Surrey Homes | SH59 | September 2019 | Education supplement inside

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Contents

September 2019

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29

36

59

75

82

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

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119

123

127

130

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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151

155

156

112

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

82

A PEBBLE’S THROW

A stunning renovation

in Sandgate

129

SPOTTING THE SIGNS

Sarah Maxwell discusses

peri-menopause

105

107

GET THE LOOK

Pebble Shore’s interior inspiration

MOODBOARD: BURN

BABY BURN

Everything you need to create

your perfect feature fire

130

137

EATING GREEN

Jo Arnell’s take on flavourful

vegan recipes

THE FOREVER PLANTS

Jo Arnell takes a look at

successful succulents

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EDUCATION

SUPPLEMENT

28 pages of news

and advice straight

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Celebrating creativity

● Preparing for adult life ● Neurodiversity

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House

Month

of the

£1,995,000

Smooth Moves

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Culmer Farmhouse

The dream: A former open hall

house, Grade II listed, dating

from the early 15th Century, with

additions in the 16th, 19th and

20th Centuries, it’s brimming with

fine period features. Deep eaves,

tile-hung walls, leaded windows,

tall chimneys, it’s a romantic

dream. The main reception rooms

face south and are centred around

the large York stone terrace,

sheltered by the U-shaped plan.

Where: On the outskirts of

the village of Witley, four

miles south of Godalming and

nine miles from Guildford.

Setting: Wooded countryside.

Beds: 6 Baths: 5

Special features: A tripleaspect

Smallbone kitchen/

breakfast/family room with

a herringbone brick floor.

Pleasing details: A panelled

window seat in the snug and

the gorgeous oak staircase.

Outside: Wonderful gardens

thought to have been designed

by Gertrude Jekyll, with an

outdoor pool and tennis court.

Time to town: Under an

hour from Witley station,

a ten minute walk away.

Agent: Savills, Guildford

01483 796800

savills.com

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Hatchford Manor

£1,225,000

The dream: The full downsizing

dream, a very high spec light-filled,

ground floor apartment in a mansion

conversion, with all the associated grand

scale and high ceilings. The mansion sits

in a very discreet historic gated estate.

Where: Close to the hamlet

of Hatchford Park, eight

miles from Cobham.

Setting: Wooded farmland, with

other grand houses nearby.

Beds: 2 Baths: 2

Special features: The tripleaspect

reception room with

doors out to the terrace.

Pleasing details: Allocated parking and

an integrated sound system throughout.

Outside: The apartment has a private

terrace, which leads on to 12 acres of

manicured gardens, with a tennis court.

Time to town: Cobham &

Stoke D’Abernon station is two

miles away, with its 35 minute

connections to Waterloo.

Agent: John D Wood, Cobham

01932 645021 johndwood.co.uk

The Goring

£975,000

The dream: Part of a boutique

development of homes, The Goring is

designed around the ideal of modern

family life with a spacious kitchen/

living/dining area with bifold doors

onto the garden. Making this sale

particularly special, the house is offered

complete with all the furniture selected

by a professional interior designer.

Where: The picturesque village of

Ewhurst in the Surrey Hills AONB, close

to Cranleigh. Guildford is 11 miles.

Setting: Within the village,

surrounded by wooded farmland.

Beds: 4 Baths: 2

Special features: The double-aspect

sitting room has a large fireplace.

Pleasing details: The luxury barbecue

built in to the entertaining area.

Outside: Gardens landscaped by a Chelsea

Flower Show Gold Medal-winner.

Time to town: From Ockley station – ten

minutes’ drive – to Victoria in just over an hour.

Agent: Strutt & Parker, Guildford

01483 405152 struttandparker.com

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Notebook

What to do and see near you this month

Tower of London

FOOD

FESTIVAL

The last few weeks of summer are upon

us. It’s time to get outside, get some good

food and get happy. The Tower of London’s

Food festival fits the bill perfectly – a

bandstand, kids entertainment, shopping,

workshops, demos, and all the delicious

food you could possibly ask for. The end

of summer means you have no reason to

still be summer-body-obssessing, and a lot

of reasons to tuck into Indian, mac and

cheese, cookies, breads, wraps, churros,

prosecco, ice cream, in short, whatever

your tastebuds desire. Plus what makes

this food festival truly unique is that it also

includes the added perk of the Tower of

London. Entry is included in your ticket,

so when you need to walk off your food

you have the perfect opportunity to explore

the infamous prison and royal palace.

