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8 | Interview | HANNAH ARTERTON

Actress Hannah Arterton’s hard work is starting to pay off as her acting career is gaining momentum. She talks to essence about singing, acting, Netflix’s new series Safe and her forthcoming part in the film Peripheral.

16 | Garden design | ALLADIO SIMS


Emanuela of Alladio Sims Garden Design Limited ponders whether children and gardens are compatible.

18 | Leisure breaks | PORTUGAL

Chantal Borciani discovers the secrets of the Algarve coast and finds plenty to do for families and romantics at Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort.

22 | Travel | SOUTH AFRICA

Kevin Pilley visits the Cape Winelands and discovers a local connection in meeting Analjit ‘BAS’ Singh, owner of Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, South Africa.

30 | Motoring | FORD MUSTANG

The new Mustang has a right hand drive version for the UK market and some additional horsepower. Euan Johns looks at this reinvigorated American icon.


34 | Fashion | CREW CLOTHING

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40 | Food review | STEPHANIE BROOKES

Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month: Galvin at The Athenaeum in Mayfair.

44 | Artisan food | EAT SURREY

Shirlee Posner introduces essence readers to Stag Coffee, a new coffee roaster starting to catch the attention of Surrey’s coffee lovers.

51 | Tax | EVERFAIR


Gillian Everall of Everfair Tax warns of the impending closure of a US government tax amnesty programme and advises how to avoid potential penalties.

52 | Legal | MUNDAYS

Miranda Green, Partner and Head of the Family Department at Mundays LLP, looks at whether television drama reflects real life situations when it comes to divorce.

54 | Data protection | GDPR

Debbie Pell considers what the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation means for ordinary businesses trying to reach target markets.

60 | Events | SURREY

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


66 | essence | PROPERTY

US market comment, together with the area’s finest houses, from some of Surrey’s best estate agents.

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66 Hard work This month’s interviewee is the very photogenic, RADA-trained actress Hannah Arterton whose hometown of Gravesend in Kent is where it all began for her. She explains the town still retains a vibrant cultural scene and that it’s also easy to think of acting as being a glamorous globetrotting career. In fact, it’s a tough business and requires much hard work and dedication. All Hannah’s efforts are now coming to fruition as her career blossoms. Elsewhere in the magazine, if you hadn’t already heard, then the early morning chore of scanning through a large email inbox should become easier with the new GDPR legislation, as Debbie Pell explains. Kevin Pilley visits the Cape Winelands and tracks down the Surrey businessman who owns Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. On the motoring front, an American classic, the Ford Mustang, finally arrives with a right hand drive and more power, as Euan Johns discovers the iconic Steve McQueen’s famed marque. The Split is a popular BBC drama, but is it true to life? Miranda Green at Mundays LLP sheds some light. Emanuela of Alladio Sims Garden Design looks into creating a garden compatible with children. Galvin Restaurants suffered from the Brexit effect earlier this year by having to close their much-loved French bistro in Marylebone owing to staff shortages. However, Stephanie Brookes finds all is well at Mayfair’s Galvin at The Athenaeum. Summer fashion invariably means messing about on boats and Crew Clothing offers a variety of casual smartwear. For those off to the races or polo and needing a little inspirational headwear, look no further than couture designer Ashley Pearce at Mystic Magic. As always, this issue of essence has a mix of health, beauty, legal and financial advice. Don’t miss the diary of events and places to visit, together with market comment and the pick of some of the region’s finest properties. The essence team

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perfect Hannah Arterton’s hard work is starting to pay off as her acting career is gaining momentum. She’s the sister of Gemma Arterton (who played Strawberry Fields in the Bond film Quantum of Solace), and talks to essence about singing, acting, Netflix’s new series Safe and her forthcoming part in the film Peripheral. >>> Photos copyright Gareth Cattermole at Getty Images. Makeup by Maja Rikner using Lancôme. Shoot location Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living.

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“Tracey [Ullman] is a constant inspiration... We’d sit under the dressing tables between shows, knit and sing along to Joni Mitchell. I remember her saying: ‘You’re funny, you should write’.” Hannah Arterton Q Hannah, your mother ran a cleaning firm and your father was a metal worker, so how did your sister Gemma and you get the performing bug? A As well as being incredibly hard working, my mother is also very creative. Our house was full of music and books. My mum also trained in scenic art at the Miskin Theatre in Dartford and would take my sister and I along to rehearsals. That was definitely inspiring at a young age.   Q You grew up in Gravesend, Kent. I know the town well, I think you’ll agree it’s not the most glamorous place, but I do remember being amazed that it was the last resting place of Pocahontas – do you have fond memories? A Yes, definitely. Gravesend has a fantastic live scene for local bands and I began gigging there at the age of 14. It also has lots of amateur dramatics’ societies which are great for young people. 

between shows, knit and sing along to Joni Mitchell. I remember her saying: “You’re funny, you should write”.   Q When young, you performed in a band and were offered a record deal. Were you more interested in singing than acting? A  Yes, at that time. Music will always be my first love. I didn’t really discover the joy of acting until I went to drama school.  Hannah Arterton and Annabel Scholey in Walking on Sunshine PHOTO COPYRIGHT: 2014 VERTIGO FILMS

Q You studied at the Miskin Theatre School in Dartford and then went on to RADA where Stephen Poliakoff spotted you. Was that your big break? A It was definitely an exciting moment. Doing a play at the Almeida with Tracey Ullman was a dream first job and an incredible experience. I’m not sure I’d describe it as a ‘big break’ though. The industry is challenging and actors are constantly having to prove themselves and work hard.

Q Did your singing help in winning the part of Taylor next to Annabel Scholey and Katy Brand in 2014’s Walking on Sunshine? A Almost certainly, yes! I’d been singing all of those songs for many years in the shower, but also with function bands. Getting to sing my own versions in a musical film was a dream.

Q Your first role was for Poliakoff in My City with Tracey Ullman. Did you learn a lot from them? A Tracey is a constant inspiration. When we worked together she really took me under her wing. We’d talk about writing, family, music and she taught me how to knit! We’d sit under the dressing tables

Q Annabel Scholey (who played your sister in the film) told us she enjoyed the three months in Puglia, Italy. Presumably you did too? A Yes, it was absolutely stunning. The scenery, the food, the people! It was an unforgettable experience. >>>

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Q How do you handle being well known? A I’m quite a private person and can actually get quite shy around people I don’t know. I’m also a real homebody and prefer having friends over or going to their houses to going out. Q Does your family keep you grounded? A Yes, absolutely. I’m incredibly close to my sister and my mum. We talk about everything and support each other.  Q You are currently starring as a tough police detective alongside Dexter’s Michael C. Hall and Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington in the new Netflix series Safe. Is playing that role fun? A Incredibly. And very rewarding. The writing is so good, it was an absolute joy to play. The cast were brilliant too, we laughed all day.  Q You’ll be seen later this year as a literary genius in the film Peripheral with Tom Conti and Rosie Day. Can you tell us a little about the film? A It’s a sci-fi psychological thriller.  I play a young writer called Bobbi Johnson. She’s attempting to write her second book after the tremendous success of her first. Her publisher sends her a huge computer to help with writer’s block and things start to get out of hand. It’s about art, technology and social control. 

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Q Your character in the film has little human connection. Did you really shut yourself away for some time to get into the role? A Bobbi is very isolated and often the process of making a film can be very alienating. We shot in Watford for a month and a half and it felt right to immerse myself in the world of the character. Often it takes more energy to constantly flip in and out of the imagined and real world. On that project it felt more economical to stay in the imagined. Q If you could choose a role, current or past, what would it be? A A biopic about Debbie Harry would definitely be up there.v essence INFO

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Hannah Arterton RADA-trained actress Hannah Arterton is best known for her lead role in the much-loved romantic comedy film Walking On Sunshine in which she starred opposite Leona Lewis and Annabel Scholey. Other film credits include Burn Burn Burn, We Are Tourists and short films Otherwise Engaged and At First Sight. Notable TV credits include roles in BBC’s Atlantis and Sky One’s The Five. Hannah is currently starring opposite Amanda Abbington and Michael C. Hall in the eight part Netflix thriller Safe written by Shameless writer Danny Brocklehurst.

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Herbs are perfect for family gardens, they add colour and smell, attract wildlife and are easy to grow so kids can get involved IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, SURREY PRIVATE GARDEN, 2017


wonder Emanuela Alladio of Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Limited asks are children and gardens incompatible?


oes a family garden mean a desolate lawn, an ugly trampoline and the paraphernalia of plastic climbing frames? After all, beautiful and perfect flower borders and hordes of frenetic kids cannot peacefully coexist in the same sentence. Maybe they can. Let’s see how. When we meet a new ‘family’ as a client for the first time we are confronted with a similar list of wishes. Our task is to go back to the office and devise a solution that accommodates most, if not all, of them. It is always a very interesting challenge, and one that we relish, despite the practical restraints that each garden and site provides. Time and time again families wish to have somewhere for the kids to kick a ball (and maybe, why not, a lovely striped lawn to tend at the weekend?); somewhere for the dreaded, but oh so useful, trampoline to sit (this must at all times be screened from view from the house of course); somewhere for vegetables to thrive happily and abundantly (after all, kids love vegetables – or don’t they? – and a vegetable patch must surely spark a new passion for them…); somewhere for pretty flowers to grow (particularly the kind that one would use to create beautiful flower arrangements); and, of course, somewhere for the kids to hide, play and discover. Solving these challenges can seem almost impossible at times, but to come up with ideas that will undoubtedly make even the most indifferent child want to explore the garden and go outside is so fulfilling and exciting that we inevitably end up developing a certain fondness towards these gardens. To help solve any similar dilemmas confronting readers, we wish to share some of the solutions that underpin the majority of the decisions we make whenever we are asked to create a family wonder in a new garden. Starting with the lawn, as this is a must item in most family gardens, when the garden is really shady or if it will be used to play ball games for the majority of the time, then one might want to consider the option of using artificial grass as there are so many different choices available nowadays and most of them are very ‘realistic’ and long lasting.

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A raised bed is easy to fill with herbs, vegetables and fruits, and a perfect excuse to get the kids involved in the garden IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW EDIBLE DISPLAYS 2018

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Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Ltd was established in 2015 after Jon Sims and Emanuela Alladio collaborated 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 Emanuela’s passion for plants and photographic eye adding great texture and contrast. Jon and Emanuela in the show garden they created for the Istanbul Flower Festival in 2016

Moving down the list to the love/hate item that is a trampoline, if one cannot be avoided, why not consider sinking it below the ground? Be careful to leave enough space for landing around it though, approximately a two metre radius will do. Or just hide a standard trampoline behind a low hedge, a useful solution that will create a sense of wonder in the garden and make the kids happy to be hidden from parents’ view – for a short while at least. Any good family garden should feature carefully chosen plants, including those that thrive in neglect and withstand impacts – ornamental grasses first and foremost because they are built to allow

movement and therefore are much more flexible and understanding, even when hit by a football or two. We couldn’t live without the evergreen soft and fluffy Nassella tenuissima or its very tough and understanding cousin Anemanthele lessoniana, a grass that tolerates practically every condition and lots of abuse. Another important group of plants to include in a family garden are those loved by insects, bees and butterflies in particular, because they will keep kids amused for hours in the summer and will help them understand how magical gardens can really be. Plants like Verbena bonariensis or Knautia Macedonica spring to mind for being unfussy and for keeping on flowering for months, continuously attracting insects and even birds with their bright and pretty little flowers, enough to keep most kids entertained… One must also not forget to include plants that actively involve kids – vegetables and fruits, but also a variety of bulbs – these are all very important in a family garden which should be the perfect place to build lasting memories and positive experiences with children. What better way to start than by planting some bulbs together, or picking some fruit to make a jelly or an apple crumble after a generous September harvest? Of course, a small vegetable garden would be the perfect easy first step, especially if kept to a manageable size, such as a small raised bed, and maybe a few fruit trees and colourful pots with spring bulbs could be enough to start with. Whatever the challenge gardens pose, there are so many different solutions and ways to respond to them, just think creatively. Thus, the next time someone says that kids and gardens don’t mix, you might just wish to disagree…v essence INFO

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Chantal Borciani discovers the secrets of the Algarve coast and finds plenty to do for families and romantics.


recall a very pleasant villa holiday a decade or so ago with my family, but for one reason or another Portugal hadn’t really been on my radar since. Yet, as we threaded along the coast and caught our first glimpse of the burnt orange Algarve cliffs and cobalt blue bays, I instantly regretted having left it so long. What is most striking about this corner of Europe is its vast swathes of marigold beaches. Like Cornwall’s north coast, only in technicolour and omnipresent sunshine, the Algarve beaches are wide, sweeping and mercifully uncrowded – if you know where to look. Past the manicured lawns and villas of well-heeled Vale De Lobo and Quinta de Lago, we strike west to the tiny fishing village of Ferragudo. Here the fishing nets are hauled up the quayside wall every day and the clutch of waterfront restaurants grill the fresh catch on open charcoal fires. The scent draws diners in from far and wide and dinners are best enjoyed at sunset, with a glass of local Vinho Verde in hand. A five minute walk up around the headland brings us to Praia Grande, a broad brush of canary-yellow beach, backed by pretty cliffs dotted with villas. Four or five beach restaurants flank the sand and provide perfect lunch and dinner outposts. Fortunately, Praia Grande

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Leisure breaks | ALGARVE Cape St Vincent and lighthouse PHOTO COPYRIGHT: CHANTAL BORCIANI


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is something of a local gem, set across the river from busier (yet fun) Praia da Rocha. Even in the height of July and August, the beach is a far cry from the shoulder-to-shoulder scenes in the Balearics or mainland Spain. Soak up the sunshine, enjoy a massage on the beach, venture to Kalu Beach Bar for chilled vibes and giant G&Ts, or hire a paddleboard and explore the coves and caves that lie just around the breakwater. From the pretty fishing harbour of Alvor to the west of Praia da Rocha, one road leads all the way to the southernmost point of Europe and Cape St. Vincent. A proper wind-in-your-hair road trip, it’s only an hour and half from Faro to the spectacular cliff views at the Cape. Here the rolling Atlantic Ocean surges up the cliff face, sending white foam shooting into the air. Cape St. Vincent lighthouse stands on the striking cliff edge as if pointing to the next landfall on the United State’s east coast. The vast nature reserve of Cape St. Vincent Natural Park extends northwards as far as Odeceixe on the way up to Lisbon, but the visitor does not have to venture that far at all to spot an array of native flora, fauna and wildlife. After overnighting in the neighbouring sleepy and achingly laid-back surf town of Sagres (surf lessons are readily available and highly recommended), we hit the open road for our return jaunt to the beaches, stopping en route to explore the sea carved archways at Praia do Vau. In need of rest and relaxation, we head for Falésia Beach, voted one of the top three most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, perches on the ochre cliffs above this beguiling stretch of shoreline with walking and cycling routes heading off in just about every direction. The large resort still retains a small luxury ambience and the traditional Portuguese architecture boasts the best views and clifftop walks near Falésia. With an Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, clifftop yoga pavilion and several pretty swimming pools, activities abound and the links golf course that threads behind pine trees to the east of the property is a magnet for guests wanting to hit the greens.

