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Contents<br />

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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50<br />

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17<br />

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26<br />

45<br />

46<br />

50<br />


Dream homes on the market<br />


<strong>January</strong> events for your diary<br />


Keep up-to-date with the latest<br />

must-see and must-have goodies<br />


Take a look <strong>inside</strong> WT writer<br />

Maggie Alderson’s Hastings home<br />


Emulate Maggie’s cool style<br />



Explore a family home in Margate<br />


Interior designer Jessica Bax’s<br />

farmhouse renovation with<br />

impressive eco credentials<br />

69<br />

71<br />

77<br />

80<br />

87<br />


Be inspired by Jessica’s<br />

effortless sense of interior style<br />


Celebrating relationships<br />

of all shapes and sizes<br />



Adorn yourself with<br />

pearls galore<br />


Charlotte Butterworth shares<br />

her tips for clean, healthy<br />

New Year cooking<br />



Jo Arnell delves into the<br />

artistic world of topiary<br />

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A ‘NICE TO HAVE’<br />

Benenden School’s Headteacher<br />

Samantha Price makes an<br />

impassioned speech on the<br />

importance of a musical education<br />


It’s a proud moment for Mayfield<br />

School, as it’s named one of the<br />

top 20 all-girls schools for cricket<br />

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Livestock gossip straight from the<br />

farmer’s mouth. This month, Jane<br />

shares some very worrying news<br />

HEALTH<br />

& BEAUTY<br />


Top advice for<br />

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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

Welcome to the first issue of <strong>2023</strong>. I hope that by the<br />

time you read this you’ll have managed to get a head<br />

start on safely packing away the Christmas decs,<br />

tidying up the house in the aftermath of myriad family visits and<br />

clearing the after effects of New Year excesses. I recently saw on<br />

Instagram that someone packed away a nice bottle of wine (or<br />

other long-lasting festive tipple of choice) with their Christmas<br />

decorations so as to find a lovely surprise when they came to<br />

unbox them the next year – sounds like a lovely idea to me!<br />

This year, I’m certainly going to get into the habit of a little more<br />

self care. Small changes quickly add up, and I think that, in order<br />

to be able to help others, we need to make sure we’re in tip-top<br />

condition ourselves – both mentally and physically. The last few<br />

years have been, and continue to be, hard – so rather than setting<br />

ourselves up for disappointment by filling our to-do lists with<br />

overwhelmingly unachievable goals, let’s aim for something we can<br />

do little and often. Make time to do the things you enjoy, listen to<br />

your body when it’s telling you it’s exhausted (I particularly enjoyed<br />

reading Sarah Maxwell’s insight into perimenopause and menopause<br />

in this month’s <strong>Health</strong> & <strong>Beauty</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong>) and learn how to be<br />

a little kinder to yourself. You’ll find lots more advice – from correct<br />

pregnancy nutrition to how to tackle issues with ageing skin and<br />

hair loss and what to do if your hearing is suffering – after page 80.<br />

There’s nothing like a new project to dig into as a new year<br />

starts. If you’re on a quest to redecorate, turn to our house<br />

features for interior inspiration galore. We’ve photographed<br />

a beautiful farmhouse renovation in the Darent Valley and<br />

a super-cool Hastings home – the creation of our very own<br />

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What to do and see near you this month<br />

Perfectly on Point<br />

Nerubashenko Ballet presents Swan Lake and The Nutcracker at the<br />

Richmond Theatre this month. Ballet lovers and newcomers alike<br />

will find joy and spectacle in the classical delights of Nerubashenko<br />

Ballet’s presentations. Swan Lake, performing on <strong>January</strong> 12th and<br />

13th, is a timeless tale: Prince Siegfried falls in love with Odette,<br />

Queen of the Swans, but is tricked into the ultimate betrayal,<br />

leading to tragedy. Taking to the stage on <strong>January</strong> 14th and<br />

15th, The Nutcracker is a festive treat for all the family. Clara’s<br />

adventures begin when she is gifted a Nutcracker doll who<br />

magically comes to life. A live orchestra performing the<br />

familiar scores is the perfect complement to these remarkable<br />

ballets. This season the Smirnov-Golovanov productions<br />

will be presented by international artistes hand-picked<br />

by Ukrainian-born Ludmila Nerubashenko, the widow<br />

of the late Smirnov-Golovanov (Honoured Arts Worker<br />

of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and former<br />

Artistic Director of Odessa State Opera and Ballet Theatre).<br />

Ukrainian-born Ludmila is the driving force in schooling<br />

young artistes with the physicality, artistry and creativity to<br />

faithfully interpret the legacy of her husband. She will select<br />

the cream of these young dancers to visit the UK in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

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Book in!<br />

Fancy a day by the seaside? On<br />

Friday 27th <strong>January</strong> Caroline Fraser<br />

will be returning to Rye Creative<br />

Centre with her popular workshop<br />

Say it with Books. This starter book<br />

making session is designed for those<br />

who would like to learn some simple<br />

book structures that will equip<br />

you with new ways to express your<br />

creative voice. Using the traditional<br />

tools and quality papers provided<br />

you will be guided through a series<br />

of exercises in folding, cutting and<br />

simple sewing to produce four book<br />

structures including a leporello<br />

(concertina book), a sewn pamphlet<br />

book with a decorated card cover and<br />

a folding pocket book for keepsakes<br />

that makes a perfect gift. The course<br />

costs £48 per person and runs from<br />

10am-1.30pm. If you’re not able to<br />

attend in person (her courses are very<br />

popular) you can register for an online<br />

version. ryecreativecentre.co.uk/classes<br />

Raise a<br />

Glass<br />

The Nest in Appledore,<br />

Gusbourne’s tasting room, is<br />

hosting a not-to-be-missed Blanc<br />

de Blanc Vertical Masterclass<br />

and Lunch with master<br />

sommelier, Laura Rys on<br />

27th <strong>January</strong>. The perfect<br />

opportunity to taste<br />

and compare a<br />

variety of vintages.<br />

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Life Craft<br />

Stephanie Weightman’s award<br />

winning Crafting Live show is<br />

coming back to Sandown Park<br />

Racecourse, Esher, and bringing<br />

a whole host of celebrity crafters.<br />

The creative spectacular will<br />

kick off on Friday 27th <strong>January</strong><br />

<strong>2023</strong> with a full day workshop<br />

hosted by Stephanie Weightman<br />

and her crafty friends, and then<br />

continue into a whole weekend<br />

of fun. The show itself is open<br />

on Saturday 28th – Sunday<br />

29th <strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, from<br />

10am-5pm on Saturday and<br />

10am-4pm on Sunday.<br />

Both days will host an array<br />

of exhibitors with a wealth<br />

of stamps, dies, decoupage,<br />

fabric, ribbon, beads and<br />

much more. You can stock<br />

up on all your craft essentials,<br />

as well as finding inspiration<br />

from brand new products and<br />

watch on-stand demonstrations.<br />

There are also refreshment<br />

options and areas to have a much<br />

needed sit down after all that<br />

shopping! Find out more at<br />

craftinglive.co.uk<br />

Night<br />

Terrors<br />

Crammed full of adventure and mystery,<br />

The Valley Of Fear is Sir Arthur Conan<br />

Doyle’s brilliant final Sherlock Holmes<br />

novel brought to life in a spectacular new<br />

stage adaptation. Book your tickets to see<br />

the adventure unfold at Yvonne Arnaud<br />

Theatre, Guildford from 17th until<br />

23rd <strong>January</strong>. A great way to<br />

spend a winter’s evening.<br />

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Branching Out<br />

Join a small group to learn how to<br />

prune apple trees this month. From<br />

new plantings to venerable ancients, this<br />

class will have you master the art of pruning<br />

and then practice on a variety of trees at the<br />

beautiful Standen Street Community Orchard<br />

in Iden Green. The cost is just £25 and will<br />

run on Friday 6 and 13, and Saturday 7 and<br />

14 <strong>January</strong> from 10am till 3pm and numbers<br />

are strictly limited, so book early to<br />

avoid disappointment. For more<br />

information and to book your<br />

place, phone 07977 571 368 or<br />

email guypullen1@gmail.com<br />

Food for<br />

Thought<br />

Nourish is a community foodbank working to ensure that no one in Tunbridge Wells,<br />

Tonbridge and surrounding areas goes hungry. They deliver three days of emergency<br />

food supplies to those in need to provide short term relief in difficult times. Since 2018<br />

they’ve seen a shocking 37% increase in demand. If you can help or know someone in<br />

need of their assistance take a look at their website. nourishcommunityfoodbank.org.uk<br />




From the 8th of February onwards, visitors will be encouraged to put<br />

on their wellies, hats and scarves and explore the snowdrop trail at<br />

Hever Castle & Gardens, featuring 115,000 snowdrops.<br />

The self-guided snowdrop walk will take you through the woodland<br />

areas, around the Outer Moat and into the colourful Winter Garden,<br />

which features flame-coloured dogwoods, ‘Early Sensation’ daffodils,<br />

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How to choose a family law solicitor<br />

Deciding to see a family solicitor<br />

is a very signicant decision. It,<br />

and the reasons for it, mark one<br />

of the major decisions in your life.<br />

If you are thinking about seeing<br />

a family solicitor for advice about<br />

the breakdown of your marriage,<br />

relationship or indeed arrangements<br />

for your children, the notes below<br />

should help.<br />

Choosing a family solicitor<br />

The relationship that you have with<br />

your solicitor is an important one. You<br />

need to have condence in what they are<br />

doing and you need to feel that they are<br />

someone that you can work with.<br />

If you go into your initial meeting with<br />

a solicitor equipped with facts and<br />

gures, they should be able to give you<br />

a general indication of a likely outcome.<br />

Be quite wary of solicitors who refuse to<br />

give advice when presented with facts,<br />

gures and circumstances.<br />

Similarly, be cautious if they appear<br />

reluctant to give specically tailored<br />

advice on your situation and the process.<br />

You are paying for legal advice, not an<br />

administrator.<br />

If you are not feeling comfortable, take a<br />

second opinion, however, be very wary<br />

of continuing to take opinions until you<br />

get the advice you want to hear. If you<br />

have spoken to three solicitors and they<br />

have all said roughly the same thing,<br />

but the fourth says what you wanted to<br />

hear, the chances are that it is the last<br />

one that is wrong.<br />

Before meeting with a family solicitor<br />

Try to think objectively about whether<br />

you are in a proper frame of mind<br />

to seek and digest advice. Consider<br />

whether you need any outside support<br />

in the form of counselling or therapy.<br />

Reect on whether you are in a position<br />

to make considered decisions or<br />

whether you feel inclined towards kneejerk<br />

responses. There can be a lot to<br />

take in at this initial meeting, so it might<br />

be helpful to have a friend or family<br />

member with you.<br />

If you do not want your spouse or<br />

partner to nd out that you have been<br />

to see a solicitor keep the appointment<br />

details secret and unwritten.<br />

Have your details to hand and complete<br />

any forms that are sent to you prior to<br />

the meeting. This will provide context<br />

and will save time at the meeting.<br />

Before the meeting, put together a list of<br />

your principal concerns and the areas in<br />

which you need advice or reassurance.<br />

Write down a list of questions and bring<br />

them to the meeting. At the end of the<br />

meeting make sure that they have been<br />

properly answered.<br />

Think about the psychology of your<br />

situation. Do you think that your spouse<br />

or partner will welcome talking about<br />

matters in an amicable fashion? Do you<br />

trust them nancially? Is there a high<br />

level of anger or bitterness? What are<br />

their motivating factors likely to be?<br />

These, and other considerations, will<br />

very much feed into the advice that you<br />

receive.<br />

Finally, do not think that instructing<br />

a solicitor is a runaway train. You can<br />

change your mind, reconcile and/or<br />

progress matters entirely at your own<br />

pace.<br />

At Warners, we offer an initial meeting<br />

on a very advantageous basis at a<br />

signicantly reduced rate. This can then<br />

be claimed back against our fees should<br />

you go to instruct us to act for you.<br />

Matthew Aves<br />

Head of Family Law<br />

To nd out more contact Warners Solicitors on 01732 747900<br />

www.warners-solicitors.co.uk<br />

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changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice.

