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Maggie Alderson tracks down

the best properties with an

abundance of garden space


A wedding showcase, a craft show

and a nation-wide birdwatch –

find something to do this month


The office has left the

building – and in its place

a stylish family home


Shop products to add some

splendour to your own home


A mastercourse in decorating

while you shop for a dream home


Interior decorating inspired

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Fabulous flooring transitions


Kate Liz Watts brings style to

the winter months with these

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Delicious and nutritious

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at the end of a relationship


Your guide to the New Year’s

not-to-be-missed events


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Maggie Alderson picks homes with plenty of garden

Inwood Manor

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


Icklingham Road


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

Plant Life

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.

Andre Demonte.

Costus spiralis & Black

Jacobin hummingbirds,

Florisuga fuscus, 1998.

Watercolour on card. The Shirley

Sherwood Collection, RBG Kew


Season of


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


The Craft

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.

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.


Hever after


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.


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!


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.


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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!

Surrey Homes Team

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Deputy Editor ..................................................................................Emily Pavey

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Return to Splendour

Alex Jørgensen has worked a design miracle on this Tunbridge Wells property,

transforming it from fluorescent strip-lit office space to contemporary home

Words: Maggie Alderson Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Holly Levett

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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

family homes.

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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“We lifted three layers of carpet tiles in the hall to find the original Victorian tiles”


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

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

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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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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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This page: The decor in the master bedroom takes full

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The wooden bench by the window could also have come

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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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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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isolated, but near enough to our son’s school”.

It occupies a truly lovely position, in beautiful landscape

on a country estate outside Peasmarsh, beyond the town

of Rye. First built as a cottage for estate workers it has

been extended twice over the decades, and is now a

substantial home. Airy and spacious it forms a lovely

L-shape around the terrace, looking west over the view,

framed with ancient oak trees and horses grazing.

“The best thing is the sunsets from the kitchen

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“Every night we have our own fireworks display.”

But while K and her husband S, were delighted to find such

a lovely house as a stage of their move from London to the

countryside – near to where K went to school – the generous

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capital’s more compressed space, they didn’t have enough

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K, “and realised that what we already had didn’t come near it.”

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.”

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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

great. I would say, are you mad? But she tends to be right…”

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One decision they had already made was to scrap the

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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

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 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 in front of the

woodburner, matching rattan side tables ( at either

end of one sofa and a gorgeous pair of steamer trunk-


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Left: An antique chair sits comfortably by an

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Symmetry and balance from matching pairs

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In the kids’ part of the room she hung a round

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This is also the case for the ornaments

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The faux fur throw and zebra

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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

(, 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,

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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

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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 ( 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

scented candles

for when I feel

like I’m wading

through treacle”

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 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,

amaranth, buckwheat,

quinoa), seasonal

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

cider vinegar”

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.

Consider supporting

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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Be Kind

& Unwind

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.

Mindful Fitness

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.

Cardio Barre

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.

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

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Health Matters

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

dedicated Macmillan Breast Care Nurse

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.”

Imelda Bell, Breast Clinic Patient

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

appointment; often

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.

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Stunning destinations for a break

to truly remember

Exploring the incredible

Galapagos Islands

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

2-4 children.

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.

This includes housekeeping, all linens,

cleaning and laundry. A 10% local tax is

also applicable.

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Tone it Up

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.

Find Fitness Superstore in Tunbridge



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

varicose veins

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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Safe Journey

Travel Pharmacist Sarah Turner from Imperial Pharmacy in

Tunbridge Wells answers our travel vaccination questions

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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Engage your teams in 2020 and

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A new activity can do wonders to

improve wellbeing. Here are some ideas

to inspire an active 2020



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.


Chateau Lou Casteou

Body Tonic Luxury Fitness

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Lose weight and improve your fitness level

Set in the beautiful French Cote d’Azur countryside,

minutes from the sea. These Luxurious Retreats

provides the perfect balance of gourmet meals,

pampered luxury, energetic fitness classes, Latin

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

bedrooms with sea or mountain views.

