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Contents

September 2019

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SMOOTH MOVES

Maggie Alderson’s property picks

NOTEBOOK

The latest news and events

OFF THE SCALE

We take a look inside the

impressive Bayham Hall

GET THE LOOK

Style it like Bayham

PAINT EFFECTS

Some of the brightest artwork

on display in a gallery near you

A PEBBLE’S THROW

A stunning renovation

in Sandgate

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MOODBOARD:

BURN BABY BURN

Everything you need to create

your perfect feature fire

OFF DUTY

Kate Watts styles menswear

with a utilitarian edge

ON THE HUNT

Rebecca Cuffe edits men’s accessories

POST SUMMER HAIR SOS

Josephine Fairley comes

to the rescue

HEAL HEADACHES

Henrietta Norton gives

her holistic tips to stop

head pain in its tracks

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THE FOREVER PLANTS

Jo Arnell takes a look at

successful succulents

A CHANGING CLIMATE

Jennifer Stuart-Smith finds out

how gardeners are adapting to

extreme weather conditions

WHAT’S ON

Your guide for what to

do in September

COMPETITION

Win a stay at Leeds Castle, plus entry

to their popular Christmas Market

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard’s latest instalment

from Coopers Farm

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GET THE LOOK

Pebble Shore’s interior inspiration

PRIME LOCATION

How Phil and Sam Cornish

converted an old farm

building on their land

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SPOTTING THE SIGNS

Sarah Maxwell discusses

peri-menopause

EATING GREEN

Jo Arnell’s take on flavourful

vegan recipes

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Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Brook Field House

The dream: A very cool and groovy

new-build pad in the middle of the

beautiful Kent countryside, within

walking distance of a lovely village.

A station provides direct trains to

London and a very short drive to

everything in Tunbridge Wells.

What a package. It looks fabulous

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Kebony wood, with floor to ceiling

windows on the ground floor.

Where: The absolute best of

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village of Bells Yew Green, seven

minutes’ drive to Tunbridge Wells.

Setting: Sitting among open

fields in beautiful countryside

Beds: 4 Baths: 4

Special features: The open plan

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is 51ft long. There are also

three other reception rooms.

Pleasing details: The metal

frame windows are black on

the outside, but white on the

inside, so less intrusive.

Outside: A landscaped courtyard

garden to the front, a large paved

area to the rear and lawns.

Time to town: Under an

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Frant station (which is actually

in Bells Yew Green).

Agent: Hamptons,

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Edenbridge House

The dream: A mainly Georgian

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was added in 1989. It has been very

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contemporary feel, sympathetic to the

building, with a lovely kitchen/breakfast

room with views over the garden.

Where: 1.4 miles from Edenbridge

and seven to Oxted.

Setting: Rural.

Beds: 7 Baths: 5

Special features: The drawing

room and dining room are

both double aspect.

Pleasing details: Two detached timber

barns, with planning permission

for ancillary accommodation.

Outside: Heated swimming pool,

gym with shower room, plus

lawn and mature gardens.

Time to town: 45 minutes to London

Bridge from Edenbridge,

30 minutes to Victoria from Oxted.

Agent: Knight Frank Sevenoaks

01732 744477 knightfrank.co.uk

£1,250,000

Knock House

The dream: Fancy a historic home? This house

has origins back to Saxon times. A faded deed,

with a Latin title, lists ‘Knokke’ as belonging to

the Black Prince. The Duke of Wellington is said

to have had his headquarters here and the artist

John Piper painted the marsh from it. Grade II

listed it is mainly brick, partly tile hung and part

weatherboard. It is rich in beams, inglenooks,

brick floors and studded oak doors, without

low ceilings.

Where: Near the village of Stone in Oxney, 4½

miles east of Rye and six south of Tenterden.

Setting: In farmland, close to the Military Canal.

Beds: 6 Baths: 4

Special features: The master bedroom has a

double-height beamed ceiling.

Pleasing details: The kitchen – and the décor

in general – are ripe for sympathetic refreshing.

Outside: Delightful gardens with meandering

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Appledore, changing at Ashford International.

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Karen’s Concept Facelift and Necklift

Story One Year On From Surgery

Karen came along to an open evening

when Bella Vou first opened and felt

absolutely bowled over by the clinic; ‘I

was so impressed, I knew then that if I

were to ever have anything done it would be at

Bella Vou, especially after having met Amir and

the team.’

‘The concept facelift really sold itself to me - no

general anaesthetic and such a quick recovery

time - I knew there and then, yes, that’s for me.

I just knew that when the time was right, that’s

what I would have done.’

She didn’t feel ready for the procedure at that

point, but a few years later Karen noticed

(particularly when looking back on recent

photos) that her face had aged, so she decided

to come back to the clinic. ‘I was starting to

get jowls and was just looking older. That’s

when I thought: now is the time to do

something about it.’

Karen could now really notice her ageing skin

which motivated her to make the changes

necessary for a younger and more attractive

looking face. She decided the time was right to

obtain a fresher look; ‘I felt like I was looking

tired and worn out. My skin was sagging,

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that I was really starting to look my age!’

So, as a 60th Birthday present to herself,

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‘The atmosphere at Bella Vou was friendly and

personal. The staff were all supportive and

caring. They made you feel as if you were their

only patient, rather than just another client on

their list - nothing was too much trouble.’

Karen loved the fact that she was designated

her own patient coordinator who ensured

she was clear about the procedure. ‘After

my initial consultation with my surgeon, Amir

(who answered all of my questions) my patient

coordinator went through everything with me

again.’ Surgery can feel like a big deal, so

being sure the procedure is right for you is really

important. ‘My patient coordinator covered

everything. Price – dates – what to expect –

aftercare – everything. She actually wanted

me to go away and think about it, but I was so

excited I booked my surgery there and then!’

Karen was thrilled that the surgery could be

carried out under local anaesthetic so that she

would have a fast recovery. ‘Because of the way

Amir and the concept facelift had come across

at the open evening I was very confident

about the procedure.’

Surgery can be quite nerve-wracking for some,

but Karen said ‘I wasn’t in the least bit nervous

- I watched the whole operation on the Bella

Vou website too.’ She was totally prepared and

aware of every detail.

The day came for Karen’s procedure; ‘I needn’t

have worried. Stevie, my patient coordinator,

took me down to theatre and Amir and the

theatre nurse made me feel at ease straight

away. I was awake the entire time and it

appeared to be very casual; we were chatting

and the radio was on - it was better than being

at the dentist! The most uncomfortable part were

the initial injections. After that I couldn’t feel a

thing throughout the entire procedure. Although

it took a long time, I was totally relaxed as Amir

was always talking, checking how I felt and

explaining what he was doing.’

‘Amir was a wonderful surgeon. He

was warm, considerate, caring and

supportive - he was just amazing.’

Karen was surprised at how fab she looked

straight after surgery; ‘A friend of mine had a

facelift elsewhere and she looked like she’d been

run over by a steam roller! I didn’t have any

bruising or swelling, I just looked a bit puffy. To

be honest, apart from the fact I wasn’t wearing

any make up, I could have gone shopping

straight away afterwards and no one would have

given me a second look - it was that amazing. I

didn’t, of course. My husband collected me and

I went straight home to rest for a couple of days

following the advice I was given.’

‘There was no pain - nothing at all - during

surgery, or after. I had it done on Tuesday and

I took it easy until the weekend and then I was

fine. In fact, I didn’t have to take it easy, I chose

to take it easy. I could have easily gone back to

work on Monday - less than a week.’

Karen describes her follow-up care as reassuring;

‘I could ring Stevie, or the clinic if I was worried

about anything, but I just came back a week later

for my first check up and everything was fine.’

It’s so important to know you’ll be cared for

after surgery too.

‘My husband, family and friends were all very

supportive when I decided to go for it and they

were totally blown away with the outcome.

Everyone was so impressed. My work colleague

decided that she’s definitely going to have

it done herself.’

‘It was definitely worth it and I would recommend

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I definitely feel better about the way I look.

Bearing in mind I teach 13-18 year olds, how

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After having the Concept Facelift and Necklift,

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I feel so much more confident about my

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younger!’ If you have a procedure in mind, why

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For your complimentary consultation call

01892 257357

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Before you consider any procedure you should

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Dreweatts is holding a valuation

day at the lovely Hotel du Vin in

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leading UK auctioneer of everything

from fine art to live steam and

model engineering, and at this

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spectacular floral extravaganza, for which Wealden Times is proud to be

media partner. From Saturday 14 to Thursday 19 September the Castle

will be filled with beautiful blooms, in fantastical and fabulous displays

which you can find spilling out of rooms along the visitor route. This

year’s line up of designers is an exciting collection of award-winning

names from all over the world. Morgan Douglas Nuth from Ascot,

Dennis Kneepkens from the Netherlands and Dr. Solomon

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as Dutch floral artist Conny van der Westerlaken and one

of Australia’s leading floral designers, Matthew Landers.

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Craft In Focus is coming to Hever Castle &

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showcasing some of the UK’s finest designer makers’

work in the award-winning Hever Castle Gardens. Set

in 125 acres of glorious grounds with the backdrop of

the historic castle, the fair will have demonstrations,

live music, a fabulous adventure playground, a Water

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Burfields House Wealth Management is

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Sunday 6 October. Capture the enduring beauty

of the gardens and estate and the legacy of Vita

Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson to win a

spot for your photography in an exclusive

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from Friday 25 October.

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Rye Arts Festival offers sixty world class events in

a packed fortnight from Saturday 14 to Saturday

28 September. With classical, jazz and folk music,

literary talks and top speakers, drama and film,

walks and much more the beautiful Cinque Ports

town will be buzzing as it becomes the South

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Food fest

Great food and music by the

sea. Hastings Seafood and Wine

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showcasing the excellent quality

and variety of fish that Hastings

has to offer. It runs daily from

11am until 6pm on Saturday

14 and Sunday 15 September.

Wristbands cost £2.50 in advance

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Puppetry isn’t all Punch and Judy anymore and this festival

celebrates it in all its many forms – object theatre, marionnettes,

shadow play, kites – from a 17 foot Arbor to a mini marvel of

a table-top show for an audience of eight, this festival is fully

equipped to open your eyes to the many facets and faces of modern

puppetry. The festival runs from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October at

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Previous pages: In the sitting room, Jaime has kept the colour palette to neutral greys and browns with white detailing. The

double aspect windows take centre stage, with beautiful views out over the Bayham gardens Above: When Jaime and Justin moved

their family down from London they also brought much of their art collection with them: ‘Pony Pin Up’ photographs by Julian

Wolkenstein hang on the back wall behind a spacious – and specially designed – dining table

It’s pretty difficult to turn a stately home into a

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Justin and Jaime Cooke live in Bayham Hall with their

three children Alberta, Gibson and Monty, as well as several

pets, including a growing collection of chickens, who have

just moved into their new home underneath the kids’

tree house. I am standing with Jaime in her huge family

kitchen. Dressed in cutting edge sportswear and baseball

cap, Jaime has just rushed back home from teaching a

spin class at her new fitness boutique, SPN in Tunbridge

Wells. I am not sure if the original owner of Bayham Hall,

the Marquess of Camden, could have envisaged what

his pile would have looked like over 150 years later, but

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This page: The kitchen had once been the library. Jaime stripped back

the tooled leather wallpaper and pulled down 1970s partitions and stud

walls to bring back the sense of scale from the original floor plan. The

room’s original features include a wonderful ornate plaster ceiling, huge

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was running her fashion brand MUKS. They had no

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This page: Jaime’s colour palette of neutral whites and greys has allowed Bayham Hall’s original features to shine through

Above left: Kent artist Sandy Dooley’s vibrant paintings hang on the walls of the sitting room

then that is where you might have found him.

We begin our tour of Bayham in Jaime’s kitchen.

Like every home, it’s the heart of the house yet like

everything in this particular home, it’s on a vast scale.

The room had once been the library, complete with

tooled leather wallpaper. Jaime stripped it back, as

she had in the rest of the house, pulling down 1970s

partitions and stud walls, lifting old carpets and

bringing back the sense of scale from the original floor

plan. As with the rest of the house she kept the colour


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This page: One of the most impressive spaces

in the house is the double height inner hallway

around which a carved wooden staircase floats

palette to neutral whites and greys, allowing the room’s

original features: a wonderful ornate plaster ceiling, huge

windows and original shutters and an impressive veined

marble fireplace with gilded overmantle, do the talking.

Jaime and Justin commissioned a series of handmade

floor to ceiling cupboards to match the panelling of

the shutters that provide the majority of the room’s

storage, whilst a free-standing kitchen sits elegantly

in the middle of the room. The stone of the fireplace

has been subtly mirrored with a grey granite across

the worktops. Kitchen cabinets have been painted in

a soft dove grey to complement the tops and a darker

grey picks up the detailing on the room’s painted

cornice. Combining style with practicality, the huge

dining table was designed especially for the space.

