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ASPECT COUNTY Spring Issue - 2012

Quality Spanning Four Decades

Cover Shot: Executive Travel



FACTORY SALE A selection of discontinued, prototype and ex-showroom furniture in the Main Showroom. Upholstered furniture and occasional pieces. Tuesday 20 March (9am - 5pm) Wednesday 21 March (9am - 5pm) Thursday 22 March (9am - 5pm) Friday 23 March (9am - 5pm) Saturday 24 March (10am - 1pm) Michael Tyler Furniture Ltd | Woodlands Way | The Ridge | Hastings | East Sussex | TN34 2RY T. 01424 756675 | |

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WELCOME to the first issue of Spring 2012. A season of expectancy and optimism, these emotions are reflected in the pages of this issue. Reach for the skies with our Aviation Special. News from the golf clubs as the golfers get in the


swing for spring. Plenty of Spring. Some suggestions to spruce up the house hold. Some stunning swimming pool pages featured to dive in to. Plus, all our regulars are all here in their place. Enjoy.


Cindy-Lou Dale Editor

FRONT COVER An exclusive flight across the English Channel is the ultimate in luxury executive transport.



So many country stunners in this issue. The pick of the Rural Houses and Suburban Dreams are found in these pages.



Upcoming exhibitions previewed.UK vs USA, Nigel Greaves and more featured here.



Cruise questions answered. Cindy Lou explores the Italian Dream.



Pages of hints, tips, ideas and venues to choose from for your special golf day.




Piloting your own plane maybe a step closer than you think.



Some of the best places to eat featured here, plus recipes and food news.



Waterworks, news from Spire and more.



With our own Amanda Waters. Plus some stunning images from the fashion world.



Pages of ideas to spruce up your home This Spring.



Some stunning vehicles this month with Porsche, Audi and more.

Enjoy this issue. Thanks for reading.

ASPECT COUNTY is published in Kent, Sussex, and Surrey. Annual subscription £30, inc Postage & Packaging Editor: Cindy-Lou Dale Fashion Editor: Amanda Waters Health & Beauty Editor: Elizabeth Dadson Editorial: Roger Paine, Elizabeth Wright Distribution Manager: Maggie Brookes Account Manager: Jason Hutton Events Manager: Julian Oxley Photography: South Coast Studios Production Manager: Grant Peters Accounts: Angela Scannell IT Manager: Ian Isted Account Executives: Jamie McGuigan, Max Hutton Telephone: 01424 777444. Fax: 01424 772224. Web: Email:


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HI-TECH SPLENDOUR “great balance between the formal and informal areas” Gladstone House, Crockham Hill - £1,850,000 Gladstone House was constructed in 2008 to a very high standard and has subsequently been completely interior designed. The house is ideally arranged for modern family living with a great balance between the formal and informal areas. The accommodation extends to over 4,000 sq ft arranged over 3 floors and has recently been redecorated and enhanced throughout. The house is now beautifully presented, being finished to an extremely high standard with great attention to detail. Gladstone House is consistently well proportioned, flows well and is lovely and light. The specification is exceptional and has been future proofed with CAT5 cabling, an integrated audio system and hub with ceiling speakers and multi-channelled key pads to all the principle rooms, under floor heating on the lower ground and ground floors, as well as the bathrooms, and a comprehensive security system. It is set in approximately 0.5 acre and includes a detached double garage. There is also current planning consent for an orangery and swimming pool. It is rare to find a house of such quality, being well thought out and beautifully designed. 4



The ground floor accommodation is arranged around an impressive double height reception hall with doors leading off to all the principle reception rooms. The drawing room is beautifully proportioned, has a working fireplace and is double aspect with French doors leading out to an extensive decked terrace and the gardens beyond. There is a well proportioned dining room, study and large cloakroom. The informal areas of the house have been beautifully designed to incorporate a large kitchen/breakfast/family area with French doors leading out to the terrace. Beyond the kitchen is a fully fitted utility room situated conveniently by the side entrance to the house. There is a generous master bedroom suite overlooking the garden to the rear, and it has a vaulted ceiling, a spacious fully fitted dressing room and an en-suite bathroom with a large walk in shower, double basins, WC and bath with a 17” aqua vision HD television wired for Sky. Completing the first floor there are 2 further bedroom suites, 2 further bedrooms and a family bathroom. All these bedrooms are of a consistently good size.

There is ample storage space, and the bathrooms are all beautifully designed. Stairs lead down to an excellent lower ground floor which consists of a large cinema room, entered via double walnut doors with chrome surround porthole windows. It is fitted with integrated ceiling speakers. There is a fully fitted bar with integrated microwave. There is also a gymnasium and separate WC. Gladstone House is approached from a private drive through a sliding wrought iron electric gate, and onto the gravel forecourt to the front of the house, providing access to a detached double garage. To the rear the gardens have been landscaped and are predominantly laid to lawn interspersed by a selection of mature trees. There is a paved terrace to the south of the garage and a further area of decking to the south of the house ideally positioned for entertaining and views over the gardens. In all the gardens extend to 0.5 acre. For more information, contact Knight Frank on 01732 744477 or visit

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COUNTY COMMUTE Get more for your money in Kent Why pay £800,000 or more for a cottage – and take nearly twice as long to get to London – when it could cost you less than £500,000? Why indeed? The answer is to buy in mid and east Kent. There are 3/4 bedroom houses for sale near Winchester (London 58 minutes by train) for £850,000. A similar property near Ashford in Kent (London only 38 minutes) is on the market through FoxWood Maclean in Wye, with a price guide of £497,500. It enjoys a wonderful outlook, period charm and an easy

drive to catch the Javelin High Speed train (HS1) from Ashford International, only six miles away. This part of Kent, only 56 miles from central London, is remarkably unspoilt, with some of the most beautiful countryside in the south east, including the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its hidden valleys and picturesque villages. The M2 and M20 motorways provide good travel by road westwards. Eurostar, Eurotunnel and ferries link conveniently with The Continent for

business and pleasure trips. The educational opportunities are second to none, with a wide selection of schools to choose from, including grammar schools. To see a comparison of commuting times to London and for comparable costs of the average detached house in different areas, together with a selection of properties, see the figures on this page. For further information contact Nigel Maclean, FoxWood Maclean, on 01233812060.

Hill Farm House, Near Ashford An appealing 4 bedroom period farmhouse, with considerable character, a pretty garden and a wonderful outlook over Romney Marsh to The Channel. For Sale with a price guide of £497,500

Ashford International 8 miles - 5 bed For Sale through FoxWood Maclean with a price guide of £469,500

Ashford International 6 miles – 4 bed Under Offer through FoxWood Maclean with a price guide of £575,000

Ashford International 6 miles – 3/4 bed For Sale through FoxWood Maclean with a price guide of £545,000


Travel Time to London (mins)

Sevenoaks Guildford Ashford Tonbridge Haywards Heath Winchester

34 37 38 44 46 58

Mileage to London

Average Detached house price*

30 31 56t 38 40 64

*Source BBC (UK houses prices: July – September 2011) 17/11/11 6 ASPECT COUNTY


£718,621 £684,739 £357,082 £482,605 £499,037 £534,381

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Timberlogbuild are the new houses using materials sourced from the slow growing renewable pine forests. All compliant with building regulations in the UK and Europe. If you have land available for development, but without planning permission, an Eco Friendly house on the land could open the door to permission being granted. We can advise on these matters. For more information contact Alba Estates Ltd. 6 Old ladies Court, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AH Visit: Tel: +44 (0) 1424 236121 E-mail:

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ANCIENT BARN “believed to date from the mid 17th Century” Trapham Barn, Canterbury - £585,000 Trapham Barn is believed to date from the mid 17th Century with attractive mellow brick walls with ornate Dutch gable end, blackened weatherboarding and tile and slate roofs, with the tiled roof bearing the date 1889. The property sits centrally in its plot, which enjoys fine views across the surrounding farmland to the rear. Inside, the property is particularly well arranged with the principal living accommodation located in the two storey part of the house, whilst the bedrooms are located in the rear section. The rooms are light and well proportioned and particular features include; an ‘Indian Raj’ flagstone floor, exposed brickwork and fine exposed timbers, including a wonderful vaulted drawing room. The kitchen is also a lovely feature of the property, consisting of solid wood block worktops and cream ‘Shaker’ style units. Other features include; tall window apertures, strip board floors and exposed pine. There are five bedrooms, including a principal bedroom with ensuite shower room, together with two further bathrooms. The property sits centrally in its good size plot of about ½ an acre (TBC). The front garden is principally laid to lawn with a brick paved terrace adjoining the house and a gravelled parking and turning area, which in turn leads to the garaging, situated to the rear of the property. The rear garden is also of a good size, comprising two level areas of lawn, divided by an evergreen hedge, with the rear portion being post and rail enclosed and enjoying far reaching views over the surrounding farmland. Double garage. For more information, contact Chesterton Humberts on 01227 452780 or visit




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JÁVEA - SPAIN Investment Holiday Retirement


Javea: Villa built within a very private plot, wonderful open naya, large living area, large dble bed+ en-suite bath, gas CH, single glazed. Sep bedroom en-suite. Pretty garden. Large carport with electric gate.


Javea: Costa Nova, Javea on one level. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, air con / heating units x2, single glazed, flat roof terrace, room for pool, lots of parking, secure plot, garden shed. 235,000 Euros



For 30 years, Foresters have been involved in overseas property. We offer advice and contacts we’ve built up over that time. we are now concentrating solely on Javea. Visit our website Ask about Jávea. Many settle in Jávea. Its history goes back to Roman times and the unpretentious natural way of life. The standards are high on construction and services. Javea captures the imagination: the old town, fishing port & sandy beaches. Find out more. The market is very competitive. Should you wish to build a new villa or purchase a ready-made property; Foresters will be delighted to assist.

Tel: 01435 865477 17 High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8LU

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The Property Cafe are delighted to offer for sale Inver lodge. This unique and charming four double bedroom detached family home has the benefit of a separate self contained annex. The property stands elevated in a envious location and offers generous accommodation throughout. Accommodation in brief comprises; solid oak door opening into entrance vestibule, leading to imposing entrance hall with parquet flooring, further access to spacious double aspect lounge with built-in antique glass cabinets, feature traditional Sussex fireplace and large conservatory with windows to three sides that take full advantage of the beautiful landscaped gardens. Separate dining room with a further traditional Sussex fireplace. Inver lodge is located by the popular Cooden Beach Hotel the Cooden Golf Club.

Located in one of Bexhill's premier roads, this magnificently presented four bedroom detached property has recently under gone complete refurbishment. Finished to an incredibly high standard, the property has been rewired, replumbed and replastered throughout, with newly installed kitchen, utility room, bath and shower rooms and ensuite.The good size lounge benefits from doors to the rear garden in addition to having a separate dining room as well as a 26' fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room which in turn leads to a utility room and shower room. A real feature of the property is the newly erected conservatory/pool room with heated pool with built in wave machine. This is truly an incredible property and requires an internal inspection to appreciate the quality on offer.

A three/four bedroom late 19th century detached cottage set within 6 acres of grounds which consists of garden, paddock and woodland. Located close to the popular village of Sedlescombe. New roof and cladding, new cooker, new double glazed windows and doors. Accommodation consists of good size entrance porch, beamed sitting room with inglenook fireplace, study, large kitchen/breakfast/family room overlooking the rear garden and woodland. Downstairs cloakroom, fourth bedroom or dining room. There are three bedrooms on the first floor and a family bathroom. The main bedroom has access onto a large roof terrace overlooking the grounds. Direct access onto Bridle path leading to Battle Great Wood. To book a viewing please contact our Battle office on 01424 777135




The Property Cafe are delighted to present this immaculate and spacious five bedroom detached house. Located in one of Little Common's finest and most desirable roads, Panache offers the new owner luxurious and beautifully presented accommodation. Arranged as: On the ground floor, an impressive entrance hallway with travertine flooring which gives access to lounge, study and cloakroom. French doors lead into an large open plan lounge, kitchen, dining room which in turn gives access to an additional dining room and useful wet room/utility room. On the first floor can be found five bedrooms, two with ensuite facilities and separate family bathroom. Externally the property is just as impressive with gated front entry system leading to a large paved driveway, garage, covered sun terrace and lawned rear garden with pergola. An internal viewing is required to fully appreciate the quality of accommodation on offer. CHAIN FREE.

Situated in the Cooden area of Bexhill can be found this beautifully presented three bedroom detached house which has been improved over recent years to a high standard. Accommodation comprises; Entrance porch with access to a spacious hall with solid oak wood flooring which in turn gives access to the lounge with a triple aspect with made to measure wooden shutters and an open fireplace, a further reception room also has a feature open fireplace, other ground floor rooms include a cloakroom and modern contemporary kitchen, UPVC double doors lead out to the garden there is an adjoining utility room with granite work surfaces, the dining room overlooks the rear garden and gives further access to a study with door into an integral garage. On the first floor is double aspect master bedroom with ensuite shower room and two further double bedrooms, the family bathroom is fitted with a roll top bath and shower cubicle.

The Property Cafe are delighted to offer this immaculately presented modern three/four bedroom detached chalet style house. The property is situated in a sought after cul-de-sac location within easy reach of the town centre and has benefits and accommodation to include: On the ground floor there is a good size inner entrance hall with doors leading to the main reception room with sliding doors leading through to the patio and garden, a good size kitchen/diner also with sliding patio doors leading to the garden, a separate utility room, two ground floor double bedrooms and ground floor W.C and shower room. The first floor landing leads through to a spacious master bedroom with dressing room, a modern first floor shower room, and further spacious guest bedroom with en-suite shower room. To the front there is an immaculate garden with block paved drive and to the rear a good size landscaped garden with full width patio.




The Property Cafe are delighted to offer a double bay fronted three/four bedroom detached chalet bungalow set within well established gardens believed to total 0.45 acres (subject to verification). Conveniently located on a sought after road just 50 meters from Claverham Community College with accommodation in brief comprises 20ft dual aspect sitting room, 20ft kitchen/breakfast room, bay fronted dining room/bedroom four, utility room and downstairs bathroom/wc. To the first floor there are two double bedrooms and an additional shower room/wc. Benefits include gas fired central heating, double glazed windows and driveway providing off road parking for several vehicles. An internal inspection can be arranged via our Battle office on 01424 777135.

