Wealden Times | WT218 | April 2020 | Gardens supplement

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Contents

April 2020

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POSITIVE OUTLOOK

Properties with fabulous views

NOTEBOOK

Events to add to your to do list,

plus our guide to staying home

DRESSED TO IMPRESS

We tour a unique and

impressive former pub

GET THE LOOK

Dress your own home to impress

SHELF LOVE

Rebecca Cuffe styles shelf fillers

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MADE IN THE UK

Rebecca Cuffe hunts the

best of British Easter eggs

TOP HATS

Kate Watts shops

stunning headpieces

RESPONSIBLE BEAUTY

Josephine Fairley explains

how to keep your beauty

routine eco-friendly

SKIN SOOTHERS

How to give your skin

a boost this month

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FINAL GOODBYES

We talk to experts about the

different funeral options available

NOTICEBOARD

Updates from South East schools

READING PLEASURE

The benefits of reading for children

WHAT’S ON

A round-up of Wealden events

COMPETITION

Win a beautiful club

bench by Bridgman

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HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY WT

It’s our birthday! We look back

over 18 wonderful years

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HOLIDAY SKIN

Henrietta Norton’s 6-step

guide to post-holiday skin

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

It’s lambing season at Coopers Farm

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HOUSE OF BEULAH

A contemporary

Tunbridge Wells villa

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by that

‘House of Beulah’ style

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LAZY BOTTOM

The real cause of your

lower back pain

FEASTS FOR FAMILIES

An Easter spread with options

for vegetarians and pescatarians

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Appledore, Kent - £1.6m

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Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Camber Sands

The dream: There are sea views –

and then there are Camber Sands

sea views. This is a rare chance to

buy into the beach-side lifestyle

dream, in a good-sized house that is

crying out for a groovy makeover.

Where: Absolute beach front,

Camber Sands, four miles from Rye.

Setting: Looking out over Rye

Bay to the Channel. There are

houses close on either side,

but who’s looking that way?

Beds: 4 Baths: 3

Special features: A games

room extension with room for

a pool table and wiff waff.

Pleasing details: A sunroom on

the first floor, perfect for enjoying

the view on cooler days.

Outside: The beach, the sea…

Time to town: Just over an

hour to St Pancras International

from Rye, via Ashford.

Agent: Phillips & Stubbs,

Rye. 01797 227338

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Coombe Bank

£1,550,555

The dream: A classic red-brick Georgian

house with a porticoed front door and a gable

attic window, in beautiful condition with a

large eat-in kitchen, complete with a jolly

red Aga. The perfect family house, there is a

cinema room on the lower-ground floor, an

attic room perfect for a teenager and a games

room, or office space over the garages.

Where: Boughton Monchelsea,

three miles south of Maidstone.

Setting: On a quiet country lane,

on the edge of the village.

Beds: 4/5 Baths: 3

Special features: The coach house annexe has

been converted into a one-bedroom pad, with

a private terrace, perfect as a granny flat.

Pleasing details: Mature wisteria

on the front of the house.

Outside: Sitting in 3.6 acres of gardens

and paddocks, with a partially-walled

kitchen garden and original potting shed.

Time to town: Marden station is six miles

away, then just over an hour to Charing Cross.

Agent: Country Property Group

07580 212828 countrypropertygroup.com

Smithers Lane

£999,950

The dream: A very superior barn

conversion, providing a modern single-story

open-plan layout with a kitchen/dining/

family room, with multiple glass doors

onto the garden. There is wood flooring

throughout and characterful wood beams.

Where: Not far from the village

of Cowden, equidistant from East

Grinstead and Edenbridge.

Setting: In a hamlet of converted farm

buildings, in lovely agricultural countryside,

situated off a no-through road.

Beds: 4 Baths: 3

Pleasing details: A beautiful weeping

willow tree in the garden.

Outside: Lawned gardens with an

entertaining area, a fish pond and

water feature, plus a barn-ette

with parking and storage.

Time to town: Under an hour to

London Bridge from Cowden station,

or to Victoria from Edenbridge.

Agent: Humberts,

01342 326326 humberts.com

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which may make gifting the property

more attractive. If you inherited in the

last two years, you could use a deed of

variation, which will also be beneficial

for inheritance tax, because you will not

need to survive the gift by seven years.

If however you have owned

the property for some time, the

CGT may be substantial.

trust assets. The trustees decide which

of the potential beneficiaries benefit

from the trust and when, guided

by a letter of wishes from you.

You shouldn’t transfer property

worth more than £325,000 into trust

(or if the property is jointly owned

with your spouse or civil partner,

£650,000) otherwise inheritance

tax is immediately payable.

Settlor interested trust

Holdover relief is not available if

you, your spouse or your minor

children can benefit from the trust.

If you have children under 18, they

will not be able to benefit from

the trust until they are adults.

Principal Private Residence

Relief (PPR)

If your child will live in the property as

their main home, you shouldn’t normally

claim holdover relief. Usually a sale of a

main home would be exempt from CGT,

as it would attract PPR. However, PPR is

not available where holdover is claimed.

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

SDLT is not normally payable

on gifts. However, if there is a

mortgage on the property and your

child takes on responsibility for

this, SDLT could be payable.

done carefully. A legal agreement must

be prepared and it is essential that you

pay rent at market value for the rest of

your life. If at any time you are unable

to pay the rent, the property would fall

back into your estate for inheritance tax.

Deliberate deprivation

Finally, be aware that if one of the

reasons for gifting your property

is to avoid care home fees, the

gift may not be effective and you

may be assessed for care home

fees as if you still owned it.

A gift of property may be the best way to

help your child onto the property ladder

but there are complexities. A solicitor

can advise on the best options for you.

Transfers into trust

Avoiding the ‘GROB prob’

If you transfer the property into a

discretionary trust, the CGT can

be postponed until the property

is sold, using ‘holdover relief’.

A discretionary trust has a number

of potential beneficiaries, none of

whom has the right to benefit from

To be effective for inheritance tax, you

cannot keep any benefit in the gifted

property. If you gift your main home

and continue living there, this is a gift

with reservation of benefit (‘GROB’).

One way to avoid a GROB is to pay rent

for living in the property. This must be

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If you have a garden big enough for

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residential conveyancing expert with

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outlines some of the issues involved.

Physical constraints of your garden plot

Your garden must be able to

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you should be able to connect into the

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cost. If you need to run cables or pipes

across neighbouring land, you will need

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Getting planning permission for your

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Your new build will require planning

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permission your local authority will

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its own policies and your plans for

the building. Some plots, particularly

those in established residential areas,

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development, but your local planning

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on its individual merits. There may also

be additional costs payable under the

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Other consents you may need

There may be legal restrictions in your

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possible to negotiate a release or to take

out an insurance policy which can protect

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If you have a mortgage you will also

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You can, of course, sell your plot to a

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This may not be so profitable but could

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you could sell an option over your land.

You would then retain ownership until

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Before deciding to go down this

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For example, she may suggest an uplift

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If you plan on staying in your current

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which you have little control. What

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You will have much more control if you

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Take specialist advice and plan ahead

If you decide to sell off part of your

garden, be clear on the extent of the land

you are transferring. This can help to

avoid boundary disputes in the future.

You will also need to ensure the two plots

have any necessary rights over each other,

including the right to run services, rights

of way and parking. If you are staying in

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further development or other activities

on the land you are selling. You can

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covenant in the transfer.

Seek advice from your solicitor at the

earliest opportunity so that you are aware

of any legal issues affecting your property

so that you may proceed with your plans

to build on your land without any hidden

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What to do and see near you this month

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This month, visit Belgravia Gallery in Cranleigh to see artworks

by Nelson Mandela in a truly inspirational exhibition, telling

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

and further testament to Mandela’s ability to overcome adversity

and see the positive in even the most negative situations.

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

time on Robben Island, including the prison hospital ward which

was the only place where political prisoners crossed paths with

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

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

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

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

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

will be on show at Belgravia Gallery’s exhibition space in Cranleigh.

You can also see and purchase some of Mandela’s artworks online.

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Previous pages: The dining room table used to be Rob’s

meeting room table, from his office in London. Both the

artwork on the wall behind the dining table and the suit

hanging from the ceiling in the corner were created by Rob.

This page: The bottles displayed in a cosy side snug room

were from Rob’s father who was an old-school pharmacist

Describing a house as ‘tardis-like’ is a typical estate

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more to offer than is perhaps evident from the

outside. In the case of Rob and Jane’s house – a former pub

on the edge of the Weald in Kent – the size of the building

comes as little surprise. It’s obviously a substantial pad.

There are, however, a few clues on the outside to suggest

that this might be a rather special home. The words:

‘Saloon’, ‘Public Bar’ and ‘Dining Room’ etched into the

front windows is not something you see every day…

“It’s quite funny how people react,” says Jane, of the

Grade II listed former pub. “People say, ‘Oh, isn’t it a shame

you had to keep those windows!’ They’re pretty rare these

days.” It’s clear that Rob and Jane wouldn’t have it any

other way. It’s also evident that if any homeowners can rock

this original feature, it’s them. Rob, a creative director in

the music industry and Jane, whose career was in fashion

retail, have worked their creative magic on this building

over 20 years. Throw in the input of talented friends and

designers and you’ve got something pretty unique – and not

what you would expect to find in your average village.

“When we first moved here we lived upstairs in what

is now Rob’s studio while we ripped out the downstairs

and opened it all up,” says Jane. Originally, the ground

floor was dark and dingy, with lots of small rooms, linked

by a central corridor – plus lots of fire doors. The floors

were rotten, from years of spilt beer, and faux historic

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circular glass coffee table, minimalist

chairs and simple oak shelves


Above: A piece by the artist Wreckage, a member of an art

co-operative called the Mutoid Waste Company, painted on a

panel of a fighter jet, hangs above the woodburner in the sitting

room Left: Harvey Jones fitted out the kitchen

decor hid the genuine old structure underneath.

“We were very lucky,” says Rob. “We had a friend, a

former neighbour, who was an architect specialising in

old buildings. When Nick came in and said, ‘We’ll take

these walls down, and put in this kind of goalpost RSJ

thing’, it sounded like a big-old engineering feat.” But

they trusted his judgement and the budget just about

allowed for it. “When we walked in the door for the first

time and saw the view and the light… we knew we’d

made the right decision,” says Rob. The only hitch was

that they ran out of money when it came to fitting the

doors. “We planned to have oak doors to the snug and the

kitchen,” says Rob. “But we thought, ‘It doesn’t look too

bad without doors, let’s try it.’ Now we love it without.”

The couple, who met at school, lived and worked in

London for many years. Their first flat was in Shepherd’s

Bush, then Parsons Green, before they bought a Regency

maisonette in Camden. “That was when we got our taste for

doing up period homes,” says Jane. After that, they moved to

Boughton-under-Blean in Kent before finding their current

home. “This is the longest we have ever stayed in one

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black paint and were stripped back. A loo

had been located where there is now a

window halfway up the stairs

place,” says Rob, and it’s clear that they

love it here. “It’s a big house… But we

just love space. Space feels like more of

a luxury to me than wealth,” he adds.

They are not the only ones who

love this house, interviewer aside.