“One of the issues with owning a place this size is that we

can’t buy much off the peg,” laughs Jaime. “So we got the

designers to come down and see the space for themselves

and they made the table to fit perfectly. Luckily we’re a big

family and are always having people over, so even though

it’s massive, it actually works well for us.”

Around the table are a series of Kartell Masters chairs by

Philippe Starck and above it is an antler chandelier. But


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This page: An enormous antler chandelier hangs down from the

ceiling, whilst vibrant artworks and soft furnishing contrast with

the white walls that bounce light from the hall’s huge windows

into every nook Right: A cathedral-like stained glass window

dapples the hallway with softly coloured light

as we will see, this is just the baby version.

One of the most impressive spaces in the house is

the double height inner hallway around which a carved

wooden staircase floats. A cathedral-like stained glass

window dapples the area with softly coloured light.

“One of the first things we did, when we moved in,”

says Jaime, as we sit and stare up at the enormous big

daddy antler chandelier that hangs from the ceiling,

“was to have a heat engineer come round. You can paint

walls and rip up old carpets, but the one thing that was

a major issue in the house was the cost of the heating.

When we first moved in we were hit with a monthly oil

bill of thousands, and that was just for the West Wing.

We had to sort out the heating before we could move the

kids in, so we sunk a geo-thermal ground source for the

heating and put in solar panels for the hot water. We had

to put in chimney balloons to all the fireplaces and get

permission for secondary glazing, including the stained

glass window. It was losing so much heat it was like

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This page: The upper landing acts like a minstrels’ gallery

overlooking the hall below. Jaime and Justin added glass barriers

to make the space more family-friendly

“One of the first things we did, when

we moved in,” says Jaime, “was to have

a heat engineer come round. You can

paint walls and rip up old carpets but

the one thing that was a major issue in

the house was the cost of the heating.”

a money sponge.” And they were right to do so. It’s the

lack of all those draughty dark corners, synonymous with

stately homes, that is one of the key elements that has

truly transformed Bayham Hall beyond recognition.

We walk up the sumptuous stairs and find ourselves

on the upper landing that acts like a minstrels’ gallery

overlooking the hall below. It could make you slightly

giddy. Jaime spots me peering down. “That is exactly

why we had to put some glass barriers up the staircase,

with three young children it was a no-brainer. Lord

Camden certainly didn’t have a six year old running

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Above: Huge gilded chandeliers accentuate the soaring ceilings. One of the joys of living in Bayham

Hall is that there is such as great sense of space that wonderful vistas appear at every turn

around when he designed this!” she laughs. Again, it’s

the scale of the place that has dictated much of Jaime’s

decorating choices. The landing is so wide it easily eats

up several sofas, two half-moon hall tables, mirrors,

armchairs and two chandeliers. However, once again,

it’s the clever touches that keep that sense of family,

such as the rugs, plants and statement cushions.

When Jaime and Justin moved their family down from

London they also brought much of their art collection

with them. That and an obsession with the fabric company

House of Hackney. It seems only fitting that a company

that takes vintage prints and subverts them through

modern context and colour combinations should appeal

to a couple who have applied the very same approach

to the home in which they live. The distinctive acid

florals can be seen on standard lamps and cushions

throughout the house. “We love it!” says Jaime, “Justin

and I buy rolls of their fabric, it’s a bit of an addiction.”

One of the other themes that also peppers many of the

rooms and hallways is taxidermy. As a Canadian, Jaime is

very un-squeamish about it. “I grew up with moose heads

and antlers everywhere, so it’s something that is part


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Jaime has taken a love of travel and high-end hotels to create a master bedroom

and guest room suites that you would happily move into and never leave


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This page: The couple’s luxurious bedroom suites feature chic

four-poster beds and sumptuously soft carpet

of what makes a home to me.” It is also one of the few

motifs that the original Lord Camden might have once

featured in the house and, of course, it works majestically.

The sitting room is yet another case of how furniture

and fabric have been employed to create a liveable

space. As with the rest of the house, Jaime has kept the

colour palette to neutral greys and browns with white

detailing, Again, she has stripped the floors, letting the

double aspect windows take centre stage, the gardens

of Bayham providing the most wonderful landscape

which is mirrored in the artwork by local artist Sandy

Dooley. The accessories of rugs and cushions are

another area where Jaime has ramped up the colour.

One of the joys of living in such a house as Bayham Hall

is that there is such a great sense of space that wonderful

vistas appear at every turn. From the kitchen to the living

rooms, to the upstairs landings, even though the house

is packed full of family life, there is a serene and calm

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This page: Like the rest of the house, the neutral tones used to

decorate the bedrooms are the perfect backdrop for Jaime and

Justin’s eclectic collection of furniture and artworks

atmosphere. None more so than the bedrooms, where

Jaime has taken a love of travel and high-end hotels to

create a master bedroom and guest room suites that you

would happily move into and never leave. Luxurious

curtains and sofas, chic four-poster beds and a carpet

so thick it licks your feet as you walk, are just some of

the touches of luxury within. The master bathroom is

so spacious that the walk-in shower and roll top bath

just disappear as you look out onto the canopy of green

trees that surround you. A better place to escape and

luxuriate in warm soapy water, I have yet to see.

Jaime and Justin have managed to pull a house, designed

for a different age entirely, into the modern world and

make it work. It is testament to their vision that they have

created a home that both they and their kids can thrive in –

and the chickens look pretty happy too!

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This page: The stunning landscape that surrounds Bayham Hall

can be enjoyed at every turn in the house and garden

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Welcome to

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Eleven vintage merchants offering a

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Original condition and painted furniture, unique vintage

pieces and handpicked decorative items for home & garden.

Our dealers exhibit all over the country at vintage &

lifestyle fairs including Wealden Times Fairs.

Beautiful bespoke shop in a gorgeous setting. Full of quirky

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Get the

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1 Wall mounted stag head £38.95 Melody Maison melodymaison.co.uk 2 Antler chandelier

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1. Detail of ‘Last of my kind’ original oil painting by Chris Rivers chrisriversart.com 2. ‘Dunes Camber’

oil on board by Karl Terry £1,250 karlterry.co.uk 3. ‘Late afternoon, St Tropez’ oil on canvas by Peter

Graham ROI (Royal Institute of Oil Painters), £4,500, exhibiting at Fresh: Art Fair, Ascot (20-22

September) freshartfair.net 4. Ceramic by Joanna Terry, £140, instagram@joannaterryceramics

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5. ‘Buttercup and Swallows’ original limited edition linocut (40/45) by Rob Barnes, £165, Bourneside Gallery

bournesidegallery.com 6. ‘Dolphin Bay’ mixed media by Nick O’Neill, £3,500, showing at Grierson Gallery in

the Hive, Cranbrook griersongalleries.com 7. ‘On A Summer’s Day, Studland’ oil on board by David Atkins,

£3,650, McAllister Thomas Fine Art mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk 8. ‘Roses’ oil and mixed media on board by

Anna Perlin, £850, McAllister Thomas Fine Art mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk 9. ‘Sunset Over the Airfield – East’

glass by Beverley Bun at Grierson Gallery in the Hive, Cranbrook griersongalleries.com 10. ‘Little Nell’ oil on

canvas by Sir John Lavery RA, RSA, RHA, estimated at £7,000-£10,000, to be sold by Woolley and Wallis on

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11. ‘Wild blackberries’ original drypoint by Polly Hosp, £60, North Downs Printmakers 07943 949360 (see

them at this November’s Wealden Times Midwinter Fair). 12. ‘At Low Tide’ framed oil on board by Libbi

Gooch, £1,300, West End House Gallery west-end-house-gallery.co.uk 13. ‘Pomegranate’ framed oil on canvas

by Dani Humberstone, £550, West End House Gallery west-end-house-gallery.co.uk

14. ‘Lands End Dream’ oil on canvas by Will Swayne, £2,250, Wey Gallery theweygallery.com

15. ‘Peonies song’ mixed media on hardboard by Tipperleyhill, £450, Tipperleyhill tipperleyhill.com

16. ‘Flight’ mixed media on silk by Bob Aldous, £3,600, McAllister Thomas mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk

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A Pebble’s Throw

Experienced house renovators Robey and Kelly Hilliard’s latest project – a threestorey

wreck of a home cut into the Sandgate hillside – has been a labour of

love for the couple, who wanted to preserve as much of the original building as

possible whilst transforming it into a contemporary coastal retreat

Words: Jo Arnell

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming

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Previous pages & above: Robey and Kelly chose a palette of three colours for the interior of Pebble Shore: Nutmeg white on the

walls, Urban Obsession for the woodwork and Pebble Shore for the doors, all by Dulux. They sourced the glass and chrome dining

table and chairs from Ikea, the red velvet chairs from Made.com and the lighting throughout from Pooky

Down on the Riviera the sea is sparkling, the sky is

already an unreal azure blue and we’re in holiday

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This page: In the airy and bright open-plan living

space Barefloors Ltd sanded layers of thick black

paint off the floors to bring them back to the

original wood

unassuming threshold of Pebble Shore, I sense

that the property’s owners, Robey and Kelly,

greeting us with knowing smiles, are getting

used to a certain reaction from visitors as they

walk in through the tasteful, but modest, front

door and are met with: ‘Oh wow! The sea!

The view!’ Directly in front of us it seems,

a fisherman tends his lobster pots from his

small boat, bobbing gently on the shimmering

water. The uninterrupted elevated view of

shore, sea and sky knocks you for about six

dozen and is hard to look away from.

Nothing can compete – visually, or even

materially with the elemental forces of nature –

something this beachside building found out to its

cost early on; it has had a troubled, but interesting

past. It started life at the end of the 19th century

as a convalescent home for families from London

to retreat to, and by 1899 it became a hotel called

The Grosvenor. Kelly shows me a photograph

of the original hotel building, pointing out the

central section that is now the house. Not long

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landslip in Sandgate and the two wings of the hotel collapsed,

to be rebuilt as separate properties – and leaving the middle

part to limp along as a semi-detached house. Without

another wall or building propping it up on the other side,

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towards an inevitable collapse. Added to this, a teetering

double height sun room, that was attached to the front of the

building in the 1970s, also hung dangerously in the balance.

It was at this precarious point in its history that Robey

and Kelly rode valiantly to the rescue and placed the

whole building on a firmer footing. Several other buyers,

including a developer were interested, but in the end

– call it fate, serendipity, or even a game of ‘property

chicken’ – all the other offers fell by the wayside, perhaps

prompted by the fact that the house was about to do the

same. Robey and Kelly were not at all put off by the state

of things, in fact they are quite proud of the building’s

(previous) local moniker – the ‘Sandgate Eyesore.’ The

house even featured on a website called “Wreck of the

week”. Despite being listed, the planning officer was so

grateful that the couple were not just improving, but

potentially saving Pebble Shore from falling down, that

he granted permission to start the work straight away.

Having developed a few other properties, Robey

and Kelly’s restoration journey began in earnest on the

back of another big project; renovating a former tenbedroomed

nursing home back into a substantial family

house. During the makeovers the couple discovered that

they really enjoyed the process of transforming unloved

buildings and breathing new life into unpromising wrecks.

At the mere mention of old swirly carpets, Kelly’s face

lights up. “Give us something really humble and we’ll just

love it,” she laughs. “The more it smells the better!”

This particular smelly old house needed stripping


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This page: Sliding glass doors lead out from

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carefully chosen to blend the divide between

the inside and the terrace

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they could of any structural features. They

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“We’ve made sure that

all the people we used

on the build were local.

It’s important to support

the community and

use the skills of local

people,” says Robey

This page: The precarious sun

rooms were demolished and replaced

with a contemporary double height

extension, complete with virtually

seamless sliding doors and

a sheer glass balustrade

to make the steep narrow staircase bigger and wider,

but instead decided to keep it as it was and make a

feature out of the fireplace, turning the small area

around it into a cosy little snug and installing a sleek

Panadero wood burner. “We chose a burner with a

curved front to make sure that when you’re in the snug

you can enjoy the fire from all angles,” says Kelly.

The couple have done some of the work

themselves, and have been careful about the subcontractors

they chose. “We’ve made sure that

all the people we used on the build were local.

It’s important to support the community and

use the skills of local people,” says Robey.

In total they spent eight months completely

gutting all three floors and rebuilding the gable end

of the house, relocating the tiny kitchen into the

extension, turning that kitchen into a utility area with

a separate pantry and adding a bedroom above it.

They demolished the precarious sun rooms, replacing

them with a contemporary double height extension,

complete with virtually seamless sliding doors and a

sheer glass balustrade (too cool to be called a Juliet

balcony), so that when the doors slide back, there

is that breathtakingly uninterrupted view.


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This page: The dimensions of the spaces change as you move upstairs into a huge landing area, complete with an enormous

chandelier salvaged from the Brighton Pavilion

The architect they chose for the extension is another

local, Guy Hollaway, who is well known for designing

many prestigious buildings in the area. The brief was to

have as much glass and as little frame as possible – the

sliding doors have a really slim profile of 19mm.

