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Contents

April 2019

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HOUSES WITH HISTORY

Maggie Alderson hunts

down homes with

interesting backstories

NOTEBOOK

April events to take note of

LIGHT & SPACE

Art director Clarkson’s

coastal retreat

GET THE LOOK

Recreate airy seaside chic

MAKE HISTORY

Go behind the scenes

at Battel Hall

GET THE LOOK

Invest in vintage style

à la Battel Hall

DESIGN THREAD

Kit Kemp shares the key to

magical interiors

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FRESH PRINTS

Our pick of Kit Kemp style

fabrics and wallpapers

TAKING SIDES

Stunning side tables

SIDE TO SIDE

What to top your

side tables with

SETTING THE SEAM

Kate Watts chooses bold suiting

MAKE IT LAST

Jo Fairley’s tips for

successful scent layering

FORWARD THINKING

The latest non-invasive

surgical news

A YEAR OF WELLNESS

Eminé Rushton takes a look

at the vital role hormones

play in our wellbeing

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NATURAL WISDOM

Wellbeing help and advice

GREEN & PLEASANT

Juliet Bidwell’s St George’s Day feast

SKILLS THRILLS

Hilary Wilce explains the

importance of skills for learning

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

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House

Month

of the

Houses with History

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

£POA

The Clock House

The dream: Not just a house, a

historical landmark. The Clock

House, Grade II* listed, was

designed by Decimus Burton in

the ecclesiastical Gothic revival

style, as part of his scheme for

the elegant seaside resort of St.

Leonards in 1830. Lovingly

restored by the current owners, it

was featured in all its magnificent

glory in the December 2018

issue of this magazine.

Where: Round the corner from

the groovy hub of Norman

Road and all the bars, cafés and

restaurants on the seafront.

Setting: On the elegant Maze Hill,

with the park on one side, five

minutes’ walk from the beach.

Beds: 5 Baths: 2

Special features: The whole

house is a special feature.

Pleasing details: The eponymous

clock on the outside, made by

George III’s clockmaker.

Outside: Mature trees in its own

garden with a summerhouse,

which opens onto the lovely

park of St Leonards Gardens,

with its ornamental lake.

Time to town: Fast trains from St

Leonards are 1.5 hours to Charing

Cross, but longer coming back.

Price: POA

Agent: Fine & Country, Cranbrook

01580 715000 fineandcountry.com

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Hill House

£1,595,000

The dream: An unusually spacious Grade

II* listed townhouse, in the heart of

Cranbrook. The front is beautifully tile

hung, with a splendidly porticoed front

door. Parts of the house date back to the

mid-15th century, when it was a cloth hall.

Where: On The Hill, in the lee of

the famous windmill, with all of

Cranbrook’s attractions on hand.

Setting: High pavement and street

to the front, gardens to the rear.

Beds: 7 Baths: 4

Special features: The drawing room is large

enough for a full-sized billiards table as well

as the usual sofa etc and there are three other

generous reception rooms and an eat-in kitchen.

Pleasing details: Glorious beams,

fireplaces and wide floorboards.

Outside: A lovely and extensive partially

walled mature garden, with a terrace.

Time to town: Ten mins to Staplehurst,

then just over an hour to Charing

Cross or Cannon Street.

Price: OIEO £1,595.000

Agent: Harpers & Hurlingham, Cranbrook

01580 715400 harpersandhurlingham.com

21A, The Pantiles

£685,000

The dream: What better way to embrace

town centre living, than in one of the loveliest

of town centres – The Pantiles in Tunbridge

Wells. This three-storey maisonette is bang

amongst it all, with internal proportions as

elegant as the urban landscape without.

Where: Bang in The Pantiles, within walking

distance of all Tunbridge Wells has to offer,

right by the chalybeate spring (water rich in

iron) which made the town a Regency spa.

Setting: The Georgian collonnade,

with all its lovely shops and places to

eat, plus the lovely row of trees.

Beds: 3 Baths: 1 (and another loo)

Special features: Lovely French

windows opening onto a cast-iron

balcony in the sitting room.

Pleasing details: A groovy

contemporary kitchen.

Outside: The Pantiles.

Time to town: An hour from

the station, just up the hill.

Price: £685,000

Agent: Hamptons, Tunbridge Wells

01892 310693 hamptons.co.uk

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ridiculously tasty food and seasonal supplements whilst I take

some time off on maternity leave. Thank you, Maggie!

I’m pleased to be back and I’m looking forward to all that

2019 holds for Wealden Times and its sister magazine, Surrey

Homes. Alongside our regular printed issues, there are a trio

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a whole host of fair favourites alongside plenty of new faces.

This month’s issue is packed with gorgeous interiors.

A trip to Leeds Castle’s Battel Hall reveals an extensive

renovation project for interior designer and stylist

Francesca Rowan Plowden and Antonia Deeson takes

a trip to Pett Level to meet art director Clare Clarkson

and find out more about her stunning seaside home.

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Top & above left: A fully panelled staircase leads to a half landing, where a stained glass panel sits in a window. Clare was told that it was

originally medieval and the architects had incorporated it into the 1930s scheme Above right: As you come upstairs Clare has used a wallpaper

by local designer Lindsay Alker, called Battle Great Wood. A further upstairs guest room is decorated in a wallpaper from Cole & Son.

It is Clare’s unique eye, both as an Art Director and as an

interior designer which one can only applaud. Where many

people couldn’t see how to make the house work for a large

extended family, Clare, literally, thought outside the box.