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From must-sees to must-buys and<br />

must-dos, don’t miss this month’s<br />

round up of what to buy, see, do,<br />

and generally get excited about!<br />

It’s Veganuary again! Whether you’re<br />

doing a full month of veganism or just<br />

trying it for a night, Balfour Winery<br />

has just the ticket to do so in style.<br />

Their special vegan six-course dinner<br />

on Saturday 14th will be held in their<br />

fabulous tasting room, The<br />

View, is just £60 per person,<br />

and (if you needed another<br />

reason), there will of course<br />

be plenty of wine! Book in<br />

advance at balfourwinery.com<br />

Sometimes we can get a little down<br />

on ourselves in <strong>January</strong>, which is why<br />

Solvi is a great Kentish brand to look<br />

into right now. Promoting positive bodyimage<br />

and donating 10% of profits to a<br />

UK based mental health charity, this<br />

necklace is full of positive vibes.<br />

solvijewellery.com<br />

Local illustrator Imogen<br />

Partridge’s latest creations<br />

celebrate the quaint shops<br />

and charming community<br />

of Ticehurst, including Buy<br />

the Weigh (pictured),<br />

Greenfinch, and The Bell.<br />

They are available as prints<br />

(£25) or greeting cards (£15 for 5).<br />

Read more at imogenpartridge.com<br />

Ready for a home refresh? Wild<br />

Home Studio’s latest range of<br />

wallpapers and wallcoverings,<br />

Orb, is a fabulously funky way<br />

to add some retro cool flavour<br />

to your home. Designed and<br />

printed to order in house from<br />

their Surrey studios, the new style<br />

combines earthy tones with a<br />

geometric look to gracefully tread<br />

the line of adding real maximalist<br />

impact without feeling too<br />

overwhelming. From £150 for 10<br />

metres at wildhomestudio.co.uk<br />

Brighten up this cold grey winter<br />

with a healthy dose of dopamine<br />

dressing! Our pick to lift your mood<br />

is this cosy knit by Hope Fashion,<br />

an inclusive brand that we loved<br />

having at our Midwinter Fair last<br />

November. Made with soft Italian<br />

yarn in an on-trend bright fuchsia,<br />

it just makes you smile. £135 at<br />

hopefashion.co.uk<br />

Perfino’s beautiful scent<br />

pendants are made with<br />

100% recycled silver or<br />

gold and offer a new way to<br />

wear scents without putting<br />

chemicals on your skin,<br />

or solvents in the air. The<br />

pendant is designed to house<br />

a little lava stone, which can<br />

absorb a drop of essential<br />

oil and have you smelling<br />

wonderful for days. Full set<br />

£100 at perfino.co.uk<br />

Take a trip to the roaring 20s on the 29th, at<br />

Folkestone’s recently opened Brasserie MS. Enjoy a<br />

spectacular Gatsby-style black tie dinner where Chef<br />

Patron Mark Sargeant will be joined by CUT at 45<br />

Park Lane’s executive chef, Elliot Grover, to create<br />

a specially prepared 9-course menu, complete with<br />

canapés and cocktails. the-brasserie-ms.co.uk<br />

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It’s the year of the rabbit!<br />

Chinese New Year will be on<br />

Sunday 22nd and it’s the<br />

perfect time to get in the<br />

spirit with this adorable<br />

handmade enamel brooch<br />

from Fable England. £21<br />

at fableengland.com

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The best<br />

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The <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> house writer shows<br />

us round her own home – which didn’t<br />

turn out as she expected, but better<br />

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Previous pages: A green and red drum became a fun side table in the sitting room. A graffiti-style piece by Australian artist Patricia Harry<br />

hangs above the sofa. Maggie found the yellow chair on the street Left: Maggie bought the factory chairs in Sydney, where she lived for<br />

eight years. The vintage Formica table was a present from leading interiors stylist Hilary Robertson. The blue painting – called Bondi Walls<br />

– is by another Aussie artist, Gail English. The orange Anglepoise lamp is one of seven in the house Above: With the help of Magnet and<br />

local trades, Maggie realised her graph paper sketches of her ideal kitchen layout. A Crittall-style door leads straight to a suntrap courtyard<br />

When you buy a new house<br />

which is a bit of a project,<br />

you think you know exactly<br />

what to do with it, but the sage advice<br />

from experts is always: live in it first. I<br />

can now attest from personal experience<br />

that this is, indeed, wise counsel.<br />

The first time I entered my<br />

current home, six years ago, I was<br />

too busy screaming ‘Stop!!!’ in my<br />

head to think anything sensible.<br />

I was there on a hot tip from a<br />

friend (thank you, Gail) that the<br />

man who owned the place as an<br />

investment rental was planning to sell<br />

it after a quick strip out and refurb.<br />

I literally ran there, hoping to stop<br />

them at the point where the stripping<br />

had reached a knocked-through<br />

ground floor and bare plaster walls,<br />

before vinyl flooring and cheapo<br />

kitchen and bathrooms went in.<br />

I made it just in time and sealed<br />

the deal on the same day.<br />

Once we owned it, walking around<br />

the space, with its filthy floorboards,<br />

no kitchen or bathrooms and not<br />

even a French window onto the back<br />

garden – because I’d hated the PVC one<br />

they’d put in – I knew exactly what I<br />

wanted to do with it. Or so I thought.<br />

The whole reason we were moving<br />

was to get a ‘social kitchen’ like all<br />

the lovely ones I’ve seen writing<br />

about houses for this magazine.<br />

I longed for the cool set up with the<br />

cooking action right next to the eating<br />

area, with adjacent sofas and room for<br />

guests to waft about chatting with a<br />

glass of something sparkling, while I<br />

threw together a witty weekend supper.<br />

Our last place, which was featured<br />

in <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> some years ago, was<br />

a very special Georgian town house in<br />

Hastings Old Town. It was a privilege<br />

to live there – but that came with all<br />

the limitations of a listed building.<br />

There was certainly no potential<br />

for ‘knocking through’ there (we<br />

weren’t even supposed to change a<br />

light switch without asking first) <br />

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My vision was<br />

that from the<br />

sitting room<br />

you wouldn’t be<br />

able to tell there<br />

was a kitchen<br />

there. It seems<br />

to work, because<br />

often people are<br />

very surprised to<br />

find a kitchen<br />

just behind<br />

the bookcase<br />

and when friends came over I was<br />

stuck in the kitchen on the lower<br />

ground floor, feeling like Cinderella,<br />

hearing peels of laughter from the<br />

drawing room, one flight up.<br />

The only way to get with the<br />

modern lifestyle was to move, so the<br />

Victorian terrace house just round<br />

the corner – so still in the Old Town<br />

conservation area we love, but not<br />

Listed – was the perfect solution.<br />

My plan was very simple. As with<br />

most Victorian terraces, it has a small<br />

one-storey extension at the back for<br />

the kitchen (which was to avoid fires<br />

spreading). In many of the houses<br />

in the street, these have already been<br />

extended across the back to double<br />

the kitchen space and that’s what I<br />

wanted to do. A tiny little extension,<br />

half the size of the back of the house.<br />

Simples, right?<br />

After three months in a rental, round<br />

the corner, we had two lovely new <br />

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This page: Maggie made the sitting room curtains out of her large collection of vintage scarves. The painted floorboards<br />

are brightened with a kilim found years ago in Turkey. The vintage armchair was from 20th Century Funkin Junk and<br />

the wooden lightshade was the first thing Maggie bought for the house, from Sideshow Interiors in St Leonards<br />

bathrooms and a temporary kitchen<br />

thrown together from eBay (it cost<br />

£300 in total…) and moved in, but<br />

despite a steady flow of builders<br />

coming through, we were making no<br />

progress on my social kitchen plan.<br />

It was clear the minute they<br />

had a sniff around none of them<br />

wanted to do it – but why not?<br />

Six months later a builder we knew<br />

as a friend finally spelled it out in<br />

words I could understand. It was<br />

a relatively small job, but it was a<br />

nightmare because of the sewage system<br />

of the street. “Why bother?” was his<br />

conclusion, and I finally understood<br />

it was time to find a Plan B.<br />

Two years later, we were still<br />

living with the £300 kitchen and<br />

the hole where the PVC French<br />

doors had been was blocked up<br />

with plywood and cardboard, but<br />

we were very happy… how?<br />

After two summers in the house,<br />

we’d discovered that the sunniest bit<br />

of the garden was exactly where we’d<br />

planned to build the eat-in kitchen<br />

extension. So if we’d steamed ahead<br />

with that, we would have lost the<br />

best spot for a bit of reading and<br />

sunbathing on a summer afternoon…<br />

But having established that the<br />

original plan was a no-go, the temporary<br />

kitchen was getting unbearable. How<br />

could we realise the social kitchen<br />

dream, without the extension? Had we<br />

moved from our beautiful Georgian<br />

house for nothing? Then inspiration hit.<br />

We could tuck a kitchen along<br />

one wall of the back half of the<br />

knocked-through living area, with a<br />

small dining table in the middle.<br />

I got busy with my tape measure<br />

and some graph paper and found it<br />

worked. Along that run of wall there<br />

was just enough room for a sink, a hob,<br />

some prep space and a tall fridge.<br />

Room below for a bin cupboard,<br />

drawers and an oven. Space on the<br />

turn wall at the end for a small<br />

dishwasher and a corner cupboard.<br />

A couple of shelves above – and a<br />

full-length pantry cupboard in the<br />

corner of the opposite wall and it<br />

was just enough for a kitchen.<br />

The lovely staff at Magnet in<br />

Tunbridge Wells drew my plans out <br />

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This page: The leopard print lino runner is from Abigail Ahern and the chandelier is another treasure from Sydney. The large monochrome<br />

artwork by St Leonards artist, Adrienne Hunter, fits perfectly with the cool-white theme of the house. The white paint throughout is<br />

Alabaster by Designers Guild<br />

properly on their computer, advised<br />

on gadgets to get the most out of the<br />

space and supplied the carcasses.<br />

Then, the world’s best builder Rob<br />

Lewis (who doesn’t love a chap who<br />

drinks green tea, listens to Radio 4 and<br />

used to be in a successful heavy metal<br />

band?) did the fitting and carpentry.<br />

He also helped me design the exact<br />

shape of the hand aperture in the<br />

doors, because I wanted a very sleek,<br />

clean look with no handles. Having a<br />

wooden worktop, to warm up the black<br />

and white scheme, was also his idea.<br />

When it came to other details, the<br />

light fitting I chose for the kitchen<br />

was inspired directly by a flat I’d<br />

written about for this magazine,<br />

where the owner had an even larger<br />

Serge Mouille multi-armed fitting.<br />

The choice of Crittall-style garden<br />

door (before they became all the<br />

rage…) came from the first-ever<br />

house I wrote up for this mag,<br />

Goodnestone Park, where interior<br />

designer Francesca Rowan-Plowden<br />

had used them to great effect <strong>inside</strong>.<br />

All my own idea is the wall facing<br />

the kitchen run, where there is<br />

a slightly eccentric arrangement<br />

of furniture that came about by<br />

accident, but seems to work.<br />

The mid-century sideboard had<br />

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This page: The shower room is papered<br />

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A<br />

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Natasha and John Lyon<br />

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well-known luxury brands<br />

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house more than three years<br />

ago and initially tackled the<br />

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damp and fixing the roof and<br />

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a large kitchen extension.<br />

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space could be updated<br />

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kitchen is important to him.<br />

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price points and everything<br />

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who built a bespoke kitchen<br />

to meet John’s culinary<br />

requirements. They sold the<br />

existing kitchen on Facebook<br />

Marketplace and are planning<br />

on reusing the slate floor<br />

tiles for the garden patio.<br />

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and work came to a standstill,<br />

the couple decided to<br />

collaborate on a new business<br />

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online sustainable dried<br />

flower delivery and homeware<br />

brand. Natasha runs the<br />

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on operations while also<br />

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studio in the attic, filled with<br />

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packaging yet also oozing

When<br />

to splurge:<br />

There are times when you<br />

may need or choose to invest in<br />

something new, as was the case in this<br />

kitchen. John is a keen cook and the<br />

open kitchen/dining room is the family<br />

hub. The old units were removed and<br />

sold online, and a local joiner was hired<br />

to build new cabinets, including this<br />

large island, topped with robust<br />

stainless steel and painted in<br />

Little Greene’s Olive.<br />

Colour balance: In the family bathroom (above), the<br />

blingy tub was already in place. Natasha brought it into<br />

line with her style by adding an eclectic and colourful<br />

collection of furniture and textiles. The wooden cabinet<br />

was painted red and adapted to hold a sink, while the<br />

striped curtain is a piece of fabric pinned onto a pole.<br />

The blue walls are Little Greene’s Brighton. In the main<br />

bedroom (below) the walls are painted in Myland’s<br />

Borough Market. On the bed, Natasha has deftly<br />

mixed patterns and colours, with stripes playing a<br />

key role. A piece of unhemmed striped fabric has<br />

been draped over a side table; a simple trick that<br />

can be used to jazz up small tables in any room.<br />

Explore Natasha and John Lyon’s thrifty renovation of<br />

a six-bedroom Edwardian house in Margate, Kent.<br />

style, thanks to her decision<br />

to paint the room a rich shade<br />

of green. Throughout the<br />

house, colour plays a starring<br />

role, with every room except<br />

the kitchen painted in bold<br />

hues. In fact, there was so<br />

much painting to be done<br />

that it took nine months to<br />

complete! Nothing was safe<br />

from the painter’s brush, and<br />

the result is a captivating<br />

palette from top to bottom.<br />

Aside from the kitchen and<br />

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is second-hand. Natasha is<br />

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a few favourite haunts aside<br />

from the usual online sources.<br />

While there’s no strict<br />

colour scheme for the home<br />

as a whole – something that I<br />

entirely approve of – a splash<br />

of red pops up in almost<br />

every room. Sometimes that’s<br />

all you need to create a link<br />

throughout an interior – a<br />

small pop here and there. The<br />

Lyons have created a joyous<br />

home, lived-in and relaxed<br />

yet filled with mementoes<br />

that tell their story.

Rich hues: The hallway (top, far right) has original parquet flooring and a rich combination of<br />

paint colours; the paler shade is Oval Room Blue while the darker one is De Nimes, both from Farrow<br />

& Ball. In the sitting room (above) the wall and shelf are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue.<br />

Dark & moody: The main bedroom’s fireplace (above middle) is<br />

painted in Myland’s Borough Market like the walls.<br />

Colour clash: The stair runner was created by piecing together vintage rugs (opposite).

