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ASPECT COUNTY 20 Years Of Quality Publishing

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Vinehall School, Robertsbridge shows its true colours on the rugby field. Read more on page 40.

ASPECT COUNTY: 1989 - 2009

Welcome to the February issue. Now in its 20th anniversary year of publishing, first launched in 1989. Inside we have plenty of excellent reading material for you to enjoy. Plenty of local articles, exclusives and photography. This month you can also check out the online issue of Aspect. Our turning pages are a brilliant new way to read and use the magazine. For any friends and relations living away, tell them to go online to keep close to the counties. Just go to

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P24 PETS P5 PROPERTY More prime properties from Kent, Sussex and Surrey. A few choiceLOCAL country BOARDS houses for you to mull over, P25 plus news from abroad.


More photos of nature flourishing on a landfill, with Leo Dwyer.

P28 STARS P21 POOLS & SPAS Stunning pools from the counties plus advice. P30 HEALTH P28 LEWES RADICAL The famous Thomas Paine, quoted by Obama last month. P33 ART ANTIQUES & AUCTIONS P30 ANTIQUES, ART & AUCTIONS Exhibitions, Garrett, Bonhams and more. P37 WEDDINGS P34 DRESSAGE Previews BritishOUT Open. P49theDAYS P36 FOOD & DRINK More recipes, reviews,ON scallops, news and Bannatyne. P61 WHATS P40 EDUCATION With newsFIREPLACES from Vinehall, Claremont and more. P67 P44 FASHION SCS, Simone Brookes & Valentines. P71 HOMES P54 CHURCHES Mayfield by Roger Paine. P84Church, GARDENS P59 HOMES & INTERIORS Pages of fresh ideas and innovations for 2009. P91 MOTORING P89 QUESTION OF CAMELS? Fascinating story from Benenden centre of all places.

P90 THE TRUTH ABOUT MONEY More crucial advice on your finances, by Mike Robertson.

P91 SUPERCARS Motoring, See Page 91

Stunning selection of very fast and expensive metal. ASPECT COUNTY is published in Kent, East Sussex, and parts of Surrey. Annual subscription £24, inc P&P. Editor: Nigel Lelew. Listings: Darren Cole. Editorial: Roger Paine, Cindy-Lou Dale. Publisher: Neil McGuigan. Distribution Manager: Maggie Brookes. Account Manager: Jason Hutton. Photography: Sarah Tate. Production Manager: Ian Isted Accounts: Angela Scannell Account Executives: Max Hutton, Helen Holmes, Jamie McGuigan. Telephone: 01424 777444. Fax: 01424 772224. Web: Email: Address: 6 OLC, High St. Battle, E-Sussex, TN33 0AH

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Handsome 18th Century Country Home Black Lamb House, Southease, near Lewes, is a stylish and beautifully presented Grade II house with wonderful views over the Ouse Valley. Lying immediately to the south of the property is St Peters Parish Church, which is believed to date from the 12th century and the well known South Downs Way passes the green in the centre of the hamlet. Situated on the edge of this picturesque and unspoilt Downland hamlet, Black Lamb House is understood to have origins dating from the 18th century and has been sympathetically renovated and enlarged by the current owners. Notable features include a mellow terracotta tile floor in the entrance hall, a number of fire places with stone surrounds, wide floor boards, luxurious white bathrooms suites and vaulted ceilings in both the principal and guest bedrooms. Other features include a stone floor and slate work surfaces in the kitchen/breakfast room, an elegant curved staircase and built in book shelving in the drawing room, which conceals a door to the cinema room. A short distance from the house is a flint and brick barn and a garage. Surrounding the house there is a beautiful walled garden incorporating a kitchen garden, a small orchard and an abundance unusual shrubs and trees. In all about 1.25 acres Tim Page-Ratcliff, Partner at Strutt & Parker’s Lewes office, is handling the sale and commented, “Black Lamb House has been thoughtfully and stylishly renovated, and has stunning views over the Ouse Valley and the South Downs beyond. Period properties within easy reach of Lewes and the South Downs always prove popular with buyers moving out of London.” Black Lamb House is open to offers in the region of £1.25 million. If you would like to find out more or to arrange a booking please call Strutt & Parker on 01273 475411.


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PROPERTY We look at another superb property that sits on a plot of around half an acre on the popular private estate, Keston Park. The property has accommodation of around 9,000 sq. ft. offering 7 bedrooms, all en suite, an impressive galleried hall/landing with oak stair case and marbled floors. Furniture featured in the house is by Chambers, which includes a contemporary oak fitted kitchen/breakfast room, white granite surfaces and all the usual appliances. The property has an impressive leisure complex with indoor swimming pool, infinity spa, sauna and steam room, overlooked through a contemporary glass wall by the games room/cinema room that has a glass and stainless steel bar and walnut floor. This is an excellent space for recreation and relaxation. Other features include 4 reception rooms, an integral triple garage, an integral in and out drive. The property was built around 2005 and has attractive mock Tudor features. Other features include CCTV/security Under floor heating throughout and hardwood double glazed windows. Along with a central vacuum system and heat recovery system. The gardens are landscaped and face West at the rear. To find out more about Longdon Wood, call John D Wood on 020 7908 1555.


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Rose Garden Cottage, Sevenoaks Rose Garden Cottage was originally built in 1991, it is an immaculately family house offering the grandeur and ambience one would normal expect from a period house. The property can be found on the much sought after Rushmore Hill, which used to form part of the London to Rye Post Road, well before the 17th Century, with a turnpike in the nearby village of Pratts Bottom. Many of the Coaches would stop overnight at the 400 year old Bull’s Head Inn, which was frequented by the renowned Dick Turpin, before tackling the long hill! Today’s commuters have a much less adventurous journey, Canary Wharf is approximately 24 miles and commuting time from Knockholt station to London Bridge is 25 minutes. Rose Garden Cottage offers spacious accommodation arranged over three floors. It has internally been finished to a very high specification benefiting from a wealth of traditional features including Oak Paneling, Doors, some Flooring, exposed Beams and an impressive split staircase leading to a galleried landing. Constructed of red brick lower elevations and open studwork upper elevations, with leaded light double glazed casement windows, all under a tiled roof. The property is approached through wrought iron electric gates to a tree lined gravel drive. Brick and stone paved steps welcome visitors to a larger Entrance Porch enhanced by a Wisteria creeper. Double Oak

doors opening into an imposing Entrance Hall with Oak Paneling and plate rack, similar paneling can be found in the Drawing Room and Sitting Room. Stone fireplaces and hearths with cast iron gas coal effect stoves also enhance the Drawing Room and Dining Room. To the rear of the property is the Kitchen/Breakfast Room with bespoke wall and base units, large Rosieres Range Cooker and Neff appliances. An impressive split Oak staircase leads to a light and airy landing leading to the Master Bedroom En-suite Shower/Bathroom with white roll top, claw foot bath and double shower cubicle. There are a further four Bedrooms and two Shower/Bathrooms on the first floor, stairs lead to the second floor which feature a large Hobbies/Games Room. The house is situated within just over four acres of formal gardens and grounds. The front of the property overlooks an attractive Willow Tree and Lilly Pond, complete with fountain and well stocked with a variety of Carp. The landscaped gardens continue to the rear, where a circular Stone paved terrace features, steps lead to a heated Swimming Pool with box hedge surround. These gardens give way to a ‘park-like’ paddock and mature woodland area. To find out more about Rose Garden Cottage call Jackson Stops, Sevenoaks on 01732 740600. 7

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If you’re looking for a home completely ready to move into, fitted with carpets and light fittings, look no further than Bargrove Mews in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Antler Homes are pleased to announce the launch in January of a new viewhome, but you’ll need to hurry as this is the last home remaining at the development!

For further information please call the selling agents, Wood and Pilcher, on 01892 511211. Alternatively, visit the website at

The exclusive new viewhome at Bargrove Mews comprises generous accommodation across three floors, with the ground floor providing an open plan kitchen and dining room with French doors leading out to the garden, as well as a spacious family room. Showcasing the Antler touch, the luxury custom built kitchen benefits from the highest specification granite work surfaces, ceramic floor tiles and Siemens appliances incorporating a double oven, five ring gas hob, extractor canopy, fridge freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The first floor of plot 2 offers a sizable living room with French doors opening onto a balcony, the perfect space to sit on a sunny afternoon. Two well proportioned bedrooms also feature, as well as the family bathroom, appointed with crisp white sanitaryware with chrome fittings, a chrome heated towel rail and a thermostatically controlled shower. The impressive master suite, complete with built in wardrobes and ensuite facilities, is situated on the second floor, along with the second bedroom, also fitted with built in wardrobes, and a useful study. As this magnificent viewhome is priced at just £735,000, you’ll need to move quickly if you’re keen to buy! A highly fashionable town and sought after location in which to reside, Royal Tunbridge Wells offers excellent shopping facilities including the historic Pantiles Shopping Centre, incorporating boutiques and high street retailers. For entertainment, you can enjoy a meal or drink in one of many cafes, restaurants or bars, or perhaps watch a play or film at one of a choice of theatres or the Odeon cinema. If you work in London, you’re ideally located for commuting by car via the A21 to the M25 (Junction 5) or by rail. There are a good choice of schools for primary, secondary and further education in the area, and the town is perfectly situated for you to explore the beautiful local landscape, including nearby Ashdown and Bedgebury Forests and the Bewl Bridge Resevoir. 9

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Is Your Home Environmentally Friendly? By Roger Paine Climate change, the ‘greenhouse effect’ and alternative forms of energy are high on the agenda of the world’s leading powers. But with soaring costs of domestic gas and electricity, what difference can we make to our own homes ? The Energy Saving Trust (EST), established by the government after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro nearly twenty years ago, is a national non-profit making organisation committed to highlighting the importance of energy efficiency in our homes. Some of their statistics are revealing. Every household in the UK creates around six tonnes of carbon dioxide every year; nearly 50% of all heat lost in an average home is through the loft space and walls; heating and hot water account for around 60% of the average fuel bill; £800 million worth of electricity is used every year in washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers; we use £1.2 billion worth of electricity every year on cooling and freezing food and drinks, and the same amount of electricity on lighting. The solutions EST puts forward are both practical and cost-effective. By following these simple suggestions they believe average households can save up to £250 per year, which equates to saving around two tonnes of carbon dioxide. All are aimed at achieving more energy efficient homes Cavity wall insulation can reduce heat loss by around 60%; 270mm (ten inches) of loft insulation can save over a third of heating costs; hot water will stay hot longer, and you will waste less energy heating it, if you insulate your hot water cylinder; an energy efficient dishwasher will use 40% less energy than an existing model; an energy efficient fridge freezer uses nearly a third of the energy to do the same job as a ten year old appliance; energy saving light bulbs use electronics enabling them to produce an efficient and compact light lasting up to 12 times longer than their inefficient counterparts. The Trust has an advice line (0800 512 012) providing a range of information covering energy efficiency and renewable energy in the


home. Topics of significant interest to homeowners are the increasing cost of fuel and the likelihood of further increases; fuel poverty and uninsulated homes which have a direct link to increased winter mortality rates; and enquiries from those who have no central heating at all and want to know what type of heating will cost the least to run. Information is also provided on many forms of renewable energy from resources which will not run out. Today’s technology is capable of capturing the power of the sun, wind, tides, running water, animal and plant matter and even the heat of the earth. But what effect does such concern with energy efficiency have when it comes to buying and selling our houses? Estate agents are cautious and believe that despite the publicity, often as a result of television programmes, it is not normally high on the list of priorities of prospective purchasers.. The focus remains on location, style, age and price. It is recognized, however, that more individuals are now much better informed on the virtues of energy efficiency and Home Information Packs, mandatory for every property on the market, include an Energy Performance Certificate plus a section listing any measures needed for improvement. Developers too will now incorporate energy saving measures in their specifications for new properties before local planners insist on them. Across Kent, Sussex and Surrey several new developments have made the best use of every resource, from space, energy and light to land and materials. Houses have been built which take into account the high carbon dioxide emissions from homes and major reductions have been made by installing substantially higher insulation levels, energy efficient appliances and lighting, recycling heated air and harnessing free energy from the sun for hot water. The accent is on sustainability, efficiency and flexibility. One mobile-phone company promises an orange coloured future. Despite the continued downward spiral of house prices, the future property market appears decidedly green.

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Wonderful views and secondary accommodation Brickyard Cottage, Near Rushlake Green, East Sussex, a picturesque and beautifully presented period house. Brickyard Cottage provides well arranged and interesting accommodation. Notable features include a magnificent inglenook fireplace in the drawing room, some exposed wall and ceiling timbers, a two-oven Aga and a range of hand-painted units in the kitchen. In addition to the main house, there is a detached two storey annexe, which provides excellent secondary accommodation, or alternatively an ideal home office. Surrounding the property there are pretty well stocked gardens, from which there are wonderful southerly views over the surrounding countryside. Tim Page-Ratcliff, Partner at Strutt & Parker’s Lewes office, is handling the sale and commented, “Period houses located in peaceful locations, with the added flexibility of secondary accommodation, always prove attractive to buyers. Rushlake Green is a particularly picturesque, and unspoilt village, and is highly sought after. Brickyard Cottage is open to offers in the region of £625,000. If you would like to find out more or to arrange a booking please call Strutt & Parker on 01273 475411.


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With magnificent sea views and direct access onto The Downs. A colonial style 1930’s home of character offering wonderful views towards Newhaven Harbour in one direction and open National Trust land in the other. Spacious 3 bed accommodation and detached garage/workshop. Grounds of about an acre. Visit our website for fabulous downs & sea views-

Two brand new mews-style homes of immense character just reaching completion and entering the market prior to Easter. Attractive 4 bed accommodation with large gardens dropping down to the Cuckoo Trail giving access onto open countryside. Within the grounds will be an old restored cottage, again, with 4 bedrooms. For a preview discussion, please contact our offices.

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Attractive 4 bed Georgian cottage, easy walking distance of village centre and 20 mins from Tunbridge Wells. South facing gardens and separate detached renovated cottage in the grounds, ideal for rental or annexe or possible split. Visit our website for further detail and video. Dramatically reduced. Sellers immigrating. Ideal investment incomeapprox 2000 pcm or family

Formerly the summer residence of King Juan Carlos, now a spacious, renovated restaurant with b & b accommodation. Due to illness, the property has been dramatically reduced to effect a sale. 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and restaurant. Grounds about 3,700 sq metres. Greta Potential. Visit our website to find out more this beautiful fruit growing region. It’s a good time to buy overseas.

