Horsham Living Aug - Sep 2021

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The August/September issue is here, bringing together the best of high summer and early autumn. We are shining shoes in preparation for a new school year and feasting on delights for afternoon tea week. We’ve also got two fantastic interviews with chef Mitch Tonks and gardener Adam Frost. Don’t miss our competition page either - with over £1400 of goodies to be won!

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Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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Delicious

A Culinary Journey through

Northern Ireland

dishes for afternoon tea

Our competition

page returns

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Isn’t it funny how quickly we can go

from loving the hot weather to doing

a rain dance - is there anything more

British? Day one sees us calling

every available neighbour into the

garden for a BBQ, making sangria

and filling up the paddling pool...but

by day three we are complaining

about not sleeping in the heat,

getting sunburnt and worrying about

the grass dying under said pool. At

least the garden is looking pretty

happy though...

Happy gardens are a theme as this

edition we were very happy to chat

to Chelsea seven-time gold medal

winner Adam Frost about getting the

garden ready for autumn. Then we

are beginning to turn our attention

to the indoors and this edition that

means bringing together some easy

ideas to give your home that little lift

- you only need to make some small

changes to give a space a refresh.

On the foodie side, we are talking to

chef Mitch Tonks - he’s a passionate

advocate of British seafood and has

lots of exciting plans afoot. We are

also feeling a little indulgent with

some delicious recipes for another

British classic - the afternoon tea.

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Editor Katie Thomson

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Easy interior updates

for a quick refresh

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

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On the later life side, we are taking

stock, and showing that retirement

planning is important no matter

your age. We go through the major

pointers to help you get your

financial ducks in a row.

Finally, we have the amazing

competitions - last edition we had

an unfortunate misprint on the

closing date, so we’ve extended the

previous edition by another month,

alongside bringing you a host of

amazing new goodies to be won this

time around!

All that’s left is to wish you a fabulous

summer of fun and to say we’ll be

back in October - brace yourself, we

may just be mentioning...Christm...

no I can’t, not yet. But be prepared,

it’s coming! See you then!

Katie

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Learning through play

Katie Paynter - discusses

the value of play in the

development of children

Nothing is as natural as a child at play. It is a

cherished part of childhood. It is important

to recognise that it is difficult to give a single

definition of play. It can be defined as ‘what

children and young people do when they

follow their own ideas and interests, in their

own way, and for their own reasons.’ Play

has also frequently been described as ‘what

children and young people do when they are

not being told what to do by adults’.

Regardless of definition, the importance

of play cannot be underestimated. It is

undeniably instrumental in children’s learning

and development and is particularly integral

in a child’s early years, given it indubitably

supports their foundational social, emotional

and cognitive growth.

Anyone spending any time with young

children will understand that providing them

with opportunities for play provides so much

more than a few minutes or hours of ‘fun’.

Many instrumental skills are developed. It

develops communication and language skills

and vocabulary, an understanding of emotion

and empathy, social skills and creativity. It

also supports and strengthens co-operation,

collaboration, sharing and problem solving.

Children will observe those around them

and mimic language and behaviour. It

teaches self-expression, nurtures a sense of

imagination and simultaneously gives children

a feeling of adventure.

Dramatic play is absolutely essential to a

child’s social and emotional development and

can enhance their physical development too.

It is also very closely connected to intellectual

development. This is when children make

sense of the world in which they live by

acting out situations before they experience

them and by mimicking what they witness

around them. Most children are innately

imaginative and will happily chat away to

someone on their toy telephone or pretend

to travel to hospital in an ambulance made

from a cardboard box! This creativity must be

actively fostered!

Encouraging young children to embrace

physically active play is extremely beneficial

and necessary for their development. It

helps them to learn about the ever-changing

environment and gives them the opportunity

to use their whole body and develop their

gross motor skills. It can meet their multisensory

needs and will promote significant

health and well-being benefits. Whether it

is messy play, creative or role play, it is an

essential part of learning.

Play provides a platform through which

children are not only able to learn about the

world around them through interacting with it,

but it also gives them the opportunity to learn

about themselves. As play is fun, children’s

focus tends to be over a sustained period. In

turn, this helps children to develop the ability

to concentrate. It is important as parents not

to push your child too hard. Children develop

in their own ways and in their own time and,

rest assured, their levels of focus will steadily

augment.

It is imperative that children are given the

time ‘to be children’ and being able to play

is essential, if the aforementioned physical,

social, emotional and cognitive skills are to be

securely embedded.

Katie Paynter, head of pre-prep and EYFS at

Lochinver House School and IAPS pre-prep

and EY adviser

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Should we be teaching children HOW

to think not WHAT to think?

Arguably, one of the problems with school today, is it hasn’t changed that much

since we were kids...

In the last 50 years, the way that we work, play and socialise

has radically changed beyond recognition; but in many ways

our schools have not. Many believe schools have not undergone

such transformation. Why? - when there have been such

advances in digital technology, the explosion of kitchen table

enterprise, the dominance of social media and the opportunities

and challenges faced by school leavers are so vastly different

to those we faced at a similar age. Has remote learning and the

increase in mental health issues amongst young people finally

flagged that it is time for a radical change in education?

Hayley Peacock, Founder and Head Teacher of the UK’s first

‘Future School’, Atelier 21, believes that the problem with

education today is that it has not progressed from the didactic

style of teaching, where children are ‘spoon fed’ how to solve

problems both in their learning and in the real world. She says:

“The problem with the current National Curriculum, is that

despite some revisions children in UK schools are largely doing

and learning the same things as we were on the day it was

written in 1989! How has the world moved on so far but this has

not? This provides little opportunity for children to explore their

own interests, develop their independence and most importantly

expand their minds.”

So is the key to increasing children’s intelligence and motivation

for learning more about learning independent and confident in

learning for themselves?

Professor Guy Claxton, cognitive Scientist, Author and Founder

of ‘The Learning Power’ approach has discovered it is possible

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for children to become smarter, genes do not fix intelligence at a

certain level. In effect children can be taught the art of learning.

