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Contents<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

20<br />

29<br />

36<br />

59<br />

75<br />

82<br />


Maggie Alderson’s property picks<br />


The latest news and events<br />


We take a look <strong>inside</strong> the<br />

impressive Bayham Hall<br />


Style it like Bayham<br />


Some of the brightest artwork<br />

on display in a gallery near you<br />

112<br />

119<br />

123<br />

127<br />

130<br />

OFF DUTY<br />

Kate Watts styles menswear<br />

with a utilitarian edge<br />


Rebecca Cuffe edits<br />

men’s accessories<br />


Josephine Fairley comes<br />

to the rescue<br />


Henrietta Norton gives<br />

her holistic tips to stop<br />

head pain in its tracks<br />

143<br />

151<br />

155<br />

156<br />

112<br />


Jennifer Stuart-Smith finds out<br />

how gardeners are adapting to<br />

extreme weather conditions<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Your guide for what to<br />

do in <strong>September</strong><br />


Win a stay at Leeds Castle, plus entry<br />

to their popular Christmas Market<br />


Jane Howard’s latest instalment<br />

from Coopers Farm<br />

82<br />


A stunning renovation<br />

in Sandgate<br />

129<br />


Sarah Maxwell discusses<br />

peri-menopause<br />

105<br />

107<br />


Pebble Shore’s interior inspiration<br />



Everything you need to create<br />

your perfect feature fire<br />

130<br />

137<br />


Jo Arnell’s take on flavourful<br />

vegan recipes<br />


Jo Arnell takes a look at<br />

successful succulents<br />

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Culmer Farmhouse<br />

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Where: Close to the hamlet<br />

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Beds: 2 Baths: 2<br />

Special features: The tripleaspect<br />

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The Goring<br />

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designed around the ideal of modern<br />

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onto the garden. Making this sale<br />

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complete with all the furniture selected<br />

by a professional interior designer.<br />

Where: The picturesque village of<br />

Ewhurst in the <strong>Surrey</strong> Hills AONB, close<br />

to Cranleigh. Guildford is 11 miles.<br />

Setting: Within the village,<br />

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Beds: 4 Baths: 2<br />

Special features: The double-aspect<br />

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Pleasing details: The luxury barbecue<br />

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Outside: Gardens landscaped by a Chelsea<br />

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minutes’ drive – to Victoria in just over an hour.<br />

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This headline is likely to ruffle a<br />

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go up in price. That style of investing requires<br />

skill and knowledge of the market whilst still<br />

being a gamble. This article is specifically<br />

about owning casks of whiskey.<br />


You buy casks of whiskey straight off the<br />

still. Because the whiskey is brand new, it<br />

hasn’t aged and therefore is far most cost<br />

effective. Whiskey must be at least three years<br />

old to be bottled and sold, and most would<br />

agree at least five + years old to be desirable<br />

and palatable enough to drink. The cost of<br />

maturation over five years can hurt distilleries,<br />

as it is quite a capital-intensive model.<br />

Some distilleries, therefore, opt to sell a<br />

small percentage of their whiskey right off<br />

the stills. They do this to cover running costs<br />

while the rest of their production matures over<br />

five years or longer. This opens up a great<br />

opportunity for investors to buy off the stills<br />

and hold for those five years, then releasing at<br />

a profit.<br />



Unlike most commodities, whiskey<br />

increases in quality and value as it matures. Its<br />

price increase is inevitable over time. It doesn’t<br />

tend to suffer the highs and lows of financial<br />

markets and it’s also a major exported product,<br />

where demand significantly outstrips supply.<br />

The Irish variety is the fastest- growing,<br />

brown spirit in the world. The International<br />

Wine & Spirit Record (IWSR), which is<br />

the global benchmark for alcohol data and<br />

intelligence, shows the growth of Irish whiskey<br />

will continue to outstrip that of Scotch and<br />

Bourbon for at least another ten years. What’s<br />

more, it has been outperforming both for<br />

the last twenty years. The Irish Whiskey<br />

Association (IWA) echoes the same data and<br />

statistics and predicts the rise to continue, as<br />

Irish whiskey comes back to where it once was<br />

on a global stage.<br />

So, Irish whiskey specifically offers a mix of<br />

stability and huge growth upside. The Whiskey<br />

industry in Ireland is set to soar above €1<br />

billion per annum — which is predicted to<br />

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Investors are seeing returns above 12% per<br />

annum with little downside risk as all casks<br />

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Single casks of Irish whiskey are being<br />

sold for between €5,500 and €7,850 by<br />

competitors. The model at Whiskey &<br />

Wealth Club is based on small margin, high<br />

volume. For an equivalent cask from the same<br />

distilleries, it buys in bulk and can sell to its<br />

clients for only €2,900 a cask. However, it<br />

requires a purchase of at least one pallet (6<br />

casks) or more. This includes five years of<br />

storage and bonded warehousing fees, plus five<br />

years of insurance. Annual returns are being<br />

achieved above 12% and as high as 54.5% a<br />

year, depending on an investor’s chosen exit<br />

strategy.<br />



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Let us transport you back to clear blue skies and glorious<br />

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reimagining of a history-filled home right on the<br />

shoreline (A Pebble’s Throw, p. 82). In fact, both of our houses<br />

this month have been cleverly redesigned for modern living,<br />

with careful attention paid to preserving original features.<br />

We were very excited at the prospect of photographing the<br />

stunning Bayham Hall (Off the Scale, p. 36), and it didn’t<br />

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If you’re a lover of summer, it may seem like the nights are<br />

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mind, Rebecca Cuffe has compiled an edit of sleek woodburners<br />

and fires to prepare for cosy evenings at home in good time.<br />

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irresistible shopping treats to inspirational talks, <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong>’<br />

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and be sure to check out our Supplement for all the latest news<br />

and advice from schools around the South East, helping you<br />

to make informed decisions about your child’s education.<br />

Enjoy your <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong>!<br />

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Editor ............................................................................................ Lucy Fleming<br />

News & Features Editor ...............................................................Rebecca Cuffe<br />

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With soaring ceilings, contemporary<br />

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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<br />

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

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

Wolkenstein hang on the back wall behind a spacious – and specially designed – dining table<br />

It’s pretty difficult to turn a stately home into a<br />

space fit for a modern family. It’s something that<br />

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whose houses have been, in the large, converted to<br />

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might have just managed to achieve what, for many,<br />

seemed impossible. They have transformed a very large<br />

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(and very warm) home that is entirely fit for purpose<br />

– it just happens to come with its own ballroom!<br />

Justin and Jaime Cooke live in Bayham Hall with their<br />

three children Alberta, Gibson and Monty, as well as several<br />

pets, including a growing collection of chickens, who have<br />

just moved into their new home underneath the kids’<br />

tree house. I am standing with Jaime in her huge family<br />

kitchen. Dressed in cutting edge sportswear and baseball<br />

cap, Jaime has just rushed back home from teaching a<br />

spin class at her new fitness boutique, SPN in Tunbridge<br />

Wells. I am not sure if the original owner of Bayham Hall,<br />

the Marquess of Camden, could have envisaged what<br />

his pile would have looked like over 150 years later, but<br />

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This page: The kitchen had once been the library. Jaime stripped back<br />

the tooled leather wallpaper and pulled down 1970s partitions and stud<br />

walls to bring back the sense of scale from the original floor plan. The<br />

room’s original features include a wonderful ornate plaster ceiling, huge<br />

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was running her fashion brand MUKS. They had no<br />

children and were living a carefree and urban life,<br />

happy in their minimal white flat in the centre of<br />

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“I never thought I would leave London. I had<br />

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wish for a better place to raise my family.”<br />

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rather obsessed with. So much so that he famously<br />

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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<br />

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

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old carpets and bringing back the sense of scale<br />

