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MARCH <strong>2024</strong><br />

110<br />

MARCH <strong>2024</strong><br />

KITCHEN & BATHROOM SUPPLEMENT <strong>inside</strong><br />

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes




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Contents<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</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 riot of colour awaits in<br />

this converted shop<br />


Pack in pattern for an<br />

individual touch<br />


Rebecca Cuffe’s Mother’s<br />

Day gifting edit<br />

CUT TO FIT<br />

A downsizer’s dream come true<br />


Mix old and new for a<br />

home full of memories<br />

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This month it’s all about<br />

chocolate brown wardrobe staples<br />


Rebecca Cuffe seeks out clothes<br />

and accessories in coffee tones<br />


Jo Arnell gets all Eastery with<br />

savoury and sweet recipes<br />

(NOT SO) MAD<br />


Josephine Fairley turns attention<br />

to frazzled winter locks<br />

LIMBER UP!<br />

Sarah Maxwell explains how<br />

to maintain flexibility<br />

MUM & I<br />

Clara Hebblethwaite shares<br />

a very personal experience<br />

of living with dementia<br />


Charlotte Lau takes a look at the<br />

health benefits of bone broth<br />

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Jo Arnell celebrates perfect<br />

plant partnerships<br />


Sue Whigham highlights the<br />

importance of hedges<br />


Meet Hilden Grange Prep School’s<br />

Headteacher, Malcolm Gough<br />


Mike Piercy analyses sporting etiquette<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

From events to courses, find out...<br />


Jane Howard finds out just how busy<br />

the residents of her bee hives are<br />

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From the<br />

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Pattern can play a huge part in creating an interior<br />

with real personality and having the confidence to<br />

fill your home with bold, contrasting designs can<br />

pay dividends in the style and interest departments, as<br />

our first house this issue demonstrates. Singer Sarah Jane<br />

Morris guides writer Maggie Alderson around the home<br />

she shares with visual artist Mark Pulsford and that she’s<br />

positively packed with vibrant wallpapers and fabrics.<br />

Next house stop is Surbiton, where Deborah Harrison<br />

has recently downsized to a Victorian property that she<br />

has truly made her own. Feminine florals and dusky<br />

pinks abound in this lovely renovation project.<br />

Easter’s early this year, so we set Jo Arnell the task of<br />

creating some suitably egg-themed recipes to mark the<br />

bank holiday weekend. And a chocolatey vibe has spilled<br />

into fashion, too, as we celebrate all tones coffee-coloured.<br />

As the garden springs back to life, and with her<br />

gardening hat on, Jo Arnell takes a look at companion<br />

planting and Sue Whigham investigates healthy<br />

hedges. In health and beauty news, Josephine Fairley<br />

tackles mad <strong>March</strong> hair, Sarah Maxwell<br />

explains how to increase flexibility and<br />

Charlotte Lau explores the benefits<br />

of making your own bone broth.<br />

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House<br />

Month<br />

of the<br />

£3,750,000<br />

Damien Pestell picks his favourite<br />

homes on the market<br />

Reigate<br />

The dream: A beautiful<br />

modern home with balanced<br />

accommodation over two<br />

and a half floors, perfect for<br />

family life and entertaining.<br />

Designed, extended and<br />

refurbished to the highest<br />

specification by the current<br />

owners creating luxurious<br />

family accommodation<br />

in a prime location.<br />

Where: The thriving <strong>Surrey</strong><br />

market town of Reigate, at the<br />

foot of the North Downs.<br />

Setting: In mature gardens<br />

of three quarters of an acre<br />

on a wonderful private road.<br />

Beds: 7 Baths: 5<br />

Special features: The<br />

principal suite is spacious<br />

and luxurious with a walk-in<br />

wardrobe, beautifully fitted<br />

shower room and a substantial<br />

private balcony area.<br />

Pleasing details: The<br />

principal reception<br />

room features a fabulous<br />

underground wine cellar.<br />

Outside: The house opens up<br />

to a large terrace and pool area<br />

for entertaining, along with<br />

expansive south-facing lawns<br />

with unhindered views of the<br />

South Downs and surrounding<br />

countryside, there is also a<br />

heated swimming pool and<br />

separate garden room.<br />

Time to town: From Reigate<br />

station to London Victoria<br />

in around 40 minutes.<br />

Agent: Savills 01737 230200<br />

savills.com<br />

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Esher<br />

£1,750,000<br />

The dream: A historic family home dating back<br />

to 1820. The residence has been thoughtfully<br />

extended and enhanced over the years,<br />

resulting in a property that seamlessly marries<br />

classic architecture with modern comforts.<br />

Where: In the picturesque village of Claygate.<br />

Setting: Set within a generous plot.<br />

Beds: 5 Baths: 2<br />

Special features: The heart of the home lies<br />

within the stunning kitchen/breakfast room,<br />

meticulously designed in the shaker style by<br />

Martin Moore. The fitted bench and large<br />

dining table provides a charming space for<br />

casual family meals or lively gatherings.<br />

Pleasing details: The principal bedroom<br />

is a wonderful retreat where high ceilings<br />

and floor-to-ceiling storage create a sense<br />

of grandeur. A Juliet balcony bathes the<br />

room in natural light and offers views<br />

over the picturesque garden below.<br />

Outside: The expansive garden wraps<br />

around the house, while paving provides<br />

off-street parking for two cars.<br />

Time to town: From Claygate station to<br />

London Victoria in about 30 mins.<br />

Agent: Savills 01372 461900 savills.com<br />

£1,200,000<br />

Godalming<br />

The dream: A beautiful two storey property within<br />

a historic Grade I listed mansion. Designed and<br />

built by the architect to King George III, the estate<br />

remained in the same family for nearly 200 years, before<br />

being split into nine luxury apartments in 1989.<br />

Where: Within Peper Harow Park, a private estate<br />

comprising a few country homes, cottages and a church.<br />

The county town of Guildford is 6.5 miles away.<br />

Setting: Down a long private drive<br />

through farmland and parkland.<br />

Beds: 3 Baths: 3<br />

Special features: The well-appointed kitchen/<br />

breakfast room opens out into the sitting<br />

room to provide a lovely open space.<br />

Pleasing details: The property benefits<br />

from plenty of natural light as well as superb<br />

sunsets from the back of the house.<br />

Outside: The resident-shared grounds of<br />

approximately 19 acres were landscaped by Lancelot<br />

‘Capability’ Brown himself and lead down to the<br />

River Wey. The front of the property overlooks<br />

the historic Peper Harow Cricket Club.<br />

Time to town: From Guildford station, 6 miles away,<br />

to London Waterloo or Victoria in approx 40 mins.<br />

Agent: Knight Frank 020 3869 4758 knightfrank.co.uk<br />

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West View, Southview Road, Woldingham, Caterham, <strong>Surrey</strong> CR3 Guide Price £1,800,000<br />

Detached 5 Bedroom 3 <strong>Bathroom</strong> 3,630 sq. ft. Nestled in a secluded setting along a quiet lane,<br />

enjoying an elevated position, overlooking a golf course, with stunning westerly views to take in beautiful<br />

sunsets. Its proximity to renowned schools such as Hazelwood, Woldingham Girls, and Caterham<br />

(voted Senior Independent School of 2023) makes it an ideal choice for families. Surrounded by the<br />

<strong>Surrey</strong> Hills and woodland, residents can indulge in the beauty of nature. The property presents exciting<br />

possibilities for expansion, paddocks and potential for a pool, enhancing its appeal and versatility.<br />

Sought after village of Woldingham with fast links to Central London (London Victoria 30mins).<br />

“ Secluded,<br />

private setting<br />

on a quiet<br />

lane<br />

”<br />

High Beeches & Pilgrims Fort, Caterham, CR3 Guide Price £1,500,000<br />

Detached 4 Bedroom 3 <strong>Bathroom</strong> 2,590 sq. ft. Located on a private country lane, a unique Grade II<br />

listed home with lodge-style architecture. Potential for further development, subject to planning. No<br />

onward chain. A spacious flat lawn and easy access to the M25 and Gatwick airport as well as trains<br />

to London taking approx 45 mins. Master bedroom situated on ground floor with ensuite and sauna.<br />

Set within the picturesque countryside of <strong>Surrey</strong>, this Chalet home comes with an annex, fascinating<br />

historic fort, plus 7 acres of woodland, yet close to shops and services in Caterham.<br />

“<br />

Chalet home<br />

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Set in a hidden oasis opposite a beautiful 62-acre<br />

country park, mere minutes from Cranleigh High Street,<br />

Leighwood Fields is the ultimate <strong>Surrey</strong> postcode.<br />

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Lesley recently moved<br />

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The finish is far superior to<br />

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Beautiful<br />

Belmont<br />

Belmont near Faversham is often described as a ‘hidden gem’ of Kent,<br />

although perhaps not so hidden if you caught this elegant 18th century<br />

house – designed by Samuel Wyatt – and its glorious grounds on the<br />

Antiques Roadshow last year. The country house contains a number<br />

of impressive collections including Britain’s largest collection of<br />

Cazabon paintings and an extraordinary collections of clocks<br />

and watches. There are also the gorgeous gardens and cricket<br />

pitch (fixtures on website) to explore, amid this 3,000 acre<br />

estate. Best of all the tearoom is open all year round! They<br />

are hosting a number of events over the next few months<br />

including some tempting workshops. How about trying<br />

your hand at macrame, linocut printing, wild classroom<br />

family cooking or taking a tour of the clock collection<br />

or herb garden. We’ve got our eye on the paper<br />

peony workshop – run by Nicola Chatten from<br />

Plant and Paper – on May 13th. Take a look<br />

at the website and see what takes your fancy.<br />

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See the works of Beethoven<br />

live on stage, performed by the<br />

English Piano Trio on 11th April<br />

at 7.30pm for the penultimate<br />

show of G Live’s annual Guildford<br />

International Concert Series.<br />

Renowned for their original and<br />

innovative Words and Music<br />

programmes, the English Piano Trio<br />

with distinguished actors Christopher<br />

Ravenscroft and Ann Penfold,<br />

portray Beethoven’s complex life.<br />

Combining contemporary accounts<br />

and letters with key repertoire from<br />

his great piano trios and most beloved<br />

piano sonatas, this promises to be a<br />

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We love beautiful spring<br />

blossom and if you too are on the<br />

look out for places to enjoy this seasonal<br />

dose of joy, make sure to put Chartwell on<br />

your list. They are hosting an Easter Egg<br />

Hunt from 29th <strong>March</strong> until 14th<br />

April, and alongside the blossom,<br />

the trail will be decorated with<br />

hand-painted silk flags designed<br />

by local community groups<br />

thanks to kinetika.co.uk.<br />

Chocolate eggs and cherry<br />

blossom, what more<br />

could you want?<br />

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Get Creative<br />

Unlock your<br />

creativity at The Art<br />

House in Woking, <strong>Surrey</strong>. With<br />

16 weekly classes for children,<br />

adults and seniors, they offer a diverse<br />

range of artistic experiences – from<br />

holiday classes and corporate events to<br />

art parties – or book the popular Painting<br />

Experience with your friends or family. If<br />

you have an idea, they’ll help you create it.<br />

The Art House are committed to teaching<br />

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Good Godinton!<br />

Godinton House and<br />

Gardens, near Ashford, is due<br />

to reopen on 29th <strong>March</strong> but<br />

will also open on Sunday 10th to<br />

celebrate Mother’s Day. Enjoy a<br />

walk around the 12-acre garden and<br />

take in the springtime meadow of<br />

daffodils, formal Italian gardens plus<br />

the walled garden with its amazing<br />

greenhouse. You’ll be pleased to<br />

hear the Tearoom will also open<br />

for this special day and there<br />

you’ll find freshly baked scones<br />

and tasty homemade cakes. It’s<br />

best to book online and then you<br />

can pay for your tea in the house.<br />

godintonhouse.co.uk<br />

Booklovers get your diaries at the ready! The<br />

Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival is returning from<br />

Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 May, with events being held at the<br />

Assembly Hall Theatre, The Amelia Scott, The Forum, Trinity<br />

Theatre and at Calverley Grounds. With headliners including<br />

Clive Myrie, Lenny Henry and Michael Palin, it’s well worth<br />

getting your tickets booked soon. Call The Amelia Scott<br />

on 01892 530613 or buy at theamelia.co.uk<br />


Beautiful<br />

Day<br />

Fancy getting<br />

the lowdown on how<br />

to sow and grow annuals?<br />

Blooming Green at Loddington<br />

Farm near Maidstone are holding<br />

a Grow Your Own Cut Flowers<br />

Workshop on Saturday 16th <strong>March</strong>.<br />

It promises to be lots of fun and is<br />

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Celebrated folk singer Cara Dillon is returning to<br />

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– to rapt audiences – her first new material<br />

in six years and after a long-awaited return,<br />

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As we spring into Spring and celebrate female achievement,<br />

we’d like to introduce local artist Hannah Buchanan. Her<br />

glorious work is driven by an interest in Biocentrism,<br />

recording ‘the pulses of life emanating from the natural<br />

environment’. You can find her at The Other Art Fair this<br />

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

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

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and generally get excited about!<br />

It’s Bed Month, which means it’s time to give your sleep<br />

space a spruce! For shopping something so tactile, the<br />

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a feel of everything ,so we’re recommending a trip to<br />

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A Mother’s Day gift that gives back? Two<br />

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but there’s lots more at narratorium.co.uk<br />

On the 19th it will officially be Spring!<br />

And to get us in the springy spirit we<br />

have Little Greene’s National Trust<br />

Papers IV – their fourth instalment of<br />

wallpapers derived from National Trust<br />

properties. It’s filled with eclectic botanicals<br />

like this Bamboo floral option in Heat<br />

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little touch of red if you’re a fan of the<br />

