essence issue 104

Page 1

essence PRICE | £3.95


Also inside this issue: SLOWLY DOES IT Koenigsegg’s Jesko SO WRONG, BUT SO RIGHT Henry Shields’ interview JERSEY’S TENNERFEST A gourmet’s delight COLOMBIAN FUSION Esteban Cortazar’s autumn collection

Someone’s got to do it! Gwyneth Keyworth interview essence is available online and free to subscribers

Caribbean Mega Sale On Now!

LUXURY ALL-INCLUSIVE CARIBBEAN HOLIDAYS The Caribbean knows exactly what’s important when it comes to all-inclusive holidays. You’re free to kick back and relax without thinking twice - soaking up the sun, sipping cocktails by the pool or having a go at some of the fantastic water sport inclusions. Even better, we’re currently offering up to 50% off all-inclusive Caribbean holidays, and FREE child places at these top resorts throughout summer 2020. Book online at or call 0208 329 2685




St James’s Club Morgan Bay, St Lucia 7 Nights All-Inclusive + Flights from


The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua 7 Nights All-Inclusive + Flights from


St James’s Club & Villas, Antigua 7 Nights All-Inclusive + Flights from

Call 0208 329 2685 Book online Trident Court, 1 Oakcroft Road Chessington, Surrey, KT9 1BD


4.8/5 Independent Service Rating based on 232 verified reviews


Prices are per person based on two people sharing a room travelling in May 2020. Subject to availability. Full T&Cs at Prices correct as of 12/8/2019.

essence | NEWS ROUND-UP Abigail Prudames and Joseph Taylor in Cinderella PHOTO COPYRIGHT: GUY FARROW

Cinderella’s Woking debut Northern Ballet makes a highly-anticipated return to Woking this autumn with its adaptation of the magical family ballet Cinderella. Choreographed by David Nixon OBE and combining thrilling dance with magic and circus skills, this is the first time this production has been performed in Woking. Cinderella will be at the New Victoria Theatre from 18–21 September 2019. Tickets are priced from £13 and are on sale now. To book, visit

Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief RETURN OF A LEGEND Raffles Singapore is delighted to officially announce its reopening, heralding an exciting new chapter in the iconic hotel’s rich history and heritage. A flagship property within Accor, Raffles Singapore is now welcoming guests and visitors following its careful and sensitive three-phased restoration which began in February 2017. For enquiries and reservations, contact Raffles Singapore at +65 6337 1886 or email

Naomi Campbell is bringing her global charity gala, Fashion For Relief, back home to London on Saturday 14 September. The charity is dedicated to creating equal opportunities and paving the way for a more diverse and inclusive future. This year’s focus is all about supporting future leaders from disadvantaged communities. Established in 2005 to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Fashion For Relief has raised more than $15 million in disaster aid. Instagram: @fashion4relief

2 | SEPTEMBER 2019

contents Issue 104 | SEPTEMBER 2019

8 | Interview | GWYNETH KEYWORTH

Bilingual Welsh actress Gwyneth Keyworth talks to Andrew Peters about her successful acting career and working with Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones.

14 | Motoring | KOENIGSEGG

Swedish car maker Koenigsegg builds the world’s fastest cars with the slowest production line. Euan Johns examines the Swedish carmaker’s new road-legal megacar, Jesko.


18 | Garden design | ALLADIO SIMS

Bella Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Design Limited looks at creating a low maintenance garden to harness autumn hues and provide colour for the winter.

20 | Travel | GOURMET JERSEY

The Crown Dependency of Jersey is considered one of the best places in the UK to eat, as Kevin Pilley experienced.

24 | Education | UNIVERSITY CHOICE

This autumn term sees students wishing to go to university deliberating over their UCAS forms. It’s an important decision and one requiring serious thought. Rebecca Peters considers the advice on hand.



Esteban Cortazar is inspired by his formative years in Miami’s South Beach in the 1990s and has a very personal vision to empower and appeal to all women. His autumn winter 2019 collection seeks inspiration from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Holly Golightly.

36 | Legal | MUNDAYS

Rachel Lemon, partner at Mundays LLP, looks into the possible consequences of couples spending some real time together over the summer holiday period.

40 | Food review | STEPHANIE BROOKES

Stephanie Brookes, BBC Radio London food expert, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month, Kaia at The Ned in the City.


42 | Artisan food | EAT SURREY

Shirlee Posner introduces essence readers to Local Food Britain.

45 | Health | LILY SOUTTER

Leading nutritionist Lily Soutter offers important advice on food consumption.

46 | Events | SURREY

Linda Seward’s diary of the best of what’s on in theatre, music, exhibitions, arts, festivals and the countryside.

52 | Theatre interview | HENRY SHIELDS

Award-winning actor and writer Henry Shields is a busy man with a hectic autumn schedule which includes a lead role in a new BBC One primetime comedy series in association with Lionsgate The Goes Wrong Show.


56 | essence | PROPERTY

A selection of some of the area’s finest houses from Surrey’s best estate agents and developers.

Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 3

Essence - FP September.indd 1

09/08/2019 13:23





essence team

Editor: Andrew Guilor Contributing editor: Louise Alexander Contributing editor: Claire Zambuni Publishing manager: Rebecca Peters Production manager: Linda Seward Designer: Sharon Smith Digital design: Jason Mayes telephone: 01932 988677 email: Commercial director: Jane Barnfield-Jukes telephone: 07795 206030 email: Advertising sales enquiries telephone: 07980 956488 email: Contributors: Lily Soutter, Rachel Lemon, Bella Alladio, Andrew Peters, Euan Johns, Stephanie Brookes, Linda Seward, Shirlee Posner, Rebecca Peters.

essence magazine

Maple Publishing Limited, the publishers, authors and printers cannot accept liability for errors or omissions. Any artwork will be at owner’s risk. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the copyright holder and publisher, application for which should be made in writing to the publisher. The opinions expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. essence reaches key addresses in Cobham, Oxshott, Esher, Weybridge, Guildford and outlying areas. Properties in all the major private estates, including St George’s Hill, the Crown Estate and Wentworth Estate, receive the magazine 10 times per year. essence is also distributed to selected estate agents and is available at city businesses and all local town high streets. Design and production

We are all doomed… That could be the scenario if you looked at all the summer headlines and we have endured some varied weather recently. The new prime minster is doing his best to dispel the gloomsters, but time, on one particular issue, as always, will tell. Our interviewee Gwyneth Keyworth has made a name for herself in some terrific Welsh noir series, but will be making us laugh when she next appears on our screens in a comedy to lift the gloom from the shortening days. Our other interview is with Henry Shields. He’s always full of laughs and remains the only one of our interviewees to have an empty rather than half full glass. With his pedigree penning and acting in top notch, award-winning comedy, something tells me he likes to be different and go against the grain. He kindly took time out of a very busy autumn schedule to talk to essence. In this month’s magazine, Euan Johns discovers the world’s slowest made but fastest megacar, the Koenigsegg Jesko. Jersey may boast the wealthiest population in the UK, but it is also one of our gourmet paradises as Kevin Pilley found out. Fashion comes with a Latin twist in the form of Esteban Cortazar’s autumn winter collection which will add a dash to any winter wardrobe. Bella Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Design explains how to create a garden to make the most of autumn colour, Stephanie Brookes enjoys eating all she can at Kaia at The Ned, whilst Shirlee Posner introduces us to a local food movement: Local Food Britain. As always, this issue of essence has a mix of professional, education and foodie advice, alongside not to be missed competitions. The diary of events offers places to visit and there’s a pick of some of the region’s most desirable properties. The essence team

© Maple Publishing 2019 Maple Publishing Limited, Regus, Wellington Way, Brooklands Business Park, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0TT

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 5



BEST CARIBBEAN BEACHES Nobody knows the Caribbean better than Sandals - which is why their resorts are always set on the best beaches. 5-STAR GLOBAL GOURMET™ DINING With up to 16 restaurants per resort, dining is an extraordinary culinary experience at Sandals. Chefs from around the world create innovative cuisine with a fusion of the freshest ingredients and the most exquisite flavours. LAND & WATER SPORTS Sandals includes more land and water sports, including instructors and top quality equipment, than any other resorts.

DAILY SCUBA DIVING^ Voted one of the top five dive operations in the Western Hemisphere by PADI. It’s included with top-of-the-line equipment. ^Free for certified divers. Two dives per day. BUTLER ELITE SERVICE IN TOP-TIER SUITES Sandals butlers, trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers, provide guests in top-tier suites with personalised attention. UP TO 11 BARS PER RESORT Only Sandals Resorts include premium liquors—24/7, always unlimited—at piano bars, beach bars, rooftop bars, pubs, night clubs, and even swim-up pool bars.




Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa 7 Nights Luxury Included ® + Flights from


Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa 7 Nights Luxury Included ® + Flights from


Sandals Royal Barbados 7 Nights Luxury Included ® + Flights from

Call 0208 329 2685 Book online Trident Court, 1 Oakcroft Road Chessington, Surrey, KT9 1BD


4.8/5 Independent Service Rating based on 232 verified reviews


Prices are per person based on two people sharing a room travelling in May 2020. Subject to availability. Full T&Cs at Prices correct as of 12/8/2019.


8 | SEPTEMBER 2019


SOMEONE’S GOT TO DO IT! Bilingual Welsh actress Gwyneth Keyworth talks to Andrew Peters about her successful and burgeoning acting career and how it all started. Q Gwyneth, you were born in Aberystwyth, West Wales – do you have fond recollections of the town and return there very often? A I try to go back as often as I can, I love living in London, but Aber will always be home... and the drinks are a lot cheaper. Q Was becoming an actor something you always wanted to do? A I didn’t really think about it when I was younger. I seriously considered becoming a vampire age six – but there’s still time for that. Q Who was the first person to tell you that you had talent? Did you believe it yourself at the time? A Buddug Jones Davies was an incredible woman who ran a tiny Welsh language youth theatre group in my village hall. We didn’t have much, and the hall itself is about to be demolished, but I had the best time. Buddug nurtured everyone – at school I was having a tough time, but she encouraged me to not define myself by school reports and try for things outside of Aberystwyth. Buddug died when I was 15, but thanks to her I learnt to believe in myself a bit more. Q The National Youth Theatre is where it all began for you at 15, can you tell us more about those early days? A Buddug was the first person to tell me about the National Youth Theatre and encouraged me to try for it. I wasn’t sure, but after she died I felt I owed it to her to at least give it a go. I remember the day I came home from school and saw a fat envelope on the doormat marked NYT. I knew I’d been accepted. I was so happy I put our T-Rex album on and danced on the kitchen table with my little sister. NYT was brilliant – meeting young people from all over the country and from all sorts of backgrounds enriched my world exponentially. >>>

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 9



Q Was there anyone in particular who inspired you to start your acting career? A There’s no one person in particular, but I remember having a conversation with my friend Gabriel about what we would do after leaving school. He suggested I could be an actor – I think I responded with something vague and a bit annoying about it not being a real career option for someone like me and his response was just: “Why not? Someone’s got to do it.” It definitely didn’t miraculously fall into place, but I think that conversation encouraged me to be more fearless with my aspirations. Q You’ve a very impressive and varied acting resumé which includes high profile shows such as Craith/Hidden, Misfits, Black Mirror, Game of Thrones, The Great Outdoors, Doctor Thorne, the list goes on! Is the huge scope of work you’ve undertaken a reflection on your own character? A Naturally you draw on aspects of your own life when you’re creating a character, and some characters are probably closer to me than others, but I try not to dwell on it. I think for your own mental wellbeing it’s important to not blur the line between yourself and the character too much and to remember it’s just a job – watching you ‘navel gaze’ all day isn’t that interesting. Q Who would you walk across hot coals to work with? A Yorgos Lanthimos who recently directed the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated movie The Favourite with Olivia Colman.

