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The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

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SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

EDUCATION and KITCHEN SUPPLEMENTS <strong>inside</strong><br />

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes





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Contents<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Dream homes on the market<br />


Upcoming events for your diary<br />


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

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


A peaceful family home with a<br />

little boho chic in Peasmarsh<br />


When it comes to soft furnishing,<br />

add some feminine softness<br />


Browse inspirational kitchen<br />

pages for style advice and<br />

trend-led designs<br />


A fascinating property<br />

perched on top of some<br />

stunning coastline<br />

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Achieve airy chic with our<br />

perfectly pale interior picks<br />


Go behind the scenes<br />

at a host of successful<br />

South East schools<br />


A deliciously red tote<br />

bag statement<br />


Opt for berry, autumn’s<br />

latest fashion hue<br />


The West House’s Graham<br />

Garrett shares recipes from his<br />

autobiographical cookbook<br />


Josephine Fairley road tests<br />

the ultimate face masks<br />


Sarah Maxwell explains how<br />

to alleviate hypertension<br />

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Charlotte Lau explores<br />

the power of apples<br />



Sue Whigham discovers the<br />

village of Marden’s inspiring<br />

community wildlife projects<br />


Jo Arnell gives her tips<br />

for paths and patios<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

From pantos to courses,<br />

find out what’s on...<br />


Jane Howard looks into<br />

tree conservation<br />



26 pages of the<br />

latest school<br />

news, views<br />

and specialities.<br />

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From the<br />

Editor<br />

Britain’s Biggest Choice of Art<br />

It’s back to school this month for so many families<br />

across the South East, and a brand new adventure<br />

for many children who will be embarking on their<br />

education journey or starting a new school. We’ve<br />

put together a special supplement that will appeal<br />

to anyone who’s wanting to find out more about<br />

the staff, facilities and specialities of the wonderful<br />

schools we have here in Kent, Sussex and <strong>Surrey</strong>.<br />

<strong>Kitchen</strong>s take centre stage between our<br />

house shoots this issue, where Rebecca Cuffe<br />

has explored designs, trends and accessories<br />

alongside real-life projects to inspire.<br />

We’ve focused in on the rich, pillarbox red in fashion<br />

this month. Find clothes and accessories to light up<br />

your autumn wardrobe and get a preview of a striking<br />

range of luxury leather bags that you can shop at this<br />

November’s Wealden Times Midwinter Fair (tickets<br />

are now on sale at wealdentimes-fair.co.uk by the way!)<br />

Our food section comes courtesy of the incredibly<br />

talented Graham Garrett of The West House fame. Spice<br />

up your recipe repertoire with oysters,<br />

sea bass and a contemporary sticky<br />

toffee pudding before moving into our<br />

health and beauty section to discover<br />

the ultimate face masks, learn why<br />

apples can deliver such a healthy boost<br />

and get tips to relieve hypertension.<br />

Enjoy your Priceless magazine!<br />

Priceless Team<br />

EditorLucy Fleming<br />

<strong>Supplement</strong>s & Features EditorRebecca Cuffe<br />

Sub Editor & Features Writer Emily Pavey<br />

Design & Production DirectorAnthony Boxall<br />

Sales ManagersLisa Gordon-Hughes<br />

Maria Hurley<br />

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Sales & Marketing Executive Zoe Parrish<br />

Wealden Times Show Director Flo Simpson<br />

Events Manager Liz Miles<br />

Events Sales Director Jude Brown<br />

Financial ControllerStephen Hunt<br />

Accounts Sarah Davies<br />

Nicola O’Leary<br />

Social Media ManagerCharlotte Lau<br />

Managing DirectorVivien Cotterill-Lee<br />

Executive Chairman Julie Simpson<br />

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Damien Pestell picks his favourite homes on the market<br />

Godalming<br />

The dream: An exquisite<br />

16th century Grade II<br />

listed farmhouse, which<br />

has undergone a staggering<br />

redesign by the current<br />

owners, to create a home<br />

which combines modern style<br />

with classic period features.<br />

Where: The beautiful<br />

village of Elstead, situated<br />

in the <strong>Surrey</strong> Hills Area of<br />

Outstanding Natural Beauty.<br />

Setting: Off a quiet lane<br />

and down a private driveway<br />

bordered with light woodland.<br />

Beds: 8 Baths: 6<br />

Special features: The<br />

triple height drawing room<br />

which was formerly a barn<br />

is crammed full of exposed<br />

beams and flooded with light<br />

from the large glazed doors.<br />

Pleasing details: The<br />

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farmhouse includes a<br />

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the centrepiece of this<br />

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Outside: The property is<br />

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landscaped gardens to the<br />

south and small paddocks<br />

with two large fields to<br />

the east of the property.<br />

Time to town: From<br />

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Agent: Knight Frank<br />

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Headley<br />

£1,850,000<br />

The dream: A beautiful modern home laid out<br />

across three floors and set on an open south<br />

facing plot. Extended and stylishly refurbished<br />

by the current owners. A perfect family home.<br />

Where: On the outskirts of Headley,<br />

just 3 miles from Leatherhead.<br />

Setting: Via a private road which leads across<br />

parkland green with established trees.<br />

Beds: 5 Baths: 2<br />

Special features: The hub of the house is<br />

the impressive kitchen/breakfast room with<br />

a large central island, breakfast area and<br />

French doors leading out to the rear terrace.<br />

Pleasing details: A home office, handy<br />

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Outside: The gorgeous landscaped frontage<br />

includes a Cotswold stone driveway<br />

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Time to town: From Epsom station,<br />

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Agent: Patrick Gardner<br />

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Albury<br />

£2,850,000<br />

The dream: A charming period property<br />

in the heart of the <strong>Surrey</strong> Hills AONB.<br />

Occupied since the days of Edward the<br />

Confessor, it is reputed to have been visited<br />

by Yehudi Menhuin and Paul McCartney.<br />

Where: Close to the villages of Albury and<br />

Shere, ideal for horse riding, cycling and<br />

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Setting: On the southern edge of Albury<br />

Heath, located down a secluded country lane.<br />

Beds: 4 Baths: 4<br />

Special features: The gorgeous sitting<br />

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Pleasing details: The fantastic wine<br />

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as an outbuilding with a home office.<br />

Time to town: From Guildford station,<br />

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Take note! We’ve rounded up the<br />

best of what to see and do near you<br />

Get Creative<br />

Leeds Castle is staging a sensational celebration of the world of craft<br />

and design throughout <strong>September</strong>. The event promises an enchanting<br />

display of creativity, food, art and florals, with new events and<br />

experiences for <strong>2023</strong>. Created to appeal to visitors of all ages and<br />

interests, the Festival of Craft & Design features everything<br />

from an incredible outdoor animal-themed sculpture trail<br />

through the more-than 500-acre estate and a new giant<br />

floral jungle exhibition in the Castle’s Tudor Courtyard, to<br />

behind-the-scenes tours, fabulous fashion and costume<br />

displays, sustainable art workshops and celebrity design<br />

guest experts. The Festival of Craft & Design runs<br />

throughout <strong>September</strong>. The Artisan & Food Fair is<br />

on 8th-10th <strong>September</strong>. Both events are included<br />

as part of the admission ticket. Online prices,<br />

which include unlimited visits for a year, are<br />

from £30 for adults and £22.50 for children.<br />

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Fresh: Art Fair returns to Ascot<br />

Racecourse on 22nd-24th <strong>September</strong>.<br />

They host galleries rather than<br />

individual artists which means they<br />

show a huge variety of art by an<br />

impressive number of artists …a wider<br />

range of art than any British fair.<br />

There will be 45 galleries presenting<br />

work by 450 artists including fresh<br />

young talent and serious players<br />

such as Hockney, Banksy, Matisse<br />

and Dali. You’ll see original art from<br />

£50 to £30,000 or more, although<br />

most of it promises to be well<br />

within your budget. With licensed<br />

cafés, talks, artist demos and free<br />

parking, Fresh: really is a supereasy<br />

way to browse and buy art.<br />

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& PHO<br />

Vietnamese<br />

street food restaurant group<br />

Pho have opened in Canterbury,<br />

serving great value, healthy Vietnamese<br />

food prepared fresh on-site every day.<br />

Think noodle soups with broth simmered<br />

for up to 12 hours, heart-warming<br />

curries, crunchy salads, and delicious<br />

rice bowls. Pho caters for all, with<br />

98% of the menu being gluten free,<br />

accredited by Coeliac UK, and 40%<br />

of the menu is vegan. Families,<br />

friends and little noodle lovers are<br />

also welcomed with a varied kid’s<br />

menu. Book or walk-in now!<br />

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Knitters and crocheters<br />

can welcome the change of season<br />

at Farnham Maltings’ unravel… autumn on<br />

Fri 8th & Sat 9th <strong>September</strong>. Exhibitors include the<br />

colourful gradient yarns of Chroma Nima, the sparkling<br />

stitch markers of Green & Glass, hand-printed Irish linen<br />

project bags from Liz Walsh Textiles, playful and colourful spinning<br />

fibres from YarnTings - and many more! Included with entry is<br />

access to the exciting talk series featuring inspiring speakers and live<br />

demonstrations of natural dyeing and machine knitting, plus a<br />

programme of expert-led workshops with a focus on mending<br />

and upcycling. Festival entry is included with all workshops.<br />

bookings. Tickets are £10 in advance (plus online<br />

booking fee) or £12 on the door (under 18s<br />

free). For tickets and workshop bookings<br />

visit farnhammaltings.com<br />


OF RYE<br />

The 52nd annual Rye Arts<br />

Festival from 15th to 30th<br />

<strong>September</strong> promises to be<br />

one of the biggest and best<br />

yet, including classical and<br />

folk music, drama, films,<br />

walks, books and talks. Come<br />

and listen to the entirely brilliant<br />

Michael Rosen or Henry Jeffreys’<br />

fascinating talk about the rise of (local) English wine. Check<br />

out a unique pianola concert, get the historical lowdown on the<br />

streets of Rye, watch King Kong and enjoy the folk guitarist<br />

Martin Simpson. Not to be missed! ryeartsfestival.org.uk<br />

Tap<br />

it out<br />


BACK<br />

Make a date to curl up<br />

with a book this autumn.<br />

We’ve really enjoyed Peter<br />

A. Harding’s memoir of<br />

an idyllic childhood in<br />

Goudhurst, ‘After the war<br />

was over’. It’s available<br />

in bookshops or directly<br />

from the author by emailing<br />

peter.harding8@btinternet.com<br />

Emerald Storm<br />

comes to G Live this <strong>September</strong>,<br />

direct from the Queen’s Platinum<br />

Jubilee Celebrations at Windsor<br />

Castle ‘as seen on ITV’. Co-written<br />

and co-choreographed by world<br />

renowned tap dancer and Hollywood<br />

actor Adam Garcia, feel the immense<br />

power and thunderous rhythms as Irish<br />

Dance and Modern Tap combine to soar<br />

into the 21st century. Find out more and<br />

book your tickets online at glive.co.uk<br />

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Art-lovers, head to Art <strong>Surrey</strong> at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Sat<br />

7th and Sun 8th October (with a preview evening on Fri 6th). You’ll<br />

find over 80 of the most exciting contemporary and traditional<br />

artists selling today (including Nancy Chambers’ work, left).<br />

Curated by Art <strong>Surrey</strong> and Caiger Art to include<br />

established and emerging independent artists specialising<br />

in everything from painting to photography and ceramics.<br />

With more than 3,000 artworks ranging from £50 to<br />

over £3,000, there will be something for all tastes.<br />

Buy tickets from artsurrey.co.uk/tickets or use the promo code<br />

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Ryan O’Connell<br />

The Art of Watchmaking;<br />

Prestons’ Authorised<br />

Rolex Service Centre<br />

Here, we talk with Prestons’<br />

watchmaking team about their<br />

experience as Rolex-trained<br />

Watchmakers at Prestons’<br />

Rolex Authorised Service Centre.<br />

We hear about the relationships<br />

they build with their clients,<br />

supporting the Prestons<br />

showrooms in Wilmslow,<br />

Guildford and Leeds.<br />

Opened in February 2020, the Rolex Authorised<br />

Service Centre is located on the first floor of Prestons’<br />

flagship showroom, Prestons Wilmslow. Here,<br />

we explore with Steve, Abbas, Joseph, Nick and Ryan,<br />

what led them to become watchmakers,<br />

the importance of servicing your wristwatch and<br />

what makes Prestons showrooms so special.<br />

Did you always know you wanted<br />

to work with watches?<br />

Steve: “I think I knew very early on; I could have<br />

only been 16 years old. I remember vividly my mother<br />

seeing an advert in the local newspaper and saying to<br />

me “you like taking things apart, why don’t you have<br />

a go at this?” I read the advert and have been<br />

a watchmaker ever since. I suppose I have my<br />

mother to thank for where I am today.”<br />

Ryan: “I started out selling watches rather than servicing<br />

them, but quickly discovered a passion for watchmaking.<br />

I am now a Level 20 Rolex Technician, and it is my<br />

dream to become a Rolex watchmaker in future. I am<br />

excited to visit the British School of Watchmaking<br />

soon to begin the next stage of my studies.”<br />

Nick: “I initially began my career in a creative role,<br />

but have always been intrigued by watches. I fell in<br />

love with the engineering that goes into these timepieces,<br />

and seized an opportunity to enroll on a WOSTEP<br />

course in Switzerland, training to be a polisher. I find<br />

that polishing combines my creative and technical<br />

interests, as there is true beauty in restoring a watch to its<br />

original condition while preserving its unique character.<br />

I have now qualified as a Level 40 Rolex Accredited<br />

Refinisher, and am so looking forward to returning to<br />

the Prestons Rolex Authorised Service Centre to work<br />

alongside our team in support of our clients.”


What does it mean to be a<br />

Rolex-trained watchmaker?<br />

Ryan: “Each watchmaker working within a Rolex<br />

Authorised Service Centre is specially trained by Rolex<br />

to ensure consistent quality across all their operations<br />

worldwide. Here at Prestons, we are always on hand<br />

when a client brings their watch into the showroom.<br />

As the first to make a technical examination of a client’s<br />

timepiece, we see the memories in every mark on the case.<br />

We know these wristwatches have been worn and loved,<br />

often for decades, and we are honoured to be trusted with<br />

their servicing.”<br />

“We know these wristwatches<br />

have been worn and loved,<br />

often for decades, and we are<br />

honoured to be trusted with<br />

their servicing”<br />

Ryan O’Connell, Technician<br />

Abbas Ikleriya, Joseph Bentley, Ryan O’Connell, Nick Clayton and Steve Tillston<br />

Out of all the watches you’ve serviced,<br />

which is your favourite?<br />

Joseph: “Personally, I love working on watches<br />

from clients who visit us regularly. The team and<br />

I recently received a watch from a returning client who<br />

had been gifted the timepiece for his twenty-first birthday<br />

here in Prestons Wilmslow. It is always a pleasure to see<br />

these watches come back in for servicing, and to see them<br />

develop with their wearer over time. These timepieces<br />

become an integral part of a person’s day-to-day, and a<br />

physical reminder of the special moments in their life.”<br />

What advice would you give on the<br />

care of a Rolex watch?<br />

Steve: “The fitting of the watch onto a wrist is so<br />

important. Each of our dedicated sales team members<br />

are Rolex trained and therefore able to advise on the<br />

size of the bracelet to suit the size of your wrist.”<br />

Nick: “Rolex watches are designed to be worn<br />

and loved every day. Over the years, it is natural<br />

for scratches and marks to appear. We would advise<br />

keeping to the servicing schedule rather than bringing<br />

the timepiece in for polishing whenever it sustains<br />

a scratch, and only ever entrusting the watch to a<br />

Rolex-accredited polisher. This will help to ensure<br />

the longevity of the watch, and keep it<br />

looking its best for decades to come.”<br />

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Joseph Bentley<br />

What makes the Rolex Servicing<br />

process so special?<br />

Joseph: “Rolex watches are designed and built<br />

to last. The service process begins from the<br />

moment a client brings their wristwatch to one<br />

of our showrooms and ends when it leaves us<br />

with its two-year international guarantee.<br />

The servicing of a Rolex watch comprises several<br />

detailed steps requiring the use of specific tools and<br />

instruments that are tested and sometimes even<br />

developed by the brand – I love how meticulous<br />

every step is. The team and I begin the service<br />

process by separating the bracelet from the case<br />

and delicately removing the movement. From that<br />

point on, the movement, case and bracelet follow<br />

separate servicing paths.<br />

Each component is carefully examined<br />

to determine whether it still meets Rolex<br />

requirements, cleaned, dried, lubricated and<br />

carefully reassembled piece by piece. The case,<br />

bracelet and parts are individually re-polished or<br />

satin-finished by hand by myself or one of the<br />

other watchmakers in our team.<br />

“The servicing of a Rolex<br />

watch comprises several<br />

detailed steps requiring<br />

the use of specific tools and<br />

instruments that are tested<br />

and sometimes even developed<br />

by the brand – I love how<br />

meticulous every step is”<br />

Joseph Bentley, Watchmaker<br />

The watch is tested for accuracy, precision and<br />

waterproofness as well as pressure-tested to ensure<br />

it meets the expected chronometric performance<br />

set by Rolex.<br />

At the end of the process, the timepiece is placed<br />

in a specialist pouch and is presented back to the<br />

client by one of our dedicated sales consultants.<br />

It is an incredibly detailed process.”


