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Contents

January 2020

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BED, BATH & BEYOND

Maggie Alderson tracks down

the best properties with

an abundance of space

NOTEBOOK

A wedding showcase, a journaling

workshop and a vegan market –

find something to do this month

RETURN TO SPLENDOUR

The office has left the

building – and in its place

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GET THE LOOK

Shop products to add some

splendour to your own home

TREADING LIGHTLY

A mastercourse in decorating

while you shop for a dream home

GET THE LOOK

Interior decorating inspired

by ‘Treading Lightly’

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BREAK IT UP

Fabulous flooring transitions

COSY COUTURE

Kate Liz Watts brings style to

the winter months with these

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FRESH FIX

Delicious and nutritious

meat-free meal inspiration

from Jo Arnell

GROW YOUR OWN SUN

Combat the winter blues with

a garden full of yellow plants

USE YOUR BRAIN POWER

Now is the perfect time to

learn something new (whatever

your age) says Hilary Wilce

STARTING OUT

Helpful advice about making those

all important decisions regarding

your child’s early education

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SORTING OUT SEPARATION

Advice around the legal implications

at the end of a relationship

WHAT’S ON

Your guide to the New Year’s

not-to-be-missed events

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

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carbon, Jane Howard shares tree

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Hunton Court

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north and south, in lovely country.

Beds: 8 Baths: 6

Special features: The parquet in

the entrance hall is sublime.

Pleasing details: The lovely old coach

house, with stables and a cottage.

Outside: The full lot has about

170 acres with Mr Darcy lakes, a

walled garden, formal lawns and

borders, parkland with specimen

trees, swimming pool, tennis court,

orchard, potager and arable farmland.

Time to town: 10 minutes

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Great Pagehurst

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The dream: You would fall in love

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Where: On the outskirts

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Setting: Surrounded by rolling

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Beds: 6 Baths: 3

Special features: The splendid

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Pleasing details: The row of

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Outside: About an acre of established

gardens with lovely borders.

Time to town: Just over an hour from

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Agent: Harpers & Hurlingham,

Cranbrook 01580 715400

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Warrior Square

£1,925,000

The dream: Six floors and 6,549

square feet of majestic Regency

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Where: St Leonards-on-Sea

Setting: On elegant Warrior Square,

with its rose gardens, in the ever more

trendy seafront section of St Leonards.

Beds: 7 Baths: 5

Special features: Floor to ceiling

sea-view windows in the drawing

room, with a balcony.

Pleasing details: A double

garage, very rare in this area.

Outside: The rose gardens of

Warrior Square to the front, a

private garden to the back.

Time to town: From 90 minutes

from St Leonards station,

five minutes walk away.

Agent: Fine & Country, Cranbrook

01580 715000 fineandcountry.com

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Although statistics tell us that almost half of marriages end in divorce, the

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Creative Journaling

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unique mix of a restaurant and record

store, which has just opened a new

menu inspired by the big screen.

The ‘Cinema Set Menu’ consists

of flavourful home-cooked dishes

with a twist, created specifically

for local cinema go-ers of all ages,

creating a delicious alternative to

the fast-food and e-numbers which

so often go hand-in-hand with a

trip to the cinema. Simply book a

table from Tuesday to Thursday,

between 5-10pm, and select two

courses at £18.50 for adults or £9.50

for children. theorpington.co.uk

January is here and, much like Janus, the

Roman god of beginnings and endings

from whom it gets its name, we recommend

taking an opportunity to look back at what

is past and forward to what is to come.

NLP Master Practitioner & Life Coach,

Yvonne Fernando’s latest creative journaling

workshop on Friday 24 January will focus

on just this. It will be held at the delightful

Curious House in Stonegate in the heart

of East Sussex – a comforting and homely

setting to make you feel at ease and get your

creative juices flowing. The course is designed

to help you reflect on what 2019 meant for

you and get off to a positive start for 2020,

inviting you to use creative journaling and

visualisation techniques to find inspiration and

motivation. The workshops costs £95, plus

£10 for materials, and no previous experience

is required, but numbers are limited to eight

so it’s best to book early! If you don’t make

it on time, Yvonne also has a private practice

in Charing and Curious House always has a

wonderful selection of workshops on offer.

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Sissinghurst Castle

Garden is opening 2020

with a celebration of natural

beauty as the International

Garden Photographer of the Year

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Saturday 4 January to Sunday 8

March to see some of the best garden,

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Dance Academy

Emergence, the touring company

formed of MA dance students from the

University of Salford and Joss Arnott

Dance, comes to the EM Forster

Theatre this month. On Friday 31

January, this exciting company of 12

dancers will perform works from three

esteemed choreographers, Wubkje

Kuindersma, James Wilton

and Joss Arnott. At just

£16 a ticket, it’s a great

opportunity to support

young dancers and see

future stars taking their

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VEGANUARY

So many of us are going vegan for

January to get 2020 off to a healthy

start. A great way to explore vegan

eating options and have a bit of fun is

to visit a Vegan Market. This month,

Vegan Markets UK is coming to

Gravesend’s market hall on Sunday 19

January so don’t miss out.

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Happy Hever after

Hever Castle’s first wedding

showcase of 2020 on Sunday

19 January invites all those planning a

wedding to experience the castle’s beautiful

venues all dressed up as they would be for the

real thing. There will be mouth-watering delights

to taste from award-winning caterers, Leiths, plus

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stately grandeur of the Castle itself, Hever will

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weddings to life. hevercastle.co.uk

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If you’re ready for a fresh start and a

new outlook on gardening this year,

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ready to guide you through it. Join

Fiona Abrahams in her monthly guide to the

gardening year to stay up to date with

seasonal tasks, learn techniques, gain

valuable skills and knowledge and try

practical activities. You will be able to

draw inspiration from the beautiful

gardens at Godinton as each season

changes the landscape.

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Nothing offers a fresh start for 2020

like a new home and Jarvis Homes

have the perfect opportunity as

they have just opened Greycoats

Place. It’s an exclusive development

of seven three-to five-bedroom

houses in the historic Wealden town

of Cranbrook. The location has the

best of all worlds with views over the

countryside and close proximity to local

shops, as well as being within the Cranbrook

School Catchment Area.

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It’s 2020 and we aren’t the only ones starting the new year with

wellbeing in mind. Chiddingstone Castle is hosting a new wellbeing

event on Saturday 1 February, in celebration of Japanese culture

and the art of Zen and beginning the castle’s ‘Year of Japan’.

