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2018 VOLUME I Focus on... Education


A weekend in Reykjavik


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In this issue...


If you’ve ever thought of returning to studying, now might just be the time. The University of Sussex tells fine about what it can offer for mature students.

10 EDUCATION FOR INNOVATION It can be difficult to see how a university degree will lead to career success. The University of Surrey shares the story of Alf Adams, innovator, inventor and Surrey Alum.

12 A WEEKEND IN REYKJAVIK At this time of year it can be better to forget the sunshine and beaches in favour of chasing the cold. Zilly Rustom explores the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik.


After two years in Arundel, Lee and Liz Parsons have established a popular restaurant that prides itself on good food and service in a comfortable and relaxed environment.



Arundel’s contemporary art gallery showcases what it’s offering for art lovers in 2018.

In the first in a new series, Fine takes a look around some of Sussex and Surrey’s favourite villages and towns. We kick off with the historic market town of Midhurst.



Nutritionist Suzanne Sawyer offers advice for maximising brain capacity. Unfortunately it involves cutting down on sugar.

An abundance of fresh styles and fashion trends, with some top tips if you’re looking to refurnish this year.



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FOR IN 2018



Christ’s Hospital offers some advice to help your 16 year old make the right choices for their post-GCSE education.

Our resident motoring correspondent, Ade Holder, takes the Caterham 7 for a spin. It seems it’s the car motoring writers were made to drive.


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Another youngster doing extraordinary things, Fred Oliver is taking the local art world by storm with his animal portraits.

Want to kickstart your finances for 2018? Carolyn Burchell from Composure Accounting and Taxation offers her advice for a fine fiscal year.





To be successful, you have to put in the hours. Young golfer, Rohan Miah, describes his incredible journey from his first introduction to golf at age five.

56 THE OLD MOAT GARDEN CENTRE Our charity page this issue features The Old Moat Garden Centre, helping people who’ve had mental health issues make their way back to “normality”.


Baskets at the ready, it’s egg hunting season at the National Trust. We look at where to go to help you make your Easter most chocolatey.

62 FUNG SHUI FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE If cold weather and central heating is playing havoc with your skin, look no further than our round up of some of the hardest working skincare products on the market to keep you glowing this winter.

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With the new year comes another opportunity to look at education. This time, we’ve been in touch with Sussex and Surrey Universities to find out what’s going on in the world of education for grown-ups. Sussex University offers some fascinating insight into what it’s like to go back to studying as a mature student, describing the type and styles of learning available for anyone who’s thinking of either making a career change or advancing their academic knowledge in their chosen subject. Our new friends at Surrey University, meanwhile, make the link between the University’s research programme and the resulting advances in technology that change our day-to-day lives, with a story about Alf Adams and his career-spanning work developing lasers. Horsham-based Christ’s Hospital offers an explanation on the differences between traditional A levels and the International Baccalaureate to help young people make those tricky post-16 decisions (and to help their parents steer them in the most beneficial direction).

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EDITOR Catherine Ross


EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Ade Holder Carolyn Burchell Suzanne Sawyer Zilly Rustom Janine Lowe

north. Keeping it Arctic, in the next issue we’re off to Tromso in Norway’s Arctic Circle, so look out for that one! The next issue will also be our wedding issue. With an impending wedding in the family, I’ll be looking at the latest wedding trends and speaking to local suppliers to find out what makes the perfect wedding in 2018. Watch this space. Until next time…

Outside of the world of education, we have a fascinating review of Reykjavik in Iceland. It’s a city on many a bucket list, so we sent a writer to tell us what to do and where to stay if we make it to the frozen

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Time to get your thinking caps on again? Terry O’Donnell, senior postgraduate liaison oďŹƒcer at the University of Sussex, explains why returning to higher education is professionally and intellectually rewarding. 8 | fine


o ur school days are far behind you. Your undergraduate years are dimming. But now you’re thinking, what would it be like to go back to studying? Perhaps you want a career change, or to improve on the qualifications you already have. You might have a burning desire to explore a particular interest. Or perhaps you have simply found yourself with time on your hands and a brain in need of stimulation. The good news is that the range of courses at postgraduate level, and the flexibility as to how they are taught, has never been greater. Latest trends show a rise in the numbers returning to higher education, with the majority of them being over the age of 25. Nearly half of these opt for part-time courses to fit in with work and family commitments. Studying for a Master’s, a PhD or any other postgraduate qualification requires commitment – and can be costly – so it’s not something that anyone should undertake lightly. But the rewards are, without a doubt, worth it. Those extra letters after your name add on average another £5,000 to your annual pay packet and, depending on your career choice, can take you on new and exciting pathways. At the University of Sussex we have seen a 64 per cent rise in Masters students from the UK and EU over the past five years. Popular courses include the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), which is recognised across the world as an essential for aspiring managers and business leaders. For those looking to move into new professions but don’t have the relevant undergraduate degrees, the university also offers conversion courses, such as a Master’s in Social Work, a Graduate Diploma in Law and, for those keen on entering teaching, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education. In fact, there are many postgraduate courses, from robotics to mental health practice, to get you started in new directions. And with the introduction of distance learning for some of the courses, you can access materials and tutorials from the comfort of your own home. While the cost of studying for a Master’s starts at over £7,000 most universities offer a benefits package. At Sussex we provide scholarships of up to £5,000 if you are already a Sussex graduate and have achieved a first or a 2:1 for your first degree. We also offer £5,000 scholarships for students with first class degrees from other universities in the UK and EU. Additionally,

there are Government Masters loans available of over £10,000. Returning to education can feel daunting if you are out of the habit of studying. But most soon find that getting their books out late at night and making small sacrifices to their social lives are worth it. Not just for the glittering graduation ceremony they are likely to attend, but for the avenues opened up to them by that extra qualification. For more information, visit http://www. A Master’s has given Paul the ticket to travel and teach Higher education wasn’t on the cards when Paul Atkins left school in Lewes in the 1980s. But a love of travel led him to discover a passion for teaching, and now a Master’s degree in applied linguistics will help him and his partner, Claire, to return to their global adventure. “I wasn’t at all inspired by formal education,” says Paul, 54. “I don’t think I was particularly dim: at school I was mostly bored and disruptive.” After trying his hand at various jobs in Britain and abroad in his 20s, Paul took a TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language) qualification in order to continue travelling. He then took a different route – studying for a BSc in ecology while teaching at Plumpton College in Sussex – until the urge to travel returned. Teaching English again was an obvious vehicle for that, but he felt he needed a higher degree to offset his age. “Also, I wanted to test myself academically,” he says. “Applied linguistics complemented my professional qualifications well, and I thought it would be interesting.”

Paul graduated with his Master’s degree in January 2018. “I’m looking at teaching posts at universities and schools in Asia with the idea of taking a new job in a new country each year,” he says. “I am also considering a doctorate, though, in which case Sussex would be my first choice – but the urge to travel is currently winning out.” My MBA will be a springboard to new directions, says Hana After working in the financial sector for 13 years, Hana Lear was keen to complement her ‘on the job’ learning with a Master’s in Business Administration. She is now in the second year of her MBA at Sussex while still working full-time in London and commuting from her home in Brighton. She says: “My day-to-day life was already pretty hectic. I have a very demanding job however it’s amazing how much more you can do when you put your mind to it. “I can see the MBA both enhancing my current and future roles - it’s very relevant and applicable to my job and the industry I work within.” Hana already had an undergraduate degree in history of art from the University of Sussex. She has found that learning from others on her course is as valuable as the academic aspects. “Some of the cohorts from different years have used the MBA as a springboard to take them in new directions,” she says. “At this point in time, I’m very open minded and excited to see what the future holds.”

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Education for

Innovation Where does education lead? Anywhere you want it to. As we celebrate education in this issue, we look at how one of our local education establishments, the University of Surrey, has contributed to the world we live in today. 10 | fine


t was while walking on Bournemouth beach with his wife in 1986 that Professor Alf Adams from the University of Surrey had an idea for an invention that paved the way for a digital revolution and changed the world. The idea that stopped Adams in his sandy tracks that day was around the control of lasers. In a quantum well laser there is an extremely thin layer of semiconducting crystals in which the laser light is generated. Adams’s idea involved growing the crystal lattice of this layer in a way that put it deliberately under strain, meaning it could be “squashed” into a certain shape. When Adams took the idea to industry they were less than enthusiastic. All the semiconductor laser research of the time was focused on achieving a perfectly matched crystal lattice to make a high quality laser.

Thee invention invention of the ned quantum strained quantum-well laser is now considered to be one of the top ten greatest UK scientific breakthroughs of all time

But his idea worked, and the result, tested out in practice in the labs at the University of Surrey, was a more controlled, concentrated beam of light while making more efficient use of electricity, meaning a much higher data capacity using less electrical energy. The invention of the strained quantumwell laser is now considered to be one of the top ten greatest UK scientific breakthroughs of all time. Strained quantum well-lasers allow light beams containing digital information to be passed down optical fibres at thousands of millions of times per second. The findings of his work have helped form the basis of everyday technologies including DVDs, Blu-ray storage, supermarket barcodes, optical fibre communications and even the internet. Strained lasers can be used to identify the chemical components in a cloud of gas, used in the analysis of pollution in the air. In medicine, conditions like diabetes, liver disease and cancer show up as gases in the breath – strained lasers can identify these molecules which can lead to simple and efficient diagnosis of a range of diseases.

