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Maggie Alderson picks homes with plenty of garden
The dream: This elegant, porticoed
house looks as though it has nestled
in the landscape for centuries – but
was actually built in 1992. Based on
an Irish country house, it has all the
character of such a home, combined
with modern amenities, such as a
full media set-up in the library.
Where: Near the village of
Seale, on the northern slope
of the North Downs, 15
minutes from Guildford.
Setting: In its own landscaped
park-style grounds among
farmland and woods in an Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Beds: 8 Baths: 5
Special features: A triple garage
with a canopy link to the house.
Pleasing details: The
drawing room is triple
aspect, flooded with light.
Outside: Lovely gardens,
a period-style greenhouse,
orchard and paddocks.
Time to town: There’s a
positive wealth of stations
nearby, with Guildford just 10
minutes away, then just over
half an hour to Waterloo.
Agent: House 01483 266720
The dream: A substantial modern
home with the style of an older
property, with lovely Georgian-style
mult-pane windows, ideal for family
life and entertaining. The large kitchen
has a garden room off it to one side
and a family room the other, with
access directly from the double garage.
Where: On the prestigious gated
Fairmile Estate in the heart of Cobham.
Setting: A leafy residential
area, with large gardens.
Beds: 6 (plus a study which could
be a further bedroom) Baths: 6
Special features: The house has
its own electric gates, within
the gated community.
Pleasing details: All the bedrooms
have en suite bathrooms.
Outside: Mature gardens with a
large lawn and a swimming pool.
Time to town: 40 minutes to Waterloo
from Cobham & Stoke D’Arbernon.
Agent: Sotheby’s International
Realty, Cobham 01932
Lee Lane Farm
The dream: A farmhouse dating from
the 15th century, extended and improved
over the decades to create a family home
combining lovely period features with
the best of modern lifestyle in an open
plan kitchen/dining/garden room.
Where: The village of Cranleigh, midway
between Guildford and Horsham,
on the edge of the Surrey Hills.
Setting: Fields and farmland
Beds: 4 Baths: 2
Special features: There is a separate
building with garaging, a home
office, a games room and stables.
Outside: Professionally landscaped
gardens and grounds, with a kitchen
garden and a paddock with a field stable.
Pleasing details: The vaulted
garden room extension has
glass walls on two sides.
Time to town: Guildford station is 25
minutes, then another 35 to Waterloo.
Agent: Roger Coupe, Cranleigh
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What to do and see near you this month
Kew Gardens is currently celebrating botanical art and 30 years of
the Shirley Sherwood Collection with a glorious exhibition that
brings together work from across the world. This exhibition will run
until Sunday offering a unique perspective on plant life, allowing
us to admire the exquisite details of endangered plants and newly
discovered species. With works from Beverly Allen and Pandora
Sellars, there is every kind of subject matter from the
delicate and subtle, to the bold and theatrical. You can also
tour the gallery along with the Marianne North Gallery
every Wednesday and Saturday at 12.30pm to learn the
stories behind the artworks and the people who created
them. Or if you’re feeling inspired by the exhibition there is
also a two day course from Wednesday 22 to Thursday
23 January on drawing Spring Bulbs. kew.org
Costus spiralis & Black
Florisuga fuscus, 1998.
Watercolour on card. The Shirley
Sherwood Collection, RBG Kew
This winter, Watts Gallery – Artists’
Village will celebrate the grand British
tradition of portraiture and explore
the evolution of the genre through
two exhibitions and a series of events.
William Orpen: Method & Mastery
will be an exhibition on the celebrated
war artist and expressive painter,
and will be on display until Sunday
23 February. Meanwhile The Show
Goes On: A Theatre of Portraits by
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters
will be open from Saturday 11
January to Sunday 23 February
and includes works based on faces
including Sammy Davis Jnr, David
Morrissey and Tilda Swinton.
Other programme highlights include
workshops by artist in residence Louise
Grundy and a talk on Portraiture Now:
The Legacy of William Orpen’s Painting
in Portraiture Today on Wednesday 29
Crafting Live is back
at Sandown Park Racecourse on
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January
with over 65 exhibitors, Create and Craft
TV and a whole host of Craft Celebrities. You
can stock up on craft essentials, find inspiring
new products and watch some very informative
on-stand demonstrations. There are also refreshment
options and areas to have a break from all the shopping
should you need it. Tickets are from £6 and you
can book online or pay on the day. Every advance
ticket purchased is eligible for an exclusive free
gift available at the show. craftinglive.co.uk
Rise & Shine
Get your winter warmers on and
venture into the woods for a
scrummy breakfast cooked over
an open fire. The Salt Box are
inviting you to visit their beautiful
woodland venue for a Sunday
morning breakfast like no other
on January 26. You’ll start with a
brisk walk through the woods to the
woodland glen, where you’ll find a
two-course feast of a breakfast all cooked
over the fire and served at shared dining
A New Vintage
Thursday 9 January will see Design Vintage
joining OKA, Loaf, Cath Kidson, The White
Company and Bobbi Brown as they open a new
store in Tunsgate Quarter. The new interiors
destination will be their biggest permanent
store and will showcase their entire range as well
as hosting customer events and experiences.
Happy 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; cocktails, fizz
and hot refreshments; a luxury bed and breakfast to
stay in; recommended suppliers to gather inspiration
from and special offers to take advantage of. Whether
you’re looking for a classic country feel in the
Astor wing, elegant lakeside views, or the stately
grandeur of the Castle itself, Hever will be
ready to start bringing many dream
weddings to life. hevercastle.co.uk
showcase of 2020, on Sunday
Bird is the Word
Dust off your binoculars and refill
the birdfeeders – the RSPB’s Big
Garden Birdwatch returns from
Saturday 25 to Monday 27
January. All you need is a good
place to while away an hour
watching the birds and you can
do your bit to help the RSPB
research Britain’s many wonderful
species, monitor trends and better
understand how the birds are
doing. It’s a lovely way to spend time
in nature, to learn about what’s going
on in your own backyard and to give
the birds a little helping
hand too! rspb.org.uk
LOOK FORWARD: FEBRUARY
Treat your garden to a happy Valentines by giving your roses a spruce
with the help of Polesden Lacey’s Rose Pruning Masterclass on
Wednesday 26 February. Visit the Edwardian country retreat’s rose
garden where the expert garden team will share their knowledge in
an enjoyable and relaxed class designed to give you the confidence
and expertise to grow the best possible roses all year round. Plus
while you are there you can visit the Winter Garden. Designed by
Graham Stuart Tracey, the beautiful garden will be filled with cheery
yellow aconites and carpets of snowdrops. nationaltrust.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 5 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 Surrey Homes and the whole team
here wishes you a very happy New Year!
