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Contents

October 2019

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WHEN IN KENT

Maggie Alderson tracks down

the best of Kentish properties

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140

LONG LASTING LIPSTICK

Jo Fairley recommends lippy

with the longevity to last

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FORWARD THINKING

How to plan your finances for your

child’s private school education

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50

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NOTEBOOK

News and events for October

ALL THAT JAZ

A Victorian cottage hiding a

treasure trove of art within

GET THE LOOK

Jaz up your own home

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL

Statement sofas to liven

up any interior

TRAVELS IN STYLE

The home of interior design

genius Anna Marie Perth

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Products that would be at

home in Anna Marie’s home

HIDE & SEEK

Fashion gets leathered up

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BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY

Henrietta Norton on

fermentation and gut health

10 MINUTE FITNESS

Fitness that fits into

a busy lifestyle

EASY AUTUMN

SHOWSTOPPERS

Fruity puds from Laura Paton

TIME FOR CHANGE

Jo Arnell navigates changing

light levels as autumn begins

SWEET DREAMS

Sue Whigham is celebrating

the marvellous world of moths

TIME TO REASSESS

Hilary Wilce reassesses schools’

focus on ‘traditional’ subjects

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WINTER SPORTS

We talk to local schools about

how sports education changes

in the colder months

WHAT’S ON

All the best of local events this month

COMPETITION

Win a Laksen gentleman’s

Balfour Field Sports Jacket

from In The Country

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard on the historic

practice of ‘pannage’

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House

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£6,950,000

When in Kent

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Twyssenden Manor

The dream: This is a really

exceptional Grade II* listed property.

It started as 15th century hall house

with a separate wing, which were

linked in the late 16th century

by a sandstone tower topped

with a timber viewing platform

giving 360 views of the beautiful

countryside. Renovations, after years

(unbelievably) as a Youth Hostel,

uncovered a priest hide, hidden

chapel and painted Medieval panels.

But it’s not all historic – among many

outbuildings is a party barn with

billiards table and a wiff waff table.

Where: Just outside the exceptional

village of Goudhurst.

Setting: An absolutely idyllic rural

location in rolling countryside in

the High Weald, with Goudhurst

visible in the distance.

Beds: 5 Baths: 4 (plus two more

of each in the party barn)

Special features: The amazing

panelling in the bedrooms.

Pleasing details: The pontoon

out into the lake with an ivycovered

stone folly on it.

Outside: Formal gardens and

lake, orchards, a tennis court,

picturesque ruins plus 258 acres

of pasture and woodland.

Time to town: Just over an hour from

Marden station, 17 minutes drive.

Agent: Savills, Cranbrook

01580 721014 savills.com

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The Garden House

£1,500,000

The dream: A striking 21st century

house designed by Roderick James and

built in 2003, arranged in a striking

curved shape. The feature circular

tower and the golden beams inside

are elegant nods to the oasts and hall

houses of the local vernacular.

Where: Within a short walk

of downtown Cranbrook.

Setting: Tucked away in the

sanctuary of its large garden.

Beds: 4 Baths: 3

Special features: The space, height and

light of the flowing open plan living area.

Pleasing details: Underheated

flagstone floors in the living area.

Outside: Really stunning contemporary

planting around mature trees designed

by Chelsea Flower Show 2019 Best

Show Garden winner Andy Sturgeon.

Time to town: Just over an hour to

Charing Cross or Cannon Street, from

Staplehurst, which is a 10 minute drive.

Agent: Jackson-Stops, Cranbrook

01580 720000 jackson-stops.co.uk

Stace House

£1,395,000

The dream: An elegant Queen Anne

Grade II listed house, with a very

appealing frontage, with dormer windows

in the top storey and Victorian additions.

The house has lovely proportions, original

wide floorboards and a panelled dining

room. This is a perfect family home, with

no fewer than five reception rooms.

Where: A quarter of a mile from the

centre of the lovely town of Tenterden.

Setting: Attractive farmland.

Beds: 6 Baths: 4

Special features: A really fabulous

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workstops and an electric Aga.

Pleasing details: A large

sunny garden room.

Outside: A lovely walled garden with

formal tiered lawns, borders and mature

trees. A door through the wall leads to

a well-organised vegetable garden with

raised brick borders and mature fruit trees.

Agent: Knight Frank, Tunbridge Wells

01892 515035 knightfrank.co.uk

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Previous pages & above: The almost black walls of the sitting

room provide the perfect backdrop for Jaz’s collection of artworks

Houses on a residential street can blend into one.

Especially if there is a row of them built as a

set at the same time – but things can be very

different within. As I discovered on a quiet road, where

a fairly modest-looking Victorian artisan’s cottage on

the outside turns out to be a wonderland within – and

you’re right in it the moment the front door opens.

As Jaz Rosten-Edwards welcomed us into her hallway, I was

so jaw-dropped I could hardly stutter ‘hello’. The walls, ceiling

and woodwork painted the rich, deep grey of Farrow & Ball’s

iconic Downpipe and the fabulous 1950s Italian chandelier

would be an impressive introduction on their own – but

then there are the artworks. They cover the walls, ceiling to

floor, both sides and all of them invite further investigation.

A mixture of original paintings, black and white

photographs, prints and mixed media pieces, all

interestingly framed, you could spend a happy hour

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and where she found them. All of which she is happy

to recount. She can remember all the details for all of

them. This is a woman with a true passion for art.

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surfaces, walls covered with art works, plus sculptures

and neon – and inviting me to sit at the (genuine)

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This page: In the kitchen, Jaz has painted every surface – including cupboard doors, drawer fronts and tiles – a striking ultra-dark

grey and changed the handles on the units. A lovely painting of a hare dressed in a velvet frock coat and ruff (above right) turns

out to be a water and heat resistant Ibride tray which she attached to the ugly white front of the boiler with Command strips

corporate world she came to open her own art gallery.

The trading party of the gallery is online (and

called oneoffto25.com because it sells a mixture of

original art works and prints, up to editions of just 25

pieces), but her house acts as a showcase for the works

on sale, via her Instagram account @jazzierere.

“I’ve always been creative and I decided to fulfil my dream

to have a gallery, without the overheads of a bricks and

mortar space. I post shots of works by the artists

I represent in the house on Instagram, because is shows

the art in its natural habitat and people can see them

to scale. Then they can go to the site to buy them.”

Prices are kept at the very affordable end of the art

market, ranging from £35 to £120 for a limited-edition

print and from £200 to £1,200 for a painting. This is

deliberate because Jaz is passionate about inspiring as

many people as possible to discover the joy of owning

original artworks, which is so important to her.

“I started collecting original works, because I didn’t

want to buy disposable art. Original art evokes emotions

and I want people to experience this when they choose

it. I also want to help emerging artists by giving them

exposure as well as helping them to sell their art.”

And via her online service between artists and collectors,

it is the joyful emotional aspect of choosing and owning

original artworks that Jaz wants people to experience.

“People ask, ‘what should I invest in?’ and I always say, ‘buy

it because you love it’. It has to be a gut reaction. A sacrifice

might be needed to buy it, but it’s worth it. I don’t think

it’s necessarily good practice to buy everything you want.”

This philosophy of buying thoughtfully and buying well

holds true for Jaz for every aspect of furnishing a home.

Her wonderfully rich environment – I wanted to get out a

clipboard and ask her where she had found every single

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Above: The majority of the furniture and lighting in Jaz’s home are vintage finds, but the new pieces she has chosen are of

very good quality. A bright blue velvet-covered sofa on the opposite side of the dining room is by Designers Guild

thing in it – is an eclectic mix of vintage, chain store, good

quality new and unique, sourced over time with thought

and consideration. Something she feels strongly about.

“It’s important to think about sustainability and the

impact upon the environment. I think we are moving

towards fast interiors, and fast art type purchases. There

are obvious parallels that can be drawn with fast fashion

which has tainted aspects of the industry. I believe in

buying well and buying once. Not in a snobbish way,

but if you want a unique home, accept it will take time.

Consider purchases, don’t go for instant gratification.”

This is why, while the majority of the furniture and

lighting in this home are very special vintage finds – like

that chandelier in the living room, which is from The

Old Cinema ‘antique and vintage department store’ in

Chiswick – the items they source are of very good quality.

Jaz, whilst citing another example of good quality,

indicates a bright blue velvet-covered sofa on the

opposite side of the dining room as being from

Designers Guild who produce good furniture that lasts

the test of time. “As my mum used to say, ‘the cheapest

becomes the dearest’. I think about the supply chain of

everything I buy – I try to be a mindful shopper.”

Jaz takes the same quality-matters approach to paint – a

smart move, considering the impact the strong colours

throughout the house make. Taking me further on through

what Jaz describes as ‘a long, thin house’, it’s a bit like

gloriously strolling through a Farrow & Ball paint chart. With

all surfaces Off Black in the kitchen, Studio Green (a rich

deep green) in the bathroom and the utility room. A very

bold change in a house which was all magnolia and peach

when they bought it nine years ago. “It was very safe,” says

Jaz. “But there’s no right or wrong, it’s just a matter of taste.”

But while that kind of neutral scheme was very much

not to Jaz’s taste, they haven’t done any structural work

whatsoever on the house. Very unusual in these times of

knocking through, opening out, going up and adding

on. “We had architect plans drawn up to expand


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This page: Hands appear quite often throughout the house, the pair on the dining table, cast in plaster, are from Abigail Ahern. A

large-scale painting of a girl over the fireplace is by Janet Stocker, a young artist who Jaz represents, whilst on the opposite wall is

another large painting of a girl, more close up, by Juby Page, an artist Jaz stumbled upon by chance at an art fair in Chelsea

into the loft, like other houses on our street have done,

and have another bedroom and bathroom, but we

decided with just the two of us, we didn’t need to.”