The one-day retreat will combine four different approaches to

mindfulness – Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing), Kanga Yoga, Toyohari

(Japanese Acupuncture) and meditation. There will also be food

and drink wellness advice and the day includes a delicious locally

sourced lunch with a Japanese twist. chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

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Whether you’re already setting yourself resolutions

for the New Year, or taking a step back after the

bustle of Christmas to relax and reassess for the

months ahead, I’m with our regular columnists Josephine

Fairley, Sarah Maxwell and Henrietta Norton who this month

are extolling the virtues of giving yourself a bit of a break, both

physically and mentally. As much as possible, January should

be about self care – a fresh start to nourish you for the year

ahead, whatever it may bring. Read Jo, Sarah and Henrietta’s

valuable advice from page 3 of our brand new Travel &

Wellbeing Supplement which highlights the most wonderful

holidays, achievable exercise and healthcare tips and treats.

Inject some 2020 freshness into your home, taking

inspiration from Alex and Ellie Jørgensen’s beautiful

Tunbridge Wells home and see how Alexis Wylie has

updated and personalised a rental property for its tenants.

Elsewhere, stylist Kate Liz Watts picks outerwear with a colour

punch to keep you cosy and lift your mood on chilly days and Jo

Arnell brings a ray of sunshine to the winter garden with plants

that deliver warming yellow hues.

Enjoy your Wealden Times and the whole team

here wishes you a very happy New Year!

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In the heart of one of Britain’s most classic towns

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It’s like stepping into the ‘after’ reveal in a makeover

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decades of office use.

“We lifted three layers of carpet tiles in the hall, to

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owner Alex Jørgensen. That was just one thing they had

to see to. There were also the false ceilings, fire doors,

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Above: The lofty kitchen is home to a large central island and generous dining space

lived on the top floor for a year,” says Alex. “It’s amazing

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period properties, the grim alterations done to the house

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into the drawing room, his expertise really shows.

What would have originally been two rooms – and

was then four horrid little offices – has now been

transformed into one gorgeous big space, articulated

by an arch over four metres tall in the middle, with a

sitting area offering a different mood on each side of it.

This was Alex’s anchor point for the downstairs plan,

with the dining room in its original place at the front

of the house, the kitchen at the back. “You’ve got to

get the bones of a house right first,” he says. “There is

no point in buying expensive furniture and curtains if

the layout isn’t right and there isn’t enough storage.”

But while he starts with the big picture, the genius

is also in the meticulous detail in this house.“Once

you have your plan you can make sure you have your

sockets in the right place and the rooms wired so you can

turn all the lights in it on – including table lamps and

standard lamps – from the wall switch at the door.”

And then he adds one of many pieces of brilliant

professional decorator advice, which he shares

on our tour around the house. “Before you start

decorating, think about sockets – where are you going

to plug in the lights for the Christmas tree?”

Another of his expert tips is about when to

invest in the good stuff and where you can make


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Above: Two large ginger jars, which Alex found on a trip to LA, sit on top of the dining room shelves

economies. “Paint doesn’t all have to be Farrow &

Ball, you don’t need to use the most expensive paint

everywhere. A good decorator can use any paint.”

This balance between where to invest and where to

make economies came into particular play with restoring

the period features of the house, which had been all

but lost. “It’s great to keep and restore period features

where you can,” he says, “but it can get expensive. We

had bespoke doors made for the special wide frames on

the ground floor, which I really wanted for the sense of

space and vista, but upstairs the doors are off the shelf.”

But there were some areas of restoration where they

very much chose to invest. “The decorators spent a month

just on the ceiling coving,” Alex admits, laughing. “Some

of it was missing, so once the bit that was remaining

was cleaned, they took a mould and cast it to make

new coving to fill in the gaps.” That wasn’t all of it.

“There were no ceiling roses left at all,” Alex continues,

“so the decorators used moulds from a house of the

same period in London. Then, the next time I was at

my dentist, which is in a building just round the corner,

built in 1895, the same year as this one, I was lying in the

chair looking up at the ceiling and saw that it had exactly

the same ceiling rose as the ones we had put in here.”

Some of the restoration involved moving original

pieces from other parts of the house so they could

be better appreciated. The fireplace in the drawing

room was upstairs in a bedroom. Alex had it

sandblasted, and polished the tiles and cast iron to

make it smart enough for this rather grand room.

But while Alex and Ellie took pains to put back as

many of the house’s original details as possible, this is

no period piece – the décor has a timeless contemporary

elegance, that looks fresh and wonderful here.

The left half of the drawing room, painted pale blue, is

a more formal entertaining space with two sofas, also pale

blue, facing each other across a white ottoman, with bergère

chairs next to a console table to one side and another

small table with lime-washed chairs in the bay window.

I suggest it has the feel of a modern version of the 18th

century Swedish Gustavian style, which was the simple

Scandinavian take on the furniture King Gustav III

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Above: A collection of interior books tempt

you to linger on the octagonal landing

had seen on his visit to Versailles.

Alex agrees and says there is a similar

genre in his native Denmark, even

simpler. But while his national style may

have been a subconscious influence,

a much greater one is his voracious

consumption of interiors magazines –

particularly the American title Veranda.

“I saw a house in it from Georgetown,

Washington, which had exactly the feel I

wanted: light, big openings, vistas. I didn’t

want furniture clinging to walls, I wanted it

to be classic, contemporary, quite simple.”

This house certainly has the grand scale

of the houses featured in that magazine

and a masterful use of the symmetry,

which is a recurring theme of upscale

American interior design.

Another detail which makes this space

so chic is the underfloor heating. “It means

there are no radiators intruding into the

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This page: “There is no point in buying

expensive furniture and curtains if the layout

isn’t right and there isn’t enough storage”

space and dictating where you can put furniture.”

In the rest of the house, he explains, they’ve used very

stylish but more economical black period-style radiators

– which makes him think of another piece of decorator

wisdom, about the order in which decisions need to

be made. “If you are having radiators, you have to

decide if you are having curtains or blinds. If it’s going

to be curtains, don’t put radiators under windows.”

The sitting area to the right of the door, which is

painted a soft oatmeal shade and has a whole wall

of bookshelves and cupboards around the TV, is

more of a family room and contains the longest sofa

I have ever seen, with plenty of room for all three

of them to curl up together. The family feel of this

area is further enhanced by the paintings of Danish

townscapes which had belonged to Alex’s grandparents.

At the far end are the original glazed doors

looking out to the garden, which Alex had

copied for the kitchen – creating his beloved

symmetry when viewed from outside.

Stepping through them Alex explains that when

they bought the house there was a very unappealing

extension out there – more offices – which they took

great pleasure in removing, landscaping the area

with classic Scandinavian silver birches. Looking

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The master bathroom has a central bath, double basins and a lovely stand-alone armoire for

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This page: Jane Churchill’s delightful

alphabet wallpaper looks great

in son Tom’s fun bedroom

back at the house from here, he

points out how they copied the

window on the half-landing to

make another for the guest loo.

