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The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

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PRICELESS<br />

AUGUST MARCH <strong>2020</strong> 2019<br />

GOOD LIVING SUPPLEMENT <strong>inside</strong><br />

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes


Designed to stand the test of time<br />

The difference is in the detail


Please call for a brochure or visit our showrooms<br />

Unit 9, Chart Farm, Seal Chart<br />

Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0ES<br />

Tel: 01732 762682<br />

81 Calverley Road<br />

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2UY<br />

Tel: 01892 520730<br />

www.rencraft.co.uk


ON THE EDGE OF THE SURREY HILLS<br />

BEARE GREEN, DORKING<br />

SALES LAUNCH<br />

SATURDAY 29TH FEB<br />

INCENTIVES AVAILABLE ON THE DAY<br />

1<br />

PERFECTLY POSITIONED<br />

2<br />

& BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED<br />

3<br />

FOR MODERN LIVING<br />

HIGHLIGHTS AT THE LAURELS<br />

JUST A 5% DEPOSIT REQUIRED ON SELECTED HOMES*<br />

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2<br />

3<br />

The Laurels is conveniently located just south of the<br />

market town of Dorking in a leafy village location and<br />

enjoys easy access to Holmwood railway station.<br />

An aesthetically pleasing mix of architectural styling using<br />

time-honoured building traditions and the finest materials.<br />

Design-led interiors optimise space for maximum<br />

flexibility - highly specified kitchens blend with light-filled<br />

living areas to become the hub of the home.<br />

JOIN US AT THE SALES LAUNCH<br />

SATURDAY 29TH FEBRUARY BETWEEN<br />

10AM & 4PM. REGISTER TODAY.<br />

READY TO MOVE INTO NOW<br />

Guide price from £379,950<br />

01372 360832<br />

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE<br />

A wide selection of styles, including apartments, semi detached<br />

and detached houses - in 2, 3 & 4 bedroom designs.<br />

www.patrickgardner.com<br />

www.thelaurelsbearegreen.com<br />

THE LAURELS, HORSHAM ROAD, BEARE GREEN, DORKING. SAT NAV CODE: RH5 4PG<br />

* Government provides an equity loan of up to 20%, interest-free for five years. 75% mortgage required. Terms and conditions apply.


Contents<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

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MIND YOUR MANORS<br />

Maggie Alderson finds grand<br />

and stately properties on<br />

the market in <strong>Surrey</strong> now<br />

NOTEBOOK<br />

This month take note of Mother’s<br />

Day tea, Nelson Mandela’s<br />

artwork and Easter egg hunts<br />

THE HOUSE OF<br />

MAGICAL OBJECTS<br />

Maggie Alderson tours the<br />

home of acclaimed children’s<br />

writer, Sally Gardner<br />

GET THE LOOK<br />

Our guide to Sally’s<br />

signature style<br />

THE FOREVER HOME<br />

Take a look <strong>inside</strong> a cottage<br />

with interiors designed by<br />

Justine Hodgson-Barker<br />

GET THE LOOK<br />

Imitate Justine’s fresh styling<br />

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE<br />

Proof that preloved pieces<br />

can be fashion forward<br />

SUPERPRODUCTS<br />

The star products of <strong>2020</strong>’s<br />

Beauty Bible awards revealed<br />

RESETTING THE<br />

BALANCE<br />

How to ease or prevent<br />

Endometriosis<br />

THE FEAR OF FITNESS<br />

Sarah Maxwell puts an end<br />

to exercise intimidation<br />

A PIECE OF CAKE<br />

Mums will love Nicci<br />

Gurr’s beautiful bakes<br />

EASY EDIBLES<br />

Jo Arnell’s expert guide to<br />

growing edible garden goodies<br />

IT’S A WILD WORLD<br />

We celebrate biodiversity<br />

Published by Priceless Media Ltd. Kettle Chambers, 21 Stone Street,<br />

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF | Call 01580 714705 | Email info@surrey-homes.co.uk<br />

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the advertisers & contributors are not necessarily those of Priceless Media Ltd.<br />

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JOIN THE CLUB<br />

Explore exciting extra curriculars<br />

FRESH THINKING<br />

Hilary Wilce examines the significance<br />

of learning environment<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Get excited about <strong>March</strong>’s best events<br />

COMPETITION<br />

Win a one-day cookery course<br />

for two at the newly opened<br />

Limpsfield Cookery School<br />

FABLES FROM THE FARM<br />

Cooper’s Farm welcomes<br />

this years’ calves<br />

GOOD LIVING<br />

SUPPLEMENT<br />

24 pages of<br />

holidays, hobbies<br />

and health for<br />

over 50s. After<br />

page 78.<br />

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Fabulous 50+ fashion • Adventurous holidays • Exciting hobbies


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& Hampshire’s<br />

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Framed Specialist<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> Oak Barns is a specialist<br />

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We offer a complete service from<br />

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for client’s needs.<br />

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Build your dreams...enhance your home<br />

The gallery of images are of recent work we have undertaken.<br />

These include oak garages, buildings, conservatories and extensions.


THE MARTINGALES<br />

LOWER ROAD, BOOKHAM KT23 4EF<br />

TWO BEDROOM HOMES From £590,000 | THREE BEDROOM HOMES From £610,000<br />

A BESPOKE COURTYARD<br />

COLLECTION OF JUST 15 NEW HOMES<br />

READY TO MOVE INTO<br />

*Prices correct at time of printing


NEW SHOWHOME OPENING<br />

Join us for the unveiling of our new showhome and beautiful<br />

courtyard on 28th – 29th <strong>March</strong>. Book your appointment today.<br />

Marketing Suite and Showhome Open Daily 10am to 5pm<br />

Please call us on 01372 231585<br />

Discover more at www.the-martingales.com


STAMP DUTY<br />

INCENTIVE AVAILABLE<br />

(T&Cs apply)<br />

AN EXCLUSIVE NEW DEVELOPMENT<br />

OF EIGHT FAMILY HOMES IN THE HEART<br />

OF GODSTONE<br />

Available immediately, William Way is a collection of eight, 3 bedroom family homes set on a private<br />

road in the village of Godstone. Oxted & Caterham train stations are less than 3 miles away, with<br />

regular train services to London Bridge & London Victoria taking from 33 minutes.<br />

Prices from £585,000<br />

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TODAY ON<br />

01883 717272 robertleech.com/william-way


FINAL HOMES RELEASED FOR SALE<br />

A stunning selection of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom brand new<br />

homes available in a fantastic <strong>Surrey</strong> location.<br />

WEST END VILLAGE • SURREY • GU24 9JS<br />

The computer generated illustrations are for general guidance only. Interior images are of the show homes


ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE FROM MOLE VALLEY’S AWARD WINNING ESTATE AGENT - BE BETTER PLACED WITH PATRICKGARDNER.COM<br />

never released on<br />

the open market....until now.<br />

HEADLEY COURT ESTATE.<br />

THE DREAM LOCATION<br />

FOR FAMILY LIVING.<br />

If it’s your dream to renovate an older property,<br />

creating a home with interiors to suit your unique<br />

tastes and lifestyle, don’t miss the opportunity on offer<br />

at Dale View on the Headley Court Estate.<br />

Here, you’ll discover family homes in a beautiful<br />

parkland setting, ready and waiting to be<br />

transformed into ‘dream homes.’<br />

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

Tucked away in 22 acres of parkland<br />

between Leatherhead and Epsom, this<br />

collection of properties once housed<br />

military personnel working at the MoD’s<br />

Medical Rehabilitation Centre. Now, for<br />

the very first time, the houses have been<br />

released for sale on the open market,<br />

with prices starting from just £395,000.<br />

The two, three and four-bedroom homes,<br />

nestled in a wooded area close to the<br />

historic Headley Court Mansion, enjoy the type<br />

of setting that is rarely available without an<br />

unlimited budget.<br />

At Dale View, acres of parkland, woodland<br />

and green open space are just waiting to be<br />

explored. There’s a play area for younger<br />

children, whilst the older ones will have space<br />

to run, climb and explore. Anyone who enjoys<br />

being out in the fresh air - running, jogging or<br />

walking dogs - will delight in the wonderful<br />

walks that are right on the doorstep.<br />

The traditional village green, at the heart of<br />

Dale View, will soon become a focal point<br />

for community activities.<br />

surrey-homes.co.uk<br />

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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE<br />

“The homes at Dale View, which are ready<br />

for renovation, offer an amazing investment<br />

opportunity,” comments Vari Bowling of selling<br />

agent, Patrick Gardner. “As the former homes of<br />

military personnel, they need updating rather<br />

than structural work and once they have been<br />

brought into the 21st century, they will be<br />

even more desirable.”<br />

“Not only is this a chance for local<br />

homebuyers to modernise and update the<br />

existing houses and create wonderful homes,<br />

it is an opportunity to buy a property in an<br />

outstanding location, carry out some cosmetic<br />

improvements and enhance the value of<br />

the property.”<br />

TRANSFORM AN EXISTING<br />

20TH CENTURY HOUSE INTO YOUR<br />

21ST CENTURY DREAM HOME at Dale View.<br />

Make an appointment to visit the two show homes that have<br />

already been sympathetically refurbished and you’ll get an idea of the<br />

type of transformation that is possible at Dale View.<br />

BEFORE<br />

AFTER<br />

“With two, three and four-bedroom houses,<br />

the majority set in four sweeping crescents,<br />

there is plenty of choice - and each home comes<br />

with a private garden and parking. There are<br />

relatively few houses set in huge areas of open<br />

space - and this, in itself, is attractive. These<br />

houses will certainly appeal to home buyers<br />

who want new interiors - and to those who<br />

enjoying making cosmetic improvements<br />

to a property.”<br />

Dale View enjoys a rural, ‘country’ feel but<br />

with both Epsom and Leatherhead town centres<br />

less than three miles away, Headley Court is well<br />

connected - a local bus service, mainline train<br />

services from both Epsom and Leatherhead, a<br />

good choice of independent and state schools are<br />

all within easy driving distance, including a<br />

wealth of sports facilities.<br />

BEFORE<br />

BEFORE<br />

AFTER<br />

AFTER<br />

Little or no structural changes are required but a fresh coat of paint,<br />

new wall and floor coverings, updated light fittings, contemporary new kitchens<br />

and bathrooms and your own personal touches will ensure that these<br />

traditional homes ooze 21st century style.<br />

Neighbouring Dale View, Headley Court’s Grade II Listed mansion.<br />

To make an appointment to visit the show homes,<br />

which have already been transformed into stylish, contemporary living<br />

spaces and to take a look at this unique setting,<br />

call: 01372 360832 or email: salesandmarketing@patrickgardner.com<br />

All you have to do is take the first step on the journey to your<br />

dream home at Headley Court Estate.<br />

FOR HOMES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT DALE VIEW, HEADLEY COURT - PLEASE VISIT AWARD WINNING SELLING AGENT PATRICKGARDNER.COM


JUST 3<br />

APARTMENTS<br />

REMAINING!<br />

LEATHERHEAD<br />

TOWN CENTRE<br />

LUXURIOUS APARTMENT<br />

LIVING IN LEATHERHEAD FOR<br />

LESS THAN YOU THOUGHT...<br />

DEVONSHIRE<br />

HOUSE<br />

...5% DEPOSIT * - 100% YOURS! †<br />

A private courtyard setting that is<br />

wonderfully located in the Conservation Area<br />

of Leatherhead’s bustling town centre.<br />

Newly built apartments sit harmoniously<br />

next to those that are carefully converted within<br />

an attractive 17th century historic building.<br />

Conveniently located close to the High Street,<br />

the mainline station is also nearby and perfectly<br />

suited to London commuters.<br />

READY<br />

TO MOVE<br />

INTO<br />

NOW<br />

The four remaining 1 & 2 bedroom single<br />

and dual level apartments are priced from £275,000.<br />

Show apartment available to view by appointment.<br />

Tel: 01372 360832<br />

salesandmarketing@patrickgardner.com www.patrickgardner.com<br />

DEVONSHIRE HOUSE, CHURCH STREET, LEATHERHEAD, SURREY KT22 8DP<br />

* Help to Buy is available. 5% deposit required, the Government provides an equity loan of up to 20%, interest-free for five years. 75% mortgage required. Terms and conditions apply.<br />

†100% Yours - whilst you own the home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.


