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NEWING GREEN, HYTHE £550,000
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NORTHIAM OIEO £575,000
Located close to the village centre, a wonderful unlisted four bedroom period
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Maggie Alderson tracks down historical treasures
The dream: If you have enjoyed the
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Bleak House – or Fort House, as it
was known when originally built in
1801 – was once Charles Dickens’
seaside residence. With castellated
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use as a B&B and a wedding venue,
with room to seat 65 inside, 200 in
a marquee on the lawn, but would
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Where: On the cliff on the north
side of lovely Broadstairs.
Setting: Looking out to sea and
across the picturesque town over
the lovely curve of Viking Bay
and the Victoria Gardens.
Beds: 7 Baths: 5
Pleasing details: Charles Dickens’
study. From the desk, on a clear day,
you can see all the way to France.
Special features: On the
lower ground floor there is
a Smugglers’ Museum.
Outside: Large private
garden behind flint walls.
Time to town: From an hour and
twenty to St Pancras, also routes
to Victoria and Cannon Street.
Agent: Fine & Country, Canterbury
01227 479317 fineandcountry.com
The dream: An adorable red brick,
quirkily chimney-ed Grade-II listed
farmhouse, with pretty outbuildings and
lovely original features. The spacious
kitchen/breakfast room opens into the
family room, for the modern living
ideal in a characterful old setting.
Where: In a hamlet of four houses,
on the edge of the village of
Kennington, just outside Ashford.
Setting: Lovely farmland and woods.
Beds: 5 Baths: 3
Pleasing details: The arched
Special features: Beams, panelling,
inglenooks… the full monty.
Outside: Delightful cottage-style gardens,
with a stream, a tennis court – and a vineyard
planted with 3,000 vines: Reichensteiner,
Bacchus, Pinot Gris and Pinot noir, with
potential for 3,500 bottles of fizzy joy.
Time to town: Drive 15 minutes to
Ashford, then train 37 to St Pancras.
Agent: Savills, Cranbrook
01580 720161 savills.com
Little Tiffenden Barn
The dream: An exceptional barn conversion
that makes the most of the building’s origins,
rather than trying to force it to look like a
normal ‘house’. From the front the eaves
hang gloriously low, but from the back
there are huge windows onto the views. It
is currently divided into two (as a family
home/‘granny flat’) but there is planning
permission to knock through into one.
Where: On the outskirts of the village of
Woodchurch, a few minutes from Tenterden.
Setting: A long way off the main
road, with panoramic rural views.
Beds: 6 Baths: 4
Pleasing details: The vaulted space
of the kitchen/living room.
Special features: Oak-framed heaven.
Outside: Seven acres of beautiful
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Time to town: 15 minutes drive to Ashford
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Agent: Weald Property
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With ‘Oscar-Esque’ status in the
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show on Tuesday 28th January 2020.
Presenting the top awards on the night
was special guest Jack Laugher MBE.
Local company XL Pools, based
in Kent, specialise in installing
luxury onepiece and bespoke
concrete pools across the county.
XL Pools were awarded a top SPATA
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Millward Pool Contractor of the Year
award. They also scoped a Gold award
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category, a Gold award in the Residential
Indoor Pools Under £100,000 category,
a Silver award in the Residential Indoor
Pools £100,000 to Under £125,000
category and a Gold award in the Special
Requirement Pool of the Year category,
taking home the most awards on the night!
Anthony Exell, Managing Director
of XL Pools, commented: “We joined
SPATA in 2010 and have won numerous
awards and accolades during our
time as members. We are proud to
be taking home nine awards this year
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also won in 2015 and 2018. We are
overwhelmed with our accomplishments
at this year’s awards and look forward to
celebrating with our amazing team who
we would like to credit for our success
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Common questions on disputing a Will
Challenging a Will can
be complex, and, at an
already difficult time, it is
a topic around which there
is a lot of confusion. Expert
Philip Youdan, from law
firm Cripps Pemberton
Greenish, answers some
about Will disputes.
Who can contest a Will?
Normally a person who wants
to challenge a Will would be
somebody who stands to benefit
from the deceased’s estate if
they succeed in their claim. They
might, for instance, benefit under
a previous Will which would
then come back into existence.
Alternatively, they might benefit
under the rules which apply when
somebody dies without a Will.
When is a Will invalid?
A Will is invalid if it has not been
executed in accordance with the
formal legal requirements.
In particular, the person making
the Will (the testator) must
sign it in the presence of two
witnesses, who must also sign it.
A Will is also not valid if the
testator did not have the required
mental capacity to make the
Will. As people are living longer
and making Wills later in life,
assessing their capacity to make
a Will is increasingly important.
If it can be shown that a Will was
made in circumstances where the
testator did not have knowledge
of the contents of the will, or was
pressurised into making the Will
by somebody else, this can also
be grounds to overturn it. This
stands to reason – if someone
has exerted pressure to secure
a benefit from a Will it is not
right that a Will made in those
circumstances should be permitted.
Are there any other grounds
for contesting a Will?
Claims can be made seeking to
benefit from an estate without
challenging the Will itself.
Under the Inheritance (Provision
for Family and Dependants) Act
1975, ‘eligible claimants’ can
bring a claim seeking a share or
an increased share of an estate
if they have not been properly
provided for. Eligible claimants
include spouses and civil partners,
or children of the deceased, those
who lived with the deceased for at
least two years prior to his or her
death and persons being provided
for by the deceased immediately
prior to the deceased’s death.
Another situation where a claim
may be made is in cases where
the deceased made promises to
somebody that they would be left
something in the deceased’s will
and that turns out not to be true.
The person to whom the promise
was made might be able to bring
a claim if they had acted to their
detriment because of the promise.
What do I do if I think I
can make a claim?
Act promptly. There are time limits
and delaying can materially affect
the prospect of succeeding with
a claim. Legal advice should be
sought at the outset to investigate
the merits of a claim, which will
normally involve obtaining relevant
documents and evidence. The
purpose of early advice should be
to establish the merits of a claim
and your options for pursuing
this to a successful conclusion
by agreement or at Court.
If you would like more information
on challenging a Will, please contact
Philip Youdan on 01892 489 588 or at
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What to do and see near you this month
Sunday 8 March is international women’s day
and that means it’s time for POW!’s annual
festival. POW! stands for Power of Women
and they work all year to organise events and
community projects in Thanet, but this is the
time of the year that they really shine. There are
so many ways to celebrate the power of women,
and recognise female achievement and progress,
so it’s no surprise that this is a multi-faceted
diamond of a festival. Flex your grey matter in
a pub quiz. Create feminist slogan art. Take in
a cabaret. Try a beer tasting. Go roller dancing.
Support females in all the many ways they are
brilliant – as actors, singers, artists, comedians,
dancers, storytellers and just as people who deserve
rights, admiration and equality. powthanet.com
The renowned graduate performing
company of the Central School
of Ballet returns to Tonbridge on
Saturday 28 March as part of their
UK wide tour. The annual Ballet
Central tour offers the chance
to see the company’s young and
dynamic dancers showcase the
best dance theatre from current
industry professionals alongside
newly commissioned work and
refreshed classics from the world’s
top choreographers. Ballet Central’s
graduates go on to join the world’s
premier dance companies, so this
is a fantastic opportunity to see
these hugely talented dancers on the
cusp of their professional careers.
Bewl Water in
Lamberhurst is hosting
their Big Dog Day Out
on Saturday 28 March – a
fabulous day for four-legged
friends and their humans.
There will be a doggy treasure
trail, agility course, professional
photography opportunities, a
number of stalls and experts and
plenty of refreshments at the
Waterfront Café. bewlwater.co.uk
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Have you got what it takes to be a Peaky Blinder? Leeds Castle is taking its guests back in
time on Saturday 28 March with their Peak or Blinded 1920s Murder Mystery House
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Actors will set the scene, for an interactive evening of dinner theatre. It’s a night to solve a
crime, eat three-courses of delicious food, try some cocktails, and
all whilst living your best 20s gangster life. Tickets are £109,
and you can also get accommodation from £275. leeds-castle.com
In a slight twist on the
traditional Mother’s Day cream
tea, The Kent Cookery School
is offering a day of baking over
some Buck’s Fizz. Put a smile
on Mum’s face as you learn to
bake some delightful macarons
by first making a paste, piping it
and then learning about
some wonderful fillings.
The price is £125 for two
people, and there are two
time slots 10am-12.30pm
and 2.30pm-5pm on
Sunday 22 March.
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Bedgebury Pinetum is filled with
dragon and damselflies in the summer,
so, before the season starts, they are
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creatures. Odonata specialists John and Gill
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well as information about some of the very special species
that can be seen at Bedgebury Pinetum. The
talk will run from 2-4pm and costs £8 per
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location to choose. Will you help Princess Acorn and Knight Sir Oakley find baby animals
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Hip, hip hooray! Benenden
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quicker after hip surgery.
Is the fear of a long
hospital stay stopping
you from booking
your hip replacement
Benenden Hospital is now offering
shorter stays of just one night for hip
patients, compared with the normal
It is the first private hospital to be
using a new anaesthetic that has
patients up and walking just two hours
after surgery. Benenden will have you
starting your road to recovery with
physiotherapy the same day as surgery.
Plus, you won’t need to take strong
opioid painkillers which can make you
feel drowsy and unwell.
This is all down to the Pericapsular
Nerve Group (PENG) Block, an
innovative technique carried out by a
team of anaesthetic specialists. It is
safe and effective and provides relief
from post-operative pain.
Andy Chandler, from Kent, was the
first patient to have the (PENG) Block,
just before Christmas.
He’s now back at work as a project
manager and planning to get back on
the golf course in the Spring.
Andy, 69, said:
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I’ve ever stayed in hospital,
so I was very nervous
about having quite a big
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Milbourn Equine Vets is a local
100% equine practice spanning
Kent and East Sussex. We also
have a sister company, Cinque Ports Vets
which has been providing small animal
services since their first branch opened (at
that time a mixed practice) in Rye in 1930.
We both aim to provide gold standard
care and a compassionate service,
and hope to achieve personal trusting
relationships with our clients. We have a
practice ethos of a happy team, healthy
horses and pets and satisfied clients!
We have a large equine team at Milbourn
Equine helping us to achieve this. It
consists of 10 equine vets with a broad
range of interests, all of whom are
committed to providing excellent care
for your horse, pony and donkey (or
even the odd alpaca!) Whether you are
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we offer a high standard of care with
our range of services. Our vets are ably
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Depending on your requirements
we offer a range of services to help
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Whether you require an annual
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from your pet’s annual booster and
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Our Ashford RCVS accredited Hospital
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Where there’s a Will
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Veterinary Surgeon, Amy Baskerville BVSc MRCVS, explains how
seasonal and dietary changes can effect equine health.
With the days getting longer
and the grass growing fast,
winter is nearly over. However,
as much as we all love spring, the new
flush of sugar rich grass can have serious
implications for some of our equine friends.
Laminitis means ‘inflammation of
the laminae’. These are the tubular tissues
which support the pedal (coffin) bone
within the hoof to the hoof wall. When
these laminae become inflamed,
it can be incredibly painful. The
typical laminitic clinical signs are; leaning
back to reduce weight load through
the front feet, reluctance to move,
depression and inappetence, lying down
more or a reluctance to pick up feet. Some
horses can be more subtle, simply seeming
‘pottery’ on their front feet and painful to
turn tightly. The front feet are more affected
as approximately 70% of a horse’s weight
is carried through the forelimbs. But the
hind feet will be affected too.
With acute laminitis, it is important to
remove the horse from the pasture, stable
on a deep, bed of shavings (shavings pack
into the foot better and provide more
support) and call your vet. It is important to
restrict movement in this acute stage. With
the laminae inflamed, there is a possibility
the pedal bone may sink and rotate within
the hoof capsule, this has more serious longterm
implications and a poorer prognosis.
Your vet will use indicators such as
clinical signs, increased pulses to the feet
and reaction to gentle pressure to the sole
using hoof testers to diagnose laminitis.
Anti-inflammatories will be administered
to try and counter the changes within the
laminae and to provide pain relief. Foot
padding and frog supports can provide
elevation of the heel to reduce the pull
of the flexor tendon on the pedal bone.
We may suggest taking some
radiographs of the feet. This will give us an
idea whether there has been movement of
the pedal bone and give you a better idea
of what to expect in terms of rehabilitation
and prognosis. These radiographs can
also aid your farrier. Once the initial
pain has eased, your farrier and vet can
work together to discuss trimming the
foot as well as specialised shoeing to help
your horse feel more comfortable.
