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Wealden Times | WT232 | September 2021 | Winter Interiors supplement inside

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Contents

September 2021

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson selects her

favourite homes on the market

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94

TIME FOR ACTION

Josephine Fairley looks into

skincare to combat menopause

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THE RIPPLE EFFECT

Exploring pool facilities at

Mayfield and Battle Abbey

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36

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85

94

NOTEBOOK

The latest events and

exhibitions for your diary

A TOUCH OF BEVERLY HILLS

An interior designer’s revamp

of a client’s Georgian home

GET THE LOOK

Get the polished,

contemporary look

A WORLD BEYOND

A stunning garden is the focal point

of a couple’s location shoot house

GET THE LOOK

Steal Michelle and Ian’s

nature-inspired style

GLASS OF RED?

Kate Liz Watts styles cosy

seasonal menswear

HOLD ON TO SUMMER

Jo Arnell creates late

summer recipes

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RUN HAPPY PT. 2

Sarah Maxwell builds

speed and stamina

NOURISH TO FLOURISH

Design your environment

to improve health

with Charlotte Lau

LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG

Create colourful (short

lived) displays with Jo

Arnell’s annual picks

WHAT TO DO IN

SEPTEMBER

Sue Whigham’s tasks

for the month

EDUCATION NEWS

The latest school info

ROBOTICS & EMERGING

TECHNOLOGIES

Keeping up with the latest

advances in the classroom

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BOOK SMART

How libraries continue to evolve

GET INVOLVED

The super positive results of

an active PTA at Parkside

MEET THE HEAD

We speak to Head of Claremont

Senior School, Ed Dickie

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 gets to know

the farm’s pigs

WINTER

INTERIORS

SUPPLEMENT

18 pages of cosy

home inspiration for

a changing season.

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Editor’s

Letter

Rather than bash this rather strange run of weather

we’ve all been experiencing (I wonder when I will stop

being surprised by this!), we’ve chosen to embrace

the changing seasons with a supplement that focuses on

the cosier things in life and gives us something warm and

indulgent to look forward to. Rebecca Cuffe has compiled

an edit of the most inviting winter interiors with a host of

ideas to prep your home for the final months of 2021.

Photographer David Merewether and the shoot team have

been out and about photographing two gorgeous interiors – the

first, a Beverly Hills-esque Georgian home has been given a

new lease of life by Ciel Interior Design’s Clare Langham; the

second, a sizeable period property surrounded by a pictureperfect

garden of striped lawns and beautiful topiary.

Back to the cosy theme, Kate Liz Watts has picked out

cross-seasonal menswear in shades of red for an effortless

slide into autumn. Josephine Fairley, meanwhile, gives

her recommendations for the ultimate menopausal

skincare regime, with fresh new products designed to

combat a range of issues from flushing to sensitivity.

Our education section has expanded this month to

accommodate all the latest news from the schools, with a

special focus on technology, swimming and libraries.

With events gaining confidence, we’ve hand-picked some

of the loveliest things to do this month in our Notebook and

What’s On sections, from exhibitions to floral extravaganzas.

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Maggie Alderson picks homes with heritage

Lympne Castle

The dream: We’ve featured some

pretty amazing residences in

House of the Month, but this

is the first actual castle – and

the first Grade I listed property.

Built in the 13th century, for the

Archbishop of Canterbury, it really

is a proper castle-y castle, with

towers, battlements and a higgledypiggledy

collection of buildings

giving it a Hogwarts feel. It’s

currently used as a wedding venue,

with the cottages as holiday lets.

Where: Southeast of Ashford,

by 11 miles, close to the

coastal town of Hythe.

Setting: In its own 137 acres, in

an elevated position on the edge

of Romney Marsh. On a clear day

you can see the coast of France.

Beds and baths: If you count all

the component buildings, staff

flat and cottages, 14 and 9.

Special features: The whole

place – but the 13th century

tower is hard to beat.

Pleasing details: In the grounds

are ‘the Remains of the Roman

Fort of Stutfall Castle (a Scheduled

Ancient Monument)’.

Outside: Walled gardens, kitchen

garden, swimming pool, glass houses,

potting sheds, stables, a summer

house, woods, pasture…

Time to town: Ashford International

is 11 miles and then 36 minutes to St

Pancras. Or two miles to Westenhanger

and Charing Cross in 94 minutes.

Agent: Savills Head Office

0207 409 5945 savills.com

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£1,699,995

Wartling Place

The dream: A substantial Georgian Grade

II listed former rectory, built c. 1726,

which has only been on the market four

times and retains its original atmosphere.

With lovely Georgian proportions, it’s a

very light and airy house with attractive

dormer windows in the roof. There is also

a two-bedroom cottage on the property.

Where: The hamlet of Wartling, equidistant

between Hailsham and Bexhill.

Setting: Opposite the 13th century

church, with far-reaching rural views

to the Herstmonceux observatory

and Pevensey nature reserve.

Beds: 9 Baths: 5, with an extra bed

and bath on the ground floor.

Special features: A very large drawing room.

Pleasing details: Internal shutters on the windows.

Outside: Beautifully landscaped gardens

and grounds, with a Mediterranean

garden to the rear, paved terraces,

extensive lawns and an outdoor pool.

Time to town: From Battle, 15 minutes’

drive, an hour and a half to Charing Cross.

Agent: Foley & Neville, Cowbeech

01323 833630 foleyandneville.co.uk

£2,500,000

- £3,000,000

Catsfield Place

The dream: A Grade II listed, late 16th

century tall-chimneyed country house,

with additions from the 17th and 18th

centuries, full of original features, with the

added appeal of a leisure complex with an

indoor pool, entertaining area, bar and party

room, plus offices and a media room.

Where: Just over a mile outside Catsfield

village, 4.3 miles from Battle.

Setting: At the end of a private drive shared with

one other property, surrounded by farmland.

Beds: 7 Baths: 4

Special features: A brand new custombuilt

contemporary kitchen.

Pleasing details: Superb

panelling in the study.

Outside: Walled garden with a

paved terrace, lawns and established

borders, a kitchen garden with a

potting shed, a paddock, a summer

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Time to town: From Battle – seven minutes

– an hour and a half to Charing Cross.

Agent: Batcheller Monkhouse

01424 775577 batchellermonkhouse.com

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What to see and do near you this month

Going Solo

Explore a solo exhibition of much

sought after paintings and limited

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Wey Gallery in Godalming from

10am on Saturday 18 of September

to 4pm on Sunday 19 September.

Heather’s beautiful British rural

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dappled sunlight, a walk along a

winding path or a secret garden, and

are based on the Lizard Peninsula near

Cadgwith, where she grew up. She

has always had a strong emotional

connection to the landscape and

strives to communicate this by now

working exclusively in oils. Heather

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Flower Arrangement Societies presents Flower

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This extravaganza of floral design will celebrate

the Sussex Area’s Diamond Anniversary in the

beautiful grounds of the Grade I listed Leonardslee

Lakes & Gardens, near Horsham. See over 20

very large exhibits designed by Chelsea medallists,

and arranged by Sussex Area members, some of

whom have won Chelsea medals too, including

many Golds and some ‘Best in Show’s. Entry

to Flower Power is included in the Leonardslee

ticket: £13.50 for adults, £6.50 for children

(5-16). Book online at leonardsleegardens.co.uk

The 50th anniversary Rye

Arts Festival (10-26 Sept) is set

to be the biggest and best ever. A

packed programme of around 60 events

covers classical and contemporary music,

books and talks, drama and film, walks and

exhibitions. The festive fortnight kicks off in

earnest with a talk by Gyles Brandreth, days

in advance of the official publication of his

autobiography Odd Boy Out. Further highlights

include talks by the Rev. Richard Coles and Lord

Kenneth Baker CH, contemporary red-hot blues

by Errol Linton, and the gorgeous singing and

guitar playing of the Vera van Heeringen trio. The

classical music programme is wide ranging with a

piano recital by Martin Roscoe devoted entirely to

Beethoven and a fun evening of improvised opera,

where you the audience give the cast the title, the

setting and the storyline, and they make it up as

they go along! For the full lineup, and to book

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Triumphant

Return

After postponing their 2020 plans,

Tenterden Folk Festival 2021 is

back this year, from Thursday 30

September to Sunday 3 October,

showcasing some very special

ticketed and free events including

concerts, song and music sessions,

workshops, dance displays, plus

crafts and stalls. You can see a

full list of guests booked for the

festival, and buy your tickets, at

tenterdenfolkfestival.com. Tickets

will also be on sale from the event

box office over the festival weekend.

Win a Mini!

Royal British Legion Industries are announcing their first

raffle to win a brand new Mini! Tommy’s MINI Mission

will run until March 31st 2022 and will raise funds for a

new Centenary Village with disability-adapted apartments,

assisted-living, family homes, extra care, specialist dementia

care, and a 2-storey community centre. You can buy tickets

for just £1 to be in with the chance of winning a brand new

Mini! Just scan this QR code to start getting involved!

Art Space

Grierson Galleries is delighted to announce

the opening of their new gallery at Chitters, The

Old Brewery, Dorothy Avenue, Cranbrook. This

beautiful, bespoke space will act as their gallery,

events space and art workshop forum, showcasing the

very best of artists both from the Weald and beyond,

representing art of all genres. Grierson intend to

establish the Cranbrook Arts’ Quarter – a bespoke

group of creative businesses – as a go-to space

for all your artistic needs and to support

existing and upcoming artists and local

businesses. Find out more at

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Art & Nature

in Harmony

Nestled in a woodland valley at the base of the Surrey

Hills, The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden presents

an ever changing collection of contemporary sculpture

carefully displayed throughout a uniquely landscaped

garden. Every sculpture is thoughtfully placed in

relation to the garden to create a journey through

intimate spaces, past ponds and streams, to wide

lawns and winding woodland paths. Broad in styles,

themes, materials and scale, the sculptures on display

range in price from £300 to £30,000. Whether you’re

looking for something small, a dramatic centre

piece, or simply some inspiration for your

own garden, the sculpture garden is

bound to inspire. Open Thursday-

Sunday until 31st October. Tickets

must be booked in advance

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Get Your Knit On!

Sweater Weather is a brand-new festival

in the Farnham Maltings craft programme.

The celebration (10 & 11 Sept) welcomes

makers and creatives of all abilities for

an intimate community craft experience

where you can discover new makers, handdyed

yarns, local and UK-based traders

and yarn brands in a curated marketplace;

learn new skills with a series of workshops

and be engaged listening to talks from a

range of craft experts. We love the look of

the Yarn Dying and Jumbo Arm Knitted

Blanket courses, which both take place

on Friday 10. farnhammaltings.com

LOOK FORWARD:

Rye Bay E-Bikes specialise in bike hire, tours, sales and servicing. At

the end of each season they sell off their hire stock. This ensures that

the bikes for sale are in good condition whilst the ones they bring

in for their hire customers next year are brand new. All bikes come

with a full warranty and each battery will have had a capacity test,

so you know exactly what you’re getting. The sale will be on a first

come first serve basis, so why not pop down, hire a bike and register

your interest. The sale starts on October 2. ryebay-ebike.co.uk

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Caring for your pets

through the pandemic

With everything that’s been

happening recently, it’s all too

easy to forget about the health

of our animals. So many practices

have closed or been forced to make

cuts, making regular veterinary care

difficult. Just because the world has

ground to a halt doesn’t mean claws

stop growing or teeth clean themselves.