CLOCK FIELD<br />

TURNERS HILL<br />

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO BUY AT CLOCK FIELD<br />

PRICES FROM £515,000 TO £735,000


*TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. CALL FOR DETAILS<br />

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MOVE IN NOW<br />

PART EXCHANGE NOW AVAILABLE †<br />

VISIT TODAY TO FIND OUT MORE AND VIEW THE STUNNING NEW SHOWHOME<br />

Experience spacious family living at Barleycroft with our beautiful new 4 bedroom Showhome.<br />

With a stunning countryside setting and easy access to Horsham, Guildford and Dorking,<br />

this exclusive development is a wonderful place to make your forever home.<br />

2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes from £399,950 *<br />

CONTACT US TO BOOK YOUR VIEWING APPOINTMENT<br />

01403 885225<br />

barleycroft-rudgwick.co.uk<br />

Church Street, Rudgwick, West Sussex RH12 3ED<br />

Sales Suite & Showhomes open daily, 10am - 5pm (Thursdays 12pm - 8pm)<br />

*Price correct at time of going to press. Photography depicts streetscene, Showhome and lifestyle and is indicative only. †Part Exchange available on selected plots only. Terms and conditions apply.<br />

Selling Agent<br />

01483 268 555


ENJOY AN EASY-<br />

LIVING APARTMENT,<br />

AND STILL GO<br />

upstairs,<br />

TO BED<br />

The duplex apartments at Lynwood Village offer<br />

a generous 1,153*sq ft of flexible living space.<br />

Designed for easy living, these fantastic<br />

apartments are set over two floors, so you can<br />

still go upstairs to bed.<br />

Upstairs you’ll find a lovely 27ft dual aspect<br />

room with ensuite shower room, walk-in<br />

storage and private balcony, which makes a<br />

beautiful master suite or living room.<br />

Downstairs you’ll find the second bedroom,<br />

living room and fully fitted kitchen. And if the<br />

stairs become too much you can have a stairlift<br />

or walk-in lift fitted in the future.<br />

COME AND ENJOY THE EASY LIFE, BOOK<br />

YOUR VIEWING OF ONE OUR BEAUTIFUL<br />

DUPLEX APARTMENTS TODAY.<br />

Independent living made easy for the over 65s<br />

SUNNINGHILL | ASCOT | BERKSHIRE<br />

Ben – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund. Lynwood Court, Lynwood Village, Rise Road, Ascot,<br />

SL5 0FG. A charity registered in England and Wales (no.297877) and Scotland (no.SC039842). A company<br />

limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (no.02163894). Registered with the <strong>Homes</strong> and<br />

Communities Agency (no. LH 3766).<br />

To arrange a visit, please call: 01344 797 830<br />

visit: lynwoodvillage.co.uk or<br />

email: sales@lynwoodvillage.co.uk


House<br />

Month<br />

of the<br />

£30,000,000<br />

Mind your Manors<br />

Maggie Alderson finds grand and stately homes on the market<br />

Sydenhurst<br />

The dream: A brand-new porticoed<br />

mansion, in beautiful Derbyshire<br />

sandstone – a similar colour to<br />

Chatsworth – which looks as though<br />

it has been there since Jane Austen’s<br />

day. The marble floor in the hall is<br />

similar to another great house, nearby<br />

Petworth. Unlike those stately homes,<br />

it is designed for modern living,<br />

with a superb social kitchen/dining<br />

area/family room, as well as more<br />

formal reception rooms. There is a<br />

fountain outside the main entrance.<br />

Beds: 9, all with en suite bathrooms<br />

and dressing rooms, plus an<br />

additional seven-bed sleepover<br />

dormitory with 2 more bathrooms.<br />

Special features: The leisure<br />

complex has an indoor pool of<br />

Roman baths splendour, gym,<br />

treatment rooms, sauna and steam<br />

room, plus a screening room, a<br />

bowling alley, a sitting area and a<br />

double-height main party room.<br />

Pleasing details: All the<br />

ground floor windows are fulllength<br />

to the ground.<br />

Outside: Over 30 acres of manicured<br />

gardens, with a Mr Darcy lake, a<br />

formal parterre and a spectacular<br />

outdoor pool, an entertaining<br />

loggia and a tennis court.<br />

Time to town: 10 minutes to Witley<br />

and then an hour to Waterloo.<br />

Agent: House 01483 266700<br />

housepartnership.co.uk<br />

surrey-homes.co.uk<br />

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Windsor Manner<br />

£4,999,999<br />

The dream: A spacious Edwardian<br />

mansion, built in 1908, with tall<br />

chimneys, peaked gables and other<br />

lovely Arts & Crafts details. The<br />

generously proportioned main<br />

reception rooms are all south-facing.<br />

Where: Sunningdale, equidistant<br />

from Ascot and Virginia Water.<br />

Setting: Amid wooded country, on the<br />

edge of Sunningdale Golf Course. Train<br />

your binocs and you might spot Hugh<br />

Grant putting, or John Terry at the tee.<br />

Beds: 13 Baths: 6<br />

Special features: Gorgeous limed-oak<br />

panelling through the entrance hall and<br />

corridor and one reception room.<br />

Pleasing details: Mullioned<br />

leaded windows and wonderful<br />

carvings on the exterior.<br />

Outside: In 11.5 acres of its own grounds,<br />

with lawns, woods and a large terrace for<br />

entertaining, and a pool with a pavilion.<br />

Time to town: Drive 10 minutes to Ascot<br />

station, around an hour to Waterloo.<br />

Agent: Savills, Sunningdale<br />

01344 295356 savills.com<br />

Sondes Place<br />

£1,750,000<br />

The dream: A superbly fitted<br />

penthouse apartment in an exceptional<br />

re-modelling of an early Victorian<br />

mansion. The proportions are grand,<br />

with a high-ceiling nine metre sitting<br />

room with wonderful views.<br />

Where: Dorking.<br />

Setting: Surrounded by mature trees,<br />

close enough to central Dorking<br />

to be handy, surrounded by the<br />

landscape of the <strong>Surrey</strong> Hills.<br />

Beds: 3 Baths: 2<br />

Special features: A glazed sun<br />

lounge on the terrace.<br />

Pleasing details: Beautiful<br />

herringbone parquet floors.<br />

Outside: A 15 metre private roof terrace<br />

with stunning views, over crenulated walls.<br />

Time to town: Five minutes drive<br />

(or 35 minute walk) to Dorking<br />

Main station (there are two others)<br />

and it’s under an hour to Waterloo,<br />

Victoria, or London Bridge.<br />

Agent: Patrick Gardner, Dorking<br />

01306 877775 patrickgardner.com<br />

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June 2016<br />

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Working with Country House<br />

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September 2016<br />

For a free appraisal call 0843 557 4080<br />

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“Guy and team at CHH did a fantastic<br />

job securing planning permission on<br />

our rear garden plot. Although a fairly<br />

problematic application (which took<br />

over 18 months), they kept us informed<br />

throughout the entire process.<br />

I would certainly use them again”<br />

David J (Oxted, <strong>Surrey</strong>)<br />

January 2017


UNTO<br />

THIS<br />

LAST<br />

Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin<br />

10 <strong>March</strong> - 31 May <strong>2020</strong><br />

Including works by J. M. W. Turner, John Everett Millais,<br />

and Edward Burne-Jones. Produced by YCBA.<br />

Book tickets online at wattsgallery.org.uk


Notebook<br />

What to do and see near you this month<br />

The Artist<br />

This month, visit Belgravia Gallery in Cranleigh to see artworks<br />

by Nelson Mandela in a truly inspirational exhibition, telling<br />

the story of his life and country. The works are fresh and bright<br />

and further testament to Mandela’s ability to overcome adversity<br />

and see the positive in even the most negative situations.<br />

The great man’s drawings and words document memories of his<br />

time on Robben Island, including the prison hospital ward which<br />

was the only place where political prisoners crossed paths with<br />

the other inmates. This place became a lifeline of news from the<br />

outside world – it is where they learnt that the tide of opinion was<br />

turning against the apartheid regime. A must-see for art lovers and<br />

those interested in one of the greatest figures of the 21st century.<br />

Each artwork is signed by Mandela and has been verified. The work<br />

will be on show at the Cranleigh Arts Centre from 3-14 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>,<br />

and thereafter at Belgravia Gallery’s exhibition space in Cranleigh.<br />

For more information on signed art by Nelson<br />

Mandela contact Belgravia Gallery<br />

belgraviagallery.com<br />

A breath of<br />

fresh air<br />

From Sunday 1 <strong>March</strong>, think<br />

of Polesden Lacey as a tranquil<br />

getaway and haven of wellbeing<br />

and mindfulness. There will be<br />

beautiful art sculptures installed<br />

throughout the gardens where<br />

you can take a moment to be<br />

inspired to enjoy the beauty of your<br />

surroundings. Meanwhile in the<br />

Edwardian country house there will<br />

be a mindful trail to help you to see<br />

things in a new way.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey<br />

pring<br />

SFling<br />

RHS Garden Wisley is<br />

having a free day this month.<br />

If you’re looking for a family<br />

day out on a budget, visit this<br />

inspirational garden on Tuesday<br />

24 <strong>March</strong> and you can explore<br />

its beautiful sights free of charge.<br />

This also coincides with the<br />

early daffodil competition in the<br />

glasshouse which is free to enter<br />

and open to all. rhs.org.uk<br />

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Notebook<br />

<strong>2020</strong> VISIONS<br />

NS<br />

Freshly prepared finger sandwiches,<br />

homemade mini scones with strawberry<br />

jam and clotted cream, sparkling wine, a<br />

mouthwatering mixture of mini cakes<br />

and desserts, and of course freshly<br />

Keep dancing!<br />

brewed tea and coffee. Treat your<br />

From 30 <strong>March</strong>, visit Denbies<br />

Wine Estate to see Shed Art’s<br />

latest stunning exhibition<br />

showing art from the<br />

perspective of ten unique<br />

artists including Barbara<br />

Liddle, Diana Croft,<br />

Genevieve Brown and Alana<br />

Dunlevy. Discover a diverse<br />

and inspiring collection of<br />

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Above left: The gilded mirror over the fireplace with ferns,<br />

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Sally’s life in the theatre is as apparent in the<br />

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This page: In the dining room, varied lengths of bright orange corded<br />

cable stretch out from the central ceiling rose with bare bulbs hanging<br />

from hooks. The classic woven plastic Swedish rugs in the dining room<br />

are by Pappelina<br />

galleon hanging in the dome over the auditorium.<br />

When you walk into the sitting room of Cuckoo<br />

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always wanted to put it in a book. When I saw this<br />

one in the auction in Essex Road I had to have it.”<br />

Sally’s life in the theatre is as apparent in the house<br />

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Above: In the kitchen, Sally has found room to pack in plenty of her magical objects, including some lifesize<br />

wooden ducks and a large metal orange squeezer, that she brought back from Mexico<br />

In this case it’s because Sally is gradually studding<br />

the soft green hall walls with seven-point gold stars and<br />

a few more have been added each time I drop in.<br />

Another new development since my last visit are the<br />

wall hooks, used for hats and leads for Sally’s adorable<br />

Yorkshire terrier, Sparrow, which are in the shape of<br />

three classic chairs – a Thonet bentwood, a school chair<br />

and the Emeco 1006 Navy chair – in miniature.<br />

These objects of wonder turn out to be from IKEA,<br />

painted by Sally to match the walls. With a stand containing<br />

umbrellas and fox-headed walking canes worthy of Mary<br />

Poppins – and a feather duster for good measure – the tone<br />

of the house is set the moment you take two steps <strong>inside</strong>.<br />

And two steps does take you quite a long way into this<br />

cottage, which really is very modest in size – Thumbelina<br />

would feel very much at home – but the Georgian<br />

proportions, combined with Sally’s wonderfully bold<br />

décor, stop it feeling in any way cramped. Thinking big,<br />

as she does with such aplomb, makes a space feel bigger.<br />

The sitting room – one of those very special rooms, which<br />

I never want to leave once I sit down there – is painted in a<br />

dark rich purple (Farrow & Ball’s Pelt), a colour so bold only<br />

someone with Sally’s professional design confidence might<br />

have dared to choose it for such a small room. Certainly,<br />

her painter and decorator tried to talk her out of it.<br />

“The painter said: ‘I think you are making a big mistake<br />

painting with this colour. It’s going to make it very small<br />

and claustrophobic…’ Then he painted it and said, ‘Bloody<br />

hell! How did you know it was going to look this good?!’”<br />

It looks simply wonderful, creating a cocooning atmosphere<br />

and the perfect backdrop to set off all the fascinating<br />

objects in the room. Wherever your eye falls, it lights upon<br />

something which looks as though it could tell you a story.<br />

To the side of the purple velvet-upholstered, canesided<br />

armchair that I sit in to chat to Sally is one<br />

of two side tables in the form of bear cubs holding<br />

up a slice of a tree trunk, complete with bark.<br />

They are from Graham & Green, but seem<br />

like something right out of the Brothers Grimm.<br />

Sally is delighted at the idea – fairy stories are her<br />

passion and the inspiration for her writing.<br />

She collects volumes of them, along with other very<br />

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Sally found her cottage –<br />

her next challenge was to<br />

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Thinking big, as she<br />

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

currently drawn on the wall with pencil – and three working cuckoo clocks<br />

of the fireplace – one of two glass-doored IKEA Billys,<br />

which she had painted dark blue – contains part of<br />

her book collection and another she inherited.<br />

It also displays a collection of china parrots that<br />

belonged to her mother. The symmetrical cupboard<br />

in the other recess contains a collection of Pollocks<br />

toy theatres and a chess set of Chinese figures.<br />

Sitting on top of the bear table next to me, in his<br />

own little chair, is a wooden figure of a naked man,<br />

with articulated arms and legs, like one of those artist’s<br />

manikins, except this one has a very characterful face,<br />

with hair and a beard (and shoes). “He is Joseph from<br />

a church display in Italy. I bought it in an antique shop<br />

there and brought it home. I have to save these things.”<br />

In a similar spirit there is a Dutch figure of<br />

the Madonna that Sally came across in France.<br />

“I brought her home on the plane.”<br />

From closer to home, the gilded mirror over the fireplace<br />

with ferns, candles in place, came from Norman Road<br />

in St Leonards, around the corner from the cottage Sally<br />

rented when she first moved down from London. “It was<br />

broken when I found it and I had it restored by people<br />

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As for what prompted Sally to rent that first cottage<br />