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Alex Jørgensen has worked a design miracle on this Tunbridge Wells property,
transforming it from fluorescent strip-lit office space to contemporary home
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Below: The sitting room features a whole wall of bookshelves
and original double doors leading out to the garden
In the heart of one of Britain’s most classic towns
a great change is afoot. In a Tunbridge Wells street
so central you could easily stroll to it from the
railway station, the Assembly Hall Theatre and Fenwick
blindfolded, in your highest heels, there are very grand
villas being reconverted from offices back into gracious
When you walk through the immaculate front
door and vestibule of this one, into the large hall
with its original Victorian tessellated tile floor,
three large doorways opening onto vistas of elegant
rooms, light pouring in from all directions, you
can almost feel the house taking pride in itself.
It’s like stepping into the ‘after’ reveal in a makeover
show. Gasp! And it becomes even more impressive
when you hear about the state the place was in after
decades of office use.
“We lifted three layers of carpet tiles in the hall, to
find the original Victorian tiles were still here,” says
owner Alex Jørgensen. That was just one thing they had
to see to. There were also the false ceilings, fire doors,
fluorescent strips and office cubicles to sort out.
Putting it all right was quite an undertaking. “We
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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
the meals you can make with one ring and a microwave…”
But while it took that year of camping for Alex, his
wife Ellie and baby Thomas, who had moved south
from Blackheath for the lifestyle, schools and beautiful
period properties, the grim alterations done to the house
in the office years actually bestowed a great benefit.
Once they’d ripped them all out, the ground floor
was a blank canvas on which they could create a new
floorplan for their lifestyle – and having retrained at the
Inchbald School of Design as an Architectural Interior
Designer (he was formerly a shipping broker) and now
with his own design practice, ALEX JØRGENSEN
STUDIO, Alex knows how to create full technical
plans. As you walk through the outsize bespoke door
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
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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
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
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expensive furniture and curtains if the layout
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In the rest of the house, he explains, they’ve used very
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This page: Jane Churchill’s delightful
alphabet wallpaper looks great
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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
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His flair for object curation is on
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white bookshelves are topped with two
large ginger jars, found on a trip to LA,
and arranged with collections of paired
objects, interspersed with piles of
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
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This room has the same Scandinavian feel as the drawing
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The wooden bench by the window could also have come
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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.”
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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
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The master bedroom, just off it, has an Emperor-sized bed
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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
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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.”
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So it is very interesting, for a change, to explore a
This page: Ally has used neutral fabrics on
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plump cushions Left: A South African animal
sculpture from Woodcocks in Tenterden sits on the
mantelpiece below a gold mirror from Graham &
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beautiful house with a different genesis. Not the
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transformed into a lovely personal place, via
the lighter touch of clever decorating. No walls
knocked down, no extensions built, or lofts
opened up, just choosing the right furniture,
lighting, colours and accessories. All of which can
be packed up and taken on to the destination
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in question has already been beautifully
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“The best thing is the sunsets from the kitchen
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No walls knocked down, no
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The next issue was – and it shows unusual self insight –
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a third party to help us find what we had in mind.”
So very fortunately for them, through a mutual friend, they
had met interior designer Alexis Wylie, based 15 minutes away
near Bodiam. “We loved Ally’s own home, so we knew she was
the ideal person to advise us. She knows how to put together
all the stuff I wouldn’t have bought myself, and it always looks
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kitchen, with an Aga and a lovely dresser from Neptune, is
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“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
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Arranged in front of the dramatic oversized mantelpiece,
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simple curtains the same warm buff as the walls, but
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She also boosted the snuggle factor by customising
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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
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Left: An antique chair sits comfortably by an
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In the kids’ part of the room she hung a round
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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
Royal Collection also came from him,
adding a personal note to the scheme.
This is also the case for the ornaments
on each mantelpiece, which are K’s
finds. “She goes out to the shops to
buy some milk and comes back with a
set of African animal figures or some
art ceramics…,” laughs S. The glass
and metal drinks trolley was another
very happy result of such a mission.
K’s contribution is also in
evidence as you go upstairs, with
a wonderful oversized print of a
tiger, hung next to the stairs, which
she has had since she was 18.
In the master bedroom, Ally continued
to combine things K and S had with
new pieces. The Loaf headboard was
already in residence – as was the chest
of drawers on one side of the bed. Ally
sourced one to match, to make the allimportant
symmetrical pair and also
provide very handy bedroom storage.
The faux fur throw and zebra
print ottoman were Ally touches
– as are the artichoke lamps (from
Pooky, of course). These were among
the items that initially provoked
the ‘are you mad?’ response from
K, but now she loves them.
The rather amazing master bathroom
was one of the things put in by the
house owner, which take it very far
beyond the average rental – with
a pair of striking Art Deco-style
basins and mirrors, with Chryslerstyle
taps by Lefroy Brooks.
Their son’s room is a shrine to his
Dalek collection, while two spare rooms
have been very simply enhanced with
Ally touches. In one, the armchair and
headboard came from London, but
the Chinese-style bedside tables were
sourced very reasonably online and
paired with cage lamps from Loaf.
The other bedroom, they call
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Josephine Fairley shares products which deliver that all-important January mood boost
I’ve always thought that January should really be National
Aromatherapy Month. Rarely are we more in need of a
mood-boost than after Christmas. All that anticipation.
All that adrenaline. All that couch-potato-ing between
Christmas Day itself and whenever we slouch back to work –
with the result that most of us feel more than a little sluggish
in January, when the adrenaline tap’s switched off again.
Much depends, though, on the weather. Crisp, bright
days beckon us outside, with sunlight working to vanquish
any hint of Seasonal Affective Disorder and post-festivity
gloom. But more often, as one friend is wont to describe
it, ‘the lid’s on’ – grey, dull and barely light. Hence the
need for aromatherapeutic products, to lift us out of the
doldrums. So here’s what works for me (and plenty of people
I know), with a few extra tips thrown in. Try some of these,
meanwhile, and not only will you have more get-up-andgo,
but spring should feel like it’s just round the corner.
Pour some Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath
& Shower Oil into your bath (£48 for 55ml). Astonishingly
effective, this is my go-to whenever I wake up feeling fuggy
and lethargic. (Also great for hangovers.) It’s zingy with
juniper berry, neroli and grapefruit, and if you don’t like to
bathe, massage into skin (particularly the chest and upper
arms) before showering, instead. Actually, Aromatherapy
Associates now have an entire range based around this blend,
and there’s also a counterpoint for evenings in the form of
Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oil (£49 for 55ml), an almost
equally lovely blend of ylang ylang, patchouli and sandalwood
which I deploy whenever I have a party ahead that I just can’t
face, and need my mood shifted 180 degrees. Works a treat.
Infuse the air with uplifting oils. In common with
many people I know, I tend to get a 4pm slump. I have
a three-pronged strategy for dealing with this: a pot of
sublimely smoky Rare Tea Company Tarry Lapsang Tea
(rareteacompany.com), four squares of Green & Black’s
85%, and some drops of essential oils in a diffuser. I use
this particular blend of oils, actually, whenever I need to
concentrate and feel mentally awake: a couple of drops of
grapefruit, the same of mandarin and of sweet orange.
