Surrey Homes | SH58 | August 2019 | Restoration & New Build supplement inside

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Contents

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OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Maggie Alderson finds unique

properties on the market now

NOTEBOOK

The latest news and events

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

Once a convent, once a school,

once part of a mansion,

now a chic family home

GET THE LOOK

Make your home too cool for

school with our furniture picks

TOP OF THE LOTS

Three auctioneers reminisce

about their most memorable sales

GREEN AND PLEASANT

A refreshing and charming

30s Arts & Crafts house

GET THE LOOK

Steal some Green and

Pleasant styling for yourself

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PRINT POWER

A master-class in styling prints

REWIND & REVIATLISE

Josephine Fairley recommends

make-up for ageing skin

HOLIDAY SKIN

Tips for post-hoilday skin care

WATER FOR HEALTH,

FITNESS, MIND & BODY

Sarah Maxwell explores

water for wellbeing

A TASTE OF THE

MEDITERRANEAN

Nicci Gurr’s mediterranean

recipes for sensational

summer dining

LATE SEASON CROPS

Veg garden stars for

later in the season

LATE BLOOMERS

Sue Whigham’s autumn

garden advice

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A WISE MOVE?

How older family members

can help younger ones onto

the property ladder

PLAY & LEARN

We explore why fun is important to

child development with Hilary Wilce

WHAT’S ON

Your guide for what to do in August

COMPETITION

Win a ZWILLING 8-piece knife

block and a cookery course for

two with Kent Cookery School

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard on her marvellous

wildflower meadow

RESTORATION

& NEW BUILD

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PLOT OR NOT?

If you think your land or property has development potential,

why not give us a call without obligation and in confidence.

WE ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR LAND AND PROPERTY WITH DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL

Many of our clients retain our services and, in the majority of

cases, pay our fees saving property owners significant costs.

Commercial buildings for residential conversion, former public houses, redundant

buildings for redevelopment, buildings for conversion or replacement, houses

for improvement, large sites on the edge of town, barn conversions, large

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website: sjd-projects.com

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JUST THE WAY YOU

WANT WITH £10,000 TO

SPEND

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everything you need to complete your dream home.

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September 2016

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“Guy and team at CHH did a fantastic

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over 18 months), they kept us informed

throughout the entire process.

I would certainly use them again”

David J (Oxted, Surrey)

January 2017


HOMES READY TO

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If you’ve been thinking about starting the search for your dream home, there’s no better time than the present.

Our beautiful collection of developments located across Surrey and Middlesex offer a wide range of homes.

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Take a tour of our beautiful show homes and see what living in a Crest Nicholson home could really be like!

This traditional collection of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom houses

is surrounded by open countryside on the edge

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Priced from £400,000 - £925,000

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A combination of stunning 2 bedroom apartments

and spacious 3 & 4 bedroom executive homes. Park Avenue

offers an exclusive village lifestyle set amid landscaped open

spaces and moments from the majestic River Thames.

Priced from £425,000 - £899,950

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01932 505495

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JUST 1 HOME

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With just 1 five bedroom home now

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own your beautiful forever family home.

Internal images of The Bramblings.

Price correct at time of print. Travel times and distances approximate only.


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We are one of the leading property and land

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GREAT OAKS | THE COLLECTION | 4 BEDROOM HOMES

Stunning homes located in the highly sought

after village of Bookham in Surrey & just a

stone’s throw away from Bookham Station.

Great Oaks offers quick and easy access

to central London, with direct trains to

London Waterloo in just 50 minutes.

• Take an afternoon stroll

through National Trust

Bookham Commons

• Entertain the children at

Bocketts Farm Park, let them

meet the animals and explore

the indoor play barn

• Walk to the village and try

the local produce at the

butchers, bakers, greengrocers

and fishmongers to name a few

• Relax in a deckchair at

Polesden Lacey and enjoy

an afternoon of live Jazz

Prices from £749,950 to £785,000

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YEARS OF

PROPERTY

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Product photography is of Great Oaks and is indicative only. Travel times are approximate only. Prices correct at time of print.


ALL THE

pleasure

NONE OF

THE WORK

Beautiful gardens are a joy to behold and

good for your health, too. Spending time

outside in nature has significant benefits

for your physical and mental health.

But gardens are also hard work and at

some point you may find it all becomes

too much to manage.

Living at Lynwood Village you can

enjoy the best of all worlds. Take in the

stunning formal English Garden, stroll

along accessible paths through ancient

woodland, play outdoor bowls or croquet,

or simply sit and admire the leafy view

from your private balcony. All the benefits

of beautiful outside spaces, right on your

doorstep, with none of the work.

YET ANOTHER REASON TO

LOVE LYNWOOD VILLAGE LIFE.

Independent living made easy for the over 65s

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limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (no.02163894). Registered with the Homes and

Communities Agency (no. LH 3766).

To arrange a visit, please call: 01344 874 250

visit: lynwoodvillage.co.uk or

email: sales@lynwoodvillage.co.uk


House

Month

of the

£5,995,000

Out of the

Ordinary

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Redwood

The dream: This characterful halftimbered

home with a lovely roof

and chimneys has been added to over

the years in a hotchpotch which adds

greatly to its charm. The plan is truly

rambling and the fun continues outside

where there is a barn with a gym and

another which is an entertainment

complex. The interior of the main

house has been thoughtfully refitted

in a style which fits the period

setting, while offering all mod cons.

Where: A mile and a half from Oxted.

Setting: In a leafy residential strip amid

farmland with expansive views south

from the house across the Weald.

Beds: 9 (including the

two cottages) Baths: 6

Special features: The superb pool

complex is attached to the house by

a corridor and there is a lovely tripleaspect

study, with leaded windows,

perfect for contemplation.

Pleasing details: The first house we have

seen yet with a dedicated ‘dog room’.

Should be compulsory in all homes.

Outside: Eight acres of mature gardens,

with a summer house, a helipad and

a tennis court with a pavilion.

Time to town: Insanely well connected,

with just 30 mins to London Bridge,

45 to Victoria and under an hour

to St Pancras, from Oxted.

Agent: Sotheby’s International Realty,

01932 860537 sothebysrealty.co.uk


£1,175,000

The Park

The dream: What appears to

have started out as an early 20th

century family home has been

transformed via clever renovations

into a superb contemporary living

space. The all-white ground floor

has glass-wall sliding windows

and a Poggenpohl kitchen.

Where: Bookham, ten minutes’

drive from Leatherhead, surrounded

by farmland and woods.

Setting: Among detached homes

in established gardens.

Beds: 3 Baths: 3

Special features: A ground floor

extension has created a very cool

roofed-over outdoor entertaining area,

with a log fire and an integral BBQ.

Pleasing details: A very stylish openstep

staircase with wooden treads

and glass and cable banisters.

Outside: Lawns and hedging.

Time to town: Under an hour

to Waterloo, or London Bridge

from Bookham station.

Agent: Savills, Cobham

01932 586200 savills.com

£3,595,000

Pelhams Walk

The dream: From the front this looks like a

very smart large two-storey family home, with

an integral garage – but get round the back

and you see it is actually a five-level megapad,

which backs right on to the River Mole.

You could moor your pleasure boat a matter

of metres from the 14 panels of bifold doors

on the indoor pool and fitness complex.

Where: Ten minutes’ walk from the centre

of Esher, handy for Sandown Park (where

our fabulous Open House shopping, eating

and lifestyle fair is happening in October.)

Setting: Detached houses on one

side, open views to farmland and

an equestrian centre the other.

Beds: 7 Baths: 6

Special features: All the aspirational extras

beautifully done – a walk-in wardrobe, cinema

room, his and hers bathrooms, a steam room

and a sauna…and the pool has a jet stream.

Pleasing details: Striking tropical

timber features in the kitchen.

Outside: Landscaped gardens with

box hedges, specimen trees, decking

and paving down to the riverside.

Time to town: Under 30 minutes from

Esher station, which is 10 minutes’ walk.

Agent: Knight Frank, Esher 01372

464496 knightfrank.co.uk


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The most exciting craft event to be launched in Kent for decades

5 – 8 September

Special Launch Offer

£10

on surrender of

this advert

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Purchase direct from the

very best makers in the UK

Putting the WOW back into Craft Fairs

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Admission to garden also gives admission to the craft fair.

Free entry for Hever Castle Annual Members.

HAND IN THIS ADVERT ON ENTRY to admit 2 at

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Annual returns of

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LIQUID GOLD

Has Whiskey become a better investment than

Gold, Property and Stocks? Find out the answers...

This headline is likely to ruffle

a few feathers from avid

investors in gold, property and

stocks, but casks of whiskey

are fast becoming the go-to

investment for people looking to hedge

against inflation and the uncertainties of

the financial markets.