The majority of all lasers being used around the world are based on Adams’s invention. They are everywhere, billions of them, with every home estimated to have up to five of them. The worth of his invention to the planet can only be estimated in the billions of pounds. But he never patented the idea, wanting it to be developed and used for practical uses. Professor Alf Adams celebrated his 50th year at the University of Surrey as the University itself celebrates its 50th year at its site in Guildford last year. Professor Adams was one of the first researchers on to the site even as it was being built in 1967. Indeed, he was so early to the Surrey story that he was apprehended by three security guards working for the building company when he first came to site who thought he was there to steal bags of cement. He was awarded the Duddell Prize in 1995, and elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1996. In 2014 Alf was awarded the Rank Prize for his pioneering work in strained lasers. His achievements over the past 50 years, in inspiring students of his own who are now leading physicists in their field at the University of Surrey, such as Professors Stephen Sweeney and Jim Al-Khalili, and in bringing world-changing technology to the wider market, set Professor Alf Adams apart as a worthy recipient of a lifetime achievement award. Today, the University of Surrey is helping a new generation of young people become scientists, inventors, artists and thinkers, to lead businesses and to change lives. Like Alf Adams, leading academics from all over the world are conducting research right now at the University of Surrey that is expanding our knowledge of the world and of ourselves, and developing new technologies for use on Earth and in space. Students at Surrey have the opportunity to join research efforts or pursue research of their own, and a degree from Surrey is often the first step on a lifelong career of discovery. Read more about study opportunities and research at the University of Surrey at

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A Weekend in


From lava fields to mountain glaciers it is easy to understand the popularity of Iceland’s breathtaking and remote landscape. But many make the mistake of overlooking the beauty and adventures to be had in and around the country’s biggest city, Reykjavik. Zilly Rustom takes Fine readers on a windswept tour of the best of the world’s northernmost capital and its surrounding wonders.


ocated in southwestern Iceland on the southern shore of Flaxa Bay, Reykjavik provides many with a gateway to the sparsely populated, dramatic terrain of the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’. But, despite being home to fewer than 150,000 people the city itself is bursting with activities to satisfy culture and nature enthusiasts, even in the dark winter months when daylight is a rarity and temperatures plummet.

Seeing the City The centre of the city is easy to navigate on foot and if you pack enough layers, thermals and waterproofs, even in the summer months, you will be ready for all eventualities. If you want to explore on your own the best place to start is the tourist centre in Reykjavik City Hall. You can pick up maps, brochures and great local advice. It is also where you can buy a Reykjavik City Card that gives you free access to all city museums and galleries, seven geothermal pools in the capital, public transport and much more. Alternatively, you can join the “Free Walking Tour” which goes from underneath the clock tower on Laekjartorg Square in the centre of the city (running every day at 12:00 and 14:00 from June-August, and 13:00 from September-May http://www. With no need to book this is a great way to find your bearings and see the major sites. The local guides are amusing and knowledgeable and can also organise private and bespoke tours if you have specific requirements. For the best views head to the top of the imposing Hallgrímskirkja Church or the beautiful Perlan building where you can see stunning vistas across the city and out to volcanoes, the ocean and a glacier from the observational platform. Or just

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watch the sunset from the café under a glass dome on the building’s top floor. The newly opened Wonders of Iceland exhibition is also housed here and if you don’t have a spare day to travel to a real ice cave their temperature controlled replica one, complete with guided geographical tour, is far from a poor substitute. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with water-front paths stretching around the entire peninsula, Reykjavik is full of spots to stop and take in the magnitude of the view. On one such spot is the Sun Voyager, a beautiful steel sculpture of a Viking Ship. With views out over the water to Mount Esja, time your visit for dawn or dusk for the perfect backdrop.

Culture The city’s cultural scene is blossoming and at the very heart of it is the Harpa Concert and Conference Hall, an impressive glass building situated by the old harbour of Reykjavík. It’s worth visiting this iconic building for its architecture alone, but there are also regular concerts and open practices or even a lesson, disguised as a comedy show, on How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes. Definitely worth an hour before heading out for dinner or on a trip to hunt down the Northern Lights. You can find out more about Reykjavik’s history in one of the city’s many museums with some of the most popular being The Saga Museum, the National Museum of Iceland and the open air Árbær Museum. But to really understand this quirky

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little city try checking out the street art decorating many of the colourful building walls, learn why over half of Icelanders believe in elves by spending an afternoon in the city’s Elfschool, or hang out with the locals at one of the many public swimming pools across the city. These outdoor thermal pools are the modern day equivalent of Roman baths, where the day’s news is discussed and families play, oblivious to any snow, wind or rain around them. Laugardalslaug is the largest pool and has slides and surrounding park area but the newly refurbished Sundhollin Public Baths, the oldest in the city, are worthy of a visit.

Easy day-trips Some of Iceland’s most stunning scenery is accessible in a day trip from Rekjavik. Hiring a car in the summer months can be a good option but when the weather is unpredictable and time is tight then the best way to see some of the geographical wonders around the capital is through an organised tour. BusTravel Iceland run a large number of day trips from the capital and their Premium Golden Circle Tour is a must. Covering about 300 km looping from Reykjavík into central Iceland and back you see Gullfoss, the most beautiful of Iceland’s 30,000 waterfalls; Kerið, a striking crater-lake filled with milky bluegreen water; the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and exploding geysers and the Thingvellir National Park. The trip also includes a visit to a local farm and stop to see the famous Icelandic horses, which helps understand

the country’s history and relationship with nature. Dependent on conditions they also run a nightly hunt for the elusive aurora borealis. Their Premium Northern Lights tour will always run if there is a chance of seeing the magical light display but if you don’t have any luck you can join another tour on a different night and try again. The best time to see them is on a clear night between November and March, but if you miss them then don’t worry, just think of it as an excuse to come back! For those seeking something even more adventurous why not try snowmobiling across Langjökull, Europe’s second largest glacier, with Arctic Adventures, no previous experience necessary. Or for a spa day like no other visit the world famous Blue Lagoon, float in the mineral rich water and succumb to the relaxation of a massage, drink and face mask. It is pure indulgence, but for an even more intimate experience you should take a BusTravel Iceland tour, or local bus, to the Secret Lagoon. Much smaller and less touristy natural hot springs, many winter bathers have been entertained by the Northern Lights dancing through the sky while they wallow in the warm and misty waters.

Where to stay The Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel is worth every Icelandic krona! This environmentally conscious, boutique hotel, a 15 minute walk from the centre of the city, is luxuriously simple and slavish in the attention to detail. The staff are friendly, the communal areas welcoming and the rooms, although small like many in Reykjavik, are stylish and warm. And don’t worry about taking your own toiletries – the beautiful organic products in the bathrooms are better than in any spa.

Where to eat You can find any type of cuisine you want in this cosmopolitan city but for a true Icelandic treat head downtown to Messinn Restaurant, close to the picturesque Reykjavíkurtjörnin lake. Their menu is heavily fish based and the Arctic Char with honey, almonds and cherry tomatoes is a rightly loved house special. But there are meat, vegetarian and vegan options available too. Be warned though, portions are big and you may want to leave room for Iceland’s famous high protein dairy delight Skyr pudding. Reykjavik and the wider wonders of Iceland have so much to offer whenever you choose to visit and with the changing geographical landscape and extremes of weather, every time will offer you something new to experience and savour.

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Celebrating local

The Three Crowns proudly stands on the A272 in the quintessential Sussex village of Wisborough Green. The pretty village with its spired church, duck pond and village green is the perfect destination for a pub lunch, quick pint or long leisurely dinner.

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he pub is perfectly located in some of West Sussex’s most beautiful countryside, an ideal destination for a walk with the dog, some antique searching in nearby Petworth or after a fun morning with the children at Fishers Farm Park which is just around the corner. With a hearty bar snacks menu and a seriously delicious dining menu serving Three Crowns Classics such as Fish pie and Macaroni Cheese alongside exciting tastes of confit duck leg with pickled fennel or south coast fish chowder with horseradish white wine cream. The menus are inspired by the seasonal calendar with the ambition of a vast proportion of the food and drink sourced from local producers and makers. The Three Crowns owner Tim Skinner firmly believes in supporting local. “We are fortunate to live in an area rich in seasonal ingredients, with some of the best growers, makers, brewers and vineyards in the area. We certainly take advantage of this position and take delight in being able to serve our guests the freshest locally sourced food from the surrounding areas. By building relationships with the local suppliers we are able to offer our guests food with a story, with provenance and able to give much more information

of the origin of our ingredients. We get a huge amount of pride in supporting our local suppliers many of whom are now friends and in turn are now “locals” themselves. You will often find our local brewer at the bar enjoying a pint or our wine merchant grabbing a quick lunch. Who better to give you advice on how to cook and serve your food than the people who created it. We are proudly independent and by supporting the local businesses cuts out the middle man meaning all of the profits go back into the local area.’ The suppliers list reads like the Sussex food and drink awards. Serving up sandwiches on fresh bloomer bread from Jengers craft bakery in Billingshurst, Lamb from Goodwood Farm Estate and Game from Cowdray. Beef and Cider comes from Trenchmore farm in Cowfold, winner of the Sussex food and drink award Farmer of the year 2017. Their Waygu beef goes into the delicious homemade burgers and Sunday roasts. On the pumps the beer is even more local, Lowfold Wissy brewed by Wisborough Greens Brolly Brewing, as well as Harveys Best from Lewes. Folkingtons juices, a Sussex based company which produces fruit juices,

drinks and mixers that have unique provenance and authenticity. Some added sparkle come from the award winning Bolney Bubbly, winner of Fabulous Fizz in the peoples choice wine awards. The Three Crowns also enjoy a very abundant Gin shelf offering almost 100 gins with a good selection from every corner of Sussex. From Brighton Gin to Horshams own Cabin Pressure with the house Gin served by Blackdown Distillery the award winning Gin from the Blackdown hills. As well as using local suppliers the pub also grows its own herbs, salads and vegetables. The kitchen garden provides a lovely focal point in the garden. Tim is rightly proud of his garden and rightly so – his dad is head gardener! ‘ its lovely to see passers by stop for a peer over the garden wall’. If you are looking for a lovely spot in Sussex for a pub lunch or family outing its time to meet the locals, Bookings are now being taken for Mothers Day on March 11th and Easter Weekend. For menus and any further information please visit our website at or contact or call 01403 700239

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Surrey Hills For business, for pleasure

For Local Produce

View from Box Hill

Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering a quarter of the County of Surrey. It is a spectacular landscape, rich in wildlife and heritage. Set within the rolling chalk downlands, wooded valleys and heathlands is an inspiring and growing industry of local businesses and artisans producing award winning wines, craft beers, free range meat and woodland crafts.


t a time when buying local is becoming increasingly popular, the diverse range of local produce grown or crafted within the stunning landscape makes Surrey Hills a very special place to live and explore. Surrey Hills Enterprises works with local businesses to support the rural economy and to promote, protect and enhance the beautiful Surrey Hills. As a Community Interest Company, funds generated from

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its work goes back to support the work of enhancing Surrey Hills, its landscape and local communities.

inspiring and provide a wonderful way to explore the area including local produce tastings, tours and events.

