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Contents

July 2021

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson selects her

favourite homes on the market

NOTEBOOK

A fresh batch of events and

exhibitions to look forward to

CLICK & COLLECT

Explore a stylish home filled

with delightful thrift shop finds

GET THE LOOK

Shop products inspired by

the ‘Click & Collect’ style

WINDOWS OF

OPPORTUNITY

Rebecca Cuffe’s selection

of inspiration and advice

for perfect windows

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GET THE LOOK

Add some of Belinda

Benton’s cool elegance

to your own home

LIFE’S A BEACH

Beachy fashion with a

quirky vintage flair styled

by Rebecca Cuffe

GLOW UP!

Josephine Fairley’s guide to

achieving the ultimate fake tan

LET’S GO WILD!

Sarah Maxwell on the joys and

benefits of wild swimming

NOURISH TO FLOURISH

Charlotte Lau recommends the

diets of our distant ancestors

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SEED COLLECTORS

Learn how to find, store and

nurture seeds with Sue Whigham

FRUITFUL

Enjoy a sweet summer filled with Jo

Arnell’s round up of delicious fruits

that you can grow in your garden

WHAT’S ON

The world is opening up again

and we have a list of events to

mark in your diary this month

SLOW, GROW, EAT

Zoë Colville tells us about the uses and

environmental benefits of sheep wool

and shares a recipe for Lamb Koftas

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HAVEN SENT

A peak inside the home of

Belinda Benton, founder

of Evernden Interiors

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PURE & SIMPLE

Get ready for entertaining again

with Charlotte Butterworth’s easy

breezy recipes and gorgeous

table settings from SET

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(we’ve added the Sunday to make up for lost time!). Find

out who’ll be there, plan what you’ll be making a beeline

for and book tickets online at wealdentimes-fair.co.uk.

This sunny summer issue is full to the brim with

home inspiration, with a visit to interior designer

Belinda Benton’s stylish and characterful home and a

look round the uniquely decorated St Leonards house

that’s been boldly transformed by Victoria Fowle.

I was lucky enough to visit the stunning Wealden garden of

Charlotte Butterworth (on Instagram as @theneedy.greedy)

to shoot this month’s food feature, before making her

ridiculously tasty gateau myself for friends a couple of

days later – believe me, it won’t disappoint! See how brand

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styled all four of Charlotte’s recipes from page 100.

We’re back with a comprehensive look at all things education

in this magazine’s supplement, which covers the latest news

directly from schools, chats to the teachers who keep our

children inspired and motivated and discusses all the hot

topics currently affecting schools across the South East.

As a taster of what’s to come next month in our brand

new Adding Value To Your Property Supplement, Rebecca

Cuffe looks at ways to improve your windows from

page 59 with a run down of contemporary and classic

designs and the treatments that enhance their style.

Summer

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• Family bath/shower room • Delightful garden approx. ¾ acres • Double garage • EPC: D

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House

Month

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Action Stations

Maggie Alderson picks three very appealing houses

right in the action of towns and villages

Frant Grange

The dream: A rare combination of

a substantial and elegant Georgian

house with the best of village life. In

the past ten years the house has been

substantially updated and renovated,

so it is in peak condition throughout.

There is also a new extension

with a beautiful indoor pool.

Where: In the very pretty village of

Frant, with its strong community

ties – there is a film club in the

village hall – but just seven minutes’

drive from Tunbridge Wells.

Setting: In the beautiful landscape

of the High Weald AONB.

Beds: 8 Baths: 5

Special feature: The

stunning indoor pool.

Pleasing details: The house is

exceptionally light and airy.

Outside: Extensive partly-walled

gardens with lawns, borders and

mature trees, with a west facing

entertaining terrace, also accessible

from the pool extension.

Time to town: One hour on the

Charing Cross/Cannon Street line

from ‘Frant’ station (actually 2.5

miles away in the neighbouring

village Bells Yew Green).

Agent: Savills, Tunbridge Wells

01892 507000 savills.com

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£875,000

The Strand,

Winchelsea

The dream: A very characterful property

made up of three component parts. The

three-storey main house dates back to the

15th century and is partly stone and partly

tile-hung on the exterior, with beams

galore outside and in. Two-storey Crows

Nest Cottage has been linked to the main

building and Rye Bay Cottage is a separate

converted coach house in the garden.

Where: In the Conservation Area in the

historic Ancient Town of Winchelsea.

Setting: At the base of the hill on

the edge of the town, with views over

adjoining National Trust farmland.

Meandering paths lead up to the town.

Beds (main): 7 Baths (main): 7

Special features: Inglenook fireplace.

Pleasing details: The cottage offers great

opportunities for holiday rental income.

Outside: A pretty garden with lawns, borders,

a gravel terrace and ornamental water features.

Time to town: Just over an hour to St

Pancras, via Ashford International.

Agent: Phillips & Stubbs, Rye,

01797 227338 phillipsandstubbs.co.uk

£700,000

Marina Court

Avenue

The dream: A rare chance to buy one

of those properties that you always

notice walking through a town – in this

case a flat in the terrace of Edwardian

‘Moghul’ houses right on Bexhill seafront,

built by Arthur Blackford in 1906.

Where: Just along from the

De La Warr Pavilion.

Setting: Bang in the town

– right on the sea.

Beds: 4 Baths: 2

Special features: A conservatory, so

the view can be enjoyed all year.

Pleasing details: Lovely high ceilings and

large windows, to maximise the sea light.

Outside: The sea, which can be

enjoyed from the front garden.

Time to town: An hour and 45

to Charing Cross, or St Pancras,

via Hastings/Ashford.

Agent: M&W Property,

St Leonards 01424 420073

mandwsalesandlettings.co.uk

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Residential Sales

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Estate Agents

Sellindge

Guide £1,450,000

A stunning barn conversion with annexe/office and

4 bay car barn. Views to North Downs.

In all about 2.44 acres

Little Chart

Guide £1,350,000

A Grade ll listed period house with guest

annexe and car barn.

In all about 2.5 acres

Smeeth

Guide £1,250,000

A well equipped period farmhouse with holiday

cottage, outbuildings and tennis court.

In all about 2.94 acres

Nr Faversham

Guide £1,050,000

A most attractive period house with beautiful

features and a separate cottage, just minutes

from the M2. Large gardens.

Tenterden

Guide £925,000

A beautiful cottage in a fabulous tucked away

location in the town.

Delightful gardens backing onto fields.

Appledore

Guide £925,000

A charming converted coach house and gardens

in the centre of the village.

Hobbs Parker Estate Agents www.hobbsparker.co.uk

Ashford 01233 506260 Tenterden 01580 766766

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GILL WOOD,

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Situated in an elevated position in an Area

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enjoys spectacular views over the Wealden

countryside including 47 acres of woodland

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Notebook

What to do and see near you this month

The Secret

Garden Live

New Creations Collective is proud to announce a brand-new,

original production of The Secret Garden at Lullingstone Castle

on Wednesday 28 July. This is the first professional dance

adaptation in the UK, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s

bestselling novel, re-telling the story through classical music

and dance. Join Mary on her journey to discovering The

Secret Garden in this family friendly production, guaranteed

to be an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

Featuring a brand-new score, composed by Adam Kornas

and original choreography by Nina Monteiro, the iconic

story is brought to life like never before, in this high-quality,

one-hour ballet. The Gatehouse entrance will be ready

to welcome visitors at 1.45pm and after the performance

there is the opportunity to enjoy The World Garden

and grounds until 5pm. For tickets (adults £17/children

£13) visit thesecretgarden.live and for more information

on getting to Lullingstone, see lullingstonecastle.co.uk.

As you like it

The award-winning Guildford

Shakespeare Company’s 15th Open

Air Season continues in July with

Shakespeare’s gloriously sunny comedy

As You Like It, from 19-31 July. Full of

beautiful songs, enchanting characters,

and a fabulous feel-good story,

As You Like It is a celebration of human

nature’s desire to forgive and forget,

to love and to laugh. To escape the

tyrannous Duke Frederick’s reign,

Rosalind escapes with her cousin and a

cheeky jester into the Forest of Arden,

a playground of hopes and dreams.

Away from the stifling court, this

merry trio discover that the outdoors

has more to offer than just refuge, and

where freedom of thought liberates, so

too can romance flourish for each and

everyone. The venue for the Forest of

Arden is Racks Close, a former chalk

quarry in the heart of Guildford town

centre. Now a luscious oasis of green, the

venue has played host to the company’s

previous shows Robin Hood (2018) and

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017).

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her side, and Hawaiian shirts and baseball jackets on Matthew’s. The contents of the couple’s day-to-day wardrobes are also on display

on an open rail, with a stack of colourful woolly jumpers on top. The peacock chair was a Facebook Marketplace find – it cost £7

There is no strict theme – flowers, still life, wild animals,

birds, beloved pets, landscapes, buildings, bucolic scenes,

winter scenes, Her Majesty the Queen, and the Virgin

Mary all feature (and I suspect I have left some genres out)

– and equally there is no set measure of, er, excellence.

Some of the pictures – a mix of original paintings

and framed prints – are lovely things in their own

right, while others are gloriously bad. There are some

marvellous examples of amateur home painting-fromphotographs,

while others are fabulously kitsch, such as

an early 1960s Woolworths print of gliding swans.

I was particularly impressed by the hanging on the

stairs – which I know from experience can be hard to

do – and when I asked Victoria how she goes about it,

she was characteristically modest. “I didn’t plan anything.

I started at the top left and just kept going…”

Finding myself drawn up the stairs, by looking at

the pictures (I was particularly taken with those swans)

we headed past the Room of Doom, which is used

for storage – presumably a lot of it the collection of

artworks waiting for the next big hanging session.

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old and the happy resident of one of the nicest children’s

rooms I’ve ever been in. It is the same mix of elements

as the other rooms – quirky finds and a mini picture

wall – all specifically chosen for this particular resident.

With an adorable floral fabric sausage dog on the bed, a

protective felt elephant’s head on the wall over it, Moomins,

mermaids, donkeys, bunting and a badger cushion, it feels

like you are inside the illustration from a children’s book.