Knight Frank has included whiskey in its

wealth report for the first time in 2019; a key

indicator that this asset class is favourable

with HNWI & UHNWI who are securing

their wealth by owning casks of whiskey.

This is not about being speculative and

buying rare bottles of whiskey in the hope

they go up in price. That style of investing

requires skill and knowledge of the market

whilst still being a gamble. This article is

specifically about owning casks of whiskey.

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS

You buy casks of whiskey straight off the

still. Because the whiskey is brand new, it

hasn’t aged and therefore is far most cost

effective. Whiskey must be at least three

years old to be bottled and sold, and most

would agree at least five + years old to be

desirable and palatable enough to drink. The

cost of maturation over five years can hurt

distilleries, as it is quite a capital-intensive

model.

Some distilleries, therefore, opt to sell

a small percentage of their whiskey right

off the stills. They do this to cover running

costs while the rest of their production

matures over five years or longer. This opens

up a great opportunity for investors to buy

off the stills and hold for those five years,

then releasing at a profit.

WHY IS WHISKEY BECOMING

FAVOURABLE WITH INVESTORS?

Unlike most commodities, whiskey

increases in quality and value as it matures.

Its price increase is inevitable over time.

It doesn’t tend to suffer the highs and

lows of financial markets and it’s also a

major exported product, where demand

significantly outstrips supply.

The Irish variety is the fastest- growing,

brown spirit in the world. The International

Wine & Spirit Record (IWSR), which is

the global benchmark for alcohol data

and intelligence, shows the growth of

Irish whiskey will continue to outstrip

that of Scotch and Bourbon for at least

another ten years. What’s more, it has been

outperforming both for the last twenty

years. The Irish Whiskey Association

(IWA) echoes the same data and statistics

and predicts the rise to continue, as Irish

whiskey comes back to where it once was on

a global stage.

So, Irish whiskey specifically offers a mix

of stability and huge growth upside. The

Whiskey industry in Ireland is set to soar

above €1 billion euros per annum — which

is predicted to double again by 2030. There

simply isn’t enough mature Irish whiskey

available to supply the demands of the

market today — and especially not in five or

ten years time.

Join a growing number of Surrey residents

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Whiskey & Wealth Club.

Based in the centre of Richmond the club

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in value over time, while safely secured in

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Investors are seeing returns above 12%

per annum with little downside risk as all

casks are fully insured against fire, theft, etc.

Single casks of Irish whiskey are being

sold for between €5,500 and €7,850 by

competitors. The model at Whiskey &

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high volume. For an equivalent cask from

the same distilleries, it buys in bulk and

can sell to its clients for only €2,900 a

cask. However, it requires a purchase

of at least one pallet (6 casks) or more.

This includes five years of storage and

bonded warehousing fees, plus five years

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g.schroeder@whiskeywealthclub.com

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A magical outdoor tale for all the family

Life is suddenly turned

upside down and

everything becomes

curiouser and curiouser…

This summer, join Alice on her amazing

journey through Wonderland and experience

an adventure like no other. Lewis Carroll’s

classic story is cleverly lifted from the

page and beautifully brought to life in Glenn

Elston’s highly acclaimed production.

Life is suddenly turned upside down for Alice, so

join her as she tumbles down the rabbit hole and

lands in the magical world of “Wonderland”. It’s

a roller-coaster of a story as she bravely bounces

from one unexpected and amazing situation to the

next.

There’s a wildly curious assortment of characters.

Bump into the skittish, constantly late White

Rabbit, sing along with the Dodo and other

birds in the Caucaus race and meet the pepper

obsessed Duchess and her extremely crazy cook.

The Cheshire Cat will leave you with a grin and you

can’t fail to miss Humpty Dumpty on his way to

meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee as they tell the

tale of the Walrus and the Carpenter. What might

seem slightly silly then becomes downright absurd

as the Mad Hatter arrives with the March Hare and

the Dormouse to have a grand old time with Alice

at the tea party. As a magnificent finale, join the

Queen of Hearts and her parade of cards. This is

where everyone, both young and perhaps a little bit

older, can be part of the fun.

Presented in a bright performance style, with

colourful costumes, interactive games and catchy

songs this is a perfect way to go on a wonderful

Wonderland adventure with the entire family.

Until 26 August

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(calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras)

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Notebook

What to do and see near you this month

GREATEST

SHOWROOM

Who doesn’t love a new shopping destination? Not a moment too

soon for summer garden furniture shopping, Bridgman have

unveiled a brand new 3,000 square foot Showroom.

At almost double the size of their previous Surrey

store, this new space is a great spot to explore

your options for home and garden furniture

and seek out inspiration. Rattan, sleek and

minimalist or classic and timeless, their

outdoor furniture is well worth a look (our

regular readers will know their stuff can often

be found in our pages), and there are also some

great bargains to be had. You can find

this new shopper’s paradise on New

Zealand Avenue, Walton on Thames,

just a stone’s throw away from

the original. bridgman.co.uk

The Epsom Trainers’ Open Day

on Monday 26 August is an

opportunity to go behind the scenes

of the local racing yards at Epsom

Racecourse. Plus there will also be

fantastic, free entertainment for the

little ones, including inflatables,

assault courses and running races.

thejockeyclub.co.uk

PRIDE

in Surrey

Pride is coming

to Surrey! It’s time to dig

out your spangliest, glitteriest,

most fabulous outfit, get yourself

a rainbow flag and come out to

support LGBT+ culture and rights

in Surrey’s first ever Pride. Visit

Woking Town on Saturday 10

August to catch the parade and

then head over to Woking Park

for a celebration of all things

rainbow. prideinsurrey.org


Notebook

A festival with a real classic

British spirit. Politeness,

kindness and cleanliness rule at

this family friendly celebration of

music and good times in the summer

sun. Dancing Daleks, laserquest, a light

railway train, a museum, axe throwing,

morris dancing and psychedelic dip body

gLORIOus FOOD

From prosecco to paella, Indian to ice cream.

Historic Royal Palaces Food Festivals has all the most

marvellously mouthwatering goodies you can imagine,

all in the glorious setting of the historical Hampton

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castle for a one day course on flowers, pollination

and fertilisation. The course will be on Friday 30

August and is perfect for those looking to expand

their horticultural horizons. hevercastle.co.uk

Visit Kempton Park Racecourse this month for a real hidden gem

of an Antiques Fair. Often gracing the pages of elite blogs and

magazines, Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park is a go-to

source of inspiration for many of Europe’s top design houses, film

studios and ‘London’s finest’. It’s like a hybrid mix of your favourite

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Some of the most striking shots from this month’s interiors

include a splash of one of my favourite colours – zesty

yellow. It adds an uplifting summery vibe to both houses

and is an accent that fits perfectly with pale and deep hues alike.

Continuing with the sunny theme, Kate Watts collates chic

holiday style with a focus on prints and chef Nicci Gurr creates

three dishes that epitomise the simple pleasure of outside dining.

Step into the vegetable garden with Jo Arnell, as she describes

how to soak up every second of sunshine with late crops to

plant out, whilst Sue Whigham picks the prettiest blooms that

will keep dishing out vibrant colour throughout autumn.

If bold botanicals are your thing, be sure to make a note

of Leeds Castle’s Festival of Flowers (14th–19th September).

You’ll find a truly impressive lineup of internationally award

winning floral designers who will be taking over the castle rooms

with magical arrangements to celebrate the 900th anniversary

of the castle. Book your tickets online at leeds-castle.com.

Elsewhere, turn to our Restoration & New Build Supplement

for an overview of the freshest local new builds, plus advice on

planning, choosing windows, the latest paint colours and flooring.

In other news, SH journalist Maggie Alderson’s latest novel is out

now! It’s set partly in Cranbrook, in a (fictional) architectural salvage

yard owned by Tessa one of three sisters. Her sister Rachel works in

London at a PR agency and Natasha is a make up artist in New York.

The story shows how the unravelling of the secrets each of them has

kept for years, nearly tears them apart. Secret Keeping for Beginners is

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Previous pages: A cosy sitting room, used as a games room, features the original Delft tiles

around the fireplace and stone-mullioned windows; opposite the fireplace, a refectory table

provides the perfect place to set up a Monopoly board Above: At the other end of the

house, a huge sitting room with French windows provides views of the lovely garden

When you’ve lived somewhere for a while

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for a peep inside the intriguing line of roofs,

gables and chimneys forming an almost circular

arrangement of buildings behind high stone walls.

I knew it had once been a convent and was

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And when Juliet Maingay-Cooper showed

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This page: An usually long corridor is strung

with coloured corded lighting cables from

Dyke & Dean in Hastings

me inside the house she shares with partner

Jake Mintrim and their two daughters,

my years of curiosity proved to be more

than justified. The house is even more

intriguing once you get inside it, with the

family’s original style – and Jake’s skills as a

landscape gardener – greatly adding to it.

