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THE TENNIS Then & now

TRULY INSPIRING Dr Charlotte Hawkins

WHAT’S THE DEAL? Drugs aren’t what they used to be

HEART & SOLE The Lucy Choi interview

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editor’s letter Dear Darling Reader,

Our Summer Cover Girl Dr Charlotte Hawkins Cover Photography Emma Dunham Chater Dunham Photography Hair and makeup Natalie Cooney 07939 026208

Publisher Darling Magazine UK Karine Torr Editor Karine Torr 020 8739 0059 Advertising 07930 396356 Email

It’s going to be a wonderful Summer. It started with Harry and Meghan’s wedding and the unbridled pleasure of seeing the Brits doing what the Brits do best. The pageantry! The outfits! Don’t get me started on the glorious weather. THAT wedding kickstarted what promises to be an amazing Summer season and it’s non-stop till we find ourselves on a beach in a kaftan, sipping rosé, recovering from a social whirl of school sports days, races, weddings and summer balls. But for now, the season’s only just upon us and this Summer’s edition of Darling is jam-packed with ideas of incredible things to do, whether it’s riding through the rolling Surrey Hills at Slades Farm; enjoying a balmy summer’s evening with a picnic and world-class opera in the grounds of West Horsley Place or dining on a gastronomic feast courtesy of Nesan Thirunesan’s Celebrity Supper Clubs. Top of my list is attending our very own Wimbledon Tennis Championships and Richard Jones gives us the nostalgic lowdown on this historic event. At last, I’ve hung up my duvet coat and can’t wait to dress up in a floaty dress. Taking her inspiration from Chelsea Flower Show, stylist Charlotte Broadbent offers us a bouquet of floral delights on her fashion page. I can’t sign off without inviting you to read about the amazing Dr Charlotte Hawkins, this Summer’s cover story. Her story of building a clinic on a remote African island really is inspirational.

Contributors Holly Candlish Kate Greenhalgh

Happy holidays until we meet again in September… Holly.

Darling Wimbledon Karine Torr 020 8739 0059

Editor-in-chiefs Karine Torr and Marja-Leena Toseland

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Design Director Hermina Williams


Story of an African hero – Dr Charlotte to the rescue


Darling stylist Charlotte’s trendiest summer florals

11 Lucy Choi, shoe designer extraordinaire

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12 Weybridge special – The real Baker Street

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15 Quintessential Surrey pubs to experience 19 Problems with your bones? Vessy can help 20 Tennis season – Then and Now at Wimbledon 23 Holly Candlish interviews powerhouse Wasfi Kani OBE 27 Another world. The Slades Farm getaway 31 Drugs: catching up with our kids 35 Sports bras – what to look for 36 Hart Brown solicitors on the equal pay gap 44 What’s on this summer 46 Kate Greenhalgh tries to keep off the grass | summer 2018 


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The remarkable Dr Charlotte Hawkins talks to Darling’s Holly Candlish Africa, build two clinics and set up a dedicated charity. The story she tells is desperate and at the same time, utterly compelling.


hen she was asked to help the children of Zanzibar to walk again, Dr Charlotte Hawkins found herself in the heart of darkness. Eight years on she tells her compelling story. In the Summer of 2010, Dr Charlotte Hawkins met for coffee with a volunteer worker who relayed the sad and shocking story of the many babies who were born with CTEV or ‘club foot’ in Zanzibar, an island in Tanzania. It was to be the most expensive and life-changing coffee ever and set in motion a course of events that led Charlotte to travel regularly to


I visited Charlotte in her pretty flint cottage in Ashtead, Surrey and met an attractive articulate woman: a mother of two with builders in the house and a seriously messy desk – in other words a typical working mum. However, unlike most of her contemporaries, Dr Charlotte Hawkins has climbed to the top of her chosen profession: a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine with a PhD in congenital birth defects and 30 years as a Harley Street consultant. However, her impressive CV and medical training had in no way prepared her for the journey to Africa. Following her catalytic coffee, Charlotte decided to investigate and arrived in Zanzibar for the first time dragging nine suitcases full of second hand children’s orthopaedic shoes, an assortment of donated brace, boots and bars, and plaster of Paris bandage; the equipment needed for the lengthy, but generally successful, Ponseti technique involving serial casts on the affected limbs. However, no amount of warning prepared her for the first clinic.

