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Contents

November 2019

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88

HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY

Maggie Alderson’s pick of rural

properties in the Weald

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117

GET THE LOOK

How to take a leaf out

of Alexis Wylie’s book

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130

STRUCTURAL ASSETS

Find plants that last all

year with Jo Arnell

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NOTEBOOK

News and events to look

forward to this month

VILLAGE PERSON

We explore Kate Monckton’s

quintessential village home

GET THE LOOK

Village style inspiration

WHAT DREAMS

ARE MADE OF

Beds to keep all the family

warm and snug through winter

SPRUCE THE SPARE

Ideas for giving your spare

bedroom a makeover

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Tour a rich and vivid

home revamped by interior

designer Alexis Wylie

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140

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Party wear with 80s flair

BALMY ARMY

Josephine Fairley is saving our

skin with the best of balms

VITAMIN D: HOW

MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Henrietta Norton

finds the answers

GETTING READY

FOR THE LITTLE

BLACK DRESS

How to feel and look great

as party season approaches

FAMILY VALUES

A guide to fabulous festive food

PICK ‘N’ MIX

Lovely local food products

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MAGIC MUSHROOMS

Sue Whigham explores the

magical world of fungi

LEARN TO PLAY

The value of self-directed play

according to Hilary Wilce

WHAT’S ON

What to do this month

COMPETITION

Win an overnight stay at the

historical Oatlands Park Hotel

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard tends to her flock

GIFT

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Lymbridge Green FOR SALE £725,000

Situated in a semi-rural position in Lymbridge Green this

property offers spacious accommodation with potential to

extend with 4 bedrooms, a large garden & paddock with

stabling & garaging totalling to just over 2 acres (approx).

EPC E

High Halden FOR SALE £425,000

A 4 bedroom home that has been recently renovated to an

exceptionally high standard. Stunning countryside views,

4 good-sized bedrooms, a high specification kitchen & large

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Bethersden FOR SALE £550,000

CHAIN FREE - Simply stunning, set within a large plot of

approximately 0.132 acres and a real oasis, this detached

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This stunning property gives you the chance to own a piece of

Tenterden’s history, previously the town’s theatre, this Grade II

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This stunning detached Lake Cottage is set amongst just under 5 acres of land

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this exceptionally well presented apartment offers superb contemporary style

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Hastings Contemporary welcomes Quentin Blake’s latest

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month. It is full of enchanting creations and characters

just like those you have seen in books by David Walliams,

Joan Aiken and, of course, Roald Dahl, and will be open

until Sunday 5 January. hastingscontemporary.org

Ashford Visual Artists’ Winter Art Fair

will be at Godinton House from Friday

29 November to Sunday 1 December

(10am-4pm). Entry is free and you can

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for beautiful, creative and unique works

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On Friday 15

November, the festive season and

this year’s Folkestone Book Festival are

kicking off as the Creative Quarter’s Christmas

lights switch-on in grand style. Booker prizewinning

author Ben Okri, will be counting down, local

choirs and bands will be performing, the shops will be

open for gift shopping and The Creative Quarter’s Secret

Postcard Show will be returning for its fourth year. Plus,

while you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to book your

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Editor’s

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With the festive season fast approaching, this month

we’re all about getting into the Christmas spirit.

From our Midwinter Fair (14th-16th November)

and this issue’s Gift Supplement for all your present-buying

delectation (plus a little self-treating!), to Christmas recipes with

the most organised foodie, Anna Stanford from Anna’s Family

Kitchen, we’re hoping to relieve a little of the stress surrounding

one of the most preparation-heavy events of the year.

Photographer David Merewether has been shooting cosy

winter interiors to inspire as the evenings draw in. Both this

month’s homes have had the full interior designer treatment

with careful attention applied to pattern, print and colour.

Get your spare room ready for holiday season guests with

a little help from Rebecca Cuffe as she picks her favourite

beds, furniture, fabrics, wallpapers and accessories.

In Health & Beauty news, Josephine Fairley road-tests moisturerich

balms to protect and perfect end-of-year skin whilst Sarah

Maxwell and Henrietta Norton approach exercise and wellbeing in

a holistic fashion with tips to get little-black-dress-ready and ensure

you have enough Vitamin D until the sun pops out again next year.

Plus, there’s so much to fill your diary with over

the next few weeks, with listings of all the best events

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Previous pages: In the sitting room, a sofa by Jasper

Morrison for Cappellini has been re-upholstered in a

William Yeoward fabric perfect for this cosy space in front

of the open fire This page: Kate has painted the walls in

Blue Grass by Fired Earth Left: A hand-built ceramic lamp

base, made by Kate and available from Ensor Interiors

There is a special kind of satisfaction in visiting a

beautiful house, when you have watched the loving

refurbishment of it taking place over months on

Facebook. This was the privilege I was lucky enough to have

with this 300 year-old weatherboarded house in the centre of

the lovely village of Frant in Kent, because I have known its

owner since the late 1990s, when she ran a busy fashion PR

business in London.

It was the need to take a break from that hectic big city

life, even after she had retrained and was enjoying a successful

second career as an interior designer – relating back to her

earlier training as a theatre designer – that brought Kate to a

rented house round the corner, three years ago.

“Then I just fell in love with the village,” she says, as

we sit at the splendid panelled banquette seat in the

green-painted kitchen, one of the things I had particularly

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This page: 18th century panelling sourced from another property now lines the walls of Kate’s ‘telly den’

wanted to see since seeing her photographs online.

With a lovely display of African baskets on the

wall behind, a mix of cushions and a view to the

lovely jungly courtyard garden through the glasspaned

back door, it’s even better in real life.

“I thought I was going to go back to London,”

she says, “but after six months living down here, I

felt so much more healthy and stress free. London

has got much harder to live in, getting around is

tough and the air quality is terrible, it’s toxic.

“I’ve never wanted to live in the middle of nowhere,

but this feels like the country while it’s actually just

seven minutes to Tunbridge Wells, with all its amenities,

and an hour into London by train from there.”

Even the way Kate found the house was a classic example

of village life. “I started looking for a house to buy here and

nothing suitable was coming on the market. People told

me, ‘You’ll hear about something by word of mouth’. Not

long after, I was walking my dog Billy and bumped into

another dog owner, a total stranger, outside this house. We

got talking and she told me the house was on the market

and 10 days later I put in an offer – and I am now friends

with that woman.”

That’s the joy of being a village person and Kate has taken

to it with aplomb – not unaided by the fact that while the

kitchen was being built she had to eat all her meals in

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Left: A stripped pine prison door, installed

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Below: Tribal masks from Tribal Space

are framed by the panelling

The George, the lovely pub about 100 metres away.

The very central location of the house was

probably why it was once the village bakery. The

lovely cast iron original oven is still in place in

the beamed corridor to the kitchen, plus there is

a letter, passed on from owner to owner, written

on a piece of a cardboard box by the last baker

when he closed in 1978, describing how life had

been in Frant when he had opened in 1957.

It’s a wonderful artefact listing all the shops

that were in the village in the mid-20th century.

As well as the bakers, there was a sweetshop, a

tobacconist, a grocer, greengrocer, butcher, shoe

mender, tailor and an undertaker… The cottage next

door, it goes on to say, had gas light until 1970.

In between being the bakery, the house has

undergone several different arrangements, over

time. Starting out as one house, it then became

four cottages with the bakery and is currently

arranged as one larger house – Kate’s – with

a smaller cottage attached on one side.

This shape shifting has led to its very appealing

quirky layout, which gives it a rambling character

with two long corridors on the ground floor,


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(Kate’s quip), with beautiful built-in storage,

crafted by the same joiners who made the kitchen.

“It needed a lot of work, but I could see right away it

had good bones. This house has a great personality.”

One of the quirks of that personality are two balconystyle

railings from the first floor landings looking down

to the ground floor, which give the space a wonderful

lofty open feeling, very rare in a house with 17th century

origins – and kept me enjoyably befuddled about where

exactly I was in the house, as we walked through it.

It was Kate’s vision to change the railings from ordinary

wood to lovely old wrought-iron ones found at Authentic

Reclamation in nearby Stonegate, making them into a

splendid feature. And a practical one – their housing

has been specially designed so they can easily be lifted

out to allow furniture to be brought up and downstairs,

rather than being restricted by the narrow staircase.

The first room she called on these designer skills to

transform was the kitchen, which, although a large space,

“had nowhere to sit in it.” There was also a wrought

iron spiral staircase in one corner, which Kate pulled

out to create enough room for that lovely banquette,

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The lovely cast iron original oven is still in place in the beamed corridor

to the kitchen, plus there is a letter, passed on from owner to owner, written

on a piece of a cardboard box by the last baker when he closed in 1978,

describing how life had been in Frant when he had opened in 1957


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Above left: Kate has carefully preserved many of the house’s original features, bringing it into the

21st century with contemporary touches such as this turquoise velvet chair and graphic cushion

Above right: The bathroom features pale pink tiles which give it a 1950s mood

with a round table and three splendid old Windsor chairs,

found online. “I can squeeze 10 in for dinner and I also

love to sit here on my own having supper and listening

to The Archers. Much nicer than having it on your lap.”

But before work could start on that fun stuff, her

builder – found via fellow villager Lisa Evans of

Ensor Interiors, whose lovely shop is just along the

street (and whose house has also been featured in this

magazine) – insisted they sorted out the basics.

“He said first insulate the house, get it warm, so we did

all that boring, unsexy stuff, which is essential if you want

a comfortable house and we put in new floorboards and

underfloor heating. Luckily, I do know what’s involved with

a house like this, because my parents have always lived in

period properties. My father always said, ‘It’s like the Forth

Bridge, you have to keep on top of it and know that upkeep

always needs doing.’”