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This page: One of the most impressive spaces<br />

in the house is the double height inner hallway<br />

around which a carved wooden staircase floats<br />

a wonderful ornate plaster ceiling, huge windows and<br />

original shutters and an impressive veined marble<br />

fireplace with gilded overmantle, do the talking.<br />

Jaime and Justin commissioned a series of handmade<br />

floor to ceiling cupboards to match the panelling of<br />

the shutters that provide the majority of the room’s<br />

storage, whilst a free-standing kitchen sits elegantly<br />

in the middle of the room. The stone of the fireplace<br />

has been subtly mirrored with a grey granite across<br />

the worktops. Kitchen cabinets have been painted in<br />

a soft dove grey to complement the tops and a darker<br />

grey picks up the detailing on the room’s painted<br />

cornice. Combining style with practicality, the huge<br />

dining table was designed especially for the space.<br />

“One of the issues with owning a place this size is that we<br />

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designers to come down and see the space for themselves<br />

and they made the table to fit perfectly. Luckily we’re a big<br />

family and are always having people over, so even though<br />

it’s massive, it actually works well for us.”<br />

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This page: An enormous antler chandelier hangs down from the<br />

ceiling, whilst vibrant artworks and soft furnishing contrast with<br />

the white walls that bounce light from the hall’s huge windows<br />

into every nook Right: A cathedral-like stained glass window<br />

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the double height inner hallway around which a carved<br />

wooden staircase floats. A cathedral-like stained glass<br />

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“One of the first things we did, when we moved in,”<br />

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This page: The upper landing acts like a minstrels’ gallery<br />

overlooking the hall below. Jaime and Justin added glass<br />

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chandeliers accentuate the soaring ceilings. One of the<br />

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We walk up the sumptuous stairs and find ourselves<br />

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overlooking the hall below. It could make you slightly<br />

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why we had to put some glass barriers up the staircase,<br />

with three young children it was a no-brainer. Lord<br />

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up several sofas, two half-moon hall tables, mirrors,<br />

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This page: The couple’s luxurious bedroom suites feature chic<br />

four-poster beds and sumptuously soft carpet<br />

approach to the home in which they live. The distinctive<br />

acid florals can be seen on standard lamps and cushions<br />

throughout the house. “We love it!” says Jaime, “Justin<br />

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

One of the other themes that also peppers many of the<br />

rooms and hallways is taxidermy. As a Canadian, Jaime<br />

is very un-squeamish about it. “I grew up with moose<br />

heads and antlers everywhere, so it’s something that is part<br />

of what makes a home to me.” It is also one of the few<br />

motifs that the original Lord Camden might have once<br />

featured in the house and, of course, it works majestically.<br />

The sitting room is yet another case of how furniture<br />

and fabric have been employed to create a liveable<br />

space. As with the rest of the house, Jaime has kept the<br />

colour palette to neutral greys and browns with white<br />

detailing, Again, she has stripped the floors, letting the<br />

double aspect windows take centre stage, the gardens<br />

of Bayham providing the most wonderful landscape<br />

which is mirrored in the artwork by local artist Sandy<br />

Dooley. The accessories of rugs and cushions are<br />

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One of the joys of living in such a house as Bayham<br />

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This page: Like the rest of the house, the neutral tones used to<br />

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Justin’s eclectic collection of furniture and artworks<br />

wonderful vistas appear at every turn. From the kitchen<br />

to the living rooms, to the upstairs landings, even<br />

though the house is packed full of family life, there is<br />

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bedrooms, where Jaime has taken a love of travel and<br />

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It’s finally on the horizon! After months of preparation,<br />

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House visitors next month – 9am on Thursday 10th<br />

October – for the first of three days of shopping paradise in<br />

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lifestyle talks on our Live Stage from the likes of wellbeing<br />

guru Melissa Hemsley and interiors expert Jane Cowdry.<br />

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Feudo San Lorenzo are a small<br />

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by husband and wife team,<br />

Mario and Barbara, who are<br />

based in London, but with<br />

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They are keen to promote<br />

the delicious natural products<br />

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“We believe in eco-sustainability<br />

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Established in 1898, Blades is<br />

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Brownstone is a contemporary new<br />

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bags and fine bone china. Brownstone<br />

are excited to be bringing their eight<br />

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“The biggest compliment is customers<br />

coming into our store thinking we are a<br />

fresh florist and saying how beautiful the<br />

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RT Fact Flowers bring a fresh<br />

approach to the world of artificial<br />

flowers; challenging the norm<br />

and bringing designs tailored<br />

specifically for each client. As<br />

well as their bespoke service, they<br />

offer a wide selection of ready to<br />

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their store in Claygate, <strong>Surrey</strong>.<br />

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From Belo is a company inspired<br />

by the founders’ experiences of<br />

working with poverty-stricken<br />

communities in South America.<br />

They use decommissioned seatbelts<br />

and other materials once destined for<br />

landfill to create luxury accessories.<br />

For every product sold, 2 to 6 meals<br />

are provided to the homeless in Belo<br />

Horizonte, Brazil. Their mission is to<br />

create sophisticated fashion accessories<br />

which are kind to the planet and the<br />

people that make them.<br />

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“In June this year we won the Pinatex Best<br />

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Handbag Awards. This was such a pinnacle<br />

moment for our team as it showed that all<br />

of the hard work from charity volunteer to<br />

artisan to manufacturer to designer had<br />

their work recognised.”<br />


A contemporary collection of knitwear<br />

and accessories with a modern Nordic<br />

mood and elegance. AITI London<br />

pride themselves on their sustainable<br />

and fair-trade production processes.<br />

Highlights of their range include Argyle<br />

Intarsia sweaters in a wool/cashmere<br />

mix, cashmere sweaters and Merino wool<br />

tunics with co-ordinating snake print<br />

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The Boot Room is a family<br />

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shoes that are handcrafted by<br />

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the finest quality leathers.<br />

There are lots of stunning<br />

ready-to-wear boots in an<br />

array of colours to choose<br />

from, but if the standard sizes<br />

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Rhodes Skincare creates their products with some of<br />

the world’s rarest botanic ingredients, using minimal<br />

resources, controlled humidity and absolutely no soil,<br />

helping to preserve the planet’s delicate ecosystem.<br />

Rhodes Skincare use ethically sourced sugar cane<br />

packaging that is carbon negative, harnessing solar power<br />

where possible and is 100% sustainable and renewable.<br />

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The best of British and<br />

Danish fashion designers, not<br />

found on every high street.<br />

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A collection of<br />

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Beautiful and stylish<br />

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Harness the most desirable trends for the whole family. From<br />

childrenswear to womenswear to personalised accessories to jewels,<br />

Open House exhibitors have everything you need to create the latest looks<br />

A British designed luxury<br />

leisurewear brand, creating a<br />

connection between comfort<br />

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A contemporary<br />

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Luxury merino wool<br />

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UK designed cashmere<br />

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coordinated with<br />

beautiful shirts.<br />

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Adorable collection of<br />

children’s nightwear,<br />

bedroom, bathroom<br />

and baby accessories.<br />

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Award winning, British<br />

jewellery brand with<br />

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handpicked, precious<br />

gemstones and metals.<br />

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Up-and-coming<br />

French fashion<br />

brands for women.<br />

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Neoprene and velvet<br />

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overnight travel bags.<br />

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Monogrammed<br />

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Unique, lightweight,<br />

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6 Grey Elephant paper cut design, £28, anniegraydesigns.co.uk 7 Mid Century Cocktail Chair<br />

in Soft Grey Velvet, £495, alpinelifestyleboutique.com 8 Stonewash Cotton Ochre Cushion,<br />

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The Open House Live Stage will be packed with a programme of free<br />

talks by influential speakers to inspire visitors interested in creating<br />

their dream home, running a successful business, looking after health<br />

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West End star and radio host Gaby Roslin, bestselling cookbook<br />

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Presenter, West End actress and<br />

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Gaby made her TV debut presenting the<br />

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From 1998 until 2002 Gaby worked<br />

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Cook, writer and champion of<br />

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Growing-up on an army base, with an<br />

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Jasmine. After several successful years cooking<br />

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actors and musicians like Take That, Hemsley<br />

+ Hemsley published two bestselling cookery<br />

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Saturday Kitchen and This Morning, and at food<br />

festivals all over the UK – and internationally.<br />

In January 2018, Melissa’s first solo book, Eat<br />

Happy: 30-minute Feelgood Food was published<br />

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feel-good food and packed with simple yet<br />

nutritious recipes, all made in under half an hour.<br />

Melissa’s focus is now, more than ever, on<br />

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that is sourced from suppliers that care – both<br />

about the environment and the community;<br />

about the ground from which their food is<br />

derived, and the people to which it is served.<br />

Turn to the next spread for Melissa’s<br />

Quinoa Power Porridge<br />


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Melissa Hemsley is on a mission to prove that it’s possible for<br />

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Extracted from Eat Happy: 30-minute<br />

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This page: In the airy and bright open-plan living<br />

space Barefloors Ltd sanded layers of thick black<br />

paint off the floors to bring them back to the<br />

original wood<br />

unassuming threshold of Pebble Shore, I sense<br />

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Nothing can compete – visually, or even<br />

