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Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes<br />


JUNE <strong>2023</strong>




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Contents<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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HOUSE OF<br />


Dream homes<br />

on the market<br />


Upcoming events<br />

for your diary<br />


Keep up-to-date with<br />

the latest must-see and<br />

must-have goodies<br />

UP A LEVEL<br />

We take a visit to<br />

Greatstone to shoot a<br />

revamped family home<br />

in a stunning location<br />


Echo coastal<br />

surroundings with paredback<br />

chic interior choices<br />


THE ART IS<br />

How to dress your walls<br />

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OF A WHOLE<br />

Go behind the scenes<br />

at The Landmark<br />

Arts Centre<br />

HIS & HERS<br />

Get to know husband<br />

and wife artists<br />

Russell Hatton and<br />

Kirsty Mackay<br />

FINDERS &<br />


Art exhibitions near<br />

you this summer<br />


How to go about<br />

buying art at auction<br />

TWO<br />


OF RYE<br />

Take a tour of an<br />

unusual property in<br />

the heart of Rye’s<br />

historic Citadel<br />

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Charlotte Lau encourages<br />

us to incorporate more<br />

ginger into our diets<br />


Jo Arnell creates the<br />

ultimate nectar border<br />


Sue Whigham explores a<br />

personal plant favourite<br />

– epimediums<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

Find out...<br />


THE FARM<br />

Jane Howard gets productive<br />

in her veg garden<br />



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Editor’s<br />

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It’s Midsummer Fair month! And we’ve been gathering<br />

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Back to the magazine, see how two coastal family<br />

homes have been revamped to begin new lives as superbly<br />

comfortable holiday rentals. The first, in Greatstone, enjoys<br />

enviable views out to sea, whilst the second, in Rye, is<br />

situated in the heart of the Cinque Port’s historic citadel.<br />

If school runs and extracurricular activities are<br />

still very much a mainstay of your household, then<br />

turn to page 74 for our <strong>Education</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong>,<br />

full of school news and interesting reads.<br />

We’re reliving our own precious childhood memories this<br />

month with the release of the live action version of The<br />

Little Mermaid. To celebrate, we’ve compiled some mermaidinspired<br />

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wardrobes. Think statement earrings and a sprinkle of sequins.<br />

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working with seasonal leaves, asparagus, duck and elderflower.<br />

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Tilford<br />

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The dream: A beautifully elegant<br />

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farm. Extensive outbuildings<br />

include a 16th century barn<br />

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acres of land. Ideally set up<br />

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of Tilford, with its wonderful pubs,<br />

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Setting: In 16 acres of idyllic<br />

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Beds: 5 Baths: 4<br />

Special features: Renovated in<br />

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the building into commercial offices.<br />

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garden as well as a professional<br />

greenhouse. Also within the grounds<br />

are three World War II pillboxes.<br />

Time to town: From Farnham<br />

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Agent: Burns & Webber<br />

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£3,750,000<br />

The dream: A fine Edwardian family<br />

home dating back to around 1908 and set<br />

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includes a first floor annexe with its own<br />

entrance and a separate detached cottage.<br />

Where: On the edge of Lingfield village with<br />

its local shopping and vibrant community.<br />

East Grinstead is just 10 mins away.<br />

Setting: In a wonderful semi-rural<br />

position, backing onto the golf course<br />

and next to the famous racecourse.<br />

Beds: 7 Baths: 4<br />

Special features: The bespoke kitchen/<br />

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garden/family room, creating an attractive<br />

informal space, ideal for modern day living.<br />

Pleasing details: The separate Lodge<br />

Cottage has recently been modernised.<br />

Outside: The stunning formal gardens<br />

with extensive planting, together<br />

with an orchard and paddock.<br />

Time to town: From Lingfield station, 2 miles<br />

away, to London Victoria in 50 minutes.<br />

Agent: Savills 01892 507000 savills.com<br />

Oxshott<br />

£3,650,000<br />

The dream: A substantial detached family home,<br />

providing generous accommodation arranged over<br />

three floors. A fantastic blend of modern open plan<br />

living and wonderful character features including<br />

impressive high vaulted ceilings throughout.<br />

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Setting: A private and secluded spot,<br />

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Beds: 6 Baths: 6<br />

Special features: The principal bedroom with<br />

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Pleasing details: The floodlit all-weather<br />

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including a substantial double garage.<br />

Time to town: Within easy reach of Oxshott<br />

station, with regular trains to London Waterloo.<br />

Agent: Curchods 01372 462000 curchods.com<br />

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and <strong>Surrey</strong>. Here Marion tells<br />

her story about her experience of living<br />

in a Birchgrove retirement community.<br />

“My husband was a musician and teacher<br />

and passed away suddenly. Ours was a very<br />

happy home full of music, but it suddenly<br />

just went quiet. I was very lonely. I’m<br />

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the service and maintenance charges.<br />

One day, my son and I saw the<br />

Birchgrove signage. So my son said,<br />

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at the different apartment options.<br />

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at 2am and they asked if I could smell<br />

gas. I told them I’ve not been able to<br />

smell for years. Thankfully they came<br />

immediately but had to turn the gas<br />

off. I was left freezing cold and thought<br />

this place can’t be for me anymore.<br />

Birchgrove was wonderful, so I decided<br />

to go for it. I wanted to make a clean<br />

decision whilst I’ve got all my faculties<br />

and I’m able to do as I want. Life’s not<br />

going to get any easier; don’t expect it to.’<br />

My family are very much at peace now<br />

because they worried about me being on<br />

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Now, a year later, I feel more than ever<br />

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If you would like to find out more about<br />

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contact the team who would be happy<br />

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Don’t forget<br />

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Midsummer Fair<br />

this month, from 8-10 <strong>June</strong> at<br />

Hole Park, Rolvenden.<br />

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We can’t wait for the Black Deer Festival. They’re on a mission to bring the<br />

authentic Americana way of life to the UK – the best of music alongside<br />

amazing smokehouse food and so much more – a celebration of passionate<br />

sub-cultures. With an eclectic line-up that showcases all aspects of this<br />

incredible community, Europe’s premier and award-winning Americana<br />

festival is excited to bring Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel<br />

Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Pretenders, Steve Earle, Damian Lewis,<br />

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Park on 16th, 17th and 18th <strong>June</strong>. Don’t miss the Gospel Brunch on<br />

Sunday morning on the Live Fire Stage. The Independent has called it<br />

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Some of the biggest names in literature<br />

will lead workshops focused on the<br />

environment, mental health and the arts<br />

at the Wealden Festival <strong>2023</strong>. Michael<br />

Morpurgo, Dara McAnulty, Kimberley<br />

Wilson, AC Grayling and former Poet<br />

Laureate Andrew Motion will speak at<br />

the family-friendly weekend, which takes<br />

place on 24th-25th <strong>June</strong> at Boldshaves<br />

Garden in Woodchurch, Kent. Launched<br />

in 2015, the Wealden Festival is a<br />

celebration of nature, creativity and the<br />

outdoors – offering you the chance to<br />

take a break from your busy schedule to<br />

unearth both the wonder of the natural<br />

world and your own creative potential.<br />

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Leading touring company, Opera<br />

Brava, will be performing Rossini’s<br />

Barber of Seville in the atmospheric<br />

surroundings of Trading Boundaries,<br />

complete with a small chamber orchestra<br />

on Saturday 10th <strong>June</strong>. Imagine a wonderful<br />

fairy-lit restaurant transformed into the<br />

setting for a balmy night in Seville and all<br />

near Fletching in East Sussex! For anyone<br />

who loves opera or musical theatre, this is an<br />

evening not to be missed. Some of our finest<br />

opera singers will be using the whole venue<br />

as their canvas to create the most magical of<br />

events. Tickets include dinner, your table<br />

for the evening and the performance.<br />

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Weald Nights<br />

The Print House is Tenterden’s new homefrom-home<br />

hangout with luxury rooms, cosy<br />

lounge, bar and restaurant and a lovely walled<br />

garden courtyard. Pop in for a morning coffee, stay<br />

for the night or anything in between. To coincide<br />

with our WT Midsummer Fair on 8th-10th <strong>June</strong>,<br />

they are offering 2 nights in a kingsized room with<br />

breakfast, 3 course meal for 2 with free bottle of<br />

wine, plus tea and cakes in the afternoon, all<br />

for £400. To take advantage of the offer<br />

please quote WEA23 over the phone<br />

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Sew Good<br />

If you’re one of the many a sewist eagerly looking<br />

forward to the next instalment of the Great British<br />

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Maltings’ thread... a festival of textiles. This<br />

one-day festival on Sat 10th <strong>June</strong> celebrates its<br />

11th year with a curated marketplace featuring<br />

over 50 independent maker businesses<br />

spanning fabrics and textiles to patterns and<br />

haberdashery. Local fan favourites such as Pins<br />

& Needles, Thimble & Thrift, Fabrics Galore, Dovetailed<br />

London, Purple Stitches and The Maker’s Atelier will return alongside<br />

new exhibitors Ethel & Joan, Fabric Godmother, The Haberdasher Bee, The<br />

Specky Seamstress and WovenMairi, among others. The festival’s workshop<br />

offering includes an extensive array of 90-minute taster sessions on block<br />

printing, mixed media stitch, drawing with your sewing machine, off-loom<br />

weaving, and more. Tickets are £8 in advance (plus online booking fee) or<br />

£10 on the door (under 18s free). For tickets and workshop bookings visit<br />

the Farnham Maltings website farnhammaltings.com<br />

Cherry Top Notes<br />

Join Vivace Chorus on 1st July at Holy Trinity, Guildford, for an evening of<br />

sacred music from some of the world’s most popular works – Handel’s Messiah,<br />

Mozart, Brahms, Faure and Verdi Requiems and Haydn’s Creation. The<br />

summer concert, supporting local children’s charity Cherry Trees, will also<br />

feature two of the anthems from the coronation of King Charles – Handel’s<br />

Zadok the Priest and Parry’s I was Glad. Tickets are £10 or £5 for students<br />

and under 18s, plus a booking free, from vivacechorus.org<br />

Little Birdy<br />

Join Greenfinch Midsummer Art Exhibition on 23rd to 25th <strong>June</strong> in the magical<br />

setting of King John’s Nursery to enjoy the stunning artwork and find out what<br />

Midsummer means to their featured artists from across Kent and Sussex. Renowned<br />

Landscape Architect Marian Boswall will give a talk on Saturday 2.30pm. Her book<br />

Sustainable Garden will be on sale over the weekend. Lunch and refreshments will<br />

be available in the café. There’s no entry fee, including to the gardens. Further<br />

info – jane@greenfinchshop.co.uk | 01580 201259 | greenfinchshop.co.uk<br />


Appledore Vintage Vehicle Rally parks up on Sunday<br />

16th July at Appledore Recreation Ground, bringing<br />

together a fantastic range of vintage vehicles including cars,<br />

motorcycles, buses and commercial vehicles from the early<br />

1900s to the modern day. The event has become a muchloved<br />

tradition for the local community and visitors alike.<br />

Expect a day filled with entertainment including arena<br />

events, auto-jumble, displays and refreshments, all while<br />

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

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and generally get excited about!<br />

If you’re looking for a jump<br />

start on Wellbeing Week,<br />

how about a weekend in the<br />

Sussex countryside learning about<br />

traditional Japanese forest bathing?<br />

From 17-18 <strong>June</strong>, forest bathing<br />

expert Helena Skoog comes to The<br />

Spa at South Lodge. For £599 for<br />

a single room or £799 for a double<br />

or twin, the weekend also includes<br />

meals at two fabulous restaurants,<br />

and access to the award-winning spa.<br />

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This summer, we are<br />

revelling in sunny weather<br />

and finding inspiration<br />

in all things beachy; and<br />

award-winning British<br />

jewellery designer Hannah<br />

Bourn epitomises just that.<br />

Hannah’s tactile handmade<br />

pieces are designed to take<br />

you back to the beach by<br />

imitating the textures of<br />

natural elements like shells,<br />

cockles, and whelks. This<br />

necklace is £180 and features<br />

a spiral shape impressed from<br />

a periwinkle shell. You can find<br />

Hannah at the Wealden<br />

Times Midsummer<br />

Fair from the 8-10<br />

<strong>June</strong> or shop online at<br />

hannahbourn.com<br />

If you’re enjoying the<br />

longer days and wanting<br />

to revamp your outdoor<br />

entertaining game,<br />

Rowan and Wren is<br />

a <strong>Surrey</strong>-based online<br />

homeware store that has<br />

a wonderful selection of<br />

artisan pieces. Think hand-painted bowls,<br />

British-made sunloungers, recycled glass<br />

vases and all sorts of other lovely goodies<br />

with a timeless and simply beautiful<br />

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One for the foodies... Perched<br />

on the border of Kent and<br />

Sussex, The Small Holding<br />

farm restaurant maintains a Green<br />

Michelin Star with its hyper-seasonal<br />

menu made with ingredients that are<br />

home-reared and home-grown on the<br />

farm less than 10 feet from the kitchen<br />

(some fruit and veg is only harvested<br />

within hours of your arrival). It’s open<br />

Wednesday to Sunday with an eightcourse<br />

menu for £85pp or five-courses<br />

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flight and non-alcoholic pairings.<br />

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Key & Quill<br />

<strong>June</strong> 18- 26 marks English Wine Week and to celebrate <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

Hills Vineyards are launching their first Summer Spectacular.<br />

Over the weekend of wine week, their five fabulous vineyards –<br />

Denbies, Albury, Chilworth Manor, Greyfriars and High Clandon<br />

– will all be inviting you to taste, dine, tour, picnic, and generally<br />

just enjoy a glass in the summer sun! surreyhillsvineyards.co.uk<br />

Looking for a Father’s Day gift?<br />

Oakdene Designs is a <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

company with loads of funny,<br />

touching and personalisable options<br />

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8-10 JUNE <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Previous pages & above: Sliding doors and roof lights mean that you can truly immerse yourself in the coastal elements,<br />

come rain or shine. Large linen sofas from OKA provide plenty of space to lounge while enjoying the incredible vista<br />

Simon Tyler is a person who,<br />

‘enjoys a project’. In 2003 he<br />

and his wife did something for<br />

their twentieth wedding anniversary<br />

which they had been talking about<br />

for some time – they bought a second<br />

home in the UK. Not in St Ives or<br />

the north Norfolk coast, but close to<br />

the alluring headland of Dungeness,<br />

with its stark landscapes, famed for its<br />

nuclear power station and being the<br />

home of the artist Derek Jarman.<br />

Greatstone isn’t your typical location<br />

for a holiday home, but the proximity<br />

to London was a real draw for the<br />

couple, because they wanted something<br />

which was within easy access of where<br />

they live. I asked Simon what criteria<br />

they were looking for in their home<br />

from home. “We wanted a house where<br />

we could park the car in the front and<br />

walk onto a beach at the back.” The<br />

estate agents weren’t very optimistic, he<br />

continues, “They said that these type<br />

of properties never come up.” Shortly<br />

after, two arrived on the market at once.<br />

Visiting one of the houses, it wasn’t<br />

immediately obvious to Simon and<br />

his wife that it was the home they<br />

had envisioned. “When we first saw<br />

the house it didn’t have a proper front<br />

door, it was idiosyncratic and had ugly<br />

1970s extensions.” It wasn’t perfect,<br />

but they could see the potential and<br />

bought their dream in 2004. With<br />

a front door, this house became a<br />

place for them to come and enjoy an<br />

environment away from their day-today<br />

lives. They’ve occasionally rented<br />

it, but for the most part it’s been<br />

their home, until – in 2021 – they<br />

decided it was time to modernise.<br />

Changing opinion of what a holiday<br />

looked like made renovating the<br />

property a more viable option, as<br />

Simon explained. “The pandemic made<br />

the staycation more popular. There is<br />

a real appeal to a holiday without the<br />

hassle of a plane and all that brings.<br />

More people realised that actually this<br />

country has a lot to offer.” Working<br />

with local architect Hollaway, they<br />

decided to rework the layout and<br />

rebuild the extension. After gaining<br />

planning approval work began, but<br />

hit issues not long after. “We started<br />

the nine month project in April 2021<br />

and we finished it 20 months later in<br />

December 2022.” A rapidly changing<br />

environment meant the demand for<br />

materials and lack of supply pushed the<br />

cost and timescale of the project way<br />

over what had initially been anticipated.<br />

“We picked a bad time, but once<br />

you start you have to keep going.”<br />

Designing the new house was a<br />

family affair, with many discussions<br />

about the layout and what should<br />

be included. Simon told me, “We <br />

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This page: Centrepiece of the dining area is a<br />

table made by Barker and Stonehouse, which<br />

can squeeze 18 on the communal benches.<br />

The kitchen is made from reclaimed wood<br />

and the other side of the room is a space<br />

for relaxing with distressed leather sofas<br />

used all the family’s experience of<br />

travelling, holiday homes, letting it<br />

out previously, and our children’s<br />

views, as they are experienced Airbnbers.”<br />

It was important that the build<br />

was considerate of the environment,<br />

too. The finished house used much<br />

of the debris from the job to help<br />

provide the solid floor base which<br />

now includes ground source heating.<br />

Solar panels provide most of the<br />

electricity and outside an electric car<br />

charging point is available for visitors.<br />

The latest in home technology has<br />

also been included, meaning Simon<br />

can control most aspects of the<br />

house from his home in <strong>Surrey</strong>.<br />

The design of the finished house<br />

can be split into two halves – space for<br />

entertaining and the more functional<br />

rooms. “The house has three big drama<br />

areas – the sitting room, kitchen/<br />

diner – where people spend most of<br />

their time.” Drama is certainly the<br />

right word, with all the pizzazz saved<br />

for these rooms, a contrast from the<br />

minimalistic spaces and furnishings<br />

throughout the rest of the house.<br />

“There is so much to look at outside,<br />

so we have tried to keep the internals<br />

plain and natural,” says Simon.<br />

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Above: Vintage posters add pops of colour<br />