Meals are fabulous, nutritious and elegant

3 course dinners, quality open bar and

evening parties and entertainment.

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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

manual dexterity.

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,

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In fact, we have five years of data

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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

who is menopausal? By understanding

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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,

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and knowledge in Women’s health. She

first worked as a GP in Surrey, then

became a Consultant in Contraception

and Reproductive Health in 1996,

leading these services in Surrey until

2018. She now runs menopause clinics

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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

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.

Curried Coconut



Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves 4

The whitest and

creamiest of all the

brassicas, cauliflower

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.

7Put cooked steaks

onto sauce and

serve with rice.


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Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 45 mins + 1½ hours

Serves 8

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

smallish orange)

• 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

in a small pan for a few mins until

the sugar dissolves and thickens the

juice to a sauce consistency.


Grow Your

Own Sun

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.


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

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I would never advocate that we fill our gardens

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New year, new start! Most of us feel like

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When not writing this column, I sometimes run Writing

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But here’s what the educational researchers say

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1. Change your brain’s structure, improving

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10. Make you more creative because learning

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

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What are the benefits of keeping your child at the

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Children at a school nursery benefit from the facilities

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will your child be known and loved? Also is there partnership

with parents, what does it look like? For example: a home

visit before your child starts, termly parents’ evenings and

regular online feedback; daily face to face updates on

potty training and naps, to help with the small but

important worries (yours and theirs!). All this will

ensure consistency, hence security for our smallest children

– happy children learn! If you add to this, well resourced

and inviting inside and outside learning environments,

attention to the key areas of development, good ratios

and flexibility when choosing sessions, then you will have

found a setting that captures all the fundamentals.

What are the benefits of keeping your child at the

same school for the transition from preschool to prep?

There is a seamless transition to Reception that comes

from a joined up curriculum spanning ages two to 11,

familiarity with routines, staff and buildings and a sense

of already belonging to a community. Learning for life

will be fostered and built upon from the word go, plus

you are starting with the knowledge that the school has a

successful pastoral and academic approach. Furthermore,

the staff will be committed to seeing your child thrive,

working together to guide him or her on their journey,

and they will understand what that journey looks like.

Is there any funding available for places? We accept

Surrey County Council Early Years Funding for children

between their 3rd and 5th birthdays (available from

the term after they turn three up to and including the

term in which they turn five). Government Childcare

Vouchers can also be used for school fees up to and

including the term in which a child turns five.

Reigate St Mary’s, Reigate, Surrey


Wednesday 5 February and Thursday 5 March

For dates and to register please visit

“Happy Kids and Great Results”

The Good Schools Guide

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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.




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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,

full-sized sports hall and indoor swimming pool.

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,

in addition to Talent Awards, offered to children

to demonstrate exceptional aptitude and potential,

academically or in sport, music or drama.

Banstead Preparatory School, Surrey

Frewen College is a leading Day and Boarding

School for boys and girls aged 7-19 with Dyslexia

and Dyspraxia. We are proud to be different:

Frewen is the oldest specialist

dyslexia school in the UK

Best GCSE grades in 2019 and pupil

progress for the 5th consecutive year

All teachers have specialist

dyslexia qualifications

Assistive Technology is used

throughout the school

Winner of the BDA’s

‘Best Dyslexia-Friendly School’ 2018


Tuesday 21st January 2020


Tel: 01797 252494

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Frewen College Prep School

What should parents be looking for when they make

their prep school shortlist? Different prep schools

have different specialisms and Frewen is no exception.

Parents should identify their child’s learning strengths

and weaknesses and choose a school which will best help

them to realise their potential, with a culture they think

will suit their child. Frewen Prep School caters for pupils

with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and

dyscalculia. We offer the full range of subjects and cater

for students within the average to high average cognitive

range, but with a wide range of literacy abilities.