Serenity Spa – The Art of Well Being at Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve PHOTO COPYRIGHT: PINE CLIFFS.COM

We explore the coast a little more from our Pine Cliffs’ base and cycle across to bustling Vilamoura for lunch at the busy marina which has boutiques, cafés and waterside bars. The following day we head for the five inlet lagoon of the Ria Formosa, a 20 minute drive away. Protected from the sea by five barrier islands, the marshes, tidal flats, salt pans and fresh water lagoons are like stepping back in time. Occupying the leeward coastline, little boats dot the water and cycling and hiking routes extend throughout the park – there are even flamingos. Back at base, Pine Cliffs’ 1,100m2 Serenity – The Art of Well Being spa is exceptional, with many treatments utilising herbs, salts and sands from the region and Ria Formosa. After soaking in the private thermal pools and open-air hot tub in a heavenly post-treatment daze, the Mirador Champagne Bar was the perfect spot for sundowners. Set on the cliff edge with panoramic sea views and the sun setting the sky alight with blood-orange flecks as it kissed the horizon, we toasted the end of another cracking day knowing it would not be long until we returned to the Algarve. With denim skies almost guaranteed from April until late October, the Algarve is an ideal short-haul holiday for families and couples alike. Its coastline of coves, caves, cliffs and sea-carved archways without the crowds is hard to fault and whether on or off the water there’s a plethora of activities to keep even the most outdoorsy travellers satisfied. v essence INFO

Where to stay: Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Website: www.pinecliffs.com Telephone: (+351) 289 500 300 Email: info@pinecliffs.com For more information visit www.visitalgarve.pt

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Kevin Pilley visits the Cape Winelands and finds a local connection in meeting Analjit ‘BAS’ Singh, owner of Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, South Africa.


y next-door neighbour in South Africa was Sir Richard Branson and the landlord of my hotel in the Cape Winelands admitted he also owned an 11-bedroom house in St George’s Hill, his next neighbour being Sir Cliff Richard. The CEO of Vodafone and former CEO of BUPA stated: “I need green spaces,” and this was 64-year-old BAS – Bhai being his family title meaning ‘brother’. His childhood nickname ‘Manu’ means ‘a patient, meticulous person who enjoys working in a detailed, systematic way’. As he says: “Surrey was another divine intervention in my life. An act of serendipity. I love the serenity, the golf course and the walks. It’s a country experience with a proximity to London.” Self-made entrepreneur and industrialist, Analjit ‘Bas’ Singh, one of India’s richest and most charming men, owns Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, the culinary capital of the Western Cape Province and perhaps the whole of South Africa. He suggested that while in South Africa that I do what South Africans are increasingly doing. Have an Indian. So he sent me to his favourite Indian restaurant, Marigold on

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Travel | LEEU ESTATES Aerial view of an area of Leeu Estates in Franschhoek PHOTO COPYRIGHT: LEEU ESTATES

Heritage Square, Franschhoek (French Corner) which, of course, he owns. Chef Vanie Padayachee was waiting for me. To start, Vanie proposed a roasted handkerchief. And some potato barrels with hung yoghurt. Then Thali. She also recommended for dinner the next evening mice, bats or puff adder. “Our little tortoises are delicious too,” she said. ‘Angel’s Tears’ were her preferred perfect accompaniment. Durban-born Vanie is the executive chef at the Marigold in Boland village, a forty-minute drive from The Mother City (Cape Town), and the gastro capital of the region, if not the country. The Marigold opened in 2016 and is its first authentic gourmet Indian restaurant. It is part of Analjit (BAS) Singh’s Leeu Collection (in Sanskrit, Singh means lion, which is ‘leeu’ in Afrikaans), which also comprises three five-star boutique properties; Leeu Estates, a 17-room country house and boutique winery; the 12-room restored nineteenth century Leeu House and 32-room Le Quartier Français ‘auberge’. They are all sited in a valley between the Klein Drakenstein and Dassenberg Mountains. Three farms – Dieu Donné, Klein Dassenberg and Von Ortloff – created Leeu Estates.

BAS Singh also owns Linthwaite House, a stylish 36-room country retreat overlooking Lake Windermere in England’s Lake District. He plans to open other properties in Florence and London. He first visited South Africa in 2010 to watch the football World Cup with his soccermad daughter. He is now training Indian chefs to help Vanie. “I visited India to broaden my knowledge base. Tempering and blending interests,” continued Vanie. “My signature starter is Palak Chaat crispy spinach leaves. Tandoor Jigha (prawns) and Raan lamb shank are popular. I like cooking Kadhai wok dishes and with chickpeas, the power legume!” She already has three chefs from Delhi working under her – a tandoori chef, a curry chef and an all-rounder. “Rumali roti flatbreads are called handkerchiefs. One of my favourite desserts is Shahi Tukda from Hyderabad, Indian bread pudding! But we also serve Besan Ladoo cheesecake with sweet chickpea flour fudge and star anise compôte. And for the seriously sweet-toothed, tandoor-based pineapple and saffron crumble with coconut and fennel kulfri.” >>>

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Franschhoek Pass in the Middagskransberg between the Franschhoek Valley and the Wemmershoek Mountains in the Western Cape Province of South Africa PHOTO COPYRIGHT: 1HPBFOTOS | 123RF.COM

Protea at the Franschhoek Pass PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ANDREAS BUCHER | 123RF.COM

At The Dining Room of the 247-acre Leeu Estates, diners can start with gin. ‘Geometric’ gin with melon and whipped feta followed by either dry-aged Elgin beef or Karoo (desert) lamb ‘skilpadjies’, also known as ‘muise’, ‘vlermuise’ or ‘pofadder’. The traditional barbecued meatballs’ dish is lamb’s liver wrapped in ‘netvet’ (caul fat, the fatty kidney membrane). They come in various shapes and sizes. ‘Skilpadjies’ means baby tortoise, muise mice, viermuise bats. Pofadder is snake-like and can sometimes be as big as a man’s arm and served at briaas (South African barbecues) with ‘pap’ (meal). Head sous chef Terence Morris recommends his slow-cooked, rolled lamb shank with creamy parmesan polenta. And a constitutional. As well as walking tours of the hotel’s Sauvignon Blanc vines and statues by Deborah Bell, Otto du Plessis and Angus Taylor, escorted by knowledgeable assistant farm manager Johann Moolmann, and after strolling by the Berg River in the estate’s exclusive wine studio, visitors can sample the local award-winning wines of Andrea and Chris Mullineux with a man called Admire. You learn to call Chenin Blanc ‘Steen’ and to appreciate the finer nuances of Swartland wines by trying to detect the nose of sun-ripened pears and wet granite in Kloof Street and the subtle tannins of single terroir ‘Schist’ Syrah. You taste the difference soils can make in ‘Old Vines White’. Shale is an acquired taste. The history of South African wine goes back to the Dutch East India Company supply station at the Cape of Good Hope. In 1689 Jan van Riebeeck planted Rheingau and Hanepop (Muscat) grapes to stave off scurvy among sailors on the spice route. In 1685 Cape Governor Simon van der Stel purchased the Groot Constantia estate. French Huguenots arrived in 1688 and brought their viniculture with them which resulted in South African wines being served to Napoleon in exile on St Helena. Louis XVI allegedly preferred them to Bordeaux wines. After phylloxera decimated the vineyards in 1866, Californian rootstock was brought in. It was not until the end of apartheid that South African wine found itself back on the oenological map. Grapes were mainly used for brandy. Down Huguenot Street is Leeu’s Tuk Tuk Microbrewery. Aided by Darren, Brennan, Marlene and Vernal, visitors can taste Cape Brewing Company beers as well as the in-house banana-toned Weizen wheat beer and the chocolate and caramel Dunkel. You also learn, if you did not know already, that lager is German for ‘storing’. >>>

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A passion for wine Château de Berne Hotel & Spa, located in the Provence countryside, is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network. The estate lies a few miles from Lorgues at the southern end of the Haut-Var, handy for the Var uplands, the Lac de Carcès and Verdon Gorge. It is an exceptional terroir in Provence and astonishing destination for wine lovers.


hâteau de Berne estate’s vines have benefited from a favourable geographical location and continental microclimate since 1750. Its wine growers enrich the work of nature every year by fertilising the soil with organic matter and supervising the planting and growth of vines with meticulous care. The estate spans 1,235 acres of beautiful countryside and its 297 acres of vines produce 750,000 bottles of acclaimed wines from Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Viognier, Merlot, Sémillon, Ugni-Blanc and Rolle grapes. In parallel to the wine growing expertise, each generation has brought its own creative talent, coupled with the modern equipment and facilities needed for Berne’s wine specialists to produce good yields of exceptional wines. Committed to respecting

nature, environmentally-friendly growing techniques are used at each stage of the wine growing process. Visitors can enjoy lingering at the Château wine shop (La Cave) that sells an extensive choice of vintage wines, including some exclusive blends, plus delicatessen products, regional specialities and produce grown at the vineyard. Visitors can also enjoy learning about wine through a variety of activities and workshops offered in package form, including vineyard tours, cellar tours, guided wine tasting, blind tasting, grape harvest days and even a wine blending contest. essence INFO

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Cape Dutch architectural style building in Paarl in the Western Cape Province of South Africa PHOTOS COPYRIGHT: GROBLER DU PREEZ | 123RF.COM

Blackpool trams date back to 1885 and are one of the oldest electric tramways in the world PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BRIAN SCANTLEBURY | 123RF.COM

The best way to see the Franschhoek valley is by rail in the new balconied double-deckers modelled on Blackpool seafront trams. If beer, wine and good food don’t relax, kick back in the sunshine by the infinity pool, or mellow out in the nail salon and spa with plunge pool by a lily pond and get expertly coated in ‘TheraNake’, African recharge oil, ‘Esse’ beautifying, age-defying products and ‘Almona Botanica’, volume and bounce shampoo, after an invigorating and very Ayurvedic exfoliating and re-hydrating, sustainably-grown pomegranate seed seeing to. Treatments include I Am Mindful (mood-balancing African warm soy back and scalp rubs), I Am Virtuous (muscle release mud wrap and miracle marula oil exfoliation) and I Am Majestic (crushed apricot kernel and mafura butter scrub). The best way to see the Franschhoek valley is by rail in the new balconied double-deckers modelled on Blackpool seafront trams. The tracks were laid by fruit farmers in 1904 and now connect twenty of the fifty wine estates in Franschhoek settled by the Huguenots in 1688. The valley is littered with Dutch vernacular farmhouses and a one-day pass on the five metre tall trams costs 220R (£13). These Orange, Purple, Blue, Green and Yellow lines take visitors to olive and cheese as well as wine tastings at some of South Africa’s best and oldest wine estates. All have excellent restaurants. After a visit to the culinary capital of South Africa it’s easy to stumble over pronouncing the word Stellenbosch and give up before even starting to try remembering the region’s first agritourist co-operative was the tongue-twisting Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid-Afrika Bpkt, or KWV for short. v essence INFO


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Discover Leeu Collection

Luxury hotel group Leeu Collection (www.leeucollection.com) has taken a 10% stake in Alajmo SpA (www.alajmo.it), the Italian family business established by brothers Massimiliano (Max) Alajmo, the world’s youngest three-star Michelin chef, and Raffaele (Raf), the company’s chief executive and maître des lieux. Leeu Collection currently has three properties (Leeu Estates, Leeu House and Le Quartier Français) in Franschhoek, South Africa, with Linthwaite House in the Lake District due to re-open following a year-long refurbishment in June 2018. Two further hotels are under construction in London and Florence.


