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Contents

January / February 2021

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson selects the best

properties on the market now

NOTEBOOK

We find things to do that don’t

require you to leave your home

PRETTY IN PINK

Tour the feminine and

fabulous treasure trove

GET THE LOOK

Find products to give your

own home a touch of pink

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

From gifts to cocktails, we’ve

got all the Valentine’s inspo

your heart could desire

THE ARCHIVIST

A Victorian terrace decorated

with the environment in mind

GET THE LOOK

A guide to becoming an

archivist yourself

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9-5 IN STYLE

Shop the best of garden

buildings for your

new home office

THAT’S WHAT SHE SHED

Pretty pieces to acheive

your She Shed dreams

VELVET CRUSH &

SILKY SMOOTH

Rebecca Cuffe styles romantic

fashion in tactile fabrics

VIRTUAL MAKEOVER

Give your online beauty

shopping a tech upgrade

with Josephine Fairley

RIGHT ON TRACK

David Cole of Quench

Cycles tells us all about how

to get on your bike this year

REACHED YOUR LIMIT?

Sarah Maxwell explains how

to set attainable goals for

your health and fitness

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NOURISH TO FLOURISH

Expert advice from nutrition and

lifestyle coach Charlotte Lau

HOME COMFORTS

Enjoy some quality family mealtimes

with Anna Stanford’s fuss-free recipes

IN THE NAME OF LOVE

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THE GREAT GARDEN TIDY UP

Get your garden up-todate

with Sue Whigham

WHAT’S ON

Indoorsy activities for this month

SLOW, GROW, EAT

Meet our new farming

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EDUCATION

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Editor’s

Letter

Looking back to when we signed off our last issue before

Christmas, I was holding out so much hope that when

we returned to the ‘office’ in January (in my case,

working virtually from home) we’d be exiting the tunnel of

doom and gloom that epitomised 2020, and rocketing towards

a brighter and happier 2021. Sadly, this has not been the

case – yet – and we may still have many months of restrictions

ahead of us before we can get this virus under control. In the

meantime, I am trying to seize every opportunity to introduce

a little colour and positivity into lockdown life by focusing

on the things that my family and I enjoy – we’re spending

a LOT more time together at the moment, after all!

Here at Wealden Times, we obviously work very visually

– exploring interiors, fashion, food and gardens – and we

are so thrilled to be able to continue to produce our issues,

filled with all the things we love, which I hope provides a

little light relief and inspiration at a very tricky time. This

February magazine is no exception, with beautiful home shoots

packed with decorating ideas, family recipes to enjoy and a

rundown of education news in our special Supplement.

Because many of our favourite businesses – both large

and small – have sadly had to close their doors for the

time being and move their offering online, we have had

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Previous pages & above: The sitting room is home to a quilted gold cocktail bar – a vintage

find from Margate, sourced via Instagram. With a core palette of blush pinks and gold, Cat

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“I’m a treasure seeker,” she says, and it’s clear the chase is a large part of the

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doorknocker and surrounded by multi-coloured pastel faux

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Above: A crisp white interlude between the sitting room and

kitchen space, the hallway is filled with light Right: Bonbon jars

and gold highlights on the gleaming white kitchen countertop

the vintage bar and much more, your attention is

grabbed by something even more extraordinary (and

that’s saying something in this space): the view.

From the bifold doors leading onto a deck on the south

side of the house is a panoramic sea view that could make

you think you are in the Hollywood Hills again – which

must make the open air cinema nights, which Cat hosts

in the garden in the summer months, something special.

Even the garden furniture, out on the raised deck,

is in her bold style. Two deep pink tropical leafbacked

chairs, by Italian outdoor furniture company

Urban Balcony, sit alongside a salmon pink bench

table, with a pink flamingo jug for good measure.

So much bolder and more fun than the average bland

garden furniture offering, I ask where Cat found them – and

she grins as she reveals her secret source: ‘HomeSense’.

This is the homewares specialist arm of TK Maxx

and her nearest branch is in the Fountains retail park,

Tunbridge Wells, just a quick zip up the A21 from home.

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Above: Cat’s IKEA kitchen is world’s away from the house’s design. She has streamlined the storage cupboards from 26 down to six, with four

drawers. Cat sourced her ‘Let’s Stay Home’ neon from theneonsign.co

her by name – as I witnessed when she took me there on

a shopping expedition the week after I visited her house.

And there can be few people who are more fun to shop

with. I came home with armfuls of faux flowers, which

have added a touch of frothy Cat fun to my own house.

“I’m a treasure seeker,” she says, and it’s clear the

chase is a large part of the joy of it for her, because not

only is she brilliant at finding quirky objects in her own

particular aesthetic, she’s a master bargain hunter too.

The white and brass kitchen, for example, cost

£900 from IKEA – and was then fabulous-ed up to

Cat standards with pink velvet and brass bar stools,

statement brass and white pendant lights, and a selection

of striking glass pots and vases, against blush pink

walls. Where is it all from? HomeSense, of course.

Then cranking it up just that extra bit of wow – there’s

a neon wall hanging saying Let’s Stay Home and even

the kettle and toaster are fabulous. A limited edition

between Haden and Margate-based company Poodle

& Blonde (which is a Cat-perfect brand name, if ever

I heard one), they are corset pink with a Dalmation

print. You can see why she had to have them… Making

breakfast is not any reason to be dull in this house.

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By moving out of London to Hastings, Cat and Damon were able to buy their first house, a

big deal for a young couple with one child and another on the way. “It had four bedrooms and

high ceilings and it was great, but we wanted our forever home. We didn’t know about this road

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Above: Bifold doors leading onto a deck on the south side of the

house, with amazing views out to sea Right: Cat has injected

sparkle into every little corner of the house. Here, oversized

disco balls are grouped with a decidedly Bowie-esque mirror

house had when Cat and her family moved in 16 years ago.

“The house is Victorian,” says Cat. “It was originally a

farmhouse with land right across the valley, before all the

houses were built around it. When we bought it, the garden

was so overgrown, you could hardly see it was there. The

lady who lived in it hadn’t been upstairs for 20 years.”

They knocked through downstairs to create a larger space

and by adding an extension, turned it from three bedrooms

to five. “The original kitchen had 26 cupboards. We went

down to four drawers and six cupboards and it’s absolutely

perfect. We also put in a second bathroom – and I finally had

a cupboard for the hoover, which was my happiest moment.”

Cat and her husband Damon had already lived in

Hastings for six years when they bought this house. “We

decided to move away from South London after we

got burgled on Christmas Eve. My parents had already

moved down to Hastings and we decided to join them. I

grew up in a tower block and we used to come down to

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so it was great to move down here when I was 22.”

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This page: Cat’s youngest daughter’s bedroom has been

her most recent project. With a brass four-poster bed and

a wall of pink silk flowers, she chose the room’s decor

inspired by the interiors of MaMa Kelly’s pink restaurant

in Amsterdam and the Peggy Porschen cake parlour

first house, a big deal for a young couple with one child and

another on the way. “It had four bedrooms and high ceilings

and it was great, but we wanted our forever home. We didn’t

know about this road until we saw the house advertised in

the local paper and we knew right away it was the one.”

And Cat has fresh plans for the house, starting this spring,

with another extension to be added on the garden side of

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straight out onto the garden and then we will have room

to put a table in next to the kitchen, in the space which is

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people, but we really enjoyed sitting round the table in the

garden last summer, so want a table indoors to sit round.”

And being Cat, she has big plans for how she’s going

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Deco style. “I want it to look like Room 202 in The

Shining – just not with the naked woman in the bath…”

I can see that she will need more space to play with,

because even since I visited the house, posts on her

Instagram reveal lovely new things which have arrived.

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Above: The master bedroom breaks from Cat’s signature colour palette with soft lilac walls and accents of navy

call ‘the room we never use’ – now has a very

dramatic new brass and glass side table, with

legs like octopus tentacles, which looks perfect

with the quilted gold cocktail bar – a vintage

find from Margate, sourced via Instagram,

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Like the kitchen, this room is very much in

Cat’s core palette, with blush pink walls and a

velvet sofa in a slightly deeper shade, by ELLE

Décor – £300 from, you guessed, HomeSense

– round brass mirrors, brass and glass nesting

coffee tables, and white and brass light fittings.

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Above: Gold and white orb lamps, found at HomeSense, are a feature throughout the house, this time in the form

of bedside lamps in the master bedroom. The cushions on the bed are a heron print by Feather & Black

is an amazing pink glass and brass sputnik chandelier.

I’m taking all this in, thinking the only thing

that could improve it would be a cocktail from that

fabulous bar, when Cat’s husband Damon comes

home. Very much a man’s man – he drives the butchest

4x4 I’ve ever seen – I ask him how he feels living in

a house Lady Penelope would feel at home in.

Happily, he appreciates having a wife with

very specific décor vision. “I really like her style.

I just go with it…” he says, grinning.

Heading upstairs – with a pause to look out at the

view, which is even more amazing one floor up – Cat

shows me her most recent project, her youngest daughter’s

bedroom, which takes the pink and petal theme up a

whole notch, with a wall of faux flowers behind the

(brass, four poster) bed and pink wisteria (bought in bulk

on Amazon) festooned around the window opposite.

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Above left: Cat’s dressing room houses her extensive collection of quirky bags and shoes Above right: In the couple’s eldest

daughter’s room, the carpets and walls are predominantly black with accents of pink and floor-length satin curtains

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Belgravia. I decided I was going to create it for £200.”

I’m not sure whether it came in entirely on budget, but

the fabulous black and white Jonathan Adler vase on the

dressing table is a Cat + HomeSense bargain classic. It was

£10 – the most similar one I’ve found online is £600!

The dressing table and velvet stool were also from

HomeSense. The dressing table had the audacity to be

walnut, so Cat painted it pink – and the same treatment

for the vintage phone on the bare-wood wall, next to the

bed.“Hotels in Norway and Iceland have wood on the

walls, so I took the idea. We used acoustic panelling.”

Her middle daughter’s bedroom is done in a very different

but equally dramatic style – with black carpets and walls,

which are decorated with huge oversized flower decals.

In between these two bedrooms is a smaller one,

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of course – a Hollywood mirror with lights round it.

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which is one of her grooming essentials. There are

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of LA, to keep her hair off her face while she does it.

Heading into the master bedroom, it seems quite low

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Above: The deck on the south side of the house has an enviable

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chairs from HomeSense. A vivid green balloon poodle sculpture

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Jules Haines set up her online business, Haines

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Above: The high-ceilinged sitting room features a neutral colourway with bookshelves on either side of the original fireplace painted in

Farrow & Ball Blazer

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walk into this Victorian terrace house, in central

Tunbridge Wells, and take in the paint – in a

refined mid-green, up to the elegant dado rail – the sisal

runner on the stairs and a vista carrying the eye along the

hall to a black cabinet and appealing lamp, is: decorated.

Just as in a boutique hotel, you have the impression of a

planned scheme, with every detail considered and rendered

in a high finish. It makes it a space pleasing to be in.

If you’ve ever watched that Netflix show Dream Home

Makeover (which I confess I’m obsessed with), it’s the

polished look the houses have when Shea McGee has

worked her magic – but with a lot more character.

Because one of the things that fascinates me about

that show is the idea of moving into a house where

someone else has chosen absolutely everything in it,

down to the last knickknack and quirky object. All

brand new, box fresh, off the shelf. You almost feel

there would be cute kindergarten projects already

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Above: When the couple moved in, the kitchen and dining room had already been opened out into a large family-friendly social

space. A cosy touch is provided by the woodburner, nestled in an elevated position in the fireplace. The dining table was upcycled

with the help of WildeWod Creations – a local small business that “does wonders with wood,” says Jules. The walls are painted

a deep grey, a colour picked out in the graphic pattern of the curtain fabric by Korla, also stocked at Haines Collection

So how does Jules Haines’ house have the

finished feel – without the off-the-peg thing?

