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Contents<br />

<strong>Jan</strong>uary / <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 2021<br />

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Maggie Alderson selects the best<br />

properties on the market now<br />


We find things to do that don’t<br />

require you to leave your home<br />


Tour the feminine and<br />

fabulous treasure trove<br />


Find products to give your<br />

own home a touch of pink<br />


From gifts to cocktails, we’ve<br />

got all the Valentine’s inspo<br />

your heart could desire<br />


A Victorian terrace decorated<br />

with the environment in mind<br />


A guide to becoming an<br />

archivist yourself<br />

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107<br />

109<br />

113<br />

115<br />

117<br />

9-5 IN STYLE<br />

Shop the best of garden<br />

buildings for your<br />

new home office<br />


Pretty pieces to acheive<br />

your She Shed dreams<br />



Rebecca Cuffe styles romantic<br />

fashion in tactile fabrics<br />


Give your online beauty<br />

shopping a tech upgrade<br />

with Josephine Fairley<br />


David Cole of Quench<br />

Cycles tells us all about how<br />

to get on your bike this year<br />


Sarah Maxwell explains how<br />

to set attainable goals for<br />

your health and fitness<br />

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Expert advice from nutrition and<br />

lifestyle coach Charlotte Lau<br />


Enjoy some quality family mealtimes<br />

with Anna Stanford’s fuss-free recipes<br />


Jo Arnell’s guide to romantic blooms<br />


Get your garden up-todate<br />

with Sue Whigham<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Indoorsy activities for this month<br />


Meet our new farming<br />

star, Zoë Colville<br />



38 pages of<br />

all the latest<br />

updates from<br />

local schools<br />

After page 126<br />

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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

Looking back to when we signed off our last issue before<br />

Christmas, I was holding out so much hope that when<br />

we returned to the ‘office’ in <strong>Jan</strong>uary (in my case,<br />

working virtually from home) we’d be exiting the tunnel of<br />

doom and gloom that epitomised 2020, and rocketing towards<br />

a brighter and happier 2021. Sadly, this has not been the<br />

case – yet – and we may still have many months of restrictions<br />

ahead of us before we can get this virus under control. In the<br />

meantime, I am trying to seize every opportunity to introduce<br />

a little colour and positivity into lockdown life by focusing<br />

on the things that my family and I enjoy – we’re spending<br />

a LOT more time together at the moment, after all!<br />

Here at <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong>, we obviously work very visually<br />

– exploring interiors, fashion, food and gardens – and we<br />

are so thrilled to be able to continue to produce our issues,<br />

filled with all the things we love, which I hope provides a<br />

little light relief and inspiration at a very tricky time. This<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary magazine is no exception, with beautiful home shoots<br />

packed with decorating ideas, family recipes to enjoy and a<br />

rundown of education news in our special Supplement.<br />

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and small – have sadly had to close their doors for the<br />

time being and move their offering online, we have had<br />

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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<br />

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I’m taking all this in, thinking the only thing<br />

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Above: The deck on the south side of the house has an enviable<br />

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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<br />

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

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Above left: The couple reinstated the dado rail throughout the house Above right: Jules made the fabriccutting<br />

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

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Just outside the kitchen – in a corridor she hopes to<br />

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Above: The couple’s three-year-old daughter’s gorgeous<br />

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Beauty<br />

Virtual Makeover<br />

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

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

No question: the pandemic has taken some of the<br />

(lip) gloss off make-up shopping. Tester units – so<br />

useful for letting us play with colours, albeit with<br />

disposable lip brushes, Q-Tips and throwaway mascara<br />

wands – have, in almost every case, vanished. Before<br />

this latest lockdown, some counters offered ‘dummies’,<br />

while at others, glossy cardboard inserts replaced product<br />

altogether. And heaven knows when they’ll be back.<br />

Make-up shopping has been reduced to replenishment of<br />

tried-and-trusted products we already own, for many.<br />

But wait. Because there will be fun and enjoyment still<br />

to be had in make-up shopping – if you know where to<br />

look. When shoppers are allowed back in-store, although<br />

dipping and dabbing may remain a distant memory, many<br />

brands (and store groups like John Lewis) have found a<br />

way to offer Covid-friendly makeovers. You’ll need, in most<br />

cases, to book in advance (with the caveat: lockdowns seem<br />

to come out of nowhere, so if the current one continues,<br />

between time of writing and you reading this, you’ll just<br />

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

it should be possible to have someone whisk their brushes<br />

over your face again, introducing you to new shades and<br />

techniques – the opportunity for a new ‘face’ for a stillnew<br />

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

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

to share any nugget of wisdom and skills, after so many<br />

months spent twiddling their thumbs – and even the<br />

most ‘independent’ beauty shopper, who generally likes<br />

to make up her own mind about things, would do well<br />

to think about tapping into their wealth of knowledge.<br />

But if you prefer, you don’t need to have any human contact<br />

at all while finding your next, perfect shade. Because what is<br />

huge fun and mega-exciting is that beauty is now tapping into<br />

the world of AI (Artificial Intelligence), via virtual make-up<br />

try-on sessions that offer a preview of how different shades of<br />

foundation, lipstick, blusher, or eyeshadow might look on you<br />

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

Zoom, and that hasn’t stopped gazillions of Zoom meetings<br />

happening over the last year). But it’s worth playing with.<br />

Basically, you’ll need either to upload a picture (with some<br />

sites) or, preferably, use the camera on your smartphone, and<br />

choose the product and the shade you’d like to try on. This<br />

will then be magically ‘painted’ onto your face, on screen, so<br />

that at least you get an idea of what it looks like with your<br />

particular colouring. Personally, I’m finding this seriously<br />

addictive: it’s actually fascinating to choose one single product<br />

and try out the whole colour spectrum. I think I first did this<br />

with a Bobbi Brown lipstick, and worked my way through 30<br />

shades – and it was really eye-opening to see what pinks and<br />

beiges and mauves, which I’d normally avoid like the plague,<br />

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

nudging yourself out of your comfort zone, actually.) <br />

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Beauty<br />

“<br />

Check out the websites<br />

of your favourite brands<br />

to find out what’s on<br />

offer. In many cases,<br />

the consultations are<br />

entirely free; others<br />

require a booking fee<br />

that’s usually redeemable<br />

against purchase.<br />

”<br />

At MAC, for instance, you can ‘virtually’ try on over 200<br />

product options, from lipstick and blush to mascara. Again, load<br />

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

In fact, the range of brands embracing this new way of letting<br />

customers try their products spans Estée Lauder right through to<br />

Maybelline, or (for those who like their make-up ranges a little<br />

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

do a normal makeover opportunity, actually: with some prep. It’s<br />

fun to meander through cyberspace trying on shades at random,<br />

but I always like a shopping list, myself. Perhaps a lighter-weight<br />

foundation, for spring. Some new eye make-up, now that the focus<br />

has shifted completely from lips – in this mask-wearing world –<br />

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

desperately), you can still do this safely – but at one remove.<br />

Another online revolution is that savvily, last year, many leading<br />

beauty brands launched online consultations. My advice is either go<br />

for a favourite brand, or use this as the no-commitment opportunity<br />

to try something entirely new; the list of online consultations on<br />

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

In the South East, we’re lucky enough to live within striking<br />

distance of a wealth of standalone beauty boutiques and department<br />

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

End may be hundreds of miles from a Fenwick or a Harvey Nix.<br />

Quite aside from being able to enjoy make-up advice while still<br />

in your PJs and Uggs, if you choose, this also opens up discreet<br />

opportunities to tap into advice for the ‘trans’ community,<br />

without a feeling of vulnerability, which I know (from a lovely<br />

transitioning friend) can be all too real, when balanced on a tall<br />

stool at a make-up counter in a bustling department store.<br />

So wherever you are, whatever your gender, you can now enjoy<br />

a video consultation with Charlotte Tilbury (OK, not Charlotte<br />

herself, but one of her artists), Guerlain, By Terry, Clarins, Westman<br />

Atelier, Trinny London – and trust me, by the end of this year,<br />

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

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

In many cases, the consultations are entirely free; others require a<br />

booking fee that’s usually redeemable against purchase. But what I<br />

know from the services I’ve tried is that very often, the consultants<br />

– who’ve been recruited from the ranks of their top pros – then<br />

follow up with a bunch of samples for trialling at home.<br />

Be aware, meanwhile, that these beauty consultations do go beyond<br />

make-up recommendations. I particularly enjoyed my Guerlain<br />

Beauty Masterclass session with Lauren, one of Guerlain’s senior<br />

pros, which also covered skincare advice and a fragrance consultation.<br />

(Amazingly – and this was a test for Lauren, on my part – she<br />

suggested a scent which I’d had recommended during an in-store<br />

digital fragrance consultation, Angelique Noire, from the hundreds<br />

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

Lauren followed up our Zoom with a gorgeous pack of samples,<br />

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

Do I still look forward to the day when I can go back into a store<br />

and swatch a (sanitised) lipstick from a tester unit onto my actual<br />

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

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

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Can anyone come and cycle at Quench?<br />

Yes! You can obviously cycle using your own bikes or use<br />

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Is your skin facing a cover-up conundrum? Award Winning Doctor and member of the British College<br />