Essentially it is one large helping of

summer joy, so mark Thursday 12

to Sunday 15 September on your

calendar now! hrpfoodfestivals.com

NEW AGE

It’s a big month for Green people.

The pioneering organic brand can

now be found in Holland & Barrett,

with 24 organic skin care lines now

available in forty of H&B’s top

beauty stores across the country.

H&B also have exclusivity for the

re-brand launch of award-winning

Age Defy+ range by Cha Vøhtz on

Monday 9 September with all new

packaging and two exciting new

products; Hydra-Glow Sleep Mask

and Pure Luxe Body Oil

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Secret keeping

We are proud to

announce that our very

own Maggie Alderson has

published her latest novel,

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settings in London, Cranbrook

and Tunbridge Wells, the story

follows the lives of three sisters

and their mum, as their family

is nearly torn apart by secrets.

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Let us transport you back to clear blue skies and glorious

sunshine with a trip to Sandgate to shoot a contemporary

reimagining of a history-filled home right on the

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

this month have been cleverly redesigned for modern living,

with careful attention paid to preserving original features.

We were very excited at the prospect of photographing the

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

disappoint. Read all about each house’s transformation and pick

up some style tips with corresponding Get the Look pages.

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

drawing in prematurely, but in cup-half-full mode, I’m definitely

looking forward to the onset of autumnal evenings. With this in

mind, Rebecca Cuffe has compiled an edit of sleek woodburners

and fires to prepare for cosy evenings at home in good time.

Plus, for something else to look forward to, turn to page 60 for a

preview of what’ll be on offer at this October’s Open House. From

irresistible shopping treats to inspirational talks, Surrey Homes

brand new, must-visit lifestyle event at Sandown Park has it all.

Read on to see Jo Arnell put together three purely-veg meals

that are simple to prepare and bursting with delicious flavour

and be sure to check out our Supplement for all the latest news

and advice from schools around the South East, helping you

to make informed decisions about your child’s education.

Enjoy your Surrey Homes!

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News & Features Editor ...............................................................Rebecca Cuffe

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With soaring ceilings, contemporary

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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

space fit for a modern family. It’s something that

has eluded most of the country’s landowners,

whose houses have been, in the large, converted to

flats or wedding venues. However, one family in Kent

might have just managed to achieve what, for many,

seemed impossible. They have transformed a very large

and very Victorian edifice into a cool, contemporary

(and very warm) home that is entirely fit for purpose

– it just happens to come with its own ballroom!

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

Jaime and Justin have definitely shepherded the hall firmly

into the 21st century – and things are looking good.

Although the house now seems to be the most wonderful

home for a growing family, it wasn’t a destination that

Jaime ever thought she was going to undertake. The

couple had originally bought the hall in 2003. Justin was

growing his digital agency Fortune Cookie and Jaime

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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

windows and original shutters and an impressive veined marble fireplace

was running her fashion brand MUKS. They had no

children and were living a carefree and urban life,

happy in their minimal white flat in the centre of

London. The idea of becoming chatelaine to a large

country estate in Kent was not on Jaime’s agenda.

So it came as a bit of surprise when nine years and

two children later, the couple decided to pick up

the project they had begun at Bayham and move in.

Having originally bought the West Wing, a new life

and two years of extensive renovations beckoned.

“I never thought I would leave London. I had

moved to the UK from Canada to be in London,

and so it was a bit of a shock to be honest.

But now it all seems so perfect and I couldn’t

wish for a better place to raise my family.”

The link to London was something the original

owner of Bayham Hall, Lord Camden, was also

rather obsessed with. So much so that he famously

built a road from the house all the way to London.

If you have ever been to Bayham Street in Camden

then that is where you might have found him.

We begin our tour of Bayham in Jaime’s

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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

kitchen. Like every home, it’s the heart of the house

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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

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 as

we will see, this is just the baby version.

One of the most impressive spaces in the house is


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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

the double height inner hallway around which a carved

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

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permission for secondary glazing, including the stained

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

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

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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 Huge gilded

chandeliers accentuate the soaring ceilings. One of the

joys of living in Bayham Hall is that there is such as great

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We walk up the sumptuous stairs and find ourselves

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

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

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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

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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

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 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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2019

LUCY FLEMING

Editor

It’s finally on the horizon! After months of preparation,

the amazing Sandown Park will open its gates to Open

House visitors next month – 9am on Thursday 10th

October – for the first of three days of shopping paradise in

the grounds of this renowned racecourse. Interiors, fashion,

food and drink, Open House has it all, alongside inspiring

lifestyle talks on our Live Stage from the likes of wellbeing

guru Melissa Hemsley and interiors expert Jane Cowdry.