Well, the proper decorator standard comes from her

professional experience, starting off working with a fabric

designer in Singapore, when she was living there with

husband Ollie, and segueing to her current business,

Haines Collection, on their return to the UK.

This online fabric store is a fantastic resource for anyone

aspiring to decorator-level upholstery options, but on a

home-spun budget, offering leftover stocks of beautiful fabric

designs from a range of different high-end companies.

“They are ends of rolls, or sometimes seconds, direct

from the printers,” explains Jules. “Designers can end up

with a lot of fabric left over, because if they want to be

stocked by a big retailer, they have to keep 100 metres

of each design in stock. Some of them just dispose of it,

but the ones I work with, would rather have what’s left

sold on for smaller projects than just throw it away.”

It’s one of those win-win set ups, where the

designers shift old stock, customers get fabrics at

a fraction of their full price and – something that

really satisfies Jules – it’s all ‘saved from landfill’.

And it is this environmental awareness – aligned with her

superb taste and style – that gives her house the charm and

originality so lacking from those Netflix ‘dream homes’.

Practically nothing in it was bought new and a great

deal of the most interesting items came from sources

I am sure would horrify a factory-fresh US interior

designer: Facebook Marketplace and charity shops.

Chatting to Jules as we walk around her house – taking

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Above left: Jules bought the drinks cabinet when they lived in Singapore Above right: Metal pendant lights, grouped above the dining table,

are from Dwell

Many rooms feature pretty lampshades, that Jules makes herself using Haines

Collection fabrics – and the kits she sells on the website. When people can meet

more easily, she will resume her workshops showing people how to make them

in details such as the fabric-cutting table she made for her

workroom, by putting a board on top of a chest of drawers

(British Heart Foundation furniture shop) and the high stool,

the perfect height to sit at it (Facebook Marketplace) – I

start to see that the chase and finding of such re-purposing

solutions is a big part of the fun of decorating for her.

And Tunbridge Wells, with its wealth of excellent

charity shops – particularly in the central neighbourhood

behind the Royal Victoria shopping centre, where the

house is located – is the perfect place to do it.

Jules and Ollie made the move there, out from Balham

three years ago, when their son and daughter were still

small and like so many house-finding stories we hear

for these articles, there seemed to be an element of

serendipity in it. “The kids were tiny – 6 months and

2 years old – when I came down to look at houses.


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In keeping with Jules’s don’t-bin-it philosophy, they gave the existing kitchen a

clever makeover, rather than tearing it out and putting a new one in.

Above: Jules and Ollie decided to keep the IKEA kitchen that was in place when they bought the house, upgrading

it to suit their taste with the addition of doors made from OSB. To make the staircase child-friendly, Jules used

red bungie cords, threaded through brass plumbing pipe holders, to create a visually arresting feature

I had one day, with four appointments – and one of

them was this house. I cried when I saw it, it was so

perfect, with the tall ceilings and all the space.”

As well as having the lovely bones of the early-Victorian

Tunbridge Wells housing stock, the house was already

liveable, with nothing structural to do – and very pleasingly,

the all-important kitchen floor knock through, providing

the eat-in kitchen of modern requirements, was already

done. “All we did was put in two new bathrooms – and

we reinstated the dado rail, which had been taken out.”

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tearing it out and putting a new one in. “There was a

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This page: As well as for its eco and practicality credentials, OSB is increasingly popular used ‘raw’, as it is here, showing off the very

distinctive decorative, golden-brown finish. Jules made handles for the hanging wall cupboard by riveting leather from an old belt

making open shelves from old scaffolding boards and adding

new doors made of OSB, because we like the texture.”

In case you’re not familiar with the term, OSB is short

for ‘oriented strand board’ formed out of compressed layers

of wood strands, combined with wax and synthetic resin.

Rather than randomly mixing it up, each piece of wood is

strategically placed, for maximum strength and it’s a very

sustainable material, because the timber is sourced from

fast-growing aspen poplar and southern yellow pine trees.

As well as for its eco and practicality credentials, OSB

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Adding an additional feature, Jules made

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Above left: The couple reinstated the dado rail throughout the house Above right: Jules made the fabriccutting

table in her workroom by putting a board on top of a chest of drawers that she bought from a

British Heart Foundation furniture shop. The high stool was a Facebook Marketplace find

by riveting leather from an old belt.

This is the first of many do-it-herself projects that add

a bespoke finish through the house. Many rooms feature

pretty lampshades, that Jules makes herself using Haines

Collection fabrics – and the kits she sells on the website.

When people can meet more easily, she will resume

her workshops showing people how to make them.

Just outside the kitchen – in a corridor she hopes to

knock through one day, for extra space – is another example

of her original ideas. The staircase down from the ground

floor was left open, with no outer handrail or bannisters

and, not surprisingly, it made Jules uneasy. “I thought ‘my

children are going to fall off, I have to do something!’”

But rather than putting in a standard bannister she used

red bungie cords, threaded through brass plumbing pipe

holders, to create a visually arresting feature – that also

keeps the stairs safe. It’s very original and very effective.

Heading back up the stairs, we stop in to look at the guest

loo, which is decorated with framed prints by pop ‘cartoon’

artist Lichenstein, part of the large collection of vivid art

prints in the house, which are Ollie’s special interest.

At the turn of the stairs next to it, we come to the

striking black cabinet and very appealing tin lamp base

that I spotted when I first came through the front door.

The cabinet is Chinese, one of many lovely exotic

antiques Jules collected during their Singapore years and

the lamp gives a hint to the source of her preference for

‘pre-loved’ homewares – it had belonged to her aunt.

Heading into the workroom we come to another

inherited piece, which suggests passing things on for

another generation to enjoy is a family thread. “The

desk is very old, it belonged to my great grandmother,”

she says, fondly. “I revised for my GCSEs on it.”

Next door, in the wonderfully high-ceilinged sitting

room, the mindfully ‘decorated’ feeling, combined

with quirky original pieces, really sings out.


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This page: Jules re-covered the master bed’s headboard

that she bought from Loaf. The bedside tables are

topped with bronze dolphin lamps, from unwanted

stock that Jules sells on Haines Collection. The en suite

bathroom is painted in ‘Ultra Blue’ by Little Greene

In this neutrally painted room, on either side of the original

fireplace, book shelves have been picked out in Farrow &

Ball Blazer, a wonderfully bold brick red, and an oversized

papier maché stag hangs on the wall between them.

The curtains are in a fabric from the range Madeaux

by Richard Smith, which was featured on the site. “The

colour was slightly off, so it was reduced from £100 metre,

to £25…” The cushions are also her own and are available

to buy ready made from the website. The lamps on the

table behind the sofa were finds from a an unusual and

brilliant-sounding resource – a warehouse in Singapore where

unwanted fixtures from refurbished hotels are sold off.

Up on the top floor, Jules’s making abilities are in

glorious display in the couple’s three-year old daughter’s

simply glorious bedroom, where twin beds are resplendent

with headboards made by Jules and upholstered in palm

print fabric, set off by splendid circus-stripe canopies.

The adorable animal light fitting above the beds is another

Jules special – found in a charity shop and made even more

special with the addition of some strategic pom poms.

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Above: The family bathroom is an invitingly fresh space, with peppermint green tongue and groove

panelling below Cole & Sons ‘Secret Garden’ wallpaper. The striped Roman blind is made from a

Haines Collection fabric and the bath, marble-topped basin unit and taps are by Hudson Reed

Next door, the family bathroom is beautifully

fresh, with peppermint green tongue and groove

panelling halfway up the wall, painted and bold

Cole & Sons leaf and snail wallpaper above.

With a round white-framed mirror, a striped

Roman blind – in a Haines Collection fabric – and

the basin set into a marble bench top by Hudson

Reed, it looks completely finished and has that

atmosphere of being a proper room that is part

of the house, not just a sterile hygiene zone.

The same is true of the en suite bathroom

– which was fortunately already in place

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which is painted the most thrilling intense


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Above: The couple’s three-year-old daughter’s gorgeous

bedroom features twin beds with headboards made by Jules

and upholstered in palm print fabric. Canopies reminiscent

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The fittings in here particularly reflect Jules’s

preferences, with the Moroccan bowl basin found on

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via Facebook Marketplace and painted black.

In the bedroom are many more examples of her vision

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without calling on the pricey services of professionals.

She has transformed the fitted wardrobe doors, just

by adding some simple beading to create a panelled

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collection from Singapore – are bronze dolphin lamps,

from unwanted stock that she sells on Haines Collection.

The bed is from Loaf, but the headboard was re-covered

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Thinking back to her daughter’s beautiful palm-print

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headboard, soft furnishings and lampshades made by Jules

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I really want a new boutique hotel-style headboard

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This construction and the materials used provides a

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The building pictured is a 5m x 3m oak

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the company created the office structure

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on the exterior face of the building. This

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The interior is then taken to plasterboard

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Beauty

Virtual Makeover

Josephine Fairley explains how it’s still possible to try out the latest products and

makeup looks before you buy – but you’ll need to brush up on your tech first

No question: the pandemic has taken some of the

(lip) gloss off make-up shopping. Tester units – so

useful for letting us play with colours, albeit with

disposable lip brushes, Q-Tips and throwaway mascara

wands – have, in almost every case, vanished. Before

this latest lockdown, some counters offered ‘dummies’,

while at others, glossy cardboard inserts replaced product

altogether. And heaven knows when they’ll be back.

Make-up shopping has been reduced to replenishment of

tried-and-trusted products we already own, for many.

But wait. Because there will be fun and enjoyment still

to be had in make-up shopping – if you know where to

look. When shoppers are allowed back in-store, although

dipping and dabbing may remain a distant memory, many

brands (and store groups like John Lewis) have found a

way to offer Covid-friendly makeovers. You’ll need, in most

cases, to book in advance (with the caveat: lockdowns seem

to come out of nowhere, so if the current one continues,

between time of writing and you reading this, you’ll just

have to be patient for a little longer). But in theory, at least,

it should be possible to have someone whisk their brushes

over your face again, introducing you to new shades and

techniques – the opportunity for a new ‘face’ for a stillnew

year. And if you don’t want a full makeover, trust me:

in-store make-up artists/sales consultants will be desperate

to share any nugget of wisdom and skills, after so many

months spent twiddling their thumbs – and even the

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to make up her own mind about things, would do well

to think about tapping into their wealth of knowledge.

But if you prefer, you don’t need to have any human contact

at all while finding your next, perfect shade. Because what is

huge fun and mega-exciting is that beauty is now tapping into

the world of AI (Artificial Intelligence), via virtual make-up

try-on sessions that offer a preview of how different shades of

foundation, lipstick, blusher, or eyeshadow might look on you

in real life. It’s not a perfect technology, yet (but then nor is

Zoom, and that hasn’t stopped gazillions of Zoom meetings

happening over the last year). But it’s worth playing with.

Basically, you’ll need either to upload a picture (with some

sites) or, preferably, use the camera on your smartphone, and

choose the product and the shade you’d like to try on. This

will then be magically ‘painted’ onto your face, on screen, so

that at least you get an idea of what it looks like with your

particular colouring. Personally, I’m finding this seriously

addictive: it’s actually fascinating to choose one single product

and try out the whole colour spectrum. I think I first did this

with a Bobbi Brown lipstick, and worked my way through 30

shades – and it was really eye-opening to see what pinks and

beiges and mauves, which I’d normally avoid like the plague,

would look like on my colouring. (It’s a really good way of

nudging yourself out of your comfort zone, actually.)

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Check out the websites

of your favourite brands

to find out what’s on

offer. In many cases,

the consultations are

entirely free; others

require a booking fee

that’s usually redeemable

against purchase.


At MAC, for instance, you can ‘virtually’ try on over 200

product options, from lipstick and blush to mascara. Again, load

a photo of yourself – or ‘swatch’ it on a model, if you prefer.

