EPICURE Early Spring 2020

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The Wellness Edition - we look at ways to live well in 2020, tips from traditional medicine and healthy dishes that still feel comforting. Plus, we interview chef Michael Caines, take a foodie trip to Santa Barbara. If you're planning your wedding this year, you'll love our special guide to local suppliers.

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SOUTH EAST

WHERE GREAT TASTE BEGINS

EARLY SPRING 2020

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Mayfield

AN INDEPENDENT DAY AND BOARDING SCHOOL

FOR GIRLS AGED 11 TO 18

“THE QUALITY OF THE PUPILS’ ACADEMIC

AND OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS IS EXCELLENT”

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS INSPECTORATE

“ONE OF THE FINEST

SCHOOLS IN THE LAND”

COUNTRY LIFE

SET IN THE BEAUTIFUL AND EASILY

ACCESSIBLE SUSSEX COUNTRYSIDE

Open Mornings

FRIDAY 20 TH MARCH 2020

TUESDAY 21 ST APRIL 2020

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A MAYFIELD EDUCATION COMBINES

ACADEMIC RIGOUR, BREADTH OF

OPPORTUNITY AND A STRONG

SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

The School has an excellent academic record,

exceptional pastoral care and an extensive cocurricular

programme. Every girl is encouraged

and supported to find her strengths and develop

them in an inspiring learning environment,

which encourages independent critical thinking,

determination and resilience. Mayfield girls

develop a lifelong love of learning, a range of

transferable skills that will prepare them for their

futures and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Mayfield’s ethos reflects its Catholic foundation

and encourages integrity, initiative, respect and a

desire to be the best you can be within a vibrant

and inclusive community. For the past 150 years,

Mayfield has nurtured generations of enterprising,

purposeful young women with the skills and confidence

to make a positive difference in the world.

To experience all that is special about Mayfield, visit us

on an Open Morning. To reserve a place or to book an

individual visit, please email registrar@mayfieldgirls.org.

We look forward to welcoming you.

FACILITIES INCLUDE

• Equestrian Centre on-site with facilities for

up to 28 horses

• Olympic sized indoor and outdoor sand schools

• Heated indoor swimming pool

• Tennis Academy

• Fitness Suite and Dance Studio

• Concert Hall

• State-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre

• Weekly bus service to and from Central London

• Close proximity to London airports

TO ARRANGE A VISIT PLEASE CONTACT

OUR REGISTRAR, MRS SHIRLEY COPPARD,

REGISTRAR@MAYFIELDGIRLS.ORG

WWW.MAYFIELDGIRLS.ORG

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CONTENTS

83

71

ON THE COVER

41 WELLNESS MATTERS

We catch up with Chinese Medicine practitioner

Katie Brindle on boosting circulation and

managing stress

72 COMFORT FOOD

Dishes to give you a hug, but also tick lots of

nutritional boxes

83 INTERIORS

Creating a modern Victorian style plus giving

the home a big spring interior overhaul

106

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24 EDUCATION

Why it is never too early to think about

careers education

HEALTH & STYLE

37 LIVE WELL IN 2020

Our guide to inner/outer wellbeing,

including fitness and diet

41

47 S/S 20 TRENDS

The key trends for the spring that need to

be on your fashion radar

THE BEST OF THE REST

51 WINE

Why we are ditching Dry January for a damp one

by hosting our own tasting parties

110 STYLISH STAYS

Three glorious English staycations - two

London breaks and a coastal stay

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110

119 MAN ON THE MOVE

Our roving reporter Dan investigates

dog-friendly pubs, new sound technology and

London's best chicken wings

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GOING DOTTY

I've always been a big polkadot

fan, so the fact they're a big trend

this spring is a bonus! Top of my list

is this fabulous ruffled maxi dress

from Rat & Boa and this amazing

tie top from Adriana Degreas

THAT SOUND

PUBLISHING EDITOR:

KATIE THOMSON

katie@epicuremag.uk

EDITOR’S

PICKS

Before Dan, our Man on

the Move, ferreted them

away, I got to have a play

with these nuraphones.

They are INCREDIBLE.

They measure your ear's

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tailor their output to best

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MEET THE

EPICUREANS

A NOTE FROM THE

EDITOR

Wellness, self care, inner radiance... a whole world

of wellbeing has opened up around us and

tribes have formed - either you are fed up of

pill-pedaling Western medicine and are looking

for more holistic ways to transform your health...or you think this is a snowflakegeneration

hippy-dippy load of nonsense. Well, if you're in the latter camp, I hope

this issue can go some way to convince you otherwise.

Now, I'm no saint. I can be half-hearted about a lot of the things I adopt (oil-pulling

lasted all of a week, as did morning yoga practice), but some things have stuck, and

that's the key to wellness - not to put yourself out on a limb and cramming more into an

already packed schedule, but finding small, positive changes that can become habitual.

This month I've been reading The Realist's Guide to Sugar Free by the hilarious Sherri

Nicholds - I'm not proud to say that I was reading it whilst munching on a slab of

Dairy Milk, but the message really got me thinking and whilst I might be kicking

the can down the road as to when I'll start, more and more it seems reducing sugar

really is the big lifestyle decision for anyone that truly cares about their health. I'm no

expert though, so I'm having to put aside all of my impulsive tendencies (which you

might have gathered from the aforementioned chocolate incident) to really research

this and come up with a solution for me. I think that's at the heart of true wellbeing.

I hope that whereever you are on your wellbeing journey, or not, this issue is enjoyable

and informative. We will see you again just before Easter!

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER:

OSCAR WILLIAMSON

01225 308104 | oscar@epicuremag.uk

PRE-PRESS MANAGER:

KATE O’CONNELL

CONTRIBUTORS:

SALLY THOMSON, LUCY SAUNDERS, DANIEL

WESTON, SUE COOKE, DARREN WILLMOTT,

LOUISE THOMSON, BEN BOX

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EVENTS

GUIDE

EPICURE home

Spring is thankfully just around the corner, the days will be

getting longer and with Valentine’s Day, Mothering Sunday

and Easter to enjoy - it’s time to treat your loved ones to some

exciting entertainment.

LONDON PALLADIUM

Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF

0207 492 0834 | www.lwtheatres.co.uk

THE MUSICAL BOX - A GENESIS

EXTRAVAGANZA PART 11

Wednesday 19 February

As the only band ever licensed and supported by Genesis

and Peter Gabriel, The Musical Box, presents a new, never

performed show featuring fantastic music.

With a few added surprised thrown in for good measure, it’s a

performance that any Genesis fan will not want to miss.

DOMINION THEATRE

Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AQ

0207 492 0834 | www.nederlander.co.uk/dominion-theatre

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

Wednesday 5 February - Saturday 12 September

Experience the epic emotion and soaring music of The Prince

of Egypt, the extraordinary new musical from three-time

Academy Award®-winner Stephen Schwartz and writer Philip

LaZebnik.

Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young

men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege,

find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must

rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true

people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.

The Prince of Egypt is an exhilarating, powerful and joyous

celebration of belief and the human spirit.

THE PEACOCK THEATRE

Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT

020 7863 8222 | www.peacocktheatre.com

Whilst every effort has been made to check

the accuracy of these listings, please make

contact with the venue prior to visiting to

check arrangements or details

ALJAZ SKORJANEC & JANETTE MANRARA

REMEMBERING THE OSCARS

Monday 30 March - Saturday 4 April

Star’s of Strictly, Aljaž and Janette, are Wishing on a Star,

Swinging On A Star, and dancing in the City of Stars, for their

brand new dance spectacular, Remembering the Oscars.

In a celebration of musical movie magic, the couple brings

together amazing dancers, stunning stage designs and a

dazzling LED display, as they dance to songs from Academy

Award-winners Lady Gaga, Adele and Barbra Streisand,

legendary songwriters Burt Bacharach, John Barry and Irving

Berlin, and other Oscar-winning icons.

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Discover - Learn - Have Fun

Winter Season Opening hours: 11th January – 14th February – 10am to 4pm

Main Season Opening hours: 15th Feb 2020 - 10am – 4:30pm

www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

New Barn Road, Amberley, Arundel,

West Sussex, BN18 9LT

01798 831370

office@amberleymuseum.co.uk

THE WEY GALLERY

Visit us at the Surrey

Contemporary Art Fair

13 th - 15 th March

(Sandown Park Racecourse,

Esher, KT10 9AJ)

Call gallery for tickets

44 Bridge Street, Godalming,

Surrey, GU7 1HL

T: 01483 418013

E: info@theweygallery.com

www.theweygallery.com

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GREENWICH THEATRE

Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES

020 7863 8222 | www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

THE NAUGHTY FOX

Sunday 8 March, 2pm & 4pm

Snuggle up with comfy creatures: Honk, Splash and TaWit

TaWoo as they teach The Naughty Fox a very important

lesson: it’s better to share. Feel your way through the

immersive, multisensory journey of friendship and play

for little ones and their grown-ups.

Experience a world of puppetry,music, light projection

and bountiful energy as our two storytellers bring magic

to household objects.

HACKNEY EMPIRE

291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

020 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk

COSI FAN TUTTE

Sunday 29 February & Friday 6 March 7.30pm

Mozart’s combination of glorious music and farcical

comedy make Così Fan Tutte an enduring favourite,

a story of young love and fidelity. It is in many ways

Mozart’s most perfect opera, and was his third

collaboration with librettist Da Ponte, following their

successes with The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.

CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6AP

Bookings can be made by visiting www.cft.org.uk

THE BEAR

Thursday 13, 2pm & Friday 14 February, 10.30am & 2pm

One night when she’s fast asleep, Tilly is visited by an

enormous bear. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as

big as your head. But Tilly’s not scared. The story of a little

girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear, this playful,

funny and heart-warming tale is one of imagination and

growing up. With dazzling puppetry, delicious music and

dozens of laughs, The Bear is an unforgettable experience

for the whole family. Minerva Theatre

BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA FAMILY

CONCERT

Sunday 16 February, 4pm

Young composer Emily Presto needs you! Your mission

is to help her write a brand new piece of music for the

orchestra and then be part of the performance - in just

one hour! Along the way you’ll meet some terrifying

trolls, explore space, and dance with cowboys.

So join us for an exciting musical adventure for all the

family. Conducted by David McCallum with actor Lucy

Wells (Emily). Festival Theatre

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ASSEMBLY HALL THEATRE

Crescent Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU

01892 530613 | www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

JIMMY CARR

Wednesday 26 February, 8pm

One of the best-loved comedians in the world, Jimmy

Carr announces his brand-new tour Terribly Funny.

Terrible Funny contains jokes about all kinds of terrible

things. Terrible things that might have affected you or

people you know and love. But they’re just jokes - they are

not the terrible things. Jokes are little lies. Nothing more

than wonderful, funny, joyful tricks, constructed from

language.

RHS WISLEY

Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

01483 224234 | www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

FEBRUARY HALF TERM - WHATEVER THE

WEATHER

Saturday 15 February - Sunday 23 February, 10.30am -

3.30pm

Youngsters can enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities

including a chance to make sun catchers and wind socks

during half term and discover more about the wild

weather of the UK on a daily garden trail.

SPRING PLANT FAIR

Friday 20 March - Sunday 22, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Meet the growers and choose quality plants from more

than 30 specialist nurseries at the RHS Garden Wisley

Spring Plant Fair. Plants on sale include many with an

RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

EARLY DAFFODIL COMPETITION

Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25, 10am - 4pm

Focusing on miniature daffodils, this is the chance to

view these delightful spring flowers in the shelter of the

Glasshouse. The competition is free to enter and open to

all, for further details please contact georginabarter@rhs.

org.uk.

WINTER WALK

Daily to 31 March

The Winter Walk offers a fantastic assortment of plants

chosen for their winter colour, shape, structure and scent.

Wrap up warm and follow the hard-surfaced pathways to

discover what makes these winter gardens extra special.

Colourful stems of different dogwoods and willows create

a rainbow of colours, which look especially spectacular on

a sunny day. The bright red stems of Cornus alba Baton

Rouge (‘Minbat’) are truly eye-catching, whereas the

white, wiry stems of brambles look quite ghostly.

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McALLISTER THOMAS

Discover the finest collection of luxury holiday

homes in Northumberland.

Visit our website to find out more.

www.coquetcottages.co.uk

EWA ADAMS

made at

Osterley Park

A place to call

your own,

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McALLISTER THOMAS

117 High Street

Godalming

Surrey GU7 1AQ

T: 01483 860591

www.mcallisterthomasfineart.co.uk

Visit Osterley this

year for beautiful

vistas, iconic

architecture and

relaxing gardens

These are the places that make us.

nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley

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LOVE WINE GUILDFORD

Guildford Harbour Hotel, High Street, Guildford

www.lovewinefest.co.uk

Saturday 21 March, 1pm - 8pm

Surrey’s one-day festival for wine lovers - Love Wine

Guildford is back! It’s all you need to love wine under

one roof! Come and share your love with our amazing

exhibitors, who’ll bring their wine (and fizz, gin and

more). They’ll bring the drinks and the stories, you just

need to bring your friends!

MARYLEBONE FOOD FESTIVAL

www.marylebonefoodfestival.com

Tuesday 21 - Sunday 26 April

Kicking off with a headline dinner hosted by awardwinning

writer, journalist and broadcaster, Jay Rayner,

Marylebone’s best restaurants, bars and food and drink

boutiques will open their doors for one-off dinners,

masterclasses, supper clubs, and exceptional menus in

support of The Food Chain charity. Marylebone Food

Festival returns with a packed and eclectic line-up. A

dinner collectively cooked and executed by some of

Marylebone’s best chefs from the likes of Jikoni, Lurra,

Ooty, Caldesi in Marylebone, La Fromagerie and A.O.K

Kitchen on Tuesday 21 April will be followed by dozens

of fun, culinary events across the neighbourhood. Host,

Jay Rayner and his jazz band, The Jay Rayner Quartet will

entertain 120 ticket holders for drinks and canapés before

the guests sit down for eight courses, each cooked by one

of Marylebone’s talented chefs.

EAT & DRINK FESTIVAL

Olympia, London W14 8UX

020 7385 1200 | www.eatanddrinkfestival.com

27 March - 13 April

The UK’s favourite indoor food festival- celebrating

the best in modern cuisine, mixology and independent

produce all under one roof. The show will not disappoint,

you are sure to leave with new foodie ideas, inspiration

and a taste for food you never thought you had.

WINKWORTH ARBORETUM

Godalming GU8 4AD

01483 208477 | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winkwortharboretum

PERFECT PLACES WALK

From now to Friday 28 February, 10am - 4pm

Reflect, recharge and take some time for yourself.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for

the venue. Dogs on leads are welcome.

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01483 802280

WELLERS

of GUILDFORD

Auction House

LIKE IT, BID FOR IT, WIN IT!

• General Auctions Every Monday

• Monthly Jewellery & Collectable Auctions

• Hold Off-Site Farm and Architectural Auctions

throughout the year

• Viewing for General Auction

Saturday 9:30am - 12:30pm

• Live and Internet Bidding Available

• Free Valuations Available

• No Obligation to Enter Valued Items

Bid online at www.wellersofguildford.com

01483 802280

guildford@wellersofguildford.com

Wellers of Guildford, Bedford Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SJ

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Two-bedroom show apartment at 1887 The Pantiles

PROMOTION

INSPIRED BY THE PAST,

DESIGNED FOR THE FUTURE

DANDARA’S LONG-AWAITED DEVELOPMENT AT THE PANTILES,

DANDARA’S LONG-AWAITED DEVELOPMENT AT THE PANTILES,

ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS.

ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT IS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS.

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the facilitated invigorating by the effects “Dippers” of the – town’s ladies iron-rich who dipped waters, a glass

facilitated into The by Pantiles the “Dippers” famous Chalybeate – ladies who Spring dipped for a visitors glass to

into “take The the Pantiles waters”. famous Chalybeate Spring for visitors to

“take the waters”.

Today, you can also “dip in” to The Pantiles and view

Today, details you of Dandara’s can also “dip much in” anticipated to The Pantiles collection and view of

details exclusive of Dandara’s apartments much and mews anticipated homes, collection at their stunning of

exclusive new 1887 apartments Marketing and Suite mews in the homes, historic at their heart stunning of Royal

new Tunbridge 1887 Marketing Wells. Suite in the historic heart of Royal

Tunbridge Wells.

Inspired by the past and designed for the future,

Inspired 1887 The by the Pantiles past is and a multi-award-winning designed for the future, collection

1887 of new The one, Pantiles two and is a three-bedroom multi-award-winning apartments collection and

of two-bedroom new one, mews and three-bedroom homes at the south apartments western and end of

two-bedroom The Pantiles. mews homes at the south western end of

The Pantiles.

Visitors to the 1887 Marketing Suite now have the

Visitors opportunity to the to 1887 view Marketing the exquisite Suite two-bedroom now have the show

opportunity apartment to and view experience the exquisite the high two-bedroom standards of show design,

apartment finish and and specification experience Dandara the high is standards recognised of for. design,

finish and specification Dandara is recognised for.

With elegant architecture that complements its historic

With setting, elegant 1887 architecture The Pantiles that is designed complements for 21st its century historic

setting, living 1887 and many The Pantiles of its apartments is designed offer for far 21st reaching century views

living from and their many terraces of its and apartments balconies. offer far reaching views

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all the best shopping and

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socialising development Tunbridge is only a Wells few minutes’ can offer, walk this from landmark Tunbridge

development Wells station is with only direct a few services minutes’ to walk London from Bridge Tunbridge in

Wells just 44 station minutes, with making direct services it ideal to for London Bridge and City in

just commuters. 44 minutes, making it ideal for London and City

commuters.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells’ thriving cultural scene also offers

Royal

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– the all doorstep. with the added bonus of the peaceful countryside on

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Louise Norman, Dandara’s Head of Sales and Marketing,

Louise said: “With Norman, 1887 Dandara’s The Pantiles Head our of ambition Sales and was Marketing, to create

said: homes “With which 1887 offer The customers Pantiles the our style, ambition comfort was and to create

homes quality which they deserve offer customers in an unsurpassed the style, location. comfort and

quality they deserve in an unsurpassed location.

We have already taken reservations from eager purchasers

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Reservations are now being accepted for 1887 The

Reservations Pantiles, with are prices now from being £300,000. accepted for 1887 The

Pantiles, with prices from £300,000.

The 1887 Marketing Suite is adjacent to the development and located

The off Linden 1887 Park Marketing Road, Suite along is Sussex adjacent Mews to the adjacent development to and located

off The Linden Pantiles Park Car Road, Park along and is Sussex open 10.00am Mews adjacent – 5.00pm, to

The seven-days-a Pantiles Car week. Park Alternatively, and is open telephone 10.00am 01892 – 5.00pm, 726 112

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or visit www.dandara.com to find out more.

1887 The Pantiles Sales & Marketing Suite

1887 The Pantiles Sales & Marketing Suite

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A stunning development of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom

luxury apartments and 2 bedroom mews homes

in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

For further details call 01892 726112

email 1887@dandara.com or visit dandara.com

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HOME FRONT

How to create “Kerb Appeal” from just £150

to attract buyers and sell for a top price...

More than two thirds (68%) of homeowners say kerb

appeal was important in their choice of home.

Homeowners have revealed a list of the features

most important to them in creating a positive first

impression in the home they wanted to buy.

In the HomeOwners Alliance survey, of more than 2,000 UK

adults conducted by YouGov, the most important aspects

were well-maintained windows and a roof that appeared in

good condition. A well-maintained front garden, pathways

and fences were also highlighted as important, in addition to a

well-painted frontage.

The HomeOwners Alliance has teamed up with the Federation

of Master Builders (FMB) to see how much it would cost to

improve these features in your home. The good news is that

homeowners can have a tidy front garden from as little as

£150, while fixing broken tiles on a roof to make it look top

notch can cost as little as £190.

Each of the ten features that contribute to kerb appeal can

be delivered for under £2,830 (based on an average threebedroom

house) and could be completed within a week by a

small team of tradespeople.

The HomeOwners Alliance survey asked homeowners what

kerb appeal features mattered most to them when they bought

their home, and found the most important features were as

follows. This list also gives indicative costs provided by the

FMB to enhance, fix or deliver these kerb appeal features for

your home:

Windows in good condition (71%)

Cost: The FMB say the cost of repairing and redecorating

wooden windows that have not been touched for a decade

would be between £1,000 and £2,000. For upstairs windows,

scaffolding may be required instead of a ladder and, if so, it

typically costs £400 a day to rent.