Box rest is important, even if your
horse appears better, it is important to be
guided by veterinary advice as to when
turn out is allowable. Movement increases
the risk of the pedal bone rotating and
sinking. Feeds must be reduced and
adapted to contain low non-structural
carbohydrates, look out for the laminitis
trust approved sticker on the bag. Access
to well soaked hay is important. Although
rations need to be reduced and weight
loss is a key factor in recovery, starving a
horse can lead to other complications.
It is about finding a happy balance.
Traditionally it was thought of as
simply fat horses having too much good
grazing. There is an element of that, but
we now know that laminitis is not just a
foot issue and is not that simple! There
are three main underlying causes:
Diseases and conditions that lead to
whole body inflammatory conditions such
as severe diarrhoea and lung infections.
Hormonal disorders like ‘Cushing’s
disease’ and Equine Metabolic Syndrome
(EMS) and the resultant insulin resistance
these conditions create. These horses cannot
control their blood glucose effectively,
leading to a range of side effects.
Uneven weight bearing after an injury
on a different limb for instance, can cause a
mechanical laminitis in the supporting limb.
Prevention is better than cure. Once a
horse has had laminitis, they are at a higher
risk of being affected in the future. Keep
your horses ‘fit not fat’. Restricted grazing
and grass muzzles are good methods of
reducing grass intake. Remember, a clever
horse can learn to eat as much grass in a few
hours as they can eat in a day. So simply
reducing grazing hours is often not enough!
Winter time is a good time of year to try
and get the weight off the more rotund!
The Subtle signs of laminitis
If you’re concerned about your horse contact your vet
• Reluctance to turn
• A shortened stride / a stiffened gait
• Shifting weight from foot to foot
• Being careful on hard ground
or preferring soft ground
• Change in behaviour / temperament
• Reluctant to pick up their feet
• Abnormal heat at the hoof wall or coronet
• A strong pounding digital pulse
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We’re proud to introduce a brand new Supplement
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retirement with a focus on luxury living. Take
a break with stunning holiday destinations – both home and
away – get in shape with tips from fitness guru Sarah Maxwell
and get the low-down on buying a property in France.
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projected her writer’s imagination onto the décor of a Georgian
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ceiling rose with bare bulbs hanging from hooks
against the wall, in a style reminiscent of stage curtains.
I’m sure that curtain wasn’t there the last time I
visited Cuckoo Cottage and the hallway is one of many
elements in the house that contribute to my feeling
– and I am lucky to be a regular visitor here – that
every time I come to the house, it’s a bit different.
In this case it’s because Sally is gradually studding
the soft green hall walls with seven-point gold stars and
a few more have been added each time I drop in.
Another new development since my last visit are the
wall hooks, used for hats and leads for Sally’s adorable
Yorkshire terrier, Sparrow, which are in the shape of
three classic chairs – a Thonet bentwood, a school chair
and the Emeco 1006 Navy chair – in miniature.
These objects of wonder turn out to be from IKEA,
painted by Sally to match the walls. With a stand containing
umbrellas and fox-headed walking canes worthy of Mary
Poppins – and a feather duster for good measure – the tone
of the house is set the moment you take two steps inside.
And two steps does take you quite a long way into this
cottage, which really is very modest in size – Thumbelina
would feel very much at home – but the Georgian
proportions, combined with Sally’s wonderfully bold
décor, stop it feeling in any way cramped. Thinking big,
as she does with such aplomb, makes a space feel bigger.
The sitting room – one of those very special rooms, which
I never want to leave once I sit down there – is painted in a
dark rich purple (Farrow & Ball’s Pelt), a colour so bold only
someone with Sally’s professional design confidence might
have dared to choose it for such a small room. Certainly,
her painter and decorator tried to talk her out of it.
“The painter said: ‘I think you are making a big mistake
painting with this colour. It’s going to make it very small and
claustrophobic…’ Then he painted it and said, ‘Bloody hell!
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Above: In the kitchen, Sally has found room to pack in plenty of her magical objects, including some lifesize
wooden ducks and a large metal orange squeezer, that she brought back from Mexico
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all the fascinating objects in the room. Wherever
your eye falls, it lights upon something which
looks as though it could tell you a story.
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armchair that I sit in to chat to Sally is one
of two side tables in the form of bear cubs holding
up a slice of a tree trunk, complete with bark.
They are from Graham & Green, but seem
like something right out of the Brothers Grimm.
Sally is delighted at the idea – fairy stories are her
passion and the inspiration for her writing.
She collects volumes of them, along with other very specific
and fascinating books about folklore in Transylvania and the
like. The bookcase to the left of the fireplace – one of two
glass-doored IKEA Billys, which she had painted dark blue –
contains part of her book collection and another she inherited.
It also displays a collection of china parrots that
belonged to her mother. The symmetrical cupboard
in the other recess contains a collection of Pollocks
toy theatres and a chess set of Chinese figures.
Sitting on top of the bear table next to me, in his
own little chair, is a wooden figure of a naked man,
with articulated arms and legs, like one of those artist’s
manikins, except this one has a very characterful face,
with hair and a beard (and shoes). “He is Joseph from
a church display in Italy. I bought it in an antique shop
there and brought it home. I have to save these things.”
In a similar spirit there is a Dutch figure of
the Madonna that Sally came across in France.
“I brought her home on the plane.”
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with ferns, candles in place, came from Norman Road
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rented when she first moved down from London. “It
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This page: There are pillars on either side of the kitchen entrance – where Sally plans to add a theatrical curtain,
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I was coming down for a writers’ lunch club, which I
was one of the organisers of, which made Sally think
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“I was living in a 1930s flat in Stoke Newington and the
freeholders decided to renovate the building and there were
suddenly massive fees, so I started to think about moving.
I knew Hastings because I went to boarding school here for
two and a half years. I hated the school, but every weekend
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memories of that.
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thought, ‘I could live here’. I started browsing Rightmove,
saw a house to rent in Burton St Leonards and took
it on the spot. After that it was a no brainer.”
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“There are so many interesting people living here.
People speak to you. I thought they might be snotty
about Londoners ‘moving down here, taking our
houses…’ but you couldn’t find nicer, kinder, genuinely
pleasant people, once they know you are moving
down to live here, not buying a place to Airbnb.”
After a search, at times nail biting, Sally found her
cottage – her next challenge was to find furniture to
scale with it. “All my furniture was really big, this
room would have died and I thought, ‘what have
I done? I’ve bought a little mouse house…’”
But after finding the armchairs at Ben Southgate
(formerly in Kings Road, St Leonards, now online) and
a small sofa on eBay, she was set up. The finishing touch
was to add a very large chandelier, from Norman Road.
“Part of it is Georgian and it has the original crystals.
It’s not connected to the electricity, it’s purely ornamental
and pulls the whole room together. It’s magical with tea
lights lit in it. I love chandeliers, they are like dreams.”
Stepping back through to the dining room – along classic
woven plastic Swedish rugs, by Pappelina, in their bold
geometric designs – there is another example of Sally’s
skill with lighting, learned from her theatrical days.
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cable stretch out from the central ceiling rose, over the
round dining table, with bare bulbs hanging from hooks. It
brilliantly brings together a space that is almost like a square
corridor, with a door going off each corner, into the hall,
pantry, courtyard and kitchen. “If you have good lighting you
can get away with anything. I hate central ceiling lights.”
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overstatement. Yet, with the sink and cooker on one side,
looking out to the courtyard, and a dresser built on the
back wall, it’s a brilliantly efficient space to cook in.
However, even in such a compact area, Sally has found
room to pack in plenty of her magical objects, including
a witch’s ball, an angel hanging from the pan rack, some
life-size wooden ducks and a large metal orange squeezer,
that she brought back (in the cabin) from Mexico.
Also, in this spirit of not everything needing to have a
purpose, apart from being interesting, on the end wall of the
kitchen she had the carpenter build a kind of altar piece, that
they have in houses in Romania. “It doesn’t do anything,
but it provides a focal point, gives the space a personality.”
Adding to that are the pillars on either side of the
kitchen entrance – where she plans to add another
theatrical curtain, currently drawn on the wall with
pencil – and three working cuckoo clocks. “They are
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This page: Sally’s bedroom. An oversized
wall hanging of flowers, from which a swan
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on. The room is lit instead by more dangling light
bulbs hanging from hooks on either side of the bed.
“I like them, because you can move them around…”
Heading back out onto the landing, the house seems
to sprinkle a little magic of its own, in the wonderfully
characterful steep staircase heading up to the attic
guest room, its curved undercarriage creating lovely
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Right: Sassy Luke’s image of the Queen blowing
bubble gum casts a gaze over the main bedroom
Below: Large-scale artworks line the stairway walls.
The sisal-style carpet continues the natural theme
outside and offering views over the terraced garden and side
deck. The kitchen was also opened up, the downstairs loo
(now with under-floor heating) was moved to under the
stairs, enabling a kitchen island and another set of French
doors to be installed. The kitchen, which was once small
and dark, is now the heart of the home. The old fireplace
now houses the large Rangemaster oven, new ceiling beams
were created to match the newly sandblasted beams in the
rest of the house. A kitchen, by Krieder, was given a sense
of texture with leather handles from Turnstyle and yet
more texture in the worktops which Justine’s contractor
created from scaffolding boards stained with Osmo oil. A
dresser from Designer Vintage, rattan baskets and hand
made spotlights create a space that is functional yet tactile.
Justine also kept a sense of industrial in the wall lights by
Industville and the lights above the island by Trainspotters.
“I’m an ex-chef,” says Andy, “so I needed all my gadgets
and spices, the Kilner jars and the crockery, Justine has
Above: The staggering gold portrait hanging above the bed was accidentally cut in two by the builder, then thankfully salvaged by the artist
created the perfect place for everything. It just works so well.”
Another room that had previously been the garage for the
house, was further opened up to create a spacious dining
area and the wall of the staircase was removed to again
create a sense of space and flow. “We stripped out anything
that felt inappropriate, like the really dark joinery, but kept
everything that had integrity,” says Justine. “Even when
elements were entirely replaced like the floor, we tried to
find something that felt authentic so we went for an aged
and tumbled wood floor by Antares in Lewes.” The entire
house has now been transformed into a working, connected
family home with a sense of flow from one area to the
next. Rooms that had once been redundant are now used;
spaces that were once dark and uninviting are flooded with
light and purpose. “It’s not the most massive of houses
and yet there were entire areas we ignored, which seems
crazy,” says Andy. “Now every space has a function.”
Being so close to the couple, Justine was able to work with
Andy and Ran to create an overall colour palette that they
could work off, setting the foundations and specifying
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“Justine was also really
helpful with the furniture.
We like to repurpose pieces,
wherever possible,” says Andy
Above left and right: Justine has turned the small bathroom into a hotel-standard space, with a vintage free-standing vanity unit
and brushed brass taps that perfectly reflect the aesthetic in the rest of the house. More houseplants lend a vibrant feel
the furniture. Colours from Little Green and Mylands,
including Pearl Colour Dark, Normandy Grey and Stonelime,
effortlessly flow from one room to the next. “Justine was
also really helpful with the furniture. We like to repurpose
pieces, wherever possible,” says Andy. “This coffee table was
originally a dining table but we took the legs off and had
the table shortened with pin legs. The benches have the
old table legs on them and we now use it as a console table
in the summer house.” A sense of mindfulness is apparent
throughout the interior, both in the upcycled and recycled
pieces that the couple have created as well as in the overall
Scandinavian aesthetic, which is both clean and uncluttered,
mirroring the couple’s lifestyle as vegetarian/vegans. Natural
fibres are visible throughout the house in curtains, rugs,
cushions and throws as well as indoor planting that adds
vitality in every area. “We needed the house to be practical,”
says Andy. “We have dogs, who have muddy paws and
sit on the sofas, so we couldn’t be too precious. The stair
carpet is a polypropylene that looks like sisal and we had
to source items that would last, these are incredibly comfy
sofas, although perhaps a pale chenille and two dogs wasn’t
the best idea so we always have covers on them now!”
The artwork in the house reflects Andy and Ran’s travels:
Thai brass rubbings, photographs from their travels and of
Above and left: The dressing room
houses a trundle bed for guests cleverly
concealed behind louvred doors
their families, South African tribal art
and various souvenirs and mementos
are all subtly on show, showing off
the couple’s past. A chubby Balinese
Buddha sits on the stairs that lead
up to the bedrooms. In the master
bedroom, a staggering gold portrait
of a woman in red overlooks the bed.
“That is the most expensive piece
of art I have ever bought,” says Andy.
“So you can imagine my horror when
the builder cut it in two!” Luckily,
the tale has a happy ending and the
artist, based in Tunbridge Wells,
was able to repair and repaint over
the damage. Indeed, the size of the
painting is such that to hang it in the
bedroom was only made possible by
yet another of Justine’s ingenious
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Left: The kitchen by Krieder, was
given a sense of texture with leather
handles from Turnstyle
ideas. Where once there was a
small and faceless room there
is now a soaring spacious
and deliciously theatrical
bedroom, the ceiling having
been removed all the way to
the eaves. It is a bedroom
worthy of any boutique hotel.
