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2018 VOLUME 1II Focus on ….Food and Drink


A Weekend in Vienne


Artisan Food Experience

In this issue...



Fine dining in some of the region’s most stunning locations with menus prepared by award winning chefs

A fascinating and authentic glimpse of life, food and drink in medieval England, with a programme of jousting, revelry and feasting!



Discover some of France’s best local markets and finest artisan food and drink, all just a short stop away in the Pas de Calais region.

Try our simple but sizzling suggestions to help spice up your summer barbeques, picnics and alfresco dining.



From gin tasting and farmers markets, to hot air balloons and steam engines, there’s so much to do and enjoy this summer.

Sit back and imagine as Katrina Smith explores some of the best restaurants and sweet spots of this culinary capital of the Caribbean!




Relax on the vine clad terrace of this 15th century pub with a menu and passion for fine food that will leave your mouth watering.

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A whole host of health benefits are a great addition to your diet, as Nutritional Therapist Suzanne Sawyer explains.

22 EXQUISITE BREADMAKING RETREAT Enjoy a country retreat and learn how to make authentic, artisan bread at the award-winning Artisan Bakehouse


Editor Lucy Pitts explores these two very different historic cities in the south of France



Bringing you some of the region’s finest producers and artisans from an area renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.

Explore and enjoy the Sussex countryside with your dog this summer and discover some great places to eat and stay.



Nothing speaks of summer more than the smell of fresh roses and this month we answer 2 of the most commonly asked rose questions.

Hurst College explains some of the many diverse and exciting opportunities available to students thinking of joining them for sixth form.



Janine Lowe explains how ancient Chinese traditions may help make your move a success.

Carolyn Burchell explores the ups and downs of the Fairtrade Foundation and why she thinks buying “fair” makes such a difference.

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Horsham Coffee Roasters began in the

garage of Amelia and Bradley Steenkamp in 2012. Since then we’ve grown (though we’re still a small team of just 7 people) but what drives us stays the same. Our goal is to source the best, ethically traded coffees in the world and through developing a highly methodical approach to roasting with the highest possible focus on quality control, bring them to our customers. Alongside the philosophy that has informed our development over the years our core focus for sourcing has become our Relationship Coffees. These are coffees sourced by us through direct links with farmers and producers alongside our import partners. Currently we have established partnerships in Rwanda and Costa Rica. Well chosen importing partners are essential to match us with farmers and co-operatives that are dedicated to producing specialty grade (i.e. the highest possible quality) coffees. We are committed to purchasing ethically traded coffees with full traceability to its origins. We also endeavour to obtain full transparency of our coffee’s financial trail, giving us and our customers peace of mind that each farmer has been well paid for the outstanding coffee they produce. The coffees we stock will typically be exclusive, specialty lots that have been carefully scrutinised by us through our own cupping and quality control procedures. We roast in the medium to light colour range allowing for the characteristics of each coffee to dominate and enabling versatility across multiple brew methods.

We are fanatical about the quality our coffee, and this obsession goes from the green coffee we purchase right through to the final cup. You can purchase coffee online via our website, or by visiting the roastery, The Studio, Howards Nursery, Handcross Road, RH136NX, Monday to Friday, 9:30-4. We are actively looking for wholesale customers including coffee shops, restaurants and hotels and can provide a full equipment and training service.

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ello and welcome to the latest issue of Fine Sussex and Surrey and my first as the new editor.



With summer now in full swing, this delicious edition is all about food and drink, and some of the finest foodie experiences our region has to offer.

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EDITOR Lucy Pitts

There’s a distinctly French flavour this month with tips from travel writer Janine Marsh on how to enjoy some great French produce as part of a day trip to France. And if you’re planning a weekend break, I’ve also been exploring the stunning French cities of Grenoble and Vienne in the south. We’ve also unearthed some of our best local artisans and places to eat, including a country baking retreat at the awardwinning Artisan Bakehouse, a flamboyant medieval feast at the extravagant Loxwood Joust and perhaps one of the most unique and delightful fine dining experiences in the country with A Table Outside. If you’re looking for ways to add interest to your barbeques, we’ve turned the spotlight on chilli with our serving suggestions and recipes, and our resident nutritional therapist has the low down on the many health benefits of this wonderful spice. For the dog lovers amongst you, summer is always a great time to explore the rich and diverse countryside our region has to offer so this month, I’ve been out and about with my dogs, sampling some of the best walks, dog friendly pubs and hotels.



As well as our special features, we also have lots from our usual contributors. Janine Lowe explains how Chinese traditions can influence a house move, Carolyn Burchell is talking about buying Fairtrade and Ade Holder has been testing driving the new Jeep Compass..

Ade Holder Carolyn Burchell Suzanne Sawyer Janine Lowe Janine Marsh Katrina Smith

PHOTOGRAPHY Alan Wright Photography


Finally, with so much going on in our region this summer, don’t forget to check our “What’s in the Diary” section which has got details of forthcoming events which shouldn’t be missed. I hope you enjoy this packed edition and get a chance to sample some of its delights. I’ll see you next time. Lucy Pitts EDITOR

On the front... British Balloon Flights, the world from a different perspective. See our feature on page 42 to find out how to start your adventure.


DIRECTOR Jennifer Oliver

The views and opinions expressed in the articles herein are those of the authors concerned and are not endorsed by the publisher. Whilst every care has been taken during the production process, the publisher does not accept any liability for errors that may have occurred or for the views expressed. Fine Sussex & Surrey 2018 Volume II1 This publication is protected by copyright. ©2018 Printed in the UK by Foundry Press

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Discover the Retirement Village lifestyle Ever wondered what life is really like at Charters Village? Ready to be surprised? Charters Village in East Grinstead, West Sussex, is an established retirement village offering beautiful new homes in a parkland setting with superb clubhouse facilities. And despite its idyllic leafy setting, the neighbouring town of East Grinstead has all of the essential amenities and facilities you may need. The village also has great transport links with regular train services into London from East Grinstead train station. The M25 is also only a 20-minute drive away. It’s certainly not hard to see why this multi-award winning village is proving very popular with retirees across the country. Village life evolves around a central clubhouse, Charters Towers, a carefully restored former ballet school. The clubhouse provides residents with exclusive access to fantastic facilities including bar, restaurant, function room, library and a beautiful outdoor terrace.

Pre-owned and brand new properties start from just ÂŁ349,980. Other charges apply. Part exchange is available subject to criteria. Call 01342 870871 or email: 8 | fine

A morning at Charters Village may start with a leisurely stroll around the vast manicured grounds – which are pet friendly too! Then you could pop along to the coffee morning and catch up with fellow residents in the restaurant, or pop to the library to pick up a new book. As lunchtime arrives, you might attend one of the many activities held at the village; boules, bridge club, keep fit class, croquet or film club to name a few. Your afternoon may then be spent at the local theatre or playing a round of golf. You can host family and friends anytime at the village and your guests can stay overnight in one of the beautiful guest suites within Charters Towers. And as the gardening and cleaning are handled on your behalf, you can simply relax and enjoy your retirement without any of the hard work! When you buy a property at Charters Village, you’re not just buying the bricks and mortar of the building; you’re buying into a unique lifestyle that allows you to enjoy your retirement in a stunning location, with superb facilities and complete peace of mind.

Call 01342 870871 for your complimentary A –Z retirement living guide Charters Village | Felcourt Road | East Grinstead | West Sussex | RH19 2JR | 9

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diary THE GREAT BRITISH GIN FESTIVAL 30th June 2018, Crawley, Sussex 100 different gins to try! With so many craft gins available, fine tune your taste buds and learn about the production of gin from the experts. This is a gin lovers’ heaven and there’ll be cocktail demonstrations, virtual tours and live music as well as plenty of opportunity to stock up on your favourite tipple. But you might need to get a taxi home!

CRANLEIGH SHOW, CRANLEIGH, SURREY 1st July 2018 Everything you love about the country in one place! Whether it’s livestock and country sports that you enjoy, or country crafts and artisan food and drink, Cranleigh Show brings it all together in this one-day event. With two main arenas, the day’s programme includes motocross stunt racing, dog display teams, falconry displays, vintage vehicles, lawnmower racing, side saddle riding and show jumping, and much more. With 150 stands to peruse including of course the food court and Farm Food marquee, there will be lots of traditional skills on display and loads to entertain the children too.

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WISTON STEAM RALLY 7th -8th July 2018, Steyning, Sussex Always a favourite, the Wiston Steam Rally is a must for lovers of vintage and all that is past. Not limited to just steam, you can expect vintage buses, cars, motorbikes, and military vehicles as well as demonstrations of local skills, like woodcutting. With a Horse and Dray Cart from Harvey’s of Lewes Brewery and a fun fair, it’s a chance to see life as it was in years gone by.

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 12th - 15th July 2018, Goodwood, Sussex What’s not to love about this fantastic celebration of motorsport, motoring pioneers and heroes! Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this year promises to be extra special and will bring together the Duke of Richmond’s highlights from the festival’s history. Cars from the past, present and future take to centre stage from the fast to the bizarre and from Formula 1 to drift cars. If you’re a petrol head or thrill seeker this is an action packed, high octane and exhilarating event, set in one of the county’s most stunning locations!

CHILLI FIESTA, WEST DEAN, SUSSEX 10th – 12th August 2018 We couldn’t have a food and drink theme for this edition of Fine without mentioning at least one food festival and the Chilli Fiesta should certainly be a red-hot event. With 150 different chillies on display, culinary demonstrations by top local chefs and a gardening theatre, the fiesta is set to the backdrop of live Latin music. There’s a funfair, workshops, dance, champagne and cocktails! And if you still can’t get enough, you can camp on site for the full 3 days! This is a family friendly event that’s perfect for chefs looking to spice up their larders.

