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HOUSES TO LOVE
Maggie Alderson’s pick of the
houses on the Surrey market
CLEAR AS GLASS
Rebecca Cuffe talks to
four window experts
Jo Arnell looks ahead to the
new gardening year
Our top picks of February events
Explore a Kentish paradise filled
with history and character
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steal the ‘Material World’ look
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THE BEAUTY OF OAK
We talk to three experts in
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from two industry experts
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We will instruct local estate agents to undertake an independent valuation and marketing advice for your current home before we make you a proposal on a marketing price for your home. The realistic sale price may
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An exclusive collection of 55 beautiful
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75% mortgage required. Terms and conditions apply.
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BY A NEW LIFESTYLE FOR 2019
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AND OUT AT
With 25 feet of pure blue bliss right on your
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our beautiful pool. It helps you to stay fit, improves
muscle tone and is a great way to unwind too.
Our leisure facilities host a wide range of individual
and group exercise classes run by our on-site team
of expert physiotherapists and personal trainers.
And as with all our activities and excursions at
Lynwood Village, you’re welcome to join in as much,
or as little, as you like. The choice is all yours.
YET ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE
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Houses to love
Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market
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
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
Time to town: Ten minutes to
Haslemere, then under an hour to
Agent: Savills, Guildford
01483 796820 savills.com
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
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
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
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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An exclusive development of high specification barn conversions set within
hundreds of acres of Surrey countryside
The Barns is a unique development of fourteen converted and newly built houses surrounded by
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A development sympathetically nestled amongst acres of farmland, The Barns have been constructed
to a high specification including luxury features and bespoke fittings tailored to each individual house.
ORCHARD BARN £1,600,000
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Surrey Woodburners help
keep Surrey Warm
3D holographic projection”. Set them in a fire surround, a
cylinder free standing with a mock flue fitted – the options are
endless. “There are many designs now available and they
are certainly a good alternative” says Charles.
Surrey Woodburners offer a free site survey
The Surrey wood burning stove specialist, with a
comprehensive showroom in Woking, has established a
reputation for high quality, value and personal service with
customers throughout Surrey and its borders.
“There is nothing like the heat and glow from a wood
burning stove,” says Surrey Woodburner’s Charles Cavaliero.
“With recent press coverage on emissions and regulations
it’s not surprising that customers are concerned and have
questions. Surrey Woodburners provide their customers with
advice on their stove selection with assurances that all their
stoves meet current UK standards on emissions (tested by
Defra) with many already meeting the 2022 SIA regulations.
No Chimney - can’t fit a wood burner?
There are many situations where a wood burner cannot be
fitted or funds don’t allow the expense of fitting a flue.
of new electric stoves arriving on
Surrey Woodburners are delighted to be
able to offer these as an alternative to a traditional wood
Mon—Fri burner. “The 9.30—5.50 new advanced technology with electric stoves
Sat makes 10.00—4.00 them incredibly realistic with flickering flames using
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Saturday 23 March, 7.30pm
Duruflé: Requiem | Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Richard Blackford: Mirror of Perfection
Guildford Choral | Southern Pro Musica
Conductor Jonathan Willcocks
Tickets from £10 to £30
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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
February and will last until Sunday 24 February.
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. From Tuesday 5 February
to Saturday 9 February at Yvonne
Arnaud Theatre you can watch Sherlock
and Watson unravel a tale of corruption,
treasure and murder. yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
events near you
Land and sky
Find the joy of painting and drawing
landscapes with the guidance and
encouragement of professional
artist, Amie Antoniak. Explore and
experiment with new techniques and
a range of creative media including
charcoal, acrylic paint, water colours,
and soft pastels. This relaxed six week
course gathers on Mondays from 1
to 2.45pm starting on Monday 25
February at Inner Art in Reigate.
Discover a late winter walk through
drifts of snowdrops at Hever Castle from
Saturday 9 February. Follow the floral
pathways as 80,000 snowdrops bloom
in varieties including the yellow tipped
‘Wendy’s Gold’, a nine inch Galanthus
called ‘Colossus’ and the green tipped
Galanthus ‘Green Brush’. hevercastle.co.uk
Smile and wave
A celebration of everyone’s favourite
tuxedoed birds. From Monday 18 to
Friday 22 February 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
With 70 exhibitors from across the UK
and Europe, exciting expert-led workshops
and talks, and the relaxed atmosphere of
Farnham Maltings, Unravel … a festival
of knitting is the largest yarn event of its
kind in South East England. It will run
from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 February.
