Wealden Times | WT209 | July 2019 | Summer supplement inside

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Contents

July 2019

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SPLASH OUT

Maggie Alderson finds

homes for water lovers

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112

SCENTS OF SUMMER

The latest perfumes to love

from Josephine Fairley

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TIME FOR A CHANGE

Considering downsizing? Here’s

what you need to think about...

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NOTEBOOK

A collection of the best

events coming up soon

FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION

The St. Leonards Bath House

transformed with neon, a bowling

alley and industrial style

GET THE LOOK

Pieces to help imitate the

Bath House’s look

A FINE VINTAGE

A tour of Squerryes, a magnificent

17th Century estate

GET THE LOOK

Our guide to adding some

Squerryes style to your home

FAIR STYLE

Kate Watts’ street style finds from

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair

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WILD AT HEART

Wild Nutrition’s Henrietta

Norton shares summer health

and beauty tips

SUMMER FITNESS

FUN WITH OR

WITHOUT KIDS!

Sarah Maxwell’s tips to make

exercise fun and manageable

BAKED TO PERFECTION

Mouthwatering

sourdough recipes

WATER RETENTION

IN POTS

Tips for potted plants

from Sue Whigham

MAD ABOUT THE BEES

Jo Arnel tells us why she thinks

bees are the bees knees!

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SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER

Hilary Wilce spells out the

advantages if the lengthy summer

holiday ceased to exist

WHAT’S ON

All the best events this July

COMPETITION

Win a two-night stay, with breakfast,

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard explains the breeding

cycle of the Coopers Farm herd

SUMMER

SUPPLEMENT

28 pages of pools,

events, cocktails,

staycations and

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Heaverham FOR SALE £650,000

A charming semi-detached cottage, in a sought-after rural

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Halstead FOR SALE £450,000

A beautiful attached Grade II Listed cottage believed to date

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A fantastic 2 bedroom semi-detached home in a popular

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VILLAGE OF SHADOXHURST CLOSE TO ASHFORD

SHADOXHURST • KENT • TN26 1LD

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House

Month

of the

£POA

Splash Out

Maggie Alderson picks beautiful homes with water features

The Cliff House

The dream: With its deep gables,

romantic verandah and varied

accommodation, this would be a

dream home in any setting, but sitting

atop the actual white cliffs of Dover,

with unrestricted views across the

Channel to France from practically

every window, the Cliff House is in

a league of its own. As if that weren’t

enough, it has its very own crenellated

lighthouse… Along with the main

house there is an annexe, plus two

further cottages (appealingly called

Dolphin’s Leap and Baby Dolphin), all

light, airy and freshly decorated, with

lovely wooden floors throughout.

Where: Just outside the pretty

coastal village of St Margaret’s

Bay, five miles from Dover.

Setting: Surrounded by National

Trust land on three sides – and

the sea on the other.

Beds: 5 in the main house (six more in

the various annexes) Baths: 5 (plus four)

Special features: The sitting room is

particularly appealing with a vaulted,

beamed roof and windows on three sides.

Pleasing details: The kitchen is

very cool with white tongue and

groove and marble worktops.

Outside: 11.5 acres of lawn, woodland

and paddocks, plus a pool.

Time to town: Just over an hour

to St Pancras from Dover.

Agent: Knight Frank

01892 772942 knightfrank.co.uk

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France Hill

£2,250,000

The dream: This 20th Century house

has cool charm and loads of space.

Floor to ceiling glazed walls in the

dining/family room make the most

of the amazing views south over the

Downs, with balconies along the front

providing the same from first floor.

Where: In the South Downs, ten minutes

from Alfriston, 11 miles from Lewes and

fifteen minutes to the coast at Seaford and

the lovely beach at Cuckmere Haven.

Setting: A spectacular hillside position

with views out over the Downs.

Beds: 6 Baths: 4

Special features: A two-bedroom

annexe to the rear would make a

perfect granny flat or holiday let.

Pleasing details: A claw-foot

bath in the master bedroom.

Outside: Wonderful gardens with a

pond, an established potager and a

stone ruin folly feature and a pool.

Time to town: About 1.5 hours from

Polegate, ten minutes drive away.

Agent: Savills Haywards Heath

01444 446000 savills.com

Buxford Mill

£1,400,000

The dream: A Grade II listed former

corner mill, dating from the 17th

Century, has been extended and added

to over the centuries creating a spacious

house of great character. Four square

from the front in lovely old red brick,

to the side and rear are the charm of

the original mill race and pond, with

wooden bridges across to the lawns.

Where: Great Chart, two miles from Ashford

Beds: 6 Baths: 5

Special features: The kitchen/breakfast

room opens into a vaulted orangery

currently used as a dining room.

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JAM on the Marsh

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on the sands at Dymchurch

(above), join the critically

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hear Canterbury Cathedral

Girls’ Choir joined by the

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College (Cambridge),

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Children are welcome

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Anno Distillers has teamed up

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create the first whisky ever to be

produced in Kent. This limitededition

Kentish single malt was

sealed into an oak cask in

2015 and stays true to its roots

in the Garden of England, as

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barley malt in the mash. It is

now available in collectors box

sets at annodistillers.co.uk

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financial management seminar

on Monday 8 July, at Giacomo’s

restaurant in Sevenoaks, including

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Sunday 28 July sees The

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Show and Retro Vintage

return to Bearsted Green.

Admission is only 50p or

free when you buy a £1

programme and this raises

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which celebrates its 30th

anniversary this year, and is

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For further information,

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9 July. This free, family day out is

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Cranbrook

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This month marks 20 years

since the Driver family first

started running Hartley Dyke

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they are changing their name

to ‘Cranbrook Farm Shop

and Nursery’. Stocking all the

best of locally sourced food,

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The Kent County Show’s 90th show celebrates

the best of the county’s farming, countryside,

and rural communities from Friday 5 to Sunday 7

July. The show is set to amaze with showjumping,

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bench, sourced on eBay Left: Lengths of reclaimed

wood, laid out in a parquet style, make a creative

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Above: A fairground coconut shy sign is mounted above the kitchen sink, and a painted metal spiral staircase leads up to an office space

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Top: The kitchen Above: Bespoke industrial steel

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became first a spiritualist church and then,

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This page: The living space is filled with original finds, such as this

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rid of it and asked if he could buy it and they told him, if he took it out, he could have it.

We didn’t even know if it would fit in the space, but it slotted in to the millimetre.”

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Above: A mezzanine provides an office space and seating

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“We bought it in 2013 and started renovating after a year. It was derelict

and the main space was dark and dingy, plants were growing through the

walls and machines from the abandoned factory were all over the place.”

the space, but luckily it slotted in to the millimetre.”

And it looks like it’s always been there, with lockers

containing different-sized bowling shoes and old cinema

seats to sit on to put them on completing the scene. The

fairground attraction effect of the bowling lane’s clown face

is set off by other items around the space, including a huge

neon sign saying ‘Carnival’ – by the late neon artist and

designer Chris Bracey, who owned Gods Own Junkyard

in London – over the double doors and a basketball hoop

arcade game. “Sol gave that to me one Christmas,” says

Laurie, “because I used to play netball at county level.”

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Above & previous page: Laurie and Sol added the new upper floor to give them a master

bedroom with its own bathroom

to shuffle over to the vintage shuffleboard table and have a few games of that.

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where you slide pucks along a sanded wood surface and try and reach

the highest score level, while knocking off your opponent’s puck.

Photographer, David Merewether was much better at it than me, but that didn’t put

me off trying and we had to tear ourselves away from these distractions and remind

ourselves we were there to do a job. After a very short while at The Bath House it is easy to

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Above Laurie sourced the copper bath in the Turkish-bath inspired guest bathroom directly from the makers in Morocco

one. Like many of the one-off items in The Bath House, both

of these came from eBay. “Sol is eBay’s best friend,” says Laurie.

But while eBay may be Sol’s go-to site, Laurie is the queen

of Google – and the amazing suppliers she has found on

there had me giving her (entirely unsolicited) career advice

that she should start a business as The Resourceress. She

can find anything, at a brilliant price and, more often than

not, locally – the couple bought their Arne Jacobsen chairs

from the traders in Hastings Old Town and a selection of

light fittings from 20th Century Filth in St Leonards.

The fish-scale style copper splashback behind the kitchen

sink was the result of a search for local panel beaters. The

poured concrete worktops were brought into being after she

found a YouTube video of how to do it and showed their

builders. “I convinced them they could do it,” she says.

All over the house is the fabulous result of another of

Laurie’s searches – bespoke industrial (not ‘industrial

style’, the real thing) steel light switches and plug

points embossed with the words The Bath House.

“The space needed industrial light switches. The

repro ones are rubbish and vintage are very expensive,

so I did a Google search and sourced a foundry

in Hove which could make them all for us.”

Another of Laurie’s searches resulted in the knock-out

copper boat bath in the wonderful Turkish bath-inspired

en-suite bathroom off the guest bedroom. Laurie had

decided she wanted this style to be a feature in the room

– according to her decorating philosophy of starting with

one eye-catching item and letting the rest of the room

treatment follow – but they’re eye wateringly expensive.

But not one to take that as a cue to settle for something

less thrilling, Laurie tracked down the company that

makes them in Morocco and ordered one direct…

£6,000 cheaper. Actually, she ordered two; there’s

another one upstairs in the master bedroom. “We had

to be resourceful,” she says with impressive modesty.

The combined impact of one feature piece and Laurie’s

inventiveness carries on in the boys’ bedroom, across the

hall, in the original bath house part of the building. This

is set up as a triple-decker bunk room, in the American

style, with enough space for seven excited children. Laurie

sketched it and the builders, Grant and Tom, made it.

The fourth door in the hall – there is also a chic black

and white bathroom, featuring an Art Deco basin, which

Sol bought from builders renovating a flat in Mayfair,

for a princely £20 – opens onto a stairwell with flights

up and down. This features a wonderful circus light

bought from their friend Samantha Bruce of the brilliant

vintage resource In House Junkie (whose house was

featured in Wealden Times June 2018), another source

of many of the great original pieces in the house.

Down the steps is another brilliant light feature in the

form of a rotating ‘now showing’ cinema light, in front

of the ‘box office’ for the adjoining screening room. This

has a giant built-in modular sofa, big enough to take the

same seven kids who will later be romping around upstairs

in the bunkroom and large amounts of popcorn.

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THE BEAUTIFUL EVERYDAY


Above: A backlit crucifix provides a stunning focal point in the guest

bedroom and alludes to The Bath House’s former use as a church

something out of Das Boot, painted battleship grey to

encourage the association, and at the end of that – just

in case this wasn’t already the dream home for boys – a

secret tunnel, which pops up in the kitchen…

Though perfect for a tribe of boys the house may

be, their educational needs are forcing Sol and Laurie

to move everyday life to a new house back up towards

Sevenoaks, where Sol’s two older boys are at school.

For now, the future of the amazing Bath House for the

Parker family remains open. They might make it available

as a special rental, or if the offer is right adept negotiator

Sol (he’s an agent for major musicians) says he might sell.

After all the work they’ve done, it must be a tough choice.

Head back up from the basement to the top of the stairs

and you arrive at the new upper floor, which Laurie and

Sol added to give them a master bedroom with its own

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sits in front of – and a dressing room on the landing.

With a sea view out of a porthole-style window, next to the

boat bath, this room has a very maritime feel – enhanced by a

vintage life belt from Saltdean Lido they bought in Greenwich

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“We sourced as much as we could locally and by the time it

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Previous pages & left: The drawing room was

beautifully decorated by Henry’s mother Anthea with

decorative wallpaper she commissioned specially.

French windows take you out into the formal back

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“My father was in the army so I moved constantly as a child and I didn’t

understand having an emotional connection with bricks and mortar,” says Claire.

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This page: Contemporary built-in

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the first visual beat in a vista over parkland and countryside,

with a domed white folly perched on a nearby hillside.

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two storeys with three sash windows on each side, then another

layer with six mansard windows and a triangular gable with a

roundel window and splendid chimney stacks. It makes you sigh.