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With the Covid-19<br />

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Wellbeing<br />

Reached<br />

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How far is too far when it<br />

comes to pushing your<br />

body? Overdoing exercise<br />

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Because our bodies are trained<br />

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This is called reaching a plateau. It<br />

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doing the same thing – it is also telling<br />

you that you have achieved your body’s<br />

potential prior to that activity or the<br />

intensity of the activity. This doesn’t<br />

mean that you are losing fitness –<br />

you could still be in great shape and<br />

maintain your fitness – but if you<br />

want to increase it, then you will need<br />

to start changing things. This same<br />

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diets and can be very demoralising.<br />

In order to progress with your<br />

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but what is also important is to<br />

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I would always recommend that<br />

exercise beginners gradually increase<br />

the duration of their activity, rather<br />

than the intensity, at the start of the<br />

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comfortable with a longer duration,<br />

then you can start to cut that<br />

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It is important to remember<br />

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Some people react very well to<br />

Hiit workouts and others don’t.<br />

Some people react well to running,<br />

some to walking and others prefer<br />

playing sport or taking part in<br />

a session of yoga or pilates.<br />

As a trainer it is very important<br />

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sustainable and realistic goals.<br />

Above all, I feel what is really<br />

important is to understand that doing<br />

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Time and time again I hear exercisers<br />

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The key to fitness is balance in<br />

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year you hit every one of your goals.<br />

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your health this <strong>Feb</strong>ruary<br />

After a holiday of over-indulgence, there’s nothing more appealing<br />

than a ‘quick-fix’. With the instant-gratification culture we are<br />

surrounded by and ambitious new year’s resolutions, it’s no<br />

wonder that, by <strong>Feb</strong>ruary, 80% of us fail to stick to our new regimes.<br />

Studies repeatedly show that crash and yo-yo dieting can cause<br />

short term water loss but in the long term actually promote a<br />

vicious cycle of deprivation, self-blame, failure and in fact, weight<br />

gain. Instead of wishing for overnight success, consider your path<br />

to a healthy lifestyle as a journey; where purpose, education, daily<br />

habits and consistency are key for long-term, sustainable change.<br />

If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it is to prioritise our<br />

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

layering change and building new habits, one step at a time.<br />

New year… what better time to embrace a new habit?<br />

Give it a go...<br />


Studies have shown that following the<br />

Mediterranean diet may benefit heart<br />

health, protect against type 2 diabetes<br />

and reduce levels of inflammation<br />

in the body. Unlike other popular<br />

diets, the Mediterranean diet focuses<br />

on including whole foods rich in<br />

diversity, good-quality and nutrient<br />

dense, rather than counting calories<br />

or tracking macronutrients. Healthy<br />

fats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds,<br />

legumes, and whole grains are a few<br />

of the key components. Extra-virgin<br />

olive oil, moderate consumption of<br />

fish and poultry, dairy products and<br />

red wine also feature, whilst lower<br />

consumption of red meats, processed<br />

foods and sugar is encouraged.<br />


The key to building new habits is to start small. Even smaller than you think.<br />

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

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

to stick to this than aiming for 3 gym sessions a week. (…it’s <strong>Feb</strong>ruary, it’s<br />

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

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

of these habits is important, repetition is what helps it become automatic.<br />

Emotions drive habits. If you are successful in doing 2 pushups or a one<br />

minute walk (you may even do more) you will feel good about<br />

yourself. It is this positive emotion, that rewires your brain<br />

into wanting to do it again. Celebrate the small steps<br />

and congratulate yourself on your achievements.<br />

This creates a ripple effect, making us want to do<br />

more and helps build long term change. If the habit<br />

seems unattainable right now, adjust it or try a<br />

new one. Better to make a tiny habit that you can<br />

stick to, than a big change that only lasts a week.<br />

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A healthy lifestyle is more than just<br />

the food we eat. Targeting your diet<br />

alone may not achieve optimal health<br />

as there are many other factors that<br />

come into play. Movement, sleep,<br />

mindset, social networks, knowledge,<br />

practical skills, our surroundings and<br />

nourishing food all play a role in the<br />

jigsaw of health and whilst our goal<br />

may be to lose weight, the food we<br />

consume is not the only thing that<br />

can affect this. Embedding healthy<br />

habits into your current lifestyle lays<br />

strong foundations for optimal health.<br />

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Food<br />

Home Comforts<br />

We’ve all got used to spending a LOT more time together at home<br />

over the last year. Busy parents – juggling work, home schooling and<br />

increased household chores – have cooked hundreds of breakfasts,<br />

lunches and dinners throughout the course of the lockdowns<br />

and it’s time to change family meals from a bit of a chore into a<br />

proper treat and something to really look forward to. Our regular<br />

food writer Anna Stanford’s time-saving recipes are adapted for<br />

parents and children to enjoy together and offer the perfect chance<br />

to enjoy quality time together in the tastiest way possible!<br />

Recipes, Photographs & Styling: Anna Stanford<br />

Sweet Potato & Spinach<br />

Samosas with Chilli<br />

Tomato Chutney<br />

Makes: 12 Prep time: 20 minutes<br />

Cooking time: 20 minutes<br />

When my daughter Mia first decided<br />

to become vegetarian these samosas<br />

became a firm favourite. Using shop<br />

bought filo pastry, they’re really fun and<br />

simple to knock up. Try them with my<br />

20 minute chilli and tomato chutney<br />

which incidentally goes extremely well<br />

with cheese too! You could add it to a<br />

cheese board or load it with cheddar or<br />

brie into a baguette for a quick lunch.<br />

For the samosas:<br />

• 500g sweet potatoes<br />

peeled and cubed<br />

• 150g fresh spinach<br />

• 6 sheets filo pastry<br />

• ground nut oil<br />

• 1 onion chopped<br />

• 10cm ginger grated<br />

• 2 garlic cloves crushed<br />

• 1 tbsp medium curry powder<br />

• 2 tsp tomato purée<br />

• ½ tsp salt<br />

• 1 tbsp nigella seeds<br />

For the chutney:<br />

• 4 red chillis chopped<br />

• 6 garlic cloves crushed<br />

• 200g mixed tomatoes – leave cherry<br />

ones whole, roughly chop larger ones<br />

• 2 tbsp ground nut oil<br />

• 2 tsp brown sugar<br />

• ½ tsp salt<br />

1 Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Simmer<br />

the sweet potatoes until soft and drain.<br />

2 Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp oil. Soften<br />

the onion then add the garlic, ginger,<br />

curry powder, salt and tomato purée.<br />

3 Give the pan a stir then add<br />

the drained sweet potatoes.<br />

4 Mash the potatoes into the spice mix<br />

and add the spinach. Add a splash of<br />

boiling water so the spinach wilts.<br />

5 Work with two sheets of pastry<br />

at a time. Cut into equal triangles.<br />

Brush one triangle with oil, sprinkle<br />

over a pinch of nigella seeds and<br />

lay another triangle on top.<br />

6 Add 2 tsp of the filling to one side.<br />

Brush the edge with oil and fold over<br />

into a triangle. Continue with the<br />

remaining pastry and filling. Sprinkle<br />

them all with more nigella seeds.<br />

7 Place on a baking tray and cook<br />

at 180˚C for 10 minutes.<br />

8 For the chutney, add the oil, chilli and<br />

garlic to a pan and soften for 5 minutes.<br />

Grind to a paste using a pestle or rolling<br />

pin. Add the remaining ingredients<br />

and simmer for 20 minutes.<br />

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fields and enjoy fresh air and green grass.<br />

We have a nicely stocked shop with fresh<br />

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cows, sheep and chickens. We believe<br />

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fields and enjoy fresh air and green grass.<br />

We have a nicely stocked shop with fresh eggs daily, home<br />

grown veg, and a variety of local products such as Kentish<br />

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have a freezer packed with locally made pies and tasty treats.<br />