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cost early on; it has had a troubled, but interesting<br />

past. It started life at the end of the 19th century<br />

as a convalescent home for families from London<br />

to retreat to, and by 1899 it became a hotel called<br />

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nursing home back into a substantial family<br />

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This page: The precarious sun<br />

rooms were demolished and replaced<br />

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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<br />

chandelier salvaged from the Brighton Pavilion<br />

The architect they chose for the extension is another<br />

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

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that a second – or third! – language can open<br />

Our most popular languages are Mandarin,<br />

Spanish, German and French, but<br />

we also teach many ‘mother tongue’<br />

languages for our international pupils.<br />

Studying a language gives pupils the confidence to<br />

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communicate in a new language opens so many doors.<br />

It may give someone a lifelong love of the country and<br />

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Being able to communicate in other languages opens<br />

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international relations, international law, politics,<br />

translation, interpreting, etc. One of our (British) ex-pupils<br />

studied French, Spanish and Serbo-Croat at Buckswood<br />

and went on to study interpreting at the University of<br />

Poitiers, in France. In his ‘year-out’ work placement at<br />

the French Embassy in Uruguay, his manager was so<br />

impressed with him that he recommended him for several<br />

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everywhere he goes and earning a huge salary. In a global<br />

ecomony, languages are vital to international success.<br />

Our ex-pupils have gone on to study the language<br />

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are also studied alongside law, international law,<br />

politics, economics, film and media, marketing,<br />

PR, tourism, hospitality, journalism, oenology, art,<br />

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Mrs Paola Sagastuy, Head of Languages at Ashford<br />

School, explains how making the decision to study a<br />

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At Ashford School we strongly believe in<br />

the value of learning languages, and so we<br />

encourage all of our pupils to learn one or two<br />

languages during their stay with us. We offer Spanish,<br />

French and German from Year 7 to A-Level.<br />

Because we care that our pupils love the languages that<br />

they are learning, and we believe in personal responsibility,<br />

pupils are offered a choice of languages from Year 7.<br />

We help them make an informed decision by offering<br />

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There is no denying that English has become the lingua<br />

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We explore the vast range of after-school activities<br />

on offer across schools in the South East<br />

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook<br />

At Dulwich Prep Cranbrook we look to ignite each child’s curiosity,<br />

reveal hidden talents and make sure all our children fulfil their<br />

extraordinary potential so our extra-curricular programme is<br />

designed to do just that! It is broad and deep, and designed to widen<br />

horizons, inspire and offer stretch. Dulwich Prep Cranbrook has a vast<br />

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

We are continually reviewing what we offer and embracing children’s<br />

suggestions. All children are actively encouraged to set up their own clubs<br />

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

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

Art, Drama and Music all feature strongly with clubs ranging from Rock<br />

School to Advanced Artists. Some of our more quirky offerings include:<br />

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

Colouring, Friendship Bracelet Club, Tug of War, Water Polo, Remote<br />

Control Cars, Lego, Glowfit – a Zumba-style class undertaken in the<br />

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

Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Forest and the Harry Potter Play Club.<br />

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

Cricket, Media Club, Yoga, Chess, Dulwich Entrepreneurs, Triathlon,<br />

Coding and Dulwich Outdoors.<br />

Club of the moment for children of all ages is Eco Club: Our Eco Club<br />

was set up by the children in Upper School. We are currently working<br />

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

During the holidays we run Dulwich Prep Chef School which culminates<br />

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What kind of after school clubs are on offer? A wide<br />

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What time do they run to? Our clubs run<br />

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Is there an extra cost? For externally run, specialist<br />

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What are the benefits of taking part in extra-curricular<br />

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What are the kind of clubs on offer? There is a wide<br />

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School. We offer clubs that are built in to the main part of<br />

the school day, including ballet, music and instrumental<br />

clubs, as well as shooting. Other clubs at the end of the<br />

school day are: cricket, football, tennis, badminton, table<br />

tennis, hockey, volleyball, design & technology, arts<br />

& crafts, drama, music, wellbeing and gardening.<br />

What time do they run? Start times for clubs vary<br />

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operate throughout the afternoon at various times during<br />

the day. Year 3 and 4 clubs start at 4pm and run for 30<br />

minutes and the senior School children, years 5-8, start<br />

their clubs at 4.30pm and they run for 60 minutes.<br />

Do any activities take place at the weekend or during<br />

the school holidays? The school does not run any<br />

clubs during the weekends or holidays, although we<br />

have a number of members of staff that run various<br />

courses throughout the holidays at an extra cost.<br />

Is there an extra cost? Some of our clubs cost extra,<br />

but the majority of them are run by our amazing<br />

teachers at the school. Our teachers often have a<br />

passion for something outside of the subject they<br />

usually teach and so they enjoy spending time<br />

sharing their interest with the children in a club.<br />

What are the benefits of taking part in extra-curricular<br />

activities? The benefits of taking part in extra-curricular<br />

activities are enormous. From spending time with friends<br />

and doing something you really enjoy, to trying something<br />

new and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.<br />

Whatever the reason is for joining a club at Marlborough<br />

House School, pupils are sure to find something they enjoy.<br />

We want to offer a wide and varied clubs programme<br />

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Manor House School, Bookham, shows how pupils and staff are<br />

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Founded in 1920, and soon to be celebrating its<br />

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school environment, encouraging excellent academic results<br />

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Increasingly enjoying high levels of success in sport, pupils<br />

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There is an extensive co-curricular enrichment programme<br />

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Making Sense of the World<br />

Hilary Wilce looks at how politics is approached in the classroom<br />

As I write this, we have no idea where the country<br />

will be heading this autumn, and whatever your<br />

political views, you’ll probably agree that this is a<br />

time of greater uncertainty than most of us have seen before.<br />

Discussing national events over the summer, I’ve heard<br />

several young professionals bemoan the fact that they feel<br />

completely illiterate about how our democracy is set up<br />

and how national economies work. It’s not just that they<br />

don’t understand obscure things like quantitative easing<br />

or the prorogation of Parliament, but that they don’t even<br />

know what select committees do, or who sets the national<br />

interest rate. Their schooling didn’t encompass politics and<br />

economics, so they are scrabbling to get their heads round<br />

the things they now need to know in<br />

order to take informed decisions.<br />

Over many years as an education<br />

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year olds, and secondary-level schools<br />

engaging teenagers in Parliamentarystyle<br />

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But I also visited less successful projects where teachers<br />

struggled to teach dry facts about local government<br />

and international trade agreements while students<br />

yawned and watched flies buzzing at the windows.<br />

Citizenship lessons are compulsory in state secondary<br />

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poor that a House of Lords education committee last year<br />

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All sorts of things get in the way of it, including a<br />

shortage of trained teachers and the way in which the<br />

subject has recently got tangled up with the government’s<br />

drive to counter extremism among young people.<br />

Meanwhile, schools are being urgently asked to increase<br />

their personal and social education, to help counter the<br />

huge rise in mental health problems among children, and<br />

there isn’t enough time and money – or enough good<br />

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And although some independent schools do a<br />

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Yet history teaches us that<br />

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So in a time of economic and<br />

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You may be lucky and have your children in a school that<br />

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When it comes to successful exam revision, it’s<br />