This urge stays with you, once you step into the huge entrance

hall with a black and white marble chequerboard floor – and

large portraits of Henry’s rels, male and female, all around and

classical busts over each porticoed doorway into adjoining rooms.

It’s just the kind of space where you want to be holding

a flute of cold sparkling white, while chatting to interesting

people – which is exactly what you get to do if you join

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no joining fee, just a commitment to buy one case (12

bottles) a year. Hardly a hardship (especially as you get

15 per cent off, so really it would be rude not to).

Membership brings invitations to all kinds of jolly

events at the house – which is not open to the public

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over the formal garden at the back of the house. A kitchen

which looks and feels like it has always been there, but was

actually a fairly recent conversion by Claire and Henry.

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on the commitment of running the estate and his parents

moved out to a farmhouse on the land. At that point, while

totally understanding the responsibility to preserve a house

like this for future generations – one of the bedrooms has

listed wallpaper – Claire and Henry decided to make some

thoughtful changes to adapt its old bones to


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This page: The formal dining room’s chairs feature the wolf head that is in

the family crest Top right: A portrait of Charlotte Warde, mother of The

Admiral – 4th generation at Squerryes Court – by John Opie

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This page: Henry and Claire knocked through a small kitchen

and dining room to create a family kitchen. The lights above the

dining table were found throughout the house by Claire

be rather precious – were languishing in obscurity in

the cellar, but Claire has no anxiety about having fine

objects in a part of the house with heavy family traffic.

“If someone throws a ball and breaks them all at

least they’ve been seen. We are going to live here.”

Their other big change was to create a second

entrance hall on the same side of the house (the

north) as the kitchen, with a more domestic

feeling than the formal main one, more conducive

to everyday family comings and goings.

They put in a similar floor and a column to echo

the ones in the grand hall, but Claire had fun with

wallpaper in the rooms coming off: a map of the world

in the loo and large pink flamingos in her office.

“And we took out the servants’ bells,” she

says, another statement of the more modern

way they wish to live in this historic house –

while completely respecting its heritage.

Although Claire admits that before she lived in

Squerryes, she hadn’t ever experienced a sense of

passionate devotion to a house. In fact, on her first

visit there she had felt quite differently about it.

“I met Henry when I was invited through a friend

of a friend as a spare girl for a house


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“We have rehung all

the pictures,” says Claire,

“to show the story of

the family to visitors.”

party here. In those days you had to

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of the ground floor, which includes the

drawing room, beautifully decorated

in the cosy/grand classic English

country house style, by Henry’s late

mother Anthea – making her mark

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It has exactly the combination of

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which Anthea commissioned specially

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This page: Beautifully carved and gilded furniture sits alongside ornately framed

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This page: Two splendid tapestries, which hang in the bedroom

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Left: Beautiful views over the lake to the west

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Contents

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5 Take a break

Fabulous staycation

options

7 Creature

Comforts

Make your garden

pollinator-friendly and

home plant-filled

9 Garden Games

Outdoor toys and

entertainment

11 Once you pop...

The coolest of canapés

13 On the rocks

Luscious cocktail

recipes to sip all

summer

15 MAKE A SPLASH

The pools and hot

tubs of your dreams

28

19 Pool house

rock

Structures to

compliment your pool

23 Poolside

Stylish poolside

furniture

25 The Sweet life

Foody favourite events

27 Best of the fest

Ten festival essentials

28 Summer fun

for everyone

Family friendly

outdoor events

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Take a break

Indulge in a staycation at three beautiful properties that are just a drive away

Paradise House, Sandwich, Kent:

Paradise House is a beautiful

period property designed with a

contemporary twist and finished

with stylish furnishings and artwork.

Set in the heart of historical

Sandwich, one of the most perfectly

preserved medieval towns in the

country. To get to the beach at

Sandwich Bay, take a riverside

walk, then across the famous Royal

St George’s Golf Club where The

Open 2020 is taking place.

From £840 per week, £120 per night

Sleeps: 6 (3 bedrooms)

Accepts pets: Yes, one

Book: kentandsussexcottages.co.uk

The Chalet on

the Beach, Lyme

Regis, Dorset: You

couldn’t get closer

to the beach if you

tried! This chalet is

located along the

very popular Lyme

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a balcony right

onto the seashore,

it’s a very fun way

to spend your

summer holiday.

7 nights from £444

Sleeps: Sleeps 2 (no

children under 16)

Accepts pets: No

Book: classic.co.uk

Sunnynook, Bigbury-On-Sea, South Devon:

This property has the most incredible views

across the South Devon coast. With fantastic

indoor and outdoor seating as well as a pool, it’s a

perfect beachside holiday with a real wow factor!

7 nights from £2,198

Sleeps: Sleeps 10 + 2 cots (4 bedrooms)

Accepts pets: No

Book: classic.co.uk

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MORE THAN JUST A GARDEN CENTRE

What’s on at COOLINGS...

Coolings is so much more than just a paradise for plant lovers.

Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, there is always

something to do. Keep an eye out for events coming soon...

Summer

Flower Showcase

Friday 28 June - Sunday 28 July 2019

Theatre in the Garden

Coming to Coolings this Summer...

August & September

Entertainment for the whole family

performed in our picturesque garden

For more information or to book

visit www.coolings.co.uk/events

Come and immerse yourself in

the beauty of our 14,000ft 2 display

glasshouse.

Bursting with colour, scent and interest.

All plants home-grown on our very own

on-site production nursery.

BOOKING

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Enjoy part-time study,

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Creature

Comforts

RHS Young Designer of the

Year finalist Caitlin McLaughlin

explains what to include to make

your garden pollinator-friendly

WT Supplement

Create habitats within

the garden design – don’t

leave thinking about

pollinators until after the

garden is finished, build

in spaces for them to nest

as part of the layout. This

way wildlife becomes a key

aspect of the garden rather

than an afterthought.

Create sculptures as habitats

– a habitat wall or solitary

bee nest need not be a rustic,

messy space at the back of the

garden. Incorporate Green

& Blue Bee Bricks or Bee

Posts for sleek grey habitats

in your garden, or build

your own to suit your style.

Our show garden features

a freestanding hexagon

sculpture that also acts as

a habitat for solitary bees,

mixing together art, design,

and nature in one space.

Think about your material

choices – if you are creating

a contemporary garden

using grey sandstone tiles,

why not use these to create

bumblebee homes as well.

The nest underground

needs to be straw lined, but

the top of the nest can be

contemporary stone, or in the

case of my RHS Hampton

Court garden, custom made

tiles with copper inlaid bee

silhouettes, making sure

nature features are functional

and also high design.

Water

– help keep the

pollinators in your garden

hydrated by providing a

shallow pond or water bowl

for them. Using metal tanks

or powder-coated water

bowls create contemporary

features in your garden

that also help the bees.

Plan your planting with

pollinators in mind – there

are so many perennials,

shrubs and trees that help

bees so, regardless of your

garden style, you will be

able to find options that

suit you and nature.

See Caitlin’s garden, The

Urban Pollinator Garden,

at RHS Hampton Court

Palace Garden Festival, from

1-7 July. The project fuses

design, function and wildlifefriendly

value to focus on

pollination with planting

that encourages pollinators

to thrive. Tickets to the

Festival start at £20 rhs.org.

uk/shows-events/rhs-hamptoncourt-palace-garden-festival

Tropical Vibes

Rhipsalis

cassutha

(common

name:

Mistletoe

Cactus)

This is an

unusual jungle

cactus which is a

gorgeous bright

green colour and

has delicate stems

with a cascading shape. The name Rhipsalis

comes from the Greek word for wicker work. It

is an epiphyte and in the wild it grows attached

to the trunks of trees. It is easy to care for as

it requires minimal watering over the autumn

and winter and just a weekly water during

the spring and summer when it is actively

growing. It’s ideal for a kitchen or bathroom

as it will enjoy the humidity, but will be happy

in any room with bright indirect sunlight.

Care tip: allow the topsoil to dry out between

waterings, but keep the subsoil evenly moist.

Add a liquid cactus feed to the water once a

month when the plant is actively growing.

Christine Bartlett, Shop Manager at that little plant shop...

picks three of her favourite exotic houseplants

Stromanthe

Triostar

(common

name: prayer

plant)

This is a really

stunning exotic

houseplant

which has

variegated leaves

in cream, green

and pink colours

with bright pink/purple on the underside.

It is related to the calathea group of plants,

know as prayer plants, which react to the

level of daylight and raise their leaves when

there is less light. This plant is truly beautiful

and really popular as a gift. It prefers a

warm place with lower light and requires

minimal watering in the autumn and winter.

In the spring and summer when the plant

is growing keep it evenly moist and add a

half-strength liquid feed once a month.

Care tip: mist the leaves in the morning to

provide humidity, or keep in a bathroom/

kitchen where the natural humidity is higher.

Ficus lyrata

(common

name: Fiddleleaf

Fig)

This exotic

plant is really

fashionable at

the moment

and is a real

statement

specimen. It

grows up a

long straight stem with large glossy, unusual

shaped leaves. It will continue to grow

upwards and in time could reach the ceiling if

well cared for! In the wild it grows in tropical

rainforests and so it loves plenty of warmth

and bright light making it ideal to stand

near a sunny patio window. In the winter

it rarely needs watering and in the spring

and summer a weekly watering will suffice.

Care tip: if you don’t have a bright

location then simply reduce the watering

and the plant will adapt. In the growing

season add liquid feed to the water once

a month to promote excellent growth.

Find that little plant shop... at 100 High Street, Hythe; 01303 770610

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Once you pop...

We

pick three of our favourite, ridiculously

moreish, summer canapés from the extensive

recipe archive online at wealdentimes.co.uk

Watercress, Roasted Beetroot

and Goats’ Cheese Roulade

by Nicci Gurr from Home Gurr’own

Prep time: 1 hour 30 mins

Cooking time: 32 mins Serves: 6

• 225g fresh watercress

• 4 medium eggs (separated)

• salt and freshly ground pepper

• 250g red beetroot

• 100g crème fraîche

• Olive oil for roasting

• 100g crème fraîche

• 200g soft rindless goats’ cheese

1Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas 5. Grease

and line a 20 x 30cm (8 x 12 inch) Swiss

roll tin with non-stick baking parchment.

2Finely chop the watercress in a

food processor, then tip this into

a large bowl. Beat in the egg yolks

and season with salt and pepper.

3In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites

with a pinch of salt until stiff but not

dry, then fold them into the watercress

mixture using a large metal spoon.

4Pour into the prepared tin and quickly

level the mixture, spreading it out

into the corners. Bake for 10-12 mins

until set and light golden brown.

5Meanwhile, peel the beetroot, roughly

dice and roast with olive oil and salt

and pepper. Cook for about 20 mins

until a knife will go through the beetroot

easily. Cool, grate and set to one side.

6Beat the crème fraîche into the goats’

cheese and spread evenly over the cooled

roulade, then spread the cooled beetroot mix.

7Roll up from the long side, using the

greaseproof paper, then carefully wrap

in clingfilm and refrigerate overnight.

8Serve, slice into rounds and pushed on

to a cocktail stick. homegurrown.co.uk

Minted Pea and Feta

Cheese Tartlets

by Jo Arnell

Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 25 mins

Makes: 24 tiny tartlets

• 75g fresh or frozen peas

• 1 small handful of

finely chopped mint

• 1 chopped onion

• 1 whole egg

• 1 egg yolk

• 3 tbsp double cream

• salt and freshly

ground pepper

• 1 pack of ready-rolled

shortcrust pastry

• 200g feta cheese, cut

into cubes

Preheat the oven to 180°C,

1 gas 4. Toss the peas and

mint together in a small

bowl and leave to one side.

Gently fry the onions and

2 then leave to cool slightly.

Beat the eggs and cream

together. Season if you wish

at this point, but remember

feta is a salty cheese.

Cut out small squares of

3 pastry and place into a

greased muffin tin. Place 1

tsp of onion into the bottom

of each tart, add another

tsp of egg mixture, then top

with minted peas and finally

some cubes of feta (I used 5

or 6 tiny cubes per tartlet).