What do you think having an<br />

in-house Rolex Authorised Service<br />

Centre brings to Prestons and<br />

their clients?<br />

Abbas: “It offers in-house expertise<br />

to each of our clients, as often we are<br />

client-facing in the showroom or the<br />

Service Centre. Steve, Joseph, Nick,<br />

Ryan and I love to show our clients<br />

the servicing process and guide<br />

them through the work that will be<br />

undertaken on their timepiece.”<br />

Ryan: “When a client brings a<br />

watch to us, it can be a great act<br />

of trust. I remember we were once<br />

visited by a lady who had received<br />

her watch as a bequest from her mother.<br />

The timepiece was unfortunately in<br />

need of significant repairs, and she was<br />

nervous about any changes we might<br />

make to it. I was so glad to be able to<br />

speak with her in person, so that she<br />

could be reassured that the character<br />

and sentiment of the watch would<br />

remain intact after the<br />

servicing process.”<br />

What makes the Prestons<br />

Experience so special?<br />

Steve: “Here at Prestons, we operate<br />

to traditional values of service and<br />

quality. The Rolex Authorised Service<br />

Centre ensures the highest standards<br />

are maintained across all our<br />

watchmaking services, while our<br />

showrooms allow us to meet with<br />

and understand our clients’ needs.<br />

Whether a client brings their watch<br />

into Prestons Wilmslow, Prestons<br />

Guildford, or Rolex by Prestons,<br />

Leeds, they can trust that it receives<br />

our personal care at every step<br />

of the process.”<br />

“Whether a client brings their<br />

watch into Prestons Wilmslow,<br />

Prestons Guildford, or Rolex by<br />

Prestons, Leeds, they can trust<br />

that it receives our personal care<br />

at every step of the process”<br />

Steve Tillston, Head Watchmaker<br />

Ryan O’Connell<br />

Steve, Abbas, Joseph, Nick and<br />

Ryan look forward to supporting<br />

and advising Prestons’ clients for<br />

years to come.<br />

For further information please visit:<br />

prestonsdiamonds.co.uk<br />

Leeds | Wilmslow | Guildford<br />




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A favourite in Shakespearean verse<br />

and Egyptian mythology alike, the<br />

sycamore undeniably holds something<br />

special, and their twizzly helicoptering<br />

seeds are always a welcome herald of<br />

autumn. For fans of the season, this<br />

beauty by Lucy Sylvester captures<br />

one such seed suspended in a golden<br />

pendant. It costs £3,120, but items<br />

in the collection start from £65.<br />

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must<br />

The<br />

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

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

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

and generally get excited about!<br />

In perfect<br />

time for the<br />

beginning of<br />

autumn, we have Little<br />

Greene’s delectable<br />

new colour capsule<br />

palette Sweet Treats.<br />

These cosy colours are<br />

aptly named after tasty<br />

flavours like Madeleine,<br />

Ganache, Affogato and<br />

the pictured Galette<br />

(here in Intelligent<br />

Matt Emulsion £59.50/<br />

2.5L), and are perfect<br />

for a stylishly seasonal<br />

home makeover.<br />

littlegreene.com<br />

Second Hand<br />

<strong>September</strong> is all<br />

about shopping and<br />

donating second hand to<br />

reduce waste and combat<br />

climate change. Which is<br />

why our top shopping pick<br />

this month is Bond Street<br />

Boutique in Tenterden with<br />

their fabulous selection of<br />

second hand designer finds.<br />

bondstreetboutique.co.uk<br />

Folkestone’s Harbour Arm has long been a hot spot for<br />

hot days while summer still abounds. But now, there are<br />

new indoor dining options for year-round appeal. As<br />

ever though, the big question remains what you’ll pick<br />

– Agentine Grill? South African BBQ? Pan Asian Street<br />

Food? Choices choices! folkestoneharbourarm.co.uk<br />

As autumn approaches we need<br />

days out that will deliver that<br />

irresistable crunch of fallen leaves<br />

underfoot. Sissinghurst Castle Garden<br />

is our pick with its colourful cottage<br />

garden, nuttery, and orchard. Plus,<br />

from October 14, a new exhibiton will<br />

explore how the castle’s interiors and<br />

gardens were inspired by Persia with<br />

unseen photos and a chance to handle<br />

items from Vita Sackville-West’s<br />

writing room. nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

If you’re looking for your next local small<br />

business to fall for, Mono & Lena is for you!<br />

Their textural and timeless home accessories<br />

are designed and created at founder Noura’s<br />

home in Kent, and are made to order with<br />

low environmental impact. Plus, with each<br />

order placed, a tree is planted! We love these<br />

trinkets in terracotta – there are candle and<br />

tealight holders, bud vases, match pots and<br />

loads more in all sorts of colours from just £10<br />

– a perfect start if you want to get ahead on<br />

Christmas gift shopping! monoandlena.co.uk<br />

We’ve long been fans of Haines Collection<br />

– you can find Founder and Director Jules<br />

Haines’ house in our November/ December<br />

2020 issue at priceless-magazines.com – so we<br />

are of course excited about their new limited<br />

edition collection with Daydress. The brand<br />

repurposes waste materials into beautiful<br />

homewares including cushions, lampshades<br />

and wallpaper, and their latest collection<br />

using Daydress’ excess fabrics is as tastefully<br />

stylish as ever. hainescollection.co.uk<br />

Gail’s has just opened a<br />

new branch in Epsom<br />

high street! With their<br />

autumn menu launching<br />

on the 13th, including<br />

soups in partnership with<br />

Natoora, and sweet treats<br />

like spiced apple cake, it’s<br />

a great time to try Gail’s in<br />

any of their stores across<br />

the South East or in a local<br />

Waitrose. gailsbread.co.uk<br />

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Things<br />

we<br />

LOVE<br />

With more than 250 independent retailers, the Wealden<br />

Times Midwinter Fair is the biggest and most beautifully<br />

curated shopping event of the festive season. We can’t wait<br />

to introduce you to the fabulous new designers and makers<br />

joining us this year – here’s a sneak preview of just some<br />

selling gorgeous homeware, gifts, and Christmas decorations.<br />

Bridge Street General Store from<br />

Llanon on the beautiful west coast of<br />

Wales are bringing their understated<br />

vintage style and oh-so-cosy<br />

homewares to The Hop Farm for<br />

the first time. We love their alpaca<br />

socks, moult throws and jumpers, and<br />

beautiful festive decorations.<br />

instagram.com/bridgestreetgeneralstore<br />

Desiré North,<br />

designs joyful,<br />

sustainable,<br />

Scandi influenced<br />

clocks and pots, ring cones,<br />

candles, and lots, lots more.<br />

Everything is handmade with<br />

care in her <strong>Surrey</strong> studio. We<br />

love her trademark pastel<br />

colour palette – it’s simply<br />

delightful. desirenorth.com<br />

Katto Knives are<br />

handmade in the<br />

UK, using sustainable<br />

woods and the finest<br />

Japanese AUS-10 steel. We<br />

love their knives, and their cast<br />

iron pots and pans but their<br />

butchery scissors are a must for<br />

any foodie. katto.shop<br />

The Giggleberry Tree always have<br />

one of the best Christmas shops in<br />

the county but are most famous for<br />

running creative floristry inspired<br />

workshops. We love their pretty<br />

Christmas wreaths.<br />


Rhian Winslade Ceramics<br />

hand make beautiful<br />

contemporary porcelain<br />

decorations and functional<br />

ware. We love Rhian’s signature<br />

hanging bird decorations.<br />

rhianwinslade.bigcartel.com<br />

Whitechapels of Kent. Gary<br />

and Karen upcycle anything<br />

unloved or broken into<br />

incredible, quirky lamps.<br />

We love that every lamp is<br />

unique, that each one has a<br />

back story, and that they take<br />

commissions too. whitechapelsofkent.com<br />

Gillshaw Pottery<br />

make pottery<br />

that enhances<br />

the yumminess<br />

of cooking and<br />

eating with friends. We love<br />

their hand-thrown painted<br />

terracotta plates and bowls.<br />

gillshawpottery.co.uk<br />

Imperfections by Plam (Plam is<br />

an amazing artist and potter) is a<br />

collection of functional pottery<br />

with a twist. We love her colourful<br />

espresso coffee cups – they’re a little<br />

bit wonky, just like the best of us!<br />

instagram.com/imperfections.by.plam<br />

Amigurumi is the<br />

Japanese art of<br />

crocheting small,<br />

stuffed, yarn animals<br />

and Lou, from<br />

Loumousey Crafts, is<br />

rather good at it! Her woodland<br />

creatures, marvellous mushrooms<br />

and baby “sproutlings” are just<br />

adorable. We love her fabulous<br />

festive furry friends.<br />

instagram.com/loumouseycrafts<br />

Join us on 16th – 18th November<br />

9.00am – 4.30pm<br />

at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY<br />

Adults £17.00<br />

See more info at wealdentimes-fair.co.uk<br />

Broadlands Pottery are a “must stop there” at<br />

this year’s fair, for their heart-warming Christmas<br />

decorations and gifts. We love the family trees<br />

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More often than not, for Nicki it is<br />

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journey. We are standing in her dining<br />

room looking at a print of a painting by<br />

her aunt, a distinctly early 20th century<br />

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the fabrics covering the chairs.” With<br />

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Previous pages: The spacious light-filled garden room at the back of the house This page: A family kitchen that, complete with gong, sits at the heart<br />

of the house, connecting the garden room to the dining room<br />

just seem to go together in the space,<br />

as though it was all meant to be.”<br />

Nicki moved into her 18th century<br />

Grade II listed family house, located<br />

just outside Peasmarsh, with husband<br />

Giles just after lockdown. The family<br />

– who relocated from South West<br />

London to East Sussex to be near their<br />

twin girls, who were attending a local<br />

boarding school – had wanted to move<br />

down to the area, where Nicki’s father<br />

lived, for some time. “We had lived in<br />

Scotland when we were first married<br />

but then life and work took us back to<br />

London where we stayed, but as soon<br />

as we could, we knew we needed to<br />

make the change and to move down<br />

here.” Standing on Nicki’s veranda<br />

overlooking her and Giles’s beautiful<br />

rose strewn garden, on a lovely summer<br />

day, it really doesn’t get much more<br />

idyllic. Their former life in London<br />

must seem like a different world.<br />

Nicki had first set up her interior<br />

design consultancy in Edinburgh, and<br />

had focused mainly on city houses. “I<br />

decorated my first client’s apartment<br />

in Edinburgh and it got covered in<br />

a magazine and then one thing led<br />

to another and I had more clients.<br />

My sister helped set me up accounts<br />

at the likes of Colefax & Fowler and<br />

Osborne & Little and I was off! When<br />

we moved to London I continued to<br />

work, mainly on residential interiors,<br />

but since moving down to East Sussex,<br />

I am very excited to now be expanding<br />

into country houses.” For Nicki her<br />

own house is as much a labour of love<br />

as a new business opportunity for the<br />

family. “We bought this house, as well<br />

as a cottage in nearby Beckley. Now<br />

the girls are spending less and less time<br />

at home, we see both properties as<br />

part family home, part business. If <br />

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Top: Nicki has kept the natural structure of the house apparent in the dining room with exposed beams and brickwork Above left: A<br />

cosy corner of the library Above right: Tucked away beside the bar, a writing desk is home to a Porta Romana Duck Feet lamp<br />

someone wants to rent the big house<br />

for a week or two, we can de-camp<br />

to the cottage, and if they want the<br />

cottage we can happily come back to<br />

the house.” Seems like a great plan,<br />

especially as the staycation is back on<br />

the agenda for many families again.<br />

Learning her craft in Bath, where<br />

she trained as an interior designer,<br />

then in Edinburgh, then in London,<br />

Nicki has been happy to adapt her<br />

more urban design style to suit her new<br />

countryside life. “I work with all my<br />

clients in the same way,” she says. “I<br />

curate an interior to suit their life and<br />

their taste. I have just done the same<br />

for myself, creating an interior scheme<br />

for this house that not only suits the<br />

location and the style of the house, but<br />

also the way we, as a family, use that<br />

space. We need enough reception rooms<br />

and areas for our daughters and their<br />

friends and us to live harmoniously<br />

side by side and we need enough<br />

bedrooms and bathrooms to make<br />

life work practically. I hope I have<br />

achieved a house that works for us all.”<br />

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original weatherboard vernacular façade<br />

hides an almost Tardis-like interior,<br />

which has been extended over the<br />

years to offer a ground floor that flows<br />

from one room to the next, each space<br />

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Above: Paintings by Scottish artist Margaret Smyth were the starting point for the decoration scheme for the ground floor reception rooms<br />

the starting point for most of the<br />

decoration scheme for the ground floor<br />

reception rooms. I bought one of them<br />

for Giles when we got engaged as a gift.<br />

Some years later the artist rang us and<br />

told us she had a partner piece so we<br />

got that one as well. We have had to<br />

remove walls and chimney breasts in<br />

previous houses to get them both in,<br />

but the two paintings fitted perfectly in<br />

the library, and we didn’t have to take<br />

anything down!” The rich colours of<br />

the artwork have indeed provided the<br />

colour source for not only the red velvet<br />

stools from Lots Road Auctions that<br />

surround a reclaimed and re-stained<br />

centrepiece table, but a Cole & Son<br />

‘Cabaret’ wallpaper and dark red F&B<br />

woodwork in the downstairs loo, the<br />

William Morris wall lights and the<br />

blind in GP & J Baker with trim by<br />

Samuel & Sons. However, despite the<br />

dramatic flourishes, Nicki has been<br />

careful to use calmer tones across the<br />

rest of the walls and woodwork across<br />

the downstairs areas, including Farrow<br />

& Ball Setting Plaster and Mouse’s Back,<br />

Paint & Paper Library Truffle and Little<br />

Greene Portland Stone. A stunning oak<br />

parquet floor adds a sense of continuity<br />

leading from one room to the next.<br />

A beam-lined spacious opening leads<br />

down some steps into the sitting room<br />

where again, a piece of abstract art<br />

has given Nicki her colours. “We were<br />

lucky to inherit some nice pieces of<br />

French 20th century art from Giles’s<br />

parents who lived in France. This is<br />

quite a bold piece with yellow, green<br />

and orange and it looked so different<br />

in Giles’s parents’ house, but I paired<br />

it with the coral pink velvet sofa and it<br />

really looks perfect. It has completely<br />

adapted to its new home,” says Nicki.<br />

A pair of reclaimed louvred doors give<br />

another nod to France, while pattern<br />

and texture is again fed into the room<br />

with Andrew Martin and Mulberry<br />

cushions and throws, a large sea grass<br />

rug and sofas from Sofa.com. Curtains<br />

feature trim by Samuel & Son and<br />

fabrics in Osborne & Little and GP & J<br />

Baker. Lamps are from Porta Romana.<br />

The large stone fireplace, again<br />

with a distinctly continental feel, gives<br />

the room an impressive focal point.<br />

“This fireplace needed replacing so we<br />

got a local stonemason called Elliott<br />

Brotherton to create a new surround<br />

for us. It’s such a great feature and <br />

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This page: In the sitting room, a piece of French 20th century art inherited from Giles’s parents has been paired with a coral pink velvet sofa to great effect. A pair<br />

of reclaimed louvred doors give another nod to France, while pattern and texture is fed into the room with Andrew Martin and Mulberry cushions and throws<br />

Elliot was amazing, with so much<br />

attention to detail, but it is also one of<br />

the biggest investments in the entire<br />

house!” On top of the fireplace sits<br />

objects that Nicki has collected, a set of<br />

large metal cactuses and a trio of gold<br />

monkeys from One World. A bespoke<br />

mirror by friend Sean Phelan sits on<br />

the wall above. Throughout the house<br />

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from the likes of Julian Chichester,<br />

Porta Romana and De le Cuona.<br />

Using colour again to lead the eye<br />

from one space to the next, a maroon<br />

painted bar area has been cleverly<br />

created, wrapped around the corner of<br />

the room in tongue-and-groove which<br />

in turn takes you towards the maroon<br />

and pink abstract painting hanging in<br />

the garden room, a huge spacious lightfilled<br />

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from Tamarisk and Sofa.com, “I hate<br />

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I decided to commission my own, so the<br />

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of the family. Again we have been<br />

lucky as the rug was a gift and I also<br />

repurposed much of the furniture which<br />

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Above: The family bathroom is home to a<br />

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features a headboard in a Nina Campbell<br />

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aware of at Tanhouse is how well<br />

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This page: The master bedroom is painted<br />

in Farrow & Ball Mouse’s Back. The Kit<br />

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in Caroline Inchyra fabric from Scotland.<br />

An existing stone fireplace mirrors the new<br />

fireplace downstairs whilst a grass mirror<br />

from Graham & Green gives character<br />

to the wall above a chest of drawers<br />

her love of pattern and texture across<br />

all five bedrooms. An old closet has<br />

been cunningly transformed into a<br />

cabin bedroom with Cole & Son<br />

wallpaper, Colefax and Fowler blinds<br />

and a Nina Campbell bolster whilst<br />

painted storage is hidden both under<br />

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Flooded with light through the<br />

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of wallpaper by Coordoone, a bold<br />

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drawers finishes this most charming<br />

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Nicki has chosen calmer and more<br />

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blue headboard in a Nina Campbell<br />

fabric, pillows by Zara, a blue throw and<br />

a blue velvet Ottoman sing along with<br />

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At the end of a corridor painted<br />

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Nicki’s joiner has worked his magic once again and has created<br />

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is hidden away, keeping the room free of clutter, which is so<br />

important within a small space. On the floor are tiles by Fired<br />

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the most dramatic rooms of the house, with a free-standing roll<br />

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the roof. A pop of red in a reclaimed chest of drawers, painted<br />

by Nicki, is mirrored by a splash of the green legs of an oak<br />

console and mirror, painted in Farrow & Ball Verdo green,<br />

which was left for the family by the house’s previous owner.<br />

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Expert kitchen designers and fitters, Adaptions, tell us<br />

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combines modern style with rustic flair<br />

The design brief was clear for this kitchen makeover<br />

by Adaptions; a kitchen that is modern but also<br />

rustic, pairing warm natural textures with the<br />

clean lines and practicality of a modern German kitchen.<br />

The end result of this amalgamation of styles is a kitchen<br />

that at once feels contemporary and clean but also homely<br />

and warm, with its distressed oak doors, matte concrete<br />

worktops, and flagstone floor tiles.<br />

Upon first looking at this kitchen you are instantly drawn<br />

to the timber doors used throughout, and the beautiful<br />

contrast they have against the concrete worktop on the<br />

island. But this wasn’t always the plan – the Adaptions<br />

experts explain, “We explored different options at the design<br />

stage, including coupling the oak with a dark graphite<br />

island.” You wouldn’t guess it to look at the kitchen now,<br />

with the white concrete island reflecting the walls and<br />

ceiling as though it has always been there. Meanwhile,<br />

for the bar area, there’s another story of how Adaptions’<br />

ability to keep flexible in the design has reaped results. The<br />

homeowner was keen to keep a flow from the kitchen but<br />

wanted the bar to stand alone as a stylish design feature.<br />

Here, Adaptions cleverly used slatted oak wall units to give<br />

the feature the attention it deserves – “A finish which is very<br />

on-trend and adds a high-end look to the whole space.”<br />

Originally, this was to be painted in Farrow & Ball Lichen<br />

but the client ultimately preferred a natural oak finish,<br />

maintaining a colour theme with the rest of the kitchen and<br />

keeping it from looking too separate.<br />

Another key style element here that really blends the<br />

modern and the rustic is the tiles. Adaptions explains, “The<br />

client chose a tumbled edge that promotes a wider grout<br />

and gives it a more aged appearance.” You often see these<br />

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just as beautifully with modern furniture. “One of the<br />

last design decisions,” says Adaptions, “was the choice of<br />

appliances and their colour.” And this was no small choice.<br />

In a bold statement, they made everything matte black.<br />

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The company is based in Barcelona and offers a niche<br />

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Adaptions were finally able to finish off with the now musthave<br />

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Adaptions is rightly proud of this impressive project,<br />

calling it one of their favourite kitchens to date. “The clear<br />

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What’s Next?<br />

To inspire your next kitchen revamp, we’re looking at<br />

a dozen of the best new and upcoming trends to take<br />

you to 2024 and beyond...<br />

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Dark &<br />

Interesting<br />

Black is the new black. Yes, we love an all<br />

white kitchen, but moody, darker tones<br />

are having their moment, whether used<br />

on floors, cabinets or even ceilings. Here,<br />

bridal designer Kate Halfpenny’s kitchen<br />

in Faversham is darkly delicious with<br />

Woodchester Cabinet Makers furniture<br />

and Fisher & Paykel’s highly hide-awayable<br />

appliances (fisherpaykel.com) keeping the<br />

dark shade of the cabinetry uninterrupted<br />

but for a statement-making sink.<br />

Photo Credit: Cat Vinton

A full palette<br />

In days past we have highlighted how two-tone cabinetry and<br />

islands can add all sorts of new dimensions to a space. But<br />

now, let’s take it further. Why limit yourself to a simple two<br />

tone when you can have three or four colours in the mix? This<br />

kitchen by Inglis Hall is a prime example of how taking one<br />

stand-out colour and combining it with multiple neutrals can<br />

elevate a sleek minimalist design to something exciting that<br />

radiates contemporary cool. inglishall.com<br />

Relaxing Room<br />

Cooking can be hard work, and sometimes a little<br />

nook to rest in while you wait for that pot to boil<br />

or timer to go off is just what you need. This one<br />

by Higham Furniture is especially inspiring us<br />

with its big windows – perfect for daydreaming -–<br />

and adorable arch-shaped cat tunnel. higham.co.uk<br />

Jewel Purpose<br />

Photo Credit: Leigh Simpson and Lorenzo Zandri<br />

Curve Appeal<br />

Smooth, cool curves give a kitchen an air of bespoke luxury,<br />

making a statement but in a suave, subtle way. The great thing<br />

about this trend is that you can apply it in small touches or<br />

go big with something like the gorgeous island below with<br />

integrated seating by Brayer Design. brayerdesign.co.uk<br />

Black kitchens are growing in popularity, but for those<br />

looking for a more colourful version of the darker look, jewel<br />

tones provide a lovely alternative. According to Anna Hill,<br />

director at Fenwick & Tilbrook (fenwickandtilbrook.com)<br />

“Jewel tones and bright pops of Interior Eggshell have been<br />

increasingly popular this year,” Anna advises, “Deep teals like<br />

‘Aurora Sky’ pair beautifully with sludgy neutrals like our<br />

new shade ‘Wensum Way’ to create a stylish and inviting<br />

space.” Keep your colour to base units to avoid the space<br />

feeling enclosed as in the below example featuring Fenwick &<br />

Tilbrook paint colours Aurora Sky (cabinetry and upstand),<br />

Wensum Wall (wall), Red Squirrel (stool), and Oceans (trim).