She looked at the house from the outside in, rather than

getting too tied in to what layout was already there. “We

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living areas to the kitchen. The whole place needed opening

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many stand out areas of the house. Dominated by the large

dining table (which one can tell has seen many a good dinner

party!) there are pots of plants and objets dotted all over. A

passion flower vine feeds through one of the windows. “It’s

quite spectacular in the summer, when the vine is in flower,”

says Clare, who has loved gardening since she was a child.

“I am a bit of a collector,” says Clare. “I get quite a few

things from my film and TV jobs and also from boot fairs.

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most interesting. I find amazing things around Hastings in

the shops in George Street and the High Street. McCully

and Crane in Rye is another favourite. I like weird things

that most people overlook, like taxidermy – I think it’s

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A cosy guest room has a relaxed botanical feel with bold print wallpaper and floral patchwork quilt

quite beautiful, but it’s not to everyone’s taste, I know.”

Clare takes me through to the kitchen where she is making

lunch. “The old kitchen was barely big enough to swing a

cat, this works so much better, don’t you think? I can stand

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all of which flood the room with light from every side. Yet

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Back in the entrance hall, a pair of glazed double doors

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on the diagonal, with no dead flat windows or walls, the living

room offers various different nooks and crannies to explore.

Painted in a soft eau de nil colour, with a generous wooden

floor, you find a small desk area hidden away, next to a pair

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by a contemporary corner sofa. Several armchairs, all from

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sofa invites you to sit in yet another area, next to which stands

an easel with a still life – it all just seems to work. You feel

the house can expand and contract seamlessly, never feeling

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be on your own. However from the steady flow of friends

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Clare also lives, I don’t think there is much ‘alone time.’

Over the garage, where there was once a balcony, Clare has

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and further skylights creating a light and airy space. “I wanted

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This page: The master bedroom is painted in a seaside-perfect

turquoise and accessorised with pink fabric blinds

we watch so many films down here, it’s not something I

would have ever put in myself, but now it’s here, I love it!”

The upstairs of the house is equally as stylish as the ground

floor. A fully panelled staircase leads to a half landing, where

a stained glass panel sits in a window. Clare was told that it

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Left: Hidden behind a pair of mirrored doors lies

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grandchildren’s bedroom kitsch paintings are hung in

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windows overlooking the Channel, I thought it would make

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dais and covered it in marble, so now you can sit back and

relax in the bath and see the sea.” The master bedroom which

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and the bright blue lamps are from a vintage shop in Hastings.

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This page: Over the garage Clare has created a guest suite. She

got the curtains that dictated the scheme of the room from a

job and found the rattan bedhead on eBay

you enter what she calls the “grandchildren’s bedroom.” It

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kitsch paintings are hung in groups on the walls, retro toys

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the same patchwork fabric hangs at the windows. A further

upstairs guest room is decorated in a wallpaper from Cole

& Son, that again nods to the Arts and Crafts vernacular

of the house. In each room Clare has cleverly combined

different styles and eras all put together with ease. “I was

very lucky, an artist who once lived under my husband’s

mother’s house died, and they were giving away his stuff as

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really eclectic pieces, much of which you see in the house

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As with everything in this most magical of houses it

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It is a house that is cherished, yet not over precious. It

is a house that is homely yet without lacking elegance

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Make history

Part of the Leeds Castle estate, Battel Hall has been given a makeover

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Anyone with a penchant for the roaring Twenties is in

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Visitors to the Castle – and Battel Hall – in Lady Baillie’s

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Snr, Barbara Hutton, Ian Fleming, James Stewart, Gertrude

Lawrence and Edward VIII (who was still Prince of Wales

at the time) and Mrs Simpson. Glittering company.

It was with this in mind that Francesca approached

the ambitious restoration and refurbishment of the 14th

century hall house. “I wanted to create a sense of luxury

but also a home away from home,” says Francesca. “I didn’t

want it to be sterile and intimidating, like some hotels.”

Francesca has done this by using rich colours and

patterns, woollen throws, velvet cushions and sheepskins:

“I’m a fan of big puddles on curtains too,” she says.

By this she means an abundance of fabric, which pools

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in such a historic building. Working fires in the downstairs

rooms also work on both a practical and aesthetic level.

It’s a far cry from the tired and dated building that

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Above: The kitchen is painted in Cactus by Neptune

Left: Carved stone arrow-slit windows reveal Battel Hall’s

centuries of history

Francesca first visited: “The last major redecoration was

carried out in the 1950s, with later updates in the 1980s,”

says Francesca and it’s safe to assume that, decoratively

speaking, there was not a lot to go on. Fortunately, much

of the property’s original architectural details remain,

including arrow-slit windows, intricately carved stone

corbels, and a rare decorative laver basin just inside the

front door. As blank canvases go, it’s pretty special.

The magic of Battel Hall hits you as soon as you walk into

its magnificent light-filled hallway. Abundant flowers top

a sturdy sideboard, while a Persian rug adds homeliness to

the rich red quarry tiles on the floor. Handsome portraits

and a vintage telephone all add to the sense that you have

walked into a real, if suspiciously tasteful, family home.

Standing at the foot of the stairs, the first room

that catches your eye is the book-lined drawing room.