A roof that appears in good condition (68%)

Cost: The FMB say replacing five missing, loose or cracked

roof tiles would cost around £190 and would take up to one

day. Scaffolding may be needed.

A tidy front garden with no weeds and trimmed hedges (67%)

Cost: The FMB say the cost of tidying an overgrown front

garden would be around £150 for a day’s work.

A well maintained pathway/drive (59%)

Cost: The FMB say repairing and improving the pathway or

drive up to the house could typically cost between £100 and

£500 depending on the extent of the damage and the surface.

Well-maintained fences and walls (56%)

Cost: The FMB say repainting a fence costs about £90 per

panel (including labour) while building a new fence could cost

up to £1500, depending on the materials used.

A well-decorated exterior (54%)

Cost: The FMB estimates it would cost around £550 to repaint

the front of a house. Scaffolding may be needed.

A well-maintained and attractive front door (52%)

Cost: Redecorating a front door would typically cost £200,

according to the FMB.

Clear, functioning gutters (50%)

Cost: The FMB say clearing and repairing gutters would cost

around £250. Scaffolding may be needed.

Hidden wheelie bins (36%)

Cost: A natural willow wheelie bin screen storage costs as little

as £49.99.

A well-lit house (26%)

Cost: The FMB say adding an exterior light to the house can

cost between £250 and £750 and should be completed by a

qualified electrician.

Paula Higgins, Chief Executive of the HomeOwners Alliance,

says: “Kerb appeal creates a lasting first impression – most

buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving

at a property. So if you’re about to put your home on the market

this autumn or your house has been on sale for a while, it’s

worth going through this list and seeing what improvements you

can make.”

For more great free advice please visit the HomeOwners

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THE IMPORTANCE OF

PREPARING STUDENTS

FOR THE WORKPLACE

Dr Joseph Spence, head of Dulwich College, discusses the

value careers-based workshops can bring to independent

schools and their state school partners...

Careers education is an important element of a school’s

provision, and a service one cannot introduce to pupils

too early. Prospective parents, even of 11‐year‐olds,

are asking far more questions than they used to about

how we are preparing children for the workplace of the

future. This is inevitable given all of the rhetoric about the

percentage of jobs not yet created into which our pupils will

move, and the fact that they will likely have multiple careers,

possibly across many countries or continents, over the course

of long working lives.

Networking events focused on particular professions or

industries have proven immensely popular. These bring

together former pupils and current and past parents,

alongside pupils from both independent and state schools.

However, it is also useful to look for ways older pupils can

deliver light‐touch advice to their younger peers at partner

schools. As co‐director of the Southwark Schools Learning

Partnership, I have been delighted in recent years to be able

to encourage a hub of careers advisers from a good number

of our 16 schools (12 state schools and four independent

schools) to share best practice between schools and across

the sectors.

Last June, a group of Year 10 students from City Heights E‐

ACT Academy in South East London had a careers workshop

with our careers adviser at Dulwich College, and a group

of the College’s Year 12 students. The workshop introduced

the UCAS process with a short ‘true or false’ activity, with

students from both schools working in teams to decide on

the veracity of various statements. The statements included

the number of applicants to university through UCAS, World

University Rankings, average graduate salaries and deciding

what degree courses some famous people had taken.

The Year 10 City Heights students were given a brief

overview of the UCAS applications process and the Year 12

students explained what A‐levels they were doing and the

different courses and universities they were planning to apply

to. The City Heights pupils were introduced to course and

career options they had not previously considered, while the

Dulwich College pupils said it really helped them to clarify

their own plans by having to articulate them for younger

pupils.

The next activity consisted of a wide‐ranging discussion

of the likely nature of jobs in the future that haven’t been

created yet. Students were also advised about courses and

careers on to which one could move later, e.g. becoming

a solicitor or barrister via a post‐graduate law conversion

course.

The final part of the workshop consisted of a question and

answer session, much of which focused on what subjects

were needed for certain careers. This also gave the Dulwich

students and their careers adviser the opportunity to talk

about the importance of engaging in co‐curricular activities

that might support a career aspiration, such as volunteering

in a hospital or care home for healthcare related careers.

There was a time when the only careers advice the head of

an independent school needed to offer sixth formers was

on how to write a personal statement. Those days are long

gone. Whether explicitly or implicitly, the new order is that

everything we do with our students has some bearing on

preparing them for the fast-changing workplace. The jobs

they will go into may be newly minted or newly branded, but

the skills and aptitudes they will require to succeed in them

are, in fact, those which have always been needed in the

world of work: the ability to lead on a project, to work in a

team, to communicate clearly and the ability to think outside

the box.

All this they learn in their representation of the school

on its sport field, in the joining of musical and theatrical

ensembles, in their community projects and charitable

fundraising and in their adventurous activities. We are all

careers educators now – but explicit, nuanced careers advice

delivered by those who work hard to keep up to speed with

changes in the major (and new) professions, is still absolutely

essential.

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GRE T

DON’T

THINK

ALIKE

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow

Situated in the heart of Surrey

with a wide range of transport

options serving the area.

School at Work Day

Tue 11th February 2020, 11am - 12.15pm

Open Morning

Sat 14th March 2020, 10.15am - 12pm

School At Work Day

Wed 6th May 2020, 11am - 12.15pm

Open Evening

Thurs 11th June 2020, 6.15pm - 8pm

For all 2020 open events please visit our website

Scholarships available for Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form

At Box Hill School, we understand all students are individuals and approach learning in

different ways. Our holistic approach to education develops our children’s intellectual,

social, physical and artistic talents.

It encourages them to explore a path of self discovery thus stimulating the unique

abilities within each child to achieve success.

DAY, WEEKLY & FULL BOARDING

Box Hill School | London Road | Mickleham

Dorking | +44 (0)1372 373382

boxhillschool.com

Geographer

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GRACE, AGE 12

Millfield and Millfield Prep’s next

Open Day is on Saturday 29 February

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EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Downside School, based in Stratton-on-the-Fosse near

Bath, represented the UK at the Asia-Europe Foundation

Conference in December in Tokyo. 1,700 schools from

across Asia, Europe and Oceania applied for a chance

to present at the policy-making event, which focussed on

Educational Sustainable Development (ESD) and the use of

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the classroom.

The conference was attended by 51 countries in Asia, Europe

and Oceania, as well as businesses, professionals and experts

in the field of education and more specifically, technology in

education. The event involved round-table discussions with

representatives from the Japanese government, NGOs and

other charities, looking at how Japan is implementing the 17

sustainable development goals set down by the UN, and how we,

as educators, can shape the future and empower young people

to make sustainable choices. The three pillars of sustainable

development are environmental, economic and social, and they

underpin the strategy to change the mind-set of the human race

and our impact on our world.

The goals for the conference were to expose teachers to ESD

and AI. A key aspect was to gauge educators’ readiness on these

subjects, and to explore the developing role of the teacher in this

new age of digital technology and AI in the classroom.

During the conference, Downside Deputy Head Mike

Randall, along with Alex Wright from ScienceScope, the

school’s education tech partner, presented their exciting new

collaborations project which aims to bring the Internet of

Things (IoT) and ‘big data’ into classroom. The project will lead

best practice in over 20 schools in Asia, Europe and Oceania,

and to empower young people to be creative in dealing with

real world issues, using ‘big data’ to make better informed

decisions. For example, one aspect of the project involves

the use of weather stations connected to the internet across

the globe gathering data in real time to use in the classroom.

Students will be able to track the progress of hurricanes

or typhoons across countries, to see what is happening to

global temperatures as well as using other sensors to monitor

ecosystems and human effects on them.

To find out more about ScienceScope, please visit

www.sciencescope.uk.

To find out more about Downside you are most welcome to come

our next Open Mornings on 7th March and 16th May 2020.

Alternatively, you can arrange a private visit on a day to suit you:

+44(0)1761 235103 / admissions@downside.co.uk

www.downside.co.uk

WANT TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

YOU HAVE ENDLESS

OPPORTUNITIES

We give you the strength to discover

OPEN MORNINGS: Sat 7th March & Sat 16th May

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TALKING HEADS

WE MEET SOME LOCAL

HEAD TEACHERS

MAYFIELD

SCHOOL

Antonia Beary has been the

Headmistress of Mayfield

School since September 2008.

She was educated in the state

sector before reading English at

Trinity College, Cambridge.

How would you sum up the

ethos of the school?

At Mayfield we believe in

nurturing the unique talents

and promise of each individual girl, supporting and guiding

her to achieve her full potential in everything she does. Our

motto, Actions Not Words, inspired by our founder Cornelia

Connelly and rooted in our Catholic foundation, encourages

initiative, personal and social responsibility, and a commitment

to make a positive difference. Every girl is accepted for who she

is and is encouraged to be the best she can be. We have a vibrant

and supportive community, with a strong boarding tradition,

welcoming girls from all backgrounds, and we value the

importance of cultural, spiritual and physical enrichment. Our

ethos is one in which we educate mind, body, heart and soul.

A single sex environment typically allows students to flourish

in subjects they might ordinarily shy away from – is that the

case at Mayfield?

Yes, as specialists in girls’ education, we have the expertise to

focus our teaching methods in ways that inspire and capture

the girls' interest and understanding, and this is undoubtedly

reflected in the popularity of mathematics and the sciences.

We challenge gender stereotypes and nurture creativity in

everything we do, inside and outside the classroom. It is a myth

that the sciences and the arts are mutually exclusive. To be

successful as a scientist, you need to be creative and innovative,

and to be a successful artist, actor or musician, you need

discipline, logic and focus.

Does boarding help to enhance the lives of students?

Boarding houses today offer plenty of home comforts, and with

increasingly sophisticated technology, pupils can remain in

close contact with home. At Mayfield we offer weekly and flexi

options as well as full boarding, and we have a large number of

local girls who choose to board. We have extensive grounds, and

our pupils benefit from a range of sports and outdoor activities

in school and the surrounding countryside. Working hard and

playing hard is easy!

BOX HILL

SCHOOL

Mr Cory Lowde is Box

Hill School’s fourth

Headmaster and was

appointed in 2014 from

his position as Deputy

Head. He joined the

School in 2010 and prior

to this, Mr Lowde was the

Deputy Headmaster of the

British School of Boston,

Massachusetts, USA.

What attracted you to your school?

An education at Box Hill School is a holistic experience.

Academic grades seem to obsess the press but we believe

that they are an outcome of good character, which is

our primary focus. I love that. I quote an old Victorian

Headmaster and say that a Boxhillian should be ‘useful at

a dance and indispensable in a shipwreck’!

How would you describe the ethos of the school?

For nearly 60 years, we have followed the principles of

Kurt Hahn, who famously said that “there is more in us

than we know. If we could be made to see it, perhaps,

for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for

less.” As a founder member of the Round Square family

of schools, we promote international understanding,

democracy, a care for the world around us, a sense of

adventure and the qualities of leadership and service.

We see excellent academic results as an outcome of this

and we are determined that all pupils should reach their

maximum potential in all that they do.

In an increasingly globalised world, what skills do you

think Round Square equip students with?

Our value added education means we prepare our students

for life. We focus on the development of character and

define success through personal growth. Our students are

encouraged to be sensible risk takers, to be kind, resilient

and have courage, the combination of these make our

children successful in an ever changing world.

What makes you most proud of your pupils?

Their energy, enthusiasm, compassion and belief that they

can and will make a difference. They are fun and delightful

to be around – most definitely our best ambassadors!

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OPEN MORNING

Thursday 5th March 2020,

9.15 -11.00

Creating a culture of high expectations

A leading independent co-educational day and boarding school offering

high academic standards, excellent pastoral care and a wide extra-curricular

programme within a supportive Christian environment.

Co-education: Juniors 3–11, Seniors 11–16, Sixth Form 16-18

Perry Street, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6LR

T: 020 8467 0256

www.farringtons.org.uk

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MEET THE HEAD

Education is a hot topic and seems to have been

so for a long time, with arguments being batted

back and forth so it was good to get ‘a view from

the coal face’ when we spoke to Mark Hammond,

headmaster from the delightfully named Skippers

Hill School...

What makes you smile every day?

It may be predictable but I am afraid the only answer to this

question is of course the children. I am privileged to serve

a warm, friendly community where relationships between

parents, pupils and staff are highly valued and so it is a

genuine pleasure every morning to stand outside the school

at drop-off and welcome the children in with a handshake to

start their day.

It can sometimes seem that we are becoming more and

more protective of our children, and muddy knees and den

building seem to be a thing of the past – what do you think?

It is certainly the case that parents feel greater pressure these

days to be protective but there is also a healthy recognition

among my parent community that a broad education makes

all the difference. Parents are increasingly supportive of the

need to build resilience and a healthy growth mindset in

their children, even if it can be challenging to see their child

struggling with a particular problem or obstacle.

At a time when children’s online lives and social media

pressures present unprecedented challenges, the importance

of sport, performing arts and outdoor pursuits has never

been greater. These are fields where you cannot hide from

competition and the inevitable risk of failing - so vital in

building strength of character. Working as part of a team,

being outdoors, climbing a tree and getting muddy have

timeless value and we are very lucky at Skippers to be able to

integrate all of this into our curriculum.

And finally, what would you like your pupils to say about

you when they are your age?

Irrespective of what they say about me, I trust that all the

children that come through Skippers will look back on

their time at Prep School and remember the woodlands,

the sport, the friends they made and enjoy a passion for

learning throughout their life. If I have done my job well,

they will see their time at Skippers as a happy period in

their life which provided them with the opportunity to

understand who they are and what they can contribute to

their communities, as well as getting stuck into everything

that life offers!

For boys and girls aged 2 to 13

Come along to our Whole School Open Morning Saturday 7 March 2020, 10am-12pm

For full details and to book your place, visit:

www.skippershill.com/visit

☎ 01825 830 234 www.skippershill.com

Five Ashes, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6HR

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SCHOOL

report

IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM

LOCAL SCHOOLS

ST HILARY'S MAKES STRIDES TOWARD

BECOMING FULLY CO-EDUCATIONAL

St Hilary’s Prep School in Godalming has had many good

reasons to celebrate in the past year, from successfully starting

their transition to becoming fully co-educational, to their

many awards and achievements. The school is going from

strength to strength.

Plans to become fully co-educational by 2022 have been

successfully implemented as they accept boys into Year 3 for

the first time. Headmistress Jane Whittingham said, “The boys

have moved seamlessly from Pre-Prep to Prep and the boys

and girls are enjoying the ability to continue learning together.

As a family orientated school, it has been fantastic to see the

boys integrating so well.”

The School was recently awarded the full accreditation of the

International School Award from the British Council, which

recognises their commitment to embedding international

awareness and understanding across the school and in

curriculum teaching. This accreditation was achieved by St

Hilary’s demonstrating their commitment to international

education throughout the entire school, involving clear plans

of activity and impact assessments to develop the quality of

international education.

St Hilary’s also recently opened ‘The Hive,’ one of 60 Lego

Innovation Studios in the UK, with most of the others mainly

found in Senior schools, colleges and Universities. The

Hive Studio provides pupils with an opportunity to engage

in 21st century skills including critical thinking, creativity,

collaboration and communication, through a hands-on

learning approach in their STEAM (Science, Technology,

Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) subjects. St Hilary’s will

be working with Lego Education over the next three years to

further develop ‘The Hive’ as a hub for training educators and

engaging children in the local community.

FORWARD-THINKING DEVELOPMENTS

AT GREAT BALLARD SCHOOL

It is important that schools take a forward-thinking approach

to education. In an ever-changing world, schools must invest

in the future and prepare children for jobs that likely do not

yet exist. As Professor Sir Roy Anderson said “The modern

workplace needs workers who have broad cognitive skills

which include being able to solve complex interdisciplinary

problems, thinking critically about work tasks, communicating

effectively with people from a range of different cultures, being

able to collaborate with others, and also being able to adapt to

rapidly changing environments or conditions.” Senior schools,

universities and employers are looking not only for evidence of

academic, sporting, creative learning and achievement but need

to know about what are often called “soft skills”. By this they

mean such skills/attributes as communication, collaboration,

resilience, creativity, curiosity, reflectiveness, and reciprocity.

With this in mind, Great Ballard has announced some significant

changes to its educational offerings. In September 2020 the PSB

qualification will be launched. This is a programme of study

for children that has at its heart the development of the values,

skills, attitudes and behaviours to best prepare children to meet

the challenges of life and flourish in an ever changing world.

It focuses on the progress a child makes in different areas of

learning, actively developing and tracking social, leadership and

teamwork skills.

In addition to this, from September 2021 the school will be

broadening its age range to offer education to children aged

2½-16! This means that the first Year 9 class will walk through

the school gates to begin their GCSE studies and be the first

cohort to sit GCSE exams in September 2024. Great Ballard looks

forward to celebrating their achievements.

If you’d like to find out more about the exciting developments

happening at Great Ballard School, their next Open Morning

is taking place on Saturday 14th March 2020 from 9.30am-

11.30am. If however you are unable to attend on this date, Great

Ballard’s doors are always open and a tour with the Headmaster,

Mr Richard Evans is just a phone call away.

With new Bursaries and Scholarships available for Year 3

entry, why not visit the school at one of the upcoming open

mornings on Friday 28th February or Friday 6th March.

Please contact the Registrar for more details on 01483 416551.

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TIME TIME TO TO TRUST

IN IN THE THE FUTURE OF

PREP SCHOOLS

It can’t

It can’t

be

be

easy

easy

being

being

a prospective

a prospective

parent

parent

of

of

a

a

prep

prep

school school child. child. If you If you fall fall into into this this category category you you might might

have have been been forgiven, forgiven, prior prior to to the the December December election, election,

for for thinking thinking that that there’s there’s not not much much point point as as the the

whole whole fee fee paying paying independent school school sector sector could could

have have been been abolished...

If If the the outcome outcome of the of the election election had had been been different

don’t don’t underestimate the the independent school sector’s

determination to fight to fight for for its its existence with with every legal

pathway pathway being being followed to test to test the the legitimacy of of such a a

policy. policy. As it As is, it the is, the immediate prospect of of a political a threat

has has greatly greatly subsided subsided and and the the sector sector has has the the breathing space to to

make make its case its case more more forcefully forcefully that that we we have have a right a right to to exist exist and and

parents parents should should be presented be presented with with options options for for the the education

of their of their children. children. It is It for is for parents parents to to choose choose the the school school which which

is best is best suited suited to their to their child’s child’s needs, needs, aspirations aspirations and and talents. talents.

In the

In the

meantime,

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is every

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to

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confidence

confidence

in prep schools and their future. IAPS (the Independent

in prep schools and their future. IAPS (the Independent

Association of Prep Schools) has over 600 of the top prep

Association of Prep Schools) has over 600 of the top prep

and fee-charging junior schools in the UK. The first step

and fee-charging junior schools in the UK. The first step

in your search for quality is to check if your possible short

in your search for quality is to check if your possible short

list of schools for your son or daughter carries the mark of

list of

quality

schools

by being

for your

a member

son or daughter

of the heads’

carries

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over monitored 126 years to and ensure the criteria both the for head, membership and the school is strictly they work

monitored at, maintain to ensure the highest both the standards. head, and School the school inspection they reports work

at, maintain are received the by highest IAPS, standards. for example, School and any inspection failings identified reports

are received have to be by rectified IAPS, for in good example, time and to maintain any failings membership. identified In

have one to be sense, rectified therefore, in good the first time level to maintain of due diligence membership. a parent In

one might sense, feel therefore, it necessary the first to undertake level of due is already diligence done a parent for them

might if the feel school it necessary can demonstrate to undertake they is are already members done of for IAPS them and,

if the better school still, can have demonstrate been a member they for are many members years. of IAPS and,

better still, have been a member for many years.

What should you do next as you are feeling your way

What through should the you maze do next of glossy as you publications are feeling and your enticing way

through web sites the maze placed of in glossy front publications of you. The temptation and enticing is to look

web for sites a ‘brand’ placed name in front and, of to you. some The extent, temptation this has is merit to look as

for a it ‘brand’ will more name often and, than to not some lead extent, you to this a school has merit with as a

it will

fine

more

reputation

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polished

not lead

over

you

many

to

years

a school

of conspicuous

with a

achievement. The question to ask, of course, is has the school

fine reputation polished over many years of conspicuous

a reputation for success in the areas which co-incide with the

achievement. The question to ask, of course, is has the school

talents and interests of your child. A fine school’s sporting

a reputation for success in the areas which co-incide with the

tradition is of little relevance if your child is a talented and

talents and interests of your child. A fine school’s sporting

developing musician – not that those two areas have to be

tradition is of little relevance if your child is a talented and

mutually exclusive.

developing musician – not that those two areas have to be

mutually exclusive.

