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ISSUE 04<br />

XMAS<br />

GIFT<br />

GUIDE<br />

XMAS & NYE<br />

SORTED<br />

THE ECO<br />

ISSUE<br />


P A R T Y<br />


Shakira<br />


A quintessentially English estate overlooking the Surrey Hills, a place to indulge, relax, an<br />

and the former home of celebrated publisher and backstage politician, 1st Baron Beav<br />

There's more to the Beaverbrook Estate than meets the eye.<br />

Hotel - Tennis Club - The Coach House Spa - Fitness & Wellbeing - Fine Dinin<br />

The Garden House - Japanese Grill - The Coach House Deli - Sir Frank’s Bar<br />

+44 (0)1372 571300<br />

Beaverbrook, Reigate Road, L<br />



Nestled behind the traditional walled kitchen garden you<br />

will find true natural beauty and culinary delights in The<br />

Garden House Restaurant. A place where the tranquillity<br />

and stunning interiors are inspired by the surrounding<br />

gardens - to create an exceptional, must-try Italian-style<br />

dining experience. The menu changes constantly with a<br />

considered nod to the seasons and fresh fruit, vegetable<br />

and herbs on offer in their gardens – which as a guest to<br />

The Garden House you are welcome to explore. Plus,<br />

invite family and friends to share a traditional English<br />

roast on Sundays too.<br />


Located in The House, the award-winning Japanese Grill<br />

offers a varied menu of delicately flavoured selections of<br />

the most exquisite sushi, sashimi and nigiri. You can also<br />

enjoy the finest cuts of meat and fish from the Josper<br />

Grill. Or for a fabulously different dining experience, let<br />

talented head chef, Wojciech Popow, guide you through<br />

the finest selection of locally-sourced, modern Japanese<br />

gourmet specialties in their famous six-course “Seasonal<br />

Tasting Menu.” A must try is their famous black cod<br />

or chargrilled turbot lined with crispy Kentish ants.<br />

Definitely one to cross off your fine dining to-do list if<br />

you haven’t already.<br />

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Beaverbrook’s creative director Sir Frank Lowe,<br />

was responsible for curating the unique interiors of<br />

Beaverbrook with a wide range of antiques, collectables<br />

and rare artwork collections. There are over 350<br />

unique 350 paintings by the Victorian artist, Marianne<br />

North, a Gatsbyesque art-deco bar with velvet stools<br />

and a bar snack menu of Japanese-inspired tacos and<br />

light bites. There is also a generous selection of the<br />

finest champagnes, wines and cocktails to choose from<br />

– all selected, shaken and stirred by their world-class<br />

sommeliers and mixologists. If you fancy something<br />

different you can ask your Beaverbrook bartender to<br />

come up with something new for you.<br />


At the Coach House Spa your experience of health,<br />

vitality and nature is inspired by the natural surroundings.<br />

Set in 400 acres of stunning English parkland and<br />

designed with nature at its core by the highly-acclaimed<br />

artist, Brian Clark, you will encounter dappled iridescent<br />

light from canopies of stained-glass ceilings creating a<br />

radiant, colourful oasis of calm. Take a dip or recline by<br />

the indoor or outdoor pool taking in the stunning views<br />

of the Surrey Hills, workout in their state-of-the-art, fully<br />

equipped gym or unload those mid-week stresses with<br />

one of the many specialist spa treatments on offer.<br />

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18<br />

NEWS<br />

11 What’s On<br />

13 Calendar<br />

14 Celebrities<br />

18 For Him<br />

20 For Her<br />

24 Chill In<br />

28 Rock Out<br />


36 Shakira<br />

42 Earthshot <strong>2021</strong><br />

50 Xmas Gift Guide<br />

84 Cool Laser<br />


62 Wonderlust<br />

72 LUC Clothing<br />


105 Property of the Month<br />


72<br />

110 Gastronomy Guide<br />

116 Trend 1 Restaurant<br />

Review<br />


118 Ria Elaina – Let the<br />

Festivities Commence<br />

96 Sadie Pizzey – How to<br />

Decorate Your Home<br />

OUT & ABOUT<br />

124 Xmas Shopping at<br />

The Packhouse<br />

126 The Watermill<br />

Wows Locals<br />

128 Xmas Spectacular<br />

Comes to Oxshott<br />

130 Surrey Hills<br />

Sustainability Project<br />


134 Best of the Web<br />

136 Tarot Reading<br />

138 Astrology<br />

144 60 Second Interview<br />

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EDITOR<br />



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Jane Janevski<br />


Ruth Rose<br />

Martin Spaven<br />

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Sadie Pizzey<br />

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Surrey Rocks Magazine<br />


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by contributors to Surrey Rocks may<br />

not represent the views and opinions<br />

of the publishers and we cannot<br />

accept responsibility for the claims,<br />

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of this magazine can be reproduced<br />

or copied in any way without written<br />

consent from Surrey Rocks.<br />

Hello Surrey,<br />

W<br />

elcome to the December Issue of Surrey Rocks.<br />

As much as I don’t want to say it, the pandemic is top of<br />

everyone’s minds this month. Hopefully we get this new<br />

‘Omicron’ strain in check – the thought of another bleak<br />

winter in lockdown is too much to fathom! On the plus side though,<br />

it’s a great excuse to plan those nights out now! Our What’s On and<br />

Calendar pages will help you make the most out of the festive season<br />

showcasing the best events Surrey has to offer.<br />

Other highlights of this issue include a rare celeb moment – especially<br />

in WAGville – someone using their platform for greater good. Shakira,<br />

our cover star, has certainly done this. She has been elected as a judge<br />

on the panel of Prince William’s Earthshot <strong>2021</strong> as well as launching<br />

the ‘Barefoot Foundation’ campaigning for the right for every child to<br />

have access to education in her native Columbia. Read about Shakira’s<br />

rise to fame, her goodwill and the five worthy winners of the £1m<br />

Earthshot prize fund, whose remarkable environmental solutions are<br />

aiming to save our planet.<br />

Elsewhere we bring you The Xmas Gift Guide in case you are<br />

struggling for gift ideas For Him, For Her or For Them. Plus, we have<br />

two stunning fashion shoots – Wonderlust who currently have a pop up<br />

in Bentalls Centre in Kingston and LUC Clothing’s brand new collection<br />

of cool loungewear.<br />

Last but not least, hats off to all the attendees of the Surrey Hills<br />

Tree Sustainability Project on 21st November who braved the cold to<br />

plant trees along a 50 metre stretch of the nature reserve in Clandon.<br />

Organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises, they are now calling for residents<br />

to become a Surrey Hills Champions - supporting community nature<br />

recovery projects and increasing local sustainability. Sign up by visiting<br />

their website at www.surreyhills.org.<br />

Til next time,<br />

Sam<br />

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There is a host of big events happening this December in Surrey so get<br />

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Grumpy Mole’s Festive Menu starting at £28.95 per person for 2 courses. On<br />

December 11, Pounding Heart in Esher is hosting a Great Gatsby themed party,<br />

CuVee VIII has Legends of Swing with Ray Lowe on December 19 while Pounding<br />

Heart, Niku, Red and Humming’s have DJ’s every Friday and Saturday night till<br />

late. Celebrate NYE in style with a 7-course menu at The Victoria in Oxshott for<br />

only £125 per person. Or boogie your way into 2022 with Groove Warriors &<br />

Guest DJ’s at Esher Theatre. Alternatively, enjoy a 6-piece big band night at Ditto<br />

Thames Ditton or Rind are offering 4 courses and bubbles for £49.<br />


The Woodcote is a stunning collection of 98<br />

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Red Bar & Café in Weybridge<br />

are launching a Festive Kids<br />

Cinema Club this December 22nd<br />

showing the cult favourite children’s<br />

Christmas film ‘Elf’ starring Will<br />

Ferrell. The film starts at 11.30am<br />

followed by a Christmas Disco<br />

with delicious food and all the fun<br />

trimmings; including popcorn, candy<br />

canes and gingerbread men. The<br />

event costs £5 entry per child with<br />

accompanying adults free of charge.<br />

Red insiders have said this may well<br />

become a regular monthly fixture<br />

at the popular bar and café. See<br />

www.red-restaurant.co.uk to book.<br />



Add a touch of magic to your Winter break<br />

this year with ice-skating at Beaverbrook. Twirl<br />

your way around their enchanting rink whilst<br />

enjoying well-loved Xmas melodies. Guests<br />

can indulge in a glass of bubbles or snack<br />

on hot chocolate and sugary treats including<br />

donuts and candy floss from their stunning rinkside<br />

cabins. Ice-skating will be available from<br />

December 1st to January 31st to both hotel<br />

residents as well as guests visiting the estate<br />

for dining or spa days. See www.beaverbrook.<br />

co.uk for more details.<br />


Rocks Mag, the parent company of Surrey Rocks, are pleased<br />

to announce there will be an additional 8 magazines launching<br />

in the UK next year. The Surrey Rocks effect has taken hold<br />

and London, Manchester, Brighton, Birmingham, Liverpool,<br />

Chester, Newcastle and Edinburgh Rocks Magazines will be<br />

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2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

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Festive Set Menu @<br />

The Grumpy Mole<br />

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Chess & Bridge Night<br />

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Model Boot Camp @<br />

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar<br />

2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

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Pounding Heart<br />

Festive Set Menu @<br />

The Grumpy Mole<br />

Dear Santa @ Esher<br />

Theatre<br />

Tootsy Tuesdays @<br />

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Pounding Heart<br />

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The Grumpy Mole<br />

Tootsy Tuesdays @<br />

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L’Ultimo<br />

Wine Tuesdays @ Rind<br />

Wow Wednesdays @<br />

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2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

& 25% off Food @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

Singer @ The Victoria<br />

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£5 Lunch Deal @<br />

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Festive Set Menu @ The<br />

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Happy Hour @ Niku Bar<br />

2-4-1 Happy Hour @<br />

Rind<br />

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2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

& 25% off Food @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

Festive Set Menu @<br />

The Grumpy Mole<br />

Dear Santa @ Esher<br />

Theatre<br />

Wow Wednesdays @<br />

Polished<br />

£5 Lunch Deal @<br />

L’Ultimo<br />

2-4-1 Happy Hour @<br />

Rind<br />

Singer @ The Victoria<br />

Oxshott<br />

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar<br />

2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

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Pounding Heart<br />

Festive Set Menu @ The<br />

Grumpy Mole<br />

Live Music @ Trend 1<br />

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo<br />

Unlimited Raclette @<br />

Rind<br />

40% Off @ Red Bar<br />

Elton John Tribute @<br />

CuVée VIII<br />

Festive Menu @<br />

Grumpy Mole<br />

Live Music @ Trend 1<br />

DJ @ Pounding Heart<br />

DJ & Happy Hour @<br />

Niku Bar<br />

2-4-1 Happy Hour @<br />

Rind<br />

Live Music @ Ditto<br />

DJ’s @ Hummings &<br />

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Opulence DJ & Dine @<br />

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Live Music @ Trend 1<br />

Purdue Live Singers @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo<br />

Unlimited Raclette @<br />

Rind<br />

40% Off @ Red Bar &<br />

Café<br />

Barry White Tribute @<br />

CuVée VIII<br />

8 9 10<br />

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar<br />

2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

& 25% off Food @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

Festive Menu @<br />

Grumpy Mole<br />

Nutcracker @ Esher<br />

Theatre<br />

Wow Wednesdays @<br />

Polished<br />

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo<br />

Aretha Franklin Tribute<br />

@ CuVée VIII<br />

Fondue Night @ Rind<br />

Singer @ The Victoria<br />

Oxshott<br />

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar<br />

2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

& 25% off Food @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

Festive Menu @ Grumpy<br />

Mole<br />

Nutcracker @ Esher<br />

Theatre<br />

Live Music @ Trend 1<br />

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo<br />

Unlimited Raclette @<br />

Rind<br />

Donna Band Live @<br />

CuVée VIII<br />

Bottomless Brunch/DJ @<br />

Niku Bar<br />

Bottomless Brunch @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

Brunch & Bubbly @<br />

CuVée VIII<br />

Dapper & Suave Xmas<br />

Market @ Dorking Halls<br />

Festive Menu @ Grumpy<br />

Mole<br />

Dear Santa @ Esher<br />

Theatre<br />

Live Music @ Trend 1<br />

DJ’s @ Hummings & Red<br />

Opulence @ CuVée VIII<br />

Festive Menu @<br />

Bottomless Brunch/DJ £35 Bottomless<br />

Grumpy Mole<br />

@ Niku Bar<br />

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Dear Santa @ Esher Festive Menu @ Brunch & Bubbly @<br />

Theatre<br />

Grumpy Mole<br />

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DJ @ Pounding Heart Theatre<br />

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Red Bar<br />

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Opulence DJ & Dine @ & Red<br />

Sunday Cinema Club<br />

CuVée VIII<br />

Opulence @ CuVée @ Beaverbrook<br />

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DJ @ Hummings Bar<br />

Festive Menu @ Brunch Life Surrey @ £35 Bottomless Brunch<br />

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Set Menu @ Fetcham<br />

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Happy Hour @ Niku<br />

Kids ‘Elf’ Xmas Party @<br />

Red Bar<br />

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2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