Local businesses working to support the Surrey Hills and using local produce are awarded the Surrey Hills Trade Mark. They are part of a growing community of local businesses who are coming together to support each other and the special Surrey Hills Heritage. The range and special nature of these producers and artisans are

Inspiring local businesses such as Surrey Hills Butchers, based in the village of Oxshott who sell meat from local, ethical farms in the Surrey Hills. Owner Simon Taylor, says ‘We are a traditional butcher using traditional skills but with a modern twist. Every step of our food’s journey is important, from how the animal is fed to

Denbies Wine Estate how it is slaughtered. Not to mention how it is butchered and cooked!’ Simon is part of the team representing Great Britain in the World Butchers Challenge in 2018. Surrey Hills Firewood based on a farm in West Horsley is a small family business run by Sam Goody, an experienced tree surgeon. They supply high quality seasoned hardwood and kiln dried logs sourced from sustainably managed woodlands in the Surrey Hills and surrounding area and deliver direct to your door. As the most wooded County in the Country, managing local woodlands sustainably and using the produce locally is key to maintaining the landscape and the diversity of wildlife. The vineyards of Surrey Hills, Denbies Wine Estate, Greyfriars, Albury Organic Vineyard and High Clandon are Members of Surrey Hills Enterprises, producing multi-award winning sparkling, rose, red and white wines. All welcome visitors and you can enjoy tours, wine tastings and purchase direct from the vineyards. Denbies Wine Estate based in the centre of the Surrey Hills near Dorking is one of the largest vineyards in the Country and is a champion of local produce, hosting the Farm Shop ‘Village Greens’ and using local produce in their café. Chris White, Ambassador for Surrey Hills Enterprises says ‘we are delighted to be championing Surrey Hills and to highlight the quality local produce and support the inspiring local businesses and artisans’. Many pubs, cafes and restaurants now serve local wine, craft beers and Silent Pool Gin made in the Surrey Hills and feature seasonal local produce on their menus. Pubs such as the Stephan Langton near Leith Hill and the Red Mist Leisure pubs are located within stunning surroundings and serve local produce from the Surrey Hills.

In 2018 Surrey Hills celebrates the 60th Anniversary of its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As part of the celebrations there will be a range of Surrey Hill’s events and activities including food, drink and local artisan events, a Wood Fair, art festivals and much more. Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden Sat 5th May – Mon 28th May Hosted at Birtley Estate, Bramley A celebration of local landscapes and artists within the beautiful setting of woodlands, meadows and lakeside Visit the sculpture exhibition and enjoy a cream tea or light refreshments, local produce and combine with a craft workshop or demonstration. Book on-line We are proud of the diverse local produce and places to visit and stay that bring to life the Surrey Hills Landscape - we think you will love them too. Discover the best of the Surrey Hills and the local food, drink, arts and crafts, pubs, cafes and places to stay: •

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Members DENBIES WINE ESTATE LTD Denbies Wine Estate, with 265 acres of vines England’s largest single estate vineyard is situated in the heart of the Surrey Hills. Denbies is open daily to the public and the chateau style winery hosts two restaurants, wine and gift shop, art gallery, exhibition and conference rooms, wedding facilities and both indoor and outdoor wine experience tours. Denbies produces a range of 16 internationally award winning sparkling and still wines. Visit

SURREY HILLS FIREWOOD Surrey Hills Firewood sources locally sustainable wood from managed forests and woodland within Surrey and the surrounding area and delivers direct to your door. All our firewood is 100% hardwood and processed on site at our farm in the Surrey Hills, where it is either seasoned or kiln dried and sold ready to burn. By purchasing with us, you’re not only helping a local Surrey business, but the management and sustainability of Surrey’s woodlands. Don’t shiver, we deliver! Place your order 07456 074298 Instagram: @surreyhillsfirewood • Facebook: @surreyhillsfirewood

SURREY HILLS BUTCHERS A traditional butchers with a modern twist selling meat from local, ethical farms in the Surrey Hills. Visit us in the centre of Oxshott - you will always find a reinvented dish or a spin on the classics, as well as new ideas on how to cook less well-known cuts. Aberdeen House, High Street Oxshott, Leatherhead Surrey KT22 0JR 01372 844890 Find inspirational recipes for meat on the Surrey Hills Butchers’ website -

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40% of marriages now end in divorce It is sad but true that over 40% of marriages now end in divorce. In the unfortunate event that you find yourself going through a separation it is important you have the right legal support and advice from the outset. Divorce and financial settlements It is important that you get what you deserve out of the financial settlement, and reaching an agreement over finances can be the most contentious and complicated part of a divorce, with pensions often playing a major role. Both parties have to provide detailed information about their financial situation so a fair settlement can be reached.

Rachael Anderson family law solicitor & mediator

It can an be very veery difficult diffi relatio once your relationship has broken down to agree arrangements for your children such as who your child should live with ...

Arrangements for children It can be very difficult once your relationship has broken down to agree arrangements for your children such as who your child should live with and how much time the absent parent spends with the child. If agreement cannot be reached amicably, it may be necessary to obtain a child arrangements order. This is a formal agreement detailing arrangements on how often the absent parent can spend time with the child. Our specialist solicitors will work with you through the entire divorce and financial settlement process, and assist with child arrangements, providing clear advice which will enable you to make informed decisions. If agreement cannot be reached and it becomes necessary to seek assistance from the court, we can also advise and represent you throughout the legal proceedings.

an experienced and accredited family mediator, who is also a family law solicitor, who can assist you with reaching an agreement which you and your ex-partner find fair and that can be endorsed by the Court, if required. Surrey Hills Solicitors Surrey Hills Solicitors’ main aim is to ensure we provide excellent service with clients being able to speak directly to the solicitors dealing with their matter. The partners pride themselves on being approachable, accessible and committed to delivering a first class service to all their clients. In addition to family law, the key areas of legal services offered are all manner of conveyancing and property work, employment, dispute resolution and litigation, commercial and charity matters, wills, lasting powers of attorney and probate. We also specialise in the niche area of local government. Instructions range from straight forward to very complex and all are met with the same enthusiasm and professionalism. For further information about Surrey Hills Solicitors please visit, pop into their office at 296 High Street Dorking, or call 01306 877592.

Mediation Family mediation is an alternative way to deal with the issues that arise from separation and can cover such matters as arrangements for children or agreeing a financial settlement. It is often cheaper, quicker and less adversarial. We have

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Arts thrive in Arundel at Zimmer Stewart

A Pack of Comedians by Holly Frean

This year Zimmer Stewart Gallery celebrate 15 years of showing contemporary art in Arundel, quite an achievement!


hen they first opened in 2003 they were the only gallery in this small market town nestling between the Downs and the sea, now there are five. Arundel has for a while had a reputation for creativity and the arts generally (visual, dramatic and musical) so there is much to interest visitors.

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From the start Zimmer Stewart Gallery did not shy away from showing challenging work: James Stewart, founder, says “If all visitors to the gallery liked everything we showed, then I would feel that we were doing something wrong,” he continued “We enjoy selecting work that has integrity and is thought provoking, artists want their work to be seen and we love showing it”.

Zimmer Stewart solo exhibitions include both emerging and established artists many of whom have worked with the gallery for over ten years. These allow collectors (both corporate and individual) to see how the artist’s work has changed or developed over time and the artists to present a new cohesive body of work. The group exhibitions are great for showing visitors the wide range of work exhibited, but also give the gallery the chance to introduce new artists as well. John Zimmer says “We know that people buy art for a number of different reasons: to start or add to a collection; to support local artists; or simply to decorate their home or office” he continued “the choice of what they buy is usually determined by an emotional response to the work or subject portrayed.” In 2018 the Zimmer Stewart Gallery programme of exhibitions includes six solo exhibitions and several mixed group shows. The solos start in April with award winning, abstract expressionist, Felix Anaut returning with a new series of “Visual Music” paintings and ceramics. These works are a response to the baroque music he listens to in the studio.

Katharine le Hardy is a landscape painter, whose use of colour and impasto brushstrokes engages the viewer and charges the works with movement and dynamism. Her new body of work to be shown in May looks at the Thames near Richmond. During August and coinciding with the Arundel Festival, Zimmer Stewart Gallery present a joint exhibition by painter Elaine Pamphilon and sculptor Christopher Marvell. Elaine Pamphilon’s paintings are easily identifiable with their bright, vibrant colours and confident, free, naive, almost folk art style. These compliment Christopher Marvell’s bronze figures and animals; his sculptures present themselves as seemingly blunt facts, but on deeper reflection they initiate a subtle dialogue that encourages the viewer to consider not only the relationship between human and animal, but also between the human/animal archetype and the human/animal condition itself. Another popular sculptor is Giles Penny, whose seemingly simple, humorous bronzes manage to convey the interaction between the physical and abstract worlds. Giles Penny is also an accomplished painter and printmaker, collectors like the interplay between his sculptural works and his two dimensional pieces.

Towards the end of the year Holly Frean’s solo exhibition in November is not to be missed. Known for her witty portraits painted onto unusual surfaces (cardboard squares, paper plates, wooden palettes) Holly Frean’s 2016 solo show ‘Who’s Counting’ at Paul Smith’s shop in Mayfair included both paintings, mobiles and bronzes. Zimmer Stewart Gallery’s website includes a full exhibition programme and an online shop for editions. Join their email newsletter list to receive private view invitations and artist news updates in your inbox.

