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Model mogul Caprice Bourret, entrepreneur Also inside this issue


HOOKED ON AFRICA Photographer Harry Hook on tour

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contents Issue 74 | SEPTEMBER 2016

8 | Interview | CAPRICE BOURRET

Caprice first came to England from Los Angeles 20 years ago and quickly became a successful model, a face everyone knew. Now an established businesswoman, this year marks the tenth anniversary of By Caprice products. Andrew Peters asked her about the journey and her newest venture, By Caprice Home.

16 | Travel | DARJEELING


Deemed to be the queen of Indian hill stations, Darjeeling in West Bengal rarely sees snow, but on one of those rare occasions Subhasish Chakraborty made a special journey to relish a snowy spectacle, sample tea and view an old steam engine.



MOGUL AND MOTHER Caprice Bourret first came to these shores from Los Angeles 20 years ago and quickly became a successful model, a face everyone knew. She’s an established businesswoman and this year marks the tenth anniversary of By Caprice Products. There have been the inevitable ups and downs along the way, but Caprice is now a role model for women and a motivational speaker. Andrew Peters asked her about the journey and her newest venture, By Caprice Home. >>>

26 | Motoring | INFINITI

The premium compact car segment is a crowded market and this year it becomes a little more so with Nissan’s luxury division offering the Q30 and QX30. Euan Johns charts the ambitions of Nissan’s Infiniti marque as it enters this bun fight.

32| Fashion | GUSHLOW & COLE

Emma Gushlow and Katrina Cole make beautiful shearling garments and accessories. The South London born designers met at school and have worked creatively together since with the label now attracting high profile celebrities, including Angelina Jolie.

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40 | Photography | HARRY HOOK

Harry Hook, renowned photographer and film director, will appear at the Epsom Playhouse in September for an evening of extraordinary stories and unique film footage from Africa.


Crates chooses current seasonal offerings, plums and fennel, together with recipes to enjoy.

46 | Artisan food | EAT SURREY

Shirlee Posner of Eat Surrey introduces readers to Waters Edge, a newly opened restaurant set in a picturesque location on Horsell Common, near Woking.

54 | Legal | MUNDAYS

Judith Fitton, Partner at Mundays LLP, discusses maintenance and pre-nuptial agreements in the light of a recent high profile case in the courts


56| Finance | PMW

The Bank Rate has been cut and sterling continues to slide. Simon Lewis, CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd, looks for reasons to be cheerful.

58| Education | CRANMORE SCHOOL

Michael Connolly, headmaster of Cranmore School, considers what type of school meets children’s needs in the 21st century.

62| Leisure Breaks | WINCHESTER

Rebecca Underwood explores Winchester, located by the River Itchen at the western end of the rolling chalk hills that form the South Downs National Park.

68| Events | SURREY

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

76| Interiors | MARGO SELBY

Margo Selby creates exceptional quality textiles for interiors, effortlessly blending historic hand and industrial weaving. Margo’s designs push the boundaries, using the best weavers in the industry.



“About Africa is a wonderful book. The photographs are really magnificent. One can see the affection and understanding of Africa in every image” ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH

Hooked on

Africa Harry Hook, renowned photographer and film director, will appear at the Epsom Playhouse in September for an evening of extraordinary stories and unique film footage from Africa. essence found out more.


ilm director and photographer Harry Hook spent his childhood in Kenya and Sudan. He has been filming and photographing images of the African continent and its people for over 40 years. His photographs have been used extensively in newspapers and magazines and his work in film and documentary making has been screened on television and in cinemas around the world. For those who wish to understand more about Africa, this is an evening not to be missed. Hook’s portraits have a compelling purity and directness set against black backdrops (tents he erected on the road), highlighting individual personalities on every frame. His book, About Africa, charts changing African society with an unusual collection of images shining fresh light on Africa past and present. 

"Hook's rural portraits are so powerful and graceful; his urban ones are witty and engaging and draw you close to the people and their situation. The humanity of each subject is honoured by Hook's obvious respect for them." ROGER GRAEF

essence INFO Harry Hook ‘About Africa’ - Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL. Tuesday 27 September. Telephone (Epsom Playhouse): 01372 742555 Website: www.harryhook.co.uk/talks, www.aboutafricabook.com/book, www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk

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The Olympic games are all over for another four years and what memories are we left with? I confess I didn’t stay glued to the screen throughout, it was all on far too late for that.

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What I did see were the incredible performances of the down-to-earth and (newish) golden couple, cycling champions Laura Trott and Jason Kenny. However, my personal highlight was the women’s hockey team (containing local girl Sophie Bray, interviewed in essence issue 53) winning gold, and against all odds beating world champions The Netherlands. The team’s winning celebrations were fantastic, and these ladies showed the men a thing or two. So, thanks to them, we can now chalk up another rare penalty shoot-out victory, just make it Germany next time please.

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What struck me about the Olympic performances, apart from the obvious dedication and desire, was the balance of everything: the yin and the yang. Cycling most obviously, but in a wider sense the hockey team had a wonderful balance. They won because of their mix of skill, character and steel, the best of all the teams. How important balance is in everything, a wellbalanced child, balanced economy, a positive bank balance, the list goes on. In this issue of essence we interview model and entrepreneur Caprice Bourret, look at the new Infiniti QX30 and find out about some true British fashion design talent in Gushlow & Cole. The result of perhaps one of the greatest balancing acts of thirty years ago features in our events. This was the lifting of The Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s flagship, now revealed in all her magnificent glory. As usual, there’s health, legal and education advice, together with the pick of activities highlighting food, events and competitions to enter. The essence team

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MOGUL AND MOTHER Caprice Bourret first came to these shores from Los Angeles 20 years ago and quickly became a successful model, a face everyone knew. She’s an established businesswoman and this year marks the tenth anniversary of By Caprice Products. There have been the inevitable ups and downs along the way, but Caprice is now a role model for women and a motivational speaker. Andrew Peters asked her about the journey and her newest venture, By Caprice Home. >>>

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Q Caprice, what was the reason you came to England 20 years ago? A I was advised to head to Europe to further my modelling career. England appealed as everyone spoke English. Q What do you regard as being your first big break? A My red carpet moment at the National TV Awards. The next day my profile skyrocketed and I was on the front page of every newspaper. That was definitely a major turning point. Q Did you expect to become one of the most photographed women in the world? A I have always been ambitious. My mom is an entrepreneur and that mindset was instilled in me from a young age. When I was four I wanted to be the governor of California… I have always treated my career as a business. I never knew I would be featured on over 300 magazine covers worldwide. I am honoured and blessed. Q You’ve been successful in many disciplines. Do you have a fear of failure and if so does that drive you? A I believe that you learn from your mistakes, especially in business, so failure is OK; if your first idea doesn’t work, be smart enough to walk away and start again. I remember when I launched hair straighteners it was such a competitive market and the straighteners themselves could not compete against GHD and other celebrityendorsed straighteners. I gave it two seasons, sales weren’t healthy, and I swallowed my losses and moved on. Q Being a successful model, why did you choose to start your own business? A I started the company in the hope of creating a brand and company I could pass onto my family. It was also important to have longevity in a career that was not reliant on my looks. I was in my 30s and had 10 essence-magazine.co.uk | SEPTEMBER 2016

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“When you have children, trust me, life is busy! I try and start the day with meditation. It helps me focus and stay relaxed. ” CAPRICE BOURRET

to think of plan B whilst I was at the top of my game in the modelling world. Lingerie worked well and I used modelling as a platform to turn myself into a businesswoman. Q Where does your business acumen and focus come from? A As I mentioned I am the daughter of an entrepreneur – my mom has her own successful interior design business in LA and she always taught me to strive for independence, to take risks and have control over my money and destiny. I am thankful for this upbringing as it ultimately got me where I am today. Q You financed your own business: do you think this removed a large obstacle on the way to success? A Well I carried and still carry all of the risk, so that has its advantages and disadvantages. I am the decision maker and as a business By Caprice can be agile and adapt easily. However, equity partners can provide a business with more resources and expertise.

Q Your success is evident in the By Caprice brand. What is the idea behind By Caprice Home? A By Caprice Home was the natural step forward for the brand, launched last autumn. We have been overwhelmed with the positive response and are thankful for the support from our stockists House of Fraser, Very.co.uk and LookAgain.co.uk. We are now branching out internationally and adding additional home products to cater for growing demand. Q You’re a motivational business speaker; do you do this to help promote women having an equal place in business? A Absolutely. It is still a man’s world and I love to inspire and meet likeminded women in business. >>>

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Q Are you happy to see yourself as a role model for aspiring women entrepreneurs? A It is an honour. I love hearing other people’s success stories and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs. Q Will you ever return to live in LA? What do you miss most? A It has to be the amazing weather. I regularly visit LA, but I have lived in London for nearly 20 years now. England is my home.

Profile: Caprice Bourret Caprice Bourret came to England from southern California and quickly became one of the most photographed women in the world. Having appeared on 300 magazine covers across the globe and over 150 television shows and films, she was voted GQ Magazine’s Woman of the Year and Maxim’s International Woman of the Year for three years running. Caprice received rave reviews in London’s West End playing the lead role in The Vagina Monologues and the musical Rent. She later bought the rights to the hit production, Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical, in which she starred and also produced. In 2006, Caprice started By Caprice Lingerie, which she fully finances, designs, models and markets. She started the company in hope of creating a brand and company she could pass on to her family and by most importantly doing what she loves to do best: making gorgeous, comfortable garments for her customers so they feel beautiful, sexy and feminine. The By Caprice product range has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2006, with CEO Caprice building up the business entirely on her own. Autumn 2015 saw the launch of By Caprice Home. Caprice uses her own success and life experiences to empower and inspire through motivational talks she gives to college students, entrepreneurs and business leaders. An avid philanthropist, she has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and is patron to Woman’s Trust. Caprice and her partner Ty Comfort reside in London with their two children, Jett and Jax.

Q As a philanthropist for a number of organisations, with which do you have most empathy? A I am a proud patron of Woman’s Trust, a charity which does such amazing work for victims of domestic violence. I have seen the difference made to the lives of these inspiring ladies and their children. I have been a sponsor of the charity for five years and am so thankful I am able to make a difference. Q You have a very full life, so how do you relax in this competitive world? A When you have children, trust me, life is busy! I try and start the day with meditation. It helps me focus and stay relaxed. Q What legacy would you like to leave your children and what would be your best advice to them? A I would like them to develop great business acumen, without compromising integrity or passion, and also to be kind and charitable. Happiness derives from appreciating all the good one has in life and not focus on the bad. I believe people can create whatever they want in their lives, despite their various backgrounds. Only you can make it happen, and sometimes it takes a lot of hard work and patience.  essence INFO Website: www.bycaprice.com

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LOCALWOMEN IN BUSINESS Loseley Park in Guildford provides the venue this September for a unique event aimed at providing guidance for women returning to work, wishing to switch careers or wanting to start their own business. essence found out more.


rganised by online forum The Really Helpful Club, the Back to Business: Taking the First Steps event on Thursday 29 September at Loseley Park will comprise a morning of talks and workshops aimed at helping women rediscover and reconnect with the workplace. There will be a series of inspirational and informative speakers throughout the morning, including Debbie Wosskow, OBE, CEO and founder of Love Home Swap, and Jayne Constantinis, BBC presenter and communication skills expert. The local businesses described below have all been started by women entrepreneurs and provide inspiration for others wishing to follow in their footsteps. 

Mamma & Me

Business Espresso

BE was founded by in 2014 by three school friends from Tormead School in Guildford: Natalie Collingwood, Katie Ward, and Sian Powell. After following one another’s careers in the corporate and commercial world, and starting families, they soon realised that with shared ambitions, values and combined business experience, they could offer small and growing businesses in the Surrey area something different – a powerful pool of business development resources to tap into as and when needed. Sian is pleased to say that BE is going from strength to strength with more women joining the team and working on a flexible basis. www.businessespresso.co.uk

Mamma & Me

Julia Buckland founded Mamma & Me in 2011. The company sells beautiful cashmere clothing and accessories for mothers and daughters as Julie, who couldn’t find a suitable cashmere poncho in child sizes, launched the business designing her own. The Mamma & Me collection now includes ponchos, kimono wraps, loungewear, socks and scarves, as well as other accessories. The emphasis is on beautifully produced products in a stylish palette of subtle tones that complement any wardrobe during any time of the year. www.mammaandme.co.uk

Anna Saverimuttu Photography

Based in Guildford, Anna Saverimuttu wants to change women’s perceptions about themselves to help them become more confident about their appearance. A professional photographer for 19 years, she noticed much the same negative reaction from all women when faced with appearing in front of the camera. Her new Couture Portrait service, combined with a series of workshops for women (which will also raise money for a cancer charity), are part of her mission to help women see themselves in a kinder light and stop them making comparisons with often unrealistic images portrayed in the media. www.annasaverimuttu.co.uk

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Back to Business: Taking the First Steps The Barn, Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1HS Thursday 29 September, from 9am Email: caroline@reallyhelpfulclub.com

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TEA AND THOMAS Deemed to be the queen of Indian hill stations, Darjeeling in West Bengal rarely sees snow, but on one of those rare occasions Subhasish Chakraborty made a special journey to relish a snowy spectacle and a lot more besides.