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Venison Wellington<br />

Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 5 mins<br />

Cooking time: 50 minutes<br />

Packed with iron, low fat<br />

and high protein, venison is<br />

probably the most nutritious<br />

meat you can buy. It’s a great<br />

alternative to beef, although<br />

you could use a beef fillet<br />

for this recipe and cook it<br />

in exactly the same way to<br />

make a Beef Wellington.<br />

• 800g venison fillet (or<br />

you could use beef fillet)<br />

• 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard<br />

• 30g butter<br />

• 2 garlic cloves crushed<br />

• 400g chestnut mushrooms<br />

finely chopped<br />

• fresh thyme<br />

• 3 tbsp red wine<br />

• 8 slices prosciutto<br />

• 375g puff pastry<br />

• 1 egg, whisked<br />

For the port gravy:<br />

• 1 tbsp butter<br />

• 1 banana shallot<br />

• 1 tbsp flour<br />

• 100ml port<br />

• 300ml beef stock<br />

1 Heat the oven to 200˚C.<br />

Line a tray with parchment<br />

and get it really hot.<br />

2 Season the fillet, get a pan<br />

hot and colour it all over for<br />

5-6 minutes. Brush with the<br />

mustard and leave to cool.<br />

3 Warm the butter and 1<br />

tbsp olive oil in a pan and<br />

add the garlic, mushrooms,<br />

thyme and black pepper.<br />

Cook on a low heat until<br />

all the water evaporates<br />

from the mushrooms. Add<br />

the red wine and let it<br />

reduce. Put the mushrooms<br />

in the fridge to cool.<br />

4 Lay out some<br />

clingfilm and make two<br />

overlapping rows of the<br />

prosciutto. Spread over<br />

the mushroom mixture.<br />

5 Sit the fillet in the middle<br />

and wrap the prosciutto<br />

around the fillet so that<br />

you have a neat parcel.<br />

6 Lay out the pastry on<br />

greaseproof paper. Sit the<br />

prosciutto-covered fillet<br />

in the middle and tightly<br />

wrap the pastry around<br />

it. Trim the sides, brush<br />

the edges with egg and<br />

seal the ends. Brush with<br />

the egg all over and score<br />

lines across the top.<br />

7 Put the Wellington in<br />

the oven for 30 minutes for<br />

medium meat. Let it rest for<br />

15 mins before serving. <br />

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Food<br />

Lobster Risotto with Samphire<br />

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 mins<br />

Cooking time: Around 45-55 minutes<br />

I made this risotto last New Year’s Eve. We all need<br />

a bit of a treat at the moment, and lobster tails are<br />

kinder on the purse than using a whole lobster. If<br />

you’re not a samphire fan (I love it!) switch it for<br />

spinach or peas. You could also use the biggest fresh<br />

prawns you can find as an alternative to lobster.<br />

• 2 small onions, finely chopped<br />

• 4 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

• 3-4 lobster tails, shell removed,<br />

flesh sliced 2 cm thick<br />

• 300g Arborio risotto rice<br />

• 150ml white wine<br />

• 1.4l fish stock<br />

• 200g samphire<br />

• 1tbsp butter<br />

• juice from 1 lemon<br />

• 1-2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley<br />

1 Colour the onion in the pan with some oil<br />

for 10 minutes before adding the garlic. Stir<br />

for a minute then add the Arborio rice.<br />

2 After 1 minute, add the wine and let it bubble.<br />

3 Add the stock one ladleful at a time until<br />

the rice is cooked (about 25-35 minutes).<br />

The texture should be creamy.<br />

4 Add the sliced lobster tails and samphire.<br />

Stir through a knob of butter and the lemon<br />

juice and pop the lid on for 5 minutes.<br />

5 Season and serve with fresh chopped parsley.<br />

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Making your celebrations come true<br />


How three local schools have<br />

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How sport works in the ‘new normal’<br />

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

education, but our schools have worked tirelessly to keep their students engaged<br />

and maintain a sense of normality – and this is how they’ve achieved it<br />

“<br />

Eddy Newton, Head of Marlborough House School<br />

Certain things don’t seem so important<br />

anymore! The key challenge for schools in<br />

these past few months has been to ensure<br />

that the children are supported emotionally and<br />

still feel safe and secure in school. For any remote<br />

teaching, the challenge has been to make sure that<br />

they feel part of things while cooped up at home.<br />

Having a seven year old join a form assembly from home, able to<br />

see their friends and take part remotely, has been more important<br />

than worrying about their maths tables or handwriting.<br />

Schools have become more creative and flexible, traits that we<br />

are trying to pass on to the children. With no sports matches<br />

since March last year, games staff have been inventive between<br />

lockdowns, challenging the older children to coach younger<br />

ones and varying the sports on offer, bringing in orienteering or<br />

house events rather than another session of football or hockey.<br />

In the classroom at Marlborough House, we have already<br />

tried to ask the children to be more independent in their<br />

thinking and this has been accelerated in recent months.<br />

Having all the children back at school throughout the<br />

Autumn Term was wonderful. Celebrating the normality<br />

of each day has been valuable – children and adults’<br />

appreciation of the simple things in life has been the most<br />

positive development of all. marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk<br />

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Mrs Katy Joiner, Headmistress,<br />

Hilden Oaks Prep<br />

How is your school adapting to new<br />

ways of learning? When the pandemic<br />

hit, most conventional teaching methods<br />

had to be shelved and everyone was<br />

forced to start ‘thinking outside the<br />

box’. There is no doubt that technology<br />

has had a massive part to play and<br />

enabled Hilden Oaks to adapt to a<br />

‘blended’ learning approach – a mix<br />

between face-to-face (when possible)<br />

and online learning. Last year, children<br />

were taught in their respective ‘bubbles’<br />

and came together for virtual assemblies<br />

and other whole school events, using<br />

Microsoft Teams. It has also meant<br />

that children can now attend lessons,<br />

virtually, with their peers. The school<br />

has invested heavily in technology,<br />

making iPads available for each child,<br />

and upgraded laptops for every member<br />

of staff. The staff also receive regular<br />

Microsoft training in order to keep<br />

abreast with the latest software.<br />

How can you support pupils, staff<br />

and their families during the ongoing<br />

pandemic? Family is at the heart of<br />

Hilden Oaks and therefore it is no<br />

surprise that the school community has<br />

pulled together to support one another<br />

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How is your school adapting to new ways<br />

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What effect do you think the new normal will have on<br />

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meals, sport, music, drama and co-curricular activities were able<br />

to be continued in the main, as well as Field Days involving<br />

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Edinburgh expeditions. It is important for pupils to continue<br />

to have opportunities to explore their talents and interests,<br />

whilst maintaining our high-quality educational delivery for all<br />

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Have any positive surprises arisen as a result of the<br />

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Our Eco Society has been relaunched and over 40 pupils<br />

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What effect do you think the new<br />

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Pupils and staff have shown that they<br />

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How can you make sure the whole<br />

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“Most pupils have mobile<br />

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Is there anything else you had to<br />

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potentially played some sporting<br />

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How did the pupils adapt<br />

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To their credit, our pupils adapted<br />

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we have been keen to liaise very<br />

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activity. We have asked the pupils<br />

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Sporting Stars<br />

Hilary Blake, Head Teacher at Sacred Heart, Wadhurst<br />

explains the changes they had to make last year<br />

How did you encourage the school to stay as active as possible?<br />

As we went into the first lockdown, we were finalising plans<br />

for the installation of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)<br />

at Sacred Heart, reflecting the high profile of sport here,<br />

and our ambition to offer even more in the future. With<br />

the MUGA in place, the children could go outside for<br />

every playtime and PE lesson, whatever the weather.<br />

How did you keep a sporting routine going?<br />

At a time when many aspects of school life were<br />

restricted, we prioritised PE within the curriculum and<br />

after school too. Although swimming was still off the<br />

menu last term, the children were able to participate in<br />

a range of sports from Lacrosse to football. They have<br />

boundless energy and are always eager to be challenged.<br />

Is there anything you had to do differently?<br />

In keeping with government guidance, separate activities<br />

were arranged for each ‘bubble’; equipment was<br />

restricted for use within bubbles or sanitised after use<br />

if shared, and pupils washed or sanitised their hands<br />

before and after lessons and playtimes. What at first<br />

seemed complicated soon became second nature.<br />

How did pupils adapt to the changes?<br />

As is often the case, the children were very quick to adapt –<br />

as long as they had sport and playtimes they were eager to<br />

comply! They were used to additional handwashing, cleaning<br />

and hygiene measures within the classroom; so continuing<br />

that into the outside space was a logical extension.<br />

Were you able to play matches against other schools last year?<br />

No, but we did train hard and were booking provisional<br />

fixtures – as soon as restrictions are lifted, we will be<br />

match ready! We are extending our fixtures list to<br />

include Year 4 this year as well as Years 5 and 6.<br />

How have pupils who attend external sports<br />

clubs in their own time been affected?<br />

The temporary closure of external clubs was a big<br />

disappointment for some pupils. We all know how<br />

important exercise and being outside is for our<br />

mental health and children are no exception.<br />

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When it comes to sport it really helps to have a<br />

