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Contents

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WHERE IT’S AT

Maggie Alderson’s pick of

properties with perfect locations

NOTEBOOK

November’s news and events

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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GET THE LOOK

Imitate Alexis Wylie’s style

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 has 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

STRUCTURAL ASSETS

Find plants that last all

year with Jo Arnell

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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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Where it’s at

From gated estates to town centre treasures, Maggie Alderson

finds perfectly situated properties on the market now

Highbury House

The dream: A bespoke mansion

built for the vendors to lead modern

family life in great style. The exterior

is classic, with dormer windows and

a porticoed front door, but inside the

layout is contemporary, with a large

living kitchen/family room/breakfast

room/dining room as the hub of the

house, with bifold doors onto the

terrace and pool. There is an Aga as

well as an induction hob.

Where: The prestigious and

sought-after Burwood Park gated

estate, between Walton and

Weybridge, with Esher nearby.

Setting: Surrounded by mature

trees and leafy gardens.

Beds: 6 Baths: 6

Pleasing details: Staff flat.

Special features: The Master Suite

has a dressing room and a separate

shoe room, and a large balcony

looking over the pool and garden.

Outside: Laid to lawn with

beautiful mature borders and

trees. Luxury swimming pool

with spacious summer house/

lodge, terrace with open fire,

dining area and BBQ kitchen.

Time to town: From nearby Walton

station, 45 minutes to Waterloo.

Agent: Hamptons International,

Weybridge 01932 859933

hamptons.co.uk

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Eagle House

From

£2,250,000

The dream: This fabulous makeover of

Eagle House, by Octagon Developments,

offers the opportunity to live in great

style in a Grade II* listed Jacobean manor

house, built in the early 1600s - without

the headaches of owning a whole historic

building. Glorious original windows,

timber panelling, fireplaces and floorboards

are in all place within the apartments.

Where: Wimbledon Village.

Setting: Right in the heart of it all with

Wimbledon town centre and the Common

very close, leading on to Richmond Park.

Beds: 2, or 3 Baths: all ensuite

Pleasing details: Bulthaup

kitchens as standard.

Special features: The entrance hall features

the original ornate fireplace and there is

another in the communal sitting room.

Outside: Communal landscaped gardens.

Time to town: Nine miles from Hyde

Park Corner, Wimbledon tube is at the

end of the District Line and from the

overground it’s 19 minutes to Waterloo.

Agent: Octagon Developments

020 8481 7500 octagon.co.uk

Matchwick House

£2,250,000

The dream: This house is a brilliant

combination of desirable attributes rarely

found in one home. It’s a beautifully elegant

Grade II* listed Georgian townhouse, with

a contemporary extension providing the

contemporary living kitchen ideal, and a full

wall of glass onto the lovely courtyard garden.

Where: The epicentre of Guildford, 100

metres from the Upper High Street.

Setting: Once again, the ideal mixture, in

the very heart of the town, close to the River

Wey, yet with green urban space all around.

Beds: 4 Baths: 3

Pleasing details: A cosy study on the ground

floor, the kitchen/family room to the rear and

an elegant drawing room on the first floor.

Special features: The beautiful original

staircase, with wooden handrails.

Outside: A terraced and

landscaped walled garden.

Time to town: Ten minutes walk

to Guildford Station, then just over

half an hour to Waterloo.

Agent: Knight Frank, Guildford

01483 565171 knighfrank.co.uk

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Notebook

What to do and see near you this month

Winter

Wonderland

The festive season is full of excitement for Denbies. First,

Autumn 2019 sees the opening of the new Vineyard Hotel,

in the heart of Denbies Wine Estate with outstanding views

of the Surrey Hills, 17 en-suite rooms and the beautiful

Vineyard Restaurant. Then there are the Denbies Party

Share nights (early booking is strongly recommended) and

the Denbies 5K Santa Fun Run on Sunday 8 December.