You can of course use an aromatherapy burner but
personally I prefer diffusers which mist the air, adding a
bit of humidity – very welcome right now when many of
us are suffering from ‘radiator face’, as I like to think of
central heating-related dry skin. There are many plug-in
mist diffusers now on the market but my recommendation,
if budget allows, is the very stylish and sleek, top-of-therange
Neal’s Yard Remedies Oska Diffuser, £75, a Scandi
design which doubles as a lamp (you can change
the colour from an app on your phone,
or change the mist settings). Most of the
essential oils in my aromatherapeutic arsenal
come from Neal’s Yard Remedies, too.
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& Mandarin (from £48 for 30ml Cologne).
If there’s a more spirit-lifting scent, I’ve yet to
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their skin, in which case the alternative is to spritz a scarf,
a jumper or the inside of your coat for a smile-beckoning
burst of scent. At a very affordable level, meanwhile, you
might like to check out Waitrose Lime & Basil Body Wash, £2
for 200ml, which is in the same territory, fragrance-wise, or
equally deliciously invigorating, Faith in Nature Grapefruit
& Orange Body Wash, £5.79 for 400ml, from a pioneering
eco range which recently had a branding makeover that put
it back on beauty editors’ radar. (The products have always
been fab, packaging less so. And sorry, but it matters.)
Light a candle to refresh the air. I definitely have favourite
scented candles that I reserve specifically for when I’m
feeling like the treacle I’m wading through has turned to
toffee. Top of this particular list are Fragonard
Menthe Basilic Candle, £28 – this comes in a
beautifully decorated tin that can be upcycled
for trinkets or paperclips when it’s flickered its
last – and Gaia Skincare Awakening Candle,
£28 (gaiaskincare.com). This was developed
by my absolute favourite UK spa, the multiaward
winning Gaia Spa (based at the
historic Boringdon Hall Hotel just outside
Plymouth), featuring their signature aromatherapy blend
of petitgrain, lemongrass and geranium – and everyone
who comes anywhere near my office when I’m burning
this comments: ‘What’s that AMAZING smell?’ As a bit
of fun, there is also the Anya Hindmarch Chewing Gum
Scented Candle, from £50, with a scent that’s much, much
more sophisticated than it sounds and features fresh mint,
Madagascan pink pepper, thyme and more. (The funky
packaging is also guaranteed to put a smile on your face.)
Slip a mood-lifter in your handbag. Would I leave home
without something to give me an energetic ‘nudge’ when
I’m feeling knackered? I would not. Indeed, I regularly
require a handbag cull of these, when I discover that I’ve
“I have favourite
for when I feel
like I’m wading
been popping one in my bag each morning and now have
three or four weighing me down. Likely to feature in that
particular stash are Tisserand Aromatherapy Happy Vibes
Roller Ball, £6.50 (bergamot, lemon tea tree and nutmeg);
Neal’s Yard Remedies Remedies to Roll Energy, £8 (rosemary,
lavender, grapefruit and geranium); and Anatomē Energy
+ Strength, £22 for 10ml (camphor, lemon, pine and
peppermint, among other essential oils); available from
anatome.co but if you’re in London’s West End, do check
out the fab shop opened on Piccadilly by this exciting new
name in aromatherapy. I also love Scentered Happy Wellbeing
Ritual Aromatherapy Balm, from £5.50 (for the mini size),
with its ‘sunshine anytime’ blend of citrus and mint; unlike
the liquid rollerballs, the essential oils are
infused in a balm which melts into skin,
but retains an impressively powerful effect.
Then swipe on your favourite red lipstick.
This is a fast-acting, well-known moodbooster
which turns that drab reflection in
the mirror into something much perkierlooking.
(What do you mean you don’t
have a favourite red lipstick? Get yourself
to a Bobbi Brown/Dior/Estée Lauder counter and fix that
immediately. Or, if you’re on a post-Christmas budget,
the Max Factor/Bourjois fixtures in your nearest Boots.)
And last but not least, treat yourself to some scented
narcissi. Nothing says ‘spring is coming’ like a bunch of
smelly daffs. I don’t allow myself to buy spring flowers till
after Christmas for just this reason (even though I saw tulips
on sale in December). That beautiful white floral scent is a
harbinger of longer, warmer days, elevated energy levels – and
literally the joys of spring we’ll be full of, soon enough.
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Rest & Replenish
Henrietta Norton explains how the New Year should
be all about nurturing your body and soul
From Buddhism to Judaism,
eating practices, such as fasting,
cleansing or more recently
named ‘detoxing’ have been used over
the centuries as a means to clear and
energise the body, to reconnect to our
spirit or essence so that it may flourish.
You need only to read the front covers
of January’s magazines to see how our
views have changed. Feature titles include
‘New Year, New You’, ‘Detox yourself
slim’ and ‘Exercise to bust the fat’. Where
did we lose the nourishing, spiritual
essence of wholesome food to one that is
now synonymous with deprivation and
punishment for festive gluttony?
However, the New Year is far from
this. Instead, I see it as a time to rest,
restore, replenish and, in line with pagan
traditions, to find the light amongst the
dark. In a time when our lives are more
hectic and disconnected than they ever
have been, our need to return to these
practices and turn away from the ‘New
Year, new you’ and calorie-counting
has never been stronger. It is my
belief that this month we should
embrace a way of eating that
celebrates the connection between our
body and our soul, that celebrates the
seasons and reconnects us with nature.
A way of eating that is free of ‘good’,
‘bad’ but rich in nourishment and
tenderness for our body and mind.
The following are some gentle
guidelines to do just that this month:
Avoid the non-nourishing foods such as
sugar, alcohol and white flour products.
Replace with organic whole
grains (wholegrain rice,
vegetables, broth, pulses
and natural sugars (local
or manuka honey).
Drink warm filtered
water with ginger
and spices to warm
and revive. This encourages the
movement of the lymphatic system
and supports the ‘flow’ of nutrients.
Start the day with a mug of hot
water and the juice of half a lemon
or a capful of apple cider vinegar.
This alkalizes the body and stimulates
digestion for a lighter start to the day.
Use a body brush before you step
into the shower each morning. Use
upward strokes until you get the level
“Start the day with
a mug of hot water
and the juice of
half a lemon or
a capful of apple
of your heart and downward strokes
from the head down to your heart.
Don’t scrub, just gently brush.
Bathe in magnesium flakes or
Epsom bath salts to soothe the body
and soul at the end of the day.
Stew seasonal fruit, apples, pear and
berries with warming spices, such as
ginger and cinnamon, and add to cooked
millet or quinoa flakes to start the day.