Bowlers, boaters and bow ties British summer time is here and to Toby Spiers, head of Fine Wine Partners, this conjures up images of the cricket green, the boater hat and stripes of the Henley Regatta and the Queen attending Royal Ascot. But above all else, it is the season for the nation’s favourite frost-free addiction, the barbecue.


y buzzword for this time of year in wine is versatility. We all know the British summer is not as reliable as we would like. I remember last year packing only magnums of Provence rosé for a weekend of glamping, when it turned out to be wet and windy. A schoolboy error, as I can’t say the wine tasted as good sat inside. Not normally a huge Sauvignon Blanc fan, I do find early summer the ideal time to enjoy this variety, with all the new season’s veg coming on and the last of the asparagus, early fresh peas and summer beetroot, with goats’ cheese aplenty and strawberries with elderflower jelly. Zesty and vibrant flavours. For me, I think South Africa has a lot to offer in terms of wine value for money and it is also a halfway style between the tropicals of Kiwi Sauvignon and the minerality and class of the Loire Sauvignons, such as Sancerre. For bargains, check out Côtes des Gascogne whites from France for summer savings, or the English Bacchus for a more floral and patriotic offering, but these do tend to be pricier than the average Sauvignon Blanc. I love drinking pale, dry pinks in the summer and can’t put anyone off these wines usually from down in the Mediterranean direction, especially Provence. Many producers around the world are catching on to the equity of pale and dry, so very good wines have started coming from elsewhere around the globe, including my current choice, a Nebbiolo rosé from Coonawarra in Australia. For me, this is very exciting as Nebbiolo is the grape variety used in the king of reds, Barolo. On the other hand, this is a great time to be drinking darker rosé such as Rosados from Iberia which go well with barbecue food and have the flavour and depth of reds, but the drinkability of whites. 


For reds, I would keep on the lighter end of the spectrum and even half chill. I like to have an ice bucket to hand and pop my bottle in and out as required to keep a little chill in the wine. Think bargains from Valpolicella and Beaujolais in particular, or if the thought of cold red wine is bringing out a rash, then go for a New World Pinot Noir or related South African Pinotage for a little hint of smokiness to go with that non-burnt sausage. Bon appetit!

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Reading lounge EDITOR’S PICK


Conversations with the Prince Once a reckless rebel, now a respected role model, Prince Harry is one of the world’s most popular royals and the force behind giving the British royal family a twenty-first century makeover. How has he done it? Angela Levin has accompanied Prince Harry on many of his engagements and had exclusive access to him at Kensington Palace. The book unwraps the real man behind the camera and his own perceptive insights. It delves into his troubled childhood and the lasting effect of losing his adored mother. It explores his rebellious teenage years and the key defining moments that have enabled him to face his demons and use this experience to help others who struggle with mental, emotional and physical pain. Angela Levin found a complex man who has inherited his late mother’s extraordinary charisma and is determined to ‘make a difference’. After finding the love of his life in Meghan Markle, this is a celebration of the real Prince Harry. By Angela Levin RRP: £16.99 304 pages • Paperback ISBN: 9781786068965 Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd www.johnblakebooks.com www.thehistorypress.co.uk

Connectedness To the outside world, artist Justine Tree has it all. Justine’s art sells worldwide, but does anyone truly know her? When her mother dies, she returns to her childhood home in Yorkshire where she confronts her past. She asks a journalist Rose Haldane to find the baby she gave away. It’s only when Rose starts to ask difficult questions that Justine truly understands what she faces. Is Justine strong enough to admit the secrets and lies of her past and to speak about the deeds she has hidden for 27 years – the real inspiration for her work that sells for millions of pounds? Could the truth

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ruin her artistic reputation? This is a tale of art, adoption, romance and loss that moves between now, the eighties, from London’s art world to the bleak isolated cliffs of east Yorkshire and the hot orange blossom streets of Malaga. By Sandra Danby RRP: £9.99 364 pages • Paperback ISBN: 9780993113444 Publisher: Beulah Press

Zeppelin Onslaught

The Forgotten Blitz 1914–1915 At the outbreak of the First World War, the United Kingdom had no aerial defence capability worthy of the name with just thirty guns to defend the entire country, all but five of these considered ‘of dubious value’. So when raiding German aircraft finally appeared over Britain the response was negligible and ineffective. Of Britain’s fledgling air forces, the Royal Flying Corps had accompanied the British Expeditionary Force into Europe leaving the Royal Naval Air Service to defend the country as best it could. From the first raid in December 1914, aerial attacks gradually increased through 1915, culminating in highly damaging assaults on London in September and October. Counties from Northumberland to Kent also experienced the indiscriminate death and destruction found in this new war – the Home Front. The face of war had changed forever and those raids on London in the autumn of 1915 finally forced the government to pursue a more effective defence against air attack. This German air campaign was the first sustained strategic aerial bombing campaign in history. Yet it has become the forgotten Blitz. By Ian Castle RRP: £25.00 384 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9781848324336 Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

Literature | REVIEW

Sing, Unburied, Sing An intimate portrait of a family and epic tale of hope and struggle examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds. Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate, who carries all the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love. Sing, Unburied, Sing brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America. This book is a majestic new work from an extraordinary and singular author. By Jesmyn Ward RRP: £8.99 304 pages • Paperback ISBN: 9781408890967  Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing plc www.bloomsbury.com


Fascism A Warning

The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom. One might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini today. In Fascism A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her own experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that very assumption. Fascism now presents a more virulent threat to international peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse. Fascism A Warning  teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer.

The Fire Court


Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground... The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding. James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman – in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder...? Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust – Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her in the past. Now it’s her turn to help him. But then comes a third death... and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly desperate killer whose actions threaten the future of the city itself.

Now available in a single, abridged paperback, Ian Kershaw’s Hitler is the definitive biography of the Nazi leader. Kershaw’s two volume biography, Hitler 1889–1936: Hubris and Hitler 1936–1945: Nemesis, was greeted with universal acclaim as the essential work on one of the most malign figures in history, from his earliest origins to the final days of the Second World War. Now this landmark historical work is available in one single, abridged edition, tracing the story of how a bitter, failed art student from an obscure corner of Austria rose to unparalleled power, destroying the lives of millions and bringing the world to the brink of Armageddon. “Supersedes all previous accounts. It is the sort of masterly biography that only a first-rate historian can write,” says historian David Cannadine. Ian Kershaw (born 1943) was professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield from 1989–2008, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on Hitler.

By Andrew Taylor RRP: £14.99 448 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9780008119133 Publisher: Harper Collins www.harpercollins.co.uk

By Ian Kershaw RRP: £16.99 1,072 pages • Paperback ISBN: 9780141035888 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd www.penguin.co.uk

By Madeleine Albright RRP: £16.99 304 pages • Paperback ISBN: 9780008282264 Publisher: Harper Collins www.harpercollins.co.uk

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beast IS BACK The

Three years ago, Ford Motor Company unveiled the new Ford Mustang with a (long) overdue right hand drive for the UK market. The original pony has now had some additional horsepower added. Euan Johns looks at this reinvigorated American icon.

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merican sports cars to the rest of the world? For some reason it’s a bit of a hard sell. Bit brash? Not subtle enough? Too macho? Most models fall wide of the mark, being less stylish, less slick and a little less refined than their European counterparts. But the Mustang is a true thoroughbred that has entered into motoring folklore throughout the world (thanks Steve). Ford’s executive chairman Bill Clay Ford introduced the new Mustang in Barcelona in 2013, one of six cities where the new model was simultaneously revealed. The promise? Well nothing less than world-class levels of performance and refinement, while embracing the Mustang’s half-century of heritage and status as a global icon. >>>


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That was the aim and at a starting price point of around £34,000 (all duties paid) it’s an option for those who don’t want to stretch to a Mercedes coupé or similar. The new Mustang looks the business with a new lower bonnet design and optional spoiler maintaining its macho look, but providing a softer, slicker edge. Inside there’s plenty of room and the back seats really do function as seats. The boot is larger than rivals as well and can actually be used as one. More than nine million Mustangs have been sold since it was first launched in 1964. It is, perhaps rather surprisingly, the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook, but then it has been a star performer on celluloid and continues to be so in the digital age. The Mustang has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and now video games. This car has world-class performance, driving dynamics and usability. It includes a significant amount of advanced driver convenience and aid technologies. Here again though the price point is reflected in the handling and steering which is a little unresponsive and not up there with its peers. The clean design of both the Ford Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the car, retaining key design elements of the classic Mustangs recognisable to European car fans, including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck. The way the Ford Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the driving experience. The car offers good power options (the five litre V8 is a monster) and chassis configurations refined to meet the driving expectations of European drivers. The 5.0-litre V8 engine snarls and roars upon ignition and is joined by an all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that brings state-of-the-art technology into play. This delivers turbocharged performance with the fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions as demanded by European consumers. The Mustang is rugged, and for those who like to be the centre of attention and stand out from the crowd, then this will be for you. A new special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt pays homage to the Mustang GT fastback that featured in the legendary Warner Bros. film starring Steve McQueen and is available in shadow black or classic dark highland green. Careful on the choice of colour and style (fastback or convertible) though as for some reason the blue fastback option doesn’t do it any favours. This option has echoes of my father’s Toyota and for nigh on £34k you don’t want that do you? The ultimate symbol of the overused word ‘cool’, Steve McQueen wouldn’t have gone for that one. v

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“There are few cars on the road that can deliver such a combination of heritage, style and performance to such a wide audience. The new Ford Mustang offers the most compelling package yet.” Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company

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Fashion design | MYSTIC MAGIC

Joli: floral headpiece by Mystic Magic

Creative force Ashley Pearce, 25-year-old couture mask and headwear designer at Mystic Magic in Norfolk, is one of the industry’s visionary talents. He talked to essence about his spring/summer millinery collection.

Q Ashley, what has inspired you in both themes and materials for this collection? A I was always drawn to high fashion styling influenced by iconic and empowering female figures such as Audrey Hepburn and Cruella de Vil. I was inspired by these opposites: Hepburn’s old school Hollywood beauty and de Vil’s wild eccentricity to combine shapes, textures and patterns. The colours black and white play a great part in this collection, along with a few bursts of floral colouring for all tastes and styles. I’ve used a wide range of materials, including feathers, veiling, felts, silk flowers, lace and Swarovski crystals for added sparkle. Q Are there any specific practicalities you have to bear in mind for your spring/ summer collection? A Yes, I always like to think about the occasion the hat is intended for, the type of person who’d wear it, will it accessorise well with multiple outfits and, most importantly, is it comfortable to wear for long periods of time indoors or at an event? One of the main objectives for this collection was to target racing events such as Royal Ascot with its strict dress code for the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures. I needed to ensure the majority of designs were suitable. This is why the designs are such a varied selection.

“One of the main objectives for this collection was to target racing events such as Royal Ascot with its strict dress code for the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures.” Ashley Pearce, Mystic Magic

Moana: floral blossom headpiece by Mystic Magic

Q When did you start working on your spring/summer collection and how long did it take? A I would say it’s taken me a good year to piece together the collection, starting from around this time last year selecting colours, unique hat shapes and taking plenty of time to visually develop the ideas. I wanted to add couture detailing to each design, so it took up to a month to finish off some hats with plenty of hand sewing involved. Q What other projects have you planned for this year? A I’m already looking towards autumn/winter with some exciting new design pieces lined up for the fashion, masquerade ball and party seasons. Some designs are featured in an upcoming big budget sci-fi movie The Arc of Nirvana and masks and headwear on the runways for the summer fashion catwalk season. My core business, as always, is my bespoke design service, creating unique one-off pieces for weddings, parties, balls and social occasions, as well as further afield for Royal Ascot and for my international clients. essence INFO

Mystic Magic To shop online or for bespoke design enquiries, visit www.mysticmagiconline.co.uk or email mysticmagicdesign@yahoo.co.uk

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Radiant skin’s summer glow

Summer is upon us and Epsom Skin Clinics is on hand to recommend treatments to help optimise our appearance.


ur first recommendation to achieve an optimum summer glow would be to book a consultation with a recognised skin therapist. A 30 to 45 minute appointment determines the best skincare plan, tailor made for the client. During this consultation, a therapist will listen to client concerns and discuss a variety of options from laser hair and facial redness reduction to more general skin conditions. In our experience, it is preferable to book a consultation at least six to eight months in advance, particularly if wishing to discuss more specific concerns or problematic skin. However, there are a few treatments that will help in the short term making skin appear smoother, healthier and more flawless. Keep in mind that any plan will be matched with home care products to support any in-clinic treatments and to provide best results. Botox and dermal filler treatments are nothing to be scared of. Botox is an injectable that minimises muscle movement and therefore prevents and softens wrinkles; it can obliterate that annoying frown line! After an initial treatment, there’s normally a follow-up appointment two weeks later just to tweak any results and effects can last anything from three to six months. Dermal fillers help to plump skin, giving it back a youthful appearance by using hyaluronic acid, a hydrating ingredient found naturally in the skin. The acid holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water and can enhance natural beauty by subtly adding volume where, for example, age or weight loss has taken its toll. These treatments will spark confidence boosting comments such as: “You’re looking well” or “Your skin’s looking great”. For those not wanting injectables, but still interested in reducing fine lines and wrinkles or

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improving skin texture, there’s eDermastamp. This creates tiny channels in the skin that allow peptide rich products or hyaluronic acid to penetrate deeper. The treatment also promotes collagen and elastin production and encourages cell turnover. Results are smoother, more radiant skin with fine lines and wrinkles appearing more subtle and reduced. eDermastamp can be made more intense for those with acne scarring. Combined with microdermabrasion, it can improve texture and tone whilst re-educating skin to make the appearance more even. The process involves one treatment every six weeks and needs around four treatments in total. Skin peels and microdermabrasion are a great way to finish off a series of treatments or, if time is short, working more superficially, these treatments can make dull, tired and uneven complexions appear brighter and feel silkier. Microdermabrasion uses small crystals and vacuum suction to deeply exfoliate and bring fresh nutrients to the skin to refresh and replenish. There are many different skin peels containing various chemical exfoliants (fruit acids etc). These penetrate to different levels of the skin evening out tone, helping with spots and imperfections, improving pore size and generally making the skin appear healthier and brighter. The two treatments can be combined for a more intense result and at the Clinic we can also pamper with a hydrating or vitamin C mask for a real boost. Finally, for those who may not have thought about it, microdermabrasion for the back can be essential for those revealing a little skin. Have a treatment at least ten days before a spray tan to help the tan spread more evenly for that beautiful, sun kissed look.