“I wanted this to have a gentleman’s club kind of

feel,” says Francesca, “rather than the feminine Lady

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She has achieved this with strong colours and minimal

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Decorating this room proved a particular challenge

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Above: The first floor landing, with a window seat on the left. The

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Previous page: The Wisteria room with wallpaper by Lewis &

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If the window seats are all taken, the upstairs landing

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Francesca Rowan Plowden took the design of the

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Previous: The Larkspur bedroom. The headboard is

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Left: Francesca found the painting at Ardingly

given each bedroom suite its own personality and style.

Wisteria, Myrtle, Hellebore, Peony and Larkspur, as

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Top: Arched stone windows and puddled curtains in the Hellebore

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This page: The curtains in the Myrtle bedroom

are Zarafshan by Lewis & Wood Left: The

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in the Art Deco style,” says Francesca.

Each of the bathrooms and shower rooms at

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as classic fittings, mirrors and lots of shining

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out across the cricket pitch to the castle. The colour scheme

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Perfume’s heavenly waft can be all too fleeting -

Josephine Fairley advises how to make it linger longer

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de Citron Noir

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for 200ml

I’m often asked, in my role as co-founder of The Perfume

Society, ‘What’s the best way to make fragrance last on

my skin?’ And the answer, quite simply, is to layer on

matching body products. On well-moisturised skin, you’ll find

your fragrance is time-released through the day – which is why

fragrance experts often talk about the importance of ‘layering’.

And the good news is, layering is massively back in fashion.

Just a few years back, perfume companies all seemed to be

radically discontinuing their perfume-matching body products,

but lately, there’s been a complete reversal of that trend and some

truly exquisite bath and body products are now being launched.

For the most opulent effect, start with a bath treat (oils

are brilliant because they veil skin in light oils as you emerge

from the scented waters), then apply a body oil and butter,

then layer fragrance over the top. This also massively ups

your own pleasure quotient, because you get to wallow

in your chosen fragrance throughout the process.

So this month, as our body skin reaches peak dryness after

months living in centrally heated environments, just as we start

to think about removing layers of clothing, seems the perfect

time to share some of my favourite discoveries.

Heathcote & Ivory Neroli & Lime Leaves, from £5-10. Let

me begin with this total steal, my favourite Heathcote &

Ivory launch to date, a zingily zesty, fresh Cologne-style

scent that is a wonderful wake-up call for the senses.

Within the collection there are some really fun Bathing

Flowers (£10) that look like paper roses, dissolving

in the bath to scent it (and you) with notes of neroli,

lime leaves, white flowers and subtle musks.

Follow, perhaps, with luscious Softening Body Cream and

finish with a zhoosh of the Eau de Toilette. And if you don’t

feel spring-like after this, I really can’t help you.

Frédéric Malle Body Butter, £115-150 for 200ml (price depends

on fragrance). I softened you up (literally) with that superaffordable

option, above, before ricocheting straight to the

other, ultra-luxe end of the price spectrum. But this is one of

those instances where you really do get what you pay for…

It’s fair to say that sometimes,

fragrance-matching bodycare

has been disappointing, far

from a true representation of

the fragrance we know and love,

but in their sleek black pots,

Frédéric Malle’s smell exactly like

the original perfume creations.

This holds true whether you

choose perfumer Dominique

Ropion’s tuberose-heavy Carnal

Flower, or his modern classic Portrait

of a Lady, Edward Flechier’s almost


E. Coudray Iris

Rose Perfumed

Body Cream,

£38 for 250ml

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photorealistic Une Rose, or Musc Ravageur, created by the nose

Maurice Roucel, a scent so outrageously sexy that my otherwise

liberal husband won’t allow me out of the house wearing it.

These are all utterly luscious, truly buttery confections,

seriously skin-nourishing – and a little goes an astonishingly

long way; indeed, you can wear these body butters instead of,

rather than as well as, the accompanying fragrance – and at this

price, probably just as well. (There are also Body Milks, Body

Washes, Body & Hair Oil – pretty much any type of luxury

your heart desires, within the range, although not everything is

available in every scent.)

Chanel No.5 The Body Cream, £65 for 150g. While everyone

else was dropping their bodycare, Chanel have continued to

offer a wide range of treats from top to toe. Available in several

fragrances (check out the chanel.com website for the full rundown),

the body creams are voluptuously rich, in beautifully

hefty, Chanel-emblazoned jars. Lighter textures are also

available and I’ve a particular soft spot for Chanel soaps, which

is another great starting point for layering.

Jo Malone

London Orange

Blossom Body

Crème, £54

for 175ml

Hermès Eau de Citron Noir

Moisturising Balm, £45 for 200ml.

Best keep this citrusy treasure

under lock and key, because

Hermès’s minimally-packaged,

complexion-soothing treat (which

can be used on hands, face and

body) also does double duty as an

aftershave balm.

Jo Malone London Orange

Blossom Body Crème, £54 for

175ml. Jo Malone London fragrances

are designed to be layered – but not in the traditional way.

Instead the brand encourages applying combinations of

fragrances to create something that’s different again.

This particular hefty glass jar of sweet-scented, white floral

heavenliness has pride of place on my bedside and I slather

my limbs with its moisturising formula night after night – but

you could follow their Fragrance Combining suggestions and

layer it with, perhaps, the classic Lime Basil & Mandarin,

or, for something more exotic, Dark Amber & Ginger Lily.

Jo Malone London offers a superb line-up of layerables, from

hair fragrances to bath oils and even shampoo.