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The resort to social media and discussion forums is is a a likely

step many will take but if your chosen pathway takes you you in in

this this direction then, at the risk of patronising you, the the reader,

beware. Do Do you use Tripadvisor when planning a a stay stay away? away?

Do Do you you believe all all the messages posted there there and and would would you you

base

base

your

your

whole

whole

view

view

of

of

a school

on

on

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the

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to

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their

own

own

reasons.

reasons.

There might be themes to pick up on but it really needs each

There might be themes to pick up on but it really needs each

parent to seek out the things that are most important to you

parent to seek out the things that are most important to you

and your child.

and your child.

That brings me then to what you should do. The most

That important brings thing me then is to to visit what the you school should and do. not The just on most an

important official Open thing Day. is to If a visit school the can’t school buff and itself not up just to look on an good

official on an official Open Day. Open If Day a school it really can’t is a buff poor itself do. up However, to look good

on chose an official a day and Open time Day to suit really you, is though a poor be do. reasonable However, when

chose negotiating a day and this. time Nothing to suit much you, is though likely to be be reasonable gained from when

negotiating a visit if a good this. proportion Nothing much of the is school likely to is off be their gained normal from

a timetable visit if a good or routine proportion because of it’s the the school day of is the off annual their normal whole

timetable school cross or routine country because event. Ask it’s to the see day the of class the annual your child whole

school would cross likely country join at work event. and Ask then to visit see the older class age your groups, child

would looking likely for obvious join at work positive and progression then visit older as revealed age groups, by the

looking work displayed for obvious on the positive wall displays. progression Find as out revealed the answers by the

work to the displayed questions on you the have wall about displays. the areas Find important out the answers to you

to and the judge questions how open you have and direct about you the find areas the important responses to from you

and the judge school. how In short open trust and direct your instincts you find and the not responses wholly what from

the others school. tell you. In short trust your instincts and not wholly what

others tell you.

If you follow this advice you won’t go far wrong and then

don’t lose any sleep at all over the long term future of

If you follow this advice you won’t go far wrong and then

your prep school. Let IAPS do that bit for you whilst you

don’t lose any sleep at all over the long term future of

concentrate on finding the right school for your child.

your prep school. Let IAPS do that bit for you whilst you

concentrate on finding the right school for your child.

Christopher King, CEO, IAPS

Christopher King, CEO, IAPS

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2020

CREATE HEALTHY HABITS IN THIS NEW

DECADE - ONES YOU CAN STICK TO

1SPICE THINGS UP

Please consult your doctor before making any

major changes to your fitness or diet regime

We all know we should eat more veggies (ideally

10 portions per day), but we could also be reaping

huge health benefits from herbs and spices by

introducing them into our diets. Here are just a few

with phenomenal healthy stats.

SAGE - Current research indicates that sage may

be able to improve brain function and memory,

especially in people with Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease is accompanied by a drop in the level

of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger in the brain. Sage

inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine

CINNAMON - Cinnamon has potent antioxidant activity,

helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower

cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

Cinnamon can lower blood sugar by several mechanisms,

including by slowing the breakdown of carbs in the digestive

tract and improving insulin sensitivity. The effective dose per

day is 0.5 - 2 teaspoons.

TURMERIC - Turmeric contains Curcumin - a

remarkably powerful antioxidant, helping to fight oxidative

damage and boosting the body's own antioxidant enzymes.

Curcumin is also strongly anti-inflammatory, to the

point where it matches the effectiveness of some antiinflammatory

drug. Inflammation is the root cause of most

Western diseases, so the regular inclusion of turmeric is a

no-brainer.

GINGER - Ginger is known for its efficacy in

treating nausea, but alongside that it is said to have antiinflammatory

properties. Research found that a mixture of

ginger, cinnamon, mastic, and sesame oil decreased pain and

stiffness experienced by those with osteoarthritis. It had a

similar effectiveness as treatment with aspirin or ibuprofen.

2

TAKE A

BREATH

According to the Mayo Clinic,

there’s sufficient evidence that

intentional deep breathing can

actually calm and regulate the

autonomic nervous system

(ANS). This system regulates

our involuntary body functions such as temperature, heart

rate, digestion and respiratory rate. It can lower blood

pressure and provide an almost immediate sense of calm.

The slow holding of breath allows CO2 to build up in the

blood. An increased blood CO2 enhances the cardioinhibitory

response of the vagus nerve when you exhale and

stimulates your parasympathetic system. This produces a

calm and relaxed feeling in the mind and body.

BOX BREATHING - Box breathing, also known as

square breathing, is a technique used when taking slow, deep

breaths. It can heighten performance and concentration while

also being a powerful stress reliever. It’s also called four-square

breathing.

It's very simple - the cadence is 1:1:1:1. Deeply and slowly

inhale for five seconds, hold your breath for five seconds,

exhale slowly for five seconds, then hold your breath again

for five seconds. Repeat at least four times.

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MYOFASCIAL

MASSAGE

Myofascial release is an alternative

medicine therapy claimed to be useful

for treating skeletal muscle immobility

and pain by relaxing contracted

muscles, improving circulation, and

stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.

You can reap the benefits at home using

a simple foam roller to work out areas of tension

in the body. The stretching motion helps to increase joint

mobility and the targeted pressure on 4your fascia helps to

release trigger points where you’re feeling pain.

WEIGHT

TRAINING

It's a common misconception

that the only way to get leaner is

lots of cardio. Whilst its fat-burning

positives are important, some form of

weight training is also essential if you want

to change your body composition - there are a

myriad of benefits - here are just a few:

INCREASES BONE DENSITY - weight

training can help limit the effects of age-related

bone mass loss. It also increases joint stability,

helping to avoid injury in both training and

everyday activities.

If you are more active or you have

existing pain from joints, arthritis

or sciatica, you might find

something more intense

necessary for muscle

recovery and pain relief.

The Theragun liv (£229,

theragun.com) uses percussive therapy to

stimulate circulation, generate heat, and release

your deepest tension. It's a pill-free approach to pain

management that gets deep into the muscle - perfect

for those carrying persistent back

and shoulder pain.

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REDUCE

SUGAR INTAKE

The tide is beginning to turn against the sugar rush - we

are becoming more aware that it's the white stuff, not fat

that is the enemy. Loaded into all manner of processed

foods (some you might not event expect), sugar plays havoc

with our liver, teeth and gut health - not to mention our moods.

Our bodies are equipped to metabolise and store glucose (for hard

times of starvation), but fructose, which makes up most of the

sugar content of our favourite foods, is an unwelcome guest which

our body can't process properly - ending up being deposited as fat

in unwanted places, most notably furring up our arteries. So, what

can you do to combat the ingredient that's in everything?

SIMPLE SWAPS & TIPS FOR REDUCING SUGAR:

REPLACE THE HABITS - the ones that have you reaching for

sugary treats - try replacing watching TV with reading

OVERALL STRENGTH - strength training

increases our ability to perform daily tasks well,

like squatting, rising from a seated position and

lifting bags - it is a functional form of training.

INCREASES LEAN MUSCLE MASS -

as well as making you look slimmer overall, lean

muscle also increases metabolic rate, so it's a calorie

burning win-win.

BLOOD PRESSURE - improves heart health

by decreasing both systolic and diastolic blood

pressure.

INFLAMMATION - weight training helps

reduce inflammatory molecules and also improves

the efficiency of the cardio-vascular system - try to

weight train at least twice a week for these benefits.

Consult a personal trainer to help devise a routine

that works for your level of ability and which

targets the particular improvements you would like

to make, or concerns you might have.

DITCH SUGAR-LADEN DRINKS - fizzy drinks and 'healthy'

fruit drinks are laden with masses of sugar. If you can't beat the

refreshing taste of something fizzy, a SodaStream Crystal (£149.99,

sodastream.co.uk), makes carbonated water in seconds, and comes

with a lovely glass carafe to store or serve your water in - the

added benefit is it's more environmentally friendly too than

buying lots of plastic bottles.

EAT WHOLEFOODS - best way to avoid overly processed

foods laden with secret sugars? Don't buy them. Try to make

5most of your food from wholefood ingredients and avoid

processed foods with more than three ingredients listed.

PLAN- don't let moments of

weakness catch you off guard - if

you're going out for a meal, find

the menu online and make

your decision before - then

don't pick up the menu again!

Have savoury snacks in the

house when the 8pm sugar

craving hits too!

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6TAILOR YOUR WORKOUT

We are all very different - the requirements in diet and

fitness terms from one person to another vary hugely, as do

our needs as we become fitter - that's a common issue with

fitness equipment for the home - workouts can stagnate easily,

leading to slowed progress and ultimately disenchantment.

The new Bowflex Max Trainer M8 is the first home exercise

equipment to possess an Artificial Intelligence platform that can

help people reach peak fitness and keep their home regime dynamic and

interesting. The AI platform, called JRNY, uses AI algorithms, data from an

initial assessment, and tracking from previous workouts to create personalised

daily workouts based on the user’s fitness goals. Each custom workout is adjusted

automatically based on how the user is feeling, how much they improve, and their

past performance.

TONE AT HOME

Created by celeb trainer Stephen Pasterino, P.volve is a unique

fitness method that not only helps reduce bulk in thighs, it

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crunches! Stephen designed his own proprietary equipment

the P.ball and P.band, which sculpts hard to reach areas like

the inner thigh, lower glutes and underarms.

Loved by celebrities, models and influencers alike, the

P.volve method if one you can do anytime, anywhere, either

online or via the P.volve app, making it the perfect work

out for busy millennials, mums and travellers alike! His

method uses a unique 'pre-hab' approach that integrates

physical therapy principles to activate and strengthen the

muscles without pulsing or fatiguing them. It is low impact,

and works with your body to help further strengthen and

tones your muscles, trimming bulk and helping to create the

visible definition women long for.

For best results working alongside the P.volve videos,

Stephen recommends buying the p.3 trainer. Consisting of

a resistance band, 1.5lb ball, a handle (which

is interchangeable with the weighted ball)

and two ankle straps, this multi-use system is

designed for exercises standing up or on-themat

to help achieve long, lean muscles.

In addition to the new AI platform, the new Bowflex Max Trainer M8 boasts

enhanced features over its predecessor, the M7. Combining the full-body, lowimpact

motion of an elliptical with the calorie-torching power of a stepper, the

fat-burning capability of the Max Trainer M8 is unmatched. At a fraction of the

size of most ellipticals and treadmills, this space-saving machine is designed to fit

in every home gym environment, and with handy integrated transport wheels, it

can be moved about with ease. The Max Trainer M8 is available exclusively from

Fitness Superstore for £1999.

The P.volve app or website is a fantastic way

to keep track of your progress. Key in a few details about

yourself, such as what areas you want to focus on and what

days you want to exercise and you will receive a plan

tailored to your wishes.

You can also get access to a nutrition plan, which

will give you some healthy recipe ideas, including

some naughty but nice treats! There is plenty of

advice on the website too, particularly useful if you are a

beginner to exercise. The key is not to rush the program - it's

recommended you are on the first phase and then the second

phase for about 30 days each.

For more information about P.volve and how it can help you

reach your body goals, please visit the website - pvolve.com

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ANCIENT WELLNESS

WE CATCH UP WITH WELLNESS EXPERT

AND CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

KATIE BRINDLE ON THE GAPS IN WESTERN

MEDICINE AND INCORPORATING

WELLBEING TECHNIQUES INTO EVERY DAY

EPICURE style, health & wellbeing

learning from C hinese medicine

What brought you to the discovery of Chinese medicinal

techniques?

I have been working in Chinese medicine since 2002. I

had a car accident that ended my dreams of becoming an

opera singer, followed by years of health issues. After trying

every form of medicine and alternative therapy going, I was

eventually healed by Chinese medicine – and was so inspired

that I decided to train as a practitioner.

You are a firm believer in preventative medicine and self-care

– where does that fit within Chinese traditional methods and

what does it entail in practical terms?

My mission in life is to help others using the remarkable

healing system of yang sheng, the self-care part of Chinese

medicine. Prevention alongside cure is a cornerstone of

Chinese medicine. Rather than suppressing the symptoms, it

focuses on finding the root cause of illness.

In our fast-paced modern society, there is a lack of

understanding into preventative treatment. From 20 years of

studying Chinese medicine, I could see that it had an answer

to the Western illness epidemic.

Whilst Western medicine has transformed health care as

we know it, there’s a gap that it doesn’t address and that’s

the ‘almost-well’, the ‘not feeling so good’, the tired out and

over-stressed. This is a gap I have seen Chinese medicine –

specifically yang sheng – fill beautifully.

In Western medicine we are so focused on reactive treatment

of symptoms, rather than preventative care – we can be

healthy outwardly with active lifestyles, but not in good

health – how can these methods help that?

Any symptoms of ill health will always relate to one of the 5 key

organs we consider when we are treating in Chinese medicine.

These are Heart, Lung, Liver, Stomach/Spleen and Kidney.

Depending on what your symptoms are, it will usually

indicate to us an imbalance in a specific organ. For example,

palpitations are concerned with the heart.

An energetic imbalance does not mean you have a dramatic

health issue. In this aspect of Chinese medicine, we are about

prevention not cure. And that means reading the subtle

signs and symptoms of the body daily. Imbalance starts at an

energetic level and you rectify it at an energetic level.

"USE LOW LEVEL SYMPTOMS

AS A BAROMETER OF YOUR

WELLNESS. ADDRESS THEM TO

KEEP THE BODY HEALTHY AND

THEY ARE MUCH LESS LIKELY

TO BECOME A DEEPER ISSUE."

The more serious the symptoms, the deeper the imbalance. If

the symptom is mild – e.g. low-level anxiety before a meeting

or mild rosacea after a glass of red wine, the imbalance will be

easier to rectify.

Heart imbalance does not mean heart disease, it is a subtle

signal that your body is not in balance and the strain of that

is impacting your heart energy, which may eventually lead

to an issue over time. In the first instance, it could be felt as

low level anxiety, occasional palpitations or a lack of desire to

socialise. We look for the low level signs to stop things getting

a foothold in the body and causing a greater problem further

down the line.

Use low level symptoms as a barometer of your wellness.

Address them to keep the body healthy and they are much less

likely to become a deeper issue. This is the principle behind

yang sheng and self-care.

Can you tell us about your Hayo’u Method?

I founded the Hayo’u Method to translate the remarkable but

complex wisdom of Chinese medicine into simple self-care

techniques for a modern Western world.

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"IN SIMPLE TERMS, IT

REFLECTS THE CHINESE

PHILOSOPHY THAT GOOD

CIRCULATION IS THE

FOUNDATION OF OUR

HEALTH. BUT, THE STRESS

AND SEDENTARY NATURE OF

MODERN LIFE FREQUENTLY

DISRUPTS OUR CIRCULATION."

There’s a famous Chinese proverb: ‘Flowing water never

stagnates. And the hinges of a moving gate will never rust’

In simple terms, it reflects the Chinese philosophy that good

circulation is the foundation of our health. But, the stress

and sedentary nature of modern life frequently disrupts our

circulation. Therefore, encouraging your circulation to flow

smoothly will transform your beauty and your wellbeing. It’s so

straightforward, yet hugely effective.

The theory is simple: by doing the 3 steps below you assist

circulation, helping natural bodily functions work to their

full potential:

RESTORE: WITH GUA SHA.

RESET: WITH TAPPING.

3 RESCUE: WITH BREATH.

Many of us are overstretched, highly stressed and

functioning on too little sleep – introducing more into the

routine is challenging. How do you make your methods

habitual, instead of another task to fulfil in the day?

The secret to wellness does not lie in radical diets, extreme

work outs and lifestyle overhauls that prove impossible

to stick to. It’s much easier and more sustainable to create

moments for yourself throughout the day. These should be

simple, pleasurable and fit effortlessly into your daily life.

Do this and you’ll set yourself up for success, even on the

toughest of days. This is why I made sure that my rituals

are both enjoyable and as simple as teeth brushing.

Can you share your top 5 or 10 healthy habits to

introduce into daily life?

I’m all for simplicity and doing things that are easy to

manage every day without fail, just like brushing our teeth. So,

I always recommend just 3 steps to health and beauty to get

you started. But, they are 3 really powerful steps and really will

make a difference in minutes.

STEP 1: RESTORE.

RELAX AND REJUVENATE WITH GUA SHA

Firstly, restore your complexion with the self-massage

technique of gua sha.

WAYS TO WELLNESS

Katie's Hayo'u method takes her extensive

knowledge of Chinese medicine and distils it

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GUA SHA:

• boosts collagen and elastin

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• nourishes skin from the inside out, reducing the

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• releases muscular tension

• is anti-inflammatory

Simply press-stroke a facial gua sha tool such as the

Hayo’u Beauty Restorer across your face during your

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"THE SECRET TO WELLNESS

DOES NOT LIE IN RADICAL

DIETS, EXTREME WORK OUTS

AND LIFESTYLE OVERHAULS

THAT PROVE IMPOSSIBLE TO

STICK TO. IT’S MUCH EASIER

AND MORE SUSTAINABLE TO

CREATE MOMENTS FOR YOURSELF

THROUGHOUT THE DAY."

morning shower. Or use it for a more decadent treatment by

using with facial oil in the morning or evening.

STEP 2: RESET.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR CIRCULATION BY TAPPING

After your shower, stimulate your circulation by tapping

the body, either with your hands or a body tapper. Use the

Bamboo Body Tapper after your shower or whenever you

feel sluggish throughout the day - it is both relaxing and

awakening.

TAPPING:

• instantly invigorates your circulation

• clears any stagnation

• supports lymphatic drainage

• encourages a smooth flow of blood and qi around the body

• ensures a well-nourished body and stimulates cell growth

STEP 3 RESCUE.

WITH OUR RESCUE BREATH RITUAL

Now we’ve got the blood flowing well around your body, make

sure it’s well oxygenated by breathing properly.

PROPER BREATHING:

• oxygenates your blood, carrying vital nutrients around

the body

• slows the heart-rate

• reverses the stress response

• reduces inflammation

• alkalises your system

In your shower, take 5 deep breaths, exhaling right down

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lower abdomen. Combine with our highly potent Mineral

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At Nuffield Health, there are no waiting lists. You

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You may already know that you need cataract

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Whatever stage you’re at, we know that concerns

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Cataract surgery at Nuffield Health is like nowhere

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How is it treated?

Cataract surgery is the most common procedure

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effective. It’s usually done under local anaesthetic

and completed within 20 minutes.

An ultrasonic probe is inserted through a tiny

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How long does it take to recover?

You can go home within a few hours of surgery

but should have someone to drive you and help

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Here’s four common symptoms of cataracts:

1 2

BLURRY VISION

DAZZLED BY LIGHT

One of the most common symptoms

of cataracts is blurry vision. If you wear

glasses, they may seem dirty. You may

find it difficult to see and drive at night.

Don’t ignore blurred or misty sight.

If car headlights and other bright lights

leave you dazzled or unable to see

clearly for a few moments, cataracts may

be to blame.

3 4

COLOUR CHANGES

SPECTACLE CHANGE

Cataracts can affect the colour of the

world around you, and make things

appear faded or washed out. Commonly,

objects take on a yellow hue.

As your cataract begins to form, the lens

inside your eye increases in size, often

resulting in a need to frequently change

your spectacle prescription. As this

becomes more frequent, it may be an

early sign of developing a cataract.

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HELP YOU TO HANDLE

STRESS MORE HEALTHILY?

It’s challenging to achieve a healthy

work-life balance, especially when

juggling career and home commitment

It can be easy to get into the habit of turning to alcohol to

unwind at the end of a long and busy day, using a drink or

two as a short-cut to stress relief. However alcohol is actually a

depressant, so while it may help to cope with feelings of stress

in the short-term, in the longer term in can increase anxiety and

low mood. Over time, it’s not uncommon to need increasing

amounts of alcohol to achieve the same relief from stress.