One detail of this room is also reflected in the

other two bedrooms on this floor – with appealing

vintage clothes displayed as part of the décor. In

keeping with Jess’s age, a classic smocked dress, a

dear little red blouse and a quilted jacket.

Next door, in seven-year-old Benjamin’s room, where

two red-sprayed metal gym-style lockers (from IKEA)

give it a groovy male atmosphere, the clothing/art is

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Previous pages & above: The basics of the current kitchen

were there when Belinda moved in, but she created the

lovely airy space that it is today with just a few tweaks. She

changed the worktops to Carrara marble, took down the wall

cupboards and replaced them with one shelf extending round

the far corner, and added a classic Victorian clothes airer,

tucked up in the lofty ceiling of the oak-framed space

Right: Saltaire fabric by Blithfield greets visitors in the entrance hall

By the time you have wound your way along the

almost impossibly beautiful country lane that leads

to Belinda Benton’s house, you are already starting

to feel an increased sense of oneness with the world.

To be so immersed in nature when spring is springing

forth is a balm to the soul – and this feeling only

increases when you arrive at the 17 th century former

farmhouse, which has been her home for seven years.

From the moment you step into the hall, with a

view through to the beamed vaulted ceiling of the

original building and the wall to your right luxuriously

upholstered with Saltaire fabric by Blithfield, you

have that sensation of breathing out. Aaaaah…

I join Belinda in the kitchen, which leads off the


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Above: Like the kitchen, the formal sitting room is square, allowing for a satisfying arangement of two sofas, two

armchairs and a large, upholstered ottoman. Belinda often recovers favourite pieces of furniture to suit a room’s

changing decor. The chairs – versions of a Nina Campbell chair – have also been enjoyed in three versions, currently

finished in another bold blue and white William Yeoward fabric, which works brilliantly with the ottoman

hallway to the left, in a vaulted oak-framed extension

installed by the previous owners – one of the things that

made the house appeal to Belinda. “The hard work had

already been done,” she says. “The kitchen extension

was built and the oak-framed car barn was there.”

This structure was perfect for Belinda to convert into a

home office/studio and to add some extra bedrooms to the

three in the house – and these were very necessary, for she is a

mother of six and when everyone comes home, with partners

and grandchildren, bedrooms are at a premium. “We needed

a lot of accommodation for high days and holidays and a

table we could all sit at together,” says Belinda. “But I also

needed it to be cosy for two people the rest of the time.”

Amazingly, this is exactly what the house delivers,

with a lovely big dining area in the vaulted hall –

where Belinda says the animals would have been kept,

when the farmhouse was built – a smart sitting room,

plus a comfy, book-filled snug, perfect for two.

The other surprising double whammy this house achieves

is feeling so wonderfully remote, down that long and

winding lane – but actually being only five minutes’ drive

from Hawkhurst and ten from Stone Street, Cranbrook,

where Belinda has had her interior design business,

Evernden Interiors, for the past eighteen years.

This is all about to change, however. Belinda

is moving the business – with herself – to the

quaint seaside town of Deal, where she has also

had a second home for the last seven years.

Her daughter, Hannah, an architect-trained interior

designer made the big lockdown decision to leave London

for somewhere she and her partner could afford to buy

their own house. With mum already having a base in

Deal – and it being such a lovely place – it was a no

brainer as the relocation destination – and the chance to

have Hannah, with her technical skills, on the Evernden

Interiors team was too good for Belinda to miss.

There is also the advantage that while it is an exciting

change for them both, the new location is close enough

to the current base for them to be able to continue

to look after their loyal roster of happy clients.

And they will want her to. Spending time in Belinda’s

own house, you can see exactly why people return to her

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time-after-time for professional help with their interiors.

She’s just got ‘it’ – the instinct for what will

work together to enhance a space. She also has

an expert understanding of window treatments,

which I know from a recent adventure in my

own bedroom is a very complex area.

Belinda laughs when I tell her about my curtaindecision-hell

– who knew there were so many choices?

So many details to pick, on top of the broader decisions

of blinds/curtains, pole/track, pelmet/not pelmet.

I bring the subject up, when she takes me into the

cosy snug, which has two windows finished with Roman

blinds – one of the many possibilities I considered, while

having a small nervous breakdown over my bedroom

arrangement. It’s not like that for Belinda… “I usually

have a feel for what will work,” she says. And looking

round the house, you can see it in action, with each

window perfectly finished for its particular spot. The

amazing thing is she can do this with no formal training.

“I learned by doing it,” she says. “I had six children

“We needed a lot of accommodation for

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This page: A galleried landing looks down

into the vaulted dining area

in 12 years and moved five times… ending up in a big

old house in Hawkhurst. That was a big project, my first

experience of working with an architect and I loved it.

That was the turning point when I realised ‘I love doing

this’. I’ve had no formal training – I guess if it’s in you, it’s

in you. Hands on experience is the best way to learn.”

This decorator skill is particularly in evidence in the more

formal sitting room. Like the kitchen, this is a square room

and the windows have classic farmhouse glazing bars, with

three sets of three horizontal oblong panes. It gives a similar

effect to the currently fashionable black steel Crittall window,

but this is the original rustic version, painted off-white.

There are two sofas, two armchairs and a large,

upholstered ottoman – furnished with a rattan tray and

appealing books – all of which have their own lesson

and story. The ottoman is a recent arrival in this setting,

moved here from the annexe – hauled over by Belinda

herself, who likes to switch things up. It’s covered in a

striking William Yeoward blue and white graphic fabric.

The soft green sofa was made by Belinda’s upholsterer –

with whom she has been working for 20 years – and I learned

that this classic style, with loose seat cushions, an upholstered

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This page: The master bedroom has been papered with wallpaper by

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Some decorators treat their own gaffs as show cases

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Above: A twin bedroom is a light and airy space thanks

to its stripped back beams and pale colour scheme

Right: At the top of the house, a bathroom is softened

with just the right upholstered chair for the space

it would still be a lovely kitchen, but these carefully

selected unique details – and two lovely original

paintings – which have travelled with Belinda from

home, to home, take it up a whole notch.

There were more expert decorating tips to be gleaned

across the gravel driveway, past the lovely treehouse and two

perfect pom-pom potted bay trees, and into the annexe.

Belinda has clad the internal walls with horizontal

panelling made out of MDF boards, spaced slightly apart,

hung horizontally, instantly giving the place a Connecticut

beach house vibe. The reception room is a tranquil haven

of linen-covered sofas and wide floorboards, with a big, old

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This page: The oak-framed car barn provided an ideal opportunity for a conversion, allowing Belinda to add some extra bedrooms

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SCHOOL NEWS

Find out what’s been

going on

MEET THE HEAD

We chat to Tracey

Fantham, Headteacher

at Manor House School

RECIPE FOR

SUCCESS

Famous alumni who

have made a real

impression

KEEPING UP

COMMUNITY

SPIRIT

How schools foster

relationships with the

local community

INSIDE OUT

Dulwich Prep

Cranbrook’s focus

on mental health

MEET THE ART

TEACHER

Bansted Preparatory

School’s Mr Matt Ayling

shares his inspiration

A WORLD OF

OPPORTUNITY

Claremont explores the

bonds between schools

across the world

MEET THE HEAD

Spring Grove School’s

Head Mrs Therésa

Jaggard discusses skill

sets, hobbies and school

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SHOW TIME

A look at Tonbridge

School’s EM

Forster Theatre

WHAT’S COOKING?

Benenden School’s

restaurant-quality

meals offering

A MOMENT

OF SCIENCE

Mayfield School’s

Head of Physics shares

his experiences as a

science teacher

STARTING SMALL

Parkside’s Madeline

McMurdo explains how

to ease a child into their

first steps at school

MEET THE MUSIC

TEACHER

Lingfield College’s

Director of Music

explains what drew

her to her subject

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GARDEN GROW?

Educating Cranbrook

Primary’s pupils

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Cover image: A pupil finds a cosy corner to read in

the Marlborough House Main Building Library

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Saint Ronan’s has

been named as the TES’

Prep School of Year 2021.

Saint Ronan’s transformed a

tumultuous 12 months into a ‘year of

wonder’. As well as finishing the year with

excellent scholarship and common entrance

results, the school also opened a new art, engineering

and computing centre to inspire pupils’ creativity.

Lead judge Michael Abraham said Saint Ronan’s showed

“extraordinary creativity and innovation” and “wonderful

care of the development of the individual”. He referenced

the outstanding scholarship results, lockdown

TV and radio, the mindfulness programme,

the school farm and cited many examples

of staff ‘sprinkling fairy dust’.

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Babington House School

is using outside activities, teaching

and sport to provide much needed

relief after the lockdown and benefit pupils’

health and wellbeing. Children of all ages have

been enjoying Forest School in Elmstead Woods,

a DofE expedition of the North Downs, competetive

rounders matches, and the school climbing wall ( which

is back in action). Meanwhile, at the sports ground they have

engaged in football, tag rugby and cross-country and many

lessons are taking place outside too. Tim Lello, Headmaster

at Babington comments, “It is refreshing to see our

pupils enjoying the outside world and just being

together. We value the mental health and

wellbeing of everyone in our community and

pride ourselves on providing an academic

education with first class pastoral

support.” babingtonhouse.com

Marlborough House School has wholeheartedly

embraced their new initiative ‘The Great

Outdoors’; a wonderful blend of outdoor learning, wellbeing

and all things eco. In the first weeks of the Summer

Term, pupils excitedly completed the school’s project to plant

over 200 native trees; creating a winding woodland walk and growing

their busy Forest School. Next on the agenda was the installation of a

timber outdoor classroom overlooking the lake, creating a focal point to

further support their outdoor learning activities across the curriculum. With

both projects completed in April, it has been a fun and active start of term for the

MHS community, with ‘positive energy’ pretty much summing up the school spirit.

