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inspiring women

SAMANTHA TRINDER brings her inner bhuti to work HILL RISE Richmond Hill's gorgeous high street Where to EAT & DRINK this summer

Golf with film stars The Stage Golfing Society Find your look for the summer season Style & makeup advice from the experts

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Dear Darling reader,

Cover: Samantha Trinder Photography by Cythare Cooper Makeup by Becky Crisp, bhuti

........................... Publisher Darling Magazine UK Karine Torr Editor Marja-Leena Toseland All Enquiries 07802 949836 Email richmond@ Contributors Lyndsay Russell, Paul Mendelson, Valerie McBride-Munro Photography Cythare Cooper Design Anu West Printer Aquatint Distribution Three Colours Ltd Darling Kingston kingston@ Darling Wimbledon Karine Torr: 07930 396356 Darling North Surrey Philippa Hennessy: 07772 633339 Darling Ascot and Sunningdale Martine Curzon: 07788 444184 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.

editor’s letter

We are so excited to bring you this first edition of Darling Richmond and Twickenham! The Darling team has been writing to SW London, North Surrey and Ascot readers, most of whom are women like you, for nearly nine years now. We bring our readers interesting, local and varied topics that aim to inspire. Our story started in Wimbledon Village and it’s gone from strength to strength ever since, reaching over 100,000 loyal readers today. We are thrilled to have Samantha Trinder, the owner of bhuti and The Bingham Hotel, as our Inspiring Woman. Samantha’s approach to combining a healthy work-life balance and running, not just one, but two successful businesses, is truly inspirational. Hill Rise on Richmond Hill is one of my favourite places for a spot of shopping or a quiet catch up with a friend, over a coffee, drink or a meal. We’ve spoken to the business owners there to find out what’s behind the pretty shopfronts. We’ve also lifted the curtain at the Stage Golfing Society at Richmond Golf Club and bring you a great shortlist of the best places to eat and drink now locally. We’ve got Wimbledon Tennis and the pick of the best for the summer season events covered too. This summer issue also gives you tips and advice for a healthy and stylish summer ahead; from Alex the Healthy Girl’s easy to slim down tips and Chris James’s 12Day Cleanse (yes, there is still time for that), to Lesley Silwood's styling for a cool and sophisticated look and Kristina Gasperas's expert makeup tips for making you the most beautiful version of you. Hope you enjoy the read! Until September .. when we’ll bring you our autumn issue. Marja-Leena Toseland Editor | CONTENTS 5 4 7 10 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 21 22 25 26 27 29 30 32 37 39 40 41 42 44 45 45 46 47

Editor's letter Samantha Trinder has Richmond in her blood Hill Rise - A lovely stretch of Richmond Hill with a real village feel Where to eat and drink this summer? Alex, The Healthy Girl's slimming tips Darling meets up with Chris James, health and wellbeing expert Vibrant vegan food comes to Richmond On the couch with Dr De-Stress, Mariette Jansen This summer's look by Lesley Silwood, Buba London styling service Amazing what skillfully applied makeup and a blow-dry can do Fashion for a cause - Richmond students took to the catwalk Best of the British summer Wimbledon tennis: battle of the brands Settlement agreements - ensuring a MOORE favourable exit Calling all local golfers! Golf with film stars: The Stage Golfing Society The Ivy Cafe has entered the Richmond league of stylish eateries Dorich House Out and about with the Darling editor Richmond Run Fest Schools in the News Apps for everyone Love local The WIllow Health Restaurant & Bar Dressing the windows by Valerie McBride-Munro What's on Paul Mendelson's bridge column Lyndsay Russell's Point of View Independent thinking makes all the difference

inspiring woman

Samantha TRINDER

has Richmond in her blood


eaching yoga, running and fabulous hotel and a wellness centre should be a tall order but Samantha takes it in her stride. Our editor went to find out how she does it. When Samantha was just five, her parents bought the Bingham as a family home, to live in one part and let rooms in the other. They had been running a successful nursing home business previously. Samantha and her siblings and cousins all worked at the hotel during school and university holidays and she saw


from a young age that the place had potential to be so much more than the budget accommodation it was offering. Samantha’s moment to fulfil this potential came when she was in her early twenties when her mother wanted to sell the hotel which was in financial difficulty. Someone from the family had to step in to save the hotel and she stepped up to the challenge in 2001, taking over the running of it in 2004. Her first priorities were to improve the service and smarten the place up. A number of the original team left, and things


started improving. Only a year into her role, in 2005, an extensive business plan for refurbishments was put together in order to create Richmond’s first boutique hotel. Samantha has now got a great right hand man managing the hotel, Erick Kervaon, who carries on the ethos of delivering old school personal service.

You have proven to be an amazing hotelier after turning the Bingham around and making it into Richmond’s first, and still the only,

inspiring woman boutique hotel after you took over at the helm. What would you say are the key qualities in you that have made this possible? As a Cancerian, I like to make a place feel like a home and look nice - a boutique hotel should be a home from home, but even more special than that. I was also a bit of a daydreamer and a bookworm as a child, I studied English at university and always had a way with words. At the start, I used to write all the hotel brochures, newsletters and the website content. Sadly, I can’t fit that into my day now but I do think it gave us a bit of an edge as all the written communication was carefully considered and sounded that little bit different from what you’d expect. I think I inherited good people skills from my father. It’s a strength especially when dealing with difficult

guests and also in everyday dealings with staff too. I don’t see myself as the best manager but I think I’m quite an inspirational person who can motivate others. Thankfully our staff and the people we work with buy into my vision. It has worked well despite me spending less time at the hotel last year when I was setting up bhuti. One good example is when we hired a new chef in 2008 who wanted to get a Michelin Star. And we got it in 2011! It was a team effort as we all shared this goal and worked towards achieving it.

As if running the Bingham wouldn’t keep you busy enough, you opened another sizeable business, bhuti, last year. Where did the idea for a wellbeing and yoga centre come from? I got into yoga in 2002 after my son was born. I found running the hotel quite stressful and don’t see

myself as a natural business leader as I take things very personally. Having taken just six weeks off with my son, I wanted a proper maternity leave when I had my daughter five years ago and decided to embark on yoga teacher training initially to learn more, as there is so much to learn about the body and the mind. I’ve done three yoga teacher qualifications now. Our lifestyle in the western world takes its toll on our health. The idea for bhuti evolved from this interest in healthy living. I had my eyes on the bhuti site for a long time. When it became available in 2009 we couldn’t secure it at the right price and it became The Sanctuary Spa. I then embarked on a meditation course to further my knowledge. We tried again to get the site at 2012 when the Sanctuary closed down but the landlord didn’t accept our offer then either. Another two-three years went by and I was now a qualified yoga teacher and busy teaching when we finally SUMMER 2017


inspiring woman succeeded in acquiring the building. It’s as if the universe was ready when it was the perfect time for me to find my own place where I could bring healthy eating, yoga and treatments together in one wellness centre. The idea for running a place that’s like a day-retreat came from my childhood. My mother went to retreats regularly, for the first time just after my father’s death, when I was 12, and she had broken down. I think that experience almost saved her life. She was running a big company, her husband had just died, she had three children to support and the business was about to go under. So an idea of a retreat had been at the back of my mind for a long time.