Once all that was done, Kate could get on to the more fun

stuff like the beautiful cabinetry throughout the house. Kate

designed the kitchen, with Shaker doors and a bespoke pantry.

The outside of the cupboards are painted in Fired Earth

Wild Olive and, to great effect, the inside of them and the

bookshelves on the end of each run are in a lovely contrasting

pale blue, called Blue Grass by Fired Earth. The finishing

touch is a brass tap by Lefroy Brookes and brass handles

from Hardware by Armac Martin. The huge Rangemaster

stove was a lucky leave-behind by the previous owners.

The same carpentry – combined with Kate’s trained

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Above: Kate pulled out a wrought iron spiral staircase in one corner of the kitchen to create enough room for a banquette, with a

round table and three Windsor chairs that she bought online

mastery of proportions – is to show with great effect

in her dressing room, built upstairs in the equivalent

corridor area as the utility room, and leading on to

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“I went to town on the curtains,” says Kate, who has

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properly filed, room by room, like the professional she is.

“This is my forever house, so I wanted to do it once, in

timeless style, not trend driven, which isn’t me anyway.

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years, I didn’t buy anything new for the house.”

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A mini landing on the first floor was created between two walls,

with balcony-style railings that look down to the ground floor –

a reminder that the house was once separate properties

and Wood. “I’ve suggested it to several clients, but none

of them felt up to it, so this was my chance to use it.”

Far from being ‘busy’ for a bedroom, it creates a cocooning

atmosphere, like a bedroom hidden in a rainforest, the

tropical mood enhanced by a splendid rattan chair Kate

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by when I saw it; I reversed, parked and bought it for £25.”

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narrow oblong tiles – not the overdone subway tile –

from Topps, the finishing glamorous top, some very

nice twin wall lights from Holloways of Ludlow.

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office and two beautifully appointed guest rooms and

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with pale pink tiles which give it a 1950s mood.

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Previous pages and above: The panelled dining room is painted a vibrant bright orange. The octagonal dining

table is surrounded by dining chairs upholstered with bright Peruvian rugs which Ally sourced

When touring houses to write about them

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The owners were not there physically, but the presence of

the family which has lived here for nearly 20 years runs

through ever square inch of the place so vividly, you expect

to bump into them as you come around every corner.

And with the rambling plan of the place, from the

original 17th century farmhouse to the Georgian

extension attached to the front, with two staircases and

all kinds of surprising half landings and internal hallways,

it must be the greatest place for hide and seek.

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the study, to the corridor to the downstairs loo papered with

Ordnance Survey Maps and a cupboard which I peeped into

(thinking it might be a secret passage – it’s that kind of a

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Entering via the kitchen, with its white five-oven Aga and walls

and surfaces covered in interesting things, you know immediately

you are in a house with sedimentary layers of experiences

house, combining the lovely old pieces owned by the family

with some judicially selected new furnishings to create her

very warm and rich style of interior – while not watering

down in any way the very vivid character of the family.

Sitting at the end of a long private lane, off a back road

outside Bodiam, in East Sussex, by the time you get to

the house you start to feel like you’re in some kind of

enchanted kingdom. A prospect only heightened when you

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spectacular countryside of this particular pocket of heaven.

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Above: Ally updated the drawing room in time for the family’s Easter gathering – her

brief: “We want a sitting room we can flop in, with the dogs.”

and walls and surfaces covered in interesting things, you

know immediately you are in a house with sedimentary

layers of experiences. It feels joyously lived in, used, shared

and enjoyed. Years and years of people doing stuff, going

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that growing leaves a very happy patina on a place. And two

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The dogs were how Ally (as everyone calls Alexis) met the

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dog-bonded while out walking the pups in the adjoining

countryside. So when the owners wanted to refresh one of

their guest bedrooms, Ally was the obvious choice to do it.

The catalyst for the makeover was that stage of family

life when the three children – for whose benefit the owners

had moved out of London, the husband having enjoyed

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off to university and then on from there. “It was time to

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This page: The drawing room is a masterful mix of pattern –

wallpaper, upholstery, rugs, cushions all different, yet perfect together

says Ally. “To bring the house on to the next stage.”

The owners’ vision for the room was inspired by a family

trip to India, itself a return to a country the owners had

travelled to in their pre-children days, on a motorbike.

You get a sense of that spirit of adventure just climbing

the very old stairs up to it (carpeted with hand-woven goats’

wool runners from Coban Rugs in St Leonards-on-Sea).

Once inside, the spice of the Indian sub-continent

is immediately evoked by the burnt orange paint rag

rolled onto the walls and the rich paisley fabric, by

De La Cuona, on the headboard and bedcover.

The ceiling beams in this older side of the house are

complemented by a built-in wooden bed achieved using one

of Ally’s signature techniques. The wooden base was sourced

online and then carefully adapted in situ under the window,

adding a bespoke upholstered headboard and bookshelves.

The raised bed idea evolved after a family trip to India when

a welcome day off was spent reading in a similar style window

seat. After experiencing this nurturing spot the brief was to

recreate it and it works brilliantly in this compact space.

At the top of the house one of the bedrooms was

updated with an African theme – a style close to Ally’s

heart having spent her twenties-plus there – because

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This page: When embarking on a new room project, Ally first draws up a floorplan by hand and cuts the furniture out in paper to

see how it works together. In the drawing room, she relocated an L-shaped sofa to the snug next door and replaced it with a more

classic one covered with a striped fabric by Penny Morrison Above left: A painting by Victoria Graimes hangs above the fireplace

faux fur throw on the bed and leather knobs on the

built-in wardrobes – created using Ally’s buy-thencustomise

technique again. This time two cupboards

have created a niche just right to fit a sofa into.

The padded headboard is in an Andrew Martin

striped fabric, finished with suitably butch and manly

studding. A bright kilim cushion – one of many Ally

cannot see without plumping, as we tour the house –

in complementing colours and two orange and white

lampshades from the brilliant lighting website, Pooky,

add just the right touches of stronger colour.

Mismatching chests of drawers on either side of the bed

provide storage and essential bedside table space – rendered

level by the ever-practical Ally, who had a carpenter create

wedges to compensate for the seriously sloping floor .

Up another characterful flight of stairs to what was

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become a calm oasis she calls the Singapore Room,

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This page: The guest room has been remodelled by Ally to become a calm oasis she calls the Singapore Room, with a cane

bedhead and pale cream walls, one of them tongue and groove to add interest Above right: A stair runner by Coban Rugs

with its shutters and a lovely cane bedhead. The walls are

painted cream, one of them tongue and groove to add

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at the point at which the sloping roof hits the wall.

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Above: At the top of the house one of the bedrooms was updated with an African theme. Walls are painted in

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This page: A chair upholstered in striped fabric adds a pop of colour to a monochrome bathroom

to the man of the house, with yet another door

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Above: In a guest room in the older side of the house, the

ceiling beams are complemented by a built-in wooden

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Beauty

Balmy Army

Jo Fairley sings the praises of the latest soothing multi-taskers

There’s so much talk currently

about cutting down (beauty)

consumption, reducing our carbon

footprint, buying organic and natural.

And there is one type of product that

ticks all those boxes at once: the balm.

Balms are amazing multi-taskers. Frankly,

everyone needs one (or more) of these

one-pot wonders in their life. They truly

are your ‘desert island beauty must-haves’:

products that do everything from nourish

cuticles to removing make-up via getting

rid of scaly elbows. I once lost my luggage

on a trip to the US (well, it turned up

four days late, on the wrong side of the

continent), and in the meantime

I managed to get away with

using a single product for

cleansing, moisturising face

and body, AND as a lip

balm. Oh, and I also used it

to add texture to my hair.

Balms don’t contain water,

which eliminates the need for

preservatives. All the following are based

on natural blends of oils and beeswax or

carnauba wax, but with different textures.

It is the blend of aromatherapeutic

essential oils, in some cases, which

single a product out for one particular

use – but really, choice comes down

in many cases to preference. Some of

us like a thick, unctuous balm; others

prefer something light and whipped.

But here’s the thing: when a balm’s

created for a specific purpose – such

as cleansing – chances are you can

multi-task with it even if doesn’t

say so on the packaging.

Experiment! But the bottom

line is there’s a balm for

everyone – and they’re a salve

to your eco-conscience, too.

Here are some of my favourites.

Elemis Supersize Neroli Pro-

Collagen Cleansing Balm, £58 for

200g (exclusive to QVC). This is

probably my favourite-ever cleansing

balm, a wonderful orange blossomscented

version of their award-winning

cleanser. It makes make-up removal

heaven-on-earth, melting it away – and

this vast size is going to last months and

months more, and I started it in July. (It’s

also great for softening elbows, I’ve found,

but the scent means I wouldn’t use it on lips.)

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing

Balm, £47 for 100ml. This was

the Gold Beauty Bible Award

2019 winner in the cleansing

balm category, notching up a

really high score. As well as

cleansing skin with its blend

of ultra-nourishing moringa

oil, it offers fennel, rose oil and

vitamin E. You can leave it

on for 10 minutes as a deep

treat – or even use it as an

overnight facial treatment.

Beauty Kitchen Natruline, £2.99

for 20g. This looks like A Very Well-

Known Product, whose name ends in

‘line’, in its blue and white, handbagfriendly

tin. And it feels like a Very

Well-Known Product, acting as the most

brilliant barrier. This, however, is NOT

created from petroleum jelly; instead, it’s

a blend of castor seed oil, carnauba and

beeswax (and there’s a vegan version,

which skips the beeswax). And it

does everything that other ‘line’

does, from smoothing cuticles to

protecting grazes.


