2018 VOLUME VI Focus on New Year
Wellbeing and hobbies
In this issue...
14 A ONE-DAY RETREAT
20 LA PISCINE!
As part of our ongoing hobbies series, ﬁnd out how Fine editor got on a yoga and writing retreat.
Editor Lucy Pitts explores this little known, diverse and eclectic museum just a stone’s throw from London.
18 GET ACTIVE, STAY ACTIVE
22 AN INTERVIEW WITH
Karen from My Active Life explains how to make sure you keep to those New Year’s resolutions to get ﬁtter.
The iconic 1980s folk singer and musician explains what to expect from her 2019 tour and her secret to looking amazing.
34 EXPLORE SURREY HILLS
48 LIFE AFTER SCHOOL
With miles and miles of stunning footpaths and scenery and some wonderful places to eat, we’ve got some great recommendations for you in the Surrey Hills.
Brian Schoﬁeld, Head of Politics and Sixth Form Registrar at Hurst explains how to help prepare your child for the next stage.
37 BE HAPPY! Nutritionist Suzanne Sawyer shares some tips for improving our happiness and sense of well being and taking care of our physical and mental health.
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54 A NEW START For those thinking of starting their own business, Carolyn Burchell of Composure Accounting shares the highs, the lows and some essential advice.
24 IN THE DIARY
30 DISCOVERING ARDINGLY
It may be cold outside but we’ve found lots of interesting events to enjoy from the cultural, to the active!
This month’s spotlight is on the historic village of Ardingly and some of the many reasons to visit.
28 UNEARTHING LOCAL TALENT
62 THE NEW JAGUAR
Horsham artist Kezia Noel Paton talks about her passion for colour and lines, and what inspires her to paint.
Fine’s motoring journalist Ade Holder test drives the new Jaguar F Type 2.0 Litre Coupe.
57 BACK TO SCHOOL
60 SHE IS FIERCE
The Pudding Fairy explains why you might consider going to chocolate school as part of your New Year resolutions.
This month’s book review looks at this anthology of 150 powerful, brave, bold and beautiful poems by women from all walks of life.
58 THE CHINESE ZODIAC
67 THE FUGGLES HOP
Janine Lowe explains what it means if you’re born in the year of the rat or the ox.
Hamptons Estate opens a new hop oast as part of the Surrey hop revival.
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A word from the
elcome to our New Year edition of Fine and a very happy New Year to you all. I hope that 2019 brings you both happiness and health.
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The days may still be short and the weather cold but in this edition of Fine we’ve brought you all sorts of goodies, treats and inspiration to help warm your cockles and plan an exciting new year. In our regular hobbies feature, I reveal how I got on at a Sussex yoga and writing retreat and we have advice from Karen at My Active Life on how to plan a fitness regime that you actually stick to! And to help with those healthy resolutions, our regular nutritionist shares some tips on happiness and wellbeing! If it’s culture you’re after, Arundel Contemporary are hosting a new exhibition, or you could head to Horsham and explore the works of Kezia Noel Paton who features in this edition’s Interview with an Artist. Alternatively, hop across the channel to visit the eclectic La Piscine museum near Lille which you can read all about at page 20. And don’t forget to check out some of the events that feature in our In The Diary section. This month’s spotlight is on the historic village of Ardingly and if you want to get active, walks round the reservoir and Wakehurst or some nautical activities on the reservoir are a great place to start!
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And it’s always important to have a bit of balance in life, so after all the healthy living and exercise, why not treat yourself to some of our region’s finest delights! With January jazz at the Chequers at Rowhook, steak night at the Three Crowns at Wisborough Green and the chance to go back to “cake” school with The Pudding Fairy, there really is plenty to get your teeth into this month! So, wrap up warm, enjoy our stunning countryside and some of the many treats are our region has to offer and I hope you have a fantastic start to the new year! See you next time. Lucy Pitts EDITOR
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Yoga & Writing Lucy Pitts escapes for a one-day retreat
s part of my mission to explore new (and sometimes unusual hobbies), I have wanted to try yoga for a while. So, when I spotted a one-day retreat that combined yoga with creative writing, I was too intrigued not to sign up! After all, who can resist the lure of a oneday retreat? Not too expensive or long to feel excessively indulgent and yet a chance to try something new and take a rare moment out of the rat race for yourself. And that was how I found myself pulling on some unattractively stretchy trousers and heading to Tilton House which is set in the
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nape of the South Downs near Firle not far from Eastbourne. Following in the footsteps of the Bloomsbury set Tilton House on its own would be worth the drive. It’s a beautiful Georgian farmhouse with delightful views, walled courtyards, and arched windows out on to the lawns. It was once owned by economist Maynard Keynes who was part of the infamous Bloomsbury set – that posse of English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists in the ﬁrst half of the 20th century
which also included Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey. It felt vaguely thrilling to be walking in their footsteps.
go just after my children were born) or to make a complete idiot of myself falling over (or worse). Both sessions left me feeling relaxed and invigorated.
These days, Tilton House hosts a series of diﬀerent retreats throughout the year and you can stay there for longer retreats or just take a room by way of B and B. Leaving the house via the library (did Virginia Woolf really sit here), there’s a winding woodland path to the trees at the end of the lawns where a 28 foot luxury yurt is hidden. It feels almost too good to be true.
Intensely emotional The creative writing was an equally unusual experience for me. Used to deadlines, structure and nothing short of an obsession with grammar and punctuation, to suddenly let that all go and write without purpose or structure from the heart was intense but refreshing.
A strangely wonderful mix Yoga and writing together somehow seem simultaneously wonderfully symbiotic whilst also being a strange mix. I was curious to know how a retreat would combine the two and whether they’d be mutually inspiring.
As our instructor guided us through a series of free writing exercises, the emotion that started to emerge from the group felt raw and palpable. Suddenly, we weren’t just strangers at a retreat together but warriors and survivors who had all faced enormous life challenges and come out the other side, alive and ﬁghting for air.
Once we’d all arrived, my merry band of fellow retreaters and I, gathered around a large oak table clasping mugs of hot tea. If I was expecting my comrades to be peace loving hippies, I was wrong. We were a strange little mix which included a solicitor from the city, an HR consultant and the marketing director of a large company. A chance to stretch yourself The day was equally divided: an hour of yoga followed by an hour of creative writing, a lingering lunch and freedom to stroll around the grounds. Then more creative writing followed by homemade banana cake and more yoga. I may be the last person I know to try yoga, but the experience was a total delight. I managed not to fall asleep (which is what happened when I gave Pilates a
...the emotion that started to emerge from the group felt raw and palpable.
Some of us shared our musings. Some of us didn’t. It didn’t really matter. We laughed. I think some of us cried and we certainly felt united. And I wasn’t expecting that! A success? For a day that had a very slow and comfortable pace and followed a very simple format, it had accomplished a surprising amount. I’d made friends (who I’ll keep in touch with) and chewed the cud, I learnt something new, ﬂexed the muscle that is my brain and those that make up the rest of me. And I’d visited a beautiful house and had some time out. With no feelings of guilt about a day away from my desk, perhaps there is something to be said for this retreat malarkey after all!
You can ﬁnd out more about Tilton House and their retreats at www.tiltonhouse.co.uk. There are further one treats on 29th April 2019, 1st July and 21st October 2019. The price is £110 including a vegetarian lunch and refreshments. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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The Spice Island of the Caribbean
Magical moments surround you. Grenada’s beautiful island and the unique warmth of the Calabash will give you wonderful memories to treasure forever.
renada is known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean due to its being the world’s largest exporter of mace and nutmeg. It’s the Caribbean one always dreams of, pristine beaches buildings no taller than the coconut trees, and happy smiling faces everywhere. Fresh from its sustainability-led refurbishment, Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel has reopened its doors less than a year after being voted the number one hotel in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor. The ﬁve-star resort, widely renowned as the hotel that put the charming island
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of Grenada on the map for discerning travellers back in 1987, also joined both Relais & Châteaux and 2019 American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program over the past twelve months. Calabash features thirty expansive, openplan and airy suites and ﬁve Estate Homes delicately arranged in Eden-like gardens directly on the tropical sands of L’Anse Aux Epines. Each stand-alone suite has its own private balcony or patio on which breakfast is served daily by your personal maid (no need to put on a face of make up for a morning buﬀet), and many feature
their own private pools. Decorated in calm neutrals with a splash of ocean blue, each top-of-the-range suite comes equipped with air conditioning, ﬂat screen TVs, your own golf buggy and Elemis skincare products, and many boast walk-in wardrobes and free standing tubs, too. The hotel is known for its yearly upgrade to ensure guests continue to be surprised and delighted every time they come to stay, and this year, has been at the forefront of its new Beach Club restaurant upgrade, which has also included moving the bar onto the beach so that restaurant diners have uninterrupted views of the stunning natural surroundings. The luxury resort is home to the ﬁnest restaurant on the island, Rhodes at Calabash by Gary Rhodes, which opened in 2004 and has views over the azure waters of Prickly Bay. The notable chef’s ﬁrst foray into the Caribbean, the restaurant is considered the ultimate in ﬁne dining on this island, and Gary returned this summer to revamp the menu. This development came following his TV show “Rhodes around the Caribbean” on the UKTV Food channel earlier this year, and he’s been developing an exciting new menu that taps into the colour and ﬂavours of its location, including roast coﬀee rubbed pork ﬁllet with crushed sweet potato, pak choi and watermelon chutney and buttered salmon with a shrimp ginger butter sauce and passion fruit and pineapple vinaigrette. The renowned chef himself will also be hosting An Evening With Gary Rhodes with guests over the week of 5th to 12th January 2019. Active guests can keep themselves entertained with yoga, sailing, tennis and water sport and even take advantage of the hotel’s package to snorkel and dive at the underwater gallery of sculptures in the island’s Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area. Other activities nearby include cocoa plantations and visiting rum distilleries, if you can drag yourself away from the waving palm fronds and sapphire sea at the Calabash. For those after a more laid back trip, relaxation can be found around the hotel’s luxury pool and on the pristine sands of its beach, where guests can laze the days away swinging from a hammock or even playing giant chess in the sands. Call the Symphony World Travel team Kingswood - 01737 362626 or Fetcham - 01372 375361. www.symphonyworldtravel.com
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The wise guide to
New Year Resolutions
The bright lights and twinkly trinkets of the festive period are safely packed into the loft. Thoughts abound of the dawn of the New Year, presenting that annual opportunity to wipe the slate clean and embark upon a ‘new year, new me’ assault in the manner of a justlaunched torpedo.