For those with Christmas shopping to do there will be both

the Late Night Shopping Fair on Monday 25 November

and the Christmas Craft Fair on Monday 9 December with

music, carolling, free mulled wine and mince pies (free

admission and car parking). And finally, (perhaps most

excitingly) is Santa’s Cellar Grotto, which includes a warm

welcome from Santa`s elves and an outdoor vineyard train

ride followed by a visit to see Father Christmas in his Cellar

Grotto. Whatever your Christmas wishes, you’re sure of

a very warm festive welcome at Denbies. denbies.co.uk

Jet smart

Who hasn’t dreamed of their

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bubbly? Well for those enviable

few looking to live that dream,

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On one special

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Going once...

Wellers holds a Jewellery,

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selected Monday is 11 November, and

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some amazing items on show. You could

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china, porcelain and art. These auctions

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Midwinter Fair

It wouldn’t be November without our

annual Midwinter Fair. Once a year, as the

holiday season approaches, we build our

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with all of our favourite things. Beneath

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them beautiful jewellery, vintage homeware,

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and entrance to the Farm Park and indoor play area. This is a pre-booked

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Book early for Painshill’s unique visit to Santa in their crystal

cave. On selected days between Sunday December 1 and Sunday

December 22, Santa will be waiting, just a Snow Train trip away,

in Painshill’s incredibly ble crystal covered cave. Daytime visitors

can also tour the beautiful 18th Century landscape and try an

interactive children’s trail, while post-day light visitors can complete

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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

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

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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 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

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Left: A stripped pine prison door, installed

in the house at some point in its history,

features a huge old lock and spyhole

Below: Tribal masks from Tribal Space

are framed by the panelling

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.

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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

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Top: A rare French wicker vintage Petal chair

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Above: A ceramic vessel made by Kate

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, 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


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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

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

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

her bedroom, which sits over the kitchen. This creates

a kind of ‘Kate Wing’ that she can disappear into,

closing the door, when she has weekend visitors.

The dressing room is a joy of girlie chic, with velvety

cream carpet, two slipper chairs and the sublime cupboards,

with their lower panels at exactly the right height. They

are finished with cast iron ‘twig’ handles by Ashley

Hicks, providing the perfect place for everything.

With a lovely double aspect, one window looking out onto

the garden, both are finished with curtains in a Christopher

Farr fabric, which are double lined with blackout and

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over time. 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, almost like extra rooms

Below: Windsor chairs that Kate bought online

surround the banquette and round kitchen table

thermal bump, which gives that rich blankety effect and

maximum warmth, as are all the curtains in the house.

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

all the details and samples of the decorative scheme

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.

My style is more eclectic. I’ve had all my furniture for

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

The calm collected style of the dressing room is the

perfect foil for the drama of the wallpaper in the master

bedroom, a wonderful huge scale jungle design by Lewis

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


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“I thought I was going to go back to London,” says Kate, “but after six months

down here, I felt so much more healthy and stress free. London has got much harder

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This page: For the master bedroom, Kate has chosen wallpaper

in a large scale jungle design, ‘Adam’s Eden’ by Lewis and Wood.

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

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

spotted 10 years ago outside an antique shop. “I was driving

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

On from the bedroom is the adjacent shower room

with elegant fittings from West One Bathrooms and

narrow oblong tiles – not the overdone subway tile –

from Topps, the finishing glamorous top, some very

nice twin wall lights from Holloways of Ludlow.

The rest of the first floor is taken up with Kate’s

office and two beautifully appointed guest rooms and

a bathroom that pleasingly twins the shower room, but

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

The guest wing has the feel of a boutique hotel and I can

see why Kate has London friends queueing for a ‘reservation’

for summer breaks – and also for winter snuggle-ins.