We re-enter the house into the

kitchen, now a tranquil lofty space

big enough for a generous kitchen

table and a large island, which Alex

designed in collaboration with

deVOL. The walls are a Dulux white,

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units are painted a soft mushroom.

Cupboards on the wall behind the

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of the brilliant enlarged version

of the classic hand-painted Royal

Copenhagen pattern Musselmalet

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Alex has arranged very satisfyingly in

asymmetric/symmetric formations.

His flair for object curation is on

show again in the dining room, where

white bookshelves are topped with two

large ginger jars, found on a trip to LA,

and arranged with collections of paired

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This page: The decor in the master bedroom takes full

advantage of the natural sunlight. The dressing table has

been repurposed from a desk using Annie Sloane paint

books, stacked with their paper edges, not the spines, outwards.

This room has the same Scandinavian feel as the drawing

room with Edwardian dining chairs painted to great effect.

The wooden bench by the window could also have come

from a Danish country house, but is actually Hungarian,

bought from an antiques dealer in Whitstable.

It was on another trip to the coast, where they first saw the

work of British ‘plein air’ painter Michael Richardson, whose

evocative scenes of Marrakesh – all painted on the spot, as the

Impressionists did – hang on the dining room walls. “He has a

gallery in Margate. We love the mood and light in his paintings.”

Once I can tear myself away from these, we head upstairs

arriving first at son Tom’s room, which is papered in Jane

Churchill delightful alphabet wallpaper and has a wall of

lovely vintage prints. Like all the pictures in the house,

this perfect ‘French hang’ was achieved by a professional

picture hanger – another of Alex’s top decorating tips.

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This page: Alex employed a professional picture

hanger to place his collection of artwork throughout

the house with very pleasing results

into Tom’s teenage years, with grey subway tiles, a

Neptune washstand and ceramic faux wood tiles

on the floor, laid in a herringbone pattern.

From here we come onto the unusually spacious

first floor landing, which is octagonal with four doors

leading from it and has a round table in the middle.

It’s a lovely spot, where you would be tempted to

linger, perusing the interiors books on the table.

The master bedroom, just off it, has an Emperor-sized bed

opposite a wall of monochrome prints, found in various places

and unified by their frames and the professional hanging.

To the left of the chimney breast is Ellie’s dressing

table – a piece of furniture I suggest it can be hard to

find. “It’s a desk repurposed as a dressing table,” says Alex.

“We looked for ages and then we found this desk and

painted it with Annie Sloan paint.” They bought most of

the furniture after they moved in, “because we found our

stuff from the old house just didn’t work in this scale.”

From the bedroom you walk through a dressing room to

the master bathroom, which has three walls of wardrobes

which come just up to the height of the picture rail (copied

from the little bits of the original ones which were left after

the offices). This is so much better than having them all the

way to the ceiling, which makes a room much smaller.

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This page: Slate grey bedside lamps from Mark Maynard

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The master bathroom has a central bath, double basins

and a lovely stand-alone armoire for towels because, “it’s

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It also has a spectacularly splendid walk-in shower

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yet another example of what can be achieved when

you have the luxury of a blank canvas floorplan.

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Above left & right: The metal and glass drinks trolley is the result of one of K’s rather fruitful trips to buy a pint of milk

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Above: Ally has kept the colour scheme neutral throughout

the house, adding interest and colour in the form of soft

furnishings and accessories Right: K has owned the tiger

print hung alongside the staircase since she was 18 years old

comfy to put our feet up while watching the telly.”

One decision they had already made was to scrap the

idea of a dining area in the living room space. The generous

kitchen, with an Aga and a lovely dresser from Neptune, is

big enough for a dining table as well as the kitchen table, so

they wanted to use the whole living space as a sitting room.

“The dining room used to be part of the sitting room, but

we prefer to have it as a separate area for the kids to jump

around in while the adults are in the other half.”

Very sensibly, the couple’s original grey sofa has

been put to use in the kids’ zone, with two new

white ones, sourced by Ally, in the adult area.

Arranged in front of the dramatic oversized mantelpiece,

with brick-coloured herringbone tiles behind the

woodburner, the new layout makes the most of the space,

with the two sofas and two matching armchairs enough to

seat about 10 people, but a much smaller number, could

still be very cosy there, stretching out in great luxury.

Ally achieves this welcoming feeling by keeping the

sofa and chairs upholstery a neutral white linen, with

simple curtains the same warm buff as the walls, but

adding lots of colourful cushions in a mix of prints

from Rapture & Wright and African fabrics.

She also boosted the snuggle factor by customising

the Loaf.com chairs and sofas with extra-squashy

cushions made by her ‘cushion man’.

A very pleasing anchoring feature of the scheme – which I

have come to associate with Ally’s interiors style (and which

I want to steal for my own house…) is a lovely big ottoman

in the middle of the seating area, upholstered with a vintage

kilim. Combined with a tray, this is a perfect coffee, or drinks

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Also, giving the space that professional decorator polish

is the way Ally has created a kind of visual rhythm, using

a pair of matching pouffes (from Made.com) in front of

the woodburner, matching rattan side tables (Oka.com) at

either end of one sofa and a gorgeous pair of steamer

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This page: The faux fur throw and

zebra print ottoman in the master

bedroom are both Ally touches.

The artichoke lamp is by Pooky

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bedroom This page: The bathroom, put

in by the house’s owners, features a pair of

striking Art Deco-style basins and mirrors,

with Chrysler-style taps by Lefroy Brooks

which comes from a collection of

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Slip a mood-lifter in your handbag. Would I leave home

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Henrietta Norton explains how the New Year should

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It isn’t necessary to punish yourself to be fit and

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Christmas is over for another

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If you are starting to feel that maybe

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Start with a positive mindset and

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away from the, #couldntwalkfordays

mentality! If that is what you live for,

then go for it and stop reading now.

The rest of you will be delighted to

know that it isn’t necessary to punish

yourself to be fit and healthy; January

doesn’t have to be miserable and

the most effective way to sustain a

healthy body and mind is balance.

Let’s take a look at some of the

fitness and lifestyle trends predicted

for 2020 to inspire us through

January and give us something to get

excited about in the coming year.

Mindful Fitness – Running,

walking, classes, personal training

With the increasing levels of stress

and pressure we are facing, people

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to their health and fitness.

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and allow yourself some ‘me-time’.

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you to pay attention to your training

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Outdoors or indoors, looking

after your body, mind and soul will

bring many rewards this year.

Cardio Barre

With the popularity of ballet barre

workouts continuing, many barre

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element to take you to another level.

A combination of traditional ballet

moves, high intensity training alongside

Pilates and yoga all in one class. Expect

to see a lot more classes in 2020.

At home Fitness and Wellbeing

Many people don’t want to have to

leave the house to workout. There

could be many reasons for this from

saving time to because they’d rather

not exercise in front of others.

