babe

Watch service. For half an hour, the resort’s

staff will keep an eye on your children, playing

games and building sandcastles with them,

whilst you get to enjoy a break on the beach

sunbathing, swimming, or reading a book.

There’s also tonnes to do within the resort for

everyone: snorkelling, adventure playgrounds,

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Various locations in Godalming

Godalming Music

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Sat 9 & Sat 23 Feb

Albury Organic Vineyard,

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English Wine & Cheese

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Sat 16 Feb 7pm

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The Whiskey Affair

This twist on the classic beer

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guest speakers, tasting sessions,

samples, music, and an app

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favourite drinks.

Entry: £9

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Garden

Tue 12 Feb 10am-4.30pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane, Woking GU23 6QB

Darwin Day

To celebrate Darwin’s 210th

birthday, RHS Garden Wisley

are offering the rare opportunity

to view a Herbarium specimen

collected by Charles Darwin

himself, among other Herbarium

and Library treasures.

Entry: Free with garden admission

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Thu 14, Thu 15, Thu 28 Feb

Fri 1, Thu 7 & Fri 8 Mar

The Princess of Wales

Conservatory, Kew Gardens,

Richmond TW9 3AB

Orchids: After Hours

An after-hours celebration of

Colombia’s vibrant plant life

and culture. Say Hola as you are

taken far from the dreary British

winter, into a tropical paradise of

vibrant colour and music. There

will be authentic Colombian

coffee, dancers and a live Latin

big band.

Entry: £18

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Seminars & Talks

Thu 7 Feb 6.30-8pm

Broadview Gardens &

Garden Centre, Hadlow

College, Tonbridge Road,

Hadlow TN11 0AL

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What’s On in February

Rosemary Shrager:

the “Decibel Duo”

Enjoy amusing anecdotes from

Rosemary and Graham’s careers,

learn about the synergy between

art and professional cookery and

discover more about the painstaking

process that Graham uses

to create his famous etchings.

Signed copies of Rosemary’s

latest book and Graham’s

etchings will be available.

Entry: £20 (proceeds go to

the Children of Yirgaalem

Appeal charity.)

01732 853211 /

broadviewgardens.co.uk

Theatre

Mon 4 – Sat 9 Feb

Guildford School of Acting, Stag

Hill Campus, Guildford

GU2 7XH

Jane Eyre and Little

Women

GSA begins a season of musicals

inspired by the works of female

novelists this month. With

productions based on Jane Eyre

and Little Women, it’s a chance

to view these timeless classics in a

entirely new light.

Entry: £15

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Tue 5 – Sat 9 February

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,

Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

The Sign of Four

The second Sherlock Holmes tale,

The Sign of Four is brought to

the stage by Blackeyed Theatre,

with all its mystery and intrigue.

When Mary Morstan arrives at

221B, Baker Street to request help

with the mystery of her missing

father, Holmes takes the case and

together with Dr Watson enters

a murky world of deception,

murder, corruption and stolen

jewels.

01483 440000 /

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Thu 14 – Sat 16 Feb

G Live, G Live, London

Road, Guildford GU1 2AA

Horrible Histories

History is brought to hilarious life

with ground-breaking 3D special

effects in two shows at G Live; one

on the Terrible Tudors and one on

the Awful Egyptians. Be fascinated

by pharaohs, meet Bloody Mary,

and see if you survive the Spanish

Armada.

glive.co.uk

Valentine’s

Fri 1 – Thu 28 Feb

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,

near Dorking RH5 6BD

Polesden Love Stories

Polesden Lacey has, in its

many years, developed quite a

collection of romantic tales which

it invites you to celebrate this

year for Valentine’s. A number

of costumes, all in pairs will be

displayed in the house, each

pair telling the story of a couple

whose romance blossomed at the

Edwardian country retreat.

01372 452048 /

nationaltrust.org.uk

Thu 14 Feb 7-10pm

The Lightbox, Chobham Road,

Woking GU21 4AA

Valentine’s Food & Film

Night

A romantic four course dinner

especially created by chef Neil,

followed by a showing of the

award-winning classic Casablanca

in The Lightbox’s lovely

Ambassador Room.

Entry: £45

01483 737800 /

thelightbox.org.uk

Fri 15 Feb

Strawberry Hill House, 268

Waldegrave Road, Twickenham

TW1 4ST

18th Century Passion &

Romance

A late night special at the historic

former residence of Horace

Walpole, and the inspiration

behind the first gothic novel, The

Castle of Otranto. In this very

gothic Valentine’s special you

can take a look at Walpole’s most

romantic objects and enjoy gin

tasting throughout the night.

0208744 1241 /

strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

Sat 16 Feb 7.30pm

Denbies Wine

Estate Ltd, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

Masquerade Ball

A sparkling canapé reception

followed by a three course meal,

dancing and live music by the

popular 15 piece band, Perfidia.

Entry: £57pp

denbies.co.uk

Workshops

Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey,

East Molesey KT8 9AU

Baroque Chocolate

Making

Visit the cooks in Henry VIII’s

kitchens to discover the wonders

of one of Baroque Britain’s most

fashionable ingredients from the

New World - chocolate! Find out

the tricks used during the reign

of Queen Anne, discover how

to turn chocolate beans into hot

drinks and desserts, and even try

your hand at making chocolate the

Baroque way!

hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

Sun 17 Feb 11am-3pm

Jeffery Harrison Visitor

Centre, Bradbourne Vale Road,

Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3DH

Bird Box Building

It’s national nest box week, so

Kent Wildlife Trust are helping

you build and decorate a bird box,

make your own bird feeder and go

on an expert-guided bird walk.

kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

Tue 19 Feb 6-8pm

The Kemp Room, H.G.Wells

Conference & Events

Centre, Church Street East,

Woking GU21 6HJ

Professional class

with Alexander

Whitley Dance

Dance Woking hosting a

professional dance class with

Alexander Whitley Dance

Company. Suitable for those who

have completed a full time dance

training course or equivalent, this

workshop also includes a ticket

to see Alexander Whitley Dance

company perform 8 Minutes at

the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on

Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm.