“We’ve had quite a few long-term

guests – people who have come

for a few days and stayed longer,”

says Rob. “My godson came for

an emergency two-week break and

was here for six months”. It is also

a fantastic house at Christmas,

they add, with all six bedrooms

easily accommodating family…

Filling the downstairs of the house

would take some doing and, in recent

years, the couple have even hosted

one or two am-dram productions.

“The stilettos killed the parquet,”

laughs Jane. The mere fact that they

allowed a drama group to perform

in their house says a lot about the

couple’s relaxed, welcoming attitude

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Above: The shelving in Jane’s workroom-cum-dressing room came from an old haberdasher’s in Birchington.

“He was closing down, so I put a note through the door saying, ‘If you’re going to get rid of the shelving,

please can I buy it?’ It houses all my junk really; hairdryers, bits and bobs,” says Jane

bright lounge (the ‘sunny room’) or through the kitchen,

into a vast dining/living room. At the other end is the

snug, downstairs washroom and sauna. “We spend most

of our time in the little snug at the back of the house,”

says Jane. “We like the ‘sunny room’ in the mornings,

maybe for a coffee, but when you want to chill out at

the end of the day, it’s the smallest, darkest room that

we head to. I think that’s what we do as humans.”

The sunny room, home to a selection of contemporary,

graphic prints – including Rob’s favourite, by Eduardo

Paolozzi – is the most modern room in the house. A

lime green modernist chair and footstool share the

room with a circular glass coffee table, minimalist

chairs and simple oak shelves. “This is the newest part

of the building, in the sense that it’s Victorian,” says

Rob. The interior décor, however, is anything but.

“We decorated the room around the Paolozzi print,” says

Rob. “It was an accidental find. We were window shopping

on a Sunday in Covent Garden and it was in a furniture

shop. We didn’t like any of the furniture, but we loved

that print. I said to Jane, looking through the window,

‘I’m sure that’s a Paolozzi print’. So we phoned the shop

the next day and spoke to a guy called Tommy Roberts, a

barrow-boy made good in the fashion industry, who started

a company called Practical Styling. I think he just needed

some cash at the time, so he sold it to us quite reasonably.”

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There seems to be little creative tension between the couple, who agree that

they work well together: “We’ve got similar tastes – we discuss colours – but I

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Above: The brightly coloured patchwork day bed was created, bespoke, for Jane by Squint in Shoreditch. Hanging on the wall behind

is an equally bright painting by Nathan Pendlebury

on in here,” says Jane, “though neither of us is terribly

religious”. A marble carving is set in the wall, featuring

the symbols Alpha & Omega – from the cradle to the

grave. “We like mixing religious themes with pub décor,”

says Rob. A prayer board, written in Arabic and found in

Marrakesh, hangs on the wall, next to a salvaged chapel

door that leads through to the sauna and downstairs shower

room. “We brought the door with us when we moved,

so we had to find somewhere for it to fit!” says Jane.

Next to the impressive door is an old dresser, stacked

with quirky glassware and curios. “The bottles came from

my father, who was an old-school pharmacist,” says Rob.

“He had a lot of old bottles. Now, if I see a bottle, and

I like the label, I buy it.” It’s the perfect alternative to a

cabinet of curiosities, with added authenticity given the

family connection. “We like it being a bit dusty too… It


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This page: The master bed was found

in an antique shop in Lewes

adds to it. I’m allowed to dust it once or twice a year,” says Jane.

Next to the snug are the stairs. Wide, solid and with rustic,

turned bannisters, they are a suitably grand heart to this

substantial home. At the top of the first flight is a pretty leaded

window, looking out over the terraced rear garden. A wide

windowsill is home to an historic-looking typewriter and wide

enough to sit on: “This area used to be a toilet,” says Jane.

“There was a sweet little loo, or water closet, which I am sure

was for the bar staff. Nick suggested we put a nice, recessed

window in instead. Rob campaigned very hard to keep the

toilet… I don’t know why, as there were loos everywhere!”

Upstairs we get to see the generous number of bath and

washrooms, starting first with what has been nicknamed ‘the

dog’s bathroom’. Harvey, a seven-year-old caramel-coloured


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This page: The attic bedrooms have a darker, more historic feel

cockerpoo, is an extremely lucky boy, though I am not sure

he fully appreciates the artworks on the wall, or Jane’s use

of Farrow & Ball’s ‘Stony Ground’ on the walls. That said,

neither does Rob: “I’m a bit more of a colourful person”.

That said, there seems to be little creative tension between

the couple, who agree that they work well together: “We’ve

got similar tastes – we discuss colours – but I tend to paint,”

says Jane. “And I tend to sketch out ideas,” adds Rob.

Back to the dog’s bathroom (the nickname is very much

tongue-in-cheek): “Much of the woodwork is by our friend

Michael, who’s a retired woodwork teacher. He’s done a

lot of these surfaces and details. The artwork is by Michele

Rossi, one of our designers at Stylorouge. The people in

the images are all Italian friends of his.” Rob adds that he

wished he had been the creator of these fabulous photos,

splashed across the surface with fluorescent, lava-like paint.

Ever modest, the house is full of amazing work by Rob

and his team at Stylorouge – the company he founded

in 1981. Only after our interview and tour of the house

do I discover that Rob and Stylorouge are responsible for

a plethora of famous images and campaigns including

the globally recognisable Trainspotting poster, as


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Upstairs it’s easy to imagine {the guest bedrooms} as accommodation in a country

inn, though these days they would be more suited to a boutique hotel

well as album covers for the likes of Blur, Squeeze,

Dusty Springfield, David Bowie and many more.

Upstairs, on the first floor, the bathrooms and bedrooms

are linked by a long, main corridor. It’s easy to imagine

them as accommodation in a country inn, though these

days they would be more suited to a boutique hotel. The

master bedroom, as one might expect, has a large en suite

with marble-topped bath and decent-sized walk-in shower.

“The shower is in an old stairwell that we uncovered

when doing building work,” says Rob. The couple’s

French-style, upholstered bed was from an antique shop

in Lewes, while the brightly coloured patchwork day bed

was created, bespoke, for Jane by Squint in Shoreditch.

On the wall, and perfectly paired, is an equally

bright painting. The artwork is by Rob’s friend, Nathan

Pendlebury, who gave it to him as a thank you for being

commissioned by Stylorouge. “We just put it there and

thought how well it went with the day bed,” says Jane. “I

am always moving stuff around from one room to another

– nothing’s fixed.” “I call it merchandising,” laughs Rob.

On the other side of the corridor is Jane’s workroomcum-dressing

room. It’s a neat example of Jane’s style

and approach to the house. “The shelving is from an

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note through the door, saying, ‘If you’re going to get

rid of the shelving, please can I buy it?’ It houses all

my junk really; hairdryers, bits and bobs.” Next to the

shelving is an original Biba poster from the 1970s, the

pendant lamp is handmade by Jane from a bowler


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This page: The courtyard back garden consisits of terraced borders and a raised central

lawn. The original stables and hayloft now serve as ample storage for garden tools

hat while on top of the shelving sit a variety of vintage hat boxes.

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Shopping Secrets

You will be spoilt for choice at Wealden Time Midsummer Fair from 4th-6th June,

boasting more than 250 handpicked stalls spilling out on to the lawns of Hole Park.

Selling everything from stunning collectibles to handmade fashion and beautiful

items for your garden, there is something for everyone whether you are just browsing

or on a serious shopping spree! As there is so much choice, we turned to the Wealden

Times team for their insider shopping tips on what to look out for this summer…

LUCY FLEMING, EDITOR

absolutely adore the leopard

I rug from This Wild House that my

mum and I found at the fair for my daughter’s

bedroom last year. I’ve picked up so many

gorgeous things from our fairs over the years,

it’s hard to narrow them down, but I do love a

huge crystal ring that I bought from one of our

earliest stallholders, Veronique Designs. She used

to make statement jewellery with huge natural

stones, shells and curiosities that she hand-set

in silver. It remains one of my favourite finds.

We recently photographed Sadie Dorchester’s

home for the magazine, and I’m so looking

forward to seeing her colour block ottomans at

the Midsummer Fair. My family is a massive

fan of Thomas Cookie, so I’ll definitely be

making a beeline to their stand for their

incredibly moreish artisan cookies.

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“I’ve picked up

so many gorgeous

things from our

fairs over the years,

it’s hard to narrow

them down”

VIVIEN COTTERILL-LEE, MANAGING DIRECTOR

love my Birdie London Jumper that I bought at

I the Midwinter Fair. I also love the Fashion

Loft, I bought a gorgeous fluffy jacket –

always end up with something less ordinary

and something I wouldn’t always buy, but

the girls, Amanda and Sophie, are so good

at pushing you out of your fashion comfort

zone! It’s like personal shopping at Selfridges!

At the Midsummer Fair I enjoy the garden

inspiration. I would love a fruit tree and anything from Around

the Garden Table – such a gorgeous stand. My favourite thing

about the fair is talking to the stall holders. They are all so

passionate about what they do and it just rubs off on you and

makes buying twice as nice! I’m also saving for an Amulette ring!!

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“My favourite thing about

the fair is talking to the

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passionate about what they do”


JUDE BROWN, ACCOUNT MANAGER - EVENTS

As soon as we start taking bookings from exhibitors

for the fair (seven months beforehand), I start

selecting things I would like to buy. Every week running

up to the fair I add something else to my shopping wish list, it’s

a nightmare! I love buying clothes so by the time the show arrives

I try to select one ‘investment item’ which I’ll wear to death. I

bought a lovely blue top two years ago from No 3,

which I have worn many times. I am already looking

forward to wearing it when the sun comes out!

I’m excited about browsing the homewear

stands this year for our newly decorated cottage,

particularly the new collection from Three

Grey, alongside Ibbi for glasswear, Wonki

Wear ceramics and baskets… I can’t wait!

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FLO SIMPSON, SHOW DIRECTOR

“Last year

I bought

a fabulous

gold octopus

candleholder

that gets a lot

of compliments!”

Last year I bought a fabulous

gold octopus candleholder

from Homebody Décor

which I love and it gets

a lot of compliments!

The lovely exhibitor

even let me buy the

pink candles with it that

were only meant to be used

as display. And black bomber cheese – it’s

my husband’s absolute favourite and I’m

always in trouble if I don’t come home

with some from The Cheese & Pie Man.

This summer I’m focusing on getting

my garden looking lovely. Having put in a

vegetable patch and some new borders last

year, I’m excited to fill them with bits from

the Canterbury Oast Trust who always have

such a great selection of plants. I’ll also be

keeping an eye out for some of the other

outdoor exhibitors with gardening bits such

as Around the Garden Table and Potting Up.

ANTHONY BOXALL,

DESIGN & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

One of my favourite purchases from the fair

was a rusty flower for the garden! I’ve

worked at Wealden Times for 17 years and

every year, I really enjoy the atmosphere of

the Midsummer Fair. I particularly like some

of the outdoor stalls and I’ve had my eye on

the Pizza Ovens from Firepod for a while now.

I normally head straight to the food, while my

wife goes around the stalls. This year, I am looking

forward to getting something to eat at Spade &

Spoon, washed down with something from Booze

Hounds. And then to Simply Ice Cream to finish

off. It’s a great day out if you are a foodie like me.