Plus, if you book your tickets during September, you will

receive an Open House jute shopping bag free-of-charge.

You can still get hold of discounted tickets until Wednesday

9th October if you book online at surrey-homes.co.uk/events.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

3 day shopping &

lifestyle event

Meet the Makers

We asked our exhibitors what can we look

forward to at Surrey Homes Open House

BLADES HEATING LTD

▲ FEUDO SAN LORENZO

Feudo San Lorenzo are a small

family-run business, headed

by husband and wife team,

Mario and Barbara, who are

based in London, but with

roots firmly tied to Sicily.

They are keen to promote

the delicious natural products

from their home province of

Agrigento, such as extra virgin

olive oil, and encouraging

their customers to visit Sicily

as a tourist destination.

feudosanlorenzo.com

“We believe in eco-sustainability

and have taken great care to

farm organically and harvest

using traditional methods,

employing local people with their

handed-down knowledge.”

Established in 1898, Blades is

one of the five original AGA

distributors, as well being

a premier Everhot dealer in

the South East. It’s a family

run business that focuses on

great customer service and

pride themselves on making

sure the customer is 100%

happy, by offering free home

surveys and one-to-one

demonstrations to find the

right cooker for every person.

blades-aga.co.uk

BROWNSTONE LONDON

Brownstone is a contemporary new

brand founded by Farnham-based

product-developer Anne Twist. Their

range includes natural wax candles,

reed diffusers, cotton coated cosmetics

bags and fine bone china. Brownstone

are excited to be bringing their eight

unique fragrances, monochrome

print designs and contemporary

packaging to Open House.

brownstonelondon.com


RT FACT FLOWERS

“The biggest compliment is customers

coming into our store thinking we are a

fresh florist and saying how beautiful the

shop is… makes everything worthwhile!”

RT Fact Flowers bring a fresh

approach to the world of artificial

flowers; challenging the norm

and bringing designs tailored

specifically for each client. As

well as their bespoke service, they

offer a wide selection of ready to

go pieces available online or at

their store in Claygate, Surrey.

rtfactflowers.co.uk

FROM BELO

From Belo is a company inspired

by the founders’ experiences of

working with poverty-stricken

communities in South America.

They use decommissioned seatbelts

and other materials once destined for

landfill to create luxury accessories.

For every product sold, 2 to 6 meals

are provided to the homeless in Belo

Horizonte, Brazil. Their mission is to

create sophisticated fashion accessories

which are kind to the planet and the

people that make them.

frombelo.com

“In June this year we won the Pinatex Best

Green bag of 2019 at the Independent

Handbag Awards. This was such a pinnacle

moment for our team as it showed that all

of the hard work from charity volunteer to

artisan to manufacturer to designer had

their work recognised.”

AITI LONDON

A contemporary collection of knitwear

and accessories with a modern Nordic

mood and elegance. AITI London

pride themselves on their sustainable

and fair-trade production processes.

Highlights of their range include Argyle

Intarsia sweaters in a wool/cashmere

mix, cashmere sweaters and Merino wool

tunics with co-ordinating snake print

scarves and shawls.

aitilondon.com

THE BOOT ROOM

The Boot Room is a family

owned business creating

shoes that are handcrafted by

Artisans in Andalucía using

the finest quality leathers.

There are lots of stunning

ready-to-wear boots in an

array of colours to choose

from, but if the standard sizes

aren’t right, a bespoke service

is also available.

thebootroom.me

▲ RHODES SKINCARE

Rhodes Skincare creates their products with some of

the world’s rarest botanic ingredients, using minimal

resources, controlled humidity and absolutely no soil,

helping to preserve the planet’s delicate ecosystem.