This is because children who are more confident in their abilities

and resilient are less likely to be thrown by difficult exam

questions and will stay engaged in their learning.

Atelier 21 Future School offers a revolutionary response to

education that its founder, Hayley Peacock, believes needs

taking apart and putting back together in a better, more learnercentred

way. “In my opinion, the pressurised, ‘test driven’

culture to pass exams, needs to be replaced with a totally

unique, personal responsibility model that encourages children

to develop a rigorous attitude towards mastering academics

and developing skills and attitudes over time. At Atelier 21 we

set young people up to be connected to the world and motivate

them to love learning new things. We have re-imagined the

school day with timetabled academic workshops and projectbased

learning in the mornings and kept the afternoons free for

self-directed studies. Every week our whole community takes

part in ‘Wild Friday’ when the whole school goes out for outdoor

learning and exploration. Children learn how to take risks and

challenge themselves to learn new things.

“There is a strong focus on supporting the children’s wellbeing

through teaching mindfulness and yoga, and individual

expression is encouraged. Despite there being no compromise

in academic rigour or ambition for every child to achieve, every

day is optional school uniform and the teachers are known by

their first names, as the school believes in reforming some oldfashioned

traditions which they say no longer aid learning.”

‘Can we come to school on

weekends and please can the

holidays be shorter?’ Child

‘This school is legendary for

putting our children’s health

and well-being first’ Parent

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school summer camps Why send your child to one?

I think that we would all agree that children have had a very

disruptive year and more likely one that has been somewhat

unsettling.

So to encourage children to enjoy themselves and catch up with

lost time a visit to a summer camp could be an ideal solution.

With a summer holiday abroad on hold for many, summer holiday

clubs are the perfect solution to ensure your child enjoys a time

away to remember!

You can choose a club as your child’s summer staycation. There

are many camps across the country which offer an exciting range

of activities.

The main purpose of many camps is educational, athletic, and

cultural development. A summer camp environment will allow

children to learn new skills in a safe and nurturing environment.

Summer camp experience can have a lasting psychological and

beneficial impact on the development of a child.

It’s also a great chance to make new friends and discover

their potential, which has been put on hold with the number of

shutdowns they have experienced.

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You want your daughter to achieve

academically but you want her to be intelligent

in other ways too – to be confident socially,

to have a strong moral compass, to shape the

world around her, to believe in herself.

At St Catherine’s we support your daughter

in building the intellect and character that

will help her develop as a bright, confident,

compassionate and vibrant individual. At the

heart of this is developing her sense of selfbelief,

that she can achieve whatever she is

driven to do in life.

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Choosing the right Sixth Form is quite a challenge but a

very exciting prospect nonetheless...

Start with the subjects that you are

looking forward to studying in-depth

and do your research on the teaching

curriculum to make sure it offers

everything you want. At St Catherine’s,

you can choose from almost 30 A level

subjects – from Physics to Fine Art, from

History to Computer Science. Check

class sizes too – at St Catherine’s the

class sizes are purposely small. With a

group of seven on average, you’ll enjoy a

far closer relationship with your teacher

and your classmates than you have

before, experiencing the camaraderie

that comes from spending time with likeminded

people.

The sixth form at St Catherine’s is

distinctive. Whilst very much part of the

School as a whole with all of the facilities

on offer, it is also set apart. You’ll have

your very own library – a dedicated

private study space. The brand new

sixth form boarding facilities, The 6

opened in March this year and is a brand

new building offering modern, vibrant

boarding accommodation and a huge

Common Room, a place for day girls and

boarders to relax and recharge during

the school day. There really is no better

reward after a lax match or tough study

session than tea or hot chocolate and

toast, sitting on a comfy sofa chatting

with your friends!

At 16, we recognise that you are mature

and independent, and we respect that.

The Sixth Form offers you a transition

to University life. You will be guided

and encouraged in your studies but

free to schedule your work and pursue

your interests, whether they are Sport,

Music, Drama or Art. You will have the

support of your teachers and a dedicated

Sixth Form Tutor, careers and UCAS

support but also an increasing amount of

autonomy and responsibility.

Uniquely in the U6 at St Catherine’s,

every girl is given a leadership position.

We expect you to take on the challenge

and you will have a significant impact

in the school community. You may be

a Subject Mentor, helping younger girls

grasp their Chemistry homework; or a

Charities Prefect leading fundraising for

The Sixth Form’s nominated causes;

a Music Prefect leading concerts and

ensembles; or a Head Boarder supporting

the global community.

St Catherine’s is a community, not an

8.30am-4.00pm School. Our boarding

community of over 130 girls means that

St Cat’s is always ‘open’. You might want

to try boarding for the first time. You

could make use of the gym or pool in the

morning or the Art Block in the evening,

cut down on your travel time and focus

on your studies. It is a great stepping

stone to University life and at the heart

of the School, our new building, The 6,

resembles a very small Hall of Residence.

Whether a boarder or a day girl, you

will make friends for life and leave St

Cat’s with links across the world. The L6

camping trip before the year starts is a

great way to build friendships and by the

end of the L6, you’ll be independently

creating a Sixth Form musical to perform

to the whole School, working together

and making lifelong memories.

The Sixth Form at St Catherine’s is

characterised by energy, hard work,

laughter and fun. Before you know it,

two years will have flown by and you’ll

be heading to university or into a career

of your choice. You’ll also benefit from a

very strong alumnae and parent network

– The Association – ready and able to

welcome you to university and support

you in your career.

If you think St Cat’s might be right for

you, find out more here:

https://www.stcatherines.info/seniorschool/sixth-form/sixth-form

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Preparing Sixth

Formers for life

beyond school

Hurst College explains to Horsham Living magazine

why it is important to encourage Sixth Formers to

step outside their comfort zones from day one...

The Sixth Form at Hurst College is

focused on preparing students for the

next step after school. The last two years

of a student’s educational journey are key

to providing a plethora of opportunities

and experiences to complete their

passage of self-discovery. By the time

they complete their A-levels, they will

have developed a keen sense of self and

have made the right decision about their

true purpose in life.