“They’re positioned so that the glass extends way

beyond the ceiling height,” explains Robey, “so

there’s no bulkhead above the steel – it makes a huge

difference to the view.” And to the budget – but this

is where, to get the best end result, the integrity of

the design has to take precedence over the cost.

For privacy in the evenings, when the back of the house

could look a little like an aquarium, they have installed sleek

electric blinds. These are the same colour as the walls and at

the touch of a button, slide up out of view when not in use.

The Italian Doimo kitchen is streamlined and understated,

serving as much as an entertaining space as a functional

kitchen. The units are black wood and brass, with sink and

counter tops in polished concrete. Robey has cleverly made

a slimline table out of an old Victorian door and corner

seating area from some leftover wood from the garden.

Most of the lighting throughout the house is by Pooky

in Chelsea Harbour. Some of the furniture in the open

plan living space is from Darlings of Chelsea, but the table

and chairs are from Ikea and the red chairs are from Made.

com. Robey has revamped an old desk by the lobby and

up-cycled a dressing table into a stylish sideboard. The

eclectic mix of furniture on this floor appears to reflect

the couple’s ingenuity and ability to combine different

elements into a coherent, cool, but comfortable look.

Downstairs there is a mini-gym and garden room;

more sliding doors lead out into the garden across

porcelain paving, carefully chosen to blend the

divide between the inside and the terrace, so that the

interior effortlessly melds into the room outside.

Creating the ground floor and landscaping the garden

has been quite a project. “It’s all about the levels,” explains

Robey. “The landscapers had to dig out layers and layers

of concrete and excavate the area until it was seamlessly

level with the ground floor of the newly replaced two

storey glass extension.” They rendered the upper rear of the

property and garden walls, replaced the existing fencing

with bespoke, breakwater style panels at the end of the

garden and designed an oak terrace with an oak boardwalk

leading down to the gate with the beach beyond.

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the original fence. Robey has managed

to recycle the old fence panels and

posts into an outdoor kitchen area,

complete with polished concrete

worktop and Drumbecue. In fact, the

fencing went a long way, as he has

been able put this wood to good use

around the house, even making the

stylish banquette in the kitchen. The

couple now have planning permission

to excavate a parking area at road

level, a stone’s throw from the beach.

When faced with the allencompassing

presence of the sea

it is best to respond elementally,

to use natural colours and to echo

the surroundings. Robey and Kelly

chose three colours for the interior

of Pebble Shore: Nutmeg white on

the walls, Urban Obsession for the

woodwork and Pebble Shore for the

Doors, all by Dulux. It is a simple

and very effective colour scheme and

makes for a calm, natural backdrop.

No need to feature queasy seaside

themed styling here, the sea is

inescapable, in full view from most of

the windows – three of the bedrooms

face out towards the horizon –

and one even has a porthole.

The dimensions of the spaces

change as we head upstairs into a

huge landing area, complete with

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Above: Even in the smallest of the four bedrooms, the double height ceilings bring an air of grandeur to this

floor and echoes of the original hotel

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The doors had all been replaced with MDF so

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This effect is echoed in one of the other

bedrooms, which retains its original wooden tongue

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bright pink gloss with a green undercoat. “We

started to sand it off,” says Kelly, “but liked the

effect of leaving some of the green on the wood

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Pebbles are another repeated motif, tying

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This page: Two bathrooms, one accessible from two doors, have

been stylishly fitted with a contemporary bath and shower. One

of the bedrooms retains its original wooden tongue and groove

cladding. “We started to sand it off,” says Kelly, “but liked the

effect of leaving some of the green on the wood underneath.”

they blend into the pebbles on the actual beach.

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been our dream’ but principally the concept was three

fold; generate additional income, whilst at the same

time adding to our capital asset base, and to make

use of a redundant modern concrete farm building.

Why did you decide to create a holiday let? As our

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always thinking that one day, we would like to have a

go at doing something similar. Strange how fate presents

itself. And when we secured a lease with Chapel Down

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farm, the conversion of one of the redundant farm

buildings into a self-catering property overlooking the

vines just seemed too good an opportunity to miss!

Did you have to seek planning advice before you started

and what type of planning permission was necessary?

There is current planning legislation called ‘permitted

development right’ whereby as long as certain criteria

are met, redundant farm buildings can be converted into

domestic dwellings. Ours was not quite that simple. As

the barn is in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty) permitted development rights did not apply

to the property we had to apply for, and hopefully be

granted, full planning permission. We were also grateful

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past friends and neighbours and using the skills – and

infinite patience – of a local architect and good friend

(he still is, I think!). Sam attended an interior design

evening course, which gave her inspiration for choosing

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Celadon Design and Interiors. Finally, on the floor of the

original building, before work started, we laid out – in

cardboard cut-outs – the exact size and shape of beds,

sofas, kitchen units and where walls might need to go

so that we could get a feel for what would fit where.

Did the build go to plan? If I said yes, I would be

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otherwise it will end in disaster. However, our project was

very different from those featured on the Grand Designs

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Did the fact that the property was intended to be used as a

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original vision was to turn the internal building space into

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demand for larger self-catering holiday accommodation

properties where families and groups like to meet up and

celebrate certain landmark occasions. We were very conscious

of providing each bedroom with its own en-suite facilities.

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square metres. With the original concrete frame, our vision

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parts of the interior. Finally, we selected luxury fixtures

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Do you have any advice for someone thinking

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1. You can not do enough advanced planning – electrical

wall sockets/lights, for example. The location of all of

these will be needed from the outset, because you do not

want to be pulling walls to pieces after they have been

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otherwise go through each space considering what electrical

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WT Education Supplement

Room to Grow

Steven Winter, Deputy Head of Bethany School, explains the steps you can

take to help your child transition from primary to secondary school


I

don’t remember my first day at senior school, but for

my children it was a very big deal indeed,” says Francie

Healy, Headmaster of Bethany School in Kent. He has

wide experience of supporting pupils – including his own

three children – through the transition to senior school.

Through the autumn term, parents will no doubt be

considering the next step for children in Year 6. Those

relocating may be moving their child(ren) to a new school

at other points within the year. Aside from obvious anxieties

about new teachers and a new group of friends – and for

some pupils a move to a new country – pupils moving from

primary school often find it difficult to adapt to needing

to navigate around the school during the day, instead of

staying in one classroom, or to the longer school day.

At Bethany School, the numbers of new Year 7 pupils

joining us this year are particularly buoyant. With new

pupils coming from a wide variety of schools, a great

deal of thought is given to making the settling in process

as easy as possible. However, pupils do join in other

year groups – and occasionally at other points during

the school year – and all are given personalised support

to ensure that they settle in as quickly as possible.

The following tips come from our experience in helping

to support young people with one of the most significant

transitions that they will face in their young lives:

1Involve your child in the process of choosing their new

school – take time to speak to them about what they

want from a new school. Do they want to remain with

friends or have a new challenge; or is it important for them

to have particular needs met? Give them the opportunity

to accompany you to Open Mornings and on individual

tours so that they too can make an informed choice.

2Grasp the opportunity for your child to take part in

taster sessions or days to help with the orientation

process. At Bethany School, pupils in Year 5 are offered

the chance to join us for a Creative Education Day and

then, in Year 6, we offer them a series of five Masterclasses

in a range of subjects and activities, including High

Ropes, Music and DT to support with the transition.

3Take part in all induction opportunities for pupils and

parents. At Bethany, we offer places for Year 7 entry

in December and the first such induction opportunity is

a team building morning for all those who have accepted

a place in March, this is quickly followed by ‘Getting to

know Bethany Day’ in June for parents and pupils and a

final induction for new pupils in August, which includes an

introduction to boarding for those who will be boarders.

4Create a network of new parents to support the

development of future friendships – one of the keys

to success with this transition is to minimise the anxiety

around making friends. Many parents who attend ‘Getting

to know Bethany Day’ use the opportunity to connect

with fellow new parents to set up play dates and sleepovers

for their children to get to know each other and create

some shared bonds before they start s chool together.

5Be mindful that your children may find this

transition exhausting. Whether that is finding a

new classroom to new subjects or meeting lots of new

people and remembering their names. Ensure that you

support your child by managing their rest, especially at

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activities for a short period so that they are fresh for the

start of each new week with their homework done!

“At Bethany, we put the child at the heart of every

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good academic progress, even if they struggled at their

previous school. Developing and implementing best

practice in helping children adjust to school life is just

one of the reasons why Bethany School is so successful

in inspiring individual excellence in every pupil.”

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WT Education Supplement

Word Play

Which languages are students choosing to study? And how are

they being applied to life after school? WT finds out

Gilly Johnson, Deputy Principal (Academic) at

Buckswood School, talks us through some of the

school’s language success stories to show the doors

that a second – or third! – language can open

Our most popular languages are Mandarin,

Spanish, German and French, but

we also teach many ‘mother tongue’

languages for our international pupils.

Studying a language gives pupils the confidence to

take their first step into another culture. Being able to

communicate in a new language opens so many doors.

It may give someone a lifelong love of the country and

the language they’ve studied. They might choose to study

in this country too. I fell in love with French at school

and languages became part of my life and subsequent

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Being able to communicate in other languages opens

many doors; journalism, business and commerce,

international relations, international law, politics,

translation, interpreting, etc. One of our (British) ex-pupils

studied French, Spanish and Serbo-Croat at Buckswood

and went on to study interpreting at the University of

Poitiers, in France. In his ‘year-out’ work placement at

the French Embassy in Uruguay, his manager was so

impressed with him that he recommended him for several

jobs in business, in Uruguay, once he had finished his

degree. It was here that our ex-pupil demonstrated his

linguistic and cross-cultural knowledge, allowing him to

complete an international project; something nobody

had managed to do up to that point. At the age of 24,

this young man is now an international project manager,

overseeing projects in 20 countries, travelling first class

everywhere he goes and earning a huge salary. In a global

ecomony, languages are vital to international success.

Our ex-pupils have gone on to study the language

they like best, or a combination of these. Languages

are also studied alongside law, international law,

politics, economics, film and media, marketing,

PR, tourism, hospitality, journalism, oenology, art,

architecture, international development, anthropology,

geography, philosophy and, of course, teaching!

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At St Andrew’s Prep we encourage our pupils to build lines of

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WT Education Supplement

Mrs Paola Sagastuy, Head of Languages at Ashford

School, explains how making the decision to study a

language opens up a world of opportunities for students

At Ashford School we strongly believe in

the value of learning languages, and so we

encourage all of our pupils to learn one or two

languages during their stay with us. We offer Spanish,

French and German from Year 7 to A-Level.

Because we care that our pupils love the languages that

they are learning, and we believe in personal responsibility,

pupils are offered a choice of languages from Year 7.

We help them make an informed decision by offering

them a rotation of each language in the first half of the

year, and then ask them to choose two languages to go

forward with. Pupils will learn these two languages until

the end of Year 9, and when they make their language

choices for GCSEs, they can continue with both languages

or they can choose to focus on just one of them.

Until recently, French was the more popular language

choice, however this seems to have shifted in the last few

years, with Spanish having the greatest uptake. Pupils often

perceive German as the more ‘difficult’ language, and as such

its popularity had dwindled somewhat. We have worked hard

to change this perception, as there really isn’t any language

that is easier or more difficult to learn in and of itself. In

fact, German can often be easier for English speakers as

it shares many word roots. This has now led to German

coming in second in popularity with our upcoming cohorts.

There is no denying that English has become the lingua

franca for the modern world. This means that one can travel

and work abroad if one can speak English. That being said,

the experience of studying abroad is richer if the student

has knowledge of the local language. As author Rita Mae

Brown said, “Language is the road map of a culture. It tells

you where its people come from and where they are going.”

Learning a language is unlike learning other subjects. It

is learning a skill; and skills are transferable. The executive

function is enhanced in bi-lingual people, and decisionmaking

and concentration are demonstrably better because

of the constant need to choose the language spoken and

suppress the one not needed. This is applicable to all

areas of life – the cognitive benefits are countless!

A-Level linguists go on to university to study a great

variety of degrees. Language courses and translation and

interpretation are the obvious ones, but linguists also make

superb law students, because of their command of the

intricacies of language; mathematicians, because logical

and higher order thinking is necessary to learning foreign

languages; and business and politics students, because they

are good communicators. This is not a comprehensive

list. People who speak more than one language have a

better understanding of the world and its cultures, and

therefore make excellent students and professionals.

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Join Our Club

We explore the vast range of after-school activities

on offer across schools in the South East

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

At Dulwich Prep Cranbrook we look to ignite each child’s curiosity,

reveal hidden talents and make sure all our children fulfil their

extraordinary potential so our extra-curricular programme is

designed to do just that! It is broad and deep, and designed to widen

horizons, inspire and offer stretch. Dulwich Prep Cranbrook has a vast

array of clubs, both during and after the school day (all included in fees).