Zimmer Stewart Gallery 29 Tarrant Street, Arundel West Sussex BN18 9DG Tel: 01903 882063 Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @zimmerstewart This page (clockwise from top): Rooster by Christopher Marvell; Donegal Suite II by Felix Anaut; From the Bridge by Katharine Le Hardy; Man Holding Disk by Giles Penny; At Kim and Mike’s House by Elaine Pamphilon

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at The Parsons Table

Where do you most like to eat? It’s a question Lee and Liz asked themselves when they were setting up The Parsons Table in Arundel. Liz talks to Fine Editor, Catherine Ross about creating a restaurant she wants to dine in.


f you talk to enough good chefs, one thing they’ll all have in common is the desire to own and run their own place one day. The same was true of Lee Parsons who was living in Vancouver with his wife, Liz, when the opportunity to return to the UK presented itself. Liz’s career has always been in hospitality, while Lee is a professional Chef. The pair realised they wanted their young twins to grow up around family. Months later, they were living in Arundel and renovating the space that became The Parsons Table. “The twins were five and we wanted them to grow up knowing their aunties, uncles and cousins around them. Vancouver seems a very long way away when you want to see your family!” explains Liz, half of the Parsons team. “Once we decided we were coming back, we threw ourselves headlong into it. We moved back in September 2015, got the keys in October and opened the doors to The Parsons Table for customers for the first time in December of the same year. It was quite the homecoming!” “Ultimately, we wanted to create somewhere that we ourselves would want to dine. We prioritised great food and service in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The first 12-18 months were a bit of a struggle as we didn’t know the area that well and were readjusting to being back after a decade away, but we knew that if we worked hard enough and believed in ourselves, we could make it a success.” Now, having just celebrated their second Christmas in Arundel, the family is feeling a lot more settled. “Now we know who we are, what we’re doing and what works. We understand our market more and we’ve managed to source great local suppliers who will reliably give us the quality, seasonal ingredients we need for Lee to make the delicious food our customers enjoy.” That local network of suppliers is translating into a thriving, popular local business. Lee changes the lunch menu weekly, offering four starters and four main courses along with specials based on what the suppliers have available. “Our fish supplier will text us to let us know what’s coming in off the boats and available the next day,” explains Liz, “We always offer a ‘catch of the day’ and vary it between lunch and dinner to keep our regulars satisfied. Often, Lee will trial a dish he’s thinking of adding to the seasonal dinner menu as a lunch special to see what the customers think. He’ll use the opportunity to fine tune the recipe and if it’s popular, it will feature on the a la carte menu. We’ve developed a loyal customer base and we really listen to them.” With this attitude to great food that delights their customers, it’s no surprise The Parsons Table has been shortlisted for a Sussex Food and Drink Award. We get the impression The Parsons Table will continue feeding the folk of Arundel and beyond for years to come.

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Seven Seas Explorer

the most luxurious ship ever built™ Seven Seas Explorer® not only has one of the highest space to guest ratios but also one of the most impressive crew to guest ratios in the industry, with 552 attentive crew looking after just 750 guests.


ith over an acre of marble, 473 crystal chandeliers, 400 beautiful Versace place settings and 2,200 pieces of art (including a Picasso or two hung at the double-door entrance to the extravagant 4,443 sqft Regent Suite), everywhere you turn on Seven Seas Explorer® you will find the very best in luxury. The elegantly designed ship features spacious suites, extravagantly designed lounges and lavish gourmet restaurants including two new speciality restaurants, the Parisian Chartreuse and Pan-Asian Pacific Rim – whose Tibetan prayer wheel is several metres high and weighs as much as a luxury car (it required a reinforced deck to hold its tons of engraved bronze barrels!). The luxury does not end when you leave the ship at port either, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® include a host of free and unlimited shore excursions in every port of call where small groups of around 15-20 people get to discover destinations in the best possible way. And the best thing about cruising with Regent Seven Seas Cruises®? Regent offer the MOST inclusive luxury experience, where everything is included; return flights and transfers, unlimited shore excursions, all fine dining and beverages, Wi-Fi and even gratuities and service charges - without exception, without compromise. There really is no better way to discover the world.

For further information on Regent Seven Seas Cruises please call Symphony World on 01737 362626 or 01372 375261.


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Why sugar is not so sweet

for your brain Sugar is an important source of food energy. During digestion, all food carbohydrates (starches and sugars) break down into single molecule sugars which are absorbed from the intestines into the blood stream and travel to the cells to provide energy for cellular function. Naturally occurring sugar which gives fruit, some veggies and milk their sweet taste is perfectly healthy. It is the added sugar we eat in confectionary i.e. cakes, biscuits and sweets which we need to limit.


ating lots of sugar every day causes the pancreas to secrete too much insulin which has the effect of making your blood sugar drop, called hypoglycaemia; the symptoms of which are:

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Extreme sweating

Digestive problems

Extreme thirst

Blurred vision

Depression and crying spells

Poor concentration Forgetfulness

How to minimise the effect of sugar on mind and body: •

Use organic raw honey as a sweetener

Drink water instead of fizzy drinks or juice – one can of fizzy drink contains approx. Nine teaspoons of sugar

Eat real foods – fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, dairy, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds

Limit sweet treats to special occasions like birthdays or holidays

Stay away from processed foods that contain hidden sugars

People (especially children) are eating large amounts of sugar every day so no wonder ADHD, learning problems and concentration difficulties are on the increase.

Points to ponder:

Sugar uses up the body’s store of vitamins and minerals, especially B vitamins which are crucial for mental performance and brain function.

Men need nine teaspoons of sugar a day

The average person consumes 150lbs of sugar a year compared to 7.5lbs in 1700 Women need six teaspoons of sugar a day

Children need between five-seven teaspoons of sugar per day

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A fabulous opportunity for an action holiday which includes climbing, water rafting, canyoning, paragliding… Why not leave everyday stress behind you and devote some time entirely to yourself? Hiking – currently witnessing a real revival – combines relaxation, nature and exercise like virtually no other type of sport. The Olympiaregion Seefeld in Tyrol is home to 650 kilometres of hiking trails through breathtaking Alpine scenery, ensuring that anyone in search of rest and relaxation can enjoy this popular sport to the full.

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The south-facing Seefeld plateau provides extended hours of sunshine at the heart of the Alps. It is surrounded by the Karwendel Nature Park, which is the largest of its kind in the Eastern Alps, as well as the landscape conservation area of Wildmoos, the Wetterstein mountains and the Hohe Munde massif. Visitors not only reap the health benefits of a sports and leisure-oriented resort 1,200 metres above sea level, but also enjoy the location’s outstanding natural beauty and breathtaking views. Family Kirchmair and the Veronika team are looking forward to welcoming you in Seefeld.

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OPEN MORNINGS SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY & SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018 An independent board boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 11-18 Christ’s Hospital provides more financially supported places than any other school in the independent boarding sector and has done for over 460 years.

Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 0LJ | 01403 246555 |

Registered Charity No. 1120090

A Levels or International Baccalaureate?

When such an important decision can ultimately effect the direction of your future, making the right choice of course to study in the sixth form may feel a bit daunting! Christ’s Hospital is very fortunate to be able to offer pupils two excellent courses in the A level/Cambridge Pre-U or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme. Assistant Head, Marcus Medley, explains.


as an A-level alternative. The experienced Sixth Form team offers guidance to help pupils weigh up what will best suit their academic appetite and future goals.

At Christ’s Hospital, there’s a broader offer, with the International Baccalaureate

In addition to the course they choose, many pupils find that the boarding environment at Christ’s Hospital allows plenty of time in the afternoons and at the weekend for broader curriculum enrichment over and above their chosen academic path.

or most 16 year olds across England, their ongoing education choices will be limited to which A-level subjects to study until they’re 18. Hopefully, they’ll be fortunate enough to receive some guidance from their school to help select the subjects that will best suit their strengths, interests and future university and career goals.

Photography: Toby Phillips.

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A LEVEL/CAMBRIDGE PRE-U The linear A level course allows pupils to immerse themselves fully in their four chosen subjects and in very small groups of up to 14 pupils over five terms. Pupils start with a minimum of four A level subject choices - looking to either continue with all four or to focus on three in their final year (Grecians/Year 13).

IB DIPLOMA The IB was introduced at Christ’s Hospital in 2011. Currently around 20% of pupils in the Sixth Form at CH elect to study the IB. This is a curriculum where pupils study six subjects with 35 contact periods per week, compared to 24 periods for those studying three A level subjects.

A levels enable pupils to focus on subject selection, whether that be traditionally towards the sciences or humanities, or a split between them. It allows for the flexibility of ‘cherry picking’ subjects that an individual finds interesting and challenging. As they are individual, any combination goes although certain university courses such as engineering may have pre-requisites such as further maths. The Sixth form team can help pupils make the right choices if they have particular university or career goals.

The six subjects include three at higher level and three at standard level. The higher level courses are comparable to an A level, with the standard level courses similar to the old AS level. All courses are graded level 1-7 making a total of 42 points. Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), the Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) make up a further three core points resulting in a total from 45 points on offer. The course equips pupils to think unconventionally and from a fresh perspective. TOK, the EE and CAS can blend seamlessly with CH’s broader curriculum programme. The IB subjects are assessed at the end of the course, but unlike A level also contain coursework elements.

It could also be said that traditional A levels are firmly planted in the mind of future employers in the UK and are also well respected abroad. It has also been said that A levels are the ‘gold standard’ sixth form qualification but this notoriety does not necessarily give the course a competitive edge, particularly following recent re-evaluation that has seen elimination of the majority of course work. We have adopted the Cambridge Pre-U syllabuses in some subjects and although graded differently from A level, the Pre-U is a rigorous and nationally recognised course that was introduced only a few years ago at Christ’s Hospital. It is a course designed by universities to provide the academic content, rigour and skills similar to that found in a university course of that subject. Its grading is different ranging from Distinction to Merit to Pass.

The IB results are announced early in July, following the completion of the two-year course. In recent years Christ’s Hospital pupils have secured places at Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, Bristol, Durham, King’s and Warwick. The flexibility of the IB subject choice can help pupils whose GCSE results reflected that of a good all-rounder. The IB has been established for 50 years and is a well-respected qualification renowned globally and is ideal for pupils of all abilities who wish to further their education over a large number of subject areas.

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School should be Enchanting

Chris Calvey Headmaster of Great Walstead School, West Sussex, talks about the balancing act of meeting academic rigor whilst maintaining pupils’ excitement and enthusiasm.

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chool League tables are now very much a part of our lives and pretesting for schools is creeping in at a younger and younger age. Add to that the - not insignificant - amount of money that private schools charge and you might begin to see the rising pressure on both teachers and the Head to ensure that pupils achieve the highest results.