The journey begins with Sixth Formers

stepping outside their comfort zones

from day one when they are taken off-site

for adventure training. They take part

in a whole host of challenging activities

where they swiftly need to form working

relationships to succeed as part of a

team. By the end of the day, they have

truly bonded as a year group.

The fun continues with a Lower Sixth

dinner and quiz, swiftly followed by

the first Mystery Bus Tour of the year.

Students sign up for a trip to an unknown

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taking a risk. They are rewarded with trips

to go-carting tracks, curling and glow-inthe-dark

mini-golf, amongst others.

The Lower Sixth year is a careful

balancing act, when students are

assisted and monitored by their tutors

to ensure they get it right. The priority is

for each student to complete their core

academic responsibilities to the best of

their ability and to make time for wider

intellectual enrichment as they engage

fully with what’s on offer beyond the

classroom.

When they enter the Upper Sixth

students move into St John’s, the co-ed

hall of residence, to begin the transition

to post-school life and start their journey

as undergraduates. The year kicks off

with an Icebreaker Disco and by the

end of the night, they have settled into

their new house and are ready for the

academic challenges that lie ahead.

Hurst prides itself on a unique system

of Upper Sixth academic tutoring. Each

student is allocated a subject specialist

depending on their desired post-school

path. They have access to, and support

from, someone who knows the specific

subject demands, who can help ensure

UCAS applications are the best they can

be. This is also the one teacher they will

have most contact with in and outside

normal lesson time. Upper Sixth Formers

often see their tutors daily, to discuss

subject-specific matter for A-levels and

are also encouraged to deepen and

widen their knowledge base beyond the

syllabus.

All students recognise membership of the

Hurst Sixth Form is a privilege. They are

given multiple opportunities within the

school week to make a wider contribution

to the wellbeing of their community and

the wider world. Many work towards the

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, with

its emphasis on leadership, community

service and personal development.

Others take command roles in the largest

school Combined Cadet Force in the

southern counties or lead the school’s

own community service programme.

The Lower Sixth Young Enterprise

Programme provides an opportunity for

students to create and run their own

business from scratch. They can also

contribute to the school’s student-run

magazine or lead the many intellectual

clubs and societies. Charitable action

is highly valued, with the student body

raising around £30,000 a year for worthy

causes, and Sixth Formers are expected

to take the lead.

The Sixth Form is a time when significant

decisions are made and Hurst is

unashamedly ambitious for all its

students. The priority is to ensure the

next step after school is perfectly suited

to individuals’ aspirations and aptitudes.

Sixth Form tutors are trained executive

life coaches, investing time and expertise

to draw out an individual’s values and

motivations. Most students choose to

apply for a place at a leading British

university, but the college also embraces

the alternatives, from professional

sport and the performing arts to

entrepreneurship and aid work.

Pastoral care is second to none, with a

huge focus on wellbeing. Should they

need to speak to someone, students

have easy access to their housemaster/

mistress, school counsellors and

student guardians. Sixth Formers play

an important role in school leadership,

with a varied assembly programme when

they are encouraged to discuss relevant

topics. The focus is to ensure that they

leave Hurst as happy, well-rounded

young adults, ready for the challenges

and excitement of life beyond school.

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RESPECT,

DIVERSITY AND

INCLUSION

A message from the Headmaster –

Mr Shaun Fenton

l @rgsheadmaster

On the last day of term, I thanked the students

for being so remarkable this year. I quoted

from the poem Invictis, ‘I am the master of my

own fate, I am the captain of my soul’. These

words embody the spirit of our students over

the last 18 months.

We are now starting to look forward to a more

normal year ahead. Our key theme will be focusing

on respect, diversity and inclusion. We will work with

our student leaders to ensure that all students at

RGS are included, respected and comfortable being

themselves.

We have held a number of student forums this

term, discussing with students attitudes amongst

their peers, wider society and online. This, coupled

with the recent national debate around several key

issues, is helping to set an agenda that will reaffirm

our commitment to creating a positive culture where

kindness and respect are integral in all that we do.

We will encourage students to challenge any

offensive or inappropriate language that they hear

around the school, or online. We will continue to

raise awareness with students about how they can

report any concerns about unacceptable behaviours

and reassure them that they will be listened to

and that action will be taken to ensure that the

high standards we value are being exhibited by all

students.

Much has been done already on this issue and

much will continue to be done to ensure that

our students live and learn in a safe and secure

environment free from harassment of any kind. We

aim to be a school where all views and opinions are

respected and where discrimination of any sort is

not tolerated.

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IT’S TIME TO

RECONNECT

A message from Reverend Phil Jackson

Being connected has become such an important part of

our lives. For many of us, one of the first questions we

might ask when we are finding out where we are going

on holiday is, ‘does it have Wi-Fi?!’ We really value the

opportunity to chat with friends, to update our status

and to post photos of where we are and what we are

doing. Much about this can be really good. Modern

technology through this pandemic has been such a

significant way of keeping in touch with loved ones and

making self-isolation manageable: we are so fortunate

to have these tools. However, sometimes we can

become so fixated on connecting with the virtual world,

that we can forget to connect with the people and the

places that are right in front of us.

As many of us start the long summer holiday, it seems

to me that it is an excellent opportunity to take some

time to disconnect, so that we can reconnect. Holidays

are fantastic opportunities to put away our technology

for a while and to focus on those people in our lives

who are often right next to us. To listen and to talk

and to share with them. It is also a really good time to

reconnect with the physical and spiritual world. To take

some time to watch a sunset (or sunrise…), to watch

the waves crashing on the beach, or to look at the

changing light over the mountains. Maybe to gaze at

the night sky peppered with stars or to sit quietly for

a while considering all this beauty and splendour and

giving thanks. It is the well-known poem Leisure by W

H Davies (look it up!) that captures it so well. ‘What is

this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and

stare.’ In that standing and staring we can do some of

that reconnecting with the world around us and open

ourselves up to more of what life has to offer us.