"We bought the property over 30 years ago, having moved down from Croydon we were looking for a location which still enabled us to commute back to London for work and Robertsbridge was the first village we stumbled upon off the A21 and we fell in love with it immediately." The current owners go on to say "We bought the house as a project and have put our heart and soul into restoring it. We have brought up our family in this home and our children went to the local schools, we are still very fond of our home and the village itself but we are now retired and feel it is time to downsize." The owners have created a welcoming family home from this 13th century High Street house and an internal inspection is highly recommended and can be arranged via the owners sole agent on 01424 224488.

The Property Cafe is delighted to offer this beautifully presented two bedroom end of terrace period property cottage. The property has been recently fully refurbished throughout with benefits and accommodation to include: A good size lounge with inglenook fireplace, a contemporary modern fitted kitchen-Breakfast room with a good range of wall & base finished in cream and travertine stone floor which also continues through into the good size conservatory overlooking the rear garden. On the first floor there are two good size and well presented bedrooms and a modern bathroom. The property is immaculately presented throughout with a tasteful neutral colour scheme, central heating and newly installed "Sash" double glazing. To the rear there is a good size garden and ample off road parking.




1 North Trade Rd, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0EX Tel: 01424 777135

45, Cooden Sea Road, Little Common, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 4SJ Tel: 01424 848422

10 Sackville Road, Bexhill on Sea East Sussex, TN39 3JA Tel: 01424 224488

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EDWARDIAN EXTRAVAGANCE “lavish architecture and ornate design of the Edwardian era” Lock View, Maidstone - £890,000 This property exemplifies the lavish architecture and ornate design of the Edwardian era, beautifully presented here with accommodation that has tall ceilings and spacious reception areas and making an impressive and sizeable family home. The detailing about the house is exceptional from the intricately carved, decorative bargeboards to the stunning hand painted and stained glass windows. The drawing room has a most striking central fireplace with eye-catching carvings, and a large glazed corner bay with doors opening out to the garden. The dining room too has a period central fireplace and French windows to the front, while the Kitchen perfectly accommodates the modern family running the length of the house for a lounge and dining area, continuing to a connecting lobby and on to a sizeable utility and laundry room with a cellar below. The first floor is given over to four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The principal bedroom has doors opening out to a balcony from which there are some attractive onward rural views. The bathrooms serving three of these bedrooms have been recently fitted with a smart, traditionally styled bathroom suite. The second floor provides a further two bedrooms and a shower room, all with good ceiling heights and spacious proportions. The property as a whole maintains a high 14



level of décor and added to the architectural charm and a spacious arrangement of rooms makes this an excellent proposition. Screened from the main house in its own corner setting, Lock View Cottage is a detached, single storey property with a charm all of its own. The interior has recently undergone a programme of refurbishment and now presents itself as an ideal annexe for extended family or with the potential to gain income from rental or holiday accommodation. Attached is a double garage which could allow the accommodation to be extended into it. The current layout provides a sitting room with corner fireplace, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. There is an area of covered storage to the side and access from the drive and parking area to the front of the main house. The setting for Lock View is private and secluded. Well disguised from the road, the drive widens to allow parking for a number of vehicles. The garden sweeps around the side and rear, predominantly to lawn, interspersed with various trees and leading to the house where there is a raised terrace. The grounds back onto orchards where there are tall conifers and mature shrubs giving a high degree of privacy. In all the garden and grounds amount to just over half an acre. For more information, contact Geering & Colyer on 01227 477009.

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PRIORY CONNECTIONS “attractive late Victorian country house” Fragbarrow House, Ditchling, £1,250,000 Fragbarrow House is an attractive late Victorian country house believed to have been built in around 1890 and standing on the site of an early Priory. There are also connections to the British Arts & Craft Movement from early in the last century.

en suite bathroom together with double doors to a roof terrace. The useful double attic room has an en suite shower room which could simply be converted to 2 separate bedrooms, both with large windows overlooking the gardens to the east and west.

Throughout, the house is in very good order with well proportioned rooms, high ceilings and many periods features including the fireplaces, picture rails and large windows. Further features include entrance hall with stairs rising to the first floor and a large drawing room with an attractive open fireplace, double doors to the garden and a large bay window looking south.

Fragbarrow House sits centrally within its grounds surrounded on all sides by large areas of lawn and mature trees including impressive oaks and elms. The house is approached through a 5 bar gate and over a gravelled driveway to a substantial parking area with a single garage.

The sitting room has a large Inglenook fireplace and a bay window. The kitchen/breakfast room has a full range of floor and wall units in mahogany with tiled work surfaces, built in double oven, electric hob and exposed brickwork on one wall. Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms including the master bedroom suite with a dressing area and 16



To the west of the property is an attractive duck pond with an abundance of wildlife in evidence and a pretty woodland walk on the perimeter. There is also an attractive strip of woodland to the north of the property fenced an bordered on both sides by neighbouring fields. For more information, contact Batcheller Monkhouse on 01444 453181 or visit

Your perfect retreat in the country Set in the heart of the beautiful East Sussex countryside, Woodlands Park is the perfect setting for you to unwind from the stresses of everyday life. Whether you want to take in the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of the park and its surroundings, or venture slightly further afield to one of the local historic towns such as Battle and Rye, there’s something for everyone to explore. Woodlands is a very secure park, with CCTV, electric gates and a resident park warden giving you that extra peace of mind you need. With some of the most beautiful towns just a stone’s throw away from the park, you will have plenty to see and do. The quaint historic town of Rye is a perfect example. Explore the cobbled streets and narrow passages of antiques and bric-a-brac, browse in the local art galleries, and even finish off the day with a meal in one of the stunning local restaurants.


– 12 MONTH SEASON – A RANGE OF LODGES FROM £139,000 – BROOKS AND PONDS – PEACEFUL LOCATION – BUY TO LET OPPORTUNITIES – LESS THAN 60 MILES FROM LONDON – GOLF COURSES NEARBY – CLOSE TO THE COAST For more information, to order a brochure or to book a park visit please call:

Call 01424 755 114 Please quote reference: AC2/12

Woodlands Park, Westfield Lane, Westfield, East Sussex TN35 4SB



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ANGLERS HEAVEN “intuitively designed house” Noah's Ark, Buxted - £875,000 Noah’s Ark is an intuitively designed house built in the early 1990s. The overall design maximises space creating good open plan reception areas which are ideal for entertaining as well as generous bedroom accommodation.

onto a gravel drive immediately to the front of the property. There is a double garage and workshop with a tractor store to the rear and parking to the front providing space for several cars.

There is an open plan sitting room and dining hall with an attractive fireplace and French patio doors leading onto a terrace overlooking the adjacent lakes. Wood floors have been laid throughout the reception areas. You will like the well planned kitchen/breakfast room with a tiled floor and a range of floor and wall units with a fully integrated oven and hob with extractor.

The lakes have most recently been run on a semi commercial basis providing day ticket fishing for both coarse and fly fishing.

There is also a bedroom with a dressing area and a family room/bedroom on the ground floor .On the first floor there are large bedroom suites both with en suite bathrooms and dressing areas, with views over the lakes. Speakers and wiring have been fitted fitted throughout the propert,y allowing for an integrated media system The house is approached by a long private drive through double 5 bar gates leading




The lakes are well organised with paths and footbridges providing easy access on all sides. The land rises up to one side of the lakes and is planted with a number of Christmas trees forming a small plantation. There are also two summerhouses which have been used as shelters and clubhouses for visiting anglers. In all, the property provides a wonderfully tranquil setting in a very convenient location and would suit both the angling enthusiast looking for private fishing as well as those wishing for the peace and tranquility of the water and countryside. For more information contact Batcheller Monkhouse on 01444 453181 or visit

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Punnetts Town is convenient for the south coast, Battle, and market town of Heathfield. The village has a brand new community hall and medical centre and village school. In need of complete repair and renovation or replacement with the opportunity to build subject to local authority approval. Abutting the farmhouse with a good size garden, small paddock and fantastic views in a quiet country lane. An ideal getaway, weekend retreat or good investment. Priced to sell visit our website, new instruction £200,000 to £235,000 or scan below using your smart phone.

On the edge of the market town of Heathfield walking distance of acres of woodland and High Street amenities A 7 bedroom Edwardian home. Superb family accommodation or split accommodation with great potential and in need of some improvement yet , however having quality replacement windows and gas central heating. Private grounds of about an acre. Visit our website for many images or scan below using your smart phone Offers invited £699,500

A contemporary home of great character close to the amenities of Uckfield town centre with its main line station, shops & hospital etc. Conveniently located on a bus route linking the town & nearby villages. 4 double bedrooms, lounge, dining room, modern kitchen & bathroom, garage and good size gardens. Easy access to the South Coast. The property is on high ground and has great views over common land, split level gardens of good size. new instructions, sole agents. Visit our website or scan below using your smart phone new instruction’s sole agents Offers £430,000




A country bungalow in a cul de sac position, close to an area of redevelopment which will upgrade all the local infrastructure and amenities. Easy access of the town, south coast and main line station. Spacious & versatile 4 bedroom chalet property in large gardens backing onto fields. Double garage, huge kitchen, conservatory etc. visit our website for further information or scan below using a smart phone. New instructions, sole agents £399,500

An apt name for this unusual former industrial structure, on edge of village location overlooking fields. Now converted to spacious 4 bedrooms accommodation, ideal two families or investment flat. Large commercial section with business use, ideal art gallery, mechanic, workshop etc. , ideal home & business. A very unusual property, offers now invited. Visit our website or scan using a smart phone Offers £399,950

Entering the market shortly. Charming renovated cottage of immense character with inglenook fire, beams etc., and easy access to local inn and charming village of Burwash with its links with Rudyard Kipling. Two main lines stations with a 10 min drive. Find out more about this property. Classic prominent location price guide £400,000 (tbc) visit our website or scan below using a smart phone




Charming smallholding with classic renovated and extended farmhouse and lapsed permission for further extension. Long drive approach and about 4 acres. Superb range of old fashioned outbuildings in a horseshoe affair, the original farmyard. Ideal for expansion or opportunity for holiday lets etc. Heated swimming pool. Price guide £750,000 visit our website or scan using a smart phone below

Those wishing an investment or retirement avoiding the harsh UK winters of the UK prices now 30%,40%,50% below recent highs. A bargain to be found! Visit our website for a selection of properties in the beautiful region of Javea, the ONLY region we really recommend during these difficult times. Telephone our offices for an informal discussion or visit our website prices from 150,000 euros

Charming barn conversion in grounds of about 9 acres with good outbuildings to include triple garage/workshop and separate detached studio cottage overlooking small pond with fantastic views. Spacious 4 bed accommodation. Access to village amenities. Find out how beautiful it looks now by scanning below using your smart phone or visit our website for further information £899,500 to £925,000.

Tel: 01435 865477 17 High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8LU

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The Royal Navy has a long tradition of naming ships after counties. Five ships, over a period of three hundred and sixty years, have been named Sussex, although there is no warship of this name at present. The first Sussex was a 40-gun frigate launched in 1652 when Oliver Cromwell was establishing a strong navy. As the Netherlands was sympathetic to the Royalists exiled there during the Civil War, and in the race for maritime supremacy in the waters that divided the two countries, the scene was set for armed conflict. It was to be a war fought entirely at sea. The two fleets met three times in 1652 and 1653. At the Battle of Portland in February 1653, although the outcome was inconclusive, the Dutch Admiral Maarten Tromp claimed victory. But this was premature, for five months later, at the Battle of the Gabbard, more commonly known as the North Foreland, an English fleet of over one hundred ships again clashed with Tromp’s ships. This time the English, under Admiral George Monck, were successful. Tromp was killed and the Dutch coast blockaded. Sussex took part in both these actions and every warship with this name since has the battle honours, ‘Portland 1653’ and ‘Gabbard 1653’. Forty years later when the monarchy had been restored and Britain, under King William III, formerly Prince of Orange, was in formal alliance with Holland, the combined navies of both countries suffered a heavy defeat in a sea battle against France. Mastery of the Channel 20



was again being disputed and at the Battle of Beachy Head in July 1690 the French were victorious. The Anglo-Dutch fleet, under Admiral Herbert Torrington, was humiliated. King William immediately ordered a major warship building programme. Twenty ships of 1,200 tons, 160 feet long, 80 guns and 500 crew, were ordered. One of these new vessels was named HMS Sussex. In December 1693, a huge fleet of forty warships and four times as many merchantmen gathered at Portsmouth. The flagship of the fleet, commanded by Admiral Sir Francis Wheeler, was HMS Sussex, launched ten months earlier. Ordered to sail to the Mediterranean, the admiral had also been given sealed orders to carry ten tons of gold and silver coins packed in iron chests in order to buy the loyalty of the Duke of Savoy. It represented about £1 million in cash. In today’s terms the money is estimated to be worth around £2.6 billion. One night out of Gibraltar, in February 1694, a severe storm struck the fleet. Weighed down by the vast cargo of gold, the ship was unable to stop the sea pouring through the open gun ports, and sank. Except for two men, everyone onboard drowned. For the next three centuries the tragedy remained largely forgotten. But following discovery of contemporary documents in 1995, the giant US undersea exploration company, Odyssey Marine Exploration, has been attempting to salvage the ship. But international controversy over ownership has prevented the ship’s cargo, except for a few gold coins and other artefacts, being brought to

the surface. The ship remains lying at the bottom of the Mediterranean. If the ongoing disputes can be resolved, the second HMS Sussex, one of the richest treasure ships in the world, could become a household name. The third ship to bear the county name was a 90-gun second rate, one of England’s ‘wooden walls’, launched in 1756 as HMS Union, before being re-named HMS Sussex 1802. She later served as a floating barracks and hospital ship before being broken up in 1816. The fourth HMS Sussex was a 9,750 ton ‘London’ class heavy cruiser built as part of the 1926 Ship Build Programme. Laid down in February 1927, she was built by Hawthorn Leslie at Hebburn-on-Tyne and launched twelve months later. A magnificent looking ship, 633 feet long with three raked funnels, 8 x 8inch, and 4 x 4inch guns, a maximum speed of 32 knots and a peacetime complement of 650. Initially part of the Mediterranean Fleet in the halcyon days of the Royal Navy in that region, she later took part in a two-year exchange with the cruiser HMAS Australia of the Australian Navy. Returning to the Mediterranean in 1936 she was on hand to protect neutral shipping along the coast of Spain during the final days of the Spanish Civil War. At the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 she operated in the South Atlantic taking part in the search for the German battle cruiser Admiral Graf Spee, later to be scuttled after the Battle of the River Plate. Over the next six years HMS Sussex was involved in many important naval operations. Her only period