This was Karen’s* experience, who realised she has developed an

unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

“I was in a high pressure job and felt I deserved to relax with

some wine in the evening. It started off innocently enough,

switching from work to home life with the help of a glass of

wine, but this quickly became two and three and before too long

a bottle a night was a regular thing.”

For many, drinking too much can be a psychological battle, not

a physical dependency, and it’s a habit that can prove challenging

to break. Karen knew she needed help, but felt uncomfortable

seeking help via traditional routes. Then she discovered

DrinkCoach, the online coaching service.

“I could talk to someone in my own home over Skype and it

seemed like a logical choice. I didn’t have to risk being seen

and I could book appointments for the evening when I got

home from work. I was nervous at first, but my coach was

understanding and I found that once I started talking I couldn’t

stop.”

DrinkCoach sessions are free for people living or working in

West Sussex. As the sessions are via Skype they can be done

from anywhere with internet access, so can be done in total

privacy. Sessions are available at evenings and weekend, as well

as during the working week, making it easy to fit around busy

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“I was nervous at first, but

my coach was understand

and that once I started

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“Now my evenings after work are different. There is no cracking

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work to home mode.”

To book an appointment or find out more, visit

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West Sussex residents can

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In her sessions, Karen was encouraged to set her own drinking

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SPRING STYLE

fashion guide

In this new decade, throwaway trends are

becoming increasingly passé, and we are all

looking for clothes that will have a lasting

impact, forming a part of a capsule wardrobe.

The spring/summer 2020 catwalks were notably

more commercial than usual, with a focus on

classic, long-lasting legacy buys rather than

whimsical and artistic creations - goodbye

impracticality, hello wearable pieces that deliver

season after season.

'Realistic' seems to be the overarching theme.

Another buzzword for spring 2020 fashion is

'wearability'—a word not usually associated with

fashion and one we are usually loathe to use to

describe clothes, given it is their basic function!

But you'll see pieces that tick lots of boxes, some

that can combine trends and transcend seasons.

The headlining trends will all seamlessly

transition into many of our wardrobes and stay

there for the foreseeable future. One of the most

in-demand items for spring, for example, is a

simple blue Oxford button-down shirt, along

with bodysuits, little black dresses and relaxed

suiting.

"Keep it simple but never boring," is how Moda

Operandi's Lisa Aiken sums up the tone of this

sensible season. "The large majority of the runway

collections have been incredibly wearable, the

brands have showcased the ultimate wardrobing

heroes in a new and interesting way: the suit, the

Bermuda short, the white shirt, the tank top…"

says Elizabeth von der Goltz, Global Buying

Director at Net-a-Porter.

Behind this desire for more timeless pieces is the

topic that's now at the top of the agenda of every

fashion office in the world: sustainability.

The world was rocked last year amidst

the news that Burberry burns millions of

pounds worth of clothes at the end of each

season to limit market saturation or low

selling points - the fashion industry is a

carbon nightmare, but designers are waking

up. There's no doubt sustainability will

have a significant impact on how trends are

shaped over the next decade.

Heather Gramston, BrownsFashion's

Buying Manager, said what is particularly

notable for 2020 is how new talent is

responding to these challenges, finding

new ways to produce and create clothes:

"I think the innovation coming out of

the new wave of talent look to creating

sustainable collections. Designers like

Ancuta Sarca, Mariah Esa and Duran

Lantink are all creating something

incredibly unique and pushing the

conversation on conscious dressing forward."

We've also begun to see the blurring of the

lines between seasons - they are much less

defined than they used to be —the spring

summer 2020 collections make a case for

building a capsule that you can layer and

adapt twelve months a year. In fact, you were

as likely to see coats and partywear as you

were swimwear on the runways for these

collections, which is reflective of the how

we no longer buy something to wear for one

season only.

Putting the trend for Bermuda shorts

aside, because, we just aren't ready for that,

we've collected some of our favourite look

inspirations for the coming season. ..

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2

3

in a LEATHER

Lisa Aikin wearing Bottega

Veneta coat | GETTY

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Once reserved strictly for autumn and winter,

leather is ready to have its moment during

spring too. The material was spotted on spring

2020 runways from New York to Paris in just

about every form—from colourful jackets at

Coach 1941 and Bottega Veneta to skirts and

trousers at Marni and Alexander McQueen.

Pair with soft finishes like silk or cashmere to make it

wearable.

4

6

1 Victoria Beckham, Leather Trench Coat, £1,330, farfetch.com 2 Leather

Jacket, £229.99, Banana Republic 3 Grace Leather Pencil Skirt, £265,

Reiss 4 Cashmere Bardot Sweater, £150, Pure Collection 5 Art School

Lamé Dress, £700, matches.com

5

7

9

8

crochet THIS WAY

A few seasons back, it was

quilting. For Spring 2020, the

trend continued to evolve, and

this season another handmade

fibre art ruled the catwalk:

crochet. Whimsical and light,

it makes great transitional

knitwear and looks great on the

beach slung over a bikini.

12

11

6 Colville Floral crochet midi dress £1,290

matches.com 7 Staud Guppie Top, £57,

matches.com 8 Self-Portrait Crochet midi

dress, £259, mytheresa.com 9 Jil Sander

Pompom hem crochet cotton dress,

£880, farfetch.com 10 Kilometre Paris

undercover crochet and raffia basket

bag £478, matches.com 11 Spreadcollar

wool-blend knitted polo

shirt, £720, Missoni 12

Zigzag striped crochetknit

shirt, £700,

Missoni

10

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2

Jennifer Lopez in Versace

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3

4

in the JUNGLE

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We have Jennifer Lopez to thank for this one, thanks to her

plunging Versace dress. But that wasn't the only jungleleaf

print to make an impact for spring: "From Fendi's

and Dolce & Gabbana's luxuriant green leaves to Marni's

abstract blooms, tropical prints have been flowering during S/S

20, with palm trees and vivid colours invading dresses, jackets and

footwear," says MyTheresa's Tiffany Hsu.

1 Printed Collared Dress Opulence Print, £72, Pure Collection 2 Boots, £79.95, Moda in

Pelle 3 Shirt (also on front cover), £38, Lipsy 4 Dove Maxi Dress in Green Alligator, £57,

Dancing Leopard 5 SALONI Alya, £650, matches.com 6 San Diego Shirt, £39, Dancing

Leopard 7 Gola Trainers, £75, House of Fraser 8 Palm Print Dress, £39, John Lewis 9

F.R.S Dioscuri Trousers, £625, matches.com 10 Figleaves Floral Swimsuit,

figleaves.com 11 Gold Plated Moonstone Earrings, £22, hauslife,co.uk

12 Snake Embossed Leather Trousers

£239, And Other Stories

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10

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3

Alexandra Daddario

in Carolina Herrera

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2

go D OTTY

Call it the Zara 'it' dress effect, or a spring fling —the spotted pattern is

back once again for S/S 20. In reality, this is one print, much like check

or leopard, that remains a constant in our wardrobes so it never really

goes away. However, it can get a little repetitive when it's all black-onwhite

or white-on-black versions. Which is why the latest take on the

pattern is genuinely much more exciting than we've seen in a while.

On the runways of Balenciaga, Richard Quinn, Dries Van Noten

and Gucci, there were polka dots in different colours and sizes.

Designers also played with putting polka dots on more interesting

silhouettes, such as the oversized shoulders over at Richard

Quinn and Balenciaga. In essence, there was nothing run of the

mill about these polka dots—it was go bold or go home.

4

9

1 Top, £770 and trousers, £815, Adriana Degreas, matches.com 2 Reformation dress, £255,

netaporter.co.uk 3 Ganni blouse, £120, matches.com 4 Piper dress, £179, Hobbs

5 RedValentino dress, £915, redvalentino.com 6 Saloni mini dress, £550, matches.com

7 Rat & Boa maxi dress, £255, matches.com 8 Zimmermann midi dress, £575, matches.com

9 Polkadot jumper, £55, Fatface

Carolina Herrera

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ICONIC, TIMELESS LOOKS

Pure Collection has 16 years’ experience sourcing

cashmere that’s sustainable, superb quality and

fairly priced.

Pure Collection has 16 years’ experience sourcing

cashmere that’s sustainable, superb quality and fairly

priced.

We have crafted sweaters in a range of weights and textures,

giving you the choice of lightweight layers that will see you

through every season.

We believe there’s space in every wardrobe for a beautifully

made piece of signature cashmere, as the divine softness and

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designs and classic choice of colours are just part of what

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Define the season your way in looks that work in any setting

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to dressing for any destination with our voyager collection of

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We’ve also placed a special focus

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Our Ethos

At Alan Wilson Dentistry our priority is providing excellent

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Alongside general dentistry, at Alan Wilson Dentistry the

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WEDDINGS

STUNNING WEDDING VENUES // 2020'S HOTTEST WEDDING TRENDS

BRIDAL BEAUTY PREP // HONEYMOONS WITH A DIFFERENCE AND WEDDINGS ABROAD

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WEDDED BLISS

Planning your nuptials this year? Read on for top trends

and lots of inspiration...

Planning your wedding is a personal experience and to a large

extent the format, style and little touches are more likely to be

representations of your personalities and tastes over any trends.

There is, however, an overwhelming body of inspiration online

which can put even the most dedicated planner into a spin -

sometimes some fresh, trend-led ideas might be just the spark

to help you plan.

Personal Details

The wedding will be full of details that nod to you as a couple,

but more and more brides are opting for personalisation in their

outfits too. Some with meaningful words or dates embroidered

into their veils or others more edgy with painted or stitched

leather and denim jackets for the evening (these have the added

bonus of being an item you can wear after the day!)

Sustainability

With a big shift toward eco-friendly choices in everyday life,

it’s natural that wedding venues and suppliers are upping

their green

credentials

to meet the

demands of

green-thinking

couples. Some

considerations

to make: ethical wedding rings and outfits, even consider hiring

a dress (dresses take a lot of energy to create but are seldom

worn after the event), give guests wildflower seeds as favours,

employ caterers who only use bio-degradable packaging, print

eco-friendly invitations on recycled paper and for flowers pick

seasonal blooms grown locally where possible.

Princess Dresses

Channel your inner Disney princess - the more streamlined

dresses we’ve been used to are making way for fuller skirts

and ball-gown styles. For evening, lots of brides are opting for

a second dress which is less constrictive - meaning they can

dance the night away, carefree.

Wall Decorations

In more non-traditional venues with plainer walls or in

marquees, decor is key for setting the mood. ‘Green’ walls made

from foliage and picked out with white lights look elegant

and timeless, whereas paper pom poms in bright colours are

cheerful and inviting. A new trend is a balloon wall - making

arches to frame the ceremony. Lots of couples can add a DIY

element here, making some of the decorations themselves (with

a small army of bridesmaids or ushers to help!)

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Table Settings

One of the biggest transformations in recent years is the

style of tables and the seating arrangements. The more

ornate chair covers with bows have made way for elegant

chiavari chairs and tables are bursting with informal

arrangements, made predominantly of foliage, picked out

by the twinkle of fairy lights and mirrored platters.

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HOT-SPOT – LONE STAR

The luxury, beach-front hideaway, Lone Star Boutique

Hotel and Suites, is one of the Caribbean’s most idyllic

places to celebrate your wedding. Located in the exclusive

St James area of Barbados and popular with the island’s

celebrity residents, this boutique hotel and restaurant has

introduced new luxury bridal party breaks and romantic

honeymoons escapes. In addition, couples can exchange vows

in the Hotel’s tropical gardens, and then celebrate with an

unforgettable beachside wedding party.

Wedding Ceremonies

Looking to get married in Barbados? Lone Star’s wedding

concierge can take care of all the details. Exclusive

wedding ceremonies in the lush, tropical garden at the

hotel are available for up to 20 people and include:

• Wedding Planning Services from our wedding

concierge

• Transport of Registry to obtain Marriage License

• Marriage License, Stamp Duty, Marriage Certificate

• Minister

• Bridal Bouquet & Boutonniere for Groom

• Decorated Arch with Voile

A Beach Ceremony is available for up to 100 guests.

Prices start from USD $3,750.00 (£2851). All rates are

subject to availability and exchange rates at the time of

booking.

Wedding Receptions

If you have imagined your wedding reception taking

place right by the ocean, Lone Star is the ideal venue. It

is the only restaurant in Barbados located directly on

the beach. Couples can enjoy the breath-taking ocean

backdrop, bespoke cocktail collection and a menu fusing

the best of fresh, local Caribbean food with European

classics. Lone Star restaurant can accommodate up to

120 guests for a seated wedding breakfast or 250 guests

for a cocktail and canapé reception. Every wedding

party is planned individually, and so prices are available

upon request. For details or to book visit

www.thelonestar.com

Bridal Party Breaks

Before the big day, the bride-to-be and members of her

wedding party can relax and unwind with a luxurious

‘pre-wedding celebration’ stay that includes:

• Breakfast (room service or beachside in the restaurant);

• A welcome “Forever Flowers” Cocktail – a blend

of Gin, Limoncello, Elderflower, Lemon Juice and

topped with Prosecco;

• Luxury transfers to and from the airport;

• A Lone Star Signature Indulgence Warm Stone

Massage and Facial Cleanse and Honey and Citrus

Manicure or Frangipani and Coconut Foot Ritual.

From USD $2495.00 (£1903.00) per couple. Minimum

four-night stay applies, rates are subject to availability

and exchange rates at the time of booking.

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Honeymoons

For couples seeking that dream honeymoon destination,

Lone Star Boutique Hotel and Suites offers an unrivalled

setting – the only restaurant to be located directly on the

beach makes it truly a unique experience. Included in the

new ‘honeymoon retreat’ break is a six-night stay with:

• Breakfast (room service or beachside in the

restaurant);

• A bottle of Champagne on ice on arrival;

• Luxury transfers to and from the airport;

• A special couple’s ‘Journey Together’ spa experience

including side-by-side massages, facials and Foot

Bath Rituals.

The Honeymoon Retreat starts from USD $3695.00

(£2819.00) per couple. All rates are subject to

availability and exchange rates at the time of booking.

Known as the ‘Ivy of the Caribbean’, Lone Star

restaurant occupies a unique location, with dining on

the beach. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner,

with menus that fuse European fare with Caribbean

influences and much-loved timeless Lone Star classics.

The Lone Star boasts a distinctive boutique hotel

offering a sophisticated retreat. The Hotel offers the

air-conditioned Cadillac and Lincoln penthouses, two

ocean front suites, Buick and Studebaker, and the Shelby

and Corvette deluxe garden rooms. All rooms are

en-suite and are beautifully presented with individually

designed décor and a stylish, relaxed elegance.

Complimentary Wi Fi and a butler’s tray with Lavazza

coffee, Lone Star teas and welcome snacks are included.

The Coral Stone Beach House also offers bespoke breaks

to include pre-wedding, wedding and honeymoons. This

can be tailored to suit exacting individual requirements

and can be booked as a three or four-bedroom private

retreat. For details or to book visit

www.thelonestar.com

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HAIR REMOVAL

Being fuzz free on the big day is a

must for most brides, but the hassle of

shaving, especially on honeymoon, is a

bore. More permanent solutions are a

great idea.

If you're fed up of constant trips to be

waxed, home IPL kits are a dream. Silk'n

build on the world-renowned HPL

technology with Galvanic Energy and

Optical Energy.

These energies combine to give you a

more efficient hair removal solution.

Working together with 5 different

energy levels, they open the skin pores

and allow the light to reach

the hair follicles without pain,

irritation or ingrown hairs.

This means that you can remove

your hair up to twice as fast, and

even do a full-body treatment in

less than 20 minutes. With 400,000

light pulses, you don't have to worry

about cartridge refills either.

Easy to use, the Silk'n Infinity is quick too -

you can cover your whole body in less than 20

minutes. Start your treatment a few months

prior to the big day to ensure complete results.

It's safe for dark and black skin on the lowest

intensity levels too. Silk'n Infinity, £229,

CurrentBody.com

If you're needing some wax to banish a little

bit of lip fuzz, it's essential you choose sensitive

formulas - we recommend Jolen's specially

formulated strips for sensitive skin which offer

up to 4 weeks of results. Jolen Facial Wax

Strips, £3.99, Available from Ocado

INSTANT SKIN SAVIOURS

bridal

BEAUTY

SMELL THE ROSES

Skincare with a beautiful scent is perfect for your

wedding day - using it after the event will evoke

special memories of the day. We love Elemis's Pro-Collagen

Rose Facial Oil for a fresh dewy glow and their Pro-Collagen

Rose Cleansing Balm for cleansed skin as smooth as a rose

petal. Oil, £67 and Balm, £44, elemis.com

The very radiance of a bride on

her wedding day will have her

looking amazing...but a little bit

of groundwork is helpful to look

and feel the absolute best. Here

are our bridal beauty heroes...

Some products can have a really

quick transformative effect and we

love the natural, ethical ranges

from Grounded. Originally specialising in body scrubs made from

coffee grounds, the brand has expanded to offer lots of skincare

and beauty options. The scrubs help to moisturise, cleanse, tone,

tighten and brighten skin and the great under eye pen gives

an instant Vitamin C boost to awaken tired eyes. Chocolate

Orange Body Scrub, £15, and Under Eye Serum with Collagen,

Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, £24.99, both avialable from

groundedbodyscrub.co.uk

VEGAN BEAUTY

Perfect buys for the vegan bride

- Codex Beauty’s first range, the

Bia collection, is responsibly

revolutionising how the world

views and maintains optimal

skin health using ancient herbal

traditions, vegan formulations,

unprecedented

quality standards and

pharmaceutical-grade

manufacturing, science

and transparency.

We love the Bia

Exfoliating Wash (£43)

- A gentle everyday

cleanser with exfoliating

and polishing natural

Jojoba grains, infused

with Elderflower water,

Grapefruit, Safflower

and Milk Thistle Oils

for both toning and

cleansing benefits.

And our ultimate allpurpose

honeymoon buy is

the Bia Skin Superfood (£48)

- A hydrating and nourishing

treatment cream for face,

hands and body. Made with

our unique BiaComplex

herbal formula, this cream

helps treat dry, flaky or

irritated skin and leaves it

silky smooth.

uk.codexbeauty.com

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FOOD &

DRINK

Image courtesy of Cyan Restaurant

BRIGHTON’S HOTTEST NEW RESTAURANT // WINE TASTING AT HOME

HEALTHY, HEARTY RECIPES // CHEF MICHAEL CAINES // GOING MEAT FREE

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INTRODUCING CYAN

BRIGHTON SEAFRONT’S NEWEST

ALL-DAY DINING DESTINATION

An exciting new restaurant has launched in Brighton offering

an all-day dining experience in one of the most loved hotels

in the city. Cyan, which has replaced GB1 at The Grand

Brighton on the south coast’s seafront, opened at the end

of 2019 and offers something for everyone, with no meat eater or

vegan feeling left out.

With a big emphasis on local produce for its offering of small

plates and sharing platters, Cyan’s chefs blend locally sourced

produce with a handpicked selection of seasonal, high quality

ingredients from around the world to create a medley of

unexpected taste, texture and flavour combinations.

Cyan’s sustainability interest is also reflected in the restaurant

design with bespoke marbled artwork and items made from

recycled plastic waste by local artists, Weez & Merl.

The new, sea-blue restaurant space also provides an interactive

and welcoming atmosphere where guests can drink an

extensive selection of organic wines by the glass, enjoy watching

the bar tender’s flair while making cocktails complete with a

selection of garnishes from the in-restaurant micro-herb fridge

or see their food being prepared in front of their eyes with live

cooking and homemade charcuterie.

While the restaurant has had a contemporary redesign some

aspects which made GB1 unique have remained. The 155-year

“CYAN’S CHEFS BLEND LOCALLY

SOURCED PRODUCE WITH A

HANDPICKED SELECTION OF

SEASONAL, HIGH QUALITY

INGREDIENTS FROM AROUND

THE WORLD.”

old marble columns are still a central point and continue to be

surrounded by a circular bar. However, the bar has been reworked

to provide an area for remote workers to settle down in during the

day and for groups of friends to be entertained with an interactive

dining experience by night.

Pedro Watson, restaurant manager at Cyan, added: “We are

extremely excited to launch Cyan at The Grand Brighton and

believe it will breathe a fresh lease of life into Brighton’s dining

offering. We want people to feel comfortable and relaxed, whether

they are grabbing brunch, wanting a place to work with a coffee or

a fun and vibrant atmosphere to share dinner and an organic glass

of wine with friends.”