The main sitting room – there is also a lovely smaller

room, walled with 18th century panelling from another

property in which Kate has a telly den – invites you

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Above: An inviting guest bedroom features generous

curtains in Morris & Co. ‘Strawberry Thief’ and luxe

touches such as plump cushions and a deep blue velvet

throw Right: A G-Plan chest of drawers sits below a

nude by Brenda Sakoui in the main guest bedroom

to lounge on the sofa (by Jasper Morrison for

Cappellini, which Kate had re-upholstered in a

William Yeoward wool fabric), in front of the

open fire. “It’s a great room for flopping with

the papers on a Sunday morning,” says Kate.

Certainly, I had to summon some effort to

raise myself up from it once we’d settled there.

There is so much to look at, but not in a busy

cluttered way. Everywhere your eye falls, there

is something interesting that you haven’t seen

before, such as the shelf of gold glassware, which

is a set of cocktail glasses and ice cream coupes

designed for a 1920s yacht, that Kate bought at

Kempton antiques market. “They can’t ever be

used, but I just think they look nice together.”

They do – as do the group of ceramics on a

lower shelf, which are Kate’s own work. There

is also a very nice table ceramic pom-pom

lamp she made, finished with an Oka shade.

And that’s the kind of nurturing house she has

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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

for this magazine, you are usually shown

around by the proud owners, but sometimes

the householders prefer to stay in the background,

leaving the limelight for their decorator or architect.

This was one of those houses – but it didn’t feel like it.

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.

A sense of fun is everywhere here, from book wallpaper in

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

house) that turned out to be a very imaginatively stocked bar.

Our official guide for the tour was interior designer Alexis

Wylie who is gradually working her way through the

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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

pull up alongside and see the lovely outdoor pool, with

a pool house and a yoga hut, with views out across the

spectacular countryside of this particular pocket of heaven.

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. It feels joyously lived in, used, shared

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

to places and bringing things home to remember it all by.

I didn’t spot one of those family height charts biro-ed onto

a door jamb, but the whole house feels like one. All that

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

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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.”

lovely Irish terriers add to the general sense of wellbeing too.

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

owners. She has an Irish terrier herself and living nearby, they

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

an idyllic East Sussex childhood himself – started to head

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

to turn their rooms around and get rid of the plastic,”

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

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

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

complemented by a built-in wooden bed achieved using one

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

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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

Mismatching chests of drawers on either side of the bed

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Up another characterful flight of stairs to what was

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to become a calm oasis she calls the Singapore Room,

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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In one corner, on a raised platform, is a modern take

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than making this room smaller by putting a bath in

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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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“My brief is to create a bedroom you dream of

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

Back across the hall is the drawing room, which Ally

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

The finished result is the masterful mix of pattern –

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Reiterating what she said in the soon to be revamped

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Once she’s done that with the pieces already owned,

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and replaced it with a more classic one covered with

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saying, “I’ll get my hands on this one day…”

Her goal for the drawing room was for it not to

look as if it had been ‘designed’ but more as though

it had developed organically over time – reflecting

the atmosphere of the house. “I didn’t want it to look

as though it had all come from one shop.”


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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

bed – an idea which evolved after a family trip to India

Right: Ally has painted one bathroom, with a claw-foot

bath right in front of the window, a lovely pale blue

Nothing in the room matches and there is a combination

of colours and patterns – blue, red, brown, green, paisley,

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but all works together in situ. “Once you get the floor

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One of the themes that pulls it together is a masterful

and subtle use of symmetry. Two slipper chairs, upholstered

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ottoman and two different pairs of table lambs frame the sofa,

on matching side tables, and the mirror on the back wall.

Those lamps sit on a custom-made radiator cover ordered

online from a company called Jali – another of Ally’s secret

weapons. “They cover ugly radiators and work like console

tables, so you have another flat surface to put things on,

while allowing the warm air to circulate into the room.”

It’s yet another invaluable tip which shows just

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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

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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) olive 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

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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

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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

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Vitamin D:

How much is enough?

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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

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stores over the summer rapidly decline by the

time we get to the deeper winter months.

Additionally, sunscreens, longer office

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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

that everyone over the age of four should take

10 micrograms (400iu) of vitamin D every

day, particularly from October to March.