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Pounding Heart<br />

Festive Menu @ Grumpy<br />

Mole<br />

Elf Movie @ Esher<br />

Theatre<br />

Wow Wednesdays @<br />

Polished<br />

Singer @ The Victoria<br />

Oxshott<br />

2-4-1 Happy Hour @ Rind<br />

Luther Vandross Tribute<br />

@ CuVée VIII<br />

Happy Hour @ Niku<br />

Bar<br />

2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

& 25% off Food @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

Festive Set Menu @<br />

The Grumpy Mole<br />

Wow Wednesdays @<br />

Polished<br />

£5 Lunch Deal @<br />

L’Ultimo<br />

2-4-1 Cocktails @ Rind<br />

Singer @ The Victoria<br />

Oxshott<br />

Happy Hour @ Niku<br />

Bar<br />

2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

& 25% off Food @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

Festive Menu @<br />

Grumpy Mole<br />

Sing That Swing @<br />

Esher Theatre<br />

Live Music @ Trend 1<br />

£5 Lunch Deal @<br />

L’Ultimo<br />

Unlimited Raclette @<br />

Rind<br />

40% Off Dinner @ Red<br />

Bar<br />

2 for £12 Cocktails<br />

& 25% off Food @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

Festive Menu @<br />

Grumpy Mole<br />

Live Music @ Trend 1<br />

£5 Lunch Deal @<br />

L’Ultimo<br />

Unlimited Raclette @<br />

Rind<br />

40% Off Dinner @ Red<br />

2-4-1 Happy Hour @<br />

Rind<br />

5 Course Dinner @ The<br />

Victoria Oxshott<br />

Live Music @ Trend 1<br />

DJ @ Pounding Heart<br />

DJ @ Niku Bar<br />

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo<br />

2-4-1 Happy Hour @<br />

Rind<br />

DJ’s @ Hummings & Red<br />

Live Music @ Ditto<br />

Xmas Eve Party @<br />

CuVée VIII<br />

NYE Party 8pm - 4am @<br />

Niku Bar<br />

NYE Dinner & Dance @<br />

Pounding Heart<br />

NYE Party @ L’Ultimo &<br />

Trend 1<br />

NYE Party @ Esher<br />

Theatre<br />

Big Band Night £30<br />

Entry @ Ditto Thames<br />

Ditton<br />

4 Courses & Bubbly £49<br />

@ Rind<br />

7 Course Dinner £125 @<br />

The Victoria Oxshott<br />

Xmas Lunch @ L’Ultimo<br />

Dear Santa @ Esher<br />

Theatre<br />

£35 Bottomless Brunch<br />

@ Niku Bar<br />

Brunch & Bubbly @<br />

CuVée VIII<br />

Sunday Roast @ The<br />

Watermill<br />

Sunday Roast @ The<br />

Victoria Oxshott<br />

Sunday Roast @ The<br />

Grumpy Mole<br />

Sunday Roast @ The<br />

Garden House<br />

Sunday Cinema Club @<br />

Beaverbrook<br />

4 Course Menu @ The<br />

Victoria Oxshott<br />

£35 Bottomless Brunch<br />

@ Niku Bar<br />

Brunch & Bubbly @<br />

CuVée VIII<br />

Sunday Roast @ The<br />

Watermill<br />

Sunday Roast @ The<br />

Grumpy Mole<br />

Sunday Roast @ The<br />

Garden House<br />

Sunday Cinema Club @<br />

Beaverbrook<br />

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celebrities<br />

everyone’s talking about...<br />


The words “Free Britney” have been<br />

hanging off the lips of Britney Spears<br />

fans for over a decade now. And finally<br />

on November 12th – those words were<br />

made true as the conservatorship that<br />

has been hanging over the troubled<br />

singer was finally lifted by the LA<br />

Courts.<br />

Her father, 69-year-old Jamie<br />

Spears, no longer controls<br />

her assets, her fortune,<br />

her medication and<br />

ultimately her decision<br />

making. An embittered<br />

and freshly freed Britney,<br />

aged 39, said her family<br />

and those involved in<br />

the conservatorship<br />

“should all be in jail“<br />

following the ruling.<br />

“Honestly, it still blows<br />

my mind every day I wake<br />

up how my family and the<br />

conservatorship were able<br />

to do what they did to me,” she<br />

wrote on Instagram, “It was demoralising<br />

and degrading!”<br />

The legal decision-making process<br />

has been long and drawn out and Britney<br />

had to testify in order to get the 13-year<br />

conservatorship lifted. For many years it was<br />

not even negated in court.<br />

Britney’s troubles all began back in 2007<br />

when she split from her ex Kevin Federline<br />

and famously shaved off her hair, attacked a<br />

paparazzi, admitted to excessive drinking and<br />


A host of celebrities including Annie Lennox, Donna Air<br />

and Sadie Frost are backing a one-off play highlighting<br />

domestic abuse. The play called ‘Punched’ showcases<br />

powerful stories of survivors from around the globe.<br />

Actress Sadie said: “It is crucial to raise awareness<br />

regarding the rising levels of domestic abuse.”<br />

The show features actresses including former<br />

‘EastEnders’ star Tracy-Ann Oberman and ex-‘Casualty’<br />

actor Priyanga Burford.<br />

Eurythmics star Annie said one in three women face<br />

physical or sexual violence in their lifetime according to<br />

World Health Organisation figures and it has got to stop.<br />

The opening night is on December 6th at The Criterion<br />

Theatre in London.<br />

had a very public meltdown; being taken to<br />

hospital one night from her LA home in full<br />

view of the awaiting 150-strong paparazzi and<br />

news crews. However, less than a year later<br />

the ‘Toxic’ singer got her life back on track,<br />

stopped drinking and socialising and seemed<br />

perfectly normal releasing her fourth album<br />

‘Circus’ to worldwide critical acclaim.<br />

Despite this, behind the scenes,<br />

a plethora of her father’s legal<br />

team were plotting to enter<br />

her into a draconian<br />

conservatorship whereby<br />

she would no longer<br />

legally have control<br />

over her life because<br />

of her “meltdown” a<br />

year prior to this and<br />

“deeming her not fit to<br />

make decisions.” This<br />

was made legal in the<br />

State of California in 2008<br />

under the aforementioned<br />

conservatorship laws and<br />

Britney lost control of her life and<br />

fortune.<br />

The $60 million plus fortune she had amassed<br />

since her 2002 career took off was taken out of<br />

her control instantly and according to reports<br />

hefty pay checks were given to those “caring<br />

for her” or part of Jamie Spears team.<br />

Since the legal battle was conceded on the<br />

12th November, Britney is said to be taking<br />

charge of her life and has already started<br />

making plans to re-enter the world of film and<br />

music.<br />

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Brit singer Jessie J has<br />

tragically revealed she lost<br />

the baby she was carrying in<br />

her second trimester.<br />

The 33-year-old singer<br />

- who publicly announced<br />

she would be caring for the<br />

child alone, after separating<br />

from her partner dancer Max<br />

Pham less than a<br />

month ago –<br />

has now had<br />

to share the news that during<br />

her third pivotal scan.... the<br />

doctors could no longer find<br />

a heartbeat.<br />

The devastated<br />

singer took to<br />

social media to<br />

tell fans in an<br />

emotional<br />

p o s t :<br />

“Yesterday<br />

morning I<br />

was laughing<br />

with a<br />

friend saying<br />

‘seriously<br />

though how<br />

am I going to get<br />

through my gig in<br />

LA tomorrow night without<br />

telling the whole audience I<br />

am pregnant.’ By yesterday<br />

afternoon I was dreading the<br />

thought of getting through<br />

the gig without breaking<br />

NEWS<br />

down… After going for my<br />

3rd scan and being told there<br />

was no longer a heartbeat - I<br />

feel like I have no control of<br />

my emotions. I may regret<br />

posting this. I may not. I<br />

actually don’t know. What<br />

I do know is that I want to<br />

sing tonight. Not because<br />

I’m avoiding the grief or the<br />

process, but because I know<br />

singing tonight will help me.”<br />

The brave singer took to<br />

the stage and did her gig. She<br />

also posted a quote from an<br />

Australian poet to sum up her<br />

feelings on her miscarriage,<br />

“Sometimes love won’t be<br />

enough to make it work, and<br />

that’s ok. It doesn’t mean<br />

that you’ve failed.” It was<br />

the first time the singer had<br />

fallen pregnant and she has<br />

said publicly she had always<br />

hoped to be a mother.<br />



Ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp and his wife Frida<br />

have just announced the birth of their first child<br />

together, a son called Raphael.<br />

The couple, who got together in 2019, following<br />

Redknapp’s high profile split from Louise Redknapp<br />

- his partner of 20 years - announced the news they<br />

were expecting in June and a month ago took part in<br />

an unceremonious Shotgun wedding in London.<br />

The child is the third for Jamie and the fifth for<br />

Frida. Jamie has sons Charley (17) and Beau (12) with<br />

Louise and Swedish model Frida, aged 37, has 4 kids<br />

from her ex-husband, a rich hedge fund manager.<br />

The Redknapp’s are said to be delighted and can’t<br />

wait to introduce Raphael to his six teenage siblings.<br />


Ex Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has confirmed her new romance with<br />

‘Waterloo Road’ and ‘Emily in Paris’ star Lucien Laviscourt, after they<br />

were pictured kissing on a night out in London.<br />

Jesy, aged 30, and Lucien, 29, were snapped<br />

kissing on a rickshaw ride through the capital<br />

on Saturday 27th November.<br />

The new romance is a welcome<br />

sidetrack for Jesy who was embroiled<br />

in a ‘blackfishing’ scandal with her exbandmates<br />

only last month on releasing<br />

her new solo single ‘Boyz’.<br />

She was previously romantically linked<br />

to ‘Love Island’ star Chris Hughes.<br />

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“Bringing Decadence<br />

Enjoy great food, spectacular cocktails, amazing ambien<br />

The team that brought you Del Fuoco Italian have diversified following years of dining in Mayfair<br />

Beluga will wow Surrey residents with their sublime Japanese an<br />

OPENIN<br />

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www.beluga.bar beluga.surrey

AR & LOUNGE<br />

to Surrey Nightlife”<br />

ce, world-class DJ’s and unparalleled service at Beluga.<br />

Restaurants with a cool party vibe - they are bringing their own slice of London to Leatherhead.<br />

d Sushi-inspired menu, chefs, entertainment and mixologists.<br />

G SOON<br />

1-3 High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AA<br />

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NEWS<br />

FOR HIM<br />


TECH &<br />



For the budding photographer that wants to capture<br />

the most amazing aerial shots and video footage. This<br />

nifty new gadget will enable you to get superb video<br />

or photos from 4,000 meters in the air! The new Mini 2<br />

Drone features 4 x zoom, panoramic views and an app<br />

to quickly save and transfer footage, among many other<br />

cool design features. Available on Amazon from £229.<br />

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Always messing up your athome<br />

cocktails then this nifty<br />

number from Drinkworks by<br />

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put in a cocktail pod and make<br />

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Home Bar has an onboard<br />

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This is the ideal device for<br />

holidaymakers or frequent business<br />

travellers who encounter language<br />

barriers. Thanks to Poliglu these<br />

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past! With just a few button clicks, you<br />

can handily translate what you want to<br />

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This is the ultimate ‘cheats’ gadget for<br />

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The brand new KoreScale is the<br />

ultimate smart scale, with patented<br />

Bioelectric Impedance Analysis<br />

(BIA) technology so when you step<br />

on the scale, 4 precision sensors<br />

scan and analyse your entire body,<br />

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We’ve scoured the best men’s fashion on the<br />

web to bring you the coolest, chicest partywear<br />

on the market. Dare to be different in coloured<br />

trouser suits in either dusky pink or navy with<br />

gold foil print or embrace the monochrome<br />

trend and get your Christmas partywear shirt<br />

from New Look or All Saints. Have a good one!<br />



MINTED<br />

£28, ASOS<br />

Luc Clothing have<br />

just dropped their<br />

new collection of<br />

loungewear which<br />

we got a sneak peak<br />

of to share with you.<br />

Consisting of brightly<br />

coloured hoodies,<br />

sweatshirts, T-shirts and<br />

tracksuits this uber cool<br />

brand from You Tube sensations,<br />

Woody and Kleiny, has become a smash hit since its launch in 2018 with<br />

celeb fans including footballer Mario Balotelli and TV personalities Chris<br />

Hughes and Alex Murphy. The brand which stands for #letuscreate was the<br />

brainchild of best friends Paul Klein and Paul Wood who shot to fame on<br />

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2009 and have now amassed over 25 million social<br />

media followers with their hilarious videos. You can see their full collection<br />

at www.lucclothing.com and catch the boys creating TV gold behind the<br />

scenes during ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’<br />

LUC is offering Surrey Rocks readers 15% off their online store at<br />

www.lucclothing.com - just type in <strong>ROCKS</strong>15 at the checkout to claim your<br />

discount.<br />



MINTED<br />

£25, NEW LOOK<br />

£150, TWISTED TAILOR<br />

£99, ALL SAINTS<br />

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NEWS<br />

FOR HER<br />



It’s been banded around in the fashion<br />

industry for some time now that ‘Dopamine<br />

Dressing’ (ie. wearing bright clothing) can<br />

actually alter our moods and lift our<br />

spirits.<br />

Famed colour psychologist Karen<br />

Haller states that wearing bright<br />

colours can cause “physiological<br />

changes within us and boost our<br />

moods.”<br />

With that said, now we are in<br />

December and the party season<br />

is upon us, do you want to pass<br />

on the feel-good vibes and wow<br />

in colour. Apparently purple is<br />

the colour de jeur with sales<br />

up 16% according to fashion<br />

bible, WGSN.<br />

“Winter brights will inject a<br />

much-needed sense of energy<br />

and optimism,” WGSN’s<br />

Collection Review says,<br />

continuing to explain that<br />

a surprising hue, purple, is<br />

in fact “one of the fastestgrowing<br />

colours, increasing<br />

its small share +16% YoY.”<br />

Going forward the<br />

trend<br />

forecasting<br />

company foresees “uplifting<br />

juxtapositions between<br />

core colours and energetic<br />

brights,” which is a very<br />

translatable tactic for our<br />

own wardrobes.<br />

Another runway<br />

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S<br />

staple this Autumn/Winter <strong>2021</strong><br />

was red and green – both great<br />

for the Christmas Party season as<br />

the colours are both so festive.<br />

Copy Rita Ora’s look with this red<br />

satin dress from Pretty Little Thing<br />

or opt for a similar conifer green<br />

dress by Wolf & Badger; for £30<br />

and £184 respectively.<br />

Surrey Rocks fashion ed has<br />

also found this gorgeous Silk Fred<br />

purple midi wrap style dress with<br />

plunging hemline which is perfect<br />

for the party season – and a snip<br />

at only £49.<br />

Happy party season! We hope<br />

you wow in your Winter Brights –<br />

see our What’s On and Calendar<br />

pages to find out about the best<br />

in Surrey events this December.<br />


Hannah Martin Flowers are<br />

presenting these beautiful<br />

and fun Rainbow Wreaths<br />

and Mini Xmas Trees – perfect<br />

gifts ‘For Her’ this season.<br />

The wreath, priced at £50,<br />

contains dried flowers, leaves<br />

and other festive ingredients<br />

creating an everlasting work<br />

of art for your wall or door.<br />

It is presented in a large<br />

pink box alongside a trio of<br />

deliciously scented wax melts<br />

from Smellysaurus, a rainbow<br />

candy cane and a pouch of<br />

rainbow chocolate coins.<br />

Hannah Martin is donating<br />

5% from every one of their<br />

Christmas Rainbow Boxes<br />

sold during the month of<br />

December to the Rainbow<br />

Trust Children’s Charity.<br />

Alternatively, their Mini Rainbow Tree Kit, priced at £30, contains<br />

a miniature tree along with everything needed to make it sparkle,<br />

including colourful mini baubles, gold star tinsel and even a mini<br />

bobble hat.<br />

To purchase see www.hannahmartin.net<br />


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This red dress by AQ/AQ is a steal at only £91<br />

(reduced from £150) and the cut is extremely<br />

flattering on any shape or size. Alternatively<br />

splash out on this Yaura one-shoulder maxi dress<br />

from ASOS for £150 and be the belle of the ball.<br />

£91, AQ/AQ<br />



MINTED<br />

MINTED<br />

£150, YAURA<br />


You can’t go wrong with the LBD or skirt at<br />

Xmas. Fringe benefits are big news this A/W21<br />

so invest in a good make like the ones below as<br />

you don’t want to be looking like a plucked bird<br />

this Christmas!<br />

WONDERLUST, £180<br />

ASOS, £120<br />

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Discover<br />


✳<br />

The British love affair with Indian cuisine is a tale that spans more than<br />

200 years – from the opening of the very first curry house in 1809,<br />

to its rise in the 21st Century as Britain’s national dish.

Welcome<br />

Fetcham Tandoori is an award winning, authentic Asian Cuisine restaurant,<br />

based in Fetcham, Leatherhead but serving customers across Surrey and<br />

London. Enjoy a meal with us for any occasion in our<br />

intimate dining room - or if you fancy a takeaway please contact us.<br />

248 Cobham Road, Fetcham, Leatherhead Surrey, KT22 9JF<br />

01372 374 927<br />

info@fetchamtandoori.co.uk<br />


NEWS<br />

RECIPE<br />


This Jamie Oliver dish looks mightily impressive when<br />

served at a dinner party as Oliver himself enthuses: “Lamb like<br />

this is a total treat – it looks dramatic, and gives you tender<br />

blushing meat, with an irresistible feisty crumb. It’s also easy<br />

to scale up or down for two, six or eight, just tweak the timings<br />

instinctively.” A great winter recipe and delicious served with a<br />

red wine jus, dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables if<br />