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Beauty

Bloom & Blossom Wonder Balm, £14 for 40ml.

A balm that emerges from the tube more like

a cream and then smooths into skin. It’s not as

greasy as some multi-purpose offerings, but it

still veils skin beautifully in a blend of soya oil,

castor seed oil, shea butter, lanolin and vitamin

E, gorgeously infused with the scent of lavender.

Also brilliant as a sheen-y lip protector.

Balance Me Stellar Balm, £10 for 10ml. Very

simply and portably packaged, this award-winning

balm is packed with antioxidants as well as shea/

mango seed butter, coconut oil, rosehip, vitamin

E – and it has a lovely scent from citrusy neroli,

mandarin and lemony May Chang oils. Great for

dry cheeks, heels, elbows – and without being too

‘eeew’, have you ever used a balm around your nose

area, when you’ve got a cold? This is soothing and

protective against post-nose-blowing cracking.

Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment, £10.99

for 15g. Lanolin is also known as ‘Nature’s

Wonder Moisturiser’, and is at the heart of all

the Lanolips products. A more dense balm than

some, it holds 200% its weight in moisture and

is great for grown-ups and for babies, helping to

prevent chapping. (Another ‘eeew’ suggestion: I

use this on flights to moisturise the INSIDE of

my nostrils, which get Sahara-dry at 37,000 feet.)

Ilāopothecary SOS Body Balm, £36 for 100g

(victoriahealth.com). A skin-calming blend of

anti-inflammatory oils, this features arnica (for

‘bruised souls as well as sprains and injuries’,

according to Ilāpothecary founder Denise

Leicester), along with blue chamomile. It is

skin meltingly-soft and smells wonderful: rose

softened by comforting, cocooning vanilla. I

love to slather this on before bedtime, especially

on my feet – which are baby-soft, as a result.

Jo’s All-Purpose

Calendula Balm

• 25g/1 oz dried organic calendula

blossoms (find them on Amazon if you

can’t source them anywhere else)

• 150ml (¼ pint) sunflower oil

• 25g (1 oz.) beeswax

I keep this balm in the first aid cupboard for all

sorts of beauty emergencies: rashes, itching, sore

spots and flakiness. It couldn’t be easier to make.

First, place the marigold leaves in the bottom of

a glass jar. Pour on the olive oil, and leave the

mixture to steep. Shake daily for about three weeks,

when you’ll have a wonderful soothing oil base for

the salve. Strain through a fine cloth into a bowl,

squeezing and pressing until the last drops are

filtered. To make the salve itself, place a heat-proof

measuring jug in a saucepan with about 10cm of

water in, over medium heat. Add the oil and then

the grated beeswax and stir until thoroughly melted

with a chopstick or spoon. Pour it into widemouthed

jars and allow to cool and solidify. To test

the consistency, drop a small amount of the salve

mixture onto a saucer, and put it in the freezer for

1 minute to cool. If you want a harder salve, add

a little beeswax. If you don’t feel the salve is soft

enough, add a little oil. (Summer weather makes a

difference, too; you may need more beeswax when

it’s warm outside.) Store away from heat and light,

and apply whenever skin is inflamed or sore. And

if you don’t have the patience to macerate your

own marigold petals? Neal’s Yard offer a readymade

Calendula Macerated Oil, £10 for 100ml.

Isn’t it time you joined the balm-y army…?

Trilogy Everything Balm, £13.50 for 45ml.

Well, this doesn’t pull any punches, letting

you know that it is indeed for ‘everything’.

Trilogy have always sought out advanced natural

ingredients, and here you’ll find skin-fixing

botanicals including coconut, marula, olive,

jojoba, evening primrose, wheatgerm, vitamin

E and Trilogy’s signature rosehip, alongside

honey and beeswax (so it’s not quite vegan).

But before I close, I thought I’d share with

you one more beauty secret – and that’s how

to make your own balm. I’ve been doing it

for years. And beauty doesn’t get any more

sustainable, local and natural than that.

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Vitamin D:

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Henrietta Norton explains what we can do to

ensure we meet our bodies’ daily needs

One in five of us in the UK are

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health; we simply can’t produce enough of

it from sunshine alone and especially those

of us in Northern Europe. The half-life of

this vitamin is 3-6 weeks, so even gathered

stores over the summer rapidly decline by the

time we get to the deeper winter months.

Additionally, sunscreens, longer office

working hours, medications such as statins

and our age can affect our levels further.

Our dietary habits have changed somewhat

too and Vitamin D rich foods such as oily

fish and whole-fat dairy as part of our

daily diets have fallen out of favour.

The Department of Health recommends

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day, particularly from October to March.

All pregnant, breastfeeding women and atrisk

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consider that many people in the UK do not get

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All babies from birth up to one year of age

should take 8.5 to 10 micrograms (340iu to

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Avoid foods that have been

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Getting ready for

the little black dress

It’s just as important to feel as good as you look

this party season, as Sarah Maxwell explains with

her tips for tracking down the ultimate LBD

and the exercises you can do to own your look

As we start to head into

party season, I’m hearing

the same things come up

time and time again with women

who come to me for the first time.

“How can I get my arms in

better shape?”, “Why is every dress

too tight around the midriff?”

and “How do I go about finding

the most flattering outfit?”.

It seems most of us could use

some help putting everything

together. I can really sympathise

with this on a personal level as

I spend most of my day in gym

gear and although I’m an expert in

showing you how to tone up, lose

weight, increase your energy and

feel great, I can definitely use some

help with finding that perfect little

black dress. I’ve always held onto the

thought that I might one day find it

and effortlessly sashay into a room

knowing that I’ve finally got it right!

So, when it comes to choosing that

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

perfect little black dress, I decided

that some professional fashion

advice was in order. I popped in to

see Gemma Humphries of Odyl

boutique in Cranbrook and ask her

advice. Gemma is well known for her

knack of picking the perfect style to

suit every body shape. So I asked for

her tips for a flattering look. “The

style of dress that’s most flattering

on all sizes has an elbow length or

¾ sleeve, clever ruching around

the waistline and falls just below

the knee. To get that nice smooth

line, team this with shape wear.

Maidenform are my go to brand.”

So – there you have it! The

right style of dress and the best

shapewear to create a flattering look.

Now for a couple of my favourite

exercises to target your upper

body and core. Do these 3 times a

week with a rest day in between.

sarahmaxwell.com

Odyl, Cranbrook odyldesign.com

“Although I’m an expert in showing you how to tone up, lose

weight, increase your energy and feel great, I can definitely

use some help with finding that perfect little black dress”

Exercise of

the month:

Press-ups

Great for your upper body and core.

Half – Start on your hands and

knees with your hands a little

wider than shoulder width apart

and bend your arms so your

nose goes down to the floor.

Full – To make this harder, take

your hands further forward and

straighten your back. Engage

your core and tighten your

bottom as you do the exercise.

For the hardcore fitness level,

move to full press-ups by taking

your whole body off the floor.

Kickbacks

This is a great exercise to tone and

firm the back of your arms. Start

with a dumbbell in one hand (or

a tin of beans will work if you are

just starting out). I recommend

using dumbbells between 2 and 4kg

if you want to progress quickly.

Fixing your upper arms to your

side with a slight lean forward - you

can lean on a chair or bench for

better stability – extend your arm,

using your tricep to lift the weight

until your arm is fully extended.

Do this in a controlled way, really

concentrating on the muscle you’re

working and avoid locking your

elbow at the end of the movement.

Depending on the size of

weight you’re using – this will

determine how many repetitions

you can do – aim to start with

2x10 repetitions and build up

to 3x12 every other day.

Combine the above with some

aerobic exercise, which can be

anything that raises your heart

rate, and in no time at all you

will be confidently walking into

that party with your head held

high and a spring in your step.

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Family Values

Anna Stanford has built a following of thousands sharing

her tried and tested one-pot recipes, designed to deliver

maximum flavour with a minimum of fuss, via her Instagram

handle @annasfamilykitchen. Here she guides us through

three deliciously different festive dishes to carry you from

Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day and shares her

own tips for smooth Christmas Day meal planning.

Recipes: Anna Stanford Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Lucy Fleming

One-Pot Christmas Eve Crowd Pleaser:

Asian Beef Stew

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 4-8 hours, depending on cooking method Serves 6

If I had to vote on my favourite one pot to feed a crowd, this has to

be in my top three. Amazing Asian flavours, meat that falls apart, yet

minimal effort, just time in the oven. I made it for a dinner party of

12 – actually I made it a week in advance and froze it. I served some

simple Asian sharing nibbles instead of a starter and presented this onepot

with pak choi, broccoli and rice. It’s a great one if you’re entertaining

over Christmas but don’t want to fuss for hours in the kitchen.

• 1½ kg feather steak, beef

shin or braising steak

• 3 red onions chopped

• 4 garlic cloves

• 10cm ginger

• 20g fresh coriander

• 2 tbsp plain flour

• 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

• 4 star anise

• 2 tsp brown sugar

• 5 tbsp Mirin – Chinese rice wine

• 4 tbsp dark soy sauce

• 500ml beef stock

• 1 bunch spring onions, sliced

• 1 red chilli, deseeded

and thinly sliced

1. Cut the feather steak into very large chunks – approx 10x5cm.

Season the meat with salt and pepper and toss in the flour.

2. Make a paste by blitzing the coriander, garlic

and ginger. Or you could just chop it!

3. Heat a large casserole and colour the meat in batches.

4. Set aside the meat, add the rest of the oil and add the onions. Colour

for a few minutes before adding the garlic, coriander, ginger paste.