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On the 8th we celebrate great women<br />

everywhere with International Women’s<br />

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Crufts always gets us inspired to<br />

pamper our pooches, as has the<br />

discovery of The Rambling Hound.<br />

Their hand-finished and engraved<br />

dog ID tags are inspired by jewellery<br />

designer Nicola’s walks around Kent<br />

with her cockapoo Millie. They are<br />

also available from Gifts Instead of<br />

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Sarah Jane Morris is not afraid<br />

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Previous pages: The sitting room has a broad range of<br />

seating to get comfy on, all of which are generously<br />

be-cushioned and covered in velvet This page: The<br />

kitchen, at the back of the house, had already been<br />

converted when Sarah Jane and Mark bought the<br />

house, with a professional kitchen stainless-steel unit<br />

and range set against a bare-brick wall, with a Crittal<br />

window and door looking out on to the courtyard<br />

In one of the rooms in Sarah Jane Morris and Mark<br />

Pulsford’s house in St Leonards-on-Sea, I counted<br />

no fewer than 14 different patterns and prints,<br />

dancing across wallpaper and fabric, shimmying on<br />

walls and curtains, teasing from furniture, the bed<br />

and cushions. And I might have missed a few.<br />

It takes a lot of confidence to decorate like this<br />

– something SJM has no shortage of. After forty<br />

five years as a singer and recording artist, she has<br />

her own label ‘Fallen Angel Records’ and is about<br />

to release her 16th solo album ‘The Sisterhood’.<br />

You might know her name from her earlier<br />

work when she was one of the singers with The<br />

Communards – her deep-pitched voice a brilliant<br />

foil for Jimmy Somerville’s famous falsetto.<br />

With such an exciting performing career, which still<br />

includes a lot of touring, it’s perhaps not surprising<br />

that Sarah Jane is no stranger to the packing chest.<br />

“I’ve moved 37 times,” she tells me, beaming<br />

her trademark smile, as we sit on the printed <br />

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“We looked at 50<br />

properties and then<br />

three months later I<br />

had a call from the<br />

estate agent, saying<br />

this one was back<br />

on the market”<br />

Left: Open shelving and concealed<br />

wall cupboards provide plenty of<br />

storage space for kitchen sundries<br />

Below left & right: A doorway at<br />

the back of the kitchen leads to an<br />

almost labyrinthine twist of storage,<br />

utility room, laundry drying space<br />

and downstairs shower room<br />

velvet covered sofas in the sitting room. “And lived in a lot of<br />

rentals, so I’m very quick at making a place look like home.”<br />

But there is nothing transient about this quirky house<br />

on a quiet corner in St Leonards’ fashionable ‘Mercatoria’<br />

area – perhaps because it was Sarah Jane’s second go at living<br />

in the Hastings locale. “I moved to St Leonards-on-Sea<br />

15 years ago,” she says, “to be near my best friend, Angie,<br />

who I met when I was 20. But just 18 months later she<br />

died. I was heartbroken and couldn’t stay in Hastings.”<br />

But in the way these things do, it all worked out, because<br />

by then Sarah Jane had met and married her husband,<br />

visual artist Mark Pulsford, and with her son Otis at a<br />

good stage in his education to move schools, they shifted<br />

east, to live in Mark’s house, near Canterbury.<br />

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Above left: Sarah Jane’s office, where she<br />

writes her songs Above right: A corner<br />

of the sitting room is home to part of the<br />

couple’s record collection and a copper<br />

sculpture made by Sarah Jane’s sister in<br />

law, Adaesi Ukairo Right: A painting<br />

by Mark’s father, artist Charles Pulsford,<br />

hangs above a sideboard in the perfect<br />

tones of green for the sitting room<br />

Until Sarah Jane’s itchy feet<br />

reactivated. “Four years ago I turned 60,<br />

which is a time for reflection,” she says.<br />

“I felt like I’d met my people when I<br />

lived in Hastings before and I wanted to<br />

come back. Mark agreed to the move.<br />

“We saw this house just as we<br />

put Mark’s place on the market and<br />

it was perfect for us. It had been<br />

converted from a shop and had this<br />

big front room, ideal as a gallery for<br />

Mark’s work and for performance, for<br />

mine. Upstairs there was an en suite<br />

bedroom all ready for Airbnb, which<br />

was something else we wanted.”<br />

But then, as so often with the<br />

heartbreaking ins and outs of property<br />

transactions, the house was suddenly<br />

taken off the market. They kept looking.<br />

“We looked at 50 properties and then<br />

three months later I had a call from the<br />

estate agent, saying this one was back on<br />

the market and I was able to tell them<br />

that we’d had an offer on our house<br />

the previous day. So we immediately<br />

offered the asking price to secure it.”<br />

With its former uses first as a pub –<br />

“back in the day when there was one on<br />

every corner” – and then as a shop, <br />

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the two sitting room walls on the corner<br />

site have a lot of windows. People could<br />

see in and spotting the amazing, fringed<br />

lampshades that Sarah Jane makes by<br />

putting new fabric on old frames, they<br />

thought it was still a going concern and<br />

tried to come in. “We put up Victorian<br />

nets,” says Sarah Jane, laughing, “and<br />

then we blocked a couple of the windows<br />

off so there would be more hanging<br />

space for paintings.” Very cleverly these<br />

are hung from the picture rail, so they<br />

can be switched about without banging<br />

nails into the wall, and stand out<br />

beautifully against the green/grey paint.<br />

Moving from the sitting room to<br />

the kitchen at the back of the house,<br />

you start to get an impression of the<br />

unusual layout, so different from<br />

the rows of picturesque – but tiny<br />

– two-up, two-down early Victorian<br />

artisans’ dwellings all around it.<br />

The kitchen had already been<br />

converted when they bought the house<br />

and has a very cool professional kitchen<br />

stainless-steel unit with integral sinks,<br />

against a bare-brick wall, with a Crittal<br />

window and door looking out onto<br />

the verdant courtyard. At right angles<br />

to that there is a set of steel drawers,<br />

topped with wood, and a stainless<br />

steel range. All of it was there.<br />

It has an industrial look – which is<br />

a brilliant counterpoint to everything<br />

else in the room which is very<br />

much Sarah Jane’s style, showcasing<br />

her love of wallpaper. Or would<br />

it be rude to say obsession?<br />

You get a good idea of how she likes<br />

to play with printed paper, in the area<br />

around the kitchen wood burner – which<br />

was also already there when they moved<br />

and is flanked by two very comfortable<br />

chairs, covered in a mixture of printed<br />

velvets (another theme throughout<br />

the house, of which more to come). I<br />

can witness from personal experience<br />

that this is a supremely cosy place to<br />

sit for a chat with a cup of tea. “We<br />

don’t have a telly,” says Sarah Jane.<br />

“We sit here and read to each other.”<br />

From either of the chairs you can<br />

admire Sarah Jane’s wallpaper handiwork<br />

with a fine cheetah print on the<br />

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Previous page: With<br />

its former uses as<br />

a pub and then as<br />

a shop, the sitting<br />

room with its inky<br />

dark walls has a lot of<br />

windows This page:<br />

The main bedroom<br />

is home to one of<br />

Sarah Jane’s handmade<br />

bedspreads in printed<br />

velvet sourced from<br />

eBay. She also tracked<br />

down a roll of original<br />

1920s wallpaper from<br />

the selling site, and a<br />

rare Roberts radio – in<br />

leopard print, of course<br />

chimney breast – and then actual cheetahs<br />

walking along in rows in opposite directions<br />

<strong>inside</strong> the stove alcove. Sarah Jane cut each<br />

one of them out of another roll of wallpaper<br />

and pasted them down adding an individual<br />

touch. “I got into wallpaper patchwork during<br />

lockdown,” she says, “I would buy one roll<br />

on eBay. Some of them would have been<br />

£100 or £200 a roll new, but when there is<br />

just one left over you can get it for £40.”<br />

The wallpaper cavalcade is strongly apparent<br />

in the rambling area that was previously a<br />

workshop with concrete floor and exposed<br />

brickwork. This space features a shower room<br />

and loo (with gorgeous Kermit-green Italian<br />

stud rubber flooring) and a laundry area,<br />

complete with an enviable Victorian-style hoist<br />

airer, the sink surround a mélange of different<br />

patterned locally sourced tiles. “I was inspired<br />

by the paintings of Édouard Vuillard,” Sarah<br />

Jane explains. “He painted interiors which often<br />

feature a lot of clashing prints in one room,”<br />

adding, “As I have to iron for the Airbnb room, I<br />

wanted to turn it into an enjoyable experience.”<br />

There are two more rooms on the ground<br />

floor – Sarah’s office, where she writes songs, and<br />

Mark’s painting studio – both fonts of artistic<br />

output, adding to the sense of creative thrum<br />

that imbues the entire house. In Sarah’s space<br />

one of her gold discs hangs on the wall – a sure<br />

sign you are in the house of a recording star.<br />

Upstairs the themes of mixed prints – always<br />

with a touch of leopard somewhere – and<br />

wallpapers continues with even greater abandon.<br />

Particularly in the Airbnb suite, which is where<br />

I counted the 14 different patterns. There are <br />

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This page: 14 different patterns make up the decor in<br />

the Airbnb suite, where Sarah Jane has papered, painted,<br />

recovered and re-sewn to create the finished look<br />

two different wallpapers on one wardrobe in there – with parrot<br />

doorknobs for good measure. The gloriously printed velvet<br />

bedspread was a find from eBay, one of Sarah Jane’s favourite<br />

sources, along with Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, jumble sales –<br />

and skips. It arrived a curtain and was transformed into its new<br />

role with the application of Sarah Jane’s favourite long fringing.<br />

An IKEA tub chair in here, with loose covers of yet another<br />

printed velvet, made by Sarah Jane’s friend Wendy May,<br />

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Top: Leopard print lines the back wall of<br />

another bedroom, contrasting with floral<br />

velvets and a dusky pink rose bedspread<br />

Left: The landing is one space that’s been<br />

decorated with pure white walls. the perfect<br />

background to show off Mark’s moonlight<br />

paintings and his father’s work alongside<br />

a table of copper sculptures by Adaesi<br />

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“Someone gave me a sewing machine<br />

in lockdown and everything I can’t do I<br />

hand to Wendy May who knows what<br />

she’s doing. I’m just making it up!”<br />

Next door in the main bedroom, a<br />

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special bedspread, in printed velvet,<br />

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she says, “and it was made into a quilt<br />

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material left to make curtains for one<br />

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We settle in here for Sarah Jane to tell<br />

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Right: The calming landing and white ceilings<br />

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Sarah Jane called on the same resourcefulness<br />

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Deborah Harrison downsized to a three bedroom<br />

house, which she renovated and reconfigured,<br />

reinstating the original Victorian features and editing<br />

family heirlooms to suit her new home and lifestyle<br />

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“<br />

As William Morris says, ‘Everything has to be beautiful<br />

or useful,’” gestures Deborah Harrison, referencing<br />

the things around her in her newly completed<br />

extension. “Or at the very least beautiful,” she smiles.<br />

Having lived most of her life in London, Deborah decided<br />

to move to the country in 2013 returning after eight years<br />

in 2021 to downsize and be near family. “I decided on<br />

the area because two of my sons live in Surbiton. When I<br />

found the house, I could see that it was tired but it fitted<br />

the bill. It had two spare rooms, which was all I needed.<br />

Most of my family are close enough to walk home after<br />

visiting, so I kept one as a spare room and converted the<br />

other into a craft room. The front room also has a sofa<br />

bed, just in case. The dining table seats twelve, it’s really<br />

nice that I can extend it and seat everyone if I need to.<br />

“My neighbour actually said to me the other day that the<br />

bones of these Victorian houses are good, and I can feel that. I<br />

like the fact that you can go into the lounge and feel cosy and<br />

that the back is now open and light, so we can comfortably<br />

get together as a family and there is plenty of room.”<br />

Before Deborah even moved in, her cousin’s daughter<br />

– who was studying to be an architect – sketched out<br />

some designs for the extension, giving Deborah the<br />

vision of how things could look on paper. She then<br />

applied for planning within a week of moving in.<br />

“I Googled quirky interior designers whilst I was still<br />

dreaming about things. I was delighted to find a company<br />

called Slightly Quirky,” smiles Deborah. “I knew from<br />

having done up three or four houses during my lifetime that<br />

it can be quite daunting dealing with the different aspects<br />

independently. I knew I needed my hand held through the<br />

renovation, someone to help me make decisions and to come<br />

up with ideas and solutions, although I had an overall vision<br />

of how I wanted things to be. Also having just moved to the<br />

area I didn’t know a single tradesman and Slightly Quirky<br />

were instrumental in bringing in everyone needed as well.”<br />

Caroline Nicholls from Slightly Quirky came for an initial<br />

chat about four weeks after Deborah moved in and she<br />

explained how she wanted the house to have a more authentic<br />

Victorian finish, paying homage to when it was built, whilst<br />

being suitable for modern living, hence putting in the pantry.<br />

“Top of my wish list was a pantry,” says Deborah. “A<br />

proper old-fashioned pantry with two outside walls to keep<br />

everything cool, like my grandmother had – she didn’t even<br />

have a fridge. There also had to be room for the piano. <br />

This page: The kitchen is bold and colourful but elegant,<br />

as well as inviting in the open plan space. It was designed<br />

by Slightly Quirky and painted in Fitzrovia Red by Dulux<br />

Heritage and Craftsman’s White by Craig & Rose.<br />

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The upstairs bathroom needed to be<br />

