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6 | Interview | MICHAEL SCOTT

Professor Michael Scott is best-known for his fascinating TV insights into the ancient world and he will be bringing Ancient Invisible Cities: Cairo, Istanbul and Athens to our screens this month. essence talks to him about his life and interest in the ancient world.

14 | Comedy interview | SARA PASCOE

Multi award-winning comedienne Sara Pascoe LadsLadsLads show tours after a sell-out West End success. Sara is presently writing her second book, Sex Power Money. essence cau t u it er to nd out more.

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18 | Garden design | ALLADIO SIMS

Emanuela of Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design lets us into her world and explains the reasons behind what she and her business partner Jon offer.

20 | Art | SURREY SCULPTURE SOCIETY

Early autumn colours provide a perfect backdrop to Surrey Sculpture Society’s new exhibition and sculpture trail at e a ill arden n le eld reen art of Windsor Great Park.

22 | Travel | GEORGIA

Kevin Pilley visits the peach state, Georgia, in the American Deep South and follows the Gone With The Wind Trail.

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28 | Motoring | LOTUS

The new Lotus Exige Sport 410 slots between the existing 350 and 430, but it’s not just another customer-led special edition: it’s the pick of this bunch, as uan o ns nds out.

32 | Fashion | COS

Throughout the past decade, London-based COS has remained true to its philosophy of offering modern, tactile and functional design and its autumn/winter collection is no exception.

34 | Education | SCHOOL OPEN DAYS

Andrew Peters offers some suggestions and guidance on what to look out for and what may help decide a child’s future place of study.

48 | Artisan food | EAT SURREY

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50 | Food review | STEPHANIE BROOKES

Stephanie Brookes, BBC Radio London food expert, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month: Pizarro in Bermondsey.

56 | Legal | MUNDAYS

Sophie Banks, a solicitor in Mundays LLP’s employment law team, discusses issues that employers and employees alike should consider when entering into settlement agreements.

61 | Tax | EVERFAIR

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Invisible past It certainly has been an exceptional summer and, yes, I am referring to the weather, not the silly season news articles. The footie wasn’t bad either if you’re that way inclined. Comparisons with the summer of ’76 abounded and one discovery that chimes with back then is the ground revealing hidden monuments and historical structures ordinarily concealed by vegetation. With the aid of drone technology, these wonders of the past have been exposed once again. This is a speciality of our interviewee this month, Professor Michael Scott, who embarks upon a new BBC series of Invisible Cities this month. He explains to essence how his interest in the ancient began and blossomed. September, of course, means it’s school time again and in this issue essence offers parents a guide on how to get the best out of attending school open days. Also in the magazine, Sara Pascoe, who was recently rated by The Times as eighteenth in the top 50 stand-up comedians in Britain, talks about her latest LadsLadsLads tour. Kevin Pilley explores the USA’s peach state, Georgia, and follows the Gone With The Wind trail. Fashion house COS provides ideas for the autumn/winter season and Euan Johns looks at the new Lotus Exige Sport, last of the Exige line. Emanuela of Alladio Sims Garden Design provides an insight into what made her and partner Jon take up their profession, Stephanie Brookes samples the Spanish cuisine of Pizzaro in Bermondsey, whilst Shirlee Posner introduces essence readers to The Artisan General Store. Don’t miss the Surrey Sculpture Society’s exhibition starting later this month in Windsor Great Park, a great way to catch some autumn colour and get some exercise to boot. As always, this issue of essence has a mix of health, beauty, tax and legal advice, alongside the diary of events and places to visit, together with the pick of some of the region’s finest properties. The essence team

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Ancient ORDER He’s best-known for his fascinating TV insights into the ancient world, presenting landmark BBC documentaries such as Italy’s Invisible Cities, Professor Michael Scott will be bringing Ancient Invisible Cities: Cairo, Istanbul and Athens to our screens this autumn. essence talks to him about his life and interest in the ancient world. Q Michael, you grew up in Wimbledon – fond memories? A From the age of eight, yes. I attended KCS Wimbledon and loved riding my bike around Wimbledon Common, the circus coming to town each year and, of course, the extraordinary display of Wimbledon tennis fortnight. I also have hugely fond memories of a tiny old tea shop called Forget Me Not Teas. It was really old fashioned with lots of bone china and lace. My dad and I used to go on special occasions to have crumpets and tea. The tea shop is no longer there, it’s since been turned into a private house, but every time I go past I remember the smell and taste of the crumpets oozing honey and jam. My parents still live in Wimbledon, and I still have friends there, so I love going back, catching up and being in a place that has been part of my life for 30 years now. Q What sparked your interest in Classics? A I hated Latin at school and gave it up aged 13. But I was lucky enough to be introduced to a few letters of the ancient Greek alphabet at around the same time and something about the mystery and magic of it just clicked. I kept going with Greek, even though at the time I had no intention of becoming a Classicist. When I was 17, I went on a school trip to Greece – in fact I had my seventeenth birthday the day we visited the ancient site of Olympia. The trip did not start well – the airline lost my luggage on the way out and never found it. I spent the whole week in Greece in the same pair of jeans and a couple of t-shirts bought in a Greek supermarket. But I loved it. Being in the ancient sites – in the actual locations and places where all the things I had been learning about happened so long ago for me was inspiring and fascinating. Looking back, it was then that I caught the Classics’ bug. I came home and decided I wanted to study Classics at university. >>>

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Interview | PROFESSOR MICHAEL SCOTT

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“Scott is a lucid teacher who brings the past to life with his effortlessly engaging style.” The Mail on Sunday

Q What other careers did you consider? A Up until I was 15 I wanted to become a doctor or surgeon, and I still love watching medical programmes and documentaries today. Then I thought I would become a lawyer – even after I decided I wanted to study Classics at university, long term I thought I would convert to law after my degree. Then during my undergraduate I had one summer in which I did both a law firm internship and a summer school at the British School at Rome (visiting all the major archaeological sites in Rome and the surrounding area). That made me think I wanted to do a Masters in Classics rather than go straight into law. And then during the Masters, I was based at the British School at Athens for three months. Working out on the sites across Greece, and with researchers from the 17 other foreign schools of archaeology based in Athens, along with Greek archaeologists, got me completely addicted to history and archaeology. I’ve never looked back since. Q Was it necessary to learn Latin and Greek? A I was the one of the first students to be admitted to Cambridge to read Classics who did not have Latin A-level. Up until that point, it had been normal for students to come with Latin and learn Greek while they were undergraduates. I was an oddity in having Greek, but no Latin. That year there were two of us: one person with no Latin or Greek, and me with little Latin. Now every university Classics’ department in the country takes students who have no previous experience of studying Latin or Greek. Not knowing the languages is no bar to studying the ancient world. In fact, at the University of Warwick where I teach as a full-time professor, we have lots of students who have never studied formerly at school the ancient world in any way before they come to us – but they have seen an exhibition, read a book or seen films that inspired them to want to learn more. And that, for me, is all that matters. Q Both languages seem to be appearing more on school curriculums (Greek less than Latin), what do you think their value is? A Over the last two decades, there has been a fantastic UK-wide concerted effort to support the reintroduction of the ancient languages

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into primary and secondary schools, alongside the teaching of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History. I have been involved with lots of these initiatives and love going into schools to see the difference these subjects can make. I have seen how learning Latin at primary school can help students, often from a wide range of international backgrounds and native languages, be more confident in their English. At Warwick, I have worked closely over the last years with schools in Coventry, like Sidney Stringer Academy, where students say that learning Latin (and some Greek) has helped them understand the world around them better and help them feel a more integrated part of it (listen to the podcast of the students talking www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge4AItVlmK8). This year I have launched the Warwick Classics Network, which is working with national Charity Classics for All to help support the teaching and introduction of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in schools across Coventry and Warwickshire – where teachers tell us that students not only love the often weird and wacky world of the ancients, but find it incredibly helpful in developing their own ability to appreciate cultural difference (which in our increasingly globalised world is only going to become an even more important skill in the future). Q You spent 10 years at Cambridge and then moved to Warwick. What was the reason for the change? A It was just part of the way the academic career path works. I was extremely fortunate to study for my undergraduate, Masters, PhD at Cambridge and then win the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellowship at Darwin College. That time at Darwin, from 2007– 2012, was incredibly formative for me – it was during that time that I published my first books, gave my first lectures and presented my first TV documentaries (starting with Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World for BBC4 in 2010). Darwin was where I developed my idea of what kind of academic I wanted to be: not only researching and teaching, but also communicating that research, my enthusiasm for it and the importance of it, to the wider world. But research fellowships are always time limited posts, and when I came to apply for permanent lectureship positions, it was Warwick who offered me a home. Q What do you like best about your work at Warwick? A For me, the thing that defines Warwick is its attitude to innovation. If I say I want to try something new – whether it be in terms of my research, teaching or outreach and engagement work, the Warwick answer is almost inevitably: “Why not? Let’s try it and see!” That makes for an incredibly inspiring and invigorating atmosphere to work in – and I love it. >>>


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Profile: Professor Michael Scott Michael Scott is an academic, author and broadcaster in the field of Classics and Ancient History. He wrote and presented his first BBC documentary Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World in 2010 and has since written and presented a wide range of television and radio documentary programmes for National Geographic, History Channel, BBC Radio 4 and ITV. Michael is one of the youngest Warwick Faculty of Arts academics in recent history to be made a Professor and is an honorary citizen of Delphi, Greece in recognition of his work to bring the site to world attention. In recent filming, Michael has found himself inside active volcanoes, scuba diving in Venetian canals, investigating underneath pyramids and abseiling into underground quarries in order to reach never before filmed locations. He will next be seen hosting the latest instalment in the Invisible Cities series entitled Ancient Invisible Cities: Cairo, Istanbul and Athens which will air in three parts on BBC2 this month. The documentary series will uncover forgotten, hard to reach and invisible aspects of these extraordinary cities and in doing so offer new perspectives on their dramatic and important histories. Bringing the ancient world to the modern, Michael often lectures around the globe and brings his passion and knowledge to radio and television as the writer and/or presenter of various programmes.

Q Your documentary Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean provided a historical perspective on the current migration crisis. Sicily has been and is currently a focal point of the refugee crisis. What lessons from history can Sicily teach us? A I remember vividly, while filming with the head of the Italian Coast Guard, him saying that Sicilians – because of their history – have multiculturalism in their blood. Sicilians today are the result of centuries of arrivals from every point of the compass. The island’s story is one of the advantages and disadvantages of global interaction and migration. In many ways it’s no surprise that Sicily has once again been at the forefront of global migration as Europe has faced the biggest mass

“The Italian island of Sicily can teach the world how to treat new arrivals.” Professor Michael Scott movement of people since the Second World War. And Sicily is keen this time for its attitude to be seen as an exemplar to the world. As the Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, told us, Sicily is setting an example to the world that, in his words, “welcome is the best guarantee of safety.” Whether you agree with that or not (and there are plenty of people and nations who don’t), it is a powerful argument to be reckoned with. Q Greece was the birthplace of the Olympics which I understand was a pretty harsh environment with no prizes for second place: the losers could be disowned by their families. What parallels do you think there are with today’s celebrity obsession? A Absolutely, the ancient Olympics, I think, was a place not many of us would want to be: cramped, dusty, hot, busy, no sanitation, flies buzzing around, hundreds of sacrificed animals being roasted on giant barbecues, athletes competing to win (sometimes to the death) and where anything but first place was immaterial. That cult of competition, and victory, ran deep in the DNA of the ancient Greeks. They liked to live in a society in which they were constantly confronted and challenged as to whether they were good enough – which is why the vast majority of their statues that have survived today are of people at the peak of human physical perfection (and often, indeed, uber-perfection with bodies that are impossible to have, however much you go to the gym). So there are many parallels with our glossy magazine, airbrushed, celebrity culture. Which is why in many ways I think studying the ancient world today is so relevant and important – it gives us the tools to be able to take a step back and understand better our own world. >>>

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Q You use a fair amount of the latest technology in your documentaries – what does 3D scanning offer? A We introduced 3D laser scanning into our documentaries initially because we thought it would be a great way to help people visualise locations not easily accessible to tourists, and also to visualise how sites below ground linked up with those more familiar sites above ground. But as the technology has improved over the different series, with portable backpack-mounted laser scanning, photogrammetry from helicopters and drones, as well as the ability to melt together 3D visualisations, virtual reality and real film, it has come to play an ever more important variety of roles within the programmes: providing shot angles that are impossible to achieve in real life; acting as a way of journeying from one location to another while still providing context and allowing viewers to experience for themselves the locations through VR. Q Are there any apps you would recommend for people interested in ancient history? A I have been developing with Warwick University a new digital platform Oiko.world, just recently launched. Oiko.world offers people the chance to engage with the interactions and connections between ancient cultures from the Mediterranean to China. You can explore through a world map, or you can bring together your own comparative timelines of what was happening where and when. So often we fall into the trap of studying just one little part of the world and forget to think about how it connected in to everything else that was going on at the same time. Oiko.world is designed to help remedy that! Q Tell us a little about the new series of Ancient Invisible Cities, to be aired on BBC2 this autumn, and why choose Cairo, Istanbul and Athens? A We wanted cities with long histories stretching from antiquity to the modern day, but which also had immediate recognition for viewers. I think Cairo, Athens and Istanbul all conjure up images in our minds – of ancient Egyptian pyramids in Cairo, of Greeks doing democracy in Athens and of people from east and west meeting in the great melting pot of Istanbul. We throw ourselves into the unique cultures of each

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A 3D Scan of the Great Pyramid, Cairo PHOTO COPYRIGHT: BBC/SCANLAB PROJECTS

of these cities and try to give people a flavour of what it’s like to visit them. And at the same time we investigate the particularly hard to reach places, like the normally closed off underground tunnels and vaults of the Great Pyramid in Cairo, or places that have never been filmed before like the 16m deep underground Hadrianic era Aqueducts of Athens. Not only do we explore them in reality and using our 3D laser scans, but we also try to understand how these spaces played a key role in helping the city to function and develop, and ask what these locations can tell us about the people who lived, worked and ruled in them. And then at the end of each programme, we revisit these cities from within a virtual reality studio, exploring them in ways not possible in the real world – walking through walls, through solid earth or flying through the sky – in order to get a sense of these cities as a whole over their long history. Q What projects have you lined up next? A Having been abseiling down 16m underground tunnels, diving to sites underwater, exploring under millions of tons of rock and crawling through tiny cave tunnels, I’m glad to be putting my feet up for a moment! But I’ve already got an eye out for what cities we might explore next, and I am about to head back into a full teaching year at Warwick, where I am launching a new undergraduate module which will explore ancient global history from the Mediterranean to China. It will be the first undergraduate module of its kind in any UK university – and I can’t wait to work on it with my students. essence INFO

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Party time Multi award-winning comedienne Sara Pascoe has been seen on television shows such as Have I Got News For You, QI and Travel Man to name a few, and filmed and co-starred in the most recent WIA series. Following on from her sold out Animal tour (based on her acclaimed book) her LadsLadsLads show will tour after a sell-out West End success. Sara is presently writing her second book, Sex Power Money. essence caught up with her to find out more.