5. Return the meat to the pan with the five-spice and star anise. Add

the sugar and stir then add the soy sauce, Mirin and stock.

6. Put in a slow cooker for 8 hours or low oven (140°C) for 4-5

hours. Stir in the middle of the cooking time if you can.

7. Finish with fresh chilli and shredded spring onions.


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Christmas Day Sweet Centrepiece:

Fruited Christmas Meringue Wreath

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves 8-10

• 6 large egg whites

• 350g caster sugar

• 600ml double cream

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 50g icing sugar

• 3 ripe figs, quartered

• 125g redcurrants

• 150g fresh raspberries

• white chocolate stars (available in the

baking section of supermarkets)

1. Preheat the oven to 140°C/120°C Fan. On a large sheet of baking

parchment, draw around a 30cm plate in the middle of the paper.

2. Put the egg whites into a clean mixing bowl and whisk

until soft peaks are formed when the whisk is lifted out.

3. On a high speed add the caster sugar, 1 tablespoon

at a time (I count to ten in between each spoonful!),

until the meringue mix is stiff and glossy.

4. Put a small amount of the meringue mix in each corner

of a baking tray large enough to fit your wreath.

5. Lay over the baking parchment, pencil mark down.

You should still be able to see the circle you drew.

6. Spoon 10-12 balls of the meringue inside your 30cm circle

to make your wreath shape. Make shallow hollows in each

of the balls so the cream will sit inside after baking.

7. Bake the meringue for 1 hour 15 minutes.

8. You can turn the oven off and leave the wreath inside to cool.

9. Whip the cream together with the vanilla extract and icing sugar.

10. Spoon the cream into the hollows of meringue and

decorate with the fruits and chocolate stars.


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Irresistible Boxing Day Dish:

Festive Pomegranate Molasses

& Clementine Ham Hocks

Preparation time: Overnight

Cooking time: 3-4 hours Serves 4-6

Perfect for Boxing Day (or just to have in the fridge to

pick at over Christmas). I prefer cooking ham hocks to a

whole ham – their flavour is amazing, yet they’re relatively

cheap (about £4 each). The glaze is made from the juices

of clementines, brown sugar and Belazu Pomegranate

Molasses. The ham hocks need to be soaked to remove

the saltiness overnight and take nearly 4 hours in the

oven, so you need to be home for that amount of time.

Otherwise this recipe requires minimal effort. The hams

steam cook for 3 hours under foil with bay, star anise and

the clementines – your kitchen will smell amazing! They’re

finished off uncovered with the pomegranate glaze.

• 2 ham hocks,

rind removed

• 1 tsp allspice

• 4 clementines, halved

• 6 star anise

• 4 bay leaves

• 4 tbsp pomegranate

molasses

• 3 tbsp brown sugar

1. Remove the rind if it hasn’t already been done

for you. Place the ham hocks in a large pan or

bowl and cover with water. Leave overnight.

2. Remove the ham hocks and dry with kitchen

towel. Place them in a roasting tray and

sprinkle with the allspice, salt and pepper.

3. Surround the hams with the clementines, bay and star anise.

4. Pour in 200ml water, cover tightly with foil

and put in an oven at 160°C for 3 hours.

5. Combine the sugar and pomegranate molasses

in a pan and warm until the sugar melts.

6. Remove the tray from the oven. Squeeze the juices

from the clementine halves into the pan with the

sugar and molasses and combine to make a glaze.

7. Turn the oven up to 180°C. Pour the water out of the

tray. Spoon half the glaze over the ham hocks and return

to the oven for 30 minutes uncovered. Half way through

turn the hams and spoon over the remaining glaze.

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Anna’s Christmas

Must-Have “Any busy parent

welcomes help when it comes to organising

their families. I started Anna’s Family Kitchen

to help simplify family meal times, planning and

prepping. Christmas will challenge the most organised

of us. I have now hosted Christmas for 16 years and used

to rely on various lists and PostIt notes! Last year I treated

myself to the Fraser & Parsley Christmas Planner. I love it!

Along with sections for Present Ideas, a Christmas Card list,

Thank Yous etc, there is a large Christmas entertaining section

for advance food planning and preparation. It includes a

Christmas Day cooking schedule (for example I make my

gravy a week ahead and freeze it) and a Meal Planner

taking you from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.”

Meal Planner & Shopping List Pad, £20,

Christmas Planner (space for five Christmases

worth of planning), from £45

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Anna’s Top 10

Christmas Planning

& Cooking Tips

1Book an online shop for all your

non-perishable items. With most

supermarkets you can do this three

weeks in advance; so, for delivery on

23rd, book on 2nd December. As you

remember items over the three weeks

you can just add them to your basket

and it’ll save multiple trips to the

supermarket in the days running up

to Christmas. On 23rd you can do a

mini shop for perishables, for-gotten

items or those that didn’t arrive.

Order all required meat (turkey,

2 sausages, bacon, sausage meat

ham, ham hocks as early as your

butcher allows; usually about 4 weeks

in advance. I can also order cheese

from my butcher. Pick up everything

on 23rd so that you have everything

for Christmas Eve preparation.

Gravy can be made up to three weeks

3 in advance. Every time we have a

roast chicken I put the carcass in a bag

in the freezer. They can be put into a

large pan to make stock which is perfect

for Christmas gravy. Alternatively cheap

chicken wings roasted are a great base for

Christmas gravy. I’ve played with many

Christmas gravy recipes over the years

but Jamie Oliver’s cannot be beaten.

A couple of days ahead plan your

4 food preparation and cooking

schedule. Have one schedule for tasks

that can be carried out before the 24th,

a list for Christmas Eve and a cooking

schedule for Christmas Day. I’ve shared

my Christmas Day schedule with you.

Brine your turkey. I do this on the

523rd. The jury is out as to whether

it adds flavour and increases tenderness

but I believe not only does it do both,

but as long as you’ve got somewhere safe

to store it away from pets and foxes, it

saves space in your fridge. Brining the

turkey has become an event in itself in

my house. We name the turkey, make

her bath adding water, salt, sugar, spices

and clementines to a large bucket and

then submerge her. Put the bucket

somewhere cold and safe (a shed is

ideal) with a board and a brick on top.

On Christmas Eve prepare as

6 much of your Christmas lunch/

dinner as possible. Jobs that can be

done on Christmas Eve (assuming

you have fridge space) :

• Make any stuffings. I make a

gingerbread stuffing which I bake

in a tray and a traditional pork, sage

and onion stuffing for the bird.

• If making a vegetarian option

(I have two veggies at Christmas)

this can be prepared. I make a

vegetarian stuffing or nut-loaf.

• Wrap chipolatas in bacon and

place on a baking tray lined

with baking parchment. Cover

and store in the fridge.

• If you’ve brined your turkey take it

out of the brine and dry it off. Stuff

and prepare the turkey. I stuff the neck

and push herb butter under the skin.

• Peel potatoes, cut them to

size and leave in cold water.

• Prepare Brussels and

leave in cold water.

• Peel carrots and leave in water.

• Prepare red cabbage, leave to

cool, cover ready for reheating

on Christmas Day.

• Bread sauce can be made, cooled

and refrigerated. On Christmas

Day it will need reheating and

loosening with more milk.

• The only vegetables I don’t prepare

the day before are parsnips as they

go brown even with the old trick of

adding lemon to water. These are quick

to prepare on Christmas morning.

7If cooking a ham or doing my

ham hocks for Boxing Day,

take off the rind and put them in

to pre-soak on Christmas Eve.

Instead of a starter, serve a platter

8 of canapés and nibbles. These can

be very simple. For a twist on a smoked

salmon blini, quickly cure the salmon in

a little gin and beetroot juice (from a jar).

They look more festive than traditional

blinis. Quails eggs (ready prepared) are

another great canapé. Edible spoons

can be filled with shop bought fish

mousse and topped with dill or a chive.

Or as an alternative to an edible spoon

use a slice of cucumber as a base.

9Most puddings, including my

meringue, can be made on

Christmas Eve. As an alternative

to a dessert you can buy chocolate

cups, pipe in vanilla cream and

top them with a berry.

If anyone asks if they can

10bring something– say yes! I

like to focus on the main meal and

savoury dishes, so my mum brings a

Christmas pudding or Christmas cake

(often shop bought) and crackers!

Follow Anna on Instagram

@annasfamilykitchen for a wealth of

recipes, one-pot family favourites and

cooking tips or see annasfamilykitchen.

com/christmas-food-planning/ for Anna’s

Christmas Day cooking schedule and

all the recipes she uses on the day.

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Pick ’n’ Mix

Here at WT we’re all about supporting local and have picked some of

the finest and tastiest local produce to stock up on this Christmas

Keep it Local

When Kentish baker, Simon

Cannell, Managing Director

of artisan bakery, Speciality

Breads in Margate, decided

to open Foodie’s Emporium

in Headcorn, he enlisted the help of

TV Chef Lesley Waters to help him

spread his love for local produce. Here,

Lesley tells us why she’s so passionate

about small-batch artisan food

What is it that you love about the

range of locally-produced food and

drink available in Kent and Sussex?

There’s so many available that you are

almost spoilt for choice. Most cannot be

found in supermarkets and it’s important

to support local businesses. Buying

from these producers of small batch

and artisan foods guarantees complete

freshness, which is so important to me

and our ethos at the Cookery School.

Can you pick a stand-out product that

you particularly enjoy? Huffkin Bread as

it’s age old and delicious. I love the story

around the dimple for the cherry* and it

was one of the breads I used for a demo

at the opening of Foodie’s Emporium.

What has drawn you to Foodie’s

Emporium in Headcorn? My

working relationship with Speciality

Bread and because most, if not

everything, is sourced locally.