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‘My first day of clinic was an overwhelming and numbing experience. What I saw was appalling. I couldn’t believe the level of disability,’ she says. In Harley Street I have an ordered list of patients but in Zanzibar, as the sun rose, mothers carried their disabled children miles to see the English doctor in the Mnazi Mmoja hospital. I felt the first pangs of despair as I realised the endless queue snaking around this revolting slum was my list. I look back on it now and it leaves me in pieces.’ The babies and children were dressed up in pretty, bright party dresses worn specially for the occasion and chosen from the piles of charity clothing on the streets of the island. Unravelling the frills and nets, Charlotte exposed the worst cases of deformity and neglect that she has ever seen. ‘I saw shocking disabilities that aren’t in any textbook. It was heart-breaking.’ The horror increased when she learnt that the streaks of scarring found on the legs of the babies were inflicted by local witch doctors seeking to ‘drive out the devil’ with boiling oil and water. The perception is that disability is caused by the mother’s wrongdoing. ‘As they grow,’ she explains, ‘they cannot stand. The only way to get about is to crawl outside with their ankles dragging through the dirt and sores develop. In

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a country where antibiotics are few and far between, infection takes hold, and death follows.’ With grim determination, Charlotte started treatment where she could and realised there was also a massive need for a prosthetic department to provide artificial limbs. She started training local technicians in correct techniques and as her time and supplies rapidly ran out, Charlotte promised to return and help the mothers, children and staff at the hospital. But she received sad smiles and was told that they had heard the same promises before, but none were kept. A tearful flight home elicited the vow to honour her heartfelt pledges. Since then she has done everything in her power to keep her word. She set up the Infant Club Foot Appeal started with money raised by the Ashtead Rotary Club and funded by many of the families of patients she’s treated in the UK. She has continued to visit three times a year loaded with equipment and has set up a further clinic on neighbouring Pemba island. Charlotte has been vigilant in introducing medical protocols ‘that rival those at the Chelsea & Westminster hospital’ and has set up local supply chains from mainland Tanzania direct to the island hospitals.

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Sitting by her computer she illustrates success stories with heart-warming pictures of children such as Shariff (pictured) who, following two years of treatment, looks forward to starting primary school. But, just as often there are photos of beautiful babies cradled in her arms accompanied by the words, ‘they didn’t make it’. Both of us fight back the tears. Sadly there are about 50 babies a month born with club foot on the island and the problem is not going away. ‘The people of Zanzibar are incredibly poor but also incredibly patriotic, they don’t want to leave their island even if they could and you’ve got a gene that is rife in the local population. It’s just like gene-pool soup going round and round on the island.’

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Leaving the cottage, I marvel at Dr Charlotte’s determination and human kindness. She continues to pour money and time into the charity to the point where it must feel like a one-woman crusade. Everything’s been said about the Surrey ‘bubble’, but Charlotte’s remarkable work in the islands of Tanzania is a stark reminder of our charmed existence and how extremely fortunate we are. Maybe it’s time we help. | summer 2018 


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Darling’s Editor Marja-Leena Toseland visits the designer at her London boutique

As niece to celebrated shoe designer Jimmy Choo OBE and sister to Sandra Choi, Creative Director of Jimmy Choo, shoes are very much in Lucy’s soul. Lucy was fortunate to grow up close to her uncle where she learned how hand-made shoes are made. But Lucy didn’t go straight to the family line of business, instead she built a successful career in the corporate world first. She followed her dream in 2012 and started Lucy Choi London.

D: Top tips for splurging and saving? L: Definitely splurge on a pair of our signature flat ankle boots, we have them in all different materials and are a must for winter. Also make sure you have a pair of signature high heels as they are timeless. Because of our weather you won’t get so much wear from open toe sandals, so I would say that is a save.

D: What sets your brand apart from the other brands on the market? L: I really wanted to launch a shoe brand known for its affordable yet luxury designer styles without compromising on what I call the 3Cs: Comfort, Craftmanship and Character. Our theme is ‘Rock and Royal’. Think of Kate Middleton and Kate Moss. They would all find something to their liking. Our shoes have been stocked at the floors of key department stores, including Fenwick and Harvey Nichols, and online at Net-a-Porter, MatchesFashion. com and high end boutiques such as Wolf & Badger. Internationally, we have been stocked in the Middle East, Belgium, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. They all cater to different customers but what their customers all have in common is that they want this rare mix of quality, comfort, unique design and price. Women who for example buy Prada or Manolo Blahnik also buy our shoes. Shoes that you can wear everywhere and every day, not just shoes which you only wear a few times.


