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March 2020











Maggie Alderson finds grand

and stately properties on

the market in Surrey now


This month take note of Mother’s

Day tea, Nelson Mandela’s

artwork and Easter egg hunts



Maggie Alderson tours the

home of acclaimed children’s

writer, Sally Gardner


Our guide to Sally’s

signature style


Take a look inside a cottage

with interiors designed by

Justine Hodgson-Barker


Imitate Justine’s fresh styling









Proof that preloved pieces

can be fashion forward


The star products of 2020’s

Beauty Bible awards revealed



How to ease or prevent



Sarah Maxwell puts an end

to exercise intimidation


Mums will love Nicci

Gurr’s beautiful bakes


Jo Arnell’s expert guide to

growing edible garden goodies


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Explore exciting extra curriculars


Hilary Wilce examines the significance

of learning environment


Get excited about March’s best events


Win a one-day cookery course

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Cooper’s Farm welcomes

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creating a home with interiors to suit your unique

tastes and lifestyle, don’t miss the opportunity on offer

at Dale View on the Headley Court Estate.

Here, you’ll discover family homes in a beautiful

parkland setting, ready and waiting to be

transformed into ‘dream homes.’

Dale View - a collection of attractive crescents set amongst 22 acres of parkland, which neighbours Headley Court’s Grade II Listed Mansion.

Tucked away in 22 acres of parkland

between Leatherhead and Epsom, this

collection of properties once housed

military personnel working at the MoD’s

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The two, three and four-bedroom homes,

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At Dale View, acres of parkland, woodland

and green open space are just waiting to be

explored. There’s a play area for younger

children, whilst the older ones will have space

to run, climb and explore. Anyone who enjoys

being out in the fresh air - running, jogging or

walking dogs - will delight in the wonderful

walks that are right on the doorstep.

The traditional village green, at the heart of

Dale View, will soon become a focal point

for community activities.




“The homes at Dale View, which are ready

for renovation, offer an amazing investment

opportunity,” comments Vari Bowling of selling

agent, Patrick Gardner. “As the former homes of

military personnel, they need updating rather

than structural work and once they have been

brought into the 21st century, they will be

even more desirable.”

“Not only is this a chance for local

homebuyers to modernise and update the

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Mind your Manors

Maggie Alderson finds grand and stately homes on the market


The dream: A brand-new porticoed

mansion, in beautiful Derbyshire

sandstone – a similar colour to

Chatsworth – which looks as though

it has been there since Jane Austen’s

day. The marble floor in the hall is

similar to another great house, nearby

Petworth. Unlike those stately homes,

it is designed for modern living,

with a superb social kitchen/dining

area/family room, as well as more

formal reception rooms. There is a

fountain outside the main entrance.

Beds: 9, all with en suite bathrooms

and dressing rooms, plus an

additional seven-bed sleepover

dormitory with 2 more bathrooms.

Special features: The leisure

complex has an indoor pool of

Roman baths splendour, gym,

treatment rooms, sauna and steam

room, plus a screening room, a

bowling alley, a sitting area and a

double-height main party room.

Pleasing details: All the

ground floor windows are fulllength

to the ground.

Outside: Over 30 acres of manicured

gardens, with a Mr Darcy lake, a

formal parterre and a spectacular

outdoor pool, an entertaining

loggia and a tennis court.

Time to town: 10 minutes to Witley

and then an hour to Waterloo.

Agent: House 01483 266700


Windsor Manner


The dream: A spacious Edwardian

mansion, built in 1908, with tall

chimneys, peaked gables and other

lovely Arts & Crafts details. The

generously proportioned main

reception rooms are all south-facing.

Where: Sunningdale, equidistant

from Ascot and Virginia Water.

Setting: Amid wooded country, on the

edge of Sunningdale Golf Course. Train

your binocs and you might spot Hugh

Grant putting, or John Terry at the tee.

Beds: 13 Baths: 6

Special features: Gorgeous limed-oak

panelling through the entrance hall and

corridor and one reception room.

Pleasing details: Mullioned

leaded windows and wonderful

carvings on the exterior.

Outside: In 11.5 acres of its own grounds,

with lawns, woods and a large terrace for

entertaining, and a pool with a pavilion.

Time to town: Drive 10 minutes to Ascot

station, around an hour to Waterloo.

Agent: Savills, Sunningdale

01344 295356

Sondes Place


The dream: A superbly fitted

penthouse apartment in an exceptional

re-modelling of an early Victorian

mansion. The proportions are grand,

with a high-ceiling nine metre sitting

room with wonderful views.

Where: Dorking.

Setting: Surrounded by mature trees,

close enough to central Dorking

to be handy, surrounded by the

landscape of the Surrey Hills.

Beds: 3 Baths: 2

Special features: A glazed sun

lounge on the terrace.

Pleasing details: Beautiful

herringbone parquet floors.

Outside: A 15 metre private roof terrace

with stunning views, over crenulated walls.

Time to town: Five minutes drive

(or 35 minute walk) to Dorking

Main station (there are two others)

and it’s under an hour to Waterloo,

Victoria, or London Bridge.