One thing not visible in the
bedroom is any cupboards.
That is because the couple’s
clothes have in fact been
given their own room entirely.
The third bedroom has been
generously converted into a
dressing room, a trundle bed for
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behind wooden louvered
doors, a look that was big in
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Above: The loo has moved under the stairs, freeing up space elsewhere and is now blessed with underfloor heating
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With the baby boomer generation set to pass on a significant
amount of wealth, discussing plans and goals with beneficiaries
can give everyone a head start, as Anna Murdock explains
In my 15 years of giving individuals
advice on their wealth and financial
wellbeing, one of the biggest issues
I experience is the surprise, shock and
disappointment that can come following
a death in the family. The one piece of
advice that I try to hammer home is to
discuss your inheritance
plans with your family; the
last thing you want is to
be embroiled in conflict
at a time when you want
to be left to grieve.
something we as a nation
have always been good
at, but not when it comes
to airing our views or
concerns about money.
I believe that it’s a generational
thing, as in my experience baby
boomers often adopt the view
that having a conversation with
someone about wealth and money
is something we
as a nation have
good at, but not
when it comes
is definitely one of life’s taboos.
Many believe that leaving a will
counts as communicating with one’s
beneficiaries. I know that when
imparting my advice on someone’s
pension options, for example, it is far
better to do so on a face-to-face basis.
You learn so much more
about someone’s reaction
to your decision whether
it be in their facial
expressions or their verbal
response; it is human
nature to scan faces and
look for reactions.
Ask anyone in business.
All (successful) CEOs
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staff will tell you, your
children, your spouse, everyone will
tell you that communication is key. If
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With a huge
amount of wealth transfer on the
horizon, my advice would be to discuss
your requests and bequests and explain
to your children, grandchildren and any
other beneficiaries what your plans are.
You may not be able to pay for a deposit
for a house, or you may not want to, but
either way it is not worth letting that be
a disappointment once you have gone.
As a wealth planner who advises on
all aspects of individuals’ wealth, all
the advice I give is on a personal basis.
I strongly encour age families to learn
more about each other’s individual
attitudes to money and wealth and,
if appropriate, set expectations for
any inheritance while you still can.
Anna Murdock is Head of Wealth
Planning at JM Finn jmfinn.com
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The experts at Fitness Superstore educate
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As we all grow older and gradually slow down, it’s likely a
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important than ever to your health in your senior years.
Naturally, our metabolism slows down with age, meaning
maintaining a healthy weight can become a challenge. By adding
exercise into your daily routine, your metabolism can increase,
while building important muscle mass and burning calories.
In turn, the impact of illness or chronic disease can reduce, and
you will see improvements in your mobility, flexibility and balance.
And the benefits are not just physical! You’ll find that your sleep
improves which is vital for your overall health, meaning you wake
feeling more energised, confident, and ready for the day.
You should aim
for 30 minutes
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times a week.
The NHS suggest aiming for at
least 150 minutes of moderate
activity a week. This may sound
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of exercise, five times a week.
Remember, it’s important to start
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If you haven’t trained for a while it may take a little longer to get
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Sarah Maxwell explains how it’s time to ramp things up when it comes to exercise
Are you 50+ and think it’s about
time that you slowed down
and took things easier?
I’m going to disappoint a few
of you now because, 50+ is the
time to speed things up!
We lose muscle mass, bone density,
mobility and flexibility naturally as we
age, belly fat becomes an issue as we
start thickening around the middle.
Even if you are naturally slim,
you could have excess visceral fat.
Visceral fat is fat that you can’t see,
the fat wraps around the vital organs,
heart, liver and underused muscle.
An excess of visceral fat
greatly increases the risk of:
• Heart attack and
• Type 2 diabetes
• Breast cancer
The link below will show you how to go
about measuring your level and give you
an indication of your visceral fat levels.
Now let me tell you the good news!
Regular exercise, combining
aerobic activity and weight
bearing exercises will go a long
way to reducing your fat levels.
A well balanced diet, reducing
sugar, processed food and upping the
vegetables is the way to go. Reducing
stress levels, regular exercise, relaxation,
a good sleep pattern, meditation and
me-time are all essential ingredients.
Regular exercise will make a huge
difference to your mental health
whether it is a steady walk with friends
or a training session at the gym or
class. You will
build muscle, lose
fat, increase bone
density, mobility and
flexibility – there is
no reason why in
your 50s and beyond
you can’t be as strong
and flexible as you
were in your 30s!
People who take this approach
will look younger, have better
skin, more energy and a much
more positive outlook along with
an increased quality of life.
“We lose muscle
Here is my recipe for being fit
and fabulous at 50 and beyond:
Regular aerobic exercise:
2-3 times a week
This can be walking, dancing, climbing
the stairs (anything that gets your heart
rate up). Try to get outside as often as
possible for around 15 minutes a day
to boost your vitamin D levels and to
make you feel good inside and out.
Strength training/interval training:
2-3 times a week (this doesn’t have to
take long, 10-15 minutes is good)
You don’t need to use weights,
your body weight is just fine.
Stretch and mobilise every day (I do this
before my morning shower every day)
Exercise can be done in stages
throughout the day and is just as
effective. If you don’t have time for a
20-minute walk, do 10 minutes and
some more or something different later
in the day. Dance around your kitchen,
walk around the supermarket instead
of shopping online. It all helps.
You don’t have to be a gym bunny, but
if you want to bounce now and through
old age, the time to think about your
physical and mental health is now!
Sarah is running a free two-day 10-minute fitness course – you can sign
up at sarahmaxwell.teachable.com/p/free10minutefitness
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from across the South East
Last month, The Limpsfield Cookery
School in Surrey opened its doors
for the first time to provide a
range of classes focusing on various
culinary skills, taught by top chefs.
The brainchild of Jacqueline
Derbyshire, the School’s aim is to
provide pupils with the tools and
knowledge to create dishes with a huge
selection of courses throughout the
year, from bread and cake making, to
mastering international cuisines. “I have
always considered myself proficient
in the kitchen,” says Jacqueline, “and
indeed have usually been the go-to
person to cater for family parties and
events. However, after my daughter
married a Michelin-trained chef, I
was made very aware that there was a
huge range of skills and dishes that I
was lacking. I found that there were
either no courses available to help
me learn, or those that were available
were more geared to professional chefs
and felt cold and unwelcoming. This
is where the idea for The Limpsfield
Cookery School was born!”
Alongside the courses, once every
month, Jacqueline will be hosting a
Friday night Supper Club where up to
35 guests can enjoy a casual, informal
buffet-style gathering, focused on
fresh, seasonal produce – the perfect
way to kick-start the weekend.
(or never even tried?)
We tracked down Jack from
jackdavidson.co.uk to ask him
about his popular ballroom classes:
What can you expect from a
Jack Davidson dance class?
“Well, firstly, great dancing
technique, followed by lots of
fun and a whole new social
community you never expected
to meet! Our aim is to add some
Strictly magic to your dancing. We
cater for beginners to advanced
and beyond. Our dance classes
in Tenterden and Rolvenden
teach so much more than just
ballroom and latin dancing – the
steps are just the beginning of
the journey, technique along
with fun and socialising are
at the core of what we do.”
Why do people seem to
like dancing so much?
“We all lead busy and stressful
lives but dancing can be such
an immersive experience and
benefit you in so many ways.
For instance, helping you
to stay active both mentally
and physically, meeting new
people, pushing yourself out
of your comfort zone (gently)
and providing an environment
with like-minded people all
sharing the joy of dance.”
Do I need a partner?
“They say it takes two to tango
but at a Jack Davidson dance class
it doesn’t matter if you come as
a couple or by yourself, we are
accessible to all. We understand
that it can take a lot of courage
to try something new or just start
dancing again, but we aim to
put all your worries at ease and
help you leave class smiling and
wanting to come back for more.”
You can visit jackdavidson.co.uk
for class times and more info or
call him on 07863 132920.
Ashford Golf Club
Special 2020 Open Package
The 2020 open will return to
Royal St Georges in July for
the fi rst time since 2011.
Celebrate in style with a game
of golf at Ashford Golf Club, a
beautiful Parkland Course just
minutes’ from the M20 (Junction
9) either on your way to the
Open or on your return having
seen some entertaining golf.
Want to dance...
well here’s your chance!
LEARN TO BALLROOM DANCE
Adult Ballroom, Latin
and Argentine Tango
With many local hotels within
easy reach, this venue is
ideal for those wishing to
play a challenging course in
the Heart of Kent to add to
their overall experience.
Just £55 per person for 18
holes of Golf (including bacon
roll and coffee on arrival).
To book a tee time and any
further catering requirements,
phone the Pro Shop on
01233 622655 - Group
Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4NT
Our dance school based in Tenterden, Kent offers adult
dance classes in Ballroom and Latin and Argentine
Tango. Whether you're a beginner, an improver, coming
back to dance or just think you'd like to give it a go,
we have a range of classes to cater for all levels.
All of our beginners classes are just £7 per session
per person and offer a no pressure introduction.
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This spring, tennis fans should check out the Château
Lou Casteou and Rose Tennis Academy, which will
be running from 14-19 April in a stunning château
set in the beautiful Côte d’Azur countryside. It is
structured to welcome all levels of tennis players – from
beginners to advanced – with coaches James Rose and
Richie Baker leading an experienced team of tennis
pros. Six hours’ daily coaching and tournaments,
luxe all-inclusive accommodation and a ticket to the
ATP Tournament in Monaco is priced at £1,998
single occupancy, or £1,750 pp for two sharing.
If you’re after something more fitness-orientated,
you could try Body Tonic at Lou Casteou, a
luxurious, four-night all-inclusive fitness retreat,
which provides energetic training classes, vibrant
Latin dance parties, stunning coastal treks, a tennis
workshop, private chef and pampered chateau
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Fun with Fitness...
If you’re keen to up your fitness levels and enjoyment of
exercise, but are daunted by the gym or just lacking in
motivation, Wealden Times columnist Sarah Maxwell runs
a series of online fitness courses alongside ballet barre and
personal and group training classes at her studio in Cranbrook.
Sarah’s fun, action-packed sessions are filled with laughter and
positivity and offer the perfect chance to reap the benefits
of a whole body workout under her expert supervision.
Sarah will be hosting a very special health and fitness retreat
with a difference in Palermo, Sicily (European capital of
culture 2018) from 9-13 September. The retreat will be for a
maximum of eight people and will be based in elegant and stylish
accommodation with a wide variety of room options (your own
room and bathroom as standard). Sarah’s private air-conditioned
fitness studio is ideal for Pilates, barre, Ariel fitness and yoga.
Enjoy a few days surrounded by wonderful people, great food
– “No starvation juice here,” says Sarah – and fabulous wine,
“Yes, that too!” It’s suitable for all abilities. Contact Sarah to be
one of the first to receive full details about this retreat and future
dates. sarahmaxwell.com / Instagram @sarahmaxwelllifestyle
England’s first ever dedicated curling rink is
tucked down a country lane, just three miles
from Tunbridge Wells. Fenton’s Rink welcomes a
wide range of people, all keen to try their hand
at this fascinating Winter Olympic sport.
The 50-metre ice rink has been specially
designed for curling, so everyone gets to try the
real thing, complete with curling stones, brushes
and shoes – as you would see on televised games.
Beginners can use rubber-soled shoes to get the
hang of throwing the stone before advancing to
sliding on the ice – if you want to try that, too.
For elderly visitors, or those with a bad back, you
can just push the stone along with our specially
designed cues, so everyone can have a go!
The season runs until the end of April, so there’s
still plenty of time to try something really different.
Check out Fenton’s website and online booking
system at fentonsrink.co.uk for current availability.
Benenden Hospital –
The Weald’s Hidden Jewel
Visit the Benenden
at this June’s
Possibly one of the best kept secrets, Benenden Hospital
has been caring for the Wealden community and those
across the UK for over 112 years. So it’s with great
pleasure that Wealden Times is proud to announce
this award-winning Hospital as our Midsummer Fair
sponsor and a valued partner throughout 2020.
AHistory of Benenden Hospital
Founded in 1907 as a mutual
organisation to help others,
Benenden Hospital was originally a
sanatorium for Post Office workers
suffering from tuberculosis.
At the turn of the last century, about
300,000 people nationally were suffering
from the illness but only 22,000 a year
could be treated. At the time, there
were only 500 beds in England and
Wales where treatment was provided,
so a new sanatorium was needed.