The first area you step into is an unusually

long corridor with a striking arch at one

end and high windows on the outside facing

front door side. Adding to the drama the

walls are painted black for about 40cm from

the bottom, drawing the eye along. Above,

coloured corded lighting cables are looped

along the length of it, almost like bunting.

“It’s a very long corridor,” said Juliet, “so

I wanted to make something of it.”

Walking to the left you come to the very lofty

stairwell, opening up to a gallery on the first

floor, where the looped, coloured cables – from

Dyke & Dean in Hastings – are strung across

the void as though ready for a circus trapeze act.

The scale enhanced further by two extra large

frames, one containing an old film poster found

in another Hastings resource – one of the many

brilliant junk emporia – the other a collage of

Cuban posters from a book, which Juliet had

framed together. “There’s so much space we

thought we should have fun with it,” she says.

All these clever details make it clear that

Juliet and Jake were not at all daunted by

the scale and special character of the house

– even though they moved there from a

two-bedroom flat in London’s Willesden.

Sitting on mixed vintage chairs at

the – genuine – marble-topped Saarinen

pedestal table in the kitchen, Juliet tells

me how they came to make it home.

“We made the move four and a half years

ago, when the girls were eight and five. I was

born and bred in Willesden Green, but I knew

this area because my grandparents lived in

Winchelsea and I have family in Tenterden.

“We love how close the real countryside is

and the beach. It’s a great place for the kids

and it’s a good commute up to London from

Battle, only a 10-minute drive, which I need

because I still go back up two days a week

to my business. I run the Pitta Patta Dance

School in Primrose Hill, teaching all different

styles of dance for children up to 17 years.”

But as well as the convenience and

adjacent attractions, it was the quirky town

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This page: In one corner of the kitchen a funky

bright-red vintage chair and lamp with a 1970s

psychedelic print lampshade sit below a boldly

coloured painting by Juliet’s mother on the wall

itself that was right for the family. “It was an adventure to

move here – people in Hastings don’t follow the rules.”

And Juliet had an instant intro to that unconventional

Hastings creative community, via Sam Bruce, owner of

the fabulous In House Junkie online store for wonderful

one-off decorative pieces. Her house was featured in

Wealden Times / Surrey Homes June 2018 and her

name comes up frequently as a source of wonderful

items in many of the magazine’s featured houses.

“I met Sam in London at a playgroup,” says Juliet. “We have

kids of the same age. Then she moved to Tunbridge Wells and

I moved to Hastings, but Sam’s mum Helen Bartlett lives here

and Sam used to have her shop in St Leonards. So she was

our intro to Hastings and the edgy, artistic, lovely people.”

And handily, considering the number and scale of

the windows in Holmhurst, Helen makes wonderful

curtains – she’s made all of them for Juliet. But

more of the soft furnishings to come, there’s plenty

to look at in the first room we come to.

Designed by Juliet and Jake, the working part of the

kitchen is confined to one wall with cupboards in the most

appealing dusty pink, with a geometric pattern in copper

a feature on some of the doors and copper handles. The

worktop is poured concrete and the wall lights are from

eBay – but shift up one level above the white subway

splashback tiles and a bold painting shifts the mood of the

room from purely functional, to more of a hang out space.

Which is exactly what you see when you turn around and

take in the funky bright-red vintage chair and lamp with

an outrageous 1970s psychedelic print lampshade, with a

boldly coloured painting by Juliet’s mother on the wall.

The tiles on the kitchen floor are from Lewes tile

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Above: The working part of the kitchen is confined to one wall with cupboards painted a dusty pink, some with a geometric pattern

in copper. The worktop is poured concrete and the wall lights are from eBay

the ideas together and then Jake does the work.”

To see more of what Jake does, we head out of the

kitchen through a large glass door into the garden, where a

terrace runs along, with a lovely old stone arch to the right

and a splendid old wellhead in the centre of the lawn.

I didn’t know it while I was looking at this lovely artefact,

but it’s actually a key to the history of this whole group

of buildings – which I have since unearthed online.

The wellhead is from Venice, brought over by the

eminent Victorian travel writer Augustus Hare. It forms

a centrepiece in the garden of the mansion he built here,

extending from existing buildings dating back to the

16th and 18th centuries, with the money made from

his very successful series of illustrated travel guides.

He noted in his journal: ‘It is an early Venetian font

or wellhead, which came from one of the houses pulled

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to S. Marco. It is not later than 12th century.’

So a pretty amazing thing to have in your garden –

and how fitting that it should now belong to someone

whose profession is making the most of outdoor

spaces, which Jake has done so cleverly here.

Solving the topographical problem of near vertical

slopes, which affects so many Hastings gardens,

as the town is built over a series of hills, Jake has

created a flat lawn which leads onto a large deck.

It’s immediately clear what a great entertaining space

this is, high up so it gets the sun and with lovely views

looking out over an adjacent tract of ancient woodland,

set off by a thicket of giant bamboo that was already there.

Crucially, Jake has treated the wood of the deck so it doesn’t

become a slippery death trap in damp British weather.

Next to it is a splendid border, designed by Juliet’s mother

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This page: The lofty stairwell opens up to a gallery on the first floor, where more coloured cables from Dyke & Dean are strung across

the void. Two extra large frames, one containing an old film poster, the other a collage of Cuban posters from a book, hang on the walls

Tony Howard, of Harborough Nurseries, who Jake works

with on landscaping projects. The lovely magnolia tree

next to the wellhead was already perfectly in place.

The garden has a very special contemplative air – perhaps

enhanced by the nuns’ graveyard, which is still there in

another area, through the stone arch – and appreciating

its huge potential was one of the many things that attracted

Juliet and Jake to the property when they first came along

to view it.

“We weren’t going to look at the house when we first

saw the listing, because it was attached on both sides,

but when we did we couldn’t believe it. The garden was

in a state of rack and ruin, which apparently put other

potential buyers off, but for us it was an opportunity.”

After the garden tour, we head back into the house

via a French window, which is – although, once

again, I didn’t know it at the time – a clue to the next

stage of Holmhurst’s history, when in the early 20th

century the house became a convent and school.

With Augustus Hare long departed from this

world, it was by then a ruin, but that didn’t put

off the redoubtable Mother Mary Agnes, founder

of the Community of the Holy Family, at all.

An Italiophile, like Mr Hare, she loved the ruined

building because she appreciated the way he had attempted

to create a small part of Italy in Hastings. To her it


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This page: A generously proportioned room is now used as

a guest bedroom. Translucent linen blinds keep the space

light and airy and accents of black, pink and gold contrast

with the pale walls and carpet

was the perfect place to found a school dedicated

to ‘teaching women of all ages’. One of whom,

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The huge sitting room Juliet and I have stepped

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garden – was once called the Edgeworth classroom.

Although it is hard to imagine, with that enticing

outlook, how any of the girls ever paid attention.

While it is easy to imagine that huge room, furnished

to scale with a huge sofa that was very handily given

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This page: A corner of the master bedroom

special atmosphere. A friend of Juliet’s who attended the

school told her it was the 6th form common room and

the atmosphere of joyous refuge remains. “This is the

grown up room, with no TV. We play games in here.”

With one bright egg yolk yellow velvet chair, finished

with deep fringing, a blue and white Moroccan table

adding bright points and a refectory table perfect

to put a Monopoly board on, it’s the kind of room

where special memories of family life are created.

Upstairs, the arrangement of space is the same

as the ground floor. From the matching upper

corridor there are views north and east right

over to the High Weald and at the western end

of it, the biggest bedroom I have ever been in

above the sitting room/Edgeworth classroom.

This is used as a guest bedroom – very popular

for sleepovers with large rabbles of kids – and I

admit I had been wondering why on earth they

didn’t have that as the Master. That was, until Juliet

showed me into the actual master bedroom…

The upper twin of the Snug, it has the same

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This page: Doors from the kitchen lead out into the garden,

where a lovely magnolia tree grows next to the wellhead

can be seen from the huge bed which Jake built. “He’s tall

and has always wanted a bed big enough for him with a

headboard and a footboard, so he made it himself.’

Like the Snug below, the bedroom has a very

special calm and nurturing vibe. Once you’ve tuned

into it, you don’t really ever want to leave.

Juliet’s friend, who was a pupil at the school, told

her that in those days it was the Headmistress’s office.

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Movie Posters

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every night. We survived this for two

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Another of Karen’s animal paintings feature above the dining room fireplace, along

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The charming ceramic dog was made by potter Marie Prett

years only to be told that planning permission for our project

wouldn’t be granted.”

The couple decided it was time to move on, and things

were at a pretty low ebb when Rafe spotted a house in the

right area coming up for sale. Karen first glimpsed the house

backlit against a meadow brimming with buttercups on a

summer’s afternoon. “It was properly in the heart of the

countryside,” she remembers, “and just what we wanted.”