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What to do and see near you this month

The Artist

This month, visit Belgravia Gallery in Cranleigh to see artworks

by Nelson Mandela in a truly inspirational exhibition, telling

the story of his life and country. The works are fresh and bright

and further testament to Mandela’s ability to overcome adversity

and see the positive in even the most negative situations.

The great man’s drawings and words document memories of his

time on Robben Island, including the prison hospital ward which

was the only place where political prisoners crossed paths with

the other inmates. This place became a lifeline of news from the

outside world – it is where they learnt that the tide of opinion was

turning against the apartheid regime. A must-see for art lovers and

those interested in one of the greatest figures of the 21st century.

Each artwork is signed by Mandela and has been verified. The work

will be on show at the Cranleigh Arts Centre from 3-14 March 2020,

and thereafter at Belgravia Gallery’s exhibition space in Cranleigh.

For more information on signed art by Nelson

Mandela contact Belgravia Gallery

A breath of

fresh air

From Sunday 1 March, think

of Polesden Lacey as a tranquil

getaway and haven of wellbeing

and mindfulness. There will be

beautiful art sculptures installed

throughout the gardens where

you can take a moment to be

inspired to enjoy the beauty of your

surroundings. Meanwhile in the

Edwardian country house there will

be a mindful trail to help you to see

things in a new way.



RHS Garden Wisley is

having a free day this month.

If you’re looking for a family

day out on a budget, visit this

inspirational garden on Tuesday

24 March and you can explore

its beautiful sights free of charge.

This also coincides with the

early daffodil competition in the

glasshouse which is free to enter

and open to all.





Freshly prepared finger sandwiches,

homemade mini scones with strawberry

jam and clotted cream, sparkling wine, a

mouthwatering mixture of mini cakes

and desserts, and of course freshly

Keep dancing!

brewed tea and coffee. Treat your

From 30 March, visit Denbies

Wine Estate to see Shed Art’s

latest stunning exhibition

showing art from the

perspective of ten unique

artists including Barbara

Liddle, Diana Croft,

Genevieve Brown and Alana

Dunlevy. Discover a diverse

and inspiring collection of

original and contemporary

paintings including Stitch Art

and prints. The art is affordable,

there is something for everyone and

GLive is getting strictlified as they are visited by four

of Strictly Come Dancing’s brightest stars this March. First,

on Saturday 7 March, Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer

get pulses racing with passionate latin favourites. Then AJ

Live comes to Guildford on Tuesday 17, combining all the

best moments from Strictly you know and love with a little

help from his brother Curtis. Finally Tuesday 31 will see

Graziano di Parma’s fresh and innovative show Havanna

Nights with partner Giada. Plus keep an eye out for

future Strictly shows throughout the year including

Burn The Floor with Kevin and Joanne Clifton,

Strictly Ballroom the Musical and Viva La

Divas. Keep Dancing!

mum to a wonderful afternoon

at Painshill this Mother’s Day,

with a special tea which also

includes entry to the beautiful

18th century landscape garden.

entry is free. /


Experience the unique buzz of the Contemporary Arts Fair at Sandown Racecourse. An exciting

mix of 160 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and galleries will gather to share the very

best in contemporary art as this vibrant and welcoming event returns for its 3rd year. There will

also be Plus Creative Workshops, Live Art Demonstrations, Children’s Art Quest, Gin Tasting, a

Café and Free Parking. Check out their website for earlybird ticket offers.


Next month we are thoroughly looking forward to the Cadbury Easter Egg hunt with National

Trust. Surrey National Trust locations including Polesden Lacey, Box Hill and Hatchlands Park

will be stocking up on Cadbury goodies and hosting quests, trails and adventures to celebrate

Easter in delicious style. The only question is: which National Trust location to choose? Will you

follow a rainbow of different coloured clues at Winkworth Arboretum? Get crafty with ornamental

Easter egg trees and bunny door stops at Dapdune Wharf ? Help Hattie the Duck find the best

place to build a nest at Claremont Landscape Garden? Whatever you choose there is bound to

be chocolate involved so there is really no losing. /




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We’re proud to introduce a brand new Supplement

this issue, centred around making the most of a wellearned

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.

Every month we’re lucky to get to explore stunning homes

and gather info. on decorating tips, tricks and bargains that we

wouldn’t necessarily have happened upon had we been researching

the conventional way. See how children’s author Sally Gardner has

projected her writer’s imagination onto the décor of a Georgian

Cottage in the heart of Hastings and find out why Andy and

Ran turned to interior design friend Justine Hodgson-Barker to

transform their run-down Brighton house into a family home.

If vintage is your bag when it comes to fashion, you’ll love

Kate Liz Watts’ round-up of premium pre-loved. Beauty addicts

take note as Josephine Fairley reveals the winners of the 2020

Beauty Bible Awards, sharing her ‘Beauty Bible Superstars’

– outstanding skincare with the highest reviewer scores.

Plus, don’t forget Mother’s Day! In celebration of lovely mums

across Surrey, Nicci Gurr from Home Gurr’Own has shared three

sensationally tasty cake recipes to treat them on Sunday 22 March.