Benenden, near Cranbrook, located in
the High Weald of Kent, was chosen
because of its rural location in the
beautiful open countryside, a location
that today is a designated Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
It was ideal for TB patients for whom
it was thought fresh, clean air and
bed rest were key to their recovery.
Changing with the times
The Society evolved into Benenden
Health, offering a range of discretionary
healthcare and well-being services to
individual and business healthcare
members, now numbering over
817,000 across the UK.
Whilst Benenden Hospital continued
to provide quality care for Benenden
Health Members, in the 1970s it
also opened to the public, providing
a wide range of surgical services.
In 2017, the Hospital completed a
multi-million pound redevelopment,
including two new wards, luxury private
rooms with ensuite bathrooms, new CT,
MRI, and diagnostic imaging facilities,
a new physiotherapy suite, and an
award winning waiting area (designed
and built around patient experience).
Benenden Hospital today is an
independent not-for-profit hospital with
charitable status, which continues the
principle of providing first-class treatment
for a wide range of specialties. The
Hospital provides treatment to patients
whether they self-pay, are privately
insured, or those referred through the
NHS or Benenden Health Members.
The Hospital continually extends
its services and now has over 140
treatments and services, including
hip and knee replacements, cataracts
treatments, weight loss surgery, varicose
vein removal and breast reduction.
Recognition of outstanding care
Benenden Hospital is the only
private hospital in Kent to be
rated “Outstanding” by the Care
Quality Commission (CQC), the
independent regulator who ensures
that health and social care services
provide people with safe, effective,
compassionate and high-quality care.
Not only does the hospital benefit
from numerous awards, it boasts high
levels of patient satisfaction with more
than 98% saying they would recommend
the hospital to family and friends.
It is the first and currently the only
independent hospital in the UK to be
awarded the prestigious Anaesthesia
Clinical Services Accreditation
(ACSA) from the Royal College of
Anaesthetists (RCoA), providing
additional peace of mind for patients.
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‘From the moment a patient walks
through the door everyone will go
the extra mile to ensure people feel
cared for, valued and special as we
recognise this is often a time of anxiety
and tension and we want to give each
and everyone the best experience we
can. Our culture is one of openness
and transparency where we live by
our values and recognise everyone
makes a valuable contribution to the
experience of our patients.’ Jane Abbott
– Hospital Director and Chief Nurse
Benenden Hospital is one of the
leading private hospitals for hip and
knee replacements in Kent and Sussex.
The Hospital is also one of the largest
providers of cataract care in the
South East, and has extensive clinical
expertise in Weight Loss Surgery.
Reassuringly for patients, Benenden
Hospital is proud to have exemplary
infection control rates, with no
cases of MRSA and very low rate of
postoperative infection (1% or below
– the national average is 6.4%).
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Watch this space for lots more from
this special partnership in 2020.
To find out more about Benenden
Hospital visit benendenhospital.org.uk.
‘Benenden Hospital is located
in a truly beautiful area in the
Weald of Kent which creates
a therapeutic environment
for both patients and staff.
We are very proud of our rich
heritage as a hospital which
pre-dates the NHS by 40 years.
We have a strong history of
delivering high-quality care
which has evolved to meet the
changing healthcare needs of
our patients moving us from
our origins as a TB sanatorium
to a hospital primarily focused
on delivering surgical services.’
Jane Abbott, Hospital
Director and Chief Nurse
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The Evolution of Beauty
How does the way we look after our skin and hair change as we age? We go straight
to the experts for tips, tricks and treatments to maintain optimum condition
Russell Barradell, owner of
William Charles Hair, Tenterden
How does our hair
change as we age?
As we age our hair ages too.
There are many changes in our
hair over different periods of
our lives. The most common
change in our hair is that it
can go grey. Hair goes grey
due to the lack of melanin
production, which gives hair
its colour. The texture of the
hair can change as well, due
to the lack of protein. Grey
hair will feel a lot coarser and
drier than natural coloured
hair. Thinning hair is another
major concern as we get
older due to the density and
volume of the hair decreasing.
Are there any styles or
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Ageing hair will need more
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repeat appointments every
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is also recommended as this
will help drier/coarser hair to
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Could you recommend
an essential hair care
At Aveda we have a whole
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i.e. colour, dry, and damaged.
Some great examples of the
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Damage remedy range which
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Skin Health & Facial Aesthetics
at Bella Vou, Pantiles Clinic
What changes as your skin
ages? The skin loses collagen
and elastin as we age, this
means the plumpness and
bounce we see in younger
skin diminishes. The skin
gets more fragile and thin
over time and pigmentation
can be more apparent.
Will this affect my skincare
regime? We need to tailor
our skincare routine to the
changes that are happening in
the ageing skin. We can use
products that will improve
collagen stimulation, help
thicken the skin and build
resilience. There are also
skincare products which
reduce pigmentation and
protect from solar radiation,
which contributes to 90%
of premature ageing.
Are there any treatments
that are particularly
beneficial for over 50s?
Skin health treatments, which
improve collagen content
dramatically, are Profhilo®,
a pure hyaluronic acid skin
booster, which bio-remodels
skin cells. This is a true
investment in the skin.
Micro-needling is also a great
way to rejuvenate collagen
within the skin. This can be
repeated monthly to start with
to produce the optimal results.
How can I keep my skin
in optimum condition?
The best course of
action is prevention, so
where possible protect
from sun damage, eat
a balanced healthy diet
and hydrate well.
I would advise an effective
SPF cream daily, with a
tailored skin care regime.
Light facial peels and microneedling
are a great start on
your skin health journey.
Call Bella Vou’s Pantiles Clinic
on 01892 257357 to arrange a
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Hair & Makeup
Artist, Nina Gregory
Now I’m over 50,
can I still wear the
same makeup as I
did in my 30s and 40s? Do I need
more? I wouldn’t say you need more
coverage, but you do need the correct
products and the know-how in product
application. Getting the application
right will make a huge difference to the
way you look. If you’ve always had a
signature look like a red lip, black liquid
liner, nude lip, smudgy 60s liner… these
can all be adapted to suit more mature
looks without losing your personality.
You need two looks, one for
daytime and a more evening look
with a bolder lip or accent of the eye.
Stay away from shimmers or glittery
products at all costs. These will only
sit in the creases and lines we all try
so much to hide and look dated.
What should I be filling my makeup
bag with? Heavily invest in a good
skincare regime for more mature
skin then your products should
really consist of the following:
Tinted Moisturiser / Water Light
Foundations, these are new to the market
and the colour matching for these are so
much easier than typical foundations.
A lighter tone concealer – but not
too pale. Choose your usual skin
tone colour and apply it to any slight
imperfections, dabbing it on with a
fluffy brush or lightly with your finger.
A great liner pen in brown or
navy blue. Opt for a soft twist up
rather than a sharp pencil as these
are harsh on the skin to smudge
into the eye socket for definition.
A great blush and bronzer duo,
these are great for subtle colour
or more colour for evenings or
holidays if you tend to tan.
Cream blush and bronze are
great and easy to apply. Stay away
from the glittery blushes – use a
slightly more matte version.
Always get an eyebrow pencil that
will accent your brows rather than
make a focal point of them. Choose
one with a brush at the end so you can
keep brushing through your brows to
soften the colour but still give your face
definition and accent your features.
Invest in a good waterproof
mascara, this will last all day and not
transfer to lids or under the eye. I’m
a great lover of black mascara for
all ages, but if not a dark brown.
Lip colour should be either satin finish
or a creamier consistency. Steer clear of
matte shades as these sit in lines and bleed
and are hard to upkeep during the day.
For the more daring of you, investigate
treatments such as eyelash extensions or
microblading for your brows. Always seek
professional advice and take in pictures
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as independently as possible, with
comfort & dignity, in their own home.
For a free assessment
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of how you want your treatment to
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These treatments are great and very easy
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Finally… the tools of the trade.
Invest in a great set of brushes, you’ll
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What should I be steering clear of at
the makeup counter? Anything that
says matte or full coverage. Trust your
own judgement and try products on
the back of your hand for an hour or
so before you buy. See how the product
feels, how the air has oxidised the
colour – it’s a good indication of how
the colour will transfer on your face.
Skin tends to become slightly drier the
older we get so go for nourishing, light
reflecting or moisturising products. Avoid
facial powders in any format – these
will be appearing chalky and ageing.
I would also browse all the products
in the store, just because you like one
brand, or have used it for years, it doesn’t
always mean it’s the right one. There
are so many brands on offer which can
be daunting, but ask some advice from
some of the newer, ‘younger’ brands.
All makeup companies will make
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have to spend a fortune either, high
street brands are amazing these days.
How can I keep my look fresh and on
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is such a variety of images, advice,
online tutorials, products, magazines,
advertisements etc. to take inspiration
from and explore trends at any age. Try
one of the many online tutorials on
YouTube and other social media outlets.
Use the consultants on the counters
for advice, book a makeup lesson, book
a shopping lesson, too. Lots of makeup
artists offer a shopping service. They
will meet you for a coffee and take
you through an informed shopping
list – whatever your budget – to work
out a great list of cosmetics that work
for you. You can also pay to have a
lesson with your own makeup bag
contents – take notes, look and learn.
Be open minded and practise new
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and doesn’t work for you. Have a few key
products that you use all the time instead
of hoarding a makeup bag of products
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Each apartment has been meticulously
renovated, with impressive details and
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so welcoming. The newly built twobedroom
mews houses offer large, light
living spaces, with peaceful outdoor areas
to be enjoyed throughout the season.
The Wildernesse Estate offers a wealth
of enriching activities and facilities
literally on your doorstep; from a
pleasant stroll through the surrounding
parklands, or a visit to the luxurious
wellness centre, spanning the lower
ground floor of the house, offering a
pool, sauna and steam rooms, treatment
rooms, fully equipped gym and studio.
The affluent town of Sevenoaks is
less than two miles away, and has so
much to offer all year round, including
a variety of independent and high
street shops and dining. With easy
transport links to London and beyond,
and surrounded by stunning Kentish
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offers the very best in later living.
Prices start from £610,000. To
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Holistic wellbeing at Inspired Valley
Work has just begun on the
first of ‘Inspired Villages’
retirement villages in Kent, just
up the road from the picturesque
Leeds Castle, near Maidstone.
Inspired Villages are so-called for good
reason: their plush, quality interiors are
designed to ensure your retirement years
truly are the best years of your life.
The Inspired philosophy is centred
around each and every resident’s
holistic wellbeing – looking after
both their physical and mental health
and encouraging them to enjoy a
healthy, happy and independent life.
Moving to an Inspired Village has
been compared to living permanently
in a 5-star hotel – but with your own
front door. This is not downsizing
– it’s rightsizing. Does your present
home have its own fabulous
restaurant, bistro, library, beauty
room, swimming pool and spa?
All apartments offer plenty of storage,
with carefully thought out kitchens and
bathrooms using only the finest fixtures
and fittings, while the easy maintenance,
landscaped gardens are all taken care
of, enabling you to make the most
of every minute of your later years.
For more information, visit inspiredvillages.
Emerson Park Retirement Village
and Care Home Open Day
Saturday 28th March (10am - 4pm)
Join us at our Open Day to find out more about Emerson Park - luxury retirement
apartments with a range of high class facilities alongside an exclusive care home.
View the stunning show apartments and unrivalled on-site facilities including Clubhouse
Lounge and Restaurant, Bar, Fitness Suite, Hair & Beauty Salon and Cinema. Take a tour of
the impressive Emerson Grange Care Home and talk to the Manager and his dedicated team.
Speak to our Events & Activities Manager and hear about the various daily social events at
Emerson Park and, while you’re there, enjoy the refreshments prepared by our chef.
OUR TEAM WILL BE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME YOU – NO NEED TO BOOK
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Emerson Park in Hextable, Kent,
offers an exclusive collection of
47 luxurious retirement apartments,
accompanied by a range of first-class
retirement village facilities and services.
Hextable is a thriving, traditional
English village with the benefit of great
transport links – central London is just
over half an hour’s train journey away.
Paul Hart, manager at Emerson
Park, comments: “Many people have
the preconceived idea that retirement
apartments are small, pokey flats
with very little or no support or
facilities. This certainly isn’t the case
at Emerson Park; large well-designed
apartments with the very highest
quality specification are complemented
with luxury amenities, such as the
Club House Room where you can meet
friends for a coffee or enjoy a threecourse
meal, obviously after enjoying a
G&T in the bar first! You can keep in
shape in the gym, be pampered in the
hair and beauty salon or enjoy a good
film in the cinema. Or why not take
up a new hobby? Our dedicated Events
& Activities team arrange a whole host
of social events tailored around the
interests of the people living here.”
As well as having all these
facilities on your doorstep a move
to such a retirement community
not only means you can enjoy the
independence of a new home but
also live without the worry of the
ongoing upkeep and maintenance
associated with an older property.