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time transforming the house into the perfect family home.

They loved the solid build that often comes with 1930s

architecture and have kept or adapted many of the original

features, whilst bringing the house in line with today’s lifestyle.

Karen made the brave decision to start with the exterior,

rather than giving in to the temptation to renovate the

interior. “I was adamant that I wanted a lovely garden,” she

explains. They completely re-levelled and drained the entire

outside area, which is now landscaped to wrap comfortably

around the house, allowing for a large and relaxed Yorkstone

terrace which positively invites you to sit and relax with a gin

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Inside, the house was a monument to the previous

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Every ceiling, every wall, was covered in that old favourite

Artex and studded with fake black beams, and every

floor boasted swirly green carpets. The windows were the

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Right: A boot room really helps if you live in the

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most of her spare time here baking all sorts of delicious treats.

The two rooms which housed the old kitchen and the dining room

became the dining area and at this point the curved window bays here

and throughout were adapted to a classic rectangular shape, allowing

the rooms to be flooded with light, and simultaneously creating the

ever comfortable window seats. This room features some of the house’s

original panelling and so the couple decided to keep this feature

and continue it through into the hall, living room and library.

“We didn’t use interiors designers,” explains Rafe, but we had great

input from our builders, Neil Hammond of AJ Hammond Builders Ltd,

and also from Sabre Joinery in Burwash, who created beautiful interior

doors to matching the existing originals, as well as all the panelling.”

It was during this phase of the build that the windows presented

a major conundrum. Most were small with traditional diamond

panes and Karen knew immediately she wanted these replaced

with larger Sussex-style windows. However, some had already been

updated with UPVC, so they had to decide between the two newer

types of window. “In the end, we chose the Sussex-style windows,”

says Karen. “It cost us a fortune, but we’ve never regretted it.”

In the dining room, as in the living room, the stately fireplaces, from

The Fireplace Company in Crowborough, are handmade in limestone.

“We have always loved spending time in the Cotswolds,” explains

Rafe, “and wanted to evoke the mood of a Cotswolds country home.”

Sandstone sills and quoins to the exterior have also been added to the

same effect, as well as the use of oak for the garage, porch and balcony.

The living room simply invites you to kick off your shoes and

relax into a sumptuous chair. “The beach house in Jane Fonda’s

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Above: The hall is a mix of soft grey panelling and citrus yellow floral wallpaper from Osborne & Little

Grace and Frankie really inspired us!” Explains

Karen, “We loved the dark wooden floor with

rugs and the New England-style shelving.”

Despite the muted colour scheme (Farrow & Ball’s

palette has been used throughout) there are pops

of colour here and there; fuchsia pink armchairs in

the dining room and a fabulous acid yellow in some

of the cushions and soft furnishings. In fact, Karen

has chosen bold Osborne & Little yellow wallpaper

through the hall both the downstairs and up. “I like

a shock of colour every now and again,” she says.

The second build phase in 2017 added a spare


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Above: Simple opulence best describes this bedroom. The bed

looks straight onto the charming oak balcony and the garden with

the buttercup field beyond

bedroom with en suite, upstairs, while a library and snug

completed downstairs. “Again, the library was designed

with the help of our brilliant joiner Steve from Sabre,

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oak balcony, designed and built by a local craftsman, “it’s

the perfect place for a leisurely breakfast,” she says.

The understated elegance in both bedroom and

bathroom was inspired by a beautiful hotel in the

Italian lakes. “We loved the natural tones they used

to create a calm but luxurious environment”.

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wooden staircase to a mezzanine level in the roof space,

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choice, could keep any child transfixed for hours.

It’s easy to see that Karen has a background in fashion and

design. Her creative touches, her paintings and her pottery,

grace the shelves and mantelpieces, and the house flows

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Rewind & Revitalise

Josephine Fairley explains the beneficial effects the right

make-up products and techniques can have on ageing skin

It happens to most of us, at an

uncertain age: one day we wake up,

reach for our make-up bag, go through

the usual motions of doing our face –

and realise it’s just not working the way

it used to. With confidence wobbling,

one of two things tend to happen. We

decide that ‘more must be more’, and

overdo things. Or alternatively, with

images of spider-lashed Barbara Cartland

or lipstick-smeared Baby Jane haunting our

nightmares, we start to use less make-up –

which instead brings the risk of fading away. I’ve

seen it happen, time after time. Complexions get

paler. Hair colour tends to do the same, and brows,

with it. And before we know it, we’re almost ghosts

of our former, younger, more attractive-feeling selves.

Yet used judiciously, and with some adjustments,

make-up can absolutely roll back the years. Indeed,

as consultant dermatologist Dr. Andrew Markey once

observed to me, “More women should explore what

make-up can do for them before taking a leap into the

world of cosmetic surgery.” So, over my decades as a

beauty editor, I’ve pumped many top make-up artists

for the how-to. Here are the key lessons learned…

Foundation is your friend, not your foe. Says Mary

Greenwell: “Every woman over 40 has to wear foundation.

Ironically, up until that point it can be ageing.” But go

lightly, and choose the right formulation. You almost

certainly want ‘light-reflective pigments’, which help recreate

the radiance of younger skin, without looking too shiny.

As the creator of my all-time favourite age-defying base,

the (weirdly-named and somewhat pricy) By Terry Terrybly

Densillis Foundation, £78 for 30ml, make-up genius Terry

de Gunzburg knows her stuff here. “After your forties,

skintone is no longer uniform – which makes you look tired.

Your complexion may be a bit red, or look a little shadowy

or grey and sallow. But this doesn’t mean just applying

more of the foundation you’ve always worn (if you have).

Layers of heavy foundation make all lines look worse.” Use

a foundation brush and light, feathery strokes; microfibre

brushes – like the brilliant Cailyn O, Wow! Brush, £12.49

(amazon.co.uk) – deliver an incredibly seamless finish; first

apply the foundation to the back of your hand and pick

it up from there with the brush. Other great age-defying

foundation finds include Guerlain L’Essentiel, £44 for 30ml

(best applied with the fantastic matching charcoal-infused

fibre brush, £38) and Nars Natural Radiant Longwear

Foundation, £35 for 30ml. None of these, you’ll note, are

inexpensive. But foundation is one area I’d never ever skimp

on – and that becomes even more important as we age.

Conceal flaws with a whisper-light concealer. Where you

need extra coverage – under-eye shadows, for instance – use

a light-reflective concealer and pat into skin. I’m a massive

fan of the new Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Concealer, £32

(it comes in an impressive 18 shades) – or check out the

new options in the legendary YSL Touche Éclat line-up.

Powder lightly. When face powder settles dustily into lines,

it looks Miss Havisham-esque on the best of us. So Mary

Greenwell recommends using a smaller 2cm (¾-inch) brush,

to apply powder. “This is small enough to make it easy

to avoid getting powder into crinkles, which emphasises

them,” she advises. Use it just on the T-zone, which at this

stage in life is probably the only bit that needs de-shining.

Rethink your blush. Ariane Poole – who is of a certain

age herself and has a wonderful make-up range that

accommodates the needs of more mature women

(arianepoole.com) – observes: “The placement of your

blush has to change as you age. You need to move slightly

lower down with your blusher placement and focus on

the apples of your cheeks, rather than higher up the

cheekbone. This will give your cheekbones a lift and make

your face appear less jowly as the colour is centred in the

face. If you do apply your blusher upwards towards the

corner of your eye this will just highlight the crow’s feet

and lines and actually make the eyes look smaller.”

And avoid ‘tawny’ shades for cheeks. Adds Ariane: “We

lose pigment as we age, and our skin gets paler, so we

need that pop of colour. We notice the pigment change

in our hair but it’s more difficult to notice the change in

the skin so women will often continue using their matte

brown shades, but this will age you. You want that pop of

colour that gives you a healthy, youthful flush.” (A perfect

shade, in fact, is her own Matte Mineral Blush, £18.50,

in Whisper. Pinks and peaches are the thing, here.)

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Beauty

Cailyn

O, Wow!

Brush, £12.49

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co.uk

totally

prescriptive, here,

because eyes present very different

challenges. (Some of us develop crow’s

feet, others crêpiness or hooded lids.)

My best advice would be to make

like Goldilocks and try out several

different makeover options at your

nearest department store, see which

eye look pushes your buttons, and

try to mimic the technique, then

possibly – deep breath – investing

in those exact products. But unless

you’re 110% happy with what you

see in the mirror, don’t be pressured.