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one she now lives in – I can claim a small part in it.<br />

<br />

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Above left: Sally is gradually studding the soft green hall walls with seven-point gold stars Middle: Sally has emphasised<br />

the steep staircase by positioning a tiny wardrobe and a top hat on top of a cupboard beneath it Right: A large portrait of<br />

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I was coming down for a writers’ lunch club, which I<br />

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“I was living in a 1930s flat in Stoke Newington and the<br />

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There was a brief sidestep to possibly moving to<br />

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“Part of it is Georgian and it has the original crystals.<br />

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Stepping back through to the dining room – along classic<br />

woven plastic Swedish rugs, by Pappelina, in their bold<br />

geometric designs – there is another example of Sally’s<br />

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She has done the same dangling lights in the kitchen<br />

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However, even in such a compact area, Sally has found<br />

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life-size wooden ducks and a large metal orange squeezer,<br />

that she brought back (in the cabin) from Mexico.<br />

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but it provides a focal point, gives the space a personality.”<br />

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This page: Sally’s bedroom. An oversized<br />

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Road. Keeping up Sally’s love of juggling scale, there<br />

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“I like them, because you can move them around…”<br />

Heading back out onto the landing, the house<br />

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One thing not visible in the bedroom is any cupboards.<br />

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Above: The loo has moved under the stairs, freeing up space elsewhere and is now blessed with underfloor heating<br />

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Ask anyone in business.<br />

All (successful) CEOs<br />

will tell you, and their<br />

staff will tell you, your<br />

children, your spouse, everyone will<br />

tell you that communication is key. If<br />

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section of Amazon it will return over<br />

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teaching you to<br />

communicate<br />

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With a huge<br />

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horizon, my advice would be to discuss<br />

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to your children, grandchildren and any<br />

other beneficiaries what your plans are.<br />

You may not be able to pay for a deposit<br />

for a house, or you may not want to, but<br />

either way it is not worth letting that be<br />

a disappointment once you have gone.<br />

As a wealth planner who advises on<br />

all aspects of individuals’ wealth, all<br />

the advice I give is on a personal basis.<br />

I strongly encour age families to learn<br />

more about each other’s individual<br />

attitudes to money and wealth and,<br />

if appropriate, set expectations for<br />

any inheritance while you still can.<br />

Anna Murdock is Head of Wealth<br />

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Fit over 50!<br />

Sarah Maxwell explains how it’s time to ramp things up when it comes to exercise<br />

Are you 50+ and think it’s about<br />

time that you slowed down<br />

and took things easier?<br />

I’m going to disappoint a few<br />

of you now because, 50+ is the<br />

time to speed things up!<br />

We lose muscle mass, bone density,<br />

mobility and flexibility naturally as we<br />

age, belly fat becomes an issue as we<br />

start thickening around the middle.<br />

Even if you are naturally slim,<br />

you could have excess visceral fat.<br />

Visceral fat is fat that you can’t see,<br />

the fat wraps around the vital organs,<br />

heart, liver and underused muscle.<br />

An excess of visceral fat<br />

greatly increases the risk of:<br />

• Heart attack and<br />

heart disease<br />

• Type 2 diabetes<br />

• Stroke<br />

• Breast cancer<br />

• Alzheimer’s<br />

The link below will show you how to go<br />

about measuring your level and give you<br />

an indication of your visceral fat levels.<br />

healthline.com/health/waistto-hip-ratio#calculate<br />

Now let me tell you the good news!<br />

Regular exercise, combining<br />

aerobic activity and weight<br />

bearing exercises will go a long<br />

way to reducing your fat levels.<br />

A well balanced diet, reducing<br />

sugar, processed food and upping the<br />

vegetables is the way to go. Reducing<br />

stress levels, regular exercise, relaxation,<br />

a good sleep pattern, meditation and<br />

me-time are all essential ingredients.<br />

Regular exercise will make a huge<br />

difference to your mental health<br />

whether it is a steady walk with friends<br />

or a training session at the gym or<br />

class. You will<br />

build muscle, lose<br />

fat, increase bone<br />

density, mobility and<br />

flexibility – there is<br />

no reason why in<br />

your 50s and beyond<br />

you can’t be as strong<br />

and flexible as you<br />

were in your 30s!<br />

People who take this approach<br />

will look younger, have better<br />

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more positive outlook along with<br />

an increased quality of life.<br />

“We lose muscle<br />

mass, bone<br />

density, mobility<br />

and flexibility<br />

naturally as<br />

we age”<br />

Here is my recipe for being fit<br />

and fabulous at 50 and beyond:<br />

Regular aerobic exercise:<br />

2-3 times a week<br />

This can be walking, dancing, climbing<br />

the stairs (anything that gets your heart<br />

rate up). Try to get outside as often as<br />

possible for around 15 minutes a day<br />

to boost your vitamin D levels and to<br />

make you feel good <strong>inside</strong> and out.<br />

Strength training/interval training:<br />

2-3 times a week (this doesn’t have to<br />

take long, 10-15 minutes is good)<br />

You don’t need to use weights,<br />

your body weight is just fine.<br />

Stretch and mobilise every day (I do this<br />

before my morning shower every day)<br />

Exercise can be done in stages<br />

throughout the day and is just as<br />

effective. If you don’t have time for a<br />

20-minute walk, do 10 minutes and<br />

some more or something different later<br />

in the day. Dance around your kitchen,<br />

walk around the supermarket instead<br />

of shopping online. It all helps.<br />

You don’t have to be a gym bunny, but<br />

if you want to bounce now and through<br />

old age, the time to think about your<br />

physical and mental health is now!<br />

Sarah is running a free two-day 10-minute fitness course – you can sign<br />

up at sarahmaxwell.teachable.com/p/free10minutefitness<br />

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See Katie<br />

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Courses &<br />

Hobbies<br />

Our rundown of five of the best<br />

from across the South East<br />

Got it Covered...<br />

If you’ve always fancied getting to<br />

grips with upholstery, then sign<br />

up to one of Sarah Louise Dix’s<br />

traditional courses. Learn upholstery<br />

skills using time-honoured materials<br />

such as coil springs, fibre (coir),<br />

hessian, cotton wadding and calico.<br />

Choose from a selection of<br />

courses and workshops, taught in<br />

small groups with a maximum 10<br />

students and run during the week,<br />

at weekends and in the evenings at<br />

Sarah’s studio in Godalming, <strong>Surrey</strong>.<br />

• Beginners Workshop<br />

(for students new to upholstery.)<br />

Available as a one-day Saturday<br />

workshop. 10.30am-3.30pm.<br />

Learn how to upholster a footstool<br />

with a drop in seat. You don’t need<br />

to bring a piece of furniture with<br />

you, as this is included, but you<br />

will need to provide your own<br />

top fabric (approx. half a metre of<br />

upholstery weight fabric.) All other<br />

tools and materials are provided.<br />

Photo for Lucie Bennett by Claudia Goedke<br />

Cook Smart...<br />

Last month, The Limpsfield Cookery<br />

School in <strong>Surrey</strong> opened its doors<br />

for the first time to provide a<br />

range of classes focusing on various<br />

culinary skills, taught by top chefs.<br />

The brainchild of Jacqueline<br />

Derbyshire, the School’s aim is to<br />

provide pupils with the tools and<br />

knowledge to create dishes with a huge<br />

selection of courses throughout the<br />

year, from bread and cake making, to<br />

mastering international cuisines. “I have<br />

always considered myself proficient<br />

in the kitchen,” says Jacqueline, “and<br />

indeed have usually been the go-to<br />

person to cater for family parties and<br />

events. However, after my daughter<br />

married a Michelin-trained chef, I<br />

was made very aware that there was a<br />

huge range of skills and dishes that I<br />

was lacking. I found that there were<br />

either no courses available to help<br />

me learn, or those that were available<br />

were more geared to professional chefs<br />

and felt cold and unwelcoming. This<br />

is where the idea for The Limpsfield<br />

Cookery School was born!”<br />

Alongside the courses, once every<br />

month, Jacqueline will be hosting a<br />

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35 guests can enjoy a casual, informal<br />

buffet-style gathering, focused on<br />

fresh, seasonal produce – the perfect<br />

way to kick-start the weekend.<br />

thelimpsfieldcookeryschool.co.uk<br />

• Intermediate or Upholster<br />

a Sprung Dining Chair<br />

A one-day Saturday workshop.<br />

10.30am-6.30pm.<br />

This is an ideal follow on to<br />

the Beginners Workshop and<br />

is ideally for students with a<br />

basic knowledge of upholstery<br />

tools and some techniques.<br />

You’ll need to bring along a sprung<br />

dining chair and your own top<br />

fabric, but all tools will be provided.<br />

• 10 Week Course<br />

10 x 3 hour sessions<br />

(school term times).<br />

The perfect progression from the<br />

previous courses. Students can<br />

bring along an item of furniture<br />

no larger than a wingback<br />

armchair. All tools are provided.<br />

Prices start from £130 per person.<br />

Find out more, and book online<br />

at www.sarahlouisedix.co.uk<br />

<br />

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The Pro Approach...<br />

This spring, tennis fans should check out the Château<br />

Lou Casteou and Rose Tennis Academy, which will<br />

be running from 14-19 April in a stunning château<br />

set in the beautiful Côte d’Azur countryside. It is<br />

structured to welcome all levels of tennis players – from<br />

beginners to advanced – with coaches James Rose and<br />

Richie Baker leading an experienced team of tennis<br />

pros. Six hours’ daily coaching and tournaments,<br />

luxe all-inclusive accommodation and a ticket to the<br />

ATP Tournament in Monaco is priced at £1,998<br />

single occupancy, or £1,750 pp for two sharing.<br />

If you’re after something more fitness-orientated,<br />

you could try Body Tonic at Lou Casteou, a<br />

luxurious, four-night all-inclusive fitness retreat,<br />

which provides energetic training classes, vibrant<br />

Latin dance parties, stunning coastal treks, a tennis<br />

workshop, private chef and pampered chateau<br />

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Fun with Fitness...<br />

If you’re keen to up your fitness levels and enjoyment of<br />

exercise, but are daunted by the gym or just lacking in<br />

motivation, <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong> columnist Sarah Maxwell runs<br />

a series of online fitness courses alongside ballet barre and<br />

personal and group training classes at her studio in Cranbrook.<br />

Sarah’s fun, action-packed sessions are filled with laughter and<br />

positivity and offer the perfect chance to reap the benefits<br />

of a whole body workout under her expert supervision.<br />

Sarah will be hosting a very special health and fitness retreat<br />

with a difference in Palermo, Sicily (European capital of<br />

culture 2018) from 9-13 September. The retreat will be for a<br />

maximum of eight people and will be based in elegant and stylish<br />

accommodation with a wide variety of room options (your own<br />

room and bathroom as standard). Sarah’s private air-conditioned<br />

fitness studio is ideal for Pilates, barre, Ariel fitness and yoga.<br />

Enjoy a few days surrounded by wonderful people, great food<br />

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Fancy Broomwork...<br />

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The 50-metre ice rink has been specially<br />

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Beginners can use rubber-soled shoes to get the<br />

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The season runs until the end of April, so there’s<br />

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The Evolution of Beauty<br />

How does the way we look after our skin and hair change as we age? We go straight<br />

to the experts for tips, tricks and treatments to maintain optimum condition<br />