heritage of great former students to look up to<br />

T<br />

he New Beacon School is immensely proud<br />

of its cricketing heritage, and rightly so.<br />

With a history spanning over one hundred<br />

years, an archive photograph shows Siegfried and Hamo<br />

Sassoon in the 1st XI after they won the West Kent Prep<br />

Schools League Cup in 1901. Skip forward to the present<br />

day, and The New Beacon has celebrated its success at<br />

regional and national competitions. The U11 XI has<br />

reached the final of the Kent Summers Cup every year<br />

this century, winning for the last nine consecutive years<br />

(bar 2020 with no play!). The U12 team regularly wins<br />

regional tournaments taking them through to national<br />

competition at 13+ often playing against grammar schools<br />

selecting from at least four times as many players.<br />

Two former pupils hit the headlines last summer, playing<br />

for Kent County Cricket Club and England. Sam Billings<br />

left The New Beacon in 2004 for Haileybury College with<br />

an all-rounder scholarship. He played regularly for Kent<br />

from 2014, becoming captain in 2018. Sam played his first<br />

ODI and Twenty20 games for England against New Zealand<br />

in 2015. He made his first international ODI century this<br />

summer against Australia finding more success with the bat<br />

and is a wicketkeeper-in-waiting for England. Sam returned<br />

to The New Beacon four years ago to give an inspiring<br />

coaching session to the boys and to present a bat to one of<br />

the pupils who had scored a century in a 1st XI match.<br />

Zak Crawley left The New Beacon in 2011, moving to<br />

that famous cricketing school, Tonbridge, with a Cowdrey<br />

sports scholarship. He had captained The New Beacon side<br />

which was runner up to Millfield in the national final in<br />

2011. He played for Kent from age 13 and made his senior<br />

debut in 2017. At The New Beacon, Zak was known for his<br />

precision and focus on technique with the bat, something<br />

which has clearly catapulted him to top of the order in the<br />

England test team. A highlight this summer for all cricket<br />

lovers was witnessing Zak’s 267 against Pakistan – the<br />

second highest maiden test century ever for England.<br />

While the school celebrates the success of these<br />

extraordinarily talented former pupils competing at<br />

international level, cricket is enjoyed by all at The New<br />

Beacon. The school often fields 4 or 5 teams in each<br />

year group. 58 boys (aged from 9-13) are members<br />

of local cricket clubs, notably Holmesdale and The<br />

Sevenoaks Vine. Twenty are playing district cricket,<br />

with two at Invicta and one on the Kent pathway.<br />

Sadly, last summer term not a ball was bowled – by a<br />

team which had the potential to reach the national finals<br />

once again. In the absence of cricket, the original 1900<br />

pavilion was refurbished in preparation for next season.<br />

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Meet the P.E. Pros<br />

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

and Head of Rugby at Sutton Valence School and Emily Starr, Assistant Director of Sport at Mayfield School<br />

Why did you become a sports teacher?<br />

I am a former Police Sergeant and played rugby<br />

professionally prior to that. I have always had<br />

a passion for education and sport and as I<br />

crept towards 30, I decided the time was right<br />

to make the change of career. I am glad to<br />

say I have loved every minute of working in<br />

education. To do something you love every day<br />

makes my job the best in the world in my eyes!<br />

I took up cricket when I was nine, when the<br />

girls from my football team were short of a<br />

player for their cricket team. The rest, as they<br />

say, is history. I went on to represent England<br />

at the U19 Indoor Cricket World Cup as well<br />

as Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. I<br />

wouldn’t have played sport to the level I did if<br />

it wasn’t for my PE teachers and I wanted to<br />

be that role model, the reason someone takes<br />

up a sport or raises their performance level.<br />

We were right<br />

to entrust The<br />

New Beacon<br />

with these<br />

How do you keep your<br />

important years<br />

pupils motivated?<br />

in our child’s<br />

It is highly important, even on the darkest,<br />

education.<br />

wettest of mornings, to be positive. I am lucky<br />

in that I am a positive person and I try and<br />

PARENT relay that 2018 to my pupils. Some do need more<br />

motivation than others and once you identify<br />

this, it is about giving them the opportunities to<br />

participate, succeed and – most importantly –<br />

have fun. If pupils can enjoy sport and physical<br />

activity, then self-motivation will follow.<br />

The last year has been more challenging, as I<br />

find a lot of the girls thrive on competition.<br />

As a school we have focused on ensuring<br />

core skills are developed. The girls<br />

have seen the benefit of this when<br />

we played competitive games<br />

internally last year. In PE I try to<br />

make the lessons as enjoyable<br />

as possible. It is about<br />

developing a positive<br />

mindset – once they are<br />

enjoying PE, you can then<br />

start to focus on core skills.<br />

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“<br />

Who are your two biggest<br />

sporting heroes?<br />

They aren’t household names, but nobody<br />

comes close when I think of those who have<br />

influenced me. The first is my father, for<br />

being an amazing role model, introducing<br />

me to sport and following me all around the<br />

country when I played rugby. He’s my biggest<br />

supporter and someone I go to for advice.<br />

The second is a gentleman called Keith Day<br />

who was my rugby coach when I played for<br />

Swansea Under 15s. He led us to winning<br />

the Welsh National Dewar Shield and taught<br />

me the power of sport to change lives for the<br />

better. I made some of the most incredible<br />

memories working under Mr Day and learnt<br />

from him a great deal about how to get the<br />

best out of the pupils I work with now.<br />

Andrew Flintoff and Charlotte Edwards. After<br />

watching the 2005 Ashes series I wanted to<br />

bowl and bat like Freddie – I even copied his<br />

celebration when I got a wicket. His intent,<br />

attitude and passion were incredible. Charlotte<br />

Edwards was England Women’s Captain at<br />

the time I started taking cricket seriously.<br />

Her resilience at the crease when batting<br />

and the way she led the England Women’s<br />

Team to two World Cup wins and an Ashes<br />

win was unbelievable. I strive to inspire<br />

these qualities in the girls at Mayfield and<br />

encourage them to work hard and aim high.<br />

What’s the most unusual and<br />

adventurous sport<br />

you’ve ever tried?<br />

Kabaddi – it’s a contact sport played between<br />

two teams of seven. The objective is for a<br />

single player on offense (the ‘raider’) to run<br />

into the opposing team’s half of the court,<br />

tag out as many of defenders as possible,<br />

and return to their own half of the court,<br />

all without being tackled by the defenders,<br />

and in a single breath. I urge you to watch<br />

it on YouTube – it’s tremendous fun!<br />

​Tchoukball – it’s the fastest hand ball sport<br />

in the world! It was invented in the late<br />

1960s by Swiss biologist Dr Hermann<br />

Brandt, who wanted to create a sport that<br />

reduced injuries, wasn’t aggressive, and<br />

enabled people of all shapes, sizes, genders,<br />

cultures, and backgrounds to play together.<br />

What’s been your proudest moment<br />

whilst teaching at your school?<br />

In March 2020 our 1st XV Rugby team<br />

reached the final of the National Schools Vase<br />

Under 18 final. The final was to be played<br />

at Twickenham but, due to Covid-19, it was<br />

cancelled. It was immensely disappointing<br />

not to play and take the entire school to the<br />

home of rugby, but to see the cup run catch<br />

the imagination of the school was quite<br />

incredible. We had never reached such a<br />

national rugby final before, and I will never<br />

forget the 500+ people watching the hardfought<br />

semi-final win. That match and the<br />

days that followed were extremely humbling<br />

and made me unbelievably proud to have<br />

built something so powerful and positive.<br />

Cricket was only introduced as<br />

a sport at Mayfield in 2017, so<br />

I was delighted when seven<br />

girls were selected for the<br />

Sussex CCC programme<br />

last year. I’m also incredibly<br />

proud that the school has<br />

just been named as one<br />

of the UK’s top 20 all-girls<br />

schools for cricket by The<br />

Cricketer Schools Guide 2021.<br />

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Meet the Head<br />

The Cranbrook School student who grew up to be<br />

its headmaster, we get to know Mr Will Chuter<br />

Why did you choose to<br />

go into teaching?<br />

I was late to teaching. After university,<br />

I worked in offices and found it dull.<br />

I missed my subject, Classics and<br />

the variety of a school experience. I<br />

wanted to be challenged and to make a<br />

difference by developing the character<br />

of tomorrow’s adults. And I had loved<br />

my own school days, which helps!<br />

What was your favourite<br />

subject at school?<br />

Ancient History – great stories<br />

and characters, lessons for the<br />

future, and fantastic teaching.<br />

Can you tell us about one of<br />

your happiest school memories?<br />

I am an Old Cranbrookian myself and<br />

could name any point in time from<br />

my Sixth Form at Cranbrook, which<br />

was made very happy by my friends.<br />

We played competitive sports together,<br />

made music together, revised together<br />

and challenged each other academically.<br />

They remain my closest friends.<br />

Have your own school<br />

days influenced the way<br />

you will approach your<br />

role as headmaster?<br />

Definitely. I was fortunate to<br />

experience high-quality teaching, an<br />

ambitious academic environment, a<br />

stimulating co-curricular programme,<br />

excellent pastoral care, and a tolerant<br />

atmosphere where friendships could<br />

flourish. I believe these are key<br />

elements to a successful and happy<br />

school and the Cranbrookians<br />

of today deserve them too.<br />

What were you doing before<br />

accepting the headmaster<br />

position at Cranbrook?<br />

I had been Deputy Head (Pastoral) at<br />

Gresham’s School in North Norfolk.<br />

I oversaw the personal development<br />

and welfare of 520 13-18 year-old<br />

boarders and day pupils for five years.<br />

If you could teach anyone -<br />

either present day or from<br />

history - who would you choose?<br />

I always like the idea of learning from<br />

your pupils, so I would like to sit<br />

down with the Athenian politician<br />

Pericles, the Carthaginian commander<br />

Hannibal Barca, and the ‘First<br />

Lady’ of Augustan Rome, Livia, and<br />

spend glorious hours understanding<br />

their cultures and motivations.<br />

What are you looking forward<br />

to this coming year?<br />

Everything! But especially<br />

getting to know all the pupils<br />

and staff and their families.<br />

What do you think makes<br />

Cranbrook School special?<br />

It is unique: a 500-year-old, selective,<br />

co-ed, state boarding school that strives<br />

for top academic results while setting<br />

great store by character education and<br />

the development of the whole person.<br />

It has rightly been called the ‘jewel<br />

in the crown’ of state education. It is<br />

a privilege to be a small part of it.<br />

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for each other and take<br />