extended because it was minuscule<br />

and I wanted to put a new fireplace<br />

in the lounge. Also all the original<br />

features had been removed, and I<br />

wanted to get them reinstated.”<br />

After the initial meeting, Slightly<br />

Quirky created a 3D design of the<br />

house, illustrating how the central<br />

downstairs space – previously a dining<br />

room – could be reconfigured into a<br />

utility room and downstairs bathroom.<br />

“It was their idea to have the two,”<br />

says Deborah. “They were right, as<br />

there was plenty of room for both.<br />

We removed the old chimney breast<br />

and that gave us so much more room<br />

to play with. The upstairs bathroom<br />

was tiny and Slightly Quirky were<br />

instrumental in working out how<br />

to use that space. For example, how<br />

much room was taken from the third<br />

bedroom, now a craft room. It could<br />

still be a decent sized single bedroom,<br />

and you could still actually fit a<br />

double bed in, despite having taken<br />

space from it for the bathroom.”<br />

Once all the reconfiguration and<br />

final layout had been agreed, Slightly<br />

Quirky worked with Deborah to<br />

see how they could bring in colour.<br />

They suggested the pink kitchen<br />

and dark blue encompassing hall<br />

and Deborah agreed straight away.<br />

“Most of the time it was yes, yes,<br />

yes!” she smiles. “It had been really <br />

This page: Little Greene Hicks Blue in<br />

the hallway makes a feature of the doors<br />

and enhances the period elements such<br />

as the dado and handrail. A little chest<br />

works like a miniature sideboard.<br />

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This spread: The classic Mary Isobel William Morris wallpaper<br />

reflects the period of the property without overpowering the cosy<br />

living room. The Aissa Sofa Bed is from Sofa.com in Dusty Rose<br />

Cotton Matt Velvet. The iron fireplace was bought from Cast<br />

Iron Fireplace and is styled with precious family heirlooms<br />

The kitchen: A bank of white cupboards and a white worktop<br />

break up the pink kitchen, keeping it fresh Below left: The pantry<br />

Photograph:<br />

Anna Stathaki<br />

good to have had involved conversations beforehand<br />

about my wish list, likes and dislikes, tastes and<br />

preferences. For example, the fact that I didn’t want<br />

bifold doors in the extension, wanted a dog bath in the<br />

utility room, wanted a pantry and so on. The build took<br />

nine months and Slightly Quirky supported me all the<br />

way from the big structural decisions to little lampshades<br />

choices. They were not only instrumental in what was<br />

purchased but also what was kept. I was insistent about<br />

keeping the piano and there were other things I loved,<br />

but couldn’t fit in and they were hard to let go of –<br />

Slightly Quirky were very empathetic about all that. It<br />

is very difficult to be ruthless and bold about your own<br />

things. With their support I figured out what worked<br />

and what didn’t, for example my original 1920s Bergère<br />

chairs fit perfectly by the large windows to the garden.<br />

We chose a fabric for the curtains with Chinese figures<br />

on to reflect the carvings on the arms of the chairs.”<br />

Whilst making decisions about family heirlooms<br />

inherited from her parents, Deborah further appreciated<br />

the quality of the craftmanship of their era, and wanted<br />

to instate that in the house and showcase things that had<br />

been in the family in an authentic Victorian setting.<br />

This is apparent as soon as you come to the elegant<br />

front door – the last element to be replaced – which<br />

was carefully chosen to include authentically geometric<br />

stained glass panels in original Victorian designs. It is<br />

painted the same encompassing Little Greene Hicks Blue<br />

as the hallway, which unifies the look. The tiled flooring<br />

also gives a nod to the era whilst keeping the overall<br />

finish fresh, despite dark blue lower walls. “We wanted to<br />

open up the space in the hall to make it feel bigger,” says<br />

Deborah. “Caroline suggested the patterned tile would<br />

add a depth to the space as well as having a heritage feel.”<br />

The William Morris Mary Isobel wallpaper sets<br />

the scene in the living room, opening up the space<br />

whilst being containing. More than anything,<br />

Deborah wanted the front room to be cosy around<br />

the reinstated fireplace. The choice of the neat two<br />

seater sofa and love seat in sumptuous dusty rose<br />

velvet also enhances the intimate atmosphere.<br />

“I had to be convinced about the plain brown<br />

curtains, but now I can see how they work well in<br />

contrast with the surrounding pattern,” she says.<br />

The hallway continues into the central part of the<br />

house, which had previously been a featureless open<br />

space, used as a dining room. “Firstly, structurally we<br />

took out the existing fireplace and had a door put in<br />

place where a window had been, so that you could go<br />

from the garden straight into what would become <br />

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Top: The flexible dining table, from Neptune, can<br />

be extended to seat twelve Above left: The Anthos<br />

curtain fabric in red and indigo by Sanderson<br />

was chosen to tie in with the carvings on the<br />

arms of the 1920s Bergère chairs Above right:<br />

The area under the stairs has been transformed<br />

into a little library area to display books set off by<br />

shelving painted in Little Greene Hicks Blue<br />

Photograph:<br />

Anna Stathaki<br />

the utility room,” Deborah explains.<br />

“Then I had a dog bath installed so<br />

I could wash Lola directly from a<br />

muddy walk without going through<br />

the house. We had looked at the blue<br />

bathroom tiles initially for the kitchen<br />

but felt that we needed a pattern to<br />

break up the bold pink which we were<br />

going with. So we used them in the<br />

downstairs bathroom and they align<br />

really well with the blue in the hall.”<br />

When Slightly Quirky designed<br />

the ground floor shower room and<br />

utility room there still needed to be<br />

a corridor to the extension. Instead<br />

of just blocking up what had been<br />

the cloakroom under the stairs and<br />

making a cupboard, a library area<br />

was created to display Deborah’s<br />

collection of books. She suggested<br />

arching the top to make it more<br />

interesting and give it a period feel, so<br />

it felt like it could have always been<br />

part of the house. It has now become<br />

a quirky, yet practical, feature with<br />

good lighting as well as a decorative<br />

Victorian style wall light to add<br />

another layer of light and extra detail.<br />

When it came to decorative decisions<br />

in the extension, Deborah definitely<br />

didn’t want the extension to be all<br />

white. “Slightly Quirky came up with<br />

the idea of a pink kitchen and when<br />

I saw the colour, it was love at first<br />

sight. It is bold and colourful but<br />

feels quite elegant, as well as warm<br />

and cosy in the open plan space.”<br />

Another thing Deborah was certain<br />

of was that she didn’t want bi-fold<br />

doors, as she felt that they would not<br />

work in the Victorian house. The<br />

builders were able to recommend a<br />

company who supplied classic style<br />

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Top: A beautiful, floral quilted bedspread in the main<br />

bedroom, from Sarah K, creates a focal point Right: Deborah<br />

was keen to include a skirted dressing table which Slightly<br />

Quirky sourced on eBay and had renovated. The fabric<br />

is Dorri by Jane Churchill from Colefax and Fowler<br />

Above: The third bedroom is Deborah’s craft room<br />

doors and windows which work<br />

beautifully with the aesthetic of<br />

the Victorian house and give the<br />

extension a conservatory feel.<br />

Slightly Quirky used CAD to<br />

show Deborah the furniture layout,<br />

carefully measuring the existing<br />

pieces. The extension needed to be<br />

a dining and seating area to enjoy<br />

the garden. “The bench cleverly<br />

acts as a divider between the dining<br />

and seating area,” she smiles.<br />

Upstairs Deborah wanted the<br />

master bedroom to be really peaceful.<br />

“The idea was to keep the bedroom<br />

simple, using whites and greens,”<br />

she explains. “I wanted to hang my<br />

grandmother’s Kimono on the wall<br />

and for that to be the main feature.<br />

Then in the spare room I thought<br />

we could have something really<br />

unusual so I opted for a woodland<br />

wallpaper to create a feature wall.<br />

I also had the idea of a shelf at<br />

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Right: The guest room features<br />

Woodland Chorus wallpapaer in Sky<br />

Blue Multi from Sanderson. The<br />

bedspread in a subtle striped leaf<br />

design from John Lewis ties in with<br />

the woodland theme Below: The pink<br />

Gelato Porcelain Mosaic Tiles in Cotton<br />

Candy from Mandarin Stone soften the<br />

bathroom and give it a feminine finish<br />

picture rail level to display pieces<br />

of sentimental value, and I feel it<br />

gives the spare room real character.”<br />

When it came to the bathroom<br />

upstairs Deborah found some<br />

pink tiles on Pinterest, that she<br />

initially considered for the kitchen,<br />

but which work beautifully in<br />

the bathroom. “The pink tiles<br />

really soften the room, they make<br />

it feel feminine and we felt that<br />

we didn’t really need anything<br />

else decorative,” she says.<br />

To finish the house Deborah<br />

had plenty of art and objets d’art<br />

collected over the years from her<br />

previous homes. “I knew that I<br />

wanted to display particular pieces<br />

and they were accommodated for<br />

within the overall designs of each<br />

space. I have a lovely collection of<br />

Naif Dinnerware by Villeroy &<br />

Boch. The pieces have different<br />

designs and I like that they look<br />

like pieces of art displayed on the<br />

pink dresser. I use them all the time<br />

– just like William Morris would<br />

advise – beautiful and useful,” says<br />

Deborah. “What is lovely is that<br />

when I finally showed my sons the<br />

house, one of them said “it really<br />

looks like your house”, so although<br />

I had employed interior designers it<br />

was clear that they had worked with<br />

me and had not imposed their taste.<br />

They’d worked very collaboratively<br />

to support me in realising my vision<br />

of the house I now call home.”<br />

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Neptune neptune.com<br />

Sarah K sarahk.co.uk<br />

Slightly Quirky slightlyquirky.com<br />

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Nairn deep buttoned armchair in House Weave Marine £899 The Footstool Workshop thefootstoolworkshop.co.uk<br />

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“Create a warm,<br />

inviting atmosphere with<br />

earthy hues like warm<br />

neutrals, sage green, or<br />

terracotta. Introduce natural<br />

materials such as wood, stone, and<br />

rattan to infuse a touch of nature into<br />

your space.” – Laura Bird, Owner of<br />

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1Earthy<br />

Hues<br />

<br />

We’ve asked the experts and found<br />

the hottest trends for <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Banquette<br />

Seating<br />

“Offering functionality<br />

and style, banquette seating<br />

transforms kitchen spaces<br />

into cosy, multifunctional<br />

areas. Their spaceefficient<br />

design optimises<br />

seating capacity, defines<br />

the eating zone, adds a<br />

touch of sophistication<br />

and encourages a sense<br />

of togetherness during<br />

mealtimes. Homeowners<br />

are drawn to its versatility,<br />

customisability, and the<br />

opportunity to maximize<br />

storage underneath.” – An<br />

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3Smart<br />

Zoning<br />

“The kitchen is the central hub of the home; we often find ourselves<br />

all in one room but for different reasons – homework needs to be<br />

tackled, dinner prepared, the day’s events caught up on and a good<br />

old G&T needs making. This project was for a family who wanted to<br />

spend more time together in their kitchen but still wanted distinct<br />

areas for cooking, socialising and relaxing, as well as a spot for<br />

their stunning cocktail bar to help their parties go with a<br />

swing.” – Robert Waite, Director at Rencraft rencraft.co.uk<br />

<br />

“Keep the decks in your kitchen clear<br />

with clever storage solutions. FoodBench’s<br />

inserts are specially made to fit their oak<br />

drawer boxes and include 15 x 1 litre glass<br />

storage jars with bamboo lids – perfect<br />

for storing dried pasta, rice, flour and<br />

sugar. Other accessories from FoodBench<br />

include hanging rails, cutlery and utensil<br />

inserts and cork drawer mats.”– Ian Cross<br />

Director at FoodBench foodbench.co.uk<br />

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From the the eye-catching colours of modern engineered stone to the distinctive<br />

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Richard Smythe and his team have been crafting stone for kitchens, bathrooms, floors<br />

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We offer home surveying, precision templating and fitting, expert advice and a factory<br />

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We also welcome new trade collaborations with designers, architects, builders and<br />

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Eton kitchen in Evora stone graphite textured finish, prices<br />

start from £2,490 (including VAT) for an eight-unit kitchen<br />

Benchmarx Design benchmarxkitchens.co.uk<br />

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Rencraft penthouse kitchen with painted wall panelling, a deep earthytoned<br />

island, subtle lighting by Buster & Punch, and induction hob,<br />

Tepan stainless steel grill and downdraft all by Bora.<br />

– John Stephens, Managing Director at Rencraft rencraft.co.uk<br />

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Go to the Dark Side<br />

“A black kitchen is not only very on-trend in <strong>2024</strong>, but it’s also unfailingly stylish and<br />

sophisticated.” – Robert Waite, Director at Rencraft rencraft.co.uk<br />

1 Milano Nero deck mounted kitchen mixer tap with swivel spout £69.99 Big <strong>Bathroom</strong> Shop bigbathroomshop.co.uk<br />

2 Cast iron hot grill in blue salt £90 Our Place fromourplace.co.uk 3 Microplane Universal Mill £39.95<br />

John Lewis johnlewis.com 4 Variable temperature 1.7l kettle in matte black £179 <strong>Kitchen</strong>Aid kitchenaid.co.uk<br />

5 Z10 Coffee Machine in midnight blue £ 2,750 JURA uk.jura.com 6 Matte black cast iron 30cm oval casserole £99<br />

ProCook procook.co.uk 7 Ember cup smart mug £99.95 Ember uk.ember.com 8 Kate leather bar stool £159<br />

Where Saints Go wheresaintsgo.co.uk 9 Hokan stackable stoneware bowls £80 (set of 3 sizes) Hokan hokanbowls.com<br />