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

school of choice? It depends on the criteria of each school

and the demand for that school. Frewen is a very small school

and demand for places is high because we are academic

leaders in our field. We have a rigorous admissions procedure

where we determine if our school is the right place for

prospective students. If we feel we are not the right school

for that child, we are happy to advise parents on this as well.

What extra-curricular

activities do you offer

pupils to help workings

parents? Frewen Prep

school offers a range of extra-curricular experiences. We

take full advantage of our 160 acres of ancient parkland

which we use for adventurous outdoor learning experiences

in the warmer months. After school we offer a variety of

active sports clubs throughout the year and pupils also

enjoy seasonal craft clubs, currently Prep pupils are enjoying

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

proud of? Frewen is leading the way in our use of Assistive

T echnology to enable all students to reach their full potential

regardless of their difficulties. From an early age, pupils are

encouraged to build their own ‘dyslexia toolkits’ ensuring

that they have the right equipment and strategies in place for

each lesson, enabling them to effectively access the teaching.

Frewen College, Northiam, East Sussex








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.

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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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

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Here at LCA, our classes, workshops and masterclasses

are full of fun, hard work and determination both for

our students and teachers. We create a platform for all

performers, giving them the training they need , whether

they would like to learn for fun or pursue a career in

Music or Performing Arts.

LCA MUSICAL THEATRE (Saturdays at Oxted School)

Rising Stars | ages 3-5 | 9am - 9:45am

Junior Musical Theatre | ages 6-11 | 10am - 11am

Senior Musical Theatre | ages 12-18 | 11am - 1pm

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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The Family Law Solicitors


When it comes to the breakdown of a relationship, seeking specialist advice

on the financial arrangements is crucial.

At Thomas Mansfield, we have a team of experienced lawyers ready

to help you achieve the right outcome.

Finances Children Collaborative Mediation Court

We are with you every step of the way

Call us today on

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Sorting out Separation

Susi Gillespie from Thomas Mansfield Solicitors explains the

legalities when the end of your marriage or relationship is in sight

How do you decide what to do when you

separate? Separation is a big step that should

not be undertaken lightly. Most likely, one or

both of you will have been considering separation

for some time before making the decision to call

it a day. Ideally, you will agree with your partner

what to do in relation to who lives where – who

stays in the family home and who moves out and

when. Independent legal advice is recommended to

understand the full range of options available to you.

How can mediation be beneficial? Mediation is

a cost-effective way of reaching agreement in

relation to separation, children and financial issues.

Mediation allows you to keep communication lines

open and encourages you both to create a new

way of dealing with one another and overcoming

problems in a post separation environment.

What are the ways of ending a marriage? This

is a legislative process requiring there to be a

divorce petition, decree nisi (first stage) and a decree

absolute (final certificate). The decree absolute is not

usually obtained until you have agreed a financial

settlement. Currently, we have an oppositional

system of divorce so one petitions and the other

receives the petition. The facts are unreasonable

behaviour, adultery, two and five years’ separation

(with and without consent) and desertion.

If you aren’t married, what happens to your

home and belongings when you separate? This

depends on whether you owned the home you

lived in with your partner. If you do, then the

straightforward outcome is the property is sold or

transferred and the proceeds divided according to

your legal interests. However, there are other ways

of claiming an interest in property which include

equitable principles, i.e. trusts. Your belongings

would usually be divided by agreement.

How can a couple reach an agreement over

childcare arrangements? The key point

here is that the court is not interested in getting

involved in parental disputes about how much time

the children should spend with each parent. The

parents themselves are best served to reach these

agreements between them and the court will not

get involved unless asked to do so. Mediation is

highly recommended if there is any init ial impasse.

“Mediation allows you to keep

communication lines open and

encourages you both to create a new

way of dealing with one another”




The costs of funding a divorce

and financial proceedings

can be an important factor in

deciding how to progress a matter.

It can often be the case that funds

aren’t available to pay solicitor’s bills

as they are raised, which may see the

process stall.