10 | SEPTEMBER 2019


Profile: Gwyneth Keyworth Gwyneth grew up in Aberystwyth, Wales where she was involved in youth theatre and a Welsh language acting group. Inspired by the likes of Julie Walters, Shirley Henderson and Jane Horrocks, she joined the National Youth Theatre aged 15. Two years later she was performing PHOTO COPYRIGHT: MONTANA LOWERY a comedy sketch about the NHS at the STYLING, MAKE UP AND HAIR AS BEFORE Soho Theatre. In 2010 Gwyneth was billed as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow after which she trained at RADA, graduating in 2014. Her screen roles to date include Misfits (E4), Game of Thrones (HBO/Sky), Doctor Thorne (ITV), Wasted (E4) and Black Mirror (Channel 4). In 2018 she starred as Megan Ruddock in Welsh crime drama Craith/Hidden (S4C/BBC) – a role for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the Welsh BAFTAs. On stage, Gwyneth has performed in As You Like It (The Globe), The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic) and Raising Martha (Park Theatre). Gwyneth will star alongside Katherine Parkinson, Will Sharpe and Prasanna Puwanarajah in BBC Two’s Defending the Guilty – a new comedy about pupil barristers in London. She will also be seen in a guest role in the forthcoming series of Netflix’s multi-award-winning Royal drama The Crown and in dark comic thriller The Toll.

Gwyneth appeared opposite Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BSKYB

Q Do you find more lighthearted and easy-going roles easier to play than serious ones? A Different roles have different challenges, I can’t say one is easier than the other, but I have definitely found the emotional intensity of parts like Megan in Hidden/Craith and the subject matter she was involved in required a lot more stamina to maintain truthfully. Q Of all your parts the one that gets a lot of attention is Clea in GOT, but what would be your career highlight to date? A I loved filming Black Mirror, I’ve always been a huge fan of the director, Tim Van Patten. He directed nearly all of my favourite episodes of The Sopranos, so working with him was incredible. >>>

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 11


QUICK FIVE Favourite film? Bringing Up Baby. Dog or cat? Dog. Guilty pleasure? Getting far too involved in Love Island than is at all necessary or acceptable. Main inspiration? Spag bol. Glass half full or half empty? Half full. Q Stage work reflects your RADA training and you’ve appeared at The Globe Theatre – would you like to do more theatrical work? A Definitely – I’m just waiting for the right project to come along. Q Do you pay much attention to social media or any production’s ratings? A Not really. In general, you hope something you’ve worked hard on with others is well received, but it’s not my priority. Q Any highs and lows along the way you’d care to mention? A Faceplanting on stage – bad. That this is how I earn my keep – good. Q What’s the question you never get asked but would like to be? A “What’s your favourite Celine Dion track Gwyneth?” Think Twice is an absolute banger, thanks for asking.

Q Just one more mention of GOT. Was Peter Dinklage fun to work with? A So much fun! He’s a brilliant actor and really generous. It was my birthday while we were filming and he actually orchestrated all the cast and crew to sing happy birthday which was a very kind surprise. Q Last year you starred in the Welsh-noir series Craith playing the complex character of Megan Ruddock – was this your most challenging role to date? A Without a doubt, it was tough going at times considering the subject matter, but it was also just a privilege to be able to sink my teeth into a character with such integrity and strength despite the adversity she faced.

12 | SEPTEMBER 2019

Q What are you currently working on and what’s next in the pipeline? A I’ve got a fair few projects to come out over the next year which I’m excited about. I’ve just wrapped from filming a new ITV series with Dawn French called Glass Houses which will be on next year. Q Whatever you’re doing presumably you’ll be keeping a close eye on the Rugby World Cup starting this month and hoping for a late birthday present! A All. Over. It.v essence INFO

Gwyneth stars in the BBC Two comedy Defending the Guilty this month. She will also be seen in The Crown in November on Netflix.


Retire without worry In beautiful Liss, Hampshire

Blenheim Apartments in Liss offers a collection of two-bedroom apartments for the over-55s, each thoughtfully designed to the highest specification. With an emergency call system and tailored care packages, like-minded neighbours and maintenance upkeep* you can enjoy a fully reassured retirement. ONLY FOUR PROPERTIES REMAINING

Arrange a viewing or request a brochure:

01730 606360 |

PRICES FROM £345,000


Farnham Road, Liss, Hampshire, GU33 6JG LUXURY CARE * Maintenance to gardens and communal areas. ** Terms and conditions apply. Offer valid until 30 November 2019.




Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg builds the world’s fastest cars with the slowest production line and is proud to do so. Euan Johns looks at the Swedish carmaker’s new road-legal megacar, Jesko.


oenigsegg. Not heard of this Swedish carmaker? Well, it does not like to make much noise. What it does do is make cars that simply take the breath away. The Hennessey Venom F5 and Bugatti Chiron made way for the Jesko’s predecessor, the Agera RS, which must now step aside for the Jesko. With performance and looks to die for, this car leaves you speechless. The mantra of quality over quantity certainly applies to this niche carmaker. Its Angelholm factory fittingly uses hangars that formerly housed a squadron of Swedish Air Force fighter jets. This is the ambience in which the company’s new Jesko super, mega, nay ‘hypercar’ comes into being. The Agera RS reached 277 mph – that was the fastest car – but computer simulations for Jesko indicate it will be able to reach speeds in excess of 300 mph. Tested on an adjacent aircraft runway, the car is completely manufactured in Angelholm, with the only components sourced from outside being the tyres. The Jesko is powered by a modified Agera turbo-charged, five-litre V8 engine and aided by a newly-designed V8 crankshaft, now the lightest in existence. The net result is more power with less effort and greater efficiency producing performance figures that belong in science fiction. Another innovation is being able to choose the gear to provide the best acceleration at any one time by utilising the Ultimate Power On Demand or UPOD system. The mad part isn’t just the power, it’s how engineers have achieved it whilst still being able to pass emission tests worldwide. But if you think that all this engineering prowess sacrifices luxury then think again: nothing could be further from the truth. Climate control and an Apple infotainment system are on hand, together with various displays that inform (amongst other things) of the amount of G-force the car’s extraordinary performance is enacting. Talking of forces, the advanced aerodynamics created by the car’s stunning front spoiler and boomerang-shaped rear wing help create a downforce of over 1,000kg at just over 170 mph. >>>

14 | JULY/AUGUST 2018


JULY/AUGUST 2018 | 15

For exhibitionists to impress, maximum peacockesque display can be obtained at the touch of a button, opening the bonnet, doors and rear clamshell. There are no acceleration figures available for the Jesko, but let’s be honest, they’re not really needed. Koenigsegg says it plans to sell the car in two different configurations: one for track use and one to maximise top speed. That version targets a 300 mph top speed. If delivered, that would be enough to make it the fastest road-legal car in the world, breaking the record set two years ago by a Koenigsegg Agera in the US. For those wondering where the name of this fantastic piece of engineering originates, it’s named after the father of the company’s founder, Christian. Jesko von Koenigsegg helped Christian set the company up when he was a boracic 22-year-old and helped steer it through the many early challenges. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, Jesko had quite an impact on attendees, sending heads not just turning, but spinning. The price will have a sizeable impact on the wallet as it’s just shy of £2.4m. That didn’t deter the 125 people who have already bought the whole of the planned output. Production will be at the rate of between 40 to 50 cars per year, with the first hitting the roads in 2023. Don’t despair though, as Koenigsegg is working on an electric version which will set purchasers back a mere £800k. Koenigsegg isn’t sure what form this car will take, no doubt time will tell. What we do know is that it will be yet again something completely different. Whatever this turns out to be it looks as though Jesko will be the last petrol car the company builds, and if that’s the case, it really is a case of bowing out in some style.v essence INFO

16 | JULY/AUGUST 2018

“I’m proud of what we have achieved with this car. It’s new, but it’s also classic Koenigsegg.” Joachim Nordwall, design director

T: +44(0)1483 300 055 (UK)

Limited edition Pop’Art release. Hand-crafted in Switzerland from £23,000 in titanium and £34,500 in solid gold.

Warm September hues

Harmonious sense of colour: this front garden has a warm colour palette that is maintained all year round. Planting, gravel and the colour of the hedging metal strip all blend together beautifully IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, DULWICH PRIVATE GARDEN, 2017

Bella Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design looks at creating a low maintenance garden to harness autumn hues and provide colour for the winter.


he clean lines, sharp angles and crisp layout of this London front garden we completed during a summer needed to be set off, but also complemented, by a low maintenance, striking but harmonious planting scheme. Instead of choosing the more traditional blue and mauve tones that soon disappear after the relatively short flowering season of many such coloured summer flowers, we opted for a muted palette of warm hues expressed through foliage, bark and stems more than via flowers, to give the garden a longer season of interest. This is an important consideration, especially for a front garden. In the last decade or so planting schemes that focus on golden autumnal hues have been centred mostly around ornamental grasses, thanks to their flower spikes that glow beautifully in the soft September light. We always include ornamental grasses wherever possible, but in this London front garden we tried to layer the planting scheme a bit more. Whilst we still kept many ornamental grasses, mostly of the smaller types such as carex, hackonechloa and ophopogon, we introduced some shrubs and flowering perennials too, which are typical elements of a more traditional English border, but selected them for the colour of their stems and foliage rather than their flowers. This helped us to create a more cohesive scheme.