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National Museum of the Royal Navy not on active service at sea followed a direct hit by a 250lb bomb, dropped on 17 September 1940 during an air-raid, whilst undergoing machinery repairs in Princes Dock, Glasgow. This caused extensive fires in the engine room which threatened the ship’s magazines and required the local community to be evacuated. In an attempt to control the fires, the dry-dock was flooded but water entered several internal compartments making the ship unstable so that she capsized. Extensive structural repairs were needed to make the ship fully operational again. This work was carried out in Govan where, for almost two years, she was under repair before rejoining the First Cruiser Squadron at Scapa Flow in August 1942. Details of this major damage were never made public at the time. In early 1943 the ship was deployed to the Eastern Fleet on convoy escort duties based in Durban, Mombasa and Colombo, before coming home for refit at Chatham in June 1944. She then returned again to the Indian Ocean and off the coast of Malaysia took part in operations against the Japanese which included being attacked in July 1945 by two Kamikaze suicide bombers. As the flagship of Rear Admiral Cedric Holland, HMS Sussex was in Singapore on 5 September1945 where General Itagaki, commander of the Japanese garrison, and Vice Admiral Fukudone, were brought onboard to formally sign the surrender of Singapore to the Allies. The ship remained with the Eastern Fleet until after VJ Day before returning to Chatham in March 1946. After a period employed on trooping duties bringing back personnel from

the Far East she paid-off in Devonport. In April 1947, on completion of refit she recommissioned for service with the British Pacific Fleet. At the end of 1948, she was relieved in Singapore by HMS Belfast, the ship now permanently moored by Tower Bridge in London, returning to finally pay-off at Portsmouth in February 1949. During the Second World War she gained two further battle honours, ‘Norway 1940’ and ‘Burma 1943’. In 1950 she was sold for scrap and broken up at Arnott Young’s yard in Dalmuir. A sad end for a proud ship, whose motto, ‘Bravely in action’, could hardly have been more appropriate. The name HMS Sussex, however, was to live on for another forty-four years. The Sussex Division of the RNVR (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve), later the RNR (Royal Naval Reserve), had established its headquarters at Hove in November 1903. For the first forty-eight years of its existence the unit had no name. It was simply titled HQ Sussex RNVR Division. But at noon on Saturday 28 April 1951 the Division was formally commissioned with the ship’s name ‘HMS Sussex’. The commissioning warrant was read by the Mayor of Brighton at a ceremony held at the Hove Battery. Commodore Earl Howe, who as the Right Honourable Viscount Curzon had been Commanding Officer of the Sussex RNVR Division from 1907 to 1939, was also present. On this occasion too the ship’s bell from the cruiser HMS Sussex, which had been obtained by the Sussex Motor Yacht Club after the ship was scrapped, was handed over by the club’s Commodore saying, “It is no ordinary bell. It is

bell with a wonderful record. Whenever this bell rings it should bring to your minds memories of a great ship”. Training at sea for the Reserve Divisions has always been carried out in ships on loan from the Royal Navy. For a period of over twenty years from 1960 these ships were usually Tonclass minesweepers which were given a new ‘local’ name appropriate to that Division when used by the RNR The ship belonging to the Sussex Division was HMS Fittleton, where she was known as HMS Curzon. In 1976, she reverted to her HMS Fittleton name but remained operating from HMS Sussex manned by reservists of that Division, and others from the London Division. Tragically, she was sunk in collision with an RN ship on 20 September 1976 whilst on exercises in the North Sea. Twelve volunteer reservists lost their lives in the worst peacetime accident involving the RNR. The Division’s HQ at Hove transferred to a new purpose-built building at Maxwell Wharf, Shoreham, opened on 12 July 1968 by Princess Alexandra. HMS Sussex remained there until March 1994 when the unit was disbanded following defence spending cuts. With this demise went the name HMS Sussex. The original ship’s bell, engraved ‘Sussex 1928’, from the fourth warship of that name, was presented to Chichester Cathedral where it hangs to this day.




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VALOUR ALWAYS HAS VALUE Buying and Selling Medal groups

The rewards and decorations for distinguished military and civil service date back to preRoman civilisation. In Britain, a few gold and silver medals were awarded to Officers during the English Civil War, however, the first “Official” rewards were probably issued by Parliament to Naval Officers following their victories over the Dutch fleet in the mid 17th Century. Today, medals and decorations have proved to be a strong collecting field and can be split into two groups. The first are decorations awarded for individual acts of heroism. The second are awarded in recognition of military, political and civil service. During the last few decades, collectors have favoured medal groups that were awarded for acts of heroism and bravery over medals awarded to Politian’s and civil servants, and their values are reflected by this. So what makes a valuable medal group? Well, many collectors will look for medals from a specific campaign or an era of history, some will collect only examples from one of

the services and some collect for the romance of selfless acts of bravery. For an example, we will look at the highest of all British military awards, The Victoria Cross. Since its inception only 1354 medals have been awarded, the Crimean War (111 awarded) examples are less collected than the First World War medals (633 awarded), this is due to a greater interest in the war through media and film. The medals awarded during the Second World War (182), are the most converted because far fewer examples have made it onto the open market. Values are reflected by this trend, making pre1914 Crosses worth up to £100,000, First War Crosses £100,000-£120,000 and Second War Crosses being worth at least £120,000 upwards. It is important to note that the value all medal groups are greatly enhanced by related ephemera. I frequently advise clients to look out for letters, photographs, badges, pieces of uniform that belonged to the recipient, and strongly advise them to keep all of these items with the medals!

Spinks (April 2011)- Victoria Cross to Sir Christopher Charles Teesdale, RA. Crimea 1855. Sold for £260,000 Warwick & Warwick (August 2010)Distinguished Service Order and others to Captain Geoffrey Basil Spicer-Simson, RN, Who commanded the expedition that captured the German ship Kingani on lake Tanganyika. Sold for £40,250

Dix Noonan Webb (September 2010)- Polar Arctic Medal to Admiral Sir Francis Leopold McClintoch with photo album of the voyage. Sold for £7,800 Bonhams (December 2010)- Waterloo Medal to Captain Edwin Sandys, 12th Light Dragoons. Sold for £11,750 For more information or If you would like your own medals appraised, please contact Ross Mercer on 01580 882251/ 07817325113

Some recent auction highlights




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FALL TO YOUR KNEES Art in a World of technology What is worthy of being worshipped? An idol, an icon, an iPad? And why do these objects hold the power they do? Using motifs taken from 1950’s science fiction, old B-movies and the space race, Adam Dix portrays a world in which technology is revered. Painted in muted pastel colours, his works create an image of the future that is both nostalgic and dystopian. Tim Phillips creates intricately designed and layered sculptures using materials, shapes and colours that convey the power and dominance of institutions and individuals. Together, these artists present visions of imagined worlds which investigate our relationship with communication and power – a new exhibition of their work will be on view at Sumarria Lunn Gallery from May to June 2012. Tim Phillips creates large sculptures based on the materials, colours and shapes found in corporate lobbies, religious buildings and cult paraphernalia. By stripping them of unique identifications such as branding and text he demonstrates parallels in the visual language used by corporate and religious authorities. From the precious wood inlays of religious architectural screens to the gleaming polished surfaces of a corporate reception, Phillips is interested in façade: a means of subtly conveying power and authority to ‘the outsider’. Meticulously crafted from materials such as American walnut, African padouk, rosewood, brass and Swarovski crystals he creates objects that are worthy of veneration. “If those looking to create an aura of reverence manage to package it convincingly, I think anything can evoke power or worship. There seems to be a fine balancing act of theatre and performance that is age old. If I had enough money I could make people believe in almost anything!” Bringing together the work of Adam Dix and Tim Phillips this show explores our relationship with power and communication. Both artists create new worlds: Dix builds a time and place where telecommunications are worthy of worship; Phillips turns power inside out by creating icons with no iconography. Through their works, this exhibition explores the question: What is worthy of worship and why? 24



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The Nigel Greaves Gallery in Eastbourne Spring Exhibition

The new spring exhibition at the Nigel Greaves Gallery behind the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne has just opened and will run until 30 April. As usual, his exhibition a must for art lovers and those wishing to purchase original works for their home, office or for that difficult to find special present. We found a very broad array of interesting subjects to choose from including seascapes, landscapes and some quite stunning abstract works that make up the vibrant and exciting new spring collection. Nigel Greaves FRSA, the renowned international artist behind the current exhibition and the owner of the gallery, is also showing a gorgeous new collection of tranquil seascapes, beautiful landscapes, figurative and abstract works that have been recently produced for the spring exhibition. This latest collection is both dynamic and tranquil as it exhibits Nigel’s skill and his well known ability to create so many different subjects. Nigel studied fine art, art history and graphic design in the sixties at Eastbourne College of Art and Design. The gallery enjoys an international reputation and over the years Nigel has gained confidence in his art working with equal ease in acrylic, watercolour, oils and 26 ASPECT COUNTY



pastel using the finest quality pigments he can find. Nigel’s creative talent and experience soon led him to a world of new ideas with a fresh approach to colour seeking creativity that could be treasured always. A visit to the gallery in Eastbourne will confirm an acclaimed display of beautiful paintings. Many of Nigel’s works are in public and private collections throughout the UK and worldwide in the USA, Canada, France, Sweden, Egypt, Hong Kong, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Norway and Brazil. 23 works have just been installed in a large office block in Mayfair. All works are beautifully framed and are complete with a certificate of authenticity certifying that the work is original and are not reproduced as a commercial print run. Paintings are shipped anywhere in the world and customers taking paintings home with them are assured of proper packaging which is supplied free from the gallery. Visit the gallery behind the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne. Open daily from 10.30 - 5 and Sundays from 11 until 4. or just google nigel greaves.

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March Valuations

A large table part-orchestral interchangeable musical box, by Paillard, circa 1880. Sold for £3,500

Mechanical Music, Scientific Instruments & Marine Monday 5 March


Monday 19 March


Friday 23 March Bonhams’ Mechanical Music, Scientific Instruments and Marine, Jewellery and Pictures specialists will be visiting Tunbridge Wells to offer complimentary auction valuations with a view to selling at Bonhams. All valuation days are by appointment only and take place between 10am and 2pm.

A large late 20th century bone and baleen Prisoner of War style model of a First Rate ship. Sold for £12,500

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AMERICA V BRITAIN Political & Historical Dramas from UK and US Square Up Premiere Art are introducing 2 young and talented artists to the scene this week, Patrick Collier and Harry Bloom, who are currently showcasing their work at Curious Duke Gallery, Whitecross Street. Both Harry Bloom and Patrick Collier are 2012’s artists to watch. Whether it’s the latest discovery of tapes for JFK’s last living day or the recent 50th anniversary of the great Battle of Britain these 2 artists are celebrating the political and historical dramas either side of the Atlantic. Colliers images are taken from photographs of scenes from one of the most exciting and politically controversial parts of US history. Patrick likes to ‘represent our history and culture within a contemporary visual media’. Patrick has chosen scenes that provoke a strong sense of nostalgia in the viewer and recent enough for us to remember or know of someone that has a vivid memory of the day. Prints are either screen printed, lino printed or printed from laser cut acrylic, and all are original and one off (price ranging from £140). Harrys work is inspired from the Battle of Britain, a battle that has recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2010. Harry’s work celebrates the defiance of the London landscape against the tyrannical opponents in Oct 1940 Harry’s work is a more innocent depiction of the battle of Britain, showing the small fighter planes cowering in significance to our powerful iconic buildings below. Prints are all limited edition to 25 and start from £45 unframed - £75 Framed) Visit for more information




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WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY 2012 Nick Lowe, 7:30pm - The Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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The Westenders, 7:30pm - The White Rock Theatre, Hastings


Giselle, 7:30pm - Congress Theatre, Eastbourne


Battle Health Walk, 10am - Battle Abbey Green


Plant Stall, 12pm - Wheatsheaf Restaurant, Bexhill


At Lunch 3, 12pm - Corn Exchange, Brighton


Rochester Sinfonia Orchestra, 7:30pm - Central Theatre, Chatham


Pheonix Rising, 7:45pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


Van Morrison, 7:15pm - Brighton Dome, Brighton


Afternoon Teas By The Fire, Kester House, Sedlescombe


Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, 2:45pm - Brighton Dome


Herbie Flowers’ Jazz breakfast, 11am - Corn Exchange, Brighton


Sussex Salon Theatres, 8pm - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton


Paul Malson Trio, 8pm - The Brook Theatre, Chatham


Grease - The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


Paul Merton, 8pm - Congress Theatre, Eastbourne


Cinderella On Ice, 7:30pm - Congress Theatre, Eastbourne


Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular, 8pm - The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks


Blake, 7:30m - Central Theatre, Chatham


Battle Health Walk, 10am - Battle Abbey Green


Battle Health Walk, 10am - Battle Abbey Green


Plant Stall, 12pm - Wheatsheaf Restaurant, Bexhill


Felicity Aston, 7:45pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


The Brodsky Quartet, 8:40pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


Plant Stall, 12pm - Wheatsheaf Restaurant, Bexhill


Dorothy Stringer Dance Show, 7pm - Brighton Dome


Wonderland, 7pm - Brook Theatre, Chatham


Dome Discovery Tour, 11am - Brighton Dome Foyer


Bournemouth Philharmonic Orchestra, 7:30pm - Brighton Dome


Alice In Wonderland, 3pm - Hawth Theatre, Crawley


Royal Marines Band, 7:30pm - Central Theatre, Chatham


Spring Concert, 7:30pm - The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


In Silence, 11am - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton


Mowtown & Philadelphia, 7:30pm - Congress Theatre, Eastbourne


Lunchtime Jazz, 1pm - Foyer Bar, Brighton


Lunchtime Jazz, 1pm - Foyer Bar, Brighton


Afternoon Teas By The Fire, Kester House, Sedlescombe


Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, 2:45pm - Brighton Dome


Suitcase Circus, 11:30am - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton


Afternoon Teas By The Fire, Kester House, Sedlescombe


Bootleg Beatles, 8pm - Hawth Theatre, Crawley


MOD All Star Band, 7:30pm - The Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells


Murder On The Nile, 7:45pm - Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne


Joan Baez, 7:30pm - Brighton Dome


Kent Dance Annual Show, 7:15pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