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Words: Maggie Alderson

Photographs: David Merewether

Styling: Holly Levett


The House of

Magical Objects

Maggie Alderson takes a step

through the looking glass into

this Hastings writer’s home


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Above right: The bear cubs holding up a slice of a tree trunk are

from Graham & Green Left: The sitting room is painted in a

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Sally Gardner writes award-winning children’s books of

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Some houses are family homes, some are private havens,

others are works of art, displays of status, or expressions

of lifelong dreams. Cuckoo Cottage is a fairy tale.

The sense of something special begins in finding it,

tucked away in a central part of Hastings near the chainstore

shopping hub, in what feels like a secret little row of

Georgian cottages, that has somehow escaped 200 years of

wrecking balls and bulldozers, up some steps and along.

Tucked windward of the castle, it has the air of a pocket

of the town that you might stumble across by accident

one day – then never be able to find again. Which is just

the sort of thing that happens in one of Sally’s books.

Her most recent release, Invisible In A Bright Light, is

so intriguing and gripping, I was awake most of the

night finishing it – and it’s aimed at ages 10 and up.

It’s set in a theatre in a city resembling Copenhagen,

which has a huge crystal chandelier in the shape of a



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Sally’s life in the theatre is as apparent in the

house as her writer’s imagination


This page: In the dining room, varied lengths of bright orange corded

cable stretch out from the central ceiling rose with bare bulbs hanging

from hooks. The classic woven plastic Swedish rugs in the dining room

are by Pappelina

galleon hanging in the dome over the auditorium.

When you walk into the sitting room of Cuckoo

Cottage, there is just such a crystal galleon,

but it’s inside a bottle on the mantelpiece.

Any ship in a bottle is a thing of wonder – but

a crystal galleon takes it to another level. It’s the

kind of object that exerts a magnetic pull on the

viewer. You have to go and have a closer look, to

be sure you are seeing what you think you are.

Sally grins at such a reaction. “There is a crystal

galleon chandelier at the Royal Opera house in

Copenhagen, which I discovered when I was designing

The Mikado there in the late 1970s, when I was a

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always wanted to put it in a book. When I saw this

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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! How did you know it was going to look this good?!’”

It looks simply wonderful, creating a cocooning atmosphere

and the perfect backdrop to set off 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.

To the side of the purple velvet-upholstered, canesided

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



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find furniture to scale with

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This page: There are pillars on either side of the kitchen entrance – where Sally plans to add a theatrical curtain,

currently drawn on the wall with pencil – and three working cuckoo clocks

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.”

From closer to home, the gilded mirror over the fireplace

with ferns, candles in place, came from Norman Road

in St Leonards, around the corner from the cottage Sally

rented when she first moved down from London. “It was

broken when I found it and I had it restored by people

in St Leonards who do restoration for the V&A.”

As for what prompted Sally to rent that first cottage

– similar in feel, if slightly later in period, than the

one she now lives in – I can claim a small part in it.


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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

that St Leonards-on-Sea really was the place to be.

“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

I would run away to St Leonards beach and I still had happy

memories of that.

“When I came down to that lunch I immediately

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.”

There was a brief sidestep to possibly moving to

neighbouring Bexhill-on-Sea, when Sally took part in an

episode of Homes by the Sea, with fellow author Jane Harris

– who had also been at that now rather legendary writers’

lunch – and decided she wanted to move down too.

The researchers found Sally a very nice house in

Bexhill, but for various reasons it fell through and

she decided it had to be St Leonards or Hastings.

“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

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But after finding the armchairs at Ben Southgate (formerly

in Kings Road, St Leonards, now online) and a small

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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.

Multiple and varied lengths of bright orange corded 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.”

She has done the same dangling lights in the kitchen

– a space for which the term ‘galley’ is almost an

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


This page: Sally’s bedroom. An oversized

wall hanging of flowers, from which a swan

protudes, adds to the fairytale feel

entrance – where she plans to add another theatrical

curtain, currently drawn on the wall with pencil –

and three working cuckoo clocks. “They are my new

obsession. I’m writing a book about snow that has

a cuckoo clock in it. I want more, at least five…”

Upstairs, the fairy tale references continue, with the

very large brass bed, in the very modestly-sized main

bedroom, made up with Goldilocks bedding of red

and white gingham (from Debenhams) and a black

Afghan sequined bedspread from Shop in Norman

Road. Keeping up Sally’s love of juggling scale, there

is an oversized wall hanging of flowers behind the

bed. “I think it looks like a Dutch still life,” says

Sally. Which it does, but as seen by Tom Thumb.

The huge handkerchief light fitting over the bed

is another of her IKEA finds – but it’s never turned

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

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but they had done much of the DIY themselves over the

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Above: The staggering gold portrait hanging above the bed was accidentally cut in two by the builder, then thankfully salvaged by the artist

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anything that felt inappropriate, like the really dark joinery,

but kept everything that had integrity,” says Justine. “Even

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Being so close to the couple, Justine was able to work

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Above left and right: Justine has turned the small bathroom into a hotel-standard space, with a vintage free-standing vanity

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also really helpful with the furniture. We like to repurpose

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the table shortened with pin legs. The benches have the

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in the summer house.” A sense of mindfulness is apparent

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to source items that would last, these are incredibly comfy

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Got it Covered...