Bake in the oven for 25

4 mins, or until golden.

Serve warm or cold.

Mini Margarita Cheesecakes

by Jo Arnell

Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins Serves: 12

• 100g digestive biscuits

• 50g melted butter

• 300g cream cheese

• 1 egg

• ½ tsp vanilla extract

• 120g caster sugar

• 100ml soured cream

• 100g strawberries

• 50ml tequila (2 shots)

• 2 tsp lime juice

• 1 tbsp granulated sugar


1Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas 4. Prepare

biscuit base by crushing biscuits (in a

food processor, or use a pestle and mortar).

Combine with the melted butter and then

press 1 heaped tsp of the biscuit mix into

each section of the mini cheesecake pan/

muffin tin and set to one side (or refrigerate).

Beat cream cheese, egg, ¼ tsp vanilla

2 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 mins.

3Mix soured cream with remaining 20g

sugar and ¼ tsp of vanilla essence.

Remove cheesecakes from the oven and

4 add 1 tsp of the soured cream mixture to

the top of each one. Turn the oven down to

160°C, gas 3 and return cheesecakes to the

oven for 10 mins. Cool and refrigerate.

Chop strawberries and combine with

5 other topping ingredients, mashing

some slightly to release the juice.

Remove cheesecakes from tin and carefully

spoon a little topping onto each one.

6

For a non-alcoholic version, add 30ml water and

20ml lemon juice instead of tequila and lime.

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Food Served:

Monday – Saturday:

Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30

Dinner: 18:30 – 21:00

Sunday:

All day: 12:00 – 20:00

www.kingsheadrye.co.uk

Located on the outskirts of the picturesque

town of Rye, the Kings Head Inn is located in

one of the most visited towns in the whole of

the South East of England. Owned and run by

the Tindall family (Steve, Lisa, James and

Lucy), the team will always give you a warm

and personal welcome. Food is all cooked to

order using fresh, seasonal and (when

possible) local ingredients. We have a main

menu, specials board which changes weekly as

well as Sunday roasts.

@thekingsheadrye

The Kings Head, Rye

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Food Served:

Monday – Friday:

Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30

Dinner: 18:00 – 21:00

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Upcoming event!

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Rum & Reggae Festival!

- Outside BBQ

- Outside Tiki Bar

- Olas Boss performing

Visit our website or social

media to find out more!

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Situated in the small seaside town of Dymchurch,

the beautiful Ship Inn has undergone extensive

refurbishment (completed September 2017),

blending the old with the new whilst still retaining

its character and charm. Owned and run by the

Tindall family, the team led by James and Jessica

offer you a personal and inviting welcome. All of

the Ship Inn’s food is cooked fresh to order using

seasonal and local produce. We have weekly

specials as well as our main menu, and roasts on a

Sunday!

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On the rocks

Lottie Muir, the creator of the Midnight Apothecary pop-up

cocktail bar, set on a roof garden in London, shares her recipe

for a sweetly satisfying seasonal cocktail

Wild Strawberry and Rose Daiquri

Strawberries and roses are from the same family (Rosaceae) that gives us so

much pleasure, from apples and pears to these two beauties. Wild strawberries

(Fragraria vesca or F. virginiana) are those tiny, jewel-like treasures that you

sometimes find in woodland clearings and meadows, on forest edges and along

trails, and even in some quiet urban areas. Here they are combined with white

rum and Rose Petal Syrup to conjure up summer meadows on a hot day.

• 1½ oz (45ml) white rum

• ¾ oz (20ml) Rose Petal Syrup

(see right)

• 2 tsp (10ml) freshly squeezed

lime juice

• 10 wild strawberries or 3

large strawberries,

hulled and halved

• ⅔ cup (100g) crushed ice

• 3 wild strawberries, toothpick or

cocktail stick, to garnish

1Combine all the ingredients in a

blender and pulse/blend at a high

speed for 30 secs or until smooth.

2Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish

with 3 wild strawberries threaded

on a toothpick or cocktail stick.

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Rose Petal Syrup

(Makes approx. 1½ pints (750ml)

This recipe involves massage, roses, and

perfume… don’t blame me if things get

out of hand! Use the most perfumed

roses you can find and make sure they

are unsprayed.

It also helps if their petals are quite

thin. Two good choices that grow wild

and adorn many a private and public

space are Rosa rugosa and the wild dog

rose, R. canina.

Whenever I use wild dog rose, which

has very delicate pink petals, I add a few

petals of a red rose to give a really

rich-coloured syrup.

• 6 handfuls of pink and/or red rose

petals

• 6 cups (1.2 kg) superfine caster sugar

• 3 cups (750ml) water

• Zest of ½ unwaxed, organic orange

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• Pinch of salt

• Sealable presentation bottle(s),

sterilized

1Snip off the bitter white tip at the base

of each petal – it’s a little awkward

to do, but worth it. Alternatively, when

picking the petals from the rosebush, pull

the petals in a clump with one hand and

snip the base off in one go with the other.

2Loosely pack the petals in a non-reactive

bowl and add about 2 cups (400g) of

the sugar. Gently massage the sugar into

the petals to bruise them and start the

maceration. Cover with a clean tea-towel

and leave overnight or for up to 12 hours.

3You should return to a gooey mess,

where the petals have shrunk and the

sugar has extracted some colour and flavour

out of them. Tip this sugar and petal mix

into a non-reactive pan, add the remaining

sugar, the water, orange zest, lemon juice,

and a pinch of salt, and gently bring to

a boil. You will notice that the colour

transfers from the petals into the liquid.

Leave to simmer for 5 mins or until you

have a thick, unctuous syrup.

4Let the syrup cool. Strain it into a wide

mouthed pitcher, then funnel into the

sterilized presentation bottle(s) and seal.

You can store the syrup in the refrigerator

for well over a month.

Floral Cocktails by Lottie

Muir, published by Ryland

Peters & Small (£7.99)

Photography by Kim

Lightbody © Ryland

Peters & Small

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The one to

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Caldera Hot Tub offers a full range

of the wellness benefits that a Spa can

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Prices from £4,000

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The modern

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The Glam One

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Prices from £19,999

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Timber

POOL ENCLOSURES

Sun Abris are specialists in wooden

structures and since 1970 offer a

range of pool enclosures with an

arched glue-laminate timber frame.

Successfully deployed for many years in the

construction industry as well as in highly

aggressive environments, such a salt storage

warehouses, bridges and virtually all public swimming

pools, this material provides aesthetics, sturdiness and

durability combined.

Glue-laminate timber offers much higher

mechanical resistance than any other material used

in the design of telescopic pool enclosures and also

provides scope for custom-designed structures

with safety guaranteed. All the wooden arches we

deploy are approved by the most stringent quality

bodies in terms of mechanical resistance and

anti-damp treatment – Standard NF 50-100 (antidamp

guarantee for wood) and Standard NFP 90.309

(construction guarantee, safety compliance).

Widths of up to 40 metres or 130 feet are

available as are special bespoke designs. One of our

larger installations covers 1,200 metres is at Port de

Plaisance Yelloh! Village campsite at Benodet Harbour.

The "Rotunda" Model's end fans open and is a

decorative feature in itself. It can be a solution

where a rectangular structure would not suit.

Enclosures can be fixed, telescopic,

attached to the house or used as a roof only.

Customers include municipalities, schools, holiday

villages, camp sites, hotels, restaurant terraces and

residential properties.

More information can be seen on our website

Web: www.archenclosures.co.uk

Tel: 01444 411411 and 01444 411376

Email: enquiries@swimpools.co.uk

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Pool house rock

From covers and terraces to full buildings, structures like these are a

great way to add versatility and style to your pool and your garden

Bring the outdoors in with a

glue-laminate timber frame

arch pool enclosure. These

enclosures can be fixed or

telescopic, attached to walls or

free standing. In Rotunda models

(above), the end fans open and is

a decorative feature in itself.

• Arch Enclosures archenclosures.co.uk

The Camargue® is an innovative

aluminium pergola/terrace covering

equipped with an automatic watertight

bladed roof system. You can also choose

from a selection of side elements to make

your canopy completely enclosed.

• Garden House Design gardenhousedesign.co.uk


Quality glass

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Supply & installation

specialist offering a wide

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Shower screens/cubicles

Toughened glass splash backs

Double glazed units

Mirrors inc. antique

Balustrades/balconies

Horticultural/restoration

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Beautiful, bespoke-designed, fully finished

rooms with the highest quality features,

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use. Superb value, expertise and friendly

service ensure complete satisfaction.

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www.curvegardenrooms.com

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Since debuting their first orangery at the

Chelsea Flower Show in 2001, Haddonstone

have been creating bespoke pieces in a range

of styles, from Tuscan to Gothic to Ionic.

• Haddonstone haddonstone.com

To mark the 90th anniversary of the first

publication of Virginia Woolf’s A Room

of One’s Own, Malvern Garden Buildings

have created a writing retreat

inspired by Woolf’s writing lodge at

Monk’s House especially for this year’s

Chelsea Flower Show. A similar garden

building from the Malvern collection

would make a beautiful pool room, too.

• Malvern Garden Buildings

malverngardenbuildings.co.uk

This Pool House with

Swimming Pool Surround and

Enclosure is by Redwood Stone,

sprecialists in creating Gothic follies and

ruins. Bringing the genre into the 21st

Century, the company has designed and

built structures including garden rooms,

tennis pavilions, pool houses, swimming

pool enclosures and hot tub surrounds.

• Redwood Stone redwoodstone.co.uk

10% exclusive discount

for Wealden Times readers during June & July 2019

Specialists in Traditional Timber, Aluminium & Composite Windows & Doors

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Armadillo Sun produce luxury bean bag chairs &

bean furniture, perfect for indoors or outdoors,

from our workshops in the Kent countryside.

Luxuriously made from a tried and tested, (almost)

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loungers, tables and cushions are lightweight and

portable, which are perfect for any setting.

We recently designed our Monaco Range of modular

bean bag furniture. This unique range consists of two

products, large bean bag chairs and ottomans, that can

be connected to create a modular furniture solution that

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In addition to this, XL Pools were honoured

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Poolside

Nothing says summer like lounging on glamorous poolside furniture

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1 Saparella fireside chair from £1,248, diabolo from £1,303 and footstool from £577 Ligne Roset

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2 Clivenden modular set £5,199 Bridgman

bridgman.co.uk 3 Aloe plant in blue ceramic £69 M&S marksandspencer.com

4 Wall light £87 dar lighting group darlighting.co.uk 5 Colwell sofa set £2,000 Garden Trading gardentrading.co.uk

6 Gandia Blasco DNA teak lounge chair £3,595 corner sofa £14,295, coffee table £1,680 and chaise longue table

£960 Chaplins Furniture

chaplins.co.uk 7 Roshults outdoor towel rack £813 Chaplins Furniture chaplins.co.uk 8 Cane

chair £390 Beaumonde beaumonde.co.uk 9 Swimming wall art print £7.95 Abstract House abstracthouse.com

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Traditional values and a warm welcome from

experienced operators, Andrew and Diane Ward

and their team at the beautiful old country pub,

Chequers on the Green at High Halden.

Enjoy fresh produce from the gardens and

locally sourced meats, fish, ales and wines

from fine producers around Kent.

Check out our website and Facebook page for Summer

BBQ’s , Paella & Carvery Days and Special events.

Weekly Seasonal Specials

Vegetarian & Vegan Options

Children’s Menu

Large sunny terrace

Customer parking

Opening times 12.00-23.00 7 days a week

The Chequers

on the Green

Dogs

welcome

& adored

The Chequers

on the Green

Bookings on 01233 850503

Email: info@chequersonthegreen.com

Chequers on the Green, Ashford Road, High Halden, TN26 3LP, Kent


The sweet life

Take a moment to enjoy the summer with these foodie attractions

Summer

sparkle

Eastwell Manor estate was one of the first to serve afternoon tea to

aristocratic guests – Queen Victoria is said to have feasted upon small

fancies and sipped tea from china cups in the Manor House.