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Comedy interview | SARA PASCOE

Q Sara, what is your show LadsLadsLads  about? Why is it described as a “thinking person’s stag do”?  A It’s sometimes hard to summarise what a show is about. I wanted to give people the sense that it’s fun and celebratory rather than about being about to get married, in fact the exact opposite: having fun, trying new things in a way of being braver and more self-reliant. Some of my past shows have had serious aspects, theories and research, and this one is lighter. It’s like a party, except only I get to talk and you have to sit there watching me.    Q Are you excited or daunted by going back on tour?  A I love going on tour, I love our nation, I love rainy days up north and cold evenings by the seaside. It’s a luxury to get to travel for one’s job and it’s still a novelty for me, but ask me again in 20 years!    Q You’re touring from September until the end of November. Do you see the show developing throughout the tour?  A As my comedy is personal, there are always updates. This show develops with recent escapades, my friends can persuade me to do anything by saying: “you’ll get five minutes out of it”. That’s how I was recently tricked into watching a West Ham football match and seeing the film IT. They were both equally scary and I got exactly zero minutes out of them.    Q Tell us about your new book Sex Power Money, published next spring.  A It’s about porn and sex work from a historical and evolutionary perspective. I am taking biology and the plasticity of human sexuality into account, and also laying out the whole spectrum of arguments in the debate about these aspects of our society. I’m also trying to explore power dynamics in sexual exchanges, which are not as clearly defined as paying for sex. Things like men paying for dinner, the abuse by powerful, rich men such as Weinstein and Trump, but all with jokes; similar to my last book, Animal, talking about serious and important matters and keeping it accessible and stimulating rather than hectoring.  Q Did the experience of writing a book change the way you approach comedy?  A Yes, writing a book has changed my stand up. I think I’m funnier now because I spend more time with ideas for the books, after a day’s writing doing a gig is a release. I only want to be silly and it doesn’t feel as selfish, if that makes sense? Comedy feels like a child’s job, you can’t believe you’re getting paid to do it. But there are huge things going on in the world and sometimes you feel a responsibility because you’ve a microphone in your hand. But now my responsible side that cares about the state of the world can go into book writing and stand up can be a distraction from that. 

Q Tell us about your recent Radio 4 series Modern Monkey where you explore our modern social world. Did you enjoy the research involved? A Yes. I wish it had been more scientific and I could’ve done more research – but I kept being reminded it was supposed to be a comedy show and I had to write jokes. We recorded the show at several museums and I was so interested to visit and learn, especially the Foundling Museum – something I knew nothing about. It was so tragic: mothers having to give their children away because they couldn’t afford to support them.    Q Do you think the world of comedy has changed much since you started? A  I think audiences are changing and that directly influences the acts. Comedy used to be a crueller place and while there is still lots of that kind of stuff (and lots of people who love it), there is more diversity now. I hope that continues; live comedy is flourishing within an economic downturn and that’s because the people making jokes are from a much wider spectrum. Their experiences are fresh and exciting and audiences want that. It’s not the individual, white, able-bodied man’s fault that historically comedy clubs were so reliant on stereotype and tropes, but only one type of person’s reality was being reflected and I’m glad that’s improving.    Q Do you have a career highlight? Is there a moment you stopped and thought, wow, this is just incredible?  A Getting to write books is a massive privilege. Whenever I do a book signing that, for me, is a ‘pinch myself’ moment. Also selling out a West End run, those theatres are an absolute joy to play and it felt like a victory lap. I felt so much love for every person in the audience and wanted to kiss and hug everyone. I am a failed actor, didn’t get into drama school, all of that malarkey. So getting to be in the West End was so special to me, a validation.    Q What’s next for you following the tour?  A I’d like to do some stand up in America, and hopefully some writing for television and another play. I want to get a dog and then have more adventures so I can write another show.

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Lizzy Parrott of Fine Wine Partners sorts through the office summer stories to find the best wines that accompany the distinct cheeses encountered.

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s the bank holiday weekend signalled the end of the summer holidays, the still quiet office echoed with tales of new food discoveries and the wine that went with them. One tale was of a pungent cheese, purchased at a food stall at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. But like many smelly cheeses, its flavour was an entirely different matter. The pungent aroma meant the cheese could only be served outdoors but it was enthusiastically devoured by all. Although the smell was more memorable than the name, it was described by the vendor as a beer-washed Somerset cheese.

The story led to a discussion of which wine would go best with this unnamed west country delicacy which drew other colleagues into sharing their own summer discoveries. A visitor to Alsace found Tomme des hautes Vosges, an artisan cheese from high in the mountains, went well with a glass of Riesling. Cheeses from the region are widely available here, as is Riesling whether from vineyards

around the Rhine or from the New World, for example the Barossa region of Australia. Portugal boasts many delicious local cheeses and Queijo da Serra da Estrela, made from sheep’s milk, is often regarded as the queen of them all. Although found as a soft cheese, it was enjoyed in its firmer, more mature, state paired with a Touriga Nacional. The cheese might not be easy to find in England but wines with the Touriga grape are readily available. Brillat Savarin was encountered in Tasmania, unsurprising given its developing gourmet culture. This rich, high fat, French cheese goes wonderfully with Champagne in its native France and in Tasmania was paired with a flight of their award-winning sparkling wines. An easier pairing to recreate at home came, not surprisingly, from France where a young goats curd drizzled with local honey was found to go very well with Provence Rosé. This pairing can easily be experienced by matching a zesty goats cheese with a crisp, vibrant and flavourful Rosé especially if we are blessed with an Indian summer. So the name of the cheese, or the wine, may not be critical to the pleasure of tasting them but we are curious to identify the cheese that gave rise to our discussion. Beer-washed cheeses originated in the monasteries of Europe and the practice is now wide spread in the USA as well as Somerset. Have you come across anything similar? Cellar One would love to hear from you. Why not pop in and see them?

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Emanuela (below, left) of Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Limited lets us into her world and explains the reasons behind what she and her business partner Jon offer in their garden design and project management company. Q Emanuela, how did you get in to garden design and what services do you offer at Alladio Sims? A Like many others in this business I got to garden design as a second career. Previously I had worked as a linguist and conference interpreter. I studied at the London College of Garden Design where I met my business partner, Jon Sims (pictured left). In 2015, following a successful collaboration on ‘The Secret Garden Party’, a main show garden created for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Jon and I decided to set up a company together to offer a more comprehensive approach to our work, and to make the most of our different skills sets. Our practice offers a design and project management service to deliver our clients beautiful outdoor living spaces from initial consultation through to completed gardens. We work with professional landscapers and nurseries and are driven by a passion for excellence and meticulous attention to detail. Q What should homeowners consider when re-designing a garden? A The first thing to consider is that house and garden should feel like they belong to each other and the best way to achieve this is to plan the garden design together with the house or the extension. This will not only allow for economies of scale, but also for a better and more uniform ‘feel’. Not to mention disruptions to the work already done when the garden is being built. If no changes are made to the house, then the best time to work on a garden is during its dormant season – autumn through to early spring – and the starting point should always be a clear brief and comprehensive garden survey. Q How can homeowners add a ‘wow’ factor to a garden? A There are lots of ways in which this can be achieved: introducing a path with a sculpture at the end to draw the eye, creating a focal point by uplighting a multi-stemmed tree, a bespoke bench to use as a lounger and/or for entertaining or a feature wall or screen to act as a ‘room divider’ giving the garden secret spaces.

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Evergreen trees and hard materials such as rocks give the garden a structure that will make a space look good all year round IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, ALLADIO SIMS SHOW GARDEN AT ISTANBUL BESIKTAS FLOWER SHOW, 2016


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Far left: The trunks of these pleached trees double up as goal posts, while the raised vegetable planter on the left is a good way for children to get used to planting IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, LONDON PRIVATE GARDEN, 2017

Left: Stabilised gravel paths are great for kids to run around in, whilst hedges are very resilient to most ball and hide and seek games IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, LONDON PRIVATE GARDEN, 2017

Q What changes can be made to a front garden to add curb appeal? A A front garden forms the first impression as we approach a house, therefore, it should always look smart and clutter free (think about where bins will be stored and how to screen them or minimise their presence). Another important point is off-street parking and ways in which a drive can be integrated into the garden when not used as a parking space. And, finally, one could choose a style that complements the house period, or one to contrast it, to create an immediate wow factor and add curb appeal. Q What quick updates instantly lift a garden? A Edging is a priority – any border or lawn looks a million times better when the edges are sharp.

Red flowers work really well in spring light conditions because they are able to absorb the soft rays of light and look more vibrant and alive IMAGE COURTESY OF ALLADIO SIMS GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN LTD, SURREY GARDEN

Q Are there any shrubs, plants or flowers which are your personal favourites and why? A Osmanthus delavayi is my favourite shrub as it’s such a hard working plant – evergreen and easily clipped and shaped: it produces little but highly fragrant flowers in spring. Its glossy leaves light up darker corners and it is useful against fences and walls to soften boundaries too. Hackonechloa macra is my favourite grass; it is well behaved, softly arching and perfect to light up a difficult dry shade spot next to hostas or aquilegias. Peony Krinkled White is my favourite flower – graceful and delicate pure white with a bright yellow centre, it doesn’t last for long, but it’s worth the wait every year! Q Can you give us your top three insider garden design tips? A Have a clear list of your objectives and allocate a realistic budget to achieve them, consider the key views out and try and draw the eye with a path or via an archway and limit your materials and plant palette – simplicity and repetition will bring all the key elements together beautifully. Q Finally, what’s hot in gardens for 2018? A There are so many hot trends! This year the emphasis seems to be back to bold colours and natural materials to create a strong story between indoor and outdoor spaces. The attraction of bees and pollinating insects is still going strong and native ‘wild’ plants and single flowers are in high demand in gardens both large and small. essence INFO

Alladio Sims Garden Landscape Design Limited Regional office: Lower Bourne (Farnham), Surrey Website: www.alladiosims.co.uk Email: Hello@alladiosims.co.uk

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Inspirational

SCULPTURE

The natural haven of beautifully designed gardens and woodland at The Savill Garden, located within Windsor Great Park, will be the setting for one of the country’s most diverse exhibitions of sculpture – from 25 September until 5 November.

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Birds Feeding by Sarah Scott

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he early autumn event at The Savill Garden will feature sculptures created by members of the Surrey Sculpture Society (SSS), who range from new and emerging sculptors to internationally acclaimed sculptors from across the South of England. The sculptors’ creations will be carefully positioned throughout various areas within The Savill Garden’s 35 acres, including the Hidden Gardens, Spring Wood, Summer Gardens, New Zealand Garden, Summer Wood, The Glades, Autumn Wood and the Winter Beds. The works of art will complement the abundance of unusual plants sourced by plant explorers from across the globe. John Anderson, Keeper of the Garden for Windsor Great Park commented: “It is very exciting to be working with the Surrey Sculpture Society again in one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. I am looking forward to seeing the sculptures enhancing and challenging the Garden’s landscapes, and hope that our visitors will be inspired by this combination of artistic and horticultural excellence.” The sculpture exhibition will be designed by SSS sculptor Mehran Ghahari who will be collaborating closely with The Savill Garden’s Michelle Cleave on the positioning of the sculptures. Visitors to the event will discover affordable and original sculpture made from a diverse range of materials including bronze, resin, glass, metal, wood, stone, ceramic and found objects that can form eye-catching focal points in gardens, conservatories and interiors, with all sculptures for sale during the event. Listening Hare by Christine Baxter

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The Savill Garden is located at Wick Lane, Englefield Green TW20 0UU. The exhibition is open 25 September–5 November 2018. 10am to 6pm, daily, last admission 5pm. Winter opening times from 1 November: 10am to 4.30pm daily. Last admission 3.30pm. Admission to the Sculpture Exhibition is included in entrance to The Savill Garden. Savill Garden entrance fees: Adult: £10.50, children 0-16: free, groups of 10+: £9 (free ticket for group organiser 11th person in the group), Carers: free. Car parking: Free with your Garden Ticket. Surrey Sculpture Society Website: www.surreysculpture.org.uk Facebook: @SurreySculptureSociety Twitter: @SurreySculptors The Savill Garden Website: www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/savill garden

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Art | SURREY SCULPTURE SOCIETY Hummingbird by Alison Catchlove

PHOTO COPYRIGHT: JON HAWKINS | SURREY HILLS PHOTOGRAPHY

APPEAL Disappearing Dawn Chorus A preparation for the 85th anniversary of Wild Birds Protection There was a time, before people roamed the Earth, before it shook with the thunderous footfalls of the dinosaurs, before the vivid vibration of a dragonfly’s wing troubled the air, that the world was silent. Noiseless, that is, but for the wind and water. These days, the dawn chorus is dwindling, and wild birds are in declining numbers; the planet may perhaps fall silent again. This was a concern for Eric Parker (1870–1955), pioneer conservationist whose work helped push through the Wild Birds Protection Act that came into force in May 1934, 85 years ago next spring. Parker lived and worked in Surrey, near Godalming. Parker campaigned vigorously for legislation against the indiscriminate gathering of wild birds’ eggs, alongside hunting and other destructive activity. He talks about the period that led to the passing of the Wild Birds act in 1934 as ‘that year of blessed memory’. Davis Lewiston Sharpe is a composer and has worked with the Royal Philharmonic. David has set verses by Eric Parker which give sad, soulful expression to the plight of song birds – his Song of the Nightingale. The plan is to present the new song cycle, sung by astounding mezzo soprano Phoebe Haines, in a programme with the Royal Philharmonic alongside works by Elgar, Delius, Butterworth and Respighi – all inspired by the natural world. If the concert goes ahead, we can do a little bit more to aid the work of scientific research and practical activity to promote work towards avian conservation. I invite essence readers to get in touch – perhaps you can help us get this concert off the ground.