“The restaurant seats 80, and with 15 to 20 ever changing dishes,

we’re looking forward to keeping things interesting for our diners

with a variety of options for meat eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians

and vegans.”

“We’re also bringing theatre to the dinner table with interactive

dining experiences, live cooking with our chefs and a flair to

drinks with our specially designed micro-herb refrigerator ready

for any finishing touches.”

Find out more at www.cyanbrighton.co.uk or book a table at

bookings@cyanbrighton.co.uk

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SILENT POOL ROSE

EXPRESSION GIN

Discover Silent Pool Rose Expression Gin, a new and

floral variation of this award-winning gin.

Silent Pool Gin was created just five years ago, but in

that short time it has gained a reputation as one of the finest

handcrafted gins in the world.

The Silent Pool Gin Expressions series, new and available

this spring, is a range of limited edition gins that are the first

variations on Silent Pool Gin since its original launch. Each

one of these unique blends amplifies one of the gin’s key

botanicals to create a new and delicious spirit. The iconic

Silent Pool Gin teal glass bottle with its signature botanical

design is enhanced with copper ribbons to denote each

flavour.

The first in the series is Silent Pool Rose Expression Gin and,

as befits a rose gin, it will be available just in time to celebrate

the romance of Valentine’s Day and summer weddings, as

well as being an ideal treat for Mothering Sunday and special

occasions. Look out for the teal bottle with the pink ribbon!

Rose Expression shares the Silent Pool Gin DNA in terms of

its complexity and refreshingly individual character, however

the core recipe has been refined to compliment

and enhance the more forward floral notes.

Its beautiful rosy essence is imparted during

distillation thanks to a unique tea infusion

of rose petals sourced from Devon. These

flavours are underpinned by the Silent Pool

Gin recipe but some of the original botanicals

that give the classic gin its delightful flavour

- pear, bergamot, cubeb and cardamom -

have been amplified to compliment the rose.

Meanwhile, fresh lemon peel replaces fresh orange and lime

peel to perfect the blend of flavours. The result is a London

Dry gin that has a distinctive yet delicate rose flavour.

The recommended Silent Pool Rose Expression Gin serve is

simple yet delicious: in a Copa glass, pour a single or double

measure over ice, add Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic and

garnish with a sweet slice of fresh pear.

Available at independent retailers throughout the UK and at

the Silent Pool Gin distillery shop.

www.silentpooldistillers.com

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NOTES

from the pass

Michael Caines MBE, chef/patron of Lympstone

Manor, is one of Britain’s most decorated and wellknown

chefs. Sally Thomson caught up with him to

discuss his ventures in wine, his passion for teaching

and his need for speed...

When we last met you were at Kentisbury Grange, and I

note that you received some awards for that?

Yes, the Small Hotel of the Year and Restaurant of the Year.

It’s great! Kentisbury Grange is owned by my old school

friend Mark Cushway. Mark asked me to get involved and

help him with his project, which I did, and it’s great to see

that over the years we’ve managed to acquire many awards

which is a tribute to the team. The chef there at the moment

is James Checkley and he is doing a great job, and we just

continue to advance and improve. There are challenges being in

North Devon that are different to being located in South Devon,

unfortunately places in North Devon can get overlooked on the

culinary map, so it’s nice to be able to contribute to the North

Devon economy by creating a lovely venue, and to see it do well.

When we last spoke you mentioned that your pride and joy was

Lympstone Manor. You are now into its third year…

It’s incredible to think that when we last met, it was just in its

infancy. We won a Michelin Star within six months, and we are

very pleased to announce that we have been given five rosettes this

year, so it is great progress and we just look to the Michelin gods

that we might advance to two! But the main thing is that since we

spoke we planted a vineyard and the whole property has settled

and matured. It really is the best of me and everything that I have

achieved in my career combined into this wonderful place.

Do you draw back the curtains and pinch yourself to remember

that it’s yours?

Every day! When I walk into that property and I look at that

view…I do pinch myself! But I also recognise that it has been a

huge amount of hard work and it still continues to take a lot of

commitment.

“LYMPSTONE MANOR REALLY

IS THE BEST OF ME, AND

EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE

ACHIEVED IN MY CAREER

COMBINED INTO THIS

WONDERFUL PLACE.”

So about your vineyard! The harvest in 2018 was good wasn’t it?

The harvest in the UK in 2018 was brilliant, it was the best harvest in

the history of English wine making, it’s been incredible. We planted

our vineyard in 2018, and in its second year it will produce grapes

that we can harvest (next year), those grapes will then be vinified

and we will be releasing our first wine in 2024. So it takes three years

for the vineyard to establish. We are now beginning our third year.

We planted, in eleven acres, 17,500 vines, of which 50% are Pinot

Noir, 20% Meunier and 30% are Chardonnay. They are the classic

champagne varietals, so we are looking forward to producing some

wonderful English sparkling wine. Hopefully they will have their

own story to tell, alongside the story of Lympstone Manor.

I watched Jason Atherton in The Chef ’s Brigade, and what I

hadn’t really realised is the interaction between each person in

the kitchen and how it can affect the cuisine. I work in an office,

and each person does their own thing, whereas in a kitchen, the

relationship between each person is quite a complex one!

In all honesty it’s not that different! Similar to what you described

with your office, everyone has different disciplines. The editor

brings into the magazine all those different skills that contribute

into a great publication. In a kitchen it is similar, it’s like an

orchestra, and we conduct that orchestra, but we edit it and so

we are the curators but it requires an individual team working

alongside each other and communicating. Our deadlines

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however are very immediate! It requires massive amounts of

effort and discipline, and that discipline is not self-indulgent,

it’s selfless, as it is a requirement. It is a very tough environment.

We are all interconnected and intertwined, but it’s also like the

analogy of a swan, where on the surface to the customer we

appear very calm, but underneath there’s two legs paddling! But

we’ve got more than two legs on the team, and those legs are

components, all working together. It’s fascinating and it’s a good

insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

On a completely different note, did you go to Silverstone this

year? If so, how many Grand Prix’s did you get to attend?

I did go this year, it was great! I’ve seen four this year, sometimes

it’s five. But I did three Europeans and one fly-away, and so we

send a chef out to all the Europeans to support ROKiT Williams

Racing, and I go to Monaco, British, Monza and America.

Sometimes I do Abu Dhabi and I might try and do Singapore

next year. I do as many or as few as I want, but no less than three.

What’s your favourite?

Monaco is amazing but the racing is dull. Monza is the fastest

track. Italy, I love Italy. But I love Silverstone for pure racing,

it’s a great track. It’s a fascinating sport, and I think as much as

we criticise it, one minute you can have a dull race and the next

minute you can have the most exciting race.

I know you are very involved with charities, and you have the

Michael Caines Academy at Exeter College?

It’s probably more of an educational programme at Exeter College

where we take sixteen students through two years of training and

they then graduate as a Michael Caines Academy student. In that

time they have a slightly shortened curriculum where they spend

six weeks in work experience and they have do one ‘experience

day’ a week, which are cooking demonstrations, visits to the

industry etc. After these two years when they graduate they are

very sought after, because of the experience they have gained. So

the academy is very important and it’s doing a great job supplying

the industry with some much needed talent.

“IF YOU ARE A PUBLIC FIGURE...

THEN I THINK YOU HAVE A DUTY

OF CARE TO DO SOMETHING AND

PUT BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY”

They are all like-minded and are fabulous kids, and now in its

eighth year we’ve had sixty cohorts going through, and we will

continue to develop. But in terms of the charity work I do, I work

with seven different charities. I’m patron of Families for Children

which is an adoption charity, I’m the president of the wonderful

charity Farms for City Children, I’m on the board for the Exeter

Chiefs Foundation, which is the charity for the Exeter Rugby team

which do a fantastic job. I’m also an ambassador and advisor to the

board of the Calvert Trust, and I also work alongside Damon Hill’s

Charity who support people with Down’s Syndrome.

So it’s lots of different charities! But it increases public

awareness, and I’m particularly proud to have been made a

deputy lieutenant to the lieutenant of Devon, because through

this position I am able to work on improving the network of

charities in Devon, and get them working together.

In terms of the success of the Exeter Chiefs, and the work that

they do – we support seventeen charities every year, but alongside

that we donate un-designated funds to a huge amount of different

charities. What we are seeing is a way in which we can help

charities with capital projects, and last year we got together

with the Property Ball. They raised £55,000 last year towards

charities, and we chose to match fund that, and so between the

two charities we raised £110,000 to refit Devon Hospice in Exeter,

which was a well-worthy cause and an incredible thing to do. But

it’s things like that, that are about the community, that inspire

you to get involved. If you are a public figure or you are someone

who is perceived to be a celebrity or you are successful then I

think you have a duty of care to do something and put back in the

community. Not everybody does it but I think it is important.

You can find out more about Michael Caines at michaelcaines.

com and Lympstone Manor at lympstonemanor.co.uk

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HOW CAN I GO MEAT-FREE

AND BEETROOT TO MYSELF?

Greener Greens can help!

The current focus on increasing plant-based eating and

being more aware of where your food comes from is

welcomed by us at Greener Greens, our local growers

and our nutritionists – it fits right in with our core values

of making those small day-to-day changes that can help the

environment, as well as improving our own health, so that

everybody wins!

Sceptics among us worry that plant-based eating and

Veganuary is becoming more of a marketing ploy - and whilst

we welcome the current trend of having a meat-free diet and

eating higher quality, locally produced foods, we also believe

that radical changes in diet should not be made without

understanding what is involved and how to do it successfully

so that you remain healthy and happy.

One of our customers made the change to a vegan diet after

a lifetime of eating meat and dairy and was astounded by the

results as she explains:

A recent switch over the last 6 months to a plant-based

diet has reaped definite benefits to my health and

wellbeing. This has included an improved sleep pattern,

less frequent and less intense migraines, glossy and wellconditioned

hair, more healthy and natural glow to skin

tone. Along the way excess weight has disappeared and

energy levels have improved.

The most amazing part of this journey into adopting

a plant based diet? My firmly entrenched carnivore

husband has dropped all resistance and is a convert too!

Her experience is echoed by many people that we speak to.

They find that the everyday feeling of good health is far greater

than just the science-based health benefits – which include

weight loss, lower blood sugar, improved kidney function, a

lower risk of heart disease and a reduction of arthritis.

Here are a few tips which we have collected from our clients

and nutritionists which will help you to start your journey on

a successful transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet:

• Get enough protein Incorporate legumes, seeds/nuts or

soy foods in each meal

• Add Vitamin B12 Vegetarians source B12 from eggs

and milk, but vegans may need to use supplements or

products such as Engevita

• Eat enough calories Vegetarian/vegan diets tend to be

lower in calories, so make sure that you’re eating enough!

• Drink more water Plant-based diets are higher in fibre

and water is needed to aid digestion

• Get enough iron Iron from plant-based food is less easily

absorbed by the body than that from meat. Eat lentils,

beans, greens, nuts alongside foods rich in Vitamin C to

aid iron absorption

• Get enough calcium for bone density, healthy nails and

hair. Eat kale, broccoli, figs and oranges

• Eat enough Omega 3 fatty acids Often derived from fatty

fish, include chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds,

brussel sprouts in a vegan diet

• Use wholefoods, not processed Many plant-based

processed foods do not contain essential nutrients. Cook

from raw ingredients, making larger amounts of a dish

for several days.

If the above sounds daunting see www.forksoverknives.com

and www.pcrm.org for balanced recipes. It’s not as scary as it

sounds!

And remember – those cravings like butter on toast can make

any diet transition daunting but substitutes do exist – and you

may not even notice the difference!

• Dairy Use nut butters or avocado or coconut oil with a

pinch of sea salt on toast, coconut milk in coffee and oat

or nut milk on cereal

• Desserts and cakes Make meringues with chickpea liquid

and coconut sugar, cream from whipped solid coconut

milk and cakes/cheesecakes using dates and maple/agave

syrup

• Meat texture Jackfruit flesh is a very meaty vegan

mainstay and full of nutrients. It is available either plain

or ready marinated

Greener Greens delivers to London, Surrey and Sussex

and is at Horsham Market and Clapham Market weekly.

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PAN-FRIED SEA BASS

with tomato and mango salsa

Serves: 2 | Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS

2 sea bass fillets

1 tbsp olive oil

0.5 mangoes

1 punnet M&S Select Farms tomatoes

1 lime

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

half bunch coriander

half a red onion

PREPARATION

Peel and finely dice the mangoes. Dice

the M&S Select Farms tomatoes. Zest

and juice the limes. Finely chop the red

onions.

METHOD

Mix the mango, tomatoes, lime, extra

virgin olive oil, coriander and red onion

together for the salsa and set aside.

Season the sea bass fillets with salt and

black pepper.

Heat a frying pan over a medium heat,

add the olive oil, then place the sea bass

fillets skin-side down.

Cook for 6 minutes so the skin becomes

crisp and golden. Turn the fish onto the

flesh side for 1 minute, then remove.

Top each fillet with a generous spoonful of

salsa and serve.

PAN-FRIED SCALLOPS

with peas, and fennel

Serves: 4 | Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil

2 large fennel bulbs

1 tbsp fresh dill

380g wild Atlantic scallops

2 tbsp fresh green pesto

300g fresh peas

1 lemon

150ml dry white wine

PREPARATION

Chop the fresh dill. Grate and juice the

lemons.

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/

gas 5.

Cut the fennel into quarters and remove

the tough core.

Cut each quarter in half again and arrange

in a shallow roasting tin.

Drizzle over the half the oil, the wine,

lemon zest and juice, and season. Roast

for 40 minutes, or until the fennel is just

tender.

Meanwhile, cook the peas in boiling salted

water for 2-3 minutes, until tender.

Drain well and stir through the fennel

mixture, along with the pesto.

Heat the remaining oil in a large, nonstick

frying pan and add the scallops.

Cook for 1-2 minutes each side, until just

cooked through.

Divide the fennel and peas among four

serving plates and arrange the scallops

on top.

Scatter over the dill and serve.

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LAKSA NOODLE SOUP

Serves: 4 | Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS

1 pack Cook With M&S diced butternut

squash

1packet Prepared garlic ginger & chilli

1pot Cook With M&S fragrant Thai green

curry sauce

500ml vegetable stock

125g tenderstem broccoli

1 pack baby corn and sugar snap peas

1 pack vermicelli noodles

1 handful coriander

1 handful salad onions

1 handful salted peanuts

METHOD

In a large pan, fry the squash with the

garlic, ginger and chilli mix (saving a little

chilli to garnish) in a splash of oil until

golden.

Stir the Cook With M&S Fragrant Thai

Green Curry Sauce together with the

stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 5

minutes.

Add the broccoli and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the baby corn and sugar snap peas

and cook for 2 minutes.

Pour boiling water over the noodles

and leave to stand for 4 minutes, then

drain and spoon into four bowls. Ladle

the broth on top, then finish with the

coriander, salad onions and peanuts

SUPER WHEATBERRY

with roasted carrots and salmon

Serves: 4 | Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS

300g baby carrots

2 tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp cumin seeds

200g M&S Super Wheatberry

125g M&S flaked Arbroath honey roast

salmon slices

25g fresh dill, roughly chopped

50g pomegranate seeds

3 tbsp buttermilk

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 190˚C/375˚F/gas 5

(170˚C for fan ovens). Put the carrots in

a roasting tin and drizzle over half the oil.

Scatter over the garlic and cumin seeds,

then season. Roast for 30 minutes, until

the carrots are just tender.

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Cook the Super Wheatberry according

to the packet instructions. Gently mix

together with the carrots, salmon and dill,

and arrange on a serving dish. Scatter

over the pomegranate seeds.

To make the dressing, mix together the

buttermilk, remaining olive oil and 1 tbsp

warm water, then season. Drizzle the

dressing over the dish to serve.

MUSHROOM AND

LENTIL BOLOGNESE

Serves: 4 | Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

320g spaghetti

2 tbsp olive oil

300g chestnut mushrooms

1 pack Cook With M&S soffritto mix

1 tsp oregano

half a jar Cook With M&S roasted garlic

and mushroom paste

1 tin chopped tomatoes

500ml vegetable stock

200g Puy lentils

1 garlic clove

3 tbsp dried breadcrumbs

half a pack of fresh parsley

PREPARATION

Cook the Puy lentils. Mince the garlic

cloves. Finely chop the fresh parsley.

METHOD

Heat the 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan over

a medium-high heat and pan-fry the

mushrooms, tossing occasionally, until

caramelised.

Add the sofrito mix and oregano, turn

down the heat and cook for a further

10 minutes, until the veg softens and

becomes lightly caramelised.

Add the Cook With M&S roasted garlic

and mushroom paste and cook for

another 5 minutes.

Add the chopped tomatoes and stock, then

simmer for another 20 minutes. Add the

lentils and cook until the sauce has reduced

and thickened, so you have a rich ragu.

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Cook the pasta according to the packet

instructions. Meanwhile, add the

remaining 1 tbsp olive oil to the pan and,

once hot, add the grated garlic and cook

for 1-2 minutes. Add the breadcrumbs

and toast until golden, then stir through

the parsley and take off the heat.

Serve the ragu tumbled through the pasta,

topped with the breadcrumbs.

PEANUT AND ALMOND

CAULIFLOWER CURRY

Serves: 4 | Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 15 mins

INGREDIENTS

1 cauliflower

1 can coconut milk

2 cans chickpeas, drained

100g crunchy peanut butter

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 bunch fresh coriander

1 onion, finely sliced

2 large garlic cloves, crushed

1 thumb ginger, peeled and diced

1 chilli, finely sliced

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp Garam masala

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

60g flaked almonds, lightly toasted

1 lime

200ml vegetable stock

METHOD

Cook some brown rice in a saucepan with

boiling water whilst you make the curry.

With a large knife, cut the cauliflower

head into quarters, remove the stem and

separate the florets.

Cook the florets in boiling salted water for

four-five minutes and drain

Chop off the coriander stems and finely

slice. Set aside the leaves for later.

Heat the oil in a large pan over a lower

heat and cook the coriander stems,

onions, ginger, chili and garlic until soft

Add a tablespoon of water if the pan is

getting quite dry. Season with salt and

pepper.

Stir in the spices and cook for a couple of

minutes followed by the tomato puree.

Add the coconut milk and peanut butter

gradually, mixing everything together

well. Then add the cauliflower, chickpeas

and vegetable stock. Stir and season.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes

Transfer to serving bowls, top with

coriander leaves, toasted almonds, lime

and a side of brown rice.

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO

MOUSSE

Serves: 6 | Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 4 mins

INGREDIENTS

150g 70% dark chocolate, cut into pieces

300ml double cream

1 large Peruvian Hass avocado, stoned

and peeled

2 egg whites

2 tbsp caster sugar

pistachio nuts, chopped to serve

chocolate shavings, to serve

METHOD

Put the chocolate into a large mixing

bowl. Heat the cream in a saucepan until

almost boiling, then pour it over the

chocolate. Leave to stand for 5 minutes

without stirring. Stir the chocolate and

cream mixture until smooth. Cool for 5

more minutes.

Meanwhile, wrap and set aside a small

amount of avocado for decoration,

then puree the rest using a hand-held

stick blender, or mash well with a fork

until smooth. Stir it through the cooled

chocolate mixture.

Put the egg whites into a large mixing

bowl. Make sure it’s super-clean, as traces

of grease would prevent the egg whites

from whisking (as would egg yolk). Whisk

to soft peaks using a hand-held electric

mixer, then add the caster sugar and

whisk for a few more seconds until glossy.

Fold about a quarter of the egg whites

into the chocolate mixture with a large

metal spoon to loosen it, then fold in the

remainder.

Share between 6 serving glasses and chill

until ready to serve. Remove from the

fridge 15 minutes before eating.

Decorate with thin slices of the reserved

avocado, pistachio nuts and grated chocolate.

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FISH OF THE DAY

A DELICIOUS, COMFORTING

HAKE CHOWDER RECIPE

The afternoons are getting lighter and the early signs of spring

are within arm’s reach, yet the weather still tells us we’re in

the midst of winter. Bring sunshine to your home this week

and fill your kitchen with the delicious aromas of a creamy

and nutritious chowder, with a twist! We asked award-winning

independent pub company, RED MIST LEISURE, who own

and manage ten pubs across Hampshire and Surrey, to reveal

the recipe to one of their favourite dishes, which can be found

on their pub menus this winter. Enjoy this light, but incredible

moreish dish with a chilled glass of white wine.