Thankfully, with the increase of

online fitness classes and courses,

personal trainers on line, Peleton cycle

training and wearable technology,

to name a few, we now have access

to a wide range of fitness activities

wherever you are in the world.

Mind, Body and Spirit

Over the years we have seen, goat yoga

(yes, seriously, it’s a thing), hot yoga and

naked yoga. This year is all about yoga

fusion. Yoga high intensity training is

predicted to be a big success this year.

It involves traditional yoga

moves combined with bursts

of high intensity training.

Wild swimming,

All around the South East, we are

blessed with miles and miles of

meandering, murky rivers and there are

a growing group of hard core swimmers

who use this beautiful, natural backdrop

as their place of exercise, swimming in

the open water all year round. I’m told

it does wonders for the circulation.

Staying warm and dry has a far stronger

pull than my curiosity, so I’m afraid

I’m going to have to leave it to you

to report back to me on that one!

Exercise of

the month:

Take a few moments to think how

you want to feel this year. Write

it down and start with baby steps.

You owe it to yourself to nurture

and love the person you are.

I bet you never thought you’d

hear a Personal Trainer say that!


Happy New Year x

Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning

Fitness and Lifestyle coach

and mum of two who juggles a lot

of balls. Find out more about Sarah

and her work at sarahmaxwell.com

Sarah shares her Fitness and

Lifestyle tips on Instagram

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We talk to Jackie Groom, Chief Nurse at KIMS Hospital

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How can you access treatments at KIMS Hospital?

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Focus on

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Care Fertility’s Diana

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How long should a couple try for

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Doctor Tina Peers explains how to manage the menopause

Thirteen million women in this

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much longer than it used to be, this

can have very negative implications

for a woman’s health and quality

of life in her fifties and beyond.

Premature menopause is when it

happens under the age of 40. This

occurs to 1% of the female population

and it is vitally important that

young women who experience loss

of their periods are fully investigated

and treated as soon as possible.

Early menopause is between 40 and

45. Women in this age group, who think

that they may be going through the

menopause, should have blood tests to

help diagnose this and should receive

HRT. This is very important as they

will be more at risk of heart disease,

osteoporosis and dementia because of

the early start of their menopause.

Perimenopause is when the

hormone production starts to fluctuate

and this may result in changes to the

periods, multiple symptoms (can be

present even when periods are regular

still) and can last four to five years. In

many women these symptoms can be

debilitating and cause 10% to stop

working! Many women visit their

GP and the vast majority are offered

antidepressants when they really

would benefit hugely from HRT.

The menopause should be referred to

as Oestrogen Deficiency, in my opinion.

This is what it is and women’s quality

of life and health can be restored by

taking hormone replacement therapy.

Oestrogen is responsible for

maintaining a healthy, strong skeleton,

for keeping our coronary arteries clear of

plaques, helping our brains function and

the replacement and repair of collagen

– extremely important for our joints

and muscles which will diminish by 2%

per annum without HRT in spite of

exercise. Oestrogen also reduces the risk

of bowel cancer and reduces depression

and the rate of suicide, both of which

increase in peri and postmenopause.

I believe that the two most significant

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choice of contraception to control

her fertility and taking HRT.

Not only will HRT improve the

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dementia by up to 60%, bowel cancer

by 30%, reduce her risk of Parkinson’s

disease, maintain vaginal and bladder

health and improve her libido.

The new body-identical HRT, available

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does not have the same effect on the

breast as some older HRT preparations.

In fact, we have five years of data

to show that natural micronised

progesterone does not increase the risk of

breast cancer – we think that, with time,

it may actually slightly reduce the risk.

Women are becoming more aware

that they do not need to suffer in silence,

with their menopausal symptoms often

causing them to feel like they have

‘lost’ themselves, making work difficult

and putting strains on relationships!

We offer individualised advice and

care for women, which is of paramount

importance and can not only literally

‘give them their life back’, but also

improve the quality of their life in

middle and old age – something that is

totally dependent on their state of health.

Menopause: Know the Facts

is the onset of menopause hereditary?

Will it happen at the same time

as my mum’s did? MAYBE.

What are the possible effects? Night

sweats, hot flushes, irritability, poor sleep,

exhaustion, palpitations, low libido,

peeing at night, aches and pains, muscle

wasting and weakness, itchy skin, vaginal

dryness, pain on intercourse, tearfulness,

forgetfulness, depression and dark thoughts.

Can they be severe? How are they alleviated?

The effects can be debilitating and can be

treated very effectively and quickly with

HRT – regulated and licensed and prescribed

by some GPs and by Menopause Specialists.

What help is available in this situation?

Should i see my GP? Many GPs are

trained and confident in prescribing

HRT, but sadly many are not. Specialists

provide excellent individualised care – like

the Menopause Clinic at Tillow Barn in

Brockham (tillowbarnhealth.co.uk).

How can family members help a woman

who is menopausal? By understanding

the condition and encouraging her to get

expert help. Being patient also helps.

is there anything a woman can do to

prepare for it? It’s always important to have

a healthy diet, be a good body weight and

exercise, none more so than at this time

of life. However, many women will also

benefit hugely from HRT – many say it

literally has given them their life back!

Since qualifying in Medicine at Guy’s

Hospital in London in 1983,

Dr Tina Peers has developed her skills

and knowledge in Women’s health. She

first worked as a GP in Surrey, then

became a Consultant in Contraception

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Jo Arnell spices up January with

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Recipes: Jo Arnell

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Eating less meat is getting easier and

there are plenty of roots, bulbs and

brassicas around, brimming with

vitamins, to kick-start us into a zestful and

flavoursome new year. Eating seasonal

vegetables also means that we are making

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Boil the beetroot in a small pan of

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Drain (reserving cooking water) cool,

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2Gently sauté the chopped onion

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Jo Arnell injects some mood-lifting

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When most of the colour has withered back into the

earth and the natural world is dark and dormant

it can seem a bit bleak outside. We can admire the

tracery of trees and the stark beauty of the leafless landscape,

some of us have smart structural evergreens and topiary that

may gleam with frosted effects, but nothing lifts the heart

like a cheerful burst of colour. We’ve celebrated with red and

green, but Christmas is over and it’s about time for something

fresh and cheerful. From palest primrose through to bright

and buttery, yellow is the most joyful and welcome of all the

colours. So if the actual sun won’t warm us, let’s substitute

its golden glow with a garden full of botanical sunlight.

SHRUBS, TREES AND ‘EVERGOLDS’

Yellow leaves in plants can be a tricky thing. Sometimes a

shrub with yellow leaves is actually telling you that it’s not

very well or deficient in nutrients – literally off colour, but

there are plants that have been bred to have yellow in their

leaves as a variegation – Elaeagnus ‘Limelight’ has a yellow

centre to its leaves, as does the holly Ilex ‘Golden King’

and low growing Euonymus ‘Emerald ’n Gold’ has a wide

golden edge with a green centre to its leaves. There are some

evergreen shrubs that have completely yellow leaves – a variety

of Mexican Orange called Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ has

attractive chartreuse coloured foliage – when in the right light.