You’ll almost certainly need

to define the shape of your eyes

differently, as you age. ‘Using a dark

powder shadow to create the “crease”

in the socket, as you might have done

when you were 20, just won’t work,”

advises Terry de Gunzburg. Her preferred

technique is a sheer wash of eyeshadow – for

instance, a mushroom-y shade – over the

lid, then focusing on eyeliner and mascara

to frame the eyes. Or try Mary Greenwell’s

approach: she recommends applying a light

toned rose-pink on the bottom half of the

top eyelid (closest to the lashes), to open

up the eye area. And, Mary adds, “Don’t be

frightened to play with shimmer or worry about

highlighting lines and creases. It’s all about

the placement and technique. Matte colours

can sometimes be ageing, whereas shimmer

adds luminosity and softness to the skin.”

I’ve always loved this tip from the everyouthful

Lulu (who I had the privilege of

working with on a book some years ago).

She does use powder shadow (in a grey or

By Terry

Terrybly Densillis

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taupe-y shade) in the socket, but she does it

using a mirror that’s a good 60cm away, so she

can gauge the effect from the distance most people

see you from. (Then use a hand mirror while you use

a blender brush to ensure the edges are seamless.)

Don’t let your brows fade away. Oh, this is one of the

biggest ‘age-rs’ of all: Disappearing Brow Syndrome. As the

years roll by, brows become more sparse or go grey, causing

the face to lose definition – because quite simply, brows

are your face ‘architecture’. I often have my brows tinted

(they are literally invisible naturally), and it takes me from

‘Where’s Jo?’ to ‘There’s Jo!’ When the tint fades (as it does

after two weeks), I have an entire arsenal of products to fill

them in. But you need to balance your brows with your

eye make-up. More on your eyes means subtler brows’ less

eye make-up means that you can play up your brows.

Eyebrow product preference is incredibly personal. Today

there are powders, gels, pencils, in many different shades.

So I honestly cannot recommend too highly that you

take yourself off to a Benefit counter – they’re the ‘brow

kings’ – and ask a consultant there to show you which are

your key products for brow enhancement in their range.

They offer almost a dozen different products and a wide

shade spectrum. Personally I couldn’t live without their

Benefit Gimme Brow, £18, which is a tinted brow gel that

grooms wayward hairs while sweeping on subtle colour, and

Precisely, My Brow!, £21.50 a really fine propelling pencil

for light, feathery strokes – brilliant for filling in gaps.

But a PS: if you powder your face, always brush

brows through afterwards with a brow brush (or an old

toothbrush repurposed for the task); Mary Greenwell

notes: “Otherwise, they can look dusty and dirty. And

‘clean’ brows are very important at this time in life.”

Accentuate your lash-line. Forget liquid liner at this time

in life. It’s fiddly and difficult to get right, even when you’re

twenty-something – never mind when you have to factor in a

slight shake of the hands. Use a liner pencil instead – and as

Mary Greenwell advises, “apply it along the natural lash line,

getting right into the roots of the lashes.” She adds: “When

using an eyeliner, always build the liner up slowly, focusing

on the outer corners of the eyes. Step back and take a second

look, and you can always add more until you’re happy with

the overall shape.” (Echoes of Lulu’s wisdom, above.)

Avoid eyelash clump. The No. 1 Baby Jane/Barbara Cartland

make-up nightmare. Be sure to work the mascara into the

roots of your lashes – try a zig-zaggy movement – because

that’s what really creates the illusion of length. But the big

challenge is that eyelashes tend to become more sparse over

time – hence the risk of spikiness, because there are simply

wider gaps between the lashes. This is the time to get into

the habit (if you haven’t already) of wiping your mascara

wand on a tissue before applying to your eyes. If you do get

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Health & Wellbeing

Holiday skin

Nourishing our skin is always important, never more so than when

we return from a sunny holiday, to prevent dry skin and premature

ageing and to prolong your sun-kissed glow.

Henrietta Norton shares her top 5 tips for post-holiday skin care

A healthy diet will

nourish your skin

from the inside out

A healthy diet will show on the

outside wit h glowing radiant skin.

Eating seasonal food rich in vitamin

C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium and

essential fatty acids nurtures our skin

cells, provide antioxidant protection

and promotes skin healing after it

has been exposed to the elements.

Support your levels

of hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a gel-like

substance found abundantly in the skin.

HA has a unique ability to retain water

preventing loss of moisture. HA also

increases when the skin is healing and

helps to reduce inflammation on the

skin’s surface. It is therefore useful after

you have been in the sun and if you have

sunburn. Choose a naturally extra low

weight form of HA as this is much more

effective at reaching the skin surface.

Check the ingredients in

your beauty products

Always choose products with clean

ingredients for your beauty regime and

sun protection. Some of the more toxic

products containing synthetic colours

and fragrances, phthalates and sodium

lauryl sulfate (SLS), to name a few,

are best avoided. If you are unsure, a

great book is The Nature of Beauty by

Imelda Burke which provides excellent

information about ingredients and how

to make your own simple products.

Herbs for your skin

Gotu kola and ashwagandha are

wonderful anti-ageing herbs. Gotu

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supports the production of collagen

while ashwagandha helps to reduce

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Allow yourself time

We often need time to recover from our

travels, especially after long-haul flights.

Sleep is the best medicine for your skin

and you will notice the difference in

your appearance after a deep restful

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not used to or those we don’t usually

take in excess, such as sugar or alcohol.

This has an impact on the balance of

our bacteria in the gut, which in turn

has been clinically proven to affect

the quality of our skin. Eat plenty of

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such as sauerkraut (easily found in

health stores) and kimchi (Asian

fermented cabbage and spices). Also

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Weight

management –

answering your questions.

Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital.

We caught up with our Bariatric Surgeon,

Mr Chris Pring, for more information around

excess weight and treatment options:

1. What causes excess weight?

For some people, their inherent biology means that

they are more pre-disposed to weight gain than

others. However, we have seen over the last 30 years

that the biggest contibutor is the influence of our

surroundings. A change in the types of food we eat,

the commercialisation of food and easy accessibility

to calories, have all created an environment that

promotes weight gain.

2. Is excess weight a problem?

Yes, excess weight is a significant contributor to a wide

range of cancers and to other conditions such as type

2 diabetes, hypertension, infertility. Excess weight can

shorten life expectancy.

3. Will diets and exercise programs resolve

excess weight?

This is definitely the first step to take. The most

successful programs need to be realistic, achievable

and sustainable. When looking into which program

suits you, be sure that it is one which fits into the

rhythm of your life; thereby giving you the best

chance of adhering to it.

4. What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a form of treatment for people

who have exhausted all other options to achieve a

healthy weight. There are a number of bariatric surgery

procedures available (gastric balloon, gastric band,

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achieve a healthy weight. Bariatric surgery has been

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for people with a body mass index greater than 35kg/m 2 .

5. Will bariatric surgery improve my health?

Evidence demonstrates that bariatric surgery offers

the best chance of successfully treating weight related

conditions, such as type 2 diabetes. Evidence shows

that bariatric surgery improves life expectancy.

6. Is bariatric surgery safe?

Yes, bariatric surgery is extremely safe. Everything has

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Water for Health,

Fitness, Mind & Body

Sarah Maxwell breaks down the sometimes daunting

prospect of exercise into easily manageable activities

that can be slotted into a busy lifestyle

this summer i will be heading

to the beach to reap the many

benefits of the seaside. Fresh

sea air, the sand between your toes

and the ability to switch off from the

stresses of daily life can all contribute

to increased wellbeing – and the

beach itself offers the perfect location

for exercise outside of the gym.

So if you’re going on holiday this

summer, by the sea or pool, use this

opportunity to feel your very best and

increase your wellbeing both physically

and mentally. Kick off your trainers or

sandals and go barefoot, as not only will

this give you a better workout on the sand,

walking on both wet and dry sand will

challenge your body in different ways.

Scientists continually say that it takes

more energy to walk or run on sand

than it does to move at the same pace

on hard surfaces, and that energy is used

to strengthen all the lower body muscles

– especially your calves, quadriceps and

glutes. The drier the sand, the harder it is.

Regular runners may prefer wetter, firmer

sand in order to maintain proper form.

You can also expect to burn a lot

more calories on sand than you would

on hard ground and all the while

you are getting a free foot exfoliation

from being barefoot in the sand!

Walking in the surf: Just walking in

ankle deep water is a great challenge,

working against the ebb and flow of the

tide and you have yourself a great lower

body workout as you engage those core

muscles to stay upright! The deeper you

go the more challenging you can make it.

playing in the waves: Jumping up and

down in the surf is great fun and a

challenge to your entire body. Diving

under waves and swimming against the tide

is a great way to work out, with the ocean

providing extra resistance, working your

muscles and improving your fitness levels

But not only is the beach good for

physical activities it can also help to

increase your mental wellbeing. Spending

time in the sunshine can increase your

levels of vitamin D and research has shown

that this can help to improve calcium

absorption, stress levels and your mood

(an especially great advantage if you find

that family holidays often turn out to be

rather stressful!)