Lunchtime Concert, 1:10pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


Lord Of The Dance, 2:30pm - Brighton Dome


Grease, 7:30pm - Hawth Theatre, Crawley


Hormonal Housewives, 7:30pm - The Assembly Hall, T-Wells


Funny Peculiar, 7:45pm - Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne


St. Patricks Night Party, 8pm - Brook Theatre, Chatham


The Waterboys, 8pm - Brighton Dome


Cabaret Of Curiosites, 8pm - Brook Theatre, Chatham


The Hollies, 7:30pm - Central Theatre, Chatham


Battle Health Walk, 10am - Battle Abbey Green


Henry V, 7:30pm - The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


Plant Stall, 12pm - Wheatsheaf Restaurant, Bexhill


Annie, 7:30pm - Brook Theatre, Chatham


Blind Summit, 7:45pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


Stephen Triffitt, 7:30pm - Congress Theatre, Eastbourne


London Philharmonic Orchestra, 7:30pm - Brighton Dome


Roberto Fonseca, 7:30pm - Brighton Dome


An Evening Of Blues, 7:30pm - Central Theatre, Chatham


Classic Rock Night, 7:30pm - Central Theatre, Chatham


Lunchtime Jazz, 1pm - Foyer Bar, Brighton


No Jacket Required, 7:30pm - The Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells


Great Expectations, 7:30pm - Brook Theatre, Chatham


Battle Health Walk, 10am - Battle Abbey Green


The Osmonds Final UK Tour, 7:30pm - The Assembly Hall, T-Wells


Plant Stall, 12pm - Wheatsheaf Restaurant, Bexhill


Afternoon Teas By The Fire, Kester House, Sedlescombe


Joe Brown, 7:30pm - Congress Theatre, Eastbourne


Kuss Quartet, 11am - Brighton Dome


Lunchtime Jazz, 1pm - Foyer Bar, Brighton


Grease - The Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells


Much Ado About Wenlock 7:45pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


On Golden Pond, 7:45pm - Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne


I, Bertolt Brecht, 7:30pm - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Dome


The Vanishing Horizon, 7:45pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


Top Choir Kent 2012, 6:30pm - The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


Solid Silver 60’s Show, 7:30pm - Congress Theatre, Congress Theatre


Chas Hodges, 7:30pm - The White Rock Theatre, Hastings


Jacqui McShee’s Pentagle, 7:45pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


Beverly Craven, 7:45pm - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

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Afternoon Teas by the Fire Kester House, Sedlescombe - Every Sunday

East Dean: Every Wed. East Dean Village Hall. Hailsham: 2nd Sat, Cattle Market Heathfield: 3rd Sat, Co-op Car Park Laughton: 2nd Sat of month. Village Hall. Lewes: 1st Sat, Cliffe pedestrian precinct. Pevensey Bay: 2nd Sat, St. Wilfred’s Hall Rolvenden: Every Thur, St. Mary’s Church Hall.

Rye: Every Wed, Strand Quay, Tenterden: 2nd Sat, East Cross Gardens Tonbridge: Tel: 01732 876077 Tunbridge Wells: 1st, 3rd Sat, The Pantiles 2nd, 4th Sat, Civic Way Uckfield: 1st Sat, Main car park off High Street.

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CRUISE CONTROL Your onboard options & choices for 2012

In recent years the fastest growing sector in travel has been Cruising, with new and often larger ships regularly being launched to meet the increase in demand. Cruising offers great value for money and is now far more affordable and family orientated, it’s not just aimed at the wealthy few. If you have never cruised and are considering giving it a try the choices can be quite confusing, but it is important that you find a Cruise that suits you in order to get the best out of the experience. The following are a few tips that I would like to suggest to help you decide which Cruise is best for you. As an Independent Travel Agent of several years standing I am obviously biased but with the help of a Travel Agent you will find the process so much easier, especially if the Agent is a member of ACE (Association of Cruise Experts), as I am. Many of the offers you see in newspapers and magazines are available at most Agents and although there are several good Agents online they are not always easy to spot. Making your booking through a High Street Agent will give you both greater security and peace of mind, as an Agent is always available to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have. They can also offer helpful tips that can make the experience far more relaxing and enjoyable for you and your family, and even more helpful if you are planning to travel alone. So where do you start? One of the greatest advantages that a Cruise has is that you are able to visit many places but you only have to unpack and pack the once! The modern Cruise ship at the very least is much like a floating Hotel with some of the larger ships being more like a local village. I often hear clients who have never Cruised say that they can’t stand the thought of being surrounded by so many people and being controlled, but speaking from personal experience I can say that once aboard you will be surprised at how much space you have, and the option to get involved with any on board activity is completely down to you. The consistent factors on virtually every Ship are that you will get great food, excellent entertainment, great destinations and a very friendly and efficient team of staff.




Once you have decided that you want to go on a Cruise your first questions will be which Cruise Company is best for me, how long do I want to go for, should I go from the UK or would I do better to fly to a foreign port, what type of cabin should I have, where do I want to go and what extra costs will I have to pay. I hope the following will give you some useful points to consider when selecting a cruise. 1) What cruise company is best for me? In the same way as land based holidays cruise ships have a star rating and this is reflected in the price. However the lower graded ships still offer great value for money and still have very good facilities. Some ships are better suited for families, others for couples and some aim at a particular age group. In the past cruising has been considered more for the elderly but now the average age of a person going on a Cruise is well under 50! Look at the size of the ship. Do you want a ship with Climbing rocks, Ice Skating rink etc or would you prefer a smaller more intimate ship? It is also easier for smaller ships to get in and out of ports, so you can disembark straight onto the quayside, reducing the need for tendering, or getting on a small boat or tender to take you ashore. 2) Length of Cruise. To get the feel for cruising I would recommend a minimum of at least 5/6 days. On your first cruise it may take a day or two to get used to life on board, and to start to relax and get the most out of your experience. Cruises start from a ½ day taster Cruise up to a 14 week round the World Cruise. 3) UK or Fly/Cruise. Sailing from the UK has many advantages as it avoids having to go to the Airport, which I am finding more and more clients want to avoid. There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage you want to take with you, and also I find that when your cruise has finished it is much easier to get home. The only slight drawback is that if your Cruise is going somewhere like the Mediterranean you spend up to 2 days at sea getting to the area you are looking to explore, and then of course 2 days coming back again. The Fly/Cruise, where you fly to a destination and then start your cruise

means that your holiday starts as soon as you board the ship, but you do have the airports to deal with plus flight luggage restrictions. 4) Cabin Types. The cheapest cabins and also the most basic are situated inside the ship so you are unable to see out. The cabins on the outside of the ship range from having a porthole, a picture window and on up to having your own balcony. It all depends on how much you want to spend and what is important to you. I have clients who spend so little time in their cabin that they are quite happy being on the inside, but others like to spend more time on their own and prefer a bigger suite. Personally I feel that there is nothing nicer than to be on your own Balcony with a nice bottle of wine watching the world go by and seeing the sun go down. 5) Destination. When it comes to destination it all depends on when you want to go. From November to March the Caribbean is the best place to be and in Summer time the Mediterranean, Canaries, Scandinavia and Russia are very popular. There are even some good Cruises around the UK. River Cruising is now offering some great locations across Europe and some fascinating places such as China and Vietnam. The options are endless. 6) Extra costs. When you see an offer look very closely to see what is included. Check whether gratuities are extra or part of the package, as these can add quite a lot to the overall cost. Some cruise lines now offer an all inclusive option or drinks packages for both adults and children. When you arrive at a port you will be offered optional excursions. Plan these very carefully, they can certainly add to your cruise experience but tend to be expensive. In an article as small as this it is difficult to cover in detail all the aspects of Cruising but I hope this has been helpful and pointed you in the right direction. For further information and details of latest offers please give me a call or alternatively make an appointment so I can look at what would be best for you. David Claydon Global Travel Robertsbridge 01580 882228.

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AN ITALIAN DREAM Written by Cindy-Lou Dale Driving from Parma, navigating a winding mountain road to Tuscany, I came across Castello di Compiano, a medieval castle embraced by fortified walls and built atop a rocky outcrop of a mountain village. The castle’s jaw-dropping views across the Taro River and the Apennines mountains make it one of the most spectacular locations in northern Italy. Its origins are uncertain but archaeologist claim its existence dates back to the first century. In its life Castello di Compiano has been a royal residence, a prison, military barracks, a girl’s boarding school, and now it’s an exclusive 13-suite hotel. Although it’s just an hour’s drive from Parma and 90-minutes from Bologna (the nearest airport is in Genova), the tranquillity offered by the village, Compiano, and its Castle makes this a boutique escape from city chaos. The adjoining park and swimming pool complete the paradise feel. The accommodations at Castello di Compiano are unique too - HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco, recently slept in the Castle. In fact, it’s said the Grimaldis (Monaco Royal Family), have their roots here. The suites are all bespoke – some boasting original 16th century fireplaces, wooden floors, 34



ceiling and doors - complete with royal crest. A marble plate hung on the castle wall denotes all the royal families that have inhabited the castle since 800 AD. I stayed in a Junior Suite (€180) which was in the North Tower. It had a loft area with two additional beds (great for kids) and long views across the park. Other than gala dinners and fashion shows, the gothic Castle has a chapel and banqueting hall which regularly hosts weddings. It’s also home to the International Masonic Museum – the first and only museum of its kind in Italy. Untouched for centuries, Compiano is a village of outstanding beauty. Just a few steps from the castle, in the ancient village with its narrow cobbled streets, are buildings with sculpted doorways and genuine ancient friezes. Facing the main square is the superb La Vecchia Compiano, a traditional family-run Italian restaurant with time-honoured flavours. Their seasonal menu (which includes Italy’s famed Porcini and Prugnoli mushrooms and some 400 bottles of Italy’s finest) had me and my dinner guest feasting on Chestnut Gnocchi with Ricotta Cheese and Pumpkin Gnocchi with walnut sauce, washed down with a bottle of Pinot Grigio from Veneto. (I got a chunk of change from a €50 note).

Italy, I was told, produces the largest amount of wine in the world – most of which is grown in Tuscany. One of its famed wine regions, found between Rome and Florence, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea, is Chianti – which is where I was heading. I took in a tasting of truffle flavoured olive oil at Tenuta Casanova, the private estate of former veterinarian turned vine master, Silvano Cis. I then spent a bit of time getting to know his wine cellar later moving onto the kitchen where his wife, Rita, took over for a cooking class. I came away with much Italian cooking know-how, the most tried and tested of which is Tiramisu. Tiramisu Ingredients: 3 eggs (whip the egg whites), 6 tablespoons sugar, 250g mascarpone cheese, a cup of espresso coffee (mixed with generous tot of liqueur and sugar), a square of extra dark chocolate. Method: Prepare the coffee, cream egg yolk with the sugar, add mascarpone cheese and mix well, add whipped egg whites. Layer a dish with good digestive biscuits then soak with coffee. When cooled, cover with cream mix then grate over the chocolate. I also visited Livorno’s prestigious Petra wine estate whose owner, Vittorio Moertti, saw the

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potential of the sea-breezed hills where his 100-hectare Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese vines are dominated by a dramatic winery designed by Mario Botta. The hill tunnels Botta designed create perfect natural maturing conditions in barrels and where I was introduced to some of the best Chianti’s. Back on the road I headed to Grosse and my luxury accommodations. L’Andana is a 33roomed authentic villa on a 500-hectare estate in the wilds of Tuscany. An indulgent ESPA treatment, a swordfish dinner and a deep comfortable bed awaited me. My opulent superior suite ((€1,200) was comfortable and large and had an equality lavish bathroom. However I was taken aback at the exorbitant prices charged for the lousy service offered. The breakfast was nothing to write home about either. Heading deeper into the hills I found Laticastelli, where I bedded down for a couple of nights. Laticastelli is owned by a former Argentinean polo player turned hotelier, Gonzalo Aguilar, who in recent years sympathetically restored the 1200-year old village ruins into a boutique hotel. It has an equestrian theme, infinity pool and ‘La Taverna’ which must be one of Tuscany’s best regional restaurants. My beautiful de luxe suite housed an immense and hugely comfortable four-poster bed (€180). Over the next couple of days I visited several neighbouring mountain villages, dined at ‘greasy spoons’ and drank in working men’s pubs, each time coming away with new retirement plans and a promise to return and linger just a little longer in the Tuscan hills. Castello di Compiano Museo e Relais Via Marco Rossi Sidoli, 15 43053 Compiano (Parma) Tel +39 525 825541 Azienda Agricola Tenuta Casanova Località Sant'Agnese 20 Castellina in Chianti 53011 (Siena) Tel +39 335 6150760 Petra Azienda Agricola Località San Lorenzo Alto, 131 57028 Suvereto (Livorno) Tel +39 565 845308 L’Andana Tenuta La Badiola, Località Badiola Castiglione della Pescaia, 58043 Grosseto (Siena) Tel +39 564 944800 Laticastelli 53040 Rapolano Terme (Siena) Tel +39 389 9147702




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It is here that the game has its traditional home, and here that it is better understood than anywhere else on earth. There is pilgrimage and pleasure to be had in this historic land and, to be sure, something for everyone. There is the opportunity to search out the ancient beginnings of the game, to tackle the championship 36



golf courses, visit other redoubtable tests, as often as not laid out in spectacular surroundings, or leaven the visit with a relaxed round on one of the dozens of small, local courses that for the backbone of Scottish golf. Hidden gems are to be searched out like John O'Groats. The pleasure will only be matched by the warmth of the welcome.


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Arizona's golf resorts are set among some of the most scenic countryside in the world: rugged mountains, vast tracts of Saguaro cacti, and the eye-popping ribbons of emerald green set against the golden desert sands. Across the state there are more than 300 courses, from traditional links-style layouts to target courses. Arizona possesses courses to provide you with some unbeatable vacation leisure.

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Hawaii is all things to all people, golfers included. There are more amazing golf courses per acre upon these tiny islands than anywhere else on the planet.

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The famously lush green mountains and coastal cliffs make it one of the most visually dramatic and unique golf destinations in the world. With a temperate island climate, it's golf season year round on the

Be sure to look into each island's unique golf offerings before selecting. Consider island hopping between two or more islands to get an idea of their unique assets.