Enjoying morning Glenburn tea whilst viewing Mount Kanchenjunga PHOTO COPYRIGHT: GLENBURN TEA ESTATE & BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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y the time I reached Darjeeling it was early afternoon. I’d already booked my accommodation at the well-known Windamere Hotel, with the sole intention of marvelling at the sight of snow in this bewitching and historic hill station. The entire town was dazzlingly blanketed in four inches of the white stuff and locals and visitors alike had dug up snow and were throwing it at each other. According to the manager of the Windamere Hotel: “The last time Darjeeling witnessed snow was 30 years ago, way back in 1985.” The Windamere offers the traveller absolutely breathtaking views, not only of Darjeeling town, but also the snowy Mount Kanchenjunga directly from the hotel’s rooms. Stately pines, rhododendrons, primulas, magnolias, orchids and houses embrace the Darjeeling hillside, the covering of snow providing a stunning kaleidoscopic of colour. The outstanding Windamere Hotel is in fact a destination in itself. Located strategically in one of the most picturesque parts of Darjeeling, it overlooks the Chowrasta – the town’s main square. This heritage rich hotel is inspired by and exudes the British Raj, in fact here the atmosphere envelops all. On a sunny day the breathtaking panorama of the world’s twenty highest peaks of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan is on view. Boasting many famous guests, ranging from Hollywood stars to renowned travel writers, and in spite of the onslaught of modernity, age-old traditions are preserved. Staying there is a rare opportunity to live in a bygone era. The elegantly appointed Ada Villa and The Annexe are bereft of modern amenities: even the bathroom accessories are more than 130 years old. The hotel began life as a pleasant boarding cabin for erstwhile English and Scottish tea planters, becoming a hotel just before the outbreak of World War II. A good reason to stay here is that the world-renowned Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) has the exclusive DHR Club within the premises. I gained an interest in the DHR when I took an unbelievable trip on the famed ‘Toy Train’ 13 years ago. It really does have echoes of Reverend W V Awdry’s creation, Thomas the Tank Engine, and not just because it’s blue. That one journey changed my perception of rail travel in India. An enthusiast can spend hours perusing the DHR Club’s well-stocked library of travel-related literature. Ever since UNESCO conferred World Heritage Site status to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in 1999, awareness about it has mushroomed. Thanks to pioneering work undertaken by the London-based Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society, today the DHR is well positioned in the elite world railway network. It has to be one of the most unique train journeys anywhere in the world and the Batasia Loop is, according to my Darj mate Sanjay Gurung, who works as an apprentice with the DHR, amongst “the most photographed railway sites in the world.” And why not?

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Clockwise from top: The famous Toy Train; A tea picker on the Glenburn Tea Estate; Tibetan monks walk through a temple pathway of prayer flags, all Darjeeling PHOTO COPYRIGHTS: MVOROBIEV, DREAMSTIME.COM; GLENBURN TEA ESTATE & BOUTIQUE HOTEL; NILANJAN BHATTACHARYA, DREAMSTIME.COM


“One sip of this (tea) will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, beyond the bliss of dreams” Poet John Milton, 1608–1674

About Darjeeling Darjeeling is located in the Indian state of West Bengal, in the Mahabharat range of the Eastern Himalayas, at the northern most point of West Bengal. The city lies at an average elevation of 2,100 metres above sea level amidst a picturesque location in the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga. The Tibetan word ‘Darjeeling’ literally translates to ‘Land of the Thunderbolt’ and combines the best of Bengali and Gorkha Nepalese culture. An alternative origin for the name was from the now destroyed (by the Gorkhas in 1815) monastery of Dorje Ling. The history of Darjeeling is connected to the history of Buddha, the Kingdom of Sikkim and the Indian occupation by Britain. Darjeeling was the summer capital of the British under the Calcutta Presidency. The climate in Darjeeling stays perennially cool with frequent showers due to the region’s close proximity to the Bay of Bengal. The best time to visit is between October and mid-February due to the pleasant climate and less frequent rainfalls that help visitors view the town’s picturesque surroundings. Darjeeling is famous for its tea and agricultural industries. The tea grown in Darjeeling has a distinctive taste and flavour that is endemic to the produce grown in this region. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is a UNESCO world heritage site. The famous narrow gauge train also known as the ‘Darjeeling Toy Train’ is one of the most iconic attractions in the city. The train traverses some of the most picturesque locations amidst the lesser Himalayas and is one of the few railways to still utilise steam.

I was most impressed by recent endeavours undertaken by the DHR Club for promoting awareness about this unique railway system by launching custom designed notebooks and greeting cards crafted to perfection by two promising schoolchildren of Darjeeling. A pack of 10 costs £5 and funds generated go towards the further improvement of the DHR. Darjeeling is, of course, renowned for its aromatic tea and a visit to a tea estate is just what the doctor ordered. The industry in Darjeeling has flourished since the British introduced tea in 1841 by Arthur Campbell, a civil surgeon. Darjeeling was first used as a sanatorium for soldiers to recuperate and it was soon realised that the climate was ideal for growing tea. And what tea! Now a million dollar industry, it easily surpasses the revenue generated through tourism and teak production. Not many know the nuances of preparing Darjeeling tea. The perfect way to maximise flavour was shown to me by the assistant manager of the Happy Valley Tea Estate. First, boil the tea leaves for five minutes and do not pour milk, as most of us do. He recommended not adding sugar, and when I actually sipped the tea, it tasted divinely aromatic with signature muscatel overtones. Today Darjeeling tea is a luxury item found in world-renowned departmental stores such as Harrods. Princess Diana preferred it and Prince Charles is known for his fondness for Darjeeling tea. Darjeeling itself has its share of tourist landmarks including the Natural History Museum, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, The Shrubbery Park, Observatory Hill, Darjeeling–Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway, Lloyd’s Botanical Garden and Tiger Hill to name a few. The Natural History Museum is close to the town’s principal promenade and has a good collection of rare Himalayan fauna, while Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is a one-ofits-kind zoo that contains the endangered Tibetan Wolf, as well as the Snow Leopard and Siberian Tiger. The zoo is 2,133.5 metres above sea level, and the colossal Kanchenjunga provides an impressive backdrop. Mountaineering has become very popular and Darjeeling is the home of the great Indian mountaineer Tenzing Norgay. In his memory, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute promotes art and science on mountaineering, working in close collaboration with the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research. >>>

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Manijitar Suspension Footbridge to Sikkim and, below right, verandah of Glenburn Tea Estate PHOTO COPYRIGHT: GLENBURN TEA ESTATE & BOUTIQUE HOTEL

The lure of the Darjeeling–Rangeet Valley Ropeway is irresistible (however, at the time of writing, it is closed for repair works). The ropeway connects Darjeeling with Bijanbari and a ride on this mono-cabled ropeway is exhilarating and frightening. The ride commences from a height of 7,000 feet from North Point and descends to a low of 700 feet – some descent. The Ropeway is the largest passenger ropeway in Asia. At an elevation of 8,507 feet, Tiger Hill attracts hordes of tourists to witness the morning sunrise. The ethereal sight of the red molten ball rising on the far horizon in the midst of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, gradually lighting them, is a remarkable and humbling experience not to be missed. Describing the beauty of the sunrise from Tiger Hill, one renowned travel writer was quoted as saying: “Your visit to India is incomplete, even if you have visited the Taj Mahal by moonlight a hundred times, but haven’t witnessed the spectacular sunrise at Tiger Hill.” After three days in town, I yearned to be out of the city, so I opted to see Bagora village, which will not be found in any tourist brochure. From Kurseong, take a right turn via the scenic Dow Hill to reach Bagora. Given the breathtaking views, I couldn’t resist the temptation of indulging on a light trek. We parked our vehicle near the Kurseong Air Base and embarked on a light three kilometre trek to Dilaram. It took us an hour to complete as we admired the supreme mountain vistas. This area is rich in bird life and on a good day many endangered Himalayan birds can be viewed. Darjeeling is actually in Gorkha territory and here the diktat of GNLF (Gorkha National Liberation Front) runs supreme. The Gorkhas are world-renowned soldiers who have carved a niche for themselves in the annals of military warfare noted for their ‘Khukri’ knives worn strapped to the waist. There is also a sizeable number of Bhutias of Tibetan origin who settled here in the Darjeeling hills to evade the persecution of Tibetans in Tibet by China’s Red Army. For shopaholics, as far as Darjeeling is concerned, there are numerous shops dotting the Darjeeling landscape. Most popular for curios can be found around the Chowrasta, Chowk Bazaar, Laden La Road, Nehru Road, the Motor Stand and the Mahakal Market. In terms of quality, the Manusha Emporium at Nehru Road is sought after by visitors for its array of silk and handicraft products. For intricately designed Tibetan carpets, the best place in town is the Hayden Hall on Laden La Road. While in Darjeeling, don’t forget to grab a packet of 100% authentic Darjeeling tea: for some of the most heavenly tea, head out to Nathumulls at Laden La Road, which has all possible varieties. So, don’t wait until it snows again to see and experience what Darjeeling has to offer, travel now! v

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Traveller’s factfile: Getting there: Air: The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra and there are regular flights from Kolkata and Delhi. Indian Airlines, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, Jet Lite and Kingfisher operate regular flights to Bagdogra from Delhi and Kolkata. From Bagdogra to Darjeeling by road is 93 kilometres and takes two and a half hours. Hired taxis and cabs are easily available at Bagdogra Airport. Rail: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. Trains such as Darjeeling Mail, Kanchanjunga Express, Rajdhani Express, Dadar-Guwahati Express, and Guwahati–Bangalore Express halt at New Jalpaiguri railway station. An innovative way of reaching Darjeeling is by embarking on the world famous ‘Toy Train’ that departs from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and takes seven and a half hours. Accommodation: Hotels to suit every budget are available in Darjeeling. Up-market hotels The Windamere, Sterling Resorts, New Elgin Dekeling, Sinclairs and Darjeeling Gymkhana offer the best of mountain hospitality. There is no dearth of budget category hotels for backpacker tourists. In fact, there are plenty dotting the Darjeeling landscape. Hotel Morning Glory, Sweet Home, Hotel Pradhan, Hotel Capital, Hotel Society, Hotel Springburn, Hotel Apsara, Hotel Yuma, Red Rose and Hotel Ivanoe are some of the most popular. For those interested in staying in government-run accommodation, Maple Tourist Lodge located in Old Kutchary Road is a good option.

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perennials Add fresh excitement to autumn displays by including a selection of seasonal stunners to flower beds and patio pots. Several hardy perennials have been patiently growing all year, waiting for their turn to take centre stage. And now their time has come to burst into bloom, filling our gardens with vibrant colour, says The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).


apanese anemones are always a favourite hardy perennial. Tall and bold, their simple flowers in shades from pink to white really celebrate the season. They’re adaptable too, growing in sites from full sun to partial shade. Commonly called Ice Plants, the thick fleshy foliage of sedum varieties add interest throughout the year, from the moment they develop in spring. Varieties are available with foliage colours from green to grey and deep purple, and some with variegated green and white leaves look particularly impressive grown individually in small terracotta pots. Their flowers come in eye-catching colours from pure white to pink and red, proving as attractive to us as they are to bees and butterflies. Michaelmas Day is celebrated on 29 September and lends its name to one of the most valuable hardy perennials to flower through September and October, the Michaelmas Daisies. Many are varieties of the New York aster, Aster novi-belgii, but several other types of aster are available also. A succession of blooms gives asters long-lasting appeal, and they make great cut flowers too. >>>

Favourite late flowering plants A wide range is available, and the very best have been judged by the Royal Horticultural Society of being worthy of an Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Here are some of the most popular:

w Asters and Michaelmas Daisies – such as Aster x frikartii ‘Mönch’ and Aster ‘Little Carlow’.

w Ice Plant (Sedum spectabile and other varieties) – such as

Atropurpurium Group, ‘Autumn Joy’ (syn ‘Herbstfreude’), ‘Brilliant’, ‘Purple Emperor’ and ‘Ruby Glow’. w Japanese Anemones – such as Anemone japonica, ‘Hadspen Abundance’ – single pink, ‘Honorine Jobert’ – single white, ‘Königin Charlotte’ – semi-double rose-pink flowers, ‘Pamina’ – deep pink double flowers and ‘September Charm’ – single rose-pink. w Verbena – such as the Argentinian vervain (Verbena bonariensis) and Hardy Garden Verbena (Verbena rigida).

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Top tips for planning and planting When planning borders, always choose a selection of plants that flower at different times through the year so there’s always something colourful to enjoy. Plant taller growing, autumn flowering varieties behind low growing, summer ones so they’ll grow up above them once summer displays fade away. A small group of, say, three plants of one variety often look more impressive than choosing three different ones. Repetition works well in garden design. For a favourite plant, include several groups of it to help link different areas of the garden together. Some varieties of aster are very prone to mildew disease that forms a white powdery coating over leaves. Prevent infection by spraying leaves with a suitable fungicide through summer. Leave old flowers on Verbena bonariensis to set seed and release over the surrounding border to develop into new plants that will flower in following years.