all in the motivation, as Hilary Wilce explains<br />

For some students, the new school year means<br />

retake exams looming ahead. For many others,<br />

there will be new tests and exams coming down<br />

the line. How do you revise successfully for these,<br />

without succumbing to distraction or despair?<br />

Classic revision tips usually suggest mechanical aides, such<br />

as index cards and mind maps. They suggest eating and<br />

drinking well, and getting good exercise and sleep. They may<br />

touch on the importance of rewards, treats and leisure breaks.<br />

All good advice, but successful revision actually starts – and<br />

can end – with motivation. Because with good motivation in<br />

place you can do anything. And without it, nothing works.<br />

Central to good motivation is the belief<br />

system you bring to revision. If you’re a student<br />

who thinks it’s the worst chore in the world,<br />

and that nothing can change that, then you<br />

might as well give up now because every minute<br />

you spend doing it will be a debilitating battle<br />

with yourself. Instead, look to find a way in<br />

which you can feel excited or determined<br />

about doing what it takes to get good results.<br />

According to Tony Higgins, director of<br />

Columbia Business School Motivation Science Centre, in<br />

New York, all of us do things because we like feeling effective.<br />

That’s why people willingly put themselves through the torture<br />

of marathons and Tough Mudder events. But people vary in<br />

what makes them feel effective. For some, doing well in exams<br />

is an aspirational thing. They think, ‘If I do well in this maths<br />

exam, it means I can move on and up, and nearer my goal<br />

of getting into the sixth form, or becoming a vet, or an IT<br />

specialist, or doing something else which I haven’t yet decided<br />

on, but which is going to be great!’ Their willingness to buckle<br />

down and revise is all based on future goals and intentions.<br />

For others, their main driving force is the terror of what will<br />

happen if they don’t do well. They badly want the safety and<br />

“With good<br />

motivation in<br />

place you can<br />

do anything.<br />

And without it,<br />

nothing works”<br />

security of not slipping up, making a mistake and failing.<br />

So here are six quick tips to get good<br />

revision motivation into place:<br />

• Work out whether you’re someone more pulled<br />

by ambition or pushed by fear of failure.<br />

• Think briefly but honestly about how you’ll feel if you<br />

open your exam results and see that you haven’t done well.<br />

• Now imagine how it will feel to have done well. Shut<br />

your eyes and see it in technicolour. What are people saying<br />

to you, how are you feeling? How does your whole world<br />

look, now that you’ve done what you set out to do?<br />

• Write down a clear affirmation of what you are doing<br />

and why. “I am revising as hard as I can<br />

to do well in my exams because…” Read<br />

this before every revision session.<br />

• Write down some positive affirmations<br />

about yourself and how you can do<br />

this, turning negatives into positives if<br />

necessary. “I know I can do this because,<br />

although I procrastinate and find it hard<br />

to focus, I also know I can always dig<br />

down and find willpower when I really<br />

need it.” Read this before every revision session.<br />

• Be aware of pitfalls along the road and plan how to deal<br />

with them. If you know you get bored and want to give<br />

up before your allotted time, tell yourself that when that<br />

happens you will just do 10 more minutes. If you know<br />

you are always distracted by fetching snacks and drinks, tell<br />

yourself you are a healthy person who only drinks water<br />

during revision time. Then feel proud of your self-control.<br />

When wavering, bring to mind the classic Henry Ford<br />

quote: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re<br />

right.” And once you’ve got a good mindset in place,<br />

remember that you can use all the usual revision tips with<br />

a willingness and positivity that wasn’t there before.<br />

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Beyond the Classroom<br />

University, college or straight into a career? Reigate Grammar School<br />

and ACS International Schools discuss what help is on hand when it<br />

comes to making choices for life after secondary education<br />

Matthew Buzzacott, Head of Careers at Reigate<br />

Grammar School, explains what advice and help is<br />

given to prepare students for life after school.<br />

All teachers at Reigate Grammar School<br />

have a role to play in the crucial task of<br />

preparing our students for life outside the<br />

classroom, and career aspirations underpin students’<br />

progress throughout their time at the school.<br />

Considerable assistance is given to our students making<br />

their GCSE choices, and students in Years 8 and 9 receive<br />

careers-related PSHE sessions to help them get an early<br />

insight into possible future careers and how they can progress<br />

towards them. A member of the Careers team is always<br />

available for at least two hours per day to advise students on<br />

a one-to-one basis.<br />

Every member of Year 11 – along with their<br />

parents – has a meeting with a senior member of staff<br />

to discuss their individual progress, A-Level choices<br />

and university/career options. For our Year 11 and<br />

12 students, we offer Careers and Higher <strong>Education</strong><br />

‘profiling’, including interviews from external experts.<br />

All students from Year 8 upwards are invited to our<br />

lunchtime Careers Talks every three weeks, which feature<br />

external speakers presenting a wide range of career areas.<br />

Every Reigate Grammar School (RGS) student, as<br />

well as those from local state schools, is also invited to<br />

our three career-specific evenings per year, in which<br />

we hear from a range of experts in their field. Last<br />

year we had Law, Engineering and Digital Careers;<br />

this year Accounting and Finance, Alternatives to<br />

University, and Art and Design Careers. We also<br />

invite all RGS and local state school students to our<br />

Careers and Higher <strong>Education</strong> Conventions.<br />

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

UCAS lessons in the Sixth Form, which are <strong>supplement</strong>ed<br />

by the use of computer programs, such as Unifrog. We<br />

also have a presentation and Q&A with an expert in<br />

university admissions, and former students take questions<br />

from Year 12 students about university or alternatives.<br />

A dedicated member of staff advises on alternatives to<br />

university, applications overseas and interview preparation,<br />

and another specialises in Oxbridge applications.<br />

In their final year, students study budgeting<br />

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Three ACS International Schools offer tips on<br />

preparing for university life, as students move<br />

on to begin their undergraduate studies<br />

Jeremy Lewis, Head of School, ACS Egham:<br />

Every year around this time, thousands of students are<br />

preparing themselves for university life – and there is<br />

plenty they can do in advance of Freshers’ Week that will<br />

help them thrive during their first year. Although there<br />

can be lots of social events to focus on when making<br />

friends and learning how to live independently, my advice<br />

is to first consider how you might have a good working<br />

relationship with your academic tutor. By making this the<br />

focus of your first weeks and months at university, students<br />

won’t just get off to a more confident start, they will also<br />

be setting themselves up to really enjoy their course.<br />

Don’t forget that the more academic discussion first<br />

year students are part of, the more their theoretical<br />

knowledge and critical thinking in a subject will<br />

develop. Students should aim to go to every seminar<br />

with at least one strong opinion and one question about<br />

something from the reading list – which, in case you<br />

haven’t guessed, means completing the recommended<br />

reading in advance and making meaningful notes!<br />

Planning your time is essential in the first term;<br />

make sure you put a lot of time and thought into<br />

your personal, independent organisation and it will<br />

certainly pay off with lower stress levels and more<br />

time leftover for extra-curricular activities.<br />

Ryan Hinchey, College Counsellor and<br />

Careers Advisor, ACS Cobham:<br />

One of the most important parts of my role at ACS is guiding<br />

students towards suitable university choices and careers for the<br />

individual. Most often my advice to students and their parents<br />

is to find the right fit. Here at ACS, we want to prepare our<br />

graduates for university life by asking them to consider the<br />

parts of their personality that will impact their success rates<br />

in higher education. For example, what is your learning style?<br />

Do you prefer small groups, large lectures or independent<br />

study? Look for courses that are delivered in a way that<br />

suits your academic preferences. Are you an extrovert or an<br />

introvert – with this in mind, consider the choice between<br />

a large university and a smaller campus or college setting.<br />

When choosing where to study, think about if you really<br />

know what you want to study in depth, or whether you<br />

want a wider range of studies which narrow later. American<br />

universities, for example, are famous for their liberal arts<br />

approach, where you study a broad curriculum in the first<br />

year – a great opportunity to experience new things before<br />

finding your focus subject. In contrast, UK universities are<br />

famous for their superb career focus and specialisation, so<br />

knowing that difference can help make some first choices.<br />

If you don’t have a very specific career choice in mind,<br />

students can think about broader subjects, such as<br />

Geography or English, where there are many pathways<br />

to choose from. It’s not unusual to struggle with exactly<br />

what you want to do, so keep an open mind while looking<br />

for the right general fit in teaching style and location.<br />

Marcea Eckhardt, University Counsellor, ACS Hillingdon:<br />

The number of university students in the UK seeking<br />

counselling over academic stress and mental health issues<br />

has grown dramatically in recent years. The increasing<br />

pressure on young people to succeed academically, alongside<br />

the stresses of living independently in a world dominated<br />

by social media and smartphones, suggests that now, more<br />

than ever, students need mindfulness training to help<br />

maintain wellbeing as they leave their school environment.<br />

Mindfulness training gives students tools to remain<br />

calm, sustain their attention and focus through simple<br />

breathing and meditation practices – it is the training of the<br />

attention to keep focused on what’s actually happening in<br />

the present moment, and how to relate to this thoughtfully<br />

and rationally. According to a Mindful Schools study, 83<br />

per cent of teachers saw improved levels of focus amongst<br />

students who had undertaken mindfulness training,<br />

whilst 89 per cent also saw better emotional regulation.<br />

Mindful practices help students feel confident as they start<br />

a new stage of life in university or work and the methods<br />

we teach beyond the classroom at ACS Hillingdon ensure<br />

that they reach their full potential while maintaining<br />

their personal wellbeing. I would recommend new<br />

undergraduates find a meditation app or podcast series that<br />

works well for them over the summer break, so they start<br />

the new term prepared. Headspace and Calm are popular<br />

choices, but there are plenty of options available online.<br />

In addition, students should remember that various<br />

talking therapies, mindfulness and CBT courses<br />

are available free via the NHS, so get to know your<br />

campus GP and the services available early on in the<br />

academic year, for quick access if needed later.<br />

Long term, practising mindfulness cultivates a greater<br />

sense of perspective. Teaching mindfulness gives crucial<br />

tools to deal with the pressures of life – starting university,<br />

but beyond that too. It’s empowering and once you know<br />

how to do it, you can draw on it whenever you need to.<br />

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Cranbrook, Alison Eckersley, was recently shortlisted as an Adult Champion in<br />