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read like a who’s who of kitchen<br />

must-haves with appliances from<br />

Bora, SubZeroWolf and Gaggenau<br />

featured amongst the stunning<br />

show kitchens, which range from<br />

the quintessentially English Shakerstyle<br />

(one with a walk-in pantry),<br />

to a modern cinnamon-coloured,<br />

handleless kitchen, and even an ultrasleek<br />

charcoal grey Siematic kitchen,<br />

complete with a 5-metre-high lantern<br />

above a marble and metallic bar.<br />

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Sitting proudly at the top of<br />

Calverley Road in Tunbridge<br />

Wells are the flagship<br />

showrooms for Rencraft, one<br />

of the most prestigious and highly<br />

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living spaces and furniture in Kent.<br />

Managing Director, John Stephens,<br />

who has worked at Rencraft since 1986,<br />

embarked on his ambitious project to<br />

painstakingly renovate the top 2 floors of<br />

the 4-storey townhouse in April 2022, in<br />

a bid to create a space every bit as bespoke<br />

as the kitchens. And, along with his<br />

Rencraft’s Tunbridge Wells<br />

showrooms are open from 9am<br />

- 5.30pm Monday - Friday and<br />

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Party Pantry<br />

Pantries themselves have been a big<br />

trend in their own right for many<br />

years now. The joy of opening a set<br />

of double doors to a cornucopia<br />

of goodies is far too delightful<br />

(and practical!) to pass up in your<br />

kitchen design. But while having it<br />

full of jars, linens, tins and sauces<br />

is lovely, it is not quite so fun as a<br />

grown-ups-only party pantry. Picture<br />

hosting a gathering of close friends<br />

for drinks, and throwing wide these<br />

pretty pink doors to reveal bottles,<br />

cocktail glasses, shakers, stirrers and<br />

all the rest. This one is by 1909,<br />

whose kitchens are from £25,000<br />

and are available through a dedicated<br />

network of independent specialists<br />

nationwide. 1909kitchens.co.uk<br />

Touch of<br />

Texture<br />

Fluting, textural tiles, exposed<br />

brick, natural woods – there are so<br />

many wonderful ways that texture<br />

can add to the sensory experience<br />

of a kitchen. Take this oak island<br />

by Wood Works Brighton<br />

(woodworksbrighton.co.uk),<br />

which is fluted for a subtle<br />

flair. Elizabeth Sherwin, creative<br />

director of Naked <strong>Kitchen</strong>s,<br />

advises, “Think about using<br />

a mixture of solid and glass<br />

door fronts, a reeded effect has<br />

become increasingly popular and<br />

will instantly add visual interest<br />

whilst instilling a certain sense<br />

of style and sophistication.”<br />

nakedkitchens.com<br />

Let it Breathe<br />

Add a touch of nature and connect<br />

your kitchen to the outdoors with big<br />

statement windows. This kitchen in New<br />

Romney by The Main Company is a great example<br />

– here bi-fold doors on a wide window create an outdoor<br />

bar with direct access to the kitchen. Bespoke kitchens are from<br />

£25,000 at The Main Company maincompany.com<br />

Pattern Play<br />

Between striking wallpaper, groovy tiling and<br />

detailed fabrics, pattern is set to take centre<br />

stage in many a kitchen in years to come.<br />

This trend is lots of fun and can give you a<br />

great starting point for your overall colour<br />

scheme. In this example from Martin Moore,<br />

four bar stools upholstered in an exquisite,<br />

patterned fabric from Designers Guild are<br />

beautifully complemented by cabinetry in<br />

Martin Moore’s Pale Peony colour and the<br />

island in Raspberry. The added touch of<br />

Curiousa coloured glass pendant lights picks<br />

up more subtle shades in the fabric for a<br />

cohesive and colourful look. martinmoore.com<br />

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Shelf Esteem<br />

We are more than happy to<br />

lock away appliances, less pretty<br />

cookwear pieces and other bits<br />

and bobs behind a door, but some<br />

kitchen items deserve a place to<br />

shine. Open shelving remains<br />

important to many kitchen designs<br />

as a place for a little personality<br />

and detail in an otherwise fairly<br />

practical room. This Olive & Barr<br />

kitchen beautifully integrates and<br />

draws attention to a single open<br />

shelf by continuing the worktop’s<br />

marble up the wall as a splashback<br />

and onto the shelf itself. This<br />

kitchen uses Olive & Barr’s new<br />

Ash collection which costs from<br />

£12,500. oliveandbarr.com<br />

Sense &<br />

Sustainability<br />

Sustainability rightfully remains at the forefront of kitchen<br />

innovation. Reclaimed materials, vintage accessories and<br />

revamping old cupboards with fresh paint and handles<br />

are all ideas that are both stylish and planet-kind. This<br />

Blake & Bull Aga is another great way to make your next<br />

kitchen revamp more eco-friendly. The UK company<br />

re-manufactures Aga range cookers, equipping them for<br />

the future in the process. As well as looking great with 65<br />

colourway options, and benefitting the environment, their<br />

electric models also heat faster than oil-powered cookers,<br />

are less expensive to run and are more efficient – it all just<br />

makes good sense! They cost from £8,780 and come with a<br />

5 year parts and labour warranty. blakeandbull.co.uk<br />

Terracotta Time<br />

Terracotta isn’t just for gardens and living areas, kitchens want to<br />

get in on the action too! The warm, earthy tones add a natural<br />

and timeless feel as you can see above, where it is perfectly<br />

complemented by Smile <strong>Kitchen</strong>s’ characterful Hjerte range.<br />

Lesley Taylor, Founder of The Baked Tile Company, says,<br />

“Terracotta is one of the most ambient and appealing materials<br />

available to kitchen designers. However, natural terracotta is very<br />

porous and requires a lot of maintenance,” she says. “Terracotta<br />

tiles from The Baked Tile Company are made from porcelain<br />

and require no sealing and are not in the slightest bit absorbent.<br />

Which means you can use them and love them without the stress<br />

and faff of natural terracotta.” bakedtiles.co.uk<br />

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Forever <strong>Kitchen</strong><br />

We explore one of Fiona Brass Interiors’ captivating kitchen designs,<br />

a focal point in a remarkable full house refurbishment project<br />

This kitchen project was an<br />

exciting and inspiring challenge<br />

– to breathe new life into a dated<br />

and dark cottage while preserving its<br />

original character. The owners, soon to<br />

embark on the journey of retirement,<br />

envisioned a warm, sophisticated<br />

ambiance with a touch of holiday-inspired<br />

luxury. Their forever home needed a<br />

kitchen that embraced their lifestyle and<br />

love for entertaining, so durability and<br />

longevity were paramount, ensuring the<br />

space would age gracefully alongside the<br />

owners themselves.<br />

What made this kitchen truly special<br />

was the cottage’s inherent quirkiness – a<br />

story woven into its walls. Every design<br />

consideration was tailored to honour the<br />

property’s unique period features. Fiona<br />

Brass Interiors approached this project<br />

with the utmost care and dedication,<br />

embracing the uneven floors, low<br />

ceilings, and charming angles. The vision<br />

behind this kitchen/dining room was to<br />

create a harmonious space that brought<br />

people together by perfectly blending<br />

functionality and design. As space was<br />

limited, every inch needed to count. Each<br />

kitchen cabinet was thoughtfully tailored<br />

to ensure effortless functionality and<br />

bespoke floor-to-ceiling units maximised<br />

the use of the low ceiling height. This<br />

approach opened up the area around<br />

the dining table, fostering a more social<br />

and connected layout, with added bench<br />

seating underneath the window.<br />

Natural, flexible materials were used<br />

to allow for modern convenience in a<br />

way that also accentuated the property’s<br />

historical allure. Materials of the highest<br />

quality were meticulously selected, with<br />

rustic fabrics complementing the furniture<br />

with its softer edges for a cosy and inviting<br />

atmosphere. Craftsmanship and durability<br />

came together to form a kitchen that<br />

would stand the test of time.<br />

Fiona Brass Interiors is a distinguished<br />

interior design studio based in Esher,<br />

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Previous pages: The open plan sitting room and formal dining area This page: The huge and welcoming ground floor features large archways,<br />

designed to complement the existing period interior and thankfully untouched by past attempts at renovation<br />

Iconic landmarks don’t come<br />

up for sale very often, so when<br />

this fabulous period beacon on<br />

the cliffs at Capel le Ferne appeared<br />

in the paper, Steve Lucas knew he<br />

had to act fast. “I was sitting in the<br />

dentist’s at the time,” he laughs, “but<br />

made an offer then and there.”<br />

“I’ve lived in Folkestone for 46<br />

years and I knew the property well<br />

before I bought it 18 years ago. It<br />

stands out on the cliffs. It’s the first<br />

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This page: Beautiful table scaping by<br />

Beyond the Table (beyondthetable.co.uk) can<br />

be arranged for guests at Abbots Cliff, either<br />

in the formal dining room or kitchen area<br />

Britain.” In fact, Steve adds, “You can<br />

see the actual house from France.”<br />

Steve met with the owners,<br />

discovering that the house had been<br />

in their family since the 1960s.<br />

So many older properties were<br />

‘modernised’ back then, which meant<br />

stripping out all the original features<br />

and creating a streamlined, minimal<br />

look. Luckily this one escaped,<br />

but more by luck than design.<br />

“The husband was a keen DIY-er,”<br />

says Steve, implying that keen took the<br />

place of knowledge and skill. “So we<br />

had to strip out what he’d done over the<br />

years. Most of the original features – the<br />

skirting boards and architrave, were<br />

still there. We kept some ceiling roses,<br />

but had to have some re-made and<br />

put back.” It’s a large place, with high<br />

ceilings and lots of elderly wood and<br />

plasterwork, but Steve was undaunted.<br />

He has not only restored the house,<br />

but has put his own stamp on it too,<br />

building a two storey extension and<br />

opening up both the basement and the<br />

ground floor, making contemporary<br />

living spaces while being careful to<br />

maintain and enhance the period<br />

features.“I feel that I owe it to the<br />

building to bring it back to its former<br />

glory,” he says. “It was a labour of<br />

love, for sure, and took me over seven<br />

years, but I wanted to get it right.”<br />

This includes outside. And that’s<br />

the outside of a property that stands<br />

on a cliff edge, facing the weather, in<br />

all seasons – storms, hail, beating sun,<br />

strong, salt-laden winds – and marks<br />

from back in the war when bullets<br />

rained down on it too. Parts of the<br />

building have been re-rendered and the<br />

whole house has to be repainted every<br />

other year. “The exterior is all white”<br />

Steve explains, adding, “You’ll often<br />

find me out there with a paintbrush<br />

up a ladder somewhere.” The exterior<br />

has to look good all the time, because<br />

it is so prominent and always on view<br />

(even from across the Channel).<br />

During the renovation a wall and<br />

a couple of chimneys were removed<br />

on the ground floor – to open it up –<br />

and contemporary bi-fold doors were<br />

added that lead out onto a wide terrace,<br />

complete with luxurious hot tub – a hit<br />

with visitors, who can enjoy looking<br />

out to sea and, instead of swimming<br />

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something bubbly in warmer waters.<br />

Back <strong>inside</strong>, the ground floor is<br />

now a huge and welcoming space<br />

thanks to the high ceilings and huge<br />

windows. Large archways, designed<br />

to complement the existing period<br />

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This page: What is now a modern kitchen<br />

and dining area had previously looked inland,<br />

but now has stunning sea views and bi-fold<br />

doors that open out onto the terrace<br />

staircase, thankfully untouched<br />

by past attempts at renovation.<br />

“The kitchen originally faced<br />

inland,” Steve says, “but now as<br />

you go into the room, the window<br />

looks out to sea.” Not only that, the<br />

adjacent dining area leads directly out<br />

through the bi-fold doors onto the<br />

terrace. This is a fabulous space from<br />

which to enjoy the panoramic sea<br />

views and invigorating coastal air.<br />

Above the kitchen extension is a<br />

second storey, which houses the master<br />

bedroom. Again with bi-fold doors, this<br />

opens out onto a large balcony. There<br />

are five kingsize bedrooms in total, four<br />

are en suite and the fifth has a separate<br />

family bathroom on the same floor.<br />

So, which room is Steve’s? “I live in<br />

the basement,” he explains. “I guess it<br />

would have been the servants’ quarters,<br />

although it’s been knocked through<br />

and is a great contemporary space<br />

now.” He pauses, adding, “Without<br />

the commanding sea views though.”<br />

Didn’t the servants live upstairs in the<br />

attics? “Ah yes, well, they might have<br />

once. There was another floor, with<br />

three more bedrooms, but the roof blew<br />

through the office in the 1930s and it<br />

was never re-instated. There are still<br />

stairs up to the roof, but nothing else!”<br />

The property is now rented out as<br />

a luxury holiday retreat, and is kept<br />

running smoothly because Steve is on<br />

hand in the basement below to make<br />

sure that guests have a perfect stay.<br />

Most of the furniture within the<br />

entire house is bespoke and while the<br />

ground floor features comfortable<br />

leather sofas and chairs, low hardwood<br />

coffee tables and sleek modern<br />

sideboards, upstairs in the bedrooms,<br />

the mood is distinctly French and much<br />

more ornate. “The furniture’s made in<br />

a French style by Indonesian craftsmen,<br />

turned from hardwood that’s sustainably<br />

sourced,” he explains, “I used to import<br />

from Bali and had all the furniture <br />

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This page: Darkest teal-green is used as an<br />

accent colour in one of the bedrooms, a perfect<br />

foil for the luxurious golden bed, chair and<br />

bedside tables that gleam opulently in contrast<br />

against the paintwork. A sleek pure white<br />

bathroom is a pleasingly contemporary touch<br />

for the house made out there – beds,<br />

mirrors and tables, all made out in<br />

Indonesia.” Steve sent the dimensions<br />

for the space that each wardrobe and<br />

chest of drawers would fill and the<br />

pieces were made to measure. The only<br />

problem was that they had to be flat<br />

packed for their long journey and then<br />

assembled in situ, an arduous task when<br />

you consider how many rooms there<br />

are and how large the furniture is. “Two<br />

big shipping containers turned up,”<br />

Steve remembers, “They had to park<br />

at the local pub while we unloaded.”<br />

Then came the job of installing it<br />

all – “we had to carry it all up into<br />

the house and up the stairs to all the<br />

rooms and then put it all together.”<br />

Despite the furniture all originating<br />

from the same source, each room has<br />

a distinct feel and a slightly different<br />

look – all are sumptuous, with amazing<br />

sea views from every room? One of<br />

the main bedrooms is decorated in<br />

shades of grey and white, as if the<br />

silvery sea has washed through the<br />

whole space. The grey tones are<br />

soothingly cool in here, softened by<br />

the coastal light streaming in through<br />

the large, voile-edged windows.<br />

In another of the kingsize rooms<br />

the decor is redolent of the seashore,<br />

with neutral, sandy shades, or if<br />

you were feeling celebratory –<br />

and many of Steve’s guests book<br />

for birthdays and anniversaries<br />

– the colour of Champagne.<br />

There’s a sleigh bed in another of<br />

the bedrooms, backed by a feature<br />

wall with wonderfully reflective<br />

wallpaper by Brewers. This room<br />

is double aspect, one window<br />

looking out over Dover Castle.<br />

Darkest teal-green – Studio Green by<br />

Farrow and Ball, is used as an accent<br />

colour in one of the bedrooms, a perfect<br />

foil for the luxurious golden bed, chair<br />

and bedside tables that gleam opulently<br />

in contrast against the dark green.<br />

This rich dark Studio Green is<br />

also used dramatically in the smallest<br />

bedroom where the whole room is<br />

painted in this colour, transforming<br />

it into a more intimate space. It<br />

feels cosy in here, with simpler<br />

furnishings and a less ornate bed. <br />

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This page: Soothing greys and sheer curtains let the view do the talking in a guest bedroom, with accents of silver adding to a luxurious feel<br />

It also makes a perfect backdrop for<br />

the artworks that cover the walls.<br />

The bathroom is strikingly decorated<br />

in classic black and white. What look<br />

like tiles below the dado rail are, on<br />

closer inspection, clever wallpaper, also<br />

by Brewers. The monochrome theme<br />

echoed by black and white prints of<br />

Folkestone and nearby Hythe – photos<br />

that Steve and his daughter took.<br />

Once a large domestic house, now<br />

a glamorous holiday home, we could<br />

leave it there, but, there is a twist in<br />

the tale. It turns out that the house<br />

has been holding a secret for many<br />

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Top: Neutral shades accented with gilded furniture have been chosen for another bedroom<br />

Above left and right: Wallpaper has been used for half of the walls in the monochrome bathroom, giving the effect of tiling<br />

years – one that was revealed five years<br />

ago and that featured in the newspapers<br />

and even in a BBC documentary.<br />

“During the war it was used as a<br />

listening post for the RAF,” explains<br />

Steve “and the secrets went straight to<br />

Bletchley Park. The BBC came and<br />

made a documentary. They found<br />

three of the original women who<br />

had been stationed at Abbots Cliff<br />

House, sending messages to Bletchley<br />

Park – in their 90s and one over<br />

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This page: The striking entrance hall and stunning<br />

coastal views are stand-out features of Abbots Cliff<br />

100 – telling stories of when Churchill and<br />

Eisenhower visited and how they were not allowed<br />

to approach them. Everything was top secret.”<br />

The women were able to stay in the house<br />

during the making of the documentary and had<br />

many stories to tell, most of which they hadn’t<br />

been able to breathe a word about for over 70<br />

years. It must have been a very special time for<br />

Steve and a wonderful revelation to find out<br />

the house has such historical importance.<br />

“My time here will end,” he says, matter of<br />

factly. “I’m a custodian.” Which is what many of<br />

us who live in period or architecturally interesting<br />

houses feel to some extent, but Steve now has not<br />

just the prominence of the house’s location out on<br />

the cliff, but its important wartime reputation.<br />

The fact that this is a house of significant<br />

historical interest adds another layer of distinction<br />

onto an already glorious place. It has become<br />

a heroic symbol of stealth and endeavour, but<br />

remains a welcoming, steadfast presence to those<br />

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Opening<br />

<strong>September</strong><br />

2024<br />

A new specialist Maths School<br />

Contents<br />

82 THE BUZZ<br />

We hear what’s been going on<br />

at some superstar schools<br />

85 MEET THE HEAD<br />

An introduction to Ashford<br />

School’s Mr Tiley Nunn<br />


Find out how top schools<br />

are forming a path to the<br />

future of education<br />

91 WHERE TO START?<br />

We’re asking some key<br />

questions about Prep School<br />


Our guide to settling<br />

in to school life<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> Maths School<br />