Where do you shop for your home?<br />

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sofas and chairs from Sofa.com, the<br />

quality is brilliant. In Norwich we<br />

stumbled across the most incredible<br />

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from Vantage Living, including<br />

the wicker elephants and the glass<br />

coffee table in the front lounge.<br />

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Natasha & John<br />

What’s the most important thing<br />

for you at home? It’s important our<br />

home is full of creativity; things to<br />

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and colours that inspire me.<br />

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philosophy? Colour! Don’t be<br />

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is eclectic – each room is filled<br />

with special pieces that have a story<br />

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fabric. I did this to the bedside tables/<br />

nightstands in our bedroom and to<br />

a coffee table in the family room.<br />

It changes the space immediately.<br />

Do you tend to stay in one<br />

property for a long time or do<br />

you prefer to move or reinvent<br />

your home frequently? This is our<br />

third property and we have stayed<br />

in each one thinking we will be<br />

there longer than we have been.<br />

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is a true family home. There is a lot<br />

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This page: The kitchen is a well thought out space, perfect<br />

for busy family life, with plenty of storage in the large central<br />

island and surrounding cupboards, plus breakfast bar seating<br />

and was in need of modernisation before they could move in.<br />

Inside the house the changes that have been made slowly<br />

start to unfold. It’s easy to miss the two original doorways<br />

in the entrance corridor – preserved to mark the passage<br />

of time – which previously led to a kitchen on the right,<br />

now the children’s playroom, and a living room on the left,<br />

transformed into a spacious kitchen/dining room. Jessica<br />

explained why the changes were necessary, “The way the<br />

rooms connected didn’t work, there was no way of moving<br />

through the house without going through all the rooms.”<br />

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side to the bright open plan kitchen space and the heart of<br />

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This page: The large dining table was bought from a local<br />

craftsman in Otford. “He collects salvaged materials wherever<br />

he goes,” explains Jessica, “the top is wood from an old French<br />

railway carriage and the legs are old oak pillars from the central<br />

reservation of the A3!” Surrounding it are colourful chairs<br />

from Anthropologie and some vintage finds from a market<br />

through the door and see right through the house.”<br />

Next to the new side entrance, just off the corridor, is a good<br />

sized study, previously a farm office, where Jessica and Will now<br />

have a desk each for their work. Having personal experience of<br />

sharing an office with a partner, I asked Jessica how they got<br />

on, “Will uses the phone a lot more than me, sometimes at<br />

length, which can be a distraction but otherwise it works well.”<br />

Opposite the study is a generous boot room, which Jessica’s<br />

family have packed with belongings. “A few years ago when<br />

we lived in London we had a few coat pegs, now we can fill a<br />

room!” Looking in I can almost imagine the excitement and<br />

trepidation the children may have had in their new environment<br />

– an endless playground of fields, woods and streams to play in.<br />

Further along, the downstairs bathroom is decked out<br />

in exquisite wallpaper with an old Victorian vanity unit.<br />

A wallpapered shelf presents a lovely collection of vintage<br />

Observers books with their rainbow colours. Jessica discovered<br />

the wallpaper with the intention of using it in one of her<br />

interior design projects, but when the right space for it<br />

didn’t arise, she decided to use it in her own scheme.<br />

Back in the central corridor, which connects the old<br />

Victorian extension with the original Georgian part of<br />

the house, we pay a brief visit to the remarkably tidy<br />

children’s playroom, Jessica quips, “It’s never this neat! I’m<br />

so happy it’s being photographed – it’ll be a souvenir.”<br />

Inside, the walls are painted Farrow & Ball Dix Blue. “It’s<br />

quite colourful but not dark,” says Jessica, “so you get a good<br />

impact from it.” There are splashes of colour from the GP & J<br />

Baker Roman blinds and lots of vibrant artwork – both framed<br />

professional pieces and the children’s own masterpieces, which<br />

are creatively pegged onto a line. Below is an antique desk, <br />

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This page: The playroom walls are painted<br />

Farrow & Ball Dix Blue, and the Roman<br />

blinds were made from GP & J Baker<br />

fabric. Jessica has pegged the children’s<br />

artwork onto a line above an antique desk<br />

which she bought on a trip to Dorset<br />

a piece Jessica bought during a trip to<br />

Dorset where her parents live, a reliable<br />

source of quality antiques. I notice the<br />

kids have started to draw on it, but it<br />

doesn’t look out of place. Jessica explains<br />

her process for creating each room, “I<br />

love buying old stuff, I feel you can’t<br />

make a home if you buy everything at<br />

once, it needs to be layered up over time.”<br />

Moving from room to room I begin<br />

to see how the house reflects Jessica’s<br />

style as an interior designer, and note<br />

how the couple have cleverly managed<br />

to reuse a lot of the original materials<br />

in their renovation. Timbers that had<br />

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Turning 180 degrees, the focal point of the dining area is<br />

the large table, which can seat up to 10 people. This is a piece<br />

with a great story bought from a local craftsman in Otford,<br />

Jessica explains, “He collects salvaged materials wherever he<br />

goes. The top is wood from an old French railway carriage<br />

and the legs are old oak pillars from the central reservation of<br />

the A3!” The beautiful table is balanced with colourful chairs<br />

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Surrounding the table is artwork that Jessica and Will<br />

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shoreline. I ask Jessica about it and she explains, “It’s of a<br />

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Will’s grandparents used to live. He has been going there<br />

his whole life and we have a close family bond with it.”<br />

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This page: The children’s bathroom is papered in Jelly Fish Bloom wallpaper by Thibaut<br />

and flex with the weather. Jessica said of the decision to<br />

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The term ‘Equity Release’ had got itself a<br />

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This page: Stackable Peach armchairs by Resol provide colourful outdoor seating. Green Sanctuary Anthracite wallpaper by Mind The Gap<br />

in the downstairs loo<br />

camouflaged using Cole & Son wallpaper. On the wall is<br />

a mirror with inlaid glass that Jessica bought from a trip to<br />

Udaipur in India. Entering the bedroom, it feels enormous,<br />

helped in part by the incredible vaulted ceiling which makes the<br />

room feel so much bigger. Behind the bed is a stunning twin<br />

chest of drawers inlaid with mother of pearl, inspired by the<br />

mirror outside and of the same style. The bed faces an almost<br />

floor-to-ceiling south facing window, overlooking a pretty<br />

pond below, Jessica comments, “There is a lovely kingfisher<br />

and herons which you can sometimes see in the mornings.”<br />

Coming back downstairs Jessica kindly hands me a jar<br />

of honey – they have a glut from the bees that Will keeps.<br />

She also offers me some apples grown on the tree outside,<br />

but I admit we actually have so many ourselves I am unable<br />

to help her out. As I start to get my things together, I say<br />

farewell to Jessica and consider everything I have seen.<br />

Jessica’s primary objective in renovating her Georgian<br />

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food itself makes use of ingredients from local suppliers, seasonal<br />

produce, and the spoils of their own allotment for menus that<br />

combine the classic, simple elegance of traditional dishes, but each<br />

inspired by a unique story and background for a curious twist.<br />

For your next family feast, you can book The Curious to cater<br />

a special occasion, visit them for one of their own events, or find<br />

their food at a number of other stunning venues including Sprivers<br />

Mansion, Battel Hall at Leeds Castle, Great Budds House, The<br />

Mount Vineyard and Chiddingstone Castle.<br />

thecuriouseatery.co.uk<br />

Show<br />

Some<br />

L ove<br />

Yes, Valentine’s is coming up, but<br />

love comes in so many forms and<br />

they are all worth celebrating! So we<br />

are tallying up three lovely things to<br />

do with whoever is in your heart<br />

The Bonding Opportunity:<br />

Kent Cookery School<br />

One-on-one parent bonding time can be a rare treasure<br />

that children always remember – and making it a learning<br />

experience, too, is a great bonus! So Kent Cookery School’s<br />

adult and child cooking courses are a fabulous option.<br />

Young people from 8-16 years can spend some time<br />

learning to cook with a parent, guardian or other adult<br />

over 18, both gaining valuable skills along the way. These<br />

classes focus on street food based topics including Thai,<br />

Mexican, and Pasta and Pizza. They cost £130 for an<br />

adult and child, and are taught by head chef James, with<br />

room for six pairs per event. The class will teach students<br />

how to pick fresh ingredients, mix flavours and cook<br />

meat and vegetables properly, ending with a delicious<br />

meal to share together. kentcookeryschool.co.uk<br />

The Date Destination: The Ivy Castle View<br />

Whether you are starting out a budding romance or celebrating<br />

decades of marriage, sharing a meal with that special someone is the<br />

classic date idea with good reason. For something special that really<br />

shows the other person you care, we’ve chosen The Ivy Castle View<br />

in Guildford, Surrey.<br />

For a dramatic view, it doesn’t get much better; as the name<br />

implies you can dine like royalty looking out at the historical<br />

Guildford Castle. But you can also feel comfortably enjoying<br />

each other’s company as this sophisticated setting has a very<br />

relaxed vibe. The menus combine modern British classics and<br />

internationally inspired dishes, from traditional fish and chips<br />

and roast chicken to duck liver parfait and lobster linguine (so<br />

you don’t have to worry about your date not finding anything<br />

they want!). Go on a weekday to enjoy two courses for £16.95,<br />

or three for £21.<br />

This one will impress with the view and decor, and then sit<br />

you down and put you at ease for an enjoyable experience,<br />

making it not just a great option for romance but also a great<br />

place to go with friends, family or really any company you choose.<br />

theivyguildford.com<br />

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Country Class:<br />

Chapel House Estate<br />

Country charm at its best, this is the one for<br />

understated luxury. Surrounded by 35 acres of<br />

rustic wildness and beautiful landscaping, this<br />

country estate provides a unique backdrop for<br />

relaxing, entertaining and celebrating in the<br />

most private of settings.<br />

At the heart of the Estate is Chapel House<br />

itself, a converted chapel built in 1290, filled<br />

with charm and character. This holds five<br />

bedrooms and is the perfect restful retreat for<br />

the night of your wedding. Outside, you’ll find<br />

panoramic views, beautiful formal gardens, an<br />

orchard and a secluded walled courtyard with its<br />

own lounge bar and private chefs table.<br />

There are twelve more bedrooms throughout<br />

the estate, between its contemporary Hideaway<br />

Lodges in the sprawling paddocks, and Chapel<br />

Cottage on the edge of the site. For winter<br />

weddings a rustic converted barn, the Old<br />

Malt Granary, is perfect for a ceremony, while a<br />

state-of-the-art Banqueting Barn awaits for the<br />

wedding breakfast.<br />

With all the facilities on the Chapel House<br />

Estate you can create an small intimate<br />

celebration, or fabulously large affair, here.<br />

Register for an appointment to view the estate<br />

online and discover it for yourself!<br />

chapelhouseestate.co.uk<br />

Something New<br />

We couldn’t list places to celebrate love without also looking at a<br />

few wedding venues! These three favourites are each something<br />

a little different, for a big day filled with style and personality<br />

Fabulous & Fun: The Bell in Ticehurst<br />

A venue filled with quirky fun and sumptuous style. Get married in the Big<br />

Room with its hand-painted wallpaper, glamorous chandeliers, and velvet<br />

curtains, followed by a Champagne reception in the garden. And then, in true<br />

Bell tradition, make your big entrance as newlyweds by walking down the<br />

middle of an oak dining table, to the applause and confetti of your guests.<br />

With exclusive use of a suite of rooms, including The Snug, The Stable<br />

and the new Stable Bar as well as the Big Room, The Bell can cater for up<br />

to 90 guests for a wedding ceremony, and 120 for an evening party. The<br />

flexibility and style of the rooms means that it’s also ideal for smaller, more<br />

intimate weddings. The bride and groom can stay in The Bell’s beautiful Love<br />

