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A Culinary Journey through
“There is something so special
in the early leaves drifting
from the trees–as if we are all
to be allowed a chance to peel,
to refresh, to start again.”
– Ruth Ahmed
There is something so special about
this time of year - it has a grounding
effect which forces us to consider
the passage of time and the tangible
changes around us. As the hues
of the trees shape our landscape,
we settle down into the embrace
of those cooler, darker evenings
- a sense of quietude before the
inevitable Christmas rush begins.
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companion to a cosy evening or a
peaceful morning with a cuppa. We
couldn’t resist the opportunity to carb
load here with an interview with west
country expert baker (via France!)
Richard Bertinet - sorry not sorry to
have you reaching for that bread and
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Hazy days and transport fun this
autumn at Brooklands Museum
Brooklands Museum is fast-becoming a well-known
attraction across the country and internationally too, thanks
to its frequent appearances on national television and recent
documentary series, ‘Secrets of the Transport Museum’.
It’s also a been a visitor-favourite
this summer, as thousands of people
descended on Brooklands over the
summer to enjoy the return of their
famous events and visit the brand-new
exhibition, McLaren: Driven by design;
featuring the stunning concept and
prototype Senna cars and full-scale
LEGO 720s replica.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit since
the Museum reopened earlier this year,
make sure you put a date in your diary
to see what all the excitement is about.
With the final events of the season still to
come, and plenty of family fun to be had
during half-term, there will be something
for everyone this autumn.
October events include the long-awaited
Mini Day, which commemorates the
iconic car brand by inviting as many
of them that have been saved by
their dedicated owners as possible to
Brooklands for a day of classic Mini fun.
Following that is one of the biggest
events of the year at Brooklands. In
association with Auto Italia magazine,
Italian car day celebrates the UK’s
obsession with all things Italian. Expect
the site to bursting with all makes of
Italian cars and motorbikes too!
Half term week kicks off with the
London Bus Museum’s Transportfest – a
spectacle of many types of commercial
transport. Featuring extensive bus
displays, including rarely-seen early
examples, as well as other popular forms
of commercial transport such as taxis,
military and emergency vehicles, with
vintage bus-rides thrown in for good
measure. The rest of the week takes you
back to the early days of aviation, when
Brooklands pioneered aircraft and pilot
training, with their ‘Come Fly with Us’
family workshops, activities and tours.
There’s also the famous vintage car rides
up Test Hill and around the banked race
circuit which are not to be missed!
The final event of the season is Military
vehicles day, bringing together scores of
military vehicles spanning the decades
and representing the field of conflict from
around the world. From the nimble jeep
to amoured personnel carriers and huge
engineering trucks, Military vehicles day
is a chance to get-up close and see some
of them in action.
So, as the nights grow darker and we head
into the final days of autumn, why not take
a stroll around the historic grounds, where
the autumnal coloured trees and hazy
afternoon sun create an atmosphere that
transports you back in time to the glory
days of record-setting and social activity
the place used to be buzzing with.
The Museum is easily accessible by
car or train, parking is free and there’s
plenty of picnic space available, and a
café to purchase food and drink. Family
tickets start at £29.00 but with so much
to see and do, you can enjoy Brooklands
Museum for the entire year with family
membership starting from just £55.00. You
can also choose from a selection of gift
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An enriching life like no other
Which school should my child attend?
Choosing the right educational
environment for your child is one of
the most important decisions you’ll
ever have to make as a parent. But if
you’re looking for a boarding school
for your child, how do you choose
the right one? Robin Fletcher, CEO
of the Boarding Schools’ Association
‘How do I choose the right boarding school
for my child?’ That’s a question we’re asked
more often than any other at BSA. And
when you consider the UK boarding market
is one of the largest in the world, with more
than 450 schools of all sizes and types, in
all sorts of different locations, there isn’t a
But having such a wide range of choice can
really work to your advantage. If you know
exactly what to look for in a prospective
boarding school, your child will enjoy a
first-class education and gain invaluable life
skills, boost their confidence, become more
independent, and have the best possible
preparation for adult life.
