Darling Magazine - North Surrey - Spring 2018

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A trek through the Atlas

Hill House Interiors

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Publisher Darling Magazine UK Karine Torr Editor Karine Torr 020 8739 0059 Advertising 07930 396356 Email northsurrey@darlingmagazine.co.uk Contributors Holly Candlish Kate Greenhalgh Darling Wimbledon Karine Torr 020 8739 0059 Darling Kingston & Richmond Marja-Leena Toseland 07802 949836 Design Director Hermina Williams design@herminawilliams.com Website Design charlieapple.co.uk Printer Aquatint scott@aquatint.co.uk Distribution Right Distribution Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. Darling Magazine does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form – electronic, recording or otherwise, without prior permission from the publisher.

Darling aims to inspire by featuring the stories of women who have accomplished the extraordinary in their personal and professional lives. Our ‘cover girls’, Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss, friends and partners of the successful Hill House Interiors, definitely inspire me. Discover the secrets of their personal and business success on (pg5). More inspiration comes from the gritty Surrey women who faced brutal conditions when they climbed the highest peak in the Atlas mountain range (pg38). Rather them than me! From the snow-capped mountains of Morocco to the sun-drenched beaches of Rio, golden girl, Georgie Twigg relives highlights of winning Olympic Gold and reveals her European dreams for Surbiton Hockey Club (pg16). Talk about women reaching their potential #100years, we finally got the vote and local hero Ethel Smyth had us marching to a different tune (pg12). We can all do with more laughter in our life. Read Kate Greenhalgh’s razor-sharp column (pg45). Not many writers can make you laugh out loud, but this clever lady really can. There’s lots more to enjoy in this spring read. Remember to contact me with your interesting stories and your events for our popular social pages. Happy days, until summer… Features Editor, Holly Candlish | hollycandlish@gmail.com Editor-in-chiefs Karine Torr and Marja-Leena Toseland northsurrey@darlingmagazine.co .uk

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Inspiring women. Our Hill House Superstars Darling stylist Charlotte picks purple for spring Beauty review – going under the micro-needling pen Celebrating the centenary of the women’s vote The Really Helpful Club, your online network Darling meets hockey royalty, Georgie Twigg World-class cricket centre opens at Reeds School Trotting along to Shetland Pony Club Schools in the News – presenting a united front Easter lamb recipe on Cook’s Corner The run-up to BBQ season with Parties to Go Haute Indian Cuisine on our doorstep Celeb Supper Club Chefs for your special occasions Expert advice on moving the elderly Keeping kids fit at David Lloyd Club, Brooklands Hart Brown Solicitors on divorce where kids are involved Designer, Gabi Da Rocha’s top tips on finishing touches Surrey’s intrepid explorers on Moroccan adventure On the Scene – our social pages Kate Greenhalgh’s Point of View

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He would, of course, have had Hill House Interiors in mind to design it. Holly Candlish interviews founders Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss How did you expand the business? JW: Word of mouth. Also, our Baker Street showroom in Weybridge means that people can pop in and buy a lamp, rug or candle even if they don’t need their whole house renovated. Our offices sit over it meaning we keep in touch with the community. HB: In the same way as having the Weybridge premises, the Chelsea showroom put us on the map in London. It’s just like a village up there and 40% of our business is now in London.

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rom New York to New Delhi, Kazakhstan to KT13, Hill House Interiors is recognized as an industry leader throughout the world. With an impressive portfolio of international projects and a long list of industry awards, I was anticipating meeting two uncompromising businesswomen. But I was wrong. Life-long business partners and friends, Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss, are in reality warm, funny and passionate about their work. That’s not to say they aren’t immaculately dressed and beautifully styled, but they laugh long and hard over a glass of wine while enthusiastically discussing their work and recounting lots of gossipy stories. They’re fun. But ultimately discreet. Along with their faultless sense of style and elegance, that’s why the rich and famous have their numbers on speed dial. How did you get together? JW: We went into business together on a trial basis, to see if we got on. Both of us had small property development companies and we knew each other first as friends. 20 years later we are celebrating our anniversary and the rest is history. HB: It’s like a marriage, except we’ve outlasted a few of those! Today we employ 23 people including 12 designers and three architects plus we have numerous artists, craftsmen and trades that we regularly work with.