to the pristine white walls on one side of<br />

the sitting room Left: A velvet corner sofa<br />

provides cosy seating in the cinema room<br />

space opens up to the outside through<br />

an entirely glazed beach-facing wall,<br />

where the windows open up to create a<br />

breakfast bar between the outside and<br />

in. “When the doors are open it looks<br />

like one room,” says Simon. “The house<br />

is set up to draw you to the back of<br />

the building – as you enter you can see<br />

right through and you follow the light.”<br />

The family loves cooking and this<br />

room is made for it. Two induction<br />

hobs and two extra wide ovens make<br />

self-catering en masse a thing of ease.<br />

Venturing over to the dining area, the<br />

custom table is the centrepiece of the<br />

room. Made by Barker and Stonehouse,<br />

it can squeeze 18 on the communal<br />

benches which run down either side<br />

for convivial group meals. Some of the<br />

kitchen is made from reclaimed wood<br />

and it’s one of many areas they have<br />

invested in quality. “The house is meant<br />

to be used, it’s likely to be bashed<br />

around a little bit – distressed and<br />

reclaimed surfaces can absorb such use.”<br />

At the other side of the room is<br />

a space for relaxing, with distressed<br />

leather sofas next to a fold down<br />

table football table, which is very<br />

popular with the kids. Limestone<br />

flooring <strong>inside</strong> and out helps to further<br />

integrate the house with its landscape.<br />

Upstairs, external privacy fencing<br />

works like blinkers on a horse, directing<br />

your line of sight outward, towards<br />

the sea. At high tide it’s just 50 metres<br />

away, Simon says, “It does feel like<br />

you’re sitting on the water’s edge of<br />

a lake when the tide is in.” There’s<br />

also a lockable store in the garden<br />

packed with things to keep you full<br />

of holiday spirit, including a BBQ,<br />

pizza oven and table tennis table.<br />

Alongside the kitchen/diner you<br />

come to a laundry area and the first of<br />

six en suite bedrooms. The two ground<br />

floor bedrooms are ideal for members of<br />

a group who may have mobility needs<br />

as they don’t have to negotiate any<br />

stairs. The design of all the bedrooms is<br />

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“There is so much to look at outside, so we have<br />

tried to keep the internals plain and natural.”<br />

This page: To the rear of the sitting room, a seating and breakfast area<br />

provides a handy halfway point between the kitchen and the upstairs<br />

nice touches. There are no cupboards, instead each<br />

room has mobile hanging rails. “People tend to live out<br />

of a case when they’re away for a week,” says Simon.<br />

Walking upstairs you emerge into the first floor<br />

sitting room, where the seating next to the stairwell is<br />

a great place to catch up with a bit of work if needs<br />

must. “From here you have a fantastic view and can<br />

keep an eye on the kids in the garden.” A breakfast<br />

area provides a handy halfway point between the<br />

kitchen and the upstairs, saving additional journeys<br />

when all you want is a cup of tea. And the sea facing<br />

wall is once again fully exposed to the elements, this<br />

time glazed roof lights bring in yet more light. Large<br />

linen sofas from OKA provide plenty of space to<br />

lounge while enjoying the incredible vista and behind<br />

there is a striking piece of driftwood art which fits<br />

perfectly into the room – Simon explains, “It’s the<br />

roots of a tree, that looks a bit like a jellyfish or an<br />

octopus”. Original 1920s posters on the wall hark<br />

back to a golden era of railway travel and a time not<br />

long after this area emerged from the sea, as Simon<br />

told me. “The area is interesting as it used to be<br />

underwater. It was reclaimed from the sea in the<br />

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A glazed staircase takes you up again, this time to the<br />

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So, what next for Simon? One<br />

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Home<br />

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Art is<br />

Above: The bedroom of a <strong>Surrey</strong> farmhouse decorated with<br />

Piedmontese Aubergine paint Francesca’s Paints desenio.com<br />

Industry<br />

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advice on how to style art<br />

work in an interior design scheme<br />

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“If you already have<br />

a gallery wall, then think about<br />

adding some new prints or switching up<br />

older ones to revitalise the space. We have an<br />

eclectic mix of witty and whimsical limited-edition<br />

prints to make your walls anything but ordinary. Even<br />

if space is short, there’s always room for more artwork!<br />

You can never have too much colour, print and texture<br />

in a room in our opinion, so don’t be afraid to layer<br />

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5 Top Tips from Belgravia Gallery<br />

Managing Director of Belgravia Gallery, Laura Walford tells us how to best add art to your interior scheme<br />

Decorating a home with art can be daunting – where<br />

to start? There’s so much to consider – style, size,<br />

colours, medium, framing, and of course, cost. We<br />

invest huge amounts of time, energy and money into<br />

our homes and art is often something only thought<br />

about at the end. Here’s some of our key advice:<br />

Start with the art<br />

We believe that it’s art that makes your house a home and<br />

that if you can, it’s a good idea to consider what you will<br />

have on your walls from the beginning of a project – don’t<br />

leave it as an afterthought at the end.<br />

Framing<br />

You don’t always need to buy completely new pieces to<br />

update the art in your home. Have a look at what you<br />

already have and consider new frames. So many people<br />

move home or renovate and think they don’t like what they<br />

already have – but a new frame really can breathe a new<br />

lease of life into an artwork. Framing can be expensive but<br />

is definitely worth it.<br />

Break it down<br />

Take it room by room. Start with your most used room<br />

(kitchen or living room for most people), with the key<br />

spaces such as above the sofa or over the fireplace. Search<br />

online for galleries locally and take an afternoon to go and<br />

have a look in them – there is nothing like seeing work in<br />

the flesh to judge whether you actually like it.<br />

Don’t be intimidated<br />

Buying art which you will live with for a long time can feel<br />

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your thoughts and negotiate a price!<br />

Use a professional installer<br />

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Annica Wallin, Executive<br />

Creative Director at Desenio,<br />

shares 3 top tips<br />

Be careful with colour<br />

Overcrowding a space with<br />

clashing prints and pictures can<br />

feel busy and overwhelming. If<br />

you want to use multiple prints<br />

or create a gallery wall with<br />

busy pieces, pick five prints in<br />

complementary colourways. Follow<br />

a set colour palette and incorporate<br />

colourways that radiate light and<br />

warmth. Neutral colours are often<br />

favoured but a pop of colour in the<br />

centre of your wall can make the<br />

room feel bigger.<br />

What’s Underneath<br />

“For the wall behind your artwork, choose a colour based on<br />

the shades, tones and accents within the piece – colours that are<br />

strong enough to form a backdrop but which do not compete<br />

with the artwork itself. You want to create contrast and clear<br />

definition so that the piece really pops. For instance, if there are<br />

yellowish tones in the frame and/or painting, avoid paints with<br />

yellow hues and undertones. Darker paint shades such as brown<br />

and purple can create a sense of drama, helping to position the<br />

artwork as a focal point in the room. Also, opt for matt instead of<br />

sheen, as it helps to combat any reflections caused by light.”<br />

– Francesca Wezel, Founder of Francesca’s Paints francescaspaint.com<br />

Below: Wensleydale by HM<br />

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Practice makes perfect<br />

Before you hang your art, take<br />

a few minutes to experiment<br />

with placement. Usually, we<br />

recommend spacing frames<br />

5-10cm apart. But you could also<br />

try hanging them closer together<br />

for the look of one solid piece. It<br />

all comes down to your personal<br />

taste and style. Another tip is to<br />

use ‘no damage wall hooks’ so<br />

you can rearrange throughout<br />

the seasons without repairing the<br />

walls or dealing with nails.<br />

Measure for success<br />

Hanging pictures too high will<br />

take away from the piece and<br />

look wrong to the eye. A universal<br />

rule is to place the centre of a<br />

gallery wall approximately 145cm<br />

above the floor, but do feel free to<br />

experiment with this rule (if you<br />

have a high ceiling it may have<br />

to be adjusted slightly). If you’re<br />

placing art above a sofa or other,<br />

larger piece of furniture, the lowest<br />

hanging frame should be at least<br />

15cm above the furniture’s edge.<br />

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Two Halves of a Whole<br />

Art events are often split into two categories – those that teach us how to create and those that show us the<br />

creations of others. The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington seeks to blur the lines for a more dynamic<br />

experience. We talk to Abigail Thomas, Visual Arts Curator (pink) and Gregory Emfietzis, Creative Learning<br />

Manager (blue), to find out what makes this unique space tick<br />

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hat exhibitions and events<br />

do you have planned for<br />

the coming months?<br />

We will have Gaia by Luke Jerram and<br />

Art Retreats in August too – it’s going<br />

to be a crazy summer. There is so much<br />

happening in and around Gaia. It’s more<br />

than just an exhibition.<br />

Yes Gaia is something I wanted to<br />

programme for a long time. We expect<br />

over a thousand people a day will be<br />

coming to see it. I can’t wait for Gaia,<br />

and the thousands of new audiences<br />

that will be able to attend with the<br />

free tickets we are giving away.<br />

How do you make the Landmark<br />

Arts Centre engaging for visitors?<br />

I’ve always liked complementing<br />

our exhibitions with live events or<br />

demonstrations. Since being at the<br />

Landmark, I have found that visual arts<br />

audiences are rarely spectators, they are<br />

passionate ‘thinkers and doers’. They<br />

are the type of person who will get<br />

more enjoyment from a deeper level<br />

of understanding. I believe audiences<br />

flourish when the arts scene is accessible<br />

and exciting. For example, at a recent<br />

art fair we chose to document the<br />

event, not with photographs, but with<br />

incredible drawings by a local artist. The<br />

line drawings communicate more than<br />

a photograph, and our visitors loved the<br />

surprise of finding themselves depicted<br />

in artwork which they could buy.<br />

Yes and if someone is interested<br />

in an artwork, we can enrich their<br />

experience by showing them more<br />

of the process and the practical. We<br />

offer demonstrations, trial classes<br />

and even year round courses.<br />

What do you love most about your roles?<br />

One of the reasons I love being the<br />

visual arts curator here is that we aren’t<br />

just a gallery – creative learning keeps<br />

the building vibrant all year round.<br />

It’s true. Somehow we manage to<br />

squeeze more and more in every year.<br />

The summer used to be a quiet time<br />

for us, but this summer is the busiest<br />

ever. I have loved working at the<br />

Landmark for a long time, but I think<br />

I am more excited about the work we<br />

are beginning now than I have been<br />

about anything we have done so far.<br />

You recently got a new Director, Harper<br />

Ray, how is his influence changing things?<br />

Harper is always looking for ways to<br />

engage and develop artists. He has<br />

shown us how the bigger picture relies<br />

on that. It’s a more collaborative and<br />

supportive way to look at the arts.<br />

That is true. Also, our departments – arts<br />

curation and creative learning – were<br />

always quite separate, and our audiences<br />

were considered separate too, but now<br />

we have been given the freedom to blur<br />

the boundaries between the two. By<br />

working together, we view art less as an<br />

endpoint in the creative process, and in<br />

doing so we make the arts scene more<br />

sustainable. If your business was printing<br />

books, then to be sustainable you might<br />

plant trees and teach reading. For us,<br />

growing both artists and audiences<br />

improves the sustainability of our work.<br />

One could see the number of exhibitions<br />

we stage and think that the visual<br />

arts programme is why we have arts<br />

audiences, but they are not the driving<br />

force, they are the proof. Well attended<br />

exhibitions are evidence that the area is<br />

full of passionate and informed people.<br />

I agree, creative learning may not seem<br />

in the same league as professional art<br />

exhibitions, but learning about art<br />

helps to grow an appetite for it, and<br />

so our art classes develop an authentic<br />

cultural landscape. It’s not enough<br />

to put on an exciting exhibition – a<br />

love of art needs to be nurtured<br />

year-round in the community.<br />

What are your art classes like?<br />

The classes at the Landmark are taught<br />

by exceptionally talented tutors who<br />

are all working artists. When sourcing<br />

tutors, we look for the same qualities as<br />

we do for exhibiting artists – we both<br />

value excellence and look for original<br />

voices. We want to fill the building<br />

with artists that have the capacity to<br />

delight and inspire. But the classes<br />

are also all about bringing people<br />

together. Art is how we contextualise<br />

the world and express ourselves.<br />

We sometimes talk about creating a<br />

‘culture of creativity’, in which we give<br />

opportunities for everyone to be creative.<br />

Yes, they are all about sharing a love<br />

of the arts and a wish to communicate<br />

that joy to others. My arts practice<br />

can often feel like meditation, there<br />

is no pressure of an endpoint, and<br />

there is no exam. There is just the<br />

joy of personal artistic endeavour. I<br />

know our tutors also feel like this;<br />

they are not simply giving instruction,<br />

they are passing on their passion.<br />

For more information about upcoming<br />

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His & Hers<br />

We get to know husband and wife abstract artists, Russell Hatton and Kirsty Mackay<br />

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What fuels your creativity? A desire to leave behind a body<br />

of work that is tangible and has integrity, with the use of<br />

innovative paint and materials.<br />

What or who are your greatest influences? I admire the work<br />

of architects and sculptors, particularly the work of Frank<br />

Gehry and Richard Serra. Although my paintings are on an<br />

aluminium flat surface, I try to achieve a 3D plane allowing<br />

the viewer to delve far within the painting.<br />

Where do you create your pieces? In my studio surrounded by<br />

my equipment, paints, materials and music. Music is the<br />

most influential part of my work which helps to contribute<br />

to the creative process.<br />

Can you describe a typical day in your life as an artist? A day<br />

in my working life can be extremely busy, but the most<br />

satisfying days are the ones which allow me to solely practice<br />

my art – to experiment, practice and create a piece which has<br />

the integrity and beauty I am hoping to achieve.<br />

How do people react to your work? I receive an extremely<br />

positive reaction to my work; there is a fascination with<br />

my process and the multi-layering of my paintings. I<br />

have clients all over the world, and when not in my<br />

studio I can often be found delivering and hanging<br />

work for the most interesting of people.<br />

Where do you exhibit? I have exhibited within galleries in<br />

England, Ireland, Scotland and France, and also exhibit at art<br />

fairs around Europe and America.<br />

What fuels your creativity? A need to lose myself within my<br />

work, to take myself to a place where through my practice I<br />

can completely exist within my art.<br />

What or who are your greatest influences? My mother – she<br />

taught me from a very early age to look at and engage with<br />

Art. As a teacher and a painter herself, she knew I had to<br />

find myself with the world of creativity. I admire the work of<br />

Eva Hesse whose work evokes emotion through materiality.<br />

The process of making fascinates me and, although I paint, I<br />

do refer to myself as a maker.<br />

Where do you create your pieces? Within my studio, away from<br />

the busy world – a place I can control and reflect.<br />

Can you describe a typical day in your life as an artist? The<br />

most interesting aspect of my work is the many facets<br />

involved – from working within the art world, from the<br />

experience of painting to visiting galleries or working at art<br />

fairs, each day can bring a completely new experience.<br />

How do people react to your work? Due to my working in the<br />

field of abstract painting and its relationship to the world,<br />

clients often look deep within my paintings to connect with<br />

the pattern, imagery and colour. I often say a painting has to<br />

relate and talk to you, which is one of life’s pleasures. As each<br />

artist produces something from within themselves, the viewer<br />

will extract that which directly resonates with them.<br />

Where do you exhibit? At galleries and fairs around the UK,<br />

and I’m also hoping to exhibit within Europe shortly.<br />

To see more of Kirsty Mackay and Russell Hatton’s art and purchase a piece for yourself, visit theartagency.co.uk<br />

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Finders & Keepers<br />

Whether you’re looking to explore the world of art or find a new<br />

purchase, these exhibitions and galleries are all great places to start<br />

1. Beverley Johnson at<br />

West End House Gallery<br />

Throughout <strong>June</strong><br />

Water Lane, Smarden TN27 8QB<br />

The featured artist at West End House<br />

Gallery for <strong>June</strong> will be printmaker<br />

Beverley Johnson. Beverley lives and works<br />

in Aylesford, and specialises in linocuts.<br />

The acquisition of an original Albion<br />

printing press proved to be a turning point<br />

from which her printmaking practice has<br />

developed and flourishes. Her prints are<br />

often based in nature with a wonderfully<br />

simple graphic feel to them.<br />

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2. Graham Clarke at Up the<br />