It’s been a particularly memorable couple of years for Irish golf, what with the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club and Padraig Harrington winning back-to-back Open Championships. Consequently, interest in golf in the country has never been higher and, luckily, Irish Golf Courses is answers all the questions you have about golf. You’ll find all of

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Highwoods Golf Club Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

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PING LAUNCHES i20 PRODUCTS highlighting distance, workability PING today unveiled the i20™ driver, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons, relying on innovation and custom engineering to ensure that every design attribute helps to optimise performance, right down to the colour of the clubs’ finish. “In the i20 series, we’ve combined workability, distance and forgiveness with the goal to make any golfer a more versatile and complete player,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “We’ve engineered the i20s with a solid feel and generous forgiveness but also a degree of workability for the player who wants full command of the clubface for controlling trajectory and shot shape. Anyone who is passionate about their game is going to be very confident and capable with this gameimprovement technology.” The matt-black finish of the driver, woods, and hybrids is more than eye-catching, 40



Solheim emphasised -- there’s a real performance benefit. “The non-glare finish absorbs light, allowing the player to focus without distraction,” he said. “Our tour pros are very enthusiastic about the finish – but even more so about the i20s’ performance. Players are able to execute any shot they want with confidence.” The 460cc driver head is highly aerodynamic to reduce drag, which generates clubhead speed and ball velocity for maximising distance. “The i20 driver is incredibly long but also highly accurate,” Solheim said. “We gave the fairway woods and hybrids the same matt finish, and their designs offer the high-launching forgiveness that makes them reliable from all turf conditions and from the tee.” In the multi-metal irons, a progressive set design features long irons that are slightly larger, high launching and more forgiving.

The smaller short irons feature less offset and provide exceptional control. Distance control, a key to consistent iron play, was a priority in the irons’ design, Solheim said. “The stabilising bars and the thicker face offer great feel and ensure that golfers can hit to precise yardages. Distance control is an absolute must for better players, but precision is going to help anyone lower their scores.” To emphasise the importance of a proper fit with any i20 product, PING offers two stock shaft options. In the driver, fairways, and hybrids, golfers can choose PING’s TFC 707 series, or the Project X Black from True Temper. “Both shafts deliver a solid, stable feel and consistent performance,” Solheim said. “Our TFC series is slightly heavier, stiffer and generates lower launch and less spin than Project X Black.” In the irons, PING’s CFS (Control, Feel and Stability) shaft and the TFC 169i are available.

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HIGHWOODS GOLF CLUB Great reasons to join us

Established in 1924 under the supervision of J H Taylor and K G Hawtree, the course has matured over the years into one of the finest in Sussex. Measuring 6,218 yards this par 70 course offers a fair challenge of golf along the tree lined fairways with a stream coming into play on six of the holes. Hitting into elevated greens also increases the course's challenge. A short game area has recently been developed, and an indoor video swing area is available for those wishing to receive a good analysis of their game. A practice area is also available near the second hole. All greens and several tees have automatic watering. Winter greens have been vastly improved over the last couple of years to allow play to continue when frost in particular keeps play off the main greens, but extensive work has vastly improved all aspects of the course over the last three years, which it is now in extremely good condition. Popular with both visitors and societies alike, who enjoy the friendly atmosphere and warm welcome to be found in the clubhouse. The club's bar and catering facilities are open seven days a week to Members, guests, green fees and societies.

you week day and limited weekend access to the Club and course, both with the ability to enter a variety of competitions whilst having your handicap maintained by the Club. This also includes full use of the clubhouse and our excellent catering facilities. Highwoods also have a Fairway membership for full time employed or self-employed people who perhaps do not have so much spare time and allows you to play 20 full rounds and 10 half rounds of golf each year. You are able to play in medals and Stableford competitions to maintain a Club handicap. There is also a Social membership which allows you use of the clubhouse bar and catering facilities.

All Members can enjoy the Clubs Art and Bridge Club or just turn up for a frame of Snooker or two. With Society Golf at Highwood there are lots of different packages; you can have just 18 holes of golf with coffee on arrival or up to 36 holes with a three course meal of your choice. If you want to take the stress out of booking a day’s golf then you could use the tailor-made packages which are great value at £35 per player subject to availability. For full details on all of the above either visit our web site or contact the Club on 01424 212625 ex 4 In short there are more than 18 great reasons to join us..

There are various types of membership which have been tailored to suit many different lifestyles. The two main types of membership are Full which allows you 7day access to the Club and course and Restricted which allows



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TRAVEL ON YOUR TERMS to your schedule, to your destination Private aircraft and helicopters are no longer the ego boosting toys of celebrities and the ‘super rich’! In today’s world we all expect more in both our business and private lives the days of ‘9-5 office hours are long gone. Seeing eye- to- eye with your client is far easier when you are face to face and a firm handshake is impossible over a speaker phone. Everyone demands instant communication, good service and flexibility - all in a world where congestion is common place on our roads, railways and even in our airports. Business travel requirements often demand leaving home in the dark, while the children are still asleep, battling the M25 to arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight, find a parking space, get to the terminal and then endure numerous queues for check in, security, newspaper, coffee and boarding all before you actually find your seat. Or- you could drive through the villages to Biggin Hill Airport, arrive 15 minutes before the aircraft is due to depart, walk into the executive terminal, meet your Captain and walk the 20-30 metres to your waiting aircraft. Your requested newspaper and continental breakfast are waiting on board. During the flight you work in your own private space and arrive refreshed, stress free and fully prepared for this key meeting. The meeting goes well and is concluded sooner than expected and you are ready to depart three hours early. Rather than spend this time 42



wandering aimlessly around the airport killing time and fighting boredom just call your flight crew and inform them of the new departure time – the aircraft will be ready and waiting for you. Back home in time to enjoy dinner with your family and read that all important bedtime story! Executive helicopters are the ultimate in flexible direct travel with no need for airports or runways. You have immediate access to multiple remote sites with ease and once again enjoy the privacy to work while flying between meetings. However it is not all work and no play. Travelling by helicopter to those major corporate events will make the day even more special for your clients and executives. Cheltenham Gold Cup, Ascot Ladies Day, Silverstone Grand Prix or the Goodwood Festival of Speed will be truly memorable for the event itself and not for the endless traffic congestion at each end of the day. On average door to door travel on business aircraft takes 4 hours less per return flight than with commercial airlines. One flight each week saves 200 hours per year, equivalent to one month of key executive time. Combine this with access to 10 times the number of airports served by commercial airlines, the ability to condense multi-city itineraries, the flexibility to set and change your schedule and it soon becomes apparent why companies that use business aircraft outperform those who do not. Private aircraft

in the corporate world are not about luxury and opulence. They are key business tools increasing productivity and efficiency, enabling access to new markets, engendering pride and motivation, enhancing key employee retention and providing a secure, confidential environment in which to work while travelling with no risk to intellectual property. Concierge Aviation is a dedicated executive aviation specialist managing aircraft and helicopters from Biggin Hill, Redhill and Kemble airports. Whether you are considering your first private jet experience, looking for a multi-city helicopter tour or even considering owning your own aircraft, their resources, experience and expertise will be at your disposal. There are numerous business aircraft utilisation options including charter, block hour, shared ownership and full ownership all with their respective benefits, commitments and costs. These programs present confusing, conflicting and complicating concepts which may all seem perfect, but the wrong selection could leave you paying more for less. Concierge Aviation will offer you an independent evaluation, identifying your specific aviation needs and providing comprehensive analysis to highlight the most suitable solution. An impartial view will ensure cost effective, well informed aviation decisions. www.concierge-aviation

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Back in 1987 my family moved home from central London to Woodchurch in south-east Kent. With children away at school and my wife involved with horses, I took myself to Lydd Airport and learnt to fly. Kent’s close proximity to the Continent and Lydd’s perfect location for Channel-jumping combined with my natural wanderlust to find me lunching in Le Touquet or cycling in Zeeland, but at that time I never envisaged light aircraft as a means of transport. Until two separate catalysts came along. One was the advent of low-cost airlines and the consequent explosion in passenger growth. Then came 9/11 and in its wake the transformation of the already stressful airport experience into a full-blown nightmare. Endless queues, shoe inspections, fluids bans and luggage rationing followed parking restrictions and inordinate check-in deadlines. At that juncture the virtues of the little plane became difficult to ignore. For those reluctant to set off in a “toy plane”, let me dispel a few myths: The average modern 4seater can be equipped as well as most airliners. Cruising speeds of 150 mph are easily achieved, turning the Channel crossing into a 15 minute non-event. Looking at my logbook 44 ASPECT COUNTY



entries I see Deauville, Jersey, Trier, Quiberon, Lille, Reims, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Mallorca, Bâle, Midden Zeeland, Paris, Brussels, Salzburg, Berlin and Geneva. The list goes on. Some of these places can be reached by commercial flight, but most of them cannot unless combined with a lengthy drive. Factor in travel times to and from major airports and rigorous check-in requirements, and the little planes will beat the jets door to door in many instances. There is, of course, the obvious hurdle of acquiring a pilot’s licence, but that is not as daunting as you may think. You will need a Medical Certificate (sight, hearing, heart, that sort of thing), 45 hours of flight training and a few simple written exams. There’s a flight test at the end and that’s it. Private Pilot, licensed to carry passengers aboard a British registered aircraft anywhere in the world. All that is needed, besides the wish and the application, is time and money. The flying school at Lydd Aero Club suggest you budget £8,500. Once you get your licence, the cost will tumble. As a qualified pilot you can hire a Club plane or if you plan to fly regularly you could buy a

share in an aircraft - as I did. Normal rentals cost about £165 per flight hour but shares start at around £4,000 and reduce this rate by about 35%. Using Le Touquet as an example it works out at £130 return for four people, as good as any no-frills fare. The utter pleasure of your own timetable, stunning views and hassle free travel are thrown in free. Once you have a licence and a plane the proverbial world becomes your oyster. Released from the misery of the herd you will rediscover that travel is pleasurable in itself, that getting there can be as enjoyable as the being there. Pack your favourite lunch and erase the extortionate artificial sandwich from your mind. Above all take in the view. See rivers, villages, cathedrals and chateaux from an unimaginable vantage point. See geography come alive as the landscape slips gently by, like a multicoloured tapestry pulled along beneath you by invisible hands. Then perhaps you will learn what most pilots already know: that private planes are not simply about flying: they are also about freedom, all without having purchased a ticket, queued up or had your shampoo and deodorant confiscated. Written by Bill Vidal

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LYNDA’S JEWELLERY Written by Elizabeth Wright Lynda Lindfield’s interests span from hand crafting delicate jewellery to aiming long-bow arrows at medieval fairs, with a bit of Morris dancing thrown in. From a small child she was always interested in craftwork, and on taking early retirement from the NHS in 2006, she decided to turn her hobby into a business – Anderida’s Secrets. “I’d now got the time to do all the things I’d wanted to do, so I did a basic silversmith’s course at Eastbourne’s Downs College and the first thing I made was a plain banded ring; going on from there it was necklaces, earrings and pendants. I belong to the Hunter’s Moon Morris Dancers and a fellow member asked me to make an amber necklace; it was fixed with a very dark fossilised material known as bog oak and was about 6,000 years old. Then I slanted my work to sell at the medieval festivals that we went to.” The gold Lynda uses is bought from a commercial bullion dealer and the silver is, “Always sterling silver, because it is such a lovely metal to work with. It responds in the way you expect it to. I buy raw sheets in the sizes and thicknesses that I need for the job that I’m are doing. The silver wire comes in round, oval or square; there are many options according to what you are making.” Interestingly, anything over 7 grammes has to be hallmarked, “So we watch what we do, and anything above that weight goes to the Birmingham Assay Office to be stamped.” The metal is cut with a fine saw blade, “I cover the sheet of silver with masking tape, draw onto it, and following the line, cut it out. Obviously, when you are working with fine tools this is where skill comes into it, the attention to detail. Besides the various magnifying glasses, other tools I use are a blow-torch, a polishing wheel, and a dremel drill. This is a bit like a dentist’s drill, and is just as fine. Plus there are special polishes to get that final shine and sparkle.” Lynda also makes headdresses for bridal wear, “They are like a tiara, and are very popular, although they are not cheap, being made from sterling silver with silver ivy leaves all weaving in and out of one another; they look very effective and we’ve had a lot of orders for them.” Lynda does work with gold, but, “It is so expensive, costing about £15 to £18 a gram, which equates to about an inch of wire. I also work in bronze; this is a good alternative to gold and much more affordable, although a harder metal to use. It has a slightly different tone and a richer, deeper colour that you can’t get with gold. For people sensitive or allergic to this metal, the earrings are always put onto sterling silver ear wires. Titanium keeps cropping up, it is a strange metal which comes in various colours depending what heat treatment you give it. It is very durable, 47 ASPECT COUNTY


and taking its place as a popular material for wedding rings. If I’m to use it in the future, I will have to investigate this further. I need to learn what the temperatures are for soldering, because silver melts at about 900 degrees Fahrenheit, Gold is similar depending on what carat it is, but titanium is unworkable if it is not hot enough, I would have to get at with the blow torch.” Design ideas can come from anywhere, or customers can give her guidelines of what they want. Sometimes Lynda will work it all out in advance from drawings, or, “With one or two other things, I’ve just gone for it. Often in my mind’s eye I can see the design clearly and work from that.” The semi-precious stones she uses are, “Any that are available, such as rubies, lapis lazuli, amber, jet, garnets or moonstones.” She can make three sets of simple beaded earrings in an hour, but, “If I’m cutting out and soldering, it might take a day to put together a pair of earrings using metals and stones. I like making things that are challenging; maybe try a new technique that I’ve not used before. I’m now moving away from the beadwork into the more complicated techniques, but I need to keep my more basic and affordable lines going.” An informative website, Lynda agrees, is the way forward; as yet, she is just thinking about setting one up because, “People kept coming up to us at exhibitions and asking if we had a website, so we are going to have a simple one where prospective customers can see a few samples and find out how to contact us, or know where our next exhibition might be so they can come along and look at the jewellery.” “I don’t know how they came into the equation, but besides the jewellery we were selling at the medieval fairs, we added hand made walking sticks and staffs, and then tried dowsing rods, and we couldn’t make enough of those. I love the wood carving, but it takes

a lot of time, which is why I don’t get to it very often. I do prefer metalwork because it is more immediate. I can see it coming together quite quickly, working in wood is a much longer process.” Producing her special work for a recent wedding took a great deal of preparation; “It started with the bride’s engagement ring, and then they wanted to have little silver acorns to be given out as mementoes to helpers, ushers and bridesmaids. To make them, we picked young acorns, made moulds, and cast them in silver, giving them out with a pretty ribbon attached. The recipients could then later put them on a neck chain, or as some were Morris Dancers, they could fix them on their traditional hats. I also made the weddings rings, and one of the friends of the bride and groom wanted to give each of them a personal gift, so they bought silver oak leaves which could also be put on the Morris dancer’s hats. “I wouldn’t say we are making a living out of this because I’m not pushing it at the moment; when we go off to various events, it pays for itself, covering the cost of pitches, petrol and food. But that might change, especially when we get the website going. We enjoy doing the archery when we’re at medieval fairs; we have a traditional tent, wear medieval clothing so we look part of the overall entertainment. At craft fairs the pitches may cost more and it is pure selling. “There are techniques that I still want to learn; for example claw setting with stones, this requires very careful work, as the stones can be very tiny and you need magnifying lenses to see clearly what you are doing. A stone can easily ping out of its setting, roll away and get lost in the workshop.” -As yet Lynda hasn’t worked with diamonds, but, “When I went to visit my cousins living in South Africa, my husband Ray gave me instructions to buy a diamond to make a belated engagement ring for myself, albeit 15 years late!”