Hair...<br />

Russell Barradell, owner of<br />

William Charles Hair, Tenterden<br />

How does our hair<br />

change as we age?<br />

As we age our hair ages too.<br />

There are many changes in our<br />

hair over different periods of<br />

our lives. The most common<br />

change in our hair is that it<br />

can go grey. Hair goes grey<br />

due to the lack of melanin<br />

production, which gives hair<br />

its colour. The texture of the<br />

hair can change as well, due<br />

to the lack of protein. Grey<br />

hair will feel a lot coarser and<br />

drier than natural coloured<br />

hair. Thinning hair is another<br />

major concern as we get<br />

older due to the density and<br />

volume of the hair decreasing.<br />

Are there any styles or<br />

colours I should avoid<br />

once I reach 55+?<br />

There are not any specific<br />

rules on styles for the over 55s.<br />

It depends on the individual<br />

guest. At William Charles Hair<br />

we offer a full consultation<br />

to our guests to determine<br />

their desired style and colour,<br />

which they will be able to<br />

manage within their lifestyle.<br />

Does ageing hair need<br />

more maintenance?<br />

Ageing hair will need more<br />

maintenance especially if the<br />

guest wants to colour their<br />

hair. At William Charles<br />

Hair we would recommend<br />

repeat appointments every<br />

4-6 weeks to maintain your<br />

hair colour and style. Visits to<br />

the salon to have treatments<br />

is also recommended as this<br />

will help drier/coarser hair to<br />

feel softer and look shinier.<br />

Could you recommend<br />

an essential hair care<br />

product/treatment?<br />

At Aveda we have a whole<br />

range of home care products<br />

to manage all hair concerns<br />

i.e. colour, dry, and damaged.<br />

Some great examples of the<br />

products we have are: Invati<br />

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with thinning hair solutions;<br />

Damage remedy range which<br />

will reduce breakage by 90% in<br />

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Skin...<br />

Uma Jeyanathan<br />

BDS, MFDS RCS (Ed)<br />

Skin Health & Facial Aesthetics<br />

at Bella Vou, Pantiles Clinic<br />

What changes as your skin<br />

ages? The skin loses collagen<br />

and elastin as we age, this<br />

means the plumpness and<br />

bounce we see in younger<br />

skin diminishes. The skin<br />

gets more fragile and thin<br />

over time and pigmentation<br />

can be more apparent.<br />

Will this affect my skincare<br />

regime? We need to tailor<br />

our skincare routine to the<br />

changes that are happening in<br />

the ageing skin. We can use<br />

products that will improve<br />

collagen stimulation, help<br />

thicken the skin and build<br />

resilience. There are also<br />

skincare products which<br />

reduce pigmentation and<br />

protect from solar radiation,<br />

which contributes to 90%<br />

of premature ageing.<br />

Are there any treatments<br />

that are particularly<br />

beneficial for over 50s?<br />

Skin health treatments, which<br />

improve collagen content<br />

dramatically, are Profhilo®,<br />

a pure hyaluronic acid skin<br />

booster, which bio-remodels<br />

skin cells. This is a true<br />

investment in the skin.<br />

Micro-needling is also a great<br />

way to rejuvenate collagen<br />

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How can I keep my skin<br />

in optimum condition?<br />

The best course of<br />

action is prevention, so<br />

where possible protect<br />

from sun damage, eat<br />

a balanced healthy diet<br />

and hydrate well.<br />

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SPF cream daily, with a<br />

tailored skin care regime.<br />

Light facial peels and microneedling<br />

are a great start on<br />

your skin health journey.<br />

Call Bella Vou’s Pantiles<br />

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with Uma. bellavou.co.uk <br />

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Makeup...<br />

Hair & Makeup<br />

Artist, Nina Gregory<br />

Now I’m over 50,<br />

can I still wear the<br />

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with a bolder lip or accent of the eye.<br />

Stay away from shimmers or glittery<br />

products at all costs. These will only<br />

sit in the creases and lines we all try<br />

so much to hide and look dated.<br />

What should I be filling my makeup<br />

bag with? Heavily invest in a good<br />

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skin then your products should<br />

really consist of the following:<br />

Tinted Moisturiser / Water Light<br />

Foundations, these are new to the market<br />

and the colour matching for these are so<br />

much easier than typical foundations.<br />

A lighter tone concealer – but not<br />

too pale. Choose your usual skin<br />

tone colour and apply it to any slight<br />

imperfections, dabbing it on with a<br />

fluffy brush or lightly with your finger.<br />

A great liner pen in brown or<br />

navy blue. Opt for a soft twist up<br />

rather than a sharp pencil as these<br />

are harsh on the skin to smudge<br />

into the eye socket for definition.<br />

A great blush and bronzer duo,<br />

these are great for subtle colour<br />

or more colour for evenings or<br />

holidays if you tend to tan.<br />

Cream blush and bronze are<br />

great and easy to apply. Stay away<br />

from the glittery blushes – use a<br />

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Always get an eyebrow pencil that<br />

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make a focal point of them. Choose<br />

one with a brush at the end so you can<br />

keep brushing through your brows to<br />

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Invest in a good waterproof<br />

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transfer to lids or under the eye. I’m<br />

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all ages, but if not a dark brown.<br />

Lip colour should be either satin finish<br />

or a creamier consistency. Steer clear of<br />

matte shades as these sit in lines and bleed<br />

and are hard to upkeep during the day.<br />

For the more daring of you, investigate<br />

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of how you want your treatment to<br />

look that will suit your individual needs.<br />

These treatments are great and very easy<br />

for mature looks, not just youngsters!<br />

Finally… the tools of the trade.<br />

Invest in a great set of brushes, you’ll<br />

notice the difference immediately.<br />

What should I be steering clear of at<br />

the makeup counter? Anything that<br />

says matte or full coverage. Trust your<br />

own judgement and try products on<br />

the back of your hand for an hour or<br />

so before you buy. See how the product<br />

feels, how the air has oxidised the<br />

colour – it’s a good indication of how<br />

the colour will transfer on your face.<br />

Skin tends to become slightly drier the<br />

older we get so go for nourishing, light<br />

reflecting or moisturising products. Avoid<br />

facial powders in any format – these<br />

will be appearing chalky and ageing.<br />

I would also browse all the products<br />

in the store, just because you like one<br />

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All makeup companies will make<br />

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How can I keep my look fresh and on<br />

trend? Don’t be stuck in a rut! There<br />

is such a variety of images, advice,<br />

online tutorials, products, magazines,<br />

advertisements etc. to take inspiration<br />

from and explore trends at any age. Try<br />

one of the many online tutorials on<br />

YouTube and other social media outlets.<br />

Use the consultants on the counters<br />

for advice, book a makeup lesson, book<br />

a shopping lesson, too. Lots of makeup<br />

artists offer a shopping service. They<br />

will meet you for a coffee and take<br />

you through an informed shopping<br />

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of hoarding a makeup bag of products<br />

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We all love making the best of<br />

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Retire in Style<br />

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Each apartment has been meticulously<br />

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Do French properties tend to hold their value?<br />

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Beauty<br />

Superproducts<br />

Josephine Fairley reveals the winners of the <strong>2020</strong> Beauty Bible Awards<br />

For the past 25 years, bobbing<br />

alongside everything else I’ve<br />

ever worked on, my Beauty Bible<br />

co-author Sarah Stacey and I have<br />

organised The Beauty Bible Awards,<br />

sending real products to real women<br />

to trial in real life. Astonishingly,<br />

we’ve now had almost 30,000 women<br />

testing products for us, the results of<br />

which initially appeared in our series<br />

of books, and are now available for<br />

all to see online at beautybible.com.<br />

(There are skincare, haircare, make-up<br />

and bodycare categories to peruse.)<br />

We have literally just unveiled<br />

the latest line-up of winners, from<br />

thousands of products trialled. We give<br />

Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards – and<br />

in many cases, more than one, because<br />

we just get such darned great scores.<br />

The reason, we’ve always believed,<br />

is because when women are taking<br />

part in our trials – over a period of<br />

three to four months – they are really<br />

asked to use the products in line with<br />

the beauty companies’ instructions.<br />

And it’s that regular use and diligence<br />

which, we think, delivers really mindblowing<br />

average scores and comments<br />

about effectiveness. (We ask women<br />

to use treatment products on one<br />

side of the face, for comparison.)<br />

Fact: when you chop and change<br />

your regime all the time, nothing gets<br />

the chance to work properly. (And a<br />

few days or a week isn’t enough; you<br />

really need to leave it for an entire<br />

skin cycle – around 28 days – to<br />

see the longer-term benefits.) Fact:<br />

neck creams and eye creams can be<br />

super-effective and deliver impressive<br />

results – but again, they need to be<br />

used daily/nightly, not whenever you<br />

can be faffed. This year, for whatever<br />

reason, we had the highest-ever scores<br />

we’ve ever seen, with many notching<br />

up 9/10 average (or above) across a<br />

panel of 10 women. We’re calling them<br />

the Beauty Bible Superstars – and<br />

I’m delighted to share some of these<br />

ultra-high-scoring products, below.<br />

BOdY lOTION<br />

D’Alchemy Essential Body Balm,<br />

£58.60 for 200ml dalchemyskincare.<br />

uk. With an average of 9.14/10, an<br />

outstanding score for an all-natural,<br />

pump-action body lotion blending<br />

shea and shorea butter, hop extract,<br />

acerola, cranberry and guarana,<br />

argan and almond oils, with a fab<br />

uplifting scent of sweet orange,<br />

grapefruit and tangerine.<br />

Comments: ‘Applying it felt<br />

like soft silk – I could hear<br />

myself saying “ooooh” and<br />

“aaaahh.”’ • ‘Whenever<br />

I use it I feel a<br />

million dollars.’<br />

‘My skin over the<br />

weeks has improved<br />

so much in appearance.<br />

I was even told I look<br />

younger, and my skin feels<br />

really soft and fresh’<br />

‘If you love soft,<br />

smooth, beautifully<br />

clean skin then<br />

you will love this<br />

product.’<br />

ClEANSING MIlK<br />

Beauty Pie Jeju Daily, £28 for 190ml.<br />

By sourcing direct from factories<br />

and selling direct to the beautyhound,<br />

Beauty Pie founder Marcia<br />

Kilgore keeps prices lean and keen.<br />

The £28 price is the top price you’d<br />

pay for this high-scorer – which<br />

notched up 9.57/10 – but if you<br />

sign up to one of the different tiers<br />

of membership, starting at a fiver a<br />

month, the price drops dramatically.<br />

Comments: ‘I was blown away by<br />

this formulation. It felt super gentle<br />

yet totally effective a.m./p.m. on my<br />

combination skin – shiny T-zone,<br />

with open pores and comedones,<br />

then drier and red across cheeks and<br />

neck. Makeup was removed quickly<br />

and easily, and it was delightful to<br />

use’ • ‘Talk about cult beauty; this<br />

product deserves to be worshipped<br />

and I would be a dedicated preacher.’<br />

BOdY OIl<br />

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour<br />

Cream All Over Miracle<br />

Oil, £29 for 100ml. A<br />

stonking 9.14/10 for a<br />

body oil that’s higher in<br />

natural ingredients than<br />

most of Elizabeth Arden’s<br />

creations, including rice<br />

bran, grapeseed, camellia,<br />

sunflower, olive, avocado<br />

and castor oils, spritzed<br />

onto the body as a<br />

nourishing mist.<br />

Comments: ‘Great<br />

product; I usually<br />

hate using body<br />

oils but this is the<br />

lightest I’ve ever come<br />

across. It’s gently<br />

scented, easy to<br />

dispense, absorbs well<br />

and is so versatile. Just<br />

about perfect!’ • ‘Skin felt<br />

much more moisturised,<br />

softer and smoother,<br />

less tight. I loved<br />

the pleasant,<br />

subtle fragrance.’<br />

<br />

‘My skin felt more<br />

supple and healthy<br />

within days. It’s very easy to<br />

spread and absorbs quickly.<br />

All in all it’s amazing. I<br />

would definitely buy and<br />

recommend to others’