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The island is the literal centrepiece of your<br />

kitchen, so we’ve asked the experts and gathered<br />

our top 4 ideas to choose one you’ll adore<br />


LIKE A HOB<br />

FOR ME “We love to<br />

include a hob on the island.<br />

This revolutionised design<br />

means you’ll no longer have<br />

your back to the room whilst<br />

cooking so you’ll enjoy a<br />

more social aspect, interacting<br />

with an open plan design<br />

more easily and improving<br />

views out to the garden,<br />

dining and snug areas.”-<br />

Robert Waite, Director at<br />

Rencraft rencraft.co.uk<br />

<br />

THINK LINK “Use your island to link the cooking area to the rest of the room,<br />

as with the Nordic kitchen island. Here the island combines a luxury Vincenza stone<br />

worktop with Scandinavian bleached fir wood veneer snacking area, for socialising with<br />

guests in style.” – David <strong>March</strong>ant, Group Brand Designer at Krieder krieder.com<br />

SURFACE TENSION “Where the practicalities<br />

of cleaning and maintenance might prevent the use of texture<br />

elsewhere, the kitchen island is a great place to throw caution to<br />

the wind and experiment with some sumptuous surfaces. This<br />

reeded and curved leg-space panel softens a quite industrial<br />

aesthetic whilst maintaining a fun, clean, and sophisticated<br />

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Peter Alexander Cabinets<br />

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SOMETHING OLD "One trend that<br />

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– Ian Cross, Director at FoodBench foodbench.co.uk<br />

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The Priceless Education <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Inglis Hall, The <strong>Kitchen</strong> Maker take us on a tour around one of their favourite<br />

projects: a kitchen that is about as quintessentially Wealden as it gets<br />

This is not about<br />

a brand new<br />

kitchen. Of<br />

course, the<br />

day of completion and<br />

handover when everything<br />

is pristine is a thrill. But<br />

the real quiet joy is in the<br />

longer term. Life, and<br />

use, impart a precious and<br />

extremely difficult to define<br />

softness on a well-made<br />

kitchen. The odd knock.<br />

When a client requests an<br />

industrial dishwasher as a<br />

critical feature we recognise<br />

a kindred thinker and know<br />

an extraordinary project is<br />

underway.<br />

This kitchen is composed in<br />

reference to the Capability<br />

Brown belief system of<br />

colour, texture, proportion<br />

and vista – the gardening<br />

great reputedly designed<br />

and laid the gardens here!<br />

“Early conversations with the client<br />

quickly revealed that the kitchen<br />

would not be... bound by tradition.”<br />

The subtle wear to an edge.<br />

A warm resonance of the<br />

time that has been happily<br />

spent in the kitchen. The<br />

delight of meals cooked and<br />

eaten together.<br />

This kitchen is now in its<br />

second year of life. And it’s<br />

a kitchen that gets used a<br />

great deal by its owners.<br />

Plus the location is pretty<br />

special. Horsted Keynes has<br />

to be a contender for the<br />

quintessential Sussex village.<br />

The county is defined<br />

perfectly by this place.<br />

Bucolic charm aplenty<br />

amidst the undulating roll<br />

of the High Weald.<br />

This is a ravishingly<br />

beautiful house set in an<br />

exquisite landscape nestled<br />

in a glorious English village.<br />

Early conversations with<br />

the client quickly revealed<br />

that the kitchen would<br />

not be a project<br />

politely bound<br />

by tradition.<br />

The La Cornue Chateau<br />

range is a suitable altar to<br />

the ceremony of cooking.<br />

Detail is to be savoured<br />

everywhere. Burnished<br />

brass and hand sawn oak.<br />

Serious cooking, even in<br />

a perfect kitchen, is hard<br />

work. So naturally there’s a<br />

sumptuous daybed to enjoy<br />

a quick breather and bask<br />

in the dappled soft sunlight<br />

that pours through the<br />

leaded windows.<br />

A generous walk in pantry<br />

– concealed within an<br />

inglenook chimney – is<br />

lined with 2 inch thick<br />

stone for the purpose of<br />

cooling. This is the beauty<br />

of design that thinks<br />

differently. This is the result<br />

of working with confident<br />

clients who enjoy creativity.<br />

Maybe we should return<br />

every year to see the kitchen<br />

mature with grace.<br />

It’s hardly a chore!<br />

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1 Glasshouse parlour palm 4 tile panel £115 Decorum Tiles decorumtiles.co.uk<br />

2 Peach onyx effect tile £45.01/m 2 Walls and Floors wallsandfloors.co.uk<br />

3 Vintage olive rustic glossy metro wall tile £48.50/m 2 The London Tile Co<br />

londontile.co.uk 4 Winchester Botanique Paradis Mere Original Style<br />

originalstyle.com 5 Hollywood turquoise and carpenter limewashed<br />

tile £78/m 2 The Stone Tile Warehouse thestonetilewarehouse.co.uk<br />

6 Fantasy Calacatta green polished marble effect porcelain wall and<br />

floor tile £32.95/m 2 Tile Mountain tilemountain.co.uk 7 Cavendish<br />

white tile panel £148 Porcelain Superstore porcelainsuperstore.co.uk<br />

8 Lucy Floweret Decor tile £61.95/m 2 Walls and Floors wallsandfloors.co.uk<br />

9 Rubber duck delft tile £32 Petra Palumbo petrapalumbo.com<br />

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The Priceless <strong>Kitchen</strong> & <strong>Bathroom</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

1Pattern<br />

Play<br />

“Textural basins have gained<br />

popularity in recent years due to<br />

their ability to add visual interest<br />

and tactile appeal to bathrooms.<br />

They serve as statement pieces<br />

that will elevate the overall design<br />

of a bathroom and add character<br />

and depth to the space. Whether<br />

used as a subtle accent or bold<br />

focal point, textural basins are a<br />

stylish choice that will suit any<br />

contemporary bathroom.” – Jeevan<br />

Seth, CEO at JTP jtpuk.co.uk<br />

<br />

“The vibrant mix of pink and green has<br />

been trending for a few years now and it<br />

shows no sign of slowing. We recently worked<br />

with Ca’ Pietra in our brand new showroom<br />

where the fusion of their gorgeous tiles with<br />

our bold wallpaper has really put the pow<br />

in to our powder room. We created a simple<br />

but striking stripe with the tiles which really<br />

grounds the Toile-inspired pattern of the<br />

wallpaper. The combinations of pink with<br />

green and pattern with stripe creates a fun,<br />

eccentric and flamboyant maximalist space<br />

and shows that you can still go really bold in<br />

a small space.” – Jamie Watkins, Co-founder,<br />

Divine Savages divinesavages.com<br />

<br />

What’s hot<br />

in the <strong>Bathroom</strong>?<br />

We’ve asked the experts and found<br />

the hottest trends for <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Textured<br />

Glass<br />

“Glass textures are ideal for<br />

enhancing smaller spaces as<br />

they are subtle and inobtrusive<br />

while adding depth and interest.<br />

We particularly like fluted<br />

glass (sometimes called reeded<br />

glass) as this technique was<br />

perfected in the same wave of<br />

innovation that cemented the<br />

icons of Victorian bathroom<br />

in the late 1800s. We’ve used<br />

this mouthblown glass in our<br />

lighting collections and our new<br />

bottle pump dispenser. With<br />

solid brass housing it looks<br />

flawlessly refined.” – James<br />

Lentaigne, Creative Director,<br />

Drummonds drummonds-uk.com<br />

<br />

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Textural<br />

Basins<br />

Top Right: Arrow bottle pump dispenser<br />

from £460 and Dalby light with fluted<br />

shade from £520, both Drummonds<br />

drummonds-uk.com Above: EVO Basin<br />

in Brushed Bronze £595 JTP jtpuk.co.uk<br />

Right: The Astonian Original cast iron<br />

bath, here with exterior painted<br />

in Mylands’ Peach Flesh Pink<br />

(1700 x 680mm) £1,915 Aston<br />

Matthews astonmatthews.co.uk<br />

“Incorporating a pop of<br />

colour in the overall bathroom<br />

design, is ushering in a fresh<br />

perspective for <strong>2024</strong>. Last year<br />

saw a noticeable shift embracing<br />

the idea that bathrooms can<br />

be more than just utilitarian<br />

spaces; they can be vibrant<br />

havens of self-expression. The<br />

trend is not merely a replication<br />

of the past but a reinvention,<br />

with contemporary colour<br />

choices breathing new life into<br />

bathroom design.” – Louise<br />

Ashdown, Head of Design<br />

at West One <strong>Bathroom</strong>s<br />

westonebathrooms.com<br />

<br />

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Loop illuminated mirror<br />

with removable magnified<br />

vanity mirror and heated<br />

de-mister from £625<br />

Badger <strong>Bathroom</strong>s<br />

badgerbathrooms.com<br />

Below: Oslo arch mirror<br />

with brushed bronze frame<br />

£320 West One <strong>Bathroom</strong>s<br />

westonebathrooms.com<br />

Above: Toronto LED mirror<br />

cabinet with adjustable ambient<br />

lights, double-sided mirror<br />

doors and an integrated shaver<br />

socket (600x 700mm) £865<br />

Aston Matthews<br />

astonmatthews.co.uk<br />

The Bright<br />

LED mirrors help us get a better look at ourselves and<br />

are perfect for a high-tech bathroom<br />

The Arched<br />

Above: Burlington arched<br />

mirror £202.30<br />

Sanctuary <strong>Bathroom</strong>s<br />

sanctuary-bathrooms.co.uk<br />

Arches are super on-trend right now in all areas so why<br />

not give the bathroom mirror the arch-treatment too?<br />

We spend so long looking at them, they may as well be pretty! But which mirror style will you go for?<br />

Left: Kenji<br />

bamboo<br />

round mirror<br />

£195 Origins<br />

originsliving.uk<br />

Below: Oslo organic<br />

mirror with brushed<br />

brass frame £325<br />

West One <strong>Bathroom</strong>s;<br />

westonebathrooms.com<br />

Right: Wireworks magnifying<br />

wall mirror in oak £50 Black By<br />

Design black-by-design.co.uk<br />

Above: Slim organic<br />

mirror £140 Origins<br />

Living originsliving.uk<br />

The Wooden<br />

For a more natural look, which will soften your<br />

bathroom scheme, opt for something in wood<br />

The Organic<br />

A pebble- or bubble-like shape is full of intrigue<br />

and can add those much needed curves<br />

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The Priceless <strong>Kitchen</strong> & <strong>Bathroom</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

A tiny bathroom can still make a huge<br />

impact, as Aston Matthews explain<br />

Most British<br />

bathrooms are<br />

no bigger than a<br />

double bed, so although we<br />

might all aspire to a grand,<br />

spacious bathroom, the<br />

reality is often very different.<br />

However, having a small<br />

space doesn’t mean you have<br />

to compromise on either<br />

practicality or style.<br />

This bathroom, in a<br />

Victorian apartment,<br />

is compact in size and<br />

without a window there<br />

is no natural light. But<br />

after a makeover that<br />

celebrates the high ceiling<br />

while introducing a bold<br />

paint colour and statement<br />

wallpaper, this space is<br />

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Symbolic of the season, packed with goodness and so versatile,<br />

eggs are the highlight this month. As any hen keeper will know,<br />

eggs are plentiful right now – and may well already be the dish<br />

of the day. They’re delicious when simply boiled, poached or fried,<br />

but eggs are the foundation of many a recipe and a great, neatly<br />

packaged standby. It’s useful to have a handy supply of egg-based<br />

meals on hand at any time of the year, but Easter seems an especially<br />

appropriate moment to celebrate them and welcome in the spring.<br />

Easter Nests<br />

Makes 8 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: approx 1 hour<br />

Cute nutty nests packed with cream, fruit and chocolate eggs make a great Easter<br />

dessert and are hard to resist. Make these mini pavlovas (slightly) more healthy<br />

with extra fruit, or give in to the treat of the holiday and pile on the mini eggs.<br />

• 4 eggs, separated<br />

• 200g sugar<br />

• 1 tsp cornflour<br />

• 75g chopped (or ground) roasted hazelnuts (optional)<br />

• 300ml double cream<br />

• 100g fruit – raspberries / strawberries / pomegranate seeds<br />

• 1 pack mini eggs<br />

1. Meringue, like cake, seems to notice if you’re in a hurry or a bad mood, so be<br />

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yolk – until foamy and then slowly, one spoonful at a time, add the sugar, whisking<br />

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Broccoli, pancetta &<br />

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Serves 4 Prep time: 20 mins<br />

Cooking time: 40 mins<br />

Almost like cannelloni, or less spicy<br />

enchiladas, these simple savoury<br />

pancakes are stuffed with vegetables<br />

and pancetta and topped with tomatoes<br />

and cheese. I have used high protein<br />

buckwheat flour in the batter mix,<br />

which adds texture, but they work<br />

just as well with plain white flour.<br />

For the pancakes (makes<br />

approx 6 large pancakes):<br />

• 50g buckwheat flour<br />

• 60g plain white flour<br />

• 2 eggs<br />

• 300ml milk<br />

• ½ tsp salt<br />

For the filling:<br />

• 250g broccoli florets<br />

• 150g diced, smoked pancetta<br />

or chopped ham<br />

• 100g mushrooms, chopped<br />

• 30g butter<br />

• 2 tbsp plain flour<br />

• approx 300ml milk<br />

• 150g mature cheddar cheese, grated<br />

For the topping:<br />

• 400g can chopped tomatoes<br />

• 100g tomato purée<br />

• 2 tsp dried oregano<br />

• 150g grated cheese<br />

For the pancakes:<br />

There are several stages in this recipe,<br />

but each stage is very simple – I tend<br />

to make the pancakes first; basically<br />

combine the eggs, flour, salt and a<br />

little of the milk, then whisk, adding<br />

the rest of the milk slowly until you<br />

have a smooth batter (add more milk<br />

if needed). Pour enough batter into<br />

a lightly oiled frying pan and cook<br />

for 2 minutes on each side. Slide<br />

onto a plate. Make 6-7 pancakes this<br />

way and set them aside to cool.<br />

For the filling:<br />

1. Steam the broccoli florets until<br />

just soft (approx 3-5 mins).<br />

Sauté the pancetta cubes in a<br />

pan, once these are crisping add<br />

the chopped mushrooms.<br />

Combine with broccoli<br />

and leave to one side.<br />

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan,<br />

add the flour and cook gently for<br />

2-3 minutes. Then slowly add the<br />

milk, waiting for the mixture to<br />

thicken before adding more. Once<br />

the white sauce is the consistency<br />

of cream, gradually add the grated<br />

cheese and incorporate into the sauce.<br />

Mix in the rest of the ingredients.<br />

To assemble:<br />

1. Place a couple of spoonfuls of the<br />

filling along each pancake and roll up<br />

into a fat sausage shape. Place the filled<br />

pancakes side by side into a baking dish.<br />

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (Gas<br />

6). Add the tin of chopped tomatoes,<br />

tomato purée and oregano to a<br />

small pan. Heat and stir for 5 mins<br />

until combined, then pour over the<br />

stuffed pancakes, top with grated<br />

cheese and bake for approximately<br />

20-25 mins until the cheese is<br />

golden and bubbling and serve.