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What is the signature Hill House style? HB: I would say timeless elegance but there is an unmistakable touch of glamour in everything we do. What do you think of Hygge and Shabby Chic? JW: Moving on ….! No that’s not entirely true. ‘Shabby’ is the polar opposite of our style but that doesn’t stop us creating a comfortable and relaxed home. We would use organic fabrics, textures and lighting to establish a relaxing atmosphere. How do you complement each other? JW: We generate an idea from nature, eg a Gingko leaf, a tiger …. HB: … and I imagine that as an 8.5m crystal chandelier or as handcrafted bronze panels and then we work out together how that will get made. And installed. So we’ve ended up visiting a disused train hanger in Poland to view the assembly of a chandelier. JW: Or, we’ve created an installation across the 3 domes of a hydraulic pool to replicate the solar system consisting of 3,500 pieces of blue, amethyst and silver pieces of glass. Where do your fantastic ideas take you? JW: Some far-flung spots. We use artisan glass blowers in the Czech Republic, embroidery and seamstresses from India, brass sculptors in Moscow. HB: We encourage clients to be adventurous and inventive and to take it as far as practicality and budget will allow. What we’re discussing here is the couture of interior design. Some of our best work is secret and sadly we can’t even discuss it!

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Describe your dream client. JW: We had a recent ‘captain of industry’ who fell in love with a self-playing piano in our showroom and ordered it in his favourite colour. Ferrari Red. We went on to design the interiors of his Southbank duplex based around the red piano. The original space featured in the party scene in the AbFab movie. HB: Being a successful interior designer is about giving the client what they want in a tasteful and stylish way. Even in Ferrari red! The client is so happy that we’ve moved on to design his apartment in Tribeca. Any horror stories? JW: We had to hand in our passports and phones to security when we worked on a palace in Kazakhstan. A little scary! Are there any dream jobs left? HB: We have designed Superyachts, Spas and boutique hotels but we’d like to decorate a ski chalet. With numerous industry awards, which are you proudest of? HB: We have featured 9 times in the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review. This is the bible of the interior’s world because he only selects a handful of designers to be featured out of the 15,000 entries he receives worldwide.

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Who does your hair and where do you buy your clothes? JW: Santo in Ripley is my hair doctor and we both love Piajeh (Weybridge) because she’s an amazing buyer. I love buying on our travels; especially the Hamptons and LA. HB: A local hairdresser, Grace, does my hair twice a week. It’s my indulgence. And, the joy of traveling to Paris and Milan for the design shows is shopping. Is it true that you take part in Panto? JW: Yes. The interior design industry gets together to perform a pantomime for charity. Last year it was ‘Jack and the Blingstalk’! HB: I went to theatre school as a child so being on the West End stage in panto is a dream come true. I dance, sing and in Peter Pan, I even fly. JW: I love being in panto – the sets, the hair, the make-up! What would you tell your 20 year old self? HB: Life isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon and a journey. JW: Don’t be so worried about what people think of you, trust your instinct, find your passion and follow your dreams … they know the way. hillhouseinteriors.com 01932 858 900