Mary Road<br />

Guildford<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong><br />

GU1 4QU<br />

A brand new state-funded<br />

specialist Maths School in<br />

central Guildford for 16-19<br />

year olds across the region.<br />

Applications open in<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Visit our website<br />

to find out more.<br />

info@surreymathsschool.co.uk<br />

www.surreymathsschool.co.uk<br />

97 EXTRA EXTRA<br />


Explore a world above and<br />

beyond the classroom and get<br />

introduced to one student<br />

who examples the difference<br />

extra curriculars can make<br />

101 GREEN FLAGS<br />

Learn how one local school<br />

attained a Green Flag award with<br />

their impressive eco credentials<br />


Claremont School shares how<br />

their school newspaper gives pupils<br />

an outlet to speak their minds<br />

Thank you to Sussex school<br />

Brambletye for providing<br />

our cover image. Find out<br />

more at brambletye.co.uk<br />

The Art House runs art<br />

classes for both children<br />

and adults from its<br />

studio in Woking, <strong>Surrey</strong>.<br />

We nurture, teach and<br />

give our students the<br />

skills and confidence to<br />

pursue their passion in<br />

art. From children who<br />

are learning new skills to<br />

students working towards<br />

art scholarships and need<br />

to be challenged, we cover<br />

a wide range of fine art<br />

mediums including critical<br />

thinking skills.<br />

We also offer family<br />

painting experiences<br />

and bespoke group<br />

adult classes.<br />

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Triathlon at Sevenoaks School<br />

The ethos of service and partnerships<br />

is central at Sevenoaks School. One of this<br />

year’s many community events is the Knight<br />

Frank Schools Triathlon. In summer, Sevenoaks<br />

welcomed 718 triathletes from 17 local primary<br />

schools who raised an incredible £93,000 for the charity<br />

Restless Development. In teams of four, pupils aged 8-12<br />

swam, cycled and ran a combined distance of over 1,337km –<br />

the distance from London to Milan! Sally Walmsley, Sevenoaks<br />

School Deputy Head Co-curriculum, said it was “aweinspiring<br />

to welcome so much young sporting talent and<br />

enthusiasm” as participants showed “exceptional team<br />

work and resilience, supporting and encouraging<br />

each other throughout the day” and student<br />

volunteers “enjoyed working with such<br />

The<br />

delightful and enthusiastic triathletes”.<br />

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Buzz<br />

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

thriving education providers<br />

Sacred Heart School’s nursery<br />

reimagined as “Little Hearts”<br />

Sacred Heart School’s reimagined<br />

nursery - “Little Hearts” - is a place where<br />

young minds flourish with love and care.<br />

They have also introduced Forest School, where<br />

children embark on captivating outdoor adventures,<br />

connecting with nature and building essential life skills.<br />

In addition, children can now participate in LAMDA<br />

lessons which help inspire pupils to find their voices<br />

and to speak with confidence. Every child taking<br />

these lessons has gained a remarkable merit<br />

or distinction in their recent exams. And<br />

elsewhere, the school proudly champions<br />

many pupils who performed at<br />

Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival.<br />

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Reigate Grammar School<br />

achieves high accolades<br />

Reigate Grammar School (RGS), an<br />

exceptional co-educational day school<br />

for children aged 11-1, has been named<br />

School of the Year across multiple categories for<br />

five consecutive years. This year the ISI judged the<br />

School Excellent in All Areas for <strong>Education</strong> Quality<br />

which includes supporting pupils’ achievement in and<br />

beyond the classroom. The report observed, “Positive<br />

attitudes, natural empathy and excellent behaviour<br />

create a harmonious school” and that, “Children<br />

feel comfortable being their true selves.’<br />

Their Annual Open Morning is on<br />

Saturday 30 <strong>September</strong>, and you can<br />

register online at...<br />

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Admissions are now open<br />

for new <strong>Surrey</strong> Maths School<br />

– entry in <strong>September</strong> 2024<br />

Tonbridge School Giving Day<br />

raises £500,000<br />

Admissions are open for <strong>Surrey</strong> Maths<br />

School – a new Guildford-based statefunded<br />

specialist maths school for gifted maths<br />

students aged 16-19 from <strong>Surrey</strong>, Berkshire, Sussex,<br />

Hampshire, South East and South West London.<br />

The school, located close to Guildford’s bus and train stations, is<br />

set to open in <strong>September</strong> 2024. Delivered through the Learning<br />

Partners Academy Trust and the University of <strong>Surrey</strong>, it will<br />

be a centre of excellence for studying maths and further<br />

maths at A level, with additional A Levels in chemistry,<br />

physics, economics and computer science.<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> Maths School will be the eighth<br />

specialist maths school to open in<br />

England. For further details, visit<br />

surreymathsschool.co.uk<br />

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During the last week of the Summer Term,<br />

many hundreds of people across Tonbridge<br />

School community supported Tonbridge’s mission<br />

of increasing its number of Foundation Award<br />

recipients to 100 by 2028. James Priory, Tonbridge’s<br />

Headmaster, said “In the context of today’s cost of living crisis,<br />

it is even more important for us as a school to do everything we<br />

can to support young people and to offer them the very best<br />

chances in life.” And that the school’s aim is “to ensure that<br />

we continue to attract the most academically able and<br />

talented boys”, stating that Giving Day is “crucial to<br />

achieving that.” In a community effort, nearly<br />

700 children, from 14 schools, spent a day at<br />

Tonbridge taking part in sporting, artistic<br />

and academic activities.<br />

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Right: Sahar Shillabeer and<br />

Nora Kettleborough have been<br />

appointed as Co-Heads of <strong>Surrey</strong> Maths<br />

School. They are currently Assistant Heads<br />

at King’s College London Mathematics<br />

School (KCLMS), which achieved the highest A<br />

level results in the country in 2022.<br />

Reigate St Marys<br />

Reigate St Marys has a wonderful<br />

15 acre site just a short walk from RGS<br />

and close to Reigate town centre. Academic<br />

achievements are excellent, and the children<br />

have access to a wide range of facilities and a broad<br />

extracurricular program. Beyond this, the school aims to<br />

produce confident, resilient, and creative young people who<br />

care deeply about a sustainable and equitable future for everyone.<br />

This is achieved through a consistent focus on wellbeing and<br />

building strong relationships with children and their families.<br />

A comprehensive <strong>Education</strong> for Social Responsibility<br />

curriculum is woven into the children’s learning,<br />

based on compassion, kindness, wisdom, and<br />

good values. RSM prepares the children to<br />

ultimately become confident change<br />

makers of the future.<br />

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Chinthurst<br />

Chinthurst is renowned for its<br />

focus on wellbeing and proud of<br />

its reputation for being a school with<br />

a warm heart. Fundamental to this is a<br />

focus on strong relationships that ensure each<br />

individual child feels happy, safe and willing to<br />

make mistakes – key ingredients for learning. The<br />

result? Happy children who can achieve great<br />

things. Their pioneering sporting programme<br />

is an important part of this and they’ve<br />

been named Independent School of the<br />

Year for Sporting Achievement in<br />

recognition of this.<br />

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At ACS Cobham, we believe in helping every child to discover their true potential, stand<br />

out, and achieve excellence in their own field. Our 128-acre campus boasts world-class<br />

performing arts, sports and teaching facilities ensuring our students are ready for anything.<br />

Globally recognised curriculums | International Baccalaureate and Advanced<br />

Placement Programmes | Extensive busing | Bursaries available<br />


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Meet theHead<br />

We’ve been getting to know Ashford School’s Mr Tiley Nunn<br />

What did you study at university?<br />

Having known since as long as I can remember<br />

that I wanted to be a primary school teacher, I<br />

studied Primary <strong>Education</strong> at Canterbury Christ<br />

Church University. My specialisms were PE,<br />

Science and Inclusion.<br />

Tell us a little bit about your career so far...<br />

I started my career at Woodbridge School, in<br />

Suffolk, splitting my time between the classroom<br />

and Games fields, as well as taking on roles<br />

leading ICT and assisting with boarding. I then<br />

moved as part of the founding team to set up<br />

Radnor House in Twickenham, where I was<br />

Assistant Head (Pastoral) and SENCo across both<br />

the Prep and Senior School. Next came a Deputy<br />

Headship at The Old School Henstead back in<br />

Suffolk. In this time, I also acted as a Regional<br />

Lead in Mathematics for a large academy. Then<br />

I took on my first headship at Norwich High<br />

School for Girls, in a period of substantial success<br />

where we were named Girls’ School of the Year<br />

and shortlisted for Prep School of the Year. Since<br />

<strong>September</strong> 2020, I have been at Ashford Prep<br />

School and I have loved every minute of my three<br />

years here so far.<br />

What makes you proud to head up Ashford Prep?<br />

We have an ethos at Ashford Prep School of<br />

‘Always Be Caring’ and it is when I see our pupils<br />

embodying this ethos on a daily basis that I am<br />

most proud to be part of this amazing school.<br />

We challenge our pupils to not only care for<br />

themselves and others, but also to care deeply<br />

about giving their best to everything that they do.<br />

Can you tell us about a favourite teacher from<br />

your own school days and how they shaped your<br />

experience of school?<br />

My favourite teacher was my physics teacher<br />

who also happened to be my headteacher, Mr.<br />

Cole. He always had time for everyone and you<br />

knew that he truly cared for all of his pupils. I<br />

still have a letter from him congratulating me for<br />

my performance as Scarecrow in ‘The Wizard<br />

of Oz’ aged 10. I went on to work for him at<br />

Woodbridge School and he was just as inspiring<br />

as a boss and is the reason why I wanted to<br />

become a headmaster.<br />

What’s been your most memorable moment in<br />

your role at Ashford Prep so far?<br />

There are so many to choose from, but if I<br />

had to pick one it would be awarding our<br />

first group of Year 6 pupils their Pre-Senior<br />

Baccalaureate awards this year – these were<br />

so special because they represented a huge<br />

amount of work and dedication from our<br />

pupils to become the most rounded young<br />

people that they could possibly become.<br />

What do you do to unwind after a busy week?<br />

With two small children myself, unwinding can<br />

be challenging at times. That being said, I am<br />

at my happiest when outside with my family,<br />

especially on walks with our Cocker Spaniel,<br />

85<br />

Maisie. Kent has such beautiful countryside and<br />

coastlines to explore. Other than that, I love to<br />

play hockey and cricket, as well as trying to stay<br />

upright on the slopes as an enthusiastic skier.<br />

You’re a published author – what is it about<br />

primary maths that led you to start writing?<br />

Being entirely honest it was my own fear<br />

and disillusionment in the subject as a<br />

pupil that made me want to write ‘How<br />

to Teach Primary Maths’. It is such a vital<br />

subject to get right and I believe that every<br />

pupil should leave primary school with an<br />

enjoyment and confidence in mathematics.<br />

What are you looking forward to next year?<br />

It is difficult to pin it down to one thing but I<br />

would say that I am most looking forward to<br />

our Creative and Performing Arts programme,<br />

which has improved exponentially in the last<br />

year. We have some seriously talented and<br />

creative pupils at our school and seeing<br />

them perform with such confidence and<br />

enthusiasm is always a highlight for me.<br />

Can you tell us your favourite<br />

book, podcast and song?<br />

The book is Humankind by Rutger Bregman,<br />

podcast would be Tailenders and for the song, I’d<br />

chose Islands by The xx.<br />

To find out more about Ashford School<br />

visit ashfordschool.co.uk<br />


“Children feel<br />

comfortable being<br />

their true selves...<br />

achievements are<br />

overwhelmingly<br />

excellent.”<br />

ISI Report <strong>2023</strong><br />




admissions@reigategrammar.org | 01737 222231<br />

reigategrammar.org | @reigategrammar<br />

COME & VISIT US!<br />


30 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Visit rgs.to/open to register<br />

or book a private tour

Trailblazing<br />

We ask two high-achieving schools how they are staying ahead of the<br />

curve and designing a new path for the future of learning<br />

Parkside School, Cobham<br />

Parkside School is committed to innovative<br />

learning and so we’ve asked them to share<br />

how they embrace new teaching methods,<br />

leverage technology and foster creativity<br />

to stay at the forefront of educational<br />

excellence, preparing their pupils for a future<br />

full of promise and opportunity.<br />

Embracing New Teaching Methods<br />

The one-size-fits-all approach to education is<br />

no longer effective in a world where diversity<br />

and individuality are to be embraced. So the<br />

school has taken bold steps to implement<br />

and adopt new teaching methods that<br />

cater to the unique learning styles and<br />

needs of every child. From curiosity-led<br />

and skills-based learning to collaborative<br />

group activities, Parkside School creates a<br />

learning environment where critical thinking,<br />

problem-solving skills and a genuine passion<br />

for learning are the ‘norm’. The school creates<br />

an environment that sparks curiosity and<br />

nurtures a love of learning.<br />

Leveraging Technology<br />

Parkside has made significant investments<br />

in state-of-the-art educational technology,<br />

such as Virtual Reality (VR) headsets<br />

and embracing the benefits of Artificial<br />

Intelligence (AI), by promoting its<br />

appropriate usage rather than forbidding it.<br />

This ensures that the pupils have access to the<br />

tools and resources necessary for a modern<br />

education. Parkside School seamlessly<br />

integrates technology into their classrooms,<br />

allowing pupils to explore concepts in a<br />

dynamic and engaging manner.<br />

Fostering Creativity<br />

Parkside School fully understands that<br />

creativity is the fuel that drives innovation.<br />

It places a strong emphasis on nurturing<br />

pupils’ imaginations, highlighting its vital<br />

role in preparing them for an ever-evolving<br />

world. The Entrepreneurship Club offers<br />

the opportunity for pupils to bring their<br />

ideas to life. There’s a wide range of artistic<br />

and cultural opportunities, including<br />

performing arts, nurturing and boosting<br />

confidence, without arrogance, enriching<br />

personal development. The environment<br />

in which the pupils learn is of additional<br />

significance; the Outdoor Classroom is used<br />

year-round together with the vibrant CHQ<br />

(Computing Headquarters). The STEM<br />

Studio provides more space for 3D creations<br />

and houses the weekly Deconstruction Club,<br />

where equipment is dismantled, examined,<br />

discussed and often recycled and reassembled.<br />

Conclusion<br />

Parkside’s commitment to innovation ensures<br />

that its pupils are well-equipped to navigate<br />

the complexities of the modern world,<br />

shaping them into empowered individuals<br />

ready to make a positive impact in an everevolving<br />

world. parkside-school.co.uk<br />


Learn Today<br />

Lead Tomorrow<br />



Wednesday 20 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Saturday 30 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Friday 13 October <strong>2023</strong><br />

Friday 10 May 2024<br />

Tuesday 4 June 2024<br />

Book your place at:<br />

www.tormeadschool.org.uk/admissions/visit-us/<br />

Cranley Road, Guildford GU1 2JD<br />

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

Marlborough House School<br />

<strong>Education</strong> is not just about exam results and a 13-yearold<br />

is more than a series of scores. Developing the whole<br />

child and instilling in them a range of skills and characteristics<br />

that will serve them well for life has become the new<br />

challenge, and one that Marlborough House School aims to<br />

meet through a well-established Pre-Senior Baccalaureate<br />

(PSB). Eddy Newton, Marlborough House’s Headmaster,<br />

explains how Pre-Senior Baccalaureate is changing how year<br />

7s and 8s learn.<br />

The PSB aims to cover the same material as Common Entrance,<br />

maintaining academic rigour, but encourages a wider range of skills.<br />

Now that senior schools are selecting their pupils in Year 6, forwardthinking<br />

prep schools can look at how and what the children learn in<br />

years 7 and 8, without the demands of a final exam at the end of year 8.<br />

This leads to asking questions like ‘Should we revise volcanoes again just to raise a<br />

B grade to an A on a one-off exam – is that really the best use of the last 3 months of<br />

Year 8?’. With these years opened up, students could use their time to develop skills like<br />

research or presentation – far more valuable skills in the long-run than rote learning.<br />

The PSB looks at the whole child, assessing their ability in academic subjects as<br />

well as performing arts, sport, and art. At the same time, it provides pupils with an<br />

opportunity to hone skills that will serve them well in later life – how to present,<br />

collaborate and communicate, how to be a leader, how to be more independent and<br />

work on individual projects, how to think out of the box. This approach means that<br />

not only will senior schools receive the type of learners they want; but children will<br />

leave Marlborough House with a much clearer awareness of their strengths, skills and<br />

learning habits.<br />

To find out more about PSB and Marlborough House see marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk<br />


Small Steps Today<br />

Bright Futures Tomorrow<br />


Saturday 30 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Friday 20 October <strong>2023</strong><br />

Friday 8 March 2024<br />

Saturday 11 May 2024<br />

Book your place at:<br />

www.tormeadschool.org.uk/admissions/visit-us/<br />

Cranley Road, Guildford GU1 2JD<br />

@Tormead_JS<br />

@tormeadprepschool<br />

Together, empowering girls to be confident and ambitious, one step at a time

Where to Start?<br />

How do you choose the right prep school? How far ahead should you plan? What will give your child the best start in life?<br />

There are so many big questions when it comes to prep schools, so we’ve asked three of them to give some pointers<br />

What is Value-based <strong>Education</strong>?<br />

Hilden Oaks explains their approach to prep school, which focuses on 22 key values<br />