Profile: Alladio Sims

Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Ltd creates distinctive gardens. Jon Sims and Bella Alladio started the company after collaborating on a Silver Gilt winning show garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The two directors continue their collaborative approach throughout their practice with Jon’s background in interior architecture giving distinctive spaces and Bella’s passion for plants and photographic eye adding great texture and contrast. Jon and Bella in the show garden they created for the Istanbul Flower Festival in 2016

18 | SEPTEMBER 2019

Set off by the sharp edges of Core-ten steel and complemented by the warm greys of the Chelmer Valley brick pavers, the borders are filled with a combination of structural, lush and delicate planting with cinnamon accents IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, DULWICH PRIVATE GARDEN, 2017

Garden design | ALLADIO SIMS

The delicate foamy flowers of Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’ illuminate the shady border for a long time IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, DULWICH PRIVATE GARDEN, 2017

Of course the key for this London garden was always low maintenance, so we had to carefully select well-behaved grasses and avoid larger specimens that can be more difficult to manage long term, such as some of the larger Miscanthus. We opted for mat forming and low growing grasses that mix well with ferns and perennials, choosing Geranium Macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’, a very hard working and unfussy variety that takes on rusty hues in autumn and winter, Polystichum Polyblepharum with its evergreen lush green fronts with their brown spots and bronze stalks, Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’ with its delicate and long lasting white flowers, purple at the top and held together by bronze stalks and matching bronze flecked leaves, Heuchera ‘Marmalade’ for its rich amber to peachy bronze foliage colour with its hot pink underside, that creates an exciting accent throughout the borders and goes well with Euphorbia Griffithii ‘Fireglow’ with its explosion of orange stems and flowers and finally the elegant tall spires of chocolate coloured Digitalis Ferruginea. For the larger and more structural elements we chose Myrtle ‘Tarentina’ because of its beautiful bronze stems, Carpinus betulus hedge for its tawny brown leaves that persist well throughout the winter, Rosa Glauca for its deep purple leaves and wonderfully bright red hips, and Amelanchier Canadensis for its autumnal brilliance, with its majestic glowing orange foliage. The sense of colour harmony that pervades the borders is, of course, only a mirror for the rich tawny hues of the hard materials chosen to surround them. So it is no surprise that the warm brown-anthracite tone of the lovely Chelmer Valley brick pavers chosen for the permeable path and driveway perfectly complement the warm planting scheme, together with the rusted steel hedging and golden flint gravel. With its crisp layout and unusual and engaging planting, this London front garden no doubt warms up the gloomiest of winter or autumn days. v The elegant spires of Digitalis Parviflora IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, DULWICH PRIVATE GARDEN, 2017

essence INFO

Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Limited Regional office: Lower Bourne (Farnham) Surrey GU10 3RE Website: Email:

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 19


apple Boasting the most millionaires per square mile in the British Isles, the Crown Dependency of Jersey is considered one of the best places in the UK to eat, as Kevin Pilley experienced. When you think of Jersey, gastric juices make us instantly think of its royal potatoes, heritage tomatoes (and carrots), Royal Bay oysters, lobsters, spider and chancre crabs, hand-dived scallops, bi-valve mussels and its beef, and the palate swoons. But Black Butter may not come so quickly to mind, although the ancient fare won’t diminish saliva production, it may increase the waistline. Jersey cider butter is an ancient hangover from the times when the Channel Island was covered in apple orchards. Every autumn cider drinkers at St. Lawrence’s La Faisie d’Cidre celebrate Jersey’s rich heritage of growing apples and making cider. The highlight is traditional cider making using horsepower to pulverize apples, then building layers of pulp on a press to extract juice. There is a crush to see ‘ye olde’ apple squeezing skills being demonstrated. Every other person appears to be an apple expert or ardent Black Butter enthusiast. The traditional farmhouse delicacy – called Beurre Nier in Jerrais (the local Norman-French dialect) – is spread on bread and toast or can be paired with cold meats or curry. Cider has been made on Jersey since the sixteenth century, with the eighteenth century seeing its glory days. Cider supplemented wages so as not to waste the apple harvest. Black Butter-making co-operatives were common and making the conserve was an excuse for a party: Un Séthée de Beurre Nièr, Un soir de beurre noir or Black Butter Night. PHOTO COPYRIGHT: LA MARE ESTATE

20 | SEPTEMBER 2019




Every October, National Trust Jersey holds a three-day Black Butter festival at its headquarters at The Elms, St Mary, an eighteenth century farmhouse at the head of the island’s St Peter’s Valley. Everyone is free to peel apples and stir the brass cauldron (bachin) with a traditional paddle or rabot. In the old days, the butter was made during two days over a giant fire. Brittany has a similar conserve called le beurre du pauvre. Based on medieval apple sauce, Jersey Black Butter has no artificial additives. Peeled and cored apples are traditionally cooked with black treacle, liquorice, cider, brown sugar and spices such as cinnamon. It’s available from La Mare Estate, which also makes Jersey Black Butter Chocolates, Black Butter Fudge and Black Butter Biscuits. This year, from 1 October to 11 November, Jersey’s much-loved, fixed-price food festival Tennerfest is where all can eat well and inexpensively at some of the best restaurants on the island. There are many to choose from such as Longueville Manor with its Victorian garden and The Atlantic Hotel on La Mont de la Pulente, next to La Moye Golf Club looking across St. Ouen’s Bay. Its Ocean Restaurant has a market menu and executive chef Will Holland’s showcase seven-

course tasting room menu features retired Jersey dairy cow beef tartare, as well as liquorice-confit lamb neck with sweetbread, gin and tonic granite and lychee mousse. Other restaurants offer menus from £10 to £17.50. But Will is the man to sample: he was awarded his Michelin star before he was 30 years old and at thirteen he worked at a local butcher’s shop after school and weekends. He subsequently held positions at some of the UK’s finest eating establishments, including Gravetye Manor in Sussex and L’Ortolan Restaurant. In 2007 he opened La Bécasse in Ludlow, earning his first Michelin star 18 months after opening. Will opened Coast Restaurant, Pembrokeshire in 2014 to wide acclaim, named AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales 2015-2016. He joined The Atlantic Hotel as executive chef in October 2017. Sumas at Gorey Hill has a local shellfish bisque as well as stunning pan-fried brill, crab ravioli fennel ceviche, gremolata and Dingley Dale pork belly with tamarind, seared squid, tamarind and, of course, apple. In St Helier, visit the five AA Rosettes’ Bohemia Bar and Restaurant and have an aperitif on its roof terrace before getting stuck into turbot. Its tasting menu includes oyster casserole. >>>

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 21

Pan-fried John Dory fillet at The Atlantic Hotel


Also try Kismet Cabana at Quaisne Bay, St Brelade and Samphire on King Street in the main town of St Helier. If lucky, diners might be cooked traditional dishes such as bean crock (dried beans with pigs’ trotters), la soupe d’anguilles (conger eel soup) or fiottes (sugared flour and eggs). A word of warning, Jersey Cabbage Loaf is very musical. Crash a local event, community or fête and visitors may be propositioned with some Jersey Wonders Des Merveilles. Traditionally, Jersey housewives cooked their Wonders as the tide went out. If they cooked them on an incoming tide, the fat in which the Wonders were cooked would invariably overflow the pan. The nearest equivalent is the doughnut, although Wonders are never coated in sugar or filled with jam. The more weight-conscious and less sweet-toothed just settle for a half pint of shrimps or prawns. The beachside La Braye Bistro at St Ouen Bay serves “seaside classics with a Mediterranean influence” as well as “ice-cream with surprise sprinkles”. A select group of eco-led eateries have become conservation pioneers by incorporating Climavore dishes into their menus. The Atlantic presents diners with the taste of the tidal zone with Climavore amuse-bouches. Jersey’s coastal landscape is undergoing a series of dramatic and worrying transformations due to human-induced climatic alterations, increasing acidification, algal blooms and the consequent disappearance of species. Jersey’s chefs are reconnecting to historic inhabitation practises: seaweed, kelp and bivalves, oysters and clams are crucial acts in water purification and carbon dioxide absorption. Jersey’s waiters and sommeliers tell that a single mussel filters 25 litres of water a day and an oyster 120 litres. La Mare Estate’s wines are the local wine of choice. Its dry red Bailiwick is made from Pinot Noir, Regent and Rondo grape varieties, with medium dry Sainte-Marie a blend of Orion and Seyval Blanc grapes. The Estate also produces a candy floss on the nose, off dry Perquage rosé and Lillie (Langtry) sparkling rosé. On such an apple-obsessed island, La Mare also makes VSOP Jersey Apple brandy and Jersey Apple Brandy cream liqueur. Perhaps the most unusual snack to be had is biltong. It’s Jersey’s latest export made by The Little Jersey Biltong Company also helping cater for the two thousand South Africans on the island. Le Hocq Inn at St Clement is the hub of consumption and very more-ish dried meat worship. So look no further than Tennerfest for a delightful gastronomic gourmet journey.v

22 | SEPTEMBER 2019

Mark Pinnick of The Little Jersey Biltong Company PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STUART ABRAHAM | JERSEY PHOTOS

essence INFO


Blackberry and almond bake When I think of September baking, plump, purple berries spring to mind, bursting with tartness. This soft almond sponge is dotted with berry beauties, whilst the base offers a crunchy cinnamon contrast. Best served with a dollop of clotted cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream.

TOP TIP: If a food processor isn’t to hand, put the digestives into a freezer bag, zip it up and then smash the biscuits with a rolling pin. Who needs the gym? Ingredients 80g butter 150g digestive biscuits 200g blackberry jam 200g blackberries One teaspoon ground cinnamon 250g butter 100g golden caster sugar plus one tablespoon for sprinkling Five eggs 250g ground almonds Two tablespoons self-raising flour One teaspoon almond essence Method Melt the butter until golden brown. Remove from the heat and stir in the biscuits, after blitzing in a food processor with a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin and press the crumbed mix into the bottom evenly. Put in the fridge to cool. reheat o en to fan entl arm the am

In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until a creamy, light colour is achieved. Add the beaten eggs one by one. Stir in the flour and ground almonds. Mix well. Add the almond essence. Remove the tin from the fridge and spread the jam over the crumb in a thin layer. Then spoon the mixture on and spread gently across the top. Press blackberries in at intervals, sprinkle over another tablespoon of caster sugar. Bake for around 45–50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean and the top is golden. emo e from the o en ool thoroughly before slicing.

essence INFO

Website: Telephone: Email: Facebook: face oo com jenscupcakery Twitter: @jenscupcakery

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 23


TIME This autumn term will see students wishing to go to university deliberating over their UCAS forms. It’s an important decision and one requiring serious thought, research and soul searching. Rebecca Peters considers the advice on hand.


t seems to have been a fleetingly short space of time from that very first day at school to now being one of the ‘big’ students previously looked up to. Some big decisions on which A-levels to study have been made, but already there’s a need to start thinking about which course and the appropriate universities to apply for, or to decide whether to pursue an entirely different path. Where do pupils start when considering which university to attend and course to study? Firstly, most schools and colleges have a programme in place to support students applying to university and experienced staff available to provide assistance. The next port of call is to visit one of the many generic search engines such as Which? University or What Uni? These sites provide basic information to help find a course, offer advice on what to include in a personal statement and how to prepare for university interviews. Alongside each particular degree, there will be further details on possible career paths and expected salaries graduates can hope to achieve. It’s important for pupils to be honest with themselves and not let parents lead them into making a choice that their hearts and minds aren’t really locked into. Parents will have their own opinions as to what their children are capable of and should be doing. Exerting too much pressure and influence on any reluctant offspring is not the best path to success. Following last May’s official review of higher education, tuition fees are due to reduce in the near future, however, going to university will still be an expensive

24 | SEPTEMBER 2019


King’s College Wimbledon The Sunday Times London Independent Secondary School of the Year 2017/18 There are 433 boys in the junior school (ages seven to 13). In the senior school, there are 860 boys aged 11 to 18, with over 100 girls in the sixth form. The school occupies nearly 20 acres on the south side of Wimbledon Common and owns a further 24 acres of playing fields nearby. The school’s boathouse is on the Tideway at Putney.

Dates to note. Whole school open morning 14 September 2019, 9am–12.30pm. 16+ open evening 24 September and 10 October 2019, from 5.45pm. 11+ open evening 8 October 2019, from 5.45pm.