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It doesn’t have to mean total deprivation Everywhere you go there’s the chat: ‘I’m going to run every day’, ‘Oh, no more wine for me’, ‘I’ve given up chocolate’ – and so on. As a ﬁtness professional and Lifestyle Coach, I’ve heard it all, and strange as it may seem, it always makes me feel just a little bit sad. For some reason in our culture, there’s a belief that to be ﬁtter and healthier we must either remove something pleasurable from our lives or add a dimension that is wholly troublesome, inconvenient or downright painful. It simply doesn’t need to be the case.
soaring. There is no doubt that as a nation we need to change. But this needn’t be negative, in fact, it really can’t be if it’s something you’re going to succeed with for the long term.
Statistically, record numbers of adults and children are missing the Government Physical Activity Guidelines (an hour a day for children and 150 cumulative minutes per week for adults). Obesity rates are
Identify your goals How many of us have said ‘right I’m going to lose weight’? But what does that actually mean and why is it important to you? Will your family love you more if
So – how? The ﬁrst utterly essential element is to set a goal – or perhaps two or three. Speciﬁc and measurable ones, something tangible. The reason so many people fall oﬀ the exercise wagon is often to do with this ﬁrst, fundamental step. You must take time to consider this part of the process.
there’s less of you? Yes of course that’s ridiculous. Reduce your risk of a heart attack. Run up the escalators like you used to in your 20’s or feel conﬁdent wearing a bikini as you stride into your 50s? Getting to grips with what you would like to achieve and why it’s important to you is fundamental to long term success. Making changes to everyday life isn’t hard but it does take sustained eﬀort. You need to be absolutely clear on why you’re embarking on the journey. With your speciﬁc outcomes in mind, you can then work backwards and ﬁgure out what it’s going to take to get there. Invest in your ﬁtness! The next thing is accepting the fact you’re going to need to invest valuable resources in this activity. Money, time and eﬀort. I can hear shouts of ‘but running is free’. Yes, I agree there are win/win situations to be had. Giving up smoking, for example, will save money but still requires focus and time. But investing in change makes all the diﬀerence for the longer term. For example, you have an old pair of trainers and some kit lurking in the back of the cupboard. Fine. How do you feel when you put them on – dynamic and powerful? Would sleek new leggings and well-ﬁtting trainers that ensure you’re safely and comfortably equipped, give you a little boost as a bonus? Next – what are you actually going to DO? The goal is to run a half marathon. You put the trainers on and go for a run, just as far as you can. Do that every day and surely you’ll be able to cover that 13.1 miles in no time. Well, possibly or possibly not. Setting out on any longterm goal alone is extremely diﬃcult. We expect ourselves to be able to go from zero to 100 straight away but it doesn’t work like that. Your body will adapt and change but try too hard and it will break, too little and you won’t see results.
Okay so – what does Utopia look like? How about having a plan that you feel excited about? It ﬁts with your life – not the other way around. Sessions make you feel happy and you get a real buzz from the achievement of investing time in long held plans. You’re not alone in your eﬀorts, you can share your achievements with others doing similar things and measure your progress regularly, building progress each week. Engaging the right professionals to support you on your quest will get you to this point. So, you’ve fallen oﬀ the wagon already If you’re struggling with your resolutions already, think about what you wanted to achieve: Did your ‘goal’ mean enough to you? Did you plan how to get there? What did you actually ‘invest’ to make it happen? And if you have actually fallen ‘oﬀ the wagon’, don’t worry. You still have options: a) Stay where you are and just let it go – that’s ﬁne. But are you really waiting until next January to st art over? b) Just climb back on and start again, and see if works this time. c) Or ask yourself, ‘What worked and what didn’t’? And then invest in what is needed to get a progressive supportive plan to take you to where you really want to be… Life is short. Blink and next Christmas will be here again. What are you waiting for?
If you’re planning to make some changes and would like support or advice Karen can be contacted on: Phone: 07766 260765 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website for more details: www.MyActiveLife.co
Lille, La Piscine and Picasso An extraordinary museum with an eclectic heritage!
became French in 1667 which explains why it’s also known as “The Capital des Flandres” and has a tangible Flemish feel.
The old city (Le Vieux Lille) has stunning examples of French and Flemish architecture with tall red-brick buildings and golden sandstone houses. Lille only
The city is home to the prestigious Palais des Beaux-Arts museum (with work from Goya, Rembrandt and Ruben), a lively and colourful market as well as the annual La Grande Braderie the largest ﬂea market in Europe!
hen planning a short trip to France, Lille is an often over looked alternative to the likes of Calais! Easily accessible from the UK and close to the border with Belgium, it’s a large, lively and vibrant city.
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But as if those weren’t all reasons enough for a visit, just a short distance from Lille is another well-kept secret and gem, a museum of art and industry in the nearby city of Roubaix.
La Piscine and its past The museum in Roubaix is based around a municipal swimming pool built in the
1930s in the then prevailing art deco style. The pool held great signiﬁcance for the community – it was a level playing ﬁeld where business magnates and workers alike swam together. A state-of-the-art nod towards healthier, egalitarian living. An important political statement. Fine mosaic work marked the edge of the pool, with softly curving but symmetrical changing rooms and bright stained-glass windows overhead. There are locals in Roubaix who still remember the pool’s glory days but by the mid1980s, the pool had fallen into disrepair. At that time, Roubaix had two dilemmas: what to do with this important site was one. But they also had a large and growing collection of art that needed a home. Bringing the two problems together, architect Jean-Paul Philippon (also responsible for the conversion of the Orsay station and the extension of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Quimper), designed a museum around the swimming pool. It opened in 2001.
Lille only be became came French F 67 which explains exp in 1667 why it’s also known as “The Capital des Flandres”
As the collection has grown, Jean-Paul Philippon has recently been involved in another two-year extension of the museum which resulted in a grand re-opening last October. The new extension reﬂects the style and shape of the original building, allowing light to ﬂood in and enabling much more of the collection to be on display as well as an ongoing calendar of temporary exhibitions.
Musée la Piscine For a provincial museum it’s impressive and you enter through the original red brick wall of a textile factory. Jean-Paul Philippon explains the idea is that as it's south facing, you enter by walking towards the light. At the heart of the museum is the pool (with the sound of swimming just audible in the background), slightly narrower than it was originally but lit by the oranges and reds of the art deco stain glass windows and with sculptures by the likes of Pierre Jules Mêne, Rembrandt Bugatti and François Pompon standing in silent salute either side. At one end, the stunning ceramic gate from the 1913 Universelle et Internationale in Belgium in 1913. It is captivating.
The philosophy behind the diverse collections Roubaix is a city built on textiles and although at times the varied collection at La Piscine feels unconnected, the textile industry is the common theme. On the one hand, the museum has concentrated on 19th and early 20th century paintings from local and international painters that represent the heritage of the area. Notable works include Rémy Cogghe’s Combats de Coqs en Flandres 1889 and the 19th century Orientalism collection, home to the politically potent Chasse au Nègre by Stefania Rousselle. On the other hand, the museum centres its collection on the applied arts of the textile industry. Upstairs (housed inside the old changing rooms), the museum has textiles and fashion from ancient history to modern times, including names of designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, Kenzo and Paul Smith.
Crowd pleasers There are a number of crowd pleasers in the museum. A huge panorama of Roubaix commissioned in 1911 and found in the attic, is compelling. A Picasso exhibition centred on his Man with a Sheep sculpture is another must view, as is Camille Claudel’s La petite Châtelaine (the sculpture of the child she never had). The museum is also now home to an exact recreation of the Paris workshop of sculpture Henri Bouchard.
A moment of reﬂection The interior garden is a place for reﬂection, inspired by a monastery garden and now home to sculptures and botanical plants from the very heart of the textile industry. Even the gift shop acknowledges its past, with vast industrial water ﬁlters used when the pool was still in use. Functionality at its very best and most beautiful! La Piscine is intriguing, diverse and unusual and if you’re planning a cultural trip to the continent, make sure that Lille and Roubaix are your ﬁrst stop. You can ﬁnd out more about the museum at http://www.roubaix-lapiscine.com/ or on Facebook at @MuseeLaPiscine. Trains run to Lille from London St. Pancras (with direct Thameslink trains from Sussex and Surrey to St. Pancras). Local trains, metro and buses run to within minutes of the museum.