time is on your side.<br />


(Serves 4)<br />

• 2 x French-trimmed 7-bone racks of lamb , (caps, fat and<br />

sinews removed)<br />

• olive oil<br />

• unsalted butter<br />

• 3 cloves of garlic<br />

• 100 g shelled pistachios<br />

• 1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley (30g)<br />

• 75 g bread<br />

• 1 whole nutmeg , for grating<br />

• Dijon mustard<br />

• Green Beans<br />

• 350 g fine green beans<br />

• 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar<br />

• extra virgin olive oil<br />

• ½ a lemon<br />

• 3 sprigs of fresh tarragon<br />

METHOD<br />

1. Get your meat out of the fridge and up to room temperature<br />

before you cook it. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.<br />

2. Drizzle the lamb racks with olive oil and sprinkle generously<br />

with sea salt and black pepper, patting the seasoning all over<br />

the meat.<br />

3. Sear in a hot frying pan on a high heat with a little extra oil<br />

and 1 knob of butter for 2 to 3 minutes, turning with tongs until<br />

golden all over, then<br />

remove the racks to<br />

a roasting tray and<br />

let them cool.<br />

4. Peel 2 cloves<br />

of garlic and place<br />

in a food processor<br />

with the pistachios<br />

and parsley (stalks<br />

and all). Tear in the<br />

bread, finely grate<br />

in half the nutmeg<br />

and blitz into a fine<br />

green crumb.<br />

5. Generously<br />

brush each lamb<br />

rack with mustard,<br />

then cover with<br />

the herby crumb,<br />

patting it all over<br />

the top and sides.<br />

6. Roast for 25<br />

minutes, until the<br />

crust is crisp, to<br />

give you beautifully<br />

blushing lamb.<br />

Remove from the<br />

oven and leave the lamb to rest for 10 minutes.<br />

7. Meanwhile, trim just the stalk ends off the green beans<br />

and cook for 6 to 7 minutes in a pan of boiling salted water.<br />

8. Crush the remaining unpeeled clove of garlic through a<br />

garlic crusher into a jar and mix with 1 teaspoon of mustard,<br />

the vinegar, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and the<br />

lemon juice, then taste and season to perfection.<br />

9. Finely chop and add the tarragon leaves. Drain the<br />

beans and toss with the dressing. Carve up the lamb and<br />

serve with the dressed green beans and Dauphinoise<br />

Potatoes or mash if time is tight.<br />


Lamb is one of the most wine friendly meats, as perfect with a red<br />

Bordeaux and Rioja as it is with the fruitier wines of the new world. But<br />

if you’re looking for a perfect wine pairing it’s worth thinking just how<br />

- and for how long - you’re going to cook it. With lamb roasted and<br />

served pink, like in this Jamie Oliver rack of lamb recipe, a Pinot Noir<br />

or Cru Beaujolais would work well. Alternatively if you want to steer<br />

clear of reds a dry rosé, especially vintage rosé Champagne, is also<br />

particularly good.<br />

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NEWS<br />

MOVIE<br />

REVIEW<br />

ALBUM<br />

REVIEW<br />

BOOK<br />

REVIEW<br />


The long-awaited fourth installment of<br />

the sci-fi classic ‘Matrix’ is back. The cast<br />

largely remains the same with Keanu<br />

Reeves donning his iconic long leather<br />

coat to play Neo and Carrie Anne Moss<br />

as his love interest Trinity.<br />

The film is 20 years after the last one<br />

– has it been that long? Am I that old...<br />

we hear you say?! Laurence Fishbourne<br />

is the only member not to return – as<br />

his character has stepped back in time<br />

to the origins of the Matrix and is now<br />

played by ‘Aquaman’ star Yahya Abdul-<br />

Mateen II. Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert<br />

Wilson and Daniel Bernhardt all reprise<br />

their previous roles.<br />

The film begins with Neo living an<br />

ordinary life as his alter ego; Thomas A.<br />

Anderson in San Francisco. He appears<br />

not to remember his past until Morpheus<br />

gives him a red pill that awakens his<br />

mind to the world of the Matrix.<br />

The relationship between Neo and<br />

Trinity will take centre stage again<br />

with Reeves describing the plot as a<br />

“beautiful script that is a love story. It’s<br />

another version of a kind of call to wake<br />

up and it has some great action!” Other<br />

details of the film’s storyline has been<br />

deliberately kept quiet so as not to have<br />

any spoilers pre-launch.<br />

The film is written by and directed by<br />

the talented Lana Wachowski who has<br />

huge sci-fi accolades including ‘V for<br />

Vendetta’, ‘Cloud Atlas’ and of course<br />

all the previous ‘Matrix’ films under her<br />

belt.<br />

If you love science fiction or any of<br />

the other 3 ‘Matrix’ outings – this is a go<br />

to film this December. Release date is<br />

scheduled for December 22nd.<br />


Sting released his 15th studio album<br />

entitled ‘The Bridge’ on November<br />

19th. He wrote the album "in a year<br />

of global pandemic, personal loss,<br />

separation, disruption, lockdown<br />

and extraordinary social and political<br />

turmoil” he claimed.<br />

The album is amazing, well thought<br />

out tracks, lyrics and the usual Sting<br />

style of melodic yet substance singing.<br />

On 1 September "If It's Love" was<br />

released as the first single from the<br />

album to critical acclaim.<br />

The upbeat and infectious pop<br />

tune exhibits his undeniable gift for<br />

melody. In his signature voice - and<br />

taking a different approach to a normal<br />

love song - Sting likens his ‘romantic<br />

feelings’ to calling the doctor about his<br />

‘symptoms’ of being in love as it were<br />

an illness. It is isn’t it?!<br />

"I’m certainly not the first songwriter<br />

to equate falling in or out of love with<br />

an incurable sickness, nor will I be the<br />

last, ’If It’s Love’ is my addition to that<br />

canon where the tropes of metaphorical<br />

symptoms, diagnosis and downright<br />

incapacity are all familiar enough to<br />

make each of us smile ruefully," he said.<br />

Representing various styles from<br />

throughout his career and drawing<br />

inspiration from genres including rock<br />

n’ roll, jazz, classical music and folk, the<br />

album features Sting’s quintessential<br />

sound on pop-rock tracks such as the<br />

album’s opening rock hit “Rushing<br />

Water” and indie-pop sounding “If It’s<br />

Love,” to the electronic ballad “Loving<br />

You” – the tracks are top notch.<br />

17-time award winning Grammy<br />

artist Sting is back. Back with a bang<br />

and a belter of an album!<br />



A thrilling novel of espionage and<br />

murder set in the heart of London, from<br />

the critically acclaimed UK spy writer,<br />

Matthew Richardson.<br />

The plot surrounds a Russian defector<br />

who is found brutally murdered in a<br />

London hotel. Only four people knew<br />

he had turned into a spy - the four<br />

most important and powerful figures in<br />

Whitehall.<br />

There's only one conclusion; a mole<br />

has infiltrated the highest levels of<br />

Britain’s M16 security. Operating in<br />

secret from within Westminster's darkest<br />

corners, another former spy - the novel’s<br />

hero - Solomon Vine, must uncover the<br />

traitor.<br />

Britain's future hangs in the balance.<br />

The cat and mouse chase that<br />

ensues is hardly Tom & Jerry – murder<br />

and cover-ups are at every page turn<br />

practically! Vine must locate and “out”<br />

the traitor before he manages to destroy<br />

and expose M16 – leaving the country<br />

with the threat of destruction.<br />

Critics have raved about this book<br />

with The Guardian, calling it, “Proof<br />

that the spy genre is flourishing in the<br />

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an old school, Swiss-clock precision that<br />

keeps the reader pleasurably engaged.”<br />

The Times went as far to say that, “A<br />

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With Matthew Richardson getting this<br />

sort of praise and his first novel in 2018 ‘My<br />

Name is Nobody’ propelling him to the<br />

top of the best seller list, this second novel<br />

produced at aged 27 means there will be a<br />

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One of the world´s longest-running and high profile<br />

supercar races, Gumball attracts serious car<br />

afficionados and equally serious spenders. It costs<br />

£45,000 just to take part in the race.<br />

Famed as much for its fast cars as its wild parties held<br />

during each leg of the race – read this exciting, entertaining,<br />

no-holds barred account of the craziest race on the planet –<br />

and get your credit card ready to book your trip next year as<br />

the Toronto to Havana 2022 trip has just been announced<br />

and is happening on 27th May to 3rd June 2022.<br />

Read this account of the craziest week of these young<br />

drivers lives – when they completed Sweden to Vegas in<br />

under a week for Gumball 3000! Well done Chris Murphy<br />

and Sam Moores for surviving!!<br />


The race kicked off in Sweden´s capital Stockholm.<br />

Plenty of partying was had before we hit the starting<br />

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grid as registration starts the day before and the<br />

party atmosphere kicks in a few days before. And<br />

Stockholm is the place to party! The Swedes are<br />

great and so welcoming. Beautiful hot women,<br />

you can walk into any club and are surrounded<br />

by “11/10 girls”. A lot of Gumballers reported<br />

threesomes and even foursomes, but we<br />

were on our best behaviour!<br />

The starting grid was chaotic with over<br />

100 cars participating, we held back in our<br />

Porsche 918 to get the best pictures from<br />

the event.<br />

Once underway the drive to our next<br />

stopover point, Oslo, was fairly relaxed,<br />

cruising along through scenic countryside<br />

alongside vintage classics and hybrid<br />


Gumball Rallyers were also treated to a tour around<br />

the Koenigsegg Factory in Copenhagen where we got to<br />

see a €1.5m one: 1 CCXR in production. 13,000 kilos to<br />

13,000 break horse power, carbon fibre wheels that our<br />

guide threw at us and they were as light as a feather. An<br />

amazing car. We also got to drag race around the test<br />

circuit with other Gumballers reaching speeds of 190mph.<br />


hypercars such as LaFerrari, the<br />

Porsche 918 Spyder, Pagani Huayra<br />

and McLaren P1´s. We passed quite<br />

a few cars that had obviously been<br />

pulled over by police. One of our<br />

friends was even being escorted in the<br />

opposite direction presumably for a<br />

blood test. They do this when they get<br />

a questionable breathaliser reading.<br />

Therefore readers, here are my 3<br />

golden Gumball rules to remember:<br />

1. Leave early with limited alcohol<br />

in your system<br />

2. Navigation is key – don´t get lost<br />

3. Don´t get caught by the police!!<br />

Which leads me nicely onto our German connection. On<br />

arrival at our next destination point we were all provided<br />

with letters in our hotel that said all sponsors logos had to<br />

be covered up by tape on our route through Germany. (????)<br />

We left early to avoid any problems and despite us following<br />

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the regulations we were repeatedly<br />

stopped to have our documents<br />

checked all the way through Germany.<br />

The most frustrating moment was when<br />

this driver appeared to be veering in<br />

and out of lanes and undercutting us,<br />

acting really strange. Thinking it was<br />

just a follower trying to get a good<br />

photo of our car we dutifully played<br />

around until it got on our nerves -<br />

so much so we undercut it and sped<br />

off. Much to our annoyance the car<br />

happened to be undercover police<br />

and we were pulled over yet again.<br />

The police were shocked to find out<br />

we filmed the whole thing and were<br />

quick to let us go without so much as<br />

a warning!! German Police: 0 Moores<br />

& Murphy: 1.<br />


The Dam didn´t disappoint. A huge festival was put<br />

on at the Ajax Stadium where we were supposed to<br />

drive our cars in front of the 30,000 strong crowd.<br />

Dutch DJ Afrojack also put on an impressive gig. This<br />

was another night of classic partying where we bumped<br />

into a fellow racer who had a Facebook sponsor sticker<br />

on his car. But strangely with the words “Thank you¨<br />

emblazoned above it. As he was holding his magnum<br />

of champagne we questioned his gratitude of the social<br />

media site. To which he promptly replied: “I´m one<br />

of the initial<br />

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founders and Facebook earnt me $700<br />

million.” Ahhhh, ok, get it now.<br />


There is only one word to describe the<br />

antics of 200 Gumballers on a transatlantic<br />

flight to Reno… madness. Within 15<br />

minutes of the plane taking off Dirty<br />

Sanchez entertainer Pritchard stripped off<br />

and was parading around the plane fully<br />

naked. We´re convinced his drink was<br />

spiked soon after as he passed out very<br />

quickly! We were allowed in the cockpit and<br />

one crafty Gumballer even duck-taped his<br />

iPhone to the pilot´s tanoy so we had load<br />

music throughout the duration of the flight.<br />

Other recollections from the flight include<br />

a skateboard whizzing past on descent.<br />

Not exactly health and safety but this was a<br />

private flight not a passenger one, so rules<br />

went out the window.<br />

LA BOUND<br />

Midwest Gumball trips are pretty dull….600 mile<br />

long stretches with nothing but a petrol station,<br />

a lapdance club and a place to buy fried chicken!<br />

Thankfully this year<br />

we hit the West Coast<br />

again (!) landing in Reno then hitting San Francisco<br />

before arriving in LA. The US leg of the journey was<br />

even more exciting this year as we got to race with<br />

F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton. Plus other regular<br />

US participants included rapper Eve (who married<br />

Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper on last year´s<br />

race), Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and boxer Mike<br />

Tyson.<br />

Reports from local newspapers suggested that<br />

Gumballers were driving in and out of LA highway<br />

traffic of up to speeds of 170mph. We know nothing<br />

about this!!!<br />


The final leg of the trip to Vegas was an exhausting<br />

one. Not only because you have been non-stop<br />

travelling and partying for 7 days but also because you<br />

have officially covered 3000 miles of driving. A mean<br />

feat in itself.<br />

Once in Vegas Gumball put on a finale 2-day festival<br />

at MGM Village including a vert ramp skateboard demo<br />

from ‘Tony Hawk & friends’ followed by performances<br />

from DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill, Bun B, The Alchemist,<br />

EVE, Deadmau5 and Diplo.<br />

Having just completed my fourth, but certainly not<br />

final, Gumball – I can safely say i´ll be signing up<br />

again.<br />

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The venue has operated as a pub since the 1960s, but it’s been totally transformed, bringing a refres<br />

With extensive views over Box Hill, guests can dine in the newly landscaped gardens, featuring cosy log burner<br />

and innovation that celebrate provenance and showcases the best of British farms. The pub’s Christmas me<br />

and a delicious gingerbread trifle to get you ready for the festive season. The Watermill will offer an extensive se<br />

including a staple French Martini to an exquisite Espre<br />

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has announced that it is set to open on Tuesday 30th November.<br />

hed look, as well as a completely new food offering, celebrating the very best of British produce.<br />

s, covered seating and a fully-stocked bar. The menu features an array of classic pub dishes, fusing tradition<br />

nu will also be available when the pub opens, and features festive delights including a vegan wellington<br />

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The multi-award winning artist is embarking<br />

on her biggest feat to date – not a<br />

Grammy, not a hit single for the World<br />

Cup but Environmental Change for the future<br />

of our planet.<br />

Shakira: wife, mother and international bestselling<br />

singer, is using her platform for good<br />

use. Instead of releasing another pop ballad –<br />

the 44-year-old is sitting on the panel of Prince<br />

William’s Earthshot Prize. Every year for the<br />

next 10 years five £1million Earthshot prizes are<br />

awarded; providing at least 50 evidence based<br />

solutions to the planet’s greatest environmental<br />

problems by 2030.<br />

Shakira has a huge platform too. She has<br />

amassed over 18 million You Tube hits and 250<br />

million social media followers and is considered<br />

one of the world’s best known solo singers.<br />

She has said she is not going to produce music<br />

“for a while” as other issues close to her heart<br />

are taking up all her time. Talking about Prince<br />

William and Earthshot she said:<br />

“Seeing Prince William’s passion and how<br />

genuinely determined he is to provoke change<br />

is very, very inspiring, It's just incredible to see<br />

how committed he is, and all the people at<br />

Earthshot are, to make change happen in the<br />

world in such a short amount of time.<br />

“And it's not impossible. It requires many of<br />

us, plenty of commitment and determination,<br />

and we need to raise awareness towards that.<br />

I feel that I can do that while talking to every<br />

journalist I can. Every time I'm in front of a<br />

camera, I can talk about that… We are citizens<br />

of humanity. We need to really provoke fast<br />

change in order to preserve our home.”<br />

To mark the launch of the Earthshot, Shakira<br />

and Prince William released a video of a Zoom<br />

call between them, in which they discussed their<br />

shared passion for saving the planet, how to<br />

bring about change and in particular, Shakira’s<br />

passion for cleaning up oceans.<br />

“Prince William is one of the people who<br />

is really aware of how imminent and how<br />

necessary it is that we all work together. He's<br />

called me on the phone just to discuss this<br />

and try to get me committed to do more.”<br />

The singer has also started her own<br />

foundation for children’s education<br />

and welfare in her native Columbia.<br />

Calling it ‘Barefoot Foundation’ she<br />

campaigns for the right for every<br />

child to have access to education.<br />

The project aims to help 54,000<br />

children over 3 years to succeed<br />

academically with school and<br />

education for those that need it<br />

most.<br />

Raised in Baranquilla, a district<br />

of North Columbia, Shakira<br />

wrote her first song at the age<br />

of 8 and was signed to her first<br />

record label at just 13. Shakira has<br />

also managed to scoop 2 Grammy<br />

Awards, 7 Latin Grammy Awards, 5<br />

MTV Music Awards and 7 Billboard<br />

Music Awards. Not bad for a girl from<br />

the deepest darkest depths of South<br />

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America.<br />

Throughout her career Shakira has not only been a singer, but also<br />

a songwriter, record producer, choreographer and model. Her allround<br />

personality means that she has not only written the majority of<br />

her songs but also created the dances in many of her music videos,<br />

including the video for the hit single ‘Waka Waka’ which had over<br />

933 million views and became the 9th most watched video on You<br />

Tube ever.<br />

Although Shakira’s first two studio albums were not hits, her third<br />

album Pies Descalzos immediately gave her prominence in the Latin<br />

American market. With the success of other albums, such as Dónde<br />

Están los Ladrones, she became a superstar in the Spanish-language<br />

market, known for her strong vocals and incredible hip-shaking and<br />

those killer belly dance moves.<br />

In 1997 Shakira made the decision to move herself and her family<br />

to Miami where she began to learn English. In 2001 her debut English<br />

language album Laundry Service reached no.3 on the charts, selling<br />

more than 200,000 copies in the first week of release. Her album<br />

was full of major hits such as ‘Wherever, Whenever’ which became<br />

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her breakthrough hit in the US, and after selling 10 million copies<br />