Rhodes Skincare use ethically sourced sugar cane

packaging that is carbon negative, harnessing solar power

where possible and is 100% sustainable and renewable.

rhodestoheaven.com

Book your tickets at

surrey-homes.co.uk/open-house


The best of British and

Danish fashion designers, not

found on every high street.

sw19london.com

A collection of

contemporary, wearable

and affordable jewellery.

lulub.co.uk

Beautiful and stylish

brand-designed accessories,

exclusively made in the UK.

hopefullondon.com

Wardrobe Refresh

Harness the most desirable trends for the whole family. From

childrenswear to womenswear to personalised accessories to jewels,

Open House exhibitors have everything you need to create the latest looks

A British designed luxury

leisurewear brand, creating a

connection between comfort

and chic sophistication.

phoebe-grace.co.uk

A contemporary

footwear label for

women who own

their difference.

santewade.com

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Luxury merino wool

activewear for men

and women.

birdie.london


UK designed cashmere

jumpers and cardigans

coordinated with

beautiful shirts.

silverpinkcompany.co.uk

Adorable collection of

children’s nightwear,

bedroom, bathroom

and baby accessories.

emandlu.co.uk

Award winning, British

jewellery brand with

a focus on combining

handpicked, precious

gemstones and metals.

amulette.co.uk

Up-and-coming

French fashion

brands for women.

marieandlola.com

Neoprene and velvet

pouches, tote bags &

overnight travel bags.

hermosalondon.com

Monogrammed

accessories, linens

and gifts.

initiallylondon.com

Unique, lightweight,

handmade statement jewellery

that brightens up any outfit.

catherinedc.com

Book your tickets at

surrey-homes.co.uk/open-house


Surrey Homes

magazine

2019

WE LOVED THIS

FROM LAST ISSUE:

This beautiful sitting room was

created by Juliet Maingay-Cooper

in part of a mansion built by

Eminent Victorian travel writer,

Augustus Hare. See more at

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Harness the moodiness of deep, dark hues and luxe

velvets with the help of Open House exhibitors

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1 Fuchsia Jaal Chenille Woven Rug, £245,

farohome.com 2 Admiral Jaal Cotton Woven

Rug, £280, farohome.com 3 Belgian Ormolu Chandeliers, £375, kireihome.co.uk 4 Maru

Lamp Shade, £95, sansho.com 5 Butterflies Brass Mirror, £349, choiceofscandinavia.co.uk

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

in Soft Grey Velvet, £495, alpinelifestyleboutique.com 8 Stonewash Cotton Ochre Cushion,

£14.95, foreverengland.com 9 Throphy Glass Candle Holder, £29, choiceofscandinavia.co.uk

10 Moon Gazer Hare, £240, imagepluscountry.com 11 Artificial Hydrangea Arrangement,

prices start from £58.95, rtfactflowers.co.uk 12 Manufacture De Digoin Oil Pourer, £27,

alpinelifestyleboutique.com 13 Nyuhaku Vase, £110, sansho.com 14 & 15 Leolux ‘Aditi’

Table and ‘Amulet’ Footstool, from a selection, available through hülsta stores, hulsta.co.uk

16 Shansi Pillow in Grey, £55, choiceofscandinavia.co.uk 17 Kashish

Embroidered Long Cushion, £120, farohome.com

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Book your tickets at

surrey-homes.co.uk/open-house


The Live Stage is at the

heart of Open House

The Open House Live Stage will be packed with a programme of free

talks by influential speakers to inspire visitors interested in creating

their dream home, running a successful business, looking after health

and wellbeing, beauty tricks and more. The lineup includes presenter,

West End star and radio host Gaby Roslin, bestselling cookbook

author Melissa Hemsley and interior design expert Jane Cowdry

Gaby Roslin

Presenter, West End actress and

radio hostess with the mostest

Gaby Roslin is an authority of live

television and is one of the country’s

most popular TV and radio presenters.

Gaby made her TV debut presenting the

children’s programme Motormouth live on

ITV. In Sept ’92 Gaby was invited to join

Chris Evans as the co-presenter of C4’s

ground breaking new daily programme

The Big Breakfast, and she went on to host

the show for three and a half years. During

that time she presented BBC Holiday

and travelled to Africa to film Predators

with the award-winning Survival team.

From 1998 until 2002 Gaby worked

exclusively for the BBC fronting

both entertainment and factual

programmes including Whatever You

Want, City Hospital, A Question of

Television and to bring in the New

Year she presented 28 hours of live

non-stop television for BBC1’s

Millennium celebration 2000 Today.

In 2002 she made her West End acting

debut playing the role of Mama Morton in

Chicago. She then co-presented The Terry

and Gaby Show produced by Chris Evans

and returned to the stage again for the

National Theatre’s production on Dinner.

Gaby has filmed numerous series

including Celebrity Fantasy Homes, Sport

Relief’s Top Dog and Food Inspectors and

has hosted many shows including The

National Lottery Draws for BBC1, The

Saturday Show on Channel Five and

currently hosts The Gaby Roslin Show

on Sundays for BBC Radio London.