Values-based <strong>Education</strong> (VbE) is an<br />

intrinsic way of life at Hilden Oaks<br />

Preparatory School & Nursery, supporting<br />

social interaction and creating an enhanced<br />

learning environment. The school focuses<br />

on a set of twenty-two lifelong values,<br />

which provide a common thread, linking<br />

everything throughout the year groups,<br />

from the youngest children in Nursery<br />

through to the eldest in Year 6.<br />

The meaning of each value is explored<br />

during assemblies by giving the children the<br />

opportunity to act out value-related stories<br />

and to contribute to their class discussions.<br />

Children are rewarded with wooden acorns<br />

for demonstrating the desired values, which<br />

are the responsibility of the Head Boy and<br />

Head Girl to count each week (a special<br />

moment for everyone!).<br />

This approach creates an inspirational<br />

learning environment, enhances pupils’<br />

academic attainment and helps children<br />

to develop strong social and interpersonal<br />

skills. The excellent academic results speak<br />

for themselves and it is wonderful to see<br />

that by the time they are ready to leave,<br />

the children move on to their secondary<br />

school of choice with outstanding results,<br />

confidence and self-assurance. They are also<br />

kind, considerate, respectful, accepting of<br />

others and able to demonstrate integrity<br />

– a rare value that is often lacking in<br />

today’s society!<br />

At Hilden Oaks, we pride ourselves on<br />

being one of only three schools in Kent<br />

to be awarded the International Values<br />

<strong>Education</strong> Trust (IVET) Values Quality<br />

Mark. During the recent re-accreditation<br />

visit, the VbE Inspector remarked, “Hilden<br />

Oaks is committed to every pupils’<br />

education, which is underpinned by the<br />

School Values. These values ribbon through<br />

the classroom, the curriculum, the corridors,<br />

lunchtime and even when the pupils leave<br />

school into their homes and communities.<br />

Hilden Oaks is an exceptional school where<br />

pupils thrive.”<br />

To see the school ‘in action’, you can book<br />

a visit by calling 01732 353941 or emailing<br />

registrar@hildenoaks.co.uk Visits may be<br />

booked during one of the forthcoming<br />

Open Mornings on Wednesday 4th<br />

October or Thursday 12th October<br />

(9-11am), or a personal tour may be<br />

booked at a mutually convenient time.<br />

For further information about Hilden Oaks<br />

Values, go to<br />

hildenoaks.co.uk/values-based-education<br />


More than Excellent<br />

An independent school for boys aged 2-13 years, with co-educational nursery.<br />

Set in 45 acres of beautiful countryside with school bus routes including to SW London.<br />

Book An Individual Tour<br />

To register your interest, please e-mail<br />

admissions@parkside-school.co.uk or call 01932 862749<br />

parkside-school.co.uk<br />



An education nowadays needs to be about<br />

so much more than accumulating facts<br />

and passing tests. Being able to apply<br />

knowledge, critical thinking, problemsolving<br />

and collaboration to real-world<br />

problems and situations is getting so much<br />

closer. Add in an environment where<br />

children can grow up grounded, balanced<br />

and happy, building genuine relationships<br />

with their teachers - and you’ve found<br />

a refreshingly relevant education.<br />

Our students leave as well-rounded,<br />

compassionate and proactive young adults,<br />

ready for the next stage of their adventure.<br />

Book your open<br />

morning place now!<br />

www.frensham.org<br />

“...by the time<br />

students leave, they<br />

develop a skills-set<br />

that prepares them<br />

extremely well for<br />

the next stage of<br />

their lives...”<br />


“Excellent”<br />

A progressive day and boarding school in <strong>Surrey</strong> for children from 3 to 18 | refreshingly different since 1925<br />

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What are the<br />

Long-Term<br />

Effects of Prep?<br />

Getting the right kind of education in place<br />

for a child just starting school holds the key to<br />

success later on. “We know from research that<br />

what happens before a child is seven-years-old is<br />

crucial to the development of that child socially,<br />

emotionally, physically and academically,” says<br />

Anna Green, the new Head of Pre-Prep at Bede’s<br />

in Eastbourne.<br />

Never has this been truer, she says, than for<br />

the children starting school this autumn.<br />

“These are our lockdown babies and children.<br />

Because of Covid, they have missed out on so<br />

much socialisation and many of the normal<br />

developmental stages.” Excellent pre-prep<br />

education can help children catch up and enable<br />

them to thrive in the classroom long term. Classes<br />

with no more than 14 pupils, and specialist<br />

teaching in Art, French, Music, IT, PE, Games,<br />

Dance and Swimming, mean that all pupils get the<br />

one-to-one attention they need to settle into their<br />

first years of schooling.<br />

“Our school has such a strong family feel about<br />

it,” says Anna. “Teachers know the children’s<br />

individual strengths so that we can tailor the<br />

teaching to what they are good at and what they<br />

are excited about. This builds confidence and<br />

independence.”The school’s position at the foot<br />

of the beautiful South Downs Way makes for<br />

lots of exciting outdoor activities and learning on<br />

offer: Beach School and Forest School are both<br />

regular features of the timetable as are visits to<br />

the neighbouring Helen Garden. The school site<br />

itself has all-weather Astro pitches, a swimming<br />

pool, library, music centre and sports hall as well as<br />

stunning sea views. “Our setting is breathtaking,”<br />

says Anna. “Opportunities both <strong>inside</strong> and outside<br />

the classroom enable every child to flourish and<br />

grow here.”<br />

Find out more at bedes.org<br />

The Granville School give us three key tips to help navigate the<br />

process of finding the right school<br />

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

How do you choose<br />

a Prep School?<br />

Know your child<br />

Nobody knows your son or daughter better than you do. Of<br />

course, they may only be 3 or 4 years old when you start to look<br />

at schools and they may not still be interested in dinosaurs, Disney<br />

movies or Duplo by the time they leave aged 11, but consider<br />

what kind of child they are. Do they enjoy being outdoors?<br />

Perhaps you need a setting with a Forest School. Are they<br />

interested in how things work? Try and find a school with a wellequipped<br />

science lab and specialist teachers. Are they interested<br />

in the world around them? They might benefit from smaller class<br />

sizes so that the teachers have time to talk to them and explore<br />

more about their interests.<br />

Visit the school<br />

No matter how extensive the virtual tour on the website or<br />

how much information you can find about curriculum, staff<br />

or extra-curricular activities, the only way to get a true sense of<br />

a school is to visit it. Book a tour, sign up for an open day and<br />

go along with an open mind and a list of questions. Ideally,<br />

visit the school when it is in full session. See how the teachers<br />

interact with the pupils, get a sense of the atmosphere of the<br />

school and try to imagine your child sitting at one of the desks in<br />

the lessons. After an open event, you can also ask for a personal<br />

tour to ask more specific questions. Here at The Granville, our<br />

Headmistress offers tours to prospective families throughout<br />

the year which enables our families to get a truer sense of<br />

what our school would be like for their child in particular.<br />

Think ahead<br />

This doesn’t mean you need to have a roadmap to senior school<br />

and university when your child is barely out of nappies but look<br />

ahead in a more general sense. If there are lots of senior school<br />

options in the area, you will want to choose a school that can<br />

provide outstanding advice and support for those exams and that<br />

transition. Your child may change significantly over the next 7<br />

years. Are you willing to lock into a school that feeds straight into<br />

a senior school at such an early stage, or do you want to keep your<br />

options open with a traditional prep school?<br />

There is much to consider, so take your time, keep an open mind<br />

and do your research. Don’t be swayed by the headlines. You don’t<br />

just want the ‘best’ school. You need the best school for your child.<br />

Learn more at granvilleschool.org<br />


SCHOOL Tadworth<br />

Independent co-educational school<br />

for children aged 2 1 / 2 – 11 years<br />

WINNERS!<br />

School of the Year<br />

for Sporting Achievement<br />

A Junior School of<br />

Reigate Grammar School<br />

“Excellent in all areas”<br />

ISI <strong>2023</strong><br />

Visit us at www.chinthurstschool.co.uk<br />

Chinthurst School, Tadworth Street, Tadworth<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> KT20 5QZ T: 01737 812 011<br />

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for children aged 2 – 11 years<br />

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Visit us at www.reigatestmarys.org<br />

Reigate St Mary’s, Chart Lane, Reigate,<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> RH2 7RN T: 01737 244 880<br />

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

A New Adventure<br />

Starting school is the beginning of<br />

an amazing journey, but it is also<br />

a big transition. We find out how<br />

to make it as smooth as possible<br />

Stepping Stones<br />

The first day at school is an emotional milestone<br />

for both parents and children. Your child is<br />

embarking on a great adventure and your<br />

support and guidance will be vital. To help you<br />

navigate this new stage, Brambletye shares seven<br />

simple tips to set your child up for a happy and<br />

positive school experience.<br />

brambletye.co.uk<br />

Ease potential<br />

separation anxiety<br />

Establish a goodbye<br />

routine, carry a comfort<br />

object and arrange playdates<br />

to build familiarity with<br />

classmates.<br />

Get ready for<br />

routine<br />

Familiarise your child with<br />

the school day routine. Practice<br />

getting up and dressed, having<br />

breakfast, preparing PE and book<br />

bags, and the school route to<br />

arrive in time for school<br />

without a rush!<br />

Communicate<br />

Help your child<br />

express themselves<br />

confidently. Encourage<br />

dialogue and active listening<br />

at home to help them build<br />

friendships and engage<br />

with teachers.<br />

Develop a love<br />

of reading<br />

Share quality reading time.<br />

Stories and nursery rhymes<br />

help develop auditory skills<br />

and understanding of language<br />

patterns while also creating<br />

treasured moments of<br />

togetherness.<br />

Accentuate the<br />

positive<br />

Ask about the day’s<br />

highlights and what your<br />

child looks forward to every day.<br />

Listen and respond calmly and<br />

supportively to any concerns.<br />

Share any that are ongoing with<br />

the school so you can work<br />

together to navigate and<br />

resolve them.<br />

Nurture<br />

independence<br />

Teach practical life<br />

skills like getting dressed<br />

and tidying up. Use<br />

descriptive praise to boost<br />

confidence and a sense<br />

of purpose.<br />

Spark curiosity<br />

Be curious<br />

about your child’s<br />

observations and<br />

explore the world<br />

together!<br />

Tailored Support<br />

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook tells us how<br />

they help children settle in at school<br />

At Dulwich, the belief that everyone is<br />

an individual is key, and staff strive to<br />

understand the unique requirements<br />

for each child to learn and thrive. It’s<br />

no surprise then, that their methods of<br />

helping children settle in are based on<br />

paying attention to each child’s needs.<br />

1. A buddy system pairs each new<br />

child with another like-minded<br />

child in their form.<br />

2. Free time can be daunting for<br />

new children, so familiar teachers<br />

look after the children in the<br />

playground at break time and sit<br />

with them at lunch.<br />

3. If a child is particularly struggling<br />

with the transition, they can keep<br />

a cuddly toy from home in their<br />

desk drawer.<br />

4. Academic progress is closely<br />

monitored as we believe that happy<br />

children generally find learning easier.<br />

5. A two-way dialogue with parents<br />

is vital and an open door policy<br />

essential.<br />

dulwichprepcranbrook.org<br />


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

EXTRA<br />

EXTRA<br />

Curriculars<br />

Dulwich Cranbrook tells us what adventures extra curriculars hold beyond the classroom<br />

At Dulwich Cranbrook, every<br />

child is furnished with the skills<br />

and confidence to develop and<br />

grow, empowering them to<br />

steer the course of their future. Our broad<br />

and deep co-curricular programme gives<br />

every pupil the opportunity to discover<br />

their passions. It is a vital component of<br />

Dulwich life, in order to equip children with<br />

the skillset, confidence and drive to forge a<br />

future-ready path for themselves.<br />

This term sees the launch of Dulwich<br />

Cranbrook’s Senior School up to GCSE.<br />

Our senior pupils have access to a vast<br />

co-curricular offering. Over half of our pupils<br />

play a musical instrument, our advanced<br />

artists are working at GCSE level by Year<br />

8 and all our children learn to speak and<br />

perform in public as part of their Drama<br />

lessons. Our co-curricular offering includes<br />

Rock School, Debating, Gardening, a solar<br />

car team, and a Combined Cadet Force<br />

(CCF) from Year 9 upwards. There is<br />

genuinely something for everyone. More<br />

importantly, the ethos of the school is such<br />

that, as our children become teens, they do<br />

not have to hide any part of themselves to<br />

fit in. They combine being on the football<br />

team with being on the chess team, they<br />

don’t stop singing in the choir, worried<br />

that their friends won’t think it is cool.<br />

One of our resident rock bands played live<br />

for the coronation in Cranbrook Town in<br />

the summer term and scores of their peers<br />

came along to support them. Taking part is<br />

celebrated.<br />

Dulwich has always had an excellent<br />

reputation for sport. Our broad sports<br />

offering strikes a balance between traditional,<br />

competitive team sports and individual sports<br />

and pursuits. Our aim is to ensure each and<br />

every pupil feels inspired to pursue a healthy<br />

and active lifestyle in a way which is right<br />

for them. In delivering that aim, we offer a<br />

unique programme alongside our impressive<br />

team sports. On Matches afternoon, children<br />

can choose from competitive fixtures or<br />

our Dulwich Inspires programme. In the<br />

Spring Term, alongside hockey and football<br />

matches, those less keen on those particular<br />

sports were instead mountain biking in the<br />

beautiful Kent countryside. In the Summer<br />

Term, while the majority play cricket, our<br />

Inspires group are learning to sail. Dulwich<br />

Inspires allows every pupil to look forward to<br />

sport afternoons, to challenge themselves and<br />

97<br />

to experience success.<br />

A Dulwich education extends well beyond<br />

our campus. This month we host our<br />

overnight ‘ice-breaker’ camp in Lordship<br />

Wood for our Years 7s, with a focus on<br />

building new friendships and developing<br />

leadership skills in the first weeks of term.<br />

Additional Year 7 trips include a theatre trip,<br />

a French trip and a visit to the Imperial War<br />

Museum as part of their WW1 Enquiry<br />

Week in the Summer Term. Optional trips<br />

include an international visit to either Italy<br />

or Spain and a ski trip. In Year 8, pupils<br />

take part in a week-long outdoor education<br />

trip, taking on a physical and psychological<br />

challenge, like climbing Snowdon. In Year<br />

9, their whole year group trip has a careers<br />

focus, this year touring and working in<br />

Formula One’s digital broadcast studio.<br />

All of this is supported by a real focus on<br />

wellbeing. Having had the advantage of<br />

planning our year 7-11 provision from<br />

scratch, we are able to re-think the teenage<br />

experience. We are designing a school around<br />

the needs of our teenagers, a Senior School<br />

to thrive in, not simply survive in.<br />

dulwichcranbrook.org<br />


'To Love is to Live.'<br />


Saturday 7 October <strong>2023</strong><br />

www.manorhouseschool.org | 01372 457077 | admissions@manorhouseschool.org<br />

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

Meet<br />

Lizzie...<br />

Mayfield student, Lizzie, explains how extra-curricular interests<br />

and sport have enriched her life at Mayfield<br />

At Mayfield, we believe<br />

happiness is the key to<br />

thriving at school and<br />

so we place a strong emphasis on<br />

creating a nurturing environment<br />

for the girls. Mayfield encourages<br />

equally the intellectual, creative,<br />

physical, emotional and spiritual<br />

development of each pupil, with<br />

academic study complemented<br />

by a rich and diverse variety of<br />

activities beyond the classroom.<br />

Lizzie, a Lower Sixth boarder<br />

from Wadhurst, recently<br />

co-organised a coding workshop<br />

as part of Mayfield School’s<br />

Festival of Ideas, a series of ten<br />

interactive workshops delivered<br />

by Scholars to the girls in<br />

Years 7 and 8. “The workshop<br />

I co-delivered was called ‘No<br />

Time to Drive’ and we taught<br />

the younger girls how to code<br />

the Pi-Top 4 Robot to drive<br />

around a track through a series<br />

of challenges. It was a great<br />

experience to get to know the<br />

younger girls, teaching them the<br />

fundamentals of coding.”<br />

Lizzie also loves playing Cricket<br />

and is currently in the Sussex<br />

U17 County Cricket squad.<br />

“I started playing cricket at<br />

Mayfield in Year 7 thanks to<br />

Miss Starr (Mayfield’s Director<br />

of Sport and former England<br />

Cricketer), who encouraged me<br />

and nurtured my interest. For the<br />

last two years, I’ve played against<br />

the MCC, featuring several<br />

former international women<br />

cricketers, and last year had the<br />

privilege of captaining Mayfield<br />

in one of the T20 fixtures. I have<br />

always loved sport because it<br />

has allowed me to develop skills<br />

outside the classroom, such as<br />

perseverance, teamwork and my<br />

ability to handle pressure.”<br />

Last year, Lizzie represented<br />

the school at the Model<br />

United Nations Conference<br />

(an educational simulation of<br />

the actual United Nations in<br />

which students can learn<br />

about diplomacy and<br />

international relations)<br />

in Torun, Poland. “It<br />

was amazing to meet<br />

and debate with<br />

students from<br />

all over the world and to have the<br />

opportunity to stay with a Polish<br />

host family for the week and<br />

experience a different culture.<br />

Taking part in the conference<br />

helped me grow in confidence,<br />

and I learned some really useful<br />

skills, such as how to negotiate<br />

effectively and find common<br />

ground.”<br />

To find out more about<br />

what’s on offer at<br />

Mayfield, see<br />

mayfieldgirls.org<br />

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Guests to the school keep things<br />

interesting with lectures from<br />

renowned speakers, workshops, PSHE<br />

lessons, and assemblies on<br />

sustainability, all of which enrich the<br />

pupils’ knowledge and understanding<br />

of environmental challenges.<br />


Pupils support and monitor local<br />

wildlife by building habitats and bird<br />

boxes, and installing trail cameras<br />

(including a remarkable tawny<br />

owl camera) – all experiences that<br />

also allow them to appreciate the<br />

school grounds’ rich biodiversity.<br />

The Prep School’s Eco Council<br />

even produce their own nature<br />

documentary series, Spring Watch,<br />

showcasing their thriving ecosystem<br />

on the School YouTube channel.<br />


All this is integrated in the curriculum<br />

across subjects and year groups so<br />

everyone gets involved. While the<br />

Year 2 pupils are conducting traffic<br />

surveys to explore greener transport<br />

alternatives, the Year 6s engage in<br />

science projects on owl pellet dissection.<br />

Green Flags<br />

In 2022, Lingfield College received the prestigious Green Flag Award ‘with Distinction’<br />

from Eco Schools, with the Senior School following suit in June <strong>2023</strong> – the only<br />

school in <strong>Surrey</strong> to receive the award at this level. So how do they do it?<br />

Nestled in lush countryside, surrounded by fields, woodland, wildlife and the breathtaking<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> Hills, it is easy to see why Lingfield College is so conscious of the environment.<br />

But the school is going much further than just ‘thinking’ green, they are taking massive<br />

strides towards embracing a ‘Green <strong>Education</strong>al’ approach with award-winning results.<br />