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s there anything we middle-aged women won’t do to keep our skin in tip top condition? I had agreed to test an invasive facial treatment for the first time and was a little nervous I admit. My face and neck was about to be pricked with needles which would leave my skin looking red and sore for a couple of days. Before we started the treatment, Cindy, a licensed and experienced aesthetician and owner of The Luxury Touch clinic, explained in detail what the 90 minute CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy) or Microneedling treatment would entail. She offers a fantastic package, making sure that you get the best possible results from her treatments. She starts by analysing the condition and thickness of your skin; crucial for safe and effective results. She performed microdermabrasion first in order to remove dead skin cells and dirt, this will help the aftercare products to work at their optimum level in healing the skin. Cindy used the latest technology Dermapen to perform CIT and pharmaceutical grade iS Clinical products and recommend these for home care after CIT. Microneedling would be very uncomfortable without an application of a powerful local anesthetic. Cindy’s clinic is one of a very few to use this high-grade product. She is also unique in giving you a fantastic 30 minute massage whilst waiting for the anesthetic to take effect. She has even massaged Vladimir Putin and has worked on many A-list clients in 5* spas during her career. CIT is a regenerative method that improves our skin’s structure. The very fine needles are used to create superficial wounds that stimulate the skin to renew itself, without causing significant damage on epidermal tissue.

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and still fighting

Darling Editor Karine Torr, celebrates our local heroines, past and present


t this moment in time, I feel awash with hashtags. #100years, #MeToo, #instawomen, #feminism, #GirlsLikeUs, #EverydaySexism, Emma Watson’s #heforshe campaign, #Fem2, #genderequality – the list is endless. It’s an exciting time for women, not only in the UK - the worldwide women’s movement is really gaining ground. There are young movements like Frances Scott’s #50:50parliament (men outnumber women 2:1 in Parliament) and Jude Kelly’s fantastic annual WOW Festival (Women of the World) at London’s Southbank and especially, The Women’s Equality Party, a liberal feminist political party in the United Kingdom that was founded by Catherine Mayer and Sandi Toksvig at the WOW Festival 2015. They felt strongly that there was a need for a political party in the United Kingdom to campaign for gender equality to the benefit of all. There are 32 million women living in the UK, they account for 51% of the population. Women make a massive contribution to society in their paid and unpaid work. They merit fair representation and inclusion in the most important decision-making institution in our country. Even our own London Mayor, Sadiq Khan is getting behind the hashtag with his very own #BehindEveryGreatCity, making gender equality a big focus for 2018.

Suffragette Magazine gives angelic status to Emily Davison. Suffragettes were members of women’s organization movements in the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly militants in Great Britain. Only in 1928 suffrage was extended to all women. Ethel Smyth, poster of The March of the Women, from Surrey History Centre


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o it seems appropriate 100 years later, to celebrate the life of a Surrey legend, Ethyl Smyth. Darling would like to thank Dr Christopher Wiley of the University of Surrey for sharing this wonderful story. Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944) lived most

A stamp printed in Great Britain dedicated to the national portrait gallery, shows Emmeline Pankhurst by Georgina Brakenbury, circa 2006

processions, addressing rallies, and developing a close relationship with Pankhurst herself. It was Smyth who taught Pankhurst to throw stones to hit their target, and in 1913 Pankhurst was even arrested at Smyth’s house. Smyth’s suffragette activity was reflected in the music she composed in the early 1910s, and particularly in her song ‘The March of the Women’. Quickly adopted as the suffragette anthem, it was sung during rallies to rouse the crowds, as well as to boost morale in prison during periods of imprisonment and hunger striking. The artwork presented the ‘March’ in the traditional suffragette colours: violet for dignity, white for purity, and green for hope. of her adult life in Surrey, first in Surrey Heath and subsequently in Hook Heath, near Woking, from 1910. History tends to remember her primarily as a pathbreaking composer of six operas and many other orchestral, chamber, and vocal works. This was an impressive output given that the music profession was then fiercely maledominated; it was extremely unusual at the time for a female composer to have enjoyed a successful international career. In later years, Smyth developed parallel activity as a writer of memoirs, biographical sketches, and polemical essays on the music profession, publishing a total of ten books. Yet the area in which she had arguably the greatest impact lay not in music or literature, but in politics. In September 1910 she heard a speech delivered by Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union, and pledged to devote two years of her life to the ‘Votes for Women’ campaign. She became a leading suffragette, heading

Picture credit: Lewis Orchard Collection Ref.9180, courtesy of Surrey History Centre.