Nest lodge, or the newly decorated Pour L’Amour lodge, with its stunningly<br />

romantic hand-painted mural by Jane McCall, inspired by Charleston House<br />

and Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s love affair.<br />

Visit The Bell on Sunday 26th February for Quirky Wedding Fair to sample<br />

what your wedding could look like at The Bell, with the opportunity to meet<br />

some carefully selected suppliers over bubbles and canapés.<br />

thebellinticehurst.com<br />

Picture Perfect: Dulwich Picture Gallery<br />

This spectacular gallery offers something truly unique – a wedding<br />

surrounded by one of the finest collections of Old Masters<br />

paintings in the world.<br />

Dulwich Picture Gallery is licenced for civil ceremonies in both<br />

the magnificent Soane Gallery and the more sleek and modern<br />

Linbury Room. Entertainment for guests before the ceremony<br />

and after dinner is built right in as friends and family can explore<br />

the permanent collection. And the Soane Gallery is also available<br />

for your reception space, where your guests can dine right beside<br />

Rembrandts, Gainsboroughs and Canalettos, at a long table<br />

running through a series of arches in the gallery.<br />

dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk<br />

Backgrounds: Branch Van Gogh Almond Blossom<br />

Wallpaper £69/roll Bobbi Beck bobbibeck.com


“Playing golf was no fun with agonising<br />

sciatica… but I’m finally pain-free after<br />

IDD Therapy”<br />

After his IDD Therapy<br />

programme, Bill is enjoying<br />

golf with his friends again...<br />

three times a week!<br />

Keen golfer Bill Langan struggled with<br />

back pain and sciatica for six years, all<br />

the while refusing to give up his beloved<br />

sport. But eventually the pain and<br />

immobility began to affect his enjoyment<br />

of the game and he worried that soon he<br />

may not be able to play at all.<br />

Bill explains: “My back pain and sciatica<br />

developed over a period of six months back<br />

in 2012. It started with some niggles in my<br />

back, but after a few weeks I was waking up<br />

in the night in agony with shooting pains<br />

in my leg.”<br />

Over the next few months Bill’s pain<br />

worsened and the episodes became more<br />

frequent. “I’ve always been a keen golfer<br />

and as time went on, I began to feel worse<br />

every time I ventured out for a game. The<br />

mornings were the toughest; I could hardly<br />

move when I woke up and I needed to take<br />

painkillers regularly to manage the pain.”<br />

After expressing concerns to his GP, Bill<br />

was given an MRI scan which showed a<br />

bulging disc in his lower back which was<br />

compressing his sciatic nerve.<br />

“I was half expecting my GP to suggest<br />

surgery but instead I was told there was<br />

nothing they could do for me. I felt deflated<br />

and I didn’t really know what to do next.”<br />

Bill struggled on until early last year when<br />

he saw a local magazine article featuring<br />

IDD Therapy, a targeted disc treatment for<br />

persistent back pain, neck pain and sciatica.<br />

The non-invasive treatment uses gentle<br />

pulling forces to draw apart spinal segments<br />

where discs are bulging or damaged,<br />

removing pressure and irritation from<br />

trapped nerves.<br />

Bill saw that IDD Therapy was being<br />

offered at <strong>Wealden</strong> Osteopaths and Spine<br />

Centre in Goudhurst. The expert team<br />

uses the programme to help patients who<br />

find themselves on a merry-go-round of<br />

painkillers, physiotherapy and GP visits.<br />

“When I read the magazine story, the<br />

person featured in it had gone through a<br />

similar ordeal to me and they were now<br />

pain-free after IDD Therapy. I suddenly<br />

felt hopeful and quickly arranged a spinal<br />

assessment with Clinical Director, James<br />

Pickering. I was very impressed with him;<br />

he reassured me that the treatment would<br />

target the root of my problem, not just my<br />

symptoms.”<br />

IDD Therapy is changing the lives of back pain,<br />

neck pain and sciatica sufferers<br />

Bill was determined to recover his health<br />

and focused on attending regular sessions:“I<br />

knew I needed to be committed to the<br />

programme and it was totally worthwhile:<br />

the sessions were actually relaxing and<br />

even before the course finished, my back<br />

felt the best it had done in years and my<br />

sciatic pain had disappeared completely:<br />

amazing! Nearly two years later, I have<br />

occasional osteopathic treatments to stay on<br />

top of things, but I’m still sciatica-free, I’m<br />

enjoying life… and playing golf three times<br />

a week!”<br />

“After my IDD Therapy<br />

programme, my sciatic<br />

pain disappeared<br />

completely: amazing!”<br />

James Pickering is delighted with Bill’s<br />

progress:.“Bill is a great example of someone<br />

who’s maintained a good level of spinal<br />

health since his treatment with us, and<br />

IDD Therapy was just the start of that;<br />

the springboard, if you like. IDD got him<br />

moving again, by taking pressure off the<br />

spinal joints and nerves, and once he was<br />

moving, his body continued the good<br />

work.”<br />

Don’t let back pain, neck pain or<br />

sciatica put your life on hold.<br />

Call <strong>Wealden</strong> Osteopaths & Spine<br />

Centre on 01580 212833<br />

or email us at: enquiries@<br />


<strong>Health</strong> & <strong>Beauty</strong>

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Age-defying<br />

<strong>Beauty</strong><br />

Josephine Fairley recommends her top products<br />

for a gorgeously youthful complexion<br />

Call it ‘age-defying’. Or ‘anti-ageing.’ Or ‘positive<br />

ageing’, if you like. There’s a lot of debate right<br />

now about how we label the idea that basically, we<br />

all want to look good for our age. End of. It’s not about<br />

‘trying to look younger’, or chasing impossible dreams.<br />

Almost every woman I know, from about thirty onwards,<br />

just wants to hear the words, ‘Gosh, you look well!’<br />

I’ve learned a LOT over the years about how to make this<br />

happen – and it’s not rocket science. It certainly doesn’t<br />

mean going for endless ‘tweakments’ – though if that’s what<br />

you want to do, I won’t judge, merely wanting to make sure<br />

you’re armed with the right info to maximise your chances<br />

of being happy with the results. (To which end, I<br />

will simply point you in the direction of Alice<br />

Hart-Davis’s excellent book, The Tweakments<br />

Guide: Fresher Face, and the accompanying<br />

website, thetweakmentsguide.com.)<br />

It means choosing the right products,<br />

but also getting into some good<br />

habits. And I’m about to share what<br />

I know 100% works, here.<br />

There’s skincare that really works.<br />

Thing is, you have to USE it. <br />

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Diligently. Twice a day, in the case<br />

of age-defying moisturisers and<br />

‘anti-wrinkle’ creams and serums.<br />

I’ve lost count of<br />

the people who’ve<br />

said to me over<br />

the years, for<br />

instance: ‘Oh,<br />

eye creams don’t<br />

work.’ And it<br />

turns out that<br />

they’ve been using<br />

something once or<br />

twice a week, and<br />

still expecting it<br />

to work miracles.<br />

The sooner your<br />

skincare becomes<br />

a true ritual,<br />

with products<br />

diligently applied,<br />

the better your<br />

skin will look;<br />

approach it as a<br />

pleasurable ‘pause’<br />

in a busy life, rather than a chore.<br />

Don’t chop and change. Give<br />

any new product a month<br />

at least – one skin cycle<br />

– to deliver results;<br />

again, constantly<br />

trying new<br />

products for<br />

a short burst<br />

(and I know<br />

so many<br />

women who<br />

do this) will<br />

never deliver<br />

the intended<br />

improvements.<br />

But what to<br />

buy, I hear you<br />

chorus? I can<br />

tell you that, too –<br />

because having for 26<br />

years run ‘The <strong>Beauty</strong> Bible<br />

Awards’ (the winners of which are<br />

all viewable on beautybible.com), I<br />

have consistently been blown away by<br />

reading comments from real women<br />

about real products that have far<br />

exceeded their expectations. (They’re<br />

divided into teams of 10, and any<br />

Don’t chop and<br />

change. Give any<br />

new product a<br />

month at least –<br />

one skin cycle – to<br />

deliver results;<br />

again, constantly<br />

trying new products<br />

for a short burst<br />

(and I know so<br />

many women who<br />

do this) will never<br />

deliver the intended<br />

improvements.<br />

product that earns one of our Awards<br />

has pretty much wowed all of them.)<br />

We actually have a section called<br />

‘Miracle Treatments’,<br />

setting the bar superhigh<br />

for these categories<br />

and even asking women<br />

to trial them on one<br />

side of the face, for<br />

comparison. (They do!)<br />

2022’s Gold Award,<br />

for instance, went to<br />

the mega-hydrating<br />

Transformulas Marine<br />

Miracle Crème, £95 for<br />

50ml, with the Silver<br />

Award going to Freya<br />

+ Bailey Forte Retinol<br />

Lustre Moisturiser,<br />

£42 for 60ml, which<br />

features 0.5% (the<br />

highest permitted<br />

dose) of retinol.<br />

Now, once upon a<br />

time, retinol – which<br />

works to minimise fine lines,<br />

wrinkles, pigmentation and sun<br />

damage – was something that caused<br />

many users to experience irritation,<br />

but clever formulations tend now<br />

to be gentler and effective. (To<br />

the point where I’ve changed my<br />

mind on retinol completely.)<br />

Add a serum into your regime. This<br />

style of formulation tends to pack a<br />

concentrated punch of age-defying<br />

ingredients – an extra step before<br />

moisturising. I absolutely flipping swear<br />

by serums, loving the glide-y feel as I<br />

apply them. (And the results observed<br />

in the mirror.) They are rarely cheap<br />

– the best serums, in my observation,<br />

tend to be pricey – but if you stick with<br />

one, it can last a surprisingly long time<br />

as only a few drops are needed. <strong>Beauty</strong><br />

Bible identified some impressively<br />

high-scoring serums: Elemis Pro-<br />

Collagen Renewal Serum, £70 for<br />

15ml; de Mamiel First Fix Stress<br />

Response Serum, £135 for 30ml; and<br />

– something different here – OSKIA<br />

Super C Smart Nutrient <strong>Beauty</strong>, £70<br />

for 60 capsules, where you massage the<br />

contents of a pre-dose capsule into skin.<br />

Which neatly brings me to the subject<br />

of massage. To me, this is the oftoverlooked<br />

but incredibly important<br />

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age-defier. Facial massage brings<br />

circulation to the skin, restoring<br />

glow instantly while also stimulating<br />

cells; I’m convinced it improves<br />

skin’s ‘bounce-back’ factor. Using<br />

the time spent cleansing my face, I<br />

massage deeply (but not painfully)<br />

with my fingers, always in an<br />

upwards or circular direction. But<br />

even more effective, I’ve discovered,<br />

is a gadget that again scooped a<br />

<strong>Beauty</strong> Bible Award, the Opatra<br />

LumiQuartz Rose Face Wand, £499<br />

(sorry, it’s pricey again, but you<br />

can also get amazing results from a<br />

rose quartz gua sha roller or stone,<br />

both of which are readily available<br />

from a wide range of sources for<br />

around fifteen quid). Meanwhile,<br />

a slender tool with a rose quartz<br />

embedded in the end, the Opatra<br />

device offers LED light therapy to<br />

help support collagen and elastin<br />

synthesis, while also relaxing the<br />

face immeasurably as the warmed<br />

quartz buzzes on the surface; I am<br />

frankly completely addicted and use<br />

it with a couple of drops of facial oil<br />

to reduce facial tension at bedtime,<br />

when it’s become a ritual part of my<br />

wind-down routine, before sleep.<br />

Ah, beauty sleep. That’s a whole<br />

other story. Maybe I’ll come to<br />

that next month<br />

because, trust<br />

me: beauty sleep<br />

is NOT a myth.<br />

More is more.<br />

Eight hours really<br />

is ideal, seven just<br />

about OK – and<br />

if you’re skimping<br />

and getting by on<br />

less than that, it’s<br />

going to show.<br />

<strong>Supplement</strong>s<br />

can be useful to<br />

add into your diet.<br />

Fact: it’s just about<br />

impossible to get all the nutrients we<br />

need for great skin in a normal, busy<br />

modern lifestyle, unless we really<br />

dedicate ourselves to that goal. We<br />

need plenty of antioxidants – citrus<br />

fruits, orange-coloured fruit and veg<br />

– plenty of nuts and wholegrains.<br />

We need protein, iron, zinc, and<br />

Book in at a makeup<br />

counter – I<br />

recommend By Terry<br />

or Bobbi Brown –<br />

pick up some ideas,<br />

and I’m pretty sure<br />

you’ll be thrilled<br />

with what you see<br />

in the mirror.<br />

essential fatty acids, found in oily<br />

fish such as sardines, mackerel,<br />

salmon, walnuts, chia seeds and<br />

linseed. And can we all be sure to<br />

get those on a daily basis? Nah.<br />

And beyond that, experts now also<br />

recommend ingesting collagen, too.<br />

My go-to for skin supplements is<br />

always victoriahealth.com, where<br />

genius pharmacist Shabir Daya stays<br />

on top of all the latest research<br />

(translated into easy-tounderstand<br />

articles that<br />

will keep anyone up to<br />

speed), and where you<br />

can find supplements<br />

including veganfriendly<br />

Vollagen<br />

Complex, £16.95<br />

for 50 (with potently<br />

antioxidant rose<br />

hips, matcha green<br />

tea and bilberry);<br />

Ingenious <strong>Beauty</strong><br />

Ultimate Collagen, £60<br />

for 90 capsules; and my<br />

‘desert island beauty supplement’,<br />

their bestselling VH Hyaluronic<br />

Acid Capsules High Strength, £35<br />

for 30 capsules. I’m also convinced<br />

that Manifesto <strong>Beauty</strong> Vitamin<br />

Gummies, £40 for 60, have helped<br />

my hair and nails, which also<br />

suffer through the<br />

ageing process.<br />

Last but not least,<br />

get a makeover.<br />

One of the reasons<br />

we look in the<br />

mirror and feel<br />

ancient is because<br />

we look washed<br />

out and almost<br />

‘faded’. Skin, hair,<br />

even eyes fade with<br />

time. Book in at a<br />

make-up counter<br />

– I recommend<br />

By Terry or Bobbi<br />

Brown – pick up some ideas, and<br />

I’m pretty sure you’ll be thrilled with<br />

what you see in the mirror. Call it<br />

the icing on the age-defying cake…<br />

See beautybible.com for more of Jo’s<br />

tried and tested beauty reviews.<br />


Put your best<br />

face<br />

forward<br />

Dr Dr Christine Or is is an Award-winning Aesthetic Doctor, a member of B.C.A.M.<br />