There are several companies now

offering litigation loans to help pay

legal costs on the understanding

that the loan is repaid from liquid

matrimonial assets once the matter is

settled and a court order made.

This can offer a real solution to a

client struggling to fund a case.

How funding can help

While a loan can help the cash flow

problem, it also puts the parties on

an equal footing, able to progress

matters to a conclusion and reach

a fair settlement. When there is an

imbalance of financial fire power,

one party may be pressured into

accepting an offer that may not be

fair to them, and the courts are quick

to recognise such loans as a necessity

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The amount to borrow plus the

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context of what the party if hoping

to achieve through the process. If it

is the case that parties are £150,000

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that their claim is closer to that which

the judge may make at the end of

litigation, the cost of borrowing can

be seen as a practical and affordable

means to an end, enabling the matter

to progress to a conclusion.

As a solicitor it’s important to advise

your client on the best chance

of achieving the most favourable

settlement spending as little as

possible and with the least delay.

That may mean taking the matter to

court where the opposing party is

maintaining an unrealistic position,

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Choose the right funding

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The benefits of taking out a litigation

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It helps the financially disadvantaged

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Art & Exhibitions

Sat 11 Jan – Sun 29 Mar

The Lightbox, Chobham Road

Woking GU21 4AA

Great Minds by Anne-

Katrin Purkiss

A celebration of the achievements

of women in both science

and arts. This exhibition of

portrait photographs depicts

influential women working,

inspiring others through their

work and contributing to

society. An informal discussion

with renowned sculptor Sophie

Ryder has also been arranged to

coincide with this exhibition,

in which Sophie will talk about

her practice, experiences as a

female artist and the challenges

faced by women in the arts.

This will be held on Friday 6

March and tickets are £20.

Entry: Day Pass £7.50,

Members & under 21s Free

Children & Families

Tuesdays 7 Jan –

11 Feb 10am-11:30am

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham KT11 1JE

Into the Woods: Parent

& Child Forest School

Painshill’s weekly parent and

child Forest School sessions are

a great way to get out and about

to try something new and learn

about the great outdoors. Each

morning will begin with sensory

free play in the woods, which

will be followed by exciting

outdoor activities such as campfire

cooking, building fairy houses and

carving wooden toys. For parents

and children aged two to four.

Entry: One session £15,

all six sessions £75

Fitness & Wellbeing

Mon 6 & Sat 25 Jan, Mon 3

& Sat 29 Feb, Mon 2 & Sat 28

Mar, Mon 6 & Sat 25 Apr

Winkworth Arboretum,

Hascombe Road,

Godalming GU8 4AD

Nordic Walking

Workout in the woods of

Winkworth Arboretum. This

introductory taster session of

Nordic walking is suitable for

a wide range of fitness levels,

and will help you to get active

in the great outdoors. Pole hire

included. Booking essential.

Entry: £5

Selected Mondays from Mon

20 Jan – Mon 30 Mar

Farnham Maltings,

Farnham GU9 7QR

Writing for Wellness

Award-winning local novelist and

therapist Joanna Barnard leads

an exploration into how writing

creatively can benefit mental and

emotional wellbeing. This series of

workshops will include exercises

incorporating different styles of

writing including journaling,

poetry and short stories.

Food & Drink

Sat 25 Jan

Denbies Wine Estate, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

Burns Night


Celebrate Robbie Burns in the

atmospheric Denbies Cellar

before moving to the conservatory

where you’ll find a traditional

Scottish dinner and a Ceilidh

band. Includes sparkling wine

on arrival, four course meal

inclusing haggis, neeps & tatties,

wine and of course a wee dram.

Entry: £59pp


Sat 25 Jan

Ashtead Peace Memorial

Hall, Woodfield Lane,

Ashtead KT21 2BE




Naoko Abe, author of

‘Cherry’ Ingram discusses

What’s On in January

an irresistible story of the

Japanese cherry blossoms

that were threatened by

political ideology and saved

by an unknown Englishman.