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It was a young ash tree, tall and slim, reaching for the sky that Mike Gordon cut down first. As the screech of the chain-saw ceased there was an eerie moment of silence throughout the wood before the spring birdsong picked up again. Dressed in protective clothing, Mike was going about his work managing Coneybarrow Woods, 72 acres of mixed woodland, once the site of an iron-smelting works, in Horam, East Sussex. “The work is never dull” he said. “Working in a wood at all times of the year is a constant source of interest and beauty but I must admit to finding it especially delightful in the spring.” Wanting to share his enthusiasm and knowledge he went on to explain the basic purpose of managing woodland. “The aim is to keep it in good health and rejuvenated,” he said. “When a deciduous tree is cut to ground level it leaves a ‘stool’ and from this a number of new shoots will grow. It’s what coppicing is all about – rejuvenating and using the wood as an economic resource. The new shoots, depending on what they will be used for, can be harvested in several years’ time.” He pointed to some 4’ shoots sprouting from a sweet chestnut stool coppiced a few winters 48



ago.“For example, those will make good hurdles in about three years time,” he said, “but for fencing, such as the Sussex post-and-rail type, it would need to be left for a further fifteen years, maybe more.” The word coppice comes from the French ‘coupe’ – to cut. This work takes place during the winter months on deciduous trees when the sap is low and before bud-burst in spring. It lets in light and produces areas of undercover, typically brambles, which bring in wild-life as well as providing growing conditions for some of our disappearing wild flowers. The undercover, and areas of brush, cause shade so the coppiced trees, in their search for light, send up taller, straighter, more useful shoots. Woodland management has its own busy times of the year but in winter Mike’s purpose is to cut down as many trees as possible in a particular area. It could be alder, hazel, birch, hornbeam or even the odd willow that can be found in the damp spots of Coneybarrow Woods. He was however at pains to explain that he didn’t cut trees down indiscriminately but assessed each one first to See what he might do with it. When managing a wood, different areas are worked at different times so there are

always sections with new wood growth at varying levels of maturity from which to cut and harvest. “You have to work with the weather though,” he said. “It’s not much fun working in a wood in the rain. Besides the constant dripping from trees it gets pretty hot with waterproof clothing on top of protective gear and the ground becomes too muddy and slippery to move around safely. After the tree is down, typically something at least 20’ high and 4-6” diameter, it’s stacked off the ground in long lengths for the sun and wind to dry it out. Wood to be used for greenwood work is stored in the shade, out of the sun, to retain as much moisture as possible – i.e. to keep the wood ‘green.’ Ash dries quickly and usually needs to be used within about six months. Sycamore, birch and alder, which are naturally more moist, can be kept for a longer period of time. Mike is not in the coppicing market. He doesn’t aim to sell the wood he coppices as many woodsmen do. He uses it for his own purposes, making greenwood articles, mainly on a polelathe, such as chair legs, walking sticks, wooden spoons, rolling pins, and small stools. He makes ‘windbreak’ hurdles from green

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hazel and gate hurdles from sweet chestnut for sheep-folds which are particularly useful at lambing time. Mike also explained about pollarding. The word comes from ‘poll’ meaning a head. To pollard a tree you take off the top only, 8-10’ above the ground. This is usually done in fields, hedgerows and open spaces rather than in woodland, and often on oaks, yews and especially willows growing alongside rivers. It’s a way of managing a boundary or preventing livestock browsing young tree shoots. New shoots of pollarded trees don’t grow straight but curve out before finally straightening up. Curved shoots, when mature enough, were used in the old days for boat building and timber framed buildings. Nowadays, cricket bats are made from the straight part of pollarded willows. During spring, summer and autumn general tidying up of the woodland takes place such as gathering together scattered piles of brushwood into heaps for wildlife habitats. It’s when closer attention has to be paid to keeping rides and paths open for public access, clearing dead or dangerous trees, fallen branches and cutting back encroaching brambles. Mike Gordon

reveals another side of his enthusiasm for all things wood by attending exhibitions and county shows where he demonstrates woodturning on a pole-lathe and shows how to make hurdles and small wood articles with greenwood working tools. At the back of his house is the wood yard where wood of all kinds and all sizes, is stacked. His workshop is a woodworker’s dream, ankle-deep in wood shavings giving off that wonderful woody smell. There are various types of lathes in different corners and both finished and unfinished wood articles dotted around. On a bench are rows of carpentry tools. “There has never been a time in my life when I haven’t been involved with wood.” he said. “I remember, as a boy of nine or ten, I’d scramble over the coal pile in my Dad’s shed to get at his felling axe and 2-man cross-cut saw. It was about 5’ long - taller than me! Then I’d round up some friends and we’d take off to the nearby wood to cut down branches and small trees to build forts and tree-houses.” After years of teaching woodwork in schools and colleges Mike went on a course in woodland coppicing at the Greenwood Centre in Shropshire. It was then that he decided there was nothing else he wanted to do more. He is

positively encouraging now to anyone interested in woodland management, even on a part-time or weekend basis. He believes woods are not generally managed sufficiently well because of a shortage of skilled woodsmen. He runs short introductory courses in coppicing with hand tools such as bow-saws and billhooks and teaches how to control the way a tree falls. “When I finally pop my clogs” he said “I’d like a woodland burial where I believe my grave can be marked by planting a tree.” And this perfectly illustrates Mike Gordon’s intrinsic affinity with all things wood. For further information on woods and woodland management: The Greenwood Centre Tel: 01952 432769 To contact Mike Gordon: Tel: 01323 485927




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THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT For an historic Biggin Hill pub - thanks to investment by its owners The Aperfield Inn (formerly The Fox & Hounds) on Main Road re-opened in January following a substantial refurbishment by leading restaurant and pub company, Mitchells & Butlers. Additionally, 25 brand new jobs have been created at the new-look establishment, which will now operate as one of Mitchells & Butlers’ upmarket Vintage Inns’ country pub restaurants – hence the name change. The exterior benefits from a distinctive cream makeover and new signage, whilst original features like the old beams and open fireplaces have been carefully restored inside. The predominantly traditional and rustic interiors are further enhanced by contemporary touches, such as comfortable fitted table seating and leather sofas, layered curtains, luxurious soft furnishings and ambienceenhancing track lighting to offer a very warm and welcoming environment. New landlord Allen Kennedy explains: “At The Aperfield Inn we’ll be offering a premium eating-out experience in a traditional pub environment. Our aim is to be the perfect country pub, whether customers are popping in for a relaxing pint of real ale, or enjoying a candlelit dinner at a beautifully laid table in our dining area. 50 ASPECT COUNTY


Full table service will be provided and our dining area with room for 74 covers (there are a further 48 for more informal dining) is ideal for special celebrations and business meetings too. Guests can also utilise our online bookings facility for added convenience. The Aperfield Inn will be the quintessential country-style pub in the area, with a more relaxed and refined eating out experience that will set us apart from the normal rural pub. My message to the good people of Westerham, Biggin Hill and nearby is come and celebrate an exciting new beginning with us.” Luke Brooks, Regional Business Manager for Vintage Inns, adds: “This is a serious commitment by Mitchells & Butlers, and our renovations and future plans will put The Aperfield Inn firmly on the Kent dining map where it belongs. We’ll have a contemporary look and feel, but it will be a loving and tasteful restoration in keeping with the character and rustic appeal of a fine old building. An olde worlde charm will pervade, obviously, but we’ll also provide the modern comforts and amenities that guests come to expect nowadays. It’s a best-of-both worlds approach and we’re living proof that a well run country pub collection with the right forward thinking offer can flourish even in tougher times.”

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Dry cured, oak smoked, streaky bacon rashers 225g (8oz) Lean pork mince 225g (8oz) Pigs liver, trimmed 75g (3oz) Lean, dry cured, bacon lardons or small pieces taken from a bacon join bacon chop 1 Thick slice of white bread (weight about 50g, 2oz) 1 Small onion, roughly chopped 2 Cloves garlic, squashed 4 Fresh sage leaves 1 Sprig fresh thyme, leaves removed 4 x 5mlsp (4tbsp) Cider or apple juice Extra sage leaves and thyme sprigs to line tin

. METHOD . 1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3, 160ºC, 325ºF. Place the slice of bread, onion, garlic and herbs into a food processor. Whizz together until the bread is a fine crumb.

2. Add to this the pork mince and liver and whizz until the mixture is smooth-ish and of spooning consistency. Stir in the lardons or bacon pieces and cider or apple juice. 3. Take a 1litre/2pt terrine/loaf tin 10cm x 26 x 7 (approx 4” x 10 x 3) and use 3-4 streaky bacon rashers lengthways to line the bottom of the tin. Add some sage leaves and thyme. Fill with half the raw meat mixture and use 3-4 bacon rashers and herbs to cover the mixture. Cover with the remaining mixture and top with 3-4 more rashers. 4. Place in a roasting tin. Half fill the roasting tin with boiling water, cover with a piece of greased foil and place in a preheated oven and cook for 1½ hours until the mixture is set and cooked through. 5. Allow to cool and then cover and place in the fridge. 6. Serve in slices or wedges with crunchy toast or bread, pickles and a spring slaw of carrots, cabbage, spinach and shallots.

UK SET TO CELEBRATE A TRUE NATIONAL TREASURE To celebrate the British public’s enduring love of one of its long-standing national ‘foodie’ treasures, Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week aims to

highlight the vast range of tasty, quality bacon available to savour in the UK today, such as that identified by the Red Tractor mark.

Flying the flag for bacon this year is our very own ‘Rasher-nal Treasure’ Angela Rippon. As the first female to present the news on national television, she has served Britain for over 35 years and is now helping to raise awareness of the quality of Bacon produced in Britain today and remind Brits that ‘not all Bacon is the same’. An avid bacon eater, Angela will be championing the diverse range of premium cuts and cures of bacon, which are produced throughout the UK, through her support of this year’s Red, White & Bacon Awards. Four categories including the NEW ‘Rashernal Treasure’ awards will be open to entry and regional butchers, supermarkets and branded bacon producers will be invited to showcase their finest bacons in the competition. To help provide added inspiration in the kitchen during the run up to Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week, our Red Tractor farmers have also developed a selection of delicious recipes highlighting the many flavours and uses of one of Britain’s best-loved ingredients. Plus during Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week, we’ll also be polling bacon fans across the UK on their own ‘Rasher-nal Treasures’ – it could be Delia’s Bacon and Leek Penne, Gordon’s Pea, Bacon and Goat’s Cheese Frittata, Jamie’s Macaroni Cheese with Bacon or Nigella’s Tomato and Bacon Hash.




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SPRING LAMB WITH THE GINGER PIG Leiths School of Food and Wine has teamed up with award-winning food writer Fran Warde and farmer/ butcher Tim Wilson, owner of the acclaimed The Ginger Pig, for an exciting one-day workshop in May. This information-packed day will deliver extensive knowledge and skills, enabling students to recognize the difference between lamb, hogget and mutton, providing an enlightened look at the butchery of a lamb, and teaching how to cook and carve it with confidence and skill. With the assistance of the trained Leiths staff, students will create an array of dishes including Spring Roast Leg of Lamb with Oregano, Boned and Rolled Shoulder of Lamb, Fragrant Lamb Kebabs, Rolled & stuffed Breast of Lamb and Lambs Kidneys in Red wine. By simply raising the best animals in the happiest of circumstances, on the finest stretch of Yorkshire Moors, The Ginger Pig has become renowned for its fantastic cuts of meat. Ensuring that their pigs, cattle and sheep receive the highest level of care, in turn their customers receive the quality they have come to expect. The Ginger Pig shops can be found in Borough Market, Hackney, Marylebone, Waterloo, Yorkshire farm and now Shepherds Bush.

As the butcher everyone is talking about, there was no surprise at the success of the long-awaited The Ginger Pig Meat Book a meat manual for a new generation of domestic and inquisitive cooks, who want to know everything there is to know about buying, cooking and preparing meat.

top restaurants around the country including the critically acclaimed Hawksmoor in London's Covent Garden.