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A music Legend Lucy Pitts talks to Barbara Dickson before her 2019 tour
n 2019, singer and musician Barbara Dickson embarks on her latest tour of the UK which will include appearing at the Harlequin in Redhill in February. For those of us who were ‘there’, Barbara Dickon is one of the deﬁnitive singers from the 1970s and 80s, who became the biggest selling Scottish female album artist of all time, earning 6 platinum, 11 gold and 7 silver albums! Originally a folk musician, few who know her music can forget her evocative voice (very 80s hair) and music. Her songs feel shrouded in Celtic mystery and have a timelessness, which makes them as powerful and compelling today as they ever were: remember ‘Answer Me’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, ‘The Caravan Song’ and ‘I Know Him So Well’ to name just a handful.
“Don’t on’t sing just to be us or to get oon the famous X-factor. Sing for yourself and because you love singing. Get to know yourself and your style, and then and only then, reveal yourself to the world.”
Catching up with her earlier this month, it’s hard to believe she has the best part of forty years of fame behind her. She’s down to earth (perhaps that’s what comes from being mother to three boys), friendly, enthusiastic and quite frankly, looks amazing. And she was kind enough to share a few secrets about what fans can expect from this latest tour, what motivates her and her secret to looking so good. “I love what I do and the fact that I get to choose to do the things that I enjoy. I don’t have a secret beauty routine as such, but I do believe that if you love what you do, it radiates from you. It’s about having conﬁdence and a sense of enjoyment and that transfers itself to how you look. Although I keep reasonably ﬁt, I’m not overly bothered by looks and I would never have surgery. Beauty comes from within.” Barbara’s fans are a mixed if loyal bunch. There’s the theatre lot from her days on the stage performing in the likes of ‘John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert’, ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘Spend Spend Spend’ and there are the fans from her folk musician days. Then of course, there’s always those of us who will never forget her iconic Top of the Pops performances with Elaine Page!
But perhaps unsurprisingly, Barbara also has a newer, younger fanbase. Barbara explains what she thinks is the reason for her ongoing popularity and what fans can expect from her latest tour. “Many of my younger fans grew up with parents who liked my music and they continue to carry that baton forward which is fantastic. But I also still have something to say musically and that helps. I’ll be performing with a 5-piece band which is wonderful. We’ll be appearing at some big venues and together we can really make some noise which makes it quite an event. The set will include some new items and of course some of the classics. I wouldn’t dream of not including them. There’ll also be some Gerry Raﬀerty songs, and some stuﬀ by the Beetles.” And for those younger fans who are just thinking of starting out on a singing career, Barbara has sage advice, “Don’t sing just to be famous or to get on the X-factor. Sing for yourself and because you love singing. Get to know yourself and your style, and then and only then, reveal yourself to the world.” Sadly, Barbara has no immediate plans to return to our TV screens, but of the future she says. “It would be nice if people dipped into my experience. I’ve experienced so much and it would be great to pass it on.” She’s also loving her work as a Nordoﬀ Robins’ Alzheimer’s Ambassador. “Seeing how people struggling with Alzheimer’s can express themselves through music, how it can evoke important and evocative memories for them, that’s transformational, it really is.”
Barbara’s extensive 2019 UK-tour starts on February 1st, and she’ll be performing both pop and folk music with her 5-piece band. Tickets available from venue box oﬃces and ticketline.co.uk
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PETWORTH HOUSE AND PARK CELEBRATES DUTCH ART AND DESIGN 26th January – 24th March 2019 Petworth is hosting the ﬁnal stage of a major exhibition of paintings from the ‘Golden Age’. Prized Possessions brings together Dutch seventeenth-century paintings by some of the ﬁnest masters of the ‘Golden Age’ from National Trust collections around the country and examines how and why this style of art was desired, commissioned and displayed in Britain. For further information and opening times for the exhibition visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ petworth
CLARE TEAL AND HER BIG MINI BIG BAND, CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE 9th January 2019 Clare Teal and her Big Mini Big Band, conducted by Guy Barker, celebrate music from the golden age of song. This brand new show sees the award-winning vocalist and her stellar group of musicians eﬀortlessly traverse a rich landscape of timeless and sparkling material including classics from Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh and Dave Brubeck – plus a nod to more contemporary writers too. THE 4TH ROCKAWAY BEACH FESTIVAL, BOGNOR REGIS 11th January - 13th January 2019 A boutique indoor music festival held over three days. Truly unique, this exciting UK festival focuses only on the best emerging, breakthrough and established alternative artists. Conﬁrmed acts so far include Gary Numan, Maximo Park, Barry Adamson, Laetitia Sadler Source Ensemble, Terry Hall (DJ set), Steve Lamacq (DJ set), Echo & The Bunnymen, Goat Girl, Desert Mountain Tribe, The Spook School, Algiers and more, with more to be announced.
SINDHU VEE: SANDHOG, THE HAWTH, CRAWLEY 1st February 2019 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, Sindhu Vee embarks on a UK tour with her critically acclaimed and Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, Sandhog. Highly anticipated debut from the host of BBCR4’s Comedy of the Week podcast. As seen on QI - BBC2, Have I Got News for You - BBC1 and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled - Dave, and heard on Guilty Feminist podcast. https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth
NIGEL HAVERS, DENIS LAWSON & STEPHEN TOMPKINSON IN ART, CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE 24th January – 2nd February 2019 ART is one of the most successful comedies ever staged. Having opened in 1996, it took both the West End and Broadway by storm, won the Olivier, Tony, Molière and every other major theatre award, and has been packing audiences in worldwide for more than twenty years. When Serge spends an extortionate amount of money on an all-white modernist painting, his close friends Marc and Yvan are baﬄed. But does their violent reaction to this provocative canvas mirror more dangerous antagonisms towards each other? Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance (translated by Christopher Hampton) is a masterpiece. Book online at https://www.cft.org.uk/
THE SLINDON SLOG, SLINDON NEAR ARUNDEL 17th February 2019 Make good on those New Year’s resolutions to get ﬁt and active by taking part in this stunning 10 mile trail run. The route will take you into the Slindon pits for a burst of mud, water and sand, through the woods for some scenic woodland trails and via the ‘steps of doom’! This event is fantastic for groups of friends, family or work colleagues that would like to run together or for the more experienced trail runner who would like to smash out a PB in some unique surroundings. Register at http://www.tribalsportsevents.co.uk/slindon-slog
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THE . 1 8 8 8 COLLECTION
An interview with
Kezia Noel Paton Talented local artist Kezia Noel Paton reveals what inspires her diverse and colourful work
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rom the moment you enter her studio, you know Kezia Noel Paton is a lady who’s lived a rich and intriguing life. Unusual artefacts from her travels adorn the walls, as well as art in an array of diﬀerent styles and genres. So, what is it that drives this proliﬁc local artist and former GP and what inspires her colourful portfolio? “Growing up in the post war era, paints were limited and poor quality. I’ve got no formal artistic training, but my mother was an artist and encouraged me to be resourceful and exploratory in my selfexpression. The idea of experimenting and playing with colour is something that has stayed with me throughout my artistic career. As an adult, my work has been inﬂuenced by the theatre. For many years, my husband was Head of Drama at nearby Christ’s Hospital and I was often involved with costumes and props which inevitably inﬂuenced my artistic style. I’ve also been lucky enough to travel the world and absorb diﬀerent styles and cultures.
As an artist, I’m fascinated by colour, curving lines and composition. I like to experiment with new mediums and believe that art should be fun. I also like to experiment with mixed media, and when I start a piece of work, it often evolves on its own. There is no one thing that inspires me, and I take hundreds of photographs to make sure I capture a moment, a shape or a colour. These photographs are my starting point, and then I take it from there and see what happens.” Kezia’s work is enormously diverse, with everything from landscapes to abstract acrylics and collages. She is also part of HAOS (Horsham Artists Open Studios), a collective of local artists who run all sorts of exhibitions, art fairs and workshops throughout the year to help promote local talent. You can ﬁnd Kezia’s work at www. knoelpaton.co.uk and you can ﬁnd out more about HAOS at www. horshamartistsopenstudios.co.uk
Spotlight on Ardingly T
he village of Ardingly is perhaps best known for the South of England Showground, Wakehurst (the rural arm of Kew), and its large reservoir. But in fact, it’s a village that dates back many hundreds of years with a rich past and lots of reasons to visit. You can be forgiven for squeezing your way up and down Ardingly High Street without appreciating its heritage. Just north of Haywards Heath and west of East Grinstead, the Romans and Saxons both passed through Ardingly and played their
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part in turning what was probably thick woodland, into the village it is now. Whether or not the village was actually referenced in the Doomsday Book seems to be up for debate, but it has been said that the “The Lordship of Ardingly” formed part of the territory of William de Warrenne, who apparently married the daughter of William the Conqueror! There was certainly a church at Ardingly back in the 11th century and parts of the current St. Peter’s church date back to
the 14th century. It was probably in the mid-13th century that Ardingly ceased to be forest and became enclosed land after “free warren” was granted, and the village sign still marks the site of the original tollgate. You’ll ﬁnd dozens of old and listed properties dotted around the village, like the timber framed 17th century Old Knowles in Church Lane or 16/17th century Great Lywood Farmhouse just outside the village (where the gardens are open to the public).
Wakehurst Place (now known as Wakehurst) Wakehurst sits at one end of the village. The name is believed to derive from Saxon and land at Wakehurst was bought in 1205 by William de Wakehurst. You can visit the Elizabethan house that was built by Sir Edward Culpeper in 1590, and although parts of it have been rebuilt, one original wing still remains. The gardens were largely created later from 1903 onwards, by one Gerald Loder who was a passionate plantsman and sponsored many expeditions to eastern Asia. In 1963, the then owner left Wakehurst to the nation and the Royal Botanic Gardens took up a lease from the National Trust in 1965. Today you can explore 500 acres of beautiful ornamental gardens, woodlands and nature reserve as well as the worldfamous Millennium Seed Bank - the largest wild seed conservation project in the world. And Wakehurst is also home to the UK’s tallest Christmas tree!