How do you split your time between your two businesses? I have been spending most of my time at bhuti since it opened just over a year ago. It’s now stable and established so I will be spending a bit more time at the Bingham again. We will be refurbishing the bar and the restaurant soon having


just finished the bedrooms and I enjoy being very involved with the whole process. I also teach three to four yoga classes and a couple of private lessons a week. Teaching a class changes my mood right away and everything seems so much better, fabulous actually! Attending a yoga class leaves us feeling good afterwards, but teaching a class for me is even more amazing.’

Do you see one of your children joining in the family business later? Not necessarily. In fact, my son Remus dreams of becoming a professional golfer, and my daughter Ana-May says, with her five-year old’s enthusiasm, that she’d love to be a teacher. I feel at times that I’m not doing enough parenting. It’s a balancing act as I work in the evenings so I try to spend the afternoons with my children. Although I believe that children need to learn to be independent too. One of my


happiest times was when I was on maternity leave with my daughter, but I decided to go back to work fearing that I would get bored being a stay at home mum. When I was studying for my yoga diploma I learned about functional illnesses, which are stress-related illnesses, and how these have increased monumentally in women, by around 25%, over the last decade. Women are over-working and over-stretched as most of us still bear the responsibility of home, housework and childcare despite working full-time.

What are your favourite places/restaurants/shops in Richmond? The Retreat Kitchen on Richmond Hill and also Petersham Nurseries, are great for breakfast and lunch. I always find something lovely to wear at Anna Boutique which is next door to bhuti. 1 Duke Street is great for meeting friends over cocktails.

HILLSTREET RISE HIGH Sunninghill’s Best Kept Secrets

A lovely stretch of Richmond Hill with real village feel This gently sloping street feels like miles away from the busy town centre of Richmond. This is a genuinely pleasant place to shop, stop for a coffee or meet for a delicious lunch or dinner. It’s even home to Richmond’s cutest pub! You will find an incredible variety of specialist businesses here, most of whom have operated from the same premises for years, even decades. Anna Boutique Anna established her boutique on Richmond Hill 33 years ago and it has gone from strength to strength. Her local and worldwide clientele are very loyal and can’t get enough of her beautiful, colourful, Italian made clothes which she cherry picks herself on frequent visits to Italy. She is a stylist and is very happy to give advice and recommendations on anything to do with fashion and how to look gorgeous regardless of your age or size.

44 Hill Rise 020 8948 0199

The Gooday Gallery, established for over 45 years on Richmond Hill, has a well-deserved reputation as specialists selling high quality early 20th century antiques. Owner of the business Debbie Gooday personally sources all the items in the gallery including original Art Deco paintings and posters, exciting 1920s glass, ceramics and furniture. The business is globally known for stocking a large varied 14 Richmond Hill selection of silver modernist 020 8940 8652 / 07710124540 Scandinavian jewellery from the 1920s to the '60s.

Bramble & Moss An independent flower shop, situated on Hill Rise. The shop may be tiny but pay them a visit and you’ll discover it’s not only packed full of gorgeous flowers but also unusual gift ideas. Hand-tied bouquets delivered locally and nationwide. Visit, call or order online at 60 Hill Rise | 020 8332 2268 bhuti An eco wellbeing escape in Richmond, offering yoga, Pilates, holistic spa treatments, complementary therapies, events, workshops and an organic vegan soil association certified café. Offering over 50 treatments, our intuitive therapists work miracles on your mind, body, complexion and soul. With the best teachers in West London, classes are held in the expansive studio flooded with natural light. Members and non-members welcome.

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Chez Lindsay A few short steps from the bridge, Chez Lindsay has been serving Richmond since 1988. This authentically French restaurant focuses on Brittany. With savoury and sweet pancakes, lots of fresh seafood and fish, and meat dishes including a classic steak frites, there is something to suit everyone. Breton sparkling cider in cups and a chance to brush up your French are added attractions of this Richmond gem. 11 Hill Rise | 020 8948 7473 | The Victoria Inn Richmond's smallest and friendliest pub, close to the river and Richmond Park on Hill Rise. We are a traditional cosy pub serving drinks and we have a secret garden with a covered area and heaters. Pop in and enjoy a drink and pub banter you won't find anywhere else. Bring this page with you to enter our draw for a bottle of champagne! 78 Hill Rise | 020 8940 2531 R&H café gallery Run by Zahra, whose mission is to continue her parents Ruby and Hossein's legacy of enriching customers’ lives with quality food and beverages and with traditional art works that touch the soul. Ruby and Hossein were the most loving and caring people who enriched many people’s lives, through charitable work and their day-to-day business in Iran and were determined to leave a lasting positive impact on anyone whose paths crossed theirs. Go and say “Vaght be kheir” (have a good time) and let Zahra treat you to a quality coffee and cakes or the dish of the day. 15 Richmond Hill | 020 89484087 | Fig Cashmere Fig offers classic cashmere with a contemporary twist. For the summer months we have a selection of cashmere and cotton pieces as well as beautiful accessories in gorgeous colours. We also stock a great selection of gift items. As a family business, we believe strongly in fair trade. Fig has two production sites in Kathmandu, Nepal, where our high-quality knitwear and wraps are manufactured. Exclusive offer for Darling readers receive 10% off on full priced items. Terms and Conditions apply. 10 Hill Rise | 0208 940 2561



Latin Angel Studio This elegant and refined custom tattoo studio nestles in the heart of Richmond Hill - one of the most charming streets in Richmond. We offer a first class tattooing experience to all our customers, from first contact through to consultation, tattooing and aftercare, we also collect and sell unique artwork, jewellery, taxidermy and curiosities from around the world. 17 Richmond Hill 0208 9485535

The Retreat Kitchen The Retreat Kitchen is a plant-based café co-owned by Nick Knowles, Maggie Nuttall and Claire Langdon. They serve a great array of seasonal salads, quiches, sweet treats and at the weekend you can enjoy a vegan brunch plate with scrambled tofu and smokey beans. Their speciality coffee, organic teas and vegan beer and wine will also delight your senses. 16 Hill Rise | 020 8127 0700 |

Protégé Gallery is an experimental new business model – a social enterprise that showcases emerging artists, who in turn support the skills development of educationally excluded young people. Protégé’s artists are mainly graduates from the UK’s prestigious art schools. Their art brings a cool Shoreditch vibe to the Richmond cultural scene. The gallery sells paintings, ceramics, handmade gifts, homeware and vintage curiosities. 82 Hill Rise | TW10 6UB | 07957 124 254

Richmond Rascals Are specialists in luxury grooming and pet care. Their services are designed to keep your pet in fine health and looking great! Your pets will have the time of their lives, whether they need just a walk or to spend a few hours, the whole day or overnight in our care. Open Monday to Saturday 8:30am until 5/6pm. 12 Richmond Hill 020 8948 2250 / 07771 854 418

loving the fabric Gay Appleby opened her gorgeous boutique, loving the fabric, in November 2016 and since then, it has earned the reputation as a special place for those who want to find inspirational fashion fabrics, lace, buttons and trim, so they can sew beautiful things! loving the fabric also offers group and individual sewing lessons, workshops, a weekly sewing cafe, and special evening events throughout the year. 64 Hill Rise | 0208 332 6031 | SUMMER 2017 9

Local restaurant guide: WHERE TO EAT The Bingham Delicious – Inside and Out

61 – 63 Petersham Road, Richmond 020 8940 0902 |

One of Richmond upon Thames most picturesque spots with a balcony terrace overlooking the river for outside drinking and dining in summer. The sound of the Thames soothes and relaxes; the friendly pre-emptive service brings you back to the present. British biased, subtle flavours fuse together from clever combinations of natural ingredients by Head Chef, Andrew Cole. Seasonal menus, adapted daily, feature dishes such as Mackerel, Heritage tomato, tomato consommé granita and pumpernickel bread. Don't pass on their lipsmacking desserts and cocktails.