worldwide, it became the biggest hit of 2001.<br />

Shakira soon became the highest selling Columbian artist of<br />

all time, and her records such as ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ began to top<br />

the charts gaining her several number ones. She also began<br />

collaborating with massive US artists such as Beyoncé Knowles.<br />

Their song ‘Beautiful Liar’ was released in 2007 and quickly<br />

became number one in several European countries including<br />

France, Germany, Italy and the UK.<br />

By 2012 her US album sales alone had reached over 10 million.<br />

Shakira had created a worldwide phenomenon, which combined<br />

Latino, Arabic and hip-hop music together and reached out to<br />

such a variety of people that she was adored worldwide.<br />

Her multitude of talents was broadened again when she was<br />

confirmed a Star Judge on popular NBC show ‘The Voice’, the<br />

fourth series aired in March 2013, just months after Shakira had<br />

given birth to her first child, Milan. Her personality and likeability<br />

definitely won over the hearts of the nation and she rapidly<br />

returned for the sixth series after taking a year off to spend time<br />

with her son and husband, professional Spanish football player<br />

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Gerard Pique, who recently<br />

celebrated playing 100<br />

Caps for Spain during the<br />

FIFA 2018 Russia World<br />

Cup.<br />

Although it hasn’t<br />

been all fun and games<br />

in Shakira’s personal life.<br />

Shakira previously dated<br />

Antonio de la Rua, son of<br />

former Argentine President<br />

Fernando de la Rua. In<br />

2013, de la Rua made<br />

headlines when he sued<br />

the Latin songstress for<br />

$100 million, charging<br />

that he had helped create<br />

some of his ex’s hit songs<br />

as well as the “Shakira<br />

brand.” Fortunately for the<br />

singer the superior court<br />

dismissed the lawsuit<br />

and she was not made<br />

to give La Rua any part<br />

of her income.<br />

Even with their<br />

net worth of 220<br />

million dollars Shakira<br />

doesn’t let her WAG<br />

status or fame get<br />

to her head. In 2010<br />

the United Nations<br />

Labour Organisation<br />

honoured her for her<br />

philanthropic efforts<br />

and she became a<br />

goodwill ambassador<br />

for UNICEF.<br />

Her charity work was<br />

also emphasised when<br />

she threw her world<br />

baby showers in the<br />

upcoming weeks to her<br />

second son´s births.<br />

Shakira organised and<br />

ran the event asking for<br />

gifts to be donated to babies that were in need all over<br />

the world. She claimed that “she hopes her charity efforts<br />

will make her sons proud.”<br />

Their first Virtual Baby Shower was a huge success; over<br />

80,000 children were vaccinated against polio, nearly four<br />

tons of therapeutic food helped children suffering from<br />

malnutrition, plus around 1,000 anti-malaria bed nets<br />

and nearly 200,000 oral rehydration salts sachets were<br />

distributed. <br />

It is clear that Shakira is no longer just a singer, her talents<br />

vary so far and wide that she has become an exciting role<br />

model for younger generations. Environmental issues are<br />

her passion and she is excelling in getting her message<br />

out there.<br />

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The Earthshot Prize revealed the first-ever five Prize Winners<br />

of the most prestigious environment awards in history at<br />

a glittering ceremony held at London’s Alexandra Palace.<br />

Each of these five Winners will receive £1 million prize money<br />

and a global network of professional and technical support to<br />

scale their ‘remarkable environmental solutions to repair our<br />

planet and accelerate their impact’.<br />

The five Winners include cutting-edge technologists,<br />

innovators, an entire country, and a pioneering city. The five<br />

Winners were selected by The Earthshot Prize Council and<br />

were chosen for their ground-breaking solutions to the greatest<br />

environmental challenges facing our planet and their ability to<br />

scale their impact globally in response to the urgent challenges<br />

we face.<br />

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NATURE – Republic of<br />

Costa Rica<br />

Forests are home to half our<br />

plants and animals and three<br />

quarters of our birds. They suck<br />

carbon from the air and return the<br />

oxygen we breathe. Yet in 2020<br />

more trees were felled than ever<br />

before, causing 10% of global<br />

warming.<br />

In the 1990s, the vast forests of<br />

Costa Rica were devastated, half<br />

their former size. But the people<br />

of Costa Rica and their Ministry for<br />

Environment had a plan to save<br />

them. Its programmes paid citizens<br />

to protect forests, plant trees, and<br />

restore ecosystems.<br />

The results were extraordinary. Costa Rica’s forests doubled in size. Flora and fauna thrived which led to a boom in ecotourism,<br />

contributing $4 billion to the economy.<br />

The government is now taking the approach to urban areas. It believes 30% of the world’s land and oceans could be protected<br />

this way too.<br />

Winning The Earthshot Prize is helping to share knowledge and practices globally, especially in the Global South. Costa Rica’s<br />

motto is “pura vida” or “pure life”. Those words could soon echo across the world.<br />

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CLEAN OUR AIR – India,<br />

Takachur<br />

Globally, we generate $120 billion of agricultural<br />

waste every year. What farmers cannot sell, they<br />

often burn, with catastrophic consequences for<br />

human health and the environment. The burning<br />

of agricultural waste causes air pollution that<br />

in some areas has reduced life expectancy by a<br />

decade.<br />

This plays out every year in the fields surrounding<br />

New Delhi. Smoke from man-made infernos fills<br />

the air, with serious consequences for the health of<br />

locals. One of their number is Vidyut Mohan. His<br />

social enterprise, Takachar, is putting out the fire.<br />

Takachar has developed a cheap, small-scale,<br />

portable technology that attaches to tractors in<br />

remote farms. The machine converts crop residues<br />

into sellable bio-products like fuel and fertilizer.<br />

Takachar’s technology reduces smoke emissions<br />

by up to 98% which will help improve the air quality<br />

that currently reduces the affected population’s<br />

life expectancy by up to 5 years. If scaled, it could<br />

cut a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year: a win<br />

for India’s farmers will be a win in the fight against<br />

climate change.<br />

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REVIVE OUR OCEANS – Bahamas,<br />

Coral Vita<br />

Ocean warming and acidification are set to destroy over 90%<br />

of reefs by 2050, a death sentence for the quarter of marine life<br />

who need them to survive. It will be a disaster, too, for the billion<br />

human lives dependent on the benefits reefs provide.<br />

A year after Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern launched Coral<br />

Vita’s first facility in Grand Bahama, Hurricane Dorian destroyed<br />

their coral farm. The experience brought home the extent of the<br />

climate emergency and strengthened their resolve to protect our<br />

reefs.<br />

Coral Vita, which grows coral on land to replant in oceans,<br />

gives new life to dying ecosystems. Its methods grow coral up to<br />

50 times faster than traditional methods and improves resilience<br />

to the impact of climate change.<br />

As well as restoring reefs, Teicher and Halpern work with local<br />

communities, public officials, and private companies to improve<br />

education, create new job prospects, and build a model to inject<br />

more funding into environmental protection. Coral Vita gives<br />

new life not just to the ocean but to coastal economies as well.<br />

With Coral Vita’s methods, a single farm could potentially supply coral for an entire nation, and they ultimately envision a network<br />

of such farms in every nation with reefs, kickstarting a restoration economy to preserve the ecosystems that sustain us all. Winning<br />

the prize will help them make that vision a reality.<br />

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– The City of Milan Food<br />

Waste Hubs<br />

A third of all food produced globally is<br />

wasted. Each discarded food item uses<br />

precious resources and heaps pressure<br />

on agriculture. The global food system<br />

generates between 25-30% of the world’s<br />

total greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile,<br />

hundreds of millions suffer from food<br />

insecurity.<br />

The City of Milan’s Food Waste Hubs<br />

tackle two problems in one. Launched<br />

in 2019 with the aim of halving waste by<br />

2030, each hub recovers food mainly from<br />

supermarkets and companies’ canteens and<br />

gives it to NGOs who distribute it to the<br />

neediest citizens.<br />

Milan is the first major city to enforce a<br />

city-wide food waste policy encompassing<br />

public agencies, food banks, charities,<br />

NGOs, universities and private businesses. And it is working. Today the city has three Food Waste Hubs, each recovering about 130<br />

tonnes of food per year or 350 kg per day, an estimated 260,000 meals equivalent.<br />

Milan has created a blueprint that can be scaled throughout the world. If more follow Milan’s lead, cities may become one of our<br />

greatest assets in humanity’s progress toward a waste free world.<br />

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Born in a climate-change<br />

affected South Pacific Island,<br />

Vaitea Cowan co-founded Enapter<br />

to turn back the tide. Just three<br />

years on, its green hydrogen<br />

technology could change the way<br />

we power our world.<br />

We have made huge advances<br />

in renewable energy. But we can<br />

still go further. With 30% of our<br />

energy already renewable, we<br />

need to focus on the 70% that<br />

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Enapter provides a clean<br />

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fuels cars and planes, powers<br />

industry and heats homes.<br />

This is just the start. Funding from winning The Earthshot Prize would help scale mass production, which is planned to begin in<br />

2022, while growing the team faster and funding further research and development. By 2050, Enapter’s vision is to account for 10%<br />

of the world’s hydrogen generation.<br />

Enapter shows us that, when faced with the greatest of challenges, we can turn back the tide.<br />

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Christmas Ballet aimed at families and children<br />

Produced by Dance Direction<br />

ESHER THEATRE, <strong>SURREY</strong>, KT10 9RA<br />

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THE XMAS<br />


Do you pull your hair out every festive season, wondering<br />

what to buy for his Christmas stocking? While most men at some time,<br />

have been way off the ‘good gift radar’, presenting us with the newest<br />

model of dishwasher, toolkit or vacuum cleaner, most of us<br />

women get quite stressed out in our pursuit of the perfect man gift.<br />

This festive season, to save you from pulling your hair out,<br />

we’ve come up with a few funky ideas for him.<br />




A simple and stylish way for him to keep<br />

his favourite can of something ice-cold<br />

while he’s slogging away at his desk. Simply<br />

plug in and after five minutes it provides a<br />

cool 8.5 degrees home to canned drinks or<br />

food of your choice. The fridge fits 6 x 330<br />

ml cans. This black Retro Desk Fridge from<br />

Koolatron is priced at £53.78 from Wayfair -<br />

in the sale now - and is bound to make him<br />

smile when he opens this Christmas.<br />




Crafted from a wool blend in a<br />

houndstooth pattern, the black and white<br />

General coat is an homage to heritage<br />

tailoring. It’s shaped to a double-breasted<br />

front with notch lapels and lightly padded<br />

shoulders – complete with an interior satin<br />

finish. Wear it over a roll neck jumper for a<br />

classic layered edit. At only £350 it is a great<br />

buy for him for Christmas and beyond.<br />




Buying for him is hard isn’t it? Well,<br />

why not get him the car of his dreams for the<br />

day? If you book in December you can get a<br />

20% Discount on the day rate for a stunning<br />

911 Carerra Cabriolet and Porsche 356a<br />

Speedster through RNG Classics. Prices start<br />

from £250. Other cars to choose from are the<br />

Ferrari 308, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow or the<br />

Triumph Spitfire. See their website<br />

for full details and pricing.<br />


07757 760042<br />


This gorgeous Cravat and Pocket Square<br />

Set is the perfect gift for a flamboyant man in<br />

your life and is only £30 (available as individual<br />

items too). The art deco stars design from<br />

Dapper & Suave is proudly handmade.<br />

Check out their website for more accessories<br />

in quirky and fun prints for everyone. They<br />

also stock a range of vintage bow ties and<br />

collaborate with local businesses to create<br />

new products including t-shirts, artwork,<br />

cards, candles and beauty.<br />




These ultra-sharp numbers are designed<br />

by the Italian design guru Raffaele Iannello,<br />

making the ‘Voodoo’ knife collection<br />

cutting-edge cool. The set consists of five<br />

stainless steel knives, including a paring<br />

knife, a bread knife, a carving knife, as well<br />

as a large and a small cutting knife. All he<br />

needs when he wants to get stuck in, in the<br />

kitchen. The Set of Voodoo Knives sells for<br />

£69.00 and is available online at Fruugo.<br />


01372 377892<br />


Bringing the British modern sharing plate to<br />

Surrey. The Rind has established itself as the<br />

go-to wine bar for excellent cheese and wine<br />

pairing. This gem of a cheese and wine bar serves<br />

delicious British cheeses, Dorset cured meat and<br />

signature dishes such as truffled grilled thyme and<br />

garlic aubergines, cheese toastie, raclette and<br />

fondue. There is a fantastic selection of wine to<br />

accompany selected from their head sommelier.<br />

Get your man vouchers this Xmas and enjoy a<br />

fabulous dining experience with him.<br />




This scarf and beanie hat set by<br />

Hugo Boss is presented in a lovely box for<br />

easy gifting at only £119. Detailed with a<br />

signature colour-block design, this accessory<br />

set is created in soft yarn blended with virgin<br />

wool for cosy comfort. Jacquard-woven Boss<br />

logos on both pieces round off this coolweather<br />

duo. Scarf measurements are<br />

180 x 30cm. Choose from black and<br />

turquoise or navy blue and red designs.<br />

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Roni B’s Kitchen was started by Roni from<br />