In fact, the range of brands embracing this new way of letting

customers try their products spans Estée Lauder right through to

Maybelline, or (for those who like their make-up ranges a little

more natural), BareMinerals. But I’d approach all of this the way I

do a normal makeover opportunity, actually: with some prep. It’s

fun to meander through cyberspace trying on shades at random,

but I always like a shopping list, myself. Perhaps a lighter-weight

foundation, for spring. Some new eye make-up, now that the focus

has shifted completely from lips – in this mask-wearing world –

to the eyes. And if you’re craving actual human contact (as I am,

desperately), you can still do this safely – but at one remove.

Another online revolution is that savvily, last year, many leading

beauty brands launched online consultations. My advice is either go

for a favourite brand, or use this as the no-commitment opportunity

to try something entirely new; the list of online consultations on

offer is growing by the week – and this isn’t a temporary thing.

In the South East, we’re lucky enough to live within striking

distance of a wealth of standalone beauty boutiques and department

store make-up counters – but those near John O’Groats or Land’s

End may be hundreds of miles from a Fenwick or a Harvey Nix.

Quite aside from being able to enjoy make-up advice while still

in your PJs and Uggs, if you choose, this also opens up discreet

opportunities to tap into advice for the ‘trans’ community,

without a feeling of vulnerability, which I know (from a lovely

transitioning friend) can be all too real, when balanced on a tall

stool at a make-up counter in a bustling department store.

So wherever you are, whatever your gender, you can now enjoy

a video consultation with Charlotte Tilbury (OK, not Charlotte

herself, but one of her artists), Guerlain, By Terry, Clarins, Westman

Atelier, Trinny London – and trust me, by the end of this year,

they’ll ALL be doing it. (Check out the websites of your favourite

brands to find out what’s on offer – or use our good friend Google.)

In many cases, the consultations are entirely free; others require a

booking fee that’s usually redeemable against purchase. But what I

know from the services I’ve tried is that very often, the consultants

– who’ve been recruited from the ranks of their top pros – then

follow up with a bunch of samples for trialling at home.

Be aware, meanwhile, that these beauty consultations do go beyond

make-up recommendations. I particularly enjoyed my Guerlain

Beauty Masterclass session with Lauren, one of Guerlain’s senior

pros, which also covered skincare advice and a fragrance consultation.

(Amazingly – and this was a test for Lauren, on my part – she

suggested a scent which I’d had recommended during an in-store

digital fragrance consultation, Angelique Noire, from the hundreds

in Guerlain’s line-up, and which I’d already been wearing and loving.)

Lauren followed up our Zoom with a gorgeous pack of samples,

from which I found a new skincare ‘love’. So all of this really works.

Do I still look forward to the day when I can go back into a store

and swatch a (sanitised) lipstick from a tester unit onto my actual

skin? You bet. But meanwhile, I’m blowing a kiss to the folks in

Silicon Valley, for enabling me to try make-up on at all, right now...

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Can anyone come and cycle at Quench?

Yes! You can obviously cycle using your own bikes or use

ours. Whether a leisurely ride on the easier blue graded

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bikes or ours. We are a sales, demo and tech centre

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Wellbeing

Reached

your limit?

Sarah Maxwell explains how it’s important to

set your own personal fitness goals for an active

lifestyle that’s tailored to your unique requirements

How far is too far when it

comes to pushing your

body? Overdoing exercise

can lead to injuries and may actually

end up erasing all of the benefits

that you have achieved so far.

Because our bodies are trained

to adapt as part of our human

survival instinct, there will inevitably

come a time when your body

just starts to coast along and no

improvement is seen or felt.

This is called reaching a plateau. It

is basically your body getting used to

doing the same thing – it is also telling

you that you have achieved your body’s

potential prior to that activity or the

intensity of the activity. This doesn’t

mean that you are losing fitness –

you could still be in great shape and

maintain your fitness – but if you

want to increase it, then you will need

to start changing things. This same

kind of plateau is seen in weight-loss

diets and can be very demoralising.

In order to progress with your

fitness program you do need to

put some stress on your body,

but what is also important is to

learn to listen to your body.

I would always recommend that

exercise beginners gradually increase

the duration of their activity, rather

than the intensity, at the start of the

exercise program. When you feel

comfortable with a longer duration,

then you can start to cut that

down and increase the intensity.

It is important to remember

that we are all very different – one

size certainly does not fit all.

Some people react very well to

Hiit workouts and others don’t.

Some people react well to running,

some to walking and others prefer

playing sport or taking part in

a session of yoga or pilates.

As a trainer it is very important

to me that my clients actually enjoy

what they do, and that they have

sustainable and realistic goals.

Above all, I feel what is really

important is to understand that doing

exercise that leaves you unable to walk

on a regular basis means you’re not

listening to your body. In my many

years in fitness, if I was in pain like

that, there is no way I could do my

job and, quite honestly, if I was that

obsessed with my body then I would

have no time to give my clients.

Time and time again I hear exercisers

say that a class or session was so

effective, they couldn’t sit down on the

loo without pain. In truth, this doesn’t

help your fitness, and in most cases it

stops any hope of sustaining a regular

exercise program. As important as it

is to push yourself with exercise, it’s

critical to know your limits. Whether

you’re new to fitness or a regular

exerciser, this is vital to your success.

The key to fitness is balance in

all areas. Rest, sleep, relaxation,

nutrition, hydration and goal setting

(no matter how small it may seem).

If you listen to your body, respect

yourself, appreciate all of the smallest

achievements (this could be something

as simple as drinking an extra glass

of water a day) 2021 will be THE

year you hit every one of your goals.

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

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Nourish to

Flourish

Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach

Charlotte Lau gives her

recommendations to prioritise

your health this February

After a holiday of over-indulgence, there’s nothing more appealing

than a ‘quick-fix’. With the instant-gratification culture we are

surrounded by and ambitious new year’s resolutions, it’s no

wonder that, by February, 80% of us fail to stick to our new regimes.

Studies repeatedly show that crash and yo-yo dieting can cause

short term water loss but in the long term actually promote a

vicious cycle of deprivation, self-blame, failure and in fact, weight

gain. Instead of wishing for overnight success, consider your path

to a healthy lifestyle as a journey; where purpose, education, daily

habits and consistency are key for long-term, sustainable change.

If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it is to prioritise our

health, and for that there are no ‘quick-fixes’… it’s all about

layering change and building new habits, one step at a time.

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of the key components. Extra-virgin

olive oil, moderate consumption of

fish and poultry, dairy products and

red wine also feature, whilst lower

consumption of red meats, processed

foods and sugar is encouraged.

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So if you’re looking to increase your movement, start with a 1 minute walk/

run, or just 2 push ups. It doesn’t sound like much, but you are more likely

to stick to this than aiming for 3 gym sessions a week. (…it’s February, it’s

cold). Set yourself up to succeed… make it EASY and enjoyable. Now decide;

where does it naturally fit into your day? The consistency of the time and place

of these habits is important, repetition is what helps it become automatic.

Emotions drive habits. If you are successful in doing 2 pushups or a one

minute walk (you may even do more) you will feel good about

yourself. It is this positive emotion, that rewires your brain

into wanting to do it again. Celebrate the small steps

and congratulate yourself on your achievements.

This creates a ripple effect, making us want to do

more and helps build long term change. If the habit

seems unattainable right now, adjust it or try a

new one. Better to make a tiny habit that you can

stick to, than a big change that only lasts a week.

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A healthy lifestyle is more than just

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Food

Home Comforts

We’ve all got used to spending a LOT more time together at home

over the last year. Busy parents – juggling work, home schooling and

increased household chores – have cooked hundreds of breakfasts,

lunches and dinners throughout the course of the lockdowns

and it’s time to change family meals from a bit of a chore into a

proper treat and something to really look forward to. Our regular

food writer Anna Stanford’s time-saving recipes are adapted for

parents and children to enjoy together and offer the perfect chance

to enjoy quality time together in the tastiest way possible!

Recipes, Photographs & Styling: Anna Stanford

Sweet Potato & Spinach

Samosas with Chilli

Tomato Chutney

Makes: 12 Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

When my daughter Mia first decided

to become vegetarian these samosas

became a firm favourite. Using shop

bought filo pastry, they’re really fun and

simple to knock up. Try them with my

20 minute chilli and tomato chutney

which incidentally goes extremely well

with cheese too! You could add it to a

cheese board or load it with cheddar or

brie into a baguette for a quick lunch.

For the samosas:

• 500g sweet potatoes

peeled and cubed

• 150g fresh spinach

• 6 sheets filo pastry

• ground nut oil

• 1 onion chopped

• 10cm ginger grated

• 2 garlic cloves crushed

• 1 tbsp medium curry powder

• 2 tsp tomato purée

• ½ tsp salt

• 1 tbsp nigella seeds

For the chutney:

• 4 red chillis chopped

• 6 garlic cloves crushed

• 200g mixed tomatoes – leave cherry

ones whole, roughly chop larger ones

• 2 tbsp ground nut oil

• 2 tsp brown sugar

• ½ tsp salt

1 Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Simmer

the sweet potatoes until soft and drain.

2 Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp oil. Soften

the onion then add the garlic, ginger,

curry powder, salt and tomato purée.

3 Give the pan a stir then add

the drained sweet potatoes.

4 Mash the potatoes into the spice mix

and add the spinach. Add a splash of

boiling water so the spinach wilts.

5 Work with two sheets of pastry

at a time. Cut into equal triangles.

Brush one triangle with oil, sprinkle

over a pinch of nigella seeds and

lay another triangle on top.

6 Add 2 tsp of the filling to one side.

Brush the edge with oil and fold over

into a triangle. Continue with the

remaining pastry and filling. Sprinkle

them all with more nigella seeds.

7 Place on a baking tray and cook

at 180˚C for 10 minutes.

8 For the chutney, add the oil, chilli and

garlic to a pan and soften for 5 minutes.

Grind to a paste using a pestle or rolling

pin. Add the remaining ingredients

and simmer for 20 minutes.


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Bull Green,

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Tel: 01233 822463

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Email: Shop@BullGreenFarm.co.uk

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We are a family-run farm rearing Dexter

ONLINE SHOP

cows, sheep and chickens. We believe

animals should be able to roam free in the

fields and enjoy fresh air and green grass.

Free delivery over £100

We have a nicely stocked shop with fresh

eggs daily, home grown veg, and a variety

of local products such as Kentish honey,

jams, and occasionally freshly baked cakes.

We also have a freezer packed with locally

made pies and tasty treats.

We are a family-run farm rearing Dexter

cows, sheep and chickens. We believe

animals should be able to roam free in the

fields and enjoy fresh air and green grass.

We have a nicely stocked shop with fresh

eggs daily, home grown veg, and a variety

of local products such as Kentish honey,

jams, and occasionally freshly baked cakes.

We also have a freezer packed with locally

made pies and tasty treats.

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We are a family-run farm rearing Dexter cows, sheep and

chickens. We believe animals should be able to roam

free in the fields and enjoy fresh air and green grass.

We are a family-run farm rearing Dexter

cows, sheep and chickens. We believe

animals should be able to roam free in the

fields and enjoy fresh air and green grass.

We have a nicely stocked shop with fresh eggs daily, home

grown veg, and a variety of local products such as Kentish

honey, jams, and occasionally freshly baked cakes. We also

have a freezer packed with locally made pies and tasty treats.

We have a nicely stocked shop with fresh

eggs daily, home grown veg, and a variety

of local products such as Kentish honey,

jams, and occasionally freshly baked cakes.

Bull Green, Bethersden TN26 3LB

Tel: 01233 822463 Email: Shop@BullGreenFarm.co.uk

We also have a freezer packed with locally

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Venison Wellington

Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Packed with iron, low fat

and high protein, venison is

probably the most nutritious

meat you can buy. It’s a great

alternative to beef, although

you could use a beef fillet

for this recipe and cook it

in exactly the same way to

make a Beef Wellington.