Today, Afternoon Tea at Eastwell Manor includes a selection of

freshly-cut finger sandwiches and savouries, hand-crafted cakes,

scones with clotted cream and locally produced fruit jam, and Exotic

Routes speciality loose teas (certified by the Rainforest Alliance). Or

you can opt for a delightful Bottomless Bubbles Afternoon Tea with

Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine or Prosecco. eastwellmanor.co.uk

Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells is inviting

guests to their lovely terrace to enjoy live music,

Chapel Down Gin Cocktails and special prices on

Chapel Down Sparkling Wines on June 28, July

26 and August 23 between 5pm and 7pm at their

Sundowner Sessions. hotelduvin.com

Afternoon

Tea for

you

“We selected The Bespoke Care Company for

a number of reasons but, importantly, local and

personal service were high on our list.

They state they are a family concern -

this I think is their greatest asset. “

Live-in care

The Bespoke Care Company is an independent,

family run agency in Tunbridge Wells.

Established in 2010, we provide one to one

live-in care and support in Kent and Sussex.

Call us on 01892 518400

to discuss your requirements.

www.bespokecarecompany.co.uk

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REDISCOVER

WALMER

Find your favourite spot in the newly restored gardens

surrounding this historic royal castle.

Moments to

remember

made at Smallhythe

Place

© National Trust 2019 . Registered charity, No. 205846. © National Trust Images \John Millar.

Registered charity no. 1140351 (England).

Deal, Kent CT14 7LJ

Wander through blossoming

gardens, discover new exhibitions

and kids craft activities. Or

immerse yourself in a world of

theatre with Shakespeare classics

in the historic Barn and in the

open-air. Make memories this

summer, and explore.

These are the places that make us.

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Opening Times:

2nd April to 3rd November - 10am to 4pm

but May to September - 10am to 5pm

Last entry one hour before closing.

We are closed on:

Mondays, except Bank Holiday Monday.

The Premier Collection of

Battle of Britain Artefacts

Aircraft ·Vehicles · Weapons ·

Flying Equipment · Fine Art Prints ·

Relics from over 700 crashed aircraft

Adults: £8.00

OAPs: £7.50

Children: £4.00

Museum Shop, No.25

Squadron Mess and Tea Room

Free parking for cars and

coaches

On the grounds of both security

and copyright, we regret that no

cameras, video recorders, mobile

phones or any other type of

electronic recording equipment is

allowed in the museum.

Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge, Nr. Folkestone, Kent, CT18 7AG

www.kbobm.org

)01303 893140

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The bag

A spacious cool bag/tote

in a cool ombre design.

£15 M&S

marksandspencer.com

4The boots

National Trust designed

Hunter wellies

£110 National Trust Shop

shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

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6The fairylights

To add a fun VIP feel to your tent.

£25 Hurn & Hurn hurnandhurn.com

BEST

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Meet our 10 family festival essentials

Meet our 10 family festival essentials

7The tent

Roomy and magical bell tent.

£509 Boutique Camping

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2The light

Recyclable, solar-powered

and for every one sold,

one goes to rural Africa.

£21.95 Hurn & Hurn

hurnandhurn.com

3

3The rug

Colourful, 100% wool

and perfect for a picnic.

£124 Tolly McRae

tollymcrae.co.uk

5

The cuppa

£10.95 Hurn & Hurn

We Brits like a good cuppa in a

folksy enamel number like this.

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8The BBQ

A smokeless barbecue,

which is cool to the touch

and ready to cook food

3-4 minutes from lighting.

£145 Cuckooland

cuckooland.com

9The sunnies

Look retro cool in these

Swarovski shades.

£140 Swarovski

swarovski.com

The bed

than an air

bed, multi-functional

and easy to carry.

10Softer

£129 Boutique Camping

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The small festival with the BIG names! Three days of Classic

Rock, Prog, Blues & Roots music, in the beautiful ornamental

garden setting of Mt Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, Kent.

August 2-4 Gates open midday Friday

Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre Band + Tull

legends Clive Bunker & Dee Palmer

celebrate 50 Years of

FIERCE & THE DEAD * KINGDOM OF MADNESS – CLASSIC MAGNUM * THUNDERSTICK

BAND OF FRIENDS – celebrating RORY GALLAGHER * JACKIE LYNTON * KYLVER

MARTIN TURNER x WISHBONE ASH * LAPIS LAZULI * KANGAROO MOON * SOLSTICE

SACRED GEOMETRY BAND * KANDA BONGO MAN * ZAL CLEMINSON’s SIN DOGS

LEATHERAT * JACKIE McAULEY * JAWBONE * BAD TOUCH * + more

Camping & Glamping available. Free Parking. Good food to cater for all tastes and dietary requirements,

great beers at sensible prices, wines, spirits & cocktail bar, craft & music stalls & more

Details & tickets (online or Mail Order) at

www.anewdayfestival.com

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Theatre in the Garden

On Sunday 18 August Coolings is hosting a brand-new

musical production of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley featuring

a fully orchestrated musical score, professional actor/singers,

spectacular stage effects, puppetry and flashes of wickedly dark

humour. There will be homemade picnic boxes available to

snack on during the show or you are welcome to bring your

own. The show contains mature themes, but is suitable for all

ages over five. Adults £17.99, Children 15 & under £5.99,

Family ticket £39.99 coolings.co.uk/events

Treasure Island

Belmont House has big plans for a summer of open-air theatre

this year. It all starts with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale on 5

July, then Changeling Theatre will visit on 21 July to perform

Nell Gwynn, and finally everyone’s favourite swashbuckling

pirate adventure: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island with

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be on 18 August. The

Winter’s Tale / Nell Gwynn: £22 (ages 10-18 £12) Treasure

Island: £16 (children £11 families £46) belmont-house.org

Summer fun for everyone

It’s the great British summertime, so get the whole family outside with these handpicked events

Castle Concert

With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Band of Her

Majesty’s Royal Marines, and a selection of sensational soloists

plus a special fly-over with a Spitfire from the Aero Legends

stable, the Leeds Castle Classical Concert is how to do an openair

concert with real class. Visit the castle on Saturday 13 July to

sip on prosecco, feast on a Carluccio’s picnic hamper filled with

delicious Italian dishes and enjoy the show, which just so happens

to be set in the grounds of ‘the loveliest castle in the world’.

Ticket prices from £47 leeds-castle.com / leedscastleconcert.co.uk

Neverworld

The ultimate family-friendly festival comes to John Darlings

Farm in Edenbridge from 1-4 August. It’s divided into

three realms: the pirate-filled Skull Ridge, the tropical

and glittering Mermaids Lagoon, and the great adventure

playground of the Neverwoods. Artists performing include

Craig David, The Vaccines and Professor Green, and there

is lots of additional silliness to enjoy, including a real beach,

pirate playground, and circus stage. Weekend tickets:

Adults £158.40, teens (13-17) £58.08, children (3-12)

£26.40, infants (under 3) free neverworld.co.uk

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A Summer of Outdoor Theatre at Belmont

The Winter’s Tale - Friday 5 th July, 7.30pm

Leontes has everything a man could want, wealth, power, a

family that loves him and friends, but he is not at peace. Inside

he harbours a bitter jealousy that drives him to destroy all he

holds dear. Years later, in a distant country, a journey begins that

may ultimately heal his pain and reunite his family.

Adults £22, Ages 10-18: £12.00.

Nell Gwynn - Sunday 21 st July, 3.00pm

London, 1660, King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with

the love of all things loud and extravagant. And at Drury Lane

a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatre

goers. Enjoy an evening of theatre in our beautiful Walled

Garden. Adults £22, Ages 10-18: £12.00.

Treasure Island - Sunday 18 th August, 2.00pm

Pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment in

the gardens of Belmont House. Join Chapterhouse Theatre

Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyone’s favourite

swashbuckling pirate adventure. Adult £16.00 / Child £11.00 /

Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £46.00.

belmont-house.org • 01795 890202 • events@belmont-house.org

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“I’d describe my

style as laid back,

cool, chic, but

comfortable. For

me comfort is key.”

Catherine De Crèvecoeur

catherinedc.com

What are you wearing today?

I’m in a really lovely jumpsuit from

Reiss that I’ve had for years. I’ve layered

it with a navy blue jumper from Cos

and a camel jacket and scarf from

the high street with my Catherine

De Crèvecoeur earrings to match.

How would you describe

your personal style?

I would say laid back, cool, chic, but

comfortable. For me comfort is key.

Whose style do you admire,

and/or where do you get your

style inspiration from?

Actually, a couple of my friends have

always been style inspirations to me.

I was bought up in France and these are

friends who still live there. But then I

also love Alexa Chung – she has a great

laid-back style with a bit of an edge.

What are your ‘go to’ pieces to

wear during the summer months?

I do have a couple of long dresses

that I love to wear and I love floral

prints. My favourites are the dresses

I have from Preen, and also dresses

from Gap that I accessorise. I really

like to mix high street with designer.

Do you have a favourite place to shop?

That’s a really tough one! I like to

look around everywhere, I don’t have a

favourite shop – when I see something

I like, I buy it. It could be vintage,

secondhand, online, on the high street

or a designer piece from a boutique.

What fashion favourite could you

not live without in your wardrobe?

I have to say my earrings, as I really

do wear them nearly every day and

as I make them myself, I can build

my outfit around them. Other than

that, I’m a big fan of jackets, my

Amanda Wakeley blazer is a favourite

that I can wear with everything!

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What are you wearing today?

I’m dressed quite casually, but nice and

colourful. I’m in leggings, because I’m

very pregnant, and a H&M silk top.

My ASOS tassel earrings and neon

Hunter wellies are both favourites.

How would you describe

your personal style?

Opulent bohemian. I like to mix stuff

up and if I love it, I put it all together.

I go for tassels, sequins, colour, but

also in summer I love clean classic

linen pieces, so it’s a total mix really.

“I always have colour in

my wardrobe and I always

have leopard print!”

What are your ‘go-to’ pieces to

wear during the summer months?

A loose linen tunic dress with

leopard print sandals. It’s usually

always a dress in the summer.

Do you have a favourite place to shop?

Usually ASOS and Zara and I love

Mango when we travel around Europe.

What fashion favourite could you

not live without in your wardrobe?

That’s a hard question! I always

have colour in my wardrobe and

I always have leopard print!

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What are you wearing today?

I’ve gone classic, I really

like to wear classic clothes.

I bought my hat here at the

fair from Rose & Bows.

Whose style do you admire,

and/or where do you get your

style inspiration from?

I’d have to say my Mum.

What are your ‘go-to’ pieces to

wear during the summer months?

Dresses, always dresses!


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“I like to look back to the past.

Especially the 1930s, as I think it’s

forever being re-interpreted.”

What are you wearing today?

I have one of my new Tilly scarves – it’s a great new

piece that you can wear like jewellery – and one of my

pocket squares, as I like to mix the prints together. I

always have a little bit of leopard thrown in as well, and

my khaki Uniqlo blazer that neutralises it all a bit.

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say, I like to mix pieces together – maybe a little bit

designer, a little bit high street and always a little bit of vintage.

Whose style do you admire, and/or where do

you get your style inspiration from?

I like to look back to the past. Especially the

1930s, as I think it’s forever being re-interpreted.

I love looking back to past decades but bringing

it up to date with a modern interpretation.

Do you have a favourite place to shop?

At the moment, my go-to place is Coal Drops Yard

behind King’s Cross Station in London. Or I like to

shop in Hastings, especially the vintage shops.

“I’m really happy that cycling shorts

are back. I love a big baggy T-shirt,

cycling shorts and classic clogs.”

Oooh, probably all the lovely ethical

and sustainable brands I follow on

Instagram like @sideline_ww and

@bugclothing and @henri_london.

What are your ‘go-to’ pieces to

wear during the summer months?

I’m really happy that cycling shorts

are back, I love a big baggy T-shirt,

cycling shorts and classic clogs. Or

a midi-dress, always with clogs!

Do you have a favourite place to shop?

I love shopping in independents

and fairs are great, because you

can always find new designers.

Sacha Schwartz

kittyclogssweden.co.uk

What are you wearing today?