I believe there is an alternative way in which children can foster their love of learning

The safest way to do this sees the classroom take on a teacher-led approach where pupils are told the information they need to learn, guided in how to answer questions by rehearsing past papers and even have timetabled lessons on verbal and nonverbal reasoning tests. Such an approach generally ensures that pupils pass their tests but often at the cost of genuine enjoyment, pleasure and natural wonderment of school. At Great Walstead, we believe in fostering a life-long love of learning amongst our pupils. By understanding there is more to the process of education than just working to pass a test, they are able to develop a set of skills that enables them to tackle challenges without a fear of failure. Inspired by the book “Educating Ruby – what our children really need to learn” written by Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas, all the staff at Great Walstead School explored a variety of definitions for the seven aspects that the book identified as developing confidence and character. At Great Walstead we refer to these as our 7Cs - Confidence, Curiosity, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Commitment and Craftsmanship. Each “C” has an age-appropriate definition for the sections of our school and children are rewarded when they demonstrate these attributes. Confidence is the ability

to tackle difficult tasks and challenges whilst not being afraid to make mistakes. Curiosity is about developing wonder and awe, while Collaboration helps pupils see the benefits of working in a successful team. Communication encourages children to share their ideas and thinking whilst understanding the importance of listening to each other. Creativity is not just for the Arts, but is to be developed with problem solving challenges and alternative thinking. Commitment recognises those times when pupils show determination and resilience even if they find tasks challenging. Finally, Craftsmanship celebrates the sheer joy and pride of completing something which has taken time, care and love to produce. By rewarding these skills, every child is able to achieve and none are limited by their cognitive ability. It leads to an “I can” culture rather than a fixed mind-set where pupils feel limited by the scores they achieve. Since focusing on the 7Cs, we have seen children become far more engaged in their learning process, taking responsibility and, as a result, making impressive levels of academic progress where they not only know things, but genuinely understand them – there is a distinct difference. Children only get one chance at their schooling and I believe it is so important that we look to develop the whole person – not just focus on exam results and entry testing. Working in several prep schools, I have seen and promoted many learning profiles from school ethos based principles to International Baccalaureate inspired systems. All offer something more than just a teacher led approach to learning, but in the 7Cs I have found a set of values and attributes that really inspires the girls and boys in our school and prepares them for the challenges that lie ahead.

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Bridging the gap between school and university The transition from school to university can be diďŹƒcult and unsettling, and whilst new-found freedom can be liberating, not all young adults feel prepared for independent co-educational living. It can also be diďŹƒcult for those who are used to a single-sex environment. Hurst College takes an innovative approach to preparing its sixth form students for life at university.

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tudents who have entered the Upper Sixth at Hurst College during the past 20 years or so – whether they are day or boarding, male or female – have been based in one co-educational house called St John’s. Currently, St John’s is home to 160 students who all have their own room with a bed, even if they are day students, with separate corridors for the boys and girls. Hurst students are already used to having co-ed classes and in St John’s they also learn to live with each other in a co-ed environment. They make full use of the large social space, where they can play table tennis and pool, sit and discuss work or simply relax in a vibrant and civilised atmosphere. “They enjoy the feeling of having some extra space, in what is an important year, and it enables them to live with a broader range of people, which is far more representative of real life and as a result prepares them more effectively for university and the world beyond”, said Caty Jacques, Hurst’s Deputy Head (Pastoral).

Hurst’s St John’s model has proved so successful that many independent schools have recently followed their example

As well as trying to bridge the gap between school and university, the idea of St John’s is to create an environment that encourages greater independence. “We give our students more independence as they progress through the school, whilst still providing a safety net of support when it is needed - after all, they are still at school”, said Caty. Hurst’s St John’s model has proved so successful, that many other independent schools have recently followed their example. When students join St John’s they still maintain links with their previous house, which they entered when they first joined the senior school. In the Lower Sixth students start preparing for their role as leaders of the rest of the school, and gain a taste of responsibility in their day or boarding house as they become prefects, house captains and organise house events. The sense of camaraderie and support in St John’s – also seen throughout the rest of the school - is tangible as students tackle the process of completing UCAS forms and EPQs (Extended Project Qualification), understanding only too well the challenges faced by their peers. Upper Sixth students are provided with a sensible introduction to alcohol, at twice weekly bar nights when they are allowed up to two drinks each. “At the start of the year they can’t wait to have two alcoholic drinks, but by the end of the year they’re often quite happy with a Diet Coke and a packet of crisps. Importantly they’ve had that first, level-headed introduction to alcohol”, said Caty. They also enjoy other social events, such as discos, which are absolutely vital to help them unwind in a challenging year. St John’s has also created its own traditions. To raise money at Halloween, the Upper Sixth organise a haunted house night for the younger students who pay to enter an

appropriately themed environment. “The younger children see the Upper Sixth students as grown-ups – which they are and mostly they behave like grown-ups”, said Caty. In essence, St John’s provides an increased amount of freedom, with an excellent support network, which effectively bridges the gap between a school environment and life outside of Hurst. Best of the best for careers guidance and work experience Hurst College was named the best of the best for careers guidance and work experience by The Week magazine in their 2017 UK Independent School Awards. The judges were impressed by the work placement programme run by Hurst’s Careers Department as well as the interview skills training, UCAS presentations, gap year fairs and seminars. This award was the culmination of another great year in the college’s careers department, as it continued to grow speed talk and work placement programmes. They also organised their first Careers Networking Event for Sixth Form students and supported their hopeful medics, vets and dentists with a more complete programme of workshops, interview practice and volunteer opportunities. Steve Lewis from LinkedIn launched the inaugural Careers Networking Event, where the Sixth Formers engaged with more than 50 industry representatives from a variety of key professions such as marketing communications, financial services, finance, IT, STEM, law and property. Following a rigorous application and interview process, 106 of the college’s students secured a work placement last summer covering 132 weeks of experience between them, and gained an invaluable learning opportunity to assist with personal statements, university applications/interviews and future career paths. Last term, Hurst students enjoyed a series of Speed Talk events, delivered by the Hurst parent body and alumni, on a variety of industries and careers including: medical, PR, journalism and event management, TV, theatre and production, veterinary, archaeology and museum/ archivist, engineering and science. Each event had up to six hosts representing different aspects of their professions, which enabled students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities available to them and routes of entry. The programme for medics, vets and dentists was expanded by inviting former students currently studying these subjects, parents and working alumni to engage and pass on the benefit of their experience.

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A treasure trove for your elegant home

Nestled in the heart of Arundel, in the shadow of the South Downs, lies a haven for style-seekers on the hunt for stunning decorative stimulus.


family run business, Antiquities has been beguiling their worldwide clientele for over twenty-five years—from trade buyers and designers to private clients and tastemakers. Every last customer is drawn to the shop’s uncluttered and inspirational stock; encompassing both period and modern furniture, alongside lighting and accessories. Antiquities know that the present must exist alongside the past, especially when you’re catering to the demands of decorative living. That’s why they curate their inventory with the utmost care, ensuring a complimentary aesthetic, regardless of whether the item is contemporary or antique. Antiquities take immense pride in looking for these treasures. Which is why they scour every auction, market, dealer and private collection across the UK and Europe—personally selecting every object in their showroom. The result is a subtle eclecticism, ranging from period dining tables, armoires and buffets to mirrors,

garden statuary, chandeliers and much, much more. Life moves pretty fast, which means the stock can change completely from one week to the next. But disappointment is a dirty word at Antiquities, and that’s why they operate a finder’s service, sourcing incredible one-offs on request— indeed, if there is an interior lacking decorative grace, you can be sure they’re ready to track down the ideal item for you. It’s for all these reasons that Antiquities is respected internationally as one of the finest antique shops in the UK. Their effortless blend of refined elegance, industrial chic, country charm and daring old world glamour, making this gem on the south coast as a must stop destination for those ‘in the know’.

5 Tarrant Street. Arundel. 01903 884355

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Midhurst is one of those market towns that has barely changed in centuries. Sure, there’s the modern road layout as you drive through the town centre now, along with a clutch of chain high street stores. But given its beautiful location in the heart of the rolling landscape of the South Downs National Park combined with the breath-taking Cowdray estate, visitors will be hard pressed to find a prettier town.


he high street chains are far outnumbered by local, independent stores and are housed in beautiful Tudor and medieval buildings offering everything the discerning shopper could wish for. Foodies will find traditional butchers, shops selling real ales and fine wines, spectacular cakes, inspirational baking supplies and a great delicatessen. Style hunters will discover design classics and outstanding vintage and retro finds across the full range of homewares, fabrics and accessories as well as unique gifts and furniture sourced from all over the globe. But the town’s about far more than its shops. Within a stone’s throw of the town centre, visitors can visit the Cowdray ruins (open from spring). One of England’s most important early Tudor houses and known to have been visited by both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, the magnificent building was all but destroyed by a fire in 1793. The ruins, however, are still stunning and, following a two year restoration project, which was completed in 2007, are open to the public annually, with a series of events using the glorious façade as their backdrop throughout the year.

Also on the Cowdray Estate is the popular farm shop and café. With its own butchery and deli counter, the farm shop caters for the most discerning tastes. The farm shop café serves breakfast, sandwiches, snacks and substantial meals made from scratch using traditional artisan techniques as well as the best Cowdray and local produce. For those looking for somewhere wonderful to stay, the Spread Eagle Hotel, with its luxury spa, is a must visit. The 15th Century hotel blends traditional charm and contemporary comfort with 39 individually decorated bedrooms and suites. As well as the beautifully appointed rooms and the relaxing spa, the hotel also offers fine dining in its restaurant. Head Chef, Richard Cave Toye and his team use the finest, locally sourced ingredients to create culinary masterpieces to delight the taste buds. Midhurst is ideally located for visiting other sites of interest. In its position immediately north of Chichester and straight along the A272 from Petworth, visitors can enjoy trips to the Goodwood Estate, Petworth House and Gardens, the Weald and Downland Opan Air Museum. Or explore the nearby villages of Cocking, Lodsworth, Stedham and Iping, each with their own quintessentially British village features.

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Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2018

With the start of the New Year comes an abundance of fresh styles and fashion trends. And with the recent NEC Furniture show providing a glimpse into what we can expect, we’ve put together a list of our favourite interior trends to watch out for in 2018. So, without further ado, here are some of our top tips if you’re looking to refurnish. 44 | fine

Blue is Back Sophisticated and darker blues are set to take hold in 2018. And while blue has always been a popular colour with homeowners, we’re going to see a big shift towards bringing blue back as a primary colour in the living room. Midnight blues, navy shades and Prussian blue will be especially prevalent this year. A Refined Nautical Style The nautical trend is something we saw grow in popularity throughout 2017 – and 2018 is set to be no different. However, we’re expecting to see the trend grow into something more stylish and sophisticated, with the addition of a third tone aside from the typical nautical blue and white colours. Industrial Chic The edgy look and raw material combo is going to be one of the hottest trends this year. Industrial chic – also referred to as urban industrial – typically showcases raw, aged woods with a stripped back, no-fuss structure. Specifically, you can expect to see galvanized metals, glass and reclaimed wood – similar to the modern farmhouse style but more bohemian and raw. Painted Furniture Painted furniture is one of those constants that’s always popular from year to year. However, we’re seeing a shift from greys, truffles and pastel colours, to the cleaner whites, ivories and creams of the paint world. And it’s unsurprising to see that oak tops on painted furniture are expected to remain on-trend in 2018 – giving homeowners the contrast that painted pieces sometimes need.