In 1912, Smyth served a jail sentence in London’s Holloway Prison, having been arrested along with many other suffragettes for taking part in a window-smashing campaign across the West End. Visiting her in prison, the conductor Thomas Beecham witnessed a group of suffragettes singing Smyth’s ‘March’ while exercising in the yard, with the composer herself frantically attempting to beat time from her cell window using her toothbrush as a baton! Smyth’s last official act for the suffragettes also saw her conducting the ‘March’, in 1930, performed by the Metropolitan Police Band at the unveiling of the memorial statue to Pankhurst in Victoria Tower Gardens, adjacent to the Palace of Westminster. Smyth is to be commemorated by her home town in this year’s Celebrate Woking festival, ensuring that her fascinating story as a pioneering female composer and suffragette continues to inspire new generations.

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Darling Magazine’s Holly Candlish caught up with Olympic gold medalist, Georgie Twigg, ahead of this year’s EuroHockey Cup at Surbiton Hockey Club in May

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ince the women’s team Olympic Gold at Rio 2016, the sport of hockey has been enjoying enormous levels of success. Who can forget the nail-biting drama of the penalty shoot-out to determine the final podium positions between GB and the Netherlands? In a bid to sustain this level of interest Surbiton Hockey Club are proudly hosting this year’s EuroHockey Women’s tournament from 17th-20th May. “We are excited to be staging this top-class event for the first time in the UK. Surbiton will be buzzing with sports fans eager to see some of the best clubs in the world. Having done so well at the Olympics there’s a bigger hockey fan


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base than ever and this will keep it in the public eye and inspire the next generation of players, “says Georgie Twigg, Olympic gold medalist and Surbiton mid-fielder. It’s no surprise that Surbiton, the second oldest club in the world, is hosting this prestigious European event as their playing record sets the team head and shoulders above other UK clubs. The line-up is impressive. Fellow Olympic gold medallists, Holly Webb and Giselle Ansley join Twigg, with a further four international players contributing to their success. National champions four years in a row, the team has enjoyed an unbeaten run of 52 matches. Surbiton Ladies 1s are the best of the

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best and relish the opportunity of showing local supporters just how good they are. Event-goers can undoubtedly expect to see world-class hockey. The strong field includes over 40 Olympians and teams from Holland, Germany, Spain, Ireland and Belarus. “They are the strongest teams in Europe, but it is the Dutch who are the main competition,” says Georgie, “however, after the win at Rio, I feel more confident about facing them in the Euros.” Team GB’s performance at Rio was truly inspiring and Georgie is happy to relive the closing moments of the tense - if you were watching from your sofa - final. “It’s all a bit surreal. We knew if we kept it tight, and kept the score-line tight, then we stood a chance. With the final whistle we were tied 3-3 and it came down to penalties. At this point our captain ran up shouting, ‘Yes, we’ve got this girls!’ We’d beaten them before on penalties, so going into it our hopes were really high. It doesn’t make it any easier, but when Holly (Webb) stepped up I was actually very confident. The Dutch goalkeeper hadn’t seen her take a penalty before and didn’t have a clue what she was about to do. She was our secret weapon. The goal was a euphoric moment with us all running together screaming and crying.“ Since reaching the pinnacle of her sporting dreams winning Olympic Gold, 27 year old Georgie has retired from the international stage and has set herself different goals both on and off the playing field. “I now have a normal working

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week training to be lawyer in London. Legal books have replaced the Monday-Friday training at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. On the sports front, taking Surbiton to the top and inspiring young people to take up the sport is now my goal.” To encourage young players, Surbiton trains more than 900 colts each week and is well known for its youth development programme. “For instance, Team GB player, Sarah Haycroft started playing at Surbiton aged ten and now at 26 years old captains the Ladies 1s,” she explains. “Teenagers regularly train and play with us in the first team. We want to nurture young players and inspire them. We are offering free entry to school children on the first day of the Euros to give them the opportunity to enjoy top level hockey first hand.” In the Olympics, Team GB had every confidence they would win and Georgie is certain that the home crowd will be a deciding factor for Surbiton HC at the Euros. “The Dutch are our nemesis and it is current champions HC‘s-Hertogenbosch from the Netherlands that we most fear. They always do well; they always win it. But we’re hoping with a home advantage, with our crowd on our home pitch, this is our year to win it.” To book tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/event/eurohockeyclub-cup-women/-/1194239/ For the school’s discount code contact: jobrownatjays@yahoo.co.uk