Then there’s the more important preventative treatments such as

vaccinations and worming. These regular trips to the vet are what

keep our furry family members healthy. That regular contact

enables us to notice any changes that might be an indication of

something more serious.

Here at Heronden, we’re proud of the fact that we’ve managed to stay

open and offer a full service to our clients - though you might have

been the one left shivering in the car while your pet was inside in the

warm. We’ve also been able to deal with pretty much everything that’s

been thrown at us - from broken legs

to tumour surgery. That’s because,

unlike a lot of practices, we deliver

referral-level diagnostics and treatment

in-house. So you don’t have to wait for - or travel to - appointments at

referral centres.

We already offer orthopaedic and soft-tissue surgery, ultrasonography,

radiology, full laboratory analysis, even acupuncture. And now we’re

expanding our Nurse Clinics. These can be booked free of charge for

any little worries you might have, as well as weight and dental checks

or advice on diet and nutrition.

If you’re one of the many people who have taken their first steps into

pet ownership during lockdown, we’d love to see you at one of our

free Nurse Clinics. lt’s so important to

make regular vet visits with your new

friend, and we pride ourselves on being

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It’s been clear during the pandemic just how important pets are to us

- for friendship, for company and for solace. It’s only right that we

should look after them as they look after us.

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Previous pages & this page: The vaulted extension was created

to add a new social kitchen, with dining and sitting areas. A

velvet banquette and dining table back onto a marble-clad

peninsula unit which houses the prep and cooking area

It was the pool that did it. Out there on the pristine white

non-slip flagstones, with the groovy all-weather sofa and

armchairs, the dining area and the pool house, within

the context of a large, beautifully landscaped garden, I could

finally place the context where I had last been in a house with

this very specific atmosphere: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

It’s a very discreet kind of luxury, with everything of the best quality,

that quietly tells you that the owners of the residence know how to live

– in this case, with expert help from interior designer Claire Langham.

But while it was the pool that made the penny

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hits you the moment you cross the threshold.

From the outside, off a leafy lane, it is a classic red brick

Georgian house, with bay windows added to the frontage by

the Victorian gentleman farmer who owned it in that era.

The elegant original porched front door is still in place, but you

enter via a large contemporary wood and glass door, round the

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is then drawn along a corridor floored with oversized smoked, oiled

and lime-washed herringbone oak parquet, subtly-lit by subdued

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This page: The extension now links on to what

was once a stable block via a stunning glass

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wall lights. To the far left and to the right are two rows

of exquisite full-length pale grey cupboard doors.

The ones to the left are finished with a geometric

brass trim and in front of the four doors to the

right – which enclose cupboards to house the

outdoor wear and other daily bits and bobs of

the homeowners and their two daughters – is a

glorious midnight blue velvet banquette. A very

classy spot to sit and take your trainers off.

Then you go into the downstairs loo… although

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for this chicest of lavvies. The glamorous Art Deco feel

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and fluted glass sink unit of astonishing loveliness – by

Oasis from West One Bathrooms – fitted against a

black marble wall, with a matching fluted glass mirror.

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and gold geometric patterns by the Biba label

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“I love Art Deco,” says Claire, leading

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creating a very Gaumont feeling. Which

is appropriate, as it does indeed lead

to the lower ground cinema room.

But rather than heading down there, we

take a left turn into the vaulted extension,

which was added to the house as part of

the makeover, to create a lofty space for a

new social kitchen, with dining and sitting

areas – although ‘kitchen’ really seems far

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We pause at the marble-topped table –

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Wells – with another blue velvet banquette

to one side, which is a relief, because there

is so much fabulousness to take in, starting

with Claire’s business Ciel Interior Design,

which has been going for eight years.

“I’ve always been interested in houses,”

says Claire, “and I got quite a lot of

The sitting room’s colour scheme was inspired by a painting the client bought

while living in Abu Dhabi. Rich blues are echoed in the rug and armchairs and

the gold in the brass of the coffee tables, side tables and wall light sconces

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experience from doing up and selling on our own places, with

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the opportunity. It was a great client, and from that I went

on to do a house in Yorkshire, one in Spain and then a

whole wedding. From there it has spread by word of mouth

from client to client, I’m not a big Instagram person.”

Claire’s starting points with new projects are always the

client and respecting the era of the house, but with this

one there were basics to fix first. It was in a poor state of

repair and the electrics and plumbing needed to be sorted

before anything as fun as paint colours could be got to.

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combined effort for Claire. “A home is a reflection of

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“It’s a journey the client and I take together and I involve

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The master bedroom (above) and a guest bedroom (left) have

the same calm and cocooning atmosphere as the bathrooms

The prep and cooking area, with an induction hob

and the sink, is on a marble-clad peninsula unit (a

kitchen island connected to the wall on one side), that

the velvet banquette by the dining table backs onto.

Behind the cooking peninsula is a wall of cupboard doors

matching the ones in the hall, with the elegant deco brass

trim. When closed, these doors hide all the kitchen gear, apart

from the oven. When the two on the right are open, it reveals

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The shelves sit against an antiqued mirror – which

reflects the glorious garden view from the far side of the

space, which is a glass wall looking onto the outdoor

sitting area. “The idea was to be able to close the whole

kitchen away,” says Claire, “but it looks so nice with those

doors open, the client tends to leave them like that.”

Behind the closed door at the other end of this wall is

a very nifty set up – a back kitchen, with a pantry, two

more ovens and loads of storage for all the stuff you only

use sometimes. This is an ingenious solution to keeping

the main ‘social’ kitchen looking so sleek and elegant,

with just enough storage for what you need day to day.

All this beautiful cabinetry was made to Claire’s

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craftsmen. It took five weeks to make it all and then a

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house, so it was well worth doing it to this level.”


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With the large Georgian window and the

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of the garden allows for multiple areas for relaxation,

screened by foliage and careful planting schemes

– and at the back of the house two more bedrooms,

with another refreshingly different bathroom.

This one, between the bedroom of one of the client’s

daughters and a guest room, has an egg-shaped matt bath,

its pleasing curve reflected in the shape of the sink unit.

As elsewhere in the house, all the water fittings – and a

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a warm richness to the white and grey colour scheme.

Back down the elegant staircase to the original hall –

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right into the sitting room. This is an unusually deep room,

made gloriously light by a generous spread of windows at

the end and to the side, the space anchored by cupboards

and bookshelves along the back wall. “Those were already

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This room is a good example of one thing being the

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THE

HANGER-ON

THE MODERN CURVE

The flattened front and rounded edges of the Saltfire ST2 multifuel stove give

it a lovely modern feel. An air-wash system helps to keep the glass clearer and

a large viewing window gives amazing views of the fire. £599 saltfire.co.uk

Le Feu’s Sky fire is an eco

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With its contemporary styling the

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With the ability to heat up to 150

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pleasingly countryside-y decoration

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HOME CINEMA

DESIGN AND INSTALLATION

At Potters Home Digital, we possess an incomparable passion

for home cinema, with perfect systems that are designed and

installed by our team of experts and specialists.

Our bespoke service ensures we create home cinemas from the

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Atlas Sky Blue rug by

Matthew Williamson,

£395 The Rug Retailer

therugretailer.co.uk

Khatim rug in natural wool

£396 Cosy Coco cosycoco.com

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Happy heart hot water

bottle £75 Velvet Linen

velvetlinen.co.uk

Cerese Pajaro

cushion £155

Vintage Cushions

vintagecushions.com

Owl rug £619

Abigail Edwards

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Great Dixter inspired

cushion cover £185

The Shop Floor Project

theshopfloorproject.com

The

art of

comfort

Mix and match all things cosy, soft and artistic

for a welcoming space with a personal touch

Miami palm green

velvet cushion £32.50

Trading Boundaries

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Recycled wool blanket

£60 Tartan Blanket Co

tartanblanketco.comy

Traditional handmade

footstool from £250

Ooh How Lovely

oohhowlovely.co.uk

Opal blush pink hand

quilted velvet bedpsread

£250 Ragged Rose

raggedrose.com

Antelope Canyon Mist rug

£1,470 Sonya Winner Rug Studio

sonyawinner.com

Add a little Jungle Feel to your home with

our range of velvet chairs and cushions

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Case Study: Silver Screening

New Wave AV discuss a special project in East Sussex

Can you run us through

the project brief? “We were

approached by this customer

with the idea of converting

an underutilised garage into

a luxurious dedicated home

cinema. During the design

meetings at our experience

centre and reviewing our

catalogue of previous home

cinema rooms, we come up

with the floating wall concept

with side shelving. Instead of

boarding over the whole ceiling

to hide the steels, we suggested

leaving two large areas as

high as possible and installing

starlight ceiling panels.”

What type of technology

was used? “This room was

based around two reclining

home cinema seat and two

matching loungers, with

Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 processing

via Anthem audio and video

electronics and Artcoustic

loudspeakers coloured match

to blend into the room decor.

Sources include a Kaleidescape

4K movie server, Sky Q and

UHD Blu-ray. Completing the

picture is a 120” Screen Research

acoustically transparent screen,

and 4K Sony VPL projector.”

What are the special

features? “There’s more

to this room than just the

audio-visual equipment used,

of course. Details such as the

starlight ceiling, ‘floating’ front

wall design and inlaid accent

LED lighting give it an air of

luxury, as does the Control4

smart system that oversees

every element of the cinema,

including illumination and

window blind. The client was

impressed how a single button

press can activate and shutdown

the entire system and lighting.”

How long did it take to

complete? “As this was a

complete room build from a

garage to a habitable space the

overall build element was 6 to 7

weeks. Once the room was in a

clean condition ready to accept

the electronics, it was fitted and

operational within a week and we

could then complete the audio

calibration specifically to the space.

The handover of these systems

is so much as fun, we love the

moment our clients see and hear

their system in full action.”

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Case Study: Space Odyssey

Audio visual specialists Philharmonic talk us

through a custom Cinema Room created specially

for a family home in Wandsworth

First, can you tell us a little

about the background of

this project? “The cinema

space was a key focus for the

client. As a young family, they

wanted somewhere they could

all hang out together, enjoying

films and TV. It also had to

work for sport, with friends

being invited round to watch

the rugby on a regular basis.”

Did you encounter any

challenges? “The main

challenge in the project was the

requirement to maximise the

available floor space, a principle

applied throughout the whole

house. The tanked concrete walls

of the basement room meant

that, to maximise the floor

space, it was necessary to specify

equipment which didn’t require

lots of depth in the walls.”

The finished job: “We

selected slim and efficient

speakers which helped us keep

wall build up to a minimum,

maximising the floor space.

The client’s interior designer

specified a fabric for the walls which

was not acoustically transparent. As

a result, the speakers we specified for

the surround sound channels had to

be visible, fitted in the fabric rather

than behind. We chose speakers

with a soft fabric grille to blend with

the wall treatment (pictured right).

Finally, we coupled the amazing

speaker system with a 4k capable

Sony projector, coupled with a

Screen Research projection screen.

This combination produces a

stunningly detailed, bright and

colourful image completing

what is a phenomenal family

entertainment room.”