“I’ve had my eye on the Pizza Ovens

from Firepod for a while now”

See Firepod at

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Midsummer

Fair this June

“Every week i add

something else to my

shopping wish list,

it’s a nightmare!”

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New Exhibitors for 2020

If you love fashion, browsing artisan items for your

home and garden and locally sourced food and drink,

the Wealden Time Midsummer Fair is the perfect day

out from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 June. Shoppers will

be in heaven at Hole Park, browsing marquees bursting

with hundreds of new and familiar exhibitors. Look out

for new fashion label Kate Barton and nature-inspired

garden art from A Blackbird Sang. Come for a great day

out and leave with beautiful purchases to treasure forever.

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Events

We want to say a huge thank you to all our

wonderful standholders and visitors who have

supported our Fairs over the years. This year will

be our 12th Midsummer and Midwinter Fair and

many visitors have visited each and every one since

the very start in 2009. We’re so looking forward to

welcoming old and new faces to 2020’s events.

‘Flock’ cakes

Recipe by: Jo Arnell Makes 6 finished cakes

Prep time: 30 mins Cooking time: 15 mins

One of our

favourite

recipes from

March 2013

Julie & Vivien

“I started Wealden Times because I wanted to create

a fanzine for the Weald – a magazine to celebrate

the wonderful countryside, houses, gardens and food

produced in this part of Kent and Sussex. We’re so

lucky to be near the capital city but to have beaches,

forests, farmland and lovely local towns and villages

on our doorstep. And, most importantly, we live in a

great community filled with wonderful people and you

really get a sense of this meeting the homeowners in the

monthly homes features – still one of my favourite reads

in Wealden Times!” Julie Simpson, Executive Chairman

“I feel very fortunate to live, work and raise my family

in such a beautiful area and I know from talking to

you, our readers, that you feel the same. Wealden

Times celebrates everything that we all love about the

region we call home. It gives me particular pleasure to

be able to support and promote all the local businesses

in this thriving community. I count myself incredibly

lucky to be someone who can say that they love their

job!” Vivien Cotterill-Lee, Managing Director

For the cupcakes:

• 100g caster sugar

• 100g softened butter

• 100g self-raising flour

• 2 eggs

• 1tsp vanilla essence

For the butter icing:

• 100g butter

• 200g icing sugar

• 1tsp vanilla extract

• 1tbsp milk or water (to

make icing to right consistency

use a little more or less)

1 Preheat oven to 180°C

(Gas 4). Place cake cases

into cupcake tin.

2 Using an electric whisk

beat the butter and sugar

together until light and fluffy.

Gradually add the eggs – add

a little flour towards the

end of this if it looks like

the mixture might curdle.

3 Fold in the flour and

vanilla essence, then spoon

equally into 12 cake cases.

Bake for approx. 15 mins.

4 Once you’ve made the basic

cakes (double/triple the above

ingredients as necessary), use

them to make the sheep or curd

cupcakes (following recipes).

For the sheep faces and fleeces:

• 1 pack mini marshmallows

• 1 pack mini Cadbury’s

Creme Eggs

• marzipan for the ears

(you could dip slices of

marshmallow in chocolate

and stick them on with a

little icing)

• writing icing

5 Make the sheep faces using

chocolate eggs, writing icing and

marzipan, to make the ears and

eyes (you could always dip slices

of marshmallow in chocolate

and stick them on using icing).

Leave to set for a few minutes

while you make the bodies.

6 Stick pairs of fairy cakes

together (unwrap one and

invert) with a little buttercream

to make the sheep’s bodies and

then spread buttercream all over.

7Stick the sheep heads in

place. Make the fleeces by

poking mini marshmallows

into the buttercream – I

cut them in half, as my

sheep were rather plump.

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House of

Beulah

Using her own professional skills, Zoe Joannou

has transformed a classic Tunbridge Wells villa

into a glamorous space for modern living

Words: Maggie Alderson

Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Holly Levett

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Previous pages: The open-plan kitchen and dining space

This page: Crittall-style doors by Fabco Sanctuary lead out

from the dining room into the raised garden. The amazing gold

and glass light over the dining table is by Lindsey Adelman

I

started off interviewing interior designer Zoe Joannou

about her own house – but I was soon asking questions

about my own. (Specifically, what heading I should

have on the new curtains in my bedroom… there are

so many choices and it’s so complicated, who knew?)

When you are in the presence of an expert professional,

who has used her own skills and experience to transform a

fairly standard three-bedroom Tunbridge Wells Victorian villa

into a sleek contemporary four-bedroom dream home, with

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For starters, one of the ways Zoe has effected such a

striking change to her house is by going big. Really big. Not

just the standard knock-through and living-kitchen extension,

she has extended the house on all three floors, using reclaimed

bricks, with new wooden sash windows. “We wanted to go

big. While we were doing it, you could stand down here

in the basement and see all the way up to the rafters…”

She also went that little bit further to raise the ceiling

height in the basement to create the perfect kitchen/dining/

family room leading out to the garden through Crittallstyle

doors. Or to put it another way: the current ideal.

“We raised the ceiling height 30cms. It is the

basement, but I didn’t want it to feel like a basement.

It meant losing 30cms from the bedroom ceiling

but it’s OK in there, to gain it down here.”

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“I have got a lot of projects for my interior design company,

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Four matching large rectangular

mirrors, from West Elm, hung

square at the half landing, set

off by a very dramatic ceiling

light, with three huge dangling

golden glass bulbs – by Tala

lighting – really makes you feel

like you are in a New York hotel

This page: Lighting has been a important consideration for Zoe in every area of the house. With high ceilings throughout the house,

she’s had plenty of opportunity to experiment

next to the rear wall of steel-framed windows and looking

back and forth between the garden and the kitchen/

dining area, I can confirm it was all worth it.

And I’m not surprised to hear that several of Zoe’s neighbours

have already made enquiries to ask if she could do something

similar to their houses and at least one is already in progress.

“I have got a lot of projects for my interior design company,

House of Beulah, off the back of my own house,” she says.

Which has made all the extra investments that make

a big difference to the overall experience of this property

– such as really good quality contemporary furniture,

including the Robert Langford brass and antique mirror

coffee table between the sofas – more than worth it.

The house is also in the ideal part of Tunbridge Wells to

attract such business, in a street of lovely substantial early

Victorian villas – in various stages of renovation – just off

Camden Road, with its mix of interesting independent

businesses, including a fantastic artisan bakery and café.

Close to the main shopping area and a 15-minute

walk to the station, it’s perfect for the upwardly

mobile, young family demographic – people like

Zoe, her husband and their new baby.

This is the generation that has come of age in the current era

of the ‘social kitchen’ as the acme of modern lifestyle and so

it’s no wonder that Zoe’s particularly appeals to them – having

worked for Neptune, kitchens are one of her specialities.

It was while studying History of Art and Architecture

at Edinburgh university, that Zoe realised houses and

interiors were her thing. “It dawned on me that it was the

architectural element of the course that interested me the

most and since childhood I had been designing gardens and

interiors for my parents. Then, when I first left uni and was

working for a charity, I met a woman who was an interior

designer and realised that was what I should be doing.”

After training in interior design at the KLC design

school in Chelsea, she then worked for a London-based

architect and interior designer. “Transforming houses

very like this one… One of them had Crittall windows

put in and I thought, ‘one day I want to have that…’”

Her next job was with Neptune, training and


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bedroom with a true hotel feel with beaded panelling, a velvet bed

– from Sweetpea & Willow – and luxurious bedside tables from

Robert Langford, lined in velvet. The lights are by Astro Lighting

experience she has found invaluable. “It is so great to

understand the intricacies of kitchen design – fitting to

make the most of the space, incorporating the electrics and

plumbing – not just choosing fabrics and colours. My designs

always start with the kitchen; it’s the wow factor now.”

This particular kitchen has that and more, with bold charcoal

grey cupboard doors, with a mottled satin finish, designed to

look like polished concrete, set off by light-coloured worktops

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“The kitchen is from Leicht, a German brand, in Tunbridge

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I would love to have a solid-wood Neptune kitchen, but this

is not our forever home, it’s an investment project, so I had to

be restrained, but it is still a wonderful kitchen. It has German

functionality, with glass-sided drawers and drawers within drawers.

“I spent a bit more on the worktops to have Silestone quartz

– which looks like marble, but is much more practical – and

on the appliances. We’ve got a Neff hide-and-slide oven, a

Quooker for boiling water, a Fisher Paykel fridge…”

I note that this splendid fridge is not integrated behind

cupboard doors as they so often are in social kitchens, to

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Above: The heading on the curtains – the same colour as the walls – creates the calm, continuous atmosphere Zoe likes

blend in more. “It’s a beautiful fridge and I like exposing

big appliances. It works in a modern kitchen.”

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appliances – toasters, food processors, coffee

machines – go in cupboards with plugs and we

don’t have a kettle. I like rich minimalism.”

I also notice another detail I have deliberately used

in my own kitchen: while the fridge, oven and mixer

tap are all chrome, the door and drawer handles

(from Dowsing & Reynolds) and electric sockets

are brass. Was it deliberate? Yes. “Mixing metals

doesn’t bother me.” Hurrah! I feel vindicated.

And before we move on from the kitchen, two more

tips I picked up from Zoe: “I like to have an island in

a kitchen, so the cook can remain part of the kitchen’s


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polka dots on a soft grey background. Zoe had the

chair reupholstered in African animal fabric

social hub, but slightly removed,” and, “I chose bar stools with

backs for comfort. They work, because when friends come over

we always seem to eat up there, we rarely use the dining table.”

Heading back to the sitting area, I notice the lovely chest of

drawers with a marble top by Atkin & Thyme, which sits next

to the side entrance and is a great for making open spaces work,

without lots of stuff lying around. “You need it for gubbins…

That area, next to the outside side door, functions as a hallway,

with the cloakroom for coats in the built-in cupboard opposite.”

Looking towards the garden, Zoe tells me that the

windows are from Fabco Sanctuary, giving the Crittall

look – less frame, more glass – at a more accessible price.

I find myself taking a particular interest (see above) in how

the curtains are hung here, using a wave system, recessed into

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“There is a whole lighting system in the garden – I am

obsessed with lighting – the steps are lit, the plants in the

border on the left are lit, there are box lanterns on the walls

and strings of white festoon lights hung around.”

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Above left: The master bedroom en suite features a Carrara marble bowl basin on top of a walnut wood floating cabinet, with small

marble tiles from Mandarin Stone in a herringbone pattern as a splashback Above right: The same herringbone tiles form a beautiful

backdrop to the bath and shower in a guest bathroom

seen again in the amazing light over the dining table, which

is by Lindsey Adelman, and the three over the island, which

are from Buster & Punch (which is where I bought my light

switches – by this time I am feeling practically related to Zoe).

Heading up to the ground floor – on the Unnatural Flooring

Company sisal-effect, actually woven plastic, runner – Zoe

points out another of her pro-decorator details. “The walls in

the basement are Little Greene ‘Slaked Lime’ and ‘Slaked Lime

Mid’ on the woodwork. On the upper floors, that combination

is reversed, so there is the same two colours throughout the

house, which creates a calm and flowing atmosphere.”

That feeling is also very much created in me by

the master bedroom suite, which is a masterpiece of

boutique hotel décor – as requested by Zoe’s husband.

“My husband was my client and he said, ‘I want a hotel

vibe’, so I made it very sophisticated and sleek.”

