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Contents

December 2019

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GARDENERS’ WEALD

Maggie Alderson’s pick of Wealden

homes with gorgeous gardens

NOTEBOOK

Santa’s grotto, a murder mystery

and a Christmas craft workshop –

all the best events this month

A BOX OF DELIGHTS

Inside the magical seaside flat of

interiors stylist Kimberley Watson

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by Kimberley’s home

A CLASSICAL APPROACH

A gloriously restored

Elizabethan pub

GET THE LOOK

How to get some ‘classical

approach’ style for yourself

FESTIVE FLAIR

We went to Leeds Castle

this month for our

loveliest festive fashion

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SHINE BRIGHT LIKE

A DIAMOND

Josephine Fairley’s beauty

tips to keep the festive

season sparkling (but

in a grown up way)

HAVE A HEALTHY

CHRISTMAS

Sprouts, nuts, turkey and

cranberries – we wish

you a healthy Xmas!

BANISH THE

WINTER BLUES

Keep the mind and

body healthy throughout

the festive season

GET THE PARTY

STARTED

Juliet Bidwell’s best

crowd-pleasing canapés

DREAM OF A GREEN

CHRISTMAS

Where the presents are homemade

and the trees are home grown...

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SEASON’S TEACHINGS

Hilary Wilce celebrates the wonderful

work of educators everywhere

CHRISTMAS GUIDE

A guide to all things festive from the

exhibitors of our sister magazine’s first

ever Surrey Homes Open House

WHAT’S ON

A guide to December’s events

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard gets ready for Christmas

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candles and a hand-selected yule log

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On Saturday 16th November, star

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Canterbury. The 334-seat theatre, converted

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Joanna, whose conductor husband Stephen

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part”. Praising the “quite superb” facilities,

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Christmas

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Christmas at a Neo-Elizabethan country manor/spa is about as luxurious and

idealistic as you would expect. A covered ice skating rink here, a Christmas

boutique there, afternoon teas, delicious dining, a New Year’s black tie gala

and a murder mystery. And of course all the spa treatments you could ask

for to get you feeling entirely pampered, because it’s Eastwell Manor and it

is also a Champneys Spa. The cuisine is award winning, with a new festive

menu and a new look for the Manor Restaurant. The afternoon teas are

delightfully served with a selection of sweet treats, savouries, sandwiches and

fresh warm scones, and can be booked with 50 minutes of ice skating as well

for just £99 for a family of four. Christmas Eve can be spent with a round

of golf, canapés in the Manor Bar and carol singing around the Christmas

tree. Christmas day will have a falconry display, mulled wine and roasted

chestnuts on the Manor Terrace and the Chef’s superb traditional Christmas

lunch in front of a huge stone fire place. All in all the manor is taking your

Christmas dreams and bringing them to life this year. eastwellmanor.co.uk

Garden of

light

Inspired by Kent’s rich heritage and

picturesque landscape, McArthurGlen

Designer Outlet Ashford has brought

visitors a truly unique interactive

installation. The garden of light is

a multi-sensory experience which

invites you to play with light itself.

It’s free to enter, but is collecting

donations for William Harvey

Hospital and is located within the

Outlet’s new extension – a festive

shopping destination complete

with inflatable snowglobe, highly

Instagrammable Christmas lights,

and new shops including Doc

Martin, Zwilling, Largerfeld, and

Ugg. ashforddesigneroutlet.com

Iced gems

Garden Gems in Rye’s

Christmas Fayre is coming

to town on Saturday 14 and

Sunday 15 December. Expect

market stalls full of goodies,

face painting, carol singers from

Rye Primary School, mulled

cider, homemade hot chocolate,

real Christmas trees, free kids’

decoration colouring and a free

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Who dunnit?

It’s Friday 13, you’re in a 14th Century

palace, on a trip to the thirties for an

unforgettable evening of sleuthing and

feasting. A murderer is on the loose and

over a three course meal you have just one

question to answer: Who dunnit? Tickets cost

£75 per head, are limited and sold for group

sizes of four or more. penshurstplace.com

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Visit Michelham Priory House &

Gardens this month for a series of festive

events with Sussex Past. On weekends

up to Sunday 15 December there will

be hearty fare, music and activities with

Christmas at the Priory. Wednesday

4 and Sunday 7 will be designated

for wreath making workshops and on

Thursday 5 December, Christmas at

the Courtyard will have carols, discount

shopping and a two course dinner in

an Elizabethan barn. sussexpast.co.uk

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Ice, Ice Sculpting worshops, Paddington on Ice,

Santa Land’s 45m Ice Slide (yes ice is a big part of

Winter Wonderland), Zippos Christmas Circus

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and advance booking is required, and

are on sale now at £10 for adults and

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Get in the festive mood with a short but

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Clare from See Rose Floral Design at The

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After chatting to my colleague, Katie, on the phone

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up this year. Whilst it’s true that we start planning

our Midwinter Fair, festive features and supplements for the

magazine months before the big day itself, I’m always left with

a mad dash a few days before the shops close their doors to

grab last-minute gifts and brave the dreaded mega supermarket

shop! So, this year, with a jump from one to three little people

for Father Christmas to visit, I’m making an early New Year’s

resolution to practise what I preach and give myself a little time

to plan, and enjoy the run-up to 25 December with my family.

With this in mind, Rebecca and I, alongside new

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way to creating a stress-free day for everyone to enjoy.

We were thrilled that WT stylist Kimberley Watson agreed

to style her own beautiful Hastings apartment, which she

decorated to the nines with colour and sparkles for a special

festive shoot on page 42. Plus we’ve taken a look inside Toby

and Megan Osborne’s spacious Edwardian house to find

out how they renovated it into a stunning family home.

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There is a particular joy in returning to visit a home you

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case, the last time I saw Kimberley Watson’s flat in a

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to step over rubble from opening up the fireplace to get inside.

Despite the chaos the space did have good bones, with

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and a beautiful floor-to-ceiling bay window in the sitting

room, opening on to a balcony looking across to the sea.

But even beyond that – and knowing from Kimberley’s work as

an interiors stylist (often for this magazine) that she would make

it into something special – there was one detail from that first

visit which made me determined to return to see it finished.

In the muddled area to the rear that she assured me would

one day be the kitchen there was a large vintage dolls house.

It seemed an odd stage of the renovation to be moving in


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her renovation, she has also made a lot of her own luck, making an effort with

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“I found the bureau at Ardingly – and

it was the colour I had already decided

I wanted to paint the flat. Then when I

started stripping the walls I found several

layers of wallpaper and one of them

was the same colour as the bureau.”

treasured possessions, so I asked Kimberley why it was

there. “It’s going to be a kitchen cupboard,” she said. A

light went on in my head – this I would have to see.

So, on arriving at the flat this time, now reconfigured, with

a bedroom where there hadn’t been one before, and styled

with Kimberley’s amazing flair, the kitchen was the first place

I headed for… and there it was. The dolls house, mounted

on the wall, all the wallpaper still in place inside, a perfect

storage space for cereal, tea bags, etc. An utter delight.

I can only imagine how it would feel to rent this flat on

Airbnb – where London-based Kimberley makes it available,

when she’s not taking a seaside break herself – and find

that dolls house cupboard in the kitchen. I think my squeal

would be audible from the beach and that is just one of

many details to delight over in Kimberley’s finished scheme.

The realisation that you are entering somewhere out

of the ordinary hits you the moment you step over the

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Above: High ceilings and luxe touches of gold and marble add to a sense of grandeur, making the flat feel

much larger than it really is. A round mirror, with ridges not dissimilar to an ammonite, sits above

the mantelpiece adorned with an eclectic mix of ornaments, artworks and faux plants


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An impressively large parlour palm turns out to be, like all the house plants, a

very good fake – and an amazing bargain. “I noticed they were taking down

a display in River Island’s flagship store on Oxford Street,” says Kimberley

“and they were getting rid of all the fake plants. I bought this one from

them for £8 and managed to get it home to Hackney on the bus.”

threshold. The first thing you see on the wall opposite the

front door – only about four-feet away in the very compact

hallway – is a set of splendid French double doors.

The scale of them in the confined space, draws

your attention to the lovely high ceilings and gives an

immediate sense of grandeur, plus an understanding

that this might be a small place, but it has big idea. It’s

also the first of the many professional styling ‘hacks’

that Kimberley has used to make her flat so special.

Another is that she found the doors, plus a matching

set, for a very reasonable price on eBay. So many of

the brilliant effects in the flat have been achieved

with minimal outlay, either because of the places she

sourced them, or through thinking laterally how to do

something, as with the dolls house kitchen cupboard.

Stepping into the sitting room, another example of savvy

sourcing comes into view. An impressively large parlour

palm turns out to be, like all the house plants, a very

good fake – and an amazing bargain. “I noticed they were

taking down a display in River Island’s flagship store on

Oxford Street,” says Kimberley “and they were getting rid

of all the fake plants. I bought this one from them for £8

and managed to get it home to Hackney on the bus.”

London is Kimberley’s base, but after she inherited

money from her late mother she decided to invest it in

a getaway. Like many people who buy in Hastings, her

familiarity with the town came from a South London

childhood, with many outings to that stretch of


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Above: A Belfast sink sits on a unit that was being taken out of a friend’s bathroom

close seaside – although she says the sea wasn’t her

original motivation for the choice of location.

“I was looking for somewhere that suited my budget,”

she laughs. “Until now I’ve never been a huge lover of the

sea, but since having this place, I absolutely love it.”

The view over to it is wonderfully framed by that

bow window in the sitting room – but there is so

much else that is interesting to look at in the room,

you might be forgiven for not even noticing it.

First of all there is the wonderful vivid teal blue of

the walls and ceilings, painted in a colour from Papers

and Paints, the specialist shop in Chelsea, which is

Kimberley’s favourite source of decorating materials.