The exclusive apartments feature a
spacious, flowing layout and the finest
quality materials, finishes and fittings
creating an elegant, contemporary
ambience with all the mod-cons.
“It’s not only the apartment and
facilities which people are buying
into at Emerson Park,” continues
Paul, “but also the services. Our
driver will provide scheduled trips,
either to the local supermarket or to
places of interest, such as National
Trust properties, or a theatre trip.
The Good Life at The
This gem of a retirement
community offers a unique
approach to all-inclusive retirement
living. It’s all done for you, with no
housekeeping, garden maintenance,
or cooking, so you get to focus on
enjoying life. There’s quality dining
three times daily, exercise classes
and trips out in a private minibus,
plus a wonderful range of on-site
amenities. Staffed 24/7, this friendly,
safe and secure village has studio,
Our gardeners and maintenance
team will ensure the site looks its
best throughout the year. Plus, all
apartments have the reassurance
of an emergency call system which
are answered by members of staff
who are on-site 24-hours.”
For further information on Emerson
Park call 01322 515415 or visit
1-bed and 2-bed apartments, plus
bungalows in the landscaped gardens.
Resident, Valerie Stokoe, explains
why she chose Hawthorns Eastbourne:
“If I could speak with potential
residents who aren’t sure if they are
ready, I would advise them not to
leave it too late, make the move whilst
you are still able to enjoy all that is
on offer! I’m glad that I moved here
when I did. I love my apartment and
all the activities that are provided.”
For more, search ‘Hawthorns
Eastbourne’ online or call 01323
Dreaming of a
Are you lusting after the idea of owning a rural property in France,
but not sure how and where to start your search? WT asks the
advice of French property finders, Country Homes France
How does Country Home s France work? “Country
Homes France work in partnership with a network
of independent French estate agents, built up over
many years and mostly family run, this enables us to provide a
personalised service to our clients. Our service starts from the
initial contact to discuss property search requirements, advice
with property selection, arrange viewing appointments, assist
with offer negotiation, through to the purchase completion.
We have extensive knowledge of French regions and are happy
to share this with our clients to provide them with as much
information about properties and their search criteria.”
What do you specialise in? “Country Homes France
specialise in country and village property from barns and
houses to renovate, through to fully renovated country
houses, manor houses and small chateaux. Our clients
may be looking for a second home, retiring or making a
permanent move to France to enjoy the French lifestyle and
climate. Many of those looking to relocate to France are
seeking a home with income potential and a house with gite
accommodation is often the first choice – we have helped
many clients who are now running successful gite businesses.”
Which regions prove the most popular? “The most popular
regions to purchase a property in France fall into two
categories. For those who want to have easy access or be close
to the UK, then the regions of Normandy, Brittany, Picardy
and the Pas de Calais are the natural choices and where it
is still possible to buy a renovated 2-4 bedroom home for
€125,000. For those looking to be further south, the most
popular regions are the Charente, Charente-Maritime,
Dordogne, Garonne, Lot and Lot et Garonne areas that
enjoy a good year-round climate and which currently offer
very good value for money and regular flights to the UK.”
The National Trust offer senior
members a concession of 25 per
cent off their adult rates. If you’re
60 or over and you’ve held an
individual or joint membership for
at least five of the last ten years,
you’ll be eligible for the reduced
English Heritage offer a variety of
reduced rates – Adult & Senior (1
adult under 65 and 1 senior over
65), Joint Senior (2 adults aged
65+), Senior Individual and Senior
Lifetime. Plus, membership includes
six accompanying children per adult
✁Cost Cutters – Discounts for over 60s
Do French properties tend to hold their value?
“French properties tend to hold their value and have
always appreciated over a longer period than in the
UK. Prices in France did suffer following the global
financial crisis in 2008 and have remained level since.
However last year there were a record number of property
sales in France and we continue to see an upturn in
confidence and property demand from both French
and UK buyers which will ultimately have a positive
effect on property values. At the present time prices
in France still represent very good value for money.”
How do you go about getting a mortgage for a
property in France? “Country Homes France have
worked in partnership for many years with a Paris-based
mortgage broker who works with the major French banks
and lenders (UK banks will not lend against a property in
France) and who we are happy to recommend to clients.
Mortgages are available for both permanent and second
homes and interest rates are comparable with those in
the UK. Our partners are English speaking and are able
to give pre-agreement indications before you make a
viewing trip so that you are in a position to offer on your
new home in France during your visit if you wish.”
Has Brexit affected the rules and regulations
surrounding buying a property in France? “Buying
a property in France will always be possible, and the
French have no wish to place unnecessary obstacles
in the way, however some of the rules and regulations
will change with regard to owning property in France
following Brexit. For a permanent move to France, UK
passport holders will need to obtain a residents permit
which we understand can be applied for online from
July 2020 and before July 2021. For second home
owners using their property less than 90 consecutive
days per year there are no changes. For those wanting to
use their property for more than 90 days and less than
180 days it may be necessary to apply for a visitor’s visa
similar to the ESTA form when visiting the USA.”
Brighten up your winter with the International Garden
Photographer of the Year exhibition, open every day between
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
4 January—8 March 2020
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Find your dream home in France
Follow this website link for information:
Get in touch with the Country Homes
France team at countryhomesfrance.co.uk.
Over 60s can claim a large chunk
off the cost of lifetime membership
of Royal Horticultural Society
at £835 for Individual (usually
£1,395) and £1,255 for Joint
(usually £1,945) rhs.org.uk
Kino Hawkhurst & Rye: Seniors
60+ can save £1 per ticket on the
regular adult price kinodigital.co.uk
Everyman Cinemas offer off-peak
senior citizen concessions for 60+
at all their cinemas. Silver Screen
is a weekly matinee screening of a
current release for film fans aged
55 and over. Ticket prices include
a free hot drink and a slice of cake!
+44 (0) 1233 800 200
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This page: 1970s silk dress,
£145, vintage earrings, £25,
Kathryn Vintage; Nine West
leather boots, £32, Déjà Vu.
Next page: Aquascutum Trench,
£85, Betty Jackson for Autograph
linen suit, £60, Ghost silk ruffle
blouse, £45, Déjà Vu; vintage
earrings, £25, Kathryn Vintage
Shop sustainably for your new season spring/summer wardrobe.
Kate Liz Watts styles this season’s trends using preloved and vintage pieces
Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Kate Liz Watts
Who’s Wearing What
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flatform shoes, £20, Déjà
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A special thanks to Sissinghurst Location House for letting us
shoot in their beautiful grounds. Sissinghurst Location House
is a 16th Century Farmhouse with Edwardian and modern
additions. The location is situated in 4 acres of gardens,
which include a stunning 60ft derelict Victorian greenhouse,
brick courtyard and two large weatherboard buildings.
The spacious house and garden can easily accommodate a
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photo, TV and film requirements. For more information
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A huge thank you to both Emma Garrow and Village Vintage
Hire for the floral arrangements and props. Emma grows seasonal
natural flowers and styles them for any occasion, runs creative
workshops and offers fresh flowers for door delivery. Village
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Josephine Fairley reveals the winners of the 2020 Beauty Bible Awards
For the past 25 years, bobbing
alongside everything else I’ve
ever worked on, my Beauty Bible
co-author Sarah Stacey and I have
organised The Beauty Bible Awards,
sending real products to real women
to trial in real life. Astonishingly,
we’ve now had almost 30,000 women
testing products for us, the results of
which initially appeared in our series
of books, and are now available for
all to see online at beautybible.com.
(There are skincare, haircare, make-up
and bodycare categories to peruse.)
We have literally just unveiled
the latest line-up of winners, from
thousands of products trialled. We give
Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards – and
in many cases, more than one, because
we just get such darned great scores.
The reason, we’ve always believed,
is because when women are taking
part in our trials – over a period of
three to four months – they are really
asked to use the products in line with
the beauty companies’ instructions.
And it’s that regular use and diligence
which, we think, delivers really mindblowing
average scores and comments
about effectiveness. (We ask women
to use treatment products on one
side of the face, for comparison.)
Fact: when you chop and change
your regime all the time, nothing gets
the chance to work properly. (And a
few days or a week isn’t enough; you
really need to leave it for an entire
skin cycle – around 28 days – to
see the longer-term benefits.) Fact:
neck creams and eye creams can be
super-effective and deliver impressive
results – but again, they need to be
used daily/nightly, not whenever you
can be faffed. This year, for whatever
reason, we had the highest-ever scores
we’ve ever seen, with many notching
up 9/10 average (or above) across a
panel of 10 women. We’re calling them
the Beauty Bible Superstars – and
I’m delighted to share some of these
ultra-high-scoring products, below.
D’Alchemy Essential Body Balm,
£58.60 for 200ml dalchemyskincare.
uk. With an average of 9.14/10,
an outstanding score for an allnatural,
pump-action body lotion
blending shea and shorea butter,
hop extract, acerola, cranberry and
guarana, argan and almond oils,
with a fab uplifting scent of sweet
orange, grapefruit and tangerine.
Comments: ‘Applying it felt
like soft silk – I could hear
myself saying “ooooh” and
“aaaahh.”’ • ‘Whenever I use
it I feel a million dollars.’
‘My skin over the
weeks has improved
so much in appearance.
I was even told I look
younger, and my skin feels
really soft and fresh’
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
All Over Miracle Oil, £29 for 100ml.
A stonking 9.14/10 for a body oil
that’s higher in natural ingredients
than most of Elizabeth Arden’s
creations, including rice bran,
grapeseed, camellia, sunflower, olive,
avocado and castor oils, spritzed
onto the body as a nourishing mist.
Comments: ‘Great product; I
usually hate using body oils but
this is the lightest I’ve ever come
across. It’s gently scented, easy to
dispense, absorbs well and is so
versatile. Just about perfect!’ • ‘Skin
felt much more moisturised, softer
and smoother, less tight. I loved
the pleasant, subtle fragrance.’
‘If you love soft,
clean skin then
you will love this
Beauty Pie Jeju Daily, £28 for 190ml. By sourcing direct from
factories and selling direct to the beauty-hound, Beauty Pie founder
Marcia Kilgore keeps prices lean and keen. The £28 price is the top
price you’d pay for this high-scorer – which notched up 9.57/10
– but if you sign up to one of the different tiers of membership,
starting at a fiver a month, the price drops dramatically.
Comments: ‘I was blown away by this formulation. It felt super
gentle yet totally effective a.m./p.m. on my combination skin –
shiny T-zone, with open pores and comedones, then drier and red
across cheeks and neck. Makeup was removed quickly and easily,
and it was delightful to use’ • ‘Talk about cult beauty; this product
deserves to be worshipped and I would be a dedicated preacher.’
‘My skin felt more
supple and healthy
within days. It’s very easy to
spread and absorbs quickly.
All in all it’s amazing. I
would definitely buy and
recommend to others’
BrigHTening fAce mASk
Rituals Renewing AHA Glow Mask, £29.50 for
50ml. Rituals – probably better known as a home
fragrance/fragrance line – scored super-high
marks for several entries in this year’s Beauty
Bible Awards, here for a peach-toned mask with
natural alpha-hydroxy ‘fruit’ acids, including
lactic acid, to dissolve pore-clogging dead cells.
Comments: ‘A winner for me leaving my normal
skin with a “just out of the spa” freshness and
glow, which gets compliments from friends.’
• ‘I love this mask, which smells delicious
and leaves my combination skin visibly
clearer and glowing. My make-up goes on so
much better in the days after using this.’
difference in brightness and
radiance, which lasts a couple
of days. Softness is improved as the
mask is slightly exfoliating, and also
plumpness. It promised radiance
and illumination with smoothed
skin and absolutely delivered
on all counts. Love it!’
‘I couldn’t believe
how soft my feet felt after
one application. My feet
touched when I woke up and I
almost felt like they were someone
else’s feet as the skin was so soft
and supple and the overall
Margaret Dabbs Foot Hygiene Cream, £20 for 100g. The
cornerstone of award-winning foot expert Margaret
Dabbs’s range, this is described as a ‘miracle in a
jar’, whose effects go way beyond the cosmetic.
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to Lose Weight?
An Interview with Rachel Ricketts, a Leading Weight Loss Consultant.
Rachel is delighted to be celebrating
her 17th year as a weight loss consultant,
having helped thousands of people
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Rachel, what does it feel like
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Resetting the Balance
March is Endometriosis Month. Henrietta Norton explores the beneficial
effects that a considered diet can have on this painful condition
¹ Marziali M et al (2012) Gluten-free diet: a new strategy for management of painful endometriosis related symptoms? Minerva Chirurgica. 2012 Dec; 67(6):499-504. 2 U.S EPA, (1985) Health
Assessment document for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins. Office of Health and Environmental Assessment. EPA/600-8-84/014f 3 DeVito MJ and Schecter A. (2002) Exposure assessment to
dioxins from the use of tampons and diapers. Environmental Health Perspectives. 110:23-28 4 Nassar S. (2003) Tampon Safety. National Centre for Policy Research (CPR) for women and Families.