Leaving Jaz to pour all her love and energy into the

furnishings… Which start right at the back of the house, in

the lowliest corner, the utility room, which is not only painted

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“If you are going to include artwork in your bathroom

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not be too adversely affected by the environment where

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“There is always a colour link when I hang pictures,” Jaz explains. “I colour block, to create

a link through the room.” She has had plenty of practise, with the arrangements constantly

changing and evolving as new pieces – to sell, or to add to her own collection – come into the

house and go out again


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This page: Prints, paintings and sculptures of assorted sizes cover the walls on either side of the staircase

give my customers practical advice if they request it

especially if they have not bought original art before”.

Another detail I spot here yields a fiendishly

handy tip – Jaz mixes real pot plants with faux

ones. It’s a very clever way to fill your house

with greenery, without creating an enormous

plant-care workload requiring the time and

commitment needed to rear a litter of puppies.

Travelling from Studio Green to the Off Black of the

kitchen there is another genre of Jaz’s art collection to

enjoy, in very striking black and white ceramic pieces

by Jude Jelfs, who she discovered at a ceramics show

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This page: Although painted in deep, rich tones, the bedrooms

are surprisingly airy, with light flooding in from large windows,

reflected in touches of gilding and with greenery bringing a bit of

the outdoors in Left: The zebra head pot, sourced from a shop called

Hilary and Flo, is arranged with other pieces that Jaz has added to

her collection over the years

– part of the round of visits to galleries, art fairs and open

studios which are now a crucial part of her business life.

The kitchen also shows off Jaz’s inventive ingenuity. A print

of a hare dressed in a velvet frock coat and ruff turns out to be

a laminate tray attached to the ugly white front of the boiler

with Command strips. “It surprised a plumber. He’d never

seen anything like it before, but had to admit it worked.”

She’s taken no prisoners with the rest of the kitchen

space – changing nothing physical, but painting every

surface, including cupboard doors, drawer fronts and

tiles, a striking ultra-dark grey, and changing handles.

The ceramic stool in black and white, like the Jude

Jelfs pieces, which looks like Fornasetti is one of Jaz’s

considered new pieces, from Rockett St George.

Moving back into the dining room – and starting to get

my eye in, after the initial surprise and slight sensory

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“Hanging artworks depends on their weight. For lighter pieces you can

use Command strips, which are removable, but I tend to use nails, screws

and wall plugs. I do it all by eye, I never use a tape measure. I don’t want

it to look perfect – I want it to look lived in, not precious.”


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This page: Jaz mixes real pot plants with faux ones. A very

clever way to fill your house with greenery, without creating a

plant-care overload. Textures throughout this bedroom, and the

chandelier above the bed, add to its luxurious and inviting feel

overload (of a very thrilling kind) – I notice themes.

Hands appear quite often, in two wonderful polyresin

ones on the table from Abigail Ahern, some of which are

Fornasetti and others found in a Brighton antique shop.

But the thing that really jumps out from Jaz’s wonderful

walls are faces. A large-scale painting of a girl over the

fireplace, which has a dreamy, fairy-tale quality, is by

Janet Stocker, a young artist who Jaz represents.

On the opposite wall is another large painting of a

girl, more close up, by Juby Page, an artist Jaz stumbled

upon by chance at an art fair in Chelsea. Walking

round by herself, she had seen and fallen in love with

the painting – that gut reaction she talks about. “When

I met up with my husband Mark later on, he insisted

on taking me to see a picture he loved at the fair…

and it was the same one. We had to have it.”

These are just two of the faces in this room, with several

more on the wall behind the Designers Guild sofa – including

a pen and ink portrait of a woman which I particularly

fall in love with, by celebrated artist Gill Button. “I like

faces,” says Jaz, “because I’m interested in people.”

The theme continues when we venture back

into the hall, where that floor-to-ceiling hang


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“People ask, ‘what should I invest in?’ and I always say, ‘buy it because you love

it’. It has to be a gut reaction. A sacrifice might be needed to buy it, but it’s worth

it. I don’t think it’s necessarily good practice to buy everything you want.”


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This page & next pages: Pinks, greens and blues picked out in the artworks are matched by soft furnishings. Wallpaper printed with ornate

panelling on one wall by Rockett St George breaks up the deep grey used to paint the walls, ceiling, wardrobe and door giving an illusion of ‘relief’

demands some serious consideration – not least the

practicalities of it. How does she hang them all?

“Hanging artworks depends on their weight. For lighter

pieces you can use Command strips, which are removable,

but I tend to use nails, screws and wall plugs. I do it all

by eye, I never use a tape measure. I don’t want it to look

perfect – I want it to look lived in, not precious.”

But while Jaz makes it sound as though she casually

throws her artworks up, there are other picture-hanging

skills involved to make them look as good as they do.

As we turn into the sitting room, I’m struck by two

pieces on the facing wall, which look so right together

I assume they are by the same artist. One is an old

painting, which has been painted over with the word

FAKE in large pink letters. Below it is a round painting,

on a pink background, also featuring overpainting.

But it turns out they are by two different artists (Heath

Kane and Marcie Kobernus, respectively) – and it’s


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“I post shots of works by the

artists I represent in the house

on Instagram, because it shows

the art in its natural habitat and

people can see them to scale”

Jaz’s very considered placement that makes them work so

well together, especially with an oval painting on a black

background to one side and another smaller work with a

black background completing the arrangement. “There is

always a colour link when I hang pictures,” she explains.

“I colour block to create a link between each room.”

She has had plenty of practise, with the arrangements

changing and evolving as new pieces – to sell, or to add to her

own collection – come in and out of the house. You can see it

on her Instagram feed, where there are several pieces hanging

in different spots from where they were when I visited.

No wonder she’s got nearly 25,000 followers on the app.

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

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House visitors this month – 9am on Thursday 10th

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

the grounds of this renowned racecourse. If you’ve enjoyed

coming to our wealden Times Midsummer and Midwinter

Fairs, you’ll love open House’s mix of interiors, fashion,

food and drink with a Surrey twist, 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 ahead of the event, you will

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

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Feudo San Lorenzo are a small

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“We believe in eco-sustainability

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everyday life. Sustainability is at

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materials destined for landfill to create

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Adorable collection of

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2019

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The Live Stage is at the

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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 line-up, introduced by Gemma Holmes,

includes presenter, West End star and radio host Gaby Roslin, best-selling

cookbook author Melissa Hemsley and interior design expert Jane Cowdry

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Gaby Roslin is an authority of live

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Gaby made her TV debut presenting

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Millennium celebration 2000 Today.

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is now wonderfully spacious and bright, a far cry from the dark

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beautifully crafted Mark Wilkinson kitchen on eBay. “We had to

drive to Maidenhead and take it apart to move it, I then had to

reconfigure it to fit our house,” she says proudly Right: Reclaimed

brick slips have been applied to the wall behind the dining table

to give an original exposed wall effect to the new extension

Like the salt from a crashing wave or the soft white

sands of the Perth coastline, it’s the sense of laidback

Antipodean style that first hits you as you

walk through the door of Anna Marie Smith’s sunny

family home in leafy Horsell Common. From the subdued

yet elegant colour palette, the use of natural materials

and indoor planting, the blending of the exterior and

interior, Anna Marie has created a home that instantly

reminds one of the family’s former life in Australia.

Adventurers at heart, Anna Marie and her husband

Andy left the UK 11 years ago, along with their two small

children. They followed their dream to move to Perth, a city

they had fallen in love with when they were both travelling

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professional cricketer. The couple built a life ‘down under’

clawing their way onto the competitive property market

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school and Andy had made a name for himself within the

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Above: The kitchen now sits effortlessly within the living and dining area. Tongue and groove panelling that begins

in the splash-back in the kitchen moves throughout the area, creating a wonderful sense of continuity

world of International Hockey becoming High Performance

Director of Hockey Australia’s National teams for men

and women. Life was sweet. However, when Andy’s dad

became ill, and following the sad passing of Anna Marie’s

parents a few years earlier, the family made the difficult

decision to return home to be closer to their families.

Landing at Heathrow, Anna Marie was staying with her

sister for a few days. Andy had stayed behind in Perth

to see through the end of his contract. “The kids and

I had just arrived in the UK, but I decided to pop into

an estate agent,” says Anna Marie, “just to see what the

market near my sister was like.” She laughs. “It was a bit

crazy as within the week we’d had an offer accepted on

this house. Andy was on his way to the Rio Olympics

with the Australian hockey teams, so he just had to trust

me. I knew good family homes in the Horsell Common

area were a bit like hen’s teeth, especially ones backing

onto the woods, so I went ahead and bought the place!”

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This page: Contrasting soft greys and deep blues continue upstairs,

unifying the landing and the four bedrooms that lead off it

Marie’s innate sense of interior style, there would seem

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straight in. “Oh! What you see now was very different

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back extension, no sliding doors, a very small kitchen and

dining area. All the doors seemed to open onto each other.

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moved in and Anna Marie began her next big project.

“It’s funny,” she says, as we walk from the family

sitting room at the front of the house into the sundrenched

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I decided to start posting my journey and the renovation

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part of my new journey. I have since made so many

new friends through the renovation and posting it on

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Anna Marie has taken a core Farrow & Ball palette;

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This page: In the master bedroom en suite, lengths

of oak worktop have been used to support two basins,

each with its own circular gold mirror above

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Above left: Anna Marie’s daughter’s room has been decorated using a warm, muted grey Above right: Anna Marie’s son chose a minimal

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“I began this project in order to create a family home. But as soon as I

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What was the project brief? This

kitchen was for a substantial Victorian house

in the village of Ditchling, East Sussex.