Bone broths and
vegetables soups are rich
in healing nutrients and
light on the digestion. Use
real stock and seasonal
root vegetables to deeply
nourish the digestive
system and liver.
your body with
natural cleansing supplements such
as chlorella or a cleansing complex.
Take long walks in fresh air in the
light, and use the evenings to rest away
from stimulus as much as possible.
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It isn’t necessary to punish yourself to be fit and
healthy this January, as Sarah Maxwell proves
Christmas is over for another
year, New Years resolutions
firmly in place and every
magazine and advert is telling you to
lose weight and get ready for summer.
If you are starting to feel that maybe
you’ve overdone it a little and don’t
know where to start, don’t despair
as fitness trends this year have taken
on a whole new track and 2020 is
all about nurturing yourself both
physically and mentally. Bring it on!
So, there is no need to get into
a blind panic and sign up to every
fitness class and a drastic detox;
I’m going to suggest a different
approach that will help you remain
consistent with your health and
fitness over the coming months.
Start with a positive mindset and
instead of saying, ‘I must lose weight
and get fit,’ try saying, ‘This year,
I’m going to take care of myself, feel
stronger and happier by gradually
getting fitter and eating well.’ There,
doesn’t that feel better? Ease into
this and listen to your body. Move
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.
With the increasing levels of stress
and pressure we are facing, people
are looking for a mindful approach
to their health and fitness.
Mindful training enables you to put
all of your worries to the back of your
mind, disconnect from everything
that is making you feel overwhelmed,
and allow yourself some ‘me-time’.
Being mindful also encourages
you to pay attention to your training
and learn how to be more presentfocused.
Outdoors or indoors, looking
after your body, mind and soul will
bring many rewards this year.
With the popularity of ballet barre
workouts continuing, many barre
classes are now adding a cardio
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.
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.
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!
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
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We talk to Jackie Groom, Chief Nurse at KIMS Hospital
in Maidstone, about accessing self-pay services
How can you access treatments at KIMS Hospital?
Our patients are at the heart of everything we do, so ensuring
that it’s easy to access healthcare at KIMS Hospital is important.
You can choose how to; self-pay, where you fund all of your
own treatment, you can access our services via a range of Private
Medical Insurance Policies or for some treatments you can
request an NHS referral via your GP.
Could you outline what innovative services
are available and are there particular areas
that KIMS Hospital leads the way in?
KIMS Hospital is home to the only private interventional
cardiology facility in Kent, offering you the most comprehensive
private cardiology service in the area. Our Interventional Suite
is a full operating room environment for both Interventional
Cardiology and Interventional Radiology.
Our patients are cared for on our dedicated
day ward after undergoing both diagnostic and
interventional treatments such as Angiograms,
Pacemaker Implants, Electrophysiology,
Stent Insertions, Vascular access and more.
We are also particularly proud to have
developed, in conjunction with our
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Specialist, our ‘One Stop’ Breast service.
Our ‘One Stop’ Breast service gives you access to
a specialist team if you are suffering from worrying
symptoms. Our team includes Consultant Breast
Surgeons, Consultant Breast Radiologists, a Macmillan
Breast Care Nurse Specialist and Mammographers.
We started this service with a weekly clinic and now provide
five ‘One Stop’ clinics per week. The aim of the clinic is to
provide immediate feedback for you and discuss a potential
treatment plan all in one session, which reduces the anxiety
of waiting and receives amazing feedback from patients.
“No one ever really wants to go to hospital… It’s such an emotional
and private thing to go through. The team at KIMS Hospital were
well aware of this and I was given the care and respect I needed
by everyone, which made the stay just that little bit easier.”
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Can you run us through a typical self-pay patient journey,
from initial consultation to discharge and aftercare?
Our self-pay treatments mean that you will be seen quickly
and at a time that suits you. Your journey is straightforward.
You can contact our friendly enquiries team for information
and an appointment, via phone or email. This means that
they can discuss consultants, treatments available and pricing
with you. We will also let you know if you need a GP referral.
“Our self pay
mean you will
be seen quickly
and at a time
that suits you”
The enquiries team
can then book your
you can see a consultant of your choice
within 24 hours. Your consultant may recommend a scan,
test or treatment, which in some instances will be able to
happen on the same day. You would then go on to discuss
your results with your consultant, book your treatment, if
required, or follow up appointment. Along the way you
will have time to ask any questions that you may have.
Following surgery, should any be required, you will be asked
to attend a post-surgery check and for some procedures
sessions of physical therapy. Payment is straightforward
and you’ll receive clear invoices from our finance team.
“The whole team from Reception to Nurses and
Imaging and Consultant were helpful, courteous
and very knowledgeable. Truly a professional
team of the highest calibre.” November 2019,
KIMS Hospital Patient Satisfaction survey.
If I have a scan or test and pay myself, who
gets the results? Will it be tied into my NHS
records? Is pathology undertaken on-site?
As a self-pay patient at KIMS Hospital, you will
receive the results of any scans or tests, in most cases via your
consultant or your GP, depending on who requested the tests
for you. If your consultant requested the tests, your GP will
also be sent a copy of the results to add the results and any
letter of recommendations for further treatment to your NHS
GP record. We are very proud to say that we do undertake
Pathology on site; our Pathology team are part of a wider
multi-disciplinary team that includes our Consultants, Private
GPs, Resident Medical Officers, our Infection Prevention
and Control Lead and our dedicated Nursing teams. Having
these facilities on-site means our team can discuss test requests
promptly and directly with the clinician that has requested
them, meaning faster turnaround of results for our patients.
Are private GPs available at KIMS Hospital?
Yes, if you are over the age of 18, you can see your choice of
male or female GP quickly and easily, at times to suit you.
Whether you are looking for a short notice GP appointment,
or just want more time to discuss your needs we can help.
Our private GPs work closely with the wider KIMS Hospital
team of Nurses, Radiographers, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists
and Consultants. Your appointment will be longer than a
regular GP appointment and will last up to 20 minutes.
Find out more by calling 01622 237500 kims.org.uk
Stunning destinations for a break
to truly remember
Exploring the incredible
with Humboldt Travel
Where flights leave from/to: All
international flights coming to
Ecuador will stop directly at either
Mariscal Sucre International Airport
(Quito) or José Joaquín de Olmedo
International Airport (Guayaquil). If
you are changing flights from Quito to
Galapagos, you will have a mandatory
stop in Guayaquil. If you travel directly
to Guayaquil, you will fly directly to
the Galapagos. Depending on your
departure date and itinerary, you will
be landing in the Galapagos at either
Baltra Airport or San Cristobal Airport.
Duration of trip: 8 days (Humboldt
Travel can arrange an exciting selection
of Galapagos cruises to choose from
ranging from 4-14 days in duration.)
Ship info: You’ll be staying aboard
the M/Y Grace – an elegant ship
that was gifted to Princess Grace
o f Monaco for her honeymoon.