pride in their school<br />

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We need to talk<br />

about tech<br />

In a world filled with more online socialisation than ever, how do parents and<br />

teachers keep up? We found out with the help of Battle Abbey School<br />

At Battle Abbey School we<br />

very much see parents as<br />

partners in a collaborative<br />

effort to keep children safe online.<br />

Smart phone technology and the<br />

multitude of apps that are available<br />

for children to communicate on has<br />

inevitably made it harder to define the<br />

boundary between our responsibility<br />

as a school and the responsibility of<br />

parents. As such, education on proper<br />

conduct online has become one of the<br />

cornerstones of our pastoral education.<br />

Historically, this focused on Key<br />

Stage 4 pupils, or pupils entering their<br />

GCSE years, but technology and apps<br />

are increasingly being picked up and<br />

used by younger pupils. Now most<br />

of our efforts are focused on giving<br />

pupils a solid grounding in Key Stage<br />

3, from Year 7 and up, though our<br />

visiting speaker schedule is open to,<br />

and attracts, parents from our Prep<br />

School and Key Stage 2 as well.<br />

The primary way we address these<br />

issues is through dedicated units that<br />

form part of the Battle Abbey School<br />

PSHE programme. This is decided<br />

annually but tends to be reviewed<br />

termly as it needs to adjust to which<br />

apps are trending with our pupil base.<br />

Luckily the school is small enough<br />

to be able to move very quickly<br />

should one of these trends create a<br />

problem or be of particular concern<br />

to teachers and parents. Tik Tok<br />

replaced Snapchat for a while as one<br />

of our main concerns but collaborative<br />

gaming has also been a more recent<br />

focus and the simple WhatsApp<br />

group always has the potential to<br />

create problems in peer groups.<br />

“we pride ourselves on<br />

giving each pupil a<br />

strong moral compass”<br />

Keeping children safe in all these<br />

arenas is obviously critical and we do<br />

our best to educate staff, parents and<br />

pupils alike. Our pre-covid visiting<br />

speaker programme was not just aimed<br />

at pupils and we often had visiting<br />

speakers talk to pupils in the afternoon<br />

and stay on for an early evening talk<br />

to parents. 2019 saw Dr Aric Sigman<br />

visit the Abbey to talk about the<br />

problem of Screen Dependency, and<br />

Bill Woodside spoke to parents and<br />

staff about keeping pupils safe in the<br />

digital world. In line with our legal<br />

duties on PREVENT we have also had<br />

guest speakers in to talk to families<br />

about the signs to look out for to stop<br />

children being radicalised online.<br />

It can be particularly tricky to set the<br />

line between what online behaviour<br />

we are arbiters of, and what should<br />

be managed by parents. Whilst there<br />

is a clear responsibility if something<br />

happens on school property, or using<br />

a school system, things are not always<br />

so clear cut. A school year or social<br />

group may have a WhatsApp group<br />

or similar setup. If offensive content is<br />

posted on these outside school hours<br />

and away from school property, who<br />

has the responsibility for discipline?<br />

It is challenges like this that mean we<br />

have to work very closely with parents<br />

whilst keeping tabs on both social<br />

trends and government advice. Not<br />

an easy job, but in a school where<br />

every pupil is known and we pride<br />

ourselves on giving each pupil a strong<br />

moral compass on these matters, we<br />

find any transgressions tend to be few<br />

and far between, and of a relatively<br />

minor nature when they do occur.<br />

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Taking Responsibility<br />

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

The majority of the eco initiatives introduced<br />

at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook have been very<br />

much child led, we have found that the children<br />

genuinely care and want to make a difference. Our Eco<br />

Club was set up by the children in Upper School. We have<br />

achieved the Eco Schools Bronze Award, and our goal is<br />

to achieve the Green Flag Award. The children undertook<br />

an environmental review of the school and drew up an<br />

action plan from the results. The three areas they will be<br />

concentrating on are waste, energy use and biodiversity.<br />

This year Dulwich took part in Switch Off Fortnight<br />

to reduce our energy use, and one Year 7 tutor group are<br />

working on their eco brick project, using recycled plastic<br />

bottles to make bricks to build houses in Africa. Other<br />

activities include a new initiative to compost waste at snack<br />

time during break and personalised aluminium water bottles<br />

designed in DT lessons. When we realised how many plastic<br />

bottles were used at school we started a campaign to ban<br />

them. Half the school now use glass milk bottles from a<br />

local dairy. We no longer use plastic straws and the schoolproduced<br />

DVD cases are now cardboard. Nash House (Early<br />

Years) are now single-use plastic-free, reverting to glass milk<br />

bottles at snack time and banning plastic wrapped food.<br />

In the grounds at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook we are<br />

fortunate to have an area set aside as a nature reserve<br />

and there is also an area of the grassland which is left<br />

unmown over the spring and summer. We have a very<br />

active Gardening Club who grow vegetables and fruit<br />

as well as flowers. In Little Stream (Years 1-4) Eco Club<br />

activities range from picking blackberries and making<br />

jam to creating bird boxes. The children have also given<br />

up their break to litter-pick in the school grounds.<br />

Eco Club have asked staff to reduce the amount of<br />

paper that they laminate as this is difficult to recycle and<br />

also to reuse and recycle classroom displays. End of life<br />

computer equipment is collected by an Environment<br />

Agency registered company for recycling and safe<br />

disposal. Printing is set to double-sided as default and<br />

printer and photocopier usage are regularly monitored,<br />

with high volume producers given advice on ways to<br />

reduce. We have also collected over 700 pens to recycle,<br />

and over 3,600 batteries have been saved from landfill.<br />

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Where are the skills your child will need<br />

to resolve global conflict?<br />

Well, negotiation skills are embedded in the<br />

curriculum at Sevenoaks School, so in theory we need<br />

look no further.<br />

Our alumni certainly go on to achieve extraordinary<br />

things; equipped as they are with the skills they need to<br />

change the waiting world.<br />

Stephen Hale for example, mastered negotiation at<br />

Sevenoaks. He left in 1990 to work with Friends of the<br />

Earth and Oxfam, amongst others. Now he has an OBE<br />

and is CEO at Refugee Action, a UK charity that supports<br />

people fleeing war.<br />

It’s worth considering then, that many of the skills<br />

your child may need to make a significant impact, can be<br />

acquired here at Sevenoaks.<br />

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Every day at Sevenoaks, students practise negotiation, service provision, team working,<br />