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Statement Storage We’re saying goodbye to functional storage in 2018 and hello to statement pieces throughout the home. This year people are looking to make an impact with their interior design choices, and statement storage is a practical way to keep things up to date. Industrial chic sideboards will be a particular highlight

– with many taking a fancy to reclaimed materials. Bold Prints Sticking with the statement theme, we’re expecting a move towards bold floral prints and textures; with accent chairs, accessories and cushions providing the platform for this one. We feel the younger generation of homeowners in particular will be looking to experiment with accents, although with a versatile set of prints there really is something for everyone. Relaxed Rustic Not too far detached from the industrial look, relaxed rustic makes use of weathered woods and natural materials. Earthy tones are a big feature of this ever-present rustic style, and you can expect this design of furniture to tie in well with vintage settings and sofa ranges. Individuality Showing off your personality has never been more popular. And with all the style trends we’re expecting, there’s an element of individuality as the range of choice and materials inspires uniqueness. As a result, people are looking for something that’s unique – furniture that will differ from the norm. The Final Verdict: What’s in: Raw, natural and reclaimed materials; blues – especially darker shades; nautical styles and patterns; statement furniture; rustic and industrial chic; bold accessories and floral designs. Whether your current tastes tie in with 2018’s expected trends or not, there’s scope for individual preferences and choosing an interior design that best reflects your personality. And to cater for everyone, we’ve made sure to include a variety of styles and designs throughout our furniture and homewares collections. Shop online at

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Passion and practice is the path to success

It’s well documented that 10,000 hours of practice can make you an expert in anything, but there aren’t many five year olds prepared to put in the hours to become the best they can be. Rohan Miah is one of those rare individuals whose single minded focus on his dream has helped him become one of England’s greatest young golfers.


ohans first contact with a golf ball was at the age of five when his dad took him to the local driving range and noticed a natural ability to hit the ball in a straight line every time. He loved the weekly roll-up sessions which helped to build his confidence and develop his skills. Rohan competed in a couple of junior tournaments when he was seven and eight years old, but started competing at a higher level when he received his handicap of 11 at the age of 12. Over the following year, Rohan competed in tournaments in and around Sussex to lower his handicap from 11 to five. In November 2016, Rohan won the under 13’s European Junior title out in Spain. Following on from that success, 2017 was set to be this young golfer’s best year to date, and this is where Rohan knew just how many hours and hours of practise he would dedicate to his passion. This clearly paid off as he won 12 out of 15

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junior opens, including the Chichester Junior Open, Wentworth under 14’s Junior Open and the East Brighton Junior open. Rohan has now been Horsham’s club men’s champion for two years running. After a busy summer, aged only 14, Rohan won the under 18’s order of merit title, (making him the best under 18’s player in Sussex) as well as winning the managers player of the year title. He was then offered a trial for a place in the England regional squad, which led to him qualifying as part of their team. In November 2017, he again played in the finals week out in Spain for the 25th (under 18’s) Junior European open championship title, where 21 countries competed. He aimed to be within the top five of the whole event. He smashed his goal by reaching third place out of 106 finalists. This event was associated with Sky Sports and televised in January this year. Due to playing so well and consistently, his current handicap stands at just one.

This year, (2018) Rohan wants to participate in bigger events, which he now qualifies for due to his low handicap. In February he is training out in Portugal to prepare for yet another busy year ahead. His aim this year is to keep improving, work hard, play as much as he can and get his handicap down below zero. His long term goal is to play on the PGA tour.


and the young master Not many young people have the opportunity to use their natural talent to fund their hobbies, but that’s exactly what Fred Oliver did when asked to contribute to the cost of a school rugby tour.


ot many young people have the opportunity to use their natural talent to fund their hobbies, but that’s exactly what Fred Oliver did when asked to contribute to the cost of a school rugby tour. Young artist, Fred Oliver, has always had a passion for drawing animals. His first paid commission came when he was just nine years old; a large canvas of a pony surrounded by yellow bracken for some family friends in the New Forest. Since then Fred has been asked to paint peoples’ pets, usually dogs, which he finds a challenge but enjoys. Aged 12, an art and sports scholar at Caterham School, Fred devised a novel way to raise money for a school rugby tour to Dubai. “I was desperate to go on the tour but Mum and Dad said I had to raise a third of the money if I wanted to go”. Fred decided to hold his first art exhibition, fueled by the positive response his art work always received on social media. The evening was a great success and Fred raised enough money to contribute to his

share of the cost of tour. “I was amazed that so many people wanted to buy my work. In fairness my brothers and sister made great sales people and I think this really helped!” The most popular pictures were the hares and the giraffe with many of the originals being reserved before the exhibition had even started. The whole event has inspired Fred to keep working hard with his art. “My favourite thing to draw will always be animals but I am learning that I can find a way to work them into most subjects.” Now 12, Fred continues to produce original artwork, both to hone his own skills and explore his subjects and in response to commissions from family and friends. Fred has been given the project “Augmented Reality” at school and has decided to interpret this as ‘real but better’, so has steered it towards animals with pictures of unicorns, flying creatures and even Paddington bear! To commission a piece by Fred Oliver contact 07809 759 915 or email

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reputation in this area due to the knowledge and expertise of the technicians, one of whom has over thirty years’ experience in these marques. Mole Valley’s reputation is such that customers return time after time and many cars are sold unseen to customers over the phone in the UK and overseas. Some really exciting news is that TVR launched it’s long-awaited new Griffith model at Goodwood in 2017 and as a TVR Heritage dealer, Mole Valley will be eagerly awaiting arrival of the new car which has been designed by Gordon Murray and will be powered by a new Cosworth V8 engine. To view the full range of Mole Valley’s prestige stock, visit the showroom and workshop on the A24 between Dorking and Horsham where you will be assured of a warm welcome whether looking for a new car or just to browse and dream!

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If you’re a lover of driving, the Caterham 7 offers more than its fair share of “Smiles per mile” according to our motoring writer, Ade Holder.


egular Fine readers will remember I had the pleasure of testing the Caterham 7 270R some time ago and it was quite clear I loved it. There was no getting around the fact there was next to nothing I could find to say against the plucky little car. Roll on the best part of a year and Caterham very kindly offer me two cars to test this time. So what was on offer and “aren’t they all the same?” I hear you cry. Well no they are not and the main thrust of this new test was more power.

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This review will not be a turgid list of stats no matter how exciting they are, but it is worth just mentioning the cars I had to test. I was given the 360R and the 420R and although these numbers seem random they are not. Because the Seven only weighs around half a tonne the numbers are given to the brake horsepower per tonne figure. So essentially half the number and get the power. Once you have done the maths it becomes clear these are very powerful cars indeed.

Everyday? Sadly these cars are not for everyday use but I took mine out in the rain and it was great, I even went to Tesco and the DIY store so don’t write it off completely. You may not want to travel on too many motorways but a holiday on back roads and country B&Bs would be a great deal of fun as would frankly anything else you can justify; these cars are addictive!

Emotion and Spirit Ignoring all stats the Caterham 7 has always been and should always be about the driving experience. By this I mean noise, smell, fun, excitement and smiles per mile. Every version of the car offers this in almost the same amount regardless of power. However, the level of fear and adrenaline does certainly increase with the number printed on the side. Accessible Thrills It is important to note that these cars are for everyone. Yes they are more challenging to drive, they lack ABS, traction control and even power steering. But they are not a Ferrari or something that costs a million pounds and will kill you as soon as look at you. With some practice, some care and some time anyone could grab a Seven and have the time of their life. One of the really amazing things about these cars is that anyone that I have ever asked to sit in one does so

with a smile. It is almost impossible not to be happy in a Caterham 7. Pushing the Limits There is no getting away from the fact the two test cars I was given were on the faster end of the scale. Caterham, offer a lovely 160 model which is all fun and not so much fear and the 270 is a wonderful jaunt into a little more madness. The 360 however really started opening up Pandora’s box. It will scream to 60 in under 5 seconds, it is loud and it will not stop accelerating until long after your bravery has departed. The 420 however… well it suffices to say getting to 60 in under 4 seconds feels a lot faster. This becomes a car that needs a great deal of respect and not something to be taken lightly. That being said this errant teenager of a car still knows how to behave and with a careful but firm hand brings a new level of exhilaration.

Join the Club Yes…I know my cup runneth over with praise again but one more thing I love about these cars is the fact that you really get to join a club when you buy one. The amazing showroom in Crawley is testament to that as are the various clubs and events you can go to. It is not just buying a car its buying into something bigger and Caterham has just celebrated its 60th Birthday so there is a lot of history to buy into too! You can even build your own, but most people let the professionals deal with that as it’s only another couple of grand and a big chunk of peace of mind. The Bottom Line OK so I admit, these cars might not suit a family of four with two young kids. But for anyone who wants something special, someone who has always dreamt of a sports car or a classic car but has a sensible fear of it being a money pit can now turn to Caterham. They will outperform almost anything on the road, they offer a more intense driving experience than even some motorbikes and they use reliable Ford engines. They have a lovely workshop in Sussex and you can rest assured your car will not be breaking down every two minutes. Depreciation is considerably better than most new cars on the market too!

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Beating the end of tax year rush As the end of the tax year gets closer there is still a window of opportunity to make the most of valuable allowances and reliefs that can help mitigate your tax bill.

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A LISA can be opened by anyone aged 18 to 40, and while you can only put in £4,000 a year, the government boosts it by 25%. Junior ISAs can also be used to save tax efficiently for children and grandchildren. Up to £4,128 can be put into a JISA in 2017/18, and the money is locked away until the child is 18. Pensions Pensions are one of the most tax-efficient ways to save. The government adds income tax relief to your contributions, and investments then grow free of income and capital gains tax. There is an annual allowance for pension contributions which qualify for tax relief. In 2017/18, the standard rule is you can contribute the lower of your annual earned income or £40,000. There is also a lifetime allowance - the maximum pension savings you can amass over a lifetime without incurring a tax charge. Currently £1m, the allowance is due to rise in line with inflation from April.


llowances can be lost if not used before the tax year end on April 5 - and the sooner you claim them the better. “Every year, many people leave end of year tax planning until the last minute,” says Lee Clark, Financial Planner and Head of Office at Brewin Dolphin Reigate. “But waiting until the eleventh hour increases the risk of leaving it too late and missing out on the chance to improve your financial position.” By acting well before the tax year end you can maximise your opportunities and minimise your stress. ISAs In the current low interest rate environment, making sure your savings and investments are not needlessly depleted by tax is more important than ever. Individual savings accounts (ISAs) are at the core of most tax-efficient portfolios. With a cash ISA, the interest is tax free. With stocks and shares and other ISAs, there is no tax to pay on income or capital gains. In the current tax year, individuals can invest up to £20,000. But if you don’t use this year’s allowance before April 5, it’s lost forever. This tax year has also seen the introduction of the Lifetime ISA (LISA) aimed at helping younger adults save for retirement or build up funds towards the purchase of a first home.