What you can see and do: One of the
earth’s last true wildernesses, the wildlife
haven of the Galapagos Islands never
fails to enchant and surprise. The good
thing about the Galapagos Islands is
that they can be visited all year long.
During both hot and dry season, the
Galapagos wildlife is always on display.
The hot season is the breeding season
for land birds and iguanas. The dry
season, with its nutrient rich waters,
attracts plenty of aquatic species and
seabirds (including penguins!).
What makes the trip extra special?
Huge whales and playful dolphins
regularly visit the islands making this
a hotspot for diving and snorkelling
Cost: From £8,390pp. Including return
economy-class flights to Quito from
London, luxury hotel stays on the
mainland, all transfers and a full-board
8-day luxury cruise aboard M/Y Grace.
Info & booking: 01603 959554
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Atelier House, Barbados
Experience contemporary Caribbean
luxury at Atelier House, Barbados
Where flights leave from and to:
Virgin and BA fly daily from London
Gatwick to Bridgetown, Barbados.
Accommodation info: Atelier House
is a luxury contemporary villa
with stunning architecture
and breathtaking views. It
sits on a beautiful ridge half
a mile from the soft white
beaches of Barbados' Platinum
Coast, with sunset views
out across the Caribbean.
The terrace and infinity pool
overlook a protected gully filled
with ancient mahogany and
flamboyant trees, where green
monkeys regularly ramble. The
house suits those that appreciate
great design and contemporary
architecture. It can accommodate
two families with between
What you can see and
do: St James on Barbados
west coast has unmatched
white sandy beaches, top
end hotels and dining that
ranges from world class
restaurants to makeshift food stalls.
It has something for everyone: water
sports, surfing, fishing trips, diving,
excursions from many different beaches,
horse riding, polo, the farmers’ market
at Holders, golf at Sandy Lane and
Westmoreland, gully walks, stunning
beaches, world class restaurants and
friendly rum shacks.
What makes the trip extra special?
Barbados is worth exploring for its
variety of land and seascapes, from the
serene west coast to the wider Atlantic
east, separated by a dense tropical
heartland. But more than anything
it’s the laid back charm of the people
that make Barbados special. They are
warm, friendly and quick to laugh –
just don’t expect anything in a hurry.
Cost Th enightly rate is between
£1,250 in low season and £2,500
at Christmas and New Year.
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When it comes to exercising at home, lack of space isn’t an issue says
Fitness Superstore’s Lewis Walker, who explains how you can create a
successful regime you can stick to without having to leave the house
I don’t want to lose weight, I just
want to tone up – how can I do this
at home? Phase out the cardio and
ramp up the strength training! Eating
foods that are high in protein and lifting
weights at least three times a week
will result in a tighter body without
losing any weight. All it takes is a set of
dumbbells to begin with – you can add
to your collection as you progress – for
effective weight training at home.
I do want to get fit, but don’t know
how to go about exercising, especially
in winter – what should I do? We get
it – the prospect of having to endure
these cold, dark days and never-ending
awful weather is not an enticing thought
when you’re getting ready to go for a
run or bike ride. That’s where a home
gym comes in handy! With the advice
and guidance of Fitness Superstore,
you can design your very own workout
space that’s specifically tailored to you.
Come in and browse our selection
yourself, or speak to one of our team
members, who will strive to ascertain
your goals and requirements before
helping you to select the right equipment
that supports you and your training.
Can I try before I buy? Absolutely
– as the UK’s No.1 specialist fitness
equipment retailer, we have an unrivalled
range of products, including exclusives,
from world-renowned brands. All
of those on display in our stores are
available for you to try before you buy,
so you can be confident that you’re
making the right purchase. Just pick
one you want to try and jump on!
I am worried that incorporating
exercise equipment in my home will
take up too much space, how can you
tailor my choices to fit? Don’t worry
if floor space is at a premium, we’ve
got you covered with a great range of
space-saving options that will completely
revolutionise your workout space.
Folding treadmills, rowing machines that
store vertically, compact multi-gyms and
adjustable dumbbells (which provide you
with many weights in just a single pair of
dumbbells) are just a few examples that
help to maximise your training area.
Can you help with the design and set
up of a home gym? Yes, if you’re not
sure how you can make the most of the
space you’re working with, our gym
planner service can do it for you! Free,
and with no obligation, you can see how
your favourite products will fit into the
area you have.
What’s the most effective way of
exercising on a budget? Don’t feel as
though you have to purchase everything
all at once. Start off by listing your
essentials, and then you can work
the remainder of your budget to
accommodate any equipment that’s more
of a ‘want’ than a ‘need’.
How can I keep motivated to
exercise at home? Having a dedicated
workout space can work wonders
on your motivation to train. Take
pride in your home gym, no matter
the size, and you’re going to want
to spend time making use of it.
Switch up your workouts – performing
the same, monotonous workout every
day can become boring very quickly,
and you’ll have stopped completely
before you know it. By frequently
changing your routine, you’ll stay
motivated and see better results.
Grab a partner or friend to train
with you, keeping you accountable,
and making your training sessions
more fun and less of a chore.
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Tackling the Issue
SH finds out about the latest treatments to combat
varicose veins and banish problematic fat cells
The Whiteley Clinic talks
us through Sonovein,
the first ‘operation-free’,
walk in, walk out cure for
What are the benefits of the treatment?
Sonovein is the only technique in
the world that can permanently treat
varicose veins without cutting across
the skin at all. Even endovenous laser
and radiofrequency, which most people
regard as the latest way of treating
veins, need the laser or radiofrequency
probe to be passed up inside the vein.
Sonovein is completely different. The
device is placed on the skin and normal
ultrasound is used to see the vein that
needs treatment. A second focused
ultrasound is then used to beam harmless
ultrasound across the skin and deep into
the tissue. The ultrasound is focused so
that when it gets to the target vein, it
is very concentrated. At this point, and
only this point, tissue is destroyed.
How is the treatment carried out? The
treatment requires a very specialist vein
clinic that has the skills to identify exactly
which veins need treatment. This needs
a combination of vascular technologist
and a consultant venous surgeon. The
treatment is carried out in a clinic room –
there is no need for an operating theatre.
The patient lies on a normal bed and the
leg is held still with a special cushion.
The ultrasound machine is placed on the
leg and positioned so the HIFU (High
Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is focused
on the vein that needs treatment. If
required, a very small local anaesthetic
can be injected around the vein. The
ultrasound pulse is then activated for
eight seconds and the vein is destroyed.
The machine is then moved to the next
position and applied again if needed. This
continues until the whole vein is treated.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment time depends completely on
how many veins need treatment and how
long each vein is. The Whiteley Clinic
has been exclusively performing Sonovein
since we brought it to the UK in May
2019. The quickest case is 10 minutes
and the longest case is two hours.
What is the recovery time? Patients
can walk immediately. Some find a
support stocking comfortable while
most find one unnecessary. One of our
first patients was Maria, one of our
own nurses in The Whiteley Clinic.