Now we’ve spent all that time in the

water, and by the water, we need to

focus on drinking water! We all know

drinking plenty of water is important,

we all (probably!) know we should be

drinking more than we actually do, but

do you know how crucial water is to

everything that is going on in our bodies?

It helps to flush out waste and bacteria,

it assists in weight management, leads to

increased energy levels and it naturally

plumps and hydrates our skin. This is

particularly so in the warmer weather

when it’s essential to stay hydrated

(even more so if we are exercising)

Learn to listen to your body: yawning

and daytime fatigue can quite often be

signs of dehydration. Often we mistake

this for being hungry, so before you reach

for that sugary snack have a glass of water

first and you will probably find that ‘pang

of hunger’ just disappears! Make carrying

around a water bottle your new habit

and make sure you refill it frequently.

For advice on how to keep safe in the

water this summer, and water safety

in general, see Royal Life Saving

Society UK’s website rlss.org.uk

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

Exercise of

the month:

Jumping

Jacks/star

jumps

(In waist

height water

– sea or pool –

or on the sand)

This is a great exercise for

the whole body and much

more fun in the water!

Jump with your legs

apart, at the same time

raise your arms and create

a star shape with your

body. (Keep knees soft

and your core engaged.)

Aim to do 30 seconds;

rest 20 second; repeat 3x.


Serves 6 Prep time: 30 mins

No cooking required

Ingredients

• 600g of 3 dips – hummous,

pesto, tzatziki

• 300g of 3 types of cold cooked

meats – chorizo, ham, chicken

• 600g of 3 types of veg – celery,

carrots, yellow peppers, etc

• 300g of 3 types of fruit – tomatoes,

dried apricots, blackberries

• 300g of 3 types of cheese – cubed

Cheddar, mozzarella balls, Kent Blue

• 300g olives – large green perello

and black marinated, pitted

• 1 x loaf of sourdough bread – we use

Light House Bakery Black Russian

• 600g biscuits for cheese, 3 types –

Bath Oliver, poppyseed, breadsticks

Sharing Platter

Gap filler ideas:

• Vegetable crisps

• Pistachio nuts

• Pretzels

Putting it together

1Begin by choosing a large platter

and using 3 points, start by

placing the elements in all 3 areas.

2Decant your dips into 3 small

bowls and place in a triangle

formation on or near the board.

3Next start with the meats

and snuggle each one

into little mounds.

4Slice the peppers and place near

the first meat you put down.

Baton the carrots and place closely to

the second meat. Wash and cut the

celery into long strips and place into

a glass placing by the third meat.

5Next, put the tomatoes next

to the pepper, the blackerries

next to the batons, and the apricots

next to the glass of celery.

6Using the fruit as a barrier

add the cheese. I like to cube

the cheddar and place near the

pepper, slice the Blue and place

next to the blackberries and put

the mozzarella near the apricots.

7Put the olives into two

bowls or jam jars.

8Now slice your loaf and

arrange your biscuits.

9The final stage is to fill the gaps

with the crisps, nuts and pretzels.

There are no rules here. But

10 this is a guide to variety

and weights. Consider colour and

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and seasonality when buying

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A taste of the

Mediterranean

Nicci Gurr adds a burst of sunshine to outdoor dining with a colourful

selection of dishes that are made for sharing with friends

Words: Nicci Gurr from Home Gurr’own

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming


Serves 6 Prep Time: 40 mins + overnight resting

• 1kg courgettes (grated)

• 2 tsp salt

• 50g grated cheddar

• Salt and freshly ground

pepper for seasoning

• 1 tsp Nigella seeds

• 1 beaten egg


For the filo pastry:

• 100g flour

• 50ml hot water

• 30g of hot smoked

rapeseed oil

• 5g salt

Courgette Spanakopita

Courgette Preparation:

1Grate the courgettes

and sprinkle with salt.

Cover with a tea towel and

leave overnight in a colander

with a bowl underneath.

2The next day, submerge

the courgettes in water

to rinse the salt from them.

Then gather in a clean tea

towel and ring out to get

rid of any moisture. Mix

the courgettes with salt and

pepper and grated cheddar.

Method to make filo pastry:

Place the flour, hot water,

hot smoked rapeseed

oil and salt into a mixer

or bowl and stir until

incorporated, then knead

for 5 mins. Cover and rest

overnight in the fridge

Assembling the spanakopita:

1Take the filo pastry

and roll out as long

and thin as possible. Then

using heavily floured hands

stretch and manipulate the

pastry so it is paper thin.

2Make a sausage shape

of the courgette filling

along one end of the pastry

and roll away from you.

Taking the long filled sausage

of courgette stuffed filo,

carefully roll into a flat spiral

and place on a baking tray.

To cook:

Brush with the beaten

egg and sprinkle the

nigella seeds over the top.

Bake for 45 minutes at

180°C slice and serve.


Goats’ cheese, Parma Ham & Nectarine Salad

Serves 6 Prep Time: 10 mins

• 4 x ripe nectarines (sliced

into wedges)

• 80g Parma ham or Prosciutto

• 100g salad leaves/rocket

• 50g toasted pine nuts

• 6 tbsp of rapeseed or olive

oil (we like Pure Kent Oak

Smoked Rapeseed Oil)

• 125g local goats’ cheese (we

like The Traditional Cheese

Dairy’s ‘Stonegate’)

Wash and spin the salad leaves.

Wrap the wedges of nectarine

with the strips of Parma ham and place

randomly over the leaves. Crumble

the goats’ cheese on top and sprinkle

with the toasted pine nuts. Serve with a

simple dressing of rapeseed or olive oil.

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Home Gurr’own grow many of the

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Late season crops

Jo Arnell proves that, with a little planning, there’s still plenty

to grow in the veg garden as colder months approach

There might be gaps appearing on the plot this month.

I’m hoping it means you’ve been able to celebrate

all that hard work and harvest some produce, but it

could well be that disaster has struck. Disasters come in many

forms: life events, pests – even the weather can cause crops

to fail. You may not have got round to growing anything yet

(time flies when you intend to grow your own). Take heart

and gather yourself. There are still plenty of vegetables that

you can sow now that will mature in just a few weeks, or for

a harvest later in the autumn and winter. It may be too late to

sow plants that take a long time to grow, like leeks, parsnips,

purple sprouting broccoli, but there is definitely still time.

Fresh new crops for autumn and winter

Sow some hardy vegetables now and you will have a supply

of fresh produce for the coming season. Radishes, beetroot,

mangetout, short carrots and dwarf beans can be sown

now to harvest in under 12 weeks. You can make sowings

of kale, Swiss chard, spinach and pak choi this month and

have a supply of nutritious greens for autumn and, because

these are hardy crops, right through the winter too.

I grow a few stalwarts to last the winter; kale, Swiss chard

and perpetual spinach are consistently reliable. Kale is hardy

in the coldest of winters, heroically shrugging off frost and

snow, but you may need to protect chard and spinach with

a cloche. These plants do not grow much in the winter

months, but will tick over and act like an outdoor larder,

supplying you with fresh green leaves whenever you need

them. Winter lettuces, mustards, pak choi and other oriental

leaves are also surprisingly hardy. The good news about

growing these crops at the end of the season is that the

insect pests begin to disappear as the weather gets colder,

but you may still need to net brassicas like kale, as pigeons

find them irresistible and will shred any unprotected leaves.

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Above: Keep an eye on the nutritional needs of any new plants and add more compost as needed. Some of the early crops may have

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Garden

order to provide a decent crop. Short carrots, beetroot, radishes,

leafy greens and pea shoots are reliable and quick, so may be

less demanding than other crops if you are short on time. Sow a

packet of fast growing salad leaves and lettuce into a planter by the

kitchen door, for tasty cut-and-come-again leaves that will appear

within a month. If you just pick off the outer leaves, you’ll be able

to keep them going for the rest of the summer and into autumn.

Filling gaps

As you harvest vegetables this month you may well be creating

gaps in your plot. Fill these with fast growing crops such

as rocket, khol rabi, radishes, sugar-snap peas, dwarf beans

and salad leaves. Grow leafy plants in semi-shade, or keep

them well watered, as they may bolt (run to seed) in hot, dry

weather. If you are eager to cram as much into the season as

possible, you can sow into guttering pipes before the gaps

appear, so that a ready made row can slide into the ground

once you’ve harvested the current crop. This is a useful way

of ensuring a constant supply of peas, beans and salad.

Above: Kale and cabbages growing side by

side. Grow leafy plants in semi-shade, or keep

them well watered, as they may bolt.