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lec Stewart OBE was the guest of honour who opened the new Jarrett Indoor Cricket Centre at Reed’s School this spring. Nearly 200 guests gathered to celebrate the new facility which features cutting-edge technology and building design. Alec Stewart told the guests, “The new Indoor Cricket facility at Reed’s is the best I have seen in England and that includes all the 1st class counties too. It’s of the highest order! Congratulations to you all; these world-class facilities have the potential to produce top quality players for Surrey and also for England.” The building is named in honour of David Jarrett, former Headmaster of Reed’s School, who was the first man to achieve double blues from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities in Cricket. Mark Hoskins, Hoskins, David David Jarrett Jarrett and and Alec Alec Stewart Stewart OBE OBE Mark

Local cricketing legend and world-class fast bowler, Bob Willis, also came along to join in the celebrations and view the new facility. He recalled that as an RGS, Guildford schoolboy he scored his only century on one of Reed’s Schools’ cricket pitches! The centre features 5 lanes which are customised to replicate wicket conditions at major grounds around the world. They are also fitted with PitchVision technology, which provides real-time video and performance analysis for players of all levels, from beginners to professionals. The Jarrett Cricket Centre is the first facility in the UK to have this technology integrated into its construction from build level. Over a dozen local clubs already utilise the facility - from Juniors to Seniors including a number of girls teams and courses are up and running for children of all abilities from the ages of 6 to 17. Keith Medlycott, cricket professional at Reed’s who is running the centre, commented “Clubs and schools in the area are welcome to come along to a taster session to try out the facilities here. We are also running Masterclass sessions or courses, open to all, designed to specialise in certain skill sets within the game. Our aim is to ensure the whole community can benefit – adults who would like to play should note that we’ll be running six-a-side Indoor League in the summer!” A unique philanthropic enterprise, all profits generated from lettings will go directly to provide educational and pastoral support for children through the Reed’s Foundation. The Foundation, originally called the London Orphan Asylum, was established in 1813 to help financially disadvantaged children who have lost the support of one or both parents. Since it was founded over 12,000 children have had their lives transformed thanks to the Foundation; this work continues today at Reed’s School. reeds.surrey.sch.uk

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Pony dreams can come true! A joy for children all over Surrey


oes your child dream of unicorns, cowboys, Olympic gold medals or a pony of their own? Do you love horses yourself and maybe rode when you were younger? Would you like your child to be more connected with nature, take responsibility, behave better, love animals, have fun, gain confidence, keep active, be calm and relaxed and feel a sense of accomplishment from learning a new skill?


Your child can do all of this and more through learning to ride a horse or pony. There is growing evidence to suggest that being active outdoors and connecting with an animal has many benefits beyond the physical. According to the researchers, one of the most important realizations that looking after and being with animals gave to children was the understanding that, by taking care of animals, they learned to take care of

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themselves as well. Adults also benefit from bonding with a horse and spending time in a green environment. Teenagers’ mental health can also be helped from being with ponies in the countryside.

So where should you go? Why not try Shetland Pony Club, a hidden gem in Surrey, where the magic of 18 delightful Shetland ponies can make your family’s pony dreams come true. At their