Find our more about Foodie’s

Emporium on Facebook @

FoodiesEmporiumUK, see the range

of courses at Lesley Waters’ Cookery

School at lesleywaters.com and browse

the products available from Speciality

Breads at specialitybreads.co.uk


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* Made with stoneground flour and slowly-proved

to produce a rich bread boasting a soft crumb and

crust. In times past each Kentish Huffkin bore the

thumbprint of the baker and the indentation was used

to hold a cherry from the harvest. Huffkins are great for

breakfast, perfect with a tasty ploughman’s lunch and a

wonderful accompaniment to warming winter soups.

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Keep it Local

Try these tasty recipes using products manufactured in the Weald

Stuff your turkey with this

delicious festive stuffing,

made using Korkers sausages,

which have been produced

in Rolvenden since 1959.

Sage & Onion

Sausage Stuffing

• 2 onions, chopped

• 25g butter

• 1 small Bramley apple

• 800g Korkers sage and

onion sausages, removed

from their skins

• Handful of fresh sage

• 140g granary breadcrumbs

1. Fry 2 chopped onions in

25g butter for 5 mins.

2. Peel, core and dice the

apple and add to the

pan and cook briefly.

3. Cool, then mix with

800g of Korkers sage

and onion sausages.

4. Chop the sage and

add to the mix.

5. Stir through the

breadcrumbs and

season to taste.

6. Use to stuff the neck end

of the turkey, then roll

any leftovers into balls. Or

pack the whole mixture

into a 1kg loaf tin and top

with extra sage leaves.

7. Bake with the turkey for

30-40 mins. Drain off

any fat and serve sliced.

To find a Korkers stockist near

you, see korker-sausages.co.uk

If Blue Cheese is your ultimate indulgence, then

try out foodie David Pearce’s recipe for Kent

Rarebit using Kingcott Dairy’s Kentish Blue

Kent Rarebit

Serves 4

• 2 free-range Kent eggs, yolks only

• 150g crème fraîche

• 100g grated Kentish Blue Cheese

• 2 Kent eating apples

• 1 Kentish Huffkin

1. Whisk the egg yolks and crème fraîche together,

then mix in the grated cheese and some seasoning.

2. Slice the apples and very lightly soften them in

a pan – but make sure they hold their shape.

3. Lightly toast slices of Huffkin on both sides

and place the apple slices on top. Spoon on

the cheese mixture and place under a hot grill

until the cheese mixture starts to bubble.

You can find more locally-inspired recipes in

David’s new book, Slice of Kent sliceofkent.co.uk

OUR TRADITIONAL SAUSAGES ARE

MANUFACTURED in the Garden of England.

We put hard work and love into the production

of every sausage to ensure our customers can

buy our high-quality products with confidence

that every sausage is as delicious as the last.

With 60 years’ experience in the food

industry Korker Sausages have a reputation

for producing quality sausages. Nothing has

changed, we still follow the original recipe

using premium cuts of pork and the finest

ingredients. It’s no surprise why people love

our products, perhaps that is why we have

become the purveyors of the best-selling

sausages in the South East.

We sell our range direct to our customers

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Structural Assets

Jo Arnell shares her recommendations for plants with year-round staying power

A

herbaceous border in full swing at the height of

summer is a wonder to behold, but come the autumn

it does rather collapse into a heap of old sticks. This is

fine if you have an enormous garden and can shut off part of

it for the winter, and not be left to stare bleakly at the scene

from the window, lamenting the end of days and pining for

the colour to return. If only we could have some plants to

enhance the view until the flowers come back in the spring.

Actually, we probably do have a few, but not enough – and

when you look at them with your interview face on, eyes

narrowed, are they really up to the job? We need plants for

structure, some for seasonal interest and some to be quietly

companionable as the garden ebbs and flows through the year.

Where’s your backbone?

Structural plants are strong and reliable, lynchpins, carrying

the border through the seasons and linking one part of the

garden to another. The neighbouring plants will rely on

them through thick and thin – as supports, as backdrops

and as friends to lean on. They need not be evergreen,

but should have some presence over the winter months.

This can come in the simple form of stems and bark, or

as complete and beautiful skeletons. I’m particularly fond

of Cotoneaster horizontalis; its stiff herringbone stems will

spread slowly up walls, or into arching mounds if gently

encouraged and will reward you – and the birds and bees,

with spring blossom and then berries and brilliant autumn

colour. Many dogwood species that might look like

dowdy nothings with their leaves on, reveal their glorious

coloured bark once winter sets in and strips them bare.

Evergreen structure

Well behaved, tidy evergreens are great for low maintenance

borders, acting as anchors and punctuation points. Some are

naturally neat, but if you have time to keep them trimmed,

small leaved shrubs like box will provide formal structure

and a refined and soothing symmetry. Low growing Hebes

fall into the naturally neat category, as would Pittosporum

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“The house at Great Dixter

often has a glorious display

of cuddly conifers nestling by

the porch in the autumn.”

‘Golfball’ and bigger evergreens like Choisya ternata; but

beware of cramming in too many blobby round shapes; just

as too many cooks can spoil a pudding, too many puddings

stuff up a border (or something along those lines).

Viburnum davidii is a mid-border stalwart for a semishaded

position, demurely handsome and saved from

‘puddingdom’ by its dark green, lance-shaped leaves.

Mahonia is a striking evergreen with aggressive looking

serrated foliage and spectacular, highly scented flowers

that bloom in winter, like a spiky burst of sunshine.

Conifers have been much maligned, but are creeping back

into fashion – and, despite what we hear, not all of them

want to grow to be a hundred foot tall. There are all sorts of

different shapes available that can provide interesting contrasts

in texture and in foliage colour. Grow them in a border, or

in containers – the house at Great Dixter often has a glorious

display of cuddly conifers nestling by the porch in the autumn.

‘Treelets’ and sub-shrubs

A tree is generally considered to be a woody plant with a

single stem, whereas a shrub has several and the leafy canopy

is nearer the ground. We lump woody plants into categories,

but some refuse to conform and teeter on the edges of

the divides. At the boundary of trees and shrubs are what

I think of as ‘treelets’, which often are arrived at through

pruning – or the lack of. Some shrubs, if left unpruned, get

delusions of grandeur and head for the skies, determined to

become lofty trees. Many trees – silver birch, Amelanchier

and Prunus serrula, for instance, are carefully pruned when

young to have several stems, which shows off their lovely

bark and keeps them a little lower than a single stemmed

tree. Trees are adaptable to pruning – most hedge plants


Opposite page: Conifers in containers at Great Dixter

This page top: Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’

Middle: Pittosporum Bottom: Sambucus nigra

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start life as sapling trees (Hawthorn, Beech, Yew, etc),

but regular pruning turns them into neat bushes.

Treelets are often more elegant than shrubs, but

take up less space than an actual tree, so they can

be used to good effect in smaller gardens or large

borders. Before you remove an unsightly or overgrown

shrub, look at its legs – and see whether the canopy

can be raised to produce the ‘treelet’ effect.

At the other end of the scale, there is a blurred line

between leafy perennials and shrubs in a group of

plants known as ‘sub-shrubs.’ These plants often have

a partially woody framework, but are low growing

and more perennial like in their habit – things like

Perovskia (Russian Sage), Cistus and other greyleaved

Mediterranean evergreens. They can be a little

lax in habit and benefit from a fairly hard prune

(depending on how hardy they are and when they

flower) in spring to set them back on the right track.

Winter wonders

Evergreens are an obvious choice for winter interest,

but surprisingly there are quite a few deciduous

trees and shrubs to choose from, displaying either

decorative bark, berries or even flowers. The bonus

Right: spring foliage colour


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of winter flowers is that they’re usually scented. Good

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‘Dawn’, Chimonanthes praecox (Winter sweet), Lonicera

fragrantissima, Hamamellis (witch hazel).The RHS garden

Wisley in Surrey – open all year (except Christmas day)

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They have a wonderful winter walk (near to the tea

room – essential part of any winter walk), where you can

experience the joys of winter plants all in one place.

It’s hard to play a supporting role; outshone by the

flowery divas in the summer, propping up lax companions

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plants have given up and gone to ground, these

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Evergreens provide a constant look and will

ensure that the border looks good through the

seasons, even in the depths of winter, but there are

deciduous plants that look just as good naked…

Box – this is excellent for adding formality and

evergreen interest. Create low hedges, topiary

shapes and focal points – however, beware box

blight and box tree caterpillar, which is now

rife in London and surrounding areas.

Euphorbia ‘Wolfennii’ – an architectural plant

with handsome,grey/green foliage in winter

and long lasting lime green bracts in spring.

Miscanthus sinensis – a tall grass with attractive

seedbeds that will persist all through the winter.

Grosses are a good alternative to ‘blobby’

shrubs and bring movement to a border.

Osmanthus – small leaved evergreen with tiny

scented flowers in spring. It can be trimmed to a neat

shape to make a dark backdrop for other plants.

Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ – this dogwood has

pretty variegated foliage, good autumn colour

and once the leaves have fallen, dark red stems

on the young growth all through winter.

Top: Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ as a hedge

Left: Spiraea ‘Goldflame’

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Magic Mushrooms

Sue Whigham explores the wonderfully

varied world of fungi

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We’ve got a fast growing and rather beautiful quaking

aspen behind the pond; its nooks and crannies

providing a nesting site year after year to a pair

of starlings. Unfortunately, the crows got wind of this some

years ago and now, if you ever see us waving our arms and

shouting ineffectually in the garden, you’ll know why. The

crows always win but the starlings don’t give up. They’ll return

next year to start all over again. This tree has now become

two ‘grown up’ trees with its offspring in an adjoining field

seemingly catching up with its parent. And each year we have

umpteen offshoots popping up where they are not wanted,

which are obviously growing up from their parent’s root stock.