The room is brought together by the beaded panelling

on the walls which Zoe measured out to match up with the

furniture. The bed is from Sweetpea & Willow, the headboard,

upholstered in Zoe’s favourite flat velvet in a dark shade of teal.

The bedside tables with drawers are from

Robert Langford and have beautiful details,

brass trim and drawers lined with velvet.

Once again, Zoe has taken great care with the

lighting in this room, with three separate sources:

reading lights, wall lights and ceiling spots.

What particularly attracts my attention, of course,

is the heading on the curtains – which are the same

colour as the walls, to create the calm, continuous

atmosphere Zoe likes, but with texture.

This curtain heading is what is known as

‘cartridge’, round pockets, which Zoe likes because

they stack neatly at each side when the curtains are

pulled open. (I underline it in my notebook.)

Next door, the en suite bathroom is equally swoonworthy,

with a Carrara marble bowl basin on top of a walnut wood

floating cabinet, with small marble tiles from Mandarin

Stone in a herringbone pattern as a splashback. There is

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Left: A guest bedroom is a tranquil space with a

statement light by West Elm Below left: A panel of tiles

by Artisans of Devizes in the utility room

a large shower stall and all the fittings – including

the wall lights – are brass. “I always put in a wide

shower screen, I can’t stand things on the floor – you

only need a gap of 600mm to get in and out. You

can just get a large pane of glass, wet room style.”

I take note that the on-and-off valve for the shower

is on the opposite wall to the shower head – a detail

I wish I’d seen before I put my own en suite in…

In a nice detail, Zoe has left the original

Victorian fireplace in here and painted it

the same colour as the walls which creates a

nice contrast with the so-sleek scheme.

Heading out into the hall, we turn to take

the stairs up to the top floor, where the baby’s

room and bathroom are, plus an office and

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Zoe shows me that from the top of these stairs,

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perhaps more fantasy than reality in the countryside

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meadow. Natural meadows can be a complicated tapestry

of wildflowers and to mix it up even more, since meadow

gardening became a thing about 30 years ago, a diversity

of relaxed, romantic and pictorial, or faux meadows have

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Meadows were once just a part of the rural landscape, a

taken for granted backdrop symbolic of summer in the

countryside. Traditional regimes in hay meadows and

crop fields allowed for poppies, cornflowers, and other

annual flowers to flourish, as removing the hay/corn

each year kept the soil less fertile and stopped the grasses

becoming too dominant. Sheep or cattle were allowed on

to graze after the fields were cut, trampling seeds down

into the soil as they did so, and the cycle continued.

The intensification of agricultural practices has lead

to the disappearance of cornfield meadows. Aside from

the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides,

it is also common for follow-on crops to be sown in the

autumn-winter wheat, oilseed rape, or green manures like

clover and vetches. This means the traditional rhythms

that the flowers fell into line with hundreds of years ago

have been disrupted and as a consequence most have

disappeared, or have been relegated to the field margins.

In recent years field edges have been extended, wildlife

corridors have been instated and many farmers are doing

their bit for biodiversity. While this is fine for perennial

plants and some meadows, it won’t help the cornfield

annuals. This also explains why many of us can’t grow

annual wildflower meadows successfully; we aren’t making

hay and we don’t have enough sheep roaming our gardens.

You’ll be relieved to hear that there are ways to replicate

an annual meadow without resorting to ancient farmland

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a mini meadow containing cornfield annuals is not always

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strip off the lawn and re-sow with a meadow mix, which will

contain more delicate grass species and a mix of wildflowers

(some of which will be happy in your space, depending on

your soil type and aspect). You may well get a good rate

of germination in the first year, but if you want to make

sure that annual wildflowers will grow again, they must

be allowed to set seed in the autumn, so be patient and

wait until the end of July or beginning of August before

cutting. Leave the cut top growth on the ground for a

Main image; Pictorial meadow in Jo’s garden Left: butterfly on

Verbena bonariensis Above: Cow parsley Right: Opium poppy

‘Lauren’s Grape’ Below: Cornfield annuals

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few days to encourage seeds to disperse, then rake it up

and remove to ensure that the soil fertility stays low.

Perennial wildflower meadows

A perennial is a plant that has a lifespan of more than a year

or two. It will keep reappearing (in theory) each spring.

Many of our native perennial wildflowers have gradually

turned into cottage garden favourites such as Geraniums

(cranesbill), Foxgloves, Achillea (yarrow) and Aquilegia

(columbine). These plants will manage in meadow situations,

but again the grass will out-compete them if it’s not carefully

managed. Perennials don’t germinate as readily from seed

as annuals, so a good way to start a perennial meadow is

by planting young plug-plants grown in modules. These

will establish more reliably and should flower in their first

or second season (depending on initial size and vigour).

Perennial meadow plants flower around midsummer and

so the meadow can be mown in early spring, then in late

summer and early autumn once the flowers have faded.

Yellow Rattle

There is a way of preventing the grass from out-competing

meadow flowers by growing a plant called Yellow Rattle

(Rhinanthus minor). This little plant is partially parasitic

on grass and will weaken it, allowing wildflowers a

foothold. Most meadow mixes now contain Yellow

Rattle seed, but it’s worth seeking out locally produced

seed that will be regionally adapted. It is an annual, best

sown in the autumn, or planted as plugs in spring.

Pictorial Meadows

A pictorial, or faux meadow, like those seen in the Olympic

park in 2012, uses non-native annuals and short lived

perennials to create a relaxed and wafting meadowy look. The

principals are broadly the same – you need to make sure that

any grasses are sparse and won’t swamp the delicate annuals,

or just use flowers and don’t include any grass at all. April is

a great time to sow a pictorial meadow, as seeds of plants like

Cosmos should germinate directly once the weather is warm

enough. To be on the safe side it is worth sowing a few of

the less hardy varieties as plugs to plant out once the danger

of frost is past, but this will make the process more labour

intensive. A wide range of annuals can be used to make a

pretend meadow; when we grew one a few years ago at one

of my courses, I bought a few packs of cornfield annuals

and mixed in seeds of other commonly available annuals. I

put them all in a bucket with some sand prior to sowing –

they need to be sown sparingly and the sand helps to spread

them out when you’re broadcast sowing by the handful.

You’ll need to prepare the ground; remove all weeds and

make the soil ready by raking it to a fine tilth (it should look

like crumble topping). Scatter seeds over the surface of the soil

and then rake over lightly. It won’t matter if you tread

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on it a bit – just as the sheep in the stubble fields press the

seeds into the ground, it’s important that the seed is in contact

with the soil. Within a few weeks it will be looking green

with new growth and should burst into meadowy splendour

by early July. Cut the meadow once the flowers have faded

and set their seed, remove the top growth once the seed has

dispersed and is frost tolerant, hardy seeds will germinate again

next year. You may want to top up with more of the more

delicate plants and weed out the thugs after the first year.

The New Perennial Garden Style

A wild ‘prairie’ style can be achieved by growing ornamental

grasses such as Miscanthus, Stipa and Calamagrostis instead of

meadow grass and mixing in late flowering perennials. Daisy

flowers – Asters, Heleniums and Rudbeckias – work well, nectar

rich Sedums and tenacious plants that would be thugs in a more

polite border, such as Persicaria, Crocosmia and Phlomis, will

spread to create great drifts or waves of colour. The advantage of

using ornamental grasses is that they look good all through the

winter, especially when back lit by the low sun, with the seed

heads of the perennials silhouetted against them. This style of

gardening works best on a large scale and is becoming popular in

parks and larger spaces, as it is relatively low maintenance – the

plants all get a severe haircut in the spring and off they go again.

Weeds

We tend to forget that many of our wildflowers fall into this

category. Weeds are troublesome in our gardens because

they’ve developed to survive in very difficult conditions out

in the wild, competing with each other for survival. When

they gatecrash into our gardens, they can’t believe their luck

and so romp about in the rich soil, bullying our dainty garden

centre plants and taking over. Eradicating them calls for

vigilance, but this is harder in a semi-wild meadow situation,

so it pays to remember that they are a wonderful resource

for wildlife and that a few weeds in your meadow will add

a bit of authenticity – a useful thing to say to visitors…

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Annuals suited to

meadow situations

They will like sunny, free-draining positions

and most are summer flowering

Annual poppies – grow either the field poppy,

Papaver rhoeas, or the opium (P. somniferous). If

they like your conditions they will spread around.

Often pops up when ground is cultivated.

Cornflowers – available in a range of pastel colours

and one really dark maroon cultivar, but the blue

form is the most beautiful. Will self-seed.

Marigolds – cheerful orange daisy flowers, really

easy to grow and another happy self-seeder.

Amni majus – a tame Cow parsley-type

flower; tall, with large white lacy flowers

Orlaya grandiflora – another umbellifer,

delicate umbels of white, shorter than

Amni majus and not as invasive.

Larkspur – the annual Delphinium available in

several shades of blue, mauve pink and white.

Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist) –

prolifically self-seeding, with ferny foliage and

attractive seed heads, as well as flowers.

Cosmos bipinnatus – an easy half-hardy

annual (not frost tolerant). Tall daisy flowers

in white and shades of pink. It has good,

ferny foliage and lasts well as a cut flower.

Cleome spinosa – an unusual tall half-hardy

annual, sometimes called the spider flower,

as the flower is somewhat spidery.

Top: Cornflower ‘Black Boy’ Above: Hampton Court Flower

show - meadow in a mirrored box by Alex Rainford-Roberts

Sunflowers – available in colours other than yellow –

this well known hardy annual makes a tall and cheerful

addition and is also great for attracting wildlife.

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How have our Wealden garden designers been encouraging

wildlife back into the garden with wildflower planting?

WILDFLOWER MEADOWS

“Creating a wildflower meadow in your garden is

a lovely way to ‘soften’ the space and to encourage

wildlife diversity, such as bees, butterflies and birds,

and is a positive way to help the natural environment.

Since the second world war over 95% of wildflower

meadows have disappeared. Lost ancient meadows

can’t be replaced, but we can try to redress the balance.

Few people knew more about Meadow

gardening than Christopher Lloyd. He said

‘To see a meadow in bloom is a great delight.

It is alive and teeming with life, mysterious,

dynamic and seemingly out of control’.

Troy Scott Smith softened the look at Sissinghurst

recently too with meadow flowers sown in the spaces

around the perimeter and even in the car park.

King John’s Nursery at Etchingham have created

floriferous wild flowers in their Rose Garden.

As a garden designer, I have also included

areas of meadow, even in some smaller

projects. Knowledge of soil and aspect is

crucial to the choice of suitable plants.”

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Wildflower gardens

“As we know, our birds, bees and wildlife are in decline. A lot of garden

flowers are bred for low-maintenance and therefore not always good

for our insects and wildlife. Introducing wildflowers into your garden

encourages more species of insects and birds. Wildflower gardens

are low-maintenance and look wonderful. Sow wild seeds in lawns,

borders, window boxes or containers in autumn or spring. The poorer

the soil the better. I recommend the following seeds and plant plugs:

Foxgloves, Red Campion, Ox Eye Daisies, Lesser known Knapweed,

Field Scabious, Native red Clover. Corn Cockle, Common

Vetch, Wild marjoram, Honesty, Cornflowers and Poppies

Not only do wildflowers look great in your garden, you are

doing something positive for the environment too.”