ARUNDEL FESTIVAL, SURREY 18th -27th August 2018, Arundel, Sussex 2018 is a very special year for Arundel as the annual festival celebrates its 40th birthday, the Gallery Trail celebrates its 30th and the Castle celebrates an amazing 950-year anniversary. And in August, the town opens its doors to visitors once more to showcase and share its unrivalled treasure trove of creativity and history. The festival includes The Gallery Trail - the largest walking trail in the UK which now exhibits the work of over 400 artists, a large-scale production of The Merchant of Venice set in the garden of the Castle, a programme of classic and contemporary drama from Drip Action Theatre, two new productions from the Arundel Players, a thrilling new programme from Arundel Jailhouse and street entertainment. Music will embrace every possible genre from the traditional brass band on the cobbles to buskers on the streets, classical music in the churches and in private homes, and a vast schedule of contemporary, jazz and blues on the Jubilee Gardens mainstage, programmed by the Red Lion.

CHICHESTER FARMERS MARKET, CHICHESTER, SUSSEX Twice a month Winner of the Sussex Food and Drink Award for best Farmers Market of 2018, this is a must for lovers of produce that is fresh, local and artisan. With everything from meats and fruit, to cakes, chutney and plants, the market meets twice a month in the city centre between 9am and 2pm on the first and third Friday.

WISBOROUGH GREEN HOT-AIR BALLOON 2nd September2018 Wisborough Green will play host to the 27th annual charity hot-air balloon festival. Started in 1991, the festival has become a Sussex tradition, with hundreds of people watching on the village green. This year 14 balloons will launch at dawn (6am) and dusk (6pm). All money raised is for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

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Hana Noguchi/A Table Outside

A Table Outside Reconnect with the land and enjoy some of the finest cuisine and produce in some of the best locations in our region


new and unique fine dining experience recently launched in Surrey. A Table Outside celebrates the very best of Surrey produce with an exquisite field to fork experience, brought together by one of the best chefs in the county. Taking their long tables to beautiful outside venues including farms, vineyards and anywhere that produces high quality food or drink, A Table Outside makes the star of this fine dining club the food grown or produced in the field in which you enjoy it.

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Set in the sun-drenched grounds of the Birtley Estate And the launch of this fabulous new experience in the stunning grounds of the Birtley Estate, on an unseasonably hot sunny evening in May, couldn’t have been more magnificent or auspicious. Birtley Estate just outside Bramley near Guildford, has been owned by the Whalley family since 1945 and sits in 48 acres of pristine gardens, woodland, orchards and lakes. They grow and produce a selection of brown trout, wild rabbit, asparagus, crayfish, wild garlic,

rhubarb, honey and more, working with other local community projects to do so. Award winning chef creates a touch of magic Chef Daniel Britten was a quarter finalist of Masterchef in 2008, went on to win Surrey Life Magazine’s Best Local Menu and has been nominated twice for Surrey Chef of the Year. Working with the Birtley ingredients, he created a 4-course menu which included home grown Calvados used in the 'Birtley Sunset' cocktail. The lamb came from nearby Bramley and was prepared by the local Surrey Hills Butchers and wine was paired to each dish.

There re can bbee few if any ning eexperiences perien dining in our region which offer such a fantastic connection with the land and its produce, or where the journey from field to fork is quite so swift, efficient and elegant.

To add to the charm of the evening, welcome drinks and canapés were served by the lake followed by a tour of the estate and a private viewing of the spectacular sculptures which form part of The Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises and held at Birtley annually. Reconnect with what matters There can be few if any dining experiences in our region which offer such a fantastic connection with the land and its produce, or where the journey from field to fork is quite so swift, efficient and elegant. Such a collision of talent and passion is always rare and set against a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty, the A Table Outside feasts represent sublime dining indeed. Future A Table Outside events are planned for Clandon Wood Nature Reserve in August (exact date TBC) and at Coverwood Lakes on September 15th.

You can find out more about forthcoming events at www., about Birtley Estate at, about the Surrey Hill Butchers at and about Daniel Britten at

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Indulge your passion for the finest of French produce Janine Marsh, author and travel writer shares her top tips for finding some of the best local food and drink less than an hour from Calais

Whoo can resist reesist French Fre ulang ries and a boulangeries patisseries with their mouth-watering displays of hand-crafted cakes and heady aroma ...

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n 2010, UNESCO awarded French cuisine ‘World intangible heritage status’, reflecting the importance of great food in France. From the lush produce of the street markets, to tasty treats at the supermarket, and the many cheese and wine shops, and boulangeries that smell so good they make your head spin, a nip across or under the English Channel still reveals a wealth of gastronomic delights.


The local markets are always a delight and you’ll find one every day of the week within a short distance of Calais. Traditional, colourful, authentic and lively – they’re a daily way of life in France and great for artisan jams and honey, as well as seasonal, local and organic produce. Some of my Saturday morning favourites that I’d recommend are: Le Touquet - in a covered art-deco listed monument, Montreuil-surMer and vibrant Boulogne-sur-Mer.

And although these days we can buy global cuisine in our local supermarket here in the UK, there are still some French specialities that you can only find in France. My sister loves Noirmoutier butter with salt crystals, my best friend loves Maroilles, a particularly strong local cheese with a knock out smell and she’s also hooked on those big tins of confit that only taste right when they’re bought in France.

Who can resist French boulangeries and patisseries with their mouth-watering displays of hand-crafted cakes and heady aroma of freshly-baked bread and flaky golden croissants? There’s a huge choice of artisan boulangeries in the Calais region but one of my favourites is in Montreuil-sur-Mer (one hour from Calais), itself a “DestinationGastronomique” thanks to its fabulous restaurants, market and food stores.

At Montreuil-sur-Mer’s boulangerie Grémont, as well as delicious baguettes, they make a country loaf called a “Valjean”, in honour of Jean Valjean from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. After all, the great French writer did base the story on his visit to Montreuil-sur-Mer in 1837! There’s also a marvellous cheese store called Caseus, a tourist attraction in its own right. And wine lovers will adore the Cave de Montreuil run by Olivier and Belinda Tirel who are always happy to give advice. It’s also a real treat to visit some of the local food producers at their farms and see them at work. For utter deliciousness, the goats cheese made by Valérie Magniez at La Halte d’Autrefois in Hesmond (an hour from Calais) in the heart of the Seven Valleys, is simply unbeatable. She also creates delicious breads (rumour has it from a 400-year-old yeast mix), as well as pies and pastries in the huge wood oven at her farm. Visitors to the shop can meet the goats who live in a building that looks like something out of a Grimms’ fairy tale, and you can join in with the goat milking on Saturday afternoons. Just around the corner from La Halte d’Autrefois, in the village of Offin, Francois Delepierre grows more than 3,000 types of organic heritage vegetables and fruit at Les Legumes d’Antan. Close by is Hubert Delobel’s redcurrant farm, Perlé de Groseille, where he produces an awardwinning range of sparkling wines and cider, perfect for long lazy summer days spent in the garden.

It’s a short trip to this area of France but a great chance to buy some delicious, unusual and local produce and imbibe some of the passion and knowledge that makes this kind of shopping so special. And if you’re really short of time, you can do a lot worse than stopping of at some of the local supermarkets: Auchan, E.Leclerc and Carrefour all have find branches in all major towns in the area, they promote local produce and have shelves busting with fancy foods from all over France. For a massive choice of wines, Terre de Boissons at Cité Europe, the huge shopping centre next to Eurotunnel, is impressive. And for bargain hunters, place an online order of £250.00 or more at Majestic Wine Calais and they’ll give you a free Eurotunnel crossing! Janine Marsh is the author of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream (Amazon) and editor of Useful websites for opening times and details:;; www.; www.leperle. fr;; Order of images from the top: Lunch break in Montreuil sur Mer Market Le Touquet Valerie's goats cheese Francois Delepierre shows off some of his heritage veg

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Photographer Ron Acred

Mediaeval Feasts and ‘The Nectar of the Gods’

A festival of mediaeval mayhem, The Loxwood Joust is an unrivalled pageant of history and passion, which explores our country’s grand heritage and the vibrancy of mediaeval food. 16 | fine


ood may not be the first thing you think of when you attend a Mediaeval Jousting Festival, but it was an integral part of mediaeval life. Mediaeval food was in fact rich, diverse and flavoursome with probably more spices used in cookery then, than there are today. All food was thought to have medicinal qualities, and a ‘balanced diet’ was one that balanced those medical qualities with your body. Feasts were important too and Mediaeval Banquets were designed to amaze and entertain. Maintaining this tradition, The Loxwood Joust has teamed up with the awardwinning Garlic Wood Farm Chef to create a rare and authentic Mediaeval Banquet, overflowing with the sights, sounds and smells of a mediaeval luncheon never to be forgotten. Queen Georgiana of Loxwood hosts the four-course feast which of course includes mediaeval entertainment in the lavish banqueting marquee. Court jesters and riddlers regale diners with their wit, antics and live music. And all participants are asked to remember the good manners as taught by Erasmus of Rotterdam in 1530 and know that “to swallow whole pieces of food in one gulp is the practice of storks and clowns”! You have been warned. The Copper Pot also brings to life the fabulous flavours of mediaeval England during the course of this grand joust. Working from original recipes and without substituting alternative ingredients, their live demonstrations allow you to experience and taste authentic dishes of the past, or you can take home easy to use mixes or cordials and relive some of the joust experience.