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Since opening in 2011 Secrets has been described by their clients as a true gem in Weybridge, where you will discover a wide range of carefully selected new and pre-owned designer clothing, bags, footwear and accessories. Secrets has over 25 years’ experience in the fashion industry with an ethos that’s based on individual customer service, whether you are purchasing or consigning. 32 Baker Street

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Geminera A lovely boutique offering a wide range of wonderful brands including Lindsey Brown resort wear and Uzurii embellished sandals. They have added beautiful lingerie from French lines such as Marie Jo, Prima Donna, Sif Jakobs / Les Georgettes to their collections. They also stock fine diamond jewellery. It’s worth visiting Geminera to view their full collection and to experience their personal shopping service. 23 Baker Street

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Stocks funky and unique clothes, shoes and accessories for women and men. Ranging from high-end designers from across the globe like Moyuru, Crea & Annette Görtz, to creative high-street brands such as Religion, Nü and Black. They pride themselves on individual styling and delivering their customers with what Jacu likes to call “not your everyday experience”. Style is not a question of age or size. 6 Baker Street

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Let’s go outside great alfresco pubs to visit

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Located on the Phillimore Estate in Binfield Heath, a stone’s throw from Henley-on-Thames, this charming and lovingly restored Grade II listed pub offers a modern and seasonal British menu with beers that are brewed half a mile away and a knockout wine list too. Boasting a fantastic garden, the wood fired oven and separate bar makes this an ideal summer’s day destination. Open daily for breakfast too from 8 – 10.30am. The ethos is to serve the best food and drink in a casual, friendly environment, without pretension and stuffiness. Customers of all ages are welcome, including well behaved four-legged friends. The Bottle & Glass Inn, Bones Lane, Binfield Heath, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4JT 01491 412 625 |

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Cobham Amazing country setting - perfect for a great lunch and dinner The location on Downside Common couldn’t be more idyllic for a pub. The beautiful large patio overlooks the Common making it the perfect, peaceful spot to enjoy a balmy day. Sip chilled drinks with friends and family, or to tuck into lunch after a walk with the kids and dog. The food here is exceptional with French brasserie dishes such as Moules Marinieres sitting alongside pub classics including gammon, egg & chips – there’s a fabulous Sunday lunch menu and plenty of choice for kids of all ages. Dogs welcome in the bar areas & garden. The Cricketers, Downside Common, Cobham KT11 3NX 01932 862 105 |

The Victoria, Oxshott

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The Victoria pub in Oxshott is a fabulous place to enjoy al fresco dining. The pretty garden is tucked away from the road and is now also home to a brand new funky Tipi decked out with rugs, bean bags and an abundance of fairy lights. The tipi can be booked for private dinners or parties so you can bring a taste of boho Ibiza to your Surrey party. The food is wonderful with everything cooked from scratch using the best seasonal ingredients – there’s a full a la carte menu, Sunday lunch, kids menus and a great value, low priced set menu. The drinks menu is equally impressive with a cracking selection of local guest beers, a carefully chosen wine list and a dedicated gin menu showcasing some of the world’s finest wines. Well behaved dogs are very welcome in the bar & garden. The Victoria, High Street, Oxshott KT22 0JR  01372 841 900 |


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London’s Exclusive Supper Club From page to plate. That’s the simply brilliant idea behind Nesan’s Supper Clubs, now trending in a leafy suburb near you Arup Dasgupta

Serving great food from famous chefs and cookbook writers. That’s the unique experience of NC Supper Clubs that’s luring discerning diners back again and again for more. Started in the summer of 2017 by international entrepreneur Nesan Thirunesan, the exclusive NC Supper Clubs is taking over London with an incredible versatile menu from Indian, Mauritian, French, Modern European, Burmese and Sri Lankan fusion cuisine. May and June has already seen a Burmese and Sri Lankan experience with Wincie Wong of Burmese Kitchen and chef Jessica Heath, author of “CeyLove” supported by Executive 16

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Chef, Arup Dasgupta. Greek and Modern British cuisine has also been launched and Supper Clubs will be taking over Clapham and parts of Surrey for even more exclusive cuisine experiences in addition to their events in Richmond, Wimbledon and Lavender Hill. The events so far have been graced with celebrities and high-end clients. As well as the Supper Clubs, Nesan runs an exclusive dining and catering experience with private chefs in South West London, Richmond and Surrey. Spending time between London and Bangalore, Nesan works with the best in celebrity chefs and wellknown cookbook writers to

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create the dishes served at the events. The chefs are regular demonstrators at food festivals all over the UK including the BBC Good Food Show, Taste of London and other food festivals. Their clear passion to create dishes with a fusion take on the traditional Indian cuisine and others is why the NC Supper Clubs are taking off and treating guests to incredible food. From Chef Jessica Heath, author of “CeyLove”, Anjula Devi, author of “Spice for Life”, Chef Maria Elia author of “Smashing Plates, Full of Flavour”, Chef Dipna Anand author of “Beyond Brilliant” to Wincie Wong of “Burmese Kitchen”, these are just a few of the top names that Nesan is working with. shop local


Nesan Thirunesan, Executive Chef Arup Dasgupta and Jason Burrill

Adding to his already incredible menu of chefs, Nesan is also keen to work with his good friends including chefs Rohit Ghai (formerly of Jamavar), Suresh Pillai (Leela Raviz) Daniel P Britten, Anthony Raffo, Dave Pigram and Connor J Lowrey. 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. NC Supper Clubs also sponsors the monthly “London Kitchen Social” founded by Majella O’ Connell of (Pavlova & Cream) which has been an incredible success story.