Kimberley knew this was the colour she wanted for this

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Above: A special feature of the kitchen is the original

stone wall, which was revealed when flaking plaster was

chipped away Below: The dolls house, mounted on

the wall, all the wallpaper still in place inside, makes a

perfect storage space for kitchen cupboard staples

this project, things seemed to fall into place around it.

“I found the bureau at Ardingly – and it was the

colour I had already decided I wanted to paint the flat.

Then, when I started stripping the walls, I found several

layers of wallpaper and one of them was the same colour

as the bureau. I found the mantelpiece on eBay, with

wood painted to have a marble effect, the perfect colour

to go with the floor which was already painted.”

The final touch in the blue/green scene is the marble

hearth, which Kimberley found by chance on eBay. “It was

in Dorset, so a friend and I collected it after a weekend there.

It was the perfect match for the painted surround,” she says.

The curtains, in a yellow that contrasts brilliantly with

the teal walls, were another of Kimberley’s lucky finds – and

cost precisely nothing. “A friend who is a gardener told

me that one of his clients was getting rid of some curtains

and didn’t want anything for them, just to have them

taken away. They are silk, handmade and interlined.”

Another of these lucky breaks happened with the wall

lights on either side of the fireplace. “I had the electrician

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In the kitchen, an old Welsh dresser has been updated with dark grey

paint and new metal handles in the shape of beetles. A piece of marble

has been fitted into the top and an induction hob set on that

here for just one more afternoon and I realised I

didn’t have any wall lights for him to install in the

sitting room. I went rushing out to the junk shops of

Hastings Old Town and luckily came across these in

Roberts Rummage in the High Street. They are

made of agate – and were only £5 each.”

But while Kimberley does seem to have had

plenty of these fated lucky breaks with her

renovation, she has also made a lot of her own

luck, making an effort with small details, which


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In this spirit, she had surrounds made for the two sets

of double doors, copying the original trim around the

bay windows. She put in dado rails and skirting, and

created the effect of panelling by tacking up old picture

frames and painting them the same colour as the walls.

Kimberley also found a way to echo the original

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I can only imagine how it would feel to rent this flat on Airbnb – where London-based

Kimberley makes it available, when she’s not taking a seaside break herself. The realisation that

you are entering somewhere out of the ordinary hits you the moment you step over the threshold

kitchen. “They are plastic, from B&Q…” Painted the

same colour as the ceilings, they look just the part.

Also in rich evidence in the sitting room is Kimberley’s

stylist touch, with a wonderful blend of ornaments and

cushions, which are a mix of eBay and charity shop finds – she

is a vigilant visitor to such establishments – and TK Maxx

specials, combined with carefully chosen anchor pieces.

The wonderful Murano glass chandelier was a charity

shop scoop, the jungly cushions from TK and the lovely

brass and glass shelves more of an investment, from Swoon

Editions. The sofa was off eBay, along with the table which

became available from the same owner. “I even bought her

floral carpet for my London house,” laughs Kimberley.

The same combination is found in the kitchen, at the

back of the flat, where an old Welsh dresser has been

updated with dark grey paint and new beetle-shaped

metal handles. The dresser was saved from a friend of

Kimberley’s, who was going to put it in a skip, until she

decided she could make it work as her main kitchen unit.

A piece of marble (eBay) has been fitted into the top and

an induction hob set on that. The Belfast sink sits on a

unit that was being taken out of a friend’s bathroom.

What about the light fitting? I ask. “I found it on

the street,” says Kimberley. For someone with an eye as

refined as hers, treasures truly can be found anywhere.

In this kitchen, one special feature was already in place:

the original stone wall, which was revealed when flaking

plaster was chipped away. Kimberley sealed it and left it to

add an earthy touch to this quite otherworldly residence.

The bedroom, on the front side of the flat, has a

special atmosphere all of its own. You enter from the

sitting room, via the second set of double doors, which

Kimberley leaves open allowing extra light to pour

through from the large window in the bedroom, in a

kind of ‘when is a wall, not a wall?’ arrangement.

It also allows a glimpse of the glorious rhubarb pink

paint (also from Papers and Paints) on the walls and ceiling

in here. Stepping inside, it has a wonderfully camp feel

to it, very romantic, like a film set from the 1950s.

The room is taken up almost entirely by a steel bed – gifted

to Kimberley by a friend – made up with dramatic floral bed

linen, from John Lewis, dressed with a floral counterpane

and a purple fake fur throw. There is a fluffy pink sheepskin

rug on the floor, you can just imagine sinking your toes into,

with a white one on a gold salon chair by the window.

The dramatic brass and glass light fitting is made from

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This page: A chandelier from nationallighting.co.uk illuminates the sage green shower room, complete with an ornate pedestal basin

two lights that belonged to Kimberley’s mother and increasing

the sense of space there are mirrors on each of the doors,

reflecting light back into the one on the wall next to the bed.

The curtains, with blousy pink roses on a pistachio green

background, which contrasts with the pink walls, are another

of Kimberley’s great finds. “I’ve had them for years,” she

says. “I found them in a charity shop and finally this was

the right place for them. To make them fit, I tore them into

sections and layered them, leaving the edges raw, and then

pinned blackout curtains from IKEA onto the back.”

Tied back with lavish yellow tassels, it’s an arrangement

it would take 30 years’ experience as a stylist to have

the confidence to do – and it looks fantastic, the

perfect frame for the view across to the beach, which

was the whole point for Kimberley. “I wanted to be

able to sit in the bed and look out to sea,” she says.

And in this gorgeous bedroom, it’s hard to imagine

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Admiring all the details – the brass table with a brass vanity

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Midwinter Fair!

We take a look back at this year’s three-day

festive shopping extravaganza


This year’s Midwinter Fair was, yet again, the

perfect place to launch the festive season.

We were delighted to welcome so many of

our regular visitors plus all the WT readers

and first timers who joined us over the three days of

the fair. Despite being the end of a very wet couple

of months, we were warm, dry and had a great time

inside our Christmassy tented village at Beltring,

tucked away in the fields beside the Hop Farm.

The exhibitors, as ever, provided a fantastic range

of gifts, homewares and fashion which we all need

to create the perfect Christmas. Over 250 stands –

handpicked by our events team – were a mixture

of old favourites plus new brands which they’d

sourced throughout the year. The best dressed stand

competition was won by Millie and Rose Designs.

With special commendations going to Eclectica

Vintage, So Cosy, Rising Star and The Make Shed.

The difficult job of choosing a best when the

standard was so high went to the fair’s new stylist,

Lizzi Smith. You’ll find this year’s winners showcased

around the entrance at next year’s Midwinter Fair.

No day out is complete without good coffee and

Fine Grind of Tunbridge Wells and Coffee Buzz kept

“So many of our exhibitors

compliment us every year on

what a joy it is to work with

our visitors who are always

friendly, fun and polite”

the crowds topped up while Dotty About Cake’s

fabulous confections and Oatopia’s fabulous flapjacks

kept hunger at bay. Once we reached lunchtime

the range of food in the Street Food Café and Café

Bar made sure that every taste was catered for while

Miss B’s Bubbles Prosecco Bar kept all our spirits

up with bubbly, G&Ts and beer, literally, on tap.

One of the highlights of this year’s show were the

much-talked about shepherds’ hut loos – the last

word in country chic! Event Washrooms and Event

Electrix you are so clever to create something so

stylish and fun out of what is basically a portaloo!

So many of our exhibitors compliment us every

year on what a joy it is to work with our visitors

who are always friendly, fun and polite (apparently

this is not always the case at other fairs!) and this

helps to create a really special atmosphere. So, the

final words must go to all of you who joined us

this year and made the three days such fun and a

real joy to be part of. Thank you so much for your

support, we wish you a very happy Christmas and

can’t wait to see you again at Hole Park in June.

Keep up to date with Wealden Times Midsummer

and Midwinter Fairs and find information on all this

year’s exhibitors online at wealdentimes.co.uk/events.


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Tell us a bit about what you

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We help our clients, who are from all

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With their lifelong love of design

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guest house to its stately elegance

This page: A contemporary dining table jostles comfortably

with an eclectic mix of secondhand dining chairs, all

Ebay finds. A sideboard was sourced from Oka

After enjoying an early morning coffee in the

picturesque country town of Cranbrook, I

can wholeheartedly understand why creative

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to this beautiful area. For any young family, the

heady cocktail of rolling scenery, wide skies, fresh

air and gorgeous villages is difficult to resist.

However, having been used to the generous Victorian

proportions of South London, their challenge was to

find a home that not only provided all the benefits of

the countryside, but also accommodated their desire

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When an unusually tall building came onto the market,

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Toby clearly demands attention from any passing parent

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and bottom left: An old butcher’s block, which was found

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for Toby’s much loved collection of Le Creuset casseroles

outbuildings and stables, the building overlooks what

Toby explains was once the cricket pitch and post office.

“It was in a sorry state when we first saw it,” reports Toby.

“Having been a guest house, the interior was divided into

lots of small spaces. Every room seemed to be painted either

custard or mustard, with the exception of the drawing room

which was blood red!” Fortunately, the pair had vision.

“We could see the building had good bone structure.”

For Toby, an architectural and interior designer, tackling

renovation projects is in the blood. “My parents were

forever buying properties, doing them up, then moving

on,” he explains. He remembers being actively involved

in project managing from a young age. “I was often

to be found telling various contractors where this wall

or that socket was going.” This skill set, absorbed by

osmosis, has meant that Toby has a solid understanding of

buildings and a natural ability to transform tired and

perhaps tricksy interiors into desirable living spaces.

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This page: The marble fireplace in the elegant drawing room is new

but follows a simple Victorian design and, like all the carefully chosen

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Stepping into the house via the

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Above: Toby knew he wanted to design a set of bookcases to sit opposite the fireplace

“It was in a sorry state when we first saw it. Having been a guest house, the interior

was divided into lots of small spaces. Every room seemed to be painted either

custard or mustard. But we could see the building had good bone structure.”

constantly walking around it.”