The school has planted over 300<br />

trees just in the past year, including<br />

those gifted by the Tree Planting<br />

Project at <strong>Surrey</strong> County Council.<br />

These trees not only enhance the<br />

school’s surroundings but also<br />

contribute to the global efforts<br />

in combating climate change by<br />

removing carbon dioxide and also<br />

reduce other harmful pollutants.<br />

The pupils’ collective efforts have<br />

led to the blooming of new stunning<br />

wildflower meadows and a bountiful<br />

vegetable patch in the Wellbeing<br />

Garden. These vibrant displays<br />

support pollinators and add natural<br />

beauty to the school grounds.<br />



The school eco strategy begins<br />

with the pupils. They get to be the<br />

changemakers and ambassadors<br />

themselves. Championed and<br />

supported by designated Eco and<br />

Sustainability Staff, they passionately<br />

promote sustainable practices, inspire<br />

their peers and set an example for<br />

others through groups such as The<br />

Eco Warriors Club and the Eco-<br />

Council at the Prep School, and the<br />

Eco Committee, Eco Captains and<br />

Gardening Club at the Senior School.<br />

They undertake projects, such as<br />

harvesting and selling apple juice<br />

from the school orchard, reinvesting<br />

proceeds into eco initiatives.<br />

Elsewhere, pupils are monitoring<br />

water wastage, exploring recycling,<br />

and hosting workshops on mending<br />

and upcycling clothes.<br />


Energy-efficient lighting, waste<br />

monitoring and smart meters all help<br />

create a greener environment and<br />

reduce the school’s environmental<br />

footprint. Meanwhile, the catering<br />

team measures and reduces food<br />

waste, adapts menus, and minimises<br />

single-use plastic. To reduce plastic<br />

consumption and improve recycling,<br />

the school has switched recycling<br />

providers and even introduced mixed<br />

recycling bins in every classroom,<br />

a change that instills a culture of<br />

sustainability as second nature for the<br />

next generation from an early age,<br />

and encourages us all to make good<br />

decisions and take positive steps.<br />


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

Raising Voices<br />

Read all about it! Gavin Bunker, Headteacher at Claremont Prep<br />

School tells us about what makes the news at his school<br />

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At Claremont, ‘student voice’ is at<br />

the heart of the learning experience.<br />

It enables children to shape their<br />

own learning journey and develop<br />

important communication skills along<br />

with levels of self-esteem, while they<br />

also learn how their voice has the<br />

power to influence, entertain and be a<br />

force for change.<br />

The collaborative efforts of the Prep<br />

School Eco Committee and young<br />

reporters on the school newspaper, The<br />

Arrow, are great examples of student<br />

voice at work. Some of the children’s<br />

favourite cover stories have included<br />

‘Down to Earth MP!’ which featured an<br />

exclusive interview with local MP Huw<br />

Merriman about environmental issues,<br />

and ‘Save our Seas’ which told the story<br />

of what happened when Arrow reporters<br />

accompanied Eco Warriors and School<br />

Council representatives on an historic<br />

trip to the Houses of Parliament. There<br />

they delivered a petition which called<br />

for action to be taken before 2035 to<br />

stop Southern Water dumping sewage in<br />

the sea, and as a result, Sally-Ann Hart<br />

MP is currently working with Southern<br />

Water to bring an earlier solution to the<br />

problem. In June this year, The Arrow<br />

newspaper team was named ‘Editorial<br />

Team of the Year <strong>2023</strong>’ by First News,<br />

the highly acclaimed and award-winning<br />

national newspaper for 7-14 year olds.<br />

Meanwhile, Eco Schools said of our<br />

Eco Warriors: ‘Your fantastic work has<br />

really demonstrated, on a national level,<br />

that young people care about the state<br />

of our nation’s waters and hopefully<br />

you will prove to be at the forefront of<br />

change…’ At the time of writing, the<br />

Eco Committee has been shortlisted for<br />

the Eco Schools Marine Topic Award,<br />

and the Independent School of the Year<br />

<strong>2023</strong> for Environmental Impact.<br />

At Claremont, ‘student voice’ encourages<br />

meaningful dialogue, in a learning space<br />

primed for collaboration and positive<br />

action. As our young people continue to<br />

develop their understanding of the world<br />

around them, including a digital world<br />

of unreliable news, it is crucial that they<br />

are always heard and not just seen.<br />

Claremont Prep School has BBC Young<br />

Reporter School status and has been<br />

awarded the much coveted Green Flag<br />

status for the last three consecutive years.<br />

Find out more at claremontschool.co.uk<br />

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As a musician and songwriter, London-born Graham Garrett rubbed<br />

shoulders with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Freddie Mercury and<br />

Talking Heads. During his career as a chef, he’s worked for and alongside<br />

some of the biggest names in the business, including Gordon Ramsay,<br />

Nico Ladenis and Richard Corrigan. In 2002 Graham and his partner<br />

Jackie bought The West House restaurant in Biddenden, Kent, where<br />

he was awarded a Michelin star. Here, we’ve chosen three very special<br />

recipes from his autobiographical cookbook, Sex & Drugs & Sausage Rolls,<br />

opening with a simply delicious oyster dish to co-incide with this month’s<br />

Whitstable Rocks Oyster Festival and the start of the oyster season<br />

Recipes: Graham Garrett Photographs: Adrian Franklin<br />

Poached Oysters, Chorizo Cream, Cucumber Granita<br />

Serves 4<br />

I used to do a chorizo cream soup at Christoph’s, and put an oyster beignet on<br />

top in a little nest of fresh cucumber ‘spaghetti’ to keep it crisp. This is a variation<br />

of that, as it uses the same flavours, but with a refreshing cucumber granita.<br />

• 12 rock oysters<br />

For the cucumber granita:<br />

• 3g fine sea salt<br />

• a pinch of sugar<br />

• ½ cucumber, juiced<br />

• 5ml Chardonnay vinegar<br />

For the chorizo cream:<br />

• 250g raw cooking chorizo<br />

• ½ small onion, peeled and finely chopped<br />

• ½ carrot, peeled and sliced<br />

• 1 sprig of thyme<br />

• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed<br />

• 125ml dry white wine<br />

• 300ml white chicken stock<br />

• 100ml whipping cream<br />

1. To make the cucumber granita, dissolve the salt and sugar in<br />

the cucumber juice and vinegar. Freeze it in a shallow container,<br />

beating with a fork each time ice crystals start to form.<br />

2. To make the chorizo cream, remove the skin from the chorizo and cut into<br />

smallish pieces. Fry the chorizo in a small saucepan until it starts to release its<br />

oil. Add the vegetables, thyme and garlic and continue to sweat them until<br />

soft. Add the wine and reduce until almost completely gone. Add the stock<br />

and continue to reduce by about two-thirds. Add the cream and simmer for 5<br />

minutes or until it reaches a coating consistency. Pass through a fine sieve.<br />

3. To serve, shuck the oysters and put them in a small saucepan along with<br />

their juices. Wash the bottom shells and place them on a serving plate. Gently<br />

warm the oysters until they just start to firm up, this should take no more<br />

than 1 minute. Be careful not to overcook them. Place an oyster in each shell,<br />

spoon the chorizo cream over each one and top with the granita.<br />

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Escabeche of Sea Bass<br />

Serves 4<br />

This is good for home as it isn’t<br />

labour-intensive on the night. It’s<br />

important not to boil the oil, or you<br />

will lose its flavour. You can vary<br />

the fish, and also the marinade, the<br />

vinegars, the oil and the vegetables.<br />

• 1 bulb of fennel, sliced<br />

• 1 banana shallot, peeled and sliced<br />

• 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced<br />

• 4 fillets of sea bass<br />

For the marinade:<br />

• juice of 1 orange, and zest of ½ orange<br />

• 30ml Spanish Moscatel vinegar<br />

• 60ml dry white wine<br />

• 5g fennel seeds<br />

• 5g coriander seeds<br />

• 5g pink peppercorns<br />

• 1 star anise<br />

• 1 bay leaf<br />

• 1 sprig of thyme<br />

• 100ml extra virgin olive oil<br />

• sea salt flakes<br />

1. To make the marinade, put all the<br />

ingredients (except the oil and salt) into<br />

a non-reactive pan and bring to the boil.<br />

Add the sliced vegetables and bring back<br />

to the boil then remove from the heat.<br />

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2. Season the fish on both sides<br />

then fry skin side down in a little<br />

vegetable oil. When the fish is about<br />

two-thirds cooked, turn the fillets over<br />

and continue to cook for 10 seconds<br />

before removing to a dish just big<br />

enough to hold the fish in one layer.<br />

3. Whisk the olive oil into the marinade<br />

and add salt to taste. Pour the warm<br />

dressing and vegetables over the fish<br />

and leave to cool. This is great eaten<br />

at room temperature but will keep<br />

in the fridge for a few days and can<br />

be gently warmed under the grill.<br />

4. To serve, place each fillet with the<br />

vegetables divided evenly between<br />

them. Whisk the remaining marinade<br />

to emulsify it a little, and then<br />

spoon over the fish and sprinkle<br />

with a few crunchy salt flakes.

Treacle Tart<br />

Serves 8<br />

A classic. We make them individually.<br />

The beauty of it is that we can cook them<br />

to order, so they’re hot, fresh and crispy.<br />

For the pastry:<br />

• 450g plain flour<br />

• 150g icing sugar<br />

• zest of an orange<br />

• 225g cold salted butter, diced<br />

• 1 large free range egg<br />

• 1 tbsp milk<br />

For the tart filling:<br />

• 275g golden syrup<br />

• 25g black treacle<br />

• 85g brioche or breadcrumbs<br />

• 60 almonds, ground<br />

• 1 large free range egg<br />

• 150ml whipping cream<br />

• zest of an orange<br />

• blood orange segments<br />

• crème fraîche<br />

• a small handful of buckler leaf sorrel<br />

1. To make the pastry, put the flour, icing<br />

sugar and orange zest into a food processor.<br />

Give it a whiz to mix, and then add the butter.<br />

Pulse until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.<br />

2. Add the egg and milk then pulse again until it just<br />

comes together. Make sure you don’t overwork it.<br />

3. Turn the pastry out onto a work surface.<br />

Shape it into a ball. Flatten it then wrap in cling<br />

film. Leave it to rest in the fridge for an hour.<br />

4. To make<br />

the filling,<br />

gently warm the<br />

syrup and treacle<br />

to make it easier to<br />

work with, then put all<br />

the ingredients into a blender<br />

and whiz until emulsified.<br />

5. Roll out the pastry as thinly as<br />

possible. Cut out eight circles of pastry big<br />

enough to fit 8 small tartlet tins. Line with cling<br />

film or parchment paper. Fill with rice or baking<br />

beans, then blind bake for 10 minutes at 180°C.<br />

6. Fill each tartlet case with the filling mix<br />

and bake for 15 minutes at 170°C.<br />

7. To serve, place a warm tartlet in the centre<br />

of a plate. Arrange a few orange segments on<br />

each tart and finish with a spoon of crème<br />

fraîche and garnish with buckler leaf sorrel.<br />

Sex & Drugs & Sausage Rolls<br />

by Graham Garrett and Cat Black is published by Face Publications<br />

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Smooth and Soothe<br />

Josephine Fairley lifts the lid on face masks that really deliver, best enjoyed with a little R&R on the side<br />

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I<br />

really don’t know anyone who<br />

doesn’t love a face mask, and I’ve<br />

a hunch I know why. It’s that<br />

command on the back of the pack:<br />

‘Relax for 5/10/15 minutes’ (or however<br />

long), ‘while the mask gets to work.’ Or<br />

something similar. Somehow, it gives<br />

the sense that the mask is going to work<br />

its magic more effectively if we just lie<br />

down and chill, or floomf on the sofa<br />

with a magazine. In a busy life, this little<br />

window of downtime – untinged by<br />

guilt, because we’re just following orders,<br />

aren’t we? – makes the whole experience<br />

of face-masking very pleasurable.<br />

But of course, it’s visible results we’re<br />

also looking for from our face masks, as<br />

well as the pamper factor – and there<br />

are some truly effective quick skin fixes<br />

out there, as well as a new generation of<br />

‘sleep-in masks’, akin to night creams,<br />

which get to work while you slumber.<br />

There is also another trend afoot<br />

in the Land of Face Masks – which<br />

is multi-masking, too. In truth, it’s<br />

been around for a while, but since so<br />

many women self-identify as having<br />

combination skin (around 60% of the<br />

women who’ve trialled products for<br />

us at Beauty Bible, for example), it<br />

makes perfect sense. If you have an oily<br />

T-zone, the thought of applying a rich<br />

mask on that area isn’t inviting – you’ll<br />

worry that it’ll just make everything<br />

even shinier and maybe cause breakouts.<br />

Ditto, if you have a tendency to dry<br />

patches, clay-based masks – which can<br />

draw impurities out of the skin – can<br />

make cheeks and forehead feel two<br />

sizes too small for your face, as the<br />

clay sets. So, with multi-masking, the<br />

idea is that you smooth on two masks,<br />

one targeting your oily bits, one for<br />

the thirstier zones – well, worth a try,<br />

if you’re a ‘combi’ reader, anyway.<br />

First off, the basics: all masks need<br />

to be applied to freshly-cleansed skin,<br />

otherwise it won’t be so effective. I<br />

remember a New York facialist, Lydia<br />

Sarfati, telling me: ‘Unless you cleanse<br />

properly, it’s the equivalent of putting<br />

polish on a dirty floor.’ (Hopefully, you<br />

have brushed up your cleansing skills<br />

with August’s edition of this magazine.)<br />

Don’t think that ‘more is more’.<br />

Allow yourself to be bossed around<br />

by the instructions, and if it says five<br />

minutes, never assume 20 is better.<br />

Those how-to details will also tell you<br />

whether – as is the case with some richer<br />

masks – you can actually leave it on to<br />

sink in completely, or whether the mask<br />

needs removing after it’s done its job.<br />

On that note, for pretty much every<br />

style of mask, I recommend a warm,<br />

wet and clean fluffy flannel, using the<br />

corners to access any harder-to-reach<br />

areas around the nose and the chin.<br />

Keep away from eyes. And lips. Most<br />

masks taste disgusting, and I’ve often<br />

found they irritate my sensitive eyes.<br />

So, apply carefully with fingertips,<br />

avoiding those areas – and if you’re<br />

using two masks, to multi-mask,<br />

apply the one for oilier skin first.<br />

Once you’ve removed the mask,<br />

moisturise straight away. But do pat<br />

skin dry, first; I honestly don’t buy all<br />

that stuff about ‘trapping moisture<br />

by applying a cream to damp skin’;<br />

I believe you’re just diluting your<br />

moisturiser if you do that, and thus<br />

getting less of a skin drink from it.<br />

FYI, I tend to avoid sheet masks.<br />

I’m never keen on single-use beauty<br />

products, and even when the mask<br />

itself is biodegradable, the foil sleeve<br />

these masks come in is almost never<br />

recyclable. There’s a plague of these sheet<br />

masks out there (a Korean trend that<br />

has snuck into our beauty culture in<br />

the UK), and I’m not happy about it!<br />

But now, some product<br />

recommendations – with the allimportant<br />

amount of time you’ll<br />

get to relax, in brackets…<br />

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My top picks for<br />

oilier skins/areas<br />

• PIXI Glow Mud Mask, £18 for<br />

45ml. With kaolin and sea salt to draw<br />

out impurities, aloe vera and ginseng to<br />

balance the skin (relax for 15 minutes).<br />

• Lisa Franklin Rose Quartz<br />

Purifying Clay Mask, £65 for<br />

50ml. Definitely at the luxe end of<br />

the spectrum, from a top London<br />

facialist, with exfoliating papaya<br />

enzymes, pink clay and white<br />

kaolin to tame breakouts, plus<br />

some high-tech ingredients and a<br />

good dollop of that mega-hydrator,<br />

hyaluronic acid (5-10 minutes)<br />

• The Body Shop Himalayan<br />

Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask,<br />

£8 for 15ml. Porous bamboo<br />

charcoal that acts like a magnet<br />

for impurities (10-15 minutes).<br />

My top picks for dry/<br />

sensitive skins or facial areas<br />

• Jurlique Hydrating Mask, £41<br />

for 100ml. A 98% natural Beauty<br />

Bible Gold Award winner this year:<br />

lusciously rich, creamy, super-silky<br />

and heaven-scented with Jurlique<br />

rose oil (10 minutes, or overnight).<br />

• L’Occitane Immortelle Divine<br />

Cream Mask, £92 for 65ml. From<br />

the same range as my favourite serum<br />

and night creams, with a price-tag as<br />

luxurious as its texture, an amazingly<br />

skin-quenching treat powered by<br />

L’Occitane’s signature age-defying<br />

immortelle oil. I’m hooked on<br />

the powdery-aromatic (yes, really)<br />

scent (10 minutes, or can also be<br />

used overnight as a moisturiser).<br />

fix, with its camphor, witch hazel,<br />

aloe vera and white clay – be aware,<br />

there’s a slight tingle, but it’s never<br />

irritated my sensitive skin. (It works<br />

so fast you’ll only get up to two<br />

minutes of relaxation, however!)<br />

• Sali Hughes x Revolution Beauty<br />

Better in 5 Express Exfoliating<br />

Face Mask, £15 for 50ml. From a<br />

renowned beauty expert who’s tried<br />

everything out there, this is powered<br />

by a multi-acid complex – lactic, malic,<br />

gluconolactone and glycolic, with<br />

glycerine to moisturise. (It’s quickacting<br />

– 5 minutes of downtime!)<br />

• Origins GinZing Glow-Boosting<br />

Mask, £34 for 75ml. Another ‘old<br />

friend’, I love rediscovering this every<br />

few years; it’s my job to check out the<br />

new stuff, and great products like this<br />

sometimes get forgotten in the flurry of<br />

launches (allow to sink in – so chill out<br />

for as long as you can get away with it!)<br />

My top picks for<br />

overnight/‘sleeping’ masks<br />

All to be left on overnight, while<br />

you slumber. (The ultimate act<br />

of relaxation, of course – but the<br />

idea is also that they harness skin’s<br />

repairing powers, which are more<br />

active at night. It’s not called<br />

‘beauty sleep’ for nothing.)<br />

• Verdilab Extremely Nourishing<br />

Rose Radiance Cream Mask, £160<br />

for 50ml. Yup, you read the price<br />

right, and I’ll probably only be able<br />

to replenish this with the help of a<br />

Euromillions win, but… I got to try<br />

it after this rich, 100% natural yet<br />

high-tech mask scooped Gold in this<br />

year’s Beauty Bible Awards, and I<br />

honestly do wake up with brighter,<br />

softer skin. I am eking it out!<br />

• Fresh Floral Recovery Calming<br />

Mask, from £24 for 30ml. This<br />

contains calming, cooling floral<br />

extracts including cornflower and<br />

passionflower seeds, alongside<br />

skintone-evening peony root, softening<br />

squalane and brightening vitamin<br />

C. I love this after I’ve accidentally<br />

had a little too much sun, for its<br />

soothing powers. (I’m quite a fangirl<br />

of Fresh generally, and feel they should<br />

be much more widely known.)<br />

• e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration!<br />

Sleeping Mask, £10 for 80ml.<br />

I flipping love e.l.f., not just<br />

for its affordability but also its<br />

formulations. And I definitely<br />

love this; a creamy, replenishing<br />

formula that leaves skin bouncy and<br />

plumped up, thanks to ceramides,<br />

hyaluronic acid and peptides.<br />

And now? I give you permission<br />

to put your feet up, too.<br />

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

tried and tested beauty reviews.<br />

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• Dr Organic Moringa Ultimate<br />