The Ivy Café, Richmond Features an all-day café-style menu offering breakfast, lunch, light snacks, afternoon tea, cocktails, weekend brunch and dinner. Serving delectable dishes such as tuna carpaccio – crushed avocado, jalapeno, coriander and lime dressing with shaved radish; and the classic chicken Milanese – brioche crumbed chicken Milanese with fried hen’s egg and black truffle. The unique cocktails include classics with a local twist like the ‘Richmond Park Royale’ – kir royale with Briottet rose liqueur, Sipsmith sloe gin and hibiscus topped with Champagne; and the ‘Riverside Collins’ – a mix of Wyborowa vodka, elderflower cordial, cucumber, apple and lime, topped with Aspall cyder.

9-11 Hill Street, Richmond, TW9 1SX 0203 146 7733 |

Petersham Nurseries The Café is a charmingly casual yet sophisticated restaurant, set within a glasshouse. Brimming with fragrant bougainvillea and jasmine, an oasis that never fails to captivate and enchant. Respecting the Slow Food philosophy, the Café serves seasonal, Italian inspired food. In fine weather service takes place outside in our wisteria canopied courtyard. The Teahouse offers wholesome seasonal food, complimented with fresh statement salads. Alongside the savoury offerings are hearty homemade cakes, whole leaf teas and freshly ground coffee. With enthusiasm and dedication to detail, the dishes served are inspired by the kitchen garden as well as its British and Italian heritage. Church Lane (signed posted 'St Peter's Church') Off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB 020 8940 5230 | 10



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Jackson + Rye Jackson + Rye in Richmond is located next to the iconic Richmond Bridge, making it a perfect place to unwind and sip delicious Bloody Mary with brunch on the weekend at the riverfront terrace or enjoy top-class hospitality and stunning dishes, carefully crafted to bring the best flavours of East Coast delivered in a social environment by a dedicated J+R team. Hotham House, 1 Heron Square, Richmond, TW9 1EJ | 020 8948 6951 |

Chez Lindsay Not far from the madding crowd of Richmond’s high street chains, step into this Brittany outpost to experience a little piece of France on Thames. Sample the pancakes and seafood, twin glories of Breton cooking, or venture across the border to Normandy for chicken with calvados sauce. A choice of sparkling ciders and a regularly updated wine list include plenty of options by glass or pichet. With friendly professional French service in a relaxed setting, Chez Lindsay provides a few hours away from it all. 11 Hill Rise, Richmond TW10 6UQ | 020 8948 7473 |

La Buvette An independent, French bistro in the centre of Richmond town The bistro has an intimate dining room and a secluded courtyard. They have been serving local residents since 2004. The menu represents Regional French cooking, with nods to the influencing neighbours of Spain, Basque, northern Italy and North Africa. The menu changes fortnightly with the Prix Fixe at ÂŁ18.50 for the 3 courses. 6 Church Walk, Richmond, TW9 1SN 020 8940 6264 |

The wine represents all the regions of France. Open every day for lunch and dinner. SUMMER 2017 11

health, beauty & wellbeing

HEALTHY summer slimming...


ick-start a healthy eating plan now to avoid jetting off on your summer holiday wishing you had started sooner. These two principles are key to achieving an effective healthy eating lifestyle that lasts: Reduce Sugar Reduce your sugar intake, including from hidden sugars in bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Choose low glycemic alternatives to balance blood sugar and naturally support your metabolism. You’ll

also reduce cravings, poor energy, brain fog and the likelihood of many life-threatening diseases. Instead switch to brown rice, quinoa or lentils. Swap white potatoes for cauliflower, sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Try gluten free rye/pumpernickel bread, it’s especially tasty when toasted. Add Protein Power
 Low glycemic protein rich meals will energise and help you stay on track all day long. At breakfast opt for eggs and smoked salmon on rye, or yoghurt with berries and chia seeds. Eat lean meats or wild fish with green veggies at lunch and dinner. Also, take a slow release casein protein drink like Proform daily to enhance energy and help pull in your waist, plus firm and tone your body all over.

If it's good enough for HOLLYWOOD... Our editor tried the Fire & Ice Facial by iS Clinical

A favourite with the likes of Halle Berry and Gwyneth Paltrow, and best selling treatment at the Four Seasons, Beverley Hills.” With an intro like this I had to find out what it could do to my drenched winter skin.

about. It didn’t feel too bad. A rejuvenating mask with antioxidants such as green tea and aloe vera followed in order to hydrate and sooth the skin. At the end a blend of cosmeceutical serums and creams completed the treatment.

The iS Clinical brand is available at in Harmony, Hampton Court; a lovely, tranquil place with a feel of the orient and the treatment menu of a top-notch medi-spa.

Wow! I was blown away by the smoothness of my skin afterwards. My stubborn lines, on my forehead especially, had disappeared and lines around my eyes seemed a lot finer. My skin is still looking and feeling hydrated and the deeper lines haven’t come back yet, a week after the treatment. See:

My therapist Ashley promised I would see amazing results even after one treatment (£80) although a course of three is recommended. This is an intensive resurfacing medi-facial using plant based pharmaceutical-grade ingredients - gentle on the skin but achieving maximum results. After cleansing my skin, a powerful Intensive Resurfacing Masque, made with sugar cane extract which is a potent natural source of glycolic acid and retinol (vitamin A), was applied to my face and left for 5 minutes. This was a peel, but so gentle that no down time was needed. Ashley warned me that the removal method would feel quite hot but was nothing to worry 12


health & wellbeing

Darling meets up with health & wellbeing expert


In the beginning my clients started to see noticeable shifts and improvements in their health and well being. Its success was due mainly to word of mouth. Retail has proven to be a sharp learning curve!

You’ve also written a book recently. Can you tell me about Mind Body Cleanse

It has been a long time coming and I am very excited! It’s published by Penguin so it's a serious book rather than just another coffee table style book. The 12-Day Plan will help you to restore energy, acuity and cleanse your whole body, starting with the seat of all health – the gut. It features vegan menu plans, delicious cleansing recipes and juices. How to use mindfulness to help you focus on your body’s specific needs. Simple yoga poses targeted to improve digestion and stimulate your lymphatic system. For more information go to:


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hris James is a world-renowned wellness expert, and the celebrities’ go-to man for a rejuvenated body and mind. Chris is responsible for honing some of the most sought after celebrity bodies, including Millie Mackintosh, Natasha Kaplinsky and Melissa Odabash, known as the ‘Ferrari of Swimwear.’