& trained in Harley Street. She offers a range of treatments, including:<br />

• Advanced Wrinkle Reducing Injections<br />

Advanced Wrinkle Relaxing Injections<br />

• Dermal Filler Treatments • 8 Point Lift<br />

Dermal Filler Treatments Point Lift<br />

• Lip Enhancement • Medical Grade Skincare<br />

• Lip Enhancement • Treatment of Excessive Sweating<br />

www.drchristine.co.uk<br />

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Wellbeing<br />

Keep in<br />

the know<br />

Sarah Maxwell gets personal with<br />

vital menopause info<br />

istockphoto.com/ Olga Strelnikova<br />

Perimenopause refers to the period of time right<br />

before menopause begins. Actual menopause<br />

technically lasts only 1 day, it is the day a woman<br />

has gone 1 full year without a period. The next day,<br />

a woman would be classed as post-menopausal. If<br />

this sounds confusing to you, you’re not alone!<br />

During the perimenopause phase, your body is<br />

beginning the transition into menopause. This can<br />

last between 4 and 10 years with the average age range<br />

being 45 to 55. This can cause a lot of confusion – for<br />

example, using contraception can make it difficult<br />

to know where you are in this transition, periods can<br />

become irregular, heavier or you may still have regular<br />

periods (you are still able to conceive during this time).<br />

Hormone levels start to fluctuate and, for many, it can<br />

be a real rollercoaster – both physically and mentally. One<br />

of my clients likened her experience of perimenopause<br />

to the ‘Boiling Frog’ parable. If you put a frog in<br />

boiling water it will jump out, if you heat the water<br />

slowly it doesn’t realise the danger until it’s too late.<br />

Unfortunately there is not one stand alone test to<br />

determine where you are in this phase, hormone levels and<br />

symptoms can ebb and flow widely during this time and<br />

this makes it difficult to get a clear and accurate picture.<br />

According to menopause<br />

experts there are four<br />

most common symptoms<br />

of the perimenopause,<br />

known as ‘the core four’.<br />

• Hot flushes<br />

• Disturbed sleep<br />

• Depression<br />

• Vaginal dryness<br />

Perminenopause is currently<br />

associated with around 34<br />

different symptoms such as:<br />

• Hair loss<br />

• Muscle aches and pains<br />

• Burning mouth<br />

syndrome (tingling<br />

tongue, lips and gums)<br />

• Stomach bloating<br />

• Dry eyes<br />

Looking back, I realise I was completely unaware of<br />

what was happening to me. Physically I didn’t feel<br />

different, apart from the odd hot flush and poor sleep<br />

quality. Mentally, it was a different story. I did feel<br />

different, but I couldn’t put my finger on why I felt so low<br />

and not at all myself. It was a gradual process that crept up<br />

so slowly, just like the boiling frog. I got used to it – until it<br />

became way too much. The transition affected not only me,<br />

but everyone close to me, too. I strongly feel that if I had better<br />

information about what the process of perimenopause was, I<br />

would have been better equipped to deal with it at the time.<br />

Every woman will, at some point, go through menopause<br />

with different symptoms and experiences. And often, at this<br />

stage in her life, she may also be caring for elderly parents<br />

and/or coming to terms with children flying the nest as<br />

well as a multitude of other pressures into the mix.<br />

What you can start doing right now?<br />

• Increase good fats and protein<br />

• Keep hydrated<br />

• Exercise regularly<br />

• Relaxation and time for yourself is essential<br />

• Above all, be kind to yourself!<br />

Seeing your GP<br />

Learn as much as you can about your menopause and the variety<br />

of options you have in order to keep you fit, well and sane.<br />

Make a list of your symptoms and keep a diary if possible.<br />

The more informed you are, the better your GP can<br />

help you. This worked well for me because brain fog<br />

is a frequent occurrence and still no better!<br />

Recommended reading<br />

I’m a huge fan of Meg Mathews’ website, Meg’s Menopause.<br />

It’s my one-stop-shop for everything menopause.<br />

megsmenopause.com<br />

A great menopause information site<br />

https://www.benendenhospital.org.uk/health-news/<br />

womens-health/understanding-the-menopause/<br />

A gentle approach to encourage dialogue<br />

with partners and loved ones<br />

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Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Charlotte Lau<br />

explains how to stay nourished during pregnancy<br />

A<br />

mother’s diet is the only source of nutrition for a<br />

developing baby, so it is important to be aware of what<br />

we should and shouldn’t be eating during pregnancy.<br />

During the three trimesters of pregnancy there are many<br />

factors that can have a huge impact on a child’s future<br />

health, including the women’s diet, weight fluctuations, physical<br />

and mental wellbeing, lifestyle choices and environment. For<br />

many, pregnancy can bring with it food aversions, reduced<br />

or increased appetite, reflux and sickness and can prove to be<br />

a challenging time for many women. However, by following<br />

a generally healthy diet and lifestyle, paying attention to the<br />

essential nutrients for a baby’s development and avoiding<br />

risky foods and drinks, you can ensure that you are getting<br />

all the vitamins and nutrients that you and your baby need.<br />

Learn to… EAT A VARIETY<br />

To ensure you and your baby get all the nutrients you need, a<br />

varied and balanced diet is one that we should be focusing on<br />

throughout pregnancy, bearing in mind quality and quantity.<br />

The Mediterranean diet is a great one to base your food choices<br />

around, with a focus on fresh seasonal produce where vegetables,<br />

legumes (beans and lentils), wholegrains and nuts form the bulk<br />

of meals, moderate animal protein from fish and poultry and a<br />

lower intake of red meats, eggs, yoghurt and cheese. (Read on<br />

for exceptions.) Try to think about your diet over the course of a<br />

week, rather than a day, and look carefully at the colour, variety<br />

and the quality of your food sources. Help promote a healthy<br />

digestive system with plenty of fibre, fluids and movement.<br />

Step away from… CERTAIN FOOD & DRINKS<br />

Most of the foods that we are advised to avoid whilst pregnant,<br />

carry a risk of food poisoning from harmful bacteria. UK guidelines<br />

suggest only consuming ready meals that are thoroughly heated<br />

and cooked, avoid pâtés as they may contain listeria, do not eat<br />

raw or undercooked eggs unless they are British Lion eggs (with<br />

a lion stamp on them) as they are less likely to contain salmonella<br />

and avoid undercooked meats. Fish is an important part of our diet<br />

in pregnancy, however eat no more than 2 portions a week of oily<br />

fish, sea bass, sea bream, turbot, halibut or crab as they may contain<br />

pollutants. Also limit your intake of tuna, marlin and swordfish<br />

which contain high levels of mercury. Avoid soft, unpasteurised<br />

cheeses, soft blue cheese, soft goats cheese and mould-ripened soft<br />

cheese, as they can cause listeriosis, unless they are cooked until<br />

steaming hot! Limit caffeine to under 200mg per day, that’s around<br />

2 regular coffees and it is safest to avoid alcohol completely, as it has<br />

been linked to low birth weight, premature birth and miscarriage.<br />

Give it a go… FOOD SUPPLEMENTS<br />

Eating a healthy, varied diet in pregnancy will help you get most<br />

of the vitamins and minerals you need, but when you are pregnant<br />

or if there’s a chance you might get pregnant, it’s important to<br />

also take a folic acid supplement. The NHS recommend that you<br />

take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, from before you’re<br />

pregnant until you’re 12 weeks pregnant, this is to reduce the risk of<br />

problems in the baby’s development in the early weeks of pregnancy.<br />

If you get little or no sunlight exposure, and especially between<br />

September and March due to limited sunlight, it is recommended<br />

that you take a daily 10 micrograms of a Vitamin D supplement<br />

to help regulate how much calcium and phosphate are in the<br />

body, keeping muscles, bones and teeth healthy. If you are taking<br />

a multivitamin, always read the label and avoid those that contain<br />

vitamin A as too much Vitamin A can be harmful to an unborn baby.<br />

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& ound<br />

Hair loss in women is often a sensitive subject; a<br />

medical issue that is very much linked to emotional<br />

health – both as a cause and effect. It affects so many<br />

women today and yet really needs more research,<br />

understanding and awareness. We have asked a<br />

couple of experts to shine a light on the topic<br />

Finding the Pattern<br />

Trichologist and multi award-winning hair extensionist<br />

Kathryn Nash CiT WTS, from Harvey-Smith Hair<br />

Enhancement Clinic, tells us about how hair loss happens in<br />

women and what can be done to help<br />

Female pattern hair loss (a.k.a. androgenetic alopecia) is very<br />

common – around 50% of women can be affected. It can have<br />

a significant psychological impact, causing depression and low<br />

self-esteem in some cases, so it is important that those affected can<br />

access help and support.<br />

How it starts<br />

Hair loss can begin as early as the teenage years, although it is<br />

typically noticed more between the ages of 25-50 and can continue<br />

into your 70s and 80s. Women may sometimes notice excessive<br />

hair shedding, but usually first notice that their hair starts to thin<br />

in the parting area. This kind of hair loss follows a distinctive<br />

pattern – the front hairline is retained, while the parting area thins<br />

and widens with the hair appearing ‘see-through’.<br />

Androgenetic alopecia is caused by a combination of genetic and<br />

hormonal factors. It is usually hereditary and can be inherited from<br />

either side of the family. Hormones known as androgens also play a<br />

part – they enter the hair follicle and make thicker hairs (known as<br />

terminal hairs) much finer as the follicle becomes smaller.<br />

Who we can talk to<br />

In the early days, the first person someone will confide in about<br />

their hair loss is often their hairdresser. It is sadly a myth that<br />

cutting your hair will make it grow quicker, but the right cut can<br />

improve how you feel about your hair. Try to avoid thinning out<br />

your hair further with heavy layering, but a regular trim can make<br />

the ends look thicker by blunting the edges. This being said, in<br />

most cases, for any type of hair loss, treating it early is far more<br />

effective. So by all means, go to your hairdresser, but it is also best<br />

to see a trichologist.<br />

A trichologist is a specialist who focuses on the diagnosis and<br />

treatment of hair loss and scalp conditions. At my clinic we<br />

offer extensive consultations in which we discuss hair, lifestyle,<br />

medication and diet, before examining the hair and scalp, using<br />

clinical photos and magnified images from a trichoscope to<br />

understand each case. I always say hair loss can be a bit like a jigsaw<br />

puzzle; you need all the pieces to be able to see the full picture. It is<br />

only then you can make an informed diagnosis and any treatment<br />

suggestions. Most importantly a good trichologist should support<br />

you through your hair journey.<br />

Products to try<br />

Nioxin products support thinning hair and hair loss. Diaboost is a<br />

treatment that thickens each strand, giving you a fuller look.<br />

Hair fibres such as Toppik come in various forms such as powders<br />

and sprays, and can camouflage hair loss. Be mindful to wash these<br />

out properly after use to avoid build up and clogging the follicle.<br />

Mediceuticals’ Advanced Hair Thinning Kit includes a shampoo,<br />

conditioner and topical scalp treatment. There are various kits to<br />

target different hair and scalp conditions as well as male and female<br />

hair loss.<br />

Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo and Conditioner<br />

can be used on any type of hair, even those with sensitive scalps. It<br />

is free from fragrances, parabens, colours, and sulphates and is very<br />

gentle on the hair and scalp.<br />

Lamberts Maxi Hair is a supplement that contains a good spread of<br />

nutrients including 25 essential micronutrients.<br />

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Specialist Care<br />

Consultant Trichologist at Philip Kingsley, Jane Martins,<br />

answers our questions about the many kinds of hair loss and<br />

how to get proper treatment<br />

Have you seen any changes since the pandemic?<br />

Since the pandemic, there appears to have been an increase in<br />

individuals experiencing hair shedding (telogen efflluvium). Some<br />

factors influencing this include having had COVID, changes in<br />

lifestyle and changes in hair care routines.<br />

How much can a topical over-the-counter product<br />

like a shampoo or scalp serum actually do?<br />

This would depend on the diagnosis, the formula of the product<br />

and whether it is suitable for the type of hair loss. Typically<br />

shampoos will not have an effect on hair loss related to telogen<br />

effluvium or androgenic alopecia (male of female pattern baldness)<br />

they simply are not applied to the scalp for long enough and<br />

are diluted under water. Targeted scalp serums or drops are the<br />

most effective at treating hair loss. At Philip Kingsley we have<br />

preventative drops to help slow hair loss and reduce hair shedding<br />

– our Density Preserving Scalp Drops. For active genetic hair loss<br />

(male or female pattern baldness) we offer prescription scalp drops<br />

via our Trichological Clinics upon seeing one of our Trichologists to<br />

assess the correct route of treatment.<br />

Lifestyle Changes<br />

Alopecia simply means ‘hair loss’ and is an umbrella term for<br />

several different types of hair loss conditions. These can be caused<br />

by various factors; some, unfortunately, we cannot control but there<br />

are some that we can. As much as these hair loss types vary, there<br />

are some things we can do generally to support our hair growth<br />

and keep it in good condition.<br />

How can a trichologist help someone struggling with hair loss?<br />

A Trichologist will be able to help to ascertain the causative<br />

factors. Here at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic a thorough<br />