Ardingly College At the other end of the village is the independent school Ardingly College founded in the 19th century and famed for its Gothic style building, built in an H shape from red brick. Its beautiful quadrangle courtyard looks over the 37 arches of the 19th century Ouse Valley Viaduct (also called the Balcombe Viaduct) and the High Weald countryside and it’s quite a view! 146 old Ardinians and two former staﬀ were killed in World War One and 88 died in World War Two, so the school chapel has its own war memorial.
The old railway Sadly, the Ardingly branch railway linking Haywards Heath to Horsted Keynes closed in 1963 but the track, tunnel, bridges and station buildings are preserved for the nearby Bluebell Railway which runs a ﬂeet of vintage steam trains and carriages – and on a quiet day, you can hear them!
Ardingly reservoir A relatively modern addition (created in the 1970s), the 198-acre reservoir which is a local nature reserve has retained a sense of tranquillity - despite its activity centre (which seems to oﬀer everything from ﬁshing to kayaking and triathlon training). There are a number of medium length walks you can enjoy along the “Kingﬁsher trails” and around various parts of the reservoir, one of which takes you straight to the Gardeners Arms! If you want to walk the other way (starting from just next to the reservoir activity centre café) there is a 4km loop which will take you right to the feet of the Balcombe Viaduct and, if you don’t mind a short, steep bit of road walking, on past the stunning Balcombe Place (built in the 1850s). As you turn oﬀ the main road and up the private track, past parkland and back towards the reservoir, you enjoy views to your right of the viaduct and the South Downs. It feels so unspoilt that it’s one of the few times and places where you could be forgiven for thinking yourself a character in Jane Eyre.
The South of England Showground No mention of Ardingly is complete without reference to the many agriculture events held at the Showground. From the 3-day South of England Show every summer (with livestock, equine displays, falconry, wine and beer tasting and all things agricultural) to Christmas and craft fairs and antiques events, Ardingly has a round the year choice of traditional activities. For a small village, Ardingly packs quite a punch and if you’re looking for something to do on a cold winter’s day, you could do a lot worse than a lingering walk, a long, leisurely lunch and a bit of shopping at the showground!
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The Chequers at Rowhook Escape the weather and enjoy great food and wine
itting just oﬀ the footpath that connects Rowhook to Rudgwick and not far from the Downs Link, the Chequers makes the perfect pitstop for cold winter days, and a welcome retreat on those long winter nights. For winter walkers Pull up a chair on the ﬂag stones of the traditional bar and warm your toes in front of one of the two roaring log ﬁres. With locally sourced and foraged ingredients, our fantastic lunch menu is wholesome and warming. Washed down with one of our carefully selected wines, beers and craft gins, what better way to start the New Year or warm up after some winter walking. Or join us for a night by the ﬁre With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, why not come and join us for an evening of jazz in January, our Chequer’s take on haggis for Burns Night or a romantic meal for two for Valentine’s. Or just escape from the cold and wet and enjoy some of the region’s ﬁnest cuisine and some good company. Slow cooked dishes and comforting ﬂavours The Chequers is all about wholesome, comforting ﬂavours which combines the best of British, with French-inspired cuisine. Every dish is freshly-prepared in the country kitchen and the emphasis is always on local produce such as pheasant, partridge, duck, venison and wild mushrooms, home grown vegetables, herbs and fruits for their jellies, apples, tarts and desserts. A unique Sussex pub In a beautiful 15th century building, The Chequers is in the AA, Michelin and Master Chefs of Great Britain guides and oﬀers exceptional quality with the less formal atmosphere of a traditional pub. It’s surrounded by fantastic Sussex countryside with lots of nearby woodland walks and views. We have two restaurants, plenty of seating and parking, and if the weather is warm enough, you can always sit outside.
Call now to book:The Chequers Inn 01403 790480 Rowhook Road, Horsham, RH12 3PY www.thechequersrowhook.com
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Queens Head - ÂŠ Milly Fletcher
Explore Surrey Hills For business, for pleasure For Winter Walks, Rambles & Spectacular Views Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers a quarter of the County of Surrey stretching from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the East. It is a fantastic area to explore and oďŹ€ers a spectacular landscape of steep wooded hills, sandy heathlands, meadows, rivers and idyllic villages. 34 | fine
Devil’s Punch Bowl Hindhead
Great Tangley Manor
rom gentle circular walks to heathland hikes, riverside rambles and magniﬁcent woodland trails, there is a route to suit all. They are easily accessible, or you can link into a walk from nearby railway stations. At Shalford, Chilworth, Gomshall, Dorking Deepdene and Betchworth train stations, there are new maps showing the walks and places to visit close by. Winter is a great time of year to enjoy the fresh air and stunning views before retiring for a delicious lunch or afternoon tea beside a roaring ﬁre in one of Surrey Hills pubs, cafes or hotels. Select from the inspiring businesses awarded the Surrey Hills Trade Mark – a mark of local provenance and quality, celebrating those businesses that reﬂect and support the distinct nature of the Surrey Hills. The idyllic village of Wonersh is a great place to explore the special Chinthurst Hill and the Grade II listed Tower where there are magniﬁcent views. The nearby Blackheath and Farley Heath oﬀer a magniﬁcent network of walks and rambles through woodland and heathland. •
The Grantley Arms in Wonersh is a 500-year-old pub serving a delicious range of produce and locally brewed beers such as the Tillingbourne Brewery in Shere and award-winning wine from Albury Organic Vineyard.
Book a delicious lunch, dinner or afternoon tea at the lovingly restored Barnett Hill Country House Hotel in Blackheath Lane in Wonersh and enjoy
spectacular views and a stroll or longer ramble from the Hotel grounds. The Oak Room restaurant oﬀers 2 AA Rosette award winning dining. •
Great Tangley Manor in Wonersh is a moated Manor House over 1,000 years old oﬀering luxurious accommodation for both one day events and overnight stays including special family celebrations, weddings and coproate events.
The Sheepleas at East Horsley has beautiful woodland and meadow walks with short circular routes from the carpark to longer rambles including the Horsley Jubilee trail taking in the Lovelace Bridges and the magniﬁcent Horsleys Towers. The Queens Head, an award-winning pub located in nearby East Clandon, less than 5 miles from Guildford serves superb menus with fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients from Surrey reared beef to award winning Surrey Hills wines. Book into a tour or wine tasting at the nearby Albury Organic Vineyard or link with a visit to the Silent Pool Gin distillery. The Duke of Cambridge, a traditional country pub in the village of Tilford, near Farnham forms a great base to explore the very special Frensham, Hankley and Thursley Commons. They form a Site of Special Scientiﬁc Interest and National Nature Reserve with beautiful lakes, heathlands, woodlands and beautiful views. The Duke of Cambridge oﬀers a family and dog friendly pub with local food and drink, roaring ﬁres and a heated barn.
Barnett Hill Hotel Foyer
Close by is the outstanding Devils Punch Bowl, a superb landscape owned by the National Trust and providing spectacular views with footpaths suitable for all ages close to the car park or up to Gibbet Hill, the second highest point in Surrey. Longer walks take you round the rim of the Punch Bowl or down into the wooded valley and there are a range of oﬀ-road cycle routes. The nearby Cookie Bar at Hindhead is a great way to ﬁnish your walk or cycle ride in a special and cosy café serving coﬀee roasted in the Surrey Hills and a range of delicious homemade cookies and hot food. Visit the Surrey Hills website for details of some great winter walks, runs and cycle routes including maps and route descriptions www.surreyhills.org/discover/walks/ Find out more about the businesses awarded The Trade Mark Surrey Hills and discover the best of the Surrey Hills www. surreyhillsenterprises.co.uk •
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The Trade Mark
A Mark of quality and local provenance
The Trade Mark Surrey Hills is a new accreditation celebrating organisations of high quality that reﬂect and support the distinct and special nature of the Surrey Hills and who share the values of supporting the local community. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, said: “The Surrey Hills Trade Mark awards play an important role in celebrating the high-quality products and services the area is renowned for, and the awardees all deserve our congratulations.”
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Support local! Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has an inspiring range of local artisans, vineyards, micro-breweries and businesses oﬀering a fantastic range of local produce and services as well as exciting events, courses, craft workshops, tastings, festivals and activities. Discover more! Sign up for our e-newsletter and receive regular up-dates about the exciting range of activities, courses and events in the Surrey Hills. www.surreyhills.org/enterprises/
Apply for the Trade Mark Award! Are you a local business or charity? Join a fast-growing community who are beneﬁting from being part of the Surrey Hills - apply to receive the Trade Mark Surrey Hills Award. www.surreyhills.org/enterprises/ membership-beneﬁts/
Tips for happiness & wellbeing in the New Year Good health, mental and physical, is a good description of wellbeing
ooking at the body as a whole and not focusing on one key area, we are a bit like a car which needs many components overhauled and maintained on a regular basis to keep functioning at an optimum level.Wellness is within everyone’s reach and a good time to take stock of our ‘components’, is the start of a New Year! Here are a few wellness tips to start with: • Eat a healthy breakfast – instead of the coﬀee, toast and maybe a cigarette, try something healthy like cereals or porridge with fresh fruit or berries. Berries are a great superfood, keeping our brains working well, aiding digestion and helping to ward oﬀ illness with ample vitamin C. • Cleanse your system every day – kickstart your engine with a glass of water before you brush your teeth. Hydrating your system with a glass of cool water ﬂushes your body at the same time. Our bodies need water so begin the day the right way and reap the beneﬁts. Suzanne Sawyer Nutritional Therapist Healthwyze www.healthwyze.co.uk
• Try Yoga or Pilates – they both have so many beneﬁts, stretching out and making
your body more supple, lowering the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and generally restoring a feeling of calm and wellbeing. • Cut back on the amount you drink and stop smoking – reducing the amount of alcohol you drink will not only make you feel healthier, it will also help you to sleep better and save you money! The same goes for smoking – kicking the habit will lead to a healthier you. • A daily treat – you deserve to be pampered so beneﬁt from the feelgood factor by doing something you enjoy every day. This could be anything from eating your favourite food, taking time out to read a good book, sitting and listening to music or catching up on the TV show you missed. Feeling good about you, raises the serotonin levels, the feel good happy hormone. By kicking oﬀ the New Year the right way, setting realistic goals, taking care of yourself by introducing healthy habits and making small changes to your lifestyle, you will not only feel good but make a big diﬀerence to your long term health.