Claremont Fan Court School

option. Finding yourself on a course you thought was the right one, but actually has turned out not to be, can be an expensive mistake. So do as much research as possible and undergo some soul searching to establish what it really is that’s going to light and continue to stoke the inner fires. Choosing a course is the starting point. Then research which universities offer that course and look into each aspect of the study programme – they will differ from institution to institution. A university’s location and degree standing will also be factors to consider. Moving away from home can be a leap into the unknown that many may find daunting, and the fact that mum and dad are within reach could be the determining factor. Again, the pupil should decide and not the parents. This is the first journey along the road to independence that young people take and there are many valuable lessons to be taken on board. By all means have a safety net, but make sure that net doesn’t turn into something more restricting. Research into the chosen course is a must do and priority. Far too many students choose a particular course without delving deeply into exactly what it involves: courses in the same subject vary quite a bit. Finding out there is more of a course not enjoyed or relevant once enrolled is not ideal and can result in dropping out or starting again. Careful research will identify everything contained in each semester and module, the structure of the course and whether the degree is exam-based or involves a greater degree of practical work. It’s also good to find out how many teaching hours there are >>>

Claremont Fan Court School is a thriving co-educational independent school for children aged 2½ to 18 set within 100 acres of beautiful grounds in Esher. The wonderful nursery with forest school feeds into the outstanding Pre-Prep and Prep School. The Senior School has recently seen a 40% surge in applications, most notably amongst girls, and the school’s newly-opened, cutting-edge science and technology building has allowed for the school to increase its capacity whilst maintaining excellent teaching and learning without increasing class sizes. The new sixth form centre at the heart of the Senior School gives A-level students a vibrant and inspirational sixth form experience. Claremont focuses on the individual. Its strong results demonstrate that a school can be nurturing and kind, but also challenging and effective in the delivery of excellent outcomes, empowering children to thrive by being themselves. Claremont Fan Court School Claremont Drive, Esher, Surrey KT10 9LY Telephone: 01372 467841 SEPTEMBER 2019 | 25


Campus-based students are, to a greater or lesser extent, divorced from the town and some may not like this. each week and term dates. There is a failsafe and that is to go to a university’s open day where this information will be supplied. Obviously, advance research should be carried out to reduce the number of universities visited as this can be time-consuming. Pupils should look for any feedback on the university and course from past and present students. Be sure to confirm the exam grades required to be accepted in the first place. Some universities are campus based, while others are situated in cities. Campus-based students are, to a greater or lesser extent, divorced from the town and some may not like this. If a student has a particular passion or sport, find out the facilities available. The UCAS application process is a time-consuming exercise. Although UCAS require applications to be submitted by mid-January, most schools start early and complete the process by October/November to allow pupils to concentrate on A-levels. Schools will set aside teachers’ time to help with the preparation of a pupil’s personal statement. This is an important piece of information about an individual’s passions, interests and ambitions. These 650 words will help a university decide on selecting the student they believe suits any set criteria above and beyond the required entry level exam grades. Universities all respond at differing times. Recently there has been an increase on post A-level clearing placements, with some universities holding off allocating places until actual results are known. This allows for a change of heart by the student and also the fact that any level of grades required may not have been achieved. Schools will offer a large degree of help to enable pupils make their own decisions. It’s important to work out which subjects ignite the inner soul so that hearts and minds are in tune with whatever final choice is made. Pupils should know how, and be happy with, any decisions made and that they were made for all the right reasons. In that way they will approach going to university with total confidence and start on the right foot. essence INFO

With a little under a year to go until those GCSE results appear in late August, now is the time to consider whether to continue into a sixth form at a current school or seek this education elsewhere. As it was with the choice of GSCE subjects, it’s a very personal decision whether to opt for a sixth form or not. If the choice has been made to carry on then, which would be best – the current or another school? No pupil is the same and, although a particular school may have fitted the bill in the earlier years, that school may not be in the best position to offer the opportunities required to meet a pupil’s developing talents and abilities. If change is sought, then be sure what is offered elsewhere outweighs the significant advantages of staying with the same school. One of the major benefits of staying is the continuity it provides. Knowing teachers and having a friendship group are invaluable help through an important time of change. It cannot be overstated, sixth form is a significant step up from any previous learning with a real shift in expectation levels. It helps if teaching staff are aware of a pupil’s abilities and weaknesses. So, what of the alternative of changing schools? If a new school can offer a better education for a particular interest or ability, then changing really is an option. Some pupils may feel the need to move on to a different challenge as preparation for going to university. Others may simply feel they want more independence. The progression to sixth form is a time of opportunity, a time to pursue other interests, make new friends and develop academic skills for later education and careers. Moving schools will not be right for all, but for some it is the perfect opportunity to start afresh, redefine themselves and feel a sense of progression, but it’s a very individual choice.


26 | SEPTEMBER 2019


Top-rated boys’ or co-ed independent school in the UK (The Sunday Times Parent Power 2019)

Open events summer 2019 Whole school open morning 14th September 9.00am-12.30pm 16+ open evening 24th September & 10th October from 5.45pm 11+ open evening 8th October from 5.45pm AN A LEVEL & IB SCHOOL · BOYS 7-18 · GIRLS 16-18 · 020 8255 5300 · KCS.ORG.UK · Essence 2019_September.indd 1

21/08/2019 09:48:05

Changes to schools in Surrey Michael Connolly, Headmaster of Cranmore School, explains exactly what The Diamond Model of education offers to parents, and why it is highly regarded.


ou may be familiar with the expression Diamond Model from economics or, perhaps, even football. However, it is increasingly gaining importance within the world of education. Historically, parents have been faced with a simple choice for their children – single sex or co-education. The underlying dilemma is how can one truly make an informed choice? Guy Kelly examined this carefully in an article for The Telegraph where he succinctly expresses the problem: “The arguments for and against each system will be familiar and backed by enough evidence (both of an anecdotal and academic kind) to reasonably conclude either way.” It is against this background that parents often struggle to really understand the issues involved. Thankfully, there is now a third way as more schools adopt the Diamond Model. This provides co-education in the formative years of education before boys and girls are taught separately through the turbulent years of adolescence then reuniting for a co-educational sixth form, the ideal preparation for higher education. Writing in The Spectator, Tricia Kelleher, who is principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge, stated: “We offer the right combination of single-sex and co-education that helps the child to progress academically and socially in the best possible way.” This is not some new trendy fad. There is a growing body of research to support the view that this model provides the very best opportunities academically, and for pastoral care, for both boys and girls. For example, the Independent Schools Council has highlighted the fact that boys and girls generally do better at GCSE within a Diamond Model. Indeed, it is no coincidence that such a school was voted TES School of the Year, highlighting the strong academic achievement of its pupils. It is now fair to say that many schools across the UK are actively investigating the benefits of this modern structure for 21st century education. Moreover, following a conference earlier this year


hosted by a school in Ipswich, a Diamond Schools’ Network has been established which will help to promote the benefits of this innovation within the wider education community. Turning to the local scene in Surrey, there was great excitement when it was recently announced that St Teresa’s School, Effingham and Cranmore School were forming a strategic partnership – The Effingham Schools Trust – which will provide education for boys and girls aged two to 18 within a Diamond Model. Both schools are blessed with an exceptional campus and outstanding facilities. Cranmore will host the co-educational nursery and junior department. Thereafter, girls will transfer to the St. Teresa’s site, whilst boys will continue in the senior department at Cranmore until age 16 when they will join the girls at St. Teresa’s for a co-educational sixth form. Of course, this does not all happen overnight, and it will take several years for the programme to be fully completed. However, given the strong reputation of both schools, one can see how the Effingham Schools Trust will be one of the major providers of high-quality independent education in Surrey.


essence INFO

OPEN MORNING Saturday 21st September

Cranmore School Epsom Road, West Horsley KT24 6AT Telephone: 01483 280340 Email: a charles effin hamschools or Website: cranmore or Come and take a look or contact us to arrange an individual visit PHOTO COPYRIGHT: CRANMORE SCHOOL

Epsom Road, West Horsley, Surrey KT24 6AT • 01483 280340 •

Education | INNOVATION “Excellent results achieved with a big dollop of humour, humanity and freedom of thought” The Good Schools Guide


PUPILS’ INFORMATION MORNING THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER 2019 Performance and Recreational Rowing Programmes Please contact to reserve a place at our information events, for further details or a prospectus. GUILDFORD ROAD I CHERTSEY I SURREY KT16 9BN 01932 574900 I

B2638 SWPS 118x176mmL.indd 1




eed’s School in Cobham has recently announced that Ripley Court Prep School will be merging with it. The two schools have worked together for many years and share a philosophy of education focussed on developing the whole child within a nurturing environment. This merger is a natural extension of this strong relationship. It will allow both schools to benefit from a combination of outstanding staff and facilities, whilst the name, identity, location, structure and admissions’ process will be retained for each school. Reed’s will remain all-boys from 11–16, with a co-educational sixth form, and will continue to admit pupils from a wide variety of schools. Ripley Court will remain co-educational for children from three to 13 and will continue to prepare its pupils for a wide variety of senior schools. “Reed’s School was founded in 1813 as a school for orphan children and the central mission to support disadvantaged children has continued to this day through our Foundation. I very much look forward to working with Ripley Court to consolidate this work and take both schools forward to preserve and improve the education and opportunities for the children in our care,” says Mark Hoskins, Headmaster of Reed’s School.

“I am personally delighted that we are merging into the Reed’s School family. It provides a huge opportunity for Ripley Court pupils and staff. The schools are a perfect fit in terms of ethos and approach to the education of young people,” states John Evans, Chairman of Governors at Ripley Court School.v essence INFO

Reed’s School Sandy Lane, Cobham KT11 2ES Telephone: 01932 869001 (admissions) Email: Website:

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 29



i CALENDAR/OPEN DAYS/AT-A-GLANCE Reserve a place at open events by contacting the school directly by phone, email or using the online booking facility (where available). PHOTO COPYRIGHT: GRAHAM OLIVER | 123RF.COM

ACS Cobham.

Halliford School.

Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1BL Telephone: 01932 869744 (admissions) Email: Web: Open mornings: Wednesday 25 September, 9.30–11.30am (ages 2–9); Thursday 26 September, 9.30–11.30am (ages 10–17); Saturday 12 October 9.45am–12 noon (ages 2–18); Saturday 28 March 2020, 9.45am–12 noon (ages 2–18).

Russell Road, Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 9HX Telephone: 01932 234921 (registrar) Email: Web: Open days: Saturday 5 October (open morning); Thursday 7 November, 9.30am and 11.30am, Tuesday 12 November, 9.30am (visitor mornings); Wednesday 16 October, 6–8pm (sixth form).

.Danes Hill School. Box Hill School. Old London Road, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6EA Telephone: 01372 373382 Email: Web: Open days: Saturday 5 October, 10.15am– 12 noon (open morning); Monday 16 September, 6–8pm (sixth form); Thursday 14 November and Tuesday 11 February 2020, 11am–12.15pm (school at work day).

Charterhouse. Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DX Telephone: 01483 291500 Email: Web: Open mornings: Saturday 14 September (sixth form); Saturday 5 and 12 October, 9.30am (Year 9+). To book a place, contact

Claremont Fan Court School. Claremont Drive, Esher, Surrey KT10 9LY Telephone: 01372 467841 Email: Web: Open days: Saturday 21 September and Saturday 12 October, both 9.30am–12.30pm (whole school); Monday 30 September, 6pm (sixth form).

Cranmore School. Epsom Road, West Horsley KT24 6AT Telephone: 01483 280340 Email: a charles effin hamschools or Web: Open morning: Saturday 21 September.

30 | SEPTEMBER 2019

Leatherhead Road, Oxshott KT22 0JG Telephone: 01372 849203 (admissions enquiry) Email: Web: Open mornings: Personal tours take place on three mornings each week during term time.

Feltonfleet. eet oa o ham urre Telephone: 01932 862264 Email: a missions felton eet co u Web: felton eet co u Open mornings: Saturday 28 September, 9.30–11.30am; Friday 6 March 2020, 9–11am.