If you’ve always fancied getting to

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If you’re keen to up your fitness levels and enjoyment of

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motivation, Surrey Homes 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

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Enjoy a few days surrounded by wonderful people, great food

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The 50-metre ice rink has been specially

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For elderly visitors, or those with a bad back, you

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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

colours I should avoid

once I reach 55+?

There are not any specific

rules on styles for the over 55s.

It depends on the individual

guest. At William Charles Hair

we offer a full consultation

to our guests to determine

their desired style and colour,

which they will be able to

manage within their lifestyle.

Does ageing hair need

more maintenance?

Ageing hair will need more

maintenance especially if the

guest wants to colour their

hair. At William Charles

Hair we would recommend

repeat appointments every

4-6 weeks to maintain your

hair colour and style. Visits to

the salon to have treatments

is also recommended as this

will help drier/coarser hair to

feel softer and look shinier.

Could you recommend

an essential hair care


At Aveda we have a whole

range of home care products

to manage all hair concerns

i.e. colour, dry, and damaged.

Some great examples of the

products we have are: Invati

advanced system, to help guests

with thinning hair solutions;

Damage remedy range which

will reduce breakage by 90% in

just 1 week, plus our new Nutri-

Plenish range which hydrates

the hair for 72 hours after using.

01580 762564


Uma Jeyanathan


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 in Tunbridge Wells on

01892 257357 to arrange a

complimentary consultation

with Uma.



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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of how you want your treatment to

look that will suit your individual needs.

These treatments are great and very easy

for mature looks, not just youngsters!

Finally… the tools of the trade.

Invest in a great set of brushes, you’ll

notice the difference immediately.

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

something that will be suitable for all

age ranges. Be brave! You really don’t

have to spend a fortune either, high

street brands are amazing these days.

How can I keep my look fresh and on

trend? Don’t be stuck in a rut! There

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

looks, you’ll soon find out what works

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

that haven’t seen the light of day in years.

We all love making the best of

ourselves and keeping

up with the latest trends

including make-up.

Remember knowledge is

power in the vast world

of makeup and skincare!

Nina is an award-winning

international freelance

Hair & Makeup Artist.

To see more of her

work, and to find out

about booking her, visit

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boxercise, aqua-gym, circuit training, sea kayaking and beach workouts,

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Retreats include 5 days of luxury accommodation in the

chateau in en-suite bedrooms with sea or mountain views.

Meals are fabulous, nutritious and elegant 3 course dinners

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Stunning Surroundings at Wildernesse House

collection of 31 one- and twobedroom

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retirement home specialists PegasusLife.

Each apartment has been meticulously

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little luxuries that make these homes

so welcoming. The newly built twobedroom

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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

countryside, Wildernesse House

offers the very best in later living.

Prices start from £610,000. To

find out more about Wildernesse

House or to book an appointment,

call 01732 608144.



Carriages is a development of 28

one and two bedroom apartments,

moments from the centre of Purley.

Designed for the discerning retirement

market, this development won an Evening

Standard New Homes Award for The Best New

Development in the Retirement Living Sector.

A ground floor reception lends the scheme a real

hotel feel and this is supported by the roof garden and

Sky Lounge where there are views across Purley. A

social kitchen with its food larder and honesty bar sits

at the heart of this Pegasus Life retirement complex.

Among the many impressive benefits is a

ground floor Guest Suite, spacious lift, parking

and wellbeing services which include everything

from Pet Care to Apartment Housekeeping.

“I have attended a number of social events at

Carriages and met many of the residents; I have

to say there is a lovely warm and homely feel to

the place.” Bob Barber, Director, Fine & Country

Prices range from £320,000 to £615,000 Carriages.

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“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

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and houses to renovate, through to fully renovated

country houses, manor houses and small chateaux.

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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.”

French Escape?

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 yearround

climate and which currently offer very good

value for money and regular flights to the UK.”

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 Parisbased

mortgage broker who works with the major

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against a property in France) and who we are happy

to recommend to clients. Mortgages are available

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rates are comparable with those in the UK. Our

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Has Brexit affected the rules and regulations

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in the way, however some of the rules and regulations

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following Brexit. For a permanent move to France, UK

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which we understand can be applied for online from

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days per year there are no changes. For those wanting to

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similar to the ESTA form when visiting the USA.”

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✁Cost Cutters – Discounts for over 60s

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 fee.

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


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)

Kino Hawkhurst & Rye: Seniors

60+ can save £1 per ticket on the

regular adult price

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!


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is a 16th Century Farmhouse with Edwardian and modern

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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

(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 all-natural,

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’

‘If you love soft,

smooth, beautifully

clean skin then

you will love this



Beauty Pie Jeju Daily, £28 for 190ml.

By sourcing direct from factories

and selling direct to the beautyhound,

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.’


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.’

‘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’


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.’

‘A noticeable

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

condition improved’


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.

Comments: ‘10/10. I have really dry feet and have

used two products recently, each for over a month;

neither gave any real results, but this is fantastic.’ •

‘My job entails me being on my feet much of the day

and I have a baby. This left my feet feeling amazing

after application especially if they had a tough day, the

main thing was how soft my skin was and how easily

my toes glided when I rubbed them together. My

feet were very soft, refreshed and smelling lovely.’