My relaxed black jeans with this

summer’s Kitty Clogs Kraft clog in

tan and a chunky black sweatshirt.

Whose style do you admire, and/or where

do you get your style inspiration from?

What fashion favourite could you

not live without in your wardrobe?

Clogs – of course. I’m the low

Klassisk clog girl, I love this style,

probably in sand suede or black.


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What are you wearing today?

My linen pinny with leather straps,

yellow Converse, grey trousers that feel

like I’m wearing thin air and my 1940s

metal necklace, which I absolutely

love – it’s like a Battenberg cake!

What are your ‘go-to’ pieces to wear

during the summer months?

A Victorian nightie with stripy leggings.

What fashion favourite could you

not live without in your wardrobe?

My African oversized embroidered

top that’s yellow and green. At the

moment yellow’s the colour for me!

How would you describe

your personal style?

A mix between industrial and

quirky. I feel like there’s about four

different people in my wardrobe,

so it depends on the mood – it’s

definitely a mood, not a look.

“I would suggest that a lot of my

inspiration comes from going to

fairs like this. I see pieces here that

I would never see anywhere else.”

Tim Dodd

sallywilcox.co.uk

What are you wearing today?

I’m wearing a Nehru collar jacket from

SirPlus and a waistcoat from Hippy

Happy by Anju Rani. My jeans are from

Scotch & Soda, and Blundstone boots.

How would you describe your

personal style? In one word: eclectic

Whose style do you admire,

and/or where do you get your

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I would suggest that a lot of my

inspiration comes from going to fairs

like this. I see pieces here that I would

never see anywhere else. In general, you

see such eclectic style at these events.

What are your ‘go-to’ pieces to wear

during the summer months?

Oh yes, a pair of Henry Maxwell boots

I bought 30 years ago and they’re still

going. And at the moment this waistcoat!

Do you have a favourite place to shop?

I do get my clothes from all over

the place, but Toast make glorious

men’s clothes. If I could find more

places like that, I’d be really happy.

What fashion favourite could you

not live without in your wardrobe?

A tailored suit from my brother and father

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What are you wearing today? I’m

wearing this one-off mac that my

son bought for my birthday from the

Chelsea Flower Show – he’d never

given me clothes before, ever in his

life. I was really nervous as I had to

open it in front of him and I could

feel it was clothes. Then I saw it

and screamed because I loved it!

How would you describe your

personal style? I like colour and

quirkiness, but I really go for accessories

now to add something extra.

Do you have a favourite place to shop?

I always shop for clothes and accessories

when I’m in another country.

What fashion favourite could you

not live without in your wardrobe?

Interestingly, this blue necklace. I have

worn it nearly day in, day out since

I bought it in Jaipur two years ago.

Emma Randle

What are you wearing today? I didn’t pack enough to

visit my mum this weekend, so I’ve pieced this outfit

together from my mum’s and my teenage wardrobe. The

shirt is from Mango and my jacket is from Zara.

What are your ‘go-to’ pieces to wear during

the summer months? Nude sandals.

Do you have a favourite place to shop? I

like the high street, especially Zara.

What fashion favourite could you not live without

in your wardrobe? It has to be my black jeans.

Kate has recently launched Déjà Vu,

a curated, handpicked collection

of reloved clothing and accessories

which you can browse at Pearl &

Queenie in St Leonards at 10 Marine

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and re-using clothing and accessories, Kate sources and

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Scents of

Summer

Beauty

Josephine Fairley takes a look at this season’s new releases

I

love the quote from Aerin

Lauder (the legendary Estée

Lauder’s granddaughter)

that ‘You wouldn’t wear the

same perfume with a tennis

dress as an evening dress.

Now, this is rather more the

season of tennis dresses than

evening dresses (if you don’t

count Glyndebourne), and it’s

certainly a philosophy I embrace.

For me, there are fragrances that come

out when I put my opaque tights away

and vice versa. Scent is very much part of

my wardrobe – and a glance at my dressing

table will tell you: that wardrobe’s expanding.

It will certainly be somewhat more crowded

after summer 2019, meanwhile – because there are just

so many beautiful scents being launched around now.

Before I share the fragrances I’d long to add to my summer

fragrance line-up, though, a few caveats. It’s wise never to

spray directly onto skin, when you’re going to be spending

any time at all outside, because of possible interactions

between scent ingredients (particular citrus notes) and UV

light. There’s a risk of irritation, but also more longer-term

of pigmentation problems. Instead, I like to mist my hair (a

great carrier of perfume), and also my clothes. Just do the

Kleenex test, first: spritz a tissue, and once you’ve established

that the liquid dries completely clear, it’s safe to spray on

fabric. My clothes have an incredible mélange of fragrances

sprayed onto them – and somehow, because I like all the scents

I do that with, it creates something even more wonderful.

And now, my summer perfume lust-haves…

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera (£99 for 125ml eau

de toilette). Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge is creating an

olfactory map of Gabrielle Chanel’s life through his Les Eaux

de Chanel collection. After Paris-Biarritz, Paris-Deauville and

Paris-Venice, he now plants a flag in the sands of the Côte

d’Azur, evoking the sun-drenched paradise Chanel helped

to popularise via a bouquet of sheer summer petals, woven

together with fresh citrus notes, jasmine and neroli and

warmed by resinous benzoin and sandalwood. Wear it with…

jaunty palazzo pants and a striped Breton shirt, à la Coco.

Burberry Her Blossom (from £44 for 30ml eau de toilette).

Longstanding Burberry perfumer Francis Kurkdjian explains

that this fresh, airy interpretation of Burberry Her was

‘inspired by London’s parks in spring.’ (It’s equally gorgeous

for high summer, though, with the combination of plum

blossoms, citrus notes and delicate peony petals creating an

unexpected floral breeze, and the addition before creamy

sandalwood and hints of musk emerge. The so-prettyin-pink

flacon is inspired by an archival Burberry design,

meanwhile – definitely my kind of hip flask. Wear with…

the prettiest, floatiest of summer dresses. Ideally chiffon.

Floris Neroli Voyage (£120 for 100ml eau de parfum).

Inspired by an expedition Floris Perfumery Director Edward

Bodenham took to retrace the footsteps of his ancestor,

Robert Floris, this transports us from Antibes across the

Ligurian Sea to the aromatic isle of Corsica and onwards

to the Italian coastal town of Positano, our sails filled by a

breeze fragrant with neroli, lemon, marine notes, jasmine,

ginger and fennel seed. It weighs anchor via musk, amber

and oak wood, indigenous to Corsica’s famous maquis.

Wear with... white linen as crisp as the scent itself.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Cherrysia (£59 for 75ml eau

de toilette). I’m often wary of cherries, in a fragrance. (They

can be a bit ‘juicy fruits’ synthetic-smelling.) But rather

than the fruit itself, this showcases cherry blossom, that

most ephemeral of blooms, famous for lighting up Japan

in spring. The liquid refreshment begins with a dash of

bergamot, overtaken by diaphanous notes of nashi par and

watermelon, with a too-too-pretty, powdery, softly woody

end-game. Wear with… pretty-as-a-picture pastels.

L’Occitane Herbae Par L’Occitane (£59 for 50ml eau de parfum).

Now that we’ve (finally) shrugged off layers to head outdoors,

here’s the perfect fresh air spritz: a green floral creation from

Shyamala Maisondieu and Nadège Le Garlantezec focused

around wild grasses, all tangled up in bramble, nettle and wild

roses. Bergamot and pink pepper open, and as the sun warms

Herbae on your skin, you’ll begin to make out a honeyed

sweetness, touches of musk and woody, spicy Cashmeran.

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Beauty

The striking

bottle is

tied at the

neck with

gardener’s

raffia. Wear

with… your

favourite scruffy

gardening gear, or any

summer frock. It’s equally

at home in a herbaceous

border as on a terrace

enjoying lunch outside.

(Put a visit to their Covent Garden

boutique on your perfume pilgrimage

‘map’, after reading this!) Effervescent

bubbliness abounds here in in a sunfilled

creation from rising star perfumer

Jérome Epinette (who has created all

Floral Street’s collection), with sparkling

rhubarb popping the cork on a frothy

gush of gardenia, exotic frangipani and

radiant jasmine Sambac. Wear with…

a sleeveless summer party frock. It’ll

have you wanting to kick off your shoes

and dance barefoot on the lawn.

Floral

Street Electric

Rhubarb £58

for 50ml eau de

parfum

Coach Floral Blush

(£49 for

50ml eau de parfum). Don’t we

all need cheerfulness and optimism,

right now…? That’s precisely what

Coach Floral Blush sets out to deliver,

in a spirit-lifting blend powered by

goji berries. What do they smell like,

in a scent? Juicily tart, sitting alongside

grapefruit, mellowing to an armful

of tea roses in the heart, before a

white woods finale. A playful floral

that celebrates ‘the carefree energy of

summer.’ Wear with… that vintage crêpe

de chine tea dress you most treasure.

BYREDO Sundazed (£110 for 50ml

eau de parfum). This is probably my

favourite yet from cult perfumers

BYREDO. Paying tribute to the era

of free love, Sundazed comes wrapped

in all things sunshine; bright, dazzling

mandarin and Californian lemon. Neroli

shimmers like the twinkle of light on

water while Arabian jasmine cloaks your

skin with its soft, yet opulent, touch.

A dry-down of cotton candy and skin

musks evokes distant memories of

summers spent at beachside funfairs.

Definitely a scent in which to bask

in a state of summer-induced bliss.

Wear with… a sarong, beside a pool or

lounging around on the back terrace.

Perfumer H Petit Grain (£220 for 100ml

eau de parfum). Right at the other end

of the price spectrum from Floral Street

are the fragrances created by perfumer

Lyn Harris, best known as founder

and for many years creator at Miller

Harris, who has a new scent boutique

on Marylebone’s Crawford Street where

she releases seasonal collections. I’ve been

saving pennies to build a mini-wardrobe

of these stunning scents, and for spring/

summer 2019 have my eye (or maybe

nose?) on this gust of citrusy greenness,

zestily powered by Italian bergamot,

Florida orange, and Paraguayan

petitgrain. Aromatic herbs, woods and

musks endow this with a much longer

skin life than most Colognes. If you can

afford to, splash with abandon. (And if

money’s really no object, splash out on

the hand-blown Michael Ruh bottle of

this, which is priced at a cool £450).

But whatever you spend – and

whether you’re matching your

fragrance to a tennis frock, a

Glyndebourne gown, a linen kaftan

or a snuggly pashmina – may you

enjoy a beautifully fragrant summer.

See perfumesociety.org for more of

Jo Fairley’s fragrance reviews

Chanel Les

Eaux de Chanel

Paris-Riviera £99

for 125ml eau

de toilette

Floris

Neroli

Voyage £120 for

100ml eau de

parfum

Floral Street Electric Rhubarb (£58 for

50ml eau de parfum). Floral Street is a

disruptive new fragrance house making

a splash for all sorts of reasons. First off,

they scooped ‘Retailer of the Year’ in the

prestigious Fragrance Foundation Awards

2019 (against very tough

competition). Secondly,

they’re offering

wearable ‘niche’-style

fragrances at very

mainstream prices.

L’Occitane

Herbae Par

L’Occitane £59

for 50ml eau

de parfum

Perfumer H

Petit Grain £220

for 100ml eau

de parfum

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The Summer Solstice on 21st June

this year marked the transition

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of summer. It is on this day that the sun

rose and set at its most northern point,

leading to longer hours of daylight and

therefore the longest day of the year.

The word solstice is derived from the

Latin “sol” (sun) and “sistere” (to stand still)

and for me this says so much; this is the

time to stop, pause and reconnect with the

beauty of nature and the powerful effect that

the sun and its light has on all living things.

This time is celebrated by the druids

as a festival to give thanks to nature

and the changing faces of the seasons.

These seasonal rituals underpinning

practices such as druidism traditionally

evolved around farming practices. Now,

however, as our food production and

farming practices have changed to align

more with global demand than with

nature, this connection is less apparent.