Gordon’s School. West End, Woking GU24 9PT Telephone: 01276 858084 Email: and Web: Open mornings: Monday 23–Wednesday 25 September and Thursday 3–Friday 4 October (Y7 day boarding); Saturday 21 September and 5, 12 and 19 October (Y7/9 residential boarding visits).

Guildford High. London Road, Guildford GU1 1SJ Telephone: 01483 543853 (admissions enquiries) Email: Web: Open mornings: Tuesday 10 and Friday 20 September, Wednesday 20 November (junior school); Friday 13 and Wednesday 25 September, Monday 7 and Thursday 17 October, Tuesday 3 December (senior school); Thursday 19 September (sixth form); Saturday 12 October (junior and 11+ activities morning). All dates 10am–approx 12 noon.

.Hampton Court House. Hampton Court Road, East Molesey KT8 9BS Telephone: 020 8614 0857 (admissions) Email: Web: Open days: Thursday 26 September, 2.30pm (ages 3–5); Thursday 3 October, 2.30pm (ages 5–9); Thursday 17 October, 7pm (sixth form); Thursday 14 November, 2.30pm (ages 9–16).

Manor House School. Manor House Lane, Little Bookham, Leatherhead KT23 4EN Telephone: 01372 457077 (admissions) Email: Web: Open days: Saturday 5 October, 10am (prep and senior school); Thursday 14 November, 1.30pm (reception discovery afternoon).

Reed’s School. Sandy Lane, Cobham KT11 2ES Telephone: 01932 869001 (admissions) Email: Web: Open mornings: Saturday 14 September, 10.30am–12.30pm and Saturday 9 November, 10am–12 noon.

Reigate Grammar School. Reigate Road, Reigate RH2 0QS Telephone: 01737 222231 Email: Web: Open days: Thursday 12 September, 9.15– 11.30am (working open morning); Wednesday 25 September, 6–9pm (sixth form/A-level options); Saturday 28 September, 9.30, 10.15 and 11am (open morning talk and tours)

Education | SCHOOL OPEN DAYS Royal Grammar School Guildford. High Street, Guildford GU1 3BB Telephone: 01483 880600 Email: Web: Open days: Friday 4 October, 5–7.30pm and Saturday 5 October, 9.30am–12.30pm.

Sir William Perkins’s School. Guildford Road, Chertsey KT16 9BN Telephone: 01932 574900 Email: Web: Parent information mornings: Friday 27 September, Tuesday 26 November, Monday 9 March and Friday 24 April 2020, 9.15–11.30am.

St George’s Ascot. Wells Lane, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7DZ Telephone: 01344 629920 (admissions) Email: Web: Open morning: Saturday 5 October, 10am.

St George’s, Weybridge.

Maximising the open day

Junior School: Thames Street, Weybridge KT13 8NL Telephone: 01932 839400 College: Weybridge Road, Addlestone KT15 2QS Telephone: 01932 839300 Email: Web: Open days: Thursday 19 September, 6.30pm (sixth form); Saturday 28 September, 9.30am–12.30pm (junior school); Saturday 28 September, 8.45am and 10am (college).

Tasis. Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe TW20 8TE Telephone: 01932 582316 (admissions) Email: Web: Open morning: Friday 4 October.


Read up on the school: do your homework. Be aware of, but don’t be led by, league tables. They are based on historic information, the school may be changing. Dress for comfort, not to impress. Talk to other parents. Talk to pupils. Listen to the Head and governors. Take notes. Use all your senses: look, see, hear. Examine noticeboards around the school. Keep an open mind. Watch your child as they go round, listen to what they say. Ask questions. Trust your instincts. Don’t forget this is not about you, it’s about your child.


OPEN MORNING Saturday 21st September

Come and take a look or contact us to arrange an individual visit Epsom Road, West Horsley, Surrey KT24 6AT • 01483 280340 • SEPTEMBER 2019 | 31

COLOMBIAN FUSION Designer Esteban Cortazar is inspired by his formative years in Miami’s South Beach in the ‘90s, as well as his time working alongside couture seamstresses as Emanuel Ungaro’s creative director. For his Autumn Winter 2019 collection, Cortazar has different types of women in mind and delivers a dynamic study of three muses. Considering a Breakfast at Tiffany’s influence for sharp and simple lines with graceful silhouettes, he took Holly Golightly for a spin in the Caribbean. This brought added flourish, a bit more skin and lots more colour, mostly solids, yellows and pinks, and also a crazy print with religious motifs and a wild cat. “It is a very personal vision; one that empowers women by making them feel beautiful. I don’t just appeal to one kind of girl,” he says. That point is driven home with a diverse, emphatic collection, toggling between sensual elegance and a funky cool. Cortazar is introducing a new resort collection with more accessible price positioning to broaden the label’s reach to a younger audience.

essence INFO


32 | SEPTEMBER 2019


SEPTEMBER 2019 | 33

34 | SEPTEMBER 2019


Timeless luxury...individually tailored

HAS THE SUN SET? “We’re all going on a summer holiday” – but what happens after that? Rachel Lemon, partner at Mundays LLP, looks into the possible consequences of couples spending some real time together.


Rachel Lemon is a Partner in the Family team at Mundays LLP. Rachel specialises in family law and advises clients on financial and children arrangements on the breakdown of a relationship. She also heads up the department’s Modern Families sector. Rachel is a Legal 500 recommended lawyer and a Mediator. Contact Rachel Lemon of Mundays LLP on 01932 590612 or by email at

36 | SEPTEMBER 2019

s summer passes and we embrace a new school term, it can be assumed (can’t it?) that families look back on the summer break with joyous memories of beach visits, the smell of sun cream, romantic meals alfresco, and generally spending quality time together. However, for some, summer can also be a time of strain. Two people who tolerate one another when they are both working hard (either at the office or at home – or both), thrown together for a two-week break in the sun may just find that they no longer connect, enjoy the same things or just can no longer tolerate one another. For those who conclude that the relationship has come to an end, September may mark the beginning of an ‘uncoupling’. This decision is a big one, one of life’s biggest. It can be a worrying time, and one which prompts many questions. What arrangements will be made for the children? How will we sort out the finances? Will I manage on my own? The first thing to do is to take some early legal advice from a family law specialist. It is a good idea to do some research online and find a reputable solicitor in your area. The Resolution website is a good place to start. Resolution is a national organisation committed to dealing with family disputes in a non-confrontational way. It may also be helpful to speak to friends and family to see if they can recommend someone to you.

The early stages are about information gathering, a decision does not have to be made at any first meeting with a solicitor. It is important to understand the process, the likely implications and the options available. In families where there are children, they will be the priority. Arrangements need to be made to ensure the children have a good relationship with both parents moving forwards, that those arrangements are child focussed, but also workable for the parents. Parents, understandably, are often concerned that their children will struggle to adjust to their parents separating or divorcing. However, research suggests it is the conflict children are exposed to that puts them at risk of harm, not the separation or divorce itself. With regard to finances, there are a number of elements to consider. Often the family home is the main asset. In many cases, it can also be an emotive subject. One person may be more attached to the family home than the other. Ultimately, the needs of the children will be key as will the needs of the parties. This is an issue that may need to be dealt with sensitively, but often it comes down to affordability. Can the house be retained? Is the current mortgage affordable? Does one party need to be released from his or her liability in respect of that mortgage in order to rehouse? How both parties are to meet their everyday costs is also an important consideration. If there are children then it is likely that child maintenance will need to be


paid. It may also be that spousal maintenance is appropriate to ensure both parties have sufficient each month to meet their needs. Other factors such as how pensions or business interests are to be dealt with may also be important aspects to consider. There are many different ways to resolve these issues. It is generally better to try to deal with family disputes outside of the court process. Inviting the court to make an Order as to how finances or arrangements for the children ought to be resolved can be a costly process (both financially and emotionally). The courts are overburdened with work and resources are stretched. There can also be long delays. A court process also does nothing for retaining a relationship (which will be key if there are children). Instead, often positions become entrenched. More preferable options are: Mediation – this involves attending joint sessions in which the issues are discussed openly, objectives are set out and options explored. All in the hope that an agreement can be reached. Mediation is a quicker

and cheaper way of dealing with disputes. Importantly, it maintains, or re-establishes, a dialogue between the parties. Solicitor negotiation can be conducted in a number of different ways, telephone, meetings or in correspondence. Often this is a cheaper and quicker way to deal with disputes and can be helpful in cases where mediation is, for whatever reason, not appropriate. Each family is different. A bespoke approach is required. To find out the best way forward, it will be vital to gather information by taking early advice from a family law specialist.

essence INFO

Mundays LLP 400 Dashwood Lang Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2HJ Telephone: 01932 590612 Website: The contents of this article are intended as guidance for readers. It can be no substitute for s ecific a ice onse uentl e cannot acce t responsibility for this information, errors or matters affecte su se uent chan es in the law, or the content of any website referred to in this update. Š Mundays LLP 2019.

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 37





Celebrating 50 Years in Business We pride ourselves on our ability to provide independent, sophisticated and bespoke financial advice. Aissela, 46 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QY


Stephanie Brookes, BBC Radio London food expert, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month, Kaia at The Ned in the City.


’m fortunate enough to be presented with all kinds of dining experiences over the course of a month: pop-ups, street food, fine dining, to name a few. However, being invited to an all-you-can-eat almost never comes up on my radar. I’m certainly not against it, in fact, I revel in the prospect of an endless buffet. For many, I realise the idea of an all-you-can-eat may bring forth images of an impatient rabble, pilling their small plates to groaning capacity; yet Kaia at The Ned has none of the trappings of grasping, mass catering, and instead revealed to me a far more civilised affair. This new addition at The Ned offers up a varied mix of Asian-Pacific-inspired cuisine, with dishes ranging from poke bowls and sushi, to freshlygrilled meats straight off the robata. It’s a welcome


40 | SEPTEMBER 2019

inclusion to The Ned which has fast become a favoured destination of mine for meetings in the heart of the city. Housed in the grandeur of the old Midland Bank, it boasts an impressive array of restaurants making The Ned the ultimate stop-off in the centre of town. Kaia’s Sunday Brunch is a tempting proposition at £45 per person, all-you-can-eat, including a glass of sake, beer or one of its umami Bloody Marys on arrival. Never one to dawdle at a buffet, I believe I was the first to cross the threshold before my welcome drink had even arrived. As I started to make my way around the various stations, I noticed a few other diners had promptly followed suit – I’m usually the one to break the ice. I promptly made a beeline for the Japanese fried chicken, which had


just arrived fresh out of the fryer: a crisp, golden batter, encasing a velvety, soft chicken breast which had been marinated in soy, ginger and garlic. It was a no-brainer for that second helping shortly after. The roasted pork belly was a lip-smacking, sticky mess of meltingly soft meat with a pleasing tangy hit from the spicy miso dressing. I matched the pork with the equally delectable spicy aubergine that had been gently braised in chilli, rendering it into a soft, fleshly mound. Further along the line, I spied prawn tempura (a long-standing favourite of mine) with which I promptly filled my plate to the brim. I’m sorry to say I was clearly happy to keep the stereotype at an all-you-can-eat alive and well. I also sampled some of the freshly-made sushi, including the delightfully creamy avocado maki rolls, as well as my go-to tuna nigiri. It’s fair to say my plate was very much the definition of an eclectic mix. You could quite happily keep revisiting the savoury elements at Kaia for some time, however, the central display of miniature desserts is enough to tempt anyone to switch lanes. I found just enough room for the Yuzu choux buns which were generously filled with the lightest, zestiest crème patisserie, and perfectly paired with an accompanying espresso.