the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards. Here, she explains how her school<br />

is recognising and supporting children with neurological differences<br />

In recent years especially, there has been a rightful push<br />

in schools to better understand the nature of each child’s<br />

individual needs. Part of that is recognising the effect<br />

of neurological disorders and finding a way to help each<br />

child adjust to society without pathologising their condition.<br />

The acceptance of this idea and these people is known as<br />

neurodiversity. There has been some pushback from this<br />

term as in its basic form it seems to include any person with<br />

a mental illness, but the important part of its use is that it<br />

is inclusive, thereby allowing broad categorisation without<br />

furthering untrue or harmful policies. The furthering of<br />

understanding and accepting mental health issues is a<br />

challenge that we are continually working on to effectively<br />

support our pupils. To this end we will be introducing a<br />

school wide initiative from <strong>September</strong> to give the children<br />

the language and skills to develop ways to deal with their<br />

emotions. iSpace Wellbeing is an exciting, child-friendly<br />

approach to starting the conversation about mental health and<br />

wellbeing and has been designed to enable children, parents<br />

and teachers to integrate wellbeing into their everyday lives.<br />

In school, as elsewhere, neurological differences must<br />

be both recognised and respected as any other human<br />

condition. These differences can include disorders such as<br />

dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity<br />

Disorder), dyscalculia, autistic spectrum and others.<br />

Pupils are identified through various means including<br />

standardised screening assessments, but most importantly<br />

through a close and trusting working relationship with<br />

parents. Inviting parents to meet with teaching staff to<br />

discuss the diverse needs of the pupils in our care is a<br />

fundamental part of the work that we do to respond to<br />

and support the ever changing needs of the pupils.<br />

At Dulwich Prep Cranbrook we have actively promoted<br />

support systems that allow an autistic pupil to manage<br />

and live with increased ease within the school and wider<br />

community. The pupil has recently acquired an assistance<br />

dog which will enable them to take part in a wider range of<br />

activities, both <strong>inside</strong> and outside the school environment.<br />

The other children in the school have also had an<br />

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appreciate how they can offer peer support. In recent years<br />

we have also successfully supported pupils with profound<br />

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Emotional wellbeing is embedded within the school’s<br />

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partnership with Place2Be within the school. This enables<br />

us to offer children , and parents, support and appropriate<br />

intervention at an early stage before a crisis emerges. Pupils<br />

with neurological differences have sought support from this<br />

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to having an opportunity to access staff and professionals<br />

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Beauty<br />

Post summer hair<br />

S.O.S.<br />

Reverse the damaging and drying effects of sun, heat and holidays<br />

with Josephine Fairley’s tips for beautifying your barnet<br />

So, you disobeyed every single bit of<br />

beauty wisdom that people like me<br />

dish out at the beginning of summer.<br />

Sun. Sea. Surf. Sand. Styling gunk. Salt spray,<br />

even! (What were you thinking? Well, beach-y<br />

tousled waves, probably.) And as a result,<br />

chances are that by now, you’re only too well<br />

aware that summer is very hard on your hair.<br />

This is most definitely the time to answer<br />

your hair’s S.O.S. call, then. Because<br />

summer may be tough on your tresses – but<br />

if you compound that with the ultra-dry<br />

environment we’re about to move into as soon<br />

as the central heating goes on, the damage just<br />

accelerates, and you’ll find yourself heading<br />

inexorably haystack-wards. So this is the time<br />

to put back what summer <strong>2019</strong> took out – and<br />

get back on track with a hair rehab regime…<br />

First things first: book a trim. Styles<br />

drop out of shape over the summer, fringes<br />

droop into eyes – and the ends (which are<br />

the oldest part of your hair, of course) are<br />

more vulnerable to damage from summer’s<br />

offenders than the rest of your hair. Ideally,<br />

have at least half an inch off to get rid of any<br />

split ends – but since autumn’s a time of fresh<br />

starts and new additions to your wardrobe, is<br />

it time to consider a whole new look? (Hair<br />

grows at roughly half an inch a month, so<br />

you’re not going to lose much of the length.<br />

And if you don’t stop those split ends in their<br />

tracks, they just move up the hair shaft.)<br />

Schedule colour, too. If you have highlights<br />

(as we do), you almost certainly have very<br />

visible regrowth by now, as the sun ‘lifts’ hair<br />

that’s already been chemically bleached more<br />

than it lightens the newer hair at the parting.<br />

If you home-colour, do it right now. If you<br />

need a salon appointment to refresh your<br />

colour, book it PDQ – because everyone who’s<br />

been anywhere near a beach or pool will be<br />

trying to do the same. If you’ve highlighted<br />

hair, and those streaks have gone superblonde,<br />

meanwhile, discuss the notion of some<br />

lowlights to help tone down the contrast.<br />

Upgrade your haircare. At all costs avoid<br />

cheap, massively lathering shampoos right<br />

now – that detergent will strip the last of the<br />

precious moisture out of your hair. Many<br />

women are happy to lavish money on their<br />

anti-ageing cream, serum, facial oil – yet<br />

get really stingy about paying extra for hair<br />

products. There’s a new school of thought<br />

along the lines that you should really lavish the<br />

same amount of love and attention on your<br />

hair as your best silk lingerie or your snuggliest<br />

cashmere. Start to think of hair like that, and<br />

you’re absolutely going to see a difference.<br />

A new range that has impressed me is<br />

Chāmpo (champohaircare.com), which taps<br />

into Ayurvedic beauty wisdom. Great-smelling,<br />

super-softening stuff (and the online quiz <br />

Chāmpo<br />

Pitta Volumising<br />

Shampoo, £18<br />

for 260ml<br />

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davines<br />

OI Hair Butter,<br />

£24 for 250ml<br />


Lush H’Suan<br />

Wen Hua,<br />

£15 for 225g<br />

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L’Huile de<br />

Leonor Greyl Pre-<br />

Shampoo Treatment,<br />

£31 for 95ml<br />

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Redken All<br />

Soft Argan-6 Oil,<br />

£27.60 for 90ml<br />

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to identify your dosha, or Ayurvedic type,<br />

is really fun). Another is botanically-based<br />

Innersense, which offers a specific collection<br />

for ‘dry and thirsty’ hair (as it so often is at<br />

the end of summer). Their Hydrating Cream<br />

Hairbath and Conditioner, from £9 (they do<br />

great intro sizes), are lightweight, yet deeply<br />

hydrating and end-of-summer perfect, while<br />

Innersense’s excellent styling products are also<br />

packed with hair nourishment. Leonor Greyl –<br />

the Parisienne woman’s shiny-hair secret – has<br />

a vast range of luxurious hair-repairing options<br />

(find them at Cult Beauty, among other online<br />

destinations); the Shampooing Reviviscence<br />

Repairing Shampoo for Ultra Dry Hair, £47<br />

for 200ml, is definitely at the pricy end of the<br />

spectrum for something which you apparently<br />

wash down the sink, but it’s brilliantly reglossing.<br />

If you’re on a budget, the Organix<br />

Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil range is a<br />

total steal, great for restoring softness and<br />

rebuilding strength – and at high street prices.<br />

Cut down your use of heated styling tools,<br />

for now. Heat damages hair and leads to<br />

breaking, making it brittle and limp. For<br />

the next month or so, while hair’s in rehab,<br />

allow it to dry naturally whenever you<br />

can – and if you are using a straightening<br />

iron, it’s more important than ever to<br />

smooth on a protective product, first.<br />

Consider a pre-shampoo oil treatment. Hair<br />

needs moisture – but it also needs ‘feeding’,<br />

with oils. (Your body needs both food and<br />

water – and although it’s not strictly living,<br />

hair’s no different.) Coconut oil works for this<br />

– warm it till liquid and massage into hair and<br />

scalp; you’ll need to shampoo a couple of times<br />

to remove it, then condition as normal. Monoi<br />

oil (with its wonderful tropical frangipani<br />

scent) is another option. Or use a targeted<br />

product: Neal’s Yard Remedies Rosemary &<br />

Cedarwood Hair Treatment, £8 for 50g, is<br />

one of their bestsellers (with a wonderfully<br />

aromatic scent) and Redken All Soft Argan-6<br />

Oil, £27.60 for 90ml, are both brilliant –<br />

but I’d draw your attention again to Leonor<br />

Hydrating<br />

Cream Hairbath<br />

and Conditioner,<br />

from £9<br />

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Greyl, here, who pretty much pioneered<br />