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Santa Pola Life Resort is now complete Book your free inspection now! The Santa Pola Life Resort. Right in the heart of the Costa Blanca, just a ten minute drive from Alicante airport, under the bluest sky imaginable. With an average daily temperature of 20˚c and over 300 glorious days of sunshine a year, it really is ideal for making the most of your time. Santa Pola Life Resort is set on a wonderful 85,000m² plot. It offers a selection of single storey houses and apartments; each generously spaced and beautifully designed to reflect a Mediterranean village. It has an impressive social and leisure centre with a selection of restaurants and cafes, a club house, library, theatre, cinema, meeting rooms, party rooms, private bar, business centre, spa and fitness centre, golf courses and a beautiful outdoor tropical pool with hydrotherapy jets. That’s not all though, you can learn a new skill, maybe a language or a craft from the adult education programme. Or maybe you’d rather just enjoy the sunshine on your terrace or the stunning 8km of sandy beach just 500m away, which the shuttle bus will take you to. Literally everything has been taken into consideration. If it will make your life easier or your day more enjoyable, it has been done! If leaving the British medical system for a foreign one has been worrying you, then worry not. Santa Pola Life Resort has an extensive on site medical facility, including GP clinic, minor surgery unit, physiotherapy, psychological office and panic alarms in all properties. If you are recovering from a recent operation, you can have your after care treatment transferred to the onsite medical staff and they will take care of your recuperation in your own property. There is also a private healthcare scheme which for a monthly fee will give you the peace of mind you had back in Britain. 16

This is the first resort of its kind and is unique in that the residents must be over 55, there must always be one resident in each party that is 55 years old or over. This doesn’t mean that younger members of the family will not be welcome. They can stay and use the onsite facilities whenever they like as long as they are accompanied by somebody over 55. This rule is in place to make the atmosphere calm and keep a socially harmonious environment for all residents. The entire site has 24 hour security, including intercom systems in each property linked to reception in order to announce the arrival of guests and visitors. Although, guests and visitors might be the last thing you want, as Santa Pola Life Resort is definitely a secret worth keeping. Prices start from •149,000 for an apartment. The Santa Pola Life resort opened its doors to new residents in December and is brought to you by one of the leading Spanish banks; they have many years of experience building homes along the Spanish Costas. There is currently a special offer available. Bancaja Habitat are offering two days accommodation in the resort, including meals, excursions and transfers. This normally costs £160, but for those who book by the end of February it is FREE. All you would need to arrange and pay for are your flights and incidentals. The visits must be taken during the month of February and March 09 only for this offer*. For more information Bricks Abroad on 0800 1804789. *Terms and conditions apply; dates of inspection trips are subject to availability.

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Builders and Building Nightmares During the current downturn in the economy and whilst there continue to be difficulties buying and selling houses, some people are concentrating on undertaking building work at home rather than moving house. Chartered Surveyor, Charles Stimpson, sets out here some points which may be of use in helping to avoid a property nightmare in these difficult times. There are many stories of building nightmares and a lot of these seem to generate because home owners fail to obtain some form of professional advice about the building work. If you are paying anything from a few thousand pounds upwards to a builder then it is well worth considering obtaining the services of a qualified Building Surveyor, even in the most basic way, to undertake some inspections of the work before you hand over your money to the builder. The surveyor will charge a fee but at least if the builder knows his work is going to be inspected before he gets paid then even this basic step should help to go some way towards avoiding difficulties. For larger jobs it is best to engage the services of a surveyor as a project manager to oversee the work completely and that way you can avoid a direct relationship with the builder, which might be best if you do not understand building work yourself. Always remember to think through what you intend to have done well in advance and remember to undertake work on the property which will be suitable for most users and don’t undertake work which is too specific to your own needs. Even for the simplest building work remember the golden rules which are never to pay for materials up front, always make sure you have a home or proper business address for anybody that you employ so that you can find them later if you need to and remember that paying cash may be technically VAT avoidance and therefore possibly an offence and finally make sure that you write down carefully what is to be done and how much money is to be paid with the date and the address of the property and you as the client and the builder’s name. Even for the most basic project you and the builder should sign a copy of a simple letter setting out these facts and also identify hourly rates for various tradesmen so that extras and variations can be costed accurately later. There is a basic form of building contract for small domestic projects called The Building Contract and Consultancy Agreement for a Home Owner Occupier, which may be obtained from the JCT and is designed to be completed over the kitchen table, directly between client and builder. More complicated projects will require the assistance of a professional who can put in place a suitable and more comprehensive building contract. Thinking carefully through what you propose to do at an early stage will help to avoid variations and cost increases later. If trouble arises then using a builder who is a member of The Guild of Master

Craftsmen may help because they have a conciliation service or alternatively ask a local chartered surveyor to come and give a brief overview and initial letter report of the work if you think things are going wrong. Remember to make sure the builder accepts responsibility in writing for seeing that the work complies with building regulations and make sure that you get a copy of the building regulations completion certificate in your hand before you make final payment to the builder. You can phone the council and talk to the Building Control Officer who is responsible for your project and remember that even basic structural work and electrical wiring work all now fall under the building regulations. If relations between you and the builder become strained then suggest that you share the cost of an independent surveyor to give a brief opinion of the issue that is causing trouble. Choose a completely independent qualified surveyor who has not yet been involved with the project and get him to confirm in writing that he has no previous dealings with you or the builder or this property. You can easily start to strain a relationship with a competent builder by changing your mind about what is to be done so it is important to make sure at the start that you are clear about what is intended so that the builder has a clear run and to help him plan his resources, materials and labour supplies accordingly. Changing anything during a project will only make life more complicated for the builder and can lead to trouble. Another important and useful step is to ask the builder for references and then make sure that you actually talk to the people where the builder has worked. Perhaps even go and visit those houses and look at the work for yourself. Always remember to ensure that any building work you have done is undertaken to comply with planning permission and building regulations approvals. Make sure you get the relevant documentation and keep it safely so that it can be produced if you come to sell the property. Having this paperwork unavailable can cause complications and delays at the time of sale. This article is intended to provide helpful advice but in all cases suitably qualified professional assistance should be obtained. The Ideal Property Book by Charles Stimpson is published by Titlecrest Limited. In 260 pages it addresses 130 topics associated with buying and selling houses and home ownership. Priced at ÂŁ13.99 the book is available from any bookseller or online at or via Amazon online.


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The Driglide Infinity is the newest addition to the Dripool range of products and utilises all the unique features of the Driglide but operates on an infinity edged pool. This required development stemmed from a large number of enquiries from potential customers who wanted the superb aesthetics an infinity pool offers without sacrificing the safety and heat retaining properties of our Driglide system. After much R & D from the in-house team, Dripool were at last able to boldly claim “WE’VE GONE ROUND THE BEND” quite literally. The completed design was placed in production in 2007 and many Dripoolcustomers are now enjoying the best of both worlds with the only bespoke automatic cover designed specifically for infinity edged swimming pools. All of Dripool’s outdoor systems come complete with Herman the Turtle 12V SELV super safe rainwater removal pump who works tirelessly to remove all rainwater from your Dripool cover to ensure you never have the dangerous scenario of a pool atop the pool. You can find out more from, by emailing us at or by calling on 023 80663131.

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Thomas Paine By Roger Paine Two hundred years ago, on 8th June 1809, in a small house on Grove Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, Thomas Paine died peacefully in his sleep. Many may wonder not only who Thomas Paine was but also what relevance this has to local history in Kent and Sussex. Such sentiments are understandable. For in spite of Tom Paine being revered in the United States of America, his authorship of the hugely influential pamphlet ‘Common Sense’, published in Philadelphia in 1776, in which he openly called upon the American colonists to throw off their allegiance to Great Britain, and considered by George Washington to be the primary force in securing American independence, he remains comparatively unknown in the country of his birth. In view of the radical nature of his writing, and that he took up arms to secure freedom from oppression by his own countrymen, this might not, even two centuries later, be wholly surprising. Tom Paine was born in Thetford, Norfolk on 29th January 1737, the only son of a staymaker, a maker of whalebone or steel stays for women’s corsets. He grew up in modest surroundings and left the local grammar school at the age of twelve to learn the trade of staymaking from his father. But disenchanted, and before completing his apprenticeship, he ran away to sea to serve onboard a privateer, to all intents a pirate ship licensed by the government to capture ships belonging to France with whom the country was at war. Aged 20, and after two years at sea, Paine came ashore and went back to his old trade of staymaking. This time in London. But finding life in the capital too expensive he moved, in 1758, to Dover in Kent where he obtained temporary employment with a staymaker named Benjamin Grace. In the following year, after a loan from Grace, he set up a small staymaking business in the town of Sandwich. A plaque on the seventeenth century cottage at 20 New Street records his residence there.

with her husband, prompted Paine to consider a new career. In 1761 he returned to his parent’s house in Thetford, and began studying for the examination to become an Excise officer. His first appointment was collecting revenues in the small market town of Alford in Lincolnshire. But after nearly three years he was forced to leave the service under a cloud, having been accused by his senior officer of ‘stamping’, or failing to properly examine goods being produced, imported or exported. Despite this charge, which he always denied, Tom decided to eat humble pie and wrote to the Excise Board in 1766 to seek re-instatement, “I will endeavour that my future conduct shall as much engage your honours’ approbation as my former has merited your displeasure”.

Portrait provided by Sussex Past Painted by 18th century painter George Romney

Whilst awaiting their decision, he went again to live in London, and it was there that he first met Benjamin Franklin, then the agent for the American colony of Pennsylvania. Re-instated to the Excise on 19th February 1768, Tom’s first posting, at an annual salary of £50, was to Lewes in Sussex. He was one of six Riding Officers, as excisemen were known, who had responsibility for collecting excise duties from an area, or ‘ride’, which extended south to the coast and west as far as Brighton.

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Through his business dealings with a prominent local draper, Richard Solly, Tom met Mary Lambert who was employed as a maid in the Solly household. After a brief courtship, the couple were married in St Peter’s Church, Sandwich on 27th September 1759. A few months later Paine’s staymaking business faltered, and with Mary pregnant, the newlyweds moved to nearby Margate. For poor, working-class women at that time childbirth was always dangerous, and less than a year after they were married Mary and her baby died during delivery. At the age of 23, Paine suddenly found himself alone, a widower in a strange town with no secure means of employment. Although he always kept the tragic details of his loss, like so much of his personal life, strictly private he was to later observe, “There is neither manhood nor policy in grief”. As Mary’s father had been employed as an Excise man in nearby Sittingbourne, it seems likely that her recollections, in conversation 26

Paine soon found his feet in Lewes. Through well-established connections with the Methodist church, his father was a Quaker, he rented a room from Samuel and Esther Ollive who lived above the snuff and tobacco shop they owned in Bull House at the upper end of the town. This fifteenth-century timbered house, known as “the house with a monkey on it”, due to its carved gargoyle, has changed little since that time. Lewes had a strong Nonconformist population and Samuel Ollive’s father had been the minister of the adjoining Westgate Chapel from 1711 to 1740. The tradition of “No Popery” lives on with the historic Bonfire Societies and the procession through the town on 5th November each year. After Samuel Ollive died, Tom was invited to help run the business and as Elizabeth, the Ollive’s twenty year old daughter, appeared to get along well with their lodger, Mrs Ollive announced that the couple would marry. They made their vows in Westgate Chapel and were formally married at St Michael’s Church, opposite Bull House, on 26th March 1771. During this period Paine became involved in local activities, foremost of which was his membership of the Headstrong Club. This was an association of public-spirited citizens who met once a week in the White Hart Hotel to debate pressing local, national and international matters. The club continues to thrive and there seems little doubt that Paine was an active participant and author of several tracts and articles.

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It seems likely too that he first articulated his radicalism here, earning the reputation of being the most ‘obstinate haranguer’. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Lewes Bowling Green Society where on a sloping green bordered by limes under the shadow of Lewes castle, unchanged to this day, Tom and other Headstrong members would play bowls and socialize long into the summer evenings. Paine was also responsible for writing a petition, “The Case of the Officers of Excise”, seeking to improve the pay and conditions of his fellow excisemen. This was supported by virtually all three thousand excise officers throughout the country. His efforts, however, went unrewarded and the submission fell on deaf ears as parliament refused to acknowledge the claim. It also led to the Board of Excise deciding that because of the time he had taken in writing the pamphlet, and lobbying MP’s in London, he was guilty of absence without leave from his duties in Lewes and should be sacked. Again unemployed, and with his recent marriage having fallen apart, although the reasons for this have never been satisfactorily explained, and the Ollive’s tobacco business in ruins, Paine declared himself bankrupt. The furniture, contents and stock of Bull House were auctioned and Elizabeth, as eighteenth-century custom demanded of a separated woman, was forced to leave Lewes, never to return. Carrying a few personal belongings, she went to live with her brother in Cranbrook, Kent, and for the remainder of her life eked out a living as a dressmaker before she died thirty-four years later, one year before her estranged husband. Now aged 37, Paine returned to London where he renewed acquaintance with Benjamin Franklin. Armed with a letter of introduction from Franklin, who later became one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, Tom sailed for Philadelphia arriving on 30th November 1774. His subsequent publication of several books, including ‘The Age of Reason’ and ‘The Rights of

Man’, still best-sellers today, his contribution to drafting America’s Declaration ‘of Independence in 1776, and his co-authorship of the French Constitution in 1792, all lay in the future. An oil painting of Tom Paine, by the artist Julian Bell, is permanently displayed in a niche in the brick wall of Lewes’s old market tower. A frock-coated Paine is depicted with the streets of eighteenth-century Lewes behind him, and beyond his outstretched left arm, surely a symbol of his uncompromising and unshakeable convictions, the River Seine can be seen flowing seawards from Paris where the Bastille is burning, and beyond that, across a vividly blue Atlantic ocean is the outline of the eastern seaboard of America. “My country”, he wrote in ‘The Rights of Man’, “is the world”. Tom Paine died a pauper aged 72 with only five people attending his funeral. He was buried at New Rochelle, thirty miles from NewYork, on land he had been given in 1784 by that city’s legislature in recognition of his “…contribution to the freedom, sovereignty and independence of the United States”. President Obama, in his inaugural address on 20th January 2009, recognized these same qualities when he quoted words written by Paine in ‘The American Crisis’, and read by General Washington to his troops camped by the Delaware River in 1776 at the very lowest point of the revolutionary war, “Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it.” Mr Obama continued, “America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words.” Surely there could be no more fitting tribute to the life and works of Thomas Paine. To mark the bi-centenary of Paine’s death, a special festival is being held in Lewes in July.

Haunted Theatres Of East Sussex The new paperback by Tina Lakin

Wandering around a theatre or cinema auditorium in the dark can be a spooky experience in itself; add to that the fascinating histories of hundreds of years and stories of murder, jealousy, illicit goings-on and the glamorous lifestyle of those involved within the theatre, and its not hard to imagine that they are the scenes of the most haunted places in the world. From heart-stopping accounts of apparitions, manifestations and related supernatural phenomena, to first-hand encounters with ghouls and spirits. Spinechilling stories from actors, and backstage accounts of ghostly goings-on in the theatres and cinemas of East Sussex. The history of theatres is particularly fascinating due to the sheer variety of venues that hosted plays, opera shows, musical entertainment, and performances designed to shock.

Tina Lakin’s interest in the rise and fall of the many piers in the county where extravagant balls and concerts were held, led her to discover the often weird and sometimes tragic tales that have arisen in these spectral structures. • A history of entertainment, from Greek tragedies to the rise of the music hall, circus acts through to the modern-day tattooist shows and successful events at Glyndebourne. • Illustrated with over fifty unusual images, including pictures of bygone times as well as contemporary images. • Smugglers, freak shows, and spontaneous human combustion. Witchcraft, folklore, and quite simply, creepy feelings. • A collection of thought-provoking eerie tales that are sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in the paranormal or theatre history. Tina Lakin has been researching paranormal events for fourteen years. She runs various ghost walks in her home town of Hastings and also a ghost club. You can get a copy of Tina’s book from all good bookshops.


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Eclectic works at The Garret Gallery The Garret Gallery in Tenterden is a newly opened gallery in The High Street Tenterden. The Garret was established by Christine Hopwood to showcase local professional and developing artists who produce work across a wide range of genres. Christine is an artist who works in a range of media and she opened the Garret Gallery in September 2008 This exhibition presented an eclectic mix of painters, print makers, sculptors, ceramicists, jewellery makers and more. Exhibitions at The Garret Gallery are always an eclectic mix of students taking their first steps in to the art world and established professional artists and all artists are from the local area. The current exhibition is entitled ‘All You Need is ......’ and is themed around love and Valentine’s Day. This exhibition is open until 15th Feb and The Garret Gallery is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10.00am – 5.00pm

SEEDA where she was Head of Education Led Regeneration in Hastings and Bexhill and with Arts Council South East to assist creative artists in becoming successful businesses. She works with digital media and paint.