All pregnant, breastfeeding women and atrisk

groups should take a daily supplement

containing 10 micrograms (400iu) of an

easily absorbed form of Vitamin D. However,

consider that many people in the UK do not get

good access to consistent sunlight due to work

(offices) and typical British summer weather.

All babies from birth up to one year of age

should take 8.5 to 10 micrograms (340iu to

400iu) of vitamin D per day (particularly

those being breastfed). Babies fed infant

formula will not need vitamin drops until

they are receiving less than 500ml (about

a pint) of infant formula a day, as these

products are fortified with vitamin D.

Children between the age of one

and four should take 10 micrograms of

vitamin D supplements all year round.

People aged 65 years and over and people

not exposed to much sun should also

take a daily supplement containing 10

micrograms (400iu) of vitamin D.

Why do I need vitamin D? Virtually every

cell in the body has a vitamin D receptor,

which, when bound to this vitamin, can

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genes. Previous concerns about vitamin

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bone health, most notably the development

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the increase according to national statistics.

However, the observations from the most

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other key physiological roles of it and a

causative relationship between vitamin D

deficiency and an increased risk of cancers,

pre-eclampsia, diabetes, CVD, autoimmune

diseases, autism and the flu.

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A study conducted showed that Food-

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supplements with your recommended daily

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Vitamin D rich foods

Seafood – Seafood is one

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2Whole milk – Organic

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as this is where you’ll find it.

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mushrooms for a higher content.

Avoid foods that have been

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for food that contains vitamin

D naturally from the list above.

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Men’s

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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

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that 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,

Kent, 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.

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“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.


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.


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, forgotten

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 it all ready

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 sprouts 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

10 bring 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 SH we’re all about low food miles, we’ve have picked some of

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

Keep it local

When expert baker, Simon

Cannell, Managing

Director of artisan bakery,

Speciality Breads in

Margate, decided to open

Foodie’s Emporium, 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 enthusiastic

about small-batch artisan food.

What is it that you love about the

range of locally-produced food and

drink available in the south east?

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? My working relationship

with Speciality Bread and because most,

if not everything, is sourced locally.

Find out 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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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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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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Right: spring foliage colour

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


“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.”

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

deciduous winter shrubs include: Viburnum bodnantense

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

fragrantissima, Hamamellis (witch hazel).The RHS garden

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

is a great place to visit for out of season inspiration.

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

and generally being taken for granted, but when the fairweather

plants have given up and gone to ground, these

unsung plants can finally have their moment in the sun

(or shade). Reliable, stalwart and quietly beautiful, well

chosen structural shrubs will be an investment – and this

is the perfect time to plant them – or plant some more.

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good

structural

plants

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

“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”

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

Above: Fungi in the garden at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s

summer residence Left: Fungi on oak

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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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Garden

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

have minded us cutting off a bit of one to fry up with

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

“Fly Agaric fungi tend to be

found in mixed woodlands

and heaths growing on a light,

well-drained soil amongst

birch and evergreens”

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and express their feelings (sometimes too forcefully!).

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through play. Which we adults hardly notice. We walk a

two-year-old to the park and watch with half an eye on them

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

slide and slither down. But what is going

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the tiny ones tagging along behind, today’s

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organised pre-school settings, or at home in

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is done through playdates and sleepovers,

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growing range of organised pre-school activities

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What’s On in November

Art

Thu 7 – Sun 10 Nov & Sat 23

& Sat 30 Nov 12 noon-5pm

Up the Garden Studio,

Green Lane, Boughton

Monchelsea, Kent ME17 4LF

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.

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wendy@grahamclarke.co.uk /

grahamclarke.co.uk

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Nov

10am - 4pm

The Fancy Loft at The

Farnham Pottery, Quennells

Hill, Wrecclesham,

Farnham GU10 4SL

WINTER CERAMICS

EXHIBITION

The members of West Street

Potters are delighted to welcome

you to The Fancy Loft at their

home of The Farnham Pottery.