this kind of treatment; her L’Huile de Leonor<br />

Greyl Pre-Shampoo Treatment has earned<br />

its classic status for very good reason. With<br />

pre-shampoo oils, leave in place for as long as<br />

possible, wrapping hair in one of your notso-precious<br />

towels. Ideally, leave on overnight<br />

and shampoo in the morning – but you will<br />

need to wrap your pillow in a towel to do this.<br />

Slap on a mask. And remember: more is<br />

more. The great news is that hair responds<br />

very swiftly to deep treatments. Hairdressers<br />

ritually prescribe hair masks once a week, but<br />

if you’re suffering post-summer straw-like<br />

locks, even a single deep treatment mask will<br />

make a tremendous difference. Remember:<br />

less is never more, when it comes to hair<br />

masks. Slather your chosen mask generously.<br />

Better still, wrap hair in clingfilm and put<br />

a warmed towel over the top to encourage<br />

the product to penetrate. Best of all? Wrap a<br />

towel over your pillow and let your chosen<br />

hair mask work its repairing magic overnight.<br />

Go-to hair masks for me include davines OI<br />

Hair Butter, £24 for 250ml, heaven-scented<br />

Aesōp Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque,<br />

£25 for 120ml, and Lush H’Suan Wen Hua,<br />

£15 for 225g, a five-star restorative herbal<br />

hair and scalp-boosting bargain. Another new<br />

discovery of mine is The Body Shop Shea Butter<br />

Richly Replenishing Hair Mask, £12 for 240ml,<br />

enriched with Community Trade shea and<br />

cocoa butters for that extra feel-good factor.<br />

Trust me: if you put your hair into rehab<br />

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Matron-led<br />

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At Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital.<br />

We caught up with our Matron, Justine Hillier, to find more about her role<br />

and the benefits it has on our patients.<br />

1. Describe your role as Matron at the<br />

Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital.<br />

As Matron, I am responsible for the clinical care<br />

of all patients across all departments. I lead on<br />

quality and safety, ensuring we always deliver the<br />

very best evidence based care.<br />

2. How long have you worked at our<br />

Hospital and what do you enjoy most about<br />

being Matron?<br />

I have worked at the Nuffield Health Guildford<br />

Hospital for 4 years now. I manage all of our clinical<br />

departments and am proud to work with staff who<br />

are so dedicated and committed to doing the best<br />

for our patients. Putting the patient at the heart of<br />

what we do is fundamental to my role, this means<br />

that my door is always open and I really enjoy<br />

meeting and listening to our patients.<br />

3. What are the key benefits of matron-led<br />

nursing care?<br />

Matron-led care means that I can share the benefit<br />

of my own clinical experience, role modelling best<br />

practice to our staff and always encouraging and<br />

supporting their professional development. As I<br />

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always prioritised, therefore our patients experience<br />

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Our staff are always encouraged to learn and<br />

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We see patients of all ages and take a very<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Heal Headaches<br />

Henrietta Norton explains how a holistic approach to your health<br />

and wellbeing can help to ease problem headaches<br />

A<br />

headache is one way your body can tell<br />

you that something is out of balance<br />

– whether this is a psychological<br />

pressure or a hormonal imbalance. Using it<br />

as an opportunity to delve into the cause,<br />

especially if they are re-occurring, can be a<br />

really productive approach to wellness.<br />

There are many causes of headaches, such as<br />

high blood pressure, low or high blood sugar,<br />

dehydration, tension, hormones, medications<br />

and infections, to name but a few. Here are some<br />

actions you can take to support your body to<br />

reduce the chance of suffering from headaches.<br />

Support your liver<br />

The liver is responsible for many functions,<br />

including cleansing your blood, digesting<br />

food, producing energy and metabolising<br />

hormones. If any of these functions are<br />

under performing due to poor diet and<br />

lifestyle, a headache could develop.<br />

You can support your liver with food and<br />

herbs, such as garlic, onions, leafy greens,<br />

cruciferous vegetables (brussels sprouts, cabbage,<br />

kale, broccoli, watercress), dandelion root,<br />

artichoke leaf, burdock root, milk thistle and<br />

extra B vitamins. Extra protein will also help<br />

to support the liver. If you have a headache,<br />

try eating a protein-rich meal or snack and<br />

you may find this will alleviate the pain. A<br />

well-used naturopathic remedy is to undergo<br />

a gentle liver and gut cleansing programme.<br />

Blood sugar<br />

When you eat high sugar foods, or go too long<br />

without eating, your body can swing into high<br />

or low blood sugar which can cause headaches.<br />

Poor blood sugar control will also impact other<br />

hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which<br />

will increase your susceptibility to head pain.<br />

The solution is to eat protein-rich meals<br />

with plenty of vegetables and healthy fats.<br />

Avoid or minimise all refined, processed foods<br />

and ingredients you do not recognise. Better<br />

still, stick to foods that don’t need a lengthy<br />

ingredients label at all. Some foods will impact<br />

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offenders are bread, cereal, white rice, high sugar<br />

fruits, such as grapes, bananas and mangoes,<br />

low-fat yogurt and sauces such as ketchup.<br />

Specific nutrients<br />

Headaches can also result from a deficiency in<br />

certain nutrients, most commonly magnesium,<br />

vitamin B6 and folate (also known as vitamin<br />

B9). Magnesium and vitamin B6 support<br />

the production of the neurotransmitter<br />

serotonin, blood sugar regulation and the<br />

efficient metabolism of oestrogen (an excess<br />

or deficiency of which can lead to headaches).<br />

Similarly folate and magnesium influence blood<br />

circulation by contributing to vasoconstriction<br />

which can generate pressure headaches.<br />

You can boost your dietary intake of these<br />

nutrients by eating more green leafy vegetables,<br />

legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains.<br />

Rehydrate<br />

It’s surprising how many people forget to drink<br />

enough water throughout their day or only drink<br />

coffee and tea. If you don’t like water try adding<br />

some fresh lemon or lime to improve the taste.<br />

The quality of water is also important as you<br />

don’t want to burden your body with more<br />

chemicals, such as chlorine, from unfiltered<br />

water. An excellent investment is the British<br />

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You could also start the day with a fresh<br />

vegetable juice to provide condensed nourishment<br />

from the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.<br />

Lifestyle<br />

Most people will have experienced a tension<br />

headache at some point from staring at a<br />

computer screen for too long. We are constantly<br />

surrounded by mobile phones, Wi-Fi and<br />

portable house phones, so it’s impossible to<br />

avoid the electromagnetic radiation they emit.<br />

However, we can switch them off at night, have<br />

regular breaks from electronic devices and get<br />

out into nature. It is also important to note that<br />

children absorb more radiation than adults as<br />

they have thinner skin and bones and a higher<br />

water content so it’s wise to limit their exposure.<br />

Brown Rice Kedgeree<br />

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Serves 2 Prep time: 5 mins,<br />