Collingwood Ingram, known

as ‘Cherry’ for his defining

obsession, was born in 1880

and lived in Benenden, Kent

until he was a hundred. In his

long life he witnessed a fraught

century of conflict and change,

but also became one of the

world’s leading cherry experts.

Entry: £12


& Courses

Mon 13 Jan 10:15am-4.15pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley

Lane, Woking GU23 6QB

Willow Bird Feeders

Make your garden inviting to

variety of beautiful birds with

your handmade selection of woven

bird feeders. The various stylish

and natural looking designs are an

environmentally sustainable way

of feeding our feathered friends

and can be filled with different

types of bird feed. Learn to make

designs that you can recreate

time and again. These also make

wonderful gifts for friends and

family, so it won’t just be the birds

thanking you! All materials will

be provided on the day and are

included in the price of the course.

Entry: £96

Wed 22 Jan

Blenheim High School,

Longmead Road,

Epsom KT19 9BH

Adult and Child

Olympic Fencing

Encourage your child to take up

a hobby in the new year with

a sport that combines physical

exercise and mental focus with

Olympic Fencing. Epsom

Fencing Club’s next junior and

adult beginners course starts

this month with junior classes

for 10-13 year olds from 7-8pm

and adult classes from 8-9pm.

Thu 30 Jan, Thu 27 Feb,

Thu 12 Mar, Thu 23 Apr &

Thu 14 May 10am-4.30pm

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham,

near Dorking RH5 6BD



Get the best from your camera

with one of Polesden’s own

photographers. These workshops

will cover portraiture, landscapes,

action, flash and low light

photography, as well as what

all the camera controls do and

how they relate to one another.

Entry: £100

Look Forward:


Sat 1 Feb

GLive, London Road,

Guildford GU1 2AA

Anton & Erin Dance

Those Magical Movies

Missing Strictly yet? Glive has the

cure as this year’s finalist Anton

Du Beke comes to Guildford

with Erin Boag. Featuring music

that made it big on the silver

screen, sensational live vocals from

TV favourite Lance Ellington, a

spectacular dance ensemble and

a stunning 23 piece orchestra.

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to press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

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JAN 10, 11 & 12, 2020






Welligogs began nearly twenty years ago when Kim and

Ray, the founders, made the decision to move from

Australia to England. Kim, being British, always

wanted to eventually move back home and give her four children

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.

Infusing classic heritage design with high-fashion for a look

that’s both city-ready and perfect for countryside living, signature

Welligogs pieces now include classic tweed, modern styled coats

and jackets, practical luxury waxed cotton, fully waterproof and

windproof garments with seam-sealed membranes and waterproof,

breathable leather and suede boots. New additions for Autumn

/ Winter include stunning jackets and coats in wool, cotton and

viscose, as well as leather waterproof and

fashion boots. Looking forward,

Welligogs is moving towards

a more sustainable

approach. Hoping to

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For your chance to win just answer

the following question: What type of

British weather inspired the creation of

the Welligogs brand? Enter your answer

with your contact details in the online form at by 31 January

2019. There is no cash alternative and the

prize must be taken by 31 August 2020.

You must be over the age of 18 to enter.

Congratulations to David Thirlaway

who wins our October competition for a

Laksen Balfour Field Sports Jacket.

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.

We already have about 20 acres of woodland at

Coopers Farm but these are separate from the fields

“Rowan leaves

have three times

more fat than

meadow hay,

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.

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


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The most atmospheric sculpture park in Britain.

More than 300 internationally renowned sculptors exhibiting over 1000

sculptures for sale within ten acres of arboretum & wildlife inhabited

water gardens.


Crossways, Churt, Surrey

GU10 2JA

01428 714 014

Curator: 07831 500 506

The Sculpture Park

Jumps Road, Churt, Surrey

GU10 2LH

01428 605 453

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