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MY MONTH IN FOOD Stephanie Brookes, foodie expert and BBC Radio London contributor, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month, Galvin at The Athenaeum in Mayfair.


rix fixe menus have become the norm in most restaurants throughout London, which offers both a positive and more inclusive culinary option, but also might give diners a moment of pause. While the prices can be competitive, there is often concern that quality will be lacking, however, with such fierce competition among restaurants, it has become a decidedly popular choice and one certainly worth exploring. I also think there’s something a little comforting about a prix fixe menu: there’s a smaller choice of options making it easier for the undecided patron such as myself. It’s also sometimes a relief for the restaurant to make those crucial decisions for you. And you certainly know you’re in safe hands at Galvin at The Athenaeum, as the name itself is synonymous with a wealth of culinary experience. The restaurant is the creation of chef-restaurateurs Chris and Jeff Galvin of the eponymous Galvin at Windows in nearby Park Lane. The restaurant is

Lasagne of Dorset crab and Nantais butter sauce PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STEPHANIE BROOKES

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also front and centre of this five-star luxury Mayfair hotel, which adds to a certain flurry of excitement and activity as guests mingle about the main foyer; yet, the restaurant itself hits just the right note with its relaxed, easy-going charm. The prix fixe menu offers three courses and also allows a little flexibility as the sweet course has unlimited access to the dessert buffet (always music to my ears). I began with a starter of Lasagne of Dorset crab and Nantais butter sauce – an altogether beautiful piece of culinary construction. As the fork pierced the delicate pasta layers, the crabmeat and pasta gently oozed into the soft, buttery puddle. When pasta is so thin and delicate it often has a tendency Galvin at The Athenaeum PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STEPHANIE BROOKES

Food review | STEPHANIE BROOKES Chicken ‘saltimbocca’, polenta and grilled treviso PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STEPHANIE BROOKES

to become soggy very quickly, but the layers retained their bite, even when submerged in the mellow, butter emulsion. The waiter had noticed my obvious glee at the dish and mentioned that a guest had enjoyed it so much he proceeded to order it a second time as a main course. I think they should definitely consider giving this gem of a starter an upgrade as I would have quite happily devoured another, larger portion of this divine seafood pasta. Chicken ‘saltimbocca’, polenta and grilled treviso was an instant hit at the table, not least for its Instagram-worthy aesthetics – photos were promptly taken at every conceivable angle. I do realise the current trend for food photos in restaurants can certainly distract from the focal point of the actual eating, not least because the dish is obviously getting cold. Yet, on first bite, nothing was seemingly lost as the chicken simply melted in the mouth with that delightfully crisp, yet chewy prosciutto casing. I was initially wary about ordering this dish as chicken breast is more often than not slightly overcooked, even in the safest of culinary hands, thankfully, each mouthful was moreish and velvety soft. The base of polenta was an unctuous, golden mound which I slathered on to each piece of the chicken. The additional contrast of the slightly bitter, lemon notes of the treviso made for a complex mouthful. Following the two rather splendid savoury courses, I was quite looking forward to stretching my legs over to the dessert buffet: there’s something quite exciting about ‘helping yourself’ to anything in endless rounds. Although in the refined surrounds of The Athenaeum, I felt it best not to pile it high

and rather err on the side of restraint. I placed two miniature, blood orange cheesecakes, gleaming with their glossy jelly outer layers, on to a delicate little plate and felt I had become the buffet equivalent of a food martyr. However, once I took a bite of the creamy, feather-light cream cheese filling, I did regret my original instinct at not having filled the plate to capacity. It wasn’t long until I had a change of heart and did eventually go back for ‘seconds’ – most definitely the right choice. If the notion of a prix fixe menu has you thinking of mass-produced vats of food that are nothing more than a watered-down version of à la carte, this particular restaurant will surely make you think again. Galvin at The Athenaeum’s laidback charm and attention to detail will have diners seriously considering this cost-effective dining option as enticing as its pricier counterpart. Tempting dessert buffet at Galvin at The Athenaeum PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STEPHANIE BROOKES

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Galvin at The Athenaeum 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ Websites: www.athenaeumhotel.com; www.stephaniebrookes.com Telephone: 020 7640 3333  Email: galvin@athenaeumhotel.com Three courses and unlimited dessert buffet: £37.50

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At their best right now Crates Local Produce, located in Horsham’s historic centre, bursts with fresh, seasonal food offering taste, health and economic benefits. PHOTO COPYRIGHT: TAHE4KA | 123RF.COM


As part of the Clupeidae family of oily fish that also includes sardines, herrings are delicious freshly caught and simply cooked. In the seafood chain, herring is pretty low down, so eating the smaller wild caught fish is equivalent to ‘cutting out the middle man’. Herring caught in our own waters by mid-water trawling are amongst the most sustainable. It was from medieval times that herring really came into its own as an important winter food, dried or pickled. When buying from the fresh ice counter, choose those with clear eyes, red gills and scales intact. Remember, the best fresh fish smells of the sea and not fishy. Herrings can be baked or poached, but are even better grilled, fried or griddled to allow for a crispy skin.

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These tart little hairy berries have been long revered in cooler climates as they were one of the very first fruits of the season before fresh food was heavily imported. At the start of the season, when still firm and slightly under ripe, they are delicious poached and used in pies and crumbles, or then puréed for fools, ice cream or as a sharp sauce for rich roasts such as pork, duck or goose. Later in the season they can be sweet enough to eat on their own, especially the red varieties.

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In season recipes Grilled Dijon herring

Grilled Dijon herring SERVES FOUR

Ingredients: Four whole herrings Two tablespoons Dijon mustard Two teaspoons fresh lemon juice Two tablespoons oil: olive or rapeseed Seasoning: salt and pepper to taste Method: w Gut and scale the fish or, better still, ask a fishmonger to do this, but keep the fishes whole. Slash each fish side with five deep cuts and spread in the mustard. Season and brush the fish with the lemon juice and oil. w Place under a medium to high grill for around five to six minutes each side ensuring the skin crisps. A griddle can be used, but timing will be less as the fish will cook quicker. w Serve simply with thick cut, crusty, buttered bread.

Gooseberry fool SERVES FOUR

Ingredients: 450g gooseberries, green or red Four tablespoons of granulated sugar, reduce to two for sweeter red gooseberries 300ml double cream Cocoa powder to garnish Method: w Prepare gooseberries by just slicing off the very tops and bottoms of each berry. w Heat in a pan with the sugar and around two tablespoons of water, bring to the boil and simmer until the fruits burst. w Cool mixture and chill further in the fridge for at least half an hour, remove then fork through. w Slowly whip the double cream until just thick and in soft folds. Chill for around ten minutes. w Fold the fruit mixture in to the cream and serve immediately with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or refrigerate until ready. Gooseberry fool

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Stag Roasters...

a real ‘crack’ above the rest Shirlee Posner meets Simon Evans of Stag Coffee in Godalming, a new coffee roaster with eye-catching packaging, expertly roasted beans and interesting provenance which is starting to catch the attention of coffee lovers in Surrey.


uring my time writing about the local food movement, I have seen the arrival of several new coffee roasters. Independent coffee roasters and coffee shops are making a welcome return to the high street by offering beans roasted to give their best flavour profile and a great drinking experience. It’s a win-win when customers are supporting a small grower who is also being paid a fair price. Stag Roasters is based at Simon Evans’ home in Farncombe, near Godalming, in Surrey. He bought the property recently and meticulously renovated it to house both him and his business. Simon’s roasting room is based in his garage: small, perfectly formed and spotlessly clean (he was awarded a five star hygiene rating from his local council). This was not Simon’s first career choice, but one that he purposed for himself after running out of steam in a job that took him all over the world. He soon began to realise there may be a gap for well sourced and roasted coffee, so he set out to offer expertly roasted beans from single estates. Whilst origin is important, Simon did not want to stick to already well-known growing areas and producers, so has worked hard to bring a range of coffees to the market to give exposure to lesser known producers such as those in Peru and Honduras. He also advises on coffee making equipment. At Secretts at Hurst Farm in Milford, in addition to roasted coffee and whole beans, a range of coffee making solutions can be purchased, curated by Simon for the business. Simon Evans

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So, whilst making his new house into his home, Simon also started researching the world of coffee which, it turns out, is a little bit more complicated than we might think. First off, it’s all about growing countries, then it’s the variety of bean, the altitude it’s grown at, how much sun the growing area has each day, what the temperature is and how long it takes to ripen. Lower quality coffee beans used for instant tend to be grown at lower altitude, in sun soaked plots. More refined coffee is grown higher up (like tea) and in plots that have more shade (referred to as shade grown); revered for slower ripening and growing times, this is reported to improve the final flavour of the roasted bean. With a degree in aerospace manufacturing and engineering and a Masters in operational excellence, this coffee roaster was able to deftly deal with all his new found knowledge and process it to ensure he set himself on the right path. This is the third time I have written about a Surrey roaster, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I should have known better. Simon approaches his product development in a refreshing way and to him it’s all about the ‘crack’. This is a key to excellence for any coffee roaster and I was, by this time, all ears. It doesn’t matter where the coffee comes from, if you don’t listen to it properly when roasting it, you can destroy a really good bean if the roasting profile is wrong. So, having chosen a bean on which to start practicing, Simon taught himself how to roast coffee, sampling each batch, until he developed an understanding of the process from start to finish.

Artisan food | EAT SURREY

Coffee-rich, light tiramisu Layers of fresh coffee chocolate sponge steeped in coffee and liqueur with light mascarpone. SERVES 4

For the sponge Three large eggs 75g caster sugar 50g plain gluten-free flour 40g fresh roasted coffee beans, finely ground 25g cocoa powder Filling 500ml light mascarpone 250ml light crème fraîche 80g icing sugar 180ml strong freshly brewed coffee, cooled 60ml of Marsala or Amaretto (or any liqueur of choice) Chocolate cake, cut into eight rounds Cocoa powder, for dusting Method w Preheat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C or gas mark 5. w Sit a large heatproof bowl over a pan of just simmering water, add the eggs and sugar and whisk for five to ten minutes when the mixture should be thick and

creamy. Mix the flour, coffee and cocoa powder together and fold in gently with a metal spoon. Line a Swiss roll tin with non-stick baking paper. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for ten minutes or until springy to touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Meanwhile, make the filling. w Place the mascarpone, crème fraîche, sugar and 60ml of the coffee in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Set aside. w Place the remaining coffee and liqueur in a shallow dish. Dip four of the sponge rounds into the remaining coffee mixture and place in the bases of four x 375ml glasses; if this seems a little fiddly, place the cake in the glasses and then drizzle a little coffee over each one. Divide half the cream mixture between the glasses. Dip remaining cake rounds into the coffee and place on top of the cream mixture. Spoon over the remaining cream mixture and decorate with cocoa and chill until required.

The deal is to start the roast and wait for the first crack (a similar noise to popcorn when it starts to pop), but coffee isn’t a starch-packed bean, so it makes a popping sound, but without the expansion. By the first crack, a mild roast coffee will have been created which is just starting to turn a golden brown. By the time the second crack is reached, the right roasting time for a medium roast coffee has been reached. On first crack, careful heating of the beans correctly to a higher temperature is essential, keeping a steady roast at an even temperature. Simon takes his coffee to a medium roast to just before the second crack. This means the coffee develops a full flavour and retains its caffeine without developing a bitter, burnt flavour profile. For a darker coffee, the roast is taken to a higher temperature and to beyond the second crack. Coffee is cooled quickly after roasting to ensure flavour is retained and once cold is stored in Stag’s moisture-proof bags: moisture and oxygen are both culprits in deteriorating coffee. Stag currently carries seven different coffees from growing regions such as Brazil, Honduras, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Peru. My favourite from our sampling session was the Pinchinaki from Peru which has a lovely medium roast profile. Stag has two versions of this in both regular and decaffeinated. At a recent tasting at Secretts, all of Simon’s coffees sold really quickly. Simon explains: “I decide where to source my beans after extensive research of a region, from the climate to the altitude, and the processing techniques of the raw coffee beans. I prefer to select beans that provide a truly rich and smooth-bodied flavour and further enhance these through my roasting technique.” A one-man band, Simon has created his packaging, brand, website and marketing materials virtually single-handed. This is a local Surrey business well worth supporting: Simon’s coffee can be bought from a limited range of retailers, including Secretts, or direct from his on-line shop. Full details on his website. essence INFO

Website: www.stagroasters.co.uk Shirlee Posner is a food writer and blogger at www.eatsurrey.co.uk and provides social media management, web copywriting and food photography.

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strawberry fizz sponge With the recent royal wedding, how could we resist? And whilst lemon and elderflower were the flavours of choice for the lovebirds, it’s strawberry season and, of course, a Victoria sponge has its regal links. With a soft, light sponge, succulent fresh strawberries and indulgent cream, this cake has a tipsy twist too with the sponge soaked in a prosecco syrup. Cheers! Ingredients Four large eggs 275g unsalted butter 275g caster sugar 275g self-raising flour One teaspoon baking powder Two tablespoons milk Two teaspoons vanilla extract For the prosecco syrup 200ml prosecco 75g caster sugar Pot of double cream Punnet of strawberries

Method w Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) or gas mark 4. Grease and line the bases of two x eight inch round cake tins. w In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar together until light and creamy: this can take about five minutes. w Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition, and adding a little of the flour if the mixture begins to curdle. Then add the vanilla. w Sift remaining flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into the mixture and gently fold in, followed by the milk. w Divide equally between the tins and level with a spoon. Bake for about 25–30 minutes until risen and golden. Remove from oven and leave to cool. w Whilst baking, gently heat the prosecco and sugar in a pan until the sugar has dissolved (about two to three minutes) and it starts to turn to syrup. Leave to cool slightly. w Drizzle each layer of cake with about a tablespoon of prosecco syrup, if sandwiched with double cream and sliced or quartered strawberries. The strawberries can be soaked in some of the prosecco syrup too. w Finish with a dusting of icing sugar.