Meet the new Q3.
Arrange a test drive today.
Part of the Drift Bridge Group - Family owned since 1936
Reigate Road, Epsom, Surrey KT17 3LA
THE WINTER EXHIBITION
There are always lots of things I feel excited about in each
issue of the magazine, but this one has something that
particularly tickles me.
Instead of going down the so well-trodden path of Valentine’s
Day, we’re suggesting celebrating February 13th instead, with Jo
Arnell’s great recipes – and wine matches from the Kent Wine
School – for a Galentine’s Day girls’ night in with your gal pals.
Gal.... get it? Cheers!
Romance is by no means dead, though, as you will see from
our Weddings supplement, with a beautiful shoot of wedding
dresses – and wedding not-dresses – with refreshingly clean
Fashion editor Kate Watts set the pictures in the striking
industrial interiors of the Historic Dockyard Chatham, which
have a wonderful patinated romance all of their own.
In a similar rugged mood we have a very interesting practical
feature about the very special appeal of oak-framed buildings –
and, of course, two inspiring houses.
Enjoy your Surrey Homes!
In the feature about Lisa Evan’s beautiful Frant house in our last
issue we put an incorrect contact for her builder. It should be:
Neil Griffin of Griffin General Building 01580 201739
Surrey Homes Team
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Previous pages, left: In Gerry’s study, the model ships were bought by the couple on their
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an antique shop and painted it in Farrow & Ball Railings Above: All the cushions in the sitting
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Tucked away in a pretty Kentish village, The Den
has been home to textile designer, Julia Brendel, her
husband Gerry Lee, their children, Alex and Mia, and
dogs, Bruno and Gucio, since 2011.
You wouldn’t guess from the exterior, but their spacious,
light-filled farmhouse is a bit of a hybrid. The original
Tudor building, dating to around 1520, was extended in the
‘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
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.
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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.’
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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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Previous page: Julia bought the chest of drawers and French clock in Poland Above: The kitchen trolley is from Ikea and the bowls
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‘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
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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,’
‘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
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
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
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‘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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Julia’s preference is for a natural palette, as it allows her to introduce
colour and pattern with her own collection of textiles
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
‘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
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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
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Left: The master bedroom reflected in
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The headboard is upholstered in Julia’s
Below: Julia has dressed the tailor’s
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The window seat sports a cushion in Julia’s Memory Stripe
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At the end of the entrance hallway, a passageway lined to
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with dividing doors to a music room, home to the family’s
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The ceilings are higher in this part of the house, which dates
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The sitting room is furnished with a clever mix of vintage
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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
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,
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down dining chairs to match on Ebay. ‘They are early 20th
century copies of Regency rope-twist back dining chairs
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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
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The glass chandelier above the table is from L’Image, an
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houses ceramics and glassware rather than dolls and furniture.
‘I bought it in an antique shop in Gillingham that has long
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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
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
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,
Above: The fabric on the headboard in the Pink Guest
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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
One of Julia’s favourite rooms (and I have to say, the
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This page: The linen cupboard is a French antique and the
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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
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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
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In their sitting room are two life-size dog statues, either
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Having a veritable sweet shop of unique furniture and
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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
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I look lovingly at a wooden relief panel that sits above
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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
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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
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Previous page: The 1920s chair is upholstered in French linen. The
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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.
Zac Soudain, Managing Director
Roundwood of Mayfield
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
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
blends into any setting.
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
so important to homeowners making a significant
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
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
done for over a decade. We have a dedicated website
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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
point, or actually want to buy a garage ‘off the shelf’, as
these are often supplied as kits. We build approximately
half of the frames we sell, but they are also suitable for
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Windows can be a pain – we ask four experts to give us their insights
What are the most popular types of
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
best of both worlds. They also
don’t need to be repainted so you
save on renovation costs too. The only
general maintenance needed is oiling the
moving parts. I would recommend using
of heat transfer
through a window.
The lower the score
the better the
graphite for hinges and
handles once a year to
prolong the longevity
of the window.
What are the pros and cons
of the various frame materials?
In terms of functionality, they all have
to comply with a thermal rating for
insulation so there isn’t much in it. All
windows and doors are now energy rated
in the same way that a fridge freezer or
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
Do you have any advice for someone
looking for new windows?
There are a lot of products on the
market, do your research and look for
long established installation companies
and reputable brands. Try to see the
windows in a showroom. You’ll see the
full range of options in person, and once
you get into it you can really tailor your
windows to exactly what you want.