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Snow White original lobby card

(1967) £125 Art of the Movies

artofthemovies.co.uk

The Rebel 3 seater

£1,099 Snug sofa

snugsofa.com

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M&K Sound MP150

Series speakers

£1,795 Home Digital

home-digital.com

Murder on the

Orient Express

limited edition

poster £420

Pullman Editions

pullmaneditions.com

Prisma crystal

ceiling light £4,147

Weybridge Lights

weybridgelights.co.uk

Cole & Son Orange

Blossom wallpaper

£115 Lime Lace

limelace.co.uk

Movie

Magic

Olivia table lamp

£45 Iconic Lights

iconiclights.co.uk

Take style inspiration from your favourite

retro films for your perfect home cinema

Deco Martini

wallpaper

£150/roll

Divine Savages

divinesavages.com

Holly Golightly Loves New

York print from £25

Namoh London namoh.co.uk

Reusable popcorn holder

£1.95 Rex London

rexlondon.com

Salina bar trolley

Swoon Editions £399

swooneditions.com

Dalton floor lamp £180

Cobham Furniture

cobhamfurniture.co.uk

Fabulous velvet

snuggler £1,350

Rockett St George

rockettstgeorge.co.uk

Mustard velvet

Haresfield snuggler

£1,726 Sofas & Stuff

sofasandstuff.com

The Smart Solution to

Home Automation & Cinema

Providing bespoke home automation & cinema

packages to suit your style and budget

Home cinema

Home automation

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The

winter’s

table

L’Objet stars gold salt and

pepper set £185

J.L Coquet Hémisphère

gold bread and butter

plate £85

Alain Saint Joanis Tonia

4-piece cutlery set £300

L’Objet Lapis Canape

plates £160 for a set of 4

L’Objet Stars Gold napkin

ring £145 for a set of 4

Bonadea, photographer Anna Moody

Artel Verdure Medium

tumbler £310 for a set of 2

Richard Brendo Fluted

coupe £90

all Bonadea bonadea.com

Go big when you go home. Conjure up some Shakespearean

drama for your seasonal tablescaping to create a real dining

experience. Sharing food with others is something we all

truly appreciate now – so make a meal of it!

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Apollo planter with

gold mask £72

Rockett St George

rockettstgeorge.co.uk

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Heddon

candlestick £40

Neptune

neptune.com

Modern retro

cutlery £80 for

a set of 16 Fy

iamfy.co

Yunomi handleless

mugs £34.99 for a set

of 4 Coffee & Cloth

coffeeandcloth.co.uk

Abstract textured

cotton table

runner £54.95

Ruth Holly

ruthholly.co.uk

Bespoke fine bone china

Xavier China xavierchina.com

Bowsley cake stand £30

Neptune neptune.com

Chabi chic ceramic bowls

£18 Artisans du Maroc

artisans-dumaroc.com

Cheese knife £39.98 for a set of 3

Cielshop cielshopinteriors.com

Dinner plate

£18 Le Creuset

lecreuset.co.uk

Hellebore spray £3.99

Gisela Graham London

giselagraham.co.uk

Marini Ferlazzo bear dish £6.25

(a share of profits is donated

to World Animal Protection)

Kitchen Craft kitchencraft.co.uk

Brass foliage table

centre wreath candle

holder Quince & Cook

quinceandcook.co.uk

Hasami cup £28

Nimi Projects

nimiprojects.com

Blush marble tray

£22.75 Cox & Cox

coxandcox.co.uk

Leaf and branch

hashioki chopstick rests

£55 Nimi Projects

nimiprojects.com

Faux wild

berry stem £18

OKA oka.com

Emily Mitchell plates £525

for a set of 3 The Shop Floor

Project theshopfloorproject.com

Serafina figure £80

Homebody Decor

homebodydecor.co.uk

Blush candlestick holder £24

Rockett St George rockettstgeorge.co.uk

Insect Mandala tea cup

and saucer, £28

The Curious Department

thecuriousdepartment.com

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Winter Interiors Supplement

1. A good night’s sleep

A guestroom is primarily a place for your guests to get a good night’s rest and

recharge, so don’t skimp on the bed! A comfortable headboard, soft duvet and

plenty of sumptuous pillows make a world of difference.

Chester castle headboard, handmade

in the UK, £490 Anbôise anboise.com

Be our guest

Get ready to welcome guests back into your home again with our six

steps to the ultimate guest bedroom

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Sustainable headboard

£495 Rockett St George

rockettstgeorge.co.uk

Elin scandi rattan

wardrobe £2,105

Sweetpea & Willow

sweetpeaandwillow.com

2. The little things

Small details can make a big

difference to how usable a

room is. A full length mirror

on the wall, a small bin or a

couple of hooks on the back

of the door are all minimal

but worthwhile additions

Rose pink silk pillowcase

£99 and duvet cover

from £306 Gingelily

gingerlilylondon.com

3. Floor it!

A wood-effect tile on the

floor is easy to keep clean and

maintain for a room that may

not be used often and might

need to cater to children

Neo table lamp

£76 Pooky

pooky.com

Wood effect tiles

from £29/m 2

Roman Tiles

roman-tiles.com

Mayfield arch

rattan mirror £275

Garden Trading

gardentrading.co.uk

Caspian velvet bolster

cushion £60 Emma J

Shipley emmajshipley.com

Wastepaper

bin £130

OKA oka.com

Clemmie super king

headboard £740

Neptune neptune.com

Turtle hook,

£14.50

Cox & Cox

coxandcox.co.uk

4. Storage space

If you’re lacking space

elsewhere and don’t use

your guest room often, add

cupboards, bookshelves or

warbrobes to take advantage

of your spare room

Hypnos Kingsize Origins wool 10 divan

set with Katherine headboard £2,875

Cobham Furniture cobhamfurniture.co.uk

Bamboo rattan coat hook

Quince & Cook quinceandcook.co.uk

Manhattan

walnut wardrobes

from £2,000

Sharps sharps.co.uk

Salina dressing table from £725 and Windsor

chair from £430 Ercol ercol.com

5. More than just a bedroom

Your guests may want a little me-time during

their stay, so try adding a small desk or a well

stocked bookshelf to let them know they are

welcome to spend time there to relax

Bartelli footstool sofa

bed £699 Sofology

sofology.co.uk

6. The more the merrier

An extra sofa bed will give you

the opportunity to make room

for one more if needed and if

space is an issue there are also

footstools and armchairs out

there that do the same job!

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JUST GOOD

scents

Find the perfect fragrance for your signature home style with these British brands

THE STYLE ICON

THE

LUXE LOVE

THE MOOD LIFTER

Muin’s luxury ‘Woodland Walk’ comes

in a sleek hand-blown glass vessel with an

activated carbon diffuser £40 muin.co.uk

Jo Malone’s Townhouse collection is

poured into classic textured bisque

porcelain from £90 jomalone.co.uk

NEOM’s Wellbeing Pods ease away stress

as they scent a room with relaxing essential

oils £95 thefigtreedorking.co.uk

THE

FRUITY ONE

THE CONTEMPORARY

THE INNER GODDESS

These juicy, spicy and peppery

Pomegrate Noir wax melts burn for 8-10

hours each £6 for 10 happyglorious.co.uk

This large hand-poured natural wax

candle sits on a hand-poured concrete

holder £55 concreteandwax.com

Burn the indulgent, rich scents of Greek

gods and goddesses with Lunarlo’s Mythos

range £14.50 etsy.com/uk/shop/LunarloCandles

THE

FLORAL ONE

THE

NOSTALGIC

THE

CALM CHASER

Pink peonies blend with Sicilian lemon,

fresh guava, and pink cotton candy in this

super-pretty diffuser £34 floralstreet.com

Conjure a deliciously cosy, sweet smelling

log fire aroma with Soft Embers luxury

wax melts £9 wildplanetaromatherapy.co.uk

Create a sensory haven of rose and geranium

with NYRO’s Calming Room Spray £20

uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/emilypavey

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Brass corrugated metal and marble

bar £1,082 Maisons Du Monde

maisonsdumonde.com

Fantasy dinner

guests napkins £20

Initially London

initiallylondon.com

Bolton bar

£1,590

LuxDeco

luxdeco.com

the

TIPPLE

Whisky decanter

£28.95 Not Just Jugs

notjustjugs.com

Paramount drinks

cabinet £1,595

Cobham Furniture

cobhamfurniture.co.uk

raise

B

Upcycled art deco

cocktail cabinet £975

Conscious Cubby

conscious-cubby.com

Mayfair decanter £23

Neptune neptune.com

the

A

R

Welcome guests with a

glassful of winter hospitality

served at your home bar

Cocktails In Bed

poster from £14.95

Desenio desenio.co.uk

Mayfair martini glass

£24 for 2 Neptune

neptune.com

Signature cup and saucer £38

Cheeky Mare cheekymare.co

Pheasant drinks stirrer

£7.50 At Home

In The Country

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Previous pages: Striped lawns and topiary flank the long path that runs down the centre of the garden to a yew hedge

Above: The open plan kitchen and dining space has been decorated in a unifying pale grey

Eight years ago when Michelle and Ian were looking to

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she says. “You never get everything you want. We did get

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so any traffic noise is muffled and almost undetectable.

It’s easy to see why they fell for this property, but there’s no

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the ceilings are low, in keeping with many vernacular houses in

the area, but the windows are of a good size and the rooms are

flooded with natural light. There is also an orangery attached to

the back of the house to maximise views of the garden. And, oh

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path that runs down the centre of the garden to a yew hedge,

its dark horizontal form broken gently by a well-spaced row of

perfectly shaped hornbeam trees, merging the formal lines of the

garden into the far reaching view of the countryside beyond.

“Originally the garden drew my husband more than me,” says

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Accompanied by Herbie the Cockerpoo, we walk down

among the carefully clipped topiary, and divert to the left to view

a Japanese garden. “The area was just grass, but we needed space

for Ian’s bonsai’s,” explains Michelle. The grass was replaced

with low maintenance grey gravel and the bonsai trees now sit

resplendent on plinths near to eye level, where their miniature

beauty can be fully appreciated. Impressively large koi carp

swim nonchalantly in the raised pool and complete the look.

Down through a wooden walkway framed by climbing

roses and billowing Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’, we eventually

reach the closely cut hedge – at what I assume is the end of

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Top: Michelle and Ian replaced the previous conservatory with a more contemporary orangery which leads out into the garden

Above: The sitting room features an Andrew Martin wallpaper and fabric called ‘Ark Cloud’ which pictures a host of African animals

the garden. “There is a lot more,” Michelle smiles, leading us

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“This was once an enormous vegetable garden,” Michelle

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shed flanking the tennis court. “The allotment was a step

too far. If I want vegetables, I just go to the farm shop,” she

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Above: A cosy corner offers a perfect place to settle down with

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playing card is mounted above an antique rocking horse on wheels

laughs. The greenhouse is now the overwintering quarters

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adorable tree house built high into a tree trunk and then

back up towards the drive and the front of the house.

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was swapped for an avenue of tightly clipped bay trees.

This enormous garden takes a lot of upkeep and Michelle

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and makes my life easier.” Their efforts in the garden are

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This page: In the bedrooms, decorative themes

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bathroom and part of the large kitchen-diner.

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This page: Their teenage son’s enthusiasm for sports

is evident in his bedroom, home to a smart line up of

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having to do any structural work. The kitchen was already in

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“Everything the previous owners did to the house was

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So thankfully there wasn’t too much to do inside at first,

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the garden to the countryside in the far beyond. “I very

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its features to be seen from inside,” says Michelle.