Refining Face Mask, £12.99 for<br />

50ml. A newish launch from this<br />

affordable naturals brand, infused<br />

with restorative moringa oil, plus<br />

coconut and sweet almond oils,<br />

plus vitamin E (10 minutes).<br />

My top picks for ‘brightening’<br />

• Liz Earle Brightening Clay Mask,<br />

£22.50. I’ve always loved this quick<br />


Wellbeing<br />

Under<br />

pressure<br />

Sarah Maxwell looks into ways to<br />

prevent and relieve hypertension<br />

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If you’re looking for a way to reduce<br />

high blood pressure (also known<br />

as hypertension), then you may<br />

want to take a closer look at isometric<br />

exercise. A recent study published in<br />

the British Journal of Sports Medicine<br />

suggests that it could be the most<br />

effective way to reduce blood pressure.<br />

For years, the general consensus<br />

among medical, health and fitness<br />

professionals was that isometric<br />

exercises increased blood pressure,<br />

leading to the recommendation that<br />

cardiovascular exercise was the most<br />

effective way to lower it. However, recent<br />

studies have revealed that isometric<br />

exercise can actually be beneficial<br />

for people with high blood pressure,<br />

providing an alternative or an addition<br />

to traditional cardio workouts.<br />

The findings of the research conducted<br />

by Canterbury Christ Church University<br />

and first published in The British<br />

Journal of Sports Medicine, have<br />

indicated that the existing guidelines,<br />

based on traditional aerobic or<br />

‘cardio’ workouts, should be revised to<br />

include more recently popular exercise<br />

regimens like HIIT and isometric<br />

exercises, such as wall sits and planks.<br />

This is exciting news, because elevated<br />

blood pressure is considered a silent killer<br />

due to its lack of signs and symptoms.<br />

It can result in damage to your arteries,<br />

kidneys and brain, increasing the risk<br />

of heart disease, stroke, dementia<br />

and more! Therefore, it’s vital to have<br />

regular checks with your doctor.<br />

Muscle Science<br />

When we exercise our muscles there<br />

is a lengthening and shortening of the<br />

muscles (think of bicep curl). As you<br />

bend your arm the muscle shortens<br />

(flexion). When you lower your arm<br />

the muscle lengthens (extension). The<br />

combination of these two movements is<br />

called isotonic exercise. With an isometric<br />

exercise there is no flexion and extension,<br />

the muscles stay the same length.<br />

Isometric Wall Sit<br />

• Start with your back against a wall<br />

with your feet shoulder width apart<br />

and about 2 feet from the wall.<br />

• Engage your abdominal muscles<br />

and slowly slide your back down the<br />

wall until your thighs are parallel<br />

to the ground. Adjust your feet so<br />

your knees are directly above your<br />

ankles (rather than over your toes).<br />

• Keep your back flat against the wall.<br />

Hold the position for 10 to 60 seconds.<br />

• Slide slowly back up the wall to a<br />

standing position rather than sliding<br />

down, to protect your knees<br />

• Rest for 30 seconds and<br />

repeat 2 or 3 times.<br />

• Progress your hold time by adding on<br />

5 seconds each time as you get stronger.<br />

Isometric Plank<br />

• Lie face down with your forearms*<br />

on the floor, with your legs<br />

extended and your feet together.<br />

• Push into your forearms as you raise<br />

your body so it forms a straight line<br />

from your head and neck to your feet.<br />

(Don’t let your hips rise or sag.)<br />

• Keep your gaze down and hold this<br />

position as you engage your abdominal<br />

muscles and breathe steadily.<br />

• Try to maintain the position for<br />

between 10 and 60 seconds, then lower<br />

your body and rest for 30 seconds.<br />

• Work toward completing 3-5 sets<br />

Doing more sets and shorter hold<br />

times is more effective than holding<br />

a plank for a long time. If you start<br />

to sag in the middle and you can<br />

feel it in your back, stop. After a<br />

rest, you can always try again.<br />

*If you find resting on your forearms is<br />

uncomfortable, do the plank from a push-up<br />

position, with your arms fully extended. If<br />

you’re new to planking, have back pain or an<br />

injury, you can do the plank on your knees or<br />

stand straight and lean against a worktop or<br />

sturdy desk so your body is at a 45° angle.<br />

In conclusion<br />

In addition to the isometric exercises,<br />

remember that a good diet and an active<br />

lifestyle with plenty of rest, relaxation<br />

and play is the foundation of health<br />

and wellbeing. Happy planking!<br />

More information<br />

If you would like a deeper dive into<br />

isometric exercise and blood pressure<br />

findings, this is a link to the study<br />

canterbury.ac.uk/science-engineering-andsocial-sciences/psychology-and-life-sciences/<br />

sport-and-exercise-sciences/research/<br />

isometric-research-group/Isofit-bp-study.aspx<br />

...and to our trusty NHS nhs.<br />

uk/health-assessment-tools/checkyour-blood-pressure-reading<br />

Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning<br />

Fitness and Lifestyle coach<br />

and mum of two who juggles a lot<br />

of balls. Find out more about Sarah<br />

and her work at sarahmaxwell.com<br />

Sarah shares her Fitness and Lifestyle tips<br />

on Instagram @sarahmaxwelllifestyle<br />

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Nourish to Flourish<br />

Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Charlotte Lau<br />

explores the benefits of incorporating<br />

another healthy ingredient into our<br />

diets. This month it’s apples<br />

We all know the old phrase ‘an apple a day<br />

keeps the doctor away’ but is there any truth<br />

to this? Well, there are some properties in<br />

this tasty staple that are impressive for a relatively cheap<br />

and readily available fruit… hello apple-picking season!<br />

Whole apples are nutrient dense and they are very<br />

rich in a type of soluble fibre called pectin. This fibre<br />

takes on many times its own weight in water, causing<br />

it to swell up and form a gel-like substance in the gut.<br />

Once formed, it binds to cholesterol, preventing it from<br />

being absorbed into the body by carrying it away via the<br />

bowel, which provides a cholesterol-lowering effect.<br />

Most fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants,<br />

some more so like berries, but what apples offer is a<br />

diverse range of antioxidant compounds. The redskinned<br />

varieties contain anthocyanins, which have<br />

benefits for cardiovascular health, quercetin which<br />

offers anti-inflammatory support, and chlorogenic<br />

Charlotte runs Plume Nutrition, where she offers support and advice<br />

for weight management, controlling cravings, sleeplessness, stress<br />

and increasing energy levels. Find out more at plumenutrition.com<br />

acid, which supports liver health. All varieties are rich<br />

in Vitamin C, great for supporting our immunity.<br />

Due to the large number of varieties available in the UK (over<br />

2,000), you can buy British apples pretty much all year round,<br />

but traditionally they’re in season in the UK from late August to<br />

December, their versatile nature making them delicious freshly<br />

picked as a snack, but equally as good in sweet and savoury dishes.<br />

• 50g jumbo oats<br />

• 1 apple – ½<br />

grated and<br />

½ sliced<br />

Put the oats, grated apple,<br />

half the sliced banana<br />

and milk into a saucepan.<br />

Stirring regularly, cook<br />

over a medium heat for 5-8<br />

minutes until the porridge<br />

has thickened to a creamy<br />

consistency. Transfer to<br />

Apple porridge<br />

This comforting grated apple, banana and cinnamon<br />

porridge, ticks all the <strong>September</strong> boxes. Serves 1<br />

• 1 small banana,<br />

thinly sliced<br />

• 250ml milk of<br />

your choice<br />

• 1tsp ground<br />

cinnamon<br />

a bowl and top with the<br />

rest of the banana and<br />

apple and sprinkle with<br />

cinnamon. Double the<br />

quantities for a delicious<br />

overnight oats option, with<br />

a teaspoon of nut butter on<br />

the top for extra protein.<br />

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Elephant<br />

Hawk Moth<br />

Where the Wild Things are<br />

Sue Whigham caught up with Lou Carpenter of Marden Wildlife and the<br />

Marden Farmer Cluster to learn about their inspiring work<br />

We had our first green-winged orchid flowering<br />

here this year and the excitement when we<br />

spotted it knew no bounds. Imagine then<br />

Marden Meadows, a SSSI designated Nature Reserve east<br />

of the Kentish village, managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust,<br />

where, in late April, there is a spectacular display of these<br />

glorious orchids (also known as the harlequin orchid).<br />

The site was farmed using pre-World War II methods by<br />

its previous owner and its unimproved neutral meadow<br />

is cut for hay each year and then grazed. The meadows<br />

are part of the Coronation Meadows Project and provide<br />

‘local provenance meadow seed’ to meadow restoration<br />

sites. King Charles, as the Prince of Wales, headed up the<br />

idea of the Coronation Meadows Project after reading<br />

Plantlife’s report on meadows back in 2012 and realising<br />

how many meadows had been lost over the previous sixty<br />

years. He used the timing of the celebration of his mother’s<br />

coronation to kickstart a movement to restore meadows<br />

using donor seed from sites such as Marden Meadows.<br />

And I’m sure that a lot of us saw the 30th July edition of<br />

Countryfile on BBC1 which featured hay and haymaking.<br />

Particularly lovely was the farmer who lived on The Lizard<br />

down in Cornwall, as had his family, for five hundred<br />

years. He described how he avoids ground nesting birds<br />

on their second brood of the year, giving their nests a wide<br />

berth as he cuts the hay field. You can imagine how odd<br />

the field must look until he goes back and finishes it off<br />

once the chicks have hatched and flown. There was also a<br />

piece on the shift towards herbal lays and the older varieties<br />

producing up to forty-five different species per square metre.<br />

Marden Wildlife group and Marden Farmer Cluster are<br />

two organisations that work in tandem in that they are<br />

deeply intertwined and many of their members are members<br />

of both. Marden Farmer Cluster is an association of local<br />

farmers with responsibility for 8,000 acres of land in and<br />

around Marden. This area covers Goudhurst, Frittenden,<br />

Yalding and Coxheath. They are not tied in any way<br />

commercially but are joined together by a mission to both<br />

produce food and to appreciate and enhance the wildlife on<br />

their land. Their mutual cooperation means that they both<br />

exchange valuable information and learn from each other.<br />

Other organisations such as Natural England and Kent <br />

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Ilex Nellie R Stevens Ligustrum japonicum (pleached) Magnolia grandiflora<br />

Ct PvC<br />

t SC tS<br />

Photinia Red Robin<br />

Privacy in gardens can be created using<br />

trees to hide or screen out an undesirable<br />

view. Trees grown for this purpose often<br />

have a clear stem up to fence panel height<br />

around 1.8-2m with a full bushy canopy<br />

above, forming a good screen above the<br />

fence line. This type of screening is<br />

particularly useful if the garden is<br />

overlooked by neighbouring properties<br />

or to retain lower-level exposure to an<br />

attractive wall or area.<br />

Semi-mature trees can be planted to<br />

achieve effective screening from the offset<br />

with evergreens being preferred for this<br />

purpose as they screen throughout the year.<br />

However, a planting scheme that includes<br />

deciduous trees can provide rich contrast<br />

and seasonal interest.<br />

Screening trees<br />

Practicality Brown can supply a range of<br />

top quality trees for screening, which are<br />

particularly useful for creating privacy.<br />

This is our selection of the best screening<br />

trees, and all are in stock at our nursery in<br />

Iver, Bucks:<br />

• Eriobotrya japonica<br />

• Ilex aquifolium Nellie R Stevens<br />

• Ilex castaneifolia<br />

• Ligustrum japonicum<br />

• Magnolia grandiflora<br />

• Osmanthus aquifolium<br />

• Photinia fraseri ‘Red Robin’<br />

• Pinus nigra<br />

• Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’<br />

• Viburnum lucidum<br />

Pleached trees<br />

We also have a range of pleached trees<br />

which can be used in the same way;<br />

pleached trees can be effective for formal<br />

screening and where space is limited.<br />

These are our best trees that are in stock:<br />

• Ilex aquifolium Nellie R Stevens<br />

• Ligustrum japonicum<br />

• Magnolia grandiflora<br />

• Photinia fraseri ‘Red Robin’<br />

• Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’<br />

tree & edge ursery<br />

As well as the screening trees, Practicality<br />

Brown grows a range of premium quality<br />

Practical Instant Hedge at the nursery in<br />

Iver. You are welcome to visit to view both<br />

trees and hedges.<br />

www.pracbrown.co.uk<br />

Conac us for deails<br />

email rees@pracbrown.co.uk<br />

or call 01753 652022 for more informaion

Two<br />

turtle doves<br />

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Wildlife Trust support the cluster as they do other clusters<br />

such as the Tenterden group and the Upper Beult cluster.<br />

And Marden Wildlife is an organisation for anyone who<br />

is interested in all or some aspects of wildlife and wants<br />

to get involved and to work together with local farmers<br />

and landowners. Without the cluster, Marden Wildlife<br />

couldn’t function, as its members have considerable access<br />

to farmland that would normally not be accessible to them.<br />

As a citizen science organisation, members get involved<br />

with all aspects of wildlife in the area and there are regular<br />

‘meet ups’ between them to work on projects to improve<br />

the area for both biodiversity and food production.<br />

One of the projects they have been involved in is Operation<br />

Turtledove. Turtle doves are in decline with the depressing<br />

figure of loss of 90% since the 1970s. These lovely doves are<br />

our only migratory dove which actually only spend a third<br />

of the year in their breeding grounds, i.e. in Europe, and<br />

the rest of the year they winter in sub-Saharan West Africa,<br />

which is an amazing 5,600 km migration route. You can<br />

imagine all the perils that this brings to these creatures. But<br />

the work being done in Marden to provide early sources<br />

of food to help them recover from their journey once they<br />

arrive back is, I am sure, being replicated in other parts of<br />

the UK. Local people are encouraged to record any sightings<br />

and Operation Turtledove is working hard with cluster<br />

members to create feeding strips (and seed provided by the<br />

RSPB amongst others) to help the doves recover on their<br />

return from such an arduous journey. Marden Wildlife<br />

volunteers set up trail cams in late April to monitor turtle<br />

dove arrivals. The good news is that Kent has at least a third<br />

of the UK population of turtle doves. And there are moves<br />

afoot to get together with a hedgerow project in the future.<br />

Marden farmers are finding that it is better to be proactive<br />

with wildlife-friendly methods of farming rather than to<br />

just let nature take over. The movement is spreading to<br />

farms further afield and the members of Marden Wildlife<br />

are able to actively take part and benefit from having the<br />

opportunity to both enjoy the countryside and to help in<br />

myriad ways. They have a discussion group on Facebook of<br />

close to 800 members and are on X (previously Twitter) @<br />

MardenWildlife. Last year they entered and won BBC Radio<br />

Kent’s Environment Make a Difference Award. I had a<br />

good look at their website and the details of the biodiversity<br />

they have recorded over the area they cover, and in many<br />

cases, photographed, is so comprehensive and detailed.<br />

Out of the 2,500 species of moths we have in the UK, 300<br />

of them have been identified in the Marden area since regular<br />

moth traps have been set up as part of the Marden Wildlife<br />

initiative. We’re very keen on moths in this household too.<br />

Even my four year old grandson was leafing through my<br />

Moths of Great Britain and Ireland book this weekend.<br />

He’s said ‘no’ to any more toys for his upcoming birthday.<br />

Maybe a moth trap would interest him? It would me.<br />

For more information, see:<br />

• kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/our-work/farming<br />

• mardenwildlife.org.uk<br />

• You’ll find Marden Wildlife Group at the Weald of<br />

Kent Ploughing Match on Saturday 16th <strong>September</strong><br />

wkpma.co.uk<br />

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948<br />

for gardening advice and help in the sourcing<br />

and supply of interesting garden plants.<br />

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Lawns are lovely to walk and<br />

sit on in the summer, but<br />

not so tempting when the<br />

weather is wet. And, if you want to<br />

eat outside, tables and chairs will be<br />

wonky, or sink into the grass, and<br />

are hard to mow around. Gardens<br />

need pleasant, level seating areas,<br />

pretty and practical places for outdoor<br />

dining, paths to travel on that won’t<br />

make your feet wet or muddy. Hardlandscaping<br />

is important, but it can<br />

also be an expensive investment.<br />

What you choose, whether that’s<br />

stone, brick, gravel or decking, will<br />

be a permanent addition and will set<br />

the tone for the rest of the garden.<br />

What and where you pave needs<br />

careful consideration – once laid<br />

though, it is tricky and costly to<br />

change – so thinking it through<br />

carefully before the first stone/brick/<br />

plank is laid will be time well spent.<br />

Design & planning<br />

Consider where you want to sit or<br />

dine – is it a terrace near the house, or<br />

a sunny corner at the bottom of the<br />

garden? Will you need to access this area<br />

via a path? Will the style be formal and<br />

geometric, contemporary or classic, or<br />

rustic and full of cottage garden charm?<br />

Your choice of surface should also relate<br />

to the overall style. The materials you<br />

choose should complement the house –<br />

they will help to anchor the design and<br />

link to the landscape both within the<br />

garden and beyond your boundaries.<br />

Use colours that will tie in with that<br />

of walls and buildings – harmonising<br />

shades or contrasts, because identical<br />

matching walls and paving can be<br />

overwhelming. Light coloured stone can<br />

lift a gloomy space, but if you are using<br />

natural stone – sandstone or limestone –<br />

it may be colonised with algae or moss<br />

in time, which will discolour the stone<br />

and may be slippery. For this reason<br />

wooden decking, too, is best confined to<br />

sunny areas near the house, where it can<br />

be kept in a non-slip state more easily.<br />

Size matters<br />

Seating areas and paths may need to be<br />

more generous than you first imagine.<br />

There should be plenty of space – for<br />

easy access, walking around, room<br />

for people to push chairs back etc. If<br />

a path is in frequent use, make it at<br />

least a metre wide, even wider if plants<br />

are going to spill over the edges.<br />

Paths and paving can be used to<br />

enhance planting schemes, lead to a<br />

focal point or place to sit and admire<br />

the view. The shape and direction of a<br />

path needs to be fairly sensible – there is<br />

no point making a dreamy, meandering<br />

route down to the shed if everyone cuts<br />

straight across it and makes a more<br />

direct path of their own across the grass.<br />

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Paving<br />

the way<br />

Jo Arnell discusses what you need<br />

to consider when embarking on a<br />

quest to create the ultimate hard<br />

landscaping in your garden<br />

Plants around paving<br />

We often think of pots and containers<br />

on terraces or around seating areas,<br />

but plants can also be used at ground<br />

level – either around the edges, or you<br />

can make planting pockets within an<br />

expanse of paving, either by making<br />

an actual bed – or, for a relaxed and<br />

cottage look, removing a slab here and<br />

there to plant in. In a sunny space low<br />

growing herbs like lavender and thyme<br />

work well, and for shadier pockets,<br />

try Alchemilla mollis or geraniums.<br />

These will gently spill out – the idea<br />

is to make the plants look as if they’ve<br />

grown into cracks in the paving. A great<br />

little plant that will grow in the tiniest<br />

of gaps between stones and bricks<br />

is Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican<br />

daisy), it is very free flowering and<br />

will spread prettily, self-seeding into<br />

cracks and crevices. Beware of anything<br />

bigger than this, as the roots may<br />

lift the pointing – and be especially<br />

careful about the roots of any nearby<br />

trees, as their roots may lift or crack<br />

entire paving slabs or disrupt a path.<br />

If you are thinking about installing<br />

lighting, electricity for a shed or<br />

summerhouse or water feature,<br />

think about where the cable will<br />

go – if it is under the paving, then<br />

a trench will need to be dug for<br />

the cables prior to laying. You can<br />

add the actual fittings later.<br />

Cost<br />

Cost is an obvious consideration, as<br />

the materials you choose will need to<br />

fit your budget. Certain paving – York<br />

stone, for example – is very desirable<br />

and, despite the fact that most slabs<br />

are recycled, very expensive. Porcelain<br />

is another expensive material – it<br />

is coveted partly because this ultra<br />

smooth substrate is vitrified, which<br />

means that, unlike some natural<br />

stone, it will not mark or discolour.<br />

Pre-cast concrete products are<br />

available at lower prices and some of<br />

these look very effective. They can be<br />

made from moulds taken from old<br />

stone, or manufactured in new styles.<br />

Sandstone is popular, but because<br />

it is a natural stone, it will age down,<br />

gaining a patina which can look very<br />

attractive – or alternatively will need<br />

jet-washing every few years to bring<br />

it back to its original condition.<br />

Wooden decking is cost effective,<br />

especially for large areas near<br />

to the house, but this will also<br />

need maintaining to prevent it<br />

becoming slippery or splintered.<br />

Environmental considerations<br />

The production of any manufactured<br />

product will be using energy and<br />

potentially causing damage to<br />

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• Hardwood, aluminium and metal<br />

gates made to order for automation<br />

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• Supply-and-fit service for fully<br />