Refreshingly, neither Megan nor Toby are fans of the

‘open plan’ look which has been the dernier cri in house

renovation for the last decade or so. “One great advantage

of having separate kitchen and dining areas, is not having

to look at the dirty dishes after dinner,” adds Megan.

Toby confesses to a major dislike of clutter, and the white

marble worktop running down the length of the kitchen

is enviably devoid of the usual culinary suspects. Needless

to say, this has all been thought of. Behind another area

of floor-to-ceiling panelling are found all of the messy but

essential appliances you would expect in any well appointed

kitchen. “I have a hatred of wall units,” he admits, “they

make me feel claustrophobic.” Instead, the cleverly designed

panelled wall and the free-standing butcher’s block give the

kitchen a much more individual look than that of a fitted

kitchen. “It’s also more cost effective,” he points out.

Original terracotta floor tiles run through from the

boot room to the kitchen, which have been restored

and resealed. “They were black with the dirt of ages

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when we first moved in,” remembers Toby.

The dining room, like many rooms in

the house, had previously been partitioned

to accommodate bed and breakfast guests,

so stud walls had to be removed and fake

ceilings taken down. This room, now

so light and airy, is flooded with light

from two generous sash windows.

Presiding over the dining room is a sombre

but stunning fireplace. “This is the original

Edwardian mantelpiece,” explains Toby, “and is

an early example of poured concrete made to look

like stone.” The couple added the wood burning

stove, which when lit, throws out enough heat to

make the whole downstairs area deliciously toasty.

Aside from the quarry tiles in the kitchen

and boot room, the original parquet flooring

downstairs was still intact, albeit the typical

yellowed pine colour associated with 1970s

saunas. The wood blocks were stripped of their

old lacquer, then lime washed before being sealed

with a pale wax, giving the parquet a soft ashy

tone, and in areas of heavy traffic, the worn

surface develops a lovely patina. This approach

illustrates the couple’s intention to maintain

the character of a house. “We don’t like

This page: Partition walls dividing this room were removed creating

this light filled space. “A playroom for the children and a ‘media’ room,

meaning we can keep the TV out of the drawing room,” explains Toby.

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wisdom and works on the basic principle of layering

at different levels. This house is well stocked with

interesting pendants and wall lights, with plenty of

standard and table lamps creating mood and warmth.

“Nothing changes a place quite like lighting,” he says.

The drawing room, at the front of the house, promises

sumptuously upholstered sofas and another roaring log

fire. A generous Ottoman invites you to sprawl and peruse

the many interesting books. A wonderfully eclectic gallery

of prints and paintings forces you to pause and enjoy a

visual feast. Much of this collection is down to Toby’s

ability to recognise a good painting even when it’s in a

pile at the back of a junk shop. He swears you really don’t

need to spend more than £50 to find a piece of artwork

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and yellow lampshade Above: The Jack and Jill bathroom he shares with his sister was originally two rooms divided by a stud wall

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light filled master bedroom looks out over the

old post office and former village green

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Just as I thought we’d completed the

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020 7493 5567 or email megan@gaylewarwick.com

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Chef’s

Table

What’s on the Christmas menu this year? WT speaks to the foodies to find out how local

eateries are gearing up for the festive season, and what they’ll be serving up at home

Hush Heath’s executive

chef, Fabio Vinciguerra

What is your favourite

part of Christmas day?

Opening the presents! And

spending time with my son

and wife, of course…

What would you choose for

your ultimate Christmas

menu? I like to start the

day as I mean to go on,

so begin with a Bloody

Mary and smoked salmon. Then, for the main event, it

would have to be a Beef Wellington as it is my absolute

favourite – which is one of the main reasons it is on the Hush

Heath pubs’ menus this year. I tend to have dauphinoise

potatoes with mine and it wouldn’t be Christmas without

sprouts, which I serve with pancetta and chestnuts.

What is the highlight of Hush Heath pubs’ festive menus

this year? It would have to be the Salmon Rillette and

Cucumber Carpaccio with Keta Caviar and Melba Toast. We

tend to have a lot of salmon throughout the festive period

as it makes me think of Christmases back home in Italy.

How are you going that extra mile to make customers

feel pampered when they dine in one of your pubs?

This is something which we strive to do every day as we

are passionate about reflecting the family values that run

throughout Hush Heath’s culture. The key area which I

believe we achieve this is through the staff. All of our staff

are hired for their personalities, as it is vital to have people

who truly care about what they are doing, and I believe our

guests can see and feel that when they visit any of our pubs.

What is your favourite Christmas dessert? Don’t judge me but

I love a Black Forest gateau! You can tell I’m a child of the 70s.

Find out more about the Hush Heath Estate and its collection

of six pubs across London, Kent and Sussex at hushheath.com


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Chef Scott Goss

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What is your favourite

part of Christmas day?

After a full morning in

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away all of our customers

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Day, I love it when we

get our restaurant back

and the team sit down

together and I can deliver a full turkey feast for them. We’ll

crack open bottles of fine wine, relax and enjoy our Christmas

Day into the late hours, pulling crackers and sharing presents.

What would you choose for your ultimate Christmas

menu? As much as I love the traditions of a beautiful

roasted Norfolk Bronze turkey, given the choice I love a

beautifully prepared and perfectly cooked Beef Wellington.

What is the highlight of this year’s verdigris Christmas menu?

Verdigris will be showcasing the very best of the Christmas

classics but I can’t help myself in giving them all a little twist.

How are you going that extra mile to make customers

feel pampered when they dine with you?

The biggest excitement for us is to be able to deliver the whole

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service, dining within the stunning Verdigris restaurant to our

beautifully cooked food to get you into the festive spirit.

What is your favourite Christmas dessert? My

favourite Christmas dessert has to be a sherry

trifle – it takes me right back to childhood.

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offerings at verdigris-tonbridge.com

Andrew Wickham,

owner of Weald

Smokery

What is your favourite

part of Christmas day?

Without a doubt it’s enjoying

a glass of Champagne

with smoked salmon

canapés while opening

Christmas presents with my family.

What would you choose for your ultimate Christmas

menu? It would have to be a traditional free-range

turkey with all the trimmings, including chestnut

stuffing, washed down with a fine burgundy.

What’s the highlight of The Weald Smokery’s

festive food offerings this year? Undoubtedly our

traditionally smoked salmon, which is very popular

with our customers, especially at Christmas time.

How are you going that extra mile to make customers

feel festive when they dine in The Kiln Room? Customers

who come to The Kiln Room will be able to indulge in

our delicious homemade mince pies, homemade Dundee

cake and mulled wine with its festive scent pervading

through our beautifully stocked and decorated shop.

What is your favourite Christmas dessert? My personal

favourite is Christmas pudding made the traditional

way and served with a delicious homemade brandy

butter. For those who prefer a different treat we sell

Chocolate or Lemon & Raspberry Roulades!

Find out more about The Kiln Room café and the artisan food

available at Weald Smokery by visiting wealdsmokery.co.uk

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With 60 years’ experience in the food

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Hot Stuff

Jazz up your Christmas feast with three deliciously

different takes on a festive stuffing

Restaurants’

Chestnut Stuffing

by Paul Webbe from

Webbe’s Restaurants

Roast Stuffed Squashes with Christmas Spices

by Abel & Cole

Preparation time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 75 mins

Serves: 6-8

Pull up a sleigh and sit down to

the best meal of the year, starring

Abel & Cole’s brilliant winter

squashes and wonderful spices.

• splash of olive oil

• 1 leek, washed and chopped

• 2 garlic cloves

• thumb of ginger

• 6 cardamom pods

• 2 tsp fennel seeds

• 2 tsp ground cinnamon

• 300g white basmati rice, washed

• 3 large winter squashes,

around 2kg each

• 50g pine nuts or almonds

• handful of flat leaf parsley

Warm a splash of olive oil in the frying

1 pan. Add the leek and season. Stirfry

for 5-8 mins until soft and glossy.

Stir in the garlic and ginger. Add

2 the cardamom, fennel seeds and

cinnamon. Drain the washed rice. Stir it

into the pan. Pour in 750ml hot water and

cover. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat

down. Simmer for around 5 mins until the

rice is almost cooked and still a little wet.

Slice the tops off the squashes and

3 scoop out the seeds. Stir the pine

nuts or almonds and parsley into the

rice. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Divide between the squashes.

Pop the squashes on a baking tray

4 or in a roasting tin and put the

tops back on. Roast in the middle

of the oven for about 50 mins until

tender. Carefully lift the squashes onto

a platter or board. Serve in slices

For more festive inspiration,

visit abelandcole.co.uk

• 100g butter

• 2 medium onions, peeled,

halved and finely chopped

• 150g duck, chicken or

pork livers, chopped

• 2 tsps thyme leaves

• 3 tbsp chopped sage

• 30-40 chestnuts, lightly

toasted, peeled and quartered

• 50g fresh white breadcrumbs

• sea salt and freshly

ground black pepper

1Melt the butter in a thickbottomed

pan. Season the

onions, livers, thyme and sage and

cook on a medium heat for 2-3

mins. Remove from the heat, mix

with the chestnuts and breadcrumbs

and adjust seasoning to taste.

2Form the mixture into a sausage

shape on some clingfilm, and roll

it up tightly. Poach in a saucepan of

simmering water for 5 mins. Leave

to cool, then put in the fridge.

3When cold, remove the cling

film and slice into about

4cm rounds. Roast on baking

parchment until caramelised.