case history is taken, discussing topics including general health,<br />

lifestyle, family history and diet. The hair and scalp are also<br />

examined using a magnifying lamp. Then, following the diagnosis,<br />

any necessary products and blood tests are then recommended if<br />

further investigation is required.<br />

What is the difference between a dermatologist and a trichologist?<br />

A trichologist specialises in hair and scalp disorders, and, although<br />

dermatologists do too, not all of them will be familiar or have<br />

experience with certain hair loss conditions so their approach to<br />

treatment may be different to those of a trichologist. Dermatologists<br />

are experts in skin disorders, not specialists in hair and scalp.<br />

How much help can we get from GPs without seeing a specialist?<br />

Of course, with any medical problem, seeing a GP is much<br />

better than doing nothing. However, GPs don’t have the same<br />

understanding and focus as Trichologists who specialise in hair and<br />

scalp. An example of the difference this can make is blood tests –<br />

when undertaken by your GP they will measure for your general<br />

health, but even if your levels are sufficient for your general health,<br />

they may be much lower than required for healthy hair growth.<br />

This is on a case-by-case basis, but some patients have also expressed<br />

that a visit to their GP left them feeling more negative about their<br />

hair loss. Try not to be disheartened in this way, a specialist may be<br />

able to come up with more hopeful avenues for treatment.<br />

To find out more about Philip Kingsley, or book a call<br />

back with their clinic, visit philipkingsley.co.uk<br />

3. Medication<br />

While many medications are necessary, some can contribute<br />

towards hair loss. If the onset of hair loss coincides with starting a<br />

medication, speak to your GP. If the medication does carry a side<br />

effect of alopecia, they may be able to find an alternative.<br />

1. A good hair care routine<br />

Wash around 2-3 times a week, and brush at least once a day.<br />

Those suffering with hair loss often avoid this because they do not<br />

want to see their hair falling out or feel that these things are making<br />

it worse, but this certainly is not the case.<br />

2. A well-balanced diet<br />

Diet and nutritional deficiencies are one of the biggest causes<br />

of hair loss. Crash dieting or very restrictive diets can have a<br />

detrimental effect on your hair because the follicle is not receiving<br />

enough nutrients. Around 80% of our hair is made of keratin, a<br />

protein formed from amino acids that keeps hair healthy, strong<br />

and elastic. We need these proteins in our diet to keep our hair<br />

growing healthily and the rest of our body functioning properly.<br />

Our tissue cells rely on protein to reproduce new cells for healthy<br />

hair skin and nails! Lean red meats, fish, eggs, nuts, lentils, quinoa<br />

and tofu are all good sources of protein to include in your diet.<br />

4. Stress<br />

Our lives are now more stressful than ever and stress alone can<br />

cause hair loss, so reducing this as much as we can is really<br />

important. Something simple like writing down your feelings,<br />

going for a walk, meditating, gentle exercise or a chat with a friend<br />

or relative, may be all you need to manage your stress.<br />

5. Seasonal Changes<br />

Someone may have low iron or vitamin D for a short period of<br />

time and experience shedding, or they may experience more<br />

breakage than usual in the summer due to sun damage, salt water<br />

and dry hair. Not a lot of research has gone into seasonal hair loss,<br />

and because hair loss has so many contributing factors, it can be<br />

difficult to tell if it is simply seasonal. If you feel you may have<br />

seasonal hair loss, get it checked anyway to ensure that there is<br />

nothing else going on.<br />

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Exercise has many physical benefits but<br />

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Yoga combines mindful movement with<br />

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Christmas is over, winter has well and truly set in and it's time to embark upon a<br />

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Got the winter blues? Kate Munden, a trauma and<br />

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Mental stress is an embodied experience, and<br />

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yoga teachers empower their students to take<br />

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The vagus nerve is part of our autonomic nervous system. It helps to regulate our stress responses,<br />

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vagal tone tells us how well the vagus is functioning by measuring our heart rate variability (the<br />

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3. Thymus Thump – just like Tarzan! Make a fist and briskly tap the centre of the chest 7-10<br />

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gorgeous scents. However, at this time of year, the new Winter wellness experience is the<br />

ultimate choice, designed to help escape the cold and nourish the soul. It begins with an<br />

hour to explore the spa’s heat facilities – the Eucalyptus Steam Room, Himalayan Salt<br />

Wall Sauna, and Cooling Vitality Pool. Then, after a snuggle in a relaxation pod with a<br />

cup of tea, the treatments really get going.<br />

A body treatment captures the essence of winter and stimulates blood circulation with<br />

warming oils of black pepper and tangerine. You are then treated to a full-body salt scrub<br />

and natural clay cocoon wrap, and while the clay deeply cleanses and hydrates the skin,<br />

you also get a face and head acupressure massage to ease stress and tension. Finish up<br />

with a 60-minute personalised full-body massage, and as a memento you are also given a<br />

Four Seasons Winter Candle or diffuser to bring that spa serenity home over winter.<br />

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Creative Courses: Curious House, Kent<br />

An option for those seeking inspiration and creative energy. Curious<br />

House runs on the belief that learning something new makes us more<br />

in tune with our bodies and engaged with our minds, and engaging in<br />

art in particular can feed the soul to improve our happiness and health.<br />

Curious House's courses all take place at either the lovely Bell in Ticehurst or<br />

Birchwood Studio (both on the Kent and Sussex border), each with inspiring<br />

spaces that are perfect for a relaxed learning environment. You can visit just for<br />

the day, but for a real immersive escape, you can stay at The Bell, which is also<br />

an award-winning historical pub and boutique hotel with fabulous rooms and<br />

scrumptious seasonal food.<br />

This year you could learn to paint, try your hand at pottery, go foraging,<br />

make a sculpture out of willow, master iPhone photography, or become an<br />

expert on peonies (to name just a few upcoming options). Needless to say there<br />

are classes of all sorts, and the teachers are all wonderfully friendly experts in<br />

their fields.<br />

Prices are from £80 for a half day and £105 for a full day including a<br />

delicious lunch. curioushouse.net<br />

Nature's Healing: South Lodge, Sussex<br />

South Lodge is a quintessential West Sussex country escape, and its<br />

spa is a natural haven. Situated within the grounds of luxury fivestar<br />

hotel, South Lodge, The Spa was inspired by the landscape<br />

around it, following the natural contours of the land in its sustainable<br />

design. The idea is to let in the surrounding nature and wildlife as much<br />

as possible, while also showcasing some seriously spectacular views of the<br />

South Downs.<br />

It is home to UK’s first wild, heated swimming pool (slash pond),<br />

which comes complete with reeds and moss, and uses no chlorine or<br />

chemicals but instead oxygenating plants clean the water. There is also<br />

an indoor infinity pool which may be your pool of choice in the winter,<br />

where you can still swim against the dramatic Sussex landscape from<br />

<strong>inside</strong>.<br />

Elsewhere there is also a vitality hydrotherapy pool, sound mood pods,<br />

a private mud room and an infused sauna, as well as marble-lined salt<br />

steam and jasmine herbal steam rooms.<br />

The food has nature at its heart, too – in the spa’s Mediterranean<br />

inspired restaurant, Botanica, the South Downs is drawn on as a larder<br />

for fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu features all sorts of plant-based<br />

plates including the undeniably delicious Wasted Burger, made entirely<br />

from the pulp from the freshly prepared morning’s juices!<br />

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Get Active: Chateau Lou Casteou, Cote d'Azur<br />

Chateau Lou Casteou is a grand and luxurious residence, set in the<br />

stunning French Cote d’Azur countryside which offers an energetic<br />

fitness-focused escape to feed body and soul. Its three regular<br />

residential retreats provide the perfect balance of fitness classes, Latin dance<br />

sessions and exciting outdoor activities – we're talking coastal treks, tennis,<br />

boxercise, aqua-gym, circuit training, yoga, sea kayaking and beach workouts.<br />

For all those missing Strictly and looking to live out their dance dreams,<br />

Let’s Salsa is just the ticket. Get whisked away to the stunning Chateau, where<br />

European dance professionals will teach Latino and Afro dance styles. If you'd<br />

rather focus on physical fitness, Body Tonic will hit reset on your health and<br />

fitness, to leave you feeling transformed and revitalised. Last but not least,<br />

Lou Casteou’s Tennis Academy is set to sharpen up your serve, with six hours<br />

of daily professional tennis coaching sessions, and a day at the Monte-Carlo<br />

ATP tennis tournament.<br />

Whichever you choose, you can kick back after all the excitement, and<br />

enjoy delicious, nutritious, elegant three-course dinners, a quality open bar<br />

with excellent Provençal wines, plus evening parties and live entertainment,<br />

before retiring to a sumptuous en suite bedroom with stunning views of<br />

either the sea or the mountains.<br />

For more information or to reserve a space contact Morag McLaren Baxter<br />

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HAVE YOU<br />

HEARD?<br />

The quality of our hearing can greatly impact our wellbeing and enjoyment of<br />

life, and fortunately the technology of hearing aids has greatly improved in recent<br />

years. So what is involved? To get some answers, we speak to Dr Priya Carling,<br />

AuD, RHAD, Director and Consultant Audiologist at Kent Hearing<br />

How visible or noticeable<br />

are hearing aids?<br />

Generally, hearing aids are far less<br />

visible than most people think.<br />

Their visibility will depend on<br />

the individual needs and ear size<br />

of each patient, but in many<br />

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What is involved in a<br />

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A hearing test is a painless<br />

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Can hearing aids do anything<br />

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At what point should we<br />

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Recipes: Charlotte Butterworth Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Recipe developer Charlotte Butterworth creates delicious,<br />

easy, healthy recipes that work around real life. Here, she’s<br />

put together a day of healthy <strong>January</strong> meals to start New Year<br />

with a tasty blast of nutrients. Find more of Charlotte’s dishes<br />

and advice on Instagram or Facebook @theneedy.greedy<br />

Super<br />

BOOST<br />

Homemade Nutty Granola with Berries & Greek Yoghurt<br />

Prep time: 10 mins<br />

Cooking time: 20 mins Makes 6-8 portions<br />

This a super delicious healthy<br />

granola, and so tasty you can enjoy<br />

with yoghurt, fruit, milk or even as<br />

quick snack on its own. It is so much<br />

healthier than the shop bought ones<br />

as it has very little sugar and contains<br />

all natural ingredients. It will keep for<br />

at least a week in a sealed container.<br />

Do mix it up with whatever nuts,<br />

seeds and fruit you’d like to use.<br />

• 100g of mixed nuts (I use<br />

pecans, flaked almonds,<br />

walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts)<br />

• 150g jumbo oats<br />

• 1-2 apples grated<br />

• 1 tsp cinnamon<br />

• 1 or 2 tbsp honey or agave<br />

nectar or even maple syrup<br />

• 75g dried fruit (such as chopped<br />

apricots, dates, cranberries etc.)<br />

• 50-75g seeds (I use pumpkin,<br />

sunflower, linseed)<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.<br />

Mix the nuts, oats, grated apple,<br />

cinnamon and agave nectar.<br />

Make sure the apple separates.<br />

2. Spread over a large baking tray<br />

or two and cook for 20 mins. You<br />

may need to turn it a couple of times<br />

to make sure it browns evenly.<br />

3. When browned, remove from<br />

the oven and allow to cool.<br />

4. Once cooled, add the seeds and<br />

dried fruits. It keeps for at least a<br />

week in a sealed container. Do play<br />

around with quantities, types of nuts,<br />

fruit etc. according to your tastes.<br />

5. Served as pictured with Greek<br />

yoghurt, blueberries, pomegranate<br />

seeds and mint leaves.

Watercress Soup with Cannellini Beans<br />

Prep time: 10 mins<br />

Cooking time: 20 mins<br />

Serves 2-3 generously<br />

I love the peppery flavour of<br />

watercress, which is also incredibly<br />

good for you. The cannellini<br />

beans, for fibre and protein, create<br />

a warming hearty meal of soup.<br />

This freezes beautifully so it’s a<br />

good one to have on standby.<br />

• 2 onions, chopped<br />

• 2 celery sticks, sliced to 1-2cm<br />

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

or finely chopped<br />

• 1 tin of cannellini beans, drained<br />

• nutmeg to grate<br />

• 500ml stock (homemade<br />

chicken stock gives it a beautiful<br />

flavour but any good stock<br />

such as Knorr would do)<br />

• 2 bags of watercress<br />

• freshly grated nutmeg (optional)<br />

1. In a large pan, drizzle some<br />

olive oil and a knob of butter.<br />

Gently soften the onions for a<br />

few minutes, adding some salt to<br />

speed the softening process.<br />

2. When the onions are soft, add<br />

the celery and garlic and cook gently<br />

for a few more minutes. Add some<br />

freshly grated nutmeg, drained<br />

beans and the stock and cook until<br />

veg is all tender, about 10 mins.<br />

3. Finally add the watercress and<br />

allow to wilt for a few moments.<br />

4. Using a stick blender, whizz<br />

the soup until smooth. You may<br />

want to add more liquid. Add<br />

some more freshly grated nutmeg,<br />

salt and pepper. Taste and add<br />

more seasoning if needed.<br />

5. Serve with a dollop of<br />

yoghurt, some whipped crème<br />

fraîche or a swirl of cream.