Japenese anemones (Anemone japonica) PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ADAM PASCO MEDIA

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Other popular autumn flowering plants w Alstroemeria w Bergamot (Monarda) w Carex w Colchicum w Coreopsis grandiflora w Cranesbill (Hardy Geranium) w Chrysanthemums w Dahlias w Echinacea w Eupatorium maculatum

‘Atropurpureum’ w Gaura lindheimeri w Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma willmottianum)

w Helenium w Helianthus w Heucherella w Ornamental grasses w Miscanthus varieties w Monk’s hood (Aconitum carmichaelii)

w Pennisetum varieties w Prairie Daisy (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia)

w Rudbeckia varieties, especially Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’

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Late flowering perennial aster: Aster x frikartili 'Monch' PHOTO COPYRIGHT: ADAM PASCO MEDIA

Verbena is another great performer, flowering over many months to really earn its place in any garden. It’s hard to beat the Argentinian vervain, Verbena bonariensis, valued for its tall, branching stems topped with clusters of purple flowers. Its airy growth habit means it can be slotted in among lower neighbours, growing-up and flowering above them. For patio pots, try growing the more compact and bushier Verbena rigida instead. As well as flowering plants, don’t forget that many perennials form attractive seed heads too, and these can be enjoyed right through autumn and into winter. Favourites include cone flowers (Echinacea and Rudbeckia), globe thistle (Echinops), sea holly (Eryngium), agapanthus, ornamental grasses and bulbs like the Pineapple Lily (Eucomis). So visit local garden centres and nurseries now to discover a wonderful selection of fashionably late perennials that will transform an autumn garden, keeping colour and interest going well into winter. v essence INFO

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This book is the perfect companion for every home grower who wants to fill their garden with old and interesting varieties while helping to save threatened or forgotten plants. Heirloom plants often have a charm lacking in commercially produced varieties. Unless these seeds are grown and saved, they will not only be forgotten, but lost too. Based on the seed catalogues of Thomas Etty, the book lists exciting cultivars, along with profiles and growing tips. Responsible gardening, certainly, but with more than a hint of romance; who could resist the lure of the splendid Hubbard Green Warty squash, or the Green Zebra tomato? Thomas Etty Esq is the UK’s only dedicated heritage seed company and was set up over twenty years ago by Ray Warner. The company name is inspired by Ray’s great, great, great grandfather who himself dealt in seeds in the nineteenth century. Ray is the dedicated seedsman behind this heirloom seed company with Thomas Etty Esq sourcing seeds dating from the seventeenth century to the end of World War II, all from small-scale seed suppliers from the UK and Europe. Lorraine Harrison is a keen practical gardener with a master’s degree in garden history. In addition to contributing to the gardening quarterly Hortus, she has authored a number of books, among them the bestselling Latin for Gardeners. “A strikingly produced compendium of heirloom vegetables, fruit and flowers” – The Bookseller By Lorraine Harrison & Ray Warner, seed catalogues written by Thomas Etty 224 pages • Hardback • Illustrations throughout ISBN: 9781782403173 • RRP: £18.99 essence INFO

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n the luxury car stakes, Toyota has Lexus and Nissan has Infiniti. Both marques have always offered plenty of luxury at a price that doesn’t break the bank with Infiniti originally an American phenomenon and Britain a slow starter, introduced to the marque in 2013. The new Infiniti Q30 was designed in Paddington, engineered in Cranfield and built in Sunderland by a trained workforce of thousands, all based on a significant investment to enter the competitive luxury compact sector, conquer the European market and use this as a springboard for global expansion. Ten showrooms are opening in the UK this year to spearhead the big push and the company is focusing on customer engagement. The Infiniti marque was created with the aim of manufacturing more luxury-biased cars to sell with a premium price tag attached. As to be expected, all parts are shared from the Japanese manufacturer’s other models, but also from Nissan’s Alliance partners, Renault and Mercedes, that shares its A-Class platform with the Q30. Infiniti is targeting a new generation of luxury buyers with the new QX30. The premium crossover segment is among the fastest-expanding global markets, and generations X and Y will represent the majority of buyers for this segment by 2020. The car boasts a purposeful appearance that makes a bold visual statement, remaining true to the powerful and elegant design cues that guided the original concept. The Q30’s highly sculpted exterior, unique crossover stance and asymmetric cabin design exemplify Infiniti’s designled approach to development. The unique styling defies some conventions

“Our holistic approach to engineering the QX30 has resulted in a car that delivers a precise, ‘in-command’ experience behind the wheel. The finely-tuned chassis and suspension, plus a number of assistive driver technologies, all work together to the benefit of the driver” GRAHAME CORNFORTH, INFINITI CHIEF VEHICLE ENGINEER

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and the somewhat conservative (albeit classy) German approach to design. The car has flowing lines and sensuous curves with a sporty elevated stance (30mm higher in the QX30) that will appeal to younger owners. The grill and logo are very distinctive. The car’s spacious interior and substantial boot should keep most families happy, and the interior finishing with Nappa leather and Alcantara offer that slice of luxury normally associated with top of the range cars. Mercedes’ owners will notice the similarity of interior controls. The Bose infotainment system is a must have, and the 360 degree all round camera (as on the Rolls Royce Dawn) makes the vehicle a doddle to manoeuvre. There are two petrol, 1.6 litre or 2.0 litre, and two diesel, 1.5 litre or 2.2 litre, versions available as well as two or four wheel drive options. The drive is smooth and distinctly quiet owing to the supple suspension and lavish padding. There’s no excuse for avoiding conversation as the Active Noise Cancellation System (only available on the 2.2d version) sends out low frequency sound waves from the door speakers to muffle sound. In addition to its striking appearance, the QX30 offers an elevated ride height, confidence-inspiring handling, a ‘go-anywhere’ attitude and is available with an intelligent all-wheel drive system. As a result, the vehicle is able to take on urban, suburban and winding rural roads in all driving conditions. The QX30 aims to bridge the gap between premium compact rivals and larger crossover models. Its versatility extends from unique design appeal and a wide range of comfort, convenience, safety and dynamic features. Its elevated ride height and high-stability drivetrain over the Q30 will give confidence to drivers. The Q30’s redeeming feature when it comes to the driving experience is its smooth ride – in fact, it’s one of the most comfortable cars in its class – which makes driving feel effortless. For those driving a lot of miles, they’ll fly by in this car. In fact the seats seem to be made with this in mind, supporting the lower back region well. Overall what’s on offer is pretty impressive; the car is competent and well built and includes all the added luxuries that make quality finishing affordable. Buzz would get a buzz from this car and it is certainly a viable alternative worth considering in comparison to the present German monopoly. Bearing witness to the car’s appeal, sales are up 150% in the first six months of this year – so, to infinity and beyond! 

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The Wisley Plant Centre is offering readers of Essence magazine an exclusive special offer during the Wisley Flower Show (6 – 11 September) not to be missed. Treat your garden, decking or patio to a make-over and choose from a fantastic selection of RHS Glazed Pots, the perfect addition to your green space. To redeem this great offer, bring your copy of the magazine with you and show at the time of transaction. Terms and conditions: Reader offer is only valid during Wisley Flower Show 6 – 11 September. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. While stocks last. Limited to one offer per customer. No cash value.

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Jacksons Fencing news, topical treats and more Here’s a fantastic garden renovation sent to us by garden designer, Peter Reader. Brief: The client’s brief was to update the garden design and introduce more interest into the main garden space by using different levels, rendered walls and new low maintenance planting, whilst retaining the feeling of openness. Before: The majority of the garden was laid with ageing artificial turf. The wooden deck, steps and the fences were rotting away and needed to be replaced. Two of the fences were covered with ivy, which the client didn’t really like, however they did appreciate the way it softened the boundary’s appearance. They wanted to replace the collapsing fencing and to have some new climbers, although as the garden is quite small, they didn’t want to feel too enclosed. What was done: The old rotting wooden deck and steps were removed and replaced with natural stone. All three fences were replaced with Jacksons Horizontal Hit and Miss fencing, which works well in the space because it provides privacy, but the gaps between the boards allow some light and air through, so it still feels open and not restrictive, and there’s the added benefit of Jacksons Fencing being guaranteed against rot and insect attack for 25 years, so it will be looking great for many years. New climbers have been planted to reduce any starkness as their

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foliage and flowers soften the lines perfectly. In the area around the raised seating, the fence has been clad with Jacksons Venetian panels, so this keeps up the horizontal motif and defines the seating area as a distinct space within the garden. Conclusion: The clients are delighted with their new garden, and are looking forward to seeing it mature over the next few years. An interesting footnote to the story is that at first the neighbours were unsure about whether to agree to the fence change and wanted the ivy left in place on their side. However, once they saw the new Jacksons fences they were delighted and have removed all the ivy and developed a new flowerbed in its place. Go to www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk/lifestyle where you can find out more about these and our other products. Have you used Jacksons products in a garden makeover that you think we should feature, we’d love to hear from you? louise@jacksons-fencing.co.uk

Thanks to Peter for sharing this fantastic project with us (please visit www.readerlandscapes.com) and Belderbos.co.uk who worked on the garden construction.

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British spirit Emma Gushlow and Katrina Cole make beautiful shearling garments and accessories. The South London born designers met at school aged four and have worked creatively together since graduating from The London College of Fashion. Their debut collection in 2003 was sold at a stall in Spitalfields Market and led to showing a collection at London Fashion Week. In 2004, the pair showed a full garment and accessory collection at Paris Fashion Week, establishing Gushlow & Cole internationally. The Gushlow & Cole brand was born out of many years’ experience working with traditional English manufacturing methods of shearling within the highly respected Cole family business giving them unrivalled specialist knowledge and understanding of their chosen materials. Emma and Katrina found their unique style was of great interest to buyers looking for a brand with a strong British identity. With the whole range made in England, and the quirky Englishness of design, their individual look is instantly recognisable. Taking care to use ethical tanneries, all skins used are a byproduct and every item is handmade in England. The Gushlow & Cole label has attracted high profile celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, and can be found in many prestigious stores around the world.

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Shawl scarf in Toscana shearling ÂŁ238

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Toscana and Merinillo shearling gilet £924

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Parka coat in Athena shearling £1,736

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Collarless taper jacket in Athena shearling £1,400

Gilet scarf in Athena and Toscana shearling £249

Collarless taper coat in Lacon shearling £1,700 Split scarf in Toscana shearling £249

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Bold and brassy For Autumn Winter 2016 James Lakeland introduces an edgy and sophisticated collection with bold prints and 70s’ inspired tailoring and cuts. Designed for the strong independent woman, Lakeland has created an assembly of standout, one-off pieces. The colour palette encompasses a mix of warm autumnal hues, timeless monochromes and tonal reds and blues with sporadic geometric and quirky prints. All uphold the James Lakeland ethos of superior quality for every day, as well as for more glamorous occasions. The collection offers a myriad of luxurious textures, made in Italy, and using only the highest quality fabrics.

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www.jameslakeland.net Dress ÂŁ150

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Jacket £285 Trousers £120

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Baleno have been protecting the most demanding of countryside enthusiasts from all weather as well as wrapping style around their innovation in Fabric and design. Stylish, warm and made to last, Baleno fuses technology with classic country fashion in addition to controlling the entire manufacturing and design process, an undeniable guarantee of quality.


The Country Lifestyle range is specifically designed to meet the demands of a variety of country pursuits fused with a classy twist of British Heritage to offer both practicality and style when enjoying country life. Elegance and comfort is combined with the well known technical quality Baleno has been offering for around half a century. The Baleno Team


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Africa Harry Hook, renowned photographer and film director, will appear at the Epsom Playhouse in September for an evening of extraordinary stories and unique film footage from Africa. essence found out more.


ilm director and photographer Harry Hook spent his childhood in Kenya and Sudan. He has been filming and photographing images of the African continent and its people for over 40 years. His photographs have been used extensively in newspapers and magazines and his work in film and documentary making has been screened on television and in cinemas around the world. For those who wish to understand more about Africa, this is an evening not to be missed. Hook’s portraits have a compelling purity and directness set against black backdrops (tents he erected on the road), highlighting individual personalities on every frame. His book, About Africa, charts changing African society with an unusual collection of images shining fresh light on Africa past and present.  essence INFO Harry Hook ‘About Africa’ - Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL. Tuesday 27 September. Telephone (Epsom Playhouse): 01372 742555 Website: www.harryhook.co.uk/talks, www.aboutafricabook.com/book, www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk

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“About Africa is a wonderful book. The photographs are really magnificent. One can see the affection and understanding of Africa in every image” ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH

"Hook's rural portraits are so powerful and graceful; his urban ones are witty and engaging and draw you close to the people and their situation. The humanity of each subject is honoured by Hook's obvious respect for them." ROGER GRAEF

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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 a great bake if you have dietary restrictions and is really easy to make too. 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.

TOP TIP: Use a loose bottomed tin if possible so the 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. PS: We are thrilled to announce Jen’s Cupcakery received a Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Award for our bestselling carrot cake (recipe in essence March 2016 issue). Ingredients w 250g unsalted butter w 250g golden caster sugar w 250g gluten free self raising flour w Quarter of a teaspoon Xanthan gum w Four large, free range eggs w One teaspoon almond extract w 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. w Slice three plums into thin slices and put to one side. w Cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy. w 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 in. 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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Crates Local Produce is located centrally within the historic market town of Horsham and bursts with fresh, seasonal food sourced directly from local producers. For more details see www.crateslocal.co.uk. Follow on Twitter @crateslocal or Facebook page Crates Local.

At their best right now Seasonal and local food offers taste, health and even economic benefits. Crates Local Produce highlights the amazing seasonal produce available from our region.




Florence (or bulb) Fennel

In this country alone, we have over 300 varieties of plum that generally fall into either one of two camps: tart or very sweet, making them a versatile fruit for either eating or cooking. One of the most well known, the Victoria plum, is thought to have been discovered in a garden in Sussex during, of course, Queen Victoria’s reign. There is no doubt it is a tasty plum, but other varieties can certainly match and even surpass it. Not only do plums vary widely in taste and sweetness, but they also differ in colour, from different yellows and reds through to fabulous purples such as the dark Czar plum which is great for cooking. One of best local eating plums is the Opal with a flavour and sweetness that will certainly convince you the Victoria is not alone. One to look out for later in the season is Marjorie and, of course, of the same family, all the yellow and greengages.

Widely cultivated throughout the world, fennel is of the same family as carrots and parsley, boasts medicinal uses (another ancient remedy for snake bites) and is one of the main ingredients of Absinthe. However, it is mainly the strongly flavoured leaves, flowers and seeds of the herb with these benefits, whilst the bulb fennel we use as a vegetable is a far more modest affair and definitely more subtle. The vegetable still has the same aniseed flavour similar to the herb, so makes a lovely contrast to any salad, but also works well boiled, steamed and especially roasted. The crisp bulb adds texture as well as taste and complements other strong flavours such as game. Choose firm, white bulbs and store in a cool place, but preferably not the fridge. The feathery green tops are known as fronds and are equally tasty.

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Baked salmon with fennel and ouzo sauce Serves four www.crateslocal.co.uk

Ingredients: Four to six salmon fillets Two large fennel bulbs One medium shallot One tablespoon fennel seed 100g butter Four tablespoons ouzo or Pernod Method: w Finely chop the shallot, quarter the fennel bulbs and then slice lengthways. If the bulbs came with fronds (green feathery, dill looking tops), finely chop these. w Gently heat the fennel seeds in a large dry pan for a couple of minutes, add in the butter, shallot and chopped fronds. Season this mixture with salt and pepper and set aside in a small bowl. w Use around a tablespoon of the butter fennel mix to cook the sliced fennel bulbs in the same pan. Cover the pan and cook for up to ten minutes until they become tender and crisp. Uncover and fry the fennel further to brown, then set aside. w Still using the same pan, add in another tablespoon of butter fennel mix, season the salmon fillets, add them to the melted butter on a medium heat and cover the pan. w Cook for around five minutes, turn the salmon over and add around half a cup of water. Cover again and cook for a further five minutes until the salmon is only just cooked through. Set salmon aside with the cooked fennel ready to serve. w Finally, in the same pan, re-heat the remaining butter mix with the alcohol to serve as a side sauce.