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On the 25th May 2019 Fine Sussex and Surrey Magazine and The Three Crowns will be hosting their ﬁrst annual ‘Gin-Boree’! Set to be an afternoon of gin, jollity and music, there will be a number of local craft gin producers as well as the Three Crown’s own selection of 80 of some of the ﬁnest local, national and international gins to sample. The afternoon will also include live music, and fresh, local produce to nibble on. It will be hosted in the gardens of the Three Crowns at Wisborough Green. Both teams at Fine and the Three Crowns would be delighted, if you’d saved the date in your diary and come down for some boogie woogie and a cool glass of gin! We’ll be releasing full details in the coming months and we look forward to seeing you there!
A more personal approach
to the law
Surrey Hills Solicitors explain why they’re diﬀerent
hen the four partners at Surrey Hills Solicitors founded the ﬁrm two years ago, they wanted to be and do things a little diﬀerently, valuing their clients and treating staﬀ properly. In a world where smaller ﬁrms and the personal touch are fast disappearing, they wanted to buck that trend. Motivated by people “Being able to oﬀer the expertise and experience that comes with being a partner, and the personal touch of being a smaller ﬁrm, were what motivated us both then and now. People want to know the person they’re dealing with. People also want to know that their solicitor is local, with local knowledge and connections, and that the solicitor they speak to or meet, will be the person who works with them.” explains partner Ian Davison. A high level of expertise across the board As a ﬁrm, Surrey Hills Solicitors oﬀer an impressive range of expertise. Ian has well over 30 years’ experience of local
government matters, including both governance and transactional work and frequently works with both parish or district councils. Sarah Christmas is the ﬁrm’s conveyancing and property specialist (dealing with both residential and commercial) whilst Kate Jackson deals with employment, litigation/ dispute resolution including contract and landlord & tenant issues, as well as probate. Last but not least, Rachael Anderson is the ﬁrm’s family expert, an accredited mediator and member of Resolution. It’s a slightly eclectic mix but what it does mean is that they can oﬀer a partnership level service in respect of most common problems.
remain hands on. We also believe in being part of our community, building good relationships with other businesses and keeping in touch and involved with those working and living around us.” With modest premises, just oﬀ the High Street in Dorking and a warm and welcoming atmosphere when you visit or call, it’s a refreshing approach that seems to be working, with much of their work coming via personal referrals. If you’d like to know more about Surrey Hills Solicitors please visit www.surreyhillssolicitors.co.uk or at 296 High Street, Dorking, or call 01306 877592.
A winning formula “We aim to oﬀer a very personal and client focused service. That means being both proactive and responsive, making sure every client gets the expert attention he or she deserves. We don’t have half a dozen assistants doing all the work because we believe the partners should
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Around the pub in 80 Gins Beer has always traditionally been associated with a trip to your local -popping in for a pint. As the Gin explosion continues, The Three Crowns Gin shelf is also expanding...
is slowly taking over as the pub drink of choice as sales of the popular spirit continue to soar, now growing faster than cask ale. No longer the Summer tipple of our Grandparents generation or mothers ruin. Gin is certainly here to stay.
new generation of Gins contain serious mixology and '' The clever flavour combinations of botanicals. ''
The Three Crowns in Wisborough Green enjoys an abundant Gin shelf offering over 80 gins with a good selection from every corner of Sussex and the rest of the World. From Brighton Gin and Horshamâ€™s own Cabin Pressure to Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin from the Yarra Valley in Australia.
The Gin shelf is more of a personal Gin curation. Like any good collection is an evolving edit of interesting distillations.
The Gin collection began evolving back in 2011 after an inspiring visit to The Sipsmith Distillery. In the following years the Gin Industry has enjoyed a boom with many small creative makers launching artisan Gins. Bringing in botanicals and flavors such as cacao, coffee, cream , seaweed plus a myriad of homegrown hedgerow and common or garden botanicals creatively put together. Craft Gins are certainly a talking point with our guests and help to create a unique pub experience where guests can enjoy a bespoke Gin & Tonic whilst exploring the Gin Shelf and its offerings in the comfort of a friendly cosy Pub.
The Three Crowns owner Tim Skinner firmly believes in supporting local business and produce.
We are fortunate to live in an area with some of the best growers, makers, brewers and vineyards in the country. We certainly take advantage of this position and take delight in being able to serve our guests the freshest locally sourced produce from the surrounding area. By building relationships with local suppliers and artisans whilst supporting small, independent businesses like our own we are able to offer our guests food and drink products with a story, with provenance and support our micro-economy
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. Bookings are now being taken for Valentines Day, Mothers Day, and Easter Weekend - Gin drinking optional.
The Three Crowns Wisborough Green RH14 0DX www.thethreecrownsinn.com 01403 700239 Save the Date Gin-Boree - Garden Gin Festival 25th May 2-5pm 2019
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Taking the right steps Brian Schofield, Head of Politics and Sixth Form Registrar at Hurst College in West Sussex provides an insight into how we can best prepare young people to take the right steps after school.
he ﬁnal bars of Jerusalem fade away, the eyes are dabbed with hankies, the childish (but forgivable) ﬁnal day pranks have all been performed, and school’s out - forever. While the Upper Sixth Formers stride out into the midsummer sunshine on their ﬁnal day of compulsory education, conﬁdently expecting to conquer the world, one question rattles through the mind of every parent and teacher proudly watching on: are they ready?
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Have these school leavers developed suﬃcient self-awareness and resilience to cope with a less structured, more independent young adult lifestyle? Have they made the right choices about their future? Do they know how to use a tin-opener? The right education can answer all those questions - and more. If parents and teachers collaborate on an eﬀective and enjoyable ‘launch sequence’, there’s plenty of time in the last few years of school to give young people the skills and perspectives they need to complete a
smooth transition into university or their chosen alternatives. Not everyone gets the help they need – last year, 26,000 young people dropped out of university without ﬁnishing the ﬁrst year, a sign of poor advice and insuﬃcient preparation. With some forethought and planning, the next steps after school should be straightforward and hassle-free. Here’s a thorough checklist. Start the countdown early Whenever I talk to university admissions oﬃcers, their consistent complaint is that
young people engage with their post-18 choices too late. Their open days are crammed with Year 12 students, but they wish they were packed with Year 10s. That may seem young, but most students settle on their A-level choices by the February of Year 11. Therefore, it would be heart-breaking to have to tell a Sixth Former who is set on the idea of studying Economics at Warwick that their decision to drop Maths at 16 has left them without a hope. The Russell Group’s ‘Informed Choices’ website is a very helpful resource to start perusing early, and university events for Year 10 and 11 students are a great investment of time. It’s not ‘tiger parenting’ to start researching early, it’s prudent. Learn to coach, not preach The key to preparing young people to leave school is to ensure they are heading in the right direction for them. That direction might bemuse or disappoint the adults in their life, but if the decisionmaking process has been thorough, thoughtful and honest, so be it. Wouldn’t you rather build a happy computer-game designer than a miserable dentist? At Hurst we have employed executive life coaches to train our Sixth Form teachers to guide students towards decisions based on self-awareness and selfhonesty, through the use of questioning and listening techniques which prevent staﬀ from diving in and delivering solutions that may not match the individual. The process – which we call ‘Finding Your Why’ – takes time and patience, but it’s the right approach. T-shaped or I-shaped? The ﬁnal two years at school are all about ﬁnding the balance between two ‘shapes’ of people. Employers consistently say they are looking for ‘T-shapes’, people with a breadth of experiences and skills, but also the capacity to focus and specialise in one area. A good Sixth Form, with a comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities and a strong academic core, should produce that shape. University admissions oﬃcers are diﬀerent, they are focused on ‘I-shapes’ – committed academic specialists who love to study beyond the classroom. That means schools
must oﬀer a strong ‘super-curricular’ programme of academic enrichment, and students and parents must make careful choices between immediate applications and long-term development. Explore the alternatives, but cautiously The alternatives to university are certainly improving, with 36,000 higher level apprenticeships starting last year. It’s a great idea to make young people stresstest the idea of a conventional degree – is it worth, it, or can I do better elsewhere? However, there must also be a strong note of caution. Of those 36,000 higher spaces, only 2,000 were oﬀering degreelevel training, the remainder oﬀered training to the level of a foundation year or higher education diploma. As a comparison, there were more than 450,000 degree places available from UK universities last year. There’s much to be said for apprenticeships, but there’s also a lot of hype surrounding them, too. Now’s the time to encourage ambition The ﬁnal years at school are not a time for crushing dreams. The arguments in favour of letting students shoot for aspirational post-18 goals are more than just psychological, they’re also pragmatic. One impact of recent higher education reform is that universities now oﬀer many more unconventional routes to long-term success, meaning students who aim high and fall short have more choices than they once did. Want to be an engineer, but made a mess of your Maths A-level? University Maths Foundation Years for engineers are now commonplace. Missed
that steep oﬀer for Law by a grade? Your excellent Extended Project Qualiﬁcation might mean you still get the place. No oﬀers from any medical schools this year? Gap year applications to medicine are now absolutely the norm, as is the pathway of taking a Biomedical Sciences degree ﬁrst. If a school is using energy in persuading your child of what they can’t achieve, it may mean their knowledge is outdated or their agenda is self-serving - so it’s worth reminding them that one characteristic every new arrival into adulthood will need is persistence. That, more than anything, will fuel a successful launch from school. Hurst operates a number of strategies to bridge the gap between school and post-18 options. The most signiﬁcant is St John’s, our co-educational house which incorporates the whole Upper Sixth year. St John’s is able to operate as a hybrid school house and hall of residence, giving the Upper Sixth valuable preparation for the years ahead. Hurst also tailors its tutoring system towards school leavers, by using academic heads of department as Upper Sixth tutors, with students allocated tutors according to their favoured degree choice. Tutors are then charged with developing specialist knowledge and contacts within Higher Education, and are trained as executive life coaches to facilitate students’ decision making. A training programme also helps Sixth Form students prepare for the ﬁnancial, legal and health choices they’ll face after school.