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Birds on the Wire & the Waves Wild Birds Protection – 85th Anniversary Concert, Sunday, 12 May 2019, Cadogan Hall Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Phoebe Haines (mezzo soprano) David Lewiston Sharpe (conductor) Programme: Lewiston Sharpe/Parker The Song of the Nightingale, Butterworth Banks of Green Willow, Elgar 3 Songs, Sea-Pictures, Chanson de matin & de nuit, Delius Summer Night on the River, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Respighi The Birds Contact: davidlewistonsharpe@gmail.com/020 8362 9971

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The Twelve Oaks, Covington, Georgia BOTH IMAGES PROVIDED COURTESY THE TWELVE OAKS

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Kevin Pilley visits the peach state, Georgia, in the American Deep South and follows the Gone With The Wind Trail.

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he South. Noun. The place where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. Summer starts in April. Front porches are wide and words are long. Y’all is the only proper noun. Chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy. Macaroni and cheese is a vegetable. Someone’s heart always blessed.” That definition of the American Deep South greets visitors on a cushion of the wraparound porch of The Twelve Oaks antebellum (pre-American Civil War) mansion B&B in Covington, Georgia. The classic white colonnaded 1836 house was the inspiration for Ashley Wilkes’s swish residence in the Gone With The Wind film (1939). Author Margaret Mitchell suggested it. Formerly a judge’s house and cotton broker’s home, The Twelve Oaks has been lavishly and luxuriously restored to become once again the epitome of aristocratic southern living. There is even a Frankly Scarlett Suite, where a visitor can pretend to be the spoilt daughter of a rich plantation owner and slaveholder, a southern belle and a feisty feminist icon, all in the same room. They can also be a bit of a Pansy, as that was the original name of Vivien Leigh’s famous character. Forty-five minutes from Atlanta, the house is decorated with crystal chandeliers, sparkling glassware, carved leg antique tables and period paintings. The suites have ribcage showers and copper bateau

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Union Army Civil War reenactors shoot muskets in firing demonstration PHOTO COPYRIGHT: RUSSELL ENSLEY


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soaker tubs. There is a croquet lawn and swimming pool. It’s run by former insurance underwriter Nicole Greer Munn and her husband John, a jet mechanic. Son Parker provides the turndown service and leaves chocolate truffles by the bed. Chris and Travis act the roles of servants brilliantly. Says Nicole: “It was my favourite house growing up. When it became available I knew I had to buy it and make it beautiful again. All thirty windows were gone and there was a lot of water damage.” The Twelve Oaks offers authentic five star antebellum bliss with caramel apple pancakes, peaches and cream-stuffed French toast, strawberry shortcake with bourbon whipped cream, buttermilk biscuits and granola and berry yoghurt served in antique champagne glasses for a down home breakfast. On display are repro GWTW suits and period gowns and dresses. The Twelve Oaks is part of Georgia’s Gone With The Wind Trail which remains as popular as ever. The Vampire Diaries was filmed in Covington and the executive producer always stayed with the Greer Munns. Nearby, on north Cherokee Road in Social Circle, Louis and Billie van Dyke’s Greek revival mansion Blue Willow Inn offers formal dressy southern buffets. Mitchell visited many times while

The Twelve Oaks’ pool IMAGE COPYRIGHT: THE TWELVE OAKS

courting Redd Upshaw, her first husband and inspiration for Clark Gable’s character. It offers traditional cuisine in the form of collards (heartless cabbage), grits (corn porridge), catfish, hushpuppies (savoury deep fried balls), peach cobbler (Georgia is, after all, the Peach State) and fried green tomatoes, although not necessarily in that order.>>>

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Above: The Twelve Oaks’ peaches and cream-stuffed French toast PHOTO COPYRIGHT: THE TWELVE OAKS

Right: Confederate carving on Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, Georgia PHOTO COPYRIGHT: JAMES KIRKIKIS

Margaret Mitchell House and museum The Trail takes visitors to what Mitchell called ‘The Dump’ – The Crescent PHOTO COPYRIGHT: HEATHER RUSHTON | 123RF.COM Apartments in Atlanta where she and second husband, copy editor John Marsh, lived between 1925–32, and where she wrote her masterpiece and last work. Mitchell was thirty-six when it was published in 1936. In the Margaret Mitchell House and museum we learnt her father was an attorney and her family came from Aberdeenshire on his side and Ireland on her mother’s. That she collected erotica and was interested in pornography, liked to be called Peggy, described herself as “an unscrupulous flirt” and wrote her first book at thirteen. She even wrote a western. Mitchell spent her early childhood in Jackson Hall, destroyed in the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917. She “sat on the bony knees of veterans and the fat slippery laps of great aunts” and heard them talk of the early days. Her mother, May Belle, was a suffragist who advised her: “Give of yourself with both hands and overflowing heart, but give only the excess after you have lived your own life.” As a debutante in the Roaring Twenties, Mitchell performed scandalous Tango and provocative Apache dances. She flapped. She was taken to the Georgian Terrace Hotel by Margaret Mitchell “sat on the bony Rudolph Valentino who she had interviewed working as journalist for the Atlanta Journal. knees of veterans and the fat Excluding Vivien Leigh, the cast of Gone With The Wind all stayed at the 1911 slippery laps of great aunts” and midtown hotel while attending the film’s premier at Loews Grand Theatre (formerly the 1893 De Give’s Grand Opera House) which was demolished in 1978 after a fire. No heard them talk of the early days. black actors were allowed into the one-screen, 2,088 seat cinema. The Georgian Terrace Hotel has now been stunningly modernised. It is close to the spot where Mitchell died in 1949, run over by an off-shift taxi driver on her way to the cinema. The Atlanta-Fulton Central Library displays her Remington typewriter along with her 1937 Pulitzer Prize. She is buried at Oakland cemetery amongst 7,000 Confederate graves. Marietta, Georgia also has a museum with gowns and personal scripts. In Jonesboro, where Margaret Mitchell’s grandparents had their Rural Home farmhouse (the inspiration for Tara in the book), The Road to Tara Museum can be visited. Housed in an 1867 train depot, it displays wigs, stills, costumes and Mitchell’s favourite china; admission is $7. The best Gone With The Wind tour is provided by Civil War historian Peter Bonner who talks visitors down and through Tara Boulevard and the red earth road of Clayton Country. GWTW appeals to something in >>>

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Above: The Twelve Oaks (then named The Cedars) circa 1900 when owned by Robert Franklin Wright and his wife Salina Right: Cannonball Run Grand Suite bathroom BOTH IMAGES COURTESY THE TWELVE OAKS

all of us. We all want to be part of that life. We dream of being the perfect knight, beau ideal, belle and scallywag which Mitchell defined: “As Southerner turned Republican. We all want to dress that way.” Bonner takes us to battlefields and tells stories of the local characters who inspired Mitchell’s characters. He says: “Gerald O’Hara was Mitchell’s great-great grandfather, Philip Fitzgerald.” If lucky, he’ll take you to a shed where Tara’s remains lay, the façade from the film, which he is lovingly restoring. He also has parts of the original Fitzgerald farmhouse. He hopes to open a museum. As Bonner explains: “The film romanticised the Deep South. It was the Hollywood version. Not the real Georgia Piedmont – the area between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the coastal plains.” But The Twelve Oaks on Monticello Street, Covington – which has 200 similar historic homes – remains the place to indulge in aristocratic southern fantasies: rocking in a white chair sipping iced tea (the Champagne of the South), imagining yourself in plumes, burgundy ball gowns, blue peignoirs, perfecting the ‘dressed by Walter Plunkett’ look and Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh impressions, twirling a parasol, being flirtatious but chaste, fun-loving but chaste, and saying: “Fiddle Dee, tomorrow is another day”, the original title for Gone With The Wind and the film’s closing line. Alternatively, just ‘flap’ and celebrate your high waistline, imagining yourself in bobbed hair wearing T-straps, challenging old orthodoxies and flouting norms, having far too many ‘southern smashes’ and mint juleps (bourbon whiskey, sugar, shaved ice and ‘muddled’ mint) as you Charleston your life away. And learn to fly like Mrs Mitchell. On the National Registry of Historic Places, The Twelve Oaks is considered one of the finest examples of antebellum architecture. It hasn’t changed much in nearly 100 years, apart from the Vampire fans to meet at the daily Nibblin’ and Sippin’ hour (there is a Salvatore Brothers Suite), the fluffy towels and togas, the chromotherapy and the remote control fireplaces. The only thing missing is mint julep: now it’s Riesling or Chardonnay with tacos and chilli cheese chunks. But it is the ultimate southern privileged experience nonetheless. The cat’s meow and the real bee’s knees.

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Grave of Margaret Mitchell on Atlanta cemetery – author of Gone with the Wind PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ERIK LATTWEIN

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Relaxation and refinement

Château de Berne Hotel & Spa, located in Provence countryside, is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network. This beautiful and spacious spa offers 800 square metres of wellbeing and pampering with products by Cinq Mondes©, along with breathtaking views over vines and olive groves. Features include an indoor upstream pool and swan neck fountain, jacuzzis, a sauna, steam room and two VIP duo cabins with whirlpool baths. ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT CHÂTEAU DE BERNE HOTEL & SPA

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genuine pledge of quality, with expert knowledge in spa treatments, Château de Berne offers guests and visitors alike a genuine moment out of time in this haven of peace, with celebrated Cinq Mondes’ treatments and rituals. The Spa also offers three single cabins, a special ‘exfoliation’ room fitted with a steam room, two privatisable duo cabins with whirlpool baths and a beauty salon. The Spa’s beautiful, sunny terrace, with its exceptional vista over vines and olive groves, is a must-do part of the Spa experience.

Cinq Mondes spa treatment brand is now present in over 30 countries and acclaimed by top-ranking spas the world over. The Cinq Mondes’ product range consists of natural and unique cosmetic treatments, inspired by ancient beauty recipes. Specially designed for rofessional s a care t e co ine ef cienc and safet and are t e fruit of e tensi e phyto-aromatic research. The range adheres to the strict Nature Laboratory Charter (Charte Laboratoire du Naturel®) to guarantee the highest-quality, dermatologically-tested products, containing only organic or natural ingredients, free of paraben, phenoxyethanol, silicon ineral oils and arti cial colourin . ioneer in t e ela oration of etroc e ical free formulas, Cinq Mondes has always given priority to active biological ingredients with equal efficienc and sensor ene ts. ll roducts are certi ed it t e cocert Cos e io la el.

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Motoring | LOTUS

END OF THE LINE The new Lotus Exige Sport 410 slots between the existing 350 and 430, but thankfully it’s not just another customer-led special edition: it’s the pick of this bunch, as Euan Johns finds out.

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ith a stunning combination of raw speed and realworld ability, the Lotus Exige Sport 410 joins a pretty scintillating line-up to complete the marque’s Exige family of peerless sports cars that have evolved over the past six years. For those looking for space, forget it, as there isn’t much, but then those considering this sort of car wouldn’t want that in the first place. It’s also pretty difficult to access the car with any grace. So that’s the downsides out of the way. Starting with the revised Exige Sport 350, the comprehensive Lotus Exige range now includes the 410 and culminates with the extreme Exige Cup 430: each at a distinct price point, performance level and degree of motorsport focus. The Exige Sport 410 has been developed directly from the trackfocused Exige Cup 430, and as a result delivers a drive unrivalled in its class. Think of it as a detuned, road-ready Cup 430 rather than an improved Sport 380 (the car it replaces in the range). Based on past form, Lotus in all probability would unveil an Exige Sport 440 next year, but according to CEO Jean-Marc Gales this one really is the last of the line. This latest addition to the Exige range packs the advanced chassis, suspension and powertrain from its more powerful stablemate. Capable of 0–60mph in just 3.3 seconds, this is a car that takes all the 430’s track capabilities and repackages them in a road car. The result is one that sets the benchmark in useability. Steering is unassisted and has a laser-like response. It would appear perfectly understandable to run the 410 as a daily car, but the performance makes ducking and weaving very easy and probably a little too attractive if late for an appointment. It’s the steering that grabs attention, initially because these days an unassisted rack is a very rare thing and the driver is instantly hit by the realisation that some effort is needed when first manoevering at low speeds. Add some speed and it’s delightful. >>>

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“With every new Lotus we look to move the bar higher and apply technology and development ideas drawn from top-of-the-range models. Our agility as a company means that the lessons learnt today can quickly be incorporated into the cars of tomorrow and the Exige Sport 410 is a perfect example of this. We have taken the Exige Cup 430, the ultimate track-centric Exige, and developed it into the perfect road orientated sports car.” Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc

Where the 430 is an Exige with a clear focus on aerodynamics, the 410 relies more on mechanical grip for its handling balance. To this end, there are no extreme vents on the top of the front wheel arches, not that this stops it from producing 150kg of downforce at 180mph. Driving it, it’s possible to seriously doubt the humble origins of Toyota’s 3.5 litre supercharged V6 engine. At full blast, the acceleration and noise is a total assault on the senses. Further changes to the car’s aerodynamics include new front intakes to increase airflow speed and create an air curtain over the front wheels to restrict turbulence and drag. There’s also a carbon fibre front splitter, a flat underside and an aluminium diffuser, all taken from the 430. Both the Exige Sport 410 and Exige Sport 350 are available in coupe and roadster configurations (the roadster has a considerably lower top speed), with the roadster having a lightweight, black, removable soft top which can be easily stowed within the car for open-top driving. The roadster configuration is not available for the Exige Cup 430. The optional interior colour pack is available in a choice of four shades. The inside of the car is wonderful, beautifully constructed and feels cocoon-like. It’s also very quiet, not a buzz or squeak to be heard, although on poor surfaces road noise is much more noticeable.