Marlborough House affirms that while it is the grades acquired in the classroom that will earn

pupils their scholarships and senior school places, it is the character skills that will prepare them

for life and their future wellbeing. With outdoor learning a popular option to drive character strengths

and transferrable skills, such as problem solving, creativity and resilience, ‘The Great Outdoors’

aims to encourage children in these areas. Acutely aware of the increased screen time that

children have experienced over the past year, the initiative also heralds a renewed focus on

mental and physical wellbeing for the school in 2021. A keen Eco School, having joined

the scheme in 2019, Marlborough House is also working with the Woodland Trust

and Wild Kent as it steers pupils towards an appreciation of the environment

and an understanding of the world, and climate issues, they will inherit.

Fittingly, the ethos of the school is ‘Enjoying Today, Educating for

Tomorrow’. The school welcomed new Headmaster Eddy Newton

in September 2020. In addition to ‘The Great Outdoors’

initiative, Mr Newton has announced well-received plans to

extend the school’s Art and DT building by 40% this

summer. marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

Tonbridge School’s ‘Sleepout’

raises £100,000 for Kent charity.

Tonbridge’s First Years joined together

in the Summer Term for the School’s largest

annual ‘Sleepout’ to date. More than 160 boys

and staff built cardboard shelters and spent a night

sleeping rough in the Quad. The event teaches boys

about the issues that can lead to homelessness and raises

funds for Porchlight, a charity which supports homeless and

vulnerable young people in Kent. Tonbridge has been working

with Porchlight since 2011 and in this time the school has

raised over £100,000 for the cause, making it the charity’s

largest individual donor. This year’s event has already

raised more than £17,300. Juliet Burnett, the school’s

Community Action Manager, said: “All went home

reflecting on their experiences and on the

vital role that Porchlight plays in turning

around the lives of those they support.”

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On Saturday 12 June the cricketers of Mayfield

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representative side from the MCC, the home of cricket.

On a beautiful day, the MCC won the toss and elected to bat, putting

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Lizzie, one of Mayfield’s captains said, “It was so exciting to play against an MCC side which contained

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Emily Starr, Mayfield’s Head of Cricket said “Cricket was introduced as a major sport

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Hurst College’s Young Enterprise team, Plants

with Purpose (PwP) won the Sustainability Award

at the regional Young Enterprise final and made the

final of the JA Europe event. As winners of the overall

county title and the Digital Skills Award, PwP went forward

to the regional competition against schools from Kent, Surrey

and Hampshire. There were six teams in total and PwP were up

against some strong contenders as three of the six teams won awards.

As well as winning the Sustainability Award, PwP only just missed out on

going through to the national finals. The Hurst team also made the final of the

JA (Junior Achievement) competition, the European version of YE, as one of only

five UK teams selected to take part. Earlier in the year, PwP took part in a Dragons’

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a range of herb planting kits packaged in a reusable fabric bag – with a choice of

Thyme, Lavender, Mint, Chamomile and Rosemary. The kits include a readygrown

plant in a ceramic pot, a bag of soil and a mini chalkboard with

chalk to display a personal message. “This is a phenomenal achievement.

Covid has made the whole process of building and running a viable

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Jan Leeper, Head of Careers, Hurst College.

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and looked forward to every week.

Why did you choose to go

teaching? When I transferred to a large

senior school it took a while to adjust

and I remember my Mum having to go

in to speak with the teachers as I really

didn’t like it. Thankfully I did settle and

as sport was my passion, I threw myself

into clubs and sports teams. I could

be found in the PE department every

lunch break and it was my PE teacher,

Mrs Hilton who inspired me to become

a teacher myself. She encouraged

me in many ways and introduced

me to club hockey, which I loved.

What were you doing before accepting

the Headteacher position at Manor

House School? I was Head of a large

state school which was very different to

Manor House. I had joined the school

as a Deputy Head 11 years prior and

was promoted to Head after six years.

I learnt so much about both teaching

and learning and leadership and

worked with a fantastic team of staff.

What do you think makes Manor

House School so unique?

The atmosphere at Manor House is

really unique and different to where

I have worked before. The pupils are

welcoming, happy and enthusiastic

about their learning, which adds to

the friendly and open atmosphere,

and supportive, family ethos.

Have your own school days influenced

the way you will approach your role as

Headteacher? I don’t recall ever seeing

my secondary school Headteacher

and I certainly wouldn’t want that to

be the case for the pupils at Manor

House School. I make sure that I visit

lessons every day and I spend time

with the pupils, across all ages.

What are you looking forward to

this coming school year? Whole

school assemblies! I have really missed

the gathering of the whole school,

singing together and recognising and

celebrating successes as a community.

If you could teach anyone – either

present day or from history – who

would you choose? Mary Berry.

My own food technology lessons

were a disaster so she could teach

me more than I could teach her!

manorhouseschool.org

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Education Supplement sponsored by

Recipe for

Success

Vinehall School, Brighton College and Reed’s tell us about

the famous former pupils inspiring the students of today

Sir Tim Smit KBE

“ “

Sir Tim Smit KBE is a much celebrated member of the

Vinehall alumni. Sir Tim is known for his work on

the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project, as

well as the Charlestown Shipwreck & Treasure Centre.

A pupil at Vinehall in the 1960s, Tim has often reminisced

about his formative years spent exploring the grounds and

wildlife at Vinehall. ‘There were several great teachers,

but I would single out Tom Gilbart, a Cornishman with

skin like bronzed hide, a moustache with handlebars,

eyes that flashed and a voice that transported all of us

children when he read Brigadier Gerrard, King’s Solomon’s

Mines and Sherlock Holmes. He loved wildlife and

history and turned all of us into Natural Historians.’

We follow Sir Tim’s career keenly and are delighted that he

has been able to reciprocate his early inspiration for natural

history whist at Vinehall by supporting us in our recent whole

school commitment to sustainability. We will be working

with Tim and his highly recommended associate, Richard

Dunne of the Harmony Project, to raise an awareness of how

to live more sustainably within the Vinehall community.

We aim to empower our children to consider the path they

want to take and the future they want to create; there are some

major challenges for them to contend with; however, our aim

is to spark the change they wish to ignite.” vinehallschool.com

Brighton College alumna and filmmaker Chloé Zhao

scooped the Best Director Oscar for Nomadland

earlier this year. She became only the second woman

to win this accolade. The film also won Best Picture and

Best Actress awards at the event, as well as winning four

BAFTAs earlier on in the year, where she gave Brighton

College a name check, thanking her teachers there.

Chloé was a Sixth Form boarder at the school from 1998

until 2000, where Julian and Alison Withers were the teachers

responsible for her pastoral wellbeing. Alison is still a teacher

at the College, and said: ‘Everyone at Brighton College is

incredibly proud of Chloé. We were her Housemaster and

Housemistress during her time here, and remember her very

well. She was always a determined and driven pupil, with a

wonderful sense of humour and a keen sense of curiosity. She

liked to question things, and she was always fascinated by people

and different cultures. She contributed to the life and soul of the

boarding house, and we are delighted for her in her success.’

Renowned for its focus on kindness, Brighton College

is one of the world’s leading independent schools for girls

and boys aged 3-18. The College regularly achieves the

best A-level and GCSE results of any co-educational school

in the UK, whilst ensuring children enjoy a wealth of

extracurricular opportunities.” brightoncollege.org.uk


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Toby Tarrant (centre) with Alec Stewart OBE & Reed’s cricket

pro, Keith Medlycott at the opening of the Indoor Cricket Centre


As far as ‘well-known’ alumni go, Reed’s is very fortunate to

have a great roll call, including the likes of Tim Henman

OBE, Sir Simon Keenlyside CBE and Tom Hardy CBE.

The School is eminently proud of all its ‘Old Reedonians’ and

what they go onto to achieve. It is our ethos of a values-based

education which means we nurture the individual, giving them

the tools to succeed in whatever they want to do. One particular

Surrey-born Reed’s alumnus might be familiar to younger

readers, and his father (Chris Tarrant) will be known to many!

Toby Tarrant started at Reed’s in the Third Form (Year 9); a

bright, bean pole of a young man. His passion was, and still is,

cricket. A talented player, with an unorthodox style, he ended

his school career as Captain of Cricket. Having studied English,

History and Drama at A Level, Toby was always known as a bit

of wordsmith with a quick wit, so it was no surprise that – after

reading History at Birmingham University – he should find

himself in broadcasting. Toby currently presents a successful

weekday show on Radio X as well as several sports programmes!

It’s wonderful that Toby’s mischievous sense of humour which we

enjoyed in the classroom has definitely served him well in life.

What’s even more heart-warming is that Toby still has

time for his alma mater. From being a regular in the alumni

cricket team to lending his support of our world-class Indoor

Cricket Centre to keeping in touch with his former teachers,

Toby and his cohort from 2010 very much represent the

sense of Reed’s community and fellowship that stays with

our pupils as they continue on their life’s journey!

As Toby says, ‘Cut me open and I’ll have Reed’s blue blood,

tinged with red for my beloved Liverpool FC!’” reeds.surrey.sch.uk

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Where are the skills your child will need

to resolve global conflict?

Well, negotiation skills are embedded in the

curriculum at Sevenoaks School, so in theory we need

look no further.

Our alumni certainly go on to achieve extraordinary

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

change the waiting world.

Stephen Hale for example, mastered negotiation at

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

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

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

people fleeing war.

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

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

acquired here at Sevenoaks.

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

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


Education Supplement sponsored by

Keeping Up Community Spirit

How have schools been maintaining their bonds with the local community

during a very difficult and isolating year? We find out how a pandemic hasn’t

stopped The King’s School and Sevenoaks School staying connected

A brother and sister team from Junior

King’s has raised over £15,000 for the

Evelina London Children’s Hospital

The Charity Commission suggests that The

King’s School, Canterbury is the oldest charity

in the country. King’s, and its prep school

Junior King’s, are therefore very conscious of their

duty to the wider community. The pandemic has made

certain aspects of charitable fundraising difficult but

the pupils have not let this hinder their dedication to

raising money for both local and national causes over

the past year. Indeed, the heightened awareness of the

needs of others has brought about some innovative

and praise-worthy initiatives from both schools.