Approximately 10% of all
within the UK have been
diagnosed with endometriosis, a
complex disorder of the female
reproductive tract. There are
also many more women with
the condition who remain
undiagnosed – the average length
of time for diagnosis is 7½ years.
Endometriosis is where cells,
similar to those found in the lining
of the womb, are found elsewhere
in the body. During the female
monthly cycle the fluctuation in
hormones stimulates these cells to
grow, then break down and bleed,
as they would in the lining of the
womb, leading to inflammation, pain
and the formation of scar tissue.
Research published in Fertility &
Sterility demonstrated that nutritional
therapy through diet and supplements
was more effective at obtaining relief
of pain and improving the quality
of life of sufferers, than medical
hormonal treatment post-surgery.
There are five important dietary
and lifestyle changes that can
help to manage endometriosis:
Research shows women who
ate green vegetables 13 times or
more per week (roughly twice
a day) were 70% less likely to
have endometriosis. A study
published earlier this year
concluded that Carotenoid rich
foods (especially citrus fruit) also
positively affected symptoms of
endometriosis. Use smoothies,
juicing or soups to deeply nourish.
BEFRIEND yOuR GuT
Incorporate natural, organic yogurt
into your daily diet either on its
own or use it to make dressings
and sauces. Fermented foods such
as sauerkraut or Kefir are excellent
sources of beneficial bacteria too,
or take a probiotic supplement
(min 10 billion CFU – Colony-
Forming Unit is a measure of
viable bacterial or fungal cells).
FATS ARE ESSENTIAL
Use of essential fatty acids are
blocked by processed oils and
margarines, as well as white
flour, sugar, excessive animal
and monounsaturated fats,
alcohol, poor nutrition and stress.
Keeping these to a minimum is
vital to reduce inflammation.
More recently, research has
documented an improved response
in those following a glutenfree
diet; 75% of participants
found a significant decrease in
symptoms over 12 months¹.
BE CONSCIOuS OF WHAT yOu
PuT IN AND ON yOuR BODy
Tampons use bleached paper
products that contain dioxins2,
proven to have an adverse effect on
the hormonal system3/4. Chemicals,
such as parabens and phthalates,
found in your toiletries and
cosmetics have also been linked with
development of endometriosis.
Research shows that taking the
right nutrients in food supplements
can reduce the symptoms of
endometriosis significantly (98%
of the women in one study
experienced improvements). An
expertly formulated supplement
that addresses the complexity
of the condition affecting the
immune system, digestive system
and hormonal stability, such as
Wild Nutrition’s Endo Complex,
can be very supportive.
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The fear of f itness
Don’t be put off before you’ve begun, Sarah Maxwell
explains how realistic goals will get you on track
recently ran a 10-day quit sugar
course on Facebook with many
people from all around the world.
As well as looking at how sugar is
now in the most unlikely everyday
foods, finding out from our food
diaries just how much hidden sugar
we were all eating, supporting each
other in our journeys of discovery and
sharing sugar-free recipes, I included
videos with 10 minutes of exercise
for people to follow each day.
Everyone who signed up to the
course wanted to feel good about
themselves and learn to incorporate a
little exercise into their life – especially
after the Christmas excesses.
Everyone engaged wholeheartedly
with the nutrition, food diaries,
sharing recipes and supporting
each other. The one thing that was
really apparent though, was that
many were reluctant to begin the
exercises, even though they had
been enthusiastic before the start.
Exercise can be a scary word for
many and often we have a rigid view
of what constitutes exercise. Picture
perfect fit bodies on Instagram,
daily Facebook updates on how
many miles your fit friend ran the
previous day... It’s no wonder you
can be put off before you even start!
This is why it is so important to
change your perception of what
physical fitness is supposed to be and
in particular what it means for you.
So, if you’ve been thinking about
exercise but instead have just
found yourself going through all
the reasons why you can’t exercise,
don’t like gyms, don’t know where
to start and don’t have enough
time, trust me, you are not alone!
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Let me show you how…
1Have an honest conversation
with yourself about the value
of your health. Regardless of how
rich, successful and beautiful you
are, none of this matters if you’re not
healthy enough to enjoy it. If you see
exercise as maintaining or improving
your health, you have more of a
motivator and are less likely to see it
as something to punish yourself with.
2Start your day with a positive
mindset. As soon as you get out
of bed do some mobility exercises
loosening your shoulders, circling
your hips and gently warming
your body up. This is not only a
great way to gently wake yourself
up it will also start your positive
mental process for the day ahead.
manage your expectations.
I have found that after many
years of being a fitness trainer one
of the common reasons for failure is
over commitment. The idea behind
fitness isn’t to make a quick change
it is about creating something that is
sustainable and enjoyable. I’m all for
goals, but don’t set yourself up for
failure, be realistic about what you
have time and the ability to achieve.
4Be aware of social media and take
it with a pinch of salt. Unrealistic
images can play havoc with selfesteem.
There is a
team of specialists behind them. These
are people who want you to think
they look like that all of the time.
5find a personal Trainer who
can motivate you. If you really
can’t motivate yourself to get started,
consider taking on a personal
trainer for a few sessions either
on your own or with a few likeminded
friends. This can be a great
way to get you started, motivated
and enable you to start exercising
in a safe and effective way.
“One of the common
reasons for failure is
6There are so many great online
fitness courses and classes
available. You don’t even have
to leave the house to get fit. The
bottom line? Exercise shouldn’t
be stressful so don’t force yourself
to do something you don’t enjoy.
Don’t forget, a short walk counts as
exercise, find something that makes
you feel great, doesn’t add to your
stress levels and is realistic for you.
Exercise of the month:
5 MINUTES OF MOVEMENT EVERY DAY
This can be dancing to your favourite
song, going up and down the stairs,
following an online exercise class.
Whatever it is, enjoy it, it’s only 5 minutes!
Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning
Fitness and Lifestyle coach
and mum of two who juggles a lot
of balls. Find out more about Sarah
and her work at sarahmaxwell.com
Sarah shares her Fitness and
Lifestyle tips on Instagram
Home Gurr’own’s Nicci Gurr dishes up
tempting Mother’s Day bakes, each with
a tasty twist
Recipes: Nicci Gurr
Photographs: David Merewether
Styling: Lucy Fleming
Cinnamon ‘Breakfast in Bed Cake’
Serves 10-14 Prep Time: 60
mins including cooking time
• 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp salt
• 3 tbsp soft brown sugar
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 250ml milk
• 200g butter
• 200g caster sugar
• 2 eggs
• 500g self-raising flour
Preheat oven to 160°C,
1 fan140°C, gas 3. Oil and
line an 8 inch spring form
cake tin. Mix cinnamon,
salt and brown sugar in a
bowl and leave to one side.
2Add the lemon juice
to the milk.
Beat your butter and
3 caster sugar together until
light and fluffy. (An electric
stand alone beater is best.)
Slowly add your eggs, adding
a spoonful of flour if the mix
looks like it is separating,
then slowly add rest of flour.
Now slowly add the milk and
lemon juice mix to the batter.
4Layer the wet cake mix and
sugary cinnamon mix into
the cake tin, swirling as you go
to create a marbled effect. Bake
in the oven for 45 mins.
and Custard Cake
Serves 8-10 Prep Time: 90 mins including
• 20g plain flour
• 20g porridge oats
• 20g salted butter
• 20g brown sugar
For the cake:
• 600g rhubarb – trimmed and
cut into small pieces
• 350g plain flour
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• 100g ground almonds
• 1 tsp ground ginger
• 250g salted butter
• 150g caster sugar
• 4 eggs
• ¼ tsp vanilla extract
• 400ml milk
For the buttercream:
• 50ml double cream
• 50g custard powder
• 1 vanilla pod
• 150g salted butter
• 350g icing sugar
To make the crumble:
1Put all crumble ingredients into a bowl and
rub until it resembles chunky breadcrumbs.
To make the cake:
2Preheat your oven to 160°C, fan 140°C,
gas 3. Oil and line 2 x 8 inch spring form
cake tins. Sift all the dry ingredients together
and set aside. Beat your butter and caster sugar
together until light and fluffy (an electric stand
alone beater is best). Now beat in the eggs
one by one and add vanilla and the milk..
3Stir the rhubarb in with the dry
ingredients, then fold slowly into the
egg mix. Divide the mix between the 2 tins
and sprinkle the crumble mix on top.
4Bake in the oven for 50-55 min. When
a skewer comes out clean remove
from oven and leave to cool in tins for 10
mins before moving to cooling racks.
To make the buttercream filling:
5Add some of the cream to the custard powder
to make a paste. Heat the rest of the cream
and scraped vanilla pod, until almost to the boil.
6Remove pod and slowly mix in the
custard paste. Bring to boil and set
to one side to cool completely.
7Beat the butter until fluffy and add cooled
double cream and custard mix slowly. Spread
between the two layers of cake and serve.
Located in the heart of the Isle of Oxney near Rye,
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Our home cooked meals are created using local
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The Hop Pole
Mark and Kirsty welcome you to The Hop Pole Inn
located in Nettlestead Green.
We pride ourselves on our freshly cooked food and
A carvery is served six days a week Tuesday
to Sunday and our a la carte menu is
also available. Large parties are catered
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Rope in some extra help – this recipe is great for the kids to get messy with
Serves 8 Prep Time: 60 mins
including cooking time
• 3 ripe bananas
• 130g butter
• 130g soft brown sugar
• 2 medium eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla essence
• 70g chocolate chips
• 130g self-raising flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
Preheat your oven to 180°C, fan
1160°C, gas 4. Oil and line a 2lb loaf
cake tin. Put the bananas still in their
skins in a pan with 1 tbsp of water and
cook in the oven until the skins go black.
Take out of the oven and remove the
bananas from their skins. Leave to cool.
2Beat your butter and brown sugar
together until light and fluffy.
If the kids are helping give them a
bowl and a wooden spoon, and let
them at it (it will take longer but
doesn’t have to be perfect). You can
soften the butter in the microwave
a bit first if using this approach.
3With a fork, mash the cooled
bananas with the eggs and vanilla
essence. Then with a wooden spoon,
slowly add your egg and banana mix
to the butter and sugar (add a spoonful
of flour if the mix is separating). Stir
in 50g of the chocolate chips.
4Fold in the rest of the flour and
baking powder. When thoroughly
mixed, spoon into the loaf tin – it’s
a thick mix. Bake in the oven for
45 mins until a skewer inserted
in the cake comes out clean.
5Sprinkle with the rest of
the chocolate chips while
warm so they melt on top.
Nicci Gurr is Head Chef at Home
Gurr’own, who cater for rustic
rural weddings and events in
Kent using locally-sourced and
hown grown produce. To find out
more visit homegurrown.co.uk
or call 07747 816541.
Read Jo Arnell’s words of wisdom and
your gardening confidence will grow
alongside your supply of home grown veg
Whatever anyone tells you about growing your own
vegetables – it’s a lot of hard work, things often
go wrong, pests are everywhere, they’re cheaper
to buy… well, they are right. Some vegetables are hard to
grow (cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts go to the back of the
room and hang your button and curdy heads), there are pesky
pests lurking around waiting to picnic in your patch and, if
you added up all the time you spent out there, your precious
harvest might be equable to diamonds. Don’t let any of this
put you off. There are lots of really easy – and delicious crops
to grow too. I promise that it is worth it, but if you are new
to vegetable growing, start with the simpler things and build
from there. Nothing can beat the taste of fresh, homegrown
vegetables, garnished with a little pinch of triumph.
You will need to assess how much space in your garden
that you want to give over to growing vegetables,
where that space will be and how much time you will
realistically have to care for them. Few crops thrive in
the shade, in exposed, windy conditions or poor soil,
so find a sunny, sheltered spot for your edibles.
It is totally possible to grow crops in pots, window boxes,
on balconies and patios, but you will need to take extra care
of them, feeding and watering – quite a lot. In general, most
will prefer to be planted out into enriched garden soil, as
vegetable plants tend to be fairly greedy. Raised beds will
Left page top: Chard pink flamingo Bottom: Peas in pods This
page top: Planting out a row of salad Above: Pea seedlings in a
Nothing can beat the taste of fresh,
homegrown vegetables, garnished
with a little pinch of triumph
make the whole process much easier and (in theory) tidier,
but many varieties can be grown in garden borders among
the flowers too. In fact, this is how our domestic gardens
came about in the first place, and a true cottage garden is
supposed to be a joyful jumble of flowers, fruit and vegetables.