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VILLAGE Sunninghill | Ascot | Berkshire

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Peace of mind Access to our physiotherapy services and home care options, plus a 24 hour staff team, brings peace of mind, so you can relax and enjoy life knowing flexible support is available should you require it in the future.

Come and see for yourself Take a tour of the village and choose your beautiful spacious apartment, duplex or cottage, designed to make life easier for over 65s.

To arrange a visit, please call: 01344 874 250 Website: www.lynwoodvillage.co.uk Email: sales@lynwoodvillage.co.uk Owned and operated by Ben Ben – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund. Lynwood Court, Lynwood Village, Rise Road, Ascot SL5 0FG. A charity registered in England and Wales (no.297877) and Scotland (no.SC039842). Registered with the Homes and Communities Agency (no. LH3766).

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Dementia and deputyship Moving a relative or friend with dementia into a care home is an emotional and difficult decision. Is it the right time? Is the care home chosen the best one? These are also some important legal questions to consider.


asting Powers of Attorney (LPA) is where individuals appoint ‘attorneys’ to make decisions relating to finance, property, health or welfare on their behalf should they lose mental capacity through accident or illness (e.g. dementia). This is probably the best-known way of transferring the decision making process from an individual to the trusted help of family. An LPA can be a fantastic instrument when proper legal advice is given and it is drafted correctly. But what happens if an individual loses mental capacity and they don’t have an LPA in place? One option is a much lesser known method of appointing a ‘deputy’ under a Property and Finance Deputyship. This works in a similar way to an LPA as the deputy makes financial decisions on behalf of someone who has lost mental capacity. Both attorneys and deputies have similar roles and responsibilities, but a deputyship provides extra protection for the individual as the Office of the Public Guardian closely monitors deputy actions. Deputies must produce annual accounts which evidence, in detail, the financial transactions relating to the estate and the various actions that require to be taken. Individuals can apply to become someone’s deputy if they ‘lack mental capacity’. This means they can’t make a decision for themselves at the time it needs to be made. They may still be able to make decisions for themselves at certain times. A deputy is authorised by the Court of Protection to make decisions on their behalf. There are two types of deputy: an individual can apply for both or either one. a) Property and financial affairs deputy – undertaking to pay the person’s bills or organise their pension. b) Personal welfare deputy – undertaking to make decisions about medical treatment and how someone is looked after. Deputyship is a more difficult route to follow than an LPA and is somewhat after the event as the person involved has not made a decision to appoint, a court has and will therefore exercise more control of any process. Read Mundays’ solicitor Kerry Sawyer’s article in the April issue of essence or contact her on 01932 590500.


Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders affecting the brain. Some people may have a combination of types of dementia. The four most common types of dementia are: w Alzheimer’s Disease (most common) w Vascular dementia w Frontotemporal w Dementia with Lewy bodies Symptoms can include:

w Memory problems w Cognitive ability w Communication

Dementia can be seen as a combination of one or all of the above symptoms. It’s important that an accurate diagnosis is made as early as possible so that people can receive the appropriate advice, support and treatment.


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Websites: www.dementiauk.org, www.gov.uk, www.mundays.co.uk

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Don’t get caught out…

IRS tax amnesty ends in September 2018 Gillian Everall of Everfair Tax warns of the impending closure of a US government tax amnesty programme and advises how to avoid potential penalties.


stimates show that the US government loses almost $200 billion in tax revenue per year and improving on avoidance is a high priority. However, one of the main amnesty programmes is due to close on September 28 2018 and to avoid potential penalties action must be taken now by those affected. US citizens and residents, including ‘green card’ holders, are required to report and pay tax on their worldwide income and declare their ownership of certain foreign financial assets and accounts. Failure to do so can result in significant penalties. The current Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) provides the opportunity for US taxpayers to disclose noncompliance associated with foreign accounts. The requirements are that: w Information regarding undeclared foreign financial assets, financial institutions and intermediaries associated with such assets is submitted. w Amended (or complete original) tax returns and Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) are submitted for the past eight tax years. w All tax, interest and applicable penalties due are paid. w Payment of an Offshore Miscellaneous Penalty equal to either 5% or 50% of the highest aggregate value of the taxpayer’s previously undeclared foreign financial assets. According to the IRS, 56,000 taxpayers have used OVDPs and paid $11.1 billion in back taxes, interest and penalties. This peaked in 2011 with 18,000 people, but had reduced to 600 in 2017.

Key difference between the OVDP and Streamlined Provisions

The OVDP is for taxpayers with exposure to potential criminal liability due to wilful failure

to report foreign financial assets. Streamlined procedures are for taxpayers that certify their failure to report foreign financial assets which did not result from wilful conduct. Streamlined Filing

The Streamlined Filing programme will remain and is an ideal way to bring tax affairs up to date. Provided it can be proved disclosure and filing was not wilfully delayed, three years of back tax returns and six years of FBAR forms can be filed without incurring a penalty. This includes any previously reported foreign-owned income or assets. Taxpayers are also let off the 5% penalty needed to cover should they reside in the US. What should I do now?

To take advantage of these programmes, you must actively seek and participate in them as they are not granted if the IRS contacts you first. And, if assistance is needed, please call our friendly team at Everfair Tax to see how we can help.

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Gillian Everall is Managing Director and Head of Private Client Tax Services for Everfair Tax based in Weybridge. Everfair Tax specialises in UK, US and Expatriate Tax and provides a unique tax advisory and compliance service to help manage personal or international complexities and the changing of family or business circumstances. Telephone: 01932 428536 Email: gillian@everfairtax.co.uk Website: www.everfairtax.co.uk

A real life split

Miranda Green, Partner and Head of the Family Department at Mundays LLP, discusses whether television drama reflects real life situations when it comes to divorce.


f you have been watching BBC One’s new legal drama The Split, you are no doubt wondering whether the series is an accurate reflection of what happens when a relationship comes to an end and a couple decide to divorce. Is the process always acrimonious? Are high-pressured meetings involving both parties and their lawyers the norm? Is every case destined for court? Whilst every family is unique, and there are no hard and fast rules, a divorce does not have to be characterised by conflict. A good family solicitor will encourage you to focus on the needs of the whole family (and in particular, the best interests of the children) and will help you explore whether it is possible to reach an amicable agreement as to things such as what will happen in relation to money and your home. First steps If you have reached the sad conclusion that your marriage is at an end, then the first step will usually be to contact a solicitor who specialises in family law. You may already have someone in mind based on a recommendation from a friend or family member, or possibly from your own previous experience. Otherwise, details of family lawyers can be found at www.resolution.co.uk. Alternative dispute resolution One of the first things that a solicitor will discuss with you are the various options that are available when you get divorced, in order to resolve the ancillary issue of what should happen in relation to your finances. Whilst going to court is one option, it is not most people’s first choice as it can be a costly, time consuming and daunting process. One option which many couples are familiar with is mediation. The mediator is neutral and cannot advise either party or impose an outcome upon them. Instead, their role is to help facilitate discussions in order for mutually agreeable solutions to hopefully be reached.

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A further option is collaborative law. Here both parties’ solicitors are present and discussions take place by way of ‘four way meetings’. Other professionals such as independent financial advisors or child specialists can also attend the meeting(s) as required to provide specialist input. A third possible option is arbitration. This most closely resembles the court process, in that the parties appoint an arbitrator to make a decision which will be binding upon them. Before doing so, the arbitrator will consider the evidence and each party will have the opportunity to ‘have their say’. Arbitration provides a quicker outcome than going to court, and is also more flexible. You can, for example, ask the arbitrator to adjudicate in relation to all aspects of the case, or alternatively just the issues that you are stuck on. In the case of each of the above processes, once an agreement is reached or an arbitral award is made, the settlement should be drawn up into a court order and submitted to the Family Court for approval by a judge. This is a paper exercise which is overseen by solicitors, and there is no need for the parties to attend a formal hearing.

Litigation If you are unable to agree on financial matters, or if your spouse is failing to engage, then your solicitor will discuss with you the merits of making an application to court. Court proceedings may also be necessary if disclosure is likely to be an issue, i.e. if it appears that your spouse is trying to hide money or property. The benefit of applying to court is that matters will be set to a tightly controlled timetable which both parties should comply with. In contrast, without a court timetable discussions can often reach an impasse, and cases can remain in the negotiation stage for months or even years without reaching resolution. Upon receiving a financial application, the court will list the matter for a series of three possible hearings: The first hearing is known as the First Appointment. This usually takes place between 12 and 16 weeks after the application to court is made. The aim of the hearing is to ensure that both parties have provided full financial disclosure and to set down a formal ‘to do’ list to ensure that any missing information is provided before negotiations


Grandparents and grandchildren – a right to a relationship? Miranda is a partner and head of the Family Department. Miranda joined Mundays in 2008 having worked previously in London with some of the leading family law specialists in the country. Miranda advises on all aspects of family law, but with a particular interest in the financial aspects of marriage and relationship breakdown, including those with international issues, financial settlements following a foreign divorce as well as pre and post nuptial agreements and private children issues. Miranda is a trained collaborative lawyer, mediator and accredited Resolution Specialist in complex finances and international and European family law. She is a regular contributor to the legal press and a published author. Miranda can be contacted on 01932 590670 or miranda.green@mundays.co.uk

commence. For example, if your spouse owns a business but has not disclosed its value then the judge may order an expert valuation. The second hearing is the Financial Dispute Resolution hearing (FDR). This takes place as soon as possible after the First Appointment, depending on the time that is needed to complete the ‘to do’ list and the court’s availability. Generally speaking, this will be at least two to three months. The objective of the hearing is to negotiate and hopefully reach a settlement. The judge will provide guidance as to how he/she feels that the case should be resolved, however, will not make a binding order. Most cases within the court system settle at this stage. If an agreement is not reached at the FDR then the matter will be listed for a Final Hearing. It is at this stage that both parties are required to give evidence in court, and third parties may also be called to give evidence, though in the majority of cases this is


The bond between children and their grandparents is often extremely close, and grandparents can play a very important role in their grandchildren’s lives. Despite this, it is sadly not uncommon for grandparents to suddenly be denied an ongoing relationship with their grandchildren following a divorce or family breakdown. Sometimes things are said in the heat of the moment and quickly blow over. Other times disputes persist, but can later be resolved by mediation or other forms of dispute resolution, or simply with the passage of time. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, then grandparents will need to make an application to court for a judge to determine the issue. With limited exceptions, grandparents are not on an equal footing to parents when it comes to seeking the court’s assistance, as whilst parents have an automatic right to make an application, grandparents do not and first require the court’s permission. Furthermore, in relation to parents, there is a strong presumption that contact is in the best interests of the child, unless there are cogent reasons to the contrary. Currently, there is no similar presumption in favour of grandparents. The issue has recently received attention from MPs who have called for changes to the law so that grandparents have a ‘right’ to see their grandchildren following a divorce. Whilst many will see this as a positive development, an application to court will undoubtedly still be necessary. Therefore, whilst the hurdles that grandparents currently face may be lessened, reform will not result in grandparents gaining an automatic ‘right’ to spend time with their grandchildren. Ultimately, the court’s focus will be on what is in the best interests of the child.

not necessary. If at the end of the hearing you have still not been able to agree matters, then the judge will make a final decision which will be binding. The fact that an application has been made to court does not prevent you from reaching an agreement with your spouse, and it is open for you to do so at any stage in the process prior to the judge making a final order. You will be encouraged by your solicitor, and also by the judge, to reach an agreement where possible (although not at the expense of a fair settlement) as this will help keep stress and expense to a minimum. Whichever route you choose to pursue, be it mediation, litigation or ‘out of court

negotiations’, the Family team at Mundays is fully experienced and able to provide specialist assistance.v

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Brought to book Debbie Pell cuts through the red tape and looks at what the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation means for ordinary businesses trying to reach their target markets.


t has come to pass that the recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica episode has brought into sharp focus what we all suspected: that technology has (rather alarmingly) got well ahead of itself. Hello big boy GDPR. It’s human nature, isn’t it, to take the easiest route, the path of least resistance, and only change direction when an obstacle is met. By the time of publication, businesses will be subject to the new GDPR legislation and need to be aware just what that actually means. Still not up to speed? Well, you need to be, as it’s not going to go away, even if we do finally extract ourselves from Europe. Deemed by Liz Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner who is in charge of data protection enforcement, as evolution not revolution, the law is intended to tighten up on the use and misuse of personal data, how it is used, gathered and held. Personally, I find it refreshing. I’m looking forward to cutting my email inbox by 99%, saving the daily ritual of deleting unwanted and irrelevant messages. Did I really sign up to receive information on pills for the dog’s constipation? I don’t think so, anyway, I thought I’d unsubscribed from that retailer anyway. So, a brief summary (stay with me): after four years of preparation and debate, GDPR is the biggest change in the last two decades, bringing outdated personal data rules up to speed with an increasingly digital era. The amount of data we now produce wasn’t foreseeable when current data protection laws were drawn up. The aim is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world that is