Plum sauce www.crateslocal.co.uk

Ingredients: One kilogram fresh plums: any variety or a mix Half cup of cider vinegar Half cup brown or demerara sugar Quarter cup of soy sauce Three tablespoons of freshly grated ginger (or one to two tablespoons of ground ginger) Two cloves garlic One star anise

Method: w Pit and chop the plums, but there is no need to remove the skins as these will add to the flavour. w Combine together all the ingredients in a large preserving or heavy pan: do not use aluminium or iron. w Bring the mixture to the boil and then simmer for up to 30 minutes until it thickens. w Remove the star anise at this point and blend the sauce with a hand mixer. w Use fresh with stir-fried meat such as beef, duck or pork and vegetables. w Store the remaining sauce in a jar or similar airtight container, allowing to cool before refrigerating. Stores well for up to three weeks or, if sterilising and sealing as with jam, for up to a year.

essence INFO Crates Local Produce 24a Carfax, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1EB Telephone: 01403 256435 Website: www.crateslocal.co.uk Follow on Twitter @crateslocal or Facebook page Crates Local

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Nourishment for body and soul Food writer Shirlee Posner of Eat Surrey introduces essence readers to Waters Edge, a newly opened restaurant set in a picturesque location on Horsell Common, near Woking.


ewly opened in January 2016, Waters Edge restaurant is located just outside Woking in Surrey at a new wetlands centre at Heather Farm, Horsell Common. News spread fast of its peaceful atmosphere, dog friendly policy and wonderful eaterie. The area around the wetland has decking and paths, making it easy for buggies and mobility scooters, unless there has been a lot of rain when it becomes muddy. I enjoyed my first visit so much that I have been back three times in the last three weeks, mainly because the setting and food are fabulous, but also because I have been trying to interview head chef of the Waters Edge, Aneke Spacie. Busy managing a young family, a new eaterie opening at The Lightbox Gallery in Woking and her current restaurant, we had to resort to a telephone conversation in the end, which helped fill in the gaps. Like many, I am used to visiting gorgeous places here and abroad only to find the restaurants serve mediocre food, fizzy drinks and deep-fries, frankly anything unfortunate enough to make its way into the kitchens. Not here though – the food ethos, menu and hospitality at the Waters Edge is as close to my idea of a perfect venue as possible. Organic, locally sourced, thoughtfully cooked and presented, it’s delightful, refreshing and sustainable food too. Not being able to interview Aneke actually didn’t turn out to be so bad as her reputation was easy to track on the internet. Before children came along, this highly skilled chef built up an enviable CV working for McClaren, The Ivy, British Airways, Harrods and Sotheby’s.

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Running her own catering company in Surrey, Aneke built on this experience and a successful pop up at The Lightbox last year sealed a contract to take over catering there too. Due to open this August, the eaterie has unfortunately been delayed until the autumn. This, I suspect, is due in part to the popularity of Waters Edge, which with its al fresco seating overlooking water, is at its peak season during summer months. Waters Edge is Aneke Spacie’s first solo restaurant and within just a few months she has accumulated a hardcore following of diners who love her menu, cooking style and dedication to healthy, sustainable eating. Here the mantra is to buy food with thought, cook with care, use less wheat and meat, buy local, serve just enough and create minimal waste. Food is presented in such an attractive way too and whilst it’s not fine dining London style, there is the sense that a meal is going to be really good for you (teatime cakes not included here). On my first visit, my daughter came with me and at this point it was just to get a sense of what the venue was all about. It was just after 3pm and although the kitchen had just closed for lunchtime service, we were still able to order. Choosing a spicy Welsh rarebit with a free-range hen’s egg and then a couple of mugs of tea, we took a seat. When the food arrived it was on a wooden board which looks great, but wasn’t practical as the runny egg without some control would have rolled right over the edge. I happen to think plates are the obvious choice, as not only do they retain heat, they also control the food. However, in subsequent visits I have made it is the only criticism I could possibly muster, in addition to the fact that as seating is limited inside, Waters Edge could, in poor weather, outgrow its space fast.

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Blueberry and cashew bars My daughter has friends who are vegan and they absolutely love this dessert. I don’t bother to tell guests normally that it is vegan, berry packed and full of nutrients. It’s so delicious it doesn’t need a cover up at all! The real star here is coconut oil, which melts like a dream, is solid at room temperature, and allows all sorts of culinary wizardry. In particular, it mimics a creamy texture normally associated with high fat dairy products which gives a cheesecake-like mouth-feel: perfect. Of course, coconut oil is not a low fat product in itself, but being plant and not animal based means it has a healthier saturated fat profile.

A week after deciding to write about Waters Edge, I took a fellow writer, Richard, for lunch. He was over from Taipei where we had worked together and it was the perfect venue. We had a balmy English summer’s day to share and it was a far cry from our last lunch together eating stinky fermented tofu in Shenkeng, a suburb of Taipei. This time our menu was based on good nutrition, provenance, budget and balance and we loved it. I had panfried wild mushrooms on toast (£7.50) with Parmesan, truffle dressing and wild rocket, while Richard had the house burger (£10.50) with cheddar (Wookey Hole) smoked bacon, salad and tomato relish with home fries. Aneke brought the food to our table on this occasion and shared some useful information with us.

Please note a food processor is needed to make this recipe. For the base 125g nuts (not roasted), pecans and walnuts work well (or use a mixture) 45g desiccated coconut 85g raw cocoa nibs (optional) 185g dried fruit (I used a blend of cranberries, sultanas, cherries and goji berries) Three tablespoons melted coconut oil

For the topping 225g raw cashew nuts 200g dried blueberries 125ml almond milk One teaspoon Manuka honey or Agave nectar to taste Four tablespoons melted coconut oil Edible primrose petals or other flowers to garnish

Method w The day before making the bars, put the cashew nuts and dried blueberries into a bowl and pour over the almond milk. Cover and leave overnight, mixing a couple of times. w Next day, first make the base. Place all the ingredients, apart from the oil, in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. w Add the coconut oil, then pulse and tip the mixture into an oblong, loosebased pan (approximately 10 x 36 cm). Press down evenly with the back of a metal spoon until tightly packed and chill whilst making the topping. w Use the food processor again for the topping. Place all the ingredients into the bowl and blitz until the mixture is smooth. It may look like a lot and be a little wet, but it will set. w Pour the mixture onto the base and chill for at least two to three hours or overnight before serving. Cut into bars, but not too thick, these are quite rich! Variations w For the base: use the recipe as a formula here. Maintain the ratio of nuts to fruit with the coconut oil. Stick to the amounts by always using 125g nuts to 185g fruit. w For the topping: keep the ingredients to the same ratio, but experiment with different fruit. Blend dried and fresh fruit, but be careful not to make the mixture too wet. Cashews are the best nuts to use for the filling as they blend down easily to a creamy texture.

Some of the mushrooms had, she told us, come from Heather Farm, which the restaurant tops up with those from a local vegetable supplier; the truffles were from the estate (Surrey, surprisingly, is not bad for truffle hunters) and the meat from a local farm. Both our dishes were satisfying, delicious and had an understated feel-good factor. The setting, of course, overlooking the wetland adds to an overall sense of wellbeing. Nearby diners had selected roasted pork belly and a huge bowl of soup, which looked exceptional too. Next time. To finish, we ordered drinks and cake. Waters Edge has a substantial range of homemade and bought-in sweet treats (from a local bakery) from chocolate-dipped flapjacks to large cutting cakes. Choose from red velvet, chocolate with salted caramel, carrot and coffee. Gluten free options include orange and polenta cake too. For children there is also an option to buy and decorate a gingerbread person with a plate of sprinkles and writing icing. Coffee here is barista-style and tea comes in large mugs with a teabag which can be recycled in the glass jar provided. A great idea.

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As Richard and I sat and chatted, I wondered about the history of the wetland and decided a little research would not go amiss. Part of Horsell Common, the land was originally attached to Windsor Great Park, also known as the King’s Waste. It was passed over in time to local ownership where it became part of the estate of the Earl of Onslow. An altruistic man, he allowed the land to be used by locals to graze animals, collect wood to burn and for recreational pursuits. When the Enclosures Act was passed in 1806 the Earl did not allow the land to be divided, so it remained intact. However, eventually, he found the space too hard to maintain and manage and by 1910 a solution was brokered. This saw the formation of the Horsell Common Preservation Society set up to manage the estate. By 1966, the Society was able to buy the land it had been entrusted with for less than £2,000. Additions to the original estate now see that at 830 acres the Preservation Society is the largest landowner in the borough. Heather Farm and Wetlands Centre is one of five sites managed by the estate. Find out more about the Preservation Society, their other sites and the fantastic work they do here at www.horsellcommon.org.uk. Waters Edge is open from 8.30am to 8pm every day. The kitchen shuts at 3pm, but cakes and sweet treats are available until 5pm. The kitchen reopens to serve tapas, charcuterie, cheeseboards, Prosecco and spritz cocktails until 8pm. The full menu can be viewed on the website below. Waters Edge is child friendly with buckets of crayons, a Lego corner and teepees to set up outside. For dogs, water is provided with towels for those that end up in the water! Dogs on leads are allowed inside, but must be kept on a tight leash by owners. As this is a wetland, to encourage wildlife, there are strict rules for dog walking on the site. Please check the website before visiting if bringing a dog.

Moor’s Nook, Horsell Bordered by the open meadows, shady paths and sun-dappled woods of the nearby common, Moor’s Nook is a charming new collection of 34 one and two bedroom apartments exclusively for people over sixty. The development brings friends and neighbours together for morning coffee on the terrace, a spot of gardening around the central courtyard and relaxing evenings spent chatting in the lounge. At reception, the Host is on hand to deal with any queries, pick out the best walking trails on Horsell Common and recommend restaurants, events and exhibitions in nearby Woking. Register your interest In Moor’s Nook by calling 01483 431079 or visit moorsnook.co.uk. Moor’s Nook is a development by PegasusLife, a business on a mission to fundamentally re-think and re-invent the places and ways in which we live as we get older.

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Waters Edge Heather Farm, Horsell Common GU21 4XY Telephone: 01483 726556 Website: www.surreywatersedge.com Shirlee Posner is a food writer and blogger at www.eatsurrey.co and provides social media management, web copywriting and food photography.

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Literature | REVIEW


Leatherhead in The Great War

Szkolnikoff RRP: £19.99 ISBN: 9781473861862 Hitler’s Jewish 144 P •H Smuggler

On 10 June 1945, a charred body was discovered near Madrid. The man was identified as Mendel Szkolnikoff, a Jew of Russian origin who was probably one of the biggest traffickers of the Occupation; since 1941 he had collaborated with the Germans by supplying textiles to the SS and the Kriegsmarine in particular.


In a remarkably short space of time, Szkolnikoff amassed a spectacular Things quickly changed in Leatherhead fortune including prime real estate in war the most areas in when brokesought-after out in 1914, leaving theParis and various hotels and 'palaces' on the French Riviera. Although his town papered with recruiting posters and property and fortune were impounded after the Liberation, the French swarming with soldiers.toLocal authorities have continued to pursue his descendants this families day, which is in fact, illegal! especially felt the upheaval as they initially waved off over 400 Leatherhead men into Seventy years after his death there are still many questions that remain theactually forces. Those behind attempted unanswered: Who did Szkolnikoff work left for and who was it who protected him? What happened to to live the aenormous of money he normal lifeamounts in extraordinary deposited in his Monacan, Swisscircumstances, and Spanish bank accountsraids before he with Zeppelin in nearby died? Who was the mysterious commando unit who captured and killed Guildford and Croydon. the locals’ Szkolnikoff in Spain in 1945? Was he actually killed orAdded did hetomanage to distress was news of the high casualty escape? rate of local soldiers, and those previously The true story of Mendel Szkolnikoff has never been fully investigated, billeted in the town, wiped out at the Battle until now. After consulting over 6000 boxes of archives in 5 different of Delville countries, Pierre Abramovici is finally ableWood. to provide answers to these questions and reveal the truths behind the of many that have The spring 1918myths felt especially bleak with surrounded this fascinating andshortages complicated character. of food, labour, fuel and little prospect of an end to the conflict. However, About the Author later that year, the end of the Great War was Historian Pierre Abramovici is afinally former reporter, journalist declared. Ofinvestigative the 983 Leatherhead and documentary maker. His published works include Un rocher bien men who served, 163 were dead and occupé : Monaco pendant la guerre – 1939-1945 (Le Seuil, 2001) and Le Putsch Leatherhead was irrevocably altered. des généraux (Fayard, 2011). Lorraine Spindler is curator at Leatherhead Museum, responsible for the First World If you would be interested in reviewing this title for your War Centenary exhibitions and organises publication and would like further information or images please a First World War genealogy investigation contact Kate Bamforth on the details opposite. team at Dorking Museum. She currently runs regular guided battlefield tours to Ypres and the Somme, and weekly classes in local history and genealogy.