Entry: £20

dancewoking.com

Thu 21 Feb 10am-3pm

Priory Farm, Nutfield RH1 4EJ

Woodcraft Workshop

Spend the day learning how to

make a selection of crafts that you

can be proud of including tea light

holders, birch hearts, hazel wreaths

and wooden coasters. Hedges &

Hurdles host these wonderful

woodcraft workshops designed

for individuals and both small

and large private groups with

refreshments and a picnic lunch

included.

Entry: £65

hedgesandhurdles.com

Sat 23 Feb

Knole, Sevenoaks,

Kent, TN15 0RP

Modern calligraphy

for beginners

All those brides and grooms

looking to save a little on savethe-dates,

invites, place cards

etc. can learn to use a dip pen

and ink and develop a modern

lettering style in this beginners’

workshop with calligraphy expert

Judy Broad, at the lovely Knole.

Entry: £65

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Over the years Polesden Lacey has been

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Blackland Farm

Outdoor Activity Centre

Come and join us for

fun-filled activity days.

Why not have your

birthday party here too?

Blackland Farm

Kayaking

Canoeing

Bungee trampolining

Rock climbing

Archery

Crate challenge

Zip wire

Abseiling

Aeroball...

...and many more!

01342 810493

blackland@girlguiding.org.uk

www.blacklandfarm.org.uk

16th - 24th February 2019

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Competition

WIN A SPA DAY FOR TWO WORTH OVER

£400 AND £100 OF SPA PRODUCTS

Set in a converted Victorian barn in the calming countryside, The Granary Spa

offers a wide range of holistic and beauty therapies with a personalised plan for

each guest. Therapies include the traditional manicure, pedicure and waxing but

also the newly launched Zone Lift facial (an alternative to Botox ), sports massage,

reflexology and hot lava shell massage. Guests can relax in a beautiful lounge before

and after treatments with complimentary refreshments. The owner, Clare, explains that

“people spend most of their waking hours rushing from this to that and never allow time

to just ‘be’- no phone, no computers, no stress. This is what we provide at The Granary

Spa.” One of the most important elements of the spa is the team. With fifteen staff,

training and development is essential, which is why the spa closes twice a year to hold

well-being events for the staff and frequent training ensures that guests really do have a

calm and enjoyable experience. Clare explains that the concept behind this spa is a ‘trio

approach’, comprising hands on therapy, Pukka Herbs to balance the body internally and

Made for Life organic products to support the skin and body externally. This way, when

guests leave, they are able to continue their spa journeys at home. thegranaryspa.co.uk

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following question: How many

staff do The Granary Spa have

within their team? Enter your

answer with your contact details in

the online form at wealdentimes.

co.uk/competition by 28 February

2019. There is no cash alternative

and the prize must be taken by

31 January 2020. You must be

over the age of 18 to enter.

Congratulations to Catherine Gunton who wins our December competition for a £500 two night stay at Grayshott Spa

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

It’s calving time and while Jane is up in

the night with deliveries, she’s thinking

about the global picture

C

alving starts in earnest early in February and for

about six weeks it will be full on. Late nights,

eventful deliveries and hopefully a shed full of new

arrivals at the end of it, but despite all the excitement, with

all the changes afoot in the world these young cattle will be

arriving into a far from certain world for a beef cow.

As well as all the uncertainty caused by the subject

beginning with the letter B that everyone is heartily sick of

hearing about (Brexit – I promise I won’t mention it again!),

the other issue affecting livestock farmers will be the growing

belief that if you want to save the world and reduce climate

change you need to stop eating meat. Veganism has rocketed

in the UK over the past couple of years from an estimated

half a million people in 2016 to well over three million today.

It is a fact that ruminants are poor converters of grain to

meat and the intensive and inefficient use of large quantities

of cereals – often grown in what was

once the Amazon rainforest – is doing

great harm to the environment and is not

sustainable for the globe.

But it doesn’t have to be such a

black and white issue as meat – or

no meat. For years now I have been

saying to anyone who will listen that

we should all eat less meat, avoid cheap meat and seek

out grass-fed meat. And calls for us to switch our diet

entirely to plant-based foods also ignore one of the greatest

Britain grows the best grass

in the world

“It doesn’t have to

be such a black and

white issue as meat

– or no meat”

tools we have to mitigate climate change – grassland.

Thanks to our rainfall, soil and landscape, Great

Britain grows the best grass in the

world. Today about two-thirds of

our farmland is covered by grass,

grazed by sheep and cattle.

Switch to 100% plant-based

agriculture and we would have to

plough up this grassland and replace

it with crops that need high inputs of

fertiliser, fungicides, pesticides and herbicides. This would

also do great harm to the environment and is not sustainable.

There is as much carbon in the world’s soils as there is

in all the biomass, forestry, atmosphere and surface of the

oceans combined. In the UK most of this carbon is held

as organic matter in the soil of permanent pasture. If you

plough up this soil it will lose at least half its organic matter

straight away and more and more as each year passes.

Letting arable land lie fallow and returning it to periods

of grazed pasture, as farmers used to before artificial

fertilisers made continuous cropping possible, is the only

way to reverse the process and restore its organic matter

which is in effect nature’s own method of carbon capture.

So livestock, grazed on permanent pasture and

convalescing arable land can actually contribute to

reducing carbon emissions – and just maybe those

new calves now arriving in the shed may be part

of the answer and not part of the problem.

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

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