• 800g venison fillet (or

you could use beef fillet)

• 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

• 30g butter

• 2 garlic cloves crushed

• 400g chestnut mushrooms

finely chopped

• fresh thyme

• 3 tbsp red wine

• 8 slices prosciutto

• 375g puff pastry

• 1 egg, whisked

For the port gravy:

• 1 tbsp butter

• 1 banana shallot

• 1 tbsp flour

• 100ml port

• 300ml beef stock

1 Heat the oven to 200˚C.

Line a tray with parchment

and get it really hot.

2 Season the fillet, get a pan

hot and colour it all over for

5-6 minutes. Brush with the

mustard and leave to cool.

3 Warm the butter and 1

tbsp olive oil in a pan and

add the garlic, mushrooms,

thyme and black pepper.

Cook on a low heat until

all the water evaporates

from the mushrooms. Add

the red wine and let it

reduce. Put the mushrooms

in the fridge to cool.

4 Lay out some

clingfilm and make two

overlapping rows of the

prosciutto. Spread over

the mushroom mixture.

5 Sit the fillet in the middle

and wrap the prosciutto

around the fillet so that

you have a neat parcel.

6 Lay out the pastry on

greaseproof paper. Sit the

prosciutto-covered fillet

in the middle and tightly

wrap the pastry around

it. Trim the sides, brush

the edges with egg and

seal the ends. Brush with

the egg all over and score

lines across the top.

7 Put the Wellington in

the oven for 30 minutes for

medium meat. Let it rest for

15 mins before serving.

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Food

Lobster Risotto with Samphire

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: Around 45-55 minutes

I made this risotto last New Year’s Eve. We all need

a bit of a treat at the moment, and lobster tails are

kinder on the purse than using a whole lobster. If

you’re not a samphire fan (I love it!) switch it for

spinach or peas. You could also use the biggest fresh

prawns you can find as an alternative to lobster.

• 2 small onions, finely chopped

• 4 garlic cloves, crushed

• 3-4 lobster tails, shell removed,

flesh sliced 2 cm thick

• 300g Arborio risotto rice

• 150ml white wine

• 1.4l fish stock

• 200g samphire

• 1tbsp butter

• juice from 1 lemon

• 1-2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley

1 Colour the onion in the pan with some oil

for 10 minutes before adding the garlic. Stir

for a minute then add the Arborio rice.

2 After 1 minute, add the wine and let it bubble.

3 Add the stock one ladleful at a time until

the rice is cooked (about 25-35 minutes).

The texture should be creamy.

4 Add the sliced lobster tails and samphire.

Stir through a knob of butter and the lemon

juice and pop the lid on for 5 minutes.

5 Season and serve with fresh chopped parsley.

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Making your celebrations come true

6 ADAPT, ADOPT, IMPROVE

How three local schools have

adapted in challenging times

9 THE RIGHT FOOT

How sport works in the ‘new normal’

13 MEET THE P.E. PROS

Two athletes who became P.E. teachers

14 MEET THE HEAD

Will Chuter, Headmaster

of Cranbrook School

17 WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT TECH

How to keep technology safe for students

18 TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook is teaching

students to care for the planet

21 MEET THE HEAD

Jesse R Elzinga, head

of Sevenoaks School

24 BEYOND THE STUDENT

COUNCIL

How Claremont School is

prioritising the student voice

27 ASK THE EXPERT

We find out the benefits of tutoring

29 HELP’S ONLY A CLICK AWAY

Frewen College Prep discusses

online dyslexia support

30 MEET THE HEAD

Bryan Nixon, Head of School at TASIS

33 BURSARIES: WHAT YOU

NEED TO KNOW

How to get into a top school

38 PROFESSIONAL STANDARD

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38 A VERY BRIGHT FUTURE

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WHAT DO WE MEAN BY CHARACTER EDUCATION?

It is more important than ever that we are

developing in our children key qualities and

virtues, in order to instil the strength and

resilience required to enable them to thrive

in tomorrow’s busy world of change and

opportunity.

For a child to go on and flourish, and be able to

meet life’s challenges with confidence and optimism,

they need to be happy in their own skin and aware

of themselves as learners.

Our well established Character Education at

Marlborough House helps children to develop

virtues and practical wisdom that will serve them

long after they leave us for Senior School. It is

the reason why children at Marlborough House

can achieve impressive academic results and

scholarships, alongside gaining the building blocks

of life skills.

With widespread endorsement from Senior Schools

and parents, Character Education is an integrated

part of our whole school curriculum. These values

are further embodied through the Pre-Senior

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ADAPT ADOPT IMPROVE

The last year has been anything but an easy ride, especially when it comes to

education, but our schools have worked tirelessly to keep their students engaged

and maintain a sense of normality – and this is how they’ve achieved it


Eddy Newton, Head of Marlborough House School

Certain things don’t seem so important

anymore! The key challenge for schools in

these past few months has been to ensure

that the children are supported emotionally and

still feel safe and secure in school. For any remote

teaching, the challenge has been to make sure that

they feel part of things while cooped up at home.

Having a seven year old join a form assembly from home, able to

see their friends and take part remotely, has been more important

than worrying about their maths tables or handwriting.

Schools have become more creative and flexible, traits that we

are trying to pass on to the children. With no sports matches

since March last year, games staff have been inventive between

lockdowns, challenging the older children to coach younger

ones and varying the sports on offer, bringing in orienteering or

house events rather than another session of football or hockey.

In the classroom at Marlborough House, we have already

tried to ask the children to be more independent in their

thinking and this has been accelerated in recent months.

Having all the children back at school throughout the

Autumn Term was wonderful. Celebrating the normality

of each day has been valuable – children and adults’

appreciation of the simple things in life has been the most

positive development of all. marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk


Mrs Katy Joiner, Headmistress,

Hilden Oaks Prep

How is your school adapting to new

ways of learning? When the pandemic

hit, most conventional teaching methods

had to be shelved and everyone was

forced to start ‘thinking outside the

box’. There is no doubt that technology

has had a massive part to play and

enabled Hilden Oaks to adapt to a

‘blended’ learning approach – a mix

between face-to-face (when possible)

and online learning. Last year, children

were taught in their respective ‘bubbles’

and came together for virtual assemblies

and other whole school events, using

Microsoft Teams. It has also meant

that children can now attend lessons,

virtually, with their peers. The school

has invested heavily in technology,

making iPads available for each child,

and upgraded laptops for every member

of staff. The staff also receive regular

Microsoft training in order to keep

abreast with the latest software.

How can you support pupils, staff

and their families during the ongoing

pandemic? Family is at the heart of

Hilden Oaks and therefore it is no

surprise that the school community has

pulled together to support one another

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Mr David Sansom, Assistant

Head, Sutton Valence School

How is your school adapting to new ways

of learning? Sutton Valence adapted very

quickly at the start of the pandemic, with

lessons, pastoral care and co-curricular

opportunities provided via Zoom, OneNote

and Teams from the start of the Summer Term. That enabled

us to have a smooth return to school in September with

many systems already in place. Our plan for returning to

school ensured lessons could continue in a safe environment,

and self-isolating pupils could access live lessons via Zoom

and stay in touch remotely. Live video links have given

everyone access to reduced capacity events such as Chapel or

Headmaster’s assembly and departments such as Sport, Music

and Drama have worked closely with National Governing

Bodies to ensure they continue to be provided within the

current parameters. Unsurprisingly, our pupils have adapted

remarkably well and have been excellent throughout.

How can you support pupils, staff and their families during

the ongoing pandemic? Our established pastoral support and

communication systems have remained in place and proved

invaluable throughout the pandemic. Our clear patterns of

communication with parents – at a whole school level or

via individual tutors – have ensured high levels of pastoral

care. Our wide ranging support remains as vital as ever, from

housemasters/mistresses, matrons, and tutors, to our medical

team, Mental Health Coordinator and School Counsellor.

What effect do you think the new normal will have on

learning going forward? It has accelerated the school’s

Digital Strategy to launch earlier than planned. All pupils and

teachers now use digital-link enabled devices for all lessons,

and Microsoft One Note and Teams applications for work

and resources, with more digital platforms being developed.

Whatever may be around the corner, Sutton Valence will be

more ready than ever, and pupils will continue to have access to

the highest quality education – either remotely or in school.

How can you make sure the whole school stays motivated

and morale is kept high? Our Covid risk assessment enabled

much to operate as close to normal as possible last term, whilst

keeping the community safe. Consequently, things such as

meals, sport, music, drama and co-curricular activities were able

to be continued in the main, as well as Field Days involving

school trips and over 100 pupils taking part in Duke of

Edinburgh expeditions. It is important for pupils to continue

to have opportunities to explore their talents and interests,

whilst maintaining our high-quality educational delivery for all

year groups – particularly those sitting public examinations.

Have any positive surprises arisen as a result of the

pandemic? The pandemic has brought to the fore just how

much plastic is being disposed of with items such as face

masks. The school community has recognized this and support

for our environmental endeavours has been galvanized.

Our Eco Society has been relaunched and over 40 pupils

have volunteered to sit on the committee to address how

the school can reduce its ecological footprint. svs.org.uk

during this extraordinary time. Keeping

everyone safe has been a priority and

communicating regularly with our

families has enabled us to identify and

support areas of particular need. Our

small classes and excellent pastoral

provision ensure that every child has

a trusted adult they can talk to.

What effect do you think the new

normal will have on learning going

forward? Children have learnt to take

more responsibility for their learning

during lockdowns and we saw a greater

level of independence when they

returned to the classroom. IT is playing a

more prominent role in every lesson and

pupils’ IT skills are highly developed.

Pupils and staff have shown that they

are exceptionally creative and hugely

resilient. They know they can achieve

anything if they put their minds to it.

How can you make sure the whole

school stays motivated and morale

is kept high? We are really proud of

our school and particularly proud of

everything we have achieved this past

year. Pupils and teachers have adapted,

created and continued to deliver an

outstanding curriculum and pupils have

continued to make excellent academic

progress. It is these achievements,

along with our values-based focus and

family ethos that keeps us motivated

and looking forward to the future.

Have any positive surprises arisen as a

result of the pandemic? We have learnt

that as a community we are extremely

adaptable and hugely imaginative.

Traditional events including Sports

Day, Prize Giving, Harvest Festival and

the Christmas Fair have all taken place

in non-traditional ways. They have

been different, but equally special and

particularly memorable.

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Education Supplement sponsored by

The Right Foot

After a year of home schooling and social distancing,

sport represents a unique challenge. How will we get

up and running with a new-normal after lockdown?

As the winner of the Sporting

Achievement award in the 2020

Independent Schools of the Year

Awards, Hurstpierpoint College set

a great example of how to resume

sport in schools after lockdown.

Director of Sport, Rob Kift tells us

what measures they put in place after

returning from the last lockdown.

How did you encourage the school

to stay as active as possible?

This has always been our intention.

Before the pandemic our programme

sought to engage every student both in

terms of participation and performance.

After the first lockdown, we made it a

priority for our pupils to be outside in

the fresh air. We had to be creative with

what we offered and how we utilised

our facilities to their best advantage,

for example we were playing cricket

throughout the winter months using

our new bank of outdoor cricket nets,

which all of the students really enjoyed.

How did you keep up a sporting routine?

This was a real challenge, but we have

very good facilities and a passionate team

of coaches who were very creative and

adaptable. The requirement for pupils to

be in year group bubbles added to the

problem but we overcame this with the

introduction of temporary facilities such

as a golf driving range and a marquee

to house aerobics and spin classes.

“Most pupils have mobile

phones so we urge them

to aim for 10,000 steps

as a daily target.”

Is there anything else you had to

do differently?

Social distancing and sanitising

equipment were two obvious

adaptations last year and we swiftly

established a thorough routine to

deliver sport in a Covid-safe way.

We scheduled weekly meetings to

review our provision, often centred

around new government advice and

national governing body regulations.

Were you able to play matches

against other schools last year?

We didn’t play fixtures against other

schools, but we remain optimistic

that we will again at some point

this year. Although we could have

potentially played some sporting

fixtures last year, the sentiment

was to try to keep the school

functioning in as safe an environment

as possible. We organised more

house competitions and intramural

fixtures, which were received most

enthusiastically by the pupils.