At Junior King’s Year 7 pupil Luke and his younger

sister Savannah have raised over £15,000 for the Evelina

London Children’s Hospital, which performed life-saving

emergency heart surgery on Luke when he was just five

days old. Together they have completed a 150-length

sponsored swim, run numerous raffles at the local cricket

ground, put on a quiz night, made and sold ceramic

decorations and Mothers’ Day gifts, and more!

Pupils at King’s have equally raised thousands, both

individually and as a collective, for a wide range of worthy

causes including Suicide Prevention Charity Papyrus

UK, the NHS, Farms for City Children, Hospice UK

and Rising Sun, a Canterbury-based charity countering

Domestic Violence and abuse in East Kent. Chair of the

Charity Committee Millie Lark says: “The past year has

been very disrupted for everyone, but as a school we have

continued to make raising money for charities one of our

main goals with a particular aim to support local causes so

that we could help make a difference in our community.”

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2020/21 hasn’t hindered Sevenoaks School’s plans to

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Service and Partnerships are a hugely important part of

a Sevenoaks education. Even in lockdown we have 400

students working virtually on 35 projects. These include

conversation sessions with local Syrian refugees, knitting for the

NHS, a Poetry Pharmacy and a Primary Schools’ Lego Club.

Throughout the pandemic, we have worked with local and

global communities to identify needs and respond. Existing

relationships have grown stronger, and new friendships have

sprung up, building upon our historic commitment to service.

This includes working with the District Council and local

groups, running collections, providing support for the elderly and

creating mud kitchens to encourage local children to enjoy the

outdoors. Our students have been at the heart of our response

helping communities around the world, from delivering meals in

Hong Kong to creating hampers for the elderly in Switzerland.

As part of our education we want to empower students, staff

and the wider community to drive sustainable and inclusive

social change whilst reflecting on the impact of everyday actions.

We have also shared best practice across the education

sector, holding a nation-wide service conference,

writing online courses to bring students from different

schools together, running an online social leadership

programme and our students have supported the creation

of a series of Covid community support toolkits.

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Education Supplement sponsored by

inside out

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

explains the success behind

its new PSHCEE program

As every child’s inner world colours how they approach

life, we believe it makes sense to start with the inside

and work out, which is why in September 2019 we

introduced the iSpace Mental Health and Wellbeing Curriculum.

We’re happy pioneers of iSpace – a progressive and preventative

approach to mental health and wellbeing. It’s a curriculum

designed to make learning about mental health fun using a

new language, quirky characters and a variety of engaging

exercises. All our children (Nursery to Y8) enjoy a mix of weekly

lessons and assemblies based on the iSpace curriculum and

PSHCEE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic

Education) topics. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCEE

develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive

as individuals, family members and members of society.

When surveyed in December 2020, 94% of our children

said they’d used breathing to settle their emotions at times of

anxiety or anger; 85% felt able to talk about their feelings; 94%

understood how to look after their body and mind; 81% felt that

they got on better with their family; and 70% felt they’d spent

less time worrying – quite something, during a global pandemic!

Our PSHCEE curriculum is the perfect complement to our

partnership with the leading mental health charity, Place2Be.

We feel it is very important that conversations around wellbeing,

from troubles in the playground to more deep-seated issues,

take place as a matter of course throughout the school. And

Place2Be’s residency helps make this possible, as well as giving

all our children easy access to therapeutic support if needed.

The children at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook are learning the

link between physical and mental health, and workshops on

resilience have looked at building a mental health hygiene

routine – ranging from having a tidy bedroom, to eating the

right foods, having enough sleep, and the importance of time

away from screens. Years 7 and 8 use a wellbeing compass to

gauge how they feel on a particular day. Resilience workshops

have given the children the language to help them build their

confidence – exercise the power of YET. Adding ‘Yet’ to the

sentence ‘I can’t do that…’ helps to create a growth mindset.

Recent PSHCEE topics have included the Big Legal Lesson,

where children discussed the rule of law and government,

Growing Up Talks, Anti-Bullying workshops, Human

Rights, the US Election, and Internet Safety using SID (Safer

Internet Day) as a starting point. Our youngest children

have regular circle time sessions where they talk about

friendship and kindness. PSHCEE embraces everything

that helps our children become healthy, independent and

responsible members of a diverse and tolerant society.

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“Children need to develop the necessary skills and language to express their feelings and emotions. They need to be able to recognise

and identify the moments that might cause them heightened anxiety and/or distress and to have tools to equip them to manage these

successfully throughout their life journey. Simple breathing exercises and learning when, and how to take time, are already giving the

children the ability to manage their emotions more effectively. They are also developing the confidence to discuss their feelings openly.”

Mrs Alison Eckersley, Assistant Head Welfare at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

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Education Supplement sponsored by

Meet the

Art Teacher

With a BA Hons in Fine Art, Bansted Preparatory School’s Mr Matt

Ayling has designed and adapted an excellent Art & Design curriculum,

which makes full use of the school’s fantastic facilities and resources

When and why did you become an art teacher? I have

been teaching art for 10 years after studying Fine Art at

university. I have always had an appreciation of children’s

art; they exhibit a freedom of expression that is often lost

in adulthood. As Picasso said: “Every child is an artist. The

problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Can you tell us a little about the importance and

benefits of encouraging creativity at school? Where

do I start! Creativity is certainly not limited to art

and the key is teaching children that they are all

naturally creative and to have confidence in applying

this thinking to everything they do, not just art.

At Banstead Prep we recognise that creativity and

problem-solving skills are essential for children’s

future careers. Our projects, especially in Life

Skills lessons, are designed to encourage creativity,

giving children the opportunity to make mistakes,

experiment and find new innovative solutions.

Where do you find inspiration for the projects you

set pupils? I find inspiration everywhere, but mostly

from established artists and designers, building projects

that are hands on and allow the children room to

experiment, apply their own ideas and work through

problems. Art should be fun and rewarding for all.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job? It is

always rewarding to see excited and happy children

taking part in a lesson that I have designed, but what

sticks most in my mind is witnessing that moment

when a child realises that they can do ‘it’, or sees their

art on display at our annual exhibition. They glow

with pride, pointing and showing their family what

they have done. It is an extremely rewarding job.

Is there an artist who has been particularly influential

for you? If I had to choose one, it would have to be Henri

Matisse. His work, particularly the paper cut outs, shares

similar qualities to children’s art: fusing strong colour,

expressive marks and bold shapes, whilst using a visual

language that is deceptively complex and full of beauty.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I’m

currently working on a series of pastel drawings,

mostly displaying imagined interior or still life ‘style’

compositions, combining vibrant colour and abstract

elements. They are certainly inspired by the children’s art!

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Education Supplement sponsored by

A World of Opportunity

Giles Perrin,

Principal of

Claremont

School tells us

how joining the

International

Schools

Partnership is

broadening its

pupils’ horizons

The independent schools landscape

in the UK is changing. Challenged

by an increasingly competitive

market, new school groups up and down

the land are developing in size and scale and

creating cutting-edge international learning

communities, capable of attracting dynamic

educationalists who are leading the way in

pedagogy and curriculum innovation.

Claremont is part of a network of 50

schools, with over 45,000 students, 7,000

staff, operating in 15 different countries

and offering 15 different curricula. It’s an

amazing network to be plugged into. The

security, stability and support afforded by

being part of a schools group, with the

student learning experience genuinely

at the heart of its decision making, has

had a tangible and profound effect from

the outset. We are part of a learning

community of enormous scale, with central

departments dedicated to improving

student pathways, developing and sharing

education innovations and technologies,

and delivering an evolving programme of

unique international learning experiences

that we believe set us apart from many other

independent ‘through schools’ in the UK.

The ISP Buddy Exchange programme has

brought a new dimension of internationalism

to our school; opening up the world to

our teenagers so they can safely immerse

themselves in new cultures and the type of

learning opportunities abroad that are often

reserved for the pre-university ‘gap year’. In

its pilot year, Claremont students flew off

to Malaga, the British school of Vila Real

in the Castellon region and to Costa Rica

to stay and study with their buddies, before

we played host to them back in Blighty.

Adapting to a virtual model throughout the

pandemic has certainly got us thinking about

the scope for enriched learning experiences in

our modern foreign language departments!

Model United Nations is a stalwart

of many Senior School enrichment

programmes, but for us it is hosted in

a different ISP school each year and

sees students travel to countries all over

the world to meet and work alongside

their international counterparts. It is a

dynamic and authentic learning experience

that enables students to develop their

understanding of global citizenship

and international relations in a real

world setting, whilst also honing their

public speaking and debating skills.

The residential Student Leaders

Conference provides further opportunity

for students across the ISP network

to develop communication skills and

explore leadership styles before presenting

their findings and ideas back to an

international audience of their peers.

Advances in technology continue to play

a key role in bringing our international

learning community close together from

afar. During the pandemic, promising school

chess teams from across the ISP family have

had their cognitive and critical thinking

skills put to the test in the annual ISP Chess

Tournament, whilst speed and accuracy

of mathematics fluency is the name of the

game in the annual ISP Maths Challenge.

Most recently, the launch of The ISP

International Film Festival 2021 inspired

our Performing Artists and over 30 teams

in the ISP schools group to write, direct

and produce their own five minute film

to showcase their talents and creativity on

the international stage. The standard of

work was quite remarkable with Claremont

students’ interpretation of the theme ‘I wish

I hadn’t done that’ rewarded with the win

in the Best Production Design category.

The scope for connecting and collaborating

with students from all around the world

as part of the ISP group is so unique.

A centralised programme of learning

experiences that enable ISP students across

the globe to meet, create, share, expand

their minds and broaden their educational

horizons continues to evolve. More

exciting international opportunities await

Claremont students next year, including a

programme dedicated to equipping students

with the knowledge and skills needed

to address issues of global sustainability,

a ‘real-world’ STEM research project,

International Summer Schools and camps

and new ways for our global community

to come together in support of ISP’s Street

Child United Charity Partnership.

Importantly for us, Claremont remains

Claremont, with its own distinctive

character, ethos and spirit. Our partnership

with ISP has empowered us to continue to

develop as a progressive, local school but

with a more relevant and authentic global

outlook. As such we believe we have found

the best place for our school and students

as we press on with the next stage in our

evolution. We have much to look forward to.