Find out more about Webbe’s

Restaurants and their festive menus

at webbesrestaurants.co.uk


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Stuffing Bombs

Riverford Organic Farmers

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins Serves: 10

Think of this as a cross between a Scotch

egg and arancini. If you’re making

stuffing anyway just make a little extra

for these nibbles. I recommend making

2-3 times the amount you think you’ll

need; I’ve seen people push their loved

ones aside to get to the last few.

• 500g herby sausagemeat stuffing*

• 100g fresh mozzarella or

other good melting cheese

• 1 cup flour

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 200g Panko breadcrumbs

• vegetable or sunflower oil for frying

• salt and pepper

To make each one, take about 40g

1 of the stuffing and press it in to a

disc in the palm of your hand. Break off

a baked-bean-sized piece of mozzarella

and push it into the middle and form

the edges round in your hand so you

end up with a ball of stuffing with the

cheese in the middle. Roll into an even

ball and repeat until it is all used up.

To breadcrumb the balls: lay out

23 shallow bowls, put the flour

in the first, the eggs in the second

and the breadcrumbs in the third.

One at a time dredge the ball in the

flour, shake off the excess, dip and

roll it in the eggs and drop into the

breadcrumbs rolling and pressing

until totally coated. Set to one side.

Heat enough oil in a deep pan

3 to deep fry, bring slowly up to

180˚C. Deep-fry until golden brown

and piping hot in the middle. Keep

warm in the oven until ready to

eat and serve on cocktail sticks.

Cooks notes: *To make the stuffing: add

100g of coarse breadcrumbs soaked in

milk, squeezed and added to 350g of

sausagemeat, the zest of 1 orange, 1 large

red onion diced and cooked until soft, a

couple of finely chopped dried apricots and

some sage, thyme and parsley finely chopped.

Find more Christmas recipes

online at riverford.co.uk

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• Roasted breast of chicken in a cranberry & wild mushroom red wine

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Christmas pudding with brandy sauce

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Anglomania dress, £289, Hoopers; Dina heels,

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Beauty

Shine Bright

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Sparkle like a grown-up with Jo Fairley’s tips

for applying shimmering festive party make-up

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There is a difference between sparkle, shimmer and

glitter. The latter is for Elton John and under-sevens.

The former, however, can be incredibly flattering

for faces of uncertain age, shall we say. It’s often drummed

into us that we shouldn’t gleam but, in fact, the judicious

positioning of light on a face can be super-flattering,

making us look lit from within. (Caravaggio, Vermeer

and John Singer Sargent certainly knew all about that.)

I understand why you might run scared from gleam

and glimmer. All those beauty editors’ lectures (from

people like me) about ‘not applying shimmer to wrinkles

or it makes them look worse!’ And it does: avoid the

crease of the eye, at pretty much any age, with shimmer.

But elsewhere...? Here’s what I know about shimmering,

without looking like the fairy on the Christmas tree.

A gleaming primer can really awaken the face. Primers

are applied before your foundation, of course,

and serve two purposes. First is to help your

make-up to stay put longer – and almost

magically they do. But at the same time, they

can colour-correct, eliminating redness (the new

Daniel Sandler Anti-Redness Foundation Primer,

£24.50 for 30ml, is excellent for that).

But in this instance, we’re talking

about primers that also add a fine

veil of halo-like gleam underneath

your usual more velvety or matte foundation.

There are two particular glow-getting

primers that I recommend:

Nars Radiance

Primer, £29 for 30ml, is amazing for

smoothing out the face and adding subtle

radiance.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood

Flawless Filter, £34 for 30ml,

meanwhile, promises ‘superstarlit’

skin and has more gleam, but

offers the advantage of coming

in seven different shades, acting

like a filter on your skin. I

Chanel

Rouge Allure

Ink Matte Liquid

Lip Colour range,

£31 each

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“Don’t go for it

the first time as

you’re prepping

for a big event.

Have a play

beforehand”

like it as a primer, but you can also add a touch or two to

your regular foundation to ramp up the face-lighting factor

– alternatively, dab it over your foundation as a highlighter,

though you’d want to practise this to get it right. (And I can’t

recommend too highly that you nip to your chosen brand’s

nearest counter to have either of these demo-ed on you and

see with your own eyes how they create a sort of ‘halo’ effect.)

My one caveat? If you already use a ‘radiant’ foundation

featuring light-reflective pigments, this is probably

overkill, and you could end up looking sweatily shiny.

up the wattage of your eyes. This does not mean

applying a shimmery shadow all over your lids, sockets

and brow-bone, as a particular four-year-old in my life

loves to do. It means the merest whisper, to open the eyes.

Sometimes I remind myself of the astonishing power of this

by applying my regular taupe-to-brown eyeshadow look

without adding a final gleaming touch. It

looks fine. But then that dab of shimmer –

and hey, presto! Instantly younger and more

‘alive’. (Such are the miracles of make-up...)

Glimmering ivory, rose gold, silver or

white will perform the same job – and

powder products are easier, here; with

liquid or cream shadows, it’s easy to get too

much from the dispenser and be tempted

to slap it on rather than waste it. Although

I generally discard the applicator that comes with most

eyeshadows, the little sponge-tipped wand in mirror-lidded

Chanel Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow, £26

(mine is shade 10 Flesh). More affordably, check out the

completely wonderful Bourjois Little Round Pots, £5.49, in

Generose or Ingenude – or use that shimmering shadow

in the corner of a palette you already own, which you’ve

been avoiding like the plague. (Having said that, my

Ombre Première is going strong two years in, although I

do consider it right up there with the loaves and fishes that

I’ve managed to hang onto the applicator for that long.)

But again, the golden (literally) rule with party make-

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Beauty

up is: don’t go for it the first time

as you’re prepping for a big event.

Have a play beforehand, when

you’re got a moment. (Which I

appreciate is all any of us has, as

we count down to Christmas.)

Illumintate your limbs. At this

time of year, when bodies are dry

and (I’m looking at my forearms as

I type this) can be flat and almost

dusty-looking, it works really well

to smooth in or sweep on a swoosh

of product featuring the teeniest

particles of gold, to catch the light.

Notwithstanding colder weather,

many of us have a bit of extra skin

on show during the party season:

shoulders, décolletage, forearms or

legs. (The late Princess of Wales’s

leg-lengthening trick, FYI, was to

blend a shimmering product into her

bare shins, which created the optical

illusion of even greater length.)

A body oil infused with gleam

does double-duty, nourishing skin

wherever you apply it. The original

(and I think still the best) is Nuxe

Huile Prodigieuse Gold Shimmer

Dry Oil, £34.50 for 100ml, but

you could also try adding a few

squirts of The Body Shop Drops

of Gold, £12, to your usual body

cream or oil. And gosh, if you’re

feeling really splurge-y, Tom Ford

Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil,

£72 for 100ml, featuring tiny

fragments of platinum and gold leaf,

infusing skin with a glorious floral/

sandalwood scent. Alternatively, with

your biggest, fluffiest powder brush,

swirl on a light veil of shimmering

powder – and my current favourite

for this is Guerlain Météorites Pearl

Powder Blush, £36 (shade Dore). It’ll

probably last me a lifetime of parties!

Kiss your lips with gleam. Here’s

the thing about shimmer after a

certain age; you don’t want it all

over your face. So I would probably

counsel against highlighter, or

shimmering blushers, focusing on

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radiant skin, eyes – and a touch of

shimmer on lips. This also deceives

the eye, making lips appear fuller

(and most of us long for that).

The new Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Matte Liquid Lip Colour range,

£31 each, showcases long-lasting

lip stains which in some cases also

feature metallic microparticles (I

am carrying round 208 Metallic

Red everywhere with me). I

am equally devoted to Guerlain

Kiss Kiss Satin Effect Diamond

Lipstick, £29.50, in Red Jewel.

If you’d rather stay within your

comfort zone by wearing your

regular shade of lipstick, meanwhile,

why not just add a finishing flourish

of shimmering gloss to the bottom

lip, then smack them together to

blend? Laura Mercier Candleglow

Lip Glacé, £20.50, is a bronze-y

shade, while Pat McGrath Lust Gloss

(in Blitz Gold), £25, offers pure

22-carat glam. At the high street

end of the price spectrum, L’Oréal

Glam Shine, £5.99, also does the

trick. But remember: less is more!

Last, but not least, embrace

dazzle on your nails. For years I’ve

been wearing a shimmering polish

that makes my fingertips look like

they’re adorned with pearls, thereby

distracting from hands that haven’t

aged as well as some other bits of me.

My polish-of-choice is OPI Infinite

Shine (in Pearl of Wisdom), £14.50,

but any gold, silver or shimmering

white has the same effect. Frankly,

in this day and age there is no nail

polish that is age-inappropriate,

so go as crazy and glimmery as

you like on your manicure.

And one last bit of advice:

just add pearl earrings. As

Vermeer understood, nothing

illuminates the face better...

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Tom Ford

Soleil Blanc

Shimmering Body

Oil, £72 for 100ml

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Chanel

Ombre Première

Longwear Powder

Eyeshadow, £26

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The Body

Shop Drops

of Gold, £12,

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Charlotte

Tilbury Hollywood

Flawless Filter,

£34 for 30ml

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Henrietta Norton explains how, despite the extra indulgence, it’s

still possible to have a nourishing and nutritious festive season

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have significant

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properties”

Mid-winter celebrations give us the opportunity

to commune and foster cheer, bringing

light to the darkest month of the year.

However, in our modern interpretations of Christmas

it can also be a time of over indulgence, a feast of sugarladen

and alcohol-dipped temptations. Despite our latter

day adaptations to this seasonal feast, the original Christmas

fare was in fact extremely nutritionally rich, providing those

vital nutrients for the body’s needs at this time of year.

Nourishing indulgences this Christmas:

Turkey – an abundant source of L-tryptophan, the precursor to

serotonin the main brain chemical that gives us the ‘feelgood’ factor

during the darker months. Particularly in the darker meat, zinc and

iron are both important for the generation of energy and hormones

that stress adaption. It is also an excellent source of selenium needed

by the thyroid gland to support the body’s use of food for energy.