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food & drink

Vibrant VEGAN FOOD comes to Richmond


he Retreat Kitchen in Richmond brings a much-needed injection of vibrancy to vegan food. The cafe owners Nick Knowles, Maggie Nuttall and Claire Langdon reveal that the idea to open the cafe was born out of the acclaimed BBC programme, ‘The Retreat’, which saw participants head to a Thailand detox retreat for a life changing adventure. They provide a creative selection of vegan dishes and drinks, such as beetroot brownies, cashew ‘cheesy’ leek and broccoli quiches, creamy oat milk lattes and a seasonal salad bar; food that’s not just good for you, but good for the planet too. Claire and Maggie combine local produce, products and international flair designed to surprise and delight even the most stubborn of carnivores. Claire, a former Detective Constable, says “Maggie and I wanted to bring the spirit of clean and healthy eating back from Thailand. We were so inspired by how they made meat free dishes so effortlessly, which looked and tasted amazing. It was mind boggling to see, having previously eaten meat with virtually every meal. It is certainly more challenging doing it ourselves as home cooks but we are working relentlessly to perfect our recipes to make sure they impress.”

Maggie, who spent 25 years working in the media before setting up The Retreat Kitchen, adds, “For us, a plant based diet wasn’t about giving up meat, it was about taking up eating a wider variety of vegetables and putting in the time and effort to make them stand out. The effect on our wellbeing and health has been life changing and we want to share those effects far and wide by offering the dishes to as many people as possible. As Nick always says, ‘’You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy our food.” The weekend is a laid back affair with an all day brunch menu where you can enjoy Maggie and Claire’s take on traditional breakfast offerings including stuffed chickpea omelette, mushroom florentine muffin with hollandaise sauce and loaded fresh fruit, banana and cinnamon pancakes. The Retreat Kitchen is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 8.30am to 5pm and for brunch and afternoon tea at the weekends from 9:30am to 5pm.



16 Hill Rise | 020 8127 0700

mental health

ON THE COUCH with Dr De-Stress

Dr Mariette Jansen

Does your life feel like a struggle? Dr Mariette Jansen (Dr De-Stress) is a psychological coach who helps her clients to discover more about themselves and to take control of their lives and its challenges. If you are worrying about anything, share your questions with Mariette in confidence and receive a personal answer from her - email:

Q: The moment my husband and I start discussing summer holidays, we end up arguing. He wants to go to a sunny place and lie by the pool. I love to go to the mountains and be active. Each year our holiday is a stressful experience, as I don’t enjoy the heat and end up spending time in the gym or in my room while he is outside or we go for a hike and he is moaning at me all the time. Instead of having fun, we just create stress for each other. How can we have a great holiday together? Emily A: Dear Emily, happy relationships are partly about negotiating differences and that is clearly the case in your relationship when it comes to holidays. You have tried to accommodate each other but that hasn’t worked. I would suggest that you won’t even contemplate a sunny or a mountain holiday together anymore.

Your interests are too wide apart to make a compromise work. Let me take you back a step and ask the question what you want from a holiday, regardless of the destination: do you want to recharge your batteries, broadening your horizon or reconnect in your relationship? And what is your husband’s aim? Knowing what you both want will define the next step. So, if recharging is the aim for both of you through sun or mountains, you each have to find a friend or a group to go with. However, if you are both keen to explore new things, you have a joint project and you could end up together on a cruise, a city-break or an alternative holiday focussed on painting or wine making. Discovering things together might open up a whole new dimension in your relationship and in your holidays! There are a lot more types of holiday than the mountains or the sun. Let me know where you end up this year.

Not sleeping well? Knots in your stomach? Worrying way more than you would like? Secretly, not feeling good enough? Not in control of your life? Too much work and not enough fun? These are all signs of different types of stress, which you can easily leave behind with the help of my effective tools and techniques. Want to stress less and live more? Dr Mariette Jansen offers a FREE clarity call, a one-hour stress check, an online meditation class and a range of coaching options. Visit to book what suits you, or call 07967 717131. SUMMER 2017 15

FASHION to flatter – wear it from home to holiday Suits you what ever your age. Own your look, whether on holiday or back at home. This summer's effortlessly beautiful look was styled and photographed by Lesley Silwood, Buba London styling service. Left: Tropical leaf scarf. Anna Boutique £49 + Jaelyn cuff. Buba Boutique £98

Right: Ocean lace dress. Buba Boutique £156 + Carina clutch. Buba Boutique £406 Below: Hale Bob dress. Anna Boutique £279 + Elora Fringe clutch. Buba Boutique £420 + 9ct rose gold Sphere necklace. Joulberry £700

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fashion Left: Ocean lace dress. Buba Boutique £156 + Penion Tote. Buba Boutique £588 + Solid 9ct handcrafted rose gold Scape bangle. Joulberry £1,050 Below: Hale Bob tie dye jumpsuit. Anna Boutique £345

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Above: Peach Austin maxi dress. Buba Boutique £165 + Nina Drawstring bag. Buba Boutique £728

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what skilfully applied makeup and a blow-dry can do!

An award winning makeup artist, Kristina Gasperas , gave our editor a look that’s perfect for the finest of this summer’s season and will carry you from day to night too

Hat by Titfertat.


ifferent face and eye shapes, skin types and tones require different approaches; here are some tips that will ensure you look an incredibly radiant, youthful and elegant version of yourself without appearing like you’ve had to put a lot of effort (or makeup) into it. For a flawless complexion… It’s worth seeing a good skincare specialist and find out which skincare products you should be using. Having great skin takes you a long way for looking incredible and you’ll need less makeup to cover imperfections.


A light foundation or a tinted moisturiser such as Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation worked well on Marja-Leena. Any darkness under her eyes was covered with a little bit of Estée Lauder Double Wear. Bourjois Healthy Mix and By Terry Terrybly Densities is also good.

ing touch to a flawless look. To cover any greys, use a tinted gel, such as Benefit Gimme Brow volumising fibre eyebrow gel.

Have your eyebrows shaped by a professional eyebrow specialist… Shapely, fuller eyebrows boost youthfulness and add that finish-

I used two products by Laura Mercier: Windflush Color Powder for Cheeks and Eyes from her Joie de Vivre Collection, and a hint of Matte Radiance


As for cheeks… Add colour and lift your cheeks by adding a little gentle bronzer and blusher to your makeup routine – this gives an instantly healthylooking complexion.


Baked Powder in Bronze 02. You’ll achieve a more natural finish when the bronzer isn’t too dark – aim to sweep it across the cheekbones from the hairline rather than starting in the middle of the cheek for a more gentle veil of colour. Lashes... LVL lash lift works wonders and is widely available at beauty salons. Natural lashes are curled in a specific way so that the curl lasts for 4 to 5 weeks. Your eyes will look lifted and more open. I love having this lash treatment done on myself. Alternatively curl your own lashes with a good eyelash curler, Kevyn Aucoin from Space NK or online is great. Squeeze the lashes close to the base for about 5 to 7 seconds and then swipe mascara on immediately afterwards. You’ll be wowed by the results. Lips… To inject life and youthfulness try a hint of flattering lip colour: this will also do wonders for your complexion. The pink lipstick that I used here is by is Fusion Pink by MAC. To define the lips and create a discreet fullness use a lip pencil close to your natural lip colour and colour in all over the lip. This will help the lipstick to keep longer too.

Finish for the eyes eyeshadow… My favourite eyeshadow palettes at the moment are Luxury Palette The Dolce Vita by Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford Nude Dip. To gently blend the eyeshadows use a good brush. My top tip is to pop a tiny bit of blusher colour on the brush and gently sweep it across your socket line. This will give a very gently diffused veil of fresh colour. You’ll see what it’ll do for your eyes! And eyeliner… Always use waterproof eyeliner to avoid smudging. Even a tiny bit of definition on the outer top lashline will do wonders for your eyes. Focus on getting the liner right in-between your lashes rather than have it sit above them because we don't want to see the eyeliner actually looking like eyeliner. For a sophisticated look, makeup should never be distracting and badly applied eyeliner can do just that. Use short strokes in-between your top lashes to create one straight line and add a tiny bit of non-black eyeshadow (think brown, grey or deep plum) on the outer edges of your lower lash-line. MAC 219 Pencil Brush is the perfect tool to achieve this gently diffused line.