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Meet the Head

Mrs Therésa Jaggard, Head of Spring Grove School,

chats skill sets, hobbies and school values

Why did you choose a career in teaching?

I enjoyed a range of subjects at school

and thought a career where I could both

use my skill set and have variety would

suit. I then worked as a volunteer for

some youth groups and found sharing

the skills I had learned with young

people very satisfying. I am naturally

motivational and enjoy inspiring others.

Can you tell us about an inspirational

teacher from your school days? My Head

of Music – she took time to recognise

a talent I had and nurtured it. She also

noticed when I needed support and

gave me a lot of encouragement – she

provided me with many opportunities

and signposted me to county orchestras

and choirs to further my skills. She

always went above and beyond.

What do you like doing in your spare

time? Music – I am a violinist, pianist

and singer and enjoy making music

with friends. As well as my wide-ranging

musical interests, I also enjoy a variety of

sports, particularly swimming and skiing –

which I adore. I enjoy cooking and trying

out new recipes, entertaining friends and

family. I have a dog and two Siamese cats

who keep me busy in my spare time.

What were you doing before accepting

the headteacher position at Spring Grove

School? I have had experience in both

the state and independent education

sectors, and most recently was Deputy

Head Teacher at Leybourne St Peter

and St Paul CEP Academy, where

I led the school through Academy

conversion. I had experience as Acting

Head at Leybourne, and was also

seconded by the local authority as

Acting Head to another Kent school.

What do you think makes Spring Grove

School special? Without doubt the

strong family feel at Spring Grove, and

the knowledge that the children are

at the heart of everything we do. The

children at Spring Grove are curious

and friendly – they love learning and

enjoy living. We deliberately cultivate an

appetite for adventure and a tolerance

for error, creating can-do people,

who are able to act independently.

Can you explain a little bit about your

school’s values? Our core values are

summed up in the words ‘Confidence,

Creativity, Consideration, Care and

Curiosity’. Our expert teachers and

support staff deliver an ambitious,

broad, knowledge- and skills-based

curriculum, where there is mastery of

subjects from phonics through to the skills

needed to play a musical instrument.

What’s been your proudest achievement

so far? Steering the school through

a pandemic – safely. I’m so proud of

the team I lead; every member of the

Spring Grove staff has adapted to

face the many challenges that have

been thrown up this year. I drive into

school everyday feeling it’s my second

home – which is rather lovely.

What are you looking forward to

this coming school year? Having a

‘normal’ school year! I am looking

forward to all the things that have

been restricted recently – having whole

school assemblies in the hall, inviting

parents into school, engaging with the

wider community. I am also excited

to restart our ensembles and see the

children making music together again.

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Education Supplement sponsored by

Show Time

EM Forster Theatre is at the heart of the Tonbridge community,

and is delighted to be opening its doors once again

It is great to be open again. There is nothing quite

like live performance, and the excitement and

buzz of that shared experience. The EM Forster

Theatre is at the heart of Tonbridge School and

has many uses across the school and the wider

community. For the boys it is their drama

classroom, where they have seminars, workshops

and rehearsals.

We also produce three large-scale school

productions a year, as well as many house plays

and other student shows. On our third attempt,

with restrictions lifting, we were at last able to

present Into the Woods, our Junior Play, this

summer, which was an outdoor, musical show

held in the school’s Smythe Library Gardens. We

are so lucky to have such beautiful grounds at

Tonbridge School and are making the most of

these this summer with a selection of outdoor

productions.

The Theatre is, of course, open to the local

community and we host a year-round programme

of professional theatre, dance and comedy. Our

summer season includes a mixture of indoor and

outdoor shows, with something for everyone.

In our amphitheatre, The Handlebards are

returning with their particular brand of chaotic

and brilliantly funny outdoor theatre, this time

with their version of Macbeth. Britain’s Got

Talent contestants The Noise Next Door will be

performing comedy for all the family, and we are

delighted to say that Wicked Productions will be

back for an open-air panto version of Treasure

Island, starring local favourites Tom Swift and

Ant Payne, which is sure to provide the riotous

fun many of us are in need of this summer!

This has been a tough year for so many people,

and while we are restricted to 50 per cent

capacity, we are committed to ensuring our

events remain accessible to the local community

and have kept our ticket prices low. We have

really missed hosting local companies and, while

it isn’t possible to have large casts at the moment,

we can’t wait for LAMPS to be back with Tommy

the Musical in the autumn, and look forward

to welcoming back many schools and dance

companies over the coming year.

The Society of London has ‘See It Safely’

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wearing. Drinks and snacks can be ordered via

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queues at the bar.

Other season highlights include a screening

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company from Ballet Central returning for

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CBeebies favourites Sarah and Duck are coming

to us for the first time in July. It will be so good to

see our family audiences back in our auditorium!

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Benenden School describe their impressive food offering

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at Mayfield School.

What’s the most rewarding

part of your job?

Every day is different, and every

student is individual and unique

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I particularly enjoy the moments

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What is the most popular part of the

curriculum amongst pupils?

This is an interesting one. Each

student is very individual, so it’s

really about finding a ‘hook’ for

each of them in their younger

years. Certainly, at GCSE the most

popular topic is space. At Mayfield,

we have an Astronomy Club, one of

50 extra-curricular activities, where

the students get to do fun things

like observe Mars using a telescope

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What are the most exciting

and unexpected careers that

studying Physics leads to?

Some of my friends have ended

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Starting

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Can you tell us a little about your preschool

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Parkside nursery is a place for children to feel safe,

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How many sessions are recommended

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and two afternoons. A morning session is from 8.30am

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in the school salon, which is extremely popular. A full

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Can you explain the goals of the Early Years

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At Parkside Nursery, the focus is on teaching core skills,

independence and confidence to prepare them for the

transition to reception. With a planned curriculum,

balanced between adult-led and child-initiated activities,

children develop enquiring minds, fully explore their

curiosity and gain a love of learning and questioning. We

focus on all of the 7 areas of learning with importance

placed on good listening, kindness, collaboration and

respect for themselves, each other and the school.

Parkside School is a boys’

school, are girls able to access

your nursery provision?

Yes, the nursery is co-educational and

girls enjoy a full and varied curriculum

from the age of 2. The ratio of girls

to boys is 40/60, with many siblings

of boys in the school. Girls transition

to local girls’ schools, notably Notre

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What happens at parent and

toddler club and who can join?

Parent and toddler club runs weekly for

children registered to start nursery after their

second birthday. It is an opportunity for the

children to familiarise themselves with the

nursery environment, the grounds, the teachers

and the key workers. It’s also a time for the

parents to meet each other in a relaxed setting,

as their children enjoy and engage in play. Each

week there is a planned adult-led activity for the

children to enjoy and time to explore the grounds.

What do you think makes the nursery extra special?

Happiness is the key to learning, which underpins

the ethos at Parkside. With space to grow and staff

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and develop a hunger for learning. What can be better

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Meet the

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Introducing Miss Sophie Brack, Director of Music at Lingfield College

Have you always been musical?

Since a young age I just knew I wanted to do something with

music. My family are all musical, so it was always around me

growing up. My main instruments are piano, clarinet and

voice, but I also play the saxophone and ukulele.

What made you decide to teach music?

I had a passion for music when I was at school, and I would

teach friends in my class how to play tunes on the piano. I just

loved sharing the joy of music, seeing people learn a new skill

and engage with it when they didn't think they could. I knew

from the age of 12 or so that I wanted to be a music teacher.

What's your favourite part of the

school's musical offering?

One of the things I'm most proud of at Lingfield

College is that we offer something for everyone

musically. No matter what level or instrument a

pupil plays, no matter what style or genre they

may enjoy, there is a choir, band or ensemble

for them to join to perform and be part of

something and be creative. We are fully

inclusive.

Can you tell us about an inspirational

teacher from your school days?

Two people stand out from my school

days that inspired me musically.

Miss Kutchmy, my Head of Music

at Surbiton High School, gave me

confidence in my singing and helped

shape my voice, and the legend that

was Sir David Willcocks, who was

the conductor of The Bach Choir

when I sang with them for

several of my school years.

How do you encourage more nervous pupils

to increase their musical confidence?

This is a large part of being a music teacher, and it's vitally

important we go about it in the right way; otherwise, a student

can be put off for life. At Lingfield College, we have found that

smaller 'Informal Recitals' with family and staff are fantastic

ways to boost our students' confidence with their music. We

try to provide a warm, nurturing environment where they

focus on practising their pieces and honing performance skills.

What music do you listen to in your spare time?

Oh goodness, a wide variety! If classical, it's likely to be

Rachmaninov or Mozart but I also adore all Musical Theatre,

and I'm currently on a roll of listening to anything by Ben

Platt. I was brought up on all the jazz standards, so I love the

Ratpack too, particularly Frank. But everyone at Lingfield

knows my answer is going to be Michael Bublé!

If you could work with any composer,

from past or present, who would it be?

If I really can only pick one, then probably Rachmaninov. I

adore all his work, particularly Symphony No.2 and Piano

Concertos No2 and No3. To work with him and write a piano

piece would be mind-blowing. Not sure my hands would cope

with some of the chords he writes though!

If you could see anyone live on stage, anywhere

in the world, who and where would it be?

I would have loved to have seen Frank Sinatra at The

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How has Cranbrook Primary's garden

developed over the last few years? Tracey

Johnson, our forest school leader, started

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When the founder of Wealden Times,

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How have the children reacted? They enjoy

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Do parents get involved too? Two parents,

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Kelly Charge runs cooking club every week

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Which extra-curricular activities will

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Just how important are impressive lists of hobbies and copious amounts of volunteer work to universities?

Dr Kirsten Dickers, Higher Education, Careers and Research Leader at Ashford School explains

In nine years as an admissions tutor, this was probably the

question I was asked most often. Busy teenagers who were

already trying to juggle Sixth Form studies, part-time jobs

and social lives were worrying about how to cram in voluntary

work, leadership positions in school, competitive sports,

music, Duke of Edinburgh and countless other activities.