BRIGHTENING FACE MASK<br />

Rituals Renewing AHA Glow Mask, £29.50 for<br />

50ml. Rituals – probably better known as a home<br />

fragrance/fragrance line – scored super-high<br />

marks for several entries in this year’s Beauty<br />

Bible Awards, here for a peach-toned mask with<br />

natural alpha-hydroxy ‘fruit’ acids, including<br />

lactic acid, to dissolve pore-clogging dead cells.<br />

Comments: ‘A winner for me leaving my normal<br />

skin with a “just out of the spa” freshness and<br />

glow, which gets compliments from friends.’<br />

• ‘I love this mask, which smells delicious<br />

and leaves my combination skin visibly<br />

clearer and glowing. My make-up goes on so<br />

much better in the days after using this.’<br />

‘A noticeable<br />

difference in brightness and<br />

radiance, which lasts a couple<br />

of days. Softness is improved as the<br />

mask is slightly exfoliating, and also<br />

plumpness. It promised radiance<br />

and illumination with smoothed<br />

skin and absolutely delivered<br />

on all counts. Love it!’<br />

‘I couldn’t believe<br />

how soft my feet felt after<br />

one application. My feet<br />

touched when I woke up and I<br />

almost felt like they were someone<br />

else’s feet as the skin was so soft<br />

and supple and the overall<br />

condition improved’<br />

FOOT TREAT<br />

Margaret Dabbs Foot Hygiene Cream, £20 for 100g. The<br />

cornerstone of award-winning foot expert Margaret<br />

Dabbs’s range, this is described as a ‘miracle in a<br />

jar’, whose effects go way beyond the cosmetic.<br />

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

used two products recently, each for over a month;<br />

neither gave any real results, but this is fantastic.’ •<br />

‘My job entails me being on my feet much of the day<br />

and I have a baby. This left my feet feeling amazing<br />

after application especially if they had a tough day, the<br />

main thing was how soft my skin was and how easily<br />

my toes glided when I rubbed them together. My<br />

feet were very soft, refreshed and smelling lovely.’<br />

NIGHT TREATMENT<br />

Tropic Skin Dream Age-Defying Firming Cream<br />

Concentrate, £42 for 50ml. A truly incredible score,<br />

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

– for a luxurious, skin-plumping formula which, as<br />

Tropic put it, is ‘supercharged with intelligent plant<br />

ceramide complexes and a blend of exotic butters.’<br />

Comments: ‘A few people have already asked what I was<br />

using and I have had compliments on how well I look.<br />

This is a fantastic product, which I loved<br />

immediately. After two weeks, then four, the<br />

reduction in fine lines is very noticeable.<br />

The best night cream I‘ve ever tried;<br />

massive improvement in tone, lines and<br />

wrinkles. I can’t fault this in any way it<br />

made me feel fantastic. My skin looked<br />

like I‘d had a salon treatment. It was<br />

bright and soft and a lot of my fine<br />

lines had all but gone; even my “11”<br />

frown lines looked filled out.’<br />

‘After the first use<br />

I noticed that the treated<br />

side of my face appeared more<br />

firm and taut with less lines. It<br />

was visibly firmer that the other<br />

untreated side. After two weeks, there<br />

was a marked difference between<br />

the two sides with definitely<br />

fewer lines and wrinkles<br />

on the treated side’<br />

‘Brilliant for my<br />

lips, which can be dry and<br />

chapped at times. It smooths<br />

on beautifully from the tiny tube<br />

and you only need a tiny amount.<br />

It doesn’t absorb immediately which<br />

I like because it looks like a nice<br />

lip gloss; in fact I stopped using<br />

lipstick because my lips<br />

look nice without’<br />

lIP BAlM<br />

Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm, £6.95 for 8ml.<br />

This all-natural high-scorer is so affordable<br />

you could pop one in every coat pocket<br />

and never be without its protective blend of<br />

glycerine, beeswax, sunflower oil and lanolin.<br />

Comments: ‘I loved this product and will be buying<br />

it again. There is a definite improvement in the<br />

condition of my lips after using for a fortnight.’<br />

• ‘Over two weeks the condition of my lips has<br />

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


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Dr Kim Prescott discusses treatments that<br />

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Many lifestyle factors that lead to<br />

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pollution. Over time, the active cells in the<br />

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acid leading to skin laxity, fine lines and<br />

wrinkles, along with uneven pigmentation.<br />

There are many treatments out there<br />

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to that question, as most skin technologies<br />

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I’ve recently had a few questions<br />

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radiofrequency, so I’ll cover them in a little<br />

more detail this month. If you’re looking<br />

to go make-up free this summer, then<br />

these 2 treatments may help with overall<br />

improvement in skin texture and tone.<br />

COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY<br />

Also known as collagen induction therapy,<br />

microneedling involves creating tiny channels<br />

in the epidermis and dermis of the skin. The<br />

treatment improves penetration of targeted<br />

ingredients into the dermis, activates<br />

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rejuvenation messengers known as growth<br />

factors. Overall improvements in skin texture<br />

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skin research scientist, that clearly showed<br />

an increase in collagen of more than 400%.<br />

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areas, including skin over the thyroid or breast<br />

area and the delicate skin under the eyes.<br />

(Figure 1)<br />

Figure 1. Improvements in skin quality after a course<br />

of microneedling (images courtesy of Dermapen)<br />

Figure 2. Improvements in skin quality after a course<br />

of microneedling (images courtesy of Dermapen)<br />

VOLUMISING THE SKIN<br />

Radiofrequency (RF) is a skin rejuvenation<br />

technology that has been widely used in skin<br />

tightening treatments, and for improvement<br />

of cellulite, scarring and stretchmarks. A few<br />

years ago, skin experts started presenting<br />

case studies combining the effects of RF and<br />

microneedling, with faster healing time, and<br />

noticeable improvement in the volume of the<br />

skin; very good news for those who prefer to<br />

avoid using injectable hyaluronic acid fillers in<br />

the face.<br />

New technologies were subsequently<br />

developed and a number of highly<br />

sophisticated technology platforms are<br />

currently available, including Fractora and<br />

VoluDerm. The new VoluDerm Hybrid Energy<br />

treatment combines dual energy, RF first for<br />

effective penetration and controlled heating<br />

of the skin, followed by galvanic current for<br />

enhanced clinical results. The hybrid energy is<br />

delivered via an array of sophisticated micropins,<br />

with minimal disruption to the outer layer<br />

of the skin. This means that there is negligible<br />

downtime, with the majority of people going<br />

home with nothing more than a mild flush. A<br />

number of clinical studies have demonstrated<br />

significant improvement in the volume of<br />

the skin due to increased levels of collagen,<br />

elastin and hyaluronic acid. (Figures 3 and 4)<br />

A<br />

Figure 3. Collagen density has increased 10 days<br />

after VoluDerm HE (Eur J Dermatol 2014; 24(1): 46-<br />

52 with permission from Pollogen Ltd)<br />

Before<br />

Before<br />

Dr Kim Prescott is a highly trained doctor in<br />

aesthetic medicine and consults from the<br />

PSMD Clinic in Cobham and Esher Groves.<br />

You are welcome to email her on<br />

info@drkpclinic.co.uk with any questions<br />

you might have. Dr Prescott will endeavor<br />

to respond directly, but topics that come up<br />

frequently may also be c overed in one of<br />

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www.drkpclinic.co.uk<br />

info@drkpclinic.co.uk<br />

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Microneedling is widely used in the<br />

following indications:<br />

Skin tightening<br />

Natural collagen induction<br />

Lifting and rejuvenating<br />

Reduces wrinkles and fine lines<br />

Hyper- and hypopigmentation<br />

Improves stretch marks<br />

Hair regeneration and hair thinning, alopecia<br />

Acne scars, surgical scars and wound healing<br />

Minimises pore size


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Wellbeing<br />

Resetting the Balance<br />

<strong>March</strong> is Endometriosis Month. Henrietta Norton explores the beneficial<br />