Goutal Paris Italian Hand Balm, £26 for 40ml. Now

that the late founder of the perfume house’s daughter

Camille is at the helm, this most quintessentially French

brand has had a name-change to Goutal Paris.

Although there isn’t a huge range of bodycare on offer

in the UK (do check out what’s on offer in the lovely

store at 14 rue Castiglione, just off the rue de Rivoli

next time you are in Paris), I do want to point you in

the direction of the gorgeous new hand creams.

The ‘Italian’ fragrance (there is also Garden and Oriental)

is wonderful smoothed onto wrists before spritzing Eau

d’Hadrien, one of the all-time stars in the pantheon of

Cologne classics.

Floral Street Neon

Rose Body Cream,

£22 for 200ml. Great

name, great fragrances:

inspired by Covent

Garden’s flower market (the original, not the sprawling

modern location in Battersea), Floral Street offer a portfolio

of appealingly affordable scents, some of which now can be

enjoyed as Body Wash (£18 for 200ml) and Body Cream.

There are four ‘neo-florals’ (as in, not your granny’s

floral scents…), in the bodycare collection and I

particularly like this gorgeous fusion of jasmine, apple

blossom, bergamot, angelica and peach nectar.

I promise you’ll almost hear your skin slurping up the blend

of shea butter, sweet almond and argan, as you smooth it in.

I recommend some playtime at the brand’s store on Covent

Garden’s King Street.

E. Coudray Iris Rose Perfumed Body Cream, £38 for 250ml

(escentual.com). This vintage French fragrance house

is pure boudoir chic. It’s almost a crime to apply this

cream unless you’re wearing a silk peignoir, while sipping

a glass of something sparkling. It’s super-nourishing

(hazelnut, sweet almond and jojoba oils feature in the

blend), and the scent is pure ‘Mummy’s handbag.’

There is also a Body Oil (£55 for 100ml) in this

fragrance and a gorgeously bottled Eau de Toilette

to spritz as your final, feminine scent gesture.

And if your favourite fragrance doesn’t have accompanying

body care? I’m an advocate for some experimentation. You

can mix-and-match perfumes and bodycare, though it helps

to stay within the same fragrance family – florals with florals,

Orientals with Orientals, etc. – to avoid scent clash.

Not confident enough to do that? Then reach for an

unscented body cream or butter as the ‘base’ on which to layer

a favourite fragrance. Try Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter,

£26 for 200ml (like everything they make, it’s fragrance-free)

– or if you’re on a budget, I don’t really think you can beat

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion, £7.69 for 300ml, a nongreasy

formula featuring

skin-soothing oatmeal. Then

lavishly scent yourself over it

with your perfume of the day.

And may you waft

gorgeously (and longlastingly),

from here on in.

Jo Fairley is co-founder of The

Perfume Society which offers

perfume Discovery Boxes and

online VIP membership, with

special events, competitions

and discounts from leading

perfume websites, plus six

downloadable issues a year of

award-winning magazine,

The Scented Letter.

perfumesociety.org

Floral Street Neon

Rose Body Cream,

£22 for 200ml

Chanel No.5

The Body

Cream, £65

for 150g

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Med-Jet for Mesotherapy

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Godalming’s Health & Aesthetics has the new

Med-Jet device which can deliver Mesotherapy

without the need for traditional injections.

Med-Jet uses a microscopic jet of pressurised CO2, seven

times finer than the absolute finest needle, to deliver

the treatment with precision accuracy, offering a real,

effective alternative to needles. The jet pierces the skin

and the dose is dispersed into the desired layer of tissue,

but because no needle is used, there is less trauma to

the skin, and less stress and pain for the patient.

Med-Jet can also be used to deliver Botox to areas

which are simply too sensitive for needles to be used

comfortably. Health & Aesthetics are using Med-

Jet to deliver Botox to the hands and feet, where it’s

used to prevent excess sweating – and where even

microscopic needles can cause excessive discomfort.

Another key benefit is that the delivery of the

treatment using Med-Jet allows for easier dispersion of

the chosen product, rather than ‘pooling’ around the

needle. This can lead to better results for the patient.

Dr Rekha Tailor, Health & Aesthetics’ Medical

Director, said: “The Med-Jet device represents a real

advance in treatments which could previously only be

administered by needles. Even though the needles we use

are microscopic, many people still have a fear of them and

when used for treatments such as Meso therapy can cause

severe discomfort. This can be strong enough to prevent

them from seeking out treatments which could make a

real difference to how they feel about themselves.”

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Intimate Feminine

Wellness at Bella Vou

As a result of childbirth, and the natural

aging process, experiencing looseness,

dryness, and other symptoms in your

vaginal area is common, the side effects of

which can be diminished physical sensation

during intercourse and urinary incontinence.

Stress incontinence (releasing small amounts

of urine upon coughing, sneezing, laughing

or exercising) and urge incontinence (strong

need to urinate, but can’t get to the toilet in

time), or needing to go to the bathroom many

times during the night are more common

among women, especially postpartum,

menopausal or postmenopausal women.

While many women feel self-conscious

about their condition and hesitate to seek

advice or treatment, Bella Vou offer a safe,

non-surgical treatment with CO2RE Intima

at their Tunbridge Wells Pantiles Clinic. The

CO2RE laser system is designed to provide a

comfortable treatment experience. Similar to

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is inserted inside the vagina. The gentle laser

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tissues, resulting in coagulation and stimulation

of collagen. These changes begin immediately

after treatment but may take the prescribed

number of sessions for optimal results.