Garden Studio<br />

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Jun, Fri 21 –<br />

Sun 23 Jul, Fri 25 – Sun 27 Aug<br />

& Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sep (11am-3pm)<br />

Meadow View Road, Boughton<br />

Monchelsea, Maidstone, ME17 4LF<br />

A fascinating and characterful studio gallery,<br />

Up The Garden Studio is a peek into the<br />

heart and mind of local legend, Graham<br />

Clarke. Inside, you’ll find a vast collection of<br />

intricate and often hilarious limited edition<br />

etchings, produced entirely by hand from<br />

start to finish. You’ll see where the intriguing<br />

process takes place and all the paraphernalia<br />

involved, while browsing witty and<br />

whimsical etchings, books, greetings cards<br />

and posters. Graham is sometimes on hand<br />

for a chat and if not his family will happily<br />

welcome you and explain the copper-plate<br />

etching process and share the stories behind<br />

this huge collection of work.<br />

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3. Gaia by Luke Jerram comes<br />

to Landmark Arts Centre<br />

From 10 May<br />

Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN<br />

Luke Jerram’s monumental new Earth<br />

artwork, Gaia, measures 7 metres across,<br />

and hangs suspended in the Landmark’s<br />

stunning historic space, slowly revolving<br />

to the sound of a specially composed track<br />

by Dan Jones. The exhibition will have<br />

all sorts going on around it, including late<br />

night openings, music concerts and family<br />

activities, but the star of the show will<br />

certainly be Gaia itself. With the help of<br />

imagery from NASA’s Visible Earth series,<br />

it offers a unique perspective on our home<br />

planet, allowing us to see the Earth as if<br />

from space as usually only astronauts can.<br />

As a visual representation of the fragility<br />

and beauty of the Earth, it inspires a feeling<br />

of awe, a profound understanding of the<br />

interconnectivity of life, and a sense of<br />

responsibility for the environment.<br />

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4. Wellness Expression<br />

at Trew Art<br />

Throughout July<br />

11 The Parade, Claygate KT10 0PD<br />

While not always easy to do, finding the<br />

time for a break to explore galleries can<br />

help lift our spirits. This July at Trew Art,<br />

you’ll find a wealth of inspiring and calming<br />

art, exploring themes of reflection, family,<br />

nature, animals, travel and down-to-earth<br />

words. Artists featured will include Damien<br />

Hirst, Amber Goldhammer, Doug Hyde,<br />

and The Connor Brothers (the artists<br />

behind the pictured It Is What It Is 23x33”<br />

limited edition £1,495).<br />

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5. Under The Rainbow Events’<br />

Summer Exhibition<br />

Tue 16 May – Mon 19 <strong>June</strong> (11am-8pm<br />

Mon-Sat & 11am-5pm Sun)<br />

Lower Rose Gallery, Bluewater,<br />

Greenhithe, Kent DA9 9SB<br />

This summery event promises to showcase<br />

both professional and emerging talent<br />

from across the UK, including Wealden<br />

Times Fairs favourite Cathy McClymont<br />

(pictured). Alongside over 60 exhibiting<br />

artists, there will be displays from local<br />

schools and community projects, as well<br />

as donated artwork for sale in support of<br />

My Shining Star – a local charity which<br />

supports families of children with cancer.<br />

All artwork is for sale and available to<br />

take away on the day.<br />

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Love<br />

Lots of<br />

We speak to Buffy Parker, Managing Director of Parker Fine Art Auctions<br />

and Ed Beer, Paintings Specialist at Woolley and Wallis Salisbury<br />

Salerooms Ltd to find out how best to acquire art through auction<br />

Art from top to bottom<br />

1: Paul Henry (Irish, 1876-<br />

1958), landscape with<br />

turfstacks and mountains,<br />

oil on canvas. Sold in 2022<br />

for £150,000 at Woolley &<br />

Wallis<br />

2: Sold at Parker Fine Art<br />

Auctions for £10,000<br />

3: Frances Hodgkins (New<br />

Zealander, 1869-1947),<br />

Still Life, watercolour<br />

£8,000-12,000. To be sold<br />

on 7th <strong>June</strong> at Woolley &<br />

Wallis<br />

4: Sold at Parker Fine Art<br />

Auctions for £24,000<br />

hat is the biggest advantage<br />

of buying art at auction?<br />

The huge variety of pictures to choose<br />

from. Our monthly sales have something for<br />

all tastes and budgets, from old masters to<br />

contemporary greats.<br />

Buying at auction can be like buying wholesale<br />

rather than retail – prices are often below those<br />

you would find in a gallery.<br />

What’s currently trending and how can<br />

you choose the best investment?<br />

We have recently seen a boom in sales of<br />

Modern British pictures and works by female<br />

artists. However, the art market is famously<br />

unpredictable and all investments carry risk. The<br />

golden rule is to buy pictures that you like so,<br />

even if they don’t appreciate in value, you still<br />

have the joy of owning them.<br />

Unless you are an expert (or have a crystal<br />

ball!) investing in art and antiques can be a risky<br />

business. The best strategy is to buy what you<br />

love, then you won’t mind if it loses you money.<br />

I wouldn’t advise investing in any items that are<br />

“hot right now” as they’ll generally be at the top<br />

of their market and are only likely to eventually<br />

depreciate in value.<br />

Should you see the item before you bid<br />

or attend the auction in person?<br />

We’d recommend seeing an item first, although<br />

all of our lots are illustrated online with highresolution<br />

images and we provide condition<br />

reports on request. Nothing compares to viewing<br />

a picture in real life to appreciate its scale and<br />

subtleties of colour, so please do come and view.<br />

We are open for a week, including the weekend,<br />

before every sale. As for the day itself, you don’t<br />

have to attend the auction, you can bid online or<br />

by phone, but it’s fun to be there!<br />

We always recommend viewing art before you<br />

buy as there’s really no substitute for seeing it<br />

in the flesh. Art is subjective so seeing the piece<br />

in person will help you appreciate the colours,<br />

brushwork and (importantly!) size. However,<br />

a good auction house will provide a condition<br />

report and extra high resolution photos and<br />

for modern artworks, condition is often less<br />

of a problem so viewing is less important. We<br />

always recommend attending auctions, but also<br />

understand it isn’t always practical and with<br />

telephone, absentee and internet bidding there is<br />

no longer a need to be present at the sale.<br />

£10+VAT per lot to sell in one of our auctions –<br />

other auctioneers charge the seller a percentage of<br />

the hammer price as a commission. Buyers also<br />

pay a fee – our buyer’s premium is 25%, which is<br />

in line with most other auction houses.<br />

All auctions are subject to buyer’s premium,<br />

but the percentage varies depending on whether<br />

you’re buying at a London saleroom or a village<br />

hall auction. For many 21st and 20th century<br />

artists, a fee called Artist’s Resale Right also<br />

applies on any work over €1,000, which is<br />

a sort of royalty, and starts at 4%. If you are<br />

importing or exporting any object then other<br />

costs need to be taken into account; as would<br />

UK shipping if you are buying remotely or<br />

the artwork won’t fit into a standard car!<br />

How do you know if the piece is worth the price?<br />

An auction is a free and open marketplace<br />

where items find their own price. Our experienced<br />

picture specialist (who celebrates 50 years’<br />

experience in the art world this year!) assigns every<br />

lot a guide price considering its quality, popularity,<br />

condition, and scarcity.<br />

The joy of an auction is that the open market<br />

decides the price. Again, if it’s something you love<br />

then the price is less important, but there is no<br />

point in paying over the odds for something that<br />

is available cheaper elsewhere. If you are buying a<br />

work by a particular artist then do some research<br />

beforehand and see what sort of prices their work<br />

makes at auction. Most auctioneers will be able to<br />

give you some guidance beforehand to help you<br />

set your bidding level.<br />

What’s the most memorable piece<br />

you’ve ever auctioned?<br />

A collection of paintings, drawings and<br />

prints which had been put together over half a<br />

century. Estimated at £63,000, the collection<br />

totalled £406,000! The auction was held during<br />

lockdown, so no-one was present in the saleroom,<br />

but there were 1,500 online bidders. Each piece<br />

was a superb example of the artist’s work.<br />

That’s a tough one! One of the most<br />

memorable pieces of the last year was a painting<br />

by Sir William Nicholson that was commissioned<br />

by Siegfried Sassoon and came to us via his<br />

descendants. It wasn’t a large canvas, but was a<br />

particularly good example of Nicholson’s work.<br />

That and the provenance meant it surpassed all<br />

expectations on the day and sold for £550,000 – a<br />

record price for any work by this artist.<br />

istockphoto.com/ natrot & Paket<br />

Can you explain a little about the<br />

less obvious costs at auction?<br />

We are unique for charging our vendors just<br />

To find an auction and discover your next<br />

art piece visit parkerfineartauctions.com and<br />

woolleyandwallis.co.uk<br />

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To sell with us costs just £10 (plus VAT) per lot<br />

This includes all commission, illustration and insurance<br />

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Two Pocketfuls<br />

of Rye<br />

Sisters Cherry and Heather formed the perfect<br />

partnership to revamp a pair of historic<br />

cottages in Rye’s picturesque Citadel<br />

Words: Jo Arnell<br />

Photographs: David Merewether<br />

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Previous pages & above: The sitting room is at the front of the house, with a large window looking out onto the cobbled street. The walls are painted<br />

in Stone III from Paint & Paper Library, and the velvet sofa is from Sofa Workshop. A large illustrated map of Rye is by artist Richard Adams<br />

Rye Citadel, sitting up on the<br />

hill above Romney Marsh,<br />

is a medieval high point in<br />

a sheep-speckled landscape that was<br />

once on the sea bed. Its place as an<br />

important trading point and defensive<br />

stronghold has slipped into history,<br />

but this beautiful old town remains<br />

an iconic place, whether you are on a<br />

pilgrimage to see some seafaring history,<br />

maybe visit Henry James’s (National<br />

Trust) house, or walk where the famous<br />

fictional creations of E F Benson’s<br />

Mapp and Lucia are said to have<br />

roamed (their home town of Tilling<br />

is widely known to be based on Rye).<br />

If you just want a quiet getaway in a<br />

picturesque seaside retreat, you can’t do<br />

much better than this historic town.<br />

Climbing up Mermaid Street (so<br />

named, let’s hope, because a shoal of<br />

mermaids once lived there) and into<br />

the heart of the Citadel, we are swept<br />

back to ancient days; many of the<br />

houses are medieval, or Tudor, listed<br />

and preserved in their entirety. To<br />

add to the time traveller atmosphere<br />

no car parking is allowed on the<br />

cobbled streets. A daily curfew is in<br />

place for deliveries – and as we<br />

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Above left & left: The panelled entrance passage is<br />

illuminated thanks to the clever addition of a glass panel<br />

fitted into one wall of the sitting room’s huge inglenook<br />

Above right: An antique table was the perfect find to fit<br />

with the low window. The rattan shade is from Cox & Cox<br />

arrive, vans and trucks are busy beating a hasty<br />

retreat, lest they be ticketed, or towed away.<br />

Our destination – just down from St Mary’s church,<br />

is one of the few houses in the Citadel that, from the<br />

outside at least, looks a little different. The timber frame<br />

has been tastefully updated from the traditional black<br />

and white – not an easy feat for a listed property.<br />

“We wanted a softer, more subtle look,” says owner<br />

Cherry. “It took a bit of a fight, but we got there.”<br />

As we are shown more of the house and Cherry<br />

explains its history, it becomes clear that issues with<br />

planners about the house exterior were easy to deal<br />

with when compared with the initial purchase.<br />

Cherry and her family live in London, but she had<br />

lived in Rye as a child, and they came down for holidays<br />

and to visit family regularly. They would stay either<br />

near to her mother’s home, or in Rye – at The George<br />

hotel, or other local places – so it made sense to have a<br />

more permanent base here. “Once when I was visiting<br />

mum I saw this place – and made an offer for it that<br />

same day. I texted my husband to let him know,” she<br />

pauses, “and then it transpired that the house next door<br />

was tied to this one. The two properties were marketed<br />

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This page: Cherry opted for a Limehouse kitchen by Neptune, which fits snugly into the inglenook in the kitchen<br />

In fact there are so many codicils<br />

and tangled rights of way, that the<br />

Land Registry use these two houses<br />

as part of their conveyance training.<br />

It all got incredibly complicated,<br />

“So, in the end we decided that it<br />

would be wise to buy next door too,”<br />

Cherry explains. “Although the day we<br />

completed I found out I was expecting.<br />

Not an ideal house for a baby,” she<br />

adds. “And then recently we acquired<br />

the strip of garden directly outside our<br />

house – this is our next little project.<br />

The hard landscaping has already been<br />

done and we hope to plant it up very<br />

shortly so that our guests will have<br />

use of a very private, hidden away<br />

courtyard.” They have been using both<br />

houses for holidays for many years,<br />

“and having two separate dwellings<br />

actually became very useful as the<br />

children became teenagers, but as they<br />

have got older and stopped wanting<br />

bucket and spade holidays, we decided<br />

to rent them out as holiday lets.”<br />

Cherry’s sister Heather, together<br />

with her colleagues at Evernden<br />

Interiors, have been responsible for<br />

most of the ground floor make-overs,<br />

while Heather and Cherry have<br />

updated the rooms upstairs together.<br />

Faced with a listed building that dates<br />

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also wanted to create a comfortable<br />

and contemporary feel. Together they<br />

made some bold interior decisions.<br />

“Bronwyn from Evernden wanted<br />

Cherry to have a more contemporary<br />

kitchen,” says Heather. “I would<br />

definitely have gone for something<br />

much more country cottage,” Cherry<br />

adds, as we look around the sleek new<br />

Limehouse kitchen from Neptune. “The<br />

guests are always pleasantly surprised,<br />

too – it has worked really well.” The<br />

streamlined, neutral toned kitchen has<br />

the effect of making the room seem<br />

bigger and complements – rather than<br />

fights against – the age of the house.<br />

The kitchen leads out to the staircase<br />

and then down to a large, Fired Earth<br />

tiled bathroom and wet room. “The<br />

bathroom was installed by a previous<br />

owner and had a door within it that led<br />

straight to the outside – we blocked that<br />

up. It’s an odd shape, but it was never<br />

meant to be a bathroom – there were no<br />

<strong>inside</strong> bathrooms back in the day.” <br />

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This page: The walls in the master bedroom, punctuated by striking timbers, are Stone III from Paint & Paper Library, the ceiling is Stone I<br />

The sitting room is at the front of<br />

the house, with a large window looking<br />

out onto the cobbled street. Cherry<br />

recounts how, when her daughters were<br />

younger, she once found that they had<br />

set up shop at the window and were<br />

busy selling seashells to passing tourists.<br />

“I suggested that they deliver the<br />

takings to the verger at the church,” she<br />

laughs. Happily, her daughters agreed.<br />

This nice big sitting room window<br />

has come in very useful over the years<br />

– and not just for selling seashells<br />

from – “we’ve had to take the window<br />

out a number of times to get large<br />

items of furniture into the house,” says<br />

Heather, while I admire the table that<br />

sits perfectly under the window – it is<br />

such a good fit. “That table is from a<br />

gallery and homewares shop in Deal<br />

– Will and Yates. Belinda sourced it<br />

and then we had the legs chopped<br />

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“Our son used to sleep in there when he was<br />

little,” Cherry smiles, adding, “it would be<br />

a tight fit now, as he’s over six foot tall.”<br />

This page: A small door at the foot end of the master bed opens<br />

to reveal a tiny cubbyhole, just large enough for a child’s bed<br />

rich velvet sofas – by Sofa Workshop.<br />

The beautiful teal of the sofas is quietly<br />

picked up in a small detail of the large<br />

illustrated map of Rye on the main<br />

wall – by artist Richard Adams. “We<br />

posted it on Instagram,” says Cherry,<br />

“and he got in touch – he was happy<br />

to know that it ended up in Rye.”<br />

They have installed panelling in here,<br />

which adds another layer of depth to the<br />

room and an air of grown up formality.<br />

The deadening wall to wall carpet<br />

has been taken up and the original<br />

floorboards have been carefully restored.<br />

A new wood burner was fitted into<br />

the impressive inglenook fireplace, but<br />

“the inglenook chimney was in a bad<br />

state,” says Heather. “We went to install<br />

the wood burner and really struggled<br />

to find a scaffolder – as it turns out<br />

that the chimney is three times higher<br />

than those in the rest of the street.”<br />

They used local builder John Fairhall.<br />

“He has been great,” she says. “It makes<br />

such a difference to have someone on<br />

board who knows the area and the<br />

idiosyncrasies of the citadel – especially<br />

the no parking, no loading or unloading<br />

after 10am.” Not at all simple when<br />

there is building work going on.<br />

The large window lets the morning<br />

light into the room, which, for a low<br />

ceilinged cottage, makes it feel open<br />

and airy – “I did think about opening<br />

up the little cupboard at the other end<br />

of the room too,” says Cherry, “to let<br />

some light in during the afternoon.” She<br />

opens the door to a quirky little space<br />

with a window, that must have once led<br />

out to the rear of the building – now it<br />

makes an interesting storage cupboard.<br />

“We did some extra rewiring in<br />

the sitting room,” explains Heather,<br />

“and put in a 5 amp system to enable<br />

the side lamps to be linked to the<br />

circuit.” The sitting room wall lights<br />

are by Jim Lawrence and the lamps<br />

from Cox & Cox. “We source many<br />

items from local bric-a-brac and<br />

antique shops too,” says Heather.<br />

Upstairs in the master bedroom there’s<br />

a tiny cubbyhole just large enough for<br />

a child’s bed. “Our son used to sleep<br />

in there when he was little,” Cherry <br />

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Top: The smaller apartment’s panelled sitting<br />

room has been painted in the soothing<br />

shade of Little Greene Slaked Lime Mid<br />

Right: The apartment’s master bedroom feels<br />

very secluded and quiet, with views out across<br />

the rooftops of Rye to the countryside beyond<br />

smiles, adding, “it would be a tight<br />

fit now, as he’s over six foot tall.”<br />

The walls in this room are Stone III<br />

from Paint & Paper Library, the ceiling<br />

is Stone I and the wardrobe has been<br />

painted in Stone V. In fact the whole<br />

house is painted in either Stone I,<br />

II, III or V; this has a unifying effect<br />

and makes the individual spaces seem<br />

larger as they can ‘borrow’ from the<br />

next space. The curtains and blinds<br />

in here are from Mimi Pickard.<br />

Outside the smaller bedroom<br />

there’s an opening that leads through<br />

to next door – blocked in so that<br />

the two properties are separate, but<br />

once a handy route through and – I<br />

can’t help thinking, back in the<br />

smuggling days, especially useful.<br />

We take a quick look next door,<br />

which has also been redecorated and<br />

re-carpeted throughout. The master<br />

bedroom upstairs at the back of this<br />

smaller property is huge, but feels<br />

very secluded and quiet, boasting<br />

fabulous views out across the rooftops<br />

of Rye to the countryside beyond.<br />

Naturally it is painted in Stone III.<br />

“Our decorator, Simon West, did all<br />

the painting,” says Heather. “He was<br />

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4 THE BUZZ<br />

We catch up on the latest news from some thriving English schools<br />

7 WE BUILT A ZOO<br />

Did you know that Bede’s has an actual zoo?<br />

We just had to find out more!<br />

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<strong>Education</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />


Take a trip down memory lane to see how two local<br />

success stories were shaped by their school experience<br />


Find out how music is enriching the<br />

lives of young people in the South East<br />

17<br />

15 MEET THE HEAD<br />

We’d like to introduce you to The New Beacon<br />

Prep School’s new Head, Sarah Brownsdon<br />

17 HIGH HOPES<br />

We talk extra-curriculars with Reigate St Mary’s<br />

13<br />

18 IN YOUR HEAD<br />

Find out how our perspective of the mental health<br />

and wellbeing of our school children is evolving<br />

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Hazelwood Nursery and Early<br />

Years (HNEY) a large nursery<br />

located in the commuter town of Oxted,<br />

provides first class care for 180+ children<br />

from 9 months to the end of Reception<br />

Learning when you are under 5 is an adventure and<br />

Hazelwood is extremely fortunate to have its whole Nursery<br />

and Early Years on one, large site. This ensures that the children<br />

have the space, encouragement and wealth of appropriate activities<br />

to develop into well rounded young children who are confident and<br />

ready for anything. Their impressive outdoor space and facilities allow<br />

children to run free and explore. They believe strongly that they are<br />

laying the foundations for each child’s lifelong learning journey.<br />

At HNEY, every child gets the best possible start, fostering a<br />

real love of learning and thirst for knowledge that will see<br />

them through their whole school career and beyond.<br />

Reception places available for September <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

If you would like to book a tour, contact<br />

Admissions Department on 01883 712194<br />

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Somerhill is celebrating the<br />

first birthday of Saplings<br />

Saplings is a programme launched last<br />

summer to complement Somerhill’s existing<br />

Pre-School offering and build relevant life skills.<br />

From resilience and risk taking, to problem solving<br />

and teamwork, the interweaving of Saplings into the<br />

children’s Pre-School EYFS experience has been a winner!<br />

Sarah Woodgate, Saplings Lead said, “At Saplings, children<br />

can lead their own learning and explore in the peace and quiet<br />

of nature without a schedule. It has been incredible to watch<br />

each child build confidence, find their voice and be brave!<br />

We have noticed that they are then able to transfer<br />

this confidence back into the classroom.” Parental<br />

feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with<br />

over 80 children signed up for Saplings’<br />

sessions on a weekly basis. It is so good for<br />

their mental health to be out in nature.<br />

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<strong>Surrey</strong> school children<br />

support local Hospital Charity<br />

On the final day of Spring half term, pupils<br />

at Danes Hill School in <strong>Surrey</strong>, held their<br />

annual Charities Day. This year they fundraised<br />

for Brompton Fountain Charity and reached a<br />

spectacular £3,774.80. The Brompton Fountain supports<br />

the treatment and care of seriously ill children, working<br />

closely with Royal Brompton Hospital’s paediatric teams. At<br />

the start of the term, representatives from the charity visited the<br />

school and told pupils about their life-changing work. On<br />

Charities Day the children, teachers, and parents came<br />

together to set up stalls in classrooms and spend their<br />

pocket money on hook a duck, Wordle challenges,<br />

find the golden carrot and much more. The<br />

staff got involved in a fitness challenge<br />

in which they ran, jogged, walked,<br />

and cycled 173.15km in total.<br />

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world: Tonbridge boys win<br />

Trinity Maths Competition<br />

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A Tonbridge School team has come ‘Top in the<br />

World’ in the Trinity Maths Competition, an annual<br />

online contest which tests students’ problem-solving abilities<br />

under time pressure. More than 150 teams from leading schools<br />

across the world, including those in China, the US and the UK,<br />

took part but Tonbridge team ‘e = pi = 3’, made up of students Isaac,<br />

Hayden, Alex, Catalin, Justin and Sam, finished in first place in the<br />

entire world. A second Tonbridge team, ‘39 is prime’, also did<br />

extremely well, achieving 21st place in the world rankings.<br />

James Ashton, Head of Maths, says, “By any measure, this is<br />

a remarkable achievement. The second and third places<br />

went to prestigious Maths schools in the US, and so<br />

this result confirms Tonbridge’s reputation as one<br />

The<br />

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and, quite possibly, in the world.”<br />

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Buzz<br />

We catch up with all the latest news from<br />

thriving education providers<br />

It’s Awards Season at<br />

Millfield Prep School<br />

Sporting Success at The<br />

Granville, Sevenoaks<br />

It’s been an incredible year so far at<br />

The Granville School in Sevenoaks (co-ed<br />

Pre- School for ages 3-4 and girls’ Prep School<br />

for ages 4-11). Thanks to the hard work of the PE<br />

department, expertly led by Natalie Rendle, and the<br />

girls themselves of course, this small school of around 170<br />

pupils has placed 3rd nationally in Cross Country, competed at<br />

the IAPS U11 National Netball finals (1 of only 24 schools to<br />

qualify) and were runners up in the National Netball Bowl<br />

Competition. They also placed 4th in the South-East in<br />

Hockey and will be swimming in the IAPS National<br />

Championships in <strong>June</strong> at the London Aquatic<br />

Centre. Alongside numerous local tournament<br />

and match victories, it’s clear that this<br />

small school packs a big punch!<br />

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Millfield Prep is raking in awards –<br />

Independent Prep School of the Year 2022/23,<br />

Sport School of the Year from School Sport<br />

Magazine <strong>2023</strong>, Independent School Inspectorate<br />

rating of double Excellent <strong>2023</strong>, The Week’s Best of the<br />

Best Prep Schools for Pastoral Care <strong>2023</strong>, and Top Good<br />

Schools Guide Review. The co-educational day and boarding<br />

school is set in 200 acres of Somerset countryside and offers<br />

a diverse range of subjects, sports, creative arts and activities,<br />

supported by outstanding facilities. Everyone lives by the<br />

school values: Be Kind, Be You, Be Challengers, Be Curious<br />

and Be Brilliant. Outstanding pastoral care is at the<br />

heart of everything and they recently launched<br />

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Olympic gold medallist swimmer James Guy,<br />

England Rugby player Chris Robshaw<br />

and singer-songwriter Ella Eyre.<br />


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We built<br />

a ZOO<br />

Never work with animals<br />

or children, they said.<br />

Forget that! We’ve been<br />

so excited to hear all<br />

about Bede’s zoo.<br />

If you go down to Bede’s Senior<br />

school, you’re in for a big surprise.<br />

In the heart of its 120-acre campus,<br />

in the rural village of Upper Dicker,<br />

East Sussex, is something rather<br />

unexpected and it’s actually the first<br />

of its kind – a zoo within a school!<br />

Bede’s Zoo is the culmination of<br />

Bede’s mission to do things differently.<br />

Set up 10 years ago, it became a member<br />

of the British and Irish Association of<br />

Zoos and Aquariums in 2020 and has<br />

grown over the years to include sixteen<br />

separate enclosures with 70 species of<br />

mammal, reptile, amphibian and bird.<br />

Species include Meerkats, Ring-tailed<br />

Lemurs, Binturongs, Lemon Doves<br />

and the most recent arrivals, a pair of<br />

Rankin’s Dragons. The rarest animals in<br />

the zoo are three Grandidier’s Vontsira<br />

- a little-known species of Mongoose<br />

from a small corner of Madagascar.<br />

There are just 1,000 remaining in the<br />

wild, and as part of a drive to save the<br />

species, nine are held in captivity in<br />

Europe with the hope that they will<br />

breed. Four are at Chester Zoo, a further<br />

two at Magdeburg Zoo in Germany,<br />

and three are living at Bede’s School.<br />

This special project is one of many<br />

conservation projects that the Bede’s<br />

Zoo team and pupils are involved in.<br />

The zoo provides a teaching resource,<br />

which enables pupils to learn and<br />

to pursue their interests, and allows<br />

pupils to participate in national and<br />

international programmes for the<br />

benefit of wildlife. About 18 sixth<br />

formers every year study BTEC Animal<br />

Management at the school – a course<br />

usually only available at specialist<br />

colleges. The course studies topics<br />

including animal welfare and ethics,<br />

health and disease, animal behaviour,<br />

practical animal husbandry and work<br />

experience in the land-based sector.<br />

Bede’s has a passionate teaching<br />

team who ensure that pupils receive<br />

hands-on learning working within the<br />

zoo. That zoo doesn’t just enrich the<br />

learning experiences of pupils who<br />

study BTEC Animal Management,<br />

it also hosts one of the school’s most<br />

popular activities – the Zoological<br />

Society – and often welcomes visits<br />

from local primary schools and other<br />

community organisations and groups.<br />

Connecting with animals is enriching,<br />

calming and fulfilling for all those<br />

who visit the zoo. Interacting, feeding<br />

and gaining the animals’ trust brings<br />

a sense of purpose and joy to Bede’s<br />

young people who get to enjoy these<br />

opportunities within their school day.<br />

Deputy Head at Bede’s, John<br />

Tuson, who has overseen the<br />

development of the zoo and recently<br />

published a book about the zoos of<br />

Britain and Ireland, says, “Our school<br />

zoo, in which a small but significant<br />

number of pupils study and a greater<br />

number come in order to benefit<br />

from being able to spend time with<br />

animals, is the embodiment of our<br />

belief that all pupils should be given<br />

the opportunity to find their niche.<br />

As a school, we are enormously lucky<br />

to have such a facility in our midst.”<br />

Find out more about Bede’s unique<br />

schooling opportunities at bedes.org<br />

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YES, IT’S A<br />


…that she left it too late to apply for Hurtwood House,<br />

because it’s simply the best for acting, dancing,<br />

singing, film-making – “A utopia for creative minds” –<br />

as the Good Schools Guide says.<br />

And crucially, this exciting school is equally successful<br />

academically. In fact, it’s statistically one of the top<br />

co-ed boarding schools in the UK.<br />

So, if you’re looking for a really exciting and rewarding<br />

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The school memories of... Rachel Waterhouse, Head of<br />

Science and Key Stage 3 at Manor House School, Bookham<br />

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My first memory of school is a baby lamb running riot in our classroom being<br />

chased by nuns! I went to a convent school in Wales. I think that single event was<br />

quite formative as now when I plan my lessons I always look for that unusual ‘hook<br />

for learning’ to engage the class. My Senior School Teacher, Mrs Edmonds, fuelled<br />

my passion for Biology. When I finished my A Levels she gave me a beautiful,<br />

white owl ornament and said, ‘Whatever you end up doing just stay wise’.<br />

An A Level module on disease steered my first career path. Having studied Pathology,<br />

the glamour of TV forensics called. I loved problem solving, particularly in toxicology,<br />

however out of the lab I realised I was not brave enough! I took a slight detour into<br />

Tax Accountancy, but it was all maths and no science! One lunchtime I walked over<br />

Waterloo Bridge and came across The Franklin-Wilkins Building of King’s College<br />

London, School of <strong>Education</strong>. I walked in, there and then, and asked about training<br />

to be a teacher. I had an on-the-spot interview and three weeks later I started my<br />

PGCE and was back in the grips of Science. It was the best decision I ever made.<br />

Nineteen years on, every day at Manor House School is different and I can share<br />

my passion and slightly crazy ‘hooks for learning’ with those who will hopefully<br />

remember them when they grow up. Going into teaching was my way of staying wise.<br />

Learn more about Manor House School, Bookham at manorhouseschool.org<br />

Memories<br />

that mademe<br />

In so many ways, our school days shape the<br />

rest of our lives, so we’re looking back at<br />

some positive turning points<br />

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The school memories of... Finn Bruce (Former Hurtwood House Student),<br />

Award Winning Film Producer, Writer and Founder of Belstone Pictures<br />

My decision to go to Hurtwood House was motivated by my love of acting, but<br />

I am eternally grateful for the advice of my headmaster, Cosmo Jackson, to step<br />

behind the camera and take Media Studies A Level. My teachers Matt McIvor and<br />

Luke Gilchrist were not your average teachers. Having worked in the film industry,<br />

they really knew what they were talking about and having them as mentors was lifechanging.<br />

Before Hurtwood I was disillusioned with school, but making thrillers<br />

and pop videos in the TV studio and post-production editing suite with Matt<br />

and Luke, I realised that film was my true calling. They taught me the technical<br />

expertise, but more importantly they fostered a burning passion in me for film.<br />

In Hurtwood’s ‘Film Academy’ (think a film school within the school), I directed and<br />

produced documentaries, and that cemented my decision to go into the film industry and<br />

be a creative producer. Luke and Matt also gave me the courage and self-belief to pursue<br />

my dream job. Fast forward to the present and I am delighted to say that I am thriving as<br />

a film producer, and my first film ‘Tank 432’ was sold to Netflix. I have now won awards<br />

at many film festivals, something I never thought would be possible as I nervously started<br />

at Hurtwood all those years ago, full of self-doubt. I am so grateful that I return to<br />

Hurtwood every year to help current students with their production techniques, catch up<br />

with Luke and Matt and watch them inspire the next generation of filmmakers.<br />

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Music to<br />

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Local schools tell us how they inspire<br />

pupils to play and enjoy music<br />


At Chinthurst, we want our children to be happy and<br />

confident young people, with a lifelong love of learning and<br />

the foundations for a happy and successful adulthood. Music<br />

enriches life and is an important part of the curriculum.<br />

We aim to foster a passion for music by making it fun<br />

and inspiring – an exciting and a joyful part of the day.<br />

The whole school sings together at assemblies and three<br />

choirs regularly rehearse and perform to a high standard.<br />

Every year group benefits from specialist music teaching<br />

within the curriculum, developing their musical abilities<br />

as well as their appreciation of music. Musical learning<br />

is approached primarily through singing; lower school<br />

children benefit from whole class recorder lessons, playing<br />

tuned and untuned percussion instruments and creating<br />

individual and group compositions. In the upper school<br />

the children have the opportunity to participate in whole<br />

class instrument tuition as part of the curriculum, including<br />

whole class violin, ukulele and djembe drumming tuition.<br />

They also use music technology when composing.<br />

There is a strong instrumental programme and visiting<br />

teachers provide over a hundred one-to-one lessons a week on<br />

a wide variety of instruments. Our young instrumentalists also<br />

enjoy the opportunity to join our school orchestra to develop<br />

their ensemble playing. The children have many opportunities<br />

to showcase their musical talents, as soloists, as part of an<br />

ensemble and at school performances throughout the year.<br />

Music nurtures language, motor skills, emotional<br />

intelligence and collaboration skills and is an<br />

important part of the fabric of life at Chinthurst.<br />

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WHAT A<br />


By Natasha Smith, Head of Music<br />

at Claremont Senior School<br />

Music is an integral part of school life at Claremont.<br />

From DJ-ing and electronic music production, to<br />

singing in Senior Choir and composing classical works,<br />

students have access to a multitude of music-making<br />

opportunities all year round.<br />

Music is offered at GCSE and at A level with<br />

Music Technology, but it doesn’t stop there. A varied<br />

co-curricular programme includes opportunities to<br />

perform in the Concert Band, compose in Music<br />

Tech Club, and sing with Senior, Lads’ and Ladies’<br />

Choirs who celebrated category wins in their debut<br />

performances at the Hastings Music Festival this year.<br />

Students also regularly participate in music-themed<br />

visits and workshops, which this year have included<br />

a songwriting workshop run by BAFTA-winning<br />

composer Ellie Wyatt and a Music Technology trip to<br />

Sugar Ray’s vintage recording studio.<br />

Sixth Form students and Music scholars are<br />

encouraged to run their own co-curricular activities,<br />

whilst many take an active lead in Concert Band.<br />

Music also plays an important role in the delivery of<br />

our award-winning Performing Arts programme. This<br />

year the Concert Band accompanied performers in<br />

the dance show In Motion, and GCSE and A-Level<br />

drummers accompanied an informal dance showcase<br />

for parents and friends. Earlier in the year, our young<br />

musicians took charge of sound tech for the BTEC<br />

Drama students’ performances of The Importance<br />

of Being Earnest, following in the footsteps of those<br />

who formed the ‘Shakespeare Band’ for an outdoor<br />

production of Romeo and Juliet. The student pit band<br />

performed alongside professional musicians for<br />

the show-stopping production of Guys and Dolls<br />

and continue to support our younger musicians at<br />

Prep School performances throughout the year.<br />

Collaborative work even extends to the community<br />

at Claremont, with music students supporting drama<br />

outreach workshops for primary schools.<br />

Supported by an experienced team of academic<br />

teachers and peripatetic staff, everyone at Claremont<br />

can explore music in all its guises, as well as take study<br />

and performance to the next level. #whataperformance<br />


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Music and singing are integral to the cultural<br />