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At £85,600, the car could be considered a little on the expensive side by some, and total madness by others, after all that’s Porsche 911 and Cayman GTS territory. However, when it comes to the driving experience and thrills the 410 brings, few come close; this is a track car for the road – a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. Amongst the many options available, it’s possible to choose to reduce the car’s weight by removing the air bag. See for yourself, but after a drive you’ll not really want to be as brave as that and will vote to keep this security merely for peace of mind. It’s good to see a traditional sports car in what can be a rather bland, digital world where, let’s face it, most cars appear to be cloned from each other. For those seeking soft-feel plastics and infotainment systems, look elsewhere. Alternatively, for a pure driving experience up there with the best on the market, then look no further. essence INFO

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Psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry and counselling For adults, young adults, children and couples We can all have difficulties in everyday life and encounter problems that we simply find hard to cope with alone. You may feel worried, anxious, low, confused, isolated or may be experiencing difficulties in relationships. These feelings and thoughts may persist and become overwhelming. In these circumstances it is difficult to know which way to turn. At times like these it can be helpful to talk things over in confidence with an experienced counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist who will enable you to explore your concerns in a safe, contained environment, to help you develop appropriate strategies and techniques to cope with your life difficulties in a more effective way. We offer clinics in Weybridge and East Molesey.

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A NEW MOOD Throughout the past decade London-based COS has remained true to its philosophy of offering modern, tactile and functional design, the Autumn/Winter collection is no exception. COS uses traditional methods and new techniques to form understated collections that are made to last. The company has supported the arts since its launch through collaborations with established and emerging artists, galleries and creative studios. This Autumn Winter 2018 campaign has been created by renowned art photographer Viviane Sassen.

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Collarless charcoal shirt £79 Crinkled charcoal pencil skirt £69

Sleeveless leather dress £290 Elongated wool gloves £79

Dress with asymmetric seams £99 Leather heels £135

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OPEN season Andrew Peters offers some suggestions and guidance as to what to look out for and what may help decide a child’s future place of study.

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e’ve collected all the marketing material, the glossy brochures and been lured into attending and probably signing up to too many school open days. If the marketing material is to be believed, the world of private education is one long summer’s day of rosy-cheeked happy boys and girls giving it their all, whether in the classroom or on the sports field. The school open day is there to grasp the opportunity to see if these utopias are actually real, and most importantly whether a particular one will suit little Jonny or Amy. It’s going to be exhausting. Time is precious, so how can open days be enlightening? Most are widely advertised on school websites, locally and nationally. It’s important to read the small print and establish that ‘welcome mornings’ are not ones limited to specific numbers that have to be booked in advance of the date of entry, which can sometimes mean years. Telephoning the school admissions department from the maternity ward is probably a little premature, but competition for places is high, obviously at the highest ranked schools and certainly in London. In some areas schools work in tandem and co-operate to hold their open day events on different days in order to maximise parental footfall. >>>

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Schools | OPEN DAYS

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It helps to go prepared with comfortable footwear to cover the fair few miles up and down stairs and over sports fields following excited children who want to explore. Open days are usually held in autumn and early spring so the photogenic subject matter in the school brochure may appear a little different at first hand. The weather will be beyond the control of the Head, but everything else is: from parking to refreshments. If these and other essentials aren’t up to scratch, draw your own conclusions. Most open days feature a pupil-led tour which should be one of the most informative and enjoyable parts. Ask the willing guide lots of questions and keep them talking to obtain lots of insight into school life, bypassing the prospectus-speak. These children will be a guide to the moral compass that exists in the school. Remember, an open day is a two-way process and if your child walks off with a handful of cakes or throws a tantrum whilst waiting to use the climbing wall, it will be noticed. Many schools are well aware of this and regard pupils as one of their greatest marketing assets and potent source of creating a good impression. Sixth form guides tend to be unnaturally mature and demonstrate the diplomatic and PR skills more akin with (some) world leaders. It’s important that parents and potential students have this exposure to pupils as it helps develop a huge level of trust if handled correctly. Use all your senses – look at the toilets to see how they are kept and, if possible, kitchens and other high footfall areas. Notice boards are particularly revealing about what the school is up to: organising trips, cultural and sports events planned and societies available. Beware temporary glitz, this is a school, not a five-star hotel, it doesn’t have to look immaculate; this is a place of learning and everything seen should fit into the style and rhythm of the school. Attend the Head’s talk as this enables parents to sit down, catch breath and allow time to absorb the atmosphere. People watch and gain a feeling for other parents attending. The Head should be inspiring and genuine with an innate pride in the school and pupils. It’s a tough act and a big part of his/her job, so if you find yourself nodding off then

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Let’s face it, school fees are quite a lump of cash. The Independent Schools Council advises that day school averages around £15k and boarding £30k a year. So, do the maths, multiply by seven, add trips and equipment, and the starting point is around £125k, and that’s assuming the child attends state primary school to commence their education. What’s the best way to save? To start, set a realistic target for what needs to be paid and bear in mind over recent years school fees have outstripped inflation. A simple premise is to start saving as soon as possible and get compound growth working for you. Remember two things, firstly interest rates aren’t going to do the trick, they’ve been poor and aren’t going to change in the near future. Secondly, investing in shares or any other assets carries risks along with the potential for larger gains. In the long run these should be better than cash, but this isn’t saving for a pension and the time frame is more limited. For those who already have some savings or grandparents or family members willing to help, it may be worth exploring paying some of the fees in advance. Lifetime gifts to a certain level are free of tax. This, of course, assumes your child will be happy at the chosen school – not always a given. For the early years, cash will be need and some of the fees may be payable from income. Overall, probably the best savings vehicle will be an ISA as any savings placed in one grow free of any tax. The allowance per person currently stands at £20k per year, so a couple could save £40k a year tax free. >>>


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Highest educational values Reed’s School is a successful HMC independent day and boarding school, providing an education for around 700 pupils between 11 and 18, with girls in the Sixth Form.

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he values-driven education that pupils experience at Reed’s equips them not only with the excellent academic qualifications and the interpersonal skills they will need for the future but, most importantly, it ensures that when they leave Reed’s, they will possess a strong moral compass and a desire to go into the world and improve it. The Headmaster, Mark Hoskins, believes that the School’s core values of Integrity, Compassion, Curiosity, Resilience, Responsibility and Independence, which they seek to instil in all their pupils’ characters, produces well-rounded individuals who are confident, personable, generous of spirit and deed, and who will possess a lifelong love of learning. Set amongst 40 acres of countryside and benefiting from a beautiful and secure campus, the pupils enjoy the space, flow and surroundings which provide an inspiring setting. Relatively small for a senior school, the fact that retains fifteen percent of pupils as boarders means it brings with it all the best advantages for day pupils, such as wrap-around care and outstanding pastoral support, allowing each and every child to be known and valued. The structure of all-boys school from eleven to sixteen allows boys to develop and mature in an environment where they participate in all aspects of school life, be it drama, music, sports or the array of co-curricular activities that Reed’s offers, without being distracted or stereotyped and where the academic lessons are tailored to inspire and motivate them to excel. A co-educational Sixth Form then helps establish a community which prepares all pupils for their transition to University and for life beyond the security of Reed’s. At the heart of the school is the understanding that exceptional pastoral care is fundamental to shaping pupils’ character and happiness and they do this within an educational environment where they nurture and encourage, stretch without stressing and push without pressurising.

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Read up on the school: do your homework. w Be aware of, but don’t be led by league tables. w

Exam results should not be looked at in isolation, so consider several years of results to see trends can be detected. Look at where pupils go after school as your child’s school is a stepping stone to the next stage.

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

Dates to note. Whole school open morning Saturday 15 September, 9am–12.30pm 16+ open evenings Thursday 13 September and Thursday 4 October 6pm 11+ open evening Tuesday 9 October 6pm

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

something’s not quite right. Look at the Deputy Head or Chairman of Governors to see how they are responding to the Head’s talk. If edgy and having to prompt, that may mean the Head is more figurehead than actual leader. Not necessarily a bad thing, but you do want a Head to connect with pupils and able to cajole and guide them. It’s easy to place league tables at the top of a checklist, but they won’t tell the full story. Results are the destination, but what has to be undergone to get there – what’s the journey like? Exam results should not be looked at in isolation, so consider several years of results to see trends can be detected. Look at where pupils go after school as your child’s school is a stepping stone to the next stage. You need to know your child. A selective school may choose the brightest pupils and therefore pretty much guarantee good and consistent exam results, but if your child isn’t a high flyer are there provisions to get the best out of them? Do you think your child requires support for dyslexia or other special needs? Consider whether equal opportunities exist in sports. Schools tend to be competitive and proud of their achievements. Your child may not be the next superstar, but sport may be very important to their development. Ascertain if it’s only the A team that benefit from specialist coaching. Check the fixture lists to see if the lower teams have regular games. Look at the pupil numbers as well. If considering co-ed for your daughter, it pays to look beyond the boy/girl ratio, especially if the school was previously an all-boys school. Ask the questions: do girls have strong role models? Are there good numbers of female staff in positions of responsibility? Pastoral care goes hand in hand with exam results >>>

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Claire Granados, Principal at Quest Professional discusses improving careers advice in schools, the skills young people require to enter the world of work and what schools can do to challenge current perceptions of further education.

nalysis from the most recent Annual Census from the Independent Schools Council (ISC) shows that 91% of independently educated pupils went on to higher education in 2017. Whilst there is much to be applauded this exceedingly high figure raises questions. Sending children to an elite school can often be viewed as a fast-track in to a Russell Group University. However this view highlights a problem with the perception of further education and training - that it is a failure on the part of the child, school and parents if a student from an elite school doesn’t progress to (a good) university. Rather than opting for lower-tier universities, students should be encouraged to consider alternatives such as apprenticeships or alternative education. In the past, further education was recognised as a valued route to enter not only the trades but also highly esteemed professions such as accounting and finance. Apprenticeships offered by the likes of Rolls Royce, KPMG and Barclays can see young professionals emerge on salaries far higher than the average university graduate. To ensure students are fully aware of all the options schools should guarantee that careers education focuses on preparing students for any options outside academia. Students armed with these skills will be able to confidently progress from education with an awareness of the sectors and options open to them.

Heathfield School students celebrate A-level success Heathfield School in Ascot recently rated ‘Excellent’ across all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate celebrated sterling A-level results with nearly nine in ten students (89%) achieving all A*–C grades and over two thirds (70%) gaining all A*–B grades. Despite the new, more demanding examinations, grades have significantly improved on last year with solid academic performances recorded across subjects.

Dates to note. Open day: Saturday 13 October 2018, 10am–12 noon. Heathfield School, London Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 8BQ Website: www.heathfieldschool.net Telephone: 01344 898343 Email: admissions@heathfieldschool.net

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Parents have said that having narrowed the list down to similar schools on paper, the visit was the clinching factor and nothing could replace the feeling of actually viewing the school. and the school should offer as much information on this as they do exams. Is there a bullying policy? Have they had any issues and how were they dealt with? If a school says they have no bullying, then regard this as very suspicious, there’s always some at various levels and you need to know how quickly this is picked up and dealt with. The open day will almost certainly be the first real contact parents have with a school of interest, narrowed down through dinner party chats, discussions with parents who may already have older children at the school, information the schools churn out, what can be gleaned from websites and, of course, those all-important league tables and inspection reports. That’s the easy part and like all things it’s not the same as being physically in situ talking to staff and pupils and letting the distinct nature of each school seep into the consciousness. So, from the school short list painstakingly assimilated, there are maybe three or more choices. Try and stay with three as having done the research it should be possible to narrow it down and any more can get confusing. Open days are an invaluable way to obtain that first and visceral response to a school, feelings impossible to gauge when looking at paper and websites. Parents have said that having narrowed the list down to similar schools on paper, the visit was the clinching factor and nothing could replace the feeling of actually viewing the school. Of course, a parent’s own educational experiences, whether good or bad, will be hugely influential in any decision – a decision being made on behalf of the child. Your children may be very similar or completely different to you and although difficult, it’s important to try and separate

Hampton Court House is an independent co-educational school. We take children from Nursery (three year olds) to Year 13 (18 year olds). The Sixth Form opened in September 2015. Hampton Court House is now a member of UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet). UNESCO is the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of the United Nations. The main goal of the ASPnet is to promote quality education by reinforcing the humanistic, cultural and international dimension of education. Promoting the values of UNESCO, including tolerance, peace, human rights, cultural diversity and sustainable development seems something not only natural for HCH but also a good way to prepare our children for a changing interdependent world. Our first action took place in June 2013 with the Lower Years Citizen of the World Festival which celebrated the different nationalities and cultures of our pupils. In June 2016 headmaster Guy Holloway gave the keynote plenary speech on educational leadership at the UNESCO conference on 21st Century Education, held at Hockerill Anglo-European College, a leading state boarding school which is also a UNESCO associated school.

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In glorious sunshine and in front of the assembled school and guests, HRH The Earl of Wessex unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the opening of the school’s multi-million pound sports centre. The school boasts a long standing royal patronage having had a number of visits in the past including from The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York and The Princess Royal. Headmaster Corydon Lowde said “We were honoured to have His Royal Highness open our new facility, in particular because of the historic connection between Box Hill School and Gordonstoun, where Prince Edward was a former Head Boy. Both schools together founded the Round Square movement which now promotes holistic education as part of the distinctive philosophy of the educationalist Kurt Hahn - most clearly recognised in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.”

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your feelings and think objectively. If selecting a senior school, find out what your child thinks and consult teachers from his/her current school as to what they think is best. After all, they will have spent a lot of time teaching and getting to know your child in an educational environment. It can be overwhelming, not only for parents, but for the child as well. Take your time. It’s a big decision and time well spent now will be well invested in your child’s future. Your child will be under pressure from all sides and you will almost certainly not have experienced the pressure of social media at such a young age. Finding a school that offers a good academic route, nurtures your child’s interests and is capable of operating and adapting to a fast-changing social world is the ideal. No one will have all the answers, but an informed choice is essential.