Surrey Homes

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Four talks each day covering:

Homes and interiors, health, fitness

and wellbeing, fashion and beauty,

food and nutrition, work-life balance

2019


Melissa Hemsley

Cook, writer and champion of

sustainable, nourishing food.

Growing-up on an army base, with an

energetic Filipino mother, Melissa was

taught about cooking from scratch; about

not going to the shops until every ingredient

in the fridge had been used up; and about

the importance of cooking and sharing food

within a community. Melissa’s professional food

career began as a private chef with her sister,

Jasmine. After several successful years cooking

wholesome, nourishing meals for international

actors and musicians like Take That, Hemsley

+ Hemsley published two bestselling cookery

books and opened a café in Selfridges. A

primetime cookery show followed (subsequently

sold in 20 countries worldwide), as well as

countless appearances on Sunday Brunch,

Saturday Kitchen and This Morning, and at food

festivals all over the UK – and internationally.

In January 2018, Melissa’s first solo book, Eat

Happy: 30-minute Feelgood Food was published

to great critical acclaim – a celebration of fussfree,

feel-good food and packed with simple yet

nutritious recipes, all made in under half an hour.

Melissa’s focus is now, more than ever, on

sustainability. She is passionate about the

importance of creating extraordinary food

that is sourced from suppliers that care – both

about the environment and the community;

about the ground from which their food is

derived, and the people to which it is served.

Turn to the next spread for Melissa’s

Quinoa Power Porridge

JANE COWDRY

Jane set up LilyMatthews in

2009, gaining a reputation for

beautiful hand-sewn curtains

and blinds. The brand now

includes an online range of

soft furnishings and outdoor

all weather items.

Director of LilyMatthews Interiors,

Jane Cowdry, has over a decade of

experience creating and installing the highest

quality hand made curtains for interior

designers and private clients. The business

has rapidly expanded and now has 3 large

workrooms, 11 working tables and 10 fully

trained, experienced staff. They are approved

suppliers to the BIID (British Institute

of Interior Design). Projects successfully

completed include Browns Hotel London, ski

chalets, villas in Portugal, France and Italy,

mansions in Kent, Surrey and Hampshire,

penthouse apartments, even glamping

sites. Jane also runs courses in curtain and

blind making and introduction to design.

Book your tickets at

surrey-homes.co.uk/open-house


TIP:

If you need to toast any

nuts or seeds, dry-toast

them in the pan first, on a

medium heat for a minute

or so, then set aside before

you add the quinoa. This

avoids using more than

one pan.

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Quinoa Power

Porridge

Melissa Hemsley is on a mission to prove that it’s possible for

everyone to eat well on busy nights, using store-cupboard

staples and speedy, fuss-free recipes that really deliver on taste.

Before seeing Melissa on the Open House Live Stage, try

out her flexible take on a breakfast classic which can easily

convert to larger quantities to serve family and friends

Serves 2

Choose from three different quinoa

options and play around with

flavours. There are seven here, one

for every day of the week! I’m a fan

of porridge in a flask for an easy

warming breakfast on the go. If I have

people over, I make a huge pan of

porridge and put small bowls out with

a selection of flavours and toppings

to let everyone help themselves.

• 400-500ml any milk

• 500ml hot water

• 2 tsp coconut oil or butter

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 2 tsp maple syrup or raw

honey (optional)

Quinoa options

• 200g quinoa flakes

• 250g cooked quinoa

• 100g uncooked quinoa, rinsed

well (ideally soaked first)

Topping Suggestion:

• 1 sliced large ripe fig

• 1 tbsp of pistachios

• 1 tbsp of pomegranate seeds

• drizzle of raw honey

Quinoa flakes: Toast the quinoa flakes

in a dry pan on a medium heat

for 1 minute, stirring frequently to

prevent them from burning. This

reduces any bitterness and gives a

nice nutty flavour. Add 400ml of

milk and all the other ingredients,

give everything a stir and bring to a

medium simmer. Cook for 4 minutes,

then add your choice of flavourings.

Cooked quinoa: Place the cooked

quinoa in a saucepan, add 400ml of

milk and all the other ingredients.

Bring to a medium simmer and

cook for 4 minutes, then add

your choice of flavourings.

Uncooked quinoa: Place the uncooked

quinoa in a saucepan, add 500ml of

milk and all the other ingredients.

Bring to a medium simmer and cook,

covered, until the liquid has been

absorbed and the quinoa is tender,

about 15 minutes (or 12 minutes if

the quinoa has been soaked), then

add your choice of flavourings.