Brussels sprouts – too often left to the side of the plate – most

especially by children – but research has shown they have significant

cancer-preventative properties. Steamed Brussels sprouts have

also been shown to reduce cholesterol by supporting gall bladder

function and digestion. Just 10 of these little green bombs will give

you over 140% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C

Nuts – freshly cracked walnuts by an open fire are one of many

joys at this time and research shows that there are a great deal of

health benefits to be achieved from this activity too. Walnuts are

rich in vitamin E and the antioxidant group ‘phenols’, both of

which support cardiovascular health. Rich in protein they also

support blood glucose fluctuations that can lead to sugar cravings

or energy lows. More recently, walnuts have been researched

for their ability to promote the production of melatonin, the

brain chemical that induces sleep. The best benefits come

from freshly cracking them and eating all but the shell.

Cranberries – the accompanying traditional recipe for

cranberry sauce can be rich in anthocyanidins, powerful

antioxidants with a known ability to fight off infection

(especially in the urinary tract). They are also rich in vitamin

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Banish the

Winter Blues

Christmas stress can be kept at bay with a

little self care, Sarah Maxwell explains

A

t this busy time of year

exercise and wellbeing will

usually be last on your

list of priorities, however... !

Christmas can be a stressful time

of year and exercise is actually one

of the best ways to combat it.

Studies have found that active people

experience significantly less anxiety and

emotional distress than active people.

Endless lists, shopping bags, keeping

everyone happy, excess alcohol, edible

treats and less sleep all adds up to

exhaustion, overload and stress.

The average British person gains

around 5lbs at Christmas. If you

manage to maintain a regular exercise

programme, or at least be active and take

care of yourself, you will have a much

less stressful holiday season and be ready

to hit the ground running in January.

I am a huge fan of quick workouts and

I have devised an exercise programme

that I call ‘on the go workouts’ – when

I’m flat out I do these to keep up my

energy levels and combat the difficulty

I have with short dark days. I find it

really helps my mood (especially as I

get rather uptight at this time of year).

In truth this is not just about keeping

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fit and exercising it’s about giving

yourself some energy and calming your

mind. If I didn’t do some exercise at

some point in the day or do something

just for myself I wouldn’t be able to

juggle everything quite so well.

Take the pressure off yourself and do

the exercises in bite-size chunks so you

don’t have to go to the gym or class if

you’re running short on time (aren’t

we all). Try squats while waiting for

the kettle to boil, throw yourself into

a plank while you’re waiting for the

bath to fill, stretches while watching

your favourite TV programme and

if you’ve got young children put

on your favourite music and dance

with them (I’m sure they will love

Michael Buble’s Christmas album).

Every minute counts as we enter

into the festive season, as we do

more shopping online we don’t

walk around the shops as much

as we used to and that takes a toll

on our health and wellbeing.

This year, take time out to nurture

yourself, move more and spend some

quiet time alone. I can guarantee

you will have the merriest, fittest

and calmest Christmas yet!

“Take the pressure off yourself and

exercise in bite-size chunks”

Exercise of

the month:

THE WALL SIT

This is a great exercise for

thighs and bottom

(a prefect pre-ski exercise too)


Stand with your back about

10in/2.5cm away from a wall

and place your feet hip

width apart.

Lean against the wall and

slide down until your thighs

are parallel to the floor.

Be careful not to push

your knees beyond your toes and

don’t allow your bottom to be

lower than your knees. Put the

weight on your heels and arms

crossed over your chest.

Try to hold for up to a

minute and repeat 3 times.


Have a Merry Christmas x

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Artichoke Crisps with Black Forest Ham

Cooking time 10-15 mins Prep time 20 mins

Serves 10

• 200g Jerusalem artichokes

(large)

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• Salt and ground black pepper

• 100g crème fraîche

• 4 slices of Black Forest ham

• 4 tbsp red onion marmalade

or cranberry sauce

• 1 tbsp cress or chopped

chives to garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, 350˚F, gas 4. Slice the artichokes

thinly on a mandolin. You’ll need big slices as they will shrink.

Toss them in oil and season. Lay the slices on a baking tray and

roast for 10-15 mins until golden and crisp.

2. Pull the Black Forest Ham into strips and twirl. Top the

artichoke crisps with ½ tsp of crème fraîche, Black Forest ham

and ½ tsp red onion marmalade or cranberry sauce. Garnish

with cress or chopped chives.


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Five-spiced Duck with Plum Sauce & Cape Gooseberries

Cooking time 30 mins Prep time 30 mins

Serves 10

• 1 tortilla wrap

• 1 tsp olive oil

• 2 tsp Chinese five-spice

• 2 tsp runny honey

• 1 duck breast

• 100g crème fraîche

• 4 tbsp Chinese plum

sauce or a good brand

mango chutney

• 1 punnet Cape

gooseberries cut into

quarters

• 2 tsp toasted sunflower

seeds

• 2 tsp chopped chives

• 1 mini muffin tin

1. Preheat oven to 180˚C, 350˚F, gas 4. Brush tortilla wrap

with oil and cut into 18 squares. Place oil side down in

the muffin tin and bake for 10 mins until crisp and dry.

2. Mix the five-spice and honey together. Score the skin of

the duck breast and spread with the five-spice and honey

mix. Roast the duck breast for 15-20 mins, it should still

be pink in the middle. Slice thinly when cool.

3. To assemble: put ½ tsp of crème fraîche in a tortilla cup,

followed by ½ tsp plum sauce or mango chutney, 1 slice

of five-spiced duck and a Cape gooseberry quarter. Top

with toasted sunflower seeds and chopped chives.

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Cheese Soufflé Toast

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Cooking time 15-20 mins Prep time 10 mins

Serves 10

• 20g butter

• 5 slices of thick sliced

white bread

• Salt and pepper

• 2 good pinches of

cayenne pepper

• 500g strong Cheddar,

grated

• 300ml double cream

• 4 eggs, whisked

• 1 vine cherry tomatoes

• 23cm square tin

1. Butter the base of the tin. Remove bread crusts and cut

so they completely cover the base of the tin. Season the

bread base with salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne.

Spread the Cheddar cheese evenly over the bread base.

Whisk the cream into the whisked eggs and season. Pour

the cream and eggs on the cheese making sure it goes

right to the edge of the tin.

2. Bake the cheesy toast for 15-20 mins, it should be risen,

reasonably firm and golden brown. When cooked leave it

to rest and then cut into 3cm squares. Serve dusted with

rest of cayenne and cherry tomato vine.

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Brandy Snap Baskets with

Passion Fruit & Mango

Cooking time 30 mins Prep time 90 mins

Preheat oven 190˚C Serves 12

• 110g butter

• 110g caster sugar

• 4 tbsp golden syrup

• 110g plain flour

• Zest and juice of ½ lemon

• Pinch of ground ginger

and allspice

• 50g dark chocolate

• 10g butter

• 100ml double cream

• 2tsp icing sugar sifted

• 2 large passion fruit

• ½ mango peeled and finely

diced

• 2 stem ginger diced finely

(optional)

• 10 mint leaves

• 5½cm and 2¼cm pastry

cutting rings

• Parchment paper

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup together, remove

from the heat and stir in the flour, lemon zest and juice

and spices. When cool, use a teaspoon to make balls

the size of marbles and place 4 on the baking tray, leave

room for them to spread. Bake for 10-12 mins until

golden brown. While still warm cut with the 5½cm

cutter into a neat round and mould over the 2¼cm cutter

into the shape of a basket. If the biscuits harden and won’t

mould, pop them back into the oven on a baking tray for

a minute to soften.

3. Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of warm

water. Turn the brandy snap basket upside down and

spread melted chocolate on the outside base; leave to cool.

4. Whisk cream and icing sugar together, then add the seeds

of 1 passion fruit, the diced mango and stem ginger, if

using, and spoon into the baskets. Top with the remaining

passion fruit seeds and decorate with a mint leaf.

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Brown paper packaging can

be tied up with string, but a

length of ivy secured around a

parcel can look even better than

a ribbon in a rustic sort of way.

Dream of a Green

Christmas

Jo Arnell shares her top tips and tricks for an eco-friendly festive season


Christmas trees are

greener when you grow

them in a pot and bring

them in each year”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And the most

wasteful – if my rubbish and recycling bags are anything

to go by. Every year I vow to walk past the mounds of

glittery plastic and not get lured into the festival of shopping

that Christmas has become – but the pull is strong. This

year will be better, more organised, more crafty and more

mindful. It takes a little planning, but once you stop to

think about what can be made from simple ingredients

and foraged from our surroundings, a world of beautiful

and natural ideas – that carry no air miles – opens up.

Grow your own lunch

This is hard to do from scratch now, unless you want to serve

mustard and cress to your guests, but next year you could

be smugly serving your own homegrown fare. Most of the

ingredients for Christmas lunch are easy to grow – perhaps

not the turkey, but there are plenty of local farms where

happily raised birds can be bought directly. A vegetarian

alternative, such as a nut roast or decadent pie, is a greener

alternative to the traditional meat heavy feast and with the

right preparation, just as delicious. Out on the patch carrots

and potatoes will need lifting and storing in the autumn,

but sprouts, parsnips, cabbage and leeks can be left in the

ground – waiting in an outdoor larder until you are ready

to pick them. Even cranberries are fairly straightforward

to grow, but unless you want to give the birds a Christmas

treat, you may need to protect them with netting.

Christmas trees are greener when you grow them in

a pot and bring them in each year, but this does restrict

their size – until you release them and plant them in the

garden – where they shoot up to rival the Norway spruce

in Trafalgar Square. Although a fake tree can be used

for many years (20 apparently, to negate its effects on

the environment), it is not an environmentally friendly

thing. The production and felling of real trees involves

emissions, but at least while they are growing on their

plantations they are carbon positive. The most ecological

thing to do is not have one at all. Bah humbug!