Tropic Skin Dream Age-Defying Firming Cream

Concentrate, £42 for 50ml. A truly incredible score,

here – an average of 9.75/10 across the 10-strong panel

– for a luxurious, skin-plumping formula which, as

Tropic put it, is ‘supercharged with intelligent plant

ceramide complexes and a blend of exotic butters.’

Comments: ‘A few people have already asked what I was

using and I have had compliments on how well I look.

This is a fantastic product, which I loved

immediately. After two weeks, then four, the

reduction in fine lines is very noticeable.

The best night cream I‘ve ever tried;

massive improvement in tone, lines and

wrinkles. I can’t fault this in any way it

made me feel fantastic. My skin looked

like I‘d had a salon treatment. It was

bright and soft and a lot of my fine

lines had all but gone; even my “11”

frown lines looked filled out.’

‘After the first use

I noticed that the treated

side of my face appeared more

firm and taut with less lines. It

was visibly firmer that the other

untreated side. After two weeks, there

was a marked difference between

the two sides with definitely

fewer lines and wrinkles

on the treated side’

‘Brilliant for my

lips, which can be dry and

chapped at times. It smooths

on beautifully from the tiny tube

and you only need a tiny amount.

It doesn’t absorb immediately which

I like because it looks like a nice

lip gloss; in fact I stopped using

lipstick because my lips

look nice without’


Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm, £6.95 for 8ml.

This all-natural high-scorer is so affordable

you could pop one in every coat pocket

and never be without its protective blend of

glycerine, beeswax, sunflower oil and lanolin.

Comments: ‘I loved this product and will be buying

it again. There is a definite improvement in the

condition of my lips after using for a fortnight.’

• ‘Over two weeks the condition of my lips has

definitely improved. I’m addicted to this now!’




Dr Kim Prescott discusses treatments that

enhance collagen production in the skin

Many lifestyle factors that lead to

accelerated aging are hard to

avoid; from nutrient deficiencies

or changes in hormone levels, to

sun exposure and environmental

pollution. Over time, the active cells in the

skin, the fibroblasts, become less effi cient at

producing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic

acid leading to skin laxity, fine lines and

wrinkles, along with uneven pigmentation.

There are many treatments out there

for improving skin quality, and a commonly

asked question in my practice is which one

is the best. There really is no correct answer

to that question, as most skin technologies

come with clinical studies demonstrating

results (with few comparative trials). It is

important to remember, however, that in

every study, there is a group of people

who do not respond as well as others.

In addition, some technologies are also

associated with higher risk of adverse effects

in certain people. It is important that your

skin practitioner assesses your skin carefully

and selects the treatment that is safest, and

most likely to work the best for you, and a

combination of treatments is very likely to be

more effective than a single modality alone.

I’ve recently had a few questions

about 2 of my preferred treatments, both

well established in terms of their effi cacy

and safety profiles: microneedling and

radiofrequency, so I’ll cover them in a little

more detail this month. If you’re looking

to go make-up free this summer, then

these 2 treatments may help with overall

improvement in skin texture and tone.


Also known as collagen induction therapy,

microneedling involves creating tiny channels

in the epidermis and dermis of the skin. The

treatment improves penetration of targeted

ingredients into the dermis, activates

fibroblasts, to produce collagen and elastin

and stimulates the release of the body’s own

rejuvenation messengers known as growth

factors. Overall improvements in skin texture

and tone following a microneedling treatment

are clinically proven in a number of clinical

studies, including a series of skin biopsies

published by Dr Des Fernandes, a renowned

skin research scientist, that clearly showed

an increase in collagen of more than 400%.

Superficial microneedling can

be done at home or in the salon

to brighten and exfoliate the skin,

but medical microneedling by a

trained healthcare professional is

indicated to manage more specific

skin concerns, including scarring and

pigmentation. As it doesn’t use any kind of

energy source, microneedling remains one

of the best treatments to treat skin in certain

areas, including skin over the thyroid or breast

area and the delicate skin under the eyes.

(Figure 1)

Figure 1. Improvements in skin quality after a course

of microneedling (images courtesy of Dermapen)

Figure 2. Improvements in skin quality after a course

of microneedling (images courtesy of Dermapen)


Radiofrequency (RF) is a skin rejuvenation

technology that has been widely used in skin

tightening treatments, and for improvement

of cellulite, scarring and stretchmarks. A few

years ago, skin experts started presenting

case studies combining the effects of RF and

microneedling, with faster healing time, and

noticeable improvement in the volume of the

skin; very good news for those who prefer to

avoid using injectable hyaluronic acid fillers in

the face.