critical thinking, creative thinking and complex problem solving;<br />

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

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Meet the Head<br />

Mr Jesse R Elzinga reflects on his career so far, how<br />

Sevenoaks School has overcome the challenges of 2020<br />

and what he looks forward to in the year ahead<br />

Why did you choose a<br />

career in teaching?<br />

I have always enjoyed working with<br />

young people. As a teenager, I started<br />

volunteering during the school holidays<br />

to help run summer camps for children,<br />

and in university I started to teach at<br />

summer schools. I am fortunate that<br />

I found my vocation in teaching, and<br />

I still love being in the classroom with<br />

young people, watching them perform<br />

in sport, drama or music, or just<br />

enjoying their company at lunchtime.<br />

They are full of optimism and hope – I<br />

often tell them that their generation<br />

will make the world a better place than<br />

previous ones, and I do believe that.<br />

Can you tell us about an<br />

inspirational teacher from<br />

your school days?<br />

I was most inspired by my athletics and<br />

cross-country coach at school; he was a<br />

top runner himself, competing in the US<br />

Olympic Marathon trials. I knew that<br />

his coaching was informed by the latest<br />

developments at an elite level, and he<br />

was much faster than any of us. He was<br />

also a great English teacher, who loved<br />

literature and was an absolute pedant<br />

when it came to grammar: I still think<br />

of him often, be it on one of my daily<br />

runs, or when proofreading a document!<br />

Do you have a favourite children’s<br />

character from a book or film?<br />

My favourite character in film is Robin<br />

Williams in his role as the inspirational<br />

teacher in Dead Poets Society. I watched<br />

that film as a teenager and was so inspired<br />

– it might be the moment when I first<br />

realised teaching would be for me. The<br />

best teachers pass on their love for a subject<br />

and instil a sense of self-belief in their<br />

students; sometimes quirky antics can help<br />

in this process, like standing on a desk.<br />

What do you think makes<br />

Sevenoaks special?<br />

Sevenoaks is a vibrant and buzzing<br />

community. The students are bright,<br />

purposeful and ambitious, but we are also<br />

down to earth and unstuffy, unlike some<br />

other independent schools. We are known<br />

as forward-thinking and progressive; for<br />

example, we introduced voluntary service<br />

projects for students in the 1960s, and<br />

these are embedded in our curriculum<br />

so that all students do some service or<br />

charitable work before they depart. We<br />

have been coeducational for almost 50<br />

years, and we’ve taught the IB Diploma<br />

Programme for over 40 years, and as a<br />

flagship IB school we attract top students<br />

from around the world, helping all of our<br />

students to develop a global mindset.<br />

What’s been your proudest<br />

achievement so far?<br />

Keeping calm and carrying on in the midst<br />

of the global pandemic is an achievement<br />

enough! The virus has disrupted all of our<br />

lives, and it has been difficult for schools<br />

as well. Keeping the community safe<br />

and well, whilst carrying on a first-rate<br />

education, is a significant challenge for any<br />

Head across the world right now – and an<br />

achievement of which they can be proud.<br />

How have you overcome the<br />

challenges 2020 has thrown<br />

at you and the school? What<br />

has being the headteacher<br />

of Sevenoaks taught you?<br />

Given that schools were physically<br />

closed for months in 2020, there has<br />

been a renewed sense of appreciation for<br />

the daily routines of school life. I have<br />

encouraged all students and staff to make<br />

the most of every day, every lesson and<br />

every activity that they have in real life.<br />

To quote my favourite teacher from Dead<br />

Poets Society, ‘carpe diem – seize the day!’<br />

Being part of a school like Sevenoaks is<br />

a tremendous privilege, and the months<br />

away during the lockdowns make<br />

everyone here appreciate it even more.<br />

What are you looking forward<br />

to this coming year?<br />

Relationships bring so much meaning<br />

and joy to life. I have missed interaction<br />

with others, including friends and<br />

family outside of school. Restrictions in<br />

school have meant significantly limited<br />

opportunities to spend quality time with<br />

staff, students and parents. Most of all,<br />

however, I look forward to introducing<br />

my baby daughter to her grandparents.<br />

My wife and I welcomed our third<br />

daughter into the world in late March<br />

last year, born at home in the first week<br />

of lockdown. Due to the pandemic, my<br />

parents in the USA have been unable<br />

to meet her. In short, I want to hug my<br />

loved ones – bring on the vaccine!<br />

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Investing in the future<br />

Jon Curtis, branch manager<br />

at the Tunbridge Wells office<br />

of Charles Stanley Wealth<br />

Managers, compares the<br />

challenges of choosing the<br />

right school and managing a<br />

bespoke investment portfolio.<br />

Choosing the right school for your child<br />

requires both patience and consideration.<br />

How are these qualities important in<br />

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<strong>Education</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Beyond the Student Council<br />

Ed Dickie, Head of Claremont Senior School,<br />

explains how prioritising communication with<br />

students is key to a school’s evolution<br />

Experience has taught me that the success or failure<br />

of new initiatives, designed to transform an area<br />

of the school perceived to be underperforming<br />

or outdated, is often defined by the extent to which<br />

the most important element in the process has<br />

been consulted and considered: the students.<br />

Consulting students is a hallmark of a good school,<br />

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but the quality of this consultation can vary. At<br />

Claremont we have been considering the role of<br />

student voice for some time, and have concluded<br />

that we want to be an organisation where student<br />

leadership is at the very heart of what we do; a student<br />

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We have established an ‘Equality Commission’ that<br />

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the school. Precipitated by student feedback, this<br />

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student leadership structure; basing it around areas<br />

such as Communications and Wellbeing, the students<br />

work closely with our marketing and pastoral teams<br />

to identify how best to improve the school. The next<br />

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with students able to give immediate feedback on<br />

the quality of their own learning, and teachers able<br />

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Rules, clear parameters and systems are all vital<br />

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a good school is also a living thing, able to evolve<br />

and adapt to a changing environment. Placing our<br />

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<strong>Education</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Ask the Expert<br />

Hayley Hobbs, founder of Griffin Teaching,<br />

explains how your child may benefit<br />

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How will I know if my child needs external help with<br />

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excellent schools, your child will only need help if they are<br />

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This year we didn’t miss one single lesson and it isn’t<br />

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<strong>Education</strong><br />

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For dyslexic students, learning from home<br />

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Sally Welch, Head of Frewen College Prep in East<br />

Sussex, explains how they’re easing the pressure<br />

Helping students receive an accessible education<br />

in 2020/21 has proved a huge challenge for<br />

everyone: students, staff and parents alike. And<br />

for Frewen College’s dyslexic students, learning from home<br />

is even more difficult than it is for the average student.<br />

Frewen’s students, who are aged 7-18, like those in all<br />

schools, have had to adapt to working online. In doing this,<br />

they have had to embrace independent learning and become<br />

more self-motivated. Sharing IT devices with family members,<br />

working with siblings and coping with IT frustrations have<br />

all required students to develop tolerance and patience.<br />

The challenge has probably been the hardest for the<br />

younger students in our Prep School. Many of our lessons<br />

are multi-sensory, and this is clearly harder in a virtual<br />

teaching environment. We have continued to deliver the<br />

full National Curriculum, through creative, virtual teaching,<br />

and because we know our students very well – we have<br />

a maximum class size of eight – we have still been able<br />

to utilise both multi-sensory and hands-on learning.<br />

Frewen is at the cutting edge when it comes to assistive<br />

technology, and Microsoft’s assistive technology is used<br />

throughout the school, in conjunction with other software.<br />

In the Prep School, to help embed learning for<br />

our dyslexic students, we teach using the ‘Creative<br />

Curriculum’, adopting one creative theme for each term<br />

and then weaving all the different strands of the curriculum<br />

together, rather than teaching isolated subjects.<br />

We support students’ learning with additional work,<br />

above and beyond the mainstream curriculum, as well as<br />

including opportunities to revisit Key Stage 1 concepts.<br />

Students benefit from systematic input of ‘Letters and<br />

Sounds’, daily writing opportunities, individual reading<br />

each day and a group session of Sound Therapy.<br />

In non-Covid times, our fully integrated therapy<br />

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weekly one-to-one Occupational and Speech<br />

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We are looking forward to the day when normality<br />

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<strong>Education</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Meet the Head<br />

Bryan Nixon, Head of School at TASIS The American School<br />

in England, talks us through his own experiences of school<br />

What was your favourite subject<br />

at school? My favourite subject at<br />

school was history, which is topical<br />

for me because I’m from Belfast and,<br />

obviously, we are rooted in history. I<br />

loved the subject and what it taught<br />

me about the culture of Ireland<br />

and about the different perspectives<br />

that surround historical events.<br />

Why did you choose a career in<br />

education? My history teacher called<br />

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people’s perspective, which was something<br />

that I hadn’t done throughout my life<br />

growing up in Northern Ireland. Ever<br />

since then, I wanted to project that<br />

forward to other people and students.<br />

You’re head of an international<br />

school – have you taught in any<br />

other locations across the world?<br />

I started my teaching career in a town<br />

just outside Belfast. My career then<br />

took me to the Bahamas, Germany<br />

and then to Greenwich, Connecticut.<br />

I am now here at TASIS England. I<br />

have also been a Head of School in<br />

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What are the benefits of<br />

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curriculum? The main benefit is that<br />

these curricula are significant, relevant,<br />

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a real world context for learning and<br />

they provide for individual pathways.<br />

They allow teachers to be flexible<br />

and innovative and promote student<br />

ownership of their learning journey.<br />

How do you ensure the school<br />

community celebrates the range<br />

of different cultures that students<br />

are part of? TASIS England is an<br />

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we have over 50 nationalities on<br />

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purposefully delve into each other’s<br />

cultures, perspectives, and opinions<br />

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exploration of local and global issues.<br />

Have your own school days<br />

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your role as a headteacher? The<br />

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a surprise to my family. I think that<br />

Mr Webb probably had the biggest<br />

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What are you looking forward<br />

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to seize the learning and communitybuilding<br />

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If you could teach anyone – either<br />

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who would you choose? I would<br />

choose Seamus Heaney, the famous Irish<br />

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<strong>Education</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Bursaries: what you need to know<br />

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

The opportunities that Kent College affords its<br />

students are special and it is absolutely right<br />

that we make that accessible to as many people<br />

as we can. The idea of doing all the good that you can<br />

by helping everyone that you can is something that is<br />

interwoven into the history of the school. Today we<br />

remain committed to providing access to education<br />

to those whose circumstances may mean they cannot<br />

afford the full fees, or for those whose circumstances<br />

may change once their child is a pupil at the school.<br />

A bursary is a form of financial assistance that is meanstested,<br />

based on parental income. Bursaries are not<br />

dependent on academic ability but are awarded to pupils<br />

who are likely to gain most from a Kent College education<br />

and who will contribute fully to the life of the school.<br />

Scholarships may be <strong>supplement</strong>ed by bursary assistance.<br />

Applying for a bursary<br />

What is the deadline for applying for a bursary?<br />

Families considering a bursary application should contact<br />

the Bursar at the time of completing the registration form.<br />

How do I apply for a bursary?<br />

Please contact the Bursar for a confidential Bursary<br />

Application Form. As bursary funds are limited, we<br />

strongly recommend an early application to the school.<br />

How does the school decide who receives a bursary?<br />

When making an assessment the school will take<br />

into account some or all of the following: household<br />

income, savings, benefits, equity in property, other<br />

income and assets, outgoings. The application process<br />

may also include a home visit and an interview.<br />

Please contact Mrs Sarah Guri, Bursar on 01227 813948<br />

for more information or visit kentcollege.co.uk<br />

All applicants for bursaries are required to disclose, in<br />

confidence, their financial details on a Bursary Application<br />

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<strong>Education</strong> Supplement sponsored by<br />