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statement with unusual

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Well, the usual deluge hasn’t

happened today. Perhaps

spring is definitely on

its way. Actually, I think it is and

so do the bumblebees. I saw a huge

one collecting pollen from the

flowers of that wonderful ground

cover plant, Trachystemon orientalis

(Abraham-Isaac-Jacob) just now.

Things have been bursting into

life despite torrential downpours.

For example, treasures such as

hellebores (and just who is snipping

off their heads and discarding them?);

primroses are in full swing and

the cowslips are not far behind.

Some crocus are still going strong,

despite taking a battering, and spring

treats like pulmonaria and that

gorgeous arum, Arum italicum subsp.

italicum ‘Marmoratum’ with its long,

marbled, heart-shaped leaves are

showing themselves. There’s a patch

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with a silver leaved cyclamen which

to my certain knowledge has never

flowered. The leaves are so gorgeous

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Left and below: Ferula communis

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Right: Ferula communis

Below: Cactus in bloom

you of limey yellow euphorbias and

has the airy habit of cow parsley.

Another wonderful plant for unusual

shape and form would be the giant

fennel, Ferula communis. These are

related to the common culinary fennel

but belong to a different genus. Ferula

communis are in the carrot family but

decidedly more spectacular. Their native

habitat is in the Mediterranean region

and interestingly in the shrublands of

East Africa. From a huge clump of finely

dissected foliage a 3m-high inflorescence

unfurls, eventually producing wonderful

yellow umbels. It is such a stunning

plant and insect friendly too.

There’s a subspecies called ‘Glauca’

which gets to the same height, the

difference being glaucous, bluey leaves.

And Beth Chatto named the Tangier

fennel, Ferula communis tingitana

‘Cedric Morris’ after her friend,

Cedric Morris, the plantsman who

originally collected the seed. This one

is slightly shorter – but still comes

in at 1½m – the difference being the

shiny leaves and green umbels. They

all flower in June but are exciting at all

times of the year; in winter spectacular

silhouettes tower over the borders.

If you could only grow one tree, Tilia

henryana would surely be a candidate.

I’ve probably written about this absolute

favourite more than once. Henry’s Lime

originates from China and was first

discovered by the Irish plant hunter,

Augustine Henry. However, it wasn’t

introduced to the West until 1901 when

Ernest Wilson brought it in. It deserves

to be more widely planted and there

are suppliers now who have them in

stock, although it still seems to be a rare

tree. It has huge, bristled ovate leaves

which start the season tinged with red.

By the autumn the ‘sea-green’ leaves

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Left: Filial henryana

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Whether you use yours as a space to tidy away

your garden essentials, a retreat for five minutes’

peace or a stunning focal point, sheds are an

essential part of the garden. Here’s our run-down

of three of the loveliest, from practical to posh

The Posh Shed Company’s Gothic Shed makes quite a statement

with its detailed fascia boards and Gothic arch within the door and

window frames. It’s available in three build options (Posh: supplied

pressure treated and ready for self-assembly, Very Posh: painted,

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quality and features), five sizes and three roof options. Prices start at

£1,822, plus delivery and installation. theposhshedcompany.co.uk

With a greenhouse at one end and a large

storage area at the other, The Corner Garden

Potting Shed (and mini Greenhouse) from

Rowlinson is pretty and practical. Its three

opening, seven fixed and three roof panel

windows make it a bright and airy spot for

your plants to thrive and grow and with the

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The Brick Summerhouse Company: “For this project the

clients wanted us to create an area to escape to and relax

in the hot summer months, as well as to create a beautiful

focal point across their newly landscaped knot garden.

To complement the surrounding Georgian

period property we used a combination of reclaimed

handmade red bricks and split faced Portland stone

for the quoining around the doors and windows.

The curved roof was constructed with traditional handmade

tiles and lead detailing on the hips, roof cap and finial. We

used Georgian-style double doors with bay-style casement

windows to match those of the adjacent building.” Prices

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Where the WILD

things are

Try these tips to encourage wildlife to flourish in your garden

“There is a shortage of natural nesting holes for wild birds, which impacts population

numbers of many familiar species. Putting up a nestbox provides shelter and attracts

welcome visitors including many insects which act as pollinators and a food source for

birds. Safe hideaways also attract hedgehogs, toads and solitary bees, and can be made

by combining recycled tiles and pipes with hollow plants stems, dry grass and leaves.

For more information on where and when to put up nestboxes, visit nestboxweek.com”

Imogen Stephens, General Manager at Merriments Gardens

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“As well as adding a nestbox or hedgehog home to your garden, remember their

residents also need plenty of food. The best starting point is to fill your garden with

plants. Fruit trees are amazing for nature: plenty of pollen, blossom, branches and,

if you can spare it, fruit! They can be very easy to plant, and grow quickly.”

Anna Feeney, spokesperson for RSPB

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“Entice butterflies and moths with Primrose, Blackthorn, and April flowering

native Common Dog-Violet, which all provide an early source of nectar and

pollen. Planting or sowing Common Bird’s-Foot Trefoil, Red Clover, Common

Knapweed, Field Scabious and Wild Marjoram on bare ground in April will

also give you a boost in summer flowers that will encourage more butterflies to

use their gardens later in the year. Catering for hungry caterpillars is easy too;

just leave grasses, Common Nettle, Common Ivy, Bramble and Dandelion to

grow wild around the compost area. You can target specific species too: Common

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Jo Arnell strikes a happy balance with

her indoor/outdoor plant picks

If you’re looking for plants that will

manage to do well both indoors

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in a shady space, there are a few star

performers that will fit the bill. Top

of my list is small leaved ivy, either

dark green or variegated. Ivy is a great

plant in low light levels and is very

easy to train and prune into shape.

Many houseplants will benefit from

a summer holiday outside in the

garden, but they will need to be

put somewhere that’s sheltered

and in the shade – light levels in

even the brightest of homes are

much lower than outside and

leaves will scorch if the plant is

placed in direct bright sunlight.

Succulents, such as Echivera, Crassula

and Aeoniums, will enjoy being

placed on a sunny patio throughout

the warmer months, but really don’t

like our winters very much – they are

adapted to dry climates, so it is the

wet that gets to them (I’m beginning

to know how they feel after this

winter). Bring them into a cool porch

in the autumn.

There are some plants that can

manage to live inside and in the

garden – maybe not all of the time,

but it is possible to enjoy a few of

them outside of their normal season.

Summer Geraniums – the tender

Pelargoniums, as opposed to those

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Not so long ago, the biggest beauty concern for most

of us was the impact that a product might have on

our face, body or hair. But times change – and fast:

now, many of us are equally concerned about the impact

it might have on the planet. Fact: although most women

understand well that beauty products aren’t

frivolous or fluffy try looking at it this way:

the time we spend on our beauty routines is

often the ONLY thing we do just for ourselves

in the space of a day – it somehow still seems

terribly guilt-inducing to send a jar or a serum

bottle or a hand wash pump to landfill.

Having banged the drum about this

for pretty much a couple of decades (Sarah Stacey and

I wrote The Green Beauty Bible back in 2003), I know

better than most that it’s taken the beauty world a while

to catch up. But I am still hugely heartened that during

the past 18 months, many different companies have got

in on the ‘eco-packaging’ act. Maybe they feel they need

to be seen to be doing it, but does it really matter? At the

“The Olay

initiative is

perhaps the most

ground-breaking”

end of the day, the result is the same: packaging that’s less

wasteful and more widely available – and as it’s rolled out,

also creates a positive spiral of greater eco-awareness.

So this month, I thought I’d focus on some great initiatives

– and bust some packaging myths. Because while it’s fine for

companies to say ‘recycled’ on the packaging,

we still have to separate and sort our empties

(more of which anon). In addition, there are

several different types of plastic – all technically

recyclable but in reality, not always recycled

by every council. As I know well, councils

can be coy about sharing info on which they

actually process and which still go to landfill

after we’ve duly sorted them – so I encourage you all to

contact the council which takes away your recycling and find

out which numbers they actually process. (I do have to give

an honourable mention to Colgate, whose Smile for Good

Toothpaste also comes in the industry’s first recyclable tube.)

What we really want to see is companies moving

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recycled materials because that’s already squared the circle,

sustainability-wise. Neal’s Yard Remedies’ familiar blue plastic

bottles are now 100% recycled (the glass bottles and jars,

of course, are recyclable). Cult naturals brand Tata Harper

uses recycled glass, while Aveda – famously committed to

the environment from the word go – now package 85%

of skincare and haircare in 100% recycled materials.

Taking advantage of refills, where we can, is something else

we can do, although as with many issues, it’s not as simple as

it looks. Because of the need for packaging to be spotlessly

clean, for health and safety reasons, what’s mostly happening

is that companies such as L’Occitane, Scandi make-up name

Kjaer Weis, Soap Co., Charlotte Tilbury, M.A.C. and even

Olay are offering minimally-packaged options with which

to ‘recharge’ your current packaging or compact. Fulfilled

(wearefullfilled.co) use beautiful aluminium bottles that

not only last for longer than most, but are also refillable.

The Olay initiative is perhaps most ground-breaking because

this is such a big brand; just like L’Occitane Divine Harmony

(of which I’m a massive fan), you slip the refill inside your

existing jar. Even Dior is making an effort: no refills, yet, but

they are eliminating the cellophane, excess cardboard and even

the paper leaflet previously included with its luxury products.

Faith in Nature is one of the few brands offering a proper

refill service for a wide range of their washes, shampoos

and conditioners, at many different locations around the

country (look for a list of Refill Stations on faithinnature.

co.uk). Beauty Kitchen, meanwhile, just announced the

future rollout of a nationwide refill scheme – but for now,

either return empty aluminium bottles bearing the ‘Return •

Refill • Repeat’ logo using a free shipping logo downloadable

from their website, or drop off at a Holland & Barrett store

(you’ll also receive points on your H&B loyalty card). Even

perfume houses are getting in on the refill act; interestingly,

this was pioneered some years ago by Mugler with their

‘Source’ refill stations (for fragrances like Alien, Angel, etc.);

more recently, Le Labo and the rising star perfume brand

Floral Street will also now refill your current scent bottle

with the same fragrance, in the latter case at their fab Covent

Garden flagship store; they get further green ‘Brownie points’

because their bottles are 100% compostable (like an egg

box), while they spurn tissue paper, cellophane and plastic.

But at the end of the day, we all have to take responsibility

for not casually throwing our beauty empties in the bin.

Most of us are pretty good at recycling baked bean cans,

wine bottles and cornflakes boxes – but that box that came

with your moisturiser…? The lid of that moisturiser…?

The pot it came in…? Doesn’t happen nearly so often.

It might seem like a teeny jar or a lid, but

imagine the mountains that simply end up in

landfill, every year… A salutary thought, eh?

Here’s the lowdown on what can be recycled…

• Glass face cream pots (Don’t forget the cardboard

packaging it came in – and the little leaflet inside.)

• Perfume and aftershave bottles

• Plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles

• Plastic moisturiser bottles Think: hand cream and

body lotion. (Though as I’ve said, do take your

council to task on exactly which numbers they can

process; these teeny numbers feature on the underside

of packaging, inside a recycling symbol, but you do

sometimes need a magnifying glass to read them!)