New technologies were subsequently

developed and a number of highly

sophisticated technology platforms are

currently available, including Fractora and

VoluDerm. The new VoluDerm Hybrid Energy

treatment combines dual energy, RF first for

effective penetration and controlled heating

of the skin, followed by galvanic current for

enhanced clinical results. The hybrid energy is

delivered via an array of sophisticated micropins,

with minimal disruption to the outer layer

of the skin. This means that there is negligible

downtime, with the majority of people going

home with nothing more than a mild flush. A

number of clinical studies have demonstrated

significant improvement in the volume of

the skin due to increased levels of collagen,

elastin and hyaluronic acid. (Figures 3 and 4)


Figure 3. Collagen density has increased 10 days

after VoluDerm HE (Eur J Dermatol 2014; 24(1): 46-

52 with permission from Pollogen Ltd)



Dr Kim Prescott is a highly trained doctor in

aesthetic medicine and consults from the

PSMD Clinic in Cobham and Esher Groves.

You are welcome to email her on with any questions

you might have. Dr Prescott will endeavor

to respond directly, but topics that come up

frequently may also be c overed in one of

these monthly pages.


41 days after 3 Treatments

41 days after 3 Treatments

Microneedling is widely used in the

following indications:

Skin tightening

Natural collagen induction

Lifting and rejuvenating

Reduces wrinkles and fine lines

Hyper- and hypopigmentation

Improves stretch marks

Hair regeneration and hair thinning, alopecia

Acne scars, surgical scars and wound healing

Minimises pore size


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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

premenopausal women

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:

Eat ColoUr

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

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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).


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.

ConsIdEr glUtEn

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.

rEdUCE syMptoMs

WIth sUpplEMEnts

Research shows that taking the

right nutrients in food supplements

can reduce the symptoms of

endometriosis significantly (98%

of the women in one study

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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.

Those just-got-out-of-bedwithout-my-make-up-shots?

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

over commitment”

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:


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

Sarah shares her Fitness and

Lifestyle tips on Instagram



A Piece

of Cake

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 96


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.


Rhubarb Crumble

and Custard Cake

Serves 8-10 Prep Time: 90 mins including

cooking time

Crumble topping:

• 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. 100

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.

Banana Loaf

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

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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.

Plotting Ahead

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

root trainer

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

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supposed to be a joyful jumble of flowers, fruit and vegetables.

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the health of the soil, but how healthy and nutritious your

vegetables will be. For now I’ll just say look after your soil.

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manure pellets and blood fish and bone can be added

at planting time if the crop requires an extra boost.

Easy Peas-y

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.

Best Value

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

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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

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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.

Un-buyable Taste

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).

Living Larders

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.

Forking Hell

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

cauliflowers fail to produce curds in light, friable soil. If it

gets very hot and dry then rocket, spinach, beetroot and some

lettuces will ‘bolt’ and run to seed – these are best grown in

the spring or early autumn when the weather is cooler.

Pests are numerous so, if possible, net susceptible crops at

vulnerable times in the year. Most importantly encourage a

healthy ecosystem so your allies – birds, frogs, hedgehogs,

wasps and beetles – do a lot of your pest control for you.

It is still a little early to be sowing crops directly outside

– the exception being hardy things like broad beans, peas,

spinach onions and leeks, but many can be started off under

cover this month. Like much in life, vegetable growing

is an adventure; nothing ventured, nothing to harvest.

With any luck and a favourable wind, some sunshine and

rain (at night please) this could be a bumper year…

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Top: Leeks and celeriac Above left: Mixed salad Above right: Cabbage



It’s a Wild


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.

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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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way, the direction of travel could be

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

landscapes, destruction

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,

“Protect our

pollinators by

not digging

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

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– 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.

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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?

Organisations, such

as the CPRE, (Council

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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

“Organisations, such

as the CPRE, are

worth joining and

actively supporting”

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.

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use of pesticides and

fertilisers will gradually

be replaced with more

organic products,

which are nontoxic

to the natural

world, one of these days.

In October 2019, Great Dixter

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worth a read. A grant from the Heritage

Lottery Fund, plus monies from private

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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

already, leaving the edges of our gardens

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bit of a chance. I did a little recce of my

own patch when I was thinking about

this subject and despite it being a rather

cold and wet afternoon, it gave me a

chance to appreciate the beauty of the

lichen growing thickly on some of my

old garden furniture and the moss on

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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

significantly less well. When researchers

working for the US’s National Bureau

of Economic Research matched the test

scores of 10 million high school pupils

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

for heatwaves, but old ones are a nightmare for pupils

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

climate swings we are seeing now will bring new

challenges for parents, teachers and children.

Meanwhile, a recent study has added significantly

“Noise directly

impacts how

well children

learn to read”

to the existing evidence that air pollution impacts

children’s learning. When 18 schools in Los Angeles

began to filter their air following a natural gas leak,

researchers were astonished to see that test scores

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

keep their air clean by planting screens of ivy

around their playgrounds, and telling parents

to turn off car engines at the school gate.

But all sorts of environmental factors can affect school

performance. Noise directly impacts how well children

learn to read and acquire language – so

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

The Weald where lots of schools enjoy

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.


Jackie Sexton Diana Croft Renate Wilbraham

- Stitch Art

2020 Visions - Art in Perspective

Alana Dunlevy

Liz Holloway

Barbara Liddle

Stella Mance

March 30th - April 5th, 2020

at Denbies Gallery - Dorking

10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and

10am - 4pm Sunday

A stunning exhibition showing art from the perspective of

ten different artists. Join us this spring at Denbies art gallery

and discover a diverse and inspiring collection of original

and contemporary paintings including stitch art and prints.