She had both legs treated and then
carried on working for the rest the
day. Her view on how successful the
treatment was can be found on youtube.
How many sessions are needed? The
number of sessions is directly related
to how many veins need treatment
and how big each vein is. Some of our
patients have had both legs treated in
one session and then gone home.
What is the cost of the treatment?
Currently it is the same cost as it would
be if the patient underwent the same
procedure using laser. It is slightly cheaper
than undergoing the same procedure
using radiofrequency. However, as
the advantages of Sonovein become
apparent and more patients demand
this revolutionary new procedure, it
is possible that prices will decrease.
Find out more by visiting
The team at Bella Vou
explain how Coolsculpting
can help if you’re looking
to reduce stubborn fat cells
What are the benefits of the
treatment? If you have tried everything
to shift stubborn fat and yet still
haven’t achieved your desired results.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat
reduction procedure that involves no
anaesthesia, needles, or incisions. This is
a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
The CoolSculpting® fat-reduction
procedure is specially designed for those
who have unwanted fat in targeted areas.
Good candidates for the procedure have
noticeable bulges in the submental area
(under the chin), thigh, abdomen and
flank (love handles), along with bra fat,
back fat, underneath the buttocks (also
known as banana roll), and upper arm.
At your initial consultation, our doctors
will create a customised treatment plan
that’s tailored to your body and your
individual goals. CoolSculpting® is not
a weight loss procedure and should not
replace a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
How is the treatment carried out?
CoolSculpting® cools fat cells to the
precise temperature at which they
crystalise and die (a process known as
apoptosis). The skin and surrounding
tissue is unaffected. Your body then
naturally metabolises these cells,
before removing them through an
inflammatory clearing process.
During treatment your practitioner
will place an applicator on the desired
area. Controlled cooling then targets
these fat cells, while preserving the
skin and surrounding tissues. It’s
common to experience some feelings
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of pulling and pinching during the
process, but overall the procedure
involves minimal pain. The provider
typically will massage the treated areas
immediately after treatment to break
up any frozen deep tissue. This will
help your body to begin to absorb
the destroyed fat cells. Some people
complain that this massage is slightly
uncomfortable. After treatment, the
body naturally processes and removes
the fat cells. Once the treated fat cells
are gone, they’re gone for good.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of your CoolSculpting®
treatment will vary depending on the
number of areas being treated during
one visit. The latest technology of
CoolSculpting®, at Bella Vou can
treat a patient within 35 minutes per
area. Our doctors and practitioners
will explain the process and establish
if this is a suitable option for you.
What is the recovery time? There
is little to no recovery time after a
CoolSculpting® procedure. Most
people are approved to resume normal
day-to-day activities immediately
after. In some cases, some minor
redness or soreness may occur in the
treated area, but all minor side effects
typically subside within a few weeks.
How many sessions are needed?
Some people need several treatments
before they get the desired result.
Others might see the results they
wanted with just a single treatment.
For a free consultation at Bella Vou,
Pantiles Clinic, Tunbridge Wells
call 01892 257357 or email hello@
Where can I find out which
vaccinations I need? First check
with your GP practice to see if
your existing UK vaccinations
are up to date. Ask if your GP
practice is signed up to provide
NHS vaccinations for travel.
You could also book an appointment
with your local Travel Clinic to
discuss your travel plans. You
can find information on which
vaccinations are necessary or
recommended for the areas you
will be visiting on TravelHealthPro
and NHS Fit for Travel websites.
Where can I get them done? If your
GP practice is signed up to provide
NHS vaccines for travel you should
be able to get certain vaccines free
of charge. Other non-NHS vaccines
can be provided at a Travel Clinic.
When should I think about booking
my vaccinations? It is advisable
to get the vaccinations at least
eight weeks before you are due to
travel. It is important to give the
vaccinations time to start working,
so that you are protected while
you are travelling. You will also
need to ensure that there is enough
time for you to get vaccinations
that require more than one dose.
Which are free and which incur a
charge? If your GP practice is signed
up to provide vaccinations you should
be able to get diptheria/tetanus/polio,
typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera.
You will probably need to pay for
vaccinations against hepatitis B,
Japanese Encephalitis, meningitis,
rabies, tick-borne encephalitis,
tuberculosis and yellow fever.
What happens if I decide not
to get them? Getting vaccinated
against certain diseases is one of
the most effective things you can
do to protect your health abroad.
Are they obligatory to travel to
some areas? Some countries require
proof of vaccination in the form
of an International Certificate of
Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP)
before you can enter or leave the
country. For example, Saudi Arabia
requires proof of vaccination against
certain types of meningitis for those
undertaking the Hajj or Umrah
pilgrimages. You may be required to
show proof of yellow fever vaccination
if you are entering a country which
is free of the disease from a country
which harbours the virus. Ask your
local Travel Clinic for advice.
Will it affect my travel insurance if
I don’t have them? You would have
to contact your travel insurance
provider to determine if your cover
requires you to have vaccinations.
Are there any medical conditions
which prevent me from getting
a vaccination? Some vaccinations
may not be advised if you have a
condition or are receiving treatment
that affects your immune system.
For example, if you are receiving
chemotherapy or have had a bone
marrow or organ transplant.
To find out about the services
offered by CityDoc Travel
Clinic at Imperial Pharmacy,
If your GP practice is
signed up to provide
NHS vaccines for
travel you should be
able to get certain
vaccines free of charge
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to inspire an active 2020
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Halid Izzet talks to us about why
photography is the perfect hobby
What are the best things about taking
up photography? It enables you to
capture the moments that you’ll
want to look back on in the future.
You don’t have to spend hundreds of
pounds on equipment if you don’t
want to. It’s a magical process that
gives and gives, while being healthily
frustrating at times. A great way to
‘test the water’ is with one of our
free Saturday Sessions, where you
get to meet us in our Gallery and
find out about the things we do.
We also sell gift vouchers for anyone
interested in helping encourage
someone else to get into photography,
and they make great gifts.
What equipment does someone
need to attend their first session? A
camera – anything from a compact
to a professional DSLR is fine as
we have a wide enough range of
workshops and courses to cater for all.
What are the wellbeing benefits of
taking up photography? It’s really
the perfect hobby. Photography gets
you outside when it’s fine, releasing
those endorphins, and getting the
blood and circulation going. It also
allows you to stay inside when it’s
wet, developing your photos (usually
on the computer) getting you to
take time to be creative and artistic.
It develops your right brain – the
side that processes artistic thoughts,
visualisation, and imagination, as well
as the left side of the brain, the part
that is analytical, linear and logical.
It can be totally ‘techy’ for those
who like technology, but can also be
totally ‘artsy’ for those who want to
get creative. It’s social, as you’ll meet
new people with our workshops,
and also meditational – when you’re
in the photographer’s ‘zone’ you
can often feel enormous calm and
wholeness. It gives you huge feelings
of satisfaction when you achieve
a vision, while being something
that you never stop learning.