• Aerosol deodorant cans Worried about product

‘residues’ or unsure about whether some bits

should be binned? Follow these simple rules…

1Rinse first Before putting plastic bottles in the recycling

bin, if it’s easy/possible to do so, wash them using a

bottle brush and very hot water/detergent, before rinsing.

Love your lids Plastic caps – for instance,

2 from deodorant cans and moisturiser bottles

– can go in with the recycling, too.

Remove your tops! Pump dispenser tops – for

3 instance, on liquid soap bottles – should be removed

and disposed of with your ordinary waste, as currently

they can’t be recycled. (And this also means that if a

perfume bottle has a spray attachment, this should

be removed before recycling. If you can’t separate the

two, alas you’ll have to put the bottle in the bin.

Bag it up! If you tend to forget about putting beauty items

4 for recycling in the recycling bin downstairs or wherever,

try hanging a pretty reusable bag on your bathroom door.

Avoid single use products If you’re using these products,

5 for instance, single-use wipes, they can fill up the bin

pretty quickly – which is one reason I’m so keen on muslin

cloths for cleansing. (The other? They will lightly exfoliate

skin each time you use one, leaving your skin noticeably

brighter.) Some wipes are now compostable, but you’ve got

to remember to compost them. As for single-use masks? Give

‘em up, not just for Lent but forever because for now there’s

nothing you can do to give that foil pack a new life.

So keep watching this space because the

beauty world is getting greener – and I’d say,

a little rosier, too – all the time.

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Beauty

Julie Dalton from Beauty at The Grain Store, Rolvenden,

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These ingredients soften the skin and lock in moisture,

leaving your complexion bright, revitalised and shine-free.”

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Wellbeing

Holiday skin

Henrietta Norton’s six steps to sensational post-holiday skin

Nourishing our skin

is always important,

never more so than

when we return from a sunny

holiday, to prevent dry skin

and premature ageing and to

prolong your sun-kissed glow.

Here are my six top tips to care

for your post-holiday skin…

HERBS FOR YOUR SKIN

Gotu kola and ashwagandha are wonderful

anti-ageing herbs. Gotu kola improves blood

circulation and supports the production

of collagen while ashwagandha helps to

reduce inflammation, protects the skin from

oxidative stress and promotes skin healing.

The product I use is our Wild Nutrition’s

Food-Grown® KSM-66 Ashwagandha

Plus which provides 500mg of organic

ashwagandha root with Food-Grown®

Magnesium to support the

body’s resilience.

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ALLOW YOURSELF TIME

We often need time to recover from

our travels, especially after long haul

flights. Sleep is the best medicine

for your skin and you will notice

the difference in your appearance

after a deep restful night. Try not to

go headlong back into your normal

routine, instead allow yourself time

to ease back into your busy life.

BALANCE YOUR BACTERIA

Travelling can be tiring and expose us to foods we’re

not used to or foods we don’t usually take in excess,

such as sugar or alcohol. This has an impact on the

balance of our bacteria in the gut, which in turn has

been clinically proven to affect the quality of our

skin. Eat plenty of meals that include fermented

foods, such as sauerkraut (easily found in health

stores) and kimchi (Asian fermented cabbage and

spices) and try drinking coconut water kefir or taking

a Multiple Strain probiotic (without FOS) to feed

the growth of good bugs in your digestive system.

You may also want to try supplementing your diet with

herbs, such as oregano, garlic, grapefruit seed extract

and olive leaf, as these ingredients contain natural

antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds

to combat bad bacteria.

“Beauty is the

illumination of

your soul”

John O’Donohue

CHECK THE INGREDIENTS

IN YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Always choose products with clean

ingredients for your beauty regime and sun

protection. Some of the more toxic products

containing synthetic colours and fragrances,

phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS),

to name a few, are best avoided. If you

are unsure, a great book is The Nature of

Beauty by Imelda Burke which provides

excellent information about ingredients and

how to make your own simple products.

A HEALTHY DIET WILL

NOURISH YOUR SKIN

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

A healthy diet will show on the

outside with glowing radiant skin.

Eating seasonal food rich in vitamin

C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium and

essential fatty acids nurtures our skin

cells, provides antioxidant protection

and promotes skin healing after it

has been exposed to the elements.

SUPPORT YOUR LEVELS

OF HYALURONIC ACID

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a gel-like

substance found abundantly in the

skin. HA has a unique ability to retain

water preventing loss of moisture. HA

also increases when the skin is healing

and helps to reduce inflammation

on the skin’s surface. It is therefore

useful after you have been in the sun

and if you have sunburn. Choose a

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HA as this is much more effective

at reaching the skin surface.

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Lazy bottom

Do you suffer from lower back pain?

You just might have a lazy butt!

Most people are unaware

of how important their

buttocks (actually their

gluteal muscles or glutes) are to their

overall core stability and overall

muscular skeletal health. Many more

– even those who work out regularly

– don’t realise that their glutes are not

doing the job they are supposed to.

Some years ago, I suffered a prolapsed

disc in my lower back which was

excruciatingly painful. I couldn’t

work, let alone work out, as any sort

of movement put me in complete

agony. I needed urgent help.

Through contacts, I was lucky

enough to be put in touch with physio

Jonathan Hockey who, after working for

the NHS in London and with private

clients, including Tottenham Hotspur

and the Surrey County

Cricket team, set

up his own practice

in Horsmonden.

He discovered that

my glutes were

underactive. This

came as a complete

surprise to me, as glute

activation had always

been a particular

interest of mine. I was

fully aware of how

important they are and

had enabled clients

to develop these muscles to overcome

lower back and knee problems, improve

their core and run marathons.

I treated my personal experience as

an opportunity to further develop my

knowledge. Working together with

Jonathan, I was able to fully recover

and get back to work within six weeks.

Once back at work, I brought my

heightened knowledge to the group

of sprinters I was training. You would

assume by looking at the big definition

of an international sprinter that their

glutes would be firing on all cylinders.

But a good few had over-developed

their quads – the muscles at the front of

“In 80% of cases

where patients

present with lower

back issues, they

have lower backs

that are too strong

due to under active

and weak glutes”

thighs – because their glutes were not

working at full capacity. This meant

they were prone to injury and were

not working efficiently. By focusing

on better activating their glutes,

sprint times increased dramatically,

and their injuries decreased.

I caught up recently with Jonathan

for this column and asked him to

explain what the glutes do, why they

are important and what his favourite

exercises to activate them are.

Jonathan explains: “The glutes are

very important, especially during

walking and lifting, because they are

the main muscles that control these

movements. The glutes work together

with the psoas (the muscles that

connect our spine and hips) in order to

propel us forwards. Without these two

working together, it

is impossible to walk.

If someone has weak

or underactive glutes,

the body has to use

compensatory methods

to move forwards and

often uses the lower

back and hamstrings

– the muscles at the

back of the upper

leg. When these two

combine to replace

the glutes, you get a

compression to the

spine and hip joints and this is what

leads to injuries.” He goes on to add,

“We have found that in 80% of cases

where patients present with lower back

issues, they have lower backs that are

too strong due to under active and

weak glutes. In these cases, we spend a

lot of time rehabilitating their muscles

and improve the issues with lower back

pain by strengthening their glutes. This

takes away a lot of the compression

in the lower back and prevents nerve

impingement which reflects down the

leg as sciatic pain and also prevents knee

injury, helping sports people improve

acceleration, strength and performance.”

Exercise of

the month:

STEP UPS

March up the stairs two at a time

(on the way down go careful

and take one stair at a time).


Try driving up with the glutes as

if you going to drive up through

the roof or a jump-like action.


Start with a couple of times

up and down the stairs and

build up gradually.


Do this a few times a week for

6-8 weeks and your bottom

should be firing beautifully.


Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning

Fitness and Lifestyle coach

and mum of two who juggles a lot

of balls. Find out more about Sarah

and her work at sarahmaxwell.com

Sarah shares her Fitness and

Lifestyle tips on Instagram

@sarahmaxwelllifestyle

Contact Jonathan Hockey at

Horsmonden Physiotherapy Clinic

01892 724377

horsmondenphysio.com

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Food

Feasts for Families

True to the fuss-free, one-pot family-friendly

meals she shares through her blog and Instagram

account @annasfamilykitchen, Anna Stanford

chooses three perfectly crowd-pleasing recipes that

everyone should try over the Easter break

Photographs: David Merewether

Teriyaki Salmon, Noodle & Vegetable Traybake

Serves 4 Prep time: 5 mins Cooking time: 15 mins

We all know that eating oily fish is good for you – it’s brain boosting food! Whether it’s the

smell, the flavour, the skin – or is it the bones that can sneak in no matter how careful you

are – many children (mine included) are resistant to eating fish. Trying children with mild

flavoured fish like cod is a good start (breadcrumb it into a goujon if necessary!) but this was

my salmon breakthrough recipe. Cooked in Teriyaki Sauce and using a beautiful fillet with

no skin and no bones, served with noodles, it went down a treat.

For the Teriyaki Sauce:

• 2 tbsp soy

• 2 tbsp mirin

• 1 tsp honey

• 1 tsp chopped chilli

• 1 garlic clove crushed

• 1 tsp chopped ginger

• 1 tsp sesame oil

• 800g side of salmon or

4 individual fillets,

approx 175g each

• 200g fresh rice noodles

• 2 tsp sesame seeds

• 200g Tenderstem Broccoli

• 100g sugar snap peas

• 4 pak choi

• 5 spring onions (these can

be either chopped or

shredded)

• 1 chilli, chopped

1Lay the salmon on a baking

sheet or in an ovenproof dish.

2Mix together the Teriyaki sauce

ingredients and pour it over

the salmon. Marinate if you have

time. If you don’t, fear not!

3Add the noodles to the tray and

sit the salmon on top. Sprinkle

over the sesame seeds and roast in a

hot oven (220°C, 200°C, gas 7) for 12

mins, 7 mins if using individual fillets.

4Cook the green vegetables

according to your liking. I

simmer the broccoli spears for 2

mins, add the sugar snaps for 1 min

and then the pack choi for 1 min.

5Drain the vegetables and toss with

the noodles around the salmon.

6Top with the shredded or chopped

spring onions and some of the

chopped chilli if you like extra heat.


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Mark and Kirsty welcome you to The Hop Pole Inn

located in Nettlestead Green.

We pride ourselves on our freshly cooked food and

homemade desserts.

A carvery is served six days a week Tuesday

to Sunday and our a la carte menu is

also available. Large parties are catered

for and we have a large

conservatory dining area.

01622 816916

Maidstone Rd, Nettlestead Green,

Maidstone, ME18 5HH

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Park Farm Butchers & Graziers

Where Quality Comes Naturally

From our traditionally managed farm

Here in Hawkhurst, we produce free range, grass

fed beef and lamb. We are Farm Assured and our

livestock are reared in harmony with the countryside.

Romney Lamb

TAKING ORDERS FOR EASTER

FROM OUR FARM

21 day matured Sussex beef · Quality Romney Lamb

HOMEMADE

Burgers · Dry Cured & Oak Smoked Bacon

Chipolatas & Sausagemeat · Sausages · Cooked Hams

The Romney ewes are excellent forage converters readily turning

traditional grasses into tasty lamb. The flavour of the grass-fed

lamb is hard to beat, and can be available all year round.