The first key piece of advice I would always
offer when choosing a school is that it must
be a joint decision between you and your
child: they have to be happy with the final
As I’ve mentioned, one thing there isn’t a
shortage of in the UK boarding sector is
choice. You need to think about the best
location for your child: will they be best
suited to a large school attended by several
hundred students, or a smaller school
with fewer pupils? Would a school in the
middle of a city be better for them, or would
they prefer somewhere more rural? Would
they be best suited to a single sex or coeducational
school? Also, will full boarding
be the best option for them? Schools can
offer full, weekly or flexi-boarding, so you’ll
need to decide which works best for you
and your child. And is an academic school
right for them, or one that focuses perhaps
more on sport, music or more vocational
Once you’ve considered all those factors
and you’ve got a shortlist of schools you’re
interested in, I’d always strongly encourage
you to visit those schools in person. This
is the best way to tell if it’s right for your
child or not, as it will be clear very quickly
whether they are comfortable there.
Making that final choice of the right
boarding school for your child can be a
lengthy process, but taking the time to get
your decision absolutely right is crucial.
Boarding will not suit every child or family
- but for the right child, in the right school,
it can offer an enriching life experience like
For further information about the Boarding
Schools’ Association, or to search for a
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org.uk. In 2020, BSA also teamed up with
Bulldog Publishing to launch Schoolplaces.
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"A HAPPY HEART
GOES ALL THE WAY"
Longacre School in Shamley Green,
Guildford is celebrating its 75th
anniversary this year...
The school was founded in 1946 by Miss Ursula Fairfax-
Cholmeley who was fondly known as “Chum” and her motto
“A happy heart goes all the way” is still very much part of the
The school moved to its current site in Shamley Green in January
1946 with ten pupils. Longacre House had been requisitioned
during the war for use as a children’s hospital by Surrey County
Council and had been left in a very run-down state.
Initially the ground floor rooms were used as classrooms, kitchen
and dining rooms with the upper floors used for dormitories
and staff accommodation. Both Chum and her husband Robert
FitzGerald, who was affectionately known as “Uncle Robert”,
lived at Longacre from the start. In the early years the school was
so cramped that their bedroom doubled up as the office where
parents were interviewed.
Chum continued running the school up to May 1984, when at the
age of 73 she suffered a severe stroke. The school then became
a charitable trust in 1985 through the generosity of Uncle Robert
who became the founder trustee and a Governor.
In more recent times the first phase of the school’s new
development plan saw the opening of the Founders Building
in 2008 including new
classrooms for science
and art and a new ICT
suite. These were followed
by the construction of a
new multi-purpose sports
hall and creative arts
suite and Astroturf pitches opened in July 2015. Work began on
the school’s new kitchen and dining facilities in 2017 and was
completed shortly after the appointment of current Headmaster,
Matthew Bryan in January 2018.
The school has gone from strength to strength and currently has
263 pupils on roll. Despite being an all-embracing school, pupils
consistently gain entry to a wide range of prestigious senior
schools. In 2021 pupils went on to 15 independent schools
including The Royal Grammar School, Guildford High, Reigate
Grammar, Epsom College, St Catherine’s, Prior’s Field, King
Edward’s and St John’s Leatherhead.
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Outstanding GCSE Results for
Duke of Kent School Pupils
We at Duke of Kent School could not be prouder of our Year
11 cohort for their assiduousness and collective endeavour
in what has been an incredibly challenging year. The
outstanding GCSE results reflect their very best efforts, and
the support of our whole school community.
Our Year 11s achieved an overall GCSE pass rate of 99.7%,
with a commendable 85% of our pupils gaining a grade 7 or
above, or in old money, an A grade. Indeed, 67% gained a
grade 8 or above. The cohort average across all subjects was
a grade 7. This is a truly fantastic achievement, and reflects the
outstanding GCSE results our pupils achieve annually, enabling
each one of them entry to their first choice of school or college.