Cooking time: 45 mins<br />

• 350g undyed smoked<br />

haddock<br />

• 1 tbsp coconut oil<br />

• 1 small onion, finely chopped<br />

• 1 tsp curry powder<br />

• ½ tsp turmeric<br />

• 90g brown rice, rinsed<br />

• 1 tbsp tomato purée<br />

• 125g spinach leaves<br />

• 2 tbsp goats’ yogurt (optional)<br />

• Salt and black pepper<br />

• 2 hard-boiled eggs, quartered<br />

Bring 600ml water to the boil<br />

in a large frying pan. Reduce the<br />

heat, add the smoked haddock<br />

and simmer for 3-4 mins,<br />

until just cooked. Remove the<br />

fish, strain the cooking liquid<br />

into a bowl and set aside.<br />

Heat the oil in a pan, add the<br />

onion and cook over a medium<br />

heat for 2-3 mins. Add the curry<br />

powder and turmeric and cook<br />

for 2 mins. Add the rice and<br />

tomato purée and stir to mix.<br />

Add the reserved cooking<br />

liquid and bring to the boil.<br />

Cover and simmer for 40-50<br />

mins until the rice is tender,<br />

stirring in the spinach just<br />

before the rice is cooked.<br />

Remove and discard the skin<br />

and any bones from the haddock<br />

and separate into flakes. Stir<br />

the yogurt into the rice, add<br />

seasoning to taste, then gently<br />

mix in the flaked haddock.<br />

Spoon onto a warm<br />

serving dish, arrange the eggs<br />

on the rice and serve with<br />

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Spotting the signs<br />

Speaking from her own personal experience,<br />

Sarah Maxwell looks into the stigma and concerns<br />

surrounding the menopause and perimenopause<br />

Consultant Gynaecologist<br />

Anne Henderson explains<br />

what’s available for us during<br />

perimenopause and menopause<br />

If I see a specialist privately for<br />

menopause am I still in the NHS<br />

system? Most GPs will provide NHS<br />

prescriptions for body-identical HRT<br />

if requested by a specialist like myself,<br />

and they are usually happy to carry<br />

out certain hormone tests as well.<br />

Perimenopause generally<br />

occurs in a woman’s 40s but<br />

can happen in her 30s or<br />

even earlier. With this in mind we<br />

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was the most important thing for<br />

me. I remember my mum and her<br />

friends talking about it in hushed,<br />

almost ashamed tones – thankfully<br />

it’s now not a taboo subject and I’m<br />

wearing mine loud and proud!<br />

It’s taken some time though – denial,<br />

confusion and frustration have reigned<br />

for a number of years. It didn’t cross<br />

my mind what was happening. I<br />

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disturbed sleep and my mood to name<br />

but a few symptoms. Some people sail<br />

through it and some people don’t, so<br />

while we will all go through it, our<br />

experiences may well be miles apart.<br />

As with so much in life, it’s important<br />

to remember not to compare yourself to<br />

others – we are all different and we need<br />

to stop beating ourselves up because of<br />

it! Easier said than done I know, but<br />

you will thank yourself for it later.<br />

It’s more important than ever to look<br />

after yourself – with falling oestrogen<br />

levels our muscle mass and bone density<br />

starts to decrease and we are more likely<br />

to gain weight around our middles.<br />

To help counteract this, I recommend<br />

introducing some weight training into<br />

your fitness regime as the more muscle<br />

mass you can build the more fat you<br />

will burn, even when resting. Body<br />

resistance training – squats, lunges<br />

and press-ups (yes, I did say pressups!)<br />

along with some cardiovascular<br />

exercise, such as walking or running,<br />

are also a good way to work on<br />

building that muscle. To help bone<br />

density try weight bearing exercises<br />

such as HIT (High Intensity Training)<br />

sessions and Ballet Barre classes.<br />

Many women rely on swimming<br />

for their fitness, but whilst it is a great<br />

all-rounder and can improve both<br />

your cardiovascular fitness and muscle<br />

strength, you will benefit hugely from<br />

adding in both weight training and<br />

weight bearing exercises to your routine.<br />

Eating well, exercising and<br />

making sure you are getting the<br />

right support, whatever treatment<br />

route you choose, are vital.<br />

As for me, Self-love, Care, ‘Me’<br />

Time, Relaxation and Fun are my new<br />

mantras – I fully intend to stop and<br />

smell the roses and live life to the full.<br />

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If I start taking oestrogen do I<br />

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If I ask to see a gynaecologist will they<br />

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Courgettes, beetroot and onions are in plentiful supply right now. These are easy crops<br />

to grow for a prolific harvest and make for versatile additions to a multitude of recipes.<br />

This is especially true with courgettes – the vegetable that keeps on giving – and giving.<br />

Here, Jo Arnell creates three purely plant-based dishes that are spiced to perfection

Stuffed Courgettes<br />

Serves 4 Preparation time:<br />

20 mins Cooking time; 30-40 mins<br />

Life may be too short for stuffing mushrooms, but not for<br />

courgettes! This recipe can be adapted in many ways, depending<br />

on what you have in store. I have used quinoa and pine nuts<br />

as the protein ingredient, but you could substitute with rice<br />

and use other nuts, such as chopped hazelnuts or walnuts.<br />

• 120g quinoa<br />

• 4 medium courgettes, sliced lengthways<br />

• 1 bunch spring onions (around 6), finely chopped<br />

• 1 red pepper, finely diced<br />

• 1-2 cloves garlic<br />

• 20g (1 handful) chopped parsley<br />

• Juice of ½ lemon<br />

• 1 tbsp olive oil<br />

• 75g pine nuts<br />

• 50g dry breadcrumbs<br />

• Salt and pepper to taste<br />

Preheat oven to 180°C, gas 4. Cook the quinoa<br />

1 in boiling water for 20 mins (or according<br />

to pack instructions).Drain and set aside.<br />

Scoop out the middle of the courgette halves<br />

2 to make ‘canoes’ – I used a paring knife,<br />

but a melon baller could be the perfect tool.<br />

Finely chop the courgette middles and<br />

3 combine with the other ingredients, leaving<br />

out the breadcrumbs and half of the pine nuts.<br />

Heat the oil in a pan. Tip in the mixture and<br />

4 gently sauté for 5 mins. Spoon into the courgette<br />

halves and lay them on a non-stick baking tray. Top<br />

with breadcrumbs and the rest of the pine nuts.<br />

Cover with foil and bake for 20 mins, then<br />

5 uncover and return to the oven for a further<br />

10-15 mins until the breadcrumb topping is<br />

golden brown. Serve with a mixed salad.<br />

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Beetroot and Butternut Tart<br />

Serves 4 Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 1 hour<br />

This can be made as a tart tatin, or layered into a pastry<br />

case. It is a loose mix, so will fall apart slightly when cut.<br />

• 2 tbsp vegetable oil<br />

• 3 medium beetroot, sliced into segments<br />

• 150g butternut squash (approx ½<br />

a large squash), peeled and diced<br />

• 1 tbsp oregano<br />

• 1 sheet ready-rolled shortcrust pastry<br />

(or your own recipe)<br />

• 3 red onions, thinly sliced<br />

• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar<br />

• 1 dstsp dark brown sugar (or to taste)<br />

• Seasoning, to taste<br />

1Preheat oven to 180°C, gas 4. Mix 1 tbsp of the<br />

oil, beetroot, butternut squash and half the oregano<br />

in a roasting tin and roast for 20-25 mins.<br />

2While these are cooking, put the remaining oil in a pan<br />

and add the onions. Sauté gently on a low heat for 20 mins<br />

until they are really soft. Add balsamic vinegar and sugar and<br />

cook for a further 15-20 mins until the onions are caramelised.<br />

I blind baked a shortcrust pastry base for this recipe – line<br />

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

beans and bake for 15 mins until the pastry is lightly cooked.<br />

Now add the cooked ingredients in layers and return to the<br />

oven for a further 10 mins. You could also choose to make<br />

a tart tatin – mix all the vegetables together, place in a tin<br />

and layer the sheet of pastry on top. Return to the oven<br />

for 20 mins, then invert the baking tin onto a plate (make<br />

sure you choose a tin to match the size of the plate).<br />

4Sprinkle with the rest of the oregano<br />

and serve warm or cold.