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Ranch in Cobham, children as young as 2½ years old can ride the adorable Shetland ponies through their beautiful countryside. Enjoy the changing seasons with grassy meadows and bluebells giving way to wildflower meadows then cornfields and stubble. It’s a quintessentially English experience, where tweed clad helpers guiding at your child’s pace, ensure that your little ones create a bond with their Shetland pony and love as they learn. Adults enjoy an enriching sense of wellbeing and connection too, through Shetland pony walking in the wonderful rural surroundings. It’s something different and requires no prior knowledge - just a love of animals and a desire to connect. Rosemary and the team at Shetland Pony Club are passionate about ponies and the countryside and their mission is to support more parents and children around the world connect with horses and ponies. They are beginner’s specialists helping over 7,000 children start riding and want to help more people connect with animals and nature. Children can enjoy gentle Starter Rides, meeting and brushing their cute Shetland pony before riding him around the delightful meadows with their helper. They can learn pony care too on Pony Mornings. There’s delightful pony birthday parties and their legendary pony summer camps too. Teenagers, too can benefit physically and mentally by helping out with the ponies at the ranch. If you love ponies but are not able to visit, Shetland Pony Club can bring the wonderful world of ponies to you. Why not enjoy the Club online by Adopting a Shetland Pony, or help your child learn horse riding with their online courses, that help set parents on the right path with ponies, wherever they are in the world. The benefits of connecting with ponies and nature are becoming increasingly important in today’s busy world and Shetland Pony Club is the perfect place for all the family to start. shetlandponyclub.co.uk

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Having a united front is the holy grail of parenting, says Elaine Halligan of The Parent Practice. Here are her top tips on communicating with your partner to find unanimity on tricky family issues By Philippa Hennessy


s parents, presenting a united front is not always easy – there is often one parent who does not uphold the mealtime rules, allowing the children sweets before dinner or to stay up past their bedtime. If one is more authoritarian and the other has a more laissez-faire approach, how on earth do you achieve any consensus? It’s difficult to get children to be cooperative if the family rules are not being upheld by both parents.

A UNITED FRONT CAN GO A LONG WAY • If your children are very young, agree on a strategy for teaching them how to dress themselves or how to react when they have a tantrum. • Agree on the rules and boundaries in different situations, whether it is at meal time, on excursions or away on holiday. • Acknowledge your partner’s point of view when it differs to yours. • Compromise when there is disagreement consistency is more important than the actual rule. • When there is conflict with your partner, do not criticise but make requests and explain your needs. • Respect each other’s commitments outside the home and family life by taking into consideration how much free time one of you may have from day-to-day.

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• Complement each other on matters that relate to your children, such as backing each other up when one of you is enforcing a rule. • Avoid criticising and arguing with each other in front of the children. Instead, say positive things to/about your partner in front of them - should you need to discuss a contentious issue, then it is best to wait until the children are not in earshot or in bed. • Consult your partner before making promises to the children. • It is normal behaviour for children to play you off each other, particularly when one of you says “no” to something. Elaine Halligan is the London director of The Parent Practice, an organisation that delivers positive parenting skills to enable parents to bring out the best in their children theparentpractice.com

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Season your lamb with salt and cracked black pepper. Then rub your meat with the marinade and leave to rest for at least 3 hours. Once the lamb has marinated place it on the BBQ, fat side down, and cook for 5 minutes until it has browned. Flip it and cook for a further 5 minutes to sear the other side. Move the coals to the side of the BBQ to reduce the heat under the meat and cook steadily for 30-40 minutes, turning so it does not burn. Cook the meat for this long to achieve rare, pink meat. Remove from the BBQ and wrap in foil, and let it rest for 15 minutes.


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hat you’ll find at Saffron Summer in Chessington could be expected at top central London Indian restaurants, not in Surrey, and at double the prices too. This is no ordinary curry house! Saffron Summer can truly be described as a ‘Haute Indian Cuisine’ fine dining venue. The Executive Chef is Oberoi trained Awanish Roy, who joined Saffron Summer from The Cinnamon Club in Westminster. I was blown away by the dishes Ralph selected for our lunch. We started with a Gol Guppa (a spicy cold shot) and Sev Batata Puri (Ajwaini spiced chickpeas and potatoes, wheat crisps, yoghurt and tamarind). As the appetisers were fairly light, we managed