By Lorraine Spindler RRP: £14.99 239 pages • Paperback • Illustrated throughout ISBN: 9781473843929

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PUBLISHED: MAY 2016 On 10 June 1945, a charred body was P EN & SWORD HISTORY discovered near Madrid. The man was identified as Mendel Szkolnikoff, a jew of KEY POINTS Russian origin who was probably one of the biggest traffickers of the Occupation: • The first biography, in any since 1941 he had collaborated with the language, of one of the most secretive andby controversial Germans supplying textiles to the SS, figures of Nazi-occupied and the Kriegsmarine in particular. Europe: Mendel Szkolnikoff. In a remarkably short space of time, •Szkolnikoff Once described as "the man amassed a spectacular fortune, who pushed the practice of including prime estate in the most black market to an real extreme”. sought-after areas of Paris and various •hotels Detailsand the full extent of ‘palaces’ onhis the French Riviera. operations and the fortunes he His property and fortune were impounded amassed. after the Liberation. • Uses recent research findings Seventy years after his death there are to suggest that the ‘official’ story ofstill his many death, questions may not be that all it remain seems. unanswered. The true story of Mendel Szkolnikoff has never been fully investigated, until now. After consulting over M ARKETING 6,000 boxes C ofOORDINATOR archives in five different countries, Pierre Abramovici is KATE historian BAMFORTH finally able to 734679 reveal the truths behind the 01226 many myths that have surrounded this editing@pen-and-sword.co.uk fascinating and complicated character. Pierre Abramovici is a former reporter, investigative journalist and documentary maker. His published works include Un rocher bien occupé: Monaco pendant la guerre – 1939–1945 (Le Seuil, 2001) and Le Putsch des généraux (Fayard, 2011). By Pierre Abramovici RRP: £19.99 144 pages • Hardback ISBN: 9781473861862

The Warship Mary Rose

The Life & Times of King Henry VIII’s Flagship This edition of The Warship Mary Rose brings the history of Henry VIII’s famous warship up to date with new chapters on the stunning presentation of the hull and 19,000 salvaged artefacts on view at the new museum in Portsmouth. The Mary Rose has, along with HMS Victory, become an instantly recognisable symbol of Britain’s maritime past, while the extraordinary richness of the massive collection of artefacts gleaned from the wreck has meant the ship has acquired the status of some sort of time capsule, as if it were a Tudor burial site. But she is much more than an archaeological relic; she was a warship, and a revolutionary one, that served in the King’s navy for thirty-four years, almost the entire length of his reign. This book tells the story of the Mary Rose’s eventful career, placing it firmly within the colourful context of Tudor politics, court life and the developing administration of a permanent navy. And though the author also brings the story right down to the present day, with chapters on the recovery, the fresh ideas and information thrown up by the massive programme of archaeological work since undertaken, and the new display just recently opened at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, it is at heart a vivid retelling of the Mary Rose’s career and, at the end, her dramatic sinking. Author David Childs recently stepped down from the post of development director of the Mary Rose Trust, where he was responsible for the new museum. A frequent lecturer on Tudor naval subjects, he is a recognised authority in the field. By David Childs RRP: £16.99 224 pages • Paperback ISBN: 9781848322110

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Lap up The Latymer For readers in need of somewhere to go to celebrate, luxuriate and digest some of the finest food in Surrey, I suggest looking no further than The Latymer at Pennyhill Park, says food writer Laura Scott.


he Latymer is an award winning (one Michelin star and four AA rosettes) fine dining restaurant based in the historical buildings of Pennyhill Park , an Exclusive Hotel & Spa in Bagshot. This luxurious country house hotel boasts a variety of facilities, including a 45,000 square foot spa, floodlit tennis court, two awardwinning restaurants, The Bakery, a nine hole golf course and, most recently, the England Rugby Training Facility and rugby pitch. The Latymer restaurant is based in the oldest part of the hotel and has been recently taken over by head chef Matt Worswick (previously under Michael Wignall, who moved to Gidleigh Park). Matt joined The Latymer in March this year, but has already shown his distinctive style, highlighting the best of nature’s seasonal ingredients as well as forgotten cuts of meat. Matt describes his food as: “Bold, with masculine flavours that pack a punch and takes the best ingredients through a series of complicated processes.” The results are seen in beautifully constructed, modern, British dishes. I went along to The Latymer for a six course tasting menu, complemented by six specifically selected wines chosen by sommelier, Sean Artur. The tasting menu is divided up into six categories: pig, wild sea bass, tomato, pork, pineapple and lemon. I started with superb, fresh, crusty bread served with whipped Wagyu beef dripping (sublime) and Abernathy butter, handmade in County Down – very ‘in vogue’ at the moment and served only at the finest restaurants in the UK. Pig comprised pig’s trotter croquette with piccalilli gel, truffle parmesan cheese gougeres and smoked baba ghanoush, cardamom yoghurt and savoury cornet. This starter was a revelation, with so many well balanced flavours working well together, little bite-sized nuggets of fascinating flavours: the reality of what it is to dine in a Michelin-level restaurant. Wild sea bass served with lovage cream, salted

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Head chef at The Latymer, Matt Worswick

lemon and smoked eel was one of the most elegant dishes I have seen. The verdant sauce created a perfect contrast to one of my favourite fish to eat, the wild sea bass, which has a strength of flavour that can live up to the punchy lovage. My only criticism would be that I would have served less of the lovage cream, perhaps as a smudge rather than a pool, as the smoked eel flavour was struggling to fight against it. Tomato featured Heritage and San Marzano tomatoes with Burrata and basil. If ever there was a dish to reflect Mediterranean flavours, this is it. The highest quality ingredients hardly needed anything to better them, with the creamiest of Burrata and perfectly ripe fragrant tomatoes, the basil completed this trio along with a showstopping basil sorbet served in a puff of liquid nitrogen at the table and scattered onto the plate with much excitement and drama. Pork comprising Mangaliza pork, crisp ear, sour cabbage and barbecued apple may just be my perfect pork dish. It would be hard to better this meltingly tender, rich and deeply flavoured pork. The crisp ear added texture, the apple an element of sweetness and my favourite accompaniment was the sour cabbage – fermented red cabbage. To make this, the process is simple. Add salt to red cabbage, place into a kilner jar

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“I’m big and northern, and I think that comes through in the style of my food.” MATT WORSWICK

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and allow it to ferment naturally. It was sensational and I could have eaten a whole jar of it. Pineapple included compressed pineapple, lemon verbena and spiced bread. The compressed pineapple offered an intensity of flavour which was offset by the delicately fragrant lemon verbena sorbet and a toasted crumble of gingerbread. As with all dishes in this meal, it seemed almost a shame to eat it and destroy the stunning arrangement. Lemon arrived in the form of a lemon cream, with toasted buckwheat and a lemon sorrel granite, and proved to be a refreshing, palate cleansing end to what had been a seriously impressive meal. The delicate, well-judged portions meant that instead of feeling over-indulged, I felt satisfied, having tasted an incredible range of flavours all within one meal. The wines that accompanied each course were fascinating. What really impressed me was the inspired knowledge of Sean, the sommelier, who talked me through the reason he chose each wine, its individual characteristics and aromas. What a wide variety of flavour notes, so many of which I had never tried before. Naturally, the level of service within a Michelin star establishment is going to be good, but having experienced this kind of dining before, I can sometimes find it stifling. At The Latymer, staff judged their customers well, timing was impeccable and they seemed to make the dining room flow like a well-timed dance. I believe the £80 tasting menu is excellent value for money and offers a dining experience within Surrey that is of the highest order. I’m looking forward to seeing how Matt Worswick develops The Latymer over the coming year and for those looking for somewhere to celebrate, indulge and savour, then this is the place to visit. essence INFO The Latymer at Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa Websites: www.exclusive.co.uk/pennyhill-park/ restaurants-bars/the-latymer Telephone: 01276 486156 Laura Scott: www.howtocookgoodfood.co.uk

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Shirlee’s food reviews of independently owned cafes, restaurants, artisan food producers and farm shops in Surrey. A supporter of the local food movement with an aim to promote, support and champion their work. I always tell a personal story by taking the time to meet the people behind the products or the brand. Read my reviews here www.eatsurrey.co Twitter: @eatsurrey Instagram: @eatsurrey Telephone: 07917 891881 Email: eatsurrey@gmail.com

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The model and the sheikh Judith Fitton, Partner at Mundays LLP, discusses maintenance and pre-nuptial agreements in the light of a recent high profile case in the courts.

Judith is a Partner in the Family Team at Mundays LLP and has over 20 years of experience in the field of high net worth divorces. She has a particular skill in the forensic aspect of cases and investigating complex financial arrangements. Judith also has a niche practice in cohabitee matters and any disputes between non-married couples regarding their property interests. She is accredited as a Specialist in the fields of Cohabitee Disputes and Complex Financial Remedies by Resolution (a national organisation of family lawyers). She has been mentioned in The Legal 500 UK as a recommended family lawyer and is known for her pragmatic and constructive advice to clients. She is a regular contributor to articles in the national press. Judith can be contacted by telephone on 01932 590557 or by email at judith.fitton@mundays.co.uk Twitter: @judith_fitton

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he Pirelli model, the sheikh and the £53 million divorce settlement…It’s an old story that the newspapers love – the beautiful young model marries the older wealthy man and then divorces him for millions. Christina Estrada hit the headlines this summer for seeking £238 million in her divorce from Dr Walid Juffali, a Saudi billionaire, after 12 years of marriage. She claimed that she required a £68 million house in Belgravia, a second home in Henley-upon-Thames for £4 million, £1 million per annum for clothes and half a million pounds to buy five cars. She was accused by Dr Juffali’s barrister of making “excessive and exaggerated demands” and struggled to convince the Court that her claims were rooted in reality rather than fantasy. Whilst she didn’t succeed entirely, the Court limiting her claim to just £53 million, she looked victorious when pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice after the hearing. But behind the headlines is a tale of long litigation. The parties separated after 12 years of marriage and after having a daughter, now aged 13. Dr Juffali divorced Ms Estrada under Islamic law without her knowledge and then married a TV presenter 32 years his junior. Ms Estrada was denied any financial award in Saudi Arabia, so filed an application in London, on the basis that the family were domiciled here. Dr Juffali spared no expense to fight her claims. He acquired a post as the representative for St Lucia at the International Maritime Organisation (despite having no knowledge of maritime affairs) and then refused to

participate in the English proceedings, citing diplomatic immunity. When that appointment was ruled as an entirely artificial construct, the parties were then set for a final hearing in the High Court. Yet in another twist, Dr Juffali was then diagnosed with cancer and was unable to be present for the hearing as he was too ill to leave his hospital bed in Zurich. He has since passed away, which may leave Ms Estrada in difficulties in enforcing her award against his estate. Avoid the wish list syndrome on maintenance awards The Estrada case is an extreme example of a maintenance case on a divorce and it won’t be appropriate for every claimant to include items such as £116,000 for handbags or £83,000 for cocktail dresses. But it does highlight the need for parties to prepare their case properly. On a split, both parties need to work out carefully what their annual needs will be in the future, including the needs of any children. This budget should include the cost of a mortgage, pension contributions and school fees and be as realistic as possible, but avoid accusations of being a “wish list”. The parties then need to assess their likely future income and if either, (normally the wife), has a deficit, then they may have a claim against the other for monthly maintenance payments. The days of the ‘meal ticket for life’ are gone now and the Court will scrutinise a wife’s claim for maintenance very carefully as to quantum and the requested term. The principle of equal sharing, which is often applied to the

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‘Silver nups’ More couples are separating later in life and happily, a fair proportion of those are then going on to remarry. If they have children from their first marriage, we encourage them to consider a pre-nuptial agreement or “silver nup” as they have been dubbed, to protect their children’s inheritance. This is an agreement reached with their future spouse, which would set out how they want their assets to be split in the event of a later divorce. The agreement can avoid family disputes and reassure the children that the “family money” is being protected. matrimonial capital, does not apply to the husband’s income as well, and the wife will only be awarded maintenance if it can be justified on the basis of her need or as compensation. The Court has a duty to consider imposing a “clean break” or the severance of all financial ties in all cases and the ultimate goal is to get both parties back on the road to independent living. In some cases that is not possible, but it is now the general rule, that both parties are expected to work, if they are below retirement age. It was held recently by the Courts that by the time the youngest child of the family start in Year 2 at school, wives could be expected to be looking for part time employment and this income will then be applied towards reducing their maintenance award. Maintenance can be awarded for a limited amount of time (a term Order) or unlimited (a joint lives Order). A term Order can only be made if the Court considers that the wife would be unable to adjust without undue hardship to

payments being terminated. This may be clear cut in the case of a 55 year old woman who has not worked for twenty years, but less easy to assess in the case of a younger woman who perhaps has carried on working during the marriage, but is unlikely to ever be able to match the earning power of her husband. The vast majority of divorcing couples reach agreement as to their financial split and if both can take a sensible and practical view as to the potential need for maintenance, this will increase their chances of avoiding a Court hearing. As ever, expert evidence from a specialist solicitor is advisable and we would be happy to answer any queries. 

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Whilst such agreements are not yet enshrined in law, if certain safeguards are followed, they are likely to be upheld by the Courts on a later divorce. The safeguards include both parties having their own solicitors, both providing full details of their finances and the agreement being signed at least a month before the wedding. The agreement should also take into account at least the minimal needs of both parties and this means that a tailored, bespoke document is best. We have enquiries almost every week about pre-nuptial agreements. We are finding that couples are much more ready to talk about signing such a contract now and no longer view them as being unromantic, rather a sensible precaution to take to protect capital assets, built up over many years.

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How low

can we go?