Lemon Roast Chicken with<br />

Pomegranate Molasses &<br />

Cauliflower on a Bed of Lentils<br />

Prep time: 10 mins Cooking<br />

time: 30-40 mins Serves 2<br />

This dish sounds fancy, but it’s so<br />

simple, totally flexible and utterly<br />

flavoursome, filling and feel good food.<br />

Pulses are so good for our health and<br />

longevity. These little lentils vertes<br />

are simply boiled while the chicken<br />

roasts, and then dressed in the delicious<br />

chicken cooking juices. Add some salad<br />

and, voila, easy meal! I used natural<br />

yoghurt for a dressing and roasted<br />

some cauliflower with the chicken for<br />

extra veg, but that is entirely optional.<br />

• 1 pack chicken thighs<br />

(bone in, skin on)<br />

• 50ml pomegranate molasses<br />

(I use Waitrose)<br />

• 15ml olive oil<br />

• 1 lemon, quartered<br />

• 200g cauliflower, broken into<br />

small florets (optional)<br />

• 100g lentils vertes or<br />

puy lentils, rinsed<br />

• natural yoghurt (approx 50ml)<br />

• microgreens, pomegranate seeds,<br />

salad leaves (optional, to serve)<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 190˚C.<br />

Place the lentils in a pan and bring<br />

to the boil for approx 30 mins<br />

(look at packet instructions).<br />

2. Mix the molasses and olive<br />

oil in a largish bowl (you will be<br />

adding the cauliflower to it).<br />

3. Pop some olive oil in a roasting<br />

tin. Add the chicken thighs and<br />

season with salt. Brush the chicken<br />

thighs with a generous amount<br />

of the pomegranate mix.<br />

4. Mix the cauliflower with the<br />

remaining mix, season and add to<br />

the roasting tin, along with the<br />

lemons. Put in the preheated oven<br />

and cook for approx 30 mins until<br />

chicken browned and crispy, and the<br />

cauliflower tender. Halfway though,<br />

squeeze the lemon quarters a little<br />

with some tongs (you will be amazed<br />

how much juice comes out), mix<br />

with the juices and the cauliflower.<br />

5. When lentils are cooked, drain,<br />

add some seasoning and spinach<br />

(allow to wilt a moment). Keep<br />

warm if the chicken is not ready.<br />

6. To plate, put the lentils on the plate<br />

with the chicken and cauliflower. Then<br />

– this is IMPORTANT – pour over all<br />

those incredible juices from the roasting<br />

pan. It makes the most wonderful<br />

dressing for the lentils, which absorb<br />

the flavours. Add a dollop of yoghurt<br />

and mix with the juices. Heaven. <br />

I love using<br />

microgreens in my dishes.<br />

They are a superfood with<br />

very high levels of nutrients and<br />

look pretty as well as tasting absolutely<br />

delicious – so easy to add to any meals.<br />

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Cod with Smokey Black Bean Cassoulet<br />

Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 40 mins Serves 2<br />

This gloriously satisfying but healthy<br />

dinner is so delicious and really easy to<br />

prep. Sweet cod, married with deeply<br />

savoury smokey black beans, is heaven<br />

on a plate. Prepare the cassoulet in<br />

advance if you want – even the day<br />

before – as the flavours just intensify<br />

with time. The cod just takes a few<br />

minutes to cook, and you have a<br />

gourmet dinner on the table. Serve<br />

with a green salad and lemon wedges.<br />

If you’re vegetarian, the cassoulet is<br />

equally satisfying if served with rice<br />

or other grains as a hearty main!<br />

• 2 skinless cod fillets<br />

• 1 onion finely chopped<br />

• 1 large carrot finely chopped<br />

• 1 stick celery finely sliced<br />

• 2 cloves garlic, crushed<br />

• 2 tsp smoked paprika (hot<br />

smoked paprika if you like it<br />

spicy – which I used), or a mix<br />

• 2 red, yellow or orange peppers<br />

• 1 tin black beans<br />

• 200g passata<br />

• freshly chopped parsley<br />

• extra virgin olive oil, balsamic<br />

vinegar, salt and pepper<br />

• lemon wedges to serve<br />

1. Heat the olive oil in a decent<br />

size saucepan and slowly cook the<br />

onions until soft and translucent.<br />

Add the garlic, celery and carrots,<br />

and cook for a further few mins.<br />

2. Stir in the smoked paprika –<br />

this is the key to the dish – let<br />

it cook for a few minutes.<br />

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There’s something<br />

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What I love about topiary is the contrast<br />

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of a front door looks smart, but tightly<br />

clipped and dense shapes out in the garden<br />

mingling with the more unruly natural<br />

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height, structure and form all year round.<br />

In the winter, when everything else has<br />

turned skeletal, or rotted away, and in<br />

the sparkly light of a frosty morning,<br />

topiary becomes a truly magical sight.<br />

The plants to choose<br />

Some shrubs and trees grow tidily, but<br />

don’t like to be pruned (I’m thinking of my<br />

nemesis the Daphne, that seems to wither<br />

under my gaze, let alone the clippers) and<br />

those that are prone to disease – that gets<br />

in through cut surfaces. In the main, any<br />

shrub or tree that will make a hedge can<br />

be topiariarised. Evergreens are best, as<br />

they will provide year round foliage, but<br />

occasionally deciduous plants are used,<br />

especially if they have flowers – dwarf<br />

Lilac makes a pretty and fragrant little tree,<br />

colourful foliage – Salix ‘Flamingo’, or the<br />

autumnal tints of Beech or Hornbeam.<br />

The most familiar plants would be Box or<br />

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expensive and slow to establish. Ilex crenata<br />

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Holly, Bay and Photinia can be grown<br />

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that your elephant’s trunk, or whatever<br />

it is you are shaping, will grow back if<br />

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Caring for topiary specimens<br />

No plants choose to be pruned – tiny<br />

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able to regrow once they’ve been attacked<br />

or cut, because they can’t run away fast<br />

enough from whatever is attacking them..<br />

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we can manipulate them to grow back in<br />

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closely clipped plants in excellent health.<br />

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Topiary on a grand scale can look<br />

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Don’t miss our February issue<br />

Education<br />

<strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Find out what our amazing local schools<br />

have to offer your child in <strong>2023</strong><br />


the MHS Jubilee Olympics. The school also marked the<br />

occasion by planting a field maple for The Queen’s<br />

Green Canopy. As Marlborough House School<br />

approaches a special anniversary of its own<br />

with 150 years on the horizon, the day was<br />

a chance to reflect on and celebrate<br />

Tonbridge’s upper sixth will be taking up places<br />

at leading universities across the world, including<br />

Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard, later this year. A total<br />

of 16 Tonbridge boys have been offered places to study at<br />

the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, to read a variety of<br />

subjects. Many other leavers have offers from the Russell Group<br />

London. Some will be taking up places at highly prestigious<br />

US universities, including Harvard, Massachusetts<br />

Institute of Technology (MIT), Dartmouth and Duke<br />

University. Headmaster, James Priory, said: “With<br />

competition from national and international<br />

candidates stronger than ever, such highquality<br />

offers are notable achievements.<br />

Well done to all.” tonbridge-school.co.uk<br />

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East Sussex College have had their work selected to<br />

be exhibited in the world’s leading museum of art, design<br />

and performance, Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum, with<br />

Award for her exceptional work titled ‘Tree of Life Body Sculpture’<br />

which will be displayed at the V&A Museum. Sara Lee, 44,<br />

and Amanda Pattenden, 55, will also have their incredible work<br />

displayed at the V&A Museum with ‘Swimming medals’ and<br />

‘Emergence’ pieces respectively. The works will be shown<br />

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artwork which represented something or someone<br />

who inspired them. Olivia Springer, said: “My<br />

role model is Anne Frank because she is an<br />

inspiration to everyone, and believed<br />

that, ‘The final forming of a person’s<br />

character lies in their own hands’.”<br />

Reed’s School in Cobham are thrilled to<br />

share that, in their recent ISI Inspection report,<br />

they were judged as ‘excellent’ (the highest grading)<br />

in both categories: the quality of the pupils’ academic<br />

and other achievements and the quality of pupils’ personal<br />

particularly rewarding to note that our ethos, values, and<br />

aims were expressed by all members of our community<br />

consistently and enthusiastically. The Reporting<br />

Inspector commented that our parent and pupil<br />

surveys were amongst the most positive she had<br />

ever read!” You can read the full inspection<br />

report using the QR code (below left) or<br />

to have joined the Repton Family of Schools on 17<br />

May 2022. Headmaster Joff Powis, continues to lead this<br />

thriving co-educational boarding school and says: “This<br />

is an exciting moment in Vineha l’s rich history. Whilst the<br />

exciting era as we join a global network of world-class schools.”<br />

Repton has established a growing family of schools,<br />

both internationa ly and here in the UK, that share<br />

an outward-looking, forward-thinking philosophy<br />

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was<br />

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whole school community coming together for<br />

a very British tea party. As the maypole ribbons<br />

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‘excellent’ inspection<br />

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6 BUSY BEES<br />

Find out the latest<br />

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9 MEET<br />


We find out what it’s like to be a<br />

school captain<br />

11 EARLY DAYS<br />

Explore the early years<br />

of education<br />


Top tips on how to navigate<br />

subject selection<br />


Let’s celebrate some superb<br />

sporting achievements<br />

23 MEET THE HEAD<br />

Hear from a Head inspired<br />

by the natural world<br />

25 EXTRA HELP<br />

We speak to the<br />

experts on tutoring<br />


Modern approaches to<br />

PSHE explained<br />

31 THAT’S A WRAP!<br />

How two top local schools are<br />

handling wraparound care<br />

33 ON YOUR MIND<br />

We hear from a local school that<br />

recently held a conference on<br />

mental health<br />


How to inspire kids with nature<br />


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Our Pre-prep department provides a safe,<br />

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to be. Our provision is innovative, industrious<br />

and above a l, fun! Our Early Year setting<br />

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classes are fi led with excitement and laughter.<br />

What do you find most rewarding<br />

abou teaching this age group?<br />

The bond that is formed between adults<br />

and children. It is one built on trust and<br />

mutual respect. Playing a critical role at<br />

the start of a child’s learning journey is a<br />

great joy and privilege. Teaching a child<br />

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the list of rewarding experiences too.<br />

How can parents/carers help suppor their child?<br />

Parents are of course their child’s firs teachers,<br />

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image of school, even if as a child one didn’t<br />

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Careful labelling of clothing is always a good<br />

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their items and pick a nice bright pen or<br />

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Fri 6 & 13, Sat 7 & 14 Jan<br />

10am – 3pm<br />

Standen Fruit Farm Community<br />

Orchard, Iden Green TN17 4LA<br />



Do you have fruit tress and would<br />

like to know more about how to<br />

look after them? Learn to prune<br />

apple trees from expert, Guy<br />

Pullen. From new plantings to<br />

venerable ancients. Join a small<br />

group to learn all you need to<br />

know to gain confidence and<br />

then practice on a variety of trees<br />

at the beautiful Standen Street<br />

Community Orchard, Iden Green.<br />

Numbers are strictly limited for<br />

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early to avoid disappointment.<br />

Entry: £25<br />

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Wed 11 Jan – Wed 15 Feb<br />

Wednesday Evenings<br />

from 7pm – 9pm<br />

G Live, London Road<br />

Guildford GU1 2AA<br />



G Live’s Improv Comedy Course<br />

is the next instalment from their<br />

unique comedy programme<br />

where you will develop and<br />

learn key improv techniques and<br />

skills for building responsiveness<br />

and improvisational bravery.<br />

Sessions are delivered in a fun and<br />

supportive environment, where<br />

you will improve your creativity<br />

and focus on your playfulness<br />

and ability to work on the hop.<br />

The course is suitable for both<br />

those new to improv and those<br />

wishing to improve their skills.<br />

Booking link is for the full<br />

6-week programme starting on 11<br />

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong>. For ages 18+. If you<br />

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and finance is a barrier, email<br />

glcreativelearning@glive.co.uk.<br />

Entry: 6 week course £95<br />

(transaction fee may apply)<br />

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Wed 25 Jan 2pm – 4pm<br />

Maidstone Museum, St.<br />

Faith’s Street, Maidstone,<br />

Kent ME14 1LH<br />



Are you over 55 and living with<br />

a long term health condition?<br />

Are you looking for something<br />

different to keep your mind active?<br />

Join Actively Involved to enjoy<br />

the company of other like-minded<br />

people, handle fascinating objects<br />

from the past and share all of<br />

your memories and insights of<br />

them. Plus there’s tea and cake<br />

too! And, if you miss this one,<br />

don’t worry, the sessions will<br />

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last Wednesday of each month.<br />