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Top: Neatly clipped box hedges in front of the studio flat,

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Top: The enormous garden takes a lot of upkeep and Michelle and Ian are assisted for half the week by father and son gardening team

Nigel and Cameron Cheesman from Iden Green Above left & right: Just off the main lawn, a raised pool is home to some large koi carp

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boutique

The independent boutique

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Out in next month’s issue of Wealden Times & Surrey Homes...

Kitchen &

Bathroom

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Part Two: Bathrooms

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Hold

on to

Summer

Recipes: Jo Arnell Photographs: David Merewether

Summer tinged with autumn can bring the best of both

worlds – fresh seasonal food with a little touch of comfort.

Home grown harvests are bountiful this month and although

high summer has slipped away, there could still be plenty

of warm golden days ahead. Alfresco meals are lingering in

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life – even if we do end up eating them inside. Autumn may

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Lemony linguine with

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Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking

time: 20 minutes Serves 4

This is a light, but filling and nutritious

pasta dish. Anchovy brings a subtle,

salty umami taste (undetectable

as anchovy), and underpins the

flavours – but leave out if you want

to make this a vegetarian option.

• 400g dried linguine or spaghetti

• 100g jar anchovy fillets in oil

• 200g kale, shredded

• 75g chopped walnuts

• 1 red chilli, chopped

• 4 garlic cloves, crushed/minced

• grated zest and juice of a lemon

• 150ml soured cream

• 200g Parmesan (50g

shaved, rest grated)

1. Put water on to boil for the pasta,

then while the linguine is cooking,

gently fry the anchovy fillets (which

will melt away into the pan), garlic

and chilli for three minutes or so.

2. Add in the kale (if using older leaves,

you may want to steam them lightly

first) and cook for a further 5 minutes.

3. Add the other ingredients

and mix thoroughly.

4. Strain pasta once cooked

and combine with sauce. Serve

with shaved Parmesan.


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• A warm, friendly relaxed welcome awaits you.

• 1 AA rosette restaurant

• Delicious small plate menu available

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Goats’ cheese,

nectarine &

Parma ham salad

Preparation time: 20

minutes Serves 4 as a

starter, 2 as a light main

Make the most of golden

summer nectarines with

this simple to prepare, but

very flavoursome salad.

The bitterness of rocket

(a mustardy salad mix will

work well too) contrasts

with sweet fruit, salty

ham and tart cheese.

• 2 x 125g packs

soft goats’ cheese

• 4 ripe nectarines,

de-stoned, halved and

lightly brushed with oil

• 120g rocket leaves

• 4-5 spring onions,

chopped

• finely grated zest

of 1 lemon

• 80g prosciutto

(Parma ham)

• 40g toasted,

flaked almonds

For the dressing, combine:

• 3 tbsp olive oil

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• 1 tsp sugar or honey

• salt and pepper to taste

(you will have some left

over with these quantities)

1. Griddle the nectarine

halves for approx 3 minutes

until lightly charred

on cut sides. Leave to

cool, then slice each half

into four segments.

2. Roughly cut up the

goats’ cheese and combine

with nectarines, rocket and

spring onion in a salad bowl.

Add approximately half the

dressing and toss together.

3. Pile on the prosciutto

and sprinkle with toasted

almonds to serve.


Blackberry & hazelnut

mini baked Alaskas

Cooking time: 45 minutes Serves 4

Hints of autumn suffuse this version of the classic ice-cream

cake. I’ve made 4 mini Alaskas here, but the recipe should

adapt to one larger (which might stay solid in the middle

for longer). This is not difficult to make, but timing is of

the essence to stop the ice-cream centres melting away.

For the vanilla sponge base:

• 100g self raising flour

• 100g caster sugar

• 100g softened butter

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

For the blackberry coulis:

• 150g (1 punnet) blackberries

• 1 tbsp sugar (or to taste,

depending on tartness of fruit)

• 2 tsp cornflour (optional)

For the hazelnut meringue:

• 3 egg whites

• 150g caster sugar

• 30g ground hazelnuts

• small tub of good

quality vanilla ice-cream,

but not soft scoop!

1. Mix together the sponge base ingredients and beat lightly for a

few minutes (or combine in stages if preferred – a lighter sponge

will result from whipping the butter and sugar together before

gradually adding the egg and then folding the flour in carefully).

Spread into a 20cm square cake tin and bake for approximately

20 minutes at 180˚C (350˚F/Gas 4) – exact timings will depend

on your oven. Cool (cake can be made the day before).

2. Combine blackberries and sugar in a pan and cook together on a

low setting until the blackberries are a good consistency. If the coulis

mixture is very juicy or thin, add a little cornflour to some water

and carefully add this to the mixture a little at a time until the right

consistency (runnier than jam, but not watery) is achieved. Cool.

3. Cut sponge into 4 x 8cm rounds using a pastry cutter or

rim of a glass, then remove a section in the middle (large

enough for a dessert spoon of blackberry filling). Pile in

the coulis and chill while you make the meringue.

4. Whip egg whites to ‘soft peak’ stage (this is when they are

stiff enough not to fall out of the bowl when tipped up, but

not over-whipped…) then gradually add the sugar, whipping

in between until the mixture is stiff and glossy – if you hurry

this stage (as I often do), the meringue will go gloopy and not

keep its shape. Carefully fold in the ground hazelnuts.

5. You will need to be quick with this next bit (and ready to serve).

Either pre-heat the oven to hot setting – 200˚C or Gas 7, or have

a blow torch standing by. Remove filled bases from the fridge,

place a small scoop of ice-cream on each, spread with a layer of

meringue mixture and then either place in the pre-heated oven

for 2-3 minutes until the meringue starts browning, or lightly

scorch with the blow torch (practise first…). The idea is to cook

the meringue, but keep the ice-cream solid. Serve immediately.

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Advanced Aesthetics


Beauty

Time for

Action

Don’t suffer in silence! Josephine Fairley tackles some

of the beauty challenges thrown up by the menopause

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We can honestly thank our lucky stars to be

living at a time when the word ‘menopause’

isn’t just something that’s mentioned gravely

in hushed whispers. (If mentioned at all.) It used to be

totally taboo – certainly, in my mother’s day. And until

recently, the beauty industry has continued to regard

it as such, ignoring the many beauty challenges faced

by women going through menopause, and beyond.

Ah, ‘beyond’. You might think that’s something I

understood, working in beauty and wellness. But no. At a

women’s literary festival at the end of July – Primadonna, in

East Anglia (which I thoroughly recommend for 2022 for a

weekend of fun, friendship and fab books), a mate asked if

I’d like to join her at a menopause workshop. We both joked

that menopause was a ship that had sailed long ago, but were

nevertheless keen to hear Eleanor Mills speak; formerly a

high-flying editorial dynamo at The Sunday Times, she’s since

launched her own media platform, noon.org.uk, to empower

women at midlife. We duly trotted along – and not only did

my friend and I end up eating our words but in fact, our

jaws were open, most of the workshop. Because officially,

far from ending when hot flushes and night sweats do,

menopause lasts the rest of our lives – and there’s much we

can do to mitigate the impact of menopause on our health. (I

thoroughly recommend bookmarking Noon’s resident medical

expert, Dr. Nighat Arif, for her wisdom on the subject.)

Officially, menopause has three stages: perimenopause,

menopause and post-menopause (that ‘rest of your life’

bit). And whether you sail through it almost without

noticing, or are a slave to hot flushes every five minutes,

you’ll almost certainly find that menopause poses plenty

of beauty challenges. The aforementioned rollercoaster

body temperature drenches underarms and has us

throwing off covers in the night. Often, perimenopausal

women will find their skin breaks out, or develops dry

or oily patches (which is linked to a drop in oestrogen

levels or an increase in others, such as testosterone).

At menopause, collagen production also slows down,

meaning skin starts to sag. Dryness can be a problem,

too, while natural hyaluronic acid and ceramides in

the skin – which act a bit like cement, in the skin

barrier – both start to drop, so skin becomes thinner.

So: let’s look at those different challenges, what you

can do about them – and at some of the products

(from brands including Vichy, PRAI, VENeffect and

even good old Avon), which are daring (YAY!) to

tackle the problem loud and proud, even emblazoning

the word ‘menopause’ across their packaging.

Skin starting to lose its ‘bounce-back’ factor?

Sagging, bagging and softening of facial contours is

caused by plummeting collagen and elastin levels. One

of the brands specifically setting out to tackle this is

VENeffect – founded by sisters Rebecca Booth, M.D., an

experienced gynaecologist and hormonal wellness expert,

and her sister Cecil Booth, who’d worked for 30 years in

the beauty industry – which offers age-defying skincare

designed to ‘restore skin to peak hormonal vitality’. It’s

definitely a range worth exploring for its radiance-boosting

product line-up, with two particular favourites of mine

being the wonderfully plumping VENeffect Anti-Ageing

Intensive Moisturiser, £148 for 50ml, and the VENeffect

Firming Neck & Décollete Crème, £124 for 60ml.

More affordably, we have Vichy Neovadiol Rose

Platinum duo, £59 for two x 50ml, a ‘matching’ night

and day cream which specifically target menopause,

offering rose-hued pigments to restore luminosity while

boosting hydration and targeting pigmentation issues,

and PRAI x M&S MenoGlow Collagen Boosting

Cremegel Moisturiser, £25 for 50ml, which has the

most wonderful skin-quenching texture. (I recommend

you check out the whole PRAI x M&S MenoGlow

range, actually – brilliant formulas, brilliant value.)

Skin acting super-sensitive? A very common problem,

because of skin-thinning. Avoid potentially sensitising

ingredients like retinol, simplify your routine while you allow

skin to settle down, and work to rebuild the complexion’s

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BOTOX FOR GRINDING

& CLENCHING

EASE TEETH GRINDING

If you grind your teeth when you’re not eating, you may have a disorder called

bruxism. Constant teeth grinding and clenching can cause your teeth to wear down

over time. They can even become shorter and eventually break. Tooth grinding

affects more than just your teeth, too – you may face discomfort and stiffness

in the jaw, frequent headaches, migraines, insomnia, or even depression.

What is BOTOX for grinding and clenching?

BOTOX can help relieve the muscle soreness that comes with bruxism and

can remove the pressure on the teeth due to grinding that can break teeth.

It will also reprogram the brain and teaches it not to overuse the muscles.

What does BOTOX for grinding

and clenching involve?

During a bruxism treatment, Dr. Eben Van Der Walt will thoroughly

assess all the muscles involved, trigger points, and referred pain areas to

ensure he injects the BOTOX correctly. Once he has a treatment plan,

he will inject BOTOX into the muscles that are involved. The injection

will impair the muscle and teach your brain not to misuse it.

This weakening will only reduce the amount of overuse (hypertrophy)

of the muscles, so you can still function, eat, and chew properly

without breaking or chipping any of your teeth. It will take between 3

days and 2 weeks for the effects to fully show, that’s why Dr. Eben Van

Der Walt always begins with the minimum dose and will re-evaluate

after two weeks to see if any of the muscles require more BOTOX

Does BOTOX for grinding and clenching hurt?

A very fine needle is used to inject the medication during this treatment so you don’t have to worry about any severe pain

or discomfort. Most patients find it to be very tolerable, especially when a topical anaesthetic is used before the injection.

Why BOTOX for grinding and clenching?

BOTOX is usually prescribed as the ideal treatment and maintenance

protocol for bruxism and might combine it with medications, mouth guards,

stress management methods, physical therapy, chiropractic techniques,

and other treatments for bruxism to fully combat the condition.