Affordable art and something for everyone. Free parking,

restaurant and farm shop - makes for an enjoyable day out.

Denbies Wine Estate

Free Entry, Parking, Gallery Restaurant and Shop

London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA

Jill Bellamy

(Paintings not to scale)

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Fri 13 Mar, (private view

or ticket only) Sat 14

Mar, & Sun 15 Mar

Sandown Park Racecourse,

Portsmouth Road,

Esher KT10 9AJ

Contemporary Arts Fair

Coming back for its third year for a

full weekend with over 160 curated

artists, printmakers, photographers,

sculptors and ceramicists from

all over the UK and Europe.

Fri 20 Mar 6-8.30pm, & Sat

21 – Sun 22 Mar 10am-5pm

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry

Road, Teddington TW11 9NN


Textile Fair

Over 70 exhibitors show and

sell quality handmade textiles,

plus a special exhibition and

talks by members of S.E.W. (the

Society of Embroidered Work).

Entry: £4

30 Mar – 5 Apr (10am-5pm

Monday to Saturday &

10am-4pm on Sundays)

Denbies Wine Estate, London

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA

2020 Visions – Art

in Perspective

A stunning exhibition showing

art from the perspective of ten

artists including Barbara Liddle,

Diana Croft, Genevieve Brown,

and Alana Dunlevy. Discover a

diverse and inspiring collection

of original and contemporary

paintings including Stitch Art and

prints. The art is affordable and

there is something for everyone.

Entry: Free

07851 741395 / /

Children & Families

Sat 28 Mar – Mon 13

Apr 11am-4pm

Claremont Landscape

Gradens, Portsmouth

Road, Esher, KT10 9JG

Cadbury Easter

egg hunt

Join Claremont Landscape

gardens for an Easter egg hunt

and Tree trumps trail.

Search for clues on their eight

colourful egg-shaped boards

hidden around the garden or

explore Claremont far and wide

with the whole family, collecting

facts about the amazing trees.

Entry: Normal admission plus

£3.50 per hunt or £1 per trail

Mother’s Day

Tue 27 Mar 7-9pm

Mad Lilies, 84 High Street,

Banstead SM7 2NN

Flower arranging


An ideal opportunity for quality

bonding time while getting creative

and learning how to master making

a perfect hand-tied bouquet.

You will learn the technique of

spiraling while working with

stunning seasonal flowers.

Entry: £120pp


Sun 29 Mar 10am-5pm

Denbies Wine Estate, London

Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA

Mind, Body & Soul

Surrey’s Premier Holistic MBS

and wellbeing show. In Denbies’

beautiful vineyard in the Surrey

Hills, around 60 experienced

and gifted therapists, spiritual

counsellors and retailers come

together to share their wisdom,

covering a wide range of subject

areas and immersive experiences.

Entry: £5.80 /


Sun 15 Mar 10am-1.30pm

Surrey Art School, Dean

House Farm, Newdigate,

Dorking RH5 5DL

Tapestry Weaving with

Susannah Bolton

This weaving workshop is designed

What’s On in March

to teach beginners to work with

stunning hand-made notched

lap looms. Susannah Bolton will

explain the anatomy of the looms

before helping students to plan a

small tapestry and start to weave

either working from an image or

completely freely. At the end of

the workshop you will be taught

how to remove it to leave your

beautiful finished tapestry.

Entry: £65pp

Various dates throughout March

Limpsfield Cookery School,

The Old Printworks, High

St, Limpsfield RH8 0DR

Asian Cuisine

Limpsfield Cookery School is spicing

things up for March with a series

of Asian cuisine courses including

Indian Cuisine courses and an

Indian Supper Club hosted by the

fabulous Jaya Malani of Breech

Lane Curry House. Pamela Chen

will also lead several Asian Fusion

classes and Vegetarian / Vegan chef

and author, Jenny Chandler starts

off the school’s vegan classes with

More Plants on Plates. Renowned

chefs Ollie Thompson and Andy

Tyrell will be running masterclasses

for meat and bread making.

Entry: Courses from £85 (1/2

day), supper club £65pp

Look Forward:


Tue 7 Apr

Sandown Park, Portsmouth

Road Esher KT10 9AJ UK

Tue 14 & Tue 28 Apr

Kempton Park Racecourse,

Staines Road East,

Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5AQ

Sunbury & Sandown

Antiques Markets

These two antique markets are go-to

shopping destinations and sources

of inspiration for celebrities and

Kings. No really, they have been

visited by Keira Knightly, Paloma

Faith, the King of Thailand as well

as film studios and many of Europe’s

top design houses. A few times a

month these markets gather up well

over 800 quirky characters from

across Europe to exhibit antiques,

collectables, vintage, fashion and

retro treasures in a sort of hibrid

somewhere between your favourite

Parisian flea market and a secret offthe-beaten

track vintage store of your

dreams. Somehow people still regard

it as their own little find. Well sorry

folks - we’re taking this one public.