It is hard not to be tempted by the endless merry-go-round of eating, and it’s certainly a joyously indulgent way to spend a lazy weekend. Consider me an all-you-can-eat disciple as I’m more than happy to stay onboard for Kaia Sundays. essence INFO

Kaia The Ned, 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ Telephone: 020 3828 2000 Email: Websites:;


SEPTEMBER 2019 | 41

Artisan food | EAT SURREY

Unearthing local gems

Shirlee Posner introduces essence readers to a local food movement – Local Food Britain.


or those looking for wonderful local produce and food events, why not follow Local Food Britain? It’s a one-stop destination for local food research covering Surrey and five other neighbouring regions. Local Food Surrey was launched by food public relations and marketing professional Tracy Carroll in 2012. Her mission was to make sure that anyone who was involved in the provision of local food and drink had a promotional platform. The concept has flourished and in 2014 relaunched as Local Food Britain and now includes Hampshire, Kent and Sussex.

Bake With Jack’s Jack Sturgess will be talking at Local Food Britain’s Countryside Food Festival

To be included on Local Food Britain you have to pay a modest membership fee which provides you with space on the website to promote your business and be an active member of the local food community. I always recommend that businesses join this community to raise consumer awareness and footfall, particularly at events. Social Media platforms have made a huge difference to small businesses, but that’s only part of the marketing story. Local Food Britain is an online research tool and Tracy and her team are constantly updating content to make sure relevant. Members get help from the LFB team to populate their pages, so the site looks professional throughout.

42 | SEPTEMBER 2019

Last year Local Food Britain ran a Countryside Food Festival at Priory Farm in Nutfield where its business is based. Such was the success, that this year it’s back again on 14 September. The line-up this year includes Bake With Jack, whose no-nonsense, fun presenting style has been showcased on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, and Crumbs Brewing, which ferments its beer using leftover sour dough bread from brilliant craft and sour dough bakery Chalk Hills (which started its life at Priory Farm). Highly recommended is newcomer to the event Mandira of Mandira’s Kitchen whose ‘Curry in a Hurry’ session is full of essential tips and her presenting style just delightful. Surrey-based chef (and former essence columnist) Laura Scott of How to Cook Good Food will be hosting a session on making vegan sushi. However, what really makes me wish I wasn’t away for the event is the farm to fork talk with Beckie and Christian from The Salt Box and Ian from Dorking’s Hill House Farm. They specialise in creative, open-fire cooking and run informative workshops for children and adults to inspire and connect with the outdoors. The Festival promises to be a perfect way to support local businesses with a donation from ticket sales to Macmillan Cancer Support. Tracy wants to spread LFB’s geographical reach and carry on working with small food businesses to help them with their marketing. As for Brexit, Tracy’s view is that this could be a really good opportunity for small producers to gain more support from local consumers. Currently a weak pound means imports are costing more, and if movement of goods is a problem, then animal feed and kit may be difficult to source so this could be disruptive. But despite this unknown, the future looks bright for Local Food Britain. essence INFO

Local Food Britain Countryside Food Festival Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4EJ 10am until 5pm. Entry £3 per person (children aged under 12 free) Website: Shirlee Posner is a food writer and blogger at and provides social media management, web copywriting and food photography.

For immediate release

OLVERUM LAUNCHES FIRST NEW PRODUCTS IN OVER 80 YEARS OLVERUM, famous for its iconic bath oil beloved by celebrities and the Royal Family, is launching two exquisite universal body oils – the first new products in many decades to bear the OLVERUM brand name.




British brand Angela Langford lovingly creates organic, vegan, cruelty free, mood-boosting skincare products by hand in the UK. This highly effective, affordable, natural range harnesses the finest ingredients from nature’s larder to feed your skin – with no chemical nasties. Suitable for even the most temperamental of complexions, Angela Langford skincare offers a tailor-made solution to each unique skincare concern.

Angela’s anti-ageing, award-winning Bloom This deeply moisturising formula contains Raspberry This lightweight, breathable, therapeutic dry oil spray Seed Oil (a skin-superfood and potent anti-oxidant, is ideal for on-the-go use. Absorbing almost instantly, and Glow has recently rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9) which leaves skin feeling it rapidly restores skin barrier function, to promote smooth, plumped and rejuvenated, and Alaria lasting natural skin hydration. Crafted with Alaria been voted by Good Esculenta Extract to boost the synthesis of Collagen Esculenta Extract to boost the synthesis of Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid, preserving skin’s firmness and and Hyaluronic acid, helping preserve skin’s firmness Housekeeping as no 1 elasticity. OLVERUM, FAMOUSand elasticity. in its Nourishing Aromatherapeutic FOR actives include: Aromatherapeutic actives include: ITS ICONIC BATH OIL Lavender Flower Oil (to de-stress) Atlas Cedar Bark Oil (to uplift) Face Oil Testing – Sandalwood & Frankincense Oils (to soothe) Sandalwood & Frankincense Oils (to soothe) BELOVED BY CELEBRITIES Bergamot & Geranium Flower Oils (to reinvigorate) Bergamot & Bitter Orange Leaf Oils (to reinvigorarate) beating off high street AND THE ROYAL FAMILY, IS brands to win first ***FULL INGREDIEN TS (I N CI ) L I STS AVA I L A B LE ON R EQUEST*** place, and was LAUNCHING TWO EXQUISITE FREE F R OM: A N IMA L D ER I VED I N G R ED I EN TS (C R U ELT Y-FREE & V EGAN) PETRO CHE MICA LS · PAR A B EN S & A RT IFICIAL PR ES ERVAT UNIVERSAL BODY OILS –IV ES · CH EM ICAL marked a staggering COLOUR AN TS · EM U L S I F I ER S · BU L K I N G AGENTS 91/100 during lab and THE FIRST NEW PRODUCTS independent testing.


SEPTEMBER 2019 | 43

With help from our range of nutraceutical health food supplements that promote psychological and emotional well-being.

A British Company. Name and business address of the holder of the certificate of registration: Eudeamon, Howard House, 70 Baker Street, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8AL More information is available at

Now available to buy at amazon

Can our gut bacteria make us happier? Leading nutritionist Lily Soutter, from London, offers food consumption advice.


ur stomach does so much more than simply digest our food. What lies within in our gut will have a ripple effect on all other aspects of our health and happiness. Our gut is now referred to as our second brain and the vagus nerve links the two together: they are constantly chattering to each other. As a result, the health of our gut can affect how we feel and vice versa. As much as 90% of serotonin (a chemical that sends signals between nerve cells) is located within our gut, with only 10% in the brain. Gut bacteria can influence serotonin production which relays information to the brain. In fact, germ-free mice have shown a drop in serotonin by 60% and when re-inoculated with good gut bacteria their levels shot back up again. This research has extended to humans too, showing that daily consumption of probiotic yoghurt provides good bacteria and has a positive impact on anxiety levels. A healthy gut is one with trillions of bacteria and the more diverse those bacteria the better. Unfortunately, even a single course of antibiotics can wipe out much of our good gut bacteria. Stress and low fibre diets can also negatively impact gut health. Top tips to support a healthy gut for a happy mind Consume more fibre The current guidelines are to consume 30g fibre per day. Fibre is our gut bacteria’s primary source of fuel and is essential for it to flourish and grow. Aim for wholegrains, fruit, vegetables, beans, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Profile: Lily Soutter Nutritionist Lily Soutter specialises in workplace wellness and the tools needed to make practical, sustainable and positive dietary changes, no matter how busy you are. She lives by the saying that the right food equals the right energy equals the right success. Frequent television appearances include ITV’s This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield and ITV’s prime time series Save Money: Lose Weight with Dr Ranj Singh. Lily’s passion is to simplify the science around nutrition, to provide health hacks and smarter eating strategies to empower people to enjoy a healthy and successful lifestyle.

Kefir A fermented milk which is bursting with billions of good bacteria. This can be consumed as a yoghurt drink or added to soups or smoothies. Nourish Kefir is a great brand which can be bought from most health food shops. Kombucha Kombucha is a fermented green tea with live cultures and there are super tasty flavours on the market. Sauerkraut A fermented cabbage which can taste delicious in salads, sandwiches or as a topping on any meal.

Eat the rainbow Whilst there is no set definition of what a healthy gut microbiome looks like, it appears that the more diverse the better. Research has shown that aiming for 30 different plant foods in our diet each week can increase diversity of our gut bacteria and the easiest way to do this is to eat the rainbow.

Miso soup A Japanese-style soup which can be used as a base for broths or as a warm drink.

Opt for fermented foods like natural yoghurt with live cultures This is a quick and delicious way to obtain a daily dose. To ensure the yoghurt is packed with probiotics, watch out for the words ‘live or active cultures’.

essence INFO

Kimchi A traditional Korean side dish of fermented vegetables: an acquired taste, but definitely worth a try!

Lily Soutter BSc (Hons) Food & Human Nutrition, Dip NT Website:

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 45

The diary Linda Seward’s ’s diary of the best of what’s on in theatre, music, exhibitions, arts and the countryside.


Tuesday 1 October Rip It Up – The 70s

Richmond Theatre

Singing and dancing with Louis Smith and Rachel Stevens.


Monday 7 to Saturday 12 October Avenue Q


Saturday 14 September Nicholas Parsons and Gyles Brandreth: Just a Minute or Two!

Celebrating half a century of friendship with tales from their different careers. Monday 16 to Saturday 21 September A Woman of No Importance

Oscar Wilde classic starring Liza Goddard and Roy Hudd. Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 September Boeing–Boeing

New production of this comedy classic with Susie Blake. Monday 7 to Saturday 12 October A Taste of Honey

Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking play returns.

Mischievous and popular musical.

New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon Wimbledon


Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 September The Exorcist

A new stage production direct from the West End. Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 October Calendar Girls – The Musical

Popular true-life inspired comedy.

Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh


Friday 13 September Andy Parsons: Work in Progress – Healing the Nation

New Victoria Theatre

Talented comedian warms up for his new tour.


Saturday 28 September I Believe in Unicorns

Monday 2 to Saturday 7 September The Mousetrap

Wizard Presents brings Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful story to life.


Popular thriller from the pen of Agatha Christie.


Comedian on tour.

Tuesday 1 October Sh*t-faced Shakespeare:

Saturday 21 September Northern Ballet – Cinderella

A beautiful re-imagining of the classic fairytale.

46 | SEPTEMBER 2019


Epsom Playhouse

Tuesday 10 September Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny Wednesday 18 to

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare, Epsom Playhouse and Farnham Maltings


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Award-winning fringe phenomenon on a UK tour. Classical theatre as it was always meant to be seen...

Northern Ballet – Cinderella, New Victoria Theatre, Woking PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BILL COOPER


essence | EVENTS

Farnham Maltings Farnham


Thursday 19 September Alan Johnson: In My Life

Popular ex-politician tells his personal story. Friday 20 September Jonny and The Baptists Love Farnham...

Multi award-nominated musical-activist comedians.



Throughout the year

A community hub showcasing music, events and the arts. See website for gig details.