There will be great diversity

in styles in this exhibition of

work, with each object showing

off the individual’s techniques,

creativity and imagination.

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Christmas

Saturdays & Sundays from

Sat 18 Nov - Sun 15 Dec &

Mon 16 Dec - Tue 24 Dec

Various Squire’s Garden Centres

Santa’s Grotto

Meet Santa in his magical grotto.

As well as seeing your child’s face

light up when they see Santa

and receive a beautiful wrapped

gift, you’ll also get a warm festive

glow as you’ll be benefitting

local charities including Phyllis

Tuckwell Hospice Care, Cancer

Research and Elmbridge Mencap.

There’s no need to book, simply

turn up on the day, but don’t

come between 12-1pm as Santa

will be feeding his reindeer!

Entry: £6 per child (£1 from

every ticket will be donated

to Squire’s local charities)

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Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 Nov

Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South

Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ

CHRISTMAS FOOD

FESTIVAL

Renowned for its long-standing

support of local and regional food

and drink, Priory Farm is the

place to get stocked up on food

and drink for Christmas. At this

most festive festival, you can meet

producers offering everything

from award-winning pies to

delicious naturally-seasoned crisps.

You will also find wonderful gifts

and and the chance to reserve

a free-range local turkey.

Entry: Free

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Wed 27 Nov 1pm-10pm &

Thu 28 Nov 10am-6pm

Farnham Maltings, Bridge

Square, Farnham GU9 7QR

Farnham Maltings

Christmas Fair

The Maltings’ annual Christmas

Fair is full of festive cheer

with its bustling market place

of over 140 stalls specialising

in handmade gifts and crafts,

delicious food and beverages.

Enjoy a glass of fizz from the

Riverside Café, take advantage

of buy one get one free

Prosecco from 6pm and be

sure to visit the Maltings’ own

store for work by local artists,

makers and vintage finds.

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Wed 27 Nov to Sun 1 December.

West Horsley Place, West

Horsley, KT24 6AN

Christmas craft fair

This crafty extravaganza will

be held in floored and heated

marquees and will have festive

live music and a delicious range

of artisan food as well as over

150 exhibitors, who are all

selling entirely original pieces

(the organisers do not allow any

bought in or imported work).

Entry: £7 in advance, £10 on

the day, RHS card holders free

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Music & Theatre

Tue 19 Nov

G Live, London Road,

Guildford GU1 2AA

Scouting for Girls:

The Trouble With Boys

Throughout Scouting For Girls’

immensely successful career

they’ve sold over 1.5 million

albums, two million singles, had

four Brit Award nominations, an

Ivor Novello nomination, had

four top ten singles, sold-out

Wembley Arena, The Royal Albert

Hall and most recently sold-out

The London Palladium and had

a series of hit singles including

She’s so Lovely, This Ain’t a Love

Song and Elvis Ain’t Dead, and

now they come to G Live.

Entry: £27.50, VIP £61.50,

G Live Friends save £2.50

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Shopping

Thu 14 – Sat 16 Nov

The Hop Farm, Paddock

Wood, Tonbridge TN12 6PY

Wealden Times

Midwinter Fair

Beneath the canopies of a tented

winter wonderland our sister

magazine will have over 250

exhibitors to explore, and not to

brag but this one really has it all

going on. Expect friendly and

familiar faces like Aga, exciting

newcomers including Cocoloco

Chocolates, local heroes such

as Silent Pool and international

stars like Kitty Clogs Sweden.

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.

Essentially, just enjoy a

Wealden winter wonderland!

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Fri 15 – Sun 17 Nov & Fri 22

Nov – Sun 1 Dec 10.30am-5pm

(6pm on Fridays & Saturdays)

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,

near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD

Christmas Artisan Fair

Soak up the sights, smells and

sounds of Christmas at this special

Artisan Fair. Charming wooden

chalets will house an exciting

variety of high-quality, unique

gifts, decorations, crafts and festive

foods, all set against the backdrop

of the striking Edwardian

mansion at Polesden Lacey.