Entry: Free

Fri 3 Apr – Sat 31 Oct

(Closed on Mondays, open

for group appointments of 4+

on Tuesdays & Wednesdays,

open 11am-6pm Thursday to

Saturday, open 12noon-5pm on

Sundays, open 11am-6pm on

Bank Holiday Monday)

Hannah Peschar

Sculpture Garden’s

Annual Sculpture


April will see the Hannah Peschar

Garden reopen, exhibiting around

200 pieces by some 50+ artists

in the magical environment of

a garden designed by landscape

architect Anthony Paul. This

mind boggling garden is like a

trip down the rabbit hole with

its wonderful mix of sculptures

Entry: Adults £12, concessions

£8, Children (5-16) £7,

by appointment £12

Listings are correct at time of going

to press but may be subject to change.

Readers are advised to check with

venues before making arrangements.

We can list your event in the next

issue of Surrey Homes for only

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allocated. If you would like your

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21 & 22 March

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Preview Evening

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FOR TWO AT the newly opened

limpsfield cookery school

The Limpsfield Cookery School

opened its doors for the first time

last month to offer budding chefs

and home cooks an extensive range of

courses from cake making and chocolate

skills to Asian Fusion and Fish Cookery.

The School was founded by Jacqueline

Derbyshire, a self-confessed foodie, in

response to discovering a lack of courses

which could help her learn and improve

her own cookery skills. “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.” She says.

To create a warm and inviting

atmosphere, Limpsfield’s courses are

run from the School’s purpose-built

farmhouse style kitchen, where guests

will be educated in a fun and inclusive

way. Whether you are looking to start

out with kitchen basics, practise your

baking, or planning to learn a whole new

cuisine, there will be a course for you.

All full day courses include lunch and

Jacqueline and her team fully encourage

everyone to use this time to have a chat

about what they’ve learnt with their

classmates and teacher. You will take

home everything that you cook

to wow your friends and family

with your new-found skills!

The Limpsfield Cookery

School takes menu inspiration

from the local surroundings and

ensures that all food, wherever

possible, is sourced from Surrey,

with careful attention paid to

minimising food miles and waste.

For more information, and

to see the range of courses

available, call 01883 818383 or visit

How to enter:

For your chance to win just answer

the following question: Who founded

The Limpsfield Cookery School? Enter

your answer with your contact details

in the online form at

competition by 31 March 2020. There is

no cash alternative and the prize must be

taken by the end of 30 September 2020.

You must be over the age of 18 to enter.

Congratulations to Alison Moppett who

wins our January competition for a Louise

Deluxe Waxed Jacket from Welligogs.


Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

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

been shopping in anticipation of the

patter of tiny hooves. Lubricant, ropes,

iodine and some calf starter paste –

effectively a tube of concentrated Red

Bull – to help the ones exhausted

by a tricky birth get up and get on

with the business of surviving.

It couldn’t be more important. New

calves, like lambs and piglets, are

delivered into a world that is far from

hygienic – no clean sheets or sterilised

bottles for them. Immunity comes

from their mother’s colostrum – the

first thick milk which is stuffed with

antibodies – but the problem is they

can only absorb it for the first six or

seven hours of life. After that, the

lining of their gut changes and they

Captain Fantastic


can no longer absorb the big antibody

molecules. So in the first few hours

they must consume at least two litres

of colostrum and if they don’t, then

the likelihood of them succumbing to

infection in the weeks ahead is high.

And it’s not just the calves that need

to get going; the mother also has to

be a willing partner. So imagine, it’s

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.

It’s sooo annoying then

to return back half an

hour later to discover

nothing has happened,

the wet confused calf is

still lying where it was

born and the mother is

nonchalantly munching

hay with the other cows as though

nothing much has happened. This is

most common with heifers – first time

mums – who are far from impressed

by the effort of giving birth and see

no good reason to pursue motherhood

and its associated responsibilities

any further, thank you very much.

What then follows is an hour of

making a slippery, wet, heavy (about

40kg) calf stand up with its head by

her udder. If you open its mouth

and squirt milk from a teat down

its throat, trying to avoid a faceful

yourself, it gets the message and starts

sucking. And then nature takes over

and it doesn’t stop. In these situations,

the only way to encourage mum’s

“Immunity comes

from their mother’s

colostrum – the

first thick milk

which is stuffed

with antibodies”

participation is by bribing her with

food. Give her a bucket of grub and

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

then move on to the cows which is all

round less eventful. Not surprisingly if

you’ve already had six or seven calves,

number eight is likely to pop out fairly

quickly and you know exactly what the

job description involves. Happy days.

Except this year there are a few clouds

on the horizon for all

British beef farmers.

I don’t think the beef

industry has done a

good job of explaining

to you, the consumer,

the difference between

eating grass-fed beef

living an outdoor life

pretty much as nature

intended, and eating

intensively reared beef that is fed

inside on a high protein diet – which

pretty much describes all supermarket

beef. It’s important we all eat less

meat, but truth is a plate of grassfed

locally produced steak and chips

has far less environmental impact

in terms of carbon footprint, water

used and food miles travelled than an

avocado (Mexico), tomato (polythene

hothouse in Spain at this time of

year) and mozzarella (Italy) salad

washed down with an almond milk

(California) latte. Food for thought.

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Instagram @coopersfarm


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