We are continually reviewing what we offer and embracing children’s

suggestions. All children are actively encouraged to set up their own clubs

if we don’t already offer something they want to do. Clubs run every

day after school until 5.30pm. As well as clubs in all the major sports,

Art, Drama and Music all feature strongly with clubs ranging from Rock

School to Advanced Artists. Some of our more quirky offerings include:

Little Stream (Years 1-4): New this year, Confidence Club, Mindfulness

Colouring, Friendship Bracelet Club, Tug of War, Water Polo, Remote

Control Cars, Lego, Glowfit – a Zumba-style class undertaken in the

dark with glowsticks! Recent pop-up clubs have included – (child-led)

Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Forest and the Harry Potter Play Club.

Popular clubs in Upper School (Years 5-8) are: Coding Club, Girls’

Cricket, Media Club, Yoga, Chess, Dulwich Entrepreneurs, Triathlon,

Coding and Dulwich Outdoors.

Club of the moment for children of all ages is Eco Club: Our Eco Club

was set up by the children in Upper School. We are currently working

towards the Eco Schools Green Flag Award and are hoping to become a

single use plastic-free school. (Achieved in Nash House, our Early Years).

During the holidays we run Dulwich Prep Chef School which culminates

in a Bake Off, where families are invited for tea.

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Box hill School

What kind of after school clubs are on offer? A wide

range of sport, including rugby, football, mountain biking,

fencing, swimming, hockey and netball. Performing

arts clubs include dance, choir, orchestra and musical

theatre. We also run art clubs, language clubs – such

as Spanish and Mandarin – and plenty more!

What time do they run to? Our clubs run

from 4.45pm to 5.45pm (seniors).

Do any activities take place at the weekend or during school

holidays? We run holiday camps during the school holidays,

which include a range of different activities from cooking

and arts and crafts to sport and woodland based challenges.

Is there an extra cost? For externally run, specialist

clubs there is an additional cost, however, for those

run by our own staff, there is no additional cost.

What are the benefits of taking part in extra-curricular

activities? Increased personal confidence, social skills

and self-esteem. The opportunity to develop new skills

and interests alongside different children of different

ages. Develop the capacity to challenge themselves in

new areas. Physical and mental health benefits from

physical activity and creativity. Encourages breadth of

character and interests and above all, they are fun!

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marlborough house school

What are the kind of clubs on offer? There is a wide

range of extra curricular clubs at Marlborough House

School. We offer clubs that are built in to the main part of

the school day, including ballet, music and instrumental

clubs, as well as shooting. Other clubs at the end of the

school day are: cricket, football, tennis, badminton, table

tennis, hockey, volleyball, design & technology, arts

& crafts, drama, music, wellbeing and gardening.

What time do they run? Start times for clubs vary

depending on what year the child is in. Pre-Prep clubs

operate throughout the afternoon at various times during

the day. Year 3 and 4 clubs start at 4pm and run for 30

minutes and the senior School children, years 5-8, start

their clubs at 4.30pm and they run for 60 minutes.

Do any activities take place at the weekend or during

the school holidays? The school does not run any

clubs during the weekends or holidays, although we

have a number of members of staff that run various

courses throughout the holidays at an extra cost.

Is there an extra cost? Some of our clubs cost extra,

but the majority of them are run by our amazing

teachers at the school. Our teachers often have a

passion for something outside of the subject they

usually teach and so they enjoy spending time

sharing their interest with the children in a club.

What are the benefits of taking part in extra-curricular

activities? The benefits of taking part in extra-curricular

activities are enormous. From spending time with friends

and doing something you really enjoy, to trying something

new and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.

Whatever the reason is for joining a club at Marlborough

House School, pupils are sure to find something they enjoy.

We want to offer a wide and varied clubs programme

throughout the year and to give plenty of choice and

opportunity for our children. The children’s wellbeing is

at the centre of what we offer and we think it is important

that the children do at least one of the clubs per week.

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‘Critical life skills such as leadership, teamwork, resilience,

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Sarah Playfoot, Yr 1 teacher

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Express Yourself

Manor House School, Bookham, shows how pupils and staff are

living their School Value of ‘Creative and Collaborative’

Founded in 1920, and soon to be celebrating its

Centenary Year, Manor House School in Bookham

provides girls with a happy and nurturing smaller

school environment, encouraging excellent academic results

through an individual approach to teaching and learning.

Increasingly enjoying high levels of success in sport, pupils

also benefit from many opportunities in the creative and

expressive arts, with additional music, singing and drama

lessons a popular choice. One of the school’s seven core

values is ‘Creative and Collaborative’ and so it is no surprise

that Manor House was shortlisted for an Independent

Schools Award in the Creative and Expressive Arts in 2018.

There is an extensive co-curricular enrichment programme

every term with up to 50 extra-curricular clubs and

activities operating at any one time. Girls are encouraged

to seek out new experiences and try something different.

Creative clubs are varied and include a Textiles Craft Club,

Gifted and Talented Writing Club – which challenges

girls to compose high quality writing on a competitive

basis – and Bridge Club, as well as more traditional clubs,

such as Drama Clubs, Prep and Senior Bands, Music

Theory Club and Junior and Senior Orchestral Clubs.

There is even a Creative iMedia Club where girls can

learn computing and coding in a relaxed atmosphere.

Art is a hugely popular creative subject that is taught

across the School from Reception age. Girls are encouraged

to work in a variety of materials, including paint, pencil,

textiles, collage, clay, print-making, plaster and wire.

Many of them choose to work big and the department

prides itself on encouraging the girls to pursue their own

strengths and enthusiasms, resulting in stimulating and

diverse work at GCSE level. There are four art clubs – two

for Preps, one for Seniors and one for GCSE students.

Performing Arts is taught from Nursery up to GCSE,

utilising the skills of specialist choreographer, Adrian

Edmeades, who works in the West End and for CBBC.

LAMDA lessons (London Academy of Music and Dramatic

Art) lessons are taught as a co-curricular option and are

now offered from Year 1 all the way up to Year 11. Almost

a third of pupils at Manor House now take LAMDA.

Examinations take place every year in the spring term, but

LAMDA isn’t just about results, it’s also about the girls

gaining confidence in themselves to perform in front of

others, work with their peers, improve their speaking and

listening skills and learn about poetry and a variety of

playwrights. Not forgetting about having fun along the way!

Sometimes the quietest and shyest of girls take

LAMDA and really blossom over the year. For one

pupil it can be finding the confidence to read aloud

in class and be heard, and for another it can help

to improve public speaking or interview skills.

Additional music lessons are delivered throughout the

school day in the facility of Meadow Cottage. Tuition is

offered in over 18 instruments encouraging participation in

school productions and the annual ‘Rock & Pop Concert’.

A popular senior scholarships programme awards

scholarships in Art, Drama and Music (in addition

to Sport) effective at Year 7 and, most recently, new

Year 3 scholarships for Academic and Music have

been announced. These are effective from September

2020 (apply by mid-November 2019). To enquire,

contact admissions@manorhouseschool.org or visit

manorhouseschool.org. The School’s next Open Morning

is Saturday 5 October at 10am (registration applies).

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Making Sense of the World

Hilary Wilce looks at how politics is approached in the classroom

As I write this, we have no idea where the country

will be heading this autumn, and whatever your

political views, you’ll probably agree that this is a

time of greater uncertainty than most of us have seen before.

Discussing national events over the summer, I’ve heard

several young professionals bemoan the fact that they feel

completely illiterate about how our democracy is set up

and how national economies work. It’s not just that they

don’t understand obscure things like quantitative easing

or the prorogation of Parliament, but that they don’t even

know what select committees do, or who sets the national

interest rate. Their schooling didn’t encompass politics and

economics, so they are scrabbling to get their heads round

the things they now need to know in

order to take informed decisions.

Over many years as an education

correspondent, I visited primary schools

teaching basic money matters to five

year olds, and secondary-level schools

engaging teenagers in Parliamentarystyle

debates, and was always struck

by how enthusiastically children

engaged with ‘real life’ learning. They

could see the point. They knew it mattered to them.

But I also visited less successful projects where teachers

struggled to teach dry facts about local government

and international trade agreements while students

yawned and watched flies buzzing at the windows.

Citizenship lessons are compulsory in state secondary

schools (although not in academies), and can be offered by

primary schools. The subject has been set up to teach pupils

about how our government works, the rule of law, and the

role of institutions and voluntary groups in running society,

as well as about citizens’ rights and about international

bodies such as the United Nations. This all sounds quite

good, except that things on the ground are so patchy and

“It’s absolutely vital

that everyone has

enough knowledge and

understanding to make

up their own mind about

decisions of the day”

poor that a House of Lords education committee last year

described citizenship education as being in a “parlous state”.

All sorts of things get in the way of it, including a

shortage of trained teachers and the way in which the

subject has recently got tangled up with the government’s

drive to counter extremism among young people.

Meanwhile, schools are being urgently asked to increase

their personal and social education, to help counter the

huge rise in mental health problems among children, and

there isn’t enough time and money – or enough good

teachers – for them to do everything that is being asked.

And although some independent schools do a

terrific job in this area, the overall picture in private

schools is also patchy.

Yet history teaches us that

democracies can crumble, and

that the rule of law can be broken.

So in a time of economic and

political upheaval, when it is also

becoming harder to figure out what

is true and what is not, it’s absolutely

vital that everyone has enough

knowledge and understanding to

make up their own mind about decisions of the day.

You may be lucky and have your children in a school that

offers good citizenship education, but if not, it’s important

to try to fill the gap. Talk about the issues of the day with

them. Discuss the news when it comes on the TV or radio.

Explain what your views are and why other people feel

differently. Talk about the economy, elections, how laws

work, and what the police and courts do. Obviously you

can only do this at a level that’s right for their age, but even

very young children can have a surprisingly sophisticated

grasp of how hard it is for groups of people to get along

together, and how there always have to be rules and customs

and compromises to keep things running smoothly.

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Heads Down

When it comes to successful exam revision, it’s

all in the motivation, as Hilary Wilce explains

For some students, the new school year means

retake exams looming ahead. For many others,

there will be new tests and exams coming down

the line. How do you revise successfully for these,

without succumbing to distraction or despair?

Classic revision tips usually suggest mechanical aides, such

as index cards and mind maps. They suggest eating and

drinking well, and getting good exercise and sleep. They may

touch on the importance of rewards, treats and leisure breaks.

All good advice, but successful revision actually starts – and

can end – with motivation. Because with good motivation in

place you can do anything. And without it, nothing works.

Central to good motivation is the belief

system you bring to revision. If you’re a student

who thinks it’s the worst chore in the world,

and that nothing can change that, then you

might as well give up now because every minute

you spend doing it will be a debilitating battle

with yourself. Instead, look to find a way in

which you can feel excited or determined

about doing what it takes to get good results.

According to Tony Higgins, director of

Columbia Business School Motivation Science Centre, in

New York, all of us do things because we like feeling effective.

That’s why people willingly put themselves through the torture

of marathons and Tough Mudder events. But people vary in

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of getting into the sixth form, or becoming a vet, or an IT

specialist, or doing something else which I haven’t yet decided

on, but which is going to be great!’ Their willingness to buckle

down and revise is all based on future goals and intentions.

For others, their main driving force is the terror of what will

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So here are six quick tips to get good

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• Work out whether you’re someone more pulled

by ambition or pushed by fear of failure.

• Think briefly but honestly about how you’ll feel if you

open your exam results and see that you haven’t done well.

• Now imagine how it will feel to have done well. Shut

your eyes and see it in technicolour. What are people saying

to you, how are you feeling? How does your whole world

look, now that you’ve done what you set out to do?

• Write down a clear affirmation of what you are doing

and why. “I am revising as hard as I can

to do well in my exams because…” Read

this before every revision session.

• Write down some positive affirmations

about yourself and how you can do

this, turning negatives into positives if

necessary. “I know I can do this because,

although I procrastinate and find it hard

to focus, I also know I can always dig

down and find willpower when I really

need it.” Read this before every revision session.

• Be aware of pitfalls along the road and plan how to deal

with them. If you know you get bored and want to give

up before your allotted time, tell yourself that when that

happens you will just do 10 more minutes. If you know

you are always distracted by fetching snacks and drinks, tell

yourself you are a healthy person who only drinks water

during revision time. Then feel proud of your self-control.

When wavering, bring to mind the classic Henry Ford

quote: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re

right.” And once you’ve got a good mindset in place,

remember that you can use all the usual revision tips with

a willingness and positivity that wasn’t there before.

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Beyond the Classroom

University, college or straight into a career? Reigate Grammar School

and ACS International Schools discuss what help is on hand when it

comes to making choices for life after secondary education

Matthew Buzzacott, Head of Careers at Reigate

Grammar School, explains what advice and help is

given to prepare students for life after school.