Confidence is down, the Bank Rate has been cut and sterling continues to slide. Simon Lewis, CEO at Partridge Muir & Warren Ltd, looks for something to cheer about.


eam GB were certainly in the ascendancy at the Rio 2016 Olympics and this has no doubt improved the nation's currency both within sporting circles and outside. The same cannot be said for sterling, which is currently plumbing new depths. At the time of writing, a little over 8 weeks after the EU referendum result, the pound is around 11% cheaper relative to the euro, 13% cheaper relative to the US dollar and a whopping 18% cheaper relative to the yen. It looks like a trip to cheer on our Olympic

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heroes at Tokyo 2020 might be out of reach. Sentiment is a powerful force in financial markets and the sentiment is currently that the UK will be poorer, at least in the short term, as a result of its decision to leave the EU. There are certainly indications that foreign direct investment (FDI), which is the amount of new money invested in the UK by overseas investors, has fallen sharply this year. The UK had previously been a magnet for FDI, consistently securing over 20% of all inward

investment into the EU. There is a risk that FDI will not recover until there is more certainty regarding the broad terms of the UK’s future relationship with both the EU and the rest of the world and an inevitable macro-economic effect of this is currency weakness. At present, the consensus in the foreign exchange market is that sterling has further to fall and the Bank of England’s recent monetary policy stimulus has made this more likely. It seems odd that the Bank of England should be an enthusiastic cheerleader for currency weakness because there is no clear evidence that past devaluations have had a favourable long term outcome for the UK. The Bank’s Inflation Report for August followed a pessimistic narrative. “Uncertainty may impact on investment, household spending and housing activity”, warned the Governor, “A fall in sterling will push prices higher.” He then proceeded to cut the rate of interest earned by investors in

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Following the effects of ‘globalisation’ Harold Wilson’s famous protestation that a fall in sterling would not affect “the pound in your pocket” is even less true now than it was then. sterling by half, making a further fall in the value of sterling inevitable. To add to the gloom, reference was made to the bleak outlook of the PMI Markit Composite series (which predicts business activity), but this data has always been speculative in nature and has signalled seven recessions during a period over which there only turned out to be one. It is interesting that the Bank has chosen to emphasise the negative. Finally, to seal sterling’s fate, it was hinted that a further cut in the Bank Rate was likely by the year end. With interest rates already so low I am not convinced about the benefit of further interest rate reductions. One of the principal objectives is to improve capacity for discretionary spending by mortgage holding consumers, but only around a half of the UK mortgage stock is at a variable rate and even if passed on in full to those on a variable rate, the latest cut is worth little more than £20 per month for each £100,000 owed. It is already known that retail banks struggle to maintain their profit margin when interest rates are very low, with the consequence that benefits passed to the consumer become less efficient. The Bank of England has recognised this by introducing the Term Funding Scheme, an innovative arrangement to help retail banks to give consumers the benefit of the rate cut. However, I suspect that the same objective could have been achieved in a different way, without the need to cut the Base Rate. It is doubtful that a low pound is going to provide a lasting benefit to the UK. Traditionally, it has helped exporters but the fact is that we do not manufacture a great deal in the UK any longer and what we do export is often dependant upon the import of

raw materials that become more expensive when our currency weakens. Furthermore, overseas firms account for around 40% of the top 100 UK exporters and such firms will not appreciate the depreciation in their earnings that would result. The decision to extend Quantitative Easing; the purchase of UK government bonds, by £60 billion to £435 billion was a little more controversial and was passed by only a slender majority of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). Once again, there are doubts about whether the benefit of this will be efficiently transferred to the wider economy. I suspect, looking at these measures in the round, that the Bank of England has prepared the ground for the Treasury to announce a substantial infrastructure investment programme as part of the Autumn Statement. This would be financed by the issue of further government debt that will be cheaper because of lower interest rates and more attractive to foreign investors because of a weaker sterling. It is quite evident that those whose financial and other assets are largely sterling denominated have become materially less wealthy in global economic terms. Following the effects of ‘globalisation’ Harold Wilson’s famous protestation that a fall in sterling would not affect “the pound in your pocket” is even less true now than it was then. However, I started by saying I would find something to cheer about and, notwithstanding the considerable haul of gold and other precious medals that Team GB has added to the nation’s wealth, the UK will benefit from the fact that it has more overseas investment than overseas debt. The weaker pound serves to enhance the value of this differential, a good example

being the recent surge in the FTSE 100 share index that has been amplified by the considerable overseas earnings of the UK’s largest companies. As Clients of PMW’s Wealth Management and Investment Review Services have also been given a relatively high allocation to overseas assets in recent years, I am pleased to report that this has resulted in excellent investment returns over recent months, giving them something extra to cheer about. 

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Testing times Michael Connolly, headmaster of Cranmore School, considers what type of school meets children’s needs in the 21st century.


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here are a few topics which feature regularly in the national press – healthcare, transport and, of course, education. This is hardly surprising as all of these issues can have a significant impact on our lives. The appointment of a new government minister in charge of these portfolios inevitably generates a great deal of heated debate in the press, particularly on what changes should be made to improve the service offered. Justine Greening took charge of education from July this year. Experience suggests that this is a real hot seat and supporters and critics alike have pored over her own educational background to find clues about

her underlying philosophy of education. In fact, she attended a comprehensive school in Rotherham. She has several tricky challenges which come under her brief: teachers’ pay, the school curriculum, school improvement, and the establishment of academies and free schools. Each one of these issues can present a minefield to trap the unwary. In a period of austerity, how can one establish a pay structure and career path which will attract the best graduates into the teaching profession? Should she tamper with the national curriculum e.g. by making maths, modern languages or other subjects compulsory for particular year groups? How can one enhance school improvement – is


“...it is important that pupils can use digital technology effectively, but giving every child an iPad will not be a panacea for perceived deficiencies in their core skills.” Michael Connolly

it more rigorous testing, smaller classes or a bigger investment in digital resources? However, it is the growth of academies and free schools which is changing the educational landscape. The underlying belief is that academies run by companies or free schools created by committed members of a local community will make a better fist of it than a local authority. Just to make things even more complicated, there is considerable speculation that Theresa May wishes to turn the clock back by creating more selective grammar schools. Some commentators who are opposed to grammar schools have been quick to share their views. Toby Young, writing in The Spectator, states “… let’s not pretend bringing back grammars will boost social mobility.” Ironically, he had the benefit of a grammar school education himself which ensured he achieved a place at Oxford. The reality is that there is no one type of school which fits all. There is a great deal of published research to advance the cause of different models of education. However, there are so many variables involved that it is hard for one to draw definite conclusions. That stated, I would like to suggest a few observations based upon my experience, which includes over 20 years as a headmaster

as well as being a school inspector. Successful schools have a clear structure and a degree of order, without these there is little that can be achieved. Successful schools also create and sustain an ‘aspirational culture’. It is vital that both teachers and pupils are engaged in a joint venture of improvement within a framework of challenging targets. Yes, smaller classes can help, as will the quality of educational resources, but these aspects can often be over-rated. For example, it is important that pupils can use digital technology effectively, but giving every child an iPad will not be a panacea for perceived deficiencies in their core skills. Regardless of the type of school, it must offer a balanced curriculum which meets the children’s needs. Parents choosing a school should expect to see a strong track record in core subjects but, equally, there should be evidence that the school makes good provision for sport, music drama and art. A perusal of The Good Schools Guide reveals

the diversity of excellent institutions around the country – from small village schools to leading independent schools. What they have in common are high aspirations and an embedded commitment to ensure that the pupils can genuinely fulfil their potential. So as the political debate about types of schools rages on, let us hope that those who work at the ‘chalk face’ in our classrooms continue to do what they do well.

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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! Jacqui Casey of Epsom Skin Clinics explores treatment options.


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. 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.

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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.

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Welcome to Winchester,

capital of Wessex Winchester, the county town of Hampshire, is located by the flowing waters of the River Itchen at the western end of the rolling chalk hills that form the South Downs National Park. Rebecca Underwood visits and explores.


warded the 2016 title ‘best place to live in Britain’ by the Sunday Times, and highly praised for its ‘food, festivals and feel-good factor’, Winchester attracts over five million visitors throughout the year, all eager to explore the city and to experience the warm hospitality and friendly nature of locals. I was dazzled by the splendour of Winchester Cathedral, the city’s most prominent landmark, originally built in 1079. This building features the longest medieval nave in Europe, exceptional examples of architecture spanning from the eleventh to the sixteenth century, and is the final resting place for a number of high profile individuals, including King William II, William of Wykeham, Chancellor of England and Bishop of Winchester, and the celebrated novelist Jane Austen who died in 1817 at the age of 41. Winchester Cathedral’s history is linked to Winchester Cathedral the seventh century when Cynegils, the Saxon features the longest king of Wessex, was baptised, and Cenwalh, medieval nave in Europe, his son, built Winchester’s first Christian church, then known as the Old Minster. architecture spanning William the Conqueror, the first Norman king from the eleventh to of England, replaced Winchester’s last Saxon the sixteenth century, bishop with his relative and chaplain, Wakelin, who promptly drew up plans to build a new and is the final resting church in the Norman Romanesque style. Old place for a number of Minster was demolished and its stones formed high profile individuals. the new Cathedral consecrated in 1093. The new Cathedral was to be the burial site for King Alfred the Great, but in 1110 his remains were moved to a local Benedictine monastery, known as Hyde Abbey. The Abbey was destroyed in 1539 as a result of the dissolution of monasteries during the reign of King Henry VIII and the bones of King Alfred the Great were lost. The Cathedral Library has the magnificent Winchester Bible, thought to be the largest and finest example of surviving twelfth century English Bibles. The Latin script, which was written by only one scribe with, it is believed, a goose feather quill, is mesmerising,

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Leisure breaks | WINCHESTER

TRAVEL TIP Winchester’s Jazz Festival runs from 22 to 25 September and the Comedy Festival takes place from 29 September to 2 October. For more information, visit winchesterjazzfestival.com and winchestercomedyfestival.co.uk. The Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ PHOTO COPYRIGHT: THE WATERCRESS LINE


and the capital letters, at the beginning of each book of the Bible, are illuminated with the use of glittering gold leaf and lapis lazuli, transported from Afghanistan. Admirers of Antony Gormley should head for the Cathedral’s crypt to view his sculpture entitled ‘Sound II’, installed in 1986. The life-size statue is in the form of a man contemplating water in his cupped hands. Winchester offers an extensive choice of quirky restaurants and trendy cafés. For a tasty luncheon that’s kind on the wallet, visit Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie, located on Jewry Street, which presents the utmost level of service and quality French dishes including the house special: a succulent steak tartar. Served with a bottle of Merlot Cabernet Bordeaux Superieur, it’s just the ticket. For weary travellers seeking a central place to stay, the Winchester Royal Hotel offers a high standard of comfort and service. The property, built in the reign of Charles II, was once known as the Bishop’s House and incorporates part of the Tudor House of Lady Mary West, a secret centre for local Catholics in the 1580s. The hotel is located on St Peter’s Street, a stone’s throw from Winchester Cathedral. Consider the Milner Suite, which features antique furnishings, a spacious seating area flooded with light from the lattice windows and a comfortable four poster bed ensuring a deep slumber. The ideal spot to relax is within the hotel’s large private walled garden and for an excellent dining experience there is not far to go as the in-house Garden Restaurant serves a wide range of dishes in a conservatory style >>> space.

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To learn more about Winchester, head for the City Museum, located on the corner of the Square and Great Minster Street. There are plenty of opportunities for family activities, including roleplaying as an archaeologist sifting through artefacts. Visitors are invited to colour their own Anglo-Saxon pots and transport themselves to another era by trying on period costumes, including Saxon, Roman, Victorian and Edwardian pieces. Take a leisurely stroll along to the Great Hall, one of Winchester’s most popular attractions, and a fine example of a medieval aisled hall of the thirteenth century. Situated at the top of the High Street, the Great Hall and Sally Port are all that remains of Winchester Castle, first constructed under the rule of William the Conqueror. Pause a while to admire the magnificent stained glass windows and wrought steel gates installed in 1983 in celebration of the wedding of HRH The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. The Great Hall presents what is said to be King Arthur’s Round Table, which hangs on the wall and demands attention. Winchester City Mill, another popular attraction, has stood on the same spot, on Bridge Street, beside the River Itchen, since at least Saxon times and it is thought to be the oldest working watermill in the country. Rebuilt in 1744, the mill remained in use until the early twentieth century and under the care of the National Trust since the late 1920s, it was restored to full working order in 2004. For those with a passion for animals, Marwell Zoo is located on Thompson’s Lane, seven miles from the centre of Winchester. The 140 acre site is home to over 1,200 animals including cheetahs, white rhinos, giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, meerkats and Amur tigers. Getting around the site, particularly for families with children, is made easier by hopping on and off the road train. For train enthusiasts, keen to experience the golden age of steam travel, head for the railway station at New Alresford, also only seven miles from Winchester. The Mid-Hants Railway, known as the ‘Watercress Line’ due to the transportation of Hampshire’s watercress to London, runs restored steam trains and heritage diesels over ten miles of track. Run mostly by volunteers, including station staff, signalmen, guards and locomotive crews, engineers, builders and gardeners, our railway heritage will be preserved for generations to come and it really is a wonderful experience for both adults and children. And for a tasty luncheon, the Globe, located on The Soke, is only a six minute walk from the station. Take a comfy seat on the terrace or in the fragrant garden and as you admire the beautiful surroundings reflect on the words of Jane Austen: “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” v

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Victorian ambience in the Hampshire countryside Andrew Peters visits Tylney Hall in the heart of the Hampshire countryside to experience some genuine old world charm and luxury.


here’s nothing like being able to experience staying in a large country pile, rather than just walking round a National Trust treasure: it’s truly something to savour. Nestled, but not hidden, in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, and a short distance from the modern world of Basingstoke, rests the 112 room Victorian gem that is Tylney Hall, set in 66 acres of beautiful and manicured grounds. I’m probably one of the only people who still haven’t succumbed to the delights of satellite navigation, preferring to use a map instead. The only problem is you can’t drive and map read at the same time: a skill that would have been useful on this occasion as having been lost in Basingstoke previously, this visit proved to be no exception. It also happened to be the hottest day of the year, which didn’t help cool tempers in the car as we revisited various roundabouts. The traffic that day had been bad too with one woman stuck on the M3 lying on the motorway and sunbathing. Eventually, having left bewildering Basingstoke behind, the route to Tylney through English country lanes and small villages settled everyone down. Spirits soared as we drove up the winding drive, via the tree-lined avenue, at the end of which this magnificent Grade II listed Victorian mansion stands. The main car park is to the right of the house, enabling guests to take in the impressive front elevation of the Hall as they arrive. As we walked towards the entrance, we noticed a parking space had been reserved for us immediately outside the front door. This was a precursor to the attention to detail and exceptionally friendly staff at Tylney. A mansion has stood on the site for nigh on 500 years. The first hall was erected in 1700, but later demolished for no better reason than to sell timber from the estate, which under the terms of a trust could only be done if no building was on the land.