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vastly different from the time in which the 1995 directive was established. Although the key principles of data privacy still hold true to the previous directive, conditions for consent have been strengthened and companies will no longer be able to use long illegible terms and conditions full of legalese, as the request for consent must be given in an intelligible and easily accessible form, with the purpose for data processing attached to that consent. It must be as easy to withdraw consent as it is to provide it.​ As well as instigating new obligations on companies and organisations collecting personal data, GDPR also gives individuals more power to access information held about them. Requests for personal information can be made free of charge (there used to be a £10 charge). When someone asks a business for his or her data, the business must stump up the information within one month. Everyone will have the right to obtain confirmation from an organisation that has information about them, access this information and any other supplementary information. GDPR bolsters a person’s rights around the automated processing of data. The new regulation provides individuals with the power to have their personal data erased in some circumstances. This includes where it is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was collected, if consent is withdrawn, there’s no legitimate interest and if it was unlawfully processed. In short, the legislation is about more data protection and, as a consequence, firms will have to think a little bit more about how to reach people and put the digital blunderbuss back in the cupboard. >>>

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“The most recent (Facebook) scandal has served to expose a broken and unbalanced ecosystem reliant on unscrupulous personal data collection and micro-targeting for whatever purposes promise to generate clicks and revenues. In such a distorted environment, everyone must now participate, instilling the paradoxical sense of being more and more monitored and yet less and less known and respected by the small number of remote tech powers.� Giovanni Buttarelli, European data protection supervisor


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I’ve recently gone back to having many of my groceries delivered in an electric van and sourced from local farms. Yes, it’s (slightly) more expensive, but my goodness it tastes better, and that’s not just because I know I’m doing my bit for the environment. The people who actually work to produce the food get the money they deserve (Sainsbury’s and Asda eat your heart out). For those who may miss Shirlee Posner’s artisan food contribution in essence, don’t, it’s invaluable. After all, do we really want to have less choice and for our lives to be controlled by fewer and larger companies and individuals? Sometimes the easy route is not the right way to go and we need to be told. That now applies to businesses’ marketing. Time has been called on the days when just pressing a button to send thousands of emails with the latest ‘flash sale’ or ‘bogof’ offer into the ether in the hope that someone might respond and this is now officially unacceptable. Marketing will have to be rethought and we need to go back to basics. The pendulum was swinging back to traditional media even before the great Facebook shove as digital has proved to be too indiscriminate and intrusive; in some instances having a negative effect on a firm’s reputation rather than a positive one. Books have seen off the Kindle challenge and come back, just as radio did against television, which in turn has and is making a comeback against digital and social. Don’t take my word for it: look at what the large media agencies WPP, Publicis and Omnicom are saying. The Mad Men are happy digital is being brought to book and traditional media is making a return. Brand safety has been thrust into the limelight, after all, do you really want your company seen next to some unregulated toxic content? Traditional media offers control as it’s been regulated for years. The digital Pandora’s box needed to be regulated. Marc Prichard, Procter & Gamble’s chief brand officer last year described the digital media supply as: “murky at best and fraudulent at worst”. There’s also established data for returns on traditional media advertising. TV heads the list with a return of £1.73 per pound spent, radio and print follow at around £1.60 and £1.40, with digital bringing up the rear and at best breaking even. That goes against current vogue

and perception that digital is king! To be fair, there is a lack of reliable data for digital, but that’s part of the problem. In the brave new world, technology has its place alongside traditional media – just like the local farms. Time to rethink those marketing plans: decent website yes, social media presence yes, app designed yes. Now why did we place all our eggs in the digital basket? Changes brought by new legislation tend to hit smaller companies hardest as they have less resources. The flip side is that reactions are quicker and decisions are implemented far speedier than with larger entities.

If true stories such as the person who ordered a garden shed online and then was persistently targeted by ads selling sheds (how many sheds do you need after all?) are consigned to history, then we’ll have succeeded in putting the genie back in the bottle. essence has quickly developed new strategies to offer a more balanced mix of print and new media. With the resurgence in the value of traditional media and overhaul of new media options, the magazine will offer a powerful marketing tool to a valuable market. This step change is a chance to revert back to the good old days with the added bonus of all that's good about the internet. Back to my inbox problem, if GDPR sorts that, I’ll be happy. If true stories such as the person who ordered a garden shed online and then was persistently targeted by ads selling sheds (how many sheds do you need after all?) are consigned to history, then we’ll have succeeded in putting the genie back in the bottle. Revolution is, perhaps, correct: matters do have a habit of coming round full circle. The most valuable thing we have is time and time well spent is the true elixir.

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Liz Higgins previews the international polo event at Midhurst this June and looks at the allure of the world renowned King Power Gold Cup. PHOTO COPYRIGHT: CLIVE BENNETT


ome June every year, the eyes of the polo world focus on Cowdray Park Polo Club during the four thrilling weeks of the world famous Gold Cup. The fabulous golden trophy, launched in 1956, is played to decide the British Open Polo Championship and attracts not just the sport’s wealthy ‘Patrons’ and elite players, but also a huge crowd of enthusiastic spectators. Many nail their support to a particular team and watch its progress right through the Championship. Midhurst and the surrounding locality come alive. There is a tangible festive spirit, with hotels, bars and restaurants buzzing, not least the award-winning Cowdray Farm Shop & Café, located right next to the Lawns’ competition grounds. Spanish is likely to be heard as often as English as the majority of the world’s finest players hail from Argentina, the sport’s mecca, and travel the international polo circuit with wives, children and nannies too. The majority of the elite players are based in around Midhurst for the three months of the UK ‘high goal’ season and the Patrons who

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recruit them to play in their teams hail from all parts of the world further enhancing the cosmopolitan vibe. Twelve teams are contesting the 2018 Gold Cup for the British Open, brought in by Patrons from France, USA, Thailand, Italy, UAE and Russia. But the crowd’s favourite is likely to be the El Remanso side of four Englishmen which made it to the 2017 Final only to be beaten by King Power. Based locally on the Cowdray Estate, El Remanso’s Charlie Hanbury, Ollie Cudmore, James Beim and James Harper have been training hard with the clear-cut goal of ‘going for gold’ and finally lifting the magnificent cup after three attempts. There’s no doubt who the crowd will be supporting. This year the luxury Thai duty-free brand, King Power, has taken on title sponsorship of the Gold Cup for the British Open. In the past three seasons, the King Power polo team has lifted the stunning trophy in a hat-trick of wins, but this year decided to take a break from competing in high goal polo. However, having enjoyed the competition of the British Open and the relaxed, laid back attitude of Cowdray Park so much, the Srivaddhanaprabha family, owners of King Power, couldn’t imagine a season without the buzz of the Gold Cup and decided to take on the sponsorship role instead. The King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship opens on 26 June, with up to 40 matches taking place in the tournament. Semi finals are played on 18 July and the high octane Final on 22 July. The Final marks a gala day for both the club and the sport of polo with attendance regularly hitting the 14,000 mark and a programme


from our wineries to your glass essence readers receive a special 10% discount on any bottle purchase when presenting this advert Never been to polo before? Cowdray’s informative and entertaining commentators will guide you through the rules and you’ll soon be part of the polo set! of entertainment – including the RAF Falcons parachute display team – a shopping village, children’s mini-funfair, bars and food outlets all adding to the fun. Never been to polo before? Cowdray’s informative and entertaining commentators will guide you through the rules and you’ll soon be part of the polo set! On Finals’ day, 22 July, gates open at 10.30am, when spectators rush in to try and grab the best picnic spots. Entry is £22.50 on the gate, under 12s’ free, but purchase before 6 July and the price is £18.50. Grandstand seats range from £26–£36. Pre-booked picnic sites start from £80. All you have to do is ring the Polo Office on 01730 813257 to book your day at Cowdray Park. Outside of the Gold Cup, Cowdray Park’s busy polo season offers a feast of polo from the beginning of May to the end of September with some 400 matches being played. Polo at all levels is catered for, from beginners starting off in Cowdray Park Polo Club’s Academy, through to competitions at low, medium and high goal handicap levels. Sited in such glorious countryside, an afternoon at polo rarely disappoints. Around 30 tournaments are played during the course of a season, so there is a final with prize presentations just about every weekend. So why not pack a picnic and head for Cowdray Park’s glorious grounds? essence INFO

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Spotlight on... Hampton Court Palace Festival Hampton Court, East Molesey Tuesday 5 to Saturday 23 June The Hampton Court Palace Festival marks its 26th anniversary in 2018 with a stellar line-up of musical talent appearing in the Tudor Courtyard. Top international acts this year include superstar Lionel Richie (5, 6 and 9 June); singer Paloma Faith, pictured right, (8 June); superb guitarist Joe Bonamassa (12 June); musical virtuoso Jools Holland (14 June); veteran pop group The Beach Boys (15 and 16 June); Take That lead singer Gary Barlow (19 and 20 June) and the iconic Sir Tom Jones (21 and 22 June). The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra perform on the last night of the Festival – 23 June – with a fireworks display providing a fitting finale.

Information: hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

Theatre Richmond Theatre Richmond

New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon Wimbledon

Tickets: atgtickets.com/wimbledon

Tickets: atgtickets.com/richmond

Monday 18 to Saturday 23 June Legally Blonde

Monday 11 to Saturday 16 June 84 Charing Cross Road

Hit musical based on the muchloved film.

Stefanie Powers stars alongside Clive Francis in this tale of transatlantic friendship. Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 July Cirque Berserk!

A showcase of the finest traditional circus skills.

New Victoria Theatre Woking

Tickets: atgtickets.com/woking

To Sunday 10 June Shrek The Musical

Based on the story and characters from the classic animated film. Saturday 16 June Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue

With Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper. Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 June Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

The classic fairy story set in London during World War II. Monday 2 to Saturday 7 July Thriller Live

Talented cast celebrating the career of Michael Jackson.

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Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh

Tickets: cranleighartscentre.org

Thursday 7 June Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë’s wild and passionate tale performed by Shropshire-based Hotbuckle Theatre Company.

Epsom Playhouse Epsom

Tickets: epsomplayhouse.co.uk

Thursday 21 June Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue

See listing under New Victoria Theatre, Woking.

Farnham Maltings Farnham

Tickets: farnhammaltings.com

Thursday 14 June Romeo & Juliet by The HandleBards

All-female troupe, the world’s first cycling theatre company, perform Shakespeare.


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Gag House

The Back Room, The Star Inn, Quarry Street, Guildford Tickets: gaghousecomedy.com

Saturday 16 June Guildford Gag House

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Tickets: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Friday 1 to Saturday 9 June The Producers

Live comedy every third Saturday.

An adaptation of Mel Brooks’ Academy Award-winning movie.

G Live

Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 June AniMalcolm

Guildford Tickets: glive.co.uk

An energetic, funny musical based on David Baddiel’s tale.

Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 June Cirque Berserk!

Monday 18 to Saturday 23 June Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain

See listing under Richmond Theatre.

Starring Robert Powell and Liza Goddard.

Saturday 23 June Little Meerkat’s Big Panic

Based on the storybook by trauma parenting expert Jane Evans. Friday 29 June Gag House Comedy Superstars

The launch night for the Guildford Fringe Festival includes Zoe Lyons, Ivo Graham and Andy Parsons.

Guildford Shakespeare Company Racks Close, Quarry Street, Guildford

Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 June Bugsy Malone

A production of the timeless classic.

Music Boileroom Guildford

Tickets: theboileroom.net

Throughout June


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

Thursday 14 to Saturday 30 June Robin Hood

Cranleigh Arts Centre


GSC’s thirteenth annual open-air season begins with a new stage version of Robin Hood.

Haslemere Museum Haslemere Tickets: therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

Saturday 9 June Oberon’s Cure

The grounds of the Museum provide the setting for outdoor theatre as The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company returns with a new play. Bring a picnic and enjoy!


Tickets: cranleighartscentre.org

Friday 15 June Sam Kelly’s Station House Band

Soul, jazz, reggae and funk fusion.

Rose Theatre

Kingston-upon-Thames Tickets: rosetheatrekingston.org

Fabulous rhythm and blues band with lead singer Paul Jones. Saturday 30 June My Leonard Cohen

Stewart D’Arrietta and his band celebrate the works of Cohen.

Tickets: electric.theatre

Surrey Mozart Players

Saturday 9 June Comedy night

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

See comedians Edd Hedges and Alice Marshall prior to Edinburgh.

Saturday 23 June

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Shrek The Musical, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Saturday 23 June The Blues Band

The Electric Theatre Guildford

Zoe Lyons, Gag House Comedy Superstars, G Live

Information: surreymozartplayers.com

Works by Wagner and Dvorak.

The HandleBards, Farnham Maltings

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Spotlight on...

Beaulieu’s Hot Rod and Custom Drive-in Day National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst Sunday 17 June Make Father’s Day memorable this year with a visit to the National Motor Museum at beautiful Beaulieu as the south’s biggest hot rod and custom event takes place featuring over 500 cool, colourful custom cars. The event is held in association with classic American car club Solent Renegades and new for this year will be the Apocalypse Bug, a stripped-down, Mad Maxstyle Beetle, covered with weapons. Hard Up Garage will put on a show with its two and three-wheeled customised creations and visitors can vote for their favourite vehicle in the People’s Choice Award, with prizes on offer for best custom, American car, hot rod, bike-scooter and Best in Show. In addition, there will be a Vintage Village by Bows & Braces, offering nostalgic collectables, records, jewellery and more. Live music will be on offer from six-piece band The Shakeups! performing classic rock, soul, doo-wop and pop. Treat dad and make a weekend of it by booking overnight camping as the Simply VW event on Saturday 16 June is also well worth a visit.

Information: beaulieu.co.uk/events PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BEAULIEU ENTERPRISES LTD

Surrey Concerts

St James’ Church, Weybridge Tickets: surreyconcerts.co.uk

Saturday 16 June The Cantilena Trio

An evening of classical music including works by Handel, Debussy and Bizet.