Fran Warde is a cook and best-selling food writer. She spent 18 months in the kitchens at The Café Royal before opening her own restaurant in London and then moving into catering and opening a successful cookery school. Fran co-authored with Joanna Harris the award-winning The French Kitchen, followed by The French Market. Her other books include New Bistro and Food for Friends. She has written for numerous publications, including The Saturday Times Magazine, BBC Good Food and Waitrose Food Illustrated and was the food editor of Red magazine. Tim Wilson, owner of The Ginger Pig group of butchers, is one of the most respected meat producers in Britain. They have received many accolades, including Best Food Producer in the Observer Food Monthly Awards and recently has been awarded a Coq D'or by the French gourmet Les Guide Des Gourmands 2011. The shops stock meat from his three Yorkshire farms and also supply a number of


STYLISH NEW CAFÉ OPEN Following a £100,000 refurbishment and expansion, a stylish new brasserie-style café is opening at Millbrook Garden Centre in Tubwell Lane, Crowborough on Saturday March 3rd. The opening weekend (including Sunday March 4th) will feature a prize draw each day to win a two-course meal for two, 20% off all plants, fun activities for children and an opportunity to meet the new chef and enjoy some free tastings. Proceeds from the prize draw will go to Demelza House children’s hospice, Millbrook’s charity for 2012. The Greencafé has been transformed into an exciting, stylish and modern meeting place with brightly coloured chairs and interesting artefacts on the walls. There are also calm, relaxing areas where customers can linger over a cup of coffee and special children’s areas with blackboards and beanbags. The food will be seasonal, with the emphasis on fresh, local produce, with some of the vegetables and herbs from Millbrook’s own nursery. Some of the bread will be made in flowerpots and the new menu includes a wide range of breakfast choices, including 54



scrambled eggs and smoked salmon; delicious lunches ranging from steamed mussels to sharing platters and indulgent treats such as home made ice creams, brownies and cakes. There will also be a good selection of hot and cold drinks, including wine and beer. A children’s menu and half-sized portions are also available. The new Greencafé can seat up to 120 and there is an outdoor terrace for alfresco dining on warm days. A programme of seasonal activities such as gardening lecture lunches, BBQs and lunchtime jazz is planned, and areas of the new café can be used for private hire. Millbrook has appointed experienced catering professionals to run the new café and over ten jobs have been created as a result. The team is managed by Mark Harper, who has joined from the very popular Rendez-Vous restaurant in Tunbridge Wells, which he co-founded. The new chef, John Boreham, has joined from the Bakery restaurant in Tatsfield. Millbrook’s managing director Tammy Woodhouse said: “We want to give our customers the best day out possible and by investing such a large sum in the greencafé

we are sure they will want to spend time over a meal or meet friends there. “It now looks stunning and Mark has devised a delicious menu. We are passionate about using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and we are now able to offer people a quality and style of food we believe is not readily available in the area.” To find out more visit

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Hands up those people who think continence is a ‘ladies problem’? With one in three women and one in five men suffering from a bladder problems at some point in their life, specialists at Benenden Hospital are busy helping patients with their waterworks. “In an average month we see about 150 patients in the urology department” says consultant urologist Shawket Alkhayal. “They come to Benenden with a huge range of conditions, from incontinence and bladder pain to erectile dysfunction and kidney stones”. Many patients are men with prostate problems: symptoms can include a weak urine stream, the need to pass water frequently at night or the feeling that the bladder is never completely empty. Thanks to an innovative surgical treatment using plasma technology, the problem area can be vaporised, enabling conditions like enlarged prostate to be treated with fewer risks. “It’s a faster procedure than conventional surgery and involves less risk of bleeding,” Alkhayal says. “Patients generally recover more quickly than they would after traditional prostate resection surgery (partial removal) – which means less time in hospital.” There is no such thing as an average patient in

urology, with patients ranging in age from 18 up to 90-plus. The most common complaints among female patients tend to be overactive bladder, stress incontinence or urge incontinence. Stress incontinence is managed initially with specialist pelvic floor muscle education, explains Jan Chaseley, UroGynaecology Sister. This alone can greatly improve patient’s symptoms, but minimally invasive mid urethral tape surgery is also an option. Often surgery isn’t needed. “In 99 per cent of cases, the first step is helping patients learn what we call ‘conservative management’ strategies” says Urology Sister Sarah Aylett. “It’s a case of educating them about how the bladder works and bringing about simple changes like avoiding caffeine.” If this does not improve symptoms, leading-edge therapies come in. “In some cases we can treat an overactive bladder with Botox”, says Sarah. “It’s a revolutionary approach - partially paralysing the nerve endings and calming the bladder down. It’s proving very effective for many of our patients.” The first step for male or female patients is often urodynamic assessment to assess how the bladder is actually working, with over 400

tests performed each year. “People can feel embarrassed about the procedure but it is an important diagnostic investigation said Mary Barker, Urodynamics Nurse. “We fill the bladder artificially and then the patient passes water in private, enabling us to measure their bladder pressure during filling and emptying. Doing this gives the urologist crucial information about their condition and is the first step in fixing the problem.” With so many men and women affected by these conditions, how much is the embarrassment factor holding them back? “No one should have to work their lifestyle around a bladder problem” say Jan. “The figures tell us that almost half of all adults over 20 worldwide will have bladder problems by 2018. “The sooner you seek help, the sooner you’ll be back to normal. And the testimonials from patients say it all. “Thank you for your kindness and help. You proved bladder problems don’t have to be embarrassing, and gave me practical help on how to manage my condition. You have listened to me and at last I feel I’m getting the right help.”





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BEAUTY WITHOUT EVER SEEING IT? Global Beauty Brand Explores Beauty With a Blind Casting Call To support its first-ever global creative platform, bareMinerals took an unprecedented approach and pursues a blind casting call to select the women that will appear in its 'Be a Force of Beauty™' campaign launched this February. Featuring five women—another first for the brand that has traditionally featured their award-winning bareMinerals foundation in its marketing efforts—bareMinerals recognises the casting process was as fundamental to the campaign as the idea itself. "This campaign is really designed to inspire and activate women to put beauty into action by giving them a voice and championing the individual stories that represent their own 'Force of Beauty,' said Simon Cowell, Global CMO. "Therefore, our approach in identifying these women became profoundly important and it required a level of authenticity to defend our driving belief that beauty goes beyond the surface." Conceptualised with TBWAChiatDay Los Angeles, the blind casting call became the stake in the ground to transform the cultural conversation around beauty. Emblematic of its heritage of challenging convention and doing things differently, bareMinerals set forth with the radical notion of casting a beauty campaign without ever seeing the women's faces. With a desire to distinguish itself from the manufacturing of beauty depicted in the analogous images representative of the beauty landscape today, the premise behind 'Be a Force of Beauty' serves as a rally cry to ignite a social discussion around beauty, while the blind casting unequivocally differentiates bareMinerals from traditional beauty advertising, providing substantiation that beauty should not solely be defined by physical attributes. The blind casting process commenced with a pool of nearly 300 models and actresses, all of whom received a survey of six questions designed to discover more about their personal passions and values. After reviewing the questionnaires, the pool was narrowed to 78 women who were then brought in for individual blind interviews with questions intended to reveal dynamic character, vitality and strength in effort to reveal an inherent 'force of beauty.' Stripped of all visual cues and never seeing a single face, the panel remained behind a wall listening to each woman answer the blind interview questions, seeking women who not only shared similar values with the brand, but whose beauty became palpable through their personality and the compassion, honesty, confidence and genuineness conveyed in their responses. The wall dividing the women from the brand became the symbolic construct allowing bareMinerals to delve deeper into this honest appraisal of beauty which would ultimately carry the campaign. 58



"This is pretty revolutionary and unheard of for a beauty company," said Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals. "Let's be honest, there was a high level of risk associated with this approach and I had no idea what to expect. What I discovered was how liberating it is to do the right thing and choose women based on their values, not the way they look. We love women and their stories and it reinforces everything we stand for, and frankly, I think the models were equally enamored with our approach." From there it was then narrowed down to 26 women who then returned for another round of one-on-one blind interviews. Based on the final round of in-depth blind interviews, bareMinerals selected five 'Forces of Beauty' to feature in the campaign. One week later, following a condensed 10-day timeline and extraordinary anticipation, we finally met the spirited women whose stories, coupled with an unparalleled process of discovery, became the crux of the campaign. bareMinerals 'Be a Force of Beauty' Campaign "The blind casting really showcases our point of view with this campaign and provides dimension," commented Cowell. "The fact that we chose these women based on their stories, never having seen their faces, really validates

our philosophy that beauty is more than meets the eye. Taking it one step further, we deliberately chose to leave in each woman's distinguishing characteristics and all signs of life representative of their experiences to preserve this level of authenticity." The holistic approach behind the blind casting comes full circle with each of the women appearing alongside thought-provoking messaging like 'Pretty is what you are. Beauty is what you do with it.' and 'Pretty is. Beauty does.™' The evocative taglines reaffirm bareMinerals' anthem on beauty and the prevailing conviction that beauty is as sincere as it is multifaceted. "I wish all castings were like this," said Lauren, one of the five women appearing in the campaign. "It's amazing bareMinerals spent time talking to us; it's really nice to be listened to and know that your story counts." Building on each woman's story, the creative explores each woman's unique 'Force of Beauty' demonstrating the limitless power of beauty and the profound influence it can have on the world. For more information on the 'Be a Force of Beauty' campaign, please visit:

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VINTAGE ATTRACTION At The Rare Breeds Centre 14th, 15th April Vintage and retro clothes, accessories and home decoration have proved increasingly popular in recent years. The Vintage and Homemade Fair held in 2011 at the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch was so successful that the organisers have been asked to stage another in April. A wide variety of goods will be on offer, from furnishings and ornaments of the 1950s 1970s to contemporary cushions, crafts and accessories re-made from recycled materials. Hats, handbags, jewellery and clothes will also be on sale, together with decorative tecups and lovely lace-edged or embroidered tablecloths. The Fair takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April in The Falcons at the Rare Breeds Centre, a tourist attraction in Woodchurch, between Tenterden and Ashford. After you've enjoyed the Vintage Fair why not take time to look around the rest of the Centre? You'll find rare breeds of British farm animals together with poultry, rabbits and small animals to see and touch as well as birds of prey - and you must say 'hello' to Luna, our young Jersey calf. The regular pig races are the highlight of many a visit while tractor rides are always popular. Spring flowers will be blooming in the lovely Discovery Garden and the Rainbow Nursery has lots of home-grown plants for sale. Refreshments are not a problem as The Granary serves great value

meals and snacks, all produced in our own kitchens. The farm is ideal for families, with outdoor ant indoor playgrounds, woodland walks and friendly animals. With over 90 acres to explore there's plenty for young and old alike. This is also home of Canterbury Oast Trust, the charity that runs the Centre. It's a charity with a difference - its core work is to provide homes, opportunities and training for adults with varying degrees of disabilities and it has a number of enterprises that help further these objectives. The Trust runs not only the Rare Breeds Centre but The Mariners Tearooms in Rye and also Poulton Woodworks in Aldington, a Kent woodland centre which gives training in traditional country skills such as pole-lathe turning, carving and charcoal burning. Canterbury Oast Trust was first established by families looking to set up residential homes for their disabled children. The homes would have a family feel, offering high quality care in a great environment and, above all, be the sort of home that any of us would want to live in. The first homes were in Aldington, others are now established including Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, which has six homes and is also the site of the Rare Breeds Centre. Now a major farm tourist attraction, the Centre offers many opportunites for the residents of Canterbury Oast Trust to work in a variety of tourist projects which provide a

good day out for visitors. Working with the animals, in the plant nursery, in the restaurant and in the shop are vital tasks which help break down barriers and build understanding about disability. At the Rare Breeds Centre you will learn and discover many new things, whether by meeting the people or encountering the animals. By visiting and attending some of the numerous events throughout the year you'll know that you're helping a local charity to give support to others through these difficult times.




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GOOD LOOKING, HOT Hwam Patented Autopilot System from Euroheat A woodburning stove is one of the most energy efficient and cost effective ways of heating your home and the only way to better it is to ensure the stove in question is fitted with an patented autopilot, as featured on all Hwam stoves from Euroheat. As well as having a style and size of stove to suit any space, all stoves in the Hwam collection from Euroheat are fitted with a patented autopilot, which ensures optimum utilisation of the wood being burned. As a result, Hwam woodburning stoves produce up to 40 per cent more heat while 72



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MULTIPLE PENSION POTS How many jobs have you had where you have received a pension? You may find you have so many pensions you do not know what to do with them. UK workers seek simpler ways to manage their retirement money. The main trouble with having so many pension funds is that you may start to lose track of pension pots. If you think you have lost any pensions, then you can go to Pension Tracing Service at who may be able to find your lost pensions. Another problem you may also encounter is that you do not know the overall value due to having so many. Pension Savings Almost half (49 per cent) of workers surveyed said they had multiple pension pots, with one in two (58 per cent) unclear of the overall value of their pension savings, but 75 per cent still felt they would not have enough to live comfortably in retirement. Across Careers Over a third (34 per cent) said they were concerned about how they would manage their careers.

Pensions Minister, Steve Webb has spoken about helping workers pull their small “stranded” pension pots together, making it simpler and more cost effective for individuals and pension providers to manage. The Department for Work and Pensions (DMP) has also indicated that it will consult on options for transferring pension pots between auto-enrolled schemes. Workplace Pension Of those surveyed just over half (57 per cent) had a workplace pension, in line with the UK average, with 43 per cent having between two and four small pension pots and 6 per cent having five or more. On average, employees tended to stay with an employer for four and a half years. Paul Goodwin, director of workplace pensions Aviva said: “What’s clear from this research is that many workers in the UK are saying they want to be able to easily manage their retirement savings and to see the value of their total pension pot in one place. There is a constant drumbeat about people not saving for retirement, which is valid. However,

when you cannot track your savings in a simple way, it is very hard to know how much more you actually need for your retirement. With auto-enrolment being introduced we have even more opportunity to encourage employees to actively save into a pension. However, we also need to recognise that those employees benefiting most from auto-enrolment, largely those on lower salaries, may also be left with a number of small pots.” “A simple solution for those in auto-enrolled schemes would be to allow automatic transfers between similar auto-enrolled schemes so that an employee’s pension follows them as they move jobs.” You can combine all your pension pots and transfer them into one easy to see pension. According to Defaqto, you will be better off doing this. Moving your pensions may give you a better investment performance and lower charges to boost your retirement income. If you need any more help regarding multiple pension pots or retirement planning, then call Mike Robertson Associates Ltd on 01424 777156.


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What started off as a sick company with revenues of £30,000 pa and 8 customers is today under Dr. Diwan Rahul Nanda’s dynamic vision, India’s largest security group with revenues in excess of £150 million, 93000 employees, 120 offices and approximately 8000 customers. Dr. Diwan Rahul Nanda took over the reins of TOPSGRUP at the age of 22, when security was treated as expenditure and the Indian security industry was in its nascent stages, rewriting the rules for the security business not only for TOPSGRUP, but for the entire Indian Security Industry at large. 90 ASPECT COUNTY


The multi award-winning TOPSGRUP has also embarked on a global leadership mission with a vision to become the number one brand in the global security space and a US$ 10 billion security group by 2020. As part of the company’s international strategy, TOPSGRUP acquired Great Britain’s 10th largest security group ‘The Shield Guarding Company Limited’ which employs just under 3000 employees and operates out of 7 offices in United Kingdom, solidifying its marketplace in the West. Most recently, Dr. Diwan Rahul Nanda has been conferred with “Brand Leadership Award”

at the CMO Asia awards for excellence in Branding and Marketing, held in Singapore. He was also nominated for UK Trade & Investment India Business Awards (2009) in the Young Business Leader category. Also, TOPSGRUP’s The Shield Guarding Company (UK) won the prestigious ‘Security Guarding Company of the Year’ Award at the Security Excellence Awards 2009 (UK) in London. Dr. Diwan Rahul Nanda recently relocated the headquarters of TOPSGRUP to London to help leverage the company’s reach to areas such as North America, Africa and Europe.