Sussex Beef

FRUIT & VEGETABLE SELECTION

- LOCAL & SEASONAL

Tel: 01580 753558

The Colonnade, Hawkhurst, Kent

www.parkfarmbutchers.co.uk

The cows happily graze on the extensive grasslands whilst the

growing and finishing cattle thrive on the rich water meadows to

create the very best flavoured beef.

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Spring Risotto

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 45 mins

Simple and full of fresh spring flavours, I often make asparagus

risotto but decided to bulk this one out with everything green

I could lay my hands on

• 500g fresh asparagus

• 2 onions, finely chopped

• 4 garlic cloves, crushed

• 300g Arborio risotto rice

• 150ml white wine

• 1.4l hot stock

• 100g frozen peas

• 200g frozen edamame beans

• 45g/2tbsp grated Parmesan

or Pecorino, plus extra for grating

• Knob of butter

• Fresh basil and mint leaves,

roughly chopped

1Snap off the woody ends from

the asparagus and discard them.

2Chop the bases of the asparagus

spears into ½cm slices, keeping

the asparagus tips. Set the tips aside.

3Colour the onion in a pan with

some oil for 10 mins before

adding the garlic and the chopped

asparagus stems. Stir for 1 min,

then add the Arborio rice.

4After 1 min add the wine

and let it bubble.

5Add the stock one ladleful at a time

until the rice is cooked (about 25-30

mins). The texture should be creamy.

6Stir through the asparagus spears,

peas, cooked edamame beans and

cheese. Add a knob of butter and put a

lid on the pan for 5 mins.

7Season and serve with extra

grated cheese and a drizzle of oil,

plus the fresh mint and basil.


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Food

Roast Loin of Lamb with Jersey Royals & Chimichurri

Serves 4 Prep time:10 mins Cooking time: 30 mins

Like many herby sauces, chimichurri transforms plain fish, meat and veggies into show

stopping meals. Treat lamb loins like fillet steak – season them generously, sear them

and don’t overcook. They are very lean and so require less cooking than you think, and

benefit from resting. I’ve presented the dish here as a platter but it would work equally

well individually plated with the chimichurri sauce served on the side.

• 500g Jersey Royals

• 600g lamb loin fillets

(2-3 fillets)

• 600g green vegetables of your

choice – I used broccoli,

broad beans, green beans

and peas

For the chimichurri sauce:

• 3 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 red chilli, finely chopped

• 30g fresh coriander, parsley,

oregano and mint, chopped

• 2 tbsp white wine vinegar (I used

@belazu_co white condimento)

• 80ml extra virgin olive oil

• Juice of 2 limes

1Blitz together all the ingredients

for the chimichurri sauce.

2Cook the Jersey Royals in

salted boiling water for 15

mins. Drain and set aside.

3Season the lamb loin fillets and sear

them in a hot, lightly oiled pan for

2-3 mins. Lower the heat and continue

cooking, turning each fillet every minute

for 6 mins. Set them aside to rest for

about 5-8 mins.

4Cook the green vegetables and

drain. They can be put into a

bowl of iced cold water so they keep

their colour and don’t overcook.

5Slice the lamb. Serve with the

potatoes and green vegetables.

Serve with the chimichurri sauce.

Visit annasfamilykitchen.com or follow @annasfamilykitchen on Instagram for a whole host of meal ideas

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Opened in June 2019 Bluebell Cemetery is a privately-owned cemetery offering facilities

for traditional burial, woodland burial, cremation services and the placement of remains.

Set within 28 acres of natural beauty containing ancient woodland that features a

variety of flora and fauna, the beautiful grounds have been developed to provide a

venue for funeral services whilst maintaining an ambience of peace and tranquillity.

Located close to junction 4 of the M25, the cemetery has easy access to the

motorway and Knockholt Railway Station which are both about one mile away.

• Non-denominational Chapel with seating for 100

• 1-hour Service Times

• Cremation Services

• Pre-purchased Burial Space

• Traditional Grave Spaces

• Gated Family Gardens

• Woodland Burial

• Complete Masonry Service

• Wide Selection of Personalised Memorial Options

• Ample Parking

Watercroft’s Wood, Old London Road, Halstead, Kent, TN14 7AE

www.bluebellcemetery.com

Tel: 01959 533769 Email: info@bluebellcemetery.com

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Final Goodbyes

We talk about the different options available for funeral services

Jo Loveridge, funeral director and owner of Albany Funerals

Does a funeral have to take place in a church or

crematorium? It can do if you want it to, but more and

more we are helping families to choose an alternative

location that is right for them. We have held funerals

outdoors, in hotels and pubs, and in village halls. These

can be great choices if you want more space and time,

or something aimed towards celebrating a life. For those

who do not want a religious service, you can find many

alternative venues. One funeral we provided last year was

held on an outside decking area of a beautiful country pub.

That was special for the lady who had died – a location

that made a big difference for those who attended.

What makes a ‘good funeral’? There is such a thing as a

‘good funeral’ and celebration of someone’s life. When

a funeral is personal, authentic and specific needs and

requests are considered it can be a very helpful step in

the difficult grieving process. We are passionate about

giving people that. It is the reason we started Albany and

why we work with families across the whole of Kent,

arranging both traditional and modern funerals.

I believe families and individuals going through

the hardest of times should have a funeral

that is both personal and affordable.

Does there have to be a funeral? These days, people are

taking complete control of their funerals more and more –

and some do decide that they do not want a funeral at all.

One of the services that we offer is a ‘Direct Cremation’,

which means that there is no funeral at the crematorium,

but the ashes are returned to the family in an urn or casket.

Families can then have their own get-together in a way that

suits them and costs much less and could be held anywhere, as

there is no coffin. Many people actually find it much easier to

remember someone’s life without

the presence of the coffin.

albany-funerals.co.uk

Neil Lincoln, manager of Bluebell Cemetery

Tell us about Bluebell Cemetery. We have 28 acres of beautiful

grounds near Sevenoaks, which have been developed to

accommodate both formal and woodland burials in peace

and tranquillity. There is also the option for the placement

of cremated remains within the memorial gardens.

The modern chapel is available to use for funeral and

memorial services by all faiths and denominations.

Burials in the cemetery can also be for any religion.

Do you have advice for those wishing for burial? It is

strongly advised that if your wish is for burial arrangements

are made to ensure it is possible. The grave will need to

be purchased in advance, as many cemeteries are close to

capacity. Purchasing a grave in advance of need also gives

the person their choice of burial space, so those who are left

behind do not have the worry of making the correct choice.

Tell us about your woodland burials... A natural, or woodland

burial, is ideal for those wanting a more environmentally

friendly means of burial, instead of a traditional grave with

a formal headstone. Our woodland burials are available to

everyone, irrespective of faith or religion. Only single depth

graves will be dug within the woodland area, although it

is possible to have up to four sets of ashes interred in each

grave. Each grave is marked with a microchip so that it can

be identified by future generations, along with an engraved

granite boulder or a memorial plaque on an oak post. We

encourage and welcome the use of environmentally friendly

coffins and natural materials. Please contact Bluebell Cemetery

for details of the coffins supplied by Vegan Coffins.

bluebellcemetery.com

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Be Yourself

at Claremont

NEW

Nursery &

Pre-Prep building

for Sept 2020

2019

OPEN DAYS

Nursery & Prep School

Fri 15 & Sat 16 May, 9.30am -1pm

St Leonards, East Sussex TN37 7PW

01424 751555

Senior School & Sixth Form

Sat 16 May, 9.30am - 1pm

Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5UJ

01580 830396

enquiries@claremontschool.co.uk . claremontschool.co.uk/events

Easter

Activities

Holiday activities for children

aged 5 to 14 years

6 - 9 April & 14 - 17 April,

8.30am - 4.30pm

Booking essential


Noticeboard

The latest school and event news from the South East

Education

Open days

FREWEN COLLEGE

Thursday 30th April

frewencollege.co.uk

HuRSTPIERPOINT

SCHOOL

Saturday 2nd May

hppc.co.uk

Centenary Celebrations

One hundred years ago, Manor House

School, now in Little Bookham, Surrey,

began as two small classrooms in

Sidmouth, Devon. The private day school

for girls relocated to Little Bookham

in 1937 and has been based there ever

since. It now houses one of the best

co-educational Nursery Schools in the

area, rated 10/10 by parent testimonials,

as well as a nurturing Prep School and

thriving Senior School for girls.

This September will see Manor

House School celebrate their milestone

anniversary and the centenary will

be marked with a calendar of events

throughout the academic year, starting

with a ‘Centenary Heritage Picnic’ on

Saturday 12 September. The event will

be open to the public and will include

tours of the school and grounds, live

music, stalls themed to different decades,

games on the lawn, cream teas and an

extensive display of photo archives.

manorhouseschool.org

REIGATE ST MARyS

Monday 4th May – playgroup

Saturday 16th May – early years

reigatestmarys.org

BEECHWOOD

SACRED HEART

Tuesday 5th May

beechwood.org.uk

MANOR HOuSE SCHOOL

Wednesday 6th May

manorhouseschool.org

BOx HILL SCHOOL

Wednesday 6th May

boxhillschool.com

DuLWICH PREP

CRANBROOK

Thursday 7th May

dulwichprepcranbrook.org

For the Record

Frewen College is delighted to have

a record number of Sixth Form

students applying to UCAS this year

for university places. In fact, 71% of

Sixth Form students leaving Frewen

in 2020 have applied to study at

university with a range of courses

from History & Politics to Film

Making and Sports Therapy, which

is way above the national average.

Hazel Lawrence, Head of Sixth

Form, said: “This is testament

to the hard work of the students

and the aspirational nature of our

Sixth Form; dyslexia is certainly

not holding back our students!”

frewencollege.co.uk

An Inspector Calls

King’s Rochester is celebrating excellent

inspection results. When the Independent

Schools Inspectorate (ISI) team carried

out their rigorous routine inspection of

standards at King’s Rochester at the end of

January, their conclusions were summed

up in one word: EXCELLENT!

Nursery and Pre-Prep, Prep and

Senior School were scrutinised for

the quality of their work with

pupils, academic achievement

and personal development and

wellbeing – and findings in

every section were first-class.

kings-rochester.co.uk

PARKSIDE SCHOOL

Friday 15th May

parkside-school.co.uk

MARLBOROuGH HOuSE

Friday 15th May

marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

SuTTON VALENCE

SENIOR SCHOOL

Saturday 16th May

svs.org.uk

CLAREMONT SCHOOL

Saturday 16th May

claremontschool.co.uk

Heads Up

Mr Eddy Newton has been appointed

as the new Headmaster of Marlborough

House. Previously Head of Felsted

School and Chafyn Grove School, Mr

Newton will start at Marlborough

House in September 2020.

Approaching its 150th Anniversary,

the school continues to look ahead

with an ethos based on Enjoying

Today, Educating for Tomorrow

and introducing the Pre-

Senior Baccalaureate.

marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk


OPEN MORNING

01 MAY

9.30 & 11am

A hidden gem of a school and

nursery, just 15 minutes from

Tunbridge Wells in rural Wadhurst.

An Independent Catholic primary

school and nursery welcoming

boys and girls aged 2-11.