All teachers at Reigate Grammar School

have a role to play in the crucial task of

preparing our students for life outside the

classroom, and career aspirations underpin students’

progress throughout their time at the school.

Considerable assistance is given to our students making

their GCSE choices, and students in Years 8 and 9 receive

careers-related PSHE sessions to help them get an early

insight into possible future careers and how they can progress

towards them. A member of the Careers team is always

available for at least two hours per day to advise students on

a one-to-one basis.

Every member of Year 11 – along with their

parents – has a meeting with a senior member of staff

to discuss their individual progress, A-Level choices

and university/career options. For our Year 11 and

12 students, we offer Careers and Higher Education

‘profiling’, including interviews from external experts.

All students from Year 8 upwards are invited to our

lunchtime Careers Talks every three weeks, which feature

external speakers presenting a wide range of career areas.

Every Reigate Grammar School (RGS) student, as

well as those from local state schools, is also invited to

our three career-specific evenings per year, in which

we hear from a range of experts in their field. Last

year we had Law, Engineering and Digital Careers;

this year Accounting and Finance, Alternatives to

University, and Art and Design Careers. We also

invite all RGS and local state school students to our

Careers and Higher Education Conventions.

To assist students with post-18 choices, we have Careers/

UCAS lessons in the Sixth Form, which are supplemented

by the use of computer programs, such as Unifrog. We

also have a presentation and Q&A with an expert in

university admissions, and former students take questions

from Year 12 students about university or alternatives.

A dedicated member of staff advises on alternatives to

university, applications overseas and interview preparation,

and another specialises in Oxbridge applications.

In their final year, students study budgeting

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by lectures from an external expert speaker.

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Three ACS International Schools offer tips on

preparing for university life, as students move

on to begin their undergraduate studies

Jeremy Lewis, Head of School, ACS Egham:

Every year around this time, thousands of students are

preparing themselves for university life – and there is

plenty they can do in advance of Freshers’ Week that will

help them thrive during their first year. Although there

can be lots of social events to focus on when making

friends and learning how to live independently, my advice

is to first consider how you might have a good working

relationship with your academic tutor. By making this the

focus of your first weeks and months at university, students

won’t just get off to a more confident start, they will also

be setting themselves up to really enjoy their course.

Don’t forget that the more academic discussion first

year students are part of, the more their theoretical

knowledge and critical thinking in a subject will

develop. Students should aim to go to every seminar

with at least one strong opinion and one question about

something from the reading list – which, in case you

haven’t guessed, means completing the recommended

reading in advance and making meaningful notes!

Planning your time is essential in the first term;

make sure you put a lot of time and thought into

your personal, independent organisation and it will

certainly pay off with lower stress levels and more

time leftover for extra-curricular activities.

Ryan Hinchey, College Counsellor and

Careers Advisor, ACS Cobham:

One of the most important parts of my role at ACS is guiding

students towards suitable university choices and careers for the

individual. Most often my advice to students and their parents

is to find the right fit. Here at ACS, we want to prepare our

graduates for university life by asking them to consider the

parts of their personality that will impact their success rates

in higher education. For example, what is your learning style?

Do you prefer small groups, large lectures or independent

study? Look for courses that are delivered in a way that

suits your academic preferences. Are you an extrovert or an

introvert – with this in mind, consider the choice between

a large university and a smaller campus or college setting.

When choosing where to study, think about if you really

know what you want to study in depth, or whether you

want a wider range of studies which narrow later. American

universities, for example, are famous for their liberal arts

approach, where you study a broad curriculum in the first

year – a great opportunity to experience new things before

finding your focus subject. In contrast, UK universities are

famous for their superb career focus and specialisation, so

knowing that difference can help make some first choices.

If you don’t have a very specific career choice in mind,

students can think about broader subjects, such as

Geography or English, where there are many pathways

to choose from. It’s not unusual to struggle with exactly

what you want to do, so keep an open mind while looking

for the right general fit in teaching style and location.

Marcea Eckhardt, University Counsellor, ACS Hillingdon:

The number of university students in the UK seeking

counselling over academic stress and mental health issues

has grown dramatically in recent years. The increasing

pressure on young people to succeed academically, alongside

the stresses of living independently in a world dominated

by social media and smartphones, suggests that now, more

than ever, students need mindfulness training to help

maintain wellbeing as they leave their school environment.

Mindfulness training gives students tools to remain

calm, sustain their attention and focus through simple

breathing and meditation practices – it is the training of the

attention to keep focused on what’s actually happening in

the present moment, and how to relate to this thoughtfully

and rationally. According to a Mindful Schools study, 83

per cent of teachers saw improved levels of focus amongst

students who had undertaken mindfulness training,

whilst 89 per cent also saw better emotional regulation.

Mindful practices help students feel confident as they start

a new stage of life in university or work and the methods

we teach beyond the classroom at ACS Hillingdon ensure

that they reach their full potential while maintaining

their personal wellbeing. I would recommend new

undergraduates find a meditation app or podcast series that

works well for them over the summer break, so they start

the new term prepared. Headspace and Calm are popular

choices, but there are plenty of options available online.

In addition, students should remember that various

talking therapies, mindfulness and CBT courses

are available free via the NHS, so get to know your

campus GP and the services available early on in the

academic year, for quick access if needed later.

Long term, practising mindfulness cultivates a greater

sense of perspective. Teaching mindfulness gives crucial

tools to deal with the pressures of life – starting university,

but beyond that too. It’s empowering and once you know

how to do it, you can draw on it whenever you need to.

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Babington House School

Independent Day School from 3 to 18 years

Grange Drive, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5ES

Headmaster: Mr T Lello, MA, FRSA, NPQH

Babington is in the top 50 schools

in the country for A level results

(GOV.UK League Tables 2018)

Open Morning

Saturday, 12th October 2019

9.00am - 12 noon

Inspiring Teachers, Inspiring Children

Register Now

www.babingtonhouse.com


Dulwich Inspires

We look to ignite each child’s curiosity,

reveal hidden talents and ensure

all our children fulfil their

extraordinary potential

Open Morning

Friday 11th October

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WT Education Supplement

Neurodiversity

Assistant Head Welfare and Head of Special Educational Needs at Dulwich Prep

Cranbrook, Alison Eckersley, was recently shortlisted as an Adult Champion in

the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards. Here, she explains how her school

is recognising and supporting children with neurological differences

In recent years especially, there has been a rightful push

in schools to better understand the nature of each child’s

individual needs. Part of that is recognising the effect

of neurological disorders and finding a way to help each

child adjust to society without pathologising their condition.

The acceptance of this idea and these people is known as

neurodiversity. There has been some pushback from this

term as in its basic form it seems to include any person with

a mental illness, but the important part of its use is that it

is inclusive, thereby allowing broad categorisation without

furthering untrue or harmful policies. The furthering of

understanding and accepting mental health issues is a

challenge that we are continually working on to effectively

support our pupils. To this end we will be introducing a

school wide initiative from September to give the children

the language and skills to develop ways to deal with their

emotions. iSpace Wellbeing is an exciting, child-friendly

approach to starting the conversation about mental health and

wellbeing and has been designed to enable children, parents

and teachers to integrate wellbeing into their everyday lives.

In school, as elsewhere, neurological differences must

be both recognised and respected as any other human

condition. These differences can include disorders such as

dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

Disorder), dyscalculia, autistic spectrum and others.

Pupils are identified through various means including

standardised screening assessments, but most importantly

through a close and trusting working relationship with

parents. Inviting parents to meet with teaching staff to

discuss the diverse needs of the pupils in our care is a

fundamental part of the work that we do to respond to

and support the ever changing needs of the pupils.

At Dulwich Prep Cranbrook we have actively promoted

support systems that allow an autistic pupil to manage

and live with increased ease within the school and wider

community. The pupil has recently acquired an assistance

dog which will enable them to take part in a wider range of

activities, both inside and outside the school environment.

The other children in the school have also had an

opportunity to meet the dog and its trainers in order to gain

an understanding of the specific needs of the child and to

appreciate how they can offer peer support. In recent years

we have also successfully supported pupils with profound

deafness and others with severe visual impairments.

Emotional wellbeing is embedded within the school’s

culture and we have an established and highly effective

partnership with Place2Be within the school. This enables

us to offer children, and parents, support and appropriate

intervention at an early stage before a crisis emerges. Pupils

with neurological differences have sought support from this

network and we have seen children respond very positively

to having an opportunity to access staff and professionals

specifically trained to offer additional support to young people

with additional needs. This has complemented the support

already offered by the teaching staff and SEN department

and the wider safe space offered by the school community.

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WT Education Supplement

Healing Help

Alexa Craven set up her company, the Caboose,

to offer her expertise in Therapeutic Play

and share her calm and positive approach to

parenting in the Weald of Kent. Here she

explains to WT how she can help children

who are struggling with their emotions

Why did you set up the company? I set up the

Caboose to offer opportunitie s for parents to

enhance their relationships with their children.

Parents can feel that they need some direction to help prepare

themselves and their child for the challenges ahead. The

Caboose is a fun and informative programme for parents

who want to check-in on their parent-child journey.

What is Play Therapy? Adults express their feelings in words

and if they need help will speak to friends, family or even a

counsellor. Children on the other hand often do not have the

vocabulary required to effectively communicate their troubles.

Children use play to communicate at their own level and at

their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened.

Who can it benefit? Play Therapy can help children

with all of their troubles, big and small. It is used to help

children who have been through difficult times at school,

have suffered trauma or bereavement, and have behavioural

issues or struggle with self-expression/self-esteem. Play

Therapy can solve issues that have been hindering a

child reaching happiness or achieving their goals.

Can you tell us a little bit about what you offer? The Caboose

has two main strands. The first involves working with parents and

children in their home/chosen environment to teach the skills

necessary to help a child manage their emotions. This is a calm

and positive approach to managing stress in an appropriate way.

The second uses Play Therapy in school to support children

so that they get the best out of the learning environment.

In both of these, the aim is for the child to take ownership

of his or her behaviour and reach self-mastery for themselves

to help promote resilience and academic success.

How can I tell if my child needs extra help and support? Trust

your instinct. If you feel that your child is struggling or may

need help managing some of the stresses or strains of modern life

then do not be afraid to ask for help. We can offer effective and

practical solutions to unlock potential and facilitate happiness.

For more information, visit candocaboose.co.uk, call Alexa on

07712 598388, or see Instagram @candocaboose

OPEN MORNING

27 SEPT

Tours 9.30 & 11am

VISIT

A hidden gem of a school, just

15 minutes from Tunbridge Wells

in rural Wadhurst.

An Independent Catholic primary

school and nursery welcoming

boys and girls aged 2-11.

ISI rated ‘Excellent’ in all areas.

We offer an individual and

exceptionally high level of care

and education to all our children.

Scholarship and 11+ success.

Small classes and surprisingly

affordable fees.

Contact us to book a tour

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OPEN MORNINGS

13+ -

Saturday 5 th October 2019

Saturday 7 th March 2020

Sixth Form -

Saturday 21 st September 2019

Saturday 20 th June 2020

Watch our film

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A 21 st Century education within

the historical City of Canterbury

Watch our film

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OPEN MORNINGS

Saturday 12 th October 2019

Saturday 16 th May 2020


Course Work

Our pick of the best adult education courses across the South East

Kent Adult Education

With almost 4,000 wide

ranging and diverse courses

to choose from, Kent Adult

Education offers adults the

opportunity to reach their full

potential by trying something

they’ve always wanted to.

Creative Writing (multiple

courses available)

Where: Locations across Kent

When: Varies

Duration: Varies

Cost: From £40

Ever wanted to pen a novel,

create poetry, blog or write for

the big screen, but not known

where to start? Learn how, as

you write your way through

the genres of literature with

a Creative Writing course.

Interior Design

Where: Sevenoaks, Maidstone,

Canterbury, Broadstairs

When: Varies

Duration: Varies

Cost: From £30

Design the rooms of your

dream house with an Interior

Design course. With a focus

on creativity, courses will teach

you about costing, as well as

how to draw elevation plans,

lighting, furnishing, painting

and decorating your home.

Photography

Where: Locations across Kent

When: Varies

Duration: Varies

Cost: From £50

A photography course will

teach you the compositional

skill and technical expertise

needed to take remarkable

shots. Whatever level you are

at; beginner, intermediate

or advanced, there’s

something for everyone.

Sign Language

Where: Locations across Kent

When: Varies

Duration: Varies

Cost: From £6

Learn how to communicate

using hand and body

movement, lip patterns and

facial expressions. Find out

how to meet and greet others,

exchange information and

demonstrate signs for several

topics, including the weather,

colours, food and drink.

Tai Chi

Where: Locations across Kent

When: Varies

Duration: Varies

Cost: From £33

Improve your postural

alignment, learn various

breathing techniques and pick

up tips for better breathing

on a long-term basis. Deeper

breathing promotes harmony

and health, balancing the

mind, body and spirit, whilst

helping to reduce stress levels.