The Electric Theatre Guildford

Tickets: electric.theatre

Friday 15 June Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri

Singer and actress Kiki tours with songwriter, producer and guitarist Carmelo in this unique, acousticbased show.

Woking Symphony Orchestra

H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, Woking Tickets: wokingso.org.uk

Saturday 23 June Music from the movies

The Orchestra’s summer concert features the Overture from Lawrence of Arabia by Maurice Jarre and Mahler’s Symphony No.5 from Death in Venice.

Festivals and fairs Farnham Walking Festival Various venues

Information: farnham.gov.uk

To Sunday 3 June

37 walks on offer, ranging from short strolls and circular walks to a 14-mile hike.

Guildford Beer Festival Guildford Cricket Club

Tickets: guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June

to enjoy including the Guildford Cricket Festival, Guildford Lions Raft Race, classical concerts, theatre, sport, art, walks, heritage, tours and lots more – too many to list here. See website and the brochure available from the Tourist Information Centre for details.

The Gin Festival, Haslemere 2018 Haslemere Museum

Tickets: haslemere.com/vic/events

Saturday 23 June, 7–11pm

Meet local distillers and enjoy live music and food.

Exhibitions Art & Soul 2018

Marley Common, Haslemere Information: theartfulgallery.co.uk

Saturday 2, Sunday 3, Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June

Over 100 works of art from 21 award-winning artists on show at local artist David Paynter’s studio and home in Haslemere.

Art in the Vineyard

High Clandon Estate Vineyard Information: highclandon.co.uk

The ninth annual Beer Festival features around 120 cask ales and craft beer. Cider, wine, soft drinks and a gin bar are also on offer, along with musical entertainment and food.

thread...a festival of textiles

Guildford Summer Festival

Vann Fest

Vann Farm, Ockley

Information: dorkingmuseum.org.uk


Tickets: vannfest.co.uk

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays


Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June

throughout June Dorking 1918 exhibition

Various locations

Friday 8 June to Sunday 12 August

The Festival returns for its 35th year with over one hundred events

Farnham Maltings, Farnham Tickets: farnhammaltings.com

Saturday 30 June

Buy artisan fabrics, patterns, haberdashery and textile artworks.

A family-friendly weekend music festival in the Surrey Hills in aid of The Royal Marsden.

To Sunday 10 June (not open 4 and 5 June)

An exhibition of over 100 works of sculpture and art by Surrey artists in support of Cherry Trees charity.

Dorking Museum West Street, Dorking

This final exhibition focuses on the end of the war.

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Cinemas Cranleigh Arts Centre 01483 278000 or cranleighartscentre.org Farnham Maltings 02152 745444 or farnhammaltings.com Odeon Esher 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s89/esher Odeon Epsom 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s88/epsom Odeon Guildford 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s92/guildford The Screen Walton 01932 252825 or screencinemas.co.uk The Ambassadors Cinema, Woking 0844 871 6743 or ambassadortickets.com/cinema

Guildford House Gallery

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios

Information: guildford.gov.uk/

Information: surreyopenstudios.org.uk

guildford house

Saturday 2 to Sunday 17 June

High Street, Guildford

To Sunday 8 July Finding Our Voice

Celebrating artists who were students and staff during the 1968 Guildford School of Art sit-in, including celebrated photographer John Walmsley.

Various locations

Workshops, demonstrations and talks from over 250 artists from all over the county. See website for interactive map and more details.

The Lightbox Gallery and Museum

Saturday 23 June to Sunday 15 July North Surrey Artists


summer exhibition

To Sunday 24 June Picasso: Paper and Clay

A selling exhibition by local artists.

Information: thelightbox.org.uk

Museum of Farnham

The artist’s experimentation with varying media.


To Sunday 17 June Lee Miller: Picasso Portraits

West Street, Farnham


To Saturday 22 December Behind Closed Doors: 300 years of Willmer House

The Museum celebrates the 300th anniversary of its home.

New Ashgate Gallery

Thirty images by American model turned Surrealist photographer.

Watts Gallery

Compton, Guildford Information: wattsgallery.org.uk

Until Sunday 10 June Reflections: The Observant Art of


Richard Bawden and Chloë Cheese

Information: newashgate.org.uk

Painters and printmakers Richard and Chloë draw inspiration from life around them, reflecting the objects in it with vibrant and energetic images.

Saturday 9 June to Saturday 21 July Fiona Pearce: Wonder Woods and Furrowed Fields

Works showcasing the Surrey and Hampshire countryside.

Sunday 28 October James Henry Pullen:

Critically–acclaimed artist based in the Lake District.

Inmate – Inventor – Genius

New paintings by the artist.

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Vanessa Redgrave and Tariq Ali lead anti-Vietnam war demonstration, 1968, Finding Our Voice, Guildford House Gallery PHOTO COPYRIGHT: JOHN WALMSLEY 1968

Tuesday 19 June to

Saturday 9 June to Saturday 21 July Martin Greenland

Saturday 9 June to Saturday 21 July Vicki Nigoumi

Shere Open Gardens, 2017 event PHOTO COPYRIGHT: CHRIS CAPSTICK

First ever gallery show devoted to Pullen’s work emphasising his status not as a mechanical copyist, but as an innovative artist.

Bourne in Reverse by Fiona Pearce, New Ashgate Gallery PHOTO COPYRIGHT: FIONA PEARCE

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National Trust

Out and about

National Trust properties offer perfect venues to explore. We list a few here, but visit nationaltrust.org.uk for more.


Clandon Park near Guildford

Information: 01483 222482

Until October Previously-unseen spaces

The basement at Clandon Park is open for the first time since the devastating 2015 fire.

Holt Pound, Farnham Tickets: birdworld.co.uk

Friday 15 June Birdworld’s 50th anniversary

Celebrate the park’s anniversary. Sunday 17 June Father’s Day

Dads can visit Birdworld for free with one other full-paying person – see website for details.

A large Red Damselfly rests on a Potentilla recta flower, National Insect Week, RHS Wisley PHOTO COPYRIGHT: RHS, JASON INGRAM

Brooklands Museum

RHS Wisley

Tickets: brooklandsmuseum.com

Tickets: rhs.org.uk/wisley

near Esher

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June The Brooklands Double Twelve

Sunday 17 June Father’s Day

Information: 01372 467806

Motorsport Festival

Saturday 23 June, until 9pm Victorian picnic

Speed trials, driving tests, the Double Twelve Concourse and Test Hill ascents.

Celebrate the day with a walk in the garden.

Claremont Landscape Garden

Enjoy the garden and picnic on a summer’s evening.

Hatchlands Park near Guildford

Information: 01483 222482

Tuesday 5 June to Sunday 28 October The Accomplished Mrs Boscawen

Discover Fanny Boscawen, first lady of Hatchlands Park.

Leith Hill Place near Dorking

Information: 01306 711685

Friday 1 June to Sunday 1 July The Echoing Space

A mixed media art installation responding to the ambience and history of Leith Hill by artists Mary Branson, Penny Green and Julie Hoyle.

Polesden Lacey

Great Bookham, near Dorking Information: 01372 452048

Throughout June and July Roses in bloom

See the beautiful rose garden against the Surrey Hills’ backdrop.


Sunday 24 June London Bus Museum summer event

Fun for all the family with bus displays, taxis and more. Sunday 1 July The Brooklands Motorcycle Show

Historic bikes and the best of today’s super-machines.

Ramster Garden Chiddingfold

Information: ramsterevents.com

Open daily until Sunday 10 June

Historic woodland garden.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 East Molesey

Tickets: rhshamptoncourtpalace. seetickets.com

Monday 2 to Sunday 8 July

The RHS’s largest flower show returns with a new feature exploring the evolution of plants on earth. Don’t miss Surrey-based Rhiannon Williams’ garden The Landform Garden Bar embracing alfresco lifestyle in the midst of urban living.


Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 June National Insect Week

As part of the Royal Entomological Society’s National Insect Week, take part in activities, displays and join expert entomologists in the Wisley Glasshouse Gallery. There will also be an insect-themed family trail to follow through the garden for six weeks from Monday 18 June.

Shere Open Gardens Shere

Information: shereopengardens.co.uk

Sunday 24 June

Celebrating its 40th event with about 30 beautiful private gardens.

Strictly Tea Dance – Summer Tea Party

H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, Woking Information: hgwells.co.uk

Wednesday 6 June, 1–4pm

An informal dance event with traditional afternoon refreshments suitable for all ages and abilities, with professional dancers demonstrating the steps!

The Holly Lodge Centre Pembroke Lodge, Richmond

Tickets: thehollylodgecentre.org.uk

Tuesday 5 June, 7–10pm Reflections

This flagship annual fundraiser includes a welcome drink, buffet supper and an evening of eclectic music, poetry, song and storytelling in support of this Centre offering a range of educational activities for children, young people and adults.

Farmers’ markets Camberley Saturday 16 June, 10am–3pm Cranleigh Every Friday, 9.30–11am Epsom Sunday 3 June and 1 July, 9.30am–1.30pm Farnham Sunday 24 June, 10am–1.30pm Guildford Tuesday 5 June and 3 July, 10.30am–3.30pm Haslemere Sunday 3 June and 1 July, 10am–1.30pm Milford Sunday 17 June, 10am–1.30pm Ripley Saturday 9 June and 14 July, 9am–1pm Walton-on-Thames Saturday 2 June and 7 July, 9.30am–2pm Woking Thursday 7 June and 5 July, 9am–2pm

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Queen Anne House £5,495,000 Cobham, Surrey

Queen Anne House is one of the finest brand new homes ever built in Cobham. Set on the ultra-exclusive Eaton Park private estate, set in half an acre of south west facing grounds. Occupying a prime position, halfway along Eaton Park and set considerably back from the road, Queen Anne House has been designed by the world-famous classical architect Hugh Petter, Adam Architecture. No expense has been spared in the pursuit of excellence. From handmade bricks and clay roof tiles, to the grand double height hall, wrapped by an exquisite natural stone cantilevered staircase, to the marble finished his and hers ensuites, it is clear to see that this is of a standard rarely seen in Cobham. Boasting over 10,000 sq ft and with a full basement, Queen Anne House offers an unparalleled level of privacy, specification and quality in the most exclusive of locations.

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

Ashcombe House, 22 The Drive ÂŁ2,198,000 Cobham, Surrey

A substantial and modern home with stunning high ceilings, located on a quiet crescent of houses, set off Eaton Park Road. The ground floor accommodation comprises impressive entrance hall, dining room, study, triple aspect drawing room with feature fireplace and French doors leading to the garden. The generous kitchen/breakfast room leads to the family room, utility room, second cloakroom and integral double garage. Stunning ceiling heights are a real feature both on the ground and first floor. Upstairs the first floor offers a substantial master bedroom suite with his and her en-suites and dressing

rooms. There are four further bedroom suites on this floor along with a large landing area and ample storage. Outside, the driveway offers ample parking to the front for several cars. The landscaped rear garden offers a good degree of seclusion and a range of thoughtfully designed spaces for entertaining and relaxation. Located within The Eaton Park Estate, one of Cobham's most sought after estate, The Drive is a remarkably peaceful enclave set off a private road in Cobham. 1.2 miles from both Cobham High Street and Cobham and Stoke D'abernon train station.

From old to new! One Octagon home already sold on Old Avenue

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Weybridge, Surrey Only one home remains at Octagon’s latest pair of impressive A further en suite double bedroom is located on the second five bedroom houses, set on a premier road adjacent to the floor, along with an additional room – ideal for a study or further Broadway and Parsons Green takes Kim comments; “This is my first The fourth floors are home to a family internationally acclaimed, private St George’s Hill Estate. bedroom. The utility room is also conveniently located on this minutes to Oxford Circus and befitting just opportunity to work with Octagon bathroom and the additional double level, fitted17 with high specification appliances, luxury Offering spacious accommodation across three floors, Fairbourne half an hour to Canary Wharf. since founding my luxury interiors bedrooms, each featuring built in Octagon homes. House theenjoying archetypal Octagon ‘super room’ 26 x 26on ft board at Heathrow Airport is 32 minutes away company, and –toacome wardrobes andfeatures two also kitchen/breakfast/family room with double doors opening onto private driveway and ample forecourt parking behind nearby Hammersmith the concept stage is exciting, Featuring afrom en-suites. the beautifully landscaped gardens. an electric gated entrance, Fairbourne House is perfectly located Underground. allowing us to create a truly for both commuters and families. Just one mile from Weybridge Innovative outdoor space includes the Extending from the spacious hallway, aspirational a cosy TV denhome sits toto theshow theirtrain station, city workers can reach London Waterloo in just Fulham has a vibrant mix of shops, covered lower courtyard gardens, purchasers. front of the house, perfect for a quiet potential night in, alongside a 29 minutes, whilst nearby Weybridge town centre features a restaurants and bars, whilst Bishops landscaped space to the front and spacious cloakroom and integral garage – finished to the classic fantastic range of independent shops, restaurants and bars, Park and the river provide some “The Bishops Row townhouses are rear, as well as private balconies and Octagon standards, with underfloor heating and sleek tiled floors. including Valentina Fine Foods and Scarlets. peace and quiet. Nearby Ofsted surprisingly large inside, so we are terraces. The pièce de résistance in The first floor boasts the sizeable master suite, fully equipped with Just a few minutes’ drive away some notable ‘outstanding’ ratedare schools includebeauty spots focusing on creating free flowing outdoor living comes in the form of an inbuilt dressing area and en suite bath and shower room, while such as Painshill Park in Cobham, Bushy Park and Oxshott Heath. Fulham Cross Girls School, London spaces within the show home to the roof top terraces from Plots 8 and two additional double bedrooms, a shared family bathroom and Oratory School as well as demonstrate how flexible the 9, whichever-practical give residents unbeatable linen room complete the level. Popular independent schools in the area include St George’s independent schools suchInternational as Fulham School, whilst different rooms and levels can be. views towards the River Thames. College, Notre Dame School and ACS School. Using sophisticated tones and local leisurePrep Plot 9 will also feature a lift to all floors. facilities include the prestigious St George’s Hill Golf textures, from greys, bronze finishes and Tennis clubs. For further information please Launching the Showhome within Plot and woven leathers to herringbone Fairbournecontact House isOctagon due to complete June 7500 2018. on 020in8481 1 in early February, Octagon brought and geometric prints, the scheme is Guide price £1.75m. or Strutt & Parker on 020 7731 7100. Kim Harvey of Kim Harvey Interiors contemporary and elegant with a onboard to create an aspirational tailored finish, inspired by classical scheme within the London British style and history.” townhouse. In addition to the high Bishops Row offers exceptional quality finishes and specifications transport links in to the West End and synonymous with the Octagon name, the City. Nearby Putney Bridge station each room has been given a personal provides access to Sloane Square and feel, with bespoke cabinetry and hand Similar Octagon showhome London Victoria, whilst Fulham sourced artwork throughout. 020 8481 7500 | OCTAGON.CO.UK