What results will you see?

While BOTOX is not a cure for bruxism, you may notice it can control its symptoms

better than other treatments and it’s effective all the time. The results of this teeth

grinding treatment will usually last for about a year, and in the following years.

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arrier function with some of those richly nourishing creams

mentioned above – and for a fast fix for fragile skin, try

Temple Spa Be Calm, £28 for 65ml, an instantly soothing

mask infused with licorice and lavender, a favourite of mine.

Is your skin breaking out? Life really is unfair: many

of us find we’re battling both blemishes and wrinkles, at

the same time. Well, I almost hesitate to say it, but there

are some lifestyle factors that can really help here, including

limiting alcohol and caffeine, which can overtax the liver

and lead to skin congestion. Make sure you’re getting plenty

of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (from oily fish), learn

to love chia and flaxseeds and eat plenty of wholegrain,

fibre-rich foods. Meanwhile, the Paula’s Choice Skincare

Resist Anti-Ageing Trial Kit – Oily Skin, £39, works to

rebalance – and I like the fact you can try the products

in dinkier sizes while you see if they suit your (recently

changed) complexion. To target individual breakouts, I

can recommend some products that did amazingly well in

the recent Beauty Bible Awards: Evolve Rainforest Rescue

Blemish Serum, from £9 for 10ml, Malin + Goetz 10%

Sulfur Paste, £19 for 14ml, and REN CLEARCALM

Non-Drying Spot Treatment, £17.50 for 15ml.

Blowing hot (mostly) and cold? One of the least

pleasant effects of menopause is the tendency to hot flushes.

‘Is it hot in here – or is it me…?’ I think we mostly know

the answer to that one. Personally, I recommend sleeping

on a linen pillowcase at night, in a linen nightie – much

cooler than cotton, and particularly heavenly when you flip

your pillow over in the middle of the night. And for instant

daytime cooling, reach for PRAI x M&S MenoGlow Hot

Flush Cool Fix Serum, £28 for 60ml, or Avon Adapt Icy

Cooling Elixir Facial Mist, £7 for 30ml, part of a threeproduct

Avon range which targets perimenopausal and

menopausal skin challenges at super-affordable prices.

Trouble sleeping? If drifting off is a problem, make

generous use of a pillow spray – if not an arsenal of

pillow sprays; many, many women find aromatherapy

oils are incredibly effective for inducing sleep. Again,

a few recommendations from the Beauty Bible Awards

2021 here – because we had literally hundreds of women

trialling these, declaring the following to be truly effective

(so you needn’t just take my word for it!): The Universal

Soul Company STILL 3-in-1 Soul Pillow Mist &

Room Spray, £35 for 100ml, Drowsy Sleep Zen Pillow

Spray, £21.95 for 50ml, and Olverum Restful Sleep

Pillow Mist, £25 for 50ml. To which, for daytime catnaps

(which can help you make up for time spent tossing and

turning at night), I’d add This Works Sleep Power Nap

Spray, £28 for 50ml. Like knockout drops, for me.

And remember: this too shall pass. Things

WILL get better (even if you’ll still OFFICIALLY

be in menopause forever). Meanwhile, my

advice is to keep cool – and carry on…

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Wellbeing

Run Happy

Love running and want to improve your performance?

In the second part of a special look at running,

Sarah Maxwell explains how you can

build speed and stamina

Once upon a time I was a young

athlete (sprinter/hurdler)

pushing myself to the limit in

an attempt to become elite. I was very

lucky to have a brilliant and insightful

coach who noticed that I was far more

interested in helping other athletes

and suggested I train as a coach.

During four intense years of study

I harnessed the expertise of Brendon

Foster and many others and had the

great privilege of working alongside

one of the best conditioning coaches

in the world, Steve Green (Steve is still

my mentor 20+ years on!). So, this is

a snapshot of what you need to do to

power your way to being a speedy runner.

Work on your form

Working on your running form will

enable your body to move more

efficiently. As you will not be wasting

energy, you will have more available

to increase your pace more easily.

Think about how you land as

you run, your stride length and

remember to relax your upper body.

Play with speed

Fartlek is a Swedish term that means

‘Speed Play’. It is a form of interval or

speed training that can be really effective

in improving your speed and endurance.

Fartlek running involves varying

your pace throughout your run,

alternating between fast segments

and slow jogs. Beginners often enjoy

Fartlek training because it involves

speed work, and it is not as intense as

traditional interval training. Regular

Fartlek leads to faster speed due to

improving your anaerobic threshold.

If you like HIIT workouts and

running, you will LOVE Fartlek running.

Here is a good plan to get you started:

• 10-minute steady run at an easy pace

• 1 minute on (fast pace), 2 minutes

off (easy), 2 minutes on, 1 minute off

• Repeat this 4-5 times

• 10-minute cool down run

at a gentle, easy pace.

Tempo runs

Running at a slightly slower pace than

you would usually can really help develop

your anaerobic threshold, which is

absolutely critical for running faster.

Start running at an easy pace for

10-15 minutes then continue with

15-20 minutes of running at about

10 seconds slower per mile than your

10K pace then run at a much slower

pace for 5-10 minutes to cool down.

Your tempo run should feel hard

but not so much that you are gasping

for air. At the same time, if you can

have a conversation whilst doing this

you are not going hard enough!

Hill training

Running up a hill and jogging or

walking down is a great way to

improve your pace. I recommend

you build a good endurance base

before adding in hill training.

Schedule in one hill running session

per week. Warm up with 10-15 minutes

of easy running. A moderate hill slope of

around 100/200m in length is perfect for

this type of training. Run up the hill with

gusto and keep it consistent. Be careful

to keep a check on your form, do not

let that go to pot for the sake of speed.

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Although you may think that you control most of your

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Hardy annuals, as their name suggests, are tough, easy

going plants that will survive the frosts, so they can

be sown in the autumn to flower next summer and

be stronger and earlier than those from spring sown seeds.

An annual will only live for one year, it’s true, but what

a year that will be. These are happy-go-lucky plants that

live fast and die young – their main aim in life is to set

seed for the next generation as soon as they can. Your

main aim, by picking their flowers, is to prevent this

happening. The more you pick, the more they flower,

until one of you drops from exhaustion. Compare this to

a long-lived herbaceous perennial humming along with

Louis Armstrong, thinking it has all the time in the world.

There’s no rush to do much if you aren’t under a deadline.

Some perennials will obligingly flower again if they are

deadheaded, but there are others – divas like peonies that

you’ll wait all year for. Like Cinderella at the ball, they

make their entrance, dazzle – and disappear back into rags.

We love them, but they’ll never be reliable stalwarts in the

cutting garden. If you have vases to fill, then annual plants

may end up as the mainstay for your cutting garden.

You don’t need a dedicated space in order to grow cut

flowers, but I find it hard to decimate my flower borders, so

will often use a corner of the veg patch. By the early autumn,

many of the edible crops have been harvested, so there are

spaces that can be allocated to either direct sown hardy

annuals, or later on, transplants from those sown into pots.

Choose varieties according to taste, but try to include

a range of focal point flowers and then some smaller

less showy filler plants that will blend with your

colour palette. Well chosen foliage will bring structure

and a supportive background for the flowers.

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Early autumn is the best time to sow hardy annuals. The

soil is still warm, so you can sow them directly into the

ground where they are to flower, or into a nursery bed to

plant out later. They will germinate easily, grow into sturdy

little plants and then wait out the winter at this stage.

They’ll look as if they’ve stopped growing in the winter, but

will be secretly busy developing strong roots in preparation

for a surge of growth in the spring. When the weather

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beasties) and disappear before they get the chance to grow to

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spring to plant out. Sunflowers, Rudbeckia, Gypsophila and

others may prefer a spring sowing. If in doubt, look on the

back of the seed packet for sowing times. They are hardier

than the half hardy plants – sort of three quarters hardy.

Half hardy annuals (HHA)

Half hardies need heat for germination and must stay under

cover until the frosts have passed. These are not generally

sown in the autumn, but given some bottom heat and

protection from frosts will reliably pop up in the early

spring and be ready to plant out into the garden when

conditions warm up – usually by mid May, but check the

forecasts before you plant them out and be prepared for a

hardening off period – gradually accustoming your babies

to life in the big outdoors, which can involve traipsing

in and out with them for a while. I often sow Cosmos,

Antirrhinum (snapdragons) and Nicotiana (tobacco plants)

directly into the soil in mid April and let them take their

chances (there’s only so much traipsing in and out we can

do). Do grow them though. These are really useful annuals

for cutting, and will flower their socks off until the frosts.

Annuals tend to prefer sunny, free draining positions

and most are summer flowering – many are derived from

meadow plants and tend to be tough and opportunistic

– and a little wild. Left to their own devices they will selfseed

around the place – sometimes this is fantastic – truly

‘plants for free’, but if they pop up in all the wrong areas,

the novelty may well wear off. Judicious weeding, however,

is easier and cheaper than buying trays of new plants.

If you have been diligently dead-heading through the

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picking, and are also excellent fillers for new borders – and

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Two little granddaughters went home earlier in

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container full of seed heads that they had chased

across the garden (let’s hope that they weren’t thistles) and

a galvanised baby’s bath by then complete with a few shells,

interesting pebbles and a pile of crabs’ claws that they had

found on the beach. The baby’s bath is now going to be

‘repurposed’ as a tiny wildlife pond. September is a perfect

time of the year to plan projects like this but perhaps

in their case they need to wait until the bath fills with

rainwater and then it can be planted up in the spring.

So, September brings shorter days, warm afternoons

but cooler nights. The light in September always seems so

intense to me and the jewel colours of dahlias and salvias,

aconites and autumn flowering nerines are so beautiful.

Things to do in September

• Taking photos and notes of your borders. What

didn’t work and which combinations did.

• Keeping on top of weeding, but take out anything

which is ‘ugly’ or diseased. It’s often difficult to actually

get into your borders at this time of year without treading

on things by mistake, but it is definitely worth having

a go. And you might find that missing tennis ball...

• Keep checking stakes and avoid earwig damage by popping

upturned pots stuffed with paper or straw on canes nearby.

Dahlias, if they are regularly dead-headed and fed with a

liquid tomato fertiliser or something similar, will go on and

on flowering until the first frosts. A few of ours which are still

languishing in pots seem to be succumbing to some form of

mosaic virus which results in mottling of the leaves. There

is nothing for it but to dispense with the infected plant.

It might be a good idea not to compost them as the virus

could well persist causing all sorts of problems next season.

It is a perfect time to take cuttings of salvias which are

at their best this time of year. They strike so easily. I’m

particularly keen on Salvia confertiflora with its spiky, velvety

red flower spikes and red stems. A piece accidentally broken

off last night should make a good plant for next year. Just

snip below a leaf node, cut any large leaves in half so that

the cutting doesn’t need to expend excess energy on them

and then pop around the edge of a small pot of potting

compost. I keep mine out of the sunlight outside until they

take and then put them somewhere frost proof for the winter.

Nerines need a thorough summer baking, so a sheltered

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tidied up their leaves last month. Oh, and they need to be

planted at or above the soil surface. Amarines are worth

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Garden

Trees

Plant pot grown trees

now whilst the soil is

still warm. A couple of trees

that provide autumn interest

are from the crataegus family.