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The scheme of which The Earl is now leader also traces its roots to Kurt Hahn and Box Hill School has been a member for over 50 years. Students within the Box Hill community all engage with the DofE scheme through the Bronze Award and many go on to subsequently complete their Silver and Gold Awards. The new Sports Centre is an impressive facility with indoor courts for basketball, netball, hockey and football as well as indoor nets for cricket, a multi gym, dedicated PE teaching space and changing rooms. Despite its size it sits comfortably in the landscape, dropped several metres below ground and boasting a tennis court on the roof. It is cedar clad and in keeping with the beautiful surroundings of the school’s campus. We are delighted by the opportunity to extend our sports provision for current and prospective students and the recreational use it offers for our boarding community in the evenings and at weekends.

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Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1BL Telephone: 01932 869744 (admissions) Email: cobhamadmissions@acs-schools.com Web: www.acs-schools.com Open mornings: 26 September, 9.30–11.30am (ages 2–9), 27 September, 9.30–11.30am (ages 10–18), 24 November (ages 2–18), 10am–12 noon.

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Old London Road, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6EA Telephone: 01372 373382 Email: admissions@boxhillschool.com Web: www.boxhillschool.com Open morning: 6 October, 10.15am–12 noon.

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Charterhouse. Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DX Telephone: 01483 291500 Email: admissions@charterhouse.org.uk Web: www.charterhouse.org.uk Open mornings: 15 September, 9.45am; 27 September, 10.30am; 6 October, 9.45am.

Cranmore School. Epsom Road, West Horsley KT24 6AT Telephone: 01483 280340 Email: admissions@cranmoreprep.co.uk Web: www.cranmoreprep.co.uk Open days: 21 and 22 September, 9.30–11.30am. 13 November (nursery only). PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STOCKBROKER | 123RF.COM

Hampton Court Road, East Molesey KT8 9BS Telephone: 020 8614 0857 (admissions) Email: admissions@hchnet.co.uk Web: www.hamptoncourthouse.co.uk Open days: 27 September, 2.30pm (ages 3–5), 4 October, 7pm (ages 16–18), 8 November, 2.30pm (ages 9–16), 15 November, 2.30pm (ages 5–9).

Manor House School.

.Danes Hill School. Leatherhead Road, Oxshott KT22 0JG Telephone: 01372 849203 (admissions enquiry) Email: registrar@daneshill.surrey.sch.uk Web: www.daneshillschool.co.uk Open morning: 6 October, 10am–12 noon

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Gordon’s School. West End, Woking GU24 9PT Telephone: 01276 858084 Email: registrar@gordons.school and sixthformregistrar@gordons.school Web: www.gordons.surrey.sch.uk Open morning: 24–26 September, 4–5 October (day boarders), 15 and 22 September, 6 and 13 October (residential boarders).

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Halliford School. Russell Road, Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 9HX Telephone: 01932 234921 (registrar) Email: registrar@halliford.net Web: www.hallifordschool.co.uk Open days: 6 October (whole school open day), 17 October (sixth form open evening), 8 and 13 November (visitor mornings).

Manor House Lane, Little Bookham, Leatherhead KT23 4EN Telephone: 01372 457077 (admissions) Email: admissions@manorhouseschool.org Web: www.manorhouseschool.org Open morning: 6 October, 10am.

Queensmead School Windsor. Kings Road, Windsor SL4 2AX Telephone: 01753 863779 Email: mail@queensmead.org.uk Web: queensmeadwindsor.org.uk Open days: 26 September, 10 November. Contact the registrar to make an appointment to view the school.

Reed’s School. Sandy Lane, Cobham KT11 2ES Telephone: 01932 869001 (admissions) Email: admissions@reeds.surrey.sch.uk Web: www.reeds.surrey.sch.uk Open days: 15 September (sixth form, 11+, 13+). 10 November (all years entry). See website for times and how to register.


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Reigate Road, Reigate RH2 0QS Telephone: 01737 222231 Email: info@reigategrammar.org Web: www.reigategrammar.org Open days: 26 September, 6pm (sixth form/A Level options). 29 September, 9.30am (annual open morning), headmaster’s talk at 9.40, 10.30 and 11.15am). 11 September, 11 October, 2 and 14 November, all 9.15–11.30am (working open mornings).

Royal Grammar School Guildford. High Street, Guildford GU1 3BB Telephone: 01483 880600 Email: admissions@rgs-guildford.co.uk Web: www.rgs-guildford.co.uk Open morning: 6 October, 10am–12.30pm.

Sir William Perkins’s School.

Wells Lane, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7DZ Telephone: 01344 629920 (admissions) Email: admissions@stgeorges-ascot.org.uk Web: www.stgeorges-ascot.org.uk Open morning: 6 October, 10.30am–1pm.

St George’s, Weybridge. Junior School: Thames Street, Weybridge KT13 8NL Telephone: 01932 839400 College: Weybridge Road, Addlestone KT15 2QS Telephone: 01932 839300 Email: contact@stgeorgesweybridge.com Web: www.stgeorgesweybridge.com Open morning: 29 September, 9.30am–12.30pm (junior school), 9am and 11am (college).

Tasis.

Guildford Road, Chertsey KT16 9BN Telephone: 01932 574900 Email: reg@swps.org.uk Web: www.swps.org.uk Parent information mornings: 11 September, 11 October, both 9.30am–12 noon.

Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe TW20 8TE Telephone: 01932 582316 (admissions) Email: ukadmissions@tasisengland.org Web: www.tasisengland.org Open morning: 5 October, 9.30–11.30am.

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Blackberries

Our ancient ancestors were not wrong in harvesting wild blackberries as they provide an important source of vitamins, fibre and even Omega 3 from the seeds of the fruit. One of the many myths that surround these black beauties is that they should not be eaten after Michaelmas Day as the result of St. Michael casting Satan out of Heaven and him landing on a blackberry bush. There are few things more pleasurable than foraging along hedgerows from the end of August right until Michaelmas day on 29 September. Choose a rural walk away from busy, exhaustfume roads. Blackberries are delicious just as they are, in a pudding, make some of the best jams and freeze really well.

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Partridge

This is one of the first birds available during the game season and today the most prevalent variety available from game merchants is the red-legged or French Partridge. Originating from southern Europe, this bird is larger than our native grey and is known to roost at night in fruit trees which is thought to have inspired the first line in the Twelve Days of Christmas song. All partridges are better hung for a few days and many game traders now offer plucked and fully prepared. Although the red-legged partridge is milder than the grey, it still has plenty more flavour than chicken, but does not overwhelm with a strong game taste. It is leaner and more interesting too and far from expensive.

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In season recipes Roast partridge with fennel mashed potato SERVES TWO

Ingredients: Two partridges Two sprigs fresh thyme Six juniper berries (optional) Two tablespoons butter Two tablespoons oil – rapeseed or olive Four slices streaky bacon or pancetta to cover the breasts (or use foil) For the mash: 500g potatoes (good all rounders or baking) One small bulb fennel 100ml milk or milk and sour cream combined Two tablespoons butter Salt to taste Method: w Pre-heat oven to 200°C/ gas mark 6. w Divide the thyme and juniper berries between the two birds putting into the cavities and season with salt and pepper if required. Tie the legs with string. w Soften the butter and cover the birds with this together with oil, placing the bacon, pancetta or foil over the breasts. w Roast in a suitable dish for 30 minutes or until juices run clear. w Trim the green tops from the fennel bulb and slice the main body into thin strips. Place these

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in a saucepan, cover with half the milk over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer until the fennel is tender. Blend this until smooth. w Peel and cut potatoes into even pieces, boil and simmer for around 20 minutes or until just soft. Drain well, mash, add the fennel purée, remaining milk and salt if required. Heat together and serve hot with the partridge. Autumn fruit custard

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Ingredients: 250g blackberries, raspberries or mix with blackcurrants 200ml cold custard 200ml double cream Two teaspoons runny honey (local and raw if possible) Mint leaves to dress Method: w Prepare your own custard or use a good quality one from a carton. Leave to cool fully and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. w Blend together the berries and honey, leaving some fruits aside to use whole to dress before serving. Once blended, sieve the mixture to remove the many pips. w Whip up the custard with the double cream until it becomes ust r and stir in t e fruit and honey mix. Taste and add more honey if required. w Serve in individual dishes and top with whole fruits and mint leaves.

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The Artisan General Store Shirlee Posner introduces readers to an online food boutique offering a collection of expertly selected products, tasting experiences and eco friendly delivery within Surrey.

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eb based food retailing is big business these days, so when I was approached to write an article about a new business selling artisan food products, I was a little sceptical. The internet is a very congested place so, apart from being Surrey-based and with ‘artisan’ in the title, I wanted to ascertain if The Artisan General Store might be worth a closer look. Firstly I examined the products listed and was delighted to find a couple of local producers. The use of low emission vehicles for Surrey deliveries also ticked a box, but I then found the black truffle butter. This was enough to make a call to the owner to set up an interview. After a lifetime in the corporate world, Steve Reice decided to do something completely different. He knew it would focus around his passion for top-end food products, but he spent time checking out the current market. Researching current online food offerings, he came up with a contemporary retail food model for his new food and lifestyle venture. Naming it The Artisan General Store, Steve set about curating a range of products he felt deserved a place in his shop. To be included, the product had to be as good as it could be in its category and one he would buy without hesitation. Sampling everything before a listing is essential and each and every product that makes it onto this online shop has been tasted and rated fit

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for inclusion. Currently 235 products have made it through the rigorous testing panel. The final goal is to reach one thousand. Based in Surrey, this is a national online business with anyone outside Surrey receiving orders by post or courier, depending on order size. Surrey residents, however, can expect a more personal service from this new start up as orders are delivered in hybrid vehicles by fully trained staff. Environmental footprint is important to this brand and Steve is proud of his small fleet of Kia Niro hybrids which won the Guinness World Record for lowest consumption of fuel in a test undertaken in the USA recently. Think also of the delivery staff as personal shopkeepers as products on arrival are taken directly to the kitchen (if required) and unpacked by knowledgeable staff who, if necessary, are able to discuss the order. This sounds perfect for gifting, especially as dare I mention Christmas is looming. The collection of products currently listed is selected from a mixture of producers local to Surrey and others from around Britain. The starter range currently on offer is all ambient, but that, says Steve, may change as the business develops and moves into chilled and frozen. I recognised some of the brands included and most have, as expected, a list of awards and accolades. Some are instantly recognisable, for example, Liberty Fields known for its wonderful aged apple balsamic vinegars

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Earl Grey and lavender panna cotta

Earl Grey and lavender panna cotta I have been thinking about panna cotta with Earl Grey tea ever since I saw it on a menu at the Medicine Garden in Cobham when it first opened. I didn’t try it that day and eventually curiosity got the better of me, so here is my version which includes lavender. Culinary lavender adds an interesting aromatic flavour note with a sophisticated twist. Ingredients 400ml semi-skimmed milk 600ml double cream 15ml culinary lavender Three 15ml spoons honey, lavender if possible Five leaves gelatine Three Earl Grey teabags Fresh berries, honey and fresh lavender for garnish Method

w Place eight ramekins on a tray that will fit in a fridge.

w Pour 400ml semi-skimmed milk and 600ml double cream into a saucepan. Add one 15ml spoon of culinary lavender and bring gently to the boil with three 15ml spoons of honey – use lavender honey if possible. Meanwhile, place five leaves of gelatine in a bowl of water and soak for five minutes.

w Once the cream mixture has come to the boil, remove the pan from the heat. Remove the gelatine from the water, whisk into the hot cream and add three Earl Grey teabags. Allow the teabags to infuse for about ten minutes, then remove them from the cream mixture, squeezing gently to extract the flavour. w Pour the cream mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pouring jug. Pour the mixture evenly between the ramekins, allow to cool slightly, then cover the tray in cling wrap. Chill overnight or until set in the fridge. w Serve in the ramekins, but I prefer to turn them out and garnish with some fresh berries, a drizzle of honey and a sprig of fresh lavender.

and apple syrup (gorgeous over ice-cream or in cocktails), and Wild Island from the Isle of Wight with fabulous dressings, drizzles (chilli and cherry), marinades (Peri Peri) and infused oils. However, Steve has also sourced some less visible products too which makes this collection of food products interesting to browse. Of course, it is possible to buy products directly from the brands, but choosing from The Artisan General Store will save on delivery costs and in Surrey, if spending over £50, free delivery is included. One of my favourite local brands listed is Stag Roasters, a new start up featured in this column a few issues back. Single origin, expertly-roasted coffees from Brazil, Peru and Honduras feature giving this business an edge. There are 21 categories of product on the site, including vegan, gluten free, raw honey (the jar with cinnamon got sent to my basket) plus black truffle butter from the Truffle Hunter range. Try cooking mushrooms in this or put a chunk on a freshly-griddled steak or on a heap of fresh mashed potatoes. Clicking on dips, I loved the sound of Hot Sand: a Dukkah spice mix from the The Dukkah Company, Cornwall, perfect for freshly-peeled quails’ eggs, and fresh thyme and butternut squash dip from A Little Bit. But online shopping is just the start for Surrey residents. When placing an order on The Artisan General Store site, products are ordered and packed together for posting or delivery. Sent in one consignment, this means stock is always fresh and use by dates not compromised. In addition to the shop, the business will also be offering tasting experiences from its product range. These events can be tailor made Homemade to individual needs and could be toffee pudding and ice cream truffle or spice inspired, or from any group of products offered. In development too is a fresh dessert service, again for delivery in Surrey. Currently there are three desserts in the range, but more are to be added as this element of the business develops. Sticky toffee pudding, chocolate mousse and meringues with cream and berries are the current offerings. I thoroughly recommend checking out The Artisan General Store for treating yourself, gifting and as a tried and tested gourmet food experience. It’s also important to note that online collections like this give bigger reach to small producers who need help raising the awareness and reach of their products. This is something with which many small businesses struggle, so it is fabulous to see a local company offering an additional retail outlet. essence INFO

The Artisan General Store Website: www.theartisangeneralstore.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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Stephanie Brookes, BBC Radio London food expert, offers her pick of an eating establishment for this month, Pizarro in Bermondsey.