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FASHION for a CAUSE Richmond students took to the catwalk Darling editor reporting from the front row


esigners around the world are using the runway as a means to speak out about the political climate and addressing issues from racial and cultural diversity to women's rights. Students at Richmond University, The American International University in London, did their bit too by organising a fashion show on their Richmond Hill campus. The Fashion for a Cause campus group attracted a great group of young Londonbased designers, including Omniss, Arantxa, Anna-Maria (couture) and Point Blank to show off their designs.

All the proceeds from the show were donated to PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) and Unicef. ICOARM were also at the event raising awareness of the valuable work they do in refugee camps. Their objectives are to relieve poverty and sickness by providing emergency food, health care and water; to empower refugees through programs that restore human dignity, advocate policy changes and also promote human rights of refugees and migrants.

Design by Anna-Maria (couture)

Darling asked Thimo Grantz, Course Rep. Fashion Management and Marketing & President of Fashion For A Cause Society about the idea behind the fashion show.

and upcoming designers. Being in contact with such creative people I thought getting them to come to our university would be the perfect symbioses needed in order to create this project.

Dxrsa’s live performance gave the show a gorgeous soundtrack and Gugu entertained the crowds at the afterparty.

“I was inspired by the building. The first time I ever saw it I immediately thought, we should do a fashion show here. I then worked at London Fashion Week and got to know many young

Ultimately combining this with a higher cause of supporting these different charities connects perfectly. There are many reasons for each charity and why we chose them.”

Design by Arantxa

Design by Omniss Designs

The university’s own diverse group of students made stunning models and really knew how to strut their stuff on the catwalk.



Design by Point Blank


The BEST of the



he big wait is almost over. The shades are out, the BBQs are prepped and the Pimm’s is ready. Summer is, most definitely, on the horizon. To celebrate, we have compiled a round-up of the best upcoming events this season: Hampton Court Palace Festival – A stellar line-up, beautiful backdrops and picnics galore, the Palace knows how to throw a festival. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this year should be extra special. With performances from Bryan Ferry, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, and the legendary Van Morrison, it certainly looks that way.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – Another spectacular event held at the Palace, this one of the floral kind. From 4th – 9th July, Hampton Court will be home to world-class show gardens, a Plant Village and a Festival of Roses. With over 300 gardening and food stalls, a magical butterfly dome and celebrity talks and demos, there really is something for everyone. Royal Ascot – Get your bets ready and your outfits sorted,

Royal Ascot is back. From 20th – 24th June, the horses will be racing and the champagne popping. There will be afternoon tea, street food stalls, live music and, of course, the Royal Procession.

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couraged, making for a magical experience all round.

Henley Royal Regatta – Probably the best-known regatta in the world, this event is famous both as a sporting and social occasion. Running from 28th June – 2nd July, Henley showcases some of our best rowing talent, whilst offering spectators riverboat cruises, live entertainment and top-notch hospitality. Champagne too, obviously. Goodwood Festival of Speed – Once a year, nestled in the South Downs on Goodwood Es-tate, the motorsport industry remind us that they can host a party. From 29th June – 2nd July, the Festival of Speed will bring together cars and stars for the largest car culture event in the world. Blink and you’ll miss it. HPC, The London Polo Club – Located in Richmond, HPC is the last remaining polo club in London, and it’s not showing any sign of retiring. The season has already started, with fix-tures running through to October this year. So, get yourself down to stomp some divots. Glyndebourne Festival – A little gem near Lewes in East Sussex, Glyndebourne Festival runs from 20th May – 27th August, offering a variety of new and classic opera performances. With beautiful gardens and a lake, picnicking is happily en SUMMER 2017 21


Battle Of

The Brands

From knee-lengths to crop-tops, by local historian Richard Jones skimpy) designs appearing on the courts with each passing year. When tennis superstar Chris Evert signed with Italian sportswear label Ellesse in 1979 it was the start of a new era of women’s tennis fashion and a new type of relationship between athletes and big brands. Evert, who had already won two of her three Wimbledon singles titles by then, became a globe-trotting model and ambassador for a brand whose signature look combined bright colours with simple, functional designs. If you were lucky enough to be around during the years when Chris was playing, it is likely you still recall her as she looked throughout the 1980s, the last decade of her career, wearing a simple Ellesse skirt and vest combination. The Ellesse brand had been founded in 1959 “on a dream of creating the world’s most stylish sportswear brand.” This sort of marketing-speak is commonplace today, but back then sports apparel and footwear had been largely functional rather than fashionable, and clothing for woman players had either been of the simple two-piece shirt and shorts variety or bespoke dresses made by famous designers such as Jean Patou, who designed for Suzanne Lenglen, Coco Chanel and Teddy Tinling. The latter, incidentally, went on to design Chris Evert’s dress for her wedding to John Lloyd in 1979.

Photo courtesy of The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum


omen’s tennis fashion has come a long way from the wide-brimmed hats, long skirts and matronly aprons worn by the Wimbledon champions of the Victorian era. Starting with Suzanne Lenglen’s daring knee-length skirts and bare arms in the 1920s, tennis has become the launch-pad for fashion innovation, with new fabrics and ever-more practical (some would say



The first colour TV outside broadcast from Wimbledon in 1967 had triggered a worldwide tennis boom, and as millions of new fans switched onto the sport during the 1970s it became big business, particularly in the US. Even before Chris Evert had signed her contract with Ellesse she had had her own range of tennis clothing for eight years, designed by Puritan Fashions of New York. Ellesse was one of the first companies to signal the change towards sportswear becoming leisurewear, even for those who had never swung a tennis racquet in their life.

Photography Michael Cole

Serena Williams

During the 1980s and 90s, players became closely associated with the clothes they wore and the companies which made them. Martina Navratilova was the embodiment of the Puma brand, whilst German rival Adidas was synonymous with the power and athleticism of Steffi Graf. With Martina’s fantastic career drawing to a close, the company signed Serena Williams and the high-water mark in their relationship came when the younger of the Williams sisters attracted enormous publicity by wearing a figure-hugging black catsuit at the 2002 US Open. Sister Venus, meanwhile, wore Reebok apparel before creating her own “EleVen” brand in 2007. “The whole philosophy of EleVen is about overcoming adversity and triumphing over anything while looking fashionable doing it,” said the five-time Wimbledon singles champion.

Photo courtesy of The Tennis Gallery

Anna Kournikova

The modern professional tennis player is a supremely-fit athlete, and as far as clothing is concerned functionality now comes firmly ahead of appearance. One wonders what the early Wimbledon champions in their voluminous ankle-length skirts would have made of it all!