effects that a considered diet can have on this painful condition<br />

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<br />

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<br />

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.<br />

Approximately 10% of all<br />

premenopausal women<br />

within the UK have been<br />

diagnosed with endometriosis, a<br />

complex disorder of the female<br />

reproductive tract. There are<br />

also many more women with<br />

the condition who remain<br />

undiagnosed – the average length<br />

of time for diagnosis is 7½ years.<br />

Endometriosis is where cells,<br />

similar to those found in the lining<br />

of the womb, are found elsewhere<br />

in the body. During the female<br />

monthly cycle the fluctuation in<br />

hormones stimulates these cells to<br />

grow, then break down and bleed,<br />

as they would in the lining of the<br />

womb, leading to inflammation, pain<br />

and the formation of scar tissue.<br />

Research published in Fertility &<br />

Sterility demonstrated that nutritional<br />

therapy through diet and <strong>supplement</strong>s<br />

was more effective at obtaining relief<br />

of pain and improving the quality<br />

of life of sufferers, than medical<br />

hormonal treatment post-surgery.<br />

There are five important dietary<br />

and lifestyle changes that can<br />

help to manage endometriosis:<br />

Eat ColoUr<br />

Research shows women who<br />

ate green vegetables 13 times or<br />

more per week (roughly twice<br />

a day) were 70% less likely to<br />

have endometriosis. A study<br />

published earlier this year<br />

concluded that Carotenoid rich<br />

foods (especially citrus fruit) also<br />

positively affected symptoms of<br />

endometriosis. Use smoothies,<br />

juicing or soups to deeply nourish.<br />

BEFrIEnd yoUr gUt<br />

Incorporate natural, organic yogurt<br />

into your daily diet either on its<br />

own or use it to make dressings<br />

and sauces. Fermented foods such<br />

as sauerkraut or Kefir are excellent<br />

sources of beneficial bacteria too,<br />

or take a probiotic <strong>supplement</strong><br />

(min 10 billion CFU – Colony-<br />

Forming Unit is a measure of<br />

viable bacterial or fungal cells).<br />

FATS ARE ESSENTIAL<br />

Use of essential fatty acids are<br />

blocked by processed oils and<br />

margarines, as well as white<br />

flour, sugar, excessive animal<br />

and monounsaturated fats,<br />

alcohol, poor nutrition and stress.<br />

Keeping these to a minimum is<br />

vital to reduce inflammation.<br />

ConsIdEr glUtEn<br />

More recently, research has<br />

documented an improved response<br />

in those following a glutenfree<br />

diet; 75% of participants<br />

found a significant decrease in<br />

symptoms over 12 months¹.<br />

BE ConsCIoUs oF What yoU<br />

pUt In and on yoUr Body<br />

Tampons use bleached paper<br />

products that contain dioxins2,<br />

proven to have an adverse effect on<br />

the hormonal system3/4. Chemicals,<br />

such as parabens and phthalates,<br />

found in your toiletries and<br />

cosmetics have also been linked with<br />

development of endometriosis.<br />

rEdUCE syMptoMs<br />

WIth sUpplEMEnts<br />

Research shows that taking the<br />

right nutrients in food <strong>supplement</strong>s<br />

can reduce the symptoms of<br />

endometriosis significantly (98%<br />

of the women in one study<br />

experienced improvements). An<br />

expertly formulated <strong>supplement</strong><br />

that addresses the complexity<br />

of the condition affecting the<br />

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The fear of f itness<br />

Don’t be put off before you’ve begun, Sarah Maxwell<br />

explains how realistic goals will get you on track<br />

I<br />

recently ran a 10-day quit sugar<br />

course on Facebook with many<br />

people from all around the world.<br />

As well as looking at how sugar is<br />

now in the most unlikely everyday<br />

foods, finding out from our food<br />

diaries just how much hidden sugar<br />

we were all eating, supporting each<br />

other in our journeys of discovery and<br />

sharing sugar-free recipes, I included<br />

videos with 10 minutes of exercise<br />

for people to follow each day.<br />

Everyone who signed up to the<br />

course wanted to feel good about<br />

themselves and learn to incorporate a<br />

little exercise into their life – especially<br />

after the Christmas excesses.<br />

Everyone engaged wholeheartedly<br />

with the nutrition, food diaries,<br />

sharing recipes and supporting<br />

each other. The one thing that was<br />

really apparent though, was that<br />

many were reluctant to begin the<br />

exercises, even though they had<br />

been enthusiastic before the start.<br />

Exercise can be a scary word for<br />

many and often we have a rigid view<br />

of what constitutes exercise. Picture<br />

perfect fit bodies on Instagram,<br />

daily Facebook updates on how<br />

many miles your fit friend ran the<br />

previous day... It’s no wonder you<br />

can be put off before you even start!<br />

This is why it is so important to<br />

change your perception of what<br />

physical fitness is supposed to be and<br />

in particular what it means for you.<br />

So, if you’ve been thinking about<br />

exercise but instead have just<br />

found yourself going through all<br />

the reasons why you can’t exercise,<br />

don’t like gyms, don’t know where<br />

to start and don’t have enough<br />

time, trust me, you are not alone!<br />

It doesn’t have to be that way.<br />

Let me show you how…<br />

1Have an honest conversation<br />

with yourself about the value<br />

of your health. Regardless of how<br />

rich, successful and beautiful you<br />

are, none of this matters if you’re not<br />

healthy enough to enjoy it. If you see<br />

exercise as maintaining or improving<br />

your health, you have more of a<br />

motivator and are less likely to see it<br />

as something to punish yourself with.<br />

2Start your day with a positive<br />

mindset. As soon as you get out<br />

of bed do some mobility exercises<br />

loosening your shoulders, circling<br />

your hips and gently warming<br />

your body up. This is not only a<br />

great way to gently wake yourself<br />

up it will also start your positive<br />

mental process for the day ahead.<br />

Manage your expectations.<br />

3<br />

I have found that after many<br />

years of being a fitness trainer one<br />

of the common reasons for failure is<br />

over commitment. The idea behind<br />

fitness isn’t to make a quick change<br />

it is about creating something that is<br />

sustainable and enjoyable. I’m all for<br />

goals, but don’t set yourself up for<br />

failure, be realistic about what you<br />

have time and the ability to achieve.<br />

4Be aware of social media and take<br />

it with a pinch of salt. Unrealistic<br />

images can play havoc with selfesteem.<br />

Those just-got-out-of-bedwithout-my-make-up-shots?<br />

There is a<br />

team of specialists behind them. These<br />

are people who want you to think<br />

they look like that all of the time.<br />

5Find a Personal Trainer who<br />

can motivate you. If you really<br />

can’t motivate yourself to get started,<br />

consider taking on a personal<br />

trainer for a few sessions either<br />

on your own or with a few likeminded<br />

friends. This can be a great<br />

way to get you started, motivated<br />

and enable you to start exercising<br />

in a safe and effective way.<br />

“One of the common<br />

reasons for failure is<br />

over commitment”<br />

6There are so many great online<br />

fitness courses and classes<br />

available. You don’t even have<br />

to leave the house to get fit. The<br />

bottom line? Exercise shouldn’t<br />

be stressful so don’t force yourself<br />

to do something you don’t enjoy.<br />

Don’t forget, a short walk counts as<br />

exercise, find something that makes<br />

you feel great, doesn’t add to your<br />

stress levels and is realistic for you.<br />

Exercise of the month:<br />

5 MINUTES OF MOVEMENT EVERY DAY<br />

This can be dancing to your favourite<br />

song, going up and down the stairs,<br />

following an online exercise class.<br />

Whatever it is, enjoy it, it’s only 5 minutes!<br />

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A Piece<br />

of Cake<br />

Home Gurr’own’s Nicci Gurr dishes up<br />

tempting Mother’s Day bakes, each with<br />

a tasty twist<br />

Recipes: Nicci Gurr<br />

Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Styling: Lucy Fleming<br />

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Cinnamon ‘Breakfast in Bed Cake’<br />

Serves 10-14 Prep Time: 60<br />

mins including cooking time<br />

• 1 tbsp ground cinnamon<br />

• 1 tsp salt<br />

• 3 tbsp soft brown sugar<br />

• 1 tsp lemon juice<br />

• 250ml milk<br />

• 200g butter<br />

• 200g caster sugar<br />

• 2 eggs<br />

• 500g self-raising flour<br />

Preheat oven to 160°C,<br />

1 fan140°C, gas 3. Oil and<br />

line an 8 inch spring form<br />

cake tin. Mix cinnamon,<br />

salt and brown sugar in a<br />

bowl and leave to one side.<br />

2Add the lemon juice<br />

to the milk.<br />

Beat your butter and<br />

3 caster sugar together until<br />

light and fluffy. (An electric<br />

stand alone beater is best.)<br />

Slowly add your eggs, adding<br />

a spoonful of flour if the mix<br />

looks like it is separating,<br />

then slowly add rest of flour.<br />

Now slowly add the milk and<br />

lemon juice mix to the batter.<br />

4Layer the wet cake mix and<br />

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the cake tin, swirling as you go<br />

to create a marbled effect. Bake<br />

in the oven for 45 mins. <br />

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Rhubarb Crumble<br />

and Custard Cake<br />

Serves 8-10 Prep Time: 90 mins including<br />

cooking time<br />

Crumble topping:<br />

• 20g plain flour<br />

• 20g porridge oats<br />

• 20g salted butter<br />

• 20g brown sugar<br />

For the cake:<br />

• 600g rhubarb – trimmed and<br />

cut into small pieces<br />

• 350g plain flour<br />

• 1 tbsp baking powder<br />

• 100g ground almonds<br />

• 1 tsp ground ginger<br />

• 250g salted butter<br />

• 150g caster sugar<br />

• 4 eggs<br />

• ¼ tsp vanilla extract<br />

• 400ml milk<br />

For the buttercream:<br />

• 50ml double cream<br />

• 50g custard powder<br />

• 1 vanilla pod<br />

• 150g salted butter<br />

• 350g icing sugar<br />

To make the crumble:<br />

1Put all crumble ingredients into a bowl and<br />

rub until it resembles chunky breadcrumbs.<br />

To make the cake:<br />

2Preheat your oven to 160°C, fan 140°C,<br />

gas 3. Oil and line 2 x 8 inch spring form<br />

cake tins. Sift all the dry ingredients together<br />

and set aside. Beat your butter and caster sugar<br />

together until light and fluffy (an electric stand<br />

alone beater is best). Now beat in the eggs<br />

one by one and add vanilla and the milk..<br />

3Stir the rhubarb in with the dry<br />

ingredients, then fold slowly into the<br />

egg mix. Divide the mix between the 2 tins<br />

and sprinkle the crumble mix on top.<br />

4Bake in the oven for 50-55 min. When<br />

a skewer comes out clean remove<br />

from oven and leave to cool in tins for 10<br />

mins before moving to cooling racks.<br />

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To make the buttercream filling:<br />

5Add some of the cream to the custard powder<br />

to make a paste. Heat the rest of the cream<br />

and scraped vanilla pod, until almost to the boil.<br />

6Remove pod and slowly mix in the<br />

custard paste. Bring to boil and set<br />

to one side to cool completely.<br />

7Beat the butter until fluffy and add cooled<br />

double cream and custard mix slowly. Spread<br />

between the two layers of cake and serve.


Banana Loaf<br />

Rope in some extra help – this recipe is great for the kids to get messy with<br />

Serves 8 Prep Time: 60 mins<br />

including cooking time<br />

• 3 ripe bananas<br />

• 130g butter<br />

• 130g soft brown sugar<br />

• 2 medium eggs<br />

• 1 tsp vanilla essence<br />

• 70g chocolate chips<br />

• 130g self-raising flour<br />

• 1 tsp baking powder<br />

Preheat your oven to 180°C, fan<br />

1160°C, gas 4. Oil and line a 2lb loaf<br />

cake tin. Put the bananas still in their<br />

skins in a pan with 1 tbsp of water and<br />

cook in the oven until the skins go black.<br />

Take out of the oven and remove the<br />

bananas from their skins. Leave to cool.<br />

2Beat your butter and brown sugar<br />

together until light and fluffy.<br />

If the kids are helping give them a<br />

bowl and a wooden spoon, and let<br />

them at it (it will take longer but<br />

doesn’t have to be perfect). You can<br />

soften the butter in the microwave<br />

a bit first if using this approach.<br />

3With a fork, mash the cooled<br />

bananas with the eggs and vanilla<br />

essence. Then with a wooden spoon,<br />

slowly add your egg and banana mix<br />

to the butter and sugar (add a spoonful<br />

of flour if the mix is separating). Stir<br />

in 50g of the chocolate chips.<br />

4Fold in the rest of the flour and<br />

baking powder. When thoroughly<br />

mixed, spoon into the loaf tin – it’s<br />

a thick mix. Bake in the oven for<br />

45 mins until a skewer inserted<br />

in the cake comes out clean.<br />

5Sprinkle with the rest of<br />

the chocolate chips while<br />

warm so they melt on top.<br />

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Garden<br />

Whatever anyone tells you about growing your own<br />

vegetables – it’s a lot of hard work, things often<br />

go wrong, pests are everywhere, they’re cheaper<br />

to buy… well, they are right. Some vegetables are hard to<br />

grow (cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts go to the back of the<br />

room and hang your button and curdy heads), there are pesky<br />

pests lurking around waiting to picnic in your patch and, if<br />

you added up all the time you spent out there, your precious<br />

harvest might be equable to diamonds. Don’t let any of this<br />

put you off. There are lots of really easy – and delicious crops<br />

to grow too. I promise that it is worth it, but if you are new<br />

to vegetable growing, start with the simpler things and build<br />

from there. Nothing can beat the taste of fresh, homegrown<br />

vegetables, garnished with a little pinch of triumph.<br />

Plotting Ahead<br />

You will need to assess how much space in your garden<br />

that you want to give over to growing vegetables,<br />

where that space will be and how much time you will<br />

realistically have to care for them. Few crops thrive in<br />

the shade, in exposed, windy conditions or poor soil,<br />

so find a sunny, sheltered spot for your edibles.<br />

It is totally possible to grow crops in pots, window boxes,<br />

on balconies and patios, but you will need to take extra care<br />

of them, feeding and watering – quite a lot. In general, most<br />

will prefer to be planted out into enriched garden soil, as<br />

vegetable plants tend to be fairly greedy. Raised beds will<br />

Left page top: Chard pink flamingo Bottom: Peas in pods This<br />

page top: Planting out a row of salad Above: Pea seedlings in a<br />

root trainer<br />

Nothing can beat the taste of fresh,<br />

homegrown vegetables, garnished<br />

with a little pinch of triumph<br />

make the whole process much easier and (in theory) tidier,<br />

but many varieties can be grown in garden borders among<br />

the flowers too. In fact, this is how our domestic gardens<br />

came about in the first place, and a true cottage garden is<br />

supposed to be a joyful jumble of flowers, fruit and vegetables.<br />

The Soil, The Soil, The Soil<br />

I would like to spend the rest of this piece talking about how<br />

important the soil is, how little we know about the complex<br />

relationships between the soil microbiome and the roots of<br />

plants – and how the quality of the soil will dictate not just<br />

the health of the soil, but how healthy and nutritious your<br />

vegetables will be. For now I’ll just say look after your soil.<br />

The best way to improve soil is to add organic matter<br />

in the form of well-rotted manure, spent mushroom<br />

compost, or your own (weed-free) compost. If the soil<br />

in your garden is heavy (clay), you may need to add this<br />

as a mulch in the autumn and let the soil organisms<br />

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you. If your soil is light, add the mulch in the spring to<br />

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manure pellets and blood fish and bone can be added<br />

at planting time if the crop requires an extra boost.<br />

Easy Peas-y<br />

The least troublesome crops to grow will depend to a<br />

certain extent on your soil, but some well-behaved plants<br />

manage to do well whatever the circumstances. On my<br />

light soil I’m usually successful with leeks and onions,<br />

roots, such as beetroot and carrots, and also salads and<br />

herbs. On heavier clay soils, which are more nutrientrich,<br />

brassicas – cabbage, broccoli and, if you firm them<br />

in really well, Brussels sprouts – should flourish. Soil type<br />

aside, the list below would make a general starter pack:<br />

Peas and broad beans – start these off directly in the<br />

ground now, but only if mice can’t detect them (remember the<br />

mouse in Mr McGregor’s garden with the pea in her mouth?).<br />

Beetroot and perpetual spinach – sow this early or<br />

Top left: Beetroot Top right: Cabbages and kale Above: Small<br />

Chantenay carrots can be grown in containers<br />

late and avoid the height of the summer when these<br />

crops can bolt (or buy bolt-resistant varieties).<br />

Loose leaved lettuce – you can harvest this over a long<br />

period by picking the outer leaves and allowing the rest to<br />

keep growing. Loose leaved, as opposed to varieties with<br />

‘hearts’, won’t run to seed so quickly in hot weather.<br />

Short carrots – these are much easier and quicker to<br />

grow than the longer ones and are good in containers.<br />

Kale – can be grown all year and is as handsome as it<br />

is nutritious, but watch out for pests such as white fly<br />

and cabbage white caterpillars in the summer months.<br />

You can grow the above all from seed, or buy them as<br />

little plug plants and plant them straight out. Buying<br />

plants isn’t cheating – it is the quickest, simplest way to a<br />

successful harvest, but remember that the garden centres,<br />

a bit like the supermarkets, are choosing varieties for their<br />

own reasons, so flavour might come lower down the list than<br />

something like heavy cropping, or uniform shape and size.<br />

Best Value<br />

The vegetables that will give you the best value for money are<br />

those that crop prolifically, such as courgettes, climbing beans<br />

and tomatoes. Go easy on these super producers (you’ll know<br />

if you’ve overdone it if you catch your neighbours crossing<br />

the road when they see you). One or two courgette plants is<br />

definitely enough to feed a family, if not the neighbourhood.<br />

Gluts also have a habit of appearing just when you go on<br />

holiday too – avoid this by picking heavily just before you<br />

go, which should give you a small gap for a week or so.<br />

These crops are tender and won’t tolerate frosts, so<br />

don’t be tempted to plant them out too early (or too<br />

late). Late May is usually when half-hardy vegetable<br />

(and bedding) plants are safe to be left outside.<br />

Water-wise<br />

Plants that bear fruits and pods may need watering in dry<br />

spells once they start to flower and set fruit. I try to keep<br />

watering to a minimum, and dig a ‘bean trench’ under beans,<br />

courgettes and squashes. This involves digging a hole/trench<br />

18-24 inches deep earlier in the season and filling it with<br />

kitchen scraps, cardboard, organic matter – the sort of things<br />

you’d put on a compost heap. Then finish with a layer of<br />

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them as much. Only water if it gets exceptionally dry – and<br />