f you take a stroll along Bermondsey Street you would be forgiven for thinking this is where London restaurants have decided to collectively congregate. This little hub of the city appears to be the centre of the culinary universe, and no weekend goes by where the restaurants and cafés aren’t teeming with customers, eager to enjoy the relaxed alfresco dining scene and sample the many cuisines on offer. One chef, in particular, has made Bermondsey Street his home with two successful restaurants. Acclaimed chef and restaurateur, José Pizarro, needs very little by way of introduction, for he has garnered almost legendary status amongst his peers and diners alike (much-deserved, I might add) for bringing his authentic take on Spanish cuisine to the city. His first restaurant, José, a bustling sherry and tapas bar, overflows with customers, all eager to enjoy a taste of the real Spain. His new venture, Pizarro, named after his beloved grandfather, is a more formal affair with an elegant private dining room, cosy banquettes and relaxed window seating. The ever-present ethos of José Pizarro’s restaurants is always one of community: families gathering for long lunches, friends grazing on tapas, or a group of friends feasting at the large communal table (as was the case on our visit). However

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you wish to dine at Pizarro, just ensure you and your party arrive hungry. I suggest ordering two to three small plates and then one larger course, which managed to sate this food writer (and guest). It’s also worth asking about the speciality dish which was, as we were to find out, the showstopper of the lunch…but more on that later. If there’s availability, request a seat by the large windows, which were mercifully open on this particularly warm afternoon, to enjoy the benefits of dining alfresco, albeit with a little protection from the elements. And, as you will discover, the atmosphere of Bermondsey Street feels positively celebratory on a weekend. Spicy prawn fritters PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STEPHANIE BROOKES


Food review | STEPHANIE BROOKES Whole Poussin with radish salad PHOTO COPYRIGHT: STEPHANIE BROOKES

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You won’t get lost in people watching for too long as the all-important matter of eating takes centre stage, as it should. A simple plate of Pan con tomate is the natural starting point: toasted ciabatta, glazed with a topping of fresh tomatoes, olive oil and garlic. It’s simple, rustic fare and utterly moreish, especially with a generous sprinkling of sea salt. Paired with a glass of cool, crisp Cava (which I definitely recommend), it is, quite simply, lunch in itself. The bread also acts as the perfect device to mop up any leftover sauces on the dishes to come – if you have any left, that is. The beauty of a few small, sharing dishes is that as soon as one is finished, a new one is promptly placed. An appetising dish of spicy prawn fritters with lemon aioli was one I would have happily demolished, was I not sharing. The fritters were golden and crispy on the outside, yet the integrity of the prawns inside were still perfectly springy and intact, flecked with aromatic coriander. The developing spice lingered pleasurably on the palate. The creamy, garlic-rich lemon aioli was the perfect partner. As in the case of any small dish, you feel a little regretful at eating so quickly; luckily, you’ll instantly revive at the sight of the glorious Bermondsey Bomba: our server informed us this was the house speciality. You can’t help but be impressed by this dish: a golden dome of deep-fried creamy potato sitting atop a rich, glossy aioli and adorned with a smoky, tomato relish. Not forgetting the softly spiced minced beef at the bottom. Just ensure you get a mouthful of each beautifully constructed layer. If the Bermondsey Bomba doesn’t leave you fully sated, then I suggest the larger plate of Whole Poussin

with radish salad. The plump, golden poussin sits on a plate of vibrant beetroot purée, which is both earthy and sweet. The poussin, still warm and tender, pairs perfectly with a mouthful of the zesty, crunchy salad. To end the meal, I couldn’t resist the traditional dessert of Leche Frita, which literally translates as ‘fried milk’. The cold milk pudding is encased in a sweet cinnamon outer shell and drizzled in honey. Just make sure you combine the frita with some of the homemade, pine nut ice-cream. Just a gentle word of warning though, as I quickly discovered, you won’t want to share this one! essence INFO

Pizarro Restaurant 194 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ Websites: www. josepizarro.com/pizarro-restaurant; www.stephaniebrookes.com Telephone: 020 7378 9455 Email: reservations@pizarrorestaurant.com

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Baking | JEN’S CUPCAKERY

Gluten free PLUM AND ALMOND CAKE Delicious and juicy, plums are a fantastic fruit to use in cakes and bakes and are healthy too! Here we’ve used gluten free flour, so this is a great bake for those with dietary restrictions. This soft vanilla and almond sponge is topped with slices of fresh plums, a scattering of granulated sugar and is delicious served warm with a dollop of fresh cream or mascarpone.

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w Slice three plums into thin slices and put to one side.

w Cream the butter and sugar until

Ingredients 250g unsalted butter 250g golden caster sugar 250g gluten free self raising flour Quarter of a teaspoon Xanthan gum Four large, free range eggs One teaspoon almond extract Three large plums Method w Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade/gas mark 6 and then grease and line a nine inch tin with non-stick baking paper.

light and creamy. Add the eggs and mix one at a time. w Add the almond extract. w Add the flour and Xanthan gum in one go and mix gently until the flour is blended. w Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth the top with a spoon. Place the plum slices on top, following the shape of the tin, and sprinkle a tablespoon of granulated sugar over the cake. Don’t press into the mix as the cake will rise slightly around the plums anyway. w Bake for about 25 minutes (or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean). w Take the cake out of the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

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cake can be pushed out of the tin when slightly cooled without disturbing the plums on top. Don’t worry if one is not available, just leave the cake to cool and then gently tap it out on to your hand and transfer to a plate.

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udeamon specialises in manufacturing and distributing nutraceutical health food supplements that promote psychological and emotional well-being. They feel that there is a place for pharmaceutical intervention but also a place for a more natural alternative. Their aim is that their products are used as part of a planned programme of exercise, healthy eating and therapeutic support that will help clients and customers to find the path to a healthier way of being.

Passionate about enabling people to help themselves naturally The purpose of the products is not to provide an instant solution to the difficulties you may be facing, wherever they are emotional, psychological or physical. They are not intended

to replace good diet and nutrition, a good physical exercise programme or any medically prescribed psychological or emotions support but are specifically designed to be used to aid and assist as you work towards a healthier lifestyle. Success is incremental! In our modern world, life can be all about quick fixes and shortcuts to fleeting happiness. Quick happiness is tempting but may also be momentary. Like empty calories, it can feel fulfilling but in reality is simply not enough. We may find ourselves deprived of the very ingredients needed to sustain our wellbeing. Hence “the pursuit of Eudeamon”. Take the time and space to explore where the imbalances are in your life. Allow yourself to try different things. Some will work, some won’t. The power is not in fixing but in taking control of our lives and pursuing what we need to live a good life. Join us! Take the first step on the path to Eudeamon. essence INFO

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Looking good: skin rejuvenation

Beauty therapists see clients on a daily basis with many different concerns about their skin, but normally they all share one‌ ageing! Epsom Skin Clinics explains treatment options to essence.

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e all want to look youthful with a glowing, smooth complexion, but years of sun damage, poor lifestyle, inadequate diet and the use of unsatisfactory products can lead to premature ageing and blotchy, uneven skin tone. However, skin rejuvenation is not just about helping with anti ageing; more specifically it can target concerns such as redness, broken veins, pigmentation, dull or sallow complexion and skin tightening. All these can make the skin appear tired and older. Redness and facial broken veins can be caused by sun damage or other environmental factors and even by something as simple as blowing the nose! Laser treatment can be used effectively to treat these conditions. Pigmentation is another cause of uneven skin tone. Sun damage is accumulated over a number of years due to sun exposure with a lack of protection. At Epsom Skin Clinics we encourage all clients to protect their skin by using an SPF on an everyday basis (at least an SPF 30 in winter and SPF 50 in summer) specifically intended for the face. We also recommend laser treatment where lesions are targeted and the laser causes the breakdown of melanin which the body then naturally removes. The pigment can sometimes appear darker at first, but this only lasts a short time. There is a range of products from Obagi that helps with pigmentation and also anti ageing offering an 18 week programme to stimulate the dermis into creating more collagen and elastin, as well as targeting the melanocytes to help lighten pigment. The treatment can cause skin to peel for a few weeks at first, before revealing a fresh and healthy complexion.

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Fine lines and wrinkles are a telling sign of age and they can start earlier than we think. We have found at the Clinics that each individual client has their own view on comparable treatments ranging from skin peels to injectables. Skin peels can target varying skin concerns, from thickened sun damage through to redness and sensitivity. The Enerpeel eye and lip treatment penetrates deeply to minimise wrinkles and tighten skin in these difficult areas. Microneedling is a little more invasive and is used to treat all areas of the face, neck and even chest regenerating and stimulating cell turnover to offer an even complexion as well as promoting collagen production. All this can either be offered as a start to an anti ageing programme, or combined with Botox and dermal fillers which are safe procedures to lessen wrinkles (Botox) or add subtle and healthy volume to skin areas (dermal filler). The doctor-led team of aesthetic professionals at Epsom Skin Clinics provide state of the art treatments that rejuvenate and enhance looks for clients. We use the latest technology to achieve optimum results whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety. Our in-house team of experienced practitioners spend time with each client to devise a personal treatment plan covering ever-changing requirements. essence INFO

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Your recipe for great skin, founded by MasterChef finalist Angela Langford perfect pores 30ml £31.00 Pore perfecting face serum: rose, cypress and hyaluronic acid Rose petals, cypress and juniper are blended with electric daisies and hyaluronic acid to help smooth skin and reduce the appearance of pores. Angela says... “This natural serum is great for improving the appearance of pores and smoothing skin. This is the recipe for repelling wrinkles and improving your complexion.” sweet cheeks 100ml £18.00 Balancing and cleansing face wash: papaya, cypress and rose Rose petals are blended with papaya, cypress, orange blossom and witch hazel to produce a non-foaming, gentle face wash that doesn’t strip skin of its natural oils. Angela says... “For those prone to oily, combination or congested skin, this face wash is for you. It is the recipe for beautifully balanced, clean and clear skin.” bloom & glow 15ml £20.50 Radiance restoring face oil: chia seed and sea buckthorn Chia seed and sea buckthorn are blended together to deliver high levels of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. This oil i ro es s in s elasticit cal s infla ation and restores radiance. Angela says... erfect for sensiti e easil infla ed or enerall out of kilter skin. This is your recipe for gorgeous, glowing, radiant skin.”

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Don’t settle for less Sophie Banks, a solicitor in Mundays LLP’s employment law team, discusses issues that employers and employees alike should consider when entering into settlement agreements.

Sophie Banks is an experienced employment lawyer with a background in advising large commercial and public sector clients. She provides clear and pragmatic advice to clients to help find solutions that balance both legal and commercial requirements. Sophie deals with all types of Employment Tribunal claims for employers and employees, including complex, high profile and high value claims. In addition, she advises on a broad range of employment law issues, drafts all types of employmentrelated documentation and employment law updates for clients and presents seminars on a variety of employment law issues. Sophie can be contacted on 01932 590581 or sophie.banks@mundays.co.uk

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settlement agreement (formerly known as a compromise agreement) is an agreement whereby a current or former employee or worker agrees to waive or settle a claim (or more usually, all possible claims) against their employer in return for a payment, usually on termination of employment.They are most often used in one of two situations, namely: w The employer (or someone within its organisation) has done something wrong and the employer is paying off the employee or worker; or w The employer is paying the employee or worker more than their contractual and statutory entitlement on termination of employment (such as an enhanced redundancy package). In each case, the employee will usually be most concerned with the amount of compensation they are getting (and whether there is the potential to negotiate more) whilst the employer’s aim will be to achieve an effective waiver of all possible claims that the employee may have against it. In the first situation, depending on their bargaining position, the employer may be willing to offer more financial compensation than originally

offered to the employee. There may be other additional terms that could be agreed such as payment towards outplacement assistance, a favourable reference, extended private medical cover or agreeing to release an employee from post-termination restrictions. It is often easier to negotiate additional benefits rather than persuade an employer to pay more compensation once they have reached their upper limit. The employer may also wish to impose additional obligations on the employee, such as asking the employee to: w Waive their entitlement to a bonus or share option scheme; w Provide ongoing assistance to the employer after termination; or w Enter into new restrictions regarding who they can work for/with or do business with after termination. In relation to the bonus or share option scheme, the parties should consider whether the employee has been fairly compensated for the loss of any rights they may have to receive a bonus or participate in a share scheme. If not, the parties could explore whether the employer has the discretion to enable ex-employees to


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Points to note about settlement agreements: continue to participate in the share scheme and/or receive their accrued entitlement to a bonus at the termination date or at the time when the bonus would usually be paid. If they do, and they agree to exercise their discretion in this way, the employee is more likely to agree to an earlier termination date, rather than try to stay employed until the date that shares vest or bonus payments are made. Agreeing that an employee is classed at a “Good Leaver” for the purposes of any bonus scheme or share scheme is also something the employer may offer to persuade the employee to agree to termination of their employment in this way. Regarding ongoing assistance, if it is likely that an employee may need to provide assistance to or perhaps evidence on behalf of their former employer following the termination of their employment, the employee may seek to be compensated for any loss of income as well as any reasonable expenses incurred in the course of providing such assistance. As for asking an employee to sign up to new terms restricting who they can go and work for or perhaps which clients or customers they can deal with for a set period after termination, the employee’s willingness to agree to such new terms is likely to depend on what the employee is getting in return. If the compensation being offered is generous and the employee believes they can still seek suitable alternative employment or deal with customers and clients without fear of breaching the restrictions, then there is little for them to lose by agreeing to the new restrictions. Similarly, if the employee proposes a career change or career break then the restrictions may be irrelevant to them. However, if the employee’s freedom to trade will be overly limited by the proposed new restrictions, or the timescale for the restriction is unreasonably long, consider whether the compensation being offered is generous enough to cover any potential loss of income that (as far as they are concerned) the employee may encounter whilst abiding by the restrictions. If it is not, there is a risk the employee may refuse to agree to a

Independent legal advice – one of the requirements for the agreement to be binding is that the employee must have received legal advice from a relevant independent adviser on the terms and effect of the proposed agreement and its effect on their ability to pursue the relevant claims before an employment tribunal. It is therefore usual for the employer to ANDRIY POPOV | 123RF.COM agree to pay all or a substantial contribution towards the reasonable legal costs incurred by the employee in obtaining advice on the termination of their employment and the terms of the agreement. The independent adviser must have a current contract of insurance (or professional indemnity insurance) covering the risk of a claim against them by the employee in respect of the advice. The agreement must identify the adviser (who is usually required to sign the agreement too), and confirm that the conditions regulating settlement agreements in the applicable pieces of legislation have been satisfied. Tax indemnities – there will almost certainly be an indemnity in the agreement stating that the employee will be responsible for any tax and National Insurance (save for PAYE deductions and employers’ National Insurance contributions) due in respect of the payments and benefits being paid to the employee. The employee therefore may also wish to consider taking independent financial advice if there are any complicated tax issues (perhaps relating to share options, commission plans or bonus schemes) to assess the risk of agreeing to such an indemnity and to ensure all payments, where possible, are made in a tax-efficient manner. References – the parties can agree the wording of a reference that will be provided by the employer regarding the employee to a prospective new employer and attach the reference as a schedule to the agreement. This non-financial benefit could be valuable to an employee who fears an unfavourable reference would be provided should the wording not be agreed, and would be a strong negotiating tool for an employer (not forgetting that the employer must take reasonable care to ensure the information it contains is true, accurate and fair, and does not give a misleading impression). However, agreed references are less important for employees with no concerns regarding their conduct or performance before termination, or for those whose employer only provides very basic factual information about former employees in their references (such as dates of employment and job title) and these facts are not in dispute.

settlement agreement containing such terms, preferring instead to retain their freedom to go and do what they wish post-termination. Of course, both sides should also consider the reasonableness of the restrictions being introduced, as clauses that are too wide or too long in duration are likely to be unenforceable. Needless to say, the employee would still be bound by any confidentiality provisions in their contract of employment, in addition to their common law duty of confidentiality.