Crafting your own Christmas stationery can be a satisfying

task if you have the time (but rather fraught if you’re up

against it…). Brown paper looks effective with a simple hand

printed design (remember potato prints?), or if you are artistic

you can even draw a unique design directly onto it. The

same goes for labels and cards. Cut sections from last year’s

leftover cards for labels too and recycle what you can from

other packaging. I have even used twigs and foliage from the

garden on tags and cards. Brown paper packaging can be tied

up with string, but a length of ivy secured around a parcel

can look even better than a ribbon in a rustic sort of way.

Homemade and homegrown presents

Chutneys, jams and relishes go down well as presents and

look attractive in recycled jars embellished with pretty labels

and ties. Most chutneys need a little while to develop their

flavours, but a quick last minute (and beautifully coloured)

relish/present solution is homemade cranberry sauce. It is

a doddle to make: just simmer 100g cranberries with the

“Crafting your own Christmas

stationery can be a satisfying task

if you have the time”

Left: Homemade sloe gin

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juice and a little zest of an orange, add 50g muscovado sugar

(or to taste) and, if you’re feeling ultra festive, a measure

of port. Stir in the pan for five minutes or so until the

berries begin to burst and the sauce thickens, then cool

and refrigerate. It will keep for a week in the fridge.

Drinks such as Sloe gin and Damson vodka are very easy

to make from foraged fruits. It is even possible to grow

your own gin makers hedgerow by planting a mix of native

woody plants such as blackthorn (produces sloes), Rosa

rugosa, Elder, plum and others with edible berries. Beautiful,

bountiful and un-buyable ingredients abound in the garden

and the hedgerows. The only thing to remember (apart

from making sure you’re not picking anything poisonous)

is that while the fruits and berries are an extra bonus for us,

they are crucial for the survival of many birds and animals

through the colder months, so if you do go out gathering,

make sure that you compensate the creatures for raiding their

winter larders – put out extra food on the bird table, keep

fresh/unfrozen water available and provide sheltering places,

such as log piles, hollow stems and cosy piles of leaves.

Cosmetics like soap, bath bombs and hand creams are

satisfying and relatively easy to make. Soap can be made

using sustainably sourced olive or almond oil, rather than the

palm oil so often used in commercial products. It is a bit of a

process to make soap from scratch, but not too difficult. As

an alternative, a pre-made ‘melt and pour’ soap base can be

used – you just heat it gently until it melts, add in fragrances

and other ingredients, pour into moulds and, once your

soap is set, package it up in pretty paper to give away. It is

much gentler on the skin than most commercially made

brands, but make sure you add a list of the ingredients

somewhere on the packaging in case of allergies.

Plants make the ultimate green gift. Carefully

chosen winter containers of perennial

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Garden

“Beautiful, bountiful and

un-buyable ingredients

abound in the garden and

the hedgerows”

evergreens and bulbs will go on giving long after the

Christmas tree has been assigned to the shredder/bonfire/

recycling van. If you are planning for next year, then forced

bulbs such as Hyacinths and Paperwhite narcissi can be

planted and triggered into flowering in time for the festive

season. Poinsettias are also primed to show off their red

bracts in December, but they are tender plants and don’t

like cold draughts – even the journey from the shop to

their destination can upset them. They can be kept after

Christmas as house plants, but to get the red bracts to

appear again the following year is a complicated process

involving the manipulation of light levels. Cyclamen

are a better bet, but there are several different varieties

available at Christmas and not all of these are hardy.

Gather some decorations

While you are out on the gin foraging session, pick a few

cones, seed heads and twigs to make decorations with. It is

great fun making place settings, napkin rings, wreaths and

table decorations from things you find growing outside. Many

dried seed pods can be gathered and dried well in advance

and then added to foliage nearer the time. Smaller cones, like

pine, alder, beech and acorns can be added as embellishments,

but the seed heads of plants like Artichokes, Alliums and

Agapanthus are of a good size and look glamorous in their

own right. Spray them with metallic paint for extra sparkle,

or leave them looking as nature intended for a natural (and

more ecologically friendly) look. Use the twining stems

of ivy and other climbers as bases for swags and wreaths

and tie around picture frames, doorways and banisters.

Once you start thinking about simple, home made

alternatives to a shop bought Christmas and unleash your

creativity, the preparations – providing you have the time

– become as enjoyable as the day itself. May your days be

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It’s the season of joy and goodwill so let’s give a great big

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grips with it. On the contrary, he seemed to pick

it up faster than most of the other children.

Seeing this, his teacher made a very big

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work on the computer. She also stayed on in her classroom at

breaks and in the lunch-hour so he could have even more time

at the keyboard. As a result, Christopher’s literacy came on

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and co-ordination problems dwindled. He walked and talked

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“They are

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not always possible, but still teachers carry on steering

and encouraging students. They help them see what

they are capable of, teach them to think for themselves,

provide support through difficult patches, and bring

dry subjects alive with imaginative exercises.

Not all teachers, of course, are brilliant at their jobs. They

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know when to push and when to coax. They are instructors,

counsellors, befrienders, storytellers, administrators and

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You are never too grand to have a teacher

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The writer Maya Angelou told me a wonderful

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a childhood trauma had left her mute. Mrs

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Through that simple act Maya regained her voice. “I never

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“but if I had I would have said, ‘Thank you, thank you.’”

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your children – might want to thank them for, and

add it in. It will be the best present you can give.

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55 Initially London

Monogrammed accessories,

linens and gifts.

initiallylondon.com

56 Inky & Mole

Unique, stylish and vibrant

hair accessories for women.

01935 826071

inkyandmole.com

57 Isabel Haines

Heritage Brands

Fine European heritage

homeware brands: Redecker,

Opinel, Berard & Durance.

07733 113440

isabelhaines.com

58 Jin Designs

Clean, simple and stylish

designs on contemporary

British made products.

01273 777070

jindesigns.com

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59 Jo Hooper

Art & Design

Highly detailed and

realistic Equine, Pet &

Wildlife pencil portraits.

07958 797313

60 Kaaren Buchanan

Classic, everyday

jewellery with an edge.

01635 201708

kaarenbuchanan.com

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61 Kastur Jewels

Unique, handmade heritage

inspired jewellery with

a contemporary take.

07512 907522

kasturjewels.com

62 KC Collection

Ladies outwear and

accessories.

07950 027148

64 Kitty Clogs Sweden

Sustainable, ethicallymade

footwear for fashion,

fairness and the future.

kittyclogssweden.co.uk

65 La Costa Del Algodon

Luxury loungewear

brand from Spain.

lacostadelalgodon.com

66 Ladies Who

Lunch Boutique

Handmade jewellery

in fabulous colours

and unique designs &

complementary accessories.

01323 423816

lwljewellery.co.uk

67 Laslett England

Luxury hand-finished

scarves and pocket squares.

Modern & vintage twist.

01424 532484

laslettengland.com

68 Law & Co

Former model Denise Law

reveals her latest boutique

clothing collection.

lawandcompany.com

69 Lighthearted

Metal garden sculptures

made from recycled washing

machines & fridges.

07708 936923

light-hearted.co.uk

70 Lightstyle London

We provide innovative

lighting ideas for the

home and garden.

lightstylelondon.co.uk

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71 LilyMatthews

Interiors Ltd

Makers of curtains,

blinds, soft furnishings

for trade & residential.

01580 241614

lilymatthews.co.uk

72 Little Plum

Ribbon Memo Boards,

Jewellery Boards, Photo

Frames. Original,

useful presents.

01672 540427

littleplum.co.uk

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73 LittleLeaf Organic

Luxurious organic cotton

bedding to superking,

plus designer babywear.

01428 712583

littleleaforganic.com

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63 Kirei Home

Lifestyle brand combining

best of vintage homeware

with more modern.

07909 543755

kireihome.co.uk

74 Liv Morgan

Luxury real leather

handbags and accessories

at affordable prices.

07702 886420

livmorgan.co.uk


75 Lottie’s Loft

Boutique store, ladieswear

including Robell,

cashmere, linen & silk.

01622 679642

76 Loved By Da

Cool & comfy Ibiza inspired

clothing.

07737 307329

lovedbyda.com

77 Lulu B Ltd

Lulu B is a collection

of stylish and affordable

jewellery.

07973 771014

lulub.co.uk

78

80 Marie & Lola

Up and coming French

fashion brands for women.

07779 275816

marieandlola.com

81 Mary Ann Watt Art

Beautiful, contemporary

homeware featuring stunning

painted flower images.

07831 211056

maryannwatt.com

84 NIGHTPORTER

Uniquely versatile

loungewear. Made in

Britain. Made to order.

nightporterstore.com

85 NoLoGo-Chic

Soft cotton, linen

embroidered, printed

nightwear along with

resort wear.

07812 734582

nologo-chic.co.uk

86 The Oak & Rope

Company

Handmade and hand

personalised items made

in oak and rope.

01227 469413

theoakandropecompany.

co.uk

89 Organise-us

Beautiful diaries,

notebooks, guest books,

wallets and handbags.

01252 781878

organise-us.com

90 Pelle London

Beautifully designed suede

garments for women

hand-tailored in London.

07967 223729

pellelondon.co.uk

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78 Maisie K

A unique lifestyle store

offering the latest fashion

trends, luxury home

accessories and furniture.

01580 715123

maisiekshop.com

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79 The Make Shed

Handmade and hand selected

clothing, home fragrance,

gifts and accessories.

07776 477641

themakeshed.co.uk

82 Mette Høj

A unique collection of

rare semi-precious stones

and pearl jewellery.

07887 573136

mettehoj.com

83 Moon Flower Cobham

Designer florist in the

heart of Cobham.