Do you need to be confident of your
creative ability to attend your courses?
Absolutely not – quite the opposite!
The whole point of photography
is to help everyone develop their
creativity on an ongoing basis
and from whatever stage they
start at. From complete novice to
accomplished professional – we are
all constantly learning and developing
our skills (sorry for the pun!).
What is the structure of your
courses/sessions? You have a
choice of the following:
• One Day Workshops that usually
run on Sundays or Mondays.
• Multi-lesson evening courses
(from 5 to 10 lessons)
• One to one lessons which can be
run most evenings, on various
Sundays and Mondays
We have a maximum of four people
on a workshop or a course at a time,
meaning we get the chance to make
sure everyone achieves optimum
progress. Depending on the subject
of the course, we try to fit in as much
practice as possible to make sure that
what you have learned really sinks in.
I always describe the workshops
as a fairly intense injection of
knowledge, getting you up to speed
quickly and efficiently (perfect if
you’re about to go on holiday), and
the multi-lesson courses as more
of a drip-feed of knowledge that
allows it to sink in over a longer
period of time. We give a few fun
tasks that for the (non-compulsory)
homework – will result in an excellent
understanding and long term learning
of the various skills required.
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Set in the beautiful French Cote d’Azur countryside,
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dance sessions and outdoor activities including coastal
treks, tennis, boxercise, aqua-gym, circuit training,
sea kayaking and beach workouts, to help guests
improve their fitness level or kick start a regime.
Retreats include 5 days of luxury
accommodation in the chateau in en-suite
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Meals are fabulous, nutritious and elegant
3 course dinners, quality open bar and
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We talk to Nick Payne from SWORDFIGHTING
INTERNATIONAL about the joys of fencing
Do you need any special equipment and what
should you wear to your first session? All equipment
is provided (foils, glove, masks, jacket and under
plastron). For the first session you just need to
wear loose clothing and trainers. Bring a bottle of
water, and a spare T-shirt as it can get quite hot.
What are the wellbeing benefits of fencing? Fencing
has the following dual/duel health benefits:
Endurance and conditioning – get your heart pumping.
Co-ordination and balance – develop and maintain
Flexibility and suppleness – fencing specific stretching and
footwork to music.
Strength and plyometric training – build explosive power.
Mental and physical training – develop
concentration as moves become more advanced.
Strategy and tactics – learn how to second guess
your adversary and change tactics when needed.
How would you encourage someone who feels nervous
about attending their first session? If anyone is feeling
nervous they will soon feel at ease once they are introduced
to their fellow beginners and get started. The friendly
instructor will show the three swords used in Olympic
Fencing and explain how safe they are (not sharp at all)
and all the safety equipment (including Kevlar the material
used in bullet-proof jackets). However if they want to
bring a friend that is an ideal way of reducing any anxiety!
Do you have to be competitive to enjoy fencing?
Many people just fence for fun, to meet new, interesting
people and for the challenge of trying to outwit
your opponent. Those who want to can take part in
competitions and we often have a fencing ‘poule’ where
results are logged, so you can see progress over time.
We have a number of high level Junior fencers who
have won the Surrey Championships and represented
England and Great Britain. Also many have gone on
to take coaching courses and now coach the younger
members or represent their teams at university.
When does your next course start? The next course
starts on Wednesday 22 January and runs for 10 weeks.
I also run Silver Sabres Surrey for LED sabre skills.
Fitness, Dance & Tennis
Morag McLaren Baxter of BODY TONIC LUXURY
FITNESS RETREAT tells us about their fitness, dance
and tennis getaways in an opulent French chateau
What inspired the Body Tonic Luxury Fitness Retreat?
I have always been a huge fan of sport and exercise and
believe that fitness can keep us healthy, happy and more able
to cope with our demanding lives. I wanted to share these
important benefits with my guests. I had worked in diabetes
research and management for many years and also wanted
to use my understanding of healthy eating and wellbeing.
Could you briefly describe what you offer? Our fitness,
tennis and dance retreats provide guests with luxurious
and sophisticated chateau accommodation – a welcoming
environment, set in a stunning area in the south of France
in which to participate in very active wellbeing programs.
Groups are small and intimate and our experienced
coaches allow guests to work hard whilst enjoying gourmet
meals, quality wines and glamorous evening enterainment.
The salsa retreat caters for dancers of all levels.
What are the wellbeing benefits of your courses? We
offer a challenging and fun program of activity intended
to work all muscle groups, six hours of varied exercise
daily plus evening dance classes. Stretching is included in
the program and our trainers offer personalised support.
Guests will improve fitness level, core strength, stamina and
can select a weight loss program if desired. Very healthy
gourmet meals are provided and bedrooms are extremely
calm and comfortable allowing quality rest and sleep.
Guests also benefit from the stunning scenery, coastal
treks and beach fitness – great for wellbeing and a sense of
contentment. Massage is available and the beautiful pool
is heated. Visitors always leave feeling fitter, strong, relaxed
and glowing, with new friends and skills acquired.
Tell us about the location and accomodation. Guests
stay at Chateau Lou Casteou, a beautiful home which
has been fully renovated to a high standard of luxury and
comfort. We are situated in the Esterel national park, just
five minutes from sandy beaches and the Mediterranean.
Visitors enjoy sea views and stunning Provencale scenery.
Many sessions are conducted in the gardens and historic
cloisters of the chateau and in the national park itself.
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Ask the Expert
Doctor Tina Peers explains how to manage the menopause
Thirteen million women in this
country are menopausal or
postmenopausal – some 30%
of the adult population – and yet there
is a general lack of understanding of it
and what can be done to help women.
The menopause happens to every
woman when she runs out of eggs. The
ovaries then stop producing oestrogen,
progesterone and testosterone.
These hormones have extremely
important functions in a woman’s body
and thus, when they are not there,
80-90% of women will experience
symptoms, and the protection that they
give is lost. As our life expectancy is so
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
and important health decisions a
woman will make in her life are her
choice of contraception to control
her fertility and taking HRT.
Not only will HRT improve the
quality of her life now but also into
the future, by reducing her risk of
osteoporosis by 70%, heart disease (heart
attacks and strokes – the biggest cause
of death in women) by up to 60%,
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
from GPs and Menopause Specialists,
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
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How can family members help a woman
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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!
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Jo Arnell spices up January with
warm winter flavours that pack
a vitamin-enriched punch
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
the most of locally grown produce that
hasn’t travelled too far or been stored for
too long. These recipes contain no meat
and can be eaten as meals in their own
right, or served as accompaniments.
Beetroot & Pearl Barley Risotto
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 1 hour
Serves 4 as a starter or light lunch
Pearl barley contains more protein
and dietary fibre than risotto rice
and makes risotto into a more
nutritious meal. The grains are slightly
nuttier and more substantial.