However, this is nothing compared to one of the two

biggest phenomena to be found in the world. The first

is Panda (meaning ‘I spread’), which is to be found

at Fish Lake, Utah, where 47,000 aspens are attached

to one single root system. How extraordinary.

But the other even more mind blowing natural organism

is called the Humongous Fungi. It lives underground in the

Malheur National Forest in Oregon and covers

nearly four square miles. And the only sign of

it is acre upon acre of dead and dying trees in

the area. This is Armillaria ostoyae, a form of

honey fungus; parasitic, it sucks the nutrients

from its prey so that it becomes impossible for

the tree to access water. However, there’s a lot of

useful research going into fungi biology using

material from this site in the labs of the National

History Museum of Utah and which has already

led to the discovery of ‘originally unknown

medical compounds and the development of

ideas for mitigating pathogens in food crops’.

Finding honey fungus in your own garden

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toxic to beneficial

fungi in the soil

and upset the

balance of soil.

Once a plant has

the honey fungus

really not a lot

can be done”

need not be the disaster you first think it might be as there

are six species of which only two will damage living plants.

You’ll recognise it by the fungal mycelium,

which comes up at the base of trees and

smells strongly of mushrooms. You may see

thin strands that look a bit like bootlaces

but are the fungus rhizomorphs. But, just to

confuse things, the least harmful armillarias

produce the most rhizomorphs so it may be

quite difficult to identify the fungi at first.

Don’t worry, the tree or plant will let you

know in advance whether it has been attacked

because its last flowering or fruiting season

will be either particularly floriferous or have

an unusually heavy crop. One last attempt

to reproduce before its untimely death. So

a seemingly healthy plant which has these symptoms is

most likely to have fallen victim to this particular fungus.

However, the armillaria has its good points as it recycles

nutrients in dead wood making it easier for insects to return

them to the soil. So as the nutrients are returned to the soil,

new seedlings can take advantage of improved conditions.

It used to be that copious amounts of a product called

Armillatox was used as a drench to stop honey fungus in

its tracks but it was banned in the early 2000s. The


Main image: Honey fungus Below: Amanita muscaria

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Right: Laetiporus sulphureus

manufacturers retained the formula and changed the labelling

and it is now sold as Armillatox soap-based outdoor cleaner

to avoid pesticide regulations. However, pesticides are toxic to

beneficial fungi in the soil and upset the balance of soil. Once

a plant has the honey fungus really not a lot can be done but

improving the health of your soil, and reducing disturbance to

its structure by not constantly cultivating it, goes a long way

to reduce any spread. A No Dig regime has many advantages,

one of course involves reducing strain to your own back,

but adding a good mulch will help towards establishing a

good soil balance and increasing the ‘good’ fungi. This is not

to say that this won’t stop the spread of honey fungus but

fungus fights fungus in the most natural way. If your garden

has honey fungus there are many species that you can use to

replant with without fear of infection, including hornbeam,

beech, holly, hawthorn, oak, lime and yews, so all is not lost.

There are three groups of fungi which are distinguished

by their method of feeding. One of the ‘good’ fungi is the

symbiotic or mycorrhizal fungi which live in the roots of

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Bottom left: Powdery mildew on courgettes. Top right:

Many zoned polypore fungus in the wood. Middle right:

Cep and truffles at Menton market. Photo taken by

Caroline Brennan. Bottom right: Amanita muscaria

access to carbohydrate stores, the mycorrhizal fungus

will benefit the trees/plants to absorb minerals and water

with its absorbent mycelium (a network of fine white

filaments) expanding the root system of the host plants.

Some fungi are species specific like Fly Agaric (Amanita

muscaria) which is associated with silver birch (Betula

pendula). This fungi is the stuff of fairy tales and children’s

books with its bright red cap. I have to say that I don’t think

that I have ever seen one, neither have I spotted the bright

orange/yellow Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)

which, unlike the Fly Agaric which is definitely not, is

edible. That’s probably because Fly Agaric fungi tend to be

found in mixed woodlands and heaths growing on a light,

well-drained soil amongst birch and evergreens, such as

spruce and pines, rather than on our heavy Wealden clay.

Wandering around the dried out woods near home

earlier in the week in the forlorn hope of spotting some

handsome fungi I met a runner who was holidaying

from lovely Derbyshire. He was telling me that it has

been a very wet summer for them unlike us in the

parched South East and that there is plenty of Chicken

of the Woods on their oak trees up there. He also said

that their trees had made noticeable growth spurts.

And a couple of days later, walking this time in Dulwich

Park in London (oh, there are some spectacular trees in

that park. Particularly wondrous is a giant Turkey Oak,

Quercus cerris, with its branches coming down around

it just like a massive skirt), we spotted a fenced off area

where the information board boasted pictures of this

particular bracket fungus. I wondered if they would

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a little garlic, oil and butter when we got home…

“Fly Agaric fungi tend to be

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and heaths growing on a light,

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and express their feelings (sometimes too forcefully!).

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and half an eye on our phone while they climb the baby

slide and slither down. But what is going

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In those few brief moments a child gains

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Play teaches us to regulate emotions, make plans and solve

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“The kind of play

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that normal play was absent in all their childhoods. He

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they are little, the better they tend to do in school.

However, the kind of play that matters most is selfdirected

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free-flowing, and helps children to learn about taking turns,

working together, playing fair and not hurting other people.

And that means there is something of a play crisis going

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hovering, or constantly praising how well they are playing, or

making suggestions about how they could play better. Turn off

the screens, and be sparing with the baby yoga classes, and the

organised art sessions. Tiny children don’t need to be taught

how to learn. They just need space to do it for themselves.

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TO BE KNOWN

TO BE YOU

ACADEMIC

TOP 2%

of schools

nationally for

A level progress

ENTRANCE ASSESSMENTS

9th November 2019

OPEN MORNING

1st February 2020

bethanyschool.org.uk

admissions@bethanyschool.org.uk

01580 211273

CURTISDEN GREEN, GOUDHURST, KENT, TN17 1LB

Co-ed day

and boarding

Ask about

scholarships

and bursaries

Many minibus

routes offered

See website

for details


Be all you can be

Sixth Form

Open Evening

Wednesday 13

November, 6.30pm

Students and parents are invited

to find out more about life in the

Sixth Form at St Edmund’s.

• Excellent exam results

• First rate pastoral care

• Dynamic co-curricular programme

• Individually tailored university & careers advice

Book online: www.stedmunds.org.uk

email: admissions@stedmunds.org.uk

Tel: 01227 475601

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Sutton Valence

Preparatory School

svs.org.uk

The only independent

school in Kent to hold

the Quality Mark

for Early Years

education

Quality Mark

EARLY YEARS

AWARD

Nursery and Reception

open for visits 9 -10am every

Wednesday from 6th November

Please contact Abigail Betts to book

T: 01622 842117 | E: bettsa@svs.org.uk

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‘A great place to grow’

for boys and girls

Open Events

2019-20

Open House

Friday 22 November

9.30am-12pm

REMEMBERING THE FEW;

HONOURING THE MANY

Open Morning

Saturday 7 March

9.30am-12pm

Scholarships

available for

September 2020 entry

Come and visit!

www.springgroveschool.co.uk

01233 812337 · Wye, near Ashford, Kent

Visit a living legacy, dedicated to

the men and women who lived

and served there, whose resilience made

Biggin Hill Churchill’s ‘strongest link’.

www.bhmm.org.uk

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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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Mayfi eld

AN INDEPENDENT DAY AND BOARDING SCHOOL FOR GIRLS AGED 11 TO 18

Image by David Merewether

MAYFIELD SCHOOL CERAMICS MASTERCLASS

SATURDAY 7 TH DECEMBER 2019

Mayfield School has a long history

of excellence in the creative arts,

with a broad subject offering in

art, ceramics and textiles at GCSE

and A Level. Each year the School

hosts its acclaimed Creative Arts

Exhibition, featuring the high

quality work created by students.

Girls achieve exceptional results,

which have included the highest

national marks and perfect scores

at A Level: this year, 100% of girls

studying A Level Ceramics achieved

all A*/A grades, with almost two

thirds awarded the top A* grade.

Mayfield’s Head of Ceramics,

Mr Tim Rees-Moorlah, will be

hosting a Creative Arts Masterclass

at the School on Saturday 7 th

December 2019 from 10am to 1pm.

The masterclass is designed for

girls in Years 10 and 11 who are

not currently studying at Mayfield,

have a keen interest in the creative

arts and are considering taking

art, ceramics, textiles, or design

at A Level. Places (which are

complimentary) are limited, so

we encourage early booking

to avoid disappointment.

To reserve a place or find out more

about the masterclass, please

contact Mrs Shirley Coppard at

registrar@mayfieldgirls.org

Ceramics Masterclass

SATURDAY 7 TH DECEMBER, 10:00 – 13:00

WITH MR TIM REES-MOORLAH, HEAD OF CERAMICS

TO RESERVE A PLACE ON THE CERAMICS MASTERCLASS PLEASE

CONTACT, MRS SHIRLEY COPPARD, REGISTRAR@MAYFIELDGIRLS.ORG


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admissions@vinehallschool.com

Vinehall

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VINEHALLSCHOOL.COM

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Where children come first!

Where children come first!