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be simply blown away by the food. Many of these dishes are not available in mainstream restaurants which adds a unique twist to the food we serve and the overall experience” Follow the hashtag #NCSupperClubs and @ nesancreations (Instagram) @ttnesan (Twitter) on social media to find out about the latest events and what’s cooking in the exclusive world created by Nesan.

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ounder and holistic therapist, Vessy Zlatareva, developed this now proven programme called Simply Strong for Life after learning about how the so called silent and invisible disease, osteoporosis, can destroy people’s quality of life. It was shocking for Vessy to find that the ageing population with one or more long-term conditions such as osteoporosis, account for around 70% of all hospital admissions and 70% of total NHS spending. Approximately 22 million women and 5.5 million men aged between 50-84 years of age are estimated to have osteoporosis in the EU (2010 figures) and is due to rise to 33.9 million in 2025 (an increase of 23%). In the EU in women, approximately 50% of fracture related deaths were due to hip fractures, 28% to clinical vertebral and 22% to other fractures. In men, corresponding proportions were 47%, 39% and 14%, respectively. Data taken from

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“In weekly or bi-weekly, 30-minute, one-on-one sessions,” says Vessy, “Clients are taken through a short series of trigger events that stimulate the body’s own natural adaptive response to improve bone health, balance, strength and endurance using the latest proven technologies BioDensity™ and Power Plate®. There’s no sweating and no need to change into exercise kit. Clients come as they are and within a few sessions, feel stronger, less fearful, have better balance, posture awareness and less joint pain. Clients see real time results in their performance report, because strength improvements are measured instantly. Excellent for those who wish to remain strong for life with not only stronger bones, but healthier joints, better balance and improved posture.”

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Wimbledon Then And Now A nostalgic look back at the past 50 years of The Tennis By Richard Jones Imagine if top professional tennis players such as Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were not allowed to play at Wimbledon! Unthinkable as it may seem, that’s exactly how it was before the introduction of ‘Open’ Tennis fifty years ago this year. 2018 sees the fiftieth anniversary of the first “Open” Wimbledon Championships when amateur and professional players were able to compete together for the first time. Before 1968, only amateur players were allowed to play at Wimbledon and the world’s other major tournaments such as the Australian, French and US Championships. Many of the top players of the day such as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Lew Hoad were touring professionals, and as such had to play mainly hard-fought exhibition matches in front of sparse crowds in much less glamorous venues around the world.

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In 1968 all that changed. For years pressure had been building in the tennis world to end the distinction between amateur and professional players which was a throwback to the early days of the sport in the nineteenth century, when to be seen as a professional was highly frowned upon by Victorian society. Led by the British Lawn Tennis Association, various attempts were made during the twentieth century to introduce open tennis, but each time this radical proposal failed to gain sufficient support amongst the world’s major tennis nations. By 1967, however, the pressure for change had become an unstoppable force, and in the summer of that year Wimbledon staged an eight-man professional tournament on the Centre Court shortly after The Championships. This was the first time that professionals had ever played on the lawns of SW19, and the tournament was a great success. Afterwards, Wimbledon’s chairman Herman David told winner Rod Laver that he and his fellow-professionals were invited back to play in The Championships the following year.


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So, it was that Britain’s unilateral action ushered in the world of professional tennis as we know it today. Laver won the first open Wimbledon tournament in 1968, having previously been champion as an amateur in 1961 and 1962. He won £2000, the first-time prize money had ever been paid at The Championships. Billie Jean King won the Ladies’ Singles, but her prize was just £750. Billie Jean later campaigned successfully for equal pay for women tennis players and remains an iconic figure in the ongoing campaign for women’s equality in all areas of life and all parts of the world.