It does best in semi-shade; in full sun the leaves can bleach

and scorch and it starts looking on the sickly side of yellow.

A few brazen shrubs even flower in winter and as

an added bonus many of the early flowers are scented.

Pollinating insects are scarce, so plants have to work

extra hard to attract in as many as they can.

Often the flowers appear on bare stems, long before

any leaves start to grow. Once the leaves do appear these

shrubs tend to revert to being straggly nothings and fade

into the background once again, but right now they

are the stars of the show. Winter Sweet (Chimonanthes

praecox) is one of these humble bushes, with small,

pale yellow flowers perfumed with hints of citrus.

Cornus mas is another with early blossom, lighting up

a woodland or shady border with its delicate lemony

flowers. It is a little bit fussy, so plant it in moist,

humous-rich soil and grow in a sheltered place.

For most of the year Mahonia japonica is a large and

prickly and fairly uninspiring evergreen, but in the

depths of winter its thick stems explode into impressive

yellow flower spikes that brighten the darkest of

days and smell of lily-of-the-valley. Mahonia x media

‘Charity’ is one of the biggest and boldest to grow.

Witch Hazel – Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ has scented

flowers that climb its bare branches like little yellow spiders.

It also has good autumn foliage and although it grows slowly

it will get large in time, so makes a good specimen shrub.

Exotic looking and slightly tender, the fast growing

evergreen Acacia dealbata (Mimosa) with its swathes of

scented yellow pom-pom blossoms is a sight to lift the spirits

in cold winter days. Grow Acacia in a sheltered place and

mulch it well; it is native to Australia and may be rather

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You really can’t go far wrong with early spring bulbs

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Gold’ narcissus that is always reliably early and a good size for

naturalising in the grass, as it doesn’t get too big and floppy.

Climbers

There aren’t too many yellow flowering climbers that bloom in

winter, but Jasminum nudiflorum, (Winter Jasmine) is probably

the most well known. It is more of a scrambler or spineless

shrub than a climber, but with patience and support, can be

trained against a wall or fence, where it might half-heartedly

climb – and then most likely tumble down, like a waterfall of

star-studded stems. Unlike its summer cousin, Winter Jasmine

is not strongly scented, but it makes up for this with a longlasting

show of little yellow flowers through the winter months.

Coronilla valentina glauca citrina (to give it its full name,

rather than the disconcerting and undeserved – from what I

can surmise, common name of ‘bastard senna’) is an evergreen

wall shrub or lax climber (i.e. needs support) that has pale

yellow pea-like flowers that contrast prettily with the blue

tints of its small glaucous leaves. It seems to flower on and off

sporadically throughout the year, but noticeably in winter.

I will also mention a Clematis called C. cirrhosa ‘Wisley

Cream’ that could almost be the palest yellow. This winter

flowering Clematis has the added bonus of fragrant blooms.

Hedera helix ‘Goldchild’ is a small leaved ivy that will

clothe a large expanse, its classic ivy shaped leaves edged

with pale yellow. All Ivies are self-clinging plants with

probing aerial roots that stick fast onto many surfaces – trees,

walls, sheds, ornaments, slow moving gardeners. Being a

woodland climber, it thrives in the shade and is a wonderful

source of food and shelter for wildlife, but do not plant

against house walls or brick buildings, as the aerial roots

can penetrate cracks and joints and may cause damage.

I would never advocate that we fill our gardens

with yellow plants – I’m aware that it can be less than

tasteful – but every garden needs a boost and a pickme-up

at this time of year and a bold and jaunty

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New year, new start! Most of us feel like

blowing off the cobwebs and turning to

something new after an indulgent festive

season. But while children and young people get this

automatically as they begin their new term at school

or college, adults don’t always find it so easy to do.

So why not vow to yourself to make 2020 the year

you learn something new? In fact, scientists who have

looked closely at the many benefits of learning say

it’s one of the best things we can do for ourselves.

And I know this from personal experience…

When not writing this column, I sometimes run Writing

From Wellbeing workshops, which encourage people to meet

their hopes, dreams, fears and memories through writing

exercises. Without exception there are participants who arrive

at a workshop frazzled, scattered and worried, and then leave

But here’s what the educational researchers say

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1. Change your brain’s structure, improving

the density of its white matter, or myelin,

which is known to improve performance

on a range of mental tasks.

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to help you learn other new things more quickly.

3. Help keep dementia at bay. This may not be your

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4. Be fun – having fun is a known part of good

mental health and resilience. Some new things

will obviously be fun – learning to kite surf, say,

or play the ukulele – but anything can be made

fun by a skillful teacher, even basic accountancy

or the classification of German verbs.

5. Give you a sense of confidence and achievement.

6. Help you grow as a person by keeping boredom

at bay, making you more interesting, giving you

added skills and wisdom and helping you connect

better with your children and their studies.

7. Give you new experiences, and help you see

the world in a fresh way. An engineer I know

who has taken up geology says his field study

weekends have been some of his best holidays

ever, and he now enjoys looking at landscapes

with new understanding and insight.

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business – I know adults who have done all

these things and been thrilled by the change.

10. Make you more creative because learning

something new means your brain is sparking,

so that ideas spring up and feed each other.

11. Give you a better social life. Whether you’re

learning to rock climb, speak Spanish or be a

potter, there will be teachers to help you and

colleagues to support you, and even doing a

distance degree at home will give you online

hang-outs and organised summer schools.

12. It will make you happier. Why? Because

it will help you feel more competent,

effective, connected and purposeful – and

all these things are basic human needs.

So make 2020 the year you take a weekend course, join

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at work, or plan a learning holiday. Make it something

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2020 learning journey. You absolutely won’t regret it.

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Education

Starting Out

Your child’s first steps into education can

be daunting. These local independent

schools share advice to get things

started on the right foot

Spring Grove School

Why choose an independent pre-school?

The choice of pre-school is a very personal one. We

invite all prospective parents to come and look round

our Nursery, and to get a feel for what we do at Spring

Grove. Our Nursery is on the same site as the Prep

School, and while it is a safe and separate space, the preschool

children benefit from sharing staff and facilities

with the older children in the school.

What are the benefits of attending a pre-school? Does

it have a beneficial effect on later school life?

We would definitely encourage children to attend our

Giraffes Pre-School Class as an excellent way to prepare

them for their Reception year. Children are allowed to

develop their skills and interests at their own pace with

an emphasis on personal skills, numeracy and early

phonic skills. Many of our children gradually increase

the number of sessions they do as the year progresses in

preparation for the move into Reception.