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New You? New Year is a good opportunity for us all to step back and take stock of our lives. Holiday bookings soar, Rightmove sees a steady rise in traďŹƒc from 1 million visitors on Christmas Day (yes, really) to 3 Â˝ million searches per day by 4th January, and weary workers fantasise about escaping the rat race. Many dream of starting their own business. 54 | fine
Don’t underestimate the importance of a meaningful company culture This brings me onto my next motivator – corporate culture. Being the one to create and uphold our values is more empowering than I could have imagined. I have worked in varied environments which informed my opinions when it came to building my own. Whilst I expected this to impact on the kind of people I brought into the team, I was not anticipating the impact on our client base. It is a two-way street – our clients choose us because of our philosophy and we are drawn to clients who share our values.
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Before you start thinking that I am only talking up the positives, I openly admit that running your own business is not always easy. I would rate the less fun aspects of being your own boss in the following order: 1.
Big dreams If you are one of those dreamers, you’re in good company. According to the Federation of Small Businesses, there were 5.7 million private sector businesses in 2017 of which 99.9% were ‘small or medium enterprises’ i.e. SMEs. The importance of those SMEs to our economy should not be underestimated; they employ 16.1 million people and have a combined annual turnover of £1.9 trillion – that’s 60% of the private sector workforce and 51% of private sector turnover. An exciting time for the ambitious Many would say that there has never been a better time to go it alone. When the credit crunch hit, there was a concerted eﬀort from the powersthat-be to increase support for startups. This was driven by the view that it would be those businesses that would drive economic recovery. Being your own boss has many perks Of course, not everyone starts their own business to escape the rat race. There are scores of good reasons. I started my own business in 2011. I had a good, albeit (pre)historic, CV and there were a number of accountancy ﬁrms within easy travelling distance of my home. So why did I choose to go it alone? First and foremost: control. I wanted to be in charge of my working hours and location. I have three children and it is important to me that I can be at school events and sports ﬁxtures. If a client calls on a Wednesday afternoon, I am generally pitch-side. Flexible working is without doubt the way forwards and I see the beneﬁts both to the employee and to the employer. In my experience, the employer gets low absenteeism and loyalty that any blue-chip would give its right arm for.
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You never leave your work at the oﬃce – you will always be thinking about ways to improve and grow (the irony being that this is also one of the best things about running your own business)
2. Financial certainty, or rather, lack of 3. You only have yourself to blame – if things go wrong, it is your fault, even when it’s not – but at least you are not carrying the can for something that is out of your hands. What pearls of wisdom do I have to oﬀer? Firstly, ﬁnd advisers who will tell you what they really think – friends and family are rarely the right people to ask as they won’t want to hurt your feelings or risk a quarrel. When you feel passionately about an idea, it is easy to be blinkered to the commercial reality. Secondly, be brutally honest with yourself over the ﬁnancials: •
Underestimate your income and overestimate your outgoings.
Track your sales to make sure that you don’t overshoot the VAT threshold.
Make sure you understand what tax you will have to pay and when.
Whatever you decide to do in 2019, we at Composure wish you a prosperous and healthy New Year.
The information in this article is general guidance and does not constitute advice. If you require advice, you should contact a qualiﬁed accounting or taxation professional. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation maintain registers of members and ﬁrms.
The highs and lows of running your own busines, what one business owner has to say
“If I could sing, I’d be belting out the song ‘Life is a roller-coaster’ while bouncing on a po-go stick, but I adore my team too much to put them through that. For me, it’s the best song to describe the ups and downs of running your own business. I had been with Sims Images, a photo and video agency, since 1984, but took over the company in 2008. Even though I’d always brought in new business and managed clients all whilst arranging a mad range of photo shoots, I hadn’t realised there’s actually a lot more to running your own business. It’s simply not true that being your own boss means you can just work when you want. I have to keep the business profitable as I feel responsible for my team being able to feed their families and pay their bills. That’s been quite scary at times. Back in pre-digital days, we printed so many photos that at one stage we were Fuji’s second largest UK customer after Boots the Chemist! That was fun, but having to make some tough decisions when everyone moved to digital images wasn’t. The business had to completely change. I think the team might think I’m a bit bonkers sometimes, but I love them and our strong team culture. Ultimately, I am extremely happy to say that this shows in the results of our work. It’s very rewarding. Now, is there a song about that?” Georgia Fox www.simsimages.co.uk
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Time to Escape To cake and chocolate school
them up to take photos or videos (it’s a great way to help you remember details of what you’re learning). But the rest of the time, no ping, no alert, no notiﬁcation. Just you and chocolate.
h e real magic starts after Christmas. Those few days when all the hype is over, and the everyday pace of life hasn’t started again just yet. This is when the magic happens. The quiet time when you can, and should, plan ahead, before the fast pace brings that “I’ll do it tomorrow” chorus. Write your bucket list. Organise to learn something new. Like... learning chocolate art! And here are 7 reasons why an escape to Pudding Fairy Cake decorating and chocolate art school should be on your masterplan wellbeing list for 2019.
3. Expand your social life In my last all-day chocolate spa class, 2 ladies came with a friend, only to ﬁnd that they knew each other from years ago! It’s the perfect occasion to meet new people with the same interest as you, plan some catch up time with your best friend ...or your other half!
1. Look after your memory A 3 months study lead by the University of Texas showed that adults who were productively engaged in learning new skills showed improvements in memory compared to those who engaged in social activities or non-demanding mental activities at home. But you’ve got to be outside of your comfort zone. Now, how does learning to model chocolate sound to challenge your brain in the most delicious way?
4. Feel amazingly good If you’re thinking “I know nothing about chocolate or cake decorating, this is not for me” then this is exactly why you should come along. I’m self-taught and what I want most is for other people to ﬁnd out how easy it is, with a little guidance, to create amazing delicious art, decorations and gifts. All my classes are made for all levels and need very little equipment. Most of it coming from your local DIY store or oﬃce supplies shop.
2. Unplug from digital life One word that summarises an experience with us is “relaxed”. At Cake and Chocolate School, phones go on ﬂight mode and into a little basket. You can pick
5. Set realistic expectations We are all busy. I’ve got a business, 2 kids, 1 dog, a part time pony, a house and the use of a gym membership to ﬁt in every week, I get it. That’s why most of the
projects take an hour or less to recreate at home. Because it’s no good if you never try it again. 6. Learn secret professional Patisserie cheats I might be a fairy but I still cheat. I buy cakes and desserts in, because sometimes, life’s just too short. But what I often do (and you’ll be doing the same once you realise how easy it is) is add a little handmade chocolate detail to shop bought treats and...voila! Everyone is super impressed and none the wiser. 7. Oh la la, très bien I would like to say that I have, in over 20 years living in England, mastered English perfectly. Mais non. So you can expect a little French mixed in with all the tips, advices, quick cheats and explanations. Apparement it’s très chouette. So there you are. Treat your brain, your wellbeing, and even treat your wallet. You can get £10 oﬀ your booking when you use the code “FINEMAGIC” until 30th March 2019. Now that’s really... magique. Find out more: https://www.puddingfairy.com/funfriendly-cake-decorating-classes/
Chinese Animals What it means to be a rat or an ox!
he Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle and each year represents an animal sign. The signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster dog and pig. Your sign will depend on the year of your birth. In last month’s issue I explained a little bit about the dog and the pig, and this month it is the turn of the rat and the ox!
if you’re ou’re an ox, yo you’re ent hard wor patient, workers, with a quirky sense of humour
Rat You have a rat in your life chart (the date you were born in) if you were born in the years 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 & 2008. You also have a rat in your chart if you were born in December or between the hours of 23.00-01.00.
Ox You have an ox in your life chart if you were born in the years 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 & 2009. You also have an ox in your chart if you were born in January or between the hours of 01.00-03.00.
Rats are kind, adaptable, always have a listening ear and can mould into any situation, as they are observant about their surroundings. In love they are tolerant, sentimental and considerate and in a relationship for the long term.