Utilising the advanced laser system, the

CO2RE Intima is a 10 minute procedure which

is carried out at 4 week intervals over a three

month period. This course of 3 treatments can

help to alleviate multiple symptoms including:

dryness, itching, burning, painful intercourse,

leaky bladder, fallen bladder/prolapse, loose

vaginal appearance and loss of sensation during

intercourse. These symptoms can occur in

different combinations and varying severities.

This latest technology in non-surgical

vaginal rejuvenation features multiple benefits

for patients, including no downtime, no

anesthesia and no invasive procedure with

15-minute sessions that are convenient to

schedule and immediate results for patients.

As the CO2RE Intima system does not

require any downtime or healing, most

women are able to return to normal activities,

including full enjoyment of intimacy a week

after treatment. Bella Vou’s team will create a

customised treatment plan for patients based

on each particular condition and continue

treatment until full results are achieved.

What the patients say

Lauren M, 42, Kent - I have suffered stress incontinence since

having my children and thought there was nothing that could

be done without surgery. I was wrong! The treatment is painless

and quick and I was made to feel relaxed from the initial

consultation right through the procedures. The treatment is effective

with immediate results that still keep improving weeks later.

Naomi, 36, Kent – Super shocked after the first treatment!

This treatment has changed my life, it was easier than

having a smear. It’s given me more confidence in all

areas of my life, going exercising is no longer a worry

and my partner and I are enjoying the benefits too.

Sandrine, 48, Kent – As a mother of five and a Pilates instructor

whose main focus has always been on strengthening pelvic floor,

I had still experienced issues with dryness and pain probably

due to perimenopause. Since having the treatment these have

been resolved; not only am I tighter in that area but I’ve also

noticed that I can run for longer distances without needing

to go to the toilet. My sex life is great, better than before. Age

or having children shouldn’t stop you from enjoying life.

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A Year of Wellness

Hormones control everything from how much sleep we get to

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to create healthy equilibrium

April: Finding your balance

Without diving too deep into

the biochemistry behind

our body’s mechanisms, it’s

safe to say that, for most women, rarely

a month passes without us feeling the

impact of our hormones.

I have friends who suffer extreme PMT,

others who struggle to regulate serotonin

levels and feel continually foggy and sad

and yet others with disturbed sleep. Then,

later in life, there are all the challenges

that comes with the menopause. From

our skin to our sleep, our moods to our

energy levels, hormones rule.

Naturally, when we are living good,

healthy, calm lives, our endocrine system

is able to produce all the hormones we

need, in the right quantities. But in

today’s fast-paced world, where we work

longer hours, sleep less, switch off rarely

and eat less natural, unprocessed food,

our endocrine systems are unable to do

the crucial work that they need to do.

To balance hormones, the simplest

changes have the biggest impact. A

balanced diet with plenty of healthy fats,

oils, protein and complex carbohydrates,

is key. Studies have also shown

that consuming healthy fat at every

meal triggers the release of the ‘satiety

hormones’ that help you feel full and

satisfied (rather than empty and still

craving sugar) – think avocado, olive oil,

nuts, seeds and oily fish.

High stress levels are perhaps the

biggest impactor upon our health.

Cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’, has a

big knock-on effect on oestrogen and

progesterone production. You need a

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when you are extremely stressed (so

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sacrifices its progesterone production.

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symptoms – PMS, bloating, breast

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Early lights out,

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tops of our lists. I’ve also found books

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Take Control of Your Endometriosis,

Christiane Northrup’s Women’s Bodies

Women’s Wisdom, and Lucy H Pearce’s

Moon Time – extremely helpful in

deepening my understanding of our

bodies, cycles and needs.

“ In today’s fast-paced world, where we work longer hours, switch

off rarely and eat less natural and unprocessed food, our endocrine

systems are unable to do the crucial work that they need to do.”

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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Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

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Green & pleasant

With St George’s Day on the 23rd of this month, Juliet Bidwell has created

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with a modern twist – what could be lovelier?

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Holly Levett Food: Juliet Bidwell

Halibut with wild garlic mayonnaise

Serves 8 Prep time: 25 minutes. Cooking time: 15 minutes.

In Tudor times, by law, fish had to be eaten instead of meat

on certain days for religious reasons. Wild garlic is native to

Europe and grows wild in English woodland, making it an

excellent forage food. It is also known as ramsons, from the

Saxon word hramsa. It has been used in English cuisine for a

thousand years.

• 1.4kg halibut, cut into

portions

• 160g breadcrumbs

• 2 lemons, zested

• 2 tsp rosemary,

finely chopped

• 2 tbsp chives,

finely chopped

• 2 tbsp parsley,

finely chopped

• 4 tbsp olive oil

• salt & pepper to taste

Wild garlic mayonnaise

• 200g wild garlic, washed

• 2 tbsp mayonnaise

• 2 tbsp crème fraîche

• ½ lemon, juiced

• salt & pepper to taste

1Preheat oven 190˚C.

Combine the

breadcrumbs with the lemon

zest, rosemary, chives and

parsley. Add the olive oil and

season with salt and pepper,

stir till the breadcrumbs

are evenly coated in oil,

and taste for seasoning.

2Place the halibut portions

skin side down on a

baking tray lined with

parchment paper. Pat the

breadcrumbs evenly onto

the halibut and bake in a

hot oven for 7-10 minutes

till just firm to the touch.