The Soil, The Soil, The Soil
I would like to spend the rest of this piece talking about how
important the soil is, how little we know about the complex
relationships between the soil microbiome and the roots of
plants – and how the quality of the soil will dictate not just
the health of the soil, but how healthy and nutritious your
vegetables will be. For now I’ll just say look after your soil.
The best way to improve soil is to add organic matter
in the form of well-rotted manure, spent mushroom
compost, or your own (weed-free) compost. If the soil
in your garden is heavy (clay), you may need to add this
as a mulch in the autumn and let the soil organisms
incorporate it over the winter – and do the digging in for
you. If your soil is light, add the mulch in the spring to
stop the nutrients leaching away in winter. Concentrated
organic fertilisers like diluted liquid seaweed, chicken
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manure pellets and blood fish and bone can be added
at planting time if the crop requires an extra boost.
The least troublesome crops to grow will depend to a
certain extent on your soil, but some well-behaved plants
manage to do well whatever the circumstances. On my
light soil I’m usually successful with leeks and onions,
roots, such as beetroot and carrots, and also salads and
herbs. On heavier clay soils, which are more nutrientrich,
brassicas – cabbage, broccoli and, if you firm them
in really well, Brussels sprouts – should flourish. Soil type
aside, the list below would make a general starter pack:
Peas and broad beans – start these off directly in the
ground now, but only if mice can’t detect them (remember the
mouse in Mr McGregor’s garden with the pea in her mouth?).
Beetroot and perpetual spinach – sow this early or
Top left: Beetroot Top right: Cabbages and kale Above: Small
Chantenay carrots can be grown in containers
late and avoid the height of the summer when these
crops can bolt (or buy bolt-resistant varieties).
Loose leaved lettuce – you can harvest this over a long
period by picking the outer leaves and allowing the rest to
keep growing. Loose leaved, as opposed to varieties with
‘hearts’, won’t run to seed so quickly in hot weather.
Short carrots – these are much easier and quicker to
grow than the longer ones and are good in containers.
Kale – can be grown all year and is as handsome as it
is nutritious, but watch out for pests such as white fly
and cabbage white caterpillars in the summer months.
You can grow the above all from seed, or buy them as
little plug plants and plant them straight out. Buying
plants isn’t cheating – it is the quickest, simplest way to a
successful harvest, but remember that the garden centres,
a bit like the supermarkets, are choosing varieties for their
own reasons, so flavour might come lower down the list than
something like heavy cropping, or uniform shape and size.
The vegetables that will give you the best value for money are
those that crop prolifically, such as courgettes, climbing beans
and tomatoes. Go easy on these super producers (you’ll know
if you’ve overdone it if you catch your neighbours crossing
the road when they see you). One or two courgette plants is
definitely enough to feed a family, if not the neighbourhood.
Gluts also have a habit of appearing just when you go on
holiday too – avoid this by picking heavily just before you
go, which should give you a small gap for a week or so.
These crops are tender and won’t tolerate frosts, so
don’t be tempted to plant them out too early (or too
late). Late May is usually when half-hardy vegetable
(and bedding) plants are safe to be left outside.
Plants that bear fruits and pods may need watering in dry
spells once they start to flower and set fruit. I try to keep
watering to a minimum, and dig a ‘bean trench’ under beans,
courgettes and squashes. This involves digging a hole/trench
18-24 inches deep earlier in the season and filling it with
kitchen scraps, cardboard, organic matter – the sort of things
you’d put on a compost heap. Then finish with a layer of
earth to plant into. The vegetables will have a nutritious and
moisture retaining root run, so you won’t have to water
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them as much. Only water if it gets exceptionally dry – and
it is better to water deeply once a week than little and often.
There are some vegetables you just can’t buy, and a few that
when homegrown have a very different taste to those bought
in shops. Peas and sweetcorn start to lose their sweetness as
soon as they are picked because the sugars in them turn into
starch and by the time they get to the shops they are often
woolly and tasteless. Frozen peas are always better to buy than
fresh, because they are harvested and frozen out in the fields.
Sun ripened homegrown tomatoes are unbeatable for
flavour – from tiny cherry style up to big and beefy, your
own tomatoes will always be better than those in the
shops. Then there are things like courgette flowers, tiny
artichokes and pea tips (the first few leaves that appear).
One of the many joys of vegetable growing is that you will have
fresh veg on tap – just waiting outside on the patch for you
to harvest when you need it. Some crops need to be picked as
soon as they are ripe but others, especially those that are happy
to sit in the ground through winter, really do become like a
living larder. I find that leeks, kale, perpetual spinach (spinach
beet), winter-hardy salad leaves and most herbs just tick away
for months, ready to be picked – until the following spring
that is, when they will suddenly rush into flower and set seed.
The things that go wrong are usually related either to the
soil and weather conditions, or to attack from pests. Carrots
and parsnips will fork into un-peelable little monsters if the
soil is too rich, or too stony. Brussels sprouts may ‘blow’ and
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Sue Whigham discusses the measures we
can all take to protect biodiversity
Above: Common Red Soldier Beetles, often seen on umbelifer flowers
Last week, squeezed in amongst
the newspaper supplements, I
spotted a report on comments
made by the new President of the
British Ecological Society. In it she
urges us to take ‘meaningful action’ to
protect our pollinators by not digging
out or spraying dandelions with
noxious substances the moment you
spot them in or near your garden. She
emphasises that they are a fantastic
source of both nectar and pollen
for the early pollinators, hence her
suggestion to try to resist eradicating
them. She also quotes the depressing
statistic that in a 30-year period from
1980, a third of more than 300 of our
pollinators have seen large declines in
their populations. A sobering thought.
There used to be a patch of
dandelions, complete with buzzing
pollinators, on one of my dog walks
until a couple of years ago. They seem
to have disappeared and their demise
coincided with the local farmer’s ‘slash
and burn’ policy of that year. I wonder
what happened there. However, with a
bit of luck, they may pop up somewhere
else and flourish. Let’s hope so.
But maybe things are looking up with
attitudes changing towards conserving
the biodiversity we have and the need
there is to preserve it; to realise the
importance of biodiversity’s contribution
to all aspects of our wellbeing. It seems
contrary that despite this, human
actions worldwide are still very much
contributing to all the factors that lead
to biodiversity being under siege.
However, there is no obvious sign
that the current loss of biodiversity
and changes in the environment is
actively slowing down, but I think
that if we all stopped to think and
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deflected. We need to spread the word.
We all know that both natural and
human induced factors (referred to as
‘drivers’) contribute to both species
decline and climate change – although
of course we have some, unfortunately
in positions of power internationally,
who seem to have their heads in the
sand as they see making
money as the default
position come what may.
The culprits, or main
‘drivers’ are endless;
from habitat loss, to over
exploitation of natural
of forests, pollution and careless use
of our soil and water resources.
I recently read a report of a speech
that the then Environmental Minister,
Theresa Villiers, gave last autumn from
the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in
Barnes. One or two remarks stood out,
out or spraying
one being ‘that we are utterly reliant
on nature, from the most fortunate
of us to the most vulnerable, not least
because wildlife pollinates the crops that
account for over a third of global food
supply’. She stressed the belief that we
have solutions for loss of diversity and
climate change, despite the fact that the
scale of the challenge is
huge and that our global
response leaves quite a
lot to be desired. I know
that the international
push to plant more trees
– trees in their millions
– seems to be gaining
momentum. And we can do that too
even if we have the tiniest of patches.
My son, who lives in a particularly
polluted part of London, showed me an
old photograph of where he lives taken
at the beginning of the 20th century.
Most noticeable of course was the
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lack of vehicles and the children playing
in the street but also the street trees.
More recently, the local council have
been making some effort to plant new
saplings on their patch so as long as
the trees survive their formative years,
aftercare being a bit hit and miss, maybe
things are looking up. But what can
we do to save the day?
as the CPRE, (Council
for the Preservation of
Rural England), set up
to help preserve our
landscape, are worth
joining and actively
supporting. In a report last year, they
explained, or at least confirmed, how
critical to all life on earth is the all too
thin layer of top soil covering the planet.
Each square inch of soil contains myriad
single organisms, all manner of minute
insects, and fungi through to animals,
such as voles, moles and badgers. They
are all interconnected and have a reason
as the CPRE, are
worth joining and
for being there. We have so many vole
runs in part of the garden that the lawn
has collapsed, but at least we know
that we are providing a habitat for
one of the main food sources for barn
owls. It’s good to see that ploughing
is being reduced and that farmers are
encouraged to leave wildlife corridors
round their fields.
And hopefully the
use of pesticides and
fertilisers will gradually
be replaced with more
which are nontoxic
to the natural
world, one of these days.
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worth a read. A grant from the Heritage
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Bottom: Lichen on garden bench
in and around the gardens, farmland
and woodland that make up the estate.
The whole estate is already a haven for
all manner of wildlife and the ethos of
working with nature there has proved to
pay such dividends. It’s such a good time
for us all to follow their lead if we don’t
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We’re all so lucky too to have the
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“Mayfield School has a tradition of developing academic
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While maths and science are among our most popular and
successful subjects at A Level, we have a first-class reputation
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We strongly believe in the benefits of studying a broad
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the creative and performing arts have an extremely
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“Life at Marlborough House School (MHS) extends well
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“At Hurst, we now use the term co-curricular rather than
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We value what goes on outside of the classroom as much
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Sport is compulsory throughout the week and our service
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Specialist sports during timetabled games sessions include
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We encourage our students to engage in as much of
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We have highly qualified staff to deliver the activities and to
bring out the best in each student – and some students discover
talents they didn’t realise they had. For example, first team rugby
players have also taken lead roles in our Dance Showcase. By the
time students leave Hurst, the majority will have performed in
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marched with the CCF and been involved with recycling or
another environmental activity as part of the service afternoon.
Education at Hurst is deliberately outward-looking.
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Reigate Grammar, Surrey
“At Reigate Grammar School, a good education is about so much
more than a list of exam grades. Headmaster Shaun Fenton says:
‘The emphasis we place on the arts, sport and multiple adventurous
activities provides the heartbeat of the school.’ Indeed, the review
of Reigate Grammar School (RGS) by The Good Schools Guide
2019 observed that ‘extracurricular leaves no stone unturned,
with clubs and activities getting a brochure of their own’.
Music is at the heart of life at RGS. Throughout the autumn term,
musicians took part in over 30 events including concerts, church services,
ensemble arrangements, a cathedral tour and numerous individual
performances. Many students also took the Associated Board of the
Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams just before Christmas.
In sport, the girls’ teams have had notable successes, with the U13 girls’
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to strength with the U15 girls reaching the final at national level too.
December 2019 saw the hotly anticipated production of Les
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Throughout a week of sell-out performances, the play went from
strength to strength, with brilliant orchestral playing, live fire, explosions,
fights, weddings, battles, and, of course, superb singing throughout.
A host of activities on the Charity and Community Engagement
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Head, who both dressed as Pudsey Bear and acted as goalkeepers,
contributing towards almost £1,000 raised for Children in
Need. Local charities Loveworks and Live at Home, as well as
national charities Lepra and Macmillan, have benefitted from
fundraising and volunteering efforts from students and staff.”
Hilden Oaks, Kent
“At Hilden Oaks Prep, dedicated teaching staff are able to
ensure individual focus is given to each child to help them
reach their full potential, be it academic, sporting, creative
or musical. Children joining Marlborough the school at any House stage,
even mid-term, are made to feel at home very quickly as
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There are many extra-curricular clubs and activities
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run by our own teaching staff, and we also bring
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Children from Form 1 to Form 6 who are keen to
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extra-curricular clubs. These include badminton, fencing,
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Hilary Wilce looks at the impact of
environment on learning outcomes
March winds and April showers bring forth May
flowers, the old rhyme tells us. But according
to many teachers March winds bring forth
something altogether less welcome – classrooms full of
excited, wild-eyed children who find it hard to settle
down and concentrate. “You’re definitely scraping them
off the ceiling when it’s windy outside,” one teacher says.
There’s actually little hard evidence for this, but since
animals are known to respond to atmospheric pressure,
and psychiatric hospitals report increased admissions
ahead of storms and winds, it would be surprising if
children didn’t react to the weather around them.
And we know for a fact that hot summers take their
toll. Students grow lethargic and irritable
as temperatures rise, and they learn
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with weather records they found that
learning dropped on average by 1% for every one degree
temperature rise the year before an exam. The effect
was particularly noticeable for pupils in deprived areas
where schools were less likely to be air-conditioned.