Connecting people & property, perfectly. Ashley Drive, Burwood Park KT12 5




• Close proximity to Walton Town station • Kitchen from Moore by Design • South facing rear gardens Bespoke and modern built family home located in the sought after and popular Ashley Park area. Guide price £3,650,000

adam.burlison@knightfrank.com 01932 964454

The Fairway, Weybridge KT13 5




• Ted Todd wood flooring • Integrated ceiling mounted Bowers and Wilkins music system Royalton designed family home, located on a private road equidistant between Weybridge and Cobham with views onto St George’s Hill golf course. adam.burlison@knightfrank.com Guide price £2,295,000 01932 964454

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Connecting people & property, perfectly. Cranley Road, Burwood Park KT12 7




• Landscaped gardens and grounds • Office and gym • Hand crafted oak staircase Family home within close proximity to Walton town centre. Guide price £4,750,000

adam.burlison@knightfrank.com 01932 964454

Pond Close, Burwood Park KT12 4



• Approximately half an acre plot • Close proximity to Walton station • Large driveway Situated within a private estate, the property sits in a cul-de-sac adjacent to Broadwater Lake. Guide price £1,995,000


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Dalkeith House is a magnificent, detached, family home which has been extensively renovated by the current owners over the past nearly 10 years, which in turn has created a bright, spacious and well-proportioned six bedroom house over three floors. Six bedrooms, six reception rooms, six bathrooms, detached, garden, patio, roof terrace, triple garage, swimming pool, 9,861 approx. sq ft.


Five Oaks is a wonderful six bedroom residence which sits proudly in a private and elevated position behind electric gates and gardens of approximately one acre. Six bedrooms, five reception rooms, six bathrooms, off street parking, double garage, secondary accommodation, 6,920 approx. sq ft.

SUNNINGDALE | 01344 291639 sunningdale@winkworth.co.uk




Prime central London agent comes to Sunningdale Winkworth Sunningdale is delighted to announce the appointment of Libby Watt, who will head the recently launched lettings department. Libby has over 18 years’ experience in the Surrey and central London property industry, with over 10 years of that time spent in prime central London.


fter working for a long-established agency in Marylebone, Libby Watt founded Napier Watt with partner Jonathan Adams and the company soon became renowned for offering a bespoke service with unparalleled market knowledge. Due to their extensive contacts, Libby and Jonathan became the ‘go to’ agents for high net worth individuals and investors, both overseas and in the UK, to source, let and sell their multi-million pound investments. After recently selling the business, Libby has now brought her expertise to the Sunningdale market. Working alongside director Anthony Blackstone, she joins a thriving department based on clear, transparent advice and knowledge of the market. Libby says: “I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the Winkworth Sunningdale team and was especially keen to work alongside Anthony, who has an excellent reputation with both clients and our peers within the industry. I strongly believe in giving solid advice and, to put it bluntly, getting the job done.” Libby has always had a deep-rooted passion for the property industry which very much comes across to clients, many of whom she now counts as friends. For further information regarding letting your property, please feel free to drop by or contact Libby at the Sunningdale office. essence INFO

Why move to Sunningdale? Located in the southeastern corner of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Sunningdale is one of the most prestigious addresses in the country. With outstanding schools and a direct train line to London Waterloo, it is an ideal location for families and young professionals alike. The area is also renowned for world-famous sporting events such as Royal Ascot and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Sunningdale has a large selection of shops and restaurants, which is impressive for a small village. There is everything from a quality family butcher to a luxury interior décor company and a very popular branch of Waitrose. You really are also spoilt for choice on where to grab a drink or a bite to eat with coffee shops, pubs and restaurants.

Libby Watt, lettings manager Winkworth Sunningdale, 3 Broomhall Buildings, London Road, Sunningdale, Berkshire SL5 0DH Telephone: 01344 291639 Website: winkworth.co.uk/sunningdale Email: lwatt@winkworth.co.uk

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APW Lettings, Weybridge 134 Oatlands Drive • Oatlands Village • Weybridge • Surrey • KT13 9HJ t: 01932 857300 e: weybridge@apwproperty.com Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. Saturday 9am to 5pm

www.apwproperty.com 27 Onslow Road, Burwood Park, Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 5BB Available now £6,950 per month Walking distance to Walton Station. Located in the desirable private estate of Burwood Park This five bedroom, four bathroom, four reception room detached character executive home with swimming pool is spacious, comfortable and well-appointed. Large garden and triple garage with parking.


Beech Copse, Oatlands Mere, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9PD Available now £6,200 per month Walking distance to Weybridge Station Short drive to Weybridge Station. Luxury six bedroom family home on private road with contemporary kitchen/breakfast room with utility room, sitting room, dining room and study with direct access to double garage with off street parking. Large patio with lawned area and gated access to Broadwater Lake.

Transforming your space that reflects your passion‌ DESIGN CENTRE

Russell House, Molesey Road Walton-on-Thames Surrey KT12 3PJ 01932 851 331 www.interior-fabrics.co.uk info@interior-fabrics.co.uk DESIGN CENTRE

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01932 878300

At our new design centre in Walton-on-Thames we offer a fantastic selection of fabrics, wallpapers, homeware and soft furnishings, plus fabric brands such as Casamance, Voyage, Ian Mankin and Jim Dickens to name a few. Our bespoke services include interior design, both domestic and contract, made-to-measure curtains and blinds, upholstery, cushions and foam replacements. A family-run business, established over 50 years, why not visit our showroom opposite the Esher Rugby club (free parking available).

2-4 Church Street, Weybridge, KT13 8DX



The Furrows, Walton-on-Thames

Prices from £795,000

An exceptional mews style cul-de-sac of 6 stunning homes, created by Claremont Finesse. Contemporary, stylish and set in a highly sought-after location moments away from the town centre and mainline railway station, these new homes will appeal to young professionals and families alike. warren-fraser@curchods.com






01932 247777

Monsoon, Walton-on-Thames


Set within the highly sought-after private estate of Burwood Park, Monsoon is the latest development by Hoopers Homes. Occupying a nearly due south gated setting measuring in excess of 0.45 of an acre, the timeless and thoughtful layout of this stunning 6 bedroom property caters for families of all ages. 01932 247777


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Detached character house with 148 ft long plot just off shopping centre. Adaptable layout with approx. 1700 sq ft with three double bedrooms. Three receptions. Rear BARN with separate drive beside house. No onward chain. EPC: D.



01932 864242


Well-proportioned family home with potential in private cul-de-sac. Short walk of local shops and Howard of Effingham.  Three reception rooms, kitchen/ breakfast and utility,  large master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms and bathroom. Double garage. EPC: D. No onward chain.


01372 843833


Guide £475,000

Entire second floor apartment, approx. 1100 sq ft, with views to three sides and walk of station and shops. Double aspect lounge/diner. Kitchen/breakfast. Two bedroom suites. Hall and cloakroom. Allocated parking space. No onward chain. EPC: E.



01932 864242


In the heart of Oxshott, an attractive, character semi-detached Victorian cottage with garden and three garages. Two receptions, two bedrooms, kitchen, utility room and bathroom. Walking distance to most amenities including the station. EPC: D.


01372 843833

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

Windsor Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8LA • £850,000 • Freehold Set within the heart of Chobham village, this four bedroom detached house was built in 2015 by award-winning Surrey builders Ashfronts Bespoke Homes.

Chertsey Road, Chobham Surrey GU24 8PJ • Offers in excess of £850,000 • Freehold Falling within walking distance to Chobham village, this extended four bedroom detached house is set off from the road with substantial driveway and lovely south facing rear garden overlooking fields to the rear.


Copsem Lane, Esher KT10 • £1,395,000 • EPC rating: E

Sitting in a wonderful plot is this delightful detached family home. The property comprises four bedrooms, bathroom, three receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, attached garage, off street parking and magnificent south west facing rear garden. There is excellent scope to renovate/extend subject to the usual planning consents. Claygate village and Esher town centre are within close proximity and both providing train stations with routes in to London Waterloo in approximately 30 minutes.

Winterdown Road, West End, Esher KT10 • £1,350,000 • EPC rating: F

Situated in the picturesque village of West End is this exquisite detached family home with a wealth of wonderful features, offering four bedrooms, front to rear lounge, immaculate open plan kitchen/dining room and charming rear garden, on a premier plot with far-reaching views across the cricket green and duck pond. Esher town centre is within close proximity along with the main line train station providing routes in to London Waterloo in under 30 minutes.


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TRUMP'S TAXES, DISASTER, AND THE US LUXURY BUYER Managing Director of BARNES Private Office, Alex Newall, provides comment on the USA property market. From Los Angeles to New York, Alex explores the turbulent past year in the country’s political, environmental and social sectors.

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is one of the biggest political shake-ups the country has ever seen. Whilst many questioned his ability to transition from celebrity to President, others queried his tax cuts for companies and households to promote business within the US. On Friday 22 December 2017, Trump’s government dropped income tax from 35% to 21%, removed tax on profits made by US companies, eliminated the minimum 20% tax on effective profits and started pursuing measures discouraging the removal of US-made profits abroad. Although the government view these changes as promoting a positive outcome for the US economy, some view this financing through debt as a serious gamble that could prove risky in times of crisis. Although impossible to know the outcome of these changes, they will certainly have an impact on those looking to purchase in the US. Americans will enjoy increased cash flow as household taxes reduce, potentially spurring on a flurry of property purchases, especially for families looking to buy a larger home. The additional abolishment of inheritance tax over ten million dollars should also lead to an increase in investment in properties. However, drastic changes within government can make investors nervous, especially if they see the potential for another property or financial crash akin to the 2008 financial crisis. With the number of millionaires in the US rising year on year, more precisely by 8% from 2015 to 2016, cities such as Los Angeles, the Hamptons, Aspen and New York are proving to be as popular as ever amongst the UHNWIs. In this year’s Barnes Global Property Handbook, we ranked New York as the number one city for UHNWIs; the first time in ten years that London has not occupied this top spot. What we think has changed is New York’s expanding cultural offerings and access to world class hotels, restaurants and shopping, all points that attract the growing group of emotional influencers and property buyers. New York also appeals to millennial buyers who are predicted to be the leading luxury consumers by 2026, according to the Global Wealth Report of 2017. Millennial luxury buyers are very much a part of the digital revolution and as such are unconstrained when it comes to location, with many able to

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carry out business anywhere in the world. Thanks to New York’s vibrant culture and increased transport links, it has become increasingly popular amongst these younger investors. In regard to international buyers, New York appeals primarily to Chinese, South American and Australian purchasers. On the other side of the country, the state of California has been experiencing severe drought for the last few years which most recently culminated in a series of devastating forest fires that destroyed vast areas of natural habitat across the region. And yet, as Los Angeles remains the second largest city in the US with the highest number of museums and cultural institutions in the country, it does not come as a surprise that the Los Angeles luxury property market is booming. This steady growth resulted in the LA property market surpassing the rest of US property last year, one of the very few American cities to do this. A vast city, the renowned upscale neighbourhoods of Beverly Hills and Bel Air are still in high demand as they offer high end, multimillion pound properties catering to families, those in the entertainment industry and business leaders in private gated communities. As the market retains its value and LA remains a cultural hotspot, the city is still one of the four primary markets for foreign buyers, appealing to a global audience. Interestingly, what we have noted is a surge in the number of cash purchased properties by wealthy Texans looking for second homes within the US. There is no denying that thanks to the current government there is a lot of unpredictability within the US market currently. It remains to be seen how the current tax cuts will affect the economy and day to day income. However, it is clear that like the entertainment industry, Silicon Valley and East and West Coast cultural scenes, the luxury property market is thriving across the nation.

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BARNES Private Office 7 Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia, London SW1W 0BD Website: www.barnes-privateoffice.com Email: bpo@barnes-international.com Telephone: 020 7935 5797





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At Octagon, we have nearly 40 years experience and an unrivalled reputation for building magnificent, one-of-a-kind homes with the finest contemporary materials. Our discreet bespoke service provides expert advice, support and ingenuity throughout every step of the design and build process. We have a highly skilled in-house team of architects, interior designers and project managers, who interpret our clients’ particular style and tastes, making the journey from planning to completion an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. Whether you have a piece of land already secured, wish to replace an existing property or completely renovate your current home, Octagon Bespoke can help you transform your vision into something truly unique. Bespoke projects start from £1m.

020 8481 7500 | OCTAGONBESPOKE.CO.UK

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