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a huge worldwide tennis boom, and Wimbledon’s annual profits have risen from just over £37,000 in 1968 to over £35 million today. Much of this surplus comes from TV rights, with Wimbledon now watched on television and online in more than 200 countries around the world. Attendances at Wimbledon have always been high, but improvements in facilities at the All England Club, in particular the opening of the new No.1 Court in 1997, have seen the aggregate attendance increase from 276,270 in 1968 to 473,372 in 2017. In 2009 an all-time record of 511,043 people visited Wimbledon during the fortnight. Queen in 2010 ©AELTC


The contrasts between The Championships then and now are quite remarkable. Laver’s £2000 prize cheque back in 1968, a tidy sum at the time, simply does not compare with the £2.2 million Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza took home as singles champions last year. Also in 2017, Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray received £100,000 for winning the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title. Back in 1968, the Australian pairing of Margaret Court and Ken Fletcher shared just £450 for winning that event. Over the last half-century open tennis has triggered

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In line with other major world-class events, Wimbledon’s spectators are now referred to as “guests.” Guests now consume 110,000 scones, 86,000 ice creams, 76,000 sandwiches, 30,000 pizzas, and 17,000 portions of fish and chips each year. Far and away Wimbledon’s champion food item, however, is the great British strawberry. Wimbledon’s strawberries are picked on the day of sale at a farm in Kent and then rushed to Wimbledon. It is anticipated that around 150,000 bowls of strawberries and cream will be purchased during the thirteen playing days of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Back in 1968, Wimbledon had a small kiosk selling tennis magazines, books and photographs of the players. There were no other onsite retail facilities. Today the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum shop and its various satellite outlets around the grounds offer a comprehensive range of branded gifts and souvenirs. In 2017, 46,000 baseball caps, 30,000 towels, 17,000 tee-shirts, and 8,000 umbrellas were sold, all contributing to Wimbledon’s profits, ninety percent of which are paid over to the Lawn Tennis Association for the development of tennis in Great Britain. In half a century, Wimbledon has been transformed from a national treasure to an iconic global event. Who knows what the next fifty years may bring? Photographs kindly supplied by the AELTC | summer 2018 


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Holly Candlish chats to powerhouse Wasfi Kani OBE According to the lyrics of the popular children’s song, ‘if you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise’. In the woods surrounding West Horsley Place, the big surprise turns out to be a 700-seater opera house miraculously constructed in the past two years to be the new home of Grange Park Opera. This Summer, instead of teddy bears having a picnic in the woods, it’s more likely to be Surrey’s opera lovers tucking into a Fortnum & Mason hamper.

spotted her unique talent. “He told me that there were 100 people he could get to conduct an orchestra, but that I had something special, the ability to connect music and finance,” With these words ringing in her ears, Wasfi abandoned a lucrative career in IT and rose to become Chief Executive of Garsington Opera and subsequently founded Grange Park Opera in Hampshire. In 2002 she received an OBE for her groundbreaking work at Pimlico Opera, featuring performances in prisons, hospitals and schools.

The surprising Theatre in the Woods is the vision of opera impresario Wasfi Kani and her ‘family’ of supporters, builders, patrons, gardeners, musicians and singers: all of whom she orchestrates with sublime dexterity. An early collaborator

Probably the most important figure in the Arts in Surrey today, I am fully prepared to encounter an operatic ‘grande dame’, so it’s a pleasant surprise to be greeted enthusiastically by a slightly chaotic elfin figure who grabs me by the arm: and is wearing crocs. “All this stuff about opera being elitist is simply tosh. You don’t need to know anything about opera to enjoy it. You just need to sit in your seat and whatever ideas, memories or feelings come into your heart are correct. Instead of going to the pub, why not go to the opera?” But how did this astonishing project end up in Surrey, a county

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not renowned for highbrow entertainment? It turns out to be the result of both good and bad fortune. The bad luck struck when Grange Park Opera was ‘unceremoniously chucked out of our Hampshire home,’ as Wasfi puts it. The good came when she heard that her old friend Bamber Gascoigne had been bequeathed a 300-acre wooded estate with a 15th century stately home, West Horsley Place, by his 99-yearold aunt, Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe.


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‘Bamber is a wonderful man and took a massive risk on the project because he loves being surrounded by young people. He told me that as you get older, your world only gets smaller. Well, with the Theatre in the Woods, his world has suddenly got a whole lot bigger!’ Just how big his world has become is revealed as we round the corner and catch a glimpse through the tress of the magnificent circular building housing the fivetiered auditorium, modeled on Milan’s La Scala. Wasfi’s enthusiasm is infectious as this fascinating tour guide escorts me through the building and gardens. It soon becomes clear she knows a lot about a lot. From the plants in the orchards: quince, dog roses, briar roses and wildflowers, to the intricate