ISI rated ‘Excellent’ in all areas.

Individual and exceptionally high

level of care and education

100%

11+ Success

(2019/20)

Scholarship and 11+ success

Small classes

Surprisingly affordable fees

Contact us to book a tour

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Open

Mornings

Prep School

Friday 24th April 2020

Senior School

Saturday 16th May 2020

Book online now at

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Quality Mark

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AWARD

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Spring Grove School

TUNE UP - TURN LOUD

ROCK

Classically trained, grade expert,

overly serious, likes rollnecks

Jimi Hendrix

Johnny Marr

Ed Sheeran

They didn’t do grades...why should you?

‘A great place to

grow’ for boys and

girls aged 2 to 11

years

Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye TN25 5EZ

Non-graded rock guitar coaching for all ages

and standards.

Teaching your choice of songs.

Play what you want to play.

If it rocks, we can teach it

acoustic guitar - electric guitar - piano - vocals

email: pluckandstrummusic@gmail.com

07976 897916

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YEAR 7 ENTRY

SCHOLARSHIPS

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ENJOYING TODAY

EDUCATING FOR TOMORROW

PRE-PREP & PREP | BOYS & GIRLS 3-13 YEARS | DAY & FLEXI BOARDING

Open Morning

Friday 15th May, 9.30am – 12pm

Pre-register online

marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

Marlborough House School, Hawkhurst,

Cranbrook, Kent, TN18 4PY

70% success rate for senior

school scholarships

‘Excellent’ academic and

pastoral care (ISI rated)

Pre-Senior Baccalaureate

for Years 7 and 8

150 years of traditional

values and family ethos


Education

Reading

Pleasure

Hilary Wilce emphasises how settling down

with a good book can considerably boost

your child’s progress at school

Last month we celebrated World Book Day, the

annual international event that champions reading,

especially among children. Students were given

£1 book tokens, and many schools got in the swing by

organising book-based events and having pupils to come

to class dressed as their favourite book character.

There’s lots of fun and dressing up, but it’s all for a

serious purpose. As the World Book Day charity points

out it’s been known for a long time that regular daily

reading leads to improved school performance.

Now a new study from University College London’s

Institute of Education has shown that what children read

makes all the difference to their academic performance.

Researchers looked at the books that 43,000 pre-teens

and early teens were reading, and found that reading highquality

books on a daily basis added up to the equivalent

of 10% extra school progress between the

years of 11 and 14 (often a make-or-break

time in education). The same effect was not

found for comics, newspapers or magazines.

This is interesting because while

it’s clear why all children need to

learn to read and write, it’s less

obvious why they need to read

books, especially fiction. Surely,

these days, it’s enough to

know how to send and

receive information?

Why should anyone

plough through

Harry Potter

or The Hunger

Games if they don’t want to?

On one level the answer is

purely mechanical. Reading

good books widens your general

knowledge and gives you a better

vocabulary. It thickens the brain

cortexes, which are the

bits of the brain

“Researchers found

that reading highquality

books

on a daily basis

added up to the

equivalent of

10% extra school

progress between

the years of 11

and 14”

that handle higher order thinking, and it

improves concentration, confidence and understanding.

But there are other more elusive, and arguably more

important benefits as well. Reading fiction develops

the imagination and encourages children to understand

situations that are different from their own, and to develop

empathy for people in those situations. It also encourages

what the child psychologist Margaret Donaldson called

“disembedded thinking”, or thinking about things that

are not related to direct experience. Through reading,

she says, children begin to see language as a structure

that is separate from everyday events and that in turn

allows them to develop self-awareness and self-reflection,

and to think better about the world around them.

For parents who want to help their children develop

a love of reading, there are plenty of tips on offer, from

daily reading, to getting a library card, and

suggesting books budding readers might

enjoy. A very quick search online will

throw up masses of good suggestions.

But many children just don’t want to

know. The lure of the screen is strong, and

fewer and fewer children are reading outside

school for pleasure. This decline has been

going on for years, until now only just over

half of all children ever read for pleasure, and

less than a quarter do it on a daily basis.

Even worse, children get mocked for reading.

When a 13-year-old boy in South Shields

recently set up an Instagram account to share

reviews of books he had enjoyed, his classmates

set up a group chat to taunt him, adding

him in so he could see them calling him a “sad weirdo”.

However, when his sister called them out on Twitter,

the boy got 85,000 people showing support, as well as

messages from his favourite authors and the offer of a free

book from a local bookshop. So who won in the end?

And it isn’t hard to know who of those involved in

this nasty spat will go on to do well at school and in

life – and get lots of reading pleasure along the way.

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Education Annual

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ART

Wed 18 Mar

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe,

Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG

Dressing Miss

Terry Exhibition

An exhibition focusing on

the part played by Ellen

Terry’s costumes during her

illustrious acting career and her

collaboration with designers,

dressmakers and dressers. It

will also examine the processes

involved in preserving and

conserving unique theatrical

garments in order to exhibit

them. The sumptuous costumes

of Beatrice and Benedick from

Much Ado About Nothing, worn

by Ellen Terry and Henry

Irving in the 1880s will be on

display for the first time.

nationaltrust.org.uk

Sat 21 Mar – Sun 14 Jun

Chatham Historic

Dockyard, Main Gate Road,

Chatham ME4 4TZ

Tattoo: British

Tattoo Art ReveAled

A ground-breaking look into

the history of British tattooing,

featuring over 400 original

artworks, photographs and

historic artefacts, it tells a story

that challenges the most deeplyheld

myths and pre-conceptions

about tattooing. Displaying the

work of major tattoo artists,

including George Burchett,

via the Bristol Tattoo Club,

Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy,

the exhibition showcases the

largest gathering of real objects

and original tattoo artwork

ever assembled in the UK.

thedockyard.co.uk

Thu 30 Apr – Sun 6 Sep

Turner Contemporary

Place, Space and Who

Place, Space and Who is

a new artwork by British,

Birmingham based artist

Barbara Walker, created over

a four-month residency at

Turner Contemporary. It

explores identity and belonging,

featuring sound and portraits

of five women and girls from

the African Diaspora living

in Margate and Kent.

Entry: Free

turnercontemporary.org

Children &

Families

Wed 8 Apr 5.45-9pm

Port Lympne, Aldington

Rd, Lympne, Hythe,

Kent CT21 4LR

Dusk Safaris

Next month sees the first of

Port Lympne’s breathtaking

monthly dusk safaris for 2020.

On these unique evenings,

guests journey to the safari park’s

authentic savannahs, alive with

South American, Asian and

African animals, whilst taking

in the stunning views, before

enjoying a three-course meal

at the Port Lympne Hotel.

Entry: £49.50

aspinallfoundation.org

Easter

Sat 28 Mar – Sun 19 Apr

Various Locations

Cadbury Easter

Egg Hunt

National Trust has teamed up

with Cadbury once again for

their great Easter egg hunt. Visit

locations including Bodiam

Castle, Scotney Castle, Chartwell,

Bateman’s and Ightham Mote

for fun family days exploring

nature and supporting the

Trust, protecting Kent’s

natural and historic places for

everyone to enjoy. Plus there

will be chocolate prizes!

cadbury.co.uk/easter /

nationaltrust.org.uk

Tue 7 & Wed 8 Apr

The Artisan Bakehouse,

No.1-3 Horsebridge Cottages,

Horsebridge Common, Ashurst

West Sussex BN44 3AL

Chocolate

Masterclasses

Learn to make fresh cream

truffles, crème caramel truffles,

Easter chocolate bunnies and

even an Easter Egg with Noble &

Stace. Does Easter get any better?

The Sussex-based chocolatier’s

masterclasses are limited to a

maximum of eight people, and

will give you a solid introduction

to the art of tempering. The price

also includes tea or coffee, mid

morning homemade cakes and

a two course lunch with wine.

Plus, everything you create will

be packaged up in gift boxes

to take home. If you miss the

Easter options there are more

scheduled for later in the year.

Entry: £125pp

nobleandstace.co.uk

From Home

What’s On in April

Tues 28, Thu 30 Apr, Wed

6, Tue 19, Wed 20 May

Various locations and online

Wooley & Wallis

Auctions

Wooley & Wallis’ have various

auctions planned for the next

couple of months with an online

live bidding system. Upcoming

auctions will be selling beutiful

and unique items including Fine

Chinese and Japenese art, medals,

coins, silver and jewellery.

woolleyandwallis.co.uk

Thursdays 6pm

Sarah Maxwell’s

Online Classes

& Courses

Because so many people

are struggling mentally and

physically, our wellbeing guru,

Sarah Maxwell, is offering up her

time for free. Visit her Facebook

page (@sarahmaxwelllifestyle)

where she has a free weekly

wellness programme, for all levels.

These sessions aim to give you

20 minutes of gentle exercise that

can be done at home, to help

with the immune system, stress

management and anxiety. Plus,

take a look at the Bookfit app

for live classes which have been

cut in price or Sarah’s website

for online courses. Wealden

Times readers can get 60% off

the courses with discount code

C19, which you can then keep

and use when you choose.

sarahmaxwell.com

Music & Theatre

Sat 18 April 7.30pm

Rochester Cathedral, The

Chapter Office, Garth

House, The Precinct,

Rochester, Kent, ME1 1SX

HYMN of PRAISE

Gravesham Choral Society

& Orchestra performs

Mendelssohn’s Hymn of

Praise with soloists Helen

Lacey, Ellen Pearson and

Stephen Anthony Brown, and

conductor Alan Vincent.

Entry: £15, Students £5 (available

in advance on 01474 816684,

from members of Gravesham

Choral Society or on the door)

Sun 19 Apr 3pm

Assembly Hall Theatre,

Tunbridge Wells,TN1 2LU

Verdi’s Messa

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Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral

Society will perform Verdi’s

Messa da Requiem, conducted

by Robyn Sevastos. Soloists

will be Helen Bailey (sop),

Indyana Schneider(mezzosop),

John Findon(tenor),

and Steven East(bass).

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Hever Castle, Hever Road,

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celebration. Visit in period dress

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Jane Howard’s

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the Farm

It’s April, Easter is upon us, and that of

course means we’ll be busy lambing

The rams went in with the

ewes on Bonfire Night and

five months later, April Fool’s

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every year we look forward to it,

completely forgetting the sleepless

nights, tricky births, inevitable

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washing – it’s a messy business!

When the rams went to work in

the autumn they wore a harness

known as a raddle which holds a wax

crayon on their chest. This means

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a large coloured mark on her rump.

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and marked them accordingly. Not

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As she only has two teats and not

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constantly bothered by

ever hungry lambs and

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won’t thrive. So when

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rather confused triplet in it and hey

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everyone to get to know each other,

a process known as “mothering up”.

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the sides of all the

new family so if any

lambs get accidentally

parted, you just pick

them up and wander

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seeking the matching

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Pelmanism.

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ewes and are always

in awe when we pass a field of ewes

with three-figure numbers on their

sides. Impressive stuff. So how we

chuckled when a London friend

suggested we start ours off at 101, so

they too had three digit monikers.

Interestingly, the Victorians, who

had smaller flocks and no spray paint

made up their sticky dye with red

ochre and animal fat and used letters

A to Z to identify the ewes as this

required less of the precious dye than

numbering them 1 to 27. How clever.

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