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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
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
it will have been cut and left to season
over time which makes it superior to
new rapidly kiln-dried versions. Plus it
has usually been in place for a long time,
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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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
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
Some companies use cheaper and quicker
ways of making windows, because they
can make poorer quality windows and
glazing but with an
extra layer which
means a better
The Window Sanctuary
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
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.
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
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
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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
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modern security systems.
Do any of these measures have an influence on home value or
home insurance cost?
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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
What are the latest advances
in home security?
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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?
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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
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Are any styles of security gate popular at the moment?
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are choosing really well designed
metal ones. You can get
them in some lovely
Farrow and Ball colours
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• invest in good double locks and use
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• invest in a shingle drive as the noise
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are a first line of defence,
but also enhance the
look and value of
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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
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
bride and groom shots and family shots, they
understand those don’t just happen, there has to
be a bit of preparation.
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,
What format do couples receive their pictures in? It’s all
cloud-based now. The couples can give people the link and
they can choose what they want. Some people order prints
and I will construct albums for people. For me, it feels like
you’ve done half the job until it’s printed.
Mark Gray 07841 262962
● Do meet your photographer before the wedding.
● Do leave enough time for photographs.
● Do look for ideas on Pinterest.
● 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
well, but it’s not fair on them to make it the main
● Don’t go for novelty ‘trends’ in your wedding
photography style. They will date very quickly.
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Call in the professionals
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
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
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.
stylist at Tic Toc Hair, Pett
01424 814554 | 07523 943979
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
your hair fluffing on the pillow.
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.
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
and lose their definition, and the v-shaped
area of the upper lip, known as Cupid’s
bow, is where you’re most likely to see this
Many people try to disguise the effects
of ageing in this area with make-up, but
it can bleed down the vertical wrinkles
and highlight the problem. If you’ve been
wondering how to look younger, lip fillers
are an easy answer because they’re quick,
affordable and non-invasive.
They can be the centrepiece of a makeover
that gives you youthful looking, plump lips
and a more defined smile. Because the lips
are sensitive, we apply local anaesthetic
cream about an hour before the procedure
to numb them. Dermal filler is injected,
usually into the upper rim of the lip to
define the Cupid’s bow, and immediately
afterwards you may experience small
pinpricks for a few hours.
There is often some mild redness of the
skin, but this settles by the next day and
designed for smooth integration into the delicate lip tissue and to imp
the lip body and definition of the lip border. The effects typically last
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body, which attrac
skin and plumps it up, giving the skin elasticity and volume. Lip fillers
sometimes described as temporary lip fillers or temporary lip enhanc
like other non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments, they are not perma
Over time as your mouth moves for eating, talking and facial expressi
acid is gradually broken up and disperses safely into your body.
Luscious Lips (Lip FiLLer)
bruising is unusual. Makeup can be applied included to minimise discomfort even
They are designed
lovely Clinic Consultants –
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integration into the delicate lip tissue and
to improve fullness in the lip body and
definition of the lip border. The effects
typically last about six months.
At Portmore we inject hyaluronic acid
products including Restylane and Juvéderm
that come with the local anaesthetic
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance
found in the body, which attracts water to
the skin and plumps it up, giving the skin
elasticity and volume. Lip fillers are also
sometimes described as temporary lip fillers
or temporary lip enhancement because,
like other non-surgical facial aesthetic
treatments, they are not permanent.
Over time as your mouth moves for
eating, talking and facial expressions, the
hyaluronic acid is gradually broken up and
disperses safely into your body.
Call 01932 855011 to book your
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Red lipstick is a make-up classic.
But sometimes, it has a fashion
‘moment’ and right now is
one of those times – partly because
of all the frankly show-stopping,
smile-making reds out there, with a
perfect texture for every red-lover.
Cherry and damson and scarlet and
pillarbox all look great with full makeup
– but where I think red lipstick really
scores is that you can swipe
on a scarlet mouth (and a
touch of mascara, in my
case, in order that my eyes
don’t disappear entirely) and
hey, presto, presentable. It’s
However, if you don’t
shop wisely, you can kiss
a few frogs on the red
lipstick hunt. (Leaving quite a lipprint,
while you’re at it.) So before I
launch into my run-down of the reds,
there are some basics to consider.