Together they have selected a wide range of paintings, prints, photography, jewellery ceramics and sculpture that make up a fabulous and creative exhibition of local and affordable art. All the artist are from the local area and many are inspired by the landscape they live in.

This exhibition was curated by Paula MacArthur and Polly Thornton Paula MacArthur was a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Art and won the National Portrait Gallery Award in 1989 and has work in the permanent collections of The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Baron and Baroness von Oppenheim and Ted Baker Ltd as well as numerous private collections. Polly has come to painting and photography after a long career in Higher Education and Management Consultancy. She has worked with

Jo Townsend, Head of Visual and Expressive arts at Rye College and takes inspiration from the coastal landscape which surrounds her.Jo has exhibited internationally and some of her larger paintings hang in the permanent collections of multinational corporations such as Astra Zeneca and Citibank. The Garret Gallery is showing a selection of her smaller paintings and works on paper which are ideal for the home. The well known Hastings artist Crawfurd Adamson is exhibiting two of his most recent beautiful and richly coloured pastels. Crawfurd regularly exhibits worldwide including London, Hong Kong, Portland Oregon and has work in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

As a photographer and print maker Shelley Rose is ideally suited to exhibit int The Garret Gallery. He lectures full time at the renowned Central St Martins School of Art and Design in London. He regularly exhibits locally and in London at The Royal Academy, The Mall Galleries and at The Royal College of Art Galleries. In 2005 he won the 28

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John Purcell Paper Award for Outstanding Printmaking at the Annual Contemporary Printmakers exhibition at the Mall Galleries and he enjoyed working on collaborations with various leading artists including Eduardo Paolozzi RA and the famous illustrator Ralph Steadman. Liz Garnett is a professional fine art and commercial photographer and colour and texture (in black and white) play an important role in her work. Liz is also one of the area co-ordinators for the South East Open Studios which she organizes in the area every summer. This year it will run from 5th-21st June and feature well over two hundred artists and designer makers.

A graduate of the prestigious Republican Art College in Uzbeckistan, Marina works in most traditional media, including oils, watercolour, tempera, pencil and ink. She is also a prolific printmaker and demonstrates her accomplished drawing skills in the exquisite intaglio prints available at The Roche Gallery in Rye which she runs, and now at The Garret Gallery in Tenterden.

Another Rye artist is Steve Duffy and he finds inspiration for his evocative ceramics and paintings is the natural world around him and the far reaching views from his home overlooking the Brede Valley, Winchelsea and out to sea. Steve has shown his work in Brighton, London, Chicago, New York, Ireland, France, Japan and Australia. Marina Kim is descended from Korean families who settled in the Far East of Russia, during Stalin's time they were forcibly transported to Central Asia where Marina spent her early life.

The Garret Gallery caters for all your Valentines cards and gifts. Wonderful unique and enduring works of art to celebrate those powerful and passionate feelings inspired by love. When the flowers have faded and the chocolates all gone these creative works of art will provide a lasting reminder of love. Why not pop in to the Gallery at 23a High Street, Tenterden, Kent. If you would like to find out more you can call 01580 763415.


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Paintings of deprivation and regeneration Artist Arthur Lockwood has won the 2008 de Laszlo medal and will have ten works on display at the Royal Society of British Artists’ annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in March 2009. Inspired by the landscapes that were created during the last recession, Arthur’s derelict houses and rusting machinery show a nostalgia for departed industry and highlight the beauty in urban decay. Arthur’s work has been described by art historian Frank Whitford as: A kind of romanticism stimulated by indications of decay and the passing of unrecoverable time. Both powerful and melancholy, Arthur’s pictures record the changes in the Midlands landscape - the demolition of nineteenth century buildings and the construction of new landmarks - and mourn the loss of British Industry. Arthur wanted to document the decline of manufacturing in the region and painted working factories before many were closed down and some demolished. However, many of his pictures are full of hope for the future. In Construction in progress, Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre Arthur documents the regeneration of central Birmingham.

interested in the changing face of Britain and in 2005 he was interviewed by David Dimbleby for the BBC television series ‘A Picture of Britain’.

He moved back to the Midlands in 1988 after working in London and says he found two main subjects: urban, especially areas that were changing, and industrial, when I could get inside the working factory.

Works by Arthur Lockwood RBA, including Derelict Gantry Crane, Wolverhampton, Awaiting demolition, Homefire, Coventry and Construction in progress, Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre, will be on display at the Mall Galleries in central London, from 18 to 29 March 2009.

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ALL YOU NEED IS... An exhibition of painting, prints, sculpture photography, jewellery, ceramics and textiles all inspired by romance created especially for your valentine by local artists Exhibition open until 14 Febuary Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm At The Garret Gallery 23a High Street Tenterden Kent TN30 6BJ Entrance off Sayers Lane to the rear of Johnson's Dry Cleaners 01580 763415



Curated by Paula MacArthur and Polly Thornton

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Love is the Drug at M Jewellers February is a busy month at M Jewellers, Eastbournes premier dealers in fine quality, new, antique and secondhand jewellery and silverware,due to matters of the heart. New stock has arrived for Valentines Day and as spring approaches interest in engagement and wedding rings has increased dramatically. Another area of the business that is booming is in the repairs of jewellery, silver, watches and clocks. So from a simple resizing to full restorations, M Jewellers will take great care in repairing your most treasured possessions. Bespoke commissions are also at an all time high. Owner Michael Kearton says “This reflects the trend for people looking for unique pieces of jewellery, and what better way than designing your own”. M Jewellers can make something from scratch or use jewellery you already have. “The beauty of this is that if you have inherited something but you aren't wearing it you can retain the sentimental value while having a beautiful piece of jewellery to enjoy”. With its incredible stock and unparalleled customer service you should visit and see why M Jewellers is the only place to go for those special moments in life. For further information call Michael on 01323 430304 or call into the shop at 121 South Street (near the War Memorial), Eastbourne, East Sussex.

First London Wine Auction Of The Year Offers 60 Years Of Claret From 1945-2005 At Bonhams Following a highly successful 2008 with sales up 35%, Bonhams are increasing the number of Fine & Rare Wine sales at New Bond Street to seven in 2009. The first major London Fine Wine sale of the year will take place on 3rd February and includes a superb range of clarets from 1945 to 2005 This features such rare gems as La Tour Haut-Brion 1945, while the range from Château Lafite Rothschild includes a dozen 1955, 3 dozen 1982, 9 double-magnums of 1994 and 2 dozen 1996. Amongst many other choice lots there are 4 dozen Cos d'Estournel 1982, 2 cases each of Chateau Margaux 1983 and 1996, 2 dozen Cheval Blanc 1990 and 4 cases of Clos Fourtet 2005. >From Sauternes there are 12 vintages of Château d'Yquem, including a complete dozen of 1924 and also a case of Climens from the legendary 1947 vintage. Burgundy includes complete cases of Romanée St Vivant

1970 and Echézeaux 1971 from Romanée Conti as well as Romanée Conti itself, La Tâche and Echézeaux from 1983. Five consecutive vintages (1998-2002) of Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses from de Vogüé are also offered in a single lot. Leading a great list from the Rhone are 6 magnums of Hermitage La Chapelle 1978 while Alsatian wines feature Hugel’s Vendange Tardive from the exceptional 1976 vintage. Additionally there are many everyday drinking wines in the £8-10 category, not only from France but also Italy and Australia, which offer particularly good value in view of the current weakness of the pound. 33

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Rye Bay Scallops For Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner! Rye Scallops Festival takes place 20 - 28 February 2009. Experience scallops in more formats than you can shake a shell at. All week local restaurants and pubs serve up this seasonal speciality or you can take part in the extensive programme of scallop-related events happening all week. Whether you’re a fan of these tasty shellfish or would love to try them for the first time then Rye, East Sussex is the place to blow away the winter cobwebs and cheer yourself up in February. Rye Bay scallops, pan-fried with crispy local organic smoked bacon and served with black pudding on handmade Potato and Thyme bread...for breakfast! Why not? This is the delicious breakfast that will be available at Strand House during the Rye Bay Scallops Festival in February. “Rye Bay scallops are so good and on our doorstep for a short time, why wouldn’t we celebrate and serve them for breakfast, lunch and dinner?” says Strand House, chef proprietor Mary Sullivan. To experience a fantastic scallop lunch you could visit the Scallop Cookery Demonstration and Lunch at Webbe’s at the Fish Café on the first Saturday (21st) of the festival. For the most fabulous scallop dinner why not book a table at the gourmet six course scallop-themed feast at The George Hotel on Thursday 26th? With a wide selection of restaurants, hotels and fisheries offering the complete scallop experience – from free tastings, to music and scallop nights, from scallop dishes from around the world to preparation, cookery lessons and even a ‘What a Load of Scallops’ race - there is much to see and do. It would certainly be worth staying for more than one night in Rye...which brings us back to scallops for breakfast anyone? Take a look at the list of events on the website and book nice and early to avoid disappointment.

‘Looks before health’ say the South East junk food generation The majority of youngsters in the South East are unaware of the devastating effects eating junk food can have, according to a British Heart Foundation (BHF) survey published today. It revealed that nearly eight out of ten children (78%) were unaware that a shortened life was the worst consequence of eating badly (1). Nearly half (46%) of all eight to 15-year-olds thought the most dangerous side effects of eating junk food were to make them put on weight, cause their teeth to rot, give them spots or make them unpopular. The heart charity released the new survey results as it launched its latest Food4Thought initiative and its innovative new online game – the Yoobot - to help children to make informed and healthier food choices. Latest predictions show that two thirds of all children will be overweight or obese by 2050 and today’s youngsters may be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents (2). Almost a third (31%) of 10 and 11 year olds are currently over weight or obese (3). But the majority of children are oblivious to the impact obesity could have on their lives with more than half (54%) predicting they will live to be over 80 and nearly one in ten (9%) believing they will live to more than 100. To get children thinking about their health the BHF has today unveiled the Yoobot - its latest weapon in the fight against childhood obesity. The Yoobot is an online game ( which allows children to play 34

with their future, helping them understand the long term effects of a poor diet. Users create their own Yoobot - a mini version of themselves that they can personalise with an uploaded photograph. The choices they make for their Yoobot from the food it eats, to the exercise it does, have a direct impact upon the lifespan and wellbeing of their mini-me. The Yoobot has many appealing and not-so appealing habits – from break dancing to breaking wind. The Yoobot doesn't just live on the website, it in fact talks to you regularly via SMS or e-mail. It will complain if it's hungry, ask for junk food, tell you if it's feeling unwell, and even write you a poem for your birthday. BHF Director of Prevention and Care Mike Knapton said: “Today’s junk food generation can’t see beyond the burger box. They are missing the fact that eating unhealthily can have dire consequences on their long-term health. “The Yoobot is an innovative way for children to explore the effects of eating a diet of junk food. The clock is ticking on the obesity time bomb and it is now more important than ever for children to be educated enough to take control of their diets.” “The Yoobot is a great way to fast forward into the future and see the effect eating unhealthily can have on you. We’re joining the fight against childhood obesity." To join the Yoobot revolution go to

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A Mouthwatering Treat At Bannatyne’s With New A La Carte Menu Visitors and guests to the stylish, newly refurbished restaurant at Bannatyne’s Spa Hotel on Battle Road, are in for a culinary treat following the launch of a new a la carte menu. From Romney Marsh rack of lamb, to fresh fish and locally grown fruit and vegetables, dishes have been created using the very best in locally sourced ingredients. The menu has been created by new Head Chef Dave Wastell, who joins the team with more than 30 years catering experience. In his role of Head Chef, Dave will manage the dedicated team of seven, catering for the hotel’s restaurant and for the many private functions, weddings, conferences and banquets held at the hotel throughout the year. Dave, originally from South Shields in the North East, developed a passion for food while serving in the army. After completing his initial army training he embarked on his chosen career path, studying every area of catering from fine dining to pastry. After 24 years in the army Dave then worked as an executive chef on a cruise liner, catering for up to 2,500 holiday makers each day and with a team of more than 100 chefs. Dave said: “I’m delighted to join the team at Bannatyne’s and to launch the new menu for our visitors to enjoy. It’s important to us to use

locally sourced ingredients which are delivered fresh each day and bursting with flavour. We are a close-knit team and I’m really looking forward to working with them to continue to provide mouth-watering dishes of the highest standard.” Paul Matthews, Resort Manager at Bannatyne’s Hastings, said: “We were really impressed by Dave’s passion, creativity and experience and I’m very much looking forward to hearing what our diners think of the new menu.” For more details visit or call 01424 851222.


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Celebrate Valentines by the beach… Overlooking the dunes at Camber Sands, The Place at the Beach Hotel & Brasserie is located a stone’s throw from one of the most dramatic sandy beaches on the south coast – Camber Sands. Now under new management, there are 18 contemporary ensuite bedrooms all with supremely comfortable beds, tv/dvds and digital radios. The restaurant has seen a dramatic facelift and warm, natural colours and textures and soft lighting complement paintings and sculptures from local artists. The driftwood bar is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The menu features classic brasserie dishes and chargrilled meat and fish – simply cooked and beautifully presented, using great locally sourced ingredients including Romney Marsh lamb, Rye Bay fish and seafood and aged Sussex Downs rib eye steak. The Place’s “Very Romantic” accommodation packages include candles around the bath, champagne on arrival, a pamper pack and 4 course dinner. Arrive after 2 p.m, and check into your contemporary room. Shortly after your arrival, a half bottle of champagne will be delivered to your door. In the room you will find all you need for your romantic break away …. the bed covered with rose petals, chocolates, bath oils, massage lotion, a single red rose and an Aveda scented candle. Tea lights and rose petals surround the bath. Choose from the special DVD collection which includes all the romantic classics, or wrap up and take a stroll along the glorious white sands of the beach opposite. In the evening, enjoy a romantic dinner for two or head into medieval Rye and discover one of the many cosy pubs hidden in the cobbled side streets. In the morning don’t move and have your English breakfast delivered to your door. Perhaps you would like to treat yourselves to an upgrade to a deluxe room which includes a 6 foot bed. On Saturday 14th February there is a jazz dinner featuring the Lynda Murray Trio. Enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival, the very best locally sourced produce, half a bottle of wine per person and complimentary transport within a 12 mile radius of the hotel.


Is your loved one worth it? Here is how much it will cost. £37.50 per person. 2 Night Valentine's package from £65pp over Valentines weekend (jazz dinner included) Jazz dinner only price £37.50 - includes 3 course Valentines dinner, a glass of fizz on arrival, a bottle of wine with the meal and complimentary taxi (pick up and return) within a 12 mile radius of the hotel. To find out more about or to make a booking you call The Place on 01797 225057.