Extracted from Eat Happy: 30-minute

Feelgood Food by Melissa Hemsley

is published by Ebury Press, £20.

Photography by Issy Crocker

Book your tickets at

surrey-homes.co.uk/open-house


Shake It Up

Pick ’n’ mix from Open House’s selection of irresistible artisan food

and drink producers, and add a luxe twist to your entertaining

with two memorably delicious takes on a gin cocktail

Longtooth Gimlet

goupiechocolate.com

A supremely smooth classic

flavour profile - perfect for a

Raymond Chandler style Gimlet.

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice

and pour in the Longtooth Gin,

lime juice and simple syrup.

Stir vigorously with a long

cocktail spoon until very cold.

2. Strain into a chilled coupe or

martini glass, or strain over

a rocks glass filled with ice,

depending on preference.

oatopia.co.uk

Crafted by experts with spice builds

of cassia, cinnamon and chicory and a

finish of mustard seeds, Longtooth is a

superior, signature gin. longtoothgin.com

French Twist

Pimp up your Prosecco

with Pinkster Gin

spadeandspoon.co.uk

1. Add a measure of Pinkster

Royale to a chilled flute of

Prosecco or Champagne.

Pinkster Gin is deliciously dry

with a hint of fruit and an

exceptionally smooth finish.

pinkstergin.com

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2019

Visitor Info

All you need to know to start planning

your Open House day out

Tickets

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Adult £14.00 | Child £6.00

Children under 5 go FREE

Book your tickets at

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Dates & opening

9am - 4.30pm

Thursday 10th, Friday 11th & Saturday

12th October

Venue

Sandown Park, Esher KT10 9AJ

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Discover lovely things for you and your home in

our beautiful shop. An inspiring selection of home

furnishings, fashion and accessories sourced from

around the world, offers something for everyone in your

life. Park outside the door, shop, then relax and

enjoy a drink or snack in our own café.

LAVENDERGoose

GOMSHALL

Plentiful free parking

55 Station Road, Gomshall GU5 9NP

www.lavendergoose.co.uk

Telephone 01483 202433

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19&20 OCT 2019 10pm - 5pm

AUTUMN

art fair

Image: Ronan Walsh

Admission £4, Concessions £3, U16s & LAC Members FREE

www.landmarkartscentre.org

Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN

020 8977 7558 landmarkarts landmarkartfairs

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Exhibiting an eclectic mix of up and coming talent through to

the most established names in British Art

Visit us on stand B1 at the FRESH Art Fair Ascot racecourse from the 20th-22nd September

Call or email the gallery for your Free ticket– only a limited number available

44 Bridge Street, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1HL Tel: 01483 418013

info@theweygallery.com www.theweygallery.com

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Paint Effects

Our pick of stunning artworks from galleries across the UK

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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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Bourneside

Gallery

01306 889988

www.bournesidegallery.com

No1 North St, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1DN

An Art Fair like no other

Artist Brian Dunford

Exhibition of Acrylic paintings

3rd September - 28th September 2019

contemporary

ART FAIR

contemporary

ART FAIR

Plus work by leading printmakers

Ceramic & Glass Artists

Exhibits from Surrey Artists

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Fresh: Art Fair

in partnership with:

53 leading Galleries representing

600 artists from exciting new talent

to Hockney, Banksy, Hirst and Blake

6000 original prints, paintings and

sculptures from £100 to £30,000

Visit: freshartfair.net

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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

Wednesday 4 September in the Old Masters, British & European Paintings auction woolleyandwallis.co.uk

This summer MAKE Festival returns with

its new theme, ‘The Arts & Crafts Home’

The weekend is packed with

talented individuals and

companies to inspire and

entertain all. Makers, designers

and architects will show how

the Arts & Crafts movement

continues to inspire creativity

today.

Contemporary artists and

makers including metalworker

Rod Hughes (as seen in Victorian

House of Arts & Crafts) have

planned demonstrations across

the site. Entertainers including

English Folk Dance and Song

Society will be doing popup

performances. Plus there

will be a talks programme on

everything from the use of

heritage paint in modern homes

to the history and foundation

of the Art Worker’s Guild,

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with organisations including

The Lettering Arts Trust, The

Girl who Gardens, and Past

Pleasures.