Are you a cool or a warm red? Different
complexion undertones look better with
specific reds and you can figure out
which one you are in one of two ways:
a make-up artist or sales consultant
in-store can advise you – or you can
try a little trick I picked up at Chanel
make-up school (yes, there is such a thing
and I once got to spend a day there).
You need a mid-pink rose and a
peach or apricot, for this particular
trick. Look in the mirror and first
“If you don’t
shop wisely, you
can kiss a few
frogs on the red
(leaving quite a
you’re at it)”
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
a cool complexion and more blue-reds
will work better. (This is a much rarer
category, just one in 10 people.) If you
don’t see a difference, you
can get away with either.
Try before you buy.
Do not buy red lipstick
online! Go shopping. You
know how you’re always
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
them with a lip balm
before you go lipstickshopping
and – with
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Lip Colour 150
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.
com), or check out Bobbi Brown
Retractable Lip Brush, £23.50.
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A Year of Wellness
replenish our energy stores and this is
something we need
to build into
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
“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
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
First, consider how
you can top up your
essential vitamin and
“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
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
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
Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine, and
co-founder of the conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk
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Chocolate, producing artisanal products from highest grade cacao, wrapped
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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
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
What are the best treatments you’ve
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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
Haye at Neal’s Yard in Tunbridge
Wells nealsyardremedies.com and I felt
so much relief after that treatment
it was amazing. I had brunch at The
Plant Base in between treatments so
it was a proper all-round treat of a
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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Totally over corny old Valentine’s Day? Celebrate February’s fun alternative instead
Recipes & styling: Jo Arnell Photographs: David Merewether: Wine pairings: Surrey Wine School
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.
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…
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
• 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)
• 3-4 tomatoes, peeled and finely
• 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
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
cheese and serve.
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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.
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
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
• 1 small dill pickle, finely
• 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
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,
• 75g fat-free natural yogurt
• juice 1 lemon
• 1 tbsp mint leaves, finely
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 small red chilli, finely
chopped (to taste)
• 4 pitta breads, sliced into
• 2 carrots, cut into batons
• ½ red pepper, cut into
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
2 ingredients, decant into a
dip bowl and serve with sliced
pitta and vegetable fingers.
Mini margarita cheesecakes
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
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
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
from the oven and add a
teaspoon of the soured cream
mixture to the top of each
one. Turn the oven down
to gas 3 (160°c) and return
cheesecakes to the oven for 10
minutes. Cool and refrigerate.
4Chop strawberries and
combine with other
topping ingredients, mashing
some slightly to release the
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
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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.
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:
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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What children gain from the journey of education is far more
important than results says Hilary Wilce
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
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fragile pupils to grow
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.
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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.
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brought in as only trendy fads
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So in many ways the important
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but the spirit in which it is doing it.
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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.
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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
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Do your children have
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Brexit news is everywhere and children pick up on it,
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fully understand. First News is an unbiased resource for
inquiring young minds, we believe that children should
be given enough information to understand the whole
picture and form their own opinions.
We asked our readers to send in any questions they may
have about Brexit and thought Surrey Homes readers
might like to know the sorts of things young people are
wondering about Brexit:
Will I still have to learn French if we leave the EU?
It takes a long time for school curriculums to be
changed, so yes, probably!
Can we still go on holiday to France this summer if
there’s no deal?
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be cancelled and that people driving to Europe will
need to apply for various permits to make their trip legal.
Do we need to be really careful about not upsetting
Ireland, because of all the IRA bombings in history.
Would they start bombing again?
Memories of violence in Ireland are still very strong,
so this is the reason why all MPs want solid guarantees
that there won’t be a hard border and that the
backstop is only temporary. That should mean bombings
won’t become a problem.”
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Wed 30 Jan – Sun 2 Jun
The Lightbox, Chobham Road,
Woking GU21 4AA
Women in Photography:
A history of British
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
Bohm’s depiction of 1960s
London and the self-portraiture of
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Entry: Day Pass £5 Annual pass
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Children & Families
Sat 9 Feb 2pm
Farnham Maltings, Farnham
Big Fish Little Fish
The award winning, world
famous Big Fish Little Fish family
ravers return with resident
favourites DJs Baker & Beale
playing acid house, techno, house,
hip hop, drum ‘n’ bass for families
with zero to eight year olds.
Entry: Adults (+ one pre-walker)
£13, Children £9
01252 745444 /
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.
01883 742546 /
What’s On in February
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb
Bocketts Farm, Young Street,
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.
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.
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.