I hope that my answer came as a relief: UK universities,

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decisions on extra-curricular activities. Instead, they look

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I normally advise students to focus on three or four main

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Beauty

Up!

Get that oh-so-desirable sun-kissed look with Josephine Fairley’s

ultimate fake tan tips (no sun needed – fortunately!)

To tan or not to tan…? That is

no longer the question. Because

today’s fakes – bronzers, instant

tints and other sun-kissing products –

are so darned good, you’ll never be able

to tell the difference. You can literally

go from pale-and-terribly-uninteresting

to bronzed goddess, with the swish of a

fluffy brush or the touch of a tint. And

since – at time of writing – summer

really hasn’t made up its mind whether

we’re going to get so much as a freckle

by venturing outside, I reckon there’s

never been a better time to explore all

the fab fakes and faux glows out there.

Personally, I have been putting a

LOT of these through their paces,

this spring. Slightly reluctantly I’ve

been closeted inside tying up some

loose ends on a long-term project,

with limited opportunities to stroll

even the few hundred yards to

Hastings beach, or to attempt a bit of

gardening before dusk. So, here are

the products I’ve been reaching for to

make up for lack of IRL sunshine

First up: Guerlain Terracotta

Bronzing Powder, £39, which was

one of the original bronzing products,

but which (so far as I’m concerned) is

better than ever, for 2021 because it

is – for the first time – composed of

almost exclusively natural ingredients.

Same instantly gilded look and finish

– a whisper of colour which can be

built up (with a big, fluffy brush)

to the level of bronzitude you’d like.

It has the same seamless finish for

which Terracotta is widely-loved,

partly thanks to the argan oil in the

blend – but now, it doesn’t simply

look 100% natural; the formula itself

is impressively 96% natural, too. It’s

available in six shades – and gosh,

that’s an improvement on the oneshade-suits-all

bronzers of yore.

Meanwhile, almost every beauty

editor we know also swears by the

easy-peasy Chanel Healthy Glow

Bronzing Cream, £43. This cream-gel

bronzer adds a touch of sun-kiss with

a velvety finish; it comes in possibly

the most glamorous jar on the planet

– in fact, it’s all-round gorgeous. It

has become – no great surprise to

me – the #1 Prestige Bronzer in the

UK, but again, from my perspective,

Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream just

got better. We don’t all come in one

shape, or one size, nor (all-importantly)

one skin tone – so Chanel just added

a 395 Soleil Tan Deep Bronze to sit

alongside the original 390 Soleil Tan

Bronze, which works with deeper skin

tones, or can be used to enhance a

deeper fake or natural tan. Touch and

blend with your fingers (couldn’t be

easier), or use Chanel’s particularly

glam version of the kabuki brush.

In terms of fake tanning, meanwhile,

I’m a massive, long-term fan of James

Read’s range – and I’m particularly

keen on a couple of innovations from

this tanning brand which really put

you in the driving seat in terms of

the shade. It’s clever stuff, because

GLOW20 is ‘adjustable’. Apply the

lightweight GLOW20 Facial Tan

Serum, £25 for 50ml, for instance, and

simply remove it after 20 minutes for

a light tan, 60 minutes for a medium

tan or 90 minutes for a full-on, deep

bronzed glow. You can of course top

up whenever you like, and there’s a

quick blast of skin-boosting ingredients

while the serum gets to work, too:

hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, plus

vitamin C to brighten, leaving skin

looking perkier and healthier straight

away. But this facial product also

has a ‘sister’, for bodies, GLOW20

Tan Mousse, £30 for 200ml – same

‘controllability’, also with a blend

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of nourishing ingredients that include avocado oil, vitamins C

and E, hyaluronic acid, coconut water and honeysuckle flower

extract. (You just need access to a shower to rinse it off, when

time’s up – and first time out, I’d stick with the 20 minutes

so you can assess the effect on your individual skintone.)

A growing category for facial self-tanning, meanwhile, is

the self-tan face mist. I particularly like St Tropez Self Tan

Purity Face Mist, £19.75 for 80ml, which smells a little like

a tropical vacation (nothing wrong with that, in the absence

of the real thing), and simply spritzes lightly onto the face

with no need to blend; it also features hyaluronic acid, so it

gives skin a bit of a quench, too. (Though I would always

apply after moisturiser or night cream.) At the affordable end

of the market, and perhaps foolproof for beginners because

it gives a subtle hit of instant colour, is L’Oréal Sublime

Bronze Self Tan Express Mist Spray Face, £12.99 for 90g.

Very streak-proof, with a lovely, summer-fresh scent.

It’s one thing to smoosh on a bronzer, add a lip gloss and head

out the door to an impromptu summer rendezvous, meanwhile

– and in my recent experience, everything’s all very last-minutedotcom

on the social life front – but realising your legs are

pastry-pale isn’t quite so easy to fix. Rather than reach for your

linen palazzos, I recommend keeping handy some vita Liberata

Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, £30 for 100ml. Powered by

organic ingredients, it’s fantastic for adding a subtle glow (unless

you’re naturally fairly dark, I’d choose the Latte Light shade, to

be on the safe side), but also for evening out imperfections like

broken veins and other discolourations. It’s lightly shimmering

(hence the ‘blur’ effect), and can also be used on faces – so

a good one to pack for going away (is anyone going away?).

Perhaps my favourite leg tint of all, though, is This Works

Perfect Legs Skin Miracle, £38 for 120ml, a rich serum with a

wonderful aromatherapeutic scent (from essential oils including

frankincense), which is deeply moisturising and very, very

flattering when its natural, caramel-powered formula is smoothed

into skin. (Not just legs, either – it’s good for the whole body.)

For a longer-lasting golden glow, I always recommend

gradual tanners as the safest option; nobody needs a fake

tan ‘surprise’. So I’d also put in a good word for some longstanding

favourite gradual tanners. One is the gradual tanning

version of the aforementioned product, This Works Perfect

Legs Gradual Tan, £38 for 150ml, which delivers truly

streak-free results. Secondly, I like ESPA Gradual Tan Body

Moisturiser, £37 for 200ml, which has a delicious ‘slippy’,

properly moisturising texture and is really easy – in fact, I’d say

utterly foolproof – to apply. Not a hint of hamster cage scent,

either, in my experience. What I do is apply on two consecutive

nights and then perhaps every third night, and the colour

is unbelievably natural. My other absolute favourite gradual

tanner is Eco by Sonya Winter Skin, £41.40 for 200ml (not

that easy to find, but I get mine from gloworganic.co.uk).

It’s a multi-award-winning product and although it’s

inexplicably called ‘Winter Skin’, it’s summer-perfect for

a subtle, buildable, golden, can’t-tell-it-from-real look.

Assemble an arsenal of these, then, and whatever

summer throws at us – heatwaves, flash floods and

anything in between – we can be good to glow.

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Sarah Maxwell takes the plunge and

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Something which has caught

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attention and there is a good reason

for it. Over the last year of lockdowns

I have had many friends telling me

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swimming. I have closed my ears

many times because I have to admit

that I have an aversion to cold water!

I have been known to take 30

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pool (inch by inch) and getting into

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every opportunity to give it a try.

However, after a lot of research about

the amazing benefits to be had I’m

going to give it a go. Starting my

practice by turning the shower to

cold on occasion to at least start to

gain some benefits and acclimatise.

Swimming in cold water reaps

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Cold water therapy has been used

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But just why is wild swimming

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• It has a positive effect with post

exercise recovery and muscle soreness

(I always encourage my athletes to

have a cold bath or shower after

training). I so know that after they all

see this I’m going to have to as well!

• It reduces body pain and

inflammation, improves circulation

and boosts your immune system

and burns more calories!

• Immersing yourself in cold water

and reconnecting with nature is widely

known to benefit our mental health,

reducing anxiety, stress and depression.

• It increases energy levels, improves

your state of mind and releases

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So, combining the therapeutic effects of

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This is a lovely quote about wild

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In a year when the world has become

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Nutrition & Lifestyle

Coach Charlotte Lau

explains the benefits of

eating seasonal whole foods

The more we learn about nutrition, the more it seems

we should take a leaf from our ancestors and base

our food choices around foods that could be either

hunted, such as meat and fish or gathered, such as fruits,

plants, eggs, nuts, herbs and spices. It is estimated that 70%

of the calories that make up a typical western diet come from

foods that weren’t available to those living thousands of years

ago. (Think refined cereals, sugars, and vegetable oils.)

Recent research suggests eating mostly ‘whole foods’

– those that are as close to their natural form as possible

and have just one ingredient – is key to optimum health.

A healthy and sustainable diet is one that is abundantly

filled with flavourful and nourishing whole foods.

Wellbeing

Give it a go...

read the ingredients list

We may all glance at the traffic light system

on food labels to see if there are more greens

than reds, but do you ever look at the actual

ingredients that are in the food itself? Packaged

food often comes with a long list of ingredients

that you can hardly recognise, let along

pronounce and usually contain hundreds of

different names for what is ultimately, sugar.

With whole foods such as fish, meat, fruit and

vegetables, you are basically eating what you see!

As a general rule, if you choose foods that have

fewer than 5 ingredients, you will be reducing

your consumption of highly refined carbohydrates

and oils. Focus on simple ingredients and add

colour and variety to your meals. Choose a fruit

or vegetable that you’ve never cooked with before,

add flavour with herbs and spices and fill your

plate with combinations of delicious whole foods.

Learn to... adapt with the seasons

Our convenience-driven modern food network includes

imported foods flown across the world and we can obtain

most of what we want anytime we desire it; strawberries

in winter, asparagus in autumn, and apples almost all year

round. It’s easy to think that seasons don’t matter.

Eating seasonally encourages diversity (brilliant for

your gut health), provides greater flavour and improved

nutrient density and often comes at a lower cost as

well as being more environmentally friendly.

July is bursting with colour, flavour and variety so

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and enjoy the seasonal delights summer has on offer.