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An Outstanding Example of Early Years Education Vinehall School, Robertsbridge ‘An outstanding example of education for this age’ was how inspectors described Vinehall Pre-Prep and Nursery School and parents agreed. One parent declared, ‘the more time my child has at school, the more impressed I am’. Vinehall Nursery delivers quality care, an excellent education and a wide range of opportunities for all children. There are small classes with a generous ratio of adults to children, who care for and foster the children’s learning in all areas. Strong partnerships are encouraged with parents and daily communication is promoted. Vinehall Nursery School is housed in a wonderful modern and purposebuilt school. The rooms are well resourced, light and spacious with ready access to the outdoors. A recent extension provides a new space for a wide range of creative activities and opens on to a hard play area, with additional grass, adventure play area and woodland zones for the younger children to explore. A wide variety of sport, music and drama is on offer for children from an early age, and there is much more besides. Highlights of a typical year include the children’s concerts and plays, charity events, an Arts Festival with visiting performers, assemblies for parents, a traditional sports day and the annual school fete.

Teaching staff have high expectations for the children’s behaviour and this is encouraged alongside high standards in all areas. Inspectors commented that ‘the educational experiences are exceptionally rich and varied, serving the interests, aptitudes and needs of all pupils outstandingly well’. They went on to say that there was ‘plenty of scope to challenge an able child’ and that all the children were ‘happy, polite, active, hardworking, sensible and friendly’. Situated in extensive grounds and easily reached from the A21, Vinehall Nursery School provides a happy and caring atmosphere for children from 2 years old through to 13 years. Head of Pre-Prep, Mrs. Tessa Richardson says. ‘We work hard to provide the best possible care and

education for our young children. The children have a great start with us – do come and see for yourself what makes our school so special!’ If you would like to visit the school or attend the Open Morning on Saturday 28th February, please ring Bridget on 01580 883094 or call 01580 880413 for further details. Vinehall have offer funding for Early Years children, as well as providing Early Morning care, After School Clubs and an extensive minibus service. 40

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Girls set school record in Cross Country Championships Last year schools throughout East Sussex raised an impressive £3,349.51 for the nation’s heart charity, getting 17 schools active and involved in Jump Rope for Heart scheme.

If you’re a teacher in East Sussex who doesn’t know your twister from your slalom or your jumping jax from your double Dutch, then the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Skipping Skills DVD is for you.

This coming year the BHF has released a new skipping skills DVD(1) as part of the BHF’s popular sponsored skipping challenge making it even easier for teachers from East Sussex to introduce skipping in their school. Containing beginner and advanced skills sections and slow motion demonstrations there’s no excuse not to sign up today!

But it’s not just the BHF who can benefit from this heart healthy initiative! Jump Rope For Heart: * Raises money for YOUR school as well as for the nation’s heart charity * Comes with over £100 worth of free resources including skipping ropes, a DVD, lesson plans and music! * Encourages children to be healthy and active * Is suitable for all ages * Is fun, flexible and can be done at any time of the school year. For information on how to join the Jump Rope For Heart initiative please call 0845 130 8663, email or visit

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Claremont Preparatory & Nursery School Staff, parents and pupils at Claremont Preparatory and Nursery School are celebrating the start of 2009 with the publication of an outstanding Ofsted report. The School met or exceeded expectations in all areas and received particular praise for “outstanding teaching”, “strong” relationships between staff and pupils, “outstanding” standards of pupil behaviour and the “rich and stimulating environment” every child enjoys. This was an excellent start to what will be an extremely positive year for Claremont. The recently expanded Nursery School operates 50 weeks per year and currently has places available in all age groups. All children follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum, and preparation for the transition to the Prep School starts during the Spring Term. The school is currently accepting registrations for the September 2009 Reception class. There are two parallel forms in each year group, with a maximum of 18 children per class. In addition to high levels of individual attention, all children receive specialist teaching in French, music and sport from Reception class onwards. The School offers a broad academic curriculum, and boasts excellent facilities for music, drama, art, French and sport. These include a newly refurbished Pre-Prep department, a purpose built theatre, a floodlit allweather sports pitch, a recently upgraded IT suite, satellite technology to aid language tuition and outstanding grounds of over 100 acres. Claremont promotes traditional family values and therefore there is neither boarding nor Saturday school. In response to considerable demand, the school has recently extended its daily transport service to include Hastings, Battle, Bexhill, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook and the surrounding villages.

All pupils sit Common Entrance Exams in Year 8 and are carefully prepared for their next school. Many children leave Claremont with Scholarships to good Public Schools and a considerable number gain entry to Kent Grammar Schools, especially Cranbrook. Claremont fees are very competitive and make independent education an affordable option. For further information please telephone Karen Williams on 01424 751555 or visit our website at OPEN DAYS – Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, 9.30am – 12.30pm. No appointment necessary.


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A Splash Of Colour Speaks Volumes By Simone Brookes Long, cold nights and shorter days can obviously dampen any mood, so why not combat those darker blues by brightening an outfit with a splash of cheerful colour. We tend to wrap up against the elements in swathes of dull and dreary tones such as black, navy, and slate gray during the winter months, so don’t really help the situation at all. Try a simple pick me up by adding brightly coloured accessories, such as hats, shoes or bags, as a contrast to that usual plain black outfit. Simple, dramatic statement pieces are all that’s needed to completely alter a melancholy mood and are an instant tonic to all around you too. There’s no denying that a brightly coloured beret and matching gloves will elevate any wearer from dowdy shopper to sophisticated browser in one swift move. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. Deciding your colour of choice should be given a little thought though, as there are a number of issues to consider before making a splash. Very bright colours can look amazing on darker hair and skin tones, while subdued pastels may not. Mid tones are flattering to almost all complexions, so work out what washes you out and what enhances your colouring before you begin. It may also be handy to have a sneak peak at the colours we are going to see on the fashion rails this coming Spring/Summer 09. Lots of vivid colours will burst on to the scene next season including Palace blue (think very bright cornflower blue) alongside both glowing citrus yellow and tangy orange. Gorgeous fuscia pink also makes a dazzling appearance giving this ultra bright and vivid selection plenty to shout about. At the other end of the spectrum, energetic greens sit peacefully next to the more muted tones also on offer including lavender, salmon blush and rose dust for those of you a little shy of the super bright shades. Being well prepared and will certainly see you ahead of the fashion pack., so select colour coordinated accessories that will translate easily to next season in the form of scarves and wraps, statement jewellery (you can easily make your own beads), hand bags and gloves. Don’t forget to apply lashings of the same complimentary colours to your lips and nails too for a full on look. Every little helps!

Lulu Guinness - £225 Perhaps one final issue worth considering before you head all out for colour is the meaning of a shade and what it says about you the wearer. There certainly seems to be a science applied to certain colours and their interpretation by others. For instance if you were to boldly go for fuscia pink, you may be projecting a romantic and exciting aura without even saying a word, while yellow announces that you are alert, positive and optimistic at a glance. Red, rather obviously, demands attention and is seductive while blue is calming, dependable and intelligent. All worth remembering next time as you dress for a significant event. Whatever your choice, wherever you go and whoever you meet, the splash of colour you choose, however small or bold, will say something about you. So don’t leave home without at least a hint of colour – it speaks volumes about you!

Lulu Guinness - £50 The high street boutiques seem to offer endless fashion sales these days with many a bargain to bag, so why not use this as the perfect excuse to go shopping for accessories. Continue the hunt in markets and second hand stores as vintage finds are always a bonus if you know what to look for - which of course you do now!

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Vollers Makes Valentines ‘09 One To Remember For Your Loved One Established in 1899 by Harry and Nelly Voller, Vollers Corsets remain a family run firm. Ian and Corina Voller are the 5th generation running the UK based company. At one time, the corset industry employed over 9000 people in Portsmouth alone, but Vollers is now the only remaining factory in the area. Today’s elegant designs are based on the original patterns. Popularised with celebrities such as Madonna and Girls Aloud, corsets create the perfect ‘hourglass figure’ and are now not confined to underwear. Today if you go to a function from school proms to wedding days corsets are very much part of modern society high fashion. Vollers is certainly the place to turn to if you want to channel your inner Madonna. Whether making costumes for period dramas or providing red-carpet pieces, the brand is a classic. The design team travels extensively throughout the world to source a stunning variety of fabrics from exquisite hand painted French silk to embroidered Chinese jacquard. The trimmings vary from luxurious lace, beads and sequins to feathers. Available in a stunning array of colours and styles to suite all body shapes, to wear as under or outerwear with a shirt and jeans, Vollers Corsets are high couture and a worthy addition to any woman’s wardrobe. All corsets are individually boxed to add that wonderfully exclusive finishing touch, making them a fantastic and luxurious gift for Valentines. To find out more visit


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Cosmetic Surgery could give a real boost to your life, and your self confidence We’re sometimes unhappy about aspects of our appearance, and so cosmetic surgery can often bring a real improvement to our quality of life and boost our self-confidence. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, you want to know you will be in the safest, most qualified hands. A good surgeon should not recommend surgery if he or she isn’t confident it will achieve the results you would like, or if there is a clinical reason why it wouldn’t be appropriate. They should always talk through your expectations and only recommend surgery if it is right for you. Before undertaking any type of cosmetic treatment or surgery there are some important points you should consider. This will help you prepare for an initial consultation with your surgeon so that you can ask questions about what’s important for you, for instance, realistic results, time for recovery, associated risks, etc - and then make a well-informed decision.

The Esperance Hospital in Eastbourne, Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury, Chelsfield Park Hospital in Orpington and Somerfield Hospital in Maidstone are all BMI Healthcare Hospitals in the South East of England. Here you will receive the best possible care, tailored to your individual needs. As part of BMI Healthcare, the UK’s largest private hospital group, you can feel reassured that the standards of care and facilities are of the highest quality. The cosmetic consultants at these hospitals are all fully accredited and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council with many years of cosmetic surgery procedure experience. You will be reassured that you can trust in the individual care and attention that you will receive from them throughout your treatment. This specialist expertise is supported by dedicated nursing teams and Resident Medical Officers on duty 24 hours a day, providing care within a friendly, clean and comfortable environment. An initial consultation with your surgeon costs in the region of £150 and gives you the opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have. Following this you will be given a written quote explaining exactly what is and what isn’t included in the price. For additional peace of mind, these hospitals offer inclusive packages, which means that you will know the cost of your chosen surgery in advance. This includes the hospital charges for your operation and your hospital stay, consultants’ fees for the operation and one follow-up consultation with your surgeon.

Cosmetic procedures available at the BMI Esperance, Chaucer, Chelsfield Park and Somerfield Hospitals include: • Breast enlargement • Breast reduction • Breast uplift • Ear correction • Eye lid surgery

• Forehead/brow lift • Full facelift • Liposuction • Nose reshaping • Tummy tuck

To find out more about cosmetic surgery at these hospitals and details of future open evenings, or to book an initial consultation with a surgeon, please call our helpline on 0800 051 2323 or visit our website

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cosmetic surgery.” Cosmetic surgery with just the reassurance you’re looking for. Some decisions just can’t be rushed. You need honest advice and plenty of time to decide if a procedure like cosmetic surgery is right for you. That’s exactly what we offer you at BMI, professional advice from the consultant surgeon who will perform your surgery.

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A Chance To Unwind At Bannatyne’s Popular New Spa In Hastings Bannatyne’s new luxury spa in Hastings has proved a great hit with visitors keen to try out the many treatments and facilities on offer. The £500,000 spa, which is open to non-health club members, provides a range of treatments designed to invigorate and relax, using leading product ranges such as Elemis, Tigi, Wella and Leighton Denny. For those who are looking for a boost or to kick start a weight loss programme, Ionithermie, a clinically-proven treatment designed to help detox the body, battle cellulite and encourage contouring and firming, is the latest treatment to be introduced at the spa. The comfortable, non-invasive treatment can be targeted to treat most areas of the body. Overall treatment time is approximately 60 minutes and one session can often produce visible improvements to skin texture, tone, colour, shape and measurements. From massage and tanning to complimentary therapies, the new spa boasts a hair salon and innovative relaxation room, complete with luxury tiled heated loungers and piped music, among its many features. Dual treatment rooms and twin outdoor spa pools offer two visitors the chance to enjoy their spa treatments simultaneously and visitors can also take advantage of free parking facilities. For more details visit or call 01424 855110.

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Which One Of These People Has Had A Cardiac Arrest? The answer to the above question is all three! Fortunately for them all, a defibrillator was close to hand, and they were all saved. The more defibrillators we have, the more lives can be saved. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is working closely with the London Ambulance Service to place these much needed, life-saving defibrillators across London in public places, especially tube stations. And to do this the BHF urgently need £100,000. You can help the BHF raise the £100,000 by organising your own fundraising event at work, school, university, your local club or even with family and friends. You can even become a volunteer, or if you want to make it very easy, you can simply donate to the appeal. “With a cardiac arrest every second counts in the delivery of first aid. When a person’s heart stops there is limited time in which to deliver a shock, and after that time has passed there is little chance of survival. With more defibrillators in public places and more people trained to use them, even more lives can be saved,” said, London Ambulance Service Medical Director, Dr Fionna Moore. Three very different people have, over the last year and a half, had a cardiac arrest. The first is Steve Hodder, 56, from Worthing. He had his cardiac arrest last year: “I was a commuter and had finished work for the day and was at London Bridge. I collapsed minutes before the train was due to pull out.” Steve had a heart attack which led to a cardiac arrest. Fortunately for Steve, a Station Officer was on the scene within minutes with a defibrillator. “If he hadn’t turned up with that defibrillator, I wouldn’t be here today,” says Steve. However, it’s not just men that have cardiac arrests. At 72, Pam Howell, from Gillingham is a very fit lady indeed. She is a good weight, eats healthily and hasn’t smoked in ten years. Since retiring from her job as Deputy Head, she has been round the world three times and sailed to the Canaries and back. She always enjoyed skiing, so six years ago she

trained to teach it on the dry-slope. Indeed, the day before her cardiac arrest, she had been to the local pool and swam 60 lengths! “One night last August, I woke up at 4am and told my husband to get me to the hospital. I knew I was having a heart attack. When I got to the hospital I had a cardiac arrest and was saved with a defibrillator,” says Pam. Pam is now happily back on the slopes and teaching again. Finally, in June this year, Tom Relf, 66, from Sydenham collapsed outside the pub and had to be defibrillated at least six times. Tom says: “I’m certainly pleased with the efficiency of the ambulance crew and the small machine called a defibrillator that saved my life.” If you can help save lives, call the BHF’s Fundraising Volunteer Manager today, Jane Harries on 01628 673390 – she needs your help.