01483 224234 /
Fairs, Festivals &
Sat 16 Feb 7-11pm
Wilfred Noyce Centre,
Godalming, GU7 1DY
Big band vintage
Cherry Trees, a charity which
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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),
with Top Kids Clubs
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
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,
tennis tuition, football academies, cookery
lessons, art classes, and open-air yoga for
adults – or borrow bikes and scooters to
explore the resort’s smooth, traffic-free
pathways. They’ve recently introduced baby
swimming lessons as well, in the warm indoor
pool at the spa.
Book online letsgo2.com or call 0208 329 2678
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fundraising event alongside The
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With swing music, The Gin
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a great excuse to support a great
Mon 18 Feb – Sun 24 Mar
Various locations in Godalming
A festival which includes more
than just music in its syllabus
with classes on dance, musical
theatre and speech & drama as
well as musical subjects including
strings, piano, solo singing and
Fri 22 – Sun 24 Feb
Farnham Maltings, Bridge
Square, Farnham, Surrey
Unravel … a festival
of knitting, 2019
With 70 quality exhibitors,
hailing from across the UK and
Europe, an exciting selection of
expert-led workshops and talks
on a range of disciplines, and the
relaxed atmosphere of Farnham
Maltings, this much loved yarn
event is the largest of its kind in
South East England.
Food & Drink
Sat 9 & Sat 23 Feb
Albury Organic Vineyard,
Silent Pool, Shere Road, Albury
English Wine & Cheese
Visit Albury Vineyard to taste
three of the estate’s awardwinning
sparkling wines and
one ‘guest’ English wine in the
vineyard barn. Then decide
which is your favourite and
enjoy a glass accompanied by a
selection of English cheeses.
Sat 16 Feb 7pm
Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road,
Haslemere GU27 2AS
The Whiskey Affair
This twist on the classic beer
festival has bars dedicated to
Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon, and
Whiskey Cocktails, so grab your
tokens and get tasting! Expect
guest speakers, tasting sessions,
samples, music, and an app
on which you can rate all your
Tue 12 Feb 10am-4.30pm
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley
Lane, Woking GU23 6QB
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
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
Seminars & Talks
Thu 7 Feb 6.30-8pm
Broadview Gardens &
Garden Centre, Hadlow
College, Tonbridge Road,
Hadlow TN11 0AL
An Evening with
Graham Clarke and
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What’s On in February
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
01732 853211 /
Mon 4 – Sat 9 Feb
Guildford School of Acting, Stag
Hill Campus, Guildford
Jane Eyre and Little
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.
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
01483 440000 /
Thu 14 – Sat 16 Feb
G Live, G Live, London
Road, Guildford GU1 2AA
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
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 /
Thu 14 Feb 7-10pm
The Lightbox, Chobham Road,
Woking GU21 4AA
Valentine’s Food & Film
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
01483 737800 /
Fri 15 Feb
Strawberry Hill House, 268
Waldegrave Road, Twickenham
18th Century Passion &
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 /
Sat 16 Feb 7.30pm
Estate Ltd, London
Road, Dorking RH5 6AA
A sparkling canapé reception
followed by a three course meal,
dancing and live music by the
popular 15 piece band, Perfidia.
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey,
East Molesey KT8 9AU
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
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.
Tue 19 Feb 6-8pm
The Kemp Room, H.G.Wells
Conference & Events
Centre, Church Street East,
Woking GU21 6HJ
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.
Thu 21 Feb 10am-3pm
Priory Farm, Nutfield RH1 4EJ
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
Sat 23 Feb
Kent, TN15 0RP
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.
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Add Polesden's some colour love stories
Over the years Polesden Lacey has been
your the backdrop weekend to many romantic this
moments. It was
spot for the future King and Queen of
England in 1923. Join us this month to
Go celebrate crunching through all the fallen love leaves stories and discover that a forest
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Outdoor Activity Centre
Come and join us for
fun-filled activity days.
Why not have your
birthday party here too?
...and many more!
16th - 24th February 2019
HALF TERM FUN
Early Spring lambing starts
Daily birds of prey flying
demonstrations (Mon-Fri only)
Plenty of indoor play & activities
Acres of outdoor adventure
tractor rides, pig racing
& pony rides daily!
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restaurant bar & grill
Enjoy live music every
whilst enjoying award
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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
HOW TO ENTER: For your
chance to win two indulgent
pamper days at The Granary
Spa worth over £400 and £100
of spa products, just answer the
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
It’s calving time and while Jane is up in
the night with deliveries, she’s thinking
about the global picture
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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