So, this summer, whatever else you end up doing,

can I encourage you to disconnect so that you can

reconnect… Have a great summer holiday!


ADVERTISING FEATURE

Wakefields Jewellers Reopens with

Luxury New Look

Showcasing a luxury new retail environment, Wakefields is home to an impressive

collection of fine jewellery and iconic watch brands, like Rolex and Tudor. The

luxury new showroom will allow them to provide their customers with a unique

retail experience and further elevate their services.

First established in 1911, Wakefields is

a fourth-generation, family jewellers that

has been nestled in the heart of Horsham

town for over 110 years. Having such an

impressive history behind the business

and considered a much-loved feature of

the town, it was important to them that

they respected their extensive heritage.

The overall design of the interior has been

massively inspired by Art Deco; an art

style that was incredibly popular during

the time Wakefields first moved into 11

West Street in the 1930’s. Every detail

combines contemporary design with

classic styling of the era, from the elegant

bronze work to the terrazzo flooring that

welcomes you in the foyer.

Following the refurbishment, the

store now boasts an expanded Rolex

showroom, a luxurious new bar area,

and multiple viewing rooms for bridal,

fine and bespoke jewellery design.

Every detail has been meticulously

considered when designing this new

space, the focus entirely on creating

an elegant yet relaxing environment

where customers can all receive the

same level of exceptional, personalised

service whether they’re commissioning a

bespoke piece of jewellery to be made,

or popping in to get a new watch battery

fitted.

Co-owners and siblings, Melanie

and Dominic Wakefield, have worked

closely with local businesses to make

the concept design a reality. Melanie

Wakefield said: “The past year has

been an incredibly challenging time

for everyone due to the pandemic

and we really wanted to support other

independent businesses like ourselves,

such as including interior lighting from

Sussex Lighting and shop-fitting by

Martin Leadbeater, to incorporate their

expertise in bringing our vision to life.

Both Dominic and I absolutely love

Horsham town and are very involved

within the local community, which is

also why we felt so strongly about

elevating Wakefields with this new look.

We wanted to create a really luxurious

new retail environment and shopping

experience that everyone would be

proud to have as a part of Horsham.”

Focusing further on everyone’s reactions

to the new look, Melanie continues:

“Dominic and I love the new store, the

feel is the best thing. I was concerned

that it would feel smaller because of all

the extra features we have added, but it

really doesn’t. It has a luxe look but the

feeling is still the same warm, friendly

welcome. The look on customers faces

when they turn around and see the

bar is great, and we’ve had so many

“wows”. It really makes the months of

work worthwhile. We have focused a

little more on incorporating our bespoke

design service and on-site workshop

into the new layout, it’s what we’ve

been doing for a long time, but not really

telling people that this is our forte, so

we’re really looking forward to creating

some wonderful new jewellery designs.”

If you haven’t had the chance to pop into

Wakefields and see the transformation

inside for yourself yet, you can visit

the store during opening hours. Their

team of expert consultants will be

more than happy to give you a tour of

the luxury new showroom, offer you

a complimentary drink to enjoy at the

sophisticated bar and assist you further

with any enquiries you may have.

Wakefields Jewellers, 11 West Street,

Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1PF

01403 264001

info@wakefieldsjewellers.co.uk

wakefieldsjewellers.co.uk

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Man of the sea

Mitch Tonks

Mitch Tonks

Image courtesy Steve Haywood

Sally Thomson was delighted to catch

up with chef and entrepreneur - Mitch

Tonks who she has known for over 25

years....

SALLY: HOW ARE YOU DOING?

Mitch: We are doing great! We are looking

forward to finally getting the restaurant

open. I think we are going to have a nice

bounce back, but what a strange time.

I’m one of the people that has benefited

and enjoyed it to be honest. Getting to my

age and not really taking any time off, I’ve

had lots of time to spend with the kids and

rethink things to make things better.

I’D LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR

BEAUTIFUL BOOK - THE DISHES LOOK

MOUTH-WATERING. MY FIRST QUESTION

HOWEVER, IS HOW HAVE YOU ADAPTED TO THE

LOCKDOWN?

I must say that the first 2 weeks were

scary; I didn’t really know what was going

to happen, I knew how much money was

in the bank and how long that would last.

I had some truly beautiful and humbling

experiences where my children took care

of me, cooked for me and said: “Dad, you

just concentrate on work and we are going

to look after you and cook for you.” My son

Ben is a chef and works in The Seahorse

and so does my daughter along with Ben’s

partner who is now the general manager.

FANTASTIC, WHAT A LOVELY FAMILY AFFAIR!

It is, and it was lovely being at home with

them. When we started to think about

survival, “I thought this is it we are going to

survive this” We had 274 staff and I thought

we are going to get through this and I’m

going to take care of every single one of

you and come out the other

side.

There was a lot to think about

and we really took care of

people. During the time we

thought about, “How can we

make this business better”

and we started pulling apart

everything that was wrong

and thought how can we

make it better? These are

things that we couldn’t do

when we were open, so we

did a whole lot of things like

shortened inventory, better

shift patterns, closed the

restaurant for an hour in the

afternoon, went down to a

4 day week in the winter,

all the kind of stuff that we

didn’t have the foresight to

do previously.

WHEN SOMEONE IS SO ENGROSSED IN

MANAGING A BUSINESS IT’S SOMETIMES

HARD, THIS MUST HAVE GIVEN YOU THE

OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A NEW VISION?

I think it was a bit of that, but I’m always

very outward looking with my business any

way but I think one of the challenges was

trying to get people to go along with it as

they would be like we’re too busy or that’s

not the way we do it. Everybody was great,

and I think I realised that we were a lot more

capable as I thought we were which was

great and hugely uplifting, so I thought right

I’m going to write a book.

We wrote the book in November after a

really good summer obviously we didn’t

know that we were going to be in lockdown

the first quarter. We were also working

hard on getting the planning permission for

our Salcombe restaurant which should be

ready next year. Then we started sending

out boxes to people like a seafood meal

for 2 and we suddenly built up to several

hundred boxes a week which was quite a

considerable amount.