What should parents be looking for when they

choose a pre-school? Nothing can beat going to visit

on a normal working day, and seeing what the children

are doing and how the staff are interacting with them.

Outdoor space is also an important factor for many

parents – we are very lucky at Spring Grove to have a

large walled garden where our Nursery children play

every day, come rain or shine!

What are the benefits of keeping your child at the

same school for the transition from pre-school to prep?

At Spring Grove the Giraffes Pre-School Class is situated

next door to the Reception class, so the children are

already familiar with their surroundings. They know

the teachers too – our Giraffes children have French,

PE, PSHE and music sessions with staff who teach

throughout the whole school.

Is there any funding available for places? Yes, we offer

the 15 hours Early Years funding from the term after the

child turns three years of age.

Spring Grove School, Wye, Ashford, Kent

01233 812337 springgroveschool.co.uk


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The New Beacon

Why choose an independent pre-school? The bigger

question is, ‘Why choose independent?’ as the same

thinking applies to both school and pre-school. Firstly,

independent schools can opt out of the EYFS and what

some would see as its rather narrow restrictions allowing

freedom to introduce more structure and learning – when

the child is ready for it, of course! The second reason is a

smaller class size and generous staff pupil ratio.

What are the benefits of attending a pre-school? Does

it have a beneficial effect on later school life? For me,

learning to mix with other children, socialisation, is the

biggest benefit. Going straight from home to Reception

without day care or pre-school would be an enormous

change; gentle introduction and preparation will be of

value in the child’s personal and social development. The

difference between day care and pre-school is that the

latter will likely have more structure, which will be of

benefit when the child enters Reception.

What should parents be looking for when they choose

a pre-school? The biggest influences are probably friends

with children of similar age and geographical location

which will quickly narrow down options. When visiting

you would expect to meet the leader or deputy – ask

plenty of questions! Try to spend a little time just

observing and feeling the atmosphere. With such young

children you would hope to feel warmth and calm care.

Is there any funding available for places? Funding is

a tricky question with staff pupil ratios – quite rightly –

being very tight. Some pre-schools offer the government’s

free hours – but then they are subject to the EYFS

‘strands’. Some companies give their employees vouchers

to help with childcare costs and most pre-schools will

accept these. All independent schools will offer financial

assistance but this doesn’t normally begin until the child

is at least seven years old.

The New Beacon, Sevenoaks, Kent

01732 452131 newbeacon.org.uk

develop alongside our academic talents. We laugh a lot,

so we learn a lot.

We hope to inspire a passion for learning through

creating a magical environment which drives curiosity,

resulting in active, independent learners.

What should parents be looking for when choosing

a pre-school? Happy children and happy staff! Life at

Nash House is all about nurturing happy, independent

children who love learning and feel confident expressing

themselves. Parents are actively encouraged to be involved

in their child’s life at school, creating a real community.

Nash House

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

Why choose an independent pre-school? Story-telling

and the freedom to be outside creating a sense of wonder

are part of our carefully structured sessions. Smaller

classes gives more time to each child, and the staff really

get to know their families, which makes for a happy

environment. Access to specialist teachers creates a space

for young minds to flourish.

What are the benefits of attending a pre-school?

Learning is everything that we do, from being able to put

on wellies, plus social and thinking skills, all of which

What are the benefits of keeping your child at the

same school for the transition from pre-school to prep?

Children love to be independent and this supports their

confidence when starting school. They are familiar with

their surroundings, peers and staff. They are more socially

confident and have already made friends, all set for a

flying start.

Is there any funding available for places?

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook supports the 30 hours of

funding for children in Nursery up until the term the

child turns five.

Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook, Kent

01580 712179 dulwichprepcranbrook.org


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King’s School Canterbury

What should parents be looking for when they

make their prep school shortlist? An identifiable

ethos with clear school values. Other important aspects

are strong pastoral care and learning support, a broad

academic curriculum balanced by rich extra-curricular

provision, excellent facilities and modern teaching

methods. Pupils should be happy, confident and polite,

and staff experienced and well supported.

‘A great place to grow’

for children aged

2 to 11 years

How difficult will it be for a child to get into their

prep school of choice? This depends upon demand

and varies across the country. It is always advisable to

visit the school and register as early as possible.

What extra-curricular activities do you offer pupils

to help working parents? We have after-school care

every day to 6pm. Also a broad range of activities to

keep children engaged after school, including chess,

art, DT, computing, table tennis, choir, golf, horse

riding, dance, drama, LAMDA, rowing, sailing,

orchestra and fencing. This provision gives children the

opportunity to discover and develop extra-curricular

interests, in addition to helping busy parents.

Which of the school’s facilities are you particularly

proud of? Our 80 acres of beautiful Kent countryside

and our distinctive 16th century Tithe Barn, which

houses our theatre. We’re also very proud of our recent

facility developments, which include a new music

school that accommodates 30 peripatetic teachers

teaching over 300 individual lessons a week; our Little

Barn Nursery; and our freshly refurbished, homely

boarding facilities.

Are there any bursaries/scholarships available and

in which year? We offer means-tested support in the

form of bursaries at the 11+ level. Priority is given to

those likely to gain the most from the provision. We

also offer two 11+ academic scholarships and two 11+

academic exhibitions to candidates who show strong

academic potential. The maximum award is 5% of full

fees for a scholarship and 2.5% for an exhibition.

King’s School Canterbury, Kent

01227 714000 junior-kings.co.uk

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Education

Sutton Valence

What should parents be looking for when they make

their prep school shortlist? It’s all about finding the

right fit for your child and your own values. Having a

one-to-one meeting with the Head and a tour of the

school will enable you to understand what differentiates

the school and whether or not the school is true to its

ethos and mission statement. At Sutton Valence, we are

very proud to be a school that lives out its ethos, ‘each

cares for all and individuality is cherished’. Our Early

Years department (Nursery and Reception) was recently

awarded the Early Years Quality Mark recognising the

excellent provision we offer our very youngest pupils.

Finally, see how straightforward you find the school’s

responses and consider the feeling you get when walking

around. I would advise parents to trust their instincts.

How difficult will it be for a child to get into their

prep school of choice? When applying for a place at a

prep school, the earlier the better would be my advice.

Here at SVPS we have a waiting list for one year group

and anticipate having more in due course. Whilst we

do, of course, ensure that children are well-supported at

whichever point they join us, beginning their prep school

career in the Early Years ensures the smoothest and most

consistent of educational journeys. Most prep schools will

expect children in Year 1 and upwards to have a taster day

at the school so both the child and the school can get a

feel for each other. There may be some sort of assessment

but at SVPS we also ensure our prospective pupils have

the opportunity to get to know the children in their new

class and experience a normal day at our school.

can collect them. Children can stay at school until 6pm

and the last session of our after-school facility, Little

Suttons, includes a hot tea. The children in Years 3 to 6

also have an extensive list of clubs to choose from when

their school day ends at 4.10pm. They also have the

opportunity to stay at school to complete their homework

in Prep Club and a number of children also stay for tea.