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Bridgman Inspired Living event

New Urban art

UrbanSuburban is an exhibition of contemporary art brought together by British luxury furniture supplier Bridgman that you really won’t want to miss.

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or the first time in its forty-one year history Bridgman Inspired Living will bring the work of three London-based artists to its showroom in Walton-on-Thames. In an innovative approach to platforming new visual art, by merging it in complimentary settings, Bridgman is breaking new ground bringing the diverse talents of Austin Cole, Anne Davey Orr and Debra Lee Taylor together for the first time.  The three ‘Urbanists’ work in very different styles, use very different techniques and bring together their very varied take on the world of relationships, urban fabric and environment through work that is sometimes intimate in scale and sometimes large and expressive. Bridgman has managed through its imaginative curation of ‘UrbanSuburban’ to transform the work of the three ‘Urbanists’ into a cohesive and visual experience. The exhibition will be open to the general public from 21 September until 8 October 2018. essence INFO

Private view by invitation, 7–9pm, Thursday 20 September 2018 Contact Craig Donald Bridgman Unit A, Auckland House, New Zealand Avenue Walton-on-Thames KT12 1PL Website: www.bridgman.co.uk Email: walton@ bridgman.co.uk Telephone: 01932 242707

From top: Roses on Parade – Debra Lee Taylor. Oil and resin on board. Framed size 50x40 cms, £695 St Paul’s & The Shard – Austin Cole. Unframed print. 50x14 cms, £440 Vortex – Anne Davey Orr. Acrylic on canvas. 127x183 cms, £3,850

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Tax | EVERFAIR

Get offshore interests up to date Gillian Everall of Everfair Tax warns of the impending HMRC deadline for unpaid taxes on offshore assets.

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MRC is focusing on uncovering the large portion of unpaid taxes that relate to offshore assets. Large penalties are to be introduced and the Requirement to Correct (RTC) cut-off is looming. Aimed at those with undeclared offshore tax liabilities, the Requirement to Collect affects anyone who has not paid the relevant taxes relating to offshore interests and makes it essential that outstanding matters are corrected before the deadline of 30 September 2018. 30 September is also the closing date for more than 100 countries to exchange data on financial accounts under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). Once HMRC has received this data, it will be actively looking for any past under-declared or undisclosed tax liabilities. If tax is found to be due, a ‘Failure to Correct’ (FTC) penalty will be applied. Aimed at deliberate offshore tax evasion and attempts to conceal such evasion from HMRC, the standard penalty rate is set at 200% with some scope to reduce it to a minimum of 100% of the tax due, depending on the severity of individual circumstances. The FTC will apply to any tax omission that occurs before 6 April 2017 and Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax that involves offshore matters are all targets for investigation.

In addition, HMRC may apply additional sanctions on a case-by-case basis. An Asset Based Penalty will be applied for an additional 10% of the asset value should the tax owed exceed £25,000; and where assets have been deliberately moved to avoid tax obligations, the Offshore Assets Moves Penalty, equivalent to an additional 50% of the standard penalty, will be applied. In these cases the HMRC may also publish an individual’s details in line with the legislation for Publishing Details of Deliberate Tax Defaulters. In certain limited circumstances, the time limits for corrections have been extended and all amends may be made via HMRC’s digital disclosure facility, or by telling an officer of HMRC in the course of an enquiry. Taxpayers now have only a short window to find and rectify any omissions before the deadline and HMRC is advising that a lack of knowledge or understanding of the tax system, or of the new measures, will not qualify for a pardon. Its message is that clients should urgently have their offshore tax status reviewed by an independent tax advisor as soon as possible. For more information or help in reviewing offshore obligations, call Everfair Tax’s experienced team who will be happy to assist.

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Spotlight on... Surrey Wildlife Trust Various locations

Throughout September Surrey Wildlife Trust manages over 8,000ha of land for wildlife and people in Surrey. A few of the Trust’s events are listed here, but see the website for more. On Monday 17 September, 10am–1pm, at Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve in Leatherhead, don’t miss Dormice, where expert Dave Williams will explain how to protect these vulnerable creatures. Again at Nower Wood, on Wednesday 26 September, 10am–3pm, a course Introducing the management of woods is available. On Tuesday 18 September, 10am–12 noon, experience Winter migrants at Papercourt Marshes, Send to see the wealth of bird life in this permit-only site.

Information: surreywildlifetrust.org/events

Theatre Richmond Theatre Richmond

Tickets: atgtickets.com/richmond

Saturday 1 to Saturday 8 September The Height of the Storm

Compelling family drama starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins. Sunday 9 September Lucy Worsley – Queen Victoria

An illustrated talk. Monday 10 to Saturday 15 September Salad Days

Award-winning musical. Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 September Still Alice

Adaptation of Lisa Genova’s novel. Monday 1 October Sara Pascoe – LadsLadsLads

A new touring show from this talented comedian. See essence interview with Sara on page 14.

New Victoria Theatre

New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon Wimbledon

Tickets: atgtickets.com/wimbledon

To Saturday 8 September Saturday Night Fever

New stage version of the classic. Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 September Summer Holiday – The Musical

Feel-good theatre experience.

Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh Wimbledon

Tickets: cranleighartscentre.org

Saturday 22 September Jeremy Hardy Live

Jeremy celebrates his fourth decade as a stand-up.

Farnham Maltings Farnham

Tickets: farnhammaltings.com

Friday 21 September Phill Jupitus

Stand-up comedy at its best.

Woking

Friday 28 September Greg Wallace: Doesn’t Get

Tickets: atgtickets.com/woking

Tougher Than This

Monday 24 September Taj Express

Star of MasterChef takes to the stage in a new live show.

Experience Bollywood in this exhilarating musical Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 October Dinosaur World Live

Interactive new show.

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Saturday 29 September Ventoux

2Magpies Theatre restage the race between cyclists Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani.

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Guildford Tickets: glive.co.uk

Tuesday 18 September Shaolin Warriors

Music Boileroom Guildford

Featuring 20 Kung Fu masters.

Tickets: theboileroom.net

Wednesday 26 September An evening with Brian Blessed

Saturday 22 September Boileroom 12th birthday:

The title says it all... Friday 5 October Geoff Norcott

Ultimate Power

Celebrate the venue’s birthday.

Satirical comic on tour.

Cranleigh Arts Centre

Rose Theatre Kingston

Tickets: cranleighartscentre.org

Kingston-upon-Thames

Cranleigh

Tickets: rosetheatrekingston.org

Friday 28 September Anna Harvey (mezzo)

Thursday 13 September to

and Ian Tindale (piano)

Sunday 21 October Hogarth’s Progress

Bryan Dick and Keith Allen star as the younger and older William Hogarth in a double bill.

The programme includes works by Elgar and Britten.

Egham & District Music Club

The Electric Theatre

United Church of Egham, Egham High Street

Guildford

Tickets: wegottickets.com or

Tickets: electric.theatre

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Friday 28 September Ventoux

Sunday 16 September, 3pm Special Relations...songs from

2Magpies Theatre restage the race between cyclists Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani.

both sides of the Atlantic

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Tickets: yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Richard Robbins (tenor) and Guy Murgatroyd (piano) with a recital of songs celebrating the special relationship between the UK and USA.

Thursday 6 to

Epsom Playhouse

Saturday 8 September Showstopper!

Epsom

Tickets: epsomplayhouse.co.uk

The Improvised Musical

Thursday 20 September Clare Teal and her trio

Spontaneous musical comedy. Monday 10 to Tuesday 11 September Russian State Opera

A production of Carmen on 10 and La Traviata on 11 September.

A celebration of popular music from the golden age of song from multi award-winning jazz artist and Radio 2 presenter, Clare Teal.

Wednesday 19 to

Surrey Mozart Players

Saturday 29 September Vulcan 7

The Electric Theatre, Guildford Information: surreymozartplayers.com

Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer co-star in this new comedy, which they have also co-written.

Saturday 29 September

Monday 1 to Saturday 6 October The Habit of Art

Alan Bennett play starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland.

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Carmen, Russian State Opera, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

The programme will include Mozart’s Symphony No.35 – Haffner, Strauss’ Oboe Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and will feature soloist Peter Facer on the oboe.

Dinosaur World Live, New Victoria Theatre, Woking


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Spotlight on... The Surrey Game & Country Fair Loseley Park, Guildford Sunday 23 September Fabulous event bringing summer to a close (perhaps). This rural day out for the whole family combines top class entertainment, have-a-go activities, shopping, rural crafts and plenty of local food and drink. New for this year is the Shetland Pony Grand National, complete with young jockeys on a customised steeplechase course. As usual, rural pursuits remain at the heart of the Fair with ferret racing, sheepdogs, gun dogs, birds of prey, terriers and a parade of ounds. it fl s in lessons and de onstrations a fa il do s o it prizes, dog agility, the opportunity to learn about beekeeping, woodworking, spinning and weaving there really is something for everyone. Our image (left) shows the stunning Fuller’s Brewery horses, back by popular demand, offering dray rides in front of Loseley House. In addition, why not try your hand at archery or take a stroll around the display of vintage tractors and cars? The Food Theatre and Hall are sure to attract with expert demonstrations and tastings, with Surrey Farmers’ Market also on offer. Youngsters are catered for with Punch and Judy, donkey rides, The Sheep Show and a model railway. e air ill e o en et een a and and under es o free.

Tickets: surreycountyshow.co.uk

Festivals Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh

Information: cranleighartscentre.org

Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 September Film festival: Forties on Film

Includes screenings of Casablanca, Brief Encounter and more.

Farnham Food Festival 2018 Castle Street, Farnham

Information: farnham.gov.uk

Sunday 30 September

Music and food-themed stalls.

G Live Beer Festival G Live, Guildford

Tickets: glive.co.uk

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September

Ales from independent brewers.

Guildford Book Festival Various locations Information: guildfordbookfestival.co.uk

Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 October

See Jo Brand and Martin Bell: the website has all the details.

Guildford Walkfest 2018 Various venues, Guildford

Oktoberfest

Information: guildfordwalkfest.co.uk

H G Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking

Throughout September

Information: hgwells.co.uk

Get out and enjoy the town and countryside. See website for walks.

Haslemere Food Festival Lion Green, Haslemere

Information: haslemere.com

Saturday 22 September

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Saturday 15 September

Artisan food and drink makers.

Saturday 29 September

German beers in steins set in a Bavarian-style beer hall.

The Electric Theatre Guildford

Information: electric.theatre

Monday 17 to Saturday 22 September

Art-house movies from around the world.

Exhibitions Guildford House Gallery High Street, Guildford Information: guildford.gov.uk/guildford house

To Sunday 16 September The Discerning Eye Collection

39 artists are represented with small works spanning all media.

Haslemere Museum High Street, Haslemere

Information: haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Wildflowers

Saturday 8 to

Information: hobbledown.com

Saturday 29 September Frank Brangwyn: The Graphic Art

Saturday 15 September

of the First World War

Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Horton

A mini festival of sound and colour with a DJ, paint throwing, games, competitions and barbecue/bar.

Monochrome poster designs by Frank Brangwyn (1867 to 1956).

High Street, Godalming

Celebration of craft and design.

Woking Food and Drink Festival

Ocean Film Festival

Information:

Saturday 15 September to

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Tuesday 2 October Tranquillity

Make Festival

Watts Gallery, Compton Information: wattsgallery.org.uk

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Woking town centre

Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September

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A solo exhibition by landscape painter Ewa Adams.

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Museum of Farnham West Street, Farnham Information: farnhammaltings.com/museum

To Saturday 22 December Behind Closed Doors:

National Trust

New Ashgate Gallery

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

Information: newashgate.org.uk

Clandon Park

300 years of Willmer House

Celebrating the anniversary.

Farnham

To Saturday 8 September Edge of the Ocean

near Guildford

Celebrating holidays by the coast.

Throughout September Previously-unseen spaces

Surrey Sculpture Society RHS Wisley, Woking

Information: surreysculpture.org.uk

To Sunday 23 September

Stunning sculpture trail.

The Lightbox Gallery and Museum Woking

Information: thelightbox.org.uk

The Clandon Park basement is open.

Dapdune Wharf Guildford

Information: 01483 561389

Saturday 22 September River Wey Festival

Don’t miss the illuminated boat pageant as darkness falls.

Leith Hill Place

Sunday 13 January Impressionism: The Art of Life

near Dorking

Information: 01306 711685

A rare combination of French Impressionist paintings and sculpture.