Even if you are some way off retirement it is important to establish whether you could breach the lifetime allowance in the future. A Brewin Dolphin financial planner can advise on possible ways to protect yourself from a tax charge. Dividend allowance The amount of dividends individuals can receive tax free is due to be cut from £5,000 to £2,000 from April. The reduction will particularly affect small business owners who pay themselves in dividends. A Brewin Dolphin financial planner can help determine how you may be able to reduce the impact. Capital gains tax (CGT) Many investors forget their ‘Annual Exempt Amount’ for capital gains tax (CGT), currently £11,300. You only pay tax on profits from the sale of assets once you have gone over this level. If you have a large portfolio of shares outside an ISA, it’s worth using as much of this allowance as possible each year, or you could be storing up a large CGT liability for the future. Inheritance tax Most people wait until death before passing on their wealth. But transferring wealth while you are alive can help your family and reduce an inheritance tax (IHT) liability.

various tax savings on offer – but don’t leave it too late or you could lose out.” Don’t get hit by recent changes to property taxes Annual ‘wear and tear’ allowance Landlords used to be able to automatically claim 10% tax relief each year on their rental income from furnished accommodation to cover ‘wear and tear’. Since April 2016 landlords have only been able to claim for the costs they actually incur when they replace furniture, furnishings, appliances and kitchenware. Mortgage tax relief Landlords used to be able to claim tax relief on 100% of mortgage interest costs at their marginal rate (40% for higherrate taxpayers; 45% for additional-rate taxpayers). That meant all landlords only paid tax on the difference between their expenses and income, their profit. That changed on 6 April 2017. In the 2017/18 tax year landlords can only claim relief at their marginal rate on 75% of mortgage interest costs. On the remaining 25%, tax relief is restricted to the basic rate of income tax of 20%. Further restrictions on tax relief will be phased in over the next three years, which means if you are a landlord it may be time for a rethink. Our investment managers can help you explore alternatives to buyto-let that are more liquid and tax efficient.

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Disclaimers The opinions expressed in this document are The value of investments can fall and you may get back less than you invested Please note that this document was prepared as a general guide only and does not constitute tax or legal advice. While we believe it to be correct at the time of writing, Brewin Dolphin is not a tax adviser and tax law is subject to frequent change. Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances; therefore you should not rely on this information without seeking professional advice from a qualified tax adviser. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The information contained in this document is believed to be reliable and accurate, but without further investigation cannot be warranted as to accuracy or completeness.

You can give away £3,000 each year free of IHT. Gifts of up to £250 are also exempt. “Tax allowances can be a complicated area,” says Clark. “Professional advice can help you to maximise the potential of the

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ne beneficiary of the charity spoke of her plans to go to college to train as a nurse: “I’m greatly indebted to all the staff here. Their kindness, compassion and dedication have been invaluable, and I have so many wonderful and precious memories. And all this would in no way be possible without The Old Moat Garden Centre.”

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To continue providing this valuable service, Richmond Fellowship has invested in the expansion of The Old Moat to make it more self-sustaining while maintaining the values and friendly atmosphere that the local community has always appreciated. As a recent member of Surrey Hills Enterprises, The Old Moat will be able to

The charity’s work impacts directly on about 150 people with mental health problems each year, but the ripple effect touches hundreds more as their families and friends gain peace of mind, waiting lists in doctors’ surgeries and hospitals are reduced, employers gain qualified confident staff, and the community is

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The new grant-funded kitchen has enabled a menu expansion and more to offer customers, while preserving the warm welcome that has made the café so popular with its many regular visitors – a “special place.”

enriched by their increased participation in it. The local community plays a vital part in supporting The Old Moat not only by its patronage but also by individuals and groups volunteering on-site and fundraising to ensure the existence of this valuable local service. For more information or to make a donation to The Old Moat, please contact Joy Ridley, Fundraising and Events Officer, on 01372 731971.

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Don’t spend more than you earn

Sounds obvious but do you really know how much your living expenses are? When was the last time you reviewed your monthly grocery costs or totted up your takeaway bills? You don’t need a fancy app or spreadsheet, just write down all your outgoings on a sheet of paper. Then make sure that you have more coming in than you have going out. It can be quite sobering. 2. Spring clean your standing orders Go through your regular outgoings, particularly standing orders and direct debits, to see whether you still use those services. The classics are subscriptions

for magazines that go straight into the recycling or sports channels that you don’t watch. Be ruthless too and ditch what you don’t use or can’t afford. 3. Count your cash How much do you take out of the cashpoint each month? Can you spot any patterns and do you know what you spend it on? Even though it’s easier than ever to spend money electronically, the act of handing over hard cash probably makes most of us more mindful of our decision to buy. But if you are prone to making withdrawals at times when your decision-making is ‘impaired’, shall we say, then you are likely to spend whatever is in your pocket.

4. Make saving a habit I have found that it works well to set up a standing order, for example on the same day as your wages are paid into your bank account. If you’re self-employed, this can be more difficult as your cashflow depends on your customers but you could build this into your admin. I would hope that you regularly set funds aside for your income tax and National Insurance – why not set some aside for yourself at the same time? 5. Save your pennies

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Some banks offer a savings service that rounds up the value what you have spent and sweeps it into your savings account - Lloyds Bank calls their product Save The Change®. Some will even scoop up whatever is left in your current account at the end of the month into your deposit account. Alternatively you could go old school and have a jar for coins – Skint Dad ( suggests the 1p Saving Challenge where you save £3.65 on the first day of the year, £3.64 on day 2, £3.63 on day 3…you get the idea. By the end of the year you will have saved almost £700. 6. Set savings targets Having a goal is proven to improve your odds of success. Whether it’s something frivolous like a new pair of shoes or more serious like clearing old debt, having a financial target will help to keep you on track. 7. Use it or lose it The ISA allowance runs with the personal tax year and was increased to £20,000 in April 2017 and contributions do have to be made inside the tax year to qualify. The Government have also branched out with Junior and Lifetime ISAs (designed to help younger savers to buy their first home). The standard ISA itself has also had a bit of a makeover in recent years with the familiar cash and shares ISAs being joined by innovative finance ISAs - spurred on by the growth of peer to peer lending.

can still earn interest with 0% tax £1,000 for basic and £500 for higher rate taxpayers. If you were wondering why banks no longer deduct tax at source, it is because most savers will not earn enough interest to pay any tax. 9. Know your limits Some interesting financial restrictions have been placed on pension contributions in recent years. The majority of people can pay in £40,000 each year plus any unused allowance from the three previous years. It is also more complicated if you are a member of a defined benefit scheme as you need to understand the increase in the value of your fund, not what has actually been paid into it. Pension providers can only tell you if you have exceeded the annual allowance in their fund – it is up to you to check your overall position. A couple of other figures to watch out for: if you earn £100-123,000 you could end up being taxed at 60% as a result of the loss of your personal allowance. Having to repay Child Benefit once your income reaches £50,000 is another tipping point for many people. In both these situations, it may be beneficial to consider additional pension contributions or charitable donations. 10. Finally, the three Ps Pension, pension and pension. Sorry, nothing more interesting than that. I have been musing recently that if you were thinking about a good field to work in, one with long term job security, pensions could be just the ticket. We are an ageing population with prolonged life expectancy; we will undoubtedly have to work for longer than our ancestors but we will almost certainly live longer too. To do this comfortably, we will need to have saved more money to see us through those extra years. Your strategy may not be a pension but you definitely need to have a plan of some kind.

Although your contributions into an ISA come from post-tax income, withdrawals should not be taxed. This works in the opposite way to pensions where contributions receive tax relief on the way into the fund but are taxed as they are drawn down (aside from the 25% taxfree lump sum announced as part of the pension freedoms reform). 8. Earn interest without paying tax No, I am not advocating tax avoidance. ISAs used to be the only way to legitimately not pay tax on interest. However in an effort to encourage us all to save, the Chancellor has introduced other allowances. If your total income is £16,500 or less, you can now earn up to £5,000 in interest tax-free – this is called the starting rate for savings. Even those who earn more than £16,500

The information in this article is general guidance and does not constitute advice. If you require advice, you should contact a qualified accounting or taxation professional The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation maintain registers of members and firms.

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an Easter egg hunt special The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts at National Trust properties have become as much a part of recent Easter celebrations as bonnet parades and simnel cake. This year, to make it easy for readers to decide where to go, we’ve taken a look at when and where you can combine countryside walks and tours of the area’s most important houses and gardens with some seasonal chocolatey goodness. 60 | fine

BATEMANS, EAST SUSSEX, Friday 30 March – Sunday 15 April, 10am-4pm Built in 1634, tradition has it that Bateman’s was first owned by a Wealden ironmaster. There were several forges in the area, supplied by iron found in thick clots embedded in the local sandstone. Bateman’s is most famous as the family home of Rudyard Kipling who saw beyond the shabby farmhouse that Bateman’s had become and continued to be inspired by its history throughout the 34 years he lived there. Discover more about nature on the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt as you make your way around the garden on an adventure inspired by bees, birds and flowers and win a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat. PETWORTH HOUSE AND GARDENS, WEST SUSSEX, Friday 30 March – Sunday 15 April, 11am-4pm Home to an extraordinary collection of art, this magnificent 17th century mansion stands as a monument to the evolving taste of one family over 900 years. Separate Servants’ Quarters offer a glimpse of life ‘below stairs’, featuring domestic rooms and Historic Kitchen with a 1000 piece copper batterie de cuisine while the 700 acre Capability Brown landscaped deer park offers panoramic views. Bunny’s been busy making mud pies, digging holes and planting seeds. Help her find out the best way to grow a perfect garden. Complete the trail and win a chocolate prize. HATCHLANDS PARK, SURREY, 30 March to 2 April, 10am-5pm Hatchlands Park was built in the 1750s for naval hero Admiral Edward Boscawen and his wife Fanny, since then it has housed wealthy families, a finishing school for girls and even a printing press. Spanning over 422 acres, and open 363 days a year, the

parkland at Hatchlands is a wonderful spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Head out into parkland to follow our nature themed trail, solve the clues and claim your chocolate treat. DAPDUNE WHARF, SURREY, Friday 30 March, 11am-5pm The Wey was one of the first British rivers to be made navigable, and opened to barge traffic in 1653. The 15-mile Godalming Navigation, opened in 1764, enabling barges to work a further four miles upriver, connecting Guildford to Weybridge on the Thames, and then to London. The award-winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on them. Visitors can see where the huge Wey barges were built and climb aboard ‘Reliance’, one of three surviving barges. A day of family fun, with sports day races for children, mums and dads as well as craft activities. Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt. STANDEN, WEST SUSSEX, Friday 30 March – Sunday 15 April, 11am-4pm This idyllic location is home to a rural retreat created by James and Margaret and designed by Philip Webb, the house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors. The five hectare (12-acre) hillside garden showcases year-round seasonal highlights and an award-winning plant collection. On the wider estate, footpaths lead out into the woodlands, Ashdown Forest and wider High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Join in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Explore the garden as it comes to life this Spring, meet some of the animals which make the garden their home and solve nature’s riddles to claim a chocolatey reward.