But how did you quench your thirst in Mediaeval times? A popular myth is that everyone drank beer as the water was dangerous. But whilst people did drink lots of ‘small beer’, this was the second or third 'running' from a brew, which meant it was only about 1.5% proof. The more traditional drink of the time was mead, also known as the ‘Nectar of the Gods’. Created from fermented honey and swathed in myth and legend, this smooth wine was thought by many to be an elixir of health, fertility and longevity and also formed part of the marriage rituals. Believed to have aphrodisiac and fertility properties, a bride and groom would be given sufficient mead to last one full moon. They would then drink the mead to promote good luck in their marriage and it was from here that we have the term “honeymoon”. Mead is now making a comeback, thanks to the popular series ‘Game of Thrones’. The Loxwood Joust of course has its own three distinct meads you can choose from: Traditional Mead, Tournament Mead and Christmas Mead. If you visit the Mead Shack located in the woods, you can sample for yourself this golden liqueur of poets, lovers and kings! So, venture forth to the infamous Loxwood Joust this summer, experience mediaeval revelry and life, and get a taste of something truly traditional. A festival of mediaeval mayhem. The Loxwood Meadow, Loxwood, West Sussex RH14 0AL 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th August 2018. Advance tickets available at

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Serve up something special this summer It’s easy to add interest to your summer dining, by just adding one new ingredient to your store cupboard staples and trying these simple but spicy serving suggestions


ne of the best things about summer has to be alfresco dining and entertaining, whether that means a picnic at the races with friends or a good old-fashioned family BBQ. But how to give your dishes that extra twist, without spending hours in the kitchen can be a challenge, especially if you’ve then got to pack it all into a hamper.

Cue locally produced Chillish® chilli oil and their super simple serving suggestions which add just the right hint of spice to some firm summer favourites.

For more information and serving suggestions visit: http://

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Chilli oil as a marinade, dressing, drizzle or dip Great if you’re short of time or have guests who may not want dishes that are too hot, using Chillish® as a marinade couldn’t be easier. Rub into chicken legs or even a fillet steak a few hours before cooking. Or for something a little bit more special, coat Tiger Prawns, Halloumi, Tofu or cocktail sausages in the combined chilli oil and “Gubbins” (which you'll find at the bottom of the jar) and then grill. For salads, try replacing your usual vinaigrette oil with chilli oil or just drizzle Chillish® over a rice or quinoa summer salad. And if you’re looking for an effortless starter or nibbles, what could be easier than locally produced artisan bread with a little bit of chilli dipping oil. It’s light on the spice if you just dip into the oil but if you want a bit more punch, the “Gubbins” part adds heat and depth.

Chillish® sausage rolls Perfect for picnics or served with a glass of fizz. 320g ready rolled pastry 400g best quality sausage meat 3 tbsp Chillish® Gubbins (very well drained) 2 tbsp plain flour (plus extra for dusting)

Method Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/ Gas 7. In a bowl, mix together the sausage meat, Chillish® Gubbins and flour. On a floured surface, unroll the pastry and cut it down the middle (lengthways). Divide the sausage mixture into two and roll each half into a long sausage shape – the same length as the pastry. Place the long sausages on each strip of pastry. Carefully roll the pastry over the sausage, sealing it with a light coating of beaten egg.

1 beaten egg (to glaze) With a sharp knife, cut the sausage rolls to your desired size. Pat them down slightly, then gently cut some fine lines into the top of each roll and lightly coat with beaten egg. Place on a parchment-lined oven tray (seam-side down) and bake on the top shelf for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden and cooked through.

Chillish® & Sussex Charmer Bites Cheese and chilli are a great combination and Sussex Charmer is a creamy and decadent complement to the rich flavour of this chilli oil. This quick and easy recipe makes between 15 – 20. ½ tsp of Chillish® Gubbins per canape 50g Sussex Charmer cheese (grated) A good quality Sourdough loaf (sliced) Chives (to garnish)

The consistency of the sausage mix will depend on how well drained the Chillish® Gubbins is. If it gets too sticky, add more flour. After adding the egg coating, try sprinkling some sesame seeds or Herbs de Provence for an added touch of elegance. Chillish® The Ultimate Chilli Oil is produced by Pollyanna’s Kitchen, in West Sussex using an award winning locally sourced Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil. It’s vegetarian and vegan with no preservatives and no added nasties, so it maintains its unique ‘homemade’ taste. Made with smoked chillies, caramelised shallots, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices, it’s subtle, slightly nutty with a stronger kick provided by the gooey ‘Gubbins’ that lies at the bottom of the jar.

Method Preheat the grill to 200c. In batches, toast five slices of Sourdough bread cut into discs and place these on a baking tray. Spoon ½ a teaspoon of well-drained Gubbins from the bottom of the jar on to each bread disc, then lightly sprinkle with Sussex Charmer Cheese. Place under the grill for 1 minute, until the cheese has melted. Serve hot, on a platter with a few generous crunches of black pepper and any remaining grated cheese. Garnish with a few strands of chive.

Black Pepper You will need: A cookie cutter (or a Champagne glass)

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Welcome to the

Chequers Inn

A unique Sussex pub with an outstanding reputation for fine food, excellent wines and handpicked local ales.


n the leafy and secluded hamlet of Rowhook, near Horsham, the Chequers Inn is a beautiful Sussex building dating back to the 15th century. By the turn of the millennium, the building had begun to fall into disrepair, when chef Tim Neal spotted its potential and created a top foodie destination in the heart of Sussex. Today, the Chequers is home to a contemporary restaurant with an extensive and well-tended kitchen garden and fruit trees, as well as an enclosed, vine-clad terraced area that's perfect for summer dining. It’s in the AA, Michelin and Master Chefs of Great Britain guides and offers a contemporary take on classic British and French-inspired cuisine, with every dish freshly-prepared in our country kitchen. The Chequers philosophy Proprietor Tim Neal has worked at South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding, earning the Camellia restaurant three AA Rosettes, at the luxury hotel Newick Park and is a Master Chef of Great Britain. He had a vision to create enticing, flavourful dishes that would offer the exceptional quality of a country house hotel, served in a less formal atmosphere.

...a contemporary contemp porary take lassic British and on classic French-inspired cuisine, with every dish freshlyprepared in our country kitchen

He loves sourcing local, in-season fresh produce and game, and can even be found foraging for wild ingredients in the Sussex countryside. His signature dish is bacon roly-poly – if it's on the menu, don't miss it! We smoke our own salmon, make our own chutneys, home-cure our own bresaola, and conjure every sumptuous dessert from scratch. Ingredients are locally-sourced wherever possible, and some produce is grown in our kitchen garden. We also work closely with our wine suppliers to offer you a selection of our favourite wines. Wines on our list suit every budget and they're sourced from all over the globe, from vineyards in Sussex to France, Italy and the New World. In the bar, there's a diverse range of local ales. Harvey's Sussex Best is always available, along with a choice of guest ales from featured UK breweries. We offer a fine dining menu as well as lighter dishes served in our bar area and good service is hugely important to us. And you’ll always get a warm welcome when you arrive. Ultimately our philosophy is simple: to provide an unforgettable pub dining experience that will ensure you return to the Chequers again and again! Call to book or visit our website to have a peep at out menu:

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Photographer Toby Phillips

Bread made with soul and a touch of French passion Learn how to bake your own artisan bread whilst enjoying a country retreat at The Artisan Bakehouse, winners of the award for Sussex Eating Experience of the Year 2018

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ucked away in a leafy corner of Sussex, is one of our region’s more delightful experiences. From the moment you pull through the gates of The Artisan Bakehouse just outside Ashurst, you’re struck by a sense of serenity and a feeling of quiet, rural indulgence as you wind your way up the wooded drive. A country retreat in 16th century farm cottages set in 5 acres of garden and woodland, with a visiting therapist and onsite bakers sounds lovely. But The Artisan Bakehouse offers guests quite a bit more. Opened 6 years ago, owners Louise and Les Nicholson have a passion for truly authentic, artisan bread and baking and that passion is palpable. Having escaped corporate life 20 years ago, they discovered their love of hospitality and bread making whilst running an Aga cookery school in France where Les did his baking training. But it was a series of unexpected coincidences that eventually led them to Horsebridge Cottages here in Sussex. In a converted outbuilding, the bakehouse doubles up as a café infused by the smell of fresh bread from the traditional wood burning oven in the centre of the room and it’s open to the public on a pop up basis throughout the year. With a warm and welcoming feel, local flowers and rows of homemade cakes, it’s proved so popular that booking is now advised. Everything is handmade, and the Nicholsons are committed to using local suppliers and high-quality ingredients. They use craft beers from nearby Partridge Green, Wiston wine and meats from Bolney and they also grow some of their own produce.

Photographer Toby Phillips

And for those who want to know more and enjoy a touch of tradition and culinary expertise, there are also a variety of

one and two-day baking workshops run throughout the year. This year, internationally renowned baker and author Emmanuel Hadjiandreou (who’s worked at the Savoy and with Gordan Ramsey amongst others) has teamed up with The Bakehouse to run sourdour baking workshops and you can also learn how to make macarons, Mediterranean breads and more. The workshops are small, hands on and delicious. If all that’s not enough, and your taste buds aren’t yet satisfied, the couple also run a number of Fine Dining Supper Clubs and are beginning to attract some of the area’s finest young chefs to host these events, including fellow finalists from the Sussex Food Awards. And who wants to travel home after a night of over indulgence when you can stay at one of the two delightful and recently restored cottages, the Brewhouse and the Milkhouse, and wake up to the joys of the South Downs and an abundance of wildlife. The warmth of the Nicholson’s welcome and their excitement and obvious pleasure as they describe their traditional bread making techniques is contagious and it’s no surprise that they won the Sussex Eating Experience of the Year 2018. There are few places that combine life’s simple pleasures quite so deliciously and elegantly as they do at The Artisan Bakehouse. And without doubt, you’ll want to go back for a second helping.