What we did was open a fishmongers

in Brixham just before lockdown, so we

ran it from there sending out all these

boxes. I then started to reflect on my own

behaviour at home, how it had changed

and how I was buying my toilet roll, my

chemicals, my meat and things stuff that I

had never bought on mail order before and

subscriptions and I was really enjoying it.

KNOW YOU ARE EXTREMELY BUSY BUT WHAT

DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

I’m a sailor, a big reader so I love to read,

and I love to cook and entertain at my

house with the children. I’m a sailor so I

love to plan voyages I can’t wait to get on

the water, and we are sailing our boat up to

the West Coast of Scotland. I’m leaving in

3 weeks and we are going to try and live a

little bit up there and a little bit down here

and just take some valuable time.

LETS TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOK WHICH LOOKS

WONDERFUL. WHEN YOU DO YOUR RECIPES

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? DO YOU DRAW ON YOUR

EXPERIENCE OR DO YOU LIKE TO CREATE NEW

DISHES?

I think in this book I draw on my love of

seafood which is really nice and my own

experiences in the rock fish book there’s

quite a lot of new dishes things that I mainly

cook at home. What I really enjoyed about

this book is there’s no boundaries. This is

food that I love like Asian food Singapore

Chilli Crab (pictured top right) and Crispy

fried Chilli cuttlefish. It’s really great!

YOU HAVE SOME FABULOUS ACCOLADES BOTH

ON YOUR WEBSITE AND IN THE LATEST BOOK

To be honest it’s not one of the things I ever

think about but they are very humbling. I

think the thing I was most proud of was the

fact I was a council house boy and didn’t

really excel in education so when I got a

doctorate from Plymouth University, I was

very proud. I had to stand up and do a

speech in front of the students and I never

imagined that I would get to university and

receive an honorary doctorate and it was

my most personal proudest moment of

recognition.

THE ROCKFISH COOKBOOK BY MITCH TONKS

PUBLISHED BY JON CROFT EDITIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS TERRY

£18 AVAILABLE AT ROCKFISH RESTAURANTS AND

ONLINE AT THEROCKFISH.CO.UK

Rockfish Cookbook

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TIME

tea

FOR

With

Afternoon Tea Week taking

place from 9-15 August, plus the

MacMillan Coffee Morning on the

24 September, there’s never been

a better time to gather your nearest

and dearest, don your apron

and get baking! We’ve gathered

together the best recipes from

Clarence Court Eggs

CLASSIC TEATIME SCONES

You can’t go wrong with a freshly baked

scone. Simple to master and can be

whipped up in a matter of minutes!

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 12-15 MINUTES

MAKE 18-22 SCONES

INGREDIENTS

450g self-raising flour plus extra for dusting

1 teaspoon baking powder

100g cold butter, cut into cubes

50g caster sugar

2 medium Clarence Court Hens Eggs plus

1 beaten

Milk

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F/ gas mark

6. Line two baking trays with greaseproof

paper.

Put the flour and baking powder into a large

mixing bowl, add the butter and rub it into to

the flour with your fingers until you create a

fine breadcrumb texture. Stir in the sugar.

Crack the eggs into a measuring jug and top

up with enough milk to get to 270ml.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and

pour in the eggs and milk. Stir using a dinner

knife to start then use your hands to form a

rough dough. Tip out on to a lightly floured

work surface and roll to a rough oblong

about 2cm thick.

Use a 5cm cutter to cut out as many scones

as possible then arrange over the 2 trays

making sure they aren’t too close to each

other. Roll out the remaining dough and cut

out more scones. When all the scones have

been cut out, brush the tops with beaten

egg and place the trays in the oven to bake

for 12 - 15 minutes or until pale gold in

colour and nicely risen. Allow to cool a little

on a wire rack and serve warm with clotted

cream and your favourite jam.

QUAIL SCOTCH EGGS

Libby Silbermann, has shared with us her

perfect picnic addition. These Quail Scotch

Eggs are a delicious bite size treat, served

with tarragon mayo, dip and enjoy!

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PREP TIME: 45 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

12 Clarence Court quail eggs

250g good quality British sausages,

removed from skins

Fresh thyme

1 egg beaten

100g panko breadcrumbs

100g plain flour

Vegetable oil for frying

Tarragon Mayo:

2x egg yolks

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, plus extra for

seasoning

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

250ml olive oil (or rapeseed)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Handful of fresh tarragon, chopped

METHOD

Boil the quail eggs in a pan of boiling

water for 2 minutes. Then plunge into

an ice bath - this will stop them cooking

further and ensure you have a runny yolk

at the end.

While they are cooling, make your Mayo.

Place 2 egg yolks in a large bowl. Add

the mustard and vinegar and whisk them

well until they are paler. Slowly drizzle

in the oil in a steady stream, whisking

continuously - this will emulsify the egg

yolk and it will thicken and become

glossy. Keep slowly adding until you

have added half of the oil.

At this stage squeeze in juice of ½ a

lemon. Then drizzle in remaining oil,

whisking continuously until all is added.

Season the mayonnaise with the chopped

tarragon, salt and some more lemon or

mustard to taste. Set aside.

Peel the quail eggs carefully as they

are delicate. It is quite therapeutic and

satisfying! Time to assemble: Add fresh

chopped thyme to your sausage meat.

Season the plain flour well with salt and

pepper. Place a small amount in the palm

of your hand and press to flatten, place

a quail egg in the middle and cup your

hand to enclose the egg in the meat.

Gently press the sausage meat around

the egg so it is completely covered and

there are no air pockets.

Next place the egg into the flour and

coat, then dust off the excess. Do the

same in the egg, and then followed by

the panko. Repeat with all the quail eggs.

Heat vegetable oil in a high sided pan

so it comes up 2 inches high. Heat until

it reaches 180˚C. Fry the scotch eggs in

batches for 2 minutes until golden brown

on all sides and crisp. Remove carefully

with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen

paper to remove excess oil. Serve

alongside the tarragon mayo!