Aubergines, basil, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, carrots,

chillies, cherries, courgettes, elderflower, french beans,

gooseberries, mint, new potatoes, peas, rosemary, spring

onions, strawberries and tomatoes, to name a few!

Some of my favourite summer memories are walking

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my children, carefully choosing the ripest ones…

and maybe sampling some along the way!

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Step away from...

heavily processed foods

We are surrounded by convenience… food delivered

to our door, microwaveable meals, and having access

to whatever food we want, at any time of the year and

all at the touch of a button! Add to this eye-catching

offers, ‘buy one get one free’ distractions and carefully

placed confectionery shelves to lure us, it’s no wonder

that making meals from scratch can seem like a huge

effort. However, the difference between home cooking

and buying highly-processed foods on our health

and wellness can be huge. Commercial ready meals

often deliver more calorie dense foods but with lower

nutrient density. Instead, try something new by filling

your basket with colour and diversity and build a

bank of tasty, easy recipes to keep you focused in the

supermarket. Creating a more positive mindset and

allowing yourself to add things in, rather than taking

them out, can often lead to eating more nutrient dense

meals which automatically suppress cravings, feelings

of deprivation and ultimately lead to a healthier diet.

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Pure

Food

& simple

Recipes: Charlotte Butterworth

Photographs: David Merewether

Table settings: SET

Keen to entertain, but dreading the prep and clean up? Then look

no further than Charlotte Butterworth’s (aka @theneedy.greedy)

delicious, easy and healthy recipes that you can whip up super

speedily. These four seasonal dishes can all be made in advance

giving you plenty of quality (and calm) time to enjoy with friends

and family rather than being in the kitchen. All the dishes were

presented using table settings from brand new hire company,

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Hazelnut meringue gateau

with strawberry Chantilly cream & berries

Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 50 mins, plus cooling time Serves 6-10

This glorious nutty gateau is perfect

for entertaining as it can be made a

couple of days in advance, and simply

assembled before serving. It is not a

pavlova, so do not expect a crunchy

meringue, but something more chewy.

If you’ve never tried hazelnuts in

meringues, then you have missed a taste

sensation. Make the meringue well in

advance to allow to cook and cool.

• 3 egg whites

• 150g golden caster sugar

• 100g blanched/toasted hazelnuts

(whizzed in a food processor

until finely ground)

• 1tsp white wine vinegar

• 150ml double cream

whipped until thick

• 5-6 large strawberries (I used frozen ones,

and defrosted them) – whizzed to a purée

• 1-2 tsp icing sugar

• berries to decorate

1 Preheat oven to 170˚C. Line a

20cm spring form cake tin with

foil, and lightly oil the foil with a

flavourless oil such as groundnut.

2 Whisk the egg whites until stiff

peaks form, then whisk the sugar in,

one spoon at a time. Finally, gently

fold in the nuts and vinegar.

3 Pop into the cake tin, even the top

and put in the preheated oven. After

50 mins, turn the oven off and allow

to cool in the oven. When completely

cold, remove from the oven and gently

peel away the foil. You can keep it

in the tin overnight if needed.

4 Add the strawberry purée and icing

sugar to the whipped cream. Taste – it

may need a little more icing sugar.

5 When ready to serve, place the gateau

on a plate and spread the cream over

the top. Decorate, using the fruit. You

can also add a few mint leaves.

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Butternut squash

with roasted

Mediterranean

vegetables &

goats’ cheese

Prep time: 15-30 mins

Cooking time: 60 mins

Serves 4

This is a stunning vegetarian

main course that can be

made in advance and sat in

the fridge ready to go in the

oven. You can even roast

the squash and veg a couple

of days before your guests

arrive, so it’s a great getahead

dish. It’s very versatile

– play around with whatever

Mediterranean vegetables

you choose, or substitute the

goats’ cheese for blue cheese.

For the squash layer:

• 1 butternut squash –

sliced into half moons,

about 1-2cm thick (you

can buy 350g ready sliced

which saves on prep time)

• coriander seeds (bashed)

• chilli flakes (optional)

• olive oil, sea salt

and pepper

For the Mediterranean

veg layer:

• 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed

• olive oil

• 1 red onion, sliced

into thin wedges

• 1 each of courgette,

aubergine, pepper – cut

into 2cm pieces

• 200g cherry

tomatoes, halved

For the topping:

• 100g soft creamy goats’

cheese, crumbled

into chunks

• 2 tbsp breadcrumbs

• 2 tbsp grated Parmesan

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signs of life but not many.

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bees) were two remaining fritillary seed

heads awash with seeds which looked

as if they would be dropping to the

ground in the next gust of wind. So

as a delaying tactic to sitting typing

indoors on a glorious day, I’ve retrieved

them and sown them in a pot of gritty

seed mix for her and they’re now safely

tucked in a shady corner where they’ll

stay until next year (they need a period

of ‘stratification’ so a cold winter should

do the trick). The reason for all this

haste was that these seeds should ideally

be sown as soon as they are ripe, as older

seeds develop germination inhibitors.

Fritillary seeds are dispersed by the wind

and land on the soil surface so the idea

is to emulate this by surface sowing.

It is so interesting to see the myriad

methods of seed dispersal that plants

have in their arsenal and to know

different methods of collection too. I

was trying to find out when to collect

seeds of sweet rocket which pop up all

over the garden in June but failed as

most of the seed had dispersed before

I got to them. Hesperus matronalis or

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White bush vetch

Silene dioica

Salsify

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So what seeds to collect in late

summer? I think that red campions

would be one thing. They are so

evocative of our childhood memories

of the countryside. Campions (Silene

dioica) provide food for butterflies,

moths and bees and can be found in

all manner of habitats but sadly there

are fewer these days. Let’s hope that

campaigns to delay the early cutting of

verges gains strength so that plants like

these have a chance to set seed before

having their heads chopped off. If you

are lucky enough to find a plant which

has developed its papery seeds, snip

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into an envelope or brown paper bag

(never a plastic bag) and store them

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Lychnis coronaria (below) is the

perfect plant for a start up gardener.

The idea here is to let the plant

throw its own seeds around and

then move the seedlings to where

you want them – or just leave them

where they have found themselves.

Hesperus matronalis or sweet rocket

I remember being in a well known

local garden a few years ago when I saw

a senior member of the then current

Conservative government tuck a seed or

two into his top pocket. His wife asked

him what he had and he said, ‘rabbit

droppings, just rabbit droppings!’. That

was in the days when we recognised

the members of the Government. I

wonder if he got his to grow…

And then there are the ‘shakers’ –

flowers like annual poppies whose

flowers turn into pepper pot seed heads.

These are fun to collect as once the holes

in the top begin to open, all you need

to do is turn them upside down and

shake the tiny little seeds into a paper

bag or direct sow them in autumn or the

following spring. If you sow between the

end of August right through to October

you are more likely to have flowers in

the first season. I love the little pink

poppy known colloquially as Beth’s

Poppy which has an extraordinarily long

name (*Papaver dubium subsp. lecoqii

var. ‘Albiflorum’) for such a small thing

but makes such a statement as it weaves

through the borders. And little treasures

like ‘Love in a Mist’ too are marvellous

for spreading around a cottage garden

with a shake of their dried seed heads.

Just a thought after a night of thunder

and heavy rain; collect your seeds once

the seed heads have turned brown and

are bone dry. And if there is a heavy dew,

avoid collecting until everything has

thoroughly dried out. Any dampness in

seeds when you subsequently store them

will just result in them going into a bit

of a mush and becoming non-viable.

Keep them somewhere dry and not too

warm until you want to use them and

label, label, label. Basic information

but we all at some time fail in that.

Finally, we’ve spotted a treasure on

our daily dog walk – just one vetch with

soft grey leaves and large white flowers.

It’s a lovely thing, safely tucked away in

long grass, so if you see a short bamboo

cane where you least expect it, perhaps

you could leave it where you find it.

Hopefully, the vetch will set seed and we

can collect a few to sow for next season.

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plants. Most vegetables are annuals and have to be

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animals and birds will eat them and then distribute the

indigestible seeds away from the parent plant (in a ready

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fences and walls. Blueberries are probably best grown in

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basket. Know what conditions they need though. Peaches and

apricots need to be grown in the shelter of a warm, sunny

wall, but raspberries will grow quite happily in semi-shade.

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Raspberries like moist,

fertile, slightly acidic soils,

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and crop prolifically too

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scrumptious and if not protected it will be snaffled away

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to strawberries – and left unprotected, they and the rats,

mice, squirrels and birds will think that you’ve laid a

picnic out especially for them. Choose netting for the

cage that will stop them getting in, but a gauge (hole

size) that will still allow bees in to do the vital job of

pollination. Fruit will not form unless it is pollinated.

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Apples and pears – Choose an apple or pear to suit the

space you have available. It is a good idea to get them on

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you can reach the fruit when it’s ready to harvest. Apples

are not always self-fertile, so will need to have a pollinating

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Currants – These are very easy to grow, but also need

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future crops.”

wood – growth from the previous year. After fruiting the old

canes (stems) are cut out at the base and the strongest of the

new will then need to be tied onto supports to provide fruit

for the following year. Autumn fruiting varieties are cut back

to the ground in late winter, but will produce their fruit on

new wood in the late summer and autumn of the same year.

Blueberries – need to be grown in acidic soil, but

thrive in containers too, providing you grow them

in ericaceous compost. Blueberries make attractive

ornamental shrubs and have pretty, scented blossom

in the spring, followed by small round dark blue-black

fruits and lovely autumn colour on the leaves. They may

need protection from birds while they are fruiting.

Strawberries – can be grown in containers, or directly into the

ground. To prevent the ripening fruit from becoming damaged

by mud and wet, growers used to lay a mulch of straw under

the plants (perhaps they were called mud berries before this?).

Strawberry plants are productive for about three years; after

this they should be replaced, but replacement is easy, as the

mature plants produce new plants on runners which can

be potted up and grown on to provide future crops. These

luscious fruits definitely need netting from hungry animals.

Rhubarb – we can only eat the stalks of rhubarb, as the

leaves, in particular, contain toxic oxalic acid. Rhubarb

likes rich, moisture retentive soil, so mulch regularly, but be

careful not to cover the crowns, as they can be prone to rot.