Get That Hollywood Smile With The Perfect Smile Studios A smile can not only light up your face it can improve job prospects and make you more appealing to the opposite sex, making it a feature you really cannot afford to neglect. As Rahul Doshi and Ashish B. Parmari, award-winning cosmetic dentists from Extreme makeover and Partners at The Perfect Smile Studios & Academy in the South East, explain, with so many solutions on offer, there really is no excuse for a smile in need of attention. Mr Doshi, whose dental practice offers a complete smile make-over, said, “We see so many people who require work on their smile, some through bad habits such as smoking, but many others have just been afraid to come to the dentist due to phobia. At The Perfect Smile Studios, we actively work to make sure that nervous patients are catered for and make our treatment rooms akin to those you would expect in a beauty salon. For those patients who are extremely nervous, we even offer sedation as a conscious relaxation technique.” Research from The Times newspaper recently discovered that ninety-six percent of adults ‘feel that an unattractive smile would make a member of the opposite sex less attractive despite wrinkle-free, flawless skin and a further Seventy-four percent of adults also felt that an unattractive smile could hurt a person’s chances of career success. This statistic alone, really goes to show how life-changing teeth whitening and dental implants can be. Mr Doshi, who dubs cosmetic dentistry as a worthwhile investment, added, “Cosmetic dentistry is a very effective method of taking years

away from the face, and dental procedures are available without the stigma often attached to plastic surgery. Treatments at The Perfect Smile Studios begin as simple and cost effective as having your teeth brightened with our Zoom teeth whitening procedures to a full smile makeover if required. At the other end of the scale The Perfect Smile Studios offer a complete smile makeover with the aid of cosmetic dentures. A modern, advanced alternative to the classic removable dentures, The Perfect Smile’s extremely talented team of cosmetic dentists are experts in constructing false teeth which look as authentic as a natural set. Not only do permanent dentures have this advantage but they also prevent the sunken effect removable dentures will inevitably have on your nose, cheeks and chin. Permanent dentures are not only suited to patients requiring an entire set of new teeth as statistics show sixty-nine percent of adults ‘aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay.’ As a result, permanent dentures can solve the dilemma of unsightly gaps, and with a teeth whitening treatment booked in simultaneously, your teeth can look as young and vibrant as they did when you were eighteen. Mr Doshi added, “The increasing popularity of shows like Extreme Makeover UK have really provided a launch pad for cosmetic dentistry, and produced the realisation that you do not have to be a celebrity to get that Hollywood smile. A few years ago you would rarely hear of someone having this kind of treatment, but today it seems everyone wants a slice of the pie!” 53

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Winter blooms at Wakehurst Place Thousands of dainty snowdrops are bursting into life at Wakehurst Place, Kew’s country estate in Sussex. Over the coming weeks a dazzling array of 100,000 of the flowers will provide a snowy white welcome for visitors at Wakehurst. The much-loved plant is a real tonic in January and February, its delicate flowers adding a splash of brightness on even the greyest winter day. The snowdrops – scientific name Galanthus from the Greek words ‘gala’ meaning milk and ‘anthos’ meaning flower – are situated near the Wakehurst visitor centre. In the water gardens several thousand more snowdrops will be joined by huge drifts of Crocus tomasinnianus, with its purple goblet flowers opening for warm winter sunshine.They are situated close to a display of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition


winners, on show at Wakehurst until February 22. A carpet of 15,000 cyclamen in shades of pink and white is another eyecatching feature of the garden at this time of year. The planting of cyclamen, also near the visitor centre, is believed to be the largest of its kind in the country. Other seasonal highlights include the winter garden, close to the 16th century Wakehurst Mansion, which is at its best with striking foliage, coloured stems, architectural effect and surprising seasonal flowers. Chris Clennett, Wakehurst’s Garden Manager, said: “Snowdrops and cyclamen are always a welcome sight in winter – and hopefully a sign that spring is not too far away. “They continue to bloom in even the hardest of frosts and, despite looking so delicate, are actually surprisingly hardy.” To find out more about Wakehurst place you can visit at Ardingly, nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex or call them on 01444 894066.

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Hole Park Gardens Edward Barham, who now owns and manages Hole Park, said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We have a variety of wild flowers in our wild garden including orchids, which have aspecial appeal for many people not just because of their exquisite flowers but also because of their rarity. For more information visit or telephone 01580 241344.


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More Blind Ideas For 2009 “In today’s financial climate, there is no shame whatsoever in looking for the cheaper alternative, be it supermarket, item of clothing, bag or holiday!” says Sarah Quilliam, head of product design at Hillarys Blinds. “Instead it has almost become fashionable and something to be positively proud of,” she adds. “There are any number of ‘get the look’ style features in glossy magazines which often compare designer clothing or homewares with their very similar, but much cheaper and infinitely more accessible, high street spin-offs. “The same strategy can be applied to almost everything so here is our own selection of cost effective options when it comes to window dressings.” Shutters are widely regarded as the ultimate window dressing thanks to their stylish appearance and all round practicality. However if your aspirations stretch to this Rolls Royce of window treatment but your budget doesn’t, then you can get a similar look for less money with wooden venetians, as shown here on the left. Looks can be deceiving when it comes to aluwood venetians as they combine the practicality, low cost and easy maintenance of aluminium blinds with the beautiful colours and graining of wood. They’re also the perfect solution for kitchens and bathrooms or any window in a room that’s exposed to steam and condensation. Roman Shades are an unlined, value for money version of the popular fully-lined roman blind. They’re modern, stylish and economical and perfect for decorative window treatments where diffused light control is required. A lined roman can also make good economical sense though as they are one of the most energy efficient window dressings and therefore could help to save money on your fuel bills. To find out more visit or contact your local Blind specialist.


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HOMES & INTERIORS Sleek conservatories; "If you're after a sleek and contemporary look in your conservatory where the blinds fit flush to the window, allowing windows and doors to be opened with ease, opt for a pleated or venetian blind in a PerfectFit frame. "This system is perfect for sealed unit double glazing as the blinds fit seamlessly, with no need for drilling or screws, giving enhanced privacy as they 'hug' the window and cover any light gaps. "The blinds won't interfere with handles but will leave the sills clutter free. "You'll also be able to open your windows without having to pull up the blinds first which is very practical." Hillarys has a wide range of pleated blinds and 15 or 25mm aluminium venetians to choose from. Versatile venetians; "Venetian blinds are perhaps the most effective way to control light in a conservatory," continues Sarah, "as they can be adjusted to filter, or totally cut out the light, or pulled up completely to let it flood in. And of course they're a great way to keep rooms cool and comfortable when it's hot outside - much more eco-friendly than reaching for the air con!" Perfectly pleated; "Neat pleated blinds are perfect for the roof of your conservatory, but are a good option for the sides too. Fabulous in any room, pleated blinds also work especially well at period windows or in limited spaces, such as hallways and staircases. They create a sleek, stylish look that personalises any room, providing privacy with a light and airy feel or a sumptuous glow, depending on the colour scheme you choose. And many pleated blind fabrics are available with sun-reflective backings which will help keep the heat in during winter and your home cool during the warmer months." 'Tilt and turn' windows; these can be tricky customers when it comes to window dressings," says Sarah, as curtains and blinds tend to be restrictive when it comes to opening and closing them. "Pleateds or venetians in a PerfectFit frame are ideal as they fit snugly inside the window allowing for easy movement." Blinds featured are Hillarys Snowfall aluminium venetians in a PerfectFit frame. To find out more visit or contact your local blind specialist.


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Hot Heathers For The Home As ‘new’ neutrals continue to accelerate in popularity, Cormar Carpet’s Berwick collection hits the right note with one of the best choices of fashionable colours for the home. The 18 strong heather hue palette offers a wide choice of soft subtle shades that are the perfect combination to work alongside current bold and daring colour combinations such as moody grey and ochre yellows. “Although people still want a calm uncluttered neutral look in their homes, colour is definitely coming in,” says David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets. “With the trend towards more striking patterns and colours throughout the home, it’s important to have a calm background to set if off and provide the canvas that pulls it all together.” Popular shades include a core of beiges and creams such as Nougat and Periwinkle but new to the colour spectrum are a host of alternative neutrals - sage greens, slate greys and mid-tone taupes. “Good value, high quality ranges, like Berwick, are suitable for all areas of the home, in particular hallways where there is the most footfall. At around £25 per sq m for the 50oz pile weight it is an affordable option too,” said David. For those who prefer to stay plain and simple Berwick’s companion range Home Counties offers the same practicalities as Berwick with a selection of 18 plain sophisticated shades including duck egg and china blues, moody stone shades and - a striking dark grey, ‘moleskin’. Made from 80% pure new wool, 10% tuftbond and 10% polypropylene, Berwick and Home Counties are high quality carpets in two different weights (Berwick: 40oz and 50oz and Home Counties: 42oz and 50oz)


making them ideal for high traffic areas such as stairways and halls. Both are available in both 4m and 5m widths to avoid joins. For more information about Cormar Carpet’s contact your local carpet showroom.

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The Three-Minute Guide To Choosing A Wood Floor A real wooden floor is a stunning addition to any home. Beautiful, adaptable, warm and hygienic, they increase the value of most properties and are a timeless investment that does not wear out or need replacing when you change the colour scheme or style of your room. So, how do you choose between the huge range of wooden floors on the market, the different types, the different woods, the different qualities, widths and finishes, and how do you make sure that what you like is suitable for installation in your home. The following simple guidelines, from timber specialist Broadleaf, should help you through the maze. Types: Broadly, wood flooring can be divided into three categories: solid timber, engineered boards and laminates. Solid boards are made from a single piece of solid wood and last for generations. Engineered boards have a real wood wear layer (3 – 6mm) over a layered softwood or ply-base and normally have a lifespan of 10 – 20 years. At the top end they look very similar to real wood, although they cannot offer the same choice of rustic-looking floors; they are generally chosen to address installation issues as can be fitted in situations where solid options cannot. Laminates are made from a very thin wood veneer or printed paper over a thin softwood or HDF backing. They provide a ‘wood look’ but do not feel the same or wear in the same way as a solid or good quality engineered board and should not really be compared. Taste: The most important thing is that you like the look of your floor, so start by making an aesthetic choice! Do you want a dark or a light floor, one that is rustic in style or something more elegant? Once you have chosen this, a knowledgeable supplier will be able to guide you towards products that meet this criteria, are within your budget and meet any installation requirements particular to your home. Location: Where you are planning to put your floor may rule out or favour certain products or methods of installation. Higher wear areas 68

will require more durable timbers. Bathrooms require products that will cope with moisture and what you are fitting to or whether you have underfloor heating need to be taken into account. You need to make your supplier aware of your planned location early on so that they can alert you to any restrictions you might have, advise the best way to accommodate them and steer you towards the most suitable products. Budget: This is an influential factor for most people but the old idiom of ‘you get what you pay for’ applies here as elsewhere. Don’t be fooled by headline cheap prices and make sure that you compare like for like before you buy. Our key tips to keep the optimise price without compromising the quality of the finished floor are as follows: • use more rustic grades of timber as are less expensive and look equally stunning installed. • use stains for create darker, more exotic looking floor instead of expensive non-indigenous timbers. • buy unfinished boards and seal them in-situ – this is cheaper than buying pre-sealed boards. • mix narrow and wider boards – this is an authentic look for a wood floor and narrower boards are generally more cost effective. • choose a DIY-friendly product and fit it yourself – the cost of having a solid wooden floor professionally installed is normally quite a significant part of the budget. • create a wow factor in the most visible areas of your home such as the hall, living area and kitchen with premium products, and then use cheaper options in bedrooms or guestrooms. Also available, is Broadleaf’s ‘hardwax’ oil which protects the flooring. This clear and natural oil, developed by Broadleaf, is fast-drying and two coats can be applied in one day. For further information on Broadleaf Timber, please call 01269 851 910 or visit

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Your Chance To Win ÂŁ1000 Worth Of Furniture And enjoy a day out for the family at Holmes Hill Furniture. There is a Weekend Opening at Holmes Hill Furniture that will be truly unmissable. On the estate there is a site of 5000 square feet with a showroom brimming with English, French and Dutch oak furniture. Mirrors, paintings and ornaments are also on display and available for sale. You can make a day out at the estate as well as browsing for furniture. Enjoy the wildlife around the pond and sample the home cooked food or tea and cakes at the Tea Rooms. The Childrens Pottery and Painting Studio will keep the kids amused. There will be competitions and special offers on here too. For the hardy there is a picnic area and a country walk around the 48 acre grounds. On the 7th, 8th and 9th of February, wine, cheese and other refreshments will be served to visitors. You can call in to browse-and the enter the free competition to win One Thousand Pounds of Furniture! The draw will take place at 4pm on Monday 9th February. Holmes Hill Furniture will also be extending their winter sale to the 9th February and taking a further 10% off some in-store items. Up to 50% will be taken off the price of ex display items too. So for some country shopping where the air is fresh and the car parking is free, drop by to Holmes Hill at the weekend. Holmes Hill Furniture. On the A22 between Hailsham and Uckfield. BN8 6JA. For more information and directions call 01825 873607.


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Patrick Robbins Interiors Makers of bespoke curtains and suppliers of a large range of unusual fabrics. We supply and fit the complete range of Luxaflex blinds. Venetian blinds custom painted in Farrow & Ball colours and finished with decorative tapes

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Mix Luxury With Practicality With Timber Worktops Luxurious and practical, stylish and smart – a Broadleaf solid wood worktop is a stunning addition to any kitchen, modern or traditional. Move away from cold granite and enjoy the warmth and personality of wood in your kitchen whether you have hi-gloss modern units or more traditional timber ones; solid wood worktops complement all kitchen styles. Available in a range of timbers that offer a spectrum of natural colours, Broadleaf’s solid wood worktops will blend with any colour or interior scheme. Choose from classic oak, shaker cherry, exotic merbau, rich walnut or luxurious Panga Panga and finish with Broadleaf’s own Hardwax Oil for a heat, stain, and water resistant finish that is easy to apply and requires minimal maintenance. Cost-effective, durable and easy to install, solid wood worktops are the perfect finishing touch for a new kitchen; your old kitchen can also be revamped by simply and effectively, adding an instant touch of quality and vitality. For a really professional finish and minimal disruption at installation stage, use Broadleaf’s bespoke cutting service. From sink cut outs and edge profiles, to jointing for island units worktops which are prepared to your exact requirements in the workshop. Not only is this cost effective, but it also means your worktop arrives exactly as you want it, ready for a simple, quick installation.

Prices for the worktops start from £70 per linear metre and all can be pre-oiled with Broadleaf’s unique Hardwax Oil. For further information on Broadleaf Timber, call 01269 851 910 or visit

Get Steamy This Valentines Ensure your Valentines Day is steamy and relaxing with a showering or steam massage before, after - or even as - your romantic date! A regular steam can help to cleanse and clear the pores to give skin a more radiant appearance – so start now to ensure you look and feel your best this Valentines. Get in the mood and step inside the new Jacuzzi® Korresia, Morphosis Omega or Essteam hydromassage steam cabin.

mist, a deep penetrating hydromassage or simply sit back and enjoy the revitalising effects of steam. The Essteam collection gives you so many options to refresh body and mind, the problem will be deciding which one to opt for.

Jacuzzi Essteam Collection, With the Essteam concept comes an inspired new choice of contemporary, high performance showering, steaming and hydromassage options to caress, sooth or rejuvenate you. The Essteam collection combines a minimalist look with maximum effect to create the ultimate in steam showering. You’ll feel great just being inside these enclosures – then turn on the steam or shower option you desire to really make you feel fantastic. Start the day with an invigorating raindrop shower or wind down later in a refreshing light

The new designer range catalogue is available to download now and features highly desirable products that look superb and perform to the highest standard. With recently launched bathing and showering products, the Jacuzzi® Designer Range encompasses a comprehensive collection of whirlpool baths, soaking baths, steam cabins, shower enclosures, bathroom suites, brassware, furniture, and accessories and is sold exclusively through specialist bathroom retailers throughout the UK. For further details telephone 01782 717175 or visit 71

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C.R. Edwards Hand Crafted Bespoke Kitchens

Hand crafted bespoke kitchens in either Pine or Oak, in Traditional Farmhouse styles, or to our unique designs. Polished or handpainted finishes available. We can also create kitchens for wheelchair users or those with specific needs. Complete fitting, plumbing, electrical, tiling and decorating services provided.