BLUEBERRY AND

PEACH CAKE

An impressive-looking but easy to make

cake. Duck eggs keep the sponge light

and fluffy.

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 40-50 MINUTES

SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS

150g baking spread or softened unsalted

butter (plus 50g softened unsalted butter

for frosting and for greasing)

100g caster sugar

4 tablespoons thick peach puree or

blitzed tinned or fresh peeled peach (or

just use 50g extra caster sugar)

2 Clarence Court Braddock Whites

150g self-raising flour, sieved

Pinch salt

50g ground almonds

1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped plus

extra sprigs for serving

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons natural or peach yoghurt

2 x 120g punnets blueberries

250g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting

250g full-fat cream cheese

1 whole peach

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 160˚C/ 320˚F/ gas

mark 3. Grease and line the base and

sides of a 20cm, deep round cake tin.

Cream the butter and sugar together in

a mixer or with a wooden spoon until soft

and fluffy. Crack the eggs into a jug and

whisk with the peach puree. Stir in a little

at a time until incorporated. Mix the flour,

salt, ground almonds, chopped rosemary

and baking powder in a mixing bowl then

fold into the butter and egg mix then stir

in the vanilla extract and yoghurt. Scatter

in half of one punnet of blueberries into

the prepared tin, followed by half the

sponge mixture. Top with the remaining

½ punnet blueberries and finish with the

rest of the cake mix.

Place the cake in the oven and bake

for 45-50 minutes until golden and risen

or if a skewer is poked in the middle it

comes out clean. Remove the cake from

the oven and place on a cooling rack for

about 40 minutes. Carefully release the

cake from the tin and allow it rest on the

cooling rack until totally cool.

Place the icing sugar and 50g of softened

butter in a mixing bowl and mix well until

soft and fluffy. Mix in the cream cheese

until you have a whipped, stable frosting.

Chill whilst the cake cools.

When ready to assemble place the

sponge on a serving plate or board.

Destone and slice the whole peach

into thin slices. Spread the frosting

over the top, scatter over the remaining

blueberries and peach slices. Sprinkle

over a few rosemary leaves and dust over

a little icing sugar. Serve with a cup of tea

or a fresh, crisp sparkling wine.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

From Horsebox to Horsham,

the Monte Forte Brothers

Street food to growing pizzeria brand. Brothers Paolo and

Luca Malavasi now bring Monte Forte - Neapolitan Pizza to

Horsham’s Ea(s)t Street!

We spoke to the Italian brothers about

their journey building up their business

from a Horsebox to their 3,000 square

feet new restaurant in Horsham, opening

on 18 East St.

So Luca, where did it all start?

“Pizza was an obvious choice for us.

Our Grandmother used to make pizza

in Napoli before she came to London

in the 60s’. Tradition and love for food

have spurred on our team at Monte Forte

throughout it’s growth. What we are

today is only possible due to everything

we learnt in the past. From the start,

the main event is the pizza, and always

will be. We are honoured that our pizza

is hailed as one of the best neapolitan

pizzas around.’’

What has the journey been like since

the food truck?

“We started the food truck in Redhill

market, which led to fruitful pub and

private events around the South East.

Over the years we have travelled around

the UK for weddings, corporate events

and birthdays. An incredible time to

spread the word and flavours of all we

believed in and to begin building the

brand to what it is today. I strongly

believe that the street food side of our

business at the start helped catapult us

into what we are today.

How did the first restaurant come

about?

“Since our experience of the food truck

we have met some incredible people,

from regular customers to soon to be

investors, we felt humbled to see such

a loyal following building. Two faithful

customers, Dan & Julian joined the

business to support it in it’s growth.

Along with my brother Paolo, our

combined efforts and strengths propelled

us to opening the Reigate branch. We

never opened a restaurant before and it

was chaotic at the start as there were so

many things that we didn’t think to do,

but we got there in the end! At this point

we would like to say a massive thank

you to all of our staff, we couldn’t do it

without them.’’

What challenges have you faced as a

hospitality business owner over the

pandemic?

“As young entrepreneurs, closing our

pizzeria over covid was a struggle,

especially within our first 6 months of

trading at the Reigate branch. But with

our determined and joyous team, we rose

to the challenge, taking all hurdles by

the horns. We re-invented ourselves as a

collection and delivery business over an

8 week period. Once restrictions eased in

the summer of 2020 we had a successful

takeaway business to run side by side

with our eat-in model. Our following

had not only become a backbone to our

survival but newfound friendships to our

success.”

What is next on the horizon for Monte

Forte?

“In October 2020 we were fortunate

enough to start searching for our next

restaurant. We are thrilled to open a new

site in Horsham as it feels like a natural

progression from our beloved Reigate

branch. Horsham will be our biggest

site, just under 3,000 square feet, with

12 staff operating it at the busiest times.

Everything starts from somewhere. From

a horsebox in Redhill market to Horsham.

Who knows where next!

When can we try Monte Forte in

Horsham?

A special Grand Opening event will take

place on the 31st of July for invited

guests. You can head to our website to

win a spot at the inaugural event. 3 lucky

people will be randomly picked and get

a plus one invite to the special day. Then

after that you will be able to eat in from

the 4th of August. All opening times and

details will be on Google and Tripadvisor

soon.

Final Question, what does Monte Forte

mean?

Literally ‘Monte Forte’ means ‘Strong

Mountain’, which is great and all, but

actually the business was named after

our grandmother, as her name is, Lucia

Monteforte. On the grand opening of

Horsham she will be cutting the ribbon!

Opening Monte Forte in Horsham is

their next step for the Brothers as they

continue to build upon the community

values that sit as a cornerstone to

their brand. Monte Forte exceeds its

tremendous food, it centres on its human

focus to provide the best opportunity and

experience for its staff and customers.