Spring Frittata<br />

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 minutes<br />

Cooking time: 40 minutes<br />

This is a flexible frittata, so a range of early<br />

season vegetables can be used. If you grow<br />

your own veg and also keep chickens, it could<br />

end up as a ‘free lunch’ frittata. The addition<br />

of feta cheese brings an added tang, but I<br />

often omit this, then cube the frittata once it’s<br />

cool and serve it with a chilli dip. Use a pan<br />

that will go on the hob and under the grill.<br />

• 8 eggs<br />

• 250g baby new potatoes<br />

• 200g peas<br />

• 100g spinach<br />

• 2 leeks, washed and roughly chopped<br />

• 50g chopped chives<br />

• 200g block of feta cheese, cubed<br />

• 2 tbsp sunflower oil<br />

• mix of chopped herbs to garnish (optional)<br />

• salt and pepper to taste<br />

1. Cook the new potatoes for<br />

15-20mins until just soft.<br />

2. While the potatoes are hot, wilt the<br />

spinach and then add to the potatoes<br />

with the peas (I tend to just add frozen<br />

peas, which cook with the eggs).<br />

3. Sauté the leeks for 5 mins in the oil, in the<br />

same pan that you will make the frittata.<br />

4. In a separate bowl whip the eggs<br />

lightly to combine yolks and whites.<br />

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pan along with the feta, then pour over the<br />

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(Not so) mad <strong>March</strong> hair<br />

From rich blacks and smooth chocolates to radiant reds and gleaming blondes, winter haircare is<br />

all about conserving moisture to fight the frizz and stave off damage. Here, Josephine Fairley edits<br />

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A<br />

few years ago, I sat around a table with some friends ‘of a certain age’ in late <strong>March</strong> and<br />

realised: everyone’s hair was frizzy, fried, flyaway and – well, as a result – really a bit ‘old ladyish’.<br />

It’s the sort of damage we’re told to expect after a summer holiday, but in fact winter<br />

assaults our hair over a much longer period – notably through central heating, which saps every<br />

atom of moisture out of an interior environment. And out of our hair, at the same time.<br />

There are some lifestyle steps that can help. One way is quite simply to add more moisture to<br />

your home environment, if it’s super-dry. A ‘room hygrometer’ (I bought mine via Amazon for a<br />

few quid) will tell you whether it’s dry, moderate or (I’m looking at mine now), just over the cusp<br />

of ‘humid’, which is probably a healthy place to be, so far as my barnet’s concerned.<br />

How can you add moisture to the air? There are pricey Dyson machines that will do this, but I prefer lower-tech<br />

methods: small bowls of water, for instance, placed near radiators. Misting your plants, too. And actually, I like to<br />

dry the washing over radiators, too, which – while making the place look a little disordered on washday – really<br />

helps ramp up the moisture levels, as well as saving on the ouch-making cost of running the tumble drier.<br />

But, of course, it’s also about using the right haircare – to infuse the hair shaft with moisture and<br />

nutrients, while smoothing the cuticle so it looks shiny and healthy. And take note: there isn’t a single<br />

hairdresser that I’ve interviewed over the years who didn’t prescribe a weekly deep treatment with a hair<br />

mask to keep hair in tip-top nick – a piece of advice that you will not regret sticking to religiously.<br />

Different fabrics that our hair comes into contact with have adverse or beneficial effects, too. I’m a big fan of<br />

silk pillowcases (see below), which are much kinder to hair than cotton or linen if you tend to switch sides in<br />

the night. Wool? Not so much. Fabulous as a beanie or a knitted hat looks, be aware that putting these on and<br />

taking them off can rough up the hair cuticle, which leads to frizz. (They don’t call it ‘hat hair’ for nothing.)<br />

Plenty of products have landed on my desk lately that I think are particularly suited to using<br />

at this time of year, so I’ll share my favourites – along with some ‘old friends’, in terms of glossboosting,<br />

re-moisturising haircare. It is frankly never too soon to start to undo the damage that<br />

central heating (and blustery, whipping winds) does to hair – but never too late, either…<br />

Sam McKnight Rich Nourish Shampoo, £28 for 200ml, and Conditioner, £28 for 200ml. If you haven’t<br />

yet dipped a toe into the waters of ‘designer’ haircare, this is the place to start. (And I’m warning you: there may<br />

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hair every darned day.) From the ultimate A-list hairdresser, infused with fragrances created by stellar perfumer<br />

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keratin, gloss-boosting sugar beet and a combo of 17 amino acids to smooth, soften and boost hair’s resilience.<br />

I’m such a fan of these products that I keep them ‘backstage’ in a bag with my name on at the hair salon I go to<br />

(where I’d happily PAY to have a locker, though fortunately that’s not needed). For a mega-boost, I also like to slather<br />

on Sam McKnight Deeper Love 5-Minute Intense Treatment Mask, from £22 for 50ml mini. (I recommend<br />

trying this travel size first, because this is ‘investment haircare’ – but I’ve a hunch you’ll trade up to the bigger tub.)<br />

Phil Smith Coco Licious Coconut Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, £4 each for 250ml. At the other end<br />

of the price spectrum is a brilliant new range of Everyday Expert hair products from hairdresser Phil Smith –<br />

and I’m wowed by their great value. Smelling pleasantly but not Bounty bar-style overwhelmingly coconutty,<br />

both the shampoo and luscious conditioner feature lashings of coconut oil for silky softness and hydration.<br />

Aveda Smooth Infusion Anti-Frizz Shampoo, from £12.50 for 50ml, and Conditioner, £12.50 for 40ml. <br />

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One way to tackle ‘Mad <strong>March</strong> Hair’ is specifically to seek out formulations with<br />

ingredients that are specifically moisturising, such as hydrolysed wheat<br />

protein and aloe vera; both of those feature in this brilliant dailyuse<br />

duo alongside maize and guar bean to banish frizz and<br />

leave hair glossily manageable, rather than wayward.<br />

Neal’s Yard Remedies Nurturing Rose Shampoo and<br />

Conditioner, from £11.50 each for 200ml. This whiskyou-to-a-rose-garden<br />

duo, meanwhile, is ideal for dry,<br />

damaged hairtypes (notably hair that’s been bleached,<br />

in my experience). I always think it says everything<br />

about how good a product is when it’s offered in<br />

almost a litre-sized bottle, as the shampoo is (£38).<br />

Holistic Silk Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase,<br />

£89 (holisticsilk.com). One for your next birthday<br />

wishlist, perhaps: Holistic Silk’s pillowcases are<br />

hugely popular with beauty editors (including<br />

this one). Resulting in up to 50% less ‘drag’ than<br />

a cotton pillowslip, they’re ace for preventing<br />

the friction to hair that results in wiriness and<br />

frizziness – doing much more than simply<br />

making you feel like a Hollywood movie<br />

star. (Though that’s a rather nice bonus.)<br />

Ogario Restore and Shine Hair Masque,<br />

£28.50 for 200ml (ogariolondon.com).<br />

Despite the recommendation to deep-treat<br />

hair once a week, you probably wouldn’t go<br />

wrong making that twice-weekly, at this time<br />

of year. This luscious offering is powered by<br />

avocado, vitamin E, glycerine (which actually<br />

attracts moisture to hair) and pro-vitamin<br />

B5, targeting split ends, with a divine lemon<br />

sherbet-y scent that invites lavish application.<br />

FFØR Re:Nourish Shampoo and<br />

Conditioner, from £16 for set of 2 x<br />

100ml sizes. Might sound Scandi, but<br />

FFØR is actually a made-in-the-UK brand<br />

whose name stands for ‘Free From/Original/<br />

Real’, offering products that are 100%<br />

vegan, PETA-certified cruelty-free and In fully<br />

recyclable bottles, jars and tubes. This particular<br />

moisture-boosting duo is infused with organic<br />

orange and cinnamon, and was also a ‘wow’ with<br />

testers in the most recent Beauty Bible Awards.<br />

Hair Proud Clean & Strong Pre-Wash Hair<br />

Mask, £9.95 for 200ml. I hear you chorus: ‘What<br />

the hell is a pre-cleanse mask?’ Well, this is massaged<br />

into dry hair before shampooing, so it can slurp up the<br />

goodness from squalene, strengthening biotin, Kakadu<br />

plum vitamin C and an amino acid complex. Leave for five<br />

to 10 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as usual. (I absolutely<br />

promise that you won’t simply wash its goodness down the sink.)<br />

Rahua Smoothing Hair Balm, £32 for 17g. Sometimes, you just<br />

need something to tame flyaways and banish frizz on the go. Add a dab of this blend of<br />

100% natural ingredients – sunflower, coconut, rapeseed, Sacha Inchi and cocoa butter all<br />

feature – to your palms, rub together and skim over hair to restore shine and manageability,<br />

and as you swish those newly-gleaming tresses, you’ll get a sublime waft of gardenia.<br />

So, honestly, it doesn’t have to be ‘Mad <strong>March</strong>’, for hair…<br />

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Health<br />

Limber up!<br />

Sarah Maxwell expands<br />

on flexibility and<br />

stretching techniques<br />

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Babies and young children can<br />