Kempton Park Racecourse Sunbury-on-Thames

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday 7 September 80s’ day with Martin Kemp


G Live

A day of racing with an after-party DJ set from 80s’ icon Martin.


Southern Pro Musica

Guildford Monday 9 September James Acaster: Cold Lasagne

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Hate Myself 1999

Saturday 21 September Music and Shakespeare

New show from this very talented comedian. Saturday 28 September One Duck Down

For children aged three and up, a true tale of 7,000 rubber ducks cast adrift in a mighty storm.

Rose Theatre Kingston


Orchestral masterpieces inspired by the works of Shakespeare.

Festivals Cranleigh Folk Festival Knowle Park, Cranleigh




Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September

Monday 9 to Saturday 14 September Friendsical

Musical parody of the popular television series.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

A new camping festival with two live music stages, performing arts, workshops and a food village.

G Live Beer Festival G Live, Guildford




Friday 6 to Saturday 7 September

Thursday 5 to Saturday 14 September What’s In A Name?

Comedy starring Joe Thomas from The Inbetweeners.

James Acaster, G Live


Thursday 3 October Sh•t-faced Shakespeare:

See listing under Epsom Playhouse.



The best local live music, food and drink.

Haslemere Food Festival Lion Green Haslemere

Monday 23 to


Saturday 28 September The Night Watch

facebook @haslemerefoodfestival

New production of a tale from the pen of Sarah Waters.

Popular festival with all things food and drink, plus group classes.

Saturday 21 September

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 47

WIN Heartbeat of Home

a pair of tickets to see

Brought to you by the producers of Riverdance, Heartbeat of Home is an extraordinary dance extravaganza, embracing flavours and cultures from around the world! This September and October you can see this spine-tingling, tantalising and high octane dance production that features the dynamic, vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban and contemporary music and dance, uniting performers and audiences on journeys to find a home, wherever that may be. In London’s West End for a strictly limited season only, don’t miss your chance and book tickets now.

La Châtelaine, c. 1930, J.D. Fergusson. Courtesy of Perth Museum & Art Gallery. The Scottish Colourists, The Lightbox

The show features a world-class cast of 37, including a 10-piece band playing electrifying music by award-winning composer Brian Byrne, as well as cutting-edge projection technology. “When we marry the sexiness of salsa to the thunder of Irish dance, the lyricism of tango to the yearning of traditional Irish song, what a night of storytelling we shall have,” says award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor, who developed the concept and the lyrics, working alongside producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan. “An extraordinary show…jaw dropping scale…inspiringly imaginative…” Irish Mail on Sunday “Sexy, electrifying dance show had every heart in theatre missing a beat…” Irish Independent For a chance to win a pair of tickets to Heartbeat of Home, visit and answer the following question:

Freediver Chelsea Yamasee, Ocean Film Festival, G Live PHOTO COPYRIGHT: TRAVIS BURKE

Name the famous theatre show featuring Irish music and dance which the producers of Heartbeat of Home produced and directed? a) Strangedance b) Riverdance c) Charlesdance Closing date Friday 20 September 2019.

essence INFO

Heartbeat of Home is showing at Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London W1D 7DY from Wednesday 4 September to Sunday 13 October 2019. Shows: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm and Sunday 3pm. Website: Terms and conditions: One reader will win two tickets to see Heartbeat of Home valid for all Monday to Friday performances until 13 October 2019. Subject to availability. No cash alternative. Travel and accommodation not included.

48 | SEPTEMBER 2019


essence | EVENTS

Spotlight on... The Surrey County Ploughing Match Lane End Farm, Lawbrook Lane, Gomshall Sunday 29 September, 9am–1pm Step back in time at The Surrey County Ploughing Match taking place this year at Lane End Farm in Gomshall. Bringing together around 70 ploughmen and women, along with their tractors, ploughs and heavy horses, this event creates a wonderful rural spectacle across 60 acres of farmland. A qualifier for the British National Ploughing Championships, the match will start at 9am with the launch of a rocket and includes classes for conventional and vintage tractors, hand ploughs and fabulous horses (see image left). Competition is fierce, with judges awarding marks for skill and accuracy. Entry and parking is free and refreshments will be available.

Information: Surrey County Agricultural Society on 01483 890810 or Facebook and Twitter @SurreyShow

Ocean Film Festival World Tour



New Ashgate Gallery

G Live, Guildford

Friday 13 September

Spectacular ocean-themed films.

Surrey Chilli Festival

Imber Court, East Molesey Tickets:

Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 September

Over 100 different stalls with chilli-themed products, alongside music and entertainment.

Surrey Hills Food & Drink Festival

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking Information:

Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 September

Food and drink from the Surrey Hills and beyond, including gourmet barbecue, locally-reared meat, Surrey Hills’ wines, live music and a kids’ zone, all set in the stunning environment of Denbies’ vineyard.

Wey River Festival

Dapdune Wharf, Guildford Information:

Saturday 21 September

Stands, food, craft activities and illuminated pageant at dusk.

To Sunday 3 November John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame

Monographic exhibition on the nineteenth century artist.


Saturday 7 September to


Sunday 20 October Watts Ceramics 2019

Saturday 21 September to Saturday 2 November Surrey Artist of the Year 2019

Members of the public can vote for their favourite artist in this partnership between the gallery and Surrey Artists Open Studios.

Surrey Sculpture Society RHS Wisley


To Sunday 22 September

Follow a trail of sculpture featuring more than 100 works.

The Lightbox

The Gallery’s first show of present-day ceramics.

National Trust National Trust properties offer perfect venues to explore any time of the year. We list a few, but visit for more.

Polesden Lacey

Great Bookham, near Dorking

Out and about Brooklands Museum Weybridge


Sunday 22 September Brooklands Aviation Day

The whole site will be dedicated to Brooklands’ rich and varied connection with all things aviation.

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Golf Day Cranleigh Golf & Country Club Information:

Friday 6 September

A great day of fun, food and healthy competition to raise funds for endangered wildlife.


Information: 01372 452048


Monday 9 September to

Gatton Park

Saturday 7 September

Thursday 14 November Polesden Voices exhibition



Bringing to life the stories of people who have lived and worked at Polesden over the last century.

Sunday 22 September, 2–4pm Head gardener talk

to Sunday 12 January 2020 Burning Bright: The Scottish Colourists

The works of four admired artists: S.J. Peploe, J.D. Fergusson, G.L. Hunter and F.C.B. Cadell.

Watts Gallery

Compton, Guildford Information:

Wednesday 11 September to Sunday 17 November Autumn art at Polesden Lacey

Use fallen leaves to help create an autumn art installation.

A presentation on the Japanese garden by Dan Ryan.

Heritage Open Days Various locations


Friday 13 to Sunday 22 September

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 49


Celebrating its 25th anniversary with ten days of free events, this is an opportunity to explore places not normally open to the public.

Rural Life Centre

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas

Learn all about these gentle animals through talks, demonstrations and displays.

Various locations


Premium dog walking service based in Weybridge Serving the local community

07545 808739 Group walk one hour £12.50 Solo walk one hour £16 Dog sitting 24 hours £35 Fully insured • DBS/CRB certified Canine first aid qualified Eight years’ experience Air-conditioned vehicle Email: Facebook: JRM Dog Walking Instagram: jrm_dog_walking

50 | SEPTEMBER 2019

Tuesday 10 September

Margaret Atwood celebrates the publication of her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, live on stage at London’s National Theatre, an event to be broadcast to over 1,000 cinemas worldwide.

Painshill Park Cobham


Tuesday 17 September, 7–8.30pm Painshill guided bat walk

Enjoy the delights of the landscape garden whilst observing bats in their natural habitat and listening to them with bat detectors.

RHS Garden Wisley Woking

Tilford, Farnham


Sunday 8 September Donkey day out

Sunday 15 September Classic vehicle gathering

All manner of vintage vehicles.

Surrey Hills Challenge

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking Information:

Sunday 22 September

Running and walking events to raise funds for the Surrey Hills’ Trust Fund. Six distances – from 60km to one kilometre – a walk or run for all abilities.

Surrey Wildlife Trust Various locations


Saturday 7 September, 10am–12 noon Wisley in bloom


A guided walk to experience the heather in all its lustre.

Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 September RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

Saturday 28 September, 9–10.30am Riverside bird walk

Fabulous show, with over 50 nurseries, more than 20 trade stands and spectacular floral displays.

Discover the beauty of Thundry Meadows and the wetland birds who call it home.

Psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry and counselling

Built by Therapists for Therapists

Partnership opportunities opening across the UK The Practice welcomes applications from qualified psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors to join our private therapy service. We are currently looking for partners in East Molesey, Guildford and Weybridge. We are also welcoming applications from across the UK for registration for The Practice Online, our full online therapy service.

To apply, or for more information, please contact:


SO WRONG, BUT SO RIGHT Award-winning actor and writer Henry Shields talks to essence ahead of his busy autumn schedule which includes a lead role in a new BBC One primetime comedy series in association with Lionsgate The Goes Wrong Show. Q Henry, you grew up in Hastings, do you ever go back to your home town? A Yes! I love Hastings, and my family still live there, so I visit as much as I can (sadly not very often) and unwind by the sea. Q Do you recall as a child wanting and being able to make people laugh? A I was one of those annoying kids who memorised jokes from books. I was a tedious child, but it’s the only way to learn how to write your own. Q Who were your comedy icons growing up? A Monty Python were a huge influence, as was Graham Linehan. I’d love to say Stewart Lee was an influence, but my work is nothing like his, so I guess I’m just a massive fan. Q Some of the most popular competitions essence has had have been for The Mischief Company’s plays. What’s been the inspiration for them? A For the Goes Wrong plays the big influences were Michael Green’s coarse acting plays, Chaplin and Keaton, and traditional commedia dell’arte archetypes. For The Comedy About A Bank Robbery we

52 | SEPTEMBER 2019

looked to other sources for inspiration like the Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello and historic melodrama theatre. Q There hasn’t been a lot that has gone wrong for the plays has there? Did you expect to be an Olivier award winner? A Never! My goal when we set out was to keep myself in acting work and to one day quit bartending. So the Olivier came as a bit of a surprise. And any day now I’ll quit that bartending job. Q What was the most embarrassing thing to happen on stage? A There are too many to count, but probably when I got confused in a performance of Bank Robbery and confidently started the wrong scene twenty minutes early. The audience kind of went with it and seemed to think it was a sort of avant-garde twist. Q You co-write the plays with Jonathan (Sayer) and Henry (Lewis) – what’s the process for this and has it changed over the years? A I wish it was more impressive, but really we just sit in a room with a laptop and try to make each other laugh. The good stuff gets written down; the bad stuff is politely ignored. The only difference now is we write in an office instead of squeezed together in a tiny living room at 1am after work. >>>

Theatre interview | HENRY SHIELDS

“Shields stands out as the punctilious director...” Financial Times

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 53

QUICK FIVE Favourite film? Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Dog or cat? Dog. But only big dogs. Small dogs are just big cats. Guilty pleasure? Gaming. But I don’t feel guilty about it. I’m a proud nerd. Main inspiration? Terry Pratchett. Glass half full or half empty? Empty. We’re all doomed. Q How did you feel when J.J. Abrams first told you he wanted to bring The Play that Goes Wrong to New York? Did Broadway seem inevitable after the Olivier win? A Excited at first, then sceptical a few months later, then certain it wouldn’t happen a few months after that. When it finally did happen I’d given up hope, so it was a lovely surprise! Inevitable would, I think, be the wrong word. Q Do you feel laughter is always the best medicine? A As a man who has been in hospital a few times I can say with certainty that medicine is the best medicine. But laughter helps it go down.