Without a doubt, the numbers reflect incredibly favourably
on our pupils, but as ever, it is the story behind the numbers
that will stay with us as a school. This was a year group
that experienced two lockdowns, extended remote learning,
great uncertainty and, ultimately, an extensive internal
examination series. No cohort in the history of our school has
been examined and assessed more thoroughly, and it is with
tremendous admiration of their spirit, and also professional
certainty that we recognise these achievements and everything
Overall GCSE pass rate of 99.7%
67% achieved a grade 8 or above
85% achieved a grade 7 or above
Cohort average level 7
55 Grade 9s achieved (16% of total)
GCSE Maths average grade = 8
GCSE English Language and Literature average grade = 8
GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics average grade = 8
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Academic Progress and Data Coordinator
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Richard Bertinet is well-loved and well-known for being the
UK’s baking ‘godfather’. His books about baking and his breadmaking
courses alike have delighted audiences for many years.
Sally Thomson talks to Richard to discuss books, baking and
BBC Maestro, where you can catch him offering the ultimate
online bread-making course...
HOW ARE YOU ON THIS GLORIOUS
Making croissants with this weather! It’s
a bit hot in the kitchen but it’s nice to be
open again so all is good.
YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY
WELL AT THE MOMENT APART
FROM THE FACT WE HAVE ALL
BEEN THROUGH THIS RATHER
INTERESTING YEAR THINGS SEEM TO
BE GOOD WITH YOU.
We opened in April and we have just tried
to push everything we could this year and
last year. It’s very busy.
SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO
YOUR CLASS NOW?
Yes, we reopened in April.
SO, THESE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS
HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR PLANS?
No, we are Covid compliant and can still
have the same number of people.
In Bath 40% of the customers come
from the rest of the World so Japan, The
States and Australia. Obviously, they
cannot come to Bath at the moment so
we have a massive backlog of people
wanting to come when they can
YOU NEED TO BE CLONED SO THAT
THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOU
AND YOU CAN KEEP UP!
That’s true but there is only one of me
WHEN YOU FIRST CAME INTO BATH
IN 2005 DID YOU EXPECT YOUR
CAREER TO TAKE OFF AS IT DID?
I knew the concept we had was good and
if it worked out, we would have success.
When I first moved to Bath a lot of local
businesses gave us 6 months to survive
but that made me more determined to
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On his baking classes
for children: “It’s good
fun and nice to see
them smile when they
try something that they
haven’t done before. I
think it’s a shame that
so many schools don’t
use cooking and baking
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR
COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S GOING
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH BY
THE SOUNDS OF IT?
Well, the school has been going since
2005 and since then we have won a lot
of awards, we then sold the bakery and a
lot of things have happened in 15 years.
The school is so busy it’s a worldwide
attraction which means we bring a lot of
people to Bath. We won the South West
Tourism Award two years ago due to the
number of people that we attract to Bath.
We have a few guest chefs coming in as
well, but the core classes are with me
learning about bread making, as well as
what I write about in my books.
YOU HAVE SO MANY ACCOLADES
AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS WHAT YOU
HAVE BEEN DOING.
We pride ourselves on the services we
give our customers and also the way I
teach is quite unique - I’m very hands on.
Our school is quite small so it means that
I can spend time with everybody.
I SEE THAT YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR
CHILDREN, HOW DO YOU FIND THAT?
Teaching children was always very
important to us and we also work with a
lot of local schools in the area and teach
some classes plus talk to the children.
It’s good fun and nice to see them smile
when they try something that they haven’t
done before. I think it’s a shame that so
many schools don’t use cooking and
I SEE THAT YOU ALSO WORK WITH
Yes, Ping does classes for me. She
teaches Malaysian cooking plus stuff
from my book.
YOU HAVE PRODUCED 6 BOOKS SO
FAR. HAVE YOU GOT ANYMORE IN
THE PIPELINE OR DO YOU NOT HAVE
I’ve got a couple of ideas but it’s getting
the time to do it and I like to write a book
for the right purpose not just for the sake
of it so I need to get the time and wait
until things get back to normal.
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE
GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?
Until we get all our backlog of people
who couldn’t attend last year’s classes
hopefully then we will be back on an
even keel but not yet I’m afraid. We are
open and running and there are some
businesses that can’t do that so in a way
we are one of the lucky ones.
I HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING
INVOLVED WITH BBC MAESTRO.
Yes, it’s been amazing. We have just
finished editing. I absolutely loved it! It’s
a challenge to do live broadcasts, it’s
recipe lead and different from how I teach
in my classes, but it was well done. The
team were amazing.
YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER
COOKERY SHOWS SO DID YOU FIND
THAT THIS WAS A STEP UP?
Yes, I’ve been on Saturday Kitchen and
on James Martin’s show so it’s a different
buzz being filmed live and you have to be
mindful of what you do and say.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL BE
It’s specifically about bread and things I
like to do at home. It goes from making
brioche, sourdough to bagels, all that
kind of stuff and things to give people
the confidence to bake at home and feel
that they learn something. It’s going to be
good. The production team was amazing,
and I can’t wait for it to launch.
YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY HAVE
YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK
We went to France last year, Provence.
We have a house down there and
managed to visit just before lockdown.
*At the time of the interview there was
uncertainty regarding travel to the city
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& PISTACHIO LOAF
150g good quality dark chocolate chips
75g roughly chopped pistachios
Zest of 2 oranges
50g mixed peel
1 tablespoon Cointreau (optional)
125g unsalted butter straight from the
125g full fat milk
3 medium eggs
500g strong white bread flour (plus extra
15g fresh yeast
45g caster sugar
10g fine sea salt
FOR THE GLAZE
Pinch fine sea salt
Mix the chocolate chips, nuts zest
and mixed peel in a bowl and stir in
the Cointreau if you are using it. Place
the cold butter between 2 sheets of
greaseproof and bash it with a rolling pin
to soften it and break it up into smaller
pieces (without warming it up).
Put the milk and eggs into the bowl of a
food mixer and then add the flour. Break
up the yeast and add to one side of the
bowl. Add the sugar and salt on the other
side of the bowl.
Mix on a slow speed for 4 minutes.
Increase the speed to medium for another
2 minutes then add the butter piece by
piece until it is all incorporated. Continue
mixing on medium speed for 10-12
minutes until the dough comes away from
the sides of the bowl.
Stop the mixer. Add the chocolate and
pistachio mixture to the bowl and mix
for no longer than 30-40 seconds on
the slowest speed – you don’t want the
chocolate and nuts to become mushy.
Lightly flour your worksurface and turn
the dough out onto the work surface.
Form the dough into a ball and then place
into a lightly floured bowl. Cover and
rest for about 45 minutes until just under
double in size.
Lightly flour the surface again, turn out
the dough and divide into 10 equal pieces
of about 110g each. Form each piece
into a ball and then press gently into
cake or loaf tins until they are full. In the
picture I have used tiny tins that only take
one ball but if you use a larger one you
will have a finished loaf or two that will be
perfect to tear and share. Whether you
have one or two will depend on the size
of your tins. Cover and leave to prove
for about 1 hour until just under double
While the dough is proving, pre-heat the
oven to 190°C and beat the eggs and
pinch of salt for the glaze. Brush the top
of each loaf with the egg glaze and use a
pair of scissors to snip into the dough for
Place the tins on a baking tray and
put into the pre-heated oven. Turn the
temperature down to 180°C and bake for
15-20 minutes until golden.
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When the darker nights set in, you
just want some go-to comfort food
recipes - and here, Waitrose has
delivered! Find more recipes at
Prep time: 20 minutes + marinating
Cooking time: 20 minutes
8 British chicken thigh fillets
3 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Shawarma
½ red onion, finely sliced
2 lemons, juice of 1, 1 cut into wedges
1½ tsp Cooks’ Ingredients Sumac
½ large cucumber
250g Yeo Valley Organic Greek Style
1 small clove garlic, finely grated
15 mint leaves, finely shredded, plus extra
4 Waitrose & Partners Hand-Stretched
50g pomegranate seeds
1-2 handfuls wild rocket
Slash each chicken thigh a few times,
concentrating on the thicker parts of the
fillet. Season, then rub all over with the
shawarma paste. Cover and chill for 20
minutes (up to 2 hours). Meanwhile, mix
the onion, lemon juice and sumac with a
good pinch of salt. Set aside until ready
To make the sauce, coarsely grate the
cucumber and put in a sieve. Toss with a
pinch of salt and leave over a bowl for 10
minutes to drain, then gently press with a
wooden spoon to extract as much liquid
as possible. Tip into a bowl and stir in the
yogurt, garlic and mint.
Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Cook
the chicken for 5-8 minutes on each side
(depending on the fillets’ size) until the
juices run clear and there is no pink meat,
then set aside for 2 minutes. Clean the
pan then use it to griddle the flatbreads
for 30 seconds on each side. Arrange
them on plates and top with the chicken,
pickled onion, pomegranate, rocket and
the cucumber and yogurt sauce, finishing
with the extra mint leaves and lemon
wedges for squeezing over.
This recipe also works well with lamb or
pork steaks instead of chicken (adjust
cooking times accordingly).
COTTAGE PIE WITH
Prep time: 20 minutes plus standing
Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes
1 tbsp olive oil
500g British beef mince
1 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 Oxo Beef stock cube
1 tbsp tomato purée
1½ tbsp plain flour
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 thyme sprigs
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
1 tbsp unsalted butter
Heat ½ tbsp oil in a large sauté pan or
casserole dish over a high heat. Add
the beef and fry, breaking it up, for 4-5
minutes, until browned. Remove from the
pan, add the remaining 1⁄2 tbsp oil, lower
the heat to medium and fry the onion,
celery and carrot with a pinch of salt for
10 minutes, until softened. Meanwhile,
dissolve the beef stock cube in 500ml
Return the beef to the pan, add the
tomato purée and cook for 1 minute, then
stir in the flour and fry for 1 minute more.
Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce and
2 thyme sprigs and simmer for 25-30
minutes, until the beef is coated in a thick
gravy. Meanwhile, slice the potatoes
as thinly as you can and put in a bowl.
Cover with just-boiled water from the
kettle; set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and
use kitchen paper to pat dry thoroughly,
then lay out on more kitchen paper to
Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.
Melt the butter. Tip the beef and gravy
into a medium ovenproof dish. Toss the
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potatoes with the butter and leaves from
the remaining thyme sprig. Season and
arrange in circles over the beef. Bake for
30 minutes until bubbling hot and the
potatoes are cooked through. Stand for
10 minutes before serving.
Scatter grated cheddar over the potatoes
halfway through baking to give the pie a
nice cheesy crust.
CHEWY BROWN SUGAR
Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes: 12 - 14
200g unsalted butter, roughly chopped
300g Billington’s Dark Brown Soft Natural
Unrefined Cane Sugar
300g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp fine salt
1 large British Blacktail Free Range Egg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Put the butter and sugar in a large
saucepan and set over a medium heat.
Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until
the butter has melted and the sugar has
dissolved. Set aside off the heat for 5
minutes to cool. Meanwhile, mix the flour,
baking powder, bicarbonate of soda,
cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
With a wooden spoon, beat the egg
and vanilla into the butter-sugar mix,
then beat in the dry ingredients until
completely combined. Transfer to a bowl,
cover with a plate and chill for at least 2
hours (up to 24 hours).
Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4;
line 2 large baking trays with parchment.
Leave the cookie dough out of the fridge
for 15 minutes to warm up a little. Roll
into 12-14 balls (about 65-70g each)
and space out well on the baking trays
(the cookies spread quite a lot during
cooking, so bake in more than 2 batches
if needed). Bake for about 15 minutes,
turning the trays halfway if needed, until
deep golden and cracked on top. Cool
for 5 minutes on the trays, then transfer
to a wire rack to cool completely.
Ovens can vary in temperature, so after
about 12 minutes, keep an eye on your
cookies. Once they look set and golden
at the edges and start to crack on top,
CHERRY & ALMOND
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
425g can black cherries in light syrup
3 tsp Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Cane Icing
Sugar, plus extra for dusting
1 medium British Blacktail Free Range
250ml whole milk
½ tsp almond extract
8 slices sliced brioche loaf
2 tbsp unsalted butter
150g pot vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
Put a sieve over a small saucepan and
drain the cherries. Set the cherries aside
and simmer the juices for 5 minutes until
reduced. Add 1 tsp icing sugar and the
drained cherries to the saucepan and
simmer for another 5 minutes, until the
cherries are coated in a glossy syrup.