We wanted to stay true to the period and

create something that sat comfortably in its

surroundings but which also had a clean and

contemporary feel for this busy family. The

kitchen was to be part of a new extension

and orangery to the house, and our brief

was to create a modern and social kitchen,

a space that would be a joy to cook in and

impress friends, as well as last and age well.

How was the kitchen made? As with

all Inglis Hall kitchens, it was entirely

bespoke. Carcasses were made from oak

veneered birch ply with painted face

frames, doors and drawer fronts constructed

in maple for maximum stability and

durability. All cabinetry was fully jointed

using traditional methods of construction,

with oak hand-dovetailed drawers and

broad cloth-lined cutlery inserts. English

Woodlands timber was used throughout.

How long did it take to complete? It

was six weeks in the workshop, with two

cabinetmakers full time on the project, and

then a two-and-a-half-week installation.

Any special features? We created an

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tucked into the side panels. We also designed

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This project, for a Grade II listed former

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children – locating back to the UK from

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“My sister lives in Kingston, just outside

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Olivia and James bought the house in 2016,

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a very clear idea of what they wanted from

the kitchen. “We wrote quite a detailed

brief and our architect recommended

we send it to Inglis Hall and about four

other kitchen makers,” says Olivia. “Their

response was head and shoulders above

everyone else. You could tell they love their

trade, it’s not just a business for them at

all. We completely trusted them and were

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The project included the large kitchen,

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free-standing pieces. “We met Toby and

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and tweaking the designs, before signing

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“There was nothing that was a template,

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as well as adding their own touches and

ideas. For example, the crates beneath the

worktop – they are a gentle reference to

the house’s history, back to a time when

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crates for garden produce. They’re really

practical and just slide neatly in and out of

the shelving.”

The main features of the kitchen were to

be a large island and an equally large dining

table, also made by Inglis Hall, for family

meals and entertaining. Between them

they run to 6.2 metres down the middle of

the large rectangular kitchen, with the Aga

at one end and a seating area with an open

fire at the other.

Other requirements included a mix of

textures and colours, lots of prep space,

a pantry, pendant lighting, some open

shelving and a free-standing coffee station.

“The design of the coffee station works

very well – we use it a lot and everything is

right there,” says Olivia. Another Inglis Hall

idea was the chopping station which gets

a lot of use, with boards and knives on the

wall and the compost bin sited right next

to it.

Initially, Olivia and James had planned

to get the work on the rest of the house

done first and then do the kitchen, but

they quickly realised that as the kitchen

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same time. The project build was about six

weeks in the workshop for a team of four

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Traditional in construction, but modern in

layout, the finished kitchen is a light and

contemporary space that sits and works

beautifully with the architecture and feel of

this traditional country house, with three

distinct areas that flow into one.

“We don’t think anyone else would

have interpreted all of our very specific

requirements as well as the Inglis Hall

team!” says Olivia. “They were lovely to

work with, and decent people, which is

important when you’re spending a lot of

money on something that is going to be

an integral and much used part of your

home. It was also very reassuring to work

with a team who were so engaged and

passionate about their work. And they

were probably the only people who kept to

their timeline!”

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on 01273 486177 or email them at

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Health & Beauty

Long lasting

lipstick

Jo Fairley compiles her list of the juiciest, lip

plumping colours with staying power

The No.1 make-up question that I get asked,

wearing my beauty editor’s hat, is quite

simply: ‘How can I find a long-lasting

lipstick that really works?’ Most recently, this

question was posed by an elegant Seventy-something

who shares my Pilates teacher – proving not only

that you need never give up on glamour, but that

you can spend several decades trying to find a lippie

that lasts. It’s lipstick’s equivalent of the Holy Grail.

The good news is that there have been many

advances in long-lasting lipstick technology over

recent years. Used to be that the only solution

was painting on a layer of a product

called LipCote, £3.69 – a lipstick

‘sealant’ which one of my close friends

still swears by (and nary so much

as a scarlet lip-print smudges her

teacups). To me, though, this feels

quite unbearably tight on my lips –

like they’ve suddenly shrunk in the

wash and are two sizes too small.

But let me start by saying that

whatever lipstick you use, there are

tips for making it stay put for longer. It’s down to

prep – and understanding that there’s a trade-off

between gloss and endurance. You can have shine

OR staying power, but not both. (I know some lip

glosses promote themselves as ‘long-lasting’, but

I’ve never found one that delivers on its promises.)

Bobbi Brown recommends: “Apply a good lip

balm and let it absorb thoroughly before applying

“It’s down to

prep – and

understanding

that there’s

a trade-off

between gloss

and endurance”

lipstick. If your lips are coated with waxy lip

balm, your lipstick won’t perform well. Build

up a depth of colour by applying lipstick, then

blotting it with a tissue to leave a stain on your

lips. Repeating these steps before applying a final

coat should give you a deeper, longer-lasting

result.” (You could try applying with a lipbrush,

too, although be aware that this creates quite a

defined line and not every woman wants that

1940s Hollywood movie-star perfection in 2019.)

Another alternative is not just to outline the lips

with a pencil that matches your lips, but actually

to ‘fill in’ (a little like painting

by numbers!) the lips, with your

pencil. This creates a matte base to

which lipstick clings more happily.

Going somewhat to extremes, some

make-up artists create a ‘canvas’ for

lipstick by applying foundation all

over the lips. The next step is to take

whatever translucent powder you

ordinarily use to set your foundation;

using a small brush, pick up a small

amount of the powder and brush it onto your lips.

(Although, frankly, I find that all just too much

of a faff for the average day at the coalface.)

Product-wise though, as I say, huge advances

have been made in long-lasting lipstick technology.

The following have all hugely impressed me – more

than that, they’ve made their way into my own

kit, since I can’t really be bothered to touch


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Chanel

Rouge Allure

Ink, £31

chanel.com

Burberry

Full Kisses, £24

burberry.com

up my lipstick more than once a day, frankly.

Any of these should put a smile on the lips of

someone seeking a ‘Duracell bunny’ of a lipstick.

(And beyond that, the smile should stay put.)

Burberry Full Kisses, £24. Slightly mixed

metaphors here, but to my mind Burberry can’t

put a foot wrong with their lip offering. There’s

something about the bevelled tip of this Burberry

Full Kisses design that makes wonderfully precise

application of the full-coverage-yet-comfy

formulation, which comes in a slimline and

longer-than-usual stick. Initially, I didn’t quite buy

Burberry’s promise that you don’t need a mirror

to apply it – but funnily enough, even with a deep

grape shade like Dewberry No.549, it’s absolutely

true. (Something to do with that slant-y design.)

It doesn’t suck the life out of your lips – in fact, it’s

pleasantly moisturising, while offering a very longlasting

tint. (The satin coverage does fade, but lips

still have colour several hours after application.)

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon, £9.99.

This lives up to its name but (again) doesn’t feel

hideously tight, as so many matte products do. It’s

in a Crayola-type format, which swivels up. (If you

want to keep the nib sharp, there’s a little sharpener

in the end.) There’s also a Superstay Matte Ink Liquid

Lipstick, £9.99, in the same range – a liquid, which

you apply with the wand applicator, as opposed to a

crayon texture, if that’s more your (make-up) bag.

3INA The Longwear Lipstick, £10.94. Like the

Chanel option, this has a doe-foot applicator

and all the convenience of a gloss, but with the

intensity of a really super-charged, pigmented

lipstick. It becomes opaque on lips – but if

it’s too intense when applied ‘neat’, add a

dab and blend it for a long-lasting stain.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, £19. When

Rihanna launched her make-up line, there were

queues round the block for weeks at Harvey Nichols

in Knightsbridge – and really, I’m not surprised,

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with products like this. In packaging that looks

like The Shard, it’s featherlight, and said to offer

12-hour hold. This high impact lipstick comes in

a relatively small range of shades, right now – the

most wearable are probably Uncuffed (a rosy-toned

nude) and the fabulous scarlet Uncensored.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink, £31. I think this is my

favourite of the bunch – but treat-priced. Almost

weightless, it glides on via the doe-foot applicator

to deliver really, really strong colour. (It’s not called

‘Ink’ for nothing.) The mix of waxes, polymers and

vegetable oils is surprisingly comfy tho’ – unlike

so many long-last formulations I’ve tried. There

are lighter shades in the range – fresh pink 168

Serenity or rose-beige 140 Amoreux – but I love

the brazenly dark options, such as 154 Experimenté

and 152 Choquant, a deep red. I apply to my

bottom lip, smoosh my lips together – et voilà.

And sometimes I pat the colour into lips for soft,

blurred edges that look really natural and ‘bitten’.

You can then use this as a base for another lipstick

over the top – and when that’s worn off, you’ll

still have great colour underneath, but on its own,

the colour stays for hours and hours. Through a

morning smoothie. Through a mid-morning coffee.

To be honest, I only feel compelled to ‘top it up’

after a vinaigrette-drenched salad lunch. (There’s

nothing short of an actual tattoo – which you won’t

catch me recommending – that’ll survive that!)

Mwah, mwah… And you’re welcome!

For more of Jo Fairley’s beauty writing visit

beautybible.com for daily breaking beauty news,

prize draws and the results of the Beauty Bible

Awards 2019, across products in 102 categories.

3INA

The Longwear

Lipstick, £10.94

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a battle with

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sciatica…but

I’m pain-free and

enjoying life again

after IDD Therapy

Sarah Gower from Marden had suffered

with back pain ‘niggles’ for a few years,

but last summer she was suddenly

struck with unbearable sciatica in her

leg which stopped her in her tracks.