Yet working intimately with the

change of seasons is a very simple and

powerful tool that can bring with it a

great opportunity to improve our physical

and emotional wellbeing. Indeed, the

inseparable relationship between the natural

environment around us, wherever we are

in the world, and our own wellbeing of

body, mind and spirit is a core belief in my

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turning point allow us to celebrate by

feasting on nutrient-rich seasonal delights,

such as artichokes, asparagus, Jersey

potatoes, watercress or strawberries.

The longer, lighter evenings allow us to

relax with friends over a light evening

supper or wild swimming with your

family. Whichever ritual you choose

to celebrate nature’s gift of summer,

do so with abandon and gratitude.

Upping my water intake

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seasons, my water intake can be lower,

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vegetables and fresh teas. In the summer

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Wild at Heart

Henrietta Norton from Wild Nutrition explains how

she’ll be harnessing summer goodness to keep her

body and mind healthy throughout July

Here are just some of the changes I will

be making in this Season of Abundance

Exercising outside

What better way to enhance the benefits

of exercising than with an outdoor

routine in summer. Immersing ourselves

in nature supports our mental health

and physical wellbeing and is immensely

stress relieving. We don’t need a scientific

study to know that a walk through the

woods or cycling through the park is

uplifting and healing for the soul.

Adjusting my skincare

You can extend your summer changes

to your skincare routine, make-up and

sunscreen, too. There are some wonderful

naturally-derived, ethical products

available (my supplement regime shifts

during this season too) to help protect

your skin from oxidative damage and

contribute to collagen production.

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Health & Wellbeing

Summer fitness fun

with or without kids!

Sarah Maxwell breaks down the sometimes daunting

prospect of exercise into easily manageable activities

that can be slotted into a busy lifestyle

Whether you have children or

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go out of the window, or even stop for the

summer altogether! Holidays, days out

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‘getting back on it tomorrow’. However,

summer can be a great time to shake up

your fitness routine or get started on a

new one – with or without the kids! Nicer

weather (hopefully) and longer evenings all

give perfect opportunities to get out there

and get moving, so this summer I have been

trying out something a little different to get

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Playground memories

I recently went to a ‘Rabble’ class in

Tunbridge Wells (at the cricket ground) and

it took me straight back to my schooldays,

running around playing British Bulldog,

Dodgeball and throwing frisbees! I had

such a great time at the class and can’t wait

to go back. An hour passes in the blink

of an eye and you get a great workout

without even realising it – maybe next

time I won’t fall over trying to “Dodge

that ball”! The beauty of it is that all ages

are welcome so you can go along with the

kids or on your own. joinrabble.com

Bouncing into fitness and fun

If you do have children to entertain over

the holidays, open jump sessions are

perfect. Many of my clients with children/

grandchildren find that the summer holidays

can be rather stressful and often tell me

they feel guilty when they use ‘family time’

to do their fitness programmes. It needn’t

be that way. Open jump sessions are for

all ages and are a brilliant way to burn off

those calories and have some fun with the

kids at the same time. I went to Urban

Jump in Heathfield, East Sussex, to try it

out and can definitely recommend it.

Entertaining teenagers can be tricky but

Urban Jump’s Urban Fit is something a

little different for those aged over 16 – a

45-minute class involving 30 minutes of

trampoline fun followed by 15 minutes in

the urban rainforest assault course. Swinging

and climbing at your own pace makes for

a fun and effective workout and will work

multiple muscle groups. urbanjump.co.uk

Love being in water? Prefer

looking at water?

With Bewl Water on our doorstep there

is definitely something for everyone here:

cycling, walking, watersports AND the

new Aqua park! There is 1500 metres

of inflatable fun for individuals, groups,

families, adults and children. I know

where I’m heading this summer!

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These are just a few of the things I have

tried, but there are lots of activities and

courses over the summer that will take

you outside and get you moving – with or

without the kids! Try searching the local

area online or checking our your local

Facebook groups to see what’s on offer

Now for something that can be done

without leaving the comfort of your own

home, this month’s exercise of the month!

With my hectic lifestyle I have to fit in

exercise as and when I can. Contrary to

popular belief, many of us in the health and

fitness industry stand around a lot telling

other people what to do without actually

doing the whole classes we are teaching!

This simple exercise (see right) can be

done anywhere – I often do it while I’m

brushing my teeth! A triple achievement

– clean teeth, improved balance and

stronger core in just two minutes!

Now that really is multi-tasking!

Sarah Maxwell is a

multiple award-winning

Fitness and Lifestyle

coach and mum of two

who juggles a lot of

balls. Find out more

about Sarah and her

work at sarahmaxwell.

com Sarah shares her

Fitness and Lifestyle

tips on Instagram

@sarahmaxwelllifestyle

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Core strength

and balance

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with foot and knee

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simple exercise engages

your core muscles too?

Stand straight (maintain

a good posture) raise

one leg off the floor and

balance with the other.

Aim to maintain this

position for a minimum

of 20 seconds. If you

can do it for longer

than 60 seconds, try it

with your eyes closed!

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Baked to

Perfection

Recipes: Ilgin Beaton from Just Sourdough by Ilgin

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming

Tangy, flavourful and satisfyingly chewy, sourdough’s

addictive appeal as an easier-to-digest alternative to regular

bread means that it has amassed quite the fanbase. Here,

Sevenoaks-based sourdough expert Ilgin Beaton – who, as

her company name Just Sourdough by Ilgin suggests, solely

focuses on crafting unadulterated sourdough loaves – shares

three recipes for you to try at home

You’ll need:

Sourdough Starter

There are a wide range of sourdough starter recipes

online if you wish to make your own from scratch. This

usually takes around 10-12 days. On Ilgin’s website,

justsourdough.com you can buy ready-made Organic

White Sourdough Starter and Organic Wholemeal Rye

Starter. Alternatively, book onto one of Just Sourdough

by Ilgin’s ‘Introduction to Sourdough Baking’ workshops

and you’ll go home with a jar of Ilgin’s own starter to

jumpstart the process and get baking straight away.

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Recipe One

Makes 1 loaf Prep time: Up to 24 hours

Cooking time: Around 50 mins

You will need: A Dutch Oven or

baking stone, a bread scoring knife/

blade, a round banneton or colander

• 100g active starter (you can

make your own or buy online

at justsourdough.com)

• 330-350g water (filtered or

mineral water), lukewarm

• 400g organic unbleached

strong white flour

• 100g of stoneground organic

wholemeal flour (or 50g

wholemeal, 50g spelt)

• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved in 9g water

• rice flour, for dusting the banneton

1In a large bowl mix the

starter and water and stir

until the starter is dissolved.

2Add all the flour and mix until the

ingredients come together into a

large ball. (At this stage we are only

mixing the water, starter and flour.)

3Cover and let the dough rest

on the side in the kitchen for

between 30 mins and 2 hours ‒ this

is what bakers call ‘autolyse’.

4Add the dissolved salt mixture to the

dough. Make sure the salt is distributed

evenly throughout the dough using a ‘Slap

& Fold’ technique (you repeatedly slap

the dough down onto the work surface

and fold it over on itself). This traps

some air whilst developing the gluten.

Continue for around 6-8 minutes, then

set aside in a bowl for 10-15 mins.

5The next stage is to ‘Stretch &

Fold’. Lift and fold your dough in

half over on itself, do a quarter turn

of your dough and repeat three more

times. Place back in the bowl ‘seam’

side down. Repeat this process three

times at 30-60 minute intervals with a

final 15-30 minute rest at the end.

6Shape the dough lightly into a ball then

place into a round banneton dusted

with rice flour (with a handful of mixed

seeds at the bottom, if desired). If you don’t

have a banneton, use a clean tea-towel

dusted with rice flour inside a colander.

Dust the top with rice flour, then cover.

7Prove. Leave your dough to

one side until it is 50% bigger,

then transfer to the fridge and leave

to prove there for 8-12 hours.

8The next morning, preheat your oven

to 250°C, pop in your Dutch Oven

or baking stone with a large pan of ice or

boiling water underneath, and heat for at

least 30 mins before you are ready to bake.

The hydration helps form a beautiful crust.

9Once the oven is up to full heat,

carefully remove the Dutch Oven,

then tip your dough inside carefully and

score the top with your scoring knife/

blade. This determines where the bread

will tear as it rises. Spray with water and

bake for 30-35 mins with the lid on.

Towards the end turn the heat down to

180-200°C, remove the lid and bake for

another 15 mins, or until you achieve

the colour of crust that you prefer. Take

it out of the Dutch Oven and leave to

cool down for up to 2 hours. Enjoy!

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The following are more complex recipes with a mixture of flours, but the

taste is divine and the loaves are even more wholesome as they contain

ancient, unmodified grains. They use the same method as previously.

Recipe Two

• 350g water

• 100g active starter

• 250g unbleached strong white flour

• 100g einkorn (an ancient grain)

• 50g khorasan (also known as

kamut – an ancient grain)

• 100g Organic Light Malthouse

Flour from Shipton Mill

• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved

in 9g water

Recipe Three

• 330-335g water

• 180g active white starter

• 300g unbleached strong

white flour

• 100g wholemeal spelt flour

• 50g wholemeal flour

• 50g khorasan (also known as

kamut – an ancient grain)

• 9g fine sea salt, dissolved

in 9g water

Find out more about Ilgin’s sourdough workshops at justsourdough.com

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Water retention

Get water-saving savvy

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pots’ occupants happy,

healthy and hydrated

this summer

in Pots

The weather is like a yo-yo. Temperatures soar, then

the following day it is overcast and drab – now, as

we speak, it is tipping it down. My rain gauge tells

me that we have had 30mm since yesterday

but yes, farmers need it for their crops and

we all need it for our gardens. Last year’s heat

and lack of rain was a disaster here when the

low oxygen levels in the pond meant that the

ghost carp, grown from tiddlers over the past

15 years or so, just didn’t make it. And that was

despite all our valiant efforts to re-oxygenate

the pond using a hose. I was glad to hear

that my bed and breakfast guest was a keen

fisherman and so was seen in a tangle of willows

at the side of the pond stretched out on his

stomach retrieving a very large and beautiful

fish. It was all very traumatic, like losing an

old friend, but thank goodness he was here to help.

Whether we do have a dry summer again or not, it is worth

thinking about water retention, bearing in mind that water is

“Try to avoid

watering in

the evening as

moisture can

get trapped in

the pot as the

temperature drops

leading to mildew

and fungus”

such a valuable resource and, if you have a pot garden rather

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I was reading about ollas, clay pots used

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These are pots with a round base and a

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pots or borders having filled them with

water. As they are porous, water seeps into

the adjoining plants’ roots via a suction effect

and the roots grow round the olla and take

water in when its needed. But maybe a few

ideas work just as well but less interestingly.

One major thing to think of is mulch and

a healthy compost heap will give you all

the humus-rich compost you would need for pots. It’s an

idea to use large pots if possible as whilst they need filling

with a good deal of compost, they will not dry out in


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the same way as small containers do. Add the mulch,

whatever it is that you use, in the spring and you could

also use moisture retentive Perlite in the soil. Avoid peat

based multi-purpose composts, which dry out quickly,

and instead go for the loam based John Innes mixes.

Try to avoid watering in the evening as moisture

can get trapped in the pot as the temperature drops

leading to mildew and fungus. Shame really as

the evening ritual of watering and having a glass

of wine is usually not too much of a chore!

Other mulches that help retain moisture would include

bark and leaf mould. Actually, the latter is ideal for

acid loving plants as it is low in nutrients and humus.

If you have a seaside garden, a mulch of shells and

gravel look good, but oddly they don’t quite work in

gardens away from the coast – I don’t really know why.

Straw, grass cuttings, mushroom compost. They can

all work. And have a think about grouping your pots

together in one place, rather than having isolated pots

around the garden. One seems to protect the other.

Wind is a cause of pots drying out and their contents

become rather desiccated, so, if possible, protect them

from prevailing winds by planting a native hedge or

purely a hawthorn hedge. The birds will thank you, too.

We have a proliferation of recently planted leylandii

down the lane. No use to man nor beast. Go native.