and spiritual life of Sacred Heart School in<br />

Wadhurst. As a Catholic school, masses and<br />

school liturgies include beautiful hymns. This<br />

community singing is a wonderful bonding<br />

experience for the children and teachers alike.<br />

Sacred Heart School has a thriving and busy<br />

music department, offering much musical<br />

tuition. The school’s class music specialist<br />

and head of department leads a dedicated<br />

team of peripatetic specialist music teachers<br />

offering violin, guitar, ukelele, piano, singing,<br />

recorder, flute, clarinet and saxophone tuition.<br />

Musical skill development takes time<br />

and is best and most easily learnt when we<br />

are young. The great challenge for music<br />

teachers, therefore, is to impart a love and<br />

a willingness in the child to commit to a<br />

practicing routine so as to enable a core<br />

musical skill set to bed down and grow.<br />

To this end, Sacred Heart has developed<br />

their very own “10-a-day” campaign. The little<br />

and often approach. Every child who learns<br />

an instrument is encouraged to commit to 10<br />

minutes a day of music practice. The habit<br />

and discipline of playing one’s instrument – of<br />

tinkering and messing around, using our bodies<br />

to create music and melody – lies at the heart<br />

of developing an enjoyment and appreciation<br />

for the skill and habit of daily music practice.<br />

Playing instruments is as important as<br />

Sacred Heart’s daily reading commitment.<br />

The children learn that practising happens<br />

when they simply spend time PLAYING<br />

their instruments. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle:<br />

when they mess around and experiment on<br />

their instruments, they are LEARNING,<br />

solving problems, teaching themselves<br />

mindfulness, boosting fine and gross motor<br />

skills, improving cognition and memory<br />

skills and expressing themselves in a<br />

creative, individual manner. The benefits<br />

spill out far beyond the music room...<br />

In terms of performance and showcasing,<br />

Sacred Heart has regular concerts and<br />

music evenings throughout the year, and the<br />

children also perform on their instruments<br />

in assemblies. The school also puts on two<br />

musicals, with a live band, every year – in the<br />

Spring Term for Y3 and Y4, and a bigger Y5<br />

and Y6 production in the Summer Term.<br />

Externally, the school also participates in<br />

the annual Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival<br />

in March, with a significant number of<br />

children singing and performing on their<br />

instruments and in the choir classes.<br />

sacredheartwadhurst.org.uk<br />


At Reed’s School music education is an integral part of life, with<br />

a focus on creating an inclusive and supportive environment that<br />

encourages pupils to explore their musical talents and passions. Music<br />

is a key aspect of the curriculum, starting with timetabled music lessons<br />

in Years 7 and 8, providing a strong foundation in the subject.<br />

Year 7 pupils learn violin, viola, cello or double bass as part of the<br />

string scheme that takes place during their academic lessons, and a<br />

similar flute scheme runs in Year 8. This increase in string and flute<br />

players ultimately fills Reed’s ensembles and orchestras, meaning much<br />

of the talent is home grown. Additionally, the school’s unique scheme<br />

to teach every boy the trombone in Year 8 has proven a great success,<br />

with over 30% of the school roll taking instrument lessons.<br />

Singing is the lifeblood of the school’s music department, with<br />

membership in the choir standing at an impressive 160 pupils. In<br />

addition, singing plays a significant role in the school’s Chapel, with all<br />

pupils singing at least once a week in this setting fostering a sense of<br />

community while also providing the opportunity to develop vocal skills.<br />

Reed’s is dedicated to creating bespoke musical opportunities for<br />

pupils, fostering a love of music to last a lifetime, and helping pupils<br />

maximise their musical and creative potential.<br />

reeds.surrey.sch.uk<br />

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Independent co-educational school<br />

for children aged 2 1 / 2 – 11 years<br />

WINNERS!<br />

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for Sporting Achievement<br />

A Junior School of<br />

Reigate Grammar School “Excellent in all areas” ISI <strong>2023</strong><br />

Chinthurst School, Tadworth Street, Tadworth<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> KT20 5QZ T: 01737 812 011<br />

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Meet theHead<br />

We’ve been getting to know The New Beacon<br />

Prep School’s new Head, Sarah Brownsdon<br />

Sarah Brownsdon is the newly appointed<br />

Head of The New Beacon Prep School,<br />

whose alumni stretch from Siegfried Sassoon<br />

to England sportsmen Zac Crawley, Sam<br />

Billings, and Ben Earl. She knows Sevenoaks<br />

well, having grown up in the town and<br />

been educated at Walthamstow Hall.<br />

What are you most looking forward<br />

to at The New Beacon?<br />

Getting to know everybody, the welcome I<br />

have received has been incredible. The New<br />

Beacon really does feel like a very special<br />

place. I’ve particularly enjoyed my break<br />

times with Year 8, we’ve discussed what<br />

they have loved about their time here (over<br />

KitKats and apple juice!) and also reflected<br />

on anything they think could be even better…<br />

it has been wonderful to hear how little they<br />

would change and to gain an insight into life<br />

at The New Beacon from their perspective.<br />

What sets the school apart?<br />

We are proud to be an all-boys prep school<br />

because we can tailor our education to get<br />

the very best from our pupils. We provide<br />

pastoral care that supports each individual<br />

whilst teaching the boys how to build positive,<br />

healthy relationships with each other and in the<br />

wider community. There’s a palpable sense of<br />

family and community, where everyone looks<br />

out for each other, a sense of brotherhood<br />

that runs throughout the school with our Year<br />

8 pupils supporting and mentoring children<br />

as they start out in Nursery and Reception.<br />

Boys are encouraged to embrace every<br />

opportunity that school has to offer and don’t<br />

consider anything to be off limits. Being in<br />

the Chapel Choir is so popular that the Year<br />

8s don’t want to leave even when their voices<br />

break, but they are equally comfortable in<br />

rugby boots. Large numbers enjoy chess and<br />

gardening clubs, cookery or Judo and the<br />

excitement is building for our forthcoming<br />

Year 4 production of The Jungle Book. Our<br />

Chapel Choir recently sang at Evensong in St<br />

Paul’s Cathedral, an incredible experience, and<br />

we were fortunate to have Joanna L’Estrange<br />

(who was commissioned to write one of the<br />

Coronation Anthems) here for our Coronation<br />

celebrations. She taught the anthem to our<br />

Chapel Choir and then the remainder of<br />

the school, which culminated in a wonderful<br />

performance. The New Beacon Centre, as well<br />

as being a great sports facility, has the Mac<br />

Suite, where boys can compose using Garage<br />

Band and Sibellius software and record their<br />

own podcasts. It also houses video-making<br />

and stopstart animation facilities. These are the<br />

kind of incredible opportunities we offer here.<br />

What do you see as the main challenges?<br />

Perhaps not a challenge but it is our<br />

commitment to each boy that he progresses to<br />

the school that will best suit him at the end of<br />

his time with us, ensuring that he is confident<br />

and well-prepared for that transition. The<br />

New Beacon is full of wonderful boys, each<br />

with his own unique character and personality,<br />

it’s what makes it such a brilliant place to be<br />

because we celebrate our pupils’ individuality.<br />

We are merged with Tonbridge, and for many<br />

boys that will be a great fit, but there will be<br />

boys who will thrive in other schools – for a<br />

variety of different reasons – and we believe in<br />

happy, engaged children, not one size fits all.<br />

What do you enjoy most about school life?<br />

I love the variety. On any day I’ll be reading a<br />

story in nursery, watching fixtures, discussing<br />

lunch menus, meeting staff to look at teaching<br />

and learning or attending a play rehearsal.<br />

Children are the most inspiring people to work<br />

with. Their honesty is humbling and they come<br />

at things with fresh eyes which is why the<br />

world of education is so rewarding. When you<br />

go into teaching, you are working with other<br />

people who are motivated by wanting to make<br />

the world a better place and help and inspire<br />

young people – it doesn’t get much better!<br />

Did you have a favourite subject<br />

during your own school days?<br />

I loved studying languages, English and music.<br />

My school had a really supportive music<br />

department, who always looked to give us<br />

opportunities to perform on a wider stage,<br />

which I loved. I was also lucky to have a piano<br />

teacher who knew when she needed to be<br />

tough on me but would also give me all the<br />

praise in the world when it was deserved.<br />

How do you like to unwind outside work?<br />

Spending time with my family is so important<br />

but I love to bake and cook too – it’s a<br />

win-win as you get to enjoy eating what<br />

you’ve made! I still really enjoy music, both<br />

playing and listening. I also love walking,<br />

so it’s a joy to be back in Sevenoaks<br />

with all the wonderful places to walk.<br />

Fave podcast or book?<br />

I really enjoy anything uplifting and inspiring,<br />

so have been listening to some great<br />

podcasts by Pooky Knightsmith, who spoke<br />

at our recent mental health conference. I<br />

absolutely love reading. Our bookshelves<br />

are groaning but I believe you can never<br />

have too many words in your house.<br />

Has Sevenoaks changed much since you lived<br />

here and do you have a favourite place to visit?<br />

It’s busier but plenty is just the same, like<br />

the Vine and the Stag Theatre. My husband<br />

is Dulwich born and bred, so he’s stunned<br />

by Knole Park, it’s such a beautiful space.<br />

And my children are pleased because<br />

there’s a Wagamama, Nando’s and Pizza<br />

Express! I always thought I’d come home<br />

at some point in spite of so many happy<br />

years in Dulwich but The New Beacon<br />

was the one school I was waiting for.<br />

Find out more about The New Beacon Prep<br />

School and all the exciting developments<br />

going on there at newbeacon.org.uk<br />

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high<br />

hopes<br />

We take a look at how Reigate St Mary’s applies a broad curriculum which values areas<br />

beyond traditional core subjects, to help pupils become well-rounded young people<br />

Reigate St Mary’s (RSM) aims to give its pupils the<br />

confidence, resilience and creativity to one day become<br />

leaders who care deeply about a sustainable and<br />

equitable future. To achieve this, a unique curriculum<br />

has been carefully tailored to develop the strengths,<br />

current position and future potential of each child.<br />

Of course, a well-rounded education goes well beyond<br />

academics, which is why RSM also has an <strong>Education</strong> for<br />

Social Responsibility (ESR) programme. Weaved into<br />

every part of the curriculum, it focuses on the wellbeing<br />

of individuals, the teams they work in and the planet we<br />

live on. It is based on giving back to society more than<br />

we take out, taking sustainability seriously, recognising<br />

the value of the natural world to inspire new thinking,<br />

and gaining a deeper understanding of philosophical<br />

issues. ESR helps to prepare the children to be good<br />

citizens with the confidence to make the right decisions<br />

and the skills to lead happy and successful lives.<br />

RSM’s rich and stimulating programme also gives noncore<br />

subjects equal value to maths and English. These<br />

subjects are prized for how they tap into children’s<br />

creativity, provide a change of pace to their learning, and<br />

get them to think in a different way – essential skills for<br />

their overall academic success. It is recognised at RSM<br />

that future generations will need to be able to explore<br />

their creativity through expressive arts and understand<br />

the joined-up learning of combined humanities. They<br />

therefore view it as essential to allow time to develop<br />

these from the earliest stages of education.<br />

Their curriculum is both challenging and supportive,<br />

covering STEM, computing, languages, science,<br />

philosophy, PSHE, humanities (history and geography),<br />

art, drama, music and sport. The school’s growth<br />

mindset approach is all about recognising that<br />

intelligence is not fixed, but shaped by new encounters<br />

and experiences. From the very beginning, RSM<br />

children are not pigeonholed. They are encouraged to<br />

apply thinking skills to self-evaluate and understand<br />

their learning and take risks by trying new things. Pupils<br />

know that if they are not able to achieve something yet,<br />

perseverance, hard work, and learning from mistakes<br />

will ultimately help them to achieve great things.<br />

Find out more about Reigate St Mary’s curriculum<br />

online at reigatestmarys.org<br />

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In Your<br />

Head<br />

We’re exploring how mental health<br />

and wellbeing are approached in<br />

schools today<br />

5 Steps<br />

Ever wondered how to help your teenager<br />

open up and support them through<br />

difficulties? We’ve asked psychotherapist,<br />

Georgina Sayce, for some tips!<br />

1<br />

Don’t worry, you don’t need to have all the<br />

answers just because you are the adult, the<br />

important thing is to show them they are<br />

worth your time and effort, and that they will<br />

definitely not incur any judgement from you.<br />

“I’m definitely not an expert in this, but if you<br />

can tell me what’s been going on let’s see if we can<br />

find some solutions together – it’s so true that a<br />

problem shared is a problem halved.”<br />

Build trust and validate their feelings.<br />

“That sounds really difficult for you, I can see<br />

how upset you are by this.”<br />

Be positive about the conversation.<br />

“I’m so glad you’ve come to<br />

talk to me about this.”<br />

Reflect back to them, paraphrasing their<br />

words. “I think you’re saying it’s this aspect…<br />

that is the most difficult for you…am I right<br />

in thinking that?”<br />

Always try to end conversations with a<br />

positive distraction so they are not left<br />

flooded with the feelings they have let<br />

out. Try to find something funny to get them<br />

laughing and change the mood, or suggest you<br />

get something nice to eat together or watch<br />

their favourite TV programme – whatever<br />

you feel will bring some temporary relief<br />

after a potentially emotionally overwhelming<br />

conversation.<br />

2<br />

34<br />

5<br />

to a<br />

Healthy<br />

Conversation<br />

For more advice visit georginasaycetherapies.co.uk<br />

On Your Mind<br />

We explore how changing attitudes towards mental health<br />

and wellbeing are affecting education, with Ashford School<br />

Long gone are the days when “chin-up” was the standard response to a<br />

child saying they felt worried, anxious or low. In fact, ten years ago,<br />

would a child have even used the words anxious or low to explain how<br />

they felt? So much regarding mental health and wellbeing has progressed<br />

over recent years. It is excellent that the stigma attached to mental<br />

health and wellbeing is reducing, allowing pupils to open up about their<br />

emotions, but this does mean the pressure on external services to provide<br />

support has become significant. More frequently, it falls to schools to<br />

offer higher levels of support than ever before. Students today are very<br />

tuned into their own mental health and wellbeing; they use the correct<br />

terminology and know when they need to talk, but schools have a duty of<br />

care to meet that need.<br />

At Ashford School, staff have been working hard to ensure they can<br />

support mental health and wellbeing and over the last eight years,<br />

significant progress has been made. The staffing of the team has been<br />

refined and increased – going from an initial single counsellor working<br />

two days a week, to a team of five counsellors working across both<br />

Prep and Senior School all week. They also have a team of four nurses<br />

working across both sites, as well as a School Chaplain focused purely on<br />

offering spiritual wellbeing support to the whole school community. The<br />

Wellbeing team’s support offering includes a ‘Time4Me’ drop-in support<br />

service; 1:1 therapy sessions, including play therapy, art therapy, and<br />

talking therapy; group support; parent consultations; staff consultations;<br />

parent workshops and talks.<br />

Health and Wellbeing is also a timetabled lesson at the Senior School and<br />

is offered to all Y11-13 students. Within these sessions pupils can choose<br />

from a range of activities such as mindfulness, yoga, understanding mental<br />

health workshops, and fitness and sport sessions. At the Prep School,<br />

each child has a Wellbeing Journal to map how to become the ‘best me’<br />

they can be by reflecting upon the challenges and goals of their week,<br />

identifying feelings, and plotting how to make things even better. There<br />

are also numerous activities that focus on skills of resilience that will put<br />

children in good stead for the next stage of their lives and enable them<br />

to live life to the fullest in the present. The aim is to ensure pupils are<br />

happy and emotionally resilient without burying their feelings, because<br />

happiness breeds success.<br />

Learn more about Ashford School online at ashfordschool.co.uk

8<br />

Steps<br />

to<br />

Smarter<br />

Revision<br />

<strong>Education</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Just breathe<br />