Sarah explains: “For as long as I can

remember, I’ve always experienced a

degree of discomfort in my back, which

my osteopath at the time had put down to

muscular issues, but one day I woke with

the most excruciating sciatic pain which

literally floored me; I could hardly move.”

Over the following weeks Sarah’s pain and

lack of movement completely disrupted

her routine: “I couldn’t find a comfortable

sleeping position for my back and the

shooting pains in my leg woke me several

times every night; I actually ended up

sleeping on the floor out of desperation. I

couldn’t go to work, driving was impossible,

and everyday chores – even bathing and

dressing – became incredibly difficult.”

Sarah’s GP prescribed strong painkillers

but after a short while, she discovered she

was allergic to them. She was also put on

a waiting list to see a spinal surgeon: “I

knew it would be a few months before I

saw a consultant, but honestly, I really

wasn’t comfortable with the idea of

spinal injections or surgery; I’d read

about the risks and recovery periods

involved and it was a big worry for me.”

More than that, Sarah didn’t think

she’d be able to manage waiting for an

operation; she needed to get the pain sorted

as soon as possible. “I’d seen some local

magazine articles about patients who had

recovered well at Wealden Osteopaths &

Spine Centre, so I went for some handson

osteopathy to begin with, but when

I wasn’t responding, the Clinic Director

James Pickering stepped in and arranged

for me to have an MRI scan straight away;

he suspected I had some disc damage - a

possible reason for my relentless sciatica.”

James’s thoughts were confirmed; the

scan showed a herniated disc in Sarah’s

lower back. He recommended a course of

IDD Therapy, a targeted disc treatment

for persistent back pain, neck pain and

sciatica. The non-invasive treatment

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and irritation from trapped nerves.

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James’s expert team uses the programme

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Sarah was keen to start her treatment

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Health & Wellbeing

Boost Your Immunity

Henrietta Norton explains how changing attitudes to

fermentation are having a beneficial effect on gut bacteria

F

ermenting is firmly back in

fashion these days. Not during

my 15 years as a Nutritional

Therapist has the advice of fermenting

a cabbage been so positively received.

The tradition of fermenting vegetables

was born out of a necessity to ‘preserve’

vegetables long before fridges and freezers

were invented. The most recognised of these

is the European cabbage based sauerkraut

or the Asian version, kimchi,

where cabbage is shredded and

pickled using a process called

lactic acid fermentation.

This process yields a number

of benefits, including lactic

acid bacteria Lactobacillus

Brevis or Lactobacillus Plantarum that

have a functional role in digestion as well

as the production of B vitamins, vitamin

K and the ‘breakdown’ of protein.

Indeed, Europeans have been traditionally

using these foods for anything from

maintaining a healthy digestion to

promoting immunity and treatment for

ulcers. The cabbage or vegetable itself

provides a host of nutrients that are

“ The trick is to

use it in small

amounts on a

regular basis”

preserved by the fermentation process and

prebiotic fibre to feed the good bacteria.

There are simply ways to incorporate

fermented foods into your life; add a spoonful

of saukerkraut to a winter hot-pot, baked fish,

or as an alternative to commercial pickles in

sandwiches or baked potatoes. The trick is

to use it in small amounts (a dessertspoon

would be fine) on a regular basis – too

much can make you gassy and bloated!

The homemade, traditional

version does not use heat and

is naturally unpasteurised. As a

result it produces a wonderful

diversity of beneficial bacteria.

Commercial varieties in cans

or jars are produced differently

to extend shelf life and may offer a lower

yield of bacterial diversity and strength.

So my advice is to ‘make hay while the

sun shines’ and make your own. Get creative

with various vegetables and spices (carrots,

beetroot, ginger and caraway are delicious).

Once combined they can be stored for up

to three months in the fridge, so you can

make larger batches and stockpile, adding

them into your diet as often as you fancy.

Sauerkraut

• 1 medium cabbage, finely

shredded (any type of

cabbage and even better if

mixed, but still the equivalent

amount to one cabbage)

• 1 tbsp caraway seeds

• 1 tbsp sea salt

• 1 sterilized 500ml Mason

jar (or other jar with a lid)

Mix all the ingredients

together in a bowl.

Transfer to the sterilised

container, adding some

pressure so that the cabbage

is tightly packed. This should

leave at least 1 inch between

the top of the cabbage and

the lid of the jar as the

mixture can ‘grow’ during

the fermentation process.

Put the lid on tightly and

store in a dark cupboard

at room temperature for

three days. After that

transfer to the fridge.

Saukerkraut improves with

age so you can leave it in your

fridge for at least one month.

Add a dessertspoon to salads

or use as a snack with cheese

and oat and flax cakes.

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Being healthy isn’t just focusing on exercise

or diet, it’s about lifestyle and mindset,

too, as Sarah Maxwell explains

minute fitness

Prior to a summer break, many

of us think about sprucing

up in readiness for the beach,

family fun, great food and rosé tinged

evenings. Aside from removing the

winter fuzz many of us want to feel

more toned, slimmer and confident

in the warmer months. But now,

with the summer behind us and the

long dark nights arriving, lightweight

linen dresses and glittery flip-flops

are just a distant memory!

In June this year I launched a sevenday

fitness course on a Facebook closed

group showing people how exercising

for 10 minutes a day can be really

effective. Most of us struggle with the

demands of life and more often than

not our own wellbeing is at the bottom

of the list of things to consider.

For me consistency is important. By

just doing a bit of exercise

every day you can work

up to more. Try just 10

minutes and see how you

feel. If that feels good,

then by all means do

more. If 20 minutes feels

good and you can do it

regularly that’s great. If

you think you should

go out for a run but are feeling both

physically and emotionally exhausted,

then don’t push yourself – go for a walk

instead, breathe deeply and take in your

surroundings. By keeping on the move,

even if it’s just for 10 minutes, your

physical and emotional state can change.

Believe me, this is so much better for

you than punishing yourself. Feeling the

pain is not necessarily a gain! The idea

that you don’t deserve a fit body unless

you punish yourself is completely wrong.

I don’t always feel like working out,

sometimes I’m overwhelmed by juggling

family, friends and all of the things that

we feel we have to do before we even

“Finding time to

fit in things that

support my health

and wellbeing

is difficult for

me, too”

start to think about our own needs.

Finding time to fit in things that

support my health and wellbeing is

difficult for me, too. I’ve been a fitness

trainer for 30 years, I have nothing

to prove to myself or anyone else. I

don’t want to have a six-pack at 50,

I just want to make sure that I am

mentally and physically fit so I can

enjoy my life to its full capacity.

My philosophy is, be kind to yourself

mentally and physically. Do what

you can, when you can and always do

something that makes you smile. Dance

in your kitchen in your underwear to

your favourite music if that’s your thing.

Think about your whole self. If you can

change your mindset so that you view

exercise and wellbeing as an essential

part of your life and not a punishment,

you will find it becomes a pleasure.

If you have children,

then just think of the

positive body image

you are giving them by

loving your own self

and showing them that

health and fitness is

about your mind and

body for your whole

life not just for two

paranoid weeks while wearing a bikini.

I believe that ‘healthy’ is an entire

lifestyle, not just exercise or diet. It

all has to work together and it has to

work with your schedule and ability.

Success looks different for everyone

and I know we all find it hard to

remember this when we have social

media, TV or celebrities telling us

what to do and how we should live.

We are all shapes and sizes. We owe

it to ourselves and our young ones

not to conform to idealised images

of health and fitness because, more

often than not, they are either fake or

totally untrue and unobtainable.

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

Exercise of

the month:

Home workout

10-minute effective exercise

at home with no equipment.

Warm up

March/jog on the spot

loosening your shoulders

as you go for 1 minute


Main event

Elbows to knees/elbows to knees

with a jump for 30 seconds

on, rest for 20 seconds.

Squats or power jump (spring up

and jump out of the squat and land

gently) for 30 seconds on, rest

for 20 seconds.

Step side-to-side raising arms

straight up/jump side-to-side raising

arms for 30 seconds on, rest

for 20 seconds.

Do all of the above 2-3

times one after the other.


Cool down

Gentle stretches to finish

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Easy autumn

showstoppers

Laura Paton makes the most of autumn’s bounty with three fruity desserts that offer the

comforting warmth you crave as the evenings draw in, with just the right level of sweetness


Words: Laura Paton

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming


Almond Dutch Baby with Blackberry Compote

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 25-30 mins Serves 4

You’ll need a 25cm

ovenproof skillet pan

For the Dutch baby:

• 100g plain flour,

sifted

• 1 tbsp caster sugar

• 3 large eggs

• 150ml full-fat milk

• ½ tsp almond

extract

• 3 tbsp vegetable oil

For the compote:

• 200g blackberries

• 25g sugar

• ¾ tsp cornflour

• 1 tbsp Chambord

or crème de cassis

(optional)

• 1 tbsp water

To serve:

• Icing sugar

• Toasted almond

flakes

• Vanilla ice cream

1Remove the top shelf and preheat the oven to 220°C, fan 200°C, gas 7.

Tip the flour and sugar into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Crack

in the eggs and add the milk and almond extract.

2Whisk together the eggs, milk and extract then gradually incorporate the flour.

Keep whisking until you have a smooth batter. Pour into a jug and set aside.

3Add the oil to the skillet pan and place in the oven to heat up. Meanwhile,

make the compote: add the blackberries, sugar, cornflour, liqueur (if using)

and water to a saucepan.

4Place the pan over a medium heat and cook for 4-5 mins until the released

juices begin to thicken. Set aside.

5Once the skillet is hot, pull out the oven shelf and pour the batter into the

pan. (It should sizzle once it hits the hot oil.)