cross-gartered brickwork. She’s passionate about the building and it’s not long before I’m being recruited to help move heavy plant pots and unpack elegant stools to improve the view from the circular balconies. She throws open windows to let air in and ‘hear the birdsong’. Like so many of her colleagues, I follow where she leads. In this instance, that means running up and down back staircases turning off lights. Having raised £8M of the £10M required for the build, Wasfi is not embarrassed to beg, steal or borrow to realise her vision. ‘It sounds tragic but this is my hobby,’ she says pointing out brass ironmongery from eBay and handmade lavender bags. Red velvet seating is courtesy of Cameron Mackintosh and velvet curtains were bought in a Royal Opera House flash sale. Celebrity patrons are keen to advise: Nicky Haslam has chosen the greyish colour on the walls and Joanna Lumley donated the greenroom kitchen. It appears everyone who meets Wasfi is seduced. Although sometimes more builder than creative director, she is at her most compelling as she describes the forthcoming season. ‘We’ve built a proper opera house in an idyllic setting

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to rival the very best country house opera festivals. The line up of talent is world-class. The season consists of the musical Oklahoma, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.’ Operas are booked five years in advance, and she is excited that Joanna Lumley is directing Turundot in a forthcoming season. With that, the stagecrew is treated to a blast of ‘Nessun Dorma’, sung by Wasfi, which only serves to showcase the extraordinary quality of the acoustics. The world needs people like Wasfi Kani, an inspirational woman with a clear vision to build a new home for Grange Park Opera in the Surrey heartland. Echoing the sentiment of Bamber Gascoigne, at the age of 62, her world is only getting bigger: and through her, so is ours. Visit | summer 2018 


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s a teenager, along with many of my generation, I was better acquainted with the collected works of Jilly Cooper than the collected works of Shakespeare; I dreamt of owning a pony and that one day Rupert Campbell-Black would sweep me off my feet. Some 30 years later, I was reminded of those wildly glamorous books as I drove towards the newly opened Slades Farm Equestrian Centre in Bramley. I was not disappointed. From the moment I entered the rambling farmhouse I felt part of a fabulous house party overseen by the most generous and enthusiastic hosts: Edward and Lulu Hutley. The charismatic husband and wife have owned Slades Farm for 25 years, raising four children in this idyllic setting and are now keen for future generations to experience their stunning property. “Riders can experience over 100 miles of treks through some of the most glorious countryside in Surrey,” says Lulu, “with wonderful hills, expansive views, lakes and rivers, open fields, woodland and an array of interesting wildlife.” From horseback you can see for yourself why the Surrey hills has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Little has changed in the 60 years since the area received this accolade apart from the spectacular horse

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sculptures by Nic Fiddian Green that loom above trekkers as they scale the hillsides. Slades Farm offers a menu of different options from two-hour ‘Early Bird, ‘Daytime’ and ‘Sunset’ treks; a 9-acre cross country course designed by Eric Winter; to full weekend ‘Horse Safaris’ to include luxury accommodation, and alfresco meals. Three beautifully converted barns offer country-chic accommodation in stylish rooms with names such as the Owl Barn and the Granary, conjuring up their prior purpose on the farm. The property has several dining options from the tasteful formal dining room (alongside a billiards table and eclectic art collection) to the enchanting pavilion over-looking the moonlit lake. Each trek is especially tailored to suit the requirements of the individual or group of riders, based upon their experience and interests, and everyone will be matched to a fully trained horse by the experienced Slades Farm trekking team. The horses are ex-polo ponies; beautifully trained and particularly responsive to the rider and they all look extremely well cared for by the capable stable team. As I left the estate, I’d experienced a fond reminder of childhood dreams and escaped | summer 2018 


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Kiko Matthews solo trans-Atlantic rower smashes World Record “I didn’t get scared by the adverse conditions, I just got on with things. What can you do about it? You have no choice but to carry on, like in life. It was temporary relentlessness.” The tumour on her pituitary gland caused severe memory loss, psychosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, insomnia and muscle wastage. Briton Kiko Matthews, 36, celebrates arriving in Barbados having smashed the World Record as the fastest woman to complete a solo trans-Atlantic row in 50 days. Photo by Anthony Ball


ecently, Wimbledon resident, Kiko Matthews, 36, arrived in Port St.Charles, Barbados late one evening in spring, smashing the World Record as the fastest woman to complete a solo trans-Atlantic row. Kiko, finished the 3000 mile journey, from Gran Canaria, single-handed and unsupported in 49 days, breaking the previous record of 56 days. Having only learnt to row last year, Kiko rowed the Atlantic alone in 21-foot long Soma of Essex for up to 16 hours a day for seven weeks, slept in twohour shifts, dealt with 70 foot waves, sharks, hand and feet blisters and the least prevailing winds. She was her own doctor, mechanic, skipper, friend and worst enemy in one of the toughest physical and mental challenges known to man. Only five women have previously completed the journey solo.