On top of all this, and in the

spirit of ‘The Arts & Crafts

Home’, the gallery, the former

home and estate of founders

G F and Mary Watts, will be open

for you to explore, including the

Watts Chapel and a Victorian

room of arts and crafts featuring

furniture and objects from BBC

Two’s Victorian House of Arts

and Crafts. And you can even try

your hand at creating beautiful

pieces for your own home (see

opposite).

Rod Hughes - Victorian House

of Arts & Crafts. “I am excited

and honoured to contribute to

the Watts Gallery ‘Make’ event.

The purpose of BBC2’s Victorian

House of Arts and Crafts was

to show the beauty of the

movement’s makers work and to

inspire people to make things for

themselves and that’s what the

‘Make’ event is all about.”

Book wattsgallery.org.uk online

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This page: The precarious sun

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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

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

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

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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

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

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primary school often find it difficult to adapt to needing

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At Bethany School, the numbers of new Year 7 pupils

joining us this year are particularly buoyant. With new

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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

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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

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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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to welcoming new pupils. Our approach ensures that

the pupil settles in quickly, makes friends and makes

good academic progress, even if they struggled at their

previous school. Developing and implementing best

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in inspiring individual excellence in every pupil.”

Francie Healy, Headmaster of Bethany School

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Which languages are students choosing to study? And how are

they being applied to life after school? SH finds out

Gilly Johnson, Deputy Principal (Academic) at

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Our most popular languages are Mandarin,

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Studying a language gives pupils the confidence to

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SH Education Supplement sponsored by

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

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Learning a language is unlike learning other subjects. It

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therefore make excellent students and professionals.

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SH Education Supplement sponsored by

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

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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

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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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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

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school environment, encouraging excellent academic results

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Increasingly enjoying high levels of success in sport, pupils

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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

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year olds, and secondary-level schools

engaging teenagers in Parliamentarystyle

debates, and was always struck

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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

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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

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poor that a House of Lords education committee last year

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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

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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

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without succumbing to distraction or despair?

Classic revision tips usually suggest mechanical aides, such

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

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Jeremy Lewis, Head of School, ACS Egham:

Every year around this time, thousands of students are

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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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SH Education Supplement sponsored by

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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SH Education Supplement sponsored by

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 SH 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

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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

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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

into Ayurvedic beauty wisdom. Great-smelling,

super-softening stuff (and the online quiz

Chāmpo

Pitta Volumising

Shampoo, £18

for 260ml

champohaircare.com

davines

OI Hair Butter,

£24 for 250ml

cultbeauty.co.uk


Lush H’Suan

Wen Hua,

£15 for 225g

uk.lush.com

L’Huile de

Leonor Greyl Pre-

Shampoo Treatment,

£31 for 95ml

cultbeauty.co.uk

Redken All

Soft Argan-6 Oil,

£27.60 for 90ml

feelunique.com

to identify your dosha, or Ayurvedic type,

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 –

the Parisienne woman’s shiny-hair secret – has

a vast range of luxurious hair-repairing options

(find them at Cult Beauty, among other online

destinations); the Shampooing Reviviscence

Repairing Shampoo for Ultra Dry Hair, £47

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

Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil range is a

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

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Greyl, here, who pretty much pioneered

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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

need to wrap your pillow in a towel to do this.

Slap on a mask. And remember: more is

more. The great news is that hair responds

very swiftly to deep treatments. Hairdressers

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if you’re suffering post-summer straw-like

locks, even a single deep treatment mask will

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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.

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Aesōp Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque,

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

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At Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital.

We caught up with our Matron, Justine Hillier, to find more about her role

and the benefits it has on our patients.

1. Describe your role as Matron at the

Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital.

As Matron, I am responsible for the clinical care

of all patients across all departments. I lead on

quality and safety, ensuring we always deliver the

very best evidence based care.

2. How long have you worked at our

Hospital and what do you enjoy most about

being Matron?

I have worked at the Nuffield Health Guildford

Hospital for 4 years now. I manage all of our clinical

departments and am proud to work with staff who

are so dedicated and committed to doing the best

for our patients. Putting the patient at the heart of

what we do is fundamental to my role, this means

that my door is always open and I really enjoy

meeting and listening to our patients.

3. What are the key benefits of matron-led

nursing care?

Matron-led care means that I can share the benefit

of my own clinical experience, role modelling best

practice to our staff and always encouraging and

supporting their professional development. As I

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always prioritised, therefore our patients experience

high quality, personalised and effective care.

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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

Berkefeld water filter berkey-waterfilters.co.uk

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

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Eating Green

Courgettes, beetroot and onions are in plentiful supply right now. These are easy crops

to grow for a prolific harvest and make for versatile additions to a multitude of recipes.