Meanwhile, set your largest frying pan
over a medium-highheat. In a large,
shallow dish, whisk the egg, milk,
almondextract and remaining 2 tsp
icing sugar. Add 4 brioche slices to the
mixture, soaking on each side for about
45 seconds until they’ve absorbed plenty
of the mixture but aren’t too soggy. Add
1 tbsp butter to the frying pan and, when
foaming, fry the brioche for 4 minutes
on each side until golden and puffed up.
Arrange on plates while you prepare the
remaining slices in the same way, frying in
the remaining 1 tbsp butter.
Serve 2 slices of brioche per person. Top
with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt and the
warm cherries and syrup (reheat briefly
if necessary). Scatter with the toasted
almonds and dust with a little icing sugar
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Notes from the garden
Matt Biggs gives us some ideas for next year
Matthew Biggs, is a radio personality in the UK, best known for
his appearances on the long running BBC Radio 4 programme
Gardeners’ Question Time. He has been a professional
gardener for over 25 years, since studying at Pershore College
of Horticulture and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Over the
past twenty five years, he has visited lots of gardens throughout
Britain, from small suburban plots and inner city allotments to roof
gardens and large country estates and written a number of books
including RHS Lessons from Great Gardeners: Forty Gardening
Icons and What They Teach Us, Matthew Biggs’s Complete book
of Vegetables and Gardening at Eden: And how to do it at home.
Here Matt gives some tips for
the forthcoming springtime.
Summer saw some
extremes of weather - hail,
thunder, and torrential rain
interspersed with bouts of
very hot weather - and, just
occasionally, the weather
we would expect during the summer too!
Whatever the reason the way we use our gardens needs to reflect
how we want to use it - if we want wildlife, then there are big and
small changes we can make, from not concreting over the front
garden for parking to putting up an insect hotel, big and small
changes add up and make a difference so let’s get going on
those - an early New Year’s resolution maybe?
If you have a space that is challenging, oddly shaped, sloping,
very overgrown or you just don’t have any inspiration, it is time
to call in the experts - from a complete landscape makeover
to some planting ideas, there are local firms who will provide
the expertise to make sure that your garden works for you.
After all, when you bought the house and garden it was a major
investment, so it seems like a great idea to benefit from every
inch of that investment - and nature can join in too!
If you don’t have a garden, you can still grow plants. Indoor plants
add greatly to the feel of the home, you can give one to a child
so that they learn to care for it, you can have a herb filled window
box, you can grow stuff on a windowsill, there are so many ways
to get involved - and have fun!
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Gardening for Autumn /
Winter interest with RHS
Wisley Garden Centre
It’s that wonderful time of year when leaves transform
into fiery hues of browns and reds, nights become cosier
and anticipation of the festive season begins.
This month there’s still time to add
seasonal colour and interest to your
garden as well as forward planning
for 2022. And with pick-up-and-grow
kits for beginners to unusual plants for
more experienced gardeners, now is the
perfect time to head down to RHS Wisley
Garden Centre for inspiration and advice.
Before heavy frosts, rain and winds begin
to make spending time in your garden
less appealing, there are a few key jobs
to still be done during this month:
• 2022 prep continues! Now is
the last chance to plant spring
flowering bulbs before temperatures
drop, and the soil become too cold
• Lift any tender perennials and
bring indoors to protect from any
potential frosts. For any that are
too tender or difficult to move,
fleecing is the ideal solution.
• Plant evergreen shrubs & trees
while the soil is still warm, giving
them time to settle into the ground
before harsher weather comes in.