How did the pupils adapt

to the changes?

To their credit, our pupils adapted

very quickly to the ‘new-normal’, but

inevitably they will need reminding

of our in-house rules around

social distancing, washing hands

and the like once they’re allowed

back together. As a department

we have been keen to liaise very

closely with our parent body and

encourage them to reinforce our

stance on the importance of physical

activity. We have asked the pupils

to show resilience in the inclement

weather and to keep their activity

levels up. Most pupils have mobile

phones so we urge them to aim

for 10,000 steps as a daily target.

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Sporting Stars

Hilary Blake, Head Teacher at Sacred Heart, Wadhurst

explains the changes they had to make last year

How did you encourage the school to stay as active as possible?

As we went into the first lockdown, we were finalising plans

for the installation of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

at Sacred Heart, reflecting the high profile of sport here,

and our ambition to offer even more in the future. With

the MUGA in place, the children could go outside for

every playtime and PE lesson, whatever the weather.

How did you keep a sporting routine going?

At a time when many aspects of school life were

restricted, we prioritised PE within the curriculum and

after school too. Although swimming was still off the

menu last term, the children were able to participate in

a range of sports from Lacrosse to football. They have

boundless energy and are always eager to be challenged.

Is there anything you had to do differently?

In keeping with government guidance, separate activities

were arranged for each ‘bubble’; equipment was

restricted for use within bubbles or sanitised after use

if shared, and pupils washed or sanitised their hands

before and after lessons and playtimes. What at first

seemed complicated soon became second nature.

How did pupils adapt to the changes?

As is often the case, the children were very quick to adapt –

as long as they had sport and playtimes they were eager to

comply! They were used to additional handwashing, cleaning

and hygiene measures within the classroom; so continuing

that into the outside space was a logical extension.

Were you able to play matches against other schools last year?

No, but we did train hard and were booking provisional

fixtures – as soon as restrictions are lifted, we will be

match ready! We are extending our fixtures list to

include Year 4 this year as well as Years 5 and 6.

How have pupils who attend external sports

clubs in their own time been affected?

The temporary closure of external clubs was a big

disappointment for some pupils. We all know how

important exercise and being outside is for our

mental health and children are no exception.

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When it comes to sport it really helps to have a

heritage of great former students to look up to

T

he New Beacon School is immensely proud

of its cricketing heritage, and rightly so.

With a history spanning over one hundred

years, an archive photograph shows Siegfried and Hamo

Sassoon in the 1st XI after they won the West Kent Prep

Schools League Cup in 1901. Skip forward to the present

day, and The New Beacon has celebrated its success at

regional and national competitions. The U11 XI has

reached the final of the Kent Summers Cup every year

this century, winning for the last nine consecutive years

(bar 2020 with no play!). The U12 team regularly wins

regional tournaments taking them through to national

competition at 13+ often playing against grammar schools

selecting from at least four times as many players.

Two former pupils hit the headlines last summer, playing

for Kent County Cricket Club and England. Sam Billings

left The New Beacon in 2004 for Haileybury College with

an all-rounder scholarship. He played regularly for Kent

from 2014, becoming captain in 2018. Sam played his first

ODI and Twenty20 games for England against New Zealand

in 2015. He made his first international ODI century this

summer against Australia finding more success with the bat

and is a wicketkeeper-in-waiting for England. Sam returned

to The New Beacon four years ago to give an inspiring

coaching session to the boys and to present a bat to one of

the pupils who had scored a century in a 1st XI match.

Zak Crawley left The New Beacon in 2011, moving to

that famous cricketing school, Tonbridge, with a Cowdrey

sports scholarship. He had captained The New Beacon side

which was runner up to Millfield in the national final in

2011. He played for Kent from age 13 and made his senior

debut in 2017. At The New Beacon, Zak was known for his

precision and focus on technique with the bat, something

which has clearly catapulted him to top of the order in the

England test team. A highlight this summer for all cricket

lovers was witnessing Zak’s 267 against Pakistan – the

second highest maiden test century ever for England.

While the school celebrates the success of these

extraordinarily talented former pupils competing at

international level, cricket is enjoyed by all at The New

Beacon. The school often fields 4 or 5 teams in each

year group. 58 boys (aged from 9-13) are members

of local cricket clubs, notably Holmesdale and The

Sevenoaks Vine. Twenty are playing district cricket,

with two at Invicta and one on the Kent pathway.

Sadly, last summer term not a ball was bowled – by a

team which had the potential to reach the national finals

once again. In the absence of cricket, the original 1900

pavilion was refurbished in preparation for next season.

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Meet the P.E. Pros

We get to know two P.E. teachers that were once professional sports people – Mark Howell, Director of Sport

and Head of Rugby at Sutton Valence School and Emily Starr, Assistant Director of Sport at Mayfield School

Why did you become a sports teacher?

I am a former Police Sergeant and played rugby

professionally prior to that. I have always had

a passion for education and sport and as I

crept towards 30, I decided the time was right

to make the change of career. I am glad to

say I have loved every minute of working in

education. To do something you love every day

makes my job the best in the world in my eyes!

I took up cricket when I was nine, when the

girls from my football team were short of a

player for their cricket team. The rest, as they

say, is history. I went on to represent England

at the U19 Indoor Cricket World Cup as well

as Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. I

wouldn’t have played sport to the level I did if

it wasn’t for my PE teachers and I wanted to

be that role model, the reason someone takes

up a sport or raises their performance level.

We were right

to entrust The

New Beacon

with these

How do you keep your

important years

pupils motivated?

in our child’s

It is highly important, even on the darkest,

education.

wettest of mornings, to be positive. I am lucky

in that I am a positive person and I try and

PARENT relay that 2018 to my pupils. Some do need more

motivation than others and once you identify

this, it is about giving them the opportunities to

participate, succeed and – most importantly –

have fun. If pupils can enjoy sport and physical

activity, then self-motivation will follow.

The last year has been more challenging, as I

find a lot of the girls thrive on competition.

As a school we have focused on ensuring

core skills are developed. The girls

have seen the benefit of this when

we played competitive games

internally last year. In PE I try to

make the lessons as enjoyable

as possible. It is about

developing a positive

mindset – once they are

enjoying PE, you can then

start to focus on core skills.

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Who are your two biggest

sporting heroes?

They aren’t household names, but nobody

comes close when I think of those who have

influenced me. The first is my father, for

being an amazing role model, introducing

me to sport and following me all around the

country when I played rugby. He’s my biggest

supporter and someone I go to for advice.

The second is a gentleman called Keith Day

who was my rugby coach when I played for

Swansea Under 15s. He led us to winning

the Welsh National Dewar Shield and taught

me the power of sport to change lives for the

better. I made some of the most incredible

memories working under Mr Day and learnt

from him a great deal about how to get the

best out of the pupils I work with now.

Andrew Flintoff and Charlotte Edwards. After

watching the 2005 Ashes series I wanted to

bowl and bat like Freddie – I even copied his

celebration when I got a wicket. His intent,

attitude and passion were incredible. Charlotte

Edwards was England Women’s Captain at

the time I started taking cricket seriously.

Her resilience at the crease when batting

and the way she led the England Women’s

Team to two World Cup wins and an Ashes

win was unbelievable. I strive to inspire

these qualities in the girls at Mayfield and

encourage them to work hard and aim high.

What’s the most unusual and

adventurous sport

you’ve ever tried?

Kabaddi – it’s a contact sport played between

two teams of seven. The objective is for a

single player on offense (the ‘raider’) to run

into the opposing team’s half of the court,

tag out as many of defenders as possible,

and return to their own half of the court,

all without being tackled by the defenders,

and in a single breath. I urge you to watch

it on YouTube – it’s tremendous fun!

​Tchoukball – it’s the fastest hand ball sport

in the world! It was invented in the late

1960s by Swiss biologist Dr Hermann

Brandt, who wanted to create a sport that

reduced injuries, wasn’t aggressive, and

enabled people of all shapes, sizes, genders,

cultures, and backgrounds to play together.

What’s been your proudest moment

whilst teaching at your school?

In March 2020 our 1st XV Rugby team

reached the final of the National Schools Vase

Under 18 final. The final was to be played

at Twickenham but, due to Covid-19, it was

cancelled. It was immensely disappointing

not to play and take the entire school to the

home of rugby, but to see the cup run catch

the imagination of the school was quite

incredible. We had never reached such a

national rugby final before, and I will never

forget the 500+ people watching the hardfought

semi-final win. That match and the

days that followed were extremely humbling

and made me unbelievably proud to have

built something so powerful and positive.

Cricket was only introduced as

a sport at Mayfield in 2017, so

I was delighted when seven

girls were selected for the

Sussex CCC programme

last year. I’m also incredibly

proud that the school has

just been named as one

of the UK’s top 20 all-girls

schools for cricket by The

Cricketer Schools Guide 2021.

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Meet the Head

The Cranbrook School student who grew up to be

its headmaster, we get to know Mr Will Chuter

Why did you choose to

go into teaching?

I was late to teaching. After university,

I worked in offices and found it dull.

I missed my subject, Classics and

the variety of a school experience. I

wanted to be challenged and to make a

difference by developing the character

of tomorrow’s adults. And I had loved

my own school days, which helps!

What was your favourite

subject at school?

Ancient History – great stories

and characters, lessons for the

future, and fantastic teaching.

Can you tell us about one of

your happiest school memories?

I am an Old Cranbrookian myself and

could name any point in time from

my Sixth Form at Cranbrook, which

was made very happy by my friends.

We played competitive sports together,

made music together, revised together

and challenged each other academically.

They remain my closest friends.

Have your own school

days influenced the way

you will approach your

role as headmaster?

Definitely. I was fortunate to

experience high-quality teaching, an

ambitious academic environment, a

stimulating co-curricular programme,

excellent pastoral care, and a tolerant

atmosphere where friendships could

flourish. I believe these are key

elements to a successful and happy

school and the Cranbrookians

of today deserve them too.

What were you doing before

accepting the headmaster

position at Cranbrook?

I had been Deputy Head (Pastoral) at

Gresham’s School in North Norfolk.

I oversaw the personal development

and welfare of 520 13-18 year-old

boarders and day pupils for five years.

If you could teach anyone -

either present day or from

history - who would you choose?

I always like the idea of learning from

your pupils, so I would like to sit

down with the Athenian politician

Pericles, the Carthaginian commander

Hannibal Barca, and the ‘First

Lady’ of Augustan Rome, Livia, and

spend glorious hours understanding

their cultures and motivations.

What are you looking forward

to this coming year?

Everything! But especially

getting to know all the pupils

and staff and their families.

What do you think makes

Cranbrook School special?

It is unique: a 500-year-old, selective,

co-ed, state boarding school that strives

for top academic results while setting

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the development of the whole person.

It has rightly been called the ‘jewel

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Education Supplement sponsored by

We need to talk

about tech

In a world filled with more online socialisation than ever, how do parents and

teachers keep up? We found out with the help of Battle Abbey School

At Battle Abbey School we

very much see parents as

partners in a collaborative

effort to keep children safe online.

Smart phone technology and the

multitude of apps that are available

for children to communicate on has

inevitably made it harder to define the

boundary between our responsibility

as a school and the responsibility of

parents. As such, education on proper

conduct online has become one of the

cornerstones of our pastoral education.

Historically, this focused on Key

Stage 4 pupils, or pupils entering their

GCSE years, but technology and apps

are increasingly being picked up and

used by younger pupils. Now most

of our efforts are focused on giving

pupils a solid grounding in Key Stage

3, from Year 7 and up, though our

visiting speaker schedule is open to,

and attracts, parents from our Prep

School and Key Stage 2 as well.

The primary way we address these

issues is through dedicated units that

form part of the Battle Abbey School

PSHE programme. This is decided

annually but tends to be reviewed

termly as it needs to adjust to which

apps are trending with our pupil base.