The licensed Bakehouse is open to the public until the 6th July and will re-open between the 4th and the 28th of September. You can find full details of their workshops, Supper Club or book to stay at their website

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Art - The finishing touch to Interior Design No Naked Walls discusses finding the perfect piece of art for your home or office and their latest exhibition of Frances Jordan abstract paintings. No Naked Walls – Distinguished Galleries in the South of England. Our Galleries are located in Surrey, in Bramley near Guildford & Chertsey. Both galleries exhibit a diverse selection of original paintings and sculptures sourced directly from the artists. We would be delighted to see you at our next exhibition of original abstract paintings by Frances Jordan, opening on the 21st June 6.30-9pm at No Naked Walls, Bramley. Frances has always had a passion for art and has always painted. Frances trained at Central St Martins London and obtained a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art and she now exhibits across the UK. She has a passion for the natural world and finds inspiration for her work within the forces of nature. Nature in its full glory can express so many emotions. She is currently working on a series of paintings that encompass the elements. The notion of elemental landscapes that are abstract in their very subject matter, earth, fire and water, give her the materials and freedom to explore. Working in oils and mixed media, she layers her work using a limited palette. Using tone and texture, she likes to create strong, powerful images that depict nature at its most sublime. Home is where the HeART is: Our professional and dedicated team will assist you in creating inspired spaces within your home. We tailor our service to each client’s personal taste. Albeit a Gallery in the traditional sense, the Gallery visit is just the start of your journey. Our unique and personal approach to creating interiors you desire includes a complimentary consultation ensuring your vision becomes reality. We will happily visit your home with a selection of artwork for you to try in-situ. We are delighted to showcase some of our recent customer’s interiors and artwork which is now being enjoyed within their homes. We cover Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex, London and further afield by arrangement.

For more information about our artists, exhibition schedule and gallery services head over to our website No Naked Walls Bramley 24 High Street, Bramley, Surrey, GU5 0HB (01483) 894466 No Naked Walls, Chertsey 6a Windsor Street Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8AS (01932) 561758

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Explore For business, for pleasure The Trade Mark Surrey Hills

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Surrey Hills was one of the first areas in the country to be designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018. It is a fascinating area to explore offering a spectacular landscape, idyllic villages and diverse wildlife.

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he distinct and special nature of the Surrey Hills also offers equally outstanding local businesses which are routed in the local environment and reflect the distinct qualities of the Surrey Hills. The range and special nature of these producers and artisans are inspiring and provide a wonderful way to explore and experience the Surrey Hills. Businesses such as local crafts, artisans, vineyards, potteries, micro-breweries and farms offer a fantastic range of activities: Wine tasting and vineyard tours – select from the 5 Surrey Hills vineyards producing award winning wines and offering vineyard tours, wine tastings, harvesting experiences and events: Surrey Hills Vineyards: Denbies Wine Estate, Albury Organic Vineyard, Greyfriars Vineyard, High Clandon Estate Vineyard and Chilworth Manor Vineyard Coffee tasting sessions – such as Chimney Fire Coffee, recently profiled on BBC 2’s Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge. Their coffee beans are ethically and sustainably sourced and then roasted in the Surrey Hills at their roastery in Ranmore Farm visits – The beautiful Coverwood Lakes, Gardens and Farm near Peaslake Village are open to the public by appointment and are located in the stunning wooded valley in the heart of Surrey Hills with lots of walks in the surrounding area

Fishing – Try the ‘Fin & Gin Day’ Experience, a countryside experience with a difference including a morning’s fly fishing at Albury Estate Trout Fishery

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which has 4 tranquil lakes fed by the Tillingbourne River followed by a gin tour of the award winning Silent Pool Distillery. The Tillingbourne Trout Farm, a family run business in Abinger Hammer runs the only smokery in Surrey and offers coarse and trout fishing lakes and a range of local game and smoked fish in their farm shop. Local pubs serving Surrey Hills food and drink – pubs such as the Stephan Langton, the most secluded pub in Surrey and the Grantley Arms, the 500 year old pub in the beautiful Wonersh village selling locally brewed beers such as Tillingbourne Brewery in Shere, an award winning microbrewery producing some of the finest hand-crafted ales in the South East. Both pubs are close to great local walks into the Surrey Hills. Learn traditional crafts – book a Wood Carving course with Ruth Wheeler or visit Surrey Hills Yurts and learn rural crafts such as willow weaving, wood carving, foraging or just relax in the luxury, ecofriendly Yurts on their 15 acre farm. Surrey Hills Wood Fair, 6th & 7th October – enjoy a great family day out exploring all that’s good about wood. There is something for everyone and lots for children to do from craft making to animal attractions. There will be tree climbing and zip wires, horse and wagon rides, and a great variety of local produce. The Surrey and Sussex Coppice workers will be demonstrating their skills and there will be an opportunity to buy a whole host of wood crafted products.

Surrey Hills Wood Fair

highlight those businesses who share the values of supporting their local environment. 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.

Find out more about these businesses and others awarded The Trade Mark Surrey Hills. Visit: Explore the Surrey Hills Directory Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive up-dates on events, wine tastings, artisan trails, tours and activities Book on-line for Surrey Hills events 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 its work goes back to support the work of enhancing Surrey Hills, its landscape and local communities.

Surrey Hills Enterprises has recently launched the Trade Mark Surrey Hills as a Mark of local provenance and quality to celebrate and promote the very best of what Surrey Hills has to offer and to

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Members THE FILLET AND BEAN We bring Airstream style catering direct to your party or event using the very best pedigree meat reared on our 225 acre farm high in the Surrey Hills. We have catered at a whole host of functions from 40 people through to 2,000+. Whether its gourmet beef or lamb burgers with locally roasted coffee through to hand crafted canapes, a bespoke menu and sparking wine from our neighbouring vineyard, the Fillet and Bean will add that stylish touch to your event. We cover Surrey, the surrounding counties and London. Parties | Weddings | School Events | Corporate Events | Charity Fund Raising | Sporting Events The Fillet and Bean from Coverwood Farm 01483 801093 | 07974 674876 |

SURREY HILLS IT SERVICES Grow engagement, drive leads and sales for your business in the digital world. At Surrey Hills IT Services we enable your technology to run in the background so that you can concentrate on the core business. From building an Amazon store or an online presence & social media strategy from the ground up. No contracts & no fuss. Too busy to stop by our office? Don't worry, we can come to you. Contact Scott Shanks via or 07966 265845

ALBURY ESTATE FISHERIES The Estate offers high quality fly fishing with four tranquil lakes in Albury in the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to Guildford and another lake situated in the stunning grounds of Syon Park in West London. The Estate Office Weston Yard Albury, Guildford Surrey GU5 9AF 01483 202323

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Jeremy’s al fresco A leisurely lunch at Jeremy’s is a fine thing whatever the season. But summer on the terrace is just magical – and that’s before you taste the food!


eremy’s Restaurant nestles beside Borde Hill Gardens, a momentary taxi ride from Haywards Heath station. Once the stables of the big house, the light-filled restaurant is now hung with modern art (and your alternative indoor table will always be there, should the weather misbehave). From windows and terrace, you’ll look down onto the Victorian walled garden with its mature trees and lawns. Vegetables and herbs share herbaceous borders with summer flowers, and may find their way onto your plate. Sussex-born executive chef James Gray took a gap year in 2017, tasted his way through Asia, then worked in smart Asian/fusion restaurants in Brisbane and Melbourne. He’s passed on his new Asian techniques and ingredients to Breton head chef Eliott and his young team in Jeremy’s kitchen. So you might choose to eat creative English, Asian style, or a flavoursome fusion of the two…

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Sometimes, in summer especially, Jeremy’s becomes a bewitching wedding or party venue. The restaurant can be transformed into a marriage room for the actual ceremony. The marquee, its sides raised on sunny days, looks out over an orchard and vine-covered walkway. Jeremy’s is perfect for parties too, and corporate events.

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Jeremy’s summer jazz barbecues are an unmissable tradition, with live music, canapés on arrival, and a sizzling array of chargrilled deliciousness. Book now for Sundays July 15th and August 5th and bank holiday Monday 27th. The four-course wine dinners are unmissable too: ‘Feast of the Midnight Sun’ on Wednesday June 20th with European wines, South Africa on Thursday July 19th, and on Thursday July 26th colourful Aussie winemaker Chester Osborne will talk about his d’Arenberg wines. Whatever the day, sunshine and the promise of fine flavours on your plate are excuse enough to head to Jeremy’s. Borde Hill Garden, Balcombe Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP Tel: 01444 441102 E:

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A long weekend in

Grenoble & Vienne Two cities which dance to a very different rhythm but make the perfect weekend escape


ucked away in the Isère department of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region in the south east of France, Grenoble bustles. It’s got a cosmopolitan feel but also a sense of calm probably due to the composed presence of the PreAlpes that completely surround it. But if you tend to only associate Grenoble with winter sports, then think again. Getting your bearings from above Although Grenoble has a modern feel, it has a history that dates back to the Romans which results in a blend of architecture and styles. The best place to start exploring is from the 18th century Bastille which watches over the city from across the River Isère, 500 metres above. It’s a popular challenge for runners and you can walk, run or catch the iconic baubles of the 1920s cable car up to the top. The Bastille is the gateway to endless hiking and mountain trails, but it also has zip lines, a museum and a café. Most importantly however, it provides you with a unique aerial map of the city and a chance to eat at the Chez le Pèr’Gras restaurant which quietly presides over the view. The Bohemian chic of Championnet The district of Championnet outside the historic centre has a village atmosphere and a touch of bohemia. Here you’ll find clusters of designers, unusual boutiques, art galleries and workshops. As you’d expect, the Grenoblois value their high-quality produce, and local specialities include the Grenoble walnut, the Chartreuse liqueur and of course cheese, from the soft blue Vercors -Sassenage to the nutty Le Comte. In Rue de Strausbourg, to the east of the Hoche district, you’ll find victuallers in abundance including cheese specialist Bernard Mure – Ravaud, a big personality with a large moustache - both a world champion cheesemonger and voted France’s top “tradesman” 2007.