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events. The chefs are regular demonstrators at food festivals all over the UK including the BBC Good Food Show. Their clear passion to create dishes with a fusion take on the traditional Indian cuisine is why the NC Supper Clubs are taking off and treating guests to incredible food. From Chef Anjula Devi, author of “Spice for Life”, Chef Dipna Anand author of “Beyond Brilliant”, to Dan Toombs author of “The Curry Guy” and Chef Elisabeth Brown of Coco Labelle, these are just a few of the top names that Nesan works with. Adding to his already incredible menu of chefs, Nesan is also keen to work with his good friends such as writers and chefs Atul Kochhar (Benares Restaurant), Hari Ghotra, Suresh Pillai (Hoppers London), Sabrina Ghayour, Mallika Basu (Food Columnist, Evening Standard) and Asma Khan (Darjeeling Express). The events are targeted at food lovers who want to be part of this exclusive NC Supper Clubs experience. A love of food and exploring flavours is all that is needed.

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BBC Four’s programme, presented by Amber Butchart, explored the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore, whilst Ninya’s team recreated the clothing using only traditional techniques. The costumes created include the ‘Arnolfini dress’, from the Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck (on display at National Portrait Gallery), the ‘Hedge Cutter’ leather jacket from a portrait at Broughton Castle, the dress of Dido Elizabeth Belle from a painting at Scone Palace, the Jupon of the Black Prince from the effigy at Canterbury Cathedral and Marie Antoinette’s ‘Chemise á la Reine’ from Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. The collection also includes an outfit of Charles II, taken from a portrait of the monarch at Ham House. Sophie Johnson, Senior Visitor Experience Officer said ‘We are especially excited to be able to display the outfit of Charles II in the Marble Dining Room next to the image that inspired it’.

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themselves for the break-up of their parents’ relationship and it can be difficult to convince them otherwise.

It’s important to recognise from the outset that children react to stressful situations in different ways to adults. They do not have the same frame of reference to work from, so to them the feelings of abandonment, confusion, loneliness and even anger are new and often completely overwhelming. Frequently, children blame

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Parents who are thinking of separating need to keep confrontation in front of the children to an absolute minimum, and be aware of how disturbing it is for a child to witness or hear their parents arguing. Also, that children can pick up on an ‘atmosphere’. Children are extremely empathic and can be affected just as much by frosty silences as they can by mum and dad’s arguments.

Have a plan A parenting plan can help make the transition period much smoother, and give you both a point of reference that’s agreed and in place before you start divorce proceedings. At this point, don’t be afraid to ask for help. A third party can often mediate between two partners to ensure the welfare of the children remains a priority from start to finish. Remember that this part of a divorce can become highly emotionally charged, so a mediator can often help to keep a sense of perspective and to calm the situation.

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Who should the child live with? In most cases, the parents make their own arrangements about with whom their child should live, and when the other parent has contact. If agreed amicably, there is no need for a court order.

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going gets tough Surrey girls get trekking. Alison Shannon reports


rampons, ice-slides, freezing temperatures and altitude sickness are a few of the challenges that an intrepid group of Surrey mums overcame when they climbed the 4167m Toubkal peak in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Spurred on by the £10K they had raised for colon cancer charity, 40tude, the ‘Toubkal 8’ found themselves far out of their comfort zone and a long way from their leafy Box Hill training ground.

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that night we eat a tagine outside and it’s freezing. We are reminded that we are in the desert in the winter.

Day 2

Bus to Imlil, in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. We set off on an acclimatisation walk and enjoy a tagine lunch while listening to Dr Warren Hyer, a specialist in colon cancer from St Mark’s Hospital explain how the money we raise will be spent. We walk 3 hours to the gite we are staying in that night and our mood is buoyant largely due to Warren’s stirring words. However, that night it’s really cold. We sit inside, eating a tagine, wearing hats, gloves and coats thinking ‘my goodness, what have we let ourselves in for?’