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Arriving to scenes of jubilation, with crowds lining the coast line and yachts sounding their horns, the Union Jack toting Brit rowed in after what she described as one of the hardest days of rowing in the last two months. Kiko was met by her family – mother Genevieve Matthews, father Paddy Matthews, brother Robin Matthews and nephew Louis Matthews – and was noticeably relaxed, calm and full of energy. Kiko says;” The thought that eight months ago I was lying in hospital having my brain operated on and now I am here having rowed the Atlantic, I guess I am a bit proud. I have shown that anyone can attempt anything given the right attitude, belief, and support,” she says. “I want to use my story to inspire women to challenge themselves.” If I did ever get down I thought of the people willing me on, I wanted to do it for them. The stories they sent me supported me incredibly. By the last two

weeks I was just totally content and at peace, I didn’t even listen to music.” In completing the challenge, Kiko has so far raised over £90,000, of her target of £100,000, for King’s College Hospital Intensive Care Unit who twice removed a brain tumour from her. In 2009, Kiko, was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, a rare condition that made even walking up stairs impossible. The second was removed in August 2017 whilst she was in training for the Atlantic crossing. On land she has been virtually powered by a team of women, through her 100TogetHER initiative. The collaboration of women from all walks of life, have come together to support Kiko financially and with skills highlighting what can be achieved through community, challenge and collaboration and it’s their names which adorn the boat. Part of 100TogetHER is Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Katherine Grainger and Tracy Edwards - who skippered the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. She was also coached by Guin Batten, the 2000 Olympics silver medalist. Part of her fitness training was also sponsored by Louise Whelan and the wonderful trainers at Fit8 in Wimbledon. For more stories go to, | summer 2018 


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Barry Evans co-founder of Drug Education Uk gives us the highs and lows It’s been 4 years since Bob Tait of ‘Trust The Process’ Harley St, Education Services submitted an article to Darling informing Parents, on what was then worryingly trending as social recreational drug use/misuse and the need to communicate the very concerning issues connected to NPS (Novel Psychoactive Substances) aka Legal Highs et al. That term ‘misuse’ is often misunderstood by those who at that time were experimenting with chemicals that had not been fully researched and/or tested to standards labelled ‘NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION’, where the term ‘legal’ subconsciously creates ignorance to every warning signs when considering the use of such chemicals. Early in 2016 a BBC documentary (The Last Days of Legal Highs) identified a particular chemist who, in 2009, created the very chemicals that were fatally wounding our population, across a variety of age groups. His primary testing methodology was to try them on himself, before unleashing his chemicals to a global network of lawful suppliers. A direct relationship to these ‘research chemicals’ and other substances was cause or coincidental to an increase in mental health issues amongst our young people. The overall governmental ‘control measure’ was to produce a new piece of drug legislation called the ‘Psychoactive Substances Act 2016’ – a law intended to restrict the production, sale and supply of “legal highs”; having the intention

to shut down the retailers of legal highs with immediate effect from 26th May 2016. As to its own legislative effect, we may have to wait perhaps at least another 4 years or more, as ‘Spice’ (synthetic cannabis) is still rife in not just our prisons but problematic in larger cities like Birmingham and Manchester. The good news is they are not as frequently available, however, there will always be a stock pile to use and be swept up from the dealer stockists on the dark web or black market. Vaping JULES and taking certain medicines with alcohol have taken on current trend at parties - JUULING being the latest youth trend. Other drug related legislation has seen drivers affected by a new Section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988, where a saliva type test for illegal and medicinal substances has been implemented. Bob still educates on the concerns about substance misuse, to pupils, parents and staff in schools across the UK. He and I, the co-founder of DRUG EDUCATION UK, continue to deliver a programme of information that engages young people to make informed choices that are designed to protect them and those around them. Drug Education is NOT compulsory in school – FACT! Some people believe that ‘prevention is better than cure’, but in an age where people take risks above and beyond what anyone would ever have perceived we would or could do; at a time when we have more treatment available for substance misuse than ever before – then 

it’s not just parents, pupils and staff who need continually updating and educating on drugs, drug trends and how to support their children, family and their community. This type of educational exchange shouldn’t stop at school – Industry is very well placed to educate its personnel to good effect – it has the ability to improve performance, productivity and re-motivate people to better effect. Take Cannabis for example: Although they say “… ignorance is no defence!” sadly it is! Although a very weak one, nevertheless a defence. As frequently I am asked – which is the worst drug? Or cannabis is far safer than alcohol! DISCUSS – questions and statements that give me a superb foundation from which to work MOOD* on a person’s denial of problematic use or unreasonable comparisons. How do we compare a drug that is smoked, to one that is drunk, one that delivers carbon monoxide on every draw of your breath, to that which we can naturally ingest with very little negative effect, if we drink to guidelines and understand how it works. [*Motivating Out Of Denial is a flexible tool for working on a person’s ability to accept truths related to potential drug user scenarios previously denied]. If you wish to discuss anything mentioned in this article please call Barry on 07778643209 or Bob on 07852333667. Or email: or


















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worn by pulling them over your head. The structure of it compresses the breasts against the body to limit movement. Encapsulation designs have individual cups surrounding each breast and provide shape.