Crataegus persimilis ‘Prunifolia’ has

showy fruit which colour up well later

in the month. They need sunshine to

become the dark red that is so typical

of this plant and interestingly, if there

are not many fruit in a particular season

the leaves will colour up more than

they would if the tree was laden with

fruit. Another crataegus, C. laciniata

from the Eastern Mediterranean is very

decorative with deep cut grey leaves

and soft orange haws in the autumn.

It is not too late to prune plum/

greengage trees up until the middle

of the month. If you prune after

that, there is a good chance of

introducing silver leaf to the

plant. Take out dead,

diseased and crossing

wood.

Herbs

Cut back chives,

sorrel and lovage now

and they will reward you

with new, fresh growth. Any

other long season herbs can

get the same treatment. It is also

a good time to dry herbs and to

collect seeds. Also to sow coriander,

parsley and delicious rocket.

And now out to the garden to give

the hammock a cursory glance and to

get on with some of these jobs. And

don’t forget to order your daffodils!

They need to be planted in September

whilst the tulips can hang on until

Christmas if needs be. If they are going

into pots it may be that they are all

still full so that works perfectly.

Daffodils are a different matter.

Sue Whigham can be contacted

on 07810 457948 for gardening

advice and help in the

sourcing and supply of

interesting garden

plants.

According

to the Bugs

Matter project, there has

been a 50% decline in the

number of insects ‘hitting car

windscreens’ in Kent in the last

15 years. We can help reverse

this sobering statistic. Fewer

insects inevitably means

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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

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Shout outs from the Schools

Hurst’s Show Jumping champions

“After 18 months of patience, Hurst College’s equestrian team

produced a winning performance to become National Inter Schools

Show Jumping champions at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Taking advantage of being drawn 17 th out of 20, each rider

watched the other teams to determine how they could achieve

the quickest times. Team coach and international show jumper

Brian Cassidy, who walked the course, escorted each team member

to the arena entrance and passed on last-minute instructions.

It was an anxious wait while the final three teams

jumped. Team Hurst had done enough to secure victory

by four seconds, for the second time in three years.

In addition, four members of the Hurst Equestrian team were

selected for international, national and regional representation

across multiple disciplines, this summer. One represented

the Great Britain team at the FEI Dressage European Junior

Championships; another two represented the England team

at the Welsh and Scottish Home Pony events; and the fourth

represented the South-East of England Regional U18 team

at the British Eventing Youth Championships.” hppc.co.uk

Keeping it Sustainable

“At Vinehall we are embedding learning about sustainability

throughout the school. To help enable the school to achieve this, we

have recently appointed a School Horticulturist who will, alongside

our teachers, ensure all of our children enjoy opportunities to learn

about sustainable practices and get mud under their fingernails!

Insects and pollinators were a recent focus of our horticultural

curriculum with the children using their new found expertise to design

their own bee-friendly gardens as part of Radio 2’s recent Big Bee

Challenge. The Vinehall bees continue to thrive in the safe hands of

our Housemaster Gideon Coles, who has become a member of the

Rother and Hastings division of the Sussex Beekeepers Association.

Vinehall is a successful, happy and high-achieving school with

outstanding facilities set in 41 acres of beautiful countryside. Our small

classes and highly qualified staff offer brilliant outcomes for our children,

but it is our culture of family and our exceptional pastoral

care that distinguishes us, and enables all our children

to succeed in both academic and personal terms.

Our next Open Days are the 17th and

18th September 2021. Contact us for

more information or to book a bespoke

Headmaster tour.” vinehallschool.com

2021 results success

“Congratulations to the class of 2021 at Sevenoaks School,

who achieved an average IB Diploma score of 41.3 points,

more than eight points above the world average.

Thirty students achieved the maximum 45 points, with 48 securing

44 points and another 38 securing 43 points. Almost 75 per cent of the

cohort achieved 40 points or more – another truly remarkable result.

Mr Jesse Elzinga, Headmaster, said: ‘In a year of disruption,

our students’ hard work, professionalism and dedication was

phenomenal, and we are proud of their creative, inquisitive and

committed approach to their studies and co-curricular activities.

‘The IB Diploma, the global gold standard of education, will

enable our students to proceed to the world’s best universities, with

94 per cent achieving a place at their firm-choice university. Our

school leavers of 2021 are inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young

people who will help to create a better and more peaceful world.’

Over 170,000 students from more than 150 countries

took the IB Diploma last year. The IB’s outlook is invaluable,

empowering students to flourish in the global community.

The school also celebrated outstanding GCSE and

IGCSE results in August, with 93.8 per cent of all

examinations graded A/A* or 9/8/7.” sevenoaksschool.org

Pre-Senior Baccalaureate – the

answer for Years 7 and 8

“Education is not just about exam results and a 13

year old is more than a series of scores. Developing

the whole child and instilling in them a range of skills

and characteristics that will serve them well for life has

become the new challenge, and one that we aim to

meet at Marlborough House through the Pre-Senior

Baccalaureate (PSB). The PSB aims to cover the same

material as Common Entrance but encourage a wider

range of skills. This is a 21st century approach to education

and provides each child with a relevant and rounded

foundation to build upon – we believe that it is the way

forward for prep school children in Years 7 and 8.

Marlborough House School offers Year 7 Entry

Scholarships to children who show outstanding

ability. Applications for current Year 6 pupils open on

20th September 2021.” marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

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Robotics and Emerging Technologies

How Ashford Prep School and Reed’s are keeping up with the latest advances

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Mr Nick Tiley-Nunn, Headmaster

of Ashford Prep School

How are you keeping children

abreast with the latest technological

developments? In terms of keeping

up with the latest technological

developments, our Digital Steering

Group always has an eye on emerging

opportunities and latest developments

in educational technology. We have had

1:1 devices in the school (iPads in Prep

and Microsoft Surfaces in Senior) for

a number of years and the confidence

with which children use these devices is

staggering – they are incredibly skilful

and responsible users of technology.

This has been vital to ensuring that

even in the challenging context that we

have all lived through over the last year,

our pupils have not simply survived

educationally but genuinely thrived and

the school has been operating as close

to business as usual, even when their

physical classroom was the kitchen table.

What type of emerging technologies

are you currently focusing on in

lessons? Our curriculum at the Prep

School is broad and covers a range of

technologies. We have a growing focus

giving our children the opportunity

to experience augmented reality (AR),

not only in their computing lessons,

but as a way of enriching the wider

curriculum and providing learning

opportunities that would simply

be impossible without technology.

For our youngest learners in Early

Years, this might be colouring that

comes to life in front of their eyes

through Quiver, ranging to real-time

exploration of human anatomy with

AR t-shirts. We will be exploring the

impact of using AR to redefine learning

opportunities through our own small

scale action research project this year

including looking at how to integrate

AR into classrooms and corridors of

the school with interactive displays.

Do pupils get to try their hand at

robotics? Absolutely! We are very

excited to have got our hands on a

brand-new set of Sphero Bolt robots,

which will allow our children to

apply what they have learnt in their

coding lessons and use it to control

their very own robot to complete

tasks and missions. We hope to

be able to offer this opportunity

to other schools in the local area

through community initiatives.

What proves most popular with your

pupils? The use of Minecraft in lessons

has proved hugely popular, particularly

in Upper Prep. I was blown away when

I got to see first-hand how they had

used Minecraft to create their own

working example of how pollination

takes place, with the children acting

as virtual bees in the environment

that they had created collaboratively.

It reiterated the huge potential for

working together as a team to create

something that they would not have

achieved on their own. This ability to

work collaboratively, perhaps without

even being in the same room, is a

21st century skill that I believe will

become increasingly important given

the changes to working life that we have

witnessed globally over the last year.

How can you help them to develop

an interest in a particular new

technology? I think that fostering

the ability and confidence to work

iteratively; making little tweaks

when something doesn’t work, is

key. However, I think that the most

important factors in helping young

people to develop an interest in

anything, not just technology, is breadth

of opportunity and time. Put simply, if

you want a child to develop an interest

in something, they have to have the

opportunity and time to experience it.

It greatly concerns me that at

times we seem to have a very narrow

perspective of what the formative years

of education are all about as a nation.

For me, it’s about nurturing happy

and confident learners, broadening

horizons and inspiring minds, and

ensuring that every child moves on to

secondary education with everything

they need to be the best that they can

be as they become young adults. Time

to explore, create and truly challenge

children rather than a race to arbitrary

milestones needs to be prioritised.

We need to seriously ask ourselves

what skills, knowledge, understanding

and (perhaps most importantly)

values we want the next generation

of citizens to have. Technology will

have a big role to play in the world

that our children will inherit, so my

view is that the earlier they can use

this technology with confidence,

responsibility and most importantly

balance (nothing replaces the joy of a

good book or time outdoors) the better.

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Gareth Hart, Assistant Head, Digital Learning

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How are you keeping children abreast with the latest

technological developments? At Reed’s we not only start

computing lessons for pupils from Year 7 onwards, we also

have a bespoke FutureTech programme. This involves a series

of initiatives that inspire pupils to gain knowledge and skills

in a variety of STEM areas and improves their technological

literacy. There’s a whole curriculum based around these areas

delivered in Year 9 that removes the barriers between subjects

and encourages interest, skill development and creativity.

What type of emerging technologies are you

currently focusing on in lessons? In lessons we focus

on and use many new and emerging technologies. For

example, pupils learn about the wide variety of uses

for artificial intelligence in computing, view organs

using augmented reality in biology and travel the

world with virtual reality headsets in geography.

Do pupils get to try their hand at robotics? Yes, most

definitely! There are Robotics Clubs as well as opportunities

during lessons to programme Lego, Vex and Sphero

robots. We are really eager for pupils to learn skills such

as a problem solving, programming and teamwork

and realise the thrill of coding through robotics.

What proves most popular with your pupils? One of

the most popular activities is FutureTech CSI. Pupils apply

their knowledge from various subject disciplines and learn

to use new technology, such as DNA fingerprinting and gel

electrophoresis, to solve fictional crimes. They also enjoy

learning about the importance of renewable energy and

exploring environmentally friendly ways we can generate

electricity such as by using magnets, building their own

wind turbines, and generating electricity from plants.

How can you help them to develop an interest in a

particular new technology? We run a regular series of

thought-provoking lectures by speakers from industry. Most

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How excellent pool facilities are enabling students to develop

their strength in multiple swimming events

Mayfield School

Can you tell us a little bit

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indoor heated pool on site, with

space for five lanes and diving

blocks, which means we can

host swimming galas as well.

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Does your pool

operate all

year round?

Yes, the pool

is obviously

used very

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by Battle

Abbey pupils

during term

time, but a variety of clubs and

groups use the facility after hours

and during school holidays. Our

pupils also swim before school

and we teach sixth formers their

basic lifeguarding qualifications.

Sean Collins, Battle Abbey

School Pool Manager

Can pupils with an interest in

swimming go on to compete? Pupils

compete regularly in inter-school

galas on behalf of Battle Abbey but

many also swim competitively for

local clubs. Due to the access to

the pool the pupils enjoy, several

of our pupils have gone on to be

South East and Sussex Regional

Champions and subsequently

started on the Olympic pathway.

Who teaches the pupils? We

have two dedicated qualified

swim teachers who work with

both senior and prep pupils.

Do you use your pool for any other

activities? The pupils regularly

take part in Water Polo. Our pool

is widely considered to be one of

the finest locally and is especially

deep, which means the pupils have

the opportunity to practice their

block diving and do their depth

test extension to their lifeguarding

training. The pool has been used

externally by a number of clubs

including canoe clubs, diving clubs,

lane swimming, triathlon training

and even mermaid themed parties!