Panic that sets in literally stops<br />

you from thinking clearly and<br />

rationally. Breathing techniques<br />

will help you calm your<br />

breathing which in turn helps<br />

you to think clearly again.<br />

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Test Stress<br />

Jodi<br />

Maja Trachonitis, Assistant Head (Wellbeing)<br />

at Sutton Valence School shares how the school<br />

approaches the feelings of stress around exams<br />

Sutton Valence School takes a novel approach<br />

to helping students manage exam stress by<br />

emphasising the importance of emotions.<br />

While stress is often seen as a negative<br />

emotion, we believe it can be helpful<br />

and even necessary (in moderation) for<br />

motivation and success. Our goal is to teach<br />

students how to use stress as a tool to avoid<br />

procrastination and achieve their goals.<br />

While too much stress can be harmful, we have<br />

various strategies to help students if and when<br />

they are feeling overwhelmed. It's important<br />

for students to be able to express their feelings,<br />

and our pastoral support systems provide a safe<br />

space for them to do so. All key members of staff<br />

related to wellbeing and pastoral support have<br />

had extensive training and it is made very clear<br />

to students how they can reach out for support.<br />

Our students use the phrase "Have you got 10<br />

minutes?" to let a teacher know that they would<br />

appreciate a conversation. We explore various<br />

coping mechanisms, such as breathing exercises,<br />

physical exercise and journaling, to find what<br />

works best for each student. Often, just talking<br />

about their stress can make them feel better and<br />

help students normalise these feelings, which will<br />

often be shared among their peers.<br />

On occasion, students might focus on worstcase<br />

scenarios, such as “I’m going to fail all<br />

of my exams!” But we help them re-frame<br />

their thinking by asking them to write out<br />

the best-case scenario, such as “I’ll ace all<br />

of my exams”, and the most likely scenario,<br />

“I’ll do well in some subjects and not so<br />

well in others”. This encourages them to<br />

notice when they are engaging in worstcase<br />

thinking and helps them develop more<br />

balanced and realistic thinking patterns.<br />

For more information go to svs.org.uk<br />

Stone, Head of Middle School at<br />

Mayfield gives top tips to prepare for<br />

exams in a way that prioritises wellbeing<br />

Revise little and often<br />

Revise in half hour stints,<br />

with five minute breaks<br />

between. Revising for long<br />

periods of time is not as<br />

productive.<br />

Factor in some time<br />

to relax between<br />

revision and exams<br />

Listen to music or watch a<br />

TV series you enjoy – it’s<br />

important to maintain a<br />

balance.<br />

Eat well rather than<br />

snacking during<br />

the day<br />

Good balanced meals keep<br />

energy and concentration<br />

levels up.<br />

Prioritise sleep<br />

Aim to finish revision<br />

at least an hour before<br />

bed and get to bed early,<br />

especially the night before<br />

an exam.<br />

Resist the temptation<br />

to compare answers<br />

with your friends<br />

Once an exam is completed<br />

it’s important to move on<br />

and look ahead to the next<br />

challenge.<br />

Remember<br />

to be kind<br />

to yourself!<br />

At Mayfield, happiness is believed to be the key to thriving at school<br />

so they strive to create a nurturing environment that balances academic<br />

studies and extra-curricular activities. Pupils get two activity periods<br />

every school day except Friday in which they can choose from over<br />

100 extra-curricular options. These include many clubs focused on<br />

relaxation and wellbeing including Welly Walking Club, Chill Out<br />

Club, Gardening Club, the ever-popular Cookery Club, Dungeons and<br />

Dragons Club (a hit amongst the Year 7 and 8), and DJ Club.<br />

To find out more about Mayfield visit mayfieldgirls.org<br />

Speak to your<br />

teachers regularly<br />

They are always available<br />

to help you throughout<br />

your revision programme<br />

to ensure you are fully<br />

prepared for your exams.<br />

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Mrs Sophie Bradshaw, Head of The Dulwich School Cranbrook, ponders<br />

how school and class size may affect the mental health of students<br />

A<br />

great deal has changed in<br />

our schools over the last<br />

50-70 years. Blackboards<br />

and chalk have been replaced, first<br />

by whiteboards, then by interactive<br />

whiteboards. Hockey is no longer<br />

played on muddy, bumpy fields,<br />

but on smooth flat Astroturf.<br />

And teachers are expected not<br />

only to know their subject, but<br />

to understand mental health and<br />

safeguarding too. These changes<br />

have been deliberate and aimed at<br />

improving the experience for pupils.<br />

However, there is one change which<br />

appears less positive. Our state and<br />

independent senior schools have<br />

increased in size in a way that most<br />

primary and prep schools have not.<br />

Since 1950, there has been little<br />

upward movement in the size of<br />

primary schools, yet senior schools<br />

have tripled in size. We must ask<br />

ourselves, as educators or as parents<br />

if that is what’s best for our teens.<br />

This huge increase has been driven<br />

by economies of scale, rather than<br />

seeking the optimum environment<br />

for our teenagers. What is the<br />

evidence that our teenagers are<br />

thriving in their enormous schools?<br />

Or that they are better equipped<br />

than their younger siblings to<br />

handle a larger social group than<br />

most adults would ever contend<br />

with? In the last decade, on top of<br />

navigating social situations in year<br />

groups of hundreds, our teenagers<br />

have been grappling with more<br />

complex social relations. They are<br />

learning to navigate social media<br />

and are less sure than ever of where<br />

they ‘fit’. Little wonder then, that<br />

there is a well-documented decline<br />

in the happiness of our teens.<br />

Mental Health Foundation CEO<br />

Mark Rowland said: “Our survey<br />

highlights just how vulnerable<br />

young people are to mental health<br />

problems. It shows how much<br />

pressure young people are feeling<br />

to be a success. The pressure to<br />

conform to an ideal body image is<br />

also intense. Moreover, it is shocking<br />

how many young people have selfharmed<br />

or had suicidal thoughts due<br />

to stress.”<br />

The response from our institutions<br />

and government is to increase the<br />

amount of time we teach teenagers<br />

about stress, anxiety, and mental<br />

health. But is this enough? There<br />

is strong evidence that for some of<br />

mental health issues students are<br />

dealing with, there is an element<br />

of social contagion – for example<br />

there has been a great increase<br />

in the number of teenage girls<br />

presenting to GPs with tics, having<br />

seen influencers explaining their<br />

own tics. I can’t help asking myself<br />

– would a better strategy be to<br />

reduce the negative external factors<br />

in the first place? Can we make these<br />

teenagers’ experiences of school less<br />

stressful, less negative, less complex?<br />

After all, if pupils were unable to<br />

reach classrooms due to buildings<br />

lacking lifts or stairs, would we<br />

adjust the building design, or insist<br />

PSHE includes lessons on how to<br />

scale a wall while also carrying all the<br />

baggage of school supplies?<br />

The Dulwich School Cranbrook (previously Dulwich Prep Cranbrook) is expanding from September <strong>2023</strong>, to provide a progressive yet<br />

nurturing co-educational through-school offer from age 2 to 16. The school gives parents an affordable alternative to the Kent Test and<br />

Grammar School route. Students will have the opportunity to study a wide range of GCSEs, supported by exceptional pastoral care and a real<br />

focus on the individual. The first cohort will progress into Year 9 in September <strong>2023</strong>; they will move through the school to be the school’s first<br />

Year 11 students, taking GCSE examinations in the summer of 2026. Find out more by emailing admissions@dulwichprepcranbrook.org<br />

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A Whole New World<br />

Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Styling: Lucy Fleming<br />

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Straight to the Source<br />

Recipes: Will Devlin at The Small Holding Photographs: David Merewether<br />

Will Devlin is chef owner of The Small Holding,<br />

a kitchen and farm on a country lane in the<br />

village of Kilndown on the Kent and East Sussex<br />

borders. The Small Holding was one of the first seven<br />

restaurants in the country to be awarded a Green Michelin<br />

Star in 2021 and has retained the star to date. The 36-cover<br />

restaurant is set in one acre of land with monthly changing<br />

menus, using home-reared and home-grown ingredients<br />

from the farm, which is less than 10ft from the kitchen.<br />

Over the next few pages, Will has shared a trio<br />

of recipes using produce straight from The Small<br />

Holding’s farm that are perfect for a <strong>June</strong> feast.<br />

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Farm Salad<br />

Serves 2 as a light<br />

meal or 4 as a starter<br />

This salad is more of a<br />

philosophy than a recipe<br />

– creating something that<br />

is full of different flavours,<br />

textures and temperatures<br />

using fresh ingredients<br />

alongside those that have<br />

been preserved from<br />

previous seasons. It’s a<br />

lovely dish to enjoy in<br />

<strong>June</strong> with new season<br />

radishes, asparagus, fresh<br />

peas straight from the<br />

pod, baby leaves and wild<br />

garlic. The leaves are fresh<br />

and bright; the wild garlic<br />

sauce and the whipped<br />

goats’ cheese adds texture,<br />

interest and mouth feel;<br />

while the asparagus<br />

and raw peas bring<br />

freshness and crunch.<br />

For the leaves:<br />

Anything fresh and<br />

seasonal can be used<br />

– baby spinach, sorrel,<br />

radishes and their tops,<br />

fennel fronds, fresh peas,<br />

but really you can choose<br />

anything you want.<br />

Prep, wash and dry.<br />

For the sauce:<br />

• 125g walnuts<br />

• 65g cheddar, such<br />

as Kentish Ashmore<br />

farmhouse cheddar<br />

• 5g sea salt<br />

• 35g wild garlic vinegar<br />

(or apple cider vinegar)<br />

• 150g vegetable oil<br />

• 75g rapeseed oil<br />

• 300g wild garlic leaves<br />

Blend together nuts,<br />

cheese and salt. Add<br />

wild garlic leaves and<br />

then slowly add the<br />

vegetable oil. Finally<br />

blend in the rapeseed oil<br />

and the vinegar.<br />

For the dressing:<br />

• 2 tbsp elderflower<br />

vinegar<br />

• 2 tbsp wild garlic<br />

vinegar<br />

• 4 tbsp cold pressed<br />

rapeseed oil<br />

• pinch of sea salt<br />

Whisk together the<br />

dressing ingredients.<br />

For the goats’ cheese:<br />

• 1 log of Golden Cross<br />

goats’ cheese (250g)<br />

• 75ml of double cream<br />

• pinch of cracked black<br />

pepper<br />

Paddle the goats’ cheese<br />

in a mixer until light<br />

and fluffy. Fold in<br />

cream to loosen. Season<br />

with black pepper.<br />

For the asparagus:<br />

• 400g asparagus<br />

Wash, prep and dry<br />

the asparagus. Heat a<br />

large griddle pan or flat<br />

plate on a barbecue.<br />

Drizzle a little oil on<br />

the vegetables and cook<br />

on the griddle pan<br />

until lightly charred<br />

but still with a good<br />

amount of bite. Take<br />

off the heat and season<br />

with flaky salt.<br />

To plate: Spoon quenelles of the whipped goats’<br />

cheese onto a serving plate and dot with the wild<br />

garlic sauce. Lightly dress the quartered radishes and<br />

their tops, raw peas, spinach and fennel tops with the<br />

dressing and put on to the plate and add the charred asparagus. Finish<br />

with a few wild garlic flowers or chive flowers. Serve straight away.<br />


Duck with honey & fennel<br />

Serves 4<br />

Our favourite duck supplier is Creedy<br />

Carver in Devon who grow incredible<br />

quality free-range ducks at their farm<br />

in Devon. The poultry industry has<br />

been badly affected by avian influenza<br />

so we – chefs and consumers alike<br />

– need to support these struggling<br />

farmers. We have Creedy Carver duck<br />

on our menu throughout <strong>June</strong>.<br />

• 4 high welfare duck breasts<br />

• 2 tbsp fennel seeds, crushed<br />

• 2 tbsp honey<br />

• 1 tsp salt<br />

• 2 large fennel bulbs<br />

• 30g butter<br />

• 150ml light chicken stock or water<br />

• 50ml white wine or Pernod<br />

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.<br />

Prepare the braised fennel by cutting<br />

the bulbs into quarters, saving<br />

any green fronds for garnish.<br />

2. Using a shallow sauté pan with a<br />

lid, pan fry the fennel quarters in the<br />

melted butter until lightly golden,<br />

season and add the chicken stock and<br />

wine or Pernod to the pan. Cover with<br />

a cartouche or circle of scrunched up<br />

greaseproof paper, put on the lid and<br />

braise in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes,<br />

until soft to a knife tip, and the chicken<br />

and butter stock has reduced. Remove<br />

and keep warm.<br />

3. Lightly score the duck skin every<br />

half centimetre across the whole<br />

breast and season well on both sides<br />

with sea salt and the crushed fennel<br />

seeds. Place in a cold frying pan and<br />

turn the heat on low, to let the fat<br />

render slowly and the skin to crisp.<br />

This will take at least 10 minutes skin<br />

side down – don’t be tempted to turn<br />

the heat up as the fennel seeds will<br />

burn. You may want to empty some<br />

of the duck fat from the pan during<br />

cooking – save for roast potatoes.<br />

4. When the skin is crisp, take off the<br />

heat and turn the breast over. Brush<br />

the honey on to each duck breast<br />

and put in the oven for five minutes.<br />

Rest for at least 10 minutes, basting<br />

the meat with the honey and duck<br />

fat juices. Slice the duck breast and<br />

serve with the braised fennel.

Strawberry &<br />

elderflower<br />

buttermilk puddings<br />

Serves 6-8<br />

<strong>June</strong> is when the new season<br />

strawberries are sweet and juicy,<br />

and the trees are full of frothy<br />

elderflower. Together, they make a<br />

delightful early summer dessert.<br />

• 650ml double cream<br />

• 500ml buttermilk<br />

• 75g caster sugar<br />

• 3 leaves of gelatine<br />

• 10 heads of elderflower – all the<br />

flavour of elderflower is in the<br />

pollen, so don’t wash it, just gently<br />

shake outside to allow any insects to<br />

crawl away.<br />

• 400g strawberries<br />

• 2 tbsp sugar<br />

1. In a pan, combine the cream,<br />

buttermilk and sugar and heat<br />

until just at boiling point.<br />

2. Remove from the heat and<br />

immerse the elderflowers, leaving<br />

the stalks above the cream. Cover<br />

and leave for 30 minutes, the cream<br />

will infuse with flavour as it cools.<br />

3. Bloom the gelatine for 10<br />

minutes in cold water. Reheat<br />

200ml of the elderflower infused<br />

cream. Gently squeeze the water<br />

out of the gelatine and add to<br />

the hot cream and whisk.<br />

4. Pass the gelatine cream through<br />

a fine mesh colander back into<br />

the rest of the elderflower cream,<br />

and then pass the combined<br />

mixture once more to remove any<br />

gelatine lumps and stray flowers.<br />

5. Pour the elderflower cream into<br />

teacups or small bowls and chill for<br />

at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight.<br />

There is only a small amount of<br />

gelatine in these soft puddings, so<br />

they are not suitable to turn out.<br />

6. Before serving, wash and<br />

halve any large strawberries<br />

and macerate for an hour with<br />

a tablespoon or two of caster<br />

sugar, turning once or twice.<br />

7. Serve each pudding with a<br />

spoonful of strawberries and a<br />

simple biscuit, such as shortbread.<br />

Find The Small Holding on<br />

Ranters Lane, Kilndown,<br />

Kent. For more information,<br />

and to book a table, visit<br />

thesmallholding.restaurant<br />

or follow on Instagram<br />

@the_small_holding_<br />

The Full Acre menu is £85 per<br />

person or £65 for the Half Acre.<br />

Will’s recipes are presented on<br />

handmade pottery commissioned<br />

from Aylesford Pottery<br />


No Sweat!<br />

Josephine Fairley explores the new generation of premium deodorants<br />

that are just as pampering as your specialist skincare<br />

Q<br />

uietly, discreetly, a revolution<br />

has been taking place in our<br />

armpits. Where once antiperspirants<br />

and deodorants were a<br />

workaday staple – right up there<br />

with brushing your teeth, in terms of<br />

sexiness – they’ve had a major makeover,<br />

in the past few years. Beauty brands<br />

and perfume houses have worked<br />

to transform a chore into a positive,<br />

sensory pleasure. (Though it probably<br />

won’t surprise you to learn we’re<br />

definitely not talking Right Guard<br />

prices, here: the ‘poshest’ deodorants<br />

can set you back a pretty penny.)<br />

Is this new generation of ‘designer’<br />

deodorants any more ‘effective’? The<br />

answer is: probably not. If you have a<br />

severe perspiration problem and you<br />

find it distressing you need – yes, a<br />

full-on antiperspirant, which blocks<br />

the sweat glands. (Think: Vichy<br />

72-Hour Stress Resist Anti-Perspirant<br />

Deodorant, £9.95; Mitchum Ice<br />

Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant,<br />

or Perspirex Strong Antiperspirant<br />

Roll-On, £9.99.) But if you want<br />

to smell fresh and limit odour, and<br />

massively up the enjoyment factor,<br />

I point you in the direction of the<br />

following introductions – all of which<br />

are a quantum sensory leap from the<br />

Boots and Superdrug mainstream.<br />

One of the big differences with many<br />

of the new deos is how you apply them.<br />

Creams are a strong deodorant trend<br />

(not a phrase I ever thought would<br />

dance off my keyboard), the idea being<br />

that you take generally a pea-sized<br />

amount and physically massage it into<br />

the armpit. The other advantage is<br />

that you can be sure you’ve reached all<br />

the ‘nooks and crannies’, for optimum<br />

odour protection. And for women,<br />

there is one big bonus: the action of<br />

application also lets you feel for any<br />

changes in the armpit which you<br />

might want to check out with your<br />

doctor; in some cases, a lump in the<br />

armpit can be a symptom of breast<br />

cancer – and is always worth checking<br />

out.) All the cream deos I’ve tried<br />

dry to a powder finish, meanwhile,<br />

which keeps you feeling fresh without<br />

stopping the body’s natural processes.<br />

I certainly very much prefer cream<br />

deodorants, now I’ve made the switch.<br />

I’ve been able to try many of the<br />

launches, and have some definite top<br />

picks. For its spa-like scent and chic<br />

bamboo packaging, I’m very much<br />

enjoying GAIA Skincare Awakening<br />

Cream Deodorant, £20 for 50g, which<br />

adds a low-key touch of antibacterial tea<br />

tree to their signature aromatherapeutic<br />

wake-up blend of tangerine, peppermint<br />

and grapefruit; all this British brand’s<br />

products are created out of their awardwinning<br />

spa at Boringdon Hall, in<br />

Devon, the most relaxing of destinations<br />

and one I’d return to in a heartbeat.<br />

I’ve also become very keen on a<br />

new-ish brand called AKT, which<br />

smells amazing. AMAZING. There’s<br />

an interesting story behind AKT: the<br />

founders, Andy Coxon and Ed Currie,<br />

met while rehearsing for the Carole<br />

King musical in the West End, with<br />

demanding roles and eight shows a<br />

week, they needed something to tackle<br />

the sweat and whiff. Unable to find<br />

anything that fitted the bill, the duo<br />

then spent three years working with<br />

formulators and perfumers to come up<br />

with AKT, which was then tested on a<br />

large number of West End performers,<br />

who gave it rave reviews. There are<br />

now five scents in the range, all priced<br />

at £19 for 50ml: SC.01 EXT. Orange<br />

Grove (citrusy petitgrain, neroli and<br />

mandarin), SC.02 EXT. After Thunder<br />

(woody-aromatic, with eucalyptus, cedar<br />

and bitter orange), and SC.03 EXT.<br />

The Onsen (vetiver, lavender, yuzu);<br />

SC.04 Ext. Halcyon Summers (mint,<br />

tomato vine, pomelo), and super-pretty<br />

SC.04 Ext. Columbia Road (amber,<br />

violet, tonka), a tribute to East London’s<br />

flower market, and my new fave in the<br />

range. The packaging, in the form of<br />

aluminium tubes – almost toothpastestyle<br />

–is 100% recyclable, and to ensure<br />

that you squeeze every last dab out of<br />

the tube, a stylish ‘key’ is available.<br />

It’s certainly an innovative take on<br />

deodorant – as is Fussy, who apparently<br />

got their break on Dragon’s Den.<br />

Their sculptural, sleek cases, priced<br />

£20, are refillable (they look like they<br />

could have been designed by Apple)<br />

– and <strong>inside</strong>, you slip one of a really<br />

wide range of solid deodorants with<br />

scents spanning citrus, cucumber,<br />

fresh, tropical, woody, or my fave,<br />

Night Tales, which blends cedar and<br />

cinnamon and patchouli. (NB the refills<br />

come in multiples of three, but you<br />

can mix and match and at just a fiver,<br />

it’s not the absolute end of the world<br />

if they don’t all push your buttons.)<br />

Another plus of a cream deodorant<br />

is their skin conditioning action – and<br />

who doesn’t want strokable armpits…?<br />

If you aren’t too ticklish, they can be<br />

an erogenous zone. The best of all<br />

for this, I’ve found, is Kopari Beauty<br />

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Beach Deodorant, £13 for 57g, a stickstyle<br />