Luckily the school is small enough

to be able to move very quickly

should one of these trends create a

problem or be of particular concern

to teachers and parents. Tik Tok

replaced Snapchat for a while as one

of our main concerns but collaborative

gaming has also been a more recent

focus and the simple WhatsApp

group always has the potential to

create problems in peer groups.

“we pride ourselves on

giving each pupil a

strong moral compass”

Keeping children safe in all these

arenas is obviously critical and we do

our best to educate staff, parents and

pupils alike. Our pre-covid visiting

speaker programme was not just aimed

at pupils and we often had visiting

speakers talk to pupils in the afternoon

and stay on for an early evening talk

to parents. 2019 saw Dr Aric Sigman

visit the Abbey to talk about the

problem of Screen Dependency, and

Bill Woodside spoke to parents and

staff about keeping pupils safe in the

digital world. In line with our legal

duties on PREVENT we have also had

guest speakers in to talk to families

about the signs to look out for to stop

children being radicalised online.

It can be particularly tricky to set the

line between what online behaviour

we are arbiters of, and what should

be managed by parents. Whilst there

is a clear responsibility if something

happens on school property, or using

a school system, things are not always

so clear cut. A school year or social

group may have a WhatsApp group

or similar setup. If offensive content is

posted on these outside school hours

and away from school property, who

has the responsibility for discipline?

It is challenges like this that mean we

have to work very closely with parents

whilst keeping tabs on both social

trends and government advice. Not

an easy job, but in a school where

every pupil is known and we pride

ourselves on giving each pupil a strong

moral compass on these matters, we

find any transgressions tend to be few

and far between, and of a relatively

minor nature when they do occur.

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Education Supplement sponsored by

Taking Responsibility

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook explains how they’re fostering planet-friendly values throughout the school

The majority of the eco initiatives introduced

at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook have been very

much child led, we have found that the children

genuinely care and want to make a difference. Our Eco

Club was set up by the children in Upper School. We have

achieved the Eco Schools Bronze Award, and our goal is

to achieve the Green Flag Award. The children undertook

an environmental review of the school and drew up an

action plan from the results. The three areas they will be

concentrating on are waste, energy use and biodiversity.

This year Dulwich took part in Switch Off Fortnight

to reduce our energy use, and one Year 7 tutor group are

working on their eco brick project, using recycled plastic

bottles to make bricks to build houses in Africa. Other

activities include a new initiative to compost waste at snack

time during break and personalised aluminium water bottles

designed in DT lessons. When we realised how many plastic

bottles were used at school we started a campaign to ban

them. Half the school now use glass milk bottles from a

local dairy. We no longer use plastic straws and the schoolproduced

DVD cases are now cardboard. Nash House (Early

Years) are now single-use plastic-free, reverting to glass milk

bottles at snack time and banning plastic wrapped food.

In the grounds at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook we are

fortunate to have an area set aside as a nature reserve

and there is also an area of the grassland which is left

unmown over the spring and summer. We have a very

active Gardening Club who grow vegetables and fruit

as well as flowers. In Little Stream (Years 1-4) Eco Club

activities range from picking blackberries and making

jam to creating bird boxes. The children have also given

up their break to litter-pick in the school grounds.

Eco Club have asked staff to reduce the amount of

paper that they laminate as this is difficult to recycle and

also to reuse and recycle classroom displays. End of life

computer equipment is collected by an Environment

Agency registered company for recycling and safe

disposal. Printing is set to double-sided as default and

printer and photocopier usage are regularly monitored,

with high volume producers given advice on ways to

reduce. We have also collected over 700 pens to recycle,

and over 3,600 batteries have been saved from landfill.

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The more they learn,

The more they grow,

The more they know,

THE FURTHER

THEY WILL GO!

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Where are the skills your child will need

to resolve global conflict?

Well, negotiation skills are embedded in the

curriculum at Sevenoaks School, so in theory we need

look no further.

Our alumni certainly go on to achieve extraordinary

things; equipped as they are with the skills they need to

change the waiting world.

Stephen Hale for example, mastered negotiation at

Sevenoaks. He left in 1990 to work with Friends of the

Earth and Oxfam, amongst others. Now he has an OBE

and is CEO at Refugee Action, a UK charity that supports

people fleeing war.

It’s worth considering then, that many of the skills

your child may need to make a significant impact, can be

acquired here at Sevenoaks.

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Every day at Sevenoaks, students practise negotiation, service provision, team working,

critical thinking, creative thinking and complex problem solving;

essential skills our alumni will use to excel at jobs which have yet to be invented and to reshape their world.


Education Supplement sponsored by

Meet the Head

Mr Jesse R Elzinga reflects on his career so far, how

Sevenoaks School has overcome the challenges of 2020

and what he looks forward to in the year ahead

Why did you choose a

career in teaching?

I have always enjoyed working with

young people. As a teenager, I started

volunteering during the school holidays

to help run summer camps for children,

and in university I started to teach at

summer schools. I am fortunate that

I found my vocation in teaching, and

I still love being in the classroom with

young people, watching them perform

in sport, drama or music, or just

enjoying their company at lunchtime.

They are full of optimism and hope – I

often tell them that their generation

will make the world a better place than

previous ones, and I do believe that.

Can you tell us about an

inspirational teacher from

your school days?

I was most inspired by my athletics and

cross-country coach at school; he was a

top runner himself, competing in the US

Olympic Marathon trials. I knew that

his coaching was informed by the latest

developments at an elite level, and he

was much faster than any of us. He was

also a great English teacher, who loved

literature and was an absolute pedant

when it came to grammar: I still think

of him often, be it on one of my daily

runs, or when proofreading a document!

Do you have a favourite children’s

character from a book or film?

My favourite character in film is Robin

Williams in his role as the inspirational

teacher in Dead Poets Society. I watched

that film as a teenager and was so inspired

– it might be the moment when I first

realised teaching would be for me. The

best teachers pass on their love for a subject

and instil a sense of self-belief in their

students; sometimes quirky antics can help

in this process, like standing on a desk.

What do you think makes

Sevenoaks special?

Sevenoaks is a vibrant and buzzing

community. The students are bright,

purposeful and ambitious, but we are also

down to earth and unstuffy, unlike some

other independent schools. We are known

as forward-thinking and progressive; for

example, we introduced voluntary service

projects for students in the 1960s, and

these are embedded in our curriculum

so that all students do some service or

charitable work before they depart. We

have been coeducational for almost 50

years, and we’ve taught the IB Diploma

Programme for over 40 years, and as a

flagship IB school we attract top students

from around the world, helping all of our

students to develop a global mindset.

What’s been your proudest

achievement so far?

Keeping calm and carrying on in the midst

of the global pandemic is an achievement

enough! The virus has disrupted all of our

lives, and it has been difficult for schools

as well. Keeping the community safe

and well, whilst carrying on a first-rate

education, is a significant challenge for any

Head across the world right now – and an

achievement of which they can be proud.

How have you overcome the

challenges 2020 has thrown

at you and the school? What

has being the headteacher

of Sevenoaks taught you?

Given that schools were physically

closed for months in 2020, there has

been a renewed sense of appreciation for

the daily routines of school life. I have

encouraged all students and staff to make

the most of every day, every lesson and

every activity that they have in real life.

To quote my favourite teacher from Dead

Poets Society, ‘carpe diem – seize the day!’

Being part of a school like Sevenoaks is

a tremendous privilege, and the months

away during the lockdowns make

everyone here appreciate it even more.

What are you looking forward

to this coming year?

Relationships bring so much meaning

and joy to life. I have missed interaction

with others, including friends and

family outside of school. Restrictions in

school have meant significantly limited

opportunities to spend quality time with

staff, students and parents. Most of all,

however, I look forward to introducing

my baby daughter to her grandparents.

My wife and I welcomed our third

daughter into the world in late March

last year, born at home in the first week

of lockdown. Due to the pandemic, my

parents in the USA have been unable

to meet her. In short, I want to hug my

loved ones – bring on the vaccine!

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Investing in the future

Jon Curtis, branch manager

at the Tunbridge Wells office

of Charles Stanley Wealth

Managers, compares the

challenges of choosing the

right school and managing a

bespoke investment portfolio.

Choosing the right school for your child

requires both patience and consideration.

How are these qualities important in

successful investment management?

Deciding on the right school and

growing your investments don’t happen

overnight. Although long-term investing

does require a degree of patience,

the advantages are significant.

We spend time with each client to get

a clear picture of their financial goals,

such as funding school fees. We then

build a sustainable portfolio that reflects

those goals, the appetite for risk, and

(increasingly) non-financial factors

like socially responsible investing.

This level of personal consideration

has helped to make us one of the

UK’s leading wealth managers.

What benefits do managed investments

offer future generations? As well as

increasing capital, managed investments

can also offer income, which can be

particularly important to help fund

costs such as school fees, weddings

and, potentially, long-term care, as

well as creating financial security

for children and grandchildren.

How do you, as an investment manager,

face unexpected challenges such as

a change in the market? Since the

Covid-19 pandemic everybody’s lives

have changed significantly. The full

impact of the pandemic on markets

is hard to predict with any degree of

certainty but w e can mitigate the effects

of market movements by ensuring we

build diversified portfolios, which means

‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ and

investing in a variety of different assets.

Finally, how do you work with your

clients? There is no one-size-fitsall

approach at Charles Stanley but

something all our relationships have

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Find out how Charles Stanley can help

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Education Supplement sponsored by

Beyond the Student Council

Ed Dickie, Head of Claremont Senior School,

explains how prioritising communication with

students is key to a school’s evolution

Experience has taught me that the success or failure

of new initiatives, designed to transform an area

of the school perceived to be underperforming

or outdated, is often defined by the extent to which

the most important element in the process has

been consulted and considered: the students.

Consulting students is a hallmark of a good school,

something acknowledged by both Ofsted and ISI,

but the quality of this consultation can vary. At

Claremont we have been considering the role of

student voice for some time, and have concluded

that we want to be an organisation where student

leadership is at the very heart of what we do; a student

led school where the role of teachers and senior staff

increasingly becomes a guiding and facilitating one.

We have established an ‘Equality Commission’ that

seeks to shine the light of diversity into all areas of

the school. Precipitated by student feedback, this

commission looks into curriculum, school operations,

HR and much more. We have also redesigned our

student leadership structure; basing it around areas

such as Communications and Wellbeing, the students

work closely with our marketing and pastoral teams

to identify how best to improve the school. The next

phase is to bring the student voice into the classroom,

with students able to give immediate feedback on

the quality of their own learning, and teachers able

to shape and adapt their pedagogy accordingly.

Rules, clear parameters and systems are all vital

when guiding and developing young people. But

a good school is also a living thing, able to evolve

and adapt to a changing environment. Placing our

students at the heart of the conversation has, in our

experience, been good for the students and good for

the school – giving them a voice, allowing them to

be themselves while also giving them a real sense of

ownership and pride in their school community.

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Education Supplement sponsored by

Ask the Expert

Hayley Hobbs, founder of Griffin Teaching,

explains how your child may benefit

from out-of-school academic help

How will I know if my child needs external help with

their academic work? In this area, where we have some

excellent schools, your child will only need help if they are

preparing for a specific exam. Beyond this, it is not whether

your child needs the extra input, but worth considering

how high they might fly if you are able to offer it.

Why choose Griffin Teaching? Experience. Qualifications

(we all have degrees from top UK universities and years of

class/subject teaching). Detailed knowledge of the content

and challenges we prepare children for. Our strategic

approach. Our huge passion for teaching. Our precise and

detailed lesson planning. The extra time we spend with our

parents and children to ensure they are fully supported…

What services do you offer and what age ranges do you

cover? My great passion is for teaching writing. Lockdown

has interrupted children’s education, but many were already

struggling on paper. We offer a monthly writing programme

with personal, detailed feedback and encouragement at its

heart. This is in addition to our Kent Test 11+ and ISEB

Common Pre-test Clubs, our Year 4 English and Maths

Booster Clubs and our specific school exam work (Sevenoaks,

Caterham, Abingdon, Eltham College among others).