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The present hall was purchased in 1898 and modified by Sir Lionel Phillips who kept its glorious Victorian feel. It retains an air of ‘St Trinians’ about it – perhaps a reflection of past times as a school. Elite Hotels Group carried out refurbishment when they acquired Tylney in the eighties, providing modern facilities whilst retaining the period atmosphere. A friendly reception awaited us and with minimal fuss we were in our suite. Tasteful décor, great ensuite facilities, a sumptuous bed and all necessary comforts were there. Tynley caters for all tastes, with afternoon tea, snooker room, a gymnasium, croquet and both indoor and outdoor (heated) pools available. As the day was too hot for anything more vigorous, the outdoor pool proved its worth. Body pampering is also available with a range of signature beauty treatments to be had if desired. What sets Tylney Hall apart though are its various Gertrude Jekylldesigned, stunning landscaped gardens, filled with a variety and number of plants (there are over 250,000), all the focus of National Garden Scheme open days and organised tours. Under head gardener Paul Tattersdill, twenty-five years of hard work restoring them to their former glory has been recognised this year as Tylney Hall became an RHS partner garden. Varied and spectacular, the gardens include the Italian Garden, Rose Garden, Boathouse Lake, Orchard and Water Gardens through to the avenues of Chestnut and Lime trees, with one of these providing the longest vista in Hampshire. Suitably relaxed, pre-dinner drinks were taken on the Italian terrace (if it had been raining we would have had these in the magnificent library). I opted for the intriguingly-named Faulty Basil, which was unknown to the waitress. However, she lost no time in finding out what constituted the cocktail, and it appeared shortly after. This was just one example of the accommodating, friendly and helpful staff at Tylney. Dinner in the glass-domed Oak Room Restaurant then awaited. The menu offered a distinguished choice of starters, along with main courses of all manner of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. Desserts, always difficult to choose, came in the form of a Belgian chocolate delice with simply the best ice cream I have ever tasted. The selection of wine and beers also reflected a perfect attention to detail.

Head chef at Tylney is Stephen Hine who has been in charge of the Oak Room for over 30 years. It’s well known in the area and accolades include two AA rosettes for classic dishes with a modern approach using the huge variety of Hampshire produce on offer. A post-dinner stroll was followed by another visit to the terrace to absorb the summer’s evening sunset. Finally, a wander through the original and truly magnificent library provided a perfect ending to the day. That’s the thing about Tylney, from the moment the turn is made on to the sinuous drive, visitors enter a more sublime, calming world, one in which you wouldn’t be surprised to bump into Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. Perhaps catering for more mature couples without very young children (Tylney does offer family breaks too), there was nothing to shatter the air of calm and serenity. However, for those seeking more activity, there’s plenty to do. A jogging track marked out around the estate, snooker, clay pigeon shooting and golf are just a few activities on offer. After a restful night’s sleep, another bright summer’s day allowed us to behold the grounds in all their glory. The gardens are immaculate, reflecting their original glory, perfectly demonstrated in the reinstatement of gardens below the Italian terrace which have replaced the tennis court left over from the school. Reconciled to the fact it was going to be too hot for any strenuous activity, we explored the house a little more and then settled for a long walk around the grounds, finally settling again on the terrace for a wellearned drink. I was left to reflect on a thoroughly enjoyable stay that rekindled a stylish bygone age. Tylney’s brochure states: “once experienced, never forgotten” and a truer word has not been written. I’ll definitely be back. 

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spotlight on... The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Open throughout the year After a six month closure, the new look Mary Rose Museum has re-opened offering visitors the best ever, panoramic views of the historic warship. Described as ‘a Tudor time capsule’, the 500-year-old Mary Rose has been the subject of continuous conservation since she was first raised from the seabed in 1982. She has now reached a stable state so that drying ducts have been removed, offering a clear and interrupted view of this remarkable vessel’s nine galleries through floor-to-ceiling glazing on the lower and main decks. Visitors can experience a new visual way of absorbing The Mary Rose’s extraordinary tale, with projections of crew carrying out daily tasks, during war and at peace. Perhaps the most moving element of a visit to the museum is the quantity and quality of personal items and artefacts, 19,000 in total, which tell us so much about the men who lived, worked and died on board. An experience not to be missed.

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theatre Richmond Theatre Richmond Thursday 8 to Saturday 17 September The Dresser Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith star in this revival. Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 September The Woman in Black Based on Susan Hill’s ghost story. Tuesday 27 September to Saturday 1 October A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Monday 3 to Saturday 8 October Relatively Speaking Ayckbourn comedy starring Robert Powell and Liza Goddard. Tickets: 0844 871 7651 or

Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 September Gangsta Granny A show for the whole family based on David Walliams’ book. Monday 19 to Saturday 24 September Rehearsal for Murder Murder mystery presented by Bill Kenwright. Sunday 2 October Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational Great stand-up comedy. Tickets: 0844 871 7645 or ambassadortickets.com/woking

Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh Wednesday 21 September Adam Hess and Rhys James Two talented stand-up comedians. Information: 01483 278000 or cranleighartscentre.org

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Monday 19 to Friday 23 September Electric Film Festival Including Trumbo and The Lobster.

Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 September Little Shop of Horrors 1950s’ sci-fi spoof from the producers of Avenue Q.

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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre



Tuesday 13 September Miles Jupp Host of the The News Quiz on tour. Sunday 18 September Journey’s End R. C. Sheriff’s First World War classic.

Wednesday 21 September to Saturday 1 October Film Season Including screenings of Finding Dory, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Where to Invade Next. Saturday 1 October Clare Balding’s Family Afternoon Clare Balding marks the publication of her first children’s book The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.


Farnham Maltings Farnham Tuesday 13 September Audience with Tessa Dunlop & The Bletchley Girls Historian Tessa Dunlop presents a revelatory show with two of the extraordinary women of Bletchley Park. Saturday 17 September Cake Entertaining children’s theatre for ages three and up.

Information: 01483 440000 or yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

music Always the Sun Music and Arts Festival

G Live

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September Guildford’s new community music festival featuring Mystery Jets, Turin Brakes and Hugh Cornwell.


Tickets: alwaysthesunfestival.co.uk

Information: 01252 745444 or farnhammaltings.com

Wednesday 14 September Stick Man Based on the Julia Donaldson/ Axel Scheffler books. Thursday 15 September Sue Perkins Live! in Spectacles Great stories and best bits from Sue’s memoir Spectacles.

Boileroom Guildford Tuesday 27 September Trash Boat St Albans-based punk quintet tour. Information: theboileroom.net

Information: 01483 369350 or

Camberley Theatre



Rose Theatre Kingston-upon-Thames Monday 5 September Sue Perkins Live! in Spectacles See listing for G Live above. Friday 9 to Saturday 10 September All or Nothing: The Mod Musical New musical featuring the sounds of The Small Faces. Friday 16 September to Saturday 8 October Good Canary Actor John Malkovich makes his London theatre directing debut in this English-speaking premiere of Zach Helm’s play.

Miles Jupp, Epsom Playhouse

Stoke Park, Guildford

Friday 9 September Bookends: Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years Tribute act Bookends present their Simon & Garfunkel concert backed by a live string quartet.

Cake, Farnham Maltings

Information: 01276 707600 or camberleytheatre.biz

Electric Theatre Guildford Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September 3foldk Concerts Three concerts showcasing traditional music with acts Leveret, Shirley Inspired and Martin Simpson.

Information: 020 8174 0090 or

Information: 01483 444789 or



Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning

Information: 01372 742555 or

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spotlight on... Surrey Game and Country Fair and Surrey County Ploughing Match Loseley Park, near Guildford, and Eashing Farm Photo credit: Steve Woods/newsteam.co.uk/HRP 28/08/10

Sunday 25 September, 9am–5pm A wonderful rural day out for the whole family with plenty of action provided. Just a few attractions include Bob Hogg’s Lamb National, gun dogs, falconry, fly fishing, hounds and more. In addition, there’ll be a food hall, food theatre with demonstrations, a farmers’ market and lots of shopping and rural crafts. Don’t miss the Sheep Show, terrier racing, dog agility, clays, donkey rides, Punch and Judy and the model railway. An added attraction, the County Ploughing Match, will take place at nearby Eashing Farm between 10am and 1pm on the same day as the Fair – shuttle buses will run between Loseley Park and the Farm so that visitors do not miss a thing. Tickets available online from £5 for a child and £10 for an adult.

Information: surreygamecountryfair.co.uk

Harlequin Theatre Redhill Friday 23 September Beverley Craven BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven is back on the road promoting her latest album.


and drink from award-winning local suppliers.


Information: haslemere.com

Cranleigh Food and Music Festival Cranleigh Arts Centre and Cranleigh High Street

Guildford House Gallery Haslemere Walking Festival

Guildford Saturday 10 September to Saturday 5 November Landscapes of the Somme – paintings by Robert Perry Drawings and paintings of Somme battlefields.


Saturday 24 September Food stalls, live demonstrations, pop up stalls and live music.

Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September, 9am–6pm Varied walks for all ages.

Ice Cream Sunday

Information: 01483 278000 or

Information: haslemere.com

Great Hall, Loseley Park, Guildford


Sunday 18 September, 6.45pm onwards An evening of songs from the musicals, sung by West End performers in the Great Hall of Loseley Park. The event is hosted by Michael More-Molyneux, HM Lord Lieutenant, with funds going to Surrey Clubs for Young People.

Denbies Wine Estate 30th Anniversary Celebration

Information: 01293 862528 or

G Live Beer Festival


G Live, Guildford

Surrey Mozart Players Concert

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September Ales from top independent brewers, live music, hog roast and barbecue.

The Electric Theatre, Guildford

Information: 01483 369350 or

Saturday 24 September The opening concert for the Players’ 2016–17 season with music by Shostakovich, Mozart and Haydn.



Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September Over 80 exhibitor stalls and more.

To Saturday 31 December The Story of British Comics So Far: Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! An interactive exhibition exploring the past, present and future of comics.

Information: 01306 730834 or

Saturday 17 September, 10am–4pm Stalls displaying high quality food

Information: wokingfoodand

Information: 01483 737800 or



Information: 01737 276500 or harlequintheatre.co.uk


Information: 01483 444751 or

The Ocean Film Festival

Dorking Sunday 4 September, 11am–3pm Celebration with a barbecue, wine and beer tasting and live music. Information: denbies.co.uk

Haslemere Museum

Friday 23 September, 7.30pm Short films documenting the beauty and power of the ocean.


thread...a festival of textiles

Saturday 10 September Hidden heritage Celebrating Heritage Open Day, view objects not normally on display at the Museum.

Farnham Maltings, Farnham

Information: haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Saturday 24 September, 9am–6pm Exhibitions, demonstrations and talks from textile experts.

The Lightbox Gallery and Museum

Information: farnhammaltings.com


Information: oceanfilmfestival.co.uk

Woking Food and Drink Festival Woking Town Centre

Haslemere Food Festival


Dorking Halls

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Cranleigh Arts Centre 01483 278000 or cranleighartscentre.org Farnham Maltings 01252 745444 or farnhammaltings.com Odeon Esher 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s89/esher Odeon Epsom 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s88/epsom Odeon Guildford 0871 2244007 or odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s92/guildford The Screen Walton 01932 252825 or screencinemas.co.uk The Ambassadors Cinema, Woking 0844 871 6743 or ambassadortickets.com/cinema

Farnham Saturday 17 September to Saturday 5 November Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2016 See a variety of artworks on show. Saturday 17 September to Saturday 5 November Jane Crisp: Contemporary take on the classic trug Jane experiments with processes such as steam-bending to create simple, beautiful designs. Information: 01252 713208 or newashgate.org.uk

Surrey Sculpture Society Trail

national trust National Trust properties offer perfect venues in which visitors can play and relax. A few are shown here, but visit nationaltrust.org.uk for more.

Claremont Landscape Garden Esher Sunday 18 September, 10.30am–4.30pm Birds of prey day Enjoy two flying displays. Information: 01372 467806

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking To Sunday 25 September Sixty inspirational sculptures.

Hatchlands Park

Information: rhs.org.uk/wisley

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 4 September to 16 October, 2–5.30pm Face to face with Shakespeare See the Cobbe Collection portrait of Shakespeare as the centrepiece to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

The Big Arts Show Secretts of Milford Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 September A wide diversity of arts and artists. Information: thebigartsshow.co.uk

Watts Gallery

The Cobbe Collection portrait of William Shakespeare c1610, Hatchlands Park

Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

New Ashgate Gallery

Photo courtesy National Trust


Sue Perkins, Live! in Spectacles, Rose Theatre and G Live

East Clandon, Guildford

Information: 01483 222482

Compton, Guildford

Polesden Lacey

To Sunday 13 November Close up & personal: Victorians & their photographs How the culture of celebrity began. Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 September Heritage Open Days Enjoy free tours and activities.

Daily Thursday 1 September to Sunday 16 October Autumn photography exhibition Eleven winning images from the ‘Lazy Summer’ competition.

Information: 01483 813593 or

Information: 01372 452048



Great Bookham, near Dorking

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out & about Bocketts Farm

to the public or which normally charge for admission. Just a few of Surrey’s offerings include Albury Organic Vineyard, Guildford Model Engineering Society and Silent Pool Distillery.


Information: heritageopendays.org.uk

Open all year round A working family farm offering lots of fun activities.

Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair

Information: bockettsfarm.co.uk

The Green, Hampton Court Palace

Brooklands Museum

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September See Kirstie, Patrick Grant, Liz Earle and Annie Sloan impart their ideas for creativity via theatre demonstrations, skills workshops and grand makes.

Weybridge Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September, 10am–5pm Model Engineer Exhibition Featuring competition, loan models, displays and lectures. Sunday 25 September, 10am–5pm Brooklands Great War 100 Marking the centenary of WW1 with vehicles and aircraft from the period up to 1919. Information: 01932 857381 or brooklandsmuseum.com

Dunsborough Park

Information: dunsboroughpark.com

Gatton Park Reigate Sunday 2 October Gardens and park open Follow a seed and nut hunt around the park. Information: gattonpark.com

Colossus, Thorpe Park

Surrey Hills Challenge The Greensand Way

Painshill Park

Sunday 25 September, from 6am A sporting challenge in aid of charity, raising funds for the Community Foundation for Surrey and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. This is an event for people of all ages and fitness and comprises four challenges: ‘The Ultra’, a 60km run; ‘The Half’, no ordinary walk (or run) in the park of 21km; ‘The Ten’, a fast and furious 10km or ‘The Five’, a family challenge event. Participants will receive a medal, chip timing and more.