Soil preparation and fertiliser

Keep an eye on the nutritional needs of any new plants, and

add more compost as needed. Some of the early crops may have

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fast growing salads and roots, but some extra compost might

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Garden

Green manure

‘Nature abhors a vacuum’ so Aristotle is rumoured to

have said, which when translated to the vegetable garden,

means that any bare soil will be filled immediately –

with weeds. If you are not keen on growing lots more

vegetables this year, then beat nature to it and fill your

vacuum with a green manure. This will keep the weeds

down, stop soil erosion and when it’s been dug in, add

nutrients to the soil and improve the soil structure.

It is not compulsory to keep your plot productive all year

round, but it is entirely possible. The plants do grow a little

more slowly from midsummer onwards, but so do the weeds

and pests. At this time of the year there are less pressing tasks

elsewhere in the garden, the soil is warm and receptive and

the weather is often kinder too. Let’s get growing (again).

Top: Jo Arnell’s garden at Hornbrook Manor

Above: Rows of lettuces make for a pretty combination of colours

Vegetables to sow in August

Carrots – try growing short Chantenay,

or Nantes carrots that won’t take as long

to grow as longer roots. These can even

be grown in containers and that way

kept out of reach of pesky carrot flies.

Beetroot – grow some tasty ‘baby’

beets in around 12-14 weeks.

These are best lifted before the

end of the autumn, as they tend to

become woody in cold weather.

Dwarf beans – because these beans

don’t have to spend time climbing up

poles and sticks, they start flowering

and setting pods earlier than climbing

varieties. From an early August

sowing you could be harvesting green

(or purple) dwarf French beans by

the beginning of October. Don’t

leave sowing any later than this

though, as they are a tender crop

and may be hit by an early frost.

Peas – the quickest peas to grow

are the sugar-snaps and mangetout

varieties, as you are harvesting the

whole pod and not waiting for the

peas inside to swell and ripen.

Kale – this is probably one of

my ‘desert island’ vegetables; it

stands tall and impervious to

the winter weather, nutritious to

the end. Protect from pests.

Swiss chard – as beautiful as it is

good for you, chard is available in a

rainbow array of colours, although

a white one ‘Fordhook Giant’ may

be the best culinary variety.

Rocket – Reliable, quick (as its

name suggests) and tasty, rocket

will also self-seed around the

patch, so you may find you don’t

have to make repeat sowings…

Oriental greens – crops like pak choi,

mustard, kai lan (Chinese broccoli)

and napa cabbage are fast growing

and make fantastic additions to stir

fries and soup recipes. They may

need netting to protect from flea

beetle (which makes tiny holes in the

leaves), caterpillars and pigeons.

Salad leaves – loose leaved, ‘cut

and come again’ lettuce, herbs like

chervil, coriander and spicy mesclun

mixes of assorted leaves, all make

quick and tasty fresh salad that will

stay fresh (unlike the plastic bags of

leaves that turn to slime as soon as

you open them) for many weeks.

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Garden

A

few years ago a group of us went

to have lunch at Gravetye Manor,

home to the Victorian gardener,

William Robinson. Robinson bought the

Elizabethan house and about 200 acres

in the mid-1880s and the estate, which

he extended, became his life’s work. We

have so much to thank him for as he

was at the forefront of the movement

rebelling against the high Victorian

style of gardening with its regimented

bedding in bright colours ‘highlighted’

with rather incongruous plantings of

exotics grown on in glasshouses. His style,

much followed, was for the more natural,

wilder approach to gardening, which

thankfully still prevails. Two of his books,

The Wild Garden and The English Flower

Garden became best sellers. His approach

to gardening developed in tandem with

Late Bloomers

Sue Whigham gives her tips for glorious autumn colour

Top: Bupleurum fruticosum Above: A blush pink mop head hydrangea

the British Arts and Crafts movement

of the early twentieth century and one

of its more famous local exponents

was Daisy Lloyd at Great Dixter.

But back to lunch that

October at Gravetye...

I felt like a Jack in the Box with the

excitement of the autumn colours in

their fabulous borders and remember

that it was a beautiful day and the beds

really were brimming with so many rich

colour combinations. All late flowerers of

course: amongst them dahlias, aconites

and salvias. I can’t remember what

we ate but those plants and planting

combinations were just lovely.

Aconites really come into their own

from July onwards. One of the first to

flower is the silver-blue A. ‘Stainless

Steel’. I love this plant with its silver blue

hooded flowers. It’s great in July with

peachy day lilies. Another one which

starts into flower in July is A. ‘Spark’s

Variety’. This was introduced by the

famous Riverslea Nursery, founded by

Maurice Prichard who gave his name to

Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichard’s Variety’

and the pink Geranium riversleaianum

‘Russell Prichard’. I’m not sure why

this particular aconite was named

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‘Spark’s Variety’. Anyway, this plant has

a long flowering period and deep purple

hooded flowers. Like most monkshoods,

it can be grown in both sun or partial

shade provided it is provided with a

good fertile soil, which is really the same

for all aconites. Give the plants a good

mulch in the spring to retain moisture.

To continue the late flowering season

with these plants, try A. carmichaelii

‘Arendsii’ which goes through August

and into September. This is a tall plant

with enormous blue flowers and totally

self-supporting, upright stems. You’ll

need a bit of space for this but there are

shorter forms worth trying. Aconites look

marvellous grown with late season grasses.

And then there are the Agastache,

brilliant for flowering late and for

extending the flowering season in your

borders from July right through to

October. These are perennial plants with

so many plus points; from the aromatic

foliage through to the way that they

attract bees and hoverflies. They like a well

drained soil – good for a Mediterranean

planting in gravel garden perhaps. Two

worth mentioning are A. ‘Blue Fortune’

with dark bracts and violet blue flowers

and A. ‘Blackadder’ with spikes of furry

violet blue flower and dark calyxes.

I took a photo this morning of the buds

of a Japanese anemone. How pretty they

are. Perched on long stems are furry grey/

pink/white perfectly formed bobbles.

I read somewhere that they reminded

the writer of pearls and I think that is

such a good description. This particular

anemone is A. x hybrida ‘Honorine

Jobert’, with pure white flowers with a

distinctive green centre surrounded by

bright yellow stamens. Easy to grow and

easy to source. Growing with dark foliage

as a backdrop like Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

they light up the garden until October.

This is the way to see them at their

best. They spread like mad but are so

charming and make up for their manners!

Oh, another one that is rather

beautiful is the double pink, A. hupensis

var. japonica ‘Pamina’ which has rather

elegant grey black stems. Bees love

Japanese anemones so grow them!

I think it was quite late in the

season when we went to Malverleys in

Hampshire. What a garden. Particularly

memorable in their stunning white

garden were enormous quantities of

the self-seeding biennial sea holly,

Eryngium giganteum, commonly known

as Miss Willmott’s Ghost, named after

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that all her friends’ gardens should be

blessed with the plant. She apparently

sowed seed wherever she visited.

Eryngiums are great late flowerers

and I love this one for its silver white

flower heads. There are lots to try.

Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’ as its

name suggests has lots of bright blue

flowers. Eryngium x oliverianum has blue

flower and amethyst stems. They take a

while to establish and colour up but are

worth the wait. For a bit of drama try

E. pandanifolium ‘Physic Purple’ from

the Chelsea Physic Garden. Tall, very

tall, its tiny purple heads are magnets

for all manner of pollinating insects.

And late flowering shrubs? Buddleja of

course are brilliant for late flowering

colour and for providing food for

butterflies. There are so many new

cultivars but I love B. davidii ‘Dartmoor’

which has fan shaped multiple spikes

of purple blossom. It is highly scented

and butterflies really do besiege it.

Bupleurum fruticosum is a shrubby late

flowering evergreen with masses of green

umbellifer flower heads. It is lovely for

“Visit William Dyson’s salvia

nursery in the gardens of

Great Comp, near Sevenoaks,

to see his amazing, ever

increasing, collection of salvias”

cutting. It doesn’t seem to mind having

a good hair cut in the spring to control

its size. It just comes back better and

even more floriferous. Grow it with tall

Salvia confertiflora or Salvia involucrata.

Both are smashing late flowering plants

but the latter is hardy so perhaps easier.

You really do have to remember to bring

in S. confertiflora but you are rewarded

for your diligence the following year.

I almost forgot to mention the shrubby

salvias with their incredibly long flowering

period. Visit William Dyson’s salvia

nursery in the gardens of Great Comp,

near Sevenoaks, to see his amazing, ever

increasing, collection of salvias. He has

been growing salvias in Kent for over 20

years. I particularly like S. ‘Royal Bumble’

with its combination of dark stems and

rich scarlet flowers. It’s in a pot at the

moment and probably would benefit from

being planted out, but the stems break off

easily and it may not be the moment now.

Sue Whigham can be contacted on

07810 457948 for gardening advice

and help in the sourcing and supply

of interesting garden plants.

Dyson’s Nurseries, Great Comp

Garden, Comp Lane, St Mary’s Platt,

near Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 8QS.