This month in our garden centre bulb
planting and seasonal interest are key:
• Bloomin’ great bulbs need to be
planted asap so shop our wide
collection of bulbs while they’re still
• Azaleas and Rhododendrons are
starting to come in. These fabulous
hardy medium-large shrubs thrive
best in acidic soil. To give them
the best start, we recommend
using one of our RHS peat-free
ericaceous composts when
• Camellias have arrived! These
easy-to-grow hardy evergreen
shrubs are great for gardens and
containers. Their show of pinks,
whites and reds provide a hit of
colour when other plants have
finished flowering for the year.
• Hellebores are always stunning
and now is the beginning of their
season. 99% of our garden centre
Hellebore stock is from the UK, so
plant now in moist, free-draining
soil to enjoy their beautiful show
of nodding flowers through winter
and into spring. They’re also a
great source of food for pollinating
insects in early spring.
• Japanese Maples are wonderful
for larger spaces to bring autumn/
winter colour to your garden. Our
Wisley Garden Centre also has a
fabulous selection of Acers from UK
Starting to feel festive?
For kids the countdown began about 5
months ago, but are you starting to think
about Christmas yet? Well, if you’re
looking to find the perfect gift now or
planning your festive indoor decoration
colour scheme then visit our Christmas
shop, open now, for inspiration over
the festive season. You’ll find gifts
galore and decorations to suit all tastes
in our garden centre. Next month our
fabulous selection of trees, wreaths and
festive houseplants will be arriving too,
so although it may feel a bit early yet,
planning where to put your tree now will
make deciding which tree is best for you
that bit easier when December comes
RHS Wisley Garden Centre,
Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
Tel: 01483 224234
For more info visit rhs.org.uk/gardens/
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sit back and relax with
Buy To Let Hunter
We caught up with one of our new clients, Neil Dickins,
to show him around his new property...
Within three weeks of the house purchase
we did all external work identified by the
survey as needing attention and internal
beautification to bring it up to spec before
the first guests arrived.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I fell in love with theatre whilst at
McMaster Uni in Canada, and was told I
must go to London. I duly came to study
Shakespeare but became ensnared in
the thorns of an English rose (the red of
Lancashire version) and never left.
What do you do?
I founded Intellectual Capital Resources
(IC Resources) 22 years ago to focus on
‘deep tech’ recruitment (all the tech that’s
in your phone, or a satellite, or an electric
car….ie everything except IT). The
company is now 70 people with offices
in Reading, London, Munich, China and
What were you hoping to achieve when
making an investment with BTLH?
I make very high risk, seed stage
investments in tech companies, and
wanted an investment to balance my
portfolio. Like all assets, property
values fluctuate but the likely downside
compared to stocks (or early stage
companies!!) is lower.
Why did you choose BTLH?
For me the most critical word in seeking
success is ‘niche’. I loved the niche,
under-represented ‘mid-term let’ idea
as outlined by Adrian. My due diligence
consisted of meeting his business
partners Alex and Lucy, who also
impressed me greatly and convinced me
that the company was solid and would
deliver on its promises. The great thing
about the space that BTLH has carved
out for itself is that it needs a particular
kind of focus and attention, which I
don’t think potential competitors will
understand even if they try to emulate
BTLH. The other reason, of course, is that
the ROI makes sense.
What has your experience been
working with BTLH?
Excellent from the outset. I’m 100%
confident that the outstanding service
levels will continue. We’ve also rented
the house out for an excellent mediumterm
rental even before it has been listed,
which I’m sure is a positive portent of
things to come.
Any advice to someone else who might
find themselves in your situation?
Call me to invest in some crazy risky early
stage tech companies. Eschew sensible
investments like BTLH!
So… if you find yourself looking for an
investment all piquant with crazy risk and
excitement, contact Neil Dickins direct
to hand over your hard-earned cash for
him to invest in some dodgy early stage
tech companies – and if you feel more
like Neil, then get in touch with BTLH and
see if we can find you a little gem like his
so you can make a sensible investment.
Neil’s parting words to us were: “I might
start thinking about my next project with
you guys…” You heard it here first!
Can BTLH help you find the perfect
property? Get in touch and have
a chat: 020 7550 9396 or
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London, TW9 1DH
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Ultimately you have to work with what
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many of us have seen our guest rooms
overhauled into home offices. If you’ve
ditched the bed don’t worry - how about
adding an attractive sofa bed that you
can actually use the rest of the time as a
break out area from your desk.