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Sat 30 - Sun 1 Dec 11am-4pm

Albury Vineyard

Festive Fizz Christmas

Shopping

Browse a beautiful selection of

wine gifts, and stock up on fizz

for Christmas. The wine bar will

be open for a glass or two of

award-winning sparkling wine

or the vineyard’s new Christmas

Spritz cocktail, and if the weather

is dry the vineyard will be open

for free self-guided tours. Plus

there will be £20 off cases of

Albury Estate sparkling wine.

Entry: Free

alburyvineyard.com

Sat 16 & Sun 17 Nov

Bridgman, Brassey House,

22-24 New Zealand Avenue,

Walton on Thames, KT12 1QD

New Bridgman

Showroom

Bridgman, the luxury Indoor and

Outdoor furniture specialists,

have relocated to a brand new

and much bigger showroom in

New Zealand Avenue, Walton

on Thames, where they are

showcasing their beautiful

collections of interior and garden

furniture and the first sofa in

a box brand – Snug Shack (as

seen in our Gifts Supplement).

Join them on Saturday 16

November for the fabulous

official opening weekend.

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Monday 16 December 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS WITH

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Festive classics and carols

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Sunday 22 December 12.30pm & 4.00pm

CHRISTMAS CAROL

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Jonathan Cohen leads you through

Carols and Christmas hits.

GRUBER Silent night GARDNER The holly and the ivy

LEDGER Sussex carol DARKE In the bleak midwinter

Trad. I saw three ships and CAROLS FOR ALL

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Philharmonia Orchestra

Crouch End Festival Chorus Daniel Hyde conductor

Jingle Bells Frosty the Snowman Sleigh Ride

Merry Christmas Everyone plus CAROLS FOR ALL

Jonathan Cohen conductor/presenter

Louise Dearman guest singer

London Concert Chorus

London Concert Orchestra

Saturday 21 December 8.00pm

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

Carols and seasonal classics, staged in full 18th Century

costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting.

Monday 23 December 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS CRACKER

WITH ALED JONES

Seasonal classics, festive readings and joyful songs,

all crowned by a selection of your favourite carols for all.

Timothy West reader

CULLEN Joy to the world HANDEL Zadok the Priest

DARKE In the bleak midwinter

Christmas Sequence from Messiah

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Susanna Hurrell soprano

Steven Devine conductor

Mozart Festival Chorus & Orchestra in full period costume

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WILLCOCKS Jingle Bells BLAKE Walking in the Air

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TCHAIKOVSKY Suite from The Nutcracker

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Aled Jones presenter Jennifer France soprano

The London Chorus Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choir

London Concert Orchestra Adrian Lucas conductor

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Sport & leisure

Sun 10 Nov

Sandown Park Racecourse,

Portsmouth Road,

Esher KT10 9AJ

COUNTRYSIDE DAY

The Jumps are back! Tickets

for the first Jump fixture of

the Sandown Park season are

on sale now. It is set to be a

mud splattering, spine tingling

day of fantastic Jump racing,

with a country market full of

gifts for the upcoming festive

season, and a free kids activity

zone that will include arts and

crafts and face painting.

Entry: From £14, under 18s free

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Workshops

& Classes

Saturdays

LCA Stage Academy,

Oxted School, Bluehouse

Lane, Oxted RH8 0AB

musical theatre

classes

LCA Stage Academy is the place

to go for sensational Saturdays

with group musical theatre classes

for Ages 3 to 5 years at 9-9:45am,

6 to11 years at 10-11am and

12-18 years at 11-1pm, as well

as 1:1 acting classes. If you enrol

in January for musical theatre

classes you can get 10% off

that term’s fee, so now is the

time to book a taster session.