Remove from the oven and

leave to rest for 5 minutes

before serving with the

wild garlic mayonnaise.

For the garlic mayonnaise

3Blanch the wild garlic

in boiling salted water

until wilted, drain and

when cool, squeeze to

remove the excess water.

4Put the wild garlic

and mayonnaise into

a food processor and blitz

until smooth. Remove to a

bowl and stir in the crème

fraîche and add lemon juice,

salt and pepper to taste.

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Food

Pigeon breasts with orange,

watercress & walnut salad

Serves 8 Prep time: 25 minutes. Cooking time: 26 minutes.

Pigeon have been eaten in England for centuries.

Dovecotes were popular on estates as a living pantry and

a source of meat for unexpected guests. Watercress has

been used for medicinal purposes for centuries to treat

blood disorders and as a remedy for scurvy from as early

as 1636. Oranges arrived in England in 1289 and from

the 17th century they were cultivated in England.

• 8 pigeon breasts

• 1tbsp olive oil

• 200g watercress, washed

• 4 oranges

• 100g walnut halves, toasted

• salt & pepper

Orange & redcurrant dressing

• 200ml orange juice

• 2tbsp redcurrant jelly

• 3tbsp balsamic vinegar

• 150ml walnut oil

• 2tsp Dijon mustard

• salt & pepper to taste

1For the salad, prepare

the oranges by using

a serrated knife. Carefully

remove the peel and the

outer white pith, and

cut the segments out.

2Season the pigeon

breasts with salt &

pepper. Pan-fry the breasts

in olive oil over a high

heat, turning after a couple

of minutes, and when

cooked, leave to rest for 10

minutes before carving.

3To serve, assemble

the watercress and

orange, and place the

pigeon on the salad and

spoon over the dressing

and scatter the walnuts.

For the orange &

redcurrant dressing

4To make the dressing,

reduce the orange juice

in a saucepan to 100ml.

When reduced, add the

redcurrant jelly, stir till

melted then remove from

the heat. Add the balsamic

vinegar and leave to cool.

Whisk the walnut oil into

the mustard till combined.

Slowly whisk the orange

mixture into the oil. Season

with salt and pepper.


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Spring vegetable & goat’s cheese pie

Serves 8 Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time:1 hour 30 minutes.

Earliest references to pies, go back to the Middle Ages, when

they were a popular part of any banquet or feast. Vegetables

were a common food for the poorer people although 75-80%

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• 400g banana shallots,

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• 600g asparagus, cut

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• 120g baby leaf

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• 6tbsp olive oil

• 80g butter

• 4tbsp crème fraîche

• 1litre vegetable stock

• 200g soft goat cheese,

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• 4tsp tarragon,

finely chopped

• 8 sprigs of thyme

• 8 sprigs of rosemary

• 320g puff pastry,

ready rolled

• 1 egg, lightly whisked

• salt & pepper to taste

1Preheat oven 180˚C.

Sauté the leeks in half the

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Then add the stock, thyme

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Remove the turnips from the

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Keep the stock.

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cheese. Gently mix together

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the steam can escape and

brush the pastry with egg.

4Place the dishes on a

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Lemon & lime posset with rhubarb & ginger

Serves 8 Prep time: 36 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes.

Rhubarb arrived in Europe from Asia in the 14th century.

Originally it was used for medicinal purposes, but started to be

used in cookery when sugar became more abundant and cheaper

in the 18th century. Ginger was imported, from much earlier,

also for medicinal purposes. A posset was originally a hot drink

made of milk curdled with spiced wine, often used as a remedy

for colds. In the 16th century the drink evolved into a cream,

sugar and citrus-based confection, similar to syllabub.

ramekins. Allow to cool, and

then place in the fridge.

For the compote

2Place the sugar and

water in a saucepan on a

low heat to melt the sugar.

Once the sugar is completely

dissolved, increase the heat

and bring to the boil, and

boil for five minutes.

3Place the rhubarb and

stem ginger in an ovenproof

dish, pour on the sugar

syrup and cook in the oven

for 15 minutes at 170˚C or

until the rhubarb is tender.

Cool before serving.

• 800ml double cream

• 200g caster sugar

• 2 limes, zest & juice

• 1 lemon, zest & juice

Rhubarb & ginger compote

• 400g rhubarb, washed &

cut into 5cm batons

• 8 stem ginger pieces, finely

sliced

• 400g caster sugar

• 400ml water

1Put the cream and sugar

in a saucepan and bring

to the boil slowly. Boil for

three minutes and remove

from the heat. Whisk in the

lemon and lime juice and

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than you can chew’ is the other.

By the beginning of every June,

when I’m up to my neck and nearly

choking, I realise that I should have

paid attention. There is sense in not

overreaching, in pacing yourself and

generally living within your means,

but the problem is that I can never

find much joy in that approach.

To me, a garden, especially a

productive one, should be gloriously

immersive. If your outdoor space

(or even your window box) is a

gorgeous place, brimming over with

beauty and promise, you’ll feel that

quiet surge of joy that will make

the (sometimes overwhelming) hard

work and effort worthwhile.

Veg patch or flower border?

A cottage garden traditionally

combined vegetables, herbs and

flowers. Somewhere along the lines

they were separated and the vegetables

were consigned to the boring back

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Where vegetables are still in evidence,

they are often a bit lacklustre, sitting

in dutiful rows, catching the sun,

but not many admiring glances.