6Quickly close the oven door and leave to bake for 20-25 mins until puffed up

and golden brown. (Don’t be tempted to open the door too early otherwise it

will sink very quickly.)

7Dust with icing sugar, scatter with almond flakes and take straight to the

table. Serve with the compote and scoops of vanilla ice cream.


The Warren Christmas Party Menu 2019

Starters

Warren rabbit ballotine, sweetcorn

relish, Warren pancetta & oat

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Sous vide Warren duck leg terrine,

orange & carrot chutney

Hastings haddock & Sussex smoked

cheese tart, Warren

hen’s egg, celery

Jerusalem artichoke velouté,

chestnut beignet (VG)

Mains

Warren golden goose/turkey, all

traditional Christmas trimmings

Warren venison loin, black garlic

creamed potatoes, Brussel sprouts,

Warren pancetta, leek ash

Wild salmon, potato fondant,

braised fennel, caper fondue

Spinach & watercress soufflé,

Sussex cheese sauce (V)

Duo of Christmas cauliflower;

steak & couscous, pomegranate &

pine nuts (VG)

Warren bread, butter & dripping

Cranberry & tarragon

Desserts

Orange panna cotta,

crumb, gel & sorbet

Warren Apple filo pastry strudel,

clotted cream, sultanas & raisins

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Apple Cinnamon Custard Tart

Preparation time: 40 mins

Cooking time: 30-35 mins Serves 6-8

You’ll need a 25cm fluted, loose-bottomed tart tin

For the base:

• 85g butter

• 250g Lotus Biscoff biscuits, crushed

For the filling:

• 2 red apples

• 200ml double cream

• 4 medium egg yolks

• 50g caster sugar, plus ½ tbsp for sprinkling

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Melt the butter

1 in a saucepan over a medium heat.

2Reserve 2 tbsp of the melted butter. Add the crushed biscuits

to the rest and mix until evenly coated.

Tip the biscuit mixture into the tart tin, firmly pushing down

3 into the base and sides with the back of a spoon to create an

even layer. Place the tin on a baking tray and set aside.

Core, quarter and thinly slice the apples. Arrange the slices

4 over the biscuit base, starting from the outside and overlapping

them slightly. Brush with the reserved butter.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, egg yolks, sugar and

5 vanilla extract. Transfer the mixture to a jug and carefully pour

over the apples. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

Transfer to the oven and bake for 30-35 mins.

Serve warm or cold.


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Sticky Clementine Puddings

Preparation time: 25 mins

Cooking time: 25-30 mins Serves 4

You’ll need 4 x 8cm-diameter pudding basins

• 2 clementines

• 6 tbsp golden syrup

• 100g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

• 100g caster sugar

• 2 large eggs, beaten

• 100g self-raising flour, sifted

1Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Liberally

grease the basins. Zest and juice 1 of the clementines.

2Using a knife, remove the peel and pith from the other clementine and

slice into 4 rounds. Remove the pith from the centre of each round.

3Mix the golden syrup with 1 tbsp of the juice. Divide between the

basins and add 1 slice of clementine to each. Set aside.

4Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one

at a time. Fold in the flour. Add the zest and remaining juice.

5Divide the batter evenly between the basins and place in a roasting

tray. Half fill the tray with boiling water from the kettle.

6Bake for 25-30 mins until well risen and golden. Turn out and serve

with cream or custard, and extra warmed golden syrup if you like.

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Time for

Change

Jo Arnell explains how you can keep your

garden looking gorgeous throughout autumn

and winter despite fluctuating light levels

Light levels are changing dramatically this

month as the earth tilts relentlessly away

from the sun. There is nothing we can do

about it and we do seem to make it harder on

ourselves by changing the hour at the end of the

month. Suddenly it is dark and getting darker.

Nature doesn’t ‘rail against the dying of the light’

in the way we do. The plants and animals have just

been getting on with it; ripening wood and fruit,

making winter stores, preparing for the inevitable.

Somewhere there is a comfort in this, a regularity

and a rhythm. Without winter there is no spring.

Seasonally Affected

Autumn is a beautifully poetic season and when

the sun does shine it is at a lower angle in the

sky, so the light is softer and more golden,

enhancing tawny colours and causing backlit

translucent leaves and petals to glow. Sunlight

slants through grasses and the less dense plants,

gilding the edges and creating silhouettes.

We can make the most of these effects with

autumnal planting schemes, choosing plants that

are at their best this season, or those that die

gracefully to leave attractive seed heads and skeletal

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stems – looking like the ghosts of their former selves.

Grasses come into their own in the autumn and winter.

Gilded by low light, most will continue to look lovely, easily

surviving the worst of the weather, bending and bowing in

the wind, but seldom wrecked or uprooted as other plants

might be. Calamagrostis ‘Carl Foerster’ stands tall like a golden

sentinel all through the winter, Miscanthus keep their feathery

plumes intact for many weeks, while low-growing Stipa

tenuissima will waft gently about at the front of the border.

Lower light levels can also mean that some areas of

the garden are in shade for more, or even all, of the day.

Shadows are longer, the days are shorter and gloomy

corners can feel like they are pressing in on us. There

are some cheery plants that thrive in shade, that will

lift a dull, dark area and bring interest to the darkest

of spaces. Variegated leaves or pale flowers will work

best, providing they can cope with the lack of light.

Light and colour

Playing with light effects is an interesting, rewarding and

ultimately uplifting process. Manipulation of light can

also be used effectively in planting choices to enhance the

natural effects, or even to counteract them. Colours change

dramatically in the light. Pastels and shades

of blue sing out in low light. These colours

also increase the feeling of space and light,

because pale shades recede, so that objects

seem further away. Conversely, stronger,

brighter colours advance and seem closer and

more intimate. Deep colours stand out well

in sunny conditions where lighter colours

would appear washed-out and insipid.

The changing quality of light through the day also affects

how colours look to us. Paler hues – white, pale cream,

mauve and blue – shine out at dawn and dusk, whereas

brighter colours and those at the red end of the spectrum

“Nature doesn’t

‘rail against the

dying of the

light’ in the

way we do”

– pinks, red and oranges – almost disappear in low light

and are at their clearest and strongest in the midday sun.

How plants respond to light

Plants are able to make food and grow using sunlight,

water and carbon dioxide through the process of

photosynthesis, but they have also developed

sophisticated responses to changes in both

light levels and the direction of the light.

Phototropism – or a plant’s ability to move

towards the light – is governed by the triggering

of hormones within the stems and leaves.

These lengthen the cells within the plant

that are furthest away from the sunlight, so if

light hits just on one side of the stem, it will

bend towards it and start loading the cells with chloroplasts

(where photosynthesis occurs). This is why tiny seedlings

that don’t get enough light become etiolated, growing

pale, thin and tall in their search for light. Heliotropism


Top left: Winter sunlight enhances the tracery of bare stems Top right: Bright colours stand up well in strong light Left: Pale,

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is a form of phototropism shown by young sunflowers that

causes them to turn their (unopened) buds towards the sun,

tracking it as it appears to move across the sky through the day.

Photoperiodism – is the reaction that plants have to changing

day length, triggering them to grow, flower and set seed. It

is closely linked to the changing seasons and vital for plants’

survival. Some plants are more sensitive than others; those

not affected by day length are governed more by changes in

temperature, often they react to both, but the further from

the equator they grow, the more likely it is that growth and

flowering is directly related to changing amounts of light – or

rather the amount of darkness. Some plants are labelled ‘long

day’ or ‘short day’, depending on how long their nights are.

Plant breeders use this to their advantage, triggering flowers to

bloom at the wrong time of year – this is why your Christmas

red Poinsettia stays green forever after, as it needs a period

of darkness to trigger the red bracts to form for next year.

Adaptations to light and shade

You can tell a lot about a plant and where it will be happy

growing from the shape, size and texture of its leaves. Plants that

thrive in hot, sunny situations often have silver leaves to reflect

the sunlight, whereas those that prefer shadier conditions

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Below: Sunflowers will turn their heads to follow the sun

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tend to have dark green leaves, as they need to pack them with

chlorophyll in order to make the most of any available light. Along

with light, or the lack of it, comes the availability of water. Plants

from arid situations have evolved methods of conserving water. Leaves

reduce into needles in order to reduce the transpiration rate, or as in

the case of succulents, they plump up to become water storage units.

In damp shade, the quest is to get rid of water, so leaves tend to be

bigger to encourage water to evaporate from a larger surface area.

Woodland plants have evolved to fit in with the seasons, seizing

literal ‘windows’ of opportunity before leaves appear on the trees.

They flower in a rush in spring and then most disappear, or become

dormant once the dense, light-blocking canopy of leaves closes in.

Opportunists, such as snowdrops and winter aconites, even start

flowering in the winter to get ahead of the game.

Autumn planting

Early autumn is the time to be tidying up, preparing and planting

up new borders. The soil is still warm, it’s likely to rain (and save you

from endless watering) and new plants will get a chance to settle in

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Garden

Sweet Dreams

Sue Whigham goes in search of the lesser-seen members of the Lepidoptera order of moths

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of pretty sweaters. Mind you, we do create the perfect

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houses. I bet there were fewer around when we didn’t have

radiators and the ice was on the inside of the windows.

But the moths I’m thinking of are gorgeous creatures,

such as the Jersey Tiger moth my granddaughter spotted

sunning itself on a bit of Brixton graffiti a couple of summers

ago. Wow, what a beautiful creature this daytime flier is.

It’s interesting to hear that it used to be found just on the

south coast, and more specifically in Devon and Hampshire.

Now it is happy in London as we discovered. It seems that

last year was a bumper year for them – well, in Hackney at

least. It’s quite a large, very distinctive creature (52-65mm)

with creamy white stripes on its forewings and red/orange

or yellow underwings with black spots. You can’t miss it.