In the same year that Serena was stunning the New York crowds in her black catsuit, Russia’s Anna Kournikova was pictured at the Miami Open wearing an Adidas creation consisting of short shorts and a stretch bra. According to reports at the time (2002), “her sexy glamour did wonders for Adidas way beyond the tennis courts.” Since the year 2000, even the most glamorous tennis players have become little more than clothes-horses in the never-ending battle between the two superpowers of tennis apparel, Adidas and Nike. New ranges are produced for the Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon Championships each year, many of which never reach high street sports stores. SUMMER 2017 23

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Richmond golfers are invited to join celebrities to raise funds for local children’s charity


here are still a few places left for their Momentum children’s charity’s annual Charity Golf Day on Friday 9th July at Richmond Golf Club. The annual event is always a huge hit as stars of stage and screen club together with local golfers for a fun day of golfing, lunch and prize-giving! Each team of three golfers will be joined by a celebrity from The Stage Golfing Society and will play an 18-hole, four ball competition to Stableford Rules on the beautiful course at The Richmond Golf Club in Sudbrook Lane, Richmond. Amongst the celebrities supporting the fundraiser will be muchloved Strictly Come Dancing’s former judge Len Goodman, actor James Bolam, Steve Coppell, Philip Glenister, comedian Dom Holland and Paul Thornley. Team entry includes bacon rolls on arrival, a delicious three-course luncheon, a fundraising auction, top prizes for the winning teams and informal entertainment from the Stage Golfing Society. Momentum, based in Kingston-upon-Thames, supports families going through unimaginably hard times with a Family Support Programme of therapies, counselling, trips and treats and much-needed respite breaks at its two New Forest holiday homes and on



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THE STAGE Golfing Society Where could you share a post-game drink with a film star, a well-known presenter, a musician or a top producer in Richmond? By Marja-Leena Toseland


n order to find out, I was headed to Richmond Golf Club to discover what The Stage Golfing Society is all about. Luckily I’d brought my camera as upon arrival as I got to witness the prize-giving ceremony for the Theodore Goddard Bowl which was won by Richard Mills, a retired West End producer and theatre executive, and Terence Frisby, writer of many great plays such as There’s a Girl in My Soup. The Stage Golfing Society is very much part of the life at Richmond Golf Club, where it has its Club Room, walls clad with Honour Boards listing many great names from the past and present of the entertainment industry - Sir Laurence Olivier (later Lord Olivier) Tom Ellis, Dougray Scott - the current President of the Society, Tom Holland and Philip Glenister to name but a few. The boards date back to 1903 and the Society has been in Richmond since the early 1960s. I was told by my hosts, Philippa Kennedy OBE, Captain of the Society and John Peters, Secretary, who also said that George Edwardes, the celebrated Impresario, founded the Society for the actors in his theatrical companies in order to ensure

Dean Chisnall (Shrek in the West End), Philippa Kennedy (Captain of the Society) and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II), President of the Society

they stayed out of the pubs during the day and were therefore sober when they went on stage in the evening.

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Actors from all London theatres were soon able to join and the membership was later extended to all theatres in Britain. As the entertainment industry changed over time, performers on both TV and cinema were welcomed. Today’s members include also musicians, comedians, dancers, presenters, directors, writers and producers.

The Society has around 350 members now, ranging from their early 20s to late 80s. New members are welcomed, especially women - the same goes for Richmond Golf Club itself. They are keen to boost their women’s section with players of all levels.

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he place was full and buzzing with a lively atmosphere and pre-dinner cocktails felt like the way to start. I had a refreshing peach Bellini and Sky had a Richmond Park Royale, created especially for Richmond by the Executive Bar Manager, Jeremy Evans. I was very happy to find my favourite, Atlantic sea scallops on the starter menu. These were beautifully tender and served with pea purée, sea cress and crispy shallots. Sky opted for tuna carpaccio which was super fresh and perfectly matched with spiced avocado, lime créme fraîche and coriander. The mains didn’t disappoint either, although I wished I had ordered the line caught swordfish Sky chose - divine! Served with red pepper sauce, toasted fregola, pesto, lemon and baby basil. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy my braised venison with pancetta, carrots, mushrooms and shallots although it didn’t look quite as appealing as the fish. Nevertheless it tasted gamey and hearty, the way it should.

I’m a big fan of puddings and my rhubarb and raspberry panna cotta lived up to its promise and so did Sky’s apple tart which came with vanilla ice cream and Calvados flambé. Our friendly and knowledgable waiter suggested their house champagne, Montoy, as a light alternative to accompany our desserts. A perfect choice! In keeping with the quintessentially British look of The Ivy Collection sites, critically-acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio consulted on the interiors, as they did with the sister sites in Marylebone, Wimbledon Village and St John’s Wood. The bespoke artwork, created by Adam Ellis and inspired by the natural landscapes of Richmond Hill and Richmond Park, ads to the stylish, but accessible and relaxed atmosphere. A proportion of tables are held back for walk-ins, allowing locals to drop in throughout the day. Open late too! 8am to midnight, Monday - Thursday and until 1am on Friday-Saturday.

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orich House is the former studio home of the Russian sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband, the Hon. Richard Hare, a scholar of Russian art and literature. Grade II listed, the building was completed in 1936, to Gordine’s design, and is an exceptional example of a modern studio house. Following Gordine’s death in 1991 the house was acquired and renovated by Kingston University and is now open to the public. Dora was talented, charismatic and dedicated to her art and in 1938 she was praised as ‘very possibly becoming the finest woman sculptor in the world’ and remained a major presence in European sculpture until the late 1960s. Born into a middle-class Jewish family in Latvia, she grew up in Estonia, where she first exhibited her work. She moved to Paris in 1924, where she painted murals for the interior of the British pavilion for the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. She was invited to exhibit at the Salon

de Tuileries, where she achieved critical acclaim with her bronze Head of a Chinaman (on display at the Museum). Gordine pursued her career in London in the late 1920s. Her solo shows in London and Berlin led to further success which allowed her to commission her first studio home in Paris, from Auguste Perret, a leading architect of the day. In 1930, encouraged by more far-flung artistic opportunities, Gordine left Europe for

Singapore, where she was married later that year. The marriage didn’t last, but her time in south-east Asia was productive and her work of the early 1930s cemented her reputation as a sculptor of considerable talent. On her return to Europe, marriage to Richard Hare opened up a new social world and brought her public and private commissions. Gordine continued to enjoy professional success until the 1960s, but after Hare’s sudden death in 1966 withdrew from the busy public life they had enjoyed together. She continued to work until the mid-1970s and lived on at Dorich House until her death in 1991. The Museum is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support its work. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Sian: email: dorichhousemuseum web: phone: 0208 417 5515 SUMMER 2017 31

On the scene On the scene

With editor Marja-Leena Toseland With editor Marja-Leena Toseland THE GRAND EXHIBITION OF VIEWS AT THE STAR AND GARTER, RICHMOND HILL


Caroline Edwards, Lynne Harrison, Mary Sini and Sarah Austin Caroline Edwards, Lynne Harrison, Mary Sini and Sarah Austin

Varsha Bhatia, artist by her painting and Dorothy Cassidy Varsha Bhatia, artist by her painting and Dorothy Cassidy

Irene and Ian Gaunt, Richard and Vicky Peirson, Anette Cruiziat and Marie F Turner Irene and Ian Gaunt, Richard and Vicky Peirson, Anette Cruiziat and Marie F Turner


Adam Lawrence, (CEO of London Square), Graham Ball (Chair of The Victoria Foundation) and Linda Duberley (Ambassador for the foundation) Adam Lawrence, (CEO of London Square), Graham Ball (Chair of The Victoria Foundation) and Linda Duberley (Ambassador for the foundation)