01932 863843

moonflowercobham.com

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87 Odyl

Independent ladieswear

boutique.

07973 391548

odyldesign.com

88 ORA Pearls

British luxury pearl jewellery

made in Chelsea, London.

07771 778856

orapearls.com

91 Phoebe Grace

A British designed luxury

leisurewear brand.

07711 017063

phoebe-grace.co.uk

92 Plooms

Fabulous fountain pens

in gorgeous colours.

07881 348609

plooms.co.uk

93

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93 Polkadot Parsley

Ceramic oven to

tableware, French

coated linen tablecloth,

napkins, tea towels.

07798 797068

polkadotparsley.com

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99 Rikke Line

Contemporary Danish

jewellery design.

07932 162439

rikkeline.com

100 Romney Marsh Wools

A simple, yet stylish woollen

range from our own farm.

01233 721800

romneymarshwools.co.uk

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108 Simply Naturale

Gorgeous skincare and

fantastic home textiles

from Florence, Italy.

020 8941 5223

simplynaturale.co.uk

109 SOUZU

Delightful children’s gifts.

020 8780 0025

souzu.co.uk

94 Possum Merino

Exceptional, comfortable

possum Merino knitwear

from New Zealand. Non

bobbling.

01488 668938

possummerino.co.uk

95 Princess Alice Hospice

Providing outstanding end of

life care in Surrey, Middlesex

& South-East London.

01372 468811

pah.org.uk

96 The Real Ruler

Height Chart Company

Fantastic 6ft 6in

wooden height charts

for all the family.

07790 306220

realrulerco.com

86

101 Rose & Bows

Country Boutique

Country boutique

fashion accessories, home

furnishings and gifts.

07578 112220

roseandbows.co.uk

99

102 Rosella Style

Lovingly sourced gifts,

homeware and clothing.

Brighten up your life.

07885 464678

rosellastyle.com

103 RTfact Flowers

Specialists in Luxury Faux

Flowers, Trees and Greenery.

01372 470580

rtfactflowers.co.uk

104 Sally Wilcox

Sally handmakes beautiful

silver floral jewellery.

sallywilcox.co.uk

105 Sansho -

Handmade in Japan

Sansho works with

traditional craftsmen

to develop beautiful

Japanese homewares.

020 7387 9256

sansho.com

106 Sante + Wade

A contemporary footwear

label for women who

own their difference.

020 7030 3981

santewade.com

107 Silver Pink

UK designed cashmere

jumpers and cardigans

co ordinated with

beautiful shirts.

07774 724630

silverpinkcompany.co.uk

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110 Squiggle Dot

& Squeeze

Children’s craft, activity

kits ages 3-9.

squiggledotandsqueeze.co.uk

111 St Bert’s Clothing

The 1970s inspired “Go To”

brand for adults and kids.

01273 891848

stberts.com


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97 Really Helpful Club

Free online network to share

great recommendations,

discover outstanding

businesses and connect

at inspiring events.

07796 262045

reallyhelpfulclub.com

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98 Reg&Bob

A stylish, vibrant, yet

totally practical collection

of dog products.

regandbob.com

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117 Tatum Diamond

London

Luxury hand-crafted bags

for today’s women who

care about tomorrow.

tatumdiamond.com

107

127 WellBake

WellBake cookware.

CleanZone oven/Aga liners.

NoBurn oven gloves.

01832 731526

wellbake.co.uk

112 Stoned and

Waisted Ltd

Stoned and Waisted

-”Everyday Luxury”.

Stunning shearling

coats and accessories.

stonedandwaistedfashion.

com

113 SW19London.com

A stylish clothing

collection from British

& Danish designers.

020 8404 0623

sw19london.com

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114 Swann Forge

Artisan blacksmith couple

creating bespoke products

for house and home.

07751 752930

swannforge.co.uk

115 Swole Panda

Luxuriously soft bamboo

socks and scarves &

handcrafted bamboo watches.

07515 854320

swolepanda.com

116 T London

Home fragrance and

bath & body products.

020 3846 4900

t-london.com

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118 Taylor Bell

Contemporary womenswear.

Classics with a twist.

07939 568051

taylor-bell.com

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119 Taylor Jayne

Avant Garde lifestyle,

statement framed prints,

beautiful home fragrances.

taylorjayne.co.uk

120 This Wild House

Vintage furniture, maps,

chandeliers, homewares, gifts

& Taschen Sumo books.

01737 211216

thiswildhouse.com

121 Three Grey

Unusual new, reclaimed &

vintage pieces for the home.

07973 440965

threegrey.org

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122 Tipperleyhill

Quirky animal prints,

personalised with calligraphy

in any chosen phrase.

07814 024280

tipperleyhill.com

123 Total Wardrobe Care

Natural anti-moth

clothes products and

wardrobe solutions.

01420 588588

totalwardrobecare.co.uk

124 Urban Wool

Organic wool bedding,

including wool duvets.

01562 950133

urbanwool.co.uk

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125 Varca

Taste of Mediterranean

style - Boots, Sandals,

Loafers and more.

01903 746677

varca.com

126 Warp & Weft

Handmade clothing,

accessories & homeware.

Bespoke, made to

order service.

01424 437180

warpandweftoldtown.com

128 Welligogs

British clothing and footwear

brand providing luxury

and stylish elegance.

01785 662277

welligogs.com

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129 White Ginger

Feminine resort wear with

stunning accessories and

homeware from Singapore.

07747 667788

white-ginger.com

130 Wild Planet

Aromatherapy

Natural home fragrance to

enhance your wellbeing.

01959 523920

wildplanetproducts.com

131 Will and Pop

Customised vintage jackets,

hoodies and bags. The

perfect personalised gift.

07736 677589

willandpop.com

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135 ZUT

Exquisitely designed

and handcrafted

Colombian suede for

stylish elegant women.

07950 059457

zut.com.co

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132 WOOD like to PLAY

A beautiful range of wooden

educational puzzles and

Noah’s Arks.

01785 813014

woodliketoplay.co.uk

133 Woven Store

Timeless clothing, accessories

& handcrafted lifestyle

goods. Made to last.

07585 705626

wovenstore.com

126

134 Zed & Co

Stylish high-quality

placemats, coasters,

china mugs, kitchen

textiles and more.

01892 782991

zedandco.co.uk

133

136 Alsop & Walker

Award-Winning artists

in Cheesemaking (Cow

and Sheep Cheese).

01825 831810

alsopandwalker.co.uk

130

137 Cocoloco Chocolates

Cocoloco Chocolates. Singleorigin,

artisan, handmade

chocolates from East Sussex.

01424 602614

cocoloco.org.uk

138 Feudo San Lorenzo

Artisanal extra virgin

and flavoured olive

oils from Sicily.

07949 110538

feudosanlorenzo.com

139 Goupie

Devilishly moreish, chewy

chocolate, confection

with a hint of crunch!

01580 211440

goupiechocolate.com

140 Longtooth Gin

Longtooth. The relaunch

of the iconic 1960s

London Dry Gin.

07860 419155

longtoothgin.com

141 New York Delhi

ViPnuts - The gourmet

peanut brand.

020 8876 7057

newyorkdelhi.com

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142 Nonya Secrets Sauces

All natural award-winning

delicious south east

Asian cooking/sauces.

020 8995 7530

nonyasecrets.com

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143 Pinkster Gin

Pinkster Gin is a smooth

dry award-winning gin.

01763 849739

pinkstergin.com

144 Potash Farm

Potash Farm are the

country’s leading cobnut

& walnut growers.

01732 882734

kentishcobnuts.com

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145 Rose Cottage Drinks

Alcoholic mixers for

Champagne, prosecco,

cocktails and desserts.

07974 769669

rosecottagedrinks.co.uk

146 Silent Pool Distillers

Silent Pool Distillers

makes award-winning

gin in the Surrey Hills.

01483 229136

silentpooldistillers.com

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New Year’s Eve Party

Welcome 2020 with added sparkle

at Trading Boundaries

Join us for a fun celebration

in our atmospheric, candlelit venue

Enjoy a three-course dinner

followed by a sharing cheese board.

Dance along to the fabulous funky

City Funk Orchestra.

A glass of fizz and a screening

of the fireworks

from London at midnight.

Continue dancing until 1am.

Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, East Sussex TN22 3RB

Information & Tickets: 01825 790200 / www.tradingboundaries.com


ART

1 Dec – 26 Jan

Grierson Galleries at the Hive,

19 Stone Street,Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF

‘Outside Edge’

An exhibition which focuses on

six artists and explores the theme

of ‘en plein air’. Karl Terry, Les

Williams and Vincent Matthews

are all artists who respond to the

urgency of painting edgy pictures

‘en plein air’. Also Max White who

completes his scenes in studio,

and Tricia Wood who only paints

using the edge of a credit card (a

literal edge) to create her London

Skyscapes – Edgy, avant garde art,

en plein air – ‘Outside Edge’.

griersongalleries.com

Until 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

Children & Families

Until Sun 5 Jan

Bluewater Shopping Centre,

Bluewater Parkway, Dartford,

Greenhithe DA9 9ST

Ice Rink and

Santa’s Grotto.