Find out more at

kentadulteducation.co.uk,

call 03000 412222 or

pop in to your local Kent

Adult Education Centre.

Surrey Adult Learning

Surrey Adult Learning’s

Autumn 2019 courses are

available for enrolment

now. There are thousands

of courses to choose from

that run from seven adult

learning centres across Surrey.

Meditation – Introduction

to Mindfulness

Where: Esher Adult

Learning Centre

When: 17/09/19 – 22/10/19

Duration: 6 Weeks

Cost: £96

This course aims to help you

experience improved health

and wellbeing and reduce

stress through the regular

practice of mindfulness

techniques. It will introduce

you to the foundations of

mindfulness. It will give

you the tools to continue

practising mindfulness

yourself, in your own time

at home, work and play.

Watercolour Painting

– All Abilities

Where: Camberley Adult

Learning Centre

When: 16/09/19 – 25/11/19

Duration: 10 Weeks

Cost: £142

You will learn to distinguish

the use of tone, colour,

composition and perspective.

You will practise the use of

washes, wet in wet, brush work

and other textural effects. Gain

confidence in using materials

and be encouraged to take

part in group discussions.

This course will include a

model for one week and you

will have access to one-to-one

support. The overall aim is

to help you develop personal

expression through a mixture

of practise, discussion and

demonstration techniques.

Business Management – Run

Your Own Business – Stage 1

Where: Woking Adult

Learning Centre

When: 23/09/19 – 21/01/19

Duration: 5 Weeks

Cost: £68

This course is ideal if you

wish to set up on your own or

improve your existing business

format. The course will cover

business planning, take the

mystery out of selling and

will help you to develop your

customer strategy.

GCSE English

Where: Farnham Adult

Learning Centre

When: 11/09/19 – 20 /05/20

Duration: 32 Weeks

Cost: Free

To enrol on the GCSE

English course you will first

need to attend one of our

Free Information, Advice &

Guidance (IAG) sessions.

Cookery: Planning

Ahead For Christmas

Where: Guildford Adult

Learning Centre

When: 30/11/19 10:00-15:30

Duration: 1 Day

Cost: £52

When Christmas is looming

it’s a great idea to plan ahead.

This course will help you to

work out what you can make

in advance and store, and how

to make the best use of your

time in the kitchen so you

still get to enjoy the party/

family time. Even if you aren’t

planning a big event, this

course will show you how

to take advantage of cheap

seasonal ingredients, and

supermarket special offers,

how to make dishes in bulk,

to save money and always have

something interesting in your

freezer to enjoy at a later date.

Find out more at surreycc.

gov.uk/schools-and-learning/

adult-learning/course-directory

Call the customer service

team to enrol on 0300 200

1044 or speak to a member

of staff at your local centre.

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Discover

Arts, Craft,

Languages

and more

Learn, enjoy and flourish. Book today.

Bringing learning to life

For more information visit kentadulteducation.co.uk

one of our local Kent Adult Education Centres

or call 03000 41 22 22

Kent Adult Education is part of Community Learning and Skills


Off Duty

Old school workwear meets modern utility.

Menswear’s new direction is all boiler suits,

button downs and beautiful clean trainers

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Kate Liz Watts

Model: Kelly Osasere, Fresh Agents Location: The Printworks, Hastings

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Feet Apart Previous page right: Vintage boiler suit £85, Hawk & Dove; soft

flannel shirt £98, Jigsaw; glasses, stylist’s own This page left: Mock neck knit

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jacket £55, Hawk & Dove; cable knit jumper £175, boots £150, both GANT;

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Shirt £110, Henry Arlington; tech

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£150, both GANT; bag £50,

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Come and see the stunning autumn

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Foreman jacket PDF pattern £8, fabric

‘Best British Canvas’ £15 p/m, Merchant

& Mills; shirt £110, Henry Arlington;

trousers £45, Hawk & Dove; braided belt

£55, GANT; trainers £60, Capsule; socks,

stylist’s own

A huge thank you to The Printworks

in the historic America Ground quarter

of Hastings for letting us shoot in their

incredible space. The Printworks is a

multi-use venue comprising four floors

of flexible space and accommodation.

Available to hire for events and

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Jeremy Hobbs: jeremyhobbs.co.uk

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Menswear available in Guildford

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Beauty

Post summer hair

S.O.S.

Reverse the damaging and drying effects of sun, heat and holidays

with Josephine Fairley’s tips for beautifying your barnet

So, you disobeyed every single bit of

beauty wisdom that people like me

dish out at the beginning of summer.

Sun. Sea. Surf. Sand. Styling gunk. Salt spray,

even! (What were you thinking? Well, beach-y

tousled waves, probably.) And as a result,

chances are that by now, you’re only too well

aware that summer is very hard on your hair.

This is most definitely the time to answer

your hair’s S.O.S. call, then. Because

summer may be tough on your tresses – but

if you compound that with the ultra-dry

environment we’re about to move into as soon

as the central heating goes on, the damage just

accelerates, and you’ll find yourself heading

inexorably haystack-wards. So this is the time

to put back what summer 2019 took out – and

get back on track with a hair rehab regime…

First things first: book a trim. Styles

drop out of shape over the summer, fringes

droop into eyes – and the ends (which are

the oldest part of your hair, of course) are

more vulnerable to damage from summer’s

offenders than the rest of your hair. Ideally,

have at least half an inch off to get rid of any

split ends – but since autumn’s a time of fresh

starts and new additions to your wardrobe, is

it time to consider a whole new look? (Hair

grows at roughly half an inch a month, so

you’re not going to lose much of the length.

And if you don’t stop those split ends in their

tracks, they just move up the hair shaft.)

Schedule colour, too. If you have highlights

(as we do), you almost certainly have very

visible regrowth by now, as the sun ‘lifts’ hair

that’s already been chemically bleached more

than it lightens the newer hair at the parting.

If you home-colour, do it right now. If you

need a salon appointment to refresh your

colour, book it PDQ – because everyone who’s

been anywhere near a beach or pool will be

trying to do the same. If you’ve highlighted

hair, and those streaks have gone superblonde,

meanwhile, discuss the notion of some

lowlights to help tone down the contrast.

Upgrade your haircare. At all costs avoid

cheap, massively lathering shampoos right

now – that detergent will strip the last of the

precious moisture out of your hair. Many

women are happy to lavish money on their

anti-ageing cream, serum, facial oil – yet

get really stingy about paying extra for hair

products. There’s a new school of thought

along the lines that you should really lavish the

same amount of love and attention on your

hair as your best silk lingerie or your snuggliest

cashmere. Start to think of hair like that, and

you’re absolutely going to see a difference.

A new range that has impressed me is

Chāmpo (champohaircare.com), which taps

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is really fun). Another is botanically-based

Innersense, which offers a specific collection

for ‘dry and thirsty’ hair (as it so often is at

the end of summer). Their Hydrating Cream

Hairbath and Conditioner, from £9 (they do

great intro sizes), are lightweight, yet deeply

hydrating and end-of-summer perfect, while

Innersense’s excellent styling products are also

packed with hair nourishment. Leonor Greyl –

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a vast range of luxurious hair-repairing options

(find them at Cult Beauty, among other online

destinations); the Shampooing Reviviscence

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for 200ml, is definitely at the pricy end of the

spectrum for something which you apparently

wash down the sink, but it’s brilliantly reglossing.

If you’re on a budget, the Organix

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total steal, great for restoring softness and

rebuilding strength – and at high street prices.

Cut down your use of heated styling tools,

for now. Heat damages hair and leads to

breaking, making it brittle and limp. For

the next month or so, while hair’s in rehab,

allow it to dry naturally whenever you

can – and if you are using a straightening

iron, it’s more important than ever to

smooth on a protective product, first.

Consider a pre-shampoo oil treatment. Hair

needs moisture – but it also needs ‘feeding’,

with oils. (Your body needs both food and

water – and although it’s not strictly living,

hair’s no different.) Coconut oil works for this

– warm it till liquid and massage into hair and

scalp; you’ll need to shampoo a couple of times

to remove it, then condition as normal. Monoi

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scent) is another option. Or use a targeted

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Greyl, here, who pretty much pioneered

this kind of treatment; her L’Huile de Leonor

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pre-shampoo oils, leave in place for as long as

possible, wrapping hair in one of your notso-precious

towels. Ideally, leave on overnight

and shampoo in the morning – but you will

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Slap on a mask. And remember: more is

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Better still, wrap hair in clingfilm and put

a warmed towel over the top to encourage

the product to penetrate. Best of all? Wrap a

towel over your pillow and let your chosen

hair mask work its repairing magic overnight.

Go-to hair masks for me include davines OI

Hair Butter, £24 for 250ml, heaven-scented

Aesōp Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque,

£25 for 120ml, and Lush H’Suan Wen Hua,

£15 for 225g, a five-star restorative herbal

hair and scalp-boosting bargain. Another new

discovery of mine is The Body Shop Shea Butter

Richly Replenishing Hair Mask, £12 for 240ml,

enriched with Community Trade shea and

cocoa butters for that extra feel-good factor.

Trust me: if you put your hair into rehab

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Health & Wellbeing

Heal Headaches

Henrietta Norton explains how a holistic approach to your health

and wellbeing can help to ease problem headaches

A

headache is one way your body can tell

you that something is out of balance

– whether this is a psychological

pressure or a hormonal imbalance. Using it

as an opportunity to delve into the cause,

especially if they are re-occurring, can be a

really productive approach to wellness.

There are many causes of headaches, such as

high blood pressure, low or high blood sugar,

dehydration, tension, hormones, medications

and infections, to name but a few. Here are some

actions you can take to support your body to

reduce the chance of suffering from headaches.

Support your liver

The liver is responsible for many functions,

including cleansing your blood, digesting

food, producing energy and metabolising

hormones. If any of these functions are

under performing due to poor diet and

lifestyle, a headache could develop.

You can support your liver with food and

herbs, such as garlic, onions, leafy greens,

cruciferous vegetables (brussels sprouts, cabbage,

kale, broccoli, watercress), dandelion root,

artichoke leaf, burdock root, milk thistle and

extra B vitamins. Extra protein will also help

to support the liver. If you have a headache,

try eating a protein-rich meal or snack and

you may find this will alleviate the pain. A

well-used naturopathic remedy is to undergo

a gentle liver and gut cleansing programme.

Blood sugar

When you eat high sugar foods, or go too long

without eating, your body can swing into high

or low blood sugar which can cause headaches.

Poor blood sugar control will also impact other

hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which

will increase your susceptibility to head pain.

The solution is to eat protein-rich meals

with plenty of vegetables and healthy fats.

Avoid or minimise all refined, processed foods

and ingredients you do not recognise. Better

still, stick to foods that don’t need a lengthy

ingredients label at all. Some foods will impact

your blood sugar more than you realise, the worst

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offenders are bread, cereal, white rice, high sugar

fruits, such as grapes, bananas and mangoes,

low-fat yogurt and sauces such as ketchup.

Specific nutrients

Headaches can also result from a deficiency in

certain nutrients, most commonly magnesium,

vitamin B6 and folate (also known as vitamin

B9). Magnesium and vitamin B6 support

the production of the neurotransmitter

serotonin, blood sugar regulation and the

efficient metabolism of oestrogen (an excess

or deficiency of which can lead to headaches).

Similarly folate and magnesium influence blood

circulation by contributing to vasoconstriction

which can generate pressure headaches.

You can boost your dietary intake of these

nutrients by eating more green leafy vegetables,

legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Rehydrate

It’s surprising how many people forget to drink

enough water throughout their day or only drink

coffee and tea. If you don’t like water try adding

some fresh lemon or lime to improve the taste.

The quality of water is also important as you

don’t want to burden your body with more

chemicals, such as chlorine, from unfiltered

water. An excellent investment is the British

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You could also start the day with a fresh

vegetable juice to provide condensed nourishment

from the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Lifestyle

Most people will have experienced a tension

headache at some point from staring at a

computer screen for too long. We are constantly

surrounded by mobile phones, Wi-Fi and

portable house phones, so it’s impossible to

avoid the electromagnetic radiation they emit.

However, we can switch them off at night, have

regular breaks from electronic devices and get

out into nature. It is also important to note that

children absorb more radiation than adults as

they have thinner skin and bones and a higher

water content so it’s wise to limit their exposure.

Brown Rice Kedgeree

Rich in omega 3, B12,

B3, B1, B2, B6, folic acid,

iron, magnesium, calcium,

fibre and protein.