Professional Standard<br />

Rising to the challenges of running a drama department during a global pandemic, ACS<br />

Cobham enlisted the help of industry professionals to create a film together<br />

High school students at ACS International<br />

School Cobham have created an uplifting<br />

prom-themed film as an innovative way<br />

to continue, and evolve, the school’s performing<br />

arts programme despite Covid-19 restrictions.<br />

Recognising the importance of the performing arts,<br />

and as a way to ensure this year’s students were able to<br />

showcase and develop their drama skills, the film was<br />

created as an alternative to the school’s annual musical<br />

production which was not able to take place.<br />

The film was created by 25 high school students, aged<br />

14-18, taking drama at ACS Cobham and was managed<br />

by Georgia Sidell, High School Drama Teacher. ACS’s<br />

drama department brought in industry professionals<br />

Bethan Leyshon from BBC Wales as a scriptwriter and<br />

award-winning production company, Slick Showreels,<br />

whose crew included a full team of cameramen to capture<br />

the film, a sound team and director of photography.<br />

Louis Russell, director of the Slick Showreels team,<br />

held a Q&A session with students on filmmaking,<br />

providing them with plenty of <strong>inside</strong>r knowledge.<br />

The students worked together to create a script,<br />

choreograph dances, rehearse, act and film the production.<br />

Bethan Leyshon worked with them to develop a script<br />

that embedded their own experiences and anecdotes.<br />

Maxwell, an ACS student who worked on the project,<br />

said: “Working with Bethan was really cool. It was<br />

great to have a designated writer because she was able<br />

to pull our ideas together into something coherent.”<br />

The crew shot the majority of the film outdoors,<br />

making use of the open and varied spaces of ACS<br />

Cobham’s 128-acre campus. On set, the safety of<br />

everyone involved was of the upmost importance and the<br />

team worked with a COVID-19 advisor who ensured<br />

all the necessary precautions were carried out.<br />

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Flowers have, over the centuries, been given poetic<br />

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those wonderfully romantic names and their associations.<br />

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flowers alone – no words need be spoken, as the flowers did<br />

the talking. The fad bloomed across the whole of Europe, as<br />

people passed around lists of flowers and their meanings. In<br />

the language of flowers, giving someone a yellow carnation<br />

meant they’d disappointed you, handing out purple hyacinths<br />

meant you were sorry and begging to be forgiven. The red<br />

rose, of course, was the signifier of deep and passionate love.<br />

Red roses are the most iconic of flowers for Valentines day.<br />

The red rose first emerged in Greek and Roman iconography,<br />

where it was associated with the most romantic of the<br />

gods, Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love. According<br />

to Greek mythology (and who wouldn’t want to believe<br />

this?) rose bushes grew from the ground in a fertile mixture<br />

of Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of her lover, Adonis.<br />

There is a Floribunda rose called ‘Faithful’ that is a<br />

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season – between November and March, a rose can happily<br />

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a bunch of them in my opinion – perhaps a tad muddier.<br />

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Aptly named plants are fun to give and receive – there<br />

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Love-in-the-mix<br />

‘Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate’ is a wonderfully<br />

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plants – Persicaria orientalis. This amorous giant<br />

will quickly grow to between 4 and 6 feet tall,<br />

with multi-branching tiny flower panicles of<br />

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got its name because the branches arch over,<br />

as if leaning down for a kiss. It can be a bit<br />

promiscuous too, but in the nicest possible way.<br />

Look closely at the flowers of Salvia ‘Hot<br />

Lips’ and you’ll see exactly how it got its name.<br />

It will grow to about four feet tall and is a<br />

spectacularly long flowering plant, its little ‘hot<br />

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Annual love-in-a-mist Nigella damascena has<br />

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The flowers of violas, or ‘Heartsease’, were<br />

used medicinally and thought to be beneficial<br />

in diseases of the heart, from which the popular<br />

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also a main ingredient in love potions.<br />

Mahonias are usually known for their spiky<br />

whorls of evergreen leaves and huge sunburst<br />

flowers, but Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ is unusually<br />

un-spiky, its foliage more like a parlour palm and not<br />

prickly in the slightest. I can’t say that it is actually<br />

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with white frothy flowers that bloom around the<br />

spring or early summer. Nearly all of them are called<br />

‘Bride’ – understandable, but it can get a bit confusing<br />

when you are trying to specify particular plants.<br />

First to bloom is the stiffly branched Exochorda ‘The Bride’,<br />

which has a whimsical and laxer cousin called ‘Magical<br />

Springtime’. These shrubs are utterly lovely in April, with<br />

long and pretty white racemes but a bit underwhelming for<br />

the rest of the year. The same goes for Philadelphus ‘Bridal<br />

Bouquet’ and P. ‘Bridal Shower’ which are at their best in<br />

the wedding month of June. Philadelphus has the most<br />

glorious fragrance too, but it is hard to get it to look elegant.<br />

If Spiraea ‘Bridal Wreath’ is nicely pruned (i.e.<br />

not shaved into a weird Mr Blobby shape) then it<br />

will arch gracefully, each stem covered in a mass of<br />

tiny white flowers – just like its name suggests.<br />

Gypsophila muralis ‘Garden Bride’ is a compact form<br />

of ‘Baby’s Breath’ and can be grown in hanging baskets<br />

and containers or as bedding, where it will soften edges<br />

with gently trailing and finely cut foliage. The single<br />

flowers are also very attractive to butterflies and bees.<br />

Broken hearted<br />

The Bleeding Heart flower, has an unromantic Latin<br />

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spectabilis), but look closely at the flowers and it does look<br />

like a broken pink heart oozing a drop of white blood.<br />

Turn the little flower up the other way and you’ll see where<br />

it gets its other common name; ‘Lady in the Bath’.<br />

‘Love-lies-bleeding’, (Amaranthus caudatus) is<br />

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Sue Whigham addresses seasonal admin in the <strong>Feb</strong>ruary Garden<br />

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‘From December to March, there are for many of us three<br />

gardens – the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in<br />

the house, and the garden of the mind’s eye.’ Katherine S. White<br />

I’ve had two conversations recently with people asking<br />

me what there is to do in the garden, or whether<br />

there is anything to do in the garden, throughout the<br />

winter. And of course there are times when it is dark, dank<br />

and wet when you rather wish there was nothing to get<br />

on with – but of course it’s wishful thinking, isn’t it?<br />

This week is going to be a particularly expensive and<br />

action packed period in this particular garden as one of the<br />

big multi-stemmed hornbeams that surround the house is<br />

to be felled and the stump ground out. This is in the vain<br />

hope that the honey fungus which has ‘done for it’ will be<br />

stopped in its tracks. It won’t of course. But the tree has<br />

been deteriorating for the last few years and the disease has<br />

already spread and killed off a cider apple tree and a couple<br />

of large orange stemmed willows. What will be next?<br />

We’ll be more exposed to the lane and to the prevailing<br />

winds but there’s always a silver lining; one of them being the<br />

opening up of new vistas and in our case, a view to the sea,<br />

even if it is only a rather distant line of light on the horizon.<br />

The other job that we have been putting off is the<br />

repair of the old stable used for twenty odd years to<br />

house gardening tools, ladders and the rest. This is<br />

going to be tackled now before spring arrives.<br />

Years of unintentional neglect has resulted in completely<br />

sodden shiplap boards at the back. They’ll be renewed and the<br />

ivy which has worked its way <strong>inside</strong> will have a control order<br />

placed on it. We’ll add guttering and a downpipe and also<br />

something to collect rainwater. Thinking of that and bearing<br />

in mind how dry and hot our summers have become, finding<br />

somewhere to instal new water butts is a bit of a priority.<br />

And now, whilst we pore over the few catalogues that<br />

still wing their way through our letterboxes, any seed<br />

selection needs to take account of climate<br />

change and what new plants can cope<br />

best in dry conditions.<br />

Tools are being<br />

oiled and cleaned and sharpened and the mower is due<br />

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for hard work as spring approaches. We didn’t know that<br />

ours has a mulching facility despite owning the thing for<br />

over twenty years. That’s quite an exciting revelation!<br />

So jobs for this month might include:<br />

Snowdrops. <strong>Feb</strong>ruary is a short month but the days are<br />

beginning to lengthen and as the month progresses, things<br />

begin to stir and in particular, snowdrops. Some are more<br />

fragrant than others and the bees will soon be hovering<br />

around them seeking early nectar. Snowdrops are happiest<br />

in partial shade which reminds me to move the clumps that<br />

are at the moment under the old hornbeam as they will<br />

get a shock when they find themselves in bright sunshine.<br />

Moving them, once they have flowered, ‘in the green’ is far<br />

more satisfactory than buying dry bulbs in a packet. Try<br />

bringing one or two into the house where you have a chance<br />

to look at them closely AND enjoy their honey scent.<br />

Staking. Every year I bet most of us wish we had put in<br />

stakes before our herbaceous plants have begun to take off.<br />

So this month is a good time to think about this and to start<br />

collecting appropriate material. Hazel or birch are ideal for<br />

pea sticks and as the sap is beginning to rise this means that<br />

the sticks are pretty pliable and can be easily tied in to make<br />

supportive frames. Put them in around the plants at an early<br />

stage and by the time the soil really warms up and things<br />

are on the move, they will be unobtrusive. Larger plants<br />

obviously need sturdy supports, perhaps decent bamboo<br />

canes or metal ‘road pins’ which we find very useful. These<br />

are very inexpensive and can be found online. And of course<br />

they go on forever. Use black netting round three or four of<br />

these and any large plant will be standing up pretty straight<br />

for you by the summer. Galvanised fence mesh forming a<br />

cylinder and using just one stake works well too. And if you<br />

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Pruning clematis. Clematis are in different groups<br />