Which of the school’s facilities are you particularly

proud of? We are very fortunate at SVPS to have not just

our own beautiful school, in a stunning, rural setting but

we also have access to the facilities of our Senior School

which is located less than a mile away. Our classrooms

are purpose built so they are spacious and well-equipped.

Our curriculum is enhanced by our wide range of

different outdoor learning areas. The sporting facilities are

impressive with a full size all-weather pitch, various sports

courts, cricket nets and plenty of pitches. We swim all

year round making use of the excellent pool at the Senior

School and we also enjoy their all-weather athletics track

in the summer term.

Are there any bursaries/scholarships available and

in which year? Scholarships are available at our Senior

School for art, drama, design technology, music, sport

and academic ability. A limited number of bursaries are

available via a means-tested assessment.

Sutton Valence School, Maidstone, Kent

01622 842117 svs.org.uk


What extra-curricular activities do you offer pupils

to help working parents? We aim to be as helpful as

possible with our club and activity programme. A number

of our pupils begin their day at 7.30am with a hearty

breakfast. We also provide supervision in the playground

from 8am and parents can make use of the drop off

zone to ‘kiss and drop’. At the end of the day, pre-prep

children can go home at 3.30pm or they can attend

a club. We also offer wraparound care where children

are looked after and have lots of fun until their parents

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King’s Rochester

What should parents be looking for when they make

their prep school shortlist? A happy child is one that

will thrive, progress and succeed. When choosing a

Preparatory School, the most important aspect to look

for is the school’s ethos. Is it nurturing? Will it support

your child through the ups and downs of their early life?

All schools trumpet a child-centred approach, but it is

important to try, as far as you can, to ascertain if that

approach is actually woven into the fabric of the child’s

experience itself, rather than just written in policy.

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How difficult will it be for a child to get into their

prep school of choice? Some Preparatory Schools have

a strict academic bar which needs to be jumped before

entry. This can include an interview, written papers or

testing at 11+, 10+, 7+ or even (and I can’t believe that

this is the case) 4+! However, many Preparatory Schools

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What extra-curricular activities do you offer pupils to

help workings parents? At King’s Rochester we have a

wide array of clubs both during the day and after school.

We also have a breakfast club at 7.30am and supper club

which means the children can stay until 6.30pm and are

sent home, fed, watered and home worked!

Which of the school’s facilities are you particularly

proud of? Having such close links with Rochester

Cathedral is wonderful and our weekly services, including

the Advent and Carol Services, really enhance the pupils’

experience. Beyond that, our setting is stunning and we

are surrounded by historic wonder.

Are there any bursaries/scholarships available and in

which year? There are Scholarships available into Year

7, 9 and 12. These are available in the disciplines of

Academia, Music, Sport, Art (Year 9 and 12) and Drama

(Year 9 and 12). We also have the ‘King’s Scholars’ who

are the Academic Scholars in the Senior School and they

are part of the Cathedral Foundation. There are also

means tested bursaries available.

King’s Rochester, Kent

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Whitehead Monckton explain the legalities when the end

of your marriage or relationship is in sight

What are the ways of ending a

marriage? There are three main

ways to bring an end to a marriage.

Divorce is the most commonly

known and used method based on

irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

Walking out on your spouse does

not constitute ending a marriage.

Special considerations apply to a

decree of nullity rather than divorce.

On the rare occasions a marriage

is void, it never existed, whereas a

voidable marriage subsists until a

decree of nullity is made absolute.

Judicial separation is for parties to a

marriage that do not want to be free

to marry someone else but want legal

recognition that they are separate.

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petition that must be proved to obtain

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are concluded by decree absolute,

whereas with judicial separation

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of legal separation for a couple.

If you are not married, what happens

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arguing they have no legal interest in

the property. However, a person who

is not the owner should not leave

before taking advice as they might

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If there are children and the home

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but that will depend on the needs

and resources of both parents.

Personal belongings are usually

distributed amicably on separation but

the contents of a shared home may

need to be sold with the sale proceeds

being shared if the parties cannot agree

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them. In circumstances where a party

can show they bought certain items

they should be able to keep them.

How can a couple reach an

agreement over child care

arrangements? There are numerous

child orientated advisers offering

guidance to parents about childcare

when a couple separate. CAFCASS

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a parenting plan which a couple can

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their intentions for the children.

A parenting plan can detail

how the parents will:

• Provide for the physical care,

health and safety of the children.

• Adapt to changing children’s needs

as they grow.

• Aim not to expose the children

to harm.

• Co-operate in making decisions for

the children.

• Spend time with the children.

Mediation can offer a forum where

parents can discuss and settle

differences of opinion on details to

be written into such a parenting plan.

Legal advisors may also help couples

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as part of court proceedings or

to avoid court where possible.

How can mediation be beneficial?

The purpose of inviting a

couple to attend mediation is to

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• Decisions made on an informed basis.

• Tailored solutions to the particular

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Storytelling by the fire was a

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Kent TN11 8DH

Roasts & Rambles

With a hawking demonstration by

Wild at Hart and the opportunity

to meet some amazing birds,

including owls and eagles, this is a

ramble like no other. The hawking

demonstration will be followed

by a delicious carvery lunch, with

nibbles from the hors d’oeuvre table,

followed by a selection of roasted

goodies, finished with gateau,

tarts, Eton mess or fresh fruit.

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Fairs & Shows

Sat 18 – Sun 19 Jan

The Hop Farm, Maidstone

Road, Paddock Wood,

Tonbridge TN12 6PY

Rock, Gem ‘n’ bead show

Mineral enthusiasts are set to be

wowed at the amazing array of

crystals and precious stones on

sale at the Rock, Gem ‘n’ Bead

Show. Gems, fossils and beads

from across Europe, ranging

from pocket money prices to

thousands of pounds will ensure

there is something for everyone.

thehopfarm.co.uk

Garden

12 Feb 9.30am-1.30pm

Godinton House, Godinton

Lane, Ashford TN23 3BP

Gardening Through

the year

Join Fiona Abrahams as she guides

you through the gardening year on a

monthly basis. Stay up to date with

seasonal tasks, techniques to get the

best results and practical activities.

Draw inspiration from the beautiful

gardens at Godinton as you watch

the changes that each season brings,

increase plant knowledge, gain

confidence and learn practical skills.