clear gel with odour-absorbing<br />

charcoal, infused with coconut oil and<br />

a luscious tropical, holiday-esque scent.<br />

Others that I think are worth a swipe:<br />

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant,<br />

a cooling stick deodorant which I like<br />

because at £13 for 28g, it’s a useful<br />

travel size (larger version also available).<br />

It’s refreshingly camphoraceous, and if<br />

you were looking for something to drop<br />

a gentle-in-every-way hint to a male<br />

in the household with a bit of a whiff<br />

problem, this might be your best bet.<br />

For those who like minty, tea tree-ish<br />

scents (as I do), an enduring favourite<br />

remains Aurelia London Botanical<br />

Cream Deodorant, £19 for 50g, which<br />

offers both of those ultra-fresh essential<br />

oils. And if you’re going for a more<br />

traditional roll-on format, I’d steer<br />

you to Evolve Organic Beauty Pure<br />

Prebiotic Roll On Deodorant, £11 for<br />

50ml, made up of prebiotics that help<br />

control odour, plus skin-soothing sage;<br />

it’s subtly and airily scented with lemon.<br />

You may also be lucky and find that<br />

a favourite perfume is now available<br />

as a spray, roll-on or stick deo.<br />

Having emerged from a phase during<br />

which beauty brands discontinued<br />

countless body products, there’s been<br />

a complete volte face, and now there’s<br />

a joyous scented bodycare boom<br />

going on – which just happens to<br />

embrace underarms. Think: Chanel<br />

No5 The Deodorant, £44 for 100ml;<br />

Dior Miss Dior Deodorant, £43<br />

for 100ml; Hermès Eau d’Orange<br />

Verte Alcohol-Free Deodorant Stick,<br />

£35 for 75ml; Clinique Aromatics<br />

Elixir Anti-Perspirant Deodorant<br />

Roll-On, £19 for 75ml, and there<br />

are many others (just Google to<br />

see if yours is now available in this<br />

format). Blissfully, I even discovered<br />

researching this that one of my most<br />

beloved scents can now be enjoyed<br />

in deo form, Guerlain Shalimar<br />

Deodorant Spray, £52 for 100ml –<br />

which is definitely going straight onto<br />

next month’s birthday wishlist. (And<br />

let me tell you, it’s the first time that<br />

a deodorant has featured on that.)<br />

Verily, we have entered the<br />

age of the charmpit…<br />

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

tried and tested beauty reviews.

Service is the key<br />

Guest’s Shoe Services Ltd are celebrating 70 years in business<br />

Guest’s Shoe Services Ltd was started by<br />

Tom Guest, after being invalided out<br />

of the Navy. Alongside work at the<br />

Post Office and Paine Smith Bakers<br />

of Southborough, Tom started repairing shoes by<br />

hand from home with the help of his wife Edna.<br />

Following praise from neighbours and friends, his<br />

first shop opened in Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells.<br />


It was in 1957 that 23 Mount Ephraim was<br />

purchased, and he moved in with his wife,<br />

son Ian and daughter Avril. The business<br />

expanded and at one time had 9 shops, 4<br />

in Tunbridge Wells, 2 in Tonbridge, 1 in<br />

West Malling, 1 in Rusthall and finally 1 in<br />

Crowborough in 1968. There were also 3 vans<br />

that would travel around the villages picking<br />

up and returning repairs as well as selling new<br />

shoes, including Barsleys of Paddock Wood.<br />

Tom’s son Ian started as a Saturday boy at<br />

the Camden Road shop, then after leaving<br />

school in 1967, worked in the family<br />

business full-time, at the Mount Ephraim<br />

branch. Ian is still occupied with repairs,<br />

special requests and work that no one else<br />

will touch, with many customers who have<br />

become good friends over the years.<br />

With the help of a third generation, Tom’s<br />

granddaughter, Jenny Rickwood who<br />

started as a Saturday assistant, looks after<br />

the Crowborough shop and assists with<br />

the buying and running of both shops.<br />

The retail side of the business has taken over<br />

and being independent allows us to have<br />

the variety of styles and colours in shoes,<br />

handbags and leather goods in store. Over<br />

the years trading has altered, suppliers have<br />

changed or ceased trading. The good old<br />

brands like K Shoes, Equity and Elmdale have<br />

gone but been replaced with new, modern<br />

brands like Jana, Rieker and DB Shoes.<br />

Fashion has changed a lot since Covid,<br />

especially in footwear. The demand for<br />

formal footwear slowed, casual shoes and<br />

trainers are what we are all wearing now.<br />

This season we have become stockists of<br />

Skechers, and the new Arch Fit and Slip<br />

Ins range are proving very popular.<br />

We like most retailers, have to work ahead<br />

and are currently looking at next years Spring/<br />

Summer ranges. Customers often ask how<br />

do you know what to buy? We have trusted<br />

brands, but more importantly it’s about quality,<br />

comfort and styles, with a little bit of luck too.<br />

Social Media plays an important part<br />

in retail, now more than ever, follow us<br />

on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter<br />

5 High Street, Crowborough, East Sussex.<br />

23 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.<br />

www.guestsshoes.co.uk<br />





Introducing new hands free Skechers Slip-Ins.<br />

Putting on your shoes has never been easier.<br />

No Bending over. No pulling them on. No Hassles.<br />


Wellbeing<br />

Setting<br />

the tone<br />

Sarah Maxwell expresses the importance of<br />

maintaining pelvic floor function, and her<br />

advice isn’t just directed at women<br />

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It’s around age 25, when our natural<br />

collagen production starts slowing<br />

down and gravity joins the party. The<br />

effect of both can be quite obvious when<br />

you look in the mirror and make the<br />

decision to step up the skincare routine.<br />

What is lesser known is the effect this<br />

also has on our pelvic floor – regardless<br />

of whether you have had children or<br />

not. Men don’t get away with it either!<br />

Collagen and gravity combined<br />

with poor core function is a nightmare<br />

cocktail, but there are many things<br />

you can easily do to keep strong<br />

and healthy in this department.<br />

How to get started with<br />

pelvic floor exercises/Kegals<br />

Step 1<br />

• A great way to start is to lie on your<br />

back, knees bent and feet flat to the<br />

floor. Close your eyes and imagine<br />

you’re stopping a leak or wind.<br />

• You should have a sense of lifting every<br />

time you squeeze your pelvic floor muscles.<br />

When you release the squeeze there should<br />

be a noticeable ‘letting go’ sensation.<br />

• Pause for a few seconds between<br />

each squeeze and repeat up to 10x.<br />

• While doing the exercises, keep<br />

breathing steadily, don’t tighten your<br />

buttocks, keep your thighs relaxed.<br />

Step 2<br />

• Squeeze and lift (around ¾ of<br />

the way) hold between 1 and<br />

10 seconds and release.<br />

• Let the muscles go and relax.<br />

Repeat up to 10x with a few seconds<br />

rest in between each one.<br />

Step 3<br />

As you get stronger there is no limit to<br />

where and what position you are in to<br />

do them. Squeeze and lift (as if going<br />

up in a lift) 4 floors up, hold then 4<br />

floors down. Rest for a few seconds<br />

after each one and repeat up to 10x.<br />

Multitasking<br />

You can perform pelvic floor exercises<br />

anywhere, at any time, and covertly<br />

(with practice). When you initially<br />

begin performing pelvic floor exercises,<br />

facial contortions are unavoidable so<br />

it’s advisable to practice prior to doing<br />

them on the train! On the bonus side,<br />

you can get a good facial workout at<br />

the same time (extreme multitasking).<br />

Not all habits are bad<br />

Make pelvic floor exercises a habit<br />

by including them in your daily<br />

schedule, like cleaning your teeth.<br />

A great way to remind yourself<br />

(without anyone knowing) are sticky<br />

dots from the stationers placed<br />

on your mirror, phone, kettle.<br />

Awareness about the effects of a weak<br />

pelvic floor on the physical and mental<br />

health of both men and women has<br />

thankfully been highlighted in recent<br />

years. If you find that after exercising<br />

your pelvic floor regularly for a few weeks<br />

there is no improvement, please make an<br />

appointment with your doctor and don’t<br />

suffer in silence because you don’t need to.<br />

Some useful websites to explore:<br />

• kegal8.co.uk • elvie.com<br />

• imperial.nhs.uk/our-services/<br />

physiotherapy/pelvic-health-physiotherapy<br />

• physio4all.com/therapies/<br />

pelvic-floor-therapy/<br />

Not just for Women!<br />

It’s estimated that around 10% of men<br />

have incontinence issues, causing stress,<br />

lack of confidence and isolation.<br />

The pelvic area in men includes<br />

the bladder, prostate and rectum,<br />

urethra and anus. Diabetes, ageing,<br />

prostate surgery or an over active<br />

bladder can cause them to weaken.<br />

The benefits of pelvic exercise for<br />

men can make a great difference<br />

to mental and physical health in<br />

many areas – awareness is key.<br />

• mayoclinichealthsystem.org/<br />

hometown-health/speaking-ofhealth/kegels-are-for-men-too<br />

• patient.info/news-and-features/<br />

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Jo Arnell explains what you need to create the<br />

ultimate insect-attractor – a nectar border<br />

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Insects may look insignificant, but they are<br />

pollinating our plants, playing vital roles in<br />

ecosystems and generally going about their<br />

minute business, quietly underpinning much of<br />

what happens on the planet – and keeping us all<br />

alive. We really need them, and their numbers are<br />

dwindling dramatically. There is much that we can<br />

do in our gardens to help sustain them. Making<br />

an organic garden filled with nectar rich flowers<br />

(and food for insect larvae) is very rewarding – and<br />

not just for the insects. Gardening is an immersive<br />

experience and to be surrounded by buzzing<br />

bees, fluttering butterflies and wondering what<br />

some of the others are getting up to, can be as<br />

uplifting as it is to be among the flowers alone.<br />

Early summer is peak breeding time for much<br />

of our wildlife – this is the high point of the year.<br />

The sun is high in the sky and it stays light for<br />

the longest time, plant growth is vigorous and<br />

strong and food sources are plentiful – in theory.<br />

If we are to keep a healthy population of insects<br />

and the wildlife that depend on them, we need<br />

to provide a source of nectar for as many of<br />

them as we can – and for as long as possible.<br />

Pollinators<br />

Butterflies and bees are the first insects that come<br />

to mind when we think about pollinators, but<br />

there are others that are just as useful, and some<br />

that even helpfully combine pollinating with<br />

pest control. Beetles, moths, flies and wasps are<br />

all busy collecting nectar alongside the more<br />

popular flower visitors. Wasps will gorge on<br />

nectar, but feed grubs and caterpillars to their<br />

young, hoverflies have carnivorous larvae that<br />

eat aphids and ladybirds will be multitasking too<br />

– pollinating and pest controlling as they go.<br />

An insect’s lifecycle can be a complicated matter<br />

and many need access to a range of food sources. The<br />

caterpillars of several species of butterfly, including<br />

Red Admirals and Peacocks, feed on stinging nettles,<br />

and many others nibble at wildflowers and meadow<br />

grasses, so it is important to have a few rough patches<br />

at the edges of the<br />

garden borders – which is a relief<br />

to those of us that can’t help but<br />

have them. Being untidy can<br />

be a useful thing sometimes.<br />

One of the very best things<br />

to install for attracting all sorts<br />

of wildlife is a pond. It doesn’t<br />

have to be a large, deep expanse<br />

of water either – a scenic washing up<br />

bowl, or water feature that just has a<br />

small pump to enable a trickle of water<br />

over stones will provide a drinking and<br />

bathing source. The important thing is<br />

to make sure the creatures can climb in<br />

and out without risk of drowning, so a small<br />

beach, or areas of pebbles and a container<br />

with shallow, sloping sides is ideal.<br />

As well as providing food and<br />

water for all these beneficial<br />

insects, we need to<br />

supply them with shelter<br />

too. Butterflies need<br />

somewhere to hide when<br />

it’s raining and they all<br />

need places to overwinter<br />

and hunker down during cold snaps. Hedges<br />

are great places for taking refuge in and even<br />

fences covered in climbers will be providing a useful<br />

shelter service. Ivy is one of the very best all<br />

round plants – bringing nectar, winter<br />

berries, and cover in the form of<br />

a thin hedge – known as a<br />

fedge – like a cross between a<br />

fence and a hedge. A small<br />

pile of logs, or just leaving<br />

the top growth on your<br />

perennials over the<br />

winter will give places<br />

for insects to snuggle<br />

down in, away from<br />

harsh weather<br />

and predators.<br />

<br />

Some plants’ flowers<br />

pump out more<br />

fragrance as dusk falls,<br />

like Evening Primrose<br />

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Nectar rich plants<br />

Nectar is the payment the plant makes to the<br />

insect for its pollination service and flowers<br />

are the signal from the plant to advertise the<br />

nectar source. Insects have evolved alongside<br />

native plants and wildflowers, matching their<br />

lifecycles and coexisting in an intricate dance<br />

through the ages. The fact that we like flowers<br />

too might help in the process – except for the<br />

fact that the native plants are often so rampant<br />

that we call them weeds… Luckily many of<br />

our pretty wildflowers and cottage garden<br />

plants – especially the self seeding biennials like<br />

foxgloves, honesty and forget-me-nots – are<br />

packed with nectar too and are easy to grow.<br />

The worst type of plant for an insect is one<br />

that has been bred for double flowers – a frilly<br />

froufrou that has forfeited its nectaries in favour<br />

of yet more petals makes it hard for an insect<br />

to access what little food there is, or actually<br />

impossible, because the plant has become<br />

sterile and has no need for pollination. Some<br />

of these flowers are very beautiful, but perhaps,<br />

like an unscented rose, a flower that contains<br />

no nectar, is not really much of a flower.<br />

There are certain plants that pollinators really<br />

like – simple, open daisy flowers provide great<br />

landing pads and the central section is made up<br />

of lots of tiny flowers, each with its own nectary,<br />

which makes it worthwhile visiting. Bees like<br />

tubular flowers, such as foxgloves, antirrhinums<br />

and penstemon, and will even climb <strong>inside</strong><br />

them – invited in by spotted landing strips,<br />

or – in the case of the snapdragon, hinged<br />

doors at the base of the flower, along the lip<br />

of the bloom. Bees are especially attracted to<br />

blue and mauve flowers and can see colours in<br />

the ultra-violet range that we can’t perceive.<br />

Moths and other night flying creatures –<br />

some beetles, even occasionally bats (but to<br />

catch the insects) – are drawn in by the scent,<br />

rather than the colour of the flowers. The<br />

plant will pump out more fragrance as dusk<br />

falls, so these make a lovely backdrop to an<br />

evening seating area. The clue is in the name<br />

for plants like Evening Primrose and Night<br />

Scented Stock. Shade loving plants are often<br />

scented too and many early flowering shrubs<br />

will have fragrant blossom to attract in early<br />

emerging insects – these are usually out and<br />

about before the bees and butterflies wake up.<br />

Designing a nectar border<br />

When you are planning out where to position<br />

a nectar border, think about which insects<br />

will visit. Butterflies and bees will like open,<br />

sunny places and are attracted by the colour of<br />

flowers – butterflies to bright colours. A shadier<br />

space will be attracting other insects – but they<br />

are just as important and often overlooked.<br />

The bed needs a range of plants at different<br />

heights – tall, middle of the border, and low<br />

growing ground cover for underplanting<br />

and for the front. The heights don’t have to<br />

be regimented – a few tall spires of lupins<br />

or foxgloves can be placed in among<br />

medium sized plants – and something<br />

like Verbena bonariensis, beloved by<br />

pollinators (or shade loving Thalictrum)<br />

can waft through the length of the<br />

border and make a see-through haze.<br />

Plant in swathes if you can, so that<br />

the insects can land and feed for<br />

a while without having to waste<br />

energy flitting around. Natural<br />

looking groups that blend into<br />

one another will look good and<br />

if you are able to time it so that<br />

as one clump of flowers fades,<br />

the next starts to open, you will<br />

be providing a constant stream<br />

of nectar through the season.<br />

Plants are expensive to buy in<br />

multiples, but luckily herbaceous<br />

perennials can be divided and<br />

clump up quickly – and most are<br />

easy to take cuttings from, so it<br />

might not be as costly as it sounds.<br />

Think about seasonality too. Weird<br />

weather and unseasonably warm winters<br />

bring many insects out of dormancy<br />

early, so it’s a good thing to provide<br />

some early nectar for those that are<br />

active at the beginning – and end<br />

of the year. Hellebores, early bulbs<br />

and woodlanders like winter<br />

aconites, snowdrops – even<br />

violas in window boxes and<br />

containers – could be a life saver<br />

to a creature that stumbles out<br />

on a warm day in February.<br />

Late flowering plants like Salvias,<br />

Asters and Eupatorium carry on<br />

flowering for a long time into the<br />

autumn – and often beyond if it stays mild.<br />

Many of the insects will be needing a boost of<br />

late nectar to help them at the end of the season,<br />

building up their strength for a period of winter<br />

dormancy, or just as a last hurrah among the<br />

flowers – a final party filled with sweet nectar<br />

before the weather closes in on them.<br />

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Sue Whigham explores the oh-so delicate world of epimediums –<br />