FILLET OF HAKE WRAPPED IN

PARMA HAM

served on a mussel and prawn chowder with new potatoes

Serves 4 | Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 30-35 minutes

TO PREPARE AND BAKE THE FISH:

4 skinless Hake fillets

8-12 slices of Parma ham

2 sprigs of rosemary

coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper

6 cloves of garlic, cut into slivers

100ml olive oil

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Place the garlic slivers in an

oven-proof dish together with the sprigs of rosemary. Season

and then pour over the olive oil, place in the oven for about 15

minutes to roast/infuse.

On a chopping board lay flat, but overlaying one another, 2-3

pieces of Parma ham per piece of fish. Place each Hake fillet on

top of the Parma ham, brush with oil and some seasoning and

then wrap the ham around the fish. Sit the wrapped fish (ham

ends sitting on the bottom) on the garlic-infused baking tray and

bake the four parcels of fish for 15-20 minutes. Discard the garlic

slivers once baked (for flavour).

TO PREPARE AND COOK THE MUSSEL AND PRAWN

CHOWDER WITH NEW POTATOES AND WILTED SPINACH:

2 tbsp olive oil

2 onions, finely chopped

2 organic carrots, thinly sliced

2 organic leeks, roughly chopped

1kg mussels (must be debearded and cleaned)

1 litre organic fish stock

250ml double cream

200g fresh raw prawns

1 bunch of chopped fresh basil

2 medium potatoes peeled and chopped

Handful of fresh spinach

METHOD

In a pan, boil the potatoes gently for 10 minutes or until the potato

is soft, drain and set aside (you will add the potatoes in later).

In a separate large pot (for the chowder), heat the oil over a low

heat, once hot add the chopped onions and carrots and sweat for

approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid catching. Add

the leeks and continue sweating/ stirring for a further 5 minutes.

Add the mussels, cover with a lid and allow them to steam for 2-3

minutes until their shells begin to open, (note: discard any shells

that remain closed).

Pour in the stock and stir well to combine with the mussel/

vegetable juices and bring to the boil. Once at the boil, add the

prawns and chopped basil and cook for 3-4 minutes until the

prawns are cooked.

Reduce the heat to simmer and stir in the double cream. At this

stage, feel free to add additional milk, stock or water to adjust the

consistency of the chowder to your liking, however it should be

thick consistency (not thin like a broth).

Finally, once the consistency is right, add the potatoes into the

pot alongside a handful of fresh spinach and cook gently to allow

wilting, approximately 3 minutes.

Take a portion of the chowder, serve into a bowl and place the

fillet of wrapped hake on top. Feel free to omit the cream or use a

dairy-free alternative should you have intolerances. Be sure to use

a gluten free stock to ensure this remains gluten-free friendly.

To learn more about Red Mist Leisure and its portfolio of

Hampshire and Surrey pubs, visit: www.redmistleisure.co.uk

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DRY JANUARY?

NAH, HOW ABOUT A DAMP ONE?

Our resident wine expert Darren Willmott

encourages you to broaden your wine horizons this

issue by hosting your own wine tasting party...

By now you will have certainly made, perhaps even broken,

your New Year resolutions. When it comes to wine there’s

the obvious option to do dry-January but, as I tend to steer

clear of attempting it, I’ll share the one resolution I always

make at this time of year, and that’s to drink wider.

A few years back Wine guru Jancis Robinson co-authored the

weighty book ‘Wine Grapes: A complete guide to 1,368 vine

varieties…’ which (and I’m not spoiling the ending here) details

nearly 1,400 different grapes you can try. And these are just the

ones that have been thoroughly mapped!

With a bit of searching, it’s easy to step away from the normal

Chardonnay. For example, Spanish estate Torres have made

it their mission to keep a sense of heritage and locality by

championing obscure indigenous varieties. Garró, Querol or

Sumoll anyone?

A fun way of stepping outside your comfort zone from the

comfort of your own home is to organise a tasting evening. With

a little planning it can cost as little as £20 per person (less if you

want), a bargain price for a full and fun night!

TIP #1 – Ask each guest to bring an assigned bottle of wine

Your evening would ideally take the form of several mini tastings,

each consisting of 3 or 4 different wines of one particular theme.

For example, if there’s 9 of you attending, that’s 3 mini tastings of

3 bottles.

A theme can be anything that you want, such as comparing

the red wines from one country, or a particular grape variety

produced in 3 different countries. Try and come up with

something that will spark originality such as asking people to

bring a bottle from a grape variety they’ve never tried before,

otherwise you may end up with 9 different bottles of ‘on-offer’

Sauvignon Blanc.

TIP #2 – Budget

A tasting isn’t necessarily about bringing the most expensive

wine (although you can do a flight comparing wines at different

price-points to gauge the step up in quality). It’s more about

contrasting, comparing and playing spot-the-difference. To

ensure everyone spends fairly set an appropriate budget for each

bottle purchased (perhaps £10-£15).

TIP #3 - Glassware and props

At this point you may be thinking, hang on, 3 glasses per person

(9 if you don’t rinse as you go) multiplied by 9 people equals

more glasses than I have at home. The good news is that high

street merchants like Majestic, and pretty much all of the major

supermarkets offer free glass loan (with a fee only payable for

breakages).

In terms of props, white A4 paper is useful as a table/place mat for

each guest as the plain surface allows you to clearly contrast the

colour/appearance of each wine against it.

If you have an atlas or world map handy (or can make one

viewable on a device) it can help people understand why a wine

tastes the way it does. For example, tasting ripe fruit flavours in a

wine produced in a warm climate versus leaner fruit from a cooler

climate country.

TIP #4 – Food and Water

It makes good sense to lay on a few light bites to soak up the

alcohol, and this can be as simple as breadsticks and crisps. To

add a further dimension to your night why not try a bit of food

and wine matching against cheeses or meats? Jugs of water are

also a good idea, not least for keeping you hydrated, but also to

rinse out glasses and cleanse your palate between wines.

"A FUN WAY OF STEPPING

OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE

FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR

OWN HOME IS TO ORGANISE A

TASTING EVENING."

TIP #5 – Have fun!

The most important tip of all. If you can’t taste the difference

between any of the wines (which may happen towards the end of

the night if you’re finishing off the bottles), it doesn’t matter at all,

just have fun!

Cheers!

Read more about wine at Vinesight.me

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STYLE WATCH:

MODERN VICTORIAN

Move over Scandi minimalism - it’s time to maximise - make

the most of period features and be bold with colour and

pattern - these beautifully proportioned spaces can take it

STYLE TIP:

Victorian and Edwardian staircases are

beautiful and deserve to be centre stage.

They look wonderful styled with carpet

runner over wood alongside restored

original tiles or painting the staircases to

match the wall.

Dark colours like F&B’s ‘Railings’

look fabulous in well-proportioned

Victorian rooms

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1. Marylebone, £1769, sofasandstuff.com

2. London Graphic Map (50x50cm), made.com

3. Haslemere Armchair, £1291, sofasandstuff.

com ; 4. Leather Pouffe, £95, hauslife.co.uk;

5. Alana 6 Lighting Pendant, £96, darlighting.

com; 6. ‘Railings’ Paint by Farrow & Ball;

7. ‘Deep Water’ Paint by

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Image from

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GET THE LOOK:

The alcoves either side of a chimney breast

lend themselves well to bespoke fitted

wardrobes in a bedroom.

The colour scheme in this room is calming,

with a touch of brightening yellow. Image

from Colin Poole.

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STYLE TIP:

Victorian spaces look great with mixed

era furnishings, like bold Sputnik

chandeliers, boho soft furnishings and

mid century modern pieces.

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The dark wall here is an

excellent foil for the period

features - it brings out the

cornicing, picture rail and marble fire place,

with complementary period-style lighting. Then

modern touches are added, like the bookcases, the

luxurious coffee table and fun typography.

Main image from Rachel Smith

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(82x100cm), £160.95,

melodymaison.co.uk; 7. Sabra style pillow, £32,

hauslife.co.uk 8. Merrick Dark Antique Brown

Trapeze Pendant, £175, artisanti.com; 9. Large

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10. Wicker Grey Floor & Wall Tile, £12.27 per m²

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GET THE LOOK:

Restore fireplaces in bedrooms and living

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Industrial Shoe Storage Bench, £91.99,

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10 WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR INTERIOR

From sleek storage solutions and

grand centre pieces to a fresh coat of

paint and de-cluttering your wardrobe

this spring

The start of a new year often leads us to make positive life

changes, goals for the coming year and is the time we want

to refresh our interiors in the process - hello spring clean!

Sometimes we anticipate an interior change to be expensive

and timely, however, we have gathered 10 quick and easy

refreshing ideas to update your humble adobe ready for Spring.

There are a myriad of ways to make a room feel refreshed -

whether that’s a new piece of furniture, swapping in different

soft furnishings, a fresh lick of paint or even clearing down the

clutter. Here are our top tips for a quick and easy refresher!

1SLEEK STORAGE SOLUTIONS

These sleek storage solutions are the perfect, decorative way to

de-clutter your living space. Don’t fall into the trap of just moving

your stored items from a drawer to a prettier box - set aside

uninterupted time and file, sort or discard items as you go.

Sometimes storage solutions do not have to be enclosed boxes,

wardrobes or drawers, but sophisticated magazine holders that

can be placed beside your favourite reading chair, adding texture

to your room, or a tidy utility bucket for your cleaning products

or muddy gardening tools.

Garden Trading Utility

Bucket in Chalk, £25,

gardentrading.co.uk

Rustic Wire Shelf with Towel Rail,

£19.95, MelodyMaison.co.uk

Grey Rattan Magazine Holder, £60,

hudsonhome.co.uk

Vox Lori Coffee Table with

Storage in Cashmere, £225,

cuckooland.com

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2INTRODUCING WARMTH

On a late afternoon in early spring light becomes your

friend with dappled sunlight often peering in through your

windows. This light creates warmth in an interior and can

be spread around the house using a collection of warming

textiles. Pair warming colour tones with raw fabrics and rich

prints with smooth pale marble.

Left: Studio Altar Alpaca Wool

Throw - Top Drawer Exhibitor S/S20

+ Studio Altar.

Right: Himla Linen Cushions- Top

Drawer Exhibitor S/S20

topdrawer.co.uk

Whilst the sunlight is not always available create the same

effect with soft lighting from an over hanging light or create

a cosy feeling with a candle and multi-level lighting.

3FRESHEN UP YOUR WALLS

WITH A COAT OF PAINT

Painting your interior walls is probably the most

important way you can make a room look refreshed. If you are

on a budget or looking for something quick and easy, a few coats

of paint can actually go a long way. Add your personality into a

room with new eye-catching colours on feature walls or use soft

neutral hues to create a serene escape.

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You can also use paint on your

furniture, up-cycling rather than

discarding. Sanding, priming, painting

and using a protectant coat will help

you achieve beautiful painted results.

Use new handles or nobs to lift a tired

looking drawer or cupboard.

CREATE NEW AND

EXCITING FLOORING WITH

ADDITIONAL RUGS

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If you have hard flooring and want to add warmth or feel your

decor isn’t compelling enough, a rug can help define or separate

areas in your room. Use a rug to help define a new colour tone

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throughout a room or you can create striking visuals by picking a

rug which echoes the paint on the wall.

When picking a new rug it is better to pick a rug which

compliments the room, linking into other textures and patterns

of your furniture. Too many different patterns can create an

overwhelming feeling and becomes a focal point which is jarring.

Rugs can be in-expensive and can be the ideal way to update a

room according to the seasonal changes, allowing you to keep up to

date with new trends.

DEEP CLEAN

1. Get Plastered Emulsion

and Eggshell Paint, £49.99,

dowsingandreynolds.com

2. 2019 Swooshes Soft Stone, £29.16,

dulux.co.uk/en/products

After a busy festive period, the new year is the most

satisfying time for some spring cleaning - dramatically altering

the way your home looks and feels. In our homes there are many

easy-to-overlook areas which we often miss with our weekly clean.

Before you start clear away clutter on your work surfaces, plan to

clean one room at a time, and make sure you get all your cleaning

products to hand. Pull large pieces of furniture away from the wall

and clean behind them.

For the kitchen wipe down the fronts of your cabinets, cleaning

dust and dirt on the inside and outside of the doors. Clean out your

fridge and defrost your freezer. In your living room and bedrooms

make sure you hoover off any cushions, shampoo your rugs and

carpets and polish down your furniture.

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Try to sort your closets, wardrobes and draws into tidy and

organised sections, rotating your seasonal items to the front,

creating a more functional and less stressful space.

INJECT CALM VIBES INTO YOUR INTERIOR

WITH BOTANICALS

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Exotic patterns can add a brighter tropical feeling to a room

refreshing your interior for spring and summer. Real plants in your

home can also bring a sense of psychological wellbeing, lower stress

and helps bring the outside inside. Not only do indoor plants help

to keep your home’s air healthier, they are

a great way to make a living space look

inviting and luxurious. Plant pots can

become a large centre feature for a room,

trailing house plants create great vertical

play on a mantle piece, and large, leafy

tropical house plants with look great with

bright wall colours.

Clear Glass Diego Bottle, £14.00

The Aromatherapy Co. Wild Mint &

Lime Hand Cream, £12.00

Toasted Crumpet Fern Art Print, £19.99

Growing House Plants Book, £9.99

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7WELCOME WITH ART

Adding art into your home gives character

and warmth, often transforming a room

and inviting engagement. Original art

can be expensive, so head to a gallery for

advice on picking something you'll love

forever, however prints can be seen as a

less permanent feature and can easily be

changed.

Large Vintage Gold Metal Plant Pot on Stand,

£48.95, MelodyMaison.co.uk

(Above) Serax Green Textured Planter- Top Drawer Exhibitor S/S20, topdrawer.co.uk

(Below) Multi Circle Art Print Framed Poster, Black and Blue, A2, £30, cultfurniture.com

Abstract Print Framed Wall Art, Pink, £35, cultfurniture.com

BECOME A MINIMALIST BY

DE-CLUTTERING

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Becoming a minimalist can be hard and is not

for everyone, but it is a great start to freshening up your home

for 2020. Clutter can account for a lot of lost space in your rooms

and by de-cluttering some of this you can maximise the space

in your home. Ask yourself the hard questions.... do I use this?

do I like it? or as Marie Kondo would say “Does this item spark

joy?”. If something is useful, has an emotional connection or

something you look at and love, then keep it. If it doesn’t then

lose it. Follow this by using step 1, sleek storage solutions, to keep

all your goods in a neat and tidy place.

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NEW FURNISHINGS

You don’t need to change big furniture pieces in your home to

spruce up your interior. Buying new textiles and products can lend

an instantly refreshing new tone. Here we have selected a couple of

on-trend items to furnish your home with. Already inundated with

cushions? Just move existing textiles to different rooms!

Leopard in the Tropics Velvet Cushion, £50,

frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

Set of 2 Seagrass Woven

Basket, Natural, £79,

cultfurniture.com

Moody Florals Velvet

Cushion, £64,

mintandmay.co.uk

LED Solar Plant Jar, £7.99,

dobbies.com

CREATE A CENTRE PIECE

Annie Sloan - Living

room - Chalk Paint

in Oxford Navy and

Athenian Black,

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Creating a centre piece for your home can be the ideal way

to freshen up a single room. A centre piece could be for

your dining room table, a stand out piece of furniture, or an

explosive vase of seasonal flowers on your hearth. There is a

huge trend at the moment for sculptural pampas grass with its

feathery sprays as decorations in the bathroom or in tall vases.

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Amazing

GLAZING

When we think about our homes, it’s really the

windows and doors that create the wow factor.

We are all so keen to flood our properties

with natural light and the constantly evolving

technology in the world of glazing is making some truly

astonishing designs achievable, not to mention more

affordable than ever.

Whether you are self-building, extending or even

renovating your home, apportioning budget to windows

and doors is a savvy move. As well as making your home

more valuable - 69% of people say that light rooms make

them more inclined to buy - investing in clever glazing

can make you fall in love with your space once more.

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SINGLE STOREY

EXTENSION?

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In a single storey house build or extension, built with an

open floor plan, skylight shafts can bring much needed

natural light into the centre of large spaces.

SLIDING:

BI-FOLD VS

SLIDING DOORS

BI-FOLD:

PROS - for those looking for that wonderful sense of

a garden room that brings the outside in, bi-folds can

help create the sense of one open-plan space as the

panels fold away fully to the walls.

CONS - an expensive option - poorly constructed bifolds

can also suffer from air-tightness issues around

the joins so do your research and get guarantees.

SLIDING:

PROS - generally cheaper than bi-fold doors, sliding

doors also have fewer frame elements, meaning when

they are closed your view is less obstructed.

CONS - you won’t get the full, uninterrupted view of

the garden - instead only a portion of the doors are

openable.

BI-FOLD

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ROOF LANTERNS

AND SKYLIGHTS

Compared to windows of the same surface area, skylights and

roof lanterns can increase light in a room by up to five times.

They are particularly good in extensions and for channelling

light to darker corners of the home and adding opportunities

for ventilation. These additions are no longer considered just a

luxury and can be used in a wide variety of scenarios:

• In a loft extension, tucked beneath sloped rooflines, the

presence of skylights may spell the difference between a bright,

friendly space and a murky cave.

• In a home built between closely adjoining neighbouring

houses where overlooking might be an issue, skylights may

be the best solution for introducing good natural light into

rooms.

• In a single storey house build or extension, built with an

open floor plan, skylight shafts can bring much needed natural

light into the centre of large spaces.

Many of the issues experienced in the past of rooms

overheating or being hard to clean have been mediated with

a tranche of new technology, including glass panels with heat

regulatory and storage abilities and self-cleaning glass.

ENERGY

EFFICIENCY

Our homes are one of the biggest energy wasters out

there and traditionally windows are the biggest energy

leakage point, so with any renovation, it can really pay

to invest in glass tech to ensure the best temperature

regulation - creating huge savings down the line. We all

know that double glazing is much more efficient than

single, but newer technologies like triple glazing are

making windows nearly as efficient at energy retention as

the walls they are installed within.

As well as the glass, it is important to do you research into

frames and opt for the most airtight models.

With great green credentials, triple glazed units have the

added benefits of better thermal comfort, noise reduction

and a reduced risk of condensation between panes – so

for the self-builder or home improver looking for a

premium finish with added benefits, it’s a natural choice.

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A PLANT FOR

EVERY SPACE IN

YOUR HOUSE

The sale of houseplants has grown considerably in the last

few years - a 10-15% year on year increase since 2013

according to the RHS. It is particularly prevalent among

young people - not so much as part of a décor choice

but more to fulfil a desire to have something to care for and

look after. For urban dwellers and workers there are also the

perceived health and well-being benefits. The RHS website has

the following: ‘As well as looking good, houseplants support

human health in homes, offices, school and hospitals.

If you have never had a plant in your life, having a plant at

home is the perfect place to start – and there is such a lot of

choice! My first books were on the subject of house plants and

I love to have plants of all types sharing our family home.

There is an enormous body of research going on at the

moment into the beneficial effects of various species, how

many you need to benefit either physically or mentally, what

specific problems they can alleviate and which species can best

tolerate the various conditions they are exposed to indoors.

Lack of light, temperature fluctuations, infrequent watering -

or too much watering - pity the poor indoor plant and yet for

all of the privations we put them through they still flourish!

As I travel around the country I see so many lovely orchids

on windowsills and the moth orchid or Phalaenopsis must be

present in a high percentage of British homes. You could also

chose a Spathiphyllum or peace lily, a Madagascar Dragon

Tree, Dracaena marginata or an English ivy Hedera helix -

drape them from cupboards and bookcases, group them for

more impact, have one large statement plant for a Wow factor,

whatever you choose make room in your life for a plant!

A Practical Guide to Growing Healthy Houseplants by

Matthew Biggs - matthewbiggs.com

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Entertain, Relax, Enjoy.

The possibilities are endless.

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hilst we can start to enjoy longer spring days, there is

still a definite winter chill in the air - and there are few

pleasures in life as wonderful as curling up in front of

a fire. Marble Hill Fireplaces was established in 1974 as

a family business and has grown exponentially over the years

but, they still offer a very personal and professional service from

first enquiry to design, with full CAD drawings, and the final

installation - perfect when you are considering a new feature but

are looking for minimal upheaval at home.