it is better to water deeply once a week than little and often.<br />

Un-buyable Taste<br />

There are some vegetables you just can’t buy, and a few that<br />

when homegrown have a very different taste to those bought<br />

in shops. Peas and sweetcorn start to lose their sweetness as<br />

soon as they are picked because the sugars in them turn into<br />

starch and by the time they get to the shops they are often<br />

woolly and tasteless. Frozen peas are always better to buy than<br />

fresh, because they are harvested and frozen out in the fields.<br />

Sun ripened homegrown tomatoes are unbeatable for<br />

flavour – from tiny cherry style up to big and beefy, your<br />

own tomatoes will always be better than those in the<br />

shops. Then there are things like courgette flowers, tiny<br />

artichokes and pea tips (the first few leaves that appear).<br />

<strong>Living</strong> Larders<br />

One of the many joys of vegetable growing is that you will have<br />

fresh veg on tap – just waiting outside on the patch for you<br />

to harvest when you need it. Some crops need to be picked as<br />

soon as they are ripe but others, especially those that are happy<br />

to sit in the ground through winter, really do become like a<br />

living larder. I find that leeks, kale, perpetual spinach (spinach<br />

beet), winter-hardy salad leaves and most herbs just tick away<br />

for months, ready to be picked – until the following spring<br />

that is, when they will suddenly rush into flower and set seed.<br />

Forking Hell<br />

The things that go wrong are usually related either to the<br />

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Garden<br />

It’s a Wild<br />

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Sue Whigham discusses the measures we<br />

can all take to protect biodiversity<br />

Above: Common Red Soldier Beetles, often seen on umbelifer flowers<br />

Last week, squeezed in amongst<br />

the newspaper <strong>supplement</strong>s, I<br />

spotted a report on comments<br />

made by the new President of the<br />

British Ecological Society. In it she<br />

urges us to take ‘meaningful action’ to<br />

protect our pollinators by not digging<br />

out or spraying dandelions with<br />

noxious substances the moment you<br />

spot them in or near your garden. She<br />

emphasises that they are a fantastic<br />

source of both nectar and pollen<br />

for the early pollinators, hence her<br />

suggestion to try to resist eradicating<br />

them. She also quotes the depressing<br />

statistic that in a 30-year period from<br />

1980, a third of more than 300 of our<br />

pollinators have seen large declines in<br />

their populations. A sobering thought.<br />

There used to be a patch of<br />

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to have disappeared and their demise<br />

coincided with the local farmer’s ‘slash<br />

and burn’ policy of that year. I wonder<br />

what happened there. However, with a<br />

bit of luck, they may pop up somewhere<br />

else and flourish. Let’s hope so.<br />

But maybe things are looking up with<br />

attitudes changing towards conserving<br />

the biodiversity we have and the need<br />

there is to preserve it; to realise the<br />

importance of biodiversity’s contribution<br />

to all aspects of our wellbeing. It seems<br />

contrary that despite this, human<br />

actions worldwide are still very much<br />

contributing to all the factors that lead<br />

to biodiversity being under siege.<br />

However, there is no obvious sign<br />

that the current loss of biodiversity<br />

and changes in the environment is<br />

actively slowing down, but I think<br />

that if we all stopped to think and<br />

did what we could, even in a small<br />

way, the direction of travel could be<br />

deflected. We need to spread the word.<br />

We all know that both natural and<br />

human induced factors (referred to as<br />

‘drivers’) contribute to both species<br />

decline and climate change – although<br />

of course we have some, unfortunately<br />

in positions of power internationally,<br />

who seem to have their heads in the<br />

sand as they see making<br />

money as the default<br />

position come what may.<br />

The culprits, or main<br />

‘drivers’ are endless;<br />

from habitat loss, to over<br />

exploitation of natural<br />

landscapes, destruction<br />

of forests, pollution and careless use<br />

of our soil and water resources.<br />

I recently read a report of a speech<br />

that the then Environmental Minister,<br />

Theresa Villiers, gave last autumn from<br />

the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in<br />

Barnes. One or two remarks stood out,<br />

“Protect our<br />

pollinators by<br />

not digging<br />

out or spraying<br />

dandelions”<br />

one being ‘that we are utterly reliant<br />

on nature, from the most fortunate<br />

of us to the most vulnerable, not least<br />

because wildlife pollinates the crops that<br />

account for over a third of global food<br />

supply’. She stressed the belief that we<br />

have solutions for loss of diversity and<br />

climate change, despite the fact that the<br />

scale of the challenge is<br />

huge and that our global<br />

response leaves quite a<br />

lot to be desired. I know<br />

that the international<br />

push to plant more trees<br />

– trees in their millions<br />

– seems to be gaining<br />

momentum. And we can do that too<br />

even if we have the tiniest of patches.<br />

My son, who lives in a particularly<br />

polluted part of London, showed me an<br />

old photograph of where he lives taken<br />

at the beginning of the 20th century.<br />

Most noticeable of course was the<br />

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lack of vehicles and the children playing<br />

in the street but also the street trees.<br />

More recently, the local council have<br />

been making some effort to plant new<br />

saplings on their patch so as long as<br />

the trees survive their formative years,<br />

aftercare being a bit hit and miss, maybe<br />

things are looking up. But what can<br />

we do to save the day?<br />

Organisations, such<br />

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joining and actively<br />

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thin layer of top soil covering the planet.<br />

Each square inch of soil contains myriad<br />

single organisms, all manner of minute<br />

insects, and fungi through to animals,<br />

such as voles, moles and badgers. They<br />

are all interconnected and have a reason<br />

“Organisations, such<br />

as the CPRE, are<br />

worth joining and<br />

actively supporting”<br />

for being there. We have so many vole<br />

runs in part of the garden that the lawn<br />

has collapsed, but at least we know<br />

that we are providing a habitat for<br />

one of the main food sources for barn<br />

owls. It’s good to see that ploughing<br />

is being reduced and that farmers are<br />

encouraged to leave wildlife corridors<br />

round their fields.<br />

And hopefully the<br />

use of pesticides and<br />

fertilisers will gradually<br />

be replaced with more<br />

organic products,<br />

which are nontoxic<br />

to the natural<br />

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In October 2019, Great Dixter<br />

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Top left: Insect hotel Middle left: Sedum<br />

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in and around the gardens, farmland<br />

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The whole estate is already a haven for<br />

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lichen growing thickly on some of my<br />

old garden furniture and the moss on<br />

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We’re all so lucky too to have the<br />

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with weather records they found that<br />

learning dropped on average by 1% for every one degree<br />

temperature rise the year before an exam. The effect<br />

was particularly noticeable for pupils in deprived areas<br />

where schools were less likely to be air-conditioned.<br />

In this country, new school buildings are adapted<br />

for heatwaves, but old ones are a nightmare for pupils<br />

and teachers. Teachers say they can just about get<br />

students through morning lessons but by the afternoon,<br />

everyone is dehydrated, overheated and headachy. And<br />

studies have shown that very hot weather affects us all,<br />

decreasing our ability to make decisions or cope with<br />

new information, as well as keeping us indoors and away<br />

from outdoor exercise – all things which impact directly<br />

on children’s ability to do their best in the classroom.<br />

Alas, cold weather is not much better. Classrooms<br />

have, by law, to reach 18 degrees Celsius to be<br />

usable and when schools fear that their buildings<br />

will be too cold or that school travel will be<br />

dangerous, they close. Bad winters can see multiple<br />

school closures, with added school absences for<br />

less well-off children who don’t have good warm<br />

clothes, or a parent’s car to get them to school.<br />

All of which means that the more extreme<br />

climate swings we are seeing now will bring new<br />

challenges for parents, teachers and children.<br />

Meanwhile, a recent study has added significantly<br />

“Noise directly<br />

impacts how<br />

well children<br />

learn to read”<br />

to the existing evidence that air pollution impacts<br />

children’s learning. When 18 schools in Los Angeles<br />

began to filter their air following a natural gas leak,<br />

researchers were astonished to see that test scores<br />

leapt up. The effect of air filters was, they estimated,<br />

the equivalent of students getting two and a half<br />

months of extra learning before taking their tests.<br />

Already many UK schools are trying to<br />

keep their air clean by planting screens of ivy<br />

around their playgrounds, and telling parents<br />

to turn off car engines at the school gate.<br />

But all sorts of environmental factors can affect school<br />

performance. Noise directly impacts how well children<br />

learn to read and acquire language – so<br />

pity the children whose schools are near<br />

major airports – while exposure to lead,<br />

mercury and other metals damages<br />

children’s brains and nervous systems.<br />

Of course, we’re so lucky here in<br />

The Weald where lots of schools enjoy<br />

quiet settings, where our many woods and hedgerows<br />

filter the air, and where most of us live very far away<br />

from the worst ravages of industrial pollution.<br />

But we still need to remember that children are<br />

not little human robots, easily programmed for test<br />

success. They are living, breathing human animals,<br />

affected by every aspect of their environment,<br />

whose ability to learn may sometimes be greatly<br />

challenged by the world around them.<br />

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Jackie Sexton Diana Croft Renate Wilbraham<br />

- Stitch Art<br />

<strong>2020</strong> Visions - Art in Perspective<br />

Alana Dunlevy<br />

Liz Holloway<br />

Barbara Liddle<br />

Stella Mance<br />

<strong>March</strong> 30th - April 5th, <strong>2020</strong><br />

at Denbies Gallery - Dorking<br />

10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and<br />

10am - 4pm Sunday<br />

A stunning exhibition showing art from the perspective of<br />

ten different artists. Join us this spring at Denbies art gallery<br />

and discover a diverse and inspiring collection of original<br />

and contemporary paintings including stitch art and prints.<br />

Affordable art and something for everyone. Free parking,<br />

restaurant and farm shop - makes for an enjoyable day out.<br />

Denbies Wine Estate<br />

Free Entry, Parking, Gallery Restaurant and Shop<br />

London Road, Dorking, <strong>Surrey</strong>, RH5 6AA<br />

www.denbies.co.uk<br />

Jill Bellamy<br />

(Paintings not to scale)<br />

Fancy a ride in a supercar?<br />

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shedart@shedart.org<br />

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ART<br />

Fri 13 Mar, (private view<br />

or ticket only) Sat 14<br />

Mar, & Sun 15 Mar<br />

Sandown Park Racecourse,<br />

Portsmouth Road,<br />

Esher KT10 9AJ<br />

Contemporary Arts Fair<br />

Coming back for its third year for a<br />

full weekend with over 160 curated<br />

artists, printmakers, photographers,<br />

sculptors and ceramicists from<br />

all over the UK and Europe.<br />

contemporaryartfairs.co.uk<br />

Fri 20 Mar 6-8.30pm, & Sat<br />

21 – Sun 22 Mar 10am-5pm<br />

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry<br />

Road, Teddington TW11 9NN<br />

Contemporary<br />

Textile Fair<br />

Over 70 exhibitors show and<br />

sell quality handmade textiles,<br />

plus a special exhibition and<br />

talks by members of S.E.W. (the<br />

Society of Embroidered Work).<br />

Entry: £4<br />

landmarkartscentre.org<br />

30 Mar – 5 Apr (10am-5pm<br />

Monday to Saturday &<br />

10am-4pm on Sundays)<br />

Denbies Wine Estate, London<br />

Road, Dorking RH5 6AA<br />

<strong>2020</strong> Visions – Art<br />

in Perspective<br />

A stunning exhibition showing<br />

art from the perspective of ten<br />

artists including Barbara Liddle,<br />

Diana Croft, Genevieve Brown,<br />

and Alana Dunlevy. Discover a<br />

diverse and inspiring collection<br />

of original and contemporary<br />

paintings including Stitch Art and<br />

prints. The art is affordable and<br />

there is something for everyone.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

07851 741395 /<br />

denbies.co.uk / shedart.org<br />

Children & Families<br />

Sat 28 Mar – Mon 13<br />

Apr 11am-4pm<br />

Claremont Landscape<br />

Gradens, Portsmouth<br />

Road, Esher, KT10 9JG<br />

Cadbury Easter<br />

egg hunt<br />

Join Claremont Landscape<br />

gardens for an Easter egg hunt<br />

and Tree trumps trail.<br />

Search for clues on their eight<br />

colourful egg-shaped boards<br />

hidden around the garden or<br />

explore Claremont far and wide<br />

with the whole family, collecting<br />

facts about the amazing trees.<br />

Entry: Normal admission plus<br />

£3.50 per hunt or £1 per trail<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Mother’s Day<br />