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He’s one of the driving forces behind the annual Descent des Alpages in October which celebrates the return of the local cattle from their summer alpine grazing with a parade of cows through the streets of Grenoble and a showcasing of local produce with hundreds of street stalls and displays. Make time for the arts Grenoble has a rich artistic heritage which caters for most tastes. The Musée de Grenoble houses one of the most prestigious and diverse collections in France with 13th century masters to works by Matisse, Picasso and Gauguin. And as an acknowledgment of its vibrant and youthful soul, the city also embraces street art, with 86 recognised works on the walls of the newer districts. You can discover these for yourself with the help of a map from the tourist office or visit during the Street Art Fest which takes place throughout June and includes workshops and exhibitions. Unwind in the historic city centre Of course, you have to find time to meander the streets of the historic centre and explore the markets. The Marché Place aux Herbes is a good place to buy the gourmand and there are plenty of open air bars and restaurants that fill the central Place St André with its grand fountain and stunning Renaissance style parliamentary buildings. Recommendations for places to eat include The Café de la Table Ronde (the second oldest café in France) and L’Epicurien in the Place aux Herbes. Follow the Romans to Vienne Just south of Lyon, Vienne sits on the banks of the Rhône, about an hour’s car drive from Grenoble.

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It was an important Roman settlement which means 16th and 17th century half timbered houses jockey for position with Roman walls and remains. Narrow cobbled streets reminiscent of Lyon give way to a startingly beautiful Roman Temple surrounded by bars and cafés. The town is home to an impressive tourist office next to the Rhône. They offer a range of tours which include a €7 tram ride up to Mont Pipet which has views over the town and the Roman amphitheatre. Amongst other options, you can also opt for a “circuit gourmand” which is a tour and tasting of local products or a sunset tour on a wooden barge with a glass of wine. The tourist office even organises cookery workshops during which you’ll shop for local ingredients with your chef in the market and then prepare a meal. A taste of the region’s wines For lovers of the grape, there’s a wall of wine in the tourist office which maps the region’s winemakers and the wines of the local Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu regions and helps you plan any tastings. That done, explore some of the local vineyards such as the extraordinarily romantic family owned Domaine Corps de Loup which lay abandoned for 50 years. With a ramshackled 18th century charm, it clings to the hillside in amongst the trees just 10 minutes outside Vienne. Jazz and jam During the first two weeks of July, Vienne is home to a remarkable jazz festival. With open air concerts, a main performance in the candlelit amphitheatre, this year’s artists include none other than Gregory Porter, Jeff Beck and Earth Wind and Fire!

Throughout the year the city is also home to the second largest market in France with some 400 stalls and in October Vienne hosts a honey fair. Or you can head to the surrounding hills to try some of the 120 different jams made by one of France’s finest producers Philippe Bruneton, a 20-minute drive away. Vienne and Grenoble both offer culture, the arts, fine architecture, gourmand cuisine and outdoor activities. Isère has a rich landscape with both a hint of Provence and Savoie and a warm and welcoming climate. From the grandeur of the Rhône to the calm and serenity of the silent Pre-Alpes, this is a region that indulges the soul.

Vienne and Grenoble are both about 40 minutes from Grenoble airport by car. Ryanair flights from London Stansted to Grenoble Airport start from £9.99 one way and run from until the 27 October 2018 A 2-night stay at the 4* Mercure Grenoble Center Alpotel, is priced from €89 with breakfast based on two sharing. A 2-night stay at the 3* Ibis Saint-Louis hotel Place Saint-Louis in Vienne, is priced from €100 with breakfast based on two sharing. Car hire is available from Grenoble airport with Hertz and starts from 37€/day.

For more help planning your trip contact the tourist offices at or in Vienne at

Barbados A Year of Culinary Experiences 2018 is the Barbados Year of Culinary Experiences. Bajan cuisine brings together the influences of the Caribbean, Africa, West Indies and Europe to create a truly unique and authentic culinary experience. Barbados is unofficially known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean with over 100 fabulous restaurants on the island. There are a huge selection of fine dining restaurants with stunning panoramic views – one of the most famous being The Cliff restaurant located right on the cliff edge on the west coast of the island. No trip to Barbados would be complete without a trip to Oistins Fish Fry. Every Friday hundreds of people, tourists and locals gather in the fishing village of Oistins for a good old song and dance. The rum flows, and there are so many fish stalls serving up flying fish, swordfish, tuna and much, much more. As the night wears on DJs play and performers take to the stage. It’s a night you won’t forget.

Travel counsellor Katrina Smith tells Fine about one of her favourite Caribbean islands, Barbados. With unspoilt beaches, clear waters, wonderful rum cocktails and amazing jerk chicken, what’s not to love!

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for lunch or dinner is The Fishpot. Housed in a waterfront 17th century fort, it is right on the beach just north of Speightstown. It has an impressive wine list and delicious food. I particularly liked the Asian Tuna. Another firm favourite with returning guests is Daphne’s restaurant part of the Elegant Hotels group, which has 7 luxury hotels in Barbados. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine with a Caribbean twist. Daphne’s has hosted celebrity guests including Simon Cowell, Rihanna, Claudia Schiffer, Gerard Butler and more in its stunning oceanfront location. An event not to be missed is the Food and Rum Festival which this year is being held October 18th to 21st. Local chefs and mixologists are joined by celebrity chefs to create exciting culinary delights for this event, and of course it wouldn’t be complete without rum – Barbados is the birthplace of rum. You have to try a Barbados Rum Punch – there is nothing else like it!

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Stock markets have been volatile recently, so does that mean investing now is a bad idea? Not at all, says wealth management company Brewin Dolphin – in the long run it is better to be invested than sit on the sidelines. 34 | fine


fter a smooth and profitable year in 2017, stock market investors have endured a bumpier ride this year as concerns about the valuations of technology stocks and trade tensions have created unease. Does that make this a bad time to invest? Not according to new (and reassuring) research by Brewin Dolphin, which surprisingly shows that over a longer time frame it does not make much difference when an investment is made.

The outlook for shares Nevertheless, after such a strong few years can we really expect good returns from shares? Most big stock market falls are driven by recessions and there is no fool proof way to predict when they will occur. There are some current threats that we know have the power to cause a recession, such as the outbreak of a global trade war. However, with a strong employment market and wage growth still moderate, the standard indicators of an approaching recession appear quite low.

For example, our analysis of a balanced portfolio benchmark at the time of the infamous dotcom crash of March 2000 found that the best time to invest was near the top of the market, notwithstanding the imminent crash. It meant suffering the collapse of the tech bubble but capturing the end of the preceding boom was still worthwhile.

The most objective measure of the return potential of equities is the CAPE (cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings) ratio. This measure, made famous by Nobel prize winning economist Robert Shiller uses ten years of earnings data (adjusted for inflation) to compute the return potential of shares.

The second-best time to invest was during the period of maximum despair, right at the bottom in 2003. That was when the FTSE 100 fell to 3,287, coinciding with the start of the Iraq War. It would have required a crystal ball and a very robust character to buy after such sharp falls in stock prices and amid such a gloomy atmosphere. However, a good time to invest is often when your instincts tell you to run for the hills.

Even at current valuations, this measure suggests that most regions offer very attractive returns over the long term; for example, UK returns of around 12% on a real annualised basis. Admittedly in the US returns are predicted to be more modest at around 6% annualised, although these are real (after inflation) figures so that probably means annual returns of 8% in nominal terms. Even as the US stock market continues to bump around its all-time high, there are still opportunities for investors in US shares.

To illustrate the point once again, during the financial crisis the best time to invest was at the start of 2009, in the midst of recession. But as Guy Foster, Brewin Dolphin’s head of research points out: “During the financial crisis the optimum time to invest may have been the beginning of 2009, but the return you got then was not much better than investing in 2006 just as it all started to go wrong. It shows timing really isn’t everything.”

What’s the alternative? For investors concerned that a stock market correction is imminent, a key question to ask is whether there are better alternatives. Bond and cash rates are influenced by interest rate movements. Even if we see three quarter-point hikes over the next year, rates will still only reach 1.25%, which is tame by historic standards. Rising debt levels and demographics (ageing populations in the developed world) have been pushing interest rates lower since the early 1980s and both forces continue to have a depressing impact on rates. Technology is another factor helping to hold rates down; think how easy it is to shop around for a good price on almost anything nowadays. Hence rates probably aren’t going up much. By extension, investors should not expect high returns from cash or bonds.

Other regions should not to be ignored, either, particularly China and, by extension, Asia. On a CAPE basis, Asia, offers a 13% annualised real return. But getting the balance right in terms of asset allocation is a skill and requires professional advice. Get your allocation wrong and gains in one area can easily be offset by losses in another.

...a good time to invest is often when your instincts tell you to run for the hills

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Disclaimers The value of investments can fall and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Long-term thinking At Brewin Dolphin our experienced analysts are constantly monitoring the market and economic data, looking to make some judgment calls to move money from one asset to another. But, we firmly believe that making dramatic calls and trying to time the market too precisely is one of the surest ways to damage our clients’ wealth. Investing can change lives, but it requires a long-term perspective. The adage that it is time in the market not timing the market which creates wealth rings true.

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. No investment is suitable in all cases and if you have any doubts as to an investment’s suitability then you should contact us. If you invest in currencies other than your own, fluctuations in currency value will mean that the value of your investment will move independently of the underlying asset. The opinions expressed in this document are not necessarily the views held throughout Brewin Dolphin Ltd.

Providing you are prepared to ride out periods of volatility, the more you can invest, and reinvest, the better your returns are likely to be. History shows that the worst time to invest is when it is too late. The right time to invest is when you have the money. To get the mix right, speak to one of our advisers.