contort their bodies into an<br />

incredible range of movement,<br />

making even an Olympic gymnast<br />

appear to need to work a bit harder<br />

on their flexibility! At birth, babies<br />

have a higher cartilage ratio to bone,<br />

making their joints extremely flexible.<br />

As they grow, the cartilage starts to<br />

harden into bone. As adults, we retain<br />

some cartilage (mainly in our joints)<br />

and, as you can imagine, by the time<br />

we are fully developed, most of us will<br />

have lost the ability to put our leg<br />

behind our head or our foot in our<br />

mouth (I still do this very well but not<br />

in the physical sense unfortunately).<br />

Stretch techniques are effective<br />

methods to increase flexibility,<br />

improve joint mobility and enhance<br />

overall muscle performance. There<br />

are various stretch techniques,<br />

including PNF (Proprioceptive<br />

Neuromuscular Facilitation),<br />

dynamic stretching and static<br />

stretching. Each one has its unique<br />

benefits and methods of execution.<br />

Let’s explore these techniques and<br />

how to perform them correctly.<br />

PNF stretching involves alternating<br />

contractions and relaxations of specific<br />

muscle groups. It utilises the body’s<br />

reflexes to facilitate an increased<br />

range of motion. There are two main<br />

methods of PNF stretching – the holdrelax<br />

technique and the contract-relax<br />

technique.<br />

The hold-relax technique<br />

involves the following steps:<br />

1. Position the muscle to be stretched<br />

in a lengthened position.<br />

2. Apply a gentle resistance to the<br />

muscle for around 5-10 seconds.<br />

3. Contract the muscle being stretched<br />

against the resistance for 5-10 seconds.<br />

4. After the contraction, relax while<br />

gently increasing the stretch.<br />

The contract-relax technique is a<br />

variation on the hold/relax technique<br />

1. Position the muscle to be stretched<br />

in a lengthened position.<br />

2. Contract the stretched muscle against<br />

the resistance for 5-10 seconds.<br />

3. After the contraction, relax while<br />

gently increasing the stretch.<br />

Dynamic stretching involves moving<br />

parts of the body through a full range<br />

of motion in a controlled and fluid<br />

manner. This helps improve muscle<br />

elasticity and coordination and prepares<br />

the body for physical activity. Dynamic<br />

stretches are typically performed before<br />

engaging in activities that require a high<br />

level of mobility and flexibility. Some<br />

examples of dynamic stretches include<br />

squats, arm circles, and walking lunges.<br />

Static stretching, however, involves<br />

holding a stretch position for a<br />

prolonged period, typically between 15<br />

to 60 seconds. This really helps muscle<br />

flexibility and is more commonly<br />

performed after physical activity or<br />

as a stretch routine on its own. Static<br />

stretching should be done when your<br />

muscles are warm, and not as a warm-up<br />

activity. Some common static stretches<br />

include hamstrings, calves and shoulders.<br />

When attempting to develop<br />

your flexibility it’s important to<br />

be aware of the following.<br />

Warm-up – Before stretching, warm<br />

up your muscles through light cardio<br />

exercises or dynamic movements.<br />

Good form – Maintain good<br />

posture and alignment during<br />

stretches to maximise effectiveness<br />

and minimise your risk of injury.<br />

Progression – Start with gentle<br />

stretches and gradually increase<br />

the intensity and duration.<br />

Breathing – Breathe deeply and slowly<br />

throughout the stretches to promote<br />

relaxation and enhance the stretch.<br />

Listen to your body – If you<br />

experience pain or discomfort, ease off<br />

the stretch or modify the position.<br />

Consistency – Incorporate stretch<br />

techniques into your routine to maintain<br />

and improve flexibility over time.<br />

Sarah says: Remember that everyone’s<br />

flexibility levels vary, so it’s important<br />

to personalise the stretches according<br />

to your ability and take it gently.<br />

Sarah Maxwell is a multi-award<br />

winning Lifestyle Wellbeing and<br />

Fitness coach. You can find her at<br />

sarahmaxwell.com. Get in touch via<br />

email at sarahmaxwell@mail.com<br />

and on social @sarahmaxlife<br />

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Mum & I<br />

Clara Hebblethwaite shares her very<br />

personal experience of supporting her<br />

mum through vascular dementia<br />

After four turbulent years of mum<br />

living alone in London with vascular<br />

dementia, we made the decision to<br />

move her into our local Woodchurch village<br />

care home at the beginning of last year.<br />

Mum had been diagnosed in 2019, and,<br />

as the condition took hold, we came to<br />

realise that the move was essential, despite<br />

our hearts being torn. She, the glamorous<br />

diplomat’s wife, the life and soul, who had<br />

led an independent and colourful life all over<br />

the world, reduced to wandering the corridors<br />

in a state of confusion. Her distress is ours<br />

as she goes down the plug hole, her strength<br />

of character determined not to let go.<br />

It has been so important for me to seek<br />

out any possible nuggets of joy within this<br />

storm and to support others where I can. I<br />

have felt a strong urge to be part of her ever<br />

changing and scary reality, like a mother<br />

would their child. I’ve come to accept that<br />

mum is now on a secure wing and that,<br />

however painful it is to see her in this way,<br />

life must continue and we can feel productive<br />

and positive by bringing life to her.<br />

It has been interesting to see that, rather<br />

than looking back, she feels way more<br />

comforted by happy experiences in the<br />

present. The now is so important. The<br />

feelings generated by the imprint of all those<br />

she comes into contact with are real.<br />

We’ve got very lovely visitors such as<br />

Karen, a reflexologist, and Donna, a care<br />

home entertainer, who come in to give<br />

mum reassurance, fun and distraction via<br />

hands-on comfort, engaged listening or<br />

good time dancing. Mum and I have also<br />

done lots of planting outside the care home<br />

entrance which we’ve loved, and bringing a<br />

little bit of hope and colour to those carers<br />

and visitors coming and going feels right.<br />

One of the highlights in terms of<br />

understanding dementia has been thanks to<br />

the Virtual Dementia Experience that we<br />

organised in the New Year. Having fundraised<br />

over £1,300 we were able to secure a Virtual<br />

Dementia Bus to come to her care home and<br />

provide 32 of us with valuable training on the<br />

dementia experience. The group included 20<br />

carers, 2 managers, 3 GP admin staff, 1 trainee<br />

paramedic and 6 family members. I wanted to<br />

increase <strong>inside</strong>r knowledge for those involved in<br />

the day-to-day care of those with dementia and<br />

we were given an intense 7 minute experience<br />

of how it feels to have dementia, followed by<br />

digestion of these feelings and training. It was<br />

frightening to feel, even for a short time, how<br />

mum does every minute of the day and then<br />

insightful discovering why dementia sufferers<br />

do certain things or react in certain ways.<br />

We know so little about this terrifying<br />

‘mind death’ and, as a family, over the last<br />

few years have felt like we’re stabbing around<br />

in the dark trying to figure out the best way<br />

forward. The plan now is to use some of<br />

this learning to train others, not only family<br />

members in mum’s care home but also staff in<br />

other care homes, so that they can adjust their<br />

approach to those they look after accordingly.<br />

Dementia is the grimmest of grim and it<br />

cruelly affects so many. It’s a one way ticket<br />

and those who have it are incredibly brave. I<br />

am hopeful that an increase in understanding<br />

and empathy will help many to find ways to<br />

create nuggets of joy for all those involved.<br />

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paying for care and funding. Farley Dwek<br />

Solicitors: specialists in Continuing Healthcare<br />

Assessments. Woodchurch Post Office Coffee<br />

Shop: relatives of those with dementia meet first<br />

Monday of the month, 10-11am. All welcome.<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 diets.<br />

This month it’s bone broth<br />

Broth is one of the most ancient, nourishing<br />

and affordable staple foods. It is not only<br />

very easy to make but also soothing and<br />

incredibly supportive of our immune system. In a<br />

good quality bone broth, you will find easily digestible<br />

amino acids, gelatine, fats, vitamins and minerals,<br />

all of which help to heal a damaged gut lining.<br />

Gut health and good digestion are so important<br />

– it’s not just what you eat, it’s what you actually<br />

digest from your food that counts. Without a healthy<br />

gut lining your body will not be able to efficiently<br />

digest and absorb all the vitamins and minerals<br />

it needs, so even if you are eating the nourishing<br />

foods, you may not be getting all their benefits.<br />

Bone broth contains both zinc – which helps the<br />

development and function of immune cells, and vitamin<br />

C – an antioxidant which helps protect our immune cells<br />

from damage. It is wonderful enjoyed as it is, as well as<br />

used as the base of many stews, sauces, soups or noodle<br />

dishes, simply add onions, cabbage and noodles and<br />

poach an egg in the broth for a quick, warming supper.<br />

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• 2-3kg of chicken carcasses<br />

(I use bones saved from<br />

a roast – these could<br />

be beef or lamb too)<br />

• a splash of apple cider<br />

vinegar (this helps<br />

extract the minerals<br />

from the bones)<br />

• left over carrot tops,<br />

Simple bone broth<br />

Makes 3-4 litres, depending on your pan size<br />

celery leaves, onions<br />

– about 2 handfuls<br />

• black peppercorns<br />

• a few dried bay leaves<br />

• 1 tsp turmeric<br />

• a thumb sized<br />

piece of ginger<br />

• 3 garlic cloves<br />

1. Place the bones in a large saucepan along with all the<br />

vegetables, bay leaves, pepper and apple cider vinegar. Cover<br />

with cold water, making sure the bones are covered, plus an<br />

extra 5cm of water. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil.<br />

2. Reduce the heat and leave simmering gently with the<br />

lid on, for at least 6 hours. (Beef or lamb should be left<br />

longer – 12 hours). The longer the bones are simmered<br />

the more nutrients are released, so leave them for as long<br />

as you can! Strain the liquid using a fine mesh strainer.<br />

3. Use immediately or leave to cool before<br />

storing. It can be kept in the fridge in glass<br />

containers for a few days or frozen in batches.<br />

(Remember to leave enough room for expansion).<br />

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We’re All Friends<br />

Here<br />

Jo Arnell gives us the ins and the<br />

outs of companion planting<br />

‘<br />

No man is an island’, wrote<br />

John Donne, and it seems,<br />

nor is any other living thing,<br />

from the tiniest microbe, the lowliest<br />

worm, the most secluded hermit –<br />

even the Mind Your Own Business<br />

plant has to interact with others in<br />

order to stay alive. We have all been<br />

living in symbiotic relationships since<br />

life began. Flowers, for example, only<br />

evolved to please the bees and the<br />

bees have been happily helping them<br />

out with pollination for millions<br />

of years. Complex and intricate<br />

mechanisms have evolved to bind<br />

different species together, encouraging<br />

them to get along – or sometimes<br />

not – with each other..Symbiosis<br />

has enabled organisms to succeed<br />

where otherwise they might not even<br />

survive. It is usually transactional, each<br />

partner benefits from the interaction,<br />

but as with many partnerships, It<br />

isn’t always mutually beneficial –<br />

sometimes one partner benefits<br />

more, or worse, it is a parasite and<br />

benefits at the expense of the other.<br />

The root of the matter<br />

Some of the best companions are those<br />

beneath the soil – the complex web<br />

of fungi and beneficial bacteria that<br />

live in the area around the roots called<br />

the rhizosphere – a bit like the gut<br />

microbiome found in our intestines.<br />

Fungi and bacteria bring nutrients and<br />

minerals to the plant roots exchanging<br />

them for sugars, and helping to create<br />

a healthy microbiome in the rootzone.<br />

Plants can also exude chemicals<br />

through their roots – to repel their<br />

neighbours, or to warn other plants<br />

and resist attack from pathogens or<br />

insect pests. Their communications<br />

are mainly via tiny mycorrhizal<br />

fungi, which live in symbiosis with<br />

the plant, often within the roots<br />

of the plant itself. This helps to<br />

explain why some plants mysteriously<br />

flourish next to one another, and<br />

how invasive species romp about<br />

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Garden<br />

to be pollinated – growing nectar rich<br />

flowers and herbs will attract beneficial<br />

pollinating insects. Some of these, like<br />

hoverflies and lacewings, play a very<br />

useful dual role – they are carnivorous<br />

as larvae, eating aphids and pest<br />

controlling until they hatch out into<br />

vegetarian, nectar drinking adults.<br />

Herbs are useful planted among<br />

vegetables; they are great at attracting<br />

pollinators and are highly aromatic,<br />

so that they mask the scent of the<br />

crop, and also act more mysteriously<br />

at root level, sending out protective<br />

substances that benefit nearby plants.<br />

R hubarb<br />

Nurse crops are so called because<br />

one crop protects the other, usually<br />

physically. Sapling trees are ‘nursed’<br />

by brambles, which protect them<br />

from attack by deer or rabbits. Broad<br />

beans can be planted in the furrows<br />

between potatoes and the beans act<br />

as protection from cold winds for the<br />

developing potatoes, their nitrogenfixing<br />

roots also nourish the crop<br />

and the arrangement will save on<br />

space to, utilising the furrows.<br />

Nasturtium<br />

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unchallenged, because they produce<br />

phytotoxins that attack or inhibit<br />

their neighbours.<br />

Good companions<br />

Many plants benefit from being grown<br />

near to one another. A well known<br />

pair of crops to grow together is carrot<br />

and onion; both are strongly scented,<br />

which confuses and repels certain<br />

pests. Onion fly is put off by the smell<br />

of carrots, while carrot fly – which is<br />

said to be able to detect the scent of<br />

a carrot being pulled up to two miles<br />

away – is confused and deterred by the<br />

smell of onions. Vegetables that are<br />

grown for their pods and fruit need<br />

Pest Control<br />

Marigolds (French, not African)<br />

attract hoverflies and deter aphids.<br />

They are also said to repel whitefly<br />

if planted near tomatoes or in the<br />

greenhouse. There’s a lovely a tall<br />

variety called ‘Mr Stripey’, one called<br />

‘Cinnabar’ which is bronze edged with<br />

orange – and I’m hoping that a new<br />

variety; Tagetes ‘Tomato Growing<br />

Secret’ by Thompson and Morgan<br />

wasn’t given its name for nothing.<br />

Trap crops are a bit like decoys,<br />

luring pests away from more precious<br />

edibles. Nasturtiums are grown<br />

among cabbages and kale – the<br />

theory being that cabbage white<br />

butterflies and Blackfly will be drawn<br />

to the brightly coloured Nasturtiums<br />

before they find the cabbages. I’m<br />

not so convinced by this one,<br />

but a veg patch full of rambling<br />

Nasturtiums is very decorative.<br />

Three in a Bed<br />

An ancient North American technique<br />

called the ‘three sisters’ involving<br />

sweetcorn, squash and beans. The idea<br />

is that the sweetcorn grows up tall<br />

and strong to provide a support for<br />

the bean to climb up, the squash’s<br />

<br />

The Veg Patch<br />

Sweetcorn<br />

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Garden<br />

Marigolds and Cerinthe<br />

leads to soil degradation, erosion and<br />

in the end dramatically lowers yields.<br />

Polyculture, as the term suggests,<br />

is the opposite of monoculture and<br />

encompasses methods of growing more<br />

than one type of plant – companion<br />

planting, intercropping and forest<br />

gardening. It is a more natural way<br />

of growing and has been proven to<br />

reduce the incidence of pest and disease<br />

outbreaks and to increase yields. An<br />

extension of this is permaculture, where<br />

the planting is layered and closely<br />

resembles that of a natural ecosystem.<br />

We are only just beginning to discover<br />

the extent of symbiotic relationships<br />

between species, whether they are other<br />

plants, fungi or animals. Most of these<br />

interactions have gone on unnoticed,<br />

deep within the soil, but the discoveries<br />

that are being made will have huge<br />

consequences for all of us – from<br />

something as simple as enhancing the<br />

flavour of a vegetable, to increasing crop<br />

yields, repelling pests and diseases, even<br />

to securing the future of the planet.<br />

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large leaves provide shade and suppress<br />

weeds, and the bean’s nitrogen fixing<br />

root nodules enrich the soil. It’s win,<br />

win, win, as each party benefits – and<br />

because they use different parts of the<br />

same bed, it’s a great space-saver too.<br />

Make sure you grow the sweetcorn<br />

to a good height first though, or the<br />

beans and squash will romp about<br />

like two naughty sisters and pull<br />

everything down into a tangle.<br />

Polyculture<br />

Monocultures – the practice of only<br />

growing one crop in a space – has<br />

been a popular way to grow edibles<br />

in fields, farms and gardens across the<br />

globe. On the surface it is an efficient<br />

way to grow and harvest a crop, but in<br />

the long term it is not a healthy one.<br />

Monocultures are detrimental to the<br />

environment in several ways: a large<br />

quantity of one crop attracts in huge<br />

populations of pests, depletes the soil<br />

of nutrients and upsets the natural<br />

balance in the soil and ecosystem. This<br />

also results in overuse of pesticides,<br />

herbicides and chemical fertilisers,<br />

Vegetable<br />

Beans<br />

Brassicas (cabbage<br />

family)<br />

Onions<br />

Corn<br />

Carrots<br />

Potatoes<br />

Leeks<br />

Lettuce<br />

Celery<br />

Tomatoes<br />

Peas<br />

Grows Well With<br />

Potatoes, cucumber,<br />

cauliflower,<br />

cabbage, herbs<br />

Herbs and aromatics<br />

Carrots, lettuce,<br />

tomatoes, radish<br />

Peas, beans, squash,<br />

potatoes, cucumber<br />

Onions, peas, herbs,<br />

tomatoes, radishes<br />

Beans, corn<br />

Carrots, onions, celery<br />

Carrots, radishes,<br />

cucumber<br />

Onions, tomatoes, celery<br />

Onions, parsley,<br />

asparagus,<br />

cabbage, carrots<br />

Carrots, swedes,<br />

radishes, cucumber,<br />

corn, beans<br />

Dislikes<br />

Onions, garlic, beetroot<br />

Tomatoes<br />

Beans, peas<br />

Tomatoes<br />

Dill<br />

Cucumber, squash,<br />

tomatoes, peas,<br />

Jerusalem artichokes<br />

Beans, peas<br />

Onions, potatoes<br />


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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 />