Stuart Luck and our editor


Marja-Leena Toseland, Nathiell Ikeazor (Conservative Party, Hampton Ward) and Marja-Leena Toseland, Nathiell Ikeazor Jayne Robinson (Conservative Party, Hampton Ward) and Jayne Robinson


Nicola Miles, Kate McGill and Justine Hales (Curves Hampton and Teddington) Nicola Miles, Kate McGill and Justine Hales (Curves Hampton and Teddington)

Jo Shaw and Rae Cameron Jo Shaw and Rae Cameron

Body First founder, Liz Tough with clinic staff and Richmond FC team members Body First founder, Liz Tough with clinic staff and Richmond FC team members

Crystel Silver and Jenny Freeman Crystel Silver and Jenny Freeman

Cllr Mark Boyle, Liz Tough and Cllr Kate Howard, Deputy Mayor Cllr Mark Boyle, Liz Tough and Cllr Kate Howard, Deputy Mayor




David Curzon (husband to our Ascot editori), Karine Torr, Marja-Leena Toseland and Philippa Hennessy

Patricia Campbell-Barker, our editor, Mariette Jansen and Charmaine Mace

Victoria Dimitrova and Jessie Marja-Leena Toseland, Cllr Kate Howard (then Deputy Mayor), Dagdag, assistant manager at the Sandra Nardi 'Lady W imbledon & Lady W Richmond' and Karine Ivy Café Torr, Darling publisher &Wimbledon editor

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Anu West (our designer) and Cythare Cooper (our photographer) Garry Young and Charley Springall

Lucy Razveeva, Susi Senny, Seena Parsaei, Ingrid ScottTorr and (our Afsaneh Mohammati Victoria Bell, Karine publisher), Sandra Nardi (Lady W Kingston), Peter Gilbert Bogdan McDonnell Moran Emma Stace,and Charlotte and Anna Wilson-Jones

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Pamela Gregory (Hannibal Brown), Josh Read and Judy King

Zara Elliott and Malory Torr

BHUTI IN RICHMOND HILL - FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY Jessie Dagdag, Sky Grania Young, Marja-Leena Toseland Sarah Talbot and Jenny Finn

Feather Trend, £58. Feather and Stich.

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Emily Brett with Dame Vivienne Westwood Photos by Barney James, SilverHeartPictures Ellie Wing, Etienne Bretaudeau, Steven Cooper, Chantille Wright and Rachel Le Tissier

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Samantha Trinder (founder of bhuti) with Dame Vivienne Westwood

Tav Juttla and Lucy Caller

Effortless style, £118. Elisabel Asymetric midi dress


Winners Richard Mills and Terence Frisby with Philippa Kennedy OBE, Captain of the Stage Golfing Society presenting the bowl

Philippa Kennedy OBE and Gill Howell, Lady Captain.



Michael Zihan Jin from ICOARM who work with refugee camps, with Marja-Leena Toseland

Adrienne Lau and Yanyu Chung for PointBlank., Anna-Maria Ageridou, Thimo Grantz, organiser, Arantxa Garrido Redondo and Francisco Zhou for Omniss

Student Affairs: Jamie Dunn, Associate Dean and Allison Cole-Stutz, Vice President


Marja-Leena, Jill Lorimer (WEP Richmonf leader), Kathy Cronin and Karine Torr (Darling publisher)



Glen Savage, Russell Searle (area director), Jacquie Rosser (Twickenham leader), Gulnaz Rana, Mike Lloyd and our editor


Robin Hutchinson OBE and Geoffrey Godbold OBE TD DL

James Morton, singer


Anna Farrow and Ellie (Odeon, marketing team)

Andy Currums, Festival Director

Angellica Bell, Sir Jeremy James Taylor and Michael Underwood


Eloise Martin, Kate Brookes, Rebecca Gilligan, Ellen Cooper, Maria Stoney, Natalie Harvey, Tara Macdowel and Yvonne Winborn


Cicely Brown, Becky Crisp, Tizer Bailey, Sade Walker, Samantha Trinder, Tritana Stuart, Kim Carter, Rebecca Dickson, Harriett McMasters

Grace Juber, Sarah Heidel, Sandra Richards, Wieve Schep, Chris James and Makeda Hemas


Want to be seen?

Cllr Kate Howard, Deputy Mayor and Cllr Geoff Acton

Anne Newton, CEO of Richmond Chamber of Commerce and James Gilbert


Angellica Bell, Sir Jeremy James Taylor and Michael Underwood

Robin Hutchinson OBE and INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, IYAF - PROGRAMME LAUNCH THEATRE Geoffrey Godbold OBE TDPARTY DL AT ROSE Andy Currums, FestivalYOUTH Director, James Morton, singer


Andy Currums, Festival Director,

Robin Hutchinson MBE and Geoffrey Godbold OBE TD DL

Angellica Bell, Sir Jeremy James Taylor and Michael Underwood

James Morton, singer


Sky Grania Young (Darling Ascot designer) and Mike Seigal Sky Grania Young (Darling Ascot designer) and Mike Seigal

Aniela Zaba , Creative Youth, with her brother

Aniela Zaba , Creative Youth ,with her brother

Peter and Diana Butler

Peter and Diana Butler

Mel Coleman, Lynda Leith and Hani Madanat, founder of Coombe Residential

Mel Coleman, Lynda Leith and Hani Madanat, founder of Coombe Residential


Guy Bristow and Andrew Hall (MD) from Woodstock Furniture

Debbie Blott, Neomi Cullan and Sally Bucquet

Guy Bristow and Andrew Hall (MD) from Woodstock Furniture Kate Brookes (Momentum Children's Charity) and Nikki Howard

Diana Tsung, Veronica and Tony Kerslake with Jacci Watson

Debbie Blott, Neomi Cullan and Sally Bucquet

Joyce Craveiro and Kirsty McMorron from Absolute Abode with Marie F Turner, artist

Kate Brookes (Momentum Children's Charity) and Nikki Howard

Diana Tsung, Veronica and Tony Kerslake with Jacci Watson

Emma Mitchell and Debbie Blott, founders of DecorCafe

Joyce Craveiro and Kirsty McMorron from Absolute Abode with Marie F Turner, artist

Emma Mitchell and Debbie Blott, founders of DecorCafe

Are YOU up for a CHALLENGE? The Victoria Foundation challenges you to do something amazing - to run for charity at Richmond Runfest. I’ve signed up. Join me! By Darlling Editor, Marja-Leena Toseland


The Runfest will run over two days, Saturday 16th September, with the 10k run in Kew Gardens and on Sunday 17th it’s us Coco Hair & Beauty are offering a a half hour massage for all TVF runners the week after the events. Koo, the salon owner, is one of the half marathon runners herself! To arrange your massage: 020 8949 4393

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10km race this year! I am very much looking forward to the challenge and to raise much needed funds to help transform more lives.”

'm very excited to be running in this year’s Runfest. I’ve been told it’s the most exclusive race in London - only the Victoria Foundation is allowed such access to Kew Gardens. I am a regular runner, and have been doing my 8-10k runs in Richmond Park couple of times a week for years now. I’m going to be upping my runs during the summer and do at least one practice 13 mile, 21k, run too. I haven’t got a target time in mind as I just want to be able to run the whole distance comfortably and still enjoy the atmosphere of it all.


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half marathon runners and the really serious full marathoners. Encourage your friends and family to cheer you on and then enjoy the day in Kew Gardens. The fundraising targets are easily achievable at £75 for 10k, £250 for half-marathon and £500 for full marathon.