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The Future Of Bathing Has Landed The future of bathing is here. Take a plunge in to designer bathing with agape’s ‘UFO’ bath – new from the Big Bath Company. Italian design house agape, revered for its imagination and style has created the ultimate new bath. This extra large tub uses industrial components adapted for use in spacious bathrooms. The UFO is available in two finishes – stunning stainless steel or in a monochrome white enamel interior with a black enamel exterior. It comes fitted with an Exmar back rest, allowing bathers to lay back and really relax! James Metcalf, managing director of the Big Bath Company comments: “To create a designer bathroom with stand-out style, we work closely with agape to deliver innovation, cutting edge materials and empathy. We offer a complete design service, inspiring home owners and developers alike to create a bathroom look that adds value to a home, bringing dream bathrooms to life.” The bathtub measures just over 2000mm in diameter, is 500mm high and holds an impressive 880 litres of water. Prices for the enamelled black and white UFO start at £10,715 and at £24,890 for the polished stainless steel UFO. The Big Bath Company is synonymous with style, innovation and creativity, creating bathrooms that both impress and enhance. Working closely with design led brands, such as agape, Duravit, Burg, Alape and Dornbract, the Big Bath Company prides itself on delivering much

more than just great looking products. The focus on style, materials and technology offer a new way of bathroom living. Visit the new showroom at Ampress Park, Lymington or online at Pop in or call 01590 610030 and speak to James Metcalf/ Sophie Ivers for an appointment.

Kitchen Updates For Spring What better way to say goodbye to the dull winter days, than revamping your home and injecting some colour into your life this spring. Proving that this can be done with minimal effort, kitchen appliance brands Belling, Stoves and New World have a selection of stunning appliances which will make your life much easier and instantly brighten up your kitchen. Style with Cream on Top! Number 1 cooking brand* Belling, has expanded its collection of Kensington range cookers with the addition of a luxurious new cream shade, perfect for lightening kitchen colour schemes this spring. Designed to meet the demands of modern living, the Kensington range cooker offers the latest cooking features and up-to-the-minute styling for all kitchen schemes. Available in 90, 100 and 110cm sizes across the full range of fuel options, the Kensington offers a whole host of cooking choices to cater for every cooking need. *Source GFK October 2008 MAT Value.

from Stoves’ ‘Flavours’ collection, instantly create eye-catching focal points in the kitchen and give colour schemes the instant update that they need. Ideal for any sized kitchen, ‘Flavours’ finishes are available on both the Richmond 1100DF range cooker as well as the Richmond 550DF mini range cooker, meaning that size really doesn’t matter. For fans of sleeker, more contemporary styled range cookers, ‘Flavours’ finishes are also available on the Sterling 1100DF range cooker. ‘Flavours’ shades available on this model include Jalepeno (Red) , Pomegranate (Pink) and Coconut (white). For further information visit or call 0871 222 2635. Belling Mini Kitchen Proving that big isn’t always best, Belling has announced the launch of their table top cooker the ‘Mini Kitchen.’ Ideal for grilling, roasting, frying, baking and boiling the Mini Kitchen features two sealed hotplates, a conventional oven and an electric grill complete with full width grill pan and trivet.

For further information visit or call 0871 222 2635. Flavours by Stoves

The Mini kitchen is perfect for those needing an extra pair of hands to help with large family meals and dinner parties this spring.

With bold colour leading the way when it comes to the latest styles this spring, the striking ‘Flavours’ by Stoves collection offers the perfect solution to ensure your kitchen remains on trend.

In addition, the Mini Kitchen is a plug in appliance, making it even more versatile as it requires no hard wiring by an electrician and can be easily moved around the kitchen.

Available in four stunning shades - Jalapeno (red), Papaya (burnt orange), Sushi (teal green) and Aubergine (dark blue/purple) – products

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SBI Could Provide the Answer to That New Extension With record breaking temperatures in the UK and Global warming always in the news the need for shade from the Sun has never been greater. SBI Ltd is a company ready to meet the demand from conservatory owners. SBI Ltd was established in 1998 and is an independent business specialising in the supply and installation of conservatory awnings, conservatory roof & window Solar Films & Foils, plus all types of internal & external sun blinds and fly screens. Conservatory Awning The optimum Weinor® WGM 2030 Design Conservatory Awning Designed to sit neatly above your conservatory roof, the WGM 2030 helps to stop the sun from reaching the glass, greatly reducing any heat gain and an ideal alternative to the pleated blinds It is designed with smart cassette housing for the fabric to roll back into when not in use and is ideal for all domestic and commercial applications. Your WGM 2030 comes with a sophisticated mechanism with springs and a high quality wire that ensure the fabric stays firm, giving greater looks for longer. In driving rain conditions the integrated protecting brushes prevent water from getting inside the cassette. Remote control is a standard feature but you can add a sun and wind sensor to fully automate your WGM 2030. As standard you get a choice of 47 powder coated frame colours, so you can now match your windows, façade or garden furniture. There is a choice of over 150 high quality and sophisticated fabrics and is the intelligent way to keep your conservatory cooler whilst protecting your furnishings from fading. Conservatory Films & Foils SBI Solar Window/Roof Filming for Glass Temperatures in the UK are soaring and with record temperatures being broken, so now is the time to have Solar Film installed in your conservatory. SBI window solar reduction films are made from a microthin layer of polyester and various metals that are adhered directly to your windows or roof. To provide a more comfortable environment SBI window solar reduction films have the ability to reject up to 80% of excess solar heat during the summer months of the year. This will help ensure a more comfortable room temperature during the summer months, particularly in rooms such as conservatories, garden rooms and living/dining rooms with patio doors: SBI Solar Foil Inserts for Polycarbonate Conservatory Roofs SBI Foil Inserts not only prevent 80% of the sun’s heat from entering the conservatory, but also shields it from 99% of Ultra Violet rays that damage your furniture and fabrics. As the foil inserts slow down the fading factor of Ultra Violet Rays your furnishings will look beautiful for longer. Unlike blinds which gather dust, dirt and insects, and need regular maintenance, SBI Foil Inserts are encapsulated within the polycarbonate, meaning that once installed no maintenance is required. Conservatory Blinds Perfect Fit Blinds Ideal for your conservatory, perfect fit blinds have a frame built around the blind and the frame clips to the window, door or sky light. As the frame clips to the door you don’t have to have any holes drilled in to your conservatory and the blinds can be simply unclipped to clean the glass. 82

Perfect fit frames can hold pleated, roller and metal or wooden Venetian blinds. Pleated Blinds Are available in two different sizes, manually operated or remote, single pleats or honey-comb structures and can be either free hanging or fitted in between your window frames, to give the ultimate bespoke look, used in conservatories, skylights or any window in the home or work place. Pleated blinds come with different levels of transparencies, they are extremely stylish and some fabrics can be washed, to give longevity to you blinds. Pleated blinds were designed specifically for conservatories and are the ideal choice for complex roof shapes. Pinoleum (Wood Weave) blinds Pinoleum Blinds are available in Roller and Roman blind styles. Constructed from the finest quality wood and woven into strips, Pinoleum blinds give a subtle, dappled light effect that enables visibility to the outside.SBI also have closer woven strips to give greater protection from glare, heat and prying eyes. The Pinoleum blind range is available with a choice of operating systems and the blinds can be operated by remote control, pole or cord Conservatory Screens External Roller Screens & Internal Fly Screens SBI External roller screens operate like a roller blind but on the outside of the conservatory and stop a lot of the heat before it can enter the windows. They are based in Kent and regularly cover the South East of England whilst larger contracts take them all over the UK. An example of their recent work can be seen at Some of the photos in the gallery show them installing blinds at Canary Wharf in the icon tower. SBI are full members of the British Blinds & Shutters Association and as a member company they have been thoroughly vetted, which includes a detailed inspection of their premises. The BBSA Code of Practice gives customers total assurance that by using the services of a BBSA member they will receive quality products, expert fitting and a full back up service. You can contact SBI on free call 0800 0742 721 or email to view their range of products please visit their web site at or www.awnings-kent.couk

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A conservatory design company that specialises in the unusual, and promises to achieve dreams at a price their customers can afford. With the emphasis on originality and quality, Sycamore Miller pride themselves in taking care of every detail of the project from initial planning through to completion, ensuring that the conservatory truly is a room for all seasons, no matter what the weather. Adding a conservatory is much easier and quicker than you might expect, and with the choice from traditional hardwoods, powder coated aluminium through to PVCu, we can design something a little special, that both complements and adds value to your home.

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For our free colour brochure or to arrange a visit to discuss your individual requirements, please call us at The Studio @ Palfreys on 01732 884130.

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A Change In Your Lifestyle When considering having a conservatory built onto your property, there are certain ideas that come in to your mind straight away, like the size of the conservatory itself, the shape of it, what design is going to take full advantage of the area available and what design is going to suit your home best and whether planning permission or building regulations are required? The position of your conservatory can have a direct bearing on your final choice of design and layout. South facing gardens receive much more sun light than north facing, and this can have an impact on the materials used on and in your conservatory. One of the main decisions you will make when choosing your conservatory is the type of glazing to have in the roof. The majority of conservatories installed come with a special type of glass, which keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Polycarbonate roofs are used as an inexpensive alternative to glass and come in various colours such as opaque, clear and bronze.

manufacture their own conservatory roofs, they can be tailor-made to suit your needs, thus ensuring that you have a quality conservatory built exclusively for you. Lifestyle Conservatories are a member of Ultraframe’s exclusive ‘Ultra Installer’ scheme, which will assure a quality installation every time. With their own teams of builders and installers and with their own factory, they are in a position to make your dreams come true. A truly personal and professional service! The new Conservatory Display Centre, situated on London Road (A22) near Lower Dicker allows you to experience the conservatories for yourself. There’s a large range on show including a large Orangery in various sizes, styles and colours that will help you choose the ideal conservatory to suit your home and lifestyle the most. The Display centre is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday 8.30am till 5.00pm and Saturday to Sunday from 9.30am till 4.30pm or call now on 01323 844944 for a full Colour Brochure.

But mainly, why have a conservatory built in the first place? The right conservatory can transform your life as well as your home. But what kind of conservatory is best for you, your family, your budget and your property? With today's costs of moving house escalating higher all the time, more and more people are discovering that they can turn their home into a dream home – simply, swiftly and cost efficiently and also increase the value of their property and your quality of life with a well designed conservatory. Your conservatory doesn’t have to be gigantic, but big enough to cater for the type of room you want to use it for. Small can also be beautiful, and it can also lower the cost of course, but be sure you're not making false economy. This is where Lifestyle will guide and help you make the right decisions and to end up with not just a nice conservatory, but the perfect conservatory. Lifestyle are here to provide you with the best possible service. They have been established since 1990 and specialise in the construction of quality conservatories, and because they


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Conservatory Case Study The Problem Jayne and Graham Wren moved to their 19th century crofter’s cottage eight years ago. Jayne was pregnant with the couple’s first child and the cottage seemed to them an ideal environment to bring up a family. Originally a semi-detached building consisting of two one-up-onedown houses, the properties had been converted into a single cottage some time ago. Although the cottage was roomy enough for the couple and their new baby, Graham and Jayne went on to have two more children and in 2003 decided they needed more space to accommodate their growing family and embarked on an extension for the cottage. The extension added two further bedrooms, a new bathroom, a utility room and downstairs toilet. The only drawback was the loss of a playroom. To address this loss of family space and to bring more light to the cottage (the cottage windows were very small), a conservatory was agreed to be the ideal solution. The Brief · To gain extra living space for a large family and new Labrador pup. · Create a room which could be used all year round. · Allow more light into the property. · Provide views of the beautiful garden. Design Franklin Conservatories specialises in installing aluminium conservatories. Due to its remarkable resistance to corrosion aluminium is almost unaffected by the weather, whereas wood requires regular stripping and varnishing to protect it from the elements. The Wrens’ conservatory was designed using powder-coated aluminium on the outside and ash hardwood on the inside, giving it all the benefits of aluminium and the beauty of wood. The Roof Being a large and busy family, it was important for the Wrens to select a glass that needed minimal maintenance. They chose to install Pilkington Activ™ Blue combined with Pilkington K Glass™ in the roof. Activ™ Blue is designed specifically for conservatories. It is a blue-tinted glass that combines dual-action self-cleaning properties with solar and thermal control technology. Pilkington Activ™ Blue has a dual action coating that uses UV rays to break down organic dirt (for example, fingerprints, bird droppings, tree resin) and then encourages rainwater to flow down the glass in an even ‘sheeting’ effect washing away any loosened dirt. This ‘sheeting’ action prevents water from forming droplets and drying in streaks and


smears following a rain shower; it also means that there is a clear view through the window even after the heaviest downpour. The blue glass allows considerably less heat into the room compared to standard glass as it absorbs the heat and re-radiates it back outside, helping to keep room interiors cool in the summer whilst maintaining temperatures in the winter, when combined with Pilkington K Glass™. It also has an aesthetic benefit; it reduces reflection and glare from the sun, giving uninterrupted exterior views, and improves the outlook on even the greyest of days. The Windows The Wrens chose to glaze the vertical windows with Pilkington Optifloat™ combined with low emissivity Pilkington K Glass™. K Glass™ improves energy efficiency and is designed to reflect heat back into the room. Heat from the radiators and stove are reflected back into the conservatory allowing the Wrens to stay at a comfortable temperature during the cold winter months without worrying about fuel bills. David Franklin, Managing Director of Franklin Conservatories says, “Our philosophy on conservatories is that air-conditioning is unnecessary. We recommend Pilkington glass products to all our customers as the company’s innovations in glass mean customers can enjoy their conservatories without worrying about one more thing going wrong. By installing Pilkington’s solar control glass combined with appropriate ventilation, there should be no need for airconditioning.” The Result An entirely new living area, creating a light and spacious area the whole family can enjoy all year round. The Wrens were careful to ensure the new conservatory was in keeping with the rustic charm of the property by opting for a cream colour scheme and tumbled limestone flooring throughout. Jayne then installed a wood-burning stove to complete the look. “I am so pleased with the results,” exclaims Jayne. “The conservatory is a god-send. It creates more living space for us all and is where we now spend most of our time as a family. Most importantly, installing Pilkington Activ Blue™ self-cleaning glass has meant that we spend hardly any time cleaning the conservatory and more time enjoying it. The solar and thermal control technology in the glass, helps prevent our conservatory from getting too hot in the summer and also keeps us warm in the winter so we now have a fantastic light and airy room, which enables us to sit and look at the garden all year round.”

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Mayfield Church By Roger Paine Mayfield, set on a hilly ridge between Heathfield and Tunbridge Wells, is one of the most charming of many historic villages in Sussex. With its long high street dominated by The Middle House, a timber-framed Elizabethan building dating back to 1575 and now a hotel and restaurant, it was described by the Victorian writer, Coventry Patmore, as “the sweetest village in Sussex”.

On the south wall, near the entrance, is a twentieth century memorial to the commanding officer and crew of HM Submarine Tetrarch. The ship had been adopted by Mayfield’s Women’s Institute in the early years of World War II and had presented the village with a ship’s crest which is also displayed. The submarine, alas, was sunk by a mine in the Mediterranean on 2nd November 1941. There were no survivors.

Originally known as Maid’s Field, which is depicted on the village sign by a young woman and children dancing in a flower-covered meadow, the imposing parish church is dedicated to St Dunstan, the great Saxon Archbishop of Canterbury who built a wooden church on the present site in AD 960. He was also a skilled metal craftsman who, according to legend, was working at his forge when the devil, disguised as a woman, appeared. Noticing a cloven hoof peeping from beneath her skirt, St Dunstan realised it was the devil and immediately clamped his red-hot tongs on the devil’s nose. Letting out a blood curdling screech the devil resumed his proper form and flew away to cool his inflamed organ in a nearby stream!

There is also an interesting modern stained glass window in the south chapel in memory of General Sir John Glubb (Glubb Pasha) who commanded the Arab legion and later the Jordan Army. He retired to Mayfield and was a churchwarden for fifteen years. The dedication of this window, which includes the figure of Sir John wearing the traditional Arab shemagh, was attended by King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan in 1993.