Entry: £40/session

godintonhouse.co.uk

Music & Theatre

Wed 8 – Sat 18 Jan

The Orchard Theatre, Home

Gardens, Dartford DA1 1ED

The Bodyguard

the musical

An international smash-hit musical

based on the blockbuster film,

The Bodyguard, is back. Alexandra

Burke returns as superstar Rachel

Marron in this romantic thriller

featuring classic tunes including

Saving All My Love, Run to You,

and I will Always Love you.

orchardtheatre.co.uk

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What’s On in January

Fri 17 Jan 7.30pm

The Marlowe Theatre, The

Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS

Adam Kay: This Is Going

To Hurt (Secret Diaries

Of A Junior Doctor)

Award-winning comedian Adam

Kay shares entries from his diaries

as a junior doctor in an electrifying

evening of stand-up and music.

The accompanying Sunday

Times bestseller, This Is Going

To Hurt, is being turned into a

major BBC series, and copies will

be available to purchase and for

signature after the performance.

Entry: £27.50

01227 787787 /

marlowetheatre.com

Sat 25 Jan 7.30pm

White Rock Theatre, White

Rock, Hastings TN34 1JX

Milton Jones,

Milton: Impossible

One man. One Mission. Is it

possible? No, not really. Milton

reveals the truth about being an

international spy, before being given

a disappointing new identity which

forced him to appear on Mock

the Week and Live at the Apollo.

But this is also a love story with a

twist, or even a really bad sprain.

Just gloriously daft nonsense or

is there a deeper meaning? Every

man has his price. Sainsbury’s,

where good food costs less.

01424 462288 /

whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Tours & Walks

Wed 15 & Wed 29 Jan

Leeds Castle, Maidstone,

Kent ME17 1PL

Upstairs Downstairs

See two very contrasting sides to

Leeds Castle, and ones which are

not usually open to the public, with

the Upstairs tour on Wednesday

15th and the Below Stairs Tour on

Wednesday 29th. Venture upstairs to

learn about the State & Battlement

Bedrooms at Leeds Castle, see the

rooms preferred by King Edward

VIII and Mrs Simpson during their

stays, and more recently by Pavarotti

and Cliff Richard. Meanwhile, below

stairs are restricted areas that reveal

how the Castle servants made the

discreet running of a large household

in the 1930s seem effortless.

Entry: £5 per tour

leeds-castle.com

Look Forward:

February

Fri 14 Feb 7pm

Secret Garden Kent, Mersham

Le Hatch, The Courtyard,

Hythe Road, Mersham,

Ashford TN25 6NH

Valentine’s

pudding night

Pudding, pudding and more

pudding. Kent’s sweetest secret

hideaway is whipping up a special

pudding night with a gooey

Valentine’s centre. Eat as many

puddings as you like and enjoy a

parade of puddings, a Valentine’s

quiz, and tea and coffee with truffles.

Entry: £40pp

secretgardenkent.co.uk

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a British upbringing. Ray, a born and bred Aussie, was reluctant

to leave the sunshine but agreed that pastures new, albeit being

on the other side of the world, were worth investigating.

The question was… what were they going to do to provide

for their family? A passing comment from Ray complaining

about the British weather ignited a spark for Kim. Rain! It

rains a lot in Britain and what do we need for rain… wellies!

All the wellies around until then were boring green ones, so,

why not put hand painted designs on wellington boots?! The

sourcing of rubber boots and various designs soon began.

Now all that was left was a company name. Kim, nostaligic

memories flooding her thoughts, decided on Welligogs, as

that is what she called her wellington boots as a child.

One of the first shows that Welligogs attended was RHS

Chelsea Flower Show back in the early 2000s. If the gardens

were a splash of colour, the Welligogs stand was a waterfall.

From flowers to love hearts, paw prints to rockets, tractors to

angels, the wellies were a tremendous hit. As the number of

shows increased, so did the designs. Taking inspiration from

their four young children, the welly boots range swelled.

Fast-forward a bit further and Welligogs wanted to

provide for more than just the rain, so Kim began work

on designing garments for the everyday, that could be

worn in both country and city. Opting for quality and

durability, she introduced wool jackets to the brand.

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Jane highlights the importance of trees

Dame Judi Dench said there were two things

in life she couldn’t do without. Trees and

Champagne. I couldn’t agree more.

And in the past few months trees have rarely been out of

the limelight. Some good news stories… it looks like elms

may be able to make a comeback because scientists have

developed strains that are resistant to Dutch Elm disease.

Some not so good… unless the bods in white coats can do the

same for the mighty oak, there’s a high probability that many

will succumb to Acute Oak Decline in the years ahead.

But it’s not just these stories that have put trees centre

stage. As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide

emissions that are driving global warming. New research

estimates that a mega worldwide planting programme could

remove two-thirds of all the emissions from human activities

that remain in the atmosphere today, a figure

the scientists describe as “mind-blowing”.

Globally we need to plant trillions of trees,

perfectly doable, but here in the UK millions

should go a long way to solving the problem.

Political parties have been keen to jump on the

band wagon, the Conservatives reckoned 30

million would do it, the Lib Dems, 60 million

and Labour, 100 million, but whatever the

figure time is running out so let’s get going.

Currently about 13% of the UK is wooded,

get that figure up to 17% and we could meet

our zero carbon targets by 2050. But guess what?

The High Weald is already way ahead. At 28% tree cover it’s the

most wooded part of the UK and now high level attention is

looking at how other areas can catch up and how we can make

all the new woodlands a productive part of the local economy.

We already have about 20 acres of woodland at Coopers

“Rowan leaves

have three times

more fat than

meadow hay,

Alder twice the

protein and Ash a

third more sugar”

Farm but these are separate from the fields and not really used

for anything. The future lies not only in planting more trees

but then using them as a part of our livestock operation. In

other words they’d be working trees, it’s called

Agroforestry and the opportunities are endless.

For a start off we could “graze” some of the

woodlands. It’s true the cows and sheep love

eating trees – go into any field and see how

the leaves only appear above the line the cows

can no longer reach. And if a branch falls

down the sheep are all over it. And actually

there’s good reason for this because the leaves

are much more nutritious than grass. Rowan

leaves have three times more fat than meadow

hay, Alder twice the protein and Ash a third

more sugar. It’s like the sweetie counter.

And also like going to Boots the Chemist. Tree roots

go much deeper and access many more minerals than

grass. The cows and sheep know this and use different

trees and shrubs to self-heal. It’s all very impressive.

Another idea we’re keen to look into is the ancient

practice of making tree hay, cutting and collecting

branches usually from ash, willow and elm that long

pre-dates the making of hay from meadows.

In an experiment at Knepp Castle, they cut thin

branches up to 2m long, made faggots by tying them

into very tight bundles and stored them fresh (green),

horizontally under shelter in a packed stack. Many of

these faggots still had quite green leaves even after a season

or two of storage, and some even after 24 months.

So we’ll definitely be having a go next year at making

some and there’s also talk about growing some grapes for

our own Champagne! Dame Judi would defo approve.

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

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