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Chilli in the spotlight With a chilli fiesta later this summer in our region and some spicy serving suggestions in this edition of Fine, Nutritional Therapist Suzanne Sawyer explains why there’s a lot to love about chillies.


he main component in chillies is a chemical called capsaicin which is responsible for the intense heat. It is actually the fruit pod of a plant belonging to the nightshade family. They are native to the Central American region where they were used as one of the main spice ingredients in Mexican cuisine for centuries. Chillies are extremely nutritious and have many health benefits – they contain up to 7 times more vitamin C than an orange, are a good source of vitamins A, B-complex, E, beta carotene and folic acid. They also contain a good supply of minerals i.e. potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese. And if you enjoy adding a bit of heat to your dishes, here are just some of the many beneficial health effects that may be attributed to chili peppers: They can help alleviate sinus congestion, aid digestion, help to relieve migraines and muscle, nerve and joint pain

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The spicy hotness of chilli can kick start the body’s fat burners, and it’s been found that you can lose up to 10

times as much weight if dried chillies are sprinkled over your meals! Hot peppers may help to lower blood pressure Chillies have been known to lower cholesterol Chillies can also help boost circulation and act as a blood thinner to help prevent strokes They may even lower blood sugar levels – a study published by the American Journal of Nutrition in July 2006 observed that eating chillies can have a positive impact on people that have diabetes or who are overweight Some studies have found that the chemical capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic and analgesic properties Lastly, they can have a therapeutic effect, allowing you to relax more easily. The many health benefits of eating chilli peppers are clear and proven, so start cooking and enjoying the amazing taste and many benefits of eating chillies!

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. The 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 and seasonal creations. If you are looking for a lovely spot in Sussex for a pub lunch or family outing its time to meet the locals

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Over 300 varieties to choose from and lots of friendly helpful advice. Old favourites to new introductions, strong home grown plants to enhance your garden with colour and perfume. We’d love to see you, come and visit the nursery and wander amongst the beautiful roses. We also provide a mail order service and have a wealth of roses that make wonderful gifts. We have roses to suit every occasion if you want to give the gift that lasts: Birthday Girl Birthday Boy Champagne Moment Simply The Best Thinking of You Remember Me Lovely Lady.

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Apuldram Roses – a haven for roses and rose lovers A short distance from Chichester (just off the A286) and under the watchful gaze of the magnificent Chichester Cathedral, Apuldram Roses is a specialist nursery that grows 250 different varieties of roses.


puldram remains family run with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You can wander around and enjoy the fragrance and colour of hundreds of beautiful roses or ask advice from owners Elizabeth and Jonathan who have a wealth of knowledge which they’re always happy to share. SO, WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON ROSE RELATED QUESTIONS? Can I grow a rose in a pot? “This a common question” explains Elizabeth “and the answer is yes, although some roses will do better than others. To keep them looking tip top it is important to start with the right compost and make sure you choose a pot that will sustain your rose throughout the growing season, March to October. Some Ground Cover varieties go well in pots too, as they tumble over the sides and look informal and attractive.” What’s the difference between a Climber and a Rambler? “Climbers flower on both new and mature wood and as such, repeat flowering throughout the season. Ramblers are more vigorous in nature and flower only once on growth made in the previous season, which makes them ideal for covering old or unsightly buildings.” explains Jonathan. As you potter amongst their roses, you can also visit their "The Little Blue Shed" which houses vintage items which Elizabeth collects or buy free range eggs from chickens clucking about at the end of the nursery. And Elizabeth and Jonathan are always on hand to advise about caring for your roses, there’s few more charming ways to choose a rose for your garden.

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Thinking of moving

house? Chinese traditions and a touch of Feng Shui may be the secret to finding your dream home Similarly, using a technique called Flying Stars, you can also work out which direction you should or should not move in in a particular year! This year for example, moving north is not very auspicious.


always find Chinese traditions fascinating and I’m going to share some of the more common ones that surround moving house and finding the home of your dreams. When looking for a new home, the Chinese always look at date selection i.e. when is the best time to move, as well as the most auspicious direction to move in - north, south etc. By taking the year you were born in, you can calculate which months are auspicious for you and even what days and what times. For example, if you were born in 1964, then May, September and December are good months for you to consider a move.

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What to avoid If you’ve found a house you’re considering, always survey the outside first. Are there any pylons or telephone poles? If the answer is yes, there’s a very good chance that the property will have geopathic stress lines. To check, stand with your back to the pole and look at the house. If there’s lots of ivy growing directly in line with you and the pole, avoid this house. Also avoid houses that have narrow alleys around the house as this could affect your career. Embracing positive chi Positive chi (energy) is found when there are hedges or strong fences that surround the property. A strong front door is also a good sign and you can add bay trees either side to encourage the positive Qi to flow through your home. Moving in In preparation for moving into your new home, the Chinese custom is to move

your newest pieces of furniture into your house first, as this is symbolic of leaving the old behind. Follow this by unpacking your kitchen first, including food and electrical appliances as this will bring prosperity to your home. When moving into your new home the Chinese also believe in placing a new broom and dustbin at the entrance to symbolically cleanse the house. Finally, the moving in ceremony is not complete without the ritual known as a housewarming. Light a fire outside and when only embers are left, open the front door and take them into the kitchen. This symbolizes wealth entering your new home. There is a more complicated housewarming ritual, but of course these days most people opt for a more relaxed version, inviting friends and family around, to play music and have fun. This is fine and will also clear out the old chi, bringing the positive changes you want to move forward in your new life, in to your new home. If you would like to know more


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Arundel The “Jewel in the Crown” of Sussex and gateway to the South Downs National Park


estling between the Downs and the sea, Arundel is a town with thousands of years of history and a wealth of Victorian, Georgian and earlier architectural styles that line the narrow and steep streets.

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Arundel Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk, which sits proudly and majestically above the town and the Victorian gothic cathedral, St Philip Howard, are just two of the many reasons to visit.

Indulge in food for the soul It is no surprise that Arundel has been recognised as a centre for health and wellbeing with the many leisure pursuits on hand. A stroll along the tree lined avenue of Mill Road, next to the castle moat, lifts the spirit. Or you can venture into the stunning surrounding countryside on bike or foot, enjoying a picnic along the winding River Arun or the South Downs Way.

Linger in the intriguing town centre Linger over coffee or a bite to eat at the many cafés and restaurants in the town. Sample local produce and locally made beer and browse a quirky selection of independent shops with unique gifts, home wares, crafts, art and antiques. Arundel town centre is not a place that should be rushed.

Swallows and Amazons Swanbourne Lakes, close to Arundel Castle in the adjoining Castle Park, offers a “Swallows and Amazons” inspired experience on rowing boats. Or you can get even closer to nature at the tranquil Arundel Wetlands Centre.

A truly historic festival In late August each year, this small town leaps into festival mode and the streets come alive with music, drama, visual arts and a host of community activities. This year, the festival celebrates 40 years and the town’s Gallery Trail celebrates 30 years. For 10 days (ending with Bank holiday Monday 27th August) the festival has a vibrant atmosphere with street performers, al fresco dining on pedestrian friendly streets, Dragon Boat races on the river, Shakespearean performances in the castle grounds and musical performances in the Jubilee Gardens. The festival ends this year with a vintage 70s themed day and fireworks in the evening. The Gallery Trail The Gallery Trail has over 50 venues, most within easy walking distance of each other. It is an opportunity to snoop around the many beautiful houses and venues in

the town displaying arts from all media. The Theatre Trail similarly presents 8 plays, in 8 venues over 8 days, allowing an intimate and exciting experience.

perfect staycation for couples, families and groups. Everyone receives a warm welcome whether you are here to relax, shop and eat or take part in one of our many events throughout the year”.

Take a moment to reflect This year saw the installation of 93 soldiers in places of worship until November. Titled “There but not there”, this is the largest representation in the South East commemorating in full, the men from Arundel who lost their lives during WWI.

Arundel is easily reached by car, train and bus. Trains run frequently from London Victoria to Arundel and along the coastal route to Ford. Surrounding towns and villages such as, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Chichester offer additional seaside, leisure and heritage attractions.

Each haunting figure is accompanied by a name, inscribed on a plaque, reinforcing the great sacrifice that was made by the community of Arundel and our nation during the war. It’s a fitting and remarkable tribute in this commemorative centenary year.

Arundel also has a Lido which is open all summer long for a swim in the open with stunning views of the castle, tennis, mini-golf and other sporting activities. For those planning an extended stay, look out for “glamping”, yoga retreats and Pilates sessions.

Arundel’s Mayor, Lucy Ashworth, says, “This unique and special town enjoyed by residents and visitors alike provides the

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Hurst Sixth Form: an open and diverse community infused with the energy of new arrivals Hurst is an exceptionally friendly, courteous and mutually supportive learning community. This, together with a strong academic record, explains why so many students who have taken GCSEs elsewhere, choose to join the Hurst College Sixth Form.


p to a third of the Lower Sixth intake are new joiners and the college values the fresh perspectives and wide experiences they bring. Newcomers are seamlessly integrated into a school community that embraces individuality but is bound together by a simple shared philosophy: Work hard, do good, engage. The Sixth Form leadership team works with each new recruit to fulfil four clear

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ambitions: to develop the clearest possible understanding of who they are, what they value most and what drives them on; to set the right goals in order to fully realise their potential; to achieve their chosen ambitions; and to have an incredible adventure along the way. Hurst’s outstanding community of teachers spare no effort in guiding students to achieve excellent exam grades. Specialist

Hurst: sport, drama, music, dance, outdoor adventures, the Combined Cadet Force, intellectual societies, debates, lectures and a wide range of academic trips and team tours. Each student has the chance not just to be in a play but to write and direct one, and members of the senior sports teams don’t just attend training, they lead sessions. Hurst has an enviable sporting record in county, regional and national competitions, and in the past 12 months has ranked in the top eight in five national competitions across four sports. Sixth Formers are able to represent the college in many different sports throughout the year. For example, Hurst enters teams into U19 national schools competitions for hockey, netball, rugby and cricket as well as county competitions for tennis and athletics. Throughout the school a ‘no-one on the bench’ policy is in operation, so that every student who wishes to play regularly and represent the school can. At senior level the college runs three rugby, six hockey (boy and girls), four netball, and four cricket teams. The creative arts at Hurst are very strong, both as academic subjects and co-curricular activities. Sixth Formers can sing in the school or chamber choir, join an ensemble or band – or form one of their own; take the lead – on stage and behind the scenes - in the many drama productions on offer; and be part of the annual Dance Showcase.

tutors, who are trained executive life coaches - an innovation unique to Hurst monitor their tutees’ performance using the challenge grade system (another Hurst innovation), to set and monitor the most ambitious grades for each individual. There is also expert advice available from the Careers and Higher Education team, including experienced highly selective universities advisors. To assist with the journey towards adulthood, Hurst has its unique Sixth Form house structure – students spend the Lower Sixth as the senior members of the main school houses, then the Upper Sixth in a single, co-educational house. This allows new entrants to find their feet in a smaller house community, and receive close support developing the independence and self-discipline expected of young adults.