This story, often related to visitors, remains a staple ingredient of Mayfield folk-lore. A stained-glass window, in the original Norman lancet window in the north-west corner of the church, has a design taken from an ancient drawing in the British Museum depicting the redoubtable St Dunstan. In the twelfth century the Normans replaced the wooden church with one of stone but a fire swept through the village in 1389 and almost completely destroyed the church. Only the tower, a small part of the west wall and the footings of the north wall remain from the original building. The church was then rebuilt in the fifteenth century in the Perpendicular style. The battlemented, quadrangular porch which forms the south entrance has a vaulted roof with a carved dragon, or serpent, curled round the central boss. There is also 18th century graffiti on the entrance columns indicating that nothing is new when it comes to carving your initials and a date…!

A list of vicars, dating back to 1270, indicates the extraordinary record of Mayfield having had four father-son vicars for an unbroken period of one hundred and thirty-two years between 1780 and 1912. The son of the second Rev’d Kirby, Henry Thomas Murdoch Kirby, was vicar for fifty two years. The present vicar, Father Nigel Prior, has masterminded opening up the west end of the chancel to create a flexible space for meetings, learning and socializing. The last part of the project was uncovering the top portion of the Saxon arch separating the nave from the vestry and creating a glass partition to the bell ringing chamber, letting light in from the ancient west window that had not been seen from inside the church for 150 years. A special service of celebration, dedication and thanksgiving for this work was held in the church on 22nd November 2008. A fitting reminder that despite St Dunstan’s fascinating history, and that Christians have worshipped on the site for over a thousand years, the church has a responsibility in handing on this magnificent building in the best possible condition to the next generation.

Inside the church are many features of historical interest. The sandstone font is clearly dated 1666 and carved with the initials of the vicar of Mayfield at the time, Robert Peck, and his two churchwardens. Dominating the nave are two elaborate chandeliers, with weighted balancing devices enabling them to be lowered for cleaning. The chandelier at the west end is dated 1773 and bears the monogram of Thomas Baker (1728-1782) and the larger one at the east end is dated 1737 and was given by Thomas’s father, George Baker (1679-1756). The chandeliers are believed to have been placed in the church to provide candlelight at funerals which, in the eighteenth century, often took place after dark. On the interior west wall is an unusual diamond shaped clockface known as a preacher’s dial. The purpose was to keep the preacher informed about the length of his sermon in order that a full quota of instruction was imparted. As only hours are measured there are no plans to restore it to working order! In addition to several noteworthy memorials are two cast iron tomb slabs set in the floor of the nave. The rougher one was probably the work of an unskilled moulder as the number “7” and letters “N” and “S” are reversed. There is also some intricate wood carving in the church. The strapwork pulpit and the remains of the rood screen on either side of the chancel steps originate from the seventeenth century and are carved in oak. On the wall either side of the main altar are two commandment table boards, painted around 1750 with the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed, the work of village schoolmaster, Walter Gale. 87

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A Wealden Two-humped Wonder by John Hare How on earth did an office tacked onto a whitewashed cowshed in Benenden become the international headquarters of a UK registered charity dedicated to protecting the critically endangered wild Bactrian (double-humped) camel? It’s an odd answer, which began when the Soviet Union disintegrated and the Iron Curtain buckled. As the bricks and concrete blocks were being prised out of the Berlin Wall, I was in Moscow exhibiting a display of hitherto unseen photographs, which portrayed massive environmental damage in the USSR. The photos had hitherto been firmly covered up by the KGB. I chanced to ask the burly, mustachioed Stalin-look-alike who sidled up to me exactly what he did. I expected a KGB evasion but received a remarkably direct answer. ‘I run the joint Russian-Mongolian scientific expeditions in the Gobi desert,’ Professor Peter Gunin replied nonchalantly. Since I had been running around in short trousers, I had had an unfulfilled and ardent desire to go to the Gob desert. This opportunity had to be seized. ‘I would give anything to go with you.’ The Professor stared quizzically at me. The rouble at that time was trading at 540 to the dollar. Times were tough for scientists in Russia. ‘You can come if you can get me some foreign exchange.’ ‘How much?’ ‘Fifteen hundred dollars.’ Not a large sum. Two weeks later I notified Peter Gunin that I had the money. The Professor replied that he was grateful, but he now had to find a reason which could justify taking a layman on a high-powered scientific expedition. We went through my spectacularly non-scientific background and he looked glum. Then, quite casually I mentioned camels. ‘That’s it,’ he said slapping his ample thigh, ‘you can come as the team's wild Bactrian camel expert.’ I had, at that point, no idea that there was such a creature as the wild Bactrian camel. I had had over thirty years of intermittent experience of working with one-humped camels, but of the two-humped species I knew absolutely nothing. I did not know that there were under a thousand truly wild ones left in the world, four hundred in Mongolia and the rest in Xinjiang Province in north-west China, and that they were genetically different from the domestic double-humped camel. However, by the end of that exciting four-week expedition I had learnt a great deal about this critically endangered creature, which survives in parts of the vast Gobi desert by drinking salt water which no other mammal, including the domestic Bactrian camel, can tolerate. A creature that has survived 43 atmospheric nuclear tests in the waterless Desert of Lop in China and which has a base DNA difference from a domestic Bactrian of three per cent – our base difference with a chimpanzee is five per cent. Seven years later after four hazardous surveys in China’s former nuclear test area – two on domestic camels - I established in Benenden the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF) with Dr Jane Goodall DBE (the chimpanzee expert) as its patron. Events moved quickly. In 2001 the WCPF helped the Chinese to set up a Nature Reserve the size of Poland to protect the wild Bactrian camel and its fragile and unique desert habitat. In 2003 with the approval of the Mongolian Government the WCPF established the first captive wild camel-breeding programme at a site near a protected area in Mongolia

where the few remaining herds of wild Bactrian camels survive. This enterprise has been so successful that we are hoping to release surplus wild camels back into the desert this year. Why are these remarkable creatures so endangered? Since the cessation of atmospheric nuclear testing, they are under new and very real threats from man. The wild Bactrian camels are shot for food by speculators illegally hunting for gold and other minerals, whose mining operations can involve the use of potassium cyanide which poisons the vegetation and the salt water springs. At one salt water spring we found home made land mines which had been constructed from gelignite to blow up wild camels when they ventured out of the desert to seek out salt water slush. The meat would have been picked up for food. Subjected to all this unwarranted activity, they appear, paradoxically, to have been safer during the period of nuclear activity. However, the appeal of the wild Bactrian camel to conservationists goes beyond genetics and curiosity value. This is a mammal which survives under conditions where man cannot, which is why the Chinese opted for their desolate homeland as an atmospheric nuclear test site. No fresh water – no people. How has this amazing animal survived on totally salt water? This is a fertile field for urgent scientific study. And all this activity and research is coordinated from a whitewashed cowshed in the Weald of Kent. The Foundation now has 500 UK members and branches in the Unites States and Australia. We employ three members of staff in Mongolia and are the international consultants for the wild Bactrian camel scientists in China. Join us - and help to protect the eighth most endangered large mammal on the planet The Wild Camel Protection Foundation is based at: School Farm, Benenden, Kent, TN17 4EU Tel: 44 1580 241132. E-mail: For those who want to learn more or who would like to join the WCPF, please go to John Hare’s latest book, ‘Mysteries of the Gobi – searching for wild camels and lost cities in the heart of Asia’ has just been published by IB Tauris. He gives talks on the wild camel to schools, colleges, institutions and commercial businesses


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The Truth about your Money By Mike Robertson of MRA - Independent Financial Adviser’s So what did you get for Christmas? The do it your self kit on “how to beat the recession” or the best seller on “how to become a millionaire” or perhaps your partner sent you on a course on “how to achieve financial freedom”. Presents are always good to receive but how many ever get used or taken seriously enough to make a real change to your life or better still your bank account which has yet to reap the rewards? Think about this: Your financial success can be developed just like a muscle... and if you're not seeing results, you may be on the wrong "financial fitness" plan. Every New Year we make resolutions, to our family, friends and ourselves. Perhaps yours last year was to trim some “financial fat.” What was the result? Your wallet got "skinny.” You weren’t building your financial muscles. Why not? Much like a good muscle-strengthening or exercise program, you need expert training, inspiration, and a "financial workout" that's tailored to your specific goals. I am going to give you five of the Greatest Financial Challenges people typically face in their lifetime. Take the financial fitness challenge and see what muscles you need to start strengthening! (Note: please consult a Financial Planning Fitness Professional before attempting any of these exercises.) Challenge 1. "I'm afraid to take financial risks." Financial Fitness Solution: Develop your valour muscle. If you're sitting around waiting for the “right” stock or property to invest in, you're dealing with the symptom, not the source. Consider that people who have acquired wealth are not smarter or luckier. They have developed the financial muscle called valour. Here, valour refers to acting in spite of your fear. The fear doesn’t get smaller, your confidence gets larger. As your confidence grows... so does your ability to make financial decisions that leads to increased wealth or in other words, “in it to win it”! Challenge 2. "I have insufficient amounts of money to do what I want to do, when I want to do it." Financial Fitness Solution: Develop your aspiration and conviction muscles. There are many factors that are at the source of not having enough. For starters, the financial muscles to increase are aspiration and conviction. The mere presence of your aspiration is evidence that you have the capacity for its fulfilment. If you have conviction that your aspiration is possible, then there is no question of "if," but rather “how” and “when”. How can I achieve what I want to aspire to, and when can I start seeing positive results? The best-laid plans for success begin with the conviction that you can do it and the aspiration to make it happen! Challenge 3. "I'm constantly concerned, anxious and irritated about my money, my financial liabilities and my future” Financial Fitness Solution: Develop your awareness muscle. If I informed you that you had been left a lot of money by a long lost relative, which, you would be able to attain in the very near future, would you be worried or excited? Most would say, excited. The financial muscle to exercise here then is, awareness: where are you focusing yours? People don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan. Concentrate your attentions on what you want now… and you’ll attain more of what you 90

want for the future. Constant worrying, and frustration come from looking (now) at what you don’t want to happen (in the future) and believing that what you don’t want will actually happen. Get better control of your financial awareness muscles, and start planning your finances to a state of enduring growth. Challenge 4. "I’m not in control of my finances and spending." Financial Fitness Solution: Develop your rationale muscle. Cutting back as a measure of "control" over your finances is limiting rather than expansive behaviour. The financial muscle to start developing here is best described as rationale. Your rationale, for example, might be a long-term plan for financial acumen. If you have a rationale that's broader in scope than your day-to-day financial survival, then you won’t need “discipline” or “control” over your spending. Instead of thinking in terms of what you can't do, you'll begin to think opportunistically as to what you CAN do, as part of your rationale in other words “cutting the cloth according to the width. Challenge 5. "I just can't get my finances in order." Financial Fitness Solution: Develop your truthfulness and accountability muscles. The most underdeveloped financial muscles associated with financial disorder are truthfulness and accountability. Truthfulness & accountability requires that you be held responsible to the promises you make to yourself and others. Borrowing and bill-paying are forms of promises you make. When you break those promises, you will find yourself confused and unsettled. Develop the financial truthfulness and accountability muscles to keep those promises and you will find financial discipline. From this order comes a structure, and from this comes a financial fitness plan for building long-term prosperity, success and happiness! You’ve got Step One in a Fitness Workout for your Financial Muscles… What’s next? This Financial Planning Fitness arrangement is only a place to start. If you were training for a marathon, you would have just been going through the warm-up routine for the challenge ahead. The real source of your financial challenges or success is your emotional relationship to money. You just learned some “Truth About Money” fitness. However you may be wondering how to develop your financial muscles and what might be the next step in your personal financially tailored workout. Contact MRA who are financial Planning fitness experts and trainers. The bottom line to this article is it really doesn't matter how great your plan is, or how well you execute it. If you aren't doing a handful of things that really successful people always do, it isn’t going to work you do need a coach. Especially when times get a little tougher, and people are spending less.

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The New Nissan 370Z As with its predecessor, the 370Z will be available in an uncomplicated grade structure to simplify the ordering process which commences online from Monday 2nd February. First customer deliveries are due in July. The entry level 370Z, priced at £26895, comes equipped with Intelligent Key, engine stop/start button, power adjustable seats, climate controlled air-conditioning, 18” alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlamps, curtain airbag, alarm, audio with auxiliary input and Bluetooth hands free phone connection. GT Pack priced at £30195 gets 19” forged RAYS alloy wheels, heated seats trimmed in black suede and leather, a six-CD Bose audio system with eight speakers, cruise control, speed limiter and Synchro Rev Control; a new innovation that automatically matches the revs, during up and down-shifts, with the manual gearbox, making gear changes faster and smoother. Topping the range and priced at £31895 is the GT Ultimate which includes Persimmon suede leather along with a DVD satellite navigation system with full European mapping covering 33 countries and voice guidance in seven languages. Hands free operation is possible with voice recognition which also integrates with the MP3 compatible audio system. As well as the introduction of the Synchro Rev Control to the six-speed manual gearbox, the 370Z is now offered with a new 7-speed automatic priced at £1400. It is equipped with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and is designed to offer quick, manual-like shifting when operated in manual mode, using either the gear selector or paddles behind the steering wheel. In automatic mode, the driver can relax and let the gearbox change gear, reacting to the driving style to choose the most appropriate shift-mapping.

interest in the car, see images and films and download the 370Z Widget to their desktop, which will automatically update them with news and developments. The website can be found at Compared with the outgoing 350Z, the new 370Z now sports a shorter wheelbase, greater use of lightweight body materials resulting in a weight reduction of 32kg, updated engine with more horsepower, all of which combine to improve its agility and responsiveness. As its new moniker suggests, the new 370Z is now powered by a 3.7litre VQ37VHR engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift). Power is rated at 331PS, while torque is 366Nm. Along with its larger displacement, the new engine gives better power delivery all the way to the 7,500rpm redline, improved low-end power and more high-end torque. Inside, buyers will welcome the removal of the rear strut brace (replaced with less intrusive structural reinforcements) and the addition of a new “shelf” area behind the seats, creating an ideal storage area. A retractable cover is standard on the 370Z and a locking glove compartment has also been added. Life on board has been improved thanks to the addition of an engine start and stop button, larger diameter dials and the use of soft touch materials on the instrument panel, stitching on the centre console, leather and suede on the seats and doors, as well as a black roof lining (depending on grade).

Metallic paint is the only other option available for £450 and with this you also get Nissan’s Scratch Shield Paint*, which, thanks to its advanced resin coat, automatically repairs the light scratches and blemishes which are typically collected by light stone chips. Customers and enthusiasts are also encouraged to visit Nissan’s dedicated new micro-site for the car, where they can register their 91

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The Stunning New Bentley Convertible

Since its debut in 2006, the Continental GTC has enjoyed sales success in over 50 countries across the globe, attracting younger buyers to the Bentley marque. Customers are attracted to its sleek design, interior craftsmanship, refined performance and agile handling. Now, the introduction of the new GTC range builds on this success with a subtle evolution of its distinctive style and a range of technical and feature enhancements benefiting comfort and customer choice. The appeal of the GTC is further strengthened by the addition of the new 600bhp (610PS) GTC Speed model. It is Bentley’s most powerful convertible ever and inspired by Bentley’s legendary ‘Speed Models’ from the 1920s.