Find out more about their story so far on

Instagram @montefortepizza

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Join our mailing list www.monteforte.co.uk

HORSHAM

GRAND OPENING 31.07.2021 & OPENING 04.08.2021

Pizza. Craft Beer. Good Vibes.

Nostra Storia

In 2017, my brother and I started Monte Forte as a food truck. Since then we have been busy making our own take on

Neapolitan pizza all around the UK. In 2019 we opened our first pizzeria in Reigate, Surrey. Now in 2021 we are opening our

second pizzeria in Horsham! Our pizza is chewy, light and charred at 500c, just like the ones cooked in Napoli. Whether you're

a new or existing customer, we can't wait to welcome you to Monte Forte soon!

Join our team jobs@monteforte.co.uk | We are looking for front of house and chef positions.

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IT’S A

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

GLOUCESTERSHIRE REACHES

KEY MILESTONE

GARDENERS’

WORLD

Adam Frost is an

award-winning British

garden designer,

television presenter and

motivational speaker.

Best known for his

successes at RHS Chelsea

Flower Show, he is

passionate about inspiring

adults and children

alike to create their

own gardens and watch

hedgerows spring to life.

Sally Thomson caught up

with him to discuss all

things green...

WE WERE TALKING ABOUT GEOFF

BARNWELL?

It was originally in North Devon Parks

depart that I did my apprenticeship and

then I went to work for Geoff when I was

21 years old and then spent an amazing

mind blowing, not that I think you realise

it in your early 20s working 6-7 years with

Geoff until he passed away in 96.

AN INSPIRATIONAL MAN I SHOULD

IMAGINE?

Yes, looking back I don’t think you

realised what he was talking about, Peat

free gardening, Organic gardening, stop

ripping up limestone pavements and

destroying the countryside all the things

that were way before their time really. We

are now 30 years on and we’ve only just

decided to ban peat. I think in reality he

set my gardening moral compass.

HIS SON HAS GONE INTO THE SAME

LINE OF WORK ALSO?

He had 3 sons but Nick the middle son

was left the garden & nursery, so he’s got

Barnwell plants and gardens.

TELL ME HOW THE GARDENER’S

WORLD EVENT WENT AT BEAULIEU?

I had a lovely weekend! I’d be lying if I

didn’t say I was a bit nervous. I had just

had my 2nd injection It was the first time

I had done anything in a public arena for

about 18 months! You realise that all the

shows are now your general catch up.

WITH THE PANDEMIC DID YOU FIND

IT STRANGE NOT BEING OUT &

ABOUT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC?

Definitely, We run a school as well so

we had to close that. I did some stuff on

zoom like most people but that’s a very

strange experience. I’ve never spent

so much time at home or in the garden

through the summer months with my wife

& kids which was a mixed blessing and

gave me time to stop which I don’t think

I’ve done since I was 16.

I BET YOU MISSED THE VIBE OF

BEING AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW?

I was due to go back and do a garden

in 2020 so that went but it looks we will

be able to go back in September and

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do some filming but I’m not building

anything now.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT BUILDING A

GARDEN FOR CHELSEA?

It can be 12 months to 2 years planning

but at one point I was doing them back to

back finishing one then moving straight

onto the next one. But it’s fascinating, it’s

how I built my career.

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR

FIRST CHELSEA GOLD?

If I’m honest, I think I was slightly

oblivious to what they actually meant. My

dad was a landscaper and he built early

John Brooks gardens in the early 70s I

recently met Professor David Stevens

Garden designer who also worked for

John Brooks. We were talking about

Chelsea and he said that my dad would

have been a few gardens along from

where we were. David also taught me a

lot about design in that sense.

WHEN YOU START A DESIGN IS IT

FROM A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU

PLANNING IT IN ADVANCE?

It depends on whether its for a client.

I think ultimately gardens are about 4

things; People, Space, Plants and Place.

It’s normally one of those that I tap into

first and it might be a bit of landscape

it might be an individual picture I’ve

seen it might be the shape of something

whatever it is that gives me an insight

into a person or if it’s a show garden what

particular design will drive it that’s how I

start and then create from there.

DO YOU THINK BEAULIEU WILL BE A

REGULAR EVENT NOW?

I think so, I walked in and thought

what a glorious piece of landscape

and the moment I walked in the gate it

had a good feel. People really enjoyed

themselves and as a setting it had quite a

lovely intimate feel to it, even the stages

had an open canopy, and everybody

was sensible and had plenty of space.

The standard of the displays was really

good and Hilliers had gone there and

built a garden, so it was great that you

had something there of Hilliers quality. I

think a positive out of the last 15 months

is that people have slowed down have

connected or reconnected with what’s

outside their back door or in the area.

I’ve seen a report saying we now have

3 million new gardeners. Everybody

you talk to in the industry says that

the hunger from last year is still there

which is great. I just hope in a way that

stays. I think even the people that knew

gardening was good for you physically

and mentally, even for me I don’t think I

realised how important it was to my life.

I FIND IT VERY THERAPEUTIC AND

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

It’s interesting that we are seeing

statistics people moving out of cities

and into the countryside and are wanting

bigger gardens it wasn’t that long-ago

people were downsizing and didn’t want

a big outdoor space and this time has

now changed that.

I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AN

RHS AMBASSADOR? WHAT DOES

THAT ENTAIL?

Yes, I’ve done that for quite a few years

now. Basically, I help them with stuff

looking at helping youngsters to engage

more through events and I did a lot

of work a while back with Homebase

creating apprenticeships so that’s how it

started. I also do a lot of community stuff

with RHS and I’m just about to start a

new project which I can’t say too much

about which will be good. I have travelled

all over to schools, events for them. I

was brought up just outside London and

wasn’t the best behaved, I’m dyslexic

and obviously I’ve done OK and I think

that’s why they wanted me to help.

YOU ARE AT THE NEC IN THE

SUMMER WHAT WILL THAT INVOLVE?