Day 3

The Toubkal ‘8’

Team leader Alison Shannon’s diary from the trek:Day 1

Lots of excitement as we exit the terminal at Marrakesh. We are overwhelmed by the colours, smells and romance of this exotic city on the short ride to our riad. In Marrakesh the weather is pleasant but


Load our kit on mules and start walking to our next stop, a 3000m high base camp. Following instructions we start drinking tons of water meaning loo stops behind rocks every 5 minutes. After lunch (another tagine) we crack on, walking up a screed path, and almost immediately hit the snowline where we wave goodbye to the mules and carry the kit ourselves. It’s a slow walk up to the refuge and we get there in the dark, all using our walking poles. Before unpacking, we assemble outside to learn how to walk in crampons and what to do with our ice-axe. This is unsettling as they teach us

how to use it to break a fall. I thought we’d be shown how to use crampons and icepicks as a safety precaution, not that there was a real possibility we might use them ‘in anger’. The mood of the party changes and there is no more larking about. At this altitude, some of the party feel ill and are quite grim. Some are sick before even seeing a tagine. The refuge has a rustic dining-room with one fire, the dorms are freezing with no heating and the toilet is grim and only accessible wearing a head torch. The entire party sleep in one dorm but I am next to the puking Helen and in the end seek medical aid - in the dark, using my head torch. As I drift off to sleep my tummy feels ‘funny’. Great!

Day 4

Wake at 2.45am and lucky to get 45 minutes

spring 2018 | darlingmagazine.co.uk Alison Shannon and Dr Hyer

Alison on top of the world


Trekkers ascending Toubkal, Morocco

sleep – if that. Stumble down to breakfast and vomit into my cereal bowl. Three of our group ruled out but I am determined to keep going. Start trekking in earnest at 4.00am fearful through lack of sleep, cold and the sheer magnitude of the challenge. The climb is pitch black, sheer drops either side and extremely narrow and steep. One guy turns back after half an hour and two more follow suit. With no spare guides left, we realise that stopping means the whole group turning back. We’d envisaged trekking on packed snow not forging a path though fresh thigh-deep powder – I am

on my knees trying to scramble along and it is really tough going. Then the sun rises which is spectacular but at least when it’s dark you can’t see what lies on either side. Huge gusts of wind stop us in our tracks and we hang on with our ice picks. Water bottles freeze up. My crampon falls off. I concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other thinking of my family. Finally we hit the summit and focus on the sponsorship money and enjoy the spectacular views. It had taken us 5 hours rather than 3 hours and still have a 7 hour walk back to Imlil. We half walk, half slide our way down and finally reach the gite with our head torches back on.

I am too tired to climb the stairs to our room. Dinner, wine and dancing follow and with it a feeling of euphoria. And finally, thankfully, bed.

Day 5

Everyone on a real high. We fly home and are proud of our resilience in adversity. The trek raised over £60,000 for 40tude and my final thoughts to anyone reading my diary is to get yourself screened for colon cancer; and please don’t serve me tagine at a dinner party! For more information: 40tude.org.uk

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pring, and an emptynester’s fancy, lightly turns to thoughts of downsizing. But at the same time, flash-backs to previous house-moves. Frantic rummaging, after finding only a cucumber and a puncture repair kit in the vital box marked ‘corkscrew’; losing all trace of your kids’ exam certificates, so they will never go to university or get a job; spending a fortune at the Cat Psychologist to get Tiddles through the trauma. Years ago, our local removals company, Bushells, moved us from Clarence Road to Woodhayes Road. They were really good. Keep it local, people! However, just before we moved, my husband had brought home a ‘video’ (remember those) lent to him by our Best Man. NB: like my husband, our Best Man was also a sad, trainee accountant, which contextualises the following, (not being nasty about trainee accountants - no trainee accountant ever describes their life as anything but terribly sad, but then they qualify and buy a BMW and join a golf club and are very happy.) The video was entitled ‘The Lover’s Guide’. (You must remember it - it was luridly advertised on bus-sides in the ‘90’s.) We watched a bit of it, feeling quite racy but also sheepish, before being so embarrassed we hid it down the back of a book-case. It was a sort of quasi-scientific documentary about how shop local

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