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Sat 28 Jan 10am – 4pm<br />

The Ceramic Studio, The<br />

Old Workshop, Hononton<br />

Farm, Furnace Lane,<br />

Brenchley TN12 7BX<br />


Head to the wonderful Ceramic<br />

Studio surrounded by stunning<br />

views for a thorough and fun<br />

introduction to working with clay.<br />

You’ll enjoy a full day covering a<br />

range of hand-building techniques<br />

and will also have a chance to<br />

get acquainted with the pottery<br />

wheel. The day costs £185 and<br />

includes a delicious home-cooked<br />

two course lunch, as well as other<br />

tasty refreshments throughout<br />

the day. Any work you make, and<br />

wish to keep, will be fired and<br />

can be picked up at a later stage.<br />

Please note that this is a long<br />

process and can take up to four<br />

weeks to be ready for collection.<br />

The studio will get in touch with<br />

you once your work is ready. For<br />

this and many other opportunities<br />

to learn ceramic skills for a day<br />

or over the course of several<br />

weeks and to find out about<br />

visiting potters, see the website.<br />

Entry: £185<br />

theceramicstudio.co.uk<br />

FOOD & DRINK<br />

Sat 14 Jan 7.30pm - 10.30pm<br />

Balfour Winery, Five Oak Lane,<br />

Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0HT<br />



To celebrate Veganuary,<br />

Balfour are hosting a special<br />

vegan six-course dinner in<br />

their spectacular tasting room,<br />

The View near Staplehurst.<br />

The evening starts with a predinner<br />

glass of Balfour Wine<br />

followed by an inventive vegan<br />

six-course set meal. The entire<br />

range of Balfour Wines and<br />

Jake’s Drinks are vegan and will<br />

be available to purchase on the<br />

evening from the Cellar Door<br />

bar in addition to alcohol-free<br />

sparkling wine, Wild Idol.<br />

If you require a taxi it is<br />

essential that you book well in<br />

advance for both journeys.<br />

Entry: £60pp<br />

balfourwinery.com<br />


Sat 7 Jan 1pm – 2.30pm<br />

Bourne Hall, Spring Street,<br />

Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF<br />


An interesting time awaits<br />

kids at Bourne Hall Museum.<br />

March back up the line and<br />

prepare to go over the top as<br />

you discover what life was like<br />

in the trenches on the Western<br />

Front for ordinary infantryman.<br />

Were the rats really as big as<br />

cats and why did the men spend<br />

so much time chatting? Could<br />

you tell the difference between a<br />

moaning Minnie and Archie?<br />

Join up and keep your uniform<br />

smart despite the dreadful<br />

conditions. Learn what equipment<br />

and weapons you would be<br />

issued with and how effective<br />

they were. Decide if you could<br />

survive longer than the average<br />

6 weeks lifespan of a second<br />

lieutenant or if you would just<br />

hope to get a Blighty one?<br />

bournehall.org<br />

Every Tues – Fri 10.30am –<br />

12.30pm & 2.30pm – 4.30pm<br />

Every Sat 10am – 12noon<br />

Marden Library and<br />

Heritage Centre, High Street,<br />

Marden, Kent TN12 9DP<br />


Did you have ancestors in<br />

Marden? The village history<br />

group will help you investigate.<br />

They have just launched two<br />

new booklets, Marden at War<br />

and World War Two Women’s<br />

Land Army in Marden. They<br />

can teach you to trace how<br />

and where your grandparents<br />

and great grandparents lived<br />

in Marden, what occupation<br />

they had and much more.<br />

Visit the history group HQ in<br />

Marden Library to get involved<br />

or to book an appointment<br />

to start your research.<br />

mardenhistory.org.uk<br />


12 Jan – 15 Jan<br />

Richmond Theatre, 1 Little<br />

Green, Richmond TW9 1QH<br />




Ballet lovers and newcomers alike<br />

will find joy and spectacle in the<br />

classical delights of Nerubashenko<br />

Ballet’s presentations. This<br />

season the Smirnov-Golovanov<br />

productions will be presented by<br />

international artistes hand-picked<br />

by Ukrainian-born Ludmila<br />

Nerubashenko, who preserves<br />

the legacy her late husband,<br />

Smirnov-Golovanov (Honoured<br />

Arts Worker of the Ukrainian<br />

Soviet Socialist Republic and<br />

former Artistic Director of<br />

Odessa State Opera and Ballet<br />

Theatre). Ludmila is the driving<br />

force in schooling young artistes<br />

with the physicality, artistry and<br />

creativity to faithfully interpret<br />

that legacy. She will select the<br />

cream of these young dancers<br />

to visit the UK in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

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What’s On in <strong>January</strong><br />

Thu 19 Jan<br />

G Live, London Road,<br />

Guildford GU1 2AA<br />



Strictly Come Dancing 2021<br />

champion and dance heart-throb<br />

Giovanni Pernice invites you<br />

to join him on a journey to his<br />

homeland for his brand new <strong>2023</strong><br />

production of ‘Made in Italy’.<br />

Joined by an outstanding ensemble<br />

of some of the best dancers and<br />

singers from the ballroom and<br />

theatre world, this show promises<br />

to be a fantastic night out!<br />

This Italian themed show<br />

features an incredible sound<br />

track, stunning choreography<br />

and beautiful costumes. But<br />

be warned… in Italy, it can<br />

get HOT HOT HOT!!!!<br />

There are a limited number of VIP<br />

tickets available which includes<br />

a pre-show meet & greet with<br />

Giovanni, a signed print, VIP<br />

lanyard and photo opportunities.<br />

The VIP meet and greet is PRE-<br />

SHOW, 90 minutes before the<br />

performance is due to start.<br />

glive.co.uk<br />

Wed 25 Jan<br />

Churchill Theatre, High Street,<br />

Bromley BR1 1HA<br />


So Diva famously championed<br />

by Sir Tom Jones on ITV’s The<br />

Voice UK embark on their first<br />

national theatre tour in a show<br />

with a unique setlist of 80s<br />

dancefloor classics from Irene<br />

Cara, Lipps Inc, Debarge, The<br />

Pointer Sisters, Evelyn Champagne<br />

King, Kool and The Gang,<br />

Stacey Lattishaw, Shalamar,<br />

Stephanie Mills and many more.<br />

Five amazing lead vocalists<br />

complimented by a seven<br />

piece live band - this is the<br />

must see show of <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Prepare to travel back to the<br />

time of your life and revisit THE<br />


Entry: £29<br />

churchilltheatre,co,uk<br />


Dates in Feb, May,<br />

Aug and Nov ‘23<br />

The Small Holding,<br />

Ranters Lane, Kilndown,<br />

Kent TN17 2SG<br />


Booking is now open. Learn to<br />

‘Grow the Seasons’ on a series of<br />

new horticultural courses at Will<br />

Devlin’s Michelin Green Starred<br />

farm and restaurant, The Small<br />

Holding. The hands-on courses<br />

are led by Head Gardener Jenny<br />

Huddart and her team, for a<br />

behind-the-scenes experience.<br />

Each full-day course will include<br />

a mix of practical and theory<br />

learning, as guests discover and<br />

share in the team’s knowledge on<br />

seasonal vegetable growing, ‘No<br />

Dig’ principles and how to be<br />

sustainable in their own gardens.<br />

Each course will be relevant to the<br />

season, such as making the most<br />

of Harvest in August, reaping<br />

the rewards of your hard work<br />

and making organic compost<br />

and feeds. In November’s Winter<br />

Planning course learn how to make<br />

the most of the end of the season<br />

by mulching, lifting and dividing<br />

the perennial plants and the last<br />

chance to sow overwintering crops.<br />

The full-day courses cost £125 per<br />

person and will run throughout<br />

the year, in tune with the four<br />

growing seasons and include a<br />

relaxed lunch, using ingredients<br />

from the farm. Find out more<br />

and book now for February, May,<br />

August, and November <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Entry: £125 including lunch<br />

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From Wed 8 Feb daily<br />

Hever Castle & Gardens,<br />

Hever Road, Hever,<br />

Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG<br />



One to really provide a welcome<br />

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What’s On in <strong>January</strong><br />

Hever Castle and Gardens,<br />

will be encouraged to put on<br />

their wellies, hats and scarves<br />

and explore the snowdrop trail.<br />

Featuring 115,000 snowdrops,<br />

this self-guided snowdrop walk will<br />

take visitors through woodland<br />

areas, around the Outer Moat and<br />

into the colourful Winter Garden.<br />

You’ll see both single and double<br />

snowdrops, as well as some more<br />

unusual varieties in the Winter<br />

Garden such as the yellow tipped<br />

‘Wendy’s Gold’, a giant Galanthus<br />

called ‘Colossus’, and Galanthus<br />

‘Green Brush’ with its green-tipped<br />

flowers. The Winter Garden<br />

also features flame-coloured<br />

dogwoods, ‘Early Sensation’<br />

daffodils, heathers and winter<br />

shrubs. Frosted topiary on the<br />

walk towards the Castle is another<br />

delight to behold, and over on<br />

the outer banks of the moat,<br />

the crocus will begin to appear<br />

towards the end of the month<br />

too. If you happen to be feeling<br />

adventurous, you can even can add<br />

in a walk around the 38 acre Lake.<br />

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Fri 17 Feb & Sat 18 Feb<br />

2pm & 7.30pm<br />

Trinity Theatre, Church Road,<br />

Tunbridge Wells TN1 1JP<br />





The fabulously talented Trinity<br />

Youth Theatre’s big February<br />

musical is back! Following on<br />

from High School Musicals 1 and<br />

2, and Legally Blonde, they are<br />

now tackling Everybody’s Talking<br />

About Jamie: Teen Edition – the<br />

full-length musical with small<br />

adjustments for a teenage cast.<br />

Jamie New is sixteen and lives<br />

on a council estate in Sheffield.<br />

Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie<br />

is terrified about the future.<br />

Jamie is going to be a sensation.<br />

Supported by his brilliant,<br />

loving mum and surrounded<br />

by his friends, Jamie overcomes<br />

prejudice, beats the bullies, and<br />

steps out of the darkness into the<br />

spotlight. Sixteen: the edge of<br />

possibility. Time to make your<br />

dreams come true. Book your<br />

tickets soon for this fun musical.<br />

trinitytheatre.net<br />

Sat 25 Feb 7pm<br />

Balfour Winery, Five Oak Lane,<br />

Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0HT<br />



Joe Stilgoe is an internationally<br />

acclaimed singer, pianist, and<br />

songwriter. He has created a<br />

fresh sound for jazz and topped<br />

the UK Jazz Chart on multiple<br />

occasions. Over the course of<br />

his varied career, he has become<br />

a true modern-day entertainer,<br />

known globally as a performer<br />

of wit, style, and a level of<br />

musicianship which has seen<br />

him recognised as one of the best<br />

singer-pianists in the world.<br />

Enjoy a glass of sparkling Balfour<br />

Wine followed by a delicious<br />

three-course set meal whilst<br />

you tap your feet to the beat in<br />

this unmissable event. Please<br />

book taxis well in advance for<br />

journeys to and from this event.<br />

Entry: £95<br />

balfourwinery.com<br />

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Jane Howard shares her concerns<br />

over trade agreements and<br />

payments to farmers<br />

In so many ways it is a privilege to<br />

farm in this beautiful part of the<br />

world. But as we come into another<br />

year the outlook for all farmers and<br />

especially livestock farmers is looking very<br />

uncertain. So you’ll have to forgive me,<br />

but this month I want to share my views.<br />

Following Brexit, the UK government<br />

announced it would no longer pay farmers<br />

the annual Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)<br />

payment – which in almost all cases represents a<br />

farm’s profit and the farmer’s wage. It is being phased<br />

out and in its place the ELMS scheme will pay farmers<br />

for delivering a range of ‘public goods’ including<br />

improved environment, better climate outcomes and<br />

improved animal health and welfare. All very worthy,<br />

though rather alarmingly no mention of food – but<br />

even before the details of the scheme were clarified, Liz<br />

Truss when PM announced a review<br />

of ELMS. All we want is certainty.<br />

On top of that Ms Truss announced<br />

what I consider to be a dreadful<br />

trade agreement with Australia.<br />

UK farming has worked tirelessly<br />

to build up its reputation for highquality,<br />

high-welfare, climate-friendly<br />

and sustainably produced beef and<br />

lamb. Our production standards are<br />

underpinned by the most robust<br />

regulations which cover everything from<br />

animal traceability, health, welfare and<br />

use of medicines to the environment.<br />

There is no comparison whatsoever<br />

between production methods in this<br />

country and those in Australia where it is all about<br />

scale. Feedlots finishing up to 50,000 head on a single<br />

site would be unacceptable here, both morally and<br />

environmentally. But we know that more than 40% of<br />

Australian beef cattle are finished in such systems and<br />

now much of this will be destined for the UK market.<br />

There is widespread use of hormone growthpromoters,<br />

and while our government has said that beef<br />

from these animals will not enter our market, given the<br />

lack of lifetime traceability in Australia, it’s questionable<br />

We have the news<br />

about the closure of<br />

our local abattoir,<br />

Tottingworth at<br />

Heathfield. This will<br />

be a particular blow<br />

to all the livestock<br />

farmers in the area<br />

who sell quality, grassfed<br />

beef and lamb<br />

how robust these guarantees really are. All of this, along<br />

with the routine use of antibiotics and feed additives<br />

banned in the UK make it a very unlevel playing field.<br />

And it’s not going to be a two way flow of traffic!<br />

And now, much closer to home, we have the news<br />

about the closure of our local abattoir,<br />

Tottingworth at Heathfield. This will<br />

be a particular blow to all the livestock<br />

farmers in the area who sell quality,<br />

grass-fed beef and lamb through<br />

box schemes, farmers’ markets and<br />

farm shops; independent butchers<br />

and, of course, those of you who<br />

seek out locally produced meat.<br />

Tottingworth closed mainly because<br />

of the huge number of regulations<br />

imposed on it. Back in the 70s there<br />

were hundreds of small abattoirs<br />

dotted around the country, but as<br />

numbers fell the government woke<br />

up to the problem and in 2021<br />

set up a Small Abattoirs Task Force to propose<br />

solutions. They gave themselves five years to consider<br />

the problem – and nothing has happened.<br />

It’s just one more issue threatening the future of<br />

farming in the High Weald. Its rolling hills, scattered<br />

farmsteads, small woodlands and irregular-shaped<br />

fields make it one of the best preserved mediaeval<br />

landscapes in Northern Europe. It’s special and let’s<br />

all hope that <strong>2023</strong> sees some good news to encourage<br />

us to keep farming and ensure it stays that way.<br />

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