100% of the funds you raise will help to provide much needed mobility aids for disabled children in the local area. For further details and to secure a place in one of the races go to: www.thevictoriafoundation.

Lorna Votier, Development Director of the charity said, ‘We are so grateful to all those people who take part and raise funds for The Victoria Foundation each year. I have been so inspired by them that I have signed up for the Kew Gardens SUMMER 2017 37

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE EMOTIONAL Elaine Halligan’s tips for INTELLIGENCE strong mental health Elaine Halligan’s tips for strong mental health


oday the shocking reality is that 1 in 10 of our children will experience some sort of mental health issue ranging from anxiety to addiction, eating disorders, self-harm or depression, with oday the as shocking reality that 1 in 10 of ourimpact children will child, experience some of mental children young as eightisbeing treated. The on the and also on sort friends, families, health issue frombeanxiety to addiction, eating disorders, self-harm or depression, with teachers andranging carers, can devastating. The need to talk about this has never been greater. children as young as eight being treated. The impact on the child, and also on friends, families, teachers and carers, can be devastating. The need to talk about this has never been greater. Why does it happen? This is complex. Some reasons include: Why does itare happen? • Children subject to much stress around school This is complex. Some include: performance, wherereasons unless they get 10 A*s they can • perceive Childrenthemselves are subjectas toamuch stress around school failure. All the A*s in the world performance, whereunless unlessyour theychild get 10 A*s they can amount to nothing has a strong sense of perceive asemotional a failure. All self-worththemselves and a good IQ.the A*s in the world amount to nothing unless your child has a strong sense of • Overscheduling crippling,IQ. resulting in a pace of self-worth and a can goodbeemotional life that’s too fast and damaging our children’s ability to • just Overscheduling can be crippling, resulting in a pace of be kids. life that’s too fast and damaging our children’s ability to • Parents are too risk-averse. If we don’t allow our kids to just be kids. make mistakes we inadvertently pass on our anxieties. • Parents are too risk-averse. If we don’t allow our kids to make we strategies inadvertently on our anxieties. Here aremistakes four top forpass parents: 1. Be an emotion coach for your child. This means recognising, respecting and reflecting back to Here are four top strategies for parents: children the feelings they experience. Naming their feelings helps them to make connections 1. between Be an emotion coach higher for yourbrain child. This recognising, respecting and reflecting back their logical and themeans emotional limbic system. Children need to be abletoto children the feelings experience. Naming their feelings them toway make connections recognise that they’rethey feeling sad so that they can seek solacehelps in a healthy or to get help. They between their logicalwhat higher brain and theirritated emotional system. Children need to bewith ablethat to so need to understand is making them andlimbic find constructive ways of dealing recognise that they’re feeling sad so that can solaceworry in a healthy or to and get help. They to that they don’t take it out on others. Theythey need toseek recognise and itsway purpose they need need to to understand what is making them irritated and find constructive ways of dealing with that so be able put their worries into perspective. that they don’t take it out on others. They need to recognise worry and its purpose and they need to 2. Connect regular family Don’t let your tween/teen eat alone at their desks in their be able toduring put their worries intomeals. perspective. bedroom and text you whilst in the house! 2. Connect during regular family meals. Don’t let your tween/teen eat alone at their desks in their 3. Praise your child bedroom and textdescriptively you whilst inand thecredibly house! to build strong self-esteem. 4. acceptable by modelling a healthy attitude to your own mistakes and by focusing more 3. Make Praise failure your child descriptively and credibly to build strong self-esteem. on your children’s efforts than their achievements. 4. Make failure acceptable by modelling a healthy attitude to your own mistakes and by focusing more on your children’s efforts than their achievements. 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. 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. shop local | summer 2017


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WINDOWS The remedy is to create an air barrier between the bottom of the pot and the stone windowsill which breaks the transfer of heat/cold very nicely. Garden centres do sell pot feet, but if these are not your bag, then you can elevate your container simply by using short wooden dowels that you can slot in at each end of the pot. If you cut them carefully and paint them black, then they will Garden in a mess? remain relatively hidden.

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itting in a traffic jam yesterday, I spied a rather elegant window box through the car window, and I was there long enough for some deeper thought.

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What's on? The Extraordinary Charity Art Auction June 9, 7pm (doors open at 5pm), £3 Richmond upon Thames College Twickenham TW2 7SJ. Run by BBC’s Celebrity antiques expert Charlie Ross. Art House Richmond’s annual open studios festival, celebrating the variety of creative talent within the borough. June 23-25 & June 30 - July 2nd Orange Tree Theatre May 20-29: Directors' Festival Full listings: Richmond Theatre July 27-28: Datong, The Chinese Utopia August 7-12: Wonderland: Musical Theatre based on Alice in Wonderland September 4-9: Wait Until Dark Full listings: venues/richmond-theatre/ Sewing Meet-up June 7, July 5, Sept 6: 7pm and 8:30pm At Loving the Fabric, 64 Hill Rise, Richmond To book: or text 07936421985

Orleans House Gallery Art History Lectures June 6-July 4, 1:30-2:30 pm Coach House, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ. £60 for whole season or £15 each The National Archives, Kew: FREE talks June 8, 6-8pm: Crown and rebellion in thirteenth century England. June24, 2pm : Mapping Women’s Suffrage. Ham House June 10,18,24, July 2, August 5: 11am-1pm Historic scenic guided walk from Richmond Station to Ham House. FREE Women’s Writing Group, Richmond Library. FREE June17, 10:30am and 3rd Saturday of each month To book 020 8734 3330 richmond.library@richmond. Kew Fete June 17 Over 100 stalls, Reuben’s Bond’s Vintage Fairground, entertainment, Food Court, charity stalls, The Friendly Dog Show.

Eel Pie Club June 29, 8pm Eel Pie All Stars remember Art Wood’s Birthday (in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity), £13. Family Gardening Club School holiday Fridays, 11am-3pm Osterley Park The Barmy Arms Twickenham August 6, all day Twickenham 60’s Day with THE EEL PIE ALL-STARS. FREE The Great River Race September 9, 9:30am start. Docklands to Ham. The winner is expected around 3pm. For free spectating or to take part: Richmond Runfest September 16; Kew Gardens 10k September 17, Richmond half and full marathons FREE ENTRY. Raising money for The Victoria Foundation


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Itsy, bitsy spider...YIKES! have cleanliness issues, but because they’re desperately seeking water. And there I was, originally thinking they crawl up the plughole with the sole intention of going for my throat.


ow, don’t be frightened, Flossie, I said to the the long-legged house spider imagining it with blond hair and lipstick. “Come on sweetie… freedom beckons,” I carried on talking as I released it from the tub into the grass. “Off you go… break for the border!”

This is all part of the mental re-programming before the final reveal of the spiders. Britain’s co-partner is Adam Cox, a Harley street psychologist and hypnotherapist, who took us through visualisation exercises, and as 12 of us sat in the room listening to his dulcet tones, the stress eased. Like kids, we were invited to draw, colour in and name a spider. Naming REALLY helps. A furry tarantula called “baby Wookie" is a lot less threatening. You almost want to cuddle it. By the end of the day, a real Wookie was crossing my palm (though I did stop at clasping it to my bosom and tickling its chin).

No doubt, an afternoon course with Spider Courage has had a profound effect on how I now viewed the common arachnid.

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