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Top: Moths love highly-scented flowers like those of tobacco plants

Above: Elephant hawk moth

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Above: Popular hawk moth

encourage this moth. Their hairy caterpillars feed off nettles,

dandelions, plantain, ground ivy and bramble. All plants that

the ‘tidy’ gardener might be strimming off as we speak. The

adult moth can be seen feeding off buddleias and borage in

the late summer months, as well as plants like Eupatorium

cannabinum, or hemp agrimony, an excellent late season

border plant with its clusters of pink flowers. There are

lovely, particularly decorative forms of this eupatorium,

including statuesque Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum

which has the darkest of flowers and purplish stems.

Moths are in the same insect order (Lepidoptera) as

butterflies and in fact make up 96 per cent of the

group. There are approximately 2,500 species of moth in

the UK and many of them have very specific caterpillar food

plants. European native plants species like hawthorn are great

attractants for moths and it’s always with a sinking feeling that

I see new builds being planted up with fast growing species,

such as laurel, rather than a good old native hedge. And like

other pollinators, moths do a valuable job of pollinating both

wild flowers, garden flowers and crops, as well as providing a

vital food source for bats. Many moth pollinated plants have

blooms which have evolved specifically to provide nectar

in return for which the moths cross pollinate the flowers.

Most ‘moth flowers’ tend to be either white or at least pale

in colour so that the moths can spot them as dusk approaches.

These would include highly scented flowers such as evening

primrose (Oenothera) and tobacco plants (Nicotiana). Some

of them have flowers with long tubes which exclude insects

with shorter tongues! Wild honeysuckle, for instance, has

a particularly long tube which excludes smaller insects and

is tailor made for larger moths. Silenes or campions are

particularly attractive to moths. Night scented catchfly, Silene

noctiflora, has pale pink flowers and is worth looking out for

if you want to encourage moths to your garden or meadow.

They are a late summer flowerer and look good in a border

but would be growing more naturally with knapweeds,

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known as the ‘meadow maker’ for its ability to parasitize

the grasses and weaken their growth, several native

species have miraculously appeared this year, amongst

them scabious, betony and musk mallow. The latter’s

musky scent is particularly attractive to night flying

insects and its open pink flowers are very recognisable

flowering as they do on wasteland and field edges.

We had a local moth expert along in July, the best month

for moths by the way, and he set up a moth trap in the middle

of the lawn. We went out at about 10.30pm just to see that

it was still there! However, the connection to the electricity

must have come loose as there was no sign of light and so the

next half an hour was spent out in the dark trying out old

leads dug out from the garage. Note to self: clear garage out.

But it was worth it as when Bernard came back at 6.30am the

following morning, he opened up the trap and we studiously

inspected his night time tally despite being a little bleary

eyed. We had 51 species in there, apparently not that high a

count but it was our first go. It was so exciting to learn a little

about these fascinating and usually pretty invisible creatures

and to be able to inspect them so closely. And their names:

Thistle Ermine, Beautiful Plume, Drinker, Red Twin Spot

Carpet, Pebble Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock and so on.

Three stand out moths for their drama as well as

their delicacy were the Buff-tip, which looks exactly

like a short piece of birch twig, a perfectly developed

defence mechanism to deflect predators; the Elephant

Hawkmoth, a large and lovely pink and olive moth

whose caterpillar resembles an elephant’s trunk, and

the Poplar Hawkmoth. We had two of these.

The Poplar Hawkmoth is apparently the most common

of the hawkmoths in the UK and its appearance is

certainly arresting as it has wingspan of up to 10cm

and when it is resting it holds its hindwings above

its forewings making for an interesting shape.

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Education

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What happens if your child’s strengths don’t fall within the parameters of a

‘traditional’ career path? Hilary Wilce explores the more ‘hands-on’ alternatives

Last summer I met a woman whose son had gone

to a top private school, studied at Imperial College

London and then went on to have a high-flying

career as a structural engineer working all over the world on

multi-million pound contracts. Recently, he had given it all

up to make furniture. “And he said to me, ‘Mum, I’ve never

worked so hard, or earned so little, or been so happy.’”

This woman said her son had always loved

working with his hands, but neither his parents

or his teachers had thought that this could

lead to a suitable career. She now regrets, as she

sees it, ‘pushing’ him into a different role.

But has anything changed since he was at

school? Many of us still expect our children to

abandon their poster paints at an early age in

order to work towards getting as many good

exam results as possible, after which university

and a ‘proper’ career will be the expected course.

However, things may be on the move.

Recently the Government pledged to put an

extra £400m into further education – the world of colleges

and apprenticeships where people learn crafts and trades

and applied knowledge of all kinds – and if the money

comes through it will be a welcome boost for a part of the

educational world that has been neglected for far too long.

Not many of us get the chance to wander freely around further

education colleges seeing the full range of what they offer, but

it is an eye-opening experience. And in a good college it can

be a heart-warming one too, as young students talk about the

pleasure of finally getting to study something that they enjoy and

will give them bankable skills, or mature students who enthuse

about the support they are getting as they study for a new career.

Of course, the reason the sterling work of these colleges is

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not better known is because of our widespread snobbishness

about anything that smacks of technical learning.

But this might soon start to change. For one thing, more

young people are discovering the joy of turning their backs

on a desk job to make a living distilling craft gin, baking

sourdough rolls, or rearing rare breed pigs. At the same time,

a slowing economy is making steady jobs look very attractive

– work opportunities for a freelance PR

consultant, for example, can be sketchy, but a

good electrician will always be in demand.

We are also coming to understand how we

need to use our hands as well as our heads to

be fully healthy and happy. Whether you’re

a retiree going to a shared ‘mens’ shed’ to do

some DIY, a stressed city worker relaxing with

an evening of ‘knit and natter’, or someone

getting over a difficult patch by taking on

an allotment, working with our hands, in

groups, seems to satisfy several basic human

needs. So it’s no surprise that more and

more doctors are now advising patients who are recovering

from depression to join gardening and cooking clubs.

At the same time the future of the planet itself is

uncertain and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility

that we may all one day be forced to turn back to

growing, building, making and mending.

In fact, the first straw for this may be already in the wind,

with new research showing that private schools are no longer

pushing students to take as many GCSEs as possible, but

instead encouraging them to engage in more sports and

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Education

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Simon Wong, Chartered Financial Planner at JM Finn, explains

how to plan for your child’s private school education

Are there any ways to cut the cost of a private school

education? Any aspiring parent wishing to send their

children to private school will be fully aware of the huge

cost to do so, with the average annual cost of a private day

school at around £14,000 rising to £34,000 for boarding

(Independent Schools Council). There are limited ways to

actually reduce the cost but it is always worth exploring with

the school if there are any relevant bursaries or scholarships

available, which can range from 5-50% discounts depending

on the school, so it can be worth nurturing that musical or

sporting talent. Secondly, many schools offer a discount for

paying all the fees up front. This only works if you have the

capital available but sometimes the discount is not attractive

enough to make it worthwhile and you may be better off

investing the money elsewhere. Alternatively, retrain as a

teacher and seek employment at a private school. The only

way to really reduce the cost of educating your children is

to plan for it and to ensure you

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How far in advance should you be

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svs.org.uk

Open

Mornings

Prep School

Friday 11th October 2019

Senior School

Saturday 9th November 2019

Book online now


Education

“Setting up a bare trust is the most tax efficient method for grandparents to pay

the fees. The pros for this are that it is potentially inheritance tax free, can be

relatively straightforward to set up and makes use of the child’s tax allowances”

Are there any risks of school fee planning? Depending

on the route chosen, whether it’s to invest your capital in

a growth strategy or to focus on reducing a tax burden to

increase a future inheritance, there are always risks. Investing

puts your assets at the risk of stock market movements and

it must always be remembered that past performance is

no guide to future performance and as such it is possible

you could end up with less than you started off with. Tax

efficient strategies are at the mercy of HMRC as tax rules

can – and do – change, often without notice. In the current

political environment prudence in this regard is essential.

Another risk is that school fee payments are interrupted

due to the death of the primary provider. This can be

mitigated by insuring the appropriate person(s). The key is

ensuring you take appropriate advice from a wealth planner

or tax expert who can help put your school fee funding

plans into the context of your wider financial situation.

What are the pros/cons of parents/grandparents paying the

school fees? Setting up a bare trust is the most tax efficient

method for grandparents to pay the fees. The pros for this

are that it is potentially inheritance tax free, can be relatively

straightforward to set up and makes use of the child’s tax

allowances with any growth held outside of the grandparent’s

estate. The cons are the exposure to investment risk and the

fact that the child has access to the trust aged 18 which means

the assets cannot be preserved in trust for future generations.

Gifting is advantageous as it contributes to fees immediately and

can be tax efficient by using annual gift exemptions. However,

these gifts are limited to £3,000 a year per grandparent and

any gifts above this level may be taxable upon death, unless

the gift is using gifts out of normal income exemption.

Grandparents’ Day and Harvest F

For more information on how to plan for the future, contact

Simon at 020 7600 1660 or email to info@jmfinn.com

A School Full

of Opportunities

OPEN DAY & TASTER BOARDING

admissions@vinehallschool.com

11th October 2019

“Vinehall clearly encourages excellence in all areas. Whilst our

daughter will be able to embrace her broad passions, underpinning

everything there is a solid academic foundation.” New Parent

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‘Children leave MHS with

a toolbox full of capability;

not just a briefcase of grades.’