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Does your pool operate all year

round? Yes, in the curriculum

the girls have a term of weekly

lessons as part of PE where they

learn more about the four strokes

and in Year 9 they learn Water

Polo and Lifesaving. Beyond

Year 9, swimming is optional

during the girls’ PE lessons,

and many choose to swim for

fitness or to play Water Polo.

Can pupils with an interest in

swimming go on to compete? At

Mayfield we have three Swimming

Teams – Juniors (Years 7 and

8), Inters (Years 9 and 10), and

Seniors (Years 11 to 13). We

regularly compete against other

schools across Kent and Sussex.

Who teaches the pupils? Pippa

Whitby leads our swim programme,

and runs four weekly training

sessions, open to all ages and

abilities. There are also four weekly

sessions run by the Head Coach

of Beacon Swimming Club.

Do you use your pool for any other

activities? The pool is used by our

local primary schools as well as the

Beacon Swimming Club. And we

hold Spark camps in the Summer

and Easter holidays for children

in Reception through to Year 8.

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Book Smart

In an age of readily accessible screens and internet, how are

school libraries continuing to expand pupils’ knowledge?

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Vinehall

Vinehall’s library is at the heart of

the school in more ways than

one. Most of the classrooms in

the Prep School lead directly from the

galleried library, making it very much

the hub of learning. Lessons frequently

spill out of classrooms and into the

library, with the children making

use of the packed shelves of fiction

and non-fiction books as well as the

computers that share the library space.

Vinehall has recently introduced

Ashford School

The Somerville Library is based at

the Ashford Senior School site at

East Hill in Ashford. With over

13,000 fiction and non-fiction titles, it

is a learning hub for all year groups

Located at the centre of the school

campus, it spans three floors, with

private study and quiet reading zones.

The ground floor houses the fiction

collection alongside graphic novels,

audiobooks, DVDs and periodicals.

Books aimed at students with Special

Educational Needs (SEN) and students

learning English as an additional language

(EAL) are also available. The first floor

houses the non-fiction collection. The

top floor is reserved for Sixth Form use,

where material related to Careers and

Further Education can be accessed.

To support our Learning Habits and

to encourage independent learning, book

displays and reading lists both reinforce

and extend the academic content taught

across faculties. The online catalogue is

regularly updated and pupils are able to

access nearly 2000 e-books. Help from

the Librarians is also on offer to all year

groups when sourcing texts to support

homework, project work or research

tasks. The library is staffed by two

Librarians from 8am to 6pm every day.

Assistance is available for those

pupils who are following EPQ and

the ISEB Project Qualification, a mini

EPQ of sorts, which means the Year 8s

each have to come up with and answer

their own research question. Examples

of questions from this year’s cohort of

Year 8s include ‘Can money buy you

happiness?’ and ‘Is space exploration

a waste of money?’ The research skills

the children develop in completing

this qualification puts the school

library at the centre of the learning

process, reflecting the importance of

independent learning at Vinehall.

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CREST Awards, and Study Skills

sessions take place each year on

research sources and materials, as well

as how to use referencing in essays.

Our Librarians invite students to take

part in reading initiatives to celebrate

World Book Day and National Poetry

Day, or to meet visiting authors

when they speak at the school.

We have a wide range of fiction

and non-fiction eBooks available via

VLEBooks and the Sora app. Online

resources are equally important when

studying, researching and expanding

intellectual horizons. Ashford School

subscribes to a range of these, including

The Churchill Archive, eMag,

GCSEPod, JSTOR and MASSOLIT.

The English Faculty hold regular

library lessons, during which pupils

choose books and enjoy a period of silent

reading. Sixth Form students spend their

free periods working in the library, and

classes are always welcome to visit to

access our resources. Pupils in all year

groups can access the library at any time

during the school day, depending on their

timetable and extracurricular activities.

Books from the library can also

be borrowed before the end of term

to read over the school holidays and

pupils can access the Sora app and

VLEBooks on their Surface Go devices

throughout the holidays, too.

ashfordschool.co.uk

Dominique Collins,

Head of Library & EPQ

Hurstpierpoint College

Library facilities are available

in both the Prep and Senior

Schools at Hurstpierpoint. The

Prep School library is housed within

the heart of the Prep School and is

regularly used for clubs, reading and

group work. In the Senior School,

we have a fabulous, stylish library on

two floors that overlooks the Sussex

countryside. It is very modern, with

an abundance of glass and white

furniture. People comment on how

it resembles a university library –

which is just what we were aiming

for when the new library opened in

2014. The first floor is the general

library area for Senior School

students and in addition to the usual

books there are work areas equipped

with computers, a breakfast bar

area for those who bring their own

laptops and a small café area with

a range of refreshments, magazines,

casual seating and a variety of DVDs.

There is a choice of fully equipped

meeting rooms, perfect for small

group or individual revision or

teaching work. The top floor is

reserved solely for Sixth Form

students and included in this area

is a multi-function seminar room

as well as a specialist Careers and

Higher Education department

holding information on university

options, careers and gap years.

The library is also the EPQ

centre for Sixth Form students.

The library is a mix of old and

new technology. The most popular

feature of our bookable rooms is a

whiteboard: simple, yet versatile, it’s

what most students use to revise for

exams. We also have ebooks, online

databases and electronic journal

articles. Our self-check machine

is a big hit with the students who

marvel how it manages to recognise

the books they take out. We also

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have an emailed newsletter that

helps us keep in touch remotely.

People still like to borrow physical

books, however, so we do have

a large physical collection.

The College is very lucky to have

three full time library staff: one

in the Prep school and two in the

Senior School. The Senior School

library staff are also responsible

for EPQ, which ties in very well

with their skillset. The Prep School

Librarian is a reading champion

and is always ready with a good

book recommendation for all kinds

of readers. Members of the Senior

School Library organised the SSBA

– Southern Schools Book Award

– for the first time in 2020. There

are also regular reading challenges

– for example, an around the

world challenge when pupils (and

staff) select books to read and as

they finish, their balloon is moved

around the world; if they complete

the challenge they win a prize.

Students can use the library when

they have a study period, at break

and lunch times, after school and for

prep. The library is also available if

teachers want to bring students in

for a lesson. The history department

are big supporters of the library

as the students use the books to

complete their coursework. The

student magazine, Oculus, is also

run from the library. We conduct

EPQ lessons on referencing and

electronic sources and, of course,

there is Crafternoon – where

students complete crafts whilst

listening to audio books.

We always encourage students to

borrow something for the holidays

– at Christmas the Senior School

library runs a Christmas reading

treat promotion and have a book

stand near the dining room to

showcase what we have to offer.

The Prep School Library runs

a Summer reading challenge and

loans (sometimes large piles) of

books to pupils for the vacation.

The library is also open for students

to study in many of the holidays.

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Get Involved!

Parents of Parkside create a new Outdoor Classroom

Parents of Parkside (PoP) is a

PTA with a difference. They

are an inclusive ‘Community’

of families connected to Parkside

School, who have a variety of

talents to bring to the table. They

are wholeheartedly supported by

the Head and Deputy Head of

Parkside, who are both actively

involved; along with teachers,

suppliers, and extended members

of Parkside families and friends.

During a particularly challenging

year, when few events could be

hosted, PoP launched a number

of creative and innovative ways

to raise funds. Recognising the

importance of supporting local

community businesses, they

partnered with them to provide

events which could be held

individually at home during

lockdown. For example, PoP sold

an outstanding £1700 worth of

beautiful Valentines’ roses and raffle

tickets where the winner enjoyed

a romantic meal delivered to their

door. Parents also forfeited their

discount on school fees, offered

during the pandemic, to raise

further funds for the development

of the Outdoor Classroom.

It was not only the money raised

which realised the completion

of the Outdoor Classroom, but,

more importantly, the generous

contribution of people’s time and

energy in building it. Having

raised sufficient funds, PoP

went about recruiting volunteers

to help build the classroom;

which largely consisted of family

members, pupils, teachers and

support staff from the school.

The passion to create an outdoor

multi-purpose classroom for pupils

at Parkside is truly inspiring.

Every pupil attending the school

will benefit from this area, which

provides them with a natural,

organic space to learn. It offers

space for everything from maths

and coding to photography in

the fresh air, where there is peace

to focus on the importance and

value of positivity, happiness

and working together.

Parkside’s Outdoor Classroom

project has been shortlisted at the

Independent School Parent Awards

for best Fundraising Achievement

2021, which is testament to the

school’s strong family ethos. Values

such as resilience, togetherness and

determination are underpinned

by the Head’s mantra of ‘Make

it Happen’ – never more relevant

and necessary than in the past

year. They are standards Parkside

live by, clearly demonstrated

through projects such as these.

parkside-school.co.uk

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Meet the Head

Head of Claremont Senior School, Ed Dickie, chats

career progression, teaching, and the rewards of

overcoming learning challenges with students

What were you doing before you

joined Claremont? Before I joined

Claremont I spent 13 years at Bedes/

St. Bedes School in a variety of

roles – starting as a labourer on

their Facilities Team and ending up

on the Senior Team as Senior Day

Housemaster. In between I was a

History & Politics Teacher, Head

of Sixth Form and Housemaster.

What are you looking forward

to next year? Hopefully spending

less time thinking about Covid

protocols and more time helping

students discover their personal

pathways. I am particularly looking

forward to teaching History at A

Level again, having taught only

Politics over the past few years.

Tell us a little about your school

days... Hmm. Perhaps less said

about that the better! I happened

across the Deputy Head from my

old school a few years back. After

overcoming his surprise at seeing me

he exclaimed that ‘the poacher has

turned gamekeeper!’. It’s fair to say

that I was a reluctant student until

my A Levels when I was inspired by

two fantastic teachers who managed,

somehow, to instill in a rogue 17-year

-old a passion for Shakespeare and

19th Century British Politics. My

own experience at school, both

the good and the bad, has guided me

throughout my career in education.

What was your favourite

subject at school? Despite now

being a History teacher it was

probably English Literature.

How do you hope to inspire the

pupils at Claremont? I hope to inspire

pupils by providing them with endless

evidence of what is possible when you

back yourself, work hard and take the

opportunities that come your way.

Seeing young people discover and

develop their potential is why I teach.

What’s been your proudest

achievement? It is always difficult

to pinpoint one particular moment.

Seeing Claremont develop

academically and pastorally has been

hugely rewarding but, for me, the

proudest moments in my career

have always been seeing individuals

‘come good’ when the odds were

against it. This might manifest in all

sorts of different ways – both inside

and outside the classroom – but

when it happens I know we have

really made a lasting difference.

If you could teach anyone from

history, who would it be? A very good

question! I am not sure that any of the

many people I admire from history

would have gained much from being

taught by me! In terms of someone

who I would have been most interested

to teach when they were child I would

lean towards a political figure such

as Nelson Mandela or Adolf Hitler,

each for very different reasons!

What’s your favourite place to visit in

the Weald? Again, very difficult! Born,

and initially brought up, in Sussex

I feel very much at home across

the Weald. At the moment I am

never happier than walking with my

dogs through the fields and woods

north of Battle, where I now live.

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The 50th Anniversary Rye Arts Festival offers the biggest and best

programme in its long history, including classical, jazz, folk and blues music,

author talks, drama, films and themed walks.