her Surrey kitchen with the aim of introducing<br />

Philippine flavours to the UK through her<br />

products. She started with 2 products in 2017<br />

and it has now grown to 8 products. Roni<br />

B’s Kitchen has recently been awarded The<br />

Great Taste Producer seal having received 3<br />

awards in the last 3 years. Roni B has created<br />

a selection of festive gift boxes for you to<br />

choose from with prices starting from £17.<br />




Is he always messing up your cocktails?!<br />

Then this nifty little number from Drinkworks<br />

allows him to simply put in a cocktail pod<br />

and make cocktails in under a minute by just<br />

the touch of a button. With 30 plus different<br />

cocktail variations to choose from you can wow<br />

guests with your cocktail makingexpertise!<br />

The Drinksworks Home Bar has an onboard<br />

chilling and carbonation device to make chilled,<br />

bubbly cocktails for you and your friends.<br />

Buy from £399 at Master of Malt.<br />





Do fingerprints on his iPad drive him mad?<br />

Well, with this nifty little Henry screen cleaner<br />

he can keep all of those little annoying marks<br />

off any electronic screen. The Henry Screen<br />

Cleaner is also a funky looker in that it’s an<br />

exact replica of the classic Henry Hoover<br />

design. It’s small enough to carry around<br />

and is made from a super-soft microfibre<br />

which wipes clean any laptop, tablet or<br />

smartphone. Henry is also machine<br />

washable and comes in at only £8.99.<br />

DINE & SPA DAY<br />

01372 571374<br />


Get a Dine & Spa Day Package combining<br />

wellness, nature and unique dining, the Dine<br />

& Spa day package at Beaverbrook is the perfect<br />

way to give the gift of relaxation this year. With<br />

the choice of nourishing, fresh dishes at<br />

The Garden House restaurant or authentic<br />

Japanese cuisine in The Dining Room there’s<br />

something for everyone on this day visit package.<br />

Guests will enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants<br />

and full use of The Coach House Spa facilities,<br />

where they can take a dip in the pool followed<br />

by a rejuvenating steam and sauna session.<br />

TREND 1<br />

01372 372771<br />


New Italian wine bar and delicatessen,<br />

Trend 1, based in Leatherhead are<br />

offering hampers which make a perfect<br />

gift idea for your loved ones this<br />

Christmas - packed full of Italian goodies.<br />

It can be personalised too to suit cheese,<br />

meat, dessert or wine lovers or a mix of<br />

all four. Pop in and ask Giovanni and the<br />

team to create something special at a<br />

budget to suit you.<br />




Luc Clothing have just dropped their new<br />

collection of loungewear consisting of hoodies,<br />

sweatshirts, T-shirts and tracksuits. This uber cool<br />

brand from You Tube sensations, Woody and<br />

Kleiny – currently presenting for ITV’s Tik Tok<br />

“I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!” The<br />

brand has become a smash hit since its launch in<br />

2018 with celeb fans including footballer Mario<br />

Balotelli and TV personalities Chris Hughes and<br />

Alex Murphy. Plus, if you order in December with<br />

the code <strong>ROCKS</strong>15 at checkout you can get<br />

15% off your purchases.<br />


@ROLEX<br />


If budget is not an option, gifting him a<br />

watch like this new Rolex GMT Master<br />

II from Rolex will mightily impress him.<br />

This watch made from Oystersteel<br />

featuring a black dial, two colour<br />

Cerachrom bezel insert in a blue and<br />

black ceramic with a Jubilee bracelet<br />

will ensure he loves you forever!<br />

Prices start from £22,000.<br />




With this £85 gift experience your man<br />

can spend a day learning all about the fine<br />

art of beer brewing and get involved with all<br />

the stages of brewing while dining on some<br />

of the Brewhouse & Kitchen’s finest pub<br />

classics with this Full Day Brewery Experience<br />

with lunch and tastings. If he likes beer - he<br />

will love this Christmas Gift. With a 12-month<br />

validity and 23 locations throughout the<br />

UK to choose from.<br />




Coffee Flamingo’s mission is to offer<br />

“great tasting, no jargon or snobbery, just<br />

beautifully delicious, ethical sourced, hand<br />

curated coffee in its simplest form.” Their<br />

festive Coffee Lovers Hamper priced at £32.99<br />

is the perfect gift for the coffee lovers in your<br />

life. The hamper includes:1x 227g ground<br />

Festive Sumatran Mandheling coffee, 1x 227g<br />

ground Peru coffee, 1x 227g ground Colombia<br />

coffee, 1x Hario V60 dripper, 1 x 40 Hario V60<br />

filter papers, 1 x small bag of cinnamon.<br />

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THE XMAS<br />





Designed with an elongated, slightly<br />

oversized silhouette and a hood that<br />

provides extra protection, this plush,<br />

ultrasoft faux-fur jacket is a glamorous<br />

choice for the leading lady in your life.<br />

Priced at only £299 in black or pinot noir<br />

pictured this jacket is a great gift choice<br />

for Christmas and those colder<br />

winter months.<br />

Get in her good books this Christmas with our handy<br />

selection of gifts that show you really care.<br />

From stocking fillers like personalised ‘Reason I Love You’<br />

notes to gorgeous jewellery and designer handbags – plan<br />

ahead accordingly and reap the benefits<br />

this Christmas season!<br />




“A gift that keeps on giving” can come in<br />

the form of a subscription of flowers from<br />

Hannah Martin every month. Alternatively, this<br />

beautiful Rainbow Wreath contains dried flowers,<br />

leaves and other festive ingredients creating an<br />

everlasting work of art for your wall or door. It is<br />

presented in a large pink box alongside a trio of<br />

deliciously scented wax melts, a rainbow candy<br />

cane and a pouch of rainbow chocolate coins.<br />

5% of proceeds go to the Rainbow Trust too.<br />




Looking for something special for her<br />

this festive season? Then allow us to introduce<br />

you to the king of hair straighteners, the Dyson<br />

Corrale. Built to be used cord-free for up to<br />

30 minutes, the Corrale is kitted out with<br />

flexing manganese copper alloy plates to<br />

make styling easy and avoid splaying. It uses<br />

less heat than an average straightener<br />

with three different heat settings and<br />

promises less damage as a result; reducing<br />

frizz and fly-aways too.<br />




Share the reasons you love someone<br />

with this romantic and thoughtful gift.<br />

Great for stockings for her or to add onto<br />

another gift they come in 12 different<br />

designs and come in gorgeous boxes<br />

complete with ribbons in a number<br />

of colourways. Priced at £16.80<br />

and allow 3-4 working days<br />

for delivery.<br />




Give the lovely lady in your life a new set<br />

of underwear from the uber cool designer<br />

brand Agent Provocateur. Choose from<br />

lingerie, sleepwear or accessories including<br />

fluffy kitten heels and silk robes. Made from<br />

the finest quality material with celebrity fans<br />

including Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue and<br />

Victoria Beckham you can be rest assured<br />

that this will wow her this Xmas. The featured<br />

set called ‘Molly’ starts from £125 and comes<br />

in a fuschia pink or Christmas gold.<br />




A beautiful gift set designed to bring the<br />

spa experience to your home. Complete<br />

with Himalayan pink bath salts with lavender<br />

essential oil (250g), three hand poured soy<br />

tealight candles with geranium essential oil, a<br />

facial cleansing cloth, Hydra Boost hyaluronic<br />

acid facial serum (15ml) and Nutra Boost facial<br />

cream (30ml). All in a luxury matt black gift box.<br />

All products are vegan, cruelty-free and free<br />

from parabens, sulphates, silicones and other<br />

undesirable chemicals.<br />


01252 781010<br />


Located between Guildford and Farnham<br />

The Packhouse sell a huge variety of vintage,<br />

antique and one-off buys from furniture<br />

and interior finishing touches, like this<br />

Chanel mirror pictured, to gifts and fashion<br />

accessories. You won’t find a more exciting<br />

and diverse mix anywhere else. There are over<br />

60 independent traders who sell unique `items<br />

sourced from around the world so sourcing<br />

original gifts for her from here is a must!<br />

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This ethical range from Wonderlust<br />

consists of £75 Luxe Felix Trousers and<br />

£45 for their She-Ra Tee. By producing<br />

limited quantities, with local skilled workers<br />

Wonderlust are fashion forward and a great<br />

company to shop with. Not only do they have<br />

a minimal carbon footprint with negliable<br />

waste, they are also conscious to design<br />

pieces that will live in your wardrobe<br />

season after season.<br />

LILY & GRACE<br />



A fine gold-plated ball chain adorned<br />

with 3 beautifully coloured clay gems coated<br />

in resin - all individually handmade. Four<br />

colour styles available. Matching necklaces<br />

and earrings available in these beautiful sets<br />

which make for the perfect Christmas gift.<br />

Available as a bracelet (3 gems) for<br />

£22 or 18inch necklace (4 gems) for £24.<br />

Earrings are £8 or free when purchasing<br />

the bracelet and necklace together.<br />





With ‘ethical and reusable’ fashion<br />

being the buzzword on fashion forward girls<br />

minds these days you can pick up these<br />

designer handbags – like the Chloe Daryl<br />

Tote, Mulberry Somerset, Louis Vuitton<br />

Batton or Michael Kors Tote from as little<br />

as £350 from Your Preloved Stories.<br />

Check out their website for great designer<br />

fashion and accessories<br />

at affordable prices.<br />




This upcycled wine bottle candle features<br />

a cut-out label, lighting up as the candle<br />

burns down, to reveal a festive robin.<br />

A delicious blend of essential oils<br />

combining mandarin and tonka, with<br />

nutmeg, cinnamon and clove for an<br />

indulgently spiced aroma. The perfect<br />

candle to get you feeling merry<br />

and bright, filling your home with<br />

the scent of Christmas.<br />

DINE & SPA DAY<br />

01372 571374<br />


Get a Dine & Spa Day Package combining<br />

wellness, nature and unique dining, the<br />

Dine & Spa day package at Beaverbrook is the<br />

perfect way to give the gift of relaxation this year.<br />

With the choice of nourishing, fresh dishes at<br />

The Garden House restaurant or authentic<br />

Japanese cuisine in The Dining Room there’s<br />

something for everyone on this day visit package.<br />

Guests will enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants<br />

and full use of The Coach House Spa facilities,<br />

where they can take a dip in the pool followed<br />

by a rejuvenating steam and sauna session.<br />




Beautifully unique sterling silver<br />

jewellery inspired by natures colours and<br />

shapes. Their collections use gemstones and<br />

glass enamel to adorn the pieces to create<br />

organic and natural shapes and textures.<br />

All pieces are designed and handmade<br />

by designer and brand owner<br />

Hayley Tea in her Surrey workroom.<br />

The Rockpool Collection featured<br />

here start from £135.<br />




New for Christmas <strong>2021</strong> these stunning<br />

‘Mayfair Bas Relief Rose Gold’ Vivienne<br />

Westwood Orb earrings are made from<br />

shining cut crystals with a rodhium-plated<br />

brass finish. They are a snip at only<br />

£75 and a matching necklace has also been<br />

designed for Christmas that won’t<br />

break the bank balance at a reasonable<br />

£85. Silver are available to and<br />

start from £100.<br />


07912 448823<br />


Parkgate Pottery in Newdigate is a small<br />

batch pottery creating functional ware made<br />

from stoneware clay and glazed in a variety<br />

of blues featuring designs inspired by nature.<br />

These mugs are thrown on the wheel and<br />

finished by hand using a wax relief technique<br />

between the glaze layers. £28 each.<br />

You can also learn to throw with Andrea and<br />

experience vouchers can be purchased on<br />

the website for the ultimate Christmas gift.<br />




If there’s one thing Christian Louboutin<br />

knows how to execute, it’s a head-turning<br />

entrance that only can be likened to that of<br />

a modern fairytale. These brand new for<br />

Xmas - Hot Chick pumps - priced at £625,<br />

are envisioned through this idea and<br />

showcase the silhouette’s iconic curves,<br />

pointed toe and that flash of red that will be<br />

recognised in both an office and dancefloor<br />

setting. A great gift idea for her.<br />

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THE XMAS<br />





Lego Super Mario toy playsets offer a<br />

new way to play in the real world with<br />

iconic Super Mario characters, Mario and<br />

Luigi. The new Lego Starter Courses and<br />

Expansion Sets, plus Power-Up Packs,<br />

combine in limitless ways to allow fans<br />

to build their own levels. Starter kids<br />

available from £99.88 and for the full<br />

package set aside a cool £289.99. Great<br />

for kids aged 6 plus.<br />

The hardest task in any parent’s life is finding gifts that<br />

the kids will love. The anticipation of watching them unwrapping<br />

a gift in 2 nano-seconds that you have meticulously wrapped<br />

for 5 minutes only to hear a sigh of disappointment on<br />

Christmas morning – it’s heartbreaking! Hopefully these gifts<br />

will be worth the wrapping.<br />




Micro Scooters have launched their new range<br />

of Eco scooters made using discarded fishing<br />

nets that pollute our oceans. The Eco Maxi Micro<br />

Deluxe boasts added durability, performance<br />

and eco-credentials. Working with partners, they<br />

recover discarded ocean plastic and transform it<br />

into the durable, colour-pop material. Micros are<br />

built to last - with the highest quality, replaceable<br />

parts - so they can be passed on and never end<br />

up in landfill. Available in the new ocean green<br />

colourway for Xmas <strong>2021</strong>.<br />


020 80911895<br />


AKWA Baby, a brand of ethical clothing<br />

embracing African heritage and prints, that aim to<br />

celebrate colour and diversity has launched with a<br />

stunning capsule collection and brightly coloured<br />

Jumpers and Tees for Xmas <strong>2021</strong>. AKWA Baby’s<br />

collection of kids jumpsuits and top and trouser<br />

combinations feature the beautiful ‘Obi’ print<br />

which means heart in the Lgabo tribe language<br />

are made unisex for ethical re-use between<br />

siblings. Teaching acceptance and self-love is at<br />

the forefront of the brand’s ethos.<br />


01372 571374<br />


Treat the kids to unlimited ice-skating when<br />

you visit Beaverbrook for an overnight stay<br />

between 1st December <strong>2021</strong> and 31st<br />

January 2022. Adding a touch of magic to<br />

winter breaks kids can twirl their way around<br />

the enchanting rink whilst enjoying wellloved<br />

yuletide melodies and indulging in a<br />

hot chocolate and sugary treats from their<br />

stunning rink-side cabins.<br />




For the budding photographer, this new<br />

camera from Polaroid will entertain and<br />

amaze for hours. The Polaroid Now+<br />

Starter Set, priced at £179.99, contains the<br />

most creative camera yet with 5 lens filters,<br />

plus extra creative tools to unlock inside<br />

the Polaroid mobile app. With three packs<br />

of film inside, this set is all your littles ones<br />

need to create great images this<br />

Christmas and beyond.<br />


07909 543312<br />


Surrey pet and wildlife artist Angie<br />

produces a fantastic range of gifts including<br />

prints, greeting cards, mugs, and coasters;<br />

all based on her portraits of beautiful<br />

animals and birds. These delightful tins<br />

make ideal Christmas gifts - especially when<br />

you stuff them full of chocolates or<br />

biscuits - and are only £12.99 each.<br />

Discover something unique and original<br />

this Christmas.<br />




These uplifting designs with a<br />

sustainable/ethical fashion approach – in<br />

Hoodies & Sweatshirts - are made from<br />

organic cotton and printed on demand<br />

in the UK. The “Shine Bright Like A Star”<br />

featured here are the brands best sellers so<br />

far. The two hoodies are £32 each and<br />

Elley Jane does free shipping anywhere in<br />

the UK with any purchases from<br />

their website.<br />

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This personalised neon sign is cool for any<br />

child at any age – fun and practical. Children<br />

will love seeing their name in lights but also the<br />

soft glow at bedtime. It is available in 5 colours<br />

and any name can be written (even the most<br />

unusual!) as the signs are handmade in a studio.<br />

Choose from blue, pink, green, red or white.<br />

Allow 4-5 working days for delivery so the<br />

cut off for Christmas is the 16th December. It<br />

comes in at £85 but delivery to the UK is free.<br />




Creative Pickle creates unique and bespoke<br />

alphabet prints and gifts for little ones. The fun<br />

illustrations and bright colours are created to<br />

encourage children to engage, imagine and<br />

learn. These transport flash cards, priced at<br />

£17, are new to the range and are a perfect<br />

gift for toddlers and young children, allowing<br />

them to learn the alphabet and modes of<br />

transport in a fun and colourful way.<br />


@ARGOSUK<br />



The Hot Wheels Massive Loop Mayhem<br />

Track Set is a thrilling playset that gives kids<br />

the opportunity to test their Hot Wheels<br />

vehicles against each other. The set, priced at<br />

£55, features a 71cm wide loop track which is<br />

perfect to race Hot Wheels cars. Kids can use<br />

the slam launcher to see how many vehicles<br />

can run at once and have nail-biting near<br />

misses before some awesome crashes start to<br />

happen. One Hot Wheels car is included to<br />

get the excitement started.<br />


07595 336062<br />


This popular Bunny Cosmetic Pouch is priced<br />

at £15. The Bunny is originally hand drawn in<br />

charcoal and graphite and is perfect for adding<br />

little gifts into at Christmas time. You can add<br />

make-up, hair ties, chocolates, tickets, passports,<br />

pencils and pens. Perfect for secret Santas or<br />

instead of crackers. They can be used as a bag<br />

on their own or inside a handbag to keep phone<br />

and keys safe. Libra Fine Arts plant a tree for<br />

every sale to give back to the world. They have a<br />

range of art prints, homeware and gifts<br />

featuring original hand drawn artwork.<br />




A brilliantly entertaining festive game for<br />

up to 7 players - extremely silly and great fun.<br />

Dance or dash around the room with a wobbly<br />

rack of rubbery antlers on your head. Then try<br />

to catch or avoid being hooped by the other<br />

players. Full of seasonal silliness and comes with<br />

one set of inflatable antlers, six inflatable gold<br />

rings, timer and a red nose for Rudolph<br />

for only £12.99. Hilarious entertainment for all<br />

ages and perfect for prancing around - not<br />

another reindeer joke, O-Deer!<br />




A mixture of traditional Nursery Rhyme<br />

favourites as well as brand new personalised<br />

poem’s based on a child’s first name. Listed<br />

by The Independent in the Top Ten Best<br />

Personalised books. Personalise the book<br />

with their first name and a special personal<br />

message to print at the start of the book if<br />

you wish. A wonderful gift for Xmas and any<br />

special occasion. Priced at £23.<br />


@ARGOSUK<br />


You can have all the art tools you need<br />

whenever and wherever inspiration strikes<br />

with the Crayola Inspiration Art Case.<br />

Crayons, pencils, markers, and paper are<br />

neatly packed into a convenient carrying<br />

case. Choose from a huge selection of<br />

colours to make your mark on any project.<br />

A special compartment for each tool means<br />

staying organized is simple and the attached<br />

handle brings ease to taking your colouring<br />

supplies on-the-go. Only £20 this Xmas.<br />




This small, lightweight reader is the<br />

perfect size for kids and comes with a folding<br />

cover, a year of Amazon Kids +, and a promise<br />

that Amazon will replace it if it breaks within<br />

2 years. That’s a necessity! There are also no<br />

games, ads or voice assistants so your child<br />

can read in peace. With Free Time Unlimited<br />

it includes books like Harry Potter and C. S.<br />

Lewis, plus easy to white-list library books and<br />

other free content.<br />




Easy to use, this colourful piano dance mat<br />

measures an impressive 180cm long and has<br />

24 touch-sensitive keys that are colour coded<br />

and numbered. Use your feet to play in seconds,<br />

simply following the colour coded songs,<br />

with ten classics including Chopsticks,<br />

Happy Birthday and Old McDonald, of course.<br />

You can record and listen to your tunes or play<br />

along to inbuilt melodies, with a choice of<br />

8 individual instruments including the trumpet,<br />

guitar, violin and even a harp.<br />

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020 8979 8007<br />

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Christmas for an interior designer is an absolute dream, it is a<br />

perfect excuse to spruce up our homes with glitter and twinkling<br />

lights. I even tell my husband the little white lie, that I need to do<br />

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Now maybe in previous years you have only concentrated on a<br />