There is a wide range of co-curricular options available, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Scheme, which is highly regarded by university admissions tutors. The school’s Combined Cadet Force is also very popular, with the emphasis on leadership skills. The Young Enterprise Programme, available in the Lower Sixth, provides the opportunity for students to create and run their own business from scratch. Hurst has a long and successful track record, winning awards at county and regional level. Starting in January of the Lower Sixth year, all A-level students undertake an extended project qualification. The project has elements that are taught and elements of independent research, which helps to prepare students for university life. Britain’s leading universities also expect Sixth Formers to independently pursue their intellectual passions outside the classroom, and Hurst is committed to providing each

student with every opportunity for this. Students can attend and lead intellectual clubs and societies, listen to visiting lecturers, enter essay competitions, and teach their peers about their specialisms. The majority of Hurst’s students choose to apply for a place at a leading British university, but the college also embraces the alternatives, from professional sport and the performing arts to entrepreneurship and aid work. There is a specialist Careers and Higher Education department on the Sixth Form level of the college library, holding information on university options, careers and gap years. A dedicated team gives students invaluable support as they consider the areas that interest them and research the various options that are on offer. Personal tutors spend one-to-one time with their tutees to discuss their personal statements, their aspirations and career choices. Students who are considering Oxbridge, STEM degrees or Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry, are given additional support with visits to Oxford and Cambridge, tailored workshops, group discussion meetings and interview practice. Hurst is justly proud of its employment programme which provides a vast range of careers talks covering almost every profession or industry. Their unique work experience scheme offers 100 weeks of student placements each year. There is also in-house guidance on CV writing and interview techniques, from experts with commercial experience. Throughout this process, Sixth Form tutors serve as individual mentors, to ensure their mentees’ subject choices, work experience and activities perfectly match their chosen goals for life after Hurst. Hurst is unashamedly ambitious for its Sixth Form students and strives to ensure that each one achieves his or her true academic potential. The aim is for each Hurst graduate to face the world with confidence and maturity, having achieved grades that each individual once regarded as ambitious, in order to successfully transition to the next stage of their chosen path through life. Hurst Sixth Form is a co-educational day, flexi and weekly boarding school for students from 16 to 18 years of age.

Within the superbly equipped campus, Hurst provides all the opportunities and facilities expected of a first-rate independent school. New recruits receive a warm welcome into a dynamic environment where they discover how much they can gain from, and contribute to, community life. The opportunities to enrich and enliven a young adult’s life are almost limitless at

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10 dog friendly Sussex walks and watering holes With her 2 Leonbergers in tow, Fine Editor Lucy Pitts set off recently to discover the best of what the county has to offer when it comes to a good country walk, a bite to eat or somewhere to stay with your dogs


hat finer way to while away the summer than by enjoying the wonderful Sussex countryside and sampling local hospitality with our four-legged friends. And with more and more hotels, pubs and cafés opening their doors to dogs, you really are spoilt for choice.

Ferring beach and the Blue Bird Café, Ferring Ferring beach, just outside Worthing, is one of Sussex’s hidden gems. Visit at low tide and enjoy mile after mile of sandy beach and on a fine day, far reaching views of the coastline. Then finish off your early morning beach walk, with a full English breakfast, in the dog friendly Bluebird Café. There is free parking but do check tide times before you travel.

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South Downs National Park The glorious South Downs is dog walking heaven. Blow away the cobwebs with the many miles of footpaths and conquer steep climbs up to viewpoints like Devil’s Dyke and Cissbury Ring. Or for those with dogs that struggle with stiles, there are a series of “Miles without Stiles” routes, which are also marked in respect of ease of gradient for wheelchair or pushchair users. And as you’d expect, there are lots of dog friendly pubs along the way like the family run Cricketers at Duncton near Petworth – a former coaching inn where you can enjoy real ale at a traditional bar or in the large gardens. uk/mileswithout-stiles walking/

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Parham Estate, Pulborough Described as one of the country’s finest Elizabethan houses, Parham House dates back to 1577. It sits in majestic gardens and has 875 acres of working park and woodland known for its rare wildlife. There’s a footpath across the estate and dogs are welcome in the gardens and pleasure grounds as well as outside at the Mower Shed and Big Kitchen restaurants. The footpath starts at the Main Lodge Gate in Storrington and although dogs do need to be kept on a lead, it’s still a wonderful chance to enjoy a glimpse of times gone by.

Park House Hotel and Spa, Midhurst Finding luxury, dog friendly accommodation isn’t always easy, but you’ll be delighted with Park House Hotel. A short distance from Midhurst and within easy reach of the South Downs, they welcome “well behaved dogs” into the hotel. Their ground floor accommodation means you have your own garden and while you’re there, spoil yourself with a visit to the spa, a dip in the pool or just a walk round the extensive grounds.

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst This magnificent country house and estate dating back to the 1500s is perhaps best known for its polo. With a delightful café (dogs are welcome outside and dog friendly treats are available), the vast estate includes rivers, lakes and woodland. Some of the Estate’s cottage accommodation is also dog friendly. The estate is within the South Downs, has some panoramic views and is home to one of the oldest oak trees in England.

The Noah’s Ark Inn, Lurgashall Just a stone’s throw from Blackdown (with its wonderful walks and views) and recommended in the Michelin Guide, is the aptly named Noah’s Ark. Lurgashall is a quintessentially English village with a long love affair with cricket and this 16th century pub sits right in the heart of the village. Dogs are welcome in the bar or outside, but pre-booking is advised.

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton Seven miles north of Chichester, this 40-acre open air museum recreates the lives of ordinary people dating back over the last 950 years. Dogs are welcome and can enter all of the museum’s buildings with the exception of the watermill and Winkhurst Tudor kitchen, where food is prepared.

Borde Hill Gardens, Haywards Heath Borde Hill just outside Haywards Heath is a stunning English Heritage Garden and Parkland. The more formal gardens are known for their “living garden rooms” and stunning views and there’s also 200 acres of woodland and parkland to discover. You are asked to keep your dog on a lead and they’re not allowed inside the café or restaurant.

Goodwood House, Westhampnett Glorious Goodwood is famed for its Festival of Speed and horse racing, but it also offers a taste of indulgence for you and your four-legged friend. There are a number of stunning walks across the estate which include fields, woodland and views of the racecourse. The estate welcomes dogs at The Parham

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Petworth Park, Petworth Petworth Park is a National Trust property with 700 acres and dogs are welcome. There is a large herd of deer at the park, so you do need to be vigilant. Although dogs are not allowed in the Pleasure Grounds, Servants Quarters or House, the beautiful grounds more than make up for this. petworth-house-and-park/features/ walks-at-petworth

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Saving tiny lives and making a difference to local families At Action Medical Research we fund medical research that helps beat some of the diseases that devastate the lives of some children. And by doing so we help save and change lives!


e’ve been fundraising since 1952 and the money we’ve raised has helped pay for life-changing research for some of our region’s sickest babies and children. In fact, over the years, we’ve funded some amazing breakthroughs which include: •

Discovering the importance of taking folic acid to prevent spina bifida.

Developing the use of ultrasound technology in pregnancy.

Creating a system to help support physically disabled children as they grow.

Testing the rubella vaccine.

baby son would face a lifetime of severe physical disability was heart-breaking for his mum Maria and dad Terry. But Maria says: “As time goes on, the worst-case scenario becomes something you can deal with. And we’ll never forget how fortunate we are that our little boy can speak, because many children with quadriplegic cerebral palsy aren’t able to.” With funding from Action, researchers are hoping to find new ways to encourage brain repair, and so improve movement and co-ordination. And work into hip problems in children with cerebral palsy is also underway. And it’s this sort of work that can help transform the lives of children like Tom.

But there’s still so much more to do to help find new cures and treatments, to help children like Tom.

But we need your help in order to keep funding the research. In order to change lives.

Tom, now seven, was diagnosed before his first birthday and discovering that their

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Fine’s motoring contributor Ade Holder explains why it’s not just another SUV!


hen you think of a 4x4 or SUV in this country the reality is that the name Jeep is unlikely to appear at the top of the list. This is odd because the original Willys Jeep was the first 4x4 and inspired Rover to make the British off-road staple: the Land Rover and all its more recent siblings. Jeep literally invented the whole idea and if not quite that, then they were certainly the first to bring together the various army vehicle ideas that would go on to create a small, light and off road capable vehicle for everyday use. So, given all of this, why isn’t Jeep the first word in the British SUV market? Well it’s simply down to the fact they were very late to the party over here. While the Jeep was as American as apple pie, it wasn’t really something anyone could buy over here until the 90s. When Jeep did start selling cars over here they were a bit of a novelty and often had larger engines than the British market liked. They made for great off roading but failed to win the hearts of day to day drivers. But fast forward some 25+ years and Jeep are now producing cars not only suitable for the UK market, but some might say perfect for it!

Not Another SUV! OK, so let’s face it: there are a lot of small and medium-ish 4x4 type cars on the roads. Most people drive them around without seeing so much as a grass covered picnic area once a year let alone actual mud but still we buy them in droves.