Information: surreyhillschallenge.com

Information: hrp.org.uk

The Medicine Garden Downside Road, Cobham Thursday 15 September, 6.30–9pm Open evening Celebrating this walled garden and courtyard business community with food, fizz and live music. Information: themedicinegarden.com

Ripley Sunday 18 September, 12–4.30pm Open for National Gardens Scheme Six acres of walled gardens open for the NGS.

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Saturday 10 September, 10am–6pm Heritage Open Day Free entry to this stunning landscape garden. Saturday 10 September, 7–8.30pm Bat walk An introduction to bats, followed by a walk around the lake with bat detectors. Children over 12 with one adult required per two children. Information: 01932 868113 or painshill.co.uk

wetland of The Moors in search of bats. Tel: 07967 575255. Saturday 24 September, 10.30am–12.30pm McAlmont Reserves, Godalming: The ABC of tree ID Learn to recognise more than 15 trees and shrubs on this family autumn walk. Tel: 07968 832504. Sunday 25 September, 9.30am–12.15pm Chobham Common: A day in the life of an SWT ranger A stimulating four mile walk learning about the challenges of managing a National Nature Reserve. Tel: 07968 832512. Information: surreywildlifetrust.org

Surrey Wildlife Trust Various locations

Theme Parks

Sunday 11 September, 10am–3pm Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower heritage open day Discover the history of this signalling tower. Tel: 07894 660999. Wednesday 14 September, 6.30–8.30pm Nutfield Marshes: Moor bat talk A three mile wander around the

Various locations Open until November With Legoland at Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park at Chertsey, there are plenty of exciting attractions in our region. Information: 01202 666900 or merlinentertainments.biz

Guildford Cathedral Guildford

RHS Garden Wisley

Saturday 10 September, 11am–3pm Cathedral open day A behind the scenes look at the Cathedral, with a tour and children’s activities on offer.


Information: guildford-cathedral.org

Heritage Open Days Surrey Thursday 1 to Sunday 11 September Celebrating England’s beautiful architecture and offering free access to properties usually closed

Tuesday 6 to Sunday 11 September The last major event in the flower show year returns with a record number of nurseries and tradestands offering their wares. See flower arranging demonstrations, talks, and the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail featuring around sixty sculptures from south-east artists. Information: 0845 260 9000 or

farmers’ markets Camberley Saturday 17 September, 10am–3pm Cranleigh Every Friday, 9.30–11am Epsom Sunday 4 September and 2 October, 9.30am–1.30pm Farnham Sunday 25 September, 10am–1.30pm Guildford Tuesday 6 September and 4 October, 10.30am–3.30pm Haslemere Sunday 4 September and 2 October, 10am–1.30pm Milford Sunday 18 September, 10am–1.30pm Ripley Saturday 17 September, 9am–1pm Walton-on-Thames Saturday 3 September and 1 October, 9.30am–2pm Woking Thursday 8 September, 9am–2pm


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a pair of tickets to see How The Other Half Loves at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London Following huge public and critical acclaim, Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious tale of matrimonial mishaps has moved house to the Duke of York’s Theatre.

The star cast includes Olivier Award-nominated stage and screen actor Nicholas le Prevost opposite Jenny Seagrove. Jenny is best known for her role as QC Jo Mills in ITV’s Judge John Deed. Jason Merrells, one of television’s most popular actors in roles in Lark Rise to Candleford, Cutting It and Waterloo Road, stars opposite Andrea Lowe, best known for playing DS Annie Cabbot in the popular ITV series DCI Banks. Joining them will be Matthew Cottle, from the BAFTAnominated Game On, who stars opposite Gillian Wright, known for her award-winning role as Jean Slater in EastEnders. The plot follows Bob and Fiona as they clumsily try to cover up their affair with their spouses’ intervention only adding to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become hopelessly stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery. The play culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, after which the future of all three couples seems in jeopardy. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, answer this question correctly: Who wrote How The Other Half Loves? a) Alan Arkin b) Alan Alda c) Alan Ayckbourn Competition closes 16 September 2016. To enter, simply visit www.essencemagazine.co.uk with the answer, your full name, email address, contact number and the date (Monday to Thursday performances until 29 September) when you would like to attend.

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How The Other Half Loves Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG To book tickets: 0844 871 7623 Website: www.dukeofyorkstheatre.co.uk Booking until 1 October 2016 Terms and conditions apply. Prize is subject to availability. Winner’s tickets are valid for Monday – Thursday performances until 29/09/2016. Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. No cash alternative will be offered.

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From loom to room Championing the art of traditional weaving, Margo Selby creates exceptional quality textiles for interiors, effortlessly blending historic hand and industrial weaving. Her designs push the boundaries of the craft to create contemporary and stylish fabrics, uniting the very best weavers in the industry. Margo Selby’s three-dimensional fabrics have become her trademark as she explained to Emily Bird.

A selection of Margo Selby’s double-sided cushions

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Margo with her Cristobel lambswool throw

Q Margo, can you tell us about the weaving process? How are your textiles created? A When I create a fabric, I start by designing the warp. It goes onto the loom with tension and forms a series of taut threads similar to a string instrument. Into this we weave the weft yarns, which can be changeable. The warp is the backbone of the fabric and an integral part of the design, and it cannot be changed once the fabric is on the loom. In the warp, I experiment with weaving different structures and weft yarns until I have a product I’m happy with. The weaving is slow and methodical and the fabric grows, one row or pick at a time, giving much contemplation time for design. Once I am happy with a fabric, often after many warps developing the idea, I then explore the possibility for production with an industrial mill. Q In what ways do you push the boundaries of traditional weaving to make contemporary fabrics? A I like to explore technical constructions on my handloom, combining fibres and structure to innovate new fabrics and patterns. I’m always interested in exploring new materials and techniques, both in hand weaving and industrial production. I’ve always been drawn to surface and texture and I enjoy mixing different fibres to see how they react with one another. I’ve researched different fibres that would shrink when heated and have tried weaving these in combination with silk to create three-dimensional surfaces. This process led me to the silk and lycra combinations used in my first collection. Since then I’ve continued to develop this concept by exploring new heat shrink yarns and combining them with more durable fibres like cotton and polyester to create stronger fabrics suitable for interior applications. Q How do you marry hand weaving techniques with industrial machinery in your designs? A Ideas developed on the looms in our studio are central to all the product development. The design process begins with hand-woven

textile concepts, which we will then develop for production through mills and artisan weavers. We work with specialist mills internationally who weave our fabrics and always try to find the very best weavers for the type of material we are working with. Q What key factors do you think have contributed to the resurgence of traditional manufacturing practices in the design industry over the past few decades? A Traditional manufacturing is associated with care and quality as well as great design. I think people want products that add colour and texture to the home whilst investing in quality so these products become heirlooms of the future. Q What is the best advice you can give young designers looking to embark on a career in textile design? A Keep making, keep designing, stay fresh and collaborate with other designers so your work stays alive. Q Do you have favourite Margo Selby fabrics you use in your own home? A I love living with my hand woven artworks as these allow me to contemplate these designs further. As hand woven pieces these are also the closest to my heart. >>>

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The Margo Selby towel collection is available in eight colourful designs

Margo at work on her handloom

Q Where do you find the most inspiration for your designs? A I’m stimulated by highly decorative design that incorporates lots of pattern and colour. I love travel and like to look at and collect indigenous textiles from around the world. I am constantly gathering images and ideas and collating these into cohesive groups, which can then be translated into fabric collections. The process of weaving also inspires much of my work. My patterns reflect the orderly nature of the craft with their repetitive and methodical layouts. The work of the Bauhaus weavers has always been an inspiration to my design process. Like them, I am equally passionate about creating a piece of weaving which celebrates the beauty of a woven textile as an art form as well as developing ideas in weaving which are suitable for industrial production. Weaving is my passion and starting point for all I do whether it is a one-off art piece or a commercial design. The two are intrinsically linked and symbiotic. Q What are your favourite colour combinations to work with? A Colour is a significant motivation in my work and I take my colour inspiration from a wide range of sources. I always keep an eye on interior and textile trends, but I’m also influenced by my own instinct. There have always been key colour palettes that work well in interiors such as neutrals, rich reds and purples, blues, greens and greys which I have returned to time and time again, adding my own twist to personalise them. Q What has been the highlight of your career so far? A I’m very proud of the ‘Ragtime’ collection for Osborne and Little that launched at the start of this year. It has been very satisfying to create a collection of fabrics that embrace such a wide range of textures, colours and weaves.

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Backdrop Domingo fabric with Congo cushion in foreground

Q What exciting new projects do you have coming up? A We’re currently in the process of designing some large scale and bespoke woven panels to be shown at Decorex this month, which I’m really excited about. essence INFO

Websites: www.margoselby.com, www.amara.com, www.decorex.com This article first appeared in The Lux Pad, www.amara.com/luxpad. All images courtesy of Margo Selby

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IN PARTNERSHIP Interior designer Ruth Marshall discusses the reasons for engaging professional advice before commencing work on an interior design project.


hether planning to refresh rooms or embarking on a more extensive refurbishment, you may wonder whether it is a worthwhile investment engaging a professional interior designer. Planning a new space can be daunting, and you may have concerns that a designer will ‘take over’, or that you could lose control of your budget. In reality, hiring a professional can save valuable time, help avoid costly mistakes and generally make the whole process less stressful and more enjoyable. The relationship with a designer is a partnership, with a shared vision to create something unique that reflects your tastes and personality. A designer’s experience and product knowledge helps narrow down choices and show what will work in your space, introducing niche products to make all the difference. They’re able to tailor projects to take account of specific requirements with custom-built joinery, beautiful bespoke upholstery and soft furnishings, and will have longstanding relationships with trusted professions and tradespeople. Don’t be afraid to ask for references if you want to be really sure. Our aim at Ruth Marshall Interior Design is to make the design process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible for our clients, combining luxury and comfort to create timeless, beautiful interiors in our signature classic contemporary style. Our initial consultation is a friendly meeting of minds to explain how the design process works, understanding your lifestyle requirements. We’ll discuss budgets at this point too, as this will influence the choice of the best suppliers. We’re often asked about current styles and whilst we love to keep abreast of interiors’ trends, it’s our view that it’s more important to ensure any new space is well planned, functional and flows with the rest of the house – it won’t look or feel quite right if one room has a completely different style and feel to the rest. We’ll be taking a look at current and upcoming trends in essence magazine’s Interiors Supplement next month, so if you are about to embark on an interiors’ project it will be an interesting read. 

essence INFO With over 15 years of interior design and bespoke luxury soft furnishings experience, Ruth Marshall Interior Design offers the highest level of service from initial design through to final installation. Website: www.ruthmarshallinteriors.com Email: studio@ruthmarshallinteriors.com Telephone: 0203 590 6728

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In the blood

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair counts amongst its exhibitors someone with a fascinating background in art and antiques. Duveen Art & Antiques is the latest in the line of a very distinguished family of antiques dealers dating back to the 1860s. essence found out more.


oday, fine art dealer Emma Duveen is very much the modern mother, juggling her business with bringing up three daughters in Guildford. Unlike her forebears, she does not have a showroom, but uses antiques fairs as her main forum for meeting clients, with The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair in October providing the ideal venue to do business and meet with local clients. In the 1860s, Emma’s great grandfather, Louis Joel Duveen, the fourth son of Joel Duveen, came over to England from Holland and started the fine art and antique business. Joel Duveen had 12 children with his wife Rosetta and he always intended to create a family business with the children involved to a greater or lesser extent. In Joel Duveen’s London saleroom in Oxford Street in the 1880s, the then Prince and Princess of Wales called into the gallery. The Princess sat on a Louis XV sofa upholstered in the finest Gobelins’ tapestry. “What a lovely thing and how comfortable,” she sighed with pleasure. “I wonder how much it costs?” Joel replied: “I sold it this morning for £15,000, Your Royal Highness.” “Goodness, I daren’t sit on so much wealth!” exclaimed the Princess and hastily got up. £15,000 in 1883 was a very substantial sofa! The Duveen Brothers reached the height of their fame and influence between 1900 and 1920 when Louis headed up the Grafton Street branch and was the family expert on Italian painting and sculpture. He was responsible for most of the major collections purchased. The other brothers developed a New York operation. Louis also oversaw the purchase of Lord Brougham’s property in Dover Street, Mayfair and its conversion to the grand Duveen Galleries. The Duveen Galleries became the place for the rich and famous, as well as the artists of the day, to drop by and it is recalled by Jo Duveen, eldest brother of Louis and Emma's great great uncle, who later became Lord Duveen: “I remember Sir John Millais coming often to see my father and he would borrow some of the finest tapestries that we

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had in to use as accessories and backgrounds for important pictures he was about to paint.” The Duveen Galleries created ‘rooms’ within the salerooms to showcase objects such as an oak panelled drawing room, suitable for an English country house, complete with pictures, porcelain, furniture and tapestries. The emphasis was on design and how to fit beautiful objects into a home. Today, Emma deals from her base in Guildford specialising in the best and most interesting objects that she can source, whether it be a fine picture, pieces of porcelain, wonderful glass or something very unusual and quirky. All her pieces have to have a strong design and decorative appeal linking her directly to her predecessors. Whatever the piece is, it has to be of quality, interest and special appeal to stand out. Emma hopes that one day one or all of her three daughters may build the business into the future. In past generations, it was mostly the sons who played major roles in the business, so perhaps the twenty first century will see ‘Duveen and Daughters’ as the company name. Emma Duveen, along with the other 35 exhibitors at The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, will be showcasing her objects.  essence INFO The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, supported by NFU Mutual Godalming and Savills Esher Open Friday 7 until Sunday 9 October 2016. Tickets: £5 each Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited Website: www.esherhallfair.com Email: essence@adfl.co.uk Telephone: 01797 252030

Chinese export lacquer workbox, c1830/40 with fully fitted interior, £1,400 from Duveen Art & Antiques

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