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Mon 25 Nov 2pm &

Mon 2 Dec 6pm

Silent Pool Distillery, Shere

Road, Albury GU5 9BW

Christmas Wreath

Making Workshop

Time to get into the festive

spirit. Sip on a delicious Silent

Pool G&T as you learn to put

together your own traditionally

mossed door wreath using a

selection of natural trimmings

inspired by the botanicals used

to create Silent Pool Distillery’s

range of gins, including scented

eucalyptus, cinnamon sticks,

orange slices and pine cones. This

workshop will give you a step by

step demonstration from Juliette

of Flowers by Juliette with all

greenery and equipment supplied.

Entry: £60

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Look Forward:

December

Sun 15 Dec 12noon

- 1pm & 2-3pm

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,

Guildford GU4 7RT

Family Christmas

Carols

Enjoy an informal, fun family

sing-along at a classic country

house. Head to the music room

and get your singing voice

ready for Christmas carols,

songs and readings including

all of your festive favourites.

Entry: Adult £8, children

£4, families £20

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Christmas

Trail A Magical

Christmas

at Bocketts Farm Park

22ND NOVEMBER - 24TH DECEMBER

Newborn

Lambs

christmas fair

Come and shop from over 150 stalls for all your

christmas gifts. Buy one get one free Prosecco offer

from 6pm on Wednesday.

Wed 27 Nov 1pm – 10pm

Thu 28 Nov 10am – 6pm

farnhammaltings.com

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR

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Giant

Snow

Globe

Reindeer

Food Making

Xmas Trees

For Sale

Meet

Father

Christmas

Book tickets

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OFF PEAK WINTER WEEKDAY RATES

ONLY £7.95 PER PERSON (age 2yrs+)

valid Mon - Fri, 11th Nov - 6th Dec 2019

& 6th Jan - 7th Feb 2020

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BETFAIR

TINGLE CREEK

FESTIVAL

6 - 7 DECEMBER


Competition

WIN AN OVERNIGHT

STAy AT THE HISTORICAL

OATLANDS PARK HOTEL

Oatlands Park Hotel in Surrey has recently undergone an extensive multimillion-pound

renovation, which includes 144 stylish new bedrooms. The

hotel is steeped in royal history, and was originally the site of a Tudor Palace

built by Henry VIII in 1538. The current building was established as a hotel in 1856

and the grounds are also home to one of the first cedar trees brought to England,

dating back to 1645.

Oatlands guests are treated to an idyllic countryside setting, with public footpaths,

wildflower meadows and the River Wey within distance of the hotel. From

Royal palaces to wine estates and theme parks, there are many exciting attractions

surrounding Oatlands Park Hotel including the Brooklands Museum, Mercedes-Benz

World, Burhill Golf Club, Royal Ascot

and Windsor Castle.

Its ideal location means the hotel is

just a short train ride away from central

London and all the various must-see

attractions, so it’s easy to enjoy a relaxing

break with the bustle of the city close by.

This exclusive prize includes breakfast

and a three-course dinner with a bottle

of wine to share at the Mulberry

Restaurant. Relax and savour the meal

overlooking stunning views across the 10

acres of picturesque countryside towards

Broadwater Lake.

Find out more at oatlandsparkhotel.com.

HOW TO ENTER: For your

chance to win an overnight stay,

breakfast and a three-course

dinner at Oatlands Park Hotel,

just answer the following question:

What is the name of Oatlands

Park Hotel’s restaurant? Enter

your answer with your contact

details on the online form at

surrey-homes.co.uk/competition

by 30 November 2019. There is

no cash alternative and you must

be over the age of 18 to enter.

Terms and Conditions: The prize

includes: Bed and breakfast for

two, Dinner for two consisting

of a three-course meal including

a bottle of wine, teas and coffees.

Subject to availability. Prize valid

until October 2020.

Congratulations to Susan Verall

who wins our competition for

an overnight stay for two at

Leeds Castle plus tickets to the

Christmas Market


Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

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.

“Traditionally

rams have always

gone in with

the ewes on

Bonfire Night

with the lambs

arriving some five

months later”

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

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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