DO: PROVIDE BASIC
The more things you can put in the room
to make their stay easier, without having
to ask you for everything, the more
relaxed everyone will feel. A mirror is
important, as are fresh towels, tissues,
and perhaps even a hair dryer. A bedside
carafe and some glasses means they can
help themselves to water too.
DO: INVEST IN GOOD
As you might have never slept in this
space, you might not know how light
behaves or how effective the current
window treatments are for blocking out
light. For a really luxurious look, pair
blackout blinds or shutters with thick,
DON’T: SETTLE FOR A
The same goes for the mattress as the
window treatments - spend a night in the
room and see if the bed is up to scratch.
DO: PROVIDE GOOD
Multi-level lighting is key for making a
space feel cosy - make sure there are
two bedside lamps and then another
light source in the space, such as a
standing lamp in the corner or a lamp on
a dressing table
DON’T: SKIMP ON THE
Good bed linen really is worth the money
- and it tends to wash better too. Provide
a good quality duvet and pillows, linens
and some additional blankets if your
guests feel the cold.
SOMEWHERE THEY CAN
We all know it’s a bit stressful trying to
live out of a suitcase - allowing for some
hanging space and a few drawers to
unpack into, can really help guests keep
on top of things whilst they’re with you.
DO: MAKE IT SMELL
Kit the room out with either fresh flowers,
a reed diffuser, or room sprays.
DON’T: BE A
If your guests were hoping for hotel
standards, then that’s where they should
have stayed. Just aim to make sure
the space is clean, comfortable and
functional, then relax - there’s enough to
be worrying about in the festive season
without adding high expectations on top
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Luxury Living at
West Hall and
We’re continuing to welcome new residents at West Hall
and Moore Place this Autumn...
Our care homes are designed with both
luxury and lifestyle in mind, with attention
paid to every detail of our sumptuous
environments. We are ideally located with
ample parking and great transport links to
Esher, West Byfleet and the surrounding
Both West Hall and Moore Place have the
benefit of extensive landscaped gardens
with uplifting views, which enable our
residents to enjoy gentle exercise, catch
up with friends and family* or simply
watch the world go by.
Our aim is for our residents to enjoy a
real sense of community, by offering a
wide range of activities and encouraging
independence and choice. Our beautiful
homes are designed to support this and
offers areas of interest, such as a hobby
and crafts room and a number of quiet
lounges. Both West Hall and Moore
Place have hair and beauty salons, where
residents can enjoy being pampered.
Our teams are specially selected for their
skills and, of course, their passion for
care and a natural desire to help. Our
friendly carers spend their time getting
to know our residents, ensuring that
our care is tailored to their interests,
preferences and lifestyles. From the
moment a new resident steps into our
home, they can be assured of personally
Colleagues at West Hall and Moore Place
work tirelessly to keep those living with
us engaged and happy. In addition to
welcoming visitors into our care homes*,
our residents have access to up-to-date
technology, enabling regular Skype or
Zoom calls with family and friends. Colin,
a resident at West Hall commented, “The
care staff bring me an iPad already set up
with a video call from my daughter. They
then leave me in my own privacy while
I take the call. All I have to do is talk to
her and once I am done, I press my call
bell and the carer returns to end the call
Our home-cooked food is always
enjoyed, and our catering teams work
hard to ensure that they provide a lovely
dining experience at each mealtime.
We take great pride in the range of
high quality, seasonally focused and
nutritionally balanced meals that we
serve to residents on a daily basis. We
appreciate that mealtimes are a sociable
and pleasurable part of each day.
Our teams are here to answer any
questions that you may have regarding
our residential and dementia care. More
information is available online at
www.moore-place.org.uk. You can
arrange an in person* or virtual show
round, simply by contacting West Hall on
01932 800 772 or Moore Place on
01372 889 641.
West Hall care home is located Off Parvis
Road, West Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 6EY
and Moore Place care home is located at
Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey,
*This may vary in line with government guidance.
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