Otherwise use something like a hazel or willow fence

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Garden

merriments gardens

Some other tips to try…

• Avoid planting in dark-coloured pots. They

retain heat and accelerate moisture evaporation.

• Recycle plastic bottles. Pierce small

holes in them, put the top back on and

put in one of your pots upside down.

• Worth a try is drip irrigation using strips of

old fabric, with one end in your chosen pot and

the other in a reservoir of water. Good for a

group of pots if you are going away for a while.

• Try any number of the plant gels that are

on the market. Garden centres and dare I say

it, Amazon, have any number to buy. I was

reading about Plant Gel, a polymer, which has

been used by the US Forestry Service for years,

especially when they are trying to establish

trees and plants in desert areas. This particular

one contains water retaining properties as

well as nutrients. An ideal combination.

• Another cheap idea is to use old

household sponges in your pot’s compost.

I think I’m going to try that one.

Things are hotting up here at Merriments

in our RHS Partner Garden, Plant Area,

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inexpensive rolls of split bamboo or reeds attached

to vertical stakes. They’ll do the trick.

And then there are the plants you choose themselves.

Bear in mind where they come from and what conditions

they are used to and then you can’t go wrong. Just try to

emulate what they have come to expect! Mediterranean

plants are used to very high midday temperatures, often

in excess of 38°C, and they have adapted to drought and

to retaining their water reserves during the hot season.

Their leaves are often silvery, small, leathery or hairy –

all adaptations to the conditions ‘they grew up in’.

These plants are often easy to grow in pots as long as you

don’t water too much and have some winter protection.

Oh, and ignore the idea of a spring mulch, they just need

minimal watering and well-drained soil. If you are tucking

them away into a well-lit shed or porch in the winter

months, don’t do it too soon. They need time to ‘harden

off’ so they are prepared for the vagaries of the UK’s winter.

Sub-tropical plants, too, can be great candidates for

pots as their large, lush leaves adapted to high humidity

can regulate their own temperature through transpiration,

meaning that they rarely dry out. Just what you want. It’s

simply working out which works best for them and for you.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948

for gardening advice and help in the sourcing

and supply of interesting garden plants.

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Mad about

the BEES

Jo Arnell explains why, in a world full of pesticides,

making your garden a destination for bees provides them

with the ecological haven they’re crying out for

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Insects are in crisis at the moment, their numbers

declining at a frightening rate, so anything we can do

to attract them into our gardens will be of benefit. In

fact, our gardens are proving to be bastions of hope and

protection in an inhospitable environment. The attention

is on bees, because they are such vital pollinators for crops

and without them our own existence would be under

threat too. Our gardens are fast becoming a vital resource

for them, providing food and shelter and hopefully safety

from pesticides. The sight and sound of bees buzzing brings

a garden truly to life and reminds us that a flower’s job

is to attract pollinators, that their beauty has a profound

purpose, intricately linked to the existence of the insects.

Honey bees, bumble bees and stingless bees are in the

Apidae family. There is just one honey bee, but there are 24

different species of bumble bee; some are social and live in

colonies, some are solitary, some are tiny, some huge and

furry – and easy to spot as they noisily bumble around the

flower borders. Added to these are the leaf cutters, mason,

mining and carder bees – and more besides. All bees do a vital

job transferring pollen from one flower to another as they go

about collecting nectar and pollen for their own purposes.

With a little thought, and a little less tidiness, your garden

can easily be made more insect friendly. They just need

places to build nests, shelter for overwintering and a reliable

source of food and water. Food comes in the form of nectar

and pollen and a plentiful supply all year round is really

beneficial. Most flowers die back in the winter, but there are

quite a few trees and shrubs that will produce winter flowers.

Water

Bees and other beneficial insects need to be able to

access water, preferably fairly shallow, so that they

won’t drown. Bees use water to drink, but also to cool

the hive when the weather gets really hot. If you don’t

have a pond, then a shallow dish of water, containing

pebbles or stones for climbing onto, will provide them

with a place to drink and collect water for the hive.

Shelter

Bees live in different kinds of habitats, depending on the

species, but all pollinating insects need overwintering

places where they can hibernate as adults or pupae. You

can easily help them by leaving log piles, leaves and

hollow perennial stems and seed heads for them to hide

in. You could also build a bee hotel; make your guests

feel at home using cut off sections of bamboo cane,

pinecones and bundles of sticks inserted into a frame and

positioned out of the prevailing wind and weather.

Providing nectar all year round

Most pollinating insects and bees will disappear when

the weather starts to get cold, but on warmer winter days

they occasionally wake up, or wake from hibernation

much earlier. This is happening increasingly as a result

of climate change, especially in the warmer south of

England where some species have stopped hibernating

altogether. It is vital to provide the winter insects


Opposite: Cirsium rivulare – bees love thistles This page top:

Foxgloves have spotted ‘landing strips’ designed to guide the bees

into the flowers Middle: A honey bee and a tiny pollen beetle

share a meal Left: Allium atropurpureum

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and early emergers with food to help them get through

this period when resources may be scarce elsewhere.

Nectar from flowers may be in short supply in the

winter, but there are other sources: ivy flowers late in the

year, the winter cherry tree Prunus subhirtella autumnalis

flowers sporadically throughout the autumn and winter,

Clematis balearica is in flower from mid-winter and once

the worst of the January weather is over, there’s a host

of late winter flowering shrubs to choose from, with the

added bonus that many of them are scented. Early spring

brings the first of the bulbs, together with woodland

natives like primroses, aconites and wood anemones.

Flowers

Flowering plants have co-evolved with insects. Without

insect pollinators there would be no real flowers – the

plants would all have to rely on wind pollination, which

is a fairly haphazard and wasteful process. Much better to

pay someone to do the job properly. Nectar is the reward

for pollinators and it is only produced in the nectaries of

flowers as a lure – the plant has no need for it at all.

Some flowers hide the nectar in order to make doubly

sure that enough pollen is collected, the bees have to go

down deep into the flower to get to it, covering themselves

in pollen in the process. These blooms tend to be tubeshaped

and some even have landing strips to guide the bee

to the right part; look closely at a foxglove and you will see

the speckles inside are arranged in a specific way to help the

bee. Snapdragons have a hinged lip that opens only when a

heavy enough bee lands on the right spot, thereby ensuring

that the pollen will brush off when the bee squeezes inside.

Other flowers are more open about the process and go

to lengths to make things easy for their pollinators. Plants

in the daisy (Compositae) family make a wide and secure

platform for insects to land on; the centre is packed with

lots of individual tiny, nectar-filled flowers surrounded by

a fringe of sepals. This also means that once the bee has


Top: Echinops is a ‘bee magnet’ in late summer Middle left:

Flowers in the daisy family make great ‘landing pads’ for insects

Middle right: Chives and other alliums are nectar rich

Bottom: A honey bee collecting nectar from lavender

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landed, it can spend more time collecting food from one

place, rather than wasting time flitting from bloom to bloom.

Colour sends a message

Plants use colour to send a signal, advertising to the insects

that the nectar bar is open for business. Brightly coloured

flowers are naturally found in sunny situations, but in the

shade the flowers tend to be pale, often white or cream, as this

shows up better in dim light. They lure in the insects with

scent rather than colour, pumping out their fragrance more

vigorously in the evening to attract in moths and beetles.

Although bees will collect nectar from different flowers,

they are very drawn to flowers at the blue end of the spectrum,

with herbs such as lavender, thyme and borage most favourite.

Plants to grow for the bees

Native species, but not necessarily our natives, are the most

valuable plants to pollinating insects, rather than highly bred

cultivars encouraged to give up on producing nectar and

pollen in favour of extra large or frilly petals instead. These

tend to be sterile too, so of no interest to hungry insects. Stick

to blooms that are open hearted with a single row of petals,

instead of the show-offs which always remind me of the huge,

puffy, Princess Diana-style wedding dresses of the 1980s.

Contact Jo for gardening courses and advice: 01233 861149

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Some useful nectar rich plants:

Early flowers

Lonicera fragrantissima – a shrubby,

winter flowering honeysuckle with

very fragrant, nectar rich flowers.

Hellebore – both the early Helleborus niger

(Christmas rose), the slightly later Helleborus

orientalis (Lenten rose) and the shrubbier Helleborus

argutifolius will provide a vital source of nectar for

early emerging bumble bees and other insects.

Early spring bulbs, such as winter

aconites, crocuses, Scillas and Muscari

will carpet under trees and shrubs.

Mid-season

Aquilegias – these appear at the end of spring

and will self-seed in favourable conditions

Herbs, such as Thyme and Marjoram, are

very pretty when they flower – just cut

them back as you would lavender once

they’ve finished to keep them tidy.

Scabious – a mound forming perennial for the

front of the border with long lasting ‘pin cushion’

flowers in shades of pale blue, pink or white.

Late summer and autumn

Buddleia – our beloved butterfly bush that flowers

in late summer and attracts a mass of pollinating

insects. Prune hard in spring so that you will be

able to appreciate the flowers at eye level – left

unpruned buddleias grow too tall and unruly – and

the flowers will appear right at the top of the plant.

Hebe – these mainly evergreen shrubs come

in many sizes, but all produce nectar rich

flowers at around the same time as buddleias

Verbena bonariensis – a tall, wiry, but elegant

meadow plant from Argentina. If it likes you, it will

set seed literally everywhere…

Asters – with their late flowering daisy flower

heads will flower into October and beyond.

Abelia grandiflora – an autumn flowering shrub

with small, pale pink flowers and long lasting

darker, rusty pink bracts

Above: A lavender hedge will keep the bees happy for weeks

Right: Hellebores are a great source of early nectar.

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Time for a Change

Considering downsizing? Here’s what you need to think about...

You might consider downsizing

as you enter retirement for a

variety of reasons. Perhaps you

are looking to save money and time on

property upkeep, find somewhere more

suitable for your needs, move nearer

to family or friends, want to release

capital for yourself, or to help family

members. Whatever the reason, when

deciding to leave the family home

you must consider many emotive and

practical issues. While you are likely to

have considered the potential impact

on your lifestyle and bank balance,

you may not have thought about the

impact downsizing may have on your

wider affairs. Francesca Sassoli, of law

firm Cripps, incorporating Pemberton

Greenish, outlines some legal

considerations you should be aware of.

Your will

When contemplating downsizing,

you should review your will. It may

need updating to reflect the change of

property to avoid an unwanted outcome.

For example, you may give the

property to your partner and the rest

of your estate to your children. If you

do not amend your will to refer to

your new property, the gift to your

partner may fail, so your new property

unintentionally passes to your children.

property ownership

If you are buying with another person,

you should take advice as to whether to

hold it as “joint tenants” or “tenants in

common”. Various factors, including

your will, may impact your decision.

Properties owned as joint tenants pass

automatically to the survivor on the

death of a co-owner. But if you intend

to give your share of the property to

another person, or to a trust, in your

will, the new property should be

purchased as tenants in common so

that your share passes under your will

and not to the co-owner automatically.

When preparing to sell your existing

property, you should check your

records and at the Land Registry to

see if any other parties have an interest

in your property. It is not uncommon

for couples to give a share of the

family home to a trust or to their

children during lifetime or on the

first death, which will have an impact

when downsizing. This is sometimes

recorded by a charge or restriction

registered against the property. Legal

advice should be taken regarding these

arrangements before downsizing.

residence nil rate band

This is a tax-free allowance (£125,000 at

the time of writing, but set to increase

to £150,000 from 5 April 2019)

available in addition to the ordinary nil

rate band (currently £325,000) for those

passing their home to descendants on

death. The allowance was introduced

in April 2017 and is set to increase by

£25,000 every tax year until it reaches

£175,000 in the tax year 2020/21. The

allowance can be transferred between

married couples or civil partners if

it is not used on the first death.

When downsizing, you should

consider whether your share of your

new property is worth enough to fully

utilise the allowance available, to avoid

wasting some of it. If your share of the

new property is less than the available

allowance (£250,000 for a couple at

the time of writing but set to increase

to £300,000 from 5 April 2019), a

special “downsizing relief” may be

available so your estate can still benefit

from a percentage of the allowance.