In this country, new school buildings are adapted
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and teachers. Teachers say they can just about get
students through morning lessons but by the afternoon,
everyone is dehydrated, overheated and headachy. And
studies have shown that very hot weather affects us all,
decreasing our ability to make decisions or cope with
new information, as well as keeping us indoors and away
from outdoor exercise – all things which impact directly
on children’s ability to do their best in the classroom.
Alas, cold weather is not much better. Classrooms
have, by law, to reach 18 degrees Celsius to be
usable and when schools fear that their buildings
will be too cold or that school travel will be
dangerous, they close. Bad winters can see multiple
school closures, with added school absences for
less well-off children who don’t have good warm
clothes, or a parent’s car to get them to school.
All of which means that the more extreme
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learn to read”
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leapt up. The effect of air filters was, they estimated,
the equivalent of students getting two and a half
months of extra learning before taking their tests.
Already many UK schools are trying to
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around their playgrounds, and telling parents
to turn off car engines at the school gate.
But all sorts of environmental factors can affect school
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pity the children whose schools are near
major airports – while exposure to lead,
mercury and other metals damages
children’s brains and nervous systems.
Of course, we’re so lucky here in
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quiet settings, where our many woods and hedgerows
filter the air, and where most of us live very far away
from the worst ravages of industrial pollution.
But we still need to remember that children are
not little human robots, easily programmed for test
success. They are living, breathing human animals,
affected by every aspect of their environment,
whose ability to learn may sometimes be greatly
challenged by the world around them.
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Mental Health Matters
New Beacon School will host a children’s wellbeing
conference in April, Emily Pavey finds out more
ew Beacon School is shining a light on child
mental health. In April they host Helping
Young People Navigate the 21st Century, a
conference incorporating impressive keynote speakers and
potentially life-changing workshops. The two-day public
event is open to parents and educators alike and is part
of a collaboration across schools in the Sevenoaks area.
Headteacher, Mike Piercy, is proud to bring the
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expectations from an increasingly early age, the complexities
of social media, along with changing parental working
patterns. The in/out assessments many youngsters face can
lead children to feel they have ‘failed’ at ages as young as
11 – Piercy prefers to speak of “disappointment rather than
failure.” All this before the challenges of GCSEs, A Levels,
university places and careers have even been introduced.
The Helping Young Minds event is structured to equip
attendees with skills to identify childhood mental health issues
and recognise the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences
(ACE) and then give valuable tools to help, information
about where to turn for more assistance and the confidence
to move the situation forward in a positive direction.
This is an opportunity to hear from those at
the forefront of children’s mental health.
Keynote speaker Dr Pooky Knightsmith, is an
internationally renowned speaker on child and adolescent
mental health. Pooky prides herself on her ability to
break complex and challenging ideas down into practical
strategies that can be put into practice right away.
Richard Burnett, of Tonbridge School, is the founder of the
Mindfulness in Schools Project. He has taught mindfulness
to over a thousand adolescents in the past 15 years. Richard’s
TEDx talk helped define the landscape of mindfulness in
education and he was an expert witness at the All Party
Parliamentary Group that led to Mindful Nation UK.
Find out more: newbeacon.org.uk/mental-health
THURSDAY 23 APRIL
‘Drawing & Talking’ workshop
which is for professionals
working in education.
‘Mental Health First Aid’
(MHFA) is an accredited course
focusing on awareness and ways
to support young people with
mental health difficulties.
An evening talk by Dick Moore, a global
speaker on young people’s mental health
and wellbeing (in conjunction with
the Charlie Waller Memorial trust).
FRIDAY 24 APRIL
9.00am until 4.30pm
All day conference featuring a
range of internationally respected
speakers and professionals.
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What’s On in March
Sat 29 Feb – Sat 28 Mar
(10 - 5 Monday - Saturday)
WING Gallery, High Street,
Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6AA
WING gallery looks forward to
spring with artists, Jane Ford,
Jeni Clarke, Dani Humberstone,
George Underwood and Gavin
Roweth, who have all created
new works for the gallery.
01892 783665 @wingartgallery /
Tue 17 – Fri 20 Mar (excl.
Mondays & Sundays)
10am-4pm, The Smallhythe
Studio Gallery, Smallhythe
Road, Tenterden TN30 7NB
The Smallhythe Studio Gallery is an
exciting gallery and art centre which
exhibits contemporary work of artists
in the south east. This month sees its
latest solo exhibition of recent work.
Weekdays until Thu 19 Mar
Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral
House, 11 The Precincts,
Canterbury CT1 2EH
Portfolio: Art Rebels
Turner Contemporary’s Art Rebels
exhibition is coming to Canterbury.
Featuring winning entries from
students, teachers and community
groups across Kent and Medway,
the tour will celebrate the creative
talent of young people. Art Rebels
has taken its inspiration from
one of the most daring visual art
prizes in the world, The Turner
Prize, at Turner Contemporary
until 2020. The selected works
explore what it means to be an
art rebel in this exhibition that is
guaranteed to get people talking.
01227 762862 /
Sat 21 Mar – Sun 14 Jun
Dockyard, Main Gate Road,
Chatham ME4 4TZ
Tattoo Art ReveAled
A ground-breaking look into
the history of British tattooing,
featuring over 400 original artworks,
photographs and historic artefacts,
it tells a story that challenges
the most deeply-held myths and
pre-conceptions about tattooing.
Displaying the work of major tattoo
artists, including George Burchett,
via the Bristol Tattoo Club, Alex
Binnie and Lal Hardy, the exhibition
showcases the largest gathering
of real objects and original tattoo
artwork ever assembled in the UK.
01634 823800 /
Children & Families
Sat 28 Mar
Bewl Water Estate Office,
Bewlbridge Lane, Lamberhurst,
Kent TN3 8JH
Bewl’s Big Dog Day Out
Expect a doggy treasure trail and
agility course to face-painting,
opportunities and refreshments
available all throughout the day at
The Waterfront Café. There will
be plenty of stalls and activities
to enjoy and experts on hand
to advise you on nutrition and
training for your furry friends.
You’d be barking mad to miss out!
Sat 28 Mar – Sun 19 Apr
National Trust has teamed up with
Cadbury once again for their great
Easter egg hunt. Visit locations
including Bodiam Castle, Scotney
Castle, Chartwell, Bateman’s and
Ightham Mote for fun family days
exploring nature and supporting the
Trust, protecting Kent’s natural and
historic places for everyone to enjoy.
Plus there will be chocolate prizes!
Sat 28 Mar
Leeds Castle, Broomfield,
Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL
Peak or Blinded 1920s
Got what it takes to be a peaky
blinder? Travel back in time for a
thrilling night of drinks and music
before The Derby. But look out,
a gang has sent someone to throw
a spanner in the works. Actors
will help set the scene, for a truly
interactive evening of dinner theatre
in which you can decide just how
involved you want to be. It’s a
night to have fun, solve a crime,
eat some delicious food, try some
cocktails, and all whilst wearing a
traditional flat cap if the hat fits!
Entry: £109, accomodation
Sun 22 Mar 12-3.30pm
The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road,
Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY
Mother’s Day Special
Treat Mum to afternoon tea at the
Hop Farm’s Shires function suite,
which opens out to the manicured
wedding terrace and lawns. There
will be finger rolls and sandwiches
(smoked salmon, ham, mustard,
mature Cheddar, tomato, egg
mayonnaise), scones, clotted cream,
fresh strawberries, macaroons, mini
cakes, and the finest tea and coffee.
Entry: Adults £16, children £8
(minimum two adults per booking)
Music & Theatre
Sun 29 Mar 2pm
Theatre Royal Margate,
Addington St, Margate,
Kent CT9 1PW
MR MEN & LITTLE
MISS STAGE SHOW
All your favourite Mr Men and
Little Miss characters are leaping
from page to stage. Explore
Happyland as it bursts into life in
a series of colourful and timeless
stories told through puppetry and
music in this beautifully crafted
and hilarious live stage show.
Sat 14 Mar
St Mary The Virgin, Churchyard,
Ashford, Kent TN23 1QG
ROALD DAHL AND THE
All around the world Roald Dahl’s
words are disappearing, and only
an organisation known as the
Ancient Guild of Tale Tenders
can save the stories – and they
need your help. It’s a thrilling
immersive family experience that
explores Roald Dahl’s extraordinary
stories, including Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory, The BFG
and The Twits along the way.
Fri 20 Mar 7.30pm
Groves Hall, Sutton Valence
School, North Street,
Sutton Valence, Maidstone,
Kent ME17 3HL
Hear Bruch, Beethoven, Poulenc
and Brahms with three expert
musicians. Timothy Orpen the
principal clarinetist of the Royal
Opera House, Victoria Simonsen
on cello, who was was described
by The Strad as “a musician of rare
quality” and John Reid, a pianist of
notable versatility and range and an
outstanding chamber musician.
Entry: £12.50 at door
Tue 31 Mar
Poulton Wood, 2 Forge
Hill, Aldington, Ashford,
Kent TN25 7DT
Poulton Wood Reopens
This month sees the reopening
of Poulton Wood, an awardwinning
set in 28 acres of beautiful
bluebell woodland with adjoining
garden, fields, ponds, hedgerows,
willow plots and poly tunnel.
Sat 7 Mar 10:30am-1pm
Tyland Barn, Sandling,
Maidstone, Kent ME14 3BD
Kent Wildlife Trust
Our gardens are becoming wildlife
havens, learn about how to improve
yours by providing shelter for
animals and discovering how
water or a pond is vital for the
wildlife in your garden. Suitable for
beginners and anyone with a general
“My dad works
kind to him.”
Noah (aged 6)
Son of Dan
We’re proud to serve
our community. We want
everyone to feel safe on the
bus - including our staff.
Abuse of any kind won’t
be tolerated and we will
seek to prosecute.
Joel Mitchell, Managing Director
Stagecoach South East
A proud partnership between
interest in gardening for wildlife.
01622 662012 /
Fri 13 Mar
Green Farm, Duck Lane
Shadoxhurst, Kent TN26 1LT
Spend a weekend in Green Farm’s
beautifully restored 15th Century
farmhouse, enjoying nutritious
home-grown food, relaxing in
spa facilities. Green Farm offer
retreats with all sorts of themes but
this one is all about relaxing the
mind and body with four pilates
sessions included. Tali Swart teaches
mat based Pilates, using small
equipment, including magic rings,
dyno bands and wobble boards.
It is suitable for all levels, with a
focus on spine health and mobility.
01233 733 997 /
Thu 19 Mar 10am-12pm
Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne
Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ
Painting the Place 1 –
Perspective in Drawing
The first of this year’s ‘Painting the
Place’ art classes at Hall Place &
Gardens. These art classes are run by
accomplished artist and illustrator
Anthony Nield and are a great way
to hone your skills in various areas of
art. This particular session will focus
on understanding and developing
your skills in relation to drawing
perspective building and landscapes.
Advance booking is essential as
Tony is a very popular teacher.
Further instructions including what
equipment to bring with you will be
e-mailed to you prior to the event.
Other sessions will include
Watercolour Skills, Aerial perspective
using monochrome, and Drawing
architectural plants in Pen and Wash.
01322 621238 /
What’s On in March
Fri 24 Apr 10.30-4pm
Godinton House, Godinton
Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP
Join Brenda Burgess for a friendly,
fun and deeply informative
workshop which will look at the
human form and the theme of
‘Mother Nature’ or ‘Mother and
Child’. All abilities truly welcome.
co.uk / brendaburgessarts.co.uk
Wed 8 Apr 5.45-9pm
Port Lympne, Aldington Rd,
Lympne, Hythe, Kent CT21 4LR
Next month sees the first of Port
Lympne’s breathtaking monthly
dusk safaris for 2020. On these
unique evenings, guests journey to
the safari park’s authentic savannahs,
alive with South American, Asian
and African animals, whilst taking
in the stunning views, before
enjoying a three-course meal
at the Port Lympne Hotel.
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Jane gets set to welcome this year’s calves to
the farm and clarifies the difference between
grass-fed and intensively reared beef
Excitement is rising at Coopers
Farm. It’s nine months now since
our new bull Captain Fantastic
ran out with the cows and hopefully
he’ll live up to his name and produce
some suitably impressive calves. I’ve
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by a tricky birth get up and get on
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of colostrum and if they don’t, then
the likelihood of them succumbing to
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three in the morning you’ve pulled and
tugged a healthy calf into the world
and left it with mum to vigorously
lick dry (it’s where the saying lick into
shape comes from) and then push and
nudge to encourage it
to stand up and drink.
Time for a cup of tea.
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nothing has happened,
the wet confused calf is
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participation is by bribing her with
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you usually have about 10 minutes
when she’s more interested in the
bucket than kicking you away, to
get the calf on and sucking. Phew.
We usually calve the heifers first and
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number eight is likely to pop out fairly
quickly and you know exactly what the
job description involves. Happy days.
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