Christmas tree, but Christmas is a time for joy and festive happiness.<br />

We need more than that solitary Christmas tree standing in the<br />

corner. I am here to tell you the five main areas to focus on when<br />

decorating your home for Christmas.<br />

1. The Christmas Tree<br />

Most of us usually have a Christmas Tree in our homes, real or<br />

fake, it really doesn't matter, it's all about how you decorate it.<br />

The lights are hugely important, they are the foundation of your<br />

decor. Please, please, please choose warm white, cool white does<br />

what it says and creates a cool light. Christmas is about warmth<br />

and cosiness, so your lights need to reflect this. Do not skimp on<br />

lights, ideally there should be an inner layer and outer layer on each<br />

branch to give the tree depth.<br />

The colour palette is again a personal choice, for our living room<br />

I like to keep it traditional with red and gold. Whatever the scheme,<br />

keep it to two or three colours as this creates consistency. Garlands<br />

are a really striking element to add to the tree, large wooden beads<br />

to delicate gold beads, all down to your preferred aesthetics.<br />

The next important aspect to the tree decor is scale, a Christmas<br />

tree needs a variety of large and small decorations to add interest<br />

and wonderment. I start with over large bows, but you could use<br />

large baubles or pine cones.<br />

Then add all you favourite, most treasured decorations, not<br />

forgetting to hang them at different positions on the branches again<br />

to create depth and intrigue.<br />

2. Christmas Tree Two<br />

Now I know what you're thinking, a second Christmas tree are<br />

you nuts! But this does not and should not be the same, elaborate<br />

feature that the main Christmas tree is. There can only be one star in<br />

the show! However, with most of us living in more than just our living<br />

rooms, a second tree just adds<br />

to the Christmas spirit.<br />

This tree, however can be<br />

completely different to the<br />

main tree. In my home I have<br />

a large, real traditional tree<br />

in our living room but in our<br />

family room I have a faux snow<br />

tree, covered in just fairly lights.<br />

The branches covered in very<br />

convincing snow, creates the<br />

winter wonderland feel and is<br />

really magical for our girls.<br />

If you are restricted on<br />

floor space, then table trees or<br />

wall mounted trees are also a<br />

gorgeous feature. If you have<br />

kids, this second tree can also<br />

provide an opportunity for<br />

them to have their own tree.<br />

I am pretty precious about<br />

my main tree but for the<br />

other tree, they take charge<br />

and hang their favourite,<br />

handmade decs.<br />

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3. The Entrance Hall<br />

It makes me very sad when I enter someone’s home in the<br />

Christmas season to be presented with a non-festive hallway.<br />

The easiest area in your hall to add sparkle and festivities is<br />

your staircase. Garlands both real and faux, look beautiful<br />

around the banisters and then you can add anything you like.<br />

From woodland finds, to glittery baubles, it all looks fabulous<br />

interwound up your staircase.<br />

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As our home is fairly modern, I use a variety of sized pompoms<br />

going up my staircase. I use enormous to tiny in three striking<br />

Christmas colours and then add the wired (battery powered) fairly<br />

lights in between to make them all sparkle.<br />

If you have a large hallway, this maybe is the perfect place<br />

for your second tree. Alternatively, oversized reindeers and other<br />

Christmas statues are so gorgeous for kids. It immediately sets the<br />

festive mood when you arrive home. If you like to keep your home<br />

traditionally decorated, there is a huge range of rattan Christmas<br />

decorations, which look beautiful with twinkling fairy lights.<br />

If you like to entertain over the festive period, then setting up<br />

a small hall table for welcoming guests is another perfect area to<br />

add some sparkle. When we welcome neighbours to our home,<br />

I create a prosecco table with large white ostrich feathers, it's<br />

glamorous and fun!


4. Table and Kitchen Island<br />

Decorations<br />

I'm not just talking about decorating your table for the big<br />

day, although that is obviously very important but for all the days<br />

leading up to Christmas. Now I'm not suggesting that you cover<br />

your worktops in baubles and glitter, leaving you no space to cook,<br />

but adding a few gorgeous elements still gives you that<br />

warm Christmassy feel.<br />

Beautiful Christmas plants are a perfect addition<br />

to your table or island. There are so much to<br />

choose from, from Poinsettias to Christmas<br />

roses, allowing you to create a perfect festive<br />

vignette. For long tables three plants,<br />

interlined with wired fairy lights or candles<br />

looks beautiful. For islands and worktops,<br />

cluster a few plants together and you add<br />

some Candles, providing an opportunity to<br />

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If you want your home to appeal to<br />

your kids, then tall glass jars filled with festive<br />

Christmas candy canes and gingerbread also looks<br />

magical, although the contents may not last that long!<br />

If you want your home to appeal to partying adults,<br />

then setting up a festive drinks counter with gold and glitter<br />

accessories, it really adds a wow factor to the festive celebrations!<br />

5. Christmas Hanging Decorations<br />

When we take on a new project, we always remember to look<br />

at the spaces from all angles and all heights. It doesn't matter if<br />

you have the most amazing flooring if you've left your ceilings<br />

completely bare. This is the same<br />

with decorating for Christmas,<br />

how a home looks from the<br />

floor to ceiling is very important.<br />

It all comes back to scale and<br />

perspective. Hanging Christmas<br />

decorations increases the sense<br />

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be transported around<br />

the entire space.<br />

Now you can hang whatever you like,<br />

wherever you like. My preference is along<br />

tall patio, sliding or folding doors. When<br />

most of us extend or renovate our homes,<br />

we often add large expanses of glass to<br />

bring in the light and connect us to our<br />

gardens and nature. This provides a<br />

brilliant opportunity at Christmas to use<br />

them in our decorating schemes.<br />

Alternatively, a large wall also works<br />

well. For this rustic wall we added fairly<br />

lights and paper pin wheel decorations<br />

that create an incredible impact. You can<br />

string fairly lights, stars or even snowflakes and<br />

the finished effect is beautiful and magical.<br />

So there you have it, a very simple guide to bring in<br />

that much needed Christmas spirit into your home. We hope you<br />

enjoy transporting your home into a Christmas wonderland. And<br />

when those Christmas decorations all come down in January and<br />

you start to think your home might need a refurb, then get in touch<br />

with us.<br />

www.sadiepizzeytinteriors.com<br />

info@sadiepizzeyinteriors.com<br />

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Uncle Stubble started graffiti writing around the<br />

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breakfast, brunch and lunch with an<br />

experimental twist on modern dining.<br />

Choose from Full English to Mediterranean<br />

at breakfast. Fresh, healthy and delicious<br />

choices for lunch change on a daily basis.<br />

The constantly evolving food menu always<br />

keeps customers enticed.<br />


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Serving the best, most authentic Thai<br />

Cuisine using only the finest, freshest<br />

local ingredients. Based in Ashtead High<br />

Street, Nava Thai, is owned and run by<br />

lifelong friends and business partners<br />

Saitarn & Nawarat. Open for lunch and<br />

dinner, for takeaway or collection this<br />

gem of a restaurant, ticks all the boxes<br />

for taste, quality, service and price.<br />


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Located in the Beaverbrook Main House,<br />

the Japanese Grill offers an elegant menu<br />

of delicately flavoured selections of sushi,<br />

sashimi and nigiri and the finest cuts of<br />

meat and fish from the Josper Grill. There<br />

are regular seasonal tasting menus where<br />

the Grill’s talented chef guides you through<br />

a selection of locally-sourced, modern<br />

Japanese gourmet specialities.<br />

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CuVée VIII<br />

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A classic French, Esher-based restaurant with<br />

famed chefs Marcellin Marc and David Fetigny.<br />

You’ll be hard pushed to find such exquisite<br />

French cuisine in a more beautiful Surrey setting.<br />

CuVee VIII also benefits from having a decadent<br />

wine bar, cocktail bar, secluded alfresco garden<br />

and private settings which plays host to the best<br />

DJ’s on the weekends & iconic musicians at their<br />

Jazz Club on Wednesday evenings.<br />


the_grumpy_mole<br />


Destination gastro pub The Grumpy<br />

Mole first opened their Tadworth restaurant<br />

in 2006. Fifteen years on and the group now<br />

own and run 4 further restaurants in Epsom,<br />

Cheam, Brockham and Oxted. The food is<br />

superb and the menu extensive catering for<br />

lunch, afternoon tea, snacks and dinner.<br />

A true Surrey success story. You must try<br />

if you haven’t already.<br />



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Italian café, restaurant and lounge<br />

serving delicious pizzas, pastas and<br />

Mediterranean-inspired starters, mains<br />

and desserts. Del Fuoco is one of the<br />

most popular restaurants in Bookham<br />

offering takeaway, delivery and dine in<br />

options. Excellent quality at affordable<br />

prices – if you haven’t tried yet<br />

Del Fuoco is a must.<br />

BELUGA<br />

beluga.surrey<br />


The ultimate destination Sushi bar/<br />

restaurant is coming to Leatherhead<br />

this Autumn. Expect great food,<br />

spectacular cocktails, amazing ambience,<br />

world class DJ’s and unparalleled<br />

service. The new restaurant will be glam,<br />

decadent and definitely the place to be<br />

seen in Surrey as you can see from their<br />

stunning décor.<br />


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Freshly made happiness. A new smoothie<br />

and juice bar from the team that bought<br />

you Del Fuoco Italian. Serving coffee,<br />

smoothies, fresh juices, milkshakes and a<br />

wide range of paninis, sandwiches<br />

and salads. Located on Church Road<br />

in the heart of Bookham High Street,<br />

Café de la Poste is open for takeaways<br />

and deliveries.<br />

DITTO<br />

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Located in the heart of<br />

Thames Ditton, Ditto has a<br />

Mediterranean inspired menu and a<br />

beautiful secret garden for al fresco<br />

dining. Enjoy live music on Friday,<br />

relaxing BBQ on Sunday or Chess<br />

Nights on Tuesdays. There’s something<br />

for everyone including Diddy Ditto’s<br />

for kids.<br />


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Hands down one of the best Chinese<br />

restaurants in Surrey. Established in Esher<br />

in 1967 this restaurant has standed the<br />

test of time with its fine cuisine, décor<br />

and service. Celebs including Karen<br />

Brady say, “Still wowed by<br />

the great food and impeccable service<br />

which has remained consistent<br />

even after 40 years.”<br />


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The fastest growing pizza company in<br />

the UK, Fireaway in East Molesey serves<br />

12-inch Artisan pizzas with a choice of<br />

4 bases and fresh, unlimited toppings.<br />

Choose from sweet or savoury too and<br />

enjoy your pizza cooked in 180 seconds<br />

in their 400° pizza oven. Be sure to check<br />

out their new waffle and ice-cream bar,<br />

Two Scoops of Fire.<br />

SKOOPS<br />

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Crepes, Waffles, Cookie Dough, Ice Cream<br />

& Shakes are the mainstay of this delicious<br />

American inspired eatery. You can try their<br />

desserts in hundreds of different ways such<br />

as Kinder Bueno, Ferrero Rocher, Daim<br />

or Oreo with your choice of syrups,<br />

ice-cream and fruit. There’s a huge<br />

selection of savoury snacks including<br />

Piri Chicken, Burgers and Sides.<br />

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fruitmachine83@gmail.com<br />


Newly arrived to Cobham, The Fruit<br />

Machine has been established in Surrey for<br />

over 10 years, serving the best in local fruit<br />

and veg to markets in Epsom, Guildford &<br />

Worthing to name a few. Their first high<br />

street shop is a testament to their popularity<br />

in the area. It brings the best London markets<br />

have to offer, including the Strasberry - yes<br />

a raspberry infused with a strawberry!<br />

The best service and quality around.<br />


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Marble Lounge in Weybridge serves<br />

the finest waffles, crepes, cakes, sweets,<br />

ice-creams, milkshakes, smoothies and<br />

coffees. Check out their amazing new<br />

Diageo cocktail selection, their secret<br />

garden, flamingos and 6ft giant, huggable<br />

teddy bears and photo wall. It is perfect for<br />

a day out with the kids and an even better<br />

evening out for the adults. Also available<br />

for parties or private hire.<br />


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www.thevictoriaoxshott.com<br />

The Victoria Oxshott is a neighbourhood<br />

pub from Matt Larcombe, former head chef<br />

of The Crown at Bray, and Simon King of<br />

Igniting Hospitality from Gordon Ramsey, The<br />

Ritz and Fat Duck heritage. A pub has always<br />

been the heart of a community and this<br />

establishment is an exceptional new offer for<br />

Surrey. The Victoria offers an amazing dining<br />

experience with a menu of elevated British<br />

classics including fish & chips, steaks, gourmet<br />

burgers and traditional Sunday Roasts.<br />


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Award-winning restaurant, Thai Terrace,<br />

serves only the finest, authentic Thai food.<br />

Located behind Guildford Castle this<br />

stunning rooftop restaurant offers superb<br />

panoramic views across the whole of the<br />

historic market town of Guildford. Choose to<br />

eat in the main restaurant with its exquisite<br />

décor or dine al fresco under the stars on<br />

the outdoor terrace. There’s also a grand bar<br />

area for pre-dinner drinks.<br />

63RD + 1ST<br />

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Inspired by the original Manhattan Bar that<br />

TGI had on 63rd and 1st, the US conglomerate<br />

has diversified launching a new, more upmarket<br />

enterprise. Interestingly, the only two 63RD &<br />

1sts are in NYC and Cobham, Surrey. As much<br />

as our reviewers wanted to dislike the start of<br />

the new chain; the service, food, décor and<br />

cocktails requests we tested them on – were on<br />

point. A brave, bold move but this restaurant<br />

excelled on every level.<br />

THE HIVE<br />

% 07824 846941<br />

www.packhouse.com<br />

The Hive at The Packhouse serves Mozzo<br />

Coffee, Birchalls Teas, Nordic Wellness<br />

drinks and much more. For those looking<br />

for snacks or a light lunch; pastries, cookies,<br />

cakes, toasted sandwiches and other delights<br />

are available from 9.30am to 5pm Monday<br />

to Friday and 10am to 4pm on weekends.<br />

They also offer the best ice-cream from top<br />

local supplier, Meadow Cottage Farm, and<br />

have fantastic outdoor pods with WiFi for an<br />

exclusive gastronomy experience.<br />

LUCIO’S<br />

info@lucios.co.uk<br />


Focused on the best quality ingredients,<br />

original Italian coffee shop and delicatessen,<br />

Lucio’s is bringing fresh, authentic, Artisanal<br />

produce to Surrey. On their menus are<br />

arancini’s, Sicilian style pizzas, sandwiches<br />

from homemade bread and Focaccia,<br />

lasagnes, aubergine bakes and a wide<br />

selection of cakes and Italian sweets.<br />

Launching end of September in<br />

Leatherhead to eat in or takeaway.<br />


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Pizza, pasta and burgers are the best here.<br />

Sunday Roasts have been described as<br />

“exceptional - a new era for dining with<br />

an edge”. Don’t get lost with Lost Boys in<br />

Farnham, the menu is vast and may fool<br />

you, but they are the talk of the town at the<br />

moment. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and<br />

Dinner – this new gastropub is exceptional<br />

in terms of service, décor and quality.<br />


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www.palm-house.co.uk<br />

Make a day of it and combine your<br />

Packhouse shopping trip with breakfast,<br />

lunch or afternoon tea at the newly<br />

opened Palm House, with its beautiful<br />

art deco inspired botanical interior. Enjoy<br />

late night shopping until 7pm followed by<br />

dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings,<br />

or make Saturday night extra special with<br />

dinner from the exquisite brasserie style<br />

menu by Head Chef Nico Scarsini.<br />

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RED BAR & CAFÉ<br />

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www.red-restaurant.co.uk<br />