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the environment. Materials like<br />

concrete, porcelain and cement<br />

have a high carbon footprint<br />

and use a lot of energy during<br />

manufacture. Reconstituted slabs<br />

are slightly better as they’re made<br />

from recycled stone, but have<br />

to be mixed with cement in the<br />

process. Natural stone is more<br />

environmentally friendly to use,<br />

but check the source. Stone is<br />

heavy and costly to transport – if<br />

it comes from a local quarry it<br />

will have a less detrimental impact<br />

to the environment than stone<br />

transported from a far-flung place.<br />

Reusing existing slabs, or even<br />

designing areas of crazy-paving<br />

(a cheerful mix of broken stones)<br />

will be the most environmental<br />

choice – recycling will obviously<br />

be more cost-effective, but it<br />

might not fit the style or the<br />

aesthetics – this is definitely for<br />

more informal, relaxed spaces.<br />

Impermeable surfaces can cause<br />

issues in the environment too.<br />

Solid expanses where water can’t<br />

get through exacerbate flooding<br />

issues. They are also barren and<br />

so reduce habitats for wildlife.<br />

According to the RHS, at least<br />

a quarter of front gardens have<br />

been entirely paved over to make<br />

drives or to lower maintenance.<br />

Since 2008, however, any new<br />

drives or front garden areas<br />

must be permeable so that water<br />

can drain back into the soil.<br />

Permeable substrates are more<br />

environmentally friendly because<br />

water will drain straight through –<br />

aggregates like gravel or decorative<br />

stone chips can be laid onto a<br />

permeable membrane. Stone setts –<br />

either reclaimed or locally sourced<br />

– are also a good choice. If you<br />

are paving with slabs, they can be<br />

laid in strips so that a car can drive<br />

onto them, but there are gaps in<br />

between. Grass grids, made from<br />

recycled plastic or concrete, let the<br />

grass to grow up through and give a<br />

soft and natural look while allowing<br />

vehicles to drive over them.<br />

Firm foundations<br />

Practical issues are as important as<br />

aesthetics where hard landscaping<br />

is concerned. Getting this right<br />

will not only enhance appearances,<br />

but ensure that the materials used<br />

will last for a long time and stay<br />

looking good for years to come.<br />

Getting the levels right on any<br />

paving is key. Good preparation<br />

and levelling out of bumps and<br />

dips, making a firm, even surface<br />

on which to lay slabs or bricks takes<br />

time and attention to detail. A<br />

spirit level should be used, as doing<br />

this by eye can be very deceptive.<br />

Landscapers use hardcore (type<br />

1) to create a sub-base layer on<br />

which to lay paving. This is tamped<br />

down firmly with a compactor or<br />

wacker plate. This base layer will<br />

ensure that the paving stays level.<br />

Ensure that the paving slopes very<br />

gently away from the house and<br />

that any water will drain away<br />

into the flowerbeds. Unevenly<br />

laid substrates are potential trip<br />

hazards, but also may cause water<br />

to run into puddles in the middle.<br />

Weather<br />

Freezing conditions, especially<br />

during the first few weeks after<br />

laying, will be a challenge for any<br />

hard-landscaping material, so make<br />

sure that it can cope with the worst<br />

of the winter weather – freeze-thaw<br />

action can cause the top layers of<br />

paving and bricks to crack and<br />

come away in sheets. Postpone<br />

starting a project if the ground<br />

is frozen and consider ways of<br />

protecting freshly laid bricks, pavers<br />

and stones from damaging frosts.<br />

There are many factors to take into<br />

consideration when thinking about<br />

laying either a new- or changing an<br />

existing- area of hard-landscaping,<br />

but whatever you decide, ultimately<br />

it should be a good investment that<br />

will enhance your outdoor space.<br />

In the end, once all the mess and<br />

noise is over, you will have created<br />

a haven in which to relax and<br />

entertain and, most importantly,<br />

improved your quality of life.<br />

To book a gardening course,<br />

contact Jo on 07923 969634<br />

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JOANNA<br />


Children’s TV Legend & MasterChef<br />


Redhill Favourite<br />


Director ANDREW LYNFORD | Choreographer ALEX WOLF | Musical Director ASHLEY HARVEY<br />

8 - 31 DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

BOX OFFICE 01737 276500<br />

harlequintheatre.co.uk<br />

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2 Dec – 7 Jan<br />




Head to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre<br />

in Guildford this Christmas for the<br />

godmother of all pantos, Cinderella!<br />

This year’s stellar line up includes<br />

EastEnders and Detectorists favourite<br />

Lucy Benjamin as the Wicked<br />

Stepmother, Radio’s Peter Gordon<br />

in a hilarious Ugly Stepsister duo<br />

alongside Guildford Shakepeare<br />

Company co-founder Matt Pinches,<br />

and CBeebies star James Merry for<br />

his third Guildford panto. Don’t<br />

wait to book – the clock is ticking!<br />

Tickets: from £20<br />

Booking: 01483 44 00 00<br />

yvonne-arnaud.co.uk<br />

9 – 31 Dec<br />




Find yourself transported to a pretty<br />

French town where Bookish Belle<br />

is ready to start a new chapter...<br />

She, along with her friend Jacques<br />

and his mum, Betty (bell-ringer of<br />

the local Tunbridge Bells) soon find<br />

themselves trapped <strong>inside</strong> the enchanted<br />

castle of a mysterious beast.<br />

The award-winning Little Wolf<br />

Entertainment return with even<br />

more shimmering sets, outrageous<br />

costumes, magic and mayhem!<br />

Tickets: from £17<br />

Booking: 01892 530613<br />

assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk<br />

7 Dec – 6 Jan<br />



Passionate about bringing West End<br />

quality to <strong>Surrey</strong>, Esher Theatre’s latest<br />

cast announcement doesn’t disappoint!<br />

International singer, actress and presenter,<br />

Sinitta, will be gracing the stage along with<br />

world class psychic, Sally Morgan and singer,<br />

actor and West End legend, Peter Straker.<br />

Join Dick Whittington and his trusty<br />

right-hand cat as they find fortune,<br />

fame and happiness whilst on the<br />

pursuit to become Mayor of London!<br />

Tickets: from £22.50<br />

Booking: eshertheatre.com<br />

Panto Time<br />

Get ready for a giggle and book the best seats in<br />

the house for this year’s seasonal slapstick<br />

14 Dec – 1 Jan<br />



The Malthouse Theatre in association<br />

with Gardner Hodges Entertainment are<br />

proud to present Canterbury’s Fairest<br />

Pantomime of all, Snow White!<br />

From the team that brought you<br />

Cinderella and Beauty and The Beast,<br />

this year’s production will feature<br />

stunning sets and costumes, spectacular<br />

special effects, side splitting comedy<br />

and a dazzling West End cast.<br />

Don’t delay, book today to guarantee<br />

your early bird ticket price.<br />

Tickets: from £17.50<br />

Booking: 01227 287234<br />

malthousetheatre.co.uk<br />

8 – 31 Dec<br />




When a magical sorceress transforms<br />

the handsome Count into a frightening<br />

Beast, only true love will break the<br />

spell. Join bookworm Belle and a<br />

whole host of colourful characters<br />

on a journey to discover that true<br />

beauty is more than just skin-deep.<br />

With plenty of audience participation<br />

and huge helpings of laughter<br />

combined with spectacular scenery,<br />

captivating costumes and enchanting<br />

special effects, Beauty and the Beast<br />

is the traditional family pantomime<br />

that will leave you spellbound.<br />

Tickets: from £13<br />

Booking: 01233 770695<br />

or 770182<br />

leascliffhall.co.uk<br />

3 Jan 2024<br />



The wonderful Paul Merton will<br />

be donning the Panto Dame’s heels<br />

this Christmas as he steps into<br />

the role of Sarah the Cook!<br />

Join Dick Whittington as he seeks fame,<br />

fortune, and happiness journeying to<br />

become Lord Mayor. Can he outwit<br />

the evil rodent King Rat and free<br />

the city from his team of revolting<br />

rodents? Find out in the ultimate<br />

magical pantomime adventure!<br />

This promises to be full of laugh-outloud<br />

comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful<br />

costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.<br />

Tickets: £15<br />

Booking: 01233 770695 or 770182<br />

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15th - 30th <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />












ryeartsfestival.org.uk<br />

Rye Arts Festival CIO Reg Charity No. 1175309<br />


6th every day to 16th <strong>September</strong><br />

East Sussex/Kent border TN5 7HE 01580 200888<br />

pashleymanorgardens.com<br />

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for your Christmas celebration?<br />

Get to know the creators behind restaurants’ delicious<br />

dishes in next issue’s Meet The Chef Feature<br />

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden©National Trust Images/Sam Milling<br />

What’s On<br />

in <strong>September</strong><br />


Fri 8 - Sun 10 Sept<br />

Chartwell, Mapleton Road,<br />

Westerham TN16 1PS<br />



Showcasing the top names<br />

in historical non-fiction and<br />

celebrating the 70th anniversary<br />

of Sir Winston Churchill’s<br />

Nobel Prize in Literature, this is<br />

Chartwell’s inaugural Literature<br />

Festival. There will be talks,<br />

discussions and debates presented<br />

by the likes of Damien Lewis,<br />

Katja Hoyer, Dr Wafik Moustafa<br />

and Leo McKinstry. You can book<br />

via the National Trust box office<br />

online, with discounted festival<br />

day passes available from the<br />

Chartwell shop and visitor centre.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept<br />

10am to 5pm<br />

Sandown Park Racecourse<br />


Immerse yourself in a weekend of<br />

art, have a talk to the independent<br />

artists and gallery owners,<br />

experience art coming to life at<br />

the Live Art Theatre and view<br />

your favourite art piece in the<br />

home setting showroom at the<br />

fair by Sofas & Stuff. There is<br />

also a hands-on workshop area<br />

and an art quest for children<br />

to take part in and learn about<br />

art. Visit the Shooting Star<br />

Children’s Hospice stand, where<br />

they sell small artworks painted<br />

by those exhibiting at the fair.<br />

For tickets visit the website.<br />

surreyartfair.uk<br />


w/c Mon 18 Sept<br />

Sarah Louise Dix Upholstery<br />

57 St John’s Street.<br />

Farncombe. Godalming.<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong>. GU7 3EH<br />



Sarah Louise Dix Upholstery<br />

offer a selection of upholstery<br />

courses and workshops, which<br />

are suitable for all abilities. Their<br />

courses and workshops use a<br />

combination of traditional and<br />

modern upholstery taught in<br />

small groups at the studio located<br />

in Godalming, <strong>Surrey</strong>. Advance<br />

booking required. 1-day footstool<br />

course for beginners, £150 (14 Oct<br />

& 18 Nov). 10-week course for all<br />

levels, £450 (beginning 18 Sept).<br />

sarahlouisedix.co.uk/upholstery-courses<br />

Mon 25 Sept<br />

West Horsley Place, Epsom<br />

Road, West Horsley, <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

KT24 6AN<br />



In 2021, Author & Adventurer,<br />

Leif Bersweden went on a big<br />

botanical adventure around Britain<br />

and Ireland with his bike, to track<br />

down our most intriguing and<br />

well-known plants, with the people<br />

who love them most dearly.<br />

Leif’s latest book, Where the<br />

Wildflowers Grow, follows him<br />

on that journey. Join Leif to hear<br />

first hand about his journey. This<br />

talk, like the book, is all about<br />

the joy of engaging with nature,<br />

the importance of plants for<br />

our climate, and celebrating our<br />

unbelievable botanical diversity.<br />

wessthorsleyplace.org<br />


9 & 10 Sept<br />

The Historic Dockyard,<br />

Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ<br />


SALUTE TO THE ‘40S<br />

Celebrated as ‘one of the Britain’s<br />

best vintage festivals’, get ready to<br />

step back in time as the Historic<br />

Dockyard is transformed into a<br />

1940s experience - from military<br />

wartime displays through to the<br />

glamorous years of the late 1940s.<br />

Hundreds of re-enactors will bring<br />

it all to life. The fantastic line up<br />

of musicians includes the ever<br />

popular act The D-Day Darlings;<br />

back by popular demand, the<br />

Glenn Miller Orchestra, Adam<br />

Hoffman, Miss Holiday Swing and<br />

The Knightingales. There will be<br />

plenty of opportunities to shop for<br />

those 40s fashion essentials in the<br />

Vintage Street Market. Plus dance<br />

lessons and free funfair rides.<br />

Book tickets online:<br />

thedockyard.co.uk<br />

Sat 16 Sept<br />

Reed Court Farm, Hunton<br />

Road, Chainhurst, Tonbridge,<br />

Kent, TN12 9SX<br />



This promises to be a vibrant<br />

event, well supported by the local<br />

agricultural and allied trades, with<br />

more than 80 trade stands forming<br />

the heart of the show, with plenty<br />

of ploughing on besides. It also has<br />

a true “Thelwellian” gymkhana, a<br />

clay pigeon competition, sheep dog<br />

trials, farmers market and a variety<br />

of events in the main ring which all<br />

attract huge crowds. You’ll also find<br />

Marden Wildlife Group as featured<br />

by Sue Whigham on page 133. Find<br />

out more and book tickets online.<br />

wkpma.co.uk<br />

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S A N D O W N A N T I Q U E S H O M E & I N T E R I O R S F A I R<br />


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Mon 18th Sept<br />

The Dorchester, Park<br />

Lane, London<br />



Have you ever sat down to dinner<br />

not knowing which Michelin<br />

star chef, or newly crowned<br />

Masterchef: The Professional, will<br />

be cooking your four-course meal?<br />

The likes of Gordon Ramsay,<br />

Rick Stein, Mark Hix, Angela<br />

Hartnett, Tom Kerridge and more<br />

have cooked at this amazing event,<br />

where 20 tables of 10 guests have<br />

their own “surprise” chef for the<br />

night. The flagship fundraising<br />

event of Leukaemia UK, Who’s<br />

Cooking Dinner? is returning to<br />

The Dorchester, Park Lane. Over<br />

the years, the event has raised<br />

over £7 million for vital research<br />

into finding kinder treatments for<br />

those diagnosed with leukaemia.<br />

Visit the website to reserve your<br />

table. What better way to mark<br />

Blood Cancer Awareness Month?<br />

leukaemiauk.org.uk/<br />

whos-cooking-dinner/<br />

You can also make a donation<br />

to Leukaemia UK at<br />

leukaemiauk.org.uk/<br />

support-us/donate-now/<br />


Open daily 10am-5pm<br />

Sissinghurst Castle<br />

Garden, Biddenden Road, Nr<br />

Cranbrook, TN17 2AB<br />



Escape into autumn at the worldrenowned<br />

Sissinghurst Castle<br />

Garden – created by Vita Sackville-<br />

West and Harold Nicolson – with<br />

garden workshops, expert-led talks,<br />

family activities and more. Watch<br />

for harvest highlights in the organic<br />

no-dig Vegetable Garden, join in<br />

with the apple picking in the orchard<br />

and help the gardeners prepare for<br />

next spring with bulb planting. You<br />

can also learn top tips on ensuring<br />

scent and colour in your gardens<br />

with horticulture experts Michael<br />

Marriott, Nick Bailey and Stephen<br />

Lacey. Don’t miss the plant shop and<br />

visit Vita’s Writing Room. With all<br />

this and more, make sure you don’t<br />

miss out on the changing seasons!<br />

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Jane Howard is on a mission<br />

to strengthen our native trees<br />

These days trees are rarely out<br />

of the news. Some positive<br />

stories… it looks like elms<br />

may make a comeback because scientists<br />

have developed strains that are resistant to<br />

Dutch Elm disease. In the Netherlands they have<br />

planted lots in cities and by closely monitoring each<br />

one and, if necessary, removing any with the disease,<br />

a large number of adult trees are thriving. We’re only<br />

talking three trees here at Coopers, but we’re on it too.<br />

A few years ago we bought disease resistant saplings,<br />

at an eye watering £250 a piece, but they’re thriving<br />

and we have high hopes for a Stonegate revival.<br />

The ash less so. Like everyone else our field margins<br />

and woods are full of trees that have<br />

succumbed to Ash Die Back, a fungus<br />

that threatens to eradicate up to 95%<br />

of the trees it infects. But while most<br />

are doing very badly there are around a<br />

hundred million ash trees in this country,<br />

so several million will be resistant and<br />

survive. At the John Innes Centre a key<br />

part of their Diversity in Ash (DIVA)<br />

project is cultivating these resistant strains<br />

and they have named each one after a<br />

diva. So come on Aretha, Dolly, Chrissie<br />

and Nina, the countryside needs you!<br />

But it’s not just these stories<br />

that have put trees centre stage.<br />

As trees grow, they absorb and store carbon dioxide<br />

and a mega worldwide planting programme of<br />

trillions of the right trees could remove two-thirds<br />

of all the emissions in the atmosphere today.<br />

In the UK millions would go a long way. Currently<br />

about 13% of the UK is wooded but get that figure up to<br />

17% (the High Weald is so ahead of the game at 28%) and<br />

we could capture enough to meet our zero carbon targets<br />

by 2050. The issue then will be how we can make all the<br />

new woodlands a productive part of the local economy, it’s<br />

At the John Innes<br />

Centre a key part<br />

of their Diversity<br />

in Ash (DIVA)<br />

project is cultivating<br />

[disease] resistant<br />

strains and they<br />

have named each<br />

one after a diva<br />

called Agroforestry and the opportunities are endless.<br />

Back at Coopers we could “graze” some of the<br />

woodlands. Cows and sheep love eating trees. Look at<br />

trees in pastures and see how the leaves only appear above<br />

the line the cattle can no longer reach. There’s a good<br />

reason because the leaves are much more<br />

nutritious than grass. Rowan leaves<br />

have three times more fat than meadow<br />

hay, Alder twice the protein and Ash a<br />

third more sugar. Not only do they taste<br />

better than grass but they are also a natural<br />

medicine chest. Tree roots go much deeper<br />

and access many more minerals than<br />

grass, the cows and sheep know this and<br />

use different trees and shrubs to self heal.<br />

Each year we make a small amount<br />

of tree hay (an ancient practice) which<br />

involves cutting small branches – about<br />

2m long – of ash, willow and hopefully<br />

soon elm, when they are in full leaf, lashing<br />

them in tight bundles and storing them in a dry place.<br />

As soon as they have lambed the ewes are given a branch,<br />

which they fall upon, it feels like a good thing to do!<br />

Instead of cutting the whole hedge we’ve also started<br />

letting some of the species – the field maples and the<br />

hawthorns – grow on into trees to create more habitat<br />

diversity. Did you know that a hedge without trees is a<br />

hedge, while one with trees is a hedgerow? And I must also<br />

go and look to see if there are any Madonnas or Tammys<br />

lurking in the woods. I will be very thrilled if I find one.<br />

Find out more about daily life at Coopers Farm by visiting coopersfarmstonegate.co.uk<br />

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