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

Here, Jo Arnell creates three purely plant-based dishes that are spiced to perfection


Stuffed Courgettes

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 quinoa

1 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

3 combine 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.


Words: Jo Arnell

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming


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

sure you choose a tin to match the size of the plate).

4Sprinkle with the rest of the oregano

and serve warm or cold.


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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

used (if using dried pulses, check pack instructions). I

like the texture of puy lentils and because this is made

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

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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.

Three years ago, I planted a species of sedum on my

workshop roof – all grown from cuttings (they are so


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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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

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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.

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gradually less and less, until they become established.”

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Competition

WIN AN OvERNIGHT STAY FOR TWO

AT LEEDS CASTLE PLUS TICKETS TO

THE CHRISTMAS MARKET

As part of its 900th anniversary,

from the 14th to 19th of

September, join Leeds Castle in

Kent for a ‘floral party’ celebration with

the spectacular Festival of Flowers, for

which Surrey Homes sister magazine,

Wealden Times, is Media Partner.

Each year the Festival of Flowers

grows greater and more impressive,

with internationally acclaimed floral

designers adorning the castle rooms

with installations of beautiful blooms.

Leeds Castle is thrilled to continue to

support florists of the future amongst a

host of new and returning designers.

The elaborate floral displays include a

huge 2.5m floral ‘900’ on the front lawn

created by the Castle Florists, a Leeds

Castle swan logo delicately and intricately

made out of white skeleton leaves, and a

tropical fiesta room with a riot of colourful

balloons alongside palm trees, with each

designer interpreting the theme of a

‘floral party’ in their own unique style.

The Festival of Flowers continues across

the grounds with a programme of floral

demonstrations and workshops, specialist

talks and garden tours. There will also

be the opportunity to buy beautiful

flowers and garden accessories from a

variety of stalls on the Pavilion Lawn.

Visitors to Leeds Castle can also

experience the magic of the annual

Christmas Market. On the lawn,

overlooking the castle, the market will take

place from 10am to 5pm every weekend

from 23rd November through to the 15th

December, with a splendid array of seasonal

gifts, toys, festive decorations and specialist

food and drink. Enjoy nostalgic fairground

rides or take a leisurely trip on the big

wheel for a spectacular view of the castle.

HOW TO ENTER: For your chance

to win an overnight stay for two plus

tickets to the Christmas Market, just

answer the following question: Which

anniversary is Leeds Castle celebrating

this year? Enter your answer with your

contact details on the online form at

surrey-homes.co.uk/competition by

30 September 2019.

Ts&Cs: The winner is able to stay

overnight during the Christmas period,

however as the dates will be subject to

availability, Leeds Castle will extend

the accommodation voucher until 31

August 2020 so that an alternative date

can be booked at another time. Prize

must not be re-sold, transferred or

exchanged. Annual admission tickets

will be valid for multiple use for one

year from the date of issue. Admission

tickets are not valid for special ticketed

or evening events. Stable Courtyard

B&B room can be a family, double,

twin or single. Dates are subject to

availability and must be redeemed

before 31 August 2020.

Congratulations to Victoria Cowie who

wins our July competition for a two-night

stay at Molly Dishwasher in Sussex

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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

grubs, pupae and then bees. You don’t want

these mixed up with your honey, so early on

in the season I put in place a sieve-like divider

called a queen excluder whose slots are fine for

the worker bees to pass through but just too

small for the queen. So she stays down below in

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

“In a good year

a strong beehive

will produce

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.

My favourite is bramble jelly. Now you might think that

blackberrying just involves standing in a hedge, getting

snared in the brambles and stung by the nettles as you

happily seek all the ripe ones, but you’d

be wrong. According to Dorothy Hartley’s

bible Food in England (first published in

1954, a fount of useful information and

a perfect Christmas present for foodies)

there is an art to this seasonal occupation.

She explains that in September the lowest

berry of each cluster swells and ripens

alone. These are the top choice, sweeter

and juicier than the others and best eaten

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

smaller with more seed in proportion to pulp so must be

mixed with apples for puddings. And woe betide anyone

who picks them after Michaelmas (September 29) as the

devil himself will have spat on them and untold misfortune

will be heaped on the poorly informed blackberry eater.

While jam supplies exceed demand the same can’t be

said for my sloe gin. No winter walk or bike ride would

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

connubial emergencies! The mind boggles. Chin-chin.

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

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