Toby Payne-Cook, Head of Science & PSB curriculum lead at MHS

NEXT OPEN DAY FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER, 9.30am-12noon

A dynamic approach to education ensuring that we unlock the potential

in every child

n A new curriculum, The PSB@MHS, for Years 7&8

n A Character Education programme fully integrated into the curriculum

n Growth Mindset embedded in our teaching

Pre-register for our next Open Day online or contact Emma Houchin for further details

01580 753555 or registrar@marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

MARLBOROUGH HOUSE SCHOOL

Valuing self and others

Boys and Girls, Nursery-13 years. Founded 1874, Day and Flexi Boarding

Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Kent, TN18 4PY marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk


Winter

Sports

Education

What’s on offer to keep pupils active during chillier months? WT speaks to Dulwich Prep

Cranbrook and The King’s School, Canterbury about the range of sports available

Mrs Jo Wilson, Head of PE and Games

at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

What range of sporting activities do you offer through

the winter months? At Dulwich Prep Cranbrook the aim is

always to offer as many different options as possible, whilst

ensuring all children have a grounding in the mainstream

sports. Football, rugby, hockey, lacrosse and netball are the

main winter sports, alongside cross-country running. There

is also a swimming squad and an equestrian team. Children

can then choose to further their skills with after-school

and lunch-time clubs. We are very proud of the number of

elite players the school produces across all sports from table

tennis to triathlon at county, regional and national level.

Which are proving to be most popular? Sports Clubs in

Little Stream (Years 1-4) are open to all, and it is interesting

to see how many girls are joining in with football and

rugby. There is now a separate girls’ football team for Upper

School. This term we are working with two top professional

football coaches to further stretch our teams, and often

have visiting coaches in school to lead sessions. Already this

term we were joined by a hockey coach who has trained

England player Maddie Hinch, for a goal-keeping seminar.

Do participants have the opportunity to travel

outside the school for matches? Every child will play

in competitive matches, and have the opportunity to

represent their school. It is a lovely opportunity for family

to come and watch and cheer on their team and most

importantly enjoy a match tea afterwards! Most matches

are during the school day and occasionally on a Saturday.

How do you engage those pupils who may be reluctant

to take part in traditional winter sports? Are there

alternative options to keep active? Not every child will

enjoy traditional team sports, which is why the Dulwich

Inspires Wednesday afternoon programme is so important.

Children can choose from a range of exciting options – this

term includes Drawing, Walking and Talking, involving

a countryside ramble and chat; or abseiling and climbing

at a local outdoor centre. Ballet and Karate are also on

offer. Every week we hold the Dulwich Run at break time.

Open to children and staff it is a great opportunity to get

outside and blow away the cobwebs. Other alternatives

include Parkour Club, yoga and relaxation and badminton.

We also run a very popular ski trip every winter.

Find out more at dulwichprepcranbrook.org


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OPEN MORNINGS

13+ -

Saturday 5 th October 2019

Saturday 7 th March 2020

Sixth Form -

Saturday 21 st September 2019

Saturday 20 th June 2020

Watch our film

www.kings-school.co.uk/school-film

A 21 st Century education within

the historical City of Canterbury

Watch our film

www.junior-kings.co.uk/school-film

www.junior-kings.co.uk

OPEN MORNINGS

Saturday 12 th October 2019

Saturday 16 th May 2020


Education

Richard Singfield,

Director of Sport, The

King’s School, Canterbury

What range of sporting

activities do you offer

through the winter months?

Name the sport and the chances are that The King’s School,

Canterbury can offer it, or at the very least aid with training

that can augment a pupil’s talent or passion. Sports on offer

throughout winter vary from the traditional team sports of

football, hockey, lacrosse, netball and rugby to more individual

endeavours such as badminton, fencing, horse riding, cross

country, golf (making use of the indoor simulator), sailing,

shooting, squash and swimming.

Which are proving to be most popular? Hockey, rugby,

football and netball are played by all pupils throughout the

school during the Autumn and Lent terms with multiple teams

of varied abilities catered for. Beyond the school playing fields,

sports such as swimming, fencing and rowing are very popular,

helped by the great coaching and facilities on offer. A new

indoor sports facility at the school’s Malthouse site features 18

underfloor fencing pistes making it the third biggest in England.

The strong history of rowing at King’s no doubt plays a part in

its popularity with former pupils including Olympic medallists

Tom Ransley, Frances Houghton and Fred Scarlett.

Do participants have the opportunity to travel outside the

school for matches? A full schedule of fixtures against other

schools ensures all pupils have an opportunity to compete

should they wish. The school is also always prepared to

help those with special talents that go beyond what King’s

can feasibly offer. Former pupil and Winter Paralympic

skier Millie Knight (pictured) is a perfect example. Her

busy schedule required arranging time for her important

training regime and travel alongside her studies. Her hard

work certainly paid off when she returned from the 2019

PyeongChang Winter Paralympics with three medals.

How do you engage those pupils who may be reluctant to

take part in traditional winter sports? Are there alternative

options to keep active? ‘Enjoyable Sport for All’ sums up the

King’s approach. A balanced approach to winning and losing

is seen as an integral part of a rounded, holistic education.

Alongside the general sports on offer, King’s has a very

wide-ranging and popular activities programme that makes

good use of the school’s Recreation Centre. Various indoor

sports and activities such as aerobics, pilates, basketball,

badminton, and squash are available alongside a wellequipped

gym, fitness studio and strength and conditioning

room meaning there really is something for everyone.

Find out more at kings-school.co.uk

For boys and girls aged 2 to 13

Open

Morning

Tuesday 12

November

9:30am-

11:30am

For full details and to

book your place, visit:

www.skippershill.com/visit

☎ 01825 830 234

www.skippershill.com

Five Ashes, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6HR

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100

VOICE TRIALS

for boys aged 7 & 8

9 th November 2019

Spring Grove

School

‘A great place to

grow’ for boys and

girls aged 2 to 11

Enquiries are welcome

at any time

Substantial scholarships are awarded

and choristers benefit from an all-round

excellent education at St Edmund’s

School Canterbury.

The Master of Choristers, David Flood,

is always pleased to meet and advise

parents and their sons.

For further details please telephone

01227 865242

davidf@canterbury-cathedral.org

@No1Cathedral

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WE SEEK,

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Aspirational academic aims, exceptional pastoral

care and all-inclusive fee structure.

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Independent day school

Girls 3-11

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granvilleschool.org

BELIEVE

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Open Mornings: 9am -10.30am

Friday 15 November 2019

Friday 31 January 2020

Please book an appointment

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Come and join us from 10am.

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Michelham Priory

House & Gardens

Wreath Making Workshops

Autumnal - 12 th October

Festive - 4 th December

Willow - 7 th December

Booking required, see website for details.

Hallowe’en Weekend

Sat 26 th & Sun 27 th October

Activities, crafts, children’s trails,

Halloween café menu & fun.

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Sat 9 th & Sun 10 th November

Festive fun with stalls, decorations,

music & Father Christmas in this

beautiful historic setting.

Christmas at the Priory

30 th Nov,1 st , 7 th , 8 th 14 th & 15 th Dec

Enjoy some hearty fare, music &

activities. Christmas through the ages.

Christmas in the Courtyard

5 th December, 6.30pm to 10pm

Carols, festive refreshments, discounted

shopping & 2-course Christmas dinner in

our Elizabethan barn. Booking required.

Call us: 01323 844224

Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham

East Sussex, BN27 3QS.

www.sussexpast.co.uk

Wednesday 16 October,

2.30pm & 7pm

Chequer Mead Theatre,

East Grinstead

01342 302000

www.chequermead.org.uk

Thursday 7 November, 7.30pm

White Rock Theatre, Hastings

01424 462288

www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Tuesday 22 October,

7.30pm

Stag Community Arts Centre,

Sevenoaks

01732 450175

www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk

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ART & EXHIBITIONS

Until Sun 12 Jan

Turner Contemporary,

Rendezvous, Margate, Kent,

CT9 1HG

Turner Prize

One of the best known prizes

for visual arts in the world, the

Turner Prize comes to Margate’s

Turner Contemporary art gallery

this autumn. Four of the most

exciting artists working right

now are shortlisted to win the

prize based on an outstanding

exhibition that has taken place

in the previous year. This year’s

finalists include Lawrence Abu

Hamdan, Helen Cammock,

Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani.

Entry: free

turnercontemporary.org

Tues 15 – Sun 27 Oct

Trinity Theatre, Church Road,

Tunbridge Wells TN1 1JP

Before words –

an exhibition of

printmaking, fused

glass and sculpture

With the current resurgence of

interest in printmaking, with

recent London exhibitions by

Edward Bawden and artists of

the Grosvenor School, this is an

opportunity to see contemporary

prints in a range of techniques,

including etching, woodcut,

linocut and collagraph. The

prints are shown alongside the

vibrant and luminous colours

of fused glass created both

as wall-mounted pieces and

sculptures, in a collection by

four Kent artists, Helen Brooker,

Jeanette Cook, Maggie Kelham,

Catherine Robinson. As the

title suggests, Before Words

explores ideas and feelings which

may arise as images before it’s

possible to articulate them.

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20

October,

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina,

Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

TN40 1DP

The Sussex Guild

Contemporary Craft

Show

This show brings designers and

makers of fine, contemporary

and traditional craftwork to the

grade one listed De La Warr

Pavilion and art gallery. The high

quality of the beautiful work is

truly inspirational and it can be

purchased or commissioned.

Entry: £3 with readmission

throughout the weekend

thesussexguild.co.uk

FAIRS

Fri 4 Oct 10am-4pm

Kings Arms Hotel, Market

Square, Westerham,

Kent, TN16 1AN

Westerham Brocante

by Vanity Fairs

Vintage Fair with

a French Flair!

Furniture, collectables, clothes

or cleverly re-purposed items.