Young plants need a couple of years to establish before any

can be picked – this is to allow the crown to become strong

and vigorous, so that it will be able to withstand years of

cropping. Stems are harvested in spring, when the growth

is new. The most tender rhubarb stalks come from those

placed under rhubarb forcers (or long upturned flowerpots).

Figs – will become enormous when grown in the open

ground, and will need pruning and training. A fig tree

can also be stuffed in a pot and they don’t seem to mind

(and we can’t hear them if they do) if their roots are

constricted. Feed regularly with a high potash fertiliser.

At the end of the season remove any unripened fruit, as it

will not ripen over winter in our climate. Leave the tiny

pea-sized fruits for an earlier crop next year. Figs are a little

tender, so can be protected with fleece in a hard winter.

For details of Jo’s gardening courses

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of roses from

mid-June on;

gorgeous

herbaceous

borders and

perfumed lilies in

July and August;

then late

summer colour

(dahlias etc.)


KITCHEN

GARDEN WEEK

13th July every day to

18th July

Talks with our Kitchen

Gardener; menu in the café

celebrating produce from

the garden

Gardens, Café with Terrace, Gift Shop, Sculpture

Pre-booking required during some events; booking opens 14 days

beforehand (on other open days tickets sold on the gate on the day)

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Sun, 8 th August &

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Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SG

• Refreshments

• Signposted

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Sunday 23rd May | 11am-3pm

Summer Plant Fair, Myddelton House Gardens

Lee Valley Regional Pk, Eneld. EN2 9HG

Sunday 6th June | 12am-5pm

Summer Plant Fair, Sussex Prairie Garden

Wheatsheaf Rd, Heneld, W.Sussex. BN5 9AT

Sunday 22nd August | 11am-4pm

Late Summer Plant Fair, Hole Park Garden

Rolvenden, Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 4JA

Sunday 12th September | 10am-3pm

Autumn Plant Fair, Borde Hill

Haywards Heath, W. Sussex. RH16 1XP

Sunday 19th September | 10am-5pm

NEW! Autumn Plant Fair, Arundel Castle

Arundel, W.Sussex. BN18 9AB

To help create safe and enjoyable events, many venues

will require you to book timed tickets in advance.

Check websites for details.

www.plant-fairs.co.uk

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The House is open for Self-Guided Tours

From Thursday 1 st July, the House is open for Self-Guided Tours on

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 1.30 pm - 4 pm. Garden

entry is included in your house tour ticket, so you can enjoy the

gardens before or after your tour. Pre-book tickets online.

Meet the Head Gardener - Tuesday 6 th July, 1-3pm

Join our Head Gardener, Graeme, for a walking tour around our

beautiful gardens to see some of the many species of plants and

trees we have at Belmont. £10.00pp, booking required.

Natural First Aid Workshop - Wed 14 th July, 10am-2pm

During this workshop, you will be able to gather some of the herbs

we have growing in the gardens at Belmont. These will then be

used to make a versatile antiseptic tincture and healing ointment

for you to add to your own first aid kit. £45.00pp, booking

required.

Specialist Clock Tour - Saturday 28 th August, 1.30pm

On the last Saturday of each month, Jonathan Betts, an expert

in Horology and formerly of the National Maritime Museum,

Greenwich, conducts a specialist tour around the clocks of

Belmont House. £20.00pp, booking required.

belmont-house.org • 01795 890 228 • events@belmont-house.org

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What’s On in July

gardens

Sat 3 July 11am-5pm

Brede, near Rye, East Sussex

Brede Open Gardens and

Orchards

Enjoy seven open gardens including

two orchards and a picnic area,

all within short walking distance.

Wonder at the amazing views of the

Brede Valley and support Autistica

and MS Society. Tickets can be

bought on the day from Shearfold,

Stubb Lane, Brede TN31 6EH

Entry: £5, under 16s free.

Mon 5 – Sun 11 July

Hampton Court Palace

RHS Hampton Court

Palace Garden Festival

Award-winning designer Tom Stuart-

Smith, no-dig champions Charles

Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty

and former RHS Young Designer

Will Williams will be amongst

those designing inspirational

gardens, whilst Mary Berry, Hugh

Fearnley-Whittingstall and Chris

Packham will be providing expert

tips, advice and insights. The RHS

Flower Market will also have an

array of bouquets and everything

you need to create your own.

Alongside the beautiful displays,

visitors will also find plenty of

plants, tools, sundries and accessories

for all gardens, big or small.

rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt

LITERARY & music

July – September

Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle

Literary Festival

Book lovers can hear from leading

authors in a spectacular line

up including Sebastian Faulks,

Amanda Owen, Hugo Vickers,

and many more. The talks will

take place in the castle’s Orangery;

a stunning loggia set amidst

sprawling lawns, pretty gardens

and woodland, with drinks and

refreshments, al fresco picnicking in

the grounds and a chance to meet

the authors during book signings.

Tickets will be limited to meet

social distancing requirements.

chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Thurs 8 – Sun 18 July

Across Romney Marsh

JAM ON THE MARSH

Experience live music, openair

theatre, a sculpture trail and

exhibitions across Romney Marsh

by world-famous artists including

Michael Collins, Lesley Garrett

and James Gilchrist. Enjoy Saint-

Saens’ Carnival of the Animals

played by 4-hands on 1 piano,

Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet,

Messiaen’s Quartet of the End of

Time and royal composer Paul

Mealor conducting Now Sleeps

the Crimson Petal as sung at

HRH Prince William’s wedding,

plus stunning free exhibitions.

jamconcert.org

Sport & wellbeing

Fri 9 – Sun 11 July

Throughout Kent & Sussex

HOSPICES OF HOPE’S

STATELY CYCLE RIDE

A live event for aspiring cyclists

in beautiful Kent and Sussex

countryside with two stopovers at

Lamberhurst, Kent, and Lewes,

Sussex, finishing at Arundel,

Sussex. The route is around

100 miles and the pace will be

leisurely. It’s all in aid of Hospices

of Hope to fund their vital work

helping sick and terminally ill

people in South East Europe.

hospicesofhope.co.uk

Weds 28 July 6.30-9pm

Blooming Green, Linton,

Maidstone ME17 4AG

A Mindful Evening at

the Flower Plot

Learn and experience different

mindfulness practices in this

magical ambience with Yvonne

Fernando, NLP Master Practitioner

& Life Coach. With valuable

tips, a private flower-picking

session, refreshments and cake.

Entry: £45

01233 878474 /

yvonnefernandonlp.co.uk

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Slow,

Grow, Eat

Hairdresser-turned-shepherdess, Zoë Colville

farms nearly 100 acres of land near Maidstone

with her partner, Chris Woodhead. With prime

focus on their animals’ wellbeing, together they

rear cows, sheep, goats and pigs, eventually selling

their meat through The Little Farm Fridge. This

month, Zoë tells us about wool and its many uses

Sheep get sheared once or sometimes twice a year

depending on their breed. As discussed in last month’s

catch up, it costs us around £1.50 per head to shear

which takes their fleece off, hopefully in one piece. The wool

is most likely then cashed in to a wool merchant or British

Wool. The past few years the price has been incredibly low,

one large scale farmer received a cheque for under £20 for their

entire flock. This is an issue I feel incredibly strongly about

because fleece and fibre could solve lots of our environmental

problems that seem to be snowballing. Synthetic materials and

plastics are rife – fast fashion, hospitality, interiors, everywhere.

I won’t go down that route or we shall be here all day!

Anyway, wool has some really handy properties:

Natural fleece is fire resistant unlike most synthetic materials.

It is also biodegradable within roughly six months. It can

absorb 40% of its own weight in moisture without feeling wet.

Wool can absorb certain toxins out the air e.g. formaldehyde.

You are probably wondering why it’s not being used more

commonly, I think the answer is how long it takes to process. I

once had a fad where I thought I was going to make yarn out

of our fleeces because my grandma had given me a spinning

wheel. I managed to wash a few fleeces, which takes two days

in itself, then dry it in the sun and ‘card it’. Carding is to brush

the strands so they are all facing the same direction, which

again takes a huge amount of time. That’s before you even get

the spinning wheel out, safe to say I handed my clean fleeces

to a local crafter and gave up on that pipedream... for now.

Our shipping packaging for The Little Farm Fridge is made

from sheep fleece and I think insulation is one of its brilliant

properties that will be explored in the coming years as we

become more aware of the damage to the environment caused

by plastics. When people order from us they can then reuse

the wool liners around the home, in flower beds to protect

plants against frost, for the local birds to use for their nests and

also for various crafting projects. One of our customers even

insulated the little shed they keep their rabbits in to protect

against the cold! If crafting is something you are into then

we are always interested in learning of new ways our fleece

can be put to good use and keeping it local is even better.

The Little Farm Fridge Recipe of the month

How to cook it... Lamb Koftas

• Serves 4. You will need 8 bamboo skewers for the BBQ

• 500g Little Farm Fridge

lamb mince

• 2tsp ground coriander

• 2tsp ground cumin

• 1tsp ground cinnamon

• 1½ tsp rocksalt

• ½ tsp black pepper

• chopped fresh coriander

• chopped fresh mint

• 2 crushed cloves of garlic

• 30g panko breadcrumbs

(For GF don’t add these but will be

drier and more crumbly)

1Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well.

Split into 8 pieces and roll into sausage shapes.

2If barbecuing: soak your bamboo skewers in water

before cooking to help stop them burning. Thread

the ‘sausages’ onto the skewers. Cook for around 6 mins,

rotating throughout. If cooking on the hob in a frying

pan: add a drizzle of oil. They will take around 5 mins

– continue turning to make sure brown all over.

3We serve with a fresh salad with plenty of lemon, flatbreads

and a homemade tzatziki which is natural yoghurt,

cucumber, fresh mint and garlic (plus plenty of lemon juice!).

Follow Zoe on Instagram @thechiefshepherdess

and @thelittlefarmfridge. You can order

meat online at thelittlefarmfridge.co.uk


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