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Fung Shui for a brighter future Fung Shui, the Chinese art of finding ways to balance and harmonise through your life with your environment, is credited by many as the source of their happiness, financial success and even finding love. Find out more in professional Fung Shui consultant, Janine Lowe’s first Fine feature on the subject.


s a professional Feng Shui Consultant I have gained a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience over many years and I am excited to share that knowledge with Fine readers. I work with many private individuals who want more from their lives, whether it be finding love, changing careers or discovering clarity in what they really wish for. My skills and expertise are increasingly embraced by forward thinking businesses. These range from home-based businesses wishing to achieve a profitable, balanced environment to corporate clients wishing to implement change, create a unique culture and ultimately maximise profitability. Where do we start? Spring is just around the corner so let’s start with Spring de-clutter! How many times have we said that but have never taken action? Now is the time. Above, you will see a Lo Shu Square used by ancient Chinese Feng Shui masters. The Lo Shu Square indicates the nine areas of your home and how they relate to different areas of your life. For example, the South West is the relationship area and de-cluttering in that area will bring positive chi and energy to enhance your relationships.

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The first step of de-cluttering can be hard, but once you start you will be surprised and excited! Identify the area of your life you wish to enhance and use the Lo Shu Square to tell you where in your home to start. It’s easy – you’ll just need a simple floor plan to find the centre of your home, find North and lay the template on the plans. Go to the area that is in greatest need of decluttering. Start sifting things you may no longer need. Three piles – firstly things to go to car boot/ charity shops/ second hand shops, secondly things you may still want but are not sure about (keep them in a box for six months and if you don’t go back to them, it’s time to pass them on). Thirdly things to keep. Spring clean that area and wait for the magic to happen!

have strong emotional attachment should be let go of, it’s hard, but just do it. Donating your unwanted items to charity – find a charity with which you have an emotional connections is a great way of easing the pain of moving things on. Passing on the item and the attached love and emotion is a very rewarding way of helping others and make us feel great. By helping others you are indirectly helping yourself. Bite size chunks! We are all busy being busy and de-cluttering can become a pressure, not a pleasure. Rather than doing the whole de-clutter all at once, break it down into achievable tasks. Take a drawer at a time – it’s incredibly satisfying and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll see the results, which in turn will spur you on to do more!

Top tips on de-cluttering When sifting through things, for each item ask yourself the question – do I still have a use for this? Move on anything that does not get an outright yes! If in doubt, get it out.

Here’s to a fabulous de-cluttering Spring Clean!!

Wardrobes/ clothes – I heard from a famous talk show host that she hangs things she had just worn the other way round to everything else in her wardrobe. After 3 months it was really obvious as to which items should move on. Genius!! Even expensive items or items with which we

If you would like to know more you can check me out on my FB page janinelowefengshui, website or email me direct

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Interiors - from designing, building and fitting kitchens, bathrooms, staircases, etc; to the ever important decorating and finishing touches.

Reputation is king Whittington’s reputation is built on reliability and attention to detail. The company is committed to delivering the very best service available. All work is carried out by experienced and knowledgeable craftsmen.

Kitchens and Bathrooms Whittington’s stunning Showroom in Pulborough, West Sussex provides the latest computer-aided design software. The expert design team can advise on how best to refurbish your room and help you choose between a fully managed installation or supply only. Giving you peace of mind and one point of contact the experienced management team and craftsmen will deliver the new home build or renovation of your dreams. Whittingtons Plumbing & Heating Specialising in the latest Heat Pump and Solar technology, the heating division enables efficient, cost effective running of your property, be it a new build or renovation. Unit 10, Station Approach, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1AQ | 01798 874455

“Our team prioritises excellent quality, smooth project management and constant quality control, ensuring the project is completed on time and to budget. All work is fully guaranteed and insured.”

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CLIMPING, WEST SUSSEX A PRETTY THATCHED DETACHED COTTAGE SITUATED IN A SOUGHT AFTER COASTAL VILLAGE – WONDERFUL VIEWS OVER SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE Entrance hall, walk-in cloaks/storage room, double aspect sitting room, southerly aspect conservatory, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study/reception room, 2 ground floor bedrooms, bathroom, first floor master bedroom and guest bedroom, shower room, west facing rear garden, off-road parking, total plot approx. 1⁄3 acre.

Guide Price £850,000

EPC rating E

Arundel 01903 885886

BOSHAM, WEST SUSSEX A DETACHED FAMILY HOME RECENTLY EXTENDED AND COMPREHENSIVELY RENOVATED IN A CONVENIENT LOCATION BETWEEN CHICHESTER & EMSWORTH Reception Hall, Family Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Study, Cloakroom, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room, 2nd Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room, 3 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Off-Road Parking, Detached Double Garage, Good Size Garden.

Guide Price £950,000

EPC rating D

Chichester 01243 786316 Local & National reach through a network of London & Regional offices PROPERTY EXPERTS SINCE 1910

ABINGER COMMON, SURREY AN IMPOSING EDWARDIAN FAMILY HOME IN THE HEART OF ABINGER COMMON HIGH UP IN THE SURREY HILLS Entrance hall, impressive reception hall, superb drawing room, dining room, study, cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room with AGA, utility room, boot room, master bedroom with en-suite shower room, guest bedroom with en-suite shower room, three further bedrooms, family bath/shower room, garage, parking, mature established south facing gardens, in all, about ½ an acre.

Guide Price £1,425,000

EPC rating F

Dorking 01306 887560

HORLEY, SURREY A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A GRADE 11 LISTED BARN CONVERSION 39ft vaulted reception, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, four bedrooms, two en-suite shower rooms, family bathroom, guest WC, mezzanine sitting room, master bedroom, en-suite bathroom, landscaped gardens, double garage with studio above, rural location, own private water supply.

Guide Price £995,000

EPC rating C

Reigate 01737 222027 Local & National reach through a network of London & Regional offices PROPERTY EXPERTS SINCE 1910

Warnham, West Sussex A substantial detached Grade II listed country house 01403 339180

Horsham 2.5 miles, Guildford 18.4 miles, Central London 34 miles A fine Grade II listed country house set in an attractive semi-rural position with a range of outbuildings and swimming pool. Positioned in a rural location close to the Surrey/West Sussex border and with extensive views, Geerings is well located being just beyond the village centre, yet within easy reach of the town of Horsham with its more extensive amenities and shopping facilities. In all about 3.7 acres. Guide price: ÂŁ 1,500,000


Rusper, West Sussex A delightful un-listed 5/6 bedroom country house 01403 339180

Horsham 5.3 miles, Warnham 5.1 miles, Central London 35.9 miles The current owner has blended the beautiful original features with a modern finish to create this wonderful family home. It is situated in a discreet position down a country lane leading to its long privately owned drive. As you approach the house you pass its delightful gardens and grounds on either side of the drive including the well-stocked orchard. EPC: E. In all approximately 3.72 acres. Guide price: ÂŁ 1,650,000


Horsham 35 Carfax, Horsham RH12 1EE 01403 886860 |

Surrey | Nr Cranleigh

Guide Price ÂŁ3,500,000

A rare opportunity to create a fabulous family home Kitchen/breakfast room | 4 Reception rooms | Music gallery | Master bedroom apartment | 4 Further en-suite bedrooms | Large office/games room/cinema and secondary office | Indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and home cinema | Garaging with au pair flat above | Detached 2-bedroom cottage | Equestrian facilities | Pond, 2 lakes and a helipad Gardens and grounds of approximately 11.85 acres

Horsham Ken Roberts | 01403 886860



Country Department Liz Berman | 0207 318 5187

60 Offices across England and Scotland, including Prime Central London

Horsham 35 Carfax, Horsham RH12 1EE 01403 886860 |

West Sussex | Woodmancote

Guide Price ÂŁ6,495,000

A private and immaculately presented estate in a stunning parkland and lakeland setting Kitchen/breakfast room | 6 Reception rooms | Master bedroom suite | 9 Further bedrooms (3 en-suite) | 3 Bath/shower rooms | Swimming pool and tennis court | Cottage | Exceptional equestrian facilities | Outbuildings | Gardens and grounds with lake and pasture in all about 50 acres | A further 100 acres and cottage available separately

Horsham Ken Roberts | 01403 886860



Country Department Liz Berman | 0207 318 5187

60 Offices across England and Scotland, including Prime Central London

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Having your garden designed couldn’t be easier







We take pride in every garden that we design. Whether it be an award-winning show garden, large country garden, rooftop garden or small courtyard garden they are all created with the same attention to detail. Choose from an initial design consultation through to masterplans, realistic 3D rendered images and also planting plans. Quote Fine18 to receive a discount off our initial consultation fee. For consultations email: jack@jackdunckley or visit: www www.jackdunckley

Whittington’s Kitchen & Bathroom Studio is part of the Whittington group. We are passionate about providing our customers with total quality Kitchen and Bathroom solutions to meet their needs. From design through to complete installation, we provide all the expertise and services required to ensure your new Kitchen or Bathroom projects are managed smoothly and efficiently. A key strength of Whittington’s Kitchen and Bathroom Studio is to offer a bespoke service giving you the Kitchen or Bathroom you desire. Come and talk to us in our luxury showroom at Pulborough RH20 1AQ. Free outside parking.

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