Marble Hill employ their own teams of Hetas and Gas registered

fitters and therefore have full control over the installation from start

to finish and work closely with architects, designers, site foreman

and private clients to ensure the fitting runs smoothly and on time.

As they can also undertake the installation of new flue liners they

really are a one stop shop offering everything you may need.

Their stone and marble mantels are made in England from the

best quality material and they can therefore offer bespoke sizes if

required. Marble Hill also offer a good range of solid fuel burners

and stoves with the all important Defra approval for use in

smokeless zones.

They are the agents for Planika fires who offer a range of Bio

Ethanol line fires (which require no chimney at all and give 100%

efficiency) and are the main agents for the Dutch company Bell

Fires, who have a superb range of balanced flue gas fires which

do not require a traditional chimney. Bellfires are at the top of the

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competitive prices then make Marble Hill fireplaces your first and

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ESCAPES

An opulent bedroom in The Ned, in the City of London

A FOODIE TRIP TO SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

WHAT'S NEW IN JAPAN IN THIS OLYMPIC YEAR // STYLISH UK STAYS

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a

Slice

of

SANTA

BARBARA

Kate O’Connell tackles

the culinary scene of

Santa Barbara. One

mouthful at a time...

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When it comes to traveling, shockingly enough I had yet to

actually get round to visiting the USA. This also came as a

surprise to my fellow journalists on this trip. Our two nations

are bound together by much history, an overlap in religion, a

common legal system and language, so how had I not visited at least

one state at one time or another?

Who knows. Our family holidays didn’t stretch that far I guess. Which

may explain my eagerness when I was offered the chance to explore

Santa Barbara. Quite the destination for a first time visitor to the USA!

Aptly nicknamed ‘The American Riviera’, Santa Barbara is situated

90 miles (a 2 hour car journey) north of Los Angeles, tucked within

a south-facing pacific coastline on one side, and the rolling hills that

stretch into the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other. But it is its charm

and sense of style that makes this small city so tempting - indeed it is

a hotspot favourite for the rich and famous, with a whole host of A-list

celebrities calling Santa Barbara home.

If there’s one things that strikes you, it’s that Santa Barbara doesn’t

really feel like a city at all. There’s no hustle and bustle here, instead

just a wonderfully laid-back, chilled vibe. Infused with the spirit of

Spain, we were informed that 6.8 magnitude earthquake near enough

flattened the city back in 1925. Devastating yes, but like a phoenix from

the ashes, this proved the making of the city in terms of architecture,

as the city planners were convinced to rebuild the city in a unified,

Spanish Colonial Revival style inspired by the historic Old Mission

(founded by Spanish Franciscans in 1786). Red-tiled clay top roofs and

white washed walls litter every building, and in addition to the climate,

give the city it’s Mediterranean charm.

Our first stop; checking in to the newly developed North Wing of

Harbor View Inn hotel. A premier beachfront hotel, Harbour View Inn

is centrally located within the city, and made for a fabulous base to start

our trip. My room featured a very inviting king size bed, complimented

by gorgeous modern Spanish Colonial furnishings, and to top it off - a

balcony view, a chance to sip on a morning coffee and watch the world

go by. But not yet. First; dinner!

We made a short walk around the block to Loquita Restaurant for

some authentic Spanish tapas. Created as a love letter to the Spanish

origins and history of Santa Barbara, Loquita’s showcases a medley of

paellas, charcuterie, cheeses and seafood. We were offered a sample of a

variety of dishes on the menu, with the squid ink seafood paella being a

personal favourite of mine.

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After a restful nights sleep in my luxuriously comfy bed, I

was ready for a day of exciting activities. To get us started, we

required a hearty breakfast, and Goat Tree was just the place

to go. A gourmet cafe with a relaxed vibe, Goat Tree offers

everything from fresh pastries and baked goods cooked inhouse

by their resident pastry chef, through to cooked breakfasts

with a Mediterranean twist. I opted for the classic Shakshuka,

accompanied by homemade flat bread. Possibly the best, tastiest

start to a morning ever.

Harbor View Inn Hotel

Feeling suitably energised, it was time for a spot of kayaking

down at the harbour front, courtesy of Santa Barbara Adventure

Company. Kayaking is a great way to view a side of Santa Barbara

that perhaps few visitors get to see, so it felt like such a treat. Not

only this, it was a perfect opportunity to spot some of the resident

wildlife.

It was perhaps my enthusiasm at this opportunity that had me

labelled a ‘Twitcher’ on this trip. On every dock we manoeuvred

around brought hoards of enormous pelicans, gangly herons

and rather amusing loons to name but a few. We even managed

to paddle right up to a raft of sealions. So much of the wildlife

on show were species that I had never seen out of captivity, it

was a very special morning indeed. I can’t say I am a particularly

experienced kayaker, having only dabbled on holidays in the past,

but I needn’t have worried. The Adventure Company specialise in

providing tours for all abilities, so I was in safe hands!

A great way to experience the harbour front is to sample some of

the specialities, and so with this we took a stroll over to Stearns

Wharf; California’s oldest wharf named after builder John P.

Stearns. There we took some seats at Santa Barbara Shellfish

Company, and were served an array of locally caught seafoods, all

washed down with some local beer.

Kayaking around Santa

Barbara harbour

To garner more of an overview of the city, we then took a ‘trolley

tour’ via Santa Barbara Trolley Co. This 90 minute tour is lead by

a highly insightful guide, who relays all sorts of interesting facts

about the city, as well as a little local celeb gossip on the side!

After a quick freshen up it was time for a bite to eat. Cue...

Cubaneo! Californian Cuban cuisine served alongside cocktails

from Shaker Mill who neighbour within the same premises. It is

easy to see how you could happily waste away an evening here,

and we did just that! With a cubano sandwich in one hand and a

‘Bay of Santiago’ cocktail in the other, you could have easily fooled

us into thinking we were in Havana!

Loquita Restaurant

After another restful nights sleep, I skipped breakfast in order

to make room for the immense amount of food we would be

sampling on the Eat This, Shoot That! Funk Zone Food & Photo

tour. A three-hour expedition, this is a chance to sample some of

Santa Barbara’s finest fodder, as well as learn a little more about

the city’s history, all while discovering how best to maximize your

photo-taking ability, achieving the most Instagram-worthy images

that will make you the envy of all your friends.

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Belmond El Encanto Hotel

The tour is also a great chance to get to grips with the layout

of the city. Santa Barbara is made up of several districts, one of

which, The Funk Zone, has seen its popularity boom in recent

decades. Comprising of a series of converted warehouses, this

contemporary district is very much the place to be to sample

artisan foods from up-and-coming chefs, and out-of-this-world

Santa Barbara Country wines. Shop fronts and walls are adorned

with graffiti murals and art pieces; this district really is an everevolving

artistic neighbourhood that is well worth a visit.

It was then time to travel up into the foothills to our next hotel.

And what an iconic hotel indeed. The Belmond El Encanto.

Recently renovated in 2013, Belmond El Encanto offers stunning

views of the American Riviera and a whole heap of Hollywood

glamour on the side. This resort manages to feel relaxed and lowkey,

while at the same time feeling like the most exclusive place

on earth. Sitting poolside whilst sipping a glass of ‘Belmond El

Encanto Cuvee’, life truly feels timeless up here. It’s little wonder

that it was a favoured getaway of the Hollywood elite.

We made our way back down from the hills to State Street for

an Italian feast at Due Lune Cucina. Serving fresh ingredients

and hand-made pasta, I would have been mad not to order

the Linguine alle Vongole. This was paired with some fabulous

local wines, and the staff couldn’t have been more friendly and

attentive. We topped off the night with a nightcap at Pearl Social;

an intimate and beautifully furnished cocktail bar. The night felt

like a very classy affair indeed.

Somehow, our final day had sadly rolled around already! It was

time to do a spot of botanical sight seeing. Lotusland was our

destination. This 37-acre estate and botanic garden is situated in

the foothills of Montecito, which is located to the East of Santa

Barbara. Purchased by the rather marvellous socialite Madame

Walska (Google her, honestly!), she spent 43 years designing

the gardens to her liking. To say they were breathtaking is an

understatement. Home to all sorts of exotic, rare collections of

plants, this is truly a garden like no other.

After another spot of wine tasting at some of the local

establishments (it would be rude not to!), we made our way to

Bibi Ji for dinner. A modern take on traditional Indian cuisine,

Bibi Ji are experts at pairing quality, local wines with the most

brilliant of dishes. The moment came when the aptly nicknamed

‘Californian Gold’ was bought out; Santa Barbara’s locally caught

sea urchins. Beautifully presented, and filled with biryani rice, I

couldn’t lie...I was a little hesitant to try them. After all, my only

knowledge of them was to avoid standing on them when on sandy

beaches abroad. I needn’t have worried. Creamy and indulgent,

they were fantastic.

What a dish. And what a trip.

AT A GLANCE

2 nights at harbor view inn hotel, 2 nights at

belmond el encanto hotel, private transfers and

return flights with Norwegian air. Parking and

lounge access with holiday extras.

No1 Lounge at Gatwick Airport (South Terminal)

from £26 PP

Harbor view inn - Nightly Rates vary from

$268.00-$400.00

Belmond El Encanto - Nightly room rates start from

$560 (inc tax), suites from $811 (inc tax)

www.santabarbaraca.com

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THE OLYMPIC YEAR

WHAT'S NEW IN JAPAN?

With Japan gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic

and Paralympic Games, attention is being focused on

the Tohoku region in northern Honshu, which was

heavily affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Prefectures within the region such as Aomori, Fukushima and

Miyagi will be some of the first to receive the Olympic Torch

Relay and will play host to part of the games. Tohoku is easily

accessible from Tokyo by shinkansen and is celebrated for its

local produce and vast natural beauty.

THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS 2020

TRAVELS THROUGH TOHOKU

Following a tradition of peace and hope, the touch relay theme

this year is ‘Hope Lights Our Way’, uniting the Japanese people

around messages of support and acceptance. The flame will

initially be put on display at various locations in the Tohoku

region, to help underscore a message of hope in areas affected by

the 2011 earthquakes and tsunami, including Miyagi, Fukushima

and Iwate. The Olympic Torch Relay will commence on 26 March

2020 in Fukushima Prefecture and will then travel to each of

Japan’s 47 prefectures, showcasing the varied cultural and scenic

attractions of each region.

Miyagi is lucky enough to play host to the Olympic flame twice,

once on 20 March 2020 when it arrives from Greece and displayed

in recovering areas and again from 20-22 June 2020 on its way

to Tokyo for the Games. A place of natural beauty, Miyagi boasts

both beautiful coastline and lush wilderness. Visit Zuiganji, one

of the region’s most prominent Zen temples well-known for its

beautifully gilded and painted sliding doors. Originally founded

in 838 AD, it was converted into a Zen temple in the 12th century

and remains a training ground for Buddhist monks.

TOKYO 2020 VICTORY BOUQUET FLOWERS FROM THE

TOHOKU REGION

Early this year, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic

and Paralympic Games announced the decision to present

victory flower bouquets to medalists. These flowers will be

made up of flowers from the hardest hit prefectures in the 2011

Great East Japan Earthquake disaster as a symbol of recovery

including; Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima. Flowers that will

be used in these bouquets include sunflowers and roses from

Miyagi and gentians from Iwate.

NIPPON 2020 CULTURAL OLYMPICS

Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival has been created to build energy

around the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The

festival welcomes people and cultures from around Japan

"THE MIYAGI PREFECTURE IS A PLACE

OF NATURAL BEAUTY, STUNNING

COASTLINE AND ADORABLE

WILDLIFE AND IN 2020 WILL BE THE

HOST TO SEVERAL MEN’S OLYMPIC

GAME FOOTBALL MATCHES."

and beyond to interact and celebrate the Games, events will

be organised to encourage diversity and regeneration in the

Tohoku region opening new gateways and introducing new

possibilities for Japan.

MIYAGI PLAYS HOST TO THE FOOTBALL MATCHES DURING

THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES

The Miyagi Prefecture is a place of natural beauty, stunning

coastline and adorable wildlife and in 2020 will be the host to

several men’s Olympic Game football matches. Catch the Men’s

Quarterfinal at Miyagi Stadium on 1 August 2020. The stadium is

just a stone throw’s away from Matsushima Bay, enjoy some down

time after the games and explore the collection of over 260 pineclad

islands that have been designated one of Japan’s Three Most

Scenic Views. Visit the region’s cosmopolitan capital Sendai, fondly

nicknamed the City of Trees, and sample some of the prefecture’s

culinary delights such as, gyutan (cow tongue) and kamaboko

(white fish cakes). Additionally, Zao Fox Village is a must whilst in

Miyagi, the village is home to six different types of fox, here visitors

can feed and play with the adorable creatures, the animals are

friendly up close and play a key role in Japanese folklore.

RESTORATION AND THE REOPENING OF THE KABUSHIMA SHRINE

Whilst travelling to Japan for the 2020 Olympic Games it is worth

extending the trip of a lifetime to nearby areas. Located in the

Tohoku region in Aomori Prefecture is Hachinohe City, here is

where the renowned Kabushima shrine stands. The shrine was

completely destroyed in a fire on 5 November 2015, the new

shrine is under construction and is scheduled to be reopened in

March 2020.The shrine was incredibly picturesque located on a

small hill surrounded by the sea, it enshrines goddess Benzaiten.

Kabu in Kabushima can mean both turnip and stock in Japanese,

the shrine is therefore a popular place for local fishermen and

townspeople to come and pray for good luck in the stock market

and business, as well as fishing.

For more information on Japan 2020 visit: japan.travel/en/uk

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HOLMES HOTEL

MARYLEBONE, LONDON

I am a lover of many styles and genres, but prior to my visit to

the Holmes Hotel in London, you many well have found that I

would turn my nose up at the thought of a themed hotel. But

this delightful retreat, just steps away from Baker Street station,

has entirely changed my mind.

Indeed, it’s no mystery why this hotel is proving popular with

a myriad of guests - from those looking to delight in the many

nods to this eponymous deceptive to others just looking for a

stylish city bolt-hole.

Travellers of both the seasoned and novice variety will uncover

countless little luxuries waiting for them in the bedrooms. From

cosy hideaways for two to luxurious duplex Loft suites, the

rooms at Holmes Hotel perfectly straddle classic architecture

and plush, modern interiors. Rooms feel like luxurious

sanctuaries away from the bustle of the Marylebone high street

and Baker Street station - only steps away. It's tempting not

to leave, especially with so many amenities, like the fabulous

nineteenth-century style gym, in the building.

Should you decide to dine in, the Kitchen at Holmes offers a

warm, buzzing atmosphere and delicious seasonally-inspired

cuisine with inspirations from all over the world. Led by Head

Chef Stefano Motta, this sought after all-day dining destination

epitomises an exciting blend of cultures that is unique to

London. We loved the mezze small plates - perfect for sharing.

The standout star dish was lighter-than-light ravioli, lavished in

butter, garlic and rich heady slices of black truffle.

Whether you are a curious mind with a penchant for intrigue or

a world-weary traveller in need of somewhere sumptuous to rest

your head, your perfect room mystery is solved...

Dan Weston

AT A GLANCE:

Stays start at £246 per night | holmeshotel.com

83 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 6NF

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stylish

STAYS

Some perfect boutique breaks and

weekend getaways

VAUSE AT SEA,

WALMER, COASTAL KENT

There, on your doorstep, the sand and the sea. Yours to enjoy

from every corner in this luxury pad where nothing is too

much for your comfort. Holidays surely don’t come more

blissful than this.

The clue comes of course in the name, but as you walk up to

your holiday home you didn’t expect the sands and the sea

to be quite this close. You are literally at sea. And it’ll be the

ocean tides and the ever-shifting sea views that accompany you

throughout your stay.

But as well as the sea on your doorstep, this modern pad is all

about the luxury touches. The list runs very, very long but to

give you a taster, think Sonos sound systems in every room,

Lutron touchpad lighting, Amtico floors (heated throughout),

electronic blinds, wine cooler, Bosch coffee machine… Oh, and

the cinema room with 75” screen.

The sea and the sky dominate the view through the giant

picture windows in the elegant living room. Step onto the deck

for fresh sea air and a little something you chilled earlier as

you sit back on the comfy rattan. Everyone at the long dining

table has sea views, also enjoyed from the stylish kitchen

with all the mod cons you’d expect integrated into sleek grey

cabinets under white countertops.

Upstairs lie five generously sized bedrooms, all with king-size

beds for truly regal sleep as you listen to the waves. Most have

en suite shower rooms. Be first up to the top floor to bag the

family suite where the dormer windows cleverly convert to Juliet

balconies for even better views of the sea beyond.

Go downstairs to see your favourite film or a spot of table

tennis. Step outside for your BBQ and garden (with a sound

system of course). Or to the beach and then to Kingsdown with

three good pubs. Walk or cycle just a little bit further to the

delights of the pretty town of Deal before you return to your

very own retreat by the sea.

Vause at Sea sleeps 10 in five spacious bedrooms, all with kingsize

beds and several with sea views. There are six bathrooms

(5 shower rooms and 1 family bath) plus a handy ground floor

cloakroom.

AT A GLANCE:

Stays start at £2540 per week.

Visit kentandsussexcottages.co.uk

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THE NED,

CITY OF LONDON

There can be few places in London that can create both an

atmosphere of celebration and intimacy - a place to rejoice in

big birthdays and somewhere to whisper in your lover's ear at

your corner table. Never has one venue had it all.

This former bank’s high ceilings and acres of marble, coupled

with banquettes of leather and grand hall-esque wooden tables,

exude pure glamour - this exuberant style is echoed in the

bedrooms, with 1920s styling nodding to the hotel's former life,

but with added home comforts - you'll feel so cosseted, you'll

never want to leave.

Visiting the Ned is an event - I've been four times and still not

managed to take in the full works of the offerings. It boasts ten

restaurants from Paris to New York, via the Asian Pacific, each

exemplifying the same standards of excellence.

Residency overnight at The Ned also lets you join an illustrious

club, with access to Soho members-only areas of the hotel.

Upstairs at The Ned is a summer hotspot with its rooftop pool

and panoramic views of the city, whilst the Vault bar in the

Downstairs area is one of the coolest drinking establishments

in London - occupying the underbelly of the building and still

furnished with its 16-inch thick door and lined with more than

3,000 original safety deposit boxes.

If you're at The Ned for the weekend, a must is the famous

Sunday Feast, occupying the whole of Millie's restaurant. A

cornucopia in every sense of the word, you'll dine on lobster,

Ottolenghi-worthy salads, roasted joints of meat and a

spectacular banquet of puds. You can eat yourself into a moment

of quiet reflection as you take in the rest of the scene, with live

jazz playing around you.

Katie Thomson

AT A GLANCE:

Medium rooms starts from £450.

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PROMOTION

WORK IS STRESSFUL ENOUGH

YOUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE SHOULDN’T BE.

For many of us, travel is unavoidable and part of our

lives, whether it’s for business or that much needed

luxury holiday. However the whole journey, from airport

arrival, check-in, customs and immigration and security,

and even the lounge experience can feel unpredictable and

unproductive.

Now there is a solution to the more stressful aspects of air

travel, making your holiday even more enjoyable: Signature

ELITE class, which gives you back control over your ground

experience and makes sure that your journey starts and ends

in style.

With ELITE Class, you can avoid the stress and

unpredictability of the main terminal. It’s the private jet

experience for the commercial traveller. Upon arrival directly

at the private terminal, you are shown to a private lounge

where you can relax with a glass of champagne and light

refreshments whilst the team complete the airline ticketing

process. When your flight is ready to board, you are escorted

through dedicated security and customs screening and

whisked off in a luxury vehicle directly to your aircraft.

There’s also an arrivals service: after your relaxing holiday,

you will be met at the aircraft and driven back to the private

terminal, where customs and immigration are waiting for

you and your bags will be brought to you. You will be in

your car and on your way home within minutes of leaving

the aircraft shaving significant time off your journey and

allowing you more time to spend the way you choose.

The ELITE Class gift card is the perfect gift, offering a

departure or arrival experience at London Gatwick or

London Luton.