• 4 beetroots (peeled or scrubbed)
• 1 red onion, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 300g pearl barley
• 2 tsp dried oregano
• 150ml dry white wine
• 1 litre vegetable stock (plus
beetroot cooking water)
• 150g soft goats’ cheese (or feta)
• Slices of spring onion to garnish
Boil the beetroot in a small pan of
1 water for 10-15 mins until soft.
Drain (reserving cooking water) cool,
then roughly chop into 1cm pieces.
2Gently sauté the chopped onion
in a frying pan with the oil
for 5 mins until translucent.
3Add pearl barley, oregano and
cooked beetroot, then gradually
add first the wine and then stock
and beetroot water, stirring between
each addition, until the liquid has
been absorbed. Cook for about 40-50
mins (stir to prevent any sticking).
4Pile into bowls. Sprinkle
on the cheese, spring
onion garnish and serve.
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
The whitest and
creamiest of all the
accepts other flavours
well; spices, such as
cumin, ginger and
turmeric are good in
combination and, together
with coconut, make this into
a comforting plateful. It is
vegan, dairy and gluten free.
• 1 large or 2 small cauliflowers
For the marinade:
• 2cm section freshly grated ginger
• 2cm section grated turmeric
(or 2 tsp dried)
• 1 clove crushed garlic
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
For the coconut curry sauce:
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 6 cardamom pods
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 2cm piece of fresh ginger, grated
• 2 cloves crushed garlic
• 1 red chilli, finely chopped
• 1 tsp garam masala
• Remainder of cauliflower
cut into small florets
• 200ml coconut milk
• Coriander to garnish
1Cut the cauliflower lengthways into
‘steaks’ 2-3cm thick, saving any
off-cut florets to use in the sauce.
2Brush the turmeric marinade onto
the cauliflower steaks and leave
to marinate for 15 mins or so.
3Pre-heat the oven
to 180°C, 350°F,
gas 4, and place steaks on a baking
tray. Roast for about 30 mins until they are
slightly browned and soft in the middle.
4For the coconut curry sauce: heat the
oil in a pan and fry the cinnamon
stick, cumin and cardamom for 2
mins. Add the chopped onion and
the rest of the spices and continue
cooking for 5 mins until golden.
5Mix in remaining cauliflower
florets and pour in the coconut
milk. Simmer for 20 mins until
the cauliflower is tender.
6Use a stick blender or
liquidiser to blend the
sauce into a smooth paste.
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onto sauce and
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Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins + 1½ hours
You can make this cake with any
oranges, but Sevilles are just coming
into the shops for their brief season
right now. They’re the best orange for
marmalade and for the cake too; bitter,
but full of flavour. This cake is proteinrich,
dairy and gluten free. Serve as cake
on a plate, or as a dessert with orange
sauce and cream or crème fraîche.
• 2 oranges (Seville or any
• 175g caster sugar
• 4 eggs
• 150g ground almonds
• 50g polenta
• 1 tsp or 5g sachet baking powder
• Icing sugar for dusting
Cook the oranges in a pan of
1 boiling water for about 1½ hours
until soft, then roughly slice and
blend with a stick blender/liquidiser
to a thick purée. Set to one side.
Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F,
2 gas 4, then grease and line a 23cm
baking tin with parchment paper.
3Whisk sugar and eggs together
until light and foamy, then
carefully mix in the other ingredients
and pour into prepared tin. Bake in
the oven for about 45 mins until the
top is golden brown and the cake
is cooked all the way through.
4Leave to cool, then dust
with icing sugar or pour
on orange sauce and serve.
For the orange sauce (optional):
• 75g caster sugar
• Juice of 2 oranges
Gently heat the ingredients together
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Jo Arnell injects some mood-lifting
yellows into the winter garden
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
put out to find itself blooming in the wrong hemisphere.
The golden stems of the golden bamboo, Phyllostachys
Top: Primrose Left: Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’
“A few brazen shrubs even
flower in winter and many of
the early flowers are scented”
aureosulcata gleam in winter light and provide a strong,
architectural and vertical shape in the garden. They
are useful in contemporary spaces and also look good
in pots. Bamboo provides an instant screen too, but
be careful not to plant an invasive variety – look for
clump forming types, not those that send out invasive
runners. Luckily this one is a clumper, not a runner.
You really can’t go far wrong with early spring bulbs
– and some of them are very early indeed. It is truly
a joy to behold them in their Wordsworthian hosts
spreading out among the trees or lining the verges
and patches of municipal grassed areas. This is how
they are best seen; in massed throngs, making the
most of the increasing daylight before the dense
canopy of tree leaves eventually closes over them.
Bright yellow Aconites and yolky Crocuses will naturalise
as quickly as Narcissi and are among the first signs that
tell us spring is not so far away. Daffodils are not long
behind – sometimes even popping up in the winter. There’s
the wonderful and aptly named ‘February 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.
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 long-lasting
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
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will your child be known and loved? Also is there partnership
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Banstead Preparatory School
What should parents be looking for when they make
their prep school shortlist? A school that suits their
child! Think about what sort of experience you want
your child to have. Would they be more confident
in a smaller year group? Does the school have the
specialist teaching or facilities to offer the subjects or
activities that they would particularly enjoy? It may
be enlightening to ask whether children were offered
places at their first choice senior schools and how
the school tracks the academic progress of pupils.
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How difficult will it be for a child to get into their prep
school of choice? Every school has their own admissions
process. At Banstead Prep we offer places to children we
are confident will thrive and take advantage of the many
opportunities to try new things and develop skills for life.
Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
What extra-curricular activities do you offer
pupils to help workings parents? Wraparound care
is available from 7.30am, with supervision free of
charge from 8.00am and fully flexible after school
care is until 6.00pm. We offer a huge variety of clubs
including sports coaching, drama, art, cookery and
STEM. Even more clubs are available at lunchtimes.
Which of the school’s facilities are you particularly
proud of? All of them! Our specialist teaching spaces
have enabled us to create an exceptionally broad
curriculum. The school boasts senior school equipped
science labs, a light and airy art studio, a drama studio
with professional lighting and sound, and an ICT
suite with brand new PCs and iPads. Our newly
opened sports pavilion has further enhanced the
full-sized all weather hockey pitch and grass pitches,
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Are there any bursaries/scholarships available
and in which year? We have a limited number of
means tested bursaries available on entry to Year 3,
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archery. Many of our pupils take up an instrument, although
these lessons are usually offered during the school day.
Which of the school’s facilities are you particularly
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regardless of their difficulties. From an early age, pupils are
encouraged to build their own ‘dyslexia toolkits’ ensuring
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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.
We already have about 20 acres of woodland at
Coopers Farm but these are separate from the fields
have three times
more fat than
Alder twice the
protein and Ash a
third more sugar”
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.
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