I normally go from stage to stage and talk

all things gardening and there’s different

themes on different stages from talking

about Grow your Own, Unusual edibles,

soil & compost so all sorts really. What

I love about that show is you have the

gardens and displays but it also interlinks

with food and because its at the NEC if

we do have poor weather people can get

inside. Because it’s such a large venue

everything will feel alright.

DO YOU DO ANY JUDGING IN YOUR

ROLE?

I’ve been asked, and I’ve done bits and

pieces, but I don’t really like to just turn

up and judge other people’s work.

SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE

YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES

COME AROUND?

You have a 2 minute conversation the day

before to explain if anything has changed

or there have been any adjustments

to the design. They then arrive at your

garden anytime between 7:30 and

9:30am on the day and you must be away

from your garden. Then you have another

24 hours until you find out the result.

WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT

YOU HAD AN APTITUDE FOR

PRESENTING?

I don’t think I did really, I love what I do I

think it just happened. I was talking to a

Robert Hillier at Chelsea and he said can

you remember the conversation we had

in 2015 where you said the BBC want

me to do some presenting as they think

I’m half decent and he said are you sure

that’s what you want to do and you said

I don’t know but I’ll give it a go and here

we are now.

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR

READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS

BEFORE AUTUMN?

Don’t disengage with the garden, I think

we get to September the kids go back to

school and people pack up their gardens.

I think our environment has changed

so much that you cant month to month

garden anymore you have to react to the

month you are in September, October

and even going into November we can

still have some cracking days and only

have our first frosts going into December

so I would say to anybody there is so

much glorious flower colour foliage

colour stem colour to be had and the light

is different so the atmosphere is different

you can still wrap up and enjoy it just

don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection

just enjoy the moments.

Adam Frost, along with other gardening

celebrities, will be appearing at the NEC

in Birmingham from Thursday August 26

to Sunday August 29.

For ticket information, please visit

www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com

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Image from Fireclay

Tiles x Jessica Davis

Tiles can really reflect your personality, so you

don’t need to go with trends, but they can

be inspiring. This season sees a lean toward

inviting, earthy tones and using floor tiles up to

half height on the walls. Geometric tiles are still

hugely popular, and lots of ranges are bringing

out ceramic versions of en-caustic tiles for

easier upkeep.

Fascination kitchen by

Mowlem & Co

MIXING

materials

1

4

TILE

style

2

3

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Green Tile, £39.95 per sqm,

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1

Image from @houselust

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Leather Magazine

Holder Model 4019 by

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This trend combines

a focus on integrity

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alongside comfort. It’s a lived-in

look that envelops - large convivial

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of taupes, whites, creams and beiges,

intermixed with framing black and

other earth tones, like terracotta and

wood. Finally, small pops of colour can

be added in soft furnishings.

4

Inventive mixes of different finishes

have been really evident in lots of

kitchens this year - choosing surfaces

which age with a nice patina can also

add to the depth of the space - think

about brass and wood, or concrete

with stainless steel. Natural textures

should really shine through.

3

4

2

1 Sione Pendant, £45,

www.cultfurniture.com;

2 Raegan Dining Table, £1176,

www.sweetpeaandwillow.com

3 Whole Birch Kitchen Door,

www.thelifeofply.co.uk;

4 Cement Taupe Concrete

Effect Tile, £18.95,

www.wallsandfloors.co.uk

Image from @amberinteriors

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RETIREMENT

PLANNING:

A GUIDE

Getting your financial

ducks in a row for a happy

retirement...

Retirement planning is a multi-faceted

process which evolves over time - to

have a comfortable and secure future,

you have to have the means to fund

it. Fewer people have access to the

guaranteed income that comes with a

final salary pension, and with longer to

wait until eligibility for the state pension,

it’s pertinent to start planning as early as

possible for the retirement you want. The

better prepared you are now, the better

your retirement will be.

There are many strands to retirement

planning, and much of it depends on

your stage of life. It’s important to seek

advice from a registered financial planner

who can help you make the most of your

unique circumstances.

There are some handy way points to help

you get a grasp on where you are and

what you will need - here’s a checklist of

things to consider:

Understand what your retirement

income is likely to be:

You will be adding to your pension fund

during your working life, but it’s important

you get a handle on your various pension

pots to forecast the actual figure you will

have access to.

Check your state pension:

The rising state pension age can have a

real knock-on effect to your retirement

planning - a state pension forecast will

help you to gauge how much you’re on

course to get from the government.

Get an understanding of your

expenditure:

Having an idea of your expenditure will

help you plan longer-term. Your living

costs are likely to be a lot lower than

in other phases of life - you might be

mortgage-free and you don’t have the

same costs for commuting, recreation or

childcare for example.

You may wish to improve your home

or go on some amazing trips, so it’s

important you know you have the

financial reserves to do this.

When should you start drawing a

pension?

You don’t have to stop working to draw

down your pension - as long as you

are over the age of 55 - but be aware,

the sooner you start dipping into it, the

sooner the pot will deplete.

How much will retirement cost?

This is the golden question, and really

depends on the level of comfort or luxury

you are looking for in your autumn years.

A recent Which? study found that the

average retired household (those living

alone or as couples) spent an around

£2,170 per month - this is covering all

the basic areas of expenditure and some

luxuries like European holidays. Those

looking for a more luxurious lifestyle

including longer-haul trips and new cars

every five years would need to allow

for approximately £3,400 per month, or

£41,000 per year.

Once you have a framework for the

amount you’ll need, and what you are

on track for saving, you also need to

consider how you will access your

pension pots - these might be state

pension, a final salary pension and a

money purchase/defined contribution

pension.

With your defined contribution pot,

such as the one you might get in the

government employee scheme, you can

draw the entire pension pot in one go,

but this will mean it’s entirely down to

you to make the money last and you’ll

invariably pay a substantial tax bill. Most

people with these pensions will opt for

income drawdown or an annuity, or a

combination of both when it comes

taking money out of their pension.

With careful planning and accurate

forecasting, your retirement can be

something to really look forward to, but

it is essential to make an assessment of

your position as early as possible and

use the advice of experts to make your

money work harder for you.

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