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t is the 100th year anniversary since women fought for the right to vote and they did literally fight for this right, often having to resort to direct action to get their point across. Women were imprisoned, and sides were polarised. Those particular women were brave, strong and prepared to sacrifice their freedom for what they believed in. What have we learned since that struggle, and has this translated to equal rights in the workplace? The issue of equal pay in the workplace has been recently highlighted again by over 200,000 Tesco female employees who are bringing one of the largest equal pay claims in the UK, and BBC women presenter’s battle to be paid at an equal rate to their male counterparts. At present the BBC women’s claims are likely to be discussed/ resolved in the workplace and hopefully will lead to a resolution between the parties. However, Tesco employees are dealing with these issues now through the Tribunals, with Tesco potentially facing a £4 billion pay out. Many employees may be wondering what to do if they discover they are being paid less than their male colleagues whilst, at the same time, maintain a harmonious

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working relationship if they do raise this issue. Here are some tips to consider: 1. Obtain evidence about the market rate for your job and speak to female colleagues who may be able to help you or join you in raising this issue, so you are not alone. 2. Speak to a male colleague who is doing the same job and ask them if they are willing to disclose how much they are being paid. Employers may say that pay rates are confidential, but it is not unlawful to talk about salaries. 3. If you are unable to obtain the information informally from a colleague willing to disclose this information, then you could ask your employer.

paid the same as your male counterpart. Ask for your employer’s formal grievance policy. 6. Consider some form of mediation service if you are unable to resolve the matter through a formal grievance process. 7. The last resort is an employment tribunal claim. Tesco employees are likely to have the backing of their union, but you can seek help through ACAS, your trade union, or a solicitor. Women hopefully do not have to be imprisoned to obtain equal pay, as the law has been in place since the 1970’s. It is important for businesses to attempt to reach a resolution because a happy, fair, working environment is a more productive working environment.

4. Speak to your employer informally to find out if there is a reason why a male colleague is being paid more than you. An employer may have a legitimate reason for a different pay structure, such as performance or market rates for the job when the person was recruited, so it is important to check.

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’m calling time on grass. (The green stuff, not the funny stuff you hope your teenager will not dabble in.) So many of my friends and family are crippled by it from hay-fever at this time of year. We have tons of it where I live, because some busybody fussily decided, in 1871, to ban concreting it over, by Act of Parliament. So now, thanks to those tree-hugging, green-belty Victorian Nimbies, instead of a decent multi-storey carpark, bowling arcade, shopping malls and a ninth runway for Heathrow, oh no, we are stuck with loads and loads of grass. Grass is a bad-boy. When it’s cut and blows its fresh, polleny scent through the windows, my daughter comes out in hives; but not only that, I suffer flashbacks to not revising properly for summer exams, and


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If you let a psychologist loose on grass (not literally) I think they’d come up with some fairly shocking stats. How many people are traumatised on or next to grass each year? 8 year-old boys flattened on rugby pitches, wedding guests keeling over in stilettos, scratch golfers missing putts, Crystal Palace fans in the 81st minute of the 2016 FA Cup Final when Man U equalised a mere 3 minutes after Jason Puncheon’s ecstatic opening goal, followed by the Man U winning goal in extra time, (like I say, traumatised) who is to blame? GRASS. Back in the day when my parents let me keep a vicious New Forest pony to cure me of the ponymad phase, I spent a lot of my time violently face down in grass, so I know what I am talking about. (It did cure me. It also made me very bad at maths, for which I blame my parents.) And most of you reading this know somebody who is overdue to mow the stuff, I’ll bet, (given the profile of readership, many of whom are possibly not yet ‘woke’ about the gender politics of lawn-mowing, long may that last.) And finally, what about grass stains? We don’t have to put up with this anymore, people. In Real Life is over. Roll out the Astroturf. shop local


Darling Magazine - North Surrey Summer 2018  

living in North Surrey

Darling Magazine - North Surrey Summer 2018  

living in North Surrey