Nursery Enquiries: 07887 997663.

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Above: Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’ with yarrow

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Play & Learn

Education

Our children need to explore and have fun, it’s a key part of

their development, as Hilary Wilce explains...

For all of us, summer is a time of play. Children play

in the long days free from school. Adults play on

the beach, or round the barbecue, or at outdoor

festivals – the year I went to Glastonbury, my first thought

was that this was a vast, colourful playground where

170,000 people were dancing, singing, dressing-up and

pretending just like the children they had all once been.

Play is great. It helps us to develop communication skills.

It aids problem-solving, underpins cognitive

development and feeds the imagination.

But not all of us remember to honour it all

the time. Some of us think that work and

chores are the stuff of adult life, and that

for children the most important thing is

to get top test scores and exam results.

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are as human beings. It helps us to relax

and learn, socialise, grow and develop.

Without it, we are poor, stunted, joyless

things who barely deserve the life we’ve been given.

So it goes without saying that play should always

be an important part of school learning. Most of us

understand that little children need to pour water and

dig sand in order to better understand the world and

their place in it. But what about later on? Think back

to your own learning and it’s almost certain that your

most vivid memories will relate to times when you were

“Play sits deadcentre

of who we

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socialise, grow

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encouraged to do things for yourself and find things out.

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into the playground to act out a scale model of the solar

system? Are you ever going to forget being Neptune, at the

far edge of the cluster of planets we call home? Or being 13

and being asked, in a geography lesson, to use sand trays and

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Play encourages interest and motivation.

Learning times tables is hard and boring,

but made much more fun when the ‘times

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We are never too old to learn through

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school, participants were asked to run to one

corner of the room or another, depending on

whether they preferred talking on the phone

or by email. The resulting clusters showed how few people

were genuine extroverts, and how many were naturally more

shy and unconfident. I’m not sure that life’s that simple,

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Playing is essential to our co-operative human nature.

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What’s On in August

Children & Families

Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10

& Sun 11 Aug

Painshill, Portsmouth Rd,

Cobham KT11 1JE

Children’s Theatre

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The Cat’s Grin Theatre

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and The Wind in the Willows

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Entry: Adults £12.50, children £10

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Wed 14 Aug 2-3.30pm

Bourne Hall Museum, Spring

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sand tray archaeology.

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Sat 24 – Sun 25 Aug

Hever Castle, Hever Road,

Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Journey through

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Immerse yourself in different

periods in history from Romans,

through to Saxons. See Vikings

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weapons displays, experience

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and weaving, watch archery

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the bank holiday weekend.

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Festivals & Fairs

Sat 10 Aug

Woking Town and Park

Pride in Surrey

The first Pride event in Surrey.

It’s past time to dig out your

spangliest, glitteriest, most

fabulous outfit and support

LGBT+ culture. Beggining

with a parade through Woking

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Fri 16 – Sun 18 Aug

The Rural Life Centre,

The Reeds Road, Tilford,

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Weyfest

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of the finest music, camping,

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Fri 6 – Sat 7 Sep

G Live, London Road,

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the last of the summer sun.

Entry: Friday evening £12,

Saturday daytime £6, Saturday

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One large pizza AND two pints or two

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What’s On in August

has all the most mouthwatering

goodies you can imagine, all

in the glorious setting of the

historical Hampton Court

Palace. Feast on delicious street

food and insta-worthy cocktails,

explore the gardens and maze,

and learn something new with

masterclasses and cookery demos.

Foodie fun for the whole family.

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Fri 30 Aug- Sun 1 Sep

Woking Town Centre, adjacent

to Woking shopping centres

Woking Food and

Drink Festival

Three free days of delicious

feasting, fun entertainment and

interactive activities that all the

family will enjoy. There will be

live cooking demonstrations,

eating competitions, bite-size

talks, tastings, signings, music, and

special celebrity guests (including

stars of BBC’s Eat Well for Less,

MasterChef: The Professionals

and Great British Bake Off).

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Music and Theatre

Sat 10 Aug

Gatwick Aviation Museum,

Charlwood, Gatwick, RH6 0BT

Open Air Cinema:

Back to the Future

A magical outdoor screening of

the 80s classic, Back to the Future,

in support of Kent, Surrey and

Sussex Air Ambulance. Plus

you can explore the Aviation

Museum, there will be live music

at sunset and the helicopter will

be there along with the crew

(subject to medical emergencies).

Entry: £17.50 (booked in advance)

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Sun 18 Aug

Albury Vineyard, Silent Pool,

Shere Road, Albury GU5 9BW

Opera on the Vineyard

Seren Singers will be performing

much-loved music and all

your favourite opera classics,

while you sit amongst the

vines and enjoy beautiful views

over the Surrey Hills, sipping

on Albury Vineyard’s awardwinning

organic wine.

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Look Forward:

September

Tue 10 Sep

Sotheby’s International Realty

38 High Street, Cobham

KT11 3EB

Sotheby’s Watch and

Jewellery Auction

Sotheby’s Auction House are

coming to Cobham with some

of the country’s finest specialists

to value consignments from

£3,000 per item by houses such

as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels,

Rolex, etc. Telephone Kate on

01932 860537 to reserve a time.

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Sarah Louise Dix, 57 St

John’s Street, Farncombe,

Godalming GU7 3EH

Upholstery Courses

Sarah Louise Dix’ ten week

upholstery courses begin next

month with options for all levels

of experience and tools

and materials provided

(excluding top fabric).

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to press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

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Congratulations to Neil Carter who wins our June

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane tackles the challenge of

a wildflower meadow

The wild flower meadow has not only been looking

wonderful all summer but more than ever before it’s

been buzzing with bees, and birds and butterflies have all

taken advantage of the many different flowers and seeds on offer.

We made the meadow five years ago. It was a huge

project that involved turning back the clock and accepting

it would be less productive in terms of the amount of

grass it produced, but it has been worth every penny.

I don’t imagine you ever give it a second thought but the

fact is almost all the fields of grass you see round and about,

will in recent history have been ‘improved’. Over 97% of

original Wealden meadows which would

“Over 97% of

original Wealden

meadows have been

ploughed and sown

with high yielding

grasses, such as

perennial rye grass”

have supported about 50 different species

have been ploughed and sown with high

yielding grasses, such as perennial rye

grass, a fast growing, tough thug that

doesn’t let any others get a look in. This

kind of intensive grass production while

supporting more sheep and cattle leaves

little room for plant diversity or wildlife.

New wild flower meadows are called ‘semiimproved’

and it’s much harder to make one

than you might imagine. To get rid of the rye

grass we had to spray it off in the autumn

not one, not two but three times and then as though making

turf, a machine was brought in to slice and remove the top few

inches of rooty soil. This created a house size pile which we put

in the woods much to the delight of the pigs who thought we’d

built them their very own piggy Alton Towers. It was then left to

overwinter as a sad, bald patch of land. In February, seed from

a host of different species of clay-loving wild flowers and grasses

were sown and ever since it has been an annual riot of colour.

But it’s gang warfare out there and to prevent the bad

boy grasses, thistles and docks, from moving back in we

have to make every effort to keep the soil fertility low. And

one of the key heroes in this ongoing battle is yellow rattle,

a semi-parasitic annual plant that attaches

to the roots of the vigorous species and

takes nutrients, thus preventing them outcompeting

the gentler wildflower species.

Often known as the meadow maker it’s such

an important plant that it has a whole line-up

of regional names, including pots and pans, hen

pennies, tiddlibottles and shacklecaps. And while

on the subject of monikers there may be many

ways I didn’t get 10 out of 10 for my parenting

skills – no piano lessons, too busy to take them

to museums or make things with egg boxes and

sticky-back plastic – but I did teach my girls the

names of all the wild flowers they came across. And even if it

won’t feature on their CVs I remain immensely satisfied, maybe

if I’m honest a touch smug, that they can tell Jack in the Hedge

from Herb Robert and Ladies Bedstraw from Yellow Archangel.

Another way to keep the fertility down is to cut the meadow

every year for hay. In the other fields on the farm we cut hay

in late June and later spread muck taken from the cow sheds

the winter before. But the meadow gets left till late summer,

usually the end of August when all the seeds have dropped and

having been mown it gets not so much as a sniff of manure.

Talking of aromas it also produces the most delicious

smelling hay, a heady mixture of vaguely medicinal

Meadowsweet, mingling with the soporific scent of Ladies

Bedstraw (which was why it was used to stuff mattresses)

and the slightly vanilla scented sweet vernal grass.

And it’s not just the smell, evidently if you’re a cow

or sheep you really can taste the difference. Open a bale

of that on a cold wet February morning in the sheep

shed and it’s a race to get there first. Cue music and sexy

voice, “It’s not just any hay, it’s late-cut meadow hay”.

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

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