Don’t get me wrong, I do find

a well-organised vegetable plot to

be a thing of beauty in itself and

appreciate that growing in rows makes

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One of the ways to do this is to grow

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flowers are edible too and will have a

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and will act as a lure, not just for the

insects but for you and your visitor,

making you want to visit the plot.

Vegetables to grow in the flower borders

Ideally you want crops that have a

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Grown this way veg are less prone

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be more productive and benefit the

wider environment. It is the unnatural

monocultures (picture the dust bowl

prairies, or endless acres of just one crop)

that are unhealthy and prone to huge

plagues of pests and widespread disease,

that become reliant on ever-increasing

amounts of chemical fertilisers and

ecologically disastrous pesticides.

No time or space?

There are lots of ways of having an

edible garden and you don’t have to

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might be enough this year, but while

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One cucumber plant will keep you

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salad leaves pop up and are ready to

harvest in just a few short weeks.

The plant breeders and garden

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many vegetables and these will happily

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Some, like stubby Chantenay carrots

are actually better off in containers,

where they will grow straight and true,

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Herbs

Herbs are such good value plants. Pretty

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Clockwise from top left: Use netting to protect crops from pests like the Cabbage

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flower crop or to entice pollinators to your patch; Dahlias appreciate the same rich

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Above: Nasturtiums - pretty edible

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Let’s pacify our inner Jiminy and

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There is still plenty of time to grow a plot full of beautiful vegetables

this year. Here are some of my favourites, chosen for flavour and ease

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Artichoke ‘Violetta di Chioggia’

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artichokes can happily be grown at

the back of the flower border. This

one has stunning purple buds.

Courgette ‘Parador’ – will give you

a sunshine yellow crop to harvest

all summer long. Keep picking

them, in fact don’t even turn your

back for a moment, or you will end

up with a yellow submarine…

Cauliflower ‘Romanesco’ –

technically this is a broccoli, but let’s

not split curds. Despite the impressive

looks it’s much easier to grow than

cauliflower and tastes good too,

elegantly spiralling from plot to plate.

Borlotti bean – climbing or

dwarf – these truly magic beans

can be eaten young as whole

pods, or left to mature on the

plant to harvest as actual beans.

Turk’s Turban – this squash will squat

handsomely amid sprawling tendrils;

leave to ripen like a gleaming jewel in

the early autumn garden. Pumpkins

and squash also store really well,

making them a great late season crop.

Lettuce ‘Lollo Rosso’ – this is

a loose leaved variety with frilly

dark red leaves. Loose leaved

lettuces are slower to bolt (go to

seed) than hearting types. Mix

them in with a green loose leaf

type for a colourful salad bowl.

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I didn’t discover whether the students knew the answer

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Anyway, yes, fern fever or pteridomania was rife in

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Ferns are an ancient family of plants. Work done on

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a trice? Wouldn’t it be better to spend more time teaching

them how to do research on the internet, what sources

they can trust and how to spot fakery and bias?

The so-called ‘skills-led curriculum’ does exactly that,

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to work collaboratively to learn it and to reflect afterwards on what

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is not considered nearly as important as how they learn it. Because,

so the thinking goes, if they have learned how to learn about one

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pendulum, having gone quite far one way, is swinging back

towards more teacher-led lessons with lots of factual content.

Of course, the elusive sweet spot will always be somewhere

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fed these things in order to regurgitate them in exams.

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Spring at Smallhythe Place

Explore a new exhibition in the house

celebrating the Museum’s 90th

anniversary or stroll through the colourful

spring gardens. Catch a family show in

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Art

Sundays 7 Apr – 13 Oct

Farleys House & Gallery

Muddles Green, Chiddingly,

Lewes, Sussex BN8 6HW

Lee miller in colour

The Lee Miller Archives presents

a brand new exhibition celebrating

colour photography rarely seen

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surrealist imagery and fearless war

reportage. However, now for the

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Easter

What’s On in April

Sat 6 – Mon 22 Apr

Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling,

Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU

Spring into easter

Meet the cute baby lambs, goat

kids, and piglets which are often

born around springtime, have a

go at bottle feeding the lambs

and kids, hop on a fun farm

ride, get creative and decorate

the perfect Easter gift in the

Paint-a-Pot studio and enjoy

Easter Shows in the Big Top, a

bouncy castle and cuddle corner.

kentlife.org.uk

Sun 14 – Wed 17 &

Sun 21-Wed 24 Apr

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD

Easter bunny hunt

Grab a £2 clue sheet to find

all the Easter bunnies hidden

around the historical castle’s 35

acres of informal grounds.

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Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr

Various locations

Cadbury Easter

Egg Hunt with

National trust

The Easter bunny has been

up to mischief hiding clues

throughout National Trust

locations across the Weald. Crack

the clues for some Easter fun and

delicious prizes at sites including

Ightham Mote, Sissinghurst

Castle Garden, Scotney Castle,

Knole, Smallhythe Place,

Bodiam Castle and Batemans.

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Sun 6 – Mon 22 Apr

Port Lympne, Aldington Road,

Lympne, Hythe CT21 4LR

Wild Easter Adventures

Book online up to midnight the

day before your Easter visit to Port

Lympne to save 20% on a family

day out with Kent’s only giraffes,

hundreds of free roaming animals,

and some life size time-travelling

dinosaurs. Plus on Good Friday

there will be a delicious BBQ on

offer at the Port Lympne Hotel’s

Iceburg Terrace and an Easter

Sunday lunch or dinner at just

£25 per person for two courses

and £30 for three courses.