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Hedge<br />

Issues<br />

Sue Whigham takes a meander along<br />

nature’s verdant and vital corridors<br />

Recently the BBC’s Today<br />

programme carried a feature<br />

about England’s hedgerows<br />

which created a lot of interest among<br />

listeners. On the strength of that,<br />

Martha Kearney interviewed one of<br />

them, Emma Bridgewater, the pottery<br />

business founder, and someone who<br />

likes to get ‘close and personal’ with<br />

the hedgerows in her North Norfolk<br />

garden. I very much liked the sound<br />

of her creation of a place not only to<br />

sit and have a cup of tea or a drink but<br />

one where she can actually get <strong>inside</strong><br />

her hedge – accessing it through (or<br />

over!) an old garden shed. I can just<br />

imagine it, although I’ll confess I’m<br />

finding it rather tricky to describe.<br />

A project led by Dr. Richard<br />

Broughton of the UK Centre for<br />

Ecology and Hydrology based in<br />

Lancaster has spent the last five years<br />

mapping the hedgerows of England<br />

using advanced laser scanning. They<br />

England’s hedgerows<br />

would stretch ‘almost<br />

ten times around the<br />

Earth’ if lined up<br />

end to end<br />

have announced that England’s<br />

hedgerows would stretch ‘almost ten<br />

times around the Earth’ if lined up endto-end,<br />

which is a reassuring statistic,<br />

bearing in mind that hedges are so often<br />

being grubbed up or left unmanaged<br />

(which does them no good at all). The<br />

technology is fascinating, recording<br />

as it does the state of our existing<br />

hedgerows, measuring their height and<br />

condition and being able to work out<br />

how much carbon can be removed<br />

from the atmosphere and stored in<br />

the structure of these hedgerows.<br />

It’s hoped that this advanced<br />

mapping will guide both planning<br />

and restoration of our exceedingly<br />

vulnerable wildlife corridors. Under<br />

its Environmental Improvement Plan,<br />

the current Government has pledged<br />

to support farmers and landowners in<br />

the restoration or creation of 30,000<br />

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Left: Hedgerows are nature’s<br />

thoroughfares through the countryside;<br />

Below: A dear little hazel dormouse<br />

miles of hedgerows a year by 2037 and<br />

an increase to 45,000 miles a year by<br />

2050. Let’s hope that this plan remains<br />

in place regardless of who is in power.<br />

And to quote Rob Walton, “Hedgerows<br />

are manmade green veins that wildlife<br />

have adapted to and are dependent on.”<br />

The BBC then diverted me to<br />

Lionel Kelleway’s lively interview for<br />

the Living World programme of a few<br />

years ago when he walked and talked<br />

with a hedgerow ecologist farming 80<br />

acres in Devon, north of Dartmouth,<br />

with its high rain count and acidic soil<br />

and where hedges grow in profusion<br />

and have done for centuries, many<br />

appearing on ancient maps. Some<br />

West Country hedgerows are even<br />

believed to be 4,000 years old.<br />

Rob Walton has 18 fields on his farm<br />

and they are all surrounded by hedges,<br />

some of which are 10-15 metres wide.<br />

He was full of knowledge, facts and<br />

advice about how to maintain them to<br />

keep them at their best. He put paid<br />

to the old Max Hooper rule of dating<br />

a hedge by the number of species there<br />

are in a 30 metre length. The old rule<br />

of thumb was to multiply the number<br />

by 100 and that gave you the age of the<br />

hedge. Mr Walton has been planting<br />

hedges for twenty years or more and<br />

said that if this rule worked, some of his<br />

hedges would be a thousand years old!<br />

The South West is lucky to have at<br />

least ten species to the four found in<br />

the same length of hedge elsewhere in<br />

the country, and he was especially <br />

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proud of the fact that he has more<br />

dormice in his hedges than he could<br />

count. Oh, lucky man. I hadn’t realised<br />

that dormice are creatures that favour<br />

woodland edges. They build damp<br />

nests deep in the hedge which can<br />

vary in size from that of a satsuma to a<br />

grapefruit, using green leaves, shredded<br />

honeysuckle and various grasses or<br />

rushes. They then hibernate from<br />

October to April and for the rest of<br />

the year they are pretty torpid, never<br />

travelling too far from their nests. And<br />

whilst dormice can travel on the ground<br />

when they are searching out their diet<br />

of nuts, fruits and insects – oh, and<br />

pollen too – they prefer the shelter and<br />

safety of a hedgerow to scurry through.<br />

He then described some of the plants<br />

to be found in his hedges, amongst<br />

them hawthorn, the berries of which<br />

are good at reducing blood pressure but<br />

‘dull’ to eat; to wild angelica, Angelica<br />

sylvestris, a firm favourite with his cows;<br />

and sweet smelling meadowsweet,<br />

Filipendula ulmaria. And then there are<br />

the hedgerow trees that sometimes grow<br />

away between cutting and are often<br />

given a reprieve to grow on. It seems<br />

that hedges with trees such as oak, ash,<br />

holly and alder growing in with them<br />

increase the numbers of creatures like<br />

bats, moths and birds hugely. Another<br />

interesting statistic was that a mature<br />

hawthorn can have berries on the<br />

one plant equivalent to two hundred<br />

metres of regularly cut hedgerow.<br />

We know here that hedges tend to<br />

be cut every winter but whilst they<br />

need to be managed, it seems that<br />

a cut every three years produces far<br />

greater quantities of berries and fruits<br />

for wildlife as the plants flower on the<br />

previous year’s wood. I must say that<br />

here we have extremes and that is just<br />

down one lane. On one side we have<br />

a fifteen foot hedge which hasn’t been<br />

touched for several years and which is<br />

now thin and straggly and falling into<br />

the road with alarming regularity and<br />

on the other side we have a hedge which<br />

is usually cut down mercilessly just as<br />

the blackberries are at their best! This<br />

year we’ve been glad to see that it was<br />

left until most of the fruit was picked<br />

over by the birds. Mr Walton was right<br />

about walking slowly sometimes just<br />

to take in the different birds and other<br />

wildlife who inhabit our hedges – voles,<br />

wood mice, shrews, weasels and the<br />

shyer stoats are all in there – along<br />

with all manner of small passerine<br />

birds. It’s lovely to see wrens hopping<br />

through the hedge during a dog walking<br />

meander only giving themselves away<br />

with their amazingly loud voices –<br />

surely a Tiny Bird with a Giant Voice.<br />

Sue Whigham can be contacted on<br />

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and help in the sourcing and supply<br />

of interesting garden plants.<br />

Below: Beautiful hawthorn blossom<br />

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Meet the<br />

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Malcolm Gough, Headteacher at<br />

Hilden Grange Prep School, tells<br />

us about his everlasting gap year!<br />

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What led you to a career in education?<br />

I was born in Zimbabwe and then moved<br />

to South Africa where I attended school and<br />

university and read Law. From there I came to<br />

England for a gap year and took a job in an<br />

independent school, where I discovered a love<br />

and aptitude for teaching (happily the head<br />

teacher agreed). A PGCE and senior leadership<br />

positions followed. I met my wife at Somerhill,<br />

she’s from Kent and so we’re now settled here<br />

with our two children. The gap year continues!<br />

What drew you to Hilden Grange?<br />

When Hilden Grange came up I knew it was<br />

the perfect place for me. The size is ideal. With<br />

300 children we’re large enough for great team<br />

sports alongside wonderful music ensembles<br />

and theatrical performances; whilst being small<br />

enough to really know each child as an individual<br />

– I think this is particularly important for this<br />

age group – and for a really strong community<br />

feel. I also like the fact that we’re co-ed, which I<br />

believe brings benefits to all the children. Most<br />

of all, Hilden Grange aligns with my educational<br />

philosophy – to keep expectations high but to<br />

do so with kindness. Another factor was that we<br />

have the best of both town and country being<br />

here in Tonbridge, with close links to Tonbridge<br />

School adding great facilities, and ease of access<br />

to the train station for parents, but with grounds<br />

of 22 acres including fantastic green spaces.<br />

What sets Hilden Grange apart?<br />

We’ve got a great reputation for academic<br />

excellence and a tremendous record for 11+,<br />

which is right at the very top in our area,<br />

even though we’re a mixed ability school. This<br />

year we had a 100% pass rate. Our sport and<br />

performing arts departments are two more<br />

jewels in the crown, providing a real breadth of<br />

experience. We’re proud of our results but we<br />

don’t like to be boastful. Our children are likely to<br />

become influential in their chosen fields and it’s<br />

important that they appreciate their privilege<br />

and have a really strong sense of compassion<br />

and responsibility to others. Confidence is<br />

a wonderful gift for children but arrogance<br />

is unhelpful. We’re keen to instil potential<br />

future leaders (in whatever capacity) with<br />

the ability to be clear and lateral thinkers,<br />

to be resilient and, crucially, to be kind.<br />

“...keep expectations<br />

high but do so<br />

with kindness.”<br />

How do you achieve your impressive results?<br />

From Year 3 all of our children are taught<br />

by specialist subject teachers for every lesson,<br />

which is earlier than at most schools. So from<br />

this young age they will be taught science by a<br />

teacher who has a relevant degree, for example.<br />

We also set the children for maths and English<br />

so that we can effectively tailor and target their<br />

teaching. Our lovely nursery is next to reception,<br />

so while the little ones get going with phonics<br />

and numbers, those that feel ready can also pop<br />

into reception class. These structural elements<br />

create a situation where great outcomes naturally<br />

flow without the need for too much pressure.<br />

It’s important that the children get to have fun<br />

and be kids. They only get their childhood once.<br />

We want to provide everything they need to be<br />

inspired to learn and also to enjoy themselves.<br />

What are you most proud of?<br />

Hilden Grange is a very warm place, with a really<br />

friendly atmosphere. We have a very strong parents<br />

association and a great community. I’m very<br />

proud of our diversity, especially considering our<br />

My Favourite<br />

Things...<br />

Book: I love reading about the life<br />

of Nelson Mandela and how his<br />

strength of character stands up from<br />

every angle. I have two favourites:<br />

the first was written by his PA,<br />

Zelda LaGrange, and is called ‘Good<br />

Morning, Mr Mandela’. The second<br />

is written by his chief bodyguard,<br />

Rory Steyn, ‘One Step Behind<br />

Mandela: the Story of Rory Steyn’.<br />

Song: I love so many songs but<br />

I’ll choose U2’s I Still Haven’t<br />

Found What I’m Looking For.<br />

Place: Barcelona for the<br />

incredible Gaudi architecture.<br />

location. Since I joined, our pupil body identifying<br />

themselves to be of an ethnic minority or mixed<br />

race background has grown from 6% to 27%.<br />

We’ve also joined the Inspired Education Group<br />

– a global community of schools – so we will<br />

virtually visit schools across the world and even<br />

explore the jungle outside a school in Peru, for<br />

example. It’s important to look outwards and reach<br />

out, and whilst we’re dedicated to using these<br />

advances to enhance what we have, we’re careful<br />

not to break what already works so well for us.<br />

I’m thrilled by the outstanding musical, theatrical<br />

and sporting achievements of our pupils. We have<br />

about 200 individual musical instrument lessons<br />

here each week and the standard of music and<br />

singing is really phenomenal. It’s an absolute joy.<br />

Find out more about Hilden<br />

Grange at hildengrange.co.uk<br />

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Education<br />

‘It’s not fair!’<br />

Mike Piercy, education consultant and former Head of The New Beacon,<br />

explains the importance of winning and losing with good grace<br />

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The beefy second row lay prone, groaning, as<br />

the pack lumbered away. “Get up, Darling!”<br />

I cried. Opposition spectators looked at<br />

me askance with thinly veiled suspicion.<br />

This was back in the day, many years ago, when<br />

pupils were known only by their surnames. His was<br />

Darling and I knew he was absolutely fine.<br />

Many a touchline moment and memory has been<br />

enjoyed as coach and parent, Wednesday and Saturday<br />

afternoons, year in, year out, all seasons and weathers.<br />

Sport is – and should be – an integral part of school<br />

and a broader education. There is so much to learn,<br />

from teamwork and tactics to fitness and resilience.<br />

Sadly, some sporting ‘role models’ our young people see<br />

are far from exemplary: foul play, temper tantrums, arguing<br />

with the referee. As teachers, coaches and parents it is our<br />

job to train and inculcate sporting fair play and etiquette.<br />

The post match team talk often has common strands –<br />

especially after a loss. We can probably predict the first one<br />

to cry, ‘It’s not fair!’ The disappointment evident straight<br />

after the game has not allowed space for the emotion to<br />

subside, with reasoned logic taking time to emerge.<br />

What exactly isn’t fair: losing; unduly ‘professional’<br />

tactics from the opposition; a dodgy, perhaps inept referee?<br />

Losing needs rationalisation: were they indeed better; did<br />

we have a bad day at the office; was the referee or umpire<br />

blind or biased? I recall one match, perhaps thirty years<br />

ago, when we were winning 0:1 away against a much bigger<br />

school, the second half stretching many minutes beyond<br />

full time. The home side was pressing, the final whistle<br />

only blown after we broke away and scored a second. It<br />

was the right result but there was residual indignation.<br />

Then there are the parents (usually Dads, I’m afraid) who<br />

live their sporting lives – or regrets – vicariously through<br />

their children. Stomping the touchline, bellowing, berating<br />

the ref, players, opposition or anyone who hinders the<br />

team’s progress, their aggression is transmitted to all nearby.<br />

In recent years schools have developed a ‘Spectator Code<br />

of Conduct’. As parents and sports coaches we are – we<br />

should be – the role models for our young people.<br />

In the game of football VAR has been the subject of huge<br />

controversy. The goal (pun intended) seems to be to eradicate<br />

human error. While I have some understanding where money<br />

and millions are involved, thankfully I can’t see the day when<br />

it is introduced to school sport. Mistakes, then, will happen:<br />

‘He who makes no mistakes will make nothing…’ (attributable<br />

in various forms to Einstein, Franklin and Roosevelt.<br />

Perhaps, though, there is the potential for learning here,<br />

too? Life isn’t fair – something of a cliché of course. There<br />

are considerably worse predicaments than found in a<br />

disappointing sports result. Such situations can, however, be<br />

educative if dealt with philosophically, with growth mindset.<br />

Naturally, we all prefer winning and therein lies another<br />

strand of sporting etiquette. Over the many years in a<br />

number of schools an undefeated season was rare – and<br />

that is how it should be, else the fixture list needs fixing.<br />

Young people need to learn how to win (and lose) with<br />

good grace. In sports education, school matches, to hear<br />

three cheers (and one for luck), the teams lined up for<br />

handshakes, is truly affirming. What is said in the team<br />

talk later may well have another more reflective, learning,<br />

coaching dimension and that is how it should be, too.<br />

Do you have a burning education-related query? You<br />

can contact Mike at mikepiercy@hotmail.com<br />

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Overture, The Fair Melusine<br />