depending on flowering time. Group 2 includes the large<br />

flowered clematis which often have two flushes of flower.<br />

One being in early summer and one later in the season. To<br />

get the best out of this type, prune in <strong>Feb</strong>ruary before any<br />

new growth appears. Keep a framework of old wood and<br />

tidy up other stems to above a healthy bud. You can also<br />

prolong their flowering period by pruning in two stages.<br />

The easiest clematis group is the one I prefer; clematis like<br />

the viticellas with their gorgeous and profuse bell shaped<br />

nodding flowers should be pruned hard as they flower on<br />

new growth. As soon as you see any signs of new growth,<br />

cut all the foliage right back to just above a healthy looking<br />

bud about nine inches above ground level. If we’ve had<br />

or are having a hard winter any stems that are badly frost<br />

damaged can be cut down to ground level at this stage<br />

too. Clematis are hungry feeders so start thinking about<br />

adding lots of nourishing organic matter around their bases.<br />

Avoid doing this if the weather is still particularly cold as<br />

you don’t want to lock the cold in around their roots.<br />

Wisteria. If it is mild enough, prune side shoots<br />

to two or three buds from the base.<br />

Hellebores. These are just beautiful and are gems of the<br />

winter garden. There are just so many of them to choose<br />

from and of course they are prolific seeders (although<br />

their offspring rarely resemble the parent) but that’s what<br />

makes it fun. You never know what you are going to get.<br />

Hellebores come into their own in rich soil, preferably<br />

neutral to alkaline, and in partial shade. Avoid dry<br />

conditions and again, add a good mulch whenever you<br />

can. Cutting their leaves back in early winter is an idea as<br />

by now as the plants flower, you can see them properly<br />

and new, fresh young leaves will soon begin to appear.<br />

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winter, and the spring you can continue with it in the<br />

summer at a reduced rate if you see any remaining signs<br />

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than wait until the rose is flowering When you are pruning<br />

rose bushes, cut out dead wood first and any crossing<br />

branches as well as suckers. Cut these below ground. Aim<br />

for an open centred plant using your newly sharpened, clean<br />

secateurs cutting at an angle so that moisture will drain away<br />

from the outward facing bud that you have cut above.<br />

Hardy perennials. You can start even splitting large<br />

clumps of hardy perennials in <strong>Feb</strong>ruary. Many plants like<br />

day lilies and aconites will be showing signs of life and<br />

this is a good time to tackle them. And finally, if you<br />

have been tree planting through the winter, keep their<br />

bases free of turf and competing weeds and add a good<br />

top dressing of garden compost. Oh, and the base of<br />

hedges need weeding through now too and then mulching<br />

with compost and a handful or two of a slow release<br />

fertilizer like Osmacote. Yew hedges particularly benefit<br />

from being weed free so yes, there is plenty of admin to<br />

attend to in <strong>Feb</strong>ruary. The list could go on and on...<br />

Metal ‘road pins’ are very inexpensive<br />

and can be found online. Use black<br />

netting round three or four of these and<br />

any large plant will be standing up<br />

pretty straight for you by the summer<br />

Autumn fruiting raspberries. These need to be cut back in<br />

the winter and if you haven’t already done so, prune them<br />

before they start sprouting away. They don’t last forever so<br />

every ten years or so, grub them up and start again. When<br />

you are cutting them back, don’t leave a stump. The other<br />

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

is prune back just the top half of the cane that produced<br />

fruit the previous year. That should ensure that you’ll get<br />

raspberries in mid summer and then some later. If you are<br />

going to plant new canes, they prefer a sandy soil so plant<br />

them on a slight ridge which will help with drainage. The<br />

addition of some sharp sand is a good idea too. We seem to<br />

have them growing up through a flower bed at the moment<br />

which is fine until they decide to rampage any further.<br />

Roses. By now you might have reduced the length of any<br />

whippy growth from your roses so that the winds haven’t<br />

caught the plant by uprooting any of its roots. So this<br />

month make sure that you have removed all dead leaves<br />

from the ground underneath your plants and if you can<br />

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Virtual Fundraising<br />

Don’t be disheartened if your<br />

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Birdwatching<br />

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Slow,<br />

Grow, Eat<br />

Hairdresser-turned-shepherdess, Zoë Colville farms<br />

nearly 100 acres of land near Maidstone with her<br />

partner, Chris Woodhead. With prime focus on their<br />

animals’ wellbeing, together they rear cows, sheep,<br />

goats and pigs, eventually selling their meat through<br />

The Little Farm Fridge. In the first of a new monthly<br />

column, Zoe shares her experiences of farming life<br />

– its ups and downs, rewards and challenges.<br />

After all the festivities are over and everyone’s starting<br />

their ‘new year, new me’ regimes, we are all fired up<br />

ready and waiting for the most crucial few months<br />

of the entire farming calender. We start off by scanning all<br />

our pregnant ewes and our new enterprise, the goats. This is<br />

so important as it determines pretty much the success of our<br />

whole year and its an incredibly exciting few days for us. I<br />

thought it would be cool to explain about the scanning as a<br />

lot of people often ask “why do you spray paint the sheep?”<br />

We gather in all the sheep and, one by one, they<br />

are pushed up the sheep race where a scanner makes<br />

contact with the underside of each one’s belly and the<br />

screen shows the ultrasound picture. They are then<br />

sprayed accordingly and a tally is taken. We use a blue<br />

dot for a single lamb, red for twins and an orange<br />

stripe for triplets. It doesn’t matter how hard I stare at<br />

that screen I cannot for the life of me work out how<br />

many heartbeats there are or even if there are any!<br />

Once everyone is scanned you get a percentage – some<br />

breeds are more prolific than others, and we have some<br />

ewes that we would only want to lamb a single, maybe<br />

because of their size or their age. Then you have the dreaded<br />

orange stripes. A ewe only has two teats (well except for<br />

this freaky girl who had FOUR working teats last year!),<br />

therefore it’s not ideal for us for her to scan with three<br />

lambs. Over the years we’ve only left a handful of ewes<br />

with triplets on them. I know it’s messing with nature<br />

taking a lamb off its mother but it’s the choice we make,<br />

and judgement calls like that are part of keeping livestock.<br />

For the lamb that is taken off, usually the largest, we<br />

aim to match it with a new mother to rear it. Adopting<br />

techniques are fascinating and have a pretty high success<br />

rate. If a ewe lost a lamb, or had a single and plenty of milk,<br />

we would always aim to adopt another lamb onto her.<br />

Lambing season is the highlight of the year for us.<br />

New life and the days getting longer and warmer. If<br />

I could bottle up that feeling and sell it I would and<br />

entering a new year is one step closer to Spring.<br />

The Little Farm Fridge Recipe of the month<br />

How to cook it... diced goat<br />

Try this warming, slow cooked curry • Serves 4<br />

• 1½ packs (600-700g) The<br />

Little Farm Fridge diced goat<br />

• 4 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

• 1 scotch bonnet chilli,<br />

finely chopped (more if you<br />

like it hotter)<br />

• 2tbsp Jamaican Jerk spice<br />

blend (you can buy in<br />

Waitrose)<br />

• 4 spring onions<br />

• an inch piece of fresh<br />

ginger, peeled and grated<br />

• rapeseed oil<br />

• a few sprigs of fresh thyme<br />

• 1 onion, chopped<br />

• 1 can chopped tomatoes<br />

• 1 tsp brown sugar<br />

• 2 large potatoes, cubed<br />

• 1 large red pepper,<br />

roughly chopped<br />

• salt & pepper<br />

• half a can of coconut milk<br />

• juice of ½ lemon and fresh<br />

coriander, to garnish<br />

Mix the garlic, chilli, 1tbsp spice blend, spring onions<br />

1 and ginger with a little oil to make a marinade.<br />

Pour over the diced goat and allow to marinate in<br />

the fridge overnight, or for at least a few hours.<br />

Slowly colour the chopped onion in a pan with a splash<br />

2 of oil, add the other tbsp of the spice blend and heat<br />

until fragrant. Add the marinated goat to the mix and gently<br />

colour, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t stick.<br />

3Add the chopped tomatoes, half a can of water,<br />

a few sprigs of thyme and a teaspoon of brown<br />

sugar and simmer on a low heat for 1½ hours (top<br />

up with a little more water if it looks dry).<br />

4Add the coconut milk, the potatoes and red pepper<br />

and continue to simmer for another half hour, until the<br />

potatoes have softened, adjusting the seasoning to your taste.<br />

Just before serving, remove the thyme sprigs,<br />

5 squeeze over the lemon juice and top with<br />

chopped coriander. Serve with fluffy rice.<br />

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