Some are good, some are terrible, and many are just a tiny bit pointless apart from the feeling of being high on the road. But this is where the Jeep Compass starts to shine. It may look reasonably similar to things like the Nissan X Trail and the like but it has some real off road credentials under the comfy daily driver exterior so it is not just another SUV. With snow, mud and sand modes easily selectable near the gear stick and a solid all-wheel drive system the Compass is not just for show. The Drive Like most SUVs, the Compass is not designed for tearing around the place but the 2.0 litre diesel test car I had was a pleasant and capable drive. It may not be fast but nor is it slow. In fact the speed and handling are well matched and you never feel like one or the other has been left behind. Having a fast engine and terrible handling can be terrifying and the other way around can be frustrating. While the steering is perhaps a little light for seasoned drivers, generally the car feels much like many other new cars to drive and for a lot of people that is a big selling point. Where it really does well is motorways oddly enough: the gearing is such that you have a great level of pull at 70mph to get you round those troublesome trucks. Inside One slight downside to the Compass is the space inside. It does have a slight reverse Tardis issue where it seems smaller on the inside than out. This is no doubt down to lots of lovely safety kit and noise insulation

because the ride is quiet and comfy though the engine is perhaps a little too loud. It’s not as though there is a lack of space but headroom in the rear and boot width at the top are less than you may expect. This is a minor issue though because I managed to get a family of four, luggage and 3 bikes (2 kid’s bikes) secreted on and around the vehicle quite easily. There are plenty of toys on the dashboard though finding out which ones do what does take a while. The seats are good and worked well over a 6 hour Cornwall test drive and visibility is very good as you would expect from a higher riding car like this. It is worth stating this car got a full 5 stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests too. Should I Buy One? Well as far as prices go the Compass is at the higher end of the class at around £23,000 starting price and for some people that will mean it is not for them. You get a good level of kit even as standard including a touch screen and driver display on the dash. It is really important to consider this as more of a 4x4 than many of its competitors. While the Qashqai may be popular you can bet the Compass would leave it in the mud if it came to that. So for those wanting something that can actually walk the walk of an SUV as well as live a life on normal roads then the Compass could well be a solid choice. For people who know they will never drive off road then a cheaper less capable option may seem more logical.

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ver the last eight years, Mole Valley Specialist Cars has built an enviable reputation for the supply of specialist and performance cars of the highest quality. It has long been well-known for it’s association with TVR, Morgan and Noble cars and now also specialises in low-mileage sports and performance cars such as Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, Aston Martin and other exotica such as Weismann and Spyker with a few carefully chosen classic cars thrown into the mix so there is always something interesting to appeal to the car enthusiast! Customers can browse classic and modern models in the large boutique-style indoor showroom in an environment that understands the love of beautiful cars and is free from sales pressure. It is a rare place where customers and enthusiasts alike can compare rival marques under one roof. The service department is always busy, servicing and repairing Morgan, Noble and TVR, and again has an enviable

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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ationwide retailers like The Co-op and local businesses such as Sussex-based Cocoa Loco have done much in educating us about the importance of Fairtrade for the producers of coffee, bananas, cocoa, tea and sugar. I have a particular interest in sugar as Tate & Lyle were one of my clients in my previous life as an auditor. It was a fascinating job as it involved not just the numbers, but also learning about the transportation and manufacturing processes. My favourite bit was the stock count. Only it was more of a countless – I had to wait until the silos were empty and then agree that they were, in fact, empty. By far the best part was waiting on the dock at the Thames Barrier right next to the Silvertown refinery – for some reason the silos were normally cleared in the early hours of the morning and the view at that time of night is impressive. I also used to audit abattoirs and dairies – who said being an accountant is boring?

The fragile status of Fairtrade But back to Fairtrade. In 2014, there were 1,226 Fairtrade certified producer organisations located in 74 countries; 80% of these were small farmer organisations with an average plot size of 1.4 hectares. However, that average masks enormous geographical disparities. In Africa, the average plot size is just 0.3 hectares compared with 98 in the USA. (There’s nothing that a Sally Statistic like me enjoys more than a whole load of numbers like these.) Looking at the rate of growth in the Fairtrade Premium returns paid to producers in recent years, it would appear that the buying public are keen to support this cause. But the whole scheme is still at the mercy of the instability of coffee prices, such is the importance of coffee in overall Fairtrade sales. After all, 56% of all Fairtrade farmers produce coffee! Fluctuations in the Euro, following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, also placed significant downwards pressure on Fairtrade incomes. Fortunately, revenue from bananas and cocoa have since strengthened and cotton has undergone a revival after years of either declining or stagnant sales.

So, why should we be buying Fairtrade?

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Interestingly, independent research shows that the wages of those people working for Fairtrade organisations are not higher than their non-FT counterparts. But it’s the wide range of in-kind benefits that that are paid for using the Fairtrade Premium that make the difference.

Initiatives like Initiatives rtrade help u Fairtrade us to connect to the people who grow the products we enjoy These include subsidised food, housing, and transportation, plus improved access to healthcare and education. I am used to explaining about the tax effects of benefits-in-kind, but I am not sure it’s possible to place a value on the positive impact of these sorts of in-kind benefits on the lives of individuals and their families. What’s more, Fairtrade producers tend to offer better working conditions and workers are more empowered. And it’s also been recognised that there is a better balance between workers and management as a result of workers’ collective bargaining power and of management adopting a more positive attitude to dialogue. The Fairtrade Foundation is also keen we see the benefits to the environment. They put forward a convincing argument that sustainable practices and limited use of harmful agrochemicals are better for both the consumers and for the producers.

And there’s the human connection Initiatives like Fairtrade help us to connect to the people who grow the products we enjoy. And shouldn’t we all derive pleasure from knowing that we are supporting communities and the individuals that live within them? After all, there are 1.65 million farmers and workers in Fairtrade producer organisations, 64% of whom are in Africa and the Middle East, and 26% of whom are women. I will certainly be keeping a closer eye out for Fairtrade products as part of my weekly shop (that means wine and chocolate for me) as well as supporting businesses that make it part of their core offering. These days there seems to be a day for everything (over 1,500 of them at the last count). Apparently and slightly bizarrely, May 7th was World Naked Gardening Day! But what might actually be worth looking out for is Fairtrade Fortnight (always the last week in February and first week in March). After all, buying Fair might seem like a small step to us, but to many communities, it really makes a big difference. You can find out more about Carolyn at and about the Fair trade Foundation at

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Faygate, West Sussex A fine un-listed 4 bedrooms period farmhouse 01403 453179

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Horsham, West Sussex Stunning wing of a landmark Grade II* Listed country house 01403 453179

Faygate Station 1.6 miles, Horsham Station 5 miles, Three Bridges Station 5 miles Set in an elevated, yet secluded position, this iconic building was converted into five distinct wings and it is the much coveted middle wing, totalling 4,507 sqft plus double garage, that is now available.

Guide Price: ÂŁ 1,050,000


Horsham 35 Carfax, Horsham RH12 1EE 01403 886860 |

West Sussex | Woodmancote

Guide Price ÂŁ1,850,000

An impressive Grade II Listed country house offering spacious and versatile accommodation. Entrance hall | Kitchen/breakfast room | 4 Reception rooms | Utility | Cellar | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room | 6 Further bedrooms 2 Family bathrooms | Various outbuildings including block and steel framed barn | Timber built garage flint | Brick built double garage | EPC: F Beautiful gardens and grounds of just over 10 acres

Horsham Edward Jackson | 01403 886860



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Horsham 35 Carfax, Horsham RH12 1EE 01403 886860 |

West Sussex | Slinfold

Guide Price ÂŁ2,000,000

A beautifully renovated Grade II Listed Georgian home in a sought after village location. Reception hall | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility | 6 Reception rooms | Laundry room and boot room | Master bedroom suite | Guest bedroom with en suite bathroom | 4 Further bedrooms | 2 Additional bathrooms | Cellar | Double garage with workshop, store rooms and first floor room Private gardens of just under 1 acres

Horsham Ken Roberts | 01403 886860



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RACTON, WEST SUSSEX A BEAUTIFUL TIMBER-FRAMED JACOBEAN COTTAGE, LISTED GRADE II, IN AN EXQUISITE LOCATION IN THE SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK. Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, 3 Bedrooms, Shower Room, Bathroom, Detached Double Garage/Store Room with Cloakroom & Studio Room above, Well-Established Gardens with 2 Terraces, Views over Open Farmland to Racton Monument.

Guide Price £895,000

Chichester 01243 786316

KENT STREET, COWFOLD, WEST SUSSEX A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE A WONDERFUL RURAL PLOT WITH BEAUTIFUL FAR REACHING VIEWS AND DETAILED PLANNING CONSENT. The consent is for the conversion of an existing building to create a substantial architecturally designed five bedroom detached contemporary eco house of approximately 4,500 sq.ft. in a secluded and elevated position (please see Horsham District Council - Planning Application Number DC/17/0902). The total plot measures approximately 1.5 acres, with private gated driveway.

Guide Price £1,250,000

Arundel 01903 885886 Local & National reach through a network of London & Regional offices PROPERTY EXPERTS SINCE 1910

LEIGH, SURREY SUBSTANTIAL FAMILY HOME IN AN UNSPOILT RURAL SETTING. Entrance porch, entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, study, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room with AGA, utility room, cloakroom, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, two bedrooms each with en-suite bath/shower rooms, two further bedrooms, separate family bath/shower room, triple garage, extensive parking, superb private secluded grounds, heated swimming pool, all weather tennis court, in all, about 2 acres.

Guide Price £1,495,000

EPC rating D

Dorking 01306 887560

REIGATE, SURREY AN EXTENSIVELY MODERNISED ARTS AND CRAFT DETACHED RESIDENCE ENJOYING AN ELEVATED POSITION IN A HIGHLY REGARDED LOCATION. Entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, family room, study, utility room, shower room, guest WC, master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite shower, four further bedrooms, separate family bathroom with WC, lawned gardens, south facing patio/terrace, driveway with parking, detached garage.

Guide Price £1,395,000

EPC rating D

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

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