The characteristics of the ox are that they are patient, hard workers, with a quirky sense of humour and extremely family minded. But they can be a little stubborn. In love when they ﬁnd the right partner (rat, snake or rooster) they will settle down, as they’re faithful creatures.
Careers Ideal careers for rats are accountancy, or as inventors, doctors, councillors and clothes gurus.
Careers If you’re an ox and thinking about your career, think teacher, entrepreneur, writer, lawyer or anything oﬃce based.
The “element” of the rat is water and they may need some metal months (August and September) to allow them to express their views! Other good months for them are January, April and May. Their clash month is December.
The “element” of the ox is earth and they may need some ﬁre months (May and June) if they want to get stuﬀ done. Auspicious months for them are December, January, May and September.
Auspicious days for rat Auspicious days for December 23rd and 26th. Auspicious days for January 2019 are 4th, 11th and 29th.
Auspicious days for ox Auspicious days for December 15th, 23rd & 27th. Auspicious days for January 2019 4th, 12th and 24th.
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Gustavo Ortiz & Luke Bishop Archetypes at Arundel Contemporary
rundel Contemporary is pleased to present Archetypes, bringing together the works of two London-based artists, Argentinian mixed-media painter Gustavo Ortiz, and British contemporary porcelain and stoneware ceramicist Luke Bishop. Inﬂuenced by colonial art and indigenous practices, Gustavo’s works convey a primitive mental image seemingly inherited from our earliest ancestors, through a fusion of both European and South American legacies. His universe is inhabited by disproportionate ﬁgures placed in condensed fantastical settings, retaining a decorative quality with a curious resonance of native arts. Luke Bishop’s contemporary stoneware, on the other hand, is a study in contrasts. His pieces combine modern, reﬁned silhouettes with uneven, organic edges and textures, even as the unusual positioning of handles and spouts invokes the opposing attitudes of the ego and the unconscious, creating an unresolved tension between the apparent functionality of his pieces, yet simultaneously defying utility. Gustavo’s bright, imaginative and enigmatic works contrast with Luke’s pieces invoking modernity, whilst at the same time hinting at a mysterious archaeological past. Archetypes runs from November 10 until Christmas. Arundel Contemporary shows a wide range of work by British and international artists and ceramicists. Set across two exhibition ﬂoors, the gallery provides a warm welcome from its friendly and knowledgeable staﬀ, and is well worth a visit. Arundel Contemporary 53 High Street Arundel BN18 9AJ Tel. (01903) 885309 www.arundelcontemporary.com
The Library Reviews of the latest books with a local connection
This month’s review – She Is Fierce. Brave, bold and beautiful poems by women, collected by anthologist Ana Sampson Poetry oﬀers a rare chance to enjoy a moment of reﬂection in our frenetic lives. And if a recent interview with Gyles Brandreth is to be believed, learning poetry is good for brain health and keeping our brain muscle active and agile. Which makes Surrey based Ana Simpson’s anthology She is Fierce (described as a “powerful collection of 150 poems written by women”) a rare treat and opportunity. ‘You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise’ – Maya Angelou The book is divided into sections such as Growing Up, Love, Freedom, Society and Fashion and Courage. There’s also a short biography about each poet at the back to help bring the poems into context. The poets Ana has chosen are enormously diverse, from Sappho (c.603 – c.570 BC) to Dorothy Wordsworth and Margaret Atwood and modern-day British Nigerian poet Ruth Awolola. ‘Sometimes as an antidote To fear of death, I eat the stars’ – Rebecca Elson
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This is a book to dip into and if feels like a true celebration of all the haunting but strong female spirits that thread through and bind every society together. The poems oﬀer eclectic revelations and reveal strength, optimism, courage, wisdom, rebellion and heart break. ‘Three be the things I shall have til I die: Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye’ – Dorothy Parker The poems are touching, poignant, subtle and thought provoking but perhaps more than anything else, most if not all, are underscored with humour, insight and wit. Is it a book just for women? Certainly not. It is what it claims to be, ‘Brave, bold and beautiful” and it oﬀers a fascinating glimpse into the souls, spirits and stories of hundreds of years.
You can ﬁnd out more about Ana at https://www.instagram.com/anabooks/ and https://twitter.com/AnaBooks. She is Fierce is available to buy at all good bookstores and on Amazon.
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When Jaguar suggested I test a new F Type Coupe I was naturally very excited. However, I was a tiny bit disappointed when they said it was the new 2.0 litre version with a smaller 4-cylinder engine and less power than the previous models. This sadness was misplaced though, because Jaguar have created a really interesting car that oﬀers a great deal to those wanting something special but also something they can drive everyday without any worries.
Power Let’s get this bit out of the way ﬁrst because it is a critical change in the F-Types DNA. This new model is a “lite” version of the F-Type in the sense that it will get to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and oﬀers 300 bhp. The more powerful options vary but they oﬀer over 500 bhp and will get to 60 mph in around 4 seconds. So, there is a big diﬀerence, however that doesn’t make this car in anyway bad or even a lesser car. It is just diﬀerent and that’s OK! Beauty There is no doubt the F-Type is a stunning car. Frankly it’s the best-looking Jag since the E-Type, of which “Mr” Ferrari once said was the most beautiful car ever designed. It really is that pretty, it walks that inﬁnitesimally ﬁne line between brutish muscle and divine femininity and it does it very well. It is a head turner and it is the kind of car you walk towards and feel very happy about before getting in and driving oﬀ with a smile. It’s a future classic without a shadow of a doubt. The Drive Naturally with less power comes a little
less mayhem and madness. This car won’t scare you half to death when you plant your right foot on the ﬂoor but that isn’t to say it isn’t fun. In fact, one could argue it is more fun because it is less powerful. Because it is tamer you feel more conﬁdent and so enjoy driving it harder than you would a more powerful car. To this end it is a very playful car indeed. The handling is stunning as you would expect, and while your stomach doesn’t end up in the boot when you ﬂoor it, the F-Type still wants to run, and it does it very well. The acceleration is enough to bring a smile to most people and it will keep going way beyond both the legal limits and most drivers’ ability. When you hit a corner, it dives in with vim and vigour; tempting enough for you try it a little quicker next time. In short, the F-Type is a pleasure and a joy to drive! Inside The days of walnut dashes and cream leather are long gone for Jaguar, these days we have carbon ﬁbre ﬁnishes, sleek black seats and lots of useful gadgets. The air vents automatically appear from the dash as the engine is turned on
and the seating position is perfect. You have everything you need, and you are enclosed in a comfortable but purposeful cocoon. It’s no surprise that it comes with electric seats, an amazing sound system, rain sensing wipers and lots more. But there are two things that are really worth pointing out. There is a spoiler on the boot lid that you can deploy at the touch of a button or that comes up automatically when you go over 70 mph…this is a big plus for people who love toys. But there is also a “loud” button where you can make the exhaust sound more aggressive with some lovely pops and bangs. This is automatic on sports mode, but the button allows you to drive in comfort mode and still sound like a racing car. All in all, the F-Type 2.0 Litre Coupe might be a little slower than its siblings, but it has all the character you could want. It is still a thoroughbred but one that you can tame and enjoy without fear of being thrown oﬀ and that is a massive selling point for a lot of people. For a touch under £50,000 it isn’t a cheap car, but it is worth every penny!
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Great Coﬀee 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 6 people) but what drives us stays the same. 64 | fine
ur 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.
Coﬀees and Social Projects 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, Kenya and Nicaragua. 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. During our visit to Rwanda is 2017 we visited the nearby school to get a richer feel for the community and an insight into what life is really like there. Thoughout 2017 we donated a proportion of the money made from coﬀee sales as well as
held fundraising events to raise money to make the school safe. We were delighted to be able to give something back to the community that has given us such delicious coﬀee. Works were completed in the summer of 2017 and now we have begun fundraising for another school in Bishwasa, Rwanda to enable them to build a toilet block.
Our Coﬀee 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 were delighted to be able to give some something back to the community that has given us such delicious coﬀee.
We are fanatical about the quality of our coﬀee, and this obsession goes from the green coﬀee we purchase right through to the ﬁnal cup. We love gadgets and view coﬀee production as a fantastic science. Our roastery in Lower Beeding is open Monday- Friday 9.30-4pm and you are welcome to come in and have a coﬀee in our cafe area whilst watching the roasting in action. We also oﬀer Barista and Roasting training, please see our website www.horshamcoﬀeeroaster.com or email info@horshamcoﬀeeroaster.com for more information.
Sing for a Cure Raising money to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes
ype 1 diabetes has touched the lives of many children and adults around the UK, including Matt and Rachel Cowling from Ardingly and their son Ben. Ben was diagnosed at the age of 7 and is now 17 and has to use a pump to manage his condition.
... too raise awareness awaren of Type 1 and the hidden challenges of the day to day management of the condition.
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Through their personal experience, the Cowlings realised the importance of raising money to fund research into how people with Type 1 Diabetes can lead lives independent from the shadow of injections and needles. The result was Sing for a Cure. Launching Sing for a Cure in 2015, so far, this one-oﬀ annual show and musical extravaganza has already raised over £13k for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The purpose behind the show is not only to raise money but to
raise awareness of Type 1 and the hidden challenges of the day to day management of the condition. Many of the performers have Type 1 Diabetes. Written, choreographed and performed entirely by local talent, the next show ‘This is me!’ includes a matinee and evening performance on Saturday 16th March 2019 at Chequer Mead in East Grinstead. Performing songs from many diﬀerent genres, the principal singers will be accompanied by a band and the new Sing for a Cure Choir formed especially for the show!
Tickets are available from the box oﬃce at Chequer Mead http://www.chequermead.org.uk/ or call 01342 302000. Tickets start at £14.