personal favourites that are a little harder to track down<br />

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I’m happy that other names for<br />

epimediums include barrenwort,<br />

‘Bishop’s hat’ and ‘fairy wings’<br />

– but ‘horny goat weed’ is going<br />

too far for a genus of flowering<br />

plants which are not only beautiful<br />

but so delicate and so desirable.<br />

There are more than fifty confirmed<br />

species of epimedium but no doubt<br />

others will be added to the list with<br />

the development of more hybrids<br />

and more species being discovered in<br />

China. Epimediums in the wild grow in<br />

woodland, in mountainous regions and<br />

on river banks in China and other parts<br />

of Asia, as well as in Mediterranean<br />

regions. They are in the Berberidaceae<br />

family and vary enormously in both<br />

leaf shape and colour, as well as flower<br />

shape and colour. The flowers can come<br />

in shades of yellow through to orange<br />

and many shades of pink, red through<br />

to mauves and purples. Flower shapes<br />

include small hanging cup shapes or<br />

bells to pendulous stars resembling<br />

dangling spiders where the flower is<br />

‘predominantly long spurred petals’.<br />

I think that as more hybrids are<br />

produced with more easily remembered<br />

names, like the lovely E. ‘Pink<br />

Champagne’, there will be more<br />

epimediums sold in garden centres.<br />

Specialist nurseries are more used to<br />

fairly unpronounceable Latin names<br />

but not so the garden centres. Imagine<br />

trying to ask for E. lishihchenii or E.<br />

membranaceum unless you are feeling<br />

fairly confident. Shame really as both<br />

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Epimediums require<br />

some shade and<br />

will do their best<br />

if you prepare the<br />

site first, adding<br />

some organic matter<br />

before you plant<br />

has a long flowering season from late<br />

April through until August – as well as<br />

a long name. It’s a recent introduction<br />

from China and has luminous yellow<br />

flowers and elongated serrated leaves.<br />

Some are ideal for dry conditions,<br />

under trees and shrubs, as long as there<br />

is some light. In other words, dappled<br />

shade rather than dark conditions. They<br />

are perfect as ground cover plants, some<br />

spreading over the ground wonderfully<br />

fast. One such plant is the hybrid<br />

(and the fastest growing) E x versicolor<br />

‘Sulphureum’. Cut down last year’s<br />

shabby foliage to the ground early in the<br />

year so that the flowers on their wiry red<br />

stems can be seen and enjoyed before<br />

the mottled heart-shaped leaves appear.<br />

You can see drifts of it at RHS Wisley<br />

(if you can face the road works) and the<br />

RHS are now adding newer varieties in<br />

the woodland garden and in the shadier<br />

parts of the rock garden. They are ideal<br />

companions for spring plants such as<br />

hellebores, primroses and spring bulbs.<br />

What do epimediums need?<br />

They require some shade and will do<br />

their best if you prepare the site first,<br />

adding some organic matter before<br />

you plant. There are some varieties<br />

that can take sun, so it’s worth doing<br />

your homework before you buy. Once<br />

your plants are in, keep them watered<br />

in their first year, especially if we have<br />

a dry spell. Epimediums are hardy<br />

despite looking so delicate and can<br />

cope with cold, wintry conditions.<br />

My first epimedium was E. ‘Amber<br />

Queen’, AGM. This one has a long<br />

flowering season and has serrated<br />

leaves topped with orangey-yellow<br />

flowers above dark wiry stems and<br />

seems to be as tough as old boots. I’m<br />

not sure about the colour now but as<br />

the plant is rhizomatus it has made a<br />

good sized clump over the past five<br />

years so and earned its place in a rather<br />

overcrowded shady border. I think that<br />

some of the newer hybrids are very<br />

tempting. Who could resist E. ‘Fire<br />

Dragon’ with its description of amber<br />

and silver foliage topped with pink<br />

and yellow flowers. And the vigorous<br />

E. grandifolium ‘Lilac Seedling’ with<br />

arrow shaped bronze-green leaves<br />

and lilac flowers appearing in April.<br />

This particular wish list is growing.<br />

Where to see them<br />

There is a National Collection of<br />

Epimediums set up by Roger and Linda<br />

Hammond in 2013 (themagnolias.co.uk).<br />

They are based in Brentwood, Essex.<br />

Roger’s interest in epimediums began<br />

when he was at horticultural college<br />

and saw epimediums displayed on a<br />

Blackthorn’s stand at a RHS Show.<br />

They have a good, comprehensive<br />

website and open their garden and<br />

collection in April. He recommends<br />

Sally Gregson’s book, The Plant<br />

Lover’s Guide to Epimediums. Many<br />

of the illustrations in the book come<br />

from the National Collection. Sally’s<br />

nursery, Mill Cottage Plants in Wookey,<br />

Somerset, has epimediums growing<br />

under her other love: hydrangeas. It<br />

was interesting to see that she was<br />

inspired by Elizabeth Strangman’s<br />

nursery in Hawkhurst, Kent, which<br />

unfortunately closed in 1999.<br />

Where to buy them<br />

There are now many nurseries<br />

supplying epimediums which include<br />

Edrom Nurseries edrom-nurseries.co.uk,<br />

Burncoose Nurseries burncoose.co.uk,<br />

Hardy’s Cottage Garden plants<br />

hardysplants.co.uk, Beth Chatto<br />

bethchatto.co.uk and Dorset Perennials<br />

dorsetperennials.co.uk.<br />

Sue Whigham can be contacted on<br />

07810 457948 for gardening advice<br />

and help in the sourcing and supply of<br />

interesting garden plants.<br />

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48,000 tulips in 105 varieties!<br />


Over 46,000 tulips SPECIAL<br />

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19th April every day to 3rd May<br />

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What’s On in <strong>June</strong><br />


Sat 1 July 10am-4pm<br />

Reading Street Village CT4 3AZ<br />



This is Reading Street’s fourth<br />

open garden event. Gardens range<br />

from a small cottage garden to<br />

an award-winning wildlife one,<br />

a fairy garden for the little ones<br />

and Taddy’s Allotments. All<br />

gardens are within 5-10 minutes<br />

walk from St Andrew’s Church.<br />

There will be plants and produce<br />

sales. Refreshments and lunches<br />

will also be available in the<br />

Community Hall to eat in or take<br />

away. Tickets are available from<br />

various points in the village.<br />

Contact: offstand@btinternet.com<br />

Entry: £5, accompanied children free<br />

Sat 3 <strong>June</strong> 5-7pm<br />

The Thatched House, Cage<br />

Lane, Smarden, Kent TN27 8QE<br />



Friends of Smarden Church<br />

invite you to enjoy Drinks in<br />

the Garden with the price of<br />

your ticket including a welcome<br />

drink and tasty catering by Blue<br />

Egg. The Thatched House was<br />

used as a location for the Agatha<br />

Christie film, The Mirror Cracked,<br />

so give that a watch before you<br />

visit this special garden. You<br />

can get your tickets for what<br />

promises to be a lovely event<br />

from Smarden Community<br />

Store and Gallery or you can<br />

call 01233 770695 or 770182.<br />

Entry: £15<br />

fosc.yolasite.com<br />


Thu 8 <strong>June</strong> 11am-12.30pm<br />

Walled Garden, Water Lane,<br />

Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 5DH<br />





Join designer Cath Kidston<br />

Padgham MBE, in conversation<br />

with fellow entrepreneur and<br />

fragrance lover, Jo Fairley in the<br />

Carnation Glasshouse at the<br />

sublime Water Lane. They’ll<br />

chat about Cath’s passion for<br />

pelargoniums, fragrance and the<br />

garden, which led to C.Atherley,<br />

her new bath and beauty brand.<br />

The ticket can also add two<br />

courses and either a glass of<br />

wine or a homemade cordial<br />

from Water Lane restaurant after<br />

the talk at a combined price of<br />

£55. Following the talk there<br />

will also be the opportunity to<br />

take a short, guided tour of the<br />

Water Lane Cutting Garden.<br />

Entry: £25 (£55 with lunch)<br />

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Thur 8, Fri 9 & Sat 10<br />

<strong>June</strong> 9am-4.30pm<br />

Hole Park, Benenden Road,<br />

Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4JB<br />



Come and join us to welcome<br />

the joyful summer season. You’ll<br />

find all your favourite exhibitors<br />

plus a wide selection of exciting<br />

new stands from independent<br />

businesses who’ll be selling<br />

gorgeous fashion, sustainable<br />

homeware and clothing, art and<br />

crafts, home and gardenware,<br />

beauty and so much more (we<br />

haven’t even started on the food<br />

and drink!) Lovely dogs on leads<br />

are very welcome. Your ticket also<br />

includes the wonderful Hole Park<br />

Gardens. So shop, relax, wander<br />

and drink in the summertime.<br />

We look forward to welcoming<br />

you. Tickets and info at<br />

wealdentimes-fair.co.uk<br />

Sun 11 <strong>June</strong> 10.30am-4pm<br />

Chiddingstone Castle,<br />

Hill Hoath Road,<br />

Edenbridge, TN8 7AD<br />



The Summer Vintage Fair<br />

returns to Chiddingstone Castle<br />

for its eighth year in the Castle<br />

grounds. With an extensive array<br />

of fabulous French and English<br />

homewares, decorative vintage,<br />

textiles, furniture, fashion,<br />

jewellery, accessories, pre-loved<br />

items and gardenalia - this truly<br />

is a festival of all things vintage!<br />

There will be singing and dancing<br />

throughout the day and delicious<br />

food and refreshments from<br />

local food specialists available.<br />

Entry: £7.50, children<br />

£2.50 on the day<br />

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Fri 23 – Sun 25 <strong>June</strong><br />

Priory Park, Bell Street,<br />

Reigate RH2 7RL<br />


The ultimate food and music<br />

festival Hosted by Tom Kerridge,<br />

Simon Rimmer and Matt Tebbutt.<br />

Expect banging live music,<br />

incredible chefs and of course<br />

delicious food! You’ll be able to<br />

hop between pop-up restaurants to<br />

feast on exclusive menus curated<br />

by the nation’s best chefs and<br />

restaurants. Meanwhile, music<br />

from the likes of Bananarama,<br />

Example, and Toploader are sure<br />

to satisfy your festival pangs.<br />

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Sat 24 & Sun 25 <strong>June</strong><br />

10am-5pm<br />

Borde Hill, Borde Hill<br />

Lane, Haywards Heath,<br />

West Sussex, RH16 1XP<br />




This summer the Sussex Guild<br />

returns to exhibit inspiring work<br />

in a village of small marquees<br />

on the lawns of the Azalea Ring<br />

at Borde Hill. Visitors will be<br />

treated to spectacular examples of<br />

ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery,<br />

metalwork, textile art, woodwork<br />

and more; most of which<br />

can be purchased or specially<br />

commissioned. Some makers will<br />

be demonstrating, giving visitors<br />

the chance to see the well-honed<br />

skills in making high-end crafts.<br />

Visitors are encouraged to prebook<br />

their visit in advance and by<br />

booking at least a day in advance<br />

a £1 online discount will be<br />

applied at the time of booking.<br />

thesussexguild.co.uk<br />

Sat 25 <strong>June</strong> 11am-5pm<br />

Charter Hall, Chessenden Lane,<br />

Smarden, Ashford TN27 8NF<br />


Taste of Smarden is an<br />

annual event run by Smarden<br />

Community Store to celebrate<br />

all of the great local products<br />

made in Kent and Sussex.<br />

Since its inception, the range of<br />

foods, wines and beers available<br />

to sample and buy has grown<br />

dramatically. It’s a day out for<br />

the whole family with children’s<br />

activities, a barbecue, a beer<br />

and prosecco bar, strawberries<br />

and cream and a great band.<br />

Visitors to Taste of Smarden and<br />

the Community Store will find<br />

friendly faces and fabulous food<br />

in one of Kent’s prettiest villages.<br />

smardencommunitystore.co.uk<br />



Sun 16 July<br />

The Recreation Ground,<br />

Appledore TN26 2AE<br />



This ever-popular event promises<br />

to bring together a fantastically<br />

diverse range of vehicles including<br />

cars, buses, bikes and commercial<br />

vehicles from the early 1900s<br />

to the modern day, the event<br />

has become a much-loved<br />

tradition for the local Romney<br />

Marsh community and visitors<br />

alike. Expect a day filled with<br />

entertainment including arena<br />

events, auto-jumble, displays and<br />

refreshments, all while admiring<br />

the stunning vehicles on display.<br />

Entry: £5, families £10<br />

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Aside from the animals, there’s<br />

another productive (almost<br />

commercial!) arm of Coopers<br />

Farm – growing fruit and veg<br />

Every spring I approach my<br />

vegetable growing with boundless<br />

enthusiasm and by the time<br />

summer comes around I am overwhelmed<br />

by it all. Not to mention the angst of going<br />

on holiday just as the sweet corn / beans /<br />

courgettes peak. You’d think by now it would have<br />

occurred to me to scale back the March/April end of the<br />

operation so as to retain a modicum of control later in<br />

the summer. But for <strong>2023</strong> it’s been business as usual!<br />

During the dark winter months I pored over all those<br />

seed catalogues and made a New Year’s resolution to<br />

be moderate, but blow me down if by February the<br />

seed companies hit you with irresistible offers that,<br />

together with their pictures of glorious<br />

abundance, are irresistible. I’m off again.<br />

March, April and May were spent<br />

madly sowing, pricking out and potting<br />

on and now in <strong>June</strong> it’s time to plant<br />

out the greenhouse bounty and sow<br />

other seeds direct into the warmer<br />

soil. Always a tense time as a useful<br />

morning spent sowing row upon<br />

row of radish, spring onion, lettuce,<br />

rocket – all carefully marked with<br />

lolly sticks – is like a sweetie shop for<br />

the team. Irresistible. If the hens get<br />

a whiff of the action they’ll be up there scratching<br />

and pecking and reducing my soldier-straight rows to<br />

a glorified seed free mess. Aaagh. Let’s hope the new<br />

fence is high enough to deter a determined chicken.<br />

The peas have been busy germinating in a gutter<br />

suspended like a hammock in the greenhouse to<br />

stop the mice having a feast. And now it’s time<br />

to plant them out, which heralds the annual trip<br />

to the hazel coppice to collect pea sticks.<br />

East Sussex is the most wooded county in the UK and<br />

most traditional farms include at least two or three small<br />

parcels of woodland or shaws which would have been<br />

The peas have been<br />

busy germinating in<br />

a gutter suspended<br />

like a hammock in<br />

the greenhouse to<br />

stop the mice having<br />

a feast<br />

coppiced to supply firewood and a whole host of other<br />

valuable materials like fencing, brooms and tool handles.<br />

And then later through the 18th and 19th centuries,<br />

coppiced wood provided charcoal for the all important<br />

smelting of iron, a key industry in the High Weald.<br />

Coppicing is the process that occurs<br />

when a tree is felled and new sprouts arise<br />

from the cut stump known as a stool.<br />

This process can be carried out over and<br />

over again and is sustainable over several<br />

hundred years with the stool getting<br />

ever larger in diameter. All broadleaf<br />

trees can be coppiced but some – ash,<br />

hazel, oak, sweet chestnut and lime –<br />

are best, while others like beech, cherry<br />

and poplar really don’t respond. And<br />

conifers won’t do it at all, chop them<br />

down and they simply shut up shop.<br />

Coppice is felled in blocks termed coupes (or fells,<br />

cants or haggs) with five or six being cut in any season.<br />

At Coopers we have been coppicing our woods for<br />

the past ten years, albeit on a one woman and her<br />

chainsaw scale, but when I’ve harvested this year’s poles,<br />

sticks and branches there’s every possibility we might<br />

just complete our first hagg (favourite descriptive).<br />

While the peas will be supported in this time honoured<br />

way, the melons – a new project for <strong>2023</strong> – will apparently<br />

need tights to act as protective slings. Not much call for<br />

American Tans in the farming world so – rather like the visit<br />

to the coppice for pea sticks – charity shops here I come.<br />

Find out more about daily life at Coopers Farm by following Jane on Instagram @coopersfarm<br />

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