How are you adapting to the new ways of teaching in

light of coronavirus? The teaching transfers smoothly

between in-room lessons and on-screen Zoom teaching as

the government guidelines change. Children are taught in

clubs of six children, and these are simply flipped online.

This year we didn’t miss one single lesson and it isn’t

surprising that we scored our highest Kent Test results ever.

The same teacher runs the club at the same time of day

and with their own six students. All work is set up each

week on our website – and I even add little videos each

time to allow a second introduction to any tricky content.

How often should my child be having

lessons and how much does it cost?

• Kent Test 11+, ISEB Pre-test and Year 4 English

and Maths Booster Clubs run for one hour per week

throughout the year, and cost £84 per month.

• Individual school exam preparation is for one hour per

week (usually for only a term) and costs £90 per month.

• The Writing Club consists of a 5 minute hand-holding

video to watch per week and a 10 minute writing activity

completed at home. Children’s work is emailed over to me

and I tape each one a wonderfully positive and detailed

individual video to move their work forward step by step.

The quality of their work is boosted immediately and keeps

on improving as the weeks go by. This is £39 per month.

All prices include VAT. There is no deposit, initial payment

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Education

Supplement

Featuring in our

September 2021 issue

Look out for the second

instalment of our

bi-annual look at the

wealth of education

opportunities the

South East has to offer

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FREWEN

COLLEGE

The Dyslexia School

Since 1910

Help’s Only A Click Away

For dyslexic students, learning from home

can pose a variety of extra challenges.

Sally Welch, Head of Frewen College Prep in East

Sussex, explains how they’re easing the pressure

Helping students receive an accessible education

in 2020/21 has proved a huge challenge for

everyone: students, staff and parents alike. And

for Frewen College’s dyslexic students, learning from home

is even more difficult than it is for the average student.

Frewen’s students, who are aged 7-18, like those in all

schools, have had to adapt to working online. In doing this,

they have had to embrace independent learning and become

more self-motivated. Sharing IT devices with family members,

working with siblings and coping with IT frustrations have

all required students to develop tolerance and patience.

The challenge has probably been the hardest for the

younger students in our Prep School. Many of our lessons

are multi-sensory, and this is clearly harder in a virtual

teaching environment. We have continued to deliver the

full National Curriculum, through creative, virtual teaching,

and because we know our students very well – we have

a maximum class size of eight – we have still been able

to utilise both multi-sensory and hands-on learning.

Frewen is at the cutting edge when it comes to assistive

technology, and Microsoft’s assistive technology is used

throughout the school, in conjunction with other software.

In the Prep School, to help embed learning for

our dyslexic students, we teach using the ‘Creative

Curriculum’, adopting one creative theme for each term

and then weaving all the different strands of the curriculum

together, rather than teaching isolated subjects.

We support students’ learning with additional work,

above and beyond the mainstream curriculum, as well as

including opportunities to revisit Key Stage 1 concepts.

Students benefit from systematic input of ‘Letters and

Sounds’, daily writing opportunities, individual reading

each day and a group session of Sound Therapy.

In non-Covid times, our fully integrated therapy

team, who work within the classroom, provide

weekly one-to-one Occupational and Speech

& Language Therapy where appropriate.

We are looking forward to the day when normality

returns, and students across the UK and beyond are back

in school, and we can re-embrace all the things we love

and sometimes take for granted about regular school life!

frewencollege.co.uk

Prep

School

Senior

• •

School

Frewen College, Northiam, East Sussex, TN31 6NL

www.frewencollege.co.uk

Sixth

Form

Frewen College is a leading Day and Boarding

School for boys and girls aged 7-19 with Dyslexia

and Dyspraxia and associated Specific Learning

Difficulties. We are proud to be different:

Frewen is the oldest specialist

dyslexia school in the UK

Pupil progress & achievement has increased

year on year over the last 5 years

All classroom staff have specialist

dyslexia qualifications

Assistive Technology is used throughout

the school to assist reading & writing

Email: office@frewencollege.co.uk

Tel: 01797 252494

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Education Supplement sponsored by

Meet the Head

Bryan Nixon, Head of School at TASIS The American School

in England, talks us through his own experiences of school

What was your favourite subject

at school? My favourite subject at

school was history, which is topical

for me because I’m from Belfast and,

obviously, we are rooted in history. I

loved the subject and what it taught

me about the culture of Ireland

and about the different perspectives

that surround historical events.

Why did you choose a career in

education? My history teacher called

Mr Webb inspired me to research, to

think critically and to take on other

people’s perspective, which was something

that I hadn’t done throughout my life

growing up in Northern Ireland. Ever

since then, I wanted to project that

forward to other people and students.

You’re head of an international

school – have you taught in any

other locations across the world?

I started my teaching career in a town

just outside Belfast. My career then

took me to the Bahamas, Germany

and then to Greenwich, Connecticut.

I am now here at TASIS England. I

have also been a Head of School in

Germany and the United States.

What are the benefits of

following an American or an IB

curriculum? The main benefit is that

these curricula are significant, relevant,

engaging and challenging. They provide

a real world context for learning and

they provide for individual pathways.

They allow teachers to be flexible

and innovative and promote student

ownership of their learning journey.

How do you ensure the school

community celebrates the range

of different cultures that students

are part of? TASIS England is an

international school not only because

we have over 50 nationalities on

campus but also because of how we

purposefully delve into each other’s

cultures, perspectives, and opinions

through our curriculum and through the

exploration of local and global issues.

Have your own school days

influenced the way you approach

your role as a headteacher? The

fact that I am a Head of School is quite

a surprise to my family. I think that

Mr Webb probably had the biggest

influence on me as an educator. He

taught me to become a critical thinker

and to not be afraid to challenge and

understand different perspectives.

What are you looking forward

to this coming year? This coming

year I hope to have even more time

to continue to support our school

community through this pandemic and

to seize the learning and communitybuilding

opportunities it presents. School

is not only about what you learn, it is

also about how you develop as a person.

If you could teach anyone – either

present-day or from history –

who would you choose? I would

choose Seamus Heaney, the famous Irish

poet. It is more about him teaching

me than the other way around! He

had a gift of explaining life through

his poetry and I really connected with

his work. I would have loved to have

interacted with him on any level.

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Education Supplement sponsored by

Bursaries: what you need to know

Sarah Guri explains how the key to a future at Kent College, Canterbury could be applying for a bursary

The opportunities that Kent College affords its

students are special and it is absolutely right

that we make that accessible to as many people

as we can. The idea of doing all the good that you can

by helping everyone that you can is something that is

interwoven into the history of the school. Today we

remain committed to providing access to education

to those whose circumstances may mean they cannot

afford the full fees, or for those whose circumstances

may change once their child is a pupil at the school.

A bursary is a form of financial assistance that is meanstested,

based on parental income. Bursaries are not

dependent on academic ability but are awarded to pupils

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Garden

In the name

of love

Jo Arnell tracks down the most romantic

blooms to treat someone special

Flowers have, over the centuries, been given poetic

and celebratory names and many have come to

symbolise romance in all its forms. ‘A rose by any

other name’ may well smell as sweet, but I can’t help

thinking that it might smell a little sweeter if it had your

own name on it, was given to you by your sweetheart,

or because its name coincided with a special anniversary

or event. We’ll gloss over the fact that back in the

middle ages brides used to carry scented bouquets on

their wedding day to disguise the fact that they hadn’t

bathed for months, or that people carried ‘nosegays’ to

counteract the smells in the street – and concentrate on

the romance of flowers and the significance of some of

those wonderfully romantic names and their associations.

Say it with flowers

The tradition of giving Valentine’s Day flowers dates back to

the late 17th century, during the reign of King Charles II of

Sweden. On a royal visit to Persia, Charles was introduced

to a trend that was in vogue – the language of flowers. The

idea centred on a person’s ability to communicate using

flowers alone – no words need be spoken, as the flowers did

the talking. The fad bloomed across the whole of Europe, as

people passed around lists of flowers and their meanings. In

the language of flowers, giving someone a yellow carnation

meant they’d disappointed you, handing out purple hyacinths

meant you were sorry and begging to be forgiven. The red

rose, of course, was the signifier of deep and passionate love.

Red roses are the most iconic of flowers for Valentines day.

The red rose first emerged in Greek and Roman iconography,

where it was associated with the most romantic of the

gods, Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love. According

to Greek mythology (and who wouldn’t want to believe

this?) rose bushes grew from the ground in a fertile mixture

of Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of her lover, Adonis.

There is a Floribunda rose called ‘Faithful’ that is a

lovely deep red and flowers prolifically throughout the

summer months – such a long-lasting way to say it with

red roses. Traditionally planted bare-rooted in the dormant

season – between November and March, a rose can happily

be planted around Valentine’s Day. Planting a rose for

someone is just as romantic a gesture, as sweeping in with

a bunch of them in my opinion – perhaps a tad muddier.

February, more practically, is also the time to prune

shrub and bush roses – any time from around the middle

of the month until the beginning of March, depending

on the weather. Prune back fairly hard to an outwardfacing

bud, so that the bush is clear and open in the

centre (a ‘goblet’ shape will allow for air to circulate

around the plant and help prevent fungal diseases).

A flowery Valentine

Aptly named plants are fun to give and receive – there

are plenty around with romance as a theme. Primula

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look sumptuous among its ruffled green leaves. This little

primrose is perfect for growing in containers or planted

out in a semi-shaded border, it will pop up every spring.

The sunflower ‘Valentine’ is not a traditional bright yellow

giant; it grows to about 5 feet and with delicate, pale lemony

yellow outer sepals with a chocolate brown centre. They make

great cut flowers too, each stem bears several flowers – so

you’ll have plenty to gather and give to someone you love –

only not on Valentine’s Day, as they flower in late summer.

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Love-in-the-mix

‘Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate’ is a wonderfully

scatty name for one of my favourite tall annual

plants – Persicaria orientalis. This amorous giant

will quickly grow to between 4 and 6 feet tall,

with multi-branching tiny flower panicles of

deep candy pink. I’m trying to imagine that it

got its name because the branches arch over,

as if leaning down for a kiss. It can be a bit

promiscuous too, but in the nicest possible way.

Look closely at the flowers of Salvia ‘Hot

Lips’ and you’ll see exactly how it got its name.

It will grow to about four feet tall and is a

spectacularly long flowering plant, its little ‘hot

lips’ pouting away long into the autumn if grown

in full sun and free-draining conditions.

Annual love-in-a-mist Nigella damascena has

ferny stems and foliage and self-sows abundantly

around, creating a ‘mist-like’ haze of blue, pink

or white. It develops lovely seed-heads too

that look nearly as pretty as the flowers.

The flowers of violas, or ‘Heartsease’, were

used medicinally and thought to be beneficial

in diseases of the heart, from which the popular

name Heartsease has been derived. It was

also a main ingredient in love potions.

Mahonias are usually known for their spiky

whorls of evergreen leaves and huge sunburst

flowers, but Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ is unusually

un-spiky, its foliage more like a parlour palm and not

prickly in the slightest. I can’t say that it is actually

that tactile or beguilingly soft to the touch, but

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with white frothy flowers that bloom around the

spring or early summer. Nearly all of them are called

‘Bride’ – understandable, but it can get a bit confusing

when you are trying to specify particular plants.

First to bloom is the stiffly branched Exochorda ‘The Bride’,

which has a whimsical and laxer cousin called ‘Magical

Springtime’. These shrubs are utterly lovely in April, with

long and pretty white racemes but a bit underwhelming for

the rest of the year. The same goes for Philadelphus ‘Bridal

Bouquet’ and P. ‘Bridal Shower’ which are at their best in

the wedding month of June. Philadelphus has the most

glorious fragrance too, but it is hard to get it to look elegant.

If Spiraea ‘Bridal Wreath’ is nicely pruned (i.e.

not shaved into a weird Mr Blobby shape) then it

will arch gracefully, each stem covered in a mass of

tiny white flowers – just like its name suggests.