You should keep the completion

statement from your sale and purchase,

and take legal advice to check how the

provisions apply in your circumstances.

Lasting Powers

of Attorney

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are

documents nominating attorneys to

manage your affairs on your behalf if

Downsizing –

key things to consider

• Are you ready for the

emotional impact of leaving

your current home?

• Is your home listed in your

will? It’s highly likely this will

need updating as a result of

a property sale.

• Have you considered the

different ownership options

available and their implications

to your inheritors?

• Will downsizing affect the

tax-free allowance in your

inheritance tax planning?

• Are you prepared for the risk

you may not be well enough to

complete the sale and purchase?

• Have you considered the

alternatives?

• What will you be doing with

any surplus cash as a result

of downsizing?

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you cannot do so, perhaps due to an accident or illness. LPAs

can be put in place for both financial and health decisions.

If you lose capacity without an LPA, an application to the

Court of Protection is necessary, but this is a costly process

which can take months. If you do decide to downsize, you

may wish to put a financial LPA in place to ensure the sale

and purchase can continue if you become incapacitated

or are unable to sign documents for any other reason.

Other options

You may wish to consider alternatives to downsizing.

Despite some bad press in the early 2000s, equity

release schemes or lifetime mortgages for over 55s

are an increasingly popular way to release capital tied

up in the family home without having to move.

Equity release should not be entered into lightly. Even

though most providers now offer a “no negative equity

guarantee” (meaning you will never have to pay back

more than the value of the property), high interest rates

and early repayment charges can reduce the value of your

estate. If you are considering equity release you should seek

advice from an independent financial advisor and meet

with a solicitor before entering into any arrangement.

Tax planning

Downsizing can provide the opportunity for inheritance

tax (IHT) planning, although you should be careful not to

allow the potential to save tax to be your sole motivation.

You must be comfortable with the lifestyle changes

too, otherwise you may live to regret your decision.

If you do not need the cash you release by downsizing

and your estate is over the IHT threshold, you could give

away funds to reduce your estate for IHT purposes. You

can make outright gifts to anyone over 18. However, if

you would prefer to delay the age at which they receive

the funds, provide for minor beneficiaries or protect the

funds for any other reason (such as from a divorcing

beneficiary), you may prefer to gift the funds to a trust. You

will need to survive seven years from either type of gift.

For further advice on downsizing please contact

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francesca.sassoli@crippspg.co.uk or visit cripps.co.uk.

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Education

School’s out for summer

But what if the lengthy summer holiday ceased to exist? Hilary Wilce spells out the advantages

Quite soon schools will be closing down for

the holidays. Some boarding schools will

be quickly opening up again to reap useful

income from hosting residential music schools

or tennis camps or foreign language courses. Others will

be hosting day holiday clubs and activity camps, but far

too many school buildings up and down the country

will stay shuttered and locked until September.

Meanwhile, social splits will widen. Some lucky children

will enjoy a busy summer of friends, activities and holidays,

but many more will spend weeks in their bedrooms

staring at a screen, or will roam the streets with friends

trying to fill up the days. In the summer, a surprising

number of school-age children in the UK are less well fed

than they are during their term times of breakfast clubs

and school lunches. A great many, lacking stimulation,

forget much of what they learned in the previous school

year and start in September having dropped up to five

weeks behind in both knowledge and learning skills.

At the same time, parents will spend their summers

juggling holiday leave, paying out for holiday

programmes of dance, football or archery classes

that they can often ill afford, or turning to longsuffering

grandparents to help out with childcare.

None of this adds up, so it would make excellent sense

to keep schools open over the summer and offer free

holiday programmes of sports, creative and community

activities to all children who want to join in.

Of course it would cost money. Quite a lot of money.

Organisers and helpers would have to be employed, there’d

be significant management costs, and equipment and food

would need to be provided. But set that against all the other

costs that the summer holidays give rise to – more mental

and physical health problems among children, more street

violence, growing obesity, family struggles, workplace stress,

and widening inequality – and the balance sheet would

tip strongly in the direction of using our well-equipped

and expensive school facilities to the maximum. Plus, of

course, a national, and hopefully high-quality holiday

scheme, would be able to offer much more consistency

of care, and a much more balanced programme, than the

postcode lottery of holiday provision than we have now.

What this would take, though, would be

a profound revolution in thinking.

My own family had a personal crash course in this when we

moved to America and our children joined the local elementary

school. Almost immediately, they were casually cycling up to

school in the evenings and at weekends to pick up forgotten

homework, look things up in the library, or play on the sports

field or in the playground. To us, it seemed extraordinary.

To our suburban American neighbours it was completely

normal. It was the children’s school, it was open, there were

adults about – why shouldn’t pupils use it as their own?

So why can’t that happen here? Why can’t schools

be safe havens and exciting learning spaces in the

summer, just as they are in term-time? There are lots

of practical and financial reasons why not. But with

the desire to do right by all our children, and the will

to make it happen, those could be countered.

Or we could have something completely different and

scrap the long summer holiday altogether. Children are

no longer needed to help with the harvest, which is why

the holiday was created in the first place. Modern life

hurtles along without pause through the months of July

and August, and it could well suit almost everyone to

have more school terms and shorter holidays. For me,

this would be the ultimate sensible solution, and would

solve the great summer holiday problem at a stroke.

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KITCHEN

GARDEN WEEK

2nd every day to 7th July

Kitchen Gardener on hand to

answer questions; menu in

the café celebrating produce

from the garden

Gardens; Café with Terrace; Gift Shop; Art and

Sculpture Exhibitions - all open until 28th Sept.

Open Tuesday to Saturday and Special Event Days

Ticehurst, TN5 7HE 01580 200888

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Art

What’s On in July

Fri 14 Jul - Fri 6 Sep

Beauport House at Bannatyne

Hotel & Spa, The Ridge,

Hastings TN38 8EA

ENLIGHTENED

PURE Arts Group’s latest

exhibition will show the work of

respected painter, collage artist

and printmaker Brenda Hartill RE

at their new gallery with Beauport

House at Bannatyne Hotel & Spa.

pureartsgroup.co.uk

Wed 24 Jul – Wed 7 Aug

(Mon-Wed & Fri 9am-6pm,

Thu 9am-8pm, Sat

9am-6pm, Sun Closed)

Kaleidoscope Gallery &

Library, Buckhurst Lane,

Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 14Q

TEXTILE STUDIO

EXHIBITION

An exhibition of contemporary

textiles and mixed media by

artists based in Kent.

Entry: Free

01634 714477

Sat 27 July – Sun 18 Aug 1-6pm

Godinton House & Gardens,

Godinton Lane, Ashford,

Kent TN23 3BP

Sculpture in

the Garden

Godinton House shows the

work of twenty artists – some

familiar, local artists and some

exciting new faces – adding an

exciting element to the 13 acres

of beautiful and varied gardens.

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Festivals & Fairs

Mon 1 – Sun 7 Jul

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey,

East Molesey KT8 9AU

RHS Hampton Court

Palace Garden Festival

Bringing a colourful festival

of flowers to the grounds of

Hampton Court Palace, this

event invites visitors to spend the

day amongst beautiful blooms,

enjoying a stellar line up of

gardens, spectacles, culinary

experiences and workshops.

rhs.org.uk

Thu 4 – Sun 14 July

Romney Marsh TN28 8AS

JAM on the Marsh

JAM on the Marsh returns. Join

the King’s Singers, be amazed by

Jon Foreman’s large-scale, dailychanging

beach art on the sands at

Dymchurch, come to Changeling

Theatre’s racy Nell Gwynn under

the copper beech tree in New

Romney, luxuriate in Tchaikovsky,

Finzi and Paul Mealor with the

London Mozart Players, or hear

Bach as you never have before with

Art of Moog’s Bach on Synths.

Children are welcome, free at all

events, and the Children’s Sunday

will be full of storytelling, clowning,

nature sculptures and steam trains.

jamconcert.org/events

Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jul

Dunorlan Park, Pembury Road,

Tunbridge Wells TN2 3QN

Pub in the Park

The ultimate pub garden. This

glorious three day feast will have

brilliant food, Michelin-starred

chefs and live music including

Rick Astley, Basement Jaxx,

Will Young, Gabrielle, Soul II

Soul Sound System and KT

Tunstall. There will be plenty

of bars serving drinks from

cocktails to cold ones, chef

demonstrations, masterclasses,

tastings and shopping from

artisans and lifestyle brands.

pubintheparkuk.com

Sun 21 Jul 10.30am

The Sports Ground, 100

The Street, Appledore,

Ashford, Kent TN26 2AE

Appledore

Vehicle Rally

A family day out in the beautiful

village of Appledore with trophies

and prizes for all categories of

vehicles on display, arena events,

country crafts stalls, an autojumble,

boot fair stalls, food

outlets, side show attractions, and

a raffle for a “Barrow-of-Booze”.

All proceeds go to charity and all

work is done by local volunteers.

Entry: £5, concessions: £3,

children: free, vehicle exhibition:

£8/car in advance / £10 on the

day (including occupants)

appledorevehiclerally.co.uk

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Why not have your

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What’s On in July

MUsic & Theatre

Tue 9 Jul 6.30-8.30pm

Benenden School, Benenden,

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4AA

ABF The Soldier’s

Charity Musical

A Summer Party with music from

the Cranbrook Town Band, the

Old School Samba Band, the

Queen’s Own Royal West Kent

Regiment’s Quintet, and two

Pipers plus wine, canapés, and

other attractions. The party will

be on the terrace if the weather

is fine, or a marquee if wet.

Entry: (in advance only) adults:

£25, under 14s: £5+free ice cream,

abftscevents@gmail.com /

01474 853014

Sat 13 Jul

Leeds Castle, Maidstone,

Kent ME17 1PL

Leeds Castle Concert

With the Royal Philharmonic

Orchestra, The Band of Her

Majesty’s Royal Marines, and a

selection of sensational soloists plus

a Spitfire fly-over from the Aero

Legends stable, the Leeds Castle

Classical Concert is how to do an

open-air concert with real class. Take

a summer day to sip on prosecco,

feast on a Carluccio’s picnic hamper

filled with delicious Italian dishes

and enjoy the show, which just so

happens to be set in the grounds of

‘the loveliest castle in the world’.

Entry: From £47

leeds-castle.com /

leedscastleconcert.co.uk

Sat 27 Jul

Allington Castle, Maidstone, Kent

ME16 0NB

Allington Castle

Open Air Theatre

Heart of Kent Hospice presents

two open air theatre performances

with The Changeling Theatre

Company in the beautiful

grounds of the private residence of

Allington Castle. Jessica Swale’s Nell

Gwynn will be performed in the

afternoon, commencing at 2pm and

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale will

be an evening performance 7.30pm

Entry: Adults: £30, children: £10

changeling-theatre.com /

hokh.org

Workshops

Fri 5 Jul 10.30-4pm

Godinton House, Godinton

Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP

CERAMIC Portrait

SCULPTURE WORKSHOP

FOR ALL ABILITIES

(with model)

Join Brenda Burgess for a fun,

friendly, and deeply informative

sculpture workshop for all

abilities. This workshop, set in

the glorious Godinton House,

takes a deep look at what makes

each of our faces so unique.

Entry: £70

brendaburgess@brendaburgessarts.co.uk

/ brendaburgessarts.co.uk

Wed 10 Jul 6.30-9pm

Blooming Green,

Loddington Farm, Linton,

Maidstone ME17 4AG

A Mindful Evening at

the Flower Plot

Yvonne Fernando, NLP Master

Practitioner & Life Coach teaches

mindfulness practices in the

magical ambience of Blooming

Green. This day of relaxation

is a great chance to take some

real me time, get some valuable

tips, try a private flower-picking

session and enjoy some cake too.

Entry: £45

01233 878474 /

yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk

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Rhythm of the Dance

Sun 7 July

King of Pop

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Jane Howard’s

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Jane explains the breeding cycle

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If anyone ever asks us when we calve, I confidently

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tightest of tight patterns. By May I’ll be filing my nails and

wondering what to do with myself. Well that’s the plan.

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