The new GTC models share a fresh frontal appearance. The radiator grille is more upright with a more pronounced square edge, accentuating the Bentley profile, and bolder lower air intake. These latest models are further distinguished by chrome headlamp bezels, the availability of two new exterior paints and a new colour hide. For the standard GTC, new low-friction dampers provide improved ride comfort. In addition, two significant new options may be specified on both GTC models: lightweight, fade-resistant, carbon-ceramic brakes, the largest production passenger car brakes in the world, and a sophisticated follow-to-stop Adaptive Cruise Control system with longrange radar sensor that monitors traffic ahead and manages throttle and brakes to maintain a driver-selected time gap. The GTC’s chassis and exceptionally rigid steel body have proved more than capable of coping with the power of the 552bhp (560PS) 6-litre


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W12 engine. For the new Continental GTC Speed, Bentleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twinturbocharged W12 now develops 600bhp (610PS) that delivers true 200 mph (322 km/h) performance, with the roof up, with exhilarating, effortless acceleration. Even with the roof down the GTC Speed can reach 195 mph (312 km/h). The Continental GTC Speed is visually distinguished by subtle design enhancements which emphasise its higher performance credentials. At the front, the radiator and lower air intake grilles feature a dark tinted matrix as standard. Larger diameter 9.5J x 20-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels with Bentley-bespoke Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance (UHP) tyres, lowered and uprated suspension, wider twin-rifled exhaust tail pipes and a new boot-mounted lip spoiler that enhances high speed aerodynamics, reinforce the sporting character of the Speed model. The GTC Speedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 600bhp (610PS) W12 engine develops 9 per cent more power than the standard GTC. However, it is the 15 per cent

increase in torque that really distinguishes the Speed model, which now develops an impressive output of 750 Nm (553lb ft). This is achieved across virtually the complete rev range, from just 1700 to 5600 rev/min, delivering that characteristic Bentley wave of torque. The 0-60 mph sprint is despatched in a mere 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds) and 0-100 mph in 10.6 seconds (0-160 km/h in 10.5 seconds). The GT Speed coupe, which debuted in 2007, has become the top selling GT model across the globe. This was followed in summer 2008 by the 4-door Continental Flying Spur Speed. Now, the Speed family is completed with the introduction of the GTC Speed, which is expected to account for up to two-thirds of GTC sales worldwide in its first year of production.


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Glamour in the fast lane By Cindy-Lou Dale Determining which is the world’s best motoring event has been a bone of contention amongst racing fanatics for some time. Some root for the Indianapolis 500 saying it’s the biggest in terms of attendance, which it is; other resolutely stand by the 24 Hours Le Mans as the world's most famous sports endurance race, which is also true; yet more claim the Daytona 500 as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, which is also correct. But I’m afraid to say, you’re all actually wrong! It’s none of these. The coveted white-knuckle-fever of the ultimate and supremely captivating motor racing event of the season goes to the Monaco, where the annual Formula One event is held each May. Monaco and Formula One needs little touting, even sceptics like me want to attend the Monaco Grand Prix - such is the pizzazz and magnetism of the sports and location. For one weekend a year Monte Carlo’s narrow streets, which thread through the mountain side on the Cote de Azure, are turned into a race track, coiling through a giant cream-coloured wedding cake, which is the dazzling Principality of Monaco. Even with an average lap speed of 90 mph, no other race track is so demanding and unforgiving. Because of the tights bends, suspensions are lowered, down forces all but bolt the cars to the track, and with just about room enough for one and a half, sometimes two cars, overtaking rarely occurs without event. Monaco is a dangerous track and the only race I know of where a competitor stands the chance of spinning off the roadway into the harbour, which is why the luxury yachts move away from the dockside. This may go some way to appreciating why the winner’s trophy remains one of the most coveted motor racing prizes worldwide. Creating this spectacular Formula One experience requires numerous elements, like the location, which offers dramatic vistas to almost every direction, with the harbour and Royal Palace as a backdrop. Then


there’s the atmosphere, thick with anticipation and excitement, and a sense of Formula One camaraderie. The glamour of Monaco is profound, only those who have truly made it live in this heavenly tax haven – international business tycoons, on screen actors, performing artists, sportsmen, designers, royalty. Then there’s the Grand Prix’s remarkable history dating back to 1929 when the ruling Grimaldi family hosted the first road race through their city’s streets. Not forgetting the beautiful people who wander the corkscrew streets gazing into designer store windows. These elements draw from one another to build the most sensational motor racing event in the world. A grandstand view of the fastest section of the circuit allows you to gaze upon Monaco glitterati luxuriating in their opulence on the sterns of their sumptuousness yachts whose tax-dodging owners have, at great expense, purchased the right to back onto the track. But equally good viewing can be had on the steep decent past the Hotel Mirabeau and the Fairmont Hotel’s hairpin. The cars thunder through an illuminated tunnel which uncurls before them, at around 145mph, then emerge on the other side reaching speeds in excess of 180mph, going into the Nouvelle Chicane. Then it’s a tight left-hander at Tabac and on past the Piscine swimming pool. At the foot of the palace is a tight right-hander into Rascasse and on down the straight to the start line and into the first Sainte Devote corner – the tall red wreckage removal crane is a stark reminder that this is where it usually all goes wrong. Steve Cole, of Tours F1, invited me to join him on a balcony overlooking the Sainte Devote corner for the 66th Monaco Grand Prix, which blasted off on Sunday, May 24th, 2008. “Apartments overlooking the tiniest scrap of tarmac are rented out to corporate hospitality companies for extortionate sums. Which is why the Monaco Grand Prix is the most expensive Formula One event to host, purely for logistic reasons,” says Cole. “The apartments are individually contracted with the owners; a structural engineer then

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MOTORING inspects the balconies to determine the weight they can safely hold. The owners move out the week of the race, then we move the furniture in – and bearing in mind the elevators hold only two or three people at a time, furniture is usually transported up six or seven flights of stairs or if the stairs are too tight, it’s delivered via a crane over the balcony. Then of course there’s the catering…” Cole explained that often catering companies from across Europe are used. “But I prefer to use a local man, Franko, my Italian brother you might say. He uses local fresh produce which is prepared off site and brought in during the early hours.” I enquired after the different levels of hospitality. “I ask my client what experience they’re wanting and what the budget I have to work with is. From there I take charge and all my client needs to do is book the plane ticket. You see, we’re in the aggravation eliminations business. Folks want to come out here to enjoy the experience, not worry about things like transfers, food and hotels.” Cole took a call and had an animated 10-minute discussion with his cell phone, then continued. “The grand prix packages we offer range in price and experience – a good three star hotel for two nights and grandstand seats start at around $1,900 per person. This year I have contracted a Bistro to cater exclusively for my clients, which is another small extra available. There is also the Paddock Club experience for around $5,000 which offer great views of the start line and includes pit lane walkabouts. The balcony package comes with either a three of four-star hotel, and includes catering - this starts at around $3,000.” Hotels in and around Monaco were filled to capacity and the nearest accommodations I could find was some one-hundred kilometers away in the foothills of the Italian Alps, were I stayed in a newly renovated 13th century peasant village of Colletta. With the added bonus of driving along roads tacked onto the side of the mountain in a new Boxster Tiptronic, my excitement started early. To avoid the anticipated congestion and in-vehicle sweaty line-ups, I drove to the nearest but one railway station to Monaco and took a ten minutes train journey to Monte Carlo. I elbowed my way through the now pedestrianised streets, heading toward the luxury apartment block where Steve Cole had rented three apartments. The third floor balcony, where I found him, faced the fabled luxury yachts. I noticed the occupants of the grandstands had taken along exotic picnic lunches, and as revealed by my zoom lens, many such baskets included a fine French wine or two. The usually prim gate attendants did not seem to mind. Grandstand tickets had sold out and only a few were still being touted by shopkeepers who had specially erected terraced seats directly in front of their stores. Formula One fever was running high; the air reverberated with the bass thud of marine engines as yacht owners moved their vessels the required distance from their berths. Standing on the balcony overlooking the beautiful harbour setting I became acutely aware that the Monaco Grand Prix is so much more than a motor race. Monaco is celebrity Mecca, more so over the Grand Prix weekend when you get to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the world of sport and film and fashion. Everyone uses this event as an opportunity to roll out their new summer wardrobe, which means Italian chic for men – designer denims, white Gucci shirts, bare feet tucked into tan leather loafers, played off with a Le Coq Sportif jumper casually tossed over the shoulder, which miraculously manages to stay there all day. The ladies wore low-slung trousers and designer trainers, botoxed lips and big Dior shades. I pointed this out to friendly face on the balcony elegantly draped in a Vuittin and Channel ensemble, an ornamental rococo dog (the pooch adorned with Ferrari ear muffs) was tucked under her arm. “Oh don’t be silly,” her Hollywood teeth grinned back at me. I felt somewhat selfconscious in my schlep clothes but soon took comfort when, I panned my camera over the yachts and zoomed in to see what other people were wearing. I spotted a chap standing off to one side of a luxury

yacht wearing equally unsuitable attire. Now there were two Ford Cortina’s on the Cote d’Azure missing their front seat covers, I thought. The revving, signifying the start of the race, began - the noise Formula One racing cars emit is something you’re never quite prepared for – a heart stopping, tooth shaking, silicone quivering 130+ dB. To give some perspective, the sound level on the deck of an aircraft carrier 50 feet from a military jet aircraft taking-off using an afterburner has been measured at 130dB. That’s 30,000 watts of sound power. The threshold of pain is 130 dB; anything above that level causes immediate ear damage. Bleeding ears aside, the experience of the live event is electric. Within seconds a hoard of aggressive Formula One racing cars descended on the first bend like a pack of angry wolves. I knew then that whoever it was that took the lead from that bend would surely continue to win the race. Steve Cole appeared at my elbow, handing me a glass of Dom Perignon. “The drama of 24 hours Le Mans can't begin to compare to this.” He contemplated his statement for a moment then added, “Monaco is truly the crème de la crème of motor racing.” Personally, I felt somewhat saddened that this would be the second Grand Prix without Michael Schumacher, the former world champion, now retired, but was thrilled to witness our own Lewis Hamilton taking the chequered flag (and realizing a boyhood dream) by claiming victory and regaining control of a furious fight for the Formula One world title. As I was gathering up my photographic equipment an American lady sauntered over, handing me yet another glass of champagne. She enquired where I was from. “It’s like the United Nations on this balcony – Australia, South Africa, America, England, there’s a couple of Kiwi’s here too I believe,” she announced. “You’ve traveled a frightfully long way to come to watch a motor race,” I observed wisely. “Not at all, this is my 60th birthday present from Don.” She paused for a moment, looking towards the balcony, “Don, come over here Don. This here girl’s a reporter; you’ll just love to hear what she’s doing.” Don, a kindly and differential fellow, strode across. He shook my hand vigorously. “We’re both avid Formula One fans and this was part of my Ruth’s birthday present.” My eyes bulged, “Part of…?” I cried, both feet leaving the ground at once. “Hell yes, if you’re going to do something like this you can only do it first class. Anyways, we’re at a point in our lives were we get to spoil ourselves.” They beamed at one other. I arrived in the Principality with preconceived ideas, a non-believer, you might say, but was reborn into the way of Formula One. Next to the Porsche I had driven to the event, this was possibly one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. 95

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New Quattroporte Sport Gt S Lands On The International Stage The new Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S sets yet another milestone in terms of sportiness in the high performance luxury saloon segment of the automotive market. Conceived and developed as “a real driving machine in the guise of a luxury saloon”, the Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati’s sportiness in the Quattroporte range.

black finishing around the doors, body-coloured door handles and black twin oval exhaust pipes.

The technical changes to the new Quattroporte Sport GT S in respect to the Quattroporte S concern four areas: The first is the mapping of the V8 4.7 litre engine, with power increased to 323kW; There is also the gearshift management software, with new features designed to increase driving enjoyment; The front and rear suspension system has been changed ,featuring single-rate dampers, stiffer springs and lower ride height. The fourth area is the sports exhaust, now controlled by pneumatic valves for a deep, throaty and captivating sound.

The new Quattroporte Sport GTS will be unveiled at the 2009 NAIAS in Detroit.

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The sportier and more aggressive look is also evident due to the interior and exterior stylistic choices: Ther is a new black grille with concave vertical fins featuring the Trident logo with red accents, typical of the sportier versions of Maserati models. The new headlightsare now in metallic titanium finish.The side and rear “shadow line” now includes


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Pink Floyd's Nick Mason Ecstatic In The Greatest Racing Car Ever Traffic in London’s Pall Mall came to a halt today (Thursday January 15th) when the “world’s greatest racing car” driven by rock legend Nick Mason from Pink Floyd called into the Royal Automobile Club. The club welcomed the car after thousands of readers from Octane, one of Britain’s top motoring magazines, had voted for the car which had been nominated by Sir Stirling Moss. Nick Mason said: “The accolade is well deserved. To many the 250F is the archetypal Grand Prix car and, apart from being one of the most beautiful, it is one of the most progressive and forgiving of racing cars to drive. Who can forget what must be the most iconic of motor racing images – Fangio in a full power-slide at the French Grand Prix in 1957, with battle scars evident on the nose? (The car that is, not the driver…).” He added: “It was a great idea from Octane to get readers to vote for their favourite racing car and I am delighted that the 250F beat its rivals.” The magazine received thousands of votes for the car from readers around the world who had seen a series of articles putting a total of nine famous cars up for the accolade including an Auto Union Type C, Lotus 49, Porsche 917, Cobra, Mercedes-Benz W196 and Toyota TS010 Group C, but it was the 1950s F1 car that won. The 250F competed between 1954 and 1958, during which time it won 55 races. It first raced in the 1954 Argentine Grand Prix in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio, who won the first of his two victories before he left for Mercedes Benz. Sir Stirling Moss raced his privately owned 250F for the full 1954 season. In 1956 he won the Italian Grand Prix and the Monaco Grand Prix in his private car. In 1957, Fangio drove to four more championship victories, including his legendary win at the Nürburgring where he overcame a 50-second deficit in just 20 laps, passing the race leader on the final lap to take the win.


The cars were nominated by famous motor racing drivers and personalities, including Brian Redman, Damon Hill, Derek Bell, Carroll Shelby, Andy Wallace and Bobby Rahal. The Maserati 250F was put forward by Sir Stirling Moss, who said: “I have great affection for the 250F because it was the car that gave me my first proper break in Formula One.” Now 79, Sir Stirling Moss is one of the best-known racers of all- time. He won 194 of the 497 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grand Prixs. Ben Cussons, Motoring Committee Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said: “We are delighted to have the winning car featured outside the Club. The Maserati 250F combines the very best in both automotive design and racing car engineering of the era. Its style and appeal are timeless.” Andrea Antonnicola, the Managing Director of Maserati GB Ltd, said: “The 250F is possibly the most iconic car in the history of Maserati, a masterpiece of engineering which won the company the ultimate motorsport accolade, the Formula One Championship. Times have changed and Maserati's core business now lies in the luxury car market, but the spirit of that era, the passion and the constant strive for excellence are part of our DNA.” The editor of Octane, Robert Coucher, commented: “There has been a huge debate over the years as to which car could be described as the Greatest Racing Car but no-one has ever put it to the test. We decided that we would ask over 33,000 magazine readers and more than 100,000 users of the Octane website to vote. “We also wanted the views of some of the most famous drivers in the world who have actually experienced these famous cars over the years.” He added: “From the 1950s heyday of Grand Prix racing, the precise, pretty 250F was the weapon of choice for Moss, Fangio, Bira, Salvadori and Hawthorn.”

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