Popular Weybridge bar and restaurant<br />

Red is now offering a brunch, lunch and<br />

dinner option for Surrey residents from<br />

Tuesday to Saturday. Get in early for a<br />

fantastic coffee and breakfast/brunch served<br />

from 9.30am to midday and then enjoy lunch<br />

and dinner till late. Great food, décor and<br />

service as always with Red. Plus, there are<br />

great deals to be had with Thursday diners<br />

enjoying 40% off their food bill.<br />


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Pounding Heart Cocktail Bar & Pan Asian<br />

Kitchen celebrates the flavours of Pan<br />

Asian cuisine in a welcoming, exciting,<br />

vibrant and fun environment. Their cocktail<br />

bar is a social destination, serving popular<br />

cocktails and artesian spirits throughout<br />

the day with great 2 for £12 offers. The<br />

Esher-based restaurant creates delicious<br />

authentic Chinese & Indian cuisine for<br />

lunch and dinner.<br />


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Arto is an independent restaurant<br />

in the heart of Dorking High Street that<br />

offers a varied menu, inspired by the<br />

idea of simple and honest cooking with<br />

a Mediterranean twist. Experience classic<br />

recipes to new age kitchen adventures,<br />

where each dish reflects Arto’s<br />

passion for the highest quality food<br />

using only the freshest ingredients.<br />

The Watermill<br />

The_watermill_dorking<br />

www.thewatermill-dorking.co.uk<br />

Opening this month, The Watermill offers<br />

an array of classic pub dishes, fusing tradition<br />

and innovation. The pub is all about great<br />

social food, from sharing plates and stix, to<br />

artisan pizzas and brunch. For those seeking<br />

the perfect spot for a nightcap there’s an<br />

extensive drinks menu featuring crafted cocktails<br />

and classic martinis. The Watermill’s Christmas<br />

menu, available from opening, is packed with<br />

festive delights such as free-range Bronze<br />

turkey, venison and gingerbread trifle.<br />

TREND 1<br />

TREND1<br />

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Newly opened, Trend 1, in Leatherhead High<br />

Street is a delicatessen on the ground floor and<br />

late-night wine and piano bar on its second<br />

floor. Enjoy the finest Italian food for lunch,<br />

dinner, takeaways, events and private parties.<br />

A perfect spot - also with an outside lounge<br />

terrace - to enjoy fine wine, delicious food and<br />

a great atmosphere. From Giovanni Agozzino -<br />

the owner of popular Italian restaurant, L’Ultimo,<br />

so you know it’s going to be Amazing.<br />


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With something for everyone, The Ivy<br />

Cobham Brasserie offers an all-day menu<br />

that ranges from lunch through to dinner<br />

including light snacks, and sandwiches.<br />

Now with a dedicated weekend brunch<br />

menu with some delicious alternatives to<br />

their mid-week à la carte and a drinks menu<br />

featuring much loved cocktails, including<br />

some classic favourites served with a twist.<br />


Do you know a<br />

Fantastic<br />

S U R R E Y<br />

Restaurant?<br />

We’re not talking<br />

run of the mill here!<br />

The food, service,<br />

setting and ambience<br />

has to amaze...<br />

If so PLEASE<br />

EMAIL<br />

info@<br />

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Recommend the restaurant, the<br />

reason why and we’ll endeavor<br />

to visit and test to include in our<br />

new<br />

Gastronomy<br />

Guide<br />

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Pounding Heart Cocktail Bar & Pan Asian Kitchen celebrates the flavours of<br />

Asian cuisine in a welcoming, vibrant and fun environment.<br />

Tuesdays to Saturdays: Happy Hour cocktails 2 for £12 (6pm to 9pm)<br />

Thursday Nights: Live Singers<br />

Weekends: Dim-Sum Bottomless Brunch<br />

DJ’s playing the finest in Latin, Funky, Soulful House and Disco.<br />

01372 700901 hello@poundingheart.co.uk poundingheartesher<br />

110 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QL

The Modern British<br />

Sharing Plate Concept<br />

Comes to Surrey.<br />

Rind - Wine & Cheese - <strong>2021</strong><br />

48 High Street. Leatherhead. KT22 8AJ<br />

01372 377892<br />

saycheeseandwine@gmail.com<br />

www.the-rind.co.uk<br />




New Italian delicatessen and wine bar, Trend 1, offers the<br />

finest Italian food and drink to eat in or takeaway in the<br />

heart of Leatherhead High Street.<br />

Choose from the finest Italian cured meats, charcuterie, cheese,<br />

arancini, desserts, pastries, cakes and the best Italian condiments.<br />

It’s extensive drinks menu includes fantastic Italian, French and<br />

New Zealand wines and a great selection of cocktails and Italian<br />

aperitifs.<br />

From the owner of popular mainstay restaurant, L’Ultimo –<br />

located just opposite Trend 1 in Leatherhead; the new Italian<br />

inspired venue offers a fully stocked delicatessen on the ground<br />

floor - which is now open 7 days a week from 9am to 7pm and a<br />

late-night wine/piano bar open on the second floor which opens<br />

from 8.30pm till late Thursday to Sunday evenings.<br />

Trend 1 caters for hot or cold food for breakfast, lunch, dinner<br />

and takeaways as well as events and private parties for up to 60<br />

guests.<br />

Also available are hampers which make a perfect gift idea for<br />

your loved ones this Christmas packed full of Italian goodies. It<br />

can be personalised too to suit cheese, meat or wine lovers. Pop<br />

in and ask Giovanni and the team to create something special at a<br />

budget to suit you.<br />

Trend 1 is a perfect spot, also with an outside lounge terrace, to<br />

enjoy fine wine, food and a great atmosphere.<br />

Also, every Thursday to Sunday Trend 1 has live music from<br />

8.30pm till late featuring the best in local talent including local<br />

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Leatherhead singer and pianist Hannah Perrin and Weybridge<br />

singer, lyricist and chart topper Agnes Jones.<br />


We were pleasantly surprised on arrival to Trend 1, the service<br />

was warm and welcoming, and we were asked where we wanted


to sit - a nice touch in a restaurant when three or more tables<br />

were available, as was the case on our Thursday review night.<br />

We decided to sit near to the piano as we heard the<br />

great news a live singer was due on at 8.30pm.<br />

We started off with a cocktail – the Mojito<br />

was amazing and had lots of lime but not too<br />

much sweetness from the brown sugar and<br />

the Daquiri was amazing too. The glasses<br />

were huge too – another bonus!<br />

We opted for a meat and cheese sharing<br />

platter instead of the usual courses and<br />

it was the perfect accompaniment to the evening. There’s<br />

something truly wonderful about breaking bread with friends – it<br />

is so sociable.<br />

Our waiter asked us if we preferred red or white so to pair us<br />

with the right wines to go with our dinner. We opted for red and<br />

an Italian favourite Negramaro from Puglia was recommended.<br />

It went so well with our platter and did not break the bank either<br />

at £5.50 for a large glass or £27.00 for the bottle.<br />

The singer came on at 8.30pm as advised and<br />

wowed the wine bar – the piano playing in the<br />

background is such an elegant touch to an<br />

evening out. We could have been in Capri not<br />

Leatherhead High Street!<br />


In summary, I have to say we had a blast<br />

and stayed on for another cocktail to enjoy<br />

the music and ambience.<br />

Food wise there was the widest selection<br />

of Italian cured meats and hams and the<br />

cheese was sublime. The fresh bread had lots of<br />

doughiness and crunchy crust – perfect for eating with<br />

the cheese, ham, olive and condiments on offer. Even the<br />

breadsticks were good too!<br />

We will definitely be back.<br />


01372 372771<br />

info@trend1.co.uk<br />

www.trend1.co.uk<br />

31 High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey<br />

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This month started off with my son Zachary’s 4th<br />

Birthday Party which was pretty epic. As he is<br />

obsessed with pirates, we went for a pirate theme<br />

party in a local hall (which is definitely the way forward<br />

when you have 20 four-year olds running around!) My mum<br />

aka party planner extraordinaire managed to source a giant<br />

pirate ship prop which is actually used for film sets. So extra<br />

I know but anything to keep the little ones entertained! Lots<br />

Ria<br />

Elaina<br />

Atkins<br />

A Mum’s Life<br />

Let me introduce myself – I’m<br />

Ria, Mum of two, married to my<br />

handsome hubby.<br />

I’m born and bred in my beloved<br />

Surrey and spend most of my time<br />

between here and London.<br />

I’m a handbag and shoe addict and<br />

lover of all things luxe.<br />

To find out more about<br />

Ria’s luxe lifestyle follow her on<br />

Instagram @ria.elaina<br />

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of fun was had all round<br />

with the pirate entertainers,<br />

including a Jack Sparrow<br />

lookalike, who was a huge<br />

hit with the mums! For more<br />

information on who we used<br />

for the suppliers, please<br />

check out my Instagram.<br />

With the festivities<br />

kicking off in full swing<br />

this year, it’s no wonder<br />

that people want to go<br />

all out when it comes to<br />

decorations. I think it’s a<br />

wonderful way to express<br />

your creativity and makes for<br />

such a lovely atmosphere.<br />

While traditionalists believe<br />

that Christmas trees should<br />

go up 12 days before<br />

Christmas, we love to enjoy<br />

the festivities for a little<br />

longer and so our tree is<br />

up by mid-November. The<br />

wonderful Fabienne Egger<br />

and her team helped me<br />

style it by sourcing some<br />

wonderful decorations. I<br />

also have a collection of<br />

my own decorations from<br />

over the years which gives<br />

my tree some history and<br />

meaning.<br />

London is my absolute<br />

favourite city in the world,<br />

there’s no place like it.<br />

The dark late afternoons<br />

of December help make<br />

the lights and Christmas<br />

decorations all the more<br />

spectacular. My favourite<br />

place to eat out at<br />

Christmas is 34 Mayfair.<br />

It’s named ‘Miracle at 34’<br />

because of its extravagant<br />

festive makeover which<br />

features 14,000 decorations covering every inch<br />

of the wall and ceilings. It certainly is a dazzling<br />

festive haven.<br />

London hotels are fabulous for those festive<br />

celebrations. My favourites being The Savoy<br />

and Claridges. The Savoy always has a special<br />

place in my heart as it is where I got married<br />

8 years ago. This year their decorations have<br />

transformed the hotel into a magical forest<br />

of tapering trees dripping with champagne<br />

coloured ornaments and lights. They have<br />

partnered with Nyetimber, which if you didn’t<br />

know, is the leading English sparkling wine<br />

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producer and is absolutely delicious. The iconic<br />

unveiling of the Claridges Christmas tree has everyone<br />

in suspense. Each year they collaborate with a leading<br />

creative from a fashion house to create a unique tree.<br />

Rumour has it that this year the collaboration is with<br />

Dior, I cannot wait to see that one.<br />

The most magical place for families at this time<br />

of year has to be Lapland UK. It is a fully immersive<br />

experience including a theatre show, building your own<br />

toy in the toy factory, decorating gingerbread men with<br />

Mother Christmas, ice skating, seeing real life reindeer<br />

and meeting the main man himself, Father Christmas.<br />

Each family gets to meet with him in a cosy log cabin<br />

with a roaring fire after having been lead through a forest<br />

with snow topped pine trees by a friendly elf. Whilst we<br />

were waiting to be seen an elf discreetly checked that<br />

Santa had all of Zachary’s personal details to make his<br />

meeting with him extra special, which it certainly was!<br />

Whatever you wish for, the best gift of all, is love.<br />

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29 Church Street, Weybridge, KT13 8DG<br />

01932 910452<br />

info@marblelounge.co.uk<br />


OUT & ABOUT<br />

T<br />



he Packhouse is gearing us up<br />

for Christmas with a series of Late Night<br />

Shopping Events for its customers. Guests<br />

were able to enjoy mince pies, bubbles and<br />

a live singer on Wednesdays ticketed events<br />

plus every Thursday and Friday in the lead<br />

up to Xmas the beautiful interior design and<br />

antique store will have late night shopping<br />

till 7pm.<br />

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F<br />



ollowing months of<br />

renovation, The Watermill in Dorking<br />

opened its doors to guests for a sneak<br />

preview on 24th November. Guests<br />

were treated to complimentary drinks<br />

and canapes from their carefully<br />

curated pub menu while enjoying<br />

tours of the extensive new 310<br />

capacity gastro pub destination with<br />

its Box Hill views and live music from<br />

local singers.<br />

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OUT & ABOUT<br />

T<br />



he Oxshott Village Christmas Spectacular,<br />

organised by local businessman James Davis and<br />

sponsored by Oxshott Properties Ltd, kicked off<br />

the start of Christmas with a fun filled evening of<br />

festive activities. John and Toni Terry turned on the<br />

Christmas lights followed by an evening full to the<br />

brim with locals and familiar faces; such as model<br />

Olivia Arben, actress and singer Ciara and Måns<br />

Zelmerlöw and footballers Matt Jarvis and Scott Dan,<br />

at the newly reopened The Victoria Oxshott in the<br />

High Street.<br />

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<strong>SURREY</strong> HILLS SUSTAINABILITY<br />


he first Surrey Hills Champions’ Tree Planting<br />

Day was held on Sunday 21st November<br />

at Clandon Wood Nature Reserve. It kick-started the<br />

planting of many new trees and hedgerows within the<br />

Surrey Hills, supported by the community themselves.<br />

The event was held as a celebration of the Surrey Hills<br />

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and of<br />

the local people who have pledged their support for a<br />

sustainable future for the region. Well done to all those<br />

involved in this fantastic, first of its kind, event.<br />

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An independent estate agency proudly serving the people of<br />

Cheam, Sutton & the surrounding area.<br />

Contact us today to discuss any of your property requirements.<br />

020 8123 7353<br />

www.jamesbaileyproperty.com<br />

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Tarot Card Of The Month<br />

Let’s see what December will bring for you<br />

Where Did Tarot Begin?<br />

Before we start talking about the card of the<br />

month, let’s dig a little deeper into the history of<br />

Tarot. Many people believe that Tarot is something<br />

to be afraid of, but this isn’t the case. When<br />

they were first created, Tarot cards were used as<br />

just another card game. As printing hadn’t been<br />

invented yet, each Tarot card was handmade, which<br />

meant it cost a considerable amount of money to<br />

buy them. Therefore, they were the most popular<br />

amongst wealthy families. The universal use of<br />

Tarot cards started in the 1700’s, when Jean-<br />

Baptise Alliette published the first guide to Tarot<br />

reading.<br />

How Does Tarot Work?<br />

When imagining a Tarot reader, do you think of a<br />

woman in dark robes with candles and a crystal ball<br />

in front of her? If the answer is yes, don’t worry,<br />

most people imagine this too! However, this isn’t<br />

(necessarily) true. In reality, Tarot cards aren’t made<br />

to predict someone’s fortune or future, they are<br />

merely tools to connect you to your higher self.<br />

They are messages from the universe, but it is all<br />

down to you to understand and address what they<br />

are saying. Tarot cards don’t make any decisions for<br />

you, but instead guide you to make decisions for<br />

yourself.<br />

How To Make The Most Of Your<br />

Tarot Reading<br />

Getting a Tarot reading is a special thing and of course, you<br />

want to make the most out of it. First, remember that you<br />

don’t have to go into a reading with a question in mind. It<br />

is the job of the Tarot cards and the reader to guide you in<br />

the direction you are meant to go down. Second, yes or no<br />

answers won’t be as simple as you want them to be. Tarot<br />

is a journey and it may take a while to come to a conclusion<br />

that feels right. Lastly, Tarot is all about you. This is your<br />

time and it is up to you to take it. Both the cards and the<br />

reader are there to discuss your life, so don’t be afraid to<br />

open up, they are only there to help you.<br />

The High Priestess<br />

Now for the fun part, your Tarot card of the month is<br />

none other than The High Priestess. The High Priestess<br />

is the guardian of the subconscious mind and wants<br />

you to know that the world isn’t always as it seems. She<br />

symbolises wisdom and shows that December is set to<br />

bring enlightenment to you. Now is the time to remain<br />

calm so that you can tap into your spiritual side. Access<br />

your inner wisdom and use the information that comes<br />

to you to connect with your true self. Look for areas in<br />

your life that seem out of balance and use that sense of<br />

calm to fix them. The High Priestess is a sign that you<br />

are on the right path and is calling you to embrace your<br />

compassionate and empathetic side.<br />

By Pia Louisa<br />

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December <strong>2021</strong><br />