Friday 7 September to

Compton, Guildford Information: wattsgallery.org.uk

To Sunday 28 October James Henry Pullen:

Sunset reflections, Ewa Adams, Tranquillity, McAllister Thomas

Sunday 21 October Exhibition: Gwen Raverat

Exhibition of work by this wood engraver.

Winkworth Arboretum Godalming

Inmate – Inventor – Genius

Information: 01483 208936

Gallery show emphasising Pullen’s status not as a mechanical copyist, but as an innovative artist.

Sunday 16 September Fungi foray

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Information: 01483 222482

Saturday 29 September to

Watts Gallery

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1839–1899), A Woman Nursing a Child, 1894 oil on canvas, The Lightbox

With expert Sara Shepley.

Colossus, Thorpe Park PHOTO COPYRIGHT: DANIEL LEWIS/THORPE PARK

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Out and about

Go Wild Golf Day 2018

Albury Vineyard

The sixth annual Go Wild Golf Day allows golfers of all levels to challenge the Born Free team. Tickets are £55.

Silent Pool, Albury

Information: alburyvineyard.com

Sunday 9 September Beekeeping demonstration

Beekeeper at Albury, Sergio, offers an introduction to bees with the chance to suit up and handle frames for close up views of the busy workers. Cost is £35, including a Q and A session and glass of wine.

Bocketts Farm Park Fetcham

Information: bockettsfarm.co.uk

Throughout September

With goat milking, animal handling, pig racing and tractor rides, there’s something for everyone.

Bourne Hall Museum Ewell

Information: bournehall.org

Saturday 8 September Kids Club: Gladiator School

Learn about the role of a gladiator within Roman society.

Brooklands Museum Weybridge

Tickets: brooklandsmuseum.com

Sunday 16 September Brooklands Aviation Day

Lots of aviation-themed family activities with the Museum’s aircraft open to explore. Saturday 22 September Historics @ Brooklands

Slinfold Golf and Country Club, West Sussex Registration: bornfree.org.uk

Friday 5 October

Heritage Open Days Various venues

Information: heritageopendays.org.uk

Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 and Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 September

See hidden places for free at venues across Surrey, including Painshill Park in Cobham on 8 September. Search the website for other venues taking part.

Kempton Park Racecourse Sunbury-on-Thames

Tickets: kempton.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Saturday 8 September 80s Day

An afternoon of racing followed by retro fun with DJ Fearne Cotton.

Loseley Park Guildford

Tickets: richmonddogshow.org.uk

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September The Richmond Dog Show

One of the oldest established dog shows in the UK.

RHS Wisley Woking

Tickets: rhs.org.uk/wisley

Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 September RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

The last flower show of the season.

Classic Car Auction

Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 September Birds of Prey

Historic, classic and sports cars plus motoring memorabilia.

See spectacular birds of prey take wing and demonstrate flying skills.

Sunday 30 September Brooklands Great War 100

Surrey Cycle Challenge

Marking the centenary of the end of World War One as Brooklands gathers automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, vehicles, buses and aircraft from the period up to 1919.

Harris Hawk in flight at an RHS Garden falconry display, Birds of Prey, RHS Garden Wisley PHOTO COPYRIGHT: RHS, GUY HARROP

Surrey Hills Challenge

Westcroft Park Polo Club

Information: surreyhillschallenge.com

Information: powerofpolo.org.uk

Sunday 23 September

Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 September The Power of Polo

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Chobham

Six events, six distances from 60km to 1km – a walk or run for all abilities to raise funds for the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.

A family fun day and tournament.

Wildwood Adventure Stoke Park, Guildford

Theme Parks

Information: wildwood-adventure.com

Various locations

Throughout September

Zip Zone is a new activity on a 15 metre tower on zip lines for families who love adventure.

Information: merlinentertainments.biz

Throughout September

The south-east has three great theme parks: Chessington World of Adventures with its Vampire Ride, SEA LIFE Centre, Zoo and Go Ape; Legoland, everyone’s favourite, with its themed resorts and rides, not to mention the shop; and, finally, Thorpe Park with its terrifying rollercoaster experiences The Swarm, Colossus and Nemesis Inferno, alongside the water rides.

Woking Triathlon

Pool in the Park, Woking Information: fullsteamevents.com

Sunday 9 September

In its fourth year, the Triathlon returns with multiple distances covering novices, sprint and juniors. Starting with a swim in the Pool in the Park, followed by a short run to transition on to the open road.

Farmers’ markets Camberley Saturday 15 September, 10am–3pm Cranleigh Every Friday, 9.30–11am Epsom Sunday 2 September and 7 October, 9.30am–1.30pm Farnham Sunday 23 September, 10am–1.30pm

Tadworth

Guildford Tuesday 4 September and 2 October, 10.30am–3.30pm

Information: thechildrenstrust.org.uk

Haslemere Sunday 2 September and 7 October, 10am–1.30pm

Sunday 9 September

An annual 46 or 65 mile cycling challenge in aid of The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court.

Milford Sunday 16 September, 10am–1.30pm Ripley Saturday 8 September and 13 October, 9am–1pm Walton-on-Thames Saturday 1 September and 6 October, 9.30am–2pm Woking Thursday 6 September and 4 October, 9am–2pm

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Curchods www.curchods.com

Broadway and Parsons Green takes Grosvenor Billinghurst 17 minutes to Oxford Circus and just www.grosvenorb.co.uk half an hour to Canary Wharf. Heathrow Airport is 32 minutes away from nearby Hammersmith Underground. Winkworth Fulham has a vibrant mix of shops, www.winkworth.co.uk restaurants and bars, whilst Bishops Park and the river provide some peace and quiet. Nearby Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated schools include Fulham Cross Girls School, London Oratory School as well as APW Lettings independent schools such as Fulham www.apwproperty.com Prep School.

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Arlington House ÂŁ2,500,000 Cobham, Surrey

A large family home newly constructed in 2013. Set behind electric gates along one of Cobham’s sought after, leafy residential lanes. High ceilings, generous room proportions and a beautifully designed interior give this unique home a sense of light and space, as well as a feeling of luxury everywhere you look. Programmable mood lighting, ceiling speakers with Sonos controllers, CAT 5 wiring and air conditioning are a few of the electrical features installed. Concrete floors and underfloor heating throughout are also a particular feature of note. The rear garden has been professionally designed and landscaped to provide a luxurious space with access via bifold doors from the kitchen breakfast and family rooms. Arlington House is a superb home, available for immediate occupation. An internal viewing is strongly recommended.

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

Tilehurst £10,000 PCM Oxshott, Surrey

An exceptional six-bedroom family home located within the sought-after Knott Park Estate. This imposing residence benefits from far-reaching views over fields and towards the Surrey Hills, along with being 0.4 miles from Danes Hill School.

To the rear is the beautiful south west facing garden which overlooks Cloud Hill Farm with park-like views. The garden is mostly laid to lawn with shrub and tree boards along with a generous patioed terrace, perfect for al fresco dining. The front of the property is approached via a paved driveway, offering ample parking for a number of cars and leading to an integral double garage.

Leading from the impressive entrance hall with central staircase are the main reception rooms including dining room, sitting room and formal entertaining room as well as a home office. To the rear of the house is a bespoke fitted kitchen with adjoining family room, breakfast area and glass leisure room which houses a jet hydro pool and sauna room. These areas benefit from fully retracting, bi-folding doors leading to the garden terrace.

Manor Way is situated within the private Knott Park Estate which is ideally situated adjacent to the internationally renowned Danes Hill School. The village plays host to beautiful greenery, perfect for young families, retiring couples and professionals searching for a sanctuary away from the City. Other nearby schools include the ACS International School in Cobham, Notre Dame, Parkside and Felton Fleet.

The galleried first floor landing leads to the luxurious master suite boasting two dressing rooms and balcony. There are four further bedrooms to the first floor, two ensuites and a family bathroom. The second floor is a flexible self-contained space which could be used as a games room or guest suite.

In addition to Oxshott’s charming High Street of boutique shops and delightful cafés, it is conveniently located 20 miles south west of central London. The Oxshott mainline station provides rail services to London (Waterloo) with a journey time of around 35 minutes. The A3 and M25 are also within easy driving distance, as are Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.


SEVEN HILLS ROAD, COBHAM KT11 An exquisite detached family home situated at the end of its own private driveway in one acre of landscaped grounds. Three reception rooms. Kitchen/breakfast room. Five bedrooms. Three bathrooms. Gardens of one acre. Triple garaging. EPC rating: B.

ASKING PRICE OF £1,995,000

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St Malo, Scotts Grove Close, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8DU • £750,000 Set within a private cul-de-sac, this four bedroom detached residence offers 1,46 sq. ft. of accommodation, set over two floors. he property has been extended and refurbished to a high specification throughout by the current owners, with south-westerly facing rear garden and is within walking distance to the popular hobham village.

Monkswalk, Gracious Pond Road, Chobham, Woking, Surrey GU24 8HL • £1,000,000 Dating back to 1840, this detached Victorian three bedroom cottage sits on a plot of approximately a third of an acre situated within hobham ommon, off the highly sought after Gracious Pond Road and benefits from garaging for five vehicles and no onward chain.

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Deepwood, Yaffle Road, St George’s Hill, Weybridge KT13 • £3,500,000 • EPC rating: D

A charming, well-presented, characterful detached property with a contemporary twist situated behind electric gates in a secluded sylvan setting within the renowned St. George’s Hill private estate. Offered to the market in excellent order throughout, this five bedroom property benefits from approximately 4,146 sq. ft. of modern living over two floors. Externally, the swimming pool area is afforded privacy by well-established gardens and the double garage, carport and driveway provides ample parking for several cars.

Plot 43 and plot 45 Pelhams Walk, Esher KT10 • £1,495,000 and £1,550,000 BUILDING PLOT • DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY • PHOTO INDICATIVE CGI

Situated in arguably one of the most idyllic picturesque areas of Esher. Nestled in the exclusive Esher Place private estate these beautiful west facing plots overlooking the River Mole have planning permission for two stunning detached houses of approximately 7,000 sq. ft.

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Chichester Harbour Price Guide: £3,250,000

A lifestyle and move that will change your views for ever! Perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy an outstanding new contemporary house with direct frontage and access to Chichester harbour, with the most glorious 180º views. The harbour is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB), that offers the lucky few a wonderful oportunity to live in a peaceful and truly wonderful environment with a fantastic local community. Once seen the floor plans and details of this exquisite and superbly built property will speak for themselves, but let’s tell you about the beauty and benefits of living at ‘Brightwater’. The house is equidistant

between Itchenor Sailing Club and Chichester Yacht Club and the Marina together with restaurant and bars, all within easy walking or cycling distance. The blue flag beaches of West Wittering are just a few minutes away by car or boat, with the wider area offering recreational amenities that are probably second to none. The Roman city of Chichester is only 5 miles away offering superb shopping and excellent schools - both private and public. Also near by are The Chichester Festival Theatre, the Goodwood Estate - home to the world famous racecourse, motor racing circuit renowned for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival along with a private flying club.

The harbour itself is the jewel in the crown, providing wonderful sailing and boating facilities, also teeming with wildlife and home to a pod of seals!

All this only 60 miles south of Marble Arch with central London being easily accessible by road and rail with services to both Waterloo and Victoria from Chichester station. What are you waiting for..?

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COBHAM

£920,000

An exceptionally attractive Victorian (1857) character home of almost 2,000 sq ft, situated in a gated cul-de-sac with a high brick and flint wall to two sides. Extensive and adaptable living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, five receptions and bothy. Short distance to Cobham. NO ONWARD CHAIN. EPC: E.

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OXSHOTT

01932 864242

£850,000

A spacious (2,000 sq ft) semi-detached town house in a smart gated development. Large kitchen/breakfast room, five bedrooms including bonus room/bedroom with en-suite, master en-suite and family bathroom, reserved parking for two. Walk to High Street, schools and station. EPC: C. NO ONWARD CHAIN.

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COBHAM

Guide price £750,000

A superbly converted and presented detached Victorian House with a fantastic 48 ft open-plan ground floor (kitchen, dining, living and conservatory) sympathetically re-modelled throughout with a contemporary theme. OSP for two/three cars, 50 ft+ back garden. Short walk to shops and restaurants. EPC: E.

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01932 864242

Guide price £1,000,000

A rare opportunity to acquire a generous, semi-detached lodge with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two receptions, large garden, adjoining one acre paddock with stables and road access and two large garages. Between Cobham and Leatherhead, two miles from M25 (J9), Cobham and Stoke D’Abernon station. EPC: D.

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Ashwan is a magnificent, detached family home completed to an outstanding level of specification, including Crestron controls, Chesneys fireplaces, Stepevi carpets and heated granite driveway. This luxurious, well-proportioned, ten-bedroom residence is set over four floors. Ashwan is approached through electric gates across a large driveway creating ample parking and leading to an underground ten car garage with remote control door opening.

DALKEITH HOUSE, SHRUBBS HILL LANE, SUNNINGDALE, ASCOT SL5 GUIDE PRICE £4,750,000

Dalkeith House is a magnificent, detached, family home which has been extensively renovated by the current owners over the past nearly ten 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.

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Huw Griffiths Architects is a multi-disciplinary team founded in 1988. The Practice has undertaken an extensive range of award-winning projects across the UK. With offices in Surrey and Swansea, we are able to carry out projects across the south of England and Wales. We aim to produce contemporary design that is responsive to and respectful of the historical and social context of site and circumstance, delivering architecture that is practical and sustainable. We have worked extensively with listed buildings and on bespoke domestic, commercial and public projects often with strict site constraints within Conservation Areas, SSSI’s, National Parks and AONBs. Our work has received endorsements from the Design Commission and featured in various publications, including the Architects’ Journal. We adopt a sensitive architectural approach, preserving and enhancing the integrity of our projects and their setting through contemporary, sitespecific solutions.

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Curchods is delighted to offer two brand new five-bedroom homes, arranged over three floors and extending to just under 3,000 sq.ft. Located on a private road within walking distance of Oxshott Woods and the station. The properties are ready for occupation and finished to a very high standard. Guide price ÂŁ1,395,000.

[\ Please call 01932 860999 or email cobham@curchods.com to arrange a viewing


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