Gypsophila muralis ‘Garden Bride’ is a compact form

of ‘Baby’s Breath’ and can be grown in hanging baskets

and containers or as bedding, where it will soften edges

with gently trailing and finely cut foliage. The single

flowers are also very attractive to butterflies and bees.

Broken hearted

The Bleeding Heart flower, has an unromantic Latin

name of Lamprocapnos spectabilis (once known as Dicentra

spectabilis), but look closely at the flowers and it does look

like a broken pink heart oozing a drop of white blood.

Turn the little flower up the other way and you’ll see where

it gets its other common name; ‘Lady in the Bath’.

‘Love-lies-bleeding’, (Amaranthus caudatus) is

another dramatic romantic. Standing 5 feet tall, it has

bright crimson tassels over a foot long, followed by

edible seed heads and blood-red autumn foliage.

Forget-me-not (Myosotis) is a hardy biennial that carpets the

ground in early spring with a delicate froth of delicate pink,

white, and blue flowers. According to a German folktale, a

knight who was picking flowers at river’s edge fell in the water

and was swept away by the current. He apparently cried out,

“Forget me not!” as he threw them to his lover on the bank.

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Sue Whigham addresses seasonal admin in the February Garden

Garden

The Great Garden Tidy Up

‘From December to March, there are for many of us three

gardens – the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in

the house, and the garden of the mind’s eye.’ Katherine S. White

I’ve had two conversations recently with people asking

me what there is to do in the garden, or whether

there is anything to do in the garden, throughout the

winter. And of course there are times when it is dark, dank

and wet when you rather wish there was nothing to get

on with – but of course it’s wishful thinking, isn’t it?

This week is going to be a particularly expensive and

action packed period in this particular garden as one of the

big multi-stemmed hornbeams that surround the house is

to be felled and the stump ground out. This is in the vain

hope that the honey fungus which has ‘done for it’ will be

stopped in its tracks. It won’t of course. But the tree has

been deteriorating for the last few years and the disease has

already spread and killed off a cider apple tree and a couple

of large orange stemmed willows. What will be next?

We’ll be more exposed to the lane and to the prevailing

winds but there’s always a silver lining; one of them being the

opening up of new vistas and in our case, a view to the sea,

even if it is only a rather distant line of light on the horizon.

The other job that we have been putting off is the

repair of the old stable used for twenty odd years to

house gardening tools, ladders and the rest. This is

going to be tackled now before spring arrives.

Years of unintentional neglect has resulted in completely

sodden shiplap boards at the back. They’ll be renewed and the

ivy which has worked its way inside will have a control order

placed on it. We’ll add guttering and a downpipe and also

something to collect rainwater. Thinking of that and bearing

in mind how dry and hot our summers have become, finding

somewhere to instal new water butts is a bit of a priority.

And now, whilst we pore over the few catalogues that

still wing their way through our letterboxes, any seed

selection needs to take account of climate

change and what new plants can cope

best in dry conditions.

Tools are being

oiled and cleaned and sharpened and the mower is due

to come back from a service, rejuvenated and prepared

for hard work as spring approaches. We didn’t know that

ours has a mulching facility despite owning the thing for

over twenty years. That’s quite an exciting revelation!

So jobs for this month might include:

Snowdrops. February is a short month but the days are

beginning to lengthen and as the month progresses, things

begin to stir and in particular, snowdrops. Some are more

fragrant than others and the bees will soon be hovering

around them seeking early nectar. Snowdrops are happiest

in partial shade which reminds me to move the clumps that

are at the moment under the old hornbeam as they will

get a shock when they find themselves in bright sunshine.

Moving them, once they have flowered, ‘in the green’ is far

more satisfactory than buying dry bulbs in a packet. Try

bringing one or two into the house where you have a chance

to look at them closely AND enjoy their honey scent.

Staking. Every year I bet most of us wish we had put in

stakes before our herbaceous plants have begun to take off.

So this month is a good time to think about this and to start

collecting appropriate material. Hazel or birch are ideal for

pea sticks and as the sap is beginning to rise this means that

the sticks are pretty pliable and can be easily tied in to make

supportive frames. Put them in around the plants at an early

stage and by the time the soil really warms up and things

are on the move, they will be unobtrusive. Larger plants

obviously need sturdy supports, perhaps decent bamboo

canes or metal ‘road pins’ which we find very useful. These

are very inexpensive and can be found online. And of course

they go on forever. Use black netting round three or four of

these and any large plant will be standing up pretty straight

for you by the summer. Galvanised fence mesh forming a

cylinder and using just one stake works well too. And if you

are growing say, clematis, over an old tree that has seen better

days, wrap fencing mesh round the trunk so that the clematis

has something to attach itself to.

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Pruning clematis. Clematis are in different groups

depending on flowering time. Group 2 includes the large

flowered clematis which often have two flushes of flower.

One being in early summer and one later in the season. To

get the best out of this type, prune in February before any

new growth appears. Keep a framework of old wood and

tidy up other stems to above a healthy bud. You can also

prolong their flowering period by pruning in two stages.

The easiest clematis group is the one I prefer; clematis like

the viticellas with their gorgeous and profuse bell shaped

nodding flowers should be pruned hard as they flower on

new growth. As soon as you see any signs of new growth,

cut all the foliage right back to just above a healthy looking

bud about nine inches above ground level. If we’ve had

or are having a hard winter any stems that are badly frost

damaged can be cut down to ground level at this stage

too. Clematis are hungry feeders so start thinking about

adding lots of nourishing organic matter around their bases.

Avoid doing this if the weather is still particularly cold as

you don’t want to lock the cold in around their roots.

Wisteria. If it is mild enough, prune side shoots

to two or three buds from the base.

Hellebores. These are just beautiful and are gems of the

winter garden. There are just so many of them to choose

from and of course they are prolific seeders (although

their offspring rarely resemble the parent) but that’s what

makes it fun. You never know what you are going to get.

Hellebores come into their own in rich soil, preferably

neutral to alkaline, and in partial shade. Avoid dry

conditions and again, add a good mulch whenever you

can. Cutting their leaves back in early winter is an idea as

by now as the plants flower, you can see them properly

and new, fresh young leaves will soon begin to appear.

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secateurs cutting at an angle so that moisture will drain away

from the outward facing bud that you have cut above.

Hardy perennials. You can start even splitting large

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day lilies and aconites will be showing signs of life and

this is a good time to tackle them. And finally, if you

have been tree planting through the winter, keep their

bases free of turf and competing weeds and add a good

top dressing of garden compost. Oh, and the base of

hedges need weeding through now too and then mulching

with compost and a handful or two of a slow release

fertilizer like Osmacote. Yew hedges particularly benefit

from being weed free so yes, there is plenty of admin to

attend to in February. The list could go on and on...

Metal ‘road pins’ are very inexpensive

and can be found online. Use black

netting round three or four of these and

any large plant will be standing up

pretty straight for you by the summer

Autumn fruiting raspberries. These need to be cut back in

the winter and if you haven’t already done so, prune them

before they start sprouting away. They don’t last forever so

every ten years or so, grub them up and start again. When

you are cutting them back, don’t leave a stump. The other

thing you can do is to ‘tip back’ some of the canes. That

is prune back just the top half of the cane that produced

fruit the previous year. That should ensure that you’ll get

raspberries in mid summer and then some later. If you are

going to plant new canes, they prefer a sandy soil so plant

them on a slight ridge which will help with drainage. The

addition of some sharp sand is a good idea too. We seem to

have them growing up through a flower bed at the moment

which is fine until they decide to rampage any further.

Roses. By now you might have reduced the length of any

whippy growth from your roses so that the winds haven’t

caught the plant by uprooting any of its roots. So this

month make sure that you have removed all dead leaves

from the ground underneath your plants and if you can

remember which roses suffered from black spot, mildew

etc. last season, this is a perfect time to spray both the

plant and the soil underneath with an organic product

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948

for gardening advice and help in the sourcing

and supply of interesting garden plants.

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Slow,

Grow, Eat

Hairdresser-turned-shepherdess, Zoë Colville farms

nearly 100 acres of land near Maidstone with her

partner, Chris Woodhead. With prime focus on their

animals’ wellbeing, together they rear cows, sheep,

goats and pigs, eventually selling their meat through

The Little Farm Fridge. In the first of a new monthly

column, Zoe shares her experiences of farming life

– its ups and downs, rewards and challenges.

After all the festivities are over and everyone’s starting

their ‘new year, new me’ regimes, we are all fired up

ready and waiting for the most crucial few months

of the entire farming calender. We start off by scanning all

our pregnant ewes and our new enterprise, the goats. This is

so important as it determines pretty much the success of our

whole year and its an incredibly exciting few days for us. I

thought it would be cool to explain about the scanning as a

lot of people often ask “why do you spray paint the sheep?”

We gather in all the sheep and, one by one, they

are pushed up the sheep race where a scanner makes

contact with the underside of each one’s belly and the

screen shows the ultrasound picture. They are then

sprayed accordingly and a tally is taken. We use a blue

dot for a single lamb, red for twins and an orange

stripe for triplets. It doesn’t matter how hard I stare at

that screen I cannot for the life of me work out how

many heartbeats there are or even if there are any!

Once everyone is scanned you get a percentage – some

breeds are more prolific than others, and we have some

ewes that we would only want to lamb a single, maybe

because of their size or their age. Then you have the dreaded

orange stripes. A ewe only has two teats (well except for

this freaky girl who had FOUR working teats last year!),

therefore it’s not ideal for us for her to scan with three

lambs. Over the years we’ve only left a handful of ewes

with triplets on them. I know it’s messing with nature

taking a lamb off its mother but it’s the choice we make,

and judgement calls like that are part of keeping livestock.

For the lamb that is taken off, usually the largest, we

aim to match it with a new mother to rear it. Adopting

techniques are fascinating and have a pretty high success

rate. If a ewe lost a lamb, or had a single and plenty of milk,

we would always aim to adopt another lamb onto her.

Lambing season is the highlight of the year for us.

New life and the days getting longer and warmer. If

I could bottle up that feeling and sell it I would and

entering a new year is one step closer to Spring.

The Little Farm Fridge Recipe of the month

How to cook it... diced goat

Try this warming, slow cooked curry • Serves 4

• 1½ packs (600-700g) The

Little Farm Fridge diced goat

• 4 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 scotch bonnet chilli,

finely chopped (more if you

like it hotter)

• 2tbsp Jamaican Jerk spice

blend (you can buy in

Waitrose)

• 4 spring onions

• an inch piece of fresh

ginger, peeled and grated

• rapeseed oil

• a few sprigs of fresh thyme

• 1 onion, chopped

• 1 can chopped tomatoes

• 1 tsp brown sugar

• 2 large potatoes, cubed

• 1 large red pepper,

roughly chopped

• salt & pepper

• half a can of coconut milk

• juice of ½ lemon and fresh

coriander, to garnish

Mix the garlic, chilli, 1tbsp spice blend, spring onions

1 and ginger with a little oil to make a marinade.

Pour over the diced goat and allow to marinate in

the fridge overnight, or for at least a few hours.

Slowly colour the chopped onion in a pan with a splash

2 of oil, add the other tbsp of the spice blend and heat

until fragrant. Add the marinated goat to the mix and gently

colour, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t stick.

3Add the chopped tomatoes, half a can of water,

a few sprigs of thyme and a teaspoon of brown

sugar and simmer on a low heat for 1½ hours (top

up with a little more water if it looks dry).

4Add the coconut milk, the potatoes and red pepper

and continue to simmer for another half hour, until the

potatoes have softened, adjusting the seasoning to your taste.

Just before serving, remove the thyme sprigs,

5 squeeze over the lemon juice and top with

chopped coriander. Serve with fluffy rice.

Follow Zoe on Instagram @thechiefshepherdess

and @thelittlefarmfridge. You can order

meat online at thelittlefarmfridge.co.uk

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