Hot Stars!<br />

Your December Astro Forecast from Astro-Mama<br />

Aries<br />

21 MAR – 20 APR<br />

Don’t leave home without a Plan B if<br />

travelling on the 4th. A total eclipse<br />

in your house of mass transit and long<br />

journeys could send you down a blind<br />

alley. Or you are setting out minus<br />

the facts. This house also rules legal<br />

matters, learning and mass media - the<br />

internet being the one media outlet<br />

we all have access to. Eclipses cover<br />

up. You’re in the dark and someone<br />

moved the light switch. It’s what you’re<br />

not being told or can’t see yet that<br />

matters. Career moves or even your<br />

love life needs careful planning and<br />

consideration now. Wait for the New<br />

Year to undertake that job search or<br />

start swiping. Before the year’s out it’s<br />

as if someone turned that light back<br />

on or you’ve got a high speed link<br />

to hidden truths. It’ll set you free by<br />

January, Aries.<br />

Taurus<br />

21 APR – 20 MAY<br />

Is someone being all precious about<br />

something even though it’s the<br />

season for giving? (Add a Gollum-like<br />

hiss for emphasis!) This can revolve<br />

around money, assets, possessions<br />

or even those precious ideas and<br />

beliefs. Anyway, they’re holding on<br />

and refusing to budge or simply not<br />

sharing. It’s all theirs and that’s not<br />

changing. If you are involved with<br />

anything which involves deal making<br />

or breaking around the total eclipse on<br />

the 4th, the other side may refuse to<br />

budge or someone just isn’t about to<br />

change their position. Wait until after<br />

the 21st if you can. The year ahead<br />

expands your horizons via friends and<br />

people you meet. You’ve so much<br />

support around you now, Taurus, that<br />

you no longer have to put up with<br />

anyone who isn’t willing to compromise<br />

or meet you halfway.<br />

Gemini<br />

22 MAY – 21 JUNE<br />

Does someone make you go ho-ho-ho<br />

or ho-ho hmmmmm, Gemini? The total<br />

eclipse in your partnership zone on the<br />

4th is all very C+C Music Factory Retro. As<br />

in things that ‘Make you go hmmmmm’<br />

feel you don’t have the big picture or that<br />

someone is holding something back?<br />

What emerges from the shadows are true<br />

colours and eventually the truth. Especially<br />

if this isn’t the first time they’ve had you<br />

hmmmmm-ing along. Expect illumination<br />

by the 19th and a big reveal. Single? Not<br />

the time to ask Santa for that red hot lover<br />

as chances are they’ve gone back to the<br />

North Pole by January. And if it’s not right,<br />

nothing now will keep you there. From the<br />

21st, you realise you’re more powerful and<br />

capable than you’ve been giving yourself<br />

credit for. Hopefully those close to you see<br />

you in the same light. Next year brings<br />

solutions, opportunities and the sheer bliss<br />

of expansion again.<br />

Cancer<br />

22 JUNE – 23 JULY<br />

As you head towards 2022 you’re in a<br />

deep cycle of healing where hearts are<br />

mended and you step free of wounds,<br />

trauma and heartache. Go with your<br />

gut on the 4th when a total eclipse hits<br />

your sign on the 6th. Especially when it<br />

comes to what your body is telling you.<br />

‘Tis the season to be jolly and as the Sun<br />

arrives in your 7th of partnerships on the<br />

21st, that includes someone to be jolly<br />

with. That healing could take place via<br />

a second time around love as you are<br />

one of the signs where kiss and make up<br />

under that mistletoe is possible now. The<br />

holiday season won’t see you slow down<br />

as you’re the gangster of go-getting<br />

glory when it comes to tackling those<br />

tasks. This sees you ready to kick back<br />

and enjoy the holidays before revving<br />

it up again ahead of a year designed to<br />

take you places, Cancer.<br />

Leo<br />

24 JULY – 23 AUG<br />

When your ruler the Sun is eclipsed – love,<br />

or your signature Leo shine, goes dark.<br />

We have a total solar eclipse on the 4th<br />

so expect a blackout when it comes to<br />

romance, children or what you love to do.<br />

Under an eclipse it’s like mysteries take the<br />

elevator and the truth the stairs but in the<br />

end - both meet on the same floor. Until they<br />

do, wait and use caution. Mars in this sector<br />

makes for impulsiveness which is the one<br />

thing you want to avoid now. And that hot<br />

lover could turn out to be so not by January<br />

so try to resist jumping them too. Take time<br />

for the small things and to find the joy in<br />

them. Especially when your Sun moves into<br />

your work and daily support structure sector<br />

on the 21st. If there’s a joy deficit going on,<br />

look at how you can make this right for ‘22.<br />

That’s a year which promises release, passion<br />

and freedom. Don’t worry - even if that<br />

delivery is delayed, the universe has taken<br />

note of just how nice you’ve been.<br />

Virgo<br />

24 AUG – SEPT 3<br />

Love makes the world go round. Love is a<br />

many splendoured thing. Love is actually –<br />

all around you or will be in 2022, Virgo. Just<br />

not right now when it comes to new loves,<br />

okay? So, by all means pucker up with<br />

your current bae or even kiss and make up<br />

with a past one under that mistletoe this<br />

holiday season. But that new one? No, no,<br />

no. Focus your signature attention to detail<br />

on home and family matters as property,<br />

lifestyle or those you live with are a blind<br />

spot this month due to a total eclipse in<br />

this sector of your chart on the 4th. Look<br />

beyond the obvious if involved in real<br />

estate dealings. Or what’s going on with<br />

that close relative, including your children.<br />

Don’t ignore those gut feelings. From the<br />

21st onwards you’re fully embracing the<br />

holiday vibe and it’s time to skip back to<br />

that Christmas past vibe and act like a kid<br />

again. Joy to the world and to love for you<br />

in ‘22, Virgo.<br />

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Libra<br />

24 SEPT – 23 OCT<br />

Take nothing you are told at face<br />

value on the 4th and simply question<br />

everything. Your internet use and<br />

deep fakery are abound due to a total<br />

eclipse in your house of communication.<br />

You should in fact avoid signing any<br />

important documents two days either<br />

side of this eclipse if you can. And read<br />

the small print. Get expert advice if<br />

necessary. Watch where you go on the<br />

internet and avoid suss links or files. If<br />

you feel someone is not being entirely<br />

truthful with you, hold that thought. Yes,<br />

the truth is out there Libra. But you may<br />

have to wait until it emerges. Especially<br />

when coupled with your ruler Venus<br />

retrograde right now. Avoid excess<br />

expenditure and that lover who appears<br />

too good to be true. Whether it’s a<br />

bargain or that potential boo it probably<br />

is. This is a time to revel in what you have<br />

and simply wait for the big reveal when it<br />

comes to hidden information or what you<br />

should do next. ‘22 brings you exactly<br />

what you’ve been wishing or waiting for.<br />


24 OCT – 22 NOV<br />

Hopefully ‘21 lets in the light for you in<br />

the form of more space and freedom<br />

around where you live or that lifestyle.<br />

If this didn’t happen yet – don’t worry.<br />

‘22 promises your sign gets to move on<br />

up and also lets more love or sees you<br />

realising those ambitions, Scorpio. For<br />

now however, keep a tight grip on those<br />

purse strings as a total eclipse hits your<br />

money zone on the 4th. The ruler of this<br />

house, Venus happens to be retrograde<br />

right now. So, all the more reason not to<br />

see this as the season to splurge. In fact,<br />

stop and ask if you are buying from the<br />

need to fill emotional obligations or that<br />

empty space within you. Making a present<br />

of your presence, time and love for those<br />

you care about could just be sufficient. If<br />

there’s a conversation you need to have in<br />

the name of love, then wait until after the<br />

21st to have it. By the end of the month,<br />

you’ll begin to feel your choices and your<br />

world expand again. Deciding to pursue<br />

that dream in ‘22 may simply be the best<br />

way to spend your resources.<br />

Sagittarius<br />

23 NOV – 21 DEC<br />

Once upon a time there was light in your<br />

life – now there’s only love in the dark. Or<br />

so it may appear when a total eclipse of<br />

the heart hits your sign on the 4th, Sag.<br />

This is a total cover up on an up close and<br />

personal basis. A ‘can’t see the wood for<br />

the trees’ moment where what you need<br />

to know is hidden in plain site but so<br />

obvious you overlook it. Take it you need<br />

to hold off on new beginnings until at least<br />

the end of the month when ruler Jupiter<br />

begins to open doors for you and let in<br />

that light again. Keep a tight rein on your<br />

spending due to Venus which rules your<br />

purse strings as well as those heart strings.<br />

The same goes for giving away your heart.<br />

Don’t. That person may not be worth it.<br />

So, what is the remainder of your birthday<br />

cycle good for? Planning your big moves<br />

for 2022, Sag. Your lifestyle or home<br />

life will get an upgrade. And as for you<br />

standing out and attracting like a sheer<br />

gravitational force – it’s effortless whether<br />

it comes to opportunities or that new love.<br />

Capricorn<br />

22 DEC – 20 JAN<br />

Happy birthday, Capricorn. As we head<br />

towards ‘22 what’s that secret you’re<br />

keeping? I have to ask as you could be<br />

formulating some ambitious moves for<br />

the new year – but are simply not ready<br />

to reveal them yet. Keep them to yourself<br />

and nurture them like precious seedlings<br />

right up until the end of January if<br />

necessary. The total eclipse in your house<br />

of secrets, hidden truths and mysteries<br />

says something big is under wraps. If<br />

it’s not your own plans and you have an<br />

uneasy feeling someone is withholding<br />

the truth from you – know that three<br />

things can’t stay hidden for long. The<br />

Sun, the Moon and yes, the truth. Watch<br />

and wait. You begin your fresh cycle with<br />

Venus planet of love and money in your<br />

sign. This is also about working on a new<br />

version of you behind the scenes. You’re<br />

readying now for a relaunch – to dazzle<br />

and surprise. You may just test it out to<br />

gauge feedback over the holidays. Don’t<br />

be your old self. Becoming someone new<br />

is the ultimate gift.<br />

Aquarius<br />

21 JAN – 19 FEB<br />

Jupiter in your sign should be acting like<br />

Fat Santa right up until Dec 28 when it<br />

enters your money zone. If you are owed<br />

anything – from money to soul satisfying<br />

Pay it Forward karma, get ready to receive<br />

what you’re due now. You’re going to be<br />

on a winning streak from the end of January<br />

onwards. The past catches up with you<br />

this month and you could be hearing from<br />

someone you never thought to again.<br />

Especially around the 4th when we have<br />

a total eclipse. Just ensure that someone<br />

doesn’t have a hidden agenda when they<br />

reach out. It’s also time to rework that vision<br />

board or list of goals to ensure they remain<br />

relevant. Soul satisfaction is on offer this<br />

holiday period and you may be focused on<br />

what money can’t buy you. Friends, family,<br />

connections and the company you keep<br />

for instance. As well as the memories you<br />

make together. You have an opportunity to<br />

reclaim or renew the parts of your past that<br />

still resonate and release those that don’t.<br />

Head into ‘22 with what truly matters.<br />

Pisces<br />

20 FEB – 20 MAR<br />

If you are on the right path, rewards could be<br />

heading your way as ‘21 comes to a close. If<br />

not, expect a break free opportunity following<br />

the total eclipse on the 4th in your house of<br />

career and recognition. But please – guard<br />

your public image and don’t indulge in water<br />

cooler gossip or speculation. Or the Zoom<br />

equivalent in these days of hybrid working.<br />

If there are rumours in your workplace, you<br />

need to stay silent and watch and wait. This<br />

month sees the return of your ancient ruling<br />

planet Jupiter to your sign on the 28th. It will<br />

deliver solutions, opportunities, expansion<br />

and soaring self-confidence in spades. You<br />

are set for a once in many lifetimes kind of<br />

year - where if you take that first step towards<br />

a goal, you will see the universe place so<br />

many ‘lucky’ coincidences, synchronicities<br />

and people in your path it may seem you are<br />

leading a charmed life. Make the most of it<br />

now, Pisces. The only limitations may be the<br />

ones you tell yourself about what you can<br />

have, do or experience. From now until May<br />

‘22 and then again towards the end of the<br />

year, it may simply feel like the holiday season<br />

all the time. Ho ho ho to you.<br />

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Very well actually – a couple of really<br />

good reviews. People are enjoying the<br />

eclectic mix of songs on the album and are<br />

pleasantly surprised - which is pleasing!<br />




I wrote all the lyrics, some of the music<br />

and did the percussion on a few tracks like<br />

‘Hallucinating You’ and ‘Eyes to Blue’.<br />



Yeah definitely, I did a few gigs this<br />

summer but now we’re putting a new<br />

band together and we’re going to start<br />

touring locally around Spring 2022.<br />

Charlie Chandler who has a guitar shop in<br />

Hampton Wick is in the band. He’s a fine<br />

musician and a great character.<br />



I was in a punk group and we performed<br />

at a private gig in Charlbury – ‘Castaway’<br />

actress Amanda Donahue was our lead<br />

vocalist. Unfortunately my bass player<br />

found the wine cellar and got out of his<br />

brains that night! We played so loudly the<br />

cows in the neighbouring field stampeded<br />

and the police had to shut us down!<br />





A TV SOAP?<br />

Yes still - even though I’ve not been in the<br />

soap for 5 years! I don’t mind and just get<br />

on with it!<br />



Someone kept calling me Nick in the Post<br />

Office queue. When I said my name was<br />

John she said, “I know that Nick!” That<br />

made me laugh.<br />




It’s an advantage actually because if<br />

I played a nice character (that hadn’t<br />

murdered 4 people in EastEnders) more<br />

people might be coming up to me right<br />

now!<br />






Dame Barbara Windsor was a lovely soul<br />

– we became great friends and I got on<br />

really well with Scott her husband. I gave<br />

her a lovely hug last time I saw her. As<br />

we’re both Surrey residents June Brown<br />

and I got on from day one and I still speak<br />

to her as often as possible. Actually thanks<br />

for reminding me, I’m going to call her<br />

today! Martin’s a lovely man and Spandau<br />

Ballet are a class act.<br />



AND WHY?<br />

June was great fun – we had some heavy<br />

scenes but we always had a laugh. One<br />

time when we came to the end of a scene<br />

in the launderette we just carried on adlibbing!<br />

We improvised for an extra 3<br />

minutes and the crew were looking baffled<br />

as the script had ended – eventually they<br />

called “cut!”. Gary Whelan was a good<br />

laugh too and we used to do a lot of onset<br />

pranks. One time he missed an Italian<br />

meal I cooked for him so I posted it to him<br />

in a jiffy bag.<br />



THEY BE?<br />

Margot Robbie for company, The Beatles<br />

White album to listen to and The Complete<br />

Works of Charles Dickens to read.<br />



Someone very handsome, slim, dark hair<br />

and brown eyes (who loves music and<br />

movies!) Casting now… please get in<br />

touch!<br />



I was offered a knighthood but turned it<br />

down!<br />

John Altman is best known for playing<br />

Dot Cotton’s son ‘Nasty Nick’ in<br />

EastEnders from the soap’s debut<br />

in 1985 till his onscreen death in<br />

2015. Despite being most well-known<br />

for acting (also starring in 1979 hit<br />

‘Quadrophenia’) Surrey resident John<br />

has always had a passion for music<br />

appearing in various musicals being<br />

the frontman for The Heavy Metal<br />

Kids. He has just released a 12-track<br />

self-penned album called “Never Too<br />

Late to Rock and Roll” and is in the<br />

process of setting up a new band.<br />



Stephen Fry, Paul McCartney, David<br />

Attenborough and Euro News reporter<br />

Anelise Borges.<br />


Actor Ron Moody said, “If you love acting<br />

– just go for it.” I worked my way up from<br />

backstage to treading the boards after<br />

this single piece of simplistic advice.<br />



Cherry red platform boots – I’ve given<br />

them away to a charity shop now though.<br />



At present yes!<br />


Blonde hair, blue eyes, adventurous,<br />

tidiness, femininity and a sense of humour<br />

please!<br />


UP?<br />

A film director. I’ve directed short films<br />

but directing a feature length film is still<br />

something I’d want to do in the future.<br />


Impatience can’t queue!<br />



One that’s hunted or humiliated probably!<br />

But I love water so I’m going to choose a<br />

dolphin.<br />


IN?<br />

Sunday chill in day for sure.<br />


<strong>SURREY</strong>?<br />

So many good restaurants, rivers, parks<br />

and stunning views. I recently discovered<br />

Leith Hill and love it there.<br />


The Box junction on the one-way system<br />

in Kingston!! Apparently the council<br />

made over a million in fines last year.<br />

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