Bluewater’s covered outdoor ice

rink is bigger and better than ever,

this year with a special rink just

for little ones located outside by

the beautiful lakes at The Village,

beneath a clear roof so you can

skate rain or shine. Plus, families

can visit Santa’s Grotto which is

themed around the nutcracker with

Toy soldier guards, free crowns, and

a series of magical realms to explore.

bluewater.co.uk

Saturday 7 – Tue 24 Dec

Groombridge Place,

Groombridge Hill,

Groombridge, Tunbridge

Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

FATHER CHRISTMAS

COMES TO

GROOMBRIDGE PLACE

If you go down to the enchanted

forest this month, you’re sure

to find all manner of magical

discoveries – wooden bridges,

a huge boat, giant tree swings,

fallow deer, a maze, birds of prey,

a giant chess set, a canal boat and

even old Saint Nick himself in the

delightfully decorated home in the

grounds of Groombridge Place.

groombridgeplace.com

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, Carol-okie, 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

Saturday 7 December, at 5pm

Pilgrims Hospice Ashford, Hythe

Road, Willesborough, Ashford

TN24 0NE & Pilgrims Hospice

Canterbury, 56 London Road,

Canterbury CT2 8JA & Pilgrims

Hospice Thanet, Ramsgate

Road, Margate, CT9 4AD

Trees of Love

remembrance services

Pilgrims Hospices’ are hosting

their annual Trees of Love

What’s On in December

remembrance services with carols

simultaneously at three locations

across east Kent, offering a lovely

and personal way to remember

those we aren’t able to spend

time with at Christmas. Beautiful

dove dedications are placed on

the Trees of Love at your chosen

site, to be lit up during the

service, and remain shining in

loving memory throughout the

festive season. During the service,

guests find their dove dedicated

to their loved one, sing carols,

switch on the tree lights and

listen to festive readings, with

refreshments of hot chocolate,

mulled wine and mince pies.

01227 782062 /

pilgrimshospices.org/treesoflove

Sat 14 Dec 2pm & 4pm

The Pamoja Hall, The Lodge

Sevenoaks School, High St,

Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1HU

Kidenza Christmas

Concerts

Inspire your children with music

this month with Kidenza’s two

fun and engaging professional

classical concerts for families.

There will also be percussion

workshops before each of the

concerts with Alex Neal (co

principal percussionist of the

BBC Symphony Orchestra

since 2003), and participating

children will get to use what

they learn as they take part in

the first part of the concert.

kidenza.co.uk

Fairs & Festivals

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

supportlocalpopup.co.uk

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

Food & Drink

Tue 31 Dec & Wed 1 Jan

ABode Canterbury, 30-33 High

Street, Canterbury CT1 2RX

New Year’s Eve

Tasting Dinner

Celebrate the arrival of 2020 with

an outstanding black-tie tasting

dinner. Start the evening with a glass

of Champagne in a celebrated 3

AA rosette restaurant, then savour

seven superb courses to the sounds

of the resident pianist. Enjoy the

thrills of a close-up magician, before

heading to the County Room

to see in a new decade on the

dancefloor with a DJ and live band.

abodecanterbury.co.uk

Music & Theatre

Sat 14 Dec 7.30pm

St Mildred’s Church, Church

Road, Tenterden TN30 6AT

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The Kent Police Male Voice

Choir will be in full voice to offer

a joyous seasonal concert to raise

funds for Canterbury Oast Trust,

a Kent charity supporting adults

with a learning disability. Tickets

£11.00, available at the Rare

Breeds Centre, Woodchurch

01233 732684 /

hanlon1@btinternet.com

SHOPPING

Sat 16 Nov – Sun 15 Dec

Silcocks Farm, Grange Road, St.

Michaels, Tenterden TN30 6TL

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The Three French Hens &

Biddenden Christmas Trees

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Season's cheer

made at Ightham Mote

© National Trust 2019. Registered Charity no. 205846.

Photography © National Trust Images/John Miller

30 Nov - 5 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec)

10am–4pm

Explore the house decorated for

Christmas past with Christmas trees and

a crackling fire. With a mini-market and

Father Christmas on 30 Nov - 1 Dec.

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What’s On in December

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.

23rd Nov – 15 Dec 10am-4pm

(closed Mondays)

Frogshole Farm Sissinghurst

Road, Biddenden TN27 8EY

BIDDENDEN

CHRISTMAS TREES

Visit Frogshole Farm for your

fresh locally grown Christmas

trees and handmade wreaths.

Fri 13 & Sat 14 Dec

18 Lower Park Road,

Hastings, Kent TN34 2LB

A Blooming Lovely

Christmas House Fair

Three floors of homemade

wares, clothes, vintage and

jewellery along with Thai curry,

alcoholic and soft beverages,

cakes and nutritious snacks.

Plus, in-house massage with

the incredible Melanie Heap.

Find out more on Facebook.

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

Workshops

& Courses

Tue 7 (Maidstone) & Thu 9 Jan

(Canterbury & Tonbridge)

Childrens Room, St. Pauls

Church, Church Street,

Canterbury CT1 1NH & Invicta

Grammar School, Huntsman

Lane, Maidstone ME14 5DS &

Humanities Building, Weald of

Kent Grammar School, Tudeley

Lane, Tonbridge TN9 2JP

Practical Philosophy

in Kent

This ten- week course uses

philosophy to put life into

focus. Based on some of the

classic teachings of East and

West it is designed to clear the

mind. Everyone welcome.

Entry: £50

practicalphilosophykent.org

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Antiques Valuation Day at Saleroom

Wednesday 4th December, 2019 11.00 a.m - 4 p.m

The Auctioneer's Next Sale Will Be On

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Commencing at 12.30pm | Viewing 10.00am - 12.30pm

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Competition

Win A guided Walk, Lunch

AND Wine Tasting For TWO

Glorious cliff-top views of the Beachy Head

lighthouse, Belle Tout, Birling Gap and the

Cuckmere estuary! That’s what you could get from

the Seven Sisters cliff-top guided walk from Fizz on Foot.

Or you could meander your way along the Cuckmere River

from Alfriston to Littlington, walk over the hill and past

Charleston Manor and see the White Horse at Frog Firle

up close. Or even a walk through Friston Forest to West

Dean and on to Littlington. These are your choices if you

win the Fizz on Foot prize in our December competition.

Two people will enjoy a guided walk and wine tasting tour.

This includes a morning stroll with Fizz on Foot’s qualified

lead walker who is a geologist and history enthusiast and

makes the area come alive with stories of Alfred the Great and

other famous personalities who have graced our South Downs.

Your prize includes a delicious lunch in a traditional Sussex

pub championing local produce – enjoy a glass of locally

produced wine or beer with your meal.

Following lunch you will be taken to a Sussex prizewinning

vineyard for a tour and wine tasting. You can hear

the ‘vine to wine’ story and see the vines in all their glory.

You’ll hear about the incredible efforts the winemakers go

to so the vines don’t get caught by frost and are pruned,

trimmed and harvested. You’ll see how sparkling wine is made

and learn about the fascinating production time frame.

Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the wine

and enjoy a lively talk by the vineyard’s winemaker.

How to enter:

For your chance to win just answer the

following question: Which estuary could you

see from the Seven Sisters walk? Enter your

answer with your contact details in the online

form at wealdentimes.co.uk/competition by 31

December 2019. There is no cash alternative

and the prize must be taken by 31 July 2020.

You must be over the age of 18 to enter.

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Congratulations to David Thirlaway

who wins our October competition for

a Laksen Balfour Field Sports Jacket.


Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane gets naturally creative this Christmas

So Christmas is coming. We don’t have any geese at

Coopers but I’m eyeing up what else the farm might

offer to add a home-spun touch to the festivities!

The bees are now all safely tucked away in their hives

and I won’t be looking at them again until the spring,

usually not until the redcurrant bushes come into flower.

With so much rain this summer it hasn’t been a bumper

honey harvest but I did manage to collect a lot of wax.

Having spun the honey from the frames in August I then

took the older, tattier frames, melted them down over a slow

heat and then poured the wax into tin foil trays. All the flotsam

and jetsam rises to the top, cut this off and you are left with

blocks of fragrant pure beeswax – perfect for making candles.

Now you can just buy a silicone mould, insert a wick, fill

it with molten wax and, hey ho, job done. And undoubtedly

the selection of moulds available is impressive, boy owl,

girl owl – how on earth do you tell the

difference? – Rodin’s Thinker or the Titanic

to name but a few, but no, I have decided

to go all traditional and dip mine in the

time honoured candle making tradition.

I shall be taking long lengths of wick and

dipping each end into a deep pot of hot

wax and then hanging them over the back

of a chair for each end to cool and set. By

repeating the dipping and setting many,

many times one should be able to create

stately, long, deep yellow candles that will

grace any Christmas dinner table. I tried this

once before and they were indeed aromatic

and magnificent but sadly not perpendicular

and dripped yellow wax all over the

sprouts. Hopefully, this year, they might be upright.

And as ever there’s quite a lot of things that won’t be on the

table, despite best efforts! The walnut tree managed about 100

“I shall be taking

long lengths of

wick and dipping

each end into a

deep pot of hot

wax and then

hanging them

over the back

of a chair”

nuts – yes, sadly, we do make a hopeful count every autumn –

but the squirrel got there first. He also managed to take all the

cobnuts and the mice have eaten the Bramley apples which were

so carefully and individually wrapped in newspaper and stored,

not touching, on wooden slatted shelves.

But I did manage to pick a whole load of

holly laden with berries before the blackbirds

had all that too. It was Monty who alerted

me (and the nation in case you thought

I had a personal hotline) to the need to

pick it in November and store it in a cold

shed, as it will always be stripped bare by

Christmas by the blackbirds and fieldfares.

And then, of course, there’s the all

important trip to the woods to find the

Yule log. The Druids, who spent most of

their time living outside, not surprisingly

worshipped the sun, which was seen as a

wheel that changed the seasons. It was from

the ancient word for a wheel “houl” that the

word yule is thought to have come. They believed the sun

stood still for 12 days after the winter solstice on December

21st, so during this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness,

banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.

It is one of life’s great pleasures wandering around

the woods looking for that special log and family, not

to be confused with Druid, tradition has it that this is

also a good time to check that the 2018 Sloe Gin has

reached maturity. The search can take a long time!

Then all that remains is to deck the house with masses of

satisfyingly berry-laden holly, open a bottle of good red and

sit down to a huge rib of 28-day hung, grass-fed Sussex beef.

Happy Christmas everyone.

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

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