Profile: Henry Shields Henry Shields is best known for his work with the highly-renowned Mischief Theatre Company who he joined in 2009, co-writing and appearing in its hit international productions of: The Play That Goes Wrong (winner 2015 Olivier Award and WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy); Peter Pan Goes Wrong (writer/actor, 2016 Olivier Award nominee for Best New Comedy); The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (actor/writer, 2017 Olivier Award nominee Best New Comedy); Mischief Movie Night (actor, 2018 Olivier Award nominee for Best New Comedy); The Nativity Goes Wrong (writer); Mischief Move Night (UK Tour, 2018) and BBC’s Christmas Carol Goes Wrong and The Goes Wrong Show.

Q You play the straight man in the plays. What’s that like to do, and is it something that comes naturally? A It can be a bit draining at times, watching everyone else have all the fun, but you have to see yourself as part of the show as a whole and I like to think my instinct has always been to serve the show, not my own ego. If actors focus too much on their own role and the laughs they get then the fabric of the play can fall apart around them. Plus, the straight man gets way more lines, so who cares?

54 | SEPTEMBER 2019

Q Do you pay much attention to social media or any production’s ratings? A Sort of. Comedy is all about back and forth with the audience so you can’t afford to ignore them, and I think it pays to have an eye on the public’s reaction. That said I usually ignore them. Unless it’s a compliment. Q What’s the question you never get asked but would like to be? A Would you like to discuss medieval military strategy at length? Q What are you currently working on? A Three new plays opening on the West End over the next year, and a dozen scripts for tv shows, films and a musical that I’ll get on with one day. essence INFO

BBC One primetime comedy series in association with Lionsgate The Goes Wrong Show is a spin-off of the successful international theatre hit production of The Play That Goes Wrong. Henry has also co-written and will appear in two new Mischief Theatre productions: Groan Ups and Magic Goes Wrong co-created by the legendary Penn & Teller, both at London’s Vaudeville Theatre. The Goes Wrong Show BBC One, autumn/winter 2019. Groan Ups, Vaudeville Theatre London, from 20 September 2019. Magic Goes Wrong, Vaudeville Theatre London, from 14 December 2019.

Get instant, secure access to your property sale or lettings portfolio: • • • •

Access your full contract and correspondence library. Tenants and Landlords get access to a financial overview with statements, payments and charges. Buyers and Tenants can view and update their search requirements and shortlisted properties. Manage your personal data and marketing preferences.

Searching for your dream home is now easier than ever: • • •

Book your viewings and valuation appointments instantly online. Search multiple towns and/or villages at the same time. Registered Buyers and Tenants get exclusive access to properties before they are released to the market.

Research local areas, school catchments and transport links.

Sept 2019 - Essence Magazine.indd 1

20/08/2019 14:13:53

st agon riors ard at


es are e are wing to

n be. d finishes gbone eme is th a ssical

al End and e station uare and m

Finding your next home... RNES P


Knight Frank

In Association With

Trenchard Arlidge

John D Wood


Broadway and Parsons Green takes 17 minutes to Oxford Circus and just Grosvenor Billinghurst half an hour to Canary Wharf. Heathrow Airport is 32 minutes away from nearby Hammersmith Underground. Fulham has a vibrant mix of shops, Aspire restaurants and bars, whilst Bishops Park the river provide some peace and quiet. Nearby Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated schools include Fulham Cross Girls School, London Oratory School as well as independent schools such as Fulham APW Lettings Prep School. For further information please contact Octagon on 020 8481 7500 or Strutt & Parker on 020 7731 7100. Winkworth

Octagon 020 8481 7500 | OCTAGON.CO.UK

16/02/2018 17:22

56 | SEPTEMBER 2019



Heath Ridge Green ÂŁ1,895,000 Cobham, KT11 2QJ

A fabulous family house built in recent years to a high specification, providing spacious accommodation extending to 4,400 sq ft and situated within a popular residential area of Cobham. This is a unique family home with an interior that is beautifully designed by the current owner. The main focus on the ground floor is the spacious kitchen/family room comprising a large central island and a range of appliances. The full width bi-fold doors in the kitchen and the large drawing room, with a feature fireplace and double doors, both give access to the garden. To the front of the house are a good size formal dining room and a study with fitted joinery. On the ground floor are also a guest cloakroom and a utility room which is accessed via the kitchen. The integral double garage and discreet games/media room are located on the lower ground floor and can be reached via a flight of stairs in the hallway. The first floor comprises five bedrooms, three of which have en-suite facilities, and a family bathroom. The vaulted master bedroom has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the garden. The luxurious en-suite to the master bedroom boasts a Victoria & Albert free-standing bath and separate shower. Externally, an electric five-bar gate gives access onto a long driveway leading to the house. To the rear, the mature gardens provide a good degree of privacy and security, there is a generous size lawn and a considerable l-shaped terrace. At the back of the garden is a detached timber garden room with a bar and decked terrace.

8 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DY Telephone: 01932 588288

SEPTEMBER 2019 | 57

8 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DY Telephone: 01932 588288

Queens Road Offers in excess of ÂŁ875,000 Walton-on-Thames, KT12 5LN

One of two brand new executive family homes in Walton-on-Thames, conveniently located and only 1.3 miles from Walton-on-Thames railway station. This substantial home is constructed to the latest designs, fusing technology with elegance and quality fittings. The ground floor rooms with high ceilings comprise a spacious front aspect drawing room, a study, downstairs cloakroom and utility room. The focal point on the ground floor is no doubt the impressive luxury kitchen/ dining/family room with its custom-made designer kitchen; the extensive range of units, Tahiti Quartz surfaces and AEG integrated appliances. All of the bedrooms located on the first and second floor have luxury en-suite facilities, whilst the master bedroom and guest suite also boast walk-in wardrobes/dressing rooms. Externally, the south-facing garden with Indian sandstone patio and newly-turfed lawn is accessed via bi-folding doors in the kitchen. To the front, an ample driveway provides parking space for several cars.



Larchwood is an outstanding seven bedroom detached home built by Osborne Developments in 2011 and designed by the current owners who have together created a timeless classic to include tall Georgian windows, bespoke handmade staircase, a solid concrete structure and underfloor heating throughout. Larchwood is located in Heathfield Avenue, one of the best roads in Sunninghill with its easy access to the village offering an excellent array of shops and restaurants. Ascot and Sunningdale are also close by offering mainline stations to London Waterloo, Reading and Guildford. EPC: C.


Malden House is an attractive six bedroom detached house over three floors situated in one of Surrey’s finest villages. The property is approached via electric gates and includes driveway parking for several cars and a double garage. The enclosed rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with a patio area which is ideal for al fresco dining. Surrey and Berkshire are renowned for their high standard of education, with the area being served by a good number of state and independent schools catering for boys and girls of all ages. EPC: B.

SUNNINGDALE | 01344 291639


Contemporary family home.





2 Chantry Quarry, Guildford, Surrey GU1 A modern home with views over water meadows and the River Wey, in a stunning gated development, approximately half a mile from the historic cobbled High Street. • • •

Private terrace and courtyard Garage and parking Underfloor heating throughout

Our Surrey expert, Tim Harriss, looks forward to helping you. 01483 665932

Guide price

£2,000,000 Connecting people & property, perfectly.

An exceptional doublefronted family house.






2 Wonersh An early Edwardian family house with large windows and high ceilings, set in the heart of one of the most popular villages in Surrey. • • •

Summer House Backing onto footpaths Incredible kitchen/family room

Our Surrey expert, Tim Harriss, looks forward to helping you. 01483 665932

Guide price

£1,350,000 Connecting people & property, perfectly.

In Association With

Cobham: 01932 864242



An extended four-bedroom family house located in a delightful secluded plot extending to approximately 0.3 acres. Three reception rooms, fitted kitchen/breakfast room. Ensuite bathroom and family shower room. Double garage. Detached pool house with heated Jacuzzi and resistance pool.

01932 864242



An extended four-bedroom, two-bathroom, detached family home located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on a plot in excess of 0.25 acres. Four bedrooms, master with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, two reception rooms and study. Kitchen/dining room. Double-width integral garage. Driveway providing off-street parking for several cars and access to garage. Appox 0.5 miles from Oxshott mainline station and local shops.

01932 864242

Estate Agents in Cobham, Stoke D’Abernon and Oxshott for over 80 years

Ruxley Crescent, Claygate • Guide price £1,695,000 • EPC: D

An impressive, beautifully presented detached home in the heart of Ruxley Heights offering seclusion and tranquillity. With over 4,700 sq ft of accommodation comprising five bedrooms, five bath/shower rooms, three reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, study, conservatory, utility, gym and detached double garage. A sweeping driveway provides an abundance of parking and there are magnificent, mature gardens front and rear. There is further opportunity to improve and extend, STPP.

Fir Tree Close, Esher • Guide price £1,995,000 • EPC: E

Situated on a sizeable plot in a popular Esher cul-de-sac is this spacious, detached, family home. The property offers approximately 3,200 sq ft of flexible accommodation including five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two receptions, study, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, utility and double garage. Further scope for significant enlargement, subject to the usual planning consents. Esher town centre is close, offering an array of boutiques, restaurants, Everyman cinema and the main line train station providing routes in to London Waterloo in under 30 minutes.


APW Lettings, Weybridge 134 Oatlands Drive • Oatlands Village • Weybridge • Surrey • KT13 9HJ t: 01932 857300 e: Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. Saturday 9am to 5pm Cavendish Road, St George’s Hill, Weybridge, KT13 £12,000 per calendar month Available: Immediately Number of bedrooms: Five Built by WG Tarrant is this substantial five-bedroom, detached, family home located within the prestigious St George’s Hill Estate. Recently upgraded, the property offers spacious receptions, designer Chalon kitchen/ breakfast room, cinema, indoor pool complex with Jacuzzi, a master ensuite bed with a dressing room and walk-in wardrobe, top floor guest bed with dressing room and shower room, landscaped rear garden with large patio, electric front gate with sweeping driveway and parking for several cars..

Oatlands Chase, Weybridge, KT13 £3,750 per calendar month Available: Immediately Number of bedrooms: Five Stunning five-bedroom home in a private gated development, 0.6 miles to Walton station and a short drive to Walton and Weybridge high streets. High specification throughout, large living room with bay window, open-plan kitchen/dining room with breakfast bar, bi-fold doors to secure garden/terraced area, lawn garden and summer house to the rear of the garden. Two allocated parking spaces.


London’s Premier Mover Moving London’s Finest Homes

Request your moving consultation today by calling 020 3582 3291 London Office: Abels Moving Services, Commercial Way, London, NW10 7XF

Abels - Full Page London 210x275.indd 1 |

21/05/2019 13:33

Go beyond luxury As soon as you open the door to an Aspire luxury property, you’ll sense you’re somewhere special. We build with integrity, refining every single element to create homes that are completely breathtaking and utterly unique. Your dream home, brought to life by Aspire.

For more information about our luxury design and build solutions, and to book a no obligation meeting with us to discuss your dream build, please call us on 01372 621 162 or email

Extraordinary homes for extraordinary people.

STIX040_2008_Aspire_Essence_BC_Ad_210x275_AW.indd 1

20/08/2019 22:05