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Wed 24 Apr

Hush Heath Wine Estate,

Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst,

Tonbridge, Kent TN12 0HT

Flowers, Fizz & Fun

Join the Gardening for Disabled

Trust at Hush Heath for a

fabulous Plant Fair and open

garden. Meet plant and garden

specialists, enjoy some free tastings

of Hush Heath’s award-winning

pink fizz, and explore the restored

and landscaped private garden of

Mr & Mrs Balfour-Lynn.

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Sun 28 Apr

Five Acre Wood School,

Boughton Lane, Maidstone,

Kent ME15 9QF

Sainsbury’s Stores

sponsored cycle

Take to the roads for a sponsored

bike ride of 25 or 50 miles in

support of Heart of Kent Hospice.

Sainsbury’s will generously provide

refreshments along the route

which will start at Sainsbury’s

on Loose Road in Maidstone.

Entry: £15 per cyclist

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Kent & East Sussex Railway,

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range of civilisations throughout

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educational and informative.

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Sat 13 Apr

Leeds Castle, Maidstone,

Kent ME17 1PL

Adventure Golf & New

Playground Official

Opening with Ben Cajee

Children’s TV presenter Ben Cajee

from CBeebies will open the

Knights’ Stronghold Playground

and a brand new adventure golf

course at Leeds Castle, as part of

the 900th anniversary celebrations.

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Fri 19 Apr

Betteshanger Sustainable Parks

Almond House, Betteshanger

Road, Deal, Kent CT14 0EN

Family Forest Skills Day

Make Easter crafts, light a

campfire, toast marshmallows,

spend time building woodland

dens, hunt for bugs and ultimately

bring the family together at a

special forest skills day with

Really Wild Wooders.

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siblings £8, adult £5

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Sun 21 – Mon 22 Apr

The Historic Dockyard

Chattham, Main Gate Road,

Chatham, Kent ME4 4UY

Festival of Steam

& Transport

Steam trains, a free funfair, food

stalls, steam punks and live music

– there is much fun to be had

at this family friendly festival.

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Sat 13 April 7.30pm

St. Dunstan’s Church,

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HA

Cranbrook

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MOZART, HAYDN, HUMMEL

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the world of classical music

sung by Cranbrook’s fine

choir and accompanied by

the Cranbrook Sinfonia.

Entry: £15 (£7.50 students)

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Fri 19 – Sat 21 Apr &

Fri 17 – Sun 19 May

Green Farm, Duck Lane

Shadoxhurst, Kent TN26 1LT

Singing with

Nightingales

A night time walk and concert

by wild nightingales. Each event

will feature a campfire gathering

in the delightful setting of

Fairyland, featuring songs and

folk music from Sam Lee and

his guests, story-telling, wildlife

lore and a home cooked feast,

followed by a silent walk to a

location favoured by birds.

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Spring

Mon 8 – Fri 12 Apr

Godinton House & Gardens,

Godinton Lane, Ashford,

Kent TN23 3BP

Spring week

Set within the fabulous 13 acres

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of stunning gardens surrounding

the historic house of Godinton,

this week of family fun will have a

traditional treasure hunt, children’s

crafts, garden games and ecoart

and outdoor fun with Lorna

Wyrill from Onodrim Woods and

Debbie Reynolds from the Kentish

Stour Countryside Partnership.

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Wed 10 – Fri 12, Wed 17 – Thu

18 & Wed 24 – Fri 26 April

Brogdale Collections

Hanami Picnics

Celebrate the traditional Japanese

festival of the cherry blossom,

with over 4,000 fruit tree varieties

and all sorts of Japanese themed

delights. Explore the Japanese

culture exhibition, sample Japanese

food, have a go at origami and

calligraphy and try on a kimono.

Entry: Adult £11.50, child £2.50

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Wed 24 – 30 Apr

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Tulip Celebrations

The third Tulip Celebrations

event as part of the Tulip Festival

at Hever Castle & Gardens will

feature 21,000 tulips in bloom

in the stunning grounds of the

childhood home of Anne Boleyn.

Enjoy a self-guided tulip trail

throughout the grounds or if you

would like a more immersive tour

of the tulips, there will be free

tours with Hever Castle’s Head

Gardener at 11:30am each day.

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Wellbeing

Sat 13 Apr 10am-12.30pm

Charing Surgery, Charing,

Surgery Close, 1, Charing,

Ashford, Kent TN27 0AW

NLP & Health

Understand more about the

mind body connection and how

your thoughts and emotions

can affect your health and

wellbeing. Valuable insights

and NLP demonstration.

Entry: £45

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Sun 14 Apr 1pm-4.30pm

Clewards, Market Place,

Charing, Kent TN27 0LR

Introduction to

Creative Journaling

NLP Master Practitioner and Life

Coach, Yvonne Fernando helps

you to learn creative journaling

and creative visualisation

techniques (no artistic skills

required). Perfect to explore

feelings, understand yourself

better and make positive change.

Includes snack/relaxation session.

Entry: £85

01233 878474 /

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Workshops

Tuesday 30 April 10.30-4pm

Godinton House, Godinton

Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP

CERAMIC SCULPTURE

WORKSHOP FOR

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Fun, friendly and deeply

informative sculpture workshop

for all at beautiful Godinton

House. Subject:- Green Man/

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Fri 3 May 7.30pm

One Night of Adele

Sat 4 May 7.30pm

Dear Zoo

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