Serves 2 Prep time: 5 mins,

Cooking time: 45 mins

• 350g undyed smoked

haddock

• 1 tbsp coconut oil

• 1 small onion, finely chopped

• 1 tsp curry powder

• ½ tsp turmeric

• 90g brown rice, rinsed

• 1 tbsp tomato purée

• 125g spinach leaves

• 2 tbsp goats’ yogurt (optional)

• Salt and black pepper

• 2 hard-boiled eggs, quartered

Bring 600ml water to the boil

in a large frying pan. Reduce the

heat, add the smoked haddock

and simmer for 3-4 mins,

until just cooked. Remove the

fish, strain the cooking liquid

into a bowl and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan, add the

onion and cook over a medium

heat for 2-3 mins. Add the curry

powder and turmeric and cook

for 2 mins. Add the rice and

tomato purée and stir to mix.

Add the reserved cooking

liquid and bring to the boil.

Cover and simmer for 40-50

mins until the rice is tender,

stirring in the spinach just

before the rice is cooked.

Remove and discard the skin

and any bones from the haddock

and separate into flakes. Stir

the yogurt into the rice, add

seasoning to taste, then gently

mix in the flaked haddock.

Spoon onto a warm

serving dish, arrange the eggs

on the rice and serve with

steamed spinach and kale.

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Spotting the signs

Speaking from her own personal experience,

Sarah Maxwell looks into the stigma and concerns

surrounding the menopause and perimenopause

Consultant Gynaecologist

Anne Henderson explains

what’s available for us during

perimenopause and menopause

If I see a specialist privately for

menopause am I still in the NHS

system? Most GPs will provide NHS

prescriptions for body-identical HRT

if requested by a specialist like myself,

and they are usually happy to carry

out certain hormone tests as well.

Perimenopause generally

occurs in a woman’s 40s but

can happen in her 30s or

even earlier. With this in mind we

need to be talking about it more!

The acceptance of the menopause

was the most important thing for

me. I remember my mum and her

friends talking about it in hushed,

almost ashamed tones – thankfully

it’s now not a taboo subject and I’m

wearing mine loud and proud!

It’s taken some time though – denial,

confusion and frustration have reigned

for a number of years. It didn’t cross

my mind what was happening. I

struggled with night sweats, anxiety,

disturbed sleep and my mood to name

but a few symptoms. Some people sail

through it and some people don’t, so

while we will all go through it, our

experiences may well be miles apart.

As with so much in life, it’s important

to remember not to compare yourself to

others – we are all different and we need

to stop beating ourselves up because of

it! Easier said than done I know, but

you will thank yourself for it later.

It’s more important than ever to look

after yourself – with falling oestrogen

levels our muscle mass and bone density

starts to decrease and we are more likely

to gain weight around our middles.

To help counteract this, I recommend

introducing some weight training into

your fitness regime as the more muscle

mass you can build the more fat you

will burn, even when resting. Body

resistance training – squats, lunges

and press-ups (yes, I did say pressups!)

along with some cardiovascular

exercise, such as walking or running,

are also a good way to work on

building that muscle. To help bone

density try weight bearing exercises

such as HIT (High Intensity Training)

sessions and Ballet Barre classes.

Many women rely on swimming

for their fitness, but whilst it is a great

all-rounder and can improve both

your cardiovascular fitness and muscle

strength, you will benefit hugely from

adding in both weight training and

weight bearing exercises to your routine.

Eating well, exercising and

making sure you are getting the

right support, whatever treatment

route you choose, are vital.

As for me, Self-love, Care, ‘Me’

Time, Relaxation and Fun are my new

mantras – I fully intend to stop and

smell the roses and live life to the full.

Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning

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

If I start taking oestrogen do I

need progesterone? Oestrogenprogesterone

balance is essential in

menopausal women who still have

a uterus. Additional progesterone is

not required in women who have

had a hysterectomy.

What are your thoughts on the

homeopathic approach? Herbal

options are something I would

strongly recommend, both as a

primary and secondary treatment,

and can be taken effectively in

conjunction with conventional HRT.

I would always recommend that

patients seek specialist advice from

a fully qualified English Medical

Herbalist, such as Anita Ralph

(MNIMH) medicinetreeherbs.co.uk

If I ask to see a gynaecologist will they

be able to help me with menopause?

It’s important to note that you need to

see a menopause specialist. A general

gynaecologist will not have any training

or expertise in the menopause and HRT

as this is not currently a mandatory

part of GP or gynaecological training.

Find out more:

• You can search menopause clinics both

private and NHS throughout the UK at

https://thebms.org.uk/finda-menopause-specialist/

• My current favourite book on

everything menopause is The good

Menopause Guide by Liz Earle

Consultant Gynaecologist and

BMS Accredited Specialist Anne

Henderson runs clinics in Kent and

London. judith@gynae-expert.co.uk

01622 662422

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This is especially true with courgettes – the vegetable that keeps on giving – and giving.

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Beetroot and Butternut Tart

Serves 4 Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 1 hour

This can be made as a tart tatin, or layered into a pastry

case. It is a loose mix, so will fall apart slightly when cut.

• 2 tbsp vegetable oil

• 3 medium beetroot, sliced into segments

• 150g butternut squash (approx ½

a large squash), peeled and diced

• 1 tbsp oregano

• 1 sheet ready-rolled shortcrust pastry

(or your own recipe)

• 3 red onions, thinly sliced

• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

• 1 dstsp dark brown sugar (or to taste)

• Seasoning, to taste

1Preheat oven to 180°C, gas 4. Mix 1 tbsp of the

oil, beetroot, butternut squash and half the oregano

in a roasting tin and roast for 20-25 mins.

2While these are cooking, put the remaining oil in a pan

and add the onions. Sauté gently on a low heat for 20 mins

until they are really soft. Add balsamic vinegar and sugar and

cook for a further 15-20 mins until the onions are caramelised.

I blind baked a shortcrust pastry base for this recipe – line

3 a tart/quiche tin with pastry, fill with heat resistant baking

beans and bake for 15 mins until the pastry is lightly cooked.

Now add the cooked ingredients in layers and return to the

oven for a further 10 mins. You could also choose to make

a tart tatin – mix all the vegetables together, place in a tin

and layer the sheet of pastry on top. Return to the oven

for 20 mins, then invert the baking tin onto a plate (make

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Serves 4 Preparation time:

20 mins Cooking time; 30-40 mins

Life may be too short for stuffing

mushrooms, but not for courgettes!

This recipe can be adapted in many ways,

depending on what you have in store. I have used

quinoa and pine nuts as the protein ingredient,

but you could substitute with rice and use other

nuts, such as chopped hazelnuts or walnuts.

• 120g quinoa

• 4 medium courgettes, sliced lengthways

• 1 bunch spring onions (around 6), finely chopped

• 1 red pepper, finely diced

• 1-2 cloves garlic

• 20g (1 handful) chopped parsley

• Juice of ½ lemon

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 75g pine nuts

• 50g dry breadcrumbs

• Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 180°C, gas 4. Cook the

1 quinoa in boiling water for 20 mins (or

according to pack instructions).Drain and set aside.

Scoop out the middle of the courgette halves

2 to make ‘canoes’ – I used a paring knife, but

a melon baller could be the perfect tool.

Finely chop the courgette middles and combine

3 with the other ingredients, leaving out the

breadcrumbs and half of the pine nuts.

Heat the oil in a pan. Tip in the mixture and

4 gently sauté for 5 mins. Spoon into the courgette

halves and lay them on a non-stick baking tray. Top

with breadcrumbs and the rest of the pine nuts.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 mins, then

5 uncover and return to the oven for a further

10-15 mins until the breadcrumb topping is

golden brown. Serve with a mixed salad.


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Lentil, Spinach & Onion Curry

Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 15 mins

This is like a dhal; split peas or other pulses can be

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quickly, all the ingredients stay firm and discernible.

Cook for longer if you prefer a softer texture.

• 1 tbsp cumin seeds

• 1 tbsp mustard seeds

• 1 tbsp medium curry powder (or make your

own using 1 tsp ground coriander

• ½ tsp fenugreek, 1 tsp chilli flakes, 1 tsp

ground cumin, 1 tsp ground ginger)

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil

• 4 medium red onions, halved and sliced

• 250g Puy lentils (vacuum packed, tinned

or dry – soaked, cooked and drained)

• 3 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced (or

1 tin chopped tomatoes)

• 120g baby spinach leaves

• Juice of ½ lemon

• Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Place all the spices in a heavy, non-stick

1 pan and heat gently for 2-3 mins.

Add the vegetable oil and onions and cook for 2 mins.

2 Stir in the lentils and tomatoes and stir-fry for 10 mins.

Mix in the spinach leaves and lemon juice towards the

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Garden

The Forever Plants

succulents, sedums and sempervivums

Jo Arnell explains what makes succulents such strong survivors

Technically, a succulent is any plant with thick,

fleshy (succulent) water storage organs. Succulents

store water in their leaves, stems, or roots, so

they can go for long periods without needing to be

watered, which means that these intrepid plants manage

to grow where few other plants dare. They have adapted

to arid conditions throughout the world, from Africa to

the deserts of North America, eking it out in cracks and

crevices, scorching sun and desiccating winds, sometimes

surviving with virtually no water or soil. Now they are

colonising the windowsills of student accommodation

across the land, thriving in the arid air of benign neglect.

Growing Succulents outside

Succulents do grow outside in our climate and will cope

with quite low temperatures – think how cold the desert

gets at night, so if your garden turns into a desert over

the summer, succulents may be the way to go. The reason

so many are thought not to be hardy is down to our wet

winters, rather than the cold. Some will grow really well

outside in our climate. Apart from giant spiky yuccas,

probably the most recognisable group are sedums. There

will be a sedum to suit most of the dry areas in your garden

– good old Sedum spectabile (often called ice plants) will

even manage in dry shade. I have seen sedums in mixed

borders, gravel gardens and rockeries, dry stone walls,

cracks in paving and a multitude of containers – usually

very shallow inhospitable looking troughs and trays.

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easy to propagate). I worried at first how I was going to

get up on the roof to weed it regularly, but astonishingly

no weeds have survived for long enough to be a problem.

Conditions up there are dry and exposed and the planting

medium is about only 10cm deep. The sedum is thriving.

The other group of succulent plants that are familiar are

sempervivums. The name comes from the Latin ‘semper’ –

meaning always, and ‘vivum’ – giving us a clue to their resilient

nature. In fact, they are so tough that they were once used to

plug holes in roofs – hence their other name – houseleek.

Cultivation and soil

Succulents and sedums seem to thrive on neglect, but don’t be

fooled into thinking that they are completely indestructible.

Kindness – in the form of water, shade and rich compost –

will kill them as quickly as hot sun, poor soil and dry wind

kills plants from more temperate regions. Specific potting

mixes for succulents are available, but it’s easy to make your

own. For my sedum roof I mixed Perlite – a granulated and

very lightweight volcanic rock, with a peat-free multipurpose

compost and some John Innes No:2 (a mix using soil). I tried

to keep the growing medium as light as possible, but not

light enough to blow away! For containers, the recommended

mix is John Innes No 2 with at least 30 per cent extra grit

and/or fine gravel. The important issue is drainage, so do

make sure that any container has adequate holes at the base

for water to escape. Do not let them sit in the wet.


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Five easy succulents to grow

Sedum spurium ‘Dragons Blood’ (Stonecrop) – this

is the sedum I used on my roof. It is reddish in colour

(new foliage starts green), with pink/red flowers in

summer, turning a deeper red in autumn. The stems

are lax and it quickly spreads to make a carpet

Aloe vera – probably best as a houseplant, as it will only

thrive in the warmest of summers outside. It likes to be in

full sun, watered deeply occasionally. Aloes are quick to make

‘pups’ and may need repotting each spring. They can be used

medicinally and apparently are great for treating minor burns

– just break off a bit and gently rub it on the area as a salve.

Sempervivum arachnoideum – the ‘cobweb’ houseleek

is an evergreen, rosette forming plant with a fine mesh

of webbing over it – looking a bit like a spider’s web.

Mature plants have pale pink flowers on long stems.

Sometimes also called ‘Hen and chicks’, as the main plant

is quickly surrounded by lots of little offsets, or ‘chicks.’

Seasonal care

Outdoor succulents will grow rapidly in the spring and early

summer, often doubling in size, producing many little offsets

and flowering (the flowers are quite peculiar – more suited to

the set of Star Trek than the garden). Once they have flowered,

they will die, making room for the offsets to take their place.

It is in the winter that succulents may need the most care

and attention, as they won’t sit happily outside in damp

winter conditions. Containers can be brought under cover

– most will be fine somewhere sheltered outside, as long

as they are kept on the dry side. If you can’t move them,

perhaps try covering them with horticultural fleece, or

something lightweight, over the worst of any winter weather.

Bring them out again in the spring, freshen up the

compost, repot or feed (although just changing or topping

up the growing medium will probably be enough), give

them a water and they will burst back into life. Spring

is when, in their natural environment, they would get

the most water; they are primed to respond to fleeting

spring rains and warming weather, to making the most

of those moments before it gets too hot and dry.