School tours for prospective Reception parents for admission September 2020

School tours for prospective Reception parents for admission September 2020

Ofsted rates our Early Years Provision as “GOOD” and strength of the school

Ofsted rates our Early Years Provision as “GOOD” and a strength of the school

Tours will take place with the Headteacher, Lucy Davenport, and the EYFS Leader, Suzanne Decker,

Tours will take place with the Headteacher, Lucy Davenport, and the EYFS Leader, Suzanne Decker,

on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am on the following dates:

on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am on the following dates:

13 13 November and 20 November 2019

We are delighted to invite prospective parents to visit our wonderful school. During the tour you will

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BEECHWOOD

SACRED HEART SCHOOL

Join us for our

OPEN DAY

Tuesday 5th

November 2019

9.30am-12.30pm

INDEPENDENT CO-EDUCATIONAL PRE-PREP, PREP & SENIOR SCHOOL

discover

BEECHWOOD

discover

adventure

www.beechwood.org.uk

12 Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3QD T: 01892 532747 E: registrar@beechwood.org.uk


THE

NOVEMBER

ART & GIFT

SHOW

2019

Christmas with the Rat Pack

Sun 1 Dec

VENUE:

DATE:

Find us on Facebook

16 - 24

NOVEMBER

10am - 4pm daily

Powdermills Hotel

Powdermill Lane

Battle TN33 0SP

@NovemberArtShow

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Powerhouse Gospel Choir

Fri 6 Dec

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

Sat 7 Dec

Book online:

whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Ticket Office: 01424 462288

White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JX

WhiteRockTheatre

@The_White_Rock

@white_rock_theatre

Sat 23 Nov & Sun 24 Nov

11am to 4pm * Stade Open Space * £1

visit1066country.com/fishfestivals

Sunday Jazz Breakfast with Mike Hatchard and friends

Tickets £13/£10 – available from the Tourist Information Centre

except

assist

dogs

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Art

Thu 7 – Sun 10 Nov & Sat 23

& Sat 30 Nov 12 noon-5pm

Up the Garden Studio,

Green Lane, Boughton

Monchelsea, Kent ME174LF

Graham Clarke

Studio Open Days

Our favourite artist/author/

illustrator/humourist. Graham

Clarke is famous for his comedic

take on British culture and his

works will make a delightful gift

for those with a sense of humour or

interest in local and British history.

This month he opens the doors of

his charming Up the Garden Studio,

and now is a great time to visit

as it has just been restocked with

his latest etchings, new greetings

cards, and some rare availability

books and etchings which will

be very exciting for collectors.

01622 743938 /

wendy@grahamclarke.co.uk /

grahamclarke.co.uk

Sat 19 Oct - Sun 5 Jan

Hastings Contemporary,

Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings

Old Town TN34 3DW

Quentin Blake:

Feet in water

Hastings Contemporary’s Artist

Patron and internationally

celebrated artist and illustrator,

Quentin Blake’s latest installment

in an ongoing series created for

the gallery. It is full of enchanting

creations and characters just like

those you have seen in books

by David Walliams, Joan Aiken

and, of course, Roald Dahl.

hastingscontemporary.org

Christmas

Fri 15 Nov – Sun 5 Jan

Calverley Grounds, Mountfield

Gardens, Tunbridge

Wells, Kent TN1 1SJ

SKATE Tunbridge Wells

This month Calverley Grounds will

be transformed into the ultimate

winter destination, with stylish

skating, festive food and drink,

music and lots of Christmas spirit.

This year there will be the addition

of a second ‘tiny tots’ ice rink, which

will also have Bavarian Curling from

6pm. Plus there will be storytelling

workshops, live music events, Carolokie,

wreath making workshops

and local choir performances on

Sundays. Apple & Cor! will be

running the Coffee Shop and

The Polar Bar running the Bar in

Calverley Grounds this year; offering

a wide selection of drinks, cakes,

snacks, entertainment and more.

Entry: Adults from £12.50,

children from £8

tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com

/ assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Thu 28 Nov 7.30pm

Trinity Theatre, Church Road,

Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1JP

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens enacted A

Christmas Carol over 150 times,

and the effect on the public was

phenomenal. Now actor John

O’Connor delightfully recreates

Dickens’ famous performance

of his best loved ghost story. A

seasonal treat in the spirit of

Christmas past, present and future.

trinitytheatre.net

Festivals & Fairs

Sun 17 Nov 11am – 3pm

The Bell Inn, High Street,

Ticehurst, East Sussex, TN5 7AS

Frost Fair

Frost Fairs appeared in London

when the Thames froze over and

everyone came out to share and

sell their produce in a collective

effort to help each other out.

In the spirit of helping local

artisans, The Bell hosts its own

Frost Fair, with stalls inside and

out laden with food and gifts

for a wonderful Christmas.

Entry: free

01580 200300 /

thebellinticehurst.com

Sat 16 Nov 10am-4.30 pm

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road,

Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

Sussex Mineral

and Fossil Show

Stunning displays of minerals and

fossils, an ultraviolet minerals

room and excellent activities

for children, including gold

What’s On in November

panning for real gold, searching

for crystals and fossils. Talks

including ‘Sussex Dinosaurs’.

£2.50 adults, 50p children

Music

Sun 10 Nov 3pm

Assembly Hall Theatre,

Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2LU

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Choral Society

In memory of their vice

president Derek Watmough,

the choir will perform Haydn’s

The Creation. The choir and

orchestra will be conducted by

Robyn Sevastos and the soloists

will be Stefanie Kemball-Read,

Greg Tassell and Peter Grevatt.

Tickets available from Assembly

Hall box office (booking fee

applies) by phone or online.

Entry: from £10.

01892 522587 (info) / 01892

530613 (tickets)

tickets@rtwcs.org.uk /

assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Sat 16 Nov 7.30

St George’s Church,

Gravesend, DA11 0DJ

Rutter Mass of the

Children & Blackford

Mirror of Perfection

An evening of glorious choir

music. Gravesham choral society

will perform Rutter’s delightfully

captivating piece written to

include extensive sections

for children’s choir alongside

an adult chorus, professional

soloists and orchestra, as well

as Blackford’s powerful cantata

of great lyrical beauty.

Entry: £12, students £5

01474 816684 / graveshamcs.co.uk

Sun 17 Nov at 2.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence

School, North Street, Sutton

Valence, Maidstone ME17 3HL

Sutton Valence

Music Society

International piano player,

Simon Callaghan has performed

in major concert halls, such

as Wigmore Hall and Royal

Festival Hall, and now comes to

Sutton Valence. His programme

will include Beethoven,

Schubert and Schumann.

Entry: £12.50 at door

including afternoon tea

01622 843325

Shopping

From Thu 7 Nov

McArthur Glen Designer

Outlet, Kimberley Way,

Ashford, Kent TN24 0SD

THE GARDEN OF LIGHT at

MCARTHUR GLEN

DESIGNER OUTLET

ASHFORD

In tribute to Kent’s 400-year

status as the Garden of England,

McArthur Glen’s Ashford Designer

Outlet has commissioned a

spectacular immersive installation

called The Garden of Light. The

walkthrough installation has

been designed to stimulate the

senses and encourage guests to

reflect on their connection with

nature. Plus new stores have

been popping up including Ugg,

Krieder and Krispy Kreme.

Entry: Free

mcarthurglen.com

Thu 14 - Sat 16 Nov

The Hop Farm, Paddock

Wood, Tonbridge TN12 6PY

Wealden Times

Midwinter Fair

Beneath the canopies of tented

winter wonderland we will have

over 250 exhibitors to explore,

and not to brag but this one

really has it all going on. We will

have friendly and familiar faces

like Cashara and Aga, as well as

exciting newcomers including

Cocoloco Chocolates and In

the Country. Look out for local

heroes such as Graham Clarke and

Huutt, and international stars,

Kitty Clogs Sweden and Anna

Craven-Saigon. Grab unique gifts

you won’t find on the high street,

taste a few free samples, browse

for ideas and enter a competition

to win a luxury Fortnum

& Mason hamper with our

sponsor Burfields House Wealth

Management. Finally, just enjoy

our Wealden winter wonderland!

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Christmas at

Bluebell Railway

Enjoy Santa trains, festive feasts and

luxurious dining trains this Christmas

Festive Feast

Catch a steam train from

East Grinstead for a nostalgic

ride to Sheffield Park. Enjoy a

delicious Christmas lunch

with all the trimmings in the

Bessemer Arms. Relax on the

train for your journey home.

Carvery

Visit Sheffield Park Station for a

Christmas carvery across the

seasonal period. Giving you the

chance to enjoy a roast at the

heritage railway as part of your

Christmas festivities.

Santa Specials

Get into the festive spirit with a

Very special family outing.

Meet Santa, as he passes through

the train with gifts for the children

and spend time at the traditional

Christmas fairground at

Horsted Keynes Station.

www.bluebell-railway.com

01825 720800

Michelham Priory

House & Gardens

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Sat 9 th & Sun 10 th November

Festive fun with stalls, decorations, music

& Father Christmas in this historic setting.

Foraging for Flavour

Workshop, 22 nd November

Discover forgotten foraged foods, make

samples of flavoured gins, learn the

unusual use of conkers and other foraged

plants. Booking required.

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.

Wreath Making Workshops

Festive - 4 th December

Willow - 7 th December

Booking required, see website for details.

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.

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Christmas at Trinity Theatre!

A Christmas Carol

Thursday 28th November · 7.30pm

Actor John O’Connor recreates Dickens’

famous performance of his best loved ghost

story. Enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of

Christmas past, present and future.

Tickets from £14

ROH Live: The Nutcracker

Tuesday 17th December · 7.15pm · Recording

Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous

festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s

captivating dancing make this Nutcracker the

quintessential Christmas experience.

Tickets from £15

ROH Live: Coppélia

Sunday 15th December · 6.30pm · Recording

The charming and funny Coppélia, a story

of love, mischief and mechanical dolls.

Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful

storybook world to life in this Christmas treat.

Tickets from £15

by Theresa Heskins

Directed by Kezia Cole

Thu 12 Dec – Tue 31 Dec

Box Office · 01892 678 678 · trinitytheatre.net

Richard Durrant’s Candlelit

Christmas Concert

Thursday 19th December · 8pm

Guitarist and composer Richard Durrant

heralds the start of the Christmas season with

a festive feast of acoustic Christmas music.

Tickets from £15

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What’s On in November

Sat 16 Nov – Sun 15 Dec

Silcocks Farm, Grange Road, St.

Michaels, Tenterden TN30 6TL

The Three French Hens

The Three French Hens &

Biddenden Christmas Trees will

be together at Silcocks Organic

Farm & Cafe from 10am until

4pm daily except Sundays which

will be 10am until 2pm, and it

will be closed on Mondays.

Sat 16 – Sun 24 Nov 10am-4pm

Powdermills Hotel, Powdermill

Lane, Battle TN33 0SP

The November Art

and Gift Show

The key word with this show is

variety. The art for sale comes

from artists and makers working

with everything from jewellery to

paintings and explores subjects

including wildlife, land and

seascapes, flowers, and portraiture.

Plus, with silver and gemstone

jewellery, children’s books,

textiles and greeting cards all

for sale too it should help with

gift shopping. The Powdermills

Hotel and Orangery Restaurant

will be open to visitors to the

show and the wonderful hotel

also has some beautiful walks.

07580 388877

Sat 23 Nov 10am-4pm

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD

Chiddingstone Castle’s

Christmas Fair

A fantastic shopping opportunity

where local businesses and artisans

will be offering a delightful

selection of Christmas gifts,

decorations and food and drink

from over 70 stalls from inside

the Castle and in the large,

heated marquee in the Castle

grounds. All proceeds help care

for the castle and collections.

Entry: £7 (tickets sold on the door)

01892 870347 /

chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

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

Fri 29 Nov 4-8pm

All Saints Hall, All Saints Street,

Hastings Old Town TN34 3BP

The Pop up Emporium

These are great pop ups

supporting local businesses and

host a complete mixture of

fashion, health and wellbeing,

food and drink, art and jewellery,

including the fabulous fashions

of our very own Fashion Editor

Kate Watts, whose re-loved

clothing and accessories business,

Déjà Vu is well worth a visit!

Entry: Free

Instagram@dejavu_reloved /

katelizwatts.com / facebook.com/

thepopupemporiumhastings

Sat 30 Nov 10.30am-4pm

St Mary’s Church, Chartham,

Church Ln, Chartham,

Canterbury, Kent CT4 7JW

Magical Christmas

Market

With 14 wonderful stalls,

a charming children’s choir

and delectable cooking,

this one is a lovely festive

event for all the family.

Entry: Free

Workshops

Fri 1 Nov 10.30-4pm

Godinton House, Godinton

Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP

CERAMIC CHRISTMAS

WREATH WORKSHOP

FOR ALL ABILITIES

Join Brenda Burgess for a fun,

23rd NOVEMBER -

1st JANUARY

MEDIA PARTNERS

Discover magical decorations at Leeds Castle every day

and the Christmas Market on weekends only until 15th December

LEEDS CASTLE | KENT

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ART

CRANBROOK

SHOW

Thursday 7 NOVEMBER • 10 - 5

Friday 8 • 10 - 7 & Saturday 9 • 10 - 5

VESTRY HALL • Cranbrook • Kent • TN17 3HA

Free entry and so much Art to enjoy

www.cranbrookartshow.org.uk

cranbrookartshow@gmail.com

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What’s On in November

friendly and deeply informative

seasonal treat. This sculpture

workshop at beautiful Godinton

House suits all abilities and

will take a deep look at shapes

from nature to inspire a ceramic

wreath that can adorn your

festive table for years to come.

Plus Brenda’s wonderful hen

wedding celebrations are well

worth a look with beautiful

locations available such as

Walmer Castle (see website).

Entry: £65

brendaburgess@brendaburgessarts.

co.uk / brendaburgessarts.co.uk

Look Forward:

December

Sun 1 & Sun 15 Dec

10am - 4pm

One Warwick Park Hotel

Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TA

Tunbridge Wells

Christmas Fair

Tunbridge Wells Autumn Fair

is back and bigger than ever.

Shop a handpicked selection

of products from small

businesses in Kent and East

Sussex. Shop jewellery, candles,

art, gifts, cards, homeware,

bath products, ceramics,

clothing and so much more.

Entry: Free

ukcraftfairs.com

Fri 13 Dec

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG

Murder at the Manor

A festive murder mystery

experience. In the magnificent

medieval Baron’s Hall (the former

domain of Henry VIII which

you may recognise from Mary

Queen of Scots), teams of friends

or business colleagues will step

back in time to 1932 to solve a

murder most festive. Mingle with

costumed characters over a glass

of mulled wine around a roaring

fire, but watch carefully – before

long, one of the characters will

be murdered and it will be down

to the individual teams to review

the evidence and decide who

they think the murderer is.

A three-course meal will be

served in the Sunderland Room

(a private historic room that is

not normally open to visitors)

over which guests can discuss

and debate the evidence within

their teams. After dinner, each

table will be invited to reveal

who they think is the murderer.

Tickets are sold for a group

size of eight or more guests.

Entry: £75pp for groups of eight

or more (includes a glass of mulled

wine and a three-course meal)

01892 870 307 /

banqueting@penshurstplace.com /

penshurstplace.com

Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec

Garden Gems Garden Centre,

Salts Farm, Rye TN31 7PA

Garden Gems

Christmas Fayre

Visit Garden Gems Plant Nursery

& Garden Centre for a Christmas

Cracker next month with market

stalls, carol singing, a free Santa’s

grotto, and free colour-yourown

decorations for kids.

garden-gems.co.uk

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Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society

Presents

The Creation

Joseph Haydn

© National Trust 2019. Registered Charity no. 205846. Photography © National Trust Images

Sunday 10th November 2019 at 3.00pm

Assembly Hall Theatre, tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society with Orchestra

Conducted by Robyn Sevastos

Soloists: Stefanie Kemball-Read, Greg Tassell & Peter Grevatt

Tickets: £10, £15, £18 & £22 (Children in full time education half price)

Available through choir members, by phone: 01892 522587 or

by email: tickets@rtwcs.org.uk

and at the Assembly Hall Box Office (booking fee applies),

by phone 01892 530613 or via www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Winter beauty

made at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

2 November - 6 March; weekends only.

Every weekend this winter, bare beauty and

structure awaits. Explore the garden rooms

to find inspiration around every corner.

W W W.RTWCS.ORG .UK

Registered charity number 273310

@RTWChoralSoc

These are the places that make us.

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Fables from

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Jane ensures her flock is in prime condition

November means tupping time at Coopers

Farm, when the rams go in with the ewes and

the whole ‘sheep year’ starts over again.

But of course before that can happen there have

been lots of behind the scenes preparations to make

sure everyone is match fit and ready for action.

The spring lambs were weaned in August to give their

mum’s a bit of ‘me time’, then last month we went through

them all to check they were young and fit enough to have

another successful lambing season. Each one gets a thorough

MOT – starting with their teeth. Like all of us, sheep teeth

wear out and fall out as the years pass, but in order to sustain

a pregnancy and then milk a sound pair of gnashers is

essential. So anyone with wobbly ones or missing ones is out.

Next, we check their teats. Not only are

we checking to make sure they are soft and

supple but they also have to be what might be

termed ‘pert’. Some of the old girls get very

low slung and there’s nothing sadder than

seeing new-born lambs searching for a drink

up where it should be when in reality the

milk bar is almost trailing on the ground.

Once we’ve decided how many of the

ewes are staying and how many are leaving

we make the numbers back up to about

75 with home-grown tegs – females born

in spring 2018 destined to be first time

mums. Then they get cosseted with delicious

mineral supplements and the best grass the farm has to

offer in order to flush them – encourage their ovaries to

produce lots of eggs and then hopefully lots of twins.

And then of course there’s the other half of the equation,

“Traditionally

rams have always

gone in with

the ewes on

Bonfire Night

with the lambs

arriving some five

months later”

the boys! A ewe comes into season about every 18 days and

young rams can manage to get round about 35 ewes at a time,

so we have two. Each stays on the farm for

a couple of years but by the third he would

be serving his daughters and we’ve worked

it that each year we change one and keep

one. Back in the mists of time we bought an

incredibly ugly ram – a Beltex, a breed which,

while famous for having a magnificent arse, is

not blessed in the looks department. He got

called Boris Karloff and his deeply handsome

colleague, a Southdown ram became George

Clooney. Five months later when the lambs

arrived it was pretty obvious that the girls

didn’t worry too much about looks as we had

rather more ugly Beltex lambs than pretty

Southdowns. The name thing has continued over the years

and Robert Mitchum, a smart blue Texel arrived on the farm

a few weeks ago to join Jon Hamm for the 2019 season.

Traditionally rams have always gone in with the ewes on

Bonfire Night with the lambs arriving some five months

later from April Fools’ Day when hopefully the weather

is better and the spring grass has begun to grow.

But before they meet the girls they each get fitted

with a raddle, a harness that holds a coloured wax block

to the chest, which marks the rump of each ewe as he

mates with it. The wax block is replaced every 10 days

with a darker coloured block, so that the colour of the

last liaison will overwrite any previous matings.

All the action will be done and dusted by Christmas

and while the girls will have plenty to be getting on

with, it’s 10 months ‘me time’ for the boys. Hmm…

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

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