If you’ve been searching high

and low for that elusive piece,

you could just find it! See

stallholders who buy and sell

genuinely antique, vintage

and re-purposed articles,

ensuring a truly unique market

experience. New and massedproduced

products will not be

accepted into the brocante.

Entry: free

vanityfairs.co.uk

Sat 5 Oct, 10am-4pm

Cranbrook, Kent

CRANBROOK APPLE FAIR

A notoriously eccentric annual

event held in the beautiful town

of Cranbrook in Kent. This year’s

event is Viking and Hippies

themed and set to be the best

one yet, with a steel band, the

Rybellion Drummers and, of

course, the famous Red Barrows!

facebook.com/CranbrookAppleFair

Thurs 10, Fri 11 & Sat 12 Oct

Sandown Park Racecourse,

Portsmouth Road, Esher,

Surrey KT10 9AJ

Open House: A unique

Surrey Event

Our sister magazine’s first ever

event. We’ve combined the very

best in shopping, eating and

lifestyle. The perfect day out in

Surrey. We have hand-picked a

unique collection of stalls, with

What’s On in October

over 200 exhibitors showcasing

original gifts, must-have fashion

and jewellery, home interiors,

irresistible children’s clothing and

the finest artisan food and drink

the country has to offer. Plus, a

packed programme of influential,

talented speakers to inspire and

entertain you.

surrey-homes.co.uk/events

Sat 26 Oct 10am-2.30pm

Smarden Charter Hall,

Chessenden Lane,

Smarden TN27 8NF

Smarden Christmas Fair

Crafts and charity stalls: gifts,

Christmas cards and stocking

fillers, home-made jams, jellies

and chutneys, local history

publications, delicious cakes,

tea and coffee made and

served by Smarden W.I. There

will also be a fantastic raffle,

including a Smarden hamper.

FAMILY EVENTS

Sat 19 Oct – Sun 27 Oct,

Mon-Sun 10am-4pm

Dover Castle, Castle Hill,

Dover, Kent CT16 1HU

Spooky Dover Castle

with Creepy Critters

Grab your broomsticks for a

bewitchingly brilliant day out at

Dover Castle this Halloween half

term. Get hands-on with creepy

crafts and a wicked witch-themed

quest. There’s a fancy dress

competition every day – come

in your best witch and wizard

outfits to be in with a chance of

winning. Plus, meet some amazing

animals – including snakes, spiders

and more – and learn all about

these creepy crawly creatures.

english-heritage.org.uk

Mon 21 Oct 11.30am-2.30pm

Kenward Place, Kenward

Road, Yalding ME18 6AH

Alpaca Meet and Greet

Say hello to a family of beautiful

Kenward alpacas, guinea pigs

and goats and enjoy some craft

activities during the school

holidays! You’ll get to meet, feed

and take photos – all the while

learning about these unique and

gentle creatures. Enjoy a woodland

walk, friendly animals, children’s

play area and vintage charity shop.

Advanced booking essential.

01622 814187 /

reception@kenwardtrust.org.uk

FESTIVALs

Sat 19 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

Throughout Canterbury, Kent

Canterbury Festival

A two-week extravaganza of music,

performance, talks, family events,

science and more in the heart

of Kent. With venues including

Canterbury Cathedral, The

Marlowe Theatre, Kent College’s

newly built Great Hall and the

spectacular touring Salon Perdu

Spiegeltent; Canterbury’s most

ambitious Festival unifies the city’s

cultural hubs and invites audiences

of all ages and backgrounds to be

inspired, delighted and stunned.

canterburyfestival.co.uk

GARDENS

Throughout October (closed

Mon & Tues) 10.30am-5pm

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens,

Riverhill, Sevenoaks,

Kent TN15 0RR

Autumn Colours

For the first time ever, thanks to

the longer season, you can enjoy

Riverhill’s stunning autumn

colours in the Wood Garden.

Find the brightest leaf and

the biggest sweet chestnut.

riverhillgardens.co.uk

Tues 1 – Mon 28 Oct

Hever Castle & Gardens,

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG

Autumn Colour

at Hever Castle

Head to Hever Castle to enjoy

the crunch of leaves underfoot

and spectacular autumn tints. The

gardening team will be on-hand

to help you learn how to salvage,

dry and store seeds. The Garden

Exhibition will house examples

of the seeds collected by the

gardeners at Hever. There will

also be free garden tours of Faith’s

Garden, providing information

about seed collecting on Tuesdays

and Wednesdays throughout

October (with the exception

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Linocut Printmaking Workshop: Sensational Seed Heads

Friday 4 th October, 10am – 1pm

Our Head Gardener, Graeme, will take you on a tour of the

gardens, where you’ll be able to gather seed heads and leaves

to use as inspiration for your print. You’ll learn how to transfer

your image to a linocut tile and carve it using specialist tools.

£25.00pp including materials.

Herbal Roots Workshop - Wed 16 th October, 10am – 12pm

Autumn is the ideal time to harvest our herbal roots for

medicine. Discover the medicinal plants we have growing at

Belmont and make a liquid herbal tincture to see you through

the colder months. £20.00pp including refreshments.

Halloween at Belmont - Sunday 27 th October, 11am – 3pm

Enjoy a spooktacular family outing to Belmont this Halloween.

Children can reveal their inner artist with pumpkin carving and

creepy craft making with Lynsey of Creative Mash Ups. There

will also be a spooky trail around our gardens for everyone to

enjoy. £6.00 per child, £2.00 per adult

www.belmont-house.org • events@belmont-house.org

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of half-term). Your little ones

will be able to take the Leaf &

Seed Collection Challenge. All

they have to do is collect ten

different seeds and leaves from

either Anne Boleyn’s Walk or

Lake Walk and they will be given

a bulb to take home and plant.

hevercastle.co.uk

WORKSHOPS

Weds 9 Oct, 10.30am-4pm

Godinton House, Godinton

Lane, Ashford TN23 3BP

CERAMIC SCULPTURE

WORKSHOP

Join Kent-based artist Brenda

Burgess for a fun, friendly and

deeply informative sculpture

workshop for all abilities.

There are three themes: Fur, Fish

or Fowl (possible free choice).

Workshops are also available for

those looking for unusual Hen

Days and charity fund-raisers.

Entry: £65

brendaburgess@brendaburgessarts.

co.uk / brendaburgessarts.co.uk

SPORTS

Fri 18 – Sun 20 Oct

Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown,

Longfield DA3 8NG

Bennetts British

Superbike

Championship

Brands Hatch hosts the finalé

of the 2019 Bennetts British

Superbike Championship on

the world-famous Grand Prix

circuit in October. There will

be three incredible races across

the weekend – one on Saturday

and two on Sunday – in what

promises to be one of the most

exciting events of the season

0843 453 9000 /

brandshatch.co.uk

WALKS

Sun 6 Oct

Leeds Castle, Burberry

Lane, Leeds, Maidstone,

Kent ME17 1RH

THE BIG DOG WALK

for Guide Dogs

What’s On in October

Register for this two and half

mile walk in the grounds of

Leeds Castle at 10.30am for

prompt paws off at 11am.

Refreshments available. Free

parking at Burberry Lane (not

main entrance to Castle). Guide

Dogs ask if every dog can raise

a minimum of £35 which is the

cost of one guide dog harness.

kate.hunter@guidedogs.org.uk /

0345 143 0214

Look Forward:

NOVEMber

Sat 23 – Sun 24 Nov

10am – 4pm

Falcons Room, Rare Breeds

Centre, Woodchurch,

Kent TN26 3RJ

CHRISTMAS GIFT MARKET

A market filled with gifts and

crafts for you, your family and

your home. Locally made goats’

milk soap; cards and gifts from the

craft gallery; decorations, jewellery,

books, toys and accessories.

Raising funds for Canterbury

Oast Trust, a charity that supports

adults with a learning disability.

Entry: Free

01233 732684 /

hanlon1@btinternet.com

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M

CASH

= 5

BUYERS.

NO HOUSE TO

Y

SELL,

= 72 colour WOULD palette BUILD

Y = 5

OR RENOVATE,

K = 5

K = 60

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Clare Langdon business MUST card 3 HAVE heavier PRIVATE font.indd 1 GARDEN AND GARAGING. 15/05/2018 21:49

TENTERDEN AREA OUR 1ST CHOICE BUT

OTHERS CONSIDERED.

fonts

BUDGET-NICE C = HOUSE 20 “ALL UP” C = MAX 0 £1.25m.

OR WITH LAND M AND = 15 A SECONDARY M = 5 DWELLING

Gotham Book Caleigh

THEN Y = 72 UP TO £2.5m-£3m. Y = 5

K = 5

K = 60

EVERY REPLY TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane explains the practice of ‘pannage’

I

love these chilly autumn mornings. With the mist in the

hollows and the grass twinkling with dew it’s magical

– especially if you’re up early. Rather quaintly, since

leaving London some 20 years ago, the time at which we

get up fascinates our non-farming city friends. When we

point out that it’s really only the dairy boys who have to get

up at an unspeakably early hour, whatever the weather and

whatever the time of year, they appear a little crestfallen.

Along with the lack of a smock and pitchfork, an

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Sussex beef cows would be quite genuinely surprised

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ready and standing by whatever time we arrive.

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acorns will have dropped. And nothing is

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For hundreds of years peasant farmers released

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passage of pigs being driven to and from the dens formed

sunken tracks known as droves, connecting the dens – often

as much as 20 miles away – to their parent villages. Over

time the dens became settlements in their own right –

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roughly north-south driving routes remain as a pattern of

lanes, bridleways and footpaths radiating away from the

High Weald. Quite handy for those roving wild boars!

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