A new hop oast at the Hampton Estate
The grand opening of the new oast and hop picking machine on the Hampton Estate at Puttenham (Surrey) last September marked the revival of Surrey’s ancient hop industry that once stretched unbroken from Guildford to Farnham. The Hampton Estate is a family owned agricultural estate, run and managed by Bridget and Bill Biddell, which sells high quality beef from its grass fed suckler herd of Sussex cattle and venison from the estate.
Flavoursome Fuggles The Hampton hop gardens are situated on the strip of gault clay that runs along the base of the Hog’s Back. For the ﬁrst time in decades, an extra nine acres have been planted with the distinctive and ﬂavoursome Fuggles hops and this expansion, coupled with the declining health of the 1960s-vintage harvesting equipment, prompted a major investment programme. Fuggles is a classic English aroma hop. You can taste the diﬀerence
when you drink a pint of Hogs Back TEA. Hampton Fuggles is a staple ingredient!
A complete renovation The oast was designed and hand built on site from scratch by husband and wife team Albert and Rachel Philpin. They also completely rebuilt the replacement hop picking machine, rescued from a shed in Worcestershire where it had been lying neglected for ﬁve years. It took nine months of hard work, but freshly painted, it looks immaculate, though the dust generated in the hop picking process means it needs a lot of skilled TLC to keep it happy! The drying machinery was built by John Madigan of Octagon Products Ltd who has worked with Albert for years. “We have four burners creating a temperature of 60-65 degrees centigrade. The hot air is drawn through the fan unit and blown onto the hops.”
Harvest time The harvesting of the bines is done by machine but the processing of the hops is still a matter for teamwork and it is a traditional student activity and social event, this year masterminded by Molly Biddell. The ﬁnished hops go to regional breweries across the UK. There are only 52 hop growers left in England, but this is the second hop garden to be planted in Surrey in the last few years. The Biddells also helped the Hogs Back Brewery set up a small hop garden at Tongham, so Surrey hops are enjoying a welcome revival.
The estate hosts a wide variety of diﬀerent activities and you can also buy their decorative hops. There are permissive access routes for easy walking across the esate. For more information visit http://www.hamptonestate.co.uk
8 Healthy New Year Detox and Fitness Escapes Allow the New Year to bring in a new you with a healthy detox and fitness escape
njoy rejuvenating holistic therapies to eliminate bodily toxins and indulge in exquisite healthy cuisine along with detoxing juices to cleanse your body inside and out. With a range of ﬁtness activities at your disposal, including everything from aqua ﬁtness and yoga in Portugal to CrossFit and Pilates in Thailand, these luxurious wellness holidays are sure to have something for everyone.
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Spain: SHA Wellness Clinic This award-winning medical wellness retreat can help you keep unnecessary weight oﬀ and inject vitality back into your lifestyle. Learn how to eat healthily, following a diet that is based on natural produce to encourage you to reach and maintain your optimum weight. Enjoy a structured schedule of exercise training and holistic treatments to improve your health and energy levels. With a tailored weight loss programme and a range of unique detoxifying treatments to choose from including liver detox nebulisation and lymphatic drainage as well as some wellness classics such as massages and seaweed wraps, SHA truly is the ultimate destination for a health and ﬁtness ﬁx.
Portugal: Pine Cliﬀs Digital Detox Set amidst untouched beaches and majestic mountains in the Algarve in Portugal, Pine Cliﬀs Resort with its coastal setting oﬀers a stimulating environment for a digital detox getaway. Disconnect from the Wi-Fi and switch oﬀ your phone to explore the power of a mindful and relaxing break. Explore your inspiring surroundings during a cycling tour to later reconnect with your inner-self with meditating breathing classes. After your challenging personal training or beach workout session, pamper yourself with a soothing detox massage to leave you feeling rejuvenated and re-energised with enhanced vitality. India: Ananda in the Himalayas Boost your health this New Year and enjoy a more fulﬁlled you. The detox retreat at Ananda in the Himalayas will help you make necessary changes that will be easy to transfer into your everyday lifestyle. This personalised detox programme includes a range of ﬁtness activities to get in shape including fab abs, lower body blitz and yoga. Be sure to make the most of Ayurvedic therapies, detoxifying aromatic massages and meditation sessions to help you detox, reduce stress and improve health. The Dosha-speciﬁc Ayurvedic diet will work to clean the body of toxins and after a few days will make you feel lighter, happier and healthier. Cyprus: Ayii Anargyri Surround yourself in profound calmness and give your body a chance to relax and rejuvenate in the Cypriot sunshine with Ayii Anargryi, a boutique wellness retreat. Boasting exquisite Mediterranean cuisine and an abundance of scenic attractions that will delight any nature lover, this oasis of luxury oﬀers the perfect location for a detox and ﬁtness holiday. Unwind with healing spa therapies for complete body and mind relaxation. With everything from sulphur inhalation therapy and volcanic stone baths to mud therapy and detox wraps you are certain to leave Cyprus feeling revitalised with a strong sense of well-being. Portugal: Palacio Estoril Golf and Spa You’ll be hard-pressed to ﬁnd a more idyllic location to embark on a detox and ﬁtness holiday than at Palacio Estoril Hotel on the stunning Estoril coast. With a warm, dry climate, scenic views, and a team of specialist trainers and therapists, ﬁnding motivation to restore your health could not be easier. Recover your cardiovascular ﬁtness with beach circuits, enhance strength with resistance training, engage the mind with yoga. Make the most of detoxifying spa treatments including a banyan tree full body massage, a hydromassage and even lymphatic drainage to give your mind and body the uplifting boost they need to hop, skip and jump their way back to health. Italy: Forte Village Thalasso Detox Set on a range of rugged hills overlooking crystal clear waters and immaculate white sand, Forte Village oﬀers a truly memorable wellness experience. From the Thalasso spa centre to the elegant accommodations, you won’t ﬁnd a spot at Forte Village that doesn’t exude luxury and exclusivity. With their indoor and outdoor ﬁtness oﬀerings including cycling, diving and golf for the adults, there are also family-friendly activities in the form of sports academies for children to practice tennis, football and more. After a workout, it’s time to treat yourself to a refreshing Thalassotherapy treatment combining seawater and marine mud to have you glowing from head to toe.
Vietnam: Fusion Maia Awaken your senses at Fusion Maia, a luxury all-inclusive spa holiday in Vietnam and enjoy a minimum of two spa treatments every day. This idyllic setting provides not only the natural beauty, but also the facilities to enjoy the perfect New Year’s healthy holiday. Get active with cycling, boat trips and tennis, or learn a lesson or three with Fusion Maia’s fantastic spring roll making classes, juicing workshops and Vietnamese lessons. Combine all this with tantalising Asian cuisine and you have the perfect recipe for the ideal luxury New Year escape.
United Kingdom: Grayshott Spa You don’t have to far and wide to kick-start your New Year because Grayshott Spa right here in Surrey has got you covered! This beautiful country spa and retreat is located in the heart of Surrey and is surrounded by 47 acres of breath-taking gardens and woodland. Indulge in a range of holistic therapies including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and even hydrotherapy which are sure to leave you feeling as tranquil as the beautiful greenery that surrounds you. Take the chance to explore the stunning surroundings on a power walk and golf trip, or stay active in other ways with yoga, Tai Chi and aqua ﬁtness for a relaxing wellness experience. For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandﬁtnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891
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Nestled in the picturesque town of Arundel, Antiquities is a haven of dazzling decorative inspiration for style seekers, tastemakers and those ‘in the know’. And over the past twenty-five years, it’s where husband and wife team Ian and Christina Fenwick, have charmed an international clientele of trade buyers, designers, decorators and private clients.
he Fenwicks take immense pride in hunting for the most unique and stylish items available; scouring auctions, markets and private collections across the UK and Europe to personally select each piece for their showroom. The result is uncluttered, playful and never less than beguiling. And means instore you’ll discover a reﬁned eclecticism, which on any day could range from 17th century carved stone ﬁgures and 18th century walnut buﬀets, to 19th century painted servers and 20th century industrial tables. But if you see something you like you’d best be quick, because the stock may have changed completely by the following week. Antiquities is also a must stop destination for its wide range of contemporary lighting and accessories. The Fenwicks understand that the demands of decorative living are no longer uniform (that rulebook was thrown out long ago), and in 2018 the present must exist alongside the past. Which is why the modern side of the inventory is curated with the upmost care; carefully complementing, but never competing with the antiques. Of course, what the heart desires isn’t always immediately obtainable. But for Antiquities, disappointment is a dirty word, which is why they run a ﬁnder’s service; attempting to track down speciﬁc items requested by their clients. If there is an interior lacking decorative charm, be sure Antiquities have someone on the case trying to ﬁnd that perfect item, just for you.
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It’s said that you can’t have it all. But with an eﬀortless blend of decorative elegance, industrial chic, country charm and daring old world glamour, Antiquities tries to prove that adage wrong. And that is why this hidden gem on the south-coast of England, is widely regarded as one of the ﬁnest decorative antique specialists in the UK.
Everyone assumes that retirement means a slow, dormant life on the couch, but this is not the case at Charters Village. Discover how our unique retirement lifestyle could enhance the years ahead for you or the older generation in your family. Charters Village, the area’s ﬁnest private retirement village, has a range of properties available, with its own resident exclusive clubhouse and facilities. Prices from £299,950*. Show Home and Marketing Suite open Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm.
Saturday 1st December, 10am – 4pm 71 Call us on 01342 8708 to let us know you are a coming, or to arrange personal village tour.
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