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Dyslexia and Dinner Parties Scenario: Your child’s school has identified that the reason they can’t keep up in class is that they are dyslexic, possibly with one or two complicating factors such as some modest speech and language or co-ordination difficulties. They are currently at one of the very good Prep Schools we have in the area, the sort of school that will impress your dinner party guests. The school advertises it has a special needs unit, so in return for a modest extra fee, they will give your child a few sessions a week with their specially trained staff. Problem: That’s fine if your child’s difficulties are only minor. You can rightly feel good about getting something done to help your child, and no-one around the dinner table needs to know they have the dreaded ‘Special Educational Needs’ because they will still be at the same school. However, these convenient arrangements may not actually be giving your child the level of support they really need. Dyslexia is not an ‘all or nothing’ condition and it can vary very substantially in its severity. If their dyslexia is actually in the ‘moderate to severe’ category, leaving them for most of the time in classes with children without special needs, and with a

teacher without specialist training, can continue to hold them back, damaging self-confidence and limiting their achievements. Solution: If there is any suggestion that your child is dyslexic or has other special educational needs, arrange to have them professionally assessed by an Educational Psychologist. The EP will establish the extent of their needs; if you are able to tell them what specialist support is available at the existing school, they may well be able to advise on whether that is likely to be sufficient. If the EP cannot give you that assurance, then it is decision time: is it more important to impress your dinner party guests, or to obtain the individually tailored support your child needs at a specialist school?

Frewen College at Northiam on the Kent/ Sussex borders, is one of just a dozen specialist schools in the country catering for children with dyslexia and other ‘specific learning difficulties’. It’s setting, in a fine Grade 1 listed Jacobean country house set in 60 acres of gardens, parkland and playing fields, would grace any mainstream independent school. The big difference at Frewen is that all classroom staff have specialist training in dyslexia and other special educational needs, most have specialist qualifications, and there is a team of therapists and other specialists on hand to help. Classes are tiny, averaging around 6, results are excellent, and Ofsted rates them ‘Outstanding’. The biggest ‘plus’ though is that after a very short time young people at Frewen regain their confidence and self esteem, and their belief that they can succeed in life. School Principal Linda Smith says: “The earlier we can start helping these children, the better the outcomes. There is every chance that dyslexic children joining our junior school at age 7 or 8 can learn the coping skills they need and build the confidence to gain entrance back into mainstream schools at a later date.” The school has a comprehensive website, holds regular Open Mornings, and will be very happy to discuss whether they can help your child.


Heroes at Catsfield School An innovative education programme, that helps primary school children discover the vital relationship they have with their landscape, celebrates a landmark last month – the seventy fifth school joining the scheme. Catsfield C.E Primary School is the seventy fifth school to join the High Weald Heroes scheme. High Weald Heroes is run by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Joint Advisory Committee and provides opportunities for children to learn more about, enjoy, explore and care for their landscape. Nearly 4,000 children engaged with the scheme last year alone. Schools participating in the scheme are provided with a range of specialist materials and advice, helping them to explore important historical features in their landscape. As members of the High Weald Hero scheme, pupils at Catsfield School will be engaged in a number of landscape focused activities including the creation of a ‘Welly Walk’ - an opportunity to design a fun and informative guided walk to share with their community. Cllr. Brian Kentfield, Chairman of the High Weald Joint Advisory Committee said, “We are delighted to have reached this landmark number, it is wonderful to see so many schools using their local landscape as a cross curricular resource.”




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SPECTACULAR SCIENCE Hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes

Set amidst the beautiful Sussex countryside, this discovery centre is housed in buildings that were formerly the home of The Royal Greenwich Observatory providing a unique link with astronomy. Since 1995, the site has been operated as a hands-on science centre by Science Projects Ltd. A company with charitable status dedicated to the promotion of science to everyone; specialising in the design and construction of hands-on science exhibits. The ethos is to present science in a fun, engaging way with key stage specific activities. The Centre offers a learning experience that aims to meet all needs and expectations. Interactive hands-on exhibits provide opportunity to bring fun and science together. To find out, to touch and see what happens, to investigate, learn and have fun! The educational programme is appropriate for all Key Stages and can be adapted for specific needs. Teachers tell us that the children remember what they have explored at The Centre and it is a visit that is talked about for a very long time. Schools book to return, again and again! 92 ASPECT COUNTY



The centre endorses learning outside the classroom and has been accredited with the Quality Badge. This national benchmark confirms The centre offers young people the type of high quality learning experiences they really benefit from in an environment that manages risk effectively. The Quality Badge is recognised across all sectors and can help teachers cut red tape when planning a visit out and about. A visit to The centre includes access to over 90 interactive hands-on exhibits indoors grouped around permanent themes of Light & Colour, Forces, Time, The Earth & Beyond; and two temporary exhibitions that change through the season. There are also giant interactive exhibits in the outdoor Discovery Park, Water Play and Water Planet areas. Daytime educational activities can include bridge building workshops, telescope tours, science shows, team challenges and rocket making workshops. For something really different groups can opt for an atmospheric Twilight Visit- “The Observatory in the Dark”! Tour the site as the astronomers would have done and with favourable weather conditions you can view through a restored historic telescope.

The Centre can also bring Key Stage specific Spectacular Science to you through the outreach programme. This currently includes ScienceWorks exhibits, Science Shows and ‘The Cosmic Classroom’ mobile planetarium. Teachers are entitled to a complimentary visit to check the facilities and find out for themselves just how much can be gained at The Centre. Activities are presented by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, all of whom hold an Enhanced CRB and many are registered STEM Sussex Science and Engineering Ambassadors. There is ample free parking, school base, picnic area, gift shop and Café. Open daily from beginning of February to the end of November. To find out more please check the web site or call 01323 832731

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FREWEN COLLEGE The Dyslexia Specialists Celebrating 65 years helping dyslexic children

Open Mornings: Saturday 3rd, Thursday 22nd March 9.30-12.00

Visit us and find out more about the nation’s favourite local animal charity Free entry – Aviary – Sanctuary walks Picnic area – Cafe – Gift / Charity shop Disabled facilities A specialist co-educational day and boarding school for dyslexic and dyspraxic children aged 7-18. Frewen College, Brickwall, Rye Road, Northiam, East Sussex TN31 6NL Visit: email: Phone: 01797 252494 Registered Charity 307019

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Going for Growth Make your garden blooming marvellous

which will need about 45cm of planting space all around the pot. 2. Line the container with broken crocks for drainage then half-fill with compost. Check the level of the bay s rootball by placing it in its original pot on the compost. Adjust the level as necessary to get the rootball to the same depth it was in before, then plant the bay, placing it centrally in the pot. Firm in. 3. Top up the container with more compost - the thymes will have much shallower rootballs than the bay. Plant the thymes in a circle around the bay, firm in, then top up again with more compost to within 2.5cm (1 inch) of the rim. Water thoroughly. 4. Work some of the compost/ grit mix into the soil around the pot, then plant the lavenders all round. Water thoroughly. Aftercare: All of these plants do best in full sun and need light, welldrained soil. Keep the bay in shape by trimming any straggly shoots in summer; remove any frost-damaged leaves/shoots in spring. Remove faded lavender flowers in autumn, then prune in April - but do not cut into old wood. Clip the thyme, removing dead flowerheads and straggly shoots in spring. With something for novice and practised gardeners alike, the 77 bite-size recipe style projects are broken down by season and by month, include shopping lists of the plants needed, the time required, and even top tips and advice from gardening experts to help bring out the green fingers in everyone.

Creating impressive, colourful features - no matter what space you have available - could actually be easier than you think. Whether you want to add a simple touch of brightness to a smaller garden with colourful hanging baskets, window boxes or pots, find neat ways to plant herbs and vegetables or even add an interesting feature to a larger area, the new Seasonal Garden Ideas book can give you all the know-how you need. Packed with a range of inspirational step-by-step planting and project ideas, you can really get the most out of your outside space with the minimum of effort. For example, three strongly aromatic plants can make an enticingly scented display. The Bay, Thyme and Lavender project (pictured) is taken from Seasonal Garden Ideas and takes just a couple of hours to create. Using a standard bay in a large ceramic pot circled by a medley of low-growing thymes, this display not only looks and smells great but also has year-long presence. Finish with lavender around the base to complete the look. Bay, Thyme and Lavender from Seasonal Garden Ideas - what you need: Plants:One bay tree, trained to a standard shape and clipped to a ball. Eight thymes - golden leaved, dark green, variegated and grey-leaved forms have been used here. Lavenders.Time needed: Allow a couple of hours Equipment:Large ceramic container (or any other pot large enough to take the bay tree) Soil based potting compost with added grit or sharp sand for drainage Broken crocks from drainage trowel. Method: 1. Position your pot where it is to stand - it will be too heavy to move once planted. Here the pot is surrounded by a narrow bed of lavender 94 ASPECT COUNTY

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GONE IN 33 Ultimate usable uber supercar The sum of £144,000 will buy you a lot of metal at your local Audi dealership. You could have, for example, an A3, A4, A5, A6 and A7. Alternatively, you could buy just one R8 GT, the most expensive Audi production car there has ever been. Or rather you couldn't, because all 33 that are coming to the UK have already been sold.

a point made all the more vivid by that extra horsepower being delivered right at the top of the rev range.

So, that takes care of the issue of whether an Audi can ever be worth £144,000. The question now is, what exactly do you get for that six-figure sum?

There is, however, a problem. Those 33 cars destined for the UK are part of a worldwide run of 333, each and every one of which is only available with Audi's six-speed R-tronic robotised manual gearbox. Gone is the wonderful click-clack of the R8's standard open-gate manual set-up, replaced by a paddle-shift system that slurs its way through changes in a most unsupercar-like manner.

"More power, less weight" sums it up. Based on the R8 V10, the GT has revised engine management software to produce 552bhp from 5.2 litres, an increase of 34bhp delivered at 8,000rpm. Torque is up by 9lb ft to 398lb ft at 6,500rpm, all sent via Audi's quattro allwheel drive system. This little lot adds up to 77.7kg, which must mean that I've missed a few things, because Audi says that the GT is 100kg lighter than a standard V10 coupé. That equates to a kerb weight of 1,525kg, a power-to-weight ratio of 362bhp per ton, 0-62mph in 3.6secs, 0124mph in 10.8secs and a top speed of 199mph. This, then, is an extremely fast car, 96



Don't for a second let the Audi badge kid you: this is a fully fledged supercar with the towering performance and soundtrack to match.

Salvation, as is so often the case these days, comes in the form of a Sport button. Here it sharpens throttle response and speeds up gearshifts. The more revs you use, the better the gearbox gets, but it's still some way off the standards of a Ferrari 458 Italia, or an Audi A1 for that matter. As the ultimate usable supercar it is as comfortable in city traffic as it is stringing together switchbacks on the Stelvio.

If a bit of the ride comfort has been sacrificed, the compensation comes with stupendous handling. As well as fitting that track-oriented suspension, Audi has sharpened the steering of the GT and altered the thresholds of the ESP system. And while it might be four-wheel drive, don't for a second think that means all grip and no fun. With just 15 per cent of the engine's power delivered to the front wheels in normal operation the R8 feels, to all intents and purposes, like a rear-wheel-drive car. Trail the brakes into a corner or be aggressive with the throttle and you can provoke the GT into all manner of silly cornering angles. Unless you really overcook it, the quattro system will choose the opportune moment at which to direct up to 30 per cent of power to the front wheels to help drag you back onto the straight and narrow. So, will those 33 UK customers be disappointed? Probably not, but consider this: with a manual gearbox the entry level, V8-powered R8 is a solid five-star car and costs "just" £86,885. It's not the price of the GT that robs it of a fifth star; that dubious honour goes to the gearbox. What is an extremely good car could have been sensational.

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Visit us and find out more about the nation’s favourite local animal charity Free entry – Aviary – Sanctuary walks Picnic area – Cafe – Gift / Charity shop Disabled facilities Open 7 days a week 10am – 4pm Ringmer, Nr Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5AJ Situated on the B2192 Tel 01825 840252 Registered Charity No. 237696

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TOP FLOOR GARAGE The glass lift will elevate your car to new heights Germany-based Porsche Design Group and prominent New York/South Florida developer Dezer Properties recently announced a master licensing agreement to expand the iconic luxury brand’s reach into the residential market. The venture’s first project in this new arena features a proposed 57-story ultraluxury tower in Sunny Isles Beach, showcasing a one-of-akind robotic parking system which will allow owners to park their vehicles in sky garages directly next to their units. Plans for the 132residence tower have been approved by the City of Sunny Isles Beach for approval. The Porsche Design luxury brand, founded by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of the legendary 911 sports car, is renowned for its technical innovation, forward thinking and unique iconic style. The new tower would reflect Porsche Design’s brand hallmarks for delivering ground-breaking ingenuity and superlative quality. The proposed building, to be located on a 2.2 acre parcel at 18555 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, will feature three circular platforms at the building’s centre which operate as passenger-speed automobile elevators equipped with sensors that will take




vehicles and their owners to their designated floor. The cars will then be parked at one of 284 robotic parking spaces adjacent to the owners’ units. Dezer Properties has developed six buildings within two Sunny Isles Beach projects in collaboration with New York real estate mogul Donald Trump. Generating an unprecedented response from a broad range of local, national and international buyers, the prolific developer has successfully sold over 2,000 units at their Trump-branded properties. Units at the Porsche Design Tower will range from 3,800 to 9,500 square feet. More than one-half of the units feature a duplex lay-out, with the ocean-facing units inclusive of a private pool. Porsche Design Tower units are expected to range in price from 2.9 million to 9 million US Dollars. "There would simply be no other building in the world with such unsurpassed technological and design elements", concludes Gil Dezer." The design team engaged in conceptualizing the Porsche Design Tower has addressed every imaginable detail a potential owner might anticipate. It has been nothing short of a privilege working with such an esteemed group of dedicated professionals".

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ANTIQUE RHINO HORN & IVORY ALSO WANTED If you cannot make the above dates Clive will also be appearing at the following locations during April:

More information about Clive Attrell’s FREE Antiques Valuation Roadshow and venues can be found online at:

MARGATE: Monday 16th, Warpole Bay Hotel RAMSGATE: Tuesday 17th, Venue to be confirmed MINIS BAY: Wednesday 18th, Kearns Hall

Clive Attrell has a well-established and very successful antiques warehouse on the High Street in Hastings Old Town and you may recognise him from Dickinson’s Real Deal, on which he was an appraiser for over two years, and numerous other television productions.

WHAT THE PUBLIC SAY... “ I waited to see Clive and was given almost double the amount offered by London auction houses, I’m very pleased indeed.” Mr Pittson from Eastbourne “ searching through my loft and going along to Clive for a valuation has earned me just over £2000 today, its all going this Keep or towards my holiday this year. ” tf r adve Ivy from Folkestone e

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