Echeveria secunda var. glauca – the ‘pinwheel’

succulent is another rosette forming plant, with pale

green, glaucous leaves tinged with pinky-red at the

edges. It is slightly less hardy than the sempervivums and

benefits from being brought under cover in winter.

Aeonium ‘Cyclops’ – a tall and very striking succulent

with rosettes of reddish-bronze leaves on long stems. It

may get to be about a metre tall with rosettes spanning

up to 40cm across. They are quite happy outdoors

for the summer, but will need to be protected in

colder weather and brought inside for the winter.

Visit hornbrookmanor.co.uk to find out more about the

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Propagation

Although succulents can be grown from seed, the most

popular way to make more is by taking cuttings. Often this

is as easy as pulling off a leaf, leaving it for a day to callous

over and then poking it back into the soil. Many of them

will even do the job for you, producing lots of offsets, or in

the case of Aloe vera – ’pups’, which are miniature versions

of the adult plant. In just a few weeks over the summer I was

able to make enough new sedums to cover the whole of my

workshop roof and saved a lot of money (it did take up time

and space, but it was not a huge chore and the baby plants

looked after themselves really well). Making plants for free is

a rewarding process, but be warned, it is easy to get carried

away – many a nursery business starts with a few cuttings…

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an ancient aquaduct, toward Castello Rosso, whose

outline dominates the skyline. Our walk turns out to be

the perfect way to ‘get’ the aesthetic of Mediterranean

or climate-change gardening; tussocks of wild lavender,

phlomis and verbascum brush our ankles as we take in

the glorious colours and textures. Mounds and tussocks

are key features, both in the wild, and in the new garden

at Villa Livano, as we find out the next morning.

The new garden is vast and impressive, with

terraces of local stone and a state-of the art irrigation

system, but the principles of this Mediterranean

garden would be just as relevant in a more modest,

Mediterranean-inspired garden back in the UK.

“There’s loads to learn from what we’ve done here,”

says Claire. “All the plants sit in a little hollow or well,

so when you water, the water sits around the stem and

doesn’t trickle away.” The plants are also trimmed low,

in the early months, to encourage better root growth

and reduce transpiration. “You have to ‘treat ’em

mean, keep ’em keen, to a certain extent,” she adds.

“We water on planting, then every 10 days, and then

gradually less and less, until they become established.”

Choosing the right plants is also essential, both

aesthetically and practically. “All these plants came from

Olivier Filippi, in the South of France, who grows droughthardy

varieties, with deep and established root systems, but

you can always ask your local nursery for appropriate plants,”

says Claire. Look for ‘Mediterranean origin’ on the label too.

The next day, we set to work in the established garden

at Villa Kasteli, putting into practice some of the theories

we learnt next door. Working with Claire is like having an

‘expert in your pocket’. We plant up a bed of rosemary, a

Lavandula stoechas – a lavender seen on the mountainside

– and some cheeky, bright salvias, remembering, as

we heel them in, to create a little divot. We then trim

them back to a few healthy stems, to encourage the

development of those essential water-carriers; the roots.

“Container planting is another, simple way to get the

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a corner of the breakfast terrace. “I like to stick to one

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What’s On in September

Art & Exhibitions

Tue 15 – Sun 27 Oct

Trinity Theatre, Church Road,

Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1JP

Before Words

An exhibition of printmaking,

fused glass and sculpture.

Contemporary prints in

techniques including etching,

woodcut, linocut and collagraph

will be shown alongside the

vibrant and luminous colours

of fused glass both wallmounted

and sculptural, in a

collection by four Kent artists

who have exhibited successfully

together for many years.

Sat 21 – Sun 22 Sep

Mill Farm House, Hunton

Road, Marden TN12 9QX

Art in the Garden

Visit the beautiful gardens

at Mill Farm House where

Marden’s children’s authors will

be storytelling and its artists will

show their skills in everything

from watercolours to jewellery.

It’s a chance to celebrate all

things local, with music from

Kent bands, local wines,

gins and beers, a farm shop

with local produce and a

plant stall, and it all supports

Kent Air Ambulance, RSPB,

and Marden School.

Fairs & Festivals

Sat 14 – Sun 22 Sep

Various locations across

the Weald of Kent

High Weald

Walking Festival

Explore and learn about

the historic High Weald

landscape. Experienced and

knowledgeable guides will be

leading walkers of all abilities

in a programme packed full

of all sorts of interesting and

scenic walks in this celebration

of our beautiful Weald.

Entry: Free, donations will

be gratefully received

highwealdwalks.org

Sat 21 & Sun 22 Sep

The Historic Dockyard,

Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ

Salute to the ‘40s

One of Britain’s best vintage

festivals returns with live music

including the D Day Darlings

and The Dolly Girls, a vintage

fashion show, a “bombed out”

street, vintage fairground rides,

a 40s fire station, vintage street

market, Lindy Hop and Jive

dancing, a rations cooking

demonstration, a recreation of

a 40s village, and hundreds of

re-enactors to make the whole

experience truly authentic.

thedockyard.co.uk

Food & Drink

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Sep 10am-6pm

Dreamland, 49-51,

Marine Terrace, Margate,

Kent CT9 1XJ

Eat Drink Margate

Dreamland’s first ever food

festival with a farmers’

market, a parade of street

vendors, live music from The

Britpop Collective, a talk on

shopping for the environment,

samples, a mini-festival of ice

cream with over 32,000,000

combinations and an amazing

line-up of local and London

based chefs, mixologists

and coffee connoisseurs.

dreamland.co.uk

Sunday 8 Sep

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD

Country & Food Fair

A fun-filled day of traditional

country activities. Shop the

stalls, enter your four-legged

friends in the dog show, watch

a chicken race, try a children’s

cookery workshop, fish with

the Edenbridge Angling Society,

and make sure to catch the

family giant woolsack race.

Entry: Adults £6, children £2,

under 5s Free, families £15

chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Music & Theatre

Sat 21 – Sun 22 Sep

St Clere Estate, Kemsing,

Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 6NL

Southbeats Festival

Kent’s biggest dance music

festival. Shy FX, Mike Skinner,

Example, and Dizzee Rascal

are just a handful of the top

artists you’ll find on this

one of a kind music festival’s

killer line up this year.

Entry: from £45

southbeatsfestival.com

Thu 26 Sept (Little Silver

Hotel & Cashara, Tenterden),

Fri 4 Oct (The George,

Robertsbridge), Thu 10 Oct

(Eastwell Manor, Ashford), Fri

18 (The Vestry Hall & Odyl,

Cranbrook) & Fri 25 Oct

(Smallhythe Place)

Think pink weald tour

The Rockin Rockits!, the

Wonderful Ruby Choir and

the Swinging Ruby Sisterz are

touring the Weald performing

chart hits and musical classics

to raise awareness and funds for

Breast Cancer awareness month.

Two of our favourite shops,

Odyl and Cashara, will also be

holding fashion shows, plus

each event will have a Grand

Pink Raffle and refreshments.

Entry: Fri 4 Oct Free,

all others £5

rockitchoir.co.uk

Shopping

Fri 27 Sat – Sun 29

Sep 9am-4.30pm

Silcocks Farm, Grange Road,

St. Michael’s, Tenterden,

Kent TN30 6TL

The Three French

Hens Brocante

Linda, Mandi and Pippa, the

Three French Hens, will be

holding their next Brocante sale

of home and garden collectables

with everything is sourced

almost entirely in France.

07803 122820 / 07983 360885

Sports &

Wellbeing

Tue 10 Sep 6pm-7.30pm

Charing Surgery, 1 Surgery

Close, Charing, Ashford,

Kent TN27 0AW

Relaxation

Mindfulness

Meditation

Yvonne Fernando, NLP Master

Practitioner & Life Coach leads

this eight week programme on

how to relax, manage stress

and create a calm mind for

improved health and wellbeing.

Entry: £125.

01233 878474 /

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Fri 13 Sep 2pm

Cobtree Manor Golf Course

Chatham Road, Maidstone,

Kent ME14 3AZ

A Round for Richard

A day of golf in support

of Heart of Kent Hospice

with a disco, auction, BBQ,

raffle and bouncy castle.

Entry: £40pp, team of four £140,

evening only £12, under 12s Free

Paul 07544 265976 / Ange

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Weddings

Sun 29 Sep 10am-3.30pm

Secret Garden Restaurant

& Gardens, The Court

Yard, Mersham-le-Hatch

Business Village, Hythe Road,

Ashford, Kent TN25 6NH

Secret Garden

Open Day

A chance to visit The Secret

Garden. This sweet and

charming wedding venue

is perfect for a relaxed

and romantic big day.

Recommended suppliers will be

there for you to meet, as will

the wedding team, and you can

mull over your options over a

glass of bubbles in the beautiful

courtyard which is truly a secret

treasure well worth a visit.

secretgardenkent.co.uk

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What’s On in September

Workshops

Sun 1 Sep – Thu 24 Oct

Temper Temper Chocolate

Ltd. 15B Church Road,

Southborough, Tunbridge

Wells, Kent TN4 0RX

Chocolate Workshop

The top chocolatiers Temper

Temper are serving up the

perfect antidote to the end of

summer blues with a series

of workshops for adults and

children alike. Throughout the

next two months there will be

three special workshops for

families, one two-hour kids

only session during October

half term, two workshops for

adults and older teens who fancy

making truffles and decorating

chocolate bars, and one

adults-only chocktail evening

on Friday September 27.

Entry: from £25, kids

workshops £20

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Look Forward:

October

Sat 5 – Sun 6 Oct

Kent Life, Lock Lane,

Sandling, Maidstone,

Kent ME14 3AU

Apple and Cider Fayre

Kent Life’s annual celebration

of the apple harvest, with

around 35 variety of delicious

apples, a cider tent, local bands,

demonstrations, children’s apple

craft, and a free apple cookbook.

Entry: Adults £9.95, children

and concessions £8.25,

families £32.95, members

and under 3s free

kentlife.org.uk

Sat 5 Oct

Curious House, Gauntlets,

Battenhurst Road, Stonegate,

East Sussex TN5 7DU

Painting with oils –

Inspired by Nature

Explore the delights of working

with oil paint to create moody

land and seascapes with East

Sussex artist, Alison Trusk. You

will learn about composition,

how to mix colour, and to create

your own individual piece of

work in an intimate workshop

with numbers limited to eight.

Entry: £95 plus £15 for materials

curioushouse.net

Fri 11 – Sun 13 October

Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells

Puppetry Festival

Puppetry isn’t all Punch and

Judy anymore and this quirky

festival celebrates it in all its

many forms- object theatre,

marionnettes, shadow play,

kites, from a 17 foot Arbor to a

mini marvel of a table-top show

for an audience of eight, this

festival is fully equipped to open

your eyes to the many facets

and faces of modern puppetry.

twpuppetryfestival.org

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane is stocking up her pantry with lots of

fresh honey, bramble jelly and sloe gin

It’s September. I’m in my element. Nothing

gives me more pleasure than a good forage

in a hedge. And now is the time!

The only downside to this enthusiastic gathering

is the amount of jams, jellies and chutneys that I

then have to find room for in the pantry. No one in

my family eats them in sufficient quantity to justify

such a magnificent production schedule, but lack of

demand has never yet dampened my enthusiasm for the

seasonal bonanza. And 2019 will be just the same.

But first off, I need to collect the honey. As a rough guide,

the flowering season in the UK starts in early April when the

trees come into flower and finishes early September with ivy

and the rosebay willow herb bringing up the tail end. Just six

months for the bees to collect the nectar and make the honey.

Inside the beehive there are basically two areas: the upper half

which is the bee-world pantry, and the lower half where the

queen lives and lays her eggs which hatch into

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her nest and they go upstairs to store the honey.

In order to harvest that honey the first

job is to get rid of the worker bees from

the ‘pantry’. I’ll go to the hive the evening before, take

out the queen excluder and put a board fitted with two

ingenious little plastic trap doors – a Porter escape – in

its place that let the bees go from the honey frames

down into the nest but not back up again. Bingo, 24

hours later the frames are all bee-free and ready for

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a strong beehive

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about 40lb of

spare honey”

taking home and spinning to produce the honey.

In a good year – and this has been one – a strong beehive

will produce about 40lb of spare honey. We have five

colonies, do the maths, so those pantry shelves are already

beginning to groan and I haven’t even started on the jam.

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alone. These are the top choice, sweeter

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raw. Then later in the month the secondary berries ripen,

less juicy but good for pies and jam making (so that’s me

sorted) and then by the end of the month they are all

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devil himself will have spat on them and untold misfortune

will be heaped on the poorly informed blackberry eater.

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be the same without a hip flask of the stuff – and, unlike

the jam, it also makes a welcome Christmas present.

But Dorothy is rather sniffy about its virtues. While she

mentions its recent adoption into modern cocktails –

don’t forget we’re talking 1954 – she’s equally keen to

point out that it was previously used by country wives in

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