ELITE Class is the world’s number one provider of VIP

airside transfer services, available at London Gatwick,

London Luton, in the Caribbean at Barbados, St Lucia,

Grenada and Tortola and more destinations opening in 2020.

eliteclass.com

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Fly commercial

and bypass the terminal.

Bypass the stress of the main terminal and enjoy the

luxury experience of boarding like a private jet with

Signature ELITE Class.

With VIP lounge access, private and dedicated screening,

customs and immigration processing, and a discrete transfer

to and from the aircraft, it’s a whole new way to travel.

To learn more, visit eliteclass.com.

LONDON-GATWICK | LONDON-LUTON

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LEXUS UX F SPORT

Motoring Journalist Sue Cooke reviews the

versatile ‘urban explorer’; the new Lexus

UX F Sport

If you were to buy a new car tomorrow what powerplant

would you choose? According to research from

GoCompare Car Insurance 22% of motorists would

choose to buy a hybrid. They are more eco-friendly than

conventional petrol or diesel cars and fuel costs and road tax

can be cheaper.

And I fell completely under the spell of the Lexus UX hybrid.

This compact SUV is powered by a petrol engine and an

electric motor. A green EV icon lights up when electric

only is engaged. Accelerate hard and the indicator moves to

power. Coast down a hill and the indicator moves to charge.

What the UX can also do is to regenerate the electric motor

through gentle braking. It’s a marvellous system and with

CO2 emissions of 97g/km, the UX sits in a very low VED

band of E.

I normally find one or two things about the cars I road

test which I don’t like but there isn’t a single thing with the

UX, oh, apart from the silly name which has prehistoric

connotations. However, there is nothing ancient about the

technology in this SUV. Slide into the very supportive bucket

seats and Lexus’ signature luxury and attention to detail is

impressive. Press the power button and a wow factor galaxy

of stars appears in front of the driver. Press it again and a

digital display of dials emerge behind the steering wheel. Just

to assure you that the car is ready to move off in soundless

electric mode, the word ‘Ready’ appears on the screen.

I like the soundless electric drive, but press hard on the

accelerator and an adrenalin inducing sportscar roar is

emitted. Active Sound Control generates the aural effect

of up and down shifts like those of a geared automatic

transmission. An additional Sonic Interaction Design

function adjusts the sound the vehicle makes when driving

in Sport S+ mode..

Adding to the anticipation are two levers which jut out of the

steering wheel column. They look like horns and certainly

one has a very racy purpose. Turn this to Sport S+ and the

digital dial turns red and white and a distinct deep heart beat

can be heard. Or perhaps it was mine! This mode enhances

the car’s handling and stability when cornering and provides

a more dynamic driving feel. Other modes are Sport when

the dial goes red or Eco and the face goes blue.

Lexus calls the UX an ‘urban explorer’ and the plethora of

futuristic standard equipment is much too long to list here.

There is even an easy to use mini ipad which operates the

radio, sat nav etc. What I also like is the braking system.

You can just forget about it. The ‘hand brake’ automatically

engages when you stop and disengages when you accelerate.

Lexus says the UX is a gateway model to help the company

achieve its target of 100,000 annual sales in Europe by 2020.

In my opinion, this compact SUV has everything to support

this target.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

MODEL: Lexus UX F Sport Hybrid

PRICE: £33,900otr

ENGINE: 2 litre petrol and 181bhp

electric motor

PERFORMANCE: 0-62 in 8.5 seconds and on to a

top speed of 110 mph

CO2 EMISSIONS: 97g/km

COMBINED FUEL CONSUMPTION: WLTP 49.5-

53.2mpg

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COUNTRY LIFE

CITY LIFE

A DOG'S LIFE

I've yet to mention my children in this column. I have

a boy called Ted, 5, and a girl called Molly, 4. They're

wonderful, playful...furry. They're shih tzus (that's Molly

above). And they love a meal out as much as I do. I've

done some thorough research for you, and these are just

some of my favourite doggo-friendly pubs in the local

area - I'd love to hear yours!

The Woolpack, Elstead - Fabulous Italian dishes and a

cosy atmosphere with a log fire

The Wheatsheaf, Esher - An historic pub on Esher Green

with comfy chairs and abundant reading materials

The Mulberry Inn, Chiddingfold - Head there for an ace

Sunday Roast

The Parrot, Forest Green - Great ambiance and a classic

country pub interior

The Bell, Fetcham -

Local ales and comfy

armchairs - perfect

IT'S PRO TIME

THE MAN ON THE

MOVE

If you read this page

regularly, you'll know

I'm a golf fan. Well, fan is too strong I think, because I

spend most of my time playing oscillating widely from

enjoyment to pure frustration - how can my hitting it

EXACTLY the same (in my opinion) result in such wildly

different trajectories? Santa obviously heard my shouts of

despair as for Christmas I was lucky enough to be gifted

a golfing pro session at the Wisley - watch this space for

improvement. If not, it's on to anger management...

ABOUT THE MAN -

DANIEL WESTON

Like many of our readers, Daniel lives

in the home counties and commutes

to the City. Hailing from Godalming,

Surrey, the countryside still holds

great appeal. Each issue we get the

low-down on the London spots we

need to try and why the Surrey Hills

keep calling him home...

WINGING IT

I don't mean to go low brow here, but if you know

me, you'll know that 9/10 the dinner gavel falls

on chicken wings. I think of myself as a bit of a

connoisseur and from extensive sampling (you're

welcome) the top spot is a fightout between

Wingmans (above) and Thunderbird. I defy anyone

(apart from vegetarians) not to devour a basket of

fresh wings - go on, next time you're in London try

it - you won't regret it!

NEW SOUND GLORY

I have found the holy grail

of audio technology, and

I'm wondering how I

ever coped with anything

else? You may have heard

of them, but if you've yet

to sample nuraphones, I

implore you to try them.

Here's the technical bit for why

they sound so good - nuraphones

measure your hearing by detecting activity

in the cochlea inside your inner ear. They

use highly sensitive microphones (the same series

of Knowles ® microphones used by NASA for the

Mars2020 mission) and advanced signal processing

techniques to measure Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)

- sounds coming out of your ear - to understand

how sensitive your hearing is to different tones. By

detecting the ear's response to a variety of frequencies,

the nuraphone can create a hearing profile. Once

complete, this hearing profile is used to adapt the

music to match the nuraphone "sound system" to

your "hearing system" delivering perfectly balanced

and crystal clear detail.

Go and give them a go - you'll never have heard

anything like it, literally. £349, nuraphone.com

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PENSIONS ACROSS

THE GENERATIONS

Whatever your age, we all like to think that

other generations have it better. Anna Murdock

takes a subjective look at the three generations

currently making up the UK’s workforce.

Millennials

Millennials often gripe that their future wealth has been

squandered by the baby boomers, who are now retiring en

masse. For their part, older people often accuse millennials

of living only in the now and being spoiled for choice with

education and life experiences. But amid a swirl of other

day-to-day financial concerns, few could deny that spiralling

house prices and astronomical rental costs represent a major

obstacle to starting pension savings.

One key question is, will there be as big a generational

pension gap as millennials fear? Perhaps not. With the

government’s shift towards ‘auto enrolment’, employer

pensions could well plug some of this potential divide.

Pension contributions through auto enrolment look certain

to grow, and according to the Office for National Statistics

(ONS), while in 2012 less than half of UK employees were

saving into a pension plan, now more than 70% are – and

this number is growing. While millennials don’t account for

all of this increase, automatic enrolment is certainly nudging

them towards saving for retirement.

Generation X

Straddling some of the biggest shifts in the pension industry,

Gen Xers may be the ones that feel the pinch the most. In

terms of sheer numbers, Gen-Xers make up more of the

workforce than the other two generations put together.

While some will have been lucky enough to get in on the

golden ticket of final salary schemes, millions of others

haven’t. Instead, government policies designed to get them

saving more, prompted by the dwindling generosity of final

salary schemes have fallen short of their aims.

The baby boomers

Younger people might view today’s pensioners as being

the lucky ones: in addition to having accumulated wealth

through housing, many have the luxury of a guaranteed

income of final salary schemes. Accordingly, there has been

a temptation to point the finger at the baby boomers who

gave rise to the expression ‘The Bank of Mum and Dad.’

The generations that follow them could stand to benefit

from some of this accumulated wealth, especially as the

new pension freedoms might enable more flexibility around

leaving assets for future generations.

However, for every baby boomer that benefits from a

generous final salary provision, there will be another falling

way short of what they need to live comfortably. Such people

might have to work later in life, bursting the traditional

dream of that picture-postcard retirement. ONS statistics

show that the number of people working between the ages

of 70 and 79 has doubled, from 4% to 8%, since 1992. For

the less fortunate that do not have adequate provisions and

have mistakenly assumed that the state would make up the

difference, there is not much time to make up the shortfall

– unlike younger generations who are more aware and can

benefit from the cumulative effect of investing into pensions

early in life.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for the pension industry

and the government is getting us all to save more towards

retirement. Many of us know we should, but this does not

always translate directly into action – especially when more

pressing financial needs have to be covered.

As useful as the broader categories of different generations

can be in highlighting differences, the lessons of intragenerational

disparity should spell out that no two people

share the same financial circumstances. The reality is that

if you are a working adult and you are not sure about

whether your current course of retirement provisions will be

sufficient to meet your needs, then the chances are you will

be off target. So whatever stage of life you are at, doing some

form of retirement planning is probably the single most

important thing you can do right now to ensure you have

enough to retire comfortably.

Anna Murdock, Head of Wealth Planning

JM Finn

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CARE CONSIDERATIONS

Assessing the care needs of your elderly loved ones can

be a testing and very emotional process. We have some

advice on how to know when to make those difficult

decisions.

The Most Obvious Signs

These signs are often the ones that would cause you concern

straight away - often it involves an accident like a fall or a

health scare. It may also include a chronic health problem

which is worsening or a susceptibility to illnesses which take

hold for a while.

The most crucial thing to look out for is whether your

relative is coping with essential everyday tasks like dressing,

shopping, cooking, managing medications and so on. If there

are no immediate worries for health problems, it may be

that your relative just needs a little more help in the home. A

really useful website is www.housingcare.org which can help

you find a list of home services available to help enable them

to live more happily at home.

If frailty or the frequency of injuries in the home is

increasing, it may be worth looking into assisted living

of some sort. For those who are still relatively mobile,

retirement apartments are an excellent option. Many have

a great little community at their heart with easily accessible

amenities, 24-hour support in case a fall happens again but,

vitally, maintain that element of freedom that is so important.

Changes in Appearance

The way your relative looks and feels when you hug them

can tell you if they are well. If there are noticeable weight

gains it may be that their mobility is being impeded or that

they have developed diabetes. On the other hand, weight loss

could indicate forgetfulness to eat or shop for food, or more

serious underlying health problems like depression or cancer.

Bad body odour and dirty clothes can tell you if they are

struggling to wash themselves and manage their household.

Whilst often quite subtle, these signs can indicate important

changes that are the result of declining health or mobility.

If you aren’t sure, accompany your relative to the doctor to

make sure all their needs are being addressed. The issues with

personal hygiene could be as simple as an inability to climb

in and out of the bath, so consult a fitter who can install a

new one. Other problems relating particularly to mental

health are more serious and could mean your relative needs

to move from home for more specialist or nursing care. This

is by no means an easy decision and must be undertaken over

time.

Social Activity

When people enter retirement, their hobbies and social

meetings generally increase. Active friendships are vital for

happiness, be it lunches with friends or a regular meeting

with a hobby or religious group. If you notice that your

loved one has started to shy away from these meetings or go

for large chunks of time without leaving the house, this is

cause for concern. Lack of companionship is associated with

depression and heart problems in older adults. If you know

that your relatives friends have died or moved away, moving

them to somewhere where there are opportunities for new

friendships could be lifesaving.

In the Home

If you have assessed their well-being in person and believe

there is a problem, it is definitely worth visiting their home to

see how well they are taking care of things. Can you find lots

of expired food in the fridge, dirt and grime in the kitchen

and bathroom and lax housekeeping? These could be signs

of a lack of mobility, in which case an in-house cleaning

service could help. More worryingly, they could be the onset

of dementia - meaning your relative is losing the ability to

remember to follow through on cleaning mess and run their

home.

Making the decision to change the lifestyle of your loved one

is huge and the emotional and financial implications must be

carefully considered, but at the centre of it is the importance

of making sure they are as safe, happy and well as possible, in

an environment that meets their needs.

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Specialist services include

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For more information, call us on 01903 213458

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OVER-55S CAN IMPROVE

THEIR LIFESTYLE WITH

EQUITY RELEASE

The family home represents a significant asset in

many people’s portfolio, but the money tied up

within its walls is often untouchable without having

to downsize. With equity release however, this is no

longer the case...

By utilising a Lifetime Mortgage, you can access a

portion of your home’s value as a tax-free cash lump

sum. There are no required monthly payments and you

will retain complete ownership of your home. Interest

is charged monthly and is simply added to the mortgage,

with the total not being due for repayment until you have

passed away or entered permanent long-term care.

The mortgage is typically repaid with the sale of the home,

but your estate can use other means that may be available to

them if they wish to keep the home.

Who am I?

My name is George Wotton, a fully qualified equity release

specialist with over 35 years of industry experience. You

can book a no-obligation, face-to-face meeting with me to

discuss your financial needs. I will be able to provide you

with a personalised illustration, indicating how the mortgage

can grow over time, helping you to understand the impact

that releasing equity could have on the value of your estate

and entitlement to means-tested state benefits.

Why consider equity release?

The tax-free cash injection to your finances can be used

however you wish. Many of my customers like to use it to

make improvements to their home, updating their décor and

ensuring their home is future-proofed.

As releasing equity from your home will reduce the value

of your estate, you could also use a Lifetime Mortgage as an

effective Inheritance Tax planning tool, though it is worth

being aware that the Financial Conduct Authority do not

regulate tax planning.

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From the moment you step into Moore Place, you will feel at home. Our beautiful contemporary

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PROMOTION

Join the rental revolution

at Inspired Villages

When we reach retirement age,

many of us consider moving

somewhere that better suits our

needs, whether that’s swapping

an older home that requires lots of upkeep for a

modern property or finding a house that’s a more

suitable size once children have flown the nest.

But not everyone wants to buy somewhere new,

research conducted by the Centre for Ageing Better

has shown that as many as a third of all over-60s

in the UK may be renting privately by 2040.

“In uncertain times, people tend to make fewer

big decisions,” says James Cobb, Group Sales and

Marketing Director of Inspired Villages, one of the

few retirement living providers in the UK to offer

both the option to rent and to buy.

Some people might choose to rent a retirement

property and free up equity by selling their old home.

James Cobb added: “Helping your family get on the

property ladder or freeing up money for your own

ambitions are common reasons that people want

to unburden the capital tied up in their properties.

Later living can, and should, be the best years of

your life, and liquidity does certainly give you

greater freedom of choice.”

The Inspired Villages rental plan offers buyers

a flexible and easy move, financial freedom to

release equity, and the opportunity to put equity

towards funding enriched life experiences.

Increasingly, over-55s are expressing the desire

to embrace later life which is supported in research

conducted by Inspired Villages. Research conducted

earlier this year, asked more than 2000 over-55s

across the UK, to disclose their top tip for ‘enjoying

getting older’, with results showing that the most

popular answer is to ‘enjoy life as much as possible’.

For those who don’t wish to sell the family home but

still want to move, another option is to rent out your

property while you also rent elsewhere. “Rent to rent

is a fabulous solution for many,” he says.

Inspired Villages’ Try Before You Buy option allows

you to rent a property while selling your old home,

with the option to continue renting or buy it after

six months.

“We are so confident our

buyers will love living in

one of our villages that rental

can either offer a stepping

stone or a long-term solution”

James Cobb, Group Sales and Marketing Director

Inspired Villages renters are part of a vibrant

community and enjoy all the same benefits

as homeowners, with access to facilities

including a restaurant, wellness spa and pool,

gym, bar and cinema.

Properties range from two- and three-bed cottages

with gardens to one- and two-bed apartments.

Inspired Villages offers a rental option with an

inclusive charge, including all utility and energy

costs, tied to the Consumer Price Index. There is

also a package of care and hospitality services

to suit an individual’s needs, providing an

alternative to a care home.

For more information about the

homes available at Inspired Villages,

contact the team on 0808 3019 801,

or visit: InspiredVillages.co.uk/Rental

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A new way to retire?

Renting in retirement, now there’s an idea.

Dine in or eat out? Swim or spa? The choice is yours.

Release that all-important equity in your home,

enjoy the freedom and flexibility, and live life

your way at an Inspired Village.

And now Inspired Villages offers a

choice of homes to rent as well as

buy. It’s the new way to retire.

Get in touch for more details:

Call 0808 3019 801

or visit: InspiredVillages.co.uk/Rental

*Limited number of rental properties available. Excludes Bramshott Place.

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A SERENE AND

BEAUTIFUL RETIREMENT

COMMUNITY

Care planning for loved ones and elderly relatives can be

a daunting and emotional journey, with so many things

to take into consideration and so many options available.

Many relatives will also experience guilt when making

the decision to opt for a residential care home. Company,

‘Aura Care Living’, has been established to revolutionise the

usual perception of care homes and pioneer significant new

strategies in care of the elderly. The teams of people working

in Aura Care Living’s establishments are some of the best in

the industry and the luxury environments that residents live in

are exceptional and completely unique.

Aura Care Living’s Surrey-based King’s Lodge is a multiaward-winning

luxury care home set in tranquil countryside

on the edge of the historic town of Camberley. It is

headed up by General Manager, Sarah Parkin, who has an

exceptional pedigree in the care industry, and leads her loyal

and passionate team to continually deliver a safe, nurturing,

rich and interactive family environment for their residents.

Respect is at the core of everything they do, as is their drive to

ensure every day is rewarding and happy.

Stepping inside King’s Lodge has been likened to walking into

a 5* hotel. One relative said that the relief having looked at

other care homes was palpable – that the guilt faded upon

seeing the beautiful décor, the incredible facilities and the

fresh, kind, smiling staff. One look at the website gallery gives

a hint of what living at King’s Lodge would be like – a visit

though takes the experience to a whole new level. This is a

care home unlike any other…how lucky is Surrey to have such

an incredible facility…

01276 581 372 | www.auracareliving.com

122 Kings Ride, Camberley, Surrey GU15 4LZ, UK

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PROMOTION

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO

SELF-FUND YOUR CARE?

In West Sussex care home fees could cost up to £1500 a week

(the cost will vary, depending on the provider and your

needs). Deciding on the best way to fund this could turn out

to be one of the most important financial decisions people

will have to make – either for themselves or on behalf of

relatives. Getting independent and expert advice and support

could make all the difference.

Get independent financial advice

Both Which? and the Money Advice Service recommend that

people seek independent financial advice from a member of the

Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) before deciding on how to

pay for long-term care. Currently, not enough people are aware of

this and are simply funding care fees with savings or the proceeds

of a house sale.

If you’re considering care options in West Sussex for yourself

or a relative, the Carewise care funding scheme can provide

you with information and advice to guide you through the

decision-making process. The scheme was introduced by West

Sussex County Council in partnership with the Society of Later

Life Advisers (SOLLA), Age UK West Sussex, and West Sussex

Partners in Care.

For your peace of mind, all the Carewise care fees specialists are:

• Accredited members of the Society of Later Life Advisers

(SOLLA);

• Approved under the Trading Standards ‘Buy with

confidence’ or equivalent scheme approved by the local

authority;

• Checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS); and

• Trained in safeguarding adults.

"I found carewise helpful in getting

referred to a care fees specialist

who was able to advise me on the

options of funding my godmother’s

care fees. This enabled me to

make an informed decision on the

most suitable option. My decision

to purchase an annuity provided

peace of mind, knowing that her

care fees could be paid for the rest

of her life." - Mrs G, East Grinstead

all your options and made an informed choice about the best way

to pay for the care, for as long as it is needed.

Book your free consultation

Your first consultation with a care fees specialist is free of charge

and there is no pressure to go ahead with the advice unless you

choose to. So there’s nothing to lose to find out more about the

expert support available from Carewise.

Visit www.carewiseadvice.com to find out more about the care

fees specialists and to arrange your free consultation.

Alternatively, if you would like us to make a referral on your

behalf, please phone Adults’ CarePoint on 01243 642121 or email

socialcare@westsussex.gov.uk

Each adviser can provide advice on products from across the

whole market, giving you peace of mind that you have explored

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