Piano Concerto No.3<br />


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Tues 12 to Thurs 14 <strong>March</strong><br />

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Join in online to view, bid<br />

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works of art kindly donated by<br />

a range of fabulous amateur<br />

and professional Kent artists.<br />

New and returning artists have<br />

donated fabulous pieces of art,<br />

all contributing to a diverse<br />

auction collection, with all funds<br />

raised going to Heart of Kent<br />

Hospice. HOKH are there to<br />

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with them via email if you<br />

have any questions about the<br />

auction at events@hokh.co.uk.<br />

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Tues 19 <strong>March</strong> to Sun 6 Oct<br />

Watts Gallery Artists’<br />

Village, Down Lane,<br />

Guildford GU3 1DQ<br />


PRINTS 1825–1895<br />

Edo Pop is an exhibition of 19th<br />

century Japanese woodblock<br />

prints from the private collection<br />

of art historian and writer, Frank<br />

Milner. This will be the first<br />

public display for a number<br />

of these works, which were<br />

hugely popular in 19th century<br />

Japan and also in Europe.<br />

Demonstrating the enduring<br />

influence of this historic process,<br />

the exhibition also features new<br />

work by artist Hiroko Imada,<br />

who will create a site-specific<br />

installation in the Sculpture<br />

Gallery. The exhibition will<br />

inspire a season of special events<br />

and activities across Watts<br />

Gallery and Artists’ Village<br />

including talks, workshops,<br />

performances and an exhibition<br />

of contemporary Japanese prints<br />

in Watts Contemporary Gallery.<br />

Entry: included with admission<br />

(details on website)<br />

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Fri 29 <strong>March</strong> to Sun 14 April<br />

10am-6pm daily<br />

RHS Wisley, Wisley Lane,<br />

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Another one for the littlies. Join<br />

the giant egg hunt this Easter<br />

at RHS Garden Wisley to win<br />

a chocolate prize and discover<br />

the garden in all its spring glory.<br />

Follow the garden trail and help<br />

the Easter Bunny find his friends<br />

who are playing hide and seek<br />

at Wisley. As you explore, search<br />

for the giant eggs decorated with<br />

brand new competition-winning<br />

designs, and learn all about<br />

spring and what you can do at<br />

home for nature and wildlife.<br />

Once you’ve found all the eggs,<br />

you’ll be rewarded with a free<br />

chocolatey treat from NOMO,<br />

the UK’s No. 1 Vegan & ‘Free<br />

From’ chocolate brand. There<br />

will also be art and craft, and<br />

seed planting drop-in sessions.<br />

Entry: see website<br />

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Sat 30, Sun 31 <strong>March</strong> &<br />

Mon 1 April 11am-5pm<br />

Lullingstone Castle<br />

and Gardens, Eynsford,<br />

Kent DA4 0JA<br />


Lullingstone Castle and The<br />

World Garden kicks off the start<br />

of their season with family fun<br />

by hosting their Easter Trail &<br />

Quiz. Aspiring plant hunters<br />

will be able to scour The World<br />

Garden and Grounds for Easter<br />

clues and then report on their<br />

discoveries to claim a tasty<br />

surprise, plus the chance to<br />

meet some Easter characters!<br />

Entry: £12.50, children<br />

under 16 go free<br />

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Sat 30 <strong>March</strong> to Sat 8 April<br />

Various shops across Sevenoaks<br />



A bit of Easter fun for children<br />

– the TN bunnies return to<br />

Sevenoaks! To join this free<br />

trail and look out for TN card<br />

bunnies in shop windows, visit<br />

participating businesses to pick<br />

up a free trail sheet (or download<br />

a copy on the TN Card website).<br />

Visit the shops on the trail to ask<br />

them fun questions and earn a<br />

sticker and certificate. There’s a<br />

colouring competition too. Drop<br />

the completed sheet off at Stag<br />

Sevenoaks (open from 1pm-8pm<br />

each day) to collect your Love<br />

Sevenoaks Sticker and Certificate<br />

and enter the competition.<br />

Three winners will each receive<br />

a Jellycat bunny, a chocolate<br />

egg from The Chocolate<br />

Shop, plus a family day out.<br />

Entry: free<br />

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Tues 2, Thurs 4, Tues 9 &<br />

Thurs 11 April 10am-4pm<br />

West Horsley Place, Epsom<br />

Road, West Horsley,<br />

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Book for an open day and<br />

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visit this Easter to discover the<br />

ancient manor house. See all<br />

the principal rooms at your<br />

own pace and chat to expert<br />

guides about the history of<br />

the site. The building dates<br />

as far back as 1425 – Henry<br />

VIII dined in their Stone Hall<br />

and Guy Fawkes might have<br />

worked as a footman, so there<br />

are plenty of stories to uncover.<br />

There will be an additional<br />

craft room for children and<br />

a garden trail. This was also<br />

the location for the fabulous<br />

BBC Ghosts series so there<br />

will be fun activities for fans!<br />

Entry: see website<br />

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Thur 6 to Sat 8 June 9am-5pm<br />

Hole Park, Benenden Road,<br />

Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4JB<br />



A very important date for your<br />

diary! Come and join us to<br />

welcome the joyful summer<br />

season. You’ll find all your<br />

favourite exhibitors plus a wide<br />

selection of exciting new stands<br />

from independent businesses<br />

selling gorgeous fashion,<br />

clothing, art and crafts, home<br />

and gardenware, beauty and<br />

so much more (we haven’t<br />

even started on the food and<br />

drink!). Lovely dogs on leads are<br />

very welcome. Your ticket also<br />

includes entry to the wonderful<br />

Hole Park Gardens which<br />

comprise formal and walled<br />

gardens along with meadows<br />

and woodland. So come along<br />

to shop, relax, wander and<br />

celebrate the summertime. We<br />

look forward to welcoming<br />

you. Tickets are already on<br />

sale, so what are you waiting<br />

for? Use the code EARLY24<br />

for your special discount.<br />

Entry: £17 (£16 with<br />

discount), children £8<br />

wealdentimes-fair.co.uk<br />

Fri 15 to Sun 24 <strong>March</strong><br />

Various locations in<br />

and around Maidstone<br />

including Balfour Winery<br />

and Kenward Place<br />



It’s back! Get your walking<br />

boots ready for the next Heart<br />

of Kent Walking Festival.<br />

Booking is essential for all the<br />

guided walks, so get in quick<br />

to make sure you can join your<br />

preferred walk. Some walks are<br />

free of charge, and others have<br />

a fee to take part. The number<br />

of attendees on these walks<br />

are limited to maximise your<br />

enjoyment, so when walks are<br />

fully booked they will operate<br />

a waiting list.If you discover<br />

your preferred walk is full, email<br />

info@heartofkentwalkingfestival<br />

to be added to the waiting list.<br />

Should you book and find you<br />

are no longer able to attend,<br />

please let them know as far<br />

in advance as possible so they<br />

can reallocate your place.<br />

Entry: some walks are<br />

free, some have a fee<br />

visitmaidstone.com/<br />

walking-festival<br />

Fri 15 to Sun 17 <strong>March</strong><br />

Fri 4pm-8.30pm,<br />

Sat & Sun 10am-5pm<br />

Landmark Arts Centre,<br />

Teddington TW11 9NN<br />




The biennial Contemporary<br />

Textiles Fair makes a welcome<br />

return to The Landmark. This is<br />

a must-visit event on the textile<br />

lovers’ calendar when enthusiasts,<br />

collectors and makers come<br />

together for a showcase of<br />

high-quality contemporary<br />

textile art. This year, the<br />

Landmark is collaborating with<br />

international non-profit arts<br />

organisation, ArtCan, with<br />

a pop-up of the ArtCan –<br />

Unravelled exhibition, featuring<br />

over 20 of ArtCan’s members’<br />

work with fibre and textiles,<br />

curated by founders Catherine<br />

Sweet and Melanie Jordan.<br />

Entry: £4-£5<br />

landmarkartscentre.org<br />

MUSIC<br />

Sun 7 April 3pm<br />

Assembly Hall Theatre,<br />

Crescent Road, Tunbridge<br />

Wells, Kent TN1 2LU<br />



This concert is proudly<br />

presented by Royal Tunbridge<br />

Wells Symphony Orchestra<br />

as part of their 2023-<strong>2024</strong><br />

Season. Sir Stephen Hough<br />

returns for a third performance<br />

with the RTSWO, this time<br />

performing the Dvořák Piano<br />

Concerto. He particularly<br />

wanted to play this concerto<br />

and bring it to wider acclaim.<br />

The concert, and indeed the<br />

season, ends with the Concerto<br />

for Orchestra by Béla Bartók.<br />

Entry: £5-£36<br />

assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk<br />

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Jane gathers some fascinating<br />

honey bee facts as she checks<br />

the Coopers Farm hives before<br />

their very busy year ahead<br />

April… the evenings are<br />

longer, the countryside greener<br />

and the birds louder. Bliss.<br />

Spring has arrived and nowhere is this<br />

more apparent than in the apiary where<br />

hopefully I will still have two healthy hives.<br />

Most insects overwinter either by laying eggs<br />

which hatch out in the spring or by having a fertilised<br />

queen who hibernates and then emerges to lay eggs when<br />

it warms up. First out will always be those big queen<br />

bumble bees which, being furry, are well adapted to<br />

our cold northern climates. The hairs act as insulation<br />

so they can emerge earlier than most other insects<br />

to feed on nectar and pollen from<br />

crocuses and daffodils before hunting<br />

out a suitable nest site. This is likely to<br />

be a hole in the ground or on a bank<br />

which is why you’ll see them flying<br />

very low zig-zagging across your lawn.<br />

Once they find a site they’ll lay their<br />

fertilised eggs and the whole bumble bee<br />

production line starts all over again.<br />

But honey bees do it differently. They<br />

spend all summer collecting nectar from<br />

flowers and taking it back to the hive<br />

where other bees remove most of the<br />

water to turn it into honey and store it<br />

in a labyrinth of wax combs. Most plants<br />

flower in June and July and at this time<br />

a good colony of bees will contain about<br />

50,000 worker bees and each one will –<br />

in her six week lifetime – produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of<br />

honey. To make a pound of honey thousands of them will<br />

fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers which is why<br />

they need such a big workforce and why we should be<br />

very impressed when we spread it on our breakfast toast!<br />

As the summer draws to a close the queen stops laying<br />

and the numbers reduce to about 10,000 who spend the<br />

winter living in the hive and feeding the queen on all<br />

Most plants flower<br />

in June and July<br />

and at this time a<br />

good colony of bees<br />

will contain about<br />

50,000 worker<br />

bees and each one<br />

will – in her six<br />

week lifetime -<br />

produce 1/12th of a<br />

teaspoon of honey<br />

the stored honey. By the winter they will also have sealed<br />

up all the cracks in the hive with a sticky glue called<br />

propolis which they make from the sap of pine trees, and<br />

hunker down with a well stocked pantry. Cosy or what.<br />

Six months later, on the first spring<br />

day when you can venture out without<br />

a jumper – usually this coincides with<br />

flowering redcurrant bushes flowering<br />

– it’s time to crack open the hives and<br />

see what’s been going on. The first<br />

visit is always a time of excitement<br />

that I will find lots of busy bees (and<br />

trepidation that I might not).<br />

I’m hoping that both hives will contain<br />

a queen already laying lots of eggs to start<br />

the herculean task of building numbers<br />

back up to 50,000 for the season ahead.<br />

Each egg that the queen lays takes<br />

three weeks to hatch out as a worker<br />

bee, and that young bee then spends<br />

the first three weeks of her (they<br />

always are) life in the hive carrying<br />

out domestic chores like feeding the young, spring<br />

cleaning and making and storing the honey. Only<br />

then does she leave the hive to start foraging.<br />

So, do the maths and you see that my queens have their<br />

work cut out to lay enough eggs to get from 10,000 in<br />

January to 50,000 in July. But I’m sure they’re up to the<br />

job and – weather and global events permitting – here’s<br />

hoping for a busy and productive bee-keeping season.<br />

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