Tue 27 Mar 7-9pm<br />

Mad Lilies, 84 High Street,<br />

Banstead SM7 2NN<br />

Flower arranging<br />

workshop<br />

An ideal opportunity for quality<br />

bonding time while getting creative<br />

and learning how to master making<br />

a perfect hand-tied bouquet.<br />

You will learn the technique of<br />

spiraling while working with<br />

stunning seasonal flowers.<br />

Entry: £120pp<br />

madliliesathome.co.uk<br />

Wellbeing<br />

Sun 29 Mar 10am-5pm<br />

Denbies Wine Estate, London<br />

Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA<br />

Mind, Body & Soul<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong>’s Premier Holistic MBS<br />

and wellbeing show. In Denbies’<br />

beautiful vineyard in the <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

Hills, around 60 experienced<br />

and gifted therapists, spiritual<br />

counsellors and retailers come<br />

together to share their wisdom,<br />

covering a wide range of subject<br />

areas and immersive experiences.<br />

Entry: £5.80<br />

eventbrite.co.uk /<br />

holisticandmystic.com<br />

Workshops<br />

Sun 15 Mar 10am-1.30pm<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> Art School, Dean<br />

House Farm, Newdigate,<br />

Dorking RH5 5DL<br />

Tapestry Weaving with<br />

Susannah Bolton<br />

This weaving workshop is designed<br />

What’s On in <strong>March</strong><br />

to teach beginners to work with<br />

stunning hand-made notched<br />

lap looms. Susannah Bolton will<br />

explain the anatomy of the looms<br />

before helping students to plan a<br />

small tapestry and start to weave<br />

either working from an image or<br />

completely freely. At the end of<br />

the workshop you will be taught<br />

how to remove it to leave your<br />

beautiful finished tapestry.<br />

Entry: £65pp<br />

surreyartschool.com<br />

Various dates throughout <strong>March</strong><br />

Limpsfield Cookery School,<br />

The Old Printworks, High<br />

St, Limpsfield RH8 0DR<br />

Asian Cuisine<br />

Limpsfield Cookery School is spicing<br />

things up for <strong>March</strong> with a series<br />

of Asian cuisine courses including<br />

Indian Cuisine courses and an<br />

Indian Supper Club hosted by the<br />

fabulous Jaya Malani of Breech<br />

Lane Curry House. Pamela Chen<br />

will also lead several Asian Fusion<br />

classes and Vegetarian / Vegan chef<br />

and author, Jenny Chandler starts<br />

off the school’s vegan classes with<br />

More Plants on Plates. Renowned<br />

chefs Ollie Thompson and Andy<br />

Tyrell will be running masterclasses<br />

for meat and bread making.<br />

Entry: Courses from £85 (1/2<br />

day), supper club £65pp<br />

thelimpsfieldcookeryschool.co.uk<br />

Look Forward:<br />

April<br />

Tue 7 Apr<br />

Sandown Park, Portsmouth<br />

Road Esher KT10 9AJ UK<br />

Tue 14 & Tue 28 Apr<br />

Kempton Park Racecourse,<br />

Staines Road East,<br />

Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5AQ<br />

Sunbury & Sandown<br />

Antiques Markets<br />

These two antique markets are go-to<br />

shopping destinations and sources<br />

of inspiration for celebrities and<br />

Kings. No really, they have been<br />

visited by Keira Knightly, Paloma<br />

Faith, the King of Thailand as well<br />

as film studios and many of Europe’s<br />

top design houses. A few times a<br />

month these markets gather up well<br />

over 800 quirky characters from<br />

across Europe to exhibit antiques,<br />

collectables, vintage, fashion and<br />

retro treasures in a sort of hibrid<br />

somewhere between your favourite<br />

Parisian flea market and a secret offthe-beaten<br />

track vintage store of your<br />

dreams. Somehow people still regard<br />

it as their own little find. Well sorry<br />

folks - we’re taking this one public.<br />

Entry: Free<br />

sunburyantiques.com<br />

Fri 3 Apr – Sat 31 Oct<br />

(Closed on Mondays, open<br />

for group appointments of 4+<br />

on Tuesdays & Wednesdays,<br />

open 11am-6pm Thursday to<br />

Saturday, open 12noon-5pm on<br />

Sundays, open 11am-6pm on<br />

Bank Holiday Monday)<br />

Hannah Peschar<br />

Sculpture Garden’s<br />

Annual Sculpture<br />

Exhibition<br />

April will see the Hannah Peschar<br />

Garden reopen, exhibiting around<br />

200 pieces by some 50+ artists<br />

in the magical environment of<br />

a garden designed by landscape<br />

architect Anthony Paul. This<br />

mind boggling garden is like a<br />

trip down the rabbit hole with<br />

its wonderful mix of sculptures<br />

Entry: Adults £12, concessions<br />

£8, Children (5-16) £7,<br />

by appointment £12<br />

hannahpescharsculpture.com<br />

Listings are correct at time of going<br />

to press but may be subject to change.<br />

Readers are advised to check with<br />

venues before making arrangements.<br />

We can list your event in the next<br />

issue of <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong> for only<br />

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words that should include date,<br />

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April issue is 10 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

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Home & Interiors Fair<br />

Sandown Park Racecourse<br />

Sandown Park, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, <strong>Surrey</strong> KT10 9AJ<br />

FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING<br />

EVERY SECOND AND LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH<br />

<strong>2020</strong> Market Dates:<br />

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Textilesfair<br />

<strong>2020</strong><br />

70 exhibitors with quality handmade textiles<br />

21 & 22 <strong>March</strong><br />

10am – 5pm<br />

Preview Evening<br />

20 <strong>March</strong> 6 – 8.30pm<br />

Admission £4, Concessions £3, U16s & LAC Members FREE<br />

www.landmarkartscentre.org<br />

contemporarytextilesfair<br />

Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN 020 8977 7558 landmarkarts<br />

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16 & 17th May <strong>2020</strong>, Sandown Park, <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

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Competition<br />

Win A ONE-DAY COOKERY COURSE<br />

FOR TWO AT the newly opened<br />

limpsfield cookery school<br />

The Limpsfield Cookery School<br />

opened its doors for the first time<br />

last month to offer budding chefs<br />

and home cooks an extensive range of<br />

courses from cake making and chocolate<br />

skills to Asian Fusion and Fish Cookery.<br />

The School was founded by Jacqueline<br />

Derbyshire, a self-confessed foodie, in<br />

response to discovering a lack of courses<br />

which could help her learn and improve<br />

her own cookery skills. “I found that there<br />

were either no courses available to help<br />

me learn, or those that were available were<br />

more geared to professional chefs and<br />

felt cold and unwelcoming.” She says.<br />

To create a warm and inviting<br />

atmosphere, Limpsfield’s courses are<br />

run from the School’s purpose-built<br />

farmhouse style kitchen, where guests<br />

will be educated in a fun and inclusive<br />

way. Whether you are looking to start<br />

out with kitchen basics, practise your<br />

baking, or planning to learn a whole new<br />

cuisine, there will be a course for you.<br />

All full day courses include lunch and<br />

Jacqueline and her team fully encourage<br />

everyone to use this time to have a chat<br />

about what they’ve learnt with their<br />

classmates and teacher. You will take<br />

home everything that you cook<br />

to wow your friends and family<br />

with your new-found skills!<br />

The Limpsfield Cookery<br />

School takes menu inspiration<br />

from the local surroundings and<br />

ensures that all food, wherever<br />

possible, is sourced from <strong>Surrey</strong>,<br />

with careful attention paid to<br />

minimising food miles and waste.<br />

For more information, and<br />

to see the range of courses<br />

available, call 01883 818383 or visit<br />

thelimpsfieldcookeryschool.co.uk<br />

How to enter:<br />

For your chance to win just answer<br />

the following question: Who founded<br />

The Limpsfield Cookery School? Enter<br />

your answer with your contact details<br />

in the online form at surrey-homes.co.uk/<br />

competition by 31 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong>. There is<br />

no cash alternative and the prize must be<br />

taken by the end of 30 September <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

You must be over the age of 18 to enter.<br />

Congratulations to Alison Moppett who<br />

wins our January competition for a Louise<br />

Deluxe Waxed Jacket from Welligogs.<br />

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Jane Howard’s<br />

Fables from<br />

the Farm<br />

Jane gets set to welcome this year’s calves to<br />

the farm and clarifies the difference between<br />

grass-fed and intensively reared beef<br />

Excitement is rising at Coopers<br />

Farm. It’s nine months now since<br />

our new bull Captain Fantastic<br />

ran out with the cows and hopefully<br />

he’ll live up to his name and produce<br />

some suitably impressive calves. I’ve<br />

been shopping in anticipation of the<br />

patter of tiny hooves. Lubricant, ropes,<br />

iodine and some calf starter paste –<br />

effectively a tube of concentrated Red<br />

Bull – to help the ones exhausted<br />

by a tricky birth get up and get on<br />

with the business of surviving.<br />

It couldn’t be more important. New<br />

calves, like lambs and piglets, are<br />

delivered into a world that is far from<br />

hygienic – no clean sheets or sterilised<br />

bottles for them. Immunity comes<br />

from their mother’s colostrum – the<br />

first thick milk which is stuffed with<br />

antibodies – but the problem is they<br />

can only absorb it for the first six or<br />

seven hours of life. After that, the<br />

lining of their gut changes and they<br />

Captain Fantastic<br />

himself<br />

can no longer absorb the big antibody<br />

molecules. So in the first few hours<br />

they must consume at least two litres<br />

of colostrum and if they don’t, then<br />

the likelihood of them succumbing to<br />

infection in the weeks ahead is high.<br />

And it’s not just the calves that need<br />

to get going; the mother also has to<br />

be a willing partner. So imagine, it’s<br />

three in the morning you’ve pulled and<br />

tugged a healthy calf into the world<br />

and left it with mum to vigorously<br />

lick dry (it’s where the saying lick into<br />

shape comes from) and then push and<br />

nudge to encourage it<br />

to stand up and drink.<br />

Time for a cup of tea.<br />

It’s sooo annoying then<br />

to return back half an<br />

hour later to discover<br />

nothing has happened,<br />

the wet confused calf is<br />

still lying where it was<br />

born and the mother is<br />

nonchalantly munching<br />

hay with the other cows as though<br />

nothing much has happened. This is<br />

most common with heifers – first time<br />

mums – who are far from impressed<br />

by the effort of giving birth and see<br />

no good reason to pursue motherhood<br />

and its associated responsibilities<br />

any further, thank you very much.<br />

What then follows is an hour of<br />

making a slippery, wet, heavy (about<br />

40kg) calf stand up with its head by<br />

her udder. If you open its mouth<br />

and squirt milk from a teat down<br />

its throat, trying to avoid a faceful<br />

yourself, it gets the message and starts<br />

sucking. And then nature takes over<br />

and it doesn’t stop. In these situations,<br />

the only way to encourage mum’s<br />

“Immunity comes<br />

from their mother’s<br />

colostrum – the<br />

first thick milk<br />

which is stuffed<br />

with antibodies”<br />

participation is by bribing her with<br />

food. Give her a bucket of grub and<br />

you usually have about 10 minutes<br />

when she’s more interested in the<br />

bucket than kicking you away, to<br />

get the calf on and sucking. Phew.<br />

We usually calve the heifers first and<br />

then move on to the cows which is all<br />

round less eventful. Not surprisingly if<br />

you’ve already had six or seven calves,<br />

number eight is likely to pop out fairly<br />

quickly and you know exactly what the<br />

job description involves. Happy days.<br />

Except this year there are a few clouds<br />

on the horizon for all<br />

British beef farmers.<br />

I don’t think the beef<br />

industry has done a<br />

good job of explaining<br />

to you, the consumer,<br />

the difference between<br />

eating grass-fed beef<br />

living an outdoor life<br />

pretty much as nature<br />

intended, and eating<br />

intensively reared beef that is fed<br />

<strong>inside</strong> on a high protein diet – which<br />

pretty much describes all supermarket<br />

beef. It’s important we all eat less<br />

meat, but truth is a plate of grassfed<br />

locally produced steak and chips<br />

has far less environmental impact<br />

in terms of carbon footprint, water<br />

used and food miles travelled than an<br />

avocado (Mexico), tomato (polythene<br />

hothouse in Spain at this time of<br />

year) and mozzarella (Italy) salad<br />

washed down with an almond milk<br />

(California) latte. Food for thought.<br />

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on<br />

Instagram @coopersfarm<br />

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