Tickets available now - online at www.ryeartsfestival.org.uk

or via the Box Office 01797 462168

GYLES BRANDRETH

Odd Boy Out

SHIRLEY SMART

Jazz Trio

Rev. RICHARD COLES

Madness of Grief

10th - 26th September 2021

RICHARD ROWNTREE

Shaft (1971)

VERA

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SPOOKY RYE

Night Terrors Walk

IMPROPERA

Improvised Opera

MARTIN WIMBUSH

& SALLY BAYLY

Plus a free prize draw open to all, with a one-off, solid gold brooch created

by local jeweller Simon Milne to be given away!

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What’s On in September

Art

21 Aug – 5 Dec

The Lightbox Gallery and

Museum, Woking GU21 4AA

Lines of BEAUTy:

Master DRAWINGS

from CHATSWORTH

A major exhibition of Old Master

Drawings on loan from one of the

UK’s most significant collections.

Developed in partnership with

Chatsworth House and Sheffield

Museums, Lines of Beauty: Master

Drawings from Chatsworth is the

largest display of drawings from

the collection in over twenty

years and will feature works

by Da Vinci, Raphael, Dürer,

Rembrandt, Rubens and more.

thelightbox.org.uk

Sun 8 – Sat 28 Sep

ArtSpring Gallery, 167 High

Street, Tonbridge TN9 1BX

Kent ARTISTS Reflect

ArtSpring Gallery’s second annual

open exhibition, ‘Reflections’, will

showcase work by 2D and 3D

Kent artists created over the last

year, reflecting on the effects of the

pandemic. Discover work by Kent

artists and support a good cause as

10% of all sales will be donated to

Frontline19, a free, independent,

nationwide volunteer service

delivering psychological support to

people working on the frontline.

Selected artwork, ceramics and

glass by over 30 artists can be

viewed in the gallery and online.

artspringgallery.co.uk

Fri 24 – Sun 26 Sep

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

Contemporary ART Fairs

Bringing back their popular

weekend fair this month,

Contemporary Art Fairs are great

for serious art collectors or art

lovers and their families. There

will be over 100 artists to meet,

view the work of and learn about,

all in a spacious venue with free

parking. You can watch artists

at work in the live art theatre

and join in with workshops run

by professional artists, and don’t

forget to visit the Highclere Castle

Gin stand for some gin samples.

contemporaryartfairs.co.uk

Mon 27 Sep – Mon 1

Nov 11am – 6pm

Bluewater shopping and

leisure destination

Under the RAINBOW

An exciting and uplifting nonprofit

exhibition showcasing artists

across the southeast. Ewa Page, a

Bluewater restaurant manager and

artist, came up with the idea after

realising how artists had struggled

with being unable to exhibit during

lockdown, but also used their art to

sustain their mental wellbeing. As

such the exhibition will promote

an inclusive joyful vibe, celebrating

community, mindfulness and

kindness; a wonderful opportunity

for many artists, including young

and emerging talent. The event

will be free to visit and all the

art exhibited will be for sale.

Entry: Free

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Until 31 Mar 2022

Tommy’s MINI Mission

Royal British Legion Industries

are announcing their first raffle to

win a brand new Mini! The funds

raised will assist RBLI with a new

Centenary Village with disabilityadapted

apartments, assistedliving,

family homes, extra care,

specialist dementia care, and a new

2-storey community centre with

an IT learning suite and a fully

accessible gym. You can now buy

tickets for just £1 to enter Tommy’s

MINI Mission and be in with the

chance of winning this fabulous,

fun and iconic brand new car!

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Mon 6 Sep 7.15pm

Hawkhurst Copt Hall

Wed 8 Sep 7.15pm

Singleton Village Hall, Ashford

Thu 9 Sep 7.15pm

St Mildreds Church

Hall Tenterden

FREE Choir OPEN

evenings

The ROCKITS! are back to

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The 28 th

Tenterden

folk festival

2021

“Tenterden, the Jewel of the Weald”

Thursday 30 th September to

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hand at a spot of falconry!

Book your tickets online:

Ticketed events include:

Thursday evening concert,

concerts, barn dance, special

shows, workshops,

meet the guests, folk clubs,

Sea songs and shanties, etc.

Free events include:

Craft & street stalls, free

music stage, dance stage,

Morris dancers, dance displays,

procession, song &

music sessions, street theatre,

etc.

For more details, full guest

list and to buy tickets

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Woodfest & Country Fair, 11 th & 12 th September, 10am-5pm

We have lots of exciting woodland demonstrations taking place

over the weekend including chainsaw carving, willow weaving,

campfire cooking, pole lathe turning as well as vintage tractors

and stationary steam engines.

DAHLIA DAYS

and SUMMER

DISPLAYS

Tues to Sat through September

In September the gardens are a riot of

colour with a dazzling display of

dahlias, as well as sunflowers and

heliotropes, cannas and ricinus all

complemented by the second

flowering of roses, late flowering

perennials and other annuals.

Café with Terrace; Gift Shop; Sculpture Exhibition

Open Tuesday to Saturday and Special Event Days

Ticehurst, TN5 7HE 01580 200888

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The main arena attractions run continuously throughout the

day and will include Joe’s Bows Falconry, Gun Dog display, Ferret

Racing, Fun Dog Show (Sunday) and new for 2021, we have Alpaca

Annie’s Display.

We have craft making activities, creepy claws animal display and

something new for 2021 Arbor, Part Man. Part Tree. An interactive

show, for all the family to experience. There will also a range of

craft stalls, local food and drink.

Adults £10, Concession £8 and children under 16 are free of charge.

Book your tickets online to save 10%.

Modern Calligraphy Workshop, 22 nd Sept, 10am-2.30pm

During this workshop you will learn the techniques needed

to write modern calligraphy and copperplate font using a dip

pen and ink. This workshop is suitable for all abilities. Light

refreshments are provided. £45.00 per person, booking required.

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What’s On in September

Support. This local not-for-profit

community choir welcomes

anyone who wants to sing.

You don’t need any musical

experience and there are no

auditions. They are friendly

and fun loving, and explore all

kinds of music, from musicals

to chart toppers. The groups

under their umbrella include

The Heart of Kent Show Choir,

the super swinging Ruby Sisterz,

and Baby & Toddler Rockits.

Entry: Free

babyandtoddlerrockits@gmail.com /

therockits.org /

heartofkentshowchoir.co.uk

Shopping

Sun 5 Sep 11am-4pm

Grand Hall, Dorking Halls

Reigate Road, Dorking

RH4 1SG

CURATED by

DAPPER & SUAVE

Curated by Dapper & Suave are

back with a market showcasing

over 40 local businesses selling

artwork, beauty, candles, fashion,

food, gifts for the home and

jewellery. Their ethos is to offer

unique, friendly, and creative

businesses a platform to shine,

introducing new businesses to

people interested in shopping

local, handmade and unique.

Booking required.

dapperandsuave.uk

Sun 5 Sep 11am-4pm

St Martin’s Walk Car

Park, Dorking, Mill Lane,

Dorking RH4 1DX

Dorking ARTISAN

Market

Celebrating the best local products

from small businesses and artisanal

producers, this market will have

stalls including junktiques, arts

and crafts, artisan food and

drink and vintage brocante.

Entry to the market also free,

and Dorking Artisan Market

provides the perfect excuse for a

day out in Dorking and a stroll to

discover the town’s independent

shops, cafes and businesses.

Entry: Free

dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk

Theatre & Music

Sat 18 Sep 2:30-10pm

& Sun 19 Sep 2:30-10:30pm

The Hop Farm, Maidstone

Road, Paddock Wood, Beltring,

Tonbridge TN12 6PY

Olly Murs & TOM JONES

Two of The Voice’s brightest stars

come to The Hop Farm for a

brilliant weekend of outdoorsy

summer entertainment. With

both artists having been

cooped up for so long they

are bound to be excited and

ready to celebrate with you!

Entry: from £44.24 for

general admission standing

thehopfarm.co.uk

Fri 10 Sep 7pm

EM Forster Theatre Library

Gardens, Tonbridge School,

Tonbridge TN9 1JP

SLAPSTICK PICNIC:

THE IMPORTANCE OF

BEING EARNEST

Over tea and cucumber

sandwiches, witness the entirety

of Oscar Wilde’s classic play of

manners, affairs and handbags,

being performed by just two

rather dashing entertainers.

Entry: adults at the door £20,

under 18s £11, under 10s one

free with every paying adult

emftheatre.com

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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, Zoe

challenges her idealistic childhood view of pigs

As a young girl I was obsessed with pigs. Pig mugs,

watching Babe, Percy Pigs... you name it. So you

can imagine my joy at the ripe old age of thirty

when Chris said we were getting some pigs. We would rear

them to eventually go through the shop. I was worried

about getting too attached seeing as my childhood dreams

were playing out, but I needn’t have worried. Firstly when

I went to pet one it snapped at me, literally like a crocodile

in the wildlife programmes and, secondly, I watched one

devour an apple from one of the trees and the pure strength

in its jaw made me stand open-mouthed for a good ten

seconds after he had swallowed. From that moment I

realised that the imaginary Pinterest board in my mind –

becoming best pals and putting flower crowns on them

and getting cute photos – wasn’t realistic and I should

give up that pipedream. I have now developed a new type

of respect for these powerful and intelligent creatures.

What I have found incredible is how smart and surprisingly

clean they are. For a start they pretty much only go to

the loo in one designated place in the pen, which I’ve

never seen happen with other domesticated animals.

Pigs’ eyes are very much like humans, too, even the

iciest blue or grey, which when you get them back from

the abattoir can be rather disconcerting. In actual fact

we are extremely similar genetically to pigs in many

ways – before plastic practise skin was developed,

people used to learnt the art of tattooing on waste

pig skin as it’s supposedly so similar to humans.

We shall take our pigs to the abattoir at around

70-80kg, which is a fair size when you compare it to

the lambs who weigh about 40-45kg when they go. I

hope this time we can try to make some pork scratchings

because, well, we’re rather partial to a pork scratching!

I’ve found it quite remarkable how many people ask us

for more unusual cuts such as the trotters and also the

cheeks – both of which I am yet to sample myself.

I shall keep you updated on how our pigs are getting

on with us, hopefully they’ll get more fond of me as time

goes on and maybe even pose for that elusive photo.

The Little Farm Fridge Recipe of the month

How to cook it... The Little Farm

Fridge Breakfast Brioche.

• The Little Farm Fridge

Breakfast Burgers

• free-range eggs

• brioche buns

• cheddar cheese

• 5tbsp tomato ketchup

• 1tbsp brown sugar

• 1tsp Lea & Perrins

• crushed chilli flakes to taste

• avocado (optional)

1 Firstly add your ketchup, brown sugar, Lea &

Perrins and crushed chilli flakes into a small bowl

and mix well to make your spicy relish.

2 Heat up a frying pan with a little butter and fry your breakfast

burgers. Once they are cooked, leave them to cool slightly and

fry your eggs in the pan, plenty of black pepper on the yolk.

4 Melt your cheese onto the top of your brioche bun

in the grill – for optional naughtiness you can brush

both sides of the bun with butter before grilling.

5 Stack your burger up and enjoy! (I sometimes substitute

the cheese with avocado if I’m pretending to be healthier)

Follow Zoe on Instagram @thechiefshepherdess

and @thelittlefarmfridge. You can order

meat online at thelittlefarmfridge.co.uk

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