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Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 15 mins<br />

This is like a dhal; split peas or other pulses can be<br />

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quickly, all the ingredients stay firm and discernible.<br />

Cook for longer if you prefer a softer texture.<br />

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• 1 tbsp mustard seeds<br />

• 1 tbsp medium curry powder (or make your own using<br />

1 tsp ground coriander, ½ tsp fenugreek, 1 tsp chilli<br />

flakes, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground ginger)<br />

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil<br />

• 4 medium red onions, halved and sliced<br />

• 250g Puy lentils (vacuum packed, tinned<br />

or dry – soaked, cooked and drained)<br />

• 3 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced (or<br />

1 tin chopped tomatoes)<br />

• 120g baby spinach leaves<br />

• Juice of ½ lemon<br />

• Salt and ground black pepper, to taste<br />

Place all the spices in a heavy, non-stick<br />

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Add the vegetable oil and onions and cook for 2 mins.<br />

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3 end of the cooking time. Cook for a further<br />

2 mins until the spinach has wilted. Add salt<br />

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The Forever Plants<br />

succulents, sedums and sempervivums<br />

Jo Arnell explains what makes succulents such strong survivors<br />

Technically, a succulent is any plant with thick,<br />

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surviving with virtually no water or soil. Now they are<br />

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Succulents do grow outside in our climate and will cope<br />

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the summer, succulents may be the way to go. The reason<br />

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probably the most recognisable group are sedums. There<br />

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no weeds have survived for long enough to be a problem.<br />

Conditions up there are dry and exposed and the planting<br />

medium is about only 10cm deep. The sedum is thriving.<br />

The other group of succulent plants that are familiar are<br />

sempervivums. The name comes from the Latin ‘semper’ –<br />

meaning always, and ‘vivum’ – giving us a clue to their resilient<br />

nature. In fact, they are so tough that they were once used to<br />

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Five easy succulents to grow<br />

Sedum spurium ‘Dragons Blood’ (Stonecrop) – this<br />

is the sedum I used on my roof. It is reddish in colour<br />

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

summer, turning a deeper red in autumn. The stems<br />

are lax and it quickly spreads to make a carpet<br />

Aloe vera – probably best as a houseplant, as it will only<br />

thrive in the warmest of summers outside. It likes to be in<br />

full sun, watered deeply occasionally. Aloes are quick to make<br />

‘pups’ and may need repotting each spring. They can be used<br />

medicinally and apparently are great for treating minor burns<br />

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

Sempervivum arachnoideum – the ‘cobweb’ houseleek<br />

is an evergreen, rosette forming plant with a fine mesh<br />

of webbing over it – looking a bit like a spider’s web.<br />

Mature plants have pale pink flowers on long stems.<br />

Sometimes also called ‘Hen and chicks’, as the main plant<br />

is quickly surrounded by lots of little offsets, or ‘chicks.’<br />

Seasonal care<br />

Outdoor succulents will grow rapidly in the spring and early<br />

summer, often doubling in size, producing many little offsets<br />

and flowering (the flowers are quite peculiar – more suited to<br />

the set of Star Trek than the garden). Once they have flowered,<br />

they will die, making room for the offsets to take their place.<br />

It is in the winter that succulents may need the most care<br />

and attention, as they won’t sit happily outside in damp<br />

winter conditions. Containers can be brought under cover<br />

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

perhaps try covering them with horticultural fleece, or<br />

something lightweight, over the worst of any winter weather.<br />

Bring them out again in the spring, freshen up the<br />

compost, repot or feed (although just changing or topping<br />

up the growing medium will probably be enough), give<br />

them a water and they will burst back into life. Spring<br />

is when, in their natural environment, they would get<br />

the most water; they are primed to respond to fleeting<br />

spring rains and warming weather, to making the most<br />

of those moments before it gets too hot and dry.<br />

Echeveria secunda var. glauca – the ‘pinwheel’<br />

succulent is another rosette forming plant, with pale<br />

green, glaucous leaves tinged with pinky-red at the<br />

edges. It is slightly less hardy than the sempervivums and<br />

benefits from being brought under cover in winter.<br />

Aeonium ‘Cyclops’ – a tall and very striking succulent<br />

with rosettes of reddish-bronze leaves on long stems. It<br />

may get to be about a metre tall with rosettes spanning<br />

up to 40cm across. They are quite happy outdoors<br />

for the summer, but will need to be protected in<br />

colder weather and brought <strong>inside</strong> for the winter.<br />

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designers adorning the castle rooms<br />

with installations of beautiful blooms.<br />

Leeds Castle is thrilled to continue to<br />

support florists of the future amongst a<br />

host of new and returning designers.<br />

The elaborate floral displays include a<br />

huge 2.5m floral ‘900’ on the front lawn<br />

created by the Castle Florists, a Leeds<br />

Castle swan logo delicately and intricately<br />

made out of white skeleton leaves, and a<br />

tropical fiesta room with a riot of colourful<br />

balloons alongside palm trees, with each<br />

designer interpreting the theme of a<br />

‘floral party’ in their own unique style.<br />

The Festival of Flowers continues across<br />

the grounds with a programme of floral<br />

demonstrations and workshops, specialist<br />

talks and garden tours. There will also<br />

be the opportunity to buy beautiful<br />

flowers and garden accessories from a<br />

variety of stalls on the Pavilion Lawn.<br />

Visitors to Leeds Castle can also<br />

experience the magic of the annual<br />

Christmas Market. On the lawn,<br />

overlooking the castle, the market will take<br />

place from 10am to 5pm every weekend<br />

from 23rd November through to the 15th<br />

December, with a splendid array of seasonal<br />

gifts, toys, festive decorations and specialist<br />

food and drink. Enjoy nostalgic fairground<br />

rides or take a leisurely trip on the big<br />

wheel for a spectacular view of the castle.<br />

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30 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Ts&Cs: The winner is able to stay<br />

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August 2020 so that an alternative date<br />

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Jane Howard’s<br />

Fables from<br />

the Farm<br />

Jane is stocking up her pantry with lots of<br />

fresh honey, bramble jelly and sloe gin<br />

It’s <strong>September</strong>. I’m in my element. Nothing<br />

gives me more pleasure than a good forage<br />

in a hedge. And now is the time!<br />

The only downside to this enthusiastic gathering<br />

is the amount of jams, jellies and chutneys that I<br />

then have to find room for in the pantry. No one in<br />

my family eats them in sufficient quantity to justify<br />

such a magnificent production schedule, but lack of<br />

demand has never yet dampened my enthusiasm for the<br />

seasonal bonanza. And <strong>2019</strong> will be just the same.<br />

But first off, I need to collect the honey. As a rough guide,<br />

the flowering season in the UK starts in early April when the<br />

trees come into flower and finishes early <strong>September</strong> with ivy<br />

and the rosebay willow herb bringing up the tail end. Just six<br />

months for the bees to collect the nectar and make the honey.<br />

Inside the beehive there are basically two areas: the upper half<br />

which is the bee-world pantry, and the lower half where the<br />

queen lives and lays her eggs which hatch into<br />

grubs, pupae and then bees. You don’t want<br />

these mixed up with your honey, so early on<br />

in the season I put in place a sieve-like divider<br />

called a queen excluder whose slots are fine for<br />

the worker bees to pass through but just too<br />

small for the queen. So she stays down below in<br />

her nest and they go upstairs to store the honey.<br />

In order to harvest that honey the first<br />

job is to get rid of the worker bees from<br />

the ‘pantry’. I’ll go to the hive the evening before, take<br />

out the queen excluder and put a board fitted with two<br />

ingenious little plastic trap doors – a Porter escape – in<br />

its place that let the bees go from the honey frames<br />

down into the nest but not back up again. Bingo, 24<br />

hours later the frames are all bee-free and ready for<br />

“In a good year<br />

a strong beehive<br />

will produce<br />

about 40lb of<br />

spare honey”<br />

taking home and spinning to produce the honey.<br />

In a good year – and this has been one – a strong beehive<br />

will produce about 40lb of spare honey. We have five<br />

colonies, do the maths, so those pantry shelves are already<br />

beginning to groan and I haven’t even started on the jam.<br />

My favourite is bramble jelly. Now you might think that<br />

blackberrying just involves standing in a hedge, getting<br />

snared in the brambles and stung by the nettles as you<br />

happily seek all the ripe ones, but you’d<br />

be wrong. According to Dorothy Hartley’s<br />

bible Food in England (first published in<br />

1954, a fount of useful information and<br />

a perfect Christmas present for foodies)<br />

there is an art to this seasonal occupation.<br />

She explains that in <strong>September</strong> the lowest<br />

berry of each cluster swells and ripens<br />

alone. These are the top choice, sweeter<br />

and juicier than the others and best eaten<br />

raw. Then later in the month the secondary berries ripen,<br />

less juicy but good for pies and jam making (so that’s me<br />

sorted) and then by the end of the month they are all<br />

smaller with more seed in proportion to pulp so must be<br />

mixed with apples for puddings. And woe betide anyone<br />

who picks them after Michaelmas (<strong>September</strong> 29) as the<br />

devil himself will have spat on them and untold misfortune<br />

will be heaped on the poorly informed blackberry eater.<br />

While jam supplies exceed demand the same can’t be<br />

said for my sloe gin. No winter walk or bike ride would<br />

be the same without a hip flask of the stuff – and, unlike<br />

the jam, it also makes a welcome Christmas present.<br />

But Dorothy is rather sniffy about its virtues. While she<br />

mentions its recent adoption into modern cocktails –<br />

don’t forget we’re talking 1954 – she’s equally keen to<br />

point out